Friday, October 23, 2009

MA - Dickcissel - 10/23

Dickcissel. Aqua Vitae Road, Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA. October 23rd, 2009.

Tried the Hadley fields once again this morning, this time at the Aqua Vitae Road. The cold front which moved in overnight was evident and it couldn't have been more contrasting to yesterday afternoon. It was certainly raw this morning.

Song Sparrow. Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA. Over 100 in the fields on the Aqua Vitae Road, many of them quite large, cold-gray looking birds presumably from Northern populations.

The fields were typically heaving with sparrows almost entirely composed of Savannah, Song, Swamp and White-throated Sparrows with less diversity than the Honey Pot site. However, the morning was highlight by a Dickcissel
which flew low from a patch of rank vegetation, perched up briefly and then was seen no more.

Other birds of interest included 600 Common Grackles, 150 Brown-headed Cowbirds, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Pipit and 2 Horned Larks.

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