Wednesday, November 25, 2009
MA - NE Quabbin Fox Sparrow - 11/25
Dull, drizzly, but incredibly mild conditions persisted all day. The day started well with yet another November Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, this time on Redgate Lane, Amherst just up the road from North Whitney Street. Later in the afternoon, I decided to have a look at one of the Quabbin gates (35) in the North-east part of the watershed. The powerline cut was quite lively here with 30+ White-throated Sparrows, and a really fine (Red) Fox Sparrow. Some 300 American Robins and 18 Cedar Waxwings were also here.
The reservoir held a few widely scattered Common Loons (8) and I had close views of a pair of Bald Eagles attempting to take (unsuccessfully) a Common Merganser. Five Hooded Mergansers also flew in with some Mallards and Black Ducks.
On the way home, despite the precipitation, I tried for Northern Saw-whet Owls in a couple of spots and met with success in one of these. I'll be offering a more complete update on my saw-whet findings later this month.