Fox Sparrow. Gill, Franklin Co., MA. November 3rd, 2010. Always nice to see and a yard 'first' for us. Digi-bin image taken using Leica 8 x 42 Ultravid bins and Canon Powershot A1100.
Our yard in Gill has been 'hoping' lately. The large flocks of White-throated Sparrows present for much of October have now moved on to be replaced by Dark-eyed Juncos. A handful of White-throated Sparrows remain though, as do several Song Sparrows. An American Tree Sparrow visited the feeders briefly on Nov 1st and today a nice Fox Sparrow drew attention to itself with its harsh 'schack' calls perching up briefly for a few digi-bin shots.
Other good yard birds included two Great Horned Owls calling before dawn on Nov 1st, and an American Woodcock over Main Road on Oct 31st, and daily Downy, Hairy, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Eastern Bluebirds. There was also a Yellow-rumped Warbler in the yard on Nov 1st.
At noon today, a five minute scan of Turner's Falls power canal produced a male Bufflehead and Hooded Merganser together amongst the Canada Geese but yesterday's Red-necked Grebes and Black Scoter appeared to have moved on.
Bufflehead and Hooded Merganser. Males of both species, Turner's Falls, Franklin Co., MA. November 3rd, 2010. Image taken using Swarovski HD telescope and Canon Powershot A1100.