Monday, December 17, 2012

MA - late DC Corm 12/17

With the weather being both weird and foul (layers of freezing drizzle covering just about everything with a glace of ice), I decided to have a quick spin down to Barton Cove. To my surprise there was a single, late Double-crested Cormorant, a species which I don't recall finding there in December before. The small, long staying raft of scaup continue, being composed of 1 Greater and 6 Lesser, along with 30 or so Hooded Mergansers. The cove remains largely ice-free for the time being.

The power canal also yielded a couple of good birds, namely three Snow Geese (actually first seen here on Saturday) and a Red-necked Grebe. There was also a single female Lesser Scaup at the power canal, though no sign today of the long staying Pied-billed Grebe, last seen on Saturday. 

 Double-crested Cormorant - Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. December 17th, 2012.

Snow Geese (3) - imm (left) and ads (right), Turner's Falls power canal, Franklin Co., MA. December 17th, 2012.

Red-necked Grebe - Turner's Falls power canal, Franklin Co., MA. December 17th, 2012.

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