Saturday, December 22, 2012

MA - yard stuff

Not too many changes amongst the regular feeder birds at our home in Gill over the week. We have a consistent flock of Dark-eyed Juncos (c.20) and American Tree Sparrows (c.25) visiting most days, pretty much throughout the day. White-throated and Song Sparrows have been present too, but only in singles. The nyjer seed feeders have been well used by American Goldfinches and Black-capped Chickadees all week, and two House Finches visited in mid-week. Redpolls remain absent, clearly not tempted by our feeders at this stage in the winter - hopefully they'll show up at some point.

Daily flights of up to 1000 Canada Geese continue to commute to between Turner's Falls and feeding areas in Gill and Bernardston. Last Saturday, three Snow Geese joined them, birds which later turned up on the Turner's Falls power canal. This was our third observation of Snow Geese over the house, all of them being within the late October-December period.

 Snow Geese  (center)- with Canada Goose flock,Gill, Franklin Co., MA. December 15th, 2012.


American Tree Sparrow - Gill yard, Franklin Co., MA. December 15th, 2012. 

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