At Barton Cove on Oct 4th, 2 Pied-billed Grebes and 4 Ring-necked Ducks were present along with a nice 'wave' of 10+ Yellow-rumped and 7+ Blackpoll Warblers. The powerline cut at Depot Street at the Turner's Falls bike path was again very 'birdy' on Oct 4th with a bright adult Tennessee Warbler being the pick of the species present.
Susannah pulled a nice yard bird on Oct 5th in the form of a Nashville Warbler, whilst the best I could do was a dozen Yellow-rumped Warblers, 3 Common Yellowthroats and a couple of Ruby-crowned Kinglets.
The fine spell of warm, sunny weather finally broke on Oct 6th with continuous rain and drizzle into the morning of the 7th. Sadly I couldn't get out in the storms of the 6th, but did note a late Osprey being mobbed by American Crows over Barton Cove around noon.
Magnolia Warbler - first-winter on a wet, gray morning.
Mountain Road, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. October 7th, 2013.
The 7th saw a clear and impressive arrival of White-throated Sparrows which seemed to be everywhere in Gill in large numbers (tens of birds in many places). With then came good numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers and quite a few Blackpoll Warblers. The powerline cut on Mountain Road was again of interest with a nice Magnolia Warbler close to the road. There was also a male Eastern Towhee there along with many commoner migrants such as Ruby-crowned Kinglets and White-throated Sparrows. At Barton Cove there was a major change in the composition waterfowl present with a raft of 32 Ring-necked and 4 Ruddy Ducks present. Scattered amongst the 100 or so Mallard were 2 American Wigeon, 2 Green-winged Teal and an American Black Duck.
Ring-necked Ducks - part of a group of 32 along with 4 Ruddy Ducks.
Gill, Franklin Co., MA. October 7th, 2013. Apologies for the poor quality
shot. Been having some problems digi-scoping with the G10 lately.
Finally, our local Great Horned Owl pair have recently become increasingly vocal at dawn and dusk along Main Road, Gill.