Northern Shrike - Turner's Falls, Franklin Co., MA. November 8th, 2013.
Turner's Falls power canal had a nice gathering of Canada Geese (700+) and a drake Gadwall but little else until I noticed a cracking American Coot at my feet! I think I'd been so engrossed in scanning for raptors and going through the geese that I'd completely overlooked the closest bird to me. The American Coot was also my first (locally) of the fall.
Despite a decent amount of scanning this morning I couldn't dig up a Golden Eagle or Rough-legged Hawk but with raw winds in the northern quarter and squally showers, it certainly felt like a raptor of that ilk should have appeared.
American Coot - Turner's Falls power canal, Franklin Co., MA. November 8th, 2013.