This little collection was perhaps the best diving duck diversity I've come across locally in the last few years. Present this morning were; 35+ Ring-necked Duck, 15+ Greater Scaup, 3 Lesser Scaup, 12 Common Merganser, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Hooded Merganser, 7 Bufflehead, 1 Canvasback and 1 Redhead. By comparison, Turner's Falls power canal was rather quiet (again) though 35 Canada Geese looked like newly arrived migrants.
Redhead - male in breeding plumage, Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. March 14th, 2014.
Overall similar color fields to Canvasback but much grayer with rounded head and blue-gray bill.
Canvasback - male in breeding plumage, Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. March 14th, 2014.
Much whiter overall than Redhead with sloping head/bill profile and long, all-dark bill.
Notably flighty this morning perhaps warming up to continue migration?
Red-breasted Merganser - male (right) with Common Merganser (male), Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. March 14th, 2014.