Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MA - Canvasbacks back on the cove - 11/26

This morning I was tempted by a quick drive down to Barton Cove. As I hit the road at 9am, the first specks of rain hit the windshield, the precursor to a major winter storm. By 10am heavy showers of sleet quickly followed by snow had reduced visibility considerably. I arrived at the cove at about 09:10 hours and my expectations were not high so I was absolutely delighted to find a group of five Canvasbacks associating with two Lesser Scaup and the continuing large numbers of Hooded Mergansers. There was also a drake Ring-necked Duck though all of the these birds remained distant from my chosen viewing points, hence the distant, grainy images. Canvasback was certainly not on my radar for this morning, nor did I expect to be given another chance at seeing them on the cove this year after such an excellent showing this last March.

Canvasbacks - two males, three females with two Lesser Scaup and several Hooded Mergansers.
Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. November 26th, 2014. 

Much of the rest of the day was dedicated to chores and appointments but a drive to the Turner's Falls power canal produced a late Yellow-rumped Warbler and 18 Common Goldeneye. 

Yellow-rumped Warbler - Turner's Falls power canal, Franklin Co., MA. November 26th, 2014.
Getting late for Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Yesterday, I was frustrated by two passerines.The first could only have been a female Oregon Junco seen amid other juncos and American Tree Sparrows on the bike path by the Turner's Falls power canal at Depot Street. Unfortunately the views were just too brief to be sure but bright orange-buff flanks, reddish-brown back and sooty-gray hood sure looked like the ticket. The second passerine was a fly-over Lapland Longspur which appeared low and may even have come from the short grass at the side of the bike path also near Depot Street......that's the second time in less than a week that I've had a Lapland Longspur over the power canal, quite odd as the habitat hardly looks ideal. 

 Bald Eagle - juvenile/first-winter, Turner's Falls power canal, Franklin Co., MA. November 25th, 2014.
Lots of eagle activity lately, both adults and immatures have been easy to see here and at Barton Cove.

 American Tree SparrowTurner's Falls power canal, Franklin Co., MA. November 25th, 2014.
Numbers starting to build with 15-20 along the bike path at Depot Street.

Cooper's Hawk - juvenile, Turner's Falls power canal, Franklin Co., MA. November 25th, 2014.
Keeping watch over the passerine activity at the power canal. 
Good numbers of Eastern Bluebirds and American Goldfinches were feeding at this spot. 

1 comment:

Larry said...

Looks like more great stuff up your way...nice to see Canvasbacks around...not a very common species in the valley.