Friday, November 28, 2014

MA - nice mix for late Nov

Early this afternoon, again between chores, I checked a couple of local spots and came up with a nice range of species for late November. Today was pleasant enough but quite crisp and raw towards the end of the day with temperatures already below freezing around sunset. Winter certainly seems to have come early with about eight inches of fresh snow falling overnight on 26th/27th Nov.

First stop was Barton Cove in Gill where, to my delight, the five Canvasbacks continued along with a drake Ring-necked Duck. The Hooded Merganser show continues to impress and I counted 157 birds this afternoon.

Canvasbacks - Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. November 28th, 2014.
Continuing group from Nov 26th. 

At the Turner's Falls power canal, finally a Kumlien's Iceland Gull turned up and, ironically, an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull with it. Hopefully this will be the start of better diversity within the local gull flock as the season has gotten off to a pretty slow start so far.

Kumlien's Iceland Gull - probably 2nd-cycle, Turner's Falls power canal, Franklin Co., MA. November 28th, 2014.
A much belated first of the season.

Lesser Black-backed Gull (left) - adult, Turner's Falls power canal, Franklin Co., MA. November 28th, 2014.

Seemingly at odds with the fresh snow and below-freezing temperatures, I again saw the Eastern Phoebe which I first noted on Nov 22nd. With Fahrenheit  temperatures forecast to get into the single digits tonight, it's going to be interesting to see if the phoebe sticks around......or survives.

Eastern PhoebeTurner's Falls power canal, Franklin Co., MA. November 28th, 2014.

1 comment:

NatureStop said...

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