Tuesday, November 4, 2014

MA - sapsucker, towhee 11/04

The push of waterfowl from the north seems to have slowed a bit over the last two days and Barton Cove and the Turner's Falls power canal have had little to offer in terms of fresh arrivals. Despite the presence of 500+ Canada Geese, I haven't seen a Cackling Goose since Sunday the 2nd, so I can't help but wonder of the two recent migrants have moved on. In short, the water biding has been exceedingly quiet for the last two days. But this morning I found a nice 'pocket' of birds on Pine Meadow Road, Northfield just south of the intersection with Cross Road. Lots of juncos, White-throated Sparrows and Pine Siskins present as well as a 'getting late' Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Eastern Towhee, and a single Yellow-rumped Warbler.

 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Pine Meadow Road, Northfield, Franklin Co., MA. November 4th, 2014.
The bulk have migrants have already moved through, but in truth a few of these will stay into December
and turn up on the Christmas Bird Counts. 

 Hooded Mergansers - part of a lose group of about 15. Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. November 3rd, 2014.
Becoming increasingly visible at Barton Cove this month.

 Black Scoter - female, Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. November 2nd, 2014.
Probably lingering from the previous day.

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