Kumlien's Iceland Gull (center) - adult at dusk, Unity Park, Turner's Falls, Franklin Co., MA. December 16th, 2014.
Nice looking bird and my first adult of the winter.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (upper left) - adult , Unity Park, Turner's Falls, Franklin Co., MA. December 15th, 2014.
Common Loon - juvenile, Turner's Falls, Franklin Co., MA. December 15th, 2014.
Barrow's Goldeneye (right) - male at dusk, Turner's Falls power canal, Franklin Co., MA. December 16th, 2014.
Horrible grainy record shot taken well after dusk. This was male was displaying to female Common Goldeneyes.
Northern Flicker - Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. December 15th, 2014. So many flickers around at the moment.
This morning (12/17) I had a cruise around Hadley in between errands. The Long-eared Owl that gave such fine views on Sunday was present at its roost, though I wasn't over surprised to see that it had moved on. There was a nice juvenile Northern Harrier quartering the area, a bird which we didn't see on Sunday's count but otherwise the Honey Pot seemed exceedingly quiet. By contrast huge numbers of birds were feeding in the damp fields SW of Meadow Street and Russelville Roads - well over 1000 Canada Geese, 200 Ring-billed Gulls, 150 Horned Larks among other things. There was also a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the large yard right at the intersection of Russelville Road and Meadow Street.