Northern Shrike - adult, Boyle Road, Gill, Franklin Co., MA.
Distant views on December 3rd (above) but better, closer on Dec 4th (below).
Bald Eagle - juvenile, Montague City, Franklin Co., MA. December 1st, 2014.
Near daily sightings around Turner's Falls and Barton Cove. This one was over the Connecticut River at Monatgue.
Large gull numbers continue to build up slowly at Turner's Falls and on Dec 2nd, some 250 were present on the power canal. Among them, two Kumlien's Gulls (first-winter, second-winter) and the continuing adult Lesser Black-backed Gull.
Generally, Gill has been very 'birdy' with lots of roadside juncos, American Tree Sparrows, American Goldfinches and Eastern Bluebirds. Less expected were Northern Flickers (2 on Ben Hale Road and another on North Cross), and 2 Winter Wrens and a Savannah Sparrow on Ben Hale Road. The latter may well be the first December Savannah Sparrow that I've seen in Gill.
Winter Wren - Ben Hale Road, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. December 3rd, 2014.
Finally, at home in Northfield, the wetland below our yard has flooded and produced enough water to attract some dabblers with up to 22 American Black Ducks, 2 Mallards and a couple of hybrids - not too shabby!
American Black Ducks - small portion of the 22 or so visible from our yard in Northfield, Franklin Co., MA.
December 4th, 2014.