Monday, April 27, 2015

MA - Northern Shovelers in Gill

Stopped by Barton Cove for ten minutes this morning on my way to an appointment. Nice to see Common Goldeneyes (2) and Ring-necked Ducks (10) lingering plus a continuing non-breeding Common Loon. Two Northern Shovelers and a male Green-winged Teal were more recent arrivals. There was also a lot of Pileated Woodpecker activity in the woods along the campground road and a singing vireo there which I'm pretty sure was a Blue-headed.

 Northern Shoveler - male and female, Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. April 27th, 2015.

Common Goldeneye - two females with female Common Merganser, Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. 
April 27th, 2015.

Other than that, the woods continue to be rather quiet as the constant northerlies do their worst.......I'd normally expect to be hearing Ovenbird, Black-throated Green Warbler and American Redstart in the woods by this time, though I did manage a FOY House Wren along the power canal yesterday. We could see some south-westerlies by Wednesday/Thursday which will hopefully bring warmer days and widespread arrivals of familiar summer migrants.

Pileated Woodpecker - male, Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. April 27th, 2015.
Local Pileateds tend to be quite skittish but this bold male was rather approachable today. 

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