Rusty Blackbirds - West Gill Road, Bernardston, Franklin Co., MA. April 3rd, 2015.
About 25 birds foraging in an open meadow with American Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, and Brown-headed Cowbirds. Difficult to photograph as the birds were distant and the field clearly posted.
With so many fresh arrivals in the area, I could hardly resist a quick visit to Barton Cove. The planned five minute check became 45 minutes as the cove was teaming with birds. Easily 400 Ring-necked Ducks were present along with a couple more season firsts - American Wigeon and a female Greater Scaup, plus well over 20 Green-winged Teal, 12 Bufflehead, 10 Wood Duck and numerous Common Goldeneye, Common and Hooded Mergansers. New arrivals including three Great Blue Herons 'barking' as they flew in and a single Belted Kingfisher.
Great Blue Heron - Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. April 3rd, 2015.
One of three new arrivals today.
The morning also produced two 'fresh' gull arrivals with another smart adult Lesser Black-backed and a Kumlien's Iceland Gull.
Lesser Black-backed Gull - adult, Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. April 3rd, 2015.
Another pristine breeding plumage bird, seemingly much smaller than the adult/near adult seen on March 31st.
Kumlien's Iceland Gull (front center) - first-cycle, Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. April 3rd, 2015.