Sunday, October 18, 2015

MA - more Brants and some really nice pipits

Classic late fall weekend with cold blustery conditions, snow flurries and the first genuine frost of the fall. Didn't get to any dedicated birding this weekend but had some nice incidental observations, namely a flock 7 Brant heading WNW over North Cross Road, Gill moving ahead of some 350 Canada Geese, presumably flying out to the local fields to feed.

An early morning visit to Upinngil Farm, Gill produced a nice flock of about 35 American Pipits feeding close to the road in a corn stubble field. Although pipits are fairly regular on passage through the fields of Northfield, Gill and Montague they're often difficult to observe closely so this was a real treat!

American (Buff-bellied) Pipit- Anthus rubescens rubescens. About 35 present in the fields across from Upinngil Farm, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. October 18th, 2015. 

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