Tuesday, November 3, 2015

MA - another Snow Bunting

Didn't have a lot of time to bird today but I did have 30 minutes of a beautiful calm morning at Barton Cove. Another flyover Snow Bunting was probably the highlight, along with several flyover Horned Larks and Purple Finches. Calling from the woodland fringe at the edge of the cove, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Winter Wren.

As expected, such a fine mild day produced little in the way of waterfowl but 7 Green-winged Teal and a Ring-necked Duck were new and a single Gadwall remained, and as many as four Double-crested Cormorants were present - getting quite late for those.

 Gadwall - Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. November 3rd, 2015.

Common Grackles - with a few Red-winged Blackbirds, North Cross Road, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. November 3rd, 2015.  Part of a flock of around 600 birds, almost all Common Grackles. 

Closer to home, the day got off to a raucous start with a huge flock of at least 600 Common Grackles on North Cross Road, Gill. The same flock also contained a handful of Red-winged Blackbirds.

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