Friday, April 1, 2016

MA - another Osprey and widespread arrivals

The last two days (03/31-04/01) have been absurdly warm and balmy. A strong southern airflow has brought widespread arrivals of Northern Flickers, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Pine Warblers, Swamp Sparrows and Chipping Sparrows to the greater Gill/Turner's Falls area. Eastern Phoebes seem to be absolutely everywhere at this time, even deep inside wooded areas. Less usual was a singing Hermit Thrush in woodland north of North Cross Road this morning and another Osprey, this one taking a fish right in front of me at Barton Cove boat ramp. Overall, however, Barton Cove remains eerily quiet with just two Ring-necked Ducks present today.

 Osprey - Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. April 1st, 2016.

Northern Flicker - North Cross Road, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. March 29th, 2016.

Canada Goose - Ben Hale Road, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. March 29th, 2016.
Expanding their local breeding range to rural Gill. First nest that I've seen at this location. 

Other birds of interest around Gill included a Barred Owl on North Cross Road yesterday, plus two Golden-crowned Kinglets and a lot of Pileated Woodpeckers, very active and seemingly all over Gill at the moment.

1 comment:

Linda said...

Lovely series of photos.