Cackling Goose - Greenfield, Franklin Co., MA. November 29th, 2016.
Cackling Goose - Greenfield, Franklin Co., MA. November 30th, 2016.
The excellent season for Northern Saw-whet Owls continues unabated with six birds being found at new site in Northfield on the 28th. These birds gave an exciting range of about half a dozen different vocalizations, with good visuals of at least four of the six recorded. A Barred Owl was seen at the same site, and Barred Owls continue to be seen in the daytime in the Gill area, especially on damp, foggy days.
Barred Owl - on a very wet afternoon, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. November 30th, 2016.
On Monday (Nov 28th), I joined Laura Gaudette for a tour of the Putney Great Meadow in southern Vermont and had a very enjoyable morning getting familiar with the place and sharing some of the birds on Laura's patch. Highlights included a late Turkey Vulture, Merlin, several Bald Eagles and a couple of swirling flocks of Horned Larks. The latter were typically difficult to observe but eventually gave themselves up providing excellent views. After a while we also detected one, possibly two Lapland Longspurs among them.
Horned Lark - Putney Great Meadow, Windham Co., VT. November 28th, 2016.
Lapland Longspur (with Horned Lark) - Putney Great Meadow, Windham Co., VT. November 28th, 2016.
American Tree Sparrows (with American Goldfinches) - Putney Great Meadow, Windham Co., VT. November 28th, 2016.