Canvasback - male, Turner's Falls, Franklin Co., MA. December 14th, 2016.
Impressive concentrations of waterfowl continue at Turner's Falls. This morning (12/14) I noted c.2,500 Canada Geese in the area the bulk of which were resting at the power canal. It was no easy task to pick out a Cackling Goose but eventually I found the usual long stayer amid the throng. After Monday's snowstorm (and perhaps a little hunting pressure), the drake Canvasback moved from the Rod and Gun club and to the power canal on the 13th and 14th. Two Gadwall were also present at the power canal on the 13th. Hooded Mergansers appear to be concentrated at the Rod and Gun club this month with 45 there on the 14th.
Common Goldeneye - male, Turner's Falls, Franklin Co., MA. December 13th, 2016.
Iceland Gulls were also present at the power canal on the 13th & 14th, both of them first-cycle birds.
Kumlien's Iceland Gull - first-cycle, Turner's Falls, Franklin Co., MA. December 14th, 2016.
Other local observations included a close encounter with a Peregrine in Montague City on the 13th and yet another stellar evening for North Saw-whet Owls with 4-5 birds heard and seen in just one location on the 13th keeping me and my field companions more than happy with the results!
Peregrine - age/sex uncertain, Montague City, Franklin Co., MA. December 13th, 2016.