Date: 8/26/17 1:29 pm From: Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-necked Phalarope in Warren 8/26
While counting Wood Ducks in the large, marshy pond along Brooks Road in Warren (Worcester County) I was more than a little surprised to discover a juvenile RED-NECKED PHALAROPE just sitting in the water at the far side of the marsh. We watched the bird for more than 10 minutes, Sheila got some poor record shots (I will post on Central Mass Birders Facebook page). Suddenly, a kingfisher flew in and made a dive at the 'rope and it promptly flew up and out heading east. Also seen in Warren were (6) Virginia Rails, Marsh Wrens, a Philly Vireo, a smattering of warblers, and a Bobcat. I nearby Brookfields, while checking ponds for (possibly) other phalaropes (no) we had (2) Ospreys and (3) Bald Eagles (1ad+1sub-ad+1imm). The adult caught what looked like a huge introduced pike.