Date: 10/26/17 11:20 am
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Waterbird fallout in western MA
Hi MassBirders,

Today’s rainfall seems to be bringing some migrating waterbirds down in western MA. I even got a piece of the action myself (finally!). Reported so far today on Western Mass Birders of FaceBook:

32 (!) White-winged Scoters at Winsor Dam on the Quabbin (Larry Therrien)

5 White-winged Scoters on Barton Cove (Peter Gagarin, Josh Rose)

And, all reported from the Berkshires by Jonathan Pierce:
Lake Pontoosuc: 3 Common Loon
1 Pied-billed Grebe
Onota Lake:
4 White-winged Scoter
2 Surf Scoter
1 female Red-breasted Merg
Richmond Pond:
7 Coot
2 Ruddy
1 female Red-breasted Merg
Stockbridge Bowl:
2 Red-necked Grebe
1 Long-tailed Duck

Also worth sharing, 3 of the 5 previously reported Cattle Egrets in Gill were back on Boyle Road this morning, per reports by Dave Small and James Smith, after spending a day in a more publicly inaccessible location. Can only speculate at this point what happened to the other two… Apparently at least two separate attempts to relocate the White Ibis on the Oxbow of Northampton have come up empty. One observer noted that water levels had risen markedly since the original report, so that a great deal of formerly suitable foraging habitat was now too deeply submerged, and the bird had likely gone searching for more productive hunting grounds.

Last item for now, one of the Hampshire Bird Club’s recurring series of walks on the Fort River Trail turned up a fairly late Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher yesterday morning. They also observed a Northern Harrier, one of a few sightings of the species in western MA over the past few days.

Good birding!


Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA

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