Date: 10/30/17 4:42 pm From: Josh <opihi...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Late shorebird flurry in Hadley and other western MA birds
A cornfield along Knightly Road, in the Hampshire County border region of northern Amherst and Hadley, has suddenly become a shorebird magnet. I visited there on Friday and found 600 or so Canada geese but noticed only one Killdeer. Then, in the face of yesterday’s wild weather, Scott Surner reported 18 Killdeer, a Pectoral Sandpiper, and 75 American Pipits. Aidan and Devin Griffiths followed up this morning and added an American Golden-Plover; Keenan Yakola and Isabel Brofsky came next and found three Goldens and two Pects, I passed through shortly after that and found the same with at least 30 Killdeer (but didn’t see or hear the pipits). Joe Olivero reported an hour later that a Harrier had flushed all of the shorebirds out of the area, but Scott Surner returned this evening to find the Harrier with *9* Goldens, 4 Pects, plus a Black-bellied Plover! Wondering if the action peaked tonight or if there might be more tomorrow….
The Barnacle Goose, and a Cackling with it, continue to be seen near Springfield in the previously reported location, mostly in the afternoon (Dorrie Holmes); no one has determined yet where else the flock goes. The Pink-footed Goose, on the other hand, was spotted feeding in a cornfield near Uppingill Farm by Thom Bullock, about an hour before James Smith saw it fly in to Barton Cove (explaining why it wasn’t at the Cove when I looked there earlier in the morning). Eric Huston staked out the power canal this evening but did not see the Pink-foot come in to roost, though as a consolation prize he did see a group of 8 Brant fly over.
The flock of Cattle Egrets previously reported from Gill is down to a single bird now, but that one was seen again today (Kristine Sinicrope).
Other western MA sightings today included
14 Black Scoters, 1 Surf Scoter, 1 Snow Bunting, and 1 Greater Yellowlegs flying over Winsor Dam (Larry Therrien),
10 Black Scoters and a Pied-billed Grebe on Pontoosuc Lake (Jonathan Pierce)
2 Black and a White-winged Scoter on Richmond Pond (JP again)
3 Black Scoters on the Turners Falls power canal (Peter Gagarin and yours truly)
1 American Coot at Fitzgerald Lake near Northampton (previously reported on WMB but not on MassBird, relocated today by Jeffrey Pilger)