Date: 2/28/18 9:15 am From: James P Smith <keenbirder...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls gulls and Greenfield Black Vultures
February has produced an excellent show of gulls in the greater Turner's Falls area. The birds have gathered at the power canal, Unity Park and Barton Cove and usually choose resting/staging areas relative to the ice conditions of the day. At the moment, most of the gull activity has been above Turner's Falls dam and inside Barton Cove.
Iceland Gulls (kumlieni) peaked at 12 on Feb 15th, when 3 Glaucous Gulls were also present, the latter being composed of 2 first-cycle birds and 1 second-cycle. Throughout the month, 4 - 8 Iceland Gulls have been present on all the visits that I've made. In addition, single first-cycle Glaucous Gulls have been present on most days with at least two individuals involved. An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull has also been present throughout the month.
Also of note, a nice build of migrant waterfowl towards the end of the month with 35 Ring-necked Ducks at Barton Cove on the 28th and an impressive flock of 29 Northern Pintail over Unity Park, Turner's Falls on the 21st. Turkey Vultures started to appear from around Feb 21st and this morning (Feb 28th) I came across 8 Black Vultures dispersing from a roost on Federal Street very close to downtown Greenfield.
Images of many of these (and a few more besides) can be seen at;