Date: 11/20/18 6:45 pm From: James P Smith <keenbirder...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls - more Red-throated Loons and a Black-legged Kittiwake
After this morning's post concerning Red-throated Loons in Franklin County I didn't really expect that the day would get better, but it did. On checking Barton Cove in late afternoon I found little in the way of interest but the Turner's Falls Rod and Gun club was a totally different story with 9 Red-throated Loons, 3 Red-necked Grebes and a Ruddy Duck in addition to the Surf Scoter, Lesser Scaup and Common Loon still present from the morning.
Moreover, a small flock of Ring-billed Gulls hosted a first-cycle Black-legged Kittiwake. This was my third record of a kittiwake in the area, the others being adults on October 11th, 2005 and November 5th 2012. Some grainy record shots of the kittiwake and the loons can be seen here;