Date: 11/28/18 9:08 am From: James P Smith <keenbirder...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls - Cackling Geese
Two individual Cackling Geese have been frequenting the Turner's Falls power canal during 26th - 28th Nov among as many as 1200 Canada Geese. The birds appear to be fairly typical Richardson's (*B.h.hutchinsii)* though have not been associating with each other.
A Iceland Gull (first-winter) joined the larger gulls roosting at Barton Cove, Gill yesterday (Nov 27th) along with a continuing adult Lesser Black-backed Gull which I first noted on Nov 21st.
A few other birds of interest included a Lapland Longspur at Caldwell Road fields in Northfield on the 22nd, and up to 50 Snow Buntings in Northfield Meadows where Josh Layfield photographed a fairly late Common Yellowthroat on Nov 24th.
Quite a number of daytime sightings of Barred Owls in our area have, unfortunately, included some road kill, especially in Montague/Sunderland.
Images of the Cackling Geese and other notable species in northern Franklin County can be seen here;