Date: 1/4/21 6:19 pm From: James P Smith <keenbirder...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's Falls - Harlequin Duck and Barrow's Goldeneye 01/04
The first-winter male Harlequin Duck first reported by Anne Jemas at the Millers/Connecticut River confluence on Jan 1st has moved downstream to Barton Cove, Gill. Today it was seen by many birders from Riverview Drive, Gill and to a lesser extent from Unity Park, Turner's Falls. It was still present on the cove at dusk. A first-winter Iceland Gull was also at Barton Cove mixed in with a relatively small gull flock.
The last three evenings have also seen a first-winter male Barrow's Goldeneye at the Turner's Falls power canal. This is the same bird that I initially saw during the rainstorm on Christmas Day. It usually arrives at the roost late, among the very last groups of Common Goldeneyes to drop in.
A few pics from the day including both of the subject species can be seen here;