|Karin captured these "retreating" from the yard last Tuesday.|
|Another male framed through the woodwork of the deck.|
I did a little birding in Fitchburg and Westminster this afternoon, notable birds were my first local Turkey Vultures and a single Common Grackle. Common and Hooded Mergansers were in a few locations and there was a nice congregation of gulls on Saw Mill Pond, on the Fitchburg/Westminster border. Of the 400+/- present about 350 were Herring, 40+ Great Black-backed and 1 Ring-billed.
|A Red-tailed Hawk on a mill smoke stack along the Nashua River in Fitchburg|
|2nd winter (note the light eye) white-winged gull**** atop a vacant store|
|a closer view of the white-winged gull***|
|Hooded Mergansers and a pair of Common Goldeneye on Saw Mill Pond.|
|Two handsome drake 'hoodies"|
|A pair of Red-tailed Hawks at Fitchburg Airport.|
I had hoped to see a Killdeer or two at the Fitchburg airport but struck out. With a fair amount of snow cover in north Worcester County the Killdeer arrival maybe delayed a bit in higher elevations, same for American Woodcock. However each of these will likely show in the next few weeks.