Along North Dana Road was a nice selection of late migrants, including 7 Hermit Thrushes, Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets, White-throated Sparrows and Junco. Near the reservoir several Common Loons were seen, but only a single Horned Grebe and no Red-necked Grebe. Four female Surf Scoters circled well off shore and were only identifiable through the scope, a Greater Yellowlegs was also seen in flight. Land birding was poor along the water's edge due to the strong wind coming in off the water.
A minimum of 5 Bald Eagles were seen, 2 pair of adults and a single first year bird that passed close over head.
|Bald Eagle pair perched on a north Quabbin island, later the|
were seen perched near a nest across the water.
|Looking south west from the shoreline|
|Catapillar Photo = Slow birding!|
Another North Central Mass stop was the Church/Norcross Hill area, in Templeton , where Cooper's, Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks were seen. A Northern Harrier worked the edge of a field and "caught" the attention of the 200+ American Crows. Many White-throated and Song Sparrows were present but the recently reported pipits were seen or heard.
|A Red-shouldered Hawk scanning a corn field.|