Sunday, November 9, 2014

Neighborhood (Westminster, Ma.) Birding 11/9

On a neighborhood walk to an old sandpit/squawsh patch this morning I found a nice array of sparrows, and a new species for the local patch. Dark-eyed Juncos, Song, Swamp, Savannah, White-throated, American tree, Chipping and Fox Sparrows were found. A fly over American Pipit was a new species for my neighborhood and a very late Bobolink was still lingering. here are a few photos.
November 9th is a very late date for a Bobolink in north Worcester County

An obstructed view of an American tree Sparrow

Its getting a bit late for Chipping Sparrows in the area, there were 5 or 10 present in the squawsh patch.

One of several Savannah Sparrows

A Brown Creeper at the forest's edge.
During the week, at Crystal Laker (Gardner) a the Red-breasted Merganser hung around until Friday, a Double-crested Cormorant and Ruddy Duck were also present and the season's first Common Goldeneyes arrived. There has been no "sign" of the Lesser Black-backed Gull I observed a week+ ago.

A female Ruddy Duck

Double-crested Cormorant

The "DC" showing a nice "aqua marine" colored eye.

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