Along the Otter River on the 5th were 4 Common Mergansers, one was wrestling with a "bullhead" catfish, after about 5 minutes it finally "choked it down". On Feb 25th I spotted a largish raptor like bird in the distance over Gardner, it turned out to be a Black Vulture, my first ever for Gardner....city bird # 217.
|Common Merganser with a bullhead.|
|The merg spent some time poking and re-positioning the fish, which likely had its pectoral and dorsal fins|
locked in the up position.
|Stilling working on lunch|
|A handsome Ring-necked Pheasant in Templeton, its likely origin was the Otter River Sportsman Club.|