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Walk and Wok trip to Turners Falls

Turners Falls

March 26, 2016

Steve Svec

Seven students and a new family of four joined eight members for the trip to Turners Falls.  A third Bald Eagle joined the nesting pair as almost constant companions during our stay at Barton Cove.  On the water from three viewpoints we found 12 Ring-necked Duck, 4 Mute Swan, 3 Hooded Merganser, 85 Tree Swallows.  Two flocks of Cedar Waxwings numbered more than 200, one group mostly seen on the ground beneath a fruiting tree at close range.  The Conte Power Canal had only a few Mallards, but a Turkey flushed from a pine tree overlooking the main river.  Upriver, the Rod and Gun Club had 2 male Bufflehead, 12 Common Mergansers, 3 Hooded Mergansers, 2 Mute Swans, and 3 Wood Ducks.  The nearby airport had a Kestrel fly overhead and a Killdeer that posed near the parking lot.  A luncheon at the China Gourmet in Greenfield followed the morning’s birding.