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Agawam, West Springfield and Longmeadow

River Road and Bondi’s Island in Agawam, Exposition Lagoons in West Springfield
Longmeadow Flats
Stebbins Refuge

August 27, 2016

Seth Kellogg

At the meeting place, Pynchon Point in Agawam, two screaming Peregrine Falcons flew over us.  One continued west and the other landed on the cell tower across the street, calling for a few minutes.  Walking to the Point, we managed to find 2 Great Egrets, a Great Blue, and 3 Dc Cormorants.  We drove to the Expo Lagoon and found 3 Great Blue Herons, 5 Green Herons, 2 Dc Cormorants, Great and Snowy Egrets, 2 immature Black-crown Night-herons, a Solitary Sandpiper, a Kingfisher, an Osprey perched, and a Killdeer heard only.  On to Longmeadow, where Pondside gave us 11 Great Egrets, 3 Great Blues, 35 Wood Ducks, 7 Mute Swans, 40 Mallards, 4 Least Sandpipers, 3 Tree Swallows, 3 Orioles, and 3 Warbling Vireos.  At the Island the water was too high for anything but one Spotted Sandpiper, 2 Great Egrets, 2 Dc Cormorants, a Bald Eagle close overhead, and a preening Peregrine Falcon perched atop dead driftwood on a reduced sandbar.