It was a cloudy day with some rain and temps of 45-50. The Pynchon Point area had 5-6 Wood Ducks in trees near an apparent nesting hole. We drove to Eastern States, passing 2 Turkeys strutting on the landfill. A Peregrine flew off as we arrived. There were several Common Merganser pairs on both sides of entrance road and many Common Crows were gathered there and calling along with some Fish Crows. A Kestrel flew south and a Red-shouldered Hawk circled. Two Pileated Woodpeckers were in the trees. With some brush clearing along the road, the old riverbed marsh was more visible with several more Common Mergansers. There were only 2 Wood Ducks spotted on the swollen river from the dike.
In Longmeadow, the Pondside waters were busy with ducks, and we counted 2 Wigeon, 12 Wood Duck, 60 Ring-necked Duck, 5 Goldeneye, 10 Bufflehead, a male Shoveler, 4 Hooded and 30 Common Merganser, a Pied-billed Grebe, and 3 Great Blue Heron. A Sharp-shinned Hawk flew over and a hundred Tree Swallows flew and perched along with 10 or more Rough-winged Swallows.