Beth Spirito and Tim Carter
Eleven participants gathered to enjoy a sunny day of birding the Quabbin, It was cool and windy where we started our walk in the observation area right in front of the Quabbin Headquarters. There we were graced with a sighting of a flyover by a Bald Eagle. On the water we spotted many Ring-billed Gulls, Common Loons and Canada Geese. We then set off to the 2nd entrance of the Quabbin, where we encountered Crows, Ravens, multiple species of sparrows and more Blue Jays than we could count! Next stop was the tower area, and then on to Hanks Meadow, where we walked along the shore. Here we saw a pair of Horned Grebes, and three White-winged Scoters, along with some more Common Loons. All told we identified White-throated, White-crowned, Song, and Chipping Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, Goldfinches, Black-capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatches, and Turkey Vultures, along with five species of woodpecker, Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied, Pileated and Northern Flicker. Special songbird highlights were Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Our total for the four hours of birding was 31 species – a great day!