Beth Spirito and Tim Carter
Fourteen members gathers at Quabbin Reservoir in very cool and foggy weather conditions. We started the walk at the Headquarters, but we also visited the Tower Area, the Enfield Lookout, and ended the morning at Hank’s Meadows with a total of 36 species.
On the reservoir, Common Loons, a Horned Grebe, a few Surf Scoters, and a couple of Common Mergansers were spotted. It was a slow day for warblers, only seeing the Yellow-rumped, Black-and-white, and Blackpoll. Sparrows seen included White-throated, Song, and Tree. Flying high were Bald Eagle, Turkey Vultures, Crows, and a couple of Red-tailed Hawks. Downy, Hairy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers were present, as well as White and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Black-capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmouse, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper, Eastern Towhee, Phoebe, Dark-eyed Juncos, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Robin, Eastern Bluebird, Goldfinch, Catbirds, a Hermit and a Swainson’s Thrush. Great day, great group!