Kathy and Myles Conway
The mild fall weather we've experienced lately brought 13 members out for the Berkshire Lakes trip on November 5. However, that same mild weather may also have contributed to low numbers of waterfowl seen. Many geese were seen especially on Pontoosuc, and there were moderate numbers of both Hooded and Common Mergansers, but other species were in short supply. We saw only one Common Loon, from Burbank Park, and only one Gadwall, Pintail (a female), and Ring-necked Duck. One Pied-billed Grebe was seen well and one other by only one person. One Coot made the list, and we were surprised to see it first standing amid Mallards in shallow water. Handfuls of Green-winged Teal and Wood Ducks, another small handful of Great Blues were added. We also saw nine Ruddy Ducks, but the views were distant. Migrating Robins dominated our land bird sightings, and Cedar waxwings were also around in good numbers. Three Bald Eagles were seen, one adult from Nobody's Road, and two juveniles flying together at the causeway on Pontoosuc. Probably our best species was a scope view of some Rusty Blackbirds feeding on the ground in a marshy area seen from a spot we had never been to. Overall, it was a pleasant day to be in the field looking for fall migrants.