Saturday, June 30, 2012
Wachusett Reservoir Gate 28 & Other Misc
Whenever I'm exploring new trails I look for ones with snow shoe potential (if it ever snows again) and thought this one looked perfect as it's flat with deciduous trees which means plenty of sunshine in the winter when you really want that warmth.
And now for probably one of the most bizarre looking fledged American Robin's I've ever seen. I'm so used to the fledglings looking plump due to being well fed. Even it's proportions seemed out of whack to me. I knew it was a Robin, but couldn't stop looking at it due to how out of ordinary it seemed to my eye.
And another considering I took so many pictures. :-p. I think it's head looks to round and too small than what I'm used to seeing.
Seriously, if I saw this bird in my first year of birding I would have ID'd it as a Fieldfare. Who says I haven't made progress!
While I never did get the Orchard Oriole, I had a nice long walk and saw some nice birds. I like all of Wachusett but think this is now my new favorite gate because you can walk so many different trails and hike for miles if you want which reminds me of Quabbin.
I'd head home with my eyes on the road but that of course also means occasionally looking up at the sky and nearby trees in case you spot something and windows rolled down should you hear something of interest. I'd be in Boylston at this point and see a fairly good sized bird glide by and knew immediately it was neither a Turkey Vulture nor Red-tailed Hawk. The sun was in my eyes so I couldn't get any color on it, but the one thing I noticed were the white wing tips as that's what first jumped out at me. So of course I know I have to stop right then and there and see what it is as it could be my long awaited Black Vulture! I'd look in my rearview mirror thankful no one was behind me and pull over to the side of the road with my hazzards on as I furiously looked for it with my binnoculars while in my car. I would then do a You Turn and find a safe place to get out to see if I could see it better. I'd see it glide by again but still couldn't see what it was but knew it wasn't a Black Vulture as it was flying far to quick.
After some lunch I'd head back out in the late afternoon and go to Martha Deering to check for a Red-shouldered which I know is pointless but still do this once a month. I'd hike another two miles and get a couple of Veery's and Black-capped Chickadees with fledged young and that would be about it so I decided to check St Philips in Grafton for the Black-crowned Night Heron.
Take care all.