Recent Central Mass Bird Sightings from October to February into the database and figured now would be a good time to look at Worcester County IBA's with Wachusett Reservoir being top of the list as it's the place to be for fall migration when it comes to water fowl so figured I'd share it on my blog. The data chart above shows TOTALS for Oct to Dec 1998 to 2011 and Jan 1999 to 2012. Looking at it this way is very interesting and shows November as the best month numbers wise for ducks with Black Scoter and Bufflehead in particular. It also shows me I need to get my White-winged Scoter in quick as the number of them dwindles in November. What I found most interesting doing this analysis was the month of January where you see an impressive number of ducks on Wachusett and they are the typical "pond ducks" who have moved away from the frozen ponds and into waters at the reservoir that still remain open.
Pretty cool huh?? I sometimes forget just how lucky we are to have Wachusett Reservoir as close as it is and seeing it from a numbers standpoint, reminds me how fortunate I am to live less than a half and hour (drive time) away from it.
Take care all.