|Data First two weeks of October for Worcester County 1998 to 2011|
The American Wigeon are on my "must see" list for the weekend and am glad to see Alan has finally found them at All Faith's Cemetery in Worcester after we dipped on them this past weekend which is welcome relief considering it's been the most reliable place to see these birds since Rick started his site in 1998.
American Wigeon sightings around the Massachusetts area overall with the reds being reports of the past 30 days and there's Alan's report right smack dab in the middle between Auburn and Worcester. ;-)
The other bird to look for (and only because its this week's obsession for me) are the adorable and always smiling Snow Geese! Sure we've gotten sightings of them in the past several years with most of them coming from the Hawk Watch spots and local ponds with Orlando's having a consistent appeal for these geese.
The Flight of the Snow Geese and see the largest migration routes of the Snow Geese being the Mississippi and Central Flyways being their preferred method of travel with the Atlantic Flyway not even getting a special mention but this book was published in 1975.
Are you still with me??? Good!! Now let's go onto one of my favorites bird species which are sparrows!! Seriously, I was telling Alan this past weekend that I believe sparrows are now on my official top 3 listing of birds I like the most with raptors being number one, gulls stay at number two and the sparrows come in at number three trumping the warblers which Alan tells me will change come May but for right now the sparrows are in the limelight as how could they not as there's no such thing as a drab "little brown bird"!
|First two weeks of October 1998 to 2011 for Worcester County|
Pardon the small font, but there was a lot of data to share so let me summarize it for you. The best places for sparrows this time of the year appear to be Bolton Flats, Westborough WMA and Quabog which many of us already knew. If you were out there this past weekend you couldn't help but notice the numbers with Swamp Sparrows being the most numerous where I was besides the Savannah Sparrow who can't even make it to 350 either of the weeks! According to this data the Dark-eyed Juncos should increase next week and I should have highlighted the White-throated Sparrows as well as they are moving through in mass too. Look out for the White-crowned's as well as they almost double in week 2!
|Swamp Sparrow sightings September and October of this year with red being spotted the past 30 days. Source: eBird|
Take care all.