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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Early January Birds 2012

It's been an interesting few days, at least in the bird department, as we make our way through the 1st week of 2012. Mild temperatures greeted the 1st and 2nd with open water and lingering birds.

The Townsend's Warbler seen below (which should be in South America at this point in the year!) is coming to a feeder in Ipswich and made it through the recent cold snap.

This is Clark Pond on Great Neck in Ipswich which was completely open on the 2nd and all but frozen over on the 3rd. Lots of American Coot, Gadwall and Mute Swans

I was a bit surprised to see a Great Egret still hanging around the frozen edges of the pond. It is going to warm up for the next few days but I don't think we'll see ice free ponds anytime soon.

Cherry Hill Reservoir in West Newbury was also ice free on the 1st. Many Ruddy Ducks like the one below were still using the pond. The Barnacle Goose had been seen on the pond and the Cassin's Kingbird was still in the area as of the 3rd.

Camborne Pond in Rockport held a few dozen Mallards and the Northern Shoveler seen in the two images below on the 2nd. I'm certain the single digit temps the night of the 2nd and 3rd froze this little pond solid.