This male wood duck knew I was up in the woods but couldn't see me !!    3/29/16

This male wood duck knew I was up in the woods but couldn't see me !!    3/29/16

Finally he decided to move along and I wasn't a threat.
Finally he decided to move along and I wasn't a threat.

If you've ever tried to sneak up on wood ducks this was a cool bit of magic !   3/29/16

Wood duck air force
Wood duck air force

Thirteen wood ducks came zipping over me this morning heading north over the Reservoir. Quite a pleasant surprise at 5:50 AM ! 5/8/15

While watching the osprey in the following photos this pair of wood ducks landed a short ways away.  As they took off I was able to get this picture of the male.
While watching the osprey in the following photos this pair of wood ducks landed a short ways away. As they took off I was able to get this picture of the male.
Wood duck jet
Wood duck jet

Zoom Zoom,  fast flying ducks. Its said they can fly at 45 miles per hour!  4/22/15

Wood ducks.
Wood ducks.

Found all over the Quabbin ponds and rarely seen on the main Reservoir.  They nest in tree cavities.  Beautiful ducks but very hard to sneak up on. I spotted this pair about 150 feet up sitting in this tree.  4/26/15

Pair of wood ducks
Pair of wood ducks

Wood ducks can be found almost everywhere there is a small woods pond at Quabbin. If you can sneak up on them, you can sneak up on anything ! 4/22/15

Wood ducks
Wood ducks

A different female wood duck with 7 ducklings putting along the same pond from one side to the other.  6/22/15

Female wood duck and eleven chicks
Female wood duck and eleven chicks

I discovered this female wood duck today with what seems like 11 chicks that I would say are just 4 to 5 days out of the nest!  Quabbin watershed 6/20/15

female wood duck
female wood duck

A female wood duck watches after her 7 ducklings in one of Quabbins many beaver ponds.  6/25/15

  The rain kept me inside for a day and a half.  I finally went out and it "rained on my parade" of ring necked ducks !  4/12/16

The rain kept me inside for a day and a half.  I finally went out and it "rained on my parade" of ring necked ducks !  4/12/16

  Canada geese dropping out of the fog along the Quabbin shoreline.  I love the morning fog at Quabbin.  You never know what will drop out of the sky !!  8/23/16

Canada geese dropping out of the fog along the Quabbin shoreline.  I love the morning fog at Quabbin.  You never know what will drop out of the sky !!  8/23/16

Ring necked ducks
Ring necked ducks

Here are three ring necked ducks, a female and 2 males.  You can see the brownish rings which they get their name from.  They will all be leaving for the northern parts soon.  Very few nest in Massachusetts but they are very common during spring and fall migrations.

Large family of common mergansers
Large family of common mergansers

Here is a large family of 31 common mergansers including the female This is called brood amalgamation or creching.  Some females will just leave their chicks with another brood and go off fishing for a while. Some will just go off leaving another female to raise e their family.  Quabbin Reservoir.  7/11/15

  This female wood duck flew in about 50 feet to the left of me and landed and I was 10 feet away from my camera and tripod.  I didnt think I'd be able to get to it without scaring her away but it worked out...  7/2/16  

This female wood duck flew in about 50 feet to the left of me and landed and I was 10 feet away from my camera and tripod.  I didnt think I'd be able to get to it without scaring her away but it worked out...  7/2/16  

This is part of the 30 chick army that is shown in the next photo here amost 2 months later.  8/24/15
This is part of the 30 chick army that is shown in the next photo here amost 2 months later. 8/24/15
Common goldeneye duck
Common goldeneye duck

They are  common at Quabbin during migration, but tend to stay on the large waters.

Ringed-neck ducks
Ringed-neck ducks

Very common in spring and fall migration at Quabbin.

  I watched this Canada goose take a bath this morning.  A good day for it .....5/20/16

I watched this Canada goose take a bath this morning.  A good day for it .....5/20/16

  Ringed-neck duck taking off….

Ringed-neck duck taking off….

Green wing teal
Green wing teal

A small duck that can be found at Quabbin in the migrations.  This was taken in the west branch of Fever Brook. 4/7/15

  A male mallard duck comes in for a landing along the shore of the Connecticut River in Turners Falls. MA.  I think mallards are a real beautiful duck.  2/10/16

A male mallard duck comes in for a landing along the shore of the Connecticut River in Turners Falls. MA.  I think mallards are a real beautiful duck.  2/10/16

  Mallards blasting over a swamp. I love watching ducks fly !

Mallards blasting over a swamp. I love watching ducks fly !

  Family night out..... Quabbin style   5.17.16

Family night out..... Quabbin style   5.17.16

  I caught this male mallard taking a bath and then preening. He was so busy he never heard me sneaking up on him.

I caught this male mallard taking a bath and then preening. He was so busy he never heard me sneaking up on him.

 Male Mallard duck
Male Mallard duck

Every small pond at Quabbin has a pair or two of mallards and Canadian geese.

Ruddy duck
Ruddy duck
Common mergansers
Common mergansers

Early morning fog at Quabbin and common mergansers. 4/22/15

female common merganser
female common merganser

The wild hairdo is an easy way to identify the female common merganser by her profile. 4/15/15

  A pair of wood ducks in the early morning sunshine in a small beaver pond on the Quabbin Reservoir watershed.  5/12/16

A pair of wood ducks in the early morning sunshine in a small beaver pond on the Quabbin Reservoir watershed.  5/12/16

male common merganser
male common merganser

Its really hard to get the green color to show its brilliance. After many tries I hit the right light and had the right settings in the camera. 4/15/15

  Here's a unique photo of a male wood duck sitting in a tree in the early morning sun in a beaver pond in the northern Quabbin watershed taken from about 200 yards away.  5/11/16

Here's a unique photo of a male wood duck sitting in a tree in the early morning sun in a beaver pond in the northern Quabbin watershed taken from about 200 yards away.  5/11/16

  I got a neat surprise this morning..Out popped a female wood duck in the path in front of me. That was surprise enough, but then out popped 14 ducklings the size of ping pong balls right behind her. Ill bet they weren't but 24 to 36 hours old ...  6/4/16

I got a neat surprise this morning..Out popped a female wood duck in the path in front of me. That was surprise enough, but then out popped 14 ducklings the size of ping pong balls right behind her. Ill bet they weren't but 24 to 36 hours old ...  6/4/16

 Common mergansers ….touchdown !
Common mergansers ….touchdown !
  A morning cruise by the old apartment building.  Remember the goose sitting on top of the beaver lodge nest?  Here she is with seven chicks swimming by the lodge this morning.  The chicks are 2 weeks old today.  5/10/16

A morning cruise by the old apartment building.  Remember the goose sitting on top of the beaver lodge nest?  Here she is with seven chicks swimming by the lodge this morning.  The chicks are 2 weeks old today.  5/10/16

  "Are you awake yet?  He's back again,  doesn't that guy ever sleep?"

"Are you awake yet?  He's back again,  doesn't that guy ever sleep?"

An early winter flock of common mergansers
An early winter flock of common mergansers
Yikes !!  the gang grows !
Yikes !! the gang grows !

Here  is the same female with her chicks 10 days later and she had added 20 more chicks !  She now has 50 chicks with her.. an uncommon condition that occurs in common mergansers called brood-amalgamation.   7/20/15

Common mergansers
Common mergansers

Here the female common merganser doubles as a ferry at the Quabbin Reservoir.  7/11/15

Common merganser family
Common merganser family

Another common merganser mother and chicks we found while doing the Quabbin loon census along the shore of Quabbin.  7/9/15

  Early this morning I found the first batch of wood duck chicks of this year following mom around all over the beaver pond!  Little yellow puff balls.  6/1/16

Early this morning I found the first batch of wood duck chicks of this year following mom around all over the beaver pond!  Little yellow puff balls.  6/1/16

Common merganser chicks cruising the shore for bug, fish and anything thats good to eat. Early morning fog.  8/17/15
Common merganser chicks cruising the shore for bug, fish and anything thats good to eat. Early morning fog. 8/17/15
  The same merganser chicks waiting for the sun to come out all crowd onto rock to preen and complain about Red Sox loosing season.   8/17/15

The same merganser chicks waiting for the sun to come out all crowd onto rock to preen and complain about Red Sox loosing season.   8/17/15

  Here is another family of common merganser ducks resting with mom today along the Quabbin shore.  Baby birds popping up everywhere!  5/31/16

Here is another family of common merganser ducks resting with mom today along the Quabbin shore.  Baby birds popping up everywhere!  5/31/16

Female common merganser
Female common merganser

I was in the woods watching the world go by on the shore of Quabbin when this common mergansers came steaming by.  9/4/15

  Memorial Day means lots of baby birds starting to appear.  Here's a female common merganser with her 9 chicks in tow along the Quabbin shoreline.  Nothing as cute as these little buggers !   5/27/16

Memorial Day means lots of baby birds starting to appear.  Here's a female common merganser with her 9 chicks in tow along the Quabbin shoreline.  Nothing as cute as these little buggers !   5/27/16

Common mergansers
Common mergansers

I was sitting along the shore doing my best rocks imitation the I spotted these two female common mergansers headed right for me....  they landed almost in my lap !  11/24/15

female common goldeneye ducks
female common goldeneye ducks

Two female common goldeneye ducks take wing as the sun rises on 2016 at the Quabbin Reservoir.  1/1/16

Lunch !!
Lunch !!

Canada geese are busily sweeping the bottom of shallow Lake Rohunta for their meal......  12/23/15

Common mergansers
Common mergansers

Lots of common mergansers flying about the northern Quabbin  these days.  12/1/15

Shore patrol !!
Shore patrol !!

Common merganser chicks are getting bigger each week.  They patrol the shore everyday and its fun to watch them go.  8/23/15

Greater scaup duck stretching its wings at the Quabbin.  10/22/15
Greater scaup duck stretching its wings at the Quabbin. 10/22/15
DSC_1704.jpg
  A lesser scaup duck was in with a big flock of mallard ducks and Canada geese today on the Connecticut River.  I just happened to spot this little guy in the mob of geese.

A lesser scaup duck was in with a big flock of mallard ducks and Canada geese today on the Connecticut River.  I just happened to spot this little guy in the mob of geese.

Three female hooded mergansers and one male.  Silver Lake,  Athol MA  12/11/15
Three female hooded mergansers and one male. Silver Lake, Athol MA 12/11/15
  A pair of hooded mergansers putt along in the Quabbin between fishing and preening in the early morning sun.  2/27/16

A pair of hooded mergansers putt along in the Quabbin between fishing and preening in the early morning sun.  2/27/16

A pair of hooded mergansers hunt for  food in the early morning fog in a small cove at Quabbin.  11/18/15
A pair of hooded mergansers hunt for food in the early morning fog in a small cove at Quabbin. 11/18/15
Hooded mergansers
Hooded mergansers

"All I said was I was getting sick of looking like Mrs. Frankenstein" !!

  Nothing like a good shakedown to settle the feathers back in place after preening.  Hooded merganser.  Quabbin Reservoir,  2/27/16

Nothing like a good shakedown to settle the feathers back in place after preening.  Hooded merganser.  Quabbin Reservoir,  2/27/16

  Here is a male hooded merganser.  These great little ducks are everywhere here in the north Quabbin area as migration for ducks is in full swing.  These guys like small ponds and can be found with wood ducks and ring necks.  The will nest in Massachusetts.  3/19/16

Here is a male hooded merganser.  These great little ducks are everywhere here in the north Quabbin area as migration for ducks is in full swing.  These guys like small ponds and can be found with wood ducks and ring necks.  The will nest in Massachusetts.  3/19/16

Hooded merganser taking off from Lake Mattawa today, Orange MA.  1/2/16
Hooded merganser taking off from Lake Mattawa today, Orange MA. 1/2/16
  A pair of black ducks on one of the finally opened ice free beaver ponds in the Quabbin watershed.  2/29/16

A pair of black ducks on one of the finally opened ice free beaver ponds in the Quabbin watershed.  2/29/16

The chase !
The chase !
Canada goose family
Canada goose family
  This golden eye duck seems to have something to say to these Canada geese on the CT. River this afternoon. This is probably the equivalent to kicking sand in the bigger guys faces!  2/26/16

This golden eye duck seems to have something to say to these Canada geese on the CT. River this afternoon. This is probably the equivalent to kicking sand in the bigger guys faces!  2/26/16

  Here is one more Canada goose shot of the interloper being driven out of the pond that was already claimed.  3/13/16

Here is one more Canada goose shot of the interloper being driven out of the pond that was already claimed.  3/13/16

  Canada geese have begun defending their nesting ponds.  It gets pretty brutal with the looser finally being driven out of the pond he was overlooking.  I suspect he was also  trying to steal a mate!  3/13/16

Canada geese have begun defending their nesting ponds.  It gets pretty brutal with the looser finally being driven out of the pond he was overlooking.  I suspect he was also  trying to steal a mate!  3/13/16

  "Look, up in the air, Its the Navy's Blue" .... err  ring necked ducks!  They are all over the place this morning.  They are very common during migration both in the spring and fall, but do not nest here.  In this photo you can see the ring around their neck you very seldom see. 3/11/16

"Look, up in the air, Its the Navy's Blue" .... err  ring necked ducks!  They are all over the place this morning.  They are very common during migration both in the spring and fall, but do not nest here.  In this photo you can see the ring around their neck you very seldom see. 3/11/16

  Common mergansers are everywhere right now during migration at Quabbin. The males are bright white with green heads an orange beaks.  Here is a flock flying along being lead by a female merganser who is cheering them on as they fly.  3/10/16

Common mergansers are everywhere right now during migration at Quabbin. The males are bright white with green heads an orange beaks.  Here is a flock flying along being lead by a female merganser who is cheering them on as they fly.  3/10/16

  Harlequin ducks.  These little speedsters come down from the great white north to spend the winters along the New England coast.  This was taken in Ogunquit Maine today,  3/7/16.  You gotta love these little beauties. Four males and one female.

Harlequin ducks.  These little speedsters come down from the great white north to spend the winters along the New England coast.  This was taken in Ogunquit Maine today,  3/7/16.  You gotta love these little beauties. Four males and one female.

  Mute swans are not very common at Quabbin but are along the CT. River.  These beautiful swans chase all other waterfowl off of their nesting areas.  2/10/16

Mute swans are not very common at Quabbin but are along the CT. River.  These beautiful swans chase all other waterfowl off of their nesting areas.  2/10/16

Three mute swans catching some sun and sleep on the CT. River today in Turners Falls.
Three mute swans catching some sun and sleep on the CT. River today in Turners Falls.
Horned grebe
Horned grebe

A male horned grebe sits after preening in the early morning Quabbin sun. These little guys are rare in the summer but can be found in both spring and late fall migrations.  5/22/15

Horned grebe
Horned grebe

Heres another shot of the male horned grebe.  They are very dainty looking birds don't you think ?  5/22/15

Bufflehead ducks
Bufflehead ducks

A flock of bufflehead ducks flying along in front of the Windsor Dam early this morning.... 11/14/15

  Ive been watching this female wood duck and her 7 ducklings for about 6 weeks now.  They were very small late in the season but look like they will make it OK.  8/7/16

Ive been watching this female wood duck and her 7 ducklings for about 6 weeks now.  They were very small late in the season but look like they will make it OK.  8/7/16

  Part of a large 100+ flock of early morning Canada geese heading out from their night time roost at Quabbin to spend the day at Hunts Dairy Farm fields in Orange MA  8/24/16

Part of a large 100+ flock of early morning Canada geese heading out from their night time roost at Quabbin to spend the day at Hunts Dairy Farm fields in Orange MA  8/24/16

  The Canadian Air Force doing their maneuvers over the Quabbin this morning.  9/7/16

The Canadian Air Force doing their maneuvers over the Quabbin this morning.  9/7/16

  Canada geese fly above the fog and in the early morning sun makes for great light conditions  to photograph birds flying. My favorite time of day. 8/24/16

Canada geese fly above the fog and in the early morning sun makes for great light conditions  to photograph birds flying. My favorite time of day. 8/24/16

  The ponds are opening up from ice and now the ducks are returning.  Hooded mergansers.  3/10/17

The ponds are opening up from ice and now the ducks are returning.  Hooded mergansers.  3/10/17

  This is a greeting I received from a couple friends of mine this morning at about 7AM. These 2 geese have been nesting in the same pond for 3 years that I am aware of. This is the big male who has a band on his left leg. They always nest on one of 4 beaver lodges in their pond. It was almost as if he was trying to remember me ! 

This is a greeting I received from a couple friends of mine this morning at about 7AM. These 2 geese have been nesting in the same pond for 3 years that I am aware of. This is the big male who has a band on his left leg. They always nest on one of 4 beaver lodges in their pond. It was almost as if he was trying to remember me ! 

  The shore patrol at Quabbin !  Hooded merganser with 2 black ducks wander along the expanse of open shoreline now the ice has all but disappeared at the Quabbin.  4/3/17

The shore patrol at Quabbin !  Hooded merganser with 2 black ducks wander along the expanse of open shoreline now the ice has all but disappeared at the Quabbin.  4/3/17

  Canada geese are all fighting each other while trying to secure territories for the coming nesting season. Here are a couple of them I found this morning. 4/16/17

Canada geese are all fighting each other while trying to secure territories for the coming nesting season. Here are a couple of them I found this morning. 4/16/17

  This male wood duck came flying in today and landed smack in front of me right on cue!  great to see these guys again.  Spring is here for sure.  4/14/17

This male wood duck came flying in today and landed smack in front of me right on cue!  great to see these guys again.  Spring is here for sure.  4/14/17

  In my opinion so far this years been a banner year for wood duck chicks.  Right now the beaver ponds are crawling with them getting ready to fly off into their future.  This morning I watched these 4 preening together on "the preening stump" that they use from time to time.  7/18/17

In my opinion so far this years been a banner year for wood duck chicks.  Right now the beaver ponds are crawling with them getting ready to fly off into their future.  This morning I watched these 4 preening together on "the preening stump" that they use from time to time.  7/18/17

  While waiting for the herons to show up with breakfast this morning this young male wood duck chick came chugging along all by himself, hopped up on a mud hummock and stretched, then was on his way again ! It was quite amusing!  7/8/17

While waiting for the herons to show up with breakfast this morning this young male wood duck chick came chugging along all by himself, hopped up on a mud hummock and stretched, then was on his way again ! It was quite amusing!  7/8/17

  This male wood duck knew I was up in the woods but couldn't see me !!    3/29/16
Finally he decided to move along and I wasn't a threat.
Wood duck air force
While watching the osprey in the following photos this pair of wood ducks landed a short ways away.  As they took off I was able to get this picture of the male.
Wood duck jet
Wood ducks.
Pair of wood ducks
Wood ducks
Female wood duck and eleven chicks
female wood duck
  The rain kept me inside for a day and a half.  I finally went out and it "rained on my parade" of ring necked ducks !  4/12/16
  Canada geese dropping out of the fog along the Quabbin shoreline.  I love the morning fog at Quabbin.  You never know what will drop out of the sky !!  8/23/16
Ring necked ducks
Large family of common mergansers
  This female wood duck flew in about 50 feet to the left of me and landed and I was 10 feet away from my camera and tripod.  I didnt think I'd be able to get to it without scaring her away but it worked out...  7/2/16  
This is part of the 30 chick army that is shown in the next photo here amost 2 months later.  8/24/15
Common goldeneye duck
Ringed-neck ducks
  I watched this Canada goose take a bath this morning.  A good day for it .....5/20/16
  Ringed-neck duck taking off….
Green wing teal
  A male mallard duck comes in for a landing along the shore of the Connecticut River in Turners Falls. MA.  I think mallards are a real beautiful duck.  2/10/16
  Mallards blasting over a swamp. I love watching ducks fly !
  Family night out..... Quabbin style   5.17.16
  I caught this male mallard taking a bath and then preening. He was so busy he never heard me sneaking up on him.
 Male Mallard duck
Ruddy duck
Common mergansers
female common merganser
  A pair of wood ducks in the early morning sunshine in a small beaver pond on the Quabbin Reservoir watershed.  5/12/16
male common merganser
  Here's a unique photo of a male wood duck sitting in a tree in the early morning sun in a beaver pond in the northern Quabbin watershed taken from about 200 yards away.  5/11/16
  I got a neat surprise this morning..Out popped a female wood duck in the path in front of me. That was surprise enough, but then out popped 14 ducklings the size of ping pong balls right behind her. Ill bet they weren't but 24 to 36 hours old ...  6/4/16
 Common mergansers ….touchdown !
  A morning cruise by the old apartment building.  Remember the goose sitting on top of the beaver lodge nest?  Here she is with seven chicks swimming by the lodge this morning.  The chicks are 2 weeks old today.  5/10/16
  "Are you awake yet?  He's back again,  doesn't that guy ever sleep?"
An early winter flock of common mergansers
Yikes !!  the gang grows !
Common mergansers
Common merganser family
  Early this morning I found the first batch of wood duck chicks of this year following mom around all over the beaver pond!  Little yellow puff balls.  6/1/16
Common merganser chicks cruising the shore for bug, fish and anything thats good to eat. Early morning fog.  8/17/15
  The same merganser chicks waiting for the sun to come out all crowd onto rock to preen and complain about Red Sox loosing season.   8/17/15
  Here is another family of common merganser ducks resting with mom today along the Quabbin shore.  Baby birds popping up everywhere!  5/31/16
Female common merganser
  Memorial Day means lots of baby birds starting to appear.  Here's a female common merganser with her 9 chicks in tow along the Quabbin shoreline.  Nothing as cute as these little buggers !   5/27/16
Common mergansers
female common goldeneye ducks
Lunch !!
Common mergansers
Shore patrol !!
Greater scaup duck stretching its wings at the Quabbin.  10/22/15
DSC_1704.jpg
  A lesser scaup duck was in with a big flock of mallard ducks and Canada geese today on the Connecticut River.  I just happened to spot this little guy in the mob of geese.
Three female hooded mergansers and one male.  Silver Lake,  Athol MA  12/11/15
  A pair of hooded mergansers putt along in the Quabbin between fishing and preening in the early morning sun.  2/27/16
A pair of hooded mergansers hunt for  food in the early morning fog in a small cove at Quabbin.  11/18/15
Hooded mergansers
  Nothing like a good shakedown to settle the feathers back in place after preening.  Hooded merganser.  Quabbin Reservoir,  2/27/16
  Here is a male hooded merganser.  These great little ducks are everywhere here in the north Quabbin area as migration for ducks is in full swing.  These guys like small ponds and can be found with wood ducks and ring necks.  The will nest in Massachusetts.  3/19/16
Hooded merganser taking off from Lake Mattawa today, Orange MA.  1/2/16
  A pair of black ducks on one of the finally opened ice free beaver ponds in the Quabbin watershed.  2/29/16
The chase !
Canada goose family
  This golden eye duck seems to have something to say to these Canada geese on the CT. River this afternoon. This is probably the equivalent to kicking sand in the bigger guys faces!  2/26/16
  Here is one more Canada goose shot of the interloper being driven out of the pond that was already claimed.  3/13/16
  Canada geese have begun defending their nesting ponds.  It gets pretty brutal with the looser finally being driven out of the pond he was overlooking.  I suspect he was also  trying to steal a mate!  3/13/16
  "Look, up in the air, Its the Navy's Blue" .... err  ring necked ducks!  They are all over the place this morning.  They are very common during migration both in the spring and fall, but do not nest here.  In this photo you can see the ring around their neck you very seldom see. 3/11/16
  Common mergansers are everywhere right now during migration at Quabbin. The males are bright white with green heads an orange beaks.  Here is a flock flying along being lead by a female merganser who is cheering them on as they fly.  3/10/16
  Harlequin ducks.  These little speedsters come down from the great white north to spend the winters along the New England coast.  This was taken in Ogunquit Maine today,  3/7/16.  You gotta love these little beauties. Four males and one female.
  Mute swans are not very common at Quabbin but are along the CT. River.  These beautiful swans chase all other waterfowl off of their nesting areas.  2/10/16
Three mute swans catching some sun and sleep on the CT. River today in Turners Falls.
Horned grebe
Horned grebe
Bufflehead ducks
  Ive been watching this female wood duck and her 7 ducklings for about 6 weeks now.  They were very small late in the season but look like they will make it OK.  8/7/16
  Part of a large 100+ flock of early morning Canada geese heading out from their night time roost at Quabbin to spend the day at Hunts Dairy Farm fields in Orange MA  8/24/16
  The Canadian Air Force doing their maneuvers over the Quabbin this morning.  9/7/16
  Canada geese fly above the fog and in the early morning sun makes for great light conditions  to photograph birds flying. My favorite time of day. 8/24/16
  The ponds are opening up from ice and now the ducks are returning.  Hooded mergansers.  3/10/17
  This is a greeting I received from a couple friends of mine this morning at about 7AM. These 2 geese have been nesting in the same pond for 3 years that I am aware of. This is the big male who has a band on his left leg. They always nest on one of 4 beaver lodges in their pond. It was almost as if he was trying to remember me ! 
  The shore patrol at Quabbin !  Hooded merganser with 2 black ducks wander along the expanse of open shoreline now the ice has all but disappeared at the Quabbin.  4/3/17
  Canada geese are all fighting each other while trying to secure territories for the coming nesting season. Here are a couple of them I found this morning. 4/16/17
  This male wood duck came flying in today and landed smack in front of me right on cue!  great to see these guys again.  Spring is here for sure.  4/14/17
  In my opinion so far this years been a banner year for wood duck chicks.  Right now the beaver ponds are crawling with them getting ready to fly off into their future.  This morning I watched these 4 preening together on "the preening stump" that they use from time to time.  7/18/17
  While waiting for the herons to show up with breakfast this morning this young male wood duck chick came chugging along all by himself, hopped up on a mud hummock and stretched, then was on his way again ! It was quite amusing!  7/8/17

This male wood duck knew I was up in the woods but couldn't see me !!    3/29/16

Finally he decided to move along and I wasn't a threat.

If you've ever tried to sneak up on wood ducks this was a cool bit of magic !   3/29/16

Wood duck air force

Thirteen wood ducks came zipping over me this morning heading north over the Reservoir. Quite a pleasant surprise at 5:50 AM ! 5/8/15

While watching the osprey in the following photos this pair of wood ducks landed a short ways away. As they took off I was able to get this picture of the male.
Wood duck jet

Zoom Zoom,  fast flying ducks. Its said they can fly at 45 miles per hour!  4/22/15

Wood ducks.

Found all over the Quabbin ponds and rarely seen on the main Reservoir.  They nest in tree cavities.  Beautiful ducks but very hard to sneak up on. I spotted this pair about 150 feet up sitting in this tree.  4/26/15

Pair of wood ducks

Wood ducks can be found almost everywhere there is a small woods pond at Quabbin. If you can sneak up on them, you can sneak up on anything ! 4/22/15

Wood ducks

A different female wood duck with 7 ducklings putting along the same pond from one side to the other.  6/22/15

Female wood duck and eleven chicks

I discovered this female wood duck today with what seems like 11 chicks that I would say are just 4 to 5 days out of the nest!  Quabbin watershed 6/20/15

female wood duck

A female wood duck watches after her 7 ducklings in one of Quabbins many beaver ponds.  6/25/15

The rain kept me inside for a day and a half.  I finally went out and it "rained on my parade" of ring necked ducks !  4/12/16

Canada geese dropping out of the fog along the Quabbin shoreline.  I love the morning fog at Quabbin.  You never know what will drop out of the sky !!  8/23/16

Ring necked ducks

Here are three ring necked ducks, a female and 2 males.  You can see the brownish rings which they get their name from.  They will all be leaving for the northern parts soon.  Very few nest in Massachusetts but they are very common during spring and fall migrations.

Large family of common mergansers

Here is a large family of 31 common mergansers including the female This is called brood amalgamation or creching.  Some females will just leave their chicks with another brood and go off fishing for a while. Some will just go off leaving another female to raise e their family.  Quabbin Reservoir.  7/11/15

This female wood duck flew in about 50 feet to the left of me and landed and I was 10 feet away from my camera and tripod.  I didnt think I'd be able to get to it without scaring her away but it worked out...  7/2/16  

This is part of the 30 chick army that is shown in the next photo here amost 2 months later. 8/24/15
Common goldeneye duck

They are  common at Quabbin during migration, but tend to stay on the large waters.

Ringed-neck ducks

Very common in spring and fall migration at Quabbin.

I watched this Canada goose take a bath this morning.  A good day for it .....5/20/16

Ringed-neck duck taking off….

Green wing teal

A small duck that can be found at Quabbin in the migrations.  This was taken in the west branch of Fever Brook. 4/7/15

A male mallard duck comes in for a landing along the shore of the Connecticut River in Turners Falls. MA.  I think mallards are a real beautiful duck.  2/10/16

Mallards blasting over a swamp. I love watching ducks fly !

Family night out..... Quabbin style   5.17.16

I caught this male mallard taking a bath and then preening. He was so busy he never heard me sneaking up on him.

Male Mallard duck

Every small pond at Quabbin has a pair or two of mallards and Canadian geese.

Ruddy duck
Common mergansers

Early morning fog at Quabbin and common mergansers. 4/22/15

female common merganser

The wild hairdo is an easy way to identify the female common merganser by her profile. 4/15/15

A pair of wood ducks in the early morning sunshine in a small beaver pond on the Quabbin Reservoir watershed.  5/12/16

male common merganser

Its really hard to get the green color to show its brilliance. After many tries I hit the right light and had the right settings in the camera. 4/15/15

Here's a unique photo of a male wood duck sitting in a tree in the early morning sun in a beaver pond in the northern Quabbin watershed taken from about 200 yards away.  5/11/16

I got a neat surprise this morning..Out popped a female wood duck in the path in front of me. That was surprise enough, but then out popped 14 ducklings the size of ping pong balls right behind her. Ill bet they weren't but 24 to 36 hours old ...  6/4/16

Common mergansers ….touchdown !

A morning cruise by the old apartment building.  Remember the goose sitting on top of the beaver lodge nest?  Here she is with seven chicks swimming by the lodge this morning.  The chicks are 2 weeks old today.  5/10/16

"Are you awake yet?  He's back again,  doesn't that guy ever sleep?"

An early winter flock of common mergansers
Yikes !! the gang grows !

Here  is the same female with her chicks 10 days later and she had added 20 more chicks !  She now has 50 chicks with her.. an uncommon condition that occurs in common mergansers called brood-amalgamation.   7/20/15

Common mergansers

Here the female common merganser doubles as a ferry at the Quabbin Reservoir.  7/11/15

Common merganser family

Another common merganser mother and chicks we found while doing the Quabbin loon census along the shore of Quabbin.  7/9/15

Early this morning I found the first batch of wood duck chicks of this year following mom around all over the beaver pond!  Little yellow puff balls.  6/1/16

Common merganser chicks cruising the shore for bug, fish and anything thats good to eat. Early morning fog. 8/17/15

The same merganser chicks waiting for the sun to come out all crowd onto rock to preen and complain about Red Sox loosing season.   8/17/15

Here is another family of common merganser ducks resting with mom today along the Quabbin shore.  Baby birds popping up everywhere!  5/31/16

Female common merganser

I was in the woods watching the world go by on the shore of Quabbin when this common mergansers came steaming by.  9/4/15

Memorial Day means lots of baby birds starting to appear.  Here's a female common merganser with her 9 chicks in tow along the Quabbin shoreline.  Nothing as cute as these little buggers !   5/27/16

Common mergansers

I was sitting along the shore doing my best rocks imitation the I spotted these two female common mergansers headed right for me....  they landed almost in my lap !  11/24/15

female common goldeneye ducks

Two female common goldeneye ducks take wing as the sun rises on 2016 at the Quabbin Reservoir.  1/1/16

Lunch !!

Canada geese are busily sweeping the bottom of shallow Lake Rohunta for their meal......  12/23/15

Common mergansers

Lots of common mergansers flying about the northern Quabbin  these days.  12/1/15

Shore patrol !!

Common merganser chicks are getting bigger each week.  They patrol the shore everyday and its fun to watch them go.  8/23/15

Greater scaup duck stretching its wings at the Quabbin. 10/22/15

A lesser scaup duck was in with a big flock of mallard ducks and Canada geese today on the Connecticut River.  I just happened to spot this little guy in the mob of geese.

Three female hooded mergansers and one male. Silver Lake, Athol MA 12/11/15

A pair of hooded mergansers putt along in the Quabbin between fishing and preening in the early morning sun.  2/27/16

A pair of hooded mergansers hunt for food in the early morning fog in a small cove at Quabbin. 11/18/15
Hooded mergansers

"All I said was I was getting sick of looking like Mrs. Frankenstein" !!

Nothing like a good shakedown to settle the feathers back in place after preening.  Hooded merganser.  Quabbin Reservoir,  2/27/16

Here is a male hooded merganser.  These great little ducks are everywhere here in the north Quabbin area as migration for ducks is in full swing.  These guys like small ponds and can be found with wood ducks and ring necks.  The will nest in Massachusetts.  3/19/16

Hooded merganser taking off from Lake Mattawa today, Orange MA. 1/2/16

A pair of black ducks on one of the finally opened ice free beaver ponds in the Quabbin watershed.  2/29/16

The chase !
Canada goose family

This golden eye duck seems to have something to say to these Canada geese on the CT. River this afternoon. This is probably the equivalent to kicking sand in the bigger guys faces!  2/26/16

Here is one more Canada goose shot of the interloper being driven out of the pond that was already claimed.  3/13/16

Canada geese have begun defending their nesting ponds.  It gets pretty brutal with the looser finally being driven out of the pond he was overlooking.  I suspect he was also  trying to steal a mate!  3/13/16

"Look, up in the air, Its the Navy's Blue" .... err  ring necked ducks!  They are all over the place this morning.  They are very common during migration both in the spring and fall, but do not nest here.  In this photo you can see the ring around their neck you very seldom see. 3/11/16

Common mergansers are everywhere right now during migration at Quabbin. The males are bright white with green heads an orange beaks.  Here is a flock flying along being lead by a female merganser who is cheering them on as they fly.  3/10/16

Harlequin ducks.  These little speedsters come down from the great white north to spend the winters along the New England coast.  This was taken in Ogunquit Maine today,  3/7/16.  You gotta love these little beauties. Four males and one female.

Mute swans are not very common at Quabbin but are along the CT. River.  These beautiful swans chase all other waterfowl off of their nesting areas.  2/10/16

Three mute swans catching some sun and sleep on the CT. River today in Turners Falls.
Horned grebe

A male horned grebe sits after preening in the early morning Quabbin sun. These little guys are rare in the summer but can be found in both spring and late fall migrations.  5/22/15

Horned grebe

Heres another shot of the male horned grebe.  They are very dainty looking birds don't you think ?  5/22/15

Bufflehead ducks

A flock of bufflehead ducks flying along in front of the Windsor Dam early this morning.... 11/14/15

Ive been watching this female wood duck and her 7 ducklings for about 6 weeks now.  They were very small late in the season but look like they will make it OK.  8/7/16

Part of a large 100+ flock of early morning Canada geese heading out from their night time roost at Quabbin to spend the day at Hunts Dairy Farm fields in Orange MA  8/24/16

The Canadian Air Force doing their maneuvers over the Quabbin this morning.  9/7/16

Canada geese fly above the fog and in the early morning sun makes for great light conditions  to photograph birds flying. My favorite time of day. 8/24/16

The ponds are opening up from ice and now the ducks are returning.  Hooded mergansers.  3/10/17

This is a greeting I received from a couple friends of mine this morning at about 7AM. These 2 geese have been nesting in the same pond for 3 years that I am aware of. This is the big male who has a band on his left leg. They always nest on one of 4 beaver lodges in their pond. It was almost as if he was trying to remember me ! 

The shore patrol at Quabbin !  Hooded merganser with 2 black ducks wander along the expanse of open shoreline now the ice has all but disappeared at the Quabbin.  4/3/17

Canada geese are all fighting each other while trying to secure territories for the coming nesting season. Here are a couple of them I found this morning. 4/16/17

This male wood duck came flying in today and landed smack in front of me right on cue!  great to see these guys again.  Spring is here for sure.  4/14/17

In my opinion so far this years been a banner year for wood duck chicks.  Right now the beaver ponds are crawling with them getting ready to fly off into their future.  This morning I watched these 4 preening together on "the preening stump" that they use from time to time.  7/18/17

While waiting for the herons to show up with breakfast this morning this young male wood duck chick came chugging along all by himself, hopped up on a mud hummock and stretched, then was on his way again ! It was quite amusing!  7/8/17

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