I’m catching up on logging some sightings from Sunday, Feb. 3, the day after I got some nice looks at a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a pair of Carolina Wrens between the paper mills and the Connecticut River.
I started out in a mostly quiet Heritage State Park and then swung by the city library, spotting three Cooper’s Hawks along the way. There were few songbirds downtown, though, save for a pair of goldfinches in the park.
Next I checked behind the paper mills and along the river. A trio of Common Redpolls was a nice find. While I’ve seen reports of flocks numbering 60 or more elsewhere in the Pioneer Valley this winter, I have yet to see more than two or three at a time in Holyoke.
Below, more pictures of the redpolls and some of the waterfowl along the river.