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Birding at Ashley Reservoir, Holyoke, MA



On Thursday, August 12, 2021 the MYBC got out with Eagle Eye Institute and the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club to go birding at Ashley Reservoir in Holyoke ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ’ง. It was hot ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅso we stuck to the shade as much as possible! Some highlights:


Young Eastern kingbirds were begging parents for food ๐Ÿฆ—๐Ÿฆ— just as we approached the water. Just next to this a Mallard ๐Ÿฆ† was right next to the path gobbling down some vegetation. We practiced some duck calls and watched some Mallards โ€œdabbleโ€ where they dive down headfirst and their tails sticking up in the air.


Next we saw a dinosaur standing in the water ๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿฆ– โ€” a Great blue heron! While we were watching it we found some painted turtles ๐Ÿข and fish ๐ŸŸ.


The group nicknamed American goldfinches the Potato Chip Bird because of the sounds they make when they fly (plus theyโ€™re yellow!).


Finally before it got too hot we saw a Double-crested cormorant diving for fish and spent a while trying to guess where it would pop up next!


What a great day! Until next time ๐Ÿฅ โ˜บ๏ธ!

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