As soon as we pulled up on Riverview we could see a good-sized flock of Ring-necked Ducks at the far edge of the ice. Unfortunately, they were all in the sun so the viewing (and any possibilities of photos) were horrendous. However, we did have the Long-tailed Duck sail by fairly close to our end of the water.
We decided to drive home the southern route....heading down through Deerfield, Sunderland and coming out in Amherst where we could hop on Rt. 9 and stop at Quabbin on the way home. When we arrived at the Administration Building we ran into some birders who pointed out a deer carcass just off to the right as if you were heading into the cove where the DCR boats are docked during summer. Earlier there had been several eagles and ravens on the carcass, but we didn't have anything. We decided to go over to the fish hatchery and then drive through the rest of south Quabbin.
Overall, a very nice day to be out in a beautiful place.