We did not get the Pink-footed, but did have some nice views of Snow Geese and a small group of dark morph birds (formerly thought to be a separate species called the Blue Goose.)
Just yesterday (Thursday) we had another free day so we decided to head out and look again and also to check out some areas in southern Vermont where large geese flocks were reported. On our way out we spotted this nice herd of White-tailed deer browsing in a field just west of Ware.
We also had a nice male American Kestral hunting some of the fields in the area as well.
Our plan from here was to head north, stopping in Montague to check out the canal and Barton Cove and then continue on to check out the fields along the river in Vermont.
From Gill we headed up through Northfield and then headed up Rt. 142 along the river to Vernon, Vermont. We were checking on a report of Snow Geese and White-fronted Geese in with a flock of about 1,200 Canada Geese. We found the field but they were empty. We drove some nearby roads to see if we could get looks at the river, but we were blocked by the Vermont Yankee power station and dam. We eventually did get okay looks through a chain-link fence....we saw lots of Canadas, about 30-40 Snow Geese, but no White-fronted. The areas was amazing though and probably worth another visit to check on the goose population.
On the way back down to Massachusetts, I snapped this shot of a sign along the road. The area looked just like a normal dip in the road so I thought I would be able to google it and find out why it was called "Witch's Gutter." Unfortunately a quick check pointed me to some very technical archaeological papers, but it does appear that the name goes back quite a long time, since it was also referenced in some land deeds of Vermont Governor Hunt back in the 1700's. So if anyone can find out more, I'd love to hear about. But I do love to "collect" weird signs....and this certainly fits the bill.