As we proceeded up the hill from the spillway we came across more warblers. The rain had let up and the fog was slowly moving up the hill. We were concerned that once it cleared, things would definitely move on.
We especially wanted to check out a report that Scott Surner, who was also leading a class trip, had a Hooded Warbler just north of Enfield Lookout. We spent about 15 minutes but the bird didn't reappear, so we headed out to the fish hatchery.
Our last official stop of the trip was the marsh on Rt. 9 between the first 2 entrances to Quabbin. We took the little path through the woods and from the east side of the marsh near the beaver dam we had a female Hooded Merganser fly into one of the new duck boxes they've installed. Now when I'm at a marsh like that you know I'm going to be looking for dragonflies....still searching for my first one of this year. And sure enough I found a newly-emerged damselfly perched on a tiny twig. You have to realize that this gal is about the length of my pinky but much more slender. I was able to get a couple of decent shots and when I got home tentatively identified it as a teneral (young) Eastern Forktail female. I posted the photo on the Northeast Odonata website and got the id confirmed. So now I can relax....the dragonflies and damselflies are really going to come out.