Date: 11/11/17 5:31 am
From: Marshall Iliff <miliff...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Watch for Cave Swallows
This is just a heads up that the recent weather—prolonged southerlies
followed by a cold snap and a couple days of strong NW winds in
November—are classic conditions for Cave Swallows on the Massachusetts
coast. Caves have been seen in decent numbers so far in the Northeast and
Atlantic Canada, with recent birds from NH and NS (in addition to Manomet,
MA, a few days ago).

Areas on the immediate coast probably best spots to check, especially
south-facing points on the east coast (Chatham, Sandy Pt, Scusset Beach)
and freshwater ponds, sheltered fields, or beaches. Birds may be on the
move early and then feeding in the pm.

Inland Cave Swallows are less likely but possible, as are other rarities
like Ash-throated Flycatcher.

Good luck!


Marshall Iliff

Marshall J. Iliff
miliff AT
Westwood, MA
eBird Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Ithaca, NY

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