Date: 11/12/18 2:50 pm
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Shrike irruption
Hi MassBirders,

While the irruptions of Evening Grosbeaks and Pine Siskins continue, there’s also been a recent influx of Northern Shrikes. Some reports from western MA:

10-25 at Moran WMA in Windsor by Scott Surner, seen by several other birders since (the least surprising of the list, given how reliable this spot has been for shrikes in recent years)

11-31 at Lake Wampanoag Wildlife Sanctuary by Tom Pirro

11-5 in Montague by James Smith, already posted here the day that it happened

11-8 in Sheffield by Jonathan Pierce and Greg Ward, still there through at least yesterday

11-10 at Arcadia MAS, originally found by Ted Gilliland and Derek Allard, relocated there yesterday and today by Chuck Stern

11-10 from the eastern side of the Quabbin, by Craig Allen

11-11 along the Norwottuck Rail Trail where it passes the Amherst College Wildlife Sanctuary, by Samuel Zhang

Throw in the more eastern reports already posted here from Plum Island, Daniel Webster MAS, and Townsend, and it starts to seem like winter finches and RB Nuthatches might not be the only species irrupting southwards more than usual this fall….

Good birding,


Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA

Webmaster, Hampshire Bird Club

Northeast Chapter, Dragonfly Society of the Americas

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