MASSBIRD
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1/19/18 9:40 pm Josh <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Red-necked Grebe in Montague/Deerfield, Snowy Owl in Hatfield (belated) and WMB reports
1/19/18 4:10 pm James Dillon <jdillon755270...> [MASSBIRD] American Coot, Flax Pnd
1/19/18 7:44 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Rough-legged Hawk, Lexington 1/19
1/18/18 7:45 pm Wayne Petersen <wpetersen...> [MASSBIRD] MASS AUDUBON BIRDERS MEETING - registration now open
1/18/18 2:52 pm Garry Kessler <gkessler001...> [MASSBIRD] Lapland Longspur, Plum Is., photo
1/18/18 10:48 am eric masterson <erictheirish...> [MASSBIRD] Bird Observer magazines looking for a home
1/18/18 10:48 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] f Peregrine Falcon, Bradley Palmer S P
1/18/18 10:46 am Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...> [MASSBIRD] Re: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Jan 18, 2018
1/18/18 9:09 am Maryellen Stone <mstone816...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Bird Report
1/17/18 12:14 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann, Jan 16, 2018
1/17/18 12:12 pm Northeast Wetland Restoration <s2ary...> [MASSBIRD] The Next bear Creek Saugus walk is on Sunday January 14 at 9 am
1/17/18 4:49 am David Gibson <20cabot...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Lois
1/16/18 6:52 pm <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] Roadside Raptors and Plum Island/Salibury Raptors
1/16/18 5:53 pm Susan Hall <susanjhall42...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Lois
1/16/18 5:38 pm Paul McGovern <byrdnyrd...> [MASSBIRD] Lois
1/16/18 5:15 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Interesting Iceland Gull at Millennium Park, Bald Eagle, etc..
1/16/18 2:04 pm Donald Wilkinson <singingbirder...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Lois Cooper
1/16/18 6:44 am DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Lois Cooper
1/15/18 8:39 pm Norman Levey <norman.levey...> [MASSBIRD] Concord CBC - department of errors and omissions
1/15/18 7:50 pm Norman Levey <norman.levey...> [MASSBIRD] Concord CBC - Count 58 Wrap Up
1/15/18 3:20 pm James Dillon <jdillon755270...> [MASSBIRD] Snow Buntings, Salisbury
1/15/18 3:20 pm Daan Sandee <sandee...> [MASSBIRD] Re: A checklist of the Birds of Massachusetts
1/15/18 11:06 am Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> Re: [MASSBIRD] A checklist of the Birds of Massachusetts
1/15/18 10:29 am Katharine Mills <gkmills...> [MASSBIRD] A checklist of the Birds of Massachusetts
1/15/18 10:06 am <jonathan.layman...> [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese
1/15/18 5:13 am Tom Martin <tommartin53...> [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese in Lynn
1/14/18 3:14 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Solitaire continues-1/14/18
1/14/18 11:37 am Thomas Carlile <tcarlile...> [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose at Moakley Field
1/14/18 9:31 am James Dillon <jdillon755270...> [MASSBIRD] Nahant, Greater White-Fronted Goose
1/14/18 6:28 am Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...> [MASSBIRD] Raven, Great Horned Owl, Cold Spring Park, Newton
1/13/18 3:20 pm Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Geese continue - Nahant
1/13/18 11:07 am Marcia Dunham <mdunhamma99...> [MASSBIRD] To: Post to MASSBIRD
1/13/18 9:34 am Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Coachlace Pond Snow Goose
1/13/18 8:53 am Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Ross's Goose - Yes at Moakley field.
1/13/18 8:37 am Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...> [MASSBIRD] Ross's Geese - Yes at Moakley field.
1/13/18 8:02 am Robert Gervais <rgervais...> [MASSBIRD] Coachlace Pond Snow Goose
1/13/18 7:04 am Constance Lapite <peteorconstance...> [MASSBIRD] Greater white-fronted, Nahant
1/13/18 4:15 am <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] Nahant B.B. field Cackling and Greater White-fronted Geese
1/12/18 4:11 pm Timothy Swain <tswain3420...> [MASSBIRD] RFI--Middlesex County Big Year
1/12/18 2:48 pm Linda <tattler1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Nahant White-fronted Geese!
1/12/18 12:16 pm Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Nahant White-fronted Geese and Merlin
1/12/18 9:16 am Donald Wilkinson <donaldwilkinson60...> [MASSBIRD] Nahant White-fronted Geese!
1/11/18 3:32 pm Maryellen Stone <mstone816...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord US- MA
1/11/18 3:05 pm Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneye, Interesting Gull Continue in Lowell, 1/11
1/10/18 8:29 pm Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...> [MASSBIRD] cape ann highlights, 1/10/18
1/10/18 5:45 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - 01-10-2018
1/10/18 2:11 pm caroline haines <chaines49...> [MASSBIRD] Snowy owl in Gloucester
1/10/18 1:10 pm Garry Kessler <gkessler001...> [MASSBIRD] Northern Pintail, cont., photo
1/10/18 6:50 am Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Bald Eagle: Bourne - Leg Band info!
1/10/18 6:38 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] number of birds at feeders / Newbury
1/9/18 10:06 am Dan Prima <raptormafia...> [MASSBIRD] Rusty Blackbird, Tewksbury
1/9/18 5:42 am George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Harlequin Ducks
1/8/18 2:00 pm Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> [MASSBIRD] Westport 1/8
1/8/18 1:18 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Re: [MASSBIRD] eBird guidelines on not publicizing sensitive species
1/8/18 1:10 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneye still in Lowell
1/7/18 7:49 pm <blafley...> Re: [MASSBIRD] eBird guidelines on not publicizing sensitive species
1/7/18 10:27 am Donald Wilkinson <donaldwilkinson60...> [MASSBIRD] Monday 1/8 Nahant BBC trip cancelled
1/7/18 10:21 am Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...> [MASSBIRD] Slideshow of Shorebirds at Nickerson Beach
1/7/18 9:38 am Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] GH Owl Gloucester 1/7
1/7/18 8:48 am Gary Freedman <gmf7162...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle: Bourne Landfill - Photos!
1/7/18 8:30 am Linda Ireland <connecttonature00...> [MASSBIRD] eBird guidelines on not publicizing sensitive species
1/7/18 7:50 am Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle: Bourne Landfill - Photos!
1/6/18 9:20 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Ice borders - Westport
1/6/18 8:00 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Sunday BBC Newburyport trip cancelled...
1/5/18 5:20 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Re: [MASSBIRD] WBUR program re birds
1/5/18 4:56 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] WBUR program re birds
1/5/18 11:54 am Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...> [MASSBIRD] CANCELLED Belle Isle Marsh Reservation Program Sat 1/6/2018
1/5/18 10:26 am Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...> [MASSBIRD] Revere Beach gulls
1/5/18 8:19 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Leverett Pond this morning
1/5/18 6:52 am C. Lapite <peteorconstance...> [MASSBIRD] Corning Street, Beverly- Bald Eagle Busted
1/5/18 6:27 am Nickilas Paulson <grendelpgill...> [MASSBIRD] Four Boros Mock CBC results - New Years Weekend
1/5/18 5:12 am David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] WBUR program re birds
1/4/18 9:30 pm William Freedberg <4mrfish...> [MASSBIRD] Go seawatching early!
1/4/18 5:19 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Birding ethics - moderator
1/4/18 4:32 pm ECOC Mail <ecocmail...> [MASSBIRD] Essex County Ornithological Club Jan. 5 meeting postponed to January 12, 2018
1/4/18 12:54 pm Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Snow birds
1/4/18 11:59 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - BBC trip 1/3
1/4/18 10:20 am Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann CBC results, 12/17/17
1/4/18 9:45 am Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...> [MASSBIRD] backyard feeder records
1/4/18 9:09 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Crow roost in Framingham?
1/4/18 8:29 am Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...> [MASSBIRD] Fox sparrows and Carolina Wren – Andover
1/4/18 6:25 am John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Cancellation of Saturday 1/6 Cape Ann BBC trip
1/4/18 6:21 am Barbara Drummond <bdraraavis...> [MASSBIRD] storm birds
1/3/18 6:04 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Crane Beach, Ipswich, Jan 3, 2018
1/3/18 5:41 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Dunback Meadow Light Morph and Dark Morph Rough-legged Hawks, etc.
1/3/18 5:02 pm Alan Strauss <ansch100...> [MASSBIRD] White-fronted geese
1/3/18 4:22 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Eagles and White-fronted Geese
1/3/18 2:52 pm Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven 1/3
1/3/18 2:20 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island & Cashman Park - 01-03-2018
1/3/18 1:34 pm caroline haines <chaines49...> [MASSBIRD] Gloucester
1/3/18 1:34 pm Sheila Carroll <carrollsheila01...> [MASSBIRD] Flock of 9 Greater White-fronted Geese
1/3/18 1:02 pm Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...> [MASSBIRD] Re: New Peregrine nesting box Newburyport
1/3/18 11:34 am Robert Rotberg <rirotberg...> Re: [MASSBIRD] 4 LEOW
1/3/18 11:12 am Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose yes 1:15 p.m.
1/3/18 10:16 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] 4 LEOW
1/3/18 9:11 am Lynn Abbey <osprey1170...> [MASSBIRD] 9 White-fronted Geese — Fairhaven
1/3/18 8:50 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Ross goose
1/2/18 9:31 pm Bennet Porter <bennet.porter...> [MASSBIRD] Odd Duck - Falmouth
1/2/18 5:28 pm Jonathan Brooks <jonathan_brooksie...> [MASSBIRD] New Peregrine nesting box Newburyport
1/2/18 1:03 pm David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Superbowl of Birding is coming soon! - Amended
1/2/18 10:56 am Kathy Rawdon <rawdonk...> [MASSBIRD] Ross's goose
1/2/18 9:27 am David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Superbowl of Birding is coming soon!
1/1/18 7:37 pm DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Looking back at 2017
1/1/18 4:04 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle: Dorchester, Neponset River Marshes
1/1/18 3:59 pm Laura dlF <anhinga3...> [MASSBIRD] BBC New Year's Day Birding Trip 01/01/2018
1/1/18 2:39 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] They're coming....!,
1/1/18 9:48 am msalett <msalett...> [MASSBIRD] Barrow’s goldeneye South Orleans
1/1/18 5:49 am Edlow Banks <68edbanks...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Cod Bird Club New Years Trip Cancelled.
12/31/17 1:47 pm Bill Lafley <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Rough-legged Hawk - Gill
12/31/17 11:15 am Robert Rotberg <rirotberg...> [MASSBIRD] short eared owls
12/30/17 11:30 am John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] King Eider, Salt Island, Gloucester
12/30/17 10:24 am Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Beetlebung Farm, Dec 30, 2017
12/30/17 3:44 am ECOC Mail <ecocmail...> [MASSBIRD] Essex County Ornithological Club Meeting Reminder - Friday, January 05, 2017
12/29/17 7:29 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Bear survey by MassWilidlife
12/29/17 6:38 pm <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] Great Horned Owls
12/29/17 5:59 pm Al Curtis <killdeer89...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle- Dennis
12/29/17 4:22 pm Ian Nisbet <icnisbet...> [MASSBIRD] water
12/29/17 1:54 pm Robert Rotberg <rirotberg...> [MASSBIRD] LONG EARED OWLS, ROUGHLEGGED HAWKS
12/29/17 12:56 pm Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...> [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh, Winthrop Beach and beyond
12/29/17 11:46 am Greg Dysart <gsdysart...> [MASSBIRD] December Yard Birds Natick
12/29/17 11:24 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven snow goose
12/29/17 9:37 am Kathleen <kab2769...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill cranes in Rehoboth
12/29/17 8:18 am Wendy Howes <curiousbooks...> [MASSBIRD] Old Northeast Hawk Watch reports to give away
12/29/17 8:03 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Ross’s goose still at moakley field boston
12/29/17 7:04 am Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] 2018 NatGeo WHY BIRDS MATTER!
12/28/17 6:29 pm Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle Lynnfield 12/28
12/28/17 6:10 pm Mark Daley <mbkm...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island and Vicinity Afternoon - 12/28
12/28/17 5:36 am Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...> [MASSBIRD] bald eagle, Harland Street wetlands, Milton
12/27/17 3:18 pm mike sylvia <mikesylvia87...> [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven Egypt Lane - chat, thrasher, catbirds - Snow Goose and Raven at other locals
12/27/17 1:06 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 12-27-2017
12/27/17 12:29 pm David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] 3 Snow Geese at Joppa Flats, Newburyport
12/27/17 6:37 am Dan Prima <raptormafia...> [MASSBIRD] RE: Carolina Wren visits
12/27/17 4:41 am John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Final Notice for Brookline Bird Club Young Birder Scholarships
12/26/17 6:07 pm Walt Webb <wwebb24...> [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren Visits, Westwood
12/26/17 1:27 pm hector galbraith <hg2...> [MASSBIRD] travel scope
12/26/17 10:16 am Joe Poggi <joepoggi...> [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl
12/26/17 9:41 am Tom Sullivan <tomsullivan9...> [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens in Roslindale
12/26/17 9:18 am Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina wren No. ANDOVER
12/26/17 6:57 am danafox <danafox...> [MASSBIRD] Carolina wren No. ANDOVER
12/25/17 6:38 pm Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Ross' and Greater White-fronted Geese, Gloucester 12/25
12/25/17 6:37 pm hector galbraith <hg2...> [MASSBIRD] Swarovski binoculars for sale
12/25/17 11:12 am Peter Gilberto <pggflash...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven/New Bedford harbor for gulls?
12/25/17 9:41 am Jeffrey offermann <offermann.jeffrey...> [MASSBIRD] Ross’s Goose
12/25/17 9:00 am Frank Lehman <frank.lehman...> [MASSBIRD] Looking for Travel Advice: Prairie Chickens in Kansas, February
12/25/17 8:28 am Nick Beauregard <nickbeauregard...> [MASSBIRD] AZ birder wants to see Snowy Owl by Thursday
12/25/17 6:07 am Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...> [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose at Columbus Park, Boston
12/24/17 6:02 pm Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> [MASSBIRD] Worc County RL Hawks, Killdeer, & Snow Geese
12/24/17 4:49 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven/New Bedford harbor for gulls?
12/24/17 4:32 pm James Dillon <jdillon755270...> [MASSBIRD] Rusty Blackbirds, Partridge Island
12/24/17 3:52 pm Ian Nisbet <icnisbet...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven/New Bedford harbor for gulls?
12/24/17 2:10 pm Kevin Ryan <kr1946...> [MASSBIRD] MIME-Version: 1.0
12/24/17 1:37 pm Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] 1 Palm Warbler, 1 Tree Swallow and 3 Black Vultures - Westport
12/24/17 1:33 pm Paul Champlin <skua99...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven/New Bedford harbor for gulls?
12/24/17 5:30 am Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...> [MASSBIRD] Turkey Vultures/RW Blackbird
12/24/17 5:18 am Nathaniel Marchessault <natemarchessault...> [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven/New Bedford harbor for gulls?
12/23/17 12:37 pm James Dillon <jdillon755270...> [MASSBIRD] Rusty Blackbirds, Lynnfield Marsh
12/23/17 11:08 am Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Identification Notes on Ipswich Orange-crowned Warbler
12/23/17 7:50 am Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] Identification Notes on Ipswich Orange-crowned Warbler
12/23/17 4:23 am <snowyegret7...> <snowyegret7...> [MASSBIRD] Thread-Index: AQHTe4G3P/tyP9zrHkao+JXRBMTVLQ==
12/22/17 4:06 pm Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] RE: MacGillivray's Warbler in Ipswich, 12/20
12/22/17 2:35 pm Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] MacGillivray's Warbler in Ipswich, 12/20
12/22/17 9:48 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Watuppa Pond, Fall River (one thousand + waterfowl)
12/22/17 8:50 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR - closed through Saturday, or more
12/22/17 8:14 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren / Newburyport
12/22/17 4:22 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Watuppa Pond, Fall River (one thousand + waterfowl)
12/21/17 11:46 am Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Dunback Meadow, Dec 21, 2017
12/21/17 11:22 am Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills, Mt. Watatic
12/20/17 5:04 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] update on Puerto Rican Parrots and other birds impacted this hurricane season
12/20/17 2:16 pm James Dillon <jdillon755270...> [MASSBIRD] Rusty Blackbirds, Partridge Island
12/20/17 12:34 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 12-20-17
12/20/17 11:34 am Dave Small <Dave...> [MASSBIRD] 50th annual Athol Christmas Bird Count results
12/20/17 8:47 am <th3b1rdn3rd...> [MASSBIRD] LEOW Dunback?
12/20/17 8:28 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Sad news - Don Crockett
12/20/17 6:28 am John Liller <john.liller...> [MASSBIRD] Worcester CBC
12/20/17 6:28 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] No Summer Tanager
12/20/17 5:29 am Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...> [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh & Winthrop Beach Wildlife programs
12/20/17 3:32 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Preliminary MANO CBC ( Northampton) 12/17/17
 
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Date: 1/19/18 9:40 pm
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-necked Grebe in Montague/Deerfield, Snowy Owl in Hatfield (belated) and WMB reports
Hi MassBirders,

I had a little time to bird Friday morning after dropping the kids at school, but felt like things were in a bit of a rut, with the same birds every day at the power canal, Montague meadows, and other spots I usually check. I decided to visit the Canalside Rail Trail Bridge, because I hadn’t been there yet this week, and that spot seems to get more day-to-day variation as birds wander up and down the rivers. Turned out to be the right call! The moment that I arrived, I heard a bizarre call; my first thought was Bald Eagle, then thought maybe a loon. It sounded like a sort of loon-gull-donkey mixture. After walking up to the bridge and scanning the river a bit, I finally spotted the culprit: a Red-necked Grebe! I called Josh Layfield, whom I’d met birding at the power canal on multiple recent occasions so I thought he might be in the area, and made him very happy as this was a life bird for him… Josh added some nice photos of the critter to our eBird checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42065097 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42065097>

As long as I’m posting, I’ll also mention that I found a Snowy Owl on Tuesday in Hatfield. The Western Mass Birders group came to a general consensus that we would stop posting real-time locations of owls, especially Snowy, because almost every instance in recent years had led to a crowd quickly gathering, and that crowd inevitably including one clueless, disrespectful, over-enthusiastic, or otherwise inappropriately behaving birder/photographer harassing the bird, aggravating other birders, infuriating landowners, or all of the above. So I waited for a few days before posting this and uploading my eBird report. We also had a lot of snow since then, so the bird’s camouflage is probably doing a whole lot more for it now than it was at the beginning of the week. I was starting to feel like the only birder in the state who hadn’t seen a Snowy yet, then I found this one on the heels of finding one on a beach in Maine just a few days before that. So I wanted to spread hope to anyone else out there who hasn’t seen a Snowy Owl yet this winter that it still can happen, even after you’ve all but given up….

Also on Tuesday, an adult Red-shouldered Hawk in a tree in a residential neighborhood of Turners Falls. This seems to have been a record-breaking winter for the species; I recall hearing at least 4 or 5 different Christmas Bird Counts in MA that set all-time high counts for the species this year.

A few things posted on Western Mass Birds and eBird over the past week or so:

Thursday 1-18, Jonathan Pierce crossed paths with a flock of 8 Evening Grosbeaks in Windsor. Also, on eBird, Bob & Helen Olson reported one coming to their feeders in Colrain.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42047774 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42047774>

Wednesday 1-17, Mary McKitrick discovered a male Redhead on Lower Mill Pond in Easthampton. Several other birders have seen it there since, in spite of the snow making parking problematic.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41999067 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41999067>

Tuesday 1-16, Chuck Johnson spotted a Rough-legged Hawk in south Williamstown. Manuel Morales relocated it nearby the next day.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41989928 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41989928>

Sunday 1-14, Larry Therrien reported an immature Golden Eagle flying over Belchertown, headed toward the Quabbin.

Saturday 1-13, Dorrie Holmes found a pair of Barrow’s Goldeneye on the CT River near Agawam. A few people managed to see them, or at least the male, in the days since then.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41885318 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41885318>

The Red-headed Woodpecker near Arcadia MAS, I think originally reported in late November by Eric Labato, is still being seen in the same general location.

Good birding!

Josh



Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
https://www.facebook.com/opihi



 

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Date: 1/19/18 4:10 pm
From: James Dillon <jdillon755270...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Coot, Flax Pnd
One American Coot in Flax Pond, Lynn, in a small area of open water off
Magnolia Ave.

Jim Dillon <jdillon755270...>

 

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Date: 1/19/18 7:44 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rough-legged Hawk, Lexington 1/19
Chuck Johnson called at 9:20am to report 2 continuing Long-eared Owls at Dunback Meadows and then seeing a light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK from the parking lot of the Stone Meadow Golf Club on Waltham Street, just south of Allen Street and Dunback Meadows.

Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
194 Route 1
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
<Birdwsg...>
978-462-0775
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
 

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Date: 1/18/18 7:45 pm
From: Wayne Petersen <wpetersen...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] MASS AUDUBON BIRDERS MEETING - registration now open
The Mass Audubon Annual Birders Meeting will take place this year on Sunday, March 11, at UMass/Boston. The theme of the event is Highlands and Islands of New England: A Bird's-Eye-View. The meeting will feature the ecology of these two habitat types and their significance to both birds and birders. The powerful speaker lineup will include Dr. Sara Morris, Keenan Yakola, Kent McFarland, Chris Rimmer, and Dr. Jeff Wells. There will also be a special presentation by Victor Emanuel, founder of Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT), and short updates about some of Mass Audubon's current bird conservation work. The meeting will also include LUNCH, raffles, exhibits, book-signings, and a wide variety of vendors. This promises to be an outstanding event.
For more information and to register visit https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/birds-birding/birders-meeting

Wayne R. Petersen
Director of Massachusetts Important Bird Area (IBA) Program
Mass Audubon
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
<wpetersen...>
(781) 259-2178

 

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Date: 1/18/18 2:52 pm
From: Garry Kessler <gkessler001...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lapland Longspur, Plum Is., photo
Did a quick pass through the refuge this afternoon, 2:30 - 3:00 -ish.
Checked out a few "sparrows" along the road in the island at Lot #1.
Turned out to be 2 lapand longspurs and a chipping sparrow.

http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p862720637/ha1d599fa#ha1d599fa

(Pls let me know if I'm in error.)

Garry and Annie Kessler

Westborough, MA


 

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Date: 1/18/18 10:48 am
From: eric masterson <erictheirish...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bird Observer magazines looking for a home
I have a large stack of Bird Observer magazines looking for a home - a
continuous set that runs through the 90s and 2000s. Free of charge. Contact
me directly offline. Thanks.

Eric Masterson

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Date: 1/18/18 10:48 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] f Peregrine Falcon, Bradley Palmer S P
Gordon Hayden called the store at 1:25 to report a large female Peregrine falcon in the pines near the entrance of Bradley Palmer State Park, Topsfield. The bird was seen yesterday in the same vicinity as well.
Barrett S Bacall

Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
194 Route 1
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
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978-462-0775
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
 

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Date: 1/18/18 10:46 am
From: Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Jan 18, 2018
On Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 11:52 AM, <ebird-checklist...> wrote:

> Essex Bay, Essex, Massachusetts, US
> Jan 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> Comments: We walked a half mile of conomo point road to the point.
> Beautiful sunny light, blue sky, 30 deg f. Calm ocean, 2/3 rd high tide
> 24 species
>
> American Black Duck 45
> Common Eider 64
> White-winged Scoter 67
> Long-tailed Duck 27 These numbers showing slight increase year over
> year
> Bufflehead 7 low count, declining year over year
> Common Goldeneye 6 4 males, marked decrease over last eight years
> Red-breasted Merganser 23 low counts last couple years
> Common Loon 2
> Northern Harrier 1 Adult male, seen occasionally since november
> Cooper's Hawk 1
> Bald Eagle 2 Adults, roosting in same tree. 2 weeks back an adult
> killed a merganser to feed a couple sub adult siblings on the marsh
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 Breeding pair
> Ring-billed Gull 13
> Herring Gull 55
> Great Black-backed Gull 61 Hunkered in snow on the marsh
> Mourning Dove 15
> Blue Jay 13
> American Crow 7
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> American Robin 5
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 3
> House Finch 7
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
> checklist/S42044517
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>

 

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Date: 1/18/18 9:09 am
From: Maryellen Stone <mstone816...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Bird Report

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord US-MA (42.4752,-71.3296), Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 18, 2018 7:00 AM - 10:01 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.678 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by NFWS volunteers Tom, Will, Joan, and Maryellen. Beautiful sunny day with a fresh dusting of snow, 17 degrees to start. 22 degrees when we finished.
19 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 4
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 7
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 5
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 7
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 8
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 3
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 11
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
sparrow sp. (Passerellidae sp. (sparrow sp.)) 2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 3
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42042067

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Maryellen Stone
North Reading, MA
<mstone816...>


Maryellen Stone
Nature's Images Photographic Art
www.naturesimages.com


 

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Date: 1/17/18 12:14 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann, Jan 16, 2018
Jodrey State Fish Pier, Essex, Massachusetts, US

Jan 16, 2018 8:40 AM - 9:25 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Miles Brengle and I hit four spots on Cape Ann today. This was the first.
12 species

Common Eider 40
Surf Scoter 65
White-winged Scoter 5
Long-tailed Duck 70
Bufflehead 1
Red-breasted Merganser 20
Common Loon 2
Herring Gull 400
Iceland Gull 1 This 1W bird has dark primaries and is a good candidate for a Thayer's gull.
Glaucous Gull 1 apparently a 2W bird
Great Black-backed Gull 75
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 17

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41968148


Cathedral Ledge, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 16, 2018 9:50 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Our 2nd stop was here.
15 species (+1 other taxon); partial list:

American Black Duck 4
Common Eider 50
Harlequin Duck 29
Surf Scoter 2
White-winged Scoter 5
Black Scoter 40
Long-tailed Duck 4
Bufflehead 2
Red-breasted Merganser 5
Great Cormorant 2
large alcid sp. 1
Black Guillemot 1

View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41968319


Andrews Point, Rockport, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 16, 2018 10:25 AM - 11:40 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Our 3rd stop was here, where we birded with Bob Murphy.
13 species (+1 other taxon)

Common Eider 80
Harlequin Duck 2
White-winged Scoter 17
Black Scoter 30
Long-tailed Duck 6
Red-breasted Merganser 2
Common Loon 5
Dovekie 1
Common Murre 3 Saw the white faces on all three; bills thinner than those of razorbills.
alcid sp. 6
Ring-billed Gull 10
Herring Gull 20
Iceland Gull (kumlieni) 2
American Crow 1

View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41968558


Bass Rocks, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 16, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Our 4th and last stop was here. The highlights were a flock of purple sandpipers that landed at our feet and stayed for at least half an hour, and a snowy owl that flew from the seaside rocks right in front of our car and landed on a rooftop beside us.
21 species; partial list:

Common Eider 20
Harlequin Duck 4 At the south end of Atlantic Ave. at Cormorant Rock.
Surf Scoter 1
White-winged Scoter 30
Black Scoter 6
Bufflehead 35
Common Goldeneye 4
Red-breasted Merganser 2
Common Loon 6
Horned Grebe 1
Great Cormorant 5
Purple Sandpiper 55
Black Guillemot 0 Astounding to find no guillemots here.
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Snowy Owl 1 see notes above
Northern Mockingbird 1

View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41968845


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Date: 1/17/18 12:12 pm
From: Northeast Wetland Restoration <s2ary...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] The Next bear Creek Saugus walk is on Sunday January 14 at 9 am
Hi Massbirders,


Soheil asked me to post the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary trip report because he was unavailable this week. Thanks for having me back.


Like the New Year’s Day trip, the Sunday, January 14 walk was painfully cold, but the birding was pretty good. As the winter birds are settling in, it seems that they are becoming much more tolerant of our presence. The sanctuary has had a lot of large predators taking a toll on the geese, so much so, that we seem like the least of their worries. We actually walked within a stone’s throw of two snow geese. They were pretty casual about the whole thing and stayed put for about a half hour.


Last season we started an e-newsletter. It is geared more towards potential and new birders, as a way of encouraging folks to get off the sidelines and get more interested in birding. But sometimes we get an interesting article that may interest an advanced birder as well. This is a link to our latest edition. http://conta.cc/2ERqzjL


Below is the eBird list for this walk. Photos of some of the birds sighted are included in the eBird list.

Bear Creek Sanctuary (restricted access), Essex, Massachusetts, US Jan 14, 2018 9:24 AM - 11:31 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.699 mile(s)

Comments: Extremely cold conditions.

24 species (+1 other taxa)

Snow Goose 2 White

Canada Goose 150

American Black Duck 5

White-winged Scoter 4

Bufflehead 20

Common Goldeneye 1

Red-breasted Merganser 6

Wild Turkey 12

Common Loon 2

Northern Harrier 1

Cooper's Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 4

Herring Gull x

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 22

Mourning Dove 19

Short-eared Owl 2

American Kestrel 1

Blue Jay 1

American Crow 8

Horned Lark 50

European Starling 200

Lapland Longspur 2

White-throated Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 1

Red-winged Blackbird 8

House Sparrow 8

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41920866


Here are the details for attending walks at this property:

Bear Creek is an upland sanctuary built on the Wheelabrator (formerly RESCO) landfill at the northern end of Rumney Marsh in Saugus and Revere. Access information is below. Wear good walking shoes and be prepared to hike 3 – 4 miles. The property is mostly very open, so be prepared for sun, wind and weather.

This walk is free and open to the public, but also note that this property is accessible by invitation only and visitors need to be chaperoned at all times. Please allow roughly 4 hours for this field trip. The actual length of the trip depends on conditions and the birds present. It's usually difficult to break up the party if you need to be somewhere in the early afternoon. Come prepared to stay with the group.

Wheelabrator company has graciously stocked up on some extra pairs of binoculars, so if you or someone you know wants to learn about birds and birding, come on down. Please let me know you're coming so we can have a head count.

Bear Creek sanctuary access is via the Wheelabrator plant, 100 Salem Turnpike (Rte 107), Saugus. The rotary at the intersection of Rtes 60 and 107 is about 1½ miles southwest of the plant and about 1 mile east of Rte 1 exit on Rte 60. When traveling northeast on 107, if you go over the Ballard Street bridge (just after a set of lights) you’ve gone too far — turn back. Here is a link to google maps:
http://tinyurl.com/326v87d

When you arrive, drive through the plant gates, park in the parking lot immediately and wait for the group. Please do not drive farther into the property without an escort.

Geoff Wilson

Berwick Maine

(207) 252-4841
 

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Date: 1/17/18 4:49 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Lois
Susan, Very thoughtful words. Your email to Doug read just like mine. I've
never met him, but feel I know him. And like yourself, I love his writing,
his insights, his sensitivity and his honesty. We all feel for him and
grieve with him. Great birder--great man. Best, Dave

On Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 8:46 PM, Susan Hall <susanjhall42...> wrote:

> Doug, I, too, felt I knew Lois, and you, through your beautiful writing
> here on Massbird. Your posts transcended the usual clinical bird reports
> and melted into the sublime of love, both for birds, and for Lois. I looked
> forward to your posts, and upon reading them, came away with the feeling
> that I had not just read prose, but poetry too. I wish you peace tonight
> and over the weeks ahead as you live through your grieve but also bask in
> the many wonderful memories you have of your Lois. You touched my heart.
> Susan
> Wilbraham, MA
>
> On Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 8:36 PM Paul McGovern <byrdnyrd...> wrote:
>
>> Doug,
>>
>> Although I never actually met Lois, I feel like I knew her through all
>> your posts. “Lois and I were at Hellcat......while drinking our coffee
>> this morning, Lois noticed a blur of flight......”
>>
>> My thoughts are with you, and may all your friends here on “The List”
>> support you through this painful time.
>>
>> Peace
>> Paul McGovern
>> Hanson, MA
>> <Byrdnyrd...>
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>

 

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Date: 1/16/18 6:52 pm
From: <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Roadside Raptors and Plum Island/Salibury Raptors
Driving up to Plum Island I was struck by the fact that on a sunny, cold day, I saw only 5 Red-tailed Hawks perched along Route 93/95 for 45 miles, about half the usual number I've seen in January over many years. (Same in the cold spell about two weeks ago.) It seems I've seen fewer Red-taileds tee'd up along the interstate highways since the acorn/squirrel crash several years ago.

It was around 32 degrees most of the day, shifting from sunny, to 100% overcast for hours, to total sunshine again. Plum Island was really quiet. we didn't bird the sound, but looked for raptors and incidentals. we drove to Hellcat, hiked down tot he Old pines, the boardwalk at Lot 5 and beyond, and back. On about a 2.5 mile hawk, we saw the south end of three Black Ducks and a Northern Cardinal. We had a Song Sparrow, severakl dozen Starlings andf several dozen Canada Geese on the island.

PLUM ISLAND
Red-tailed Hawk  1 imm
Snowy Owl (all in marsh)  2 within 150 yds, 2 roughly a quarter mile away (Snowies were much easier to find in the sunshine than in the low overcast)

PLUM BUSH
Bald Eagle  2 immatures
Red-tailed Hawk   1 imm

Salisbury
Bald Eagle 1 imm
Northern Harrier 1 ad male
Snowy Owl 1 (on Osprey platform)

An additional highlight was a hen Barrow's Goldeneye feeding off the boat ramp and Brant on the Salisbury marsh.

Best,

Paul

Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA 
<phawk254...>

 

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Date: 1/16/18 5:53 pm
From: Susan Hall <susanjhall42...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Lois
Doug, I, too, felt I knew Lois, and you, through your beautiful writing
here on Massbird. Your posts transcended the usual clinical bird reports
and melted into the sublime of love, both for birds, and for Lois. I looked
forward to your posts, and upon reading them, came away with the feeling
that I had not just read prose, but poetry too. I wish you peace tonight
and over the weeks ahead as you live through your grieve but also bask in
the many wonderful memories you have of your Lois. You touched my heart.
Susan
Wilbraham, MA

On Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 8:36 PM Paul McGovern <byrdnyrd...> wrote:

> Doug,
>
> Although I never actually met Lois, I feel like I knew her through all
> your posts. “Lois and I were at Hellcat......while drinking our coffee
> this morning, Lois noticed a blur of flight......”
>
> My thoughts are with you, and may all your friends here on “The List”
> support you through this painful time.
>
> Peace
> Paul McGovern
> Hanson, MA
> <Byrdnyrd...>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>

 

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Date: 1/16/18 5:38 pm
From: Paul McGovern <byrdnyrd...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lois
Doug,

Although I never actually met Lois, I feel like I knew her through all your posts. “Lois and I were at Hellcat......while drinking our coffee this morning, Lois noticed a blur of flight......”

My thoughts are with you, and may all your friends here on “The List” support you through this painful time.

Peace
Paul McGovern
Hanson, MA
<Byrdnyrd...>

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/16/18 5:15 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Interesting Iceland Gull at Millennium Park, Bald Eagle, etc..
I was birding along Rivermoor Rd. near Cow Island Pond AND Millennium Park today. I duly noted the American Tree Sparrows, Hairy Woodpecker, and COMMON RAVEN flyby. When I arrived at the end, I noticed ten or so seagulls feeding on apparently very recently cast out pizza crusts. One stood out. It was an apparent ICELAND GULL, but darker than the ones I'm used to seeing in Gloucester and Deer Island. The wing tips were not as dark as those of the dark juvenile with wings folded. However, the overall plumage was darker than the light juvenile would be. I birded from 2:00-5:00. I highly recommend bringing bread or something if you want to refind this bird on Rivermoor Rd. The gulls here seem to like to roost on the huge roofs of the low that are near by, as well as on the river ice where there are two areas that are free of ice.

Common Merganser 4-6 Cow Island and "ruins trail"
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1 Cow Island Pond flyover (mostly frozen)
Great Horned Owl 1 calling at 4:55; heard from R-H Woodpecker spot
ICELAND GULL 1 BIG SURPRISE; SEE ABOVE
Common Raven 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 Rivermoor Rd.
American Tree Sparrow 8
Red-winged Blackbird 3 pre-roost gathering with starlings

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 1/16/18 2:04 pm
From: Donald Wilkinson <singingbirder...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Lois Cooper
I am SO sorry! Sending you healing and love.

Best, Don

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 16, 2018, at 9:37 AM, DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...> wrote:
>
> Massbirders, et. al.
>
> Lois Cooper, the love of my life, passed away quietly this morning (January 16) at the age of 91. There are no words that can express my present grief. But even as this grief passes, and I am certain it will, I will always have my sweet memories of our time together. I am supremely grateful for what she has done for me. It is no exaggeration to praise her courage in adversity for her eighteen-month decline did not embitter her nor break her spirit. Our shared love for one another was something special and I cannot but feel how weak and inadequate any words are to fully explain what a wonderful person she was. Good bye my love and may flights of warblers sing you to your rest.
>
> Doug Chickering
>
> Groveland
>
> <dovekie...>
>


 

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Date: 1/16/18 6:44 am
From: DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lois Cooper
Massbirders, et. al.

    Lois Cooper, the love of my life, passed away quietly this morning (January 16) at the age of 91. There are no words that can express my present grief. But even as this grief passes, and I am certain it will, I will always have my sweet memories of our time together. I am supremely grateful for what she has done for me. It is no exaggeration to praise her courage in adversity for her eighteen-month decline did not embitter her nor break her spirit. Our shared love for one another was something special and I cannot but feel how weak and inadequate any words are to fully explain what a wonderful person she was. Good bye my love and may flights of warblers sing you to your rest.

Doug Chickering

Groveland

<dovekie...>

 

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Date: 1/15/18 8:39 pm
From: Norman Levey <norman.levey...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Concord CBC - department of errors and omissions
Many thanks to a few eagle-eyed readers who quickly responded and noted that red-bellied woodpecker was left missing from the list, which ups our total species count to a tie in the historical record.

Also notable was a SHORT-EARED OWL located at the airfield by our Bedford sector and later seen and confirmed by others. Always nice to tick this one off as it is missed most years and sees considerable competition with the common great horneds for prime hunting territory.

Norm Levey
Lincoln, Mass.
norman.levey AT gmail.com
 

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Date: 1/15/18 7:50 pm
From: Norman Levey <norman.levey...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Concord CBC - Count 58 Wrap Up
The 58th edition of the Concord Christmas Bird Count was held December 30, 2017. If this count was not a record maker for bird abundance it was notable for ice, snow, and bitter cold. Our early-rising field teams going out braved four degree temperatures that made the afternoon high of 16 seem balmy. The Fairbanks, Alaska CBC, which was held the same day, experienced about the same daytime temperatures as Concord’s.

Few field teams saw even one Canada goose, but spots of open water in the Assabet Wildlife Refuge, and notably Hager Pond in Marlborough, which by some miracle never totally freezes over on the coldest of count days, delivered 222 Canada geese, 32 mute swans, 6 gadwall, 28 American black ducks, 614 mallards, a lone green-winged teal, and a lingering American coot.

We may have one record count for wild turkey, which shortly after its introduction in the Commonwealth in 1972 steadily reestablished a vigorous breeding population and made its Concord count debut in 1997 with a tally of nine. Adjusting for our possibly lower than average participation rate this year may make 319 of these iconic birds a new high.

Ten great blue herons, with a few especially bedraggled individuals reported, stood sentinel-like over the few remaining outflows under beaver dams and culverts matched by an equal number of belted kingfishers in the same seasonally vanishing habitat.

The polar vortex may have brought with it a few dramatically dark and boldly marked red-tailed hawks showing inky black belly bands, possibly interlopers from the Canadian north, to join our comparatively pale resident red-tails. Woodland dwelling red-shouldered hawks may be making a small resurgence after a few lean years with a total of four. We’ve had recent counts of zero and one.

Local owls showed typical numbers except for Northern saw-whet which vanished from its winter roosts but for one Wayland individual and very likely migrated to more promising snow-free hunting grounds.

Woodpecker counts hit the average except red-bellied is still showing a steadily upward trend-line. Downy woodpecker is our most abundant and our count of 760 hews to the ten-year average. One unlucky yellow-bellied sapsucker in Carlisle missed attendance on count day by an unfortunate encounter with a motor vehicle, but despite this tragedy we may have a new record high count for this migratory woodpecker, factoring in our lower than average participation level.

Falcons made our checklist with one American kestrel and a single merlin. Kestrel once tallied in double digits on our counts, but has declined to one or two individuals every year.

Common feeder birds such as cardinals, chickadees, titmice, and house finches were easily found in neighborhoods. Field parties censusing more remote wooded conservation properties turned up 244 golden-crowned kinglets—just short of 1973’s record 273—and a few red-breasted nuthatches. A school classroom feeder in Lincoln had a wintering Eastern towhee sharing a feeder with 35 house sparrows and two white-throated sparrows and another feeder hosted a ruby-crowned kinglet which is a migrant in our area and a marginal winter resident. The reliable hermit thrush did well, with eleven total spotted by several field teams. This winter hardy thrush does just fine and dandy dining on bittersweet fruit and nut and suet cakes at feeders.

Wintering warblers did not make the count this year.

Rusty blackbird counts show peaks and valleys, but this year’s total of 38 is double our ten-year average for this historically diminishing species. The more common red-winged blackbird nailed the average this year with 133, which is a total surprise considering the severity of the weather.

Our final result will show a grand total of about 26,000 birds counted, 10,000 fewer than last year’s number. The significance of this smaller tally should be attributed to harsh weather and a lower than usual field participation rate. In the modern history of the Concord count the number of species, 73, is one fewer than December 30, 1995’s previous record low 74.

Again, we extend our thanks to the young birding high achievers who deployed their exceptional birding talent, our town sector volunteers, coordinators and compilers, and SUDBURY VALLEY TRUSTEES for its sponsorship of the Concord CBC, and especially Laura Mattei for hosting our countdown and delicious potluck supper in the comfort of SVT’s Wolbach farmhouse.

Join us next time on Sunday December 30, 2018 for another, we hope warmer, adventure in winter birding.

Norman Levey for the Concord Christmas Bird Count.

***********
A rough draft of our tally is listed below. Adjusted for participation level new high counts (HC) are likely for wild turkey and golden-crowned kinglet as well as yellow-bellied sapsucker. The final corrected list will be posted on the Concord CBC website in February and the NAS Historical Results page later this year.

Canada Goose-651
Mute Swan-39
Gadwall-6
American Black Duck-70
Mallard-852
Northern Pintail-9
Green-winged Teal-1
Common Goldeneye-1
Hooded Merganser-6
Common Merganser-2
WILD TURKEY-319 HC
Great Blue Heron-10
Osprey-CW
Sharp-shinned Hawk-13
Cooper's Hawk-38
accipter sp.-2
Bald Eagle-8
Red-shouldered Hawk-4
Red-tailed Hawk-144
American Coot-1
Ring-billed Gull-127
Herring Gull-15
Great Black-backed Gull-4
Rock Pigeon-435
Mourning Dove-1,482
Eastern Screech Owl-25
Great Horned Owl-42
Barred Owl-6
Short-eared Owl-1
Northern Saw-whet Owl-1
Belted Kingfisher-10
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER-5 Possibly new high count
Downy Woodpecker-758
Hairy Woodpecker-174
Northern Flicker-33
Pileated Woodpecker-34
American Kestrel-1
Merlin-1
Blue Jay-2,240
Black-capped Chickadee-2,040
Tufted Titmouse-1,422
White-breasted Nuthatch-773
Brown Creeper-30
Winter Wren-5
Marsh Wren-CW
Carolina Wren-91
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET-244 HC?
Ruby-crowned Kinglet-1
Eastern Bluebird-255
Hermit Thrush-11
American Robin-870
Gray Catbird-4
Northern Mockingbird-49
European Starling-1,391
Cedar Waxwing-306
Snow Bunting-23
American Tree Sparrow-433
Chipping Sparrow-2
Field Sparrow-5
Fox Sparrow-11
Dark-eyed Junco-3,622
White-throated Sparrow-364
Savannah Sparrow-2
Song Sparrow-475
Swamp Sparrow-18
Eastern Towhee-1
Northern Cardinal-1,021
Red-winged Blackbird-133
Rusty Blackbird-38
Common Grackle-1
Brown-headed Cowbird-1
House Finch-732
Purple Finch-5
Pine Siskin-1
American Goldfinch-1,407
House Sparrow-1,710
woodpecker sp.-1

No. Count Day Individuals-25,068
No. Count Day Species-73
No. of CW Species-2


 

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Date: 1/15/18 3:20 pm
From: James Dillon <jdillon755270...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Buntings, Salisbury
Twenty two Snow Buntings in parking lot two at the Salisbury Beach State
Reservation at 11:30.

Jim Dillon <jdillon755270...>

 

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Date: 1/15/18 3:20 pm
From: Daan Sandee <sandee...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: A checklist of the Birds of Massachusetts
http://maavianrecords.com/official-state-list/

Daan Sandee
Gloucester, MA <sandee...>
 

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Date: 1/15/18 11:06 am
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] A checklist of the Birds of Massachusetts
kathy, the latest edition of that large checklist (8 1/2 x 11) that i
have is  dated june 2006, but i don't think it has been revised since. 
MAS is long overdue to print a new edition in current checklist order. 
(even though that changes every year!)   jim


On 1/15/2018 1:25 PM, Katharine Mills wrote:
> HI Massbirders,
>
>      I keep a paper copy of the first sighting of the birds I see in
> MA. I am using a checklist Mass Audubon put out in 11/2000. I was
> wondering if there was a more recent checklist that I could get
> digitally and print.
>
>       Thanks
>
> Kathy Mills
>
> Holden
>
>

--
Jim Berry Ipswich, Mass. <jim.berry3...>

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Date: 1/15/18 10:29 am
From: Katharine Mills <gkmills...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] A checklist of the Birds of Massachusetts
HI Massbirders,

     I keep a paper copy of the first sighting of the birds I see in
MA. I am using a checklist Mass Audubon put out in 11/2000. I was
wondering if there was a more recent checklist that I could get
digitally and print.

      Thanks

Kathy Mills

Holden

 

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Date: 1/15/18 10:06 am
From: <jonathan.layman...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese
M'birders,

I was unable to locate the Nahant Greater White-fronted Geese today, but the two Snow Geese reported earlier were still at Breeds Middle School in Lynn- however, an unleashed dog just chased all the geese away.

Good Birding,

Jonathan Layman
Medford, MA

Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 1/15/18 5:13 am
From: Tom Martin <tommartin53...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese in Lynn
After seeing the 5 White-fronted Geese at the Johnson Elementary School in Nahant I saw 2 Snow Geese at Breed Junior High in Lynn.

Tom Martin
Boxford

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 1/14/18 3:14 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Solitaire continues-1/14/18
The Townsend's Solitaire continues at Demarest Lloyd State Park in Dartmouth. Today it was past the building with the red cross along the road (not the path) which goes east on the left of the building about 3/4 of the way to the trail which comes in from the right at around 9:45/10:00 ish. It was silent and I picked it out when it flew to the top of a tree. It was staying alert and would periodically go lower to feed on cedar berries which appear numerous. Yellow-rumped Warblers were present within a minute of seeing this bird, but can not say it was hanging in with them. It was the most birds I encountered the entire time I was there (1.5 hours).


Glenn


Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
 

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Date: 1/14/18 11:37 am
From: Thomas Carlile <tcarlile...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose at Moakley Field
The Ross’s Goose was continuing at Moakley Park this morning at 11:30. When I arrived it was in a flock of Canada Geese in the soccer field just across WJD Blvd from the parking lot north of the Carson Beach Bath House. About 5 minutes after I arrived, an off leash dog sent the flock flying. I rewound the Goose in the water close to shore at the south end of Carson Beach. When I left 20 minutes later it was back in the soccer field.

Thomas Carlile
Cambridge, MA
 

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Date: 1/14/18 9:31 am
From: James Dillon <jdillon755270...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nahant, Greater White-Fronted Goose
Five Greater White-Fronted Geese at Lowlands Park in Nahant at 10:00.

Jim Dillon <jdillon755270...>

 

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Date: 1/14/18 6:28 am
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Raven, Great Horned Owl, Cold Spring Park, Newton
Hi Folks,

At 8:30 AM the owl is in the usual white pine at the north corner of the
baseball field, up high. Raven at 8:45 croaking and flying north from the
intersection of Bradford and Woodward streets.

Pete gilmore
Newton,Ma
<Petegilmore...>

 

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Date: 1/13/18 3:20 pm
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Geese continue - Nahant
Five geese seen at 4:10pm at Kelly Greens Golf Course, corner of Spring and Flash Roads.

Linda


Linda Pivacek, Nahant, <lpivacek...>

 

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Date: 1/13/18 11:07 am
From: Marcia Dunham <mdunhamma99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] To: Post to MASSBIRD
Ross at Carson beach side now

 

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Date: 1/13/18 9:34 am
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Coachlace Pond Snow Goose
If the birds are not there then check Davis Farmland as they all fly over
there. 2 were there this morning

On Sat, Jan 13, 2018 at 11:02 AM Robert Gervais <rgervais...> wrote:

> I arrived just after sunrise to Coachlace Pond in Clinton in hopes of
> relocating the Snow Goose discovered yesterday but there were no geese in
> the open water of the Bart's Pond section. I decided to search the
> surrounding area and eventually located a Snow Goose at 8:30am feeding with
> 22 Canada Geese 2.7 miles away in an agricultural field directly across
> from the Davis Farmland entrance in Sterling.
>
> Robert Gervais
> Townsend, MA.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
> JRI has been named by the Boston Globe as one of 2015, 2016 and 2017 Top
> 100 Places to Work in Massachusetts
>
>
>
> --
Justin Lawson
Southbridge, Ma

 

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Date: 1/13/18 8:53 am
From: Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Ross's Goose - Yes at Moakley field.
Correction. Just one bird continuing at Moakley park, columbia road,
boston.

Sundar L.

On Jan 13, 2018 11:32 AM, "Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan" <
<lsundaresan...> wrote:

Bird being seen at 11:30 am at the baseball field closer to beach parking
lot at WJD bvld.

Sundar L
Littleton, MA.

 

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Date: 1/13/18 8:37 am
From: Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross's Geese - Yes at Moakley field.
Bird being seen at 11:30 am at the baseball field closer to beach parking
lot at WJD bvld.

Sundar L
Littleton, MA.

 

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Date: 1/13/18 8:02 am
From: Robert Gervais <rgervais...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Coachlace Pond Snow Goose
I arrived just after sunrise to Coachlace Pond in Clinton in hopes of relocating the Snow Goose discovered yesterday but there were no geese in the open water of the Bart's Pond section. I decided to search the surrounding area and eventually located a Snow Goose at 8:30am feeding with 22 Canada Geese 2.7 miles away in an agricultural field directly across from the Davis Farmland entrance in Sterling.

Robert Gervais
Townsend, MA.

Sent from my iPhone
JRI has been named by the Boston Globe as one of 2015, 2016 and 2017 Top 100 Places to Work in Massachusetts



 

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Date: 1/13/18 7:04 am
From: Constance Lapite <peteorconstance...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greater white-fronted, Nahant

At 9:50 am, all 5 geese are on Kelly Greens, visible from corner of Spring St. and Flash Rd.

Constance Lapite
Beverly, MA

Sent from my mobile
 

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Date: 1/13/18 4:15 am
From: <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nahant B.B. field Cackling and Greater White-fronted Geese
Being seen now, with Canada Geese.

Leslie Kramer
Barry Burden
Medford
 

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Date: 1/12/18 4:11 pm
From: Timothy Swain <tswain3420...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RFI--Middlesex County Big Year
Massbirders,

During this year, I will be attempting to do a Middlesex County Big Year
and I am looking for information to locate a few hard-to-find species in
this county. I am a young birder and an avid user of eBird and Facebook
rare bird alerts, so I would like to connect with birders who know of
locations or information not typically posted on eBird in Middlesex County
on the following species:

Ruffed Grouse
Northern Goshawk
King Rail
Common Gallinule
Red-headed Woodpecker
Acadian Flycatcher
Worm-eating Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Grasshopper Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Evening Grosbeak

Thanks in advance for any suggestions you might be able to provide!

Good birding,
Tim Swain

 

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Date: 1/12/18 2:48 pm
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Nahant White-fronted Geese!
These birds were still being seen feeding in the ball field across from
Short Beach at last light (approx 5 pm), along with 15-20 Canada Geese
and a few Mallard.
Worth checking there first thing tomorrow a.m.

Thanks to Don for getting the word out.

Linda

On 1/12/2018 12:10 PM, Donald Wilkinson wrote:
> There are currently 5 Greater White-fronted Geese at the Baseball
> field across from Short Beach. A first for me for Nahant!
>
> Don Wilkinson, Nahant
> <singingbirder...> <mailto:<singingbirder...>

--
Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
tattler1(at)comcast(dot)net

"Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark" - Tagore


 

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Date: 1/12/18 12:16 pm
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nahant White-fronted Geese and Merlin
At ~ 1pm I saw the 5 White-fronted Geese reported by Don Wilkinson (thank you, Don!). They flew off, and I relocated them at the Nahant Golf Course, with many Canada Geese and Mallard Ducks. Soon the White-fronteds flew toward the ocean into the fog.

Also a Merlin was perched at roadside at the golf course.

Cheers, Linda

Linda Pivacek, Nahant, <lpivacek...>

 

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Date: 1/12/18 9:16 am
From: Donald Wilkinson <donaldwilkinson60...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nahant White-fronted Geese!
There are currently 5 Greater White-fronted Geese at the Baseball field
across from Short Beach. A first for me for Nahant!

Don Wilkinson, Nahant
<singingbirder...>

 

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Date: 1/11/18 3:32 pm
From: Maryellen Stone <mstone816...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord US- MA
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord US-MA (42.4752,-71.3296), Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 11, 2018 7:02 AM - 9:49 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.52 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by volunteers Joan, Jonathan, Audrey, Will, Kevin, Tom, and Maryellen. Quite balmy after the cold of the last few weeks. Tough walking in snow.
24 species

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1 Adult
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 5
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 5
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 6
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 7
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 12
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 7
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 5
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 7
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 7
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41828902

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


Maryellen Stone
North Reading, MA
<mstone816...>


Maryellen Stone
Nature's Images Photographic Art
www.naturesimages.com
Sent from my iPad


 

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Date: 1/11/18 3:05 pm
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneye, Interesting Gull Continue in Lowell, 1/11
Gulls included 5 Iceland, 1 Glaucous and 1-2 Lesser Black-backed, all first cycle.

Details with directions at:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41826195

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>

 

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Date: 1/10/18 8:29 pm
From: Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] cape ann highlights, 1/10/18
snowy owl juveniles: w. gloucester boatyard, bass rocks roadside (near elks)
pacific loon: andrews point
iceland gulls: jodrey pier, niles pond
glaucous gulls: jodrey pier, andrews point
razorbills: andrews point
thick-billed murre: "
observations: low duck numbers, negligible passerines.
no observations: grebes, purple sandpipers.
fred bouchard & andrew list
--
<frederickbouchard...>
78 farnham st
belmont 02478 ma
617-484-6692
www.fredbouchard.com

'One ought, every day, to hear a little song, read a good poem, sip a tasty
wine,
see a fine picture, and if possible, to speak a few reasonable words.'
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(1749-1836)

 

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Date: 1/10/18 5:45 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - 01-10-2018
Dave Williams and I led today's Joppa Flats Education Center's Wednesday
Morning Birding program around Cape Ann on a positively beautiful day. 
The skies were clear, temps ranged from 26 degrees F. to the low 30s,
and winds were light out of the south-to-southwest.  We finally
succeeded in finding a few Alcids -- guillemots and Razorbills.

Our list:
Canada Goose (10)
American Black Duck (~ 15)
Mallard (~ 30) - mostly inner Rockport harbor.
Northern Pintail (1) - continues in inner Rockport harbor.
Common Eider - common.
Harlequin Duck (~ 25) - mostly Cathedral Ledge; 3, Atlantic Road
("Cormorant Rock").
Surf Scoter (5) - 3, Eastern Pt.; 2, Cathedral Ledge.
White-winged Scoter - common.
Black Scoter (~ 10)
Long-tailed Duck (~ 25) - mostly Gloucester outer harbor.
Bufflehead - common.
Common Goldeneye (4)
Red-breasted Merganser (~ 25) - mostly Gloucester harbor.
Common Loon (~ 7)
Horned Grebe (1) - atypically, inner Rockport harbor.
Great Cormorant (15) - Atlantic Road, "Cormorant Rock."
Red-tailed Hawk (2) - 1, near Friendly's, Rt 128, Grant Circle; 1,
overhead, Cathedral Ledge.
Ring-billed Gull (3)
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Razorbill (6) - Cathedral Ledge.
Black Guillemot (7) - 2, off "Cormorant Rock," Atlantic Road; 2, Elks,
Atlantic Road; 3, Cathedral Ledge.
Rock Pigeon
American Crow (~ 15)
Black-capped Chickadee (2)
Northern Mockingbird (1) - Elks, Atlantic Road.
European Starling - a few large flocks.
House Finch (1) - Atlantic Road.
House Sparrow

Next week, we will meet back at Joppa Flats Education Center at 9:30 for
Wednesday Morning Birding. Call David Moon or David Larson at (978)
462-9998 for information about other Joppa Flats programs.

Dave Weaver
Manchester, MA 01944
<cygnus-dkw...>



 

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Date: 1/10/18 2:11 pm
From: caroline haines <chaines49...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy owl in Gloucester
A snowy is hanging out on the marsh on the Annisquam river (west Gloucester side) near Gloucester harbor. It can be seen right now (with a scope) from behind the high school looking across the river to the right of the Marina, or, up close and personal, from Julian Road, adjacent to the boat storage area at the Cape Ann marina. There is a grey ghost soaring as well.
Caroline Haines
<Songbirder...>
Gloucester

Sent from my iPhone-please excuse brevity, typos, or insults.
 

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Date: 1/10/18 1:10 pm
From: Garry Kessler <gkessler001...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northern Pintail, cont., photo
Wandered up to Gardner (Waterview Dr.) to the very "cooperative" drake
pintail there. This bird is "cooperative" because there is very little
open water and someone(s) feeds the horde of mallards there.

1st of 4 photos

http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p756187298/ha1502184#ha1502184

For those interested, I've not posted in some time so clicking on the
"previous" thumbnail (or the left arrow key) will allow you to page back
to unposted images from 2017 - mostly birds and butterflies. Including,

http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p756187298/ha1502184#h9e585b73 -
black-throated gray warbler

http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p756187298/ha1502184#h9e44bc1e -
Hammond's Flycatcher

and

http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p756187298/ha1502184#h8f3ce4f3 -
Atlantic Puffin

http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p756187298/ha1502184#h8ef8051c - Spruce
Grouse

from the July BBC trip to Machias.

Belated Happy New

Garry Kessler

Westborough, MA


 

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Date: 1/10/18 6:50 am
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Bald Eagle: Bourne - Leg Band info!
Greetings all,


For those with an interest, an update below with special thanks to Tom French at MassWildlife:


This is definitely one of our burnt orange bands. While the upper figure is partially obscured, there are very few numbers/letters to consider during the years this bird was banded. B/X was a good possibility, but no letters were used during these years and I can see that both sides of the figure are indented, making the upper figure an “8”. So, this bird is banded 8/X. I would also have guessed that this was a 4 ½ year-old bird, but it is a 3 ½ year old with very advanced plumage.


The original banding information is as follows:

Band numbers: 0709-02174, and 8/X burnt orange
Banding date and location: May 29, 2014 - MA, Bristol Co., Fall River, North Watuppa Pond.
Siblings: Two (8/Z, 9/A)
Sex: Unknown, but likely a female considering the relatively deep bill.
Other Reports of 8/X: None

Thomas W. French Ph.D.
Assistant Director, NHESP
Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581

Enjoy,

Craig Gibson
Winchester, MA
cbgibson AT comcast.net
 

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Date: 1/10/18 6:38 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] number of birds at feeders / Newbury
a noticeable decline following the harsh weather - sure hope it is due to now being able to forage elsewhere

------------------------------------

Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951
email: <lynette.leka...>

"More people were killed in America last year by toddlers with guns than by Muslim terrorists." (Occupy Democrats)
 

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Date: 1/9/18 10:06 am
From: Dan Prima <raptormafia...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rusty Blackbird, Tewksbury


Had a real nice surprise in the yard this morning when I spotted a Rusty Blackbird in the trees over my feeder area.  A new yard bird and a great way to start my day! 
Link to checklist and photos:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41770011
Good birding!
Dan PrimaTewksbury MA
<raptormafia...>
 

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Date: 1/9/18 5:42 am
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Harlequin Ducks
Sunday Jan 7, we went to Plymouth hoping to find a white-winged gull --
no luck. Roads there were not too bad and it was fairly easy to get
around. The harbor was essentially ice covered and there was a lot of
ice and slush ice along the shore down to Manomet Point.

At Manomet Point, we saw a flock of 17 Harlequin Ducks, about 50/50
males/females. Other ducks seen there were Common Eider, Oldsquaw, Surf
and White-winged Scoters, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, and Red-breasted
Mergansers. None of these were in large numbers. This is a usual place
for Great Cormorant but we saw no cormorants of any kind not did we see
any loons or grebes.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro

 

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Date: 1/8/18 2:00 pm
From: Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westport 1/8
Today (1/8) we birded WESTPORT. They got hit with about a foot plus of heavy
wet snow, which then froze. Though the main roads are OK, the secondary
roads are still a mess: oatmeal slush and ice on many sections. There was
lots of snow blown back over roads. It's like they plowed some roads once,
then stopped. There are VERY few places to pull over, and the lots of local
conservation areas aren't plowed at all. The causeway out to Gooseberry was
gated, with waves breaking over the causeway. The road over the causeway was
iced. The ponds of Acoaxet are totally ice covered. The two rivers are
mostly ice-covered too, though there were a few open spots especially as the
rivers met the ocean. A single car can get around, and pull off blocking a
road for a short time, but for the foreseeable future this will be a tough
place to lead a trip. I'm guessing the rain this weekend will really cause
some flooding. That said, there were large numbers of the expected
waterfowl.

Common Loon (8)

Great Blue Heron (1)

Black Vulture (1)

Turkey Vulture (9)

Canada Goose (3205)

Brant (22)

Mute Swan (306)

Gadwall (2)

A Black Duck (410)

Mallard (150)

Greater Scaup (62)

Common Eider (108)

Harlequin Duck (2)

Surf Scoter (46)

Black Scoter (6)

Bufflehead (280)

Common Goldeneye (103)

Hooded Merganser (85)

Red-breasted Merganser (74)

N Harrier (4)

Red-shouldered Hawk (2)

Red-tailed Hawk (4)

Snowy Owl (1)

NB: There were many thousands of gulls roosting in several locations but we
couldn't find anything but the expected species.

PLUS: We had a light phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK in Somerset.

Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll

<Moa.lynch...>




 

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Date: 1/8/18 1:18 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] eBird guidelines on not publicizing sensitive species
thanks to <kembledus...> for the following post.

As always, please sign your posts with your name, town and email address.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>


From: <kembledus...>
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2018 15:48:24 -0500
Cc: <massbird...>


I joined massbird to get timely information. To date i have found it quite helpful. I have found a number of birds thanks to everyones reporting. I have=
of course been respectful of the birds and kept an appropriate distance. I have seen others at the sites who also kept respectful distances.=20

Delaying reporting to ebird also makes the ebird rare bird alerts reports useless.

If people report birds 8 or 15 days after seeing them, massbird becomes useless to me, and i bet most everyone else. It also makes ebird much less helpful. I urge everyone to keep timely reporting and at the same time maintain respect for the birds reported.=20

Sent from my iPad

 

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Date: 1/8/18 1:10 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneye still in Lowell
This morning I saw the following in the Merrimac River in Lowell behind
the Tsongas Center (I parked on Hall Street and walked down to the
riverwalk which parallels the River - but there is closer parking off of
Hall Street in the riverwalk buildings area)

Barrow's Goldeneye - 1 (male)

Common Goldeneye - 50+

Hooded Merganser - 2 (males)

Common Merganser - 8 (all females)

Bufflehead - 1 (male)

Mallard 25

Bald Eagle - 2 (1 adult perched in a tree near the River and 1 immature
flyover)

Gulls - Great Black-backed, Herring and Ring-billed Gulls - no white
winged gulls seen.

Northern Mockingbird - 1

Steve Moore

<barb620...>



 

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Date: 1/7/18 7:49 pm
From: <blafley...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] eBird guidelines on not publicizing sensitive species
Thanks Linda for the info but am I the only one that finds it a bit sad and ironic that we have jump through hoops to hide the location of birds from fellow birders in order to protect the birds.....

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>

> On Jan 7, 2018, at 11:14 AM, Linda Ireland <connecttonature00...> wrote:
>
> Many thanks to Barbara Volkle for encouraging a New Year’s review and discussion of Brookline Bird Club, ABA and other codes of ethics that help us to reduce our impact on the birds we seek out https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/massbird/-p-99k1qD78. eBird also has guidelines for how to avoid publicizing the location of sensitive species, such as Long-eared Owls, as excerpted below. Unfortunately eBird’s guidance with respect to how long to wait before submitting a checklist in order to avoid triggering rare bird alerts is misleading. While eBird’s alerts cover the previous 7 days, rarity-listing websites that use eBird’s data may go back 2 weeks (e.g., Steve Mirick’s rarities site https://start.me/p/3LQXGM/ebird-rarities - my favorite for keeping track of Rusty Blackbird sightings). Therefore you need to delay your reports on sensitive species for at least 15 days, not 8 days, if you wish to avoid being listed on those sites. Furthermore, once the checklist has been reviewed and the rarity confirmed by eBird reviewers, the data becomes searchable by species in the eBird database. Fortunately the Long-eared Owls roosting in the very tall red pines at Dunback Meadow appear to be less susceptible to being flushed by human disturbance. However they would also benefit from undisturbed daylight hours to rest and as Barbara pointed out, preserve their energy for when it is needed. Long-eared Owls are especially vulnerable to predation by the hawks and larger owls that share their habitat. At last count there were 4 Red-tailed Hawks patrolling Dunback Meadow and a Great Horned Owl reported yesterday in their pine grove.
>
> Linda Ireland
>
> Melrose, MA
>
> connecttonature00 AT gmail.com
>
> from eBird http://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/1006789-guidelines-for-not-publicizing-certain-bird-observations
>
> … Long-eared Owls are particularly vulnerable to human disturbance in their day roosts across the Northeast…
>
> * Wait until the season is over and the sensitive species (e.g., owls) have left before reporting the birds to eBird. You can always go back and ‘edit’ your checklists later to include sensitive species after the birds have departed.
>
> * Do not provide explicit coordinates or directions to sensitive species. When using the mapping tool to plot your location, use the ‘general area’ instead of the exact grove where the birds are. For instance, you may say the birds were seen at a state park, instead of listing the exact location within a state park.
>
> * Delay reporting observations for a week to keep these reports off of the ‘eBird Alerts’. These Alerts are mostly for rare birds, but please note that ‘Needs Alerts’ also go out to individuals who have yet to see a species in a certain area. By delaying your reports for 8 days or more, your report may appear in eBird but not be ‘pushed to birders via the Alerts.
>
> * Finally, you can also hide observations in eBird after you have submitted a checklist. Go to manage my observations, click on the checklist you want to hide and scroll to the bottom. There is a link to hide the checklist. Please note that this keeps the species off the output (e.g., maps, bar charts etc.) but does not hide the fact that you went birding altogether (i.e., the date and location may show up in the Recent Checklists feed, but no one will be able to see the species you saw). Once the species is safe again, we always recommend ‘unhiding’ your checklist.

 

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Date: 1/7/18 10:27 am
From: Donald Wilkinson <donaldwilkinson60...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Monday 1/8 Nahant BBC trip cancelled
I’m cancelling tomorrow’s BBC 9-12 Nahant and Vicinity trip due to the
heavy snow, ice, limited access and frozen oceans.

Don Wilkinson, Nahant
<singingbirder...>

 

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Date: 1/7/18 10:21 am
From: Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Slideshow of Shorebirds at Nickerson Beach
Since the weather is less than conducive to being outside, I thought some of you might enjoy seeing a slideshow . This past summer I spent some time at Nickerson Beach on Long Island between July and August observing and photographing three species of shorebirds that have nesting colonies there, American Oystercatchers, Common Terns, and Black Skimmers. It was a joy and education observing their behaviors.


The slideshow is in 1080p HD and has music so you can watch it full screen and be sure to have your volume on your computer on. I hope you enjoy it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIfOWSlgtFc&t=7



Lesley Mattuchio
Melrose, MA

 

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Date: 1/7/18 9:38 am
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] GH Owl Gloucester 1/7
Returning home Just past midnight, the temperature was at zero in
Gloucester when I got out of my warm car. To my surprise, I heard a Great
Horned Owl calling. I lingered for a minute or two and found the bird was
calling frequently and from fairly close by. This was a wonderful treat on
a bone chilling night.

--
Susan Hedman, Gloucester
"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature." Frank Lloyd Wright

 

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Date: 1/7/18 8:48 am
From: Gary Freedman <gmf7162...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle: Bourne Landfill - Photos!
A friend of mine from Pepperell just sent a cell phone photo (poor quality, so I didn’t include) of 3 mature Bald Eagles at the covered bridge in Pepperell. They were very close to the road. One was feeding. The other two were watching from a short distance.

Gary Freedman
Stow, MA

From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of Craig Gibson
Sent: Sunday, January 07, 2018 10:45 AM
To: Massbirders
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle: Bourne Landfill - Photos!

Greetings all,

There have been a number of Bald Eagle sightings over the recent weeks in the Bourne, Sandwich, Mashpee, and Falmouth areas.

Had nice looks at a Bald Eagle yesterday afternoon at the Bourne Landfill in Bourne, under clear skies, bright sun, strong winds from the west at 26MPH and gusting to 37MPH, temp was about 12F and -8 with wind chill.

This follows on the heels of a sighting last week at the Back River Area in Bourne, about 1.5 miles from the landfill. Yesterday, a sighting was reported on the ice at Great Pond in Falmouth by Peter Fang, almost 11 miles away.

Other recent sightings were made in a number of locations in Sandwich, including at the Old Fish Hatchery, just over 6 miles away.

The Mashpee sightings are part of a long and ongoing list of sightings by Mary Keleher and others. Mary posted a number of photos from 04.10.17 of an adult with an orange left leg band. Not sure if the band details were definitive?

In Bourne, the Bald Eagle was seen circling overhead at the landfill. It appeared to land a few times, perhaps to scavenge with the crows and gulls in residence. Was able to work a bit closer for very nice looks and was blessed to capture just a few flight photos that provided a positive ID from the burnt orange left leg band, B/X.

This band information has been passed on to staff at MassWildlife for review and more information. We'll likely hear back early part of the week in regard to specifics on this Eagle from the leg band information.

It appears to be a possible Basic IV plumage, with a white head with brown flecking, pale yellow iris, scattered white marks on the body and wings, and some dingy brown on the tail....stay tuned for more details.

For those with an interest, 3 Eagle photos posted along with 2 flight shots of Fish Crows:

http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/166814235
Click "Next" in upper right corner to advance frames!

Enjoy,
Craig Gibson
Woods Hole
cbgibson AT comcast.net


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Date: 1/7/18 8:30 am
From: Linda Ireland <connecttonature00...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird guidelines on not publicizing sensitive species
Many thanks to Barbara Volkle for encouraging a New Year’s review and discussion of Brookline Bird Club, ABA and other codes of ethics that help us to reduce our impact on the birds we seek out https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/massbird/-p-99k1qD78 <https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/massbird/-p-99k1qD78>. eBird also has guidelines for how to avoid publicizing the location of sensitive species, such as Long-eared Owls, as excerpted below. Unfortunately eBird’s guidance with respect to how long to wait before submitting a checklist in order to avoid triggering rare bird alerts is misleading. While eBird’s alerts cover the previous 7 days, rarity-listing websites that use eBird’s data may go back 2 weeks (e.g., Steve Mirick’s rarities site https://start.me/p/3LQXGM/ebird-rarities <https://start.me/p/3LQXGM/ebird-rarities> - my favorite for keeping track of Rusty Blackbird sightings). Therefore you need to delay your reports on sensitive species for at least 15 days, not 8 days, if you wish to avoid being listed on those sites. Furthermore, once the checklist has been reviewed and the rarity confirmed by eBird reviewers, the data becomes searchable by species in the eBird database. Fortunately the Long-eared Owls roosting in the very tall red pines at Dunback Meadow appear to be less susceptible to being flushed by human disturbance. However they would also benefit from undisturbed daylight hours to rest and as Barbara pointed out, preserve their energy for when it is needed. Long-eared Owls are especially vulnerable to predation by the hawks and larger owls that share their habitat. At last count there were 4 Red-tailed Hawks patrolling Dunback Meadow and a Great Horned Owl reported yesterday in their pine grove.

Linda Ireland

Melrose, MA

connecttonature00 AT gmail.com <http://gmail.com/>

from eBird http://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/1006789-guidelines-for-not-publicizing-certain-bird-observations <http://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/1006789-guidelines-for-not-publicizing-certain-bird-observations>

… Long-eared Owls are particularly vulnerable to human disturbance in their day roosts across the Northeast…

* Wait until the season is over and the sensitive species (e.g., owls) have left before reporting the birds to eBird. You can always go back and ‘edit’ your checklists later to include sensitive species after the birds have departed.

* Do not provide explicit coordinates or directions to sensitive species. When using the mapping tool to plot your location, use the ‘general area’ instead of the exact grove where the birds are. For instance, you may say the birds were seen at a state park, instead of listing the exact location within a state park.

* Delay reporting observations for a week to keep these reports off of the ‘eBird Alerts’. These Alerts are mostly for rare birds, but please note that ‘Needs Alerts’ also go out to individuals who have yet to see a species in a certain area. By delaying your reports for 8 days or more, your report may appear in eBird but not be ‘pushed to birders via the Alerts.

* Finally, you can also hide observations in eBird after you have submitted a checklist. Go to manage my observations, click on the checklist you want to hide and scroll to the bottom. There is a link to hide the checklist. Please note that this keeps the species off the output (e.g., maps, bar charts etc.) but does not hide the fact that you went birding altogether (i.e., the date and location may show up in the Recent Checklists feed, but no one will be able to see the species you saw). Once the species is safe again, we always recommend ‘unhiding’ your checklist.
 

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Date: 1/7/18 7:50 am
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle: Bourne Landfill - Photos!
Greetings all,


There have been a number of Bald Eagle sightings over the recent weeks in the Bourne, Sandwich, Mashpee, and Falmouth areas.


Had nice looks at a Bald Eagle yesterday afternoon at the Bourne Landfill in Bourne, under clear skies, bright sun, strong winds from the west at 26MPH and gusting to 37MPH, temp was about 12F and -8 with wind chill.


This follows on the heels of a sighting last week at the Back River Area in Bourne, about 1.5 miles from the landfill. Yesterday, a sighting was reported on the ice at Great Pond in Falmouth by Peter Fang, almost 11 miles away.


Other recent sightings were made in a number of locations in Sandwich, including at the Old Fish Hatchery, just over 6 miles away.


The Mashpee sightings are part of a long and ongoing list of sightings by Mary Keleher and others. Mary posted a number of photos from 04.10.17 of an adult with an orange left leg band. Not sure if the band details were definitive?


In Bourne, the Bald Eagle was seen circling overhead at the landfill. It appeared to land a few times, perhaps to scavenge with the crows and gulls in residence. Was able to work a bit closer for very nice looks and was blessed to capture just a few flight photos that provided a positive ID from the burnt orange left leg band, B/X.


This band information has been passed on to staff at MassWildlife for review and more information. We'll likely hear back early part of the week in regard to specifics on this Eagle from the leg band information.


It appears to be a possible Basic IV plumage, with a white head with brown flecking, pale yellow iris, scattered white marks on the body and wings, and some dingy brown on the tail....stay tuned for more details.


For those with an interest, 3 Eagle photos posted along with 2 flight shots of Fish Crows:


http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/166814235
Click "Next" in upper right corner to advance frames!


Enjoy,
Craig Gibson
Woods Hole
cbgibson AT comcast.net
 

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Date: 1/6/18 9:20 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ice borders - Westport
The edge of the ice on the east branch if the Westport River has has been even with my house, so the moments I take to scan the birds has been productive (lots of raptor feeding on the concentrated waterfowl). If you can safely get to a similar location, it might be worth your time.

Paul Champlin
Westport

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Date: 1/6/18 8:00 am
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sunday BBC Newburyport trip cancelled...
Folks,



Due to current, predicted, Frigid weather conditions, we're cancelling the
"Limited mobility/birding101" Newburyport and vicinity walk for Sunday,
January 7. Next one is scheduled for Monday, January 15.



Ida Giriunas

Reading, MA


 

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Date: 1/5/18 5:20 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] WBUR program re birds
The archive for this program should be available here soon
http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2018/01/04/why-birds-matter
<https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wbur.org%2Fonpoint%2F2018%2F01%2F04%2Fwhy-birds-matter&h=ATOhWtaaQb_1x2Gzp3xpjRiu4Q30FuKFbkBBK63THn5uiQUEhDXI4IPgHXYmVFdBuiB6eLk0gIWKQGJBw83G2ubkr9tJgrUprCME1Qtn7sN3rPxPoF4X_vwzvd79BIdHJgKChdCIOQ>


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>


 

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Date: 1/5/18 4:56 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] WBUR program re birds
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Date: 1/5/18 11:54 am
From: Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] CANCELLED Belle Isle Marsh Reservation Program Sat 1/6/2018
CANCELLED due to extreme weather forecast of -22 windchill.



Belle Isle Marsh Reservation


CANCELLED An Oasis for Wildlife CANCELLED Saturday, January 6 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary. We will walk while birding for a distance of a mile on easy level terrain. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them. Reasonable accommodations available upon request.

Meet at: Main Parking lot near the bulletin board, located on Bennington Street, East Boston between address 1236 Bennington St., East Boston and 173 Bennington St., Revere. Parking is on a paved lot and is free of charge. Accessible by public transportation: MBTA Blue line, Beachmont Station. Exit station, turn right, at intersection cross State Road/Bennington Street, travel right along Bennington Street to park entrance on the left. Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.





Saturday Boston Weather Forecast.

Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 8. Wind chill values as low as -22. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph.

Matthew Nash
Visitor Services Supervisor
DCR North Region Coastal District
One Eliot Circle
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 485-2804 ext. 105

Find yourself in a DCR Park!

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Date: 1/5/18 10:26 am
From: Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Revere Beach gulls
Hi Massbirders,There are currently several thousand gulls on Revere
Beach. I didn't have time to check for rarities, but given the numbers
and the abundant food that was washed up by the storm, may be worth a
look.
Best,Sebastian JonesJamaica Plain, MA

Sent from my mobile.
 

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Date: 1/5/18 8:19 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Leverett Pond this morning
Missing from yesterday's count were the Hooded Mergansers and the Wood
Ducks. Still one male COME, 5 RNDU (all male),a couple of Black Ducks, and
Mallards, Canada Geese, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Cardinal, 1 Blue Jay and 1 Nuthatch.
I hope to check again later to see if the cast has changed. It was very
cold.

--
Alice & Dane Morgan
Brookline & S. Dartmouth, MA

 

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Date: 1/5/18 6:52 am
From: C. Lapite <peteorconstance...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Corning Street, Beverly- Bald Eagle Busted
An adult Bald Eagle was exploring the neighborhood a few moments ago. A
couple of crows quickly showed her the door. Yard bird! Happy 2018!

Constance Lapite
Beverly, MA

 

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Date: 1/5/18 6:27 am
From: Nickilas Paulson <grendelpgill...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Four Boros Mock CBC results - New Years Weekend
 Howdy,
I did my yearly Mock Christmas Count on New Years Weekend for the 13th count. Extremely low emperatures from -3 to 13 degrees. No Owling this year and I had the Newburyport count on one day so less time in the field than recent years. Six high counts: Gadwall, Mallard, Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Snow Bunting and Mallard x Black Duck. Lots of low or near low counts due to the cold. White-crowned Sparrow was new for the count getting the combined list to 124 species for the history of the count. I did parts of  Northboro, Westboro, Berlin, Marlboro, Framingham, Southboro, Ashland, Hopkington, Milford, Hopedale, Upton. My Father did parts of Westboro, Upton and Grafton. We had 62 species this year, with two more count week birds, this was about average but low since I switched to covering the area over a weekend vs just one day. With 3896 individuals, which was the second lowest individual total. Very few mammals seen this year. Only Gray Squirrels. Several sleeping areas for !
Deer found though.


Snow Goose - 1 2nd time on count, Juniper Hill Golf Course in Northboro
Canada Goose - 497
Mute Swan - 40
Gadwall - 8 High Count, 4 pairs Sudbury River, Framingham and Hager Pond, Marlboro
American Black Duck - 33
Mallard - 1371 High Count
Mallard x Black Duck - 9 High Count, likely more I did not make out for sure
American Wigeon - 1
Northern Pintail - 15
Green-winged Teal - 2
Hooded Merganser - 11
Common Merganser - 2
Wild Turkey - 23
Turkey Vulture - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 6 High Count
Bald Eagle - 4 High Count
Red-shouldered Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 21
Rough-legged Hawk - cw
American Coot - 1
Ring-billed Gull - 68
Herring Gull - 3 Low Count
Rock Pigeon - 229
Mourning Dove - 49 Second lowest count
Great Horned Owl - 1
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 27
Downy Woodpecker - 36
Hairy Woodpecker - 11
Northern Flicker - 7
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Blue Jay - 103
American Crow - 56
Fish Crow - 1
Common Raven - 2
Black-capped Chickadee - 95 Second Lowest Count
Tufted Titmouse - 67
White-breasted Nuthatch - 23 Low Count
Brown Creeper - 2
Winter Wren - 1
Carolina Wren - 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 14
Eastern Bluebird - 19
Hermit Thrush - 1
American Robin - 12 Low Count, averages over a thousand for count. though below 500 for the past 4 years.
Northern Mockingbird - 9
European Starling - 178
Cedar Waxwing - 8
Snow Bunting - 26 High Count
American Tree Sparrow - 18 Low Count
Field Sparrow - 6 winter resident in Upton, usual amount
Savannah Sparrow - 1
Song Sparrow - 63
Swamp Sparrow - 4
White-crowned Sparrow - 1 New to count, along side of the road with Song Sparrows by Chestnut Hill TTOR, Southboro
White-throated Sparrow - 9 Second lowest count
Dark-eyed Junco - 156
Northern Cardinal - 100
Rusty Blackbird - 1 Sparse and hard to find this winter, but still regular behind the mill in Grafton, river never freezes here.
Brown-headed Cowbird - cw
Purple Finch - 1
House Finch - 13 Second lowest count
American Goldfinch - 36 Low Count
House Sparrow - 347
    
 Nickilas Paulson
grendelpgill at Yahoo.com
Upton, Ma

 

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Date: 1/5/18 5:12 am
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] WBUR program re birds
Massbirders! Take note. At 11 this morning, WBUR’s “On Point” hosts Jonathan Franzen, this month’s National Geographic feature writer on “Why Birds Matter.”

Dave Weaver
Manchester, MA 01944
<cygnus-dkw...>

Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 1/4/18 9:30 pm
From: William Freedberg <4mrfish...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Go seawatching early!
Massbirders,

I'm far from an expert on this, and any expert should feel free to publicly
correct me if I'm wrong, but seawatching tomorrow could be very productive.
This is the case with many nor'easters and nor'easter-like storms. A
schematic summary of the kinds of storms can be found at this now old and
perhaps well-known link:
http://www.neseabirds.com/pelagictripsnoreaster.html

Conditions may not have been perfect for a big seabird movement off
Andrew's or Halibut Point on Friday morning, but Race Point might see good
numbers. I can't get out there at first light- and with the 25mph west
wind, everything will certainly be leaving at first light, if not
overnight- so I hope others will!

Best,
Will Freedberg
Belmont, for better or worse
<4mrfish...>

 

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Date: 1/4/18 5:19 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Birding ethics - moderator
It's time to check in and think about birding ethics.


The Brookline Bird Club’s code of Ethics says this – “Today’s
birdwatchers are a powerful force for nature conservation. The number of
those of us interested in birds rises continually, and it is vital that
we take seriously our responsibility to avoid any harm to birds or the
environment on which they depend.”


Birds lead stressful lives.It’s wise for us to strive to minimize
disturbance as we go out in the field regardless of season, whether or
not the birds we seek to see are rare or not.From making noise to
creating a visual disturbance to flushing birds or to harming habitat,
our birding has impacts.


Winter is a time of often treacherous weather and limited food
resources.So, keep the conversation down.Keep the visual disturbance
down.Keep your distance.Photograph without disturbance.Give our birds a
wide berth!


Roosting birds in particular, like Long-eared Owls, need to preserve
their energy for when it is needed.Let’s make sure to give them some
extra space given the volume of visitors to the Lexington site and their
sensitivity to disturbance.


The American Birding Association has a code of ethics you can view -
http://listing.aba.org/ethics/ .


Likewise, many local birding clubs and organizations have codes of
ethics as well.The Brookline Bird Club code, for example, is here:
https://www.brooklinebirdclub.org/code-of-ethics/


A resource for photographers is Audubon’s Guide to Ethical Photography:

http://www.audubon.org/get-outside/audubons-guide-ethical-bird-photography

The North American Nature Photography Association provides this:

http://www.nanpa.org/advocacy/ethics/


As a community, we want others to share our passion for birds.It's also
a good idea to remain on good terms with landowners and homeowners near
birding locations. At the very least, in our own self-interest, we also
do not want our opportunities to go out birding to be negatively impacted.

I'm urging each birding organization in the area to discuss birding
ethics at your next gathering and to highlight this issue in your
newsletters, websites and other outreach.With new folks joining the
ranks of the birding community, it’s especially vital to introduce and
discuss the topic.

So, join me and make a late New Year's resolution.Read these materials
now, and pledge to act ethically, as well as model ethical behavior, in
the course of your birding adventures this year!

Barbara Volkle, moderator MASSBIRD

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

 

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Date: 1/4/18 4:32 pm
From: ECOC Mail <ecocmail...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Essex County Ornithological Club Jan. 5 meeting postponed to January 12, 2018
Due to the snow and cold we are postponing the ECOC Members' night that
was originally scheduled for Friday, January 5. Please join us next
Friday, January 12.

We will meet in the same place (PEM Connect Building) and all events are
scheduled for the same time - book sale starts at 7 pm, club meeting at
7:30 pm and "show and tell" at 7:45 pm.

Please note, too, that the Cape Ann bird walk that was scheduled for
Saturday, Jan. 6. lead by John Nelson and Susan Hedman, has been cancelled.

ECOC Members' Night - New date:
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 7pm
PEM Connect Building

for directions please see: http://massbird.org/ecoc/

Hope to see you soon!
Constance Lapite
President, ECOC
 

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Date: 1/4/18 12:54 pm
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow birds
My Red-phase Screech-owl is poking his head out of the box this afternoon.
A Sharp-shinned hawk visited this morning..., the Ruby-crowned kinglet
continues feeding from the suet and the peanut-butter logs. Lots of juncos,
goldfinches, house finches, woodpeckers. chickadees, Titmouse, Nuthatches,
etc feeding throughout the blizzard... Wow! Tough little creatures...


IdaGIriunas

 

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Date: 1/4/18 11:59 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - BBC trip 1/3
Yesterday the Brookline Bird Club trip to Cape Ann was rewarded by a
warmup in the weather and surprising flat calm seas.

We visited Halibut Point, where land birds were again very few. Andrews
Point, Cathedral, the Granite Pier, the Elks and the Jodrey Fish Pier
had a nice variety of species, although numbers seemed relatively low
overall.

Another birder pointed out the Iceland Gull at the Fish Pier.  The
Peregrine was cruising the wetland next to the Vista Motel.  The
Thick-billed Murres - one or two at Andrews, two at the Granite Pier
(clearer looks) - were a treat.  The Horned Larks were in the parking
lot at Good Harbor Beach.  The Sanderlings were at Good Harbor Beach and
the Purple Sandpipers were at the Elks Club.  Part of Gloucester Harbor
was frozen, with sea ice piled up at several other locations.  List below.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

Canada Goose 64
Mallard 231
American Black Duck 65
Common Eider 306
Harlequin Duck 76 Andrews, Cathedral, Granite Pier - calm seas, excellent visibility
Surf Scoter 10
White-winged Scoter 35
Black Scoter 131
Long-tailed Duck 28
Bufflehead 137
Common Goldeneye 1
Red-breasted Merganser 70
Common Loon 13
Red-necked Grebe 1
Northern Gannet 2
Great Cormorant 35
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Sanderling 18
Purple Sandpiper 5
Common/Thick-billed Murre 3 Thick-billed - 2 at Granite Pier, 1 at Andrews, good visibility
Razorbill 26
Black Guillemot 3 1 Salt Island, 2 at Bass Rocks
alcid sp. 30
Ring-billed Gull 16
Herring Gull 127
Iceland Gull 1
Great Black-backed Gull 25
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 105
Mourning Dove 1
Peregrine Falcon 1 by Vista Motel
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 28
Horned Lark 42
Black-capped Chickadee 3
American Robin 2
European Starling 130
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 1
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41618938


 

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Date: 1/4/18 10:20 am
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann CBC results, 12/17/17
Here is my long-delayed summary of the Cape Ann CBC, conducted Dec. 17
in cold conditions with most fresh water frozen.  Temps ranged from 15
to 28 d.F with wind 5-10 mph from the NW most of the day.  There was
barely any snow.  The day was sunny till late afternoon.

49 field observers in 22-23 parties, plus 8 feeders, counted 25,513
birds of 106 species, both numbers typical for this count.  (Records are
49,771 in 1988 and 122 in 2012, respectively.)  The count began in 1928,
so this would have been the 90th, but no counts were conducted in
1940-43 (war) and 2009 (weather), so it was only the 85th.

snow goose        4

brant                  49 2nd-highest in count history (54, 2008)

Canada goose    2972

mute swan          14

wood duck            1

gadwall                  1

mallard                759

black duck           955

black-mallard hybrid    (5)    (at least!)

n. pintail                1

ring-necked duck    27

greater scaup        59

lesser scaup            2

king eider                1

common eider        1986

harlequin duck        153

surf scoter                172

w-w scoter                289

black scoter              162

scoter sp.                    (3)

long-tailed duck        70

bufflehead                399

com. goldeneye        90    only the 2nd time under 100 since 1945

hooded merganser    25

common merganser    1

red-breasted merg.    333

ring-necked pheasant    CW

wild turkey                    127    new count high

red-throated loon         8

common loon                71

horned grebe                20    low

red-necked grebe          6    low

n. gannet                        8

d-c cormorant                5

great cormorant            53

great blue heron            7

bald eagle                        7    new count high

n. harrier                         6

sharp-shinned hawk      4

cooper's hawk                18    new count high (by 1)

red-shouldered hawk    1

red-tailed hawk              45    new count high (by 1)

rough-legged hawk        2

black-bellied plover        3

sanderling                        190     2nd highest (595, 1999)

purple sandpiper            41

dunlin                               652    2nd highest (744, 2012)

razorbill                            36

black guillemot                19

alcid sp.                             (24)

b-l kittiwake                        1

Bonaparte's gull                22

ring-billed gull                  118

herring gull                       2025    2 years in a row under
3000--last time was 1948

lesser b-b gull                    1

glaucous gull                     CW

great b-b gull                    438    5 years in a row under 1000 and
lowest since 1966

gull sp.                                (15)

rock pigeon                        270    lowest since 1983

mourning dove                  173

e. screech owl                    21

great horned owl               10

snowy owl                            4

barred owl                            3

long-eared owl                     6    new count high (restricted
private property)

n. saw-whet owl                   2

belted kingfisher                 4

re-bellied woodpecker      32

yellow-bellied sapsucker    2

downy woodpecker           111

hairy woodpecker              15

n. flicker                               11

pileated woodpecker         4

merlin                                   2

peregrine                             4

blue jay                               350

American crow                  1218    2nd highest (2538 in 2008) and
only the 3rd time over 1000

common raven                   CW

horned lark                         27

b-c chickadee                    620

tufted titmouse                361

white-br. nuthatch           145

brown creeper                    6

winter wren                       11    2nd highest (12, 1973)

Carolina wren                    11    numbers remain very low 3 years
after the disastrous winter of 2015

golden-crowned kinglet   63

ruby-crowned kinglet        1

eastern bluebird                15

hermit thrush                     13

American robin                 2728    2nd highest (4759, 2008)

gray catbird                        10        2nd highest (16, 2005)

n. mockingbird                  30

European starling             3370

cedar waxwing                  214

snow bunting                    42

pine warbler                      3    tied for count  high

y-r (myrtle) warbler         26

Am. tree sparrow            109

field sparrow                    1

fox sparrow                       1

dark-eyed junco            620    3rd highest (650, 1963 and 1964)

white-thr. sparrow        254

savannah sparrow            1    (7 with the Ipswich sparrows)

savannah (Ipswich) sp.    (6)    2nd highest (16, 1961)

song sparrow                  234    new count high

swamp sparrow              32    new count high, double the old one

northern cardinal           179

red-winged blackbird      9

rusty blackbird                 1

brown-headed cowbird    25

Baltimore oriole               CW

house finch                      232

purple finch                       4

American goldfinch        235

house sparrow               1125


Jim Berry Ipswich, Mass. <jim.berry3...>

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Date: 1/4/18 9:45 am
From: Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] backyard feeder records
hail, fellow feeder-watchers!
my modest feeder logged 'record' turnouts of usual suspects today:
4 cardinals (3 males) and 11 juncos.
anyone else?
fred b
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<frederickbouchard...>
78 farnham st
belmont 02478 ma
617-484-6692
www.fredbouchard.com

'One ought, every day, to hear a little song, read a good poem, sip a tasty
wine,
see a fine picture, and if possible, to speak a few reasonable words.'
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(1749-1836)

 

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Date: 1/4/18 9:09 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crow roost in Framingham?
For many years there was a huge crow roost at Shoppers World in Framingham.

I'm wondering, is this roost now somewhere else?  Did they disperse?

About 2 weeks ago, I saw a group of about 100 crows in a wetland off
Franklin Street in Framingham.  I've been wondering about this ever since!


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

 

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Date: 1/4/18 8:29 am
From: Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fox sparrows and Carolina Wren – Andover
We had two Fox sparrows and a Carolina Wren visiting the feeders this
morning. They are joining a hungry bunch of juncos, goldfinch, titmice,
chickadees, cardinals, blue jays, etc.

Donna Cooper
Andover
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Date: 1/4/18 6:25 am
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cancellation of Saturday 1/6 Cape Ann BBC trip
Susan Hedman and I have reluctantly decided to cancel the Brookline Bird
Club Cape Ann trip scheduled for 8:30 this coming Saturday. In addition to
a forecast of frigid cold, probably below zero in early morning, we're
concerned about driving and access to parking in the aftermath of the
storm, which is expected to bring some coastal flooding.

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 1/4/18 6:21 am
From: Barbara Drummond <bdraraavis...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] storm birds
We are so glad to see the Fox Sparrow which we had for four days in late December and which had vanished during the cold spell. It has returned this morning, along with its companions a Song Sparrow and a Tree Sparrow, and dozens of juncos. We are expecting the appearance of the two accipiters that patrol this feeding station.

Barbara and Bill Drummond
North Andover MA
<bdraraavis...>
 

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Date: 1/3/18 6:04 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Crane Beach, Ipswich, Jan 3, 2018
Crane Beach, Ipswich

Jan 3, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Comments: I had a terrific walk at the beach after the 12-foot tide dropped enough for me to drive into the place. Almost everything I saw was a highlight. (And by Friday the place might be unrecognizable.)
15 species

Common Eider 8
White-winged Scoter 6
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Common Loon 6
Northern Harrier 1 adult male
Rough-legged Hawk 1 Dark-morph bird flew in from PI.
Sanderling 30 Exact count--2 small flocks.
Herring Gull 25
Great Black-backed Gull 6
Snowy Owl 1 Visible from boardwalk--the first bird I saw.
Merlin 1 Blasted by me as i was watching the buntings and larks and scared them up, but apparently wasn't serious about it and kept going.
American Crow 1
Horned Lark 3
Snow Bunting 18
Savannah Sparrow (Ipswich) 2 I saw these two well (they were together), but neither bird had any leg bands.

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41591585

Jim Berry, Ipswich


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Date: 1/3/18 5:41 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dunback Meadow Light Morph and Dark Morph Rough-legged Hawks, etc.
Wow! Great afternoon at Dunback Meadow in Lexington. Not only were there more Long-eared Owls than I was expecting to see, but the two Rough-legged Hawks repeatedly appeared in the meadow. At one point, both morphs were ON THE SAME DEAD TREE in the meadow. No surprise to find a severed rabbit head on one of the trails, considering all the raptors in the area. Here are the highlights:

Red-tailed Hawk 4 seen at same time, two perched while two flew
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK 2 light and dark morphs
LONG-EARED OWL 4 I WAS INFORMED THAT IN 1982, THERE WERE TWENTY-TWO HERE
Northern Flicker 1
Hairy woodpecker 1
Carolina Wren 2
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER 2 long boardwalk in deciduous woods
American Tree Sparrow 13
FROZEN RABBIT HEAD 1 quite macabre
 

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Date: 1/3/18 5:02 pm
From: Alan Strauss <ansch100...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White-fronted geese
Do any of the Fairhaven geese have PINK rather than orange bills and feet?

Thanks,
AE Strauss
 

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Date: 1/3/18 4:22 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eagles and White-fronted Geese
Today (Jan 3, 2018) at Hagar Pond in Marlboro we saw two adult Bald Eagles, one on the ice at some kind of carcass and the other sitting high in a nearby tree. The hundreds of Mallards, Canada Geese, and Mute Swans did not seem to be concerned. There was also at least one American Coot there.

Yesterday (Jan 2, 2018) we saw three Greater White-fronted Geese with around 300 Canada Geese resting in a field off Sconticut Neck Road near Goulart Memorial Drive in Fairhaven.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro


 

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Date: 1/3/18 2:52 pm
From: Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven 1/3
Birded around FAIRHAVEN today. At one point, we headed over to New Bedford
to get better looks at a large mixed flock of waterfowl near the New Bedford
end of the hurricane barrier. There is a LOT of ice at this point and upper
parts of Little Bay, the Acushnet River et are now all iced over. We have
never seen so much of this area iced over this early. Waterfowl were
concentrated in large numbers in the few areas that were still open.

Common Loon (1)

Great Cormorant (2)

Canada Goose (717)

Cackling Goose (1)

GREATER WHITE FRONTED GOOSE (9: among large flock of Canadas on Shipyard
conservation area on Sconticut Rd. We saw them just after Lynn reported them
down Massbird. They pretty much stayed together on the edge of the Canadas.
As we were watching them, the White-fronteds suddenly all flew up high and
headed south and west. We figured they were long gone and continued birding
the southern end of Sconticut Neck and West Island. Some time later, as we
were driving north on Sconticut Neck Road , the 9 White-fronteds were back
exactly where they had been over an hour before. We left them there. Sheila
got some great shots.

Brant (494)

Mute Swan (11)

American Wigeon (23)

A Black Duck (152)

Mallard (144)

N Pintail (1m)

Greater Scaup (840+)

Lesser Scaup (2)

Common Eider (85+)

Long-tailed Duck (55)

Bufflehead (220)

Common Goldeneye (140)

Barrow's Goldeneye (1m)

Red-breasted Merganser (400+)

Bald Eagle (1ad)

Cooper's Hawk (1)

Red-shouldered Hawk (1 in Dartmouth)

Red-tailed Hawk (1)

Dunlin (11)

BLACK-HEADED GULL (1adW: while out on the hurricane barrier, this bird flew
south overhead and headed out to the ocean. We never saw it again.
"Landbirds" were pretty typical and numbers and variety were a bit on the
low side.

Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll

<Moa.lynch...>




 

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Date: 1/3/18 2:20 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island & Cashman Park - 01-03-2018

With David Moon off to warmer climes, David Larson and I led today's
Wednesday Morning Birding program out of Joppa Flats Education Center on
to Plum Island before concluding at Cashman Park at morning's end.
Compared to the last week, it was down right balmy on the island -- with
light winds, a great day to be out and about! Skies were clear to partly
cloudy, temps ranged from 17 to 28 degrees F., and winds S/0-5 mph.

Our list:

Plum Island --
Canada Goose (7)
American Black Duck - common.
Mallard - common.
Greater Scaup (1) - one ocean; with Black Scoter flock n. platform lot #1.
White-winged Scoter - common; one ocean.
Black Scoter (~ 30) - one ocean, n. platform lot #1.
Long-tailed Duck (2) - one ocean; with Black Scoter flock.
Common Loon (~ 12) - one ocean.
Red-necked Grebe (1) - one ocean.
Bald Eagle (1) - ad. perched, Nelson Island across PI Sound.
Sanderling (~ 40) - one beach.
Ring-billed Gull (4) - one beach/ocean.
Herring Gull - various.
Great Black-backed Gull (2) - one ocean.
Rock Pigeon
Snowy Owl (1) - ~ 50 yards directly w. lot #3.
Downy Woodpecker (1) - Pines Trail.
Blue Jay (~ 10) - various.
American Crow (5)
Horned Lark (~ 40) - s. end Bill Forward Pool, seen from Pines parking lot.
Black-capped Chickadee (4) - Pines Trail.
American Robin - common; seemingly everywhere foraging on winterberry.
Northern Mockingbird (2) - 1, The Warden's; 1, s. parking lot #4.
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler (5) - Hellcat restrooms.
American Tree Sparrow (~ 10) - roadside, various.
Song Sparrow (3)
White-throated Sparrow (5) - Pines Trail.
Dark-eyed Junco (6) - Pines Trail.

Cashman Park --
Canada Goose (6)
Mallard (~ 12)
Bufflehead (~ 10)
Common Goldeneye (~ 40)
Red-breasted Merganser (~ 10)
Double-crested Cormorant (1)
Bald Eagle (3) - ads.
Ring-billed Gull (~ 12)
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull (4)
Rock Pigeon
American Crow (~ 12)

In addition, one Snowy Owl was perched on the Merrimack ice close to
Joppa, and one Red-tailed Hawk was harassed by crows at Joppa.

Next week, Wednesday Morning Birding will visit Cape Ann. Please meet
at 9:30 in the parking lot of Friendly's in Gloucester on the Rt 128
rotary just over the Annisquam River bridge.  If you have any questions
concerning Joppa Flats Education Center programs, call David Larson at
(978) 462-9998.

Dave Weaver
Manchester, MA 01944
<cygnus-dkw...>

 

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Date: 1/3/18 1:34 pm
From: caroline haines <chaines49...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gloucester
One lonely pipit on the dike at Brace Cove in Gloucester today. And positively balmy.
Caroline Haines
<Songbirder...>
Gloucester

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Date: 1/3/18 1:34 pm
From: Sheila Carroll <carrollsheila01...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Flock of 9 Greater White-fronted Geese
Just had 9 Greater White-fronted Geese fly out of fields at Shipyard Farms on Sconticut Neck Rd Fairhaven...headed sw towards Westport. Several hundred Canada~@~Ys still in field with 1 Cackling

Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll

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Date: 1/3/18 1:02 pm
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: New Peregrine nesting box Newburyport
I visited the Rte 1 bridge over the Merrimac River in Newburyport this
noon to see the new Peregrine Falcon nesting box and to my surprise the
adult falcon was on a light pole on the bridge quite close to the box
having lunch.

I took a few photos of the falcon from the sidewalk on the bridge and it
is indeed a banded falcon "17 / BD" black and green bands.

I photographed this falcon back in January of 2014 when it was a 1st
year bird on a light pole across from the house in Essex and have
attached photos from today and from 2014 to my e-bird checklist at:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41591609

The nest box is on the 3rd cement support for the bridge from the
parking lot and is well lit in the afternoon. A scope or binoculars will
both work well to view the box though I'm not sure about parking when
the restaurant is open.

Thanks Jonathan!! and yes I'll be forwarding this data to Tom French.

Enjoy,
Phil Brown
Essex, MA 01929
<nebirdsplus...>

Greetings. Courtesy of MassWildlife and MassDOT, there is a new
Peregrine Falcon nesting box on the Southeast side of the Route 1 bridge
in Newburyport. I have not seen it, but I am told it is quite visible
from the Michael's Harborside area. There was already a pair
investigating. Please look for bands as a banded bird is known to be
around. It could be a black and a green band 17 over BD. If you are able
to pick it up, please send banding information to Tom French
(<Tom.F......>).

Thank you and Happy New Year Birding to you and yours!
Jonathan Brooks - Amesbury

 

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Date: 1/3/18 11:34 am
From: Robert Rotberg <rirotberg...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] 4 LEOW
Yes, continuing, but three LEOW are on a red pine a little west and downhill from the original taped tree. The new roost has a small red tape dangling from mid-point on the tree. Another LEOW is in an adjacent tree. But, this afternoon, all were reluctant to show themselves fully.

> On Jan 3, 2018, at 1:10 PM, alice morgan <morgan.alice...> wrote:
>
> Continue at dunback meadow
>
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Date: 1/3/18 11:12 am
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose yes 1:15 p.m.
The previously reported Ross's Goose was seen today at 1:15 in the
center of Moakly Park with a group of approximately 100 Canada Geese. 
All were voraciously feeding - probably sensing the nor'easter heading
our way.   Upon first glance the bird did not seem to be present but it
then wandered  out from behind the Canadas.

Linda

--
Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
tattler1(at)comcast(dot)net

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Date: 1/3/18 10:16 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 4 LEOW
Continue at dunback meadow

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/3/18 9:11 am
From: Lynn Abbey <osprey1170...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 9 White-fronted Geese — Fairhaven

At Shipyard Farm, Sconicut Neck in the field with 150 Canada geese, nine white-fronted geese are mixed in!

Lynn Abbey
Fall River
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Date: 1/3/18 8:50 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross goose
Continues nearwater across from moakley park

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Date: 1/2/18 9:31 pm
From: Bennet Porter <bennet.porter...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Odd Duck - Falmouth
Had an out of place duck at the Surf Drive Beach parking lot in Falmouth
today during my lunch break. Not sure if a mallard hybrid with something
else? See some notes and unfortunately low quality pics at my ebird
checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41556185 . Would
appreciate others' thoughts.

Thanks,
Bennet Porter
East Falmouth

 

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Date: 1/2/18 5:28 pm
From: Jonathan Brooks <jonathan_brooksie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] New Peregrine nesting box Newburyport
Greetings. Courtesy of MassWildlife and MassDOT, there is a new Peregrine Falcon nesting box on the Southeast side of the Route 1 bridge in Newburyport. I have not seen it, but I am told it is quite visible from the Michael's Harborside area. There was already a pair investigating. Please look for bands as a banded bird is known to be around. It could be a black and a green band 17 over BD. If you are able to pick it up, please send banding information to Tom French (<Tom.French...>).  Thank you and Happy New Year Birding to you and yours!Jonathan Brooks - Amesbury
 

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Date: 1/2/18 1:03 pm
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Superbowl of Birding is coming soon! - Amended
Don't worry, it's still coming. But there have been a few changes to the rules regarding some of the prizes, including age changes for the Fledgling and NewBies awards and the moribund Sitting Duck Award has been replaced by the Townie Award (see below).

SUPERBOWL OF BIRDING XV

Winter is a wonderful time to bird in northeastern Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire. In celebration of this season, Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center is hosting the Superbowl of Birding XV on January 27, 2018 from 5 am to 5 pm (Snow date: Sunday, January 28).

Superbowls I-XIV were great successes with teams of all abilities participating. The challenge is renewed this year, with prizes awarded in ten categories!

This is a unique competition to find the greatest number of species and to earn the greatest number of points based on the rarity of the birds recorded. The Zeiss Joppa Cup is awarded to the team that collects the most points by the end of the specified 12-hour birding day. Strategy and planning are essential in order to win this competition.

The event consists of activities targeted for all levels of birders. Expert birders can compete for a number of awards, including the Zeiss Joppa Cup, Essex County Award, or Rockingham County Award. Teams with young birders 16 years old or younger can vie for the NewBies Award. The Fledgling Award encourages young families to participate.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories
- The Zeiss Joppa Cup: Grand prize for the team with the greatest number of points
- Director's Award: Greatest number of species
- Essex County Award: Most points in Essex County
- Rockingham County Award: Most points in Rockingham County
- Parker River NWR Award: Most points on the refuge
- Townie Award: Award for the greatest number of species tallied from a single municipality
- Seekers Award: Award for the first team to complete the special Seekers checklist
- Fledgling Award: Award for the first team to complete the special Fledgling checklist
- Newbies Award: Award for the greatest number of points tallied by any team with 2 or more members 16 years of age or younger
- Lifer Award: Participant who sees the most new life birds during the competition

Further information is available online at http://www.massaudubon.org/superbowl.

David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950
Telephone: (978) 462-9998
E-mail: <dlarson...>

 

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Date: 1/2/18 10:56 am
From: Kathy Rawdon <rawdonk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross's goose
The Ross's Goose is still present in the fields across from Carson Beach
in So. Boston.  It was on the North side feeding on some open grass next
to a baseball diamond.  Across the street was the Tierney Learning
Center at 125 Mercer St.  The goose was feeding close to the sidewalk
that runs along the fields( Columbia park/Moakley fields)  It was by
itself when seen at Noon time today.

Kathy Rawdon

Hingham,Ma.

 

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Date: 1/2/18 9:27 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Superbowl of Birding is coming soon!
SUPERBOWL OF BIRDING XV

Winter is a wonderful time to bird in northeastern Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire. In celebration of this season, Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center is hosting the Superbowl of Birding XV on January 27, 2018 from 5 am to 5 pm (Snow date: Sunday, January 28).

Superbowls I-XIV were great successes with teams of all abilities participating. The challenge is renewed this year, with prizes awarded in ten categories!
This is a unique competition to find the greatest number of species and to earn the greatest number of points based on the rarity of the birds recorded. The Zeiss Joppa Cup is awarded to the team that collects the most points by the end of the specified 12-hour birding day. Strategy and planning are essential in order to win this competition.
The event consists of activities targeted for all levels of birders. Expert birders can compete for a number of awards, including the Zeiss Joppa Cup, Essex County Award, or Rockingham County Award. Teams with young birders 18 years old or younger can vie for the Seekers Award. The Fledgling Award encourages young families to participate.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories
. The Zeiss Joppa Cup: Grand prize for the team with the greatest number of points
. Director's Award: Greatest number of species
. Essex County Award: Most points in Essex County
. Rockingham County Award: Most points in Rockingham County
. Parker River NWR Award: Most points on the refuge
. Sitting Duck Award: Award for the greatest number of species tallied from a fixed point
. Seekers Award: Award for the first team to complete the special Seekers checklist
. Fledgling Award: Award for the first team to complete the special Fledgling checklist
. Newbies Award: Award for the greatest number of points tallied by any team with 2 or more members 18 years of age or younger
. Lifer Award: Participant who sees the most new life birds during the competition

Further information is available online at http://www.massaudubon.org/superbowl.

David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950
Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...>

 

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Date: 1/1/18 7:37 pm
From: DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Looking back at 2017
Massbirders:

          As is usual for Lois and I, and probably for many of you, the last days of December are days when we reflect back on the previous year. Was it a good birding year? What it a disappointing birding year? Of course, there really are no bad birding years. For me the year has been different from the past ones. Due to circumstances with Lois health there have been limitations to our birding this last year; as there was in 2016. The result being the empty spaces on my Checklist of Massachusetts Birds for 2017. There were misses that have been surprising and disappointing and for many could be considered depressing. But nothing about birding depresses me nor Lois and though the character of our birding has altered a bit it still is the most fulfilling thing we do on a regular, or semi-regular basis.

          This year there were few rarities. Only one write-on our checklist. The uncommon and rare birds were there all through the year but, in general, we just couldn’t get to them. Our chasing days such as they were in previous years, are pretty much over. And this was what created those blank entries on our checklists. Still there were highlights and exhilarating moments. And the luster and beauty are still there. Also, now I find a new appreciation for birds and events that had seemed more prosaic and uninteresting during more abundant years. The staging of the Tree Swallows on Plum Island, were spectacular. The Nighthawks over our yard, always a thrilling event in our household was more so this year for there were three or four days of sightings and often more than one bird. Although I didn’t see a Canada Warbler, or a Hooded, or a Cape May, there were many breathtaking views of Blackburnians, Bay-breasteds, and of Scarlet Tanagers. Then there was the ora!
nge-crowned Warbler in the S Curves and a startling good look at a Connecticut Warbler at Hellcat. It would be petty to whine about a year in which you got good looks at a Connecticut warbler and an orange crowned. So, I am actually grateful for the new prospective and satisfied with my past year even though it is different in nature. It is still birding. I am still thrilled to see the Snowy Owl in the marshes, the Black-and White darting through the trees and the Solitary Vireo at the end of a newly budding twig.

          And then there was the spectacular interlude of having a Golden Eagle, soaring slowly overhead, right over our deck. The next year begins as January comes in with its sanitizing, penetrating cold. And now we can do it all over again.

Doug Chickering

Groveland

<dovekie...>

 

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Date: 1/1/18 4:04 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle: Dorchester, Neponset River Marshes
Neponset River Marshes, Suffolk, Massachusetts, US
Jan 1, 2018 2:20 PM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary


Comments: Clear skies, bright sun, Wind: W 21MPH, gusts 30MPH+; 13F, -5F wind chill


5 species


Common Merganser 7 relaxing just to the west of the drawbridge

Northern Harrier 1 hunting low over the marsh well to the west

Bald Eagle 1 Pulled into parking lot off of Granite Ave. looking at Common Mergs; noticed a large bird standing on ice, closer look, a young Bald Eagle; buffy crown, light gray bill, white wing pits, white wing lining, white triangle on back, trailing edge of wings ragged, iris color light cream -- consistent with field marks for Basic II plumage, likely 2.5 year old

Ring-billed Gull 11

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 25


View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41524241

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 1/1/18 3:59 pm
From: Laura dlF <anhinga3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC New Year's Day Birding Trip 01/01/2018
Happy New Year MassBirders!



Mark Burns and I led our 22nd Annual New Year's Day Birding Trip for the
Brookline Bird Club (BBC) today! At 9:00AM, 23 BBCers joined us at the
Newburyport "T" Station parking lot where we toasted in the New Year with
sparkling apple cider. During the toast, introductions were made and folks
told us where they traveled from and what their first bird of the New Year
was. (Mine was Black-capped Chickadee and Mark's was American Goldfinch.)



We birded Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Cashman Park area, Parker River
National Wildlife Refuge (PRNWR), and Cape Ann [Jodrey Fish Pier and Bass
Rocks). The temperature ranged from -1 to +10df with winds up to 15mph and
wind chills of -15! Five of us ended the day at 4:00PM at Bass Rocks. We
tallied 51 species for the Club list. Following is a complete list of the
birds we saw:



Canada Goose - 120

American Black Duck - 180

Mallard - 45

Greater Scaup - 12

Common Eider - 35

Surf Scoter - 7

White-winged Scoter - 20

Black Scoter - 3

Long-tailed Duck - 18

Bufflehead - 34

Common Goldeneye - 11

Red-breasted Merganser - 12

Red-throated Loon - 1 (Parking Lot #1, PRNWR.)

Common Loon - 3

Great Cormorant - 3

Turkey Vulture - 1

Bald Eagle - 2 (Cashman Park.)

Northern Harrier - 1 (Sandy Point, PRNWR.)

Cooper's Hawk - 1

Red-tailed Hawk - 2

Rough-legged Hawk - 1

Merlin - 1 (Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Jetty area. The Merlin had
just caught a Horned Lark and swooped over our heads into the dunes!)

Peregrine Falcon - 1 (Seen from Jodrey Fish Pier on the City Hall Tower.)

Sanderling - 8 (Parking Lot #1 and Sandy Point, PRNWR.)

Dunlin - 4 (Sandy Point, PRNWR.)

Ring-billed Gull - 35

Herring Gull - 83

Iceland Gull - 1 (Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Jetty area.)

Great Black-backed Gull - 7

Rock Pigeon - 66

Mourning Dove - 15

Downy Woodpecker - 4

Blue Jay - 13

American Crow - 37

Horned Lark - 24

Black-capped Chickadee - 17

Tufted Titmouse - 14

White-breasted Nuthatch - 5

American Robin - 46

Gray Catbird - 1 (PRNWR)

Northern Mockingbird - 8

European Starling - 112

Cedar Waxwing - 12

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1 (PRNWR)

American Tree Sparrow - 17

Song Sparrow - 10

White-throated Sparrow - 8

Dark-eyed Junco - 34

Snow Bunting - 6 (Cashman Park.)

Northern Cardinal - 5

House Sparrow - 55



As always, what make this trip so much fun to lead each New Year's Day are
those who participate - Thank you for spending part or all of your day
birding with us!



Wishing you a very Happy, Healthy, and Birdy 2018!



Laura H. de la Flor

Salem, MA



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

"So much to learn about Mother Nature ..
... always racing with father time." (lhf)


 

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Date: 1/1/18 2:39 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] They're coming....!,

Mbers' Regardless, Today at 500pm there was still light in the western sky, spring is on the way.
Joe



Joe PaluzziSalem, MA. USA

Sent by my Verizon tablet
 

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Date: 1/1/18 9:48 am
From: msalett <msalett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barrow’s goldeneye South Orleans
Massbirders-

A Barrow’s Goldeneye is currently on Little Pleasant Bay in South Orleans. Can be scoped from the Town Landing at the end of Portaminicutt Road.

Marsha Salett
<msalett...>
Needham and South Orleans

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/1/18 5:49 am
From: Edlow Banks <68edbanks...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Cod Bird Club New Years Trip Cancelled.
With the poor visibility and slippery roads from the snow and the bitter cold, which has frozen all the ponds, I must cancel the trip.
Enjoy your feeder birds and have a great 2018!
Ed Banks
Harwich
<68edbanks...>



 

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Date: 12/31/17 1:47 pm
From: Bill Lafley <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rough-legged Hawk - Gill
Hello,

This morning while doing the Gill area of the Greenfield CBC Jim and I had
a light morph Rough-legged Hawk. Viewed from the bank of the CT River at
the end of Grist Mill Rd. Bird was on top of tree on Northfield side of
river and then flew across the river just S of us.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>

 

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Date: 12/31/17 11:15 am
From: Robert Rotberg <rirotberg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] short eared owls
I went looking at noon for an hour in Hartwell Farms, Bedford, for the owls reported yesterday on ebird. I had no sightings of the owls, only a Cooper’s Hawk. If anyone sees them today or tomorrow, would they please provide the exact location?

If anyone does go looking, high up in a tree behind the mailboxes in the Hartwell Farms subdivision is a curious large nest hanging from a tree, with an obvious opening. You might investigate it (but not necessarily for the owls).

Robert Rotberg
Lexington
 

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Date: 12/30/17 11:30 am
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider, Salt Island, Gloucester
At about 11:00 this morning, six of us on a Brookline Bird Club trip went
to Good Harbor Beach and got a good look at a drake King Eider around the
north end of Salt Island. The eider obliged us by standing for a while on
the rocks at the north tip of the island.

John Nelson

 

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Date: 12/30/17 10:24 am
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Beetlebung Farm, Dec 30, 2017
Today, at 11 AM. Light snow beginning, but a warm 21 degrees!

Pete Gilmore
Newton, MA
<Petegilmore79...>

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sat, Dec 30, 2017 at 1:15 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Beetlebung Farm, Dec 30, 2017
To: <Petegilmore79...>


Beetlebung Farm, Dukes, Massachusetts, US
Dec 30, 2017 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: With Lanny McDowell, light snow, 21F, calm.
1 species

Snow Goose 8 8 Snow Geese with 4 additional Blue Geese, 2 adults, 2
first year blues

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41440589

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

 

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Date: 12/30/17 3:44 am
From: ECOC Mail <ecocmail...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Essex County Ornithological Club Meeting Reminder - Friday, January 05, 2017
Friday, Jan. 5, 2017, 7:45 pm
ECOC Members Night
Plus ECOC Book Sale, 7-7:30 pm and Annual Meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm
Refreshments served

Join fellow members at a “show and tell” night. Presentations will
include great bird imagery, readings of original poetry, local
highlights and more. Contact Janey Winchell (see contact info. at
http://massbird.org/ecoc/) if you want to present something at this
lively variety style event.

Please help support ECOC by clearing out your extra bird books and
bringing them to the annual book sale. All books sell for $2, unless
otherwise noted. Proceeds benefit the Club.
Co-sponsored by PEM.

PEM Connect Building, Peabody Essex Museum. Free and open to the public.

For directions please see: http://massbird.org/ecoc/

--
Phil Brown
Essex, MA 01929
<ecocmail...>
Webmaster for
The Essex County
Ornithological Club

 

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Date: 12/29/17 7:29 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bear survey by MassWilidlife
MassWildlife will be surveying the bear population.  This may be of
interest!

http://www.telegram.com/news/20171225/state-wildlife-survey-aims-to-get-handle-on-growing-bear-population


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

 

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Date: 12/29/17 6:38 pm
From: <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Horned Owls
There has been much mention lately of people hearing/seeing Great Horned Owls as they prepare for mating and nesting in incredibly frigid weather.


I think anyone with an interest in Great Horned Owls will enjoy this brief (8 min) video of Kate Davis of Raptors of the Rockies talking about Great Horned Owls, made by the University of Montana. Great viewing on a very cold night.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLotSkXF-Ug


Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA
<phawk254...>
 

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Date: 12/29/17 5:59 pm
From: Al Curtis <killdeer89...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle- Dennis
While doing some work at the Church of the Nazarene on Upper Country Rd., I saw an adult BAEA fly fairly low over the parking lot. Got a great naked-eye look before it disappeared beyond the trees heading south.
Al Curtis
Harwich

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Date: 12/29/17 4:22 pm
From: Ian Nisbet <icnisbet...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] water
I want to remind all of us who have heated bird baths of the importance
of keeping these filled during this cold weather.  I had to refill my
bird bath three times today, with more than 2 gallons of warm water each
time.  At one time, I had 9 Robins in the bird bath at once, with at
least 20 more queuing up to get in.  Other birds I saw drinking included
Red-winged Blackbirds, Flickers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Cedar
Waxwings, Carolina Wrens and one Fox Sparrow, plus dozens of
Goldfinches, Mourning doves, etc.  I had not seen a Fox Sparrow here for
several years.

Ian Nisbet, North Falmouth

 

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Date: 12/29/17 1:54 pm
From: Robert Rotberg <rirotberg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] LONG EARED OWLS, ROUGHLEGGED HAWKS
Exactly where they have been for ten days, off Dunback Meadow, Lexington.

Three of us saw the 2 long eared owls about 130 pm today, very high in the red pine that is girdled with thin red tape. For those who may still be looking, it is necessary to come off Allen Street, head downhill and over the ridge. Take the first major left turn opposite the stone bench, follow the path across the woods, then follow it again as it turns left and heads uphill. In the taped tree, nearly at the top, are the two owls. But they were very hard to see today, huddled as they must be against the tree to ward off the cold.

The rough legged hawks were very active, hunting. Additionally, one flew in front of me and perched at eye level in a big pine tree very close to Clarke Middle School, permitting very good sights.

At a different location, in the Swommonland between Lexington and Waltham, on the south side of Barberry Rd., there are two great horned owls, hooting and visible almost always at dusk.

Robert Rotberg
Lexington



 

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Date: 12/29/17 12:56 pm
From: Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh, Winthrop Beach and beyond
North Region Coastal District

Department of Conservation and Recreation

One Eliot Circle Contact: Matthew Nash

Revere, MA 02151

(781) 485-2804 Ext. 105


Date December 26, 2017



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -


Find yourself in a DCR State Park


Winthrop\East Boston\Rockport-



Join a DCR Park interpreter to learn about the wonderful natural history of your state parks. All Programs are FREE and open to the public. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For program cancellations phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121, one hour before start time. Rain Cancels. Bring Water. Strongly recommend sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and footwear suitable for walking on the beach, and on paths. For more information phone (781) 485-2804 Ext. 105 or email <Matthew.Nash...><mailto:<Matthew.Nash...>. For a listing of programs at other DCR state parks visit https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-conservation-recreation.





Belle Isle Marsh Reservation



An Oasis for Wildlife

Saturday, January 6 & 20 NOTE LATER START TIME 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary. We will walk while birding for a distance of a mile on easy level terrain. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them. Reasonable accommodations available upon request.



Meet at: Main Parking lot near the bulletin board, located on Bennington Street, East Boston between address 1236 Bennington St., East Boston and 173 Bennington St., Revere. Parking is on a paved lot and is free of charge. Accessible by public transportation: MBTA Blue line, Beachmont Station. Exit station, turn right, at intersection cross State Road/Bennington Street, travel right along Bennington Street to park entrance on the left. Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information.



Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.





Halibut Point State Park



Birding 101

Sunday, January 21 8:00 -10:00 a.m.

Join us on a two-hour walk over easy to moderate trails in search of seasonal specialties. Beginners are encouraged to attend. Boots are advisable. Please bring your binoculars and if you are able to a spotting scope to share. For more information, contact <Peter...>



Meet at: Halibut Point State Park, Parking lot, on Gott Avenue in Rockport.

Daily Parking Fee applies.



Co-sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club





Winthrop Beach



Avian Delights

9:00 -10:00 a.m. (Morning)

Saturdays, January 20 1:30 -2:30 p.m. (Afternoon)

Observe water birds and learn about their adaptations for survival as we walk on the beach sand for a distance of up to one mile. Terrain can be uneven. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them.



Meet at: Winthrop Beach on Winthrop Shore Drive across from Sturgis Street and 62 Winthrop Shore Drive, Winthrop, MA. On street parking is available free of charge. Accessible by Public Transportation: Paul Revere Transportation bus 712 or 713 Point Shirley-Orient Heights, arrive at the Winthrop Beach stop then walk down Sturgis Street, Winthrop MA (If traveling from outside Winthrop, board the bus at the MBTA Orient Heights station on the blue line). Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information (schedule, route and fees).



Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh







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Matthew Nash
Visitor Services Supervisor
DCR North Region Coastal District
One Eliot Circle
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 485-2804 ext. 105

Find yourself in a DCR Park!

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Date: 12/29/17 11:46 am
From: Greg Dysart <gsdysart...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] December Yard Birds Natick
Sharp-shinned Hawk, I believe, in my yard in Natick along with a female
Pileated Wood Pecker and 2 Hairy woodpeckers, male and female December 29,
2017

Here's the Sharp-shinned.

http://dysart.zenfolio.com/birds_ma/ea09713f2

Greg Dysart
http://dysart.zenfolio.com/

 

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Date: 12/29/17 11:24 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven snow goose
Shaws cove road with canadas

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Date: 12/29/17 9:37 am
From: Kathleen <kab2769...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill cranes in Rehoboth
Thanks to Marjorie Bradley's report in Rhode Island bird reports on FB, I located the two Sandhill Cranes at the corner of Almeida Rd and Barney Avenue. Easily seen from the heated car! A local said they've been there for about 3 days.
State bird for me!

 Kathy <BartelsRehobothKab2769...>
 

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Date: 12/29/17 8:18 am
From: Wendy Howes <curiousbooks...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Old Northeast Hawk Watch reports to give away
I have staple-bound annual reports and statistics for New England Hawk Watch/Northeast Hawk Watch for 1983, then 1986-1995, which I would like to pass on to anyone who would like to have them. Complete daily and seasonal totals for all northeastern sites are in each publication.
Please contact me off-list at <curiousbooks...> if you're interested.

Wendy Howes
Hardwick

 

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Date: 12/29/17 8:03 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross’s goose still at moakley field boston
With 3 canadas.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/29/17 7:04 am
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 2018 NatGeo WHY BIRDS MATTER!
Greetings all,


For those with an interest.....


In 2018, National Geographic is launching the Year of the Bird, a 12 month multi-platform exploration, with partners from National Audubon, BirdLife International, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology - to examine how the changing environment is leading to dramatic losses among bird species around the globe…and what can be done about it!


This coverage coincides with the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which protects more than 1,025
bird species. It launches a year of storytelling about the planet's health from a bird's-eye view, continues their long standing coverage of birds, and helps readers better understand Why Birds Matter!


For a sneak peek at the Jan 2018 issue:


https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/01/why-birds-matter/


In the year ahead, NatGeo will cover the following bird topics:


Feb: Bird Brains
March: Bird Migrations
May: Bird Origins
July: Seabird Crisis
August: Helmeted Hornbills
October: Sage-Grouse
November: Antarctica
December: Falcons


Enjoy,

Craig Gibson

Winchester, MA
 

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Date: 12/28/17 6:29 pm
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle Lynnfield 12/28
I was on my return trip from a visit with family, and saw an adult Bald
Eagle flying very close to Rt 128 in Lynnfield. This was about 3pm today
and it was near Market Square shopping plaza.

Susan Hedman


--
Susan Hedman, Gloucester
"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature." Frank Lloyd Wright

 

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Date: 12/28/17 6:10 pm
From: Mark Daley <mbkm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island and Vicinity Afternoon - 12/28
Massbirders,

I took some out of state relatives to Plum Island this afternoon in search of Snowy Owls. Less than ideal conditions to say the least. Temp 8 degrees; winds WNW 30 mph with higher gusts. Brutal wind chills kept us in the cars for all but the briefest of time. Unsurprisingly, we found very few birds.
Highlights:
Snowy Owl 2. One darker bird seen briefly west of pans. I set up scope and turned to wave everyone from the cars. When I looked again it was gone! We searched up and down the island without success and I thought everyone was going to be disappointed. Fortunately, on the way home I spotted a second lighter bird on a pole across from the PI airport. We pulled in to the airport and this watched the bird fly across the road and catch a vole? Alongside the runway. It eventually flew back to the pole with the prey item before dropping into the marsh where we watched it consume it. This bird saved the day!
Rough-legged Hawk -2. Birds battling each other low in the marsh in near darkness west of Bob Lobster after watching the Snowy Owl.
Northern Harrier 3. Various on the refuge.
Black Guillemot 3. Flybys close to Sandy Point from the boardwalk on our lone (very short!) excursion from the safety of the car.
American Robin- 5. feeding on berries north of Goodno crossing.
Song Sparrow 1. S curves.
Northern Mockingbird Roadside south of lot 1.

Good birding,

Mark Daley
Reading, MA

Sent from Mail<https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for Windows 10


 

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Date: 12/28/17 5:36 am
From: Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] bald eagle, Harland Street wetlands, Milton
My neighbors saw and photographed a bald eagle at 7:20 this morning perched
in a tree along the Harland Street wetlands. As far as I know, this is a
first ever for this wetlands. It's curious, because there is no open water
at this time of the year anywhere in the wetlands, especially when it's
four degrees below zero which it was here this AM.

Robert Mussey, Milton

 

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Date: 12/27/17 3:18 pm
From: mike sylvia <mikesylvia87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven Egypt Lane - chat, thrasher, catbirds - Snow Goose and Raven at other locals
Took a quick walk along the bike path at the end of Egypt Lane and onto the lane for an hour this morning. With the cold and sun I figured the birds might be out from the deep thickets and looking to warm up. Yellow-breasted chat, Brown Thrasher, and Gray catbirds seen along the path. Amazing no mockingbirds but not a lot of berries either.


Great Blue Heron 1

Downy Woodpecker 5

Blue Jay 8

Black-capped Chickadee 5

Tufted Titmouse 9

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Carolina Wren 3

American Robin 1

Gray Catbird 3

Brown Thrasher 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler 1

Dark-eyed Junco 4

White-throated Sparrow 11

Song Sparrow 12

Swamp Sparrow 1

Yellow-breasted Chat 1

Northern Cardinal 13

American Goldfinch 5

House Sparrow 17



Other sightings today included a Snow goose among ~500 canada geese on Gellette Road, Fairhaven and a Common Raven in Massasoit State Park, Lakeville


Mike Sylvia

Lakeville, MA

 

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Date: 12/27/17 1:06 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 12-27-2017

David Moon and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of
the warm confines of Joppa Flats Education Center on to the not-so-warm
Plum Island.  The skies were clear to partly cloudy with temps ranging
from 11 to 19 degrees F. and winds W-NW/5-20 mph -- needless to say,
significant windchill while standing on the north end of the island.
There were about 20 stalwarts, who joined us . . . .

Our list:
Canada Goose (14)
American Black Duck (~ 40) - various, but mostly toward mouth of PI River.
Common Eider (~ 20) - n. end.
White-winged Scoter (7) - n. end.
Black Scoter (~ 25) - one ocean.
Common Goldeneye (4) - n. end.
Red-breasted Merganser (3) - n. end.
Red-throated Loon (1) - n. end.
Common Loon (3) - 1, n. end; 1, one ocean; 1, fly over, lot #1.
Northern Harrier (3)
Cooper's Hawk (1) - road to n. end.
Red-tailed Hawk (1) - juv. adj. lot #1.
Rough-legged Hawk (1) - light morph over marsh n. main gate.
Black-legged Kittiwake (1) - one ocean -- wonderfully close looks; thank
you, Tom Wetmore!!
Ring-billed Gull (3) - no doubt more; one ocean.
Herring Gull - common.
Great Black-backed Gull (2)
Rock Pigeon
Snowy Owl (1) - perched on Osprey nesting platform, w. lot #1.
[Blue Jay (1) - Joppa Flats.]
American Crow (~ 7)
Horned Lark (1) - lot #1 platform.
Hermit Thrush (3) - roadside, S-curves.
American Robin (3) - S-curves.
Northern Mockingbird (2) - 1, The Warden's; 1, S-curves.
European Starling (1) - !!
Cedar Waxwing (3) - s. North Field.
Snow Bunting (1) - flyover, lot #1.
American Tree Sparrow(4) - S-curves.
Song Sparrow (2) - The Warden's.
White-throated Sparrow (~ 9) - S-curves.
Dark-eyed Junco (1) - S-curves.
Northern Cardinal (2) - S-curves.

Next week, we will meet back at Joppa Flats Education Center at 9:30 for
Wednesday Morning Birding. Call David Moon or David Larson at (978)
462-9998 for information about other Joppa Flats programs.

Dave Weaver
Manchester, MA 01944
<cygnus-dkw...>



 

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Date: 12/27/17 12:29 pm
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 3 Snow Geese at Joppa Flats, Newburyport
Lucas Hale just called in to report 3 Snow Geese (1 white and 2 blue) just landed at Joppa Flats - update from me - flew upriver.

David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950
Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...>
Upcoming international tours:
Costa Rica Birding Hotspots February 8 -18, 2018;
Mongolia Natural History May 24 - June 7, 2018;
Eastern Australia Birding October 10 - 25, 2018.


 

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Date: 12/27/17 6:37 am
From: Dan Prima <raptormafia...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RE: Carolina Wren visits
I've consistently had one Carolina Wren in my Tewksbury yard all year with a 2nd bird joining it in September.  The pair has been around ever since, entertaining me with a variety of calls, trills, and scolds.  Hoping they winter here successfully and maybe end up nesting in the spring!  
Good birding!
Dan PrimaTewksbury <MAraptormafia...>
 

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Date: 12/27/17 4:41 am
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Final Notice for Brookline Bird Club Young Birder Scholarships
The Brookline Bird Club is again offering two Young Birder
Scholarships to nurture interest in bird study and conservation among young
birders. The 2018 scholarships will cover the full cost ($1345) of the
Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens program at National Audubon’s Hog
Island camp on June *17-22, 2018*. The cost includes housing, boat travel,
and all meals. Scholarship recipients will be responsible for
transportation costs to and from the camp.

Applicants must be New England residents, ages 14-17, and must
submit a written application and two letters of reference. Preference will
be given to applicants with individual or family BBC memberships. To be
considered a member, an applicant may join the club at the time of
application.

Completed applications and references must be received by the
BBC by *January 15, 2018*. Selection and notification of recipients will be
completed by *February 16, 2018*. To read the application instructions and
download an application form, you can go to the BBC website and click on
the link for “Scholarships for Young Birders”:

www.brooklinebirdclub.org

John Nelson

Chair, BBC Conservation and Education Committee

 

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Date: 12/26/17 6:07 pm
From: Walt Webb <wwebb24...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren Visits, Westwood
It's so nice to see Carolina Wrens returning once again to our yards after
their exit/demise during that bad winter a few years ago. I've had one
visiting my suet & sometimes my seed feeder daily since early Nov.

Walt Webb
Westwood, MA
<wwebb24...>
 

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Date: 12/26/17 1:27 pm
From: hector galbraith <hg2...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] travel scope
Forgot to mention in my previous posting that I also have a terrific little Opticron 50 ED spotting scope for sale with the 12-36x SDLv2 lens. Terrific condition. Hardly takes up any space in your carry-on. $500. Contact me at <hg2...> <mailto:<hg2...>

Hector Galbraith, PhD
802 258 4836
802 222 1916 (c)



 

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Date: 12/26/17 10:16 am
From: Joe Poggi <joepoggi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl
At about 10:00 a.m., there was a large snowy owl on the west side of the marsh on Shea Blvd, Quincy, Mass, next to the Boston Scientific Building.


Joe Poggi

Quincy, Mass

<joepoggi...>

 

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Date: 12/26/17 9:41 am
From: Tom Sullivan <tomsullivan9...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens in Roslindale
Carolina Wrens get sunflower hearts on our deck below the long tray feeder
on the railing. We are at Monterey Hilltop.

--
Tom Sullivan
617-416-4762
<tomsullivan9...>

 

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Date: 12/26/17 9:18 am
From: Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina wren No. ANDOVER
We had a Carolina wren on suet in Andover yesterday too!
Donna Cooper
Andover

On Tue, Dec 26, 2017 at 9:59 AM danafox <danafox...> wrote:

> To all the masbirders especially Bob Stymeist,
> Today for the first time in years, we had a CAWR at our suet feeder.
> Bob time for you to start your visit to each town again.
> Dana Duxbury-Fox
>
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>
--
Sent from iPhone

 

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Date: 12/26/17 6:57 am
From: danafox <danafox...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Carolina wren No. ANDOVER
To all the masbirders especially Bob Stymeist,Today for the first time in years, we had a CAWR at our suet feeder.Bob time for you to start your visit to each town again.Dana Duxbury-Fox 


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 12/25/17 6:38 pm
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross' and Greater White-fronted Geese, Gloucester 12/25
I received a mid-afternoon text from Derek Lovitch saying that he and Jeannette had found a ROSS' GOOSE in the marsh at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester. Margo and I headed over there with only an hour or so of daylight left. Derek and Jeannette had left the bird to retrieve her camera, but returned to help us see the bird. We walked left after the footbridge and searched the multiple small groups of Canada's that were swimming in the channels of the marsh.

After almost half an hour of searching, Derek spotted the ROSS' GOOSE in flight with another goose. The other goose was a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE! Both birds circled over the marsh and then headed away from us, flying west.

We checked behind the Star Market without success and Margo and I checked the marshes west of the Friendly's at the traffic circle on our way home without luck. Anyone in the Gloucester area tomorrow may want to keep an eye out for these geese.

Derek has posted some digiscoped photos of the Ross' Goose on his Facebook page.

Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
194 Route 1
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
<Birdwsg...>
978-462-0775
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
 

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Date: 12/25/17 6:37 pm
From: hector galbraith <hg2...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Swarovski binoculars for sale
For sale, a mint pair of Swarovski Swarovision 10x32 binoculars (the sand-colored version). These are in mint condition and not used much. Optically, they are a match, I believe, for the much heavier and larger 10x42 swaros. Price new would be about $2,400. I will part with them for $1,600. The package includes the case, rain guard, and neckstrap. If interested, contact me at <hg2...> <mailto:<hg2...>

Hector Galbraith, PhD
802 258 4836
802 222 1916 (c)



 

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Date: 12/25/17 11:12 am
From: Peter Gilberto <pggflash...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven/New Bedford harbor for gulls?


Sent from my iPad

> On Dec 24, 2017, at 6:56 AM, Nathaniel Marchessault <natemarchessault...> wrote:
>
> Gloucester


 

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Date: 12/25/17 9:41 am
From: Jeffrey offermann <offermann.jeffrey...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross’s Goose
Relocated the subject at Harbor Point Park. Parking is difficult. I parked at JFK center and walked along the Harbor Walk north to the goose. I initially scoped it from Carson Beach.

Jeffrey Offermann
Dorchester, MA
<offermann.jeffrey...>


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Date: 12/25/17 9:00 am
From: Frank Lehman <frank.lehman...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Looking for Travel Advice: Prairie Chickens in Kansas, February
Dear list,

Seasons's greetings! Apologies for the non-Massachusetts -ocused post,
but I was hoping to draw some advice from the incomparable birding
community in this state.

I'll be visiting Kansas during the last week of February, and thought
this would a good opportunity to see two birds very high on my bucket
list: Greater and especially Lesser Prairie Chickens. I understand
these are difficult birds to see even under the most ideal conditions,
and February is not the best time of year for them, as they probably
aren't out lekking yet. Given the sensitivity and low densities of
these species, I'm also not surprised that eBird is probably not the
best tool to scout out locations beforehand.

Nevertheless, I thought I'd ask if anyone has advice concerning
reliable locations, birding strategies, or perhaps most usefully,
local conservation organizations in Kansas that would be worth
reaching out to. I'd prefer responses off-list, if that's okay.

Thanks so much, and may the new year be filled with amazing avifauna!

Best,
Frank



--
Frank Lehman,
Assistant Professor of Music, Tufts University
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Coordinator of Music Theory
Ph.D., Harvard University
tufts.academia.edu/FrankLehman
 

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Date: 12/25/17 8:28 am
From: Nick Beauregard <nickbeauregard...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] AZ birder wants to see Snowy Owl by Thursday
Hi all,

I'm from Mass but now living in Arizona where I'm doing my graduate
research on Yellow-billed Cuckoos in the Patagonia area. I am visiting my
family for Christmas and will be in north-central Worcester County until
Thursday and I would really love to see a Snowy Owl - it's been several
years since I've gotten to observe them. Does anyone have the scoop on
potential locations between Leominster and Greenfield? I'll also go to the
Quabbin if I have to.

If your tip helps me find one I promise to show you Elegant Trogons,
Rufous-capped Warblers, and Five-striped Sparrows should you ever visit
Arizona!

Feel free to reply off-list. Thanks!

Nick Beauregard
<nickbeauregard...>
Gardner, MA
Flagstaff & Patagonia, AZ

 

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Date: 12/25/17 6:07 am
From: Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose at Columbus Park, Boston
Hi Massbirders,The Ross's Goose found yesterday by Jason Pietrzak and
Anne Winters continues at Columbus Park this morning (opposite the
Carson Beach bath house/facility, where you can park). It was with a
hundred or so Canada Geese just across the street from there in the
athletic fields-- generally in the southern end of the park towards
the UMass T stop.
Best,Sebastian JonesJamaica Plain, MA

Sent from my mobile.
 

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Date: 12/24/17 6:02 pm
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Worc County RL Hawks, Killdeer, & Snow Geese
I got a text message ferom Josh Gahagan this morning telling me he had a
Rough-legged Hawk at Sterling Peat in Sterling. Being as it would be a
county bird I headed out quickly with my wife Amy. He followed up saying
the bird flew east. I knew Davis’s Farmland was east so we headed there. No
hawk. However 100s of Canada Geese where flowing in. I stated to my wife
that its neary impossible that with all these migrant Canada Geese’s its
impossible there isnt an uncommon goose mixed in. 5 min later and 100s more
geese later Amy shouted out “whats the white one”. She found a Snow Goose.
Ended up with 2. I called Josh to head over for the geese. I said to her it
would be great now if the Rough-legged Hawk would show up. Not even a
minute later I spotted a Rough-legged Hawk in the treeline. Josh screamed
out as well and all 3 of us were on it. Bette Robo and Ed Kittredge showed
up and they had it further up and were able to photograph it. We looked at
photographs and two different Rough-legged Hawks were photographed at the 2
different birds. Unreal. Talk about Patagonia Table effect. While sitting
there we then saw a Killdeer (poor guy) and had 6 Northern Pintails fly
over. We had some good luck and we tried summon for a Short-eared Owl but
one never materialized. Good Worcester County day.
--
Justin Lawson
Southbridge, Ma

 

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Date: 12/24/17 4:49 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven/New Bedford harbor for gulls?
Capping landfills, more specifically covering refuse at landfills for sanitary reasons, had an effect as well and perhaps also the decline in mega-flocks of starlings (ex: 100,000 Fore River Bridge, Quincy/Weymouth; 200,000 central artery Boston) as these birds no longer had access to easy food stuffs which were now buried, even if temporarily..


Glenn


Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA

> On December 24, 2017 at 6:45 PM Ian Nisbet <icnisbet...> wrote:
>
>
> When I first went to New Bedford in (I think) 1959, there were thousands of gulls, mostly herring gulls, lined up in rows on top of all the buildings around the harbor. The same was true for all the fishing ports in New England, including Point Judith, Boston, Portland, Vinalhaven, Prospect Harbor, etc., in the 1950s and 1960s. By the mid-1970s, there was only a handful of gulls in New Bedford Harbor, mostly ring-bills: numbers in Boston, Portland and Vinalhaven were much reduced, although not as drastically as at New Bedford. These changes were partly due to the reduction in fish catches offshore, but were mainly due to changes in the way that fish were processed, with virtual elimination of discards in the port of New Bedford and reduction in discards in other ports. Herring gulls have now virtually disappeared as breeding birds in Buzzards Bay, the Elizabeth Islands (except for reduced numbers at Penikese), Martha's Vineyard and Muskeget.
>
> Ian Nisbet
>
>
> On 12/24/2017 4:26 PM, Paul Champlin wrote:
>
> > > It's inexplicable exactly why the variety of gulls is so low on the southcoast. The few Lesser Black-backed Gulls I have encountered have not stuck around, and I can count the number of white-winged gulls I see in Westport/Dartmouth on a yearly basis on one hand! The best concentration (which, admittedly, i have not picked through often enough) is the pig farm on Division Road in Dartmouth. There are concentrations along the shore, where they feed on crabs, clams, etc. at low tide (Westport River mouth, Gooseberry, marsh islands in the coastal rivers). One problem with the southcoast in general is that the gulls seem to roost offshore, so don't allow for intense picking through in any one location. At sunset, flocks of thousands can be seen moving offshore for the night. I have almost never come by a large flock of gulls on an open playing field nor agricultural field (except near the pig farm). Of course I have to plug Gooseberry, where fall migration !
of Laughing Gulls is overwhelming on occasion (thousands passing east to west), and storm-blown birds concentrate on the Lee side of the island occasion, but the propensity for one to encounter less common species there seems to be lacking (Kittiwake is really rare, as are all small gulls except Boneparte's, which is still pretty rare, and almost never sticks around).
> >
> > Good luck!
> >
> > Paul Champlin
> > Westport, MA
> >
> > Get Outlook for Android https://aka.ms/ghei36
> >
> >
> > ---------------------------------------------
> > From: <massbird-approval...> mailto:<massbird-approval...> <massbird-approval...> mailto:<massbird-approval...> on behalf of Nathaniel Marchessault <natemarchessault...> mailto:<natemarchessault...>
> > Sent: Sunday, December 24, 2017 6:56:04 AM
> > To: <massbird...> mailto:<massbird...>
> > Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven/New Bedford harbor for gulls?
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Something that has been on my mind for a while now is why I never see reports of people going for gulls in Fairhaven/New Bedford Harbor. After all, it is one of the largest fishing ports around and places like Portland and Gloucester are absolute magnets for gulls, so why not?
> >
> > I live nearby and did a little scouting along the New Bedford side of the Acushnet River yesterday and although there were tons of fishing boats and 1-5 gulls overhead at all times I did not come up with any big concentrations.
> >
> > Does anyone have any insights on this? Living nearby, it'd be nice to have a spot to thumb through big numbers of gulls. Either way, I'd love to know why it is or isn't a good spot for them.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Nate
> >
> > Nate Marchessault
> > Mattapoisett, MA
> > <natemarchessault...> mailto:<natemarchessault...>
> >
> >
> > >

 

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Date: 12/24/17 4:32 pm
From: James Dillon <jdillon755270...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rusty Blackbirds, Partridge Island
Forty two Rusty Blackbirds and eighteen Red Wing Blackbirds at the first
boardwalk at Partridge Island, Lynnfield, at 8:00am.

Jim Dillon <jdillon755270...>

 

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Date: 12/24/17 3:52 pm
From: Ian Nisbet <icnisbet...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven/New Bedford harbor for gulls?
When I first went to New Bedford in (I think) 1959, there were thousands
of gulls, mostly herring gulls, lined up in rows on top of all the
buildings around the harbor. The same was true for all the fishing
ports in New England, including Point Judith, Boston, Portland,
Vinalhaven, Prospect Harbor, etc., in the 1950s and 1960s. By the
mid-1970s, there was only a handful of gulls in New Bedford Harbor,
mostly ring-bills: numbers in Boston, Portland and Vinalhaven were much
reduced, although not as drastically as at New Bedford. These changes
were partly due to the reduction in fish catches offshore, but were
mainly due to changes in the way that fish were processed, with virtual
elimination of discards in the port of New Bedford and reduction in
discards in other ports. Herring gulls have now virtually disappeared as
breeding birds in Buzzards Bay, the Elizabeth Islands (except for
reduced numbers at Penikese), Martha's Vineyard and Muskeget.

Ian Nisbet


On 12/24/2017 4:26 PM, Paul Champlin wrote:
> It's inexplicable exactly why the variety of gulls is so low on the
> southcoast. The few Lesser Black-backed Gulls I have encountered have
> not stuck around, and I can count the number of white-winged gulls I
> see in Westport/Dartmouth on a yearly basis on one hand! The best
> concentration (which, admittedly, i have not picked through often
> enough) is the pig farm on Division Road in Dartmouth. There are
> concentrations along the shore, where they feed on crabs, clams, etc.
> at low tide (Westport River mouth, Gooseberry, marsh islands in the
> coastal rivers). One problem with the southcoast in general is that
> the gulls seem to roost offshore, so don't allow for intense picking
> through in any one location. At sunset, flocks of thousands can be
> seen moving offshore for the night. I have almost never come by a
> large flock of gulls on an open playing field nor agricultural field
> (except near the pig farm). Of course I have to plug Gooseberry, where
> fall migration of Laughing Gulls is overwhelming on occasion
> (thousands passing east to west), and storm-blown birds concentrate on
> the Lee side of the island occasion, but the propensity for one to
> encounter less common species there seems to be lacking (Kittiwake is
> really rare, as are all small gulls except Boneparte's, which is still
> pretty rare, and almost never sticks around).
>
> Good luck!
>
> Paul Champlin
> Westport, MA
>
> Get Outlook for Android <https://aka.ms/ghei36>
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* <massbird-approval...>
> <massbird-approval...> on behalf of Nathaniel Marchessault
> <natemarchessault...>
> *Sent:* Sunday, December 24, 2017 6:56:04 AM
> *To:* <massbird...>
> *Subject:* [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven/New Bedford harbor for gulls?
> Hi all,
>
> Something that has been on my mind for a while now is why I never see
> reports of people going for gulls in Fairhaven/New Bedford Harbor.
> After all, it is one of the largest fishing ports around and places
> like Portland and Gloucester are absolute magnets for gulls, so why not?
>
> I live nearby and did a little scouting along the New Bedford side of
> the Acushnet River yesterday and although there were tons of fishing
> boats and 1-5 gulls overhead at all times I did not come up with any
> big concentrations.
>
> Does anyone have any insights on this? Living nearby, it'd be nice to
> have a spot to thumb through big numbers of gulls. Either way, I'd
> love to know why it is or isn't a good spot for them.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Nate
>
> Nate Marchessault
> Mattapoisett, MA
> <natemarchessault...> <mailto:<natemarchessault...>
>


 

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Date: 12/24/17 2:10 pm
From: Kevin Ryan <kr1946...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] MIME-Version: 1.0
Hello All
Happy Holidays to all. On lake Massapoag there were 45 Common Mergansers and 5 Hooded Mrgansers and in Easton there was a Red shouldered Hawk.
Kevin Ryan
Easton

 

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Date: 12/24/17 1:37 pm
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 1 Palm Warbler, 1 Tree Swallow and 3 Black Vultures - Westport
Black Vultures were on Rt. 88, north end of Westport.
Western Palm Warbler in my yard near Horseneck Beach.
Tree Swallow photographed over the dunes at the mouth of the Westport, River. BRRR!!!

Paul Champlin,
Westport, MA

Get Outlook for Android<https://aka.ms/ghei36>


 

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Date: 12/24/17 1:33 pm
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven/New Bedford harbor for gulls?
It's inexplicable exactly why the variety of gulls is so low on the southcoast. The few Lesser Black-backed Gulls I have encountered have not stuck around, and I can count the number of white-winged gulls I see in Westport/Dartmouth on a yearly basis on one hand! The best concentration (which, admittedly, i have not picked through often enough) is the pig farm on Division Road in Dartmouth. There are concentrations along the shore, where they feed on crabs, clams, etc. at low tide (Westport River mouth, Gooseberry, marsh islands in the coastal rivers). One problem with the southcoast in general is that the gulls seem to roost offshore, so don't allow for intense picking through in any one location. At sunset, flocks of thousands can be seen moving offshore for the night. I have almost never come by a large flock of gulls on an open playing field nor agricultural field (except near the pig farm). Of course I have to plug Gooseberry, where fall migration of Laughing Gulls is overwhelming on occasion (thousands passing east to west), and storm-blown birds concentrate on the Lee side of the island occasion, but the propensity for one to encounter less common species there seems to be lacking (Kittiwake is really rare, as are all small gulls except Boneparte's, which is still pretty rare, and almost never sticks around).

Good luck!

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Get Outlook for Android<https://aka.ms/ghei36>

________________________________
From: <massbird-approval...> <massbird-approval...> on behalf of Nathaniel Marchessault <natemarchessault...>
Sent: Sunday, December 24, 2017 6:56:04 AM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven/New Bedford harbor for gulls?

Hi all,

Something that has been on my mind for a while now is why I never see reports of people going for gulls in Fairhaven/New Bedford Harbor. After all, it is one of the largest fishing ports around and places like Portland and Gloucester are absolute magnets for gulls, so why not?

I live nearby and did a little scouting along the New Bedford side of the Acushnet River yesterday and although there were tons of fishing boats and 1-5 gulls overhead at all times I did not come up with any big concentrations.

Does anyone have any insights on this? Living nearby, it'd be nice to have a spot to thumb through big numbers of gulls. Either way, I'd love to know why it is or isn't a good spot for them.

Thanks,

Nate

Nate Marchessault
Mattapoisett, MA
<natemarchessault...><mailto:<natemarchessault...>


 

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Date: 12/24/17 5:30 am
From: Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turkey Vultures/RW Blackbird
When I took the dog out around 730 this AM I had a nice surprise. First,
the crows
were across Rte 108 making a ruckus. Then I saw TUVU #1. Then I noticed
over the hill to the east 7 more TUVUs in a kettle and they gradually
headed my way and migrated in a kettle towards the west.
Lots of large farms near us and we have had TUVUs since we moved here in
late April. Then we had a lone male Red-winged Blackbird at our feeders
when I came in.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to all.
Kirk
--

Kirk S. Elwell
East Kingston, NH

 

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Date: 12/24/17 5:18 am
From: Nathaniel Marchessault <natemarchessault...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven/New Bedford harbor for gulls?
Hi all,

Something that has been on my mind for a while now is why I never see
reports of people going for gulls in Fairhaven/New Bedford Harbor. After
all, it is one of the largest fishing ports around and places like Portland
and Gloucester are absolute magnets for gulls, so why not?

I live nearby and did a little scouting along the New Bedford side of the
Acushnet River yesterday and although there were tons of fishing boats and
1-5 gulls overhead at all times I did not come up with any big
concentrations.

Does anyone have any insights on this? Living nearby, it'd be nice to have
a spot to thumb through big numbers of gulls. Either way, I'd love to know
why it is or isn't a good spot for them.

Thanks,

Nate

Nate Marchessault
Mattapoisett, MA
<natemarchessault...>

 

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Date: 12/23/17 12:37 pm
From: James Dillon <jdillon755270...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rusty Blackbirds, Lynnfield Marsh
Six Rusty Blackbirds at the first boardwalk at Partridge Island, Lynnfield
at 7:45 this morning.

Jim Dillon <jdillon755270...>

 

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Date: 12/23/17 11:08 am
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Identification Notes on Ipswich Orange-crowned Warbler
Thank you Chris, and other contributors for this superb evaluation. And thanks Massbird: this is what a listserv does best.

As noted, the New York listserv had similar Orange-crowned discussion recently.

Linda

Linda Pivacek, Nahant

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> On December 23, 2017 at 10:43 AM "Floyd, Chris" <chrisf...>
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Date: 12/23/17 7:50 am
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Identification Notes on Ipswich Orange-crowned Warbler
References:

eBird report with photos from Ian Pepper, with identification corrected to Orange-crowned Warbler: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41219305

Massbird thread "MacGillivray's Warbler in Ipswich, 12/20," initiated by me

From Sean Williams:

I do agree that the photos show an Orange-crowned Warbler. First, the bird has an extensively yellow throat, which rules out MacGillivray's, which should always have a gray or white throat. Next, the undertail converts are short relative to Mourning/MacGillivray's. The eye crescents are thin and wide, whereas MacGillivray's usually has short and thick eye crescents. ... You can also add that the legs on MacGillivray's and Mourning are pink, whereas the legs of this bird are dark.

From Rick Heil:

This is a very tricky and interesting bird, but I don't think this is a Geothlypis. The narrow whitish broken eye ring and bright yellow throat and underparts do suggest Mourning. However, Structure, plumage and soft parts say OCWA to me. The legs are dark as are the top of the feet, that alone should exclude Mourning/ MacGillivray's. The yellow throat excludes MacGillivray's. I think the bill size and shape doesn't look heavy enough for M/MacG, and doesn't look particularly bicolored, better for OCWA. The pale leading edge of the folded wing is an OCWA feature. Do I see a hint of orange on the crown? I do think this bird, if it is indeed an OCWA, might well be a western subspecies, either oerestera or lutescens! I could be wrong but those are my thoughts based on the four photos originally posted.

From Glenn d'Entremont:

I looked at this last night as well and the yellow throat and a rather defined blackish eyeline made me think Orange-crowned as well. I have seen Orange-crowned with noticeable white arc before; a lot of times it is a 75% ring with a break in the front; sometimes those seem to be yellow(ish) rings. It appears there is a lot of variation in Orange-crowneds.

From Paul Lehman:

I believe the identification of the warbler as an orange crowned is indeed correct. Note the pale along the Leading Edge of the wing and especially that the legs look dark and thin. MacGillivray certainly has bright fleshy legs and feet that are a bit thicker. Also Bill size differences. ... By the way, did you know that there was exactly the same situation just a very few days ago in one of the city parks in New York City with a warbler that was identified as a macgillivray's and turned out to be a bright orange crowned with bold eye arcs. There were multiple discussions and photos posted on the New York listserv.

From Karsten Hartel:

After seeing a number of up-close Orange-crowned at Danehy over the years I thought I would mention that I said not MacGillivray's immediately after seeing the images. A bird I had at Danehy this fall was almost as yellow. While the absence of yellow on the throat is a good character, the fact that, as Sibley says Orange-crowned is "a small, sharp-billed bird," ... think Tennessee ... not as hefty as a Mourning or MacGillivray. Also leg and bill color and less pointed and larger bill stands out to me.


Ryan Schain also sent me immediate brief confirmation of OCWA. Hearing from Ryan reminded me that I had been fooled before by an Orange-crowned with bold eye crescents, specifically by the remarkable dead-on face-only view of one of those in Ryan's 2013 Fall Warbler Photo Quiz.

To remind myself with visuals of what a fall MacGillivray's should look like, I went back to eBird postings for this species in November 2015 at Lexington Community Farm. Many photos from Massbirders come up from that search. For a good illustration of leg color/structure and undertail covert extent, see the second photo from Erik Nielsen in this checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S25748738

With thanks again to all for providing such instructive information on how to correctly identify these two species,
Chris

Chris Floyd
Lexington
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Date: 12/23/17 4:23 am
From: <snowyegret7...> <snowyegret7...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Thread-Index: AQHTe4G3P/tyP9zrHkao+JXRBMTVLQ==



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Date: 12/22/17 4:06 pm
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RE: MacGillivray's Warbler in Ipswich, 12/20
Massbirders,

I have received convincing correction from Sean Williams and Rick Heil that this is indeed an Orange-crowned Warbler.

With okay, I will forward any helpful remarks to Massbird that help clarify. Yellow on the throat is key.

Rick particularly mentioned likelihood that this is a Western subspecies, which I should have considered more carefully before making the MacGillivray's call. I've never seen such a yellow Orange-crowned in East.

With apologies for the confusion and thanks to Sean and Rick for quick response,
Chris

Chris Floyd
Lexington
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From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of Floyd, Chris
Sent: Friday, December 22, 2017 4:44 PM
To: Massbird <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] MacGillivray's Warbler in Ipswich, 12/20

>>>Email originates from a non-MITRE system. Use caution.<<<
I'm wondering if any other Massbirders got alerted to the following eBird report from Ian Pepper (seemingly not):

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41219305

The alert was for a Mourning Warbler, totally out of season and immediately inclining me toward expecting to see photos of a MacGillivray's Warbler when I opened the checklist. And that's what I think it is (great photos, Ian!). I immediately forwarded the link off to MacGillivray's finder par excellence Bob Stymeist.

Bob and I, arriving separately, looked for the warbler yesterday from about 9:15 AM (Bob) through 1:00 PM (me) - I really expected to see a crowd. Bob got a glimpse of it (bright yellow below, olive above) as it flushed from open green-grassy area at northwest end of long narrow plowed field evident in link below:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/42%C2%B041'21.3%22N+70%C2%B052'32.3%22W/@42.6886316,-70.87676,359m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d42.6892499!4d-70.8756351

Bob called me on cell (I was still checking edges of playing fields proper) and waited couple of minutes for me to get over there before pursuing bird in thicket. That was about 10:30. We checked all the likely weedy edges over the next hour plus but with no luck.

From careful reading of Ian's notes, this is likely the same spot from which he reported the bird. The "plowed field" is accessed by narrow path through the broad wooded hedgerow near the far western lined corner of the westernmost playing field. Bob and I were not clear on where to look initially. Ipswich locals, are there private land concerns with birding the edges of these fields?

Looking at checklist again in case the identification might have been corrected now by an eBird reviewer, I was perplexed to see the entry changed to Orange-crowned Warbler. The photos, especially last of the four, fairly pronounce MacGillivray's at me: sharply delimited nearly symmetrical white eye crescents, bright yellow on breast, belly and undertail, distinct delimited (though streaky) olive wash on upper breast.

Hopefully, bird will survive current spell of inclement weather and early Christmas Eve birders in Ipswich will add MacGillivray's to year list.

Thanks to Ian for sharing this bird with nice photos and notes!

Chris Floyd
Lexington
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Date: 12/22/17 2:35 pm
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] MacGillivray's Warbler in Ipswich, 12/20
I'm wondering if any other Massbirders got alerted to the following eBird report from Ian Pepper (seemingly not):

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41219305

The alert was for a Mourning Warbler, totally out of season and immediately inclining me toward expecting to see photos of a MacGillivray's Warbler when I opened the checklist. And that's what I think it is (great photos, Ian!). I immediately forwarded the link off to MacGillivray's finder par excellence Bob Stymeist.

Bob and I, arriving separately, looked for the warbler yesterday from about 9:15 AM (Bob) through 1:00 PM (me) - I really expected to see a crowd. Bob got a glimpse of it (bright yellow below, olive above) as it flushed from open green-grassy area at northwest end of long narrow plowed field evident in link below:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/42%C2%B041'21.3%22N+70%C2%B052'32.3%22W/@42.6886316,-70.87676,359m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d42.6892499!4d-70.8756351

Bob called me on cell (I was still checking edges of playing fields proper) and waited couple of minutes for me to get over there before pursuing bird in thicket. That was about 10:30. We checked all the likely weedy edges over the next hour plus but with no luck.

From careful reading of Ian's notes, this is likely the same spot from which he reported the bird. The "plowed field" is accessed by narrow path through the broad wooded hedgerow near the far western lined corner of the westernmost playing field. Bob and I were not clear on where to look initially. Ipswich locals, are there private land concerns with birding the edges of these fields?

Looking at checklist again in case the identification might have been corrected now by an eBird reviewer, I was perplexed to see the entry changed to Orange-crowned Warbler. The photos, especially last of the four, fairly pronounce MacGillivray's at me: sharply delimited nearly symmetrical white eye crescents, bright yellow on breast, belly and undertail, distinct delimited (though streaky) olive wash on upper breast.

Hopefully, bird will survive current spell of inclement weather and early Christmas Eve birders in Ipswich will add MacGillivray's to year list.

Thanks to Ian for sharing this bird with nice photos and notes!

Chris Floyd
Lexington
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Date: 12/22/17 9:48 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Watuppa Pond, Fall River (one thousand + waterfowl)
I just made a quick stop to sweep (no scope) of only a portion of the waterfowl on South Watuppa (half of the birds counted?), and ended up with 1,300!


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From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Sent: Friday, December 22, 2017 7:15:55 AM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: Watuppa Pond, Fall River (one thousand + waterfowl)

There are an astounding number (no time to count) of mergansers (Common and Hooded) and other waterfowl from the parking lot of LaPage's Seafood on Rt. 6 near the Fall River - Westport border. There are also two Bald Eagles on the ice at dawn.

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

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Date: 12/22/17 8:50 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR - closed through Saturday, or more
Thanks to Lynette Leka for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
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Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2017 16:18:52 +0000 (UTC)
From: Lynette Leka <lynette.leka...>

----- Forwarded Message ----- From: "Adams, Jean" <jean_adams...>
Sent: Friday, December 22, 2017 9:23 AM Subject: The refuge Center and
the REFUGE GATE will be closed Due to the storm , we will close the
Refuge Visitor Center by NOON on FRIDAY DEC 23 and the REFUGE GATE WILL
BE SHUT BY NOON. We will REMAIN CLOSED ALL OF SATURDAY (BOTH BUILDING
AND REFUGE ON THE ISLAND) and will not reopen the refuge gate until
MAYBE sometime Sunday (pending snow removal efforts). There is a
possibility that it could remain closed throughout the weekend into
Christmas. The refuge Visitor Center will NOT open until Tues Dec 26th.
Jean Jean AdamsParker River NWR 6 Plum Island Tpk Newburyport , MA 01950


 

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Date: 12/22/17 8:14 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren / Newburyport
singing its heart out this morning, from the shrubby/grassy area on the east side of the PRNWR HQ/Visitor Center driveway

I haven't seen/heard one in this area for several years

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Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951
email: <lynette.leka...>

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Date: 12/22/17 4:22 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Watuppa Pond, Fall River (one thousand + waterfowl)
There are an astounding number (no time to count) of mergansers (Common and Hooded) and other waterfowl from the parking lot of LaPage's Seafood on Rt. 6 near the Fall River - Westport border. There are also two Bald Eagles on the ice at dawn.

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

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Date: 12/21/17 11:46 am
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Dunback Meadow, Dec 21, 2017
Hi Folks,


LEOW continues at Dunback Meadow


Pete Gilmore
Newton, MA
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 2:31 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Dunback Meadow, Dec 21, 2017
To: <Petegilmore79...>


Dunback Meadow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Dec 21, 2017 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: With Chris Leuchtenburg and Paul Sullivan, calm sunny, 30F.
4 species

Long-eared Owl 1 Long ears, light and brown spotted breast, vertical
rusty patch outside the eye on the face.
Blue Jay 3
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S41234440

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

 

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Date: 12/21/17 11:22 am
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills, Mt. Watatic
Hi Birders,

Several Red Crossbills remained on Mt. Watatic today, including a small
flock of Type 3 and Type 10 flying over the parking area off Route 119.
Further up the trail I had a few more flyovers, and a pair of Type 3s that
came down pretty close at one point. I also had a surprising Black Vulture
fly over while I was watching the Type 3 birds.

Again, should anyone attempt this hike (I did make the summit) please bring
appropriate footwear. The trail is solid ice in many spots, and
treacherous. I again took microspikes with me, and was glad I had them on.

Checklist, with some nice recordings:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41231924


Good birding

Tim Spahr
Marlborough
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Date: 12/20/17 5:04 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] update on Puerto Rican Parrots and other birds impacted this hurricane season
Thought many of you would find this update on Puerto Rican Parrots and
other birds impacted this hurricane season interesting:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/how-the-puerto-rican-parrots-survived-the-devastating-2017-hurricane-season/


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA
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Date: 12/20/17 2:16 pm
From: James Dillon <jdillon755270...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rusty Blackbirds, Partridge Island
Eight Rusty Blackbirds seen from the first boardwalk at Partridge Island in
Lynnfield at 3:30.

Jim Dillon <jdillon755270...>

 

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Date: 12/20/17 12:34 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 12-20-17

David Moon and I led today's edition of Wednesday Morning Birding out of
Joppa Flats Education Center on to Plum Island.  Skies were partly
cloudy, temps were in the 40s, and winds were NW/10-20 mph gusting higher.

Our list:
Canada Goose - common.
American Black Duck - common.
Mallard - common.
Northern Pintail (~ 45) - ~ 25, wetland s. Cross Farm Hill; ~ 20, PI
Sound inlet immed. w. Bill Forward Pool dike.
Common Eider (~ 40) - ~ 20, seven ocean; ~ 20, n. end.
White-winged Scoter (~ 30) - ~ 5, seven ocean; ~ 25, n. end.
Black Scoter (~ 60) - one ocean.
Long-tailed Duck (7) - 1, seven ocean; 6, n. end.
Bufflehead (10) - 9, seven ocean; 1, w. N. Pool dike.
Common Goldeneye (7) - 4, seven ocean; 3, n. end.
Red-breasted Merganser (7) - 1, seven ocean; 6, n. end.
Red-throated Loon (3) - 1, one ocean; 2, n. end.
Common Loon (2) - 1, seven ocean; 1, n. end.
Bald Eagle (1) - ad. high over The Warden's.
Northern Harrier (5) - various.
Cooper's Hawk (1) - fly by, The Warden's.
Sanderling (~ 34) - 9, seven beach; ~ 25, one beach.
Dunlin (~ 35) - perched Emerson Rocks.
Ring-billed Gull (8) - 1, pannes; 7, n. end.
Herring Gull - common.
Great Black-backed Gull (5)
Razorbill - probable 2, in flight far out, one ocean.
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Snowy Owl (2) - both in marsh w. small pannes.
American Crow (3)
Common Raven (1) - in flight over pines, The Warden's.
American Robin (~ 30) - single flock, Hellcat parking lot #4.
Northern Mockingbird (1)
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow (5) - roadside n. S-curves.
Dark-eyed Junco (1)

Next week, we will meet back at Joppa Flats Education Center at 9:30 for
Wednesday Morning Birding. Call David Moon or David Larson at (978)
462-9998 for information about other Joppa Flats programs.

Dave Weaver
Manchester, MA 01944
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Date: 12/20/17 11:34 am
From: Dave Small <Dave...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 50th annual Athol Christmas Bird Count results
Saturday December 16th
61 SPECIES 9,313 individuals
Canada Goose 52, Am. Black Duck 9, Mallard 120, Northern Pintail cw, Hooded
Merganser 27, Common Merganser 9, Ringed-Neck Pheasant 6, Ruffed Grouse 4,
Wild Turkey 138, Common Loon 1, Golden Eagle 1, Horned Grebe 1, Bald Eagle
9, Sharp-Shinned Hawk 3, Coopers Hawk 3, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Red-Tailed
Hawk 19, Killdeer 1, Ring-Billed Gull 16, Herring Gull 11, Rock (Dove)
Pigeon 518, Mourning Dove 337, Great Horned Owl 3, Barred Owl 3, Saw-Whet
Owl 5, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied woodpecker 55, Yellow-bellied
sapsucker 1, Downy Woodpecker 115, Hairy Woodpecker 32, Northern Flicker 1,
Pileated Woodpecker 15, Blue Jay 564, American Crow 269, Common Raven 35,
Horned Lark 20, Black-capped Chickadee 766, Tufted Titmouse 355,
Red-Breasted Nuthatch 41, White-Breasted Nuthatch 189, Brown Creeper 4,
Carolina Wren 10, Golden-crowned Kinglet 72, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, Eastern
Bluebird 44, Hermit Thrush cw, American Robin 175, Northern Mockingbird 7,
Starling 981, Cedar Waxwing 305, American Tree Sparrow 75, Field Sparrow 1,
Song Sparrow 11, American Pipit cw, Swamp Sparrow 1, White-Throated Sparrow
69, Dark-eyed Junco 2451, Northern Cardinal 158, Rusty Blackbird 1, Common
Grackle 4, Purple Finch 4, House Finch 114, Pine Siskin cw, American
Goldfinch 617, House Sparrow 451.


Dave Small
Athol Massachusetts
978-413-1772
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Date: 12/20/17 8:47 am
From: <th3b1rdn3rd...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] LEOW Dunback?
There has been a Long-eared Owl reported on eBird at Dunback Meadow. It was seen the 15th so I went to search this morning. It was seen again shortly after I left this morning without myself finding the bird. The only thing I know about location is that it was at the dense top of a Red Pine. I was wondering if anyone had better directions on how to locate the bird. I am currently at Dunback now and not having any more luck them earlier this morning.

I completely understand if you know where it is and don’t want to give out information in order to keep away more people who may spook it. I cannot say anything for disrespectful people, but I will definitely keep a good distance from it if I find it and will not spook/harass it.

If you do send information, thanks, and again, completely understand if you do not.

- Francis Morello

Waltham, MA

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Date: 12/20/17 8:28 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sad news - Don Crockett

Longtime birder Don Crockett, of New Britain, CT, formerly of
Massachusetts, passed away unexpectedly last week, at the age of 56. 
Don was a contributor over the years helping to make today's technology
part of the birding landscape.

Here's a link from project Snowstorm:

https://www.projectsnowstorm.org/posts/memorium-don-crockett/

Many of you remember Don from his years here in Massachusetts before he
moved to Connecticut. Don, you will be missed!

Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

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Date: 12/20/17 6:28 am
From: John Liller <john.liller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Worcester CBC
The Worcester Christmas Bird Count took place on Saturday, December 16th.
We had 28 people head off into the field, and one additional feeder
watcher. The low was 13 degrees and high was 32 degrees. Except for the
large bodies of water, the ponds were frozen. However, much of the moving
water was open. Finally, the weather was OK, though some of us experienced
some flurries at the end.

Here are the numbers, including count week species:

Snow Goose (cw - Wachusett Reservoir on Tuesday)
Canada Goose (1694)
Mute Swan (51 - NEW HIGH)
Wood Duck (1)
Gadwall (4)
American Wigeon (1 male at Notre Dame Cemetery)
American Black Duck (44)
Mallard (1114)
Redhead (1 - Gate 36 of Wachusett Reservoir)
Greater Scaup (cw)
Ring-necked Duck (2)
White-winged Scoter (1 - Gate 13 at Wachusett Reservoir)
Bufflehead (cw)
Common Goldeneye (99)
Barrow's Goldeneye (1 - female at South Bay of Wachusett Reservoir)
Hooded Merganser (172)
Common Merganser (100)
Ruddy Duck (7)
Ruffed Grouse (1)
Wild Turkey (133)
Common Loon (7)
Double-crested Cormorant (2)
Great Blue Heron (4)
Turkey Vulture (1 - 2nd record for the count, but will probably become
fairly regular in the future)
Bald Eagle (6)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (2)
Cooper's Hawk (8)
Northern Goshawk (1 - Mulberry Street, near the airport)
Accipiter species (1)
Red-tailed Hawk (45)
RSHA + RTHA Hybrid (cw - River Road; courtesy of eBird; it was actually
recorded on count day, but not by a registered counter, so it must go down
as a count week bird)
Rough-legged Hawk (1 - Mulberry Street, near the airport; dark phase
juvenile)
Ring-billed Gull (783)
Herring Gull (75)
Great Black-backed Gull (2)
Rock Pigeon (396)
Mourning Dove (217)
Eastern Screech-Owl (1)
Great Horned Owl (9)
Snowy Owl (cw - unfortunately a no-show on count day, so this species
remains only a count week bird for the Worcester CBC; this is the 2nd time
it has been recorded for count week)
Barred Owl (1)
Northern Saw-whet Owl (1)
Belted Kingfisher (5)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (47)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (4)
Downy Woodpecker (83)
Hairy Woodpecker (19)
Northern Flicker (3)
Pileated Woodpecker (9)
Peregrine Falcon (2 - pair hanging around T&G building downtown)
Blue Jay (490)
American Crow (3290 - NEW HIGH)
Fish Crow (4)
Common Raven (7)
Horned Lark (53)
Black-capped Chickadee (610)
Tufted Titmouse (455 - NEW HIGH)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (7)
White-breasted Nuthatch (163)
Brown Creeper (2)
Carolina Wren (6)
Winter Wren (4)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (62)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2)
Eastern Bluebird (50)
Hermit Thrush (4)
American Robin (161)
Northern Mockingbird (12)
European Starling (1393)
Cedar Waxwing (90)
American Tree Sparrow (39)
Savannah Sparrow (1 - Mulberry Street, near the airport)
Fox Sparrow (4)
Song Sparrow (71)
Swamp Sparrow (5)
White-throated Sparrow (40)
Dark-eyed Junco (1079)
Snow Bunting (48)
Northern Cardinal (131)
Rusty Blackbird (cw)
Common Grackle (1)
Purple Finch (1)
House Finch (74)
White-winged Crossbill (1 male calling in spruces south of transfer station
along Manville Rd in Leicester)
American Goldfinch (260)
House Sparrow (957)

SPECIES: 79 + 6 count week + 1 released (RN Pheasant)
INDIVIDUALS: 14,736

 

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Date: 12/20/17 6:28 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] No Summer Tanager
After a visit of 11 days, it appears our summer tanager is gone.

--
Alice & Dane Morgan
Brookline & S. Dartmouth, MA

 

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Date: 12/20/17 5:29 am
From: Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh & Winthrop Beach Wildlife programs
Find yourself in a DCR State Park



Winthrop\East Boston\-

Join a DCR Park interpreter to learn about the wonderful natural history of your state parks. All Programs are FREE and open to the public. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For program cancellations phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121, one hour before start time. Rain Cancels. Bring Water. Strongly recommend sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and footwear suitable for walking on the beach, and on paths. For more information phone (781) 485-2804 Ext. 105 or email <Matthew.Nash...><mailto:<Matthew.Nash...>. For a listing of programs at other DCR state parks visit https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-conservation-recreation.





December School Vacation Week

Winthrop Beach

Avian Delights
Saturday, December 30 9:00 -10:00 a.m.
Observe water birds and learn about their adaptations for survival as we walk on the beach sand for a distance of up to one mile. Terrain can be uneven. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them.

Meet at: Winthrop Beach on Winthrop Shore Drive across from Sturgis Street and 62 Winthrop Shore Drive, Winthrop, MA. On street parking is available free of charge. Accessible by Public Transportation: Paul Revere Transportation bus 712 or 713 Point Shirley-Orient Heights, arrive at the Winthrop Beach stop then walk down Sturgis Street, Winthrop MA (If traveling from outside Winthrop, board the bus at the MBTA Orient Heights station on the blue line). Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information (schedule, route and fees).

Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation


Winter Wildlife Detectives
Wednesday, December 27 & Friday December 29 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Can you imagine living outside through the entire winter like the coyotes do at Belle Isle Marsh in East Boston? Join us as we explore the trails of the Marsh searching for signs of the many wild creatures that are active during the winter. Learn how animals are adapted to survive outside during the chilly and challenging winter season and how you can become a protector of local wildlife.

Meet at: Main Parking lot near the bulletin board, located on Bennington Street, East Boston between address 1236 Bennington St., East Boston and 173 Bennington St., Revere. Parking is on a paved lot and is free of charge. Accessible by public transportation: MBTA Blue line, Beachmont Station. Exit station, turn right, at intersection cross State Road/Bennington Street, travel right along Bennington Street to park entrance on the left. Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.

Matthew Nash
Visitor Services Supervisor
DCR North Region Coastal District
One Eliot Circle
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 485-2804 ext. 105

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Date: 12/20/17 3:32 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Preliminary MANO CBC ( Northampton) 12/17/17
Thanks to Janice Jorgensen for the following post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
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From: Janice Jorgensen<janicejorgensen...>
Subject: Preliminary MANO CBC ( Northampton) 12/17/17
Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:41:41


A preliminary report for the MANO CBC. Still missing a few areas and
feeder reports. Around 150 participants
82 Species. Up by 3 from 2016.

5621 Canada Goose
188 American Black Duck
259 Mallard
104 Common Goldeneye
45 Hooded Merganser
96 Common Merganser
3 Ring-necked Pheasant
52 Wild Turkey
421 Rock Pigeon
1274 Mourning Dove
87 Ring-billed Gull
2 Herring Gull
21 gull sp
8 Great Blue Heron
13 Bald Eagle adult New High
3 Bald Eagle immature
4 Northern Harrier adult
4 Northern Harrier-imm
13 Sharp-shinned Hawk
28 Cooper's Hawk
1 Northern Goshawk
131 Red-tailed Hawk
101 Eastern Screech-Owl New High
28 Great Horned Owl
2 Barred Owl
172 Red-bellied Woodpecker
15 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
273 Downy Woodpecker
66 Hairy Woodpecker
48 Northern Flicker
37 Pileated Woodpecker New High
4 American Kestrel
3 Merlin
4 Peregrine Falcon
669 Horned Lark
1133 Blue Jay
2436 American Crow
2 Fish Crow
9 Common Raven
668 Black-capped Chickadee
464 Tufted Titmouse
3 Red-breasted Nuthatch
309 White-breasted Nuthatch
7 Brown Creeper
2 Winter Wren
53 Carolina Wren
93 Golden-crowned Kinglet
221 Eastern Bluebird
1 Hermit Thrush
1103 American Robin
4 Gray Catbird
89 Northern Mockingbird
4473 European Starling
722 Cedar Waxwing
1396 House Sparrow
719 House Finch
590 American Goldfinch
67 Snow Bunting
450 American Tree Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
46 Savannah Sparrow
1 Fox Sparrow
303 Song Sparrow
6 Swamp Sparrow
676 White-throated Sparrow
2 White-crowned Sparrow
1820 Dark-eyed Junco
412 Northern Cardinal
75 Red-winged Blackbird
17 Rusty Blackbird
67 Common Grackle
4 Brown-headed Cowbird
4 Snow Goose
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 American Wigeon
2 Killdeer New High
7 Red-Shouldered Hawk New High
1 Red-headed Woodpecker
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 American Pipit
1 Lapland Longspur
4 Palm Warbler New High
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Chipping Sparrow





 

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