MASSBIRD
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12/12/18 8:35 pm Josh <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Chicopee Rose-breasted, NoHo Oriole, *another* Barred...
12/12/18 6:38 pm Mardi Dickinson <mardi1d...> [MASSBIRD] Michael DiGiorgio - BirdCallsRadio
12/12/18 1:36 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - 12-12-2018
12/12/18 1:21 pm Bill Lafley <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Snow Goose - Barton Cove
12/12/18 8:41 am Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...> [MASSBIRD] RFI on Windsor (Berkshire County) Pine Grosbeaks
12/12/18 8:11 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Machias Birding trip
12/12/18 7:04 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Common Raven
12/12/18 5:16 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Cooper's / Goshawk.
12/11/18 7:45 pm James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Northfield Yellowthroats, Baer's Pochard update
12/11/18 6:02 pm Jennifer Novak <jfer.novak...> [MASSBIRD] BBC proofreader post
12/11/18 1:08 pm Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...> [MASSBIRD] DCR Belle Isle Marsh Reservation Oasis for Birds Saturday Dec. 15
12/11/18 10:59 am Bob & Bonnie Buxton <bbxt...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Crane near Merrimac
12/11/18 9:55 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Cooper's hawk, yes, cooper's
12/11/18 9:14 am Peter Trull <petrull...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Northern Goshawk
12/11/18 8:33 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Northern Goshawk
12/11/18 6:59 am Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> [MASSBIRD] Pine Grosbeaks, Wachusett res. Spruce grove
12/10/18 9:47 pm Josh <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Common Mergansers, WW Crossbills, and Barred Owls
12/10/18 5:37 pm Wayne Petersen <wpetersen...> [MASSBIRD] MASS AUDUBON BIRDERS MEETING, March 3, 2019
12/10/18 5:10 pm Bill Lafley <blafley...> Re: [MASSBIRD] early Common Mergansers
12/10/18 4:41 pm Laurene Hunt <huntdesigns...> Re: [MASSBIRD] early Common Mergansers
12/10/18 4:07 pm robert hill <bob8hill...> [MASSBIRD] early Common Mergansers
12/10/18 3:49 pm John Liller <john.liller...> Re: [MASSBIRD] deer hunt at WACHUSETT RESERVOIR, Worcester County
12/10/18 2:49 pm Stephen P Baker <stephenpbaker...> Re: [MASSBIRD] deer hunt at WACHUSETT RESERVOIR, Worcester County
12/10/18 12:50 pm Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> [MASSBIRD] deer hunt at WACHUSETT RESERVOIR, Worcester County
12/10/18 9:44 am Heather Burns <heather2cb...> [MASSBIRD] Canvasback continues at Kenoza Lake near water works building.
12/10/18 8:32 am Robert Rotberg <rirotberg...> [MASSBIRD] pileated woodpecker
12/10/18 7:15 am Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Ipswich: Outer Linebrook Rd., Dec 9, 2018: 22 evening grosbeaks!
12/9/18 3:40 pm Dan Furbish <yellowrail2...> [MASSBIRD] Access to Cumberland Farms IBA. ebird location: Cumberland Farms, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, US. hotspot.
12/9/18 3:26 pm Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> Re: [MASSBIRD] blue jays eating ice
12/9/18 12:24 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] blue jays eating ice
12/9/18 11:04 am Nick Tepper <nicholastepper6739...> [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks -Assabet NWR
12/9/18 10:09 am Mark Marroni <mjmarroni...> [MASSBIRD] Snow Goose
12/9/18 6:06 am Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...> [MASSBIRD] Pine Grosbeaks
12/8/18 7:13 pm Marsha Salett <msalett...> [MASSBIRD] December 2018 Bird Observer now online
12/8/18 2:36 pm James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Northfield - late Common Yellowthroat plus other Franklin County notes
12/8/18 1:18 pm Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills at Moose Hill MAS Sanctuary, 12/8/18
12/8/18 12:49 pm Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> RE: [MASSBIRD] blue jays eating ice
12/8/18 10:52 am Josh <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] List of Christmas Bird counts for E. MA?
12/8/18 10:28 am Jonathan Glover <jglover76...> [MASSBIRD] Peregrine in Norwood
12/8/18 9:12 am John Hepburn <john.hepburn...> [MASSBIRD] List of Christmas Bird counts for E. MA?
12/8/18 8:40 am Robert Gervais <rgervais...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Crane
12/8/18 8:20 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> RE: [MASSBIRD] blue jays eating ice
12/8/18 6:53 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] blue jays eating ice
12/8/18 5:58 am Lemmel <lemmel...> [MASSBIRD] Redpolls
12/7/18 5:52 pm <environment...> <environment...> [MASSBIRD] FYI: Online oiled wildlife response training
12/7/18 10:42 am Gerald Macomber <jerrymacomber...> [MASSBIRD] Continuing eurasian wigeon, Fairhaven
12/7/18 8:19 am Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Convasback on Whitman Pod Weymouth
12/6/18 5:27 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Norfolk Airstrip in Norfolk Highlights
12/6/18 2:26 pm Nick Tepper <nicholastepper6739...> [MASSBIRD] Hoary Redpoll - Pine Hill Rd. Grasslands
12/6/18 11:24 am lbpengue <lbpengue...> [MASSBIRD] Great Black hawk
12/6/18 10:10 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Lingering birds
12/6/18 9:12 am Joe Poggi <joepoggi...> [MASSBIRD] Common Murre
12/6/18 8:11 am Kat Birder <katbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Weekly species census, Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Dec 6, 2018
12/6/18 5:49 am William Barber <bbskydance...> [MASSBIRD] Re: [MASSBIRD] Bicknell’s Thrush...
12/6/18 4:45 am Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Bicknell’s Thrush...
12/6/18 4:34 am zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> [MASSBIRD] Re: [MASSBIRD] Bicknell’s Thrush...
12/6/18 12:10 am <jcolemanarch...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Bicknell’s Thrush...
12/5/18 10:20 pm Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> [MASSBIRD] Bicknell’s Thrush...
12/5/18 4:55 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Richardi Reservoir in Braintree Ducklights
12/5/18 3:48 pm Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...> [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks/ East Kingston NH
12/5/18 2:33 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Topsfield Fairgrounds and environs, Dec 5, 2018 -- no cackling goose
12/5/18 1:39 pm Kevin Ryan <kr1946...> [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks
12/5/18 1:08 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Seabrook, & Hampton Beach State Park - 12-05-2018
12/5/18 12:45 pm James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Franklin County notes and the Longmeadow Baer's Pochard.
12/5/18 10:43 am Mardi Dickinson <mardi1d...> [MASSBIRD] hris Rimmer Bicknell's Thrush - BirdCallsRadio
12/5/18 7:19 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Bluebird Boxes, Bird Conservation.
12/5/18 4:05 am Bill Lafley <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Quabbin Deer Hunt 12/6 - 12/7
12/4/18 4:49 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks
12/4/18 2:08 pm Gerry Cooperman <trogon6...> [MASSBIRD] TOP 20 SEEN ONLY ONCE
12/4/18 8:03 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] South end of Nauset AKA "The Point" also "North Beach", Chatham, local names for this southern tip of Nauset, which extends well south into the town of Chatham.
12/4/18 6:49 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] South end of Nauset AKA "The Point" also "North Beach", Chatham, local names for this southern tip of Nauset, which extends well south into the town of Chatham.
12/3/18 8:24 pm Gwyn Loud <gwynloud555...> [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks in Lincoln
12/3/18 8:24 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Moose Hill Sanctuary and Moose Hill Farm in Sharon
12/3/18 1:21 pm John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Thick-billed Murre, Gloucester
12/3/18 12:40 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Tundra Swans - Douglas
12/3/18 11:12 am Kevin Ryan <kr1946...> [MASSBIRD] Black Vultures
12/3/18 10:08 am Deborah Radovsky <dp32...> [MASSBIRD] loon on Lake Massapoag, Sharon
12/3/18 10:03 am Andy Scholten <ascholten764...> [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk YES
12/3/18 10:03 am Glenn Long <hdtwblg...> [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk
12/3/18 9:07 am Vitz, Andrew (FWE) <andrew.vitz...> [MASSBIRD] Oiled Birds
12/3/18 7:16 am Deborah Radovsky <dp32...> [MASSBIRD] loon on Lake Massapoag, Sharon
12/2/18 4:08 pm mary phinney <phinney.m...> Re: [MASSBIRD] (Extralimital) Information about the Great Black Hawk in Maine
12/2/18 3:23 pm Bill Lafley <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Oiled birds and Great Black Hawk
12/2/18 2:44 pm Peter Flood <pomarine...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Oiled birds - Newfoundland oil spill
12/2/18 2:14 pm Andy Sanford <asanford2000...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Oiled birds - Newfoundland oil spill
12/2/18 1:19 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Oiled birds - Newfoundland oil spill
12/2/18 1:11 pm Jon Damian <jdamian...> [MASSBIRD] Leucistic American Goldfinch in Cambridge
12/2/18 8:33 am TheBirdNerd <th3b1rdn3rd...> [MASSBIRD] (Extralimital) Information about the Great Black Hawk in Maine
12/2/18 5:59 am Nick Tepper <nicholastepper6739...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks, Highway Hawkwatch, and Great Black Hawk
12/2/18 5:55 am anhinga3 <anhinga3...> [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk - YES! 8:43AM
12/1/18 10:26 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks, Highway Hawkwatch, and Great Black Hawk
12/1/18 8:36 pm Nick Tepper <nicholastepper6739...> [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks, Highway Hawkwatch, and Great Black Hawk
12/1/18 4:56 pm Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Sunday AM Trip to Dunback - Cancelled
12/1/18 2:06 pm David K Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 12-01-2018
12/1/18 8:39 am John <john.mcelligott3...> [MASSBIRD] My Feeder
12/1/18 7:37 am Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk Portland
12/1/18 7:35 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] Common Murre
12/1/18 7:25 am bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Good birding day
12/1/18 7:15 am Gerry Cooperman <trogon6...> [MASSBIRD] YOUR TOP 20 NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS
11/30/18 5:59 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Oiled male mallard in Marblehead
11/30/18 5:52 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Christmas Bird Count Book - 12/1 children's book event
11/30/18 2:51 pm Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk in Maine
11/30/18 11:01 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Extralimital- Great Black Hawk continues Portland ME 11/30
11/30/18 9:12 am Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> [MASSBIRD] notes on winter finches
11/30/18 7:21 am ECOC Mail <ecocmail...> [MASSBIRD] Essex County Ornithological Club Meeting Reminder - Friday, December 07, 2018 - 7:45pm
11/30/18 5:41 am Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeak, Common Redpoll Marlborough
11/29/18 1:53 pm John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club Young Birder Scholarships
11/29/18 11:18 am Alan & Ruth Bragg <alan.ruth.bragg...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Nov 29, 2018
11/29/18 9:56 am Edlow Banks <68edbanks...> [MASSBIRD] Siskin, Clay-colored, Harwich
11/29/18 8:24 am Nick Tepper <nicholastepper6739...> [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk... again
11/29/18 7:28 am <mresch8702...> [MASSBIRD] Fitch's Bridge Groton - Goshawk, Pine Grosbeak, Excellent Sparrow/Finch Numbers, 11/29
11/29/18 5:57 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] Yellow-rumped Warbler / Newbury
11/28/18 8:28 pm Josh <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Western Mass CBCs; Franklin County surprises
11/28/18 2:52 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks Continue at Dunback Meadow, etc.
11/28/18 2:14 pm David Moon <dmoon...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann 11-28-2018
11/28/18 1:20 pm Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Red Form screech owl in box
11/28/18 12:52 pm Mark Fairbrother <bogelfin...> [MASSBIRD] Black Vultures in Greenfield
11/28/18 10:10 am Mimi Bix-Hylan <mimibixh...> [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks
11/28/18 10:09 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] BOHEMIAN WAXWING - Plum Island 10/28
11/28/18 9:08 am James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls - Cackling Geese
11/28/18 7:45 am Mardi Dickinson <mardi1d...> [MASSBIRD] Patrick Lynch on Cape Cod - BirdCallsRadio
11/28/18 6:02 am Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...> [MASSBIRD] Shrike, Redpolls, Siskins
11/27/18 8:08 pm Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskins 10/27 Gloucester
11/27/18 7:48 pm Trish Pastuszak <pmpastuszak...> [MASSBIRD] Sage Thrasher - Nantucket
11/27/18 2:37 pm Kevin Ryan <kr1946...> [MASSBIRD] Siskins
11/27/18 12:23 pm Stuart Walker <stuarttwalker...> [MASSBIRD] Sage Thrasher directions?
11/26/18 6:24 am Lucas Hale <lhale4...> [MASSBIRD] Snow Buntings, Horned Larks, Lapland Longspur - School Street Fields, Acton
11/26/18 5:44 am John Baur <john_baur...> [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills in Millis
11/25/18 3:32 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Longspur & Redpoll
11/25/18 3:32 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 11/24 Weir River Farm and Turkey Hill in Hingham
11/25/18 1:49 pm Josh <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] SAGE THRASHER reported from Nantucket!
11/25/18 11:13 am Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeak North River Sanctuary contines
11/25/18 6:44 am Wayne Klockner <wklockner...> [MASSBIRD] Lapland Longspur, School St. Fields, Acton
11/25/18 6:35 am Josh <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] eBird: Tufted Duck in Peabody
11/24/18 8:34 pm Sandy <sandyselesky...> [MASSBIRD] Correction
11/24/18 7:39 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] SSBC/BBC trip 11/24/18
11/24/18 6:33 pm caroline haines <chaines49...> [MASSBIRD] Oiled loon update
11/24/18 6:33 pm Sandy <sandyselesky...> [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks, Red-shouldered Hawk, Marshfield November 24
11/24/18 5:11 pm Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...> [MASSBIRD] Fox Hunt
11/24/18 3:29 pm Sam Miller <zamziller...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Eastern Meadowlarks, Common Redpolls, Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, Nov 24, 2018
11/24/18 1:12 pm Sophia Wong <skpwong6...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Western green
11/24/18 11:44 am Sophia Wong <skpwong6...> [MASSBIRD] Western green
11/23/18 5:27 pm Karen Idoine <kidoine...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrow, finally...
11/23/18 4:45 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 11/21 Winter Finches and Ovenbird at Moose Hill Sanctuary
11/23/18 4:35 pm Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Anne
11/23/18 1:38 pm Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrow, finally...
11/23/18 9:39 am Charlie Thompson <cot3...> [MASSBIRD] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - South Orleans
11/22/18 7:49 pm caroline haines <chaines49...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Oiled loon
11/22/18 6:42 pm Susan Clark <sbc...> [MASSBIRD] Rusty Blackbird
11/22/18 5:30 pm Kevin Ryan <kr1946...> [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks
11/22/18 5:12 pm Jim McCoy <jfmccoy...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows all over Melrose
11/22/18 4:44 pm Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows all over Melrose
11/22/18 3:47 pm judy parrot-willis <jep_willis...> [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows
11/22/18 1:57 pm Robert D Scott <rscott...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrow in Dedham
11/22/18 1:46 pm Jim McCoy <jfmccoy...> [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows all over Melrose
11/22/18 1:25 pm Robert Rotberg <rirotberg...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrow in Dedham
11/22/18 12:27 pm Tom Brownrigg <brownriggs...> [MASSBIRD] Lincoln's sparrow, Carlisle
11/22/18 10:52 am <redpoll...> [MASSBIRD] T-day present
11/22/18 10:32 am Paul Kinnaly <pek...> [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrow in Dedham
11/22/18 10:02 am Bruce Black <bruce...> [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks, Fox Sparrow, Red-breasted Nuthatch at feeder, Sudbury
11/22/18 9:18 am Melissa Aldrich <melcaldrich...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Oiled loon
11/22/18 8:46 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Oiled loon
11/22/18 8:09 am Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...> [MASSBIRD] Fox sparrow in Andover
11/22/18 4:05 am Mary Ellen <lemmel...> [MASSBIRD] Barrows & Barrows x Common Goldeneye Randolph
11/21/18 6:58 pm Sandy <sandyselesky...> [MASSBIRD] Pine siskins in Westford
11/21/18 6:55 pm tom graham <tomgra00...> [MASSBIRD] sand hill cvranes
11/21/18 5:42 pm Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows Cambridge
11/21/18 5:12 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Moose Hill (Sharon) 11/19
11/21/18 5:12 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes - West Newbury
11/21/18 5:09 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Pine siskins in Westford
11/21/18 4:41 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Peregrines and Tom French on NOVA this Wednesday
11/21/18 4:36 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes West Newbury
11/21/18 2:10 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] W. Newbury & Plum Island (Parker River NWR) - 11-21-2018
11/21/18 12:13 pm John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Western Grebe, other Cape Ann highlights
11/21/18 9:40 am Sean Williams <seanbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Western Grebe, Cathedral Ledge now
11/21/18 8:22 am Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows Cambridge
11/21/18 7:30 am DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] A Sparkling Start to Winter
11/21/18 7:29 am Jon Damian <jdamian...> [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows Cambridge
11/20/18 6:57 pm Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Blue Hills Black Vulture
11/20/18 6:45 pm James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls - more Red-throated Loons and a Black-legged Kittiwake
11/20/18 6:40 pm caroline haines <chaines49...> [MASSBIRD] Oiled loon
11/20/18 6:01 pm Brad Dinerman <bdinerman...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Blue Hills Black Vulture
11/20/18 5:39 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Oiled Loon - Gloucester Harbor
11/20/18 5:35 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Merlin
11/20/18 4:43 pm Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] 11/19 Duxbury Beach - Barred Owl, Common Merganser, et al
11/20/18 4:29 pm Stuart Walker <stuarttwalker...> [MASSBIRD] Blue Hills Black Vulture
11/20/18 12:47 pm Josh <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] eBird reports: Western Grebe, Rockport!
11/20/18 9:30 am James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's Falls - Red-throated Loons
11/20/18 8:10 am Jason Forbes <jason...> [MASSBIRD] Concord Geese
11/20/18 7:09 am judy parrot-willis <jep_willis...> [MASSBIRD] OOPs
11/20/18 7:02 am judy parrot-willis <jep_willis...> [MASSBIRD] feeder birds for the moment!
11/20/18 5:44 am Johnathon Benson <jbenson...> [MASSBIRD] Snow Goose- Weston High School
11/19/18 8:56 pm Bennet Porter <bennet.porter...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Massachusetts Nemesis Birds
11/19/18 7:57 pm Charles Patterson <chaspatt...> [MASSBIRD] Merlin
11/19/18 7:13 pm Jennifer Novak <jfer.novak...> [MASSBIRD] Blue Hills Trailside Museum
11/19/18 11:40 am Jean Williams <jeanwill48...> [MASSBIRD] red-breasted nuthatch pair
11/19/18 3:42 am James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Franklin County longspurs
11/18/18 7:36 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Peregrines and Tom French on NOVA this Wednesday
11/18/18 3:45 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Nauset Merlin
11/18/18 2:55 pm David Scott <dscott0313...> [MASSBIRD] Cranes, Palmer Road Plympton 11/18
11/18/18 10:24 am Holly Horton <fayemei...> [MASSBIRD] Baltimore oriole
11/18/18 10:02 am Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Black-throated Gray Warbler 11/14
11/18/18 9:55 am Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Nov 17, 2018
11/18/18 9:21 am Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills & Evening Grosbeaks
11/18/18 7:15 am Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Evening Grosbeaks on South Shore, 11/18
11/17/18 4:43 pm Beth Roberts-Lee <bethrobertslee...> [MASSBIRD] Feeder
11/17/18 4:25 pm Stephen Mirick <smirick...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann (King Eider, Razorbills, RED-EYED VIREO, etc.)
11/17/18 3:05 pm Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Brown Creeper Salem 11/16
11/17/18 2:25 pm Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks on South Shore, 11/17
11/17/18 1:14 pm Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Goose, Nahant
11/17/18 11:24 am Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> [MASSBIRD] Fox sparrows in Westford
11/17/18 10:30 am Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...> [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrow Returns Again
11/17/18 6:57 am Bonnie & Bob Buxton <bbxt...> [MASSBIRD] Apologies re: Fox Sparrow posts
11/17/18 6:56 am Bonnie & Bob Buxton <bbxt...> [MASSBIRD] Apologies re: Fox Sparrow post
11/17/18 6:03 am Mary Rocklun <msyboxer...> [MASSBIRD] Grasshopper Sparrow at Uxbridge Community Gardens, 11/16
11/17/18 5:45 am Bob & Bonnie Buxton <bbxt...> [MASSBIRD] 4 Fox Sparrows in Merrimac
11/16/18 1:18 pm Beth Roberts-Lee <bethrobertslee...> [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks food
11/16/18 1:03 pm Dorothy Anderson <d.anderson...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Massachusetts Nemesis Birds
11/16/18 12:55 pm Frank Lehman <fmlehman...> [MASSBIRD] Massachusetts Nemesis Birds
11/16/18 6:50 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Raven in Billerica
11/16/18 6:48 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Swampscott Barred Owl and Winter Wren, etc.
11/16/18 6:48 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Nov 15, 2018
11/16/18 5:36 am Beth Roberts-Lee <bethrobertslee...> [MASSBIRD] Feeder today
11/15/18 5:49 pm Beth Roberts-Lee <bethrobertslee...> [MASSBIRD] Feeder today
11/15/18 3:33 pm Josh <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Wyola Pine Grosbeak? Cheshire hummingbird, Stebbins Pochard, etc.
11/15/18 10:39 am Lorraine Kaplan <lorraine.e.kaplan...> Re: [MASSBIRD] BT Gray in Swampscott
11/15/18 10:25 am J. Ryan Doherty <ryan...> [MASSBIRD] BT Gray in Swampscott
11/15/18 9:09 am James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Gill - Hooded Mergansers
11/15/18 6:05 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Banded Peregrine
11/15/18 4:51 am Susan Clark <sbc...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence MA Winter Crow Roost Patrol
11/14/18 11:17 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Fw: 11/11 Moose Hill Sanctuary and Farm Highlights
11/14/18 6:45 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Recent Sharon highlights
11/14/18 1:33 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island (Parker River NWR) - 11-14-2018
11/14/18 1:21 pm alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Belted Kingfisher
11/14/18 1:07 pm James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Gill - Pine Grosbeaks
11/14/18 11:33 am Nick Tepper <nicholastepper6739...> [MASSBIRD] Black-throated Gray Warbler
11/14/18 11:18 am Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...> [MASSBIRD] Next Bear Creek, Saugus, walk on Sunday November 18, 2018, at 9 am; report for Nov 11 walk
11/14/18 11:16 am Nick Tepper <nicholastepper6739...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Black-thr Gray Warbler, YES 11/14
11/14/18 11:16 am Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] 11/14 N/ Plymouth- Store Pond - male Pintail
11/14/18 9:28 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Black-thr Gray Warbler, YES 11/14
11/13/18 8:28 pm chris buelow <dryoptera...> [MASSBIRD] hardwick (quabbin) northern shrike
11/13/18 7:10 pm Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Meadow birds
11/13/18 11:55 am Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...> [MASSBIRD] DCR's Belle Isle Marsh & Winthrop Beach Upcoming Bird walks
11/13/18 8:26 am George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Manomet Kingbird & Sandpiper
11/13/18 8:26 am Sandy <sandyselesky...> [MASSBIRD] Brown creeper
11/13/18 8:26 am George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Meadow birds
11/13/18 6:41 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Manomet Kingbird & Sandpiper
 
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Date: 12/12/18 8:35 pm
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Chicopee Rose-breasted, NoHo Oriole, *another* Barred...
Hi MassBirders,

I was reviewing the past few daily eBird RBA alerts and came across one of a grosbeak at someone’s feeders in Chicopee on Sunday, including nice photos. But this one was neither an Evening Grosbeak, nor a Pine!
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50550270 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50550270>

Not one but two Baltimore Orioles photographed in the past few days, too. On Saturday, this report came in from East Brookfield, of a bird that’s apparently been around for a couple of weeks:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50509714 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50509714>

Then yesterday, a birder from Northampton posted some photos of another one in her yard to the Western Mass Birders discussion group (only visible to group members).

As for me, I did get to see that Snow Goose on Barton Cove this morning around 8:45, the same one that Bill Lafley encountered this eveningl. I used my phone to immediately post about it to WMB, but didn’t get onto my computer with time to send an e-mail about it until now…

And a little bit later, encountered *Another* day-hunting Barred Owl! My second in the past three days, and third of the past two weeks. The bird today was by Mill River Lane in Hadley; the one the day before yesterday I saw while I was driving Route 9 over the Coolidge Bridge. The first of the three was November 30 in Montague, beside Greenfield Road. There's also the one which my son spotted in Northampton back on 11-16…. Something tells me that the CBCs this weekend are going to blow away their previous records for Barred Owls counted!

Good birding,

JSR



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

Webmaster, Hampshire Bird Club
https://hampshirebirdclub.org/

Northeast Chapter, Dragonfly Society of the Americas
https://bryanpfeiffer.com/nedsa2018/

http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
https://www.facebook.com/opihi



 

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Date: 12/12/18 6:38 pm
From: Mardi Dickinson <mardi1d...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Michael DiGiorgio - BirdCallsRadio
Birders et al,

I thought many of your would be interested in my next guest Michael DiGiorgio https://bit.ly/2akUsxp

Happy Birding!

Cheers,
Mardi Dickinson


 

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Date: 12/12/18 1:36 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - 12-12-2018
David Moon and I led the Joppa Flats Education Center Wednesday Morning
Birding program on its second visit for the season to Cape Ann, and to
pretty good effect.  Skies were clear to mostly cloudy; temps in the
middle 30s, and winds NW/5-10 mph.  We followed our usual route: Jodrey
Fish Pier, Eastern Point, Niles Pond, Atlantic Road, and Andrews Point.

Our list:

Canada Goose (~ 15) - various.
Mute Swan (1) - Rockport inner harbor.
Gadwall (6) - Eastern Point.
American Wigeon (4) - Niles Pond (a small space of open water remaining).
American Black Duck (~ 50) - various.
Mallard (~ 30) - Rockport inner harbor.
Northern Pintail (1) - Rockport inner harbor.
Ring-necked Duck (1) - drake; Niles Pond.
Greater Scaup (12) - 1 drake, 11 hens; Niles Pond.
Common Eider - common.
Harlequin Duck (~ 20) - Andrews Point.
Surf Scoter (1) - Eastern Point.
White-winged Scoter (~ 20) - Atlantic Road.
Black Scoter - common; Atlantic Road & Andrews Point.
Long-tailed Duck (1) - Atlantic Road.
Bufflehead - common.
Red-breasted Merganser (~ 12) - various.
Common Loon (5) - outer Gloucester Harbor.
Northern Gannet (3)
Great Cormorant (10) - "Cormorant Rock"; Atlantic Road.
BLACK VULTURE (1) - seen high over downtown Rockport heading north.
Red-tailed Hawk (1) - over Good Harbor Beach parking lot.
Purple Sandpiper (2) - Bass Rocks, Atlantic Road.
Ring-billed Gull (2) - Niles Pond.
Herring Gull - common.
Iceland Gull (2) - 1st winter birds; Niles Pond.
Great Black-backed Gull - common.
Black Guillemot (2) - Atlantic Road.
Rock Pigeon
Blue Jay (2) - Niles Pond.
American Crow (~ 10) - various.
Black-capped Chickadee (2) - Niles Pond.
European Starling
Song Sparrow (2) - Niles Pond.

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats at 0930 for Wednesday
Morning Birding. For more information about Joppa Flats programs, call
David Moon or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

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

 

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Date: 12/12/18 1:21 pm
From: Bill Lafley <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Goose - Barton Cove
Hello,

Most likely seen by others earlier in the day but as I came through late in the day from working in Berkshires saw a Snow Goose with a large flock of Canada Geese in Barton Cove.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>
 

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Date: 12/12/18 8:41 am
From: Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RFI on Windsor (Berkshire County) Pine Grosbeaks
Hi Massbirders,
Was curious to know if anyone on here has information on the whereabouts of
the Pine Grosbeaks that have been reported for a few days up until midday
Monday in Berkshire County (North Street in Windsor)? I was considering a
trip out west to see the birds but haven't seen any reports yesterday or
today thus far and was wondering if that's because no one has gone to check
the spot out or because people have been going and nothing was there, hence
the lack of eBird checklists. Any info/tips/suggestions would be
appreciated.

Thanks!
Sebastian Jones
Jamaica Plain, MA

 

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Date: 12/12/18 8:11 am
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Machias Birding trip
Greetings:



TIme to sign up for the annual Brookline Bird Club Down East Birding Trip.
July 4-7, 2019. We charter a boat to Machias Seal Island to see Atlantic
Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres, and nesting Arctic Terns. We have a
local bird guide help us look for Spruce Grouse, Black-Back Woodpeckers,
Boreal Chickadees, Gray Jays, Crossbills, Olive-sided Flycatchers,
nesting warblers etc.Costs $185 for BBC members; $205 for non-members.
Trip limited to 15 participants. Contact Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
<mailto:<ida8...> for registration and additional information.



Ida Giriunas, Reading, MA

Fran Perler, Brookline, MA




 

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Date: 12/12/18 7:04 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Raven
Massbirders,
Three days ago, 12/9, I photographed this Common Raven out over the marsh on the outer beach, Orleans

https://www.flickr.com/photos/26676688@N03

Peter Trull
Brewster,
<petrull...>
petertrull.org

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Date: 12/12/18 5:16 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cooper's / Goshawk.
Massbirders, With the advice of several respected raptor specialists on my mind, It was suggested that I mention the one important field mark that I missed out in the marsh the other day. This was clearly a large accipiter, I see Cooper’s on the cape regularly now that the forests have succeeded to oak over the pitch pine of decades gone by. And yes, the superciliary line was not as well defined as It should have been, but those big, white, fluffy “pantaloons” made me think of the big accipiter. I looked in the Sibley guide and was convinced by the heavy streaking on the sides of the neck nape area vs Coopers, that I had a goshawk. I think my wife Carol summed it up when she said “you really wanted that to be a Goshawk”. Doesn’t that excitement, anticipation and longing for an exciting bird get us all at some point? Yup, it got me. What I neglected to observe was the single field mark pointed out by so many skilled birders and raptor specialists; the under-tail coverts were pure white as in Cooper’s, where in a Northern Goshawk the under-tail coverts ARE streaked…..Missed it. So there ya go. Another good lesson learned, and hopefully taught. Thanks to all my pals out there who sent me, and posted, advice and clarification.
Peter Trull
Brewster,
<petrull...>

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Date: 12/11/18 7:45 pm
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northfield Yellowthroats, Baer's Pochard update
Greetings birders,


After my post from Sunday I've continued to see Common Yellowthroats in
Northfield Meadows with 4 on the 10th and 2 on the 11th. The birds have
been favoring a long, fairly narrow section of cattail marsh surrounded by
scrub. They can be very aloof at times often buried in the more 'tented'
patches of scrub. I've recorded them daily from Dec 7th - 11th and I'm
slowly getting used to watching Common Yellowthroats in 14 degree
temperatures! They've been hard enough to see, let alone photograph, but I
do have a few record shots here;

https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2018/12/ma-two-common-yellowthroats-in.html


Quite a few birders have mentioned that they'd be interested to see the
Baer's Pochard irrespective of provenance. The last sightings that I know
of come from Pondside Road, Stebbins Refuge on Dec 4th (Michelle Moore) and
on the CT River off Anthony Road, Longmeadow near Pioneer Valley Yacht Club
on Dec 9th (Nick Paulson). The bird has been searched for over the last two
days but not seen. If I hear anymore than that, especially with the
forecast of milder temps this coming weekend, I'll let know you know. I've
also added Joe Oliverio's excellent images to my blog link showing the
clean hind toe and tarsi;


https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2018/12/ma-baers-pochard-in-longmeadow.html




Good birding,



James

 

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Date: 12/11/18 6:02 pm
From: Jennifer Novak <jfer.novak...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC proofreader post
With permission from moderator:

The Brookline Bird Club is seeking a volunteer proofreader for its website
and tri-annual print bulletin. Working with the bulletin editor, the
proofreader will review web pages and printer’s proofs for spelling,
grammatical, and/or typographical errors on an as-needed basis (an
estimated 40 hours per year). This is a great opportunity for an individual
with proofreading experience to support a very active bird club. If
interested, please contact the Jennifer Novak at <jfernovak...>

 

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Date: 12/11/18 1:08 pm
From: Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] DCR Belle Isle Marsh Reservation Oasis for Birds Saturday Dec. 15
North Region Coastal District
Department of Conservation and Recreation
One Eliot Circle Contact: Matthew Nash
Revere, MA 02151
781-656-1485
Date December 11, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Find yourself in a DCR State Park
East Boston\Winthrop\Revere

Join a DCR Park interpreter to learn about the wonderful natural and cultural history of your state parks. All Programs are FREE and open to the public. 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. The agency strongly recommends visitors dress appropriately for the weather, bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and footwear suitable for walking on the beach, and on paths. For more information phone 781-656-1485 or email <Matthew.Nash...> For a listing of programs at other DCR state parks visit
https://www.mass.gov/service-details/upcoming-programs-and-events

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

An Oasis for Birds
Third Saturday, Dec. 15
NOTE TIME CHANGE 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 one 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. Suitable for adults and children ages 10 and older accompanied by an adult. Meet at: On or near the boardwalk to the right of the Bulletin Board, located at 1399 Bennington Street, East Boston. 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 for bus and train information.
Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh
###

 

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Date: 12/11/18 10:59 am
From: Bob & Bonnie Buxton <bbxt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Crane near Merrimac
At about 1:45pm I saw what appeared to be a Sandhill Crane standing in
the median on 495 South between Exits 54 and 53.  The light was not
ideal, but it certainly looked like one! I hope it will be safe...

Good birding to all,

Bonnie Buxton
Merrimac, MA
bbxt(AT)comcast.net
 

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Date: 12/11/18 9:55 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cooper's hawk, yes, cooper's
Having heard from Jerimiah T. Ryan S. and David S., all with more experience on the plumage of large accipiters than I, I concur that my previously described northern goshawk is in reality a large cooper’s hawk. So appreciative of the lesson.
Peter Trull
Brewster,
<petrull...>

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Date: 12/11/18 9:14 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Northern Goshawk
Well then, I’ve had agreement and disagreement with my Goshawk ID. So with Coopers being more common, I’ll lean that way….What do you think and why? Just asking, because this large accipiter identification opinion seems to be fairly continual, as in past massbird posts. I haven’t seen a winter Gos on the cape in over 20 years. This bird sure got me excited. Thanks Miah……. (he said smiling)
Peter Trull
<petrull...>

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

From: Peter Trull
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 11:33 AM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northern Goshawk

Massbirders,
Yesterday I watched as a northern harrier dove repeatedly at something in a stand of live and dead eastern red cedar at the edge of the salt marsh. Hoping to quietly approach an eastern coyote, as I have seen this interaction before, I was surprised to find this beautiful Goshawk

https://www.flickr.com/photos/26676688@N03/46224918242/in/photostream

Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
<petrull...>
www.petertrull.org


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Date: 12/11/18 8:33 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northern Goshawk
Massbirders,
Yesterday I watched as a northern harrier dove repeatedly at something in a stand of live and dead eastern red cedar at the edge of the salt marsh. Hoping to quietly approach an eastern coyote, as I have seen this interaction before, I was surprised to find this beautiful Goshawk

https://www.flickr.com/photos/26676688@N03/46224918242/in/photostream

Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
<petrull...>
www.petertrull.org


Sent from Mail for Windows 10


 

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Date: 12/11/18 6:59 am
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine Grosbeaks, Wachusett res. Spruce grove
Hi birders four pine grosbeaks just flew over me at the Wachusett reservoir Spruce Grove.

Tim Spahr


Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/10/18 9:47 pm
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Mergansers, WW Crossbills, and Barred Owls
Hi MassBirders,

Anyone who likes Common Mergansers, or large waterfowl aggregations in general, should make a point of visiting the Congamond Lakes in Southwick very soon. Back on December 2, Dorrie Holmes reported 750 of them there, and reports by her and others have only gone up since then, some estimating in excess of 1200 C-Mergs! Here is a link to one of Dorrie’s eBird reports that includes a photo of one portion of the C-Merg horde, as well as some other notable waterfowl like a White-winged Scoter and a few Canvasback:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50499820 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50499820>

The amazing winter finch irruption goes on, including the recently noted Pine Grosbeaks in Windsor. White-winged Crossbills are also moving into the area. Larry Therrien spotted a group of 5 flying over Mass Audubon's Arcadia Sanctuary in Easthampton on December 5, and another group was detected in the same vicinity 12-8 by David Bates. The rest of the reports have been from the Berkshires, including multiple sightings at Onota Lake, one on December 1 by Jonathan Pierce, followed by a few more sightings on 12-8. The earliest was a bird way back on November 18 at Moran WMA by Gael Hurley. There was also a report from MAS’ Pleasant Valley Sanctuary 12-4 and a bird near Sheffield on 12-8.

One of the other species being observed with remarkable frequency this winter is Barred Owls. Several more reports came in Monday, including at least three separate sightings from Hadley alone, plus one Mark Taylor, in his yard in Northfield. And I got a piece of the action this time; my son and I were driving Route 9 onto the Coolidge Bridge from Northampton when I spotted one just north of the west end of the bridge!

Good birding,

Josh



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

Webmaster, Hampshire Bird Club
https://hampshirebirdclub.org/

Northeast Chapter, Dragonfly Society of the Americas
https://bryanpfeiffer.com/nedsa2018/

http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
https://www.facebook.com/opihi



 

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Date: 12/10/18 5:37 pm
From: Wayne Petersen <wpetersen...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] MASS AUDUBON BIRDERS MEETING, March 3, 2019
This is a reminder to hold the date Sunday, March 3, 2019 for the 27th Annual Birders Meeting. With the theme, The Beauty of Birds, the event will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Richard Prum, noted ornithologist and author of the acclaimed book, The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World-And Us. In what will be a unique combination of science, art, literature, and poetry, this event promises to be a wonderful combination of topics that will appeal to anyone with an interest in birds and biology. Additional speakers will include presentations by authorities on feathers, bird vocalizations, avian art, and poetry.

The meeting will also include lunch, exhibits, and a wide selection of vendors. The event will take place at the College of the Holy Cross-Hogan Campus Center, 1 College Street, Worcester, MA.
For more information, visit https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/birds-birding/birders-meeting You don't want to miss this always popular annual event!

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: 12/10/18 5:10 pm
From: Bill Lafley <blafley...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] early Common Mergansers
Hello,

With the below normal temperatures in the last couple of weeks a lot of the smaller lakes, ponds and slower moving rivers up here in the “hills” have frozen over earlier than usual so the waterfowl has probably moved to where there is open water a bit earlier.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>

> On Dec 10, 2018, at 7:34 PM, Laurene Hunt <huntdesigns...> wrote:
>
> Since last week I've had 8 - 10 of them (males and females) on the Sudbury River in Ashland. In the last few days that has stopped as the river iced over in my area. In 22 years here, I have never seen them in December. I do get them generally in March when the river ice melts.
>
> Laurene Hunt - Ashland
>
>> On December 10, 2018 at 7:01 PM robert hill <bob8hill...> wrote:
>>
>> I have Common Mergs on the Nashua River behind my house every January and Feb, but had 4 males today much earlier than usual. I've never had a December sighting in 18 years.
>> Bob Hill - Groton
>
>

 

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Date: 12/10/18 4:41 pm
From: Laurene Hunt <huntdesigns...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] early Common Mergansers
Since last week I've had 8 - 10 of them (males and females) on the Sudbury River in Ashland. In the last few days that has stopped as the river iced over in my area. In 22 years here, I have never seen them in December. I do get them generally in March when the river ice melts.

Laurene Hunt - Ashland


> On December 10, 2018 at 7:01 PM robert hill <bob8hill...> wrote:
>
> I have Common Mergs on the Nashua River behind my house every January and Feb, but had 4 males today much earlier than usual. I've never had a December sighting in 18 years.
> Bob Hill - Groton
>


 

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Date: 12/10/18 4:07 pm
From: robert hill <bob8hill...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] early Common Mergansers
I have Common Mergs on the Nashua River behind my house every January and
Feb, but had 4 males today much earlier than usual. I've never had a
December sighting in 18 years.
Bob Hill - Groton

 

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Date: 12/10/18 3:49 pm
From: John Liller <john.liller...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] deer hunt at WACHUSETT RESERVOIR, Worcester County
That being said, you might still want to wear orange on Sunday, especially
in areas that are not heavily frequented.

On Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 5:49 PM Stephen P Baker <stephenpbaker...>
wrote:

> There shouldn’t be any hunting on Sunday so that’s a good time to bird
> there
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Dec 10, 2018, at 3:43 PM, Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> wrote:
>
> For the first time ever, there is a “controlled” deer hunt around the
> trails of Wachusett Reservoir a very popular fishing, walking, and birding
> spot. The hunt lasts until the end of December (!). If you go to the
> reservoir to bird, be sure to wear orange (hat and vest) especially on the
> very popular trails.
>
> Mark Lynch
>
> <marklynch...>
>
>

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Date: 12/10/18 2:49 pm
From: Stephen P Baker <stephenpbaker...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] deer hunt at WACHUSETT RESERVOIR, Worcester County
There shouldn’t be any hunting on Sunday so that’s a good time to bird there

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 10, 2018, at 3:43 PM, Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> wrote:
>
> For the first time ever, there is a “controlled” deer hunt around the trails of Wachusett Reservoir a very popular fishing, walking, and birding spot. The hunt lasts until the end of December (!). If you go to the reservoir to bird, be sure to wear orange (hat and vest) especially on the very popular trails.
> Mark Lynch
> <marklynch...>

 

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Date: 12/10/18 12:50 pm
From: Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] deer hunt at WACHUSETT RESERVOIR, Worcester County
For the first time ever, there is a "controlled" deer hunt around the trails
of Wachusett Reservoir a very popular fishing, walking, and birding spot.
The hunt lasts until the end of December (!). If you go to the reservoir to
bird, be sure to wear orange (hat and vest) especially on the very popular
trails.

Mark Lynch

<marklynch...>


 

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Date: 12/10/18 9:44 am
From: Heather Burns <heather2cb...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Canvasback continues at Kenoza Lake near water works building.
Heather Burns
Newton, NH

 

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Date: 12/10/18 8:32 am
From: Robert Rotberg <rirotberg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] pileated woodpecker
Just now, in south Lexington. FOY yard bird

Robert Rotberg
Lexington
 

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Date: 12/10/18 7:15 am
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich: Outer Linebrook Rd., Dec 9, 2018: 22 evening grosbeaks!
I did not post this yesterday on Massbird because i needed to check with
the property owner. She has kindly given me permission to give her name
and address so that others may come and see her evening grosbeaks. Her
name is Nancy Smith, and she lives at 358 Linebrook Rd. This is at
least half a mile WEST of Rt. 1. The house is set back from the road
and is a bit hard to see, but the mailbox should help. The house is on
the left as you drive west on Linebrook.

Ipswich: Outer Linebrook Rd., Essex, Massachusetts, US
Dec 9, 2018 10:25 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: I went to a feeder to see evening grosbeaks. As soon as I
got out of my car I heard some, looked up into the bare trees over my
head, and counted a minimum of 22. I thought I had time-traveled back
into the 1980s.
13 species (+1 other taxon)

Mourning Dove 3
hawk sp. 1 Possible accipiter flew over at one point, seen poorly.
It didn't seem to bother the grosbeaks much because they stayed around.
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
Carolina Wren 1 singing
European Starling 41
Evening Grosbeak 22 See notes above. We saw as many as 10 on the
feeder platform at once, and there were 13 in the tree above it when I
left. At least 4 were adult males. Some of the female types had more
yellow on collar than others and could have been im. males. What a
treat to finally see numbers of them for the first time this century.
The last double-digit flock I saw was 20 in W. Newbury 11/5/95.
House Finch 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 3
White-throated Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2
House Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50544972

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

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Date: 12/9/18 3:40 pm
From: Dan Furbish <yellowrail2...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Access to Cumberland Farms IBA. ebird location: Cumberland Farms, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, US. hotspot.
Hello Massbirders,

Access off of River Street, the jeep road is passable though has a large
deep puddle at the start.

Access is now restricted at the narrow portion I call "Tall oaks", there
are large concrete Jersey barriers placed so NO vehicle access is allowed
onto the fields beside and behind the model airplane area and NO vehicle
access to the old manure pit area and concrete structures.

Recently there has been excessive big wheeled 4x4 and ATV activity thru the
fields and lots of target shooters at the old manure pit area, sometimes
using automatic weapons and large explosions.
Access to the large back fields have been blocked also.

There are no signs so I guess you can still walk, bird and hunt these
fields.
I suggest wearing at least a hunter orange hat at all times.

Dan Furbish

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S8+. So plz xcuse brevity and spelling erors.

 

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Date: 12/9/18 3:26 pm
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] blue jays eating ice
A couple observations re birds eating ice AND using tools. Though corvids are wonderfully clever, in our 1.5 years now living in southern VT (at 1600 ft.) where winters are long and harsh, I’ve observed various birds eating snow and ice bits off of branches and even the ground, for their moisture needs.

On the subject of birds and tools, our green-cheeked conure uses her molted feathers as delicate combs, splitting the quill tip with her beak and deftly combing each tiny feather around her eyes and ears. I’ve long thought that our collective observations in the field are still insufficient to enlighten us about the myriad wild creatures who are skillful at creating and using tools of many types and subtle designs.

Cherrie A. Corey
Naturalist and photographer
Marlboro, VT
Concord, MA (resident emeritus)
www.senseofplace-concord.com

> On Dec 9, 2018, at 3:17 PM, Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> wrote:
>
> Corvids are among the smartest birds in the world. I think they have been documented using "tools".
>
>
>
> Glenn
>


 

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Date: 12/9/18 12:24 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] blue jays eating ice
Corvids are among the smartest birds in the world. I think they have been documented using "tools".


Glenn


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

> On December 8, 2018 at 9:46 AM alice morgan <morgan.alice...> wrote:
>
> Our heated birdbath is frozen solid. The Blue Jays have taken to chipping away at the frozen water to get some moisture...
>
> --
> Alice & Dane Morgan
> Brookline & S. Dartmouth, MA
>

 

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Date: 12/9/18 11:04 am
From: Nick Tepper <nicholastepper6739...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks -Assabet NWR
Hi massbirders,

Just found 5 Evening Grosbeaks in the Assabet NWR. Presumably the same five
I had in Stow on Dec 1. They were roosting in a 25ft tall white pine on the
southeast corner of the first field you see when you pull into the parking
lot of the White Pond Rd. access. They are hard to see, but have been easy
to hear.

Best,

Nick Tepper
Stow, MA

 

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Date: 12/9/18 10:09 am
From: Mark Marroni <mjmarroni...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Goose
Snow Goose just seen with Canadas far side of Pannes on marsh PRNWR

Mark Marroni
 

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Date: 12/9/18 6:06 am
From: Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine Grosbeaks
Stacey and I headed over to North Street, Windsor yesterday 12/8/18 to look
for the Pine Grosbeaks reported by Manuel Morales 12/7. We were lucky
enough to find them and to spend some quality time observing and
photographing them feeding on spruce buds, sun at our backs on a frigid
day. Photos can be seen in the ebird report link that follows:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50512081

As I researched age and sex on these birds I became a little less certain
about these birds. It seems the flock was composed of all hatch year birds,
but I'm not entirely certain (russet females exist, apparently). Comments
would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Jeremy Coleman
Shelburne Falls, MA

 

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Date: 12/8/18 7:13 pm
From: Marsha Salett <msalett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] December 2018 Bird Observer now online
Massbirders,

Bird Observer announces that its December 2018 issue is online at www.birdobserver.org.

Where to Go Birding highlights "Winter Birding on Cape Cod: Provincetown to the Orleans Rotary" by Nate Marchessault. Articles feature "Birders and Hunters: Allies in Habitat Conservation" by Peter Jacobson, "Thornton Burgess, Dr. William Hornaday, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act" by Christie Palmer Lowrance, and "The Twenty-second Report of the Massachusetts Avian Records Committee" by Sean M. Williams and Jeremiah R. Trimble. The photo essay highlights birds of the MARC Report.

As usual, we include regular columns by David Larson, Martha Steele, and Mark Lynch, as well as Bygone Birds, Bird Sightings for July/August 2018 and Wayne Petersen's "At A Glance."

The cover art features Barry Van Dusen's Surf Scoter.

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birdobserverjournal

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BirdObserver

Bird Observer is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Marsha Salett
Editor
Bird Observer
<msalett...>
Needham


 

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Date: 12/8/18 2:36 pm
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northfield - late Common Yellowthroat plus other Franklin County notes
Greetings birders,


A late Common Yellowthroat showed up in Northfield, seen and heard badly on
Dec 7th but confirmed in a much more satisfactory manner on Dec 8th -
certainly my first December record in Franklin County.


Six Red Crossbills passed through Montague Sandplains on Dec 5th. The flock
included two nice males but seemed skittish and flighty, and subsequent
searches have proved fruitless though a sound recording taken at the scene
identified them as 'eastern' Type 10 - thanks Tim Spahr!


Four Lesser Black-backed Gulls roosted on the ice at Barton Cove, Gill on
Dec 6th composed of one adult, 2 third-cycle and 1 first-cycle. That's most
that I've seen in one gathering in the greater Turner's falls area.


Pics of the Common Yellowthroat, Red Crossbills and other nice species can
be seen at the blog link below;
https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2018/12/ma-crossbills-and-other-nice-passerines.html



Good birding,



James

 

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Date: 12/8/18 1:18 pm
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills at Moose Hill MAS Sanctuary, 12/8/18
I had prolonged observations of these continuing birds today in the trees right along Moose Hill Street in front of the MAS building - mainly in the Norway Spruces but also in the pines, very specifically the line of trees from the 293 mailbox around the corner (with Moose Hill Parkway) to the fire hydrant. They were largely so quiet and inconspicuous that you wouldn't know they were there. I thought they had flown off only to find them after a long hike in the essentially the same spot as when I had first seen them briefly on my arrival. A vantage point near the trailhead gate across MH Street gave nice views of exposed birds in the early afternoon light.

Photos, audio, and other details at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50521598 .

Tim Spahr, can you type these, please?

 

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Date: 12/8/18 12:49 pm
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] blue jays eating ice
I keep two baths going in the winter, with heater blocks in them; this works well down to about 20deg, but when the overnight forecast is below that, I go out after sunset, brush and rinse the pans and the heaters, give them all a good shaking off, then leave them empty overnight, to be filled at first light the next morning; I used to bang on the ice to dislodge it - but no longer, after cracking two pans that way

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

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

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On Sat, 12/8/18, Ida Giriunas <ida8...> wrote:

Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] blue jays eating ice
To: "'alice morgan'" <morgan.alice...>, <massbird...>
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 11:13 AM

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#yiv6517169829 Water is more important than
bird seed for the birds...  YOu can get a bird bath heater
for them.  It works very well.  Ida GiriunasReading,  MA  From:
<massbird-approval...>
<massbird-approval...> On Behalf Of
alice morgan
Sent: Saturday,
December 8, 2018 9:47 AM
To:
<massbird...>
Subject:
[MASSBIRD] blue jays eating ice  Our heated birdbath is frozen
solid. The Blue Jays have taken to chipping away at the
frozen water to get some moisture...

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

 

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Date: 12/8/18 10:52 am
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] List of Christmas Bird counts for E. MA?
Hi John and MassBirders - the National Audubon Society has a map of CBC circles for the whole country (actually all of the Americas, Brazil to Guam and Nunavut to Tierra del Fuego) at

https://audubon.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=fadfb421e95f4949bde20c29a38228bd <https://audubon.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=fadfb421e95f4949bde20c29a38228bd>

If you zoom in on any part of the map (such as eastern MA), and click on the bird logo in the center of a circle, a bubble will pop up showing the count name, compiler’s name and e-mail address, and the count date if NAS was notified. I assembled the list of western MA CBCs that I shared recently by using this website, and e-mailing the compilers to ask about their dates if the NAS website did not show it.

Have fun,

JSR


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

Webmaster, Hampshire Bird Club
https://hampshirebirdclub.org/

Northeast Chapter, Dragonfly Society of the Americas
https://bryanpfeiffer.com/nedsa2018/

http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
https://www.facebook.com/opihi


> On Dec 8, 2018, at 12:05 PM, John Hepburn <john.hepburn...> wrote:
>
> HI Birders,
> Just wondering if someone could post the dates and contact information on the CBC's for E. MA this year, or send along a website with this information?
> Thanks
> Chris
>
> Chris Hepburn
> Newton, MA


 

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Date: 12/8/18 10:28 am
From: Jonathan Glover <jglover76...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Peregrine in Norwood
Hello,

There has been a Peregrine Falcon in Norwood Center for the past week or
so. I first confirmed it was a Peregrine on December 4th and may have seen
it as I was driving by on the 3rd. It has been pretty consistent on the
tower of the town hall in the mornings. I was able to see it several times
including this morning.

There are two protrusions on the tower facing Nahatan St. above the belfry
and below the roof railing. I have seen this falcon eating a bird on two
occasions on the protrusion on the left.

I hope it sticks around!

Jonathan Glover
Foxborough, Mass
<Jglover76...>

 

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Date: 12/8/18 9:12 am
From: John Hepburn <john.hepburn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] List of Christmas Bird counts for E. MA?
HI Birders,
Just wondering if someone could post the dates and contact information on
the CBC's for E. MA this year, or send along a website with this
information?
Thanks
Chris

Chris Hepburn
Newton, MA

 

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Date: 12/8/18 8:40 am
From: Robert Gervais <rgervais...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Crane
While traveling north on Rt. 495 just before exit 39 we observed a single Sandhill Crane in the median between the the northbound and southbound lanes.

Robert Gervais
Townsend, MA.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/8/18 8:20 am
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] blue jays eating ice
Water is more important than bird seed for the birds... YOu can get a bird bath heater for them. It works very well.



Ida Giriunas

Reading, MA



From: <massbird-approval...> <massbird-approval...> On Behalf Of alice morgan
Sent: Saturday, December 8, 2018 9:47 AM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] blue jays eating ice



Our heated birdbath is frozen solid. The Blue Jays have taken to chipping away at the frozen water to get some moisture...




--

Alice & Dane Morgan
Brookline & S. Dartmouth, MA


 

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Date: 12/8/18 6:53 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] blue jays eating ice
Our heated birdbath is frozen solid. The Blue Jays have taken to chipping
away at the frozen water to get some moisture...

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

 

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Date: 12/8/18 5:58 am
From: Lemmel <lemmel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Redpolls
Good morning

9 Common Redpolls feeding at Great Pond Randolph. 1st Pond on the right

Mary Ellen M
West Roxbury, Ma

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/7/18 5:52 pm
From: <environment...> <environment...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] FYI: Online oiled wildlife response training
Hi, FYI - I ran across this announcement on another list I'm on. I didn't know if this online training might be of interest to MassBird readers. There is a registration fee so I don't know if you pass on these types of announcements through the list. Best regards, David PetersonRockport, MA

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From: "Peterson, David" <Peterson.David...>
To: "<environment...>" <environment...>
Subject: FW: Online oiled wildlife response training
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2018 22:04:43 +0000




Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 21:31:46 -0500
From: Barbara Louise Chilvers <b.l.chilvers...>
Subject: Online oiled wildlife response training

Online Oiled Wildlife Response Training
The University of California at Davis, USA and Massey University, New Zealand have jointly developed university endorsed and research driven online Oiled Wildlife Response Training (OWRT). The first level &ldquo;Foundations in oiled wildlife response&rdquo; is now online and available for participation at https://owrt.org/. Second level courses including &ldquo;Rehabilitation and facilities in oiled wildlife response&rdquo; will be available by early 2019.

These courses are developed by the only two Universities in the world with comprehensive oiled wildlife readiness and response programs. These world leaders in higher education are also at the forefront of oiled wildlife research &ndash; advancing knowledge of best practice in the management and care of oiled wildlife. UC Davis and Massey University have led more than 70 oiled wildlife responses throughout the world, meaning this OWRT has been developed and delivered by highly experienced oil response researchers, trainers, and practitioners. OWRT trains to international best practice standards for oiled wildlife response and management.
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&bull; Goals of an oil spill response
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Date: 12/7/18 10:42 am
From: Gerald Macomber <jerrymacomber...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Continuing eurasian wigeon, Fairhaven
The eurasian wigeon continues in the river, as viewed from the west end of Veranda Ave.


Jerry Macomber
Portsmouth, RI
Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 12/7/18 8:19 am
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Convasback on Whitman Pod Weymouth
Ernie LeBlanc called to say he found a Canvasback on Whitman Pond on
Middle Street in Weymouth along with some Hooded Merganser and Canada
Geese.
There are a few spaces to pull off to observe the bird - one near a boat
launch and another where people go to park and read their newspapers, etc.

Thanks to Ernie for the report.
Linda

--
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: 12/6/18 5:27 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Norfolk Airstrip in Norfolk Highlights
Hi,
Today, I went to the Norfolk Airstrip and had a nice surprise. (or is that surprises?):

Hooded Merganser 3                Cress Brook Pond on Lake St.
Chinese Swan Goose 1            farm pond at Myrtle and Miller Sts.; next to ancient farmhouse
Graylag Goose 5                      ditto
American Pekin 5                     ditto
Call Duck 2                               ditto; beautiful in brown; part of the motley crew! 
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Turkey Vulture 5                        a surprise; together; flying by the airstrip
Great Horned Owl 2                 duetting in woods near #84 Medway St. at 4:15 p.m.
Hairy Woodpecker 1                 Miller St. entrance
Northern Flicker 2                    near Miller St. entrance; in wetland
Red-breasted Nuthatch 7        two airstrip, two Cress Br. Pond, three Medway St. at Myrtle St. (conifer)
Carolina Wren 2                       Miller St. entrance
Eastern Bluebird 4                   way down near River St.; edge habitat
White-throated Sparrow 5
American Tree Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 20               way down, with tree sparrows on airstrip cracks
Common Grackle 1                dusk, flyby

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
           
 

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Date: 12/6/18 2:26 pm
From: Nick Tepper <nicholastepper6739...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hoary Redpoll - Pine Hill Rd. Grasslands
Hi all,

I took a stroll around the Pine Hill Rd. Grasslands today in Lancaster
looking for winter finches, and found several small flocks of redpolls. My
largest flock of nine contained a lone Hoary Redpoll. This flock was found
in the way back of the property, and is a bit of a hike to get to: follow
the main road all the way down to the end of the huge first field, then
continue on the path downhill through the wooded area of oak and hemlock,
continue uphill into the next open field, and the flock was feeding on gray
birch catkins on edge of the field north of the path.

The gray birches there are plentiful and loaded with seed, so the redpolls
will likely stick around/ increase in number.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50477939

Good luck if you try to find the bird!

Nick

 

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Date: 12/6/18 11:24 am
From: lbpengue <lbpengue...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Black hawk

Is it still being seen in the park in Portland?

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 12/6/18 10:10 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lingering birds
Kingfhisher and two GB Herons still hanging around on our road...

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

 

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Date: 12/6/18 9:12 am
From: Joe Poggi <joepoggi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Murre
Common Murre off Wollaston Beach(opposite bathhouse) 10:40 a.m.

Joe Poggi
Quincy, Mass
<joepoggi...>

 

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Date: 12/6/18 8:11 am
From: Kat Birder <katbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Weekly species census, Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Dec 6, 2018
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Dec 6, 2018 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.4 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly bird survey for the NWR. Upper 20's to mid 30's F. The
impoundments and Dike Tr. are flooded. Observations are from the tower,
Dike Tr only for 300' or so, railroad grade, Timber Tr, and viewing point
on far NE corner of the Lower Pool. Observers: Tom, Kevin, Will, Kathy,
Joan, Soheil.
28 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 226
Mute Swan 3
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 5
American Black Duck 7
Common Goldeneye 4
Mourning Dove 2
American Coot 5
Ring-billed Gull 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 4
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 19
Tufted Titmouse 10
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 12
Brown Creeper 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 18
American Goldfinch 1
American Tree Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 3
Song Sparrow 1
sparrow sp. 1
blackbird sp. 70
House Sparrow 2

Kathy Dia for the Great Meadows Survey Team
Concord, MA

 

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Date: 12/6/18 5:49 am
From: William Barber <bbskydance...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: [MASSBIRD] Bicknell’s Thrush...
Starts around 3000 feet.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 6, 2018, at 7:48 AM, Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> wrote:
>
> Yes. Bicknell’s Thrush nests on several of the higher peaks in the Catskill Mountains.
>
> Rich Guthrie
> NewBaltimore
> The Green County
> New York
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Dec 5, 2018, at 8:01 PM, Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> wrote:
>>
>> ...referenced in Season 2 Episode 4 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel “We’re going to the Catskills”...
>>
>> Question: would one expect to find Bicknell’s Thrush in summer in the Catskills?
>>
>> Paul Guidetti
>> Westford, MA
>

 

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Date: 12/6/18 4:45 am
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Bicknell’s Thrush...
Yes. Bicknell’s Thrush nests on several of the higher peaks in the Catskill Mountains.

Rich Guthrie
NewBaltimore
The Green County
New York

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 5, 2018, at 8:01 PM, Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> wrote:
>
> ...referenced in Season 2 Episode 4 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel “We’re going to the Catskills”...
>
> Question: would one expect to find Bicknell’s Thrush in summer in the Catskills?
>
> Paul Guidetti
> Westford, MA

 

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Date: 12/6/18 4:34 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: [MASSBIRD] Bicknell’s Thrush...
Bicknell's breeds on pretty much all the high peaks of the adirondacks, not
just Whiteface. Pretty much anywhere above 3500ish feet, though Swainson's
Thrush is moving up the slopes as the climate warms. In addition to
Plateau and Slide in the Catskills, they breed on Hunter Mountain, which is
the second highest peak in the range and is a very easy hike via the
Spruceton Road fire trail.

Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
Albany, NY

On Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 3:10 AM <jcolemanarch...> wrote:

> I believe it has been many years since Bicknell’s Thrush has been found
> breeding in Massachusetts, its last hold out being Mount Greylock. Closest
> to Massachusetts would be Stratton mountain in Vermont, possibly Mount Snow
> in Vermont, and Plateau and Slide Mountains in New York State. They are
> still found in numbers at a few (but shrinking number of) locations in the
> northeast, including Whiteface Mountain in NY, a few peaks in northern
> Vermont including Mansfield, a few peaks in the White Mountains of NH
> including Washington, and a few sites in western ME. If you look for them
> it’s best to try very early in the morning while they are still advertising
> for nest sites and mates; once the breeding season gets well underway they
> start to vocalize much less.
>
> Jeremy Coleman
> Shelburne Falls, MA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Dec 5, 2018, at 8:01 PM, Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...>
> wrote:
> >
> > ...referenced in Season 2 Episode 4 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel “We’re
> going to the Catskills”...
> >
> > Question: would one expect to find Bicknell’s Thrush in summer in the
> Catskills?
> >
> > Paul Guidetti
> > Westford, MA
>
>

--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

 

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Date: 12/6/18 12:10 am
From: <jcolemanarch...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Bicknell’s Thrush...
I believe it has been many years since Bicknell’s Thrush has been found breeding in Massachusetts, its last hold out being Mount Greylock. Closest to Massachusetts would be Stratton mountain in Vermont, possibly Mount Snow in Vermont, and Plateau and Slide Mountains in New York State. They are still found in numbers at a few (but shrinking number of) locations in the northeast, including Whiteface Mountain in NY, a few peaks in northern Vermont including Mansfield, a few peaks in the White Mountains of NH including Washington, and a few sites in western ME. If you look for them it’s best to try very early in the morning while they are still advertising for nest sites and mates; once the breeding season gets well underway they start to vocalize much less.

Jeremy Coleman
Shelburne Falls, MA

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 5, 2018, at 8:01 PM, Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> wrote:
>
> ...referenced in Season 2 Episode 4 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel “We’re going to the Catskills”...
>
> Question: would one expect to find Bicknell’s Thrush in summer in the Catskills?
>
> Paul Guidetti
> Westford, MA

 

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Date: 12/5/18 10:20 pm
From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bicknell’s Thrush...
...referenced in Season 2 Episode 4 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel “We’re
going to the Catskills”...

Question: would one expect to find Bicknell’s Thrush in summer in the
Catskills?

Paul Guidetti
Westford, MA

 

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Date: 12/5/18 4:55 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Richardi Reservoir in Braintree Ducklights
Thanks to Paul Peterson for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2018 22:58:07 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson<petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Richardi Reservoir in Braintree Ducklights

Here are the ducklights and one non-ducklight from Richardi Reservoiir in Braintree (mostly):

American Black Duck 1
Common Merganser 9
Hooded Merganser 28
Ruddy Duck 1
scaup sp. 8
Purple Finch 1+

P.S. most of the ducks were in the section that is hidden by brush from the entrance vantage. Simply get a different vantage.

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 12/5/18 3:48 pm
From: Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks/ East Kingston NH
Just a heads up for you southern folks!
I had a flock of 20+/- Evening Grosbeaks yesterday near noon at my home in
East Kingston just 3 miles south of Exeter but they didn't stay for a
snack. Today 4 males and 3, maybe 4, females came to our feeders near
noontime. So there are large amounts still wandering about. The
Massachusetts line only a short fly away!
Really brought back memories of my parents retirement home in East
Wakefield, NH when in the 60's thru the early 80's they would get flocks of
over 100 of these beautiful, voracious, birds.
Boy can they eat sunflower seeds!!!
Enjoy, Kirk.

 

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Date: 12/5/18 2:33 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Topsfield Fairgrounds and environs, Dec 5, 2018 -- no cackling goose
Topsfield Fairgrounds
Dec 5, 2018 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: I checked for the cackling goose Nate found here a couple
days ago. It was AWOL. Nor did I hear or see a single bird except
waterfowl.
3 species

Canada Goose 192
Mallard 33
Northern Pintail 3 drakes

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50455249


Topsfield: Howlett Brook crossing
Dec 5, 2018 4:45 PM - 4:48 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: After running errands I also stopped here, at the field at
the corner of Ipswich Rd. and Asbury St., to look for the cackling goose
at twilight. I could see the Canadas at close range with enough light,
and it was not here either.
1 species

Canada Goose 102 The only species I saw or heard.

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50456107

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

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Date: 12/5/18 1:39 pm
From: Kevin Ryan <kr1946...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks

Hello AllToday I had 6 Evening Grosbeaks at my feeders and unlike 2 weeks ago when I had 2 females this time I had 3 very colorful males that stayed off and on for 3-4 hours.hope they return. Also had my local Red Shoulder.Kevin Ryan Easton 









 

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Date: 12/5/18 1:08 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Seabrook, & Hampton Beach State Park - 12-05-2018
David Moon and I led today's edition of the Wednesday Morning Birding
program out of Joppa Flats Education Center.  With Parker River Refuge
closed because of the annual one-day management deer hunt, we paid a
visit to Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Seabrook, and Hampton Beach
State Park.  The weather was pleasant with partly cloudy skies, temps
into the low 30s, and winds gentle out of the northwest.

Our list:

Salisbury --

American Black Duck - a few.

Common Eider (~ 65) - major share off end of jetty.

Surf Scoter (6)

White-winged Scoter (5)

Scoter sp. (~ 50)

Black Scoter (7)

Long-tailed Duck (~ 25)

Bufflehead (~ 10)

Red-breasted Merganser (3)

Common Loon (5)

Red-necked Grebe (2)

Northern Harrier (1)

Red-tailed Hawk (1)

Rough-legged Hawk (1)

Ring-billed Gull - common.

Herring Gull - common.

Great Black-backed Gull  (5)

Rock Pigeon - common.

Mourning Dove (2)

Blue Jay (4)

Horned Lark (2)

Northern Mockingbird (3)

European Starling

Yellow-rumped Warbler (1)

Song Sparrow (1)

White-throated Sparrow (1)

Dark-eyed Junco (2)

Northern Cardinal (1)

Common Redpoll (~ 40) - feeding on birch seeds just before turnoff
toward boat ramp.

House Sparrow


Seabrook --

Bufflehead (5)

Common Loon (1)

Ring-billed Gull - a few.

Herring Gull - common.

Glaucous Gull (1) - this white-winged gull mainstay has returned yet
again to assume its perch atop the bathhouse just south of the Hampton
bridge.  This must be the 4th or 5th year running that this gull has
paid us a visit.

American Crow (2)


Hampton Beach State Park --

Horned Lark (6)

Snow Bunting (~ 25)

Next Wednesday, Wednesday Morning Birding will return to Cape Ann.  We
will be meeting at 9:30 in the
Gloucester Crossing shopping center parking lot. Accessing Gloucester
Crossing:  from the southwest, take Route 128 toward Gloucester; go to
second rotary (Blackburn Circle) and take second exit (continuing on Rt.
128); after rotary, take first right hand turn into Gloucester Crossing
and then the first left into the parking area. Park to the left between
PETCO and AT&T (Market Basket is at the other end of the shopping center
to the right). For those wanting to hitch a ride from Joppa Flats, two
vans will be departing there at 8:30.

For more information about Joppa Flats programs, call David Moon or Dave
Larson at 978-462-9998.

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




 

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Date: 12/5/18 12:45 pm
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Franklin County notes and the Longmeadow Baer's Pochard.
Greetings birders,


Iceland Gulls have been passing through the Gill/Turner's Falls area in
numbers over the last week or so. I've identified at least 9 individuals
from plumage characteristics with; 3 adult, 2 third-cycle, 2 second-cycle
and 2 first-cycle all between Nov 30th and Dec 5th. The birds have been
favoring the ice patches at Barton Cove, Gill and the Turner's Falls power
canal. Two Lesser Black-backed Gulls (adult and first-cycle) have also been
frequenting the gull flocks in the area.


A female Long-tailed Duck was at Turner's Falls Rod and Gun club on Dec 4th.


Evening Grosbeaks have been notable and in keeping with many other areas in
the region, with 1 - 3 daily over North Cross Road, Gill usually heading SW
in early morning, another 3 over Turner's Falls Airfield on Dec 5th. Also,
Snow Buntings (25) on Upper Farms Road on Nov 30th and 11 on River Road,
Gill on Dec 2nd.


For those interested, and mentioned with the usual caveats regarding
escaped waterfowl, the exceptionally handsome male Baer's Pochard is still
being seen along Pondside Road at Fannie Stebbins Refuge in Longmeadow. I
spent a thoroughly enjoyable 55 minutes with the bird on Dec 3rd. So far,
at least from what I've been able to glean, this bird has yet to be traced
back to a collection;


http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2018/12/ma-baers-pochard-in-longmeadow.html



Good birding,



James

 

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Date: 12/5/18 10:43 am
From: Mardi Dickinson <mardi1d...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] hris Rimmer Bicknell's Thrush - BirdCallsRadio

Birders et al,

I thought many of your would be interested in my next guest Chris Rimmer, Bicknell’s Thrush https://bit.ly/2akUsxp

Happy Birding!

Cheers,
Mardi Dickinson

 

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Date: 12/5/18 7:19 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bluebird Boxes, Bird Conservation.
WITH PERMISSION OF THE MODERATOR;
Massbirders, for several years in winter I have been making bluebird boxes and sending them out to people free with the cost of UPS mail and any small donation one wishes to give toward, nails, screws, glue etc, I buy some wood but most is at very low cost. These Proctor style boxes DO get birds and are easy to clean and monitor as the front lifts off and drops securely back into place. I hope some of the dozens I have sent out have had good results. I get bluebirds and tree swallows in at least 6 that I monitor each year. I make them in my garage for fun and to promote bluebird and cavity nesting bird conservation. Because I get many requests and some of you may not have heard from me last year. I am streamlining the process. Rather than tell me you’re interested and us going back and forth, just send me shipping (about $13.50) depending on where you live and a small donation, but not necessary, and I will send you a box within a week. I’m not making any money here, this is solely to get boxes out there. It’s fun and creative for me.
With your box I include advice and information for placement.
Peter Trull
18 Elbow Pond Drive
Brewster, MA 02631

Sent from Mail for Windows 10


 

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Date: 12/5/18 4:05 am
From: Bill Lafley <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Quabbin Deer Hunt 12/6 - 12/7
Hello,

From the DCR website:

During 2018, hunting will occur in the following areas:

Petersham between Gates 38 and 40
Hardwick between Gates 41 and 50.
Each of the two areas will have one, two-day segment as follows:

Petersham and Hardwick on Dec. 6 & 7.
Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>
 

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Date: 12/4/18 4:49 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks
There were 4 Evening Grosbeaks under the most western feeder at Wachusett Meadow today, 3 males + 1 female.

Also there were 2 Tree Sparrows plus the usual feeder birds.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro


 

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Date: 12/4/18 2:08 pm
From: Gerry Cooperman <trogon6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] TOP 20 SEEN ONLY ONCE
Birders,
i realize that time is precious and my previous requests involved a lot of time and work. The new challenge can be done in less than 30 minutes and is very simple:List your top 20 birds that you have seen only once in North America again not including Hawaii. Pelagic species are included. The results will be posted on Massbird when we get enough replies. Have fun with this one.Send all replies offline.
Thank you,Gerry <Coopermantrogon6...> - 331 - 0345
 

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Date: 12/4/18 8:03 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] South end of Nauset AKA "The Point" also "North Beach", Chatham, local names for this southern tip of Nauset, which extends well south into the town of Chatham.
Massbirders, A bright white Snowy Owl and a large flock of Snow Buntings were evident at the point, Chatham on Monday. Snowy Owl image on e bird list.

Peter Trull
Brewster
www.petertrull.org
<petrull...>

Nauset Beach--South End, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Dec 3, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
14.0 mile(s)
Comments: Snowy Owl
20 species (+4 other taxa)

Brant (Atlantic) 6
Canada Goose 32
American Black Duck 105
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid) 1
Mallard/American Black Duck 6
Common Eider 35
Surf Scoter 8
White-winged Scoter (North American) 4
Black Scoter 20
Surf/Black Scoter 30
Sanderling 1
Razorbill 18
alcid sp. 10
Herring Gull 35
Great Black-backed Gull 14
Northern Gannet 1
Great Blue Heron 2
Northern Harrier 1
Snowy Owl 1 Snowy Owl / Snow Bunting fly-by
American Crow 6
Snow Bunting 70
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern) 10

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50416102

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Date: 12/4/18 6:49 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] South end of Nauset AKA "The Point" also "North Beach", Chatham, local names for this southern tip of Nauset, which extends well south into the town of Chatham.
Massbirders, A bright white Snowy Owl and a large flock of Snow Buntings were evident at the point, Chatham on Monday. Snowy Owl image on e bird list.

Peter Trull
Brewster
www.petertrull.org
<petrull...>

Nauset Beach--South End, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Dec 3, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
14.0 mile(s)
Comments: Snowy Owl
20 species (+4 other taxa)

Brant (Atlantic) 6
Canada Goose 32
American Black Duck 105
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid) 1
Mallard/American Black Duck 6
Common Eider 35
Surf Scoter 8
White-winged Scoter (North American) 4
Black Scoter 20
Surf/Black Scoter 30
Sanderling 1
Razorbill 18
alcid sp. 10
Herring Gull 35
Great Black-backed Gull 14
Northern Gannet 1
Great Blue Heron 2
Northern Harrier 1
Snowy Owl 1 Snowy Owl / Snow Bunting fly-by
American Crow 6
Snow Bunting 70
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern) 10

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50416102

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Date: 12/3/18 8:24 pm
From: Gwyn Loud <gwynloud555...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks in Lincoln
I’ve been wating for them, envious of those of you who already have them at
your feeders. Today was my lucky day! About 11AM five swooped in, four
males, one female, and settled in right away to brunch on sunflower seed.
They came and went over several hours. Gorgeous birds!

Gwyn Loud
Lincoln

 

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Date: 12/3/18 8:24 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Moose Hill Sanctuary and Moose Hill Farm in Sharon
Hi,
Other than the beauty of these places, here are the highlights from 12:00-4:25 p.m. :

accipiter sp. 1
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 2
Common Raven 2                flyover at the Trustees Archives location (Everett St.)
Red-breasted Nuthatch 40   not a typo
Brown Creeper 3
Winter Wren 1                     Pine Trail at dusk; seen and heard at pond and stream
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1      down dirt path near brook to right of Moose Hill Farm solar panels
Eastern Bluebird 8              power line cut just up path from Ruby-crowned Kinglet spot
Fox Sparrow 3                    one edge of power line cut near where brook crosses path; two Pine Trail (continuing for two weeks or more)
Purple Finch 16                  pished in at edge of Trustees Archives spot ( just off Everett St.)
White-tailed Deer 2
Red Squirrel 4
Gray Squirrel 1
SPRING PEEPER 1       in December!

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

 

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Date: 12/3/18 1:21 pm
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Thick-billed Murre, Gloucester
3:30 this afternoon, viewed from Gloucester Marine Station at Hodgkins Cove.

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 12/3/18 12:40 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tundra Swans - Douglas
Today, Mark Lynch and Sheila Carroll found 4 TUNDRA SWANS at Whitin
Reservoir in Douglas. According to the post in Central Mass Birders on
facebook, they are very skittish.  Justin Lawson reports the birds are
not present as of 20 minutes ago.

Thanks to Joe Bourget for passing this along.


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

 

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Date: 12/3/18 11:12 am
From: Kevin Ryan <kr1946...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black Vultures

Hello All I believe I found the pair of black vultures that roost at the trails idea museum.  Their fine dining establishment is alongside the highway going from Rte 95 to 95/128 North in Norwood/Dedham line. It must be same pair as it is only about a mile away. They were dining on a dead Raccoon that looks like it should last for a few days.Kevin Ryan Easton 








 

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Date: 12/3/18 10:08 am
From: Deborah Radovsky <dp32...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] loon on Lake Massapoag, Sharon
On consideration (and consultation), this was an adult Red-throated Loon.
Deb Radovsky
Sharon


Begin forwarded message:

> From: Deborah Radovsky <dp32...>
> Date: December 3, 2018 at 10:10:01 AM EST
> To: MassBird <massbird...>
> Subject: loon on Lake Massapoag, Sharon
>
> There’s a juvenile loon (?Common) on Lake Massapoag by the Beach St entrance right now.
> Deb Radovsky
> Sharon

 

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Date: 12/3/18 10:03 am
From: Andy Scholten <ascholten764...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk YES
Currently being seen at 12:25 at the corner of Park and Deering. Many
birders present.

Good birding,
Andy Scholten, Sudbury

 

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Date: 12/3/18 10:03 am
From: Glenn Long <hdtwblg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk
The Portland,Maine Great Black Hawk still being seen on Monday 3 December at Deering Oaks Park.
Glenn Long
Natick

Get Outlook for iOS<https://aka.ms/o0ukef>

 

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Date: 12/3/18 9:07 am
From: Vitz, Andrew (FWE) <andrew.vitz...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Oiled Birds
Recently, there have been a few cases of oiled birds reported to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. It is unclear where the oil has originated from, but it may be from a spill off of Newfoundland a few weeks ago or something more local. As we try to keep track of the locations and number of oiled birds being documented off the coast of Massachusetts, I encourage people to report any observations of oiled birds to me at <andrew.vitz...>


Thank you. Drew


Andrew Vitz, Ph.D.

MassWildlife-State Ornithologist


 

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Date: 12/3/18 7:16 am
From: Deborah Radovsky <dp32...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] loon on Lake Massapoag, Sharon
There’s a juvenile loon (?Common) on Lake Massapoag by the Beach St entrance right now.
Deb Radovsky
Sharon

 

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Date: 12/2/18 4:08 pm
From: mary phinney <phinney.m...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] (Extralimital) Information about the Great Black Hawk in Maine
12/2 3 pm. Deering Park Saw the GBLH in a tree near a RT or RS Hawk. Steady
rain. Bird calm. Lots of squirrels about. Birders too. Steve S from NJ, up
for the day, said he was first to report the bird at San Padre Island TX.
Mary Phinney

On Sun, Dec 2, 2018 at 11:35 AM TheBirdNerd <th3b1rdn3rd...> wrote:

> I've compiled the locations of the GBLH sightings on a google map for easy
> access. I think the movements of this amazing bird are quite interesting
> and I thought others may find it interesting as well. The map includes
> photos and extra information about the individual. Here is the link:
> https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pH6FQm-bacY-L0K8Mzk4ktEKPEVskA1J&usp=sharing
> I will be updating this if/when the bird moves on and if it's refound once
> again.
>
> -Francis Morello
> Waltham, MA
> <th3b1rdn3rd...>
>

 

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Date: 12/2/18 3:23 pm
From: Bill Lafley <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Oiled birds and Great Black Hawk
Hello,

Just sitting and wondering if anyone else is seeing the paradox of the birding community’s concern over the oiled birds from the oil spill in Newfoundland and the number of us driving several hours to tick off the Great Black Hawk...

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<Blafley...>
 

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Date: 12/2/18 2:44 pm
From: Peter Flood <pomarine...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Oiled birds - Newfoundland oil spill
This reminds me that I had an oiled Razorbill flying east to west past Race Point, Provincetown on November 21, 2018. This also being a species quite susceptible to such events and perhaps even came into the area from the waters off Newfoundland. I just uploaded a pic of this Razorbill here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9191812@N02/

I have not seen or heard of any other reports of oiled seabirds off Race Point. So far.....

Peter Flood
5 Hokum Rock Road
Dennis, MA
<pomarine...>


> On December 2, 2018 at 4:13 PM Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:
>
>
> Here's an excellent story from the CBC on the recent oil spill in
> Newfoundland and the effect of oil on seabirds.
>
>
> https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/searose-spill-seabird-threat-1.4914730
>
>
> Barbara Volkle
>
> Northborough, MA
>
> <barb620...>
>
 

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Date: 12/2/18 2:14 pm
From: Andy Sanford <asanford2000...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Oiled birds - Newfoundland oil spill
Thanks, Barbara; great article for a very sad and current topic.

Massbirders will note that we’ve had at least two oiled birds recently, since the spill (loon in Gloucester and mallard in Marblehead), and perhaps another mallard in Nahant. It is hard to imagine these birds, especially the mallards, got oiled from the Newfoundland oil spill, but I’m told it is also pretty unusual to get oiled birds here. Who knows what is going on. Probably different events.

FYI, for any ebirders out there, it may be helpful to know that you can optionally tag specific sightings in your checklist with “oiled bird” information: in the web version, under “add details/oiled birds”, and then you can enter the count under various oiled categories - see the following checklist as an example
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50323243

I don’t know if ebird currently provides any way to search for oiled birds thus tagged, but even if they don’t currently, at least we’ll have the data record. I’ve been told that as of this week, the state hasn’t had any other oiled bird reports, but please keep a lookout and report them if found. Note that the Marblehead oiled mallard did not appear covered in black oil like I would have expected for an “oiled” bird; rather, it just looked ratty and sort of waterlogged. Here are some other pictures that show what I mean:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50274139

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50298816

thanks,
Andy Sanford
Marblehead

> On Dec 2, 2018, at 4:13 PM, Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:
>
> Here's an excellent story from the CBC on the recent oil spill in Newfoundland and the effect of oil on seabirds.
>
>
> https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/searose-spill-seabird-threat-1.4914730
>
>
> Barbara Volkle
>
> Northborough, MA
>
> <barb620...>
>

 

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Date: 12/2/18 1:19 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Oiled birds - Newfoundland oil spill
Here's an excellent story from the CBC on the recent oil spill in
Newfoundland and the effect of oil on seabirds.


https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/searose-spill-seabird-threat-1.4914730


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

 

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Date: 12/2/18 1:11 pm
From: Jon Damian <jdamian...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Leucistic American Goldfinch in Cambridge
Hi fellow Massbirders.

Had my first Leucistic American Goldfinch at the thistle feeder today, a
beautiful bird!

Overall yellow bird with slight pink wash on back, very faint wing bars,
pink bill and legs, black eyes. Too quick for a foto. Google Leucistic
American Goldfinch for some nice looks.

Thanks.

Jon Damian
Cambridge

 

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Date: 12/2/18 8:33 am
From: TheBirdNerd <th3b1rdn3rd...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] (Extralimital) Information about the Great Black Hawk in Maine
I've compiled the locations of the GBLH sightings on a google map for easy
access. I think the movements of this amazing bird are quite interesting
and I thought others may find it interesting as well. The map includes
photos and extra information about the individual. Here is the link:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pH6FQm-bacY-L0K8Mzk4ktEKPEVskA1J&usp=sharing
I will be updating this if/when the bird moves on and if it's refound once
again.

-Francis Morello
Waltham, MA
<th3b1rdn3rd...>

 

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Date: 12/2/18 5:59 am
From: Nick Tepper <nicholastepper6739...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks, Highway Hawkwatch, and Great Black Hawk
Jim,

Had the opportunity presented itself, I think tails would have become
“tails-for-take-a-trip-to-Portland”.

Nick

On Sun, Dec 2, 2018 at 1:19 AM Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> wrote:

> Nick, what if your coin had come up tails? Would you have said "tails -
> for - hawk" too??? Jim
>
> On 12/1/2018 11:28 PM, Nick Tepper wrote:
> > Hi Massbirders,
> >
> > Just before midday today, I photographed and recorded five Evening
> > Grosbeaks in Stow, MA. My grandmother said she hadnt seen them in town
> for
> > nearly 20 years!
> >
> > Riding my train of luck, I flipped a coin to decide if I should go to
> work
> > or chase the Great Black Hawk. The coin landed on “heads- for- hawk”,
> and I
> > departed for Portland. On my two hour drive up on 495N to 95N to 295N, I
> > partook in a Highway Hawkwatch of sorts resulting in:
> >
> > Red-tailed 14
> > Red-shouldered 1
> > Cooper’s 1
> > Turkey Vulture 23
> > Bald Eagle 3
> > Barred Owl 2 (dead)
> > Great Horned Owl 1 (dead)
> > Common Raven 2
> >
> > Finally, I made it to Deering Park, and joined a large group of birders
> > respectfully observing the immature Great Black Hawk. The hawk seemed
> > unphased by the crowd, and seemed content heating itself in the sun. This
> > resulted in some spectacular views. Hopefully it will fly south soon, and
> > maybe even stop in MA on the way!
> >
> > On my way home, thousands of crows flying to roost in Andover.
> >
> > A great day to be a birder,
> >
> > Nick Tepper
> > Stow, MA
> >
>
> --
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>
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Date: 12/2/18 5:55 am
From: anhinga3 <anhinga3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk - YES! 8:43AM
Hi MassBirders, The Great Black Hawk is being seen at Deering Oaks Park off of Deering Avenue! It's 8:43AM and raining but the hawk is not phased.Woo-hoo! Laura de la FlorSalem,  MASent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 12/1/18 10:26 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks, Highway Hawkwatch, and Great Black Hawk
Nick, what if your coin had come up tails? Would you have said "tails -
for - hawk" too??? Jim

On 12/1/2018 11:28 PM, Nick Tepper wrote:
> Hi Massbirders,
>
> Just before midday today, I photographed and recorded five Evening
> Grosbeaks in Stow, MA. My grandmother said she hadnt seen them in town for
> nearly 20 years!
>
> Riding my train of luck, I flipped a coin to decide if I should go to work
> or chase the Great Black Hawk. The coin landed on “heads- for- hawk”, and I
> departed for Portland. On my two hour drive up on 495N to 95N to 295N, I
> partook in a Highway Hawkwatch of sorts resulting in:
>
> Red-tailed 14
> Red-shouldered 1
> Cooper’s 1
> Turkey Vulture 23
> Bald Eagle 3
> Barred Owl 2 (dead)
> Great Horned Owl 1 (dead)
> Common Raven 2
>
> Finally, I made it to Deering Park, and joined a large group of birders
> respectfully observing the immature Great Black Hawk. The hawk seemed
> unphased by the crowd, and seemed content heating itself in the sun. This
> resulted in some spectacular views. Hopefully it will fly south soon, and
> maybe even stop in MA on the way!
>
> On my way home, thousands of crows flying to roost in Andover.
>
> A great day to be a birder,
>
> Nick Tepper
> Stow, MA
>

--
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Date: 12/1/18 8:36 pm
From: Nick Tepper <nicholastepper6739...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks, Highway Hawkwatch, and Great Black Hawk
Hi Massbirders,

Just before midday today, I photographed and recorded five Evening
Grosbeaks in Stow, MA. My grandmother said she hadnt seen them in town for
nearly 20 years!

Riding my train of luck, I flipped a coin to decide if I should go to work
or chase the Great Black Hawk. The coin landed on “heads- for- hawk”, and I
departed for Portland. On my two hour drive up on 495N to 95N to 295N, I
partook in a Highway Hawkwatch of sorts resulting in:

Red-tailed 14
Red-shouldered 1
Cooper’s 1
Turkey Vulture 23
Bald Eagle 3
Barred Owl 2 (dead)
Great Horned Owl 1 (dead)
Common Raven 2

Finally, I made it to Deering Park, and joined a large group of birders
respectfully observing the immature Great Black Hawk. The hawk seemed
unphased by the crowd, and seemed content heating itself in the sun. This
resulted in some spectacular views. Hopefully it will fly south soon, and
maybe even stop in MA on the way!

On my way home, thousands of crows flying to roost in Andover.

A great day to be a birder,

Nick Tepper
Stow, MA

 

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Date: 12/1/18 4:56 pm
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Sunday AM Trip to Dunback - Cancelled
To All

Tomorrow I am scheduled to lead a BBC trip to Dunback Meadow in Lexington
at 8AM. Given the weather forecast I think I have no choice but to cancel
tomorrow's trip.

Cliff Cook
Lexington

 

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Date: 12/1/18 2:06 pm
From: David K Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 12-01-2018


> I led the Saturday Morning Birding program out of Joppa Flats Education Center on a beautiful December morning under partly cloudy skies. Winds were relatively light and the temp reached 42 before the morning was over. (Apologies for the double spacing - something screwed up with my email program!)
> Out list:
>
> Canada Goose - common.
>
> Mute Swan (10!) - 3, main panne, 2 ads, 1 juv; 7 ads, 2nd panne s. main panne.
>
> Gadwall (5) - main panne.
>
> American Wigeon (2) - main panne
>
> American Black Duck - common.
>
> Mallard (2) - small pannes.
>
> Northern Pintail (7) - main panne.
>
> Common Eider (~ 30) - north end PI, Merrimack River.
>
> Black Scoter (~ 8) - one ocean.
>
> Long-tailed Duck (1) - north end PI.
>
> Bufflehead (10) - 3, PI Sound; 7, Bill Forward Pool.
>
> Red-breasted Merganser (3) - one ocean.
>
> Red-throated Loon (1) - north end PI.
>
> Common Loon (1) - north end PI.
>
> American Bittern (1) - marsh pannes, s. parking lot #3.
>
> Red-tailed Hawk (1) - soaring over pannes.
>
> Herring Gull (~ 12) - various.
>
> Great Black-backed Gull (~ 5) - one beach.
>
> Rock Pigeon - several large flocks n. refuge entrance.
>
> Mourning Dove - utility wires n. refuge entrance.
>
> Snowy Owl (3) - 2 relatively close together, n. side dunes s. boardwalk from parking lot #2; 1 perched on staddle ~ 400 yds s. The Warden's bench.
>
> Barred Owl (1) - woods s. Goodno, e. refuge road.
>
> Downy Woodpecker (1) - Hellcat restrooms.
>
> Peregrine Falcon (1) - stooping on flock of American Black Ducks over marsh w. pannes.
>
> Blue Jay (~ 5) - 1, middens; ~ 4, Hellcat.
>
> Black-capped Chickadee (1) - Hellcat restrooms.
>
> European Starling
>
> Snow Bunting (1) - The Warden's (strange to see a single bunting!).
>
> American Tree Sparrow (5) - 2, #2 boardwalk; 3, Hellcat restrooms-dike path.
>
> White-throated Sparrow (2) - Hellcat restrooms-dike path.
>
> Dark-eyed Junco (3) - Hellcat restrooms-dike path.
>
>
>
> Dave Weaver
>
> Manchester, MA 01944
>
> <cygnus-dkw...>
>
> __._,_.___
>
> __,_._,___

 

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Date: 12/1/18 8:39 am
From: John <john.mcelligott3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] My Feeder
This week,along with the usual Goldfinch,Juncos,House Finch,Chickadees,and Mourning Doves, We had 3 Pine Siskins and a Fox Sparrow feeding at the Feeder and on the ground. First ever in our yard for the Siskins and Fox Sparrow

Ted McElligott
Lynn
<john.mcelligott3...>

 

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Date: 12/1/18 7:37 am
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk Portland
David Bates just texted he has getting crippling views of the hawk at the corner of Deering St and Park Ave.

Linda

Sent from my iPhone

Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>

 

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Date: 12/1/18 7:35 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Murre
On grass (!) on side of 42 Eastern Point Blvd.

Seen on BBC Field Trip at 10:20. Present still as group departing.

- Neil

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/1/18 7:25 am
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Good birding day


Yesterday was a fun filled day birding with old friends, starting in Portland with the Great Black Hawk and then ending up at Plum Island. 
How many people can say they went birding in Maine on the last day of November with brilliant sun while ticking off a Great Black Hawk , eating fabulous donuts and later check off While Pelican at Plum Island?Quite a day....!!
Joe


Joe PaluzziSalem, MA. USA

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Date: 12/1/18 7:15 am
From: Gerry Cooperman <trogon6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] YOUR TOP 20 NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS
Birders,
With permission of the moderator. This is an easy list to put together. Simply list from 1 to 20 your favorite North American birds. It's not about how rare but simply what are your favorites. There is usually a story behind each bird and that will determine their rank. Points will be 20 for number 1 and 1 for number 20. Since this is what you like it will be interesting to see the results. Over the years I have heard birders say "that's my favorite bird" and that is what gave me the idea. Share with other birders what your eyes and mind have seen. North America is from America to Alaska but does not include Hawaii. Pelagic birds can be on the list. I have set up a grid to enter your lists and will post it to Massbird when we get enough responses.
Please submit to me offline and only list 20.Thank you,
Gerry CoopermanMarstons <Millstrogon6...>






 

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Date: 11/30/18 5:59 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Oiled male mallard in Marblehead
Thanks to Andy Sanford for the following report today.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*


There has been an male mallard at Marblehead Neck that is “oiled” (or in
the words of a vet from Tufts, “covered in some kind of contaminant”).
 He was first observed on Wednesday at the MA Audubon Marblehead Neck
Wildlife Sanctuary, and he was seen there again yesterday.  Today he was
at some cracked corn duck feeders in the front yard of the private
residence at 2 Bonad road on Marblehead Neck, which is adjacent to the
sanctuary and a common place for mallards.  He can swim and fly, but now
he seems sick; when he walks he limps and stumbles about, doing a sad
sort of “funny” walk, and sometimes twitches too.  The other ducks
sometimes chase him.

 I have been in contact with Tufts, Animal Rescue League of Boston,
Marblehead and Swampscott Animal Control, and MA Audubon.  Swampscott
Animal Control came by yesterday, but the duck wasn’t around when they
visited.   I think maybe the duck could be caught at the feeders, if
someone trained would come with equipment and hang around for a few
hours in the morning (of course, they would need to get permission from
any private property owner first.)

Sad!  For more info and pictures, please see the following three ebird
checklists:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50323243

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50298816

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50274139

As an addendum, Tufts said they would definitely take the duck, if only
someone would capture it and bring it to them.

-Andy Sanford
Marblehead

 

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Date: 11/30/18 5:52 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Christmas Bird Count Book - 12/1 children's book event
Thanks to Heidi Stemple for the following announcement.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*


My name is Heidi E.Y. Stemple and I will be in Acton tomorrow (which is
in your CBC Count Circle) reading my new book called Counting Birds
which is a picture book for kids (and, of course, adults, too) about the
history of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.
The event is at 11am at the Silver Unicorn Bookstore.

The event itself will include 3 books:  Counting Birds, but also a book
I co-authored with my mother, author Jane Yolen, called Fly With Me that
is 200 pages of bird information for kids (National Geographic), and my
mom's book Crow Not Crow which is about learning to birdwatch. All of
these books make great holiday gifts for young (and old) bird watchers!

https://silverunicornbooks.com/?q=h.calevents

Thank you,
Heidi
Heidi Stemple <heidieys...>

 

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Date: 11/30/18 2:51 pm
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk in Maine
Thought I would post to Massbird, and hope I'm not duplicating Massbird reports.

The Great Black Hawk continues and was enjoyed today by many birders at Deering Park in Portland Maine.
Cheers, Linda


Linda Pivacek, Nahant, <lpivacek...>

 

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Date: 11/30/18 11:01 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Extralimital- Great Black Hawk continues Portland ME 11/30
Bob Lessard called at 1:50pm to report that he and Marcus Rhodes saw the GREAT BLACK HAWK this morning, along with about 30 other birders, at the Deering Oaks Park in Portland, Maine.

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

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Date: 11/30/18 9:12 am
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] notes on winter finches
Hi Birders,

With the finch irruption in full swing, I figured I'd take a minute to
discuss their feeding habits a bit. It may help folks locate some of these
birds in their local patches.

Right now in the Marlborough area there are tons of fruiting trees
(crabapples, mostly) that are just loaded with food for Pine Grosbeaks. As
winter progresses trees like this, often in industrial parks and other open
areas, should be searched for both Pine and Evening Grosbeaks, and Bohemian
Waxwings. During the 2012/2013 invasion Pine Grosbeaks were seen in quite
a few locations like this, including at gas stations and large parking
lots.

Red Crossbills currently are enjoying a bumper crop of white pine cones in
the Sharon area. I looked at a few of my local patches (Upton State Forest
and Desert Natural Area) and did not find either cones or crossbills. It
seems many of the white pine patches that have a good cone crop from
southern MA all the way to New York very near the coast are holding
crossbills. In your travels should anyone notice a big white pine cone
crop let me know! I'd love to search these for crossbills. Also Norway
Spruces should be monitored, as later in the season the crossbills will
shift to these trees when the white pines are exhausted. In my local areas
in Marlborough there are some Norways just loaded with cones.

When all else fails keep those feeders stocked. Many of the winter finches
will show up at your thistle or sunflower seed feeders.

good birding

Tim Spahr
<tspahr44...>

 

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Date: 11/30/18 7:21 am
From: ECOC Mail <ecocmail...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Essex County Ornithological Club Meeting Reminder - Friday, December 07, 2018 - 7:45pm
Friday, Dec. 7, 7:45 pm
State of the Birds 3
ECOC meeting 7:30–7:45 pm

Mass Audubon recently completed their third research project looking at
the past, present, and projected future status of the birds that call
our Commonwealth home. Join Joan Walsh, Mass Audubon’s Chair of Natural
History and Field Ornithology as she shares how we can expect our
treasured native birds to respond to the anticipated changes in climate
and discusses ways we can all help to put the brakes on climate change.
Cosponsored by PEM. (Note: this event was rescheduled from March 2, 2018
due to weather.)

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

For directions please see:

https://massbird.org/ecoc/directions/

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

 

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Date: 11/30/18 5:41 am
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeak, Common Redpoll Marlborough
Hi Birders, a short recording session around sunrise today in Marlborough
produced and Evening Grosbeak and at least one Common Redpoll. Checklist
with recordings here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50314431

Good birding

Tim Spahr
<tspahr44...>

 

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Date: 11/29/18 1:53 pm
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club Young Birder Scholarships
As a reminder, The Brookline Bird Club is again offering two
Young Birder Scholarships to nurture interest in bird study and
conservation among young birders. The 2019 scholarships will cover the full
cost ($1395) of the Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens program at
National Audubon’s Hog Island camp on *June* *16-21, 2019*. 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. All seven of our scholarship recipients have had tremendous
adventures at Hog Island. “I truly had an unforgettable experience at the
Hog Island camp,” wrote 2018 recipient Sam Mroz in a thank-you note to the
BBC, “and I would not have been able to attend without your sponsorship.”

Completed applications and references must be received by the
BBC by *January 15, 2019*. Selection and notification of recipients will be
completed by *February 15, 2019*. You can click on this link to download
the instructions for applicants and an application form:
https://www.brooklinebirdclub.org


John Nelson

Chair, BBC Conservation and Education Committee

 

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Date: 11/29/18 11:18 am
From: Alan & Ruth Bragg <alan.ruth.bragg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Nov 29, 2018
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Nov 29, 2018 7:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by NWR volunteers Will, Kathy, Audrey, Joan,
Chrissy, Maryellen, Soheil, Kevin, Tom & Alan
18 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 189
Mute Swan 1
Wild Turkey 4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
American Coot 2
Ring-billed Gull 1
Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 10
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Marsh Wren 1
American Robin 10
blackbird sp. 12

Alan Bragg
Bedford MA

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Date: 11/29/18 9:56 am
From: Edlow Banks <68edbanks...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Siskin, Clay-colored, Harwich
Hi All,
Yesterday I had a short visit by a Clay-colored Sparrow under my sunflower feeder. He only stayed about a minute and then left.
This morning I had a single Pine Siskin among the 30+ Goldfinches at my two thistle feeders. The Siskin fed a few minutes but has not returned.
Happy Birding,
Ed
Ed Banks
<68edbanks...>
Harwich, MA


 

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Date: 11/29/18 8:24 am
From: Nick Tepper <nicholastepper6739...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk... again
Hi all,

For those who missed it the first or second times, the third time might
just be the charm! The immature Great Black Hawk was just seen again in
Portland, ME an hour or so ago. Posted on the What's this bird Facebook
page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatsthisbird/permalink/1941890982526285/

Great Black Hawk in the snow feeding on Eastern Gray Squirrels... not
something you see every day!

Nick Tepper
Stow, MA

 

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Date: 11/29/18 7:28 am
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fitch's Bridge Groton - Goshawk, Pine Grosbeak, Excellent Sparrow/Finch Numbers, 11/29
Spent 2 hours early this morning in the ag fields at Fitch's Bridge in Groton.  Habitat is excellent, with large flocks of sparrows and finches in at least 3 spots.  Best bird was an immature Goshawk - undoubtedly attracted by all of this "food".  This was my first Goshawk in New England in quite a number of years.  Also had a lone flyover Pine Grosbeak calling.  Plus 1 flyover Siskin (but no Redpolls).
It was very difficult to estimate numbers of sparrows/finches in the very large flocks, but my best estimates were -
Juncos - 205  (flocks of 120, 80)Trees - 60  (flocks of 40, 20)White-throats - 30  (flocks of 20, 10)Songs - 35  (flocks of 20, 10, 5)Fox - 2L Longspur - 2House Finch - 185 (one flock of about 100 - can't remember the last time I saw a flock that large)Goldfinch - 60 (flocks of 40, 20)
And can't forget the flock of 35 Mallards and 5 Black Ducks in a small puddle in a flooded field.
A fun morning....

Mike Reschwww.statebirding.blogspot.comPepperell, MA
 

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Date: 11/29/18 5:57 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-rumped Warbler / Newbury
checked out the feeders this morning - not sure it actually dined...

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

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

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Date: 11/28/18 8:28 pm
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Mass CBCs; Franklin County surprises
Hi MassBirders,

Spurred on by an inquiry posted in one of the western MA Facebook groups, I put together a list for all of the Christmas Bird Counts west of Springfield. For anyone who’d like to know (and please feel free to post corrections if I botched any part of this):

Saturday 12-15, Athol (contact person Dave Small, <Dave...> <mailto:<Dave...>)
Springfield (George Kingston, <gcking...> <mailto:<gcking...>)
Berkshire North (Pam Weatherbee, <pambweath...> <mailto:<pambweath...>)
Berkshire Central (Holly Higinbotham, <higinbo...> <mailto:<higinbo...>)

Sunday 12-16, Northampton (Jan Ortiz & Janice Jorgensen, <cbc...> <mailto:<cbc...>)

Tuesday 12-18, Sturbridge (Mark Lynch, <moa.lynch...> <mailto:<moa.lynch...>)

Saturday 12-22 Cobble Mountain (Westfield), (Janice Zepko, <jzepko...> <mailto:<jzepko...>)

Saturday 12-29, Quabbin (Scott Surner, <ssurner...> <mailto:<ssurner...>)

Sunday 12-30, Greenfield (Mark Fairbrother, <bogelfin...> <mailto:<bogelfin...>)

Tuesday 1-1, Berkshire South (Rene Wendell, <renewendell...> <mailto:<renewendell...>)

Saturday 1-5, Westminster (Chuck Caron, <caronenv...> <mailto:<caronenv...>)

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My theme for Wednesday could have been "Birds I sorta expected in places I really didn't." The top three examples:
1. The Snow Bunting which dropped out of the sky, landing on a tiny patch of lawn right next to the stop sign in between Weatherhead's convenience store and the French King Bowling Alley, just as my son and I had pulled up to said stop sign! I could have gotten great photos, but the motorists behind me would have been irritated, and my son would have been late for school....
2. The American Pipit which was crawling around on the floating mat of driftwood, basketballs, and other debris that regularly piles up on the upstream side of the row of orange buoys that stretches across Barton Cove; and ...
3. The pair of Black Vultures which was soaring over downtown Montague just as I was motoring through!

The Barton Cove Hooded Merganser party was at 60 birds, not as surprising but fun to watch, and to hear. (Hoodies make some silly noises when they get together and in the mood….)

Yesterday, my biggest surprise was a Palm Warbler in the pollinator garden at the Fort River Division of Silvio Conte NWR in Hadley, as I was taking our dog for a walk. Larry Therrien relocated the warbler today, and said it was the latest he had seen in the county. Which, when it’s Hampshire County, if Larry hasn’t seen it…. My second-biggest surprise was my biggest flock of Cedar Waxwings so far this winter, over 250 of them, near the Turners Falls power canal. Tried my best to find one of those “funny” waxwings in the crowd, but no dice this time.

BTW, there was a Snowy Owl photographed in Hampshire County yesterday. I won’t get specific about the location in a public post, in keeping with western MA policy of recent years, but seems worth generally mentioning. I do know that at least three local birders tried and failed to relocate it this morning.

Good birding!

JSR


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

Webmaster, Hampshire Bird Club
https://hampshirebirdclub.org/ <https://hampshirebirdclub.org/>

Northeast Chapter, Dragonfly Society of the Americas
https://bryanpfeiffer.com/nedsa2018/ <https://bryanpfeiffer.com/nedsa2018/>

http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399 <http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399>
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Date: 11/28/18 2:52 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks Continue at Dunback Meadow, etc.
Hi,
I had birded everywhere else in this place when I went down the trail that goes to the right at the four-way intersection. I got to the bridge with the handrails on it, and there was no sign of the Evening Grosbeaks that had been seen at that spot for three consecutive days recently. I continued along this trail and was on the second-to-last boardwalk of the trail, near the Bowman School, where it goes over Beaver Brook,  when I spied the beautiful adult male in a tree. This was at 12:45. Shortly thereafter, three more flew in. They departed soon thereafter. As I was leaving, I had a flyover calling at 1:10 near the Bacon St. entrance.(or in this case, exit). I birded here from 10:00-1:20:

Red-tailed Hawk 4
Cooper's Hawk 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1       immature male
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Brown Creeper 1
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 5
Cedar Waxwing 4
Gray Catbird 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3             eating poison ivy berries
Dark-eyed Junco 25
Swamp Sparrow 2
Fox Sparrow 4
American Tree Sparrow 7
Rusty Blackbird 4                       two at four-way, two at Evening Grosbeak spot
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Purple Finch 2
EVENING GROSBEAK 5           YIPPEE!
 

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Date: 11/28/18 2:14 pm
From: David Moon <dmoon...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann 11-28-2018
Susan Yurkus and I led Wednesday Morning Birding on Cape Ann this morning, with wishes to Dave Weaver for a speedy recovery from a bad cold. It was a lovely day at the start, sunny and cool in the 30's with a light wind. By the time we were at Andrews Point, a little squall blew sleet in our faces in a fitting manner for that setting. Highlights were the Iceland Gull near Jodrey State Fish Pier and the Razorbill off Atlantic Road at the Elks club. We will be back on Plum Island next week, starting at Joppa flats Education Center at 9:30.

Our List:
Canada Goose (~120) - various.
Mute Swan (1) - Niles Pond.
American Black Duck (4) - Rockport Harbor
Mallard - common
Green-winged Teal (1) - Eastern Point.
Ring-necked Duck (1) - Niles Pond.
Greater Scaup (2) - Niles Pond.
Common Eider - common.
Harlequin Duck (~25) - Andrews Point.
Surf Scoter (~10) - Eastern Point.
White-winged Scoter - common.
Black Scoter - common.
Long-tailed Duck (1) - Andrews Point.
Bufflehead - common.
Common Merganser (2) - 1, Gloucester Harbor female: 1, Niles Pond female.
Red-breasted Merganser - common.
Common Loon (4) - various.
Red-necked Grebe (1) - Eastern Point
Double-crested Cormorant (15) - mostly Gloucester Harbor.
Great Cormorant (1) - Atlantic Road.
Cooper's Hawk (1) - Over Rt. 133 Ipswich.
Red-tailed Hawk (1) - Gloucester Crossing Shopping Center.
Herring Gull - common.
Iceland Gull (1) - Gloucester Harbor, from Jodrey State Fish Pier.
Great Black-backed Gull - common.
Razorbill (1) - Elks Club.
Rock Pigeon - common.
Mourning Dove - common.
Downy Woodpecker (1) - Niles Pond
Blue Jay (1) - Eastern Point.
American Crow (8) - various.
Hermit Thrush (1) - Eastern Point.
Northern Mockingbird (1) - Rt. 133 Ipswich.
European Starling - common.
Snow Bunting (8) - Over Rt. 133 Rowley.
Song Sparrow (1) - Niles Pond
House Sparrow - yes.

David Moon
Sanctuary Director
Joppa Flats Education Center
Mass Audubon
1 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA 01950
978-462-9998
www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats<http://www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats>

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Date: 11/28/18 1:20 pm
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Form screech owl in box
Greetings



A red-form Screech owl is being seen right now in the bird box in my back
yard.



Ida Giriunas

Reading, MA


 

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Date: 11/28/18 12:52 pm
From: Mark Fairbrother <bogelfin...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black Vultures in Greenfield
Late this morning there were 5 Black Vultures circling together over north
Greenfield. They gained altitude and drifted off to the east.



Mark Fairbrother

Montague, MA 01351




 

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Date: 11/28/18 10:10 am
From: Mimi Bix-Hylan <mimibixh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks
Hello Massbirders,

I just made a pit stop home to let my dog out and was surprised to find a
sizable flock of Evening Grosbeaks in my backyard. They were using a
platform feeder.

Mimi Bix-Hylan
Burlington, MA

 

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Date: 11/28/18 10:09 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BOHEMIAN WAXWING - Plum Island 10/28
Tom Martin called at 12:55p to report a single BOHEMIAN WAXWING feeding on bittersweet with a flock of robins about along the road between the Goodno Crossing and the Hellcat parking lot.

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

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Date: 11/28/18 9:08 am
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls - Cackling Geese
Greetings birders,


Two individual Cackling Geese have been frequenting the Turner's Falls
power canal during 26th - 28th Nov among as many as 1200 Canada Geese. The
birds appear to be fairly typical Richardson's (*B.h.hutchinsii)* though
have not been associating with each other.


A Iceland Gull (first-winter) joined the larger gulls roosting at Barton
Cove, Gill yesterday (Nov 27th) along with a continuing adult Lesser
Black-backed Gull which I first noted on Nov 21st.


A few other birds of interest included a Lapland Longspur at Caldwell Road
fields in Northfield on the 22nd, and up to 50 Snow Buntings in Northfield
Meadows where Josh Layfield photographed a fairly late Common Yellowthroat
on Nov 24th.


Quite a number of daytime sightings of Barred Owls in our area have,
unfortunately, included some road kill, especially in Montague/Sunderland.


Images of the Cackling Geese and other notable species in northern Franklin
County can be seen here;



http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2018/11/ma-thanksgiving-buntings-longspurs-and.html



Good birding,



James

 

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Date: 11/28/18 7:45 am
From: Mardi Dickinson <mardi1d...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Patrick Lynch on Cape Cod - BirdCallsRadio

Birders et al,

I thought many of your would be interested in my next CT Guest Patrick J. Lynch on A Field Guide To Cape Cod https://bit.ly/2akUsxp

Happy Birding!

Cheers,
Mardi Dickinson
https://kymrygroup.com/


 

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Date: 11/28/18 6:02 am
From: Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Shrike, Redpolls, Siskins
South end North Field on Plum Island half hour ago:

1 Northern Shrike
10+ Common Redpolls
2 Pine Siskin

T. Wetmore


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Date: 11/27/18 8:08 pm
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskins 10/27 Gloucester
This morning I saw a group of small gray birds on the ground under my
feeders. With the binoculars, I could see they were a group of Pine
Siskins. The group kept moving a lot. It was 9 or 10 birds.
Susa Hedman


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

 

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Date: 11/27/18 7:48 pm
From: Trish Pastuszak <pmpastuszak...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sage Thrasher - Nantucket
As far as I know (Tues. evening, Nov. 27), no one has reported the Nantucket Sage Thrasher today. That doesn’t mean the bird isn’t still there, I just don’t know.

Directions to Low Beach: Take Milestone Rd. to Sconset. Turn right onto Morey Lane and follow it to the end. Turn right on Low Beach Rd. After Stone Post Way on the right, turn left onto an un-named gravely road. It ends shortly in a parking area.

On 11/25 the bird was seen on either side of that gravely road, in the scrubby brush and lichens. On 11/26 it was inside the fenced area that one sees from the parking area.

Trish Pastuszak
Nantucket
<pmpastuszak...>




 

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Date: 11/27/18 2:37 pm
From: Kevin Ryan <kr1946...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Siskins

Hello all My Siskin number went up to 4 today, most so far this year. Also had an immature chippy at feeder plus about 40 -50 goldfinches.Kevin Ryan Easton 





 

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Date: 11/27/18 12:23 pm
From: Stuart Walker <stuarttwalker...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sage Thrasher directions?
Can anyone provide parking and walking directions to the Nantucket Low Beach thrasher? The eBird map seems to show the location as being pretty far from a road. Thanks,

Stuart Walker
<stuarttwalker...> <mailto:<stuarttwalker...>
 

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Date: 11/26/18 6:24 am
From: Lucas Hale <lhale4...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Buntings, Horned Larks, Lapland Longspur - School Street Fields, Acton
Approximately 15 Snow Buntings hav now joined the Horned Larks and Lapland
Longspur(s) at the School Street Fields.

Lucas Hale,
Concord

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*Lucas Hale *I *Data Analytics Intern*
iSpecimen Inc. I 450 Bedford Street, Lexington, MA 02420
c: 978-831-3445 e: <lhale...>

 

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Date: 11/26/18 5:44 am
From: John Baur <john_baur...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills in Millis
Hi all,
I went to Cedariver, a Trustees of Reservations property on Forest Rd in Millis, yesterday morning. The highlight was a flock of 20 type 10 Red Crossbills foraging in the White Pines along the river. (Thanks to Tim Spahr for listening to my recording and identifying them to type.)

Good birding,
John Baur
Sharon, MA
john_baur at yahoo dot com

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Date: 11/25/18 3:32 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Longspur & Redpoll
Today, 11/25, there was a Lapland Longspur in a flock of about 40 Horned larks plus a flock of 40 to 50 Snow Buntings at the School St field in Acton.

On Shadyside Ave in Concord, we saw one Common Redpoll in the birches near house 112. Other birds there included a Great Blue Heron, a Red-tailed Hawk, about 20 Song Sparrows, 2 Tree Sparrows, a flock of Juncos, and a flock of Canada Geese as far in back of the muddy field as they could get.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro


 

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Date: 11/25/18 3:32 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 11/24 Weir River Farm and Turkey Hill in Hingham
A special place, indeed:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1         trees on Turkey Hill Lane near the hospice; ad. male
Horned Lark 3                            flyovers
Eastern Bluebird 8                    we no longer have this species nesting in Boston; formerly West Roxbury's Brook Farm
Common Yellowthroat 1             boardwalk area next to car drive; possibly two
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1           near marker #33, but upslope
warbler 1                                  moving around with the yellowthroat
Lincoln's Sparrow 1                  in Japanese Knotweed near water tower, on other side of fence; pished up!
Lapland Longspur 2                  flyovers in cow field; possibly landed, but cows scared them further back

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston 
 

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Date: 11/25/18 1:49 pm
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] SAGE THRASHER reported from Nantucket!
Hi MassBirders,

Posted within the past half-hour to the MA RBA group on FaceBook, by Skyler Kardell: "SAGE THRASHER, Low Beach, Nantucket— found by Logan Kalhe bear the sewer beds!!!” No photos available yet as far as I can tell…

As long as I’m relaying bird reports from FaceBook, a couple of others of note:

Common (Mew) Gull at King’s Beach in Swampscott, a banded individual, so presumably the same one which has been noted at this location the past two winters, posted to eBird Saturday by Suzanne Sullivan:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50200350 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50200350>

And a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk photographed Sunday morning along South Maple Street in Hadley by Larry Therrien:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50201064 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50201064>
There was an earlier report of a similar bird in East Meadows of Northampton, by Jeremy Coleman, but it’s unclear at this point if that might have been the same bird or a different individual….

Good birding!

Josh


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

Webmaster, Hampshire Bird Club
https://hampshirebirdclub.org/

Northeast Chapter, Dragonfly Society of the Americas
https://bryanpfeiffer.com/nedsa2018/

http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
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Date: 11/25/18 11:13 am
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeak North River Sanctuary contines
2 EVGR were at the base of the feeders to the left of the visitor center feeding on the ground.

Linda

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Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>

 

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Date: 11/25/18 6:44 am
From: Wayne Klockner <wklockner...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lapland Longspur, School St. Fields, Acton
At least one Longspur with Horned Lark now, 9:35 am

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Date: 11/25/18 6:35 am
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird: Tufted Duck in Peabody
Hi MassBirders,

Was too busy to relay this earlier, but Friday’s eBird RBA included a Tufted Duck photographed by Zoltan Poleretzky; I skimmed over it at first because I figured it was just the long-staying Nantucket bird again, but then noticed that it was reported from Essex County! Location is in Peabody, described as “Pond behind Christian Books Distributors"

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50142638 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50142638>

Another report from Rick Heil, posted the next day (but from an earlier observation), puts the location in the hotspot Higgins’ Marsh:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50036266 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50036266>

Curious that the bird is the only Aythya present, seems like they usually show up amid flocks of Scaup or Ring-necked Duck…

Reports of the Western Grebe were still coming in from Friday, mostly around the Granite Pier or Cathedral Ledge; nothing yet from Saturday but that might just be the time lag of waiting for eBird’s daily RBA…

Good birding,

JSR


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

Webmaster, Hampshire Bird Club
https://hampshirebirdclub.org/

Northeast Chapter, Dragonfly Society of the Americas
https://bryanpfeiffer.com/nedsa2018/

http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
https://www.facebook.com/opihi



 

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Date: 11/24/18 8:34 pm
From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Correction
Not a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak at North-River but a female Purple Finch! Sorry.
Sandy Selesky

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Date: 11/24/18 7:39 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] SSBC/BBC trip 11/24/18
I led a combined South Shore and Brookline Bird Club trip as a leader's choice, south of Boston.


I chose Fairhaven/south eastern coast due to the most recent reports of interesting stuff.


Unfortunately the recent cold weather altered the bird's plans and several places were iced and others the birds seemed to have departed.


The thickets were either dead or alive; nothing or lots as thickets go.


Highlights of our 62 species:


SNOW GOOSE 1 ad in Fairhaven seen flying over bike trail and then off of Little Bay

Gadwall 100 at Veranda Street, Fairhaven (VS)

Green-winged Teal 2 "downtown" Fall River; behind police station

Northern Shoveler 4 ditto.

EURASIAN WIGEON 2 (?) 1 male for sure and probably a female (VS), thanks to an adult Bald Eagle which flushed a lot of ducks into the end of the creek. Up to that point we did not see them. The female was a pale gray all over with fewer markings than other females, hung in with the male most of the time, it flapped one and showed a gray underside to entire wing and no white in the upper surface to wing. Would like someone to get image(s) for further study.

American Wigeon 56 (VS)

Ruddy Duck 9 Lake Wattupa, south end

Common Merganser 226 (!!) 220 in one flock from Wilson Street, Fall River; the largest flock I have seen of this species

Red-shouldered Hawk 1 imm Egypt Lane (EL), Fairhaven

Bald Eagle 3 ad 1 at the aforementioned VS and 2 from Wilson Street, Fall River; both caught fish rather easily from Lake Wattupa

Belted Kingfisher 1 VS

COMMON RAVEN 2 VS these were harassed by crows

Winter Wren 1

Carolina Wren 25 they are back; 3 (EL), 2 Lake Wattupa, 1 VS, the rest along bike trail

Gray Catbird 2

Hermit Thrush 1

BROWN THRASHER 1 (VS)

warbler, sp 1 likely Orange-crowned or perhaps Nashville

Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 only 1

Eastern Towhee 1 (VS)

Field Sparrow 2

FOX SPARROW 9 couldn't get to double digits. The best count I have had in years.


Glenn


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

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Date: 11/24/18 6:33 pm
From: caroline haines <chaines49...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Oiled loon update
Many thanks to Avery, veterinary student from Tufts, who came up to Gloucester on this fine, sunny afternoon to attempt to rescue the oiled common loon that is still present off Stacey Boulevard. He made a valiant attempt by kayak, but repeatedly the loon quickly dove when the kayak approached, behavior that I had not seen before, and encouraging in some ways.
It became clear quickly that we would not bring this bird in today. I will continue to monitor, and watch to see if it beaches itself.
Caroline Haines
<Songbirder...>
Gloucester
Sent from my iPhone-please excuse brevity, typos, or insults.
 

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Date: 11/24/18 6:33 pm
From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks, Red-shouldered Hawk, Marshfield November 24
First spent 2 hours at the feeders at Daniel Webster hoping to see and photograph the Evening Grosbeaks. They didn't show up. What did show up in the meadow was a handsome Red-shouldered Hawk who posed, circled around, and returned to pose again!

Went to North-River Sanctuary and 7 female and 2 male Evening Grosbeaks arrived around 1:30 and stayed about 25 minutes. One male especially posed quite a bit. There was also a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak!! Hadn't seen Evening Grosbeaks in 15-20 years and never this close so very exciting!!

I waited until 3:15 after they left but they never returned.

Sandy Selesky
<sandyselesky...>
Westford,MA

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Date: 11/24/18 5:11 pm
From: Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fox Hunt
Two FOSP today at Fenway Victory Gardens (Row O)
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<frederickbouchard...>
belmont 02478 ma

 

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Date: 11/24/18 3:29 pm
From: Sam Miller <zamziller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Eastern Meadowlarks, Common Redpolls, Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, Nov 24, 2018

>
> I had good looks at the redpolls, and distant but convincing looks at the meadowlarks this afternoon at Daniel Webster. See eBird list below for details.
> I did not see Evening Grosbeaks there, but did not spend time waiting for them, as I had seen a pair earlier at nearby North River—South Shore Sanctuary.
>
> Sam Miller
> Acton, MA
>
>>
>> Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
>> Nov 24, 2018 12:34 PM - 2:56 PM
>> Protocol: Traveling
>> 1.5 mile(s)
>> 25 species
>>
>> Canada Goose 180
>> Mute Swan 2
>> Mallard 20
>> American Black Duck 2
>> Wild Turkey 4
>> Mourning Dove 5
>> Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 3
>> Northern Harrier 1
>> Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) 3
>> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
>> Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 2
>> Blue Jay 6
>> American Crow 7
>> Black-capped Chickadee 1
>> Tufted Titmouse 2
>> White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 1
>> Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
>> American Robin 3
>> House Finch 2
>> Common Redpoll 8 Good close views in birches that run N-S along bottom of easternmost field, just before Fox Hill. At least two bright-pink-breasted males.
>> American Goldfinch 1
>> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1
>> Eastern Meadowlark 10 *Uncommon. Good count; minimum; probably 12-15 birds. Small flock 200 or 300 yards due east of Fox Hill Platform. Blackbird-sized, short-tailed, brownish; rose out of long grass as a ragged group and flew a short distance, with wings held mostly below horizontal, in distinctive meadowlark flight style; did this twice, in fairly quick succession, but not again, though I waited. Each time, 2 or 3 birds turned belly-up to the sun (in the west, behind me) and I could see the bright lemon-yellow breast well.
>> Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 14
>> House Sparrow 2
>>
>> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50186902
>>
>> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
>


 

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Date: 11/24/18 1:12 pm
From: Sophia Wong <skpwong6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Western green
Oops my phone auto corrected. Should be Western GREBE. 😀


Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 24, 2018, at 2:37 PM, Sophia Wong <skpwong6...> wrote:
>
> Just seen 2-2:30pm at cathedral ledge heading towards Andrews. Thanks Bob Murphy!!
> Sophia Wong
> Hudson NH
> Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 11/24/18 11:44 am
From: Sophia Wong <skpwong6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western green
Just seen 2-2:30pm at cathedral ledge heading towards Andrews. Thanks Bob Murphy!!
Sophia Wong
Hudson NH
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Date: 11/23/18 5:27 pm
From: Karen Idoine <kidoine...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrow, finally...
We had one this morning in Wendell! We just put up our feeder and a flat table, despite bear reports further south.

What a joy to have the birds up from the forest again! (We’re pretty much in an open field, nobody else around, though I’ve planted shrubs and a young shrub corridor coming up from the edge of the woods.)

Karen Idoine
Wendell, MA

> On Nov 23, 2018, at 4:30 PM, Ida Giriunas <ida8...> wrote:
>
> Greetings:
>
> Have been seeing all the posts about Fox Sparrows around and wondered why none were coming to my feeder. One has finally found its way to my yard in Reading. Hoorah!
>
> Ida Giriunas
> Reading, MA
> !

 

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Date: 11/23/18 4:45 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 11/21 Winter Finches and Ovenbird at Moose Hill Sanctuary
Hi,
The more I bird here, the more beautiful it seems to be! I birded from 12:00-4:20. The great thing about coming to the town of Sharon is that once you arrive at the train station, you can hit the ground birding, literally. I had thirteen bird species from the parking lot alone. (it backs up onto Beaver Brook Conservation Area.) All birds are from Mass Audubon's Moose Hill except the bluebirds:

Pileated Woodpecker 1                  Pine Trail; heard pecking 
Brown Creeper 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 40             probably three hundred or more in the entire sanctuary; amazing
Eastern Bluebird 4                        Moose Hill Farm crabapples (not to be confused with Moose Hill Community Farm)
OVENBIRD 1                               Pine Trail
Fox Sparrow 3                              Pine Trail
RED CROSSBILL 1                      Pine Trail; amazingly loud call; unseen
PINE SISKIN 10+                         Pine Trail

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

        

 

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Date: 11/23/18 4:35 pm
From: Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Anne
Birders: Male King Eider at Andrews Point! Hard to get a good look at him (preening) but no doubt. Some 20 Harlequins and many Common Eider. Black Scoter, R. B. Mergansers, Long-tailed Ducks. Two Turkey Vultures & a Red-tailed Hawk on Route 128. At Bay View, flock of Canada Geese and a couple of R. B. Mergansers. At the Docks in Gloucester, Common and Red-breasted Loons, Cormorants, Mergansers, Eiders, GBB and Herring Gulls (consuming a left over Turkey)!

Oakes Plimpton
 

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Date: 11/23/18 1:38 pm
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrow, finally...
Greetings:



Have been seeing all the posts about Fox Sparrows around and wondered why
none were coming to my feeder. One has finally found its way to my yard in
Reading. Hoorah!



Ida Giriunas

Reading, MA

!


 

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Date: 11/23/18 9:39 am
From: Charlie Thompson <cot3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - South Orleans
Seen this AM feeding around Bayberry and blueberry bushes on sunny banking.

Susan & Charlie Thompson
South Orleans
<cot3...>

 

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Date: 11/22/18 7:49 pm
From: caroline haines <chaines49...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Oiled loon
I wondered about that Newfoundland spill. We have not been able to rescue the bird in question. I couldn't locate it today, when someone from Tufts was going to attempt a rescue, but will be keeping a lookout.
Caroline

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

> On Nov 22, 2018, at 12:11 PM, Melissa Aldrich <melcaldrich...> wrote:
>
> Yes, There is a wildlife rehabilitator in the Gloucester area. Please use Mass Fish and Wildlife's website with links here: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/find-a-wildlife-rehabilitator
>
> Melissa Aldrich
>
> 413-219-2418
>
>> On Thu, Nov 22, 2018, 11:43 AM Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> wrote:
>> I wonder if Caroline's Common Loon was a victim of the Newfoundland oil spill. Last Friday (November 16) the SeaRose Tanker dumped a quarter million tons of oil into the Atlantic. Conditions were apparently so bad that the oil dispersed quickly and any kind of clean up was impossible. We should be on the look out for oiled birds and ensure they're reported. That same storm system also caused a Gray Heron that had recently arrived in Newfoundland to disappear. So I guess we should be on the lookout for herons too!
>>
>> More details on the spill here:
>> https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/20/newfoundland-oil-spill-latest-damage-wildlife
>>
>> Neil Hayward
>> Cambridge, MA
>>
>>> On Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 9:32 PM caroline haines <chaines49...> wrote:
>>> I just spotted a common loon with a large oily patch on its breast in Gloucester harbor. It's head and neck were darker than normal, possibly oiled as well from the vigorous preening it was attempting on the oily patch. Very sad to see this bird struggling. Any loon rescuers out there?
>>> Caroline Haines
>>> Gloucester
>>> <Songbirder...>
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone-please excuse brevity, typos, or insults.
>>

 

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Date: 11/22/18 6:42 pm
From: Susan Clark <sbc...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rusty Blackbird
We were pleasantly surprised this morning by a rotund male Rusty Blackbird feeding under a bench among the White-throated Sparrows and Juncoes. He didn’t stay long. We too have been enjoying 2 Fox Sparrows and a couple of Red-breasted Nuthatches but are still waiting for Evening Grosbeaks and Pine Siskins…
Susan Concord, MA.
 

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Date: 11/22/18 5:30 pm
From: Kevin Ryan <kr1946...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks
Hello AllAfter building a feeder platform especially for Grosbeaks and putting up with grackles and blue jays shoveling feed out of the fedeers to get the sunflower seeds I was rewarded today with a pair of Evening Grosbeaks, and a pair of Purple Finches.  With 18 people for Thanksgiving I couldn't check my feeders much so don't  know if they stayed. Found blue Jay feathers under one of my feeders last week so they thinned out for a couple of days.Nothing like a coop to keep them honest.Kevin Ryan Easton 









 

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Date: 11/22/18 5:12 pm
From: Jim McCoy <jfmccoy...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows all over Melrose
Very cool!

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________________________________
From: Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...>
Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2018 7:39:12 PM
To: <jfmccoy...>; <massbird...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows all over Melrose

I have had 3 Fox Sparrows in my yard( Melrose) since last Saturday.

Lesley Mattuchio
Melrose, MA




__________________________


-----Original Message-----
From: Jim McCoy <jfmccoy...>
To: Massbird <massbird...>
Sent: Thu, Nov 22, 2018 4:49 pm
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows all over Melrose

I did some birding in Melrose this morning. Very few birds overall in the cold and wind, but I got a total of five Fox Sparrows in three different places.

Not much else out of the ordinary, but I did have a pair of Peregrine Falcons over the southeast corner of town.

Jim McCoy
Melrose, MA
<jfmccoy...>

 

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Date: 11/22/18 4:44 pm
From: Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows all over Melrose
I have had 3 Fox Sparrows in my yard( Melrose) since last Saturday.
Lesley MattuchioMelrose, MA



__________________________


-----Original Message-----
From: Jim McCoy <jfmccoy...>
To: Massbird <massbird...>
Sent: Thu, Nov 22, 2018 4:49 pm
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows all over Melrose

#yiv1226824851 P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;}I did some birding in Melrose this morning. Very few birds overall in the cold and wind, but I got a total of five Fox Sparrows in three different places. 
Not much else out of the ordinary, but I did have a pair of Peregrine Falcons over the southeast corner of town.
Jim McCoyMelrose, <MAjfmccoy...>
 

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Date: 11/22/18 3:47 pm
From: judy parrot-willis <jep_willis...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows
3 Foxies (a record for our feeder-town) showed up today w/our solo ATSP for THEIR T-Day feast and the Foxies stayed till sundown............longer then the cardinals! Suppose they liked what was on their ground plate. Came across 6 bluebirds on my frigid frosty stroll on the rail trail, too, so life goes on in NE no matter what's thrown our way! Stay warm!

 

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Date: 11/22/18 1:57 pm
From: Robert D Scott <rscott...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrow in Dedham
Two in our yard in Wellesley today

Rob Scott


> On Nov 22, 2018, at 4:25 PM, Robert Rotberg <rirotberg...> wrote:
>
> One in S. Lexington, as well
>
> Robert Rotberg
> Lexington
>
>> On Nov 22, 2018, at 1:26 PM, Paul Kinnaly <pek...> wrote:
>>
>> Here in Dedham, among the usual birds at or under the feeders on this cold day was a single FOX SPARROW.
>>
>> Paul Kinnaly
>> Dedham
>
>

 

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Date: 11/22/18 1:46 pm
From: Jim McCoy <jfmccoy...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows all over Melrose
I did some birding in Melrose this morning. Very few birds overall in the cold and wind, but I got a total of five Fox Sparrows in three different places.

Not much else out of the ordinary, but I did have a pair of Peregrine Falcons over the southeast corner of town.

Jim McCoy
Melrose, MA
<jfmccoy...>

 

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Date: 11/22/18 1:25 pm
From: Robert Rotberg <rirotberg...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrow in Dedham
One in S. Lexington, as well

Robert Rotberg
Lexington

> On Nov 22, 2018, at 1:26 PM, Paul Kinnaly <pek...> wrote:
>
> Here in Dedham, among the usual birds at or under the feeders on this cold day was a single FOX SPARROW.
>
> Paul Kinnaly
> Dedham


 

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Date: 11/22/18 12:27 pm
From: Tom Brownrigg <brownriggs...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lincoln's sparrow, Carlisle
We had a Lincoln's sparrow eating bird seed at our house today, an unusually
late date. A hearty chipmunk was with the birds, temperature 15 F.


 

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Date: 11/22/18 10:52 am
From: <redpoll...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] T-day present
Up to 3 Fox Sparrows under our feeders on this fine, crisp day. Oh, and all of the Wild Turkeys that walked into our yard walked out intact.

David Larson
Bradford, MA



 

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Date: 11/22/18 10:32 am
From: Paul Kinnaly <pek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrow in Dedham
Here in Dedham, among the usual birds at or under the feeders on this cold day was a single FOX SPARROW.

Paul Kinnaly
Dedham
 

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Date: 11/22/18 10:02 am
From: Bruce Black <bruce...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks, Fox Sparrow, Red-breasted Nuthatch at feeder, Sudbury
Good day at the feeder!

https://ebird.org/massaudubon/view/checklist/S50123071

Bruce Black & Mary Brogan
Sudbury

 

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Date: 11/22/18 9:18 am
From: Melissa Aldrich <melcaldrich...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Oiled loon
Yes, There is a wildlife rehabilitator in the Gloucester area. Please use
Mass Fish and Wildlife's website with links here:
https://www.mass.gov/service-details/find-a-wildlife-rehabilitator

Melissa Aldrich

413-219-2418

On Thu, Nov 22, 2018, 11:43 AM Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
wrote:

> I wonder if Caroline's Common Loon was a victim of the Newfoundland oil
> spill. Last Friday (November 16) the SeaRose Tanker dumped a quarter
> million tons of oil into the Atlantic. Conditions were apparently so bad
> that the oil dispersed quickly and any kind of clean up was impossible. We
> should be on the look out for oiled birds and ensure they're reported. That
> same storm system also caused a Gray Heron that had recently arrived in
> Newfoundland to disappear. So I guess we should be on the lookout for
> herons too!
>
> More details on the spill here:
>
> https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/20/newfoundland-oil-spill-latest-damage-wildlife
>
>
> Neil Hayward
> Cambridge, MA
>
> On Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 9:32 PM caroline haines <chaines49...>
> wrote:
>
>> I just spotted a common loon with a large oily patch on its breast in
>> Gloucester harbor. It's head and neck were darker than normal, possibly
>> oiled as well from the vigorous preening it was attempting on the oily
>> patch. Very sad to see this bird struggling. Any loon rescuers out there?
>> Caroline Haines
>> Gloucester
>> <Songbirder...>
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone-please excuse brevity, typos, or insults.
>>
>
>

 

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Date: 11/22/18 8:46 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Oiled loon
I wonder if Caroline's Common Loon was a victim of the Newfoundland oil
spill. Last Friday (November 16) the SeaRose Tanker dumped a quarter
million tons of oil into the Atlantic. Conditions were apparently so bad
that the oil dispersed quickly and any kind of clean up was impossible. We
should be on the look out for oiled birds and ensure they're reported. That
same storm system also caused a Gray Heron that had recently arrived in
Newfoundland to disappear. So I guess we should be on the lookout for
herons too!

More details on the spill here:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/20/newfoundland-oil-spill-latest-damage-wildlife


Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

On Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 9:32 PM caroline haines <chaines49...>
wrote:

> I just spotted a common loon with a large oily patch on its breast in
> Gloucester harbor. It's head and neck were darker than normal, possibly
> oiled as well from the vigorous preening it was attempting on the oily
> patch. Very sad to see this bird struggling. Any loon rescuers out there?
> Caroline Haines
> Gloucester
> <Songbirder...>
>
> Sent from my iPhone-please excuse brevity, typos, or insults.
>

 

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Date: 11/22/18 8:09 am
From: Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fox sparrow in Andover
Just spotted or first Fox Sparrow of the winter! Nice cold day to show up
for a Thanksgiving meal!

Donna Cooper
Andover
--
Sent from iPhone

 

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Date: 11/22/18 4:05 am
From: Mary Ellen <lemmel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barrows & Barrows x Common Goldeneye Randolph
Hello Mass Birders,

I went to Great Pond in Randolph (11/21) and saw the continuing Barrows Goldeneye and also saw a hybrid Barrows x Common Goldeye
Both were seen in the same group, walking in from Pond Street.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mary Ellen McMahon
West Roxbury

 

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Date: 11/21/18 6:58 pm
From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine siskins in Westford
3 pine siskins joined all the goldfinch and other regulars at my thistle and sunflower feeders today and gorging themselves! First time back at my deck in a few years. The red-breasted nuthatch is still coming daily.
Also I have one gorgeous male goldfinch who has not molted into his winter plumage. He is still as bright yellow and black as if it were late spring/summer with absolutely no sign of any molt. Has anyone ever seen this before so late into November?? All the other goldfinch are in their winter plumage and he really stands out (and brightens the scene!)

Sandy Selesky
Westford MA
<sandyselesky...>

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/21/18 6:55 pm
From: tom graham <tomgra00...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] sand hill cvranes
hi tuesday and wed i had 4 sand hill cranes at long hill orchard in
west newbury mass along with a mixed flock of black birds numbering
around 500 give or take
25 robins
3 song sparrow
1 field sparrow
the cranes were feeding in the back corner of the second corn field then
took off
and headed toward the river then today they were back in the lower field
i have some pictures

 

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Date: 11/21/18 5:42 pm
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows Cambridge
Thanks giving from birds. Warm yourself with their rusty prsence.

Pete

On Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 10:26 AM Jon Damian <jdamian...> wrote:

> Had a beautiful pair of Fox Sparrows below my Cambridge feeder this
> morning. First time I had a pair of those beautiful birds in my yard!
>
> Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
>
> Jon Damian
> Cambridge
>

 

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Date: 11/21/18 5:12 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Moose Hill (Sharon) 11/19
I spent almost 6 hours walking 7 miles of the trails at Moose Hill
Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon on Monday morning trying to get a handle
on how many Red Crossbills and Red-breasted Nuthatches are in the cone
laden white pines. I had a minimum of 90 Red Crossbills and 243
Red-breasted Nuthatches. The best areas for the Crossbills seemed to
be around the nature center and along the bluff loop and the best
stretch for Red Nuts was definitely the vernal pool loop, especially
between the parking lot and where the trail splits and then again near
the boulders (along Everett rd). I am still working on the audio
recordings, but per Tim Spahr there were types 1, 2 and 10 (all of
which have been here so far this fall). No sign of Evening Grosbeaks.
Some more comments and a full list (as will audio recordings
eventually) is here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50063603
Happy birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon
 

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Date: 11/21/18 5:12 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes - West Newbury
Thanks to Tom Graham for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

From: tom graham <tomgra00...>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2018 15:59:56 -0500
Subject: sand hill cranes


hi tuesday and wed i had 4 sand hill cranes at long hill orchard in
west newbury mass along with a mixed flock of black birds numbering
around 500 give or take
25 robins
3 song sparrow
1 field sparrow
the cranes were feeding in the back corner of the second corn field then
took off
and headed toward the river then today they were back in the lower field
i have some pictures

 

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Date: 11/21/18 5:09 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine siskins in Westford
Thanks to Sandy Selesky for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2018 13:34:34 -0500
Subject: Pine siskins in Westford


3 pine siskins joined all the goldfinch and other regulars at my thistle and sunflower feeders today and gorging themselves! First time back at my deck in a few years. The red-breasted nuthatch is still coming daily.
Also I have one gorgeous male goldfinch who has not molted into his winter plumage. He is still as bright yellow and black as if it were late spring/summer with absolutely no sign of any molt. Has anyone ever seen this before so late into November?? All the other goldfinch are in their winter plumage and he really stands out (and brightens the scene!)

Sandy Selesky
Westford MA
<sandyselesky...>

Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 11/21/18 4:41 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Peregrines and Tom French on NOVA this Wednesday
reminder - this is on tonight!



-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Peregrines and Tom French on NOVA this Wednesday
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2018 22:29:56 -0500
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Reply-To: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
To: <massbird...>



Thanks to Marion Larson for the following announcement.

Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

*


On Wednesday evening at 7:30 NOVA will be airing a show on Peregrine
Falcons.

MassWildlife's Dr. Tom French is involved with the program -- you can
hear his soft drawl

in the trailer on WGBH.  He was interviewed and worked on the script
with the NOVA team this

past spring and summer.

Here’s a link to the trailer on WGBH:
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.pbs.org_wgbh_nova_video_worlds-2Dfastest-2Danimal_&d=DwMD-g&c=lDF7oMaPKXpkYvev9V-fVahWL0QWnGCCAfCDz1Bns_w&r=iAmAv1O-aIPQnUWTiuerIuCskOAC4ROBV51oobtxYJE&m=A0A0525YjolLe8c1s_tXBLN4NlvcLe2-XT85k6YApfI&s=aQvBIBcNdUSWnWRrn5-Nnp9cnzOdCI33Dn7OlDYtRvo&e=>

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/worlds-fastest-animal/
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.pbs.org_wgbh_nova_video_worlds-2Dfastest-2Danimal_&d=DwMD-g&c=lDF7oMaPKXpkYvev9V-fVahWL0QWnGCCAfCDz1Bns_w&r=iAmAv1O-aIPQnUWTiuerIuCskOAC4ROBV51oobtxYJE&m=A0A0525YjolLe8c1s_tXBLN4NlvcLe2-XT85k6YApfI&s=aQvBIBcNdUSWnWRrn5-Nnp9cnzOdCI33Dn7OlDYtRvo&e=>

Tune in or (because it's Thanksgiving "Eve") set your DVR to record!

Have a good holiday!

Marion E. Larson
Chief, Information & Education

MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough MA 01581


Discover the wild side of Massachusetts at www.mass.gov/masswildlife
<http://www.mass.gov/masswildlife>or
on our Facebook page at facebook.com/masswildlife
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Date: 11/21/18 4:36 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes West Newbury
Thanks to Gregory Keller for this report.


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>



-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Sandhill Cranes West Newbury
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2018 20:42:12 +0000
From: Greg Keller <Greg.Keller...>
To: <massbird-approval...> <massbird-approval...>



Greetings all,

While rushing to walk my dog before leaving for our Thanksgiving trek
yesterday morning, I encountered a small group (2-3, unsure because of
the distance, lack of binoculars, and nasty weather) of sandhill cranes
in the harvested corn fields on Baileys Lane in West Newbury. They were
calling and flying around beyond the giant marshmallow hay bales
before the treeline in the fields on the east side of the road.

Greg

__________________________________

Gregory S. Keller, Ph.D.

Professor of Conservation Biology

Chair, Department of Biology

Fulbright Scholar NSF Arctic Initiative

Email: <greg.keller...> <mailto:<greg.keller...>

http://www.gordon.edu/gregkeller

255 Grapevine Rd.

Department of Biology

Gordon College

Wenham, MA 01984

__________________________________

 

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Date: 11/21/18 2:10 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] W. Newbury & Plum Island (Parker River NWR) - 11-21-2018
David Moon and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of
Joppa Flats Education Center inland to Upper Artichoke and Cherry Hill
Reservoirs before heading on to Plum Island.  After last Wednesday's
gale-force winds, weather today was a very welcome change.  Skies were
partly cloudy, temps in the middle 30s, and winds SW/10-20 mph, winds
building rapidly toward the end of the morning.

Our list:

W. Newbury --
Mallard (4) - Upper Artichoke Res.
Northern Pintail (1) - Upper Artichoke Res.
Ring-necked Duck (~ 63) - 13, Upper Artichoke Res.; ~ 50, Cherry Hill Res.
Bufflehead (~ 35) - Cherry Hill Res.
Hooded Merganser (~ 50) - Cherry Hill Res.
Common Merganser (~ 110) - Cherry Hill Res.
Ruddy Duck (~ 40) - Cherry Hill Res.
Ring-billed Gull (8) - Cherry Hill Res.
Herring Gull (5) - Cherry Hill Res.
Mourning Dove (4)
Belted Kingfisher (1) - Cherry Hill Res.
Northern Flicker (2) - Cherry Hill Res.
Pileated Woodpecker (1) - Cherry Hill Res.
Blue Jay (4)
Eastern Bluebird (~ 8) - Cherry Hill Res.
American Robin (1)
Dark-eyed Junco (4)
Northern Cardinal (1) - Cherry Hill Res.
American Goldfinch (2) - Cherry Hill Res.

Plum Island (Parker River NWR) --
Canada Goose - common.
Mute Swan (2) - small pannes.
Gadwall (5) - main panne.
American Black Duck - common.
Mallard - a few.
Northern Shoveler (4) - 2 pr., main panne.
Northern Pintail (6) - Bill Forward Pool.
Surf Scoter (1) - one ocean.
White-winged Scoter (2) - pr., one ocean.
Black Scoter (~ 20) - one ocean (no doubt more further out in ocean).
Long-tailed Duck (~ 25) - one ocean.
Bufflehead (8) - Bill Forward Pool.
Common Goldeneye (2) - one ocean.
Hooded Merganser (1) - male; Bill Forward Pool.
Ruddy Duck (1) - male; North Pool from Hellcat dike.
Red-throated Loon - common, one ocean.
Common Loon (3) - one ocean.
Red-necked Grebe (~ 15) - one ocean.
American Bittern (1) - marsh n. main panne.
Great Blue Heron (2) - hay marsh.
Northern Harrier (2)
Cooper's Hawk (1) - n. end S-curves.
Red-tailed Hawk (2) - n. end S-curves.
American Coot (7) - 5, Bill Forward Pool; 2, North Pool from Hellcat dike.
Herring Gull - common, one ocean.
Great Black-backed Gull (5) - various.
Rock Pigeon - large flock, n. refuge gate.
Peregrine Falcon (1) - flyby, heading e. from PI bridge.
Blue Jay (1) - between parking lot #s 1 & 2.
American Crow (1)
Black-capped Chickadee (2) - Hellcat.
American Robin (2) - Hellcat.
Northern Mockingbird (1) - parking lot #1.
European Starling
Snow Bunting (~ 30) - Bill Forward Pool dike.
Song Sparrow (3) - roadside.
Dark-eyed Junco (3) - roadside.

Next Wednesday marks the first Wednesday Morning Birding of the winter
season on Cape Ann.  This time around, we will be meeting at 9:30 in the
Gloucester Crossing shopping center parking lot. Accessing Gloucester
Crossing:  from the southwest, take Route 128 toward Gloucester; go to
second rotary (Blackburn Circle) and take second exit (continuing on Rt.
128); after rotary, take first right hand turn into Gloucester Crossing
and then the first left into the parking area. Park to the left between
PETCO and AT&T (Market Basket is at the other end of the shopping center
to the right). For those wanting to hitch a ride from Joppa Flats, two
vans will be departing there at 8:30.

For more information about Joppa Flats programs, call David Moon or Dave
Larson at 978-462-9998.

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

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Date: 11/21/18 12:13 pm
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Grebe, other Cape Ann highlights
Thanks to Linda Ferraresso for finding the Western Grebe and then me.

1 Western Grebe (seen at 10:45 looking south from Andrews Point, Rockport)
2 Black-legged Kittiwakes (Andrews Point)
1 King Eider (drake, off Salt Island, distant look from Elks Club,
Gloucester)
25 Purple Sandpipers (Bass Rocks, Gloucester)
4 Hooded Mergansers (Niles Pond, Gloucester)
4 Great Blue Herons (3 at Niles Pond, one in West Gloucester)

1 American Kestrel (Island Road, Essex--belated report from last Saturday)

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 11/21/18 9:40 am
From: Sean Williams <seanbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Grebe, Cathedral Ledge now
Hello all,

Nate Dubrow and I were just watching the Western Grebe from Cathedral Ledge in Rockport (on Cathedral Ave bear the Emerson Inn). It’s still visible from there, but now it’s now fairly close to shore from the public foot path near the intersection of Phillips Ave and Point de Chene Ave, closer to Andrew’s Point. We also had a White-eyed Vireo near the start of the trail at Waring Field.

Good birding,
Sean Williams
Westboro, MA


 

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Date: 11/21/18 8:22 am
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows Cambridge
Very cool!

On Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 10:32 AM Jon Damian <jdamian...> wrote:

> Had a beautiful pair of Fox Sparrows below my Cambridge feeder this
> morning. First time I had a pair of those beautiful birds in my yard!
>
> Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
>
> Jon Damian
> Cambridge
>


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

 

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Date: 11/21/18 7:30 am
From: DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] A Sparkling Start to Winter
Massbirders:


          It’s Thanksgiving time and the winter, the real winter has arrived. I wasn’t quite ready. Snow accumulation, a bit of shoveling wet snow and a pervasive, discouraging cold. I was not ready for this. It was nearly enough to blanket the spirit and trigger a low-grade discouragement. But in many ways the early start of this winter has an upside as well. It looks as if we are going to have better than average winter birding. I have already seen Snowy Owl and Northern Shrike. There are huge flotillas of both Surf and Black Scoter lounging off shore at Plum Island. The first Razorbills are also out there. Snow Buntings are here and there is even the occasional reliable report of Lapland Longspur. The fall Fox Sparrow has been visiting my modest feeders every morning now for over a week. And now another pleasant surprise.


          This morning not only were the usual feeder birds there in good numbers, but the Fox Sparrow and an American Tree Sparrow were also scuffing through the light snow cover. Then came one of those bright surprises as I had a pair of Evening Grosbeak fly onto the feeder. A gorgeous pair. Male and female brightening up my yard and my morning. Its enough to make one welcome the incoming dark season and touch one with the anticipation of what we will see when we pass Christmas and drop into true winter. When the winter comes too early, we need something like Evening Grosbeaks in the back yard to spark our enthusiasm.


Doug Chickering


Groveland


<comcast.net...>

 

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Date: 11/21/18 7:29 am
From: Jon Damian <jdamian...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows Cambridge
Had a beautiful pair of Fox Sparrows below my Cambridge feeder this
morning. First time I had a pair of those beautiful birds in my yard!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Jon Damian
Cambridge

 

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Date: 11/20/18 6:57 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Blue Hills Black Vulture
Experience with other outdoor facilities has it that the numbers of Black Vultures will increase rapidly to the point where they become a nuisance. They are very bold and intimidating to the point where staff and visitors may feel uncomfortable.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 20, 2018, at 7:22 PM, Stuart Walker <stuarttwalker...> wrote:
>
> There was one Black Vulture present at the Mass Audubon Trailside Museum at the Blue Hills at the Milton/Canton line at 3:30 this afternoon (11/20). It was sitting low, just above the Bald Eagle cage, and was very tolerant of my close presence.
> The light was fading, but I was able to appreciate the dark density of its black plumage compared to the several TUVUs roosting nearby, and its dark gray wrinkled facial skin.
>
> Stuart Walker
> Jamaica Plain, MA

 

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Date: 11/20/18 6:45 pm
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls - more Red-throated Loons and a Black-legged Kittiwake
Greetings birders,


After this morning's post concerning Red-throated Loons in Franklin County
I didn't really expect that the day would get better, but it did. On
checking Barton Cove in late afternoon I found little in the way of
interest but the Turner's Falls Rod and Gun club was a totally different
story with 9 Red-throated Loons, 3 Red-necked Grebes and a Ruddy Duck in
addition to the Surf Scoter, Lesser Scaup and Common Loon still present
from the morning.

Moreover, a small flock of Ring-billed Gulls hosted a first-cycle
Black-legged Kittiwake. This was my third record of a kittiwake in the
area, the others being adults on October 11th, 2005 and November 5th 2012.
Some grainy record shots of the kittiwake and the loons can be seen here;


https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2018/11/ma-black-legged-kittiwake-and-even-more.html



Good birding,



James
https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/

 

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Date: 11/20/18 6:40 pm
From: caroline haines <chaines49...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Oiled loon
I just spotted a common loon with a large oily patch on its breast in Gloucester harbor. It's head and neck were darker than normal, possibly oiled as well from the vigorous preening it was attempting on the oily patch. Very sad to see this bird struggling. Any loon rescuers out there?
Caroline Haines
Gloucester
<Songbirder...>

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

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Date: 11/20/18 6:01 pm
From: Brad Dinerman <bdinerman...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Blue Hills Black Vulture
I posted photos of the black vultures sitting on the museum's roof. They're very photogenic and tolerant of people. The photos were taken two weeks ago, so you'll see the fall foliage which has since faded. The vultures still take to the roof, however, as well as to the trees with the turkey vultures.

The photos are on my website at http://www.thefieldbrookreserve.com/Birds/Vultures.asp if anyone wants to see them.

-Brad Dinerman




From: <massbird-approval...> <massbird-approval...> On Behalf Of Stuart Walker
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 7:23 PM
To: <Massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Blue Hills Black Vulture

There was one Black Vulture present at the Mass Audubon Trailside Museum at the Blue Hills at the Milton/Canton line at 3:30 this afternoon (11/20). It was sitting low, just above the Bald Eagle cage, and was very tolerant of my close presence.
The light was fading, but I was able to appreciate the dark density of its black plumage compared to the several TUVUs roosting nearby, and its dark gray wrinkled facial skin.

Stuart Walker
Jamaica Plain, MA

 

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Date: 11/20/18 5:39 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Oiled Loon - Gloucester Harbor
Thanks to Caroline Haines for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

From: caroline haines <chaines49...>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:19:45 -0500
Subject: Oiled loon


I just spotted a common loon with a large oily patch on its breast in Gloucester harbor. It's head and neck were darker than normal, possibly oiled as well from the vigorous preening it was attempting on the oily patch. Very sad to see this bird struggling. Any loon rescuers out there?
Caroline Haines
Gloucester
<Songbirder...>

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

 

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Date: 11/20/18 5:35 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Merlin
Likely the bird thought it could fly through, not understanding glass.

Glad to see it find a way out.

Glenn

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


> On November 19, 2018 at 10:50 PM Charles Patterson <chaspatt...> wrote:
>
>
> Had a Merlin get into my greenhouse today.  I had the door open to clean
> it out and left it for a while.  What he thought was in there is known
> only to him.  He panicked, of course, and couldn't figure out how he got
> in.  FYI, it does not help to open the door and expect him to find it. 
> I finally had to crawl under him to get opposite  the door and let his
> terror of me do the rest.  He seemed not to be the worse for wear as he
> headed nearly straight up after exiting.  \
>
> I wondered where all the titmouse feathers were coming from around the
> feeders.  Now I know.
>
>
> Charlie Patterson
>
> <chaspatt...>
>
> Norwell, Ma
>

 

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Date: 11/20/18 4:43 pm
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 11/19 Duxbury Beach - Barred Owl, Common Merganser, et al
Mon. 11/19/2018: 8:34-1:00pm; Tide high at 8:01am (9.8ft); Cloudy; 46F;
wind N 5-10.
Ebird list with photos at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50089045



A cloudy day produced 2 new birds for me in my Duxbury Beach "patch": a
photogenic Barred Owl and an uncommon Common Merganser.



Thanks to Damon Haan (visiting birder from the Midwest) and his two
companions whom I met at the 3rd xover, I was able to locate one of the 2
Barred Owls they had seen a few minutes earlier. I'd never seen one out
there, and was dumbfounded whe he said they had two individuals in different
locations!. One was in the tall cedars at Plum Hills, and the other in a
stand of cedars on the Gurnet. I was able to see and photograph the Gurnet
bird - 6 pix at http://www.pbase.com/rickbowes/2018_barred_owl (click
"next" in the upper right corner to advance through them.



While scanning off the east side of Gurnet point I found my first Common
Merganser for the Beach. While they are uncommon but regular during
migration on the mainland they are a very uncommon sight at the beach both
on the bay and ocean sides. Red-breasted Mergs are regular in the winter
with greater numbers during the migrations; so seeing the Common among them
was an exciting surprise. (photo in ebird list).



Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA

<mailto:<rbowes...> <rbowes...>

Duxbury Beach info at: http://www.duxburybeach.com/general-info/





















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Date: 11/20/18 4:29 pm
From: Stuart Walker <stuarttwalker...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Blue Hills Black Vulture
There was one Black Vulture present at the Mass Audubon Trailside Museum at the Blue Hills at the Milton/Canton line at 3:30 this afternoon (11/20). It was sitting low, just above the Bald Eagle cage, and was very tolerant of my close presence.
The light was fading, but I was able to appreciate the dark density of its black plumage compared to the several TUVUs roosting nearby, and its dark gray wrinkled facial skin.

Stuart Walker
Jamaica Plain, MA
 

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Date: 11/20/18 12:47 pm
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird reports: Western Grebe, Rockport!
Hi MassBirders,

Recent eBird alerts included a report from Brian Harris on Sunday of a Western Grebe somewhere around Cape Ann, including distant photos:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50036850 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50036850>

A follow-up sighting on Monday by Steven Lamonde refined the location to the Granite Pier, and included more photos:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50074329 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50074329>

Good birding!

JSR


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

Webmaster, Hampshire Bird Club
https://hampshirebirdclub.org/

Northeast Chapter, Dragonfly Society of the Americas
https://bryanpfeiffer.com/nedsa2018/

http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
https://www.facebook.com/opihi



 

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Date: 11/20/18 9:30 am
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's Falls - Red-throated Loons
Greetings birders,


Today's wintery weather event brought a small arrival of waterbirds to the
Barton Cove area with two Red-throated Loons on Barton Cove, Gill and a
further two present at the Turner's Falls Rod and Gun club.


The long staying female Surf Scoter continued in Barton Cove with a flock
of 10 Ring-necked Ducks but a new Surf Scoter (first-winter male) showed up
at the Turner's Falls Rod and Gun club where there was also a Lesser Scaup
and a juvenile Common Loon.


A few records shots (taken through snow showers) of the Red-throated Loons
can be seen here;

https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2018/11/ma-red-throated-loons-4-in-turners-falls.html



Good birding,



James

 

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Date: 11/20/18 8:10 am
From: Jason Forbes <jason...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Concord Geese
I've checked Nine Acre Corner both days on the way to work this week.
Yesterday, there was a large flock of geese in the field next to the
river, with a Snow Goose very obvious in close. Traffic was backed up
to the lights, so I was scanning between slow-moving cars and didn't
get a good look at a lot of the flock. Today, they (350+) were all at
Verrill Farm and it was easier, although I wouldn't be surprised if I
missed something still. The Snow Goose was still obvious and there was
a Greater White-fronted too.

Jason

--
Jason Forbes
Waltham, MA
<jason...>
www.brewsterslinnet.com
 

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Date: 11/20/18 7:09 am
From: judy parrot-willis <jep_willis...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] OOPs
Meant American Tree Sparrow, NOT Mr. Chipper! at my feeder. Long time since using 'their name', I suppose! Now I'm the TURKEY!

 

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Date: 11/20/18 7:02 am
From: judy parrot-willis <jep_willis...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] feeder birds for the moment!
2 Fox, 1 Chipping (both first of season here) at the feeders right now...................................no turkeys- they're in hiding!
Judy Parrot-WillisNorth Andover, Mass.

 

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Date: 11/20/18 5:44 am
From: Johnathon Benson <jbenson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Goose- Weston High School
Hello birders,

I was dropping off my spouse at work and on the way home noticed a very large white goose cavorting with a flock of Canada Geese. I dont have any optics in the car handy (the one time!), but Im fairly certain given the size that it is a snow goose. The goose can currently be seen one one of the Weston high school athletic fields closest to route 30. I had to park in the main lot and traipse through the tennis courts to get close enough to get a decent look. Hopefully it will stick around for someone else to get a better look at it.

Good birding,

Johnathon Benson

 

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Date: 11/19/18 8:56 pm
From: Bennet Porter <bennet.porter...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Massachusetts Nemesis Birds
Until today I would have had Harlequin Duck and Evening Grosbeak on the
list, but fortune smiled upon me and I was finally able to tick both of
those off the ol' list.

Remaining MA nemesis birds (I have a definition of either heard-only birds
or birds seen regularly at a location that I miss seeing but are then
subsequently reported from the same spot) are Ruffed Grouse, Dickcissel,
American Bittern...the list will always provide something or other.

Thanks for the question, very interesting!

Bennet Porter
East Falmouth

On Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 3:57 PM Frank Lehman <fmlehman...> wrote:

> Dear list,
>
> On this dreary day when few of us are likely to go outside looking for
> birds, I thought I'd pose a fun little question to the community. What, if
> any, Massachusetts bird has eluded you in your time as a birder? Do you
> have a nemesis species which you always seem to miss, no matter how hard
> you try? It doesn't have to be a rarity -- just some bird which, year after
> year, slips your notice (either visually or audibly), despite it occuring
> regularly in the state.
>
> I'll share my own, somewhat embarrassing MA nemesis: Pileated Woodpecker.
> I've been birding this state for almost 10 years and have yet to see one!
> I've seen plenty in other states -- Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, but
> for whatever reason the old Stump Breaker has never shown him/herself to
> me. I imagine this will change soon, as I'm relocating to a more heavily
> forested part of the state. But it's still kind of hard to believe I've
> seen so many bizarre vagrants and rarities in the state -- Pink-Footed
> Goose, Slaty-Backed Gull, heck, even a Black-Backed Woodpecker, but never
> this one. It'll be special when I do, I'm sure. And after I finally see it,
> I can concentrate on my nemesis-runner up, the Ruffed Grouse...
>
> Stay warm and dry, all!
> Frank
>
>
> --
> Frank Lehman,
> Assistant Professor of Music, Tufts University
> Author, *Hollywood Harmony: Musical Wonder and the Sound of Cinema
> <https://global.oup.com/academic/product/hollywood-harmony-9780190606404?lang=en&cc=us#>* (OUP,
> 2018)
> tufts.academia.edu/FrankLehman
>

 

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Date: 11/19/18 7:57 pm
From: Charles Patterson <chaspatt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Merlin
Had a Merlin get into my greenhouse today.  I had the door open to clean
it out and left it for a while.  What he thought was in there is known
only to him.  He panicked, of course, and couldn't figure out how he got
in.  FYI, it does not help to open the door and expect him to find it. 
I finally had to crawl under him to get opposite  the door and let his
terror of me do the rest.  He seemed not to be the worse for wear as he
headed nearly straight up after exiting.  \

I wondered where all the titmouse feathers were coming from around the
feeders.  Now I know.


Charlie Patterson

<chaspatt...>

Norwell, Ma

 

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Date: 11/19/18 7:13 pm
From: Jennifer Novak <jfer.novak...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Blue Hills Trailside Museum
At least two Black Vultures are still present at the Blue Hills Trailside
Museum. They have been coming in to roost around 3pm along with the Turkey
Vultures in the trees surrounding the vulture enclosure. Evening Grosbeaks
have also been seen at the feeders outside the museum entrance since the
16th. I saw two females this morning.

Thanks!
Jennifer Novak

 

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Date: 11/19/18 11:40 am
From: Jean Williams <jeanwill48...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] red-breasted nuthatch pair
For the first time ever, we have a pair of red-breasted nuthatches coming to our suet feeders in Lexington center. They first appeared about a week ago and have been regular since then. They must be part of the reported irruption in Massachusetts this fall.

Jean Williams
Lexington

 

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Date: 11/19/18 3:42 am
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Franklin County longspurs
Greetings birders,


There was a small, unexpected incursion of Lapland Longspurs into northern
Franklin County over the weekend involving as many as nine individual birds
with 3 together on the taxi-way at Turner's Falls Airfield on the 17th and
6 together in the Caldwell Road fields, Northfield on the 18th. Some pics
along with other species from this weekend can be seen here;

https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2018/11/ma-bumper-crop-of-lapland-longspurs.html


Other locally notable species included an Iceland Gull (2nd-cycle) at
Turner's Falls during 15th - 18th, a Cackling Goose at Turner's Falls power
canal on the 16th/17th and a Bonaparte's Gull at Turner's Falls on the
17th.

The long staying female Surf Scoter was still present at Barton Cove, Gill
on the 18th when it was joined by a pair of Greater Scaup.



Good birding,




James

 

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Date: 11/18/18 7:36 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Peregrines and Tom French on NOVA this Wednesday
Thanks to Marion Larson for the following announcement.

Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

*


On Wednesday evening at 7:30 NOVA will be airing a show on Peregrine
Falcons.

MassWildlife's Dr. Tom French is involved with the program -- you can
hear his soft drawl

in the trailer on WGBH.  He was interviewed and worked on the script
with the NOVA team this

past spring and summer.

Here’s a link to the trailer on WGBH:
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.pbs.org_wgbh_nova_video_worlds-2Dfastest-2Danimal_&d=DwMD-g&c=lDF7oMaPKXpkYvev9V-fVahWL0QWnGCCAfCDz1Bns_w&r=iAmAv1O-aIPQnUWTiuerIuCskOAC4ROBV51oobtxYJE&m=A0A0525YjolLe8c1s_tXBLN4NlvcLe2-XT85k6YApfI&s=aQvBIBcNdUSWnWRrn5-Nnp9cnzOdCI33Dn7OlDYtRvo&e=>

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/worlds-fastest-animal/
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Tune in or (because it's Thanksgiving "Eve") set your DVR to record!

Have a good holiday!

Marion E. Larson
Chief, Information & Education

MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough MA 01581


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Date: 11/18/18 3:45 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nauset Merlin
Massbirders, I took an afternoon ride down the beach today and had few landbirds but good waterfowl. I was able use my truck as a blind and photographs a very unconcerned Merlin. I have posted 2 of many images here on my flickr site.
https://flic.kr/p/QSfmyS

Enjoy
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>
www.petertrull.org



Sent from Mail for Windows 10


 

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Date: 11/18/18 2:55 pm
From: David Scott <dscott0313...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cranes, Palmer Road Plympton 11/18
After enjoying the Evening Grosbeaks at North River Audubon this morning
(about 10 birds at around 8am), I went to look for the Sandhill Cranes on
Palmer Road (Rt 58), just north of Plympton. They were easy to find at
about 9am, feeding in the field in front of the pumpkins. After a few
minutes, they flew off into the far back left corner. I went to Burrage
Pond after that, and think I had them flying in to the main pond area, but
very distant looks and I couldn't relocate them there.

A single Pine Siskin at the feeders at Moose Hill later in the morning.

David Scott
Newton

 

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Date: 11/18/18 10:24 am
From: Holly Horton <fayemei...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Baltimore oriole
Female Baltimore Oriole at suet feeder in Acton MA
 

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Date: 11/18/18 10:02 am
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-throated Gray Warbler 11/14
Feel very lucky to have seen this gem before a Sharpie made it into a meal.
After work, it is hard to get anywhere before dark now.
Phillip's Beach, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Nov 14, 2018 4:02 PM - 4:12 PM Protocol: Traveling0.25 mile(s)
Comments: Arrived to the site and found two birders looking at the
B-throated Gray Warbler. The bird was foraging along the edge of the
vegetation and seemed unconcerned by us. As the light was fading, the bird
flew further into the grassy dune and disappeared.
1 species

Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens) 1 Female bird found
in the past weekend.


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

 

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Date: 11/18/18 9:55 am
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Nov 17, 2018
Crane Beach, Essex, Massachusetts, US Nov 17, 2018 9:00 AM - 11:50
AMProtocol: Traveling 6.0 mile(s)
Comments: I was the only birder in this hiking group, but people did
have interest in the birds and stopped to ask me about sitings. We traveled
through the dune trails out to the inner bay beach, continued around the
point and along the ocean side beach, back into the dunes and back to the
parking lot.
20 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 40
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 1
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) 10
scoter sp. (Melanitta sp.) 300 Perhaps more, huge flocks of scoters on
the ocean side picked out white-winged and surf scoters
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) 10
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 4
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) 2
Sanderling (Calidris alba) 12
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 44
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) X
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 5
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 60
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 3
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1
Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) 60

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50024280

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



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

 

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Date: 11/18/18 9:21 am
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills & Evening Grosbeaks
Hi Birders,

As I am sure many of you have noted by now, not only are Evening Grosbeaks
on the move, so are Red Crossbills. Consider this my sorta-annual reminder
that recordings of both of these species are important in helping sort out
the distribution of the various flight call types. I am happy to listen to
any recordings of either species birders make, and keep in mind even poor
recordings are usually sufficient for typing.

Historically Type 3 Evening Grosbeaks are the only type present in
Massachusetts, but given the few recordings over the years we may find
other types now that more recordings are coming in. For anyone interested
in reading more, Matt Young, Andrew Spencer and I wrote an article for
eBird on these spectacular finches:

https://ebird.org/news/evening-grosbeak-call-types-of-north-america

This year's Red Crossbills look to be mostly Type 10, but the flock at
Moose Hill is swelling and getting more interesting--it now contains Type
1, 2, and 10.

Good luck out there! And I'm happy to listen to anyone's recordings to
help type either species.

good birding

Tim Spahr

 

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Date: 11/18/18 7:15 am
From: Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Evening Grosbeaks on South Shore, 11/18
Evening Grosbeaks continuing since early AM at the feeders of MAS North
River, Marshfield.

Sundar L,
Littleton, MA.

On Sat, Nov 17, 2018, 5:22 PM Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> wrote:

> While waiting today for no-show Evening Grosbeaks at MAS Daniel Webster, I
> heard from another birder that they had been reported at the North River
> Sanctuary (2000 Main Street, Marshfield). I went right up there and was not
> disappointed:
>
>
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50003074
>
>
>
> Chris Floyd
>
> Lexington
>
> <chrisf...>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 11/17/18 4:43 pm
From: Beth Roberts-Lee <bethrobertslee...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Feeder
Feeder list today:

Dark-eyed Junco
Black-capped Chickadee
Evening Grosbeak
Northern Cardinal
White-breasted Nuthatch
Downy Woodpecker
Tufted Titmouse
White-throated Sparrow
Red-bellied Woodpecker
American Goldfinch

Thanks,

Beth Roberts-Lee

Medway
<BethRobertsLee...>

 

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Date: 11/17/18 4:25 pm
From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann (King Eider, Razorbills, RED-EYED VIREO, etc.)
Jane and I led our annual November trip today for the Joppa Flats
Education Center of Massachusetts Audubon.  12 birders joined us,
visiting in order Gloucester Harbor, Jodrey Fish Pier, Halibut Point
State Park, Granite Pier, Bass Rocks (Elk's Club), Eastern Point, and
Niles Pond.  Mostly to partly cloudy.  West winds 15-20 knots with high
seas from storm of previous day.  Temp in mid to upper 40's.

60 species
---------------
Canada Goose
Gadwall  4     Small group at Eastern Point parking lot.
Mallard
American Black Duck
Ring-necked Duck  3     Niles Pond.
Greater Scaup  1     Female on Niles Pond.
KING EIDER  1     Perennial adult male from Elk's Club.  Extremely
distant bird picked out by Linda Hunnewell. As usual, out toward Salt
Island with other eiders.
Common Eider
Harlequin Duck     Great numbers and views from Halbut Point, Granite
Pier, and Bass Rocks.
Surf Scoter     Only a few.
White-winged Scoter     Only about a dozen.
Black Scoter     A few hundred.  By far, the most numerous scoter.
Long-tailed Duck  2     Remarkably only 2.
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye  0     None yet.
Hooded Merganser  4     Niles Pond.
Red-breasted Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe  1     One on Niles Pond.
Red-necked Grebe  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Mourning Dove
Purple Sandpiper     Small flocks at Halibut Point and Bass Rocks.
Greater Yellowlegs  1     Flyover seen by leaders only at Jodrey Fish Pier.
RAZORBILL     Perhaps 15 total.  Several close views of juveniles at
Jodrey Fish Pier, Granite Pier and Bass Rocks.  More distant flybys at
Halibut Point.
Black Guillemot  1     Only a single bird off Bass Rocks.
Ring-billed Gull     Just a couple.
Herring Gull
ICELAND GULL  1     One juvenile picked out by Jane at Granite Pier.
Great Black-backed Gull
Red-throated Loon     Mostly distant birds, but perhaps a couple of dozen.
Common Loon     Only a few on the water from a couple of locations.
Northern Gannet     Some nice close flybys at Granite Pier including a
juvenile and an adult.
Great Cormorant  1     Only one.  Good views of adult perched on rock at
Bass Rocks.
Double-crested Cormorant     Several from Jodrey Fish Pier.
Great Blue Heron  2     Two on Niles Pond.
Northern Harrier  1     Nice views of hunting juvenile at Eastern Point.
Accipiter sp.  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1     Halibut Point.
Downy Woodpecker  1     Halibut Point.
RED-EYED VIREO  1     Well seen bird opposite parking lot area near
trail head at Halibut Point State Park. Watched for several minutes off
and on in good lighting and seen by just about everyone in group.  Small
olive green bill, slightly larger than warblers with heavy vireo bill. 
Obvious black eye stripe.  No doubt the same bird that had been
previously been seen here on November 12. A new personal late date for
me in New England.
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  1
Hermit Thrush  1     Heard only at Halibut Point.
American Robin
Gray Catbird  2     Halibut Point.
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing     Nice flock at Halibut Point  Close views.
House Finch
Purple Finch  1     One flyover at Halibut Point.
American Goldfinch
CHIPPING SPARROW  3     Foraging together on lawn area at Halibut Point
with group of Juncos and a couple of Song Sparrows.  Well seen. 
Smallish sparrows with clear breasts and dark line passing through eye. 
One with obvious rufous cap.
Dark-eyed Junco     Small group on lawn at Halibut Point State Park.
White-throated Sparrow     Several at Halibut Point State Park.
Song Sparrow
ORANGE-CROWNED SPARROW  1     Brief views by leader only at Halibut
Point State Park in vicinity of REVI.
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1     At least one at Halibut Point.
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA
 

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Date: 11/17/18 3:05 pm
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brown Creeper Salem 11/16
Late report:
While visiting with a neighbor yesterday,  I noticed some motion from
her kitchen window.  Much to my surprise we watched a Brown Creeper go
from tree to tree but just couldn't get a photo with her phone.  Unusual
for our neighborhood!

Linda

--
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: 11/17/18 2:25 pm
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks on South Shore, 11/17
While waiting today for no-show Evening Grosbeaks at MAS Daniel Webster, I heard from another birder that they had been reported at the North River Sanctuary (2000 Main Street, Marshfield). I went right up there and was not disappointed:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50003074

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>


 

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Date: 11/17/18 1:14 pm
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Goose, Nahant
Jeff Offerman called with report of White-fronted Goose at Kelly Greens Golf Course, Nahant. I saw the subject goose with flock of Canada Geese and Brant. The bill was bright pink/orange and the belly was quite black, so perhaps the Greenland ss.


Cheers, Linda

Linda Pivacek, Nahant, <lpivacek...>

 

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Date: 11/17/18 11:24 am
From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fox sparrows in Westford
Jumping on the fox sparrow band wagon...I had 5 fox sparrows today feeding
on dropped seed beneath my feeder station. This is the most I’ve ever seen
at one time. All other sightings were of single birds and once I had two.

Good birding all!
Paul Guidetti
Westford, MA

 

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Date: 11/17/18 10:30 am
From: Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrow Returns Again
Every year for the past 4-5 years I have had a handsome Fox Sparrow show up in my yard in Melrose around this time and refuel for anywhere between 1-3 days before moving on. I am happy to say he has returned and is happily foraging away today. 
Photo:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/125349441@N03/30986807907/in/dateposted-public/

Lesley MattuchioMelrose, MA 02176
 

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Date: 11/17/18 6:57 am
From: Bonnie & Bob Buxton <bbxt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Apologies re: Fox Sparrow posts
I have just learned that somehow, several duplicate posts may have gone to MassBird and I apologize for that. I am not sure how it happened as I only sent one email. I will be checking my account to try and determine the cause of the error.

I am very sorry for the inconvenience,
Bonnie Buxton
Merrimac MA
bbxt(AT)comcast.net

 

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Date: 11/17/18 6:56 am
From: Bonnie & Bob Buxton <bbxt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Apologies re: Fox Sparrow post
I have just learned that somehow, several duplicate posts may have gone to MassBird and I apologize for that. I am not sure how it happened as I only sent one email. I will be checking my account to try and determine the cause of the error.

I am very sorry for the inconvenience,
Bonnie Buxton
Merrimac MA
bbxt(AT)comcast.net

 

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Date: 11/17/18 6:03 am
From: Mary Rocklun <msyboxer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Grasshopper Sparrow at Uxbridge Community Gardens, 11/16
I saw a late Grasshopper Sparrow at the Uxbridge Community Gardens
yesterday afternoon. It flew from a garden into a shrub on the edge of the
field, between the beehive cut-out and the bat house. I posted it (and
photos) to eBird.

Mary Sughrue-Yacino

 

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Date: 11/17/18 5:45 am
From: Bob & Bonnie Buxton <bbxt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 4 Fox Sparrows in Merrimac
We were delighted to see four Fox Sparrows in the yard this morning! 
There have been two for the past few days, but today we counted four in
view at the same time. If anyone would like to try and see them, they
are usually under the feeders or near the stream or under the pine tree,
all of which are on the left side of the house as you come up the
driveway ( which with this cold weather may be slippery, so please use
caution ).  We will be in and out today but we don't mind birders taking
a look.  We had a few Cedar Waxwings yesterday that stayed only
briefly.  We haven't seen the one Siskin lately, but are encouraged by
recent reports of Siskins and Tom's report of Redpolls at PI!!

Good birding to all,
Bonnie & Bob Buxton
8 Broad St.
Merrimac, MA
bbxt(AT)comcast.net

 

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Date: 11/16/18 1:18 pm
From: Beth Roberts-Lee <bethrobertslee...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks food
I have received many e-mails asking what and how I am feeding the birds.
The Evening Grosbeaks at my feeder fluctuate between 10 and 20 birds,
mostly females. I am using a wooden tray feeder on the railing of my deck
and use black oil sunflower seeds. Before this month, we have not had
Evening Grosbeaks at our feeders in about 25 years.

Thanks,

Beth Roberts-Lee

Medway
<BethRobertsLee...>

 

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Date: 11/16/18 1:03 pm
From: Dorothy Anderson <d.anderson...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Massachusetts Nemesis Birds
I’ve never seen a saw-whet owl and I want to!

From: <massbird-approval...> <massbird-approval...> On Behalf Of Frank Lehman
Sent: Friday, November 16, 2018 11:48 AM
To: <Massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Massachusetts Nemesis Birds

Dear list,

On this dreary day when few of us are likely to go outside looking for birds, I thought I'd pose a fun little question to the community. What, if any, Massachusetts bird has eluded you in your time as a birder? Do you have a nemesis species which you always seem to miss, no matter how hard you try? It doesn't have to be a rarity -- just some bird which, year after year, slips your notice (either visually or audibly), despite it occuring regularly in the state.

I'll share my own, somewhat embarrassing MA nemesis: Pileated Woodpecker. I've been birding this state for almost 10 years and have yet to see one! I've seen plenty in other states -- Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, but for whatever reason the old Stump Breaker has never shown him/herself to me. I imagine this will change soon, as I'm relocating to a more heavily forested part of the state. But it's still kind of hard to believe I've seen so many bizarre vagrants and rarities in the state -- Pink-Footed Goose, Slaty-Backed Gull, heck, even a Black-Backed Woodpecker, but never this one. It'll be special when I do, I'm sure. And after I finally see it, I can concentrate on my nemesis-runner up, the Ruffed Grouse...

Stay warm and dry, all!
Frank


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Date: 11/16/18 12:55 pm
From: Frank Lehman <fmlehman...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Massachusetts Nemesis Birds
Dear list,

On this dreary day when few of us are likely to go outside looking for
birds, I thought I'd pose a fun little question to the community. What, if
any, Massachusetts bird has eluded you in your time as a birder? Do you
have a nemesis species which you always seem to miss, no matter how hard
you try? It doesn't have to be a rarity -- just some bird which, year after
year, slips your notice (either visually or audibly), despite it occuring
regularly in the state.

I'll share my own, somewhat embarrassing MA nemesis: Pileated Woodpecker.
I've been birding this state for almost 10 years and have yet to see one!
I've seen plenty in other states -- Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, but
for whatever reason the old Stump Breaker has never shown him/herself to
me. I imagine this will change soon, as I'm relocating to a more heavily
forested part of the state. But it's still kind of hard to believe I've
seen so many bizarre vagrants and rarities in the state -- Pink-Footed
Goose, Slaty-Backed Gull, heck, even a Black-Backed Woodpecker, but never
this one. It'll be special when I do, I'm sure. And after I finally see it,
I can concentrate on my nemesis-runner up, the Ruffed Grouse...

Stay warm and dry, all!
Frank


--
Frank Lehman,
Assistant Professor of Music, Tufts University
Author, *Hollywood Harmony: Musical Wonder and the Sound of Cinema
<https://global.oup.com/academic/product/hollywood-harmony-9780190606404?lang=en&cc=us#>*
(OUP,
2018)
tufts.academia.edu/FrankLehman

 

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Date: 11/16/18 6:50 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Raven in Billerica
Thanks to Richard Messer for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:56:50 +0000 (UTC)
From: Richard Messer <pi_birder...>
Subject: Raven in Billerica


Last couple of days we have had a Raven flying around our work campus
which is on the east side of route 3 off of Concord Road.
Happy Birding
Richard Messer
pi_birder AT yahoo.comhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/pi_birder/

 

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Date: 11/16/18 6:48 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Swampscott Barred Owl and Winter Wren, etc.
Thanks to Paul Peterson for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2018 01:46:55 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson<petersonpaul63...>
To: Massbird MASSBIRD<massbird...>,
Boston Birds<bostonbirds...>
Message-ID:<1270009714.1445864.1542332815524...>
Subject: Swampscott Barred Owl and Winter Wren, etc.

So glad that I didn't go straight from the bus stop to the Swampscott Beach Club to look for the Black-throated Gray Warbler, for a Sharp-shinned Hawk took the bird out. (unbeknownst to me at the time ) I wandered around an area of Swampscott I didn't know existed, but it had looked promising. It was:

Barred Owl 1                      gave itself away with a monosyllabic call; otherwise, I would not have found it
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Carolina Wren 1
Winter Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1

P.S. I then had twenty minutes to look for the warbler before nightfall and my bus arrival, so it worked out well, because i simply would have been wasting my time if I had gotten to the warbler spot any earlier.

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

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Date: 11/16/18 6:48 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Nov 15, 2018
Thanks to Alan Bragg for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

From: "Alan & Ruth Bragg" <alan.ruth.bragg...>

Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2018 18:20:11 -0500
Subject: Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Nov 15, 2018


Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Nov 15, 2018 7:13 AM - 9:12 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Comments: weekly survey by GMNWR volunteers: Alan, Kathy, Maryellen,
Pete, Soheil,, Frank, Tom and Will. overcast, 22 degrees. dike trails are
flooded. Observation from parking lot tower and rail trail.
29 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 297
Mute Swan 1
Wood Duck 3
American Wigeon 4
Mallard 5
American Black Duck 1
Ring-necked Duck 1
Hooded Merganser 2
Wild Turkey 11
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 11
Mourning Dove 1
American Coot 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 10
American Crow 8
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 1
American Robin 92
American Goldfinch 6
American Tree Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 5
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 8
blackbird sp. 46
Alan Bragg
Bedford MA

 

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Date: 11/16/18 5:36 am
From: Beth Roberts-Lee <bethrobertslee...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Feeder today
Feeder list today:

Black-capped Chickadee
Evening Grosbeak
Dark-eyed Junco
Tufted Titmouse
Song Sparrow
Blue Jay
Carolina Wren
American Goldfinch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
White-throated Sparrow

Thanks,

Beth Roberts-Lee

Medway
<BethRobertsLee...>

 

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Date: 11/15/18 5:49 pm
From: Beth Roberts-Lee <bethrobertslee...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Feeder today
Feeder list today:

Black-capped Chickadee
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow
Evening Grosbeak
Blue Jay
American Goldfinch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Downy Woodpecker
Tufted Titmouse

Thanks,

Beth Roberts-Lee

Medway
<BethRobertsLee...>

 

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Date: 11/15/18 3:33 pm
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wyola Pine Grosbeak? Cheshire hummingbird, Stebbins Pochard, etc.
Hi MassBirders,

This morning, after dropping my son at school, I stopped by Lake Wyola. A pair of Bald Eagles, an adult and another very close but with a trace of dark terminal band remaining in its tail, flew into view above the big pines to the west of the parking lot, calling and chasing around. Only birds on the water were a lone male Common Merganser, and a Common Loon which Keenan Yakola had photographed and posted on FaceBook the day before yesterday. But while there, I heard a distinctive call which I didn’t recognize, something that doesn’t happen every day. It was a two-part call, always two, never a lone call, never three or more. The cadence reminded me very much of a Winter Wren’s “jip-jip” call, but the voice was a bit different, and the call was coming from an area of residential yards with several tall conifers. I never saw the bird, which went silent before I could walk close enough to figure out its exact location. After listening to some recordings on Xeno-canto just now, I’ve convinced myself that I heard a Pine Grosbeak.

On my way home from there, noticed a really lovely adult Red-shouldered Hawk perched in somebody’s yard in Shutesbury.

At Barton Cove this morning, in addition to the rapidly growing mob of Hooded Mergansers already mentioned here by James Smith, the Surf Scoter was still present, for the 10th day now.

Late Monday morning, my son (age 12) and I were driving from his appointment in Florence to his sister’s school in Easthampton. Suddenly he blurts out from the back seat “Owl!” There were no cars behind me, so I stopped and backed up. Sure enough, a Barred Owl was perched in the woods not far from the roadside!

Relocated my four bird feeders that were dragged off by a bear several weeks ago, and straightened the hanging pole that the pesky critter had bent completely horizontal. So, ready to resume bird feeding, whenever I’m confident that the freeloader is asleep for the winter….

Libby Lord posted photos in the group “Western Mass Bird Photography” of a curious duck from the Fannie Stebbins refuge. It has been identified as a Baer’s Pochard. Comments on her post indicate that the bird has been present since October 7. It’s no Mandarin Duck, and not countable for ABA life lists, but folks birding the Springfield vicinity might want to know that it’s around…

And Greg Ward filed an eBird report yesterday of a hummingbird in Cheshire! Sadly appears to have a deformed or injured tongue. Reportedly has been present for at least two weeks. Doubt that it will last much longer, unless the homeowners are thawing out their feeder first thing every morning…. Kyron Hanson notes that Greg’s photos confirm the bird as a Ruby-throated, based on a thin outer primary and other characters.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49940222 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49940222>

Good birding!

Josh


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

Webmaster, Hampshire Bird Club
https://hampshirebirdclub.org/

Northeast Chapter, Dragonfly Society of the Americas
https://bryanpfeiffer.com/nedsa2018/

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Date: 11/15/18 10:39 am
From: Lorraine Kaplan <lorraine.e.kaplan...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] BT Gray in Swampscott
Oh dear. It’s a bird eat bird world.

Lorraine Kaplan
Arlington

Grandchild of immigrants


> On Nov 15, 2018, at 1:18 PM, J. Ryan Doherty <ryan...> wrote:
>
> If you are planning a trip for the BT Gray Warbler at Phillip’s Beach, well ... it was taken out by a Sharpie this afternoon.
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> Ryan Doherty
> Brighton MA
> <ryan...>
>

 

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Date: 11/15/18 10:25 am
From: J. Ryan Doherty <ryan...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BT Gray in Swampscott
If you are planning a trip for the BT Gray Warbler at Phillip’s Beach, well ... it was taken out by a Sharpie this afternoon.


Sent from my iPhone

Ryan Doherty
Brighton MA
<ryan...>

 

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Date: 11/15/18 9:09 am
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gill - Hooded Mergansers
Greetings birders,


The annual late autumn build up of Hooded Mergansers is again taking place
in Barton Cove, Gill. This morning I counted 67 and that number could climb
to triple digits over the next 10 days or so.

On Nov 13th, a female Red-breasted Merganser showed up at Barton Cove but I
haven't seen it since.


Late migrants have included a Gray Catbird in Northfield Meadows on Nov
9th, a Greater Yellowlegs on Meadow Road, Montague on Nov 14th and a Tree
Swallow (adult male) at the Turner's Falls power canal on Nov 11th.


Also of note, a single Red Crossbill calling in Montague Plains this
morning (Nov 15th).


Images of some of these, along with a summary of locally interesting
observations for this month can be seen here;

http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2018/11/ma-november-first-two-weeks.html



Good birding,




James

 

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Date: 11/15/18 6:05 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Banded Peregrine

Massbirders, I recently (‎Thursday, ‎October ‎25, ‎2018, ‏‎3:40:16 AM) photographed an adult peregrine falcon on the nauset outer beach in Chatham with field readable blue over green bands on the left leg, unreadable because the right leg with a metal band obscured the print. Any knowledge of this banded bird?
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>
www.petertrull.org

Sent from Mail for Windows 10


 

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Date: 11/15/18 4:51 am
From: Susan Clark <sbc...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence MA Winter Crow Roost Patrol
Mass. Audubon just had a brief but very interesting blog on winter crow roosting: https://blogs.massaudubon.org/distractiondisplays/licorice-in-the-sky-a-seasonal-gathering-of-crows/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DistractionDisplays+%28Distraction+Displays%29

Foxes, your reports are wonderful. SC, Concord, MA
> On Nov 15, 2018, at 12:28 AM, Dana Duxbury-Fox <danafox...> wrote:
>
> This evening (Wednesday) Bob and I took Pat Randall and her partner Michael from Watertown MA to see the Lawrence Crow Roost. We started at the Lawrence (although it is in North Andover) Airport where you can see a vast distance to the north and west. I t was a cold, windy, and sunny afternoon. Very few crows were moving towards the roost an hour before sunset. We moved to the New Balance Parking lot off of So. Union St. in Lawrence just south of the Merrimack River and saw crows coming in from the north side of the river and some from the south over the mill building to the east of us. After a few minutes, we moved to the rut filled So. Canal St. and looked north over the truck depot north. From there you can just see the tops of many now leafless trees along the river. Crows were beginning to assemble. Soon we went out along Merrimack St. to Rt. 28 (So. Broadway) and went north across the river to the first pull in where you get a great look of the top of the dam, the vast river and trees to the west of us which were filling up with crows including many Fish Crows. None on the ground tonight. As the sun set, birds began to stream in from the west along the river and many came over to the trees on the north side. Suddenly, vast numbers of crows streamed over the bridge so we pulled out to the north and immediately turned into the first driveway and made our way over to Pemberton Park (now filled with trailers for those still unfortunate families without gas heat or hot water). The trees along the river were filling up with crows and many were streaming over the next bridge (The Casey Bridge). The light is now beginning to fade but the western horizon still has a soft glow. Soon we moved out going south over the bridge and took the first left onto the dirt So. Canal St and back to the truck depot. Now hundreds of crows were streaming around, many settling into the trees for the night. Our last stop was back to the New Balance parking lot where we parked and walked across the street and out onto the (Duck) bridge and looked west to the trees lining the river and marveled at the amazing number of crows filling the tree tops and many all along the branches hanging over the river. Many were silhouetted against the light western sky. It was such a juxtaposition – crows on spindly branches, the vast river, towering old brick mill buildings and the raucous calling of thousands of crows. Soon they would quiet down and wait for sunrise. Tonight we did not even try to count them. The other night there were 7000+ coming in from the east and the last time we got a count from the west there were 3000.
>
> Do plan to come – it is quite a show.
> Dana
> Dana Duxbury-Fox
> North Andover, MA


 

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Date: 11/14/18 11:17 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fw: 11/11 Moose Hill Sanctuary and Farm Highlights







----- Forwarded Message -----

From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
To: <massbird...> <massbird...>; Boston Birds <bostonbirds...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 8:12:34 PM EST
Subject: 11/11 Moose Hill Sanctuary and Farm Highlights


The former is an Audubon property, the latter a Trustees property:

Red-breasted Nuthatch 40      mostly at audubon, some along parkway before audubon
Fox Sparrow 5                       all but one audubon; other along parkway before audubon (two old pond trail, one vernal spring trail, one Hobbs Trail)
Purple Finch 12+                   crabapples at Moose Hill Farm parking area

P.S. This place is beautiful, with fresh air.

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 11/14/18 6:45 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Recent Sharon highlights
Sorry for the belated reports.
Vin Zollo is still getting Red Crossbills sporadically, seen and heard
around the nature center at Moose Hill WS with a recent high of 12 on
the 12th. (And Red-breasted Nuthatches are near peak density in the
white pines.)
There have been decent numbers of Purple Finches and Pine Siskins (and
a rather large Bluebird flock) at Moose Hill Farm TTOR, but I haven't
gotten up there in the past few days so not sure if numbers have
decreased.
Will Sweet found a Barrows Goldeneye and a Lesser Black-backed Gull at
Lake Massapoag on the 13th and the Barrows was still present on the
14th.
Evening Grosbeaks are around, but impossible to pin down. A few flocks
have been seen as flyovers recently and we had a single vocal male
that was perched across the street from our house but couldn't find
our feeders before flying off (unfortunately).

Happy birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon
 

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Date: 11/14/18 1:33 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island (Parker River NWR) - 11-14-2018
David Moon and I braved the cold and gale-force winds to lead today's
Wednesday Morning Birding program on to Parker River NWR from Joppa
Flats Education Center.  Our visit to the north end of Plum Island was
short lived as with sand in our faces, we turned tail and retreated to
our vehicles.  In my many visits to the north end of the island, I have
never experienced such strong winds -- a steady 30+ mph out of the
northwest with gusts between 40 and 50 mph!  Without the sand,
conditions on Hellcat dike were very similar.  Obviously, birds were
hunkered down.  Skies were partly cloudy and temps topped out at 37.
Wind chill was in the upper teens.  It was pretty danged brutal!

Our somewhat brief list:

Canada Goose (~ 200) - ~ 50, various; ~ 150, flock overhead at The
Warden's, moving south.
American Black Duck - common; throughout the marsh.
Mallard (2) - Stage Island Pool.
Common Eider (4) - Emerson Rocks.
White-winged Scoter (1) - seven ocean.
Black Scoter (1) - seven ocean.
Common Goldeneye (2) - hens; three ocean.
Red-breasted Merganser (3) - Emerson Rocks.
Red-throated Loon (5) - 4, seven ocean; 1, three ocean.
American Bittern (1) - Bill Forward Pool, adj Hellcat dike (thanks
MaryMargaret & Dave Adrien).
Great Blue Heron (1) - North Pool from Hellcat dike.
Northern Harrier (1) - over marsh n. Cross Farm Hill.
Black-bellied Plover (1) - seven beach.
Sanderling (1) - seven beach.
Dunlin (~ 18) - three beach.
[Ring-billed Gull - common, Joppa Flats.]
Herring Gull - common.
Northern Flicker (2) - three boardwalk.
Northern Mockingbird (1) - parking lot #7.
European Starling - several medium-sized flocks.
[American Tree Sparrow (1) - Joppa Flats.]
Song Sparrow (1) - The Warden's.
Dark-eyed Junco (2) - roadside between parking lots 1 & 2.

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats at 0930 for Wednesday
Morning Birding. For more information about Joppa Flats programs, call
David Moon or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

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

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Date: 11/14/18 1:21 pm
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Belted Kingfisher
still lingering at the head of the bay in Dartmouth MA

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

 

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Date: 11/14/18 1:07 pm
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gill - Pine Grosbeaks
Greetings birders,

Two Pine Grosbeaks on North Cross Road, Gill at 06:53 hours this morning. I
first heard them calling from a yard (house #53) where I think they might
have roosted but they then departed, still calling, towards the NW. No pics
unfortunately as I wasn't birding as the time, but just a general heads-up
as there might be more on the way. Evening Grosbeaks continue to show
almost daily in northern Franklin County, mostly single birds flying over.


Water birding in the greater Turner's Falls area has been very slow of late
with remarkably few geese over the last ten days but a female Surf Scoter
has lingered in Barton Cove, Gill from the 6th - 14th.


Good birding,



James
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/

 

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Date: 11/14/18 11:33 am
From: Nick Tepper <nicholastepper6739...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-throated Gray Warbler
Hi all,

The sunject bird is still here at Phillips Beach in Swampscott. The bird is
foraging along the dune vegetation and sometimes 5-10ft onto the beach
about 300ft down. Follow the boardwalk onto the beach and continue close
along the dunes.

Good luck,

Nick Tepper
Stow, MA

 

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Date: 11/14/18 11:18 am
From: Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Next Bear Creek, Saugus, walk on Sunday November 18, 2018, at 9 am; report for Nov 11 walk
Folks,

The next walk at Bear Creek Sanctuary is scheduled for 9 am on Sunday, November 18. Details for attending Bear Creek walks are at the end of this email.

A chilly windy day on Sunday, November 11, suppressed passerine activity, though in the end we found good-sized flock of a few grassland species -- Horned Larks, American Pipits and Snow Buntings. Shorebirds and waterfowl were relatively scarce. But we got to watch a Killdeer pursued by a Peregrine over our heads. The Killdeer got away.

The ebird list, kindly tended to by Sebastian Jones, is appended below:

Bear Creek Sanctuary (restricted access), Essex, Massachusetts, US
Nov 11, 2018 9:28 AM - 12:38 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.66 mile(s)
43 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 119
Mallard 1
American Black Duck 12
White-winged Scoter 2
Bufflehead 30
Wild Turkey 12
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Mourning Dove 1
Killdeer 3
Wilson's Snipe 1
Greater Yellowlegs 1
shorebird sp. 3
Ring-billed Gull 6
Herring Gull 15
Great Black-backed Gull 3
Common Loon 1
Double-crested Cormorant 29
Great Blue Heron 7
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 5
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 4
Horned Lark 60
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 7
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 80
American Pipit 15
American Goldfinch 6
Snow Bunting 20
White-crowned Sparrow 2 Both juv
White-throated Sparrow 2
Savannah Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 16
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 1
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49933078

Bear Creek is an upland grassland 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.

Soheil Zendeh
Lexington, MA 02421




 

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Date: 11/14/18 11:16 am
From: Nick Tepper <nicholastepper6739...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Black-thr Gray Warbler, YES 11/14
Still here

On Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 12:23 PM Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
wrote:

> Dana Crowley, who originally found the BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, and
> Bob Lessard both called around noon today to report that the warbler is
> present again today at Philips Beach in Swampscott.
>
> Steve Grinley
> Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
> 194 Route 1, Newburyport, MA 01950
> <Birdwsg...>
> 978-462-0775
> www.birdwatcherssupplyandgifts.com
>

 

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Date: 11/14/18 11:16 am
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 11/14 N/ Plymouth- Store Pond - male Pintail
Quick stop at Spooner Pond (a/k/a Store Pond) in North Plymouth turned up a
handsome male Pintail, 8 Hooded Mergansers, and 2 Buffleheads to go along
with the usual suspects. The Pintail swam very near the parking area giving
a photo op.

Photos at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49934062



Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA

<mailto:<rbowes...> <rbowes...>

Duxbury Beach info at: http://www.duxburybeach.com/general-info/







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Date: 11/14/18 9:28 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-thr Gray Warbler, YES 11/14
Dana Crowley, who originally found the BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, and Bob Lessard both called around noon today to report that the warbler is present again today at Philips Beach in Swampscott.

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

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Date: 11/13/18 8:28 pm
From: chris buelow <dryoptera...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] hardwick (quabbin) northern shrike
To add to the recent northern shrike observations, I had a juvenile shrike at the Quabbin Gate 43 boat launch in Hardwick yesterday afternoon (Monday).
Chris Buelow - Hardwick, MA - <dryoptera...>

 

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Date: 11/13/18 7:10 pm
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Meadow birds
Thanks to George and Judy for reporting these birds and for helping fill the feeders that keep them coming!

Siskin photos and my full list from early PM today at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49923245 .

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>


 

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Date: 11/13/18 11:55 am
From: Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] DCR's Belle Isle Marsh & Winthrop Beach Upcoming Bird walks
North Region Coastal District
Department of Conservation and Recreation
One Eliot Circle Contact: Matthew Nash
Revere, MA 02151
781-656-1485

Date November 13, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Find yourself in a DCR State Park
East Boston\Winthrop\Revere

Join a DCR Park interpreter to learn about the wonderful natural and cultural history of your state parks. All Programs are FREE and open to the public. 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. The agency strongly recommends visitors dress appropriately for the weather, bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and footwear suitable for walking on the beach, and on paths. For more information phone 781-656-1485 or email <Matthew.Nash...> For a listing of programs at other DCR state parks visit
https://www.mass.gov/service-details/upcoming-programs-and-events

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

An Oasis for Birds
Saturday, November 17
NOTE TIME CHANGE 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 one 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. Suitable for adults and children ages 10 and older accompanied by an adult. Meet at: On or near the boardwalk to the right of the Bulletin Board, located at 1399 Bennington Street, East Boston. 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 for bus and train information.
Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.


Winthrop Shores Reservation

Avian Delights at Winthrop Beach
Saturday, November 24 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.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 will be provided but please bring these items if you have them. Suitable for adults and children ages 10 and older accompanied by an adult. 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 for bus and train information (schedule, route and fees).
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) 656-1485

Find yourself in a DCR Park!

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Date: 11/13/18 8:26 am
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Manomet Kingbird & Sandpiper
Yesterday, Monday Nov 12, we went down to Manomet and saw the Western
Kingbird. First one we've seen in a long time.

At Manomet Point, we saw ONE Purple Sandpiper resting on a rock. Unusual
to see only one of these birds.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro

 

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Date: 11/13/18 8:26 am
From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brown creeper
Just watched one creeping up the trunk of my crab apple tree in front of my kitchen window in the pouring rain! I haven't seen a brown creeper in several years!!
Photographed a fox sparrow on Field Bridge Rd in Groton late yesterday after searching for one for a couple of hours! Huge flock of house finches and juncos there and saw at least 3 tree sparrows and several White- throated, song sparrows, and bluebirds. A northern harrier also passed over but didn't take anything.

Sandy Selesky
Westford, MA
<sandyselesky...>

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/13/18 8:26 am
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Meadow birds
Some birds we saw at Wachusett Meadow feeders today, Sunday Nov 11, 2018

2 Tree Sparrows, first of Fall for us
3 Purple Finch, 1 ad, 2 immature
1-2 Pine Siskins
Other usual feeder birds

The Purple Finches and Siskins have been around for the past couple of weeks.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro


 

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Date: 11/13/18 6:41 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Manomet Kingbird & Sandpiper
Thanks to George Gove for the following post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: Manomet Kingbird & Sandpiper
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:57:27 -0500


Yesterday, Monday Nov 12, we went down to Manomet and saw the Western
Kingbird. First one we've seen in a long time.

At Manomet Point, we saw ONE Purple Sandpiper resting on a rock. Unusual
to see only one of these birds.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro

 

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