MASSBIRD
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4/24/17 6:30 pm <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Birding is Fun
4/24/17 6:30 pm Alan Strauss <ansch100...> [MASSBIRD] Marine report 4/24/17 Manomet
4/24/17 5:46 pm Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Apr 24, 2017
4/24/17 4:58 pm Kristen A <kristen.aug...> [MASSBIRD] 4/24 Little Blue Heron- Clarke Pond
4/24/17 4:46 pm <Tombwhawk...> [MASSBIRD] Broad-wings oveer Mt. Tom
4/24/17 3:58 pm geoff wilson <s2ary39...> [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary Sunday, April 23
4/24/17 3:16 pm Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> [MASSBIRD] Huntington 4/24
4/24/17 2:16 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Apr 24, 2017
4/24/17 11:11 am NEaton <nancyeaton...> [MASSBIRD] Longmeadow: Warbing Vireo
4/24/17 11:11 am William Loughlin <wkloughlin111...> [MASSBIRD] Hockomock Swamp today
4/24/17 10:04 am Evelyn McKay <evelynsmckay...> [MASSBIRD] Two American Oystercatchers on rock off the beach at Winter Island, Salem, MA
4/24/17 8:44 am STEVEN SIMPSON <stevensimpson...> [MASSBIRD] Chandler Pond, Brighton Migrants
4/24/17 6:48 am Stephen Buckman <sbu...> [MASSBIRD] Flooded at Great Meadows, Concord?
4/24/17 12:05 am <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (23 Apr 2017) 17 Raptors
4/23/17 8:38 pm Eddie <emgiles62...> [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club Walk - Wompatuck State Park, Hingham April 23, 2016
4/23/17 5:54 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Purple Martins In Essex County
4/23/17 5:04 pm Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club trip, 4/22: Nahant
4/23/17 3:11 pm Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...> [MASSBIRD] Waterthrush and Palm warblers galore- Charles river bike bath
4/23/17 1:44 pm Mike <rkramden1994...> [MASSBIRD] Black Vultures in Tewksbury
4/23/17 1:40 pm Christine Harris <cmharris86...> [MASSBIRD] Cattle egret, Eastham
4/23/17 12:14 pm <dave.williams6...> [MASSBIRD] BBC North Shore Ramble
4/23/17 12:02 pm Haynes Miller <hrm...> [MASSBIRD] Hammond Reservation, Newton: Green and Rusty
4/23/17 8:55 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm species
4/23/17 6:47 am Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Western MA waterbirds and others
4/22/17 5:51 pm Jim McCoy <jfmccoy...> [MASSBIRD] White-winged Dove at Fens
4/22/17 5:40 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Clapper Rail-Bell Neck conservation area, Harwich
4/22/17 5:11 pm Ian Parsons <icpcircular...> [MASSBIRD] Mystic Lake, Saturday noon
4/22/17 4:37 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] West Newbury on Earth Day
4/22/17 2:37 pm Roberta Hodson <robertahodson...> [MASSBIRD] Upland Sandpiper
4/22/17 1:32 pm Travis Mazerall <tmazerall...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Wilson's Warbler - mount auburn
4/22/17 1:27 pm Travis Mazerall <tmazerall...> [MASSBIRD] Wilson's Warbler
4/22/17 1:22 pm <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Raven in Newton
4/22/17 11:24 am John Nelson <jnelson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Rio Negro article in Birdwatching Magazine
4/22/17 11:08 am David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Newbury & Plum Island - 04-22-17
4/22/17 10:07 am Travis Mazerall <tmazerall...> [MASSBIRD] Field Sparrow
4/22/17 9:36 am Warren Tatro <wtatro...> [MASSBIRD] White-faced Ibis along Argilla Road in Ipswich
4/22/17 4:12 am Ann Gurka <snowyegret7...> [MASSBIRD] Rio Negro article in Birdwatching Magazine
4/21/17 7:09 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond Highlights 4/20
4/21/17 2:58 pm Sabrina Hepburn <s.k.hepburn...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Annual Meeting 4/28/17
4/21/17 2:23 pm Ian Nisbet <icnisbet...> [MASSBIRD] common terns at Bird Island, Marion
4/21/17 12:28 pm Chris Martone <cmartone00...> [MASSBIRD] Lynnfield Marsh IBA - Rusty Blackbird migration stopover roost
4/21/17 9:27 am Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary walk - DATE CORRECTION
4/21/17 8:18 am Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Boxford Crooked Pond, Apr 20, 2017
4/21/17 7:02 am Dee Stewart <haberlea...> [MASSBIRD] Pileated in Stow
4/21/17 1:46 am <Godwit4...> [MASSBIRD] Pileated in Concord
4/20/17 6:16 pm James Dillon <jdillon755270...> [MASSBIRD] White Faced Ibis, Ipswich
4/20/17 6:15 pm Wayne Petersen <wpetersen...> [MASSBIRD] Eastern Meadowlarks need your help!
4/20/17 11:52 am Dan Mushrush <dmushrush...> [MASSBIRD] Yellow warbler in Westborough
4/20/17 9:15 am <dave.williams6...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Mt. Auburn walk
4/20/17 9:10 am Dennis Oliver <dennisbake49...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Osprey
4/20/17 8:44 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Louisiana Waterthrush- Boxford 4/20
4/20/17 6:38 am <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] House Wren, Newton
4/19/17 7:41 pm Ian Parsons <icpcircular...> [MASSBIRD] Osprey
4/19/17 5:09 pm Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> [MASSBIRD] Great Blue Heron rookery in Tewksbury
4/19/17 5:07 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Middleton Pond, Middleton, Apr 19, 2017
4/19/17 3:53 pm judy parrot-willis <jep_willis...> [MASSBIRD] Not much longer!
4/19/17 2:53 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (18 Apr 2017) 5 Raptors
4/19/17 2:53 pm Alan Strauss <ansch100...> [MASSBIRD] marine report Race Point
4/19/17 2:53 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Pilgrim Heights (19 Apr 2017) 29 Raptors
4/19/17 2:33 pm John Liller <john.liller...> [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary - 4/19/17
4/19/17 1:41 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Newman Road & Plum Island - 04-19-17
4/19/17 12:08 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Orchard Oriole
4/19/17 11:44 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm sightings
4/19/17 9:41 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] Mt. Auburn Cemetery - BBC Walk 4.19
4/19/17 8:17 am Barbara A Balkwill <balkwill...> RE: [MASSBIRD] This is SPAM
4/19/17 8:10 am William Drummond <wcdrummond...> [MASSBIRD] ride to Fieldfare
4/19/17 7:48 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] This is SPAM
4/19/17 7:13 am Warren Tatro <wtatro...> [MASSBIRD] Ovenbird at Pike's Bridge Road
4/18/17 2:12 pm Richard Wolf <rgwolf17...> [MASSBIRD] Pair of Eurasian Teel
4/18/17 1:40 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Birds of New Hampshire volume
4/18/17 9:24 am Larry Berk <larry.berk...> [MASSBIRD] Hummingbirds
4/18/17 7:37 am Michael Baird <rkramden1994...> [MASSBIRD] FOY Eastern Kingbird along with other early migrants - Lowell Cemetery
4/18/17 7:00 am Joshua Rose <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Mew Gull at Race Point photos
4/18/17 6:14 am Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] 4/18 Duxbury Beach - first Willet
4/18/17 5:27 am Peter Laptop <orapendula...> [MASSBIRD] Solitary sandpiper topsfield fairground.
4/18/17 4:33 am Ted Home <tedgpurcell...> [MASSBIRD] RFI Canal King Eider
4/18/17 3:21 am Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh 4/16
4/17/17 8:39 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Forest Hills Cemetery
4/17/17 8:37 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (17 Apr 2017) 68 Raptors
4/17/17 8:32 pm Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> [MASSBIRD] Flock of Glossy Ibis at Great Meadows tonight (Concord)
4/17/17 7:20 pm Jon Woolf <jswoolf01...> [MASSBIRD] NH Audubon Spring Pelagic Birding Trip
4/17/17 11:57 am Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] 4 places in Ipswich, Apr 17, 2017: white-faced ibis, Va. rails
4/17/17 11:50 am Nick Dorian <dorianscale3...> [MASSBIRD] Tricolored Heron, Harwich
4/17/17 9:16 am Michael Chalfin <michael.chalfin...> [MASSBIRD] Louisiana waterthrush crooked pond
4/17/17 7:42 am Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...> [MASSBIRD] Rehoboth House Wren, Eastern Towhee
4/17/17 7:11 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Walk - Mt. Auburn Cemetery 4.17.17
4/16/17 9:19 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Hill, Scotland Rd., Newman Rd., & Cross St. (all Essex Co.), Apr 16, 2017
4/16/17 7:55 pm Charles Patterson <chaspatt...> [MASSBIRD] New Arrivals
4/16/17 7:35 pm Ian Parsons <icpcircular...> [MASSBIRD] Palm warbler
4/16/17 7:03 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (16 Apr 2017) 202 Raptors
4/16/17 4:39 pm Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Crooked Pond 4/15
4/16/17 4:38 pm Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] White-eyed Vireo - Ipswich 4/16
4/16/17 2:15 pm Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> [MASSBIRD] Wendell 4/16
4/16/17 12:44 pm Matt <matthewfilosa...> [MASSBIRD] Wilson's Warbler
4/16/17 12:44 pm Brian Vigorito <bmvig21...> [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl - Duxbury Beach
4/16/17 9:35 am Donald Wilkinson <donaldwilkinson60...> [MASSBIRD] Thanks for directions! Crooked Pond, Boxford today
4/16/17 8:01 am <goshawk3...> <goshawk3...> [MASSBIRD] Easter Towhee, West Bridgewater
4/16/17 6:52 am Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Northern Waterthrush - Nahant Stump Dump/Heritage Trail, Apr 16, 2017
4/15/17 6:59 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (14 Apr 2017) 9 Raptors
4/15/17 6:59 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (15 Apr 2017) 40 Raptors
4/15/17 4:14 pm CHARLES PATTERSON <chaspatt...> Re: [MASSBIRD] FOY Eastern Towhee Barker Street North Andover.
4/15/17 2:40 pm Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...> [MASSBIRD] 2 White-faced Ibis - Ipswich - 04-15-17
4/15/17 2:17 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond Highlights 4/14
4/15/17 2:17 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Pilgrim Heights (15 Apr 2017) 47 Raptors
4/15/17 2:17 pm Will Sweet <wsweet321...> [MASSBIRD] Mew Gull at Race Point photos
4/15/17 12:24 pm Donald Wilkinson <donaldwilkinson60...> [MASSBIRD] Directions to Crooked Pond, Boxford?
4/15/17 11:44 am \<birdwsg...>\ <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Pectoral sandpipers, Newbury 4/15
4/15/17 11:20 am Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] 4/15 Duxbury Beach - Transient Snowy Owl
4/15/17 8:58 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Northern Rough-winged Swallow - Ipswich
4/15/17 8:22 am Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...> [MASSBIRD] FOY Eastern Towhee Barker Street North Andover.
4/15/17 6:55 am Jason Huestis <jayhuestis...> [MASSBIRD] Iceland Gull
4/15/17 5:48 am Alan Kneidel <akneidel...> [MASSBIRD] Mew Gull - Race Point
4/14/17 7:50 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Vesper Sparrow, Rusty Blackbirds: Millennium Park
4/14/17 3:49 pm Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] DCR questionnaire
4/14/17 3:11 pm John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River WS highlights and a few others
4/14/17 2:19 pm James Barton <Redwing1986...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Pine Warbler at Fresh Pond Reservation.
4/14/17 10:50 am Kathy Rawdon <rawdonk...> [MASSBIRD] 18 Black crown night herons at Herring Run in East Weymouth
4/14/17 10:32 am Kathy Rawdon <rawdonk...> [MASSBIRD] Wompatuck State Park/Hingham, Friday morning birding group
4/14/17 9:44 am Kat Birder <katbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Cumberland Island
4/14/17 9:06 am Kat Birder <katbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Cumberland Island
4/14/17 7:30 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] Race Point - Now - Whales Galore
4/14/17 7:06 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island Purple Martin Season Underway
4/14/17 6:42 am steven.j.babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...> [MASSBIRD] Louisiana Waterthrush at Crooked Pond
4/14/17 6:22 am Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...> [MASSBIRD] Shorebird Surprises Saturday April 15 at Winthrop Beach
4/14/17 6:14 am steven.j.babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...> [MASSBIRD] Blue-headed Vireo at Crooked Pond
4/14/17 5:04 am <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (13 Apr 2017) 72 Raptors
4/14/17 4:14 am Amy Lorenz <alorenz...> [MASSBIRD] Owl + Vernal Pool Walk tonight CANCELLED
4/14/17 3:48 am ECOC Mail <ecocmail...> [MASSBIRD] Essex County Ornithological Club Meeting Reminder - Friday, April 21, 2017
4/13/17 6:07 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Island Rd, Essex, and Niles Pond, E. Gloucester, Apr 13, 2017
4/13/17 3:32 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Westborough birds
4/13/17 2:28 pm Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...> [MASSBIRD] Charles River Heron Roost
4/13/17 2:06 pm Mary <lemmel...> [MASSBIRD] Vesper sparrow yes millennium park
4/13/17 10:42 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Apr 13, 2017
4/13/17 9:33 am Alan Kneidel <akneidel...> [MASSBIRD] big grebe numbers on placid Cape Cod Bay
4/13/17 8:55 am John Liller <john.liller...> [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary - 4/13/17
4/13/17 8:54 am John Liller <john.liller...> [MASSBIRD] To: Massbird , Rick Quimby
4/13/17 6:28 am Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Ward Reservation, Apr 12, 2017
4/12/17 4:00 pm Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] 4/8 Duxbury Beach & Bluefish River
4/12/17 2:45 pm Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Apr 12, 2017
4/12/17 1:33 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Scotland Road & Plum Island - 04-12-17
4/12/17 7:16 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Pilgrim Heights (11 Apr 2017) 19 Raptors
4/12/17 5:03 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] FoY Chipping Sparrow / Newbury
4/11/17 10:38 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] migrant activity in the Valley
4/11/17 8:37 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Savannah, Field Sparrow arrivals in Boston
4/11/17 8:21 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Beverly Bald Eagle
4/11/17 7:35 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Peregrine Falcons: Taunton
4/11/17 7:14 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (11 Apr 2017) 12 Raptors
4/11/17 5:41 pm M BH <mimibixh...> [MASSBIRD] Yellow-rumped Warbler
4/11/17 5:28 pm Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Turkeys in Nahant
4/11/17 4:26 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Dorothy Arvidson (1920-2017)
4/11/17 3:26 pm alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Greater Yellowlegs
4/11/17 2:53 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Chimney Swifts - Newburyport
4/11/17 1:18 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Appleton Farm (TTOR), Apr 11, 2017: SANDHILL CRANE
4/11/17 9:49 am Amy Lorenz <alorenz...> [MASSBIRD] Bird Walks for Upcoming City Nature Challenge
4/11/17 8:41 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] this never happens to me....
4/11/17 8:29 am sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] Good movement on Plum
4/11/17 7:38 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Blue-winged Teal - Newman Rd., Newbury
4/11/17 5:32 am <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (10 Apr 2017) 45 Raptors
4/10/17 7:21 pm mike sylvia <mikesylvia87...> [MASSBIRD] Quick stop on Nashawena Island
4/10/17 7:20 pm Ray Marr <rmarr2...> [MASSBIRD] FOY Purple Martins Crestwood Country Club Rehoboth
4/10/17 7:20 pm caroline haines <chaines49...> [MASSBIRD] Dueling over the Annisquam
4/10/17 7:13 pm Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Getting closer!
4/10/17 5:01 pm Garry Kessler <gkessler001...> [MASSBIRD] Montague Crossbills Continue
4/10/17 4:37 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Osprey Boston
4/10/17 4:07 pm Jon Damian <jdamian...> [MASSBIRD] Pine Warbler at Fresh Pond Reservation.
4/10/17 4:07 pm Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] fascinating transition week...
4/10/17 2:28 pm Amy Lorenz <alorenz...> [MASSBIRD] Bird Walks for Upcoming City Nature Challenge
4/10/17 1:36 pm Dan Mushrush <dmushrush...> [MASSBIRD] Blue gray gnatcatcher in Westborough
4/10/17 11:23 am David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Crane - Manchester -- 04-10-17
4/10/17 10:12 am Larry Berk <larry.berk...> [MASSBIRD] Getting closer!
4/10/17 9:43 am caroline haines <chaines49...> [MASSBIRD] FOY swallows
4/10/17 9:43 am Michael Baird <rkramden1994...> [MASSBIRD] FOY Palm, Pine Warblers - Andover, Ma.
4/10/17 9:07 am Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Louisiana Waterthrush, Nahant
4/10/17 8:14 am Karen Idoine <kidoine...> [MASSBIRD] Piping Plovers, Truro
4/10/17 6:53 am Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Louisiana Waterthrush, Nahant
4/10/17 6:10 am Karen Idoine <kidoine...> [MASSBIRD] American Pipits
4/10/17 5:52 am KAREN IDOINE <kidoine...> [MASSBIRD] American Pipits
4/10/17 5:48 am Karen Idoine <kidoine...> [MASSBIRD] American Pipits
4/10/17 5:29 am Dan Mushrush <dmushrush...> [MASSBIRD] Powder Hill, Westborough
4/10/17 1:08 am Eddie <emgiles62...> [MASSBIRD] UPDATE: Brookline Bird Club 'Birding By Ear' Workshop Sessions
4/10/17 12:27 am <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (09 Apr 2017) 100 Raptors
4/9/17 10:28 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Hamlin Reservation and Crane Beach, Ipswich, Apr 9, 2017
4/9/17 7:58 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] The National Phenology Network, Monday night at the HBC
4/9/17 3:36 pm alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] American Oystercatchers
4/9/17 12:48 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek 4/9 -- Smith's Longspur Yes
4/9/17 7:26 am Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Nahant Winter Wren
4/9/17 7:23 am Garry Kessler <gkessler001...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Amusing Purple Sandpiper, photo
4/9/17 7:01 am Barbara Drummond <bdraraavis...> [MASSBIRD] Palm Warbler W. Newburyport
4/9/17 6:46 am griffingrichards <griffingrichards...> [MASSBIRD] Graylag Goose - Melrose
4/9/17 6:35 am <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Winter Wren, Cold Spring Park
4/8/17 7:22 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (08 Apr 2017) 25 Raptors
4/8/17 7:22 pm Zack Weber <zackweber...> [MASSBIRD] Winter Wrens - Crooked Pond and J B Little Road
4/8/17 6:11 pm Sabrina Hepburn <s.k.hepburn...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Field Trip Coordinator needed
4/8/17 4:43 pm Childs, Jackson <jchilds...> [MASSBIRD] King eider today, Cape Cod Canal. Video
4/8/17 12:31 pm Warren Tatro <wtatro...> [MASSBIRD] Eurasian Wigeon continues in Rowley
4/8/17 11:49 am David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Scotland Rd & Plum Island - 04-08-17
4/8/17 10:05 am <dave.williams6...> [MASSBIRD] BBC North Shore Ramble walk 4/9 cancelled
4/8/17 9:30 am Meaghan Sinclair <meaghanq...> [MASSBIRD] FOY Chipping Sparrow
4/8/17 9:22 am Kate Young <twooldcrows...> [MASSBIRD] glossy ibis Manchester MA
4/8/17 7:10 am Douglas Chickering <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Little Blue Heron
4/8/17 6:58 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] spring arrivals
4/8/17 2:28 am <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (07 Apr 2017) 65 Raptors
4/7/17 10:33 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Western Mass Birders reports
4/7/17 4:12 pm <asb1960...> [MASSBIRD] Eurasian Wigeon possibly at Scotland Rd Fields earlier
4/7/17 3:56 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 4/7 - Northborough/Marlborough
4/7/17 3:34 pm Martin Fox <martinfox1234...> [MASSBIRD] FOY phoebe - Mansfield
4/7/17 2:13 pm Tim Walker <timothypwalker...> [MASSBIRD] Eurasian Wigeon Rowley
4/7/17 12:55 pm Mary Keleher <maryeak...> [MASSBIRD] Purple Martin Arrivals
4/7/17 12:49 pm pamela low <pipswiche...> [MASSBIRD] White-fronted goose Ell Pomd
4/7/17 11:42 am <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] PIWA, PUFI, Newton
4/7/17 9:00 am Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Re: eBird Report - LandmarkSchool 01944, Apr 7, 2017
4/6/17 7:23 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Longmeadow: Shovelers, Swallow
4/6/17 11:54 am Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] 4/6 Duxbury Beach - Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3) and Gadwall
4/6/17 11:54 am Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek, Saugus and Flax Pond, Lynn, Apr 5, 2017
4/6/17 9:41 am John Liller <john.liller...> [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook - 4/5/17
4/6/17 9:37 am Leslie Miller <lmiller...> [MASSBIRD] Mass Audubon Spring Optics Fair Mar 31-April 9, 2017
4/6/17 4:59 am <asb1960...> [MASSBIRD] North Shore Community Gardens - 15 Wilson's Snipe and 2 Meadowlark
4/5/17 7:10 pm James Dillon <jdillon755270...> [MASSBIRD] Rusty Blackbirds
4/5/17 7:10 pm David Scott <davidscott6...> [MASSBIRD] Fenway gardens 4/5
4/5/17 3:09 pm Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] 4/5 Duxbury: Beach (Short-eared Owl, Gannets, Piping Plovers); Town Pier (2 other FOY)
4/5/17 12:56 pm Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...> [MASSBIRD] Bournedale King Eider still here
4/5/17 12:55 pm steven.j.babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...> [MASSBIRD] Winter Wren at Plum Island
4/5/17 12:20 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 04-05-17
4/5/17 10:20 am Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...> [MASSBIRD] Costa Rica birding, images
4/5/17 9:32 am Paul Hackett <ph480...> [MASSBIRD] Crow survey
4/5/17 8:45 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Corvid Survey
4/5/17 6:34 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatch / Newbury
4/5/17 6:19 am David Swain <davidswain79...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Cherrie Corey has shared an eBird checklist with you from Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit on Apr 3, 2017 - 6:50 PM
4/4/17 6:53 pm sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows & Yellowlegs
4/4/17 6:50 pm Walt Webb <wwebb24...> [MASSBIRD] Woodcock Walk, Medfield, Mon., Apr. 3
4/4/17 1:48 pm John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Gloucester Snowy Egret
4/4/17 1:02 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Glossy Ibis Rowley
4/4/17 8:39 am STEVEN SIMPSON <stevensimpson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Sound Signs of spring
4/4/17 8:21 am Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] MassWildlife Update: Peregrines Falcons
4/4/17 6:25 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Glossy Ibis, Rowley - Snipe, Newbury
4/4/17 5:32 am Henrietta Yelle <hyelle...> [MASSBIRD] Snipe and other treats at Hobbs Brook Reservation Pond -- Apr 3, 2017
4/3/17 9:01 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (03 Apr 2017) 12 Raptors
4/3/17 8:53 pm Linda <tattler1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Sound Signs of spring
4/3/17 8:10 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Sound Signs of spring
4/3/17 5:30 pm Alan Strauss <ansch100...> [MASSBIRD] marine report april 3, 2017
4/3/17 5:29 pm <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Bohemian Waxwing - Northampton.
4/3/17 5:29 pm William Loughlin <wkloughlin111...> [MASSBIRD] Great Egret, Peregrine
4/3/17 5:29 pm Josh Gahagan <jmgahagan15...> [MASSBIRD] 4/3 Pine Warbler, Ayer
4/3/17 3:39 pm Garry Kessler <gkessler001...> [MASSBIRD] Amusing Purple Sandpiper, photo
4/3/17 2:47 pm Deborah Radovsky <dp32...> [MASSBIRD] Pileated Woodpecker
4/3/17 10:34 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Limited Mobility Trip 4/2/17 Plum Island and Vicinity..
4/3/17 10:09 am <s2ary...> [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary April 2 trip report
4/3/17 7:46 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Upper Cape report
4/3/17 7:23 am <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Foxes in Newton
4/3/17 6:53 am <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (02 Apr 2017) 45 Raptors
4/3/17 6:17 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] FOY Eastern Phoebe, Brown-headed Cowbird / Newbury
4/3/17 5:49 am Gary Freedman <gmf7162...> [MASSBIRD] 3 Bald Eagles
4/3/17 3:30 am Brad Dinerman <bdinerman...> [MASSBIRD] King Eider Gloucester -YES
4/3/17 2:19 am Mary <lemmel...> [MASSBIRD] Smith's Longspur Yes
4/2/17 9:43 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Heartbreak Pond, Hamlin Res., farm fields, Ipswich, Apr 2, 2017
4/2/17 7:13 pm Marsha Salett <msalett...> [MASSBIRD] April Bird Observer now online
4/2/17 5:40 pm caroline haines <chaines49...> [MASSBIRD] Various birds
4/2/17 11:36 am <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] Great egret Plum Island 4/2, 2:10
4/2/17 8:56 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Tree Swallows - Amesbury
4/2/17 7:40 am bank1941 <bank1941...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Smart or Desperate?
4/2/17 4:56 am ANDREA CESELSKI <waxwing77...> [MASSBIRD] suet eating robin
4/2/17 4:10 am Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> [MASSBIRD] Smart or Desperate?
4/1/17 8:23 pm Paul Roberts <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] News for Mass Birders who Bird Southern Texas in Winter
4/1/17 5:26 pm Robert J. Bieda <blbieda...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Crane in Sunderland
4/1/17 4:42 pm Jonathan Center <jbcenter...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Great Meadows walk CANCELLED
4/1/17 11:00 am Kathleen <kab2769...> [MASSBIRD] Speaking of Phoebes, Rehoboth
4/1/17 8:29 am Jonathan Center <jbcenter...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Woodcock Watch at Oxbow CANCELLED for this Evening
4/1/17 7:09 am <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] April storm
4/1/17 6:34 am <asb1960...> [MASSBIRD] chipping sparrow eating blueberries (revised copy including my info)
4/1/17 6:32 am <asb1960...> [MASSBIRD] Chipping Sparrow eating blueberries
3/31/17 6:55 pm Steven van der Veen <srvacons...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Eastern Phoebe
3/31/17 2:38 pm John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Gloucester King Eider, BC Night-Herons
3/31/17 10:40 am wmchilds <wmchilds...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill cranes E.Bridgewater
3/31/17 8:22 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> Re: [MASSBIRD] BBC/SSBC woodcock walk cancelled 3/31
3/31/17 8:06 am <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (30 Mar 2017) 15 Raptors
3/31/17 7:17 am Adam Leiterman <aleiterman...> [MASSBIRD] Bird photography workshop - last call
3/31/17 7:17 am <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (29 Mar 2017) 2 Raptors
3/31/17 6:36 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Saturday, April 1 BBC Newburyport trip Cancelled
3/31/17 6:19 am Brad Dinerman <bdinerman...> [MASSBIRD] MEETING POSTPONED: Birders' Networking/Meetup and Raptor Showcase
3/31/17 3:56 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Eastern Phoebe
3/30/17 9:33 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Canvasback Great Pond and 5 Black-crowned Night-Heron, Bald Eagle Milton
3/30/17 7:21 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] BBC/SSBC woodcock walk cancelled 3/31
3/30/17 7:02 pm Priscilla Thut <pthut...> [MASSBIRD] Re: massbird-digest V16 #547
3/30/17 6:38 pm Chris Martone <cmartone00...> [MASSBIRD] Glossy Ibis, Wayland
3/30/17 3:00 pm Steve Babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...> [MASSBIRD] Piping Plovers at Plum Island
3/30/17 2:31 pm Sam Miller <zamziller...> [MASSBIRD] Northern Shrike, Bolton Flats: eBird Report - Bolton Flats WMA , Mar 30, 2017
3/30/17 2:15 pm Bill Lafley <Bill.Lafley...> [MASSBIRD] Purple Finch -New Salem
3/30/17 1:32 pm <asb1960...> [MASSBIRD] King Eider at Jodrey Fish Pier originally found by Dave Adrien, later reported by Sue McGrath. (thank you)
3/30/17 12:41 pm Amy Lorenz <alorenz...> [MASSBIRD] Upcoming Event: iNaturalist City Nature Challenge
3/30/17 12:24 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Addendum to hearing aid search.
3/30/17 10:49 am Andrea <asb1960...> [MASSBIRD] King eider at Jodrey Fish Pier
3/30/17 10:48 am judy parrot-willis <jep_willis...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Tree Swallows return to Ipswich River
3/30/17 10:43 am Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...> [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills
3/30/17 10:28 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] White-throated Sparrow under feeder / Newbury
3/30/17 9:57 am Meaghan Sinclair <meaghanq...> [MASSBIRD] FOY Tree Swallows, Fresh Pond
3/30/17 9:45 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] King Eider - Jodrey Fish Pier, Gloucester
3/30/17 9:44 am Warren Tatro <wtatro...> [MASSBIRD] Tree Swallows return to Ipswich River
3/29/17 6:58 pm alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Black-Crowned NIght Heron at Leverett Pond
3/29/17 6:43 pm Devin Hefferon <dhefferon...> [MASSBIRD] Disappointing News From Minnesota...
3/29/17 6:32 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Snow goose blue morph? Hyde Park
3/29/17 6:31 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Could use your help!
3/29/17 6:03 pm <s2ary...> [MASSBIRD] Smith's Longspur at Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
3/29/17 5:20 pm Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] Smith’s Longspur ebird list
3/29/17 5:19 pm caroline haines <chaines49...> [MASSBIRD] Redhead
3/29/17 5:19 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Ospreys
3/29/17 5:19 pm Dan Fallon <fallon.d...> [MASSBIRD] Dracut ducks
3/29/17 2:36 pm John Liller <john.liller...> [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary - 3/29/17
3/29/17 1:49 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Scotland Road & Plum Island - 03-29-17
3/29/17 1:32 pm Dana Duxbury-Fox <danafox...> [MASSBIRD] Crow roost in Lawrence
3/29/17 1:19 pm Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...> [MASSBIRD] Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program eagle cam live stream
3/29/17 8:07 am Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Shoveler on Scotland Rd
3/29/17 6:01 am David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese
3/29/17 4:34 am Paul Roberts <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island Spring Hawk Migration Forecasts & Reports Available from Eastern Mass Hawk Watch (EMHW)
3/28/17 7:46 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Video cam
3/28/17 6:28 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond Highlights
3/28/17 6:18 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program - support!
3/28/17 2:12 pm Brad Dinerman <bdinerman...> [MASSBIRD] Final Reminder: Birders' Networking (Meetup) and Raptor Showcase, 4/1
3/28/17 8:38 am Maryellen Stone <mstone816...> [MASSBIRD] Redhead Cambridge Reservoir
3/28/17 8:05 am Judy M <jmarino97...> [MASSBIRD] Bradbury Mountain hawkwatch video
3/28/17 6:46 am Bruce Black <bruce...> [MASSBIRD] Redhead on Heard Pond
3/27/17 8:46 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Berkshire Laughing Gull and other migrant fallout in western MA
3/27/17 7:20 pm Steve Meuse <smeuse...> Re: [MASSBIRD] West Bridgewater Heron Rookery
3/27/17 2:54 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Eurasian Wigeon continues at Hager Pond
3/27/17 2:33 pm Warren Tatro <wtatro...> [MASSBIRD] Second Chipping Sparrow in Peabody
3/27/17 1:58 pm Thomas Pirro <tpirro2010...> [MASSBIRD] North Worcester/Franklin County
3/27/17 1:44 pm Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> [MASSBIRD] Woodcock outside the kitchen window (Concord)
3/27/17 1:42 pm Sam Miller <zamziller...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Hager Pond, Marlborough, Mar 27, 2017
3/27/17 1:12 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Berkshire Laughing Gull and other migrant fallout in western MA
3/27/17 1:12 pm <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Redhead - Northampton
3/27/17 11:28 am Alan Kneidel <akneidel...> [MASSBIRD] female Tufted Duck continues in Plymouth Co., 3/27
3/27/17 8:53 am <s2ary...> [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, Smith's Longspur trip announcement for Wednesday March 26
3/27/17 7:48 am Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...> [MASSBIRD] Buzzards Bay/Plymouth Beach areas, images
3/27/17 6:54 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Scotland Rd., Newbury - Clam Shell Field Snow Geese
3/27/17 4:23 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese - Rowley
3/26/17 7:49 pm Alan Kneidel <akneidel...> [MASSBIRD] Plymouth County -- Tufted Duck 3/26
3/26/17 5:36 pm Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese - Scotland Rd., Newbury
3/26/17 4:47 pm Janet Kovner <jskmystic...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - Osprey (Today)
3/26/17 3:36 pm <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] Smith's Longspur at Bear Creek WS, Saugus- yes
3/26/17 2:59 pm Stewart Sanders <ssandbird...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Manomet RFI
3/26/17 2:56 pm Kat Birder <katbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Eurasian Wigeon at Hager Pond
3/26/17 2:00 pm Walt Webb <wwebb24...> [MASSBIRD] Fw: eBird Report - Lyman's Pond/Rice Reservation, Westwood, MA, Mar 26, 2017
3/26/17 12:22 pm John Liller <john.liller...> [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook - 3/26/17
3/26/17 12:06 pm Donald Wilkinson <donaldwilkinson60...> [MASSBIRD] Purple Sandpipers Nahant and Lynn
3/26/17 12:00 pm <environment...> <environment...> [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl at Logan Airport on 3/22
3/26/17 11:22 am Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Oystercatchers back in Winthrop 3/26/17
3/26/17 10:03 am mmcormac <mmcormac...> [MASSBIRD] Crossbills Salisbury Reservation
3/26/17 9:37 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
3/26/17 9:28 am Kathryn Ostermier <kathryn...> [MASSBIRD] Manomet RFI
3/26/17 8:28 am Henrietta Yelle <hyelle...> [MASSBIRD] Barred Owl, Lexington
3/26/17 7:09 am Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...> [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese - Scotland Rd., Newbury
3/26/17 6:40 am Zack Weber <birdingwithzackweber...> [MASSBIRD] BBC woodcock trip back on tonight
3/26/17 4:36 am <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Orange Airport, etc - 3/25/17
3/25/17 8:00 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] New bird club (Northfield), Tundra Swans on Cheshire Lake, etc.
3/25/17 5:32 pm Ian Nisbet <icnisbet...> [MASSBIRD] ospreys
3/25/17 12:50 pm Zack Weber <birdingwithzackweber...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Woodcock trip Sunday 3/26 cancelled
3/25/17 12:06 pm Henrietta Yelle <hyelle...> [MASSBIRD] Acrobatic Common Raven in Lexington
3/25/17 10:02 am Donald Wilkinson <donaldwilkinson60...> [MASSBIRD] Nahant Merlin, Great Black-backed Gulls pair sitting
3/25/17 9:18 am <goshawk3...> <goshawk3...> [MASSBIRD] Woodcock, West Bridgewater
3/25/17 9:06 am ANDREA CESELSKI <waxwing77...> [MASSBIRD] osprey
3/25/17 8:36 am steven.j.babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...> [MASSBIRD] Eastern Meadowlark PI airport
3/25/17 7:22 am <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Deer Tick - New Salem
3/25/17 6:16 am <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] Eurasian Wigeon dock creek, Dewey ave, sandwich, ma, 9:09 AM
3/25/17 5:32 am Mary <lemmel...> [MASSBIRD] Millennium Park West Roxbury
3/25/17 4:44 am William Loughlin <wkloughlin111...> [MASSBIRD] West Bridgewater Heron Rookery
 
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Date: 4/24/17 6:30 pm
From: <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Birding is Fun
Massbirders:

I have already reconciled myself to the reality that my birding, this year, will not be the same as it has been. Circumstances have made chasing and intense birding very unlikely. I think that it is possible I could be bitter about this, or at least unhappy. And that was always a possibility. But I have discovered that strangely, the opposite has happened. I don’t get out as much anymore so those moments I spend in the field are all the more precious and cherished. The birds at our feeders deserve special attention and I have been rewarded with a couple of visits from Pine Warbler and, on two separate occasions, Fox Sparrow. I don’t think I have enjoyed similar visits by these birds in past half s much as this year.
Today I visited an old favorite patch for the first time this spring: the grove at the Salisbury Campgrounds. This was my first delightful encounter with the new season. Nothing really noteworthy, surely nothing for the hotlines or special attention on e-bird (which I don’t use in any case) but still it was a great lift to the spirits. There were actually quite a few birds even with a limited number of species. One large conifer at the lower entrance to the grove had at least eight Ruby-crowned Kinglets in it; all flitting and feeding and popping in and out of the sun. They were my first sighting of Ruby-crowns this year and it was probably as many in one place as I have ever seen. As I walked into the lower area there were grackles, of course, a few more kinglets and a goodly number of Hermit Thrushes flying up from the leaf litter to perch on a low branch to give me a suspicious stare. First Hermits of the year. There were many Hermit Thrushes all through the!
Grove which is more or less typical for this time of year at this location and it served to remind me of some of the local, special joys of spring birding.
Then there was the best treat of all. Up on the hill I noticed movement among the dead branches of a pine tree and there, in the sun a Solitary Vireo. He moved in the tree with that special plodding, unexcited determination that is so typical of this specie. Careful, methodical, he moved about with short flights and little hops and all the while stayed in the sun and like a starlet on a red carpet, showed off his fine subtle plumage. Solitary Vireo is a special bird for me on so many levels. I had almost forgotten how basically beautiful is the male Solitary Vireo; especially as he has just arrived in new finery. Not flashy or garish his colors are deep and crisp and nicely balanced, with dark blues and white and olive and an understated yellow at the flanks; it is a bird for the connoisseur. To be savored and enjoyed at leisure. Today in the sun he was nothing short of striking. I also love this bird as it is a precursor to the oncoming migrations when, hopefull!
y, the trees will be sporting Blackburnians, Tanagers, Bay breasted, etc. etc. I also take a secret subversive pleasure at insisting on calling it a Solitary Vireo. My use of Solitary Vireo is usually met with a quick correction (“Blue-headed vireo, pal”) or a look of confusion. A mini revolt against the march of that part of science that can be trivial and unnecessary. Solitary Vireo it was and in my mind, Solitary Vireo it will always be.
So if during the incoming waves of migrations I feel anxious or unhappy over misses I will always have the Solitary Vireo and the others and I know I will be able to take a special joy in whatever does come my way. After all. Birding is fun.

Doug Chickering
Groveland
<dovekie...>


 

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Date: 4/24/17 6:30 pm
From: Alan Strauss <ansch100...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Marine report 4/24/17 Manomet
At least 10 Northern Right Whales today from Center Hill Road in Plymouth (Manomet). They were a distance out but close enough to see paddle shaped fins, skim feeding, some tail action. Groups of 3 to 4 in SAG visible at surface in one field of view. Spouts everywhere. Very active from about 9 to 11:30 AM. One Minke Whale: saw small dorsal fin and pointed rostrum fast swimming at surface. Tip of rostrum held up at an angle and out of the water. Could just make out baleen in distance video pics on some of the Right Whales. They seemed to be moving to the right or left. I didn~@~Yt see any circling behavior. Videos taken at a distance 90 x. One v-spout seen at Manomet Point near red float.

Alan Strauss, Providence
 

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Date: 4/24/17 5:46 pm
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Apr 24, 2017
A lovely walk through Marblehead Neck Sanctuary this a.m. - Ruby-crowned
Kinglets, White-throated Sparrows and Hermit Thrushes were common
everywhere! The Black and White Warbler was a treat!

Linda
Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Essex, Massachusetts, US

Apr 24, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Sunny and warm and a mini-migration seemed to come in last night. Crisscrossed through the Sanctuary meeting various others on the way.
28 species

Mallard 3
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 2
Blue-headed Vireo 5 Started singing as I was leaving.
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
House Wren 1 Heard only
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 15 probably undercounted - they were everywhere!
Hermit Thrush 12
Black-and-white Warbler 1
White-throated Sparrow 10
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 10
Eastern Towhee 2
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Common Grackle 7
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36244568

--
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: 4/24/17 4:58 pm
From: Kristen A <kristen.aug...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 4/24 Little Blue Heron- Clarke Pond
1 Little Blue Heron amongst Snowy Egrets
1 Black-crowned Night Heron

FYI Little Blue Herons visit Clarke Pond every year in April / May.

Best seen by hiking into Coolidge Reservation and looking across the pond
towards Rte 127.

Kristen Augulewicz
Manchester, MA

 

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Date: 4/24/17 4:46 pm
From: <Tombwhawk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Broad-wings oveer Mt. Tom
Hi Folks:
'
April 24th, 2017
A nice little flight over Mt. Tom State Reservation seen from the
Bray Tower over looking the Easthampton side of the Reservation. 7 members
of the Hampshire Bird Club were there to enjoy it. Seen were the following:

Turkey Vulture 5
Bald Eagle 3
Osprey 1
Broad-winged Hawks 106 (great close looks at many of them)
Merlin 1
Cooper's Hawk 2

Also seen in the near -by trees were 2 Gnatcatcher's and a pair of
nest building Pine Warblers.

Tom Gagnon, Florence, Massachusetts

 

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Date: 4/24/17 3:58 pm
From: geoff wilson <s2ary39...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary Sunday, April 23
Hi Folks,



I just wanted to put out a quick post on yesterday’s bird walk at Bear
Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. No surprise, all the winter birds were gone
including the Smith’s Longspur. It was a lot of fun while it lasted, and I
want to personally thank everyone who had the opportunity to share that
bird with us. Maybe we can do it again this fall?



On Sunday we recorded 45 species, included our first Upland Sandpiper of
the 2017 season. Alan got some great shot of the Uppie that he shared in
the eBird report. Some other highlights were all of the American
Kestrels. There were at least six, but it was really hard to tell because
there were constantly moving around the whole site. At one point a pair
of Kestrels were very vocal. Calling out, circling, perching, and
repeating. Courting?



We have three more regular walks scheduled for the remainder of the
season. April 30, May 7, and May 14. After that we will take the summer
season off until mid-August.



Thanks

Geoff



Soheil will not be able to attend for the next few weeks. Geoff Wilson,
will continue to post trip announcements to Massbird and has started an
online newsletter in which he announces Bear Creek walks and other issues
important to Bear Creek enthusiasts. To subscribe to the Bear Creek
Wildlife Sanctuary newsletter, text BEARCREEK to the number 22828.
Alternatively, drop an email to <s2ary39...> and ask to be included in
the mailings.

Big Thanks to Alan and Sabastian who filed eBird lists for us:

Bear Creek Sanctuary (restricted access), Essex, Massachusetts, US
Apr 23, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:29 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
45 species (+1 other taxa)

Brant 25
Canada Goose 60
American Black Duck 3
Mallard 7
Black Scoter 14
Bufflehead 6
Red-breasted Merganser 26
Wild Turkey 5
Common Loon 3
Double-crested Cormorant 100
Great Egret 3
Osprey 5
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Killdeer 25
Upland Sandpiper 1 Well seen and heard.
Wilson's Snipe 7
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Willet 2
shorebird sp. 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Herring Gull 75
Great Black-backed Gull 4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
American Kestrel 6
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 7
Tree Swallow 15
Black-capped Chickadee 2
American Robin 30
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 20
White-throated Sparrow 2
Savannah Sparrow 20
Song Sparrow 5
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Common Grackle (Bronzed) 10
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
American Goldfinch 10
House Sparrow 10

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36201624

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L686184/activity

If you want to join the walk on Sunday, April 30 at 9 a.m. here are the
details:

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

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

Wheelabrator company has graciously stocked up on some extra pairs of
binoculars, so if you or someone you know wants to learn about birds and
birding, come on down.


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

http://tinyurl.com/326v87d


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

Geoff Wilson

Berwick ME

<S2ary39...>

207-252-4841

 

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Date: 4/24/17 3:16 pm
From: Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Huntington 4/24
Today (4/24) we birded in the "hill town" of Huntington. As was noted in a
previous post, turkey hunting is in full swing and we came across a hunter
who had just bagged a large tom. Highlights:

Turkey Vulture (5); Canada Goose (4); Common Merganser (6); RUDDY DUCK (1f:
Norwich Pond); Bald Eagle (1imm); Broad-winged Hawk (2); Red-tailed Hawk
(1); Ruffed Grouse (1); Wild Turkey (1 alive); Spotted Sandpiper (3); Barred
Owl (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (11).

E Phoebe (13); Blue-headed Vireo (19); N Rough-winged Swallow (8); Barn
Swallow (3); Winter Wren (2 singing); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (6);
Yellow-rumped Warbler (13); Pine Warbler (6); Black and White Warbler (2);
Louisiana Waterthrush (4); Savannah Sparrow (2); Purple Finch (11); A
Goldfinch (48); Evening Grosbeak (1).

PLUS: great show of early spring wildflowers (Trout Lilly, Purple Trillium,
Round-leafed Hepatica, et and Coltsfoot everywhere. Butterflies included (4)
West Virginia White.

A QUICK STOP IN WORTHINGTON:

Common Merganser (pair); Wild Turkey (2); Sandhill Crane (1); A Kestrel
(1m); Blue-headed Vireo (3).

Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll

<Moa.lynch...>


 

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Date: 4/24/17 2:16 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Apr 24, 2017
Verizon was giving us fits today, as all our computers (my wife has 3,
counting 2 tablets) were having a hard time getting onto the web, and I was
having a hell of a time using ebird. As a result I could not annotate this
checklist. I have thus added my comments in this email.

Still no willets, though I did not stop at Hamlin today.

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


> Crane Beach, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, US
> Apr 24, 2017 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> 36 species (+2 other taxa)
I birded north of the parking lots to include the east side of Castle Hill.
>
> Common Eider 7
> scoter sp. 15
> Wild Turkey 2 tom displaying to at least one hen on the hill
> Common Loon 6
> Double-crested Cormorant 50 one flock of 23 was migrating north
> Great Egret 2
> Snowy Egret 3
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
> Piping Plover 2
> Ring-billed Gull 6
> Herring Gull 25
> Great Black-backed Gull 5
> Larus sp. 100 estimate of flock way out in salt marsh
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 2 (not seen)
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 4
> Fish Crow 2 one bird was calling for a time in the main parking lot
> Tree Swallow 16 some were examining the new martin gourds put out by
> the bath house (as were, of course, the house sparrows), but I saw no
> martins

> Black-capped Chickadee 4
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> House Wren 1
> American Robin 4
> Brown Thrasher 2 what a treat to hear these two singing--both near the
> town parking lot at the same time
> Northern Mockingbird 4 two pairs
> Pine Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 3
> White-throated Sparrow 4
> Savannah Sparrow 2 one singing in the dunes
> Song Sparrow 12
> Eastern Towhee 6
> Northern Cardinal 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 4
> Common Grackle 1
> Brown-headed Cowbird 6
> Purple Finch 3 all singing males
> American Goldfinch 4
> House Sparrow 4
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36238299

 

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Date: 4/24/17 11:11 am
From: NEaton <nancyeaton...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Longmeadow: Warbing Vireo
Longmeadow, Pondside Rd. (11 a.m.) Warbling Vireo (possible W. Mass. F.o.Y)

Nancy EatonEnfield, CT
<nancyeaton...>

 

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Date: 4/24/17 11:11 am
From: William Loughlin <wkloughlin111...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hockomock Swamp today
I spent about 2 hours at the Hockomock Swamp WMA (Maple Street) in West
Bridgewater this morning. Very few of the birds were seen. Highlights
included
Wood duck (2)
Osprey
Red-tailed hawk
Blue-gray gnatcatcher
Yellow warbler - many singing
Yellow-rumped warbler
Pine Warbler
Northern waterthrush - heard from 6 to 8
Also one crop duster which made it very difficult to hear anything for a
while.

Bill Loughlin
West Bridgewater
Wkloughlin111 at gmail.com

 

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Date: 4/24/17 10:04 am
From: Evelyn McKay <evelynsmckay...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Two American Oystercatchers on rock off the beach at Winter Island, Salem, MA
At 10:30 this morning, there were two American Oystercatchers on a rock
just off the beach at Winter Island in Salem, Mass. There are two rocks
close together about 40 yards out. A few Brant were on and around the rock
on the right; the oystercatchers were on the left rock.

Evelyn McKay
Salem, Mass

 

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Date: 4/24/17 8:44 am
From: STEVEN SIMPSON <stevensimpson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Chandler Pond, Brighton Migrants
I did a little bike-birding this morning around Chandler Pond, off Lake Street in Brighton.

There was a good slug of birds at both ends of the pond. Had more than a dozen Yellow-rumps in the little corner near Lake Street. Also a Ruby-crowned kinglet, and a single Palm Warbler.


The other end (the largest green area of the park) was dominated by ~8 Palm Warblers and a nice little clutch of crisp-looking Savannah Sparrows on the ground near the water's edge. A few more yellow-rumps. Lots of Tree Swallows cruising over the water, too.


Nice morning.


Steven A. Simpson

(Arlington/Chestnut Hill)
 

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Date: 4/24/17 6:48 am
From: Stephen Buckman <sbu...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Flooded at Great Meadows, Concord?
>
>Hi everyone,

Is there a website that tells that Great Meadows in Concord is flooded or
not? Or other places too? I have been trying to search and found nothing.
Maybe someone knows some links? It was flooded about
two weeks ago and dont want to drive all the way to find out it is. Thank
you!

Stephen
Newton



 

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Date: 4/24/17 12:05 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (23 Apr 2017) 17 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 23, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 89 111
Osprey 0 25 27
Bald Eagle 0 3 4
Northern Harrier 5 93 102
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 18 18
Cooper's Hawk 0 6 6
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 2 2
Red-tailed Hawk 0 13 18
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 5 440 441
Merlin 5 30 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 6
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 4
Short-eared Owl 1 1 1

Total: 17 734 776
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 05:30:00
Observation end time: 12:30:00
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter: Brian Rusnica, Mark Schoene

Observers: Bob Secatore, Kathryn Chihowski

Visitors:
Visitors who helped with the court included Tom Wetmore, Simon Perkins,
Erik Nielsen, Jack Miano, Anina Butler, and Jack Holt.


Weather:
Mostly sunny and pleasantly cool. Light NW winds died quickly before
strengthening out of the E by mid-morning. The sea was 'roaring' by noon
and we quit shortly afterwards.

Raptor Observations:
he highlight for the day was a SHORT-EARED OWL spotted by Kathryn out on
the marsh due west of the Lot 1 platform, just on the other side of the
river. Perhaps flushed by a passing Harrier, the SEOW made a few lazy
loops over the marsh and was seen well for a few minutes before heading off
to the NW and vanishing in the heat shimmer. Very unusual sighting so
early in the day, and perhaps one of the last at PRNWR for the spring
season.

Otherwise, predictably quiet given the accurate forecast. A handful of
Merlins were nicely above average and provided excellent looks.

Local raptors observed included 4 Osprey, 8 Turkey Vulture, 1 'wrong-way'
Merlin and 5 Bald Eagles. One of the Bald Eagles was an extremely
black-looking juvenile that provided outstanding views as it perched just
beyond the near midden for over 20 minutes. Another pair of immature Bald
Eagles held a dogfight over the marsh, flapping hard in a playful duel.


Non-raptor Observations:
8 Purple Martins observed near the Lot 1 gourds. 10+ Barn Swallows mixed
in along with dozens of migrant Tree Swallows.


Predictions:
Winds are forecast to continue from the east, indicating very light if any
movement Monday. Heavy rain expected Tuesday and Wednesday.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/




 

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Date: 4/23/17 8:38 pm
From: Eddie <emgiles62...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club Walk - Wompatuck State Park, Hingham April 23, 2016
Wompatuck SP, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
Apr 23, 2017 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: Brookline Bird Club walk led by Eddie Giles. Nice sunny day following a couple of raw, rainy days. Temps started out in the 40s but soon climbed to near 60. We walked Gate 16 to Holly Pond, Gate 9 and the trail to Picture Pond. Overall kind of quiet, but there were some nice pockets of activity.
25 species

Wood Duck 1 Fly-over.
Ruffed Grouse 1 G9. Drummed once for us around 9:00 AM.
Broad-winged Hawk 1 Fly-over at G9.
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 close looks at a gorgeous male in full sun sitting at the entrance of a newly excavated nest cavity.
Hairy Woodpecker 4 At one point we had (3) birds, (2) males apparently vying for the attention of a female.
Eastern Phoebe 7 One pair at nest with a single egg in it, G16.
One bird on nest in roots of toppled tree, G16.
One pair carrying nesting material at Picture Pond.
Blue Jay 8 including a flock of (5) migrants.
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 10 some were obviously paired up
Tufted Titmouse 10
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1 G16
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 7 G9, G16, Picture Pond
American Robin X
Louisiana Waterthrush 1 First heard singing across the street from G16 in the presence of a singing Northern Waterthrush. Nice opportunity to compare songs of the two species. About 10-15 minutes later and about 100 yards up G16, the bird flew in and started singing up in the canopy above the Aaron River (stream). It took a while to find it, but I managed to locate its perch and got most everyone on it before it flew off upstream towards Holly Pond. Later on at Holly Pond, we could hear it singing along the stream right below the dam.
Northern Waterthrush 1 across from G16
Palm Warbler 5 G9, G16, Holly Pond. Very nice looks at a preening/singing bird perched above a brook along the 'railroad trail'.
Pine Warbler 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Chipping Sparrow X
Song Sparrow 1 Picture Pond.
Eastern Towhee 3 G9
Northern Cardinal 4
American Goldfinch 3

View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36221417

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


Eddie

**************************************
Eddie Giles
East Bridgewater, MA
<emgiles62...>
 

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Date: 4/23/17 5:54 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Purple Martins In Essex County
Birders,

There new Purple Martin gourd arrays in Essex County this nesting season.

New:

Halibut Point State Park in Rockport has a new pole & 6 gourds [complete
with decoys]. Special thanks, Chris Leahy, Martin Ray, David Wise & the
Friends of Halibut Point.

Near Halibut Point State Park, on private property there's a new pole &
6 gourds [complete with decoys]. Thank you to the property owners, Chris
Leahy, & Martin Ray.

Salisbury Beach State Reservation has a new 12 pack [with two decoys]on
the right side of the road just prior to the entrance to the
campground. Many thanks to Mike, the manager, & Dave Adrien.

Expansion:

Lot # 1 at Parker River NWR on Plum Island has 24 additional gourds
[with two decoys] on a new pole & the original pole with [two decoys] 12
gourds. Thanks Bill Peterson, Jean Adams & the funds from the
Adopt-A-Gourd Program for several years which I raised for the Friends
of Parker River.

Relocation:

Crane Beach gourds have been relocated near the bathhouse this season.
Last year's site attracted Tree Swallow and a few martins but none of
those martins settled to nest.

This evening at Lot #1 there were six martins entering the [old] gourds
for their night roost.

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport



 

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Date: 4/23/17 5:04 pm
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club trip, 4/22: Nahant
ouch! rain and wind not good.. found some neat birds and enjoyed sharing sightings with visitor from Illinois.
highlights: Manx Shearwater and Piping Plovers at Revere Beach.
C. Eiders. Scoters: White-winged, Black, Surf.
Purple Sandpipers up close at Red Rock, Lynn.

Linda Pivacek, Nahant
<lpivacek...>

 

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Date: 4/23/17 3:11 pm
From: Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Waterthrush and Palm warblers galore- Charles river bike bath
Greetings all,

The Charles river bike path behind shaw's on river street in Waltham has a great showing of warblers right now. There were at least 9 different palm warblers along the trail, as well as yellow and yellow-rumpeds. Furthermore, I documented 2 Northern Waterthrush feeding along the gently moving stream. It's a great spot for birding, so if you haven't been I urge you all to check it out.

Good birding!

Johnathon Benson
Waltham, MA
 

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Date: 4/23/17 1:44 pm
From: Mike <rkramden1994...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black Vultures in Tewksbury
Hello Massbirders,
Heading south on route 495 just east of the exit for route 38 I observed 2 Black Vultures soaring over the highway. Keep your eyes to the skies if you are in the area.
Good birding,
Mike Baird
Lowell, MA
rkramden 1994 (at) g mail dot com

>
> Tewksbury, Middlesex County, MA, US, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
> Apr 23, 2017 12:20 PM
> Protocol: Incidental
> Comments: I observed 2 Black Vultures soaring over route 495 in Tewksbury, MA just east of the exit for route 38. The short tail and white patches at the ends of the wings were plain in the bright sunlight. I was not able to take pics as I was driving at the time.
> 1 species
>
> Black Vulture 2 White wings tips and short tails well seen as I drove along 495 south
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36200722
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 4/23/17 1:40 pm
From: Christine Harris <cmharris86...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cattle egret, Eastham
Not sure if any one has reported this yet but there is a cattle egret along Governor Prence road in Eastham. Currently along edge of old cranberry bog near the intersection of Governor Prence and the Rail Trail.

Happy birding,

Christine Bates, Brewster

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 4/23/17 12:14 pm
From: <dave.williams6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC North Shore Ramble
A beautiful day to be out birding! The BBC North Shore Ramble made stops at Topsfield Fair Grounds, Crooked Pond, Crane Neck St., JB Little Rd. (Middle St. Side), Pikes Bridge Rd, and Scotland Road Wet Meadows. Lots of nice birds including Pine, Palm, YR warbler, and Louisiana waterthrush, Blue-great gnatcatchers, Blue-headed vireos, duetting Barred owls, a juvenile and adult GH owl at nest, Wilson's snipe, Greater yellowlegs, Hermit thrush, Rusty blackbird, Barn swallow, and more.
Complete eBird checklists below.
Dave Williams
Reading, MA

Topsfield Fairgrounds
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36202390

Crooked Pond
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36202732

Crane Neck St.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36203031

JB Little Road (Middle St. side)
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36203530

Pike's Bridge Road
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36203663

Scotland Road Wet Meadows
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36203852

Topsfield Fairgrounds
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36204085















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Date: 4/23/17 12:02 pm
From: Haynes Miller <hrm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hammond Reservation, Newton: Green and Rusty
Green Heron and Rusty Blackbird, that is. The blackbird was at the
stream crossing at 10:30 this morning. Also many yellow Palm Warblers
and Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

Haynes Miller
Newton
 

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Date: 4/23/17 8:55 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm species
Nice morning at Drumlin Farm with 32 species. Highlights were 33 savannah sparrows, 2 pileated woodpeckers, five ruby-crowned kinglets and a continuing junco.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln, MA

Mallard 1
Wild Turkey 3
Cooper's Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 2
Mourning Dove 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 13
Barn Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 13
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 17
European Starling 6
Chipping Sparrow 10
Dark-eyed Junco 1
White-throated Sparrow 10
Savannah Sparrow 33
Song Sparrow 10
Northern Cardinal 5
Red-winged Blackbird 19
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow 4


 

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Date: 4/23/17 6:47 am
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western MA waterbirds and others
Hi MassBirders,

A lot of fun birds, waterbirds especially, have been reported to Western Mass Birders on FaceBook recently. A few highlights:

4-22 - 2 Common Gallinule photographed at Tierney Swamp, Pittsfield by Kyron Hanson
1 Glossy Ibis plus Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs along Cow Bridge Road in Hatfield, by Scott Surner
2 White-winged Scoters at Barton Cove, by Eric Huston
2 Caspian Terns and a Common Tern at the Turners Falls Rod & Gun Club, by Jeremy Coleman

4-21 - Bonaparte’s Gull at the TFR&GC, by Eric
2 Long-tailed Ducks on Barton Cove, by Eric & Jeremy; possibly the same ones in the power canal that afternoon, per Bob & Lura Bieda
Great Egret near Arcadia MAS, by Bob & Lura
American Bittern and Marsh Wrens in Sturbridge, by Jonathan Pierce
Black-and-white Warbler in Becket, by Rene Laubach
White-winged Scoter, 3 Horned Grebe, 2 Gadwall and 9 Bufflehead at Onota Lake, by Jonathan

4-20 - Red-headed Woodpecker continuing at Lake Wallace in Belchertown, by Larry Therrien (the one at Arcadia MAS has apparently not been seen in a few weeks)

4-19 - Black Scoter on Cleveland Brook Reservoir, by Gael Hurley
2 Surf Scoters on Onota Lake, by Gael
3 Long-tailed Ducks on Cheshire Lake, by Jonathan
Bonaparte’s Gull on Richmond Pond, by Jonathan
Bonaparte’s Gull at Winsor Dam, by Larry
Prairie Warbler on the Station Road rail trail in Amherst, by Dawn Winkler

4-18 - Chimney Swift at Moore’s Pond in Williamstown, by Manuel Morales
Eastern Whip-poor-will at Winsor Dam, by Larry

4-17 - a really striking sight (even just in photos), an albino Black Vulture in Berkshire County somewhere, by Tom Schaffer
Green Heron, East Longmeadow, by Chris Volker

Also a scattering of Evening Grosbeak reports, primarily in people’s yards in hilltowns like Conway and Charlemont. And lots of newly arrived Blue-headed Vireos and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, including 3 BGGNs in Northfield on a walk by the newly forming Northfield Bird Club.

I haven’t gotten out much myself lately, what with the kids out of school for spring break and all, but in my yard had my FOY Broad-winged Hawk back on 4-17, and a sapsucker the same day, and have been hearing Louisiana Waterthrush and Blue-headed Vireo singing from back toward Amethyst Brook Conservation Area most mornings the past week or two. And spending Eastern morning at the Quaker meeting in Leverett led me to my FOY Swamp Sparrows.

Good birding!

Josh


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




 

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Date: 4/22/17 5:51 pm
From: Jim McCoy <jfmccoy...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White-winged Dove at Fens
I wandered down to the Fens after the March for Science this afternoon, and there I saw a White-winged Dove in the victory gardens. Have they been there continuously since December, or is this a returnee? I haven't seen a report in months, so please forgive me if I overlooked one.

Jim McCoy
Melrose, MA
<jfmccoy...>


 

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Date: 4/22/17 5:40 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Clapper Rail-Bell Neck conservation area, Harwich
Today there was a Clapper Rail at the Bell Neck Conservation area in Harwich. I was on the car bridge on Bell Neck Road just listening and looking when this bird called/sang on the east side giving the classic clap call/song with steady guttural claps for 7-10 seconds. This was 50-75 yards out and in dense vegetation, so no sighting.


No sign of the Tricolored Heron. A (the?) Sora called "sora" several times east and slightly north of the foot bridge.


Glenn


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

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Date: 4/22/17 5:11 pm
From: Ian Parsons <icpcircular...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mystic Lake, Saturday noon
At the north end of Mystic Lake this afternoon (~5.30pm) in the pine wood area close to the parking lot and beach:
* 1 great horned owl, calling from the pine trees, and relatively easy to see.* 1 pine warbler* 2 blue-grey gnatcatchers* At least 2 pairs of tufted titmice* At least 2 white-breasted nuthatches
Seen from the weir between the N and S parts of the lake:* 1 tree swallow, flew overhead in a northerly direction towards N end of lake* 1 osprey, fishing
Full list on ebird:   http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36180306
Ian ParsonsBelmont
 

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Date: 4/22/17 4:37 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] West Newbury on Earth Day
Birders,

This afternoon, I poked around areas of West Newbury.

Garden Street:
Hooded Merganser, Mallard, Wild Turkey, Eastern Bluebird, White-throated
Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow

Artichoke Reservoir:
Eastern Bluebird, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Mute Swan,
Mallard, Tufted Titmouse

Cherry Hill (Indian Hill) Reservoir:
Ruddy Duck, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow,
Great Blue Heron

Ash Street Swamp:
Belted Kingfisher, Mallard, Canada Goose, Red-winged Blackbird, Tree Swallow

Rogers Street:
Wood Duck, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-wing Swallow

Good birding,
Sue
Sue McGrath
Newburyport
 

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Date: 4/22/17 2:37 pm
From: Roberta Hodson <robertahodson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Upland Sandpiper
Today around 2 pm I found an upland sandpiper near the martin nesting area at Daniel Webster Audubon in Marshfield. It flew from that area to the other side of the small pond—always on the grass.
Bobbie Hodson, Lexington
 

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Date: 4/22/17 1:32 pm
From: Travis Mazerall <tmazerall...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Wilson's Warbler - mount auburn
Apologies for my last post. It the Wilson's was seen at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Travis Mazerall
Brighton

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 22, 2017, at 4:20 PM, Travis Mazerall <tmazerall...><mailto:<tmazerall...>> wrote:

Seen on the hill between willow pond and the tower at the intersection of trefoil path and arethusa path.

Travis Mazerall
Brighton, MA

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Date: 4/22/17 1:27 pm
From: Travis Mazerall <tmazerall...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wilson's Warbler
Seen on the hill between willow pond and the tower at the intersection of trefoil path and arethusa path.

Travis Mazerall
Brighton, MA

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Date: 4/22/17 1:22 pm
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Raven in Newton
 

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Date: 4/22/17 11:24 am
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Rio Negro article in Birdwatching Magazine
Thanks for your kind words, Ann. I was especially pleased because my wife
Mary, who plays a major role in the story, also contributed the photo of
our boat at night--our first collaboration in print.

John Nelson
Gloucester, MA

On Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 7:06 AM, Ann Gurka <snowyegret7...> wrote:

> This month's Birdwatching Magazine has a great article about birding in
> the Rio Negro area of Brazil. It was just what I needed on this cold wet
> morning - the writing is engaging and really brought me right into the
> place and the birds. It improved my mood and my outlook on the day. I
> then noticed that the author's name - John Nelson - is familiar to me from
> Massbird postings. So thank you, John, for brightening my day. I hope a
> lot of you get to check out this article!
>
>
> Ann Gurka
> Watertown, MA
>
> May the beauty of what you love be what you do,
> There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the earth...
> Rumi
>
>
>

 

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Date: 4/22/17 11:08 am
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Newbury & Plum Island - 04-22-17

On this 47th anniversary of Earth Day, Susan Yurkus and I led today's
Saturday Morning Birding program out of Joppa Flats Education Center to
Scotland and Newman Roads and Plum Island. Skies were overcast with
intermittent mist and a spritz or two of rain; temp steady at 41 F.; and
winds N/5 mph.

Our list:

Scotland Road (Common Pasture) --
Canada Goose (~ 30)
Greater Yellowlegs (~ 10)
Wilson's Snipe (~ 30)
American Robin (2)
Red-winged Blackbird - many.
Northern Cardinal (1)

Newman Road (se. end of marsh) --
Gadwall (1) - single drake.
American Black Duck (~ 40)
Mallard (~ 8)
Blue-winged Teal (2) - continuing pair.
Green-winged Teal (~ 30)
Greater Yellowlegs (~ 10)
Song Sparrow(1)
Red-winged Blackbird

En route Plum Island --
Great Blue Heron (1) - Parker River NWR HQ.
Red-tailed Hawk (1) - PI Tpk. e. end PI Airport.
Chipping Sparrow (1) - Joppa Flats Ed Ctr.
EASTERN MEADOWLARK (2) - interacting aggressively on w. end PI Airport;
at one point across road into first field e. Joppa Flats Ed Ctr., then
returning to w. end of airport.

Plum Island (s. PI Tpk. to North Pool Overlook) --
Canada Goose
Gadwall (2) - pr., main panne.
American Black Duck (~ 10)
Northern Shoveler (2) - pr. n. edge main panne.
Green-winged Teal (6) - 3 pr., small panne.
Double-crested Cormorant (~ 4) - various.\
Great Egret (6) - 2 + 4 in flight.
Bald Eagle (1) - ad., perched sw. main panne.
Killdeer (1) - main panne.
Greater Yellowlegs - a few; pannes.
Wilson's Snipe (8) - North Pool Overlook (thanks, Nancy!).
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove (~ 8)
Blue Jay (2)
American Crow
Purple Martin (1) - ad. female, lot #1 nesting gourds.
Tree Swallow (2)
American Robin (3)
Northern Mockingbird (3)
European Starling
Eastern Towhee (1) - singing; main panne.
Red-winged Blackbird - common.
Common Grackle - common, n. refuge gatehouse.
Brown-headed Cowbird (2) - S-curves.

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats at 0900 for Saturday
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: 4/22/17 10:07 am
From: Travis Mazerall <tmazerall...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Field Sparrow
Seen at 1pm in evergreen cemetery in Brighton feeding in lawn with juncos and chipping sparrows. As many as 8 pine warblers around chestnut hill reservoir as well. Location below.

87JC8RQP+CX

Travis Mazerall
Brighton, MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 4/22/17 9:36 am
From: Warren Tatro <wtatro...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White-faced Ibis along Argilla Road in Ipswich
Hello Massbirders,

At 10:30AM today, I had a flock of about 30 Glossy Ibis right along Argilla Road, just east of the Hamlin Reservation parking lot. They were actually IN the short green grass 20 feet off the busy road, not out in the marsh. I quickly pulled over and was able to easily find the White-faced Ibis in with them. Great looks, and for me personally, only the second time in MA after a lot of tries.

Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
<wtatro...>
 

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Date: 4/22/17 4:12 am
From: Ann Gurka <snowyegret7...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rio Negro article in Birdwatching Magazine
This month's Birdwatching Magazine has a great article about birding in the Rio Negro area of Brazil. It was just what I needed on this cold wet morning - the writing is engaging and really brought me right into the place and the birds. It improved my mood and my outlook on the day. I then noticed that the author's name - John Nelson - is familiar to me from Massbird postings. So thank you, John, for brightening my day. I hope a lot of you get to check out this article!


Ann Gurka
Watertown, MA

May the beauty of what you love be what you do,
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the earth...
Rumi



 

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Date: 4/21/17 7:09 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond Highlights 4/20
Burrage Pond (11:35a.m.-6:50p.m.) produced the following:
Double-crested Cormorant 27 migrating
Great Egret 3

Great Blue Heron 20
Wood Duck 2
teal sp. 1
Ring-necked Duck 10
Osprey 3
Cooper's Hawk 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
SANDHILL CRANE 1 n.w. seen briefly dropping in to cattails
Killdeer 4
Wild Turkey 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Fish Crow 5 greeting me at the station; later heard at Burrage
Brown Creeper 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5 also two near train tracks
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Carolina Wren 1 hidden southernmost entrance to Burrage (next to stockade fence) off Elm St. south of Pond St.
Brown Thrasher 1 singing rather weakly; foraging
Palm Warbler 13 a really nice pocket
Yellow-rumped Warbler 13 two nice pockets
Pine Warbler 15 land of white pines!
Eastern Towhee 14
Field Sparrow 1 constantly singing near Hawkes Rd. entrance (go to left)
Swamp Sparrow 13 land of water!
Savannah Sparrow 21 one flock of twelve
Spring Azure 4
Mourning Cloak 3

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 4/21/17 2:58 pm
From: Sabrina Hepburn <s.k.hepburn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Annual Meeting 4/28/17
Massbirders,

Please join us for the Brookline Bird Club Annual Meeting on Friday April 28, for a great program on local community birding projects. Details below. Elections for Officers and Board of Directors will take place during the meeting as well.

The meeting is open to all, but if you’d like to join or renew your membership, please feel free to stop in at the membership table by the entrance.

Hope to see you there!

Sabrina Hepburn
Waltham


*********************************************************************************************************************************************************************
BROOKLINE BIRD CLUB
2017 ANNUAL MEETING


Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Social Hour and Light Refreshments at 6:30 pm
Geological Lecture Hall, Harvard University, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

This year’s annual meeting will focus on the tremendous contribution that individuals and small groups can have through local community birding projects, with presentations on two projects that are models for others to follow:

“The Great Meadows Survey- Building a Community through Birding”
with guest speakers Alan Bragg, Will Martens and Kathy Dia
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge volunteer Alan Bragg began a weekly bird species survey at the Concord Unit in 2009. Alan and long-time survey team members Will Martens and Kathy Dia will present the survey’s history, and share some memorable moments, interesting data, and photos of some of the 195 species recorded.

“Birding with Ludlow: the Concord Birds Project” with guest speaker David Swain
The Concord Birds Project is a 4-year collaborative avian census of Concord (featuring the virtual compiler, Ludlow G.). David Swain will give an overview of the new Concord Birds Checklist and what we have learned about avian life in this well-studied area.

Members and guests are cordially invited. Admission and parking are free.
Directions may be found on our website, www.brooklinebirdclub.org

Birder’s Exchange Program Donations: please bring your used binoculars and other birding equipment For more information, go to www.aba.org/bex/
 

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Date: 4/21/17 2:23 pm
From: Ian Nisbet <icnisbet...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] common terns at Bird Island, Marion
Carolyn Mostello (of MassWildlife) reports that there were at least 40
common terns at Bird Island, Marion, today. For those MassBirders who
do not already know this, Carolyn has overseen a massive reconstruction
of the island to improve the nesting habitat for common and roseate
terns. Bird Island supports one of the three largest colonies of
roseate terns in North America, and the third largest colony of common
terns in Massachusetts, as well as a historic lighthouse. It has been
surrounded by a wall that was built in the 1820s to protect the
lighthouse. Although the wall reduced the rate of erosion (without it,
the island would have been reduced to a pile of rocks long ago), it did
not prevent erosion altogether. It has been degraded by storm waves and
hurricanes over the decades, and the highest waves continued to break
over the wall and cut back the soil inside it. By 2008, the area above
high-water mark that was suitable for terns had been reduced by about
one-third since I first started work on the island in 1970. The
restoration project has rebuilt the wall at a shallow angle to break
incoming waves, leaving gaps between the boulders to dissipate wave
energy, raised the wall by 1 meter to accommodate rising sea level for
at least 30 years, filled the area within the wall with gravel, and
revegetated the entire area by planting beach grass and seaside
goldenrod. This has almost doubled the area available for tern nesting
and has greatly improved the habitat. The engineering work was
conducted during two winters, with a break from April to September 2016
for the terns' nesting season. The total cost of the project was $3.2
million, with the largest contribution coming from the US Army Corps of
Engineers from a budget item to mitigate damage to watersheds. The
revegetation was completed this week and the first terns arrived two
days later. We are now holding our breath and crossing our fingers
while we wait to see how the terns will respond. Carolyn (and
MassWildlife) deserve enormous credit for piloting this project for many
years through many funding and permitting agencies, and for overseeing
the design and execution of the engineering work.

Ian Nisbet

North Falmouth

 

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Date: 4/21/17 12:28 pm
From: Chris Martone <cmartone00...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lynnfield Marsh IBA - Rusty Blackbird migration stopover roost

After a slow start, Rusty Blackbird numbers have increased this week at the Lynnfield Marsh. Similar to this time last year, we are seeing incoming flights arriving in the hour before sunset heading for a stand of trees 1/3 mile away from the railbed at the eastern edge of the marsh (Elizabeth Way trees). Some are stopping and staging to roost at the edge of the marsh or at the railbed island of trees (about 500 feet from where the railbed enters the marsh). We are inviting all interested birders to join us out on the railbed or at Partridge Island over the next week to help with the Rusty Blackbird census and to track incoming flight trajectories. For more information please contact Chris Martone (<cmartone00...>) or Linda Ireland (<connecttonature...>).

Best, Linda and Chris






 

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Date: 4/21/17 9:27 am
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary walk - DATE CORRECTION
The date in the BBC Blue Book for a walk at the Ipswich River Wildlife
Sanctuary on Monday April 24 is INCORRECT. The correct date is
*THURSDAY APRIL 27 ; *this is listed correctly on the webpage.

We apologize for any inconvenience and regret any confusion this may
have caused. Hope to see you at Ipswich River Sanctuary on Thursday
April 27.

Thanks and Happy Spring,
Linda
For the BBC Field Trip Committee

--
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: 4/21/17 8:18 am
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Boxford Crooked Pond, Apr 20, 2017
Boxford Crooked Pond, Essex, Massachusetts, USApr 20, 2017 5:00 PM - 6:15
PMProtocol: Traveling0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Beaver work has raised water levels dramatically.
22 species (+2 other taxa)
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 4
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1 Eating a fish on a perch
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1
Downy/Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens/villosus) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
swallow sp. (Hirundinidae sp.) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 6
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 6
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 4 Foraging low in trees gave
excellent views. Heard singing on other side of Pond.
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 2
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 2 Favorite moment was watching male
pine warbler foraging on the ground. Great view!
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 2
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 6
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S36141105

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



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

 

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Date: 4/21/17 7:02 am
From: Dee Stewart <haberlea...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pileated in Stow
Yesterday must have been a good day for pileateds. I noticed one was reported in Concord. We also had a male working over some rotting fallen tree trunks in our backyard yesterday. We usually see them in the yard 2 or 3 times a year. Always a special occasion.
Dee Stewart
Stow MA
 

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Date: 4/21/17 1:46 am
From: <Godwit4...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pileated in Concord
Lovely Pileated Woodpecker calling and flying through neighborhood last
evening in Concord, twenty feet away at one point. The Shetland Sheepdogs I
was walking were mesmerized. So was I. This was on Adams Road.

CJ Coppersmith
Concord, MA
 

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Date: 4/20/17 6:16 pm
From: James Dillon <jdillon755270...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White Faced Ibis, Ipswich
Over one hundred Glossy Ibis and one White Face Ibis at Appleton Farm in
Ipswich.
Seen in the field between to the entrance road and the railroad tracks at
5:00pm.

Jim Dillon <jdillon755270...>

 

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Date: 4/20/17 6:15 pm
From: Wayne Petersen <wpetersen...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eastern Meadowlarks need your help!
Mass Audubon is asking birders and bird enthusiasts for assistance with a recently launched, multi-year citizen science project to study Eastern Meadowlarks. The project aims to collect presence-absence data for Eastern Meadowlarks at randomly selected sites throughout Massachusetts from May 15 to June 15, 2017. Eastern Meadowlarks are in serious decline, both in Massachusetts and elsewhere in North America, and in order to better help this species we need to know more about their status in Massachusetts. The data collected through this effort will provide valuable information about this species' current distribution in the Commonwealth, and will form the basis for a better assessment of meadowlark habitat requirements and future conservation needs.

To get the information needed it is critical to get help from citizen scientists. There are a lot of potential sites in Massachusetts where Eastern Meadowlarks could be nesting, so we are enlisting your assistance in finding them. The results of this work will help to develop models for use in evaluating potential sites that have not been visited.

Project data can be easily entered through the Anecdata website https://www.anecdata.org/projects/view/187 either on a computer or in the field on a mobile smartphone. The surveys required are quick (10 minutes!) and easy to do. Mass Audubon will provide volunteers with "hotspots" where we specifically need a meadowlark survey on three separate dates (with preferably at least 3 days in between each date) during the period of May 15 and June 15. Many of these hotspots will likely not have Eastern Meadowlarks, but knowing where Eastern Meadowlarks are not is just as valuable for scientific analysis as knowing where they are.

More information about how to get involved is available on the project website.
Not familiar with Eastern Meadowlarks? Check out our quick guide http://www.massaudubon.org/our-conservation-work/wildlife-research-conservation/grassland-bird-program/eastern-meadowlark and listen to their song https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Meadowlark/sounds

Questions? Contact Mass Audubon at <birdconservation...>

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: 4/20/17 11:52 am
From: Dan Mushrush <dmushrush...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow warbler in Westborough
I believe I had yellow warbler, only by ear, on the Wesborough WMA at
2:30pm today.

Dan Mushrush
Worcester, ma

 

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Date: 4/20/17 9:15 am
From: <dave.williams6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Mt. Auburn walk
With no wind, the weather was actually nice this morning. Lots of bird song and activity!
Dave Williams
Reading, MA

Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Apr 20, 2017 6:30 AM - 8:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.25 mile(s)
Comments: Led BBC walk. Overcast, 49 degrees.
35 species

Canada Goose 2
Mallard 6
Wild Turkey 2
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Great Blue Heron 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2 FOY.
Herring Gull 2
Mourning Dove 4
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Great Horned Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 6
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 3
Brown Creeper 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 26
Pine Warbler 4
Chipping Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 11
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36116325

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Date: 4/20/17 9:10 am
From: Dennis Oliver <dennisbake49...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Osprey
Hi Ian,

Today, April 20, Thursday, saw an Osprey flying up Mystic River towards
Mystic Lakes. From the Harvard Street Bridge in Medford.

Dennis Oliver
<dennisbake49...>

On Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 9:18 PM, Ian Parsons <icpcircular...> wrote:

> Osprey visible from Assembly Square T station hovering over the Mystic
> river this afternoon at about 6pm. Possibly the same bird was in the same
> area last Wednesday too (April 12th).
>
> Ian Parsons
> Belmont
>

 

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Date: 4/20/17 8:44 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Louisiana Waterthrush- Boxford 4/20
Jerry Bertrand called at 11:10am to report a Louisiana Waterthrush singing at the first pond at Crooked Pond (Bald Hill Reservation) in Boxford. He said it has been singing for 45 minutes, providing good looks as well.

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

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Date: 4/20/17 6:38 am
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] House Wren, Newton
 

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Date: 4/19/17 7:41 pm
From: Ian Parsons <icpcircular...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Osprey
Osprey visible from Assembly Square T station hovering over the Mystic river this afternoon at about 6pm.   Possibly the same bird was in the same area last Wednesday too (April 12th).
Ian ParsonsBelmont
 

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Date: 4/19/17 5:09 pm
From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Blue Heron rookery in Tewksbury
Wondering if anyone monitors this rookery in Tewksbury. I drive by on my
way to work and would estimate about twenty active nests.

Not sure if the link I'm including will work but the rookery is on the
south side of 495 and just west of North Street in Tewksbury.

Paul Guidetti
Westford, MA

https://maps.apple.com/?address=836%20North%20St,%20Tewksbury,%20MA%20%2001876,%20United%20States&ll=42.632769,-71.247094&t=h

 

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Date: 4/19/17 5:07 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Middleton Pond, Middleton, Apr 19, 2017
> Middleton Pond, Middleton, Essex, Massachusetts, US
> Apr 19, 2017 9:45 AM - 12:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> Comments: My nephew and I birded the west end of the "pond" (it's a
> mile-long lake) including the great blue heron colony at the SW end and
> the powerline just behind that. Highlights were a hooded merganser nest,
> 2 singing field sparrows, 4 e. towhees, and 6 singing brown creepers.
> 33 species (+1 other taxon)
>
> Canada Goose 4
> Wood Duck 6
> Mallard 10
> Hooded Merganser 4 One pair flew to a snag in the blue heron colony.
> The female flew into a cavity in the snag and stayed, while the male
> landed in the water at the base of the snag. Probably incubating.
> Double-crested Cormorant 7 adults all perched on a big rock in the
> lake
> Great Blue Heron 18 That is all the birds I could count on 21 nests.
> Several nests appeared unoccupied. There were no horned owls on any of
> the nests.
> Turkey Vulture 2
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Herring Gull 3 flyovers
> Great Black-backed Gull 1 surprise flyover, adult
> Mourning Dove 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
> Downy Woodpecker 4
> Northern Flicker 4 not seen
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Blue Jay 5
> Tree Swallow 12
> Black-capped Chickadee 14
> Tufted Titmouse 5
> White-breasted Nuthatch 3
> Brown Creeper 6
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
> Eastern Bluebird 1
> American Robin 4
> Pine Warbler 4
> Chipping Sparrow 2
> Field Sparrow 2 singing on powerline behind beaver swamp
> Song Sparrow 5
> Eastern Towhee 4 calling on powerline
> Red-winged Blackbird 10
> Common Grackle 25
> Brown-headed Cowbird 6
> American Goldfinch 5
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36097721


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

 

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Date: 4/19/17 3:53 pm
From: judy parrot-willis <jep_willis...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Not much longer!
Heard my first ovenbird of the season Easter Sunday at Marblehead Neck, and today spotted/heard my first eastern meadowlark of 2017 on Argilla Rd. Think Spring is here to stay!..................maybe J.P-Willis/N.Andover

 

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Date: 4/19/17 2:53 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (18 Apr 2017) 5 Raptors
Pinnacle Rock
Malden, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 18, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 1 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 4 4 4
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 5 5 5
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:15:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter: Craig Jackson

Observers: Tom Wetmore

Visitors:
June ? visited for awhile


Weather:
Moderate NW winds changed to variable with winds from the northeast
becoming stronger as day went on; temperature stayed about 8 C throughout
day (did not have thermometer); cloud cover went from 85% to 100%

Raptor Observations:
Migrating -- very small movement; Up to four American Kestrels were seen
throughout watch but only seemed to be hunting in the area. Number
estimated actually moving north may be double actual number that did. At
end of watch there were still two AK in the area.
Residents -- One Osprey and two Turkey Vultures

Non-raptor Observations:
Migrating -- One Common Loon, approx 65 DC Cormorants, 4 Mourning Doves, 3
Cowbirds, 4 Red-winged Blackbirds, and 20 Grackles
Residents -- One male and two female Purple Martins at gourds

Predictions:
Little if no migrating hawks expected until after Friday's rain goes
through
========================================================================
Report submitted by Craig Jackson (<crleja...>)




 

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Date: 4/19/17 2:53 pm
From: Alan Strauss <ansch100...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] marine report Race Point
Wednesday 6:45 to 9 AM Race Point and Herring Cove. The whales were close enough to get videos and still shots. They are not very close but also could be seen wit naked eye. Skim feeding behavior; flukes seem on some dives, paddle side fins ween last surface. Tails seen flopping at surface.
Nine Northern Right Whales:

notes: One had very smooth and round rostrum and small white area on side of face. One had Very rough and irregular and jagged rostrum. A few had white callosities layer on top of head that showed some off-white to creamy brown color. The ones with brownish color were swimming side-by-side and seen from the small rest room at Herring Cove. Activity died down around 9 AM and it started to get more windy.

Five wild turkeys (one displaying) on access roads between Rave and Herring. One white-winged gull.

Alan Strauss, Providence
 

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Date: 4/19/17 2:53 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pilgrim Heights (19 Apr 2017) 29 Raptors
Pilgrim Heights
North Truro, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 8 165 165
Osprey 0 8 8
Bald Eagle 0 1 1
Northern Harrier 0 2 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 16 16
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 2
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 3
Red-tailed Hawk 2 22 22
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 18 45 45
Merlin 1 3 3
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1

Total: 29 270 270
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Donald Manchester

Observers:

Visitors:
0 visitors


Weather:
Light winds were from a southerly direction, mostly cloudy skies, very
clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Another day of strong kestrel movement.

Non-raptor Observations:
4 Iceland gulls, 1 female and 2 male northern harriers (locals), 1 common
raven
========================================================================
Report submitted by Melissa Lowe (<mlowe...>)
Pilgrim Heights information may be found at:
http://massaudubon.org/wellfleetbay-hawkwatch


Site Description:
The Pilgrim Heights Hawk Watch is located in the town of North Truro, MA on
Cape Cod, approximately 100 miles southeast of Boston. The site is located
within the Cape Cod National Seashore and is the only formal site located
on Cape Cod. The site (elevation 50ft), is at the second or northernmost
overlook along an interpretive trail that runs through the area. The trail
is accessed only by foot but is open to the public. Currently the site is
used, with permission from the Cape Cod National Seashore, for the spring
migration, a 6-8 week period within the months of March through June.
Historically, the heaviest flights have occurred during the last week of
April and first week of May. At least 8 species are recorded as regular
migrants at the site. There is a large migratory movement of non-raptor
species including seabirds, gulls, ducks and passerines to name a few. The
site is also known for observing butterfly and dragonfly migrants. Whale
sightings off-shore are also common during these months. Muskrat, otter and
white-tailed deer are common residents.




Directions to site:
Pilgrim Heights is located within the Cape Cod National Seashore in North
Truro on the east side of Route 6, just north of the Truro and Provincetown
town line. Park in the first parking lot and take the Small's Swamp Trail
to the second overlook. It is an easy walk down the trail, approximately
one-half mile from parking lot.



 

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Date: 4/19/17 2:33 pm
From: John Liller <john.liller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary - 4/19/17
I recorded the following this afternoon (4/19/17) at the Broad Meadow Brook
Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester. I began by walking the Troiano/Heron Pond
Loop and then went to the Frog Pond Trail and along Wilson Swamp.

Canada Goose (11 - 6 at Heron Pond and 5 at Wilson's Swamp)
Wood Duck (2 males and 1 female together at Heron Pond)
Mallard (11 - including pair at Frog Pond; the female was very dark, so
probably a hybrid)
Great Blue Heron (4 - it looks as though there may be two nests on the same
tree at Heron Pond, as one bird brought nesting material to a partially
built nest adjacent to the previous nest)
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
Mourning Dove (2)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (4)
Downy Woodpecker (7)
Hairy Woodpecker (2)
Northern Flicker (4)
Blue Jay (13 - including one carrying material)
American Crow (3)
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW (at least 10 at Heron Pond)
Tree Swallow (6 - all at Heron Pond)
Black-capped Chickadee (7)
Tufted Titmouse (8)
White-breasted Nuthatch (3)
Carolina Wren (1)
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER (2)
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET (2)
Eastern Bluebird (1)
American Robin (24)
PALM WARBLER (1)
EASTERN TOWHEE (1)
Field Sparrow (1)
Song Sparrow (6)
White-throated Sparrow (3)
Northern Cardinal (5)
Red-winged Blackbird (39)
Common Grackle (60 - including several carrying material)
Brown-headed Cowbird (2)
House Finch (4)
American Goldfinch (6)
House Sparrow (23)

 

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Date: 4/19/17 1:41 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Newman Road & Plum Island - 04-19-17

David Moon and I first took our Joppa Flats Wednesday Morning Birding

program to Newbury's Newman Road and then on to Plum Island. The skies
were cloudy to partly cloudy, temps in the upper 40s, and winds
SE-S/10-20 mph. All in all, it was a pretty flat day birdwise. We had
a few "good" birds, but it was pretty quiet, especially on the island.

Our list for the morning:

Newman Road --
American Black Duck (~ 15)
Mallard (~ 8)
Blue-winged Teal (2) - pr. [thanks, Pete!]
Green-winged Teal (~ 12)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Greater Yellowlegs (3)
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker (3)
Tufted Titmouse (3)
Red-winged Blackbird (~ 6)

Plum Island --
Canada Goose (~ 24)
Mute Swan (4) - n. refuge gatehouse, on marsh w. PI River.
American Black Duck (~ 6) - island almost devoid of black ducks.
Green-winged Teal (7) - 3 pr, 1 lone drake; small pannes.
Common Eider (~ 19) - seven ocean.
White-winged Scoter (3) - 1, one ocean; 2, seven ocean.
Black Scoter (~ 15) - one ocean.
Long-tailed Duck - common; one ocean & seven ocean.
Red-breasted Merganser (2) - pr, small pannes.
Wild Turkey (~ 9) - roadside, n. The Wardens.
Northern Gannet (1) - one ocean.
Double-crested Cormorant (3) - various.
Great Egret (4) - 3, South Marsh.
Turkey Vulture (1)
Osprey (2) - Pines platform.
[Red-tailed Hawk (1) - PI Tpk, w. Bob Lobster.]
Piping Plover (2) - one beach.
Killdeer (1) - heard.
Greater Yellowlegs (3) - small pannes.
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
American Kestrel (1) - fly over, South Marsh.
Eastern Phoebe (1) - DCR Bar Head parking lot.
American Crow
Common Raven (1) - over pines BFP blind.
Black-capped Chickadee (5) - Hellcat et al.
Red-breasted Nuthatch (1) - Hellcat parking lot at entrance to boardwalk.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1) - Hellcat parking lot at entrance to boardwalk.
American Robin (2) - Hellcat.
Northern Mockingbird (5) - various.
European Starling
Song Sparrow (1)
White-throated Sparrow (1) - heard.
Northern Cardinal (1) - heard.
Red-winged Blackbird - common.
Common Grackle - mostly in vicinity of refuge gatehouse.
Brown-headed Cowbird (5) - various.
Purple Finch (2) - singing; 1, pines e. Stage Island Pool; 1, DCR Bar
Head parking lot.
House Finch (3) - singing; 2, DCR Bar Head parking lot; 1, Hellcat
parking lot.
American Goldfinch (1) - Hellcat parking lot.

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: 4/19/17 12:08 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Orchard Oriole
Massbirders,
There was a female orchard oriole on our flowering plum in the back yard this morning...
Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 4/19/17 11:44 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm sightings
Along with the 26 species I saw mid-day today a co-worker heard an eastern meadowlark and a volunteer saw two hermit thrushes this morning. Recently a bald eagle was seen above the sanctuary. Other staff saw three pileated woodpeckers yesterday and today I had a male excavating a cavity. Nice to see savannah sparrows and barn swallows are back.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin farm Sanctuary
Lincoln

Canada Goose 5
Wild Turkey 5
Killdeer 5
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 3
Tree Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 40
European Starling 3
Chipping Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 2
Savannah Sparrow 7
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 5
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 5


 

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Date: 4/19/17 9:41 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mt. Auburn Cemetery - BBC Walk 4.19
Dear Massbirders,

A very cold walk this morning produced some nice birds, including
Ruby-crowned Kinglets which seemed to be everywhere. I had my personal
first of year Hermit Thrush and Eastern Towhee today, both near the Dell.
Also - an inquisitive Coyote made a brief appearance.

Full eBird list below.

Good birding,
- Neil

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA


Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Apr 19, 2017 6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
27 species (+1 other taxa)

Mallard 5
Wild Turkey 2
gull sp. 1
Mourning Dove 2
Great Horned Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Eastern Phoebe 2 Near Dell. Couldn't locate the usual pair at
Spectacle.
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 Dell.
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6 Possibly an under estimate. They seemed to be
singing everywhere this morning!
Hermit Thrush 1 Entrance to Dell.
American Robin 30
Chipping Sparrow 12
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 4
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1 Dell. Singing and calling. Briefly seen by leader.
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle (Bronzed) 35
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S36092674

--
Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 4/19/17 8:17 am
From: Barbara A Balkwill <balkwill...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] This is SPAM
Yes, my sentiments exactly!

Barb Balkwill
From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of Ida Giriunas
Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 10:43 AM
To: 'STEVEN SIMPSON' <stevensimpson...>; 'massbird' <massbird...>; 'arlingtonbirds' <arlingtonbirds...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] This is SPAM

Not funny at all. Very disgusting. This is spam.

Ida GIriunas

From: <massbird-approval...><mailto:<massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of STEVEN SIMPSON
Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 9:28 AM
To: massbird <massbird...><mailto:<massbird...>>; arlingtonbirds <arlingtonbirds...><mailto:<arlingtonbirds...>>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Funny (Raunchy) Birding Piece


FYI: many expletives, by very funny (to me at least). :-)



https://dumbbirdsfieldguide.tumblr.com/?og=1



Steven A. Simpson

(Arlington)
 

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Date: 4/19/17 8:10 am
From: William Drummond <wcdrummond...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] ride to Fieldfare
If anyone is planning to go for the Fieldfare in Maine, Bill would love a ride.

Barbara Drummond
North Andover, MA
<wcdrummond...>
 

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Date: 4/19/17 7:48 am
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] This is SPAM
Not funny at all. Very disgusting. This is spam.



Ida GIriunas



From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of STEVEN SIMPSON
Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 9:28 AM
To: massbird <massbird...>; arlingtonbirds <arlingtonbirds...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Funny (Raunchy) Birding Piece



FYI: many expletives, by very funny (to me at least). :-)



https://dumbbirdsfieldguide.tumblr.com/?og=1



Steven A. Simpson

(Arlington)


 

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Date: 4/19/17 7:13 am
From: Warren Tatro <wtatro...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ovenbird at Pike's Bridge Road
Hello Massbirders,

I had my earliest sighting of an Ovenbird around 9AM today at Pike’s Bridge Road in West Newbury. It was 15 feet away, at eye level. I first heard it, then got on it and watched it sing twice. It did not sing again after 5 times. I saw it half way between the bridge and Garden St.

Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
<wtatro...> <mailto:<wtatro...>


 

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Date: 4/18/17 2:12 pm
From: Richard Wolf <rgwolf17...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pair of Eurasian Teel
One hour ago on Water Row,Wayland.From Lincoln rd., after the sharp curve where the open water is close to both sides of the road. The side away from the river.
Dick Wolf
Natick,Ma.
<rgwof17...>


Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 4/18/17 1:40 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Birds of New Hampshire volume
Since some of you may not be aware of this, I thought I'd share.


From the New Hampshire Audubon e-Newsletter of March 27, 2017:

*The Birds of New Hampshire Now Available at a Discounted Price!*

*The publisher has reduced the price of this valuable resource to just $5! *

The Birds of New Hampshire by Allan Keith and Robert Fox is a
compilation of records of bird sightings within New Hampshire that
provides information on the historic and dynamic world of bird
distribution and abundance in the State. If you want to know when and
where a bird species has been recorded in New Hampshire throughout
history, this is the resource to have! It also provides details on the
seasonality and peak numbers of each species.

The authors would like to get this resource into the hands of birders
everywhere. It is available for sale in the NH Audubon Nature Store in
Concord and online
<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=12595660&msgid=592547&act=R0SM&c=544210&destination=https%3A%2F%2Fnh-audubon-nature-store.myshopify.com%2Fcollections%2Fnature-books-and-reference%2Fproducts%2Fthe-birds-of-new-hampshire>.

The price on this wonderful volume, Birds of New Hampshire, is down to
FIVE DOLLARS!

The book has been very favorably reviewed in Auk, Wilson Journal,
Condor, the ABA blog and especially Bird Observer. It’s 470 pages hard
cover in quarto size, the first new book on NH birds since 1910. Orders
can be sent to New Hampshire Audubon by phone at 603-224-9909
<tel:%28603%29%20224-9909> or by email to Nancy Boisvert at
<nboisvert...> <mailto:<nboisvert...> or to Buteo Books.


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>



 

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Date: 4/18/17 9:24 am
From: Larry Berk <larry.berk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbirds
http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

Earliest arrivals now showing at all New England States.
 

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Date: 4/18/17 7:37 am
From: Michael Baird <rkramden1994...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] FOY Eastern Kingbird along with other early migrants - Lowell Cemetery
Decent numbers of early warblers (Pine, Palm, Yellow-rumped) and
Ruby-crowned Kinglets to go along with my earliest record of Eastern
Kingbird at the cemetery (previous record was 4/23/15).
Good birding,
Mike Baird
Lowell, MA
rkramden 1994 (at) g mail dot com


Lowell Cemetery, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Apr 18, 2017 7:45 AM - 9:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: I birded the cemetery proper and included a brief excursion
to the adjacent Fort Hill Park. The weather was cool but bright and sunny,
a gorgeous spring morning. There was a good variety of migrants including a
singing Palm Warbler and FOY Eastern Kingbird, my earliest record for this
species in the cemetery by 5 days over the previous first sighting. The
Great Horned Owl seen yesterday did not make its presence known today.
31 species

Canada Goose 2
Wood Duck 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Eastern Kingbird 1 Unmistakable - bright white belly, black cap/back,
broad white stripe on tail. Unable to get a record photo. This is my 3rd
April record for this species that nests along the Concord River just
outside the cemetery.
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 4
Tree Swallow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 12
European Starling 3
Palm Warbler 2
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Chipping Sparrow 10
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S36066445

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

 

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Date: 4/18/17 7:00 am
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Mew Gull at Race Point photos
Hi MassBirders,

I don’t think it has been mentioned here yet that there were apparently *two* separate Mew Gulls photographed on Race Point on Sunday, and they belonged to two different subspecies! According to comments by Amar Ayyash on FaceBook in the MA RBA group, Alan Kneidel and Nathaniel Marchessault's bird was the European subspecies “Common Gull”:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35979796

but Will Sweet’s bird was instead the Siberian subspecies “Kamchatka Gull”:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35977933

Good birding,

Josh



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




 

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Date: 4/18/17 6:14 am
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 4/18 Duxbury Beach - first Willet
Looked everywhere for Willets yesterday with no luck; however, given the
acres of mud flats replacing the bay's water at low tide, I'd would have had
to be very lucky to see one. Made a quick check this morning at mid tide
and found a singleton north of the bridge near Blakeman's. My first-of-year
bird only called once, but that was enough to whet my appetite for the vocal
background that will very soon become the hallmark sound of the Beach
until August. Documentation pix at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36065145



Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA

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

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






 

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Date: 4/18/17 5:27 am
From: Peter Laptop <orapendula...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Solitary sandpiper topsfield fairground.
Solitary sandpiper topsfield fairgrounds 8:20am.

Peter & Fay Vale
 

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Date: 4/18/17 4:33 am
From: Ted Home <tedgpurcell...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RFI Canal King Eider
Does anyone know if the King Eider that had been in Cape Cod Canal has moved on? Have opportunity this week.
Thank you,
Ted Purcell
Rutland MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 4/18/17 3:21 am
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh 4/16
Barn Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 20
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1. New Boardwalk
Hermit Thrush 5. Great spot for migrant Hermit Thrushes
Palm Warbler 1
Savannah Sparrow 13

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 4/17/17 8:39 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Forest Hills Cemetery
Highlights from 2:00-5:50 today:

Cooper's Hawk 1
Northern Flicker 8
Eastern Phoebe 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2. one seen
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Hermit Thrush 2
Brown Thrasher 1
Pine Warbler 7
Palm Warbler 1
Yellow-dumped Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 1

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 4/17/17 8:37 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (17 Apr 2017) 68 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 4 89 111
Osprey 1 25 27
Bald Eagle 0 3 4
Northern Harrier 1 87 96
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 17 17
Cooper's Hawk 1 6 6
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 2 2 2
Red-tailed Hawk 3 13 18
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 47 431 432
Merlin 2 25 27
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 5
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 4

Total: 68 711 753
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Mark Schoene, Paul M. Roberts, Ted Mara

Observers: Bob Secatore, David Goodine, Jack Miano, Jim Barton,
John Cannizzo, Judd Nathan, Kathryn Chihowski,
Paul Roberts, Tom Graham, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Visitors included Anina Butler, Andrea Cannizzo, Bert & Tessali Hogan, Mike
Cocorochio, Tom Wetmore, Will and Jean Martens, Julie Roberts, and many
others.


Weather:
A cold front passed through the region last night, bringing cooler temps
and strong W/NW winds. Excellent conditions for migration.

Raptor Observations:
Following a heavy afternoon kestrel and Merlin migration yesterday, and the
passage of a cold front, we expected continuing movement today. Movement
was not as heavy as we expected/hoped. 2 Broadwings seen, but well off
island to the west. Nonmigrant raptors included 8 TV, 4 OS, 3 Bald Eagle (1
ad, 2 imm), 2 NH, 1 CH, 3 RT, and 1 RL

Non-raptor Observations:
HUndreds of Tree Swallows and small numbers of Barn Swallows migrated in
morning. Two male and 2 female Purple Martins hanging around "gourds"
nesting condos. In afternoon 11 Glossy Ibis migrated low into a stiff wind.


Predictions:
Following a very unusual streak of favorable migration weather, we are
expecting at least four straight days of N/NE/E winds, including two days
of rain, and the possibility of 9-10 days of unfavorable weather.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/




 

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Date: 4/17/17 8:32 pm
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Flock of Glossy Ibis at Great Meadows tonight (Concord)
While leading an impromptu evening walk tonight at Great Meadows, a flock of 38 glossy ibis flew in over the upper impoundment, circling around several times against a beautiful sunset sky. It appeared that they settled into the cattail hummocks at the back of the impoundment. Twenty ibis rose up and flew about again about 15-20 mins later, then appeared to resettle. Chorus frogs singing along the river, spring peepers and leopard frogs chiming in the marsh. Fantastic evening with a very special appearance!

I’ll post photos tomorrow on my website.

Cherrie Corey
Concord, MA


Cherrie A. Corey
Naturalist and photographer
978.760.1933 mobile
www.senseofplace-concord.com




 

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Date: 4/17/17 7:20 pm
From: Jon Woolf <jswoolf01...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] NH Audubon Spring Pelagic Birding Trip
Listfolk,

The weather is turning warmer, and migrants are on the wing ... so it
must be time to start thinking about NH Audubon's spring Pelagic Birding
Expedition. We've made one change this year: we'll be going out on
Monday June 12th, in hopes that going in mid-June will mean more summer
pelagic birds to find. Otherwise, the plan is pretty much the same as
in previous years:

WHAT: An all-day trip into the Gulf of Maine, looking for pelagic birds
(although we'll also check out any whales and other marine life that we
encounter). As always, we've chartered the whale-watching boat
/Granite State/ for this day of birding along Jeffreys Ledge and
wherever else the birds may lead us. Steve Mirick will be on the
microphone, and our hosts will be the highly skilled and experienced
Captain Pete Reynolds and his crew. We'll leave dockside at 8am and
stay at sea the whole day. We should return to Rye Harbor around 5pm.

WHEN: Monday, June 12th.

WHERE: Meet dockside at Rye Harbor at 7:30AM for an 8:00AM departure.

WHAT TO BRING: Binoculars, of course. A lunch if you want to. A digital
camera if you have one -- these trips often produce excellent photo
opportunities for both whales and birds. Weather on the open water is
unpredictable, so dress warm, in multiple layers in case you get too
warm and need to take off a layer. Certainly bring sunscreen, and
either sunglasses or a hat. Bring motion-sickness pills if you're
vulnerable to seasickness. /Granite State/'s seating is mostly wooden
benches, so a seat cushion is a good idea if you have trouble with
sitting on hard surfaces.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Hopefully, good weather and lots of interesting birds!
In past years, this spring trip has produced Northern Gannets, Wilson's
Storm-petrels, Great and Sooty shearwaters, Northern Fulmars, Red-necked
Phalaropes in breeding plumage (a rare sight indeed), a number of
migrants, and a number of near-shore species. We usually get good looks
at Common and Roseate Terns from the White/Seavey Island tern colony.
We've also gotten good looks at several whales of various species.

REGISTRATION: You must register in advance for this trip. We need a
minimum of 30 people to pay for the trip. We've set a maximum of 50 so
that the boat doesn't get too crowded. Cost is $70 for NH Audubon
members, $90 for non-members. Contact Massabesic Audubon Center (phone
603-668-2045, email <mac...>) to sign up. Contact either MAC
or me with any questions you might have. Please be certain that you
leave a phone number or email address where you can be contacted on
Sunday June 11th, in case we have to cancel due to weather.

To go with the trip, I will be holding a 1-hour workshop at Massabesic
Center on Saturday June 10th, as a basic introduction to the most common
pelagic birds and how to identify them. Since we generally see both
whales and birds on these trips, the workshop also includes information
on the common whales of the Gulf of Maine.

My thanks go out to all who have made these trips a success in past
years, and I hope to see you again this year ... along with as many new
faces as we can fit! :-)

-- Jon Woolf
Manchester, NH
(Massabesic Audubon Center Volunteer)


 

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Date: 4/17/17 11:57 am
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 4 places in Ipswich, Apr 17, 2017: white-faced ibis, Va. rails
> 142 County Rd., Ipswich (home)
> Apr 17, 2017 9:30 AM
> Protocol: Incidental
> Comments: The house wren I reported on April 11 at my house was no
> fluke. He has been singing here every day since.
> 1 species
>
> House Wren 1 See notes above. My previous early arrival record for
> the county was April 20, 2012. So my bird on 4/11/17 beats that record by
> 9 days.


Argilla-Northgate-Essex Rd. Fields Complex, Ipswich
Apr 17, 2017 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: I first went to Hamlin Res. to look for ibises, but promptly
saw a flock fly out of that marsh and into the farm fields across Argilla
Rd. So I drove over to the riding stables and looked from the lane, where I
saw a flock of 36 ibises. At least one was a white-face. Those ibis
flocks move around a LOT.
8 species; highlights:

Glossy Ibis 35
White-faced Ibis 1 Red eyes and face entirely bordered in white; also
saw the red 'knees.'

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36046073


Crane Beach, Ipswich
Apr 17, 2017 10:55 AM - 12:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: I took a brief look at the ocean and almost got blown off the
platform, so I walked entirely in the dunes and pitch pines. I was hoping
for thrashers and field sparrows and heard one of them.
25 species (+1 other taxon); partial list:

Great Egret 1
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2 not seen
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Pine Warbler 2 apparent pair
Field Sparrow 1 singing right off the parking lot
Eastern Towhee 7
Red-winged Blackbird ~30
Common Grackle ~45
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
blackbird sp. 5 These could have been rusties, but I didn't see them
well enough. With the blackbird flock.

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36046319


Heartbreak Road marshes, Ipswich
Apr 17, 2017 12:45 PM - 12:55 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: I stopped at one point on the road to listen for rails and
succeeded. Not a complete list.
3 species

Turkey Vulture 2
Virginia Rail 2
Swamp Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36046412

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

 

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Date: 4/17/17 11:50 am
From: Nick Dorian <dorianscale3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tricolored Heron, Harwich
Today, I found a Tricolored Heron at Bells Neck Conservation Area in Harwich. Seen hunting in marsh from bridge on N Rd. looking towards Great Western Road.

Nick Dorian
Medford, MA
 

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Date: 4/17/17 9:16 am
From: Michael Chalfin <michael.chalfin...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Louisiana waterthrush crooked pond
Yes


Also blue headed vireos, many palms and yellow rumps, pileated, red
bellied, hairy w. Etc


Michael Chalfin
Max Chalfin Jacobs
Francis Morello

Newton and Waltham

 

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Date: 4/17/17 7:42 am
From: Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rehoboth House Wren, Eastern Towhee
Heard my first House Wren of the year in our yard. Female redwings. Also
Green Frogs calling from the bog.

Both deer and wood ticks are becoming common
Madeleine Linck
Rehoboth, Bristol County

 

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Date: 4/17/17 7:11 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Walk - Mt. Auburn Cemetery 4.17.17
Dear Mass birders,

Beautiful morning in the cemetery day, with lots of bird song. Highlights
were Hooded Merganser on Willow Pond, a very vocal immature Cooper's Hawk
near the Dell, and multiple singing Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Species below.

Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Apr 17, 2017 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: BBC Field Trip led by Neil Hayward
25 species (+2 other taxa)

Mallard 3
Hooded Merganser 1 Female. Willow Pond.
Wild Turkey 1 Heard.
Great Blue Heron 1
Cooper's Hawk 1 Immature. Around Dell. Very vocal.
Red-tailed Hawk 2
gull sp. 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2 heard.
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1 seen well near Willow Pond.
Tufted Titmouse 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 Heard near Dell after the walk.
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
American Robin 50
Pine Warbler 1 Seen and heard singing near Tower.
Chipping Sparrow 8
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 4
Common Grackle 40
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
American Goldfinch 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S36036904

--
Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 4/16/17 9:19 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Hill, Scotland Rd., Newman Rd., & Cross St. (all Essex Co.), Apr 16, 2017
> Bald Hill Reservation, Boxford
> Apr 16, 2017 7:25 AM - 9:10 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: I birded the Crooked Pond area and beyond with Miles Brengle
> and Nate Dubrow. We had several highlights, among them at least 4
> blue-headed vireos, a broad-winged hawk, a barred owl, a Louisiana
> waterthrush, and 2 hermit thrushes.
> 30 species; partial list:
>
> Wood Duck 4
> Ring-necked Duck 4
> Bufflehead 2
> Cooper's Hawk 1
> Broad-winged Hawk 1
> Barred Owl 1 The jays found this one for us.
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Hairy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 1 not seen
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Blue-headed Vireo 4
> Black-capped Chickadee 13
> Tufted Titmouse 10
> White-breasted Nuthatch 5
> Brown Creeper 3
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
> Hermit Thrush 2
> Louisiana Waterthrush 1 Singing along the outlet stream just below
> the first crossing
> Pine Warbler 7
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
> Chipping Sparrow 4
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36014684



Scotland Road wet meadows, Newbury
Apr 16, 2017 9:30 AM - 10:10 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: We met Guillermo Rodriguez (?), John Nelson, and Kirk Elwell
here and compared notes with them. We saw many snipe and at least one
pectoral sandpiper.
12 species; higlights:

American Wigeon 4
Green-winged Teal (American) 26 Most if not all paired up. Did not see
any horizontal white stripes.
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Wilson's Snipe 70 plus--I'm sure we missed a lot

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36015101


Old Town Hill, Newbury
Apr 16, 2017 10:30 AM - 10:40 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Then we stopped at the Newman Rd. salt pans to look for the
pair of blue-winged teal that has been here for a few days.
8 species; highlights:

American Black Duck 25
Blue-winged Teal 2
Green-winged Teal (American) 19
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Savannah Sparrow 3

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36015302


Rowley: Cross St. wet meadow
Apr 16, 2017 10:50 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: We stopped here to look for a Eurasian wigeon. It was gone,
but we found our first solitary sandpipers of the year.
11 species; highlights:

Green-winged Teal (American) 3
Glossy Ibis 20 estimate of fly-by flock
Killdeer 1
Solitary Sandpiper 2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36015546

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

 

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Date: 4/16/17 7:55 pm
From: Charles Patterson <chaspatt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] New Arrivals
The Chipping Sparrows have landed. Picking fights with the remaining
White Throats under the feeder.

The Eastern Towhees are back as are the Eastern Phoebes.

Pine Warblers also but they are probably just passing through.


Charlie Patterson

<chaspatt...>

Norwell, Ma

 

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Date: 4/16/17 7:35 pm
From: Ian Parsons <icpcircular...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Palm warbler
Today (April 16th, Easter day)  I was very happy to see a palm warbler flitting between grass tussocks and low bushes just outside the entrance to the Micro Center on Memorial Drive in Cambridge.  It was 6.04pm.   I know it was 6.04pm because we arrived just after the store closed at 6.00pm.
Ian ParsonsBelmont, MA
 

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Date: 4/16/17 7:03 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (16 Apr 2017) 202 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 16, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 85 107
Osprey 1 24 26
Bald Eagle 0 3 4
Northern Harrier 3 86 95
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 10 10
Cooper's Hawk 0 5 5
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 10 15
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 179 384 385
Merlin 13 23 25
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 5
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 4

Total: 202 643 685
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter: Mark Schoene, Paul M. Roberts

Observers: Bob Secatore, David Goodine, Geoff Wood, Judd Nathan,
Kathryn Chihowski, Maryellen Stone, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Observers who helped with the count included Bob Stone and Betsy Kernan
(good to see you back!). With the parking lot jammed, many visitors stopped
to ask what we were looking at, including George, Mike, Iris, and many
others who were very interested to learn more about kestrels.


Weather:
Instant Summer. A warm front poured instant summer over the region, with
temps on the BEACH rising to 87 degrees F! The W/SW winds were in the 20-30
mph range all day, preventing development of a sea breeze and unleashing a
flood of beach goers, most of whom did not notice the kestrels rocketing
over their heads. The most swim suits seen since Labor Day, but none of
them were wet. Oceans temps still in the high 40s F.

Raptor Observations:
Our best falcon day of the year so far, with 179 kestrels and 13 Merlins;
season's highs for both. Many kestrels were moving unusually fast and at
times rather high considering how strong the winds were. There was
relatively little feeding compared to the past week. For much of the past
week we have had favorable weather but disappointing totals. That was
particularly the case Saturday, and this morning started with birds
dribbling through. Then the numbers jumped dramatically beginning 1 p.m.
EDT. Data from elsewhere in the northeast suggests there were just not many
of "our species" in the area, but they began flowing in this afternoon.

We were not able to ID the gender of many kestrels in the morning due to
the light combined with the birds altitude and velocity. In the afternoon
light we were able to see that a clear majority of the birds we could ID as
to gender were female, a significantly higher percentage than has been the
case heretofore; will drop in data in an update to this report. Local birds
included 4-6 Turkey Vultures, and 4+ Ospreys, and an immature Peregrine put
on a good display.

Non-raptor Observations:
Relatively few non-raptors seen (counted). HIghlight was 3 Purple Martins,
one male and two females exploring the recently opened gourds. However,
they did not arrive until 5 p.m. ET! Large numbers of tree and other
swallows started migrating north in late afternoon.

Predictions:
Tonight a cold front is scheduled to pass, leading to a 20-25 degree (F)
drop in temperature and strong NW winds gusting to 25-28 mph. Ideal
conditions, weakening in the afternoon. Almost 75% of our birds were seen
in the afternoon today, going to 6 pm EDT, giving us hope for strong
movement tomorrow morning. Monday currently appears to be the last
favorable weather for significant hawk migration at Plum until next weekend
(if then), ending a remarkable streak of favorable weather for 8 of 9 days!
After Monday, check forecasts looking for the next day with strong winds
anywhere out of the west. It looks like the adult harrier migration is
rapidly diminishing, and Merlins and accipiters beginning to increase.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/




 

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Date: 4/16/17 4:39 pm
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crooked Pond 4/15
Delayed report:

A trip to Crooked Pond in Boxford midday yesterday was successful
seeing and hearing the Louisiana Waterthrush found the day before. It
was eventually seen at the 'fallen logs' though it was not initially in
that area. Other migrants seen include:

Blue-headed Vireo 1
Pine Warbler (very bright) 1 seen, 3 or 4 heard
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5 (possibly more)

Cheers,
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: 4/16/17 4:38 pm
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White-eyed Vireo - Ipswich 4/16
We went to the Hamlin Reservation in Ipswich late this afternoon after not finding the large flock of ibis at Appleton Farms and environs. We only found a few glossy ibis among the great and snowy egrets at Hamlin, but the real surprise was when we first stepped out of the car, a very early WHITE-EYED VIREO was singing its distinct song in the tree above us. It sang several times, moving across the parking lot in the trees above, and headed off toward the house on the hill to the west. We never saw the bird, but the song was loud and unmistakeable.

Steve Grinley & Margo Goetschkes
Cambridge
 

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Date: 4/16/17 2:15 pm
From: Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wendell 4/16
Today we noodled around WENDELL and found (partial list):

Great Blue Heron (1 nest-building); Turkey Vulture (11); Canada Goose (8: 4
pairs); Wood Duck (7); Mallard (2); Hooded Merganser (4); Bald Eagle (1imm
chased heron off nest); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ruffed Grouse (1 drumming);
Wild Turkey (7); Belted Kingfisher (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (11); Downy
Woodpecker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (13); Pileated Woodpecker
(2).

E Phoebe (5); Blue-headed Vireo (3: plus another 3 in Erving SF); Common
Raven (2); Brown Creeper (6); Winter Wren (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (9); E
bluebird (3); Hermit Thrush (12).

WARBLERS: Yellow (1); Yellow-rumped (11); Pine (26); Palm (5).

Eastern Towhee (23); Chipping Sparrow (27); Field Sparrow (8); Song Sparrow
(22); White-throated Sparrow (3); Dark-eyed Junco (30); Purple Finch (6).

PLUS: LOTS of amphibian egg masses and herps included E Painted Turtles
(many); Spring Peepers (MANY); Green Frogs; Wood Frogs; Red-spotted Newts.
Our first dragonfly of the year (Green Darner ovipositing); but only 1
butterfly Spring Azure.



Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll

<Moa.lynch...>






 

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Date: 4/16/17 12:44 pm
From: Matt <matthewfilosa...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wilson's Warbler
Found this morning at Mt. Auburn Cemetery by Washington Tower (7AM). Photo below. Seems a little early, but I am no expert. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/130210383@N06/33229641604/in/dateposted-public/

Matt FilosaCambridge
 

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Date: 4/16/17 12:44 pm
From: Brian Vigorito <bmvig21...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl - Duxbury Beach
The Snowy Owl seen at Duxbury Beach yesterday is still there today (4/16).
Seen between the 1st and 2nd crossovers around 9:00 AM. Easy walking
distance even without a beach permit.

2 Piping Plovers also seen.

 

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Date: 4/16/17 9:35 am
From: Donald Wilkinson <donaldwilkinson60...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Thanks for directions! Crooked Pond, Boxford today
I found it right away! Just a brief walk before Easter dinner.

12-12:30
Heard only:
2-3 Blue-headed Vireos
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2-3 Pine Warblers
Chipping Sparrows
Tufted Titmouse
Brown-headed Cowbird
WB Nuthatch

Visual:
Yellow-throated Vireo by first pond -
Seemed early for this species.

Best, Don Wilkinson
Nahant

 

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Date: 4/16/17 8:01 am
From: <goshawk3...> <goshawk3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Easter Towhee, West Bridgewater
This morning I had an Easter Eastern Towhee in my yard. Truth!Happy Easter!
Denise CabralWalnut St. W.B.goshawk3 at aol.com
Sent from my LG G3, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 4/16/17 6:52 am
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northern Waterthrush - Nahant Stump Dump/Heritage Trail, Apr 16, 2017
this morning along Heritage Trail, Nahant
Linda

Nahant, Linda <Pivacek...>

31 species

Killdeer 3 2 making nest
Mourning Dove 4
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Hermit Thrush 3
American Robin 4
Northern Mockingbird 1
Northern Waterthrush 1 seen along main ditch. singing constantly - loud with chew-chew-chew ending. bobbing tail, buff eyebrow, streaks on breast and sides.
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Field Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 2
White-throated Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 5
Swamp Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 7
Common Grackle 8
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 7

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36006580

 

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Date: 4/15/17 6:59 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (14 Apr 2017) 9 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 14, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 71 93
Osprey 0 18 20
Bald Eagle 0 2 3
Northern Harrier 3 83 92
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 4 4
Cooper's Hawk 0 5 5
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 11
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 4 190 191
Merlin 2 9 11
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 5
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 4

Total: 9 401 443
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 05:00:00
Observation end time: 08:15:00
Total observation time: 3.25 hours

Official Counter: Mark Schoene

Observers:

Visitors:
Ram Subramanian and Mike (from Salem)


Weather:
Weak NW winds early, shifting to a weak sea breeze at 8.

Raptor Observations:
Harriers included 1 ad male and 2 ad females. NOn-migrating raptors
included 2 OS, 1 NH, 1 imm RT, 3 AK, and 1 UA. The three kestrels kept
coming up the beach front ridge, stopping to hunt, and then disappearing
south again.

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Tomorrow looks favorable with moderate SW winds building in the morning,
gusting to around 20 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/




 

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Date: 4/15/17 6:59 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (15 Apr 2017) 40 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 15, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 14 85 107
Osprey 5 23 25
Bald Eagle 1 3 4
Northern Harrier 0 80 89
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 4 4
Cooper's Hawk 0 5 5
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 4 10 15
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 15 201 202
Merlin 1 8 10
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 5
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 4

Total: 40 432 474
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Bob Secatore, Ted Mara

Observers: Bob Secatore, David Goodine, Geoff Wood, John Cannizzo,
Kathryn Chihowski, Mark Schoene, Paul Roberts,
Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Observers helping with the count included Anina Butler, Christopher
Godfrey, John Huestis, June, Mark Resendes, Rick Smulski, Steve Ross and
Tom Wetmore.


Weather:
Weather turned increasingly favorable during the morning as winds shifted
from E to SW and started gusting up to 20 mph. 5-22 C, Visibility 10 km, OC
0-100%.

Raptor Observations:
Not the potential flight we were hoping for as strong SW winds built.
Kestrel movement picked up on a "nickel & dime" basis while other species
decreased. Non-migrating raptors included 6 TVs, 4 OS, 2 ad BE, 2 NH, 3 RT
and 3 AK.

Non-raptor Observations:
Other birds included a flock of 33 Great Black-backed Gulls, 4 Blue Jays, a
pair of Purple Martins, and 26 Tree Swallows.

Predictions:
Tomorrow a warm front is forecast to push through the region, bringing 80 F
temps and 10-13 mph WSW winds, gusting to 25 mph. Seemingly great
conditions, but we don't know where the birds were today, as relatively few
were seen within 150 miles, especially the major species seen at Plum. Will
they arrive tomorrow, or on MOnday, when a cold front produces strong NW
winds?
========================================================================
Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/




 

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Date: 4/15/17 4:14 pm
From: CHARLES PATTERSON <chaspatt...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] FOY Eastern Towhee Barker Street North Andover.
I had one show up today too. He's late!


Charlie Patterson

<chaspatt...> mailto:<chaspatt...>

Norwell, Ma

> On April 15, 2017 at 11:16 AM Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...> wrote:
>
> Make singing at Barker Street in North Andover.
> --
> Sent from iPhone
>

 

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Date: 4/15/17 2:40 pm
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 2 White-faced Ibis - Ipswich - 04-15-17
There were / are 2 White-faced Ibis in with a large flock of Glossy Ibis
in the field across the street from the entrance to Appleton Farms along
Rte 1A in Ipswich this afternoon. One very obvious with a large white
ring around the red facial skin, the other with a narrower white border.
Full checklist at:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35987099


--
Enjoy,
Phil Brown
Essex, MA 01929
<nebirdsplus...>
http://www.nebirdsplus.com

"In order to see birds, it is necessary to become part of the silence.", Robert Lynd

 

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Date: 4/15/17 2:17 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond Highlights 4/14
Hi,
I birded from 12:00-7:00, covering several miles. I birded extensively the back ponds and trails. There was a guy trudging through the wetlands in boots saying he was "scouting" for the October bow-hunting season! According to him, large bucks like to bed down on the bog mats. I hope he doesn't disturb the Sandhill Cranes and other marsh birds that nest here. He had never been here before. His truck read "Don't mess with Texas".

Great Egret 3
Great Blue Heron 20
Wood Duck 4
Ring-necked Duck 58
Osprey 1+
Turkey Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 1 adult way off in distance
Northern Harrier 1+
Sandhill Crane 1 seen briefly as it dropped in to cattails in northwest area
Killdeer 1 chased by tree swallow
Pectoral Sandpiper 2 feeding on mudflats a bit beyond first opening to Burrage Pond; one chased by tree swallow
American Woodcock 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Tree Swallow 250
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Pine Warbler 8
Yellow-rumped Warbler 10
Palm Warbler 16
Swamp Sparrow 8
Field Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 6
Eastern Towhee 6 incl. two near train tracks
Spotted Turtle 4
Painted Turtle 150
Northern Watersnake 1
spring peeper gazillion
Green Frog 4
American Toad 1
Pickerel Frog 20 heard growling throughout area
red squirrel 1
vole or shrew 1 cutie not averse to water!

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 4/15/17 2:17 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pilgrim Heights (15 Apr 2017) 47 Raptors
Pilgrim Heights
North Truro, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 15, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 25 135 135
Osprey 1 5 5
Bald Eagle 0 1 1
Northern Harrier 1 2 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 15 15
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 2
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 3 3 3
Red-tailed Hawk 2 19 19
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 8 12 12
Merlin 2 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1

Total: 47 198 198
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Donald Manchester

Observers: Blair Nikula

Visitors:
5 visitors


Weather:
Light southwest winds, sunny blue skies, very clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
First broad-wingeds of the season.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 Virginia rail
3 Mourning cloak butterflies

Incredible whale show off-shore. Constant fluke slapping, flipper slapping,
and breeching. Approximately 30-40 Humpback whales, horizon to horizon.
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Report submitted by Melissa Lowe (<mlowe...>)
Pilgrim Heights information may be found at:
http://massaudubon.org/wellfleetbay-hawkwatch


Site Description:
The Pilgrim Heights Hawk Watch is located in the town of North Truro, MA on
Cape Cod, approximately 100 miles southeast of Boston. The site is located
within the Cape Cod National Seashore and is the only formal site located
on Cape Cod. The site (elevation 50ft), is at the second or northernmost
overlook along an interpretive trail that runs through the area. The trail
is accessed only by foot but is open to the public. Currently the site is
used, with permission from the Cape Cod National Seashore, for the spring
migration, a 6-8 week period within the months of March through June.
Historically, the heaviest flights have occurred during the last week of
April and first week of May. At least 8 species are recorded as regular
migrants at the site. There is a large migratory movement of non-raptor
species including seabirds, gulls, ducks and passerines to name a few. The
site is also known for observing butterfly and dragonfly migrants. Whale
sightings off-shore are also common during these months. Muskrat, otter and
white-tailed deer are common residents.




Directions to site:
Pilgrim Heights is located within the Cape Cod National Seashore in North
Truro on the east side of Route 6, just north of the Truro and Provincetown
town line. Park in the first parking lot and take the Small's Swamp Trail
to the second overlook. It is an easy walk down the trail, approximately
one-half mile from parking lot.



 

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Date: 4/15/17 2:17 pm
From: Will Sweet <wsweet321...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mew Gull at Race Point photos
Massbirders,

For anyone interested, I have uploaded photos of the Mew Gull present at Race Point this morning to eBird here …. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35977933 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35977933>

Nice to get a little birding done in between the amazing marine mammal show. Amazing diversity and number of whales.

Will Sweet
Sharon, MA
 

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Date: 4/15/17 12:24 pm
From: Donald Wilkinson <donaldwilkinson60...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Directions to Crooked Pond, Boxford?
Dear All,
As many times as I have been there, I still have trouble finding it! LOL
I don't think it's easy to find by gps.
Could someone share directions from 95N? I plan on visiting there tomorrow.

Thanks,
Don Wilkinson, Nahant

 

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Date: 4/15/17 11:44 am
From: \<birdwsg...>\ <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pectoral sandpipers, Newbury 4/15
At least 6 Pectoral Sandpipers feeding with ~200 Wilson's snipe on Scotland Rd in Newbury. Seen from Jodrey/Soucy Platform
Steve&Margo
Cambridge

Sent from XFINITY Connect Mobile App

 

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Date: 4/15/17 11:20 am
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 4/15 Duxbury Beach - Transient Snowy Owl
Sat. 4/15/17 7:30-10:25am; Low tide 9:21am; Cloudless; 47F at start; wind SW
5-10; bay - flats; ocean quiet;



Set out looking for early arrival shorebirds on flats, and had little luck -
"just" the Dunlin flocks (c.1500 in aggregate) with 1 distant bird in full
handsome alternate/breeding plumage plus a few Piping Plovers and
Sanderlings. The Greater Yellowlegs seem to be sticking to the estuaries on
the west side of Duxbury Bay. Waterfowl numbers have diminished markedly -
particularly scoters - and Brant seemed to be less than half what I have
been seeing (only about 200 today).



Today's highlight came as I slowly drove south past the 3rd xover when a
bright white Snowy Owl flew up from the wrack not more than 100 ft from the
car and dropped down into a more conspicuous spot on the wrack about 200 ft
ahead of me. A pickup drove quickly past, unseeing, and flushed it again
and it circled back past me to a spot about the same distance behind me
(north) which put it in great light for the camera. Another car came and it
flushed again and wisely went up over the dune to the ocean side. About an
hour later on my return I checked beach side at the 3 xover and found it
sitting right out in the open on the sand! I have posted some photos in the
eBird list at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35983754



This was a relatively small and very white bird - presumably and adult male
making its way north. The last Snowy reported at the beach this season was
on 3/31 by the Mass Audubon Friday Morning Birders. My last sighting was
January 25th. The eBird photo of the 4/12 sighting on Nantucket shows that
this is a different bird (this one lacks the dark markings on the other
one).



Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA

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

Duxbury Beach info at http://www.duxburybeach.com/visit.htm






 

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Date: 4/15/17 8:58 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northern Rough-winged Swallow - Ipswich
Birders,

A lone No. Rough-winged Swallow is foraging at Ipswich Town Wharf.

Enjoy the migrants,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport




 

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Date: 4/15/17 8:22 am
From: Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] FOY Eastern Towhee Barker Street North Andover.
Make singing at Barker Street in North Andover.
--
Sent from iPhone

 

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Date: 4/15/17 6:55 am
From: Jason Huestis <jayhuestis...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Iceland Gull
There is an Iceland Gull currently (9:45 am) in the close grass west of the
boat ramp at Joppa Park in Newburyport, Ma.

Jason Huestis
N. Billerica

 

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Date: 4/15/17 5:48 am
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mew Gull - Race Point
There is a nice adult Mew Gull on Race Point Beach right now. Sitting with several hundred Laughing Gulls about a mile towards Hatches Harbor from the parking lot. Tons of whales too.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 4/14/17 7:50 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Vesper Sparrow, Rusty Blackbirds: Millennium Park
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } HelloVesper Sparrow was at Millennium Park in West Roxbury late today, along the upper paved path below the soccer fields on northwest side of park. White eye ring, outer white tail feathers, plump size.It was with a group of 11 Savannah Sparrows, feeding in short grass next to path.Also I ran into a sizable flock of about 9 Rusty Blackbirds in the swamp that's in the woods - accessed by dirt path that veers off from main lower path. Almost all were singing gurgling song punctuated by the sharp high rusty hinge note. The song combined with the beady yellow eye is pretty cool.

Joe BattenfeldRoslindale <Jbattenfeld...>
Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

 

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Date: 4/14/17 3:49 pm
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] DCR questionnaire
Hello Massbirders,

Here is a link to share your DCR story. It might be important to let DCR
know if there are any problems where you bird. I shared the story about
Sandy Point and the problems there, although better last year than other
years. This is important habitat for Piping Plovers and Least Terns and it
is constantly being degraded by partying boaters with their dogs ( have to
go to the bathroom somewhere right?), the dunes are barely even there any
more. So if you want to share concerns also about Sandy Point, or anywhere
else to make any positive changes, or keep good situations ongoing, here is
the link.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf22YT-_WOgpMFteTPwd2XVNDREM-tI8xq857GMIIQ6DX3aug/viewform?c=0&w=1

--
Suzanne M. Sullivan
Wilmington, MA
<swampy435...>

"The self evident vision of who we are as a free and caring nation, and the
ideal to fulfill this destiny is stronger than the division of those who's
only vision is of themselves. “ SMB

Be the Voice of the River
http://www.ipswichriver.org

 

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Date: 4/14/17 3:11 pm
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River WS highlights and a few others
IPSWICH RIVER WS, TOPSFIELD (8:00 to 10:30)

6 Red-bellied Woodpeckers
1 Hairy Woodpecker
4 Northern Flickers
10 Eastern Phoebes
45 Tree Swallows
4 Eastern Bluebirds
23 Palm Warblers
7 Pine Warblers
12 Yellow-rumped Warblers
4 Swamp Sparrows
1 Purple Finch

OLMSTED PARK, JAMAICAWAY, BOSTON

2 Black-crowed Night-Herons
2 Wood Ducks

WEST GLOUCESTER YARD

1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 Eastern Towhee (arrived 4-12)

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 4/14/17 2:19 pm
From: James Barton <Redwing1986...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Pine Warbler at Fresh Pond Reservation.
Pine Warbler has been regular at Jon's pine woods location at Fresh Pond for more than 30 years, arriving n early to mid April.


Maybe the place is pardicularly attractive to Pine W. Or maybe birds who fledge there remember the location.


A UMass ornithologist who was studying Yelllow Warbler song once told me that he had had a bird return to the same tree four years in a row.


A Red-belled Woodpecker called from he pond side of the Aberdeen Ave. railroad bridge on April 11.4


Jim Barton

Cambridge


'

________________________________
From: <massbird-approval...> <massbird-approval...> on behalf of Jon Damian <jdamian...>
Sent: Monday, April 10, 2017 7:01:18 PM
To: MASSBIRD
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine Warbler at Fresh Pond Reservation.

Happy spring everyone. There was a beautiful male Pine Warbler at Fresh Pond Reservation today in the pines along Huron Avenue.

This guy then came over to the pond side and gave me an eye-level look.

Sweet! Always nice to get a good look at this bird.

Have a great spring!

Jon Damian
Cambridge



 

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Date: 4/14/17 10:50 am
From: Kathy Rawdon <rawdonk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 18 Black crown night herons at Herring Run in East Weymouth
7:15 pm to 7:45 pm Thurs. April 13

18 Black crown night herons came into trees and stream along side of
Herring run on Iron Hill St. in East Weymouth.

Herring were not seen but are "coming" according to posters.

Kathy Rawdon, Hingham,Ma.

 

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Date: 4/14/17 10:32 am
From: Kathy Rawdon <rawdonk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wompatuck State Park/Hingham, Friday morning birding group
8:15am to 11:30 am Ma. Audubon group out of North River Sanc. in
Marshfield, Ma. ( We birded only the back of Wompatuck by the Mt. Blue
entrance in Norwell) Not sure what time main gate on Union St. Hingham
opens.


At Gate 16: Louisiana Waterthrush along stream on right as you walk
through the gate , Broadwings x6, Rusty blackbirds x5 along wet area
to right of Gate 16 at main road, brown creepers, winter wren, , pine
warblers, gnatchatchers.

Path to Picture pond: palm and yellow rumped warblers ( 38 species in all.)

Kathy Rawdon

Hingham, Ma.

 

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Date: 4/14/17 9:44 am
From: Kat Birder <katbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Cumberland Island
Thanks Bob! Hope you are well. I will give him a shout.

Kathy

On Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM, Kat Birder <katbirder...> wrote:

> Hi Birding Friends
>
> I am trying to track down a birder named Steve Johnas who had some
> wonderful lists on eBird for Cumberland Island, GA. My husband and I are
> visiting the island later this April and we would love to know which trails
> he walked. If you are Steve or know Steve and you would be kind enough to
> email me it would be appreciated! Or if you have Cumberland trail/hotspot
> suggestions please pass them on.
>
> Kathy Dia
> Concord, MA
> <katbirder...>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 4/14/17 9:06 am
From: Kat Birder <katbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cumberland Island
Hi Birding Friends

I am trying to track down a birder named Steve Johnas who had some
wonderful lists on eBird for Cumberland Island, GA. My husband and I are
visiting the island later this April and we would love to know which trails
he walked. If you are Steve or know Steve and you would be kind enough to
email me it would be appreciated! Or if you have Cumberland trail/hotspot
suggestions please pass them on.

Kathy Dia
Concord, MA
<katbirder...>

 

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Date: 4/14/17 7:30 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Race Point - Now - Whales Galore
Massbirders

The whale show off of the whole stretch of Race Point is off the hook.

About 12 Rights, 15 Humpack, 8 Fin, many Harbor Porpoise, Atlantic WS
Dolphin types.

Right off the shore.

There also are loads of gulls I'm sifting through and the continuing sub
adult King Eider.

Blow off work and come down!!!

Steve
--
Steve Arena Westboro, MA Sent from Gmail Mobile

 

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Date: 4/14/17 7:06 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island Purple Martin Season Underway
Birders,

The gourds at Parker River NWR are up, and nearly half are open for the
new arrivals. We've expanded at Lot #1 this year by adding another
pole and gourd array. There are decoys set up again, and they've
already been photographed...

At the North End of the island, we've got 50% of the gourds open as
well. The property at the north end of Plum Island will likely change
hands in the next couple of years, and I'd very much like an established
colony at Salisbury Beach State Reservation before that transaction
transpires as one never knows what the future holds at the North End
site....

Dave Adrien and I have a new pole and gourd array for Salisbury Beach
State Reservation and are awaiting the Manager's site selection.

The Lot #1 hawk watchers have been so great in keeping me appraised with
martin reports. Thank you, Ted & Ursula!!

I'll send regular updates as the season progresses. Feel free to
contact me privately with any questions regarding our local martin
colonies.


Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport Birders
<newburyportbirders...>
Cell # 978-204-2976









 

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Date: 4/14/17 6:42 am
From: steven.j.babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Louisiana Waterthrush at Crooked Pond

Louisiana Waterthrush at Crooked Pond downstream about 75 yards from 1st water crossing. Consistantly calling.
Steve

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 4/14/17 6:22 am
From: Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Shorebird Surprises Saturday April 15 at Winthrop Beach
North Region Coastal District

Department of Conservation and Recreation

One Eliot Circle Contact: Matthew Nash
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 485-2804 Ext. 105

Date March 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -

Find yourself in a DCR State Park in April

Winthrop\East Boston-
Join a DCR Park interpreter to learn about the wonderful natural history of your state parks. All programs are free of charge and are open to the public. An adult must accompany children. For possible changes or cancellations to these programs please phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121 (changes may be made up to 1 hour before the start of a program). Rain Cancels. We strongly recommend that you apply sunscreen and wear a hat, sunglasses and footwear suitable for walking on the beach, and on paths. For more information call the Park Interpreter Matthew Nash at (781) 485-2804 Ext. 105 or email <Matthew.Nash...><mailto:<Matthew.Nash...> For a listing of programs at other DCR state parks please visit www.mass.gov/DCR<http://www.mass.gov/DCR>



Shorebird Surprises
Saturday, April 15th 2:30 p.m. -4:00p.m.
and by Appointment throughout the day, Tuesday through Saturday
Winthrop Shores Reservation
Come explore beautiful Winthrop Shores to look for shorebird specialties of
Piping Plover, Sanderling, and American Oystercatcher and learn how these birds are adapted for survival. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you are able to. Note that children under 8 years of age may have difficulty using binoculars or a spotting scope because of their stage of cognitive development. Meet at: Winthrop Beach on Winthrop Shore Drive across from Sturgis Street and 62 Winthrop Shore Drive, Winthrop, MA. On street parking is available free of charge. Accessible by Public Transportation: Paul Revere Transportation bus 712 or 713 Point Shirley-Orient Heights, arrive at the Winthrop Beach stop then walk down Sturgis Street, Winthrop MA (If traveling from outside Winthrop, board the bus at the MBTA Orient Heights station on the blue line). Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information (schedule, route and fees).



For additional programs during school vacation week please visit:

http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/events/april22-ncrd.pdf



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

Find yourself in a DCR Park!

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Date: 4/14/17 6:14 am
From: steven.j.babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Blue-headed Vireo at Crooked Pond

Two Blue-headed Vireo near gate leading to Crooked Pond at Bald Hill Reservation  Steve

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 4/14/17 5:04 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (13 Apr 2017) 72 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 13, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 13 71 93
Osprey 1 18 20
Bald Eagle 0 2 3
Northern Harrier 5 80 89
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 4 4
Cooper's Hawk 2 5 5
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 6 11
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 47 186 187
Merlin 1 7 9
Peregrine Falcon 1 5 5
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 4 4

Total: 72 392 434
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Observation start time: 05:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter: Ted Mara

Observers: Bob Secatore, David Goodine, Geoff Wood, John Cannizzo,
Judd Nathan, Mark Schoene, Paul Roberts, Tom Graham,
Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Visitors included Jerry Bertrand, one of America's leading birders and
conservationists.


Weather:
A cold front entered the region, producing W/NW winds at 5-20 mph and temps
of 6-15C. Cloud cover started low, around 20%, became 75-90% in late
morning, and 30-20% in late afternoon. Visibility 20 km.

Raptor Observations:
A truly spectacular day for having "only" 72 hawks and no rarities.
Kestrels "owned" the day, entertaining hawk watchers with frequent feeding
frenzies, hovering and perching every possible place, including close to
us. We saw male and female kestrels hovering in the same "column,"
providing excellent lessons on sexual dimorphism in kestrels. Three
kestrels hovering, rotating north and south, time and again, switching
places in the sequence. Kestrels catching bugs and sitting down eating them
in full view. Three female kestrels hunting cooperatively, pursuing a very
small passerine (kinglet maybe?) higher and higher, while each kestrel made
a swift pass at the passerine, succeeded by each of the other kestrels in a
repeated "machine-gun" style tail chase. The small bird escaped...barely.
Then there was the immature Peregrine Falcon that stooped on a female
kestrel time and again - steep, incredibly fast stoops - missing. The
Peregrine than sauntered past us in incredible light, revealing an immature
bird. Photos confirmed it had a bulging crop, so it was just jerking the
kestrel around. If that wasn't enough, one imm Cooper's Hawk rocketed past
the platform about 6 inches off the ground, and as fast as a Merlin. A
second Coop made up for that. It was as obliging a Cooper's as I've ever
seen, soaring leisurely out in front of us, passing slowly in circles low
over us with excellent dorsal and ventral views. Photos were incredible.
What a day, though there were fewer migrants than we expected considering
the weather conditions.

Non-raptor Observations:
The highlight was 8 Rusty Blackbirds "swinging doors" past the platform.
THe second highlight was a lone male Purple Martin, a scout, arriving and
exploring almost every gourd on the Martin pole. He sallied back and forth,
trying gourd after gourd unsuccessfully, as the doors are blocked to keep
out House Sparrows. (We've notified Sue McGrath of the arrival.) Third
highlight was the unusual number of the uncommon to rare Spadefoot Toad.
The past two days a few have been heard during the day, primarily around
the Lot 2 boardwalk, and at sunset an estimated 500+ have been heard there.

Predictions:
The forecasts are for moderate southerly winds the next two days, being
somewhat stronger on Saturday. It looks like excellent conditions for
migration inland, including maybe the first real waves of Broadwings, but
it does not sound good for Plum unless the S/SSW winds shift around to be
more westerly. Sunday is going to be even warmer and perhaps even better
inland. A cold front is forecast for Monday, which looks to be the next day
very favorable for hawk migration on PLm.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/




 

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Date: 4/14/17 4:14 am
From: Amy Lorenz <alorenz...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Owl + Vernal Pool Walk tonight CANCELLED
The City Nature Challenge Owl and Vernal Pool Survey tonight at Cedar Pond
is CANCELLED.

If you are interested in participating in the City Nature Challenge, join
our project on iNaturalist - the competition starts now!!
http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2017-boston-area

Best,
Amy Lorenz
Gloucester

 

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Date: 4/14/17 3:48 am
From: ECOC Mail <ecocmail...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Essex County Ornithological Club Meeting Reminder - Friday, April 21, 2017
Friday, April 21, 7:45 pm
Birdwatching in Maine
Plus ECOC meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm

In celebration of the forthcoming Birdwatching in Maine: A Site Guide
(April 2017), author and editor Derek Lovitch joins us for a tour of the
Maine birding year. Full of photographs of iconic species and places
taken by Derek and his wife, Jeannette, this program will explore all
that birdwatching in Maine has to offer. A book signing follows the
presentation. Co-sponsored by PEM. Free and open to the public.

135 Essex Street, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem.

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

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


 

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Date: 4/13/17 6:07 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Island Rd, Essex, and Niles Pond, E. Gloucester, Apr 13, 2017
> Island Rd, Essex
> Apr 13, 2017 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> Comments: Very little here in the way of variety.
> 13 species (+1 other taxon); highlights:
>
> Red-breasted Merganser 3
> Double-crested Cormorant 1
> Great Egret 5
> Snowy Egret 4
> Osprey 2 One of them on the nest platform.
> Greater Yellowlegs 2
> Northern Mockingbird 2
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35925913



Niles Pond & Brace Cove, East Gloucester
Apr 13, 2017 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: I counted from the interior side of the pond, then walked out
the berm between pond and cove. There was plenty of songbird action in the
shrubs on the berm, and swallow action over the pond.
31 species; partial list:

Ring-necked Duck 4
Greater Scaup 3
Common Eider 12
Bufflehead 18
Red-breasted Merganser 8
Double-crested Cormorant 9
Belted Kingfisher 1
American Crow 15
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 6
Tree Swallow 20
Barn Swallow 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
White-throated Sparrow 2
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 3

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35926120

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

 

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Date: 4/13/17 3:32 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westborough birds
This afternoon at the Westborough Wildlife Management Area some spring
migrants were flying. At the section accessed from the state hospital
property I saw:

Palm Warbler - 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 6

Eastern Phoebe - 2

Mute Swan - 37

Turkey Vulture - 6

Savannah Sparrow (the Ipswich light colored form) - 1

At the section of the WMA accessed from Route 135 I saw:

Hooded Merganser - 2

Wood Duck - 1

Pied-billed Grebe - 1

Eastern Bluebird - 4

Also had a Wild Turkey in the backyard this morning here in Northborough.

Steve bMoore

Northborough, Ma

<barb620...>

 

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Date: 4/13/17 2:28 pm
From: Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Charles River Heron Roost
hail spring, ye birders!
13 BCN Herons silently adorned the trees by the town pool above the
waterfall at Watertown Square around noon today.
fred bouchard

--
<frederickbouchard...>
78 farnham st
belmont 02478 ma
617-484-6692
www.fredbouchard.com

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

 

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Date: 4/13/17 2:06 pm
From: Mary <lemmel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Vesper sparrow yes millennium park

Continuing on the middle path south side Of the park with lots of Savannah sparrow's. Right beside the black plastic at the top of the Improvised downhill path. They fly down to the bottom When folks walk by But return to the middle path

MaryEllen McMahon

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 4/13/17 10:42 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Apr 13, 2017
Thanks for Alan Bragg for the following report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

From: "Alan & Ruth Bragg"<alan.ruth.bragg...>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:01:21 -0400
Subject: Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Apr 13, 2017


Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Apr 13, 2017 6:30 AM - 10:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.3 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by NWR volunteers Joan, Audrey, Will, Larry,
Kathy, Kevin, Maryellen, Frank and Alan.
The dike trails were passable with knee boots.
40 species

Canada Goose 40
Mute Swan 4
Wood Duck 20
American Black Duck 4
Mallard 7
Hooded Merganser 3
Common Merganser 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Glossy Ibis 1 Photo
Bald Eagle 3 Adult,2nd,4th yr
Red-tailed Hawk 4
American Coot 1
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 6
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 8
Tree Swallow 20
Barn Swallow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 17
Tufted Titmouse 16
White-breasted Nuthatch 11
American Robin 20
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 1
Pine Warbler 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
American Tree Sparrow 2
Chipping Sparrow 5
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 19
Swamp Sparrow 8
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 75
Common Grackle 110
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
American Goldfinch 15
House Sparrow 3

View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S35921912
Alan Bragg
Bedford MA

 

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Date: 4/13/17 9:33 am
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] big grebe numbers on placid Cape Cod Bay
Mass-birders,

Recent placid conditions have allowed for great viewing of waterbirds on
Cape Cod Bay. There was a clear surge in grebe numbers on the bay, with 242
HORNED and 40 RED-NECKED GREBES counted yesterday from Manomet, most in
breeding plumage. Numbers from yesterday in list below.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35906492

Lots of other flirtatious birds out there floating. Get out and scan,

Alan Kneidel
Manomet, MA

 

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Date: 4/13/17 8:55 am
From: John Liller <john.liller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary - 4/13/17
I recorded the following yesterday afternoon (4/13/17) at the Broad Meadow
Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester. I began by walking the Troiano/Heron
Pond Loop and then went to the Frog Pond Trail and along Wilson Swamp.

Canada Goose (10 - 8 in Heron Pond and 2 flyovers)
Wood Duck (4 males in Wilson Swamp)
Mallard (11 - 1 male along Troiano, 2 pairs in Heron Pond, and the rest in
Wilson Swamp)
Great Blue Heron (3 - 2 on branches near old nest, 1 in Wilson Swamp)
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
Rock Pigeon (3 - flyovers togther)
Mourning Dove (1)
Belted Kingfisher (1 - Wilson Swamp)
Downy Woodpecker (4)
Hairy Woodpecker (5 - including a pair doing an emphatic courtship dance)
Eastern Phoebe (2 - bringing material into the culvert at south end of
Troiano)
Blue Jay (11)
Tree Swallow (4 - all at Heron Pond)
Black-capped Chickadee (6)
Tufted Titmouse (4)
White-breasted Nuthatch (1)
Carolina Wren (3)
American Robin (25)
Field Sparrow (1)
Song Sparrow (13)
White-throated Sparrow (1)
Dark-eyed Junco (8)
Northern Cardinal (9)
Red-winged Blackbird (45)
Common Grackle (74 - 50+ in the area of Wilson Swamp)
Brown-headed Cowbird (4)
House Finch (12)
American Goldfinch (15)
House Sparrow (34)

 

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Date: 4/13/17 8:54 am
From: John Liller <john.liller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] To: Massbird , Rick Quimby
I recorded the following yesterday afternoon (4/13/17) at the Broad Meadow
Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester. I began by walking the Troiano/Heron
Pond Loop and then went to the Frog Pond Trail and along Wilson Swamp.

Canada Goose (10 - 8 in Heron Pond and 2 flyovers)
Wood Duck (4 males in Wilson Swamp)
Mallard (11 - 1 male along Troiano, 2 pairs in Heron Pond, and the rest in
Wilson Swamp)
Great Blue Heron (3 - 2 on branches near old nest, 1 in Wilson Swamp)
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
Rock Pigeon (3 - flyovers togther)
Mourning Dove (1)
Belted Kingfisher (1 - Wilson Swamp)
Downy Woodpecker (4)
Hairy Woodpecker (5 - including a pair doing an emphatic courtship dance)
Eastern Phoebe (2 - bringing material into the culvert at south end of
Troiano)
Blue Jay (11)
Tree Swallow (4 - all at Heron Pond)
Black-capped Chickadee (6)
Tufted Titmouse (4)
White-breasted Nuthatch (1)
Carolina Wren (3)
American Robin (25)
Field Sparrow (1)
Song Sparrow (13)
White-throated Sparrow (1)
Dark-eyed Junco (8)
Northern Cardinal (9)
Red-winged Blackbird (45)
Common Grackle (74 - 50+ in the area of Wilson Swamp)
Brown-headed Cowbird (4)
House Finch (12)
American Goldfinch (15)
House Sparrow (34)

 

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Date: 4/13/17 6:28 am
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ward Reservation, Apr 12, 2017
> Ward Reservation, Essex, Massachusetts, US
> Apr 12, 2017 8:45 AM - 12:15 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.5 mile(s)
> Comments: My nephew and I birded the north end of Ward yesterday and
> saw some new arrivals, plus a horned owl on a great blue heron nest. Also
> heard a raven. The count was part of a year-long bird survey of the
> reservation for TTOR, organized by Donna Cooper of rufous hummer fame.
> 37 species
>
> Canada Goose 8
> Wood Duck 5
> American Black Duck 1
> Mallard 2
> Hooded Merganser 3
> Great Blue Heron 8 8 adults on 7 of 9 nests. A horned owl was on the
> 8th, while the 9th was apparently unoccupied.
> Herring Gull 1 flyover
> Mourning Dove 1
> Great Horned Owl 1 Prob. has young but it/they is/are not yet
> visible.
> Belted Kingfisher 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
> Downy Woodpecker 4
> Northern Flicker 4 none seen
> Eastern Phoebe 3
> Blue Jay 13
> American Crow 14
> Common Raven 1
> Tree Swallow 24 surely an undercount
> Black-capped Chickadee 26
> Tufted Titmouse 27
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 4
> Brown Creeper 1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7
> Eastern Bluebird 3
> American Robin 5
> Palm Warbler (Yellow) 8
> Pine Warbler 11
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 6
> Chipping Sparrow 7
> Song Sparrow 7
> Northern Cardinal 7
> Red-winged Blackbird 18
> Common Grackle 30
> Brown-headed Cowbird 4
> House Finch 1
> American Goldfinch 15
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35901567


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

 

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Date: 4/12/17 4:00 pm
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 4/8 Duxbury Beach & Bluefish River
A mostly sunny morning with a strong wind which largelykept small birds
under cover. Missed shorebirds as the tide was high and the WNW wind
probably induced them to be on the ocean side protected somewhat by the
dune. Though no surprises today it was fun to see the winter/basic plumages
and "bare spots" brightening up strikingly in some cases in anticipation of
breeding. The bright blue water set off many of the "regulars" as jewels to
be appreciated not to be taken for granted! Vivid Surf Scoters, Black
Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Red-breasted Mergansers, Brant, Common Goldeneye
and Common Eiders were near the road and in great light; even the normally
bright Buffleheads seemed brighter today (of course the sun helps!). Also
of note were three Tree Sparrows which are typically gone by now. Full
eBird list with pix at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35790703.



Also, at the Bluefish River bridge area, I had my first Duxbury Snowy Egret
of the year (a beauty hanging out with an equally handsome Common Egret) and
first Belted Kingfisher of the year. Photos in eBird list at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35790312.



Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA

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

Duxbury Beach info at http://www.duxburybeach.com/visit.htm








 

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Date: 4/12/17 2:45 pm
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Apr 12, 2017
Unusually pleasant early April morning. Some nice birds though some
were conspicuously absent including both Kinglets and Hermit Thrush
(since they have been report both there and multiple other places
recently). Special thanks to Brooke Stevens for her sharp eyes locating
the owl and chasing down the singing Pine Warbler.

Full eBird report below.

Ciao,
Linda


Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Apr 12, 2017 6:30 AM - 8:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: 15 people joined Larry O'Bryan and I on the BBC's 'opening day' trip at Mt Auburn Cemetery. It was clear, 55 degrees and no gloves were needed!
22 species

Mallard 1
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 6
Great Horned Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 8
Tufted Titmouse 2
American Robin 50
Pine Warbler 2
Chipping Sparrow 8
Dark-eyed Junco 6
White-throated Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 7
Common Grackle 20
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
American Goldfinch 9
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35905266

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


-- 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: 4/12/17 1:33 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Scotland Road & Plum Island - 04-12-17

David Moon and I led Joppa's Wednesday Morning Birding program today,
first to Common Pasture on Scotland Road and then on to Plum Island. We
were rewarded with a number of FOY migrants and had a thoroughly
enjoyable morning. Skies ranged from partly cloudy to overcast; temps
in low 50s; and a light onshore breeze.

Our list:

Scotland Road & environs --
Canada Goose - a few.
American Wigeon (4) - 2 pr.
American Black Duck (2)
Green-winged Teal (~ 30)
Wild Turkey (1)
Killdeer (4)
Greater Yellowlegs (4)
Wilson's Snipe (~ 20) - note, during earlier scouting visit -- ~ 0815 --
there were a good 50 to 70 snipe.
Mourning Dove
Blue Jay (~ 7)
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse (~ 7) - various, including en route to and from pasture.
American Pipit (1)
Song Sparrow (2)
Red-winged Blackbird - common.

Plum Island (Parker River NWR) --
Canada Goose - common.
Mute Swan (4) - family group: 2 ads, 2 yrlgs; main panne.
American Black Duck - common, but numbers dwindling.
Mallard - some.
Green-winged Teal (6) - Bill Forward Pool.
White-winged Scoter (4) - one ocean.
Black Scoter (2) - one ocean.
Long-tailed Duck (~ 10) - one ocean.
Bufflehead (6) - BFP & adjacent tidal pools to west.
Red-breasted Merganser (3) - main panne.
Wild Turkey (2) - roadside, small pannes.
Red-throated Loon (1) - one ocean.
Common Loon (3) - 1, one ocean; 2, PI Sound.
Pied-billed Grebe (1) - BFP.
Horned Grebe (1) - one ocean, in breeding plumage.
Red-necked Grebe (2) - one ocean.
Double-crested Cormorant (~ 8) - various.
Great Blue Heron (1) - flying n. over boat ramp marsh.
Great Egret (7) - various.
[Turkey Vulture (1) - on ground in marsh, across tpk. east end of PI
Airfield.]
Osprey (2) - Pines nesting platform.
Northern Harrier (1) - female, hunting North Field.
Piping Plover (1) - one beach.
Killdeer (3) - pr, main panne; 1, North Pool dike.
Greater Yellowlegs (5) - various.
Pectoral Sandpiper (4) - small panne s. main panne (thx MaryMargaret,
Tom, & Dave).
Purple Sandpiper (~ 15) - first groin n. one platform.
Wilson's Snipe (1) - North Pool.
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker (1) - S-curves.
Northern Flicker (8) - various.
American Kestrel (1) - perched S-curves before flying down.
Eastern Phoebe (1) - Hellcat.
Blue Jay (~ 5) - various.
American Crow
Purple Martin (1) - lot #1, flying w/ Tree Swallows and single Barn Swallow.
Tree Swallow (~ 25)
Barn Swallow (1) - lot #1.
Black-capped Chickadee (1) - Hellcat parking lot.
Marsh Wren (1) - heard, North Pool.
Golden-crowned Kinglet (5) - Hellcat lot, entry to boardwalk.
American Robin - common.
Northern Mockingbird (5) - 4 in vicinity lot #1.
European Starling
Eastern Towhee (1) - vicinity of Hellcat.
American Tree Sparrow (5) - roadside, n. main panne.
Field Sparrow (2) - Hellcat dike.
Savannah (Ipswich) Sparrow (1) - edge of one beach dunes, n. platform.
Savannah Sparrow (1) - heard, Hellcat dike.
Song Sparrow - common.
White-throated Sparrow (1) - heard.
Dark-eyed Junco (1) - roadside.
Northern Cardinal (2) - heard.
Red-winged Blackbird - common,
Common Grackle (~ 12) - n. gatehouse.
Purple Finch (1) - singing male, roadside n. Goodno Woods crossing.
American Goldfinch (~ 10) - roadside S-curves.

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: 4/12/17 7:16 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pilgrim Heights (11 Apr 2017) 19 Raptors
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:40:48 -0800
From:<reports...>
Subject: Pilgrim Heights (11 Apr 2017) 19 Raptors


Pilgrim Heights
North Truro, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 11, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 15 82 82
Osprey 1 3 3
Bald Eagle 0 1 1
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 10 10
Cooper's Hawk 0 1 1
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 16 16
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 4 4
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1

Total: 19 120 120
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 11:00:00
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter: Donald Manchester

Observers:

Visitors:
6 visitors


Weather:
Light to moderate southwest winds, mostly sunny, very clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
12 green-winged teal, 1 blue-grey gnatcatcher
========================================================================
Report submitted by Melissa Lowe (<mlowe...>)
Pilgrim Heights information may be found at:
http://www.massaudubon.org/wellfleetbay/hawkwatch


Site Description:
The Pilgrim Heights Hawk Watch is located in the town of North Truro, MA on
Cape Cod, approximately 100 miles southeast of Boston. The site is located
within the Cape Cod National Seashore and is the only formal site located
on Cape Cod. The site (elevation 50ft), is at the second or northernmost
overlook along an interpretive trail that runs through the area. The trail
is accessed only by foot but is open to the public. Currently the site is
used, with permission from the Cape Cod National Seashore, for the spring
migration, a 6-8 week period within the months of March through June.
Historically, the heaviest flights have occurred during the last week of
April and first week of May. At least 8 species are recorded as regular
migrants at the site. There is a large migratory movement of non-raptor
species including seabirds, gulls, ducks and passerines to name a few. The
site is also known for observing butterfly and dragonfly migrants. Whale
sightings off-shore are also common during these months. Muskrat, otter and
white-tailed deer are common residents.




Directions to site:
Pilgrim Heights is located within the Cape Cod National Seashore in North
Truro on the east side of Route 6, just north of the Truro and Provincetown
town line. Park in the first parking lot and take the Small's Swamp Trail
to the second overlook. It is an easy walk down the trail, approximately
one-half mile from parking lot.

 

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Date: 4/12/17 5:03 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] FoY Chipping Sparrow / Newbury
7 sparrows in the yard yesterday (if you count House): Chipping, White-throated, Song, American Tree, Junco, Towhee

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

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

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

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Date: 4/11/17 10:38 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] migrant activity in the Valley
Hi MassBirders,

I knew it was going to be a good day when it started with a Louisiana Waterthrush singing along Amethyst Brook, heard through the open bathroom window!

Followed that up with a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher on the Deerfield side of the Canalside Rail Trail Bridge, heard while I was walking the dog, seen with a little effort. eBird tagged this as unusual, but the species was observed in all three Pioneer Valley counties today, as Jonathan Pierce had one in the Hadley Honeypot, and Michele Moore added another at the Stebbins Refuge in Longmeadow.

My favorite moment of the day, though, was seeing two FOY species perched on the same wire less than 10 feet apart, on Wills Ferry Road in Montague. The first was a Barn Swallow. I didn’t recognize the second at first, but after hearing it sing, and then getting a better look, realized that it was a Vesper Sparrow. (I also spotted a very cool butterfly, a Milbert’s Tortoiseshell, on another road not far away from there)

Good birding,

Josh


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




 

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Date: 4/11/17 8:37 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Savannah, Field Sparrow arrivals in Boston
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } A lot of new arrivals Tuesday at Millennium Park in West Roxbury including:
8 Savannah SparrowsField Sparrow Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - singing and callingPalm Warbler 

Joe Battenfeld Roslindale <jbattenfeld...>


Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

 

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Date: 4/11/17 8:21 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Beverly Bald Eagle
Mbers, this morning near downtown Beverly, a Bald Eagle was sitting atop of a large pine tree in Central Cemetery near the corner of E.Lothrop and Bisson St. 

Joe Paluzzi


Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet
 

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Date: 4/11/17 7:35 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Peregrine Falcons: Taunton
Had a nice opportunity to observe a male and female Peregrine Falcon around the Taunton Green
late Sunday afternoon. The female had a black/green left leg band with alphanumeric code of 64/V,
and the smaller male was unbanded.


For those with an interest, 2 photos posted:


http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/165276639


Enjoy,
Craig Gibson
Winchester, MA
cbgibson AT comcast.net

 

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Date: 4/11/17 7:14 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (11 Apr 2017) 12 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 11, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 58 80
Osprey 4 17 19
Bald Eagle 0 2 3
Northern Harrier 1 75 84
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 4 4
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 5 10
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 6 139 140
Merlin 0 6 8
Peregrine Falcon 1 4 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 3

Total: 12 320 362
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 13:30:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Ted Mara, Ursula Goodine

Observers: Bob Secatore, David Goodine, Geoff Woods, John Cannizzo,
Tom Graham, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Observers helping with the count included Geoff Woods, Matthew Nash, Tom
Graham and Tom Wetmore.


Weather:
Instant summer, with weak SW winds early shifting to a sea breeze (SE/SSE)
at 10 am EST for the remainder of the day. Temps climbed to 25 C before the
sea breeze set in. Sunny, but limited visibility in the warm, dirty air
with heat shimmers.

Raptor Observations:
Very modest early movement on very weak SW winds, ground to a halt with
change to sea breeze. Local, non-migrating raptors included 2 Ospreys, 2
Bald Eagles, 1 Northern Harrier, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, and 1 American
Kestrel.
MIgrant Ospreys were very high.

Stronger SW winds inland in southern New England and high temperatures
provided good migration conditions for birds moving inland. Bradbury Mtn in
Pownal, Maine had weak winds, turning SE, but had another excellent day
with 361 hawks including 40 Northern Harriers and 100 kestrels. Plum really
needs winds with a westerly component over 10-12 mph to push migrants
closer to the coast in the Newburyport area.

Non-raptor Observations:
Local nonraptors included 2 Great Egrets, 1 Snowy Egret, 1 Killdeer, 2
Northern Flickers, 50+ Tree Swallows, 2 Song SParrows and 1 Chipping
Sparrow.

Predictions:
Temps drop and winds come off the water Wednesday, with a chance of
thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Thursday look much better with
forecasts for NW winds @ 13+ mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/




 

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Date: 4/11/17 5:41 pm
From: M BH <mimibixh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-rumped Warbler
Perhaps this has been reported already but in case not I want to share that
at least one Yellow-rumped Warbler has arrived at the Arlington Res. As
others have noted, spring is here at last!

Also of note, there was a beautiful Green-winged Teal pair at the Res.

Mimi Bix-Hylan

 

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Date: 4/11/17 5:28 pm
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turkeys in Nahant
seen at north end of Nahant Causeway, just south of the DCR boat ramp, casually walking onto the road (as is their "style").
perhaps a first, Linda

Linda Pivacek, Nahant
<lpivacek...>

 

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Date: 4/11/17 4:26 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dorothy Arvidson (1920-2017)
Wanted to inform the birding community for those who knew Dorothy Arvidson that she passed away a few days ago. For years she was the editor of Bird Observer (of Eastern Massachusetts).


Glenn


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

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Date: 4/11/17 3:26 pm
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greater Yellowlegs
FOY in the marsh today.

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

 

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Date: 4/11/17 2:53 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Chimney Swifts - Newburyport
Birders,

Chimney Swifts seen from patio at 5:35 pm.
Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport
 

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Date: 4/11/17 1:18 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Appleton Farm (TTOR), Apr 11, 2017: SANDHILL CRANE
> Appleton Farm (TTOR), Ipswich
> Apr 11, 2017 11:10 AM - 1:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: I went to the farm today to see a SANDHILL CRANE that had
> just shown up, thanks to a call from Russ Hopping, the regional TTOR
> ecologist who was showing someone around the farm. After I saw the crane
> (and thanked Russ), I walked down to the woodpecker swamp to check on the
> red-head.
> 26 species
>
> Canada Goose 23
> Great Egret 2
> Glossy Ibis 20
> Sandhill Crane 1 Tall gray bird about the size of GBHE, but with
> shorter, dark bill and bright red crown. Standing with CAGOs and ibises
> in the narrow pasture between the road you drive in on and the RR tracks
> (on your way to the visitors' center). But I saw it fly off to the south
> about 1130. That direction (south) gives me hope that it did not leave
> the area.

> Mourning Dove 4
> Red-headed Woodpecker 1 I heard a rumor that someone had seen TWO
> birds over the weekend, but nobody posted such a sighting on ebird. I
> watched the now almost adult RHWO (it retains a little black barring on
> the white secondaries) for an hour and saw or heard no sign of a second
> bird. It called once when I arrived, but I never heard another call. If
> it had a mate, I'm sure I would have heard at least a few contact calls in
> an hour, but nothing. The bird flew from cavity to cavity, all of which
> looked freshly dug. In between it was flycatching a lot.

> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 3 none seen (which is why I can't label them
> "yellow-shafted")
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 4
> Tree Swallow 16 mostly pairs at boxes
> Black-capped Chickadee 1
> Tufted Titmouse 1
> Eastern Bluebird 8
> American Robin 6
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> European Starling 12
> Pine Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 3
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 3
> Red-winged Blackbird 4
> Common Grackle 7
> House Sparrow 3
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35879527

At home this morning, another chipping sparrow and an early HOUSE WREN.

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

 

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Date: 4/11/17 9:49 am
From: Amy Lorenz <alorenz...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bird Walks for Upcoming City Nature Challenge
Hello everyone,

From Friday 4/14-Tuesday 4/18 Boston will be competing in the iNaturalist
City Nature Challenge, a citizen science biodiversity competition among 16
US cities.

We have several bird walks organized, free, and open to the public:
4/14
3:00pm Water Bird and Phenology walk, at Halcyon Lake, Mt. Auburn Cemetary,
led by Dr. Stan Rullman, Research Director at Earthwatch Institute
Info and registration(free): http://www.neosec.dreamhosters.com/
ecwmv-event/birds/

8:00pm Owl and Vernal Pond Survey, Cedar Pond, Wenham; led by Dr. Stan
Rullman
Info and register (free): http://www.neosec.dreamhosters.com/ecwmv-event/
owl-and-vernal-pond-surveys/

4/15
8:00am Morning Bird Walk, Washington Tower after gates open at Mt. Auburn
Cemetary, led by Dr. Stan Rullman
Info and register (free): http://www.neosec.dreamhosters.com/ecwmv-event/
morning-bird-walk/

4/17
9:30am Meadow Birds walk at Strawberry Hill, Ipswich; led by Ben Flemer,
Bird Banding Station Manager at Joppa Flats
No Registration


Email me if you have any interest in leading a walk or questions about
participating!
Here are a few websites with more information:
-Join the iNaturalist project and contribute observations:
http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2017-boston-area

-Info on events, how to make observations:
http://www.neosec.dreamhosters.com/cnc-2017-boston/

Best,
Amy Lorenz
Gloucester MA

--
Amy Lorenz
Okaloosa SCIENCE Project Coordinator
Encyclopedia of Life
Harvard University
Museum of Comparative Zoology
26 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
eol.org + education.eol.org

 

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Date: 4/11/17 8:41 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] this never happens to me....
massbirders,
Last night I received a text from a colleague showing me a bird at her feeder...”Do you know what this is Peter?” A gorgeous summer tanager!
Quiet, neighborhood, with kids, They don’t want people coming into their yard. Sharing the sighting record, but at property owners request, it will remain private....
 

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Date: 4/11/17 8:29 am
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Good movement on Plum
Sitting in the yard today and yesterday I have had a steady steam of; Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Palm Warblers and Hermit Thrush.

The Palms are moving through in groups of 3-4 . About 30 or so in the past 24 hours.

Also a few Sharpies have blitzed the feeders, guessing migrants since I don't see them that much in the yard. The local yard feeder "monster" is a big female Coopers Hawk.

-Sean Riley
Plum Island
<Newburyowls...>

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 4/11/17 7:38 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Blue-winged Teal - Newman Rd., Newbury
Subject bird (pair) continue on Newman Rd., Newbury.

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport
 

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Date: 4/11/17 5:32 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (10 Apr 2017) 45 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 10, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 5 58 80
Osprey 3 13 15
Bald Eagle 1 2 3
Northern Harrier 20 74 83
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 4 4
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 5 10
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 13 130 131
Merlin 0 6 8
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 3 3

Total: 45 305 347
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Mark Schoene, Ted Mara

Observers: Bob Secatore, David Goodine, John Cannizzaro, Paul Roberts,
Ted Mara, Tom Graham, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Observers who helped with the count included Andrea Cannizzaro, Mike
Cocorochio, and Tom Wetmore.


Weather:
Winds SW-W-S at 3-15 mph. 12-26C on the warmest day of the year so far.
Cloud cover 0-30%. Visibility 50 km. Winds tended to be more southerly than
westerly, which is not great for the island.

Raptor Observations:
There was an early, steady flow of harriers, but as winds grew a bit
stronger, kestrel flight did not really pick up. Non-migrating raptors
included 3 Turkey Vultures, 4 Ospreys, 2 Bald Eagles, 3 Northern Harriers,
and 3 Red-tailed Hawks

Non-raptor Observations:
A number of FOY species seen on the refuge. At Lot 1 migrants included 3
Snowy Egrets, 7 Northern Flickers, 2 Eastern Kingbirds, and Golden and
Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

Predictions:
Forecast is for hotter than today, with 5-8 mph SW winds. That is weaker
than desired, and like today might be more SSW or S rather than westerly.
With weak winds and high temps, fewer migrant hawks are seen on the island
and some of those may be soaring and flying quite high, more difficult to
see against the blue sky. If winds are more westerly or rise above 10mph,
could have a good pulse of migrants. Reports from Bradbury Mtn for today
show that good movement was occurring inland today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/




 

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Date: 4/10/17 7:21 pm
From: mike sylvia <mikesylvia87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Quick stop on Nashawena Island
Took the first offshore ride of the season to Elizabeth islands Sunday. Quick stop on the East end for a walk produced:


3 pairs of Piping plover

2 Greater Yellowlegs

1 Sanderling

1 Barn Swallow


Mike Sylvia

Lakeville MA

 

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Date: 4/10/17 7:20 pm
From: Ray Marr <rmarr2...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] FOY Purple Martins Crestwood Country Club Rehoboth
First Pair Of Purple Martins came in tonight at dusk male and female. Many more on the way.


Raymond Marr
Barrington RI
 

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Date: 4/10/17 7:20 pm
From: caroline haines <chaines49...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dueling over the Annisquam
Two nights ago I had an osprey displaying and calling near the train bridge over the Annisquam River in Gloucester. I went back tonight with my scope to get a better look at the platform in the marsh at the base of Wolf Hill. Voila-sticks! But no birds. I settled in to watch the sunset, and wait for something. In the distance above the river, I spotted what looked like a peregrine, and then a second one. They perused some passerines, and then around the bend in the river came a large bird. Immediately one of the peregrines went after the big bird, causing it to flip and twist in the air-several times! The bird finally got away from the harasser, and I could see that it was an osprey-carrying a fish! It landed at the boatyard nearby and began to dine. In the chaos, I had missed a second osprey, now perched on a pole near the nesting platform, also dining. I'm so excited to have a pair of nesting osprey so close by. Stay tuned!
Caroline Haines
<Songbirder...>

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

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Date: 4/10/17 7:13 pm
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Getting closer!
I made syrup and put out the hummer feeders this morning :-)



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

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

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

--------------------------------------------
On Mon, 4/10/17, Larry Berk <larry.berk...> wrote:

Subject: [MASSBIRD] Getting closer!
To: <massbird...>
Date: Monday, April 10, 2017, 1:07 PM





http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html
 
Larry Berk   
Newton MA

 

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Date: 4/10/17 5:01 pm
From: Garry Kessler <gkessler001...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Montague Crossbills Continue
Made the trek out to the Old Northfield Rd. gate in Montague with a
couple friends today. The red crossbills continue there and the
puddle still attracts the thirsty ones. There do seem to be multiple
groups with some staying nearby and others splitting off to parts
unknown and returning after a while. At one point we had 25-30 in the
air at once.

I'd be interested if anyone knows the typical timeframe when
crossbills leave our area. It seems that these have already stayed
late into this season.

For those interested, a couple photos
http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p756187298/h8795d640#h8795d640
http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p756187298/h8795d640#h8795d642

Garry Kessler
Westborough, MA

 

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Date: 4/10/17 4:37 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Osprey Boston
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } This afternoon I saw an Osprey fly over the Mass Pike at old Allston Brighton toll booth location near Charles River FOY for me in Boston 
Joe Battenfeld Roslindale <jbattenfeld...>

Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

 

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Date: 4/10/17 4:07 pm
From: Jon Damian <jdamian...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine Warbler at Fresh Pond Reservation.
Happy spring everyone. There was a beautiful male Pine Warbler at Fresh
Pond Reservation today in the pines along Huron Avenue.

This guy then came over to the pond side and gave me an eye-level look.

Sweet! Always nice to get a good look at this bird.

Have a great spring!

Jon Damian
Cambridge

 

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Date: 4/10/17 4:07 pm
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] fascinating transition week...
...having a Phoebe and a Hermit Thrush in the yard, at the same time as hoards of Juncos and Tree Sparrows  :-)



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

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

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

 

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Date: 4/10/17 2:28 pm
From: Amy Lorenz <alorenz...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bird Walks for Upcoming City Nature Challenge
Hello everyone,

From Friday 4/14-Tuesday 4/18 Boston will be competing in the iNaturalist
City Nature Challenge, a citizen science biodiversity competition among 16
US cities.

We have several bird walks organized, free, and open to the public:
4/14
3:00pm Water Bird and Phenology walk, at Halcyon Lake, Mt. Auburn Cemetary,
led by Dr. Stan Rullman, Research Director at Earthwatch Institute
Info and registration(free):
http://www.neosec.dreamhosters.com/ecwmv-event/birds/

8:00pm Owl and Vernal Pond Survey, Cedar Pond, Wenham; led by Dr. Stan
Rullman
Info and register (free):
http://www.neosec.dreamhosters.com/ecwmv-event/owl-and-vernal-pond-surveys/

4/15
8:00am Morning Bird Walk, Washington Tower after gates open at Mt. Auburn
Cemetary, led by Dr. Stan Rullman
Info and register (free):
http://www.neosec.dreamhosters.com/ecwmv-event/morning-bird-walk/

4/17
9:30am Meadow Birds walk at Strawberry Hill, Ipswich; led by Ben Flemer,
Bird Banding Station Manager at Joppa Flats
No Registration


Email me if you have any interest in leading a walk or questions about
participating!
Here are a few websites with more information:
Join the iNaturalist project and contribute observations:
http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2017-boston-area

Info on events, how to make observations:
http://www.neosec.dreamhosters.com/cnc-2017-boston/

Best,
Amy Lorenz
Gloucester MA


--
Amy Lorenz
Project Coordinator
Encyclopedia of Life
Harvard University
Museum of Comparative Zoology
26 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

Office: 617-495-5022
Cell: 610-306-3056
eol.org + education.eol.org

 

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Date: 4/10/17 1:36 pm
From: Dan Mushrush <dmushrush...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Blue gray gnatcatcher in Westborough
I had great looks at a blue-gray gnatcatcher on the Westborough WMA this
afternoon.

Dan Mushrush
Westborough, ma

 

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Date: 4/10/17 11:23 am
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Crane - Manchester -- 04-10-17
Birders!

A lone Sandhill Crane just flew over my house, calling. Able to get
outside in time to see it heading west toward Beverly.

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


 

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Date: 4/10/17 10:12 am
From: Larry Berk <larry.berk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Getting closer!
http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

Larry Berk
Newton MA
 

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Date: 4/10/17 9:43 am
From: caroline haines <chaines49...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] FOY swallows

FOY swallows on Cape Ann-yesterday 2 tree swallows at Thompson St reservation, and this morning two rough wings on Eastern point.
Caroline Haines
<Songbirder...>
Gloucester
Sent from my iPhone-please excuse brevity, typos, or insults.
 

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Date: 4/10/17 9:43 am
From: Michael Baird <rkramden1994...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] FOY Palm, Pine Warblers - Andover, Ma.
Mike Baird
Lowell, MA
rkramden 1994 (at) gmail dot com

Haggetts Pond, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Apr 10, 2017 7:35 AM - 9:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: I birded the Haggett's Pond rail trail from Haggett's Pond
Rd. to the eastern edge where it meets Rt. 93. The morning was perfect with
bright, clear skies, sun and barely any wind until later in the morning.
There were lots of early migrants setting up territory and few new arrivals
and the area was generally very active for most of the time I was there.
26 species

Canada Goose 4
Wood Duck 4
Mallard 4
Bufflehead 1
Hooded Merganser 2
Common Merganser 2
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 4
Blue Jay 5
Tree Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
American Robin 10
Palm Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 2
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Common Grackle 12
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 12

 

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Date: 4/10/17 9:07 am
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Louisiana Waterthrush, Nahant
I have second thoughts about Veery in the list below - due to early date. sorry. would like to try to confirm.
Linda Pivacek

----- Original Message -----

> Louisiana Waterthrush, Mass Audubon Thicket, 9am. at the little bridge over
> the ditch.
> some of the other species present: Swamp Sparrows, Flickers, Red-headed
> Woodpeckers, both kinglets, Hermit Thrush and Veery.

> Linda

> Linda Pivacek, Nahant,
> <lpivacek...>

 

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Date: 4/10/17 8:14 am
From: Karen Idoine <kidoine...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Piping Plovers, Truro
4 at Ballston Beach over-wash. At the water's edge at 9:30 AM and also at 10:50 AM, when I returned.

Karen
 

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Date: 4/10/17 6:53 am
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Louisiana Waterthrush, Nahant
Louisiana Waterthrush, Mass Audubon Thicket, 9am. at the little bridge over the ditch.
some of the other species present: Swamp Sparrows, Flickers, Red-headed Woodpeckers, both kinglets, Hermit Thrush and Veery.

Linda

Linda Pivacek, Nahant,
<lpivacek...>

 

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Date: 4/10/17 6:10 am
From: Karen Idoine <kidoine...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Pipits
Sorry: seen 5:30 PM last night in Truro, MA.

Karen

Karen
 

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Date: 4/10/17 5:52 am
From: KAREN IDOINE <kidoine...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Pipits
Sorry: seen 5:30 PM last night in Truro, MA.

Karen
 

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Date: 4/10/17 5:48 am
From: Karen Idoine <kidoine...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Pipits
Flock seen in Corn Hill parking lot, drinking at a big freshwater puddle. About 20, flushed quickly over the Little Pamet estuary moments after I got a good look with binoculars.

Karen
 

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Date: 4/10/17 5:29 am
From: Dan Mushrush <dmushrush...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Powder Hill, Westborough
Powder Hill is the hill bordering the western edge of the Westborough
Wildlife Management Area. This morning:

Chipping sparrow (2)
Pine warbler
Red-bellied wood pecker

 

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Date: 4/10/17 1:08 am
From: Eddie <emgiles62...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] UPDATE: Brookline Bird Club 'Birding By Ear' Workshop Sessions
Just wanted to provide some updates on the 'Birding By Ear' Workshop
Sessions being offered by the Brookline Bird Club on April 20th and
April 27th:

1) A few days ago, Bob Lawson (Birding By Ear co-author and course
instructor) sent me an outline of the two classes. Here is the
general plan, time permitting:

_SESSION I: April 20th_

* Whistlers
* Thrillers
* High-pitchers
* Up-and-down Singsongers
* Warbling Songsters
* Woodpeckers
* Warblers (MA nesting)

_SESSION II: April 27th_

* Wrens
* Mimic Thrushes
* Rails
* Flycatchers
* Warblers (passing-thru migrants)
* Thrushes

2) As of 4/10, there is only ONE space left for SESSION I on April
20th.

3) As of 4/10, there are only NINE spaces left for SESSION II on
April 27th.

These workshops are filling up fast! To secure you seat, follow the
instructions at the end of the workshop description below. Hope to see
you there!

Eddie

**************************************
Edward M. Giles
Brookline Bird Club, Inc.
http://www.brooklinebirdclub.org/
<emgiles62...>

**********************************************************************************************************

BBC Birding By Ear Workshop Sessions

The Birding By Ear workshop sessions will boost your ability and
confidence in identifying birds by their songs and calls. This course is
taught by Bob Lawson, co-author of the Peterson Field Guide’s ‘Birding
By Ear’ CD series. The material presented is geared toward
novice-intermediate birders. We will employ various tried-and-true
techniques to learn birdsong including phonetics, descriptive terms,
comparisons to everyday sounds, etc. Birds with similar vocalizations
will be grouped together and the distinguishing features of each will be
pointed out. Group discussion and questions are encouraged as people
learn more efficiently when they get personally involved. The sessions
are fun.

The first workshop session will take place on Thursday, April 20th,
2017, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Reading Public Library, 64
Middlesex Avenue in Reading, MA.
The second workshop session will take place on Thursday, April 27th,
2017, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at The Pleasant Street Center (Reading
Senior Center), 49 Pleasant Street in Reading, MA.

This course is designed to encompass two consecutive Thursday evenings,
with different species to be covered each time, but the first class is
not a prerequisite for the second. Each can be signed up for
individually if your schedule doesn’t allow you to attend both. The fee
for these workshop sessions is $10 for BBC members and $20 for
non-members and are open to 30 participants. Sign up for both workshop
sessions and BBC members pay only $15 and $35 for non-members. All
proceeds will benefit the BBC Young Birders Scholarship Program.
Advance registration is required; please preregister with BBC Workshop
Chair, Eddie Giles at <emgiles62...>
 

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Date: 4/10/17 12:27 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (09 Apr 2017) 100 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 09, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 26 53 75
Osprey 3 10 12
Bald Eagle 0 1 2
Northern Harrier 17 54 63
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 3 3
Cooper's Hawk 1 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 2 5 10
Rough-legged Hawk 1 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 44 117 118
Merlin 2 6 8
Peregrine Falcon 1 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1

Total: 100 260 302
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Mark Schoene, Ted Mara

Observers: Bob Secatore, Brian Rusnica, Craig Jackson, David Goodine,
Geoff Wood, John Cannizzo, Judd Nathan, Kathryn Chihowski,
Paul Roberts, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Lots of visitors as lots of people hit the island on one of the most
beautiful days of spring so far. Observers contributing to the count
included Judd Nathan, Geoff Wood, Kathryn Chihowski, John Cannizzo, Tom
Graham, Paul Roberts and DAvid Goodine. Visitors included Herrick and Harry
Wales, Matthew Nash, June, Dianna & Paul Queheillalt, Bill Fiolek, Champa
Bilwakes, Dot Currier, Jean Hanson, Justine Hanson, Nancy GIven, Janet
Kovner, and Sandy Selesky.


Weather:
Beautiful day as a high pressure system moved over the area. ALmost
cloudless blue skies, temps 6-16 C, Winds W/NW 5-10 mph, with unlimited
visibility.

Raptor Observations:
HIghlights were excellent views of 17 harriers, most of whom were adults
seen close and well, and 44 kestrels, most of which were seen in the
afternoon. Also 1 light-morph Rough-legged Hawk. Our first three-digit
flight of the season. Local non migrating hawks included 4 Ospreys, 3-4
Bald Eagles, including two local breeding adults, 2 local breeding
Redtails, and a pair of Cooper's Hawks. Kestrel migration did not pick up
until 11-12 hour EST, and for the next three hours. Most surprising was
that there were only two Merlins seen in the afternoon when there was
fairly steady migration.

Non-raptor Observations:
Non raptors migrating included 50-60 Tree Swallows, a Barn Swallow, 3
Eastern PHoebes, 8 Killdeer, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet,
1 Palm Warbler and 1 Fox SParrow.

Predictions:
Could be an excellent day for migration, especially inland. Temps are
expected to rise to the lower 70s F, with winds out of the southwest over
10 mph for late morning and all afternoon. Could be excellent on the island
as well.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/




 

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Date: 4/9/17 10:28 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hamlin Reservation and Crane Beach, Ipswich, Apr 9, 2017
> Hamlin Reservation, Ipswich
> Apr 9, 2017 8:50 AM - 10:25 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: I birded here hoping to see egrets and ibises, and
> succeeded.
> 19 species (+1 other taxon); partial list:
>
> American Black Duck 70
> Great Egret 9
> Snowy Egret 36
> Glossy Ibis 15
> Killdeer 2
> Greater Yellowlegs 6
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 1 not seen
> swallow sp. 2
> American Robin 7
> Song Sparrow 7
> Red-winged Blackbird 13
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35837484


Crane Beach, Ipswich
Apr 9, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
Comments: Then I went here to see piping plovers and other arrivals.
There were hardly any birds on the ocean. All time on beach (plus salt
marsh on my way in and out), none in dunes.
16 species (+2 other taxa); partial list:

Long-tailed Duck 3
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Egret 5
Piping Plover 2 pair, calling softly
Horned Lark 11
Tree Swallow 6
swallow sp. 4
Northern Mockingbird 1 singing at parking lot
Savannah Sparrow (Ipswich) 3
Song Sparrow 5
Common Grackle 11
House Finch 1 singing in flight

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35837700

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

 

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Date: 4/9/17 7:58 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] The National Phenology Network, Monday night at the HBC
Hi MassBirders,

Monday evening is the Hampshire Bird Club’s monthly meeting! This month, our speaker will be Alyssa Rosemartin of the National Phenology Network, discussing climate change, its impacts on the seasons, how that affects birds, and what some people are doing about it. See the HBC website for more:

http://hampshirebirdclub.org/events/national-phenology-network/

Hope to see you there!



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




 

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Date: 4/9/17 3:36 pm
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Oystercatchers
There was a pair at Hoppy's Landing in Fairhaven today.

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

 

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Date: 4/9/17 12:48 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek 4/9 -- Smith's Longspur Yes
The weekly Bear Creek walk led by Geoff Wilson was successful in
locating the continuing Smith's Longspur. Unfortunately, no one had
views of it on the ground, though we did have good flight looks, and
heard its distinctively slower rattle call.

(If you were on the trip and didn't receive the shared list, you can
click this link and it will share the list
http://ebird.org/ebird/shared?subID=UzM1ODIwNjQ4&s=t ***Do NOT click
this link if you were not there, the full list from today is below.)


Bear Creek Sanctuary (restricted access), Essex, Massachusetts, US
Apr 9, 2017 9:04 AM - 1:17 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: sunny; 2-10 mph NW winds; 50-64 deg F.
45 species (+2 other taxa)

Brant (Atlantic) 130
Canada Goose 60
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 6
Wild Turkey 5
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1 in the marsh to the south (Suffolk co)
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey 9
Northern Harrier 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 2 1 very large imm female.
Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) 2

Rough-legged Hawk 1 Continuing light morph.

Killdeer 12
Wilson's Snipe 9
Ring-billed Gull 250
Herring Gull 200
Great Black-backed Gull 75
gull sp. 150
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7
Mourning Dove 6

*Short-eared Owl 3 At least 2 were females.

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
American Kestrel 6 6 seen in one scan, but possibly as many as
15+ if some were moving migrants.
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 3
Horned Lark 4
Tree Swallow 16
Black-capped Chickadee 2
American Robin 13
European Starling 85

American Pipit 2 *a bit early. At least 2, possibly 3. One heard
early on, then later 2 seen by half the group and heard by a few more.
Photos.

Smith's Longspur 1 ****continuing mega. Unfortunately, only seen
in flushed flight, but some views were quite close with good lighting.
Gave distinctive slow rattle call shortly after flushing each time.
Very buffy overall, with black lined auriculars and white outer tail
feathers. Couldn't tell if the top of the head was getting black or
not.

American Tree Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 1 Singing at entrance.
Savannah Sparrow 3 Heard.
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) 6
Song Sparrow 23
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 37
Common Grackle 14
Brown-headed Cowbird 16
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 12
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35820648

Happy birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon
 

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Date: 4/9/17 7:26 am
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nahant Winter Wren
Heritage Trail. singing Winter Wren. very "birdy", Hermit Thrush, GC Kinglets, Phoebes, Catbirds, Hermit Thrushes.
Linda

Linda PIvacek, Nahant
<lpivacek...>


 

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Date: 4/9/17 7:23 am
From: Garry Kessler <gkessler001...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Amusing Purple Sandpiper, photo
For those interested I'm adding a little video to this post. I know
that with advances digital technology more people have become
interested in taking pictures and some are pursuing audio and video
capture. The latter two can be particularly interesting as they
permit the capture of behaviors in ways that stills are not as good at.

This clip is my first, unplanned experiment with video taken by my
DSLR. It's 3 minutes of typical purple sandpiper behavior at high
tide (not feeding). It's been edited and accompanied by some native
American flute I'd made for another purpose. See what you think and
maybe it'll inspire some others to capture more interesting behavioral clips.

https://youtu.be/1tqDYqz-7gU

Garry Kessler
Westborough, MA

 

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Date: 4/9/17 7:01 am
From: Barbara Drummond <bdraraavis...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Palm Warbler W. Newburyport
Palm Warbler now present on Pike's Bridge Rd. near bridge

Barbara and Bill Drummond
<bdraraavis...>

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 4/9/17 6:46 am
From: griffingrichards <griffingrichards...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Graylag Goose - Melrose
Graylag Goose continues at Ell Pond in Melrose at 9:40. 

Griffin
 

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Date: 4/9/17 6:35 am
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winter Wren, Cold Spring Park
 

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Date: 4/8/17 7:22 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (08 Apr 2017) 25 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 08, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 2 27 49
Osprey 2 7 9
Bald Eagle 0 1 2
Northern Harrier 14 37 46
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 2
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 2 3 8
Rough-legged Hawk 0 2 2
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 5 68 69
Merlin 0 4 6
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1

Total: 25 155 197
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Mark Schoene, Paul M. Roberts

Observers: Bob Secatore, Brian Rusnica, John Cannizzo, Judd Nathan,
Kathryn Chihowski, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Observers who helped with the count included Judd Nathan, Bob Secatore,
Kathryn Chihowski, Ted Mara, David Goodine, John Cannizo, Geoff Woods, Tom
Graham, Simon Perkins, Erik Nielsen, and Tom Wetmore.


Weather:
Cold front arrived almost as forecast. WInds were forecast to be NW at 15
mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Winds were generally at 20-30 mph, but the
kicker was winds were NNW moving to due N at 35 mph around noon, making it
very difficult for any migrants. Winds in central and western Mass were
reported as WNW at 10-20. Temps ranged from 5 to 8 C. Generally 70-80% OC.


Raptor Observations:
Very disappointing, as we expected a great kestrel flight with NW or WNW
winds. A smattering of kestrels early and late, but adult male and female
harriers were the birds of the day, seen passing low, mowing grass into the
teeth of the wind, and slow. One TV was also grass crawling. Local raptors
included 7 TVs, 5 Ospreys, 3 Bald Eagles (2 ad 1 imm), 2 Northern Harriers,
2 accipiters, and 2-3 Redtails,

Non-raptor Observations:
Grackles and cowbirds moving in small numbers, along with a Pine Warbler, 5
Red-breasted Mergansers, several Great Egrets and 10 Cedar Waxwings.

Predictions:
A Big IF. Forecast is for weak westerly winds overnight, increasing to 8-10
mph W/WNW winds, gusting to 22 around 11, and then turning into a sea
breeze in the early afternoon, so morning is our best bet. Winds expected
to become weak SSW on Monday.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/




 

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Date: 4/8/17 7:22 pm
From: Zack Weber <zackweber...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winter Wrens - Crooked Pond and J B Little Road
The BBC trip today to Crooked Pond and J B Little Road pulled out some nice
birds despite windy and chilly conditions. There wasn't a lot of bird
activity in general. Highlights included one Winter Wren each at both
destinations. Winter Wrens mostly quiet except for a few half-hearted
songs at J B Little.

Zack Weber
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 4/8/17 6:11 pm
From: Sabrina Hepburn <s.k.hepburn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Field Trip Coordinator needed
BBC Volunteer Position Available: Field Trip Coordinator Needed

The Brookline Bird Club is currently conducting a search for a volunteer Field Trip Coordinator. Responsibilities include organizing the list of trips for blue books published three times per year, confirming schedules and descriptions with leaders, recruiting new trip leaders, and posting and managing the list of field trips on the Club website. The position generally requires organizational skill and basic comfort with technology, with strong Microsoft Excel skills and mail merge experience. The Field Trip Coordinator would also be a member of the Board of Directors. If you have interest in the position, or wish to recommend someone, please contact Sabrina Hepburn, <s.k.hepburn...> <mailto:<s.k.hepburn...> as soon as possible.
 

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Date: 4/8/17 4:43 pm
From: Childs, Jackson <jchilds...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King eider today, Cape Cod Canal. Video
I was thrilled to be able to see the previously reported King eider at the Herring run this morning. Here is a video I did:

https://youtu.be/n0BidP0Gm0E

Conditions were perfect. It's hard to think of a better situation to see this species. If you ever wanted to see this royal bird, get out there ASAP. Thanks to all who reported it.

Jackson Childs
Arlington
<jchilds...>

 

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Date: 4/8/17 12:31 pm
From: Warren Tatro <wtatro...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eurasian Wigeon continues in Rowley
Hello Massbirders,

I had the Eurasian Wigeon around 8:45AM today in the wet/flooded field along Cross St. @ Jellison Road. It was first reported and photographed yesterday by tim Walker.


Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
<wtatro...>
 

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Date: 4/8/17 11:49 am
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Scotland Rd & Plum Island - 04-08-17

I led this morning's edition of Joppa's Saturday Morning Birding under
partly cloudy skies, temps 38-43 F., and winds W-NW/10-20 mph. We
visited Common Pasture on Scotland Road and Colby Pasture on Turkey Hill
Road before heading for Plum Island.

Our list:

Common Pasture --
American Wigeon (7)
American Black Duck (4)
Mallard (2)
Northern Shoveler (1) - drake.
Green-winged Teal (~ 24)
Great Egret (1)
Killdeer (5)
American Crow (3)
Red-winged Blackbird - common.
NOTE: posted possible Eurasian Wigeon not present; not a single
Wilson's Snipe seen.

Colby Pasture -- aside from a Red-winged Blackbird, no birds seen.

Plum Island --
Canada Goose - common.
American Black Duck - common.
Mallard - a few.
Northern Pintail (2) - pr. flying north over south marsh.
Common Eider (1) - drake, seven ocean.
White-winged Scoter (1) - drake, seven ocean.
Red-breasted Merganser (4) - 2 pr, south marsh.
Double-crested Cormorant (~ 5) - various.
Great Egret (4) - various.
Osprey (2) - Pines platform.
Northern Harrier (2) - 1, f, North Field; 1, m, North Field.
Greater Yellowlegs (3) - small pannes.
Herring Gull - a few.
American Crow
American Robin (1)
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing (~ 12) - fly over, Pines.
Savannah (Ipswich) Sparrow (1) - wrack, Bar Head.
Song Sparrow (1)
Red-winged Blackbird - common.
Common Grackle (2)

NOTE:
* At 8:15 a.m., checked out wetland at junction of Jellison Road and
Cross Street in Rowley for Eurasian Wigeon -- negative.
* At 12:45 p.m., checked out Newman Road en route home -- could not
locate Doug's Little Blue Heron; ~ 12 Northern Pintails and ~ 12
American Black Ducks present south end of marsh.

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

 

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Date: 4/8/17 10:05 am
From: <dave.williams6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC North Shore Ramble walk 4/9 cancelled
Due to illness, I will need to cancel tomorrow's BBC North Shore Ramble walk. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
I will be leading another North Shore Ramble on Sunday, April 23rd.
Dave Williams
Reading, MA


Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 4/8/17 9:30 am
From: Meaghan Sinclair <meaghanq...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] FOY Chipping Sparrow
At Breakheart Res in Saugus.
 

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Date: 4/8/17 9:22 am
From: Kate Young <twooldcrows...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] glossy ibis Manchester MA
3 glossy ibis in the marsh on Ocean St. this morning
Kate YoungManchester MAtwooldcrows at ymail.com


 

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Date: 4/8/17 7:10 am
From: Douglas Chickering <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Little Blue Heron
Massbiders
There is a Little blue Heron presently (10 am) feeding in the marshes at Newman road in Newburyport. It is on the north side near Adams pasture

DougChickering
Groveland
<dovekie...>


Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 4/8/17 6:58 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] spring arrivals
massbirders.
Thinking about spring arrivals as I fell asleep last night and woke up to 3 FOY yard birds before 8 AM.
Tree Swallow
Pine Warbler
Brown Creeper
Also have chickadees and bluebirds nest building in boxes.
P Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 4/8/17 2:28 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (07 Apr 2017) 65 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 07, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 1 25 47
Osprey 4 5 7
Bald Eagle 0 1 2
Northern Harrier 7 23 32
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 2
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 1 6
Rough-legged Hawk 0 2 2
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 49 56 57
Merlin 2 4 6
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 1 1

Total: 65 122 164
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Mark Schoene

Observers: Bob Secatore, Jack Miano, John Cannizzo, Judd Nathan,
Paul Roberts, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Observers helping with the count included Bob Secatore, David Goodine, Judd
Nathan, Tom Graham, John Cannizzo, and Julie Roberts.


Weather:
Exactly as forecast. Started with SE winds, 5-10 mph, moving to SW 10-20 by
11 a.m. Roughly 50% cloud cover until 1 p.m. when it increased to 80% for
the remainder of the day. Snow showers occurred occasionally at higher
altitudes, with the snow evaporating before it hit the ground. ULtimately
shortly after 3 p.m. there were scattered showers. Temps ranged from 8 C to
11 C.

Raptor Observations:
Northern Harrier migrants included 6 adult males and 3 adult females. 2
Merlin migrants were both adult males with full crops. Nonmigrant raptors
included 2 Turkey Vultures, 2 adult Bald Eagles who copulated on a log in
the marsh after the male flushed every duck and goose within a quarter
mile, 4 Northern Harriers including 2 adult males, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 1
Rough-legged Hawk (light morph), and 1 Peregrine Falcon (juv)

Non-raptor Observations:
Had 2 unidentified herons (not Great Blues) migrating over the ocean; 3
Great Egrets, 1 Black Scoter drake, multiple Killdeer, 1 Willet, 1 Coot,
large flocks of Common Crows, and 35-40 Cedar Waxwings.

Predictions:
Weather looks excellent for significant migration tomorrow. High pressure
system moving in with northwest winds at 10-20 mph. Classic situation for
good kestrel migration. Are there more kestrels in the pipleine following
today?
========================================================================
Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/




 

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Date: 4/7/17 10:33 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Mass Birders reports
Hi MassBirders,

I’ve been a bit too busy to relay sightings this week, but Western Mass Birders on FaceBook has been very busy with new spring arrivals and particularly waterfowl migration. I’ve even gotten to see a few birds myself for once… Barton Cove has been especially good, with at least 16 duck species and 2 grebes reported, and tallies well over 100 for Ring-necked Ducks and Common Mergansers and over 200 for Tree Swallows. A quick recap of the most eye-catching reports this week (other than those that have already been shared here):

April 2 - Yellow-rumped Warbler, Norwottuck Rail Trail near Station Road, Dawn Winkler & Harvey Allen
American Wigeon, Tri-town Beach, Stephen Baker
Snow Goose, Tri-town Beach, Sheila Derosier
Northern Shrike, Worthington yard, Sue Porada Lewis
Winter Wren, Stebbins Refuge, Michele Moore

April 3 - American Wigeon & Green-winged Teal, Hadley Cove, Josh Rose
Horned Grebe, N. Pintail, & GW Teal, Arcadia MAS, Joe Oliverio & Larry Therrien & Dave McLain
50+ GW Teal, 50+ Wood Duck, and 70+ Killdeer, Pilgram Airport, Larry Therrien

April 4 - Palm Warbler, Turners Falls Rod & Gun Club, Josh Rose
Lesser Scaup, Quabbin Winsor Dam, Larry Therrien
Bonaparte’s Gull, Cheshire Lake, Jonathan Pierce
Long-tailed Duck, Lesser Scaup & RB Merg, Onota Lake, Jonathan Pierce
Lesser BB Gull, Five Mile Pond, Lois Richardson

April 5 - Pine Warblers, Quabbin Park, Larry Therrien
Eastern Towhee, Amherst yard/Amethyst Brook Conservation Area, Josh Rose

April 6 - White-winged Scoter, N Rough-winged Swallows & American Wigeon, Barton Cove, Josh Rose
Greater Yellowlegs, Meadow St Fields, Keenan Yakola
Barn Swallow, Northampton Oxbow, Keenan Yakola
Bonaparte’s Gull & RB Merg, Barton Cove, Greg Watkevich
Northern Shovelers, Barton Cove, Peter Gagarin
Eastern Towhee, South Hadley yard, Anthony Hill
RB Mergs, Lake Pontoosuc, Jonathan Pierce
RN Grebe, RB Merg & Gadwall, Onota Lake, Jonathan Pierce
N Pintail, GW Teal, Tri-town Beach, Jeremy Coleman

April 7 - Great Egret, Cheshire Reservoir, Jacob Morris-Siegel
Red-throated Loon & Horned Grebe, Congamond Middle Pond, Dorrie Holmes
Snow Geese (20+), Ashfield, Nancy Marshall
Iceland Gull, Meadow St Fields, Larry Therrien & Keenan Yakola


Lots of woodcock, snipe, phoebes, cowbirds, Tree & Rough-winged Swallows, Fox Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, Purple Finches, Hermit Thrushes, kestrels, and several Osprey and harriers in multiple locations on various dates. Also Hooded Mergansers all over the place, and Common Mergs in large numbers, triple-digit totals on several bodies of water.

And I probably missed a few things too… Gotta love spring migration!

Good birding!

Josh




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



 

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Date: 4/7/17 4:12 pm
From: <asb1960...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eurasian Wigeon possibly at Scotland Rd Fields earlier
I am throwing this out for anyone who might be going to look for the Eurasian Wigeon found in Rowley today by Tim Walker. This morning around 11:00, I was scanning the field on the left by the platform when I came across a duck I didn't recognized. It was on the far left of the flooded field, closest to the street, in the water. Instead of grabbing a quick shot, I went back to my car to get my Sibley's book. After looking over the book, I thought what I saw was an Eurasian Wigeon. I went back to look again and I couldn't relocate it. I looked for another 20 minutes but could not find it. I don't know if it was tucked behind some tufts or if it flew away. I thought about sending out a report on massbird at least throwing out the possibility of one, but I don't have the confidence in my IDing skills and I chickened out. I'm sorry because if it was the same one that was at this field earlier in the day, other people may have had the opportunity to see it.
I am reporting this now so people can check either place for it tomorrow.


Andrea Bean
W. Peabody, MA
<asb1960...>
 

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Date: 4/7/17 3:56 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 4/7 - Northborough/Marlborough
The Assabet River is very high where it crosses under Boundary Street
in Northborough. Some unusual birds for that location:

Ring-necked Ducks 9

Mallard 12

Wood Duck 2

Green-winged Teal - 3

Tree Swallow 300-400


At the Tyler Dam on Robin Hill Road in Marlborough, there were:

Tree Swallows 200

Eastern Phoebe 1

American Kestrel 1


The Tree Swallows were moving up and down the river corridor. Chipping
Sparrows are under the feeder, and yesterday a Field Sparrow was there.

Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA
<barb620...>


 

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Date: 4/7/17 3:34 pm
From: Martin Fox <martinfox1234...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] FOY phoebe - Mansfield
Eastern phoebe, a late afternoon arrival to Fulton's Pond, near Mansfield
center. Flitting and chipping and pumping its tail.

Martin Fox
Mansfield

 

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Date: 4/7/17 2:13 pm
From: Tim Walker <timothypwalker...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eurasian Wigeon Rowley
Nancy found it in a swampy field at the intersection of Jellison and Cross
street in Rowley.

Tim & Nancy Walker
West Boxford

 

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Date: 4/7/17 12:55 pm
From: Mary Keleher <maryeak...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Purple Martin Arrivals
Just wanted to let Massbirders know that Purple Martins are beginning to arrive in New England. Several Purple Martins arrived on 4/5 including 1 in Raynham, MA. There were 3 reports from Rhode Island and 1 report from Connecticut on 4/5 as well and another report from Connecticut today.

There have been several new sites in southeastern Masschusetts over the past few years and Ray Marr estimates that there could be as many as 400 nesting pairs now!
Mary Keleher,Mashpee, MA

 

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Date: 4/7/17 12:49 pm
From: pamela low <pipswiche...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White-fronted goose Ell Pomd
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Just saw a WFG, juvenile I think, on Ell Pond in melrose being harassed by a swan. The swan seemed to have picked him out of the group of geese and pursued him persistently and exclusively chasing him around the pond


Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

 

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Date: 4/7/17 11:42 am
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] PIWA, PUFI, Newton
 

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Date: 4/7/17 9:00 am
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: eBird Report - LandmarkSchool 01944, Apr 7, 2017
Happy Friday for me at work bird sightings!

Manchester MA

01944, Essex, Massachusetts, US
​ ​
Apr 7, 2017 9:15 AM - 9:35 AM
​ ​
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: I have been hearing the local pileated woodpeckers lately and
today I found one pair. The female was working on a tree and the male
called from a distance and she responded. Moments later the male flew into
view. Exciting to watch their interactions.
4 species

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 2
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1 first of the year calling phoebe at
work. has been a nester here for years and this is one of the latest dates
for returning
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1


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

 

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Date: 4/6/17 7:23 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Longmeadow: Shovelers, Swallow
Thanks to Nancy Easton for the following post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2017 00:19:05 +0000 (UTC)
From: NEaton <nancyeaton...>
Subject: Longmeadow: Shovelers, Swallows

4/6/17 Longmeadow, Pondside Rd.(2 p.m.): N. Shoveler pair, Tree Swallows

Nancy Eaton
Enfield, CT
<nancyeaton...>

 

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Date: 4/6/17 11:54 am
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 4/6 Duxbury Beach - Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3) and Gadwall
Thurs 4/6/17: 8:40-9:30am; HiTide 8:13a 10.5ft; 39F; Wind E12; Foggy,lite
spritzes; Bay quiet; Ocean choppy. Photos in ebird listing at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35740434


Made a very quick "down and back" to Gurnet & out to the Crescent xover to
scan tide-flooded marshes. No list kept. Happy to find three Lesser
Black-backed Gulls loafing on the Gurnet marsh about 100 yards from the road
halfway between Plum Hills and the Gurnet. LBBG's show up 1 or 2 at a time
on the beach; three together is unusual.



Also, Gadwall are regular on ponds and estuaries in Duxbury in the winter
but very uncommon out on Duxbury Beach in any season (described as "a
sociable duck of freshwater ponds and marshes" in Waterfowl by Madge and
Burn, Houghton Mifflin). A pair was dabbling in the flooded marsh opposite
the second crossover.



LBBG and Gadwall are first-of-year birds for my Duxbury Beach "patch"!










 

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Date: 4/6/17 11:54 am
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek, Saugus and Flax Pond, Lynn, Apr 5, 2017
> Bear Creek Sanctuary, Saugus
> Apr 5, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:10 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> Comments: When I asked Geoff Wilson if there was a trip today (now
> yesterday), he said none scheduled, but invited me down anyway. I tried
> to round up a few others but nobody was available on short notice, so I
> had a personal tour with Geoff and his son Lucas. We saw the Smith's
> longspur, 3 short-eared owls, 7 kestrels, and other good birds.
> 25 species
>
> Canada Goose 150 This and several other counts of common birds are
> rough estimates.
> American Black Duck 17
> Mallard 4
> Bufflehead 4
> Red-breasted Merganser 1
> Wild Turkey 4
> Osprey 2 One on the marsh nest; a 2nd nest on a power pole had been
> occupied earlier today, perhaps by the 2nd bird, which was perched on a
> metal power pole.
> Red-tailed Hawk 3
> Killdeer 6
> Wilson's Snipe 6
> Herring Gull 400
> Great Black-backed Gull 50
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 40
> Short-eared Owl 3, but no harriers to interact with
> American Kestrel 7, plus the remains of an 8th, a female whose feathers
> we found
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 5
> Horned Lark 15
> American Robin 5
> European Starling 400

> Smith's Longspur 1 Spotted by Geoff in the grass on the ridge nearest
> the active dumping area, where he said it had been found before. I saw
> the striking face outlined in black, the spotted or speckled crown, the
> pale-buffy nape and underparts, the dark-striped back, the white wingbars,
> and the white outer tail feathers in flight, when I also heard its
> distinctive rattle. What a cool bird. I just missed this bird last year
> and am delighted that it saw fit to return.

> Savannah Sparrow 2
> Song Sparrow 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 70
> Common Grackle 10
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35722423


Flax Pond, Lynn
Apr 5, 2017 3:45 PM - 3:50 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Not a complete list.
3 species (+1 other taxon)

Mallard 8
Greater/Lesser Scaup 5
Common Merganser 21
Double-crested Cormorant 17

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35722482

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

 

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Date: 4/6/17 9:41 am
From: John Liller <john.liller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook - 4/5/17
I recorded the following yesterday afternoon (4/5/17) at the Broad Meadow
Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester. I began by walking the Troiano/Heron
Pond Loop and then went to the Frog Pond Trail and along Wilson Swamp.

Canada Goose (19)
Wood Duck (7 - includes pair on Heron Pond)
American Black Duck (3)
Mallard (9)
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
Mourning Dove (4)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (2)
Downy Woodpecker (7)
Hairy Woodpecker (5)
Eastern Phoebe (3 - including one seen by wooden bridge over brook where
Phoebes have nested before)
Blue Jay (8)
American Crow (2)
Black-capped Chickadee (11)
Tufted Titmouse (6)
White-breasted Nuthatch (7)
Eastern Bluebird (3 - male and two females at Heron Pond)
American Robin (19 - many singing loudly)
Northern Mockingbird (1)
Field Sparrow (1 - powerlines near Heron Pond)
Song Sparrow (22)
White-throated Sparrow (2)
Dark-eyed Junco (6)
Northern Cardinal (5)
Red-winged Blackbird (31)
Common Grackle (65)
Brown-headed Cowbird (1 male)
House Finch (6)
American Goldfinch (5)
House Sparrow (11)

Finally, the Wood Frogs and Spring Peepers were very noisy at the southern
end of the wetlands along the Troiano Trail.

 

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Date: 4/6/17 9:37 am
From: Leslie Miller <lmiller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mass Audubon Spring Optics Fair Mar 31-April 9, 2017
We'd like to invite everyone to the Audubon Shop's Spring Optics Sale, which runs from Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 9, 2017. Mass Audubon members will receive special discounts on binoculars, spotting scopes and tripods. Zeiss, Swarovski, Pentax, Nikon, Bushnell, Opticron, and Manfrotto items are available.

If you are not a current member of Mass Audubon, you can join in the Audubon Shop. New members can take advantage of the special introductory membership rate of $32 beginning April 1, 2017.

The Audubon Shop is located at Drumlin Farm on Route 117, Lincoln, MA, 01773 and is open every day except Monday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please call 781-259-2214 for more information. All Shop purchases help support Mass Audubon and its conservation and education efforts.

Regards,
Leslie Miller
Audubon Shop
Mass Audubon
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
781-259-2214
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10-5
Closed Mondays except Monday Holidays
shop.massaudubon.org

 

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Date: 4/6/17 4:59 am
From: <asb1960...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] North Shore Community Gardens - 15 Wilson's Snipe and 2 Meadowlark
North Shore Community Gardens, Middleton, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Apr 5, 2017 4:20 PM - 4:55 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: This was in the fields beside gardens
17 species

Snow Goose 2 2 juvenile continuing. I believe these are the same two that are also seen in Topsfield
Canada Goose 97
American Black Duck 2 Wading in flooded part of the field
Mallard 4
Northern Pintail 1 In flooded part of field. Documentation photo only
Green-winged Teal 1 Wading in flooded part of field. Documentation photo only
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 35
Wilson's Snipe 15 I am sure there were more. The photo with the multiple snipes was just in one small section.
Ring-billed Gull 36
Mourning Dove 2
American Crow 2
Horned Lark 70
American Robin 30
Song Sparrow 6
Northern Cardinal 1
Eastern Meadowlark 2 Flew to far end of field. Documentation shot only.

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35725714

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


Andrea Bean
W. Peabody, MA
<asb1960...>

 

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Date: 4/5/17 7:10 pm
From: James Dillon <jdillon755270...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rusty Blackbirds
Fifty Rusty Blackbirds at reedy meadow in Lynnfield at 7:00.

Jim Dillon <jdillon755270...>

 

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Date: 4/5/17 7:10 pm
From: David Scott <davidscott6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fenway gardens 4/5

Two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers working the hemlock (?) in Row Y of the Victory Gardens at lunch today.

A few White-throated Sparrows, nothing else of note. Very swampy, geese swimming in puddles. The White-winged Doves persist.

David Scott
Newton
 

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Date: 4/5/17 3:09 pm
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 4/5 Duxbury: Beach (Short-eared Owl, Gannets, Piping Plovers); Town Pier (2 other FOY)
4/5 11:15am: Checked Mattakeeset Court (Town Pier) and found 2 Laughing
Gulls and 2 Double-crested Cormorants. Both First of Year birds for me in
town.



Duxbury Beach: Wed 4/5/17 8:00-11:05am; HiTide 7:06am (10.6ft); 37F;
foggy/hazy;Wind N-8; Ocean: mod surf; Bay: choppy with occas. caps. Birded
entirely from car except from Gurnet east-facing lookout point.



Highlights: Short-eared Owl, Gannets, Horned Grebes in alternate plumage
with one still in basic, 6 Piping Plovers (all from car); also a striking
flock of 7 male cardinals at a puddle out on Saquish - don't usually see
them in flocks. Also, surprised not to get any egrets as they have arrived
on west side of Duxbury Bay - and somehow missed House Sparrow!

Full eBird list of 39 species with documentation pix and species comments
including re SEOW at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35717546



Note: SEOWs occasionally set up shop at the Daniel Webster Wildlife
Sanctuary in Marshfield (not very far as the owl flies!). Birders heading to
DWWS for Timberdoodles/Woodcock may want to also be alert out by the Fox
Hill Overlook in case this beauty has decided to settle in and is hunting at
dusk.



Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA

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

Duxbury Beach info at http://www.duxburybeach.com/visit.htm










 

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Date: 4/5/17 12:56 pm
From: Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bournedale King Eider still here
Just stopped at the Canal Herring River location. Close to shore swimming
among about 100 Common Eider. Great look!
Madeleine Linck
Rehoboth, Mass

 

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Date: 4/5/17 12:55 pm
From: steven.j.babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winter Wren at Plum Island
Winter Wren seen roadside at Goodno. Came out from under the boardwalk and was seen 3 times.
Steve


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 4/5/17 12:20 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 04-05-17

David Moon and I led Wednesday Morning Birding from Joppa Flats

Education Center on to Plum Island for a fun morning of birding. There
wasn't any rain, but the weather was damp and raw under overcast
conditions, temps in the upper 30s, and winds light to 5 mph out of the
north to northeast. We started at the north end of the island and
worked our way down to Sandy Point.

Our list for the morning:

Brant (~ 20) - 10, Sandy Point; ~10, Emerson Rocks (w/ beach now closed,
seen from Bar Head).
Canada Goose - common.
Gadwall (3) - pr, small pannes; 1, Stage Island Pool.
American Black Duck - common.
Mallard - many.
Green-winged Teal (2) - pr, Bill Forward Pool.
Ring-necked Duck (2) - pr, BFP.
Common Eider (~ 35) - ~ 15, n. end; ~ 20, Emerson Rocks.
White-winged Scoter (6) - 3, n. end; 1, one ocean; 2, Bar Head ocean.
Black Scoter (6) - one ocean.
Long-tailed Duck (9) - 2, n. end; 6, one ocean; 1, Bar Head ocean.
Bufflehead (4) - BFP.
Common Goldeneye (3) - n. end.
Red-breasted Merganser (~ 19) - ~ 7, n. end; ~ 12, pannes.
Wild Turkey (8) - BFP.
Common Loon (9) - 5, n. end; 4, Bar Head ocean.
Double-crested Cormorant (~ 6) - various.
Great Egret (5) - 1, BFP; 1, marsh e. PI River, n. PI Tpk; 3, marsh w.
PI River, s. PI Tpk (seen from PI).
Osprey (3) - 1, circling high over marsh n. main panne; 2, on Pines
nesting platform.
Piping Plover (22!) - 14, Sandy Point; 8, lot 7 beach, seen from Bar
Head (I think we hit the migration!).
Killdeer (4) - [2, PI Airfield]; 2, main panne.
Sanderling (1) - Sandy Point, feeding with plovers.
Purple Sandpiper (~ 15) - Emerson Rocks.
Ring-billed Gull (~ 40) - "kettling" above marsh, w. main panne.
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull (7) - various.
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove - many, n. end.
Downy Woodpecker (1) - s. S-curves.
Eastern Phoebe (1) - s. end pannes.
American Crow (~ 5)
American Robin (1)
Northern Mockingbird (2)
European Starling
Song Sparrow (~ 5) - various.
Red-winged Blackbird (~ 8) - various.
Common Grackle (~ 25) - n. end.

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: 4/5/17 10:20 am
From: Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Costa Rica birding, images
After 6 weeks in Latin America, I visited my native Peru and Costa Rica, I was able to complete processing my bird images from Costa Rica. What an incredible place to visit! While there I birded and photographed the Poas and El Arenal volcano areas, finding the latter more conducive to bird photography as I stayed in the small and secluded village of El Castillo, just a few steps away from the Arenal lake.
Here is a link to my images from that trip:
http://www.delsolar.org/webs/birds/costarica17/content/_32A3807_large.html

Eduardo del Solar
Boston, Ma
<delsolar...>

my website
http://delsolar.org/
 

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Date: 4/5/17 9:32 am
From: Paul Hackett <ph480...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crow survey
Thank you to Barbara for posting my request. She had to do this for me as I was unable to post directly.

If you have any questions about the survey please contact me: <ph480...>

Thank you,

Paul

Professor Paul M. W. Hackett

Visiting Researcher, 
Department of Psychology, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, Cambridge, UK

Visiting Professor.
School of Natural and Social Sciences, UNIVERSITY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE, Cheltenham, UK

Professor of Ethnography,
School of Communication, EMERSON COLLEGE, Boston, USA

Please consider biodiversity and the environment before deciding whether to print this message and any attachments.

 

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Date: 4/5/17 8:45 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Corvid Survey
Thanks to Paul Hackett for this post. Hope that you all will be able to
help out!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough,MA
<barb620...>

*


Dear Massbirders,

After speaking with Barbara Volkle I have been given permission to email
you all to ask for your co-operation in a research project I am
conducting into American crows.

The study is in 2 parts the first of which involves recording sightings
of Americam crows (corvus brachyrhynchos) in *Essex county*. As well as
recording sightings I am interested in hearing about your observations
of what these birds do, their individual and social behaviours.

Please go to this link and record all sightings you have of American
crows in the county:
https://www.hackettspace.com/crow-behavior-in-essex-massachusett

The second part of the research is to gather any stories, myths,
legends, or just casual encounters you have or know about with American
crows. Here is the link for this study:
https://www.hackettspace.com/crow-stories-in-essex-massachusetts

I am a life long birder and a Massachusetts birder with an interest in
bird behavior and also in how we interact with birds. As well as working
at Emerson College, here in Boston, I work at Cambridge university (UK)
in the corvid research centre. I thank you all in advance for your help
in this project.

Best wishes,

Paul

Professor Paul M. W. Hackett,
*Professor of Ethnography,*
School of Communication, EMERSON COLLEGE, Boston, USA
*Visiting Researcher, *
Department of Psychology, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, Cambridge, UK
*Visiting Professor.*
School of Natural and Social Sciences, UNIVERSITY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE,
Cheltenham, UK

 

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Date: 4/5/17 6:34 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatch / Newbury
singing from the pine trees this morning, now snatching breakfast from the nut/fruit feeder



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

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

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

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Date: 4/5/17 6:19 am
From: David Swain <davidswain79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Cherrie Corey has shared an eBird checklist with you from Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit on Apr 3, 2017 - 6:50 PM
Cherrie,

Excellent. Over the weekend Tim and I heard our first from the platform. We
were checking dates and last year we had a mid-March bird in the same area.

David

On Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 8:44 AM, Cherrie Corey via eBird <
<ebird-share...> wrote:

> To accept this checklist into your eBird account, click on the link below:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/shared?subID=UzM1NzEwMDc5&s=t
>
> You will then be able to view, edit, or delete it. Learn more about
> eBird's checklist sharing process at
>
> http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1010555-understanding-the-
> ebird-checklist-sharing-process
>
> ---------
>
> Copying you all mostly for the VIRA.
>

 

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Date: 4/4/17 6:53 pm
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows & Yellowlegs
Currently 3 Fox Sparrows hanging out in my yard , and I had 3 Greater Yellowlegs just off lot 3 in the PRNWR.

I have also noticed quite a few male Harriers passing by Plum the past few days.

-Sean Riley
<Newburyowls...>
Plum Island

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 4/4/17 6:50 pm
From: Walt Webb <wwebb24...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Woodcock Walk, Medfield, Mon., Apr. 3
Yesterday after sunset we decided to try the fields along Medfield's
Hospital Road for American Woodcocks. We homed in on the nearest calling
males. Two birds flew right by us, one of them disappearing over the
horizon. Although apparently it was too cloudy and dark to discern any
woodcock sky dances, we could hear their wing twitters and vocal chirps. One
male called very close to us on the ground, allowing us to glimpse its
silhouette in the grass before it took off.

Walt Webb
Westwood, MA
<wwebb24...>
 

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Date: 4/4/17 1:48 pm
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gloucester Snowy Egret
At 9:40 this morning in the marsh at the corner of Concord and Atlantic in
West Gloucester.

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 4/4/17 1:02 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Glossy Ibis Rowley
Glossy Ibis continues in previously described area with a handsome (gray ghost) Northern Harrier.

Sue
Sue McGrath
Newburyport
 

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Date: 4/4/17 8:39 am
From: STEVEN SIMPSON <stevensimpson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Sound Signs of spring
I notice that the Juncos' songs (at least in my yard) are becoming more melodious and springy.


Steven A. Simpson

(Arlington/Chestnut Hill)


> On April 3, 2017 at 11:04 PM bank1941 <bank1941...> wrote:
>
> Mbers, Happy to report the spring peepers were sounding out this evening in the conservation area behind my home.
>
> Joe Paluzzi
> Salem
>
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet
>

 

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Date: 4/4/17 8:21 am
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] MassWildlife Update: Peregrines Falcons
In the April monthly update from MassWildlife, an excellent piece on the amazing success on the continuing
comeback of the Peregrine Falcons in Massachusetts.
The Peregrines are a species that has benefited significantly from the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act
and the work of the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP), under the very effective leadership
of Dr. Tom French and his capable fellow staffers.
The NHESP recently changed the status of this species from Endangered to Threatened to reflect the extraordinary progress
that has been made. Link to online update:

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/education-events/masswildlife-news/masswildlife-monthly-april-2017.html#peregrine

Best,
Craig Gibson
Winchester
cbgibson AT comcast.net

 

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Date: 4/4/17 6:25 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Glossy Ibis, Rowley - Snipe, Newbury
Birders,

Dave Adrien texted me at 9:04 with his report of a lone Glossy Ibis on Route 1A in Rowley.
Bird is in field behind the firewood mountain opposite & to the south of Pikul's (now Tendercrop).

Snipe seen from observation platform on Scotland Road, Newbury.

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport
 

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Date: 4/4/17 5:32 am
From: Henrietta Yelle <hyelle...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snipe and other treats at Hobbs Brook Reservation Pond -- Apr 3, 2017
I went looking for Gadwall that had been reported and instead saw my very first Snipe!

Hobbs Brook Reservation Pond
Apr 3, 2017
13:15
Stationary
20 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44

2 Canada Goose
2 American Black Duck
12 Mallard
2 Green-winged Teal (American)
3 Killdeer
1 Wilson's Snipe -- Feeding along the shore. Very close to some mallards
1 Blue Jay
1 American Robin
1 Northern Cardinal
1 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 10

Henrietta Yelle
Lexington MA

Sent from my iPhone -- please excuse typos and brevity.
 

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Date: 4/3/17 9:01 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (03 Apr 2017) 12 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 03, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 4 24 46
Osprey 0 1 3
Bald Eagle 0 1 2
Northern Harrier 6 16 25
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 2
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 5
Rough-legged Hawk 1 2 2
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 7 8
Merlin 0 2 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 12 57 99
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 3.5 hours

Official Counter: Mark Schoene

Observers: Lisa Manzi, Ted Mara

Weather:
Sunny, 10% cloud cover, with NNW winds 2-6 mph to 11 a.m., when winds
shifted ESE at 5-12 mph.

Raptor Observations:
Two adult male, 4 adult female harriers seen. Local birds included 4 Turkey
Vultures, 2 Ospreys, 2 female Northern Harriers, and 1 Rough-legged Hawk.
Migration stopped abruptly when wind shifted E/ESE at 11 a.m.

Non-raptor Observations:
Tree Swallows and large flocks of Canada Geese migrating. Eastern Towhee
heard, and DC Cormorants and Great Egret seen.

Predictions:
Remainder of week looks to have adverse winds with heavy rain most of
Tuesday. Wednesday a little less rain. Friday more rain.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/




 

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Date: 4/3/17 8:53 pm
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Sound Signs of spring
Must be a Salem thing- they were serenading in the wetland next door too!

Linda

On 4/3/2017 11:04 PM, bank1941 wrote:
> Mbers, Happy to report the spring peepers were sounding out this
> evening in the conservation area behind my home.
>
> Joe Paluzzi
> Salem
>
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet

--
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: 4/3/17 8:10 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sound Signs of spring
Mbers, Happy to report the spring peepers were sounding out this evening in the conservation area behind my home. 
Joe Paluzzi Salem


Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet
 

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Date: 4/3/17 5:30 pm
From: Alan Strauss <ansch100...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] marine report april 3, 2017
7 AM Herring Cove. NO WHALES~@A FEW COMMON BIRDS.

RACE POINT LOT: Nothing 8 AM

Race Point Visitor Center 2nd floor (8:45) 3 Humpbacked Whales; 2 Fin Whales; 1 Right Whale; 2 imm. white-winged gulls; 1 adult white-winged gull.

Highland Cape Cod Light: NO WHALES

Sandy Neck (11:45 AM): 2 to 4 Right Whales about one mile out. One Dovekie (BREEDING PLUMAGE) fly by right in scope!

*Note: Right Whales were spouting and active at the surface; also saw tails when diving. Identified based on V-shaped double spout; head and back slowly moving along surface; Tail entering water at slight angle not thrown up high like Humpbacked.

Alan Strauss, Providence

If anyone sees Right Whales close to shore (I mean within video or picture distance) please call me 401-714-7626. If I go to your spot and photograph the whales you reported then you get a ~@~\reward~@~]. Could be Sandy Neck area, Plymouth, Manomet, any coastal local site.

thanks for helping,
Alan
 

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Date: 4/3/17 5:29 pm
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bohemian Waxwing - Northampton.
Hello,

There is a flock of about 30 Cedar Waxwings around 80 Barrett St, Northampton and there is at least 1 Bohemian Waxwing in the flock.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>
 

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Date: 4/3/17 5:29 pm
From: William Loughlin <wkloughlin111...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Egret, Peregrine
Yesterday (Sunday, 4/2) at about 7 AM, one Peregrine falcon at the Verizon
tower in downtown Brockton. Today, a great egret in the small marsh along
the side of King Caesar Road on the way to Powder Point Bridge in Duxbury.
Also one very noisy red shouldered hawk displaying above my home in West
Bridgewater.

Bill Loughlin
West Bridgewater
Wkloughlin111 at gmail .com

 

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Date: 4/3/17 5:29 pm
From: Josh Gahagan <jmgahagan15...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 4/3 Pine Warbler, Ayer
Heard my first one of the year singing early this morning from a stand of
pitch pines. Also several recently arrived phoebes in the area. Spring has
finally arrived!

Josh Gahagan
Worcester, MA
<Jmgahagan15...>

 

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Date: 4/3/17 3:39 pm
From: Garry Kessler <gkessler001...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Amusing Purple Sandpiper, photo
Spent some time in Rockport with some purple sandpipers yesterday.
These surf edge feeders are always fun whether active or resting.
Captured an image of one with the surf that I found just too amusing
not to share.
http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p756187298/h86f08159#h86f08159

A more traditional look is here
http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p756187298/h86f08159#h86f1eb4d

A couple days earlier got a decent look at some long-tailed ducks up
in Rye when high tide briefly brought them in.
http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p756187298/h86f08159#h86cf8bca

Garry Kessler
Westborough, MA

 

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Date: 4/3/17 2:47 pm
From: Deborah Radovsky <dp32...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker seen on trail edge of Billing's Loop, Moose Hill, Sharon, yesterday evening.

Deb Radovsky
Sharon

 

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Date: 4/3/17 10:34 am
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Limited Mobility Trip 4/2/17 Plum Island and Vicinity..


Greetings:



We postponed the Saturday trip to Sunday because of the weather and Sunday
was a Beautifiul Day.

Highlights of the trip were our first GREAT EGRETS of the year near the
entrance, an AMERICAN BITTERN flying low past the Bill Forward Pool Blind,
Two OSPREYS on their platform at the Old Pines, and six PIPING PLOVERS seen
from the Emerson Rocks Platform along with 50 PURPLE SANDPIPERS. 40 species
total. See total list at:



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35669106


 

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Date: 4/3/17 10:09 am
From: <s2ary...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary April 2 trip report


Hi Folks,



I just wanted to put out a quick post regarding what a great walk we had on Sunday. 40 species in total including the Smith’s Longspur. Big Thanks to Marshall and John for patiently and systematically locating the Smith’s. Some of the other highlights were 4 short-eared owls and a light Rough-legged Hawk. For the most part, the Rough-legged and/ or Shorties were visible the entire trip. If you pick through the different eBird lists there are lots of photos.



Our next bird walk is on Sunday, April 9 at 9am. We will not have a walk on Easter Sunday, April 16. We will be resuming the weekly walk schedule on Sunday April, 23 at 9 am. Even though the next few walks are not dedicated to the Smith's Longspur, we will still look for it.



Thanks

Geoff



Soheil will not be able to attend for the next few weeks. Geoff Wilson, will continue to post trip announcements to Massbird and has started an online newsletter in which he announces Bear Creek walks and other issues important to Bear Creek enthusiasts. To subscribe to the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary newsletter, text BEARCREEK to the number 22828. Alternatively, drop an email to <s2ary39...> and ask to be included in the mailings.




Big Thanks to Marshall, Alan and others who filed ebird lists for us, and everyone who shared their great comments and fantastic photos in their eBird posts:




Bear Creek Sanctuary (restricted access), Essex, Massachusetts, US
Apr 2, 2017 9:08 AM - 12:44 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Geoff Wilson led the 9:00 Sunday Morning walk, with 26 participants. Weather was mostly clear (scattered clouds) and mild (50-60 F), with light westerly winds. We walked directly to the Four Corners area where the Smith's Longspur was sneaky initially before finally being flushed by John Young and Marshall Iliff and relocating to the upper plateau. From there, we chased the bird for several flushes, eventually getting decent if not prolonged looks for all. We then walked a circuit around the eastern edge of the sanctuary, enjoying Short-eared Owls, a Rough-legged Hawk, and some other species before returning to the admin building.
40 species

Canada Goose 95 a few flocks
American Black Duck 3 flushed from pond on landfill top
Mallard 6 flushed from landfill area
Bufflehead 14 in creeks off east and south side of sanctuary
Common Goldeneye 1 female off east side of sanctuary
Red-breasted Merganser 12 in creeks off east and south side of sanctuary
Common Loon 2 in creeks off east side of sanctuary
Turkey Vulture 1 flying to W
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 1 one imm soaring to W; second bird seen by Sebastian Jones and Alan Trautmann
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Rough-legged Hawk 1 *rare, but regular here; light morph; hunted full circuits around sanctuary several times, unfortunately never crossing into Suffolk County; photos
Killdeer 28 careful count of flock on top
Wilson's Snipe 5 flushed from wet swale just when we started the walk
Ring-billed Gull 3
Herring Gull 130
Great Black-backed Gull 5
Rock Pigeon 5
Mourning Dove 10
Short-eared Owl 4 flushed from field; photos
Downy Woodpecker 1 near feeder area
American Kestrel 1 female
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 8
Horned Lark 85 a few large flocks, the largest of which was 65 at the southwest corner; none behaving like breeders
Black-capped Chickadee 2
American Robin 120
European Starling 25
Smith's Longspur 1 ***mega; continuing third/fourth state record (probably returning bird from last year); flushed about 6x and always gave dry, abrupt rattle when flushed, with notes spaced almost slowly enough to count (Lapland's rattle is faster); no other vocalizations heard; in slight always flashed substantail white in tail and showed prominent white median/lesser coverts, whcih show in many photos; on the ground appeared overall buffy with bold black frame to facial pattern, showed no whitish on underparts and no rusty wing panel, and no hint of blackish below which would be expected on Lapland at this season; in addition to call and plumage, the behavior of always flushing from close range in dense grass was typical for Smith's. Diagnostic photos by several and audio recording by M. J. Iliff
Snow Bunting 1 *late; calling flyover heard only giving rattle call, which was a rattle with each note more rounded and less abrupt than Smith's (or Lapland) Longspur
American Tree Sparrow 5 at feeder
Dark-eyed Junco 1 along entrance road
Savannah Sparrow 1 heard in wet ravine where Smith's was initially flushed; subspecies uncertain
Song Sparrow 9
Northern Cardinal 1 at feeder
Red-winged Blackbird 55
Common Grackle 20
Brown-headed Cowbird 17 one flock of 15
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 7 most at entrance gate

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35649342




http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L686184/activity




If you want to join the walk on Sunday, April 9 at 9 a.m. here are the details:

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

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

Wheelabrator company has graciously stocked up on some extra pairs of binoculars, so if you or someone you know wants to learn about birds and birding, come on down.


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

http://tinyurl.com/326v87d


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




Geoff Wilson

Berwick ME

<S2ary39...>

207-252-4841



 

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Date: 4/3/17 7:46 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Upper Cape report
Thanks to Strickland Wheelock for the following report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

________________________________________
From: Strickland Wheelock [mailto:<skwheelock...>]
Sent: Monday, April 03, 2017 7:19 AM
To: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore
Subject: Upper Cape report


A trip [4/2] from Drumlin Farm WS to the Upper Cape was adjusted to take
advantage of all the unusual birds being reported in that direction - what
an exciting day from start to finish [plus beautiful weather finally]
We started in Bridgewater at Washington St/Central St scanning this large
field for Sandhill Cranes - none seen - just Killdeers, Fish Crows & many
Canada Geese. Fortunately before we leave, the 2 Cranes fly in & drop in
front of us - a great start to the day.
Next stop was Burrage Pond WMA were we enjoyed a pair of Ospreys building a
nest, another pair of Harriers hunting the area, several species of ducks
like Pintails, Ring-necked Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Gadwalls, several Gt
Blue Herons, Tree Swallows, Tree Sparrows - but had another pair of Sandhill
Cranes calling from the grasses - a sound rarely heard in NE.
Another quick trip to Great Herring Pond where we enjoyed viewing Lesser &
Greater Scaup in perfect light to enjoy seeing the iridescent head colors as
we searched for the female Tufted Duck which we found. Along with these
ducks, we had American & Hooded Mergansers, Buffleheads, Ring-necked Ducks.
For me, I loved the stunning adult Great Cormorants also there in perfect
light - how beautiful black & white can be, esp. sitting next to young D-C
Cormorants.
Next stop was the male King Eider on the Canal - up close & beyond stunning
- blew everyone away
Scusset Beach was next - had some close looks at Back & Surf Scoters plus a
few Brants - no shorebirds or alcids this day - few days ago had
Sanderlings, Dunlins & several Razorbills
After lunch, we went down to Cranes WMA to end the day - we enjoyed two
pairs of Kestrels but other than that, the place was initially dead - UNTIL,
our team found an unexpected Northern Shrike hunting close to the parking
area in the brushy valley area - bird flew towards us & teed up for
excellent looks - Also on the opposite side of the parking lot, we enjoyed 3
Bluebirds singing & displaying to complete our day - a day that was full of
exciting birds from start to finish.

Strickland Wheelock
Uxbridge MA

For anyone that is interested in joining us on our trip to Alaska, please
check out this note - unforgettable experience...

We've still got a few spaces left on our Alaska Birding Adventure on June
1-14 toAnchorage, the Kenai Peninsula, Nome and the Pribilof Islands.This
promises to be a trip of a lifetime withspectacular glaciers, fjords,
mountains, boreal forest and tundra.Shorebirds, waterfowl, alcids and
songbirds will be in stunning breeding plumage, actively singing and
displaying to attract a mate. We'll seebirds and mammals found almost
nowhere else in the United States - Bluethroat, Bristle-thighed Curlew,
Red-legged Kittiwake, Parakeet & Crested Auklets, Steller's Eiders, Arctic
Warblers, Yellow Wagtail, Gyrfalcon, Aleutian Tern, Grizzly Bear, Musk Ox,
Reindeer, Dall Sheep, Northern Fur Seal, and many more - check our expected
species list we hope to see





Registration for this trip closes on April 6.

For more information or to sign up, contact Jennifer Riley
at<jriley...>781-259-2206.




 

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Date: 4/3/17 7:23 am
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Foxes in Newton
Hi Folks,

Right now, two red Fox Sparrows under my feeders in Newton.

Pete Gilmore
Newton MA
<mauroce.gilmore...>
 

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Date: 4/3/17 6:53 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (02 Apr 2017) 45 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 02, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 20 20 28
Osprey 1 1 1
Bald Eagle 1 1 1
Northern Harrier 10 10 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 2 2 2
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 1 1 1
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 6 6 7
Merlin 2 2 4
Peregrine Falcon 2 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 45 45 62
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Mark Schoene, Ted Mara

Observers: Brian Rusnica, Judd Nathan, Kathryn Chihowski, Paul Roberts,
Ted Mara

Visitors:
Helping with the count were Tom Wetmore, Tom Graham, Kathryn Chihowski,
Robert Secatore, and Chris Carroll. Had many other visitors, including Marj
Watson.


Weather:
The weather was nicer than expected. Winds were weak NNW/NW at 5-8 mph, but
gusts increased and were fairly persistent at 10-15 mph second half of
morning and early afternoon. Started heavily overcast and turned primarily
sunny and warmer for most of day. Wonderful spring hawk watching day.

Raptor Observations:
Migrants trickled through, but local raptors were very active and
interactive, so we almost always had raptors in sight. We had great
spotters and often great views. Locals included up to 20 Turkey Vultures, 3
Ospreys,4 Bald Eagles ( 2 ad, 1 juv, 1 immature), 4-8 Red-tailed Hawks, 1
Rough-legged Hawk, and 1 hunting Peregrine. MIgrants included an immature
Bald Eagle (Basic I/II), several adult male and female Northern Harriers,
two immature Cooper's Hawks, 2 immature Peregrine Falcons, and 2 adult male
Merlins. A great day to watch hawks!

Non-raptor Observations:
We had lots of bird activity, though relatively few migrant passerines.
Highlights included great views of 6 migrating SNow Geese, 2 Common Ravens,
2 Great Egrets, a drake Black Scoter barreling past the platform heading
inland, 3 Red-breasted Merganser drakes, and a turkey. Small numbers of
grackles and crows moving through, and goldfinches, with mockingbirds,
cardinals, Blue Jays and Black-capped Chickadees active around the
platform.

Predictions:
The high is expected to move over and past eastern New England MOnday, with
weakening winds turning onshore in the afternoon. Could have continuation
of thin stream, tapering off. Remainder of week looks to be rainy or with
adverse winds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/




 

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Date: 4/3/17 6:17 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] FOY Eastern Phoebe, Brown-headed Cowbird / Newbury
Phoebe singing (yea!), Cowbird under feeders (grrrr)



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

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

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Date: 4/3/17 5:49 am
From: Gary Freedman <gmf7162...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 3 Bald Eagles
Just had 3 mature Bald Eagles flying south and high in staggered formation
over the Captain Sargent Conservation land by Tuttle Lane in Stow. They
were not soaring, but flying deliberately and in a straight line. I've been
seeing a lone mature Bald Eagle fly by from time to time. First time I have
seen three together.

Gary Freedman
Stow, MA



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Date: 4/3/17 3:30 am
From: Brad Dinerman <bdinerman...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider Gloucester -YES
At the fish pier as of 6:20 AM.

-Brad


(Sent from my mobile office, a.k.a the iPhone)

__________________________________
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Fieldbrook Solutions LLC
12 Kings Row, Ashland, MA 01721<x-apple-data-detectors://0/1>
voice: (508) 231-0931<tel:(508)%20231-0931>
 

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Date: 4/3/17 2:19 am
From: Mary <lemmel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Smith's Longspur Yes
Hello,

26 folks were present for the Sunday walk at Bear Creek, led by Geoff Wilson highlights were the Smith's Longspur, 2 Wilson's Snipe, Short-eared Owls, Osprey & Rough-legged Hawk


Mary Ellen
West Roxbury

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 4/2/17 9:43 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Heartbreak Pond, Hamlin Res., farm fields, Ipswich, Apr 2, 2017
> Heartbreak Road marshes, Ipswich
> Apr 2, 2017 2:30 PM - 2:32 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: I stopped at Heartbreak Pond to check the waterfowl.
> 4 species
>
> Mute Swan 2
> Gadwall 7
> Hooded Merganser 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 6
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35659643


Hamlin Reservation, Ipswich
Apr 2, 2017 2:35 PM - 3:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Then I went here to look for egrets, ibises, d-c cormorants,
and tree swallows, among other species. They were not here.
15 species (+1 other taxon); partial list:

Gadwall 1
American Black Duck 115
Northern Pintail 2
Green-winged Teal (American) 8
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
American Crow 5

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35659721


Argilla-Northgate-Essex Rd. Fields Complex, Ipswich
Apr 2, 2017 3:55 PM - 4:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: I finished here to look for meadowlarks, snipe, yellowlegs,
odd geese, etc. Found only one of them.
9 species (+1 other taxon); partial list:

Canada Goose 400
Green-winged Teal (American) 12
Killdeer 26
American Crow 45
American Robin 23
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Eastern Meadowlark 1 In snipe-free wet field along Northgate Rd. with
robins; silent.

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35659797

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

 

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Date: 4/2/17 7:13 pm
From: Marsha Salett <msalett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] April Bird Observer now online
Massbirders,

Bird Observer announces that its April 2017 issue is now online at www.birdobserver.org.

Where to Go Birding highlights "Essex County, Vemont, Part 2" by Thomas Berriman. Articles feature "The Famous Herring Gull of Brenton Reef" by John J. Galluzzo, "Sixth Report of the Maine Bird Records Committee" by Louis R. Bevier, and "From Sanctuary to Sanctuary: Portraying the Diversity of Mass Audubon" by Barry Van Dusen.

Field notes describe "Interspecific Aggression by a Common Loon in Winter" by Jeffrey Boone Miller and "Townsend's Solitaire" by Jonathan Eckerson. As usual, we include regular columns by David Larson, Martha Steele, and Mark Lynch's book review, as well as Bird Sightings for November/December 2016 and Wayne Petersen's "At a Glance."

The cover art features John Sill's Rough-winged Swallow.

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: 4/2/17 5:40 pm
From: caroline haines <chaines49...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Various birds
The red-headed woodpecker continues at Appleton Farms, along with a pileated, two kestrels, assorted killdeer, and a pair of red tails. And on Island Road in Essex, there were 7 great egrets. At Niles Pond in Gloucester there are now 4 BC night herons surreptitiously catching the warmth of the sun, and at least 75 sanderlings minding the shore at Brace Cove.
Good birding!
Caroline Haines
<Songbirder...>

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

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Date: 4/2/17 11:36 am
From: <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great egret Plum Island 4/2, 2:10
On left side of road in marsh along PI turnpike just before right turn onto road to the refuge.

Leslie Kramer
Barry Burden
Medford
 

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Date: 4/2/17 8:56 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tree Swallows - Amesbury
Seen from Amesbury's Boat Launch by Larry's Marina flying low over the Merrimack River this morning with my group.

Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport
 

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Date: 4/2/17 7:40 am
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Smart or Desperate?
Amazingly, I was at dinner with fellow birders last night and saw a Robin on the crook of a Sheppard pole reaching across to a suet cage on a daring feat of balance and necessity.
Joe PaluzziSalem


Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet
-------- Original message --------From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> Date: 4/2/17 7:05 AM (GMT-05:00) To: MassBird <MassBIrd...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Smart or Desperate?
For the last three days or so I've had a lone American Robin who has developed a skill that his compatriots seem to lack...he can hang on the suet feeder and eat while the rest are off foraging elsewhere!
Anyone else seen this behavior?
Paul GuidettiWestford MA
 

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Date: 4/2/17 4:56 am
From: ANDREA CESELSKI <waxwing77...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] suet eating robin
I too have a suet eating robin visiting my feeder in Yarmouth Port....hangs much like a chickadee and eats steadily for several minutes at a time.


Andrea Ceselski

Yarmouth Port
 

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Date: 4/2/17 4:10 am
From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Smart or Desperate?
For the last three days or so I've had a lone American Robin who has
developed a skill that his compatriots seem to lack...he can hang on the
suet feeder and eat while the rest are off foraging elsewhere!

Anyone else seen this behavior?

Paul Guidetti
Westford MA

 

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Date: 4/1/17 8:23 pm
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] News for Mass Birders who Bird Southern Texas in Winter
(Posted with prior approval of the moderator.)

I know many Massachusetts birders visit frequently southern Texas,
especially in winter. For those who go fairly regularly or are planning on
going in the next year or two, I have several pieces of news to share with
you, news that I have yet to see publicized anywhere.

First, the good news. Pat DeWind has written and the Valley Land Trust has
published her brief memoirs of the internationally famous Salineno birding
site she and her husband Gale established over thirty years ago. For those
who visited Salineno many times over the years, Salineno Birder: Tales of
Salineno is a wonderful, brief reprise of life, including bird life, at one
of the most famous and special birding sites in North America. Pat fondly
recalls visits by tour groups led by Bill Drummond, from Brookline,
Massachusetts. The guide just published in mid-February is available at
Salineno and may be directly available from the Valley Land Trust via the
web. Visitors were encouraged to sign a visitors log kept by state so you
could see what fellow birders from your state had been there that winter
season, or even years previous, a tradition maintained by the DeWinds
successors at the birding site.

The bad news is current and future. While we were in the Rio Grande Valley
the government came in and took down the small grove of trees and all the
brush west of the Anzalduas dam on the American side. One of the best
birding areas in Anzalduas County Park is no more. It was an excellent spot
for warblers, Black Phoebes, and perches for all three kinds of kingfisher.
They were finishing their clear cutting and hurriedly hauling away the brush
as a widely known senator from Texas was visiting the park that afternoon to
see how new technology and weaponry were being employed to prevent illegal
immigration. If you have not been to Anzalduas for several years, be advised
that beginning about two years ago you can no longer bird east of the dike
connected to the dam, which historically was one of our most productive
birding sites in the valley.

Route 106, the General Brandt Highway, leading to Laguna Atascosa National
Wildlife Refuge is one of my favorite roads to bird in North America. For
decades the road has resembled a primary target in an artillery range, full
of all manner and depths of shell- or potholes. There are familiar spots
where locals know to go off the road to go around gaping fissures in the
asphalt, which is safer and smoother than remaining on the road. A great
spot to find Pauraques hunting and resting at night, it is surrounded by
agricultural fields and chaparral, and in wet years ephemeral ponds. Most
important, however, is that it is possible to see any of 16-19 species of
diurnal raptors in one day along that road, including the local specialty
Aplomado Falcon. Some of my best birding days and hours ever have been along
that road, which has very little traffic because of its war-zone appearance
and the relatively low traffic directly to the refuge. In wet years, which
have been rare for the past decade or more, one might also see hundreds if
not thousands of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese, and dozens of Long-billed
Curlews. Route 106 has been magical.

The road has officially been closed to through traffic for the past two
years because it is being repaired or improved and they are building
underpasses for the endangered ocelot. (The main loop road on the refuge
has also been closed to auto traffic for several years to reduce the threat
of road kills for Ocelot, though daily habitat tram tours at least enable
people to see what is one of the most beautiful pieces of land in south
Texas.) The really bad news is that we were informed that the State of
Texas is planning to build a second, northern causeway from South Padre
Island to the mainland, to reduce traffic congestion on Route 100, which is
the only means of access to and egress from South Padre, a major problem
especially in the event of a hurricane. We have been told that new causeway
will dump its traffic onto Buena Vista highway and Rte 106, which will
become a high traffic, high-speed 4-6 lane highway cutting right through
through some of the best birding territory currently accessible on the
refuge.

Best,

Paul


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


 

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Date: 4/1/17 5:26 pm
From: Robert J. Bieda <blbieda...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Crane in Sunderland
Al Richards just called to report a Sandhill Crane in the field behind his house and request that I post same. Al Lives at 77 Main St., Sunderland.



Bob and Lura Bieda
<blbieda...>




 

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Date: 4/1/17 4:42 pm
From: Jonathan Center <jbcenter...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Great Meadows walk CANCELLED
The BBC trip scheduled for tomorrow morning at Great Meadows NWR in Concord
is CANCELLED. The snow may have stop, but I am concerned of slushy snow and
icy trail conditions making walking difficult and dangerous at the refuge.
In addition, the refuge parking lot may not be plowed in time for tomorrow
morning. I don't have any way of knowing for sure and I canceling on the
side of uncertainty and caution. I apologize for any inconvenience this may
cause.



I will be leading a BBC trip to Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary next
weekend on Sunday, April 9 beginning at 8:00am in the main parking lot. In
addition, there will be another BBC Great Meadows walk on Wednesday, April
12 at 7:00am lead by Clayton Swanson meeting in the refuge parking lot off
Monsen Rd. I hope for better spring weather and birding conditions in the
near future.



Jonathan Center

jbcenter@ verizon.net

Chelmsford




 

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Date: 4/1/17 11:00 am
From: Kathleen <kab2769...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Speaking of Phoebes, Rehoboth
One of my yard phoebes returned on March 4th. It has been a regular consumer of the dried mealworms that I put out for the bluebirds, as well as the heated water dish. What is most interesting is that it perches and swoops down to "catch" a mealworm in flight rather than grazing on the ground like the bluebirds.

Here's a pic from earlier in March

https://flic.kr/p/SLcxFA


Kathleen Bartels
Rehoboth MA
<kab2769...>
 

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Date: 4/1/17 8:29 am
From: Jonathan Center <jbcenter...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Woodcock Watch at Oxbow CANCELLED for this Evening
Don MacFarlane has asked me to let people know that his BBC/Friends of Oxbow
NWR "Woodcock Watch, Oxbow NWR, Harvard" scheduled for this evening
(Saturday, April 1) is CANCELLED due to the late, spring snow. There will be
NO rain (um...snow) date for tomorrow.

Fortunately, there is another scheduled BBC/FofONWR Woodcock Watch at Oxbow
NWR in Harvard scheduled for the evening of Saturday, April 8 beginning at
6:45 p.m. Hopefully there will be no snow or rain for that day. There is a
rain date for that trip on Sunday, April 9.

You may call Don at (978) 897-7567 if you have any questions regarding the
walks at Oxbow.

Jonathan Center
<jbcenter...>
Chelmsford




 

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Date: 4/1/17 7:09 am
From: <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] April storm
Massbirders:
          As Lois and I sit and watch this spring storm our thoughts wander to another such April nor'easter.  One that happened 20 years ago and one that was responsible for death of Dick Forster.  Dick Forster was probably the best field naturalist of his time and probably the best birder of my acquaintance (with the possible exception of R.S.Heil). I cannot claim to have been a friend of his but I did know him and did spend a little time with him in the field.  Enough time to appreciate that his skills at identifying birds was extraordinary. I am fairly certain that other, those who were his friends will be thinking of him this morning.
 
Doug Chickering
Gveland
<dovekie...>

 

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Date: 4/1/17 6:34 am
From: <asb1960...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] chipping sparrow eating blueberries (revised copy including my info)
This morning I was surprised to see my little resident chipping sparrow picking at one of the blueberries that I throw out for the mockingbird and cardinals.


Andrea Bean
W. Peabody, MA
<asb1960...>
 

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Date: 4/1/17 6:32 am
From: <asb1960...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Chipping Sparrow eating blueberries
This morning I was surprised to see my little resident chipping sparrow
picking at one of the blueberries that I throw out for the mockingbird
and cardinals.
 

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Date: 3/31/17 6:55 pm
From: Steven van der Veen <srvacons...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Eastern Phoebe
...and another calling stridently this morning in Plymouth. The change in
the weather must be a bit of trouble for them.

On Mar 31, 2017 6:54 AM, "Peter Trull" <petrull...> wrote:

> massbirders, eastern phoebe in Brewster this morning, 3/31. Also,
> woodcock and eastern screech owl and coywolves watching us watch amphibians
> on a vernal pool walk last night.
> Peter Trull
> Brewster, MA
> <petrull...>
>

 

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Date: 3/31/17 2:38 pm
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gloucester King Eider, BC Night-Herons
The drake King Eider, found yesterday by Dave Adrien, was near the Jodrey
Fish Pier in Gloucester at 9:00 this morning.

I couldn't find the Redhead reported by Caroline Haines at Niles Pond in
Gloucester, but I did find 3 Black-crowned Night-Herons at the edge of the
pond.

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 3/31/17 10:40 am
From: wmchilds <wmchilds...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill cranes E.Bridgewater

Couple of Sandhill cranes in the fields  at corner of Central & Washington.
Warren & Abby ChildsSent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
null
 

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Date: 3/31/17 8:22 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] BBC/SSBC woodcock walk cancelled 3/31
Thanks Glenn. I've updated the web site listing to reflect the cancellation.

- Neil

On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 10:13 PM, Glenn d'Entremont <
<gdentremont1...> wrote:

> Based on the forecast for rain and snow I am cancelling my woodcock walk
> scheduled for tomorrow evening.
>
>
> Glenn
>
>
> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
>



--
Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 3/31/17 8:06 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (30 Mar 2017) 15 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 30, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 8 8 8
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 5 6 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 1 1
Merlin 1 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 15 17 17
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:45:00
Observation end time: 12:15:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Ted Mara

Observers: Judd Nathan, Mark Schoene, Paul Roberts

Visitors:
Kathy and Steve Olson of Wachusett Mountain fame


Weather:
A clearing front had arrived the day before. It was sunny, clear and
beautiful, but the winds were not as strong as forecast, running 5-10 mph.
NNW/NW. Shifted to sea breeze around 12 noon.

Raptor Observations:
Several birds were low and close, including the Merlin, and a large adult
female harrier. Most, including most vultures, were out of the western
edgeof the marsh or on the ridge line. Saw two adult Bald Eagles soaring to
the SW, 2 local Redtails, and a Peregrine Falcon flushing ducks and moving
south in the hunt. One migrant was adult male Northern Harrier kissing the
marsh grass as he flew up the maresh. Merlin was adult male.

Non-raptor Observations:
Has 2 Duuble-crested Cormorants moving, along with 12 Common Mergansers and
2 BLue Jays.

Predictions:
WInds were expected to go downhill around noon and shift to NE/E as a
nor'easter prepares to hit the region on Friday and Saturday.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/




 

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Date: 3/31/17 7:17 am
From: Adam Leiterman <aleiterman...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bird photography workshop - last call
Hello all,
Here is a wonderful opportunity for birders wanting to improve photography skills:

Nature Photography Series
Sponsored by Boston Nature Center
Location:
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan
Instructor:
Eduardo del Solar - Photographer
Audience:
Adult
Members:
$195.00
Nonmembers:
$245.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Class dates and times:
Sat, Apr 08, 2017 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Sat, Apr 15, 2017 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Sat, Apr 22, 2017 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Sat, Apr 29, 2017 7:30 am - 11:30 am

Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
Get ready to take your outdoor photography skills to the next level! Join avian photographer Eduardo del Solar in this hands-on photography workshop series designed to improve your technical and artistic bird photography skills.
The workshop will have the following components each week:
1. Two-hour classroom session focusing on the skills required for photographing birds in several modes (flight, portrait, environmental, and artistic).
2. Two-hour shoot, with the instructor selecting the site and type of images we will shoot.
3. Homework assignments. Each participant will provide the instructor with their best images for the week.
4. Critique of student's three best images, with a focus on improving each participant's skill set.
No specific camera equipment is required-we will work with what you have.
All levels of skill are accepted. Eduardo will individualize instruction based on the skill set of each participant.

Registration is required.

Register online or call 617-983-8500 to register by phone.

For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.

For more information, contact:
Boston Nature Center
500 Walk Hill Street
Mattapan, MA 02126
<bnc...><mailto:<bnc...>

Thanks,
Adam


Adam Leiterman
Teacher Naturalist

Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center
500 Walk Hill St.
Mattapan, MA 02126
617-983-8500 x6908




 

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Date: 3/31/17 7:17 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (29 Mar 2017) 2 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 29, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 1 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 1 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 2 2 2
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter: Paul M. Roberts

Observers: Julie Roberts

Weather:
Starting it was 42 F, 100% OC, drizzling. Winds had just shifted from NNE
to NW at 4 mph, gusting to 12. Wind gusts picked up to N 20 -26 mph out of
the north. around 2 p.m.

Raptor Observations:
1 adult male Merlin who blasted right at us and swooped up and over, and 1
adult male Northern Harrier who moved up the inside march. No hint of any
birds in pipeline just waiting for end of rain and a wind shift. Also,
drive down the island revealed no raptors at an extremely high tide (10+)
except for trhe Merlin who eventually was seen migrating off the island.

Non-raptor Observations:
First Great Egret of season and a Fish Crow cawing from thed watch platform
Only Crows were moving in small flocks.

Predictions:
Nothing evident in pipeline today. Winds supposed to be more favorable
tomorrow morning NW 10-20, and then turn weak.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/




 

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Date: 3/31/17 6:36 am
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Saturday, April 1 BBC Newburyport trip Cancelled
This is another cancellation due to the snow prediction. Let me know if
you want to go out on Sunday.



Ida Giriunas

Reading, MA

<Ida8...>


 

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Date: 3/31/17 6:19 am
From: Brad Dinerman <bdinerman...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] MEETING POSTPONED: Birders' Networking/Meetup and Raptor Showcase
Hi everyone,

Due to the predicted snowfall, we regrettably need to postpone this event. The meeting's new date is April 29th. Same place and time. We hope that you will still be able to join us there. As before, details of the meeting are at http://www.birdersnetwork.com/events.

When is it?
Saturday, April 29, 5:15-9:00 PM (NEW DATE!)

Where is it?
Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum, 1904 Canton Ave, Milton, MA.

What's included?
Pizza and light refreshments.

What's on the agenda?

5:15-6:00 - Dinner and networking.

6:00-7:15 - "Owls From Snowy to Saw-Whet," presented by Norman Smith, founder of the Snowy Owl Project and director of the Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum.

7:30-8:30 - Attendee Showcase: Selected attendees will show and discuss some of their favorite bird photographs. Show off a little bit in person, not just on social media!

8:30-9:00 - Meet live raptors, which may include a screech owl, barn owl, barred owl and broad-winged hawk. Yes, cameras are welcome!

How much does it cost?
The event is $20 per person, payable at the door. This event is a fundraiser for Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum, whose funds were severely slashed by the state. ALL proceeds from this event will be donated to the museum. Your donations are tax deductible.

Do I need to reserve my seat?
Seats are limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged so we know how people many to anticipate. Complete the reservation form at http://www.birdersnetwork.com/events.

I want to show and discuss my photos. What do I need to do?
This is always a highlight at similar meetings. We anticipate allowing six attendees to showcase and discuss their photos to the group. We will provide a laptop and projector for this purpose. Indicate your interest in the registration form below.


Yours,
Brad Dinerman

 

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Date: 3/31/17 3:56 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eastern Phoebe
massbirders, eastern phoebe in Brewster this morning, 3/31. Also, woodcock and eastern screech owl and coywolves watching us watch amphibians on a vernal pool walk last night.
Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 3/30/17 9:33 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Canvasback Great Pond and 5 Black-crowned Night-Heron, Bald Eagle Milton
I birded the Milton Landing area at 3:35-4:00. I then went to Great Pond in Randolph and Braintree from 4:40-5:55. After that, I walked over to Sunset Lake in Braintree.

MILTON LANDING AREA:

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON 5 roosting (off to much better start than last year)
BALD EAGLE 1 adult flying around upon arrival, and then in "the" tree
Tree Swallow 2
P.S. As is was near high tide, no ducks were here. It is only good for ducks mid-low tide

GREAT POND BRAINTREE/RANDOLPH:

CANVASBACK 1 adult male with the scaup
scaup sp. 21 near Braintree Water Dept. building, near King Hill Rd.
Ring-necked Duck 23 narrow arm near Norroway Rd.
Common Merganser 30
Hooded Merganser 2
Bufflehead 12
Common Goldeneye 15
American Woodcock 1 flushed
Fish Crow 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Carolina Wren 1 singing near Norroway Rd., Randolph entrance

SUNSET LAKE BRAINTREE:
Lesser Scaup 4
OSPREY 1

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 3/30/17 7:21 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC/SSBC woodcock walk cancelled 3/31
Based on the forecast for rain and snow I am cancelling my woodcock walk scheduled for tomorrow evening.


Glenn


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

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Date: 3/30/17 7:02 pm
From: Priscilla Thut <pthut...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: massbird-digest V16 #547
Hello,

I was wondering why I receive up to 35 or 40 copies of the daily report. This happens about every ten days. Thanks for your help.

Priscilla Thut
<pthut...>

Sent from my iPad

> On Mar 30, 2017, at 9:10 PM, massbird-digest <owner-massbird-digest...> wrote:
>
>
> massbird-digest Thursday, March 30 2017 Volume 16 : Number 547
>
>
>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:26:13 -0500 (CDT)
> From: <asb1960...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider at Jodrey Fish Pier originally found by Dave Adrien, later reported by Sue McGrath. (thank you)
>
>
>
>
> - - Jodrey State Fish Pier, Essex, Massachusetts, US
> Mar 30, 2017 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 8 species
>
> King Eider 1 Originally found by Dave Adrien and reported by Sue McGrath later in the morning. Sitting on the sailboat raft preening.
> Common Eider 16
> Surf Scoter 1
> Long-tailed Duck 4
> Bufflehead 2
> Common Goldeneye 2
> Common Merganser 3
> Common Loon 1
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35543997
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
>
> Andrea Bean
> W. Peabody, MA
> <asb1960...>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:26:13 -0500 (CDT)
> From: <asb1960...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider at Jodrey Fish Pier originally found by Dave Adrien, later reported by Sue McGrath. (thank you)
>
>
>
>
> - - Jodrey State Fish Pier, Essex, Massachusetts, US
> Mar 30, 2017 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 8 species
>
> King Eider 1 Originally found by Dave Adrien and reported by Sue McGrath later in the morning. Sitting on the sailboat raft preening.
> Common Eider 16
> Surf Scoter 1
> Long-tailed Duck 4
> Bufflehead 2
> Common Goldeneye 2
> Common Merganser 3
> Common Loon 1
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35543997
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
>
> Andrea Bean
> W. Peabody, MA
> <asb1960...>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:26:13 -0500 (CDT)
> From: <asb1960...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider at Jodrey Fish Pier originally found by Dave Adrien, later reported by Sue McGrath. (thank you)
>
>
>
>
> - - Jodrey State Fish Pier, Essex, Massachusetts, US
> Mar 30, 2017 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 8 species
>
> King Eider 1 Originally found by Dave Adrien and reported by Sue McGrath later in the morning. Sitting on the sailboat raft preening.
> Common Eider 16
> Surf Scoter 1
> Long-tailed Duck 4
> Bufflehead 2
> Common Goldeneye 2
> Common Merganser 3
> Common Loon 1
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35543997
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
>
> Andrea Bean
> W. Peabody, MA
> <asb1960...>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:26:13 -0500 (CDT)
> From: <asb1960...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider at Jodrey Fish Pier originally found by Dave Adrien, later reported by Sue McGrath. (thank you)
>
>
>
>
> - - Jodrey State Fish Pier, Essex, Massachusetts, US
> Mar 30, 2017 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 8 species
>
> King Eider 1 Originally found by Dave Adrien and reported by Sue McGrath later in the morning. Sitting on the sailboat raft preening.
> Common Eider 16
> Surf Scoter 1
> Long-tailed Duck 4
> Bufflehead 2
> Common Goldeneye 2
> Common Merganser 3
> Common Loon 1
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35543997
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
>
> Andrea Bean
> W. Peabody, MA
> <asb1960...>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> End of massbird-digest V16 #547
> *******************************
>


 

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Date: 3/30/17 6:38 pm
From: Chris Martone <cmartone00...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Glossy Ibis, Wayland

I believe one Ibis, possibly others, on the eastern end of the "Pelham Island Rd. - Swamp and Bridge" hotspot in eBird. About 200 yards west of Wayland Town Hall. Foraging on a mud flat (lousy photos posted to eBird). As best I can tell in eBird, this late March sighting is not particularly early, but I figured it may be interesting to a few folks. And a drake Blue-winged Teal continues here, found by Jason Forbes, I believe, yesterday. The spring migrants continue arriving!


Also, not yet departed here is a Rough-legged Hawk, confirmed by Bill Lee today....nice Bill!


Cheers,

Chris Martone

Lynnfield

<cmartone00...>

 

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Date: 3/30/17 3:00 pm
From: Steve Babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Piping Plovers at Plum Island
There were 7 Piping Plovers at Sandy Point today and 1 at lot 7. Near
Emerson Rocks were 115 Dunlin and 6 Sanderlings.



Steve


 

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Date: 3/30/17 2:31 pm
From: Sam Miller <zamziller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northern Shrike, Bolton Flats: eBird Report - Bolton Flats WMA , Mar 30, 2017
Carla and I birded Bolton Flats this afternoon. Highlight was a Northern Shrike at the entrance north of 117 in Lancaster. Lots of ducks and geese, but they very skittish.
Details in the eBird report below.
Sam Miller and Carla Dengler
Acton, MA

>
> Bolton Flats WMA , Worcester, Massachusetts, US
> Mar 30, 2017 12:31 PM - 2:37 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> Comments: Went looking for snipe, but saw none: no shorebirds except a single Killdeer. The fields were flooded and loaded with very skittish waterfowl. We tried to approach quietly, and scoped a narrow window onto the fields from the trail before it reaches the flooded stream, but still birds were flushing almost constantly. When we eventually waded the stream (rubber boots necessary), almost all of the remaining ducks and geese flushed. Good numbers, but hard to get good counts. The shrike was out near the northern end of the fields, on a bush in the marsh on the right, where the trail turns left at a flooded corner. The kestrel of a couple days ago was not seen today.
> 33 species
>
> Canada Goose 300 Conservative estimate.
> Wood Duck 6 Almost certainly more; as usual, among the first birds to flush.
> American Wigeon 4 At least two pairs.
> American Black Duck 40 Conservative estimate.
> Mallard (Northern) 120 Conservative estimate.
> Green-winged Teal (American) 30 Conservative estimate.
> Hooded Merganser 1
> Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 2
> Turkey Vulture 2
> Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) 1
> Killdeer 1
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 10
> Mourning Dove 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
> Northern Shrike 1 Excellent scope views. Immature transitioning into adult plumage, with only very faint barring on breast, hard to see even at high power. Mask is dark and full now. Bird was out at end of trail, where it turns left around the flooded corner. Possibly the same shrike I saw a few weeks ago at nearby Pine Hill Roads Grasslands?
> Blue Jay 1
> American Crow 8
> Tree Swallow 8
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 3
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 3
> Brown Creeper 4
> Eastern Bluebird 1
> American Robin 2
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> American Tree Sparrow 1
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1
> Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 9
> Northern Cardinal 3
> Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 8
> Common Grackle (Bronzed) 40
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35544261
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


 

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Date: 3/30/17 2:15 pm
From: Bill Lafley <Bill.Lafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Purple Finch -New Salem
Hello,

Have a female Purple Finch at the feeder today. First one I have seen in New Salem since early January.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>
 

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Date: 3/30/17 1:32 pm
From: <asb1960...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider at Jodrey Fish Pier originally found by Dave Adrien, later reported by Sue McGrath. (thank you)



- Jodrey State Fish Pier, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Mar 30, 2017 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Protocol: Stationary
8 species

King Eider 1 Originally found by Dave Adrien and reported by Sue McGrath later in the morning. Sitting on the sailboat raft preening.
Common Eider 16
Surf Scoter 1
Long-tailed Duck 4
Bufflehead 2
Common Goldeneye 2
Common Merganser 3
Common Loon 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35543997

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


Andrea Bean
W. Peabody, MA
<asb1960...>

 

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Date: 3/30/17 12:41 pm
From: Amy Lorenz <alorenz...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Upcoming Event: iNaturalist City Nature Challenge
Hello all!

I wanted to spread the word about an exciting upcoming event we would love
birders to join! We The Boston City Nature Challenge
<http://www.neosec.dreamhosters.com/cnc-2017-boston/> (CNC) is a 5-day
citizen science competition among 16 cities across the country to see which
metropolitan areas can document the most biodiversity between *April 14-18,
2017*. We will be covering all taxa from microorganisms to plants to
whales, and with your help we hope to have great observations of birds.

Please see *full details below* on how to get involved - by contributing on
your own, leading a walk, or helping ID observations during and after the
event.

Feel free to email me with any questions!

Best,
Amy Lorenz
Encyclopedia of Life
Cambridge/Gloucester, MA

*FULL DETAILS:*

The Boston City Nature Challenge
<http://www.neosec.dreamhosters.com/cnc-2017-boston/> (CNC) taking place April
14-18, 2017! The CNC is a citizen science competition among 16 cities
across the U.S. to see which urban area can document the most species in
this 5-day period in an effort to map local biodiversity.

The Boston CNC is a large area bounded by Rt 495 to the north and west, and
extends to include important marine areas. It is being coordinated by the
New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative, Brandeis University,
Encyclopedia of Life (MCZ/Harvard), MIT, and New England Aquarium. Many
other local organizations are hosting events or are opening their locations
up as “destinations” for people to go and observe nature.

You can also join one of the many events
<http://www.neosec.dreamhosters.com/cnc-2017-boston/get-out/> being hosted
or simply contribute on your own by sharing photos or sounds of the plants,
animals, fungi and microorganisms you see anywhere in the CNC Boston area
with the iNaturalist app
<https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inaturalist/id421397028?mt=8>. All you
need is a smartphone and a sense of adventure!

Learn how to use iNaturalist here
<http://www.neosec.dreamhosters.com/cnc-2017-boston/join-and-train-on-inaturalist-org/>
or
go directly to the iNat CNC Boston Project
<http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2017-boston-area>.
We are hosting a Boston CNC/iNaturalist Webinar this afternoon, March 30th
at 3:30 PM ET (see details below), but will also record the webinar and
share it on CNC websites.

If you can lead a nature walk in your community or help with identification
of observations, please fill out this form
<https://docs.google.com/a/eol.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeWK-lcSBDsQ5vrwEE4hSgwlljZYH6Mic9xwcLw45feTclAmA/viewform?usp=sf_link>.
We need your help!

This is an incredible opportunity to bring science outside of the classroom
and identify the species that make up your local ecosystems. And, help the
Boston CNC win!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Kind regards,


Amy Lorenz and the Boston City Nature Challenge Team



Webinar Information

Earthwatch Institute is hosting a scheduled Zoom meeting for our webinar:


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Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/137222288
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Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +16465588656 <(646)%20558-8656>,137222288#
or +14086380968 <(408)%20638-0968>,137222288#
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Or Telephone:

Dial: +1 646 558 8656 <(646)%20558-8656> (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968
<(408)%20638-0968> (US Toll)

Meeting ID: 137 222 288

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Amy Lorenz
Okaloosa SCIENCE Project Coordinator
Encyclopedia of Life
Harvard University
Museum of Comparative Zoology
26 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

Office: 617-495-5022
Cell: 610-306-3056
eol.org + education.eol.org

 

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Date: 3/30/17 12:24 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Addendum to hearing aid search.
In the event the first attempt failed to transmit . . . .

From: mailto:<plumislandbirds-noreply...>
Sent: Thursday, March 30, 2017 1:46 PM
To: Plum Island Birds ; Massbird
Subject: [PIBirds] Addendum to hearing aid search.



PI Birders! No, have not located my missing hearing aid, but have been prompted to make note of the type and size of the aid (good point!). It’s kidney shaped and 1-1/4” long, tan colored, and fits between the top of the outer ear and the head . A plastic conductor runs from the main body to the ear insert.

I hope that gives you a better idea of what to look for.

Thanks!

Dave Weaver

David K. Weaver
26 Bridge Street
Manchester, MA 01944
(978) 704-9718 home
(978) 500-1252 cell
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Date: 3/30/17 10:49 am
From: Andrea <asb1960...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King eider at Jodrey Fish Pier
King Eider at fish pier right now, 12:39pm currently on sail boat raft preening. Previously foraging very close to parking area.

Andrea Bean
W. Peabody

Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 3/30/17 10:48 am
From: judy parrot-willis <jep_willis...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Tree Swallows return to Ipswich River
Also spotted 4 tree swallows at Rubbish Meadow/Ward Reservation this AM, 8 at Horn Pond yesterday. YEH! Judy Willis


On Thursday, March 30, 2017, 8:05:11 AM EDT, Warren Tatro <wtatro...> wrote:I was surprised, with all the fairly cold weather lately, to find about 10 Tree Swallows in the fields and around the nest boxes this morning at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield.  I also had great looks of a single singing Rusty Blackbird about 20 feet away from me.

Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
<wtatro...>

 

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Date: 3/30/17 10:43 am
From: Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills
I obtained some photos of the Red Crossbills in Montague on 3/27 and 3/29.

https://flic.kr/s/aHskRZ6yk4
https://flic.kr/s/aHskRRVXUv

I also have a serviceable iPhone audio recording of the kip flight calls.
I'd like to send this to someone with the equipment to ID these to race.
Please contact me offline with your email if you can do that. I listened to
the calls in Matt Young's eBird piece, but without an oscilloscope I don't
think the ID can be made by ear, at least by me. They appear to me members
of one of the larger-billed races, feeding on tight Pitch Pine cones.

Jeremy Coleman
Shelburne Falls

 

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Date: 3/30/17 10:28 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White-throated Sparrow under feeder / Newbury
can't wait to hear them begin singing!



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

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

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

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Date: 3/30/17 9:57 am
From: Meaghan Sinclair <meaghanq...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] FOY Tree Swallows, Fresh Pond
They're baaaaack, flying over Little Fresh Pond. There's also been a Common Loon in breeding plumage on the pond for a few days.

 

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Date: 3/30/17 9:45 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider - Jodrey Fish Pier, Gloucester
Birders,

Dave Adrien has contacted me to report he located a King Eider at the State Fish Pier in Gloucester.
First seen at 6:42 am & again at 10:48am.

Redhead not relocated at Niles Pond but Black-crowned Night-Herons were seen this morning.

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport

 

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Date: 3/30/17 9:44 am
From: Warren Tatro <wtatro...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tree Swallows return to Ipswich River
I was surprised, with all the fairly cold weather lately, to find about 10 Tree Swallows in the fields and around the nest boxes this morning at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield. I also had great looks of a single singing Rusty Blackbird about 20 feet away from me.

Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
<wtatro...>
 

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Date: 3/29/17 6:58 pm
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-Crowned NIght Heron at Leverett Pond
seen from Boston side

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

 

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Date: 3/29/17 6:43 pm
From: Devin Hefferon <dhefferon...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Disappointing News From Minnesota...
Hello all,

A bit out of our area but distressing nonetheless. The design of the new
stadium for the Minnesota Vikings is resulting in a high rate of bird
strike. Here's a link to the article and Audubon study:

http://www.citypages.com/news/us-bank-stadium-is-a-bird-killing-machine/414865323
http://audubonchapterofminneapolis.org/wpaudubon/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Report_2-20_Final.pdf

I set up a change.org petition if you're interested in getting involved,
please do!
https://www.change.org/p/metropolitan-sports-facilities-commission-demand-that-u-s-bank-stadium-be-retrofitted-to-prevent-migratory-bird-strikes


Thanks!
Devin Hefferon
Melrose, MA

 

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Date: 3/29/17 6:32 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow goose blue morph? Hyde Park
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } HiI found what I think looks like a Snow Goose blue morph or maybe hybrid in a small ball field on the Neponset Valley Parkway in Hyde Park-Readville section of Boston. It looks like it has more white than a traditional blue - only the neck was darkish and wings brownish. Had yellow orange bill and orangeish legs of Snow Goose. It's larger than Canada too and did not like being approached. It also could be some kind of hybrid maybe of a domestic Goose? In same location there was also a Canada with larger white patch on head and orange yellow legs. So a bit confusing.I took photos if someone wants to look I can email you the images. Joe Battenfeld Roslindale <jbattenfeld...>

Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

 

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Date: 3/29/17 6:31 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Could use your help!
With permission of the moderator . . . .

Hello, PI Birders! I could use your help. During today’s Wednesday Morning Birding program out of Joppa Flats, I lost one of my hearing aids. With warbler season just around the corner, this is not good! I have been able to refine the location for the loss as somewhere between the beach of lot #7 and Hellcat. On the beach, I was only a short way from the platform steps – about 10 yards. At Hellcat, we walked from the parking lot to Hellcat dike. I never reached the observation tower – was probably 20 yards short of it. We retraced our steps back to the parking lot. It was on the drive from parking lot #4 back up the refuge road that I discovered the aid missing.

I returned to these areas following the program’s conclusion and searched, but to no avail. Please keep a look out for this “needle in a haystack!”

Very much appreciated! Thanks!

Dave

David K. Weaver
26 Bridge Street
Manchester, MA 01944
(978) 704-9718 home
(978) 500-1252 cell
<cygnus-dkw...>


Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 3/29/17 6:03 pm
From: <s2ary...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Smith's Longspur at Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary


Hi Folks,



I just wanted to post that we did find the Smith's Longspur at the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary today. Thank you to everyone who participated today, it was another great walk. For the most part the Smith's was viewed on the wing, but there were a few brief moments on the ground. Perhaps one of the funniest moments was when the group focused there attention on an Ipswich Sparrow, and the Smith's flew between the Ipswich and the group, as though to draw the attention back upon itself. We also observed two Kestrels displaying and sharing a perch. They were all the way across the grassland, and the lighting was tough, but we think one of those birds is the returning female, and the pair was restoring their bonds. That is great news, and we will try to verify that on Sunday's walk. We also had steady views of three Short-eared Owls, a Northern Harrier, a few Red Tails, and Horned Larks.



The question has come up regarding if we check the areas of the grassland where the Smith's has been located on our regular Sunday walks. The answer is yes. The only difference is on our regular bird walk agenda we spend about a half hour in the shrublands before going up into the grasslands. If you were considering coming out this Sunday with the hopes of seeing the Smiths, it is worth a shot. The bird was confirmed here today and the forecast has changed to 3-6 inches of snow for Friday into Saturday, so there is still a good chance that the bird will be with us through the weekend. If the snow is bad, please check back to Massbird in case we need to cancel the walk due to the weather.



Our next bird walk is on Sunday, April 2 at 9am. Even though the walk is not dedicated to the Smith's Longspur, we will still look for it.



Thanks

Geoff



Soheil will not be able to attend for the next few weeks. Geoff Wilson, will continue to post trip announcements to Massbird and has started an online newsletter in which he announces Bear Creek walks and other issues important to Bear Creek enthusiasts. To subscribe to the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary newsletter, text BEARCREEK to the number 22828. Alternatively, drop an email to <s2ary39...> and ask to be included in the mailings.

Big Thanks to Sabastian, Mara and others who filed ebird lists for us, and everyone who shared their great comments and fantastic photos in their eBird posts:

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L686184/activity


If you want to join the walk on Wednesday March 29 at 10 a.m. here are the details:

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

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

Wheelabrator company has graciously stocked up on some extra pairs of binoculars, so if you or someone you know wants to learn about birds and birding, come on down.


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

http://tinyurl.com/326v87d


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




Geoff Wilson

Berwick ME

<S2ary39...>

207-252-4841

 

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Date: 3/29/17 5:20 pm
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Smith’s Longspur ebird list
Hello Massbirders,

A couple of people asked me to share my list to Massbird so they could see
the photo of the Smith’s Longspur from today’s visit to Bear Creek in
Saugus. Thanks to those who arranged this trip it was fun to see the
Short-earded Owls and of course the Longspur. Anyone who wishes for me to
share the ebird report with them just email me off line and I will be more
than happy to do so

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35522959
--
Suzanne M. Sullivan
Wilmington, MA
<swampy435...>

"The self evident vision of who we are as a free and caring nation, and the
ideal to fulfill this destiny is stronger than the division of those who's
only vision is of themselves. “ SMB

Be the Voice of the River
http://www.ipswichriver.org

 

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Date: 3/29/17 5:19 pm
From: caroline haines <chaines49...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Redhead
Redhead at Niles pond this morning in Gloucester.
Caroline haines
<Songbirder...>


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

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Date: 3/29/17 5:19 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ospreys
Today in the Acoaxet area of Westport, we saw at least 8 Ospreys along
the west branch of the Westport River. Two were on a nest platform.

In addition, we saw or heard the following:

3 Eastern (Rufous-sided) Towhees

1 Eastern Screech owl

1 Great Egret

2 Horned Grebes apparently going into breeding plumage

and at the pig farm on Division Road, we counted 19 Black Vultures and 8
Turkey Vultures plus heard 2 Common Ravens.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro

 

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Date: 3/29/17 5:19 pm
From: Dan Fallon <fallon.d...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dracut ducks
At the two ponds in the Dunlap Sanctuary today around 2PM:

- Five Wood Ducks (one pair flushed and a flyovers of three)
- Eight Hooded Mergansers (5 male / 3 female)
- Three Common Mergansers (2 male / 1 female)
- Gadwall pair
- Two male Ring-necked ducks

Also Mallard and Canada Geese


Dan Fallon

Pelham, NH

 

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Date: 3/29/17 2:36 pm
From: John Liller <john.liller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary - 3/29/17
I recorded the following this afternoon at the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife
Sanctuary in Worcester. I began by walking the Troiano/Heron Pond Loop and
then went to the Frog Pond Trail and along Wilson Swamp.

Canada Goose (32 - 28 on Heron Pond, 4 on Wilson Swamp)
Wood Duck (9 - includes pair on Heron Pond and pair on Wilson Swamp)
American Black Duck (7)
Mallard (11)
Hooded Merganser (pair on Heron Pond)
Killdeer (2 - flying over; first of the year)
Mourning Dove (5)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Hairy Woodpecker (1)
Northern Flicker (1)
Eastern Phoebe (1 - near Heron Pond; first of the year)
Blue Jay (5)
American Crow (1)
Black-capped Chickadee (5)
Tufted Titmouse (3)
White-breasted Nuthatch (4)
Carolina Wren (1)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (2)
Eastern Bluebird (4 - 2 pairs at Heron Pond)
American Robin (10)
European Starling (10)
Song Sparrow (5)
White-throated Sparrow (2)
Dark-eyed Junco (12)
Northern Cardinal (3)
Red-winged Blackbird (33 - all males)
Common Grackle (37)
Brown-headed Cowbird (1 male)
House Finch (7)
American Goldfinch (2)
House Sparrow (40)

 

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Date: 3/29/17 1:49 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Scotland Road & Plum Island - 03-29-17
David Moon and I led today's edition of Wednesday Morning Birding out of
Joppa Flats Education Center, first to the fields of Scotland Road and then
on to Plum Island. The weather was rather raw with cloudy skies, a spritz
or two of rain, temps ranging from 37 to 41 F., and winds N-NW/light-5 mph.

Our list:

Scotland Road (west of platform unless stated otherwise) --
Snow Goose (7) - Tendercrop fields way in the back with many Canada Geese.
Canada Goose - common, Tendercrop fields.
Mute Swan (2) - on pond near jct of Scotland and Highfield Roads.
American Black Duck (2)
Mallard (3)
Northern Shoveler (1) - drake (thanks, MaryMargaret!).
Green-winged Teal (5)
Killdeer (1)
Mourning Dove (5)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
American Crow - several.
American Robin (~ 24) - back of pasture.
European Starling
Song Sparrow (1)
Red-winged Blackbird - common.
House Sparrow

Plum Island --
Canada Goose - common.
American Black Duck - common.
Mallard - many.
Northern Pintail (2) - pr, Bill Forward Pool.
Common Eider (~ 80) - ~ 10, n. end; ~ 40, seven ocean; ~ 30, PI Sound.
White-winged Scoter (~ 21) - 1, n. end; ~ 15, one ocean; 5, seven ocean.
Black Scoter (7) - one ocean.
Long-tailed Duck (~ 33) - 3, n. end; 5, one ocean; ~ 25, seven ocean.
Bufflehead (3) - BFP.
Common Goldeneye (2) - n. end.
Hooded Merganser (2) - pr, BFP.
Red-breasted Merganser (8) - 6, n. end; 2, pannes.
Wild Turkey (1) - n. S-curves, roadside.
Red-throated Loon (3) - n. end.
Common Loon (~ 13) - ~ 12, n. end; 1, seven ocean.
Horned Grebe (4) - seven ocean.
Red-necked Grebe (2) - n. end.
Double-crested Cormorant (1) - North Pool from Hellcat dike.
Northern Harrier (1) - over marsh across from lot #1.
Rough-Legged Hawk (1) - over Stage Island Pool.
Killdeer (1) - n. end.
Ring-billed Gull (5) - various.
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull (1) - seven ocean.
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove - common.
Blue Jay (1) - Refuge entrance.
American Crow - common.
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow (1) - Refuge entrance.
Savannah (Ipswich) Sparrow (1) - bright plumage; seven beach in rack line.
Song Sparrow (1) - singing, lot #7.
Dark-eyed Junco (1) - roadside.
Red-winged Blackbird - common.
Common Grackle - common in n. end.

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: 3/29/17 1:32 pm
From: Dana Duxbury-Fox <danafox...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crow roost in Lawrence
Birders (especially Tom Piro),

I am trying to document when the Lawrence Crow Roost was first discovered.
I believe it was by Joe Hogan of Lawrence. In a Google search, Tom has a
great blog of a trip in January 2010 in January where he photographed crows
on the ice. There is also a 2014 picture of crows in a deciduous tree. Bob
and I have seen them heading to the roost since 1993.

I'd appreciate any info anyone has.

Thanks,

Dana Duxbury-Fox



North Andover, MA




 

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Date: 3/29/17 1:19 pm
From: Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program eagle cam live stream
Three eaglets have hatched and are growing quickly. Google Minnesota Dnr
eagle cam live stream to watch the family. Occasionally both parents are on
the nest.

Madeleine Linck
Rehoboth, Mass

 

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Date: 3/29/17 8:07 am
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Shoveler on Scotland Rd
A beautiful drake Shoveler currently being seen on Scotland Rd just west of the platform along with 8 Green-winged Teal.

Linda

Sent from my iPhone

Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>

 

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Date: 3/29/17 6:01 am
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese
At 8:25, there were 5 Snow Geese -- 4 ads, 1 juv -- w/ multitude of Canada Geese in field to left of huge firewood pile on Rt 1A, Rowley, back toward tree line -- essentially across road from Stackyard Rd. and south of Red Gate Rd.

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

Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 3/29/17 4:34 am
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island Spring Hawk Migration Forecasts & Reports Available from Eastern Mass Hawk Watch (EMHW)
For the past several springs the Eastern Massachusetts Hawk Watch (EMHW) has
provided an email service providing brief weather forecasts and basic info
on the likelihood of hawk migration for the Plum Island Spring Hawk Watch
1-2 times per week for five weeks. If you are interested in looking for
migrating hawks this spring please continue reading.

To join the email list, send an email to <phawk254...> and in the
body of the email simply type out your complete name and your email address
on separate lines. I will email everyone on the list 1-2 times a week
through early May, depending on the weather and migration counts. The list
will not be used in other seasons. If you were on the list last year, you
should have received a forecast on Tuesday evening. If you were subscribed
but did not receive a forecast Tuesday or have changed your email address
since last April you will need to resubscribe.

In general, the bulk of the hawks along the northern Massachusetts coast
pass between April 1 and May 10. There are no guarantees, but the best days
at Plum tend to be the first and second day of a clearing cold front
following a stationary front or rain. The best movement is seen on days with
moderately strong to strong winds anywhere from the west (NW to SW). Winds
from the north, east and south are generally not productive. Birds can be
moving shortly after dawn and into the evening, but generally the bulk of
the flight tends to be 9 a.m. EDT to 4 p.m. On really big days numbers might
continue until dusk. Individuals might be seen moving at any time.

For weather forecasts, look for a weather web site that provides a forecast
at least 2-3 days out, including cloud cover, wind direction, and wind
speed. I currently use WBZ weather at
http://weather.boston.cbslocal.com/US/MA/boston.html, clicking on Hourly
Forecast to get hourly forecasts for the next six days. It is critical to
check the forecasts at least twice a day because they often change hourly.
The hawks pay no attention to forecasts. They go with what is!

Please remember that this service is an aid; not a guaranteed forecast of
weather or hawk movement. The only way to see the best migration counts is
to get out and look as often as possible. The Plum Island Hawk Watch is
conducted on the deck at Parking Lot #1 of the refuge.

For more information on when and where to hawk watch, visit the Eastern Mass
Hawk Watch Site at www.massbird.org/EMHW

To see counts from Plum Island for this year and the preceding ten years, go
to www.hawkcount.org and search for Plum Island Hawk Watch. (Be sure to
click on the Migration Timing link on the Site Profile page as well as on
the report for the current month.)

As of this morning, the forecasts for this coming afternoon and Thursday
look good, the best this week. Current forecasts suggest next Sunday &
Monday look favorable as well.


Best,

Paul


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



 

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Date: 3/28/17 7:46 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Video cam
Mbers, check out following video link of eagle on nest with eagle's due at anytime.

Fwd: http://explore.org/live-cams/player/decorah-eagles-north-nest.
Joe Paluzzi Salem



Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet

 

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Date: 3/28/17 6:28 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond Highlights
I covered all the wetlands and ponds except the one way in the back that is next to a cranberry bog. This is how I got my duck counts. I birded from 1:30-6:08. I noticed the SANDHILL CRANES just as I was about to leave. This was at 6:00 p.m. They were seen from the first opening of Burrage Pond, opposite a wide path. They were almost straight out from there, but a bit to the left, and way out. They were foraging in the marshy area. I had the male BLUE-WINGED TEAL from this same spot, but much closer in, associating with some Green-winged Teal. They got spooked and flew further back and to the right. He occasionally was still visible, moving in and out of view.

Great Blue Heron 8
Mute Swan 25
BLUE-WINGED TEAL 1 ad. male
Green-winged Teal 14
Wood Duck 6
RING-NECKED DUCK 275 all six ponds I checked had them (Burrage, marshy pond, and cluster of four)
Hooded Merganser 13
Bufflehead 6
Northern Harrier 3 2 imm. ,I ad. fem.
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
WILSON'S SNIPE 9 flew off as a group from the pond, calling. Crossed over path in front of me near spot where I saw Blue-winged Teal and Sandhill Cranes.
SANDHILL CRANE 2 seen only at 6:00p.m., after one had called. I don't know if they had just arrived from E. Bridgewater or not
DEAD EASTERN SCREECH OWL 1 roadside near police station, SAD! (house numbered 875, I believe)
Fish Crow 2
Horned Lark 20 flyover at a cranberry bog

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 3/28/17 6:18 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program - support!
Here's a final reminder about an easy way to make a difference for
wildlife here in Massachusetts. These

funds have been used for peregrine falcon and piping plover work, just
to name two efforts.

*



Support the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program!

*You can donate when filing your Massachusetts state income tax by
entering an amount on Line 33a*: "Endangered Wildlife Conservation”.

A critical part of the funding equation for the MA Natural Heritage &
Endangered Species Program are your voluntary contributions on your
Massachusetts state income tax form. If you care about the future of
our wildlife and wild places here in Massachusetts, please contribute.

Good news! Contributions and # of contributors rose between 2014 and
2015! Total contributions rose from $201,084 in 2014 to $209,886 in
2015, a modest gain of 4.4 %. The number of contributors via the tax
check off rose by 3.5 % to from 18,705 in 2014 to 19,364 contributors in
2015. Over the past 2 years, contributions are up $31,945 and 1,266 more
filers contributed.

Your help is making a difference!

There’s plenty of room for improvement, however.This means that of the
approximately 4.5 million tax filings, only 0.004% made a contribution!


For additional details, see below. You'll also find additional ways to
support NHESP'S efforts and some simple tips for spreading the word.

Thank you for your support of this important program!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

* * *

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Natural Heritage and Endangered
Species Program (NHESP) is responsible for the conservation and
protection of hundreds of species that are not hunted, fished, trapped,
or commercially harvested in the state. The Program's highest priority
is protecting the 425 species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish,
invertebrates, native plants that are officially listed on the
Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA) list. The Fund provides
critical funding to MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage and Endangered
Species Program
<http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/natural-heritage/> (NHESP),
which helps restore populations of rare, native species to the state.
For example, NHESP has worked for the past 30 years to restore the
state’s peregrine falcon population to healthy numbers. The most recent
count of nesting pairs numbered over 30; this is a great accomplishment
considering Massachusetts had no nesting pairs in 1986. Over 500
wild-born chicks are known to have fledged since the beginning of
conservation efforts in Massachusetts. Since 1984, the Natural Heritage
and Endangered Species Program and its partners have run a headstarting
program for Northern Red-bellied Cooter, a federally endangered turtle.
Over 4,000 turtles have been headstarted, with over 95% of them
surviving past their first year after being re-released back into the wild.

The NHESP’s major source of funding is from the Inland Fisheries and
Game fund which takes in revenue from sporting license fees, permitting,
grants and federal aid. Except for Fiscal Years 2010, 2012 and 2015
general tax funds in the state budget have not been allocated to support
the NHES Program. In years where they have had a line item, the amounts
have been small. *For example, in FY 2015, the NHESP received $150,000
of general tax funds which ends up as a contribution of only 2
cents/person in Massachusetts!* Endangered species are worth more than
2 cents… The 150,000 dollars goes to NHESP in order to implement the
Piping Plover Habitat Conservation Plan.


At this time of year, there is also an opportunity to contribute to the
NHESP through a state tax check off by entering an amount on Line 33a:
"Endangered Wildlife Conservation". In the past years, donations have
been in a decline, but *I’m happy to report in 2015 that both the number
of individuals and their contributions rose*.

Total contributions rose from $201,084 in 2014 to $209,886 in 2015, a
modest gain of 4.4 %. The number of contributors via the tax check off
rose by 3.5 % to from 18,705 in 2014 to 19,364 contributors in 2015.This
is great news, but the need for funding endangered species conservation
is still very real, especially in a small state where over *6. 75
million people share 5 million acres of land and fresh water with wildlife.


*The NHESP has also been subject to an administrative indirect cost rate
(ICR) fee (for overhead costs such as lights and electricity) on an
annual basis since 2003. Annually the Program, after much time and
effort has been expended, has received a waiver of the ICR. This waiver
is only granted to NHESP on an annual basis and a permanent waiver would
be a tremendous help. In years when the waiver is not granted, NHESP is
charged around $400,000, an almost unbearable hit for the Program. In
2011, a bill was filed to provide a _permanent_ waiver of this fee, the
legislation passed in both houses of the legislature, but was vetoed by
the governor. On a positive note, the waiver for the administrative
indirect costs was granted for FY13, FY14, FY15 and has been granted for
FY16.


To learn more about rare and endangered species conservation in
Massachusetts, visit
www.mass.gov/nhesp. Click on Support Us for more about the Program and
additional information on the tax check off and making a contribution.


*You can donate when filing your Massachusetts state income tax by
entering an amount on Line 33a*: "Endangered Wildlife Conservation".
Ask your tax preparer, if you use one, to do this.


*If you have already filed your taxes*, you can still make a direct
donation to the NHESP by sending a check made payable to */Comm. of MA
NHESP /*to:
Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program
MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581.


Your contribution is tax deductible on the federal level, but not for
state tax purposes.


Additional ways to support MassWildlife’s NHESP include:

- *Contribute by making a direct donation of $20 or more* to support
this worthwhile program!

- *Get involved in NHESP Citizen Science opportunities*, more
information is at www.mass.gov/NHESP <http://www.mass.gov/NHESP>

- *Help spread the word!* Tell a friend, co-worker or neighbor about
this program and its important work. Share this information with your
local bird clubs and other community and conservation groups.

- *Get the information out* in your community via websites, social
media, newsletters, or letters to the editor..

- “*Like” MassWildlife’s Facebook page* www.facebook.com/masswildlife
<http://www.facebook.com/masswildlife> and share it with others as there
are many postings about rare and endangered species projects. (See the
recent release of a rehabilitated eagle at Wachusett Reservoir)


 

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Date: 3/28/17 2:12 pm
From: Brad Dinerman <bdinerman...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Final Reminder: Birders' Networking (Meetup) and Raptor Showcase, 4/1
Hi everyone,

The final reminder of the upcoming event, "Birders' Networking (Meetup) and Raptor Showcase."

When is it?
Saturday, April 1, 5:15-9:00 PM

Where is it?
Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum, 1904 Canton Ave, Milton, MA.

What's included?
Pizza and light refreshments.

What's on the agenda?


* 5:15-6:00 - Dinner and networking.


* 6:00-7:15 - "Owls From Snowy to Saw-Whet," presented by Norman Smith, founder of the Snowy Owl Project and director of the Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum.


* 7:30-8:30 - Attendee Showcase: Selected attendees will show and discuss some of their favorite bird photographs. Show off a little bit in person, not just on social media!


* 8:30-9:00 - Meet live raptors, which may include a screech owl, barn owl, barred owl and broad-winged hawk. Yes, cameras are welcome!

How much does it cost?
The event is $20 per person, payable at the door. This event is a fundraiser for Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum, whose funds were severely slashed by the state. ALL proceeds from this event will be donated to the museum. Your donations are tax deductible.

Do I need to reserve my seat?
Seats are limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged so we know how people many to anticipate. Complete the reservation form at http://www.birdersnetwork.com/events.

I want to show and discuss my photos. What do I need to do?
This is always a highlight at similar meetings. We anticipate allowing six attendees to showcase and discuss their photos to the group. We will provide a laptop and projector for this purpose. Indicate your interest in the registration form below.


We hope to see you there!

Yours,
Brad Dinerman

 

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Date: 3/28/17 8:38 am
From: Maryellen Stone <mstone816...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Redhead Cambridge Reservoir
Subject bird continues across from Baycolony with Ring-necked ducks.

Maryellen Stone
North Reading, MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 3/28/17 8:05 am
From: Judy M <jmarino97...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bradbury Mountain hawkwatch video
A Maine TV station created a 3 minute video on the Spring hawk watch
occurring daily now at Bradbury Mountain near Portland. Good content
and nice shots.

http://tinyurl.com/msccmb4

Judy Marino
Waltham
 

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Date: 3/28/17 6:46 am
From: Bruce Black <bruce...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Redhead on Heard Pond
Male Redhead on Heard Pond in Wayland last evening and again this morning.
With Ring-neckeds, Hooded Mergansers, and 50+ Common Mergansers.

 

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Date: 3/27/17 8:46 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Berkshire Laughing Gull and other migrant fallout in western MA
Hi MassBirders,

Just to add on to my earlier post about waterbird migrants falling out in western MA today, Jonathan Pierce added a Ruddy Duck and a Pied-billed Grebe from Cheshire Lake, and 40 Greater and 5 Lesser Scaup from Stockbridge Bowl. And then Stephen Baker found a group of 7 Snow Geese on the ice of Ashfield Pond.

Plus, more on the crossbills in Montague, of which Peter Gagarin observed at least a dozen today: Scott Schwenk added both photos and, perhaps more usefully, a sound clip of the birds to his eBird checklist, just in case anyone can tell from his recording (which is a bit faint) to which population the birds belong:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35453997

BTW, I neglected to say so in my last post, everything I’ve listed was posted on the Western Mass Birders group of FaceBook. I’ve said it enough times at this point that everybody probably knows that already. Hopefully I’ll get to find a bird or two myself one of these days….

Good birding,

Josh


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



 

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Date: 3/27/17 7:20 pm
From: Steve Meuse <smeuse...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] West Bridgewater Heron Rookery
I live a few miles away, we actually had a GBH on Coweesett Brook two weeks
ago.

On Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 6:52 PM, William Loughlin <wkloughlin111...>
wrote:

> I passed the rookery in the swamp on Pleasant Street this afternoon and
> there were 8 or more herons up on the nests. First time for the year.
>
> Bill Loughlin
> West Bridgewater
> Wkloughlin111 at gmail .com
>



--

-Steve

 

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Date: 3/27/17 2:54 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eurasian Wigeon continues at Hager Pond
The Eurasian Wigeon found yesterday by Kathy Dia at Hager Pond in
Marlborough was still present at 5pm today. It was in with about 10
American Wigeon. Also present were Hooded Mergansers, Common Mergansers,
Ring-necked Ducks, Mallards, 1 Northern Shoveler, Gadwall and Wood Ducks.

Steve Moore

Northborough, Ma

<barb620...>


 

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Date: 3/27/17 2:33 pm
From: Warren Tatro <wtatro...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Second Chipping Sparrow in Peabody
Hello Massbirders,

Since February 10th, I’ve had a Chipping Sparrow visiting our feeders. I’ve reported it a few times between ebird and Massbird. Well, on Sunday AM, I showed it to Kirk Elwell as we were getting ready to head to Saugus for the Smith’s Longspur. Sunday afternoon, I noticed it had lost all its tail feathers, and thought it must have had a recent close call with a predator. This afternoon, I saw the tailless bird with another Chipping Sparrow, tail complete. The new arrival must be the tailless one, so they are on their way. I’m sure within a week to 10 days they will be all around.

Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
<wtatro...>
 

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Date: 3/27/17 1:58 pm
From: Thomas Pirro <tpirro2010...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] North Worcester/Franklin County
On the Red Crossbills:
James Smith was the first, that I know of, to report Red Crossbills from
Montaque on 2/28 via a blog post
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/03/ma-mini-big-day-in-franklin-county-0228.html
, while he did not mention the exact location I had assumed it was from
"the plains". I guess Michael Akresh may have thought the same, or perhaps
found them independently from James' Post a bit later .

Some Hilights from North Worcester and Franklin County from 3/26, were the
"2nd winter of the year" is still hanging on:

3/25 Monty Tech Regional High School (Westminster/Fitchburg)

Mute Swan 2 (one with a large "tumor/lump" on one side of its neck) a photo
here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35422239

Pileated Woodpecker 2


3/26
Royalston (various stops on a semi-random "back road tour):
Wood Duck: many along the Miller's River, off River Road on the back side
Birch Hill Dam.
Pileated Woodpecker 5 or 6, singles at different stops, most were heard
drumming.
Red-shouldered Hawk 2

ZIP on winter finches, not even a Purple!

Orange Airport:
Killdeer 8
American Kestel 1
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Horned Lark 30 +/-
Fox Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 1
American Tree Sparrow 6

Branch Bridge Road (New Salem):
Canada Goose 3
Wood Duck 2
American Black Duck 4
Mallard 8
Ring-necked Duck 225 +/-
Hooded Merganser 4

at home in Westminster Fox Sparrows have been present and singing since the
day before the big storm...a real treat.

Tom Pirro
Westminster, Ma.

 

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Date: 3/27/17 1:44 pm
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Woodcock outside the kitchen window (Concord)
I’ve been hearing the random woodcock around town the last week or so. But two nights ago I opened a window to air out our kitchen and heard the startlingly loud peenting of a male woodcock, calling and displaying in our neighbors adjacent backyard. If it had been a tad lighter out, I’m sure we could have seen him. The juxtaposition of house to open yard made a perfect reverberation chamber, amplifying his humble call impressively. Hope he caught some additional admiration.

Happy spring,

Cherrie Corey
Concord, MA



Cherrie A. Corey
Naturalist and photographer
978.760.1933 mobile
www.senseofplace-concord.com




 

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Date: 3/27/17 1:42 pm
From: Sam Miller <zamziller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Hager Pond, Marlborough, Mar 27, 2017
Carla and I went to Hager Pond this afternoon after the heaviest rain had passed and relocated the drake Eurasian Wigeon found yesterday by Kathy Dia. Bring a scope if you have one.
eBird checklist is below.
Sam Miller and Carla Dengler
Acton, MA

>
> Hager Pond, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
> Mar 27, 2017 1:39 PM - 2:29 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.1 mile(s)
> 17 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 20
> Mute Swan 2
> Wood Duck 4
> Gadwall 3 Continuing.
> Eurasian Wigeon 1 Continuing drake found 3/26 by Kathy Dia. Along the far southern shore, visible from both ends of the parking lot, but potentially could go out sight behind an island.
> American Wigeon 4
> Mallard (Northern) 40
> Mallard (Domestic type) 2
> Northern Shoveler 1
> Ring-necked Duck 13
> Hooded Merganser 4
> Common Merganser 10
> Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
> Ring-billed Gull 48
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1 *Early. Plain brown swallow, square tailed, seen well and close multiple times from above; swallows were flying low over the water in the rain.
> Tree Swallow 15 Conservative estimate.
> Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 1
> Common Grackle (Bronzed) 8
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35475394
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


 

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Date: 3/27/17 1:12 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Berkshire Laughing Gull and other migrant fallout in western MA
Hi MassBirders,

The wave of rain that passed through western MA this morning seems to have brought down a migrant fallout, mostly of waterbirds. The prize so far is a breeding-plumage Laughing Gull which Rene Laubach found on Woods Pond in Lenox. Jonathan Pierce caught up with it and took several photos, which he posted to eBird. Unfortunately the bird flew off after about an hour of observation and has not been relocated since.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35472738

Other new arrivals in today’s rain include two male Red-breasted Mergansers on Barton Cove in Turners Falls, reported by Peter Gagarin; and five Redhead, four Greater Scaup, and a Pied-billed Grebe on the Northampton Oxbow, found by Bill Lafley. And one landbird contribution, Larry Therrien reported five Eastern Phoebes along Jabish Brook in Belchertown; a few phoebes have arrived earlier but this is definitely a step up in abundance.

In other birds, I posted a few days ago about some Red Crossbills in the Montague Sandplains, which I thought had been originally reported by Tom Pirro. I’m seeing now on eBird that Michael Akresh actually found them a few days earlier. Most observers have been reporting 2 or 3 birds there, but Scott Schwenk, visiting yesterday, reported “a big, big flock - dozens! I've never seen so many at once”. A few people have described what sounds like nesting behavior! Dennis Peacock, who saw a much smaller number of them yesterday with Dan Furbish and Al Richards, posted photos on eBird:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35464912

Good birding,

Josh


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




 

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Date: 3/27/17 1:12 pm
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Redhead - Northampton
Hello,

5 Redhead, a Pied-billed Grebe and 4 Greater Scaup at Oxbow Marina in Northampton.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<Blafley...>
 

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Date: 3/27/17 11:28 am
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] female Tufted Duck continues in Plymouth Co., 3/27
Mass-birders,

As of this afternoon, the female Tufted Duck continues on Great Herring
Pond in Plymouth County. As it was yesterday, the bird is with a small
group of scaup on the southeastern side of the lake. Best viewing (scope
needed) is from the boat ramp parking lot at the corner of Sandy Pond and
Herring Pond Road.

Alan Kneidel
Manomet, MA

 

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Date: 3/27/17 8:53 am
From: <s2ary...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, Smith's Longspur trip announcement for Wednesday March 26


Hi Folks,




Sunday’s bird walk at the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary was another great walk. There were 71 participants in all! That has to be a record. We were able to locate the Smith’s Longspur early, and had time to continue on to see a number of the other interesting species, including 4 Short-eared Owls and 2 Eastern Meadowlarks. The timing to have such a large group was great. I just noticed that 3 Bobolinks were spotted in Sarasota Fl. on Wednesday. Over the next few weeks our species profile will change dramatically.




Looking at the weather report, the Smith’s will probably head north by the end of the week. If that estimate is correct, this Wednesday, March 26 at 10 am, will be the last opportunity to see this bird. It has been fun, and it has been fast. In a one week period 180 visitors, both new and old friends alike, have come out to see this bird. I can’t think of anything more wonderful, and I’d like to thank everyone for their support. If you would like to join our newsletter text BEARCREEK to the number 22828, or drop me a note at <s2ary39...>





For Wednesday’s walk, Wheelabrator will be providing light refreshments afterwards. In order to anticipate how many people will be attending walk, please drop me a note at <s2ary39...> if you have not already signed up for Wednesday the 29.




Thanks Geoff




The next walk at Bear Creek, Saugus, is scheduled for 10 am on Wednesday, March 29. Details below.




Soheil will not be able to attend for the next few weeks. Geoff Wilson, will continue to post trip announcements to Massbird and has started an online newsletter in which he announces Bear Creek walks and other issues important to Bear Creek enthusiasts. To subscribe to the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary newsletter, text BEARCREEK to the number 22828. Alternatively, drop an email to <s2ary39...> and ask to be included in the mailings.




Big Thanks to Leslie for submitting a Massbird report yesterday, for Isabella and others who filed ebird lists for us, and everyone who shared their great comments and fantastic photos in their eBird posts:




Bear Creek Sanctuary (restricted access), Essex, Massachusetts, US
Mar 26, 2017 9:03 AM - 12:33 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.3 mile(s)
Comments: Very large group to see the Smith's Longspur. Sunny and a light breeze.
37 species (+1 other taxa)

Brant 85 Potential undercount
Canada Goose 200
American Black Duck 16
Mallard 2
Surf Scoter 3
White-winged Scoter 2
Bufflehead 8
Red-breasted Merganser 7
Common Loon 2
Northern Harrier 1
Bald Eagle 1 2nd year juvenile flyover
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Killdeer 30 At a minimum
Wilson's Snipe 2
Ring-billed Gull 4
Herring Gull 25
Great Black-backed Gull 3
gull sp. 75
Rock Pigeon 2
Mourning Dove 2
Short-eared Owl 4
American Kestrel 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
American Crow 4
Horned Lark 75 3 large flocks seen
Black-capped Chickadee 3
American Robin 14
European Starling 50
Smith's Longspur 1 Continuing bird. Seen and heard by group. A Lapland Longspur was seen by several other members of the group.
Snow Bunting 12 Seen well by several members of the group.
American Tree Sparrow 4
Chipping Sparrow 1 Seen and heard by several in the group at feeders.
Song Sparrow 11
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Eastern Meadowlark 2
Common Grackle 9
House Sparrow 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35449441




If you want to join the walk on Wednesday March 29 at 10 a.m. here are the details:

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

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

Wheelabrator company has graciously stocked up on some extra pairs of binoculars, so if you or someone you know wants to learn about birds and birding, come on down.


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

http://tinyurl.com/326v87d


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




Geoff Wilson

Berwick ME

<S2ary39...>

207-252-4841

 

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Date: 3/27/17 7:48 am
From: Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Buzzards Bay/Plymouth Beach areas, images
Last Wednesday and Thursday I birded and photographed the Buzzards Bay and Sandwich area at the Cape. I observed the flock of Eiders coming to the Herring Run from the Sandwich area around 7 AM and then departing for the night around 4 PM. I saw Common/King Eider, Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes, Common Loon and a pair of American Wigeons around Sandwich Beach. At the return of my trip I stopped at Plymouth Beach, and saw the usual suspects I’ve seen before this time of year: long-tailed ducks, surf Scoters, Common Goldeneyes, Brants. Seals were quite plentiful at this beach!
Here is a link to images from that trip:
http://delsolar.org/webs/birds/kingeider17/index.html

Eduardo del Solar
<delsolar...>
Boston, Mass.

http://www.delsolar.org/

 

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Date: 3/27/17 6:54 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Scotland Rd., Newbury - Clam Shell Field Snow Geese
Birders,

The clam shell road field is opposite #73 Scotland Road. There are five grazing Snow Geese there presently.

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Nbpt
 

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Date: 3/27/17 4:23 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese - Rowley
Birders,

On Route 1A south of Pikul's/Tendercrop in the cornfield adjacent to the mountain of firewood are four Snow Geese with Canada Geese presently.

Dave Adrien came across them yesterday & was on location when I arrived.

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport
 

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Date: 3/26/17 7:49 pm
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plymouth County -- Tufted Duck 3/26
Mass-birders,

Nate Marchessault and I located a female Tufted Duck on Great Herring Pond
in Plymouth County this afternoon. The bird was mixed in with a group of
scaup.

This is just a couple minutes from the King Eider location on the Cape Cod
Canal, for those planning a trip to the area.

Checklist below with a distant doc shot.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35447317

Alan Kneidel
Manomet, MA

 

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Date: 3/26/17 5:36 pm
From: Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese - Scotland Rd., Newbury
Hi Mary,

So Sorry. Clam shell rd is not actually a road in Newbury. It is a path
on the colby farms field abt 100 yards west of colby farms, farm stand off
Scotland rd, Newbury with white clam shells on the path. There is a gate
at the entrance of the path that says private property. The Geese are
about 400 yards in from the Scotland road. You coud park near the gate and
scope in. I could see 'em with my bins. Hope it helps.

Good Birding,
Sundar L
Littleton, MA.



On Mar 26, 2017 3:26 PM, "mmcormac" <mmcormac...> wrote:

Hi
Know Scotland rd.but where is the clam shell road?
Thx,
Mary
Salisbury



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From: Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...>
Date: 3/26/17 10:04 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: Massbird <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese - Scotland Rd., Newbury

Birders,

Snow Geese continues at Clam Shell road field of Scotland rd, Newbury at 10
am..

Sundar L
Littleton, MA.

On Mar 24, 2017 11:11 AM, "Sue McGrath" <newburyportbirders...>
wrote:

Birders,

I was alerted to 7 Snow Geese at the clam shell road field on Scotland Road
by Dave Adrien early this morning.
I drove by around 9:15am Canada Geese & a few Killdeer were also present.

Last evening, American Woodcocks were present in the same field.

Thanks, Dave!

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
NBPT

 

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Date: 3/26/17 4:47 pm
From: Janet Kovner <jskmystic...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - Osprey (Today)
All,
I haven't seen other reports of Osprey back on the north shore so I thought that I would mention that we saw an Osprey today at Plum Island. It flew south over Bill Forward Pool. (It was in the same air space as one of the several Rough-legged Hawk sightings that we enjoyed.)

A few other highlights:
2 Piping Plovers near Sandy Point, a Merlin (first sighting of our day), Peregrine (last sighting of the day, near lot 1), two adult Bald Eagles sitting together as bookends in the marsh, and an adult Northern Shrike just north of the S-curves. (the Shrike was sitting on a small tree on the marsh side in the area where Jim McCoy reported it. We noticed it as we were driving north and watched it from the car for a few minutes before it dropped down and flew out of sight.)

Also,
An Eastern Meadowlark first reported on Friday (?) was with 5 Killdeer at the airport
(a 6th Killdeer flew in and joined the group).

Janet
 Janet Kovner <jskmystic...>
 

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Date: 3/26/17 3:36 pm
From: <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Smith's Longspur at Bear Creek WS, Saugus- yes
Seen today, thanks to Geoff Wilson and many sharp eyes and ears.
Other birds seen include:
Short-eared Owls,
Wilson's Snipe
Horned Larks
Red-tailed Hawk
Eastern Meadowlarks
Brant
Killdeer
Peregrine Falcon
American Kestrel

Leslie Kramer
Medford
 

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Date: 3/26/17 2:59 pm
From: Stewart Sanders <ssandbird...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Manomet RFI
       It is possible to visit Manomet, Inc.  However, do not go into the woods to the left of the driveway.  To see the mist nets there, communicate with Manomet, Tervor Lloyd-Evans or Evan Dalton.  Many school groups observe the banding, visit the banding room, and join the trips to collect the birds.  Spring banding begins soon.  You may walk in the field, gardens, along the edge of the cliff obove the bay, and see the cranberry bog and vegetable farm.  The large building houses scientists, grant writers, and a library.  It is the home office of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Network.  The parking area is a distance from the entrance, which is on the way to Manomet Point on Manomet Point Rd., after Stage Pt. Rd.  It is the same as the entrance to Holmes Farm.Stew Sanders

On Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:26 PM, Kathryn Ostermier <kathryn...> wrote:


Hi MassBird,
I went to the Cape Cod Canal today to see the beautiful King Eider, and decided to go to Manomet Inc. while in the area based on eBird hotspot data.
When I got there it seemed to be private property, so I left - can anyone advise on whether it's possible to poke around there, and if so, where to park etc.?
Thank you so much in advance,
Kathryn
Somerville, MA
<Kathryn...>




 

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Date: 3/26/17 2:56 pm
From: Kat Birder <katbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eurasian Wigeon at Hager Pond
Jay and I saw a male Eurasian Wigeon today (March 26) at Hager Pond in
Marlboro. My first good look at this bird. What a lovely duck with it's
russet head, pale crown and pink breast! It was in the far left back of the
pond with (also lovely) American Wigeons, and Pintails. Ring-necked Ducks
nearby. I suggest parking in the far left lower portion of the lot and
scoping from that side. Watch out for delivery trucks.

<goog_966594290>
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35443614

A ID only photo is in the checklist. Gadwall and Shoveler also reported
that day (though we didn't see them; possibly near the gazebo which we
didn't have time to check).

Kathy Dia
Concord, MA

 

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Date: 3/26/17 2:00 pm
From: Walt Webb <wwebb24...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fw: eBird Report - Lyman's Pond/Rice Reservation, Westwood, MA, Mar 26, 2017

----- Original Message -----
From: <ebird-checklist...>
To: <wwebb24...>
Sent: Sunday, March 26, 2017 4:14 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Lyman's Pond/Rice Reservation, Westwood, MA, Mar 26,
2017


> Lyman's Pond/Rice Reservation, Westwood, MA, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
> Mar 26, 2017 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: I was at my usual spot on the pond's south shoreline with a
> spotting scope for the entire time except when i was exiting the parking
> lot. At that point I spotted the robins & two sparrows. So technically I
> observed from two stationary points.
> 11 species (+2 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose X Heard only.
> Wood Duck 2
> Mallard 2
> Mallard (Domestic type) 2 Both were together. White chests.
> American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 2
> Ring-necked Duck 2
> Great Blue Heron 4 Two nests were occupied in the primary nest tree
> while two other nest trees were occupied.
> Red-tailed Hawk 1 Circled once over pond.
> Blue Jay 1 Heard only.
> Tree Swallow 1 Flew low over the pond once & did not reappear.
> Earliest I've ever seen the species.
> American Robin 2 Seen from the parking lot bordering Rice
> Reservation as I was leaving.
> American Tree Sparrow 1 Seen in the marsh bordering Rice Reservation
> & the parking lot as I was leaving.
> Song Sparrow 1 Seen in the marsh bordering Rice Reservation & the
> parking lot as I was leaving.
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35448867
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Walt web
Westwood, <MAwwebb24...>
 

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Date: 3/26/17 12:22 pm
From: John Liller <john.liller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook - 3/26/17
My wife, Kim Kastler, and I recorded the following at the Broad Meadow
Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester this morning. We did the loop that
includes the Troiano Brookside Trail, the powerlines, and Green Heron Pond.

Wood Duck (1 - male flushed from brook)
Turkey Vulture (3)
Cooper's Hawk (1 - perched for several minutes; calling constantly)
Mourning Dove (1)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Blue Jay (3)
American Crow (4)
Common Raven (10 - flying over in one group; this is a new Sanctuary
species for me, although there have been several reports by others)
Black-capped Chickadee (1)
Tufted Titmouse (4)
White-breasted Nuthatch (3)
American Robin (3)
Song Sparrow (9)
Dark-eyed Junco (4)
Northern Cardinal (3)
Red-winged Blackbird (21)
Common Grackle (10)
American Goldfinch (12)

 

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Date: 3/26/17 12:06 pm
From: Donald Wilkinson <donaldwilkinson60...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Purple Sandpipers Nahant and Lynn
Today at the Nahant town Wharf (a drive up!) I found 3 Purple Sandpipers on
the Rocks on the left. There were also Common Loons, Brant, Surf Scoters
and Red-breasted Mergansers. Then at Red Rock Park on Lynn Shore Drive I
spotted a flock of 15 Purple Sandpipers with a large flock of about 50
Brant.

Don Wilkinson
<singingbirder...>
www.donwilkinsonbirdingtours.com
(1 opening for July Nevada Snowcock trip)

 

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Date: 3/26/17 12:00 pm
From: <environment...> <environment...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl at Logan Airport on 3/22
Late report, but flying out of Logan on the morning of 3/22 there was a snowy owl perched in the salt marsh along the runway (not sure which runway we were taking off on.
____________________________________________________________
Police Urge Americans to Carry This With Them at All Times
The Observer
http://thirdpartyoffers.juno.com/TGL3131/58d80e64c8727e643160st01vuc
 

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Date: 3/26/17 11:22 am
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Oystercatchers back in Winthrop 3/26/17
There were 6 American Oystercatchers on Snake Island Winthrop seen around 2:15 this afternoon. Inspite of the biting cold East wind.

Linda

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Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>

 

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Date: 3/26/17 10:03 am
From: mmcormac <mmcormac...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crossbills Salisbury Reservation



Small flock. Same area.

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Date: 3/26/17 9:37 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
Some nice signs of spring with red-wings, killdeer and an increase in the number of song sparrows. Lots of vocalization. Some of the goldfinches had nice bright yellow patches. A red-shouldered hawk was being chased by two crows. Total of 25 species.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

Canada Goose 60
Wild Turkey 7
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Killdeer 4
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 12
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 43
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 11
Dark-eyed Junco 6
White-throated Sparrow 13
Song Sparrow 12
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 4
American Goldfinch 12
House Sparrow 1


 

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Date: 3/26/17 9:28 am
From: Kathryn Ostermier <kathryn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Manomet RFI
Hi MassBird,
I went to the Cape Cod Canal today to see the beautiful King Eider, and decided to go to Manomet Inc. while in the area based on eBird hotspot data.
When I got there it seemed to be private property, so I left - can anyone advise on whether it's possible to poke around there, and if so, where to park etc.?
Thank you so much in advance,
Kathryn
Somerville, MA
<Kathryn...>

 

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Date: 3/26/17 8:28 am
From: Henrietta Yelle <hyelle...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barred Owl, Lexington
Two crows woke us up very early this morning making a racket. When we finally got up to investigate about 7:15am, a Cooper's Hawk flew in and started harassing the crows who were sitting in a pine across the street.. Lots of acrobatics and a chase scene ensued. But the crows came back to the same spot...hmmm. Could it possibly be...yes! An owl. A beautiful Barred Owl, to be exact, sitting across the street from us. After a while the crows gave up, but then the Blue Jays cane. And then the entire feeding flock arrived to harass the owl. It was quite a scene. All birds noted here were in the tree with the Barred Owl.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44

1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Barred Owl
2 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
3 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
3 Dark-eyed Junco
1 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 9

Henrietta Yelle
Lexington MA

Sent from my iPhone -- please excuse typos and brevity.
 

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Date: 3/26/17 7:09 am
From: Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese - Scotland Rd., Newbury
Birders,

Snow Geese continues at Clam Shell road field of Scotland rd, Newbury at 10
am..

Sundar L
Littleton, MA.

On Mar 24, 2017 11:11 AM, "Sue McGrath" <newburyportbirders...>
wrote:

Birders,

I was alerted to 7 Snow Geese at the clam shell road field on Scotland Road
by Dave Adrien early this morning.
I drove by around 9:15am Canada Geese & a few Killdeer were also present.

Last evening, American Woodcocks were present in the same field.

Thanks, Dave!

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
NBPT

 

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Date: 3/26/17 6:40 am
From: Zack Weber <birdingwithzackweber...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC woodcock trip back on tonight
Thanks to Marianne Jensen and Nancy Ulrich, the BBC woodcock trip is back
on tonight at 7 PM at Alewife!

Zack Weber
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 3/26/17 4:36 am
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Orange Airport, etc - 3/25/17
Hello,

Yesterday at the Orange Airport the Eastern Meadowlark has arrived and there was a beautiful adult Red-shouldered Hawk, a singing Fox Sparrow and an estimated 90 Snow Geese flew over.
Also at the Branch Bridge Causeway in Lake Rohunta, New Salem there were 225 Ring-necked Ducks and 2 Hooded Mergansers looking very outnumbered.
An Eastern Phoebe near Gate 33 also.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>
 

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Date: 3/25/17 8:00 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] New bird club (Northfield), Tundra Swans on Cheshire Lake, etc.
Hi MassBirders,

A new bird club is in the process of forming in the Northfield/Franklin County vicinity. The group just had its first meeting recently, and is planning its second for the evening of April 11. Anyone interested should contact Nick Fleck <flecknick...>

No unusual birds for me lately - best have been a Pileated Woodpecker on my suet feeder this morning, 93 Ring-necked Ducks on Barton Cove Friday, Green-winged Teal on the cove Tuesday - but some nice sightings posted on Western Mass Birders. Most exciting is a quartet of Tundra Swans found by Gael Hurley on Cheshire Lake. She first posted about them late Friday afternoon, but they stuck around and were relocated by several birders throughout Saturday.

Also of note, a trio of Red Crossbills in the Montague Sandplalns, eBirded by Tom Pirro on March 12, relocated in the same vicinity today by Eric Huston.

And, one nice mutant, an all-white Dark-eyed Junco sighted by Kevin Weir in his yard in Shutesbury.

In migration updates, Jonathan Pierce reported 3 Wilson’s Snipe in Lee, and there’s been a wave of Great Blue Heron arrivals today with sightings of 3 in Williamstown, 5 over Turners Falls, and one at the Quabbin. Several locations have also had Eastern Meadowlarks arrive in the past week or so.

Good birding!

Josh


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




 

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Date: 3/25/17 5:32 pm
From: Ian Nisbet <icnisbet...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] ospreys
There were at least 2, probably 3 or 4, ospreys around the Wild Harbor
River this afternoon. Two of them were carrying fish, but none of them
landed on the nest platform near my house. This platform has been
reconstructed during the spring after partially collapsing last summer.

Ian Nisbet, North Falmouth.

 

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Date: 3/25/17 12:50 pm
From: Zack Weber <birdingwithzackweber...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Woodcock trip Sunday 3/26 cancelled
I apologize for cancelling the trip. Something has come up with work, and
I'm not sure that I would have been able to make it in time to lead the
trip.

The good news is that there will be a repeat of the trip on Thursday as
well as a Menotomy Bird Club version on Tuesday. Again sorry for the
inconvenience.

Zack Weber
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 3/25/17 12:06 pm
From: Henrietta Yelle <hyelle...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Acrobatic Common Raven in Lexington
Fun sighting today -



I was driving with my son out of Lexington Center on Mass Ave at just about exactly noontime, when we saw what looked at first like three crows in the air above the road. It was quickly evident that one bird was a Common Raven being chased by two crows.



Right in front of us, low over the road, the Common Raven did a full barrel roll with wings completely outstretched as the two much smaller crows flew close to harass it!

It was amazing to see.



The raven landed on a roof top (#927), did a lot of croaking, and then proceeded to eat something it had been carrying. I couldn't make out what it was, but I'm guessing a road-killed chipmunk or other mammal by the size, flattened shape, and the raven's extreme interest in its deliciousness. After 5 minutes or so, the raven flew down the street to #870 and landed on a telephone pole where it stayed for another 10 minutes or more, eating its prize.

The crows came back briefly once or twice, but mostly stayed in trees at a distance cawing.



This is the second time I've had Common Raven in Lexington - I had two in my yard earlier this year.



Here are a few, not great but decent, photos. https://www.flickr.com/photos/henriettayelle/albums/72157681826923875



Best,

Henrietta Yelle

Lexington, MA

 

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Date: 3/25/17 10:02 am
From: Donald Wilkinson <donaldwilkinson60...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nahant Merlin, Great Black-backed Gulls pair sitting
Just saw a beautiful Merlin perched in Nahant. Also, I've never seen this
before, but there were 2 pairs of Great Black-backed Gulls pair sitting on
rocks from the Causeway. It MUST be spring!

Don Wilkinson, Nahant
<singingbirder...>
www.donwilkinsonbirdingtours.com
(1 opening for July Snowcock trip to Nevada)

 

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Date: 3/25/17 9:18 am
From: <goshawk3...> <goshawk3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Woodcock, West Bridgewater

Last night and this morning, one woodcock at least, in my back yard. Got to see one fly and sing today.
Denise CabralWalnut St., WBSent from my LG G3, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 3/25/17 9:06 am
From: ANDREA CESELSKI <waxwing77...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] osprey
Newly arrived osprey at nest in West Yarmouth this morning.


Andrea Ceselski

YarmouthPort
 

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Date: 3/25/17 8:36 am
From: steven.j.babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eastern Meadowlark PI airport

Eastern Meadowlark being viewed at the eastern end of the Plum Island airport about 50 yards from the road.
Steve

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Date: 3/25/17 7:22 am
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Deer Tick - New Salem
Hello,

Thought I would give folks a heads up that even though there is still 4-6" of snow on the ground and temps were below 40 this morning I picked up a deer tick while walking/birding in town. I guess they are as anxious as most of us for real spring to get here. Did see a flicker and have singing Song Sparrows and a gobbling turkey so I guess spring is coming.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>
 

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Date: 3/25/17 6:16 am
From: <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eurasian Wigeon dock creek, Dewey ave, sandwich, ma, 9:09 AM
Being seen in the creek, the east or non-railroad tracks side.
Leslie kramer
Barry Burden
Medford
 

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Date: 3/25/17 5:32 am
From: Mary <lemmel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Millennium Park West Roxbury
Good morning all,


Today I Walked the dog around the outer rim of millennium park and was lucky enough to see the bald eagle flying along the river also saw the Belted King Fisher at the mouth of the creek, Great Blue Heron, lots of Cardinals Robins, ,Blue Jays, Goldfinch, and Song Sparrows plus a couple tree sparrows

Have a good day,

Mary Ellen McMahin


Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 3/25/17 4:44 am
From: William Loughlin <wkloughlin111...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] West Bridgewater Heron Rookery
I passed the rookery in the swamp on Pleasant Street this afternoon and
there were 8 or more herons up on the nests. First time for the year.

Bill Loughlin
West Bridgewater
Wkloughlin111 at gmail .com

 

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