MASSBIRD
Received From Subject
1/18/21 5:02 pm GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Cohasset Bullock's Oriole continues
1/18/21 8:53 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Golden Eagle, Gloucester 1/17
1/17/21 6:19 pm CRAIG GIBSON <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Winter Crow Roost: updates!
1/17/21 1:17 pm correne george <correnegeorge...> [MASSBIRD] Orange Crowned Warbler at BNC
1/16/21 3:06 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] The Red-shouldered and the Goose, Part 2
1/16/21 12:17 pm correne george <correnegeorge...> [MASSBIRD] Quick question about park restrooms
1/16/21 6:54 am Leslie Kramer <kramer.lf...> [MASSBIRD] Reminder: Brookline Bird Club Winter Presentation with Geoff LeBaron Tuesday, January 19th!
1/15/21 7:04 pm Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] Bird Book Sale...
1/15/21 2:32 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence MA Winter Crow Roost Jan 11 &13
1/15/21 1:52 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence MA Winter Crow Roost Jan 11 &13
1/15/21 12:22 pm James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Franklin County - Harlequin Duck and other species of note 01/15
1/15/21 11:47 am Tom Brownrigg <brownriggs...> [MASSBIRD] Gift Item
1/15/21 11:15 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Salineno UPDATE!
1/15/21 8:34 am Peter Vale <peterfay...> [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese in Saugus
1/14/21 7:21 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] A Survey of Birders of the World
1/14/21 1:07 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Massbirders,
1/14/21 9:52 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Lawrence MA Winter Crow Roost Jan 11 &13
1/14/21 9:35 am Matt S. <accipiter22...> [MASSBIRD] January 14, 2021 Newton, MA First Cardinal Song of the Year!
1/14/21 6:04 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] Baltimore Oriole continues / Newbury
1/13/21 6:33 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Redhead Halibut Point Gloucester
1/13/21 5:46 pm Valerie Burdette <sailorgirl978...> [MASSBIRD] Townsend's warbler location: info & question
1/13/21 4:51 pm Leslie Kramer <kramer.lf...> [MASSBIRD] Correct ID of Leverett Pond Northern Shovelers
1/13/21 3:52 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Common Grackles, West Bridgewater
1/13/21 3:22 pm Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> [MASSBIRD] RFI Leucistic red tailed hawk Plympton
1/13/21 6:02 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Sick pine siskins?
1/13/21 5:12 am goshawk3 <goshawk3...> [MASSBIRD] Grackles in West Bridgewater!
1/13/21 4:58 am Leslie Kramer <kramer.lf...> [MASSBIRD] 2 Female Northern Shovelers, Leverett Pond, Boston
1/12/21 8:21 am William Freedberg <4mrfish...> [MASSBIRD] Got sick birds? Clean feeders quickly.
1/12/21 7:49 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Sick pine siskins?
1/11/21 8:10 pm Charles Patterson <chaspatt...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Sick pine siskins?
1/11/21 8:05 pm Charles Patterson <chaspatt...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Sick pine siskins?
1/11/21 8:03 pm Eric <elabato...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Sick pine siskins?
1/11/21 7:10 pm Robert Rotberg <rirotberg...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Sick pine siskins?
1/11/21 6:44 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Sick pine siskins?
1/11/21 5:06 pm Matt S. <accipiter22...> [MASSBIRD] Anyone here use Swarovski EL 12x50s for bird watching?
1/11/21 12:59 pm Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...> [MASSBIRD] Correction: Tundra Swan at Forest GROVE reservation
1/11/21 12:02 pm Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...> [MASSBIRD] Tundra Swan- Waltham
1/11/21 11:18 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Road trip - Plum Island
1/11/21 9:25 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Kingfisher
1/11/21 7:01 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Black-headed Gull - Cape Cod Canal area
1/11/21 6:48 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Ash-throated Flycatcher - Cape Cod Canal area
1/11/21 6:26 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Black-headed Gull, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Townsend's Warbler - Cape Cod Canal area
1/10/21 5:11 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 1/9/21 Duxbury Beach; - Raven and Glaucous Gull
1/10/21 5:11 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Harwich birding - correction
1/10/21 12:32 pm Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Surprising (?) Snowy Owl Behavior
1/10/21 5:50 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Boston Globe - Barred Owls
1/10/21 5:33 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] The Red-shouldered and the Goose
1/10/21 5:30 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Harwich birding
1/9/21 1:56 pm Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Another crow roost - Auburn
1/9/21 1:14 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Another crow roost - Auburn
1/9/21 9:00 am Ronald Zigler <ronaldzigler...> [MASSBIRD] Royalton Evening Grosbeaks
1/9/21 7:52 am Peter Trull <petrull...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Surprising (?) Snowy Owl Behavior
1/9/21 6:30 am <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] Surprising (?) Snowy Owl Behavior
1/9/21 3:53 am <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] Unusual Rough-legged Hawk at Plum Island Continued (long)
1/8/21 7:00 pm James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Franklin County - Harlequin Duck, Rough-legged Hawk 01/08
1/8/21 5:23 pm Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Worcester County Winter Finches (Friday, 1/8/2021)
1/8/21 4:09 pm Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...> [MASSBIRD] Worcester County Winter Finches (Friday, 1/8/2021)
1/8/21 1:51 pm Leslie Kramer <kramer.lf...> [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club 2021 Virtual Winter Meeting Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 7:00 PM
1/7/21 7:36 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Recent Short-eared Owl, Redheads, Barrow's Goldeneye, etc.
1/7/21 6:50 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Science Friday - January 1 birding content
1/7/21 4:17 pm judy parrot-willis <jep_willis...> [MASSBIRD] Varied Thrush
1/7/21 1:09 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Varied Thrush in Sudbury - please limit visitation - see below
1/7/21 1:05 pm Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...> [MASSBIRD] Gray catbird, Milton
1/7/21 11:02 am <environment...> <environment...> [MASSBIRD] White-winged crossbills in Rockport
1/6/21 6:17 pm James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Millers River - Harlequin Duck 01/06
1/6/21 4:41 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Iceland Gulls at Tsongas Arena Lowell
1/6/21 6:40 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] Brown Creeper / Newbury
1/5/21 6:06 pm GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Great Egret-Plum: issue with right foot?
1/5/21 5:31 pm CRAIG GIBSON <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Winter Crow Roost: videos and blog updates!
1/5/21 5:59 am David Williams <dave.williams6...> [MASSBIRD] Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Winter Birding Challenge
1/5/21 5:16 am Leslie Kramer <kramer.lf...> [MASSBIRD] 3 Razorbills at cape cod canal - Scusset end of the canal
1/4/21 6:19 pm James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's Falls - Harlequin Duck and Barrow's Goldeneye 01/04
1/4/21 3:44 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] administrative requests - moderator message
1/4/21 3:26 pm Jim Guion <jim_guion...> [MASSBIRD] RFI Varied Thrush in Sudbury
1/4/21 10:42 am Annie Massed <annmarie.apple...> [MASSBIRD] Please change my email for the massbird listing
1/4/21 9:34 am Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird -- Royalston Town Center -- Jan 3, 2021
1/4/21 9:18 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] GBHEs in Dartmouth
1/4/21 7:52 am <redpoll...> [MASSBIRD] Sector 5B of Taunton-Middleboro CBC 1-3-2021
1/3/21 3:27 pm Leslie Kramer <kramer.lf...> [MASSBIRD] Barrows Goldeneye, River Road, West Newbury
1/3/21 2:11 pm Josh <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Harlequin Duck near Millers Falls/Erving; Sage Thrasher(s)
1/2/21 6:02 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Ivory Gull - Andrews Point, Rockport
1/2/21 12:02 pm Garry Kessler <gkessler001...> [MASSBIRD] Lake Chauncy, Westborough
1/2/21 10:22 am James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Millers River - inland Harlequin
1/2/21 7:40 am <anhinga3...> [MASSBIRD] New Year's Day Birding Trip 01/01/2021
1/2/21 5:24 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Redpolls at Burrage in Hanson MA
1/1/21 8:17 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 12/28 Bald Eagles and Fox SPARROW in South Dorchester, etc.
1/1/21 8:13 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 1/1 Marsh Wren, Short_Eared Owl, etc. At Belle Isle East Boston
1/1/21 6:29 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 1/1: Sagamore - Black-headed Gull continues - new photo
1/1/21 8:48 am <redpoll...> [MASSBIRD] Adult Glaucous gull at Jodrey fish pier
1/1/21 6:59 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] GB Herons
1/1/21 5:25 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Correction: 4 GBHE
12/31/20 3:34 pm <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] Possible Intermediate Dark Morph Rough-legged Hawk Plum Island 12.30.20
12/31/20 1:19 pm Tom Murray <tmurray74...> [MASSBIRD] Northern Shrike - Fitch's Bridge rd. Groton
12/31/20 8:06 am Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...> [MASSBIRD] Northern Shrike - Fitch's bridge Road, Groton, MA
12/30/20 8:45 pm Matt S. <accipiter22...> [MASSBIRD] 12/30/2020 Lancaster Yellow-Throated Warbler Continues
12/30/20 6:26 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] "Trash Birds" or "Treasure Birds"
12/30/20 4:30 pm Valerie Burdette <sailorgirl978...> [MASSBIRD] seeking info on pond by Argilla-Northgate-Essex fields (Ipswich)
12/30/20 12:07 pm Shilo McDonald <shilocm...> [MASSBIRD] Brown-headed Cowbirds, Lynn, 12-29
12/30/20 11:50 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Crossbills and Redpolls in Westport
12/30/20 9:21 am Janice F. Jorgensen <janicejorgensen...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Northampton (MANO) CBC results for 12/20/2020
12/30/20 8:14 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] Red-winged Blackbirds / Newbury
12/30/20 7:42 am CRAIG GIBSON <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Hartford Crow Roost: recent visit
12/30/20 6:35 am Melissa Aldrich <melcaldrich...> [MASSBIRD] Holland MA
12/30/20 4:50 am Steve Knapp <brimel2527...> [MASSBIRD] Heron
12/29/20 8:04 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Northampton (MANO) CBC results for 12/20/2020
12/29/20 11:49 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Make that Four Great Blue Herons
12/29/20 10:55 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Herons
12/29/20 7:50 am Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Herons
12/29/20 7:31 am Regina Harrison <onebirdlife...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Herons
12/29/20 6:38 am eduardo <delsolar...> [MASSBIRD] Salisbury/Merrimack birds, images
12/29/20 5:52 am Robert Ross <plumisl...> [MASSBIRD] Frozen with Fear
12/29/20 5:47 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Herons
12/28/20 4:26 pm Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] YTWA feeder address?
12/28/20 3:31 pm Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...> [MASSBIRD] YTWA feeder address?
12/28/20 2:14 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] RI- Magnificent Frigatebird - Galilee Harbor
12/28/20 1:59 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Lumix G cover found
12/28/20 8:27 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] female Baltilmore Oriole continues / Newbury
12/27/20 3:26 pm CRAIG GIBSON <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Winter Crow Roost: interview with John Kricher & updates!
12/27/20 7:58 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Pine Warblers
12/27/20 7:39 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] GBHE
12/27/20 5:31 am Jim Guion <jim_guion...> [MASSBIRD] Sightings or dips of Western Tanager in Brewster since Christmas?
12/26/20 4:54 pm GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Re: YTWA info - protocol
12/26/20 11:57 am elabato <elabato...> [MASSBIRD] Redheads, Ell Pond, Melrose
12/26/20 8:46 am Claire Wilcox <cmbwilcox...> [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese in Harwich
12/26/20 6:16 am Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] YTWA Protocol
12/26/20 6:02 am John Liller <john.liller...> [MASSBIRD] Worcester CBC - 12/19/20
12/26/20 5:58 am Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] YTWA Protocol
12/25/20 6:19 pm GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] YTWA info - protocol
12/25/20 4:30 pm James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls - Barrow's Goldeneye 12/25
12/25/20 11:01 am Ronald Zigler <ronaldzigler...> [MASSBIRD] Red-shouldered Hawk in Sturbridge
12/25/20 7:52 am Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...> [MASSBIRD] christmas juncos to all
12/25/20 3:26 am Laura M <magrinha97...> [MASSBIRD] Handfeeding attempt
12/24/20 3:33 pm RUTH MARRION <ruthmarrion...> Re: [MASSBIRD] RE: What's Wrong with This Bird's Foot/Leg?
12/24/20 8:40 am <redpoll...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose, Joppa Flats, now
12/23/20 8:40 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose - East Orleans, Newburyport Harbor
12/23/20 2:50 pm Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...> [MASSBIRD] Tundra Swan flying towards Fresh Pond, Cambridge
12/23/20 11:41 am Robert Ross <plumisl...> [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Beach State Park 12/23
12/23/20 8:49 am Maryellen Stone <maryellen...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose at Joppa Park Newburyport
12/23/20 6:59 am Chris Floyd <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] RE: What's Wrong with This Bird's Foot/Leg?
12/23/20 6:59 am Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...> [MASSBIRD] Greater Boston CBC
12/22/20 7:53 pm CRAIG GIBSON <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Winter Crow Roost: updates and more time lapse!
12/22/20 5:39 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann Christmas Count 2020
12/22/20 8:44 am Kinney Frelinghuysen <kfrelinghuysen...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Greenfield Pine Grosbeaks
12/22/20 8:31 am Mark Fairbrother <bogelfin...> [MASSBIRD] Greenfield Pine Grosbeaks
12/21/20 1:52 pm alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Great Blue Herons
12/21/20 6:12 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 12/19 Sagamore - Black-headed Gull (corrected link)
12/21/20 5:34 am David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Beach State Reservation and beyond, 12/20/20
12/21/20 5:19 am Steve Knapp <brimel2527...> [MASSBIRD] Andover bald eagle
12/21/20 4:19 am eduardo <delsolar...> [MASSBIRD] Race Point, images
12/20/20 6:21 pm Sam Miller <zamziller...> [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Fitchburg Airport, Dec 20, 2020: Lapland Longspur, Snow Buntings, Horned Larks
12/20/20 6:02 pm GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Quincy CBC-ZOOM compilation
12/20/20 5:32 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] HMSC story time about CBC
12/20/20 4:19 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Newport/Westport CBC
12/20/20 4:13 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 12/19 Sagamore - Black-headed Gull
12/20/20 1:10 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Winter Crow Roost Numbers
12/20/20 6:17 am eduardo <delsolar...> [MASSBIRD] Race Point, Cape Cod images
 
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Date: 1/18/21 5:02 pm
From: GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cohasset Bullock's Oriole continues
I quiet ebird report by the home owners reported the Cohasset (58 Howe Road) Bullock's Oriole had returned after a two week absence.

I went there Sunday morning at sunrise and the bird appeared around 7:10ish like it did in the late fall. This time it was on the suet feeder, not the peanut feeder. It spent a lot of time on it which was also a difference than the late fall as well.

Glenn

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

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Date: 1/18/21 8:53 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Golden Eagle, Gloucester 1/17
Thanks to Steve Grinley & Margo Goetschkes for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 21:24:02 -0500 (EST)
From: "Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift" <birdwsg...>
Subject: Golden Eagle, Gloucester 1/17


Margo and I were traveling east on Route 133, just across the line from
Essex into Gloucester, when I spotted a large raptor circling high from
the north. I pulled over and saw what was clearly an eagle, but all dark
with no apparent white from underneath. I jumped out of the car and
watched the bird for 2 minutes as it circled high over the road heading
south. Its jizz didn’t fit bald eagle.
This bird was uniform brown underneath with NO white in the axillaries,
and somewhat darker in secondaries. Yellow talons were clearly seen
against brown feathering underneath. Lack of head projection was too
small for bald eagle. No white near base of tail nor in the wings.
As the bird circled and banked in the sunlight, lighter tawny brown band
was seen on the upper back and across secondaries, diagnostic for an
adult golden eagle.
Jumped back in car and turned around to try to pursue but lost the bird
high over the trees as it headed further south.

Steve Grinley & Margo Goetschkes
Essex, MA
 

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Date: 1/17/21 6:19 pm
From: CRAIG GIBSON <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winter Crow Roost: updates!
Greetings all,

The exciting staging and roosting action continues around the Winter Crow Roost in Lawrence! Great to see more visitors
coming to take in this breathtaking avian spectacle!

Two new videos posted with first one showing staging, streaming, rooftop action, and an inside look at the roost after
dark with dynamic night vision optics:

Link: https://youtu.be/ra27YpKrQpM

Second video shows a very unique overnight time lapse underneath the roost:

Link: https://youtu.be/QIU5T6HU0l0

The blog has been updated with postings on visits from last week with terrific action photos!

Blog: http://www.wintercrowroost.com/crow-patrol/

Enjoy,

Craig Gibson
2021 Crow Patrol
cbgibson AT comcast.net
 

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Date: 1/17/21 1:17 pm
From: correne george <correnegeorge...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Orange Crowned Warbler at BNC
Had some nice brief views of the subject bird on the Snail Trail at Boston
Nature Center in Mattapan this afternoon. Moving quickly and feeding on
the ground and under snags. It shows up as rare in eBird so I thought I
should share!
Correne George
Quincy, MA
<correnegeorge...>

 

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Date: 1/16/21 3:06 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] The Red-shouldered and the Goose, Part 2
Thanks to Dave Gibson for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2021 17:16:43 -0500
Subject: The Red-shouldered and the Goose, Part 2


Hi MA birders, This is part 2 of "The Scuffletown Creek Hunters." As
much as it's about the hunting party I encountered, it's also about
birds and bird photography. I hope you enjoy it, and I welcome your
feedback! Here's the URL:
http://birdpartner.com/2021/01/16/scuffletown-creek-hunters-two/
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
 

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Date: 1/16/21 12:17 pm
From: correne george <correnegeorge...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Quick question about park restrooms
Hi all,
I am planning on taking a small teen group to either Millennium park or
Scarboro pond and was wondering if either or both have open restrooms.
It's hard to tell from the websites and I know these are popular birding
spots. I've never been to either. Thanks in advance for your help!
Correne George
<correnegeorge...>
Quincy, MA

 

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Date: 1/16/21 6:54 am
From: Leslie Kramer <kramer.lf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Reminder: Brookline Bird Club Winter Presentation with Geoff LeBaron Tuesday, January 19th!
Please join the Brookline Bird Club's Virtual Zoom Winter Meeting with Guest
Speaker Geoffrey S. LeBaron: AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT: From 19th
Century Conservation Action to 21st Century Community Science.

Geoff LeBaron has been the Christmas Bird Count Director for the National
Audubon Society since 1987. He also works on other Community Science and
field work projects, including Climate Watch, Hummingbirds at Home, and
the Great Backyard Bird Count. He has been ornithological advisor for
numerous organizations, and a guide for domestic and international bird
and nature tours.


Please visit the BBC website to register for the talk:
https://www.brooklinebirdclub.org/



Good, safe birding,

Leslie Kramer

BBC PResident

 

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Date: 1/15/21 7:04 pm
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bird Book Sale...
...are three of my favorite words!

Princeton University Press currently has a 75% sale on selected books - of
which there are many excellent birding ones:

https://press.princeton.edu/sale/featured-collection-sale?fbclid=IwAR2e5nhQ1YBa69oKxCsoGNYlXTrvZuGB0PBth-aPhVF3kPRxn2Nw3Vr-Qzc

(You have to enter the code JANSALE at checkout.) There's a lot of
non-birding books too, so it helps to use the search bar under the sale
info. If you type in "bird" you can see all the birding books on sale.

Of particular note is the comprehensive "Birds of Central America" by
Vallely and Dyer (2018) as both hardback and paperback. The former is
normally $100, now $25; the paperback is only $12.38. Also, Don Kroodsma's
excellent, "Listening to a Continent Sing". "Better Birding" by George
Armistead is a very helpful book that examines some of the more common
identification problems in North America. Plus, there are many regional
field guides, including Ecuador, Australia, the Horn of Africa, New Guinea,
Europe, East Africa and Botswana.

Even if we currently can't see some of these birds, we can at least read
about them. I'm not affiliated with Princeton University Press, but wanted
to share what is an exceptionally good deal.

Good birding (and reading)
–Neil

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 1/15/21 2:32 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence MA Winter Crow Roost Jan 11 &13
Thanks to Donald Chapelle for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2021 13:40:53 +0000 (UTC)
From: Donald Chapelle <codfather3...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence MA Winter Crow Roost Jan 11 &13


Hello Crow watchers,This murder of crows have been around as long as I can
remember in the Merrimack Valley (25 years). The locals tell me they origin
ated around the woods near Holy Family Hospital in Methuen and still seem
to gather there for their daily migration.
I see them mostly in the winter make their daily run to Lawrence, they come
from the west-northwest every day and forage on both sides of the Merrimack
at and near my studio at 468 North Canal street. They hang around for an
hour then continue east to NB area and parking lots on Merrimack st. They
also seem to like a good blizzard, and swarm in crazy murders on the large
snow dumps on Merrimack st. It's very ere to see the black crowns on large
white snowbanks. For what ever reason they will hang there for quite a
while after a snow storm.
Donald Chapelle

 

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Date: 1/15/21 1:52 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence MA Winter Crow Roost Jan 11 &13
Thanks to Dana Duxbury-Fox for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Dana Fox <dana.fox1939...>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2021 10:23:49 -0500
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence MA Winter Crow Roost Jan 11 &13


Donald,
The first written report I have found about the Lawrence crows is 1989 in
Bird Observer.

The crows at this time of the winter come in in vast numbers from the east,
southeast, west, northwest and southwest.

They do love to stand on the snow and the frozen Merrimack River.
Thanks for your report.
Dana Duxbury-Fox

 

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Date: 1/15/21 12:22 pm
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Franklin County - Harlequin Duck and other species of note 01/15
Greetings birders,

The general excellence of local birding continues in Franklin County with
the Harlequin Duck still being seen fairly consistently along the Millers
River in Erving, usually about a 1/4 mile upstream from Cabot Camp. 13 Red
Crossbills and 2 Winter Wrens were also at the same site this morning
(01/15) though the Harlequin managed to elude me this time around.

A Barrow's Goldeneye (first-winter male) continues to use the Turner's
Falls power canal roost, along with up to 130 Common Goldeneye. However,
the Barrow's will tend to arrive very late in the evening, usually among
the very last flocks of goldeneyes to drop in.

Also of interest at Turner's Falls, a very strong candidate for a hybrid
Great Black-backed x Herring, a nice pristine adult, present on January
11th and 12th. Interestingly, David Sibley saw and photographed
an extremely similar adult on February 20th and 23rd, 2020 at the power
canal pointing towards the likelihood of it being the same returning
individual. A selection of images of that bird can be seen here;

http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2021/01/ma-great-black-backed-x-herring-gull.html

An adult Iceland Gull (kumlieni) was also present in the gull roost on the
14th being seen from both Unity Park and at the power canal in Turner's
Falls.

Further west in Berkshire County, a Boreal Chickadee was found by Lori Van
Handel in a residential neighborhood in Williamstown, first reported on Jan
11th and present through to the 14th at least. Though well reported on
ebird, I haven't seen it mentioned yet on Massbird. It favors the spruce
and evergreens along the entrance road to Spring Meadow Apartments just off
North Hoosac Road. Safe parking can be found along the access road to the
apartments, and away from the housing units there. The bird was very vocal
during my visit yesterday and not too difficult to locate. Some pics can be
seen here;

http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2021/01/ma-boreal-chickadee-in-berkshires.html

Also of interest, and just outside Franklin County in southern New
Hampshire, the long staying Sage Thrasher continues at the Hinsdale
Setbacks, feeding along the snowmobile trail just off Brattleboro Road. The
site is no more than eight minutes north of the Massachusetts state line in
Northfield. An image of that bird and other recent birds of interest can be
seen here;

http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2021/01/ma.html


Good birding to all,


James
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/

 

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Date: 1/15/21 11:47 am
From: Tom Brownrigg <brownriggs...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gift Item
- This mail is in HTML. Some elements may be ommited in plain text. -

Hello there!
Sorry to bother you, do you have an account with Amazon?
Thanks
Tom

 

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Date: 1/15/21 11:15 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Salineno UPDATE!


Please join me and make your voice heard!
Please circulate. Feel free to edit or modify as you see fit! Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
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Salineno UPDATE!
If you’re a birder, you are familiar with Salineno, a destination
birding location along the Rio Grande River in Starr County, Texas.
On December 15, the Valley Land Fund, owners of the property received a
NOTICE OF CONDEMNATION from the Federal Government for 0.723 acres of
the property. A court date is set for March 3. At that point, the
property be turned over to the Department of Homeland Security for
construction of the border wall.
Although many of us hope that seizure of property and construction of
the border wall will stop with the incoming administration, there is no
guarantee and no timeline amidst all the urgent priorities at the
federal level. Over the last several years, much of the remaining
habitat in this border region area, along with wildlife corridors, has
been destroyed and disrupted during clearing and construction of the
border wall.
You can help.
Contact your local senators and representatives. Response to this
situation needs to highlight and reinforce that this is an issue of
national importance.
You can send a POSTCARD to the incoming Biden administration here:
http://ow.ly/O0ba30rsvNA
<http://ow.ly/O0ba30rsvNA?fbclid=IwAR3MnSzR5SZfaad1HRkTOTyG1Jo7Hh296FRqPdRWdnZ8LU0Lu5eXuqFewK4>
Additional postcards for senators and representatives (as well as the
Biden administration postcard) can be downloaded and printed here:
nationalbutterflycenter.org
<https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fnationalbutterflycenter.org%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0XwaN9td5SpSyEb7akK10tPEkOsQoaGieMB9_o1fpGrWEPG1BUvM2uuaY&h=AT1UAhEu3RTTAst-JEz45bN5VtITh548LCboctMUusjRnulWIX5w1cNkRyG3n9kikWjGEUdX8I4Y212vODS0ikrgmeF_HbhnvXejJ6ZCZqNMKjyWX2Na0g4nniLKhX0dQQ&__tn__=-UK-R&c[0]=AT0MPFPZfbZRaXgV846lITVoj66_iom6TfQDmPKLicpuFRhQoht2peJLT5Rz3PgpO9lRMowyNOG6m1fTFo6ifPFbVhlZCNOtvMwi8rDAi2j4dRdJmghzByZd1t66xevOrmX7>
Please note, your oversized postcards require a first-class stamp.
You can also EMAIL or CALL your senators and representatives by using
your search engine to access their websites. Most have easy to use email
templates ready to go.
For more information on the Salineno situation, go to the Valley Land
Fund site. Contributions are welcome and will go to their legal defense
fund. Any funds collected and not used for legal defense will go to the
maintenance and support of this property:
Valleylandfund.com/salineno/
<http://valleylandfund.com/salineno/?fbclid=IwAR3MnSzR5SZfaad1HRkTOTyG1Jo7Hh296FRqPdRWdnZ8LU0Lu5eXuqFewK4>
If you wish to contact the Director of the Valley Land Fund, you can
reach Debra Lee at <debralee...>
Thanks for taking the time to speak out on this important issue!
Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 1/15/21 8:34 am
From: Peter Vale <peterfay...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese in Saugus
Yesterday afternoon  I saw 2 snow geese from 35 Johnson st. Saugus. Lots
of Canada geese and gulls too.

--
Peter Vale
Wakefield, MA 01880

“I saw something beautiful...I know how to solve the world’s problems.” Fay Vale, January 30, 2020

 

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Date: 1/14/21 7:21 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] A Survey of Birders of the World

The following was posted on facebook on the American Birding
Association Discussion Group by Oliver Burrus.


I don't have additional details, but I am sharing in case you
wish to participate.


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>


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<https://www.facebook.com/groups/ABAbirds/permalink/10159350820765715/?__cft__[0]=AZUXbduL1N0N6-bQj4VJckmpiqJbDHmtRRm3jp_rVshSCwvL_6hK3qZAYzij7GH8_6bXsw1FDzqOJsHl9DqegeASP-Y5v1B3FRslza0_XfMbvCRKxJXAu3aUrO7tVsBo41LTIvYazbpDEkBlvxjtDtJKioRUyViCFIfEkjvDkdzA-3eKBL67AU55HAiXcDM2F4M&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R>
Hey everyone, I am in the process of compiling a survey and blog post
about the demographics & diversity of the birding community. If you
could give me three minutes of your time to fill out a quick
questionnaire, it would be greatly appreciated to help us understand the
diversity of our community. Please note that the information you submit
is not identifiable and will not be used in any way except in the
analysis for the blog post. You do not have to answer all of the
questions as none of them are required.
I plan to have this survey completed by the end of the month and the
results will be posted on The Gullery Blog
(https://thegullery.wordpress.com/
<https://thegullery.wordpress.com/?fbclid=IwAR1ecx8ATJLA66VFhjysS_mDYHP5909Vo9rcZIlh3szp8egTwvSIWTkclr4>).
Feel free to share this wherever you like.
https://forms.gle/Ndh4FSwMGqAQfJnM8
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Date: 1/14/21 1:07 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Massbirders,
Race Point is a favorite haunt of Iceland Gulls.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/26676688@N03/
Sent from Mail for Windows 10
Peter Trull
Brewster.
<petrull...>

 

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Date: 1/14/21 9:52 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence MA Winter Crow Roost Jan 11 &13
Thanks to Dana Duxbury-Fox for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

From: Dana Fox <dana.fox1939...>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2021 08:23:10 -0500
Subject: Lawrence MA Winter Crow Roost Jan 11 &13


Report of crow numbers
We were out on Monday evening with four other ladies. We started in the New
Balance parking lot. The crows started to come in singly and head over the
202 building (the brick building on the east side of So. Union St.) We
decided to go to the top of the parking garage and found they were staging
in the treetops far to the east south east many in North Andover. Later
vast flocks came in from the east, south east and then those from the west
- NW and SW flocks too joined them with not many in the O'Connell Common
trees.
After sunset they began to swirl in large flocks flying towards the
clock tower and then around and a round. We went down to the street and
looked up. Many, many different swirling flocks each flock of maybe a
thousand birds. - over Merrimack St., over South Union St. It is now
quite dark and some start to settle down on the flat roof of the R&D
building. Bob and the ladies went back up to the top of the garage. I
walked back to the car and saw some trickling into the roost while they had
15,000+ still on the roof. NO WAY YOU COULD COUNT THEM SYSTEMATICALLY.

Last night with Bob Quinn from NH we went there. Again, the early single
birds trickled over to North Andover. We even tried to find them in NA.
Back to the garage. Small numbers heading east south east, then the migrant
flocks from the east and south east. The western birds were visible far to
the west, some in trees, many landing on what we think was the ice not
coming towards us though. After sunset, the birds from the west came
towards un in vast flocks heading towards the commons. The SE birds moved
towards the commons. Pure mayhem followed as thousands of birds in so many
different flocks circled around some going all the way to the north side of
the river beyond Rt. 28. Later under darkness you could see a few settling
down in the roost going way up towards the Casey Bridge but most still in
the air. Then thousands dropped onto the far R&D roof and stayed there..
When we left at 5:10 pm.
Again, no way to systematically count them as we had on December 19th. Bob
Quinn and Bob Fox BOTH *estimated* there were OVER 20,000 BIRDS. A few Fish
Crows were heard flying over in one flock, none id while they were sitting.
Do pland to visit the roost by the end of February before the birds begin
to head north or stay on their nesting territory.
Let me know if you would like to get directions or have a guided tour.
Dana Duxbury-Fox and Bob Fox
North Andover, MA
<dana.fox1939...>

 

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Date: 1/14/21 9:35 am
From: Matt S. <accipiter22...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] January 14, 2021 Newton, MA First Cardinal Song of the Year!
Hi All,

Happy day, I heard a cardinal a little ways off in my neighborhood giving a
full song today. I hadn't heard any of the local maestros warming up
previously, so it appears this guy just woke up in the mood to give a full
boisterous song. This is about 10-14 days earlier than I usually hear even
the first few lazy notes from one of the local birds. I know it's
probably just an anomaly, but I can hope it means an early spring...

That's all for now,

Matt S.
Newton, MA
<Accipiter22...>

 

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Date: 1/14/21 6:04 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Baltimore Oriole continues / Newbury
is anyone else having one winter over?

she's quite dominant at the peanut feeder!

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(by)..."not noticing birds in one's daily environment, one misses a whole segment of life on earth that can deliver joy every day." Bruce M. Beehler, 2019



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

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Date: 1/13/21 6:33 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Redhead Halibut Point Gloucester
Thanks to Dana Fox for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Dana Fox <dana.fox1939...>
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2021 19:43:38 -0500
Subject: Redhead Halibut Point Gloucester


At 2 pm on January 13 a young male Redhead was seen by Bob Quinn and Bob
Fox in the quarry at Halibut Point. It flew off.
Bob Quinn and Bob Fox


 

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Date: 1/13/21 5:46 pm
From: Valerie Burdette <sailorgirl978...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Townsend's warbler location: info & question
The AshThroated Flycatcher & Townsend's Warbler have been seen near the
Sagamore Recreation Area, off Savary Avenue by the Sagamore
Bridge.(Sagamore, Sagamore Beach, or Bourne? Maybe someone can clarify
town.) I've been asked to share info, and I also have a question.

The friendly homeowner at #27 Savary, Burt, asked me to pass on this
message: We birders are welcome to bird-watch from his driveway (left of
his house, with views into the backyard of #25, where the Townsend's had
been seen at least yesterday and today). I should note that I staked out
that spot late this afternoon with no luck, but others seem to have done
better earlier in the day. (Work hours...) Burt asked if I would leave a
note telling him what I saw (which I did), and asked me to pass this
request on to other birders. If you bring paper and pen, you can leave a
note about what you saw, on his porch and weighted down with something like
a brick, or tucked into his screen door. I did have great views of the
Ash-Throated Flycatcher, which flew in and landed 10 feet from me, then fed
in front of #25. It's always nice to meet homeowners and neighborhood
residents who are welcoming to birders and curious about what we're seeing.

Now, the question... I did walk down to #50 Savary, a location where the
Townsend's warbler was also reported, and it appeared that the suet feeder
which was there a couple days ago has been taken down. I also heard that
an older lady was unhappy with the birders (no details--that's all I
know). If anyone has any information to share about this, I'd appreciate
the info, as may head back down that way this weekend. Feel free to email
me if you don't want to post to all.

-Valerie Burdette
Bolton, MA
<vburdette...>

 

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Date: 1/13/21 4:51 pm
From: Leslie Kramer <kramer.lf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Correct ID of Leverett Pond Northern Shovelers
This morning’s 2 Northern Shovelers were males, not females.

Leslie Kramer
Medford, MA

 

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Date: 1/13/21 3:52 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Grackles, West Bridgewater
Thanks to Denise Cabral for this additional report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

Hi! Happy New Year!

I thought it was important to make sure this report went through.

 For an hour this morning, from 8 am to 9 am, there was a flock of at
least 200 Common Grackles in my neighborhood. I do not remember ever
seeing more than maybe 1 or 2 stragglers in January. They were very
actively feeding.

Thanks,
Denise Cabral
Walnut St., West Bridgewater
<goshawk3...>
 

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Date: 1/13/21 3:22 pm
From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RFI Leucistic red tailed hawk Plympton
Good evening Massbirders,

My BIL has been observing and taking pics/video of the Plympton based
leucistic red tailed hawk. The bird has been absent for about two weeks and
he is wondering where it may have gone.

Any info/recent sightings would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Paul Guidetti
Westford

 

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Date: 1/13/21 6:02 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Sick pine siskins?
one option might be to forego feeders and broadcast seed widely anywhere the birds could "social distance", and be somewhat protected from predators...

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(by)..."not noticing birds in one's daily environment, one misses a whole segment of life on earth that can deliver joy every day." Bruce M. Beehler, 2019



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




On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 10:46:42 AM EST, Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:

Thanks to Suzanne Sullivan for this response.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*


Date:  Tue, 12 Jan 2021 07:52:00 -0500
From:  <swampy435...>
Subject:  Re: [MASSBIRD] Sick pine siskins?

I have had several and have stopped feeding them. Platform feeders are
no worse than any other feeder. I have cleaned my thistle feeder because
of poop on it from multiple times. And they also feed on fallen seed on
the ground where they can also come in contact with droppings. It stinks
because I also had an Evening Grosbeak coming, which can also get the
virus/salmonella ( likely). So I just stopped feeding them all together.
First time in 30 years. But it is the right thing to do because they are
in is such close quarters it is helping to spread the disease. I may
resume in a couple of weeks time and see what happens.

Suzanne Sullivan
Wilmington MA
<swampy435...> <mailto:<swampy435...>



 

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Date: 1/13/21 5:12 am
From: goshawk3 <goshawk3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Grackles in West Bridgewater!
Right now, 8:05 am, a flock of 50 or so Common Grackles is flipping over every leaf in my backyard looking for food!Hope this goes through. This is kind of unusual for the middle of winter.Denise <Cabralgoshawk3...> Walnut St., West BridgewaterSent via the Samsung Galaxy, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 1/13/21 4:58 am
From: Leslie Kramer <kramer.lf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 2 Female Northern Shovelers, Leverett Pond, Boston
7:45 AM, 1/13/21

Leslie Kramer
Medford, MA

 

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Date: 1/12/21 8:21 am
From: William Freedberg <4mrfish...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Got sick birds? Clean feeders quickly.
Hi Massbirders,

Madeleine's thread on sick siskins raises an important point. If you find a
sick bird in your yard, please immediately clean your feeders (and
birdbaths/artificial perches/etc.) thoroughly with a 1/10 bleach solution.
Some experts also recommend taking your feeders down for a couple of weeks,
although there is some debate around this online that is worth looking
into.

Cleaning feeders regularly (at least monthly) even when birds are healthy
is important to prevent salmonella or conjunctivitis outbreaks. Some
suggest cleaning weekly during finch irruptions.

Mass Audubon has tips on keeping feeders clean and keeping birds healthy,
as well as general best practices:
https://www.massaudubon.org/learn/nature-wildlife/birds/bird-feeding-frequently-asked-questions

The salmonella outbreak in the PNW is a great reminder that big finch
irruption years can result in disease outbreaks both among nomadic finches
and sedentary local birds. This link has tons of tips specific to different
feeder types, and breaks down the nuance behind whether or not to pause
feeding during an outbreak. I would note that the idea that "taking feeders
down could simply cause birds to move to other feeders, spreading the
outbreak further" remains untested, though it seems like an idea worth
considering.
http://www.nativebirdcare.org/blog/salmonella-feeders

If you pause feeding, don't worry about where your yard birds will find
food-- they are pros at this, and will be fine. Think of this as
encouraging social distancing!

Cheers,
Will Freedberg
Belmont, MA
<wfreedberg...>

 

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Date: 1/12/21 7:49 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Sick pine siskins?
Thanks to Suzanne Sullivan for this response.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date:  Tue, 12 Jan 2021 07:52:00 -0500
From:  <swampy435...>
Subject:  Re: [MASSBIRD] Sick pine siskins?

I have had several and have stopped feeding them. Platform feeders are
no worse than any other feeder. I have cleaned my thistle feeder because
of poop on it from multiple times. And they also feed on fallen seed on
the ground where they can also come in contact with droppings. It stinks
because I also had an Evening Grosbeak coming, which can also get the
virus/salmonella ( likely). So I just stopped feeding them all together.
First time in 30 years. But it is the right thing to do because they are
in is such close quarters it is helping to spread the disease. I may
resume in a couple of weeks time and see what happens.

Suzanne Sullivan
Wilmington MA
<swampy435...> <mailto:<swampy435...>


 

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Date: 1/11/21 8:10 pm
From: Charles Patterson <chaspatt...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Sick pine siskins?
That is likely given the dehydration I noticed.  We have large flocks
intermittently under the feeders and I suspect that discarded seed and
the warm weather would be conducive to the spread of salmonella.

Charlie Patterson

Norwell, Ma

<chaspatt...>

On 1/11/2021 9:56 PM, Robert Rotberg wrote:
> There have been lengthy discussions on the Oregon bird list of pine siskins being very susceptible to avian salmonella. Apparently, this is a continuing problem, but worse this year. Feeders, especially, flat ones, help spread the disease.
>
> Robert Rotberg
> Lexington
>
>> On Jan 11, 2021, at 9:39 PM, Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:
>>
>> Thanks to Madeleine Linck for this inquiry.
>>
>> Barbara Volkle
>> Northborough, MA
>> <barb620...>
>>
>> *
>>
>>
>> From: Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...>
>> Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2021 20:07:57 -0500
>> Subject: Sick pine siskins?
>>
>>
>> Has anyone else noticed Siskins looking puffed up and lethargic? I found
>> one dead siskin in our yard the other day. Definitely not a window strike.
>> The eyes looked ok - no sign of conjunctivitis. Bird was intact.
>> House Finches look ok.
>>
>> Madeleine Linck
>> Rehoboth, Mass.
>>
>
 

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Date: 1/11/21 8:05 pm
From: Charles Patterson <chaspatt...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Sick pine siskins?
I have seen 4 that I know of. Two were simply found dead and, one was
still alive but immobile when I found it and it died in a few minutes.
A fourth was huddled on my wife's window feeder, finally chased off by a
cardinal and I assume it also died. Other than obvious dehydration I
could see no other lesions. I have not seen any sick or dead
Goldfinches which I have some winters.

Charlie Patterson

Norwell, Ma

<chaspatt...>

On 1/11/2021 9:39 PM, Barbara Volkle wrote:
> Thanks to Madeleine Linck for this inquiry.
>
> Barbara Volkle
> Northborough, MA
> <barb620...>
>
> *
>
>
> From: Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...>
> Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2021 20:07:57 -0500
> Subject: Sick pine siskins?
>
>
> Has anyone else noticed Siskins looking puffed up and lethargic? I found
> one dead siskin in our yard the other day. Definitely not a window
> strike.
> The eyes looked ok - no sign of conjunctivitis. Bird was intact.
> House Finches look ok.
>
> Madeleine Linck
> Rehoboth, Mass.
>
 

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Date: 1/11/21 8:03 pm
From: Eric <elabato...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Sick pine siskins?
It could be salmonella.

https://audubonportland.org/blog/help-pine-siskins-by-practicing-safe-bird-feeding/

Eric Labato
Malden, MA,
<elabato...>

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From: "Barbara Volkle" <barb620...>
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2021 9:39 PM
To: "massbird" <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sick pine siskins?

> Thanks to Madeleine Linck for this inquiry.
>
> Barbara Volkle
> Northborough, MA
> <barb620...>
>
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> From: Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...>
> Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2021 20:07:57 -0500
> Subject: Sick pine siskins?
>
>
> Has anyone else noticed Siskins looking puffed up and lethargic? I found
> one dead siskin in our yard the other day. Definitely not a window strike.
> The eyes looked ok - no sign of conjunctivitis. Bird was intact.
> House Finches look ok.
>
> Madeleine Linck
> Rehoboth, Mass.
>
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Date: 1/11/21 7:10 pm
From: Robert Rotberg <rirotberg...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Sick pine siskins?
There have been lengthy discussions on the Oregon bird list of pine siskins being very susceptible to avian salmonella. Apparently, this is a continuing problem, but worse this year. Feeders, especially, flat ones, help spread the disease.

Robert Rotberg
Lexington

> On Jan 11, 2021, at 9:39 PM, Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:
>
> Thanks to Madeleine Linck for this inquiry.
>
> Barbara Volkle
> Northborough, MA
> <barb620...>
>
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>
>
> From: Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...>
> Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2021 20:07:57 -0500
> Subject: Sick pine siskins?
>
>
> Has anyone else noticed Siskins looking puffed up and lethargic? I found
> one dead siskin in our yard the other day. Definitely not a window strike.
> The eyes looked ok - no sign of conjunctivitis. Bird was intact.
> House Finches look ok.
>
> Madeleine Linck
> Rehoboth, Mass.
>


 

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Date: 1/11/21 6:44 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sick pine siskins?
Thanks to Madeleine Linck for this inquiry.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2021 20:07:57 -0500
Subject: Sick pine siskins?


Has anyone else noticed Siskins looking puffed up and lethargic? I found
one dead siskin in our yard the other day. Definitely not a window strike.
The eyes looked ok - no sign of conjunctivitis. Bird was intact.
House Finches look ok.

Madeleine Linck
Rehoboth, Mass.

 

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Date: 1/11/21 5:06 pm
From: Matt S. <accipiter22...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Anyone here use Swarovski EL 12x50s for bird watching?
Hi All,

I've been thinking of getting a pair of the Swarovski's mentioned in my
post title and was wondering if anyone else lugs them around? I have a
very steady hand and the weight doesn't bother me, so I'm not worried so
much about shake. Right now I use a pair of Nikon Monarch 5 8x42s...I love
them for close to moderate distances, but during warbler season for things
at the tops of old-growth trees I find that they feel a bit underpowered.
I thought about the 10x50s as well, but I don't want to lay out the money
I've saved and come away thinking "still wish I had an extra couple points
of magnification".


Thanks,

Matt S.
Newton, MA
<Accipiter22...>

 

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Date: 1/11/21 12:59 pm
From: Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Correction: Tundra Swan at Forest GROVE reservation
Sorry to those who have seen the post. I easily mix up these two locations. The TUNDRA SWAN is being seen at the Forest GROVE reservation off of Woerd Avenue in Waltham. Apologies for the confusion.
 

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Date: 1/11/21 12:02 pm
From: Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tundra Swan- Waltham
I am currently viewing a TUNDRA SWAN at the forest hills area off of Woerd Avenue in Waltham. Park at the boat loading area (the rest of the street is portioned off for bridge construction) and proceed to the dock and search towards the left. Swan holding neck upright with dark bill and yellow lores. Associating with Mute Swans but keeping a bit of a distance. It has frequently gone around the cove but come back around while feeding.

-Johnathon Benson
Waltham, MA
 

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Date: 1/11/21 11:18 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Road trip - Plum Island
Thanks to Strickland Wheelock for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2021 16:30:02 +0000 (UTC)
From: "YahoomaiI..Service" <skwheelock...>
Subject: Road trip - Plum Island


One of the top birding locations in MA is Plum Island which I recently
explored/birded twice recently and would like to share my experiences to
any birder who wants to visit Plum Island - many excellent birds such as
Snowy Owls to enjoy.For me, I drive directly to the Parker River NWR
pre-light [gates are open] and hope to hear a Gt-Horned or Barred Owl
calling just north of Hellcat but goal is to get to Cross Farm Hill at
early light and park along the edge of the road. Shortly the Short-eared
Owl often starts hunting low over the hill - in the far trees on the
south side of the hill are often raptors from Red-tails, occasionally a
Rough-legged, etc - various sparrows & a few other passerines can be
also found there.Then I head directly toParking lot 7 and walk up to the
platform overlooking the ocean and Emerson Rocks - from the platform
[scope is important although you can walk the beach to be closer], this
location is the best location on the island for viewing the ocean birds
with the Emerson Rocks being a big draw - all 3 scoters, many C Eiders,
Long-tailed Ducks, 1 female Harlequin, Goldeneyes, Bufflehead, etc - the
rocks will attract Dunlin and Purple Sandpipers - also there are Common
& Red-thr Loons, Horned & Red-n Grebes, various alcids like Razorbills,
gull species, Gannets , cormorants in the water and/or flying off shore
- Parking lot 1 beach is another spot good for looking for seabirds but
7 is the best - often excellent birders are at 7 calling out the
interesting birds & who are very helpful.

I head back to Parking lot 4 to Hellcat Wildlife Observation Area which
is an excellent spot for observing many species - Snowy Owls, Bald
Eagles, Peregrine Falcon [who often sits on the tower], N Harrier,
Merlin, Cooper's Hawk occasionally - in the water dikes [if not frozen]
are various ducks likePintails, Gadwalls, etcTake the trails off the
parking lot through the woods where you can pick up a variety of
passerine species - the trail cuts across the main road and that area
has many berries & good for finches & sparrows.
> From there, I head to the Maintenance parking lot and check the dirt
> parking lots around the buildings for Horned Larks, Snow Bunting and a
> very occasional Longspur - also you will find Savannah Sparrows - walk
> to the far small pines behind the buildings to check for finches, etc
> - also you can scan the Plum Island Sound from there for a variety of
> ducks, geese, gulls

One could head back to Parking lot 6 and walk the trail to Stage Island
Pool overlook but also has another nice look at the PI Sound again but
closer - many geese, ducks and gulls feeding there - along the trail
over the hill=
there are various passerines that could prove interesting [Shrike??]

There are other viewing locations on the refuge to explore like the
Pines Trail [Parking lot 5], etc that I am probably short changing -
like the Snowy Owls [2 or 3] can be anywhere but the word spreads where
they are to be seen - just driving the main road you can spot various
raptors, geese, etc -even 1 late Great Egret

One exciting birding location and one great spot for photographers is
the northern end of Plum Island - head off the refuge and drive Northern
Blvd tothe very end to the parking lots. One option is at the end
walking out on a commercial dock for great scanning of Newburyport
Harbor for all the many many ducks, gulls, etc. Next exciting option
is to walk the beach to the right of the dock so you are looking
straight across to Salisbury Beach State Reservation.- keep walking
further up the beach to where you can easily scan the ripping ocean
water between the breakwaters entering or exiting the harbor depending
on the tide - hundreds & hundreds of ducks along with loons, grebes,
cormorants, gulls are tightly packed in feeding non-stop - if you were a
photographer, just sit along the beach and these species will swim close
by with no care of your presence.

Obviously best to get to the refuge early for all the early bird
movement but also to avoid all the tourist entering the refuge later
filling the parking lots - always special birds are there at the refuge
to make any trip exciting

For those interested in birding competition and supporting the Parker
River NWR and it's "Friends' Internship Fund" which helps support
wildlife conservation students working with the refuge staff, there is a
"Parker River NWR Winter Birding Challenge" that takes place between Feb
13th - 19th.Two separate competitions that covers the total Plum Island
- which person or team can see the most species in 1 day during that
week or the 2nd competition who or team can see the most species during
that week.

Stay safe
Strickland WheelockUxbridge MA

 

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Date: 1/11/21 9:25 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Kingfisher
BEKI on my neighbor's dock here in Dartmouth MA.

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

 

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Date: 1/11/21 7:01 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-headed Gull - Cape Cod Canal area
Black-headed Gull continues at Bourne rev area parking lot.

Thanks again to Andy Sanford.



Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 1/11/21 6:48 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ash-throated Flycatcher - Cape Cod Canal area

Ash-throated continues along the water right near where old Plymouth
Road intersects canal in Bourne.

Thanks again to Andy Sanford.



Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 1/11/21 6:26 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-headed Gull, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Townsend's Warbler - Cape Cod Canal area
A Black-headed Gull has been along the Cape Cod Canal lately. Perhaps
someone can supply some specifics.

An Ash-throated Flycatcher was found along the Canal yesterday. Found
along the Canal Service Road in Sagamore near Scusset Beach Road. 
41.7755322, -70.525568

This morning, a Townsend's Warbler was also near Ash-throated spot.  
Thank you, Andy Sanford.  41.7759685, -70.5308469

This info via the text line.

Thanks to everyone for sharing information.  It's good to be out birding!


Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 1/10/21 5:11 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 1/9/21 Duxbury Beach; - Raven and Glaucous Gull
Thanks to Rick Bowes for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: <rbowes...>
Subject: 1/9/21 Duxbury Beach; - Raven and Glaucous Gull
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2021 09:25:01 -0500


A Common Raven was flying about the Gurnet Saturday morning (doc pix:
https://pbase.com/rickbowes/image/171333251)


At the foot of the Gurnet cliff there were a number of gulls flying in the
strong wind and among them was a beautiful Glaucous Gull. Since birds I see
here generally are transient and often show up in Plymouth and points south.
These 3 photos were taken with full zoom and cropped:
https://pbase.com/rickbowes/image/171333252 (click next upper right to
advance pix)


Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA
<rbowes...>

 

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Date: 1/10/21 5:11 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Harwich birding - correction
Thanks to Ed Banks for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Edlow Banks <68edbanks...>
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 15:45:30 -0500
Subject:


Today was a great day birdwise:
Mourning Dove - 7
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2
Downey Woodpecker - 4
S - sparrowCarolina Wren - 1
E Bluebird - 6
Robin - 2
Cardinal - Yellow-rumpled Warbler - 1
-16 -16- Pine Warbler - 2
Song Sparrow - 3
White-throated Sparrow - 3
Junco - 10
Cardinal - 4
House Finch - 8
Pine Siskin 16
Goldfinch - 9
Happy Birding!

Ed Banks
Harwich

 

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Date: 1/10/21 12:32 pm
From: Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Surprising (?) Snowy Owl Behavior
You might call that a Snowy Duck.
--
<frederickbouchard...>

 

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Date: 1/10/21 5:50 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Boston Globe - Barred Owls
Here's an article from the Boston Globe Sunday Metro Section, originally
published 1/7:

Here’s looking at you: In the woods — or in your backyard — you might
see a barred owl this winter - The Boston Globe
<https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/01/07/metro/heres-looking-you-woods-or-your-backyard-you-might-see-barred-owl-this-winter>


Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<bbarb620...>
 

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Date: 1/10/21 5:33 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] The Red-shouldered and the Goose
Thanks to Dave Gibson for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 17:16:55 -0500
Subject: The Red-shouldered and the Goose


Hi MA birders, This is a piece that contains two different stories.
There's the story about the Canada Goose that fell from the sky not
far from me as I was out birding on Christmas Eve. There's also a
story about a close encounter I had with a Red-shouldered Hawk. I hope
you enjoy them both, and I welcome your feedback. Again, Happy New
Year! Here's the URL:
http://birdpartner.com/2021/01/09/scuffletown-creek-hunters/
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
 

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Date: 1/10/21 5:30 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Harwich birding
Thanks to Paul Peterson for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Edlow Banks <68edbanks...>
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 15:45:30 -0500
Subject:


Today was a great day birdwise:
Mourning Dove - 7
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2
Downey Woodpecker - 4
S - sparrowCarolina Wren - 1
E Bluebird - 6
Robin - 2
Cardinal - Yellow-rumpled Warbler - 1
-16 -16- Pine Warbler - 2
Song Sparrow - 3
White-throated Sparrow - 3
Junco - 10
Cardinal - 4
House Finch - 8
Pine Siskin 16
Goldfinch - 9
Happy Birding!

Ed Banks
Harwich

 

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Date: 1/9/21 1:56 pm
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Another crow roost - Auburn
Believe they head up near the airport. Been that way for years. Coes Pond
area they stage at on Mill St, Worcester. Fish Crows mixed in.

On Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 4:21 PM Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:

> Mark Blazis passes along a report of another crow roost somewhere in
> Auburn. A former student of his is seeing large numbers of crows flying
> near Southbridge Street across from Sword Street and the Industrial Park
> every day at approximately 4 pm. He notes thousands of crows moving
> south to north each day.
>
> Thanks for the report, Mark!
>
> Barbara Volkle
> Northborough, MA
> <barb620...>
>
--
Justin Lawson

 

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Date: 1/9/21 1:14 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Another crow roost - Auburn
Mark Blazis passes along a report of another crow roost somewhere in
Auburn.  A former student of his is seeing large numbers of crows flying
near Southbridge Street across from Sword Street and the Industrial Park
every day at approximately 4 pm.  He notes thousands of crows moving
south to north each day.

Thanks for the report, Mark!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 1/9/21 9:00 am
From: Ronald Zigler <ronaldzigler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Royalton Evening Grosbeaks
I had an opportunity to see and photograph the Evening Grosbeaks in Royalton yesterday. As advertised, there is an impressive gathering of these birds and the people with feeders are very friendly and welcoming. Since I arrived early, the resident informed me that the largest gathering usually begins around 10:30 AM and last till about 12:30 PM. She suggested that I look for the Red-shouldered Hawk up the hill on Fye Hill Rd so I took a walk up that hill.. I did not see the hawk, but instead found another feeder near the road with a small flock of about 12 Grosbeaks feeding there. The lighting was great for photos so I spent most of my time at that feeder. The link below is to an album of the images captured yesterday at this feeder.
Eventually, I went back down the hill and observed the larger flock that was beginning to arrive. I had another friendly chat with one of the homeowners who indicated he was going through 100 pounds of seed a week. I told him that must be why I have not seen these birds in the southern part of the state. They are being so well fed in Royalton ; )
Here is that link below
Ron ZiglerHolland, MA
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmTxqC6h


 

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Date: 1/9/21 7:52 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Surprising (?) Snowy Owl Behavior
That is a great Natural History observation and note Paul.
Thanks.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 9, 2021, at 9:37 AM, <phawk254...> wrote:
>
> 
> Julie and I were on Plum Island on January 8 and observed a rather heavily barred Snowy Owl sitting roughly 100 yards out in the marsh from the refuge road, where it appeared relatively safe from human harassment. I was photographing it while Julie was admiring it through the scope at 60X when she asked "What is the owl doing?" The owl had stretched out, apparently flat on its belly, looking like a penguin about to slide off the rock into the water (but the wings were held tightly to the body). I sagely suggested perhaps it had seen a vole or mouse approach oblivious to the owl and was stretching slowly to snatch it, similar in behavior to a heron.
>
> Then I caught saw movement out of the top of my field of view. An adult Bald Eagle was rapidly approaching from the south, perhaps sixty feet off the ground. The owl had obviously seen the eagle and had flattened itself into a small "melting pile of snow." The eagle flew directly overhead and past, seemingly oblivious to the feathered snow-pile. The owl craned its neck to follow the eagle, and then stood up, eyes fixed on the now fast disappearing eagle. The owl then assumed the normal relaxed vertical posture it had had less than a minute earlier.
>
> I've seen similar behavior by squirrels attempting to avoid a hawk, but never seen a Snowy react this way before.
>
> Best,
> Paul
>
> Paul M. Roberts
> Medford, MA
> <phawk254...>


 

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Date: 1/9/21 6:30 am
From: <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Surprising (?) Snowy Owl Behavior
Julie and I were on Plum Island on January 8 and observed a rather heavily barred Snowy Owl sitting roughly 100 yards out in the marsh from the refuge road, where it appeared relatively safe from human harassment. I was photographing it while Julie was admiring it through the scope at 60X when she asked "What is the owl doing?" The owl had stretched out, apparently flat on its belly, looking like a penguin about to slide off the rock into the water (but the wings were held tightly to the body). I sagely suggested perhaps it had seen a vole or mouse approach oblivious to the owl and was stretching slowly to snatch it, similar in behavior to a heron.

Then I caught saw movement out of the top of my field of view. An adult Bald Eagle was rapidly approaching from the south, perhaps sixty feet off the ground. The owl had obviously seen the eagle and had flattened itself into a small "melting pile of snow." The eagle flew directly overhead and past, seemingly oblivious to the feathered snow-pile. The owl craned its neck to follow the eagle, and then stood up, eyes fixed on the now fast disappearing eagle. The owl then assumed the normal relaxed vertical posture it had had less than a minute earlier.

I've seen similar behavior by squirrels attempting to avoid a hawk, but never seen a Snowy react this way before.

Best,
Paul

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

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Date: 1/9/21 3:53 am
From: <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Unusual Rough-legged Hawk at Plum Island Continued (long)
On Dec 31 I posted that Julie and I had seen a possible intermediate dark morph Rough-legged Hawk at Plum Island on the 30th. Perched, it looked to be a typical juvenile dark morph, overall a uniform brown, excepting what appeared to be a large white face patch on the forehead. When the bird roused, it briefly revealed what looked more like the underwing of a light morph bird, with paler wing linings accentuated by a black carpal patch, rather than the relatively uniform dark wing linings without a distinctive carpal patch that I usually see on dark morphs in Massachusetts.
I want to thank everyone who sent me photos of what might have been the bird I saw. Two, Susan Moses and Mark Timmerman were able to photograph at some distance the bird I am confident is the one I had seen, showing what I had observed as well as pale primary panels typical of juveniles. The photos were taken at considerable distance but enhanceable to prove helpful.
My interpretation is that this bird is juvenile dark morph best described by Brian Wheeler in his Raptors of Eastern North America (2003). which he notes is a "common plumage type in the East." He writes "Varies from very pale and nearly rivaling those of light morphs to moderately dark with...a fairly defined white mask." On the underwings "Dark brown axillaries, rufous coverts, and a sharply defined large black carpal patch."
Perched at a distance the bird looks like a typical dark morph juvenile or female, saving for a larger, brighter white face patch than I have ever seen before on a dark morph bird. (I'll note that my observations were made roughly 2000-3000 ft from the bird.) The photos suggest the patch is not dramatically larger than usual, but the white clearly "blew out" its periphery when I saw the bird perched. The wing linings are more heavily marked than on a light morph, but not nearly as uniformly dark as what is seen on the typical dark morph bird. I have seen at most two dark morph birds with somewhat similar wing linings in 45 years, and none with as bright a face patch (forehead).
Roughleg plumages are incredibly varied and complex, and are still be described and defined. Recent radiotracking of several migrating Roughlegs by Hawk Watch International reveals that we also have a lot to learn about their wide-ranging movements.
If anyone obtains good photos of this bird in flight, I would be grateful if you would contact me. Thank you to Susan and Mark for their sharing.

Best,
Paul

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

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Date: 1/8/21 7:00 pm
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Franklin County - Harlequin Duck, Rough-legged Hawk 01/08
Greetings birders,

The Harlequin Duck, initially found by Anne Jemas on Jan 1st, continues on
the Millers River just a little upstream from Cabot Camp. Yesterday evening
it was also observed swimming down the Connecticut River below the French
King Bridge.

A Rough-legged Hawk (light morph) was seen on the 7th and 8th along the
Mohawk Trail in Charlemont from the Deerfield River overlook/rest stop near
Hall Tavern Farm, and first reported by Brendan Murtha on the 7th.

In the Turner's Falls area the first-winter male Barrow's Goldeneye
continues to come into roost at the power canal but usually arrives very
late. A female Northern Pintail was present at the power canal this
evening, and there was a continuing Lesser Black-backed Gull at Barton
Cove, Gill.

Pics of the Rough-legged Hawk and some of the other species mentioned can
be seen here;


https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2021/01/ma-local-rough-legged-hawk-plus.html



Good birding,


James
https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/

 

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Date: 1/8/21 5:23 pm
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Worcester County Winter Finches (Friday, 1/8/2021)
Just a correction on that Royalston address. Its 8 No. Fitzwilliam Rd.

On Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 7:15 PM Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
wrote:

> [highlights]:
> Gardner High School: 9 PIGR (no males; plenty fruit by main entrance); 22
> CEWA
> Smith Dairy Farm, Templeton (off 68): cheese break: 10 unexceptional
> species; great cheeses!
> Royalston Center: ground zero (as for generations) is 8 No. WIlliamstown
> Rd: 21 EVGR; Coop quieted other regulars.
> Prince School, Princeton: 5 PIGR (no males; fruit gone); 7 EABL.
> ALSO: nearby Whitaker Lane (off Coal Kiln): RHWO (1 radiant adult of 3)
> [PARK AT CIRCLE AT END; observe request markers; birds in dead snags]
> good luck to all to to all a [Better] New Year!
> fred bouchard and andrew list
> --
> <frederickbouchard...>
> 78 farnham st
> <https://www.google.com/maps/search/78+farnham+st+belmont+02478+ma?entry=gmail&source=g>
> belmont 02478 ma
> <https://www.google.com/maps/search/78+farnham+st+belmont+02478+ma?entry=gmail&source=g>
> 617-484-6692
> www.fredbouchard.wordpress.com
>
> --
Justin Lawson

 

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Date: 1/8/21 4:09 pm
From: Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Worcester County Winter Finches (Friday, 1/8/2021)
[highlights]:
Gardner High School: 9 PIGR (no males; plenty fruit by main entrance); 22
CEWA
Smith Dairy Farm, Templeton (off 68): cheese break: 10 unexceptional
species; great cheeses!
Royalston Center: ground zero (as for generations) is 8 No. WIlliamstown
Rd: 21 EVGR; Coop quieted other regulars.
Prince School, Princeton: 5 PIGR (no males; fruit gone); 7 EABL.
ALSO: nearby Whitaker Lane (off Coal Kiln): RHWO (1 radiant adult of 3)
[PARK AT CIRCLE AT END; observe request markers; birds in dead snags]
good luck to all to to all a [Better] New Year!
fred bouchard and andrew list
--
<frederickbouchard...>
78 farnham st
belmont 02478 ma
617-484-6692
www.fredbouchard.wordpress.com

 

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Date: 1/8/21 1:51 pm
From: Leslie Kramer <kramer.lf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club 2021 Virtual Winter Meeting Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 7:00 PM
Greetings, Massbirders!

The Brookline Bird Club is pleased to invite you to attend our virtual zoom
Winter Meeting with Guest Speaker Geoffrey S. LeBaron: AUDUBON CHRISTMAS
BIRD COUNT: From 19th Century Conservation Action to 21st Century
Community Science.

Geoff LeBaron has been the Christmas Bird Count Director for the National
Audubon Society since 1987. He also works on other Community Science and
field work projects, including Climate Watch, Hummingbirds at Home, and
the Great Backyard Bird Count. He has been ornithological advisor for
numerous organizations, and a guide for domestic and international bird
and nature tours.


Please visit the BBC website to register for the talk:
https://www.brooklinebirdclub.org/



Good, safe birding,

Leslie Kramer

BBC PResident

 

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Date: 1/7/21 7:36 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Recent Short-eared Owl, Redheads, Barrow's Goldeneye, etc.
Thanks to Paul Peterson for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2021 21:43:37 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Recent Short-eared Owl, Redheads, Barrow's Goldeneye, etc.

I birdied the last four days:

Short-eared Owl 1 1/5 hunting over Belle Isle at dusk
(seen from Short Beach)
Iceland Gull 8 1/4 Deer Island ocean side
starting at the three yellow sodium
hypochlorite tanks
Redhead 2 1/6 Ell Pond in Melrose;
continuing
Barrow's Goldeneye 1 1/5 Orient Heights Yacht Club; third WINTER
here!
Black Scoter 1000 Deer Island (roughly) Wow!
Merlin 1 1/5 Fisherman's Bend Winthrop
Common Redpoll 9 1/7 Franklin Park birches pond edge

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 1/7/21 6:50 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Science Friday - January 1 birding content
Two stories about birds and birding on the January 1 broadcast of
Science Friday.  One was on the Christmas Bird Count, featuring Geoff
LeBaron, and  the other was on Black Birders Week.

You can listen or download from here:

Christmas Bird Count, Black Birders Week, Science Diction: Vaccine. Jan
1, 2021, Part 1 | Science Friday | WNYC Studios
<https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/science-friday/segments/christmas-bird-count-science-diction-vaccine-jan-1-2021-part-1>


Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 1/7/21 4:17 pm
From: judy parrot-willis <jep_willis...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Varied Thrush
Arriv at 9:30am, bird JUST arriv., 12:02, foraging 1min. before 'poof'! so dressing well can allow for a longer, tolerable wait! Many thanks to the tolerant homeowner!Judy Parrot-WillisN.Andover

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Date: 1/7/21 1:09 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Varied Thrush in Sudbury - please limit visitation - see below
Simon Perkins has been in touch with the homeowner.

From Simon:

1. No more than two cars at a time, so if there are two cars on the
street when you arrive, come back later.
2. No visitors on weekends.

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Here's the message from the homeowner:

Just an update, the thrush has been a regular crowd pleaser, showing up
several times a day for a brief period to satisfy the staked out
birders.  However, I'm getting complaints from my husband about the
number of cars on the street, so I'm reaching out to see what is the
best way to limit the birders.  Also, it would be great if we could have
the weekend birder free. I thought maybe the interest would taper off in
a few days, and maybe it still will, but I may be underestimating the
interest in this bird.  Thanks!
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With your help, the homeowners will be happy and visitation can continue
on this limited basis.
Thanks everyone!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA  <barb620...>



 

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Date: 1/7/21 1:05 pm
From: Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gray catbird, Milton
A huge early surprise at my heated water source this AM— a gray catbird taking a long drink. A rarity for January, and total surprise.

Robert Mussey, Milton

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/7/21 11:02 am
From: <environment...> <environment...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White-winged crossbills in Rockport
I had a flock of 10 white-winged crossbills fly over the house and settle into some spruces in a neighbor's yard and start feeding on the cones. After a few minutes they were scared up by a Cooper's Hawk and then flew off towards downtown Rockport. Dave PetersonGully Point, Rockport.
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Date: 1/6/21 6:17 pm
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Millers River - Harlequin Duck 01/06
Greetings birders,

After spending most of January 4th downriver at Barton Cove, Gill, the
first-winter male Harlequin Duck has returned to the Millers River just
below Millers Falls. The bird has been favoring the rapids about 1/4 mile
upriver from Cabot Camp which is at the end of East Mineral Road. The same
spot can also be accessed from Dorsey Road just off Rt 2. Other species
there today included a continuing Eastern Phoebe plus 6 Red Crossbills and
a Pine Grosbeak in the pines/spruces at Cabot Camp. Yesterday (01/05),
single Pine Grosbeaks were also at Meadow Road, Montague and Unity Park,
Turner's Falls.


A few recent pics of the Harlequin can be seen here;


http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2021/01/ma-little-more-harlequin.html



Good birding,



James
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/

 

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Date: 1/6/21 4:41 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Iceland Gulls at Tsongas Arena Lowell
Thanks to Dana Duxbury-Fox and Bob Fox for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Dana Fox <dana.fox1939...>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2021 14:13:09 -0500
Subject: Iceland Gulls at Tsongas Arena Lowell


4 Icelands -1 adult, 3 immatures mainly on roof of arena 1:30 pm.
Dana Duxbury-Fox and Bob Fox

 

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Date: 1/6/21 6:40 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brown Creeper / Newbury
first time I've seen one here in January!



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(by)..."not noticing birds in one's daily environment, one misses a whole segment of life on earth that can deliver joy every day." Bruce M. Beehler, 2019



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

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Date: 1/5/21 6:06 pm
From: GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Egret-Plum: issue with right foot?
Can some one check their images of this bird? Someone forwarded an image and then a second one and it appears the right foot is angled strangely. Might explain why it stuck around, if injured.

Glenn

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

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Date: 1/5/21 5:31 pm
From: CRAIG GIBSON <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winter Crow Roost: videos and blog updates!
Greetings all,

The action around the Winter Crow Roost continues to be dazzling!

First, you are invited to check out to short recent YouTube videos that help to appreciate this remarkable avian spectacle!

Working with an FAA certified drone pilot with all proper clearances, we explored the extended roost area during the staging process as the Crows were still moving around and had not yet converged into the overnight roost area. Every effort was made to follow strict drone conservation biology standards for this type of activity. Well worth a look!

Link: https://youtu.be/bSdnJ4w-d5U

Second, don't miss this two minute video from last night where we experienced some of the most dramatic scenes during the staging process and while the Crows were vocalizing and streaming towards the overnight roost, as we well as infrared video segments near the end showing an after dark staging area and then a scan along the roost trees with an infrared illuminator!

Link: https://youtu.be/nEFqX7u5_OY

Lastly, checkout the three recent blog postings listed below:

Blog: http://www.wintercrowroost.com/crow-patrol/

Mon. Dec. 28: with flight swarm action images and infrared images from after dark

Tues. Dec. 29: more flight action swarm images and the full moon rising over the Merrimack River

Wed. Dec. 30: staging and roosting images along with a night vision video showing a recurring group in the same location

Enjoy,

Craig Gibson
2021 Crow Patrol
Lawrence, MA
cbgibson AT comcast.net
 

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Date: 1/5/21 5:59 am
From: David Williams <dave.williams6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Winter Birding Challenge
Announcing the 2021 Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Winter Birding
Challenge!

The Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is pleased to announce
the inaugural Winter Birding Challenge. The goal of the Winter Birding
Challenge is to encourage birders to visit the Parker River National
Wildlife Refuge and Plum Island during the winter. Winter is an
extraordinarily productive time of year to explore the area’s salt marshes,
maritime forests, and coastal waters in search of birds.

The objective of the Winter Challenge is to observe and record as many bird
species as possible on or from Plum Island, on a single day or throughout
the contest period. The Winter Challenge will run during the week of
February 13 through 19, 2021 (7 days). By running the contest for seven
days, birders (teams of 1-4 members) can choose the day or days with the
best weather or that best fit their personal schedules.

All monies raised through the Winter Birding Challenge registration fees
and donations, will be used to support the Friends’ Internship Fund which
provides students interested in wildlife conservation with paid
opportunities to work with refuge staff.

For more information about the Winter Birding Challenge and how to
register, please visit the Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
website at: https://parkerriver.org/


Dave Williams

Reading, MA

 

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Date: 1/5/21 5:16 am
From: Leslie Kramer <kramer.lf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 3 Razorbills at cape cod canal - Scusset end of the canal
7:50 AM -

Leslie Kramer
Medford, MA

 

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Date: 1/4/21 6:19 pm
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's Falls - Harlequin Duck and Barrow's Goldeneye 01/04
Greetings birders,

The first-winter male Harlequin Duck first reported by Anne Jemas at the
Millers/Connecticut River confluence on Jan 1st has moved downstream to
Barton Cove, Gill. Today it was seen by many birders from Riverview Drive,
Gill and to a lesser extent from Unity Park, Turner's Falls. It was still
present on the cove at dusk. A first-winter Iceland Gull was also at Barton
Cove mixed in with a relatively small gull flock.

The last three evenings have also seen a first-winter male Barrow's
Goldeneye at the Turner's Falls power canal. This is the same bird that I
initially saw during the rainstorm on Christmas Day. It usually arrives at
the roost late, among the very last groups of Common Goldeneyes to drop
in.

A few pics from the day including both of the subject species can be seen
here;


http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2021/01/ma-harle-on-move-plus-barrows-goldeneye.html



Good birding,



James

 

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Date: 1/4/21 3:44 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] administrative requests - moderator message
Please, no administrative messages to the list.

Contact me directly with any questions or concerns.

Thank you!


Barbara Volkle
Moderator, MASSBIRD
Northborough, MA
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Date: 1/4/21 3:26 pm
From: Jim Guion <jim_guion...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RFI Varied Thrush in Sudbury
I have only seen a couple of people post and no comments about whether the owners are welcoming birders or not, nor any information about where the feeders are.

Any information greatly appreciated,

Jim Guion
Arlington, MA

 

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Date: 1/4/21 10:42 am
From: Annie Massed <annmarie.apple...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Please change my email for the massbird listing
Currently my email is <annmarie.apple...>
Please change to <dearbyrdie...>

thanks, include or listings
Annie Massed

 

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Date: 1/4/21 9:34 am
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird -- Royalston Town Center -- Jan 3, 2021
We drove out to Royalston yesterday morning hoping for winter finches and
were not disappointed. When I opened the car door I could hear Evening
Grosbeaks calling from every direction. Within minutes we had a flock of
40+ in one tree and another flock of 25+ visible nearby at the same time.
While I estimated 90 birds in all there could well have been many more.
The best looks were had at a house with feeders on Northeast Fitzwilliam
Road just north of the center of town. The house will be obvious and the
inhabitants quite friendly. This is also where we had the flock of 25
Siskins all in view at once on the ground. The Red Crossbills were a
flyover heading northwest earlier in the morning. The Pine Grosbeaks were
picking grit off the road on North Fitzwilliam Road near the houses there.
For reasons I don't understand these birds all disappeared from eBird
alerts yesterday so I thought people should find out about them. if you go
you can park in a small lot by the public library. Also noteworthy was a
group of about 15 Red Crossbills along the entrance road to Birch Hill Dam.

Before you grab your bins and head out west here is an article to read
about a bird that is causing a big stir in DC right now:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/01/03/painted-bunting-great-falls-bird-watchers/

Cliff Cook
Watertown

Royalston Town Center
Jan 3, 2021
8:30 AM
Traveling
2.00 miles
113 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 2.3 Build 2.3.7

12 Mourning Dove
1 Red-shouldered Hawk -- Very clear key-urrrr coming from mixed woods
twice. Top of N Fitzwilliam hill.
1 Red-tailed Hawk
4 Red-bellied Woodpecker
12 Downy Woodpecker
3 Hairy Woodpecker
65 Blue Jay
35 Black-capped Chickadee
15 Tufted Titmouse
8 Red-breasted Nuthatch
12 White-breasted Nuthatch
4 Brown Creeper
30 European Starling
10 House Sparrow
90 Evening Grosbeak -- Medium sized white yellow and brown birds with large
beaks. Everywhere around north end of town. Flocks of 25 and 40 south of
library. Group of 15 at intersection of N Fitzwilliam and NE Fitzwilliam.
Group of 10 at top of N Fitzwilliam hill.
2 Pine Grosbeak -- Two on road picking grit. Large beaks. Gray with pink
markings.
15 Red Crossbill -- Flyover group calling kip kip kip. Crossed bills
observed on a couple.
25 Pine Siskin
4 American Tree Sparrow
7 Dark-eyed Junco
1 White-throated Sparrow
3 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 22

 

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Date: 1/4/21 9:18 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] GBHEs in Dartmouth
We had two on the road as we drove in, and two across the marsh from the
house when we arrived back home.

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

 

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Date: 1/4/21 7:52 am
From: <redpoll...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sector 5B of Taunton-Middleboro CBC 1-3-2021
Sector 5B of the Taunton-Middleboro CBC is south and east of the Taunton
River and mostly bounded by Route 24 to the east, and encompasses parts of
Taunton, Berkeley, and Freetown, including Assonet Bay. For the past two
years, we have also quickly covered the Mill Pond WMA off Howland Road in
Assonet.

We were spared the recitation of all of the great birds seen in other
sectors of the count this year, since there was no tally party. So, of
course, yesterday we had some pretty good stuff in our normally quiet
sector. As usual, Susan and I were joined by Wayne Petersen and Jill
Mathieu.

Highlights included:
1 Great Blue Heron (not common despite river frontage),
4 Bald Eagles (amazing number, normally struggle to find one , 3 adults
and 1 first year),
1 Red-shouldered Hawk (it has been a long time since we had one),
1 Rough-legged Hawk (dark morph, in Mill Brook WMA in Assonet for 2 years
in a row),
87 Blue Jays (high number, everywhere there were oaks),
12 Carolina Wrens (good number),
17 Eastern Bluebirds (easy to miss normally),
1 Gray Catbird (not every year),
1 Brown Thrasher (Remarkable!),
1 Purple Finch (bright male - rare in our area),
93 Dark-eyed Juncos (good year for juncos), and
4 Pine Warblers (2 birds at each of 2 feeder locations).
2 Harbor Seals (well up the tidal Taunton River, seen from Dighton Rock
State Park).

Lowlights included:
Lowest number of waterfowl I can remember,
Sparse raptors (except eagles),
Very quiet woods and thickets,
Zero waxwings of any flavor,
Amazing number of empty feeders, and
Total absence of any grosbeaks, redpolls, crossbills, or even siskins.
(sigh)

Dave

David Larson
Bradford, MA
<redpoll...>
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Date: 1/3/21 3:27 pm
From: Leslie Kramer <kramer.lf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barrows Goldeneye, River Road, West Newbury
Thanks to a heads-up from a few birders, seen along River Road (near
#97-ish)this afternoon: a Barrow’s Goldeneye, 8 Common Goldeneye, 6+ Common
mergansers.

River Road is narrow: take care pulling over and letting cars pass.

Leslie Kramer
Barry Burden
Medford

 

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Date: 1/3/21 2:11 pm
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Harlequin Duck near Millers Falls/Erving; Sage Thrasher(s)
Hi MassBirders,

On New Year’s Day, Anne Jemas found a Harlequin Duck on the Miller’s River, between Erving and Millers Falls. While the species occurs regularly on the MA coast, this might be the first record for western MA. Veit and Peterson mention only three inland records, all east of I-495, all before 1965. And one of them is from Lynn, which sorta stretches the definition of “inland” (ha ha). eBird shows no other records at all away from the coast in MA, though there is another Valley record, about 10 years ago near Hartford CT.

Anyway, it is a first-winter male. Several local birders were initially skeptical of Anne’s post, suggesting that the bird was a female or immature scoter, or Bufflehead, etc., but James Smith followed up on her report and got brilliant photos confirming her ID. Yet another lesson that, just because a birder is not one of the widely recognized names, and is reporting a locally rare species, and didn’t get a photo, doesn’t always mean that they misidentified the bird! Numerous other local birders have seen the duck since, swimming on the Millers River just upstream of its confluence with the Connecticut, and occasionally crawling out on rocks in the river. Most have observed it from the pedestrian bridge at Cabot Camp, an eBird hotspot:
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L2168351 <https://hampshirebirdclub.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6322678d908a8acbad1620c53&id=02a5f87fa7&e=99688ad12b>

Note that access to this pedestrian bridge involves a somewhat steep downhill approach, on foot from the east side, by car from the west, so could be treacherous if there is any ice or snow on the pavement. The approach from the east is via Dorsey Road, on the south side of Route 2, a little ways east of the French King Bridge. From the west it is at the end of East Mineral Road from Millers Falls.

Also: for the past few weeks, birders have been seeing a Sage Thrasher near Hatfield. I’m somewhat shocked that this apparently has not been posted on MassBird yet, beyond two brief mentions buried within posts mainly about other topics. However, the location is a bit dicey: poor-quality roads where cars can get hopelessly stuck in mud, surrounded by private property, some with owners irritated by birders who park carelessly or trespass off the road. So I would not necessarily recommend chasing it, and have not yet done so myself. But it has been an amazing season for eastward vagrant Sage Thrashers - one just across the state line in Vermont was present at least through New Year’s Day, and another was in eastern New York state just up the Pike from Stockbridge for about half of November, both mentioned here on MassBird - so this one seemed worth adding to the picture. Given that this is not the easiest species in the world to detect or identify (the birder who found the one in Hatfield was unfamiliar with the species, and posted a photo on FaceBook asking for help identifying it), there easily could be others around.

Good birding!

Josh



Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
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Date: 1/2/21 6:02 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ivory Gull - Andrews Point, Rockport
An amazing report by Rick Heil from ebird - copied below.

This bird may still be in the area.

If Rick or others have additional details on this sighting, please share!

Thanks for this detailed report, Rick!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) (1)
- Reported Jan 02, 2021 07:20 by Rick Heil
- Andrews Point, Rockport, Essex, Massachusetts
- Map:http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-70.6204365&<ll...>,-70.6204365
- Checklist:https://ebird.org/checklist/S78533180
- Comments: "Amazing!!! During my seawatch today I had a clear adult Ivory Gull passing NW to SE (as virtually all storm birds do here) at about 250-300 yards, just after 0830 hrs., overtaking and passing two kittiwakes, and disappearing around the corner; in view about 10-12 seconds in my scope. Before it went around the corner and out of view I fumbled for my iPhone to attempt a digiscoped shot but failed to get it set up quickly enough. Visibility was fairly decent at the time, as it was about forty minutes prior to the fog moving in.

Description: gleaming pure all bright white medium sized gull, as bright as the white on an adult gannet; clean bright white from head to tail without a mark; It actually immediately recalled a Snow Petrel to me (having seen many on trips to Antarctica); It appeared just slightly larger than the kittiwake in the same scope view, but with a very different shape and flight style.

The bird was heavier-bodied than the kittiwake in the same view, and the wings were much broader based, but angular, appearing fairly long, and very pointed towards the tip; the flight was steady, straight, level, and strong, with rapid wingbeats, no gliding noted; the flight reminded me somewhat of a jaeger, and easily overtook and passed the kittiwakes; the tail was shortish, appeared square, pure white like the rest of the plumage; the feet were not visible.

The bill appeared short; I couldn't perceive any color, but was clearly pale at the tip and darker toward the base; even at several hundred yards I could see the dark eye that stood out on the plain bright white face through the scope.

I have no doubt at all that this was an adult Ivory Gull; a leucistic/albinistic kittiwake can be eliminated by the IVGU's slightly larger size, heavier body, broader wings - especially the inner wing, and different flight style and behavior; a pale 1W or especially 2W (which can be quite white later in winter) Kumlien's/Iceland Gull can be eliminated by this birds clearly smaller size, pure gleaming white plumage, versus the creamier or 'dirty' white plumage of Iceland, and also by the pale tipped, dark-based bill, the obverse of a 2W Iceland Gull.

I've seen several Ivory Gulls over the years, including three in Massachusetts; this is also my second record of Ivory Gull for Andrew's Point in my 46 years of seawatching here; a first-winter bird was present in the area the winter of 1976-77, and I had it pass the point on 8 Jan. 1977 (photographed)."

 

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Date: 1/2/21 12:02 pm
From: Garry Kessler <gkessler001...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lake Chauncy, Westborough
One male common goldeneye, continuing scaup, lots of hooded mergansers,
Canada geese and ring-billed gulls. In the fields, song sparrows,
white-throated sparrows, American tree sparrows, bluebirds and the ever
present red-tailed hawk. I wasn't able to relocate the common redpolls I
saw yesterday.

https://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p937986789/hf3f5dcbe#hf4505c2f -
common redpoll

Garry Kessler

Westborough, MA


 

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Date: 1/2/21 10:22 am
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Millers River - inland Harlequin
Greetings birders,

Yesterday evening I read a fascinating report from Anne Jemes concerning a
young Harlequin on the Millers River near Millers Falls. The description
was excellent and I followed it up this morning finding a first-winter male
Harlequin just upriver from the confluence of the Connecticut and Millers
Rivers, actually not too far from the French King Bridge on Rt 2. The spot
can be accessed from Dorsey Road/Pine Meadow Road with a small amount of
parking close to the bike path bridge over the Millers River at East
Mineral Road. A narrow footpath on the east bank follows the river upstream
and the bird was about 1/4 mile upriver from the bike path bridge. It was
the only duck present on that particular stretch.

Congratulations go to Anne Jemes for an exceptional find.

A few pics of the bird, the habitat and a map of the location can be seen
here;

http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2021/01/ma-harlequin-in-franklin-county.html


<http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2021/01/ma-harlequin-in-franklin-county.html>
Good birding,


James

 

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Date: 1/2/21 7:40 am
From: <anhinga3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] New Year's Day Birding Trip 01/01/2021
Happy New Year MassBirders!



Well, yesterday Mark Burns and I would have led our 25th Annual New Year's
Day Birding Trip for the Brookline Bird Club. But we cancelled the trip due
to the pandemic. While we missed seeing our NYD "regular" trip attendees we
birded the day with a few friends and met up with others at several birding
spots. We started our day at 9:00AM and birded right up to 5:00PM. Stops
included Cashman Park; Salisbury Beach State Reservation; points in between
Bolton, Clinton, Sterling, Lancaster, and Princeton; and Newbury. It was a
perfect winter day with a crystal blue sky and temperatures in the
mid-to-high 30s and low 40s. My day list consists of 37 species but I know
there were birds seen by others that I did not see. Here's my NYD list:



Canada Goose

American Black Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Hooded Merganser (Sterling backroads)

Northern Harrier

Red-tailed Hawk

Merlin (Route 495 fly by)

Wild Turkey (Sterling backroads)

Herring Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Snowy Owl (Salisbury)

Belted Kingfisher (Lancaster backroads)

Red-headed Woodpecker (Princeton)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Lancaster)

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker (Clinton backroads)

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Carolina Wren

American Robin

Northern Mockingbird (My 1st bird of the year)

European Starling

Yellow-throated Warbler (Lancaster)

Snow Bunting (Salisbury)

Northern Cardinal

Pine Grosbeak (Bolton)

House Finch

Red Crossbill (Salisbury)

White-winged Crossbill (Salisbury)

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow



Here's wishing you all a very Happy, Healthy, and Birdy 2021!



Laura H. de la Flor

Salem, MA



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

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






 

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Date: 1/2/21 5:24 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Redpolls at Burrage in Hanson MA
Thanks to Paul McGovern for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*


From: Paul McGovern <rovr66...>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2021 23:59:55 -0500
Subject: Redpolls at Burrage in Hanson MA


We were able to get very nice views of about 75 Redpolls today at
Burrage WMA in Hanson. The birds were feeding on Birch catkins.
Peterson’s states that Hoary Redpolls often hang out with Commons. If
I had known that I would have been more careful to scope the flock. I
just assumed they were all Common Redpolls.
Cheers, Paul McGovern Hanson MA
 

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Date: 1/1/21 8:17 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 12/28 Bald Eagles and Fox SPARROW in South Dorchester, etc.
Thanks to Paul Peterson for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*


*From:* 'Paul Peterson'
*To:* Massbird MASSBIRD <massbird...>; Boston Birds
<bostonbirds...>
*Sent:* Wednesday, December 30, 2020, 09:56:51 PM EST
*Subject:* [BostonBirds] 12/28 Bald Eagles and Fox SPARROW in South
Dorchester, etc.

I birded in the Neponset Marsh and nearby Cedar Grove Cemetery in
Dorchester the other day.

Great Blue Heron 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Common Merganser 4
Red-breasted Merganser 2
Red-tailed Hawk 3                   all perched out in marsh
Bald Eagle 2                           perched on Milton side
Belted Kingfisher 1
Mourning Dove 30
Northern Flicker 1                     Dorchester Park
Carolina Wren 1
Fox SPARROW 1                  cemetery just beyond tall dirt piles if
coming from Butler St. entrance
American Tree SPARROW  9    near Fox SPARROW
White-throated SPARROW 5   ditto
Song SPARROW 7                ditto
Dark-eyed Junco 5                ditto
Red-winged Blackbird 50         marsh

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 1/1/21 8:13 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 1/1 Marsh Wren, Short_Eared Owl, etc. At Belle Isle East Boston
Thanks to Paul Peterson for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*


Date: Sat, 2 Jan 2021 03:30:16 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
TSubject: 1/1 Marsh Wren, Short_Eared Owl, etc. At Belle Isle East Boston


It was a banner day:


Great Blue Heron 2
American Wigeon 3 inlet



Red-tailed Hawk 2
Cooper`s Hawk 1
Black-bellied Plover 1 calling;flying low over inlet
Short-eared Owl 1 on marsh left side of berm from end of boardwalk
Hairy Woodpecker 1 first ever here!
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
American Kestrel 1 mostly in meadow(main section)
MARSH WREN 1 marsh edge at Park Place (across from
station and down a bit; calling
Swamp SPARROW 3

Common Redpoll 21 birch grove at new boardwalk(parking lot area)

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston


 

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Date: 1/1/21 6:29 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 1/1: Sagamore - Black-headed Gull continues - new photo
Thanks to Rick Bowes for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*


From: <rbowes...>
Subject: 1/1: Sagamore - Black-headed Gull continues - new photo
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2021 18:29:49 -0500


2021 got off to a nice start with 2 Great-horned Owls calling to each other
at our house at midnight ... Bird #1 for the year!

A short trip to Scusset Beach via North Plymouth turned up a Coot (Cordage
pond), Razorbills in the canal, and when we stopped at the Sagamore
Recreation Area lot overlooking the canal, the Black-headed Gull we found on
December 19 was there to greet us. Close photo with coordinates at:
https://pbase.com/image/171314574.


Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA
<rbowes...>

Duxbury Beach info at: <https://www.town.duxbury.ma.us/duxbury-beach>
https://www.town.duxbury.ma.us/duxbury-beach


 

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Date: 1/1/21 8:48 am
From: <redpoll...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Adult Glaucous gull at Jodrey fish pier
Gloucester
On the bow of the Endeavor, fishing boat

David Larson
Bradford, MA
 

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Date: 1/1/21 6:59 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] GB Herons
Three Great Blue Herons greeted the New Year with me at 7:30 this morning
in Dartmouth MA.

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

 

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Date: 1/1/21 5:25 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Correction: 4 GBHE
in the marsh behind our house in Dartmouth MA.

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

 

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Date: 12/31/20 3:34 pm
From: <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Possible Intermediate Dark Morph Rough-legged Hawk Plum Island 12.30.20
Wednesday Julie and I saw what appeared to be a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk sitting on bushes on the far end of Cross Farm Hill. Through a 60x scope when perched it appeared to be a uniformly brownish bird with a white patch on the lores and forehead as well as a pale spot on the rear crown. (Similar to Plate 420 in Brian Wheeler's Raptors of Eastern North America, 2003, but an overall lighter brown coloration on the body.) At one point it roused and briefly raised its wings to rebalance itself. In that very brief moment the left underwing was visible through the scope. Unlike the typical dark morph the wing lining appeared tawny with a sharply contrasting blackish carpal patch. The breast did not appear to have any light or pale brown patches but was brown consistent with the solid belly color.
The head color did not resemble the "Devonshire cream" of some light morph juveniles. The head, throat, upper breast and neck appeared uniformly brown, except for the light patch on the upper face as best as I could discern.
This could be the uncommon "intermediate dark morph" briefly touched on by several guides. If anyone has photographed this bird or is able to going forward, could you please contact me regarding an opportunity to look at and evaluate the photos. I've seen only one or two "intermediate dark morph" birds ever, and none with the white lores and forehead seen on this bird. (Roughlegs are highly variable.)

Best,
Paul

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

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Date: 12/31/20 1:19 pm
From: Tom Murray <tmurray74...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northern Shrike - Fitch's Bridge rd. Groton
The immature shrike that Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan reported this morning was still in the tree tops this afternoon.

For my complete list with pictures here's the eBird report: https://ebird.org/checklist/email?subID=S78325286

Tom MurrayGroton, Ma.




 

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Date: 12/31/20 8:06 am
From: Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northern Shrike - Fitch's bridge Road, Groton, MA
Juvenile bird hanging around on the trees by the bridge and hunting. Also
calling and singing from the tallest tree on the mud road by the farthest
field on the west side.

Sundar L
Littleton, MA.

 

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Date: 12/30/20 8:45 pm
From: Matt S. <accipiter22...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 12/30/2020 Lancaster Yellow-Throated Warbler Continues
Hi All,

The yellow-throated warbler is still continuing. I took a drive out there
today and spoke with the owner, such a nice person, I feel like we should
pool some money for a seed donation or something for her ample number of
feeders. I noticed that the warbler was coming every 20 minutes or so,
then flying into some woods across the street, and back a ways. When I
looked through the woods I realized I was looking into someone else's yards
with feeders set up. I think the warbler was bouncing back and forth
between them. There was also a small group of bluebirds there as well,
quite vibrant, I assume from the good diet provided.

That's All For Now,

Matt S.
Newton, MA
Accipiter22 @ Gmail.com

 

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Date: 12/30/20 6:26 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] "Trash Birds" or "Treasure Birds"
Thanks to Dave Gibson for this notice.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*


From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2020 16:42:00 -0500
Subject: "Trash Birds" or "Treasure Birds"

Some people consider European Starlings "trash birds." Such was the
case with Joanne, a veterinarian from Maryland. But she changed her
mind after a brief encounter with one at the National Aviary in
Pittsburgh. Here's her story:
http://birdpartner.com/2020/12/30/life-lesson/. Happy New Year, and
thank you so much for taking time to read my bird blog this past year.

Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
 

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Date: 12/30/20 4:30 pm
From: Valerie Burdette <sailorgirl978...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] seeking info on pond by Argilla-Northgate-Essex fields (Ipswich)
I'm looking for information on a pond referenced in an ebird checklist,
either in or near the Argilla-Northgate-Essex road field complex in
Ipswich. I've viewed geese here from the roads before, from several
vantage points, but I am not familiar with ponds other than a small one on
Heartbreak Road. I stopped by these fields today and didn't find a pond
that could hold 600-700 geese. (There were just 4 geese on the fields, but
150 flying over, most heading west.) I read in this checklist a reference
to a "pond down the lane" with 600-700 geese (Canadas and one snow goose),
on 12/29:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S78219919
Can anyone provide tips?
Thanks.
-Valerie Burdette
Bolton, MA
<sailorgirl978...>

 

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Date: 12/30/20 12:07 pm
From: Shilo McDonald <shilocm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brown-headed Cowbirds, Lynn, 12-29
Dear MassBirders,
Yesterday, I had two immature Brown-headed Cowbirds enjoying the complimentary breakfast I offer in my backyard.

Report with 24 Photos:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S78260999

Text only report below.

Healthy Holidays!
- Shilo McDonald
Lynn, Massachusetts
ShiloCM at Yahoo dot com

"Lots of my friends have babies. I don't have any babies. But I do have lots of friends. Babies don't have any friends."
- Steven Wright, comedian from Massachusetts


Shilo's Animal Sanctuary, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Dec 29, 2020 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Checklist Comments: Birding from inside the house.
19 species

Wild Turkey 13 Female flock.
Mourning Dove 12 Photos attached.
Herring Gull 2 Flying by.
Downy Woodpecker 1 Eating suet.
Northern Flicker 1 Eating peanuts and also eating suet. Photos attached.
Blue Jay 4
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Taking a peek inside the Owl Box.
Carolina Wren 1 Heard only. Singing.
European Starling 5
House Sparrow 18
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 3 Eating Nyjer.
Dark-eyed Junco 5 Photo attached.
White-throated Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 2 Immatures. Enjoying complimentary breakfast at the buffet. Photos attached.
Northern Cardinal 2
 

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Date: 12/30/20 11:50 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crossbills and Redpolls in Westport
Over the last few days, a few flocks of a dozen or so redpolls and crossbills have been working the shoreline thickets and forest between Gooseberry and the mouth of the Westport River (no reliable single location).
Also today, a Fox Sparrow and Greater Yellowlegs.

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
Get Outlook for Android<https://aka.ms/ghei36>

 

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Date: 12/30/20 9:21 am
From: Janice F. Jorgensen <janicejorgensen...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Northampton (MANO) CBC results for 12/20/2020
And our numbers continue to grow as we near the end of compiling. It has been a great year and thank you to all for helping our MANO CBC be successful.

Best Regards,

Janice F. Jorgensen
150 River Drive
Hadley, MA 01035
413-585-0145 (home)
413-320-9494 (cell)
507 6372-9685 (WhatsApp)
<janicejorgensen...>

> On Dec 29, 2020, at 11:00 PM, Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:
>
>
> Thanks to Janice Jorgensen for this report.
>
>
> Barbara Volkle
> Northborough, MA
> <barb620...>
>
> *
>
>
>> *From: *"Janice F. Jorgensen" <cbc...> <mailto:<cbc...>>
>> *Subject: **Northampton (MANO) CBC results for 12/20/2020*
>> *Date: *December 26, 2020 at 11:19:44 AM EST
>> *To: *massbird <massbird...> <mailto:<massbird...>>
>>
>> On Sunday, December 20, binoculars in hand... scopes at the ready, 185 field participants ventured out into the snowy streets and fields and 40+ participants watched their feeders for the 87th MANO Northampton CBC. Due to a heavy snowfall in the past week, some birders donned snowshoes while others were birding in their cars due to unplowed farm roads.
>>
>> A total of 86 species were found amongst the 36374 birds counted, including a very wayward Sage Thrasher and two “head turning” common species: a leucistic Black - capped Chickadee and an Ipswich Savannah Sparrow.
>>
>> New High Count records included 41 Cooper’s Hawk, 208 Red-tailed Hawk, 339 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 70 Pileated Woodpecker, 8 Merlin, 1784 Blue Jay, 43 Common Raven, 666 White breasted Nuthatch, 218 Carolina Wren and 30 White-crowned Sparrow.
>>
>> Other unusual species for the Count included: 9 (HC) Red-shouldered Hawk, 36 Pine Grosbeak, and 1 Hoary Redpoll.
>>
>> Count Week birds include: Red-headed Woodpecker, Fox Sparrow, Black Vulture, Lincoln’s Sparrow. We are saving 12/19/2021 for the next MANO CBC
>>
>> Canada Goose 2810
>>
>> American Black Duck 117
>> Mallard 480
>> Northern Pintail
>> Dabbling duck sp 3
>> Common Goldeneye 42
>> Hooded Merganser 55
>> Common Merganser 103
>> Ring-necked Pheasant 2
>> Wild Turkey 72
>> Great Blue Heron 17
>> Northern Harrier adult 6
>> Northern Harrier-imm 4
>> Sharp-shinned Hawk 13
>> Cooper's Hawk 41
>> Bald Eagle adult 14
>> Bald Eagle immature 5
>> Red-tailed Hawk 208
>> Ring-billed Gull 87
>> Herring Gull 2
>> gull sp 2
>> Rock Pigeon 480
>> Mourning Dove 1918
>> Eastern Screech-Owl 26
>> Great Horned Owl 54
>> Barred Owl 7
>> Short-eared Owl 2
>> Belted Kingfisher 18
>> Red-bellied Woodpecker 339
>> Yell-bellied Sapsucker 19
>> Downy Woodpecker 491
>> Hairy Woodpecker 181
>> Northern Flicker 58
>> Pileated Woodpecker 70
>> American Kestrel 2
>> Merlin 8
>> Peregrine Falcon 7
>> Eastern Phoebe 1
>> Blue Jay 1784
>> American Crow 2407
>> Common Raven 43
>> Horned Lark 1478
>> Black-capped Chickadee 2026
>> Tufted Titmouse 780
>> Red-breasted Nuthatch 80
>> White-breasted Nuthatch 666
>> Brown Creeper 23
>> Winter Wren 7
>> Carolina Wren 218
>> Golden-crowned Kinglet 24
>> Eastern Bluebird 342
>> Hermit Thrush 9
>> American Robin 597
>> Grey Catbird 2
>> Brown Thrasher 1
>> Northern Mockingbird 102
>> European Starling 8790
>> Cedar Waxwing 77
>> Snow Bunting 31
>> Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
>> American Tree Sparrow 446
>> Field Sparrow 2
>> Fox Sparrow cw
>> Dark-eyed Junco 2341
>> White-crowned Sparrow 30
>> White-throated Sparrow 431
>> Savannah Sparrow 56
>> Song Sparrow 362
>> Swamp Sparrow 6
>> Northern Cardinal 815
>> Red-winged Blackbird 68
>> Rusty Blackbird 4
>> Common Grackle 32
>> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
>> House Finch 701
>> Purple Finch 8
>> Red Crossbill 6
>> Common Redpoll 360
>> Pine Siskin 192
>> American Goldfinch 762
>> Evening Grosbeak 3
>> House Sparrow 2438
>> Bufflehead 1
>> Green-winged Teal 1
>> Red-Shouldered Hawk 9
>> Wilson's Snipe 2
>> Northern Saw-whet Owl 1
>> Red-headed Woodpecker cow
>> Lapland Longspur 1
>> Pine Grosbeak 36
>> Hoary Redpoll 1
>> Lincoln's Sparrow cw
>> Black Vulture cw
>> House Wren 1
>> Sage Thrasher 1
>> “Ipswich” Savannah Sparrow 1
>> WestTaiga White-Crowned Sparrow 1
>> Leucistic Chickadee 1
>>
>>
>> Best Regards,
>>
>> Janice F. Jorgensen
>> 150 River Drive
>> Hadley, MA 01035
>> 413-585-0145 (home)
>> 413-320-9494 (cell)
>> 507 6372-9685 (WhatsApp)
>> <janicejorgensen...> <mailto:<janicejorgensen...>
>>
>


 

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Date: 12/30/20 8:14 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-winged Blackbirds / Newbury

draining my feeders!




------------------------------------
(by)..."not noticing birds in one's daily environment, one misses a whole segment of life on earth that can deliver joy every day." Bruce M. Beehler, 2019



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

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Date: 12/30/20 7:42 am
From: CRAIG GIBSON <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hartford Crow Roost: recent visit
Greetings all,

For those with an interest, had an exciting visit Saturday night at the long standing Winter Crow Roost in Hartford, CT.

It was a cold, dry evening and the streaming, staging, and roosting Crow activities were exhilarating to watch and behold!

Over past few days, have been in contact with members of the team of Hartford CBC counters who have been tracking and counting this roost for years. Recently, they have had big variations in their roost counts, and have shared a number of invaluable lessons on the very unique task of counting Crows, in and around an overnight winter roost, at dusk, in the dark, and with all types of wild flight patterns around the general roost area. A list of lessons learned is at bottom of post and well worth a look!

Please review the lessons learned list and share other ideas you might have by return email. I'm working on a Winter Crow Roost counting guide and welcome inputs.

Blog: http://www.wintercrowroost.com/hartford-crow-roost/

Enjoy,

Craig Gibson
2020 Crow Patrol
Lawrence, MA
cbgibson AT comcast.net
 

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Date: 12/30/20 6:35 am
From: Melissa Aldrich <melcaldrich...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Holland MA
Hello all,

Excited to see 3 male Hooded Mergansers and 1-2 females on the Northern
pond of Hamilton Reservoir, east side. They've been around all morning.
Just piqued my curiosity. New species on my life list. Beautiful!

Melissa Aldrich
413-219-2418

 

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Date: 12/30/20 4:50 am
From: Steve Knapp <brimel2527...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Heron
A great blue heron just flew over the Great Meadow at Ward Reservation in
Andover.

Steve Knapp
Andover, MA

 

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Date: 12/29/20 8:04 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northampton (MANO) CBC results for 12/20/2020

Thanks to Janice Jorgensen for this report.


Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*


> *From: *"Janice F. Jorgensen" <cbc...>
> <mailto:<cbc...>>
> *Subject: **Northampton (MANO) CBC results for 12/20/2020*
> *Date: *December 26, 2020 at 11:19:44 AM EST
> *To: *massbird <massbird...> <mailto:<massbird...>>
>
> On Sunday, December 20, binoculars in hand... scopes at the ready, 185
> field participants ventured out into the snowy streets and fields and
> 40+ participants watched their feeders for the 87th MANO Northampton
> CBC.  Due to a heavy snowfall in the past week, some birders donned
> snowshoes while others were birding in their cars due to unplowed farm
> roads.
>
> A total of 86 species were found amongst the 36374 birds counted,
> including a very wayward Sage Thrasher and two “head turning” common
> species: a leucistic Black - capped Chickadee and an Ipswich Savannah
> Sparrow.
>
> New High Count records included 41 Cooper’s Hawk, 208 Red-tailed Hawk,
> 339 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 70 Pileated Woodpecker, 8 Merlin, 1784
> Blue Jay, 43 Common Raven, 666 White breasted Nuthatch, 218 Carolina
> Wren and 30 White-crowned Sparrow.
>
> Other unusual species for the Count included: 9 (HC) Red-shouldered
> Hawk, 36 Pine Grosbeak, and 1 Hoary Redpoll.
>
> Count Week birds include: Red-headed Woodpecker, Fox Sparrow, Black
> Vulture, Lincoln’s Sparrow.   We are saving 12/19/2021 for the next
> MANO CBC
>
> Canada Goose 2810
>
> American Black Duck 117
> Mallard 480
> Northern Pintail
> Dabbling duck sp 3
> Common Goldeneye 42
> Hooded Merganser 55
> Common Merganser 103
> Ring-necked Pheasant 2
> Wild Turkey 72
> Great Blue Heron 17
> Northern Harrier adult 6
>   Northern Harrier-imm 4
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 13
> Cooper's Hawk 41
> Bald Eagle adult 14
>   Bald Eagle immature 5
> Red-tailed Hawk 208
> Ring-billed Gull 87
> Herring Gull 2
>   gull sp 2
> Rock Pigeon 480
> Mourning Dove 1918
> Eastern Screech-Owl 26
> Great Horned Owl 54
> Barred Owl 7
> Short-eared Owl 2
> Belted Kingfisher 18
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 339
> Yell-bellied Sapsucker 19
> Downy Woodpecker 491
> Hairy Woodpecker 181
> Northern Flicker 58
> Pileated Woodpecker 70
> American Kestrel 2
> Merlin 8
> Peregrine Falcon 7
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Blue Jay 1784
> American Crow 2407
> Common Raven 43
> Horned Lark   1478
> Black-capped Chickadee 2026
> Tufted Titmouse 780
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 80
> White-breasted Nuthatch 666
> Brown Creeper 23
> Winter Wren 7
> Carolina Wren 218
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 24
> Eastern Bluebird 342
> Hermit Thrush   9
> American Robin 597
> Grey Catbird 2
> Brown Thrasher 1
> Northern Mockingbird 102
> European Starling 8790
> Cedar Waxwing 77
> Snow Bunting 31
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
> American Tree Sparrow 446
> Field Sparrow 2
> Fox Sparrow cw
> Dark-eyed Junco 2341
> White-crowned Sparrow 30
> White-throated Sparrow 431
> Savannah Sparrow 56
> Song Sparrow 362
> Swamp Sparrow 6
> Northern Cardinal 815
> Red-winged Blackbird 68
> Rusty Blackbird 4
> Common Grackle 32
> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> House Finch 701
> Purple Finch 8
> Red Crossbill 6
> Common Redpoll 360
> Pine Siskin 192
> American Goldfinch 762
> Evening Grosbeak 3
> House Sparrow 2438
> Bufflehead 1
> Green-winged Teal 1
> Red-Shouldered Hawk 9
> Wilson's Snipe 2
> Northern Saw-whet Owl 1
> Red-headed Woodpecker cow
> Lapland Longspur 1
> Pine Grosbeak 36
> Hoary Redpoll 1
> Lincoln's Sparrow cw
> Black Vulture cw
> House Wren 1
> Sage Thrasher 1
> “Ipswich” Savannah Sparrow 1
> WestTaiga White-Crowned Sparrow 1
> Leucistic Chickadee 1
>
>
> Best Regards,
>
> Janice F. Jorgensen
> 150 River Drive
> Hadley, MA 01035
> 413-585-0145 (home)
> 413-320-9494 (cell)
> 507 6372-9685 (WhatsApp)
> <janicejorgensen...> <mailto:<janicejorgensen...>
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Date: 12/29/20 11:49 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Make that Four Great Blue Herons
sitting across from our house on the marsh in S. Dartmouth

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

 

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Date: 12/29/20 10:55 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Herons
...however one this past Sunday, flying east to west about a mile out over the ocean off the eastern side of Race Point Beach seemed fairly odd. I barely see them out there during warmer months!

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From: <massbird-approval...> <massbird-approval...> on behalf of Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2020 10:45:04 AM
To: Regina Harrison <onebirdlife...>
Cc: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>; <massbird...> <massbird...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Herons

If you look at the ebird data they are year round in massachusetts. pretty regular on any open water even in winter and def easy to find given the current winter as of today.

On Tue, Dec 29, 2020 at 10:36 AM Regina Harrison <onebirdlife...><mailto:<onebirdlife...>> wrote:
I saw one at Woburn's Horn Pond on December 26. We have some hardy herons here! I wonder if they are year-round residents, or more northern birds coming south.

Regina Harrison
<onebirdlife...><mailto:<onebirdlife...>
Woburn, MA

On Tue, Dec 29, 2020 at 8:52 AM alice morgan <morgan.alice...><mailto:<morgan.alice...>> wrote:
To my surprise, there are two Great Blue Herons on the marsh this morning in Dartmouth!

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

 

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Date: 12/29/20 7:50 am
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Herons
If you look at the ebird data they are year round in massachusetts. pretty
regular on any open water even in winter and def easy to find given the
current winter as of today.

On Tue, Dec 29, 2020 at 10:36 AM Regina Harrison <onebirdlife...>
wrote:

> I saw one at Woburn's Horn Pond on December 26. We have some hardy herons
> here! I wonder if they are year-round residents, or more northern birds
> coming south.
>
> Regina Harrison
> <onebirdlife...>
> Woburn, MA
>
> On Tue, Dec 29, 2020 at 8:52 AM alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
> wrote:
>
>> To my surprise, there are two Great Blue Herons on the marsh this morning
>> in Dartmouth!
>>
>> --
>> Alice & Dane Morgan
>> Brookline & S. Dartmouth, MA
>>
> --
Justin Lawson

 

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Date: 12/29/20 7:31 am
From: Regina Harrison <onebirdlife...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Herons
I saw one at Woburn's Horn Pond on December 26. We have some hardy herons
here! I wonder if they are year-round residents, or more northern birds
coming south.

Regina Harrison
<onebirdlife...>
Woburn, MA

On Tue, Dec 29, 2020 at 8:52 AM alice morgan <morgan.alice...> wrote:

> To my surprise, there are two Great Blue Herons on the marsh this morning
> in Dartmouth!
>
> --
> Alice & Dane Morgan
> Brookline & S. Dartmouth, MA
>

 

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Date: 12/29/20 6:38 am
From: eduardo <delsolar...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury/Merrimack birds, images
Last Saturday, under gorgeous clear skies, I birded and photographed at the Salisbury State Reservation from 8-11:30 AM. Red Crossbills were plentiful, no White-winged, and feeding in flocks. Snowy Buntings were all over the camping grounds in large groups, a lonely Lapland Longspur near the boat dock. Joining the Crossbills were Red-breasted Nuthatches, Black-capped Chickadee, and Northern Mockingbird. A Northern Harrier and a Red-tailed Hawk at entrance of the reservation but no Snowy Owl. Around 12 PM I went to Eagle Island, a few Eagles there, a Turkey Vulture and groups of Long-tailed Ducks and Common Goldeneye were present. Other species seen and photographed include seal.

Here is the link to that shoot:
http://delsolar.org/webs/birds/salisbury20/content/_76A2788_large.html

Eduardo del Solar
<delsolar...>
Boston, Mass
My Website
del Solar Homepage

Sent from Mail for Windows 10


 

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Date: 12/29/20 5:52 am
From: Robert Ross <plumisl...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Frozen with Fear
*Frozen with Fear*



It’s a ritual. Every morning, rise, brew a cup of tea, and sit to watch the
feeders. The mealworm feeder is filled every night, the suet feeder is kept
packed, the three hangers—sunflower, Nyjer seed, and safflower—are cleaned
and filled weekly. Over forty species have appeared in or over the
backyard.



This morning, though, there is only one bird on a feeder. It is a female
Cardinal. She is perched on the side of the feeder. She is as still as a
Cardinal in a Glen Loates painting.



The branches around the yard, where Mourning Doves, Crows, Starlings,
Grackles, and Grosbeaks often perch, are empty. The large flock of finches,
Gold, House, and Purple are nowhere to be found. The joyful morning chorus
of excited chirps and squeaks is silent. Not a creature is stirring, not
even a Titmouse.



A pair of Cardinals have been in the yard all year. Male and female feed
regularly. They are the yard’s alarm system, hitting their high, sharp,
staccato chirps whenever anyone or anything enters the yard. It is, in
their precise world view, their yard.



The Robins, House and Carolina Wrens, and a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers
would vociferously disagree. The lone Starling which magically morphs into
twenty before the very eye, the sparrows who bully beyond their standing,
and boisterous Blue Jays make their case yet the Cardinals do not flinch.



The Cardinal has not moved an inch. Not a feather. Perhaps she has caught
her claw, wing, or beak in the feeder. Last night brought the first frost,
the grass is glazed with a slight layer of sugar. It was not cold enough to
freeze any healthy bird to death.



Twenty minutes later, the paper is read, the tea is drained. Out the
kitchen window framing the feeders, the Cardinal is surprisingly still
there. She has not stirred.



Curiosity wins out. Opening the backdoor, accompanied by two rambunctious
hounds bounding out with glee, the dogs dart right below her. She does not
move. The dogs spring off to sniff out the night’s invaders. The bird on
the feeder appears dead on its perch.



A clap of the hands and the Cardinal bursts to life, springs up, and darts
off, diving down into the bushes and vines lining the yard fence. A
grey-blue blur, darts by, descending at speed, its wings so close they
woosh as a sharp wind blast hits the face. As it passes, its dive does not
veer, its red eye looks only ahead.



Cooper’s Hawk!



The Cardinal flees into the bramble. The scraggly maze engulfs her. The
striker flaps but once and is right on her tail. Both disappear into the
bush and nary a single branch or vine moves. Predator and prey are
swallowed up without a trace, as a rising trout takes a mayfly and then
both are gone.


Maybe 30 seconds goes by; maybe less. The Hawk rises out of the bush like a
diving cormorant reappears with a trout in its maw. It makes no sound. It
perches on the fence post, its beak, though, is empty; its claws grasp only
the fence. Its head cocked, its flaming eyes burn into the bush, dissecting
the vines. The red eyes search for the slightest stir with a predator’s
single focus. The hunt is not over yet.



It seems only fair to the unwittingly exposed Cardinal to end it. Walking
towards the hawk, the dogs get there first and it flies off toward the tall
pines down the road. The dogs watch it go as the high shrill of its
scolding echoes.



There is no sign of the Cardinal. She is not below the bushes. There is no
red or lighter brown among the grey, dormant branches and swirling vines.
She does not fly out. She has vanished.



Perhaps she will return at the mid-day feeding. She does not. It is several
mornings before she is seen again at the sunflower feeder. There is no
obvious sign of trauma and if she recalls, she does not let on.



A White-breasted Nuthatch feeds with her, chattering Chickadees come and go
seemingly too quickly to claim a prize, the Bluebirds gobble and joust over
the mealworms, and a Red-breasted Nuthatch shares the suet feeder with a
Downy.

All is back to normal at least until the Cooper’s hunts again.



© Robert Ross, 12/20


Robert Ross

Byfield, MA

<plumisl...>

 

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Date: 12/29/20 5:47 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Herons
To my surprise, there are two Great Blue Herons on the marsh this morning
in Dartmouth!

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

 

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Date: 12/28/20 4:26 pm
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] YTWA feeder address?
Yeah. 646 S Meadow Road Lancaster. you can go up the driveway and park up
there per the homeowner.

On Mon, Dec 28, 2020 at 6:36 PM Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
wrote:

> hi birders
> the e-bird pushpin for the stake-out is in the middle of water.
> is there a beach point road or south meadow street address?
> thanks,
> fred b
>
> --
> <frederickbouchard...>
>
> --
Justin Lawson

 

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Date: 12/28/20 3:31 pm
From: Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] YTWA feeder address?
hi birders
the e-bird pushpin for the stake-out is in the middle of water.
is there a beach point road or south meadow street address?
thanks,
fred b
--
<frederickbouchard...>

 

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Date: 12/28/20 2:14 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RI- Magnificent Frigatebird - Galilee Harbor
A Magnificent Frigatebird was reported today in Galilee Harbor. Reported
on Rhode Island Bird Reports on facebook by Jim  Stanton, reported by
Samuel Fuller.

If anyone has additional details, please share...


Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 12/28/20 1:59 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lumix G cover found
Thanks to Harold Capone for this notice. Contact him directly if this
belongs to you!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*


From: Harold Capone <hacapone...>
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2020 15:32:35 -0500
Subject: Lumix G cover found


12/28/2020
Found a Lumix G 72mm cover at Sage Thrasher site
today and the bird.
can contact me at my email address
Harry Capone
Sandwich

 

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Date: 12/28/20 8:27 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] female Baltilmore Oriole continues / Newbury
I have seen her nearly every day since December 6, at the peanut feeder and/or at the bath, both drinking and bathing! and am thrilled that she made it through the snowstorm, severe cold, and the rainstorm

------------------------------------
(by)..."not noticing birds in one's daily environment, one misses a whole segment of life on earth that can deliver joy every day." Bruce M. Beehler, 2019



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

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Date: 12/27/20 3:26 pm
From: CRAIG GIBSON <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winter Crow Roost: interview with John Kricher & updates!
Greetings all,

Had a very informative conversation with John Kricher recently about a recent research project that looked at multi-level societies,
stable groupings, and cohesive sub-groupings among large flocks of birds. We discussed how this might have applications around
a Winter Crow Roost.

Out in the roost area, the early part of last week, we had some wild twists and turns around the Winter Crow Roost in Lawrence!

Blog postings have been updated:

Dec. 27: highlights of conversation with John Kricher

Dec. 23: amazing flight show before settling into the roost

Dec. 22: flight action and liftoffs from the nearby staging rooftops

Dec. 21: streaming, staging, and back on the warehouse rooftops

Link: http://www.wintercrowroost.com/crow-patrol/

Enjoy,

Craig Gibson
2020 Crow Patrol
Lawrence, MA
cbgibson AT comcast.net

 

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Date: 12/27/20 7:58 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine Warblers
Massbirders, good feeder activity this morning with 3 red-nuts, eastern bluebird and four pine warblers on the pure beef suet.
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 12/27/20 7:39 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] GBHE
A Great Blue Heron is still visiting us in Dartmouth MA.

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

 

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Date: 12/27/20 5:31 am
From: Jim Guion <jim_guion...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sightings or dips of Western Tanager in Brewster since Christmas?
I am not seeing any positive reports since 12/24 and have not seen any reports of trips looking for it and not finding it.
Information either way would be useful since I am heading to the Cape today.

Also, if anyone has information on birding at Bass River Rod and Gun club, I would like to know since I keep seeing Eurasion Wigeon reported there, but the one time I went there, it was posted and the signage was not friendly?

Thanks for any information,

Jim Guion
Arlington, MA

 

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Date: 12/26/20 4:54 pm
From: GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: YTWA info - protocol
I would like to thank all of you who responded.

Got a brief, but good view of the bird today. Home owner was very friendly. Both feeders were active. At one point something came through the yard which I did not see but cleared both feeders; likely a Cooper's Hawk.

Glenn

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

> On 12/25/2020 9:14 PM GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...> wrote:
>
>
> Google earth shows 646 and 658 S Meadow Road in Lancaster as off the street aways so wonder how people are seeing this bird which is regularly being seen (as of today). Are people welcome to walk into the yard(s)?
>
> Any assistance would be appreciated.
>
> Thank you.
>
> Glenn
>
> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
>

 

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Date: 12/26/20 11:57 am
From: elabato <elabato...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Redheads, Ell Pond, Melrose
Two males at west end of pond  at 1:45 pm.Eric LabatoSent via my Samsung Galaxy, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 12/26/20 8:46 am
From: Claire Wilcox <cmbwilcox...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese in Harwich
There were 2 Snow Geese on the front field at Monomoy Regional High School this morning. They’re grazing with a large group of Canada Geese, and quite easy to see from the main entrance road to the school.

Claire Wilcox
Harwich Port

Sent from my iPad

 

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Date: 12/26/20 6:16 am
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] YTWA Protocol
I had originally spoken to the owner the day he posted on facebook and
established with him that birders can come. There is parking for about 6
cars up his driveway and you are allowed to drive up and park there.

On Sat, Dec 26, 2020 at 9:06 AM Cliff Cook <ccook13...> wrote:

> Responding to Glenn’s question about the Yellow Throated Warbler in
> Lancaster birders are allowed to walk up the driveway to the house where
> the bird is being seen at the feeders. This is the first house you come up
> to. Note that there are feeders in backyard as well as the front. I saw the
> bird out back. To see those feeders walk past the garage and look behind
> the house.
>
> Cliff Cook
> Watertown
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
--
Justin Lawson

 

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Date: 12/26/20 6:02 am
From: John Liller <john.liller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Worcester CBC - 12/19/20
I apologize for the lateness of this report.

The Worcester Christmas Bird Count took place on Saturday, December 19th.
The day began with temperatures in the low single digits, but warmed up to
around or, in some places, above freezing. There was plenty of snow on the
ground due to the storm the previous day, and though moving water was
mostly open, any open still water was found strictly in the larger bodies
of water. 79 species were recorded, along with a good number (8) of count
week birds. Here is the list:

Canada Goose (1418)
Mute Swan (50)
Swan species (5 - possible Tundras)
American Black Duck (29)
Mallard (570)
Northern Shoveler (1)
Greater Scaup (75)
Long-tailed Duck (1 - 3rd record for the count)
Bufflehead (1)
Common Goldeneye (115)
Hooded Merganser (182)
Common Merganser (76)
Wild Turkey (19)
Common Loon (7)
Great Blue Heron (6)
Bald Eagle (2)
Northern Harrier (2)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (3)
Cooper's Hawk (14 - new high)
Northern Goshawk (1)
Accipiter species (1)
Red-shouldered Hawk (3)
Red-tailed Hawk (59)
Red-shouldered/Red-tailed hybrid (1)
Ring-billed Gull (167)
Herring Gull (9)
Rock Pigeon (549)
Mourning Dove (336)
Eastern Screech-Owl (1)
Great Horned Owl (18)
Barred Owl (3)
Northern Saw-whet Owl (3)
Belted Kingfisher (10)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (71 - new high)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (5)
Downy Woodpecker (178)
Hairy Woodpecker (36)
Northern Flicker (11)
Pileated Woodpecker (11)
Peregrine Falcon (2 - pair in downtown Worcester)
Blue Jay (619)
American Crow (653)
Common Raven (7)
Horned Lark (71)
Black-capped Chickadee (896)
Tufted Titmouse (408)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (10)
White-breasted Nuthatch (251)
Brown Creeper (6)
Carolina Wren (53 - new high)
Winter Wren (3)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (5)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2)
Eastern Bluebird (98)
Hermit Thrush (5)
American Robin (302)
Gray Catbird (2)
Northern Mockingbird (24)
European Starling (1176)
Cedar Waxwing (86)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (1)
American Tree Sparrow (55)
Chipping Sparrow (3 - new high)
Savannah Sparrow (1)
Song Sparrow (68)
Swamp Sparrow (2)
White-throated Sparrow (66)
Dark-eyed Junco (643)
Snow Bunting (34)
Northern Cardinal (229 - new high)
Red-winged Blackbird (3)
Common Grackle (2)
Pine Grosbeak (4)
House Finch (178)
Red Crossbill (2)
White-winged Crossbill (1)
Common Redpoll (92)
Pine Siskin (5)
American Goldfinch (198)
Evening Grosbeak (1)
House Sparrow (1601 - new high)

Count Week species:
Snow Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
Northern Pintail
Turkey Vulture
American Woodcock (photo submitted)
Fish Crow
CAPE MAY WARBLER (The bird was found in West Boylston three days before the
count, but was last seen during the snowstorm the day before the count. It
likely perished. Photos can be found on eBird.)

One final note: The Yellow-throated Warbler coming to feeders in Lancaster
is almost exactly one quarter of a mile OUTSIDE of the count circle.


------------------
John Liller
Mathematics Department
Goalkeeper Coach, Girls Varsity Soccer
81 Providence St.
Worcester, MA 01604
Phone 508-754-5302
Fax 508-754-6571
<john.liller...>

WORCESTER ACADEMY is a co-ed day and boarding school for grades 6 to 12 and
postgraduates. Our urban setting, diverse community, and challenging
curriculum provide students with a solid, real-world education. Information
at www.worcesteracademy.org.

 

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Date: 12/26/20 5:58 am
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] YTWA Protocol
Responding to Glenn’s question about the Yellow Throated Warbler in Lancaster birders are allowed to walk up the driveway to the house where the bird is being seen at the feeders. This is the first house you come up to. Note that there are feeders in backyard as well as the front. I saw the bird out back. To see those feeders walk past the garage and look behind the house.

Cliff Cook
Watertown

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/25/20 6:19 pm
From: GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] YTWA info - protocol
Google earth shows 646 and 658 S Meadow Road in Lancaster as off the street aways so wonder how people are seeing this bird which is regularly being seen (as of today). Are people welcome to walk into the yard(s)?

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Thank you.

Glenn

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

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Date: 12/25/20 4:30 pm
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls - Barrow's Goldeneye 12/25
Greetings birders,

There was a fine first-winter male Barrow's Goldeneye at the Turner's Falls
power canal this morning amid 55 or so Common Goldeneyes plus a female
Greater Scaup and a couple of female Buffleheads. It also happened to be
the first Barrow's Goldeneye that I've seen locally during this particular
winter period.

For those interested in venturing a little further north, the Sage Thrasher
was again present at the Hinsdale Setbacks, NH around noon today, about 300
meters north of the northern parking area and seen hopping across the
snowmobile trail.

A few pics of today's Barrow's Goldeneye and the Hinsdale Sage Thrasher can
be seen here;

http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2020/12/ma-christmas-day-barrows-goldeneye-and.html

Most of the geese have moved out of Turner's Falls and I haven't seen
the Barnacle Goose (or the Cackling Goose) since December 16th.


Good birding to all,



James
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/

 

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Date: 12/25/20 11:01 am
From: Ronald Zigler <ronaldzigler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-shouldered Hawk in Sturbridge
Greetings Mass Birders! I am new to both Massachusetts as well as this list-serve, however I have been following the messages for a couple of months now. I thought you might find my recent observations (as well as some images) of a Red-shouldered Hawk noteworthy. This bird has been observed along route 131 in between the Sturbridge Common and the Shaws market, as well as along route 20 near the road to Burgess Elementary School.
Having spent the past 24 years in Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia, I did not expect to find a RSH this far north during this season.
Best wishes for a great holiday season and a better new year.
Ron ZiglerHolland, MA 
<ronaldzigler...>
Here are a couple of links to my images of this bird:
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Date: 12/25/20 7:52 am
From: Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] christmas juncos to all
a yard-record eight under the feeders with housies and song sparrows!
<frederickbouchard...>
😏🐦

 

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Date: 12/25/20 3:26 am
From: Laura M <magrinha97...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Handfeeding attempt
I know it's generally frowned upon, but as I can't have a bird feeder where
I live (and wouldn't get many good birds if I did) I thought I'd try to
hand-feed a chickadee, which I've heard are sometimes amenable.

I was at Forest Hills Cemetery with a small baggie of seed. I was in an
area behind a construction lot that is more wooded and scrubby than the
manicured cemetery. I saw a couple chickadees and juncos in a tangle
foraging. First I tried standing with my arm outstretched, to no effect.
Then I moved a little closer and crouched beside a tree with the seed in my
outstretched hand. The birds were less than 10 feet away and my arm was
balanced against the tree trunk. I pished softly. After a few moments it
seemed I had the attention of one as it grew still and seemed to be looking
at me and debating it. Then I noticed a small brown form a little behind
the bird and slowly raised my bins - a silent Carolina Wren perched close.
I congratulated myself for being able to crouch, view a bird with my left
hand, and attempt to feed another with my right (while wishing the Carolina
Wren was a Winter Wren). The chickadee then gave a few alarm calls,
"dee-dee-dee-dee!" and moved further back in the tangle.

Anyway, it was a nice bird walk in 54 degree temps in a beautiful,
uncrowded place.

Laura Markley
South Boston

 

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Date: 12/24/20 3:33 pm
From: RUTH MARRION <ruthmarrion...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] RE: What's Wrong with This Bird's Foot/Leg?
It could be neurologic. Budgerigars with cancer of an abdominal organ often present to the veterinarian with lameness in one leg. So cancer is possible cause.

Ruth Marrion

> On 12/23/2020 9:53 AM Chris Floyd <chrisf...> wrote:
>
>
>
> Happened across same bird yesterday:
>
>
>
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S77854780
>
>
>
> From the four new photos, the afflicted leg appears to be structurally intact with full range of motion but without muscle-tendon function.
>
>
>
> Also got some audio (of other birds) that may support typing.
>
>
>
> Chris Floyd
>
> Lexington
>
> <chrisf...> mailto:<chrisf...>
>
>
>
> From: Chris Floyd
> Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2020 10:20 AM
> To: Massbird <massbird...>
> Subject: What's Wrong with This Bird's Foot/Leg?
>
>
>
> See first Red Crossbill photo in https://ebird.org/checklist/S77550681 https://ebird.org/checklist/S77550681 .
>
>
>
> This wasn’t a temporary preening posture – it persisted through other photos in different postures.
>
>
>
> Broken/healed/deformed leg? Muscle paralysis or detachment?
>
>
>
> Chris Floyd
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> Lexington
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Date: 12/24/20 8:40 am
From: <redpoll...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose, Joppa Flats, now
The (a) Pink-footed Goose is in the salt marsh right behind Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats at this moment.

David Larson
Bradford, MA



 

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Date: 12/23/20 8:40 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose - East Orleans, Newburyport Harbor
I see from ebird today that the Pink-footed Goose at Eldridge Park in
East Orleans continues.

There's report of a second this afternoon from the Joppa park boat ramp.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>


 

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Date: 12/23/20 2:50 pm
From: Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tundra Swan flying towards Fresh Pond, Cambridge
My daughter just called on her way home from work in Concord, heading to
her home in Somerville. She grew up in Minnesota where we had many Tundra
Swans migrating through the state (as well as thousands of Trumpeter Swans
that nest throughout the State). She said the swan looked to be heading
towards Fresh Pond.

Madeleine Linck
Rehoboth, Mass

 

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Date: 12/23/20 11:41 am
From: Robert Ross <plumisl...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Beach State Park 12/23
Visiting from 8:30-10:00 AM. The large flock of Red Crossbills continues on
the edge of the main road in the pines. I did not see any White-winged
today yet had several earlier this week. Two Lapland Longspurs foraged
quite happily, out in the open grass, near the boat ramp. They were not
easily spooked by photographers. Long-tailed Ducks contine in the tributary
mouth off the ramp. Unusually large flocks of Snow Buntings (I counted 46
in my photos in one grouping) chirping loudly as they fly around the
campground, might be found anywhere in the park. No Horned Larks found
today, yet expected. From the jetty parking lot, the huge flotilla of
White-winged Scoters, with Common Eiders mixed in, also continues. It is an
impressive display. Many commons, including Chickadees, Cardinals,
Red-breasted Nuthatches, Tufted Titmouse, Mockingbird, Mallards, American
Blacks, Harrier, Song Sparrows, and Finches of three types (House, Purple,
and Gold). Also found two Hooded Mergansers off the entrance road before
the campground, deep in narrow tide flows at near high tide. They
disappeared as the tide dropped. Many birders and photographers
today, including the usual suspects. Happy Holidays!

Robert Ross
Byfield, MA
<plumsil...>

 

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Date: 12/23/20 8:49 am
From: Maryellen Stone <maryellen...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose at Joppa Park Newburyport
Hello All,
There is a Pink-footed Goose grazing with 100s of Canada Geese on the left side of the boat ramp at Joppa Park in Newburyport. In very close.
Cheers,
Maryellen Stone
North Reading, MA

<maryellen...>

Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 12/23/20 6:59 am
From: Chris Floyd <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RE: What's Wrong with This Bird's Foot/Leg?
Happened across same bird yesterday:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S77854780

From the four new photos, the afflicted leg appears to be structurally intact with full range of motion but without muscle-tendon function.

Also got some audio (of other birds) that may support typing.

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...><mailto:<chrisf...>

From: Chris Floyd
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2020 10:20 AM
To: Massbird <massbird...>
Subject: What's Wrong with This Bird's Foot/Leg?

See first Red Crossbill photo in https://ebird.org/checklist/S77550681 .

This wasn't a temporary preening posture - it persisted through other photos in different postures.

Broken/healed/deformed leg? Muscle paralysis or detachment?

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...><mailto:<chrisf...>

 

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Date: 12/23/20 6:59 am
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greater Boston CBC
The *48th Greater Boston Christmas Bird Count* was held Sunday December 20
2020; the total number of species recorded was 117 plus 1 count week
species (CW). Outstanding was the discovery of an *Eared Grebe* by Ted
Bradford on Jamaica Pond on December 6; this is a first for Boston. The
Eared Grebe brings the all time total for the Greater Boston CBC including
CW to an amazing *234! *Unfortunately the Pacific-slope Flycatcher found
November 24 by Ben Shamgochian remained up until December 16, one day shy
of count period. The snow storm was devastating.

Noteworthy birds included Snow Goose, 2 Redhead, Virginia Rail, American
Woodcock, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Snowy Owls, 4 Pileated Woodpeckers, a
Marsh Wren and new high counts for 13 species



The Counts this year were unlike any other with the pandemic, we had had to
adhere to the guidelines of social distancing, face coverings and birding
solo or with only family or pod members. We did much more walking this
year, some group leaders divided their sections into smaller areas leading
to better coverage. We had new record high counts for 13 species. The
blizzard on December 17 brought over a foot of snow in much of the count
circle. Moving about was challenging. The weather at least was cooperative,
seasonable temperature and no wind gave us calm seas for maximum viewing.
We missed socializing over refreshments at Habitat, hopefully we will get
back to the fun of the countdown next year.



Next Years Count will be Sunday December 19 2021- Be There!



Good birding and Happy Holidays

Bob Stymeist, compiler



Greater Boston Christmas Bird Count

December 20 2020



117 species plus 1 Count Week Bird

*Snow Goose 1*

Brant 107

Canada Goose 5259
Mute Swan 118
Wood Duck 8

Gadwall 1

American Wigeon 4
Mallard 3013

American Black Duck 472

Northern Pintail 1
Green-winged Teal 5

*Redhead 2*
Ring-necked Duck 123
Greater Scaup 6
Lesser Scaup 2
Common Eider 1491
Surf Scoter 448
White-winged Scoter 183
Black Scoter *2002-HC*. Last year just a single bird

Long-tailed Duck 240-HC
Bufflehead 347
Common Goldeneye 88
Hooded Merganser
*607-HC *Common Merganser *827-HC*
Red-breasted Merganser 230
Ruddy Duck 83

Wild Turkey 90

Pied-billed Grebe 2

Horned Grebe 9

Red-necked Grebe 20

*Eared Grebe 1- NEW to Count # 234*

Rock Pigeon 2441

Mourning Dove 924

*Virginia Rail 1 only noted 5x- last reported 1998*

American Coot 20

Ruddy Turnstone 6

Dunlin 21

Purple Sandpiper 6

*American Woodcock* 1

Razorbill 3

Ring-billed Gull 715
Herring Gull 2394

*Lesser Black-backed Gull 1*
Great Black-backed Gull 217
Red-throated Loon 33
Common Loon 101
Double-crested Cormorant 10
Great Blue Heron 35

Turkey Vulture CW

Northern Harrier 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5
Cooper's Hawk 31

Red-shoulderd Hawk 2
Bald Eagle 9
Red-tailed Hawk 102

Eastern Screech-Owl 15
Great Horned Owl 17
Snowy Owl 8- 7 at Logan Airport
Barred Owl 5

Short-eared Owl 1- Logan Airport
*Northern Saw-whet Owl 1*
Belted Kingfisher 11
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 5

Red-bellied Woodpecker *165-HC*
Downy Woodpecker *444-HC*
Hairy Woodpecker 26

Pileated Woodpecker* 4-HC*
Northern Flicker 40
American Kestrel 2
Merlin 5
Peregrine Falcon *13-HC*
Blue Jay *1099-HC*
American Crow 428
Common Raven* 19- HC*
Black-capped Chickadee *1266-HC*
Tufted Titmouse *464-HC*

Horned Lark *416-HC*

Golden-crowned Kinglet 7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6

Red-breasted Nuthatch 35
White-breasted Nuthatch 408
Brown Creeper 9
Winter Wren 10

*Marsh Wren 1*
Carolina Wren 174

Eurasian Starling 3311
Gray Catbird 1

Northern Mockingbird 94

Eastern Bluebird 8

Hermit Thrush 13
American Robin 2138
Cedar Waxwing 42

House Sparrow 2558

Evening Grosbeak 1

House Finch 327

Purple Finch 3

Common Redpoll 181

Red Crossbill 16

White-winged Crossbill 3

Pine Siskin 42

American Goldfinch 636

Lapland Longspur 4
Snow Bunting 135

Chipping Sparrow 1

American Tree Sparrow 211
Fox Sparrow 3

Dark-eyed Junco 1126

White-throated Sparrow 339

Savannah Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 510
Swamp Sparrow 27
Eastern Towhee 1

Red-winged Blackbird 226

Rusty Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 3
Pine Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Northern Cardinal 395




--
Bob Stymeist
<bobstymeist...>

 

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Date: 12/22/20 7:53 pm
From: CRAIG GIBSON <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winter Crow Roost: updates and more time lapse!
Greetings all,

For those with an interest, the action in and around the Winter Crow Roost continues to get more exciting!

The Crows keep us on our toes, with constant changes in streaming, staging, and roosting patterns. Each night is
an exhilarating joy and at times a complete mystery with change being the one constant through it all.

Recent blog postings with action and sunset photos include the following:

Dec. 13: coming in form all directions

Dec. 15: staging, roosting, and roosting after dark

Dec. 17: staging shift after the snowstorm with roost time lapse

Dec.19: terrific action with Bob and Dana during the Christmas Bird Count and yet another short
action-packed time lapse movie

Blog: http://www.wintercrowroost.com/crow-patrol/

Christmas blessings to all,

Craig Gibson
2020 Crow Patrol
Lawrence, MA
cbgibson AT comcast.net

Check out the new "Crow Patrol" podcast with Wayne Petersen!
 

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Date: 12/22/20 5:39 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann Christmas Count 2020
Thanks to Robert Buchsbaum for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

From: Robert Buchsbaum <rnbuchsbaum...>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2020 17:10:27 -0500
Subject: Cape Ann Christmas Count 2020


Robert Buchsbaum
Beverly, MA
<rnbuchsbaum...>,

Here are results from the Cape Ann Christmas Count held on Sunday, December
20, 2020. The count was unusual for a few reasons. First, everyone wore
masks and adhered to social distancing protocols. Secone we did our
compilation a day later via Zoom (thanks to Peter Van Demark) rather than
the traditional post birding pizza party. Finally, it had been a long time
since we had a Christmas Count with so much snow on the ground (9-12
inches). That made parking and traversing trails more challenging than
normal. Nevertheless, we persisted and came out with 114 species,
slightly higher than the past few years
The weather started out in the low 20s and rose to about 40 during the day.
There was very little wind which made for calm seas and good viewing
conditions. It started raining at about 3:30PM. Freshwater ponds were
frozen.

Here is our list. Particularly interesting sightings are in bold.

Atlantic Brant 39
Canada Goose 1155
Mute Swan 1
Gadwall 12
American Wigeon 1
American Black Duck 527
Mallard 1162
Mallard x Black hybrid 1
Northern Shoveler 1
Northern Pintail 3
Ring-necked Duck 3
Greater Scaup 47
Lesser Scaup 1
Common Eider 2672
Harlequin Duck 201
Surf Scoter 277
White-winged Scoter 1859
Black Scoter 2262
scoter (sp.) 121
Long-tailed Duck 270
Bufflehead 548
Common Goldeneye 65
Hooded Merganser 10
Red-breasted Merganser 301
Wild Turkey 70
Red-throated Loon 11
Common Loon 228
Horned Grebe 16
Red-necked Grebe 16
Northern Gannet 6
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Cormorant 125
cormorant (sp.) 19
Great Blue Heron 7
Bald Eagle 2
Northern Harrier 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6
Cooper's Hawk 24
Accipiter (sp.) 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 39
Black-bellied Plover 2
Ruddy Turnstone 2
Sanderling 18
Purple Sandpiper 79
Dunlin 40
Common Murre 1
Razorbill 40
Black Guillemot 8
Black-legged Kittiwake 1
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Black-headed Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 157
Herring Gull 1844
Kumlien's Iceland Gull 2
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Great Black-backed Gull 385
Rock Pigeon 248
Mourning Dove 346
Eastern Screech-Owl 14
Great Horned Owl 15
Snowy Owl 1
Barred Owl 6
Northern Saw-whet Owl 5
Belted Kingfisher 9
Red-bellied Woodpecker 60
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 177
Hairy Woodpecker 9
Northern Flicker 16
Pileated Woodpecker 12
woodpecker sp. 2
Merlin 2
Peregrine Falcon 5
Blue Jay 492
American Crow 691
Common Raven 4
Horned Lark 196
Black-capped Chickadee 941
Tufted Titmouse 438
Red-breasted Nuthatch 293
White-breasted Nuthatch 232
Nuthatch sp. 15
Brown Creeper 8
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 105
Golden-crowned Kinglet 5
Eastern Bluebird 2
Hermit Thrush 8
American Robin 2450
Northern Mockingbird 41
European Starling 2512
American Pipit 2
Bohemian Waxwing 2
Cedar Waxwing 134
Snow Bunting 218
Yellow-rumped Warbler 7
Spotted Towhee 1
American Tree Sparrow 160
Chipping Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 1
"Ipswich" Savannah Sparrow 21
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 223
Swamp Sparrow 15
White-throated Sparrow 146
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 413
Northern Cardinal 235
Red-winged Blackbird 49
House Finch 262
Purple Finch 14
Red Crossbill* 9
White-winged Crossbill 4
Common Redpoll 153
Pine Siskin 10
American Goldfinch 474
Evening Grosbeak 1
Finch sp. 10
House Sparrow 957
House Wren 1
*Red Crossbill Type 1 1
*Red Crossbill Type 10 6 *The Red Crossbill id's were done by Miles Brengle
based on vocalizations

 

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Date: 12/22/20 8:44 am
From: Kinney Frelinghuysen <kfrelinghuysen...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Greenfield Pine Grosbeaks
Interesting.

On Tue, Dec 22, 2020 at 11:36 AM Mark Fairbrother <bogelfin...>
wrote:

> About 11:00 this morning there were about 20 Pine Grosbeaks dining on a
> fruit tree in front of the McDonalds on Federal Street in Greenfield. Of
> the dozen or so I saw clearly, none were adult males. They were feeding
> quietly, and even though I was within 10’ of some of them the only reason I
> saw them was I noticed the half-eaten fruit building up on the snow under
> the tree.
>
>
>
> Mark Fairbrother
>
> Montague, MA 01351
>

 

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Date: 12/22/20 8:31 am
From: Mark Fairbrother <bogelfin...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greenfield Pine Grosbeaks
About 11:00 this morning there were about 20 Pine Grosbeaks dining on a
fruit tree in front of the McDonalds on Federal Street in Greenfield. Of
the dozen or so I saw clearly, none were adult males. They were feeding
quietly, and even though I was within 10' of some of them the only reason I
saw them was I noticed the half-eaten fruit building up on the snow under
the tree.



Mark Fairbrother

Montague, MA 01351


 

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Date: 12/21/20 1:52 pm
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Blue Herons
We had four today, to my surprise, in Dartmouth MA.

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

 

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Date: 12/21/20 6:12 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 12/19 Sagamore - Black-headed Gull (corrected link)
Thanks to Rick Bowes for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: <rbowes...>
Subject: 12/19 Sagamore - Black-headed Gull (corrected link)
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2020 23:44:45 -0500


Link in earlier post appears to be incorrect. This is the correct one. My
apologies!


https://ebird.org/checklist/S77751914


Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA
<rbowes...>

 

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Date: 12/21/20 5:34 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Beach State Reservation and beyond, 12/20/20
I met some of this year's Birder's Certificate Program students and my coleader Susan Yurkus at Salisbury Beach yesterday morning. We had a great time with some very nice birds. Before anyone in the group arrived, there was a close Snowy Owl on the dune by parking lot #1. It flew to the base of the jetty and as photographers began to accumulate and got closer, the it flew further out the jetty, but our people all got to see this beautiful bird. There were multiple thousands of ducks in the harbor with a big raft of mostly Black and White-winged Scoters and Common Eiders by the rocks where the seals haul out. One adult Bald Eagle flew by heading up river with four Great Black-backed Gulls in pursuit.

We headed to the campground where we could hear the Black Scoters "singing" in the river the whole time we were there. There were flocks of Snow Buntings, Common Redpolls (never did see them land), Red Crossbills, and smaller numbers of White-winged Crossbills, swirling around. Add in the tin horns of the Red-breasted Nuthatches, and it was magnificent.

We walked over to the boat ramp and, right at the beginning of the parking lot in a small grassy island, there were four Ipswich Sparrows. I'm not sure I have ever seen four Ipswich Sparrows together. From the boat ramp, we saw a chilly-looking Great Blue Heron in the creek, a seriously misplaced Pied-billed Grebe (I now have a photo of that grebe with a Long-tailed Duck-a new conjunction for me), a flock of Horned Larks, and a single Lapland Longspur. Add in a few Northern Harriers, Common Goldeneyes, loons, White-winged Scoters, and a pair of Gadwall, and it was a pretty nice place to hang out.

We drove to Cashman Park in Newburyport where we added Peregrine Falcon, Belted Kingfisher, Buffleheads, and Ring-billed Gulls to our list. Then we finished up at Joppa Flats where the tonnage of Canada Geese was amazing and, unfortunately, not interrupted by any other goose species that we could find, and an adult Bald Eagle was eating something way out on an ice floe (?). We also ran into a small group of American Tree Sparrows with two Field Sparrows in the Joppa parking lot. At the Parker River NWR headquarters we were able to finally find a House Sparrow and Eurasian Starlings to round out our day. I was trying to avoid looking at the six Muter Swans in the harbor, but someone pointed them out. Despite those three species, we had a lovely morning with some fun birds.

I posted 10 photos on my Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142067850@N05. Some of the students got great shots of crossbills.

Dave

David M. Larson, PhD
North Shore Region
Newburyport, MA
Mass Audubon



 

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Date: 12/21/20 5:19 am
From: Steve Knapp <brimel2527...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Andover bald eagle
There is a bald eagle perched in a tree at the northern end of the beaver
pond in Ward Reservation in Andover, just off of Gray Road. I have never
seen one here before.

Steve Knapp
Andover, MA

 

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Date: 12/21/20 4:19 am
From: eduardo <delsolar...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Race Point, images
Last week, December 8-11, I visited Race Point, upper Cape to bird and photograph. Razorbills were plenty far away but, like Northern Gannets, some were coming close to shore. Few Long-tailed Ducks were flying close to shore together with large flocks of Red-breasted Mergansers and Common Eiders. Likewise a few Surf Scoters were close to land mixed with large flocks of  Black Scoters. At Race Point beach saw a group of about 15 Snow Buntings, plenty of seals feeding very near the shore line. No wonder there are so many warning posts regarding white sharks in every beach I visited here. Had great looks of a Red Fox one early morning  in the dunes near Race Point beach. At my return did a brief stop at Scusset beach, bordering the canal. Saw Common Loon and Common Eider feeding at the canal side. Herring and Ring-billed Gulls cracking shells at the rocky beach at Scusset, Sandwich side.
Here is the link to images from that trip:
Race Point, Cape Cod (delsolar.org)
 
Eduardo del Solar
Boston, mass.
<delsolar...>
del Solar Homepage
 


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Date: 12/20/20 6:21 pm
From: Sam Miller <zamziller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Fitchburg Airport, Dec 20, 2020: Lapland Longspur, Snow Buntings, Horned Larks
As part of our Groton/Oxbow CBC count today, Carla and I spent some time birding the Fitchburg Airport, and had some good birds. As noted below in the eBird report, all the “good” birds except the redpolls were seen from the publicly accessible airport parking lot.
Airplane and car traffic out on the tarmac often stirred the birds up, but they often returned to feed on grass or pavement quite close to the airport office building.
Good luck if you try for these birds.
Sam Miller and Carla Dengler
Acton, MA

>
> Fitchburg Airport, Worcester, Massachusetts, US
> Dec 20, 2020 10:28 AM - 11:49 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.402 mile(s)
> Checklist Comments: Part of our Groton/Oxbow CBC effort. Our team leader, Ron Lockwood, had arranged for us to get entry to the airport. Thanks, Ron! We were allowed out on the edge of an unused runway, with access to some areas not easily birded from the road or from the airport parking lot. Note that the ONLY notable species we saw only inside the fence was Common Redpoll. The other "good" species--Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting, Horned Lark, and Northern Harrier--were all seen (and were only seen) from the edges of the parking lot at the small airport headquarters. Scope useful. Thanks to the staff and management at Fitchburg Airport for allowing us entry and encouraging the Christmas Bird Count effort!
> 11 species
>
> Mourning Dove 1
> Herring Gull (American) 16
> Northern Harrier 1 Uncommon, but airport is good habitat. Adult male “gray ghost.” Seen from parking lot.
> Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) 2
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 3
> Horned Lark 58 High count. Careful count through scope of single-species flock on the ground. Seen from parking lot.
> Common Redpoll 12
> Lapland Longspur 1 Rare. Seen well through scope on ground with Snow Buntings. Slightly smaller and darker than SNBU. Prominent dark-edged auricular patch; chestnut in folded wing. Was able to relocate later when the separate-species flocks merged into a bigger flock. Seen from parking lot.
> Snow Bunting 36 Uncommon, highish count; counted on the ground through scope, in single-species flock, except for one LALO. Seen from parking lot.
> Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S77760454
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


 

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Date: 12/20/20 6:02 pm
From: GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Quincy CBC-ZOOM compilation
The Quincy CBC was run for the 75th year. We held the compilation via ZOOM and it went very well. It was seemingly not complex and the section captains got the hang of it and followed one another pretty easily. A few times the first syllable of the response was missed, but just had to ask to repeat. Keep the non-speakers mute during the compilation.

The total is currently at 102 which needs to be confirmed with the lists since I want to ensure I took the numbers correctly. This is better than average.

We had two species new to the count: Common Murre and Bullock's Oriole

Highlights below:

Harlequin Duck 2 (one each in Cohasset and Hull)
Barrow's Goldeneye 1 male, continuing bird at Great Pond Randolph/Braintree
Common Loon 74 high
Bald Eagle 6 high, maybe highest
Red-shouldered Hawk 7 high
low light-missing shorebirds, NO Sanderlings
Thick-billed Murre 1
Common Murre 1 (off Hull gut)
Razorbill 1
Black Guillemot 1 (four alcids!)
Black-legged Kittiwake 1
Barred Owl 1
Northern Saw-whet Owl 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
American Kestrel 1
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon 2
Common Raven 7 high, maybe highest
Winter Wren 2
Carolina Wren 79 (their back)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 11
BULLOCK's ORIOLE 1 continuing bird at feeder in Cohasset
Purple Finch 1
RED CROSSBILL 3
COMMON REDPOLL 41
Pine Siskin 13

Glenn

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

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Date: 12/20/20 5:32 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] HMSC story time about CBC
Thanks to Christine Whitebread for the following suggestion of a
resource from the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>


*

.. this mightbe of interest to some birders who have small children in
their lives.
https://hmsc.harvard.edu/story-time <https://hmsc.harvard.edu/story-time>

The books are read by the HMSC volunteer coordinator Carol Carlson. Fun
for adults to watch too!


 

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Date: 12/20/20 4:19 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Newport/Westport CBC
Thanks to Strickland Wheelock for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2020 23:21:08 +0000 (UTC)
From: "YahoomaiI..Service" <skwheelock...>
Subject: Newport/Westport CBC


Sat 12/19/20 was the Newport/Westport CBC and my section was between the
East & West Branch of the Westport River up to Rt 177 down to the Point.
The
temp was 24 degrees at 6 am, clear skies, no wind, 3" to 4" of crusty snow
covering the many woods & fields and ponds were semi-frozen definitely
affecting the results although the thickets held many birds where there
were
many berries - in the end, the final count totaled 62 species and 2048
individuals.

The owls were vocal at 6 am to 7 am with 2 Barred , 1 Gt-horned & 1 E
Screech
Owl.Tried the frozen marsh early and found 1 Marsh Wren and 2 Swamp Sparrows
The woods and thickets held 320 Robins [everywhere], 13 Hermit Thrushes,
22 Bluebirds, 5 Gray Catbirds, 18 Yellow-rump Warblers, 1 each of
Ruby-crowned
and Golden-cr Kinglets, 8 Cedar Waxwings, 20 Carolina Wrens, 21 Wht-b
Nuthatch, 50 Red-winged Blackbirds, 1 Fox Sparrow, 16 Wht-thr & 4 Savannah
Sparrows, 38 Cardinals, 6 Wild Turkey & numerous Juncos, Titmouse,
Chickadees,
House Finches, Goldfinches, etc

The most exciting bird was a Yellow-breasted Chat that popped up with the
sun hitting the breast square - so stunning of a yellow !!Raptors were slim
with 4 Bald Eagles, 1 Red-shouldered & 2 Red-tailed Hawks - no falcons
At Sawdy Pond with limited open water had 2 N. Pintails, 20 Ring-necked
Ducks,
4 Greater Scaup, 9 Hooded Mergansers, 30 Buffleheads, 120 Mallards, 18 Mute
Swans, 12 Coot & 20 Canada Geese [the 4 eagles were keeping a close eye on
all these ducks]Along the rivers were many individuals including 1 Common
Loon, 100+ Bufflehead, 35 Common Goldeneye, 35 Red-b Merganser, 250
C Eider, 20 Black Ducks, 1 Gt Blue Heron plus all the expected gulls
and flocks of Canada GeeseFortunately I had Ursulla Collinson to help
bird this section along with consulting on the individual numbers

Strickland WheelockUxbridge Ma


 

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Date: 12/20/20 4:13 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 12/19 Sagamore - Black-headed Gull
Thanks to Rick Bowes for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: <rbowes...>
Subject: 12/19 Sagamore - Black-headed Gull
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2020 16:47:41 -0500


Sat. 12/19/20. Stopped at the Sagamore Recreation Area overlooking the
canal to look briefly for a King Eider among the hundreds of wintering
Common Eiders along the canal's north shoreline. On the guard rail in the
parking lot, staring right at us as we pulled in, was a handsome adult
Black-headed Gull. Apparently local visitors toss bread from time to time in
the parking lot as there were Ring-billed, Herring and a juv. Great Black
Backed Gull hanging around as well, The BHGU was quite tame and, when it
occasionally flushed, returned to the same general spot almost immediately.
(coordinates: 41.777287,-70.541676) [Notes and photos at
https://ebird.org/checklist/S77751914]

Likely this is the same bird I found in Plymouth, MA at the town pier on
11/30 (https://ebird.org/checklist/S76907272) - which I saw only that one
time and have checked several times since. Comparing the close-ups in the
ebird posting shows essentially identical head markings and also the pattern
of the black on the bill. I've been frustrated for years in not being able
to get good pix of a BHGU, and it seems unlikely that within 3 weeks I would
have found two such cooperative birds that look so much alike! In any event,
the bird seemed quite at home there; perhaps it is settling in for the
winter.

Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA

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Date: 12/20/20 1:10 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Winter Crow Roost Numbers
Thanks to Dana Duxbury-Fox this post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Dana Fox <dana.fox1939...>
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2020 09:31:13 -0500
Subject: Lawrence Winter Crow Roost Numbers


Amazingly, last night (December 19) Bob (my husband Bob Fox) and I went to
count the crows in the Lawrence, MA winter roost for the Andover CBC.

First of all, as you know from previous posts, the crows strike a different
pattern for their final staging and roosting each night. We had already
searched for them along Market St. and looked west from So. Canal St. This
is where we had last seen thousands coming in from the NE, west and SW and
finally staging on the roofs of the flat buildings on the south side of
Merrimack St.

We saw a few going over us and heading further east over Merrimack St. so
we turned around and went into the Savatore's restaurant parking area and
went west of that to the river's edge. Some Fish Crows were there on the
open pavement, many crows were gathering in the trees along the south and
then the north side of the river - maybe a couple of thousand when we drove
back to the New Balance Parking Lot. We parked in the New Balance parking
lot on the east side of So. Union St.just south of the Merrimack River
right in the upper most part.

Now he walked out on the *west* side of the So. Union St. "Duck" Bridge
while I stayed in the car parked in the NW corner of the parking lot where
I could see a wide open swatch that the birds would hopefully pass through
as they went up over the bridge going from east to west heading into the
roost which begins to the west of this bridge.

Bob is the "official" counter at this roost but for some reason tonight I
sucked up and started to count.
Suddenly an endless stream (and I mean endless) of crows came from the west
over the river, up over the bridge and they joined the crows we had just
seen mostly on the south side of the river. It was well past sunset - they
were "late" and it was getting dark.

Well, after it got too dark to see any more, I became fascinated as you
can imagine in his totals. Believe it or not - he had 24,200 and I had
24.500. A 300 bird difference. Can you believe it? I also had 1,000 more
along the south side of the river before it got too dark to see any more
moving that he did not see. *So on a night when they follow this pattern,
you can either be on the bridge or in the parking lot and see all of the
crows.*

Also, numbers have grown since we counted 18,000 a week ago.

During this Covid pandemic, you can safely stay in your car and not even be
exposed to anyone or go out of your car with a mask and see the crows.

Stay safe and come see the amazing show. When you wish to come please email
me at <dana.fox1939...> to get the latest info on where they have been
staging and roosting.

Cheers,
Dana Duxbury- Fox

 

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Date: 12/20/20 6:17 am
From: eduardo <delsolar...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Race Point, Cape Cod images
Last week, December 8-11, I visited Race Point, upper Cape to bird and photograph. Razorbills were plenty far away but, like Northern Gannets, some were coming close to shore. Few Long-tailed Ducks were flying close to shore together with large flocks of Red-breasted Mergansers and Common Eiders. Likewise a few Surf Scoters were close to land mixed with large flocks of  Black Scoters. At Race Point beach saw a group of about 15 Snow Buntings, plenty of seals feeding very near the shore line. No wonder there are so many warning posts regarding white sharks in every beach I visited here. Had great looks of a Red Fox one early morning  in the dunes near Race Point beach. At my return did a brief stop at Scusset beach, bordering the canal. Saw Common Loon and Common Eider feeding at the canal side. Herring and Ring-billed Gulls cracking shells at the rocky beach at Scusset, Sandwich side.
Here is the link to images from that trip:
Race Point, Cape Cod (delsolar.org)

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