MASSBIRD
Received From Subject
8/15/20 6:53 am elabato <elabato...> [MASSBIRD] Buff--breasted sandpaper st Sandy Point
8/14/20 7:32 am Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] Caracara - NO
8/13/20 10:52 am Carl Westlund <grimishere...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Crested Caracara YES
8/13/20 10:17 am John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Crested Caracara YES
8/13/20 6:49 am Andy Sanford <asanford2000...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Crested Caracara - Halibut Point, Rockport - 2
8/13/20 4:29 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Crested Caracara - Halibut Point, Rockport - 2
8/13/20 4:28 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Crested Caracara - Halibut Point, Rockport
8/12/20 10:36 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Court Overturns Administration Policy That Sharply Curtailed Protections For Migratory Birds
8/12/20 8:39 am Douglas Chickering <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Sooty Tern
8/11/20 7:23 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Strange sea duck
8/11/20 10:46 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] Friends of the Refuge Special Event - Shorebird Workshop
8/11/20 5:47 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Essex bay
8/10/20 11:14 am Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Sooty Tern
8/9/20 5:56 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Sooty Tern - yes @445P
8/9/20 12:36 pm Shilo McDonald <shilocm...> [MASSBIRD] Eastern Meadowlark, Essex, 8/8
8/9/20 8:16 am Daan Sandee <sandee...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusetts Sooty Tern: Yes
8/9/20 5:19 am Leslie Kramer <kramer.lf...> [MASSBIRD] 3 Least bitterns being seen now, Hellcat, Parker River
8/8/20 7:57 pm GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Sooty Tern question?
8/8/20 6:52 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Sooty Tern question?
8/8/20 4:28 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird anecdote
8/8/20 8:29 am JOSEPH <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett-Sooty Tern-yes
8/8/20 5:33 am Ninad Thakoor <ninadst...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: Wachusetts Reservoir Sooty Tern
8/7/20 6:52 pm Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Wachusetts Reservoir Sooty Tern
8/7/20 6:03 pm GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Request for information-Wachusett Reservoir
8/7/20 5:34 pm Mary McKitrick <marymckitrick...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Request for information-Wachusett Reservoir
8/7/20 5:22 pm GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Sooty Tern info?
8/7/20 5:17 pm GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Request for information-Wachusett Reservoir
8/7/20 5:07 pm Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusetts Reservoir Sooty Tern
8/7/20 12:54 pm Robert Ross <plumisl...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Sooty Tern info?
8/7/20 10:01 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Re: [CarlisleNature] Common Loon pair flyover Carlisle, MA 8/7/20
8/7/20 9:30 am Mary McKitrick <marymckitrick...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Sooty Tern info?
8/7/20 8:50 am JOSEPH <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Sooty Tern info?
8/7/20 5:20 am Andrew Joslin <andrew...> [MASSBIRD] Common Loon pair flyover Carlisle, MA 8/7/20
8/6/20 7:58 am Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Sooty tern still being seen 10:42.
8/6/20 5:24 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] House Rental Lakeville - Birders and gardener location - With,permission of the moderator
8/6/20 4:41 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Sooty Tern - Wachusett Reservoir
8/6/20 4:25 am Jonathan Layman <jonathan.layman...> [MASSBIRD] SOOTY TERN YES
8/5/20 6:43 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] My suet feeder
8/5/20 5:02 pm GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Scolded by a Pileated
8/5/20 3:22 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Anatomy of a Photo shoot, Part Two
8/5/20 3:17 pm alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] YCNH
8/5/20 12:20 pm Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...> [MASSBIRD] Bird feeder critter deterrents
8/5/20 10:39 am Gary Freedman <gmf7162...> [MASSBIRD] Fish Crow Maynard CVS
8/5/20 9:45 am Dee Stewart <haberlea...> Fw: [MASSBIRD] Scolded by a Pileated
8/5/20 9:20 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Scolded by a Pileated
8/5/20 7:06 am Josh <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] 8/5 - Sooty Tern Wachusett Reservoir
8/5/20 5:32 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 8/5 - Sooty Tern Wachusett Reservoir
8/5/20 5:04 am Lynn Salinger <blsalinger...> [MASSBIRD] Is it common for blue jays to attack a pileated woodpecker?
8/4/20 8:39 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 8/4/2020: Wanted to pass a link along for those interested: Bullock's,& Baltimore Oriole will remain 2 separate species it appears
8/4/20 7:19 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] more storm reports - Berkshire County
8/4/20 3:09 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Sooty Terns and storm birds
8/4/20 11:31 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] EXTRALIMITAL: Possible Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in VT
8/4/20 9:04 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] EXTRALIMITAL: Possible Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in VT
8/3/20 5:13 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] August 3, 2020 Newton, MA - First raucous band of blue jays came by,today....late summer is here
8/2/20 8:28 pm Marsha Salett <msalett...> [MASSBIRD] August 2020 Bird Observer now online
8/2/20 6:30 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Red necked grebe - Gloucester
8/2/20 1:36 pm Josh <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] MA Red Crossbill influx
8/2/20 8:09 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] David Sibley - CBS Sunday Morning
8/2/20 7:48 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Curlew Sandpiper - Scituate
8/2/20 6:55 am Andy Sanford <asanford2000...> [MASSBIRD] Suspicious white egret bill forward
8/2/20 6:11 am JOSEPH <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] David Sibley
8/1/20 9:28 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Elm Bank in Dover - Pileated Woodpeckers and Barred Owl
7/31/20 5:17 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Brown Booby - Nantucket
7/31/20 1:54 pm John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Invitation to Free Zoom Presentation on My Book Flight Calls on August 13
7/31/20 1:44 pm Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] American Kestrel / Newbury
7/31/20 12:57 pm Sam Miller <zamziller...> [MASSBIRD] Little Blue Heron, Crane Swamp, Westborough
7/30/20 7:30 pm GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Mt. Greylock-2020 added
7/30/20 10:32 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Merlin - Gloucester
7/29/20 6:44 am Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Remembrance Service for Fay Vale July 30, 2020 - REMINDER
7/27/20 7:58 pm Charles Patterson <chaspatt...> [MASSBIRD] Researchers build first AI tool capable of identifying individual birds
7/27/20 4:16 pm Shilo McDonald <shilocm...> [MASSBIRD] Black-bellied Plover, Plum Island, 7/27/20
7/27/20 1:32 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Little Blue: Longmeadow
7/27/20 1:24 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Durham, NH Mississippi Kites - BAD BEHAVIOR AND CHANGES BEING MADE
7/26/20 8:02 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Sculpture honors Great Black Hawk in Portland
7/26/20 2:28 pm <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Harvard Pond - Petersham
7/26/20 12:54 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] The Virginia Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel seabird colony is saved!
7/26/20 10:05 am Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] Delaney WMA -- Jul 25, 2020
7/25/20 6:55 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Bluebird's 3rd Brood
7/25/20 6:25 pm Shilo McDonald <shilocm...> [MASSBIRD] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
7/25/20 6:05 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Great Meadows 7/25
7/25/20 6:04 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 7/25 Forbush Bird Club Trip - Wachusett Reservoir
7/25/20 1:30 pm Josh <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Hadley Blue Grosbeaks, Longmeadow LBHeron
7/25/20 9:36 am Strickland Wheelock <skwheelock...> [MASSBIRD] Tom Swamp birding
7/24/20 5:08 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Laugh Loud, It's Infectious
7/24/20 11:18 am <mexczech...> [MASSBIRD] black swans (exotics I imagine), north andover, essex county
7/24/20 8:22 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Pileated in Westford
7/23/20 6:48 pm Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Bluebird's 3rd Brood
7/23/20 6:10 pm Robert Ross <plumisl...> [MASSBIRD] Bluebird's 3rd Brood
7/23/20 4:48 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Binocular Harness (non-stretch)
7/22/20 11:23 am Jon Woolf <jswoolf01...> [MASSBIRD] A very surprised sanderling
7/22/20 8:37 am Mardi Dickinson <mardi1d...> [MASSBIRD] Piping Plover Chicks
7/21/20 6:51 pm Gary Freedman <gmf7162...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Hudson Killdeer
7/21/20 6:17 pm <elliot...> [MASSBIRD] Hudson Killdeer
7/21/20 6:57 am Liz Pease <lizpease...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Birds of prey rehaibilation in Worcester County
7/21/20 5:42 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Barn Swallows in Hadley
7/21/20 5:32 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Birds of prey rehaibilation in Worcester County
7/20/20 5:56 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Peregrines at Millennium Park West Roxbury
7/19/20 5:59 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Anatomy of a Photo Shoot
7/19/20 12:43 pm Greg Power <jewett1066...> [MASSBIRD] Seabird 101, Upcoming webinar from Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
7/18/20 12:15 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Passing of Newbury Birder L. David Davis
7/17/20 3:52 pm Jim Guion <jim_guion...> [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk Statue Unveiled in Deering Oaks Park, Portland, Maine
7/17/20 1:50 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] North Shore Community Gardens, Middleton, Jul 16, 2020
7/16/20 2:58 pm Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] Update on BBC Field Trips and Workshops
7/16/20 1:40 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary - 07-15-2020
7/16/20 8:15 am Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...> [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven Waterthrush i.d.
7/16/20 6:26 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] more on return of breeding Loons to Massachusetts
 
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Date: 8/15/20 6:53 am
From: elabato <elabato...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Buff--breasted sandpaper st Sandy Point
Subject bird in with semipalmated Plover at Sandy Point 9:50 a.m.Eric LabatoSent via my Samsung Galaxy, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 8/14/20 7:32 am
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Caracara - NO
No luck searching for the Caracara this morning in Gloucester and Rockport. Visited Locust Grove Cemetery, Folly Cove and Halibut Point.

Cliff Cook
Watertown

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/13/20 10:52 am
From: Carl Westlund <grimishere...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Crested Caracara YES
I'm down here in Texas and havent found one yet LOL
Carl Westlund

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

On Thu, Aug 13, 2020 at 12:16 PM, John Nelson<jnelson...> wrote: I got lucky and saw the previously reported Crested Caracara in flight just past noon today at Folly Cove in Rockport. I was standing roadside where Rt. 127 curves between the angle parking for Halibut Pt. SP and the Lobster Pool Restaurant. The caracara was gliding fairly high up between the state park and Folly Cove. I haven't seen this species in some years and remember it as generally flying closer to the ground, but that was in more open, less wooded habitat. I was struck by the bird's overall size, about Osprey-sized, the distinctive head shape, and its angular look in flight, with both head and long tail projecting far from the body. 
John NelsonGloucester

 

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Date: 8/13/20 10:17 am
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crested Caracara YES
I got lucky and saw the previously reported Crested Caracara in flight just
past noon today at Folly Cove in Rockport. I was standing roadside where
Rt. 127 curves between the angle parking for Halibut Pt. SP and the Lobster
Pool Restaurant. The caracara was gliding fairly high up between the state
park and Folly Cove. I haven't seen this species in some years and remember
it as generally flying closer to the ground, but that was in more open,
less wooded habitat. I was struck by the bird's overall size, about
Osprey-sized, the distinctive head shape, and its angular look in flight,
with both head and long tail projecting far from the body.

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 8/13/20 6:49 am
From: Andy Sanford <asanford2000...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Crested Caracara - Halibut Point, Rockport - 2
Just seen from coast from locust grove cemetery path.

Andy Sanford Marblehead

> On Aug 13, 2020, at 7:32 AM, Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:
>
>  Should say as well "currently being seen in the cemetery".
>
> Thanks, Sean!
>
> Barbara Volkle
> Northborough, MA
> <barb620...>

 

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Date: 8/13/20 4:29 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crested Caracara - Halibut Point, Rockport - 2
 Should say as well "currently being seen in the cemetery".

Thanks, Sean!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 8/13/20 4:28 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crested Caracara - Halibut Point, Rockport
Thanks to Sean Williams for the following report from the phone tree:

Crested Caracara is continuing, currently being seen from the ooverlook
at Halibut State Park perched above the treeline to the southwest. 
Scope probably necessary.  photo at http://s.groupme.com/1fi6y5ui


Also on ebird:

Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 12, 2020 18:00 by Max "Hummingbird" Baber
- 30 Folly Point Road, Gloucester, Massachusetts, US (42.688, -70.647), Essex, Massachusetts
- Map:http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.68773,-70.6467956&ll=42.68773,-70.6467956
- Checklist:https://ebird.org/checklist/S72353653
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Good, long look at perched bird. Took flight, saw white in wings. Got photo, don't know how to upload"

Thanks, Sean!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 8/12/20 10:36 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Court Overturns Administration Policy That Sharply Curtailed Protections For Migratory Birds
https://abcbirds.org/article/court-upholds-mbta-2020/

Many of you have followed this story about changes to enforcement of the
Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Finally, some good news!


Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 8/12/20 8:39 am
From: Douglas Chickering <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sooty Tern
The Sooty Tern was observed today for a few hours from Gate , Wachusett Res., 36 by myself, Tom Graham, Steve Babbit and Bob Murphy this morning. Great show!!!

Doug Chickering
NewBury port


Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 8/11/20 7:23 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Strange sea duck
Thanks to Caroline Haines for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: caroline <carolinawrencarolinawren...>
Subject: Strange sea duck
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:25:53 +0000


Hi Massbirders,
I had a proverbial odd duck on Gloucester Harbor tonight along the sea
wall. It was clearly a youngster, as it stretched its wings, which had
no flight feathers yet. It was overall a dark color, faintly brownish on
the sides, and very dark on the top of the head. The bill was large and
triangular giving the head a wedge shape. My overall impression was
scoter, but I’ve never seen a young scoter here this time of year. And
I’ve never seen a scoter that young in these parts period. Thoughts?
Caroline Haines
Gloucester
<Songbirder...>
Sent from my iPhone-please excuse brevity, typos, or insults.
 

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Date: 8/11/20 10:46 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Friends of the Refuge Special Event - Shorebird Workshop
ZOOM  into  SHOREBIRDS !!!

    Thursday, August 13, 7:00pm

    Shorebird Workshop presented by Bill Gette

Learn shorebird identification from one of the area's experts.

Discover the best locations to search for shorebirds locally.

See the web site parkerriver.org for details and registration information.




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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: 8/11/20 5:47 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Essex bay
Thanks to Derek Brown for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2020 21:31:32 -0400
Message-ID:
<CA+u6VfH_Qj2EZkY7R-ixwpW9n9cSXTQQyU=<A471p_DmRF0XFzA...>
Subject: Essex bay


Canoeing around the Spit yesterday afternoon we saw a black tern resting on
the flats with a cotillion of common and least terns., this afternoon we
were graced with a lone sooty tern that we were able to follow eastwards
for a few minutes.
derek brown & april manganiello
essex ma


 

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Date: 8/10/20 11:14 am
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sooty Tern
The Sooty Tern was seen from the north dike at Wachusett Reservoir
between12-2pm. It was flying back and forth above and below the tree
line.

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

 

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Date: 8/9/20 5:56 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Sooty Tern - yes @445P
Thanks to Cappy Popp for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Cappy <cappy.popp...>
Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2020 16:50:11 -0400
Subject: Wachusett Sooty Tern - yes @445P


Gate 36 still. Walk out 200m or so on dike. Per others, locate the yellow
buoy and the sandy bluff at roughly 10 and 11 o=E2=80=99clock. Scan the *tr=
ees*
between them (or keep scope still there and wait) *not* the water up to a
scope FOV *above* the top distant treeline. The bird is dark, banks
constantly, and when it banks back toward the trees you may lose it
(repeatedly.) It was being harassed by swallows while I was on it. Good
luck.

Cappy Popp
First.last@gmail
Reading

 

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Date: 8/9/20 12:36 pm
From: Shilo McDonald <shilocm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eastern Meadowlark, Essex, 8/8
Hello MassBird,
I took a walk around Cogswell's Grant yesterday. The - Nesting Grassland Birds - caution signs warmed the heart. While it's not exactly my Home Patch, Cogswell's Grant is where I learned how to Bird. And I don't mean, Walk Slow and Carry Big Binoculars. No, that part of Birding I learned from Steve Grinley and Jan Smith.

I mean the part about Conservation, Habitat Protection, and Community Activism. You know, that part of Birding which recognizes, if the habitat is lost, then so too are the birds who nest there. Our grass roots effort last year to protect one last standing field of grass Saved the Eastern Meadowlark. And here it is one year later... That field of grass still stands... And those Eastern Meadowlarks still sing!

eBird Report with Photos and Audio Files:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S72224645

Text Only Report below.

Thank you,
Mr. Shilo McDonald, a Birder in every sense of the word
Lynn, Massachusetts
ShiloCM at Yahoo dot com

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." ― Mahatma Gandhi


Cogswell's Grant, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 8, 2020 3:17 PM - 4:43 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.1 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:    Went for a walk around the main field, while soaked in bug spray. Still got bit. But, only a few times. :-)
32 species

Mallard  1    Heard only. Quacking. Coming from the direction of the Essex River.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1    Seen flying near the cemetery on Spring Street, prior to the Cogswell's Grant entrance.
Mourning Dove  4    Seen and heard. Along Spring Street just prior to the entrance of Cogswell's Grant.
Chimney Swift  1    Foraging in the sky above the Essex River.
Lesser Yellowlegs  1    Heard only, "Tu, tu." Coming from the marsh grass alongside the Essex River.
Herring Gull  5    Flying by.
Double-crested Cormorant  7    Sitting all together. Above the Blue Sky Farm sign. Photo attached.
Turkey Vulture  1    Flying by. Being harassed by a Red-winged Blackbird.
Osprey  1    Flying by. Photos attached.
Red-tailed Hawk  2    Saw one. And heard one screaming. Photo attached.
Downy Woodpecker  1    Heard only. Descending whinny.
Eastern Phoebe  2    Observed the adult feeding the young. Photos attached.
Blue Jay  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1    Heard only, "Chick-a-dee-dee-dee."
Tree Swallow  5    Foraging above the grass fields.
Barn Swallow  27    Flying in and out of the barn, in and out of the shed, and in the air above the grass fields.
European Starling  12    Traveling together.
Gray Catbird  4    Heard meowing. Seen eating berries. Photos attached.
American Robin  1    Heard only. Squee-eep!
Cedar Waxwing  5    Heard only. High pitched trills. On Spring Street, before the entrance to Cogswell's Grant.
House Sparrow  4    Inside the shed next to the barn.
House Finch  7    Singing. Feeding young.
American Goldfinch  6    Seen and heard.
Chipping Sparrow  1    Juvenile. Small sparrow with streaked underparts. Streaked brown crown. Dark eye line. Some not-so-great photos attached.
Song Sparrow  3    Seen and heard. Photos attached.
Bobolink  16    Seen and heard. Photogenic juveniles. Curious of me, being curious of them.
Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern)  1    When I first arrived, I heard him alert calling. I scanned the standing tall grass field and found a couple of people walking along its edge. They were harmless, but he still sounded the alert. Wonder what he's protecting in that tall grass? I found him at the tip top of his favorite tree. When the people left, he stopped the alert call. And changed over to singing. I took that as a compliment. And silently thanked him. Photos and audio recordings attached.
Baltimore Oriole  1    Heard only. Songlike calls.
Red-winged Blackbird  1    Seen only. Harassing a Turkey Vulture.
Brown-headed Cowbird  1    Juvenile. Seen with and probably reared by House Finches.
Yellow Warbler  1    Heard only. Begging juvenile. Coming from inside the hedgerow dividing Main Field from Front Field.
Northern Cardinal  2    Heard only. Singing.

 

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Date: 8/9/20 8:16 am
From: Daan Sandee <sandee...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusetts Sooty Tern: Yes
Bird was present Sunday morning from 8 to 9, but it was a long look across
the reservoir (essentially due S from Gate 36.) The only other birds were
a small number of Herring Gulls, so if you see a bird that's obviously
different, that's it. Visible with good binoculars and identifiable
with a scope. At that location Gate 8 might be better, but that looks
like it's a long walk.

Daan Sandee
Gloucester, MA <sandee...>
 

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Date: 8/9/20 5:19 am
From: Leslie Kramer <kramer.lf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 3 Least bitterns being seen now, Hellcat, Parker River
8 AM right side off the walkway. 3!
Leslie Kramer
Barry Burden
Medford,Ma

 

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Date: 8/8/20 7:57 pm
From: GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Sooty Tern question?

I went to Gate 8 today. The bird was just as far as seen from Gate 36, but the morning light was better (7:00 ish).

I believe the bird is using the geometric center of that section of reservoir and thus is not really close to any point one can get to.

There are a couple of small islands which I was told Gates 6 and 7 get behind so I opted for Gate 8.

Glenn

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

> On 08/08/2020 9:48 PM bank1941 <bank1941...> wrote:
>
>
> Mbers, I saw the bird today from dike at gate 36, but wondering if gates 6 and 7 might get one closer to bird's favorite haunts? Do locals have any insight on what sight lines would be from those gates?
>
>
> Joe Paluzzi
>
>
>
>
>
> Joe Paluzzi
> Salem, MA. USA
>
>
> Sent by my Verizon tablet
>

 

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Date: 8/8/20 6:52 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Sooty Tern question?
Mbers, I saw the bird today from dike at gate 36, but wondering if gates 6 and 7 might get one closer to bird's favorite haunts? Do locals have any insight on what sight lines would be from those gates?

Joe Paluzzi 




Joe PaluzziSalem, MA. USA

Sent by my Verizon tablet
 

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Date: 8/8/20 4:28 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird anecdote
Thanks to Glenn Williams for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2020 23:16:10 +0000 (UTC)
From: Glenn Williams <gswilliams9...>
Subject: Hummingbird anecdote


My favorite hummingbird story - a woman who lives in my town and fed
hummers in summer was standing at her condo glass sliding door in a
bathrobe with red flowers on it on a February morning. A hummingbird
hovered in front of her and tried to get at her robe through the glass.
She rushed to her storage area to get her hummer feeder and put it up.
The bird fed voraciously and stayed for a few weeks. I was lucky enough
to go see it. Mark Szantyr was able to get good photographs to prove it
was a Rufous Hummingbird. Rusty on the details.

What was that little guy doing in southern Connecticut randomly looking
for food in the middle of winter? Was it serendipity that it found the
right person in a less than ideal habitat or would it have survived on
random winter insect hatches or other sources and made its way south and
around back to breeding territory anyway?

Glenn Williams
Mystic, CT





 

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Date: 8/8/20 8:29 am
From: JOSEPH <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett-Sooty Tern-yes
Mbers, the subject is still being seen this morning from gate 36. From road walk out on the dike 200 yards and focus on yellow buoy/boat across the reservoir at about 10:00 or exposed sandy bluff. The bird likes that area high above tree line.

Good luck,
Joe Paluzzi


Sent from Xfinity Connect Application
 

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Date: 8/8/20 5:33 am
From: Ninad Thakoor <ninadst...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: Wachusetts Reservoir Sooty Tern
The bird is still here this morning at 8 am.

Ninad Thakoor
Natick, Ma

On Fri, Aug 7, 2020, 9:58 PM Cliff Cook <ccook13...> wrote:

> Turns out this is Gate 36, not 37.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Aug 7, 2020, at 8:02 PM, Cliff Cook <ccook13...> wrote:
> >
> > A Sooty Tern is still present at Wachusetts Reservoir as of about 5:30
> this afternoon. The bird is being seen from duke by Rainbow Cove, which is
> Gate 37 I think, across the water by the far side of the reservoir against
> the forest covered slope. You definitely need a scope. There is an exposed
> bluff far across the water and the bird tended to stay in that vicinity.
> >
> > Cliff Cook
> > Watertown
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
>
>

 

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Date: 8/7/20 6:52 pm
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Wachusetts Reservoir Sooty Tern
Turns out this is Gate 36, not 37.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 7, 2020, at 8:02 PM, Cliff Cook <ccook13...> wrote:
>
> A Sooty Tern is still present at Wachusetts Reservoir as of about 5:30 this afternoon. The bird is being seen from duke by Rainbow Cove, which is Gate 37 I think, across the water by the far side of the reservoir against the forest covered slope. You definitely need a scope. There is an exposed bluff far across the water and the bird tended to stay in that vicinity.
>
> Cliff Cook
> Watertown
>
> Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 8/7/20 6:03 pm
From: GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Request for information-Wachusett Reservoir

Thank so much to all who have sent responses!

The maps show gates ringing the reservoir. Are the gates on the east side off limits? No one seems to be looking from there. Perhaps, like Quabbin, one can not get to the water from these access points.

Thanks everyone.

Glenn

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

> On 08/07/2020 8:14 PM GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...> wrote:
>
>
> I have been to Wachusett very few times and am only aware of the dike along Rt 140. I would like info on where Gate 36 and 40 are.
>
> Many thanks.
>
> Glenn
>
> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
>

 

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Date: 8/7/20 5:34 pm
From: Mary McKitrick <marymckitrick...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Request for information-Wachusett Reservoir
I’ve never been there, but feel considerable Zugunruhe at the moment – Sooty Tern would be a life bird for me.



Here is information about  the reservoir including a link to a map of the gates:



https://www.mass.gov/info-details/dcr-watershed-public-access-maps#wachusett-reservoir-watershed-



Mary

(Northampton)



Mary C. McKitrick, Ph.D.

212-865-5041





From: <massbird-approval...> on behalf of GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...>
Reply-To: GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...>
Date: Friday, August 7, 2020 at 8:20 PM
To: "<massbird...>" <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Request for information-Wachusett Reservoir



I have been to Wachusett very few times and am only aware of the dike along Rt 140. I would like info on where Gate 36 and 40 are.



Many thanks.



Glenn

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


 

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Date: 8/7/20 5:22 pm
From: GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Sooty Tern info?
You all have probably figured this out, but this is Westport, not Westford.

Glenn

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

> On 08/07/2020 3:50 PM Robert Ross <plumisl...> wrote:
>
>
> Hi Joe:
>
> I spotted three of them off the point at Gooseberry Neck in Westford (Bristol County) off of Horseneck Beach State Campground yesterday around 5:30 PM.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Bob
>
> On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 11:55 AM JOSEPH < <bank1941...> mailto:<bank1941...> > wrote:
>
> > > Mbers, does anyone have any info whether subject has been seen today?
> >
> > Joe Paluzzi
> >
> >
> > Sent from Xfinity Connect Application
> >
> > >

 

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Date: 8/7/20 5:17 pm
From: GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Request for information-Wachusett Reservoir
I have been to Wachusett very few times and am only aware of the dike along Rt 140. I would like info on where Gate 36 and 40 are.

Many thanks.

Glenn

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

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Date: 8/7/20 5:07 pm
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusetts Reservoir Sooty Tern
A Sooty Tern is still present at Wachusetts Reservoir as of about 5:30 this afternoon. The bird is being seen from duke by Rainbow Cove, which is Gate 37 I think, across the water by the far side of the reservoir against the forest covered slope. You definitely need a scope. There is an exposed bluff far across the water and the bird tended to stay in that vicinity.

Cliff Cook
Watertown

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/7/20 12:54 pm
From: Robert Ross <plumisl...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Sooty Tern info?
Hi Joe:

I spotted three of them off the point at Gooseberry Neck in Westford
(Bristol County) off of Horseneck Beach State Campground yesterday around
5:30 PM.

Sincerely,

Bob

On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 11:55 AM JOSEPH <bank1941...> wrote:

> Mbers, does anyone have any info whether subject has been seen today?
>
> Joe Paluzzi
>
>
> Sent from Xfinity Connect Application

 

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Date: 8/7/20 10:01 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: [CarlisleNature] Common Loon pair flyover Carlisle, MA 8/7/20
Thanks to Andrew Wilmot for the following post.


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Fri, 7 Aug 2020 12:40:44 -0400 (EDT)
From: ANDREW WILMOT <andrewwilmot...>
Subject: Re: [CarlisleNature] Common Loon pair flyover Carlisle, MA 8/7/20


Cool sighting!

There have been up to 4 loons at one time at Walden Pond this year (I've ha=
d the cool experience of swimming within 10 feet of one of them). They have=
n't been there the last several days. Perhaps related?

 

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Date: 8/7/20 9:30 am
From: Mary McKitrick <marymckitrick...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Sooty Tern info?
Seen this morning in Worcester Co:



https://ebird.org/checklist/S72184539





Mary C. McKitrick, Ph.D.

212-865-5041





From: <massbird-approval...> on behalf of JOSEPH <bank1941...>
Reply-To: JOSEPH <bank1941...>
Date: Friday, August 7, 2020 at 11:55 AM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sooty Tern info?



Mbers, does anyone have any info whether subject has been seen today?



Joe Paluzzi





Sent from Xfinity Connect Application


 

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Date: 8/7/20 8:50 am
From: JOSEPH <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sooty Tern info?
Mbers, does anyone have any info whether subject has been seen today?

Joe Paluzzi


Sent from Xfinity Connect Application
 

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Date: 8/7/20 5:20 am
From: Andrew Joslin <andrew...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Loon pair flyover Carlisle, MA 8/7/20
At 7:15 AM this morning 8/7 I heard a Common Loon calling, thought it
was background on the radio but it didn't sync up with the subject
matter ;-) Realized it was outside, ran out the door in time to hear and
see a single loon flying north at about 170' over white pines/hardwood
forest. Shortly after a second loon went over also calling. They
continued calling as they progressed north. It made sense that I heard
them initially and had the time to get out and see them, quite a bit of
projection of their calls before and after they came though.

Thinking it it might be interesting to check Nagog Pond in Acton and
Heart Pond in Chelmsford to see if they stuck around. They could also
keep going a another few miles and be on the Merrimack by Lowell in no time.

Great Blue Heron sometimes take this same route at night, likewise I can
hear them calling at a fair distance as they approach and after they go by.

Andrew Joslin
Carlisle, MA
 

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Date: 8/6/20 7:58 am
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sooty tern still being seen 10:42.
Gate 36 Wachusetts Reservoir - one bird mostly high

Sent from my iPhone

Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>
 

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Date: 8/6/20 5:24 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] House Rental Lakeville - Birders and gardener location - With,permission of the moderator
Thanks to Mike Sylvia for this post.

Best of luck, Mike!


Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Right Angle <mikesylvia...>
Subject: House Rental Lakeville - Birders and gardener location - With
permission of the moderator
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2020 07:59:02 -0400


Hello Fellow nature lovers.

I know it is odd to see a house rental on Massbird but I hope you won't
mind. I would like to thank Barbara for the chance to make this
available to fellow nature lovers. We also have two separate areas for
gardening. My wife and I are moving to Ireland at the end of August for
a job opportunity and will be renting our house in Lakeville for the
coming year. Available September 1.

The house is in Lakeville and I have groomed it to be good for birds and
other wildlife. It is also surrounded by a lot of great habitat and in
an area with a lot more great habitat. You can check some of my bird
lists on e=
Bird. Winter bird feeding is very good and last year I had 30+ Pine
Warblers at once for most of the Winter as well as many other birds.
Bluebirds annually nest on the property as well as many other species.

Below is a link with photos and other information about renting it. If you
have other questions please feel free to email me or you can contact the
management company directly.

Thank you

https://www.plymouthpropertymanagementinc.com/southeast-mass-homes-for-rent/1145397/29-precinct-st-lakeville-ma-02347-1428


Mike Sylvia
Right Angle Restoration, Inc.
29 Precinct Street Lakeville, MA 02347
(508) 692-7760

 

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Date: 8/6/20 4:41 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sooty Tern - Wachusett Reservoir
At least one Sooty Tern remains at Wachusett Reservoir in Clinton.

Reported at 7:10 am by Jonathan Layman circling in the distance and
earlier by LIsa Schibley (via Joe Bourget) from Gate 36. Bring a scope.

Thanks for your reports!


Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 8/6/20 4:25 am
From: Jonathan Layman <jonathan.layman...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] SOOTY TERN YES
At least one Sooty Tern continues this morning as of 7:20 at Wachusett Reservoir. Best seen from gate 36. Scope absolutely required.

Good Birding,

Jonathan Layman

Medford, MA

Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 8/5/20 6:43 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] My suet feeder
Thanks to Sandy Selesky for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2020 18:45:22 -0400
Subject: My suet feeder


It took over 30 years to finally get a Pileated coming to our suet
feeder and it's not an every day event by any means although this spring
and summer have seen more frequent visits. It's a double sided metal
feeder that takes 2 normal sized no melt all season suet cakes, one on
each side, and all our Woodpeckers plus many other birds including the
Pileated seem to prefer the Nutty Suet I buy at Market Basket in the pet
supply and bird seed aisle. I have tried the Berry suet and that's ok
too but they seem to prefer the one with peanuts too. So far it's only
the female who comes. The male stays on the trees or flies in the
backyard sometimes but I have never seen him come to the suet yet.
Good luck!!

Sandy Selesky
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/5/20 5:02 pm
From: GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Scolded by a Pileated
I worked with a person who fed hummingbirds. She told me one morning she heard a tapping at the deck slider window behind the closed curtain. When she opened the curtain she was just inches away from the slider with a hummingbird tapping at the window. The feeder was empty. She filled it while the hummingbird watched.

Birds are not stupid (well, maybe a few turkeys).

Glenn

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

> On 08/05/2020 12:16 PM Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:
>
>
> Thanks to Sandy Selesky for this report.
>
> Barbara Volkle
> Northborough, MA
> <barb620...>
>
> *
>
>
> From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
> Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2020 11:34:32 -0400
> Subject: Scolded by a Pileated
>
>
> Our female Pileated Woodpecker arrived again this morning but I hadn't
> put out the suet yet. I take it in each night along with the sunflower
> feeder because raccoons can climb up to our deck at night. I had just
> put up the seed feeder and went back for the suet. As I stood outside my
> slide door holding it I heard the loud calling of a very close Pileated.
> I looked left to the trees and then right and there she was yelling and
> then staring at me perched on the side of the deck wall above my seed
> feeder that separates my deck from my neighbor's. I softly spoke to her
> and told her I was sorry the suet wasn't up yet but that I was just
> about to put it out!! She watched me and didn't fly away with me talking
> and standing only 6 feet away from her!! After a minute she flew to a
> nearby pine tree and I'm sure watched as I put the suet feeder up.
> I ran to get my camera and when I got back sure enough she was eating
> away on the suet feeder for over 5 minutes!
>
> She certainly knew how to scold the home owner for her breakfast treat
> when it wasn't ready on time!
>
> Sandy Selesky Westford MA
> <sandyselesky...>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/5/20 3:22 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Anatomy of a Photo shoot, Part Two
Thanks to Dave Gibson for this post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2020 16:32:08 -0400
Subject: Anatomy of a Photo shoot, Part Two


This is a continuation of "Anatomy of a Photo Shoot" with a little
bird humor thrown in. I hope you enjoy it, and I welcome your
feedback. Stay well! Here's the link:
http://birdpartner.com/2020/08/05/photo-shoot-two/
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
 

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Date: 8/5/20 3:17 pm
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] YCNH
Delighted to see a juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night Heron in the marsh behind
our house in Dartmouth.

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

 

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Date: 8/5/20 12:20 pm
From: Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bird feeder critter deterrents
Howdy birders,

Just thought I’d pass on a creative idea I found a few years ago that has proven effective in keeping squirrels and other critters away front the bird feeders. A few years back I saw a post about threading your feeder poles through a regular metal slinky. This low cost option has allowed for hours of hilarious entertainment as you see the various animals travel up the pole only to get ahold of the slinky and immediately zoom towards the ground. If anyone else has had a problem with bird-seed theft, I suggest you try this amusing solution.

Good birding,

Johnathon Benson
Mass Audubon
 

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Date: 8/5/20 10:39 am
From: Gary Freedman <gmf7162...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fish Crow Maynard CVS
Fish Crow clearly calling from the CVS parking lot in Maynard, MA. First
time I've heard one there.

Good birding

Gary Freedman
Stow, MA


--
This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.
https://www.avast.com/antivirus

 

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Date: 8/5/20 9:45 am
From: Dee Stewart <haberlea...>
Subject: Fw: [MASSBIRD] Scolded by a Pileated
Great story. We get downy, hairy and red bellied woodpeckers on our suet
feeder, but never a pileated, although we occasionally see one in the yard.
What kind of suet feeder do you have?
Dee Stewart
Stow MA

-----Original Message-----
From: Barbara Volkle
Sent: Wednesday, August 05, 2020 12:16 PM
To: massbird
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Scolded by a Pileated

Thanks to Sandy Selesky for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2020 11:34:32 -0400
Subject: Scolded by a Pileated


Our female Pileated Woodpecker arrived again this morning but I hadn't
put out the suet yet. I take it in each night along with the sunflower
feeder because raccoons can climb up to our deck at night. I had just
put up the seed feeder and went back for the suet. As I stood outside my
slide door holding it I heard the loud calling of a very close Pileated.
I looked left to the trees and then right and there she was yelling and
then staring at me perched on the side of the deck wall above my seed
feeder that separates my deck from my neighbor's. I softly spoke to her
and told her I was sorry the suet wasn't up yet but that I was just
about to put it out!! She watched me and didn't fly away with me talking
and standing only 6 feet away from her!! After a minute she flew to a
nearby pine tree and I'm sure watched as I put the suet feeder up.
I ran to get my camera and when I got back sure enough she was eating
away on the suet feeder for over 5 minutes!

She certainly knew how to scold the home owner for her breakfast treat
when it wasn't ready on time!

Sandy Selesky Westford MA
<sandyselesky...>

Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 8/5/20 9:20 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Scolded by a Pileated
Thanks to Sandy Selesky for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*


From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2020 11:34:32 -0400
Subject: Scolded by a Pileated


Our female Pileated Woodpecker arrived again this morning but I hadn't
put out the suet yet. I take it in each night along with the sunflower
feeder because raccoons can climb up to our deck at night. I had just
put up the seed feeder and went back for the suet. As I stood outside my
slide door holding it I heard the loud calling of a very close Pileated.
I looked left to the trees and then right and there she was yelling and
then staring at me perched on the side of the deck wall above my seed
feeder that separates my deck from my neighbor's. I softly spoke to her
and told her I was sorry the suet wasn't up yet but that I was just
about to put it out!! She watched me and didn't fly away with me talking
and standing only 6 feet away from her!! After a minute she flew to a
nearby pine tree and I'm sure watched as I put the suet feeder up.
I ran to get my camera and when I got back sure enough she was eating
away on the suet feeder for over 5 minutes!

She certainly knew how to scold the home owner for her breakfast treat
when it wasn't ready on time!

Sandy Selesky Westford MA
<sandyselesky...>

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/5/20 7:06 am
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] 8/5 - Sooty Tern Wachusett Reservoir
Jonathan Pierce posted that one of the Sooty Terns was still on Lake Pontoosuc, near Pittsfield, this morning as well.

JSR


Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
https://www.facebook.com/opihi

Vice-president, Hampshire Bird Club
https://hampshirebirdclub.org/

Northeast Chapter head, Dragonfly Society of the Americas
https://www.dragonflysocietyamericas.org/northeastdsa

Citizen science pages:
http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/opihiman
https://ebird.org/profile/MTk1MTQw/US-MA



> On Aug 5, 2020, at 8:28 AM, Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:
>
> A Sooty Tern is still present at Wachusett Reservoir and is there now, 8:20 AM. It's been sighted since 7 AM.
>
> Better seen from gate 36, but can be seen from gate 40.
>
> Thanks to Joe Bourget for this report.
>
>
>
> Barbara Volkle
> Northborough, MA
> <barb620...>


 

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Date: 8/5/20 5:32 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/5 - Sooty Tern Wachusett Reservoir
A Sooty Tern is still present at Wachusett Reservoir and is there now,
8:20 AM.  It's been sighted since 7 AM.

Better seen from gate 36, but can be seen from gate 40.

Thanks to Joe Bourget for this report.



Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 8/5/20 5:04 am
From: Lynn Salinger <blsalinger...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Is it common for blue jays to attack a pileated woodpecker?
Our yard enjoys many common feeder birds, and this year among many other
species we have a flock of blue jays calling us home, it seems. But this
morning a pileated woodpecker announced its arrival, a rare sight in our
backyard. No sooner had it flown into the yard than a flurry of blue
jays came along to chase it on its way. Is this a common behavior?

Lynn S.

Concord, MA

 

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Date: 8/4/20 8:39 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/4/2020: Wanted to pass a link along for those interested: Bullock's,& Baltimore Oriole will remain 2 separate species it appears
Thanks to Matt S. for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: "Matt S." <accipiter22...>
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2020 23:03:01 -0400
Subject: 8/4/2020: Wanted to pass a link along for those interested:
Bullock's
& Baltimore Oriole will remain 2 separate species it appears


Hi All,

I wanted to pass along this link:
https://mailchi.mp/cornell/study-oriole-hybridization-is-a-dead-end-1318332?e=f0b505020c


For those that follow splits/lumps, there was debate about lumping
bullock's & baltimore back into one oriole for some time, but that appears
to not be in the cards.


Matt S.
Newton, MA
<Accipiter22...>
 

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Date: 8/4/20 7:19 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] more storm reports - Berkshire County
Manuel Morales reports on the Western Mass Birders facebook group:

There was something of a fallout at Pontoosuc Lake in Pittsfield this
afternoon. At least 9 Sooty Tern were seen along with 1 Brown Noddy, and
1 Long-tailed Jaeger, plus additional jaegers seen by others. It was a
pretty remarkable afternoon in Berkshire County!

And this ebird report:


https://ebird.org/checklist/

Kyron Hanson reported a possible Black Swift from Lake Onota found by
Rene Wendell and others, also on the Western Mass Birders group.  Photos
taken.

Crazy day!


Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>



 

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Date: 8/4/20 3:09 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sooty Terns and storm birds
Marshall Iliff reports on the rare bird phone line that there were 2
Sooty Terns at Wachusett Reservoir at around 5:20 pm and 4 an hour
before that at Lake Onota in Berkshire County.  Nathan Dubrow reports
Franklin's Gull at Andrews  Point.

Marshall noted these storm birds move out quickly as the skies clear. 
He also noted Sooties could occur east to Boston or beyond.  He
encouraged folks to just get out and see what you can see.

Thanks to Marshall and Nathan and others for these reports.

Let us know what you turn up!


Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>


 

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Date: 8/4/20 11:31 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] EXTRALIMITAL: Possible Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in VT
Dear all,

After posting the VT report from yesterday I received a reminder from Paul
Lehman (California), that this would be an an extraordinarily early date
for (what the report seems to suggest is a) juvenile Sharp-tailed
Sandpiper. Even in western Alaska, the earliest juveniles don't appear
until mid-month, at the very earliest.

So, as always in birding, caveat emptor.
–Neil

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 8/4/20 9:04 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] EXTRALIMITAL: Possible Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in VT
Dear Massbirders,

There was a report yesterday of a possible Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in VT.
There are no photos (at least on the eBird report), so it's hard to
evaluate, but worth keeping an eye out for more info. The eBird alert is
pasted below:

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) (1)
- Reported Aug 03, 2020 08:30 by Scott Morrical
- Colchester Railroad Causeway, Chittenden, Vermont
- Map:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=44.5653095,-73.3112559&ll=44.5653095,-73.3112559
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72071255
- Comments: "Between about 9:15-9:30 AM I observed what I believe was a
juvenile Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Colchester Causeway. Probably the same
bird was seen briefly by Ted Murin at the same location on the previous day
(8/2/20). I will be posting a detailed Rare Species Description of the
bird to the Vermont Bird Records Committee. Meanwhile, here are the key
details: Medium-sized shorebird, similar in size and overall structure to
Pectoral Sandpipers that were also present. Very bright plumage. Bright
buffy color on the breast was very prominent and attention- grabbing.
Marks on breast were confined to a narrow band of faint streaks across the
upper breast. The bright buffy color extended over the entire breast and
was completely unstreaked below that narrow band. This pattern is
characteristic of juvenile STSA and unlike any plumage of PESA that I have
ever observed or learned about. On the bird’s upper parts, rufous feather
edges on tertials, greater coverts and scapulars was also brighter than on
nearby PESAs. The bird’s head pattern included a bold white supercilium
and a rusty brown cap. The bill was shorter than nearby PESAs’ bills.
Legs were dull yellow. In flight the upper wing pattern had dark flight
feathers and hardly any wing stripe. The rump and upper tail coverts were
dark down the middle to the tip of the tail, white with dark streaks on the
sides. I believe that together these features are consistent with juvenile
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, and eliminate known plumages of Pectoral Sandpiper,
the most similar species likely to be seen in North America."

--
Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 8/3/20 5:13 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] August 3, 2020 Newton, MA - First raucous band of blue jays came by,today....late summer is here
Thanks to Matt S. for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: "Matt S." <accipiter22...>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2020 19:28:31 -0400
Subject: August 3, 2020 Newton, MA - First raucous band of blue jays came by
today....late summer is here


Hi All,

For me one of the signs of late summer arriving is that subtle yellow tinge
the afternoon light takes on, usually in late July or early August is when
I first notice it. Another is when blue jays exit their secretive nesting
phase and form large raucous flocks to carry them through to next breeding
season. Just now for the first time this summer I heard such a group as it
called from the trees in our yard. Hard to believe another summer is
passing. We still have our hummingbird that visits daily, once usually
between 8 and 9 AM, and a second time between 7PM and 8PM, "the humming
hours" as we call them.


That's all for now.


Matt S.
Newton, MA
<Accipiter22...>
 

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Date: 8/2/20 8:28 pm
From: Marsha Salett <msalett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] August 2020 Bird Observer now online
Massbirders,

Bird Observer announces that its August 2020 issue is now online at www.birdobserver.org <http://www.birdobserver.org/>.

Along with birders everywhere, the Bird Observer team found life and birding challenging this past spring due to Covid-19. We offer a special Where to Go Birding feature written by staff and board members: ”Birding Safely and Sanely during the Pandemic of Spring 2020.” Martha Steele devotes her column to “The Spring of Covid 19” and John Nelson writes “Whip-poor-will Dream."
Feature articles include "Revisiting Bird-Window Collisions in Boston” by William Freedberg and “Hearing Aids for Birders” by Timothy P. Walker. Field Notes describe “Group Bathing by White Ibises” and “Sanderlings, Ruddy Turnstones, and Least Sandpipers Forage on Ephemeral Floating Seaweed Substrate by William E. Davis, Jr. and “Wilson’s Phalarope: Second Record for Ashley Falls and Fifth Record for Berkshire County, Massachusetts” by Ken Schopp. The photo essay is “Birds of East Falmouth” by Nate Marchessault.

As usual, we include Bird Sightings for March-April 2020, Bygone Birds, Hot Birds, and Wayne Petersen's "At A Glance.” Soheil Zendeh guest-reviewed About Books.

The cover art features Barry Van Dusen’s Greater Yellowlegs. “About the Cover: Greater Yellowlegs” is written by William E. Davis, Jr.

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birdobserverjournal <https://www.facebook.com/birdobserverjournal>
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BirdObserver <https://twitter.com/BirdObserver>
Bird Observer is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Marsha Salett
Editor
Bird Observer
<msalett...> <mailto:<msalett...>
Needham, MA


 

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Date: 8/2/20 6:30 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red necked grebe - Gloucester
Thanks to Caroline Haines for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: caroline <carolinawrencarolinawren...>
Subject: Red necked grebe
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2020 17:46:49 +0000


The red necked grebe in breeding plumage continues near the sea wall at
the eastern most end of the private section of Niles Beach on Eastern
Point in Gloucester.
Caroline Haines
<Songbirder...>
Gloucester

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

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Date: 8/2/20 1:36 pm
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] MA Red Crossbill influx
Hi MassBirders,

A post in Western Mass Birders inspired me to look up recent MA Red Crossbill sightings on eBird. What I saw was actually fairly striking. While there was a scattering of sightings across the state through July, a pocket of activity around Mount Greylock, and a few reports near Rutland, there has been a noticeable uptick over the past week, and especially yesterday and the day before, up and down the CT River Valley. Here’s a summary:

July 26, Ted Gilliland, 8 birds in Montague
July 29, Ben Normark, 2 in Leverett
July 31, James Smith, 8 in Gill
July 31, David Sibley, 2 in Deerfield
July 31, Larry Therrien, 1 in Belchertown
July 31, Ernie LeBlanc, 2 in Royalston
July 31, Tim Spahr, 8 in Barre
August 1, Larry Therrien <https://www.facebook.com/larry.therrien.9?hc_location=ufi>, 2 in south Quabbin
August 1, Amy Loveless, 1 in north Quabbin
August 1, James Smith, 4 in Gill
August 1, David Sibley, 10 in Deerfield

Outside of the Greylock and Rutland pockets, I see 9 reports of a total of 15 birds from July 1-26. That includes the one from Tom Swamp July 25, already posted here by Strickland Wheelock; I’m counting that with the earlier sightings because Aaron Hulsey eBirded one from the same location on July 18, so I’d assume that those two reports were the same individual bird continuing in place. Then 21 birds across 5 locations July 31, and 17 in 4 locations August 1. James mentioned in one of his eBird reports that he’d heard some possible but unconfirmed crossbill calls during the days prior to 7-31, hinting that maybe they arrived around the same time as Ted’s Montague flock, not so far to the south of Gill….

Ted, Tim, Larry, and David all got recordings of some of their crossbills’ calls. All of them report that their recordings were identified at Type 10. The only reports of any other types being in MA recently were by Greg Ward, who recorded a few birds on Greylock; one was identified as another Type 10, but a second was ID’d as Type 1, and a third as Type 3.

Good birding,

Josh


Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
https://www.facebook.com/opihi

Vice-president, Hampshire Bird Club
https://hampshirebirdclub.org/

Northeast Chapter head, Dragonfly Society of the Americas
https://www.dragonflysocietyamericas.org/northeastdsa

Citizen science pages:
http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/opihiman
https://ebird.org/profile/MTk1MTQw/US-MA




 

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Date: 8/2/20 8:09 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] David Sibley - CBS Sunday Morning
Here's a link to the segment aired this morning, originally shown
November 17, 2019:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/for-the-birds-illustrator-david-allen-sibley-8-02-2020/


Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 8/2/20 7:48 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Curlew Sandpiper - Scituate
Liam Norton reported a Curlew Sandpiper found by a friend in Scituate
this morning on facebook on "What's This Bird" and the ABA Rare Bird
Alert.  Location noted as "spit third cliff".

Thanks to Joe Bourget for passing along word of this.


Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>


 

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Date: 8/2/20 6:55 am
From: Andy Sanford <asanford2000...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Suspicious white egret bill forward
There is a white egret with dark lores with several snowys at bill fwd pool plum island, best seen from hellcat or perhaps blind. No long white plumes, but yellowish feet, legs mostly black with bit of green up back I think. Bill dark, slight down curve, Bill and bird look slightly larger than nearby snowys. Could be juv snowy, or little? Not sure but want to get the word out.

Andy Sanford, Marblehead
 

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Date: 8/2/20 6:11 am
From: JOSEPH <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] David Sibley
Mbers, CBS ch804 on Comcast has a segment this morning featuring David Sibley. Check it out.

Joe Paluzzi


Sent from Xfinity Connect Application
 

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Date: 8/1/20 9:28 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Elm Bank in Dover - Pileated Woodpeckers and Barred Owl
Thanks to Steve Carey for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Stephen Carey <stephencarey1...>
Subject: Elm Bank in Dover - Pileated Woodpeckers and Barred Owl
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2020 11:08:37 -0400


What beats a full house? How about 4, count 'em 4 Pileated woodpeckers
in the same tree!!! From afar it looked like mom, dad and 2 FY as they
had a nice family “peck”-nic going in a tall pine near the parking
area before the stone bridge…quite a sight. Only to be followed by a
Barred Owl along the river path. Scarlet Tanager singing in the
background, Great Blue Heron, Eastern Kingbird and a Carolina Wren
rounded out the walk.

Steve Carey
Natick
<stephencarey1...>
 

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Date: 7/31/20 5:17 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brown Booby - Nantucket
Thanks to Laurie Dugan and Joe Bourget for passing along this report of
a Brown Booby just south of Nantucket:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S71976747


Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 7/31/20 1:54 pm
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Invitation to Free Zoom Presentation on My Book Flight Calls on August 13
You're all invited to my free Zoom slide show presentation for the Peabody
Institute Library in Danvers at 6:30 to 7:30 on August 13. Please share the
invitation with any birding friends who might be interested.

Here's the promo:
*Flight Calls: Exploring Massachusetts through Birds *is a slide show
presentation by John Nelson about his 2019 book published by the U. of
Massachusetts Press. The book mixes history, science, literature, and humor
in stories about John's birding adventures and explorations of prime
birding locations—Cape Ann, the Great Marsh, Mt. Auburn Cemetery. A review
in *Birdwatching* noted: "Nelson is as talented a writer as you will find
in the birding community today. . . you don't have to be a Bay State birder
to appreciate these essays." John's essay “Funny Bird Sex” from the *Antioch
Review *was awarded a 2018 Pushcart Prize, and his narrative essay “Coming
of Old Age in Samoa” in *The Missouri Review* has been nominated for a
Pushcart Prize. He's a professor emeritus at North Shore Community
College.
Click here to register for the presentation: https://bit.ly/3geYlSZ
<https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F3geYlSZ%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2RF2mbWALN8EbRI9QYjCB2H0k8lLcKvRMAGxVkjEv1VdX4wvYDFkTxwmg&h=AT3OW3KvMY55xuU1H5w_2jkI2LhHi8Zs7LOaRp6JExcsLoUf4BysnlBzh5J-fH0pg5ZYDscvkTLNL-Os6aiUfBE6IdXq-QPUkOabEEcxZKCjNve25MmdkpXTquUcw_I9624oeyhtsXUh3ALXGiIh>


John Nelson
Gloucester
Attachments are

 

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Date: 7/31/20 1:44 pm
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Kestrel / Newbury
on the utility wires, Pine Island Road - in the past I've seen them here in late August and September, but this seems early to be migratory...



------------------------------------
(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: 7/31/20 12:57 pm
From: Sam Miller <zamziller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Little Blue Heron, Crane Swamp, Westborough
Carla and I had a juvenile Little Blue Heron at Crane Swamp this morning. Long distance views from the west end of the hidden swamp/pond. The bird was along the northeast shore of the swamp, 150 yards or so away from our vantage point at the west end of the hidden swamp.
You can see our checklist here:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S71985460 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S71985460>

It’s a little difficult to access the viewing point, but here are directions if you want to try for the bird.

Park at the end of Beeman Road, off Talbot Road, in Westborough. Go behind the ornamental cedars to find the start of the Cole and Talbot trails. There is a map there, but its detail of this area is not fine.
Follow the trail in, take a right at the first fork, a right at the second fork, and continue on until the trail pretty much ends at a place where you can see a hole to walk through out to the cornfield on the left.
Turn left and look for a medium-tall flat-topped white pine across the field in the direction of the smokestack. That is your destination.
Follow the cornfield left towards the swamp, and then right at the corner, following the field along the edge of the mostly hidden swamp off to your left. A couple of hundred yards down this side of the cornfield you should find an opening on your left that leads in beneath that pine, and to the edge of the swamp, where you can get fairly good views of most of the area. Try to approach quietly (not easy) as there can be water birds at that western end of the swamp.
There are other possible access points to the swamp, but they require more bushwhacking, generating more noise, and mostly providing more limited views.

Good luck if you try.

Sam Miller and Carla Dengler
Acton, MA
 

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Date: 7/30/20 7:30 pm
From: GLENN D'ENTREMONT <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mt. Greylock-2020 added
We ran this trip on June 20th.

Our annual trip to Mt Greylock was a social distancing non group trip with only one other companion. We began at the normal 6:00 a.m. and began our accent. Stopping every half mile or so we enjoyed the bird sound.

We did NOT encounter Mourning Warbler. We had the highest number of chickadees ever. Two Swainson's Thrush on the Saddleball Trail. Veery rebounded to the highest since 2016. Robins had their third highest number. Most warblers in normal numbers. Black-throated Greens are amazingly static for 9 years. Blackburnian had their highest since 1999 and tied the highest ever count. Chestnut-sided Warbler is lowest since 2004. Blackpoll was enjoyed on the Saddleball trail. Ovenbirds were off the charts with their highest ever in both number and elevation having a couple at the hairpin turns! Dark-eyed Junco rebounded with their highest total since 2014. White-throated Sparrow confined to the very top and only one individual was encountered; will this species be lost like the Mourning and Magnolia warblers? We encountered Red Crossbills along the Saddleball trail.

Last year I submitted this post with selected species counts from this trip I do annually on (usually) the third weekend in June to Mt. Greylock. I added 2020 to those numbers and reposted. The numbers after the species will be 1992, 93, 94,95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 separated by a comma. A "*" means that numbers were not recorded for that species that year. There is now over 25 years of data here:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker:4,6,1,7,10,5,1,2,2,7,5,4,1,5,4,8,4,4,5,3,5,5,2,4,3,3,4
Common Raven:1,2,0,1,2,0,1,8,3,3,3,3,7,5,0,7,1,2,0,1,4,0,0,2,3,4,2
Black-capped Chickadee:14,8,6,11,5,4,7,16,7,12,11,8,6,11,7,4,7,4,7,6,10,9,10,13,9,8,19
Winter Wren:2,5,6,3,9,2,6,4,6,3,6,4,8,7,2,2,5,4,6,3,1,9,4,2,1,3,6
American Robin:*,47,20,19,15,21,14,27,27,29,29,19,22,31,30,22,27,31,17,20,34,17,28,18,24,13,32
Wood Thrush:9,4,1,6,2,2,2,6,3,11,4,0,3,2,2,6,1,1,1,0,2,1,1,3,2,0,1
Hermit Thrush:9,3,11,8,2,3,9,10,5,7,1,4,6,2,1,6,6,5,9,2,5,1,4,4,3,4,7
Veery:23,8,7,15,16,15,13,18,10,21,9,18,12,10,15,10,10,6,16,12,8,9,15,8,13,4,14
Blue-headed Vireo:8,7,5,7,2,3,5,8,1,3,4,1,3,6,4,15,9,1,6,7,5,2,1,1,1,5,3
Red-eyed Vireo:32,32,48,44,40,47,36,67,58,69,65,59,44,98,86,93,92,94,78,80,91,82,76,74,96,63,89
Magnolia Warbler:7,7,4,5,2,1,5,6,11,4,4,2,3,7,4,5,3,2,1,3,3,1,0,3,3,0,0
Black-throated Blue Warbler:12,10,17,9,16,6,9,20,15,12,9,6,8,11,15,11,16,11,14,8,24,13,21,21,18,12,16
Yellow-rumped Warbler:11,8,6,18,9,15,22,29,23,26,11,14,12,18,15,9,7,11,5,9,11,8,3,12,4,8,6
Black-throated Green Warbler:4,6,11,5,5,8,5,16,10,14,8,4,9,19,16,10,16,12,8,7,8,9,7,8,9,8,10
Blackburnian Warbler:18,16,18,19,16,18,13,31,15,15,22,10,16,26,23,20,17,23,26,18,24,11,17,23,16,14,31
Chestnut-sided Warbler:15,16,11,13,19,22,16,26,29,9,18,17,11,28,24,15,15,15,15,17,18,18,16,18,20,14,12
Blackpoll Warbler:1,2,3,1,2,2,3,4,7,3,2,2,4,6,7,4,3,4,2,1,4,1,2,2,3,3,5
Ovenbird:20,19,21,22,29,22,22,42,16,35,23,34,25,28,30,38,38,35,34,21,38,32,46,40,51,36,66
Mourning Warbler:1,2,1,2,3,1,2,2,2,2,4,3,2,3,0,3,1,1,0,1,2,1,4,2,2,0,0
Common Yellowthroat:18,6,8,8,15,7,8,19,5,6,8,6,6,10,5,8,12,4,8,10,10,4,10,5,3,8,7
Canada Warbler:4,7,5,2,8,6,1,8,2,5,2,0,1,1,2,1,1,2,3,1,1,0,1,1,1,2,2
American Redstart:14,6,13,17,15,8,19,30,27,31,11,17,12,29,13,19,38,33,18,27,13,17,13,26,10,11,14
Scarlet Tanager:1,6,3,3,3,4,2,10,1,1,6,4,2,2,1,1,4,3,2,1,6,2,5,2,4,1,6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak:7,4,4,0,1,0,4,6,2,3,3,2,5,4,0,2,5,4,2,2,2,1,2,1,6,1,6
Eastern Towhee:13,7,11,9,11,7,8,11,11,10,14,15,4,7,7,4,11,4,14,6,11,11,11,7,7,9,6
Dark-eyed Junco:20,22,18,27,18,21,13,31,16,31,17,19,14,23,10,19,20,18,19,9,27,17,13,11,16,8,19
White-throated Sparrow:14,8,9,6,9,11,7,24,8,6,3,3,6,4,7,3,2,2,2,1,3,4,2,2,4,2,1

Glenn

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

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Date: 7/30/20 10:32 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Merlin - Gloucester
Thanks to Caroline Haines for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: caroline <carolinawrencarolinawren...>
Subject: Merlin
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 17:11:10 +0000



Had my first Merlin of fall migration at breakfast this morning, perched
for about 10 minutes on the dead tree across the street until a band of
blue jays drove it of.
Caroline Haines, Gloucester
<Songbirder...>
Sent from my iPhone-please excuse brevity, typos, or insults.
 

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Date: 7/29/20 6:44 am
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Remembrance Service for Fay Vale July 30, 2020 - REMINDER
A brief reminder, for those interested.

Thanks,
Linda

On 7/8/2020 2:21 PM, Linda Ferraresso wrote:
> Peter Vale has scheduled a cremation burial and remembrance service
> for Fay at 10:00 a.m. on July 30, 2020 at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in
> Cambridge.
>
> Protocols at the Cemetery
> •    Do not attend if you are sick or experiencing any COVID-19
> related symptoms.
> •    Always practice social distancing; maintain 6 feet between
> yourself and others, including cemetery staff.
> •    Except for public restrooms, all Cemetery buildings are currently
> closed to the public.
> •    No chairs will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own.
> •    No water bottles will be provided but you are welcome to bring
> your own.
> •    There will be no formal service – Peter will speak about their
> life together followed by any other remembrances family/friends  may
> wish to share.
> •    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no post-burial get
> together. Once vaccines are available, Peter will schedule a
> celebration of life event.
>
>  Arrival at the Cemetery
> •    Cemetery staff will be at the Entrance Gate 15 minutes before the
> burial to assist guests as they arrive. We ask that guests plan to
> arrive no more than 15 minutes before the service.
> •    Mount Auburn staff will instruct guests where to park and wait
> until all attendees arrive.
> •    Guests should remain in their cars to maintain social distancing.
> •    When all guests have arrived, a Mount Auburn Cemetery staff
> member will escort the group to the grave in procession.
>
> Mount Auburn Cemetery
> 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
> 617-547-7105 | www.mountauburn.org | <info...>
>
> Please share this with others who may want to attend but may not
> subscribe to Massbird.
>
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Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
tattler1(at)comcast(dot)net

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Date: 7/27/20 7:58 pm
From: Charles Patterson <chaspatt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Researchers build first AI tool capable of identifying individual birds
With permission of the moderator.


Now, about those fall warblers.....



https://phys.org/news/2020-07-ai-tool-capable-individual-birds.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter


Charlie Patterson

Norwell, Ma

<chaspatt...>

 

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Date: 7/27/20 4:16 pm
From: Shilo McDonald <shilocm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-bellied Plover, Plum Island, 7/27/20
Dear Non-feathered Friends,
I found four Black-bellied Plovers today at the Bill Forward Pool at Plum Island. (Say that three times fast!)

Photographed from the Hellcat Dike as well as from the Bill Forward Blind.

There were more than 400 shorebirds present. Reminded me of a swarm of bugs crawling all over the mud. 

I do not own a scope. But, I did take lots of photos. And in quick review, the Black-bellied Plovers stand out.

Also note, there were at least 300 shorebirds at the Stage Island Pool. I think it's safe to say, the shorebirds are back! 

Good Birding,
Shilo McDonald
Lynn, Massachusetts 
ShiloCM at yahoo dot com

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." ― Mahatma Gandhi

 

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Date: 7/27/20 1:32 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Little Blue: Longmeadow
Thanks to Nancy Eaton for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2020 20:20:45 +0000 (UTC)
From: NEaton <nancyeaton...>
Subject: Little Blue: Longmeadow


7/27/20 Longmeadow: immature Little Blue Heron together with Great Blue
and Great Egret=
in southern-most pond, Pondside Road, 3-3:30 p,m.

Nancy Eaton
Enfield, CT


 

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Date: 7/27/20 1:24 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Durham, NH Mississippi Kites - BAD BEHAVIOR AND CHANGES BEING MADE
Thanks to Steve Mirick for this update.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: Durham, NH Mississippi Kites - BAD BEHAVIOR AND CHANGES BEING MADE
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2020 10:32:11 -0400


I'm sorry to report that there has been continued bad behavior at the
Mississippi Kite nest in Durham. I was privately contacted by a neighbor
who has reported further cases of illegal parking and trespassing with
photographers walking down their driveway into their back yard. I
suspect that most of the bad behavior comes from photographers, some who
don't even own or carry binoculars!

I'm embarrassed to be a birder and photographer when I hear (and see)
what people do. I am not the "police" of the kite nest and this is all
public property with a sidewalk. But at the request of the neighbors, I
am asking that the following guidelines be followed:

1) People have been "camping out" to get great photos. If you visit,
stay a short while only. Limit your stay to 15 minutes or less. If you
don't get a great photo or witness a food exchange, then too bad. Be
happy you got to see the kites.

2) Do not park on Madbury Road. It is illegal. Find a side street and
walk. The exercise is good for you.

3) DO NOT TRESSPASS! (why do I need to even ask this!?!?!)

4) Stay on the sidewalk only and be courteous of other people who use
the sidewalks. It is your responsibility to move you tripod if other
people are biking or walking along the street.

5) Do not block driveways with spotting scopes or tripods.

6) Avoid photographs toward any houses. I know the nest is located above
a house, but be careful.

7) Wear a mask (or at least have one ready to put on) if someone comes
by to talk to you. We all know the rules with respect to COVID.

8) If you see bad behavior by other birders or photographers, LET THEM
KNOW!!

9) Above all, be respectful.

In addition to these guidelines, I am relocating the hotspot on eBird so
that it does not direct people toward the house. I am also asking that
people not post the specific location on any email lists or photography
web sites.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.


Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA
 

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Date: 7/26/20 8:02 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sculpture honors Great Black Hawk in Portland
Those of you who went and saw this rarity might be interested in this story:

https://wgme.com/amp/news/local/portland-unveils-statue-of-great-black-hawk-that-showed-up-in-deering-oaks-park


Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 7/26/20 2:28 pm
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Harvard Pond - Petersham
Hello,

This AM took a short walk along the W side of the pond near the dam. Resident birds very active and the Solitary Sandpiper is a harbinger of things to come. One pleasant surprise was the mosquitoes took the morning off.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<Blafley...>

Harvard Pond, Petersham, Worcester, Massachusetts, US
Jul 26, 2020 7:23 AM - 9:22 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: Short walk on W side from Rte 122. Saw raccoon foraging on the mud flats.
43 species

Canada Goose 8
Wood Duck 4
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 10
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Killdeer 3
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 4
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Red-eyed Vireo 5
Blue Jay 2
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 2
Tree Swallow 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Brown Creeper 2
Gray Catbird 1
Veery 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 10
Cedar Waxwing 2
American Goldfinch 1
Song Sparrow 5
Eastern Towhee 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 35 Estimate
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Ovenbird 1
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 3
American Redstart 1
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Scarlet Tanager 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71835621
ff.



 

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Date: 7/26/20 12:54 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] The Virginia Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel seabird colony is saved!
Thanks to Dave Gibson for this post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2020 11:13:38 -0400
Subject: The Virginia Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel seabird colony is saved!


Massbirders, The Virginia Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel seabird colony
is saved!! Here's the link to Joanne Kimberlin's award-worthy article
in the 7/25 Virginian Pilot:
https://www.pilotonline.com/life/wildlife-nature/vp-nw-hrbt-birds-success-20200725-up2gokoh4veyhf2gqvndpnot7y-story.html#nws=true
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
 

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Date: 7/26/20 10:05 am
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Delaney WMA -- Jul 25, 2020
I spent a good bit of Saturday morning at Delaney WMA, which sits near the
intersection of Stow, Boxborough and Harvard. The main entrance is by the
boat launch parking lot off Harvard Road in Stow. There is another
entrance off Finn Road and a large marsh viewable from the road along
Garner Road. Overall, I saw about what one would expect. There are
numerous Wood Duck families still in the area. The Great Blue Heron colony
along Garner Road was largely deserted. Land birds seemed to have thinned
out a bit, with many of the neotropical breeders fairly quiet. The most
interesting time was spent at the boat launch scoping the area. An Osprey
put up shorebirds not otherwise visible at the back of the main pond. The
only observation flagged by ebird were the shorebirds sp., which surprised
me. You can see my speculation about ID below. Expected more raptors than
I found but perhaps they were taking a pass on the heat. After leaving
Delaney I went to Oxbow NWR off Still River Rd in Harvard. Pretty birdy
there overall, particularly near the parking lot.

Good birding!

Cliff Cook
Watertown

Delaney WMA
Jul 25, 2020
6:22 AM
Traveling
3.50 miles
264 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 2.0.13 Build 2.0.122

12 Canada Goose
2 Mute Swan
39 Wood Duck -- Several family groups
6 Mallard -- Hen and three young
9 Mourning Dove
2 Chimney Swift
6 Killdeer
1 Spotted Sandpiper
2 shorebird sp. -- Unsure about these. Clearly smaller than killdeer and
bigger than spotted sandpiper. Best guess is solitary sandpiper but too
distant to ID
2 Double-crested Cormorant
8 Great Blue Heron
1 Osprey
1 Broad-winged Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
6 Red-bellied Woodpecker
5 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
4 Northern Flicker
8 Eastern Wood-Pewee
3 Eastern Phoebe
2 Great Crested Flycatcher
10 Eastern Kingbird
8 Warbling Vireo
7 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
32 Black-capped Chickadee
19 Tufted Titmouse
6 Tree Swallow
23 Barn Swallow
6 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 House Wren
4 Carolina Wren
16 Gray Catbird
6 Eastern Bluebird
17 American Robin
13 Cedar Waxwing
18 American Goldfinch
10 Chipping Sparrow -- One feeding a cowbird
27 Song Sparrow
16 Swamp Sparrow
1 Baltimore Oriole
43 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
3 Common Grackle
7 Common Yellowthroat
3 Yellow Warbler
3 Pine Warbler
5 Northern Cardinal
2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Number of Taxa: 49


Sent from my iPhone


--
Cliff >> <ccook13...>

 

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Date: 7/25/20 6:55 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Bluebird's 3rd Brood
Thanks to Anne Sterling for this post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: "Fausto Sterling, Anne" <anne_fausto-sterling...>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2020 21:32:39 -0400
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Bluebird's 3rd Brood


In response to Robert Ross; we have had a bluebird pair for a few years
too. This May they seemed to be nesting in one box and suddenly moved house
to a second. By this time it was June and they have raised a brood of 4.
The juveniles are still in the area and the adults seem to be nesting in
the originally abandoned box for what would be a third effort. As it turns
out, I cleaned out the nest from the abandoned effort and found one damaged
egg in it. So three attempts this season. It remains to be seen of the
third try is productive, but boy did they work their tails off for the four
that fledged.

Anne Sterling
Wellfleet, MA.

 

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Date: 7/25/20 6:25 pm
From: Shilo McDonald <shilocm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Massbirders,
Thanks to Andy Sanford's eBird report on Friday, my Saturday morning up-in-the-air plans became set in stone... There's a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in Essex County. And I aimed to see it.  :-)

eBird Report with 48 Photos!
https://ebird.org/checklist/S71802110

[super boring text only version below]

Happy Birding!
Mr. Shilo McDonald
Brookline Bird Club and ECOC member


Perkins Park, Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jul 25, 2020 8:13 AM - 10:11 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.363 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: My first time birding here. Walked (and drove), as much of the perimeter of the park as possible. CAUTION: There’s a baseball game being played. With lots of spectators and lots of kids --> NOT wearing masks.

27 species

Mallard 4
Chimney Swift 5
Herring Gull 14 Two flyovers. The rest were across the street foraging in the mud of the Merrimack River.
Great Blue Heron 1 Hunting and relaxing.
Great Egret 2 One flying by. And one hunting in the pond. Then later, it was seen relaxing and preening on a dead tree.
Green Heron 1 Hunting from a low branch, alongside the edge of the pond. Photos attached.
Black-crowned Night-Heron 3 1 adult. 2 juveniles. Independently hunting the edges of the pond.
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2 Thank you Andy Sanford! Note: There is more than one here. While photographing one, another flew around the corner. Yellow feet sticking out beyond the tail.
Belted Kingfisher 1 Oddly enough, seen first, then heard. Male perched atop a bare tree. Photo attached.
Downy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 2
Tree Swallow 10 A small group flew in and out on an aerial acrobat show above the pond.
Marsh Wren 2 Singing heard across the street from the paved park path. Coming from the reeds alongside the Merrimack River, on Water Street.
Carolina Wren 1 Heard only. Singing the Teakettle Song. Coming from the residential neighborhood adjacent the park.
European Starling 5
Gray Catbird 6
American Robin 2
Cedar Waxwing 4 Heard only. High pitches trills. Coming from the treetops of trees alongside a residential edge of the pond.
House Sparrow 5 In the residential neighborhood adjacent the park.
House Finch 4 Seen and heard. Alongside the pond. Singing directly above my head.
American Goldfinch 15
Song Sparrow 2
Baltimore Oriole 1 Heard only. Singing.
Red-winged Blackbird 16 Seen and heard. Males and females. Mostly in and above the reeds around the pond.
Common Grackle 8
Common Yellowthroat 1 Heard only. Chucking.
Northern Cardinal 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71802110

 

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Date: 7/25/20 6:05 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Great Meadows 7/25
Thanks to Sylvia Martin for this post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2020 23:29:37 +0000
From: <warbler...>
Subject: BBC Great Meadows 7/25


Hi, Massbirders,

Eight pre-registered birders joined me at the Great Meadows National
Wildlife Refuge, Concord Unit, from 7:00 a.m. to about 9:40 this
morning. The club protocols concerning COVID precautions were followed,
inluding mask wearing, keeping at least 8 feet apart (sometimes with
leader reminders), and not sharing materials such as guides, etc. We
birded only the parking lot area, dike, and river spot.

Canada Goose 7
Wood Duck 2 one female, one possible young or another female
Mallard 6
Mourning Dove 2
Virginia Rail 1 female, along the dike, very vocal
shorebird spp. heard but impossible to see under heavy lotus cover on
impoundments
Great Blue Heron 22 at least; most were streaming toward nesting site
Great Egret 1
Osprey 1
Mystery Raptor 1 along the river, large and uniformly dark, very long
wings, no visible tail bands;
flew just before getting the scope on it. Various theories including
imm. bald eagle
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Willow Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 2
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-Eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 3
Am. Crow 3
Fish Crow 1
Bl.C. Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
Barn Swallow 1 or 2; surprisingly low
White-Br. Nuthatch 1
Marsh Wren 18; questioned by Ebird :)
Gray Catbird 4
N. Mockingbird 1
Wood Thrush 1
Am. Robin X
Cedar Waxwing 1
Am. Goldfinch 7
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 7
Swamp Sparrow 4
Red-W. Blackbird X quite a few feeding young
Common Yellowthroat 3
Yellow Warbler 3
N. Cardinal 2


Other Taxa:
muskrat
black swallowtail

Good Birding,

Sylvia Martin, Newton
<warbler...>

 

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Date: 7/25/20 6:04 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/25 Forbush Bird Club Trip - Wachusett Reservoir
Thanks to Kevin Bournot for this post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Kevin Bourinot <kevin.bourinot...>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2020 14:05:35 -0400
Subject: 7/25 Forbush Bird Club Trip - Wachusett Reservoir


Four members of the Forbush Bird club had a great trip this morning
around Wachusett Reservoir. We all did a great job social distancing
and were alone for most of the trip. Masks were worn when required.
The weather was very hot as the morning progressed (64-89F) especially
during the 3 mile hike, partly cloudy with a slight breeze by the
water. Locations included Gates 35, 37, 39, 17 and 25. Lots of
breeding activity observed with recently fledged young of many species
seen and heard throughout the trip. Eastern Wood-Pewees and Pine
Warblers were seen at active nests. Eastern kingbirds were everywhere.
We located an adult Common Loon sitting on a nest on one of the DCR
rafts as well as two adults at opposite ends of the reservoir each
with two downy chicks, the chicks in the north being a few weeks
older. We saw the newly built Bald Eagle nest in the north, but the
adults were not seen today (seen yesterday at the nest site). We also
saw a Common Tern flying around the north looking ready to move on.

Canada Goose (40)
Mallard (7)
Mourning Dove (3)
Chimney Swift (2)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2)
Killdeer (1)
Spotted Sandpiper (4)
Ring-billed Gull (47)
Common Tern (1)
Common Loon (16)
Double-crested Cormorant (18)
Turkey Vulture (4)
Osprey (1)
Red-tailed Hawk (2)
Barred Owl (1)
Belted Kingfisher (1)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (3)
Downy Woodpecker (6)
Hairy Woodpecker (3)
Pileated Woodpecker (1)
Northern Flicker (1)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (21)
Great Crested Flycatcher (4)
Eastern Kingbird (19)
Blue-headed Vireo (1)
Warbling Vireo (1)
Red-eyed Vireo (16)
Blue Jay (12)
American Crow (8)
Black-capped Chickadee (15)
Tufted Titmouse (22)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (4)
Tree Swallow (52)
Barn Swallow (3)
White-breasted Nuthatch (18)
Brown Creeper (3)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (4)
Carolina Wren (1)
Gray Catbird (14)
Northern Mockingbird (1)
Eastern Bluebird (5)
Wood Thrush (4)
American Robin (11)
Cedar Waxwing (22)
House Sparrow (4)
House Finch (4)
American Goldfinch (25)
Chipping Sparrow (8)
Song Sparrow (23)
Eastern Towhee (4)
Eastern Meadowlark (1)
Baltimore Oriole (3)
Red-winged Blackbird (6)
Brown-headed Cowbird (4)
Common Grackle (1)
Ovenbird (2)
Common Yellowthroat (2)
American Redstart (1)
Yellow Warbler (1)
Pine Warbler (17)
Scarlet Tanager (9)
Northern Cardinal (6)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1)
Indigo Bunting (3)

64 Species

Kevin Bourinot
Sterling, MA
 

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Date: 7/25/20 1:30 pm
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hadley Blue Grosbeaks, Longmeadow LBHeron
Hi MassBirders,

A few Blue Grosbeaks have set up shop in Hadley again, in the same general neighborhood as last summer. I’ve been reading about them via FaceBook and eBird for a couple of weeks, but I don’t think they’ve been mentioned on MassBird yet. This year’s first was noticed by Mary McKitrick in the Hadley Honeypot. Several birders have found two there since. There have also been reports of 1-2 at Aqua Vitae Road, but this location is close enough to the Honeypot that I’m not sure if those are the same birds or a separate pair.

Photos of one of them by Eric Huston, taken the day before yesterday at Aqua Vitae:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S71744564 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S71744564>

Little Blue Herons are more common near the coast, but only show up west of the Quabbin a couple of times per year. The first one this year, an immature unsurprisingly, was found this Wednesday by Lois and Al Richardson, on the locally famous Longmeadow Sandbar. A few other birders have relocated it since. Photos at:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S71724331 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S71724331>
A couple of weeks ago, on July 11, that same sandbar hosted another species that is much rarer in western MA than along the coast, a Laughing Gull, originally found by Ted Gilliland:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S71353150 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S71353150>

I haven’t been getting around much lately, so haven’t seen any of the above yet. I did go exercising in a new place yesterday evening, the Pemberton Memorial Forest in Pelham, a hike highlighted by a singing Yellow-throated Vireo. Similar hikes on Wednesday and Monday near Buffam Falls (also in Pelham) crossed paths with singing Winter Wrens, and all three featured several Hermit Thrushes in song. A trio of Common Ravens have been in the same general area, I suspect three recently fledged siblings or perhaps one fledgling and its parents. Back home by Amethyst Brook, a trio of fuzzy-headed fledgling Barred Owls have been calling in the woods for the past few weeks, occasionally appearing near the roadside to put on a show for various of their human neighbors. And today, I looked out our bathroom window and spotted a female Pileated Woodpecker, presumably the same one who periodically visits my suet feeders, on the ground picking ants out from under a board.

Good birding,

Josh


Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
https://www.facebook.com/opihi

Vice-president, Hampshire Bird Club
https://hampshirebirdclub.org/

Northeast Chapter head, Dragonfly Society of the Americas
https://www.dragonflysocietyamericas.org/northeastdsa

Citizen science pages:
http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/opihiman
https://ebird.org/profile/MTk1MTQw/US-MA




 

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Date: 7/25/20 9:36 am
From: Strickland Wheelock <skwheelock...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tom Swamp birding
Sat 7/25 made a quick visit to the Tom Swamp in Petersham around 8 am - as I found out also a haven for blueberry pickers out in the marsh with their waders. There was much bird activity immediately with Red-breasted & White-breasted Nuthatches, Swamp & Song Sparrows, small flocks of Ceder Waxwings, Red-eyed & Yellow-throated Vireos, Am. Goldfinch & Purple Finches, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, E Phoebe, N Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Catbirds, Yellow Warblers, many Common Yellowthroats, Northern Waterthrush, Veery, Ruby-thr Hummingbird, Tree Swallows, Broad-winged Hawk, etcTop bird I located was a Red Crossbill that was calling & moving about in the tall pines in the marsh - also heard a Winter Wren song from the nearby woods
As enjoyable was all the bird activity at Tom Swamp this morning was the pleasure of passing through the historic towns & their lovely town commons of Petersham, Barre, Paxton off Rt 122 - so many historic houses lining the streets............
Strickland WheelockUxbridge Ma
 

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Date: 7/24/20 5:08 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Laugh Loud, It's Infectious
Thanks to Dave Gibson for this post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2020 18:10:40 -0400
Subject: Laugh Loud, It's Infectious


MA birders, I hope you enjoy this attempt at bird humor as much as I
enjoyed putting it together. Here's the link:
http://birdpartner.com/2020/07/24/laugh-loud/
Laugh loud!
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
 

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Date: 7/24/20 11:18 am
From: <mexczech...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] black swans (exotics I imagine), north andover, essex county
Hi Birders,
Was driving by Smolak's farm in North Andover yesterday morning.  As I glanced at the pond I saw what looked like two cormorants but they were 'riding high' in the water.  Pulled over and used my binoculars to look at a pair of beautiful black swans.
My wife went by the farm later that day and I drove by today and we didn't see them.
Smolak's has a variety of animals roaming around their farm.  Most likely exotics, but very pretty nevertheless.  They do have some little shelters near the pond and the swan's may have been in these, especially with the rain.
Take care,
Tim ZajicBoxford, MA
 

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Date: 7/24/20 8:22 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pileated in Westford
Thanks to Sandy Selesky for this post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2020 09:52:42 -0400
Subject: Pileated in Westford


Our resident pair of Pileated Woodpeckers showed up around 6 pm in the
backyard of our condo yesterday and flew to a tree together. The female
came to our upper deck to eat some nutty suet and then they both flew
across the backyard to the other side. She had come to our suet last
week when I was out (my husband saw her) but it's not a regular visit by
any means. I went out onto the deck to see where they landed and all of
a sudden both of them came flying one behind the other right towards me
as I stood on the deck! When they got closer and saw me by the railing
they quickly veered off and flew back into the back woods! Wow what an
exciting feeling!!
I just wonder if both would have landed on the deck and suet if I had
stayed inside since the male has never come to the suet before, just the
female (as far as I know)!
This nutty suet from Market Basket has been attracting bluebirds,
Carolina Wrens, Blue Jays, titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, constant
downy, hairy, and red-bellied Woodpeckers, an occasional chipping
sparrow, Cardinal, catbird, Oriole, grackle, red-winged blackbird,
rose-breasted grosbeak (once), and unfortunately squirrels. We take it
in at night because of raccoons. The goldfinch and house finches prefer
the sunflower and thistle.
The occasional Pileated visit of course is the most exciting, especially
when the pair show up flying around the backyard together!!

Sandy Selesky Westford MA
<sandyselesky...>


 

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Date: 7/23/20 6:48 pm
From: Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Bluebird's 3rd Brood
I helped to manage bluebird trails in Minnesota where three broods did
occur several times. Even had it happen on our own property although the
number of eggs usually went down. As I remember, our latest brood fledged
one year over Labor Day weekend.

Here in Massachusetts, I have noticed on fields that have a large number of
nest boxes, tree swallows take over most of the boxes even close together.
Once the swallows are done with their single brood and leave, the bluebirds
seem to have better luck getting a nest box and pulling off a brood.
Madeleine Linck
Rehoboth. Mass

On Thu, Jul 23, 2020, 9:15 PM Robert Ross <plumisl...> wrote:

> We have hosted a Bluebird pair in our yard in Byfield the past three
> years. We believe it to be the same pair. This year they had their first
> brood in a nesting box, with two eggs and at least one hatchling. The bird
> fledged during the middle of May. We emptied the nest box and then took it
> down when House Sparrows moved in, though we had another nest box already
> up. The Bluebirds moved into the new nest box and had five new eggs, with
> at least four young emerging in mid June. Now, for the first time, they
> have a third brood with three new eggs in the same box. We have not had
> three broods in a single year until this year. We have read Bluebirds often
> have two broods, so we assume three is rare. Even so, we now have at least
> seven Bluebirds in the yard, though we have seen the parents drive off the
> first brood young just before the second fledged. Yet they all seem to be
> back now, as the third brood awaits.
>
> Robert Ross
> <plumisl...>
> Byfield, MA
>

 

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Date: 7/23/20 6:10 pm
From: Robert Ross <plumisl...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bluebird's 3rd Brood
We have hosted a Bluebird pair in our yard in Byfield the past three years.
We believe it to be the same pair. This year they had their first brood in
a nesting box, with two eggs and at least one hatchling. The bird fledged
during the middle of May. We emptied the nest box and then took it down
when House Sparrows moved in, though we had another nest box already up.
The Bluebirds moved into the new nest box and had five new eggs, with at
least four young emerging in mid June. Now, for the first time, they have a
third brood with three new eggs in the same box. We have not had three
broods in a single year until this year. We have read Bluebirds often have
two broods, so we assume three is rare. Even so, we now have at least seven
Bluebirds in the yard, though we have seen the parents drive off the first
brood young just before the second fledged. Yet they all seem to be back
now, as the third brood awaits.

Robert Ross
<plumisl...>
Byfield, MA

 

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Date: 7/23/20 4:48 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Binocular Harness (non-stretch)
Thanks to Bob Parker for this offer.

Please contact him directly if you are interested.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
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Date:  Thu, 23 Jul 2020 17:45:23 -0400
From:  Bob Parker <robert.a.parker.scd...>
Subject: Binocular Harness (non-stretch)

I have a barely used (tried once) non-stretch binocular harness. Free to
the first person requesting it off list (bob.parker AT truthltd.com
<http://truthltd.com>) , I'll cover the postage (or you can pick it up
if nearby).

Bob Parker
Somerville
 

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Date: 7/22/20 11:23 am
From: Jon Woolf <jswoolf01...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] A very surprised sanderling
I posted this to NHBirds yesterday, but it occurs to me that it should
be posted here too, since it happened in MA waters.

Yesterday I went out with Granite State Whale Watch's afternoon run.  We
headed southeast toward where they'd found whales in the morning, and
only a couple of miles north of Halibut Point we found two humpback
whales, identified as "Spoon" and "Pinball," drifting along and enjoying
a peaceful afternoon snooze.   Pinball was surfacing only to breathe,
but Spoon was staying on the surface with her back exposed most of the
time.  Easy to see why this behavior got the name "logging."

After we'd been drifting with them for a few minutes, a migrating
Sanderling happened by and decided that big black rock down there would
make a nice place to land.  (I have a couple of pictures that, while
fuzzy, show enough detail to definitely identify the bird.)  It promptly
got the surprise of its life when said "rock" turned out to be Spoon. 
Both whales were startled awake, dived, and then gave us a grand show in
the form of several full-body breaches.

A very interesting sighting, and a very nice way to spend an afternoon! 
I've seen gulls try to land on a whale before, but never a shorebird.

-- Jon Woolf
Manchester, NH





 

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Date: 7/22/20 8:37 am
From: Mardi Dickinson <mardi1d...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Piping Plover Chicks

Birders et al,

Thought many of your would be interested in an article about Piping Plover Chicks. https://bit.ly/39eiWV2

Happy Birding!

Cheers,
Mardi Dickinson
<mardi1d...>
 

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Date: 7/21/20 6:51 pm
From: Gary Freedman <gmf7162...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Hudson Killdeer
Killdeer generally seen at Lowe's in Hudson, too. Actually, closer to
Panera in the dirt/undeveloped area in front of Lowe's and next to Panera.
Yesterday there were 5 Ravens strutting around this same area. Frequently
see Ravens when visiting Lowe's. Usually just flying and croaking. First
time I've seen them on the ground there.

Good birding!

Gary Freedman
Stow, MA

From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>]
On Behalf Of <elliot...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 9:14 PM
To: 'Massbird MASSBIRD'
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hudson Killdeer

There were (at least) three killdeer visible at Bruces Pond in Hudson this
morning among a sord of mallards. Also, two very small wood ducklings among
a small paddling. All easily visible from the bridge on Apsley St.

--Elliot
Hudson, MA




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Date: 7/21/20 6:17 pm
From: <elliot...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hudson Killdeer
There were (at least) three killdeer visible at Bruces Pond in Hudson this
morning among a sord of mallards. Also, two very small wood ducklings among
a small paddling. All easily visible from the bridge on Apsley St.



--Elliot

Hudson, MA






 

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Date: 7/21/20 6:57 am
From: Liz Pease <lizpease...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Birds of prey rehaibilation in Worcester County
Thanks for sharing, Joe. I have known Jessica for ages, starting back when
she was an animal control officer and I worked at an animal shelter, before
she went to Tufts Wildlife Rehab and got licensed to do raptors. She is a
stand-up human being who does a ton for animals -- definitely worth
supporting her efforts!

>
>
> Liz Pease
Salisbury, MA
<lizpease...>

 

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Date: 7/21/20 5:42 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barn Swallows in Hadley
Here's a followup to the discussion some time ago about these birds
nesting at  the Conte NWR:

https://www.gazettenet.com/U-S-Fish-and-Wildlife-keeps-barn-swallows-other-aerial-insectivores-in-mind-at-Hadley-site-35240601


Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 7/21/20 5:32 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Birds of prey rehaibilation in Worcester County
Joe Bourget recently brought an injured Red-tailed Hawk to Jessica Zorge.

Please support the efforts of our local wildlife rehabilitators!

https://www.change.org/p/shrewsbury-approval-for-rehabilitation-enclosure-and-to-continue-rehabilitation-of-birds-of-prey

Thank you, Joe, for sharing!


Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>


 

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Date: 7/20/20 5:56 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Peregrines at Millennium Park West Roxbury
Thanks to Mary Ellen McMahon for this post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2020 20:50:59 +0000 (UTC)
From: Mary Ellen <lemmel...>
Subject: Peregrines at Millennium Park West Roxbury


Hello,

There has been a Peregrine family hanging around at Millennium Park.
Yesterday I saw 2 juveniles and an adult.

In the morning, they are usually perched on the high towers along the
road to the bottom level.

Have a good afternoon!

Mary Ellen McMahon
West Roxbury
 

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Date: 7/19/20 5:59 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Anatomy of a Photo Shoot
Thanks to Sue Dave Gibson for this post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2020 16:28:58 -0400
Subject: Anatomy of a Photo Shoot

MA birders, I love bird photography, and I know many of you do, too. I
explore it in a little more depth than usual, here. Here's the link:
http://birdpartner.com/2020/07/19/photo-shoot/.
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
P.S. I'm thrilled that Common Loons are now breeding in southeastern
MA. To all who were responsible...keep up the good work.
 

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Date: 7/19/20 12:43 pm
From: Greg Power <jewett1066...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Seabird 101, Upcoming webinar from Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
From the NOAA Sanctuaries Education program
Seabirds 101 July 23, 2020 at 3 pm Pacific / 6 pm Eastern

Wayne Petersen, Massachusetts Audubon Society

Seabirds are among the most widely traveled and extraordinary navigators in
the bird world. Find out from Wayne Petersen, Mass Audubon’s Important Bird
Area Program Director, how these remarkable birds are supremely adapted to
spend most of their lives in some of the most remote and hostile
environments on the planet. We will trace the travels of some of these
amazing birds as they seasonally utilize Stellwagen Bank National Marine
Sanctuary, and learn what they are telling us, both about the marine
environment and ourselves.

See here for details:
https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education/teachers/webinar-series.html

--
Greg Power
Georgetown

 

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Date: 7/18/20 12:15 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Passing of Newbury Birder L. David Davis
Thanks to Sue McGrath for this news.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From:  <newburyportbirders...>
Date:  Sat, 18 Jul 2020 13:27:44 -0500
Subject:  Passing of Newbury Birder L. David Davis


Birders,

It's with a heavy heart that I share the passing of Newbury's Lawrence
David Davis. This obit was in the _Newburyport Daily News._

Newbury - David Davis succumbed to the devastations of cancer on July
11, 2020. He was 73. He grew up in Colorado, hiking
in the high ranges of the Rocky Mountains. After graduating from the
University of Colorado-Boulder in 1968, he volunteered
for the Peace Corps working as a surveyor in the deserts of Morocco.
Upon returning, David, a conscientious objector, taught
math to learning disabled children at Eagle Hill School in Hardwick, MA
as an alternative to military service. He then earned a PhD
at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and joined the faculty at
the University of Hawaii teaching philosophy and logic.
Switching gears, he began a career in software development, working in a
specialized area of artificial intelligence where he
pioneered many techniques for applying the technology to real-world
problems. His work was featured multiple times in
_Newsweek_ and was the subject of a BBC World Service interview. He
founded or co-funded three companies specializing in
application of this technology, authored or co-authored more than 40
papers in the field and wrote or edited five books on
the subject.

He had been writing poetry since his undergraduate days; so when he and
his wife, Wendy, moved to Newbury, David was
drawn to Newburyport's Powow River Poets Workshop. He became a key
member, helping organize poetry events, and published
four books of poetry, including _Market Town and Other Poems_, released
just days after his death.

As an avid birder, he established the Poet in Residence program at Joppa
Flats Education Center and served as its Poet in
Residence from 2012 to 2017. For years, he led birding trips and brought
together the poetry and birding communities in events that celebrated
the intersection of nature and the arts.  David's approach to his
terminal cancer can be found in his book _The Joy Poems_
which is an instruction manual for getting more joy out of life, no
matter what.

David leaves behind his wife Wendy; stepson Alex Bruskin, his wife
Meline and their daughter Nara; his mother Kirby Davis; a brother
Kent Davis, a sister Rebecca Davis and their spouses and children.

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport
 

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Date: 7/17/20 3:52 pm
From: Jim Guion <jim_guion...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk Statue Unveiled in Deering Oaks Park, Portland, Maine
This was reported on the CT Birds mailing list. It was incredible to see this majestic bird in real life and I can't wait to see its statue.

When I was there, numerous Portland residents came to see it, having heard about it on local radio and TV news. It was a wonderful opportunity to share with them how such birds can end up so far out of place and to let them look through our scopes and binoculars to see it up close.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/local/the-hawk-that-flew-the-wrong-way-permanently-lands-in-this-maine-park/ar-BB16SkTU

Jim Guion
Arlington, MA


 

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Date: 7/17/20 1:50 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] North Shore Community Gardens, Middleton, Jul 16, 2020
Thanks to Jim Berry for report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Subject: North Shore Community Gardens, Middleton, Jul 16, 2020
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2020 23:53:01 -0400


North Shore Community Gardens, Middleton
Jul 16, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: I didn't bird the gardens per se, but the back field
from the first pond south to the second.
21 species

Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 1
Killdeer 1
Green Heron 1 Flew out from 2nd pond, where I found a nest a few years back.
Willow Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 13
Barn Swallow 6
House Wren 2
European Starling 3
American Robin 8
American Goldfinch 8
Song Sparrow 13
Baltimore Oriole 1
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Common Grackle 1
Common Yellowthroat 3
Yellow Warbler 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71548149

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

 

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Date: 7/16/20 2:58 pm
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Update on BBC Field Trips and Workshops
Dear Massbirders,



While the Brookline Bird Club had expected that the beginning of summer
would mark the general resumption of our field trips, the course of the
Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to reconsider that hope. While we cannot
return to "the old normal" at this time, we are working on finding a way
forward for some of our field trips. These will be offered as limited
participation with important Covid-related requirements to ensure safety.



Trips will require pre-registration on the club web site (
brooklinebirdclub.org). This is so that we can limit numbers. (Please don't
turn up for a trip without signing up–you'll be turned away if you do.)
This is also the place to check if a trip is going ahead. If all spaces are
filled, you will be placed on a waitlist and contacted if a space opens
up. On the day of the trip please remember to bring and wear a mask. During
the trip please maintain a distance of at least six feet from other
participants. We will not be encouraging the sharing of scopes or other
optical equipment (outside of household groups). There will be no
carpooling offered during the trips.



While our trips have regrettably taken a hit this year, I’d like to
highlight the development of our online learning program. We’re been
gearing up to provide workshops each month this year. Upcoming titles
include: Birds of Arizona (Jared Keyes), a Hearing Aid Forum (Tim Walker),
Raptor ID (Paul Roberts), and Beginner and Intermediate Shorebirds (a
multi-class workshop, Neil Hayward). These workshops are free, but with
limited spots and are only open to BBC members. If you’re not a member,
please consider joining (visit our website at brooklinebirdclub.org).
Workshops are advertised to members by email. If you are a member and
haven’t provided your email to us, please contact our membership secretary,
Jill Mathieu, at <membership...> to update your details.



Like you, I’d rather be out birding with birding friends. But I hope that
while we hit the pandemic pause button on our lives, the
limited-participation trips and the workshops and meetings will provide
some reminder of the joys of our great local birding community.


Good birding to you all,
– Neil

Neil Hayward

President
Brookline Bird Club
www.brooklinebirdclub.org
<https://www.brooklinebirdclub.org/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=171&qid=24471>

 

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Date: 7/16/20 1:40 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary - 07-15-2020
Apologies for the belated post.  Yesterday morning, David Moon and I
birded with a small group on some of the trails of Ipswich River
Wildlife Sanctuary, this in the name of Wednesday Morning Birding
Redux.  Skies were partly cloudy with an occasional spritz of rain
(hardly worth a mention); temps in the upper 60s; and winds, light and
variable.

Our list:

Wood Duck (1)
Mallard (5)
Mourning Dove (2)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1)
Double-crested Cormorant (1)
Great Blue Heron (2)
Great Egret (2)
Snowy Egret (1)
Green Heron (1)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (1)
Turkey Vulture (1)
Red-tailed Hawk (2)
Downy Woodpecker (5)
Pileated Woodpecker (1)
Eastern Kingbird (2)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (2)
Warbling Vireo (1)
Red-eyed Vireo (2)
Blue Jay (1)
Tree Swallow (~ 15)
Barn Swallow (5)
Black-capped Chickadee (4)
Tufted Titmouse (2)
White-breasted Nuthatch (2)
House Wren (1)
Marsh Wren (1)
Carolina Wren (1)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (4) - including 2 fledglings.
Eastern Bluebird (2)
Gray Catbird (~ 5)
European Starling (3)
Cedar Waxwing (1)
House Sparrow - common.
American Goldfinch (4)
Chipping Sparrow (2)
Eastern Towhee (1)
Baltimore Oriole (1)
Red-winged Blackbird - common.
Ovenbird (1)
Common Yellowthroat (2)
Northern Cardinal (5)

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

 

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Date: 7/16/20 8:15 am
From: Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven Waterthrush i.d.
This bird was on one of the islands at Egypt Lane in Fairhaven. I have
little experience with waterthrushes, except for once seeing one in
Freetown State Forest while I was standing stuck in mud up to my knees and
being pulled out!

Thanks

https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Birds/Temp-waterthrush/i-FwSMf9R

--

Carolyn Longworth
Acushnet, MA
bvm1290atg <http://bvm1290atcomcast.net>mail.com
Bird sightings at:

http://tinyurl.com/z489j5o

 

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Date: 7/16/20 6:26 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] more on return of breeding Loons to Massachusetts
More from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the return of breeding
loons to New England and Massachusetts:
<https://www.facebook.com/USFWSNortheastRD/posts/3020479511334378?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARBOWh_LkVs5GiNxfi-Ug_0LRPk3eJOxMaih40yhS_T4Utbn4rJDUG770CDtKpIsWlxQJRdpU5BMnf1eudfEm1svQvZnwO014ZUqZPAwsmbFANNXxvzJTlVJtmPwv7D7Rkmi77BNCPaW8zsp1UF-PHBCjU6oScyWkLvAO-fX49yLC3S95x77PJyMoiaDfKyXycjOlcX4ncHvDGrry_zWdBahauNtUw4B4h-GCO92Uf9WCyCDwu-0iqihMtH54mQ7tu4N9oEc63RekTjpocF5u3fLY7jhUpZzHbWgekrrNrTmRSMNEURaWseksAuQo0EN1c0BP6UhixUixUq1rWS_XxtTLYWODHbSSFfGzZvurGEzxdRy4YMfOrRx&__tn__=-R>

Conservation is filled with stories of hope and perseverance. Which is
one of the reasons I love it!

There had not been a common loon hatch in southern Massachusetts since
before the telephone was invented. Until recently, that is. This is the
story of how a strong partnership, a multi-state project, and a 2017
Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration program settlement
came together to bring back the native birdhttp://ow.ly/G5UM50Azprz
<http://ow.ly/G5UM50Azprz?fbclid=IwAR2f4Ch5mnOQ9wpsuvQgQNaeT177WwuKsRTUDT3QYqBsOI1bZJUXlMqrMb4>




Barbara Volkle


Northborough, MA


<barb620...>


 

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