MASSBIRD
Received From Subject
3/24/17 9:05 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm Cape Cod trip
3/24/17 8:10 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese, Killdeer & American Woodcock - Scotland Rd., Newbury
3/24/17 7:47 am Marjorie <marjwtsn...> [MASSBIRD] Piping Plover Lot 7 PRNWR
3/24/17 7:19 am <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrow at the feeder
3/24/17 7:15 am Marjorie <marjwtsn...> [MASSBIRD] Piping Plover Lot 7 PRNWR
3/23/17 5:10 pm Lucy W Photography <lucylens...> [MASSBIRD] American Woodcocks etc
3/23/17 4:01 pm <Tombwhawk...> [MASSBIRD] Red-shouldered Hawks--Valley
3/23/17 3:52 pm <killdeer89...> [MASSBIRD] Ospreys late (and who can blame them?)
3/23/17 11:00 am Leslie Miller <lmiller...> [MASSBIRD] Mass Audubon Spring Optics Fair Mar 31-April 9, 2017
3/23/17 8:26 am Sandy <sandyselesky...> [MASSBIRD] King Eider
3/23/17 6:25 am Myer Bornstein <mborn...> [MASSBIRD] King Eider
3/23/17 6:14 am Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Re: delayed Bohemian incursion
3/23/17 5:55 am Hojnacki, Katlyn <katlyn_hojnacki...> [MASSBIRD] Please Report Flagged or Banded Piping Plovers
3/23/17 4:05 am Ninad Thakoor <ninadst...> [MASSBIRD] King Eider, Cape Cod Canal, 3/22
3/22/17 9:43 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] delayed Bohemian incursion
3/22/17 4:54 pm <s2ary...> [MASSBIRD] Smith's Longspur @ Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
3/22/17 4:36 pm Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Chipping Sparrow continues in Peabody
3/22/17 4:34 pm Donald Wilkinson <singingbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Nahant Woodcocks etc. and Test post (from yahoo email)
3/22/17 4:04 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Smith's Cough Drop Yes!
3/22/17 1:54 pm JOHN ROCKWOOD <loonphotog...> [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR's famous Barred Owl 3/21/2017
3/22/17 1:32 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] West Newbury & Plum Island - 03-22-2017
3/22/17 10:46 am <asb1960...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Chipping Sparrow continues in Peabody
3/22/17 10:24 am Garry Kessler <gkessler001...> [MASSBIRD] Cont. King Eider, photos and comment
3/22/17 10:20 am Warren Tatro <wtatro...> [MASSBIRD] correction
3/22/17 10:16 am Warren Tatro <wtatro...> [MASSBIRD] Chipping Sparrow continues in Peabody
3/22/17 8:56 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> Re: [MASSBIRD] The Rise of the Hipster Birder!
3/22/17 8:36 am STEVEN SIMPSON <stevensimpson...> [MASSBIRD] The Rise of the Hipster Birder!
3/22/17 7:06 am STEVEN SIMPSON <stevensimpson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Newport, NH, Great Gray Owl "Lives"
3/22/17 5:39 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] A BIRDERS REFLECTION - LESSONS re:Chan Robbins
3/21/17 7:51 pm William Crawford <crawfordwm...> [MASSBIRD] Newport, NH, Great Gray Owl "Lives"
3/21/17 3:39 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Sightings 8 Turkey Vultures
3/21/17 3:28 pm Bill Lafley <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagles - New Salem
3/21/17 3:12 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] The passing of Chandler Robbins
3/21/17 2:19 pm Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Westborough WMA, Mar 21, 2017
3/21/17 2:06 pm John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] 8 Turkey Vultures
3/21/17 1:54 pm <redpoll...> [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl at PRNWR
3/21/17 11:33 am Brad Dinerman <bdinerman...> [MASSBIRD] Birders' Networking (Meetup) and Raptor Showcase, 4/1
3/21/17 10:52 am Peter Crosson <pcrosson...> [MASSBIRD] Eurasian Green-winged teal - Bells Neck east reservoir, Harwich
3/21/17 10:52 am Andy Wilson <andyslens...> [MASSBIRD] Hartley Reservoir Wildlife Management Area
3/21/17 9:45 am James Kowalsky <jrkowalsky...> [MASSBIRD] King Eider - Cape Cod Canal YES!
3/20/17 3:43 pm Alan Strauss <ansch100...> [MASSBIRD] King Eider
3/20/17 1:47 pm <s2ary...> [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary Wednesday March 22 at 10 a.m.
3/20/17 1:18 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club 'Birding By Ear' Workshop Sessions / April 20th & April 27th
3/20/17 5:55 am William Crawford <crawfordwm...> [MASSBIRD] Woodcock - Tower School, Marblehead
3/19/17 4:35 pm Garry Kessler <gkessler001...> [MASSBIRD] Canvasback, cont., photo
3/19/17 3:33 pm Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek - Smith's Longspur
3/19/17 2:13 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Woodcock fallout in NYC
3/19/17 2:13 pm Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Acoaxet 3/18
3/19/17 2:13 pm <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Snow Buntings - New Salem
3/19/17 1:15 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Peregrine Falcon article with Tom French!
3/19/17 11:24 am <goshawk3...> <goshawk3...> [MASSBIRD] King Eider at Herring Run, Bourne
3/19/17 7:54 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Nauset outer beach
3/19/17 6:09 am Bob & Bonnie Buxton <bbxt...> [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows in Merrimac
3/19/17 5:41 am Mary <lemmel...> [MASSBIRD] No - Tufted duck Silver Lake
3/19/17 5:23 am <sffaulkner...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Northern Saw-whet Owl sound diversity
3/18/17 9:51 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Stellwagen Bank--NW Corner plus Glo. Harbor, Mar 18, 2017
3/18/17 5:44 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl-lot 1 Plum Island
3/18/17 7:57 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Canvasback at Big Chauncy Lake in Westboro
3/18/17 6:20 am George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] King Eider
3/18/17 5:58 am Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] King Eider - Photos!
3/17/17 4:02 pm Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...> [MASSBIRD] 2 set of wings - Dorchester Shores Reservation
3/17/17 3:40 pm William Freedberg <4mrfish...> [MASSBIRD] King Eider- NO 3/17 pm
3/17/17 1:20 pm <kr1946...> [MASSBIRD] Raven Nesting
3/17/17 10:40 am <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Gate 35 - New Salem
3/17/17 8:46 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] King eider continues
3/17/17 7:46 am Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> [MASSBIRD] Probable Ross's Goose Framingham
3/17/17 6:04 am Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck Wilmington
3/16/17 4:01 pm <s2ary...> [MASSBIRD] The Smith's Longspur is back at Bear Creek
3/16/17 12:22 pm Kat Birder <katbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Weekly species census Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Mar 16, 2017
3/16/17 8:32 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills - Salisbury 3/16
3/16/17 7:16 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Greedy robin
3/16/17 4:50 am Mary Ellen <lemmel...> [MASSBIRD] Jamaica Pond & Leverett Pond
3/15/17 1:37 pm Mara Factor <mfactor...> [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary Sunday Morning Walk on March 19
3/15/17 12:18 pm Judith Hepburn <judith.r.hepburn...> [MASSBIRD] BBC woodcock walk in Newton this evening is canceled
3/15/17 8:35 am Peter Trull <petrull...> Re: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?
3/15/17 8:28 am Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?
3/15/17 8:14 am Tom Sullivan <tomsullivan9...> Re: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?
3/15/17 7:41 am Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?
3/15/17 7:13 am Rob Lavoie <robamyphoto...> Re: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?
3/15/17 6:47 am Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...> Re: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?
3/15/17 4:36 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?
3/14/17 7:16 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird -- Lying Observer.
3/14/17 7:02 pm Martin Fox <martinfox1234...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird -- Lying Observer.
3/14/17 6:22 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird -- Lying Observer.
3/14/17 2:17 pm Hank.Levesque <hlevesque...> [MASSBIRD] Middleboro - "Shades" of Bluebirds
3/14/17 2:13 pm Mark Szantyr <birddog55...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird -- Lying Observer.
3/14/17 1:53 pm Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird -- Lying Observer.
3/14/17 1:43 pm Eric <elabato...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird - Easthampton
3/14/17 1:12 pm Eric <elabato...> [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird - Easthampton
3/13/17 8:48 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Appleton Farm (TTOR), Ipswich-Hamilton, Mar 13, 2017
3/13/17 6:39 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Pine Island - Dedham
3/13/17 6:14 pm M BH <mimibixh...> [MASSBIRD] Horned Larks
3/13/17 4:54 pm Travis Mazerall <tmazerall...> [MASSBIRD] Cooper's Hawk Specimen
3/13/17 3:59 pm <kr1946...> [MASSBIRD] Red Shouldered Hawks
3/13/17 9:52 am Alan Strauss <ansch100...> [MASSBIRD] storm birding
3/12/17 7:37 pm james sweeney <assawompsett...> [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck continues in Lakeville - 3/12
3/12/17 1:38 pm James Dillon <jdillon755270...> [MASSBIRD] Greater Scaup, Hooded Mergansers
3/12/17 1:28 pm Anthony Hill <anhinga13...> [MASSBIRD] Re: massbird-digest V16 #494
3/12/17 10:05 am <redpoll...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes in Bradford
3/12/17 5:07 am Ann Banks <annstone1...> [MASSBIRD] RE: NILES POND
3/11/17 5:00 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Lake Massapoag ducks -- Sharon
3/11/17 2:48 pm Ann banks <annstone1...> [MASSBIRD] NILES POND, GLOUCESTER
3/11/17 2:42 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Argilla-Northgate-Essex Rd. Fields Complex, Ipswich, Mar 11, 2017
3/11/17 1:14 pm Thomas Carlile <tcarlile...> [MASSBIRD] Everett Bald Eagle
3/11/17 12:28 pm <redpoll...> [MASSBIRD] Early migrants in Newburyport area
3/11/17 9:02 am <asb1960...> [MASSBIRD] Fenway & Victory Gardens, Mar 11, 2017 - White-winged dove continuing
3/11/17 8:52 am Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] More Am. Woodcock, Millennium P
3/11/17 7:30 am Warren Childs <wmchilds...> [MASSBIRD] American Tree Sparrows Norwell
3/11/17 6:56 am <goshawk3...> <goshawk3...> [MASSBIRD] Mansfield fish crow flock
3/10/17 5:32 pm <s2ary...> [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary Sunday Morning Walk on March 12
3/10/17 4:46 pm James Dillon <jdillon755270...> [MASSBIRD] Eurasian Teal, Green Wing Teals, Killdeer
3/10/17 1:25 pm <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Tree Swallows GMNWR
3/10/17 8:39 am Wayne Petersen <wpetersen...> [MASSBIRD] FINAL REMINDER: MASS AUDUBON BIRDERS MEETING, MARCH 19
3/10/17 7:54 am Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...> [MASSBIRD] woodcock peenting in the snow
3/10/17 6:13 am Marjorie <marjwtsn...> [MASSBIRD] Redpolls Parker River NWR
3/9/17 6:13 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Adult Bald Eagle: R/6 leg band details
3/9/17 5:52 pm Brad Dinerman <bdinerman...> [MASSBIRD] Birders' Networking Event and Raptor Showcase, 4/1
3/9/17 5:35 pm <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Woodcocks, Newton
3/9/17 5:30 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Lincoln Correction
3/9/17 4:27 pm ECOC Mail <ecocmail...> [MASSBIRD] Essex County Ornithological Club Meeting Reminder - Friday, March 17, 2017
3/9/17 3:58 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Fw: Lincoln Bald Eagle, Fox Sparrows, Pileated Woodpecker, etc.
3/9/17 3:55 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program - support!
3/9/17 9:17 am Kat Birder <katbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR weekly species census
3/9/17 9:12 am caroline haines <chaines49...> [MASSBIRD] Great egret
3/9/17 6:24 am Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...> [MASSBIRD] MEA CULPA
3/9/17 5:56 am Joseph Bourget <joseph.bourget...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Gray Owls
3/9/17 4:39 am <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] Binoculars Need For Middle School BIrders
3/9/17 4:38 am Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] Lead and Bald Eagles
3/8/17 9:07 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Gray Owls
3/8/17 8:51 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Great gray owl...
3/8/17 5:45 pm <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Saw-whet Owl-New Salem
3/8/17 4:40 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Great Gray Owl (not)
3/8/17 2:50 pm William Crawford <crawfordwm...> [MASSBIRD] MASSBIRD] Great Gray Owl in Newport, NH
3/8/17 1:42 pm Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...> [MASSBIRD] Song or Savannah?
3/8/17 1:20 pm M BH <mimibixh...> [MASSBIRD] Update: Re: Death report
3/8/17 8:02 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 3/25 - Eyes on Owls - Westport
3/8/17 5:32 am <asb1960...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Death report
3/8/17 4:25 am Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose at Res Now
3/7/17 8:24 pm Neil Dowling <neil.dowling001...> [MASSBIRD] My apologies
3/7/17 7:29 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] moderator note
3/7/17 6:59 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 3/6 King's Beach and Red Rock Park
3/7/17 6:40 pm G M ARCHAMBAULT <gm72125...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Death report
3/7/17 6:14 pm Neil Dowling <neil.dowling001...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Death report
3/7/17 5:38 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Death report
3/7/17 4:41 pm M BH <mimibixh...> [MASSBIRD] Death report
3/7/17 2:54 pm <kr1946...> [MASSBIRD] ravens
3/7/17 7:14 am Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...> [MASSBIRD] Hybrid Goldeneye Emerson Rocks
3/7/17 6:30 am Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> [MASSBIRD] Kestrel at Hanscom Field airport - Concord
3/7/17 6:18 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Winged Wonders at Halibut Point 3/11 - upcoming field trip
3/6/17 7:46 pm NEaton <nancyeaton...> [MASSBIRD] Longmeadow
3/6/17 6:15 pm Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Perspectives on Nocturnal Bird Migration: What We've Learned from BirdCast
3/6/17 5:24 pm Marj. Rines <marj...> [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose Lexington/Arlington
3/6/17 3:16 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Perspectives on Nocturnal Bird Migration: What We've Learned from BirdCast
3/6/17 9:18 am Mary <lemmel...> [MASSBIRD] Ross's Gooose
3/6/17 7:12 am Constance Lapite <peteorconstance...> [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek Sanctuary Walk, Sunday March 5
3/6/17 3:44 am Mary Ellen <lemmel...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes continue East Bridgewater
3/5/17 6:12 pm <bvm1290...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle and ducks in Acushnet River
3/5/17 1:12 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Hall's Pond Sanctuary Brookline
3/5/17 9:08 am Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Cape Ann-Gloucester & Rockport, Mar 4, 2017
3/4/17 8:03 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Great Gray Owl near Northampton! (belated report)
3/4/17 7:31 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird in Northampton/ GONE !
3/4/17 6:18 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] BBC trip Cohasset to Marshfield
3/4/17 4:23 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird in Northampton/ GONE !
3/4/17 1:59 pm Deborah Radovsky <dp32...> [MASSBIRD] signs of Spring
3/4/17 12:38 pm Daniel Neiman <daniel.neiman...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Gray Owl in Newport, NH
3/4/17 9:50 am <warbler...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Video of Plum Island in May
3/4/17 9:37 am Adam Leiterman <aleiterman...> [MASSBIRD] Nature Photography Series
3/4/17 6:53 am Adam Leiterman <aleiterman...> [MASSBIRD] RE: massbird-digest V16 #485
3/4/17 6:21 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] terrific film about the "Duck Stamp" art competition!
3/4/17 4:30 am <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Plum island Spring
3/3/17 2:54 pm Donald Wilkinson <singingbirder...> Re: [MASSBIRD] RFI: Lynn Beach Mew Gull
3/3/17 2:10 pm Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] RFI: Lynn Beach Mew Gull
3/3/17 12:50 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - 3/1
3/3/17 6:32 am Childs, Jackson <jchilds...> [MASSBIRD] Video of Plum Island in May
3/3/17 5:17 am Kathleen <kab2769...> [MASSBIRD] Eastern Phoebe, Red-winged Blackbirds Rehoboth 3/3
3/3/17 4:39 am James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Barrow's Goldeneye - Turner's Falls
3/2/17 5:09 pm Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Great Gray Owl in Newport, NH
3/2/17 8:16 am Joan Stoner <jsstoner...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows concord weekly survey
3/2/17 7:27 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Rockport/Gloucester - yesterday highlights
3/2/17 6:56 am James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneye - Turner's Falls
3/2/17 3:55 am Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...> [MASSBIRD] Great Gray Owl in Newport, NH
3/1/17 12:22 pm Dowling, Neil <npdowling...> [MASSBIRD] Northboro Timberdoodles.
3/1/17 9:47 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill cranes
3/1/17 6:04 am <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Winter Wren, Newton
3/1/17 3:22 am Dan Prima <raptormafia...> [MASSBIRD] Swampscott Mew Gull....confirmation of band number
2/28/17 6:04 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] blinds
2/28/17 4:46 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Fenway: Fox Sparrow. WW Doves
2/28/17 1:44 pm Erik Nielsen <erikbogh...> [MASSBIRD] Allens Pond - Sunday - not many birds, but close encounter with Otter
2/28/17 1:32 pm Dan Prima <raptormafia...> [MASSBIRD] Mew Gull, King's Beach, Swampscott 2/28
2/28/17 10:01 am Warren Childs <wmchilds...> [MASSBIRD] Ring Necked Ducks Norwell/Otter
2/28/17 7:48 am Peter Trull <petrull...> Re: [MASSBIRD] moderator - giving breeding birds their space
2/28/17 7:44 am John Hoye <lt.jaeger...> [MASSBIRD] Mew Gull
2/28/17 5:34 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> Re: [MASSBIRD] moderator - giving breeding birds their space
2/27/17 4:38 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] moderator - giving breeding birds their space
2/27/17 4:24 pm <asb1960...> [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Park - Woodcock displays
2/27/17 9:33 am Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Good Woodcock viewing spot: Millennium Park
2/27/17 9:11 am Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrow wave and other WMB posts
2/27/17 7:34 am <maurice.gilmore...> Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes at Walnut st, East Bridgewater 2/26/17
2/27/17 7:05 am Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Subject: banded Mew Gull King's Beach Lynn/Swampscott
2/27/17 4:46 am John Nelson <jrnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Subject: banded Mew Gull King's Beach Lynn/Swampscott
2/26/17 5:35 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] ebird report Prothonotary Warbler is Saffron Finch
2/26/17 4:53 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Great Horned Owl: female on nest; Photo!
2/26/17 4:39 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] need a field trip leader
2/26/17 4:07 pm Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk...> [MASSBIRD] yellow headed blackbird/Middleboro/ Cumberland farm area
2/26/17 3:53 pm <asb1960...> Fwd: [MASSBIRD] King's Beach, Lynn/Swampscott - Mew Gull - Special Thanks to John Quigley for finding this beauty
2/26/17 3:48 pm Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...> [MASSBIRD] First deer tick today
2/26/17 3:43 pm Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Mixed Flock of Blackbirds in Grafton
2/26/17 3:20 pm Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> Re: [MASSBIRD] banded Mew Gull King's Beach Lynn/Swampscott
2/26/17 3:18 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] American Woodcock - Newburyport - Sunday, 2/26/17
2/26/17 3:16 pm <asb1960...> [MASSBIRD] King's Beach, Lynn/Swampscott - Mew Gull
2/26/17 3:01 pm Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] 2/25 Duxbury Beach - first of year Killdeer pair, white-necked Great Cormorants
2/26/17 2:36 pm Zack Weber <birdingwithzackweber...> [MASSBIRD] banded Mew Gull King's Beach Lynn/Swampscott
2/26/17 1:22 pm Walt Webb <wwebb24...> [MASSBIRD] Bad Experience at Great Pond, Randolph (Sat. Feb. 25)
2/26/17 1:21 pm Walt Webb <wwebb24...> [MASSBIRD] RE: My "Walt's Yard" eBird Report: Pileated Woodpecker
2/26/17 1:18 pm Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...> [MASSBIRD] First Osprey in Amesbury
2/26/17 11:13 am John Liller <john.liller...> [MASSBIRD] Mixed Flock of Blackbirds in Grafton
2/26/17 10:20 am John Liller <john.liller...> [MASSBIRD] Grackles Galore
2/26/17 9:28 am Bill Lafley <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] New Salem Ducks
2/26/17 9:28 am Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Ross' Goose
2/26/17 9:00 am Wayne Petersen <wpetersen...> [MASSBIRD] Birders Meeting coming soon: Sunday, March 19
2/26/17 8:59 am Alan Strauss <ansch100...> [MASSBIRD] Ross' Goose
2/26/17 7:36 am Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes at Walnut st, East Bridgewater 2/26/17
2/26/17 5:58 am Joseph Bourget <joseph.bourget...> [MASSBIRD] MEW GULL - KING'S BEACH - YES 2/26
2/25/17 8:33 pm Laura Landen <laura.landen...> [MASSBIRD] Re: massbird-digest V16 #483
2/25/17 7:59 pm Sally Willard <mamasheep4...> [MASSBIRD] please remove my email address from your mailing list
2/25/17 6:25 pm Lisa <fiori14...> [MASSBIRD] Second request
2/25/17 5:51 pm <asb1960...> [MASSBIRD] Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Feb 25, 2017 - Sora seen at 2:30
2/25/17 5:47 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes-East Bridgewater 2/25/17
2/25/17 5:19 pm Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...> [MASSBIRD] redshouldered hawk
2/25/17 4:02 pm pamela low <pipswiche...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Spring Peepers in Rehoboth
2/25/17 3:59 pm Joan Chasan <jec56...> [MASSBIRD] RE: mass bird-digest V16 #483
2/25/17 3:42 pm David Williams <dave.williams6...> [MASSBIRD] Am. woodcock - Ipswich River Park, North Reading
2/25/17 3:18 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Peent! American Woodcocks in Rowley
2/25/17 3:16 pm Hank.Levesque <hlevesque...> [MASSBIRD] American Woodcocks - Middleboro - 2/24
2/25/17 2:43 pm Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...> [MASSBIRD] Spring Peepers in Rehoboth
2/25/17 1:55 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] moderator - massbird technical issues
2/25/17 12:57 pm Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] (Common) Mew Gull Nahant Beach
2/25/17 12:35 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 2/24 Plymouth - G. Scaup at Store/Spooner Pond
2/25/17 12:34 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl Nauset Beach
2/25/17 12:32 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] American Woodcock Wilmington 2/24
2/25/17 12:32 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Turkey Vultures Boston
2/25/17 12:29 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose, Ipswich 2/24
2/25/17 12:09 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Northern Shrike, Pine Hill Rd. Grasslands, Feb 24, 2017
2/25/17 10:40 am Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose Updates
2/25/17 8:21 am Deborah Radovsky <dp32...> [MASSBIRD] Woodcocks
2/24/17 8:54 am <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] N. Shrike - Orange Airport
2/24/17 8:25 am Sam Miller <zamziller...> [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose, Yes, Whitins Pond / Meadow Pond
2/24/17 8:13 am Josh Bock <jbock18...> [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose YES
2/24/17 5:02 am <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Raven
2/23/17 3:32 pm Walt Webb <wwebb24...> [MASSBIRD] Fw: eBird Report - Walt's Yard, Westwood, MA, Feb 23, 2017
2/23/17 3:29 pm Arlene Bandes <ArleneBandes...> [MASSBIRD] birding in Cape Town South Africa
2/23/17 1:46 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Signs of Spring - Newburyport & Newbury 2/23/17
2/23/17 11:17 am Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose, Worcester County (Whitinsville)
2/23/17 8:04 am Kat Birder <katbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Feb 23, 2017
2/22/17 3:55 pm Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Ovenbird Rusty Blackbirds Horn Pond Recreation Area, Feb 22, 2017
2/22/17 3:30 pm Heather Burns <heather2cb...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Red-wings; Grosbeaks in the Past, Westwood
2/22/17 3:13 pm Sam Miller <zamziller...> [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck, Yes, Assawompsett Ponds complex, Feb 22, 2017, plus nice birds at Cumberland Farms fields
2/22/17 1:24 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Deer Is, Cashman Park, Plum Island - 02-22-17
2/22/17 8:59 am Walt Webb <wwebb24...> [MASSBIRD] Red-wings; Grosbeaks in the Past, Westwood
 
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Date: 3/24/17 9:05 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm Cape Cod trip
Hello Birders,

On Saturday, April 1 Strickland Wheelock will lead his annual Drumlin Farm spring trip to explore Cape Cod. This is a very fun outing which starts at the Canal and works its way up to Orleans' Fort Hill covering some top birding locations along the way.

For more information go to: http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:program_code=50739

Thank you!
Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln, MA

 

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Date: 3/24/17 8:10 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese, Killdeer & American Woodcock - Scotland Rd., Newbury
Birders,

I was alerted to 7 Snow Geese at the clam shell road field on Scotland
Road by Dave Adrien early this morning.
I drove by around 9:15am Canada Geese & a few Killdeer were also present.

Last evening, American Woodcocks were present in the same field.

Thanks, Dave!

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
NBPT


 

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Date: 3/24/17 7:47 am
From: Marjorie <marjwtsn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Piping Plover Lot 7 PRNWR
on beach now. Seen with my sisters Margaret Viens and Annie Perko.
Marj Watson
Georgetown MA

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Date: 3/24/17 7:19 am
From: <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrow at the feeder
Massbirders:
           This morning Lois and I were pleasantly surprised when a gorgeous Fox Sparrow hopped out from under the forsythia bush and slowly scratched and jumped his (I use the masculine pronoun because i heard it's beautiful song) way towards the feeder pole. We have already had a Fox Sparrow at the feeders at the end of February.  That Foxy was a surprise and stayed only a day. The Fox Sparrow, this morning, was less of a surprise.  We almost always are visited by a Fox sparrow in march and again in November.  Sometimes there are two and I can remember one spring there were three. A surprise or not it is an unambiguous treat. I hope it shows up more than one day.  My spring birding opportunities are uncertain due to Lois decline in health. So this visitor at our yard is greatly appreciated.
 
Doug Chickering
Groveland
<dovekie...>
 

 

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Date: 3/24/17 7:15 am
From: Marjorie <marjwtsn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Piping Plover Lot 7 PRNWR
on beach now. Seen with my sisters Margaret Viens and Annie Perko.
Marj Watson
Georgetown MA

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Date: 3/23/17 5:10 pm
From: Lucy W Photography <lucylens...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Woodcocks etc
Abigail Adams Park off 3a in Weymouth presents an opportunity to observe 3
different American Woodcocks within a fairly small area. Although the park
is populated with Pokemon players, all I've met this far are most
appreciative of learning about these amazing birds. There are two at the
bridge end of the park and one at the opposite end. Where the two are, both
birds walk along the paved path in between displays and are very easy to
observe. If you are yearning for a close and thorough obs it's a great
spot. Additionally there is a Peregrine Falcon who finds the population of
starlings and the flock of Cedar Waxwings a fine opportunity on the open
area

Lucy W
Hingham
<Lucylens...>
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Lucy W
781-264-8987

Photography & Digital Strategies
*Customized, comprehensive digital marketing for local business*

 

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Date: 3/23/17 4:01 pm
From: <Tombwhawk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-shouldered Hawks--Valley
Hi Folks:

Winter has forgotten to leave Western Mass. Still lots of snow in
the woods here. Today, March 23 had a beautiful Red-shouldered Hawk in the
yard here in Florence and a second one in Westhampton. Nice to finally
see something new around.
Tom Gagnon, Florence (Sleeping Bear country (we hope) )
 

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Date: 3/23/17 3:52 pm
From: <killdeer89...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ospreys late (and who can blame them?)
I have been checking my most reliable early Osprey spots in the Mid-Cape area for the past several days with nada. Over the past 13 years, my first sighting has NEVER been later than the 23rd. C’mon Spring!
Al Curtis
Harwich, MA

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Date: 3/23/17 11:00 am
From: Leslie Miller <lmiller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mass Audubon Spring Optics Fair Mar 31-April 9, 2017
We'd like to invite everyone to the Audubon Shop's Spring Optics Sale, which runs from Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 9, 2017. Mass Audubon members will receive special discounts on binoculars, spotting scopes and tripods. Zeiss, Swarovski, Pentax, Nikon, Bushnell, Opticron, and Manfrotto items are available.

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

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

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

 

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Date: 3/23/17 8:26 am
From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider
I also went to see and photograph the handsome King Eider Tuesday afternoon at Herring Run Cape Cod Canal. A friend went back yesterday and is going again today as it is still there. It was amazingly close for the 4 hours I was there on Tuesday and easy to see among the huge flock of Common Eider because they were all hugging the front shoreline. They would eventually spread out a bit to dive for food further back or fly forward at times but then circle back around to the front shoreline again. All who came were in disbelief and awe at being able to see and photograph a King Eider at such close range! Just incredible and worth the drive. However by late afternoon (around 5 and earlier yesterday according to my friend) one part of the flock including the King flew back towards the bridge and much further away. But I heard that it's back again at the Herring Run this morning.
Also saw 1 Red-throated Loon, 2 Common Loons starting to get their breeding plumage, 2 Common Goldeneye, and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (flying by).

Sandy Selesky
<sandyselesky...>
Westford,MA

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Date: 3/23/17 6:25 am
From: Myer Bornstein <mborn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider
I also visited the canal on the 18th and 21st and photographed the King
Eider here are links to my images and Blogs
http://www.photoshelter.com/mem/images/#/l/G0000.Ws9Qm7TnsE/
http://www.photobee1blog.com/2017/03/a-morning-birding-and-houdini/
http://www.photobee1blog.com/2017/03/the-king-returneth/





Myer Bornstein

Photo Bee 1

www.photobee1.com <http://www.photobee1.com>

http://www.photobee1blog.com/

Taunton, MA










 

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Date: 3/23/17 6:14 am
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: delayed Bohemian incursion
Hi MassBirders,

One retraction, out of the three Bohemian reports that I listed last night: Anne Marie Gardner updated last night that what she had in Shelburne Falls were waxwings but might have been Cedar, she wasn’t positive.

On the other hand, I forgot to include that Tom Pirro had found 24 Bohemians on March 10 in Templeton (which is just two towns over from Westminster, for the birder who mentioned to me off-list that she was going there soon):
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35085095

Chris Hyytinen has posted photos of some of the Bohemians that he found in Rowe on eBird:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35333698

eBird also shows numerous reports from New Hampshire and Vermont, many of them from the vicinity of the Great Gray Owl stakeout in Newport or further north, but one report of a flock of 180 (!) from just west of Brattleboro...

Good birding,

Josh


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




 

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Date: 3/23/17 5:55 am
From: Hojnacki, Katlyn <katlyn_hojnacki...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Please Report Flagged or Banded Piping Plovers
Hi MassBirders,

It's that time of year again. The piping plovers are on their way back
(some have already been reported on the Cape!). Over the pass several
years, many different researchers have been banding and/or flagging piping
plovers in order to further our understanding of their life history. If you
see one with bands and/or a leg flag, PLEASE REPORT IT. Go to the website
below for information about who to report it to.

https://www.fws.gov/northeast/pipingplover/report_bands.html

And a special request, if you spot a banded/flagged plover on Plum Island,
please also send a report to myself (<Katlyn_Hojnacki...>). Us
biologists here at the refuge are very curious about which plovers are
using our beach.

Thanks,
Kaytee Hojnacki

--

Kaytee Hojnacki
USFWS- Parker River NWR
6 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA 01950
(978) 465-5753 ext. 202

 

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Date: 3/23/17 4:05 am
From: Ninad Thakoor <ninadst...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider, Cape Cod Canal, 3/22
I made the trip yesterday to see this beautiful bird. The flock of Eiders
was easy to find and was concentrated where the herring river flows into
the canal (https://goo.gl/maps/TZ65MFStjuz). It was surprisingly difficult
to keep track of this bird. If you are not tired looking at the photos of
the bird, I have one more on my website (https://goo.gl/kkHz1W).


-Ninad Thakoor
Natick, MA

http://birds.ninadthakoor.com/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ninadst/

 

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Date: 3/22/17 9:43 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] delayed Bohemian incursion
Hi MassBirders,

Perhaps following the recent southward wave of Great Gray Owls, there seems to be a late irruption of Bohemian Waxwings in progress, judging by posts in Western Mass Birders (FaceBook). Prior to this week, there had been only one report this winter that I’d noticed, Jonathan Pierce's February 18 sighting of a single bird in Dalton in a flock of 25 Cedars. But on Monday, March 20, Noreen O’Brien posted that she’d had a flock of 25-30 spend the weekend around her yard in Colrain. Two days later, Chris Hyytinen found a flock of 20 in Rowe near the town hall; he’s tried but failed to relocate them since. And Anne Marie Gardner posted tonight that she’d had a flock on Tuesday, on a crabapple tree in front of Valley Play School, which I believe is in Shelburne Falls. All three recent sightings are, I think, in western Franklin County.

Good birding!

Josh



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




 

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Date: 3/22/17 4:54 pm
From: <s2ary...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Smith's Longspur @ Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
Hi Everyone,

I just wanted post a quick note to let everyone know that we did find the Smith's Longspur at the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary today. It was really windy and the bird mostly stayed in the taller grass. But it is still here, so we will continue with the Sunday and Wednesday bird walk schedule as long as people have interest in this bird.

I'd also like to thank everyone for coming out today and showing their support for the grasslands at the Sanctuary. The impression you made on the corporate folks goes a long way.

I will try to post a reminder on Friday, but if I forget, our next bird walk is on Sunday March 26 at 9am. We are looking to have refreshments afterwards again, so if you could RSVP me at <s2ary39...> that will give us an idea of the size of the group.

The next walk after the walk this Sunday will be Wednesday March 29 at 10 am. Please use the same <s2ary39...> address to RSVP for this walk as well.

Talk to you soon,
Thanks,
Geoff
(207) 252-4841

 

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Date: 3/22/17 4:36 pm
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Chipping Sparrow continues in Peabody
Nice to hear your Chipping Sparrow will most likely survive the winter
Warren and you to Andrea!

The Lincoln's Sparrow is still visiting the feeders here in Essex on a
more regular basis lately. I 1st noticed it on January 09, it
disappeared for a few weeks here and there but looks to survive as well.
It sits behind an old fence in the yard when it visits and the local
Cooper's Hawk dove in there this morning, I was quite pleased to see the
Lincoln's visit the feeders again this afternoon.

I've had other sparrows attempt or start to winter over through the
years. A Chipping Sparrow that stayed all fall coming to the feeders
every day before disappearing on Christmas day in 2008

and a Dickcissel that showed up in early December of 2008 that was
picked off at the feeders by a Cooper's Hawk on the 21st (with me in the
window with binoculars early that morning).

The Lincoln's is the 1st to make it through the winter for me in the 20
or so years I've been looking out the window here in Essex.

Enjoy,
Phil Brown
Essex, MA
<nebirdsplus...>
www.birdsofessex.com

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

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

Hello Massbirders,

We have had a Chipping Sparrow keeping us company at our feeders since
February 10th, so this Friday will be 6 weeks it has been here almost
daily. The reason I decided to post this was because I think there has
been another Chipping Sparrow reported in another part of Peabody most
of this year also. I just thought it was odd that 2 of the same species
decided to visit the same city and stay put. These are 2 different
birds, as I’m almost sure the other bird is visiting the other side of
the city.

This also brings to mind Phil Brown’s Lincoln’s Sparrow at his feeders
in Ipswich for quite awhile now. I’m sure sightings like this could
have happened before over the years, but I am unfamiliar with either
species finding someone’s backyard feeders and hunkering down until spring.


Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
<wta......>

 

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Date: 3/22/17 4:34 pm
From: Donald Wilkinson <singingbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nahant Woodcocks etc. and Test post (from yahoo email)
Nothing big to report, but a Nahanter had 2 Woodcocks walking on the snow a couple of days ago. Grackles are back and many birds are singing. I enjoy daily sightings of Brant, Eider, White-winged and Surf Scoters, Goldeneyes, Loons, Mergansers and Cooper's hawks.

Don, Nahant
<Singingbirder...>
www.donwilkinsonbirdingtours.com
 

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Date: 3/22/17 4:04 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Smith's Cough Drop Yes!
A whole flock of us, dressed in our winter plumage, enjoyed the Smith's Cough Drop today at Bear Creek Saugus! We also enjoyed their namesake longspur!

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 3/22/17 1:54 pm
From: JOHN ROCKWOOD <loonphotog...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR's famous Barred Owl 3/21/2017
Parker River NWR's famous Barred Owl 3/21/2017.

https://vimeo.com/209567921 Best seen as HD.


John Rockwood

 

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Date: 3/22/17 1:32 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] West Newbury & Plum Island - 03-22-2017
David Moon and I led today's edition of Wednesday Morning Birding out of
Joppa Flats Education Center. The winds were howling out of the northwest
to north-northwest at 35 to 40 mph, building through the morning to 45 or
so; temps started at 32F and ended at 26 as the Arctic cold front pushed its
way in -- yes, the windchill was significant! We started off inland at
Upper Artichoke and Cherry Hill Reservoirs in an effort to get out of the
wind, and concluded on Plum Island very much in the wind. On the beach at
lot #7, we experienced the sand-blasting effect and didn't last long.

Our list (PI unless stated otherwise):
Canada Goose - (~ 20) Cherry Hill Res; common - PI.
Mute Swan (2) - Stage Island Pool.
American Black Duck - common.
Mallard - a few.
Ring-necked Duck (18) - CHR.
Lesser Scaup (2) - drakes, CHR.
Common Eider (~ 20) - ocean seven.
White-winged Scoter (2) - ocean seven.
Black Scoter (4) - ocean one.
Long-tailed Duck (5) - 1, ocean one; 4, ocean seven.
Bufflehead (~ 15) - ocean seven.
Common Goldeneye (10) - ocean seven.
Hooded Merganser (~ 10) - Upper Artichoke Res.
Common Merganser (~ 37) - ~ 12, UAR; ~ 25, CHR.
Red-breasted Merganser (3) - pannes.
Ruddy Duck (2)- CHR.
Common Loon (1) - ocean seven.
Horned Grebe (1) - ocean seven.
Northern Harrier (4)
Red-tailed Hawk (3) - W. Newbury.
Rough-legged Hawk (1) - North Field-North Pool Overlook.
[Killdeer (~ 24) - PI Airfield and field across from airfield.]
American Woodcock (2) - roadside, n. Goodno Woods.
Ring-billed Gull - many.
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Snowy Owl (1) - in dunes, n. lot #1, near new residence.
Red-bellied Woodpecker (1) - UAR.
Downy Woodpecker (1) - UAR.
Merlin (1) - fly by, n. S-curves.
Peregrine Falcon (1) - fly by, North Field.
Blue Jay (2) - UAR.
American Crow - a few.
Tufted Titmouse (3) - UAR.
White-breasted Nuthatch (1) - UAR.
Eastern Bluebird (1) - roadside near CHR.
American Robin (~ 25)- en route W. Newbury, Scotland Rd.
European Starling
Red-winged Blackbird (~ 15) - W. Newbury.
Common Grackle (~ 9) - ~ 8, W. Newbury; 1, lot #1.

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

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


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Date: 3/22/17 10:46 am
From: <asb1960...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Chipping Sparrow continues in Peabody
Hi Warren,You are correct. I live in West Peabody and I've had a
chipping sparrow at my millet feeder since mid-February. (I have been
trying to move my ebird pin to my address but I don't know how to do
it). It has been an interesting season for sparrows in my yard. For
about the same amount of time, I have also had a Tree Sparrow, along
with 3 song sparrows in my yard. And 2 days ago, I had a Fox Sparrow.Andrea
BeanWest Peabody, MA On 03/22/17, Warren Tatro<wtatro...>
wrote: Hello Massbirders,

We have had a Chipping Sparrow keeping us company at our feeders since
February 10th, so this Friday will be 6 weeks it has been here almost
daily. The reason I decided to post this was because I think there has
been another Chipping Sparrow reported in another part of Peabody most
of this year also. I just thought it was odd that 2 of the same
species decided to visit the same city and stay put. These are 2
different birds, as I’m almost sure the other bird is visiting the
other side of the city.

This also brings to mind Phil Brown’s Lincoln’s Sparrow at his
feeders in Ipswich for quite awhile now. I’m sure sightings like
this could have happened before over the years, but I am unfamiliar
with either species finding someone’s backyard feeders and hunkering
down until spring.


Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
<wtatro...>
 

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Date: 3/22/17 10:24 am
From: Garry Kessler <gkessler001...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cont. King Eider, photos and comment
Went to the Herring Run on the Cape Cod Canal on 3/20 to visit the
continuing king eider there and came away with several photos.

1st of 9
http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p756187298/h861fe164#h861fe164

A few observations -

It seems that the birds hug the rocks (the edge) during times of
tidal flow when there's a swift current. This generates the parade of
ducks which circle out in an eddy to feed and return to the edge to
parade by us onlookers. During slack tide (high tide or low tide when
the current relaxes) the birds seem to move off the edge out to the
feeding area and stay there. Also for photographers on bright days,
the sun is more favorable later in the afternoon. Note, as it
happened the day I was there slack tide coincided with the favorable
late day sun which is less than ideal.

A curiousity -
It appears that king eiders have little cones in their nostrils.
While I understand that these improve airflow into the nostril at
high speed like in falcons, I hadn't noticed these in ducks before.
Does anyone know more about this?

This duck also did some neck puffing. See
http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p100347432/h861ff6dd#h861ff6dd
and
http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p100347432/h861ff6dd#h861ff9b2

It did this a few times. It wasn't accompanied by head pumping, but
it does remind me of courtship behavior in other ducks, although this
duck didn't seem to be performing for anyone in particular. Again can
anyone tell me if this is courtship behavior or some other known behavior?

Also had a nice fox sparrow the next day in Woburn.
http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p756187298/h8621318c#h8621318c

Garry Kessler
Westborough, MA

 

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Date: 3/22/17 10:20 am
From: Warren Tatro <wtatro...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] correction
Hello Massbirders,

My mistake, I guess Phil Brown is in Essex, not Ipswich. Sorry Phil!

Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
<wtatro...>
 

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Date: 3/22/17 10:16 am
From: Warren Tatro <wtatro...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Chipping Sparrow continues in Peabody
Hello Massbirders,

We have had a Chipping Sparrow keeping us company at our feeders since February 10th, so this Friday will be 6 weeks it has been here almost daily. The reason I decided to post this was because I think there has been another Chipping Sparrow reported in another part of Peabody most of this year also. I just thought it was odd that 2 of the same species decided to visit the same city and stay put. These are 2 different birds, as I’m almost sure the other bird is visiting the other side of the city.

This also brings to mind Phil Brown’s Lincoln’s Sparrow at his feeders in Ipswich for quite awhile now. I’m sure sightings like this could have happened before over the years, but I am unfamiliar with either species finding someone’s backyard feeders and hunkering down until spring.


Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
<wtatro...>
 

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Date: 3/22/17 8:56 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] The Rise of the Hipster Birder!
Thanks for forwarding the article from The Telegraph, Steven - it's
hilarious.

And optimistic. Can it really be true that "32 percent of men aged between
16 to 25 have been birding."? They are talking about the UK, I suppose...

But my favorite line is reserved to the last paragraph, and is one of
caution and great wisdom: "You will never find the bird you are after".
Now, I wish I'd known that *before* I started birding!

- Neil

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

On Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 11:30 AM, STEVEN SIMPSON <stevensimpson...>
wrote:

> Funny article:
>
>
> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/rise-hipster-bird-watcher/
>
>
> Steven A. Simpson
>
> (Arlington)
>



--
Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 3/22/17 8:36 am
From: STEVEN SIMPSON <stevensimpson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] The Rise of the Hipster Birder!
Funny article:


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/rise-hipster-bird-watcher/


Steven A. Simpson

(Arlington)
 

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Date: 3/22/17 7:06 am
From: STEVEN SIMPSON <stevensimpson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Newport, NH, Great Gray Owl "Lives"
I was in Newport on Monday, and the bird was in the fields off Croydon Brook Rd. at ~6 pm. This shows how the bird ranges around.


My personal thanks go out to the woman who drove along Corbin Road, telling everyone the owl's location. I was sitting in my car drying my socks before the trip back to Boston, when she pulled up and saved my bacon. So grateful!

Beautiful bird! It sat for a long time in an apple tree about 50 yards off the road. It pounced on something a couple times near the base of the tree, but missed. It then flew off into the dusk. Only ninety percent of the people in attendance were well-behaved. Two teens crept much too close through a thicket and called to the bird repeatedly, "Owl! Over here! Owl!" I only just resisted throwing a snowball (gently) at them.

See my best photo here:
http://www.pbase.com/tormance/image/165161627


Steven A. Simpson

(Arlington)

> On March 21, 2017 at 10:45 PM William Crawford <crawfordwm...> wrote:
>
>
> Massbird: After getting “skunked” a couple of weeks ago, we are pleased to report that the Newport, NH, Great Gray Owl still "lives." After a pleasant exchange w a local police officer (telling us that we could not park on the rail trail), we took his recommendations by following up-on several local roads where the Great Gray Owl had been seen during the past few days (there are LOTS of open fields to the north of the originally-reported location).
>
>
>
> We had the bird 6:25 – 7:15 PM in the field on the east side of NH Rte. 10, ~2.6 mi. north of downtown Newport (the Rte 11 – Rte 10 Rotary). During that time, the bird flew at least six (6) times – with at least one successful “catch,” It perched for at least 10 min on Rte 10 milepost 55.8.
>
> The observers – all but us were “locals” – were highly respectful of the bird.
>
>
>
> Bill (& Carol) Crawford, Nahant, MA
>

 

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Date: 3/22/17 5:39 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] A BIRDERS REFLECTION - LESSONS re:Chan Robbins
Thanks to Gerry Cooperman for sharing this memory of Chan Robbins.


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>



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Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:16:04 -0400
From: <trogon6...>
To: <barb620...>






Subject: Fwd: A BIRDERS REFLECTION - LESSONS re:Chan Robbins





























Barbara,

I was so sad to hear about the passing of a great man ; Chan Robbins.
Fortunately I was one of the lucky people who had the chance to meet and
bird with this special man. Below is an article I wrote and had sent to
you 5 years ago. I will leave it up to you if you want to list it again.

Good birding always.
Gerry Cooperman


-----Original Message-----
From: gerry cooperman <trogon6...>
To: massbird <massbird...>
Sent: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 6:43 pm
Subject: A BIRDERS REFLECTION - LESSONS

To all who posted their spark tales I thank you for sharing part of your
life with all of us. The stories were moving and poignant. You all
contributed in making Massbird more than simply a sighting report. You
have given Massbird a new voice. A voice not heard before and what you
do now to make that voice stronger will define who we are. But more
importantly it will pass on our stories to a new generation. As we were
given the spark along the birding way we were also given lessons.
Lessons that would mold us in action and deeds. It is not just about the
birds. Pete Dunne stated in one of his books that if you are a dedicated
birder and don't write about it you are depriving many of something very
special. The stories keep generating the sparks. Do not deprive anyone.
My spark that was started in July of 1970 was a mere ember. Slowly
gaining strength over time as experience and education began to slowly
fan that smoldering ember until it grew into a flame. A flame
that would define my life as an individual. In life as you mature there
are significant moments. Lesson moments ,if you will, that will define
your character and how you appreciate all the people and moments. It's
not always just about the birds but sometimes we are so focused on that
that we lose sight of all that is important around us. We get caught up
in the moment. /Hubris /becomes our friend and that makes us someone
different. The lessons learned are really moments of awareness. They
become the building blocks of our character.
Allow me to share with you one of these memorable moments. A moment that
taught me a lesson and helped mold me as a person.
I was getting jaded as my job took me to many key bird states;
California, Texas,Washington. and Florida.and I somehow always had a
weekend of free time. Spending time at Salton Sea, Palm Springs, El
Paso, the Everglades, and the Keys. New places ,new birds, Hey! this is
real easy. Never once did I think about how fortunate I was. And of
course doing anything that was somewhat unusual made other people very
curious. People wanted to know what you saw, show it to me in a book,and
where have you've been? It can make you feel important; of course in a
mind of one. Without being aware you start to lose perspective on what's
really important. It's so easy to look into a one way mirror.
I was about to receive my lesson ( unknown to me of course) as I was off
to the ABA convention in Tucson. After
clearing baggage I was directed to a station wagon and wound up in the
last row. We get under way and someone in front yells out,"what states
are you from?". The only thing I remember was that one of the three men
in front of me says Maryland and when it's my turn I say Massachusetts.
The Maryland voice says," I used to live in Massachusetts" and turns
around extending his hand and says " Hi I'm Chan Robbins." From day one,
as a beginning birder, I have always used the Golden Field Guide and now
I'm holding his hand. Hopefully he didn't see the dumb look on my face
as I was trying to say something really intelligent. What came out was,"
Hi! I use your book." Gosh wasn't that brilliant? To which he replied
with a grin ,"don't tell anyone but so do I." He thanked me and what
struck me was his kindness to even engage in a conversation with me. He
was interested in talking to me and it was sincere. I never even gave
him my name and if he was sitting next to me I probably wouldn't have
released his hand. This was the beginning of my lesson.
The second day out we happened to be on the same field trip. He
acknowledged me with a simple ," Do you have my book today?" He
remembered me probably because of my inane utterance. I told him it is
always with me. He smiled and nodded a silent approval. Now we head for
our destination. We were going up a hillside when the leader calls out
Buff-breasted Flycatcher. Certainly a new bird for me and to my surprise
a lifer for Chan Robbins. He was so excited he literally jumped up and
down for joy. He did not care that there was a group of birders watching
him. He was appreciating the moment. It was a special moment in his life
and he was celebrating the event. He was Chan Robbins the birder nothing
more nothing less.
Here was a man at the pinnacle of the birding world acting like most
anyone who gets excited upon seeing a new bird. Doesn't everyone? I
realized he could have kept quiet and nobody would know but this man was
genuine. He knew who he was as a person. His appreciation of the moment
magnified his excitement. He was also excited about seeing birds again
that he hadn't seen in a little while and he made it known. It was like
old friends meeting once more. My early mentor was right, appreciate
what you see now because you never know when you will see it again. It
wasn't just about special birds it was about all birds. I have never
forgotten our encounter and the special moment of self awareness that I
learned.The lesson was now complete.
*/Be yourself - everyone else is taken./* Never allow any deed make you
somebody else in life. I appreciate and respect the accomplishments of
others but have a difficult time in understanding why being humble and
gracious takes too much time or effort for a lot of people I'm not
quite sure why! A long time ago I was as guilty as anyone.Is being true
to yourself so difficult?
It's never just about the number of birds you've seen or about the
places you've been or about the people you know. It's not about any
measurable or material things. It's always just about you and who you
really are as a person. A person with a special gift as a carrier of the
flame. When you truly know who you are and pass the spark to others the
flame burns the brightest. A Golden Field Guide is always out and laying
flat on my bookcase as a constant reminder of the lesson. And ,most
important, the man.
Your spark stories tell me that someone was gracious and kind to you.
Their station or status in life was unimportant. Their focus was you.
You will pass the spark on to others and always remember what was done
for you. Hopefully you will always keep in your hearts and minds the
special life lessons given to you. It's never ever been just about the
birds .It is always about how you live your life. Thank you Mr. Robbins.
Thank you,
Gerry Cooperman
*//*
 

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Date: 3/21/17 7:51 pm
From: William Crawford <crawfordwm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Newport, NH, Great Gray Owl "Lives"
Massbird: After getting "skunked" a couple of weeks ago, we are pleased to
report that the Newport, NH, Great Gray Owl still "lives." After a pleasant
exchange w a local police officer (telling us that we could not park on the
rail trail), we took his recommendations by following up-on several local
roads where the Great Gray Owl had been seen during the past few days (there
are LOTS of open fields to the north of the originally-reported location).



We had the bird 6:25 - 7:15 PM in the field on the east side of NH Rte. 10,
~2.6 mi. north of downtown Newport (the Rte 11 - Rte 10 Rotary). During
that time, the bird flew at least six (6) times - with at least one
successful "catch," It perched for at least 10 min on Rte 10 milepost 55.8.


The observers - all but us were "locals" - were highly respectful of the
bird.



Bill (& Carol) Crawford, Nahant, MA


 

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Date: 3/21/17 3:39 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sightings 8 Turkey Vultures


-----Original Message-----
From: "John Nelson" <jnelson...>
Sent: ‎3/‎21/‎2017 4:34 PM
To: "MASSBIRD, massbird" <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8 Turkey Vultures

Around noon today I saw 6 TVs over a field beside Rt. 133 in Essex and then
another 2 over Rt. 128 in Gloucester, at exit 13.

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 3/21/17 3:28 pm
From: Bill Lafley <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagles - New Salem
Hello,

A short hike into Gate 35 this morning I had 8 Bald Eagles (3 adults, 5
imms) at once. 7 in a groups of 3 and 4 and a lone adult perched in a
tree. Last Jan. I had 7 of them on one island in the same area.
I did not cover as much ground but the mergansers that were so abundant a
few days ago had moved elsewhere with 35 or so Commons and only 2 Hooded
Mergansers.
At the Old South/Blackinton fields manure piles there were 35 Horned Larks
and 18 Turkeys but no sign of the Snow Buntings.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>

 

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Date: 3/21/17 3:12 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] The passing of Chandler Robbins
Chandler Robbins passed away yesterday. Below you will find some
excerpts from US Fish and Wildlife Service news sources.

He will be missed.

Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

*

From the US FWS website:

Renowned Service ornithologist *Chandler Robbins
<https://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2012/9/5/Looking-Back>* died
March 20. He was 98. Born July 17, 1918, in Boston, Robbins devoted his
life to birds, their study and protection.

He graduated from Harvard with a degree in physics and began teaching
math and science in Vermont. Robbins then joined the Service in 1945 as
a junior biologist at Patuxent Research Refuge
<https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/>, where he engaged in early
research on the effects of DDT and had his papers edited by his
colleague Rachel Carson <https://www.fws.gov/rachelcarson/>.

Robbins was also the one who first banded the Laysan albatross named
Wisdom
<https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Midway_Atoll/wildlife_and_habitat/Wisdom_Profile.html>in
1956. He re-banded the world’s oldest known banded bird in 2002.

During his 60 years of full-time work at Patuxent (he retired in 2005),
Robbins made critical contributions to research on forest fragmentation,
bird banding, breeding bird surveys and bird identification. He was a
senior author of /The Field Guide to Birds of North America/, organizer
of the North American Breeding Bird Survey
<https://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/> and much more.


From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service History facebook feed:
<https://www.facebook.com/USFWSHISTORY/>

During his 60 years of full-time work at Patuxent (he retired in 2005),
Robbins made critical contributions to research on forest fragmentation,
bird banding, breeding bird surveys and bird identification. He was a
senior author of /The Field Guide to Birds of North America/, organizer
of the North American Breeding Bird Survey
<https://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/> and much more.

Legendary U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
<https://www.facebook.com/usfws/> Ornithologist Chan Robbins passed away
March 20, 2017. Born July 17, 1918 ninety-eight year old Chan Robbins
devoted his life to birds, their study and protection. Robbins joined
the USFWS in 1945 as a junior biologist at Patuxent Research Refuge
<https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patuxent-Research-Refuge/103466953041782>,
where he engaged in early research on the effects of DDT and had his
papers edited by his colleague Rachel Carson. During his 60 years of
full-time work at Patuxent (he retired in 2005) Robbins made critical
contributions to research on forest fragmentation, bird banding,
breeding bird surveys, and bird identification. Robbins work was an
important source of research for the USFWS Migratory Birds
<https://www.facebook.com/usfwsmigratorybirds/> Program. After 60 years
of full-time employment, Robbins became "Scientist Emeritus" at Patuxent
and continued to work at the United States Geological Survey
<https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-States-Geological-Survey/103791212993410>'s
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.

Read more on his incredible life: http://bit.ly/2mMdCys

 

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Date: 3/21/17 2:19 pm
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westborough WMA, Mar 21, 2017
The Canvasback found a few days ago continues on Big Chauncey at the
Westborough WMA. It was seen from the corner of Lyman Rd and Chauncey
Rd. As well, there were some other nice ducks present.

Linda

Westborough WMA, Worcester, Massachusetts, US
Mar 21, 2017 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
18 species

Mute Swan 2
Canvasback 1 Continuing; thanks to previous reporters
Ring-necked Duck 10
Bufflehead 6
Hooded Merganser 28
Common Merganser 24
Common Loon 1 Heard only
Bald Eagle 1 immature
Ring-billed Gull 6
Herring Gull 14
Mourning Dove 2
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
American Robin 1
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Common Grackle 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35334985

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


 

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Date: 3/21/17 2:06 pm
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8 Turkey Vultures
Around noon today I saw 6 TVs over a field beside Rt. 133 in Essex and then
another 2 over Rt. 128 in Gloucester, at exit 13.

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 3/21/17 1:54 pm
From: <redpoll...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl at PRNWR
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Date: 3/21/17 11:33 am
From: Brad Dinerman <bdinerman...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Birders' Networking (Meetup) and Raptor Showcase, 4/1
Hi everyone,

A reminder of the upcoming event, "Birder Networking (Meetup) and Raptor Showcase."

When is it?
Saturday, April 1, 5:15-9:00 PM

Where is it?
Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum, 1904 Canton Ave, Milton, MA.

What's included?
Pizza and light refreshments.

What's on the agenda?


* 5:15-6:00 - Dinner and networking.


* 6:00-7:15 - "Owls From Snowy to Saw-Whet, " presented by Norman Smith, founder of the Snowy Owl Project and director of the Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum.


* 7:30-8:30 - Attendee Showcase: Selected attendees will show and discuss some of their favorite bird photographs. Show off a little bit in person, not just on social media!


* 8:30-9:00 - Meet live raptors, which may include a screech owl, barn owl, barred owl and broad-winged hawk. Yes, cameras are welcome!

How much does it cost?
The event is $20 per person in advance, or $25 at the door. This event is a fundraiser for Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum, whose funds were severely slashed by the state. ALL proceeds from this event will be donated to the museum. Your donations are tax deductible.

Do I need to reserve my seat?
Seats are limited and we anticipate that this event will sell out. Reservations with advance payment are strongly encouraged. Even if you do not pay in advance (though we hope you do), please at least sign-up in advance so we know how many to expect. Complete the reservation form at http://www.birdersnetwork.com/events.

I want to show and discuss my photos. What do I need to do?
This is always a highlight at similar meetings. We anticipate allowing six attendees to showcase and discuss their photos to the group. We will provide a laptop and projector for this purpose. Indicate your interest in the registration form below.


We hope to see you there!

Yours,
Brad Dinerman



________________________________________
Bradley J. Dinerman, President
Fieldbrook Solutions LLC
Microsoft MVP, CISSP, Ph.D.

12 Kings Row, Ashland, MA 01721
voice: (508) 231-0931
http://www.fieldbrook.net/



 

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Date: 3/21/17 10:52 am
From: Peter Crosson <pcrosson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eurasian Green-winged teal - Bells Neck east reservoir, Harwich
Hi all, I found a beautiful Eurasian green-winged teal in the east reservoir at Bells Neck conservation area in Harwich this afternoon. It was associating with many other green-winged teal and black ducks. I got some crummy photos through my scope and a couple of slightly better ones with my camera. I will post some later, but a record shot is on my Flickr account at www.Flickr.com/petercrosson.
Good birding,
Peter Crosson
West Barnstable, MA
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 3/21/17 10:52 am
From: Andy Wilson <andyslens...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hartley Reservoir Wildlife Management Area
A casual walk at Hartley Reservoir Wildlife Management Area in
Rochester, Ma

Mallards
Swans
Buffleheads
Hooded Mergansers
Crows
Ring-necked Ducks

Respectfully,
Andy Wilson
Fall River
<andyslens...>
 

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Date: 3/21/17 9:45 am
From: James Kowalsky <jrkowalsky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider - Cape Cod Canal YES!
Hello Birders;

The pristine looking male King Eider is still present in the Cape Cod
Canal. This is a very easy bird to get to and finding it only requires
looking through about a few hundred Common Eiders. There is public parking
at the Herring Run Recreation Center (Bourne). It's a short walk (less than
100ft) along the bike path to get to the bird. Just look for the large
flock of Eiders. Spotting scope is nice but not necessary as he is close
enough for binocular viewing. A great bird to take an non-birder out for
the day.

Have fun!

Jim Kowalsky
Manomet MA

 

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Date: 3/20/17 3:43 pm
From: Alan Strauss <ansch100...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider
The king was present while I was there from 9:15 to 12:00 today across from the Herring Run at the Cape Cod Canal parking area. If you have never seen one, this bird is worth the trip. It is a beautiful adult male and is often at close range.

Alan Strauss, Providence
 

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Date: 3/20/17 1:47 pm
From: <s2ary...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary Wednesday March 22 at 10 a.m.


Hi Folks,




Sunday’s quest for the Smith’s Longspur was incredible. There were great raptors, including a light phase Rough-legged Hawk, perhaps one of the prettiest hawks of all, and we hardly took notice of them… and for good reason. Jeremiah heard and quickly located the Smith’s Longspur. After that, nothing else mattered.




As long as there is interest, we are adding additional tour dates on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. Also, rumor has it that, like last year, Wheelabrator will be providing light refreshments after the Wednesday walks. In order to anticipate how many people will be attending each walk, please drop me a note at <s2ary39...> if you have not already signed up for Wednesday the 22nd.



Thanks Geoff




The next walk at Bear Creek, Saugus, is scheduled for 10 am on Wednesday, March 22. Details below.




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




Big thanks to Neil for submitting the Massbird report, for Alan and Jeremiah who filed the ebird lists for us, and everyone who shared their fabulous photos on the eBird:




Bear Creek Sanctuary (restricted access), Essex, Massachusetts, US
Mar 5, 2017 9:24 AM - 12:01 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
35 species

Bear Creek Sanctuary (restricted access), Essex, Massachusetts, US
Mar 19, 2017 8:33 AM - 12:13 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.1 mile(s)
Comments: 54 on walk;

39 species

Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) 4 3 adults; 1 immature; continuing;
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 312
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 3
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 10
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 4
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 8
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 3
Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) 2 Unusual: one lighter bird; one dark; photos; light bird tussled with SEOW for a few minutes.
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 3
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 20
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) 196
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 27
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 32
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 14
Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) 1 Perched on top of landfill
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1 One fighting with RLHA;
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) (Picoides pubescens pubescens/medianus) 2
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 7
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 8
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) 39
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 6
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) (Sitta carolinensis carolinensis) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 12
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 125
Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) 1 Mega; originally found Wednesday and photographed very well on Thursday for confirmation by Geoff Wilson; audio and images obtained today; fed very secretively in short grass along roadsides though originally encountered today on upper part of cap in shorter grass areas;
American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea) 36
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) 2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 5
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 6
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 18
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 5
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 360
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 146
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 4
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 65

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35311317




If you want to join the walk on Wednesday March 22 at 10 a.m. here are the details:




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

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

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


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

http://tinyurl.com/326v87d


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

Geoff Wilson

<S2ary39...>

207-252-4841



 

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Date: 3/20/17 1:18 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club 'Birding By Ear' Workshop Sessions / April 20th & April 27th
Thanks to Eddie Giles for the following announcement.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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BBC Birding By Ear Workshop Sessions

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

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

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

 

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Date: 3/20/17 5:55 am
From: William Crawford <crawfordwm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Woodcock - Tower School, Marblehead
Massbird: At least 4 Woodcock last night at the Tower School athletic
field, off West Shore Dr., Marblehead. Peenting from 7:14 thru 7:27 PM,
mostly from the west side of the trail/path (former Boston & Maine
Marblehead Branch - from Salem). 2 birds seen in flight over the athletic
field - near the trail.



Bill (& Carol) Crawford, Nahant


 

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Date: 3/19/17 4:35 pm
From: Garry Kessler <gkessler001...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Canvasback, cont., photo
It being just around the corner, I stopped by to find a somewhat
cooperative canvasback continuing at Lake Chauncy in Westborough.
This individual is somewhat uniquely identifiable as he's missing his
left eye.

Here's a photo of his more photogenic right side.
http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p756187298/h826f9f5b#h85e056dd

Garry Kessler
Westborough, MA

 

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Date: 3/19/17 3:33 pm
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek - Smith's Longspur
Dear Massbirders,

I haven't seen it posted here yet - but this morning's walk at Bear Creek
was successful in relocating the Smith's Longspur. The bird was originally
spotted last Wednesday.

Additional highlights included an aerial fight between a Short-eared Owl
and a Rough-legged Hawk, a second perched Rough-legged Hawk, and a
terrestrial Snowy Owl. For many, the pair of Killdeer were a nice first of
year surprise.

A huge thank you to Geoff Wilson who hosted the group which numbered some
50 vehicles. For many this was a life bird, and for most, a state bird.
Thank you Geoff for coordinating the walk and for making many birders happy
this morning!

Good birding,
- Neil

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 3/19/17 2:13 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Woodcock fallout in NYC
An interesting story posted earlier on Western Mass Birders especially
because of the numbers.

An Early Bird Gets Caught in the Snowstorm
<https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/nyregion/an-early-bird-gets-caught-in-the-snowstorm.html?_r=0>

George Gove
Marlboro



 

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Date: 3/19/17 2:13 pm
From: Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Acoaxet 3/18
Saturday 3/18, we spent the day birding in FAIRHAVEN and adjacent
MATTAPOISETT. WE had the following totals:

Common Loon (21); Horned Grebe (32); Great Cormorant (13); Great Blue Heron
(1); Turkey Vulture (3); Canada Goose (116); Brant (164); Mute Swan (2);
Gadwall (38: all in Mattapoisett); A Black Duck (81); Mallard (95);
Green-winged Teal (1); Greater Scaup (530); Common Eider (121); Surf Scoter
(138); Long-tailed Duck (82); Bufflehead (571); Common Goldeneye (111);
Hooded Merganser (2); Red-breasted Merganser (31); N Harrier (1);
Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Red-shouldered Hawk (3); Killdeer (5); American
Oystercatcher (1); Wilson's Snipe (1). Passerines were typical EXCEPT we did
not have one Carolina Wren, even though we drove around for most of the day
with the windows open, hoping we would hear one.



Later, we birded ACOAXET and had the following: Common Loon (1);
Double-crested Cormorant (7); Great Cormorant (12); Great Blue Heron (2);
Black Vulture (1); Turkey Vulture (14); Canada Goose (850); Mute Swan (37);
Gadwall (9); Eurasian Wigeon (1m); American Wigeon (111); A Black Duck
(416); Mallard (44); N Pintail (136); Greater Scaup (121); Common Eider
(19); Harlequin Duck (4); Surf Scoter (8); Bufflehead (294); Hooded
Merganser (10); Red-breasted Merganser (62); Osprey (1); Red-shouldered Hawk
(1); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Merlin (1).

Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll

<Moa.lynch...>




 

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Date: 3/19/17 2:13 pm
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Buntings - New Salem
This morning the Horned Lark flock in Old South/Blackinton Rd fields has grown to 35+/- and they were joined by at least 2 Snow Buntings.
16 Horned Larks at the Orange Airport headquarters too.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>
 

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Date: 3/19/17 1:15 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Peregrine Falcon article with Tom French!
For those with an interest, a very informative article below on Peregrine Falcons from WICKED LOCAL WALTHAM
posted March 17, 2017

Enjoy,
Craig Gibson
Winchester
cbgibson AT comcast.net

By Elsa Lichman





I had the pleasure of talking with Tom French, assistant director of the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, in Westborough. Two Waltham birders had spotted and captured a photo of a falcon banded by both Tom and Norm Smith of Massachusetts Audubon. The bird was seen near the Waltham Watch Factory on Feb. 25, and was subsequently identified as a male banded on May 25, 2016, at the age of three weeks, on Huntington Avenue in Boston. He had not traveled far.




Curiously, Tom had responded to the report of a fatality of a male peregrine in 1985, which had struck a window at the same factory! This bird had been banded at Logan Airport by Norm Smith. Oddly, it was almost certainly a hybrid peregrine/prairie falcon. A hybrid has never been seen before or since. It could have been a natural hybrid or an escaped falconer's bird. But all captives had bands, and this one did not, so they are not 100 percent sure. Of course, today a DNA sample would solve the mystery.




Meanwhile, returning to the present. Tom says our falcon is too young to breed at one year, but may be scouting out nesting sites, in 'wandering mode'. The factory is a perfect location for a future nest. Usually, these falcons breed at 2 to 3 years, but sometimes a younger bird may nest with an older bird, a May-December sort of thing, in the avian world.



Mass. Wildlife began 151 years ago. In 1955 every peregrine in Massachusetts was gone, due to DDT. By 1967, there were none in all of the Eastern U.S. Tom's program started in 1983. Prior to this, there was an independent peregrine fund, but their 1970s program of breeding and releasing the birds was not successful. In Massachusetts, captive bred birds were released in 1984 and 1985. In 1987 a male bird they released paired with a female bred in Toronto. Somehow, she traveled 600 miles on her own to pair up with him! There are programs in many other U.S. states as well.




At first, there were many mortalities. Recovery is strong now, with 37 to 40 nesting pairs in Massachusetts. As of 2016, 500 chicks have been born in the state. Every single bird in the Eastern United States has its ancestry going back to captive bred birds. They nest well on natural cliffs and quarries, but when they lay eggs on bare concrete ledges on buildings, or on steel bridges, they fail.




The clutch usually has 4 eggs, but not all survive. Tom installs new nest boxes with gravel on ledges and under bridges. Fully 20 of our 37 pairs have chosen these boxes. The falcons never create a nest or bring material to the site, but utilize whatever is there.

He bands all chicks when they are 3 months of age. Females are larger, with bigger feet and legs. Both males and females have adult size feet at that age. Mostly, the program never hears from these birds again, unless a photo is captured by a birder and sent in. We were lucky to have experienced birders in Waltham!



One bird was photographed in Connecticut: after 16 years, a picture was finally sent in. The oldest known bird is over 30 years old. Tom is now checking on nest sites, as courtship and nesting are occurring. By April 1, the first eggs should be in the nests.




According to Cornell University, peregrines can dive at over 200 mph, with their wings tucked in. They knock flying birds to the ground, or circle around and retrieve them mid-air. They strike the prey with a balled up foot, hitting the wing, to avoid injuring themselves. The third eyelid clears the eye for vision, and a structure in the cere, or nares, protects the lungs from being damaged by air pressure. This behavior is called a stoop. The falcon is a beautiful bird, with blue-gray coloration, a dark hood and barred underparts.




Amazingly, these birds have been used in falconry for over 3000 years, beginning with nomads in Central Asia. The recent documentary, The Eagle Huntress, depicts a family of golden eagle hunters, whose tradition goes back thousands of years in Mongolia. In the film, we witness the first child, a girl, to ever participate in an annual competition, and to hunt in the dead of winter in waist-high snow, on horseback.

 

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Date: 3/19/17 11:24 am
From: <goshawk3...> <goshawk3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider at Herring Run, Bourne
Just leaving site now in driving snow and wind. Bird present in large flock of Commons, nearest side of Cape Cod Canal to parking lot. Many happy admirers. D-d-dress warmly! Denise Cabralgoshawk3at aol.com
Sent from my LG G3, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 3/19/17 7:54 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nauset outer beach
Massbird friends, I drove down Nauset yesterday hoping to photograph snowy
owl, missed it, but had another big white bird walking casually along the
vehicle road in the sand and the grassy wet edge. Also, nice to see a little
fish crow in with the usual gang in the marsh. Birds were hunkered down late
in the day, but the continuing shrike is a great subject from the cover of
the vehicle.

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

Nauset Beach, Orleans, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Mar 18, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
12.0 mile(s)
Comments: Snow Goose, Fish Crow, Continuing N. Shrike
18 species

Snow Goose 1 Large white goose, black wing-tips, very close to vehicle,
walking in sand road. photographed.
Brant 60
Canada Goose 124
American Black Duck 60
Bufflehead 6
Common Loon 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Northern Harrier 2
Herring Gull (American) 40
Great Black-backed Gull 30
Mourning Dove 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Northern Shrike 1
American Crow 14
Fish Crow 1 smaller than AMCR, called. nasal "caaa"..
Horned Lark 4
American Robin 24
Song Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35275509

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


 

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Date: 3/19/17 6:09 am
From: Bob & Bonnie Buxton <bbxt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrows in Merrimac
We've been delighted to host two beautiful Fox Sparrows this week in the
yard. Their song is wonderful to hear during this wintry weather, and
their pretty colors show up nicely against the snow. Hoping they will
stick around for a while.

Happy 'almost' Spring to all and good birding,

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

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Date: 3/19/17 5:41 am
From: Mary <lemmel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] No - Tufted duck Silver Lake
Hello

I stopped by Silver Lake in Wilmington at 8am and only 2 ring-neck ducks were present at the time.

Mary Ellen

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 3/19/17 5:23 am
From: <sffaulkner...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Northern Saw-whet Owl sound diversity
Hi Tim -- this email to you was meant to be sent just after New Year's and got stuck in my out box - sorry!

THANK YOU!!! I've been hearing the first sound on your first recording many times in recent months and simply could not figure out what it was. I'd suspected saw-whets but it didn't match Cornell's recordings so I was still looking. I'd even discussed them with our Nature Center director and was going to try to get a recording, but they are infrequent. But that is JUST what I've been hearing!!!

And, best of all, it was my first bird of the year, before dawn on New Year's Day. Terrific start to the year.

Sarah Faulkner
Collinsville

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

From: "Tim Spahr" <tspahr44...>
To: "Massbird" <massbird...>
Sent: Tuesday, January 3, 2017 5:02:02 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northern Saw-whet Owl sound diversity

Hi Birders,

This year really has been exceptional in terms of local density of Northern Saw-whet Owls. The influx of these birds has allowed me to spend a fair bit of time listening to them in the field, and the variety of sounds they make is really astonishing. Some of the noises they make sound like anything but a bird. I also found, much to my chagrin, that I'd heard some of these sounds before in the field and did not even recognize them as birds!

Below are links to some rather "interesting" sounds I've recorded this year.


https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/42352781

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/43266571

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/42997541

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/41944641

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/41944601

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/41944581


If there is further interest, I'd encourage folks to check out eBird's media search feature:

https://ebird.org/media/catalog

There are lots of recordings there as well.

good birding!

Tim Spahr
Marlborough
<tspahr44...>




 

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Date: 3/18/17 9:51 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Stellwagen Bank--NW Corner plus Glo. Harbor, Mar 18, 2017
> Stellwagen Bank--NW Corner
> Mar 18, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 40.0 mile(s)
> Comments: The almost annual boat trip of the former Cape Ann Birders'
> Weekend, now run by itself by the Gloucester Chamber of Commerce (the
> weekend event is defunct), was conducted today in good weather and
> reasonably calm seas. About 75 people went with Jay Frontierro of 7 Seas
> Whale Watch on the Privateer IV to the NW corner of Stellwagen Bank and a
> little beyond. Wayne Petersen, John Nelson, and I led the trip. We saw
> plenty of common murres, razorbills, and Iceland gulls but missed dovekies
> and, believe it or not, kittiwakes! This list is only of birds seen well
> outside the breakwater. We also (collectively) saw 2 humpbacks, a minke
> whale, and half a dozen each of harbor porpoises and harbor seals, all
> well out at sea. 2 or 3 people reported seeing an ATLANTIC PUFFIN, but
> most of us didn't know about this sighting until lunch after we got back.
> 8 species
>
> Northern Gannet 35 all adults as I recall
> Common Murre 35 Mix of plumages from winter to breeding and in
> between; all had brown cast to the dorsal feathers. Those in winter
> plumage had extensive white on face.
> Thick-billed Murre 1 photographed by Nate Dubrow
> Razorbill 50 One flock of about 30, the rest basically singles
> Herring Gull 2000 This number was arrived at by taking the estimate
> of black-backed gulls and multiplying it by 10, as the consensus ratio was
> roughly 10 to 1. Mostly adults.
> Iceland Gull (kumlieni) 25 There were 20-30 fishing (and/or
> scalloping) boats on the NW corner, and many boats with attending gulls
> had one or two of these in the flock. All I saw were immatures.
> Glaucous Gull 1 Great views of immature in the water beside the boat.
> A few people reported a second bird but most of us missed it.
> Great Black-backed Gull 200 Mostly immatures.
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35267592


Gloucester Harbor
Mar 18, 2017 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: This list contains the birds we saw in the harbor and just
outside the breakwater. On the return trip we spent more time in this area,
going slowly to count the ducks, seals, etc. Speaking of which, we saw two
gray seals and a harbor porpoise in the harbor.
24 species

Canada Goose 5
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 8
Greater Scaup 30 The flock in flight showed nothing but long
wingstripes today.
Common Eider 200
Surf Scoter 45
White-winged Scoter 25
Black Scoter 3
Long-tailed Duck 50
Bufflehead 35
Common Goldeneye 10
Red-breasted Merganser 20
Red-throated Loon 4
Common Loon 25
Horned Grebe 5
Great Cormorant 3
Thick-billed Murre 1 The bird that refuses to leave the harbor. It
seems tied at the hip to one buoy or another. Everyone had point-blank
views of it as we returned to our berth. We saw it swimming with one leg
and thought it had lost the other, but Nate took a photo that showed both
feet.
Razorbill 1
Black Guillemot 6
Ring-billed Gull 1
Herring Gull 100
Iceland Gull (kumlieni) 1
Great Black-backed Gull 10
Cedar Waxwing 15 The most unexpected birds of the day were this flock
of 15-20 waxwings that flew over the boat in the harbor.

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35268098

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

 

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Date: 3/18/17 5:44 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl-lot 1 Plum Island
Did not see this reported on MASSBIRD. Today around 11:00 a..m. there was what appeared to be an immaculate Snowy Owl (adult male?) at lot 1 on Plum Island. This is the second time I have seen such an unmarked individual. the closeness of this bird allowed me to see the bristles/whiskers around the bill.


I must say despite the accessibility of this bird everyone kept proper distance.


Glenn


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

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Date: 3/18/17 7:57 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Canvasback at Big Chauncy Lake in Westboro
The male canvasback reported earlier on Facebook by Bob Abbott at Big
Chauncy Lake in Westboro was still there at 10:20am today. It is in with
a large (maybe 1,000 ducks) flock of ducks and gulls. I observed it from
the road that parallels the lake inside of the state hospital property.
The ducks are in the middle of the lake where there is a little open
water. Lots of Hooded Mergansers and lesser numbers of Mallards, Common
Mergansers, Bufflehead and Ring-necked Ducks. Few gulls and no swans seen.

Steve Moore

Northborough, Ma

<barb620...>


 

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Date: 3/18/17 6:20 am
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider
The adult male King Eider has been reported on ebird many time but ebird
doesn't share well.

The King Eider is at the Herring Run in Bournedale on the Cape Cod
Canal. Walk down from the parking lot there to the bike path and then
west along the path. The bird is among a large flock of Common Eider.

GWGove
Marlboro

 

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Date: 3/18/17 5:58 am
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider - Photos!
What a treat to see the continuing King Eider Friday afternoon at The Herring Run
on the Cape Cod Canal under clear skies and bright sun. Many thanks to Lisa
Schibley for sharing initial sighting.

For those with an interest, 2 photos posted of this extraordinary beauty!

http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/165141956
Click "next in upper right to advance frames

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

 

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Date: 3/17/17 4:02 pm
From: Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 2 set of wings - Dorchester Shores Reservation
Greeting, Birders

I had meant to write this email a month and a half ago but caught up in a variety of things and forgot. Today, whilst going through my birding photos on my camera that I hadn’t uploaded, I came across the curious case of two sets of wings. Now, I’ve seen wings left behind before while the rest of the body had been taken or mostly destroyed. However, in 23 years of birding I have never seen wings left hanging high in the trees. Giving a cursory glance, the wings in the tree appear to be from a Ring-Billed Gull, while those found on the ground (a good 50 feet away) appeared to be from a small to medium sized Canada Goose. I am assuming that the predation was caused by a large raptor. The area is surveyed by members of the UMass Ornithology Club frequently and the records we have show at least 5 Red-Tailed Hawks that enjoy hanging out on the UMass and JFK Library rooftops as well as past sightings of American Bald Eagle. Has anyone else seen anything wacky like this? I am w!
illing to provide pictures for anyone interested.

Good Birding,

Johnathon Benson
Waltham, MA
 

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Date: 3/17/17 3:40 pm
From: William Freedberg <4mrfish...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider- NO 3/17 pm
Massbirders,
From 350-630 I picked apart every flock of ducks I could find on the canal, including the bay on each end, and while I had some nice looks at goldeneyes and mergansers I came up empty on the King Eider. If anyone looks for it tomorrow morning, I'd be much obliged if they could email me any pos or neg reports (or post here).
Will Freedberg
Belmont ma
<4mrfish...>
 

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Date: 3/17/17 1:20 pm
From: <kr1946...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Raven Nesting
Hello All
Today in Dorchester I decovered a pair of Ravens making a nest on a Billboard about 25-50 yards off the Southeast Expressway, getting to be everywhere now, but this is not the first record for Suffolk County its still interesting.
Kevin Ryan
Easton
 

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Date: 3/17/17 10:40 am
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gate 35 - New Salem
Hello,

Hiked in Gate 35 in New Salem this morning and there is a large concentration of mergansers, with conservatively 140 Commons and 80 Hooded Mergansers. Also 35 Ring-necked Ducks and 2 Bald Eagles. Probably one of the last places in the N Quabbin area with open water.
There were 26 Horned Larks on the manure piles in the fields off Old South/Blackinton Rd.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>
 

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Date: 3/17/17 8:46 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King eider continues
In cape cod canal.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 3/17/17 7:46 am
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Probable Ross's Goose Framingham
Kathy Hale just reported on Central Mass Birders (search in facebook) that
she thinks she saw it there. no other details about descriptions but the
bird was in southboro last week. Central Street Framingham.
--
Justin Lawson
Worcester, MA

 

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Date: 3/17/17 6:04 am
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck Wilmington
Hey Massbirders,

A “female” Tufted Duck was at Silver Lake yesterday afternoon. Not sure if
it will still be there today. I put female in “’s because not sure how to
rule out 1st yr male totally. Sometimes the sides looked whitish.
If anyone does go for this bird just a warning there is NO parking right
now since the lots are not plowed and there is not much room to pull to the
side of the road. There is NO parking on the street. I pulled over to check
out the ducks and gulls ( lots of interesting ones) and put my flashers
on. I emailed the DPW Super and asked if they could do a quick pass through
the lot, we’ll see.

Here is my list http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35228197
Oh and there was a monster beautiful pure white 1st yr Glaucous Gull there
when I drove by on my way home around 5:00 ish .

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

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

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

 

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Date: 3/16/17 4:01 pm
From: <s2ary...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] The Smith's Longspur is back at Bear Creek
Hi Folks,

I just wanted to let everyone know that the Smith's Longspur is back at the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. It was spotted on Wednesday. We went back today and took some pictures and forwarded them to the people who could definitely identify them. They confirmed the ID. Thank you to the identifiers.

We have a Sunday Morning Bird walk scheduled for 9 am on March 19. If we find the Smith's again we will schedule another trip for Wednesday and keep the Wednesday / Sunday trip schedule until the bird continues north. If you would like to attend one of these trips please email me at <s2ary39...> and let me know you want to see the Smith's. More information about the trip is below.

Thank you
Geoff

PS. Big thanks to Mara for posting the March 12 trip report to Massbird earlier this week.






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






If you want to join the walk on March 19, here are the details:






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

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



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




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



http://tinyurl.com/326v87d




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



Geoff Wilson



<S2ary39...>



207-252-4841



 

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Date: 3/16/17 12:22 pm
From: Kat Birder <katbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Weekly species census Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Mar 16, 2017
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Mar 16, 2017 7:00 AM - 9:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly bird species census for the NWR. Access was limited
due to icy conditions after the storm Tuesday. 19 F with some wind. Only
about 1/5 of the Lower Impoundment had open (unfrozen) water and just a
small sliver of the Upper Impoundment. Will and I walked to mid-dike (Will
with the scope) and Joan and Frank walked to the river. Observers: Will
Martens, Frank Richichi, Joan Stoner, Andy Scholten, Kathy Dia.
24 species

Canada Goose 201
Mute Swan 2
Mallard 2
Common Goldeneye 3
Hooded Merganser 9
Wild Turkey 5
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 2
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 5
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 2
American Tree Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 2
Song Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 35
Common Grackle 35
American Goldfinch 6
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S35210762

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

Kathy Dia for the Great Meadows Survey Team
Concord MA

 

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Date: 3/16/17 8:32 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills - Salisbury 3/16
Dan Prima called at 10:45 am to report 5 RED CROSSBILLS at the Salisbury Beach State Reservation. The 3 males and 2 females were in Row E of the campground.


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

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Date: 3/16/17 7:16 am
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greedy robin
I have a male robin who has taken over my feeding stations and bird bath.
He fights off cardinals, sparrows, downy, hairy and red-bellied woodpeckers
along with any other robin who appears. He actually has had drag-out fights
with it. He ignores Mourning doves. He is on guard duty most of the day and
has been around most of the winter..I think he is mainly attracted to my
"peanut-butter log" which he has managed to get at in spite of having no
perches on the log.He also likes raisins which I have put out for him and he
won't let any bird get at those, either.



Interesting.



Ida Giriunas

Reading, MA


 

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Date: 3/16/17 4:50 am
From: Mary Ellen <lemmel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Jamaica Pond & Leverett Pond
Hello,

I stopped at Jamaica Pond on my way to work and saw a Pie-Billed Grebe, Ring-necked Ducks, Common Mergansers, Rudy Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, American Cootss plus lots of Mallard & Canada Geese.

Leveret Pond had Canada Geese, Mallards, Ring-Neck Ducks, Grackles and 4 Wood Ducks. Someone had just fed them and a Wood Duck pair was walking among the Mallards looking for food.

I am sure there was more to see at both ponds but it was early and the light was not so good.

Mary Ellen McMahon


 

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Date: 3/15/17 1:37 pm
From: Mara Factor <mfactor...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary Sunday Morning Walk on March 19
Hi Folks,

The March 12 bird walk at the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary was cold but
but had its moments. This week we had a chase scene of an adult Bald Eagle
going after a Black Duck. It was as exciting as last week's Peregrine and
Killdeer chase though at a slower pace. We also had an aggressive turkey
follow our group until Geoff chased it off.

Thanks to Pat for the following eBird report:

Bear Creek Sanctuary (restricted access), Essex, Massachusetts, US
Mar 12, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Tough weather conditions - started out at about 11 degrees,
and blowing up to 30 mph. Five hearty souls had a pretty good morning of
birding!
26 species

Canada Goose 60
American Black Duck 30
White-winged Scoter 2
Bufflehead 1
Wild Turkey 3 One male got a bit agressive with a member of our party.
Geoff "displayed", and backed him off!
Northern Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Patrolling the feeders at the shack.
Bald Eagle 1 Scared up a bunch of ducks & geese out of the marshes on
the north side of the property. Chased on black duck, unsuccessfully, and
flew south.
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Herring Gull 12
Great Black-backed Gull 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
Mourning Dove 2
Short-eared Owl 2 Kicked up separately as we walked the property. Each
floated over the ridges, hunted for a bit, and dropped back down.
Blue Jay 2
Horned Lark 60 Moving about in small flocks, usually settling down on
one of the gravel roads.
Black-capped Chickadee 6
American Robin 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 6
American Tree Sparrow 12
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 60
Eastern Meadowlark 2 Like most of today's birds, these 2 were kicked
up by our presence, flew about a bit in the heavy wind, and settled back
down into the grasses.

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S35137134

The next Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary walk will be at 9 am, this Sunday,
March 19.

Geoff Wilson, our guide and chaperone at Bear Creek, started an online
newsletter to announce Bear Creek walks and other issues important to Bear
Creek enthusiasts. Subscribe to the newsletter by texting BEARCREEK to the
number 22828 or send an email to <s2ary39...> and ask to be included
in the mailings.

Here are the details to join the March 19 walk:

[NOTE: Snow is predicted for Sunday so please check back with the list
before heading to Wheelabrator in case of cancellation.]

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

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


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


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

http://tinyurl.com/326v87d


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


Mara Factor

Marblehead, MA

Visit my Travels and Trails <http://friends.backcountry.net/m_factor> web
site.

 

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Date: 3/15/17 12:18 pm
From: Judith Hepburn <judith.r.hepburn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC woodcock walk in Newton this evening is canceled
Hi Birders,

Because of the March snowstorm yesterday , the BBC woodcock walk scheduled for this evening (March 15) at Nahanton Park, Newton is canceled.

Judy Hepburn
Newton, MA

 

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Date: 3/15/17 8:35 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?
People, I don’t want no Police watching me take pictures of birds....Do your own thing. Don’t judge the judges. “Serious” is a subjective term. Congratulations! Use this site to report birds. Have a nice day.
Peter Trull
Brewster,
<petrull...>

From: Justin Lawson
Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:33 AM
To: Lesley Mattuchio ; massbird
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?

Do not fret my photography friends! this wasnt a "photographer" in the way we are talking. this was a person who takes a couple backyard photos and threw a snow filter on it. not edited in the terms that we use to edit our photos.


On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 9:48 AM Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...> wrote:


Speaking as a serious wildlife photographer and for my peers, we not only
spend 10's of thousands of dollars on our equipment to get that feather
detail, but we also spend more time with a subject watching, waiting,
observing behavior before getting that "perfect" shot, than a lot birders
do. It is too bad that a very tiny segment of photos are doctored or "faked"
, but I can assure you that as someone who has been frozen, sweated,
sunburned, laid in mud, water, and spent many hours waiting that the images
are the real deal as is 99% of the wildlife photographers' images you see.

Lesley Mattuchio
Melrose, MA
https://www.flickr.com/photos/125349441@N03/






______________________________
-----Original Message-----
From: Lynette Leka
Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 7:27 AM
To: massbird
Subject: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?

I frequently wonder about photos posted to FaceBook of a species that is
difficult to see, much less photograph - sitting out there in the open,
perfectly posed, perfect lighting, beautiful ambience, every feather
discernible

I'm sure most nature photographers are extremely skilled, patient, and work
diligently to get spectacular shots - but then there's PhotoShop...





--

Justin Lawson
Worcester, MA

 

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Date: 3/15/17 8:28 am
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?
do you know how often batting happens in front of other people? ive never
seen that and id like to think im out in the field a fair anount of time.
Playing calls? im not gonna harp on that either as most birders do that
anyway and its not illegal off Federal lands. often times playing a call
for a bird to come out and show itself to a large griup is better for its
habitat then 60 birders trampling on the grounds tryinh to find it
individually.

On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 11:06 AM Tom Sullivan <tomsullivan9...>
wrote:

> The photographers who use live bait or recorded calls, such as the
> photographers we have seen at the Cumberland Farms Fields, create a bad
> image for wildlife photographers. You folks should police each other and
> condemn misbehavior.
>
> On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 10:33 AM, Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
> wrote:
>
> Do not fret my photography friends! this wasnt a "photographer" in the
> way we are talking. this was a person who takes a couple backyard photos
> and threw a snow filter on it. not edited in the terms that we use to edit
> our photos.
>
>
> On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 9:48 AM Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...>
> wrote:
>
>
> Speaking as a serious wildlife photographer and for my peers, we not only
> spend 10's of thousands of dollars on our equipment to get that feather
> detail, but we also spend more time with a subject watching, waiting,
> observing behavior before getting that "perfect" shot, than a lot birders
> do. It is too bad that a very tiny segment of photos are doctored or
> "faked"
> , but I can assure you that as someone who has been frozen, sweated,
> sunburned, laid in mud, water, and spent many hours waiting that the images
> are the real deal as is 99% of the wildlife photographers' images you see.
>
> Lesley Mattuchio
> Melrose, MA
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/125349441@N03/
>
>
>
>
>
>
> ______________________________
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lynette Leka
> Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 7:27 AM
> To: massbird
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?
>
> I frequently wonder about photos posted to FaceBook of a species that is
> difficult to see, much less photograph - sitting out there in the open,
> perfectly posed, perfect lighting, beautiful ambience, every feather
> discernible
>
> I'm sure most nature photographers are extremely skilled, patient, and work
> diligently to get spectacular shots - but then there's PhotoShop...
>
>
>
>
> --
> Justin Lawson
> Worcester, MA
>
>
>
>
> --
> Tom Sullivan
> 617-416-4762
> <tomsullivan9...>
>
--
Justin Lawson
Worcester, MA

 

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Date: 3/15/17 8:14 am
From: Tom Sullivan <tomsullivan9...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?
The photographers who use live bait or recorded calls, such as the
photographers we have seen at the Cumberland Farms Fields, create a bad
image for wildlife photographers. You folks should police each other and
condemn misbehavior.

On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 10:33 AM, Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
wrote:

> Do not fret my photography friends! this wasnt a "photographer" in the
> way we are talking. this was a person who takes a couple backyard photos
> and threw a snow filter on it. not edited in the terms that we use to edit
> our photos.
>
>
> On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 9:48 AM Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...>
> wrote:
>
>>
>> Speaking as a serious wildlife photographer and for my peers, we not only
>> spend 10's of thousands of dollars on our equipment to get that feather
>> detail, but we also spend more time with a subject watching, waiting,
>> observing behavior before getting that "perfect" shot, than a lot birders
>> do. It is too bad that a very tiny segment of photos are doctored or
>> "faked"
>> , but I can assure you that as someone who has been frozen, sweated,
>> sunburned, laid in mud, water, and spent many hours waiting that the
>> images
>> are the real deal as is 99% of the wildlife photographers' images you see.
>>
>> Lesley Mattuchio
>> Melrose, MA
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/125349441@N03/
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> ______________________________
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Lynette Leka
>> Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 7:27 AM
>> To: massbird
>> Subject: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?
>>
>> I frequently wonder about photos posted to FaceBook of a species that is
>> difficult to see, much less photograph - sitting out there in the open,
>> perfectly posed, perfect lighting, beautiful ambience, every feather
>> discernible
>>
>> I'm sure most nature photographers are extremely skilled, patient, and
>> work
>> diligently to get spectacular shots - but then there's PhotoShop...
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --
> Justin Lawson
> Worcester, MA
>



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

 

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Date: 3/15/17 7:41 am
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?
Do not fret my photography friends! this wasnt a "photographer" in the way
we are talking. this was a person who takes a couple backyard photos and
threw a snow filter on it. not edited in the terms that we use to edit our
photos.


On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 9:48 AM Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...> wrote:

>
> Speaking as a serious wildlife photographer and for my peers, we not only
> spend 10's of thousands of dollars on our equipment to get that feather
> detail, but we also spend more time with a subject watching, waiting,
> observing behavior before getting that "perfect" shot, than a lot birders
> do. It is too bad that a very tiny segment of photos are doctored or
> "faked"
> , but I can assure you that as someone who has been frozen, sweated,
> sunburned, laid in mud, water, and spent many hours waiting that the images
> are the real deal as is 99% of the wildlife photographers' images you see.
>
> Lesley Mattuchio
> Melrose, MA
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/125349441@N03/
>
>
>
>
>
>
> ______________________________
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lynette Leka
> Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 7:27 AM
> To: massbird
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?
>
> I frequently wonder about photos posted to FaceBook of a species that is
> difficult to see, much less photograph - sitting out there in the open,
> perfectly posed, perfect lighting, beautiful ambience, every feather
> discernible
>
> I'm sure most nature photographers are extremely skilled, patient, and work
> diligently to get spectacular shots - but then there's PhotoShop...
>
>
>
>
> --
Justin Lawson
Worcester, MA

 

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Date: 3/15/17 7:13 am
From: Rob Lavoie <robamyphoto...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?
I agree Lesley. I know many photographers that dedicated many, many hours to get those outstanding shots. I am one of them. The gear used is second to none and add in the skill of the photographer and you have the recipe for outstanding photographs. There is a small percentage that is faked out there but not most. That goes for all photography genres. I did a bluebird book in 2016 and I have over 60 hours into the photography end of it. Yes they are all real. Happy birding and shooting all.

www.flickr.com/robamyphotos

Rob
Chepachet RI

> On Mar 15, 2017, at 9:41 AM, Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...> wrote:
>
>
> Speaking as a serious wildlife photographer and for my peers, we not only spend 10's of thousands of dollars on our equipment to get that feather detail, but we also spend more time with a subject watching, waiting, observing behavior before getting that "perfect" shot, than a lot birders do. It is too bad that a very tiny segment of photos are doctored or "faked" , but I can assure you that as someone who has been frozen, sweated, sunburned, laid in mud, water, and spent many hours waiting that the images are the real deal as is 99% of the wildlife photographers' images you see.
>
> Lesley Mattuchio
> Melrose, MA
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/125349441@N03/
>
>
>
>
>
>
> ______________________________
> -----Original Message----- From: Lynette Leka
> Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 7:27 AM
> To: massbird
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?
>
> I frequently wonder about photos posted to FaceBook of a species that is difficult to see, much less photograph - sitting out there in the open, perfectly posed, perfect lighting, beautiful ambience, every feather discernible
>
> I'm sure most nature photographers are extremely skilled, patient, and work diligently to get spectacular shots - but then there's PhotoShop...
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 3/15/17 6:47 am
From: Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?

Speaking as a serious wildlife photographer and for my peers, we not only
spend 10's of thousands of dollars on our equipment to get that feather
detail, but we also spend more time with a subject watching, waiting,
observing behavior before getting that "perfect" shot, than a lot birders
do. It is too bad that a very tiny segment of photos are doctored or "faked"
, but I can assure you that as someone who has been frozen, sweated,
sunburned, laid in mud, water, and spent many hours waiting that the images
are the real deal as is 99% of the wildlife photographers' images you see.

Lesley Mattuchio
Melrose, MA
https://www.flickr.com/photos/125349441@N03/






______________________________
-----Original Message-----
From: Lynette Leka
Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 7:27 AM
To: massbird
Subject: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?

I frequently wonder about photos posted to FaceBook of a species that is
difficult to see, much less photograph - sitting out there in the open,
perfectly posed, perfect lighting, beautiful ambience, every feather
discernible

I'm sure most nature photographers are extremely skilled, patient, and work
diligently to get spectacular shots - but then there's PhotoShop...




 

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Date: 3/15/17 4:36 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] photos of birds - honest or "faked"?
I frequently wonder about photos posted to FaceBook of a species that is difficult to see, much less photograph - sitting out there in the open, perfectly posed, perfect lighting, beautiful ambience, every feather discernible

I'm sure most nature photographers are extremely skilled, patient, and work diligently to get spectacular shots - but then there's PhotoShop...



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

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

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

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Date: 3/14/17 7:16 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird -- Lying Observer.
Oops. Sorry folks. I have reread this once it came back to me (via MASSBIRD) and realize it may be more political than I had intended.


This was not a political statement, but one which was to first focus on reports of birds and how to authenticate them. Unintentionally I baited and switched.


Sorry about that.


Glenn


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

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Date: 3/14/17 7:02 pm
From: Martin Fox <martinfox1234...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird -- Lying Observer.
Moderator, please have a discussion with this Glen person about keeping his
politics off of this email list. Thanx

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 9:15 PM, Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
> wrote:

> This is particular problematic. There was a post a few weeks ago
> regarding another hummingbird near this location coming to a suet feeder.
> So one has to ask if that was also a hoax?
>
>
> Please, I don't think that is the case, but....
>
>
> How does one now make their way through the multitudes of outlets of data
> and reports of whatever subject one has an interest and determine it's
> authenticity and/or reality? Our supposedly elected president (didn't he
> say the election was rigged and would not accept it's outcome-now we know
> something was amiss, etc, etc - again please no hate mail, just stating
> facts) is wreaking havoc for those who are trying to do just that.
>
>
> Glenn
>
>
> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
>
> On March 14, 2017 at 5:07 PM Mark Szantyr <birddog55...> wrote:
>
> Or very sad. We have one if those in CT.
>
> Mark
>
> Mark Szantyr
>
> "He's not my President"
> Sic Semper Tyrannis.
>
>
>
>
> On Mar 14, 2017, at 4:48 PM, Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
> wrote:
>
> Just to jump to the conclusion without even needing to hear back from the
> poster (Donna Verville)
> its a fake. she posted the same non-snow covered photo on her fb page in
> August. she just did some horrible photo editing to make "snow" without
> editing out all of the pretty full green leaves. there was no mistake she
> meant today. she even commented underneath "yup, today". too funny.
>
>
>
> On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 4:12 PM Eric <elabato...> wrote:
>
> Somebody has posted a photo of a Hummingbird in the Western Massachusetts
> Bird Photography Facebook Group. The photographer reports the image was
> taken today in Easthampton, MA.
>
> To me it looks like a female Ruby-throated but I know female Black-chinned
> is very similar.
>
> Eric Labato
> Malden, MA
> <elabato...>
>
>
>
> --
> Justin Lawson
> Worcester, MA
>
>

 

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Date: 3/14/17 6:22 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird -- Lying Observer.
This is particular problematic. There was a post a few weeks ago regarding another hummingbird near this location coming to a suet feeder. So one has to ask if that was also a hoax?


Please, I don't think that is the case, but....


How does one now make their way through the multitudes of outlets of data and reports of whatever subject one has an interest and determine it's authenticity and/or reality? Our supposedly elected president (didn't he say the election was rigged and would not accept it's outcome-now we know something was amiss, etc, etc - again please no hate mail, just stating facts) is wreaking havoc for those who are trying to do just that.


Glenn


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

> On March 14, 2017 at 5:07 PM Mark Szantyr <birddog55...> wrote:
>
> Or very sad. We have one if those in CT.
>
> Mark
>
> Mark Szantyr
>
> "He's not my President"
> Sic Semper Tyrannis.
>
>
>
>
> On Mar 14, 2017, at 4:48 PM, Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> mailto:<justindlawson...> > wrote:
>
>
> > > Just to jump to the conclusion without even needing to hear back from the poster (Donna Verville)
> > its a fake. she posted the same non-snow covered photo on her fb page in August. she just did some horrible photo editing to make "snow" without editing out all of the pretty full green leaves. there was no mistake she meant today. she even commented underneath "yup, today". too funny.
> >
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 4:12 PM Eric <elabato...> mailto:<elabato...> > wrote:
> >
> > > > >
> > >
> > > Somebody has posted a photo of a Hummingbird in the Western Massachusetts Bird Photography Facebook Group. The photographer reports the image was taken today in Easthampton, MA.
> > >
> > > To me it looks like a female Ruby-throated but I know female Black-chinned is very similar.
> > >
> > > Eric Labato
> > > Malden, MA
> > > <elabato...> mailto:<elabato...>
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > > > --
> > Justin Lawson
> > Worcester, MA
> >
> > >

 

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Date: 3/14/17 2:17 pm
From: Hank.Levesque <hlevesque...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Middleboro - "Shades" of Bluebirds
At the height of today's storm, we glanced out at the back porch and found 8
Eastern Bluebirds taking refuge from the snow and wind. Any port (or shade)
in a storm I guess.



Photo below:



https://goo.gl/photos/bukVfNxJYgU9eGK38



Hank Levesque

Middleboro, MA






 

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Date: 3/14/17 2:13 pm
From: Mark Szantyr <birddog55...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird -- Lying Observer.
Or very sad. We have one if those in CT.

Mark

Mark Szantyr

"He's not my President"
Sic Semper Tyrannis.




> On Mar 14, 2017, at 4:48 PM, Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> wrote:
>
> Just to jump to the conclusion without even needing to hear back from the poster (Donna Verville)
> its a fake. she posted the same non-snow covered photo on her fb page in August. she just did some horrible photo editing to make "snow" without editing out all of the pretty full green leaves. there was no mistake she meant today. she even commented underneath "yup, today". too funny.
>
>
>
>> On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 4:12 PM Eric <elabato...> wrote:
>> Somebody has posted a photo of a Hummingbird in the Western Massachusetts Bird Photography Facebook Group. The photographer reports the image was taken today in Easthampton, MA.
>>
>> To me it looks like a female Ruby-throated but I know female Black-chinned is very similar.
>>
>> Eric Labato
>> Malden, MA
>> <elabato...>
>>
>>
>
> --
> Justin Lawson
> Worcester, MA

 

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Date: 3/14/17 1:53 pm
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird -- Lying Observer.
Just to jump to the conclusion without even needing to hear back from the
poster (Donna Verville)
its a fake. she posted the same non-snow covered photo on her fb page in
August. she just did some horrible photo editing to make "snow" without
editing out all of the pretty full green leaves. there was no mistake she
meant today. she even commented underneath "yup, today". too funny.



On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 4:12 PM Eric <elabato...> wrote:

> Somebody has posted a photo of a Hummingbird in the Western Massachusetts
> Bird Photography Facebook Group. The photographer reports the image was
> taken today in Easthampton, MA.
>
> To me it looks like a female Ruby-throated but I know female Black-chinned
> is very similar.
>
> Eric Labato
> Malden, MA
> <elabato...>
>
>
>
--
Justin Lawson
Worcester, MA

 

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Date: 3/14/17 1:43 pm
From: Eric <elabato...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird - Easthampton
I'll do that, but there are indications that this might be a hoax. It looks like the photographer took an old picture and photoshopped in some snow.


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1844179849175212&set=gm.1235885289852167&type=3&theater


Eric Labato




From: Sean Williams
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 4:12 PM
To: Eric
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird - Easthampton


Hi Eric,

"Western Massachusetts Bird Photography" yields no results when searching groups on Facebook. Could you provide a link to the photo? Or save it and attach it?



Thanks,
Sean


On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 4:05 PM, Eric <elabato...> wrote:

Somebody has posted a photo of a Hummingbird in the Western Massachusetts Bird Photography Facebook Group. The photographer reports the image was taken today in Easthampton, MA.

To me it looks like a female Ruby-throated but I know female Black-chinned is very similar.

Eric Labato
Malden, MA
<elabato...>







--

Sean M. Williams
PhD
Department of Integrative Biology
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
www.msu.edu/~will2424

 

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Date: 3/14/17 1:12 pm
From: Eric <elabato...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird - Easthampton
Somebody has posted a photo of a Hummingbird in the Western Massachusetts Bird Photography Facebook Group. The photographer reports the image was taken today in Easthampton, MA.

To me it looks like a female Ruby-throated but I know female Black-chinned is very similar.

Eric Labato
Malden, MA
<elabato...>


 

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Date: 3/13/17 8:48 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Appleton Farm (TTOR), Ipswich-Hamilton, Mar 13, 2017
> Appleton Farm (TTOR), Ipswich-Hamilton
> Mar 13, 2017 9:45 AM - 12:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: I went here primarily to look for owls but walked a couple
> miles, mainly in the Grass Rides (which is the only major part of the farm
> in Hamilton).
> 18 species; partial list:
>
> Turkey Vulture 4
> Killdeer 1
> Barred Owl 1 Called twice, unsolicited, close to me and allowed me to
> walk under it as it perched in a white pine. Alas, no other owl species.
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 2
> Blue Jay 14
> Eastern Bluebird 6
> American Robin 1
> European Starling 40 Estimate of flock in the Great Pasture with the
> bluebirds and house finches, seen from Pigeon Hill overlook. (The hill
> was probably named from the shooting of passenger pigeons 150 years ago.)
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 20
> House Finch 2
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35161538

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

 

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Date: 3/13/17 6:39 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine Island - Dedham
Paul Peterson reports that he visited the Pine Island area in Dedham today.

You can enter the area from opposite Vine Rock Road where it meets River
View Road.

Take the Blue Heron/(blue blazes) Trail from that spot. Stay on the
trail and go over a board walk. Where there's a sign "no firearms" on a
tree, take a right off the Blue Heron Trail. Fifty yards down there
were 9 Rusty Blackbirds feeding on the right in the marshy creek.

Farther down on the trail there is a concrete building. Fifty yards
beyond that (keep water on your left) 6 Fox Sparrows feeding in the brush.

Also, he flushed a Woodcock. Also present were:

Seven Fish Crows

8 Common Mergansers

2 Hooded Mergansers

2 Bufflehead

1 Brown Creeper

Thanks to Paul for this report!

Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>


 

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Date: 3/13/17 6:14 pm
From: M BH <mimibixh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Horned Larks
A flock of Horned Larks observed today in Newburyport.

MBH

 

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Date: 3/13/17 4:54 pm
From: Travis Mazerall <tmazerall...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cooper's Hawk Specimen
All,

Sad news. I found a Cooper's Hawk specimen from a car strike outside of my
office in Watertown today. Does anyone know if this would be of any use to
someone for study or educational uses?

Travis Mazerall
Brighton, MA

 

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Date: 3/13/17 3:59 pm
From: <kr1946...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Shouldered Hawks
Hello All
Without looking to hard today I found 3 pairs of Red Shouldered Hawks within 1 mile of my house. One pair is in my yard, one pair about 1 mile NE of my house and another pair about same distance SE of house. All were seen sitting togther in the sun this morning. last time I tried to get an accurate count in town I came up with 7 pairs. My female Raven stayed glued to her nest over the weekend with the temps near single digit, nest is fairly well protected so I think she'll do okey during the upcoming storm.
Kevin Ryan
Easton

 

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Date: 3/13/17 9:52 am
From: Alan Strauss <ansch100...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] storm birding
Massbirders: Anyone have any ideas on birding at First Encounter Beach on Wednesday after the storm?

Ae Strauss
 

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Date: 3/12/17 7:37 pm
From: james sweeney <assawompsett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck continues in Lakeville - 3/12
Massbirders,

I led a South Shore Bird Club trip to the Lakeville ponds today. Our group was happy to discover that the male Tufted Duck was present at Pocksha Pond again. It was associating with Greater and Lesser scaup and observed from the Bog Access Rd. just north of the Island Terrace Nursing Home. The bird was very active and, at times, difficult to locate (a scope is recommended). Another possible viewing location is the causeway (Long Point Rd.) between Pocksha and Great Quittacas ponds.

Jim Sweeney
East Bridgewater
 

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Date: 3/12/17 1:38 pm
From: James Dillon <jdillon755270...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greater Scaup, Hooded Mergansers
Twenty four Greater Scaup and four Hooded Mergansers at Suntaug Lake in
Lynnfield at 2:00.

Jim Dillon <jdillon755270...>

 

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Date: 3/12/17 1:28 pm
From: Anthony Hill <anhinga13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: massbird-digest V16 #494
They flew off in the direction (west) of Steve and Jane Mirick's house.



Well, of course they did !

Anthony Hill
S. Hadley


 

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Date: 3/12/17 10:05 am
From: <redpoll...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes in Bradford
Just added a new yardbird with a flyover flock of 4 Sandhill Cranes. Just happened to look up as I walked out the front door. They flew off in the direction (west) of Steve and Jane Mirick's house.
Cool.

David Larson
Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 3/12/17 5:07 am
From: Ann Banks <annstone1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RE: NILES POND
OOops! Sorry folks! NOT Tufted Ducks RINGED-NECK DUCKS on the pond!! Thanks to those who caught me up. I was looking at Sibley and they share the page. No excuse. I KNOW those guys. I could actually SEE the bills. Great fun!! They were close to Lake Ave and that parkable space.
 

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Date: 3/11/17 5:00 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lake Massapoag ducks -- Sharon
The past few nights have been better than average at the Lake
Massapoag roost (gulls and ducks). *note: these numbers are
represented by birds flying in to roost after sunset, in very low
light conditions (Although the Common Mergansers are likely there all
day.). A lot of patience and a good scope is necessary. I mainly view
from the beach along the northern edge, usually on the side the wind
is coming from.
Unfortunately, the gulls have not been as diverse this year as they
were last winter.

Highlights:

3/9 (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35075896)
185 Ring-necked Ducks -- new hotspot high count in eBird
45 Common Goldeneyes
80 Hooded Mergansers
85 Common Mergansers

3/11 (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35116559)
125 Ring-necked Ducks
6 Greater Scaup
12 Lesser Scaup
55 Common Goldeneye
105 Hooded Mergansers -- new hotspot high count in eBird
155 Common Mergansers -- new hotspot high count in eBird
1 Killdeer

Also, there were 4+ Rusty Blackbirds along the Beaver Brook trail in
Sharon on 3/8 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35076090. (Access
is either from Farnham road, or the end of the train station south
bound parking lot.)

Happy birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon
 

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Date: 3/11/17 2:48 pm
From: Ann banks <annstone1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] NILES POND, GLOUCESTER
one Great Egret!! - Shivering, I imagine, on the edge
50 Tufted Duck
6 lesser Scaup
 

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Date: 3/11/17 2:42 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Argilla-Northgate-Essex Rd. Fields Complex, Ipswich, Mar 11, 2017
> Argilla-Northgate-Essex Rd. Fields Complex, Ipswich
> Mar 11, 2017 10:20 AM - 10:30 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: I stood in the driveway into the riding stables and looked
> down at the pond and surrounding area to search through the Canada geese
> for the immature snow geese that has been with them. Bingo!
> 5 species
>
> Snow Goose 1 Immature bird with off-white feathering and grin patch,
> almost as big as the Canadas. It took awhile to see against the snow, but
> I finally spotted it when it walked.

> Canada Goose 300 to 400, mostly sleeping on the grass in the high wind.
> American Black Duck 2 (in the pond)
> Green-winged Teal (American) 2 (in the pond)
> American Crow 3 no other perching birds in evidence, even around the
> stables
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35106437


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

 

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Date: 3/11/17 1:14 pm
From: Thomas Carlile <tcarlile...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Everett Bald Eagle
Leaving Costco in Everett at 1:40 this afternoon I spotted quite a bit of bird activity centered on a large pile of plowed snow. A closer look revealed several crows mobbing a Bald Eagle. The eagle took flight west over the river, revealing a gull in its talons.

Thomas Carlile,
Cambridge
 

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Date: 3/11/17 12:28 pm
From: <redpoll...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Early migrants in Newburyport area
Yesterday- Great Egret at Salisbury State Res.
Today- 3 Wilson's Snipe, Scotland Rd, Newbury

David Larson
Joppa Flats Education Center
Mass Audubon
Newburyport, MA
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 3/11/17 9:02 am
From: <asb1960...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fenway & Victory Gardens, Mar 11, 2017 - White-winged dove continuing



Fenway & Victory Gardens, Suffolk, Massachusetts, US
Mar 11, 2017 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.08 mile(s)
Comments: Blustery, cold, and windy morning. Most birds hunkered down.
13 species

Canada Goose 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7
White-winged Dove 1 Located at garden section D-4. Roosting with morning doves. There is an active feeder in the garden plot across the aisle from where they were roosting. Some doves were also on feeder.
Mourning Dove 11
Blue Jay 2
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-throated Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 20
House Sparrow 14

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35103128

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

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

 

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Date: 3/11/17 8:52 am
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] More Am. Woodcock, Millennium P
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } The freshly-fallen snow and cold Friday night didn't deter the American Woodcock at mostly deserted Millennium Park in West Roxbury.There were 5 minimum peenting and flying in and out of woods along Charles River, just north of canoe launch. They were easy to see from paved path and flew right over my head on the start of their display flight. . In addition I was surprised by 2 Killdeer as I walked toward parking lot next to high school main football field. A very nice night and had park to myself. 
Joe Battenfeld Roslindale <jbattenfeld...>


Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

 

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Date: 3/11/17 7:30 am
From: Warren Childs <wmchilds...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Tree Sparrows Norwell
We have a couple of tree sparrows here for the past two days

Warren & Abby Childs

Norwell

 

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Date: 3/11/17 6:56 am
From: <goshawk3...> <goshawk3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mansfield fish crow flock

Big group of fish crows hanging around CVS, Rite-Aid, and Mansfield Post Office, rte 106 near rte 140 today at 9:45 am
Denise Cabralgoshawk3 at aol.comWalnut st., W. BridgewaterSent from my LG G3, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 3/10/17 5:32 pm
From: <s2ary...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary Sunday Morning Walk on March 12


Hi Folks,

I’m new here and have been asked to post the announcements for the Sunday morning bird walks at the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. The walk on March 5 th was cold, but exciting. We had a number chances to see the wintering Eastern Meadowlarks and a front row seat for a breathtaking battle for survival as a Killdeer escaped from a pair of Peregrine Falcons hunting in tandem. I believe the list was posted shortly after the trip by Constance, but it is also included in the body of the following post if you missed it.

Thanks Geoff




The next walk at Bear Creek, Saugus, is scheduled for 9 am on Sunday, March 12. Details below.




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




Thanks to Constance who filed the ebird list for us:




Bear Creek Sanctuary (restricted access), Essex, Massachusetts, US
Mar 5, 2017 9:24 AM - 12:01 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
35 species

Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) 4


Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 400


American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 32


Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 3


White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) 2


Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 10


Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 5


Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1 Seen after the tour ended


Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1


Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1


Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2


Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 3


Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 1 Chunky brown bird seen briefly flying low and landing in a wet area. Ticking calls matching the recordings on Sibley app were heard from the same general area when a hunting NOHA flew over.


Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) 60


Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 2


Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 3


Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 30


Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1


Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) (Picoides pubescens pubescens/medianus) 1


American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1


Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 2


Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2


Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) 60


Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 5


European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 20


American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea) 11


White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 7


Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 7


Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 6


Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 75


Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) 2 Overwintering, continuing birds. Well seen.


Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 2


House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1


American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1


House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 12

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35002503





If you want to join the walk on March 12, here are the details:




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

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

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


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

http://tinyurl.com/326v87d


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

Geoff Wilson

<S2ary39...>

207-252-4841



 

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Date: 3/10/17 4:46 pm
From: James Dillon <jdillon755270...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eurasian Teal, Green Wing Teals, Killdeer
Jim Dillon <jdillon755270...>

A flock of about twenty Green Wing Teal, one Eurasian Teal, two Killdeer,
and several Mallards at the Topsfield Fair Grounds today at 3:00.

Jim Dillon <jdillon755270...>

 

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Date: 3/10/17 1:25 pm
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tree Swallows GMNWR
Hi Folks,

This afternoon, in moderate snow, around 6 Tree Swallows over

the water of the south impoundment in Concord. They seemed to be getting insects

low on the water.

32 degrees. Here's hoping they make it through the weekend.

Pete Gilmore
Newton, MA
<maurice.gilmore...>
 

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Date: 3/10/17 8:39 am
From: Wayne Petersen <wpetersen...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] FINAL REMINDER: MASS AUDUBON BIRDERS MEETING, MARCH 19
This is a final reminder that the 25th Annual Mass Audubon Birders Meeting will take place Sunday, March 19, at UMass/Boston. The theme of the meeting is WARBLERS: FROM SOUNDSCAPES TO LANDSCAPES. This all-day event will include presentations including various aspects of warbler natural history, ecology, taxonomy, song, and conservation. There will also be brief updates on Mass Audubon's bird conservation activities, along with a rich assortment of vendors, raffles, information materials, and handsome T-shirts for sale. Lunch is included in the event. To register and for full program details, visit http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/birds-birding/birders-meeting

Hope to see you there!

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

 

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Date: 3/10/17 7:54 am
From: Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] woodcock peenting in the snow
In the Blue Hills area, Milton, I had a woodcock peenting at first light
this morning as light snow started. This fellow seems to prefer dawn over
dusk for his courtship flights - this is third day he's announced himself
very very early.

Also in the morning chorus, directed by God, were mourning doves, song
sparrow, cardinal, robin, and white throated sparrow.

Robert Mussey, Milton

 

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Date: 3/10/17 6:13 am
From: Marjorie <marjwtsn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Redpolls Parker River NWR
old blind Hellcat. 5 in birches now.
Marj Watson
Georgetown MA

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Date: 3/9/17 6:13 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Adult Bald Eagle: R/6 leg band details
Greetings all,

A few weeks back, a sighting was reported of an adult Bald Eagle photographed in flight over Lower
Mystic Lake in Arlington, MA with a burnt orange left leg band and alphanumeric code: R/6.

Good news to share, with many thanks to Tom French and his terrific and hardworking staff at the
Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP) at MassWildlife. History details below.

This adult Bald Eagle is almost 6 years old, banded in Middleborough, one sibling, no previous sightings!

Enjoy,
Craig Gibson
Winchester
cbgibson AT comcast.net



The history of this bird is as follows:



Band numbers: 0679-04097, and R/6 burnt orange

Banding date and location: 06-02-11, MA, Plymouth Co., Middleborough, Assawompset/Pocksha Ponds

Siblings: One, R/5

Previous reports of R/6: None



This report: 02-17-17, MA, Middlesex Co., Arlington, Lower Mystic Lake – photographed by Craig Gibson

 

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Date: 3/9/17 5:52 pm
From: Brad Dinerman <bdinerman...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Birders' Networking Event and Raptor Showcase, 4/1
Hi everyone,

I am organizing an event that I believe will be of interest to members of this group. The event is "Birder Networking and Raptor Showcase," which will be held at the Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum on the evening of April 1st.

This event gives us birders the opportunity for REAL social networking (in other words, not the online type), and will include the presentation "Owls From Snowy To Saw-Whet" by Norman Smith, the founder of the Snowy Owl Project and director of the Blue Hills Trailside Museum.

We will also give attendees the opportunity to present and discuss some of their favorite bird photos, which is always a crowd-pleaser at similar events. And last but not least, we will bring out some live raptors to see up close and personal. Yes, cameras are welcome!

This event is a fundraiser for Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum, so all proceeds will be donated to them.

You can find the details, including an agenda and sign-up form, at http://www.birdersnetwork.com/events. Space is limited.

We hope to see you there!

Yours,
Brad Dinerman



________________________________________
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Fieldbrook Solutions LLC

Microsoft MVP, CISSP, Ph.D.
Certified Sonicwall Security Administrator
Acronis Certified Engineer

12 Kings Row, Ashland, MA 01721
voice: (508) 231-0931
http://www.fieldbrook.net/


 

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Date: 3/9/17 5:35 pm
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Woodcocks, Newton
Hi Folks,

At 6:10-6:30, 3 male American Woodcocks displaying in the "Woodcock Meadow"

off Nahanton Street in Nahanton Park, Newton. 44 degrees, breezy.

Pete Gilmore
Newton, MA
<maurice.gilmore...>
 

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Date: 3/9/17 5:30 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lincoln Correction
The place I referred to as White Pond in my post is actually the old heron rookery, and not White Pond. White Pond is to the west of the heron rookery. Thus, the Pileated Woodpecker, Fox Sparrow, and Brown Creeper were in the rookery. Thanks

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 3/9/17 4:27 pm
From: ECOC Mail <ecocmail...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Essex County Ornithological Club Meeting Reminder - Friday, March 17, 2017
Friday, March 17, 7:45 pm
Wild Bird Photography Without Breaking Your Back or Bank Account
Plus ECOC meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm

Professional nature photographer and trip leader Paul Nguyen shares tips
on taking photos of birds and other wildlife, without an enormous lens.
Learn about different photographic strategies, the value of knowing your
subjects’ behaviors in advance, and composition principles for birds and
wildlife.

Co-sponsored by PEM. Free and open to the public.

135 Essex Street, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem.

--

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

 

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Date: 3/9/17 3:58 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fw: Lincoln Bald Eagle, Fox Sparrows, Pileated Woodpecker, etc.





On Wednesday, March 8, 2017 8:42 PM, Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> wrote:



I birded today in Lincoln and Nine Acre Corner in Concord from 9:30-6:15. I covered the Codman Estate, Lindentree Farm, Mount Misery, Nine Acre Corner, and White's Pond, in that order.


Great Blue Heron 1

Wood Duck 4

Hooded Merganser 2

Ring-necked Duck 1

BALD EAGLE 1 imm. Mt. Misery flyover in Lincoln

Red-tailed Hawk 8 four Lindentree Farm, four N.A.C.

NORTHERN GOSHAWK 1 putative, flyover in Sudbury (just over concord line in big, open area with many dirt piles and tall cell tower with raven's nest on top!

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Lindentree Farm

accipiter sp. 2 near Codman House, but from big field on other side of tracks

Killdeer 4

American Woodcock 2 displaying

PILEATED WOODPECKER 2 both males; one Codman Estate, other White's Pond Concord

Northern Flicker 1 wetland at Lindentree Farm

Brown Creeper 3 two Mt. Misery, one White's Pond; all singing

Eastern Bluebird 7 Lincoln (bluebird capital of Mass.)

FOX SPARROW 3 two Lincoln, one White's Pond in Concord

Brown-headed Cowbird 12 Nine Acre Corner


Paul Peterson

<petersonpaul63...>

Boston
 

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Date: 3/9/17 3:55 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program - support!
Support the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program!


*You can donate when filing your Massachusetts state income tax by
entering an amount on Line 33a*: "Endangered Wildlife Conservation”.

A critical part of the funding equation for the MA Natural Heritage &
Endangered Species Program are your voluntary contributions on your
Massachusetts state income tax form. If you care about the future of
our wildlife and wild places here in Massachusetts, please contribute.

Good news! Contributions and # of contributors rose between 2014 and
2015! Total contributions rose from $ 201,084 in 2014 to $209,886 in
2015, a modest gain of 4.4 %. The number of contributors via the tax
check off rose by 3.5 % to from 18,705 in 2014 to 19,364 contributors in
2015.Over the past 2 years, contributions are up $31,945 and 1,266 more
filers contributed.

Your help is making a difference!

There’s plenty of room for improvement, however.This means that of the
approximately 4.5 million tax filings, only 0.0025% made a contribution!


For additional details, see below. You'll also find additional ways to
support NHESP'S efforts and some simple tips for spreading the word.

Thank you for your support of this important program!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

* * *

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Natural Heritage and Endangered
Species Program (NHESP) is responsible for the conservation and
protection of hundreds of species that are not hunted, fished, trapped,
or commercially harvested in the state. The Program's highest priority
is protecting the 425 species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish,
invertebrates, native plants that are officially listed on the
Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA) list. The Fund provides
critical funding to MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage and Endangered
Species Program
<http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/natural-heritage/> (NHESP),
which helps restore populations of rare, native species to the state.
For example, NHESP has worked for the past 30 years to restore the
state’s peregrine falcon population to healthy numbers. The most recent
count of nesting pairs numbered over 30; this is a great accomplishment
considering Massachusetts had no nesting pairs in 1986. Over 500
wild-born chicks are known to have fledged since the beginning of
conservation efforts in Massachusetts. Since 1984, the Natural Heritage
and Endangered Species Program and its partners have run a headstarting
program for Northern Red-bellied Cooter, a federally endangered turtle.
Over 4,000 turtles have been headstarted, with over 95% of them
surviving past their first year after being re-released back into the wild.

The NHESP’s major source of funding is from the Inland Fisheries and
Game fund which takes in revenue from sporting license fees, permitting,
grants and federal aid. Except for Fiscal Years 2010, 2012 and 2015
general tax funds in the state budget have not been allocated to support
the NHES Program. In years where they have had a line item, the amounts
have been small. *For example, in FY 2015, the NHESP received $150,000
of general tax funds which ends up as a contribution of only 2
cents/person in Massachusetts!* Endangered species are worth more than
2 cents… The 150,000 dollars goes to NHESP in order to implement the
Piping Plover Habitat Conservation Plan.


At this time of year, there is also an opportunity to contribute to the
NHESP through a state tax check off by entering an amount on Line 33a:
"Endangered Wildlife Conservation". In the past years, donations have
been in a decline, but *I’m happy to report in 2015 that both the number
of individuals and their contributions rose*.

Total contributions rose from $ 201,084 in 2014 to $209,886 in 2015, a
modest gain of 4.4 %. The number of contributors via the tax check off
rose by 3.5 % to from 18,705 in 2014 to 19,364 contributors in 2015.This
is great news, but the need for funding endangered species conservation
is still very real, especially in a small state where over *6. 75
million people share 5 million acres of land and fresh water with wildlife.


*The NHESP has also been subject to an administrative indirect cost rate
(ICR) fee (for overhead costs such as lights and electricity) on an
annual basis since 2003. Annually the Program, after much time and
effort has been expended, has received a waiver of the ICR. This waiver
is only granted to NHESP on an annual basis and a permanent waiver would
be a tremendous help. In years when the waiver is not granted, NHESP is
charged around $400,000, an almost unbearable hit for the Program. In
2011, a bill was filed to provide a _permanent_ waiver of this fee, the
legislation passed in both houses of the legislature, but was vetoed by
the governor. On a positive note, the waiver for the administrative
indirect costs was granted for FY13, FY14, FY15 and has been granted for
FY16.


To learn more about rare and endangered species conservation in
Massachusetts, visit
www.mass.gov/nhesp. Click on Support Us for more about the Program and
additional information on the tax check off and making a contribution.


*You can donate when filing your Massachusetts state income tax by
entering an amount on Line 33a*: "Endangered Wildlife Conservation".
Ask your tax preparer, if you use one, to do this.


*If you have already filed your taxes*, you can still make a direct
donation to the NHESP by sending a check made payable to */Comm. of MA
NHESP /*to:
Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program
MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581.


Your contribution is tax deductible on the federal level, but not for
state tax purposes.


Additional ways to support MassWildlife’s NHESP include:

- *Contribute by making a direct donation of $20 or more* to support
this worthwhile program!

- *Get involved in NHESP Citizen Science opportunities*, more
information is at www.mass.gov/NHESP <http://www.mass.gov/NHESP>

- *Help spread the word!* Tell a friend, co-worker or neighbor about
this program and its important work. Share this information with your
local bird clubs and other community and conservation groups.

- *Get the information out* in your community via websites, social
media, newsletters, or letters to the editor..

- “*Like” MassWildlife’s Facebook page* www.facebook.com/masswildlife
<http://www.facebook.com/masswildlife> and share it with others as there
are many postings about rare and endangered species projects. (See the
recent release of a rehabilitated eagle at Wachusett Reservoir)


 

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Date: 3/9/17 9:17 am
From: Kat Birder <katbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR weekly species census
A bad day for strolling through the pine forest but a good day for raptors.

Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Mar 9, 2017 6:45 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly bird census for the NWR. Mild upper 30's to mid 40's F
but with increasing wind as the morning progressed (17 mph with gusts to 50
mph). Observers: Will Martens, Kevin Crispell, Kathy Dia, Joan Stoner,
Frank Richichi, Tom Maxwell, Maryellen Stone, Andrea Bean, Andy Scholten.
<br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.2 Build 70
30 species

Canada Goose 119
Mute Swan 2
Wood Duck 6 Pair exploring nest box
Mallard 2
Northern Shoveler 4 Pairs in Lower and Upper Pool seen concurrently
Green-winged Teal (American) 3
Ring-necked Duck 12
Common Goldeneye 6 Displaying males
Hooded Merganser 3
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1 Third to fourth year bird. Head was pretty white but
still with some brown in tail. Aprox 8:00 am.
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Killdeer 4
Ring-billed Gull 3
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Blue Jay 0
American Crow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 3
American Robin 1
American Tree Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 2
Song Sparrow 10
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 40
Common Grackle 50
American Goldfinch 9
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S35062848

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

Kathy Dia for the Great Meadows Survey Team
Concord MA

 

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Date: 3/9/17 9:12 am
From: caroline haines <chaines49...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great egret
Hi birders,
Had my FOY great egret today at Niles pond in Gloucester. Also American pipits continue at Brace Cove, feeding in the wrack line.
Caroline Haines
<Songbirder...>
Gloucester

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

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Date: 3/9/17 6:24 am
From: Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] MEA CULPA
Eurasian TEAL, TEAL, TEAL (not wigeon)

Sorry.

Sent from my iPhone

Wetter
 

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Date: 3/9/17 5:56 am
From: Joseph Bourget <joseph.bourget...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Gray Owls
To be fair, I didn't post the sighing to the Mass Rare Bird Alert Facebook
page until this morning due to it being a rare owl/sensitive species. It's
a personal rule of mine that I don't post (whether it is on Facebook, here,
or eBird) until word is out. And then I'll wait a few days after it hasn't
been seen to do so, with the exception that many people have already seen
the bird, so discretion isn't necessary.

My reasoning stems from the Short-eared Owl roost issues near the
Cumberland fields where people found the roost, harassed them, and they
didn't return for a few years. Or any of the Snowy Owl sightings where
people would flush the bird.

Now, I know that MOST people won't do this and will respect the bird, but I
still have to take precautions. I hope everyone understands.

Respectfully,

Joseph Bourget
Brimfield, MA

On Mar 9, 2017 12:08 AM, "Joshua Rose" <opihi...> wrote:

> Hi MassBirders,
>
> After Bill and I posted our respective negatives about the two Great Gray
> Owls, I received an off-list reply from Susan Hall sharing that she
> actually *did* see the Newport, NH Great Gray on Wednesday 3-8. A quick
> look at the New Hampshire listserv, via the ABA’s Birding News website,
> confirms that the bird’s absence Monday was apparently only temporary:
> http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NH
>
> While typing this, I see the question from Joe Paluzzi “So when did this
> Massachusetts GGO sighting become public?” Well, David Pritchard posted his
> photos to eBird on February 22, but they were posted as a Barred Owl, so
> nobody paid much attention at the time. It was on March 4 that Brian
> Rusnica looked at the photos and realized they were actually of a Great
> Gray, and at that time posted about it to Western Mass Birders on FaceBook.
> I relayed the news to MassBird later that evening. (I mistakenly said in my
> post that 3 days had passed between the photos being posted as a BAOW and
> their being reidentified as a GGOW; clearly my arithmetic was off, it was a
> bit longer than that)
>
> Good birding,
>
> Josh
>
>
> Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
> Amherst, MA
> http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
> http://www.facebook.com/opihi
>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 3/9/17 4:39 am
From: <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Binoculars Need For Middle School BIrders
I am taking a group of my Cambridge, MA, 6th graders on birding walks, starting next Friday, 3/17. Any donations of binoculars for supervised student use would be graciously appreciated. Please contact me offline.


Leslie Kramer
Medford


lfkramer AT massed.net
 

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Date: 3/9/17 4:38 am
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lead and Bald Eagles
https://www.thedodo.com/bald-eagle-ammunition-refuges-2306402071.html

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

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

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

 

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Date: 3/8/17 9:07 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Gray Owls
Hi MassBirders,

After Bill and I posted our respective negatives about the two Great Gray Owls, I received an off-list reply from Susan Hall sharing that she actually *did* see the Newport, NH Great Gray on Wednesday 3-8. A quick look at the New Hampshire listserv, via the ABA’s Birding News website, confirms that the bird’s absence Monday was apparently only temporary:
http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NH

While typing this, I see the question from Joe Paluzzi “So when did this Massachusetts GGO sighting become public?” Well, David Pritchard posted his photos to eBird on February 22, but they were posted as a Barred Owl, so nobody paid much attention at the time. It was on March 4 that Brian Rusnica looked at the photos and realized they were actually of a Great Gray, and at that time posted about it to Western Mass Birders on FaceBook. I relayed the news to MassBird later that evening. (I mistakenly said in my post that 3 days had passed between the photos being posted as a BAOW and their being reidentified as a GGOW; clearly my arithmetic was off, it was a bit longer than that)

Good birding,

Josh


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




 

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Date: 3/8/17 8:51 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great gray owl...

So when did this Massachusetts GGO sighting become public?.
Joe Paluzzi

Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet
 

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Date: 3/8/17 5:45 pm
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Saw-whet Owl-New Salem
Hello,

Saw-Whet Owl calling from trees on far side of field beyond sugar house.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<Blafley...>
 

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Date: 3/8/17 4:40 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Great Gray Owl (not)
Hi MassBirders,

Along similar lines, there has been no further sign of the Great Gray Owl near Williamsburg/Northampton. I would guess that the number of people searching there has been far smaller than the number in NH, but I’ve heard of at least four people who have looked for it without success since the record became public knowledge…

On the bright side, the waterfowl action around Turners Falls is picking up. Reports over the past few days from Barton Cove and the power canal by assorted birders include up to 200 Common Merganser, 125 Ring-necked Duck, 32 Hooded Merganser, 22 Northern Pintail, 21 Common Goldeneye, 5 Bufflehead, 2 Ruddy Ducks, 2 American Wigeon, 2 Greater Scaup, 1 Snow Goose, and 1 Greater White-fronted Goose.

Good birding,

JSR


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




 

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Date: 3/8/17 2:50 pm
From: William Crawford <crawfordwm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] MASSBIRD] Great Gray Owl in Newport, NH
Massbird: In the spirit of “negative reports are helpful,” to the best of our knowledge, the Great Gray Owl was NOT seen on Mon., March 6 – others there before us said “No” – was certainly was not while we were there ~3:30 – 5:45 PM. There were HUGE #’s of people – probably 100+. More below. Feel free to DELETE now.



We repeat the cautions of walking the iced-over railroad right-of-way – and the need for appropriate footware. As background information, this was a Boston & Maine branchline, spun-off in 1954 to a short line – the Claremont & Concord Railway - which cut back its freight service in steps – beginning from Concord, with the last-major segment (Claremont to Newport) abandoned in 1976. They still provide local switching service in Claremont.



Bill (& Carol) Crawford, Nahant



From: <mailto:<massbird-approval...> <massbird-approval...> [ <mailto:<massbird-approval...> mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of Daniel Neiman
Sent: Saturday, March 4, 2017 3:32 PM
To: Sebastian Jones < <mailto:<sebastianojones...> <sebastianojones...>
Cc: Massbird < <mailto:<Massbird...> <Massbird...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Gray Owl in Newport, NH



I just wanted to say thank you for posting this. I went up yesterday (because today’s forecast was for 19 degrees and windy!) and joined the crowd of maybe 30 people forming a respectful semi-circle around the owl as it perched on a branch at the edge of the field. Apparently it had been there most of the day, although I got there just before 3:00. The owl finally flew maybe around 4:30 or 5:00, by which time it had clouded up. The owl flew from tree to tree along the edge of the field (in snow squalls) and at one pointed kited above the field looking for a mouse.



Very cool to see it in action.



Thanks again,



Dan N.



On Mar 2, 2017, at 8:04 PM, Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...> <mailto:<sebastianojones...> > wrote:



Hi All,

A quick update‎ on the Great Gray Owl in Newport: after being absent for almost the entire day the bird arrived at yesterday's location at 4pm and was still present when I left an hour later.



It seems to hunt in this field around dusk, though clearly found another roost throughout the day. If you are planning on trying for the bird, i'd suggest arriving around 3, even 3:30 and staking out the field it seems to frequent.



Also, while the walk to the field is not a long one the trail is very iced over. Appropriate footwear is recommended.



If you do trek out there, good luck!



Sebastian Jones

Jamaica Plain, MA



Sent from my mobile.


From: Sebastian Jones

Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:49 AM

To: Massbird

Subject: Great Gray Owl in Newport, NH



Hi Massbirders,

Since i've not seen any reference to it on here, I thought i'd forward the below ‎report of a Great Gray Owl yesterday in Newport, NH (just shy of two hours north from Boston). I'm trying my luck today and figured it might be of interest to others in the area.



The approximate street address for yesterday's site is 118 Oak St., Newport, NH and the bird was located about a half mile north on a bike trail across the street from the address.



Best,

Sebastian Jones

Jamaica Plain, MA



Sent from my mobile.


From: Steve Bennett < <mailto:<sbennett999...> <sbennett999...>

Sent: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 7:30 PM

To: nhbirds Google Groups

Reply To: <mailto:<sbennett999...> <sbennett999...>

Subject: [NHBirds] Newport GREAT GRAY OWL Upate, 7PM Weds



A little before 10AM this morning, Susan Wrisley, Jenna Pettipas & I were able to find the Great Gray Owl that was recently reported in Newport, NH. From 10AM until 4PM it pretty much sat in a tree and slept, occasionally stretching and yawning. Shortly after 4 o'clock it perked up and immediately began hunting the large field abutting the rail trail. It did several short flights out over the field and eventually came back with a big black rodent in its talons which it promptly ate. A small group of us watched it hunt for another hour as it worked its way North along the tree line at the edge of the field.

As darkness set in, it was last seen flying North across the fields towards the airport as I could see the large orange windsock in the background.

The highlight of the day, though, was when the bird flew across the field and landed at the feet of nature writer & photographer Lloyd Alexander, so close that Lloyd could have reached down and patted the bird on the head.

Also, thanks to Dylan Jackson for his local knowledge advise to Susan & Jenna on where to look for the bird, and to Marcel Ledoux for spending a few early morning hours with me scouring the fields of Newport. Fortunately Marcel was able to come back later and get some amazing flight shots, as he always does due to his keen sense of readiness & preparedness.

Also, thanks to Steve Mirick & Becky Suamola for getting the word out quickly. A lot of people were able to get on the bird today, a lifer for many and a state lifer for a lot of us, as well.

Wow, what a great day !

Steve Bennett
Rye, NH



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Date: 3/8/17 1:42 pm
From: Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Song or Savannah?
I was out in the rain at the beach on West Island in Fairhaven....so maybe the lighting was way off. These little guys were hopping along in the path ahead of me. They seemed pretty gray and I thought at first they might be Savannahs but there was no yellow on their lores.

https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Birds/temporary/Sparrows-March-8-17/i-Lk2vT3k

Their tails seemed short for Songs.

Any sparrow detectives out there?

Thanks!


Carolyn Longworth
Acushnet, MA
bvm1290atcomcast.net
Bird sightings at:

http://tinyurl.com/z489j5o


 

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Date: 3/8/17 1:20 pm
From: M BH <mimibixh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Update: Re: Death report
So many of you have written me personally and asked for an update. I am
thankful for your kind remarks and heartfelt concern. Please know that I
don't have a substantive update at this time. My contact at Grafton
Wildlife Clinic clarified that even though the initial blood work (to test
for the blood's ability to clot, or not) did not indicate rodenticide,
further lab testing is needed before a rule out can be made. The necropsy
hasn't occurred yet, but even after it is performed it will be several
weeks before lab results come in. Most likely there will be no answers for
several weeks at least.

Sincerely,
Mimi Bix-Hylan

 

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Date: 3/8/17 8:02 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 3/25 - Eyes on Owls - Westport
Thanks to Pam Turick of the Westport Land Conservation Trust for the
following announcement.


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>


*


The Westport Land Conservation Trust is hosting EYES ON OWLS – LIVE OWL
SHOW on Saturday, March 25^th at the Westport High School, 19 Main Road,
Westport, MA. Show times are 10am and 1pm.

See www.westportlandtrust.org <http://www.westportlandtrust.org> for
more info.

Join teacher/naturalist Marcia Wilson and author/photographer Mark
Wilson in sharing their passion for owls. The audience will get a
“hooting” lesson and learn about various different owls as well as
seeing them up close!

Thank you!

Pam Turick

Administrator

Westport Land Conservation Trust

P.O. Box 3975

830 Drift Road

Westport, MA 02790

P: 508-636-9228 Ext. 5020

F: 508-636-0587

www.westportlandtrust.org

 

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Date: 3/8/17 5:32 am
From: <asb1960...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Death report
This is really sad, and very strange. I remember the death last year as
well. Maybe something good can come out of these deaths in the way of
some sort of investigation that would hopefully lead to the answer as
to why this is happening. Make you wonder if there is something in
the nest material that is contributing to this? This spot seems to be
an attractive nesting site for them and hopefully any future pairs
will be saved.
It was a good thing you were there when that happened, as hard as it
was to witness. Thank you for bringing it to Grafton and trying to
save the Raven. Andrea Bean On 03/07/17, M BH<mimibixh...>
wrote: Hello Massbirders:
Unfortunately, I have sad news. The raven pair 12 miles north of
Boston died today. I swung by early this morning in hope of observing
them before the rain. To my utter shock and bewilderment, within a
couple of minutes of arriving, one of the two ravens fell out of the
sky and plummeted down the rock face straight down to the rocky hill
below its nest. I couldn't believe my eyes. After confirming for
myself what I had witnessed, I waited for a friend, another local
birder, to arrive and help me with transferring the bird to Grafton
Wildlife Clinic. We were able to safely transport the bird to Grafton,
but by the time we arrived its breathing was depressed. Grafton
reported to me that despite their best efforts to keep it alive it
died within 45 minutes of being dropped off. They also reported that
they were puzzled because its blood work did not show rodenticide and
nether blunt force trauma nor bullet wounds were observed externally.
They promised to update me further following a necropsy. As for the
dead raven's mate, it appears to be dead in its nest.
Such a sad and troubling end for this beautiful pair. It is especially
troubling because this is the second consecutive year that a raven has
died in its nest in this spot.
I am hoping that the necropsy will provide answers.
Sincerely,Mimi Bix-Hylan
 

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Date: 3/8/17 4:25 am
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose at Res Now
Just left Arlington Reservoir where I watched the Ross's this AM between
655 tp 710 this AM .

Karsten Hartel, Arlington

 

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Date: 3/7/17 8:24 pm
From: Neil Dowling <neil.dowling001...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] My apologies
I never meant to upset anyone. My comments earlier about the Raven post was not well thought out. I have my feelings about such posts but I need to react with more poise when I know it's going out to the masses.
I apologize to all of you and I really hope you can all forgive me for my poor choice of words .

Sorry sorry sorry!

Thanks
~nd


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Date: 3/7/17 7:29 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] moderator note
The post about the death of a pair of raven is disturbing in its content.

Please limit your comments, discussion and reactions to that content.

Reacting to each other with any anger we may feel about this news has no
place on this list.

So, if you post, please post with a clear message, and courtesy towards
all of us who participate here.

Thanks to all of you for your patience and ongoing support of MASSBIRD.


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>


 

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Date: 3/7/17 6:59 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 3/6 King's Beach and Red Rock Park
No sign of the Mew Gull either at the sewage outflow pipe on King's Beach or at the Nahant Rotary a mile away. I finally met the gull guy John Quigley at the rotary. He didn't see it either, and he had been at the rotary area for hours.

Common Loon 1 Red Rock
Brant 28
Black Scoter 4 Red Rock quite close, including two adult males
Purple Sandpiper 5 Red Rock
scaup sp. 3 boat ramp on other side of causeway from the rotary

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 3/7/17 6:40 pm
From: G M ARCHAMBAULT <gm72125...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Death report
Neil, your post -- a public post! -- seems to me highly inappropriate as a personal attack.  It is embarrassing and very untoward, and there are many people, from out of state, who subscribe to this list, me included.  Thank you for reading this and hopefully reconsidering your action.  -Ken Archambault, Birmingham, Archambault

On Tuesday, March 7, 2017 8:18 PM, Neil Dowling <neil.dowling001...> wrote:


Maybe at this point we will not share the nesting location of any  bird that needs its privacy location kept private!  
We all understand your a great birder!  Now just let them nest!  I understand you want everyone to know you found it! 
But to this cause?  
Great job! 



Sent from my iPhone
On Mar 7, 2017, at 7:35 PM, M BH <mimibixh...> wrote:


Hello Massbirders:
Unfortunately, I have sad news. The raven pair 12 miles north of Boston died today. I swung by early this morning in hope of observing them before the rain. To my utter shock and bewilderment, within a couple of minutes of arriving, one of the two ravens fell out of the sky and plummeted down the rock face straight down to the rocky hill below its nest. I couldn't believe my eyes. After confirming for myself what I had witnessed, I waited for a friend, another local birder, to arrive and help me with transferring the bird to Grafton Wildlife Clinic. We were able to safely transport the bird to Grafton, but by the time we arrived its breathing was depressed. Grafton reported to me that despite their best efforts to keep it alive it died within 45 minutes of being dropped off. They also reported that they were puzzled because its blood work did not show rodenticide and nether blunt force trauma nor bullet wounds were observed externally. They promised to update me further following a necropsy. As for the dead raven's mate, it appears to be dead in its nest.
Such a sad and troubling end for this beautiful pair. It is especially troubling because this is the second consecutive year that a raven has died in its nest in this spot.
I am hoping that the necropsy will provide answers.
Sincerely,Mimi Bix-Hylan



 

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Date: 3/7/17 6:14 pm
From: Neil Dowling <neil.dowling001...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Death report
Maybe at this point we will not share the nesting location of any bird that needs its privacy location kept private!

We all understand your a great birder! Now just let them nest!
I understand you want everyone to know you found it!

But to this cause?

Great job!




Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 7, 2017, at 7:35 PM, M BH <mimibixh...> wrote:
>
> Hello Massbirders:
>
> Unfortunately, I have sad news. The raven pair 12 miles north of Boston died today. I swung by early this morning in hope of observing them before the rain. To my utter shock and bewilderment, within a couple of minutes of arriving, one of the two ravens fell out of the sky and plummeted down the rock face straight down to the rocky hill below its nest. I couldn't believe my eyes. After confirming for myself what I had witnessed, I waited for a friend, another local birder, to arrive and help me with transferring the bird to Grafton Wildlife Clinic. We were able to safely transport the bird to Grafton, but by the time we arrived its breathing was depressed. Grafton reported to me that despite their best efforts to keep it alive it died within 45 minutes of being dropped off. They also reported that they were puzzled because its blood work did not show rodenticide and nether blunt force trauma nor bullet wounds were observed externally. They promised to update me further following a necropsy. As for the dead raven's mate, it appears to be dead in its nest.
>
> Such a sad and troubling end for this beautiful pair. It is especially troubling because this is the second consecutive year that a raven has died in its nest in this spot.
>
> I am hoping that the necropsy will provide answers.
>
> Sincerely,
> Mimi Bix-Hylan

 

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Date: 3/7/17 5:38 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Death report
This really sounds suspicious. Keep us posted on cause if it becomes known.


Thanks.


Glenn


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

> On March 7, 2017 at 7:35 PM M BH <mimibixh...> wrote:
>
> Hello Massbirders:
>
> Unfortunately, I have sad news. The raven pair 12 miles north of Boston died today. I swung by early this morning in hope of observing them before the rain. To my utter shock and bewilderment, within a couple of minutes of arriving, one of the two ravens fell out of the sky and plummeted down the rock face straight down to the rocky hill below its nest. I couldn't believe my eyes. After confirming for myself what I had witnessed, I waited for a friend, another local birder, to arrive and help me with transferring the bird to Grafton Wildlife Clinic. We were able to safely transport the bird to Grafton, but by the time we arrived its breathing was depressed. Grafton reported to me that despite their best efforts to keep it alive it died within 45 minutes of being dropped off. They also reported that they were puzzled because its blood work did not show rodenticide and nether blunt force trauma nor bullet wounds were observed externally. They promised to update me furthe!
r following a necropsy. As for the dead raven's mate, it appears to be dead in its nest.
>
> Such a sad and troubling end for this beautiful pair. It is especially troubling because this is the second consecutive year that a raven has died in its nest in this spot.
>
> I am hoping that the necropsy will provide answers.
>
> Sincerely,
> Mimi Bix-Hylan
>

 

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Date: 3/7/17 4:41 pm
From: M BH <mimibixh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Death report
Hello Massbirders:

Unfortunately, I have sad news. The raven pair 12 miles north of Boston
died today. I swung by early this morning in hope of observing them before
the rain. To my utter shock and bewilderment, within a couple of minutes of
arriving, one of the two ravens fell out of the sky and plummeted down the
rock face straight down to the rocky hill below its nest. I couldn't
believe my eyes. After confirming for myself what I had witnessed, I waited
for a friend, another local birder, to arrive and help me with transferring
the bird to Grafton Wildlife Clinic. We were able to safely transport the
bird to Grafton, but by the time we arrived its breathing was depressed.
Grafton reported to me that despite their best efforts to keep it alive it
died within 45 minutes of being dropped off. They also reported that they
were puzzled because its blood work did not show rodenticide and nether
blunt force trauma nor bullet wounds were observed externally. They
promised to update me further following a necropsy. As for the dead raven's
mate, it appears to be dead in its nest.

Such a sad and troubling end for this beautiful pair. It is especially
troubling because this is the second consecutive year that a raven has died
in its nest in this spot.

I am hoping that the necropsy will provide answers.

Sincerely,
Mimi Bix-Hylan

 

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Date: 3/7/17 2:54 pm
From: <kr1946...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] ravens
Hello All
Have a pair of Ravens nesting in Easton on the same nest they used last year, very protected,well made nest right downtown on one of the busiest roads in town. Started sitting last year on the 6th of Mar, they must have an internal calender!
Kevin Ryan
Easton
 

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Date: 3/7/17 7:14 am
From: Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hybrid Goldeneye Emerson Rocks

At lot seven on Plum Island a hybrid male goldeneye.

Head shape -- Barrows
Facial spot -- Barrows
Shoulder spur -- lacking
Black/white contrast on back -- intermediate

Tom Wetmore
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Date: 3/7/17 6:30 am
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Kestrel at Hanscom Field airport - Concord
At midday yesterday, while waiting on the tarmac for my first plane ride with my pilot son, a kestrel flew in to perch on a series of posts in the big grassy triangle on the SW end of the airfield (42.466277, -71.297292). Size, shape, and behavior all unmistakably kestrel. Perched alternately on the tops of the various posts (with an occasional dive to the ground), facing a light wind, and visibly adjusting tail/wings for balance.


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




 

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Date: 3/7/17 6:18 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winged Wonders at Halibut Point 3/11 - upcoming field trip
Thanks to Matthew Nash of DCR for the following announcement.


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

*

North Region Coastal District
Department of Conservation and Recreation

March 2017 PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Winged Wonders Saturday, March 11 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Halibut Point State Park
Halibut Point State Park along the Atlantic migratory path, is an excellent locale
for birding. Harlequins, scoters, eiders, grebes, mergansers, loons, gannets and many more spend their winters on our shores. There is also a good possibility of seeing harbor seals. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you are able to. Meet at: The Grout Pile scenic overlook at Halibut Point State Park, on Gott avenue in Rockport. Our meeting location is indicated by a 7 on a map of the park: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/north/halb.pdf

All Programs are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome but children under 8 years of age may have difficulty using binoculars or a spotting scope because of their stage of cognitive development. An adult must accompany children. Birding programs are suitable for both beginners and experts. Please dress warmly; wear layers of clothing and sturdy, warm hiking boots or shoes, as well as a hat and gloves. For possible changes or cancellations to these programs please phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121 (changes may be made up to 1 hour before the start of a program). Rain and heavy snow cancels. For more information call (781) 485-2804 Ext. 105 or email <Matthew.Nash...> For a listing of programs at other DCR state parks please visit www.mass.gov/DCR .

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

Find yourself in a DCR Park!

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Date: 3/6/17 7:46 pm
From: NEaton <nancyeaton...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Longmeadow
3/6/17  Pondside Rd., Longmeadow (3 p.m.): 1 American Coot,1 Am. Wigeon with Mallards.
Nancy EatonEnfield, CT
<nancyeaton...>

 

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Date: 3/6/17 6:15 pm
From: Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Perspectives on Nocturnal Bird Migration: What We've Learned from BirdCast
I hope many of you got to see this presentation, it was compellingly
presented, informative, interesting. Thanks Liam for calling our attention
to it! If it is rebroadcast, it is well worth trying to see.

Jeremy Coleman
Greenfield

On Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 6:11 PM, Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
wrote:

> Thought this might be of interest to some. Sorry for not getting this
> out sooner...
>
> Tonight (3/6) at 7:30pm, there will be a live stream lecture on
> youtube about nocturnal migration and BirdCast presented by the
> Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
> The following is the description from YouTube:
> "Bird migration is a spectacular phenomenon that has long captured the
> attention of human observers. The Cornell Lab's BirdCast project uses
> state-of-the-art machine learning and computer science, along with
> data from radar and acoustic monitoring, to uncover migration secrets.
> Dr. Andrew Farnsworth will talk about some of the novel insights
> revealed by this fascinating project."
>
> It will be available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
> v=ZE7QKoop4Eo&app=desktop
>
>
> (I hope the link works and doesn't trash the digest.)
>
> Happy Birding,
> Liam Waters
> Sharon
>

 

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Date: 3/6/17 5:24 pm
From: Marj. Rines <marj...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose Lexington/Arlington
A few days ago I reported a Snow Goose at the Wilson's Farms fields in
Lexington, and John Andrews went to chase it. He couldn't find it there
but went to Arlington Res where he spotted a white goose and studied it,
and concluded it was a Ross's Goose. I've tried every probable goose
spot in the area since then with no luck, but got a phone call today
that it was at the farm fields, so I blew out of work early and arrived
at the fields at 1:30, just in time to see the entire flock take off. I
went to Arlington Res and it was there and although it slept a lot, I
did get some excellent views. Those of you on Facebook can see photos:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155495240939239&set=a.65780044238.66818.733069238&type=3&theater

--
Marj. Rines
Woburn, MA

 

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Date: 3/6/17 3:16 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Perspectives on Nocturnal Bird Migration: What We've Learned from BirdCast
Thought this might be of interest to some. Sorry for not getting this
out sooner...

Tonight (3/6) at 7:30pm, there will be a live stream lecture on
youtube about nocturnal migration and BirdCast presented by the
Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
The following is the description from YouTube:
"Bird migration is a spectacular phenomenon that has long captured the
attention of human observers. The Cornell Lab's BirdCast project uses
state-of-the-art machine learning and computer science, along with
data from radar and acoustic monitoring, to uncover migration secrets.
Dr. Andrew Farnsworth will talk about some of the novel insights
revealed by this fascinating project."

It will be available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE7QKoop4Eo&app=desktop


(I hope the link works and doesn't trash the digest.)

Happy Birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon
 

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Date: 3/6/17 9:18 am
From: Mary <lemmel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross's Gooose
I think I just spotted the Ross's goose that was seen at Arlington reservoir at Wilson farm fields in Arlington now
with Huge flock of Canadian geese it really stands out

Mary Ellen 12:13pm

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Date: 3/6/17 7:12 am
From: Constance Lapite <peteorconstance...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek Sanctuary Walk, Sunday March 5
Despite the wind and the cold and the absence of Soheil, the weekly walk at
the Wheelabrator facility/Bear Creek Sanctuary did not disappoint. Hunters
were a highlight - Short-eared owl and Norther Harrier soaring by, kiting
American Kestrel, Sharp-shin terrorizing the feeders and a dizzying,
spectacular display of speed by a tag team of Peregrines chasing a
Killdeer. Eastern Meadowlark, snipe and Snow geese, too. Thank you to guide
and chaperone Geoff Wilson for a great tour. Report below.

Constance Lapite
Beverly, MA


Bear Creek Sanctuary (restricted access), Essex, Massachusetts, US
Mar 5, 2017 9:24 AM - 12:01 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
35 species

Snow Goose 4
Canada Goose 400
American Black Duck 32
Surf Scoter 3
White-winged Scoter 2
Bufflehead 10
Red-breasted Merganser 5
Turkey Vulture 1 Seen after the tour ended
Northern Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Killdeer 3
Wilson's Snipe 1 Chunky brown bird seen briefly flying low and landing
in a wet area. Ticking calls matching the recordings on Sibley app were
heard from the same general area when a hunting NOHA flew over.
Herring Gull (American) 60
Great Black-backed Gull 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Mourning Dove 30
Short-eared Owl 1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
American Kestrel 1
Peregrine Falcon 2
Blue Jay 2
Horned Lark 60
Black-capped Chickadee 5
European Starling 20
American Tree Sparrow 11
White-throated Sparrow 7
Song Sparrow 7
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 75
Eastern Meadowlark 2 Overwintering, continuing birds. Well seen.
Common Grackle 2
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 12

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S34982558

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

 

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Date: 3/6/17 3:44 am
From: Mary Ellen <lemmel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes continue East Bridgewater
Hello,

I saw the continuing Sandhill Cranes (2) yesterday at 3:34pm at the reported location 1034 Central Street, East Bridgewater. I watched them for about 15 minutes before having to leave. They flew in while I was there :) I also a Red-tail hawk, Bluebirds, Killdeer, Starlings and Robins.



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34992607


Mary Ellen McMahon

 

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Date: 3/5/17 6:12 pm
From: <bvm1290...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle and ducks in Acushnet River
I wanted to bird from inside the car, so parked near the fence at the Slocum Street Bridge in Acushnet.I was having a good time photographing Scaup, Wigeons, Gadwall through the fence.

Dan MacKinnon came by and was telling me his tale of going to see the Great Grey Owl, when suddenly all the ducks flew off.A Bald Eagle flew low over the river so close I didn't have time to un-zoom my camera.

The Ducks came back, but the Eagle didn't.

Carolyn Longworth
Acushnet, MA
bvm1290atcomcast.net
Bird Sightings at:
http://tinyurl.com/z489j5o

Sent from iPad

 

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Date: 3/5/17 1:12 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hall's Pond Sanctuary Brookline
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Hello Birders:Hall's Pond Sanctuary in Brookline was buzzing with activity despite the cold.Birds included:- American Woodcock, accidentally flushed from Amory woods west of pond. It landed in several different spots and was visible on ground.- Fox Sparrow. Near where the trail starts around pond at wooden bridge- 6 Tufted Titmouse- Black-capped Chickadee- 2 Northern Juncos- 2 Song Sparrows- 1 Downy Woodpecker- 2 White-breasted Nuthatch- 6 Mourning Doves. Sunning themselves next to marsh- More than 10 Common Grackles- 8 Red-winged Blackbirds
Joe <BATTENFELDRoslindaleJbattenfeld...>


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Date: 3/5/17 9:08 am
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Cape Ann-Gloucester & Rockport, Mar 4, 2017
Cape Ann-Gloucester & Rockport, Essex, Massachusetts, US Mar 4, 2017 8:30
AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling 20.0 mile(s)
Comments: Four hearty souls joined us for a blustery day looking for
birds on Cape Ann. The temperature never made it above 18 degrees and the
winds were very strong at times. We started with a cloudless blue sky and
ended up with dramatic dark cloudy skies with snow flurries. Our last stop
was Plum Cove. After a few moments it was clear that winds that practically
knocked us over at times, would make it difficult, and we officially ended
the trip. Despite challenging conditions we had a great time and saw some
excellent birds. We started the day with what was one of the lowest tides I
have seen. Sandbars I have never seen were evident in the inner harbor, and
the sand bar that connects Salt Island to Good Harbor was completely dry. I
have walked the bar in the summer in a foot of water.
40 species

Brant (Branta bernicla) 18 Rockport, Front and Back Beach and Plum
Cove Lanesville
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 24
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 7 Niles Pond
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 11
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 93
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 12 Niles Pond
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 20 Niles Pond
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 8 Niles Pond
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) 91
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) 35 Rockport
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 8
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) 14
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) 4
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) 7
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 65
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) 12
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 1
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 67
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 2
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 8
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 2
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 2
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 8 Gloucester back shore
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1 Nice surprise at Eastern point
lighthouse area, seen well by group, being harasses by crows it flew off
after a flew minutes
Thick-billed Murre (Uria lomvia) 1 Continuing bird seen from Jodrey
fish Pier in the inner harbor, bird hanging out by a bouy and not bothered
by fishing boats passing nearby
Razorbill (Alca torda) 3 2 @ Bass Rocks Gloucester 1 in Rockport
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle) 2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) X
Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) 1 Jodrey Fish Pier
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) X
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 5
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 15
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 6 Singing at Niles Pond
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1 Singing
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S34978156

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



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

 

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Date: 3/4/17 8:03 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Gray Owl near Northampton! (belated report)
Hi MassBirders,

I’m a little hesitant to post this, as the Arctic owl species seem to be magnets for those birders and photographers who routinely exhibit the worst behavior imaginable. However, the information is already out on eBird and FaceBook, and I tend to suspect that MassBird subscribers are far more ethical and conscientious in their treatment of birds and habitat than humanity in general. I also tend to think that the best protection for birds and habitat from abominable human behavior is to have as many ethical birders present as possible, so that some of them will speak out when they see someone misbehaving, and if necessary call the authorities. So anyway…

David Pritchard filed an eBird report on Wednesday, February 22. One of the species he reported was a Barred Owl, with photos. However, Saturday afternoon, raptor aficionado Brian Rusnica looked at the photos, and, well, they don’t show a Barred Owl!
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34771784

It sounds like several birders, including Brian, visited the report area today after the word got out, but did not find the bird. It also sounds like access to the area is fairly sketchy, involving dirt roads, possibly private roads, snowmowbile trails, and potentially requiring walking an indeterminate distance across swampy terrain. Combine all that with the bird not having been seen since it was photographed three days ago, and people wanting to see a Great Gray are almost certainly better off going for the New Hampshire bird. However, given that this one is in our own state, I’m sure at least a few people will opt for the less likely local target….

Good birding!

Josh


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




 

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Date: 3/4/17 7:31 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird in Northampton/ GONE !
I wanted to send this to MASSBIRD instead of Barbara. Sorry about that..


Glenn


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

> On March 4, 2017 at 8:52 PM Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> wrote:
>
>
> Rhetorical, of course, but where did this bird spend Nov through Feb? Some cold temps, lots of snow at times, not along the coast, so the bird could survive some serious obstacles. It knew suet had survival benefit. Can we really say the bird is no longer? So hard to prove a negative.
>
>
> Glenn
>
>
> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
>
>
> > >
> > On March 4, 2017 at 7:18 PM Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:
> >
> > Thanks to Tom Gagnon (with permission) for the following report.
> >
> > Barbara Volkle
> >
> > Northborough, MA
> >
> > <barb620...>
> >
> > *
> > Hi Folks:
> > Just got back from vacation earlier this week. Lots of messages
> > on my telephone and only 1,001 emails mostly from Massbird. POOR
> > BARBARA !!!!!!!!!!!!! One of the messages on the phone was about a
> > hummingbird coming to a feeder in the Northampton area. The person
> > reported the hummingbird is not a hard core birder like most of us and
> > did not realize that a hummingbird this early COULD be something really
> > RARE. The bird was first seen on FEBRUARY 17th rubbing it's bill on
> > the SUET !!! The next day the other occupant of the house-hold saw it
> > and put out a hummingbird feeder and it was seen going to the feeder.
> > Both persons in the house work so it was not seen again until last
> > weekend I believe, February 25 and 26th. It has NOT been seen
> > since. I tried on Thursday, March 2 with no luck. As I was typing
> > this email the person who first reported it called me. One of the
> > people in the house had good looks at the bird and when shown the
> > picture in the bird book confirmed that the bird was RUSTY colored !!!!
> > So, I believe we can at least call it a "Selasphorus' for the records.
> > Certainly does make one wonder how many of these rarities get
> > past us. After the bittern cold and wind we have had today, I doubt
> > that this bird is still alive. The other interesting thing about this
> > report is that bird was seen going to the suet. I have never head of
> > such behavior in hummingbirds.
> > Tom Gagnon, Florence, Massachusetts
> >
> > >

 

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Date: 3/4/17 6:18 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC trip Cohasset to Marshfield
Not the best of days weather wise, but some of the best birding is during some of the worst weather.


I covered a BBC trip for a fellow board member who was under the weather. No one showed up, but I did the trip anyway. Birds are not stupid; water birds stayed in the lee of wind whenever possible. So the birds on Musquashicut Pond were on the west side facing east and the sun. Felt bad about flushing a woodcock which was sunning itself at the Ferry Hill Thicket.


Highlights:


Brant 26 North Scituate (NS)

Green-winged Teal 16 (NS)

NORTHERN SHOVELER 1 male (NS-Musquashicut)

Ring-necked Duck 1 female North Marshfield (NM)

Harlequin Duck 6 (NS)

Red-necked Grebe 8 (NS)

BALD EAGLE 2 ad - pair! (NM) A real highlight-these birds were on the same branch and the female called while I was observing. Those who know the area this was from Riverside Circle. I figured with the wind conditions eagles would be on the north side of the North River (facing south, out of wind), but was not expecting this. The right hand bird was 10-15 % larger, so female. I don't know if this is lighting but the female was blacker than the male. How likely are these birds staying in the general area? Should they be setting up nesting now?

American Woodcock 1 flushed from the north sector of Ferry Hill Thicket (YWCA)

Hairy Woodpecker 5 (3 NM, 2 Cohasset) After missing this bird in February

Brown Creeper 1 (NM)


49 species for the day


Glenn


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

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Date: 3/4/17 4:23 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird in Northampton/ GONE !
Thanks to Tom Gagnon (with permission) for the following report.

Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

*
Hi Folks:
Just got back from vacation earlier this week. Lots of messages
on my telephone and only 1,001 emails mostly from Massbird. POOR
BARBARA !!!!!!!!!!!!! One of the messages on the phone was about a
hummingbird coming to a feeder in the Northampton area. The person
reported the hummingbird is not a hard core birder like most of us and
did not realize that a hummingbird this early COULD be something really
RARE. The bird was first seen on FEBRUARY 17th rubbing it's bill on
the SUET !!! The next day the other occupant of the house-hold saw it
and put out a hummingbird feeder and it was seen going to the feeder.
Both persons in the house work so it was not seen again until last
weekend I believe, February 25 and 26th. It has NOT been seen
since. I tried on Thursday, March 2 with no luck. As I was typing
this email the person who first reported it called me. One of the
people in the house had good looks at the bird and when shown the
picture in the bird book confirmed that the bird was RUSTY colored !!!!
So, I believe we can at least call it a "Selasphorus' for the records.
Certainly does make one wonder how many of these rarities get
past us. After the bittern cold and wind we have had today, I doubt
that this bird is still alive. The other interesting thing about this
report is that bird was seen going to the suet. I have never head of
such behavior in hummingbirds.
Tom Gagnon, Florence, Massachusetts
 

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Date: 3/4/17 1:59 pm
From: Deborah Radovsky <dp32...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] signs of Spring
FOY flock of Common Grackles in my yard today, on a very cold and blustery day, Red-winged Blackbirds seen a day or two ago, Woodcocks heard in the neighborhood this past week.
Spring is coming!

Deb Radovsky
Sharon

 

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Date: 3/4/17 12:38 pm
From: Daniel Neiman <daniel.neiman...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Gray Owl in Newport, NH
I just wanted to say thank you for posting this. I went up yesterday (because today’s forecast was for 19 degrees and windy!) and joined the crowd of maybe 30 people forming a respectful semi-circle around the owl as it perched on a branch at the edge of the field. Apparently it had been there most of the day, although I got there just before 3:00. The owl finally flew maybe around 4:30 or 5:00, by which time it had clouded up. The owl flew from tree to tree along the edge of the field (in snow squalls) and at one pointed kited above the field looking for a mouse.

Very cool to see it in action.

Thanks again,

Dan N.

> On Mar 2, 2017, at 8:04 PM, Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...> wrote:
>
> Hi All,
> A quick update‎ on the Great Gray Owl in Newport: after being absent for almost the entire day the bird arrived at yesterday's location at 4pm and was still present when I left an hour later.
>
> It seems to hunt in this field around dusk, though clearly found another roost throughout the day. If you are planning on trying for the bird, i'd suggest arriving around 3, even 3:30 and staking out the field it seems to frequent.
>
> Also, while the walk to the field is not a long one the trail is very iced over. Appropriate footwear is recommended.
>
> If you do trek out there, good luck!
>
> Sebastian Jones
> Jamaica Plain, MA
>
> Sent from my mobile.
> From: Sebastian Jones
> Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:49 AM
> To: Massbird
> Subject: Great Gray Owl in Newport, NH
>
> Hi Massbirders,
> Since i've not seen any reference to it on here, I thought i'd forward the below ‎report of a Great Gray Owl yesterday in Newport, NH (just shy of two hours north from Boston). I'm trying my luck today and figured it might be of interest to others in the area.
>
> The approximate street address for yesterday's site is 118 Oak St., Newport, NH and the bird was located about a half mile north on a bike trail across the street from the address.
>
> Best,
> Sebastian Jones
> Jamaica Plain, MA
>
> Sent from my mobile.
> From: Steve Bennett <sbennett999...>
> Sent: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 7:30 PM
> To: nhbirds Google Groups
> Reply To: <sbennett999...>
> Subject: [NHBirds] Newport GREAT GRAY OWL Upate, 7PM Weds
>
> A little before 10AM this morning, Susan Wrisley, Jenna Pettipas & I were able to find the Great Gray Owl that was recently reported in Newport, NH. From 10AM until 4PM it pretty much sat in a tree and slept, occasionally stretching and yawning. Shortly after 4 o'clock it perked up and immediately began hunting the large field abutting the rail trail. It did several short flights out over the field and eventually came back with a big black rodent in its talons which it promptly ate. A small group of us watched it hunt for another hour as it worked its way North along the tree line at the edge of the field.
>
> As darkness set in, it was last seen flying North across the fields towards the airport as I could see the large orange windsock in the background.
>
> The highlight of the day, though, was when the bird flew across the field and landed at the feet of nature writer & photographer Lloyd Alexander, so close that Lloyd could have reached down and patted the bird on the head.
>
> Also, thanks to Dylan Jackson for his local knowledge advise to Susan & Jenna on where to look for the bird, and to Marcel Ledoux for spending a few early morning hours with me scouring the fields of Newport. Fortunately Marcel was able to come back later and get some amazing flight shots, as he always does due to his keen sense of readiness & preparedness.
>
> Also, thanks to Steve Mirick & Becky Suamola for getting the word out quickly. A lot of people were able to get on the bird today, a lifer for many and a state lifer for a lot of us, as well.
>
> Wow, what a great day !
>
> Steve Bennett
> Rye, NH
>
>
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Date: 3/4/17 9:50 am
From: <warbler...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Video of Plum Island in May
Dear Jackson,

This taste of spring is just what the doctor ordered for this arctic
weekend. Thank you!

Sylvia Martin, Brighton

Quoting "Childs, Jackson" <jchilds...>:

> Hi,
>
> I finally put together some video I had from the last couple years
> at Plum Island in May. Here it is (five minutes, lots of warblers):
>
> https://youtu.be/zkLGS4bp_Yg
>
> Best,
> Jackson Childs
> Arlington, MA
> <jchilds...><mailto:<jchilds...>



 

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Date: 3/4/17 9:37 am
From: Adam Leiterman <aleiterman...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nature Photography Series
Hello all,
I would like to offer a bird photography workshop opportunity:

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Location:
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Date: 3/4/17 6:53 am
From: Adam Leiterman <aleiterman...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RE: massbird-digest V16 #485
Hello all,
Here is a wonderful opportunity for birders wanting to improve photography skills:

Nature Photography Series
Sponsored by Boston Nature Center
Location:
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan
Instructor:
Eduardo del Solar - Photographer
Audience:
Adult
Members:
$195.00
Nonmembers:
$245.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Class dates and times:
Sat, Apr 08, 2017 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Sat, Apr 15, 2017 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Sat, Apr 22, 2017 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Sat, Apr 29, 2017 7:30 am - 11:30 am

Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
Get ready to take your outdoor photography skills to the next level! Join avian photographer Eduardo del Solar in this hands-on photography workshop series designed to improve your technical and artistic bird photography skills.
The workshop will have the following components each week:
1. Two-hour classroom session focusing on the skills required for photographing birds in several modes (flight, portrait, environmental, and artistic).
2. Two-hour shoot, with the instructor selecting the site and type of images we will shoot.
3. Homework assignments. Each participant will provide the instructor with their best images for the week.
4. Critique of student's three best images, with a focus on improving each participant's skill set.
No specific camera equipment is required-we will work with what you have.
All levels of skill are accepted. Eduardo will individualize instruction based on the skill set of each participant.

Registration is required.

Register online or call 617-983-8500 to register by phone.

For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.

For more information, contact:
Boston Nature Center
500 Walk Hill Street
Mattapan, MA 02126
<bnc...>

Thanks,
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Sent: Friday, March 3, 2017 3:48 PM
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Subject: massbird-digest V16 #485


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Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2017 09:50:41 -0500
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneye - Turner's Falls

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Greetings birders,

Slightly belated news and perhaps a one-day event, but a nice female Barrow's Goldeneye at the Turner's Falls power canal on Feb 27th. It was reported by Mark Taylor around 11am and still present in late afternoon when I found it feeding close to an orange-billed Common Goldeneye;

http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/03/ma-barrows-and-orange-billed-common.html

For some reason this has been a particularly poor winter for Barrow's at Turner's Falls and this was the first individual that I've seen to date.
Thanks very much to Mark for his report.

A few other birds of note include a peak count of 9 Kumlien's Iceland Gulls at Turner's on Feb 18th with smaller numbers throughout to 4 birds on Feb 28th. Also, a Black Vulture over the power canal on Feb 26th, Merlins in Gill on Feb 23rd and Mar 1st, and a migrant Northern Harrier (male) in Gill on Mar 1st.

Images of some of these and other species in the area can be seen at;

http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com


Good birding,


James

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<div dir=3D"ltr">Greetings birders,<div><br></div><div>Slightly belated new= s and perhaps a one-day event, but a nice female Barrow&#39;s Goldeneye at = the Turner&#39;s Falls power canal on Feb 27th. It was reported by Mark Tay= lor around 11am and still present in late afternoon when I found it feeding= close to an orange-billed Common Goldeneye;</div><div><br></div><div><a hr= ef=3D"http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/03/ma-barrows-and-orange-bill=
ed-common.html">http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/03/ma-barrows-and-o=
range-billed-common.html</a><br></div><div><br></div><div>For some reason t= his has been a particularly poor winter for Barrow&#39;s at Turner&#39;s Fa= lls and this was the first individual that I&#39;ve seen to date. Thanks ve= ry much to Mark for his report.</div><div><br></div><div>A few other birds = of note include a peak count of 9 Kumlien&#39;s Iceland Gulls at Turner&#39= ;s on Feb 18th with smaller numbers throughout to 4 birds on Feb 28th. Also= , a Black Vulture over the power canal on Feb 26th, Merlins in Gill on Feb = 23rd and Mar 1st, and a migrant Northern Harrier (male) in Gill on Mar 1st.= =C2=A0</div><div><br></div><div>Images of some of these and other species i= n the area can be seen at;</div><div><br></div><div><a href=3D"http://pione= erbirding.blogspot.com">http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com</a><br></div><di=
v><br></div><div><br></div><div>Good
v>birding,</div><div><br></div><div><br>=
</div><div>James</div></div>

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Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2017 10:22:10 -0500
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rockport/Gloucester - yesterday highlights

The BBC Midweek Seabirds walk yesterday (3/1/2017) had the following
highlights:

Barrow's Goldeneye - 1 male at Plum Cove in Gloucester at 9am consorting with a female Common Goldeneye

King Eider - 1 female seen from Andrews Point looking northeast off the point near the Hooper house

Thick-billed Murre - 1 continuing bird at Jodrey Fish Pier looking straight out in the harbor

Brant - 5 at Plum Cove

Northern Gannet - 2 seen from Andrew's Point

Razorbill - 21 - seen from Andrew's Point, Cathedral Ledge and Bass Rocks

Steve Moore

Northborough, Ma

<barb620...>

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Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2017 11:11:12 -0500
From: Joan Stoner <jsstoner...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows concord weekly survey

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Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US Mar 2, 2017 6:54 AM - 9:18 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: 40s sun changing to all clouds, high blustery winds, weekly
survey with Kathy,Will, Maryellen,Kevin,Tom,Frank,Audrey, Andy,Joan,
27 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 72
Mute Swan 2
Wood Duck 19
Mallard 4
Common Goldeneye 10
Hooded Merganser 3 Female on box, 2 males
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Accipiter sp. 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 3
American Tree Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Song Sparrow 13
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Common Grackle 50
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S34912540

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

Joan Stoner
Lexington

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><span style=3D"font-size:12.8px">Great Meadows NWR--Concor= d Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US</span><br style=3D"font-size:12.8px"><= span style=3D"font-size:12.8px">Mar 2, 2017 6:54 AM - 9:18 AM</span><br sty= le=3D"font-size:12.8px"><span style=3D"font-size:12.8px">Protocol: Travelin= g</span><br style=3D"font-size:12.8px"><span style=3D"font-size:12.8px">2.5= mile(s)</span><br style=3D"font-size:12.8px"><span style=3D"font-size:12.8=
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Date: Thu, 02 Mar 2017 20:04:32 -0500
From: Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Great Gray Owl in Newport, NH

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nt-size: initial; font-family: Calibri, 'Slate Pro', sans-serif, sans-serif= ; color: rgb(31, 73, 125); text-align: initial; background-color: rgb(255, = 255, 255);">Hi All,</div><div style=3D"width: 100%; font-size: initial; fon=
t-family: Calibri, 'Slate Pro', sans-serif, sans-serif; color: rgb(31, 73, = 125); text-align: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">A quick u= pdate=E2=80=8E on the Great Gray Owl in Newport: after being absent for alm= ost the entire day the bird arrived at yesterday's location at 4pm and was = still present when I left an hour later.</div><div style=3D"width: 100%; fo=
nt-size: initial; font-family: Calibri, 'Slate Pro', sans-serif, sans-serif= ; color: rgb(31, 73, 125); text-align: initial; background-color: rgb(255, = 255, 255);"><br></div><div style=3D"width: 100%; font-size: initial; font-f=
amily: Calibri, 'Slate Pro', sans-serif, sans-serif; color: rgb(31, 73, 125= ); text-align: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">It seems to = hunt in this field around dusk, though clearly found another roost througho= ut the day. If you are planning on trying for the bird, i'd suggest arrivin= g around 3, even 3:30 and staking out the field it seems to frequent.</div>= <div style=3D"width: 100%; font-size: initial; font-family: Calibri, 'Slate= Pro', sans-serif, sans-serif; color: rgb(31, 73, 125); text-align: initial= ; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style=3D"font-size: initial;=
line-height: initial; text-align: initial;"><br></span></div><div style=3D=
"width: 100%; font-size: initial; font-family: Calibri, 'Slate Pro', sans-s= erif, sans-serif; color: rgb(31, 73, 125); text-align: initial; background-=
color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style=3D"font-size: initial; line-height:= initial; text-align: initial;">Also, while the walk to the field is not a = long one the trail is very iced over. Appropriate footwear is recommended.<= /span></div><div style=3D"width: 100%; font-size: initial; font-family: Cal= ibri, 'Slate Pro', sans-serif, sans-serif; color: rgb(31, 73, 125); text-al=
ign: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style=3D"font-si=
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background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style=3D"font-size: initial; =
line-height: initial; text-align: initial;">If you do trek out there, good = luck!</span></div><div style=3D"width: 100%; font-size: initial; font-famil=
y: Calibri, 'Slate Pro', sans-serif, sans-serif; color: rgb(31, 73, 125); t=
ext-align: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style=3D"f=
ont-size: initial; line-height: initial; text-align: initial;"><br></span><= /div><div style=3D"width: 100%; font-size: initial; font-family: Calibri, '= Slate Pro', sans-serif, sans-serif; color: rgb(31, 73, 125); text-align: in= itial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style=3D"font-size: ini= tial; line-height: initial; text-align: initial;">Sebastian Jones</span></d=
iv><div style=3D"width: 100%; font-size: initial; font-family: Calibri,
iv>'Sl=
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width: 100%; font-size: initial; font-family: Calibri, 'Slate Pro', sans-se= rif, sans-serif; color: rgb(31, 73, 125); text-align: initial; background-c=
olor: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br style=3D"display:initial"></div> =
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ily: Calibri, 'Slate Pro', sans-serif, sans-serif; color: rgb(31, 73, 125);=
text-align: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Sent&nbsp;from=
&nbsp;my&nbsp;mobile.</div> =
=
<table width=3D"100%= " style=3D"background-color:white;border-spacing:0px;"> <tbody><tr><td cols= pan=3D"2" style=3D"font-size: initial; text-align: initial; background-colo=
r: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <div style=3D"border-sty=
le: solid none none; border-top-color: rgb(181, 196, 223); border-top-width=
: 1pt; padding: 3pt 0in 0in; font-family: Tahoma, 'BB Alpha Sans', 'Slate P= ro'; font-size: 10pt;"> <div><b>From: </b>Sebastian Jones</div><div><b>Sen=
t: </b>Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:49 AM</div><div><b>To: </b>Massbird</div><=
div><b>Subject: </b>Great Gray Owl in Newport,
div>NH</div></div></td></tr></tb=
ody></table><div style=3D"border-style: solid none none;
ody>border-top-color: =
rgb(186, 188, 209); border-top-width: 1pt; font-size: initial; text-align: = initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"></div><br><div id=3D"_origi=
nalContent" style=3D""> =
<div style=3D"width: 100%; font-size: ini= tial; font-family: Calibri, 'Slate Pro', sans-serif, sans-serif; color: rgb= (31, 73, 125); text-align: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">= Hi Massbirders,</div><div style=3D"width: 100%; font-size: initial; font-fa=
mily: Calibri, 'Slate Pro', sans-serif, sans-serif; color: rgb(31, 73, 125)= ; text-align: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Since i've no= t seen any reference to it on here, I thought i'd forward the below =E2=80= =8Ereport of a Great Gray Owl yesterday in Newport, NH (just shy of two hou= rs north from Boston). I'm trying my luck today and figured it might be of = interest to others in the area.&nbsp;</div><div style=3D"width: 100%; font-=
size: initial; font-family: Calibri, 'Slate Pro', sans-serif, sans-serif; c=
olor: rgb(31, 73, 125); text-align: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255= , 255);"><br></div><div style=3D"width: 100%; font-size: initial; font-fami=
ly: Calibri, 'Slate Pro', sans-serif, sans-serif; color: rgb(31, 73, 125); =
text-align: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The approximate= street address for yesterday's site is 118 Oak St., Newport, NH and the bi= rd was located about a half mile north on a bike trail across the street fr= om the address.</div><div style=3D"width: 100%; font-size: initial; font-fa=
mily: Calibri, 'Slate Pro', sans-serif, sans-serif; color: rgb(31, 73, 125)= ; text-align: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br></div><di= v style=3D"width: 100%; font-size: initial; font-family: Calibri, 'Slate Pr= o', sans-serif, sans-serif; color: rgb(31, 73, 125); text-align: initial; b=
ackground-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Best,</div><div style=3D"width: 100%;=
font-size: initial; font-family: Calibri, 'Slate Pro', sans-serif, sans-se= rif; color: rgb(31, 73, 125); text-align: initial; background-color: rgb(25= 5, 255, 255);">Sebastian Jones</div><div style=3D"width: 100%; font-size: i= nitial; font-family: Calibri, 'Slate Pro', sans-serif, sans-serif; color: r= gb(31, 73, 125); text-align: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);= ">Jamaica Plain, MA<span style=3D"font-size: initial; text-align: initial; =
line-height: initial;"></span></div> =
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<div style=3D"width: 100%; font-size: initial; font-fami=
ly: Calibri, 'Slate Pro', sans-serif, sans-serif; color: rgb(31, 73, 125); =
text-align: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br style=3D"di=
splay:initial"></div> =
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<div styl=
e=3D"font-size: initial; font-family: Calibri, 'Slate Pro', sans-serif, san= s-serif; color: rgb(31, 73, 125); text-align: initial; background-color: rg=
b(255, 255, 255);">Sent&nbsp;from&nbsp;my&nbsp;mobile.</div> =
=
=
<table width=3D"100%" style=3D"background-color:white;border-s=
pacing:0px;"> <tbody><tr><td colspan=3D"2" style=3D"font-size: initial; tex=
t-align: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> =
<div style=3D"border-style: solid none none; border-top-color: rgb= (181, 196, 223); border-top-width: 1pt; padding: 3pt 0in 0in; font-family: = Tahoma, 'BB Alpha Sans', 'Slate Pro'; font-size: 10pt;"> <div><b>From: </b=
>Steve Bennett &lt;<sbennett999...>&gt;</div><div><b>Sent:
></b>Wednesd=
ay, March 1, 2017 7:30 PM</div><div><b>To: </b>nhbirds Google Groups</div><=
div><b>Reply To: </b><sbennett999...></div><div><b>Subject:
div></b>[NHBir=
ds] Newport GREAT GRAY OWL Upate, 7PM Weds</div></div></td></tr></tbody></t=
able><div style=3D"border-style: solid none none; border-top-color:
able>rgb(186=
, 188, 209); border-top-width: 1pt; font-size: initial; text-align: initial= ; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"></div><br><div id=3D"_originalCont= ent" style=3D""><p dir=3D"ltr">A little before 10AM this morning, Susan Wri= sley, Jenna Pettipas &amp; I were able to find the Great Gray Owl that was = recently reported in Newport, NH. From 10AM until 4PM it pretty much sat in= a tree and slept, occasionally stretching and yawning. Shortly after 4 o'c= lock it perked up and immediately began hunting the large field abutting th= e rail trail. It did several short flights out over the field and eventuall= y came back with a big black rodent in its talons which it promptly ate. A = small group of us watched it hunt for another hour as it worked its way Nor= th along the tree line at the edge of the field. </p> <p dir=3D"ltr">As darkness set in, it was last seen flying North across the= fields towards the airport as I could see the large orange windsock in the= background!
.</p> <p dir=3D"ltr">The highlight of the day, though, was when the bird flew acr= oss the field and landed at the feet of nature writer &amp; photographer Ll= oyd Alexander, so close that Lloyd could have reached down and patted the b= ird on the head.</p> <p dir=3D"ltr">Also, thanks to Dylan Jackson for his local knowledge advise= to Susan &amp; Jenna on where to look for the bird, and to Marcel Ledoux f= or spending a few early morning hours with me scouring the fields of Newpor= t. Fortunately Marcel was able to come back later and get some amazing flig= ht shots, as he always does due to his keen sense of readiness &amp; prepar= edness.</p> <p dir=3D"ltr">Also, thanks to Steve Mirick &amp; Becky Suamola for getting= the word out quickly. A lot of people were able to get on the bird today, = a lifer for many and a state lifer for a lot of us, as well.</p> <p dir=3D"ltr">Wow, what a great day !</p> <p dir=3D"ltr">Steve Bennett<br> Rye, NH</p>

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Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2017 07:33:57 -0500
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Barrow's Goldeneye - Turner's Falls

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Greetings birders,

Apologies for the broken links in my recent posts to Massbird. I'm not sure what's going on but the links are picking up additonal characters rendering them useless, so you may be seeing a prompt that says something like "this page does not exist".

In view of this, I'll refrain from posting links in the near future.

Good birding,

James






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From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Date: Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 9:50 AM
Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye - Turner's Falls
To: Massbird <massbird...>


Greetings birders,

Slightly belated news and perhaps a one-day event, but a nice female Barrow's Goldeneye at the Turner's Falls power canal on Feb 27th. It was reported by Mark Taylor around 11am and still present in late afternoon when I found it feeding close to an orange-billed Common Goldeneye;

http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/03/ma-barrows-and-orange-billed-
common.html

For some reason this has been a particularly poor winter for Barrow's at Turner's Falls and this was the first individual that I've seen to date.
Thanks very much to Mark for his report.

A few other birds of note include a peak count of 9 Kumlien's Iceland Gulls at Turner's on Feb 18th with smaller numbers throughout to 4 birds on Feb 28th. Also, a Black Vulture over the power canal on Feb 26th, Merlins in Gill on Feb 23rd and Mar 1st, and a migrant Northern Harrier (male) in Gill on Mar 1st.

Images of some of these and other species in the area can be seen at;

http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com


Good birding,


James

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>Greetings birders,</div><div><br></div><div>Apologies=
for the broken links in my recent posts to Massbird. I&#39;m not sure what= &#39;s going on but the links are picking up additonal characters rendering= them useless, so you may be seeing a prompt that says something like &quot= ;this page does not exist&quot;.</div><div><br></div><div>In view of this, = I&#39;ll refrain from posting links in the near future.</div><div><br></div=
><div>Good
>birding,</div><div><br></div><div>James</div><div><br></div><div=
><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><br><div
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mail_quote">---------- Forwarded message ----------<br>From: <b class=3D"gm= ail_sendername">James P Smith</b> <span dir=3D"ltr">&lt;<a href=3D"mailto:k=
<eenbirder...>"><keenbirder...></a>&gt;</span><br>Date: Thu, Mar = 2, 2017 at 9:50 AM<br>Subject: Barrow&#39;s Goldeneye - Turner&#39;s Falls<=
br>To: Massbird &lt;<a
br>href=3D"mailto:<massbird...>">massbird@thewo=
rld.com</a>&gt;<br><br><br><div dir=3D"ltr">Greetings birders,<div><br></di=
v><div>Slightly belated news and perhaps a one-day event, but a nice
v>female=
Barrow&#39;s Goldeneye at the Turner&#39;s Falls power canal on Feb 27th. = It was reported by Mark Taylor around 11am and still present in late aftern= oon when I found it feeding close to an orange-billed Common Goldeneye;</di=
v><div><br></div><div><a
v>href=3D"http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/03=
/ma-barrows-and-orange-billed-common.html" target=3D"_blank">http://pioneer= birding.<wbr>blogspot.com/2017/03/ma-<wbr>barrows-and-orange-billed-<wbr>co=
mmon.html</a><br></div><div><br></div><div>For some reason this has been a = particularly poor winter for Barrow&#39;s at Turner&#39;s Falls and this wa= s the first individual that I&#39;ve seen to date. Thanks very much to Mark= for his report.</div><div><br></div><div>A few other birds of note include= a peak count of 9 Kumlien&#39;s Iceland Gulls at Turner&#39;s on Feb 18th = with smaller numbers throughout to 4 birds on Feb 28th. Also, a Black Vultu= re over the power canal on Feb 26th, Merlins in Gill on Feb 23rd and Mar 1s= t, and a migrant Northern Harrier (male) in Gill on Mar 1st.=C2=A0</div><di=
v><br></div><div>Images of some of these and other species in the area
v>can =
be seen at;</div><div><br></div><div><a href=3D"http://pioneerbirding.blogs=
pot.com" target=3D"_blank">http://pioneerbirding.<wbr>blogspot.com</a><br><=
/div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>Good birding,</div><div><br></div><=
div><br></div><div>James</div></div>
</div><br></div>

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Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2017 13:08:24 +0000 (UTC)
From: Kathleen <kab2769...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eastern Phoebe, Red-winged Blackbirds Rehoboth 3/3

Just now there is an Eastern Phoebe on the ground under my feeder, picking at the dried mealworms I've been putting out for the dozen or so Eastern Bluebirds that have overwintered in my yard. I just know it is one "my" phoebes, returning to nest under my garage deck, or perhaps one of the offspring that I rescued from a mite infestation a few years ago. I hand bathed each nestling in a warm solution of Dawn and rubbing alcohol, destroyed the nest and gave them a new one (tupperware dish with paper towel/mesh), and they fledged successfully.


Also, a female/juvenile and an adult male Red-winged Blackbird.

Kathleen Bartels
Rehoboth
<kab2769...>

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Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2017 14:25:34 +0000
From: "Childs, Jackson" <jchilds...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Video of Plum Island in May

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Hi,

I finally put together some video I had from the last couple years at Plum = Island in May. Here it is (five minutes, lots of warblers):

https://youtu.be/zkLGS4bp_Yg

Best,
Jackson Childs
Arlington, MA
<jchilds...><mailto:<jchilds...>


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Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2017 15:44:27 -0500
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - 3/1

Here's a complete list from the BBC trip to Cape Ann on Wednesday. Seas were calm, the weather warm and the rains never came!

While we did not have high numbers of birds, we had a wonderful variety. Many thanks to the birder who came by and pointed out the King Eider at Andrews!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

Jodrey State Fish Pier, Essex, Massachusetts, US Mar 1, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
16.0 mile(s)
Comments: BBC - Midweek Hunt for Alcids and Seabirds - Leader: Barbara Volkle - calm seas, more choppy in Gloucester, high of 65 degrees
40 species

Brant 5 Plum Cove, low tide
Canada Goose 2
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 35
Ring-necked Duck 7 Niles Pond
Lesser Scaup 7 Niles Pond
King Eider 1 female, Andrews Point looking towards Halibut
Common Eider 95
Harlequin Duck 85 most at Andrews Point and Cathedral Ledge, visible because of calm seas
Surf Scoter 3
White-winged Scoter 12
Black Scoter 6
Long-tailed Duck 6
Bufflehead 41
Common Goldeneye 1
Barrow's Goldeneye 1 Plum Cove, low tide
Red-breasted Merganser 36
Common Loon 12
Horned Grebe 1
Red-necked Grebe 1
Northern Gannet 2
Great Cormorant 2
Thick-billed Murre 1 Jodrey Fish Pier, continuing bird
Razorbill 21
Ring-billed Gull 51
Herring Gull 430
Great Black-backed Gull 230
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7
Mourning Dove 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 14
Black-capped Chickadee 2
American Robin 1
European Starling 25
Song Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 1
Common Grackle 8
House Finch 1
House Sparrow 11

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34937096

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

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Date: 3/4/17 6:21 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] terrific film about the "Duck Stamp" art competition!
I saw this last night at the Parker River NWR conservation film festival, and HIGHLY recommend that you try to catch the repeat tomorrow (Sunday), 10:45am, at the Visitor's Center on the Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport - it is fascinating and a delight:


Million Dollar Duck
Filmmaker: Brian Davis Runtime: 71 mins.

The Million Dollar Duck is a documentary that focuses on the strange and wonderful world of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, the only juried, art competition run by the U.S. government. This film explores the eccentric nature of the contestants who enter each year for a chance at wildlife art stardom, while also reflecting upon the history and challenges facing the continued existence of this successful conservation program.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul6NQ23x_Q8

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

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

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Date: 3/4/17 4:30 am
From: <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum island Spring

Massbirders:
           I just watched Jackson Childs video taken on Plum island and I want to recommend all birders watch this outstanding video. The quality of the video is nothing short of sensational and if this were lengthened and turned into some sort of documentary I, for one, would pay to see it. A little preview of the spring birds to come.  Thanks Jackson!
 
Doug Chickering
Grovelanbd
<sovekie...>
 
 

 

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Date: 3/3/17 2:54 pm
From: Donald Wilkinson <singingbirder...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] RFI: Lynn Beach Mew Gull
I was there today at 12:30pm very briefly. There were about 40 Ring-billed gulls there. One had a red tag on it's leg. I did not see the Mew Gull but some of the birds had their beaks tucked in. It seemed about 1/2 tide.

Good luck!
Don Wilkinson, Nahant

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 3, 2017, at 5:04 PM, Cliff Cook <ccook13...> wrote:
>
> We are thinking of looking for the Mew Gull tomorrow. Any reports positive or negative as well as info in relation to timing with tides would be appreciated.
>
> Cliff Cook
> Watertown
>


 

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Date: 3/3/17 2:10 pm
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RFI: Lynn Beach Mew Gull
We are thinking of looking for the Mew Gull tomorrow. Any reports positive or negative as well as info in relation to timing with tides would be appreciated.

Cliff Cook
Watertown

 

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Date: 3/3/17 12:50 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - 3/1
Here's a complete list from the BBC trip to Cape Ann on Wednesday. Seas
were calm, the weather warm and the rains never came!

While we did not have high numbers of birds, we had a wonderful
variety. Many thanks to the birder who came by and pointed out the King
Eider at Andrews!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

Jodrey State Fish Pier, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Mar 1, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
16.0 mile(s)
Comments: BBC - Midweek Hunt for Alcids and Seabirds - Leader: Barbara Volkle - calm seas, more choppy in Gloucester, high of 65 degrees
40 species

Brant 5 Plum Cove, low tide
Canada Goose 2
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 35
Ring-necked Duck 7 Niles Pond
Lesser Scaup 7 Niles Pond
King Eider 1 female, Andrews Point looking towards Halibut
Common Eider 95
Harlequin Duck 85 most at Andrews Point and Cathedral Ledge, visible because of calm seas
Surf Scoter 3
White-winged Scoter 12
Black Scoter 6
Long-tailed Duck 6
Bufflehead 41
Common Goldeneye 1
Barrow's Goldeneye 1 Plum Cove, low tide
Red-breasted Merganser 36
Common Loon 12
Horned Grebe 1
Red-necked Grebe 1
Northern Gannet 2
Great Cormorant 2
Thick-billed Murre 1 Jodrey Fish Pier, continuing bird
Razorbill 21
Ring-billed Gull 51
Herring Gull 430
Great Black-backed Gull 230
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7
Mourning Dove 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 14
Black-capped Chickadee 2
American Robin 1
European Starling 25
Song Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 1
Common Grackle 8
House Finch 1
House Sparrow 11

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34937096

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

 

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Date: 3/3/17 6:32 am
From: Childs, Jackson <jchilds...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Video of Plum Island in May
Hi,

I finally put together some video I had from the last couple years at Plum Island in May. Here it is (five minutes, lots of warblers):

https://youtu.be/zkLGS4bp_Yg

Best,
Jackson Childs
Arlington, MA
<jchilds...><mailto:<jchilds...>


 

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Date: 3/3/17 5:17 am
From: Kathleen <kab2769...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eastern Phoebe, Red-winged Blackbirds Rehoboth 3/3
Just now there is an Eastern Phoebe on the ground under my feeder, picking at the dried mealworms I've been putting out for the dozen or so Eastern Bluebirds that have overwintered in my yard. I just know it is one "my" phoebes, returning to nest under my garage deck, or perhaps one of the offspring that I rescued from a mite infestation a few years ago. I hand bathed each nestling in a warm solution of Dawn and rubbing alcohol, destroyed the nest and gave them a new one (tupperware dish with paper towel/mesh), and they fledged successfully.


Also, a female/juvenile and an adult male Red-winged Blackbird.

Kathleen Bartels
Rehoboth
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Date: 3/3/17 4:39 am
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Barrow's Goldeneye - Turner's Falls
Greetings birders,

Apologies for the broken links in my recent posts to Massbird. I'm not sure
what's going on but the links are picking up additonal characters rendering
them useless, so you may be seeing a prompt that says something like "this
page does not exist".

In view of this, I'll refrain from posting links in the near future.

Good birding,

James






---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Date: Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 9:50 AM
Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye - Turner's Falls
To: Massbird <massbird...>


Greetings birders,

Slightly belated news and perhaps a one-day event, but a nice female
Barrow's Goldeneye at the Turner's Falls power canal on Feb 27th. It was
reported by Mark Taylor around 11am and still present in late afternoon
when I found it feeding close to an orange-billed Common Goldeneye;

http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/03/ma-barrows-and-orange-billed-
common.html

For some reason this has been a particularly poor winter for Barrow's at
Turner's Falls and this was the first individual that I've seen to date.
Thanks very much to Mark for his report.

A few other birds of note include a peak count of 9 Kumlien's Iceland Gulls
at Turner's on Feb 18th with smaller numbers throughout to 4 birds on Feb
28th. Also, a Black Vulture over the power canal on Feb 26th, Merlins in
Gill on Feb 23rd and Mar 1st, and a migrant Northern Harrier (male) in Gill
on Mar 1st.

Images of some of these and other species in the area can be seen at;

http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com


Good birding,


James

 

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Date: 3/2/17 5:09 pm
From: Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Great Gray Owl in Newport, NH
Hi All,A quick update‎ on the Great Gray Owl in Newport: after being
absent for almost the entire day the bird arrived at yesterday's
location at 4pm and was still present when I left an hour later.
It seems to hunt in this field around dusk, though clearly found
another roost throughout the day. If you are planning on trying for
the bird, i'd suggest arriving around 3, even 3:30 and staking out the
field it seems to frequent.
Also, while the walk to the field is not a long one the trail is very
iced over. Appropriate footwear is recommended.
If you do trek out there, good luck!
Sebastian JonesJamaica Plain, MA
Sent from my mobile.

From: Sebastian JonesSent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:49 AMTo: MassbirdSubject:
Great Gray Owl in Newport, NH


Hi Massbirders,Since i've not seen any reference to it on here, I
thought i'd forward the below ‎report of a Great Gray Owl yesterday
in Newport, NH (just shy of two hours north from Boston). I'm trying
my luck today and figured it might be of interest to others in the
area.
The approximate street address for yesterday's site is 118 Oak St.,
Newport, NH and the bird was located about a half mile north on a bike
trail across the street from the address.
Best,Sebastian JonesJamaica Plain, MA
Sent from my mobile.

From: Steve Bennett <sbennett999...>Sent: Wednesday, March 1,
2017 7:30 PMTo: nhbirds Google GroupsReply To: <sbennett999...>:
[NHBirds] Newport GREAT GRAY OWL Upate, 7PM Weds


A little before 10AM this morning, Susan Wrisley, Jenna Pettipas & I
were able to find the Great Gray Owl that was recently reported in
Newport, NH. From 10AM until 4PM it pretty much sat in a tree and
slept, occasionally stretching and yawning. Shortly after 4 o'clock it
perked up and immediately began hunting the large field abutting the
rail trail. It did several short flights out over the field and
eventually came back with a big black rodent in its talons which it
promptly ate. A small group of us watched it hunt for another hour as
it worked its way North along the tree line at the edge of the field.

As darkness set in, it was last seen flying North across the fields
towards the airport as I could see the large orange windsock in the
background.

The highlight of the day, though, was when the bird flew across the
field and landed at the feet of nature writer & photographer Lloyd
Alexander, so close that Lloyd could have reached down and patted the
bird on the head.

Also, thanks to Dylan Jackson for his local knowledge advise to Susan
& Jenna on where to look for the bird, and to Marcel Ledoux for
spending a few early morning hours with me scouring the fields of
Newport. Fortunately Marcel was able to come back later and get some
amazing flight shots, as he always does due to his keen sense of
readiness & preparedness.

Also, thanks to Steve Mirick & Becky Suamola for getting the word out
quickly. A lot of people were able to get on the bird today, a lifer
for many and a state lifer for a lot of us, as well.

Wow, what a great day !

Steve Bennett
Rye, NH

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Date: 3/2/17 8:16 am
From: Joan Stoner <jsstoner...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows concord weekly survey
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Mar 2, 2017 6:54 AM - 9:18 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: 40s sun changing to all clouds, high blustery winds, weekly
survey with Kathy,Will, Maryellen,Kevin,Tom,Frank,Audrey, Andy,Joan,
27 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 72
Mute Swan 2
Wood Duck 19
Mallard 4
Common Goldeneye 10
Hooded Merganser 3 Female on box, 2 males
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Accipiter sp. 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 3
American Tree Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Song Sparrow 13
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Common Grackle 50
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S34912540

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

Joan Stoner
Lexington

 

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Date: 3/2/17 7:27 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rockport/Gloucester - yesterday highlights
The BBC Midweek Seabirds walk yesterday (3/1/2017) had the following
highlights:

Barrow's Goldeneye - 1 male at Plum Cove in Gloucester at 9am consorting
with a female Common Goldeneye

King Eider - 1 female seen from Andrews Point looking northeast off the
point near the Hooper house

Thick-billed Murre - 1 continuing bird at Jodrey Fish Pier looking
straight out in the harbor

Brant - 5 at Plum Cove

Northern Gannet - 2 seen from Andrew's Point

Razorbill - 21 - seen from Andrew's Point, Cathedral Ledge and Bass Rocks

Steve Moore

Northborough, Ma

<barb620...>


 

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Date: 3/2/17 6:56 am
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneye - Turner's Falls
Greetings birders,

Slightly belated news and perhaps a one-day event, but a nice female
Barrow's Goldeneye at the Turner's Falls power canal on Feb 27th. It was
reported by Mark Taylor around 11am and still present in late afternoon
when I found it feeding close to an orange-billed Common Goldeneye;

http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/03/ma-barrows-and-orange-billed-common.html

For some reason this has been a particularly poor winter for Barrow's at
Turner's Falls and this was the first individual that I've seen to date.
Thanks very much to Mark for his report.

A few other birds of note include a peak count of 9 Kumlien's Iceland Gulls
at Turner's on Feb 18th with smaller numbers throughout to 4 birds on Feb
28th. Also, a Black Vulture over the power canal on Feb 26th, Merlins in
Gill on Feb 23rd and Mar 1st, and a migrant Northern Harrier (male) in Gill
on Mar 1st.

Images of some of these and other species in the area can be seen at;

http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com


Good birding,


James

 

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Date: 3/2/17 3:55 am
From: Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Gray Owl in Newport, NH
Hi Massbirders,Since i've not seen any reference to it on here, I thought
i'd forward the below ‎report of a Great Gray Owl yesterday in
Newport, NH (just shy of two hours north from Boston). I'm trying my
luck today and figured it might be of interest to others in the area.
The approximate street address for yesterday's site is 118 Oak St.,
Newport, NH and the bird was located about a half mile north on a bike
trail across the street from the address.
Best,Sebastian JonesJamaica Plain, MA
Sent from my mobile.

From: Steve Bennett <sbennett999...>Sent: Wednesday, March 1,
2017 7:30 PMTo: nhbirds Google GroupsReply To: <sbennett999...>:
[NHBirds] Newport GREAT GRAY OWL Upate, 7PM Weds


A little before 10AM this morning, Susan Wrisley, Jenna Pettipas & I
were able to find the Great Gray Owl that was recently reported in
Newport, NH. From 10AM until 4PM it pretty much sat in a tree and
slept, occasionally stretching and yawning. Shortly after 4 o'clock it
perked up and immediately began hunting the large field abutting the
rail trail. It did several short flights out over the field and
eventually came back with a big black rodent in its talons which it
promptly ate. A small group of us watched it hunt for another hour as
it worked its way North along the tree line at the edge of the field.

As darkness set in, it was last seen flying North across the fields
towards the airport as I could see the large orange windsock in the
background.

The highlight of the day, though, was when the bird flew across the
field and landed at the feet of nature writer & photographer Lloyd
Alexander, so close that Lloyd could have reached down and patted the
bird on the head.

Also, thanks to Dylan Jackson for his local knowledge advise to Susan
& Jenna on where to look for the bird, and to Marcel Ledoux for
spending a few early morning hours with me scouring the fields of
Newport. Fortunately Marcel was able to come back later and get some
amazing flight shots, as he always does due to his keen sense of
readiness & preparedness.

Also, thanks to Steve Mirick & Becky Suamola for getting the word out
quickly. A lot of people were able to get on the bird today, a lifer
for many and a state lifer for a lot of us, as well.

Wow, what a great day !

Steve Bennett
Rye, NH

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Date: 3/1/17 12:22 pm
From: Dowling, Neil <npdowling...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northboro Timberdoodles.
Hi Massbirders,

Here they come! The SSE winds brought up my FOY Woodcock to my yard this AM. Peenting away in my woods as I was bring up the recycling at 5:52AM.

Neil Dowling
Northboro
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Date: 3/1/17 9:47 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill cranes
In field at corner of central and washington streets in e bridgewater

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Date: 3/1/17 6:04 am
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winter Wren, Newton
 

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Date: 3/1/17 3:22 am
From: Dan Prima <raptormafia...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Swampscott Mew Gull....confirmation of band number
Just an update on the banded Mew Gull.   I contacted the Fuglamerkingar - Icelandic Bird Ringing Centre at the Icelandic Institute of Natural History in Reykjavik....and they got right back to me to confirm the band on our visiting Mew Gull in Swampscott. 
Dear Dan Prima thank you for reporting your observation of a metal ringed Mew Gull/Common Gull Larus canus. The ring is definitely Icelandic and I belive I managed to list out the number as 581641 from your photographs. And indeed this ring was used on a Mew Gull. 581641, 5900 Stormmáfur, 381 Þorlákur S. Helgason, Akureyrarflugvöllur, 23.6.2013 The bird was ringed as pullus near Akureyri airport in N-Iceland on 23rd June 2013. We will send you a proper receipt for this very interesting resighting soon. Thank you again.  Best wishes,Gudmundur A. Gudmundsson
Quite a thrill!
Good birding!
Dan PrimaTewksbury <MAraptormafia...>
 

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Date: 2/28/17 6:04 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] blinds
Massbirders, The issue brought up by Barbara is about whether the birds are disturbed, not whether they’re aware of you.... Of course they are aware, but awareness isn’t disturbance. All birds have a commanding perspective of their surroundings. I just post this after a few cynical responses to my earlier contribution.....Have a birdy day....
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 2/28/17 4:46 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fenway: Fox Sparrow. WW Doves
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } A very handsome Fox Soarrow was in row O of Fenway Victory Gardens in Boston today. Very rich reddish brown on sides and large spots on chest contrast with gray on sides of head. The 2 White-winged Doves continue in row X perched conveniently on fence. Red orange eyes kind of creepy/cool. White-throated Sparrows were abundant - 25 plus - and many singing, as well as Commom Grackles (50-plus). 
Others:8 Song sparrows (most singing)4 Downy Woodpecker 2 White-breasted Nuthatches6 Northern Cardinals 4 American Goldfinch 3 Tufted Titmouse
Joe Battenfeld Roslindale <jbattenfeld...>

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Date: 2/28/17 1:44 pm
From: Erik Nielsen <erikbogh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Allens Pond - Sunday - not many birds, but close encounter with Otter
This is a quite belated report from the Allens Neck section of the Allens
Pond WS in Dartmouth; but since I didn't really encounter much for birds
except for a dozen Meadowlarks I didn't get around to it.

Warren's report from Norwell, however, prompted me to pull my self together.

Sunday, as I'm sure you remember was cool and quite windy. I walked the
trails and fields down to the furthest field where you can access the Pond.
I came up short on Brown Thrasher, Fox Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, and
Catbirds that were there just prior to the snow storms. Allens Pond didn't
seem to hold many birds either so I turned around and headed back after a
short while. Just as I got near the cut-through to the fields an Otter came
bounding through the marsh in front of me. It looked like it was heading
out to the field - so I did as well. When I got there it can rippling right
towards me right on the Phrag edge of the field.

It took me a bit to get the camera settings almost correct as there really
hadn't been much to take pictures of before that.

Some of them can be seen by following the link below and scrolling down a
bit.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/erikbogh


Happy Meteorological Spring.

Erik Nielsen
Westwood, MA

 

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Date: 2/28/17 1:32 pm
From: Dan Prima <raptormafia...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mew Gull, King's Beach, Swampscott 2/28
Hello Massbirders!
I went to King's Beach this morning to see the Mew Gull that's been reported over the last few days, and the bird did not disappoint!  The bird was at the wrack line a little north of the water flow outlet around 9:30 AM.  As the tide was coming in, I decided to sit and wait for the water to push the birds to me, which it did, resulting in fantastic looks at the gull! 
I was also able to get readable photos of the band on the bird (using my Canon SX50 at max zoom).  Photos of the bird and bands are on my e-bird report below.   I did post the information on the North American Gulls Facebook group knowing there are some very renowned gull experts there and one of them said it was an Icelandic band....he gave me contact information as to where to send the photos.  Fascinating stuff!!
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34867784
Good birding!
Dan PrimaTewksbury <MAraptormafia...>
 

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Date: 2/28/17 10:01 am
From: Warren Childs <wmchilds...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ring Necked Ducks Norwell/Otter
For the past few days there has been a flock of a dozen or so Ring
Necked Ducks on Jacobs Pond on Rt 123. They are easily seen from the road.

I also spotted a River Otter there last Thursday while there was still
ice on the pond. It was diving and surfacing through a series of holes
in the ice. It was the first otter I have spotted in the wild.


Warren & Abby Childs

Norwell

 

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Date: 2/28/17 7:48 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] moderator - giving breeding birds their space
Barbara et al.
When I photograph birds at the nest, bringing in food for young, I work from a blind, vehicle or some form of cover. Recording prey items can contribute to our knowledge of avian life histories...Painting all bird photographers and bird lovers with the same brush as being detrimental to a species breeding success is subjective. It’s unfortunate that the hobby or sport of birding has become so intense and competative to make the “Top 100” that some birders chase or disturb nesting birds for the list. And that’s really it, “need”. I’ve seen several areas of habitat here on the cape destroyed by overzealous listers Fort hill for instance. Ash-throated flycatcher a few years ago, people changed for ever the thicket at the lower parking lot. The tiny cat-tail niche on the lower trail trampled by those in need...Yellow rail? sedge wren? I never saw any of these. Birders with an un-leavened consciousness will always be a hindrance to the
success of nesting birds. It’s human Nature....All of the requests put forth to be aware of and not to disturb nesting species will be complied with by some and ignored by others. Your request is admirable.
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

From: Barbara Volkle
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2017 7:31 PM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] moderator - giving breeding birds their space

Breeding and nesting season is almost here.

Please consider the impacts associated with watching nesting birds. Birds are hypervigilant on nest. Our human presence creates stress for the parents.


Additionally, there are some nesting birds, particularly raptors, that are staked out. They receive no relief from the stream of observers and photographers, who will often spend hours with little thought to the impact their presence makes.


Because of this, we ask subscribers to not post photographs of nesting birds and to refrain from publicizing their locations.

Thanks to Marj Rines for her post about this issue on Arlingtonbirds.

Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

 

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Date: 2/28/17 7:44 am
From: John Hoye <lt.jaeger...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mew Gull
Subject on flats King Beach Lynn left part (north) part of Ringers assembled (100) 945 to 1020 and Dan on bird when we left photo
John and Audrey
John Hoye Wayland

I've wandered the earth in search of life: bird by bird I've come to know the earth. Pablo Neruda

John Hoye Wayland Ma

 

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Date: 2/28/17 5:34 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] moderator - giving breeding birds their space
bravo!

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

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

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

--------------------------------------------
On Mon, 2/27/17, Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:

Subject: [MASSBIRD] moderator - giving breeding birds their space
To: <massbird...>
Date: Monday, February 27, 2017, 7:31 PM







Breeding and
nesting season is almost
here.
Please consider
the impacts associated
with watching nesting birds. Birds are
hypervigilant on nest.  Our human presence creates
stress for
the parents. 


Additionally,
there are some nesting
birds, particularly raptors, that are staked
out.   They receive
no relief from the stream of observers and
photographers, who
will often spend hours with little thought to the
impact their
presence makes.


Because of this, we ask subscribers to not post
photographs
of nesting birds and to refrain from publicizing
their
locations.
Thanks to Marj
Rines for her post about
this issue on Arlingtonbirds.
Barbara
Volkle
Northborough,
MA

<barb620...>




 

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Date: 2/27/17 4:38 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] moderator - giving breeding birds their space
Breeding and nesting season is almost here.

Please consider the impacts associated with watching nesting birds.Birds
are hypervigilant on nest. Our human presence creates stress for the
parents.

Additionally, there are some nesting birds, particularly raptors, that
are staked out. They receive no relief from the stream of observers
and photographers, who will often spend hours with little thought to the
impact their presence makes.


Because of this, we ask subscribers to not post photographs of nesting
birds and to refrain from publicizing their locations.

Thanks to Marj Rines for her post about this issue on Arlingtonbirds.

Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA
<barb620...>


 

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Date: 2/27/17 4:24 pm
From: <asb1960...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Park - Woodcock displays





Ipswich River Park, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Feb 27, 2017 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.08 mile(s)
Comments: Went hoping to catch a woodcock show. Clear cool night, breezy
1 species

American Woodcock 6 I think there were probably more. They were peenting from all over the grassy area. They started while there was still some light so I was able to take this photo. - No flash

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34854834

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


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

 

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Date: 2/27/17 9:33 am
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Good Woodcock viewing spot: Millennium Park
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Massbirders:There were at least 3 American Woodcock "peenting" and displaying Sunday from just below end of parking lot at Millennium Park, West Roxbury. This is the lot that's next to main athletic field. Good spot to watch and if you get cold, just hop in your car. If you prefer walking, I also observed Woodcock flying out of woods along paved path that runs along swamp. You can watch their flight display from path or from higher level up the hill. It's less crowded than Nahanton Park; you may have birds all to yourself. On Sunday night I also observed Bald Eagle flying low over path near Charles River at dusk, and a Cooper's Hawk. Joe Battenfeld Roslindale <jbattenfeld...>

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Date: 2/27/17 9:11 am
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrow wave and other WMB posts
Hi MassBirders,

There seems to be a wave of Fox Sparrows passing through the state, or at least the western part, judging from the posts on Western Mass Birders. The first report was two of them Friday along the Fort River Trail, from Dawn Winkler. Bill Lafley had one at his feeders in New Salem on Saturday; there was also a feeder report from Elaine Light, though she did not mention her town. Sunday, Karen Karlberg reported one from Becket, and Elayne Ryba from Charlemont. And then I had one outside my window this morning, and just after I posted it, Jody Soules added another from New Marlborough.

So, anyone who wants to see a Fox Sparrow, it seems to be time, check your favorite brushy spots….

There also has been a recent flurry of Black Vulture reports on WMB, including 3 near Arcadia MAS on Sunday (Steve Sauter), 2 over Williamstown on Saturday (Chuck Johnson), and a mildly shocking 11 on the ground in Whately Saturday (Peter Gagarin).

Scott Lachance reported that the Boreal Chickadee was still visiting the feeders in Peru; Simon Eaton posted a flock of Red Crossbills from the Montague Sandplains the same day; and Chris Hyytinen and Greg Watkevich discovered a Snow Goose on the Turners Falls Power Canal, amid hundreds of Canadas; all on Saturday.

Good birding!

Josh


Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
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Date: 2/27/17 7:34 am
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes at Walnut st, East Bridgewater 2/26/17
 

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Date: 2/27/17 7:05 am
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Subject: banded Mew Gull King's Beach Lynn/Swampscott
About band number styles:

US and Canadian and most Mexican bands follow this format:

xxx-xxxxx or

xxxx-xxxxx

with "x" being a number and the prefix beginning at the seam.

They will also have the following legend:

Bands provided by the Bird Banding Laboratory are made of aluminum and
inscribed CALL 1-800-327 BAND and WWW.REPORTBAND.GOV followed by a unique 8
or 9 digit number. The older bird bands had the legend WRITE BIRD BAND
LAUREL MD 20708 USA or AVISE BIRD BAND WASH DC. [from the Bird Banding Lab
website].

European bands have a variety of schemes depending on their issuing agency.

It would be VERY significant to identify the origin of this banded bird,
either European or North American (or beyond?).

Good luck with your efforts to solve this scientific mystery.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore, New York



On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 7:40 AM, John Nelson <jrnelson...>
wrote:

> Hi Linda,
>
> I had fairly close views of the Mew Gull at King's beach yesterday morning.
> I spent some amount of time trying to read the band. I could not make out
> the smaller writing on the top of the band but there was two rows of small
> writing then a large row of numbers underneath. The three large numbers
> that
> I could see on the outside of the band looked like 164. There was no color
> that I could see at all on the band. I'm not a bander so I do not know if
> this format is standard or if this is relevant information at all but I
> thought I would share what I saw. My wife took a lot of pictures, if any of
> them reveal more band information I will share it.
>
> Good Birding!
>
> John Nelson
> Ipswich, MA
>
>
>
>
>


--
Richard Guthrie

 

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Date: 2/27/17 4:46 am
From: John Nelson <jrnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Subject: banded Mew Gull King's Beach Lynn/Swampscott
Hi Linda,

I had fairly close views of the Mew Gull at King's beach yesterday morning.
I spent some amount of time trying to read the band. I could not make out
the smaller writing on the top of the band but there was two rows of small
writing then a large row of numbers underneath. The three large numbers that
I could see on the outside of the band looked like 164. There was no color
that I could see at all on the band. I'm not a bander so I do not know if
this format is standard or if this is relevant information at all but I
thought I would share what I saw. My wife took a lot of pictures, if any of
them reveal more band information I will share it.

Good Birding!

John Nelson
Ipswich, MA




 

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Date: 2/26/17 5:35 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] ebird report Prothonotary Warbler is Saffron Finch
For those of you who get ebird alerts the report of Prothonotary Warbler show images which are of Saffron Finch.


Glenn


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

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Date: 2/26/17 4:53 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Horned Owl: female on nest; Photo!
Quite a treat, after searching high a low, and almost giving up, to just barely see the large "ears"
of a female Great Horned Owl on nest this afternoon. She was sitting so low in the nest, her ears were
a big challenge to find behind the sticks in an old nest.

For those with an interest, a single photo:
http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/165020460

Excerpt from Mass Audubon Breeding Bird Atlas I below.
Enjoy,
Craig Gibson
Winchester, MA
cbgibson AT comcast.net


The Great Horned Owl is the earliest nester of our native birds, usually laying its eggs between February 20 and March 25.

The clutch almost always consists of two eggs, but the range can be from one to three, and sometimes four. One brood is

raised each season, and on rare occasions a second clutch is produced if the first is lost. Incubation usually begins with the

first egg and is performed by the female for 28 to 30 days. She will remain on the nest even during severe weather conditions

and may be found covered with snow.


 

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Date: 2/26/17 4:39 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] need a field trip leader
I am supposed to lead a field trip to Cape Ann next Sunday, March 5, from 1
to 3 p.m. for the Essex County Greenbelt Assn. The idea is to introduce
people to the winter seabirds, but 2 hours is not enough time to hit more
than one or two spots. You could choose your spots. If there is anyone who
would like to volunteer to take my place (I must be out of town), please let
me know, and I will put you in touch with the Greenbelt person who arranged
the trip so you can get more details. Thanks, Jim

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


 

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Date: 2/26/17 4:07 pm
From: Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] yellow headed blackbird/Middleboro/ Cumberland farm area
Tim O'Neil reported seeing a female Yellow- headed blackbird today at
11a.m on Wood St. at the intersection of Fuller St.( this is considered
the town of Middleboro at this point) It was along a stream which is
called ? Raven Brook. This area runs along the side of the Cumberland
farm fields.

Seen in a flock of red-winged B.B.

Kathleen Rawdon

Hingham, Ma.

 

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Date: 2/26/17 3:53 pm
From: <asb1960...>
Subject: Fwd: [MASSBIRD] King's Beach, Lynn/Swampscott - Mew Gull - Special Thanks to John Quigley for finding this beauty
----------Original Message----------
From: <asb1960...>
Date: Feb 26, 2017 6:20:19 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King's Beach, Lynn/Swampscott - Mew Gull
To: <massbird...>

King's Beach, Lynn/Swampscott, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Feb 26, 2017 1:20 PM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Windy, sunny day. Lots of dogs off leash on beach
10 species

Brant 23
White-winged Scoter 4 Just off of Red Rock Park
Bufflehead 10
Red-breasted Merganser 4 just off of Red Rock park
Common Loon 3
Mew Gull 1 Seen on beach with other gulls by where the fresh water
runs into the ocean. I observed it for at least 15 -20 minutes until a
woman with her dog scared it away. Slightly smaller gull than
ring-billed, dark eyes, smaller more slender beak with no ring. This
bird is banded on right foot but none of my photos were able to pick
up the number.
Ring-billed Gull 47
Herring Gull 23
Great Black-backed Gull 5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34825963

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Andrea BeanW. Peabody, <MAasb1960...>
 

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Date: 2/26/17 3:48 pm
From: Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] First deer tick today
I found my first deer tick on me today. Be sure to check for ticks when
coming back from the field!
Madeleine Linck
Rehoboth, Bristol County

 

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Date: 2/26/17 3:43 pm
From: Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Mixed Flock of Blackbirds in Grafton
I saw this same flock yesterday just north of Foppema's Farm on Hill St in Northbridge yesterday around 5pm

Scott Ricker
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On Sun, 2/26/17, John Liller <john.liller...> wrote:

Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mixed Flock of Blackbirds in Grafton
To: "Massbird" <massbird...>, "Rick Quimby" <rsquimby...>
Date: Sunday, February 26, 2017, 2:07 PM

As it turns out, the
flock is not just of Common Grackles. The flock, which is
primarily grackles, also contains Red-winged Blackbirds and
Brown-headed Cowbirds, and numbers over 300-400 birds.


 

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Date: 2/26/17 3:20 pm
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] banded Mew Gull King's Beach Lynn/Swampscott
The Mew Gull was seen by many observers today. The status of the tide is important. Near high tide Nahant Beach at the rotary is favored by the gulls (currently about midday.) At lower tides, Kings Beach, Swampscott, is favored. These locations are within a mile along the shore.
metal band on right leg really interesting. hope others were able to discern numbers.
Thanks again to John Quigley for finding/identifying this bird
Best, Linda
Linda Pivacek, Nahant. <lpivacek...>

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

> The Mew Gull reported by others was seen again at roughly 1:30 this afternoon
> near the outflow of freshwater near the Lynn/Swampscott town line. The bird
> was eventually chased southward by a dog walker. I hung around for a couple
> more hours, but the bird did not return.

> This bird had a metal band sitting low on it's right leg. I regrettably spent
> too much time experimenting with digiscoping to make an effort to read the
> band. (All of my digiscope photos were useless in getting any information
> off the band.) If anybody is able to read the band, I and perhaps Massbird,
> would be interested in knowing more the circumstances of the banding and any
> associated information, especially subspecies or banding location.

> Zachary Weber
> Cambridge, MA

>
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Date: 2/26/17 3:18 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Woodcock - Newburyport - Sunday, 2/26/17
Multiple birds peenting in the Newburyport Industrial Park this evening.

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport
 

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Date: 2/26/17 3:16 pm
From: <asb1960...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King's Beach, Lynn/Swampscott - Mew Gull
King's Beach, Lynn/Swampscott, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Feb 26, 2017 1:20 PM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Windy, sunny day. Lots of dogs off leash on beach
10 species

Brant 23
White-winged Scoter 4 Just off of Red Rock Park
Bufflehead 10
Red-breasted Merganser 4 just off of Red Rock park
Common Loon 3
Mew Gull 1 Seen on beach with other gulls by where the fresh water
runs into the ocean. I observed it for at least 15 -20 minutes until a
woman with her dog scared it away. Slightly smaller gull than
ring-billed, dark eyes, smaller more slender beak with no ring. This
bird is banded on right foot but none of my photos were able to pick
up the number.
Ring-billed Gull 47
Herring Gull 23
Great Black-backed Gull 5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34825963

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Andrea BeanW. Peabody, <MAasb1960...>
 

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Date: 2/26/17 3:01 pm
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 2/25 Duxbury Beach - first of year Killdeer pair, white-necked Great Cormorants
Sat 2/25/17: 10:40-2:00pm; HiTide 10:18 (10.8ft); clear w few clouds; wind
SW 7; Temp at start 52F (59 on land).. Covered Pine Point (N. of
Blakeman's) to Gurnet & out to Saquish xover. Waters had light chop with
occasional small caps on both bay and ocean side [34 species].



Felt like April, but bird species were typical for February with a few early
arrivals. Firsts for me out there were the Grackles, redwings & cowbirds
that were present in small numbers in residential areas though not yet out
on marshes. I was hoping that maybe I'd find a Killdeer, usually an early
arrival, and sure enough, as I come down off the Gurnet to head toward
Crescent Beach, I heard the unmistakable call - and then another. Very soon
saw them in the air, and they landed in the marsh right by the road. Can't
help but wonder if this isn't one of the two pairs that raised broods last
season (and actually each year for the past several) in this area. Their
photos are in the ebird list at
(http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34824531).



Also signs of spring are the growing numbers of Brant (easily 300) and the
striking plumage of the great Cormorants. I don't remember the white head
and neck markings being as obvious or strong as they seem this year. Most
field guides don't show this breeding plumage - anywhere near as extensive
as the individuals at the Gurnet, but it is well described in Cornell's
Birds of north America Online. A photo can be seen at the ebird list linked
above.



Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA

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

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






 

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Date: 2/26/17 2:36 pm
From: Zack Weber <birdingwithzackweber...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] banded Mew Gull King's Beach Lynn/Swampscott
The Mew Gull reported by others was seen again at roughly 1:30 this
afternoon near the outflow of freshwater near the Lynn/Swampscott town
line. The bird was eventually chased southward by a dog walker. I hung
around for a couple more hours, but the bird did not return.

This bird had a metal band sitting low on it's right leg. I regrettably
spent too much time experimenting with digiscoping to make an effort to
read the band. (All of my digiscope photos were useless in getting any
information off the band.) If anybody is able to read the band, I and
perhaps Massbird, would be interested in knowing more the circumstances of
the banding and any associated information, especially subspecies or
banding location.

Zachary Weber
Cambridge, MA

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Date: 2/26/17 1:22 pm
From: Walt Webb <wwebb24...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bad Experience at Great Pond, Randolph (Sat. Feb. 25)
I've been birding Randolph/Braintree's Great Pond for over 20 years. But
this past Saturday my timing could not have been worse when I decided to
walk and bird the pond trails during that afternoon's unusual springlike
weather. Unfortunately, the great weather also brought out the crazies--a
swarm of noisy motorcyclists spinning along at high speed back and forth
along the same trails, across the dike, and around the pond! In addition,
there were occasional shotgun blasts emanating from somewhere east of the
pond. Each blast would scare up birds. I had entered the area from the
Norroway Pond side, but by the time I reached the dike, for the first time
in all my visits, I could not find a single duck on either the north or
south pond.

For the most part, the only birds I saw were those in and around the
connecting small Norroway Pond. I had some nice views of pairs of Northern
Pintails, Green-winged Teals, and Mallards. And a lone turtle.

Can anyone tell me which agency controls the land around the reservoir? I
want to file a strong complaint about what I assume were motorcyclists
illegally using the walkways. None of the rock barriers across the paths
halted the cyclists; the gate barrier at the dike was down; and there was no
visible signage where the cyclists entered.

Walt Webb
Westwood, MA
<wwebb24...>
 

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Date: 2/26/17 1:21 pm
From: Walt Webb <wwebb24...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RE: My "Walt's Yard" eBird Report: Pileated Woodpecker
After I posted my 2/23 "Walt's Yard" eBird report, I realized the subject
line was so general that some readers might not have opened the post, thus
missing the highlight of the report. After over 45 years of recording birds
seen at my yard, I finally had a Pileated Woodpecker! If you scroll down to
the eBird link, you can view two of the photos I took.

Walt Webb
Westwood, MA
<wwebb24...>
 

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Date: 2/26/17 1:18 pm
From: Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] First Osprey in Amesbury
Just saw my first of the year Osprey flying up the Powow River towards town.
A tad bit early I would say !
Kirk

 

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Date: 2/26/17 11:13 am
From: John Liller <john.liller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mixed Flock of Blackbirds in Grafton
As it turns out, the flock is not just of Common Grackles. The flock, which
is primarily grackles, also contains Red-winged Blackbirds and Brown-headed
Cowbirds, and numbers over 300-400 birds.

 

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Date: 2/26/17 10:20 am
From: John Liller <john.liller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Grackles Galore
We have a group of over 200 grackles in our yard as I write this. Many of
them have been feeding under our feeders.

 

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Date: 2/26/17 9:28 am
From: Bill Lafley <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] New Salem Ducks
Hello,

This AM there was 60 Ring-necked Ducks, a Bufflehead and a pair of Hooded
Mergansers in Lake Rohunta at the Branch Bridge Rd Causeway in New Salem.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>

 

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Date: 2/26/17 9:28 am
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Ross' Goose
no sightings for 2 days now. :/
On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 11:59 AM Alan Strauss <ansch100...> wrote:

> Any updates on the Whitinsville Rossâ~@~Ys Goose?
>
> AE Strauss
>
--
Justin Lawson
Worcester, MA

 

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Date: 2/26/17 9:00 am
From: Wayne Petersen <wpetersen...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Birders Meeting coming soon: Sunday, March 19
This is a reminder that Mass Audubon's 25th Birders Meeting will take place Sunday, March 19 at UMass/Boston. With the recent taste of spring weather, it's only fitting that this year's Birders Meeting theme is
Warblers: From Soundscapes to Landscapes. A variety of talented speakers will offer presentations on topics ranging from ecology and taxonomy, to warbler song and conservation. Because of their rich species diversity, warblers have much to teach us about biology and natural history, along with conservation issues facing many other species in today's changing world. The program will also feature short presentations updating and highlighting bird conservation projects currently taking place at Mass Audubon.

In addition to the speaker program, the Birders Meeting will offer attendees a variety of appealing raffle opportunities, as well as access to a number of vendors offering a fine selection of birding gear, products, and books. Lunch is included in the registration fee. Early bird registration closes on Tuesday, February 28, however it is possible to register at the regular price until March 19. For complete information about the program and to register, visit: http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/birds-birding/birders-meeting
We look forward to seeing you at this not to be missed event!

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


 

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Date: 2/26/17 8:59 am
From: Alan Strauss <ansch100...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross' Goose
Any updates on the Whitinsville Ross~@~Ys Goose?

AE Strauss
 

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Date: 2/26/17 7:36 am
From: Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes at Walnut st, East Bridgewater 2/26/17
2 Sandhill Cranes being seen at the field opposite to 353 Walnut Street,
East Bridgewater at 10:25 AM.

There is a small parking space by the red fire hydrant next to yellow gate
to the private field. Birds easily seen from Walnut st.

Rgds,
Sundar L
Littleton, MA.

 

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Date: 2/26/17 5:58 am
From: Joseph Bourget <joseph.bourget...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] MEW GULL - KING'S BEACH - YES 2/26
Sending at 0850, currently looking at it through my scope. With gulls near
outlet.

Joseph Bourget
Brimfield, MA

 

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Date: 2/25/17 8:33 pm
From: Laura Landen <laura.landen...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: massbird-digest V16 #483
Please remove my email from your Listserv.
Thank you,
Laura Landen
 

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Date: 2/25/17 7:59 pm
From: Sally Willard <mamasheep4...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] please remove my email address from your mailing list

> On Feb 25, 2017, at 10:07 PM, massbird-digest <owner-massbird-digest...> wrote:
>
>
> massbird-digest Saturday, February 25 2017 Volume 16 : Number 483
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> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Second request
>
> Please remove my email address from your listserv.
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>
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>
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> Subject: [MASSBIRD] redshouldered hawk
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Date: 2/25/17 6:25 pm
From: Lisa <fiori14...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Second request
Please remove my email address from your listserv.

Thank you.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/25/17 5:51 pm
From: <asb1960...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Feb 25, 2017 - Sora seen at 2:30



Date: Feb 25, 2017 8:30:38 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Feb 25, 2017

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Feb 25, 2017 12:10 PM - 2:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Very warm day, light winds but then weather changed and got much cooler.
13 species

Canada Goose 12
Great Blue Heron 1
Sora 1 Seen about 25 feet before you reach the owl box. Looked for 2 hours before locating it. It appears to be staying between deck on right side of Silver Lake Trail and the crooked dock, just after owl box. He disappeared in thicket after about 20 seconds - 3 photos through the sticks
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 1 seen going in and out of nest hole, 1 heard
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 1
Black-capped Chickadee 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Fox Sparrow 1 in small area to the right when you come out of the visitor center going into trails
Dark-eyed Junco 2
White-throated Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34801220

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


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

 

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Date: 2/25/17 5:47 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes-East Bridgewater 2/25/17
Someone told me Sandhill Crane has been present this winter at the same field as last year at the corner of Walnut and Central Streets. Today was the first time I could check it out.


There were two birds present at the larger field across Central Street on Bridge Street. This field is a little easier to look at since one can get full view from a couple of spots. Still difficult to bring a group as there is no parking. Be safe.


Glenn


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

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Date: 2/25/17 5:19 pm
From: Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] redshouldered hawk
calling loud and long at drumlin farm at noon saturday.
--
<frederickbouchard...>

 

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Date: 2/25/17 4:02 pm
From: pamela low <pipswiche...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Spring Peepers in Rehoboth
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Heard in Ipswich too!Pamela <LowIpswichPipswiche...>


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On Saturday, February 25, 2017, 5:34 PM, Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...> wrote:

Calling in our bog today. Also Killdeer and the Red-shoulder Hawk.Madeleine Linck



 

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Date: 2/25/17 3:59 pm
From: Joan Chasan <jec56...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RE: mass bird-digest V16 #483
I get multiple copies.

-----Original Message-----
From: <owner-massbird-digest...>
[mailto:<owner-massbird-digest...>]
Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2017 5:46 PM
To: <massbird-digest...>
Subject: massbird-digest V16 #483


massbird-digest Saturday, February 25 2017 Volume 16 : Number 483




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Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:48:56 -0500
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] moderator - massbird technical issues

Folks,

The list has been experiencing some technical issues. I've been in contact
with tech support. They've made some adjustments - let's see if this
resolves the issue.

We will soon be moving the list to new software which we are now testing.

I've forwarded messages that were in the queue. If you posted and a message
in the last day or two and it has not yet appeared, please repost at this
time.

Thanks for your patience and support.


Barbara Volkle, moderator MASSBIRD

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

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Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:48:56 -0500
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] moderator - massbird technical issues

Folks,

The list has been experiencing some technical issues. I've been in contact
with tech support. They've made some adjustments - let's see if this
resolves the issue.

We will soon be moving the list to new software which we are now testing.

I've forwarded messages that were in the queue. If you posted and a message
in the last day or two and it has not yet appeared, please repost at this
time.

Thanks for your patience and support.


Barbara Volkle, moderator MASSBIRD

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

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Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:48:56 -0500
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] moderator - massbird technical issues

Folks,

The list has been experiencing some technical issues. I've been in contact
with tech support. They've made some adjustments - let's see if this
resolves the issue.

We will soon be moving the list to new software which we are now testing.

I've forwarded messages that were in the queue. If you posted and a message
in the last day or two and it has not yet appeared, please repost at this
time.

Thanks for your patience and support.


Barbara Volkle, moderator MASSBIRD

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

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Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:48:56 -0500
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] moderator - massbird technical issues

Folks,

The list has been experiencing some technical issues. I've been in contact
with tech support. They've made some adjustments - let's see if this
resolves the issue.

We will soon be moving the list to new software which we are now testing.

I've forwarded messages that were in the queue. If you posted and a message
in the last day or two and it has not yet appeared, please repost at this
time.

Thanks for your patience and support.


Barbara Volkle, moderator MASSBIRD

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

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Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:48:56 -0500
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] moderator - massbird technical issues

Folks,

The list has been experiencing some technical issues. I've been in contact
with tech support. They've made some adjustments - let's see if this
resolves the issue.

We will soon be moving the list to new software which we are now testing.

I've forwarded messages that were in the queue. If you posted and a message
in the last day or two and it has not yet appeared, please repost at this
time.

Thanks for your patience and support.


Barbara Volkle, moderator MASSBIRD

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

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Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:48:56 -0500
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] moderator - massbird technical issues

Folks,

The list has been experiencing some technical issues. I've been in contact
with tech support. They've made some adjustments - let's see if this
resolves the issue.

We will soon be moving the list to new software which we are now testing.

I've forwarded messages that were in the queue. If you posted and a message
in the last day or two and it has not yet appeared, please repost at this
time.

Thanks for your patience and support.


Barbara Volkle, moderator MASSBIRD

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

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Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:48:56 -0500
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] moderator - massbird technical issues

Folks,

The list has been experiencing some technical issues. I've been in contact
with tech support. They've made some adjustments - let's see if this
resolves the issue.

We will soon be moving the list to new software which we are now testing.

I've forwarded messages that were in the queue. If you posted and a message
in the last day or two and it has not yet appeared, please repost at this
time.

Thanks for your patience and support.


Barbara Volkle, moderator MASSBIRD

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

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End of massbird-digest V16 #483
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Date: 2/25/17 3:42 pm
From: David Williams <dave.williams6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Am. woodcock - Ipswich River Park, North Reading
Last night (Fri. 2/24) I had 5 active Am. woodcock at the Ipswich River
Park in North Reading. There was a lot of "peenting" and courtship flight
displays. At times, there were multiple birds in the air at once.

The Ipswich River Park is located off of Central St. in North Reading. It
is a great place to see/hear Am. woodcock. There are two components for
Woodcock viewing here. The first are the grassy fields that are adjacent
to the entrance road and the parking lot. This area is good for folks with
mobility issues as you can see/hear the birds right from the car.

The second part of this 49 acre park that is good for Woodcock viewing is
the extensive sports fields out beyond the parking area. From the parking
lot, take the path that leaves from the left. It is just a short walk and
you will see a huge, open area. There is a playground, skateboard park,
street hockey rink, and two tennis courts here. There is a paved walking
area around this sports fields complex. Woodcock can be seen/heard as you
move away from the main area.
As you can imagine, this area is very popular, however, as dusk approaches,
the park clears our and the Woodcock viewing gets good. Beginning April 1,
all bets are off though, as the sports fields complex are opened up for use
and it is crazy busy right up till dusk. The Woodcock viewing drops off
substantially after this date.

The Ipswich River Park, which was once farmland, was opened in 1997 and is
maintained by the Town of North Reading. There are lots of good bird
watching opportunities here. Parts of it are along the Ipswich River.
There is a canoe launch here and the state stocks the river here with
trout.

For more information about this area, see: http://www.ipswichriverpark.
org/home.shtml

Dave Williams
Reading, MA

 

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Date: 2/25/17 3:18 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Peent! American Woodcocks in Rowley
Birders,

Another sign of spring! at 5:45 pm this evening, I witnessed American Woodcock courtship at Greenbelt/Mass Audubon Rough Meadows Sanctuary.

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport
 

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Date: 2/25/17 3:16 pm
From: Hank.Levesque <hlevesque...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Woodcocks - Middleboro - 2/24
Just a reminder that the spectacular display of the American Woodcock is
underway. Last evening, 2/24, my wife Jill and I were rewarded by two males
performing in a small field, less than an acre, at the rear of our over-55
development in Middleboro. We'll be checking the nearby Cumberland Farms
Fields for similar behavior this weekend.



Hank Levesque

Middleboro, MA


 

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Date: 2/25/17 2:43 pm
From: Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Spring Peepers in Rehoboth
Calling in our bog today. Also Killdeer and the Red-shoulder Hawk.
Madeleine Linck

 

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Date: 2/25/17 1:55 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] moderator - massbird technical issues
Folks,

The list has been experiencing some technical issues. I've been in contact with tech support. They've made some adjustments -
let's see if this resolves the issue.

We will soon be moving the list to new software which we are now testing.

I've forwarded messages that were in the queue. If you posted and a message in the last day or two and it has not yet appeared, please repost at this time.

Thanks for your patience and support.


Barbara Volkle, moderator MASSBIRD

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

 

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Date: 2/25/17 12:57 pm
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] (Common) Mew Gull Nahant Beach
John Quigley called to report adult Common Mew Gull. he saw the gull at about 1pm today.
Ward Bathhouse/rotary area.
Linda

Linda Pivacek
<lpivacek...>

 

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Date: 2/25/17 12:35 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 2/24 Plymouth - G. Scaup at Store/Spooner Pond
Subject: 2/24 Plymouth - G. Scaup at Store/Spooner Pond

From:"Rick Bowes" <rbowes...>
Date:
2/24/2017 6:35 PM

I made a quick sweep of a few spots in North Plymouth for waterfowl
between 10-11:00 am only to find that, with the ice gone from the ponds,
the waterfowl concentrations had largely dispersed leave only a few
individuals at each locaiton. At Spooner/Store Pond opposite Cordage
Park the only birds present were 6 mallards, 1 Bufflehead and a Great
Blue Heron until, as I was about to leave, a lone Greater Scaup female
dropped into the middle of the pond and began alternately diving and
preening. The photos at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34772091
show the head shape and larger bill of the Greater. Could not get a
decent photo of the “nail” at the tip of the bill which I did see with
the scope. Not a rare bird but seems to be uncommon in the areas I
typically cover and is my first of the year.

 

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Date: 2/25/17 12:34 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl Nauset Beach
Subject: Snowy Owl Nauset Beach

From:Charlie Thompson <cot3...>
Date:
2/24/2017 6:36 PM

At 9:40 AM 2/24/17 we saw a Snowy Owl at the very end of Nauset Beach heading south towards Chatham from Orleans. Good looks up close, bird resting behind grass hummock in middle of large sand flat at end near first cut.

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


 

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Date: 2/25/17 12:32 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Woodcock Wilmington 2/24
Subject:American Woodcock Wilmington 2/24

From:Michael Emmons <michael.emmons...>
Date:
2/24/2017 6:00 PM

I just had an American Woodcock calling in the neighborhood.


Mike Emmons
<Michael.Emmons...>
Wilmington, MA

Sent from my iPhone


 

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Date: 2/25/17 12:32 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turkey Vultures Boston

Subject:Turkey Vultures Boston
From:Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Date:
2/24/2017 6:26 PM

Spotted 3 Turkey Vultures soaring in southerly winds over Forest Hills
Cemetery today (Friday) 3 pm

Joe Battenfeld
Roslindale
<jbattenfeld...>
Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone <https://yho.com/footer0>

 

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Date: 2/25/17 12:29 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose, Ipswich 2/24

Subject:
Pink-footed Goose, Ipswich 2/24
From:
"Bird Watcher's Supply" <birdwsg...>
Date:
2/24/2017 4:58 PM

The Pink-footed Goose is present at 4:45 pm in the fields behind the
stables on Argilla Rd. We are viewing from Northgate Road. It is with
a small flock of Canadas.
Steve Grinley, Margo Goetschkes, Sam Mroz, and Litchfield Hills Audubon
group.

Sent from XFINITY Connect Mobile App

 

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Date: 2/25/17 12:09 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northern Shrike, Pine Hill Rd. Grasslands, Feb 24, 2017
Subject: Northern Shrike, Pine Hill Rd. Grasslands, Feb 24, 2017

From:Sam Miller <zamziller...>
Date:
2/24/2017 4:58 PM


I had a Northern Shrike this afternoon at Pine Hill Road Grasslands in Lancaster. Not much else, but for a calling raven.
Complete, short eBird list below.
Sam Miller
Acton, MA

> Pine Hill Rd. Grasslands, Worcester, Massachusetts, US
> Feb 24, 2017 2:18 PM - 3:07 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.75 mile(s)
> 6 species
>
> American Black Duck 2
> Hooded Merganser 2
> Northern Shrike 1 Using fenceposts around grassy field to the right on the way out from parking lot. I had binoculars only, so approached to try to age it. It moved to the top of a lone pine, then flew across the road to the top of the biggest bush, keeping out of close viewing range. Suspect immature, based on non-prominent black mask.
> Blue Jay 1
> American Crow 2
> Common Raven 1
>
> View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34769359
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


 

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Date: 2/25/17 10:40 am
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose Updates
I havent seen any reports today but know people were there. Any negative or
positive reports?

The northbridge bird.
--
Justin Lawson
Worcester, MA

 

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Date: 2/25/17 8:21 am
From: Deborah Radovsky <dp32...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Woodcocks
Two Woodcocks heard in wooded area near my home in Sharon yesterday after sunset.
Unusual habitat for them, I think (woods, not on edge of meadow).

Spring is coming...

Deb Radovsky
Sharon

 

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Date: 2/24/17 8:54 am
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] N. Shrike - Orange Airport
Hello,

This morning the imm. Northern Shrike is still at the Orange Airport. It was on the fence at the end of Shinglebrook Rd and flew to the top of the trees near the farmhouse. Also some singing Red-winged Blackbirds and a flyover Grackle.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<Blafley...>
 

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Date: 2/24/17 8:25 am
From: Sam Miller <zamziller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose, Yes, Whitins Pond / Meadow Pond
The Ross's was not at Arcade Pond but is, at 11 a.m., at nearby Whitins Pond or Meadow Pond, as it appears on iPhone Maps. Take Carr Rd off of North Main.
Thanks to the man who stopped to give me this information.
Sam Miller
Acton, MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/24/17 8:13 am
From: Josh Bock <jbock18...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose YES
Currently being seen (11:02am) on Whitins Pond off of Carr Road. Mixed in
with flock of CAGO.

Josh Bock
Medfield, MA
<Jbock18...>

 

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Date: 2/24/17 5:02 am
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Raven
 

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Date: 2/23/17 3:32 pm
From: Walt Webb <wwebb24...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fw: eBird Report - Walt's Yard, Westwood, MA, Feb 23, 2017

----- Original Message -----
From: <ebird-checklist...>
To: <wwebb24...>
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:24 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Walt's Yard, Westwood, MA, Feb 23, 2017


Walt's Yard, Westwood, MA, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
Feb 23, 2017 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.04 mile(s)
Comments: I left the house to reattach a fallen window feeder & to
somewhat belatedly refill my other feeders. Immediately I heard the tapping
sound of a woodpecker rather closeby in my woodlot (mixed evergreen &
deciduous trees). Seeing the flash of a bright red crest of a partially
hidden bird on one of the trees, I suspected a Pileated Woodpecker & quickly
ran into the house & returned with my camera. As the bird flew from tree to
tree, I followed it, taking photos as best I could. One or two squirrels
also followed the PIWO closely, moving from tree to tree. (One of my images
even has what either is a dead pine branch or a squirrel paw extending
briefly around a trunk below the bird's head! I leave it to the viewer to
judge!) I followed the bird through my woods, as it moved to several trees,
until it flew across the street & disappeared. Its white wing patches
displayed vividly as it flew. This is a first for my yard in the 45 years of
keeping bird records at this address, making the count 103 species.
4 species

Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Robin 1
Red-winged Blackbird 13
Common Grackle 2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34736782

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

Walt Webb
Westwood, MA
<wwebb24...>
 

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Date: 2/23/17 3:29 pm
From: Arlene Bandes <ArleneBandes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] birding in Cape Town South Africa
We will be in Cape Town, South Africa, in about a week for about a week -----I would appreciate any advice about birding in the vicinity or other must see places. We will have a car.

Reply by e mail to me

Thanks so much!
 

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Date: 2/23/17 1:46 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Signs of Spring - Newburyport & Newbury 2/23/17
Merrimac Street, Newburyport:
Red-winged Blackbird, Fish Crow

Moseley Avenue, Newburyport:
Turkey Vulture

High Road, Newbury:
Killdeer

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport
 

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Date: 2/23/17 11:17 am
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose, Worcester County (Whitinsville)
Hi Birders, I received an email a short while ago from Edward Kittredge
that contained pictures of a beautiful adult Ross's Goose Arcade Pond in
Whitinsville in southern Worcester County. Very cool! The bird is in
Arcade Pond, at these coordinates:

42.1124653,-71.6773796

I am now off to check but I believe this is a first record for Worcester
County. Nice work, Edward!

If anyone should go see this bird, please submit details to the MARC by
sending directly to Sean Williams: <seanbirder...>


good birding

Tim Spahr
Marlborough
<tspahr44...>

 

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Date: 2/23/17 8:04 am
From: Kat Birder <katbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Feb 23, 2017
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Feb 23, 2017 6:40 AM - 10:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.7 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly species census for the NWR. Sunny and unseasonably
mild, warming from 32 to upper 50's F. Walked to river, around Lower Pool
and back via railroad grade. About 6" compacted icy snow on the ground.
Impoundments still frozen except grassy edges, river mostly ice free as
well as the small streams; quite wet along railroad grade. The blackbirds
have arrived en masse! Observers: Kevin Crispell, Will Martens, Jared
Keyes, Kathy Dia, Joan Stoner, Ginger and Melani Sleder, Jennifer, Soheil
Zendeh, Maryellen Stone, Audrey Ciccetti.
38 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 42
Mute Swan 2
Wood Duck 9 On river in lovely plumage
American Black Duck 10
Mallard (Northern) 36
Northern Pintail 1 Fly over
Green-winged Teal (American) 8 On the river with other ducks
Common Goldeneye 1 Fly over
Hooded Merganser 7
Common Merganser 2
Northern Harrier 1 Came in near the river at around 10:15; perched in
high pine.
Bald Eagle 1 Seen from afar perched near Upper Pool ; spotted with
scope by Will
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 1
Ring-billed Gull 3
Mourning Dove 6
Great Horned Owl 1 Calling early continuing near Timber Tr
Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 10
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1 Railroad grade intersection. Excavating a
hole
Blue Jay 13 Abundant and vocal
American Crow 9
Black-capped Chickadee 21
Tufted Titmouse 16
White-breasted Nuthatch 8
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 8
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 5
European Starling 2
American Tree Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 5
Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 14
Swamp Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 4 Singing
Red-winged Blackbird 82
Rusty Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 37
American Goldfinch 12
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S34666420

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

Kathy Dia for the GM Survey Team
Concord, MA

 

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Date: 2/22/17 3:55 pm
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ovenbird Rusty Blackbirds Horn Pond Recreation Area, Feb 22, 2017
Horn Pond Recreation Area, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US Feb 22, 2017 9:00
AM - 11:30 AMProtocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s)
Comments: entered from sturgis street parking area at Horn Pond Woburn
with Linda Ferraresso walked a loop that included a spot where there were 2
suet feeders by a post marker #8 weather clear with mild temps 40's
30 species

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 12
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 3
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 14 Small flock of coot in open water
Sturgis St. entrance
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 3
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 12
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 10
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 8
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1 Singing
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 15
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 6
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) 1 Continuing bird coming into suet
feeders near trail marker 8
American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea) 6
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 15
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 4
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 8
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 6
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) 14 Close views of Rusties by the
feeder
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 8
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 4
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S34655649

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



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

 

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Date: 2/22/17 3:30 pm
From: Heather Burns <heather2cb...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Red-wings; Grosbeaks in the Past, Westwood
There was a flock of 20+ Red-winged Blackbirds on the marsh opposite Kenoza
Lake (Haverhill) on the Newton Road end of the marsh today.

On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 11:16 AM, Walt Webb <wwebb24...> wrote:

> With all the postings about Red-winged Blackbirds being seen, I probably
> should have reported the small flock that visited my feeders in Westwood
> during the Blizzard of '17 on Feb. 9. Among the 15 species that day, I had
> 6 male Red-wings that came even to my window feeders--a first.
>
> Sean Reily mentioned Evening Grosbeaks coming to his parents' Ipswich yard
> during the winters of the late 1970s to the early 1980s. Here in my
> Westwood back yard, I had them in the early 1970s (flocks from a dozen to
> at least 30), the mid-70s, a dozen in '81, & only one in '87. So 30 years
> have elapsed since I last saw them in my yard.
>
> Walt Webb
> Westwood, MA
> <wwebb24...>

 

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Date: 2/22/17 3:13 pm
From: Sam Miller <zamziller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck, Yes, Assawompsett Ponds complex, Feb 22, 2017, plus nice birds at Cumberland Farms fields
Carla and I went down to Lakeville hoping for the continuing Tufted Duck and had good, prolonged views from Long Point Road. Specifics in the eBird report below.
We then went to Cumberland Farms fields in Middleborough, where we had Eastern Meadowlark, an early Killdeer, American Kestrel, and at least two Rough-legged Hawks. Nice day to be out—had to pause to take off the long-johns.
eBird reports are below.
Sam Miller and Carla Dengler
Acton, MA

> Assawompsett Ponds complex, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
> Feb 22, 2017 9:17 AM - 10:37 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: All birds seen/heard from Long Point Road across the dike.
> 17 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 6
> American Black Duck 1
> Mallard (Northern) 25
> Northern Pintail 4
> Tufted Duck 1 **Rare. Continuing drake found by Jim Sweeney. Black back, bright white sides, bright yellow eye, long tuft often quite obvious. A field mark that we noticed, which I don't see mentioned much: The top of the white flank of the TUDU was concave: that is, the black back formed a shallow U in the white; with the scaup, the top of the white flank was convex, or at least flat. The white flank shape was useful in trying to relocate the TUDU, which was diving a lot much of the time. It was in with a group of mostly Lesser Scaup on the north side of the dike, luckily the closest scaup group to the road. The TUDU and scaup group were in the vicinity of a large branch stuck in the ice (which might be floating there or elsewhere by tomorrow, given the warm temps).
> Greater Scaup 8
> Lesser Scaup 20
> Greater/Lesser Scaup 180 Continuing large numbers of scaup. Dozens relatively close on the north side of the causeway, more than a hundred more distant to the north. Much smaller numbers on the south side of the causeway.
> Bufflehead 30
> Common Goldeneye 7
> Hooded Merganser 8
> Common Merganser 6
> Bald Eagle 2
> Ring-billed Gull 70
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> American Crow 6
> Black-capped Chickadee 1
> Tufted Titmouse 2
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34652436


Cumberland Farms, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
Feb 22, 2017 11:10 AM - 2:43 PM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 mile(s)
27 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 2
American Black Duck 4
Mallard (Northern) 8
Northern Harrier (American) 4
Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) 4
Rough-legged Hawk 2 Both light morphs.
Killdeer 1 FOY Seen and heard.
Ring-billed Gull 20
Mourning Dove 1
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
American Kestrel 1 Male seen well around the model airplane field.
Peregrine Falcon 1 Overhead, seemed to want to chase off a RLHA, which didn't seem to mind much.
American Crow 40
Tufted Titmouse 3
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 80
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 150
American Tree Sparrow 7
Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 4
Northern Cardinal 5
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 120 Minimum
Eastern Meadowlark 1 Uncommon. Beautiful scope looks when it teed up on a bush at the east end of the manure pit. Brilliant yellow below with heavy black necklace. When it flew away, the Killdeer chased it briefly.
Brown-headed Cowbird 20 Minimum
blackbird sp. 100 We scoped the blackbird/starling flocks several times and couldn't find a Yellow-headed or even a Rusty.
American Goldfinch 6
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34652455 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34652455>


 

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Date: 2/22/17 1:24 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Deer Is, Cashman Park, Plum Island - 02-22-17
Today, David Moon and I started our Wednesday Morning Birding program
upriver at Deer Island and worked our way down to Plum Island via Cashman
Park. It was a very spring-like day -- partly cloudy, temps ranging from
42-50 F., and light winds, SW-W/0-5 mph. Before we left Joppa Flats, a lone
Red-winged Blackbird sang atop the adjacent sugar maple and a Northern
Cardinal was singing across the way toward Parker River Refuge HQ.

Our list (all sightings on PI unless otherwise stated):
Canada Goose - a few upriver; common on PI.
Gadwall (2) - on river between lot 1 & 2.
American Black Duck - common.
Mallard - common.
Common Eider - abundantly present, as in everywhere, at seven ocean.
Surf Scoter (2) - seven ocean.
White-winged Scoter (~ 40) - ~ 20, one ocean; ~ 20, seven ocean.
Black Scoter (3) - one ocean.
Long-tailed Duck (5) - seven ocean.
Bufflehead (~ 15) - Joppa Flats.
Common Goldeneye (~ 27) - ~ 10, Deer Is.; ~ 15, Cashman Park; 2, seven
ocean.
Red-breasted Merganser (5) - 3, Deer Is.; 2, seven ocean.
Common Loon (2) - 1, Cashman Park; 1, seven ocean.
Horned Grebe (6) - 4, one ocean; 2, seven ocean.
Turkey Vulture (1) - Deer Is.
Bald Eagle (1) - imm., Deer Is.
Northern Harrier (2) - 1 ad male; 1 ad female.
Cooper's Hawk (1) - roadside, Goodno Woods.
Red-tailed Hawk (3) - 1, Cashman Park; 2, PI (1 tearing up prey -- appeared
at distance to be a crow-sized bird, marsh s. Old Pines).
Rough-legged Hawk (2) - both seen from vicinity of N. Pool Overlook, one
perched on island juniper & other perched in trees to north of North Pool
dike; both light morph, with at least one being a juvenile.
Ring-billed Gull - ~ 30, Cashman Park; a few, PI.
Herring Gull - 1, Cashman Park; ~ 15, PI.
Great Black-backed Gull (3) - PI.
Rock Pigeon
Downy Woodpecker (1) - w. roadside, s. lot #5.
NORTHERN SHRIKE (1) – “brown 1st winter bird,” e. roadside, n. Cross Farm Hill (NOTE: earlier report
from unknown source had two NSHR vicinity of lot #5 -- one ad, one imm.)
Blue Jay (4) - Deer Is.
American Crow - common in all sites.
Black-capped Chickadee (4) - Deer Is.
Tufted Titmouse (2) - singing, Deer Is.
American Robin (1) - lot #1.
European Starling
White-throated Sparrow (1) - singing, Deer Is.
Common Grackle (2) - overhead flyby, lot #1.
House Sparrow

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

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



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Date: 2/22/17 8:59 am
From: Walt Webb <wwebb24...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-wings; Grosbeaks in the Past, Westwood
With all the postings about Red-winged Blackbirds being seen, I probably
should have reported the small flock that visited my feeders in Westwood
during the Blizzard of '17 on Feb. 9. Among the 15 species that day, I had 6
male Red-wings that came even to my window feeders--a first.

Sean Reily mentioned Evening Grosbeaks coming to his parents' Ipswich yard
during the winters of the late 1970s to the early 1980s. Here in my Westwood
back yard, I had them in the early 1970s (flocks from a dozen to at least
30), the mid-70s, a dozen in '81, & only one in '87. So 30 years have
elapsed since I last saw them in my yard.

Walt Webb
Westwood, MA
<wwebb24...>
 

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