MASSBIRD
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8/19/18 7:16 pm Sandy <sandyselesky...> [MASSBIRD] Swallows update
8/19/18 7:16 pm Sandy <sandyselesky...> [MASSBIRD] P.S. Peregrine
8/19/18 5:16 pm Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...> [MASSBIRD] Nighthawk, Newton
8/19/18 1:29 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: nauset
8/19/18 11:49 am Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...> [MASSBIRD] Hudsonian Godwits, Point of Pines/Revere
8/19/18 9:23 am Nick Tepper <nicholastepper6739...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: nauset
8/19/18 9:00 am Audrey Cicchetti <audrey.cicchetti...> [MASSBIRD] Re: massbird-digest V17 #235
8/19/18 8:38 am Deborah Radovsky <dp32...> [MASSBIRD] Osprey, Sharon
8/19/18 8:31 am Karen Idoine <kidoine...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: nauset
8/19/18 7:16 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Re: nauset
8/19/18 5:12 am James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Brown Booby (continuing) - Pittsfield 08/18
8/18/18 5:36 pm Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...> RE: [MASSBIRD] tagged bird
8/18/18 2:40 pm Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...> [MASSBIRD] Teen birding programs at Drumlin Farm
8/18/18 8:25 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Nauset Chatham
8/17/18 8:34 pm Edward Brown <edwardmbrown...> [MASSBIRD] tagged bird
8/17/18 7:39 pm Geoff LeBaron <geofflebaron...> [MASSBIRD] Immature Brown Booby at Lake Onota, Pittsfield
8/17/18 7:03 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (17 Aug 2018) Raptors
8/17/18 6:50 pm Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Bird and non-bird questions
8/17/18 5:21 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Bird and non-bird questions
8/17/18 5:05 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Brown Booby ebird report
8/17/18 3:31 pm Michael Emmons <michael.emmons...> [MASSBIRD] SSBC Plum Island Trip 8/18 - CANCELLED
8/17/18 3:31 pm Bill Lafley <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Harvard Pond, Petersham, Aug 17, 2018
8/17/18 3:24 pm Richard Osborne <dynorecords...> [MASSBIRD] Female Chestnut-sided Warbler at PRNWR
8/17/18 10:26 am Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...> [MASSBIRD] Caspian Tern - Ellisville Harbor State Park (Plymouth)
8/17/18 9:17 am Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...> [MASSBIRD] Bird and non-bird questions
8/17/18 7:19 am Josh <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Where have all the Martins gone?
8/17/18 6:47 am <mresch8702...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: [VTBIRD] Nearby: Brown Booby in Pittsfield, Mass.
8/17/18 5:53 am Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] Where have all the Martins gone?
8/16/18 8:08 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Canada Warbler ar PRNWR
8/16/18 7:15 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] off-shore Chatham
8/16/18 2:49 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] BCN Heron
8/16/18 2:28 pm Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> Re: [MASSBIRD] re: tree swallow staging - Nahant
8/16/18 1:14 pm Sandy <sandyselesky...> [MASSBIRD] re: tree swallow staging
8/16/18 4:47 am Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...> [MASSBIRD] Winter wren, Newton
8/15/18 6:41 pm Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...> [MASSBIRD] Wellfleet Bay ( Little Blue Heron and more!)
8/15/18 6:26 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 8/16 - The Birds of Midway
8/15/18 6:23 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 8/23 - Public Invited to Newly Created Wildlife Habitat in Orange
8/15/18 6:13 pm caroline haines <chaines49...> [MASSBIRD] Tonight on the Annisquam
8/15/18 2:44 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Joppa Flats & Plum Island (Parker River NWR) - 08-15-18
8/15/18 11:03 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
8/15/18 10:22 am <jimsonia...> [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl in August
8/15/18 10:21 am <jimsonia...> [MASSBIRD] Prothonotary Warbler at PRNWR
8/15/18 5:30 am Marjorie <marjwtsn...> [MASSBIRD] Continuing Snowy Owl Newburyport Industrial Park and American Golden Plover at PI Airport
8/14/18 7:15 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] re: tree swallow staging
8/14/18 6:08 pm <mnsilver2...> [MASSBIRD] Barn Swallow habitat threatened at USFWS Fort River Refuge, Hadley
8/14/18 5:19 pm Sean Williams <seanbirder...> [MASSBIRD] More pelagic rarities from Skye Haas
8/14/18 5:06 pm Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...> [MASSBIRD] Great day on Stellwagon Bank NMS (Kittiwake)
8/14/18 7:49 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Louisiana Waterthrush-Essex 8/14
8/14/18 5:21 am Daniel Neiman <daniel.neiman...> Re: [MASSBIRD] re: tree swallow staging
8/14/18 4:49 am Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...> [MASSBIRD] re: tree swallow staging
8/13/18 7:25 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] SSBC/BBC trip to cape for shorebirds (8/11)
8/13/18 12:44 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Nauset Chatham.
8/13/18 10:32 am <mnsilver2...> [MASSBIRD] Barn Swallow habitat threatened at USFWS Fort River Refuge, Hadley
8/13/18 9:33 am Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...> [MASSBIRD] Red breasted nuthatch – Andover
8/12/18 5:27 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Cod shorebirds
8/12/18 4:34 pm DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] The Staging
8/12/18 12:51 pm Sam Miller <zamziller...> [MASSBIRD] Olive-sided Flycatcher, Oxbow NWR (Middlesex County), Shirley, Aug 12, 2018; Black Tern, Warner's Pond, Concord
8/12/18 12:45 pm David Swain <davidswain79...> [MASSBIRD] Black Tern, Concord, 8/12/18
8/12/18 12:08 pm Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird CLub September Dedicated Pelagic Trip
8/12/18 10:26 am Richard Messer <pi_birder...> [MASSBIRD] Peregrine Falcon Malden MA
8/12/18 6:02 am Wayne Klockner <wklockner...> [MASSBIRD] Sandy Point Black Terns
8/11/18 7:26 am Barbara Drummond <bdraraavis...> [MASSBIRD] Black Tern Plum I
8/11/18 5:06 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Nauset Chatham
8/10/18 2:16 pm Jon Woolf <jswoolf01...> [MASSBIRD] NH Audubon Fall Pelagic Birding Trip
8/10/18 10:37 am Nancy Given <nancy...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Great Black Hawk
8/10/18 10:37 am Nancy Given <nancy...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Great Black Hawk
8/10/18 10:36 am Nancy Given <nancy...> [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk
8/9/18 10:28 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Ipswich Power and Light, Aug 9, 2018
8/9/18 2:00 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Extralimital Rarities: Great Black Hawk, Wood Stork, Neotropic Cormorant
8/9/18 11:45 am TheBirdNerd <th3b1rdn3rd...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk
8/9/18 11:43 am Larry Scacchetti <larrybird4134...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk
8/9/18 11:42 am Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk
8/9/18 11:23 am David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] The most amazing of avian spectacles
8/9/18 11:20 am Chris Heys <chris.p.heys...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk
8/9/18 10:56 am DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk
8/9/18 7:31 am Stuart Walker <stuarttwalker...> [MASSBIRD] Bird ID solved
8/9/18 7:00 am Stuart Walker <stuarttwalker...> [MASSBIRD] An extra-limit request for bird ID
8/9/18 6:18 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Crosby beach, Brewster
8/8/18 3:15 pm David K Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 08-08-2018
8/7/18 7:51 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Brown Booby - Menemsha Harbor on Martha's Vineyard
8/7/18 5:06 pm <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] Major Hawk Migration Conference in Detroit Oct. 12-14, 2018
8/7/18 4:25 pm Gerry Cooperman <trogon6...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Shearwaters - Yarmouth Southside
8/7/18 11:23 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] gull deficit
8/7/18 8:48 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] technical issues - moderator
8/7/18 8:03 am William Lawless <w-blawless...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Shearwaters - Yarmouth Southside
8/7/18 6:36 am david.deifik <david.deifik...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Shearwaters - Yarmouth Southside
8/7/18 6:26 am Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Shearwaters - Yarmouth Southside
8/7/18 6:11 am Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Shearwaters - Yarmouth Southside
8/6/18 7:39 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Shearwaters - Yarmouth Southside
8/6/18 10:58 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] juvenile herons in Dartmouth
8/6/18 9:39 am Leslie Miller <lmiller...> [MASSBIRD] Swarovski and Zeiss Weekend at the Audubon Shop Aug 11-12
8/6/18 7:31 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Red Knots continue at Gooseberry
8/5/18 11:15 am Bennet Porter <bennet.porter...> [MASSBIRD] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Woods Hole (belated)
8/4/18 4:38 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] one hr. yard list
8/3/18 4:47 pm Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] Long-billed Dowitcher: Nice look at Plum Island SIP, 8/3
8/3/18 1:49 pm Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Article on the pools at Plum Island and mismanagement
8/3/18 11:22 am Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Little stint at morris island cape cod right now
8/3/18 6:11 am Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...> [MASSBIRD] Little stint at morris island cape cod right now
8/2/18 6:37 pm Marsha Salett <msalett...> [MASSBIRD] August 2018 issue of Bird Observer now online
8/2/18 1:33 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 8/1 Squantum
8/2/18 1:27 pm Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...> [MASSBIRD] CANCELLATION Belle Isle Marsh DCR Program CANCELLATION Sat 8/4 Belle Isle Marsh
8/2/18 9:46 am Miles Brengle <brenglema...> [MASSBIRD] Essex Bay: August 2
8/1/18 1:24 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Joppa Park Boat Ramp & Plum Island - 08-01-2018
7/31/18 4:12 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Penikese Island: Buzzards Bay
7/31/18 5:48 am Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Least Bittern Daniel Webster continues 7/31
7/31/18 4:50 am Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> [MASSBIRD] Article on the pools at Plum Island and mismanagement
7/30/18 2:51 pm Garry Kessler <gkessler001...> [MASSBIRD] Osprey Fledging, etc., Video
7/30/18 12:03 pm Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
7/30/18 8:25 am Melissa Aldrich <melcaldrich...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Cedar waxwing
7/30/18 5:13 am the worker <fman0729...> [MASSBIRD] Cedar waxwing
7/29/18 8:45 pm Josh <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Westport; SP Skuas offshore
7/29/18 6:42 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] mini pelagic
7/29/18 1:55 pm Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Jul 29, 2018
7/29/18 6:40 am Nancy Given gmail <given.nancy...> [MASSBIRD] Marbled Godwit at Plum
7/28/18 4:31 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] South Shore Bird Club trip tomorrow
7/28/18 11:39 am Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...> [MASSBIRD] shorebirds -- finally
7/28/18 8:30 am Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: Carolina Wrens
7/28/18 6:58 am Deborah Radovsky <dp32...> [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens
7/27/18 8:23 pm Greg Dysart <gsdysart...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Goshawk
7/27/18 6:41 pm Brian Rusnica <velocicrafter...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Goshawk
7/27/18 5:08 pm Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] Update on pools at Plum Island
7/27/18 4:40 pm Fran Raleigh <fraleigh85...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: Carolina Wrens
7/27/18 3:23 pm Greg Dysart <gsdysart...> [MASSBIRD] Goshawk
7/27/18 2:16 pm Kathy Rawdon <rawdonk...> [MASSBIRD] least bittern
7/27/18 12:53 pm Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...> [MASSBIRD] no wren!
7/27/18 12:53 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Carolina Wrens
7/27/18 7:34 am Regina Harrison <onebirdlife...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren Salem 7/26
7/27/18 6:35 am John <john.mcelligott3...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren Salem 7/26
7/26/18 6:09 pm anhinga3 <anhinga3...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Birding Sketchcrawl Cancelled, July 28
7/26/18 5:15 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Pectoral Sandpiper and Raptors Belle Isle
7/26/18 4:49 pm Tom Sullivan <tomsullivan9...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren Salem 7/26
7/26/18 2:23 pm patricia p reeser <ppreeser...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren Salem 7/26
7/26/18 1:35 pm Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren Salem 7/26
7/26/18 1:03 pm Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Shearwaters-Buzzards Bay-W. Falmouth
7/26/18 8:23 am Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren Salem 7/26
7/26/18 3:21 am <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] Mark Your Calendars for a Brookline Bird Club Tree ID Walk!
7/26/18 3:10 am <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] Mark Your Calendars for a September Tree ID Walk!
7/25/18 9:44 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 8/16 - The Birds of Midway
7/25/18 7:16 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Crane Beach, Ipswich, Jul 23, 2018
7/25/18 8:22 am Josh Gahagan <jmgahagan15...> [MASSBIRD] Interesting gull species, Flax Pond, Lynn
7/25/18 6:37 am Sean Williams <swilliam...> [MASSBIRD] Red-billed Tropicbird and White-faced Storm-Petrels, Nantucket County
7/24/18 1:38 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Stage Island Water level management
7/24/18 1:23 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Park River impoundments problems
7/24/18 1:20 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Stage Island Water level management
7/24/18 1:15 pm Deb Drexler <debdrex...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: [EXTERNAL] Stage Island Water level management
7/24/18 10:56 am Kevin Bourinot <kevin.bourinot...> [MASSBIRD] 7/21: Wachusett Reservoir IBA - Forbush Bird Club
7/24/18 9:22 am Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: [EXTERNAL] Stage Island Water level management
7/24/18 8:09 am Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...> [MASSBIRD] Re: [EXTERNAL] Stage Island Water level management
7/23/18 1:29 pm Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] departure dates for Willets / Newbury
7/23/18 1:05 pm Josh <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Inland shorebird fallout (eBird)
7/23/18 7:29 am Garry Kessler <gkessler001...> [MASSBIRD] Osprey Fledging Season, photos
7/22/18 10:50 am Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] Fun with Terns at Provincetown, 7/21/18
7/22/18 10:19 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] South and east of Chatham
7/22/18 8:45 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] neighbor's duck update
7/22/18 7:14 am bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Mallard on eggs
 
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Date: 8/19/18 7:16 pm
From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Swallows update
For those still interested:
I was at the refuge today from 8-5:30. The swallows were spectacular all day today- huge flocks in various sections off the road all the way to lot 7. Thousands giving wonderful shows in bushes, meadow, the sky, over the road, over me on the boardwalk at lot 5, etc. I didn't feel any bugs but they seemed to be eating like crazy among various bushes and wildflowers in the Meadows/marshes!
Fantastic day!

Sandy Selesky
<sandyselesky...>
Westford,MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/19/18 7:16 pm
From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] P.S. Peregrine
Peregrine hovering and diving for 20 minutes where swallows had been around 9:00 just past lot 1. I never saw it catch anything but that doesn't mean it didn't!
Sandy

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Date: 8/19/18 5:16 pm
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nighthawk, Newton
Weans
A wu and his Hi

Common Nighthawk over Newton at Upland fu, 8pm.


Pete Gilmore
Newton, MA
<Petegilmorr79...>

 

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Date: 8/19/18 1:29 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: nauset
masssbirders etal,
Just to be clear,Nick Tepper’s Nauset sightings are about 8 miles north of my previously described location south to Chatham. The outer beach terminology can be confusing. The south tip of Nauset in Chatham is locally referred to as The Point. That’s where Fred A and my Friday report is from.
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

From: Nick Tepper
Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2018 12:16 PM
To: <kidoine...>
Cc: <petrull...> ; <derekbrownbuild...> ; <massbird...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: nauset

Hi all,

Some additional species I found at nauset today were an immature Black Tern, immature Peregrine Falcon, adult Red-throated Loon, a Manx Shearwater sitting about 100ft offshore, and two Great Shearwaters riding the swells. Full checklist here https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47940018. I access the private beach from Nauset Heights where I stay, then walk as far as I want with my spotting scope, camera, and binoculars. It is a pleasant walk, and making trips to the ocean side as well as the bay side ensures a variety of species will be seen. Spotting scope is a very helpful tool to have here.

Enjoy the birds,

Nick

On Sun, Aug 19, 2018 at 11:28 AM Karen Idoine <kidoine...> wrote:

Thanks for the info re: canoe/kayak. Sounds doable, on a rising tide? On a calm day? 1 mile doesn’t seem at all daunting! Is there some condition I’m overlooking??

Thanks so much for any other details anyone can provide.

Karen Idoine
Wendell, MA (Now visiting in Chatham for a few days...)


On Aug 19, 2018, at 10:10 AM, Peter Trull <petrull...> wrote:


Hi Derek,
It’s an awesome spectacle alright. only thing missing is the godwits, but I’ll keep trying. I drive down the 6 mile beach in my Tacoma. I wish there was easy boat access but there isn’t. at least by canoe or kayak. I’ts a long way, about a mile paddle I’d say. If you look at google maps or google earth, and find any point to kayak from near the end of scatteree rd, N Chatham, its about .7 mile to the tip and flats of nauset, almost due east, a little north. The whole, expansive flats on the inside and sandy spit are covered with birds. You could pay the $20 to park at Nauset Beach go to the south end of the lot where ORV access is and hitch a ride to the tip....It’s a long walk back though if you don’t hook up. I just go randomly, can’t really say when.
Hope this helps a bit.
Peter

From: Derek Brown
Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2018 9:27 AM
To: Peter Trull
Subject: nauset

hi peter, your ebird report reads like a resurgence of the south beach spectacle. I'd like to know how you accessed the beach, thanks, derek brown
 

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Date: 8/19/18 11:49 am
From: Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hudsonian Godwits, Point of Pines/Revere
Hi Massbirders,Just had two Hudsonian Godwits at Point of Pines in
Revere (around 2pm). They did not stay long and appeared to be headed
for Lynn Beach/Nahant. May be worth checking that area and any local
high tide roosts.
Best, Sebastian Jones Jamaica Plain, MA

Sent from my mobile.
 

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Date: 8/19/18 9:23 am
From: Nick Tepper <nicholastepper6739...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: nauset
Hi all,

Some additional species I found at nauset today were an immature Black
Tern, immature Peregrine Falcon, adult Red-throated Loon, a Manx Shearwater
sitting about 100ft offshore, and two Great Shearwaters riding the swells.
Full checklist here https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47940018. I access
the private beach from Nauset Heights where I stay, then walk as far as I
want with my spotting scope, camera, and binoculars. It is a pleasant walk,
and making trips to the ocean side as well as the bay side ensures a
variety of species will be seen. Spotting scope is a very helpful tool to
have here.

Enjoy the birds,

Nick

On Sun, Aug 19, 2018 at 11:28 AM Karen Idoine <kidoine...> wrote:

> Thanks for the info re: canoe/kayak. Sounds doable, on a rising tide? On
> a calm day? 1 mile doesn’t seem at all daunting! Is there some condition
> I’m overlooking??
>
> Thanks so much for any other details anyone can provide.
>
> Karen Idoine
> Wendell, MA (Now visiting in Chatham for a few days...)
>
> On Aug 19, 2018, at 10:10 AM, Peter Trull <petrull...> wrote:
>
> Hi Derek,
> It’s an awesome spectacle alright. only thing missing is the godwits, but
> I’ll keep trying. I drive down the 6 mile beach in my Tacoma. I wish there
> was easy boat access but there isn’t. at least by canoe or kayak. I’ts a
> long way, about a mile paddle I’d say. If you look at google maps or google
> earth, and find any point to kayak from near the end of scatteree rd, N
> Chatham, its about .7 mile to the tip and flats of nauset, almost due east,
> a little north. The whole, expansive flats on the inside and sandy spit are
> covered with birds. You could pay the $20 to park at Nauset Beach go to the
> south end of the lot where ORV access is and hitch a ride to the
> tip....It’s a long walk back though if you don’t hook up. I just go
> randomly, can’t really say when.
> Hope this helps a bit.
> Peter
>
> *From:* Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
> *Sent:* Sunday, August 19, 2018 9:27 AM
> *To:* Peter Trull <petrull...>
> *Subject:* nauset
>
> hi peter, your ebird report reads like a resurgence of the south beach
> spectacle. I'd like to know how you accessed the beach, thanks, derek brown
>
>

 

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Date: 8/19/18 9:00 am
From: Audrey Cicchetti <audrey.cicchetti...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: massbird-digest V17 #235
I am starting now see you tomorrow haha

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 19, 2018, at 8:08 AM, massbird-digest <owner-massbird-digest...> wrote:
>
>
> massbird-digest Sunday, August 19 2018 Volume 17 : Number 235
>
>
>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 22:32:21 -0400
> From: Geoff LeBaron <geofflebaron...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Immature Brown Booby at Lake Onota, Pittsfield
>
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> Greetings All,
>
> This morning an immature Brown Booby was found on Onota Lake in
> Pittsfield. The bird is best viewed from Burbank Park, near the public
> swimming beach. It is often successfully diving for fish off the
> swimming pavilion there, or may be sitting in the water. It will be
> best to bring a scope. It was continuing through early afternoon today.
>
> Based upon reports by non-birding locals, this bird may have been around
> on the lake for a week or more before being discovered by birders this
> morning.
>
> Good luck!
>
> Geoff
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> This morning an immature Brown Booby was found on Onota Lake in
> Pittsfield. The bird is best viewed from Burbank Park, near the
> public swimming beach. It is often successfully diving for fish off
> the swimming pavilion there, or may be sitting in the water. It
> will be best to bring a scope.
> It was continuing through early afternoon today.<br>
> <br>
> Based upon reports by non-birding locals, this bird may have been
> around on the lake for a week or more before being discovered by
> birders this morning.
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> <br>
> <br>
> Geoff
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> Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 23:27:12 -0400
> From: Edward Brown <edwardmbrown...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] tagged bird
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> My wife and I saw a small shore bird, [a sanderling?] today. It was alone
> on East Beach in Westport. It had what looked like a small green tag on one
> of its legs [left?] It seemed odd that it was completely alone for a long
> time. It didn't seem injured. It appeared to be piping the sand normally,
> but it walked back and forth without flying off. When I came close it flew
> a few yards away and continued piping. It was a mystery to us. Can anyone
> tell me anything about this bird?
> Sincerely,
> Ed Brown
> Westport Ma.
> <EdwardmBrown...>
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> <div dir=3D"ltr"><div class=3D"gmail_default" style=3D"font-family:georgia,=
> serif">My wife and I saw a small shore bird, [a sanderling?] today. It was=
> =C2=A0 alone on East Beach in Westport. It had what looked like a small gre=
> en tag on one of its legs [left?] It seemed odd that it was completely alon=
> e for a long time.=C2=A0 It didn&#39;t seem injured. It appeared to be pipi=
> ng the sand normally, but it walked back and forth without flying off. When=
> I came close it flew a few yards away and continued piping. It was a myste=
> ry to us. Can anyone tell me anything about this bird?</div><div class=3D"g=
> mail_default" style=3D"font-family:georgia,serif">Sincerely,</div><div clas=
> s=3D"gmail_default" style=3D"font-family:georgia,serif">Ed Brown</div><div =
> class=3D"gmail_default" style=3D"font-family:georgia,serif">Westport Ma.</d=
> iv><div class=3D"gmail_default" style=3D"font-family:georgia,serif"><a href=
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>
> Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2018 11:18:40 -0400
> From: "Peter Trull" <petrull...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nauset Chatham
>
> Massbirders, The southern tip of Nauset Beach, Chatham continues to support
> thousands of shorebirds, terns and gulls. Fred Atwood and I visited for two
> hours before high tide on Friday evening in and out fog and the spectacle is
> nothing short of fabulous.
> Peter Trull
> Brewster
> <petrull...>
>
> Nauset Beach--South End, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
> Aug 17, 2018 3:56 PM - 6:24 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Many thanks to Peter Trull!
> Incoming tide to high tide. Patchy fog. Lots of birds feeding in flats and
> then roosting in tern nesting areas.
> 26 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> American Oystercatcher 3
> Black-bellied Plover 790
> Semipalmated Plover 575
> Piping Plover 2
> Ruddy Turnstone 45
> Red Knot 34
> Sanderling 220
> Least Sandpiper 15
> White-rumped Sandpiper 7
> Semipalmated Sandpiper 2300
> Short-billed Dowitcher 550
> Greater Yellowlegs 7
> Willet (Eastern) 4
> Willet (Western) 1
> Laughing Gull 110
> Ring-billed Gull 7
> Herring Gull 400
> Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
> Great Black-backed Gull 400
> Least Tern 22
> Roseate Tern 106
> Common Tern 810
> Forster's Tern 1
> Common Loon 1
> Snowy Egret 1
> Northern Harrier 1
> Horned Lark 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47910725
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2018 17:34:31 -0400
> From: Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Teen birding programs at Drumlin Farm
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> Greetings, Birders
>
> My name is Johnathon Benson and I am the youth birding coordinator and a Tea=
> cher Naturalist at Drumlin Farm as well as an ornithologist conducting indep=
> endent research. The opening season for Drumlin Farm=E2=80=99s Teen Birders p=
> rogram has begun. As such, I am putting out a call for any teens that might b=
> e interested in learning about birds and how to identify them.=20
>
> Our program focuses not just on identification but also on the life history o=
> f birds, their behavior and interactions with other species, conservation, a=
> natomy, and learning to understand habitat, location, season, temporality, a=
> nd diet as diagnostic tools for birding successfully.=20
>
> Our teens have a ton of fun and learn a lot as they travel with me to variou=
> s locations in and out of state, be it a search for fall warblers at Burrage=
> Pond, Banding Saw-Whet Owls at Drumlin, or hunting for rarities in Rhode Is=
> land. I also teach bird illustration and encourage journaling as a means of d=
> eveloping the =E2=80=9Cnaturalist=E2=80=99s eye=E2=80=9D.=20
>
> All levels of birders are welcome, from the completely new to the very exper=
> ienced. Travel to and from locations is always provided. We bring lots of sn=
> acks for our trips, play bird-related games, and have plenty of loaner binoc=
> ulars for the teens to use if needed. We also have two birding scopes for us=
> e in the field and encourage participants to bring their cameras for documen=
> tation.
>
> If you know of any teens who would be interested in joining our enthusiastic=
> group please send them our way. The next program being offered will focus o=
> n hawk migration next month and can be registered for by clicking on the lin=
> k below. As always, Mass Audubon members enjoy a special discount.
>
> https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=3D=
> 6:whoTags[]=3Daudience_teen:program_code=3D62090
>
> Additionally, I am proud to announce that we are starting a new birding prog=
> ram for teens and tweens with autism spectrum disorder in an effort to make t=
> he world of birding more accessible to all types of people. Our first progra=
> m begins next month and can be registered for by following this link:
>
> https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=3D=
> 6:whoTags[]=3Daudience_teen:program_code=3D62170
>
> Please send me an email if you have any questions regarding this program. I a=
> m very much looking forward to teaching to a new audience along with my regu=
> lar participants.=20
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Johnathon Benson
> Waltham, MA
> Teacher Naturalist/Youth Birding Coordinator
> Mass Audubon=E2=80=99s Drumlin Farm
> <jbenson...>
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> <html><head><meta http-equiv=3D"content-type" content=3D"text/html; charset=3D=
> utf-8"></head><body dir=3D"auto"><div><span style=3D"background-color: rgba(=
> 255, 255, 255, 0);">Greetings, Birders</span></div><div><span style=3D"backg=
> round-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style=3D"b=
> ackground-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">My name is Johnathon Benson and I a=
> m the youth birding coordinator and a Teacher Naturalist at Drumlin Farm as w=
> ell as an ornithologist conducting independent research. The opening season f=
> or Drumlin Farm=E2=80=99s Teen Birders program has begun. As such, I am putt=
> ing out a call for any teens that might be interested in learning about bird=
> s and how to identify them.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style=3D"background=
> - -color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style=3D"backgr=
> ound-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Our program focuses not just on identif=
> ication but also on the life history of birds, their behavior and interactio=
> ns with other species, conservation, anatomy, and learning to understand hab=
> itat, location, season, temporality, and diet as diagnostic tools for birdin=
> g successfully.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style=3D"background-color: rgba=
> (255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style=3D"background-color: r=
> gba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Our teens have a ton of fun and learn a lot as they t=
> ravel with me to various locations in and out of state, be it a search for f=
> all warblers at Burrage Pond, Banding Saw-Whet Owls at Drumlin, or hunting f=
> or rarities in Rhode Island. I also teach bird illustration and encourage jo=
> urnaling as a means of developing the =E2=80=9Cnaturalist=E2=80=99s eye=E2=80=
> =9D.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style=3D"background-color: rgba(255, 255, 2=
> 55, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style=3D"background-color: rgba(255, 25=
> 5, 255, 0);">All levels of birders are welcome, from the completely new to t=
> he very experienced. Travel to and from locations is always provided. We bri=
> ng lots of snacks for our trips, play bird-related games, and have plenty of=
> loaner binoculars for the teens to use if needed. We also have two birding s=
> copes for use in the field and encourage participants to bring their cameras=
> for documentation.</span></div><div><span style=3D"background-color: rgba(2=
> 55, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style=3D"background-color: rg=
> ba(255, 255, 255, 0);">If you know of any teens who would be interested in j=
> oining our enthusiastic group please send them our way. The next program bei=
> ng offered will focus on hawk migration next month and can be registered for=
> by clicking on the link below. As always, Mass Audubon members enjoy a spec=
> ial discount.</span></div><div><span style=3D"background-color: rgba(255, 25=
> 5, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><p style=3D"margin: 0px; font-stretch: no=
> rmal; line-height: normal;"><a href=3D"https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdo=
> ors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=3D6:whoTags%5B%5D=3Daudience_teen:prog=
> ram_code=3D62090" style=3D"caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgba=
> (255, 255, 255, 0);"><font color=3D"#000000">https://www.massaudubon.org/get=
> - -outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=3D6:whoTags[]=3Daudience_teen:pr=
> ogram_code=3D62090</font></a></p></div><div><span style=3D"background-color:=
> rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style=3D"background-co=
> lor: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Additionally, I am proud to announce that we a=
> re starting a new birding program for teens and tweens with autism spectrum d=
> isorder in an effort to make the world of birding more accessible to all typ=
> es of people. Our first program begins next month and can be registered for b=
> y following this link:</span></div><div><span style=3D"background-color: rgb=
> a(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><p style=3D"margin: 0px; font-st=
> retch: normal; line-height: normal;"><a href=3D"https://www.massaudubon.org/=
> get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=3D6:whoTags%5B%5D=3Daudience_=
> teen:program_code=3D62170" style=3D"caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-co=
> lor: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><font color=3D"#000000">https://www.massaudubo=
> n.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=3D6:whoTags[]=3Daudienc=
> e_teen:program_code=3D62170</font></a></p><p style=3D"margin: 0px; font-stre=
> tch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style=3D"background-color: rgba(255=
> , 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></p></div><div><span style=3D"background-color: r=
> gba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Please send me an email if you have any questions re=
> garding this program. I am very much looking forward to teaching to a new au=
> dience along with my regular participants.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span styl=
> e=3D"background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span s=
> tyle=3D"background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Good Birding,</span></div=
>> <div><span style=3D"background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span><=
> /div><div><span style=3D"background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Johnatho=
> n Benson</span></div><div><span style=3D"background-color: rgba(255, 255, 25=
> 5, 0);">Waltham, MA</span></div><div><span style=3D"background-color: rgba(2=
> 55, 255, 255, 0);">Teacher Naturalist/Youth Birding Coordinator</span></div>=
> <div><span style=3D"background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Mass Audubon=E2=
> =80=99s Drumlin Farm</span></div><div><a href=3D"mailto:jbenson@massaudubon.=
> org"><jbenson...></a></div><div><br></div><div></div></body></htm=
> l>=
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> Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2018 20:31:24 -0400
> From: "Soheil Zendeh" <sohzendeh...>
> Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] tagged bird
>
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> Edward,
>
> =20
>
> There are a number of species of small sandpipers, including =
> Sanderlings, which are at the height of their migration cycle (in terms =
> of sheer numbers) going through Massachusetts right now. They are =
> long-distance migrants which typically breed in the Canadian (or Alaskan =
> or rarely Greenland) arctic, then head south along our coasts. A number =
> of the smaller species (Sanderling, White-rumped Sandpiper, =
> Baird=E2=80=99s Sandpiper, Red Knot) as well as several of the larger =
> ones (Hudsonian Godwit being prime example) reach southern South America =
> (Patagonia in Argentina , Chile) by late fall, spend our winter there, =
> then head north again to repeat the cycle. These are birds that =
> typically travel between 8000 and 12000 miles EACH WAY on their annual =
> migrations.
>
> =20
>
> Another group of shorebirds (sandpipers and plovers) which includes =
> Semipalmated Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least =
> Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, etc, are medium distance migrants, =
> which means that they after breeding in the arctic, they travel to the =
> Caribbean coast (southern US, Mexico, Northern South America, Caribbean =
> islands) to winter. So their travels are a =E2=80=9Cmere=E2=80=9D 5000 =
> =E2=80=93 6000 miles each way.
>
> =20
>
> One could say that none of these birds =E2=80=9Clive=E2=80=9D any =
> particular place, but rather inhabit the entire western hemisphere. A =
> similar situation exists in western North America and in Eurasia, with =
> distinct set of shorebirds using vast areas of the planet to winter, =
> breed, and forage during their outrageous and dangerous migrations.
>
> =20
>
> Most of the birds I mentioned above are fairly routine spring and fall =
> migrants through Massachusetts. At least they were 30 or 40 years ago. =
> Due to a number of causes, including habitat loss on the wintering sites =
> and on their migratory routes, the populations of a number of these =
> shorebirds has been crashing for decades. We still see some of the =
> commoner species in numbers, sometimes by the thousands, during =
> migration season, but many species, including Sanderling, Red Knot, =
> Black-bellied Plover and dowitcher are appearing in smaller numbers each =
> year. Husdsonian Godwit is mostly a no-show now, and Red Knot numbers =
> are alarmingly low.
>
> =20
>
> One of the prime reasons (I believe) that these birds are suffering such =
> decimation in numbers is that because of their long migrations and their =
> preferred habitat, mostly salt water marshes and coastal mudflats when =
> they=E2=80=99re in our area, few people see them or become familiar with =
> them. With lack of knowledge and familiarity comes lack of interest. And =
> if people (voters) are not interested you can be sure that politicians =
> and policy-makers and wildlife managers do not feel pressured to =
> institute conservation measures for this spectacular and profoundly =
> impressive (once you learn about them) group of birds. This is the =
> reason that I decided to take the time and write out these few =
> paragraphs as a basic primer in shorebird biology, migration and =
> conservation. I hope that you=E2=80=99ll be inspired to read up more on =
> these critters and also spend time over the next two months as their =
> migrations bring them to our state to become familiar with as many of =
> them as you can. They won=E2=80=99t be around long, but, we hope, =
> they=E2=80=99ll be back next year.
>
> =20
>
> By the way, you asked about the green flag on the leg of the sandpiper. =
> There are number of researchers tagging and flagging these birds all up =
> and down the Americas. One friend told me that a Semipalmated Sandpiper =
> he found with a leg flag last week was flagged by a researcher in Brazil =
> in 2014. Typically you have to identify the bird, note the exact =
> location and color(s) of the leg flag(s) [left or right leg, above or =
> below the =E2=80=9Cknee=E2=80=9D], read any letter which might be on the =
> flag(s), then refer to this web site:
>
> http://bandedbirds.org/Reporting.html
>
> for further instruction. That=E2=80=99s how my friend found out where =
> his sandpiper was flagged. It helps to know where these birds winter, =
> breed and migrate through. Then conservation efforts can be focused on =
> picking some strategies to help different shorebird populations.
>
> =20
>
> Thanks for reading this and please spread the word.
>
> =20
>
> =20
>
> Soheil Zendeh
>
> 42 Baker Ave
>
> Lexington, MA 02421
>
> =20
>
> =20
>
> =20
>
> =20
>
> =20
>
> Edward Brown wrote:
>
> =20
>
> My wife and I saw a small shore bird, [a sanderling?] today. It was =
> alone on East Beach in Westport. It had what looked like a small green =
> tag on one of its legs [left?]=20
>
>
>
>
>
> =20
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> color:#1F497D'>Edward,<o:p></o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'>There are a number of species of small sandpipers, =
> including
> Sanderlings, which are at the height of their migration cycle (in terms =
> of sheer
> numbers) going through Massachusetts right now. They are long-distance =
> migrants
> which typically breed in the Canadian (or Alaskan or rarely Greenland) =
> arctic,
> then head south along our coasts. A number of the smaller species =
> (Sanderling,
> White-rumped Sandpiper, Baird=E2=80=99s Sandpiper, Red Knot) as well as =
> several of the
> larger ones (Hudsonian Godwit being prime example) reach southern South =
> America
> (Patagonia in Argentina , Chile) by late fall, spend our winter there, =
> then
> head north again to repeat the cycle. These are birds that typically =
> travel
> between 8000 and 12000 miles EACH WAY on their annual =
> migrations.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'>Another group of shorebirds (sandpipers and plovers) =
> which
> includes Semipalmated Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated =
> Sandpiper,
> Least Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, etc, are medium distance =
> migrants, which
> means that they after breeding in the arctic, they travel to the =
> Caribbean
> coast (southern US, Mexico, Northern South America, Caribbean islands) =
> to
> winter. So their travels are a =E2=80=9Cmere=E2=80=9D 5000 =E2=80=93 =
> 6000 miles each way.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'>One could say that none of these birds =
> =E2=80=9Clive=E2=80=9D any particular
> place, but rather inhabit the entire western hemisphere. A similar =
> situation
> exists in western North America and in Eurasia, with distinct set of =
> shorebirds
> using vast areas of the planet to winter, breed, and forage during their
> outrageous and dangerous migrations.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'>Most of the birds I mentioned above are fairly routine =
> spring
> and fall migrants through Massachusetts. At least they were 30 or 40 =
> years ago.
> Due to a number of causes, including habitat loss on the wintering sites =
> and on
> their migratory routes, the populations of a number of these shorebirds =
> has
> been crashing for decades. We still see some of the commoner species in
> numbers, sometimes by the thousands, during migration season, but many =
> species,
> including Sanderling, Red Knot, Black-bellied Plover and dowitcher are
> appearing in smaller numbers each year. Husdsonian Godwit is mostly a =
> no-show
> now, and Red Knot numbers are alarmingly low.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'>One of the prime reasons (I believe) that these birds are
> suffering such decimation in numbers is that because of their long =
> migrations
> and their preferred habitat, mostly salt water marshes and coastal =
> mudflats
> when they=E2=80=99re in our area, few people see them or become familiar =
> with them. With
> lack of knowledge and familiarity comes lack of interest. And if people =
> (voters)
> are not interested you can be sure that politicians and policy-makers =
> and
> wildlife managers do not feel pressured to institute conservation =
> measures for
> this spectacular and profoundly impressive (once you learn about them) =
> group of
> birds. This is the reason that I decided to take the time and write out =
> these
> few paragraphs as a basic primer in shorebird biology, migration and =
> conservation.
> I hope that you=E2=80=99ll be inspired to read up more on these critters =
> and also spend
> time over the next two months as their migrations bring them to our =
> state to
> become familiar with as many of them as you can. They won=E2=80=99t be =
> around long,
> but, we hope, they=E2=80=99ll be back next year.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'>By the way, you asked about the green flag on the leg of =
> the
> sandpiper. There are number of researchers tagging and flagging these =
> birds all
> up and down the Americas. One friend told me that a Semipalmated =
> Sandpiper he
> found with a leg flag last week was flagged by a researcher in Brazil in =
> 2014.
> Typically you have to identify the bird, note the exact location and =
> color(s) of
> the leg flag(s) [left or right leg, above or below the =
> =E2=80=9Cknee=E2=80=9D], read any letter
> which might be on the flag(s), then refer to this web =
> site:<o:p></o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'><a =
> href=3D"http://bandedbirds.org/Reporting.html">http://bandedbirds.org/Rep=
> orting.html</a><o:p></o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'>for further instruction. That=E2=80=99s how my friend =
> found out where
> his sandpiper was flagged. It helps to know where these birds winter, =
> breed and
> migrate through. Then conservation efforts can be focused on picking =
> some
> strategies to help different shorebird =
> populations.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'>Thanks for reading this and please spread the =
> word.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><b><i><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'>Soheil Zendeh<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><i><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'>42 Baker Ave<o:p></o:p></span></i></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><i><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'>Lexington, MA 02421<o:p></o:p></span></i></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
> style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
> color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
>
> <div style=3D'border:none;border-top:solid #B5C4DF 1.0pt;padding:3.0pt =
> 0in 0in 0in'>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><b><span =
> style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif"'>Edward
> Brown wrote:</span></b><span =
> style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif"'><o:p></o:p><=
> /span></p>
>
> </div>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
>
> <div>
>
> <div>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Georgia","serif"'>My =
> wife and I
> saw a small shore bird, [a sanderling?] today. It was&nbsp; alone on =
> East Beach
> in Westport. It had what looked like a small green tag on one of its =
> legs
> [left?] <o:p></o:p></span></p>
>
> </div>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><br>
> <br>
> <o:p></o:p></p>
>
> <div>
>
> <div>
>
> <p class=3DMsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
>
> </div>
>
> </div>
>
> </div>
>
> </div>
>
> </body>
>
> </html>
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> Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2018 08:04:34 -0400
> From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brown Booby (continuing) - Pittsfield 08/18
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> Apologies if this has already appeared on Massbird for the 18th but
> various reports suggest that the immature Brown Booby continued to be seen
> throughout the day yesterday (08/18) at Onota Lake, Pittsfield, Berkshire
> County. Best viewed from Burbank Park on the east side of the lake. I
> visited mid-morning when the bird sat on the water for long periods before
> actively foraging around 11:15 am when I was able to take a few flight
> shots;
> https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2018/08/ma-brown-booby-in-berkshire-county.html
>
> <https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2018/08/ma-brown-booby-in-berkshire-county.html>
>
> Many thanks to Rene Wendall for getting the initial word out on the 17th.
>
>
> Good birding,
>
>
> James
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> <div dir=3D"ltr"><div>Apologies if=C2=A0 this has already appeared on Massb=
> ird for the 18th but various reports suggest that the immature Brown Booby =
> continued to be seen throughout the day yesterday (08/18) at Onota Lake, Pi=
> ttsfield, Berkshire County. Best viewed from Burbank Park on the east side =
> of the lake. I visited mid-morning when the bird sat on the water for long =
> periods=C2=A0before actively foraging around 11:15 am when I was able to ta=
> ke a few flight shots;</div><div><a href=3D"https://pioneerbirding.blogspot=
> .com/2018/08/ma-brown-booby-in-berkshire-county.html">https://pioneerbirdin=
> g.blogspot.com/2018/08/ma-brown-booby-in-berkshire-county.html<br></a><div>=
> <a href=3D"https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2018/08/ma-brown-booby-in-be=
> rkshire-county.html"><br></a></div><div><br></div><div>Many thanks to Rene =
> Wendall for getting the initial word out on the 17th.=C2=A0</div></div><div=
>> <br></div><div><br></div><div>Good birding,</div><div><br></div><div><br><=
> /div><div>James</div></div>
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Date: 8/19/18 8:38 am
From: Deborah Radovsky <dp32...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Osprey, Sharon
Osprey flying and calling over East St, near Mountain St intersection, this morning.

Deb Radovsky
Sharon

 

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Date: 8/19/18 8:31 am
From: Karen Idoine <kidoine...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: nauset
Thanks for the info re: canoe/kayak. Sounds doable, on a rising tide? On a calm day? 1 mile doesn’t seem at all daunting! Is there some condition I’m overlooking??

Thanks so much for any other details anyone can provide.

Karen Idoine
Wendell, MA (Now visiting in Chatham for a few days...)

> On Aug 19, 2018, at 10:10 AM, Peter Trull <petrull...> wrote:
>
> Hi Derek,
> It’s an awesome spectacle alright. only thing missing is the godwits, but I’ll keep trying. I drive down the 6 mile beach in my Tacoma. I wish there was easy boat access but there isn’t. at least by canoe or kayak. I’ts a long way, about a mile paddle I’d say. If you look at google maps or google earth, and find any point to kayak from near the end of scatteree rd, N Chatham, its about .7 mile to the tip and flats of nauset, almost due east, a little north. The whole, expansive flats on the inside and sandy spit are covered with birds. You could pay the $20 to park at Nauset Beach go to the south end of the lot where ORV access is and hitch a ride to the tip....It’s a long walk back though if you don’t hook up. I just go randomly, can’t really say when.
> Hope this helps a bit.
> Peter
>
> From: Derek Brown
> Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2018 9:27 AM
> To: Peter Trull
> Subject: nauset
>
> hi peter, your ebird report reads like a resurgence of the south beach spectacle. I'd like to know how you accessed the beach, thanks, derek brown

 

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Date: 8/19/18 7:16 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: nauset
Hi Derek,
It’s an awesome spectacle alright. only thing missing is the godwits, but I’ll keep trying. I drive down the 6 mile beach in my Tacoma. I wish there was easy boat access but there isn’t. at least by canoe or kayak. I’ts a long way, about a mile paddle I’d say. If you look at google maps or google earth, and find any point to kayak from near the end of scatteree rd, N Chatham, its about .7 mile to the tip and flats of nauset, almost due east, a little north. The whole, expansive flats on the inside and sandy spit are covered with birds. You could pay the $20 to park at Nauset Beach go to the south end of the lot where ORV access is and hitch a ride to the tip....It’s a long walk back though if you don’t hook up. I just go randomly, can’t really say when.
Hope this helps a bit.
Peter

From: Derek Brown
Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2018 9:27 AM
To: Peter Trull
Subject: nauset

hi peter, your ebird report reads like a resurgence of the south beach spectacle. I'd like to know how you accessed the beach, thanks, derek brown
 

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Date: 8/19/18 5:12 am
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brown Booby (continuing) - Pittsfield 08/18
Apologies if this has already appeared on Massbird for the 18th but
various reports suggest that the immature Brown Booby continued to be seen
throughout the day yesterday (08/18) at Onota Lake, Pittsfield, Berkshire
County. Best viewed from Burbank Park on the east side of the lake. I
visited mid-morning when the bird sat on the water for long periods before
actively foraging around 11:15 am when I was able to take a few flight
shots;
https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2018/08/ma-brown-booby-in-berkshire-county.html

<https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2018/08/ma-brown-booby-in-berkshire-county.html>

Many thanks to Rene Wendall for getting the initial word out on the 17th.


Good birding,


James

 

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Date: 8/18/18 5:36 pm
From: Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] tagged bird
Edward,



There are a number of species of small sandpipers, including Sanderlings, which are at the height of their migration cycle (in terms of sheer numbers) going through Massachusetts right now. They are long-distance migrants which typically breed in the Canadian (or Alaskan or rarely Greenland) arctic, then head south along our coasts. A number of the smaller species (Sanderling, White-rumped Sandpiper, Baird’s Sandpiper, Red Knot) as well as several of the larger ones (Hudsonian Godwit being prime example) reach southern South America (Patagonia in Argentina , Chile) by late fall, spend our winter there, then head north again to repeat the cycle. These are birds that typically travel between 8000 and 12000 miles EACH WAY on their annual migrations.



Another group of shorebirds (sandpipers and plovers) which includes Semipalmated Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, etc, are medium distance migrants, which means that they after breeding in the arctic, they travel to the Caribbean coast (southern US, Mexico, Northern South America, Caribbean islands) to winter. So their travels are a “mere” 5000 – 6000 miles each way.



One could say that none of these birds “live” any particular place, but rather inhabit the entire western hemisphere. A similar situation exists in western North America and in Eurasia, with distinct set of shorebirds using vast areas of the planet to winter, breed, and forage during their outrageous and dangerous migrations.



Most of the birds I mentioned above are fairly routine spring and fall migrants through Massachusetts. At least they were 30 or 40 years ago. Due to a number of causes, including habitat loss on the wintering sites and on their migratory routes, the populations of a number of these shorebirds has been crashing for decades. We still see some of the commoner species in numbers, sometimes by the thousands, during migration season, but many species, including Sanderling, Red Knot, Black-bellied Plover and dowitcher are appearing in smaller numbers each year. Husdsonian Godwit is mostly a no-show now, and Red Knot numbers are alarmingly low.



One of the prime reasons (I believe) that these birds are suffering such decimation in numbers is that because of their long migrations and their preferred habitat, mostly salt water marshes and coastal mudflats when they’re in our area, few people see them or become familiar with them. With lack of knowledge and familiarity comes lack of interest. And if people (voters) are not interested you can be sure that politicians and policy-makers and wildlife managers do not feel pressured to institute conservation measures for this spectacular and profoundly impressive (once you learn about them) group of birds. This is the reason that I decided to take the time and write out these few paragraphs as a basic primer in shorebird biology, migration and conservation. I hope that you’ll be inspired to read up more on these critters and also spend time over the next two months as their migrations bring them to our state to become familiar with as many of them as you can. They won’t be around long, but, we hope, they’ll be back next year.



By the way, you asked about the green flag on the leg of the sandpiper. There are number of researchers tagging and flagging these birds all up and down the Americas. One friend told me that a Semipalmated Sandpiper he found with a leg flag last week was flagged by a researcher in Brazil in 2014. Typically you have to identify the bird, note the exact location and color(s) of the leg flag(s) [left or right leg, above or below the “knee”], read any letter which might be on the flag(s), then refer to this web site:

http://bandedbirds.org/Reporting.html

for further instruction. That’s how my friend found out where his sandpiper was flagged. It helps to know where these birds winter, breed and migrate through. Then conservation efforts can be focused on picking some strategies to help different shorebird populations.



Thanks for reading this and please spread the word.





Soheil Zendeh

42 Baker Ave

Lexington, MA 02421











Edward Brown wrote:



My wife and I saw a small shore bird, [a sanderling?] today. It was alone on East Beach in Westport. It had what looked like a small green tag on one of its legs [left?]








 

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Date: 8/18/18 2:40 pm
From: Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Teen birding programs at Drumlin Farm
Greetings, Birders

My name is Johnathon Benson and I am the youth birding coordinator and a Teacher Naturalist at Drumlin Farm as well as an ornithologist conducting independent research. The opening season for Drumlin Farm’s Teen Birders program has begun. As such, I am putting out a call for any teens that might be interested in learning about birds and how to identify them.

Our program focuses not just on identification but also on the life history of birds, their behavior and interactions with other species, conservation, anatomy, and learning to understand habitat, location, season, temporality, and diet as diagnostic tools for birding successfully.

Our teens have a ton of fun and learn a lot as they travel with me to various locations in and out of state, be it a search for fall warblers at Burrage Pond, Banding Saw-Whet Owls at Drumlin, or hunting for rarities in Rhode Island. I also teach bird illustration and encourage journaling as a means of developing the “naturalist’s eye”.

All levels of birders are welcome, from the completely new to the very experienced. Travel to and from locations is always provided. We bring lots of snacks for our trips, play bird-related games, and have plenty of loaner binoculars for the teens to use if needed. We also have two birding scopes for use in the field and encourage participants to bring their cameras for documentation.

If you know of any teens who would be interested in joining our enthusiastic group please send them our way. The next program being offered will focus on hawk migration next month and can be registered for by clicking on the link below. As always, Mass Audubon members enjoy a special discount.

https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=6:whoTags[]=audience_teen:program_code=62090

Additionally, I am proud to announce that we are starting a new birding program for teens and tweens with autism spectrum disorder in an effort to make the world of birding more accessible to all types of people. Our first program begins next month and can be registered for by following this link:

https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=6:whoTags[]=audience_teen:program_code=62170

Please send me an email if you have any questions regarding this program. I am very much looking forward to teaching to a new audience along with my regular participants.

Good Birding,

Johnathon Benson
Waltham, MA
Teacher Naturalist/Youth Birding Coordinator
Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm
<jbenson...>


 

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Date: 8/18/18 8:25 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nauset Chatham
Massbirders, The southern tip of Nauset Beach, Chatham continues to support
thousands of shorebirds, terns and gulls. Fred Atwood and I visited for two
hours before high tide on Friday evening in and out fog and the spectacle is
nothing short of fabulous.
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

Nauset Beach--South End, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 17, 2018 3:56 PM - 6:24 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Many thanks to Peter Trull!
Incoming tide to high tide. Patchy fog. Lots of birds feeding in flats and
then roosting in tern nesting areas.
26 species (+1 other taxa)

American Oystercatcher 3
Black-bellied Plover 790
Semipalmated Plover 575
Piping Plover 2
Ruddy Turnstone 45
Red Knot 34
Sanderling 220
Least Sandpiper 15
White-rumped Sandpiper 7
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2300
Short-billed Dowitcher 550
Greater Yellowlegs 7
Willet (Eastern) 4
Willet (Western) 1
Laughing Gull 110
Ring-billed Gull 7
Herring Gull 400
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Great Black-backed Gull 400
Least Tern 22
Roseate Tern 106
Common Tern 810
Forster's Tern 1
Common Loon 1
Snowy Egret 1
Northern Harrier 1
Horned Lark 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47910725

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

 

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Date: 8/17/18 8:34 pm
From: Edward Brown <edwardmbrown...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] tagged bird
My wife and I saw a small shore bird, [a sanderling?] today. It was alone
on East Beach in Westport. It had what looked like a small green tag on one
of its legs [left?] It seemed odd that it was completely alone for a long
time. It didn't seem injured. It appeared to be piping the sand normally,
but it walked back and forth without flying off. When I came close it flew
a few yards away and continued piping. It was a mystery to us. Can anyone
tell me anything about this bird?
Sincerely,
Ed Brown
Westport Ma.
<EdwardmBrown...>

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Date: 8/17/18 7:39 pm
From: Geoff LeBaron <geofflebaron...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Immature Brown Booby at Lake Onota, Pittsfield
Greetings All,

This morning an immature Brown Booby was found on Onota Lake in
Pittsfield.  The bird is best viewed from Burbank Park, near the public
swimming beach.  It is often successfully diving for fish off the
swimming pavilion there, or may be sitting in the water.  It will be
best to bring a scope. It was continuing through early afternoon today.

Based upon reports by non-birding locals, this bird may have been around
on the lake for a week or more before being discovered by birders this
morning.

Good luck!

Geoff

--
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Williamsburg MA
<geofflebaron...>

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Geoff LeBaron
Williamsburg MA
<geofflebaron...>



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Date: 8/17/18 7:03 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (17 Aug 2018) Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 17, 2018
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 0 0
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Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 13:30:00
Total observation time: 3.5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers:

Visitors:
Approx 35 pleasant visitors to the tower -- and 10
well-behaved dogs.
Ranger Wilson (with bino's!) stopped by and is quite
pleasant and knowledgeable. He noted he'd seen
2 BW's yesterday -- also locals.


Weather:
Winds were variable all day --from NNE at start but then slowly shifting
to the S and thru to W by 1pm. Speed was 5kph/3mph at start and only
5-8kph/3-5mph at the end.
[Hawks, using updrafts off the hill, also spent most of
their time on same side of hill that wind was hitting.]
Temp rose from 23-24C/74-78F during the count; sky was
90% overcast all day although it was mostly haze with some weak cumulus
mixed in. Enough sun filtered thru in spots to help lift with a few very
weak thermals.
Visibility poor thru the haze: 6km/10mi. Watatic was
visible but not Monadnock.

Raptor Observations:
Locals only:
Around all day:
6 RT (5 imm/1 adult)
6 TV ( " " )
12:05pm 1 SS adult
12:45 1 CH adult
1:20 ! BW imm.


Non-raptor Observations:
The only migrating species of the day: 1 Monarch (10:30am)

Raven 3 (one was perched and noisy for 1/2 hour before
rising up at 1pm to join 2 others who came in from SW.)
Chimney Swifts 5 feeding to north at noon.

1 Katydid on tower as were a dozen(?) grasshoppers.

Predictions:
I'm working. Showers in forecast but ...
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228



 

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Date: 8/17/18 6:50 pm
From: Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Bird and non-bird questions
Carolyn,

As per the nest of the grebe, a likely culprit is the striped skunk. Along with vegetative matter, skunks actively forage for the eggs of ground nesting birds (including those that have partially floating nests). At this time of the year, they are beginning to store up fat reserves, so ground nests of birds as well as reptiles become a steady diet for them as eggs are so incredibly nutritious. As Glen noted, it is also quite possible that a snapper came after them, but I believe that an adventurous skunk may have been the nest assassin.

Cheers,

Johnathon Benson
Teacher Naturalist/Youth Birding Coordinator
Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm was

> On Aug 17, 2018, at 8:13 PM, Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> wrote:
>
> The tree gouges might be deer removing velvet from antlers.
>
>
>
> The nest was gone, too? Might be snapping turtle grabbing the eggs and took the nest as collateral damage. it may have jumped onto the nest and since it is floating (I think) sunk it with it's weight.
>
>
>
> Glenn
>
>
>
> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
>
>> On August 17, 2018 at 12:10 PM Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...> wrote:
>>
>> Dear Massbirders,
>>
>> 1. My colleague found these scratches on a tree...any idea what it could be?
>> https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Scratches/
>>
>> 2. At the Egypt Lane pond in Fairhaven, there have been lots of black things popping up and down...I thought they might be eels, since the herons have been coming up with big ones. But I read they were nocturnal feeders. Might be coming up for air???
>> Not good shots but you can get the idea from this video:
>> https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Birds/August-2018/August-12-2018/i-L4kgBcn
>>
>> 3. The Pied-billed Grebe had a nest where we could see it brooding, covering the eggs with leaves, building up the sides, etc. Then one day the eggs AND the nest were totally gone without a trace. Any theories? The Mute Swans (cygnets too young to fly) all went over the wall that day too (or under the culvert) and were seen once more on the sea side, then no more.
>> Could the family of muskrats have totaled the nest? There were seven little black baby muskrats eating grass at the base of the dike one day.
>> There has been a Long-tailed Weasel around too.
>> https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Birds/Pied-billed-Grebes-2018/i-bbc5N3V
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> --
>>
>> Carolyn Longworth
>> Acushnet, MA
>> bvm1290atgmail.com
>> Bird sightings at:
>>
>> http://tinyurl.com/z489j5o
>>
>>

 

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Date: 8/17/18 5:21 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Bird and non-bird questions
The tree gouges might be deer removing velvet from antlers.


The nest was gone, too? Might be snapping turtle grabbing the eggs and took the nest as collateral damage. it may have jumped onto the nest and since it is floating (I think) sunk it with it's weight.


Glenn


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

> On August 17, 2018 at 12:10 PM Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...> wrote:
>
> Dear Massbirders,
>
> 1. My colleague found these scratches on a tree...any idea what it could be?
> https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Scratches/ https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Scratches/
>
> 2. At the Egypt Lane pond in Fairhaven, there have been lots of black things popping up and down...I thought they might be eels, since the herons have been coming up with big ones. But I read they were nocturnal feeders. Might be coming up for air???
> Not good shots but you can get the idea from this video:
> https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Birds/August-2018/August-12-2018/i-L4kgBcn https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Birds/August-2018/August-12-2018/i-L4kgBcn
>
> 3. The Pied-billed Grebe had a nest where we could see it brooding, covering the eggs with leaves, building up the sides, etc. Then one day the eggs AND the nest were totally gone without a trace. Any theories? The Mute Swans (cygnets too young to fly) all went over the wall that day too (or under the culvert) and were seen once more on the sea side, then no more.
> Could the family of muskrats have totaled the nest? There were seven little black baby muskrats eating grass at the base of the dike one day.
> There has been a Long-tailed Weasel around too.
> https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Birds/Pied-billed-Grebes-2018/i-bbc5N3V https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Birds/Pied-billed-Grebes-2018/i-bbc5N3V
>
> Thanks!
>
> --
>
> Carolyn Longworth
> Acushnet, MA
> bvm1290atg http://bvm1290atcomcast.nethttp://mail.com
> Bird sightings at:
>
> http://tinyurl.com/z489j5o
>
>

 

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Date: 8/17/18 5:05 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brown Booby ebird report
See the ebird report below. Another interesting bird from Onota. Check out the images:


Glenn


Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 17, 2018 07:15 by Rebecca Amuso
- Onota Lake--Burbank Park, Berkshire, Massachusetts
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.4684565,-73.2768774&ll=42.4684565,-73.2768774 http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.4684565,-73.2768774&ll=42.4684565,-73.2768774
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47898933
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Huge bird. Thought was an immature eagle at first. Flew closer and saw the large blue bill. Great looks as it was resting on the water."



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

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Date: 8/17/18 3:31 pm
From: Michael Emmons <michael.emmons...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] SSBC Plum Island Trip 8/18 - CANCELLED
I have decided to cancel tomorrow~@~Ys (8/18) South Shore Bird Club trip to Plum Island due to the unfavorable forecast.

I apologize for the late notice and any inconvenience this cancellation may cause.

Mike Emmons
<Michael.Emmons...>
Wilmington, Ma



 

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Date: 8/17/18 3:31 pm
From: Bill Lafley <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Harvard Pond, Petersham, Aug 17, 2018
Harvard Pond, Petersham, Worcester, Massachusetts, US
Aug 17, 2018 8:35 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Walked down W side to point. Woods very quiet! Still
some breeding activity. A few shorebirds. No mosquitoes!
21 species

Canada Goose 1
Wood Duck 12
Mallard 6
Killdeer 5
Least Sandpiper 4
Solitary Sandpiper 3
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 2 Both young birds
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 2
Eastern Phoebe 3
Eastern Kingbird 2
Blue Jay 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
American Goldfinch 2
Song Sparrow 3 1 carrying food
Eastern Towhee 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 4 1 Feeding older fledgling
Common Yellowthroat 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47899845

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

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Date: 8/17/18 3:24 pm
From: Richard Osborne <dynorecords...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Female Chestnut-sided Warbler at PRNWR
This morning around 8:30am at Hellcat (Parker River NWR), there wast a female Chestnut-sided Warbler, with rich gold wing-bars, foraging in the trees. This was on the boardwalk, going toward the Old Blind, about 50 yds past the first Marsh Loop turnoff. Quite striking, it was!

Richard Osborne
Winchester, MA
dynorecords AT verizon.net
 

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Date: 8/17/18 10:26 am
From: Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Caspian Tern - Ellisville Harbor State Park (Plymouth)
Hello birders,

I’m very excited to report to you all that our last stop of the last day of our coastal birding trip for the Drumlin Farm teen birders yielded an excellent find!

I noticed a very large Tern flying over the saltmarsh at the entrance to Ellisville State Park in Plymouth at around 12:30 pm today (08/17). It was during lowish tide and we had just finished looking at a White-Rumped Sandpiper when I saw the large shape. Our group of birders watched as the bird flew strongly over the marsh and began giving loud, harsh, raspy cries. I was able to follow it a few times through the scope, but even through binoculars at a distance you could make out the very distinctly heavy and thick orange beak. At this point I had made up my mind about the ID and began teaching the kids what they should be looking for. I then introduced the bird as a CASPIAN TERN, which is definitely (barring any strange sightings in the van ride back to Drumlin) the crowning jewel to this excellent trip. Working with the teen birders is so incredibly rewarding and I’m ecstatic to have found for them such an excellent addition to their lists.

Good birding, all

Johnathon Benson
Teacher Naturalist/ Youth Birding Coordinator
Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm
 

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Date: 8/17/18 9:17 am
From: Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bird and non-bird questions
Dear Massbirders,

1. My colleague found these scratches on a tree...any idea what it could
be?
https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Scratches/

2. At the Egypt Lane pond in Fairhaven, there have been lots of black
things popping up and down...I thought they might be eels, since the herons
have been coming up with big ones. But I read they were nocturnal
feeders. Might be coming up for air???
Not good shots but you can get the idea from this video:
https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Birds/August-2018/August-12-2018/i-L4kgBcn

3. The Pied-billed Grebe had a nest where we could see it brooding,
covering the eggs with leaves, building up the sides, etc. Then one day
the eggs AND the nest were totally gone without a trace. Any theories?
The Mute Swans (cygnets too young to fly) all went over the wall that day
too (or under the culvert) and were seen once more on the sea side, then no
more.
Could the family of muskrats have totaled the nest? There were seven
little black baby muskrats eating grass at the base of the dike one day.
There has been a Long-tailed Weasel around too.
https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Birds/Pied-billed-Grebes-2018/i-bbc5N3V

Thanks!

--

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

http://tinyurl.com/z489j5o

 

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Date: 8/17/18 7:19 am
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Where have all the Martins gone?
Hi MassBirders,

Worth noting that the NPR story, which has been going viral in recent weeks, is from 2014. The Purple Martins actually returned to their usual staging area on Lake Murray after a couple of years’ absence:

https://www.wltx.com/article/news/local/purple-martins-flock-to-lake-murray-by-the-hundred-thousands/101-577419419 <https://www.wltx.com/article/news/local/purple-martins-flock-to-lake-murray-by-the-hundred-thousands/101-577419419>

(My in-laws live on Lake Murray, and I’ve gone to see the Bomb Island Martin roost once or twice, it is spectacular)

Good birding,

JSR



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

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

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

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


> On Aug 17, 2018, at 8:17 AM, Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> wrote:
>
> I thought this was worth sharing, maybe it already has? Great little fun story. Thought of you Sue McGrath!
>
> https://www.npr.org/2014/12/04/368324785/the-mystery-of-the-missing-martins <https://www.npr.org/2014/12/04/368324785/the-mystery-of-the-missing-martins>
>
> --
> Suzanne M. Sullivan
> Wilmington, MA
> <swampy435...> <mailto:<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 <http://www.ipswichriver.org/>
>


 

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Date: 8/17/18 6:47 am
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: [VTBIRD] Nearby: Brown Booby in Pittsfield, Mass.

Cross-posting this to the MA listserve. (maybe it's in the queue but is delayed)


Mike Resch
www.statebirdingblogspot.com
Pepperell, MA


-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
To: VTBIRD <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Fri, Aug 17, 2018 9:30 am
Subject: [VTBIRD] Nearby: Brown Booby in Pittsfield, Mass.

For those in the southern Vermont area: There's a Brown Booby (second
inland Massachusetts record) on Onota Lake, Pittsfield. It is viewable from
the public beach in Burbank Park.

--
Richard Guthrie


 

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Date: 8/17/18 5:53 am
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Where have all the Martins gone?
I thought this was worth sharing, maybe it already has? Great little fun
story. Thought of you Sue McGrath!

https://www.npr.org/2014/12/04/368324785/the-mystery-of-the-missing-martins

--
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: 8/16/18 8:08 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Canada Warbler ar PRNWR
Thanks to Richard Osborne for this post.

Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

*

I had very nice looks this morning (at around 9:20am) at a Canada Warbler on the Pines Trail at Parker River NWR.

Richard Osborne
Winchester, MA

 

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Date: 8/16/18 7:15 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] off-shore Chatham
Massbirders, we ran another four hour mini pelagic out of Chatham today with
six super people; enthusiastic, excited, and with some nice photographic
gear. There was a great deal to photograph. We began by running south along
the beach just outside the north break to some bass boats and had killer
jaeger action chasing common and roseate terns. Birds were everywhere. four
species of shearwaters from inshore to our southeastward extent about 6 – 7
miles off shore. chumming brought all 4 shearwaters, terns, gulls, and a
couple dozen Wilson’s storm petrels that hadn’t started heading out yet. It
was four hours of solid observation. A gang of Common Loons, white-rumped
sandpipers, black terns and parasitic jaegers kept us on our toes. e mail
Blair Nikula.... <odenews...> to get in on this.
list is at link below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47893065

Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

 

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Date: 8/16/18 2:49 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BCN Heron

Mbers, Bet you never had a Black-crowned Night Heron fly overhead while playing miniature golf on the Cape....!!
Joe
Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 8/16/18 2:28 pm
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] re: tree swallow staging - Nahant
yesterday morning at 7:20am, hundreds of Tree Swallows were flying along Short Beach and the south shore of Little Nahant, where I live. A thrill to see the busy flocks - perhaps insects hatching ? I have seen this spectacle here before. lots of bayberry in the Short Beach dunes may be an attraction as well.
Not the Plum Island Show but a joy to behold.
Linda
Linda Pivacek, Nahant, <lpivacek...>

> On August 16, 2018 at 10:27 AM Sandy <sandyselesky...> wrote:
>
>
>
> >
> > I was at the refuge yesterday from 8:30 am to 8 pm. Missed the early morning flush from the Marsh that Glenn mentioned but saw the flocks of swallows gathering in the skies over the marsh closer to the water in the distance from the Hellcat Dike (some flying over the dike too but higher up than in past years). Just before sunset and right after it was an unbelievable mass of at least several hundred thousand in my estimation!! I took many far off shots and videos- gorgeous. Wish they were closer and above me!!! There had been some so so flocks in the morning along the road but none at all that I could find late afternoon (I was at Sandy Pt 1:30-3:30) anywhere along the entire road until they start showing up after 7 pm from Hellcat! Wow, where had they been all day??? Amazing!
> >
> > Sandy Selesky
> Westford, MA
> <sandyselesky...>
> >
> >
 

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Date: 8/16/18 1:14 pm
From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] re: tree swallow staging

>
> I was at the refuge yesterday from 8:30 am to 8 pm. Missed the early morning flush from the Marsh that Glenn mentioned but saw the flocks of swallows gathering in the skies over the marsh closer to the water in the distance from the Hellcat Dike (some flying over the dike too but higher up than in past years). Just before sunset and right after it was an unbelievable mass of at least several hundred thousand in my estimation!! I took many far off shots and videos- gorgeous. Wish they were closer and above me!!! There had been some so so flocks in the morning along the road but none at all that I could find late afternoon (I was at Sandy Pt 1:30-3:30) anywhere along the entire road until they start showing up after 7 pm from Hellcat! Wow, where had they been all day??? Amazing!
>
> Sandy Selesky
Westford, MA
<sandyselesky...>
>
>
 

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Date: 8/16/18 4:47 am
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winter wren, Newton
Hi folks,

At 7:30 AM today a Winter Wrensinging away near Wilbur Street in Cold
Spring Park.

Pete Gilmore
Newton
<Petegilmore79...>

 

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Date: 8/15/18 6:41 pm
From: Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wellfleet Bay ( Little Blue Heron and more!)
Good evening, Birders!

Day three of Drumlin Farm’s coastal birding trek saw us out to Wellfleet Bay where the kids were rewarded for their hard work by a wonderful mix of bird friends. Iots of birds to see, but highlights include Dunlin, Whimbrel, Black-Bellied Plover, Saltmarsh Sparrow, Northern Waterthrush, Piping Plover, and Red Knot. Our best birds of the day (and lifers for most of the teens) came through special visits by Roseate Tern giving distinct vocalizations and aerial shows and a Little Blue Heron poking about through a large group of Great and Snowy Egrets.

These birds, along with a Common Raven perched atop a Dunkin’ Donuts and Pine Warbler and Veery at Nickerson State Park helped us meet our weekly minimum goal of 100 species. Tomorrow’s kayak trip along the Bass River and swimming excursion at Sandy Beach are sure to yield even more good finds!

Good birding,

Johnathon Benson
Teacher Naturalist/Youth Birding Coordinator
Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm
 

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Date: 8/15/18 6:26 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/16 - The Birds of Midway

Join the Friends of PRNWR, Inc. & Parker River NWR for this talk on
August 16!

Thanks to Kate Murray for this announcement.


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

*


Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Inc.

Guest Lecture Series 2018

August 16, 2018, Thursday 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Parker River NWR Headquarters Visitor Center Auditorium

6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950


THE BIRDS OF MIDWAY

Kiah Walker, Biological Technician

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Perched on the northern end of the Hawaiian archipelago, halfway between
North America and Asia, Midway Atoll is one of the most remote locations
in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Nearly three million birds nest
on Midway, including the largest Laysan albatross population (including
“Wisdom” shown below with her mate, at age 67 the oldest known breeding
bird in the wild), one of the world’s rarest ducks, and a flock of rogue
canaries.

Come hear about some of Midway’s most incredible wildlife from Kiah
Walker, Parker River NWR Biological Technician, who spent six months as
a biological volunteer on Midway.  She will share never-before-seen
photographs, stories about her experience, and knowledge about the
conservation efforts on this unique National Wildlife Refuge.

A Free Event Sponsored by Friends of PRNWR, Inc. & Parker River NWR

www.parkerriver.org <http://www.parkerriver.org>

 

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Date: 8/15/18 6:23 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/23 - Public Invited to Newly Created Wildlife Habitat in Orange

Thanks to Marion Larson of Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and
Wildlife for this announcement.

Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

*

*Public Invited to Newly Created Wildlife Habitat in Orange*

On Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 10 AM to Noon the public and media are
invited to join a wildlife habitat management tour on Tully Road in
Orange hosted by private landowners Fred Heyes and Heather Stone, and
conservation restriction holders the Mount Grace Land Trust and the
Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife). The tour is an
opportunity:

1)to view the benefits of wildlife habitat management and

2)for private landowners and municipal officials considering habitat
management on their properties to learn about potential habitat
management grant opportunities.

pa Participants will view extensive wildlife habitat management
activities on these permanently conserved lands including invasive
species management and tree clearing.  These activities, which have
occurred over several years, benefit both common and rare birds,
reptiles, and mammals in the area.  This habitat enhancement project was
funded by grants from MassWildlife and the Natural Resources
Conservation Service. This is a rain or shine event; dress for the
weather and wear sturdy footgear. Be prepared to walk off-trail. Bring a
camera or binoculars if you have them! Look for signs showing the
parking area along Tully Road, which is one-half mile north of the
intersection of Tully Road with Creamery Hill Road in Orange.
Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Jay Rasku at
<rasku...> <mailto:<rasku...> or at 978-248-2055 x17.

 

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Date: 8/15/18 6:13 pm
From: caroline haines <chaines49...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tonight on the Annisquam
Down the river they come,( past the smoldering sunset clouds of grey, white and palest peach, over the heads of the fisherman casting for stripers, oblivious to the train on the berm), the egrets, winging to roost.
They labor alone, in tens, fifteens, or threes, winging down the river to the harbor and their island roost. Grey against the sky, although white is their true color, or sometimes dark blue, the snowies, greats and little blues beat their way to evening's rest. Below them, great blue herons stand sentry in the receding tide. And night herons croak encouragement.
Caroline Haines
Gloucester
<Songbirder...>
Sent from my iPhone-please excuse brevity, typos, or insults.
 

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Date: 8/15/18 2:44 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Joppa Flats & Plum Island (Parker River NWR) - 08-15-18


>
> David Moon and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of
> Joppa Flats Education Center. Just up the street from the center toward
> Newburyport, we pulled over to view Joppa Flats at low tide. From
> there, we did an about face and made it on to Plum Island first stopping
> at the Plum Island Airport. By late morning as we were preparing to end
> the program, shorebirds were coming into Bill Forward Pool as the flats
> at Joppa were being covered by the incoming tide. Aside from the muggy
> conditions, it was a pretty nice day -- skies were cloudy to partly
> cloudy; temps ranged from low 70s to low 80s; and winds were light and
> variable.
>
> Our list:
>
> Joppa Flats --
> Double-crested Cormorant (5)
> Great Blue Heron (2)
> [Turkey Vulture (3) - se PI Airport.]
> Osprey (1)
> Black-bellied Plover (~ 25)
> [American Golden-Plover (1) - molting adult; PI Airport (thanks, Marj!).]
> Semipalmated Plover (100s)
> [Killdeer (12) - PI Airport.]
> Greater Yellowlegs
> Lesser Yellowlegs - common.
> Semipalmated Sandpiper - many.
> Bonaparte's Gull (~ 15)
> Herring Gull
> Great Black-backed Gull
> Common Tern - common.
> [Northern Mockingbird (2) - on PI Blvd wires.]
>
> Plum Island (Parker River NWR) --
> Canada Goose (~ 12) - Bill Forward Pool.
> Gadwall (12) - including hen w/ 7 young at BFP.
> Mallard (8)
> Wild Turkey (6) - 2 hens, 4 poults; n. refuge entrance.
> Double-crested Cormorant (~ 15) - PI Bridge.
> Great Egret (~ 8)
> Snowy Egret (~ 15) - mostly BFP.
> Black-crowned Night-Heron (1) - juv; BFP.
> Osprey (2) - Pines platform.
> Northern Harrier (1) - female; BFP dike.
> Black-bellied Plover (~ 25) - BFP.
> Semipalmated Plover (~ 150) - BFP.
> Spotted Sandpiper (1) - BFP.
> Greater Yellowlegs (8) - BFP & N. Pool fm Hellcat dike.
> Lesser Yellowlegs (~ 25) - BFP.
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (~ 30) - BFP.
> Least Sandpiper (1) - small pannes.
> White-rumped Sandpiper (4) - BFP.
> Short-billed Dowitcher (9) - BFP.
> Ring-billed Gull (1) - BFP.
> Great Black-backed Gull (1)
> Least Tern (8) - BFP.
> Common Tern (2)
> Mourning Dove (3)
> Eastern Kingbird (~ 6)
> American Crow (2)
> Purple Martin (~ 12) - vicinity of refuge entrance.
> Tree Swallow - many.
> American Robin (1)
> European Starling - many.
> Cedar Waxwing (6)
> Song Sparrow (1)
> Baltimore Oriole (1) - Goodno Woods crossing.
> American Goldfinch (1)
> House Sparrow
>
> _*Please note*_*: *"After further review" of photos taken last week and
> consultation with others, the reported Long-billed Dowitcher ID at North
> Pool Overlook is "null and void." It has been determined to be an
> /hendersoni /("adult breeding Prairie") subspecies of the Short-billed
> Dowitcher. Sorry for the mis-ID.
>
> 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: 8/15/18 11:03 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
Bobolinks are still present in our Bobolink Field. It is amazing how sometimes you hit it right and see so many and other times they are just hunkered down and you do not spot a single bobolink. On Monday there were two solitary sandpipers at our Deer Pen Pond but today just one. This sandpiper has only one leg. Last year at this time we also had a one-legged solitary in this location - same bird? Other nice finds were belted kingfisher, RT hummer, red-breasted nuthatch (we have had one or two present most of the summer) and rose-breasted grosbeak.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

Mallard 1 flyover
Wild Turkey 6
Mourning Dove 8
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Killdeer 6
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 3
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Barn Swallow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 7
Gray Catbird 2
European Starling 15
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 10
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 12
Bobolink 7
Red-winged Blackbird 70
Common Grackle 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
House Sparrow 30


 

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Date: 8/15/18 10:22 am
From: <jimsonia...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl in August
It is amazing that this Owl is still here in Massachusetts.
.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimsonia/44005535802/in/dateposted-public/



 

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Date: 8/15/18 10:21 am
From: <jimsonia...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Prothonotary Warbler at PRNWR
I was surprised to see this warbler in the tree across from the tower at Hellcat. It is a lifer for me.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimsonia/44005539522/in/dateposted-public/


 

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Date: 8/15/18 5:30 am
From: Marjorie <marjwtsn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Continuing Snowy Owl Newburyport Industrial Park and American Golden Plover at PI Airport
Just left the Snowy Owl sitting on telephone pole at corner of Perkins Way and Preble in the Newburyport Industrial Park. The Snowy was reported yesterday.
Now I’m watching the American Golden Plover at PI airport in runway behind the planes.

Marjorie Watson
Georgetown MA

Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 8/14/18 7:15 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] re: tree swallow staging
Every August birds get quiet. It is a deafening silence.


One of the bird sounds which liven the air is the Tree Swallow; thousands of them.


I try to get to Plum early enough before the sun hits the thickets where the swallows roost. It is amazing. Almost total silence. The sun hits the thickets. Quickly the air is bursting with birds as thousands of swallows take off to fill the air with gurgles and chortles. Off they go and for a minute and a half the air is full of birds as they take off over the marsh.


After two or so minutes, the show is over. Silence again.


Glenn


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

> On August 13, 2018 at 10:45 PM Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...> wrote:
>
> Yes, I agree with Doug Chickering. It's a fantastic sight that I also look forward to every year in August at the refuge on Plum Island. And I have also wondered why no one has been reporting it or mentioning it (other than Doug and a friend of mine who was up there last week) on massbird. Is it only the rarities that warrant attention? This regular event is spectacular in my opinion and even as a passionate bird photographer I sometimes just like to stand by the side of the refuge road, at the North Pool overlook, or on the Hellcat Dike before sunset and just watch the huge flocks of swallows lift up into the air above me or fly swiftly past me in the sky, over the bushes and marsh, and over the water. I look forward to going up there again this week! Last September I visited at friend near Essex, CT and we took an evening swallow cruise out on the Connecticut River to watch hundreds of thousands of tree swallows suddenly appear in the sky at sunset to come to r!
oost in the bushes along the shoreline. Another incredible experience. But we are fortunate to be able to witness part of this spectacle locally before they are gone for the winter months so as Doug says, don't miss it!!
>
> Sandy Selesky
> Westford, MA
> <sandyselesky...> mailto:<sandyselesky...>
>

 

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Date: 8/14/18 6:08 pm
From: <mnsilver2...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barn Swallow habitat threatened at USFWS Fort River Refuge, Hadley


The Stables building at Fort River Refuge hosts a very large colony of nesting Barn Swallows (36 pairs in 2018) yet the colony is threatened with demolition. The issue was recently covered by the Daily Hampshire Gazette: https://www.gazettenet.com/Decision-to-take-down-or-leave-barn-at-the-Fort-River-refuge-that-houses-Barn-Swallos-TAKES-VIDEO-TEASE-18738575


The Friends of Fort River volunteer group has offered to pay for repairs or purchase the building if can be saved solely for the swallows, a species in steep decline in the Northeast. USFWS is holding a public meeting on Thursday, August 16 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the Regional Office in Hadley (300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA) for the public to ask questions and voice their concerns about this issue.






 

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Date: 8/14/18 5:19 pm
From: Sean Williams <seanbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] More pelagic rarities from Skye Haas
Hello all,

Skye Haas is still conducting NOAA surveys beyond the continental shelf in
warm Massachusetts waters. We are very fortunate to have such a keen
observer beyond the shelf surveying an area that has received so little
attention. He has been providing me with updates from the field as the
rarities trickle in (although it's been more than a trickle). Below I
provide a summary of some of his sightings from today and the past week.
These sightings are additional to my previous email.

Brown Booby- 2 (Aug 10 and 14)
Masked Booby- 1 (Aug 13)
Barolo Shearwater- 1+ (Aug 13 and a couple other probables)
Black-capped Petrel- 18+ (Several seen every day)
Trindade Petrel- 1 (Aug 9)
Red-billed Tropicbird- 2 (both Aug 14)
Bridled Tern- 2 (Aug 10 and 12)
White-faced Storm-Petrel- 4-5 on various days
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel- only a few, not sure how many

Other highlights include Audubon's Shearwaters, Long-tailed Jaegers, flyby
Whimbrels, and more.

Good birding,
Sean


--
Sean M. Williams
Westborough, Massachusetts
<seanbirder...>

 

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Date: 8/14/18 5:06 pm
From: Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great day on Stellwagon Bank NMS (Kittiwake)
Howdy birders!

Today was day two of Mass Audubon’s (Drumlin Farm) Coastal Birding trek that I lead every year with for our teen birders. We had an awesome time in Provincetown birding with Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch. While waiting to board the boat we set up the scope to take a look at the hundreds of nesting Cormorant and picked up a Black-Crowned Night Heron, a Green Heron, and four Ruddy Turnstone. Once we got out to the bank we enjoyed sightings of Cory’s and Great Shearwater, along with a few Sooty and one Manx. We were pleasantly surprised to get very close and extended looks at two Northern Gannet which was a huge delight for the kiddos. We had probably around 20 Wilson’s Storm Petrel as well.

On our way back in we had great sightings of Common, Least, and Forster’s Tern as well as a Razorbill which passed close by the boat on its way out to sea. Absolute highlight of the day goes to the surprise Black-Legged Kittiwake that showed up and stayed with the boat for around 10 minutes. This was a first ever for one of these trips and a first ever sighting for every teen in our group.

The quantity of birds weren’t really great, but the variety was superb! I’m looking forward to seeing what else we can manage to spot as the week progresses.

Good birding!

Johnathon Benson
Teacher Naturalist/ Youth Birding Coordinator
Drumlin Farm
 

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Date: 8/14/18 7:49 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Louisiana Waterthrush-Essex 8/14
I was almost late for work this morning due to our latest new yard bird - a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH!

Margo thought that she saw this bird late on Sunday but only had a brief look as it teetered along the top wet rocks of the retaining wall in our backyard, but it quickly flew off toward the woods and creek behind the house before she could get her binoculars.
Yesterday, she heard and recorded it chipping, and she also heard it sing!

This morning we both had great looks at this bird as it, again, walked along the top rocks of the retaining wall, perched on some higher branches in the trees and chipped loudly. I even heard a few song notes. The sharp white supercillium and clear white throat were easily seen with our binoculars as the bird moved about, 40 feet or so behind the house.

At one point, I watched it tussling with a second bird, about the same size and, I thought, chipping as well before they both flew into the woods. Margo had seen it interact with our Carolina wren, but I can't be sure that this wasn't a second waterthrush that I saw. We'll keep an eye out just in case.

Certainly our coolest yard bird yet!

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: 8/14/18 5:21 am
From: Daniel Neiman <daniel.neiman...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] re: tree swallow staging
I guess it’s worth mentioning that despite the presence of 40,000 or so insectivorous birds, the flies and midges are pretty aggressive at the Hellcat dike in the evening. So long pants are recommended, even if it’s warm out.

Dan Neiman
Rowley

> On Aug 13, 2018, at 10:45 PM, Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...> wrote:
>
> Yes, I agree with Doug Chickering. It's a fantastic sight that I also look forward to every year in August at the refuge on Plum Island. And I have also wondered why no one has been reporting it or mentioning it (other than Doug and a friend of mine who was up there last week) on massbird. Is it only the rarities that warrant attention? This regular event is spectacular in my opinion and even as a passionate bird photographer I sometimes just like to stand by the side of the refuge road, at the North Pool overlook, or on the Hellcat Dike before sunset and just watch the huge flocks of swallows lift up into the air above me or fly swiftly past me in the sky, over the bushes and marsh, and over the water. I look forward to going up there again this week! Last September I visited at friend near Essex, CT and we took an evening swallow cruise out on the Connecticut River to watch hundreds of thousands of tree swallows suddenly appear in the sky at sunset to come to roost in the bushes along the shoreline. Another incredible experience. But we are fortunate to be able to witness part of this spectacle locally before they are gone for the winter months so as Doug says, don't miss it!!
>
> Sandy Selesky
> Westford, MA
> <sandyselesky...> <mailto:<sandyselesky...>


 

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Date: 8/14/18 4:49 am
From: Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] re: tree swallow staging
Yes, I agree with Doug Chickering. It's a fantastic sight that I also look
forward to every year in August at the refuge on Plum Island. And I have
also wondered why no one has been reporting it or mentioning it (other than
Doug and a friend of mine who was up there last week) on massbird. Is it
only the rarities that warrant attention? This regular event is
spectacular in my opinion and even as a passionate bird photographer I
sometimes just like to stand by the side of the refuge road, at the North
Pool overlook, or on the Hellcat Dike before sunset and just watch the huge
flocks of swallows lift up into the air above me or fly swiftly past me in
the sky, over the bushes and marsh, and over the water. I look forward to
going up there again this week! Last September I visited at friend near
Essex, CT and we took an evening swallow cruise out on the Connecticut
River to watch hundreds of thousands of tree swallows suddenly appear in
the sky at sunset to come to roost in the bushes along the shoreline.
Another incredible experience. But we are fortunate to be able to witness
part of this spectacle locally before they are gone for the winter months
so as Doug says, don't miss it!!

Sandy Selesky
Westford, MA
<sandyselesky...>

 

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Date: 8/13/18 7:25 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] SSBC/BBC trip to cape for shorebirds (8/11)
Noting a tip from last year on ebird I was able to obtain a boat to get over to South Beach (or what's left of it) on Saturday. Thousands of shorebirds and terns. Shearwaters and jaegers over our heads (and Black Terns, too). Large groups roosting waiting out the tide. No godwits encountered, though.


What a fun day!


The day started in rain as we drove though some pretty serious rain to get to the cape. The rain magically stopped right after crossing the bridge. It never rained after this.


It was foggy so when we were picked up we did not know what the outer beach looked like. Upon our return we realized how extensive the change is. The north end of Morris Island is exposed to the Atlantic Ocean. For those of us experienced folk this is what it looked like during the time of Art Gould's transports when Monomoy was one island and we would be ferried over to "Monomoy". After the blizzard of '78 the island was split into north and south at inward point. North Beach would continue to grow and create protection for Morris Island and the no name storm of 1990 (?) broke through at Chatham light and quickly the broken piece attached below the light and the newly named South Beach was created. This grew southward and widened to 1/2 mile or more before leaving just a small break at the south end off of South Monomoy. With no where to go, ocean waters battered the sand bar breaking it apart at several places. The remnants of South Beach attached to South Monomoy !
and created what there is now.


Below you can see the numbers. The four lists below are chronological. A secondary highlight (after an ice cream break!) was the stop at Pogorelc Sanctuary in Barnstable. There were egrets coming in to roost and night-herons were coming active. At least four Yellow-crowns and one continuing adult Little Blue Heron. The view is just a narrow window, but worth the stop. Off of Rt 6A just a mile or so east of the junction of Rt 149. East of the RR crossing this is tucked in the land between the rails and 6A. Park at the Wildlands Trust (?) office and the trail goes off the left side of the building property. This is conservation land office, but not sure which one. It is the only "shop" looking building; used to sell jewelry or stuff like that. The trail is less than 1/4 mile. Stay right and follow the trial to a narrow view of a pond. A scope is helpful.


Glenn


Morris Island, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 11, 2018 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments: SSBC/BBC trip, 9 participants
22 species

Osprey (carolinensis) 2
Cooper's Hawk 1 juv
American Oystercatcher 4
Least Tern 3
Mourning Dove 3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 1
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 2
American Redstart 1 female or immature
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Common Grackle 10
House Finch 5
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow X


South Beach, Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 11, 2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: SSBC/BBC trip, 9 paticipants
37 species

Common Loon 1
Cory's Shearwater 10
Great Shearwater 50
Sooty Shearwater 25
Manx Shearwater 3
Double-crested Cormorant 2500
Snowy Egret 2
Osprey (carolinensis) 1
American Oystercatcher 10
Black-bellied Plover 500
Semipalmated Plover 800
Piping Plover 22
Whimbrel (Hudsonian) 2
Ruddy Turnstone 35
Red Knot 400
Sanderling 550
Dunlin 3
Least Sandpiper 5
White-rumped Sandpiper 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2100
Short-billed Dowitcher 100
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Willet (Eastern) 8
Parasitic Jaeger 4
Laughing Gull 1000
Ring-billed Gull 5
Herring Gull (American) X
Great Black-backed Gull X
Least Tern 2
Black Tern 2 ad
Roseate Tern 1500
Common Tern (hirundo) 3000
Forster's Tern 1 ad, head changing to winter plumage, mostly whitish with black eye mask, paler back than Common
Horned Lark 3
Tree Swallow 120
Bank Swallow 2
Barn Swallow (American) 1


Forest Beach and Conservation Lands, Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 11, 2018 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments: SSBC/BBC trip, 9 participants
13 species

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 3
Great Egret 10
Snowy Egret 20
Osprey (carolinensis) 6
Whimbrel (Hudsonian) 6
Least Sandpiper 5
Greater Yellowlegs 5
Willet (Eastern) 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 6
American Crow 1
Tree Swallow 5
Barn Swallow (American) 2
Gray Catbird 2


Barnstable, Pogorelc Sanctuary, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 11, 2018 5:08 PM - 6:34 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: SSBC/BBC trip, 7 participants High numbers of roosting birds in trees and bushes around the pond. View is accessed at the end of right trail at the split. As has been suggested by Peter Crosson, a quiet approach as to not disturb the roost.
23 species

Wood Duck 4
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 2
Great Egret 50
Snowy Egret 30
Little Blue Heron 1 Continuing. Photos.
Black-crowned Night-Heron 30
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 4 2 juv, 2 2nd yr
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey (carolinensis) 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
American Crow 3
Tree Swallow 10
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 3
European Starling 34
Cedar Waxwing 3
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow Warbler (Northern) 1
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 2
Common Grackle 5
American Goldfinch 3


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

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Date: 8/13/18 12:44 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nauset Chatham.
Massbirders, paid a visit to Nauset, Chatham today but was too early for
staging. Tide was low and birds were spread out feeding over expansive
flats. Terns were flocked up in several locations. Here’s my list of
conservative numbers. (Raven just flew over my house as I write this)
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47827504


 

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Date: 8/13/18 10:32 am
From: <mnsilver2...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barn Swallow habitat threatened at USFWS Fort River Refuge, Hadley


Barn Swallow habitat threatened at USFWS Fort River Refuge, Hadley - The Stables building at Fort River Refuge hosts a large colony of nesting Barn Swallows (36 nesting pairs in 2018) yet the colony is threatened with demolition. A colony of this size is rare--the Stables building, with its long, cave-like corridors and extensive surrounding fieldings provide ideal habitat for these birds.The issue was recently covered by the Daily Hampshire Gazette: Gazette: https://www.gazettenet.com/Decision-to-take-down-or-leave-barn-at-the-Fort-River-refuge-that-houses-Barn-Swallos-TAKES-VIDEO-TEASE-18738575


USFWS is holding a public meeting on Thursday, August 16 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the Regional Office in Hadley (300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA) for the public to ask questions and voice their concerns about this issue.


 

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Date: 8/13/18 9:33 am
From: Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red breasted nuthatch – Andover
We have a single red breasted nuthatch at our feeder’s today, 12:30 PM. He
is eating peanuts.

Donna Cooper
Andover MA
--
Sent from iPhone

 

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Date: 8/12/18 5:27 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Cod shorebirds
I have been able to make it to both South beach/monomoy in Chatham and
Nauset marsh in Eastham in the last week. I can say that if you have a
canoe or kayak, then Nauset marsh is definitely worth your time. You
can get closer to the birds, and actually had similar or higher
numbers of most shorebird species than the south beach high tide
roost, with the obvious exception being godwits.
It is a fairly short (0.7mi) paddle from Hemenway landing out to the
sand flats the birds roost on at high tide, and while the current is a
little strong on the right tide, it isn't rough. We went out on both
Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, and there were definitely more
birds on Tuesday evening which was interesting.
Tuesdays list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47716603 and
Wednesdays list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47779535.
The best time to go is about three hours before high, which gives you
time to watch the birds as they come to you for their roost.

I was able to get to South Beach/Monomoy NWR by way of a friends'
small boat. It is still doable in a kayak, but would likely be a long,
tough paddle as the channel between North Monomoy and South Beach is
only passable near high tide, and you have to go around the west side
of North Monomoy otherwise. There are actually decent numbers of
shearwaters continuing on the bay side of Monomoy, with both Great and
Sooty seen fairly close (easy scope) to Morris Island and some Great's
even flying over the flats! The highlight was a very late Snowy Owl,
but there were also decent numbers of Whimbrel and Hudsonian Godwits.
The day's three lists are here: trip south
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47811090, South Beach
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47812621, and the trip north
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47812621.
**note that North Monomoy, Minimoy, and the north end of South Monomoy
(tern colony) are closed to access above the high tide line.

If anyone wants better directions for accessing either location, feel
free to ask.

Happy birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon
 

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Date: 8/12/18 4:34 pm
From: DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] The Staging
Massbirders:


          I stopped twice and pulled to the side of the road just to watch. Today was a cloudy, gray day spitting rain on Plum island which kept down the usual Sunday crowd and seemed to push the birds lower. Both times I stopped it was almost as a reflex action and not planned or even thought about. It’s not like I hadn’t see this before. I wait for it each year and promote it openly to anyone who will listen. I can’t be the only person who is struck with wonder when it occurs but I hear few others mention it. The staging of the Tree Swallows at Plum Island is now building to a crescendo. I had been watching the Tree Swallows since I drove onto the refuge, and as expected they were filling the skies. Friday, there were two strangers who stopped me while I was taking my walk to inquire about these small birds. I guess they saw my binoculars and concluded I would know something about these birds. And today there were even more; a lot more.


          I wouldn’t be totally surprised if I was informed that these spectacular staging was taking place elsewhere in Massachusetts. I do remember a similar report of massive numbers of tree swallows swarming on Cape Cod a couple of years ago, but don’t remember it as a regular thing. On Plum Island it is an annual event and I start anticipating it when I first notice a small uptick in the number of Tree Swallows flying in mid to late July.


At one point they had spilled out onto the road. I pulled out and slowly got out. There were flying Tree swallows high in the sky and streaking right by me. Off to my right they were collecting onto a largish Bayberry bush, actually bushes. They seemed to cover the entire dune side of the roadside vegetation and the frantic, hypnotic sound of their flashing wings seemed to settle into the rumble of distant thunder. The movement of the multitude of wings seemed to set up a tremor in the air that could actually be felt.


          It’s not a rarity, but a regular, annual event. It will last the rest of this month but the next few weeks will probably be the peak. Don’t miss it.

Doug Chickering
Groveland
<dovekie...>

 

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Date: 8/12/18 12:51 pm
From: Sam Miller <zamziller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Olive-sided Flycatcher, Oxbow NWR (Middlesex County), Shirley, Aug 12, 2018; Black Tern, Warner's Pond, Concord
Carla and I had extended looks at an Olive-sided Flycatcher this morning at Oxbow NWR, Middlesex, in Shirley. (Note that this is a separate location from Oxbow NWR, Worcester County, in Harvard.)
Accessed from Walker Rd. in Shirley. Complete eBird list below.

We then went to Warner’s Pond in Concord and had good views of the Black Tern that was found there by Dave and Tim Swain.
Sam Miller, Carla Dengler
Acton, MA

>
> Oxbow NWR (Middlesex County), Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
> Aug 12, 2018 9:57 AM - 12:06 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> 29 species
>
> Red-shouldered Hawk (lineatus Group) 1
> Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) 1
> Killdeer 2
> Solitary Sandpiper 1
> Mourning Dove 3
> Chimney Swift 7
> Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
> American Kestrel 2
> Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 Prolonged views of bird sallying forth and flycatching from the top of the highest bare snag in the area. Largish flycatcher, slightly larger than adjacent waxwings in the same tree; large headed, short tailed, "vesty" appearance. Eventually saw the white flank patches well while it preened. We watched it for half an hour, and it always returned to the same tree. Skirmished with the waxwings. About 100 yards in from the Walker Rd. parking area, at the tip-top of the tall dead tree to the right of the path that runs along the marsh, more or less parallel to the road.
> Blue Jay 6
> American Crow 4
> Tree Swallow 2
> Barn Swallow (American) 7
> Black-capped Chickadee 5
> Tufted Titmouse 6
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2
> Eastern Bluebird 1
> American Robin 5
> Gray Catbird 5 FL
> European Starling 5
> Cedar Waxwing 10
> Northern Waterthrush 1
> Black-and-white Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 2
> Field Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 1
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
> American Goldfinch 22
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47806885
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


 

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Date: 8/12/18 12:45 pm
From: David Swain <davidswain79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black Tern, Concord, 8/12/18
A Black Tern showed up at Warner's Pond this morning. Tim and I found it
around 11am and it was still putting on a good show through mid-afternoon
for local birders. It was visible at the back of the pond from the boat
ramp, accessible off Commonwealth Ave from the Rt. 2 rotary (look for the
conservation land sign by the driveway of the periwinkle house).

David and Tim Swain
Concord, MA

 

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Date: 8/12/18 12:08 pm
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird CLub September Dedicated Pelagic Trip
Time to sign up for our September Pelagic trip.


Saturday-Sunday, September 22-23, 2018, 6:00 AM Saturday to 6 PM Sunday
Hyannis to Hydrographer, Veach, and Atlantis Canyon area for WHITE-FACED
STORM PETRELS, other petrels, several species of shearwaters, jaegers,
possible skua, terns and other seabirds and mammals.
Limit: 50 participants
Cost: BBC members $310, non-members $335
We have master birders Jeremiah Trimble, Nicholas Bonomo and two others
leading these trips. Our boat, from Hyannis is the Helen H. It is a very
comfortable, fast, 100-foot fishing boat with a knowledgeable and
enthusiastic captain and crew. We use gallons of chum to attract the birds
To reserve a space, send a check for the full amount made out to Brookline
Bird Club Agent along with a signed Waiver to Ida Giriunas, 83 Summer Ave,
Reading, MA 01867
To register and to receive further information and a waiver form:
Contact Ida at 781-929-8772, <ida8...> <mailto:<ida8...> .

Ida Giriunas
Reading, MA
<ida8...> <mailto:<ida8...>




 

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Date: 8/12/18 10:26 am
From: Richard Messer <pi_birder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Peregrine Falcon Malden MA
Hello all,Yesterday morning in Malden while on Dartmouth St. I heard and then saw an immature Peregrine Falcon apparently begging for food. I never saw an adult come to feed it. It was on top of what's called the Pleasant Plaza building in the pouring rain. Thought I would post this as I saw no sightings on Ebird for peregrines at this location.Cheers,Richard Messerpi_birder AT yahoo.com 

 

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Date: 8/12/18 6:02 am
From: Wayne Klockner <wklockner...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandy Point Black Terns
At least 2 Black Terns at Sandy Point State Reservation now

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/11/18 7:26 am
From: Barbara Drummond <bdraraavis...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black Tern Plum I
Flying over marsh and salt pannes

Barbara Drummond
bdraraavis@verizon. net

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/11/18 5:06 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nauset Chatham
massbirders, This location is at the south tip of Nauset Beach proper, now
extended into Chatham, This would be just north of the new(ish) cut north of
the fish pier.

Nauset, Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 10, 2018 11:35 AM - 1:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: walking around the west flats at the south tip of Nauset,
Chatham
24 species

Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 5
Snowy Egret 3
Northern Harrier 2
Black-bellied Plover 19
Semipalmated Plover 325
Piping Plover 12
Ruddy Turnstone 12
Sanderling 5
Least Sandpiper 6
Semipalmated Sandpiper 195
Greater Yellowlegs 62
Willet (Eastern) 14
Laughing Gull 90
Ring-billed Gull 30
Herring Gull 60
Great Black-backed Gull 5
Least Tern 45 30% fledglings
Roseate Tern 130
Common Tern (hirundo) 490
Tree Swallow 330
Barn Swallow (American) 45
Song Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47769627

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

 

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Date: 8/10/18 2:16 pm
From: Jon Woolf <jswoolf01...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] NH Audubon Fall Pelagic Birding Trip
Listfolk,

Time's slipping away to sign up for the Tenth Anniversary NH Audubon
Fall Pelagic Birding Trip.

It's been ten years since I ran the first of these Pelagic Birding Trips
for Massabesic Audubon Center.  Lots of trips, lots of birds, lots of
great times with great people. That first trip was run in September
2008.  So this year, we've decided to do the same: go in early
September, in search of better weather and better birds.  Specifically,
we'll be going out on September 4th, the day after Labor Day. 
Otherwise, the plan remains the same:

WHAT: NH Audubon Fall Pelagic Birding Expedition
WHEN: Tuesday, September 4th, the day after Labor Day.
WHERE: From Rye Harbor into offshore waters and out to Jeffreys Ledge
WHERE TO MEET: Dockside at Rye Harbor, 7:30AM

The plan hasn't changed from previous years: depart from Rye Harbor
about 8:00AM aboard the MV /Granite State/, and spend the day at sea,
returning to port between 5:00 and 5:30PM.  We'll search the waters
along Jeffreys Ledge for whatever seabirds (and other interesting
things) we can find. Steve Mirick will lead and narrate, while our hosts
are Pete Reynolds and his expert crew of whale and bird-watchers.

What can we expect to see? Well, our previous trips have produced large
numbers of shearwaters of all four expected species (Greater, Sooty,
Cory's, Manx), along with Northern Gannets, Wilson's Storm-petrels, Red
and Red-necked Phalaropes, Common Terns, and several jaegers of at least
two and maybe three different species.  All are equally likely this
time, and we might well add a few more.  Past September pelagic trips
have also found six different species of cetaceans: Fin, Minke, and
Humpback whales, Harbor Porpoises, Atlantic White-sided Dolphins, and
once a real rarity: a Sperm Whale on the outer edge of Jeffreys Ledge.

What to Bring: Binoculars and bird guide, of course.  Bring a lunch if
you like.  A digital camera if you have one -- last fall's trip produced
spectacular photo opportunities for birds, whales, and dolphins. 
Weather on the open water is unpredictable: sometimes hot, sometimes
rather chilly.  Prepare for both.  Certainly bring sunscreen and
sunglasses.  Bring motion-sickness pills if you're vulnerable to
seasickness. /Granite State/'s seating is mostly wooden benches, so a
seatcushion might be a good idea if you have trouble with sitting on
hard surfaces.

We need a minimum of 30 people to pay for the trip.  We've set a maximum
of 50 so that the boat doesn't get too crowded.  Cost is $70 for NH
Audubon members, $90 for non-members.  To sign up, either go to
https://nh-audubon-nature-store.myshopify.com/products/mac-pelagic-trip
or call or email Massabesic Audubon Center, phone 603-668-2045, email
<mac...>   Contact either MAC or me with any questions you
might have.

Thanks to all who have made these trips a success for the last ten
years, and to those who join us in future.

See you on board!

-- Jon Woolf
Manchester, NH
(Massabesic Audubon Center Programming Committee)


 

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Date: 8/10/18 10:37 am
From: Nancy Given <nancy...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Great Black Hawk
My big mistake
Photos checked - eagle

Nancy Given
Somerville MA

Sent by my iPhone

> On Aug 10, 2018, at 11:18 AM, Nancy Given <nancy...> wrote:
>
> Pending verification - possible eagle
>
> (Apologies for hasty email)
>
> Sent by my iPhone
>
>> On Aug 10, 2018, at 11:09 AM, Nancy Given <nancy...> wrote:
>>
>> Seen from lily pond ave (Biddeford Maine) soaring - now extremely high over coastline
>>
>> (Please post to Maine sites if possible)
>> Nancy Given
>> Somerville ma
>>
>>
>> Sent by my iPhone

 

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Date: 8/10/18 10:37 am
From: Nancy Given <nancy...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Great Black Hawk
Pending verification - possible eagle

(Apologies for hasty email)

Sent by my iPhone

> On Aug 10, 2018, at 11:09 AM, Nancy Given <nancy...> wrote:
>
> Seen from lily pond ave (Biddeford Maine) soaring - now extremely high over coastline
>
> (Please post to Maine sites if possible)
> Nancy Given
> Somerville ma
>
>
> Sent by my iPhone

 

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Date: 8/10/18 10:36 am
From: Nancy Given <nancy...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk
Seen from lily pond ave (Biddeford Maine) soaring - now extremely high over coastline

(Please post to Maine sites if possible)
Nancy Given
Somerville ma


Sent by my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/9/18 10:28 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Ipswich Power and Light, Aug 9, 2018

Ipswich Power and Light (Bull Brook and Dow Brook reservoirs)
Aug 9, 2018 2:40 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.1 mile(s)
Comments: I birded Bull Brook Res. on this hot afternoon from the
baseball fields on Mile Lane, since the normal entrance across the dam
from High St. (Rts. 1A/133) is closed until the dam is repaired.
(Fortunately this seems to be a priority for the town, but we'll see.)
24 species

Wood Duck 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Solitary Sandpiper 2 (plenty of muddy edges)
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 3 2 at SW end of res. and 1 at NE end
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Blue Jay 2

Tree Swallow 250 Foraging over the ball fields until a cooper's
hawk came by and made the whole flock fly off, making it much easier to
estimate the number. (They came back within 10 minutes.) The main
thing was that though I looked at virtually all of them as they flew
around or perched on the ground or the bars on top of the batting cage,
I never saw a single bird with a trace of green on the back. I think
every bird there was a juvenile. (I realize that some adult females can
be pretty brown, but they usually show at least a little green.)

Barn Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 3
Chipping Sparrow 2 one carried food
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 juv. male
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
American Goldfinch 4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47754668

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

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Date: 8/9/18 2:00 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Extralimital Rarities: Great Black Hawk, Wood Stork, Neotropic Cormorant
Thanks to Will Freedberg for this email to me earlier today.  While the
Black Hawk has been mentioned, the others have not!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

Massbirders,

Several notable rarities are being seen to our north, including first
seen on August 7th in Biddeford, Maine. See here for some details, and
check the Maine listserv archives for more:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ABArare/permalink/1979544938772806/
&
http://birding.aba.org/maillist/MAINE

-A Wood Stork seen today (7/9) at Pickering Ponds in Rochester, NH
http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NH

-A first state record Neotropic Cormorant in Gorham, NH
http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NH

Good birding,
Will Freedberg
Belmont
<williamfreedberg...> <mailto:<williamfreedberg...>
 

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Date: 8/9/18 11:45 am
From: TheBirdNerd <th3b1rdn3rd...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk
This is definitely the same individual as seen in Texas. There were some
photos on Facebook (I don't have the link but you can probably find it from
a search) of someone's photo of the wing on the one in Texas and the same
position but my photo from Maine, with the feathers (four in particular)
maching up exactly. I didn't see photos of the other wing, but that is
supposed to match up as well.

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

On Thu, Aug 9, 2018, 2:32 PM Chris Heys <chris.p.heys...> wrote:

> Does that make this the 2nd ABA record of this species? The first being
> earlier this year in Texas... I wonder if it could be the same bird...
>
> Chris
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Aug 9, 2018, at 1:50 PM, DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...>
> wrote:
>
> Massbirders:
>
> Tom Graham and I went to Biddeford, Maine to look for the
> reported Great Black Hawk this a.m. (August 9). We had sensational looks at
> the bird sitting in a tree in back of a house (with a very friendly and
> interested owner) on Lilly Pond road. Lilly Pond road is a short, dirt road
> right by the ocean and in the Fortune's Rocks section of Biddiford and very
> close to Rachael Carson NWF. We had to wait nearly three-quarters of an
> hour for the bird but it finally showed and was clearly worth the wait.
> It's not an easy place to park and will probably be jammed this weekend.
> Still I think this is the rarest bird to be in the U.S. presently.
>
>
> Doug Chickering
>
> Groveland
>
> <dovekie...>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 8/9/18 11:43 am
From: Larry Scacchetti <larrybird4134...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk
I was wondering what the record would be as well. Looking at wing patterns
from photos of both birds it seems like it very well is the same bird.
Also what are the odds of 2 GBHAs. So assuming it’s the same bird, seen in
2 different states, 1000 miles and 4 months apart, does it go down as 2 or
1 ABA record?

Larry Scacchetti

Montvale, NJ

On Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 2:32 PM Chris Heys <chris.p.heys...> wrote:

> Does that make this the 2nd ABA record of this species? The first being
> earlier this year in Texas... I wonder if it could be the same bird...
>
> Chris
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Aug 9, 2018, at 1:50 PM, DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...>
> wrote:
>
> Massbirders:
>
> Tom Graham and I went to Biddeford, Maine to look for the
> reported Great Black Hawk this a.m. (August 9). We had sensational looks at
> the bird sitting in a tree in back of a house (with a very friendly and
> interested owner) on Lilly Pond road. Lilly Pond road is a short, dirt road
> right by the ocean and in the Fortune's Rocks section of Biddiford and very
> close to Rachael Carson NWF. We had to wait nearly three-quarters of an
> hour for the bird but it finally showed and was clearly worth the wait.
> It's not an easy place to park and will probably be jammed this weekend.
> Still I think this is the rarest bird to be in the U.S. presently.
>
>
> Doug Chickering
>
> Groveland
>
> <dovekie...>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 8/9/18 11:42 am
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk
Its been proven its the same bird on facebook already with nice close ups
of wings and such. same abnormalities. this is the second bird third
record. Florida has a record as well. bird was kst seen flying out to sea
out of sight and hour ago.

On Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 2:31 PM Chris Heys <chris.p.heys...> wrote:

> Does that make this the 2nd ABA record of this species? The first being
> earlier this year in Texas... I wonder if it could be the same bird...
>
> Chris
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Aug 9, 2018, at 1:50 PM, DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...>
> wrote:
>
> Massbirders:
>
> Tom Graham and I went to Biddeford, Maine to look for the
> reported Great Black Hawk this a.m. (August 9). We had sensational looks at
> the bird sitting in a tree in back of a house (with a very friendly and
> interested owner) on Lilly Pond road. Lilly Pond road is a short, dirt road
> right by the ocean and in the Fortune's Rocks section of Biddiford and very
> close to Rachael Carson NWF. We had to wait nearly three-quarters of an
> hour for the bird but it finally showed and was clearly worth the wait.
> It's not an easy place to park and will probably be jammed this weekend.
> Still I think this is the rarest bird to be in the U.S. presently.
>
>
> Doug Chickering
>
> Groveland
>
> <dovekie...>
>
>
> --
Justin Lawson
ATU Local 22
The Funding For Public Transit Committee
774-249-5684
Twitter/Facebook: @FundMassRTAs

 

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Date: 8/9/18 11:23 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] The most amazing of avian spectacles
Join Scott Weidensaul on this journey to India:
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/a-galaxy-of-falcons-witnessing-the-amur-falcons-massive-migration-flocks/

Just amazing.

David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950
Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...>

 

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Date: 8/9/18 11:20 am
From: Chris Heys <chris.p.heys...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk
Does that make this the 2nd ABA record of this species? The first being earlier this year in Texas... I wonder if it could be the same bird...

Chris

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 9, 2018, at 1:50 PM, DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...> wrote:
>
> Massbirders:
>
> Tom Graham and I went to Biddeford, Maine to look for the reported Great Black Hawk this a.m. (August 9). We had sensational looks at the bird sitting in a tree in back of a house (with a very friendly and interested owner) on Lilly Pond road. Lilly Pond road is a short, dirt road right by the ocean and in the Fortune's Rocks section of Biddiford and very close to Rachael Carson NWF. We had to wait nearly three-quarters of an hour for the bird but it finally showed and was clearly worth the wait. It's not an easy place to park and will probably be jammed this weekend. Still I think this is the rarest bird to be in the U.S. presently.
>
>
>
> Doug Chickering
>
> Groveland
>
> <dovekie...>
>
>

 

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Date: 8/9/18 10:56 am
From: DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Black Hawk
Massbirders:

Tom Graham and I went to Biddeford, Maine to look for the reported Great Black Hawk this a.m. (August 9). We had sensational looks at the bird sitting in a tree in back of a house (with a very friendly and interested owner) on Lilly Pond road. Lilly Pond road is a short, dirt road right by the ocean and in the Fortune's Rocks section of Biddiford and very close to Rachael Carson NWF. We had to wait nearly three-quarters of an hour for the bird but it finally showed and was clearly worth the wait. It's not an easy place to park and will probably be jammed this weekend. Still I think this is the rarest bird to be in the U.S. presently.


Doug Chickering

Groveland

<dovekie...> mailto:<dovekie...>


 

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Date: 8/9/18 7:31 am
From: Stuart Walker <stuarttwalker...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bird ID solved
Thanks to Geoff LeBaron, who identified my Paris bird as a Dunnock.

Stuart Walker
 

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Date: 8/9/18 7:00 am
From: Stuart Walker <stuarttwalker...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] An extra-limit request for bird ID
With the Moderator’s indulgence, would anyone who is familiar with birds that might be found in Paris be willing to help me with a bird ID? I do not have pics but can provide detailed description. Basically it appeared to be a small sparrow with a very sharp and pointed bill. I have tried several online searches with no luck.
Please reply offline. Thanks,

Stuart Walker
<stuarttwalker...>
 

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Date: 8/9/18 6:18 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crosby beach, Brewster
massbirders, A little known jewel is Crosby Beach, off 6-A Brewster, Walking
east from the beach lot leads to Namskaket Creek, geographically at the
inside of your elbow, separating east west running Brewster from north south
running Orleans. Cory’s shearwaters (51) were literally flying along the
beach moving east to west. Big flock of terns and shorebirds roosting at
mouth of the creek.
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

e bird list and photograph below

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47739971

 

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Date: 8/8/18 3:15 pm
From: David K Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 08-08-2018

> David Moon and I led today’s edition of Wednesday Morning Birding out of Joppa Flats Education Center on to Plum Island. Skies were clear to partly cloudy; temps in the upper 70s; and winds were light and variable. Tide was just past high.
>
> Our list:
> Canada Goose (~ 30) - Bill Forward Pool.
> American Black Duck (2) - small pannes.
> Mallard (3) - BFP.
> Wild Turkey (~ 13) - 1 hen & ~ 12 poults, crossing road, small pannes.
> Double-crested Cormorant (~ 12)
> Great Blue Heron (2) - 1, BFP; 1, small pannes.
> Great Egret (~ 7)
> Snowy Egret (~ 20)
> Black-crowned Night-Heron (1) - in cedar on North Pool Overlook island. (Thx Dave Adrien!)
> Osprey (2) - 1, BFP; 1, small pannes.
> Black-bellied Plover (~ 50) - BFP.
> Semipalmated Plover - many, BFP.
> Piping Plover (4) - seven beach.
> Killdeer (1) - small pannes.
> Spotted Sandpiper (1) - small pannes.
> Greater Yellowlegs (~ 8) - 2, NPO; ~ 6, BFP.
> Lesser Yellowlegs (~ 15) - 6, NPO; ~ 9, BFP.
> Ruddy Turnstone (4) - Emerson Rocks.
> Sanderling (~ 25) - seven beach.
> Semipalmated Sandpiper - many, BFP.
> Least Sandpiper (4) - 3, small pannes; 1, BFP.
> White-rumped Sandpiper (6) - NPO.
> Short-billed Dowitcher (~ 43) - 18, NPO; ~ 25, BFP.
> Long-billed Dowitcher (1) - NPO; with SBDOs; photos.
> Ring-billed Gull (1)
> Herring Gull (1)
> Least Tern (~ 12) - various.
> Mourning Dove (3)
> Peregrine Falcon (1-2) - 1, perched in dead tree North Field (thx, Dave Adrien!); 1, BFP (same as dead tree bird?).
> Eastern Kingbird (~ 10) - various.
> Purple Martin (~ 15) - lot #1.
> Tree Swallow - many.
> Black-capped Chickadee (1) - Hellcat.
> Gray Catbird (2)
> European Starling - many.
> Cedar Waxwing (~ 6)
> Yellow Warbler (1)
> Eastern Towhee (4)
> Song Sparrow (3)
> American Goldfinch (5)
> House Sparrow (1)
>
> "Same time, same station," next Wednesday. Please direct any questions about Joppa programs to David Moon or David Larson at (978) 462-9998.
>
> Dave Weaver
> Manchester, MA 01944
> <cygnus-dkw...>
>
>
> Sent from my iPad


 

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Date: 8/7/18 7:51 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brown Booby - Menemsha Harbor on Martha's Vineyard










Ken Magnuson reported earlier today on the Massachusetts Rare
Bird Alert facebook page that there is a "Brown Booby today in
Menemsha Harbor on Martha's Vineyard.

It came in on a dragger yesterday."



Photos included with the post.



Barbara Volkle


Northbororugh, MA


<barb620...>

 

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Date: 8/7/18 5:06 pm
From: <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Major Hawk Migration Conference in Detroit Oct. 12-14, 2018
(Posted with pernmission of the Moderator)

“SOARING TOWARDS THE FUTURE: New Challenges in Raptor Migration” is the theme of a conference organized by the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) to be held October 12-14. in Detroit, Michigan.

Conference highlights include keynote presentations by Kate Davis, founder of the education project Raptors of the Rockies, and Todd Katzner, a pioneering researcher on Golden Eagles. Featured presenters include three more world leaders in their fields: Rob Bierregaard on Osprey migration; Dr. David Bird on American Kestrels; and Bill Clark on field identification and migration.

An impressive lineup of presentations by many of the continent’s best citizen scientists will also be offered. The program explores such topics as raptor population trends; weather patterns and migration in a changing climate; possible shifts in migration routes and timing; raptor telemetry advances; conservation issues; education initiatives; advances in raptor identification; and raptor photography. There will also be a special presentation on unusual raptor plumages, including hybrids such as Red-tailed–Red-shouldered.

The conference also offers opportunities to visit two of North America’s leading hawk watch sites, Holiday Beach Migration Observatory in Canada (take your passport!), and Detroit River Hawk Watch at Lake Erie Metropark in the middle of migration, as well as other sites of birding and special interest.

This promises to be a truly exceptional opportunity for anyone interested in hawks. For complete information and to register, visit [www.hmana.org](http://www.hmana.org) Special early bird registration prices are effective through August 31.  

We hope to get a good contingent attending from Massachusetts. If you have any questions, please contact me offline.

Best,

Paul

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

 

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Date: 8/7/18 4:25 pm
From: Gerry Cooperman <trogon6...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Shearwaters - Yarmouth Southside
Happened to me about 3 years ago but since then nothing. On the flip side I have a problem in seeing that my posts went through and have been working with the moderator.


I do take exception to your comment about the design and control. That was a cheap shot.
I have been getting Massbird posts since day 1 and although some "hiccups" have taken place it is no better or worse than other state servers. The Moderator works very hard to provide the community with accurate and current information. If you feel that strongly about the system I would suggest you unsubscribe and you will not be annoyed anymore.


Gerry Cooperman
Cape Cod
<trogon6...>



-----Original Message-----
From: William Lawless <w-blawless...>
To: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Cc: massbird <massbird...>; Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Sent: Tue, Aug 7, 2018 11:15 am
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Shearwaters - Yarmouth Southside

Happens often. Site is not well designed or controlled. Very annoying!

Sent from my iPad

> On Aug 7, 2018, at 9:04 AM, Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> wrote:
>
> M'birders, I am again receiving multiple duplicate Massbird emails for past few days. is this happening to others? I may have missed comments about this on Massbird.
> Linda Pivacek, Nahant




 

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Date: 8/7/18 11:23 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] gull deficit
I have been noticing that there are almost no gulls around. Usually there
are plenty of Herring and Ring-Billed Gulls, along with a smaller number of
Laughing Gulls. I am seeing few gulls of any species, and thus far no LAGU.
There were plenty of gulls for the Xmas Bird Count, so this seem to be a
recent phenomenon.

--
Alice Morgan
Brookline & S. Dartmouth, MA

 

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Date: 8/7/18 8:48 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] technical issues - moderator
I've been talking to tech support about these issues.  Even if I am not
posting updates, I am working on these outbursts behind the scenes.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me directly.  It's
better than sending even more duplicate emails to the list.

These problems will be solved with a software upgrade, but scheduling is
an issue at this point.

Your patience and support are appreciated.


Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 8/7/18 8:03 am
From: William Lawless <w-blawless...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Shearwaters - Yarmouth Southside
Happens often. Site is not well designed or controlled. Very annoying!

Sent from my iPad

> On Aug 7, 2018, at 9:04 AM, Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> wrote:
>
> M'birders, I am again receiving multiple duplicate Massbird emails for past few days. is this happening to others? I may have missed comments about this on Massbird.
> Linda Pivacek, Nahant


 

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Date: 8/7/18 6:36 am
From: david.deifik <david.deifik...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Shearwaters - Yarmouth Southside
Its driving me nuts!


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> Date: 8/7/18 9:04 AM (GMT-05:00) To: massbird <massbird...>, Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Shearwaters - Yarmouth Southside
M'birders, I am again receiving multiple duplicate Massbird emails for past few days. is this happening to others? I may have missed comments about this on Massbird.
Linda Pivacek, Nahant

 

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Date: 8/7/18 6:26 am
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Shearwaters - Yarmouth Southside
Periodically (maybe once a month or so) I receive again all the emails
that i had already received for the past few weeks. Only one duplicate
of each email, but it's still a royal pain. jim

On 8/7/2018 9:04 AM, Linda Pivacek wrote:
> M'birders, I am again receiving multiple duplicate Massbird emails for past few days. is this happening to others? I may have missed comments about this on Massbird.
> Linda Pivacek, Nahant
>

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

---
This email has been checked for viruses by AVG.
https://www.avg.com

 

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Date: 8/7/18 6:11 am
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Shearwaters - Yarmouth Southside
M'birders, I am again receiving multiple duplicate Massbird emails for past few days. is this happening to others? I may have missed comments about this on Massbird.
Linda Pivacek, Nahant
 

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Date: 8/6/18 7:39 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Shearwaters - Yarmouth Southside
Thanks to Ted Purcell for the following report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*


<tedgpurcell...>
Mon, 6 Aug 2018 21:02:47 -0400
 Shearwaters Yarmouth Southside

..

Aug 6 outside of Bass River to Great Island (Pt Gammon) between 100
yards and two miles off shore numerous Greater shearwaters and sever
Cory's Shearwaters feeding with terns and gulls over pods of feeding
bluefish.  Easily could be seen with a spotting scope (and probably
binoculars from shore).

Ted Purcell
Rutland MA
 

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Date: 8/6/18 10:58 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] juvenile herons in Dartmouth
I was pleased to see both juvenile and adult Yellow-Crowned Night Herons
and Green Herons this afternoon. So far I have seen only one juvenile of
each at a time...hoping there are more but no evidence as yet.

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

 

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Date: 8/6/18 9:39 am
From: Leslie Miller <lmiller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Swarovski and Zeiss Weekend at the Audubon Shop Aug 11-12

Set your sights high with Swarovski and Zeiss optics! Mass Audubon members will receive 15% off any Swarovski and Zeiss binoculars or spotting scope on August 11 and 12, 2018 at the Audubon Shop. You can also browse our collection of optics from Nikon, Pentax, Opticron, Kowa, Manfrotto, and Vanguard. Members always receive a discount on their purchases. If the Massachusetts tax-free weekend is approved, there will be additional savings.
If you are not already a member, you can join in the Audubon Shop. The Audubon Shop is located at Mass Audubon~Rs Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Route 117, in Lincoln, MA 01773. For more information, please give us a call at 781-259-2214. We are open 10:00 am-5:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday. Your purchases support our conservation and education efforts.

Regards,
Leslie Miller
Audubon Shop
Mass Audubon
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
781-259-2214
 

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Date: 8/6/18 7:31 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Knots continue at Gooseberry
They were on the rocks on the East side, but there are a lot of beachgoers,
so they may not stick around. Usual shorebirds as well...

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

 

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Date: 8/5/18 11:15 am
From: Bennet Porter <bennet.porter...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Woods Hole (belated)
A friend passed along a photo his daughter took of an adult Yellow-crowned
Night-Heron at Gansett Beach in Woods Hole. He believes she saw it there
this past Wednesday. The beach is private.

Bennet Porter

 

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Date: 8/4/18 4:38 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] one hr. yard list
Massbirders,
here’s a one hour, morning coffee list just for fun.
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

18 Elbow Pond Dr., Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 4, 2018 5:25 AM - 6:27 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: coffee on the deck, watching flyovers and close yard birds.
25 species

Mallard (Northern) 2
Wild Turkey 1 audio
Double-crested Cormorant 1 same time and course 3 of last four mornings
Cooper's Hawk 1
Laughing Gull 2
Herring Gull 2
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Common Tern 6 high flock heading north
Mourning Dove 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4 noisy and ubiquitous
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 2
Cedar Waxwing 1
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Common Grackle 5
American Goldfinch 6 all singing in flight, some seemingly for the joy
of it , flying, singing in large circles.

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47636730

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/26676688@N03/

 

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Date: 8/3/18 4:47 pm
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Long-billed Dowitcher: Nice look at Plum Island SIP, 8/3
Disappointed that the Marbled Godwit from last week was a no-show today at "Ipswich Bluffs" (accessible from Stage Island trail), I got the consolation on return of great views of a Long-billed Dowitcher, still in pretty high plumage.

Photos, more details at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47630055 .

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>


 

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Date: 8/3/18 1:49 pm
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Article on the pools at Plum Island and mismanagement
Thank you for sharing this Justin! Great Article.
Suzanne Sullivan
Wilmington Ma


>

 

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Date: 8/3/18 11:22 am
From: Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Little stint at morris island cape cod right now
Update to answer a few questions I have received.

I was unable to refind the bird after I sent the email.

High tide was at around 5:15 or so. So it was on a falling tide.

The bird was not present when I first arrived about 7:30 as the flats started to be exposed.

I saw the bird about five minutes before I sent the email (so around 9:00) but I don’t know how long it had been there.

Also an important apology to to Maili Waters. I called her Mali by mistake. Sorry Maili.

All the best Fred A
Chatham

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 3, 2018, at 9:05 AM, Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...> wrote:
>
> In same location as last year. Looks like the same bird as photographed by Sean and Mali a few days ago. I wondered if it might be roosting at south beach and feeding here so I checked it out. Unfortunately my camera battery died out here and I am horrible at digiscoping without an adapter so I hope someone gets over here to get Photos. I will
> Keep trying and will add description in list.
> Fred Atwood
> Chatham
> Sent from my iPhone


 

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Date: 8/3/18 6:11 am
From: Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Little stint at morris island cape cod right now
In same location as last year. Looks like the same bird as photographed by Sean and Mali a few days ago. I wondered if it might be roosting at south beach and feeding here so I checked it out. Unfortunately my camera battery died out here and I am horrible at digiscoping without an adapter so I hope someone gets over here to get Photos. I will
Keep trying and will add description in list.
Fred Atwood
Chatham
Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 8/2/18 6:37 pm
From: Marsha Salett <msalett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] August 2018 issue of Bird Observer now online
Massbirders,

Bird Observer announces that its August 2018 issue is now online at www.birdobserver.org
Where to Go Birding highlights "A Guide to Birding the Manchester-Essex Woods, Massachusetts" by Jim Berry. Feature articles are "An Overview to Birding New England Islands" by Keenan Yakola and "Soaring with Eastern Massachusetts Hawk Watch" by Steve Anderson. Field Notes include "Observations at an Unusual Urban Tree Swallow Nest" by Michael C. Allen, "Pileated Woodpecker Surprise" by Sandy Selesky, and "A Strange Eastern Phoebe Tale" by Judy Brown. "Raptors is Flight" is Shawn P. Carey's photo essay.

As usual, we include regular columns by Martha Steele and Mark Lynch, as well as Neil Haywards "By-gone Birds," Bird Sightings for March/April 2018, and Wayne Petersen's "At A Glance."

The cover art features Ikki Matsumoto's Tricolored Heron.

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

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

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


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




 

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Date: 8/2/18 1:33 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/1 Squantum
thanks to Paul Peterson for the following report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*
<petersonpaul63...>
 8/1 Squantum
Thu, 2 Aug 2018


Highlights from birding mid-tide to high tide:

Snowy Egret 21
Great Egret 5
Great Blue Heron 4
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Osprey 8
Red-Tailed Hawk 1
MERLIN 1
Black-bellied Plover 11             you know where
Semipalmated Plover 28
Killdeer 7
Semipalmated Sandpiper 200
Least Sandpiper 2+
American Oystercatcher 2       you know where (and with you know whom)
Short-billed Dowitcher 16
Greater Yellowlegs 15
Lesser Yellowlegs 5

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 8/2/18 1:27 pm
From: Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] CANCELLATION Belle Isle Marsh DCR Program CANCELLATION Sat 8/4 Belle Isle Marsh
We regret to inform you that the program listed below is cancelled due to an outbreak of mosquitoes and risk to human health and comfort.



Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

CANCELLED An Oasis for Birds CANCELLED
Saturday, August 4, 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. CANCELLED
Discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary. We will walk while birding for a distance of a mile on easy level terrain. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them. Insect repellant is recommended and please follow the instructions on the label. Reasonable accommodations available upon request. Suitable for adults and children ages 10 and older accompanied by an adult.

Meet at: On or near the boardwalk to the right of the Bulletin Board, located on Bennington Street, East Boston between address 1236 Bennington St., East Boston and 173 Bennington St., Revere. Parking is on a paved lot and is free of charge. Accessible by public transportation: MBTA Blue line, Beachmont Station. Exit station, turn right, at intersection, cross State Road/Bennington Street, travel right along Bennington Street to park entrance on the left. Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle



Matthew Nash
Visitor Services Supervisor
DCR North Region Coastal District
One Eliot Circle
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 656-1485

Find yourself in a DCR Park!

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Date: 8/2/18 9:46 am
From: Miles Brengle <brenglema...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Essex Bay: August 2
Massbird,

Birding Essex Bay by kayak is a great way to get fabulous looks at
shorebirds. I put my boat in at Conomo Point in Essex. I'm happy to answer
any questions on birding the area or how to go about launching a kayak from
Conomo.

This morning I put in about four hours before low tide. My complete list
can be found below:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47602158

--
Miles Brengle
Ipswich, Mass.
<brenglema...>

 

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Date: 8/1/18 1:24 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Joppa Park Boat Ramp & Plum Island - 08-01-2018
Following the July hiatus, David Moon and I resumed Wednesday Morning

Birding out of Joppa Flats Education Center.  The weather was pleasant
with overcast skies, temps in the 70s, and winds light out of the
southwest. At dead low tide, we first visited the boat ramp on the
Merrimack at Joppa Park.  We then had looks at various sites on Plum Island.

Out list:

Joppa Park boat ramp --
American Black Duck (2)
Mallard (~ 30)
Double-crested Cormorant (~ 12)
Great Egret (1)
Turkey Vulture (2)
Osprey (2)
Black-bellied Plover (~ 30)
Semipalmated Plover - common.
Greater Yellowlegs (~ 15)
Lesser Yellowlegs (~ 30)
Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (~ 1,000+)
Short-billed Dowitcher (~ 15)
Bonaparte's Gull (~ 30)
Ring-billed Gull - common.
Herring Gull - common.
Great Black-backed Gull (~ 5)
Least Tern (2)
Common Tern (~ 12)
Common Grackle
House Sparrow

Plum Island --
Gadwall (7) - ad + juvs; N. Pool Overlook.
American Black Duck (2) - NPO.
Mallard - common.
Double-crested Cormorant (5)
Great Egret (~ 8) - various.
Snowy Egret (1) - small pannes.
Osprey (3) - 1, tripod s. side Cross Farm Hill; 2, vicinity Pines Trail
platform.
Red-tailed Hawk (1) - ad. perched town marker N. Pool dike.
Black-bellied Plover (~ 30) - Bill Forward Pool.
Semipalmated Plover - a few Sandy Point; many, BFP.
Piping Plover (2) - SP.
Killdeer (1) - Stage Island Pool.
Greater Yellowlegs (~ 40) - BFP.
Lesser Yellowlegs (~ 10) - BFP.
Sanderling (~ 15) - SP.
Semipalmated Sandpiper - a few SP; many, BFP.
Least Sandpiper (1) - small pannes.
White-rumped Sandpiper (1) - BFP.
Short-billed Dowitcher (~ 47) - 7, NPO; ~ 40, BFP.
Least Tern (~ 30) - SP.
Common Tern (1) - main panne.
Eastern Kingbird - common.
Purple Martin (~ 12) - vicinity lot #1.
Tree Swallow - common (they're gathering!)
Cliff Swallow (1)
Barn Swallow(~ 5)
Marsh Wren (1) - Hellcat dike.
American Robin (3)
Gray Catbird (~ 7)
Northern Mockingbird (2)
Brown Thrasher (1)
European Starling - common.
Cedar Waxwing - common.
Yellow Warbler (3)
Eastern Towhee (2)
Song Sparrow (2)
Common Grackle (~ 10)
American Goldfinch (4)

*_Please note_:*  Wednesday Evening Shorebirding begins this evening out
of Joppa Flats Education Center.  This program will run during the month
of August, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  The cost is $10 for Mass Audubon members;
$12 for nonmembers, per session.

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: 7/31/18 4:12 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Penikese Island: Buzzards Bay
Greetings all,


Just a few highlights from recent trip kayaking around Penikese Island in Buzzards Bay. Lots of Common and Roseate Terns with adults and fledglings. In addition, a colony of both Snowy and Great Egrets, along with shorebirds foraging the wrack line.


For those with an interest, 6 photos posted:


http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/167864130

Click "next" to advance frames


Snowy Egret

Willet

Short-billed Dowitcher


Enjoy,


Craig Gibson

cbgibson AT comcast.net
 

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Date: 7/31/18 5:48 am
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Least Bittern Daniel Webster continues 7/31
LEBI previously reported from MAS Daniel Webster Sanctuary was still present from 7:45-7:55 this morning. Seen from the left blind looking left into the frags It flew further left into a light green leafy tree then back to the frags. Then I lost it and had not relocated it by 8:30 when I left.

Linda

Sent from my iPhone

Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>

 

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Date: 7/31/18 4:50 am
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Article on the pools at Plum Island and mismanagement
http://www.telegram.com/news/20180730/mark-blazis-birders-say-plum-island-turning-into-prune
--
Justin Lawson
ATU Local 22
The Funding For Public Transit Committee
774-249-5684
Twitter/Facebook: @FundMassRTAs

 

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Date: 7/30/18 2:51 pm
From: Garry Kessler <gkessler001...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Osprey Fledging, etc., Video
Annie and I recently spent a little time watching the last stages of
activity at an osprey nest where we watched the chicks fledge. During
our visit I tried capturing a little video, something I've not done
much. For those interested, here's a link to the results, about 3
minutes long.

https://youtu.be/SXScL9H7iBU

Garry Kessler
Westborough, MA

 

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Date: 7/30/18 12:03 pm
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
This morning I set out to check-on our resident bobolinks and lucked out by spotting a flock of 38 bobolinks - a mixture of adults and juvs on the south side of the drumlin. There could have possibly been more. Also found a female orchard oriole feeding 1, possibly 2, young. Chipping sparrows were feeding a young cowbird.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln


Chimney Swift 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Blue Jay 5
Barn Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 4
Eastern Bluebird 7
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 2
Cedar Waxwing 2
Chipping Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 10
Northern Cardinal 2
Bobolink 38
Orchard Oriole 2
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 1


 

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Date: 7/30/18 8:25 am
From: Melissa Aldrich <melcaldrich...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Cedar waxwing
Hi Felix,
That's a great find! Interesting because I've been looking for them for
about a year, (meaning why aren't they in my yard or in my travels), and I
just saw two this weekend at an open house I was hosting on Main Street in
Spencer MA which is on Rte. 9 and it is really busy. I was surprised to see
them in a big old fir tree. Made my day. Cornell University's Laboratory of
Ornithology has excellent references about every bird's status in the wild
(declining, threatened, endangered). Find them here at:
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/
In Massachusetts all species are here:
https://www.mass.gov/service-details/list-of-endangered-threatened-and-special-concern-species

Cedar Waxwings are not endangered, and are listed by Cornell as a species
of low concern. Some years I see more than others so it depends on many
variables.

Enjoy!
*Melissa Aldrich*


A GREEN
Realtor*®*
https://twitter.com/MellSellsHomes
<melcaldrich...>
413-219-2418



On Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 8:14 AM the worker <fman0729...> wrote:

> Hey guys it me again Felix
>
> Yesterday on my 14th birthday I got some new camera equipment and I
> decided to go back to wildowdale State forest. So I was walking on the
> board walk when I saw a bird that looked so familiar and then I realized it
> it was a cedar waxwing and I’m very sure of it I’ll send some pictures when
> I import them. There were 3 of them! Could anybody tell me if they are a
> rare species.
>
> Sincerely
>
> Felix
>

 

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Date: 7/30/18 5:13 am
From: the worker <fman0729...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cedar waxwing
Hey guys it me again Felix

Yesterday on my 14th birthday I got some new camera equipment and I decided
to go back to wildowdale State forest. So I was walking on the board walk
when I saw a bird that looked so familiar and then I realized it it was a
cedar waxwing and I’m very sure of it I’ll send some pictures when I import
them. There were 3 of them! Could anybody tell me if they are a rare
species.

Sincerely

Felix

 

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Date: 7/29/18 8:45 pm
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Westport; SP Skuas offshore
Hi MassBirders,

A post on FaceBook in the MA RBA group Sunday afternoon shared a sighting of a BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK which flew past Gooseberry Neck! It was headed southwest, so might be in Rhode Island by now, but anyway….. The observer got a few distant photos, which they shared in their eBird report:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47522716 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47522716>

And from eBird: as if anyone needed more reason to get excited about pelagic birding at this time of year, particularly in the wake of Skye Haas’ tropicbird and White-faced Storm-Petrel sightings, but anyway… A birder named Ethan filed three eBird reports with photos of apparently four separate SOUTH POLAR SKUA! He described the location of one sighting as “Seen around 60-70 SSE of Nantucket, between the Shoals and the shelf edge”.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47493210 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47493210>

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47497543 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47497543>

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47495522 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47495522>

Good birding,

Josh


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

Webmaster, Hampshire Bird Club
https://hampshirebirdclub.org/
http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
https://www.facebook.com/opihi



 

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Date: 7/29/18 6:42 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] mini pelagic
Massbirders, we ran another mini-pelagic out of Chatham today with Capt.
Kenny Eldredge and 7 enthusiastic participants. We ran east out of the north
cut and had shearwaters as soon as we were outside. The first small raft of
a dozen shearwaters included manx, cory’s, sooty and great. We had birds
around the boat all day with large, arms length flocks of mixed species at
each chum session. Incredible photographic opportunities with wilson’s storm
petrels flitting and pattering all around the boat. Immature northern
gannets, lesser black-backed gulls, a parasitic jaeger and a pelagic....barn
swallow were observed by all. As fall progresses, things will certainly pick
up with increasing avian diversity. e-mail Blair Nikula to sign up.
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

 

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Date: 7/29/18 1:55 pm
From: Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Jul 29, 2018
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sun, Jul 29, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Jul 29, 2018
To: <derekbrownbuild...>


Essex Bay, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jul 29, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Canoed to the Spit on a half tide rising. Sand from Crane
beach is covering a lot of the mud flats but also raising the height of the
spit and promoting spartina growth giving roosting cover to the birds
23 species (+1 other taxa)

Double-crested Cormorant 6
Great Egret 6
Snowy Egret 15
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Black-bellied Plover 41
Semipalmated Plover 64
Whimbrel 1
Ruddy Turnstone 2
Red Knot 2
Least Sandpiper 6
White-rumped Sandpiper 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper 600
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher 5
Greater Yellowlegs 19
Willet 4
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 3
Herring Gull 15
Great Black-backed Gull 6
Least Tern 1
Common Tern 1
Peregrine Falcon 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47520927

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

 

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Date: 7/29/18 6:40 am
From: Nancy Given gmail <given.nancy...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Marbled Godwit at Plum
Marbled Godwit seen now on mudflats near Ipswich Bluffs at Plum Island

Nancy Given
Somerville, MA

Sent by my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/28/18 4:31 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] South Shore Bird Club trip tomorrow
For those interested, the South Shore Bird Club is meeting tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. at the Myles Standish State Forest headquarters on Cranberry Road in Carver to observe the dragonflies of the pine barrens.


I will be leading an impromptu bird trip meeting at the same place at 6:00 a.m. returning by 9:00 a.m.


Glenn


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

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Date: 7/28/18 11:39 am
From: Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] shorebirds -- finally
Folks, long-distance migratory southbound shorebirds from the Arctic finally
showed up this week. Usually we have a big wave of migrants by mid-July, but
for reasons I don't understand yet, they did not materialize until just a
couple of days ago. Plum Island / Parker River is now reporting numbers, as
are spots along the Boston shore - Belle Isle in East Boston as well as
Point of Pines in Revere.



On Friday morning I covered Plymouth Beach with Lisa Schibley and we were
pleased with the numbers and variety of migrant shorebirds we saw. Here is
the list for the day:



Plymouth Beach, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US Jul 27, 2018 10:37 AM - 2:02 PM

Protocol: International Shorebird Survey (ISS)

27 species



Mute Swan 2

Double-crested Cormorant 21

Osprey 2

Black-bellied Plover 2

Semipalmated Plover 95

Piping Plover 21 One on the bay side had a black flag. Very faint
letters, think AY....

Whimbrel 2

Ruddy Turnstone 4

Red Knot 6

Sanderling 445 One with lime green flag, code 86N, banded in NJ in 2015

Semipalmated Sandpiper 770

Short-billed Dowitcher 16

Willet 1

Lesser Yellowlegs 1

Bonaparte's Gull 27

Laughing Gull 41

Ring-billed Gull 37

Herring Gull 155

Great Black-backed Gull 27

Least Tern 60

Common Tern 111

American Crow 2

Horned Lark 1

Bank Swallow 1

Barn Swallow 1

Song Sparrow 2

House Sparrow 2



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47495534



I have appended some photos to the list in ebird. Here is a link to the same
photos in flickr:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmmCqVzg



In a number of arctic nesting shorebirds, females do the courtship and
displays and pick males to do their domestic chores - such as egg-sitting.
Once the eggs are laid, females leave the nesting grounds - these are the
birds that we usually see in July. Among these are Semipalmated Sandpipers
(SESA). SESA females are larger and have longer bills than males.
Individuals in the SESA population breeding directly to the north of us in
Ungava Penninsula are, on average, larger than others in the western
Nearctic. I find that the earliest females that we see here in migration
have relatively humongous bills - quite noticeable in the field. I
photographed a couple of them and pointed out their bill characteristics in
the photos.



Soheil Zendeh

42 Baker Ave

Lexington, MA 02421




 

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Date: 7/28/18 8:30 am
From: Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: Carolina Wrens
I have had Carolina Wren parents bring their fledglings to my yard quite often this summer. They are goofy and like to poke around on my porch and the table and railings. They must have nested somewhere close by. I am in Melrose.


Lesley Mattuchio
Melrose, MA
https://www.flickr.com/photos/125349441@N03/with/42953544874/












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Maybe taking bugs out of the ant moat. I saw a chickadee doing that once.
Fran Raleigh
Dennis Ma


On Fri, Jul 27, 2018, 3:47 PM Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:

Thanks to Sandy Selesky for her post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>






 

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Date: 7/28/18 6:58 am
From: Deborah Radovsky <dp32...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens
Took at least a year or two for the Carolina Wrens to return to my yard and to the area, after that awful winter, but they are widespread once again, here in Sharon.

Deb Radovsky

 

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Date: 7/27/18 8:23 pm
From: Greg Dysart <gsdysart...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Goshawk
Thanks for the thoughts Brian. I added 3 more untitled frames to my web
shots that might help. I do see several Coopers and maybe no Goshawks.

https://dysart.zenfolio.com/birds_ma

Greg Dysart
http://dysart.zenfolio.com/

On Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 9:34 PM, Brian Rusnica <velocicrafter...>
wrote:

> Tough ID here with the lighting, but I believe we can agree that it seems
> to be an accipiter transitioning into adult plumage, based on the head
> shape, orange iris, and in-between looking plumage. The key to the ID to
> me is the barring that is coming in on this bird’s breast - the second
> photo gives a good look at some of the feathers overlapping the wing. It
> looks more consistent with the rufous-on-pale barring of an adult Cooper’s
> Hawk to me. My only hesitation with being definitive on that is that the
> image's exposure makes it tough to really get a sense of what color we’re
> perceiving. If you look closely at the neck/nape where there’s a bit of
> sun hitting it, that color looks more and more rufous to me. That color is
> not something you’ll find on an adult Northern Goshawk.
>
>
> While this bird shows some paleness in the eyebrow, that’s not uncommon
> for all three North American accipiters to exhibit.
>
>
> Shape-wise, Northern Goshawk will appear small-headed on broad shoulders
> while perched. I don’t get that vibe from this bird - feels like a larger,
> proportional head to me that fits a Cooper's Hawk profile.
>
>
> Another minor point to consider is that if it were a molting Northern
> Goshawk, you might expect to see more pale mottling on the topside as it
> transitions. I feel like there’s an even amount of brown and gray/blue
> feathers on this bird, consistent with a Coop entering adult plumage.
>
>
> I can see the confusion with this one - in the facial plumage especially.
> Overall, the status of the plumage looks to me like a Cooper’s Hawk
> transitioning to adulthood.
>
>
> Regards.
>
>
> Brian Rusnica
>
> Cambridge, MA
>
>
> On Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 6:12 PM, Greg Dysart <gsdysart...> wrote:
>
>> I think I've seen a young Goshawk today, July 27, 2018
>>
>> https://dysart.zenfolio.com/birds_ma/eb24b833f
>> https://dysart.zenfolio.com/birds_ma/eb24b833e
>>
>> Comments or opinions appreciated.
>>
>> Greg Dysart
>> http://dysart.zenfolio.com/
>>
>
>

 

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Date: 7/27/18 6:41 pm
From: Brian Rusnica <velocicrafter...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Goshawk
Tough ID here with the lighting, but I believe we can agree that it seems
to be an accipiter transitioning into adult plumage, based on the head
shape, orange iris, and in-between looking plumage. The key to the ID to
me is the barring that is coming in on this bird’s breast - the second
photo gives a good look at some of the feathers overlapping the wing. It
looks more consistent with the rufous-on-pale barring of an adult Cooper’s
Hawk to me. My only hesitation with being definitive on that is that the
image's exposure makes it tough to really get a sense of what color we’re
perceiving. If you look closely at the neck/nape where there’s a bit of
sun hitting it, that color looks more and more rufous to me. That color is
not something you’ll find on an adult Northern Goshawk.


While this bird shows some paleness in the eyebrow, that’s not uncommon for
all three North American accipiters to exhibit.


Shape-wise, Northern Goshawk will appear small-headed on broad shoulders
while perched. I don’t get that vibe from this bird - feels like a larger,
proportional head to me that fits a Cooper's Hawk profile.


Another minor point to consider is that if it were a molting Northern
Goshawk, you might expect to see more pale mottling on the topside as it
transitions. I feel like there’s an even amount of brown and gray/blue
feathers on this bird, consistent with a Coop entering adult plumage.


I can see the confusion with this one - in the facial plumage especially.
Overall, the status of the plumage looks to me like a Cooper’s Hawk
transitioning to adulthood.


Regards.


Brian Rusnica

Cambridge, MA


On Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 6:12 PM, Greg Dysart <gsdysart...> wrote:

> I think I've seen a young Goshawk today, July 27, 2018
>
> https://dysart.zenfolio.com/birds_ma/eb24b833f
> https://dysart.zenfolio.com/birds_ma/eb24b833e
>
> Comments or opinions appreciated.
>
> Greg Dysart
> http://dysart.zenfolio.com/
>

 

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Date: 7/27/18 5:08 pm
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Update on pools at Plum Island
All,

I just wanted to let folks know that the pools are looking much better now
that the water has been lowered. Stage Island had shorebirds at high tide
in every nook and cranny. I was in a rush and it was super hot I had to
get to work so I only did a rough number on the birds I could id for my
list but there was well over 1,000 birds at Stage Island. Bill Forward is
looking better too. I also found a Marbled Godwit at Ipswich Bluffs, aka
2nd flat at Sandy Point. When I see all these birds in the pools it is
really hard for me to understand anything that could be more important than
that when examining the bigger picture. Of course this is the perspective
of someone that cares deeply about birds in every fiber of my body, so
take it for what it is worth.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47483767

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: 7/27/18 4:40 pm
From: Fran Raleigh <fraleigh85...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: Carolina Wrens
Maybe taking bugs out of the ant moat. I saw a chickadee doing that once.
Fran Raleigh
Dennis Ma

On Fri, Jul 27, 2018, 3:47 PM Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:

> Thanks to Sandy Selesky for her post.
>
> Barbara Volkle
> Northborough, MA
> <barb620...>
>
> *
>
> From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
> Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2018 11:47:18 -0400
> Subject: Re: Carolina Wrens
>
>
> We have several around because my condo neighbor puts out mealworms. And
> they like the crabapple tree in front of my kitchen window. Yesterday on
> the back deck my husband watched one take a bath in the middle section of
> our hummingbird feeder that contains just water as an ant moat!! Even
> though we have a regular bird bath. I had just left so missed it. Sure
> would have loved a video of that!!
>
> Sandy Selesky
> <sandyselesky...>
> Westford MA
>
>

 

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Date: 7/27/18 3:23 pm
From: Greg Dysart <gsdysart...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Goshawk
I think I've seen a young Goshawk today, July 27, 2018

https://dysart.zenfolio.com/birds_ma/eb24b833f
https://dysart.zenfolio.com/birds_ma/eb24b833e

Comments or opinions appreciated.

Greg Dysart
http://dysart.zenfolio.com/

 

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Date: 7/27/18 2:16 pm
From: Kathy Rawdon <rawdonk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] least bittern
The Least Bittern continues at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in
Marshfield.

Seen from left Blind as you walk in from parking lot.  Bittern was at
edge of phragmites as you looked left from inside the blind out to the
pannes  at 2:40 pm.  Reported by the Friday Morning Birding Group out of
North River Sanc. in Marshfield this morning also.

Kathy Rawdon

Hingham,Ma.

 

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Date: 7/27/18 12:53 pm
From: Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] no wren!
no carolina wren in belmont today!
boo hoo
fred b
--
<frederickbouchard...>

 

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Date: 7/27/18 12:53 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Carolina Wrens
Thanks to Sandy Selesky for her post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2018 11:47:18 -0400
Subject: Re: Carolina Wrens


We have several around because my condo neighbor puts out mealworms. And they like the crabapple tree in front of my kitchen window. Yesterday on the back deck my husband watched one take a bath in the middle section of our hummingbird feeder that contains just water as an ant moat!! Even though we have a regular bird bath. I had just left so missed it. Sure would have loved a video of that!!

Sandy Selesky
<sandyselesky...>
Westford MA

 

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Date: 7/27/18 7:34 am
From: Regina Harrison <onebirdlife...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren Salem 7/26
My local (North Woburn) Carolina Wrens have been around all spring and
summer, but I have noticed in the last maybe ten days they have become much
more vocal, especially just after dawn but occasionally through the day as
well. I wonder if it has to do with this year's new crop of wrens looking
for their own territories. Whatever the reason, I'm always happy to hear
those little teakettles!

Regina Harrison
Woburn, MA
<onebirdlife...>

On Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 9:27 AM, John <john.mcelligott3...> wrote:

> I have had a Carolina Wren singing and poking around my yard for the past
> week. I am on the Lynn/Salem line.
> Ted McElligott
> Lynn
>
> > On Jul 26, 2018, at 11:16 AM, Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
> wrote:
> >
> > With much surprise and delight, I witness the first Carolina Wren to my
> feeder this morning since the record winter (for snow) in 2015. They were
> quite regular before that winter, but the cold and snow took their toll.
> >
> > Life is good!
> >
> > Linda
> >
> > --
> > Linda Ferraresso
> > Salem, MA
> > tattler1(at)comcast(dot)net
> >
> > "Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still
> dark" - Tagore
> >
>
>
>

 

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Date: 7/27/18 6:35 am
From: John <john.mcelligott3...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren Salem 7/26
I have had a Carolina Wren singing and poking around my yard for the past week. I am on the Lynn/Salem line.
Ted McElligott
Lynn

> On Jul 26, 2018, at 11:16 AM, Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> wrote:
>
> With much surprise and delight, I witness the first Carolina Wren to my feeder this morning since the record winter (for snow) in 2015. They were quite regular before that winter, but the cold and snow took their toll.
>
> Life is good!
>
> Linda
>
> --
> Linda Ferraresso
> Salem, MA
> tattler1(at)comcast(dot)net
>
> "Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark" - Tagore
>


 

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Date: 7/26/18 6:09 pm
From: anhinga3 <anhinga3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Birding Sketchcrawl Cancelled, July 28
Hi MassBirders, 
To those who are thinking of joining me on my BBC Birding Sketchcrawl this Saturday I am sorry to let you know that I have to cancel the trip. 
I hope to see you on a future trip. 
Sincerely, 
Laura de la Flor Salem, MA

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone 
 

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Date: 7/26/18 5:15 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pectoral Sandpiper and Raptors Belle Isle
Thanks to Paul Peterson for this report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2018 19:56:07 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson<petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Pectoral Sandpiper and Raptors Belle Isle

The mosquitoes are still bad, except at the Revere section known as "The Key", the observation platform accessed from Lawn St., and the boardwalk. Once you get off the boardwalk, forget about it. Just wear repellant and long sleeves, unlike me. I had to run between marsh vantage viewing areas to avoid predation. I birded from 12:15-2:45.

Osprey 4
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Peregrine Falcon 1                 initially observed on the marsh ground!
American Kestrel 1                 adult male
Semipalmated Plover 20       "The Key"
Killdeer 4
Pectoral Sandpiper 1             perhaps flew out of "The Key"; flying around marsh; eventually landed in two locales
Short-billed Dowitcher 1
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Willet 2
Least Sandpiper 10
Semipalmated Sandpiper 180    guess; mostly "The Key"; about fifty observation platform area
peep sp. 20
Least Tern 1
Bobolink 3                                flew out of marsh
Saltmarsh Sparrow 2               including one singling near boardwalk end

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston


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Date: 7/26/18 4:49 pm
From: Tom Sullivan <tomsullivan9...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren Salem 7/26
Carolina Wrens have been steady visitors to our feeders. My wife spreads
sunflower hearts on the deck, under the lower railing. They land in the
overhanging elm and sing a beautiful song.

In Roslindale.

On Thu, Jul 26, 2018 at 6:46 PM, patricia p reeser <ppreeser...>
wrote:

> And in West Newbury this week.
>
> Patricia Reeser
> West Newbury
>



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617-416-4762
<tomsullivan9...>

 

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Date: 7/26/18 2:23 pm
From: patricia p reeser <ppreeser...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren Salem 7/26
And in West Newbury this week.

Patricia Reeser
West Newbury
 

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Date: 7/26/18 1:35 pm
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren Salem 7/26
We had a Carolina Wren 2 days ago in our Nahant yard too.
other Linda

> On July 26, 2018 at 11:16 AM Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> wrote:
>
>
> With much surprise and delight, I witness the first Carolina Wren to my
> feeder this morning since the record winter (for snow) in 2015. They
> were quite regular before that winter, but the cold and snow took their
> toll.
>
> Life is good!
>
> Linda
>
> --
> Linda Ferraresso
> Salem, MA
> tattler1(at)comcast(dot)net
>
> "Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark" - Tagore
>
 

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Date: 7/26/18 1:03 pm
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Shearwaters-Buzzards Bay-W. Falmouth
Forwarding this message from Tom Collins in Falmouth

Linda

Sent from my iPhone

Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Frederick Collins <tcbirder...>
> Date: July 26, 2018 at 3:35:42 PM EDT
> To: <tattler1...>
> Subject: Shearwaters-Buzzards Bay-W. Falmouth
>
> On cape for summer break; early am today had Greater Shearwaters in excess of 100 plus and several Cory’s out over Buzzard’s Bay. Heavy rain early this am most likely pushed them in. Notice that many were seen in Long Island sound off Connecticut. You may want to pass this report on to Massbird
> How all is well,
> Tom. aka mountain man
>
> Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 7/26/18 8:23 am
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren Salem 7/26
With much surprise and delight, I witness the first Carolina Wren to my
feeder this morning since the record winter (for snow) in 2015. They
were quite regular before that winter, but the cold and snow took their
toll.

Life is good!

Linda

--
Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
tattler1(at)comcast(dot)net

"Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark" - Tagore

 

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Date: 7/26/18 3:21 am
From: <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mark Your Calendars for a Brookline Bird Club Tree ID Walk!
Make your birding skills even stronger: learn to identify the trees where birds perch, feed and roost! J oin Harvard botanist Walter Kittredge and the Brookline Bird Club on Sunday, September 23, 10 AM-noon , for a short easy hike at Waltham's Beaver Brook Reservation and learn to identify our local trees. Of course, along the way, we'll search for local and migrating birds and note their connections with each kind of tree they visit. Meeting place TBA shortly.




Please contact <kramer.lf...> and/or <oaknashnthorn...> , if you plan to attend.


 

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Date: 7/26/18 3:10 am
From: <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mark Your Calendars for a September Tree ID Walk!
Make your birding skills even stronger: learn to identify the trees where birds perch, feed and roost! J oin Harvard botanist Walter Kittredge on Sunday, September 23, 10 AM-noon , for a short easy hike at Waltham's Beaver Brook Reservation and learn to identify our local trees. Of course, along the way, we'll search for local and migrating birds and note their connections with each kind of tree they visit. Meeting place TBA shortly.




Please contact <kramer.lf...> and/or <oaknashnthorn...> , if you plan to attend.




 

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Date: 7/25/18 9:44 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/16 - The Birds of Midway
Jointhe Friends of PRNWR, Inc. & Parker River NWR for this talk on
August 16!

Thanks to Kate Murray for this announcement.


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

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Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Inc.

Guest Lecture Series 2018

August 16, 2018, Thursday 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Parker River NWR Headquarters Visitor Center Auditorium

6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950

THE BIRDS OF MIDWAY

Kiah Walker, Biological Technician

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Perched on the northern end of the Hawaiian archipelago, halfway between
North America and Asia, Midway Atoll is one of the most remote locations
in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Nearly three million birds nest
on Midway, including the largest Laysan albatross population (including
“Wisdom” shown below with her mate, at age 67 the oldest known breeding
bird in the wild), one of the world’s rarest ducks, and a flock of rogue
canaries.

Come hear about some of Midway’s most incredible wildlife from Kiah
Walker, Parker River NWR Biological Technician, who spent six months as
a biological volunteer on Midway.  She will share never-before-seen
photographs, stories about her experience, and knowledge about the
conservation efforts on this unique National Wildlife Refuge.

A Free Event Sponsored by Friends of PRNWR, Inc. & Parker River NWR

www.parkerriver.org <http://www.parkerriver.org>

 

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Date: 7/25/18 7:16 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Crane Beach, Ipswich, Jul 23, 2018
Three for the price of one!

Crane Beach, Ipswich
Jul 23, 2018 10:50 AM - 1:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.75 mile(s)
Comments: Walked down and back on the beach, about 2/3 of the way
down (to the SE). Highlights were a good number of roseate terns that
appeared to be migrating south, and a hummingbird migrating down the beach.
25 species (+1 other taxon)

Double-crested Cormorant 8
Great Egret 1
Semipalmated Plover 2
Piping Plover 27 No chicks or juvs noticed.
Sanderling 46
Semipalmated Sandpiper 12
Short-billed Dowitcher 1
Bonaparte's Gull 3
Ring-billed Gull 105
Herring Gull 55
Great Black-backed Gull 10
Least Tern 140 Rough estimate. Sam, one of the wildlife techs,
told me that 151 pairs attempted to nest this year at the beach, and
that the staff had recently counted 45 fledged juveniles. I saw 15-20
myself.
Roseate Tern 42 Including 2 juvs. being fed on beach. Most were
flying south, apparently migrating. These birds likely came from the
tern colony at White and Seavey Islands (NH) in the Isles of Shoals.
Common Tern 33
Sterna sp. 25 offshore birds -- common and/or roseate
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 female type migrating down the beach
Eastern Kingbird 2
Tree Swallow 2 incredibly low number
Bank Swallow 8 Saw birds enter several active nest burrows
Northern Mockingbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 2
Savannah Sparrow 2 singing
Song Sparrow 3
House Finch 1 singing male; it or another also called
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47406495


Bradley Palmer SP, Topsfield
Jul 24, 2018 7:50 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: My nephew and I walked a loop in the park, entering from
the bridge over the Ipswich on Topsfield Rd.
28 species

Great Blue Heron 1 in pond near park HQ
Chimney Swift 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1 male, silent
Eastern Wood-Pewee 5 all singing
Eastern Phoebe 1 sang once or twice
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2 one singing
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 9 one family group of 7, possibly including a helper
or two
Tree Swallow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 6 some singing
Tufted Titmouse 10 a lot of singing
White-breasted Nuthatch 7
House Wren 1 singing
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2 both female types, together but foraging
independently
Wood Thrush 3 all singing
Gray Catbird 8 many singing
Ovenbird 1 one bird sang once
Blue-winged Warbler 1 seen, not heard
American Redstart 2 mother feeding a fledgling
Pine Warbler 1 sang just a few times
Chipping Sparrow 2 adults, no songs
Eastern Towhee 6 several singing
Scarlet Tanager 1 male seen, no songs
Northern Cardinal 1 singing
American Goldfinch 10 some singing
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47422709


And today, the turkeys (all 22 of them) returned to our yard. I also
heard a red-breasted nuthatch calling. I hope it means a good migration
of them this fall.
--
Jim Berry Ipswich, Mass. <jim.berry3...>

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Date: 7/25/18 8:22 am
From: Josh Gahagan <jmgahagan15...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Interesting gull species, Flax Pond, Lynn
Was just in the vicinity of Flax Pond in Lynn when I noticed a very small
gull sitting near a small flock of Ring-billed Gulls, close to the
splashpad area off 129A . I didn't have a camera or binoculars but was able
to view it at fairly close range for a short period of time. Black legs and
black bill, I cannot pinpoint an ID on this bird. May be worth checking it
out if anyone is in the area.

Josh Gahagan
Berlin MA
<Jmgahagan15...>

 

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Date: 7/25/18 6:37 am
From: Sean Williams <swilliam...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-billed Tropicbird and White-faced Storm-Petrels, Nantucket County
Hello all,

Skye Haas currently is conducting surveys aboard a NOAA research vessel in
the deep waters of Nantucket County. In the past few days he has seen a
Red-billed Tropicbird and two different White-faced Storm-Petrels. He is
submitting written documentation and photos to the MARC, and likely will
submit some checklists to eBird when he has better service.

For those that do not know Skye, he is a prominent birder in the Midwest,
best known for his endeavors in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This
provides all the more reason to anticipate another successful BBC pelagic
trip in August.

Good birding,
Sean



--
Sean M. Williams, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA 01610

 

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Date: 7/24/18 1:38 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Stage Island Water level management
Thanks to Steve Arena for the following post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2018 16:14:54 -0400
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: [EXTERNAL] Stage Island Water level management
To: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Cc: Massbird <Massbird...>, "Pau, Nancy" <nancy_pau...>,
Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...>,
Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...>, Tom Wetmore <ttw4...>


Rick, You voiced what most of what I think and feel. Thank you.

Suzanne, I truly applaud your efforts. Most people moan and groan about
this topic but say and do nothing. Can you please give us periodic updates
as you go forward with your efforts?

I=E2=80=99ll sum it all up - the declining shorebirds are getting hosed and
consequently shorebirding on the refuge is pathetic.

I am going to email Nancy. I will politely and respectfully voice my
concerns.

Emailing Nancy is a very effective means of voicing your concerns and
issues. I encourage others to do the same.

 

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Date: 7/24/18 1:23 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Park River impoundments problems
After reading posts about conditions at the Refuge, it seems the issue needs to be forwarded/addressed to the next level of overseers. 
Thank you, 
Joe PaluzziSalem




Joe PaluzziSalem, MA. USA

Sent by my Verizon tablet
 

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Date: 7/24/18 1:20 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Stage Island Water level management
Thanks to Sandy Selesky for this post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] Stage Island Water level management
From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2018 15:20:48 -0400
Cc: "Pau, Nancy" <nancy_pau...>, <Massbird...>,
Tom Wetmore <ttw4...>, Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>


Thanks for responding back to Nancy, Rick and Suzanne. When she
replied back to my email also questioning what the refuge was doing
re: your upsetting postings it seemed like it was a positive plan but
you definitely are much better informed about the proper timetable
for how water levels should be managed for shorebird migrations. I
agree that Mass Audubon should also be getting involved and that
other concerned people from the birding community should be
contacting Nancy at the refuge about these concerns.

Sandy Selesky
<sandyselesky...>
Westford,MA

 

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Date: 7/24/18 1:15 pm
From: Deb Drexler <debdrex...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: [EXTERNAL] Stage Island Water level management
Is there some way to get Mass Audubon involved here? This is an issue that
should be of critical concern to that organization. And it is an
organization that is likely to have more power to influence federal
officials than individual birders do.

Deb Drexler
Roslindale
<debdrex...>

On Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 12:19 PM Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
wrote:

> All,
> I must say I share Rick’s frustrations, as I know many other people do
> also. I have been going to Plum Island my whole life and I have seen
> different management decisions regarding the pools but this is a very sad
> turn of events. Maybe all the people who I have had conversations with in
> the past that are frustrated with the direction the refuge has been taking
> could send a quick email to Nancy Pau at <nancy_pau...> The refuge
> staff will be developing a plan to bring it into the next 15 years very
> soon and what you see now could very well be the direction it will go
> because there will be several alternatives to consider and are being
> developed. I suspect this is one of them. So unless people voice their
> concerns that the main mission of the refuge which is to provide refuge for
> migratory birds appears to have been side tracked then Plum Island will not
> be the same place that it has been in the past that provides refuge for
> shorebird bird populations. It is no secret that these populations are
> under a tremendous amount pressure from their breeding grounds to their
> wintering grounds and everywhere in-between. And it is not going to get
> better anytime soon. I think right now they need us to be their advocates
 

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Date: 7/24/18 10:56 am
From: Kevin Bourinot <kevin.bourinot...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/21: Wachusett Reservoir IBA - Forbush Bird Club
The Forbush Bird Club had a nice trip around the Wachusett Reservoir IBA
on Saturday 7/21. We did our yearly hike into Gate 35 in Sterling to
observe the recently fledged Bald Eagles and Common Loons. Unfortunately,
it looks like the Bald Eagle nest has fallen down during the recent storms.
However, there were two very healthy looking fledglings perched in a nearby
pine. We located a pair of Common Loons with 2 fledglings in the northeast
portion of the reservoir. We did not have time to check locations in the
south. Other highlights included 2 recently fledged Barred Owls, 2
Bonaparte’s Gulls, and an Eastern Wood-Pewee on its tiny nest in the middle
of a tree branch. Complete list below.





36 Canada Goose
1 Mallard
1 Wild Turkey
11 Common Loon
17 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Turkey Vulture
4 Bald Eagle
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Killdeer
2 Spotted Sandpiper
2 Bonaparte's Gull
34 Ring-billed Gull
4 Mourning Dove
2 Barred Owl
8 Chimney Swift
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
7 Downy Woodpecker
3 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
8 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
6 Eastern Kingbird
18 Red-eyed Vireo
21 Blue Jay
11 American Crow
1 Common Raven
12 Tree Swallow
8 Barn Swallow
11 Black-capped Chickadee
8 Tufted Titmouse
12 White-breasted Nuthatch
3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3 Wood Thrush
2 American Robin
7 Gray Catbird
2 Northern Mockingbird
6 Cedar Waxwing
1 Common Yellowthroat
9 Pine Warbler
9 Chipping Sparrow
1 Savannah Sparrow
6 Song Sparrow
8 Eastern Towhee
7 Scarlet Tanager
5 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
2 Baltimore Oriole
4 Red-winged Blackbird
13 American Goldfinch
2 House Sparrow

Kevin Bourinot

Sterling, MA

<Kevin.Bourinot...>

 

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Date: 7/24/18 9:22 am
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: [EXTERNAL] Stage Island Water level management
All,
I must say I share Rick’s frustrations, as I know many other people do
also. I have been going to Plum Island my whole life and I have seen
different management decisions regarding the pools but this is a very sad
turn of events. Maybe all the people who I have had conversations with in
the past that are frustrated with the direction the refuge has been taking
could send a quick email to Nancy Pau at <nancy_pau...> The refuge
staff will be developing a plan to bring it into the next 15 years very
soon and what you see now could very well be the direction it will go
because there will be several alternatives to consider and are being
developed. I suspect this is one of them. So unless people voice their
concerns that the main mission of the refuge which is to provide refuge for
migratory birds appears to have been side tracked then Plum Island will not
be the same place that it has been in the past that provides refuge for
shorebird bird populations. It is no secret that these populations are
under a tremendous amount pressure from their breeding grounds to their
wintering grounds and everywhere in-between. And it is not going to get
better anytime soon. I think right now they need us to be their advocates.
It will not be the same place that we have all come to love and know.

I plan on getting more information and educating myself more on the process
and the technical end of pool management. I have already done some
significant research and obviously plan to do more. I will reach out to
people if they wish as this process goes forward. Public involvement is a
major part of the plan. So let’s go public.
Suzanne Sullivan
<swampy435...>

 

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Date: 7/24/18 8:09 am
From: Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: [EXTERNAL] Stage Island Water level management
I’m sorry but this response is completely unacceptable. I visited both impoundments yesterday evening and Forward Pool is still entirely flooded and contained exactly three shorebirds on a tiny island. This is 23 July, near the traditional peaks of adult shorebird migration for several species! Stage had finally been lowered a little bit and I counted some 250 shorebirds that had immediately responded to the limited peripheral mudflats there, including a Stilt Sandpiper and three Whimbrel among the dowitchers, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Semipalmated Sandpipers.

How and Why is Forward Pool still flooded on 23 July!? There really is no excuse. Nancy Pau, your comments I’m sorry to say, show that you really do not have an understanding of how to manage these impoundments for shorebirds and that it is a very low priority for you and the refuge. It is one of many things you “juggle” during the summer!? After all the years you have been here, and all of the decades of available data, from International Shorebird Surveys, to eBird, to literature like Bird Observer, and Veit and Petersen’s ‘Birds of Massachusetts’, you need birders to tell you when shorebird migration ensues here, and when to draw down the water for the fall shorebird migration every year!? This is careless, and not competent management.

It is not rocket science. A gradual drawdown of these impoundments should be initiated every year no later than the first week of July, say 5 July. The pools (Stage and Forward) could be flooded for several weeks prior to the drawdown, in mid-late June. If due to lack of rain during the shorebird migration either pool becomes too dry, they could be briefly (for a day) flooded again, depending on available high tides. That’s it.

Stage Island Pool used to be an amazing place with spectacular bird life, including breeding Ruddy Ducks and Common Moorhens. It has filled with sediment and phragmites over the years and truly needs to be dredged and regraded, but that will never happen. The philosophy now seems to be to just let everything go, no more maintenance of varied habitats. Hence we now see grassy fields that had been maintained since the refuge’s inception, being abandoned to succession.

Also, the blind at Forward is almost useless for birding purposes, as the Phragmites now blocks most of the view of the pool, as does the shrubbery and Phragmites stand at the end of the Forward dike where the rope delineates the terminus of public access.

Sincerely,
Rick Heil
S.Peabody, MA



Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 24, 2018, at 8:19 AM, Pau, Nancy <nancy_pau...> wrote:
>
> Hi Sandy-- We drew down the water level in Stage Island on Sunday as I stated in my post. I checked on the water level yesterday and small sections of the back flats are exposed and wet for shorebirds. We will plan on drawing more down later this week.
>
> The drawdown in Stage Island needs to happen slowly as the flats dry out quickly.
>
> The water level in BFP should drop a little too (rain not withstanding).
>
> I was very happy with the shorebird response last year as well-- it was in response to us opening the WCS for 6 weeks in order to collect data for a model... I had some brief conversations with Tom about whether the shorebirds responded better last year. I felt like shorebird #s in SI had gone down over the years; and may warrant a slight change in management to try to get a better response. I welcome input from the birding community as you have detailed bird response records to complement my data.
>
> Water level management in the impoundments is one of the many things I juggle during the summer. I really appreciate birders that email me with real time bird phenology to help tune the timing of management or give me perspectives to consider for management.
>
> Best,
>
> Nancy
>
>> On Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 4:42 PM, Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...> wrote:
>> Hi Nancy,
>> I read your email response to Suzanne Sullivan last week and then these 2 very upsetting massbird postings from Rick Heil a couple of days ago.
>> Very depressing and disappointing to hear that the water levels are still too high to attract the shorebirds to the refuge. I thought your email
>> stated that the refuge staff would be lowering the water levels immediately? I don't know why Rick Heil didn't email you directly for an answer.
>> Perhaps he like many of us are just too frustrated with this situation.
>> What is going on??
>>
>> Sincerely,
>> Sandy Selesky
>> Westford, MA
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> About this date last year there were 6400 shorebirds utilizing these impoundments. This year almost none.
>>
>> https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
>>
>> Richard S. HeilS. Peabody, MA
>>
>>
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On Jul 20, 2018, at 10:51 PM, Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> Most shorebirds are passing right over the Parker River NWR and continuing onward because there is no habitat for these critically declining birds to roost and feed at either Forward Pool or Stage Island Pool due to the poor and neglectful management that has allowed the water levels to remain too high. Today there were essentially ZERO shorebirds utilizing either these sites at a time when there should be many thousands present fattening up and resting. It�s sad, incomprehensible, and neglectful what refuge management are (not) doing here.
>>
>>
>>
>> Richard S. Heil
>>
>> S. Peabody, MA
>>
>
>
>
> --
> Nancy Pau
> Wildlife Biologist
> Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
> 6 Plum Island Turnpike
> Newburyport, MA 01950
> 978-465-5753 x211

 

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Date: 7/23/18 1:29 pm
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] departure dates for Willets / Newbury
last heard at my house -

2016: 7/25
2017: 7/17
2018: 7/13

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

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Date: 7/23/18 1:05 pm
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Inland shorebird fallout (eBird)
Hi MassBirders,

According to eBird, there has been a really nice inland shorebird fallout in Hampshire County today! Not completely unexpected in weather like this, at this time of year. The reports posted so far have been from locations not open to the public, so not worth chasing the specific birds (and I won't torture people with the species list), but anyone who finds themselves near more accessible inland shorebird habitat - muddy fields, sandbars, turf farms, less-populated beaches, etc. - definitely worth scoping them out today…

Also on eBird: I previously mentioned a likely Ring-necked Duck nesting attempt in northern Worcester County, detected by Ernie LeBlanc. He’s kept up with it and confirmed successful breeding, including photos of the ducklings:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47364963 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47364963>

Good birding,

Josh



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

Webmaster, Hampshire Bird Club
https://hampshirebirdclub.org/
http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
https://www.facebook.com/opihi



 

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Date: 7/23/18 7:29 am
From: Garry Kessler <gkessler001...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Osprey Fledging Season, photos
Spent some nice quiet time watching the activity at an osprey nest
before the rains came. When I first arrived two chicks were alone in the
nest with three adults flying around. A third chick had fledged and was
roosting in a tree a few hundred yards away. The third adult was
eventually chased from the area and the female returned to the nest. The
male brought her a large crappie which she took possession of and held
onto.

Both chicks eyed the fish but made no move to take it as she didn't
really offer it. Rather she took it and flew off to an unused heron nest
a few hundred yards away. The disappointed chicks didn't follow. So she
eventually returned, fed one of the chicks and subsequently left.

The male came by with another fish which he left for the other chick. He
hung around for awhile. During this time we saw one chick "nest hopping"
and hovering. A couple times it took off and made a large circuit around
the impound - real flight, if a bit awkward getting going and kind of
falling out of the sky to land back at the nest. Not sure he/she would
have done well landing on a branch. The chick roosting on the branch
came back to the nest and the remaining chick did some pre-flight
exercises and hovered above the nest a bit, but never left the nest
environment while we were there. He/she looked a bit awkward working
hard to get off the "ground".

For those interested, the 1st of 8 photos

https://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p862720637/hb1cab328#hb1cab328

And following up on Chris Floyd's Provincetown post, a shot of a lucky
common tern with not one but two sandlances.

https://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p862720637/hb1cab328#hb1adf55d

Garry Kessler

Westborough, MA


 

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Date: 7/22/18 10:50 am
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fun with Terns at Provincetown, 7/21/18
With access to the Monomoy/South Beach complex less convenient in recent years, Race Point and Hatches Harbor are where I go now for a tern fix. Tide conditions were right yesterday (low midday) for hitting both spots with commutes timed to avoid any really bad traffic, although I was left dog-tired by all the sand walking. My main target was Arctic Tern, and I found just one (an adult) in each place. The variety of tern plumages one can encounter this time of year is fascinating. I have photos of what I think are first-summer and second-summer Common Terns side-by-side on Race Point Beach. Feedback on that diagnosis welcomed!

My early morning departure left me time to stop briefly at MAS Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, where good numbers of Whimbrel (35 reported to me by a birder who saw a flock flying in) were in the marsh. My only good view (of about 10) was from the Bayview Trail, at the lookout spot where there are multiple benches.

Full tern details with photos at:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47350430 for Race Point Beach

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47352018 for Hatches Harbor and Arctic Tern photos

I include with these reports some logistics tips that may be helpful. Another tip for a birding day in the Provincetown area, learned from Bob Stymeist some years ago, is to get your lunch at the excellent salad bar in the Stop & Shop on Shank Painter Road. Quick in and out, and something to do (eat your lunch!) while live-waiting for a parking spot!

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>


 

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Date: 7/22/18 10:19 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] South and east of Chatham
Massbirders, Sue Finnegan and I took a small group from Pleasant Bay
Community Boating offshore on Friday, 7/20, as they begin a marine science
and
education program. Typical mid July day with moderate numbers of southern
hemisphere species. The non-pelagics were observed during shoreline transit.
Here are a few images for your enjoyment.

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

(41.7135,-69.9677), Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Jul 20, 2018 6:59 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
20.0 mile(s)
Comments: North Atlantic Ocean, Chatham, MA off of South Monomoy
20 species

Black Scoter 1
Common Loon 14 All together except one seen earlier
Cory's Shearwater 18
Great Shearwater 300
Sooty Shearwater 30
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 245
Northern Gannet 4
Double-crested Cormorant 50
Snowy Egret 2
Osprey 2
Short-billed Dowitcher 6
Willet 2
Laughing Gull 85
Herring Gull 300
Great Black-backed Gull 80
Least Tern 4
Common Tern 60
Barn Swallow 25
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Song Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47312410

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

 

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Date: 7/22/18 8:45 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] neighbor's duck update
Two eggs did not hatch; the rest did. Ducks are gone. Thanks for the
responses!

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

 

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Date: 7/22/18 7:14 am
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mallard on eggs

Alice, the incubation period for Mallards is 28 days , so the event could happen anytime. She'll sit on the ducklings perhaps another day to dry them and then lead them to water quickly. 
Joe



Joe PaluzziSalem, MA. USA

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