Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:
Increasing reports of red-breasted nuthatches and red crossbills from various localities continued to suggest that these two species were preparing for a significant southward irruption this winter. Hawk migration began in earnest with several modest movements of broad-winged hawks already tallied at Mount Wachusett in Princeton last week. The next cold front with following Northwest winds could see a major movement of hawks in the next several days.
►Newburyport: At the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island: five Northern shovelers, 17 Northern pintails, 33 green-winged teal, an American bittern, an American golden-plover, a whimbrel, a marbled godwit, a Baird’s sandpiper, three stilt sandpipers, three long-billed dowitchers, a lesser black-backed gull, six caspian terns, two yellow-bellied flycatchers, a Philadelphia vireo, a good variety of warblers including Tennessee, Nashville, Cape May, Northern parula, yellow, palm, and prairie, as well as a dickcissel, and a pine siskin. A golden eagle was observed flying south toward Plum Island last week.
►Nahant: an American oystercatcher, a solitary sandpiper, two yellow-billed cuckoos, a winter wren, a mourning warbler, two clay-colored sparrows, two lark sparrows, and a Lincoln’s sparrow.
►Lexington: At Dunback Meadow: a Philadelphia vireo, a Connecticut warbler, and two Lincoln sparrows. At Millennium Park in West Roxbury: a Connecticut warbler and a dickcissel.
►Scituate: A boat trip to Stellwagon Bank sponsored by the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance last weekend recorded 12 Wilson’s storm-petrels; 18 Cory’s, 18 great ,and 10 manx shearwaters; 30 red-necked phalaropes; a Forster’s tern; a black tern; and a pomarine jaeger. Reports from Scituate also included an American golden-plover, a lesser black-backed gull, an olive-sided flycatcher, a Philadelphia vireo, and an American pipit.
►Miscellaneous reports: 12 blue-winged teal, a pied-billed grebe, and 15 red-breasted nuthatchers at the Assabet National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury; an American avocet at Warren Cove in Plymouth; three marbled godwits in Essex; a buff-breasted sandpiper in Carver; two caspian terns at Goosberry Neck in Westport; and a Northern wheatear briefly observed on Tuesday at the athletic fields at Phillips Academy in Andover.