Bird sightings

Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:

Varying numbers of winter finches continued to be reported from many localities. Most numerous have been red- and white-winged crossbills and common redpolls, but there were also reports of small numbers of pine grosbeaks, pine siskins, and evening grosbeaks. Birders should keep a sharp eye out for these erratic and colorful winter visitors.The northern lapwing that has been frequenting a field on Summer Street near Bridgewater Correctional Complex was still present.

Hyannis: A little egret that had been frequenting the marsh near the entrance to Kalmus Beach was still present as recently as mid-week. Also seen in the vicinity of Kalmus Beach and at nearby Keyes Beach were a great egret, one to two black-headed gulls, and a lesser black-backed gull.

Boston: At the Victory Garden in Fenway, a MacGillivray’s warbler was present for the past two days as well as a barred owl, a Nashville warbler, and a yellow-breasted chat. Sighted at the Arnold Arboretum last week were three yellow-bellied sapsuckers, two common ravens, two fox sparrows, and two pine grosbeaks.


West Bridgewater: A rufous hummingbird that had been visiting a feeder at 15 Thayer Ave. was still present, and in Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard, an Allen’s hummingbird continued to visit a feeder there.

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Newburyport: Recent reports from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Plum Island included seven northern shovelers, 61 northern pintails, 24 green-winged teal, two western grebes that had been frequenting the ocean beach off parking lot number one, 35 red-necked grebes, a rough-legged hawk, a greater yellowleg, 45 razorbills, a barred owl, a northern shrike, 35 lapland longspurs, and a yellow-breasted chat.

Plymouth: At Duxbury Beach there were four harlquin ducks, a late long-billed dowitcher, a snowy owl, 200 common redpolls, and a hoary redpoll. Noted at Great Herring Pond were two Barrow’s goldeneyes, 127 ruddy ducks, six pied-billed grebes, 231 American coot, and 17 red crossbills.

Miscellaneous:Four northern shovelers at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord; nine canvasbacks at Fresh Pond in Cambridge; five redheads at Hammond Pond Reservation in Newton and two at Mill Pond in Westborough; three Barrow’s goldeneyes at Bass Rocks in Gloucester; a great egret at Clark’s Pond in Ipswich; a snowy egret in Yarmouth; an Audubon’s yellow-rumped warbler at Salisbury Beach State Reservation; single yellow-breasted chats at Mass Audubon Society state headquarters in Lincoln; a Baltimore oriole in Holbrook; and 90 common redpolls at Crane’s Beach in Ipswich.

For more information about bird sightings or to report sightings, call the Massachusetts Audubon Society at 781-259-8805 or go to