Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:
The time of the year and the terrific heat wave have combined to make bird reports somewhat minimal last week. Most notable was the increasing number of scattered reports of early-migrating shorebirds, most notably solitary sandpipers, greater and lesser yellowlegs, whimbrels, Hudsonian godwits, least sandpipers, and short-billed dowitchers.
►Plum Island: Notable reports from Sandy Point State Reservation and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge last week included a long-tailed duck, a tricolored heron, a whimbrel, 15 lesser yellowlegs, small numbers of short-billed dowitchers, a little gull, a Forster’s tern, a yellow-billed cuckoo, three seaside sparrows, and an orchard oriole.
►Concord: A report from the Estabrook Woods produced two pileated woodpeckers, two brown creepers, two winter wrens, 10 wood thrushes, two northern waterthrushes, a black-throated green warbler, and six scarlet tanagers.
►Miscellaneous: Reports this week included several sooty shearwaters and 65 Wilson’s storm petrels outside the entrance to Plymouth Harbor and six black skimmers on Plymouth Beach; the continued presence of a king rail at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth, where 45 short-billed dowitchers were also seen; two solitary sandpipers at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord; eight Hudsonian godwits flying past Nahant and another group of 28 godwits observed in flight near the mouth of the Westport River in Westport; two cliff swallows near the Hanover Street bridge in Newbury; and 16 bobolinks at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln.