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    Bird sightings

    Recent bird sightings as reported the Massachusetts Society:

    Observers should confidently expect a heavy movement of scoters this week as the peak migration period for these sea ducks is at hand. Substantial numbers of pelagic species continue to be recorded in the Race Point area of Provincetown as well as in the waters east of Chatham. Most numerous in these seabird concentrations are sooty and manx shearwaters, Northern Gannets, and parasitic jaegers. Passerine species moving in numbers right now include golden-crowned and ruby-crowned kinglets, hermit thrushes, warblers including orange-crowned, blackpoll, palm, and yellow-rumped, and good numbers of Savannah, Lincoln’s, swamp, and white-throated sparrows.

    Plum Island: A Eurasian wigeon; 64 American wigeons; 17 northern pintails, three bald eagles, six black skimmers, and a common raven.

    West Newbury: 200 ring-necked ducks, five buffleheads, 200 ruddy ducks, and two American coots.


    Ipswich: 52 great egrets, a green heron, a yellow-crowned night-heron, 142 greater yellowlegs, a short-billed Dowitcher, and two Lincoln’s sparrows.

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    Wayland: four ospreys, five bald eagles, two Cooper’s hawks, and a peregrine falcon.

    Boylston: a red-throated loon, 24 common loons, two horned grebes, seven red-necked grebes, and 39 common mergansers.

    Boston: Fenway had a yellow-bellied sapsucker, two hermit thrushes, warblers, including Nashville, common yellowthroat, blackpoll, palm, and yellow-breasted chat, and 28 white-throated sparrows.

    Miscellaneous: A cackling goose at the Cambridge Reservoir in Lincoln; an amazing tally of 16,000 double-crested cormorants going to roost in Gloucester; a green heron at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge; a Hudsonian godwit at Breeds Pond in Lynn and a little gull at Kings Beach; a marbled godwit at Little Beach on Martha’s Vineyard; three black skimmers at Revere Beach; and a black-throated gray warbler at Nantucket.

    For more information or to report sightings, call 781-259-8805 or go to massaudubon .org.