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Bird sightings

Recent bird sightings as reported by the Massachusetts Audubon Society:

Snowy owls are still making news in Massachusetts. The coast of Essex County and Logan International Airport continue to be among the better spots to find the owls, and some of the highest recent tallies continue to come from the Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, the marsh at the end of Stackyard Road in Rowley, and Crane Beach in Ipswich. Birders fortunate enough to spot a snowy owl should make every effort not to disturb it.

Plum Island: Recent reports from Parker River National Wildlife Refuge included a common raven and a yellow-breasted chat, and in Newburyport Harbor there were two snow geese and a canvasback.

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Gloucester: At the Jodrey Fish Pier there was a possible Thayer’s gull, three Iceland gulls, and a glaucous gull.

Revere: At Revere Beach, thousands of clams washed up on the beach by the storm several days ago attracted thousands of ring-billed, herring, and great black-backed gulls, along with two Iceland gulls and a glaucous gull.

Jamaica Plain: At Jamaica Pond, a report included 21 wood ducks, two northern shovelers, a northern pintail, 33 hooded mergansers, 34 ruddy ducks, three pied-billed grebes, and 43 American coots.

Middleborough: A report from the Cumberland Farms fields featured a bald eagle, three northern harriers, 100 horned larks, five American pipits, two lapland longspurs, 400 red-winged blackbirds, and an eastern meadowlark.

Newport County R.I./Westport: Among the highlights from the Christmas Bird Count were nine northern shovelers, a Barrow’s goldeneye, an American bittern, an osprey, 12 snowy owls, a white-eyed vireo, a grasshopper sparrow, 32 fox sparrows, a dickcissel, a Baltimore oriole, and a yellow-headed blackbird.

Miscellaneous: Reports last week included seven canvasbacks at Fresh Pond in Cambridge; a rough-legged hawk at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord; a Bullock’s oriole visiting a feeder at 5 Carriage Drive in Chelmsford; and a gyrfalcon in the salt marshes over the state line in Hampton, N.H.

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