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    Bird sightings

    Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:

    A flurry of reported sightings of Mississippi kites have come in over the past weeks, including one in Easton on June 6, one in Wellfleet on June 8, one in Concord Tuesday, and one in Boxford Thursday. This rare western vagrant is now occurring with more regularity in spring, especially at hawk-watching sites on outer Cape Cod. Other unusual sightings this week included a Franklin’s gull on Plymouth Beach Tuesday and a singing dickcissel at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon.

    Concord: A survey of the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge last weekend yielded five least bitterns, two green herons, 10 great blue herons, 12 Virginia rails including five young, two common gallinules, one American coot, 10 hooded mergansers, nine willow flycatchers, 16 marsh wrens, and 12 swamp sparrows.

    Plum Island: This past week, birds reported included one least bittern, one yellow-crowned night heron, six eastern whip-poor-wills, two alder flycatchers, 12 willow flycatchers, a white-eyed vireo, eight brown thrashers, 25 common yellowthroats, a black-throated blue warbler, and 25 bobolinks.


    Topsfield: Birds reported from Bradley Palmer State Park included nine eastern wood-pewees, four great crested flycatchers, a yellow-throated vireo, three blue-gray gnatcatchers, a veery, 10 wood thrushes, 27 ovenbirds, seven American redstarts, two chestnut-sided warblers, three scarlet tanagers, seven rose-breasted grosbeaks, and four indigo buntings.

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    Miscellaneous: Reports for the week included a black guillemot off Naushon Island, 11 eastern whip-poor-wills and two evening grosbeaks at Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth, a least bittern and two blue-winged teal at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation in East Boston, and a pair of monk parakeets in Allston.

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