Bird sightings

Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:

Signs of early spring continue to be reflected by local movements of brant, ring-necked ducks, turkey vultures, and red-shouldered hawks, as well as the arrival of a few killdeer, Eastern phoebes, a tree swallow, and increasing numbers of red-winged blackbirds and common grackles.

Plum Island: Reports from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge continue to include snowy owls and the occasional short-eared owl. At Salisbury Beach State Reservation, bald eagles, two snowy owls, and a merlin .


Nahant: A Northern shoveler, 28 brant, 36 lesser scaup, and an Eastern phoebe .

Ipswich: A red-headed woodpecker on Argilla Road, and small numbers of red-winged blackbirds and common grackles were seen in nearby fields.

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West Roxbury: At Millennium Park, a wood duck; five hooded and 14 common mergansers; and a killdeer.

Braintree: A turkey vulture was noted near the entrance to the Southeast Expressway.

Middleborough: At the Cumberland Farms fields, three killdeer, an early tree swallow, and large numbers of red-winged blackbirds and common grackles.


Miscellaneous: Reports included a snowy owl in Revere; a Northern shrike in Essex; two bald eagles, an American kestrel, and a peregrine falcon in Lawrence; a rough-legged hawk in Danvers; six ruddy turnstones at Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary; single snowy owls in Concord and Medford, and six on Duxbury Beach; a yellow-bellied sapsucker and a ruby-crowned kinglet in Rochester; and three common ravens in Rowley and two more at Cold Spring Park in Newton.

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