Bird sightings

Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:

Spring migration continued last week, with major movements of American kestrels and Northern flickers. Highlights included one early whippoorwill in Plymouth and sandhill cranes in Wayland, Concord, and Cumberland Farm Fields in the Middleborough area. Other birds reported from Cumberland Farm Fields included one glossy ibis and one yellow-headed blackbird.

Marshfield: Reports from the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary included one glossy ibis, one American bittern, four wood ducks, 17 green-winged teal, 14 American kestrels, one rough-legged hawk, six Eastern bluebirds, one blue-gray gnatcatcher, and 16 brown-headed cowbirds.

Concord: At the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, the aforementioned sandhill crane; 23 wood ducks; one hooded merganser; four pied-billed grebes; five Virginia rails; 27 American coots; one bald eagle; one common raven; palm, pine, and yellow-rumped warblers; and three rusty blackbirds were seen.


Newburyport: On the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, reports included one snow goose, 63 gadwall, three redheads, 50 ruddy ducks, 30 horned grebes, four great and one snowy egret, nine glossy ibises, one black vulture, one red-shouldered hawk, one peregrine falcon, three greater yellowlegs, two snowy owls, nine Northern flickers, one brown creeper, 12 golden-crowned kinglets, three ruby-crowned kinglets, two Eastern bluebirds, two hermit thrushes, 14 palm warblers, and sparrows including field, fox, swamp, and vesper. The hawk watchers at parking lot number one tallied daily totals of 116 and 188 American kestrels last week, along with good numbers of Northern harriers, sharp-shinned hawks, and merlins.

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Nahant: Sightings included two snow geese, 50 brant, three red-necked grebes, one black guillemot, five golden-crowned kinglets, five hermit thrushes, four palm warblers, one pine warbler, one chipping sparrow, and three swamp sparrows.

Boston: In the Fenway Victory Gardens area, birds reported included five hermit thrushes, one orange-crowned warbler, and one fox sparrow. In the Public Garden, there were two yellow-bellied sapsuckers, six hermit thrushes, and three each of ruby-crowned and golden-crowned kinglets.

Westborough: At the Westborough Wildlife Management Area, there were 16 wood ducks, five hooded mergansers, five Virginia rails, and four swamp sparrows.

Nantucket: Birds reported last week included one canvasback, two blue-winged teal, two American bitterns, one common gallinule, 175 American coots, two pied-billed grebes, and one Virginia rail. One American oystercatcher nest with three eggs was also spotted.


Miscellaneous reports this week included one purple martin in Mashpee; seven rusty blackbirds, 12 wood ducks, and 22 Wilson’s snipe in Wayland; a pair of American oystercatchers in Orleans; one clapper rail in Eastham; one winter wren in Littleton; one hermit thrush in Post Office Square in Boston; two common ravens in Bedford and three in Bradford; one black vulture in Fall River; two purple martins in Rehoboth; two Northern shovelers at the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation; three manx shearwaters at Revere Beach; and 31 wood ducks and five Virginia rails on the Wenham Swamp Rail Trail.

For more information about bird sightings or to report sightings, call the Massachusetts Audubon Society at 781-259-8805 or go to