Bird sightings

Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:

More spring migrants continued to trickle in last week, with several reports of warblers, brown thrashers, gray catbirds, and Eastern towhees.

Marshfield: A cattle egret was still present at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary on Friday, along with three singing Eastern meadowlarks, two brown thrashers, and more than 15 purple martins.

Fall River: A report from east of Watuppa Pond included four palm warblers, three Northern waterthrushes, a gray catbird, two blue-gray gnatcatchers, and three common ravens.


The Braintree-Weymouth line: A report from Pond Meadow Park included a blue-headed vireo, two blue-gray gnatcatchers, two hermit thrushes, 22 yellow-rumped warblers, 18 palm warblers, 14 white-throated sparrows, and three Eastern towhees.

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Plum Island: On the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, there were five piping plovers, two greater yellowlegs, a snowy owl, a brown thrasher, five Eastern towhees, a field sparrow, and eight purple finches. The hawkwatch at Parking Lot No. 1 on the refuge reported 30 American kestrels and four merlins in one day.

Newburyport: At Joppa Flats in the harbor there were 100 brant, 37 glossy ibises, and two bald eagles.

Gloucester: A birder on a day boat found a glaucous gull, two Iceland gulls, 27 Northern fulmars, and a laughing gull.

Lancaster: A report from Pine Hill included a broad-winged hawk, a ruffed grouse, three field sparrows, and three vesper sparrows.


Miscellaneous reports included an orange-crowned warbler on Mission Hill in Boston, a Northern parula in the Mashpee River Woodlands, a willet in West Yarmouth at Sea Gull Beach, a ruddy turnstone and 24 purple sandpipers at the tip of Plymouth Beach, a yellow-throated warbler in Brookline, a prothonotary warbler in Groveland, at least 22 whippoorwills at various locations on Upper Cape Cod.

Also, 12 rusty blackbirds along River Road in Wayland, a common yellowthroat in the Hockomock Swamp, a very early warbling vireo at Olmstead Park in Boston/Brookline, a brown thrasher in Scituate, a Nashville warbler, and three house wrens in Beverly, and a blue-winged warbler in West Bridgewater.

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