Bird sightings

Recent bird sightings as compiled by the Massachusetts Audobon Society:

The Northern lapwing that had been frequenting a field on Summer Street near Bridgewater Correctional Complex was last observed Tuesday. Other reports from Bridgewater included three rough-legged hawks, a Northern shrike, and seven American pipits.

Nantucket: The two Northern lapwings that have been on the island for weeks were still present as recently as New Year’s Day, as well as a Eurasian wigeon, 20,000 white-winged scoters, a little gull, a black-headed gull, 175 lesser black-backed gulls, an unidentified selasphorus hummingbird, a Western tanager, and small numbers of both red- and white-winged crossbills.

Concord: Highlights from the Concord Christmas Bird Count last weekend included a Northern shoveler, five bald eagles, 25 Cooper’s hawks, a rufous hummingbird, a red-headed woodpecker, an Eastern phoebe, a Northern shrike, 407 Eastern bluebirds, a black-and-white warbler, an Oregon dark-eyed junco, 24 pine grosbeaks, 180 common redpolls, and two hoary redpolls.


Plum Island: At the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, four snow geese, a Western grebe on the ocean off parking lot 1, and two rough-legged hawks.

Get Fast Forward in your inbox:
Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

Wilmington: Two Iceland gulls, a lesser black-backed gull, and two glaucous gulls on Silver Lake, and 23 pine grosbeaks in the vicinity of the industrial park on Jonspin Road.

Wrentham: At Lake Pearl, a gadwall, 30 American wigeon, 330 ring-necked ducks, 43 hooded mergansers, 52 ruddy ducks, and a bald eagle.

Taunton/Middleborough: Highlights from the Christmas Bird Count last Sunday included the Northern lapwing in Bridgewater, an Eastern phoebe, a common raven, 79 American pipits, 97 Savannah sparrows, 600 red-winged blackbirds, 27 Eastern meadowlarks, and 23 rusty blackbirds.

Quincy: Reports from Squantum featured a late osprey, a rough-legged hawk, and a glaucous gull.


Miscellaneous: Five redheads on the Chestnut Hill Reservoir; a king eider at Bass Rocks in Gloucester; an adult mew gull seen twice between Nahant and King’s Beach on the Swampscott town line; a short-eared owl at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth; a red-headed woodpecker at the Boston Fenway in the vicinity of Forsyth Way and a yellow-breasted chat in the Victory Gardens; a very late Cape May warbler at a feeder in North Andover; a yellow-breasted chat in Burlington; a Baltimore oriole in Holbrook; and between one and three hoary redpolls at the Westboro Wildlife Management Area in Westboro.

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