Bird sightings

Bird sightings as reported by the Massachusetts Audubon ­Society:

The recent cold snap moved around a lot of birds that were reported earlier in the week.

Merrimack River estuary: five snow geese and three cackling geese were reported at Joppa Park in Newburyport; a Western grebe, five northern harriers, and five rough-legged hawks were on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge; a snowy owl was on Plum Island in Newbury; and 18 American pipits, four razorbills, two rough-legged hawks, two bald eagles, 14 red and 20 white-winged crossbills, and several common redpolls were at Salisbury Beach State Reservation.

Cape Ann: 55 harlequin ducks, two Iceland gulls, at least six black-legged kittiwakes, a peregrine falcon, a dovekie, nine black guillemots, and more than 20 razorbills. The mew gull on King’s Beach on the Lynn/Swampscott line was last reported on Jan. 20.


Winthrop: at Deer Island, 40 common and one Barrow’s goldeneyes and 18 common redpolls.

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Westborough: a snow goose, a Barrow’s goldeneye, two canvasbacks, an Iceland gull, and a black-headed gull at Wachusett Reservoir’s South Bay.

Cambridge: at Fresh Pond, an Eastern screech owl, a common loon, four canvasbacks, and five lesser and one greater scaup.

Duxbury: at Duxbury Beach, four harlequin ducks, two black-bellied plovers, five sanderlings, about 250 dunlin, a pine warbler, 80 redpolls, and two Ipswich savannah sparrows.

Plymouth: an Eastern phoebe, a swamp sparrow, and two winter wrens at Tidmarsh Farms off Beaver Dam Road, and three pine warblers in Manomet.


Eastham: a lapland longspur, 40 horned larks, a redhead, and about 70 American coots.

Falmouth: Two Eurasian wigeons on Mill Pond, seven redheads on Little Pond, a canvasback on Perch Pond, and a dovekie in Quissett Harbor.

Nantucket: three Eurasian wigeons, 75 American wigeons, two canvasbacks, six pied-billed grebes, 10 double-crested cormorants, 75 American coots, five Eastern bluebirds, three palm warblers, two pine warblers, and 10 yellow-rumped warblers.

Miscellaneous: three pine grosbeaks and an ovenbird in Byfield; four canvasbacks and a pair of pileated woodpeckers in Milton; a blue grosbeak and a yellow-bellied sapsucker at a feeding station in Merrimac; other yellow-bellied sapsuckers in Walpole and Brewster; an American crow roost in Worcester at Coes Reservoir of at least 3,500 birds; a fox sparrow in East Dennis; and five canvasbacks, 28 common mergansers, and two bald eagles at Wenham Lake.

Saturday was the annual Super Bowl of Birding in Essex County, Mass., and Rockingham County, N.H. Teams were birding in these two counties from 5 a.m to 5 p.m, and updates of rare sightings are posted on the Massbird and New Hampshire Birds e-mail lists.


The Cape Ann Winter Birding Festival from Feb. 1-3 and the Mass Audubon Birders Meeting on March 16 are both accepting registrations. Check

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