Bird sightings

Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts ­Audubon Society:

Early spring migrants are beginning to appear in a number of scattered localities. Among these species are a variety of waterfowl including wood ducks, northern pintails, green-winged teal, and ring-necked ducks as well as great blue herons, killdeers, American woodcocks, fish crows, tree swallows, and red-winged blackbirds and common grackles.

Plum Island: A possible gyrfalcon was observed Friday at Parker River Refuge. Other reports from the refuge included five short-eared owls and a northern shrike.


Salisbury: At Salisbury Beach Reservation there were two merlins and 30 white-winged crossbills.

West Newbury: At the Artichoke Reservoir there were three cackling geese, nine green-winged teal, 13 ring-necked ducks, and a red-necked grebe.

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Gloucester: Observed at the Jodrey Fish Pier were a Pacific loon, a glaucous gull, and a thick-billed murre.

Concord: Reports from Great Meadows Refuge included four wood ducks, 60 ring-necked ducks, six hooded mergansers, an eastern phoebe, six tree swallows, and 40 red-winged blackbirds. Elsewhere in Concord there were 10 killdeer and a red crossbill.

Braintree: Noted at Great Pond in Braintree were two wood ducks, a red-shouldered hawk, two American woodcocks, and a peregrine falcon. Elsewhere in Braintree there was a ruby-crowned kinglet and a white-winged crossbill.


West Bridgewater: At the flooded farm fields along Scotland Street there were 350 mallards, four American wigeon, four northern pintails, 50 green-winged teal, two canvasbacks, 50 ring-necked ducks, a rough-legged hawk, a killdeer, a merlin, a tree swallow, an American pipit, and 13 rusty blackbirds.

Miscellaneous: A greater white-fronted goose on Shaw Road in Fairhaven; four canvasbacks at Fresh Pond in Cambridge; a female tufted duck at Sider’s Pond in Falmouth; two ospreys in Westport; five American woodcocks at Nahanton Park in Newton; a snowy owl at Hanscom Field in Bedford; an eastern phoebe in Newbury; a northern shrike in Uxbridge; eight tree swallows in Wayland; the continued presence of a blue grosbeak in Merrimac; 20 pine siskins in Easton; and 25 common redpolls at Duxbury Beach.

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