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Bird sightings

Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts ­Audubon Society:

In spite of the recent snow, early spring migrants continue to be reported from scattered localities. Among these species are wood ducks, Northern pintails, green-winged teal, ring-necked ducks, great blue herons, killdeers, American woodcocks, fish crows, tree swallows, and both red-winged blackbirds and common grackles.

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Carlisle: A fieldfare, an old world thrush species, was found on the Greenough Land property off Maple Street. This was only the second record of the bird in Massachusetts. The bird has been seen daily since then, both on the conservation land property and along Piggery Road that intersects Maple Street. The fieldfare is wide-ranging and patience may be required to locate it. It has been consorting with American robins and on several occasions has been seen eating barberries and bittersweet berries. A Northern shrike has also been observed in the area.

Nantucket: Remarkably, three Northern lapwings are now present where at least two lapwings successfully survived the winter. Also noted were four Eurasian wigeons.

Plum Island: At Parker River National Wildlife, a day-hunting long-eared owl, three short-eared owls, and 12 American pipits.

Concord: At Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, 28 wood ducks, a Northern shoveler, 37 ring-necked ducks, 18 hooded mergansers, a pied-billed grebe, a merlin, and four tree swallows.

Cape Cod: Near the fish pier on Scusset Beach, a drake king eider has been associating with a large flock of common eiders, and a very early yellow-crowned night-heron has been roosting in the shrubs adjacent to the fish pier parking lot.

West Bridgewater: In the flooded farm fields along Scotland Street, good numbers of ducks had been spotted, including mallards, American wigeon, Northern pintails, green-winged teal, and ring-necked ducks. A rough-legged hawk, several killdeer, a few tree swallows, and many blackbirds were also seen in the area.

Miscellaneous: a snow goose, 150 gadwall, and a Eurasian green-winged teal in a pond on Miller Street in Seekonk; the continued presence of a king eider in front of the Elks Club in Gloucester; five American oystercatchers at Snake Island off Winthrop; two pileated woodpeckers, a winter wren and a hermit thrush in Wayland; an Eastern phoebe in Devens; a Northern shrike in Uxbridge; the continued presence of a blue grosbeak in Merrimac; five pine siskins in Hanson; and 30 common redpolls at Duxbury Beach.

For more information about bird sightings or to report sightings, call 781-259-8805 or go to www.massaudubon.org.
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