Bird sightings

An Eastern phoebe
Greg W. Lasley
An Eastern phoebe

Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts ­Audubon Society:

Among the early spring migrants reported in increasing numbers this week were many wood ducks, pied-billed grebes, Great blue herons, ospreys, piping plovers, American oystercatchers, American woodcocks, Eastern phoebes, tree swallows, and fox sparrows.

Carlisle: The fieldfare present for over a week has not been observed since March 23.

West Newbury: There was a report of two cackling geese, a pied-billed grebe, two bald eagles, and an Eastern phoebe.


Newburyport: A greater white-fronted goose was seen in the fields across from the airport.

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Nantucket: There were three Eurasian wigeons, a male tufted duck with a large flock of scaup on Hummock Pond, two Barrow’s goldeneyes, the continued presence of three Northern lapwings at Bartlett’s Farm, and several piping plovers and American oystercatchers in the vicinity of Smith Point.

Concord: A report from the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge included 24 wood ducks, a Northern shoveler, 12 hooded mergansers, a pied-billed grebe, an osprey, an American coot, 36 tree swallows, and 27 common redpolls.

Harvard: Noted at the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge were 25 wood ducks, two American woodcocks, two brown creepers, and 20 rusty blackbirds.

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


Miscellaneous: Reports this week included a greater white-fronted goose on Shaw Road in Fairhaven; a Pacific loon at the Jodrey State Fish Pier in Gloucester; two great egrets in Ipswich; a glossy ibis in Concord; a Northern shrike at Plum Island; single common ravens in Hanover and East Middleboro, and a lesser black-backed gull in Salisbury

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