Bird sightings

Recent sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society:

Migratory shorebirds continue to dominate at this time of year, with the variety of species reported increasing practically every day. Songbirds on the other hand are becoming very quiet at this season, although many juveniles are fledging from their nests right now.

Boston: On July 7, an adult brown booby landed on a New England Aquarium whale watching boat off the southern end of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The booby remained aboard the vessel until it returned to Boston Harbor and spent the night onboard. This remarkable traveler disappeared on Monday morning.

Plum Island: A report this week from Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and nearby Newburyport Harbor included 67 gadwalls, 10 green-winged teals, 23 great egrets, 45 snowy egrets, a tricolored heron, a sharp-shinned hawk, 211 willets, 133 lesser yellowlegs, 27 semipalmated sandpipers, 147 least sandpipers, six stilt sandpipers, 275 short-billed dowitchers, four roseate and one Arctic tern, six willow flycatchers, nine brown thrashers, and two seaside sparrows.


Duxbury: Shorebird species tallied at Duxbury Beach this week included black-bellied, semipalmated, and piping plovers, killdeer, spotted sandpiper, greater yellowlegs, willet, sanderling, semipalmated, and least sandpipers, and a short-billed dowitcher. A summering great cormorant was also seen at Duxbury Beach.

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Revere: A report from Revere Beach included 12 manx shearwaters, 14 piping plovers, and a red knot.

Miscellaneous: Reports included the continued presence of a king rail at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth, where a royal tern was also observed; a marbled godwit at Norton’s Point on Martha’s Vineyard; a Bonaparte’s gull at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord; and a ruddy duck at Lewis Lake in Winthrop.

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