Bird sightings

Recent sightings as reported by the Massachusetts Audubon Society:

Scoters and other sea ducks have been moving in good numbers last week, including the appearance of small numbers on several large interior lakes. Late migrating songbirds are also beginning to appear in increasing numbers such as blue-headed vireos, winter wrens, hermit thrushes, yellow-rumped warblers, and a variety of sparrow species, most notably white-throated sparrows and dark-eyed juncos.

Nantucket: At last weekend’s birding festival, a calliope hummingbird was found in the Nantucket Community Garden, but it has not been seen again since Tuesday. Other festival highlights included a harlequin duck, a rough-legged hawk, two white-eyed vireos, 14 blue-headed vireos, a yellow-breasted chat, 14 clay-colored sparrows, and two vesper sparrows.

Plum Island: Reports from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge included a Eurasian wigeon, six northern shovelers, 30 northern pintails, a rough-legged hawk, six black skimmers, a white-eyed vireo, and two common ravens.


Lynn: At Breeds Pond there was a late spotted sandpiper, 43 greater, and one lesser yellowlegs, and a hudsonian godwit .

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Worcester County: Reported from the Wachusett Reservoir were two gadwalls, 32 greater scaup, 27 black, one white-winged, and six surf scoters, a long-tailed duck, 23 common loons, six horned grebes, one red-necked grebe, a bald eagle, and a pectoral sandpiper.

Concord: At Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge a cackling goose was observed in flight with a flock of Canada geese, as well as seven northern pintails, a ruddy duck, two pied-billed grebes, a pileated woodpecker, a clay-colored sparrow, and a bobolink.

Cambridge: Sightings at Danehy Park featured an orange-crowned warbler, a Nashville warbler, two white-crowned sparrows, a blue grosbeak, and a dickcissel. At Mount Auburn Cemetery there was a yellow-bellied sapsucker, a late red-eyed vireo, four hermit thrushes, a common yellowthroat, three blackpoll warblers, 38 white-throated sparrows, and 22 dark-eyed juncos.

Mattapan: A report from the Boston Nature Center included 16 wild turkeys, an eastern phoebe, 36 fish crows, a common yellowthroat, two palm warblers, a late prairie warbler, and a clay-colored sparrow.


Miscellaneous: Reports last week included a greater white-fronted goose in the fields near the rotary on Route 2 in Concord; a rough-legged hawk in Acton; a red-headed woodpecker and a Le Conte’s sparrow at Gooseberry Neck in Westport; seven lapland longspurs and an Ipswich savannah sparrow at Duxbury Beach; and a female painted bunting in the Belle Isle Cemetery in Winthrop.

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