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Bird sightings

Recent bird sightings as reported the Massachusetts Audubon Society:

A calliope hummingbird reported last week on Nantucket has not been seen since, but there was one sighted in Manchester, N.H., and two rufous hummingbirds have been reported on Cape Cod, so birders should be alert for vagrant hummingbirds. A report from northern saw-whet owl banding stations described a poor migration thus far this year, with a low number of hatch-year birds.

Chatham: A pelagic trip reported 1,000 common eider, 60 white-winged scoters, 75 long-tailed ducks, 15 red-breasted mergansers, one red-throated loon, 32 common loons, 125 great shearwaters, 200 sooty shearwaters, 300 manx shearwaters, 100 Northern gannets, one pomarine jaeger, five parasitic jaegers, one Sabine’s gull, six Bonaparte’s gulls, and 700 laughing gulls.

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Westport: A migrant watch at Gooseberry Neck was highlighted by a pair of short-eared owls. Other birds seen there included snow buntings, American pipits, ruby-crowned kinglets, numerous yellow-rumped warblers, plus field, chipping, song, swamp, white-crowned, white-throated, and savannah sparrows.

South Dartmouth: At Allens Pond, reports included two common ravens, 21 eastern meadowlarks, a yellow-bellied sapsucker, and a barred owl.

Nahant: Waterfowl seen offshore included 35 greater scaup, 160 surf scoter, 87 white-winged scoter, 14 black scoter, 36 bufflehead, four common loons, six horned grebes, and two red-necked grebes.

Falmouth: Seen were a yellow-bellied sapsucker, two eastern phoebes, a blue-headed vireo, an orange-crowned warbler, and five field sparrows.

Miscellaneous: Reported were an American avocet and a possible gyrfalcon on Plum Island; a cackling goose and greater white-fronted goose at Cambridge Reservoir in Lexington; three American white pelicans in Dedham; a western kingbird in Concord; and a Nelson’s sparrow in Winchester.

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