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    Bird sightings

    Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:

    Plum Island: Reports from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge this week included 20 Northern pintails, at least five snowy owls, a short-eared owl, and a Northern shrike.

    Newburyport: Several bald eagles, a merlin, and a rusty blackbird were observed.

    Salisbury: At the Salisbury Beach State Reservation, there were two bald eagles, 40 purple sandpipers, a merlin, a peregrine falcon, two Lapland longspurs, and 35 snow buntings.


    Gloucester: Noted in the vicinity of east Gloucester and Gloucester Harbor were a Northern goshawk, 80 purple sandpipers, 18 Iceland gulls, two glaucous gulls, a snowy owl, and a peregrine falcon. Elsewhere , a pair of Barrow’s goldeneyes was observed near Lanes Cove, and several red-necked grebes and a black guillemot were seen at Bass Rocks.

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    Jeffreys Ledge: A boat trip last weekend was highlighted by good numbers of Northern gannets and black-legged kittiwakes, more than 20 dovekies, and several common murres.

    Middleborough: At the Cumberland Farms fields there were three snow geese; a mixed flock of approximately 1,000 mallards, American black ducks, and Northern pintails; a rough-legged hawk; two short-eared owls; and a large mixed flock of red-winged blackbirds and brown-headed cowbirds, along with five Eastern meadowlarks and the continued presence of a female yellow-headed blackbird.

    Miscellaneous: Reports this week included two snowy owls and 150 snow buntings at Duxbury Beach; the continued presence of a red-headed woodpecker in Ipswich; and a white-crowned sparrow at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord.

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