Bird sightings

 Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:

Several days of mild weather this week seemed to have ushered in a few early spring migrants including several red-shouldered hawks, an Eastern phoebe, and a handful of red-winged blackbirds, and common grackles.

Plum Island: Reported from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge were a snowy owl and two short-eared owls. At the Salisbury Beach State Reservation, three bald eagles, two snowy owls, and a merlin were observed.


Amesbury: Another five bald eagles were noted at Deer Island.

Gloucester: Sightings included a Barrow’s goldeneye at Plum Cove, a king eider off Bass Rocks, and 11 Iceland and three glaucous gulls in Gloucester Harbor.

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Waltham and Watertown: Noted along the Charles River were 48 ring-necked ducks, four lesser scaup, a great cormorant, a bald eagle, and a red-shouldered hawk.

Middleborough: At the Cumberland Farms fields there were a rough-legged hawk, two or three short-eared owls, an Eastern meadowlark, and the continued presence of a female yellow-headed blackbird among a large mixed flock of red-winged blackbirds and brown-headed cowbirds.

Miscellaneous: Reports this week included individual bald eagles in Lawrence, Marshfield, and Plymouth; a red-shouldered hawk in Hanson and another red-shouldered hawk and a black vulture in Westport; the continued presence of a red-headed woodpecker on Argilla Road in Ipswich; two yellow-bellied sapsuckers and 35 common grackles at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain; and an Eastern phoebe at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord.

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