Bird sightings in Massachusetts

Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:

The shorebird highlight of the week was an adult little stint found at the southern end of Morris Island in Chatham on Thursday; the bird was still present on Friday.

Plum Island: Reports from Parker River Wildlife Refuge last week featured a continuing brown pelican, two least bitterns, three yellow-crowned night herons, 16 glossy ibises, and many shorebirds in the Bill Forward Pool, including a red knot, 14 white-rumped sandpipers, a Baird’s sandpiper, and four stilt sandpipers.


East Boston:At Belle Isle Marsh, sightings included a an American wigeon, two peregrine falcons, 11 lesser yellowlegs, 200 semipalmated sandpipers, a white-rumped sandpiper, a pectoral sandpiper, two stilt sandpipers, and seven short-billed dowitchers.

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West Roxbury: Found at Millennium Park were a great egret, four black-crowned night herons, a bald eagle, a sora, and an olive-sided flycatcher.

Concord: Sightings at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge included a least bittern, a great egret, two Virginia rails, and six blue-gray gnatcatchers.

Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary: A seabird survey on Friday produced 35 Cory’s shearwaters, 81 great shearwaters, 325 Wilson’s storm petrels, four Leach’s storm petrels, 110 northern gannets, a parasitic jaeger, and two unidentified jaegers.

Miscellaneous: Reports included a northern shoveler at Crane Beach in Ipswich; a red-throated loon in Wareham; two yellow-crowned night herons and four black skimmers on Martha’s Vineyard; 12 yellow-crowned night herons at the Ipswich town wharf; the continued presence of two white ibises at Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary; an American coot on Nantucket; 127 white-rumped sandpipers in Essex Bay; a black tern at Point of Pines in Revere; merlins in Gloucester and on Nantucket; northern waterthrushes in Nahant; and orchard orioles in Wayland and Concord.

For more information about bird sightings or to report sightings, call the Massachusetts Audubon Society at 781-259-8805 or go