Bird sightings

Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:

The highlights of last week were a brown pelican at Castle Island in Boston Harbor, a black-throated gray warbler at Nantucket, a good scattering of reports of Connecticut warblers and clay-colored sparrows, and many reports of Lincoln’s sparrows. Also waterfowl migration, especially sea duck migration, continues to escalate with every day there is north or northeast winds.

Plum Island: Highlights at Parker River Refuge last week featured a Eurasian wigeon, 135 green-winged teal, 21 Cory’s shearwaters, 20 black-crowned night-herons, an American holden-plover, a stilt sandpiper, 50 greater yellowlegs, a red-bellied woodpecker, two yellow-bellied sapsuckers, four peregrine falcons, and a good variety of warblers including Connecticut, American redstart, northern parula, magnolia, yellow, chestnut-sided, black-throated blue, palm, yellow-rumped, black-throated green, and Wilson’s. Sparrows found on the island included clay-colored, field, Nelson’s, seaside, and white-crowned as well as a dickcissel and two Baltimore orioles.

Bolton: Sightings from the Bolton Flats Wildlife Management Area were highlighted by two greater scaup, an American bittern, three pileated woodpeckers, 21 eastern phoebes, 31 ruby-crowned kinglets, a variety of warblers including Tennessee, orange-crowned, Nashville, Connecticut, Cape May, northern parula, 450 yellow-rumped, and Wilson’s. Also observed were two vesper, three Lincoln’s, and 135 swamp sparrows, a blue grosbeak, a dickcissel, and seven rusty blackbirds.


Essex County: A report from Nahant featured a clay-colored sparrow, a lark sparrow, and two dickcissels.

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Boston: In the Fenway area there was an orange-crowned warbler, a northern waterthrush, a Lincoln’s sparrow, and a rose-breasted grosbeak.

Cambridge: At Danehy Park came reports of orange-crowned warbler, clay-colored sparrow, and blue grosbeak.

Miscellaneous: Reports included single black terns in Marion and Revere, where there was also a black skimmer; white-eyed vireos at Marblehead Neck Sanctuary and Millennium Park in West Roxbury; two blue-gray gnatcatchers and a golden-winged warbler at Manomet; clay-colored sparrows in Lexington, Dorchester, Westboro, Newton, Great Meadows Refuge in Concord, and Gooseberry Neck in Westport; and a grasshopper sparrow at the Wachusett Reservoir.

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