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    Bird sightings in Massachusetts

    Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:

    A wave of spring migrants poured in last week, bringing glossy ibis, black-crowned night-herons, Virginia rails, spotted sandpipers, blue-headed vireos, and Savannah and swamp sparrows.

    Some bare-ground birds often seen on beaches in the winter, such as snowy owls and horned larks, are reported to be leaving. A notable rarity last week was a white-faced ibis that was seen near Wolf Hollow in Ipswich.

    Newburyport: At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge were four horned grebes, one snowy owl, 50 purple sandpipers, 44 migrating northern harriers, and 41 migrating American kestrels.


    New arrivals included one rusty blackbird, two snowy egrets, and 18 northern shovelers.

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    Concord: At Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge there were three ospreys, one pied-billed grebe, one Virginia rail, 50 tree swallows, one marsh wren, and 18 palm warblers.

    Woburn: At Horn Pond there was one American kestrel, one blue-gray gnatcatcher, 14 ruby-crowned and one golden-crowned kinglets.

    Miscellaneous: Reports included a greater white-fronted goose at Cherry Hill Reservoir in Newbury, and an early upland sandpiper at Millennium Park in West Roxbury.

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