Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:
Last week’s highlight was a brown pelican at Eel Point on Nantucket, which also hosted a yellow-crowned night-heron. A continuing snowy owl was also spotted at various locations on the island, a rarity this late in the summer.
► Plum Island: At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, there was an American avocet in the marsh across from parking lot 1. Also spotted on the island were six common loons, two American golden-plovers, two roseate terns, and a seaside sparrow.
► Plymouth: Two chuck-will’s-widows were spotted. A larger relative of the whip-poor-will, the chuck-will’s-widow is a summer visitor to a small number of sites in Plymouth County and on Cape Cod.
► Miscellaneous: Sightings included two northern goshawks at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury and two acadian flycatchers on Blossom Road in Fall River.
For more information about bird sightings or to report sightings, call the Massachusetts Audubon Society at 781-259-8805 or go to www.mass-audubon.org.