Bird sightings across the region
Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:
Among last week’s highlights were individual Wilson’s phalaropes at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation in Boston and on Shaws Cove Road in Fairhaven, a continuing curlew sandpiper on Monomoy Island on Cape Cod, several sightings of Mississippi kites in Plymouth, and a loggerhead shrike at Gay Head seen at the beginning of the week. Last week was great for the two uncommon Empidonax flycatchers in Massachusetts. Acadian flycatchers were reported in Fall River, Manomet, Newburyport, Scituate, and Westport, and yellow-bellied flycatchers were reported this week in Belmont, Boston, Concord, Hingham, Lexington, Newbury, Pepperell, Stoughton, and Westborough, among other towns.
Boston: Birders at the Public Garden observed several warblers including a yellow-throated warbler along with Canada warblers, Wilson’s warblers, bay-breasted warblers, Cape May warblers, and mourning warblers, as well as at least one yellow-bellied flycatcher. An Acadian flycatcher was seen in Franklin Park. A black-billed cuckoo, a yellow-bellied flycatcher, a Tennessee warbler, and two mourning warblers were seen at the McLaughlin Woods. At Belle Isle Marsh, there were eight black-bellied plovers, a Virginia rail, two willow flycatchers, a Swainson’s thrush, and some lingering warblers like chestnut-sided warblers and yellow-rumped warblers.
Plum Island: Highlights included a yellow-throated warbler and a strong showing of shorebirds and terns, including a whimbrel, 75 ruddy turnstones, four red knots, 200 dunlins (many in breeding plumage), five white-rumped sandpipers, 65 least terns, six roseate terns, and 106 common terns. Other interesting birds included a yellow-crowned night-heron, an Acadian flycatcher, a Philadelphia vireo, and two red crossbills.
Plymouth: At Manomet Center for Conservation Science, there was a king rail, a horned grebe, an olive-sided flycatcher, a gray-cheeked thrush, a mourning warbler, and a blackburnian warbler.
Belmont: At Mass Audubon’s Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, a yellow-bellied flycatcher, two mourning warblers, a bay-breasted warbler, and a summer tanager.
Miscellaneous: A tricolored heron was spotted on Winsegansett Ave in Bristol, and a least bittern on Causeway St. in Medfield. A Louisiana waterthrush was seen at Willard Brook State Forest in Ashby, and a hooded warbler at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.
For more information about bird sightings or to report bird sightings, call Mass. Audubon at 781-259-8805 or go to www.mass audubon.org.