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Bird sightings

Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:

The most notable sightings from last week were a Northern lapwing at Nasketucket Bay State Reservation in Mattapoisett and a mew gull at Broad Cove in Somerset. Other rarities included a Townsend’s solitaire at Halibut Point in Rockport and the lingering Pacific-slope flycatcher that continues to delight birders in Hadley. Late migrant tree swallows were spotted throughout the state at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Cockeast Pond, and Richmond Pond in Westport, Butler’s Cove Road in Edgartown, and on Cuttyhunk.

This is peak season for rare species of goose in Massachusetts; careful checking of flocks of Canada geese has yielded a pink-footed goose in Agawam and a barnacle goose at the Wollaston Golf Course in Quincy. Greater white-fronted geese have appeared at several locations throughout the state, with individuals at Nine Acre Corner in Concord, the Vaughn Hill Road fields in Rochester, and the UMass campus pond in Amherst.

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Greater Boston: Birders reported a Franklin’s gull at Presidents Golf Course in Milton, and a Tennessee warbler and a yellow-breasted chat at Lost Pond in Brookline. Another yellow-breasted chat was spotted along with a late gray catbird at the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston.

North Shore: In Gloucester, there was a lark sparrow at the Brace Cove Dike and two common murres at Halibut Point. Observers spotted a snowy owl and a house wren at Crane Beach in Essex. On Plum Island, there were six purple sandpipers, a razorbill, a lesser black-backed gull, an American bittern, a merlin, and a Northern shrike.

South Shore: Reports included a Eurasian wigeon and a chipping sparrow, which was flocking with dark-eyed juncos, at Broad Cove in Somerset. There was a prairie warbler at the Cohasset Golf Course in Cohasset. Observers spotted a Cory’s shearwater at Apponagansett Bay in Dartmouth, a marsh wren at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth, and a grasshopper sparrow at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield.


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.