MASSBIRD
Received From Subject
6/30/15 6:05 pm Peter Flood <pomarine...> [MASSBIRD] Brown Booby - Provincetown - June 30, 2015
6/30/15 5:18 pm Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] Black-billed Cuckoo / PRNWR
6/30/15 1:33 pm Kyle Templeton <rktemp28...> [MASSBIRD] Red Phalarope and Whimbrel
6/30/15 12:01 pm Richard Heil <rsheil...> [MASSBIRD] Andrew's Pt., Rockport Seawatch; Sun., 28 June 2015.
6/29/15 9:13 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Red Phalarope - yes dusk 6/29
6/28/15 6:17 pm Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] OFFER: North American Birds 1997 to 2004
6/28/15 1:31 pm David Scott <davidscott6...> [MASSBIRD] Plymouth skimmers 6/27
6/28/15 7:21 am Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Westover Airbase and Skinner State Park BBC trip 6/27
6/28/15 7:19 am Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [MASSBIRD] Manx Shearwaters-Revere
6/27/15 4:27 pm George W. Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Manomet Point, Jun 26, 2015
6/27/15 4:27 pm George W. Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Manomet Point, Jun 26, 2015
6/27/15 4:27 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 6/26 Worm-eating Warbler at Fowl Meadow; 6/27 Squantum Glossy Ibis Continues
6/27/15 3:35 pm Miles Brengle <brenglema...> [MASSBIRD] Ride to Hyannis for BBC July 18 Pelagic
6/26/15 6:29 pm Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...> [MASSBIRD] essex bay oyster catcher
6/26/15 4:47 pm Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] SSBC trip for Sunday 6/28 cancelled
6/26/15 2:03 pm Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [MASSBIRD] Royal Tern, Sandy Point State Reservation
6/25/15 8:07 pm Dan Prima <raptormafia...> [MASSBIRD] Link to Oystercatcher photos
6/25/15 12:33 pm Dan Prima <raptormafia...> [MASSBIRD] Sandy Point American Oystercatcher
6/25/15 11:33 am Miles Brengle <brenglema...> [MASSBIRD] Crooked Pond, Boxford - 6/25
6/25/15 8:19 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Dedicated Hydrographer Canyon Pelagic trip July 18
6/25/15 8:11 am Steven van der Veen <srvacons...> [MASSBIRD] Tidmarsh Farms, Plymouth - Birders Introduction Saturday Morning 6:30
6/25/15 6:43 am Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...> [MASSBIRD] Robo-Robin
6/24/15 12:52 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 06-24-15
6/24/15 7:22 am Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...> [MASSBIRD] Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Ipswich- 6/24/15
6/24/15 7:21 am Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...> [MASSBIRD] YCNH , Ipswich
6/24/15 6:39 am Miles Brengle <brenglema...> [MASSBIRD] Maplecroft Farm Trail, Ipswich - 6/24
6/23/15 6:23 pm Miles Brengle <brenglema...> [MASSBIRD] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - Ipswich - 6/23
6/23/15 6:04 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River below the dam (tidewater), Jun 23, 2015
6/23/15 9:28 am <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island Bobolinks
6/23/15 6:33 am sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] Interesting Plover account
6/22/15 3:17 pm <RonC8...> [MASSBIRD] Additional Commentary on Defunding Enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
6/22/15 4:49 am Henry D Mauer <henryd.mauer...> [MASSBIRD] Little Egret in Maine, photos next to Snowy Egret
6/22/15 4:41 am Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...> [MASSBIRD] Bobolink and RW Blackbird photos
6/21/15 8:29 pm Gary Freedman <gmf7162...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Bobolinks and Red winged blackbirds
6/21/15 8:14 pm David Scott <davidscott6...> [MASSBIRD] Ceruleans and other observations
6/21/15 7:55 pm Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...> [MASSBIRD] Bobolinks and Red winged blackbirds
6/21/15 6:45 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Bobolinks
6/21/15 10:44 am Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Audubon Writings on The Black-capped Chickadee?
6/20/15 2:31 pm Miles Brengle <brenglema...> [MASSBIRD] Young Owls
6/20/15 2:20 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Newbury: Newman Rd. and Hanover St. bridge, Jun 20, 2015
6/20/15 10:33 am Ryan Schain <ryan.schain...> [MASSBIRD] Royal Terns, Chatham
6/20/15 9:17 am Kathleen <kab2769...> [MASSBIRD] Rehoboth yard happenings week ending 6/20
6/20/15 8:14 am Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] reporting sightings of banded shorebirds
6/20/15 5:12 am <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] RFI Banded wader
6/19/15 2:32 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 6/17 Lincoln Highlights
6/19/15 2:51 am Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Messages to Massbird
6/18/15 10:09 pm Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Pine Hill Road Question
6/18/15 7:03 pm Joan Chasan <jec56...> [MASSBIRD] id question
6/18/15 5:23 pm Joan Chasan <jec56...> [MASSBIRD] help id?
6/18/15 12:27 pm Jane Hills <jhbird...> [MASSBIRD] Newburyport area today - Yellow-billed Cuckoo
6/18/15 11:19 am Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...> [MASSBIRD] Pine Hill Road Question
6/18/15 7:14 am Gary Freedman <gmf7162...> [MASSBIRD] Seeking Information for Koshi Tappu, Nepal
6/17/15 6:16 pm Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...> Fw: [MASSBIRD] follow-up on Peregrine chicks
6/17/15 7:18 am Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...> [MASSBIRD] Fw: Worcester
6/17/15 7:17 am Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...> Re: [MASSBIRD] follow-up on Peregrine chicks
6/17/15 4:38 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> Re: [MASSBIRD] follow-up on Peregrine chicks
6/17/15 4:09 am Marj. Rines <marj...> [MASSBIRD] follow-up on Peregrine chicks
6/16/15 5:54 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] The Gray Curtain.
6/16/15 5:49 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows Yellow-throated Vireo and Least Bittern
6/16/15 5:49 pm Walt Webb <wwebb24...> [MASSBIRD] Trip to Bocas Del Toro, Panama
6/16/15 5:16 pm Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...> [MASSBIRD] Worcester
6/16/15 4:49 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagles; adult and chick!
6/16/15 11:51 am <dave.williams6...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - Gull-billed tern, Stilt sandpiper, Wilson's phalarope
6/16/15 7:35 am Marj. Rines <marj...> Re: [MASSBIRD] transfer of Peregrine chicks from Boston to Worcester
6/16/15 6:03 am Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...> [MASSBIRD] transfer of Peregrine chicks from Boston to Worcester
6/15/15 4:40 pm lucy wightman <lucywightman...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Banded Pigeon Reading MA
6/15/15 3:37 pm Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] sad news
6/15/15 10:58 am Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...> [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club trip- NEK of Vermont
6/15/15 9:53 am Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> [MASSBIRD] Banded Pigeon Reading MA
6/15/15 9:41 am John Nelson <jnelson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Oystercatchers Revere Beach
6/15/15 6:11 am Jonathan Jones <brewbird...> Re: [MASSBIRD] 6/14/15: Bolton Flats Marshbirds - American Bittern Pumping Video!
6/15/15 4:27 am Joseph Bourget <joseph.bourget...> [MASSBIRD] BROWN BOOBY - Hatches Harbor 14JUN15
6/14/15 8:30 pm <dp32...> [MASSBIRD] Broadmoor Mass Audubon Sanctuary, Natick, this afternoon
6/14/15 8:02 pm Ron Crissman <ronc8...> [MASSBIRD] Yellow-breasted Chat in Sudbury
6/14/15 6:38 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Westover Grasslands Complex, Jun 14, 2015
6/14/15 5:27 pm Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] 6/14/15: Bolton Flats Marshbirds - American Bittern Pumping Video!
6/14/15 4:05 pm Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] GMNWR Concord Marshbird Survey 6/12-13/15
6/14/15 3:20 pm Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Brown Booby - Provincetown
6/14/15 2:53 pm sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] Oystercatchers Revere Beach
6/14/15 2:53 pm sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] Whippoorwill's calling
6/14/15 11:12 am Jonathan Center <jbcenter...> [MASSBIRD] Nesting Wood Thrushes & Turkeys in Chelmsford
6/14/15 9:40 am John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatch Family
6/14/15 8:57 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] White-throated Sparrow - Newbury
6/13/15 4:28 pm Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Family day in Salem
6/13/15 3:02 pm Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Family day in Salem
6/13/15 4:12 am geohawk_1 <geohawk_1...> [MASSBIRD] Quabbin leaf blowing
6/12/15 6:46 pm Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] Birding Magazine
6/12/15 6:00 pm John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Essex County highlights
6/12/15 2:19 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Leverets and Jamaica Ponds
6/12/15 12:57 pm Mark Faherty <mfaherty...> [MASSBIRD] Mississippi Kites, N. Truro yesterday
6/12/15 6:47 am <RonC8...> [MASSBIRD] Email Your Senator About Defunding the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
6/12/15 6:30 am George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Belchertown, Jun 10, 2015 Common Gallinule
6/12/15 5:37 am Ron Crissman <ronc8...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Status of bill to prevent funding for enforcement of Migratory Bird Treaty Act
6/12/15 5:05 am <dp32...> [MASSBIRD] What Birders Should Know – and do – about the Threat to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
6/11/15 8:06 pm Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] Possible Snowy X Little Egret and red legged Yellow legs.....
6/11/15 8:06 pm Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] bird killing act!
6/11/15 8:05 pm Dorie Stolley <dorie.stolley...> [MASSBIRD] Piping Plover Trips, Plymouth Long Beach
6/11/15 3:06 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 6/11 Milton Notables
6/11/15 9:52 am Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] 6/11 Duxbury Beach - Black Skimmers & Oystercatchers
6/11/15 9:18 am Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Birdathon results?
6/11/15 9:16 am Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Birdathon results
6/11/15 4:15 am Bill Lafley <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskins-New Salem
6/10/15 8:29 pm Migration Productions <semiplover...> [MASSBIRD] MAS Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary (video)
6/10/15 5:54 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Newman Road, Pikul's, Plum Island - 06-10-15
6/10/15 4:11 pm Mark Faherty <mfaherty...> [MASSBIRD] YC Night Herons, Outer Cape
6/10/15 10:57 am Spector, David (Biology) <spectord...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Singing female birds
6/10/15 10:18 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Singing female birds
6/10/15 7:29 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Oops
6/10/15 6:04 am David Davis <ddavis...> [MASSBIRD] Glossy Ibis, Saltmarsh Sparrows, Newbury
6/10/15 3:57 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Thaompson's Island, Boston
6/9/15 7:16 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 6/9 Fowl Meadow in Milton, Canton
6/9/15 5:47 pm Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens (Concord)
6/9/15 5:03 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Peregrines: 3 chicks banded today!
6/9/15 4:19 pm Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm trip to California
6/9/15 3:19 pm Will Sweet <wsweet321...> [MASSBIRD] Blue-winged X Golden-winged Warbler hybrid- Sharon, MA
6/9/15 9:48 am Alvin T. Laasanen <laasanen...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens
6/9/15 8:17 am William Graves <wsgraves...> [MASSBIRD] Marblehead kestrel
6/9/15 6:13 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] June 6 & 7 - October Mountain State Forest
6/9/15 3:49 am Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens
6/9/15 3:17 am Regina Harrison <badriyadances...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens
6/8/15 11:26 pm Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens
6/8/15 3:34 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 6/5 Concord Goodies
6/8/15 3:34 pm Carolyn Marsh <cmarsh...> [MASSBIRD] Webmaster wanted for birding journal
6/8/15 2:47 pm Marsha Salett <msalett...> [MASSBIRD] June 2015 Bird Observer now online
6/8/15 9:50 am Ron Crissman <ronc8...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good
6/8/15 9:35 am David Swain <davidswain79...> [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens (long)
6/8/15 7:03 am Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] Results from Source to Sea Ipswich River Birding festival
6/7/15 6:51 pm Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Martin Burns - 6/7 7:30 - 11 a.m
6/7/15 6:45 pm Judith Davis <motherjude3...> [MASSBIRD] white winged scoter in South Harwich
6/7/15 6:03 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren
6/7/15 5:40 pm Bob & Bonnie Buxton <bbxt...> [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskins in Merrimac
6/7/15 5:37 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Kestrel, Bald Eagle & Eaglets - Photos!
6/7/15 4:22 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Hill Reservation--Crooked Pond, Jun 7, 2015
6/7/15 4:21 pm Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] Duxbury Beach Shorebirds - ISS counts on 6/6 and 5/27
6/7/15 4:56 am Dee Stewart <haberlea...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens missed
6/7/15 4:35 am Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Bradley Palmer SP and IRWS, Jun 6, 2015
6/6/15 8:53 pm Carole Griffiths <Carole.Griffiths...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good
6/6/15 8:50 pm Carole Griffiths <Carole.Griffiths...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good
6/6/15 7:42 pm <dp32...> [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens missed
6/6/15 6:58 pm Eric <elabato...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good
6/6/15 5:09 pm Carole Griffiths <Carole.Griffiths...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good
6/6/15 3:15 pm Eric <elabato...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good
6/6/15 2:19 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Images
6/6/15 2:01 pm Ron Crissman <ronc8...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good
6/6/15 12:53 pm Ron Crissman <ronc8...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good
6/6/15 10:23 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] 06 June 2015 - Brewster's Warbler - Westboro WMA
6/6/15 8:29 am Bill Lafley <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Quabbin Ticks
6/5/15 7:53 pm Wendy Howes <curiousbooks...> [MASSBIRD] Nighthawk courtship Hubbardston
6/5/15 7:03 am <brianrfg...> [MASSBIRD] Foxboro Worm-eating Warbler, etc.
6/4/15 8:59 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Jun 4, 2015
6/4/15 1:55 pm Tracie Beasley <tbeasley...> [MASSBIRD] Volunteer Opp-Bobolink, Chick and Raptor Bird Monitors-Various MA Locations
6/4/15 12:10 pm Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Philadelphia Vireo - Fall River
6/4/15 12:10 pm Andy Wilson <andyslens...> [MASSBIRD] Allen's Pond, Westport, MA
6/4/15 9:28 am Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] WMB: Red-headed Woodpecker in Greenfield
6/4/15 2:45 am Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 06-03-15
6/3/15 7:50 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Jun 3, 2015
6/3/15 6:50 pm <efparker...> Re: [MASSBIRD] American Kestral
6/3/15 5:56 pm Peter Flood <pomarine...> [MASSBIRD] Seabird Photos
6/3/15 5:04 pm Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] 03 June 2015 - BBS Prescott Peninsula - Quabbin
6/3/15 11:55 am Birdwsg <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Acadian Flycatcher, Marblehead 6/3
6/3/15 11:13 am John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Bolton Flats Least Bittern, 7 Virginia Rails
6/3/15 8:56 am <brianrfg...> [MASSBIRD] owl abundance
6/3/15 5:08 am Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Fw: [NHBirds] Golden-winged warbler Dover
6/2/15 7:22 pm Richard Heil <rsheil...> [MASSBIRD] Andrew's Point, Rockport, MA Seawatch; 2 June 2015.
6/2/15 5:02 pm Earl Parker <efparker...> [MASSBIRD] American Kestral
6/2/15 4:53 pm Bob Parker <Bob.Parker...> [MASSBIRD] Thank you to our moderator
6/2/15 4:44 pm Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...> [MASSBIRD] Five Tern Species- Crane Beach, Ipswich.
6/2/15 1:15 pm Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River birding festival at Bradley Palmer this Saturday too!
6/2/15 8:28 am Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Re: moderator - cat thread (long reply)
6/2/15 6:45 am Childs, Jackson <jchilds...> RE: [MASSBIRD] moderator - cat thread
6/2/15 5:32 am Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] Reminder: Ipswich River Birding Festival this weekend
6/1/15 8:41 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Little Blue Heron - Ellisville, Jun 1, 2015
6/1/15 7:20 pm Rajesh Mohan <rmohan26...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Sy Montgomery says cats kill few birds
6/1/15 6:20 pm Charlie Patterson <chaspatt...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Sy Montgomery says cats kill few birds
6/1/15 6:04 pm Richard Heil <rsheil...> [MASSBIRD] Andrew's Point, Rockport Seawatch; Mon., 1 June 2015.
6/1/15 5:11 pm Margaret Rhodes <margaretrho...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Sy Montgomery says cats kill few birds
6/1/15 1:29 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Jun 1, 2015
6/1/15 12:18 pm Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Cliff Swallows - Citizen Science Survey - help needed
6/1/15 11:55 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] Noble Proctor Obituary
6/1/15 10:48 am Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] moderator - cat thread
6/1/15 9:53 am Peter Trull <petrull...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Sy Montgomery says cats kill few birds
6/1/15 9:29 am Susan Harden <harden.sue...> [MASSBIRD] feral cat predation
6/1/15 9:13 am Richard Danca <rdanca...> [MASSBIRD] Sy Montgomery says cats kill few birds
6/1/15 8:23 am James P. Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Gill area notables
6/1/15 7:07 am Patty O'Neill <pattyoneill...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Southfield
5/31/15 8:57 pm Paul Champlin <skua99...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Ticks and a newly discovered disease
5/31/15 7:23 pm Charlie Patterson <chaspatt...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Ticks and a newly discovered disease
5/31/15 2:54 pm Patty O'Neill <pattyoneill...> [MASSBIRD] Southfield
5/31/15 12:57 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Ticks and a newly discovered disease
5/31/15 10:55 am Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl -Revere Beach
5/31/15 10:21 am George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Ticks and a newly discovered disease
5/31/15 10:20 am Newburyowls <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl -Revere Beach
5/31/15 9:48 am Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Willowdale S. F. (east), Ipswich, May 31, 2015
5/31/15 6:19 am Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...> [MASSBIRD] Piping Plover Chicks on Sandy Point Photos
 
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Date: 6/30/15 6:05 pm
From: Peter Flood <pomarine...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brown Booby - Provincetown - June 30, 2015

Scott Landry from the Center of Coastal Studies sent me a remarkable photo of an apparent adult Brown Booby seen and photographed diving today (6/30) off Wood End Lighthouse in Provincetown. He was gracious enough to allow me to copy and post the image to my Flickr account so I could share.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9191812@N02/sets/72157654873455229

Enjoy,

Peter

Peter Flood
5 Hokum Rock Road
Dennis, MA
<pomarine...>

 

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Date: 6/30/15 5:18 pm
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-billed Cuckoo / PRNWR
Pines Trail platform, today (Tuesday) around 4:00pm


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Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951


email: <lynette.leka...>
 

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Date: 6/30/15 1:33 pm
From: Kyle Templeton <rktemp28...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Phalarope and Whimbrel
Both at new blind, PRNWR 4pm

Rob Templeton
<Rktemp28...>
TOWNSEND, Ma
 

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Date: 6/30/15 12:01 pm
From: Richard Heil <rsheil...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Andrew's Pt., Rockport Seawatch; Sun., 28 June 2015.
SUNDAY, 28 JUNE 2015:
ANDREW'S POINT, ROCKPORT Seawatch (0530-1300 hrs.)
Weather: Overcast, rain; ESE winds 20-30 mph early, becoming E, then ENE 30-40 mph, with gusts to 45 mph; 57F; Seas: 6-10 feet; Visibility variable from 5 miles down to 3/4 miles in rain and periodic fog.
Richard S. Heil

Common Eider (4)
Common Loon (4)
Cory's Shearwater (417) : 2nd highest count all time; early for such numbers; many seen at close range all appeared to be borealis; no sign of wing or coverts molt; cf. max. of 432 on 29 Aug. 2009.
Sooty Shearwater (89) : 3rd highest count; cf., 1710 on 29 Aug. 2009, and 162 on 28 June 2009.
Manx Shearwater (16) : at least three higher June counts, max. 29 on 9 Jun. 1999.
Wilson's Storm-Petrel (8)
LEACH'S STORM-PETREL (3) : at least one prior June record, of 7 on 6 Jun. 2000.
storm-petrel sp. (2) - distant brief views.
Northern Gannet (15) one adult, the rest sub-adults.
Double-crested Cormorant (18+)
BLACK GUILLEMOT (1) : partial breeding plumage, perhaps 1st-summer; a number of previous June records, max. 4 on 9 Jun. 1999.
Black-legged Kittiwake (1) : 1st-summer; many prior June records, max. 45 on 1 Jun. 2003.
Am. Herring Gull (24)
Great Black-backed Gull (19)
Common Tern (1 ad.)
Common/Arctic Tern (1ad.) - distant.

Richard S. Heil
S. Peabody, MA


 

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Date: 6/29/15 9:13 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Phalarope - yes dusk 6/29
The female Red Phalarope found earlier by Tom Whetmore was still present at the bill forward pool at PRNWR until dark. Amazing views of an amazing bird. There was also a Northern Mockingbird doing a perfect Whip-poor-will at the parking lot for the new blind!
Other highlights were:
3000 Tree swallows - seem early to have numbers this high. June high count?
19 Black-crowned Night-Herons
11 Whip-poor-wills on the way out.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24099006

Happy birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon


Sent from my iPod so please excuse any errors.



 

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Date: 6/28/15 6:17 pm
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] OFFER: North American Birds 1997 to 2004
In the process of trying to reduce the amount of stuff around my house I
found a series of North American Birds magazines from fall 1997 when it was
still called Field Notes through 2004. I am would like to pass these on to
someone who could make more use of them than I do. We live in Watertown
and I ask that you arrange to swing by my house to pick them up. Please
email if interested.

Good birding!

Cliff Cook
Watertown

 

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Date: 6/28/15 1:31 pm
From: David Scott <davidscott6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plymouth skimmers 6/27

Hiked along Plymouth Long Beach yesterday morning to look for the Black Skimmers. Found two of them in with the colony of Common Terns and Laughing Gulls at the tip of the beach. There was another one feeding with some terns and gulls in the shallows of the bay on the land side of the beach, visible from the first of the houses along the beach road. Also a Roseate Tern here. Apart from a dozen Piping Plovers and a couple of Willets, the only shorebirds on the beach were 3 Semi-palmated Sandpipers, and a Dunlin.

More Roseate Terns earlier in the day at Sippewissett Marsh south of West Falmouth.

David Scott
Newton
 

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Date: 6/28/15 7:21 am
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westover Airbase and Skinner State Park BBC trip 6/27
7 birders joined me on a tour of the grasslands at Westover Air Base on
6/27. The highlights were 10 Upland Sandpiper ( 8 adult and 2 juv).
The adults were flying, vocalizing, generally putting on quite a show.
The juvs knew their place and stayed in the grass. Also, we had 4
Grasshopper Sparrow, another nesting bird on this incredible grassland
and over 15 Eastern Meadowlarks.

Other birds seen were Tree, Barn and Bank Swallow; Chimney Swifts nearly
at eye level; Eastern Kingbird; Killdeer; Savannah and Chipping Sparrow;
pair of American Kestrel.

From there we headed to Skinner State Park in Hadley, where we dipped
on Cerulean Warbler but had life looks at Worm-Eating Warbler -
unobstructed looks about 15 feet away, one bird with a juicy green worm
in his beak. Will post photos on the BBC website shortly. We guessed
a nest was nearby but could not locate it. We did, though, walk right
by a Robin's next with at least 4, maybe 5 hungry little mouths.

A stop at Barstow's made for a perfect ending of a lovely day!

Linda

--
Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
tattler1(at)comcast(dot)net

"Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark" - Tagore

 

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Date: 6/28/15 7:19 am
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Manx Shearwaters-Revere
Revere Beach--pink apartments, Suffolk, Massachusetts, US
Jun 28, 2015 8:50 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Moderate fog, variable rain, and wind (25-30mph)
4 species

Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) 5 Probably more but 5 was the most
I could see at one time; Wheeling and shearing between targe breakers
pounding the shore

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 3
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 1

 

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Date: 6/27/15 4:27 pm
From: George W. Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Manomet Point, Jun 26, 2015
Went looking for BHGull - no luck and no Bonapartes there either.
Actually quite barren except for report below and some eider. George
Gove & Judy GordonMarlboro ----------Original Message----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Jun 27, 2015 6:41:50 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Manomet Point, Jun 26, 2015
To: <gwgove...>

Manomet Point, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
Jun 26, 2015 12:10 PM - 12:25 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Actually seen south of the Point on Stone House Rocks if
that is the name of those rocks close to shore.
7 species

Double-crested Cormorant 35
Great Cormorant 4 Actually 4 to 6 mostly young with white bellies,
maybe 1 adult, larger than DCCs
Laughing Gull 1
Great Black-backed Gull 6
Least Tern 6
Common Tern 12
Cliff Swallow 22 Many flying and feeding, difficult to count, probably
nesting in cliffs

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24066363

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 6/27/15 4:27 pm
From: George W. Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Manomet Point, Jun 26, 2015
Ooops, I initially called the swallows Cliff. To err is ... and I fixed
it below. George GoveMarlboro ----------Original Message----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Jun 27, 2015 6:41:50 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Manomet Point, Jun 26, 2015
To: <gwgove...>

Manomet Point, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
Jun 26, 2015 12:10 PM - 12:25 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Actually seen south of the Point on Stone House Rocks if
that is the name of those rocks close to shore.
7 species

Double-crested Cormorant 35
Great Cormorant 4 Actually 4 to 6 mostly young with white bellies,
maybe 1 adult, larger than DCCs
Laughing Gull 1
Great Black-backed Gull 6
Least Tern 6
Common Tern 12
Bank Swallow 22 Many flying and feeding, difficult to count, probably
nesting in cliffs

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24066363

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 6/27/15 4:27 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/26 Worm-eating Warbler at Fowl Meadow; 6/27 Squantum Glossy Ibis Continues
Hi,
I was very surprised to see a Worm-eating Warbler fly in to a tree at Fowl Meadow in Canton. It was very near tree sign #6101. You would walk two miles down the length of Fowl Meadow, on a dirt path oddly enough called the Burma Rd. Then, come out into the open, and you will see a very large, white Quonsett Hut. Immediately after the hut, take the left down a short, gravel path. At the end, take a right onto an abandoned asphalt road. (it's directly behind the Quonsett Hut) go to the end, and there are many diet piles. This road comes out to another abandoned asphalt road. Take a left to continue going further away from the Quonsett Hut. The bird flew in to a tree where the dirt piles end, and woods begin. (just a bit further is entrance #6101 into the "hinterlands" of Fowl Meadow, with paths with names such as Filed Path and Orchard Path, a great place to explore if one has the time.
FOWL MEADOW HIGHLIGHTS:
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 12
American Redstart 7
Blue-winged Warbler 1 apparently a nest in brushy median strip of the two abandoned roads
Worm-eating Warbler 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 8
SQUANTUM HIGHLIGHTS 6/27:
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 3
Glossy Ibis 1 salt pans section (near the Kennedy Center)
Osprey 4
American Oystercatcher 3 two on low tide spit that connects to Thompson's Island, one eating an oyster at edge of Dorchester St. (leading to Squaw Rock Park)

Laughing Gull 1 adult in small cove just before Squaw Rock Park (opposite Shoreham St.)
Least Tern 2
Common Tern 2
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 6/27/15 3:35 pm
From: Miles Brengle <brenglema...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ride to Hyannis for BBC July 18 Pelagic
Massbirders,

Is there anybody from the North Shore, specifically around the Ipswich area, who is going on the July 18 BBC Pelagic that would be able to give Nathan Dubrow and myself a ride to Hyannis (and back)? We'd be happy to pay for gas money both ways. I'd be very appreciative if anybody could help us out!

Miles Brengle
 

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Date: 6/26/15 6:29 pm
From: Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] essex bay oyster catcher
Probably the same oyster catcher seen at sandy point has been seen around
essex bay, particularly cross (dilly) island, for the last six weeks. That
individual was seen this evening roosting and flying with 15 black bellied
plovers and 3 dowitcher sp.
The breeding willets of cross island seem to be doing well so far this
year, we counted about 18 including six juveniles. Also on cross island we
saw 2 saltmarsh sparrows in the usual nest habitat, and a bobolink checking
out the real estate.
The incoming high tide was transporting many small jellyfish, possibly
lion's mane.

derek brown
essex ma

 

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Date: 6/26/15 4:47 pm
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] SSBC trip for Sunday 6/28 cancelled
Thanks to Christine Whitebread for sending this announcement along.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

* * *

From: South Shore BirdClub <southshorebirdclub...>
To: "<barb620...>" <barb620...>
Subject: SSBC trip for Sunday 6/28 cancelled

Due to expected heavy rains and strong winds we are cancelling the
"wee sit" on Sunday June 28th 2015
We will go ahead with the BYO Lunch and SSBC open board meeting at 1
pm, at Wolf Trap Hill Farm, 22 Winter Street, Middleboro, MA .
Weather allowing we will be outside, so bring your chairs and maybe
we still get to walk some of the trails. The "wee sit" will be
rescheduled!
Christine Whitebread

 

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Date: 6/26/15 2:03 pm
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Royal Tern, Sandy Point State Reservation
Sandy Point State Reservation, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jun 26, 2015 8:00 AM - 8:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.6 mile(s)
18 species (+1 other taxa)

A follow up to Steve's post. This AM at about 810 AM I had a Royal Tern at
Sandy Point . It was on the small sandbar at the end of the large inlet
with a few gulls. This would have been about one hour after high tide. It
stayed on the bar the whole time I was there.

Good looks at white forehead and a orange bill.

View the full list at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24059874

Karsten Hartel, Arlington

 

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Date: 6/25/15 8:07 pm
From: Dan Prima <raptormafia...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Link to Oystercatcher photos
I noticed on my earlier post the link to the pictures of the American Oystercatcher I had today at Sandy Point didn't seem to translate to the board very well.     Here's an amended link.   Sorry about that!  

https://www.flickr.com/photos/111992153@N02/


Dan

 

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Date: 6/25/15 12:33 pm
From: Dan Prima <raptormafia...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandy Point American Oystercatcher
Hi Massbirders!
Beautiful morning to be at the Parker River Refuge.   Lots of the usual suspects, with the highlight being the Northern Shovelers continuing from the New Blind.  Gave the refuge proper just a cursory look as I wanted to make sure I got to Sandy Point before the lots filled up in hopes of seeing more Piping Plover hatchlings and possibly the first Least Tern chicks of the season.   Walked down to the end of the point around 9 AM and had a nice look at a juvenile Bonaparte's Gull on an emerging sand bar on the side overlooking Crane's Beach.   I then crossed over to the inlet side in hopes of shorebirds where a patch of color caught my eye....and was thrilled to see an American Oystercatcher foraging in the recently exposed mud flats.    I watched the bird forage for about a half hour until he settled down to rest at the tip of the inlet.   When I checked the area again around 10:30, he was gone.  
Also happy to say the first Least Tern hatchlings are on the scene   Had some great looks at a newly hatched pair with mom and dad at the beginning of the 2nd roped off area on the point.   I hope they do well....in talking to a staff volunteer, I learned that there is a family of coyotes on the refuge and they've made forays into the nesting area in search of a meal.  The Piping Plovers are doing well.....had 14 adults and 6 young on the walk along the water's edge.  
Photos of the Oystercatcher and hatchlings:   Dan Prima
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Good birding!
Dan PrimaTewksbury <MAraptormafia...>
 

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Date: 6/25/15 11:33 am
From: Miles Brengle <brenglema...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crooked Pond, Boxford - 6/25
Massbird,

I birded Crooked Pond in Boxford today with Jim Berry and
Nate Dubrow. We found some great nesting evidence such as a hummingbird
nest, a pewee nest, and, best of all, two fuzzy Barred Owl chicks. Another
interesting find was a Blue-headed Vireo carrying nest material.

A complete checklist, with photos, can be found by clicking the link below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24048479

--
Miles Brengle
Ipswich, Mass.
<brenglema...>

 

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Date: 6/25/15 8:19 am
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dedicated Hydrographer Canyon Pelagic trip July 18
Folks:

There ae a few spots still open for this Brookline Bird Club organized
Dedicated Pelagic Trip.JULY 18, 2015: 2AM - 7PM from Hyannis, MA to
Hydrographer Canyon area for: 4 Shearwater species (including Scopoli's, 3
Storm-petrel species, Gannets, 3 Jaeger species, terns, gulls, sea ducks,
possible Black-capped Petrel, Bridled Tern, Skuas, many mammals and any
rarities with wonderful photo opportunities. We have Master birders
Jeremiah Trimble, Nicholas Bonomo, Peter Trull and Luke Seitz leading the
trip. Our boat, the Helen H, is a very comfortable, fast, 100 foot fishing
boat with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic Captain and crew who are very
skilled at getting the boat close to the birds for viewing, etc.. We use
gallons of chum to attract the birds.. There is a full galley with excellent
food at reasonable prices.

Cost: $195.00 BBC Members - $215.00 - non members. Parking is free.

To reserve a space, send a check for the full amount made out to the
'BROOKLINE BIRD CLUB AGENT' along with a
<http://massbird.org/BBC/BBCPelagicWaiver_Print.htm> signed waiver to: Ida
Giriunas, 83 Summer Ave., Reading, MA, 01867 and include either your email
or your postal
<http://content.brooklinebirdclub.org/2012/01/2012-pelagic-schedule.html>
address for confirmation, boarding instructions and further information.

For further information, a Waiver Form and to register, contact:

Ida Giriunas 781-929-8772, < <mailto:<ida8...> <ida8...>



Ida Giriunas

Reading,MA




 

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Date: 6/25/15 8:11 am
From: Steven van der Veen <srvacons...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tidmarsh Farms, Plymouth - Birders Introduction Saturday Morning 6:30
I had a chance to catch up with Mark Faherty and team for just a portion
of their nesting bird survey on Tidmarsh Farms. The diversity is
fascinating, reflecting the wide range of habitats there. Cuckoos common,
four species of swallow...Mark had 64 sp on his survey earlier this month.

I'll be hosting a spur-of-the-moment birders introduction to Tidmarsh Farms
Saturday morning at 6:30, walking 2-3 miles through Tidmarsh. We will start
at the closed red and white farmstand on Beaver Dam Road, 1/2 mile SW of
the Rte 3A traffic light (where the Manomet CVS is located.) Consider this
an open invitation to join us for birding.

Tidmarsh Farms, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US Jun 24, 2015 7:00 AM
- 8:00 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.25 mile(s)

39 species



Mallard 4

Mourning Dove 2

Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3 Probably more

Black-billed Cuckoo 1

Chimney Swift 4

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 1

American Kestrel 1

Eastern Phoebe 1

Great Crested Flycatcher 2

Warbling Vireo 2

Red-eyed Vireo 4

Blue Jay 1

American Crow 3

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3

Tree Swallow 10

Bank Swallow 4

Barn Swallow 2

Black-capped Chickadee 1

Tufted Titmouse 2

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2

American Robin 4

Gray Catbird 2

European Starling X

Cedar Waxwing 6

Ovenbird 1

Common Yellowthroat 4

Yellow Warbler 3

Prairie Warbler 2

Eastern Towhee 4

Song Sparrow 6

Northern Cardinal 3

Indigo Bunting 1

Red-winged Blackbird X

Common Grackle X

Orchard Oriole 4

American Goldfinch 4

House Sparrow X



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24044805



This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


--
Steve van der Veen
The Pinehills, Plymouth
781-934-9700
<srvacons...>

 

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Date: 6/25/15 6:43 am
From: Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Robo-Robin
Robo-Robin

A lone robin sings his plaintive sing-song from a 40-foot maple in my back
yard, rarely seen.

He began at the end of The Snows, and it’s first of summer now – easily
spanning the seasons.

He begins 2 hours before dawn and ends after dusk, 2-3 sets per hour, 5-10
minutes per set, sometimes relocating to the farther reaches of his
smallish (one-acre?) territory.

He’s seldom deterred by steady rain, heavy winds, the chatter of house
sparrows or the needling of jays.

His tireless series of slurred triplets sometimes takes a pleading tone,
but doesn’t slow or dim or waver much.

Will he continue through Autumn?

--
<frederickbouchard...>
78 farnham st
belmont 02478 ma
617-484-6692
www.fredbouchard.com

'One ought, every day, to hear a little song, read a good poem, sip a tasty
wine,
see a fine picture, and if possible, to speak a few reasonable words.'
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(1749-1836)

 

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Date: 6/24/15 12:52 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 06-24-15
David Larson and I led today's edition of Wednesday Morning Birding onto
Plum Island from Joppa Flats Education Center under a spectacularly blue
sky. Temps ranged from 70 to 80 degrees F. and winds were strong out of the
northwest, 10-20 mph. "A funny thing happened on the way to the forum" --
we found available parking at Sandy Point and at the new blind! No doubt
the last time that will happen for the rest of the summer -- well, at least
for Sandy Point. . . .

Our list:

Canada Goose (~ 100) - raft of geese on PI Sound.
Gadwall (5)
Mallard - many molting drakes, mostly at Bill Forward Pool.
Northern Shoveler (2) - BFP.
Green-winged Teal (4) - 2 drakes, 1 pr; BFP.
Wild Turkey (1) - BFP dike.
Double-crested Cormorant (3)
Great Egret (~ 6)
Snowy Egret (~ 6)
Glossy Ibis (~ 12) - singles & small groups.
Osprey (5) - 1, Sandy Point; 3, Pines Trail platform.
Semipalmated Plover (1) - SP.
Piping Plover (~ 15) - including a couple of fresh broods; SP.
Killdeer (6)
Willet - common.
Lesser Yellowlegs (~ 8) - BFP.
Semipalmated Sandpiper (3) - BFP.
Least Sandpiper (1) - BFP.
Dunlin (2) - 1 in alternate plumage; BFP.
Laughing Gull (4) - SP.
Ring-billed Gull (1) - SP.
Herring Gull (~ 9) - SP.
Great Black-backed Gull (5) - SP.
Least Tern - many, including newly hatched, SP; several at pannes.
Mourning Dove (~ 15)
Eastern Kingbird (3)
American Crow (2) - BFP.
Purple Martin (3) - lot #1.
Tree Swallow (~ 6)
Marsh Wren (3) - heard, North Pool.
American Robin (~ 6)
Gray Catbird - many heard
Northern Mockingbird (2)
Brown Thrasher (1) - roadside, marsh s. pines.
European Starling - common.
Cedar Waxwing - common.
Common Yellowthroat (~ 5) - heard.
Yellow Warbler (~ 10) - mostly heard.
Eastern Towhee (4) - heard.
Saltmarsh Sparrow (2) - n. pannes.
Song Sparrow (~6)
Bobolink (~ 10)
Red-winged Blackbird - common.
[EASTERN MEADOWLARK (1) - male seen & heard singing in field across from e.
end of PI Airfield.]
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird (2)
Orchard Oriole (1) - BFP dike.
Baltimore Oriole (2) - Hellcat.
American Goldfinch (2) - SP.

Today's Wednesday Morning Birding program marked the last one before the
July hiatus. We'll pick it up again on 5 August, same time, same station --
0930 at Joppa Flats Education Center. If you have any questions about other
programs at Joppa, call Melissa Vokey or David Larson at (978) 462-9998.

Dave Weaver
Manchester, MA 01944
<cygnus-dkw...>

 

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Date: 6/24/15 7:22 am
From: Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Ipswich- 6/24/15
I just relocated the YCNH in the same Cove area of the Ipswich river as it was seen yesterday. This bird can be viewed from sawmill point off County Street. If you are at sawmill point, look right and you see a dock, then look just left of the dock and see a tree with a bare branch going to the left. It is sitting on the bare branch. Good luck!

Nathan Dubrow
Ipswich, MA
<nathandubrow...>

 

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Date: 6/24/15 7:21 am
From: Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] YCNH , Ipswich
I just had a yellow crowned night heron fly down river, so I'm not sure where it is located now. My best bet would be to go towards the town wharf and in that area. It will most likely return to the cove, but I'm just not sure where it is now.

Nathan Dubrow
Ipswich, MA
<nathandubrow...>

 

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Date: 6/24/15 6:39 am
From: Miles Brengle <brenglema...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Maplecroft Farm Trail, Ipswich - 6/24
Massbird,

I walked the Maplecroft Farm Trail from the Argilla Road entrance to look
for Eastern Meadowlarks. Although I didn't see one, I heard one singing
repeatedly. It seemed to be right near me but I couldn't find it! The other
highlight was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo that made an appearance early on in my
walk.

A complete checklist, with more details, can be found at the link below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24035637

--
Miles Brengle
Ipswich, Mass.
<brenglema...>

 

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Date: 6/23/15 6:23 pm
From: Miles Brengle <brenglema...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - Ipswich - 6/23
Massbird,

As a follow up on Jim Berry's recent post, here are some pictures of the
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron seen along the Ipswich River, viewed from the
Ipswich River Walk trail off of Green Street. The bird was roosting in
trees along the trail on the opposite side of the river, so careful
searching is required.

My photo:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/acb101860/19072619806/in/dateposted-public/

Nate Dubrow's Photo:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/117813653@N05/19071094306/

--
Miles Brengle
Ipswich, Mass.
<brenglema...>

 

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Date: 6/23/15 6:04 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River below the dam (tidewater), Jun 23, 2015
> Ipswich River below the dam (tidewater), Ipswich
> Jun 23, 2015 2:30 PM - 2:50 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: I went to the Ipswich River downtown to check out a report
> of a yellow-crowned night heron, which has been seen in two places (the
> other above the dam) for the last several days.
> 1 species
>
> Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1 Adult, with yellowish-white crown and
> cheek stripes and without the black back of a BCNH. I looked for a mate
> without success. If we find one, it is almost a given that they are
> nesting nearby. Nathan Dubrow (who lives overlooking the river there) and
> Miles Brengle are on the case. The site is in what i call the "basin,"
> where the river widens and turns left at a 90-degree angle just below the
> small waterfall at County St. Miles said he is going to post some photos.
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24031760


Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
<jim.berry3...>

 

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Date: 6/23/15 9:28 am
From: <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island Bobolinks
Massbirders:
          There appears to be a healthy and expanding population of Bobolinks on Plum Island.  I have been observing these birds on Plum island for thirty years and it is clear their numbers have significantly increased. Interesting enough they have expanded their apparent nesting out into the salt marshes which seems peculiar indeed. All of the grassy areas have several active Bobolinks.
 
Doug Chickering
Groveland
<dovekie...>
 
 

 

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Date: 6/23/15 6:33 am
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Interesting Plover account
So one of the nesting Piping Plover pairs at Winthrop beach, a pair that
has actually been around for a number of years, has re-nested this year
with a chick still alive. Due to weather the pair lost the other 3 chicks,
but chick number 4 was / is alive and well. At about the week and 1/2 mark
the chick starts ranging further, and sort of following another family
around ( 4 chicks in this one). The initial pair at this point was still
keeping track of the chick. After 2 weeks we start seeing the original
pair scraping, and copulating again. By week three, they have re-nested and
have completely abandoned their chick, no longer acknowledging it. The
chick by the way is doing just fine in its semi-adopted home.

Lots of other seemingly strange things happening this season...I will
elaborate once the season concludes.

-Sean Riley
Plum Island
<Newburyowls...>

--
10thstreetbirding.blogspot.com

 

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Date: 6/22/15 3:17 pm
From: <RonC8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Additional Commentary on Defunding Enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Below is a link to an article discussing in depth the issues around the
current attempt to defund enforcement of the MBTA. It gives the point of
view of the power and wind energy companies (whose complaints appear to be
behind the current legislative push), and the reason why the US Fish and
Wildlife Service chose to have the U.S. Dept. of Justice prosecute only a few of
these companies.

http://www.onearth.org/earthwire/migratory-bird-treaty-act-gop-attack

Ron Crissman
<RonC8...>
Framingham, MA
 

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Date: 6/22/15 4:49 am
From: Henry D Mauer <henryd.mauer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Little Egret in Maine, photos next to Snowy Egret
Deb, Sonia Slik and I drove up to Maine Sunday afternoon in search of the
Little Egret. We struck out at Tidewater Farm, Providence Ave and Kelly
Road in Falmouth, ME. We finally went to the radio tower off of
Presumpscot St in Portland, ME. We found the Little Egret right away, all
the way across the water. We observed the bird from 4:02 to 4:20 pm.
(Basically high tide)

We watched it for awhile and then I set up my camera. The bird disappeared
behind the grasses. I was just standing, waiting for it to reappear, when
I saw two egrets, one chasing the other. Fortunately I was holding the
cable release in my hand. I fired quickly, without looking through the
viewfinder or trying to refocus. It turned out to be a Snowy Egret chasing
the Little Egret. Despite the distance, some good comparisons of the two
birds are possible. Pics at my usual link:

http://henrymauer.phanfare.com

Click on the Little Egret thumbnail, click on "Start Slideshow" and then
click on "Full Screen". The comparisons are easier to see on a full
screen. You can also slow down the time for each pic by using the proper
slider.

Henry Mauer
Salisbury, MA
<henryd.mauer...>

 

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Date: 6/22/15 4:41 am
From: Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bobolink and RW Blackbird photos
Sorry about the failed link from my post of yesterday. Hopefully, for those
interested, this link will work, and my many hours sacrificing my mucous
membranes to timothy pollen will not have been in vain! Photos taken among
unmown hayfields in southern Vermont and New Hampshire.

Jeremy Coleman
Greenfield, VT

 

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Date: 6/21/15 8:29 pm
From: Gary Freedman <gmf7162...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Bobolinks and Red winged blackbirds
Lots of Bobolinks at Great Salt Bay Farm (Damariscotta, ME) last week. Have been going there for several years and have seen steady increase in Bobolinks each year, same time each year. Not sure what Ebird would say about that but I am a photographer and find it easier each year to “shoot” them due to their abundance.



Good birding!



Gary Freedman

Stow, MA

<gmf7162...>



From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of Jeremy Coleman
Sent: Sunday, June 21, 2015 10:28 PM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bobolinks and Red winged blackbirds



Spent some time, sneezing and taking photographs, in the timothy-laden hayfields of southern Vermont and Franklin County, Mass. Photos here, for those who are interested.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/organize/?start_tab=new_set

Jeremy Coleman


​Greenfield, MA​





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Date: 6/21/15 8:14 pm
From: David Scott <davidscott6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ceruleans and other observations

My family were out of town this weekend, so I had the rare opportunity to devote a couple of days exclusively to birding.

In 12 years of living in Massachusetts, I've rarely done any birding west of Concord, and apart from a couple of unsuccessful trips to Skinner State Park in Holyoke to look for Cerulean Warblers, haven't been west of Quabbin during the breeding season.

By comparison, I've been to Plum Island 63 times. It was time to head west.

eBird provided some suggestions for places that might be of interest. Thanks to everyone who enters their sightings there; it's an incredible resource.

Started Saturday at the Westover Air Force Base, a little before 6am. From the gate at the end of Randall Road, I had 3 Upland Sandpipers out on the road, several Grasshopper Sparrows and an Eastern Meadowlark.

Stoney Brook Wetlands was where the revelation hit me that many of the birds that I chase every year during migration at Mt Auburn and elsewhere are actually here all summer long, and could be enjoyed at leisure. I see one or two Veeries most years, but that's not the same as listening to them on their breeding grounds.

I've only seen Yellow-throated Vireos twice before, but saw them at Lake Wallace in Belchertown, and then again at Skinner State Park in Holyoke.

I'd been out to Skinner State Park before, but hadn't seen the Cerulean Warblers. A couple of unsatisfying glimpses at Wompatuck and a migrant in Arlington had left me needing a better look. I found a female about a quarter of a mile down from the summit, and heard a singing male. While waiting for him to show himself, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo passed through. Chased the male around for an hour or so, before he popped up a few feet away at eye level. Some birders I met had tipped me off that they'd seen the Cerulean near a stone ledge the previous weekend, and that was the spot. About a quarter of a mile down from the summit, near a stone wall where the road makes a major U-bend. A bit further down, there was a forest-wide freakout, with robins, orioles, redstarts, ovenbirds, a worm-eating warbler, and juncos all very agitated about something. Turned out to be a Barred Owl, which had just caught a snake. Indigo Buntings at the summit, Scarlet Tanager lower
down.

>From there, I headed west, and climbed Mt Greylock from the Jones Nose parking lot. A few warblers (BTG, Yellow-rumped, Blackburnian, BTB), a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (6 woodpeckers for the day) and a Blue-headed Vireo (4 vireos for the day).

This morning, once the rain stopped, I hiked the flooded trails at Post Farm Marsh in Lenox hoping to find Alder Flycatchers, pursued by a selection of biting and non-biting but equally irritating flies. Either they weren't there, or they'd stopped singing, or I was just looking in the wrong place, but no Alders. After an hour and a half of mostly joyless trudging, I found a Willow Flycatcher, and took that as a sign to pack it in. Explored October Mountain State Forest in the early afternoon, without seeing much, but I did hear some duetting Barred Owls. Stopped at Quabbin on the way home, where I had a Bald Eagle.

David Scott

Newton


 

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Date: 6/21/15 7:55 pm
From: Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bobolinks and Red winged blackbirds
Spent some time, sneezing and taking photographs, in the timothy-laden
hayfields of southern Vermont and Franklin County, Mass. Photos here, for
those who are interested.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/organize/?start_tab=new_set

Jeremy Coleman
​Greenfield, MA​

 

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Date: 6/21/15 6:45 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bobolinks
massbirders,
I haven’t seen bobolink reports lately. I visited a small town in New York
with enormous hay fields this weekend, I estimated 14 – 16 pairs of
Bobolinks, with active fledglings in one hay field. The town conservation,
open land committee prevents the farmers from haying while bobolinks are
nesting. They’re beautiful birds, very hard to photograph. I managed a few
OK shots out of a fun 20 minutes in the field.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26676688@N03/

Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
<petrull...>

 

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Date: 6/21/15 10:44 am
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Audubon Writings on The Black-capped Chickadee?
Thanks to Don Wilkinson for the following post. Please contact him
directly if you have info for him!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

* * *


Dear Massbirders,

I am commissioning a song cycle of bird songs with texts by Audubon.
The cycle might even benefit Mass Audubon (just an idea). A composer
has chosen the Black-capped Chickadee; however, despite all my
Audubon Journals and books and Google, I can't find any writings by
Audubon on this species.

If any one has some writings or info to share please do so at my
email below.

A Newton composer, Francine has chosen my favorite warbler,
Blackburnian!

Thanks,
Don Wilkinson, Nahant
<singingbirder...>
www.donwilkinsonbirdingtours.com


 

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Date: 6/20/15 2:31 pm
From: Miles Brengle <brenglema...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Young Owls
Massbird,

This morning around 1 a.m., I heard a young owl screeching. I have heard adult Barred Owls quite often around my house this spring so I believe it was one of their young, but I can't rule out Great-horned. I've attached a link to the recording of the call below. Any feedback is appreciated.

https://flic.kr/p/uE9iqy


 

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Date: 6/20/15 2:20 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Newbury: Newman Rd. and Hanover St. bridge, Jun 20, 2015
> Newbury: Newman Rd.
> Jun 20, 2015 11:10 AM - 11:40 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.2 mile(s)
> Comments: I went here to listen for saltmarsh sparrows, and succeeded
> with ease.
> 16 species
>
> Snowy Egret 1
> Glossy Ibis 11
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Osprey 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Willet (Eastern) 36 Minimum number--a whole flock was flying around
> calling in tight formation. I have never seen so many willets in one
> flock in the middle of the nesting season.
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 heard singing in adjacent forest
> Eastern Kingbird 1
> Warbling Vireo 1
> Tree Swallow 8
> Barn Swallow 2
> Marsh Wren 2
> Saltmarsh Sparrow 6, maybe 8 At least this many were singing and/or
> flying around the spartina patens. One male sang perched up only yards
> from me at the roadside. I have rarely heard this species so well, thanks
> to the lack of wind and traffic.
> Song Sparrow 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 16
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23984297



Newbury: Hanover St. bridge
Jun 20, 2015 12:30 PM - 12:50 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: I went here to see cliff swallows and found 5 active nests
under the bridge.
10 species

Warbling Vireo 1
Cliff Swallow 5 Minimum number, as I found 5 active nests under the
bridge on the south side and saw at least one bird in all 5. There must be
at least 10 birds there. (One nest on the north side seemed unoccupied.)
American Robin 1
Cedar Waxwing 4
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Swamp Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 2
House Sparrow 1 extremely leucistic bird, almost white--possibly the
same bird someone posted photos of a while back.

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23984162

Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
<jim.berry3...>

 

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Date: 6/20/15 10:33 am
From: Ryan Schain <ryan.schain...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Royal Terns, Chatham
11:30 AM, Two birds together southwest toward North Monomoy right by the SW
end of Morris Island, about 3/4 of a mile down the beach from the access
stairs.

Ryan Schain

 

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Date: 6/20/15 9:17 am
From: Kathleen <kab2769...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rehoboth yard happenings week ending 6/20
Broad-winged Hawk (2) heard then seen 6/20Red-shouldered Hawk (2) heard then seen 6/20Coopers Hawk (1) one of nesting pair in the yard, nest well hidden 6/19Ruby-throated Hummingbird (12+)Red-bellied Woodpecker (2) including one juvenile 6/20Downy Woodpecker (2) very inconspicuous this spring.White-breasted Nuthatch (6) presumed family. Very conspicuous this spring. Great-crested Flycatcher (2) nesting pair in the yard.Eastern Phoebe (2) female brooding second clutch under the deckEastern Wood-pewee (1) heard, not seenBlack-capped Chickadee (4+) family fledged successfully from gourdTufted Titmouse (6) family fledged successfully from the screech owl boxCarolina Wren (0) It seemed at least 3 made it through the winter, but I have not heard or seen any in several months. Pine Warbler (1)Northern Cardinal (2) Expecting to see fledglings soon.American Goldfinch (2) Also inconspicuous this spring.Other usual suspects: American Crow (2), Blue Jay (2), Common Grackle (2), Mourning Dove (4+), American Robin, Barn and Tree Swallows, Chimney Swift.
Gypsy moths (1 billion?) Our oaks and maples are decimated. On the eve of summer, it looks like winter again in our yard. In 30 years, we have never seen it this bad. 
Kathleen <BartelsRehobothkab2769...>


 

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Date: 6/20/15 8:14 am
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] reporting sightings of banded shorebirds
Here's where to report banded shorebirds: http://www.bandedbirds.org/



It's a great site and resource. Feedback often comes immediately if you
have the numbers on the band/flag. It's a bit tricky to use, and you may
need some patience to figure everything out at first. but In my experience
their staff is quite responsive. Sometimes when they are, themselves, out
in the field during migration peaks it may take a little longer, but in the
grand scheme of things even then it isn't bad! And the news is always worth
the wait.



Doug, I see a ton of Willets on Duxbury Beach at this time of year - nests
all over the place and my first juvys yesterday - and I've yet to see a
banded one. I'll be interested to hear what you learn on or off list.
Thanks for posting.



Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA

<rbowes...>

Duxbury Beach info at http://www.duxburybeach.com/visit.htm






 

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Date: 6/20/15 5:12 am
From: <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RFI Banded wader
Massbirders:
          Yesterday, Friday June 19, Lois Cooper and I observed a banded Willet on Plum Island.  It had a green band over a white band on its left leg and a metal (probably aluminum) band over an orange band on its right leg. Who should I report this band sighting to?
 
Doug Chickering
<dovekie...>
 
 

 

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Date: 6/19/15 2:32 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/17 Lincoln Highlights
I birded from 12:00-8:00 in this idyllic town. The two juvenile BARRED OWLS flew down from branches to the ground, and then walked vertically up the trunk of a tree! (all the while flapping their wings). They were almost constantly begging for the twenty minutes that I enjoyed them.
Spotted Sandpiper 2 vicinity of Lee's Bridge (Nine Acre Corner)
cuckoo sp. 2 one Codman East, other Codman South (per town of Lincoln conservation map)
BARRED OWL 3 see above paragraph; such soulful eyes (I'm not revealing locale)
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Yellow-throated Vireo 1 singing in woods near Lincoln Station
Brown Creeper 3 singing in woods
CLIFF SWALLOW 5 Lee's Bridge; two mud gourd nests

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 10 various places
Veery 3
Wood Thrush 6
Ovenbird 6
Indigo Bunting 1 singing male at usual Codman East locale
Scarlet Tanager 3 singing unseen in woodlands
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5
Bobolink 15 easily; including eleven in Codman East
LEPIDS:
Great Spangled Fritillary 5
Tiger Swallowtail 1
Pearl Crescent 2
White Admiral x Red-spotted Purple 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 3
Clouded Sulphur 5
Orange Sulphur 1
Cabbage White 10
Little Wood Satyr 5
Eight-spotted Forester 1 cute little thing (moth)
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 6/19/15 2:51 am
From: Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Messages to Massbird
Dear Massbirders, I appolagize for multiple postings of the Peregrine transfer from Boston to Worcester by Tom French. It appears that yahoo email has a glich and the posting were not appearing in my inbox. I posted the first, but, after never seeing it, I believed it had never posted, so I sent a second posting. I believed that the Peregrine info was pretty important from Mr French, and everyone should see it as so many do not understand or were unaware what had taken place. I appreciate everything Mr French has been involved in with the restoration of Peregrines, by the way, the fastest bird alive, which resulted with an increase population in Massachusetts and beyond, and only adds to our enjoyment and excitement when we are out in the field if we are afforded the opportunity to see a Grine... Beyond that, I will stay off Massbird. Scott RickerWorcester, MA
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From: Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...>
To: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>; Scott Ricker <reli.abilities...>
Cc: Marj. Rines <marj...>; Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2015 8:35 AM
Subject: Messages to Massbird

Steve & Scott:  Nice messages about Peregrines, but you repeated the long message from Tom French each time, so that it appeared four times on Mass Bird today — the original from Marj, once repeated by Steve, and twice repeated by Scott!  Then it was mostly explained (the transfer) the day before.  Why would you copy the long message to include in your response reply?? Quite a "novel" from Strickland Wheelock about Churchill trip yesterday, and very interesting message about birding in the North East Kingdom of Vermont by Bob Stymeist the day before!
Regards, Oakes (Plimpton)







 

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Date: 6/18/15 10:09 pm
From: Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Pine Hill Road Question
Thank you to multiple people for all the directions and advice! Really helped get me there and narrow the search once I was there.
Within a few minutes I had a silhouetted Whip-poor-will sallying out from the middle of the road, and at one point had 3 in full song from different directions.

Good birding!
Griffin


> On Jun 18, 2015, at 1:50 PM, Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...> wrote:
>
> Headed to Pine Hill Road in Lancaster for the first time tonight to hopefully hear some Whip-poor-wills and I had a question about the area.
> Is there parking somewhere near the area, or a good specific spot to listen for them? The road isn’t mapped on street view, and I hoped to not wander/drive around in the dark too much looking for a place to stop.
>
>
> Thanks for any help!
> Griffin


 

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Date: 6/18/15 7:03 pm
From: Joan Chasan <jec56...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] id question
Thanks to all who replied. The consensus seems to be EITHER a female
cowbird or an immature cowbird.

I also saw a male cowbird on our feeder the other day. which is rather
unusual for us. I didn't check if a female or immature was with him. But
sounds like if an immature someone else would be feeding him/her. this bird
was eating something off the floor of the deck. Not sure what. We do have a
finch feeder up there but not near where he/she was.

Thanks again

Joan Chasan
Framingham,MA
508-877-0601
cell-508-254-4161
<jec56...>



 

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Date: 6/18/15 5:23 pm
From: Joan Chasan <jec56...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] help id?
Hi
On our back deck last evening in Framingham. Probably something obvious but
what? Robin size maybe. Not a finch or something small like that and
smaller than a dove.

Thanks


http://www.pbase.com/joanel/unknown

Joan Chasan
Framingham,MA
<jec56...>




 

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Date: 6/18/15 12:27 pm
From: Jane Hills <jhbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Newburyport area today - Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Today we birded Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area and Plum Island. Most
of what we saw has been reported by others recently, but we did have a few
special sightings:



Martin Burns: Great looks at a Yellow-billed Cuckoo making its
wooden-sounding call and Black-Billed Cuckoo was also heard.

Plum: A male Northern Shoveler from the new blind. We searched in vain for
the Gull-billed Tern and the Stilt Sandpiper seen recently.



Jane Hills

Manchester, NH

jhbird(at)myfairpoint(dot)net



"We are all environmentalists now, but we are not all planetists. An
environmentalist realizes that nature has its pleasures and deserves
respect. A planetist puts the earth ahead of the earthlings." --William
Safire




 

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Date: 6/18/15 11:19 am
From: Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine Hill Road Question
Headed to Pine Hill Road in Lancaster for the first time tonight to hopefully hear some Whip-poor-wills and I had a question about the area.
Is there parking somewhere near the area, or a good specific spot to listen for them? The road isn’t mapped on street view, and I hoped to not wander/drive around in the dark too much looking for a place to stop.


Thanks for any help!
Griffin
 

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Date: 6/18/15 7:14 am
From: Gary Freedman <gmf7162...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Seeking Information for Koshi Tappu, Nepal
Posted with the moderators permission

We'll be traveling to Koshi Tappu (Nepal) sometime between November and
March for the bird migration. I am seeking help from the Mass Bird
community hoping to get responses for the following:

1) wondering if any of the Mass Birders have been to Koshi Tappu and are
willing to share their experiences offline?

2) I keep reading that best time to visit is October to March and looking
for offline feedback from folks that have traveled there or are
knowledgeable about KT to zero in on optimal time during winter migration.
Am sure there is variation each year, but thought I'd see if there is
consensus based on experience.

3) What are the best online sources for Nepal bird identification?

I have researched online and haven't found definitive information for 1,2 or
3. {OFFLINE RESPONSES ONLY! Of course, if anyone else is interested in
responses, I am happy to share same (offlline)}

Thanks very much,

Gary Freedman
<gmf7162...>
Stow, MA


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Date: 6/17/15 6:16 pm
From: Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...>
Subject: Fw: [MASSBIRD] follow-up on Peregrine chicks
seems my posting are not getting to Massbird? Not sure why  Scott Ricker
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----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...>
To: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>; Marj. Rines <marj...>
Cc: Massbird MASSBIRD <massbird...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 9:48 AM
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] follow-up on Peregrine chicks

I also thank Tom French for the detailed response to my questions. Its appreciated and knowing this history is excellent.  Thank you Marj for reaching out to Mr French.  Scott Ricker
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From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
To: Marj. Rines <marj...>
Cc: Massbird MASSBIRD <massbird...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 7:09 AM
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] follow-up on Peregrine chicks

Marj. Thank you for reaching out to Tom. 
Massbirders
I would take this opportunity to thank Tom and all the folks associated with Peregrine Falcon Restoration. For over 30 years, their tireless efforts and unmatched knowledge have enabled many folks - birders or not - to experience these regal raptors. 
Thanks again Tom for taking the time to write such a comprehensive response. 
Respectfully Steve

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Marj. Rines <marj...> wrote:



Tom French has asked me to forward the following explanation of the movement of Peregrine chicks:
-------------------------------------------------------------
A recent post questioned why the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) moved Peregrine Falcon chicks from the Custom House in Boston to the Bancroft Building in Worcester, and then moved the original Worcester chicks to Brockton.  The short answer is that it was done to ensure that all of these chicks successfully fledged.

Over the years, the restoration of Peregrines has required interventions from the very beginning.  The whole population was established from captive-born birds released at artificial nest sites.  In Massachusetts, our very first new project that was initiated when our Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program was first established in 1984 was the restoration of Peregrine Falcons.  Since then, most of our adult nesting pairs have chosen to nest on artificial structures, especially buildings and bridges.  It became clear very early on that if these pairs were going to be successful in the long-run, they needed to be viewed by building owners/managers, and by the MA Department of Transportation and their contractors who maintain the bridges, as assets and not liabilities that could stop maintenance, repairs and other projects.  This has usually worked out very well, and most people who work on or in these structures are very proud of and protective of their falcons.  This is particularly gratifying since most of these people are not generally bird or wildlife enthusiasts. However, they get very attached to their falcons.  Unfortunately this is not always the case.  With the change of building management, we have been required to remove three successful nest boxes we had installed, including the one on the Fallon Health building in downtown Worcester that had been so successful from 2006 through 2010.  In order for the falcons to be safe, we have worked hard to allow the necessary maintenance and repairs on these structures to continue.  For activities like window washing, several buildings have written schedules into their contracts to avoid the egg and chick season, and one major skyscraper even has a special contract clause in one of their primary tenant’s lease agreement to help reduce disturbance of the nest.  Coordinating all of these activities can be complicated, but it usually works very smoothly.

This year the Custom House has had to undertake a half-year project to waterproof the outer skin of the whole upper tower.  This is a very old historic building and water leakage has to be stopped. Mass Wildlife met with the building management and contractors well in advance of the nesting season to work out the least risky schedule.  The project has to be done in reasonably good weather and is going to take too long to avoid the nesting season.  We could have just closed off the nest box and forced the pair to nest somewhere else, just as we did in 1996 to allow for the two years of renovation by Marriott.  During those two years the pair moved to the McCormack Post Office and Court House Building in Post Office Square where they continued to successfully raise chicks.  However, this time we wanted the adults to stay attached to their traditional nest site at the Custom House.  The project requires that the entire tower from the 20th floor balconies, up over the top of the 31 story spire, be surrounded by scaffolding and covered in netting.  If you drive through Boston, you can see this now.  The original schedule would have covered the entrance of the nest box before the eggs hatched, but we were able to work with the contractors to change their starting point so that the chicks would be at least three weeks old before the scaffolding reached the nest box.

Then, we had two options.  One was to place another nest box lower on the building, or foster the chicks to another pair.  When the 4 chicks were four weeks old we banded them and put them in a new nest box on the nearest available site, which was a 17th floor ledge. Unfortunately, the location had to be on the west side of the building and not on the ocean-facing east side where the traditional nest box entrance is located.  While we have had falcon parents readily move 400 feet from a dangerous location in the structure of the Braga Bridge in Fall River to a nest box on multiple occasions, this move did not work.  The parents did not find the chicks in their new location and the chicks could not go back to their original nest box.

So, we needed to foster them to another pair.  For successful fostering, the foster parents need to end up with no more than about five chicks, and preferably four, of similar age.  We had a full clutch of four chicks and no other clutch of chicks of similar age. Worcester was a good match.  We already wanted to move the chicks off the 10th floor ledge of the Bancroft Building since the risk of mortality from falling is fairly high on ledges of this type.  At sites like this, we generally move the chicks from the ledge to the roof when we band them at 3 to 4 weeks old.  The roof provides much more space for exercising in preparation for their first flight. Otherwise, their first flight is often to the street. Interestingly, this pair nested in the nest tray that we had installed on the Bancroft Building ledge 17 years ago.  It had never been used until this year.

From previous experiences, we know that raptors in general do not appear to be affected if the age or number of chicks in their nest is changed.  So, switching from 2 chicks on the ledge to 4 chicks on the roof was a smooth transition.  Since we were scheduled to band the single chick in the nest box on the Verizon tower in downtown Brockton the following day, it was simple to add two more chicks of similar age.  Although this may seem like musical chairs, the result was that all of the chicks have an excellent chance of fledging successfully, the Custom House will have the essential repairs completed before next nesting season, and the aging nest box will be rebuilt or refurbished as part of the project.  Marriott has always been very devoted to their nesting pair. This was the first modern nest site in Massachusetts, and has produced many offspring that have gone on to produced many young of their own.  This nest box is designed like a Barn Owl box so that the parents enter the top-most window on the ocean side and enter a very large box that is sitting completely inside the building.  As a result of the near complete protection from bad weather, this nest site has probably been more successful than any other in the entire eastern U.S.   For its guests, Marriott has provided an in-house nest camera, a very informative educational display on the history of the Custom House Peregrines, and an annual falcon lecture/program.  This is exactly the type of ownership between building owners/manager and their nesting falcons that we want to foster.

This year, the number of Peregrine falcon nesting pairs will again be an all-time high of about 30 pairs. And the most successful will be on buildings and bridges.  So far, we have actually banded 36 chicks and two more nest sites are scheduled.

Tom French

--
Marj. Rines
Woburn, MA




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Steve Arena
Westboro, MA
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Date: 6/17/15 7:18 am
From: Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fw: Worcester
 
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Massbirders, Went to Worcester City Hall Plaza today looking for the Peregrine Falcons. After 25 minutes finally heard the screeching from one or two. Turns out there were three dog fighting over City Hall & the plaza. All three went around the City Hall clock tower and one flew north and disappeared while the other two landed on the stone work on the clock tower.  The two Peregrines stayed on the clock tower then would take off and harass each other in flight. Never did any of the grines go near or onto the Bancroft Tower building where the grines were have suppose to have bred....they would fly around the Peoples Bank building and City Hall and the T & G Building. after about 50 minutes or so, the two remaining grines took off towards the south towards Chandler St.  Scott RickerWorcester, MA
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Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] follow-up on Peregrine chicks
I also thank Tom French for the detailed response to my questions. Its appreciated and knowing this history is excellent.  Thank you Marj for reaching out to Mr French.  Scott Ricker
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From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
To: Marj. Rines <marj...>
Cc: Massbird MASSBIRD <massbird...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 7:09 AM
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] follow-up on Peregrine chicks

Marj. Thank you for reaching out to Tom. 
Massbirders
I would take this opportunity to thank Tom and all the folks associated with Peregrine Falcon Restoration. For over 30 years, their tireless efforts and unmatched knowledge have enabled many folks - birders or not - to experience these regal raptors. 
Thanks again Tom for taking the time to write such a comprehensive response. 
Respectfully Steve

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Marj. Rines <marj...> wrote:



Tom French has asked me to forward the following explanation of the movement of Peregrine chicks:
-------------------------------------------------------------
A recent post questioned why the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) moved Peregrine Falcon chicks from the Custom House in Boston to the Bancroft Building in Worcester, and then moved the original Worcester chicks to Brockton.  The short answer is that it was done to ensure that all of these chicks successfully fledged.

Over the years, the restoration of Peregrines has required interventions from the very beginning.  The whole population was established from captive-born birds released at artificial nest sites.  In Massachusetts, our very first new project that was initiated when our Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program was first established in 1984 was the restoration of Peregrine Falcons.  Since then, most of our adult nesting pairs have chosen to nest on artificial structures, especially buildings and bridges.  It became clear very early on that if these pairs were going to be successful in the long-run, they needed to be viewed by building owners/managers, and by the MA Department of Transportation and their contractors who maintain the bridges, as assets and not liabilities that could stop maintenance, repairs and other projects.  This has usually worked out very well, and most people who work on or in these structures are very proud of and protective of their falcons.  This is particularly gratifying since most of these people are not generally bird or wildlife enthusiasts. However, they get very attached to their falcons.  Unfortunately this is not always the case.  With the change of building management, we have been required to remove three successful nest boxes we had installed, including the one on the Fallon Health building in downtown Worcester that had been so successful from 2006 through 2010.  In order for the falcons to be safe, we have worked hard to allow the necessary maintenance and repairs on these structures to continue.  For activities like window washing, several buildings have written schedules into their contracts to avoid the egg and chick season, and one major skyscraper even has a special contract clause in one of their primary tenant’s lease agreement to help reduce disturbance of the nest.  Coordinating all of these activities can be complicated, but it usually works very smoothly.

This year the Custom House has had to undertake a half-year project to waterproof the outer skin of the whole upper tower.  This is a very old historic building and water leakage has to be stopped. Mass Wildlife met with the building management and contractors well in advance of the nesting season to work out the least risky schedule.  The project has to be done in reasonably good weather and is going to take too long to avoid the nesting season.  We could have just closed off the nest box and forced the pair to nest somewhere else, just as we did in 1996 to allow for the two years of renovation by Marriott.  During those two years the pair moved to the McCormack Post Office and Court House Building in Post Office Square where they continued to successfully raise chicks.  However, this time we wanted the adults to stay attached to their traditional nest site at the Custom House.  The project requires that the entire tower from the 20th floor balconies, up over the top of the 31 story spire, be surrounded by scaffolding and covered in netting.  If you drive through Boston, you can see this now.  The original schedule would have covered the entrance of the nest box before the eggs hatched, but we were able to work with the contractors to change their starting point so that the chicks would be at least three weeks old before the scaffolding reached the nest box.

Then, we had two options.  One was to place another nest box lower on the building, or foster the chicks to another pair.  When the 4 chicks were four weeks old we banded them and put them in a new nest box on the nearest available site, which was a 17th floor ledge. Unfortunately, the location had to be on the west side of the building and not on the ocean-facing east side where the traditional nest box entrance is located.  While we have had falcon parents readily move 400 feet from a dangerous location in the structure of the Braga Bridge in Fall River to a nest box on multiple occasions, this move did not work.  The parents did not find the chicks in their new location and the chicks could not go back to their original nest box.

So, we needed to foster them to another pair.  For successful fostering, the foster parents need to end up with no more than about five chicks, and preferably four, of similar age.  We had a full clutch of four chicks and no other clutch of chicks of similar age. Worcester was a good match.  We already wanted to move the chicks off the 10th floor ledge of the Bancroft Building since the risk of mortality from falling is fairly high on ledges of this type.  At sites like this, we generally move the chicks from the ledge to the roof when we band them at 3 to 4 weeks old.  The roof provides much more space for exercising in preparation for their first flight. Otherwise, their first flight is often to the street. Interestingly, this pair nested in the nest tray that we had installed on the Bancroft Building ledge 17 years ago.  It had never been used until this year.

From previous experiences, we know that raptors in general do not appear to be affected if the age or number of chicks in their nest is changed.  So, switching from 2 chicks on the ledge to 4 chicks on the roof was a smooth transition.  Since we were scheduled to band the single chick in the nest box on the Verizon tower in downtown Brockton the following day, it was simple to add two more chicks of similar age.  Although this may seem like musical chairs, the result was that all of the chicks have an excellent chance of fledging successfully, the Custom House will have the essential repairs completed before next nesting season, and the aging nest box will be rebuilt or refurbished as part of the project.  Marriott has always been very devoted to their nesting pair. This was the first modern nest site in Massachusetts, and has produced many offspring that have gone on to produced many young of their own.  This nest box is designed like a Barn Owl box so that the parents enter the top-most window on the ocean side and enter a very large box that is sitting completely inside the building.  As a result of the near complete protection from bad weather, this nest site has probably been more successful than any other in the entire eastern U.S.   For its guests, Marriott has provided an in-house nest camera, a very informative educational display on the history of the Custom House Peregrines, and an annual falcon lecture/program.  This is exactly the type of ownership between building owners/manager and their nesting falcons that we want to foster.

This year, the number of Peregrine falcon nesting pairs will again be an all-time high of about 30 pairs. And the most successful will be on buildings and bridges.  So far, we have actually banded 36 chicks and two more nest sites are scheduled.

Tom French

--
Marj. Rines
Woburn, MA




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Steve Arena
Westboro, MA
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Date: 6/17/15 4:38 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] follow-up on Peregrine chicks
Marj. Thank you for reaching out to Tom.

Massbirders

I would take this opportunity to thank Tom and all the folks associated
with Peregrine Falcon Restoration. For over 30 years, their tireless
efforts and unmatched knowledge have enabled many folks - birders or not -
to experience these regal raptors.

Thanks again Tom for taking the time to write such a comprehensive
response.

Respectfully
Steve

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Marj. Rines <marj...> wrote:

> Tom French has asked me to forward the following explanation of the
> movement of Peregrine chicks:
> -------------------------------------------------------------
> A recent post questioned why the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and
> Wildlife (MassWildlife) moved Peregrine Falcon chicks from the Custom House
> in Boston to the Bancroft Building in Worcester, and then moved the
> original Worcester chicks to Brockton. The short answer is that it was
> done to ensure that all of these chicks successfully fledged.
>
> Over the years, the restoration of Peregrines has required interventions
> from the very beginning. The whole population was established from
> captive-born birds released at artificial nest sites. In Massachusetts,
> our very first new project that was initiated when our Natural Heritage and
> Endangered Species Program was first established in 1984 was the
> restoration of Peregrine Falcons. Since then, most of our adult nesting
> pairs have chosen to nest on artificial structures, especially buildings
> and bridges. It became clear very early on that if these pairs were going
> to be successful in the long-run, they needed to be viewed by building
> owners/managers, and by the MA Department of Transportation and their
> contractors who maintain the bridges, as assets and not liabilities that
> could stop maintenance, repairs and other projects. This has usually
> worked out very well, and most people who work on or in these structures
> are very proud of and protective of their falcons. This is particularly
> gratifying since most of these people are not generally bird or wildlife
> enthusiasts. However, they get very attached to their falcons.
> Unfortunately this is not always the case. With the change of building
> management, we have been required to remove three successful nest boxes we
> had installed, including the one on the Fallon Health building in downtown
> Worcester that had been so successful from 2006 through 2010. In order for
> the falcons to be safe, we have worked hard to allow the necessary
> maintenance and repairs on these structures to continue. For activities
> like window washing, several buildings have written schedules into their
> contracts to avoid the egg and chick season, and one major skyscraper even
> has a special contract clause in one of their primary tenant’s lease
> agreement to help reduce disturbance of the nest. Coordinating all of
> these activities can be complicated, but it usually works very smoothly.
>
> This year the Custom House has had to undertake a half-year project to
> waterproof the outer skin of the whole upper tower. This is a very old
> historic building and water leakage has to be stopped. Mass Wildlife met
> with the building management and contractors well in advance of the nesting
> season to work out the least risky schedule. The project has to be done in
> reasonably good weather and is going to take too long to avoid the nesting
> season. We could have just closed off the nest box and forced the pair to
> nest somewhere else, just as we did in 1996 to allow for the two years of
> renovation by Marriott. During those two years the pair moved to the
> McCormack Post Office and Court House Building in Post Office Square where
> they continued to successfully raise chicks. However, this time we wanted
> the adults to stay attached to their traditional nest site at the Custom
> House. The project requires that the entire tower from the 20th floor
> balconies, up over the top of the 31 story spire, be surrounded by
> scaffolding and covered in netting. If you drive through Boston, you can
> see this now. The original schedule would have covered the entrance of the
> nest box before the eggs hatched, but we were able to work with the
> contractors to change their starting point so that the chicks would be at
> least three weeks old before the scaffolding reached the nest box.
>
> Then, we had two options. One was to place another nest box lower on the
> building, or foster the chicks to another pair. When the 4 chicks were
> four weeks old we banded them and put them in a new nest box on the nearest
> available site, which was a 17th floor ledge. Unfortunately, the location
> had to be on the west side of the building and not on the ocean-facing east
> side where the traditional nest box entrance is located. While we have had
> falcon parents readily move 400 feet from a dangerous location in the
> structure of the Braga Bridge in Fall River to a nest box on multiple
> occasions, this move did not work. The parents did not find the chicks in
> their new location and the chicks could not go back to their original nest
> box.
>
> So, we needed to foster them to another pair. For successful fostering,
> the foster parents need to end up with no more than about five chicks, and
> preferably four, of similar age. We had a full clutch of four chicks and
> no other clutch of chicks of similar age. Worcester was a good match. We
> already wanted to move the chicks off the 10th floor ledge of the Bancroft
> Building since the risk of mortality from falling is fairly high on ledges
> of this type. At sites like this, we generally move the chicks from the
> ledge to the roof when we band them at 3 to 4 weeks old. The roof provides
> much more space for exercising in preparation for their first flight.
> Otherwise, their first flight is often to the street. Interestingly, this
> pair nested in the nest tray that we had installed on the Bancroft Building
> ledge 17 years ago. It had never been used until this year.
>
> From previous experiences, we know that raptors in general do not appear
> to be affected if the age or number of chicks in their nest is changed.
> So, switching from 2 chicks on the ledge to 4 chicks on the roof was a
> smooth transition. Since we were scheduled to band the single chick in the
> nest box on the Verizon tower in downtown Brockton the following day, it
> was simple to add two more chicks of similar age. Although this may seem
> like musical chairs, the result was that all of the chicks have an
> excellent chance of fledging successfully, the Custom House will have the
> essential repairs completed before next nesting season, and the aging nest
> box will be rebuilt or refurbished as part of the project. Marriott has
> always been very devoted to their nesting pair. This was the first modern
> nest site in Massachusetts, and has produced many offspring that have gone
> on to produced many young of their own. This nest box is designed like a
> Barn Owl box so that the parents enter the top-most window on the ocean
> side and enter a very large box that is sitting completely inside the
> building. As a result of the near complete protection from bad weather,
> this nest site has probably been more successful than any other in the
> entire eastern U.S. For its guests, Marriott has provided an in-house
> nest camera, a very informative educational display on the history of the
> Custom House Peregrines, and an annual falcon lecture/program. This is
> exactly the type of ownership between building owners/manager and their
> nesting falcons that we want to foster.
>
> This year, the number of Peregrine falcon nesting pairs will again be an
> all-time high of about 30 pairs. And the most successful will be on
> buildings and bridges. So far, we have actually banded 36 chicks and two
> more nest sites are scheduled.
>
> Tom French
>
> --
> Marj. Rines
> Woburn, MA
>
>

--
Steve Arena
Westboro, MA
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Date: 6/17/15 4:09 am
From: Marj. Rines <marj...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] follow-up on Peregrine chicks
Tom French has asked me to forward the following explanation of the
movement of Peregrine chicks:
-------------------------------------------------------------
A recent post questioned why the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and
Wildlife (MassWildlife) moved Peregrine Falcon chicks from the Custom
House in Boston to the Bancroft Building in Worcester, and then moved
the original Worcester chicks to Brockton. The short answer is that it
was done to ensure that all of these chicks successfully fledged.

Over the years, the restoration of Peregrines has required interventions
from the very beginning. The whole population was established from
captive-born birds released at artificial nest sites. In Massachusetts,
our very first new project that was initiated when our Natural Heritage
and Endangered Species Program was first established in 1984 was the
restoration of Peregrine Falcons. Since then, most of our adult nesting
pairs have chosen to nest on artificial structures, especially buildings
and bridges. It became clear very early on that if these pairs were
going to be successful in the long-run, they needed to be viewed by
building owners/managers, and by the MA Department of Transportation and
their contractors who maintain the bridges, as assets and not
liabilities that could stop maintenance, repairs and other projects.
This has usually worked out very well, and most people who work on or in
these structures are very proud of and protective of their falcons.
This is particularly gratifying since most of these people are not
generally bird or wildlife enthusiasts. However, they get very attached
to their falcons. Unfortunately this is not always the case. With the
change of building management, we have been required to remove three
successful nest boxes we had installed, including the one on the Fallon
Health building in downtown Worcester that had been so successful from
2006 through 2010. In order for the falcons to be safe, we have worked
hard to allow the necessary maintenance and repairs on these structures
to continue. For activities like window washing, several buildings have
written schedules into their contracts to avoid the egg and chick
season, and one major skyscraper even has a special contract clause in
one of their primary tenant’s lease agreement to help reduce disturbance
of the nest. Coordinating all of these activities can be complicated,
but it usually works very smoothly.

This year the Custom House has had to undertake a half-year project to
waterproof the outer skin of the whole upper tower. This is a very old
historic building and water leakage has to be stopped. Mass Wildlife met
with the building management and contractors well in advance of the
nesting season to work out the least risky schedule. The project has to
be done in reasonably good weather and is going to take too long to
avoid the nesting season. We could have just closed off the nest box
and forced the pair to nest somewhere else, just as we did in 1996 to
allow for the two years of renovation by Marriott. During those two
years the pair moved to the McCormack Post Office and Court House
Building in Post Office Square where they continued to successfully
raise chicks. However, this time we wanted the adults to stay attached
to their traditional nest site at the Custom House. The project
requires that the entire tower from the 20th floor balconies, up over
the top of the 31 story spire, be surrounded by scaffolding and covered
in netting. If you drive through Boston, you can see this now. The
original schedule would have covered the entrance of the nest box before
the eggs hatched, but we were able to work with the contractors to
change their starting point so that the chicks would be at least three
weeks old before the scaffolding reached the nest box.

Then, we had two options. One was to place another nest box lower on
the building, or foster the chicks to another pair. When the 4 chicks
were four weeks old we banded them and put them in a new nest box on the
nearest available site, which was a 17th floor ledge. Unfortunately, the
location had to be on the west side of the building and not on the
ocean-facing east side where the traditional nest box entrance is
located. While we have had falcon parents readily move 400 feet from a
dangerous location in the structure of the Braga Bridge in Fall River to
a nest box on multiple occasions, this move did not work. The parents
did not find the chicks in their new location and the chicks could not
go back to their original nest box.

So, we needed to foster them to another pair. For successful fostering,
the foster parents need to end up with no more than about five chicks,
and preferably four, of similar age. We had a full clutch of four
chicks and no other clutch of chicks of similar age. Worcester was a
good match. We already wanted to move the chicks off the 10th floor
ledge of the Bancroft Building since the risk of mortality from falling
is fairly high on ledges of this type. At sites like this, we generally
move the chicks from the ledge to the roof when we band them at 3 to 4
weeks old. The roof provides much more space for exercising in
preparation for their first flight. Otherwise, their first flight is
often to the street. Interestingly, this pair nested in the nest tray
that we had installed on the Bancroft Building ledge 17 years ago. It
had never been used until this year.

From previous experiences, we know that raptors in general do not
appear to be affected if the age or number of chicks in their nest is
changed. So, switching from 2 chicks on the ledge to 4 chicks on the
roof was a smooth transition. Since we were scheduled to band the
single chick in the nest box on the Verizon tower in downtown Brockton
the following day, it was simple to add two more chicks of similar age.
Although this may seem like musical chairs, the result was that all of
the chicks have an excellent chance of fledging successfully, the Custom
House will have the essential repairs completed before next nesting
season, and the aging nest box will be rebuilt or refurbished as part of
the project. Marriott has always been very devoted to their nesting
pair. This was the first modern nest site in Massachusetts, and has
produced many offspring that have gone on to produced many young of
their own. This nest box is designed like a Barn Owl box so that the
parents enter the top-most window on the ocean side and enter a very
large box that is sitting completely inside the building. As a result
of the near complete protection from bad weather, this nest site has
probably been more successful than any other in the entire eastern
U.S. For its guests, Marriott has provided an in-house nest camera, a
very informative educational display on the history of the Custom House
Peregrines, and an annual falcon lecture/program. This is exactly the
type of ownership between building owners/manager and their nesting
falcons that we want to foster.

This year, the number of Peregrine falcon nesting pairs will again be an
all-time high of about 30 pairs. And the most successful will be on
buildings and bridges. So far, we have actually banded 36 chicks and
two more nest sites are scheduled.

Tom French

--
Marj. Rines
Woburn, MA

 

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Date: 6/16/15 5:54 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] The Gray Curtain.
Massbirders,
I am posting this after asking permission of the Moderator.
My new book The Gray Curtain - The Impact of Sharks, Seals and Commercial
Fishing on the Northeast Coast was released by Schiffer
Publishing today, six weeks ahead of the AMAZON.COM projected date. Like any
excited author, I’m putting out the word to my friends and like minded
Naturalists. Email me to learn more. While there’s not much Ornithology in
the book, there’s a good image of Sue Finnegan working during our off-shore
storm petrel research...she’s sitting on fish box on the bloody deck of Ted
Ligenza’s commercial fishing vessel..cooperation between fishermen and
researchers is common offshore.
Thanks for your interest.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26676688@N03/

Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
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Date: 6/16/15 5:49 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows Yellow-throated Vireo and Least Bittern
Highlights on a day when the rain pretty much held off:
LEAST BITTERN 1 male flyby where the end of the dike (river end) forms a cove with river side path left side
Wood Duck 34 mostly ducklings
Yellow-throated Vireo 1 singing in same spot five hours apart in area of the back ponds where there

are side-by side root balls from blown over trees (next to the path, riverside)
Amphibians:
Gray Tree Frog 3
Green Frog x
Bullfrog x
P.S. The Cecropsis Moth that I found the other day at Fowl Meadow in Milton had been on the ground and flapping its wings. When I went by the moth five hours later on my return, the moth was still on the ground, but totally motionless. I later had read that this species lives only a few days in its adult form! Hence, the moth was near death at my initial sighting, and dead five hours later.
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 6/16/15 5:49 pm
From: Walt Webb <wwebb24...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Trip to Bocas Del Toro, Panama
Last month we returned from an organized tour of a rather new eco area in Panama, the Bocas Del Toro Archipelago. These islands are located some 180 miles west of Panama City, near Costa Rica. Besides our tour leaders, our group of ten was accompanied by two excellent local naturalist guides & the co-owner of our lodge. (The group included the ABA's president Jeff Gordon & his wife.) For those who might be interested, I posted on my Flickr page an album of some of my photos taken on the trip.

https:www.flickr.com/photos/warbirdwalt/sets/72157654156994950

Walt Webb
Westwood, MA
<wwebb24...>

"What I cannot see, no matter how closely I look, is what drives this small creature, barely heavier than air, to make the journeys that it must make....Its secrets are locked in that tiny packet of brain and muscle and instinct, a few feet away but separated from me by an immense uncrossable distance. It knows, and I do not." --Scott Weidensaul, Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds


 

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Date: 6/16/15 5:16 pm
From: Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Worcester
Massbirders, Went to Worcester City Hall Plaza today looking for the Peregrine Falcons. After 25 minutes finally heard the screeching from one or two. Turns out there were three dog fighting over City Hall & the plaza. All three went around the City Hall clock tower and one flew north and disappeared while the other two landed on the stone work on the clock tower.  The two Peregrines stayed on the clock tower then would take off and harass each other in flight. Never did any of the grines go near or onto the Bancroft Tower building where the grines were have suppose to have bred....they would fly around the Peoples Bank building and City Hall and the T & G Building. after about 50 minutes or so, the two remaining grines took off towards the south towards Chandler St.  Scott RickerWorcester, MA
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Date: 6/16/15 4:49 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagles; adult and chick!
Enjoyed a recent outing that included another visit to a Bald Eagle nest in Essex County. A bright sunny morning with blue skies and light wind conditions. Just above the nest, the mother kept a watchful eye on one chick that was visible during the visit. The eaglet appeared to possibly be 3-4 weeks old and covered in its secondary coat of gray down. Next step is for the black juvenile feathers to begin to grow in. Stay tuned!

Link to 4 photos: http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/june2015

Enjoy,
Craig Gibson
Winchester, MA
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Date: 6/16/15 11:51 am
From: <dave.williams6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - Gull-billed tern, Stilt sandpiper, Wilson's phalarope
Parker River NWR, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jun 16, 2015 6:30 AM - 11:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
13.0 mile(s)
Comments: 57 degrees to start, foggy, light east wind. Had the Island almost all to myself. Ran into Tom Wetmore at the new blind and we had a Gull-billed tern roosting out on the flats. Stout, black bill, longish, black legs, uniform pale gray upper parts. A little while latter I again came across Tom at Stage Island and he had a Wilson's phalarope in his scope. He then said, take a look at this bird, and it was a Stilt sandpiper. Orangey-green legs, long slim, slightly de curved billed. Very pale back. Well observed with the Wilson's phalarope and Lesser yellowlegs close for comparison. Some photos of the Gull-billed tern and the Stilt sandpiper can be seen here: http://tinyurl.com/p6l8gf3
73 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 19
Mute Swan 6
Gadwall 7
American Black Duck 8
Mallard 57
Northern Shoveler 1
Green-winged Teal 9 SIP, BFP
Common Eider 2 Emerson Rocks
White-winged Scoter 2 From end of parking lot 5 Boardwalk.
Red-breasted Merganser 2 Emerson Rocks.
Wild Turkey 7
Red-throated Loon 1
Common Loon 3
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Egret 9
Snowy Egret 5
Green Heron 1
Glossy Ibis 2
Osprey 4
Semipalmated Plover 2 SIP
Piping Plover 7 Sandy Pt.
Killdeer 6
Willet 28 Conservative count!
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Ruddy Turnstone 4 SIP
Stilt Sandpiper 1 Yellowish-green legs, long, slender, slightly de curved bill. With Wilson's phalarope and Lesser yellowlegs for comparison.
Dunlin 2 BFP
White-rumped Sandpiper 2 BFP, SIP
Semipalmated Sandpiper 23 BFP, SIP
Short-billed Dowitcher 1
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher 1 Possibly the same bird Suzanne Sullivan had a few days ago. Bright, very long bill, barring, not spots. However the color did not seem to go all the way up under the tail.
Wilson's Phalarope 1
Bonaparte's Gull 1 Emerson Rocks
Ring-billed Gull 3
Herring Gull 5
Least Tern 27
Gull-billed Tern 1 Stout, black bill, longish black legs, uniformly pale gray upper parts, white throat and chest. Some photos at: http://tinyurl.com/p6l8gf3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7
Mourning Dove 4
Alder Flycatcher 1 Well heard, "rreeBEEa" at intersection of the northern end of the marsh loop and main Boardwalk.
Willow Flycatcher 9
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 7
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 1
American Crow 4
Purple Martin 5
Tree Swallow 6
Bank Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 3
American Robin 7
Gray Catbird 15
Brown Thrasher 5
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 1
Cedar Waxwing 19
Common Yellowthroat 7
American Redstart 3
Yellow Warbler 17
Pine Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 10
Savannah Sparrow 1 Well seen and heard along parking lot 5 Boardwalk.
Saltmarsh Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 7
Bobolink 24
Red-winged Blackbird X A lot!
Common Grackle X A lot! Families of them feeding together in ther marsh grass.
Orchard Oriole 2
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 4
Purple Finch 5
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 4

Dave Williams
Reading, MA

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23931405

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Date: 6/16/15 7:35 am
From: Marj. Rines <marj...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] transfer of Peregrine chicks from Boston to Worcester
I called Tom French to ask about this, and he explained that there was
scaffolding going up on the Custom Tower which would have prevented the
adults from caring for the young. He has been working with the
Peregrines of Massachusetts for decades (and of course is licensed), and
has a lot of experience in "fostering" of Peregrine chicks. I've copied
him on this in case he is willing to provide more details.

On 6/16/2015 8:34 AM, Reli Abilities wrote:
> Dear Massachusette Fisheries & Wildlife,
> The posting below is from another birder about the transfer of
> Pergrine Falcon chicks from what appears to be two nest in the Boston
> area. There are a few questions/concerns I have about this.
> 1-Why would Massachusetts Fisheries & Wildlife believe its necessary
> to be switching fledlings Peregrines from Boston to Worcester and
> leaving one nest empty of any Peregrine young?
> 2-why did Massachusetts Fisheries & Wildlife act in this manner when
> action may not have been needed or necessary?
> 3-is Tom French a licensed and qualified Biologist to be acting in
> this manner?
> ...Below is a posting from the Central Mass Bird Sightings web-site by
> Emily Eaton;
> "Just to let everyone know, Worcester's pair of Peregrine Falcons had
> 2 chicks this year. They nested on the Bancroft Tower Building on
> Franklin Street. Tom French from Mass Fisheries & Wildlife took our 2
> chicks to a nest in Brockton that had only 1 chick, this gave him a
> place to put the 4 chicks from the Custom Tower in Boston. So now we
> have 2 adults (the female from last year -- photo here), and 4 chicks
> that will be fledging very soon"
> Please help clear-up my questions here.
> Thank you,
> Scott Ricker
> Reli-Abilities
> Accessibility Consulting
> Worcester, MA
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>
>
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Date: 6/16/15 6:03 am
From: Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] transfer of Peregrine chicks from Boston to Worcester
Dear Massachusette Fisheries & Wildlife, The posting below is from another birder about the transfer of Pergrine Falcon chicks from what appears to be two nest in the Boston area. There are a few questions/concerns I have about this.  1-Why would Massachusetts Fisheries & Wildlife believe its necessary to be switching fledlings Peregrines from Boston to Worcester and leaving one nest empty of any Peregrine young?  2-why did Massachusetts Fisheries & Wildlife act in this manner when action may not have been needed or necessary?  3-is Tom French a licensed and qualified Biologist to be acting in this manner? ...Below is a posting from the Central Mass Bird Sightings web-site by Emily Eaton;  "Just to let everyone know, Worcester's pair of Peregrine Falcons had 2 chicks this year. They nested on the Bancroft Tower Building on Franklin Street. Tom French from Mass Fisheries & Wildlife took our 2 chicks to a nest in Brockton that had only 1 chick, this gave him a place to put the 4 chicks from the Custom Tower in Boston. So now we have 2 adults (the female from last year -- photo here), and 4 chicks that will be fledging very soon"  Please help clear-up my questions here. Thank you, Scott Ricker
Reli-Abilities
Accessibility ConsultingWorcester, MA
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Date: 6/15/15 4:40 pm
From: lucy wightman <lucywightman...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Banded Pigeon Reading MA
Hi Paul,

I once found a gorgeous pigeon in Wompatuck and researched how to track the
band back. I went to this site:

http://www.pigeon.org/lostbirdinfo.htm

Sadly, the owner did not return my calls as is often the case. I heard that
a racer wants nothing to do with a wayward or weakening pigeon.

Lucy W


On Monday, June 15, 2015, Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> wrote:

> Massbirders,
>
> Right Leg, baby blue band with the following letters visible U 2015 S
>
> There are other letters but I can't make them out.
>
> Any ideas? I have pics of bird with band.
>
> Paul Guidetti
> Westford, MA
>
>
>

--
Lucy

 

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Date: 6/15/15 3:37 pm
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] sad news
Leslie Stillwell reports that Bob Bowker passed away on Friday.

Bob was an avid birder, dragonfly and butterfly enthusiast. His
gentle spirit and talent for teaching will be remembered by all.

A notice will appear in the Boston Globe at a later time. There will
be a memorial service in mid-September at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in
Watertown/Cambridge. Details are not yet finalized.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

 

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Date: 6/15/15 10:58 am
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club trip- NEK of Vermont
*This past Thursday evening through Sunday mid-day, we hosted a group of
nine Massachusetts birders on a Brookline Bird Club trip criss-crossing
Essex and Orleans counties. On Thursday evening, we had a melodic and
almost haunting chorus of thrushes along Ten Mile Road in East Charleston,
with Wood and Hermit thrushes, along with Veery in full, beautiful song as
daylight faded. Friday, we spent the day at Moose Bog and Silvio Conti NWR
with spectacular results. A wonderful and, not unsurprisingly, cooperative
male Spruce Grouse was seen by all. Softly vocalizing Black-backed
Woodpeckers were heard, though not seen. Gray Jays were seen feeding two
begging young along the trail, and two members of our party saw a silent
Boreal Chickadee. We also enjoyed great looks (and sounds) of a
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher on the boardwalk into the bog, a Ring-necked Duck
out on the water in the bog, and listened to a more distant Ruby-crowned
Kinglet. The usual warblers were singing (e.g., Nashville, Magnolia,
Black-throated Blue), as well as Swainson's and Hermit thrushes and Winter
Wrens. *

*We next moved on to Conti, where we heard many, many warblers, always a
delight. Our highlight there was a perched and singing Cape May Warbler
along Peanut Dam Road with some others heard. At Molly Beattie Bog, we had
more Gray Jays and a singing Lincoln's Sparrow, a very reliable spot for
this species.*

*Friday night, the rains soaked the region, but Saturday morning dawned
with bright sunlight. The group was staying at the Lakefront Inn in Island
Pond, so we started back toward Lake Willoughby in Westmore via Jobs,
Newark, Bald Hill, and Long ponds in Newark or Westmore. Along Black Fly
Boulevard in Newark, we had a stunning view of a singing Mourning Warbler
perched on a low wire, perhaps one of the best views of this bird that some
in our group had ever had. We found another singing Mourning Warbler in a
small clearing on Long Pond Road. Farther along, at the corner of Lakeview
and Cooke roads in Westmore, we were surprised by an American Bittern
standing completely out in the open on a mowed section of grass next to a
small pond. Bitterns are quite plentiful in the region, and it was one
of several bitterns our group saw or heard during the weekend.*

*After a coffee stop at our house in Westmore, we headed north to the
Coventry marshes. As we approached the southern end of River Road out of
Orleans, we were faced with an impassable road due to flooding from the
recent rains. We had to detour up via Route 5 and entered River Road from
the north side, and were rewarded with a hilarious chorus of five Virginia
Rails in just about the only part of the Coventry marshes that was not
completely flooded out. Baltimore Orioles, Warbling Vireos, both Alder and
Willow flycatchers, Common Yellowthroats, and Yellow Warblers were among
the many birds filling the air with song.*

*We next headed up to the open meadows above the marshes, with our
highlight a wonderful aerial display of a Wilson's Snipe followed by the
song of a gorgeous Eastern Meadowlark that all saw well perched on a post.*

*We then headed to the Johns River/Eagle Point area in North Derby, but
stopped to enjoy the best ice cream in the Kingdom at Pick and Shovel in
Newport. Bobolinks were plentiful, the Osprey were on nest, and other open
country birds greeted us with more song.*

*That evening, we hosted the group at our house in Westmore for a BBQ. A
pre-dinner walk on the property yielded a female Ruffed Grouse with two
small young. This was a life bird for one member of our group, and what a
nice way to see your life bird!*

*Our last day, Sunday, was spent along Gallup Mills Road in Victory and
Victory Bog. This was another beautiful day with lots and lots of song
everywhere. It is hard to overstate how wonderful it is to slowly drive
along and hear so many birds. We heard a drumming Ruffed Grouse, several
singing Ruby-crowned Kinglets, countless Nashville Warblers, and many
others. But probably the highlight of the day was our final stroll of the
trip, which was along the Blowdown area of Victory Bog. As we headed south
in Victory Bog, we walked this trail, with another Mourning Warbler and
Palm Warbler our highlights, but we missed Olive-sided Flycatcher and
Black-backed Woodpecker, which Tom Berriman had told us had been there
earlier in the day. After walking the trail at Damon's Crossing, we
returned to the Blowdown area, and lucked out with a beautiful view of an
Olive-sided Flycatcher and then both a male and female Black-backed
Woodpecker. We were an excited bunch, finishing the trip with a definite
bang.*

*We ended up with 109 species, including 19 species of warblers, t**he NEK
is a special region for birders in May and June and well worth a multi-day
visit for any birder during this time of year. With lots of rural or remote
roads that enable slow driving to listen and stop, the possibilities are
almost endless. *

Northeast Kingdom- Vermont
Jun 11-June 14
Brookline Bird Club Trip
Leaders: Bob Stymeist and Martha Steele
nine participants: 109 species

Canada Goose 48
Wood Duck 1
American Black Duck 8
Mallard 10
Ring-necked Duck 1- Moose Bog
Common Goldeneye 1- female- Island Pond
Common Merganser 3- Island Pond
Ruffed Grouse 5- (mother and 2 young -Wood Warbler Way)
Spruce Grouse 1- male at Moose Bog
Wild Turkey 12
Common Loon 10
Pied-billed Grebe 1- River Road, Coventry
Double-crested Cormorant 2
American Bittern 3- one walking on open lawn
Great Blue Heron 8
Turkey Vulture 6
Osprey 8
Bald Eagle 1 adult Island Pond
Broad-winged Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Virginia Rail 6- River Road, Coventry
Killdeer 2
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Wilson's Snipe 7- one great aerial display
Ring-billed Gull 30
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 15
Mourning Dove 10
Chimney Swift 8
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 10
Belted Kingfisher 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 14
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Black-backed Woodpecker 4- 2 at Moose Bog, 2 at Victory Bog
Northern Flicker 8
American Kestrel 4
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1- Victory Bog
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 2-Moose Bog and Conti
Alder Flycatcher X
Willow Flycatcher 7
Least Flycatcher x
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 6
Blue-headed Vireo 6
Warbling Vireo 10
Red-eyed Vireo x
Gray Jay 6- Moose Bog, Conti, Victory Bog
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 10
Common Raven 5
Tree Swallow 10
Bank Swallow 55 colony in Barton
Barn Swallow 16
Black-capped Chickadee 14
Boreal Chickadee 1- Moose Bog
Red-breasted Nuthatch 7
Brown Creeper 6
House Wren 1- Island Pond
Winter Wren 15
Marsh Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
Veery X
Swainson's Thrush 8
Hermit Thrush 10
Wood Thrush 8
American Robin x
Gray Catbird 7
European Starling 6
Cedar Waxwing 20
Ovenbird x
Northern Waterthrush 5
Black-and-white Warbler 7
Nashville Warbler X
Mourning Warbler 3-Newark, Westmore, Victory
Common Yellowthroat X
American Redstart X
Cape May Warbler 4- Conti
Northern Parula X
Magnolia Warbler X
Bay-breasted Warbler 1 Conti
Blackburnian Warbler 10
Yellow Warbler 6
Chestnut-sided Warbler X
Black-throated Blue Warbler X
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 1- with food at Victory Bog- new nesting
Yellow-rumped Warbler X
Black-throated Green Warbler X
Canada Warbler 12
Chipping Sparrow 8
Savannah Sparrow 10
Song Sparrow 16
Lincoln's Sparrow 1- Conti
Swamp Sparrow 15
White-throated Sparrow X
Dark-eyed Junco 6
Scarlet Tanager 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 8
Indigo Bunting 5
Bobolink X
Red-winged Blackbird X
Eastern Meadowlark 2
Common Grackle 16
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 6
Purple Finch 12
American Goldfinch 18
House Sparrow 6
-
Bob Stymeist and Martha Steele
Arlington MA and Westmore VT
<bobstymeist...>

 

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Date: 6/15/15 9:53 am
From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Banded Pigeon Reading MA
Massbirders,

Right Leg, baby blue band with the following letters visible U 2015 S

There are other letters but I can't make them out.

Any ideas? I have pics of bird with band.

Paul Guidetti
Westford, MA

 

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Date: 6/15/15 9:41 am
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Oystercatchers Revere Beach
I forgot to post this earlier, but on Saturday afternoon a non-birding
friend ( a surfer, actually) e-mailed me and asked me to identify the bird,
an American Oystercatcher, in a photo he'd just taken at Winthrop Beach.

John Nelson
Gloucester

On Sat, Jun 13, 2015 at 8:32 PM, sean riley <newburyowls...> wrote:

> Today while on Plover watch I had 8 American Oystercatchers fly by St.
> George condos Revere Beach, it look like they landed around Point of
> Pines. I also had a small mixed flock of Least & Semi-palmated Sandpipers
> at Winthrop Beach.
>
> -Sean Riley
> Plum Island
> <Newburyowls...>
>
>
> --
> 10thstreetbirding.blogspot.com
>

 

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Date: 6/15/15 6:11 am
From: Jonathan Jones <brewbird...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] 6/14/15: Bolton Flats Marshbirds - American Bittern Pumping Video!
That is fantastic video! You even got him inflating" before he started pumping.

Jonathan
Wrentham

On Jun 14, 2015, at 7:59 PM, Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> wrote:

> Hi Massbirders -
>
> Today I marshbirded the Still River area of Bolton Flats. It was a wonderful day with lots of activity. I canoed from 0345 to 1130. The hi-light for me was an American Bittern that was pumping right out in the open. I was able to get video, slow motion video, and photographs of the bird. It was in high breeding plumage still displaying the white flags on its shoulders. I have included more info and links to the images/vids below.
>
> Pied-billed Grebe - 1
> Common Gallinule - 4
> Least Bittern - 2 males
> American Bittern - 3 adults
> Virginia Rail - 17 adults
> Sora - 3
> Eastern Whip-poor-will - 1
> Pileated Woodpecker - pair
>
> > Video: American Bittern pumping in real time: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18195033193/in/dateposted-public/
>
> > Video: American Bittern pumping in 1/4 time: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18815653315/in/dateposted-public/
> Note: American Bitterns swallow air by gulping. The air can be seen inflating the sacs/throat area where the ruff is. The song is a three part song, sometimes given as OONK-AH-LOONK. The position of the throat/bill is horizontal for the "OONK". The "AH" occurs when the bittern snaps its head vertically followed by another horizontal bellow for the "LOONK". Watch closely as the ruff undulates during the process. This is one of the most fascinating birds I have ever witnessed.
> > Photo: American Bittern posed showing the white flags and ruff: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18627956340/in/dateposted-public/
>
> > Photo: American Bittern at he "LOONK" portion of its song: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18629502669/in/dateposted-public/
>
> > Photo: Virginia Rail shaking off the morning dew: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18627962820/in/dateposted-public/
>
> > Photo: Virginia Rail striking an fun pose: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18789391006/in/dateposted-public/
>
> > Video: Willow Flycatcher song compilation at dawn: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18627871878/in/dateposted-public/
>
> > Photo: Adult Spotted Sandpiper in display flight over the Flats: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18810616972/in/dateposted-public/
>
>
> What a great weekend of marshbirding.
>
> Thanks for reading,
>
> Steve
> -------------------------------------------------
> Westborough, Massachusetts
> Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/


 

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Date: 6/15/15 4:27 am
From: Joseph Bourget <joseph.bourget...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BROWN BOOBY - Hatches Harbor 14JUN15
Good morning Massbirders!

Yesterday, around 0624, I spotted a lone Sulid sp (the only one of the
day). After seeing a quick glance in the scope, I called it a Gannet.
However, I noticed it had a bright yellow bill, so I got it back in the
scope view. The subject bird had a dark brown head, white chest, clear
border between the two, and clear white underwings (along with the yellow
bill). Hesitant of calling it a Booby, I waited for a few hours until I got
inside some structure that wasn't a bathroom so I could review a digiscoped
video and a video screen-capture I took. You can see everything I
mentioned, save for the bill.

The heavily cropped picture is on my Flickr:
https://flic.kr/p/uG1YDD

The subject bird was last seen heading south along the shore.

Some other people have brought up the fact that there has been a lone Brown
Booby in the same general area on and off for the last few years, along
with the one found by a whale watch a month ago at Stellwagen. Perhaps it's
the same bird returning year after year?

Good birding!

Joseph Bourget

 

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Date: 6/14/15 8:30 pm
From: <dp32...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Broadmoor Mass Audubon Sanctuary, Natick, this afternoon
Mute Swans - 2 adult, 3 cygnets
Green Heron - 1 (first boardwalk)
Great-crested Flycatcher - 1
Red-winged Blackbirds - many
Common Grackles - many
American Crows 2+
Red-tailed Hawk (being harassed by several RWBBs, Baltimore Oriole)
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpeckers 2+
Canada Geese - 4 (on river)
American Robins - many
Tree Swallows
House Sparrows
House Wrens
Ovenbirds
Chipping Sparrow
Wood Thrush
Pine Warbler
Baltimore Orioles
Yellow Warblers
Gray Catbirds

Also:
Beaver (working on dam)
Bull Frogs
Green Frogs
Painted Turtles
Chipmunks
Eastern Cottontails

Deb Radovsky and Sky Crawford
Sharon





 

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Date: 6/14/15 8:02 pm
From: Ron Crissman <ronc8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-breasted Chat in Sudbury

Dave Henkels and I birded several locations in Sudbury today with good results all around. The best bird was a Yellow-breasted Chat at the Davis Farm conservation area (Rt. 117).  Dave spotted the bird in the hedgerow next to the field to the left of the parking lot.  It was in a large Honeysuckle bush just after some taller trees.  Only a short distance beyond that we found two Vesper sparrows, and later we heard a Worm-eating warbler on the trail to Tippling Rock on Boston Post Rd. (Rt.20).

Ron Crissman
<ronc8...>
Framingham, MA
Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
 

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Date: 6/14/15 6:38 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Westover Grasslands Complex, Jun 14, 2015


> Begin forwarded message:
>
> Date: June 14, 2015 at 8:48:10 PM EDT
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Westover Grasslands Complex, Jun 14, 2015
> To: <gwgove...>
>
> Westover Grasslands Complex, Hampden, Massachusetts, US
> Jun 14, 2015 11:42 AM - 12:42 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: We were there twice, once in the a.m. and once in the p.m. Base security came by and said that we should not use a camera. Judy Gordon was the other person in the party.
> 4 species
>
> Upland Sandpiper 1 We did not see any in the a.m. but came back and saw one about 0.5 miles out in the base from the gate at the end of Randall Rd/South St on the south side of the AFB. We were looking toward the water tower with the red & white pattern. For most sightings we could see only the bill, head, and
> neck and then the bird would pull its head down and walk along and then stand up with the head visible.

> Grasshopper Sparrow 2 Judy heard one singing and then heard 1 or 2 more. The first one was close to the gate described for the Upland S.

> Bobolink 6

> Eastern Meadowlark 1 Out near the runway from the gate described under Upland S.
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23910477
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marllboro



 

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Date: 6/14/15 5:27 pm
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/14/15: Bolton Flats Marshbirds - American Bittern Pumping Video!
Hi Massbirders -

Today I marshbirded the Still River area of Bolton Flats. It was a
wonderful day with lots of activity. I canoed from 0345 to 1130. The
hi-light for me was an American Bittern that was pumping right out in the
open. I was able to get video, slow motion video, and photographs of the
bird. It was in high breeding plumage still displaying the white flags on
its shoulders. I have included more info and links to the images/vids
below.

Pied-billed Grebe - 1
Common Gallinule - 4
Least Bittern - 2 males
American Bittern - 3 adults
Virginia Rail - 17 adults
Sora - 3
Eastern Whip-poor-will - 1
Pileated Woodpecker - pair


> Video: American Bittern pumping in real time:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18195033193/in/dateposted-public/
> Video: American Bittern pumping in 1/4 time:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18815653315/in/dateposted-public/

- Note: American Bitterns swallow air by gulping. The air can be seen
inflating the sacs/throat area where the ruff is. The song is a three part
song, sometimes given as OONK-AH-LOONK. The position of the throat/bill is
horizontal for the "OONK". The "AH" occurs when the bittern snaps its head
vertically followed by another horizontal bellow for the "LOONK". Watch
closely as the ruff undulates during the process. This is one of the most
fascinating birds I have ever witnessed.

> Photo: American Bittern posed showing the white flags and ruff:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18627956340/in/dateposted-public/

> Photo: American Bittern at he "LOONK" portion of its song:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18629502669/in/dateposted-public/

> Photo: Virginia Rail shaking off the morning dew:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18627962820/in/dateposted-public/

> Photo: Virginia Rail striking an fun pose:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18789391006/in/dateposted-public/

> Video: Willow Flycatcher song compilation at dawn:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18627871878/in/dateposted-public/

> Photo: Adult Spotted Sandpiper in display flight over the Flats:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18810616972/in/dateposted-public/

What a great weekend of marshbirding.

Thanks for reading,

Steve
-------------------------------------------------
Westborough, Massachusetts
Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/

 

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Date: 6/14/15 4:05 pm
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] GMNWR Concord Marshbird Survey 6/12-13/15
Massbirders -

On 6/12 and 6/13, in the capacity of USFWS volunteer, I surveyed the upper
and lower pools of the GMNWR Concord Impoundments. On 6/12 I did the
upper pool and on 6/13, I did the lower pool.

The 12th was the better of the two days. On the 13th, a front came through
mid survey and the winds were the kiss of death for detecting
marshbirds.

*Least Bittern - 5 (3m, 1f, 1unknown) *- The Upper Pool had all 5 Least
Bitterns. While paddling back from my last survey point in the upper pool,
a male Least Bittern was calling and a female flushed up. I paused the
canoe for a while and was treated to an amazing territorial display between
two males. One male was very aggressively chasing the other male around
and would do a loop around the edge of a back water pool that is ringed
with cattails. I got extremely lucky and got some pretty Least Bittern
shots. I also recorded my best recording yet of a male advertising.

- Photo: Male spread-legged on cattails - the claws are unreal -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18158990244/in/dateposted-public/
- Photo: Male in flight - I got real lucky -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18159059234/in/dateposted-public/
- Photo: Male taking off - I think the Muppet Gonzo was once a Least
Bittern, look at the facial expression -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18780682085/in/dateposted-public/
- Video: Male advertising very close -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18622729518/in/dateposted-public/

*Pied-billed Grebe - 1 to 2*

Virginia Rail *-* 21 Adults

- Curiously, I had a male singing its advertising song -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18784217346/in/dateposted-public/

Green Heron - 1

Great Blue Heron - 7

On 6/13, I had a Greater Yellowlegs circling the Lower Pool calling well
before dawn. It circled and then continued north.

The surveys were a combination of canoeing and broadcasting from the dikes.
The surveys start 1/2 hour before sunrise and each route is made up of a
series of points where a standardized set of broadcast vocalizations are
played. Birds are recorded in accordance with the guidelines and methods
put forth by the USFWS. I have been asked not to give out specific
locations of listed birds.

The following is from the USFWS -

*"As a reminder, the USFWS does not allow playing of marshbird calls or
use of canoes at the Concord Impoundments without authorization. For more
information about ongoing surveys, management, or volunteering at the
Concord Impoundments, please contact the Refuge Biological Staff at
978-443-4661, x24 or x37"*

Thanks for reading,

Steve
-------------------------------------------------
Westborough, Massachusetts
Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/

 

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Date: 6/14/15 3:20 pm
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brown Booby - Provincetown
Thanks to Joseph Bourget for the following message (also on MA RBA
page) -

Hello Mass birders! Today (14JUN15) at approximately 0626, I saw a
BROWN BOOBY at Hatches Harbor in Provincetown. This was a lifebird
for me! Poor video and pic available. The subject bird was last seen
flying South East along the shore. Possibly the same bird as the
Brown Booby seen a few weeks ago? Good birding!

Joe will post more details later!

Great report!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

 

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Date: 6/14/15 2:53 pm
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Oystercatchers Revere Beach
Today while on Plover watch I had 8 American Oystercatchers fly by St.
George condos Revere Beach, it look like they landed around Point of
Pines. I also had a small mixed flock of Least & Semi-palmated Sandpipers
at Winthrop Beach.

-Sean Riley
Plum Island
<Newburyowls...>


--
10thstreetbirding.blogspot.com

 

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Date: 6/14/15 2:53 pm
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Whippoorwill's calling
I just moved to a new spot on Plum Island right next to the Reserve and

* there are a number of Whippoorwill's calling right outside. Pretty cool,
a first on the Island for me. *

*-Sean Riley *Plum Island
<Newburyowls...>

<https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A0LEV7iT03xV9RcAxjQnnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTEwcTc4aWkwBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNxc3MtcXJ3?ei=UTF-8&hsimp=yhs-002&hspart=mozilla&fr=yhs-mozilla-002&p=whippoorwill&fr2=12642>

--
10thstreetbirding.blogspot.com

 

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Date: 6/14/15 11:12 am
From: Jonathan Center <jbcenter...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nesting Wood Thrushes & Turkeys in Chelmsford
In my neighborhood in Chelmsford, I have a pair Wood Thrushes in the small
patch of woods behind my house. I have been hearing the male sing since May
26. On May 30, I discovered a nest with the female sitting on it. It is in a
sapling about 12-15 feet above the ground. Yesterday, I think the eggs maybe
beginning to hatch since she appears to be making adjustments with her bill.
I do not think feeding has occurred yet. One book I have said incubation
takes about 13-14 days so that sounds right if what I assume is happening in
the nest is right.

Also yesterday, at the end of my drive way a hen Wild Turkey appeared from
rhododendrons with two small chicks in tow. They strolled across my drive
into the woods on the other side and continued on in my neighbor's back
yard. I watched as the hen took the high road on this person's stone terrace
as the two chicks followed along down below at height of about 3 feet. I
think they were reunited when I watch the young birds clambered up some
stone steps leading to the terrace.

I hear the Wood Thrush sing now as I am typing this!

Jonathan Center
Chelmsford
<jbcenter...>

 

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Date: 6/14/15 9:40 am
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatch Family
I've just been watching a group of five Red-breasted Nuthatches in our
yard. They're staying close together, vocalizing frequently, sometimes
perching on the rocks around our little pond, and the two parents have been
visiting the suet feeder and then feeding suet to the young. Two
nuthatches, presumably the parents, hung around our feeders throughout the
brutal winter, but this is the first time I've seen them in the past few
weeks, and the first evidence I've had of Red-breasted Nuthatches breeding
anywhere near our yard.

John Nelson
West Gloucester

 

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Date: 6/14/15 8:57 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White-throated Sparrow - Newbury
at the edge of my yard this morning



------------------------------------

Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951


email: <lynette.leka...>
 

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Date: 6/13/15 4:28 pm
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Family day in Salem
Adding:
House Finch -- at least 6
Hairy Woodpecker - new yard bird
Linda


On 6/13/2015 5:34 PM, Linda Ferraresso wrote:
> While doing some outside work today, many avian families were present,
> playing, feeding young, just plain entertaining. Guests include:
>
> Downy Woodpecker - at least 4
> Tufted Titmouse - at least 5
> Black-capped Chickadee - only 2 at one time though suspect there were
> more
> Red-winged Blackbirds - 2 female and 1 male
> Common Raven - flyovers croaking
> Northern Cardinal - at least 3
> Song Sparrow - seemed to be unattached
> Mourning Dove - at least 5
> House Sparrow - too many!
>
> Noticeably absent were the Ruby-throated Hummingbird pair that have
> been fairly regular. :-(
>
> Hoping the resident Eastern Screech Owl pays a visit tonight!
>
> Ciao,
> Linda
>
>
> --
> Linda Ferraresso
> Salem, MA
> tattler1(at)comcast(dot)net
>
> "Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark" - Tagore
 

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Date: 6/13/15 3:02 pm
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Family day in Salem
While doing some outside work today, many avian families were present,
playing, feeding young, just plain entertaining. Guests include:

Downy Woodpecker - at least 4
Tufted Titmouse - at least 5
Black-capped Chickadee - only 2 at one time though suspect there were more
Red-winged Blackbirds - 2 female and 1 male
Common Raven - flyovers croaking
Northern Cardinal - at least 3
Song Sparrow - seemed to be unattached
Mourning Dove - at least 5
House Sparrow - too many!

Noticeably absent were the Ruby-throated Hummingbird pair that have been
fairly regular. :-(

Hoping the resident Eastern Screech Owl pays a visit tonight!

Ciao,
Linda

--
Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
tattler1(at)comcast(dot)net

"Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark" - Tagore

 

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Date: 6/13/15 4:12 am
From: geohawk_1 <geohawk_1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Quabbin leaf blowing


Yesterday I enjoyed a nice walk along gate 40 road at quabbin, seeing many of the typical nesters. I was surprised to come across a guy pulling an industrial leaf blower with a tractor,  cleaning the road (and making a racket). Couldn't figure out why they would be doing that? Any ideas?
Cheers, Greg Hirth east falmouth geohawk_1 at yahoo dot com 


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 6/12/15 6:46 pm
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Birding Magazine
I am trying to make more space and have decided that another person would
get more use and enjoyment out of back issues of Birding magazine than I
do. The issues range from 1991 to present. I think there are a few
missing, but I'll leave that to someone else to sort out. I ask that you
bring boxes to pack them and that we arrange a mutually convenient time for
pick up. (Sunday early evening is a possibility.) I live in Watertown, not
too far from Watertown Square.

Cliff Cook
Watertown

 

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Date: 6/12/15 6:00 pm
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Essex County highlights
This morning I checked the Wenham Canal (WC) in Wenham, Essex Aggie (EA)
woodlands and pond in Danvers, and the Middleton Landfill (ML) at the end
of a little lane off the corner of East and Peabody streets in Middleton.
Highlights:

7 Great Blue Herons (4 at WC, 1 at EA, 2 at ML)
2 RT Hummingbirds (perched at ML)
6 Willow Flycatchers (2 at WC, 4 at ML)
4 Warbling Vireos (2 at EA, 2 at ML)
1 Winter Wren (WC)
4 Veery (2 at WC, 2 at ML)
2 Wood Thrushes (WC)
1 Nashville Warbler (WC)
2 Scarlet Tanagers (WC)
5 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (1 at WC, 2 at EA, 2 at ML)
2 Indigo Buntings (1 at EA, 1 at ML)
1 Orchard Oriole (ML)

In the afternoon I turned to yardwork, in some good company:

1 Black-billed Cuckoo
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Fish Crows
4 Cedar Waxwings
1 Pine Warbler
2 Purple Finches

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 6/12/15 2:19 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Leverets and Jamaica Ponds
All but the warbler at Leverett Pond.
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2. Adult and immature
Great Blue Heron 1
Wood Duck 3. Including an obvious pair; also, a lone female
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Singing at pond next to Pinebank Promontory
American Toad 1
Water Lily. Beautiful and many; Ward&#39;s Pond
Paul Peterson
<Petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 6/12/15 12:57 pm
From: Mark Faherty <mfaherty...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mississippi Kites, N. Truro yesterday
Don Manchester called yesterday to report two Mississippi Kites at the Pilgrim heights hawk watch that passed around 10AM. I had meant to post but then five other things came up and I forgot. Those kites are getting pretty ho-hum up there these days, anyhow..

*********************************************************************
Mark Faherty
Science Coordinator
Mass Audubon/Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary


 

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Date: 6/12/15 6:47 am
From: <RonC8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Email Your Senator About Defunding the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Massbirders,

The forwarded message from Russ Oates on the Carolinabirds mailing list
contains a link to the American Bird Conservatory's message requesting that
the U.S. Senate vote against defunding the MBTA. By filling in your name
and email information, then hitting "send" the message will automatically
be sent from you to your U.S. state senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth
A. Warren. I urge you to take this action to let your Senators know how
you feel about this outrageous assault on bird protection in the United
States.



Ron Crissman
<_ronc8...> (mailto:<ronc8...>)
Framingham, MA





 

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Date: 6/12/15 6:30 am
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Belchertown, Jun 10, 2015 Common Gallinule
Didn't see these on Massbird??


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Belchertown, Jun 10, 2015 Common Gallinule
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:18:02 -0400
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
To: Massbird <Massbird...>



We also heard the beautiful song of a Winter Wren at Mt Holyoke and
heard and saw a Peregrine Falcon at Mt Sugarloaf.

This is the first Winter Wren I have heard in years - new hearing aids.


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: eBird Report - Belchertown, Jun 10, 2015
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:11:04 -0400 (EDT)
From: <ebird-checklist...>
To: <gwgove...>



Belchertown, Hampshire, Massachusetts, US
Jun 10, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Actually at Lake Wallace
2 species

Wood Duck 8 2 pair + 3 or 4 ducklings

Common Gallinule 1 Over 2 days we spent several hours looking for the Gallinule.
Jun 10 we looked from the north side of Lake Wallace at the soccer fields in several
openings to no avail. We then wnet to the south side behind Almeida's and looked from there
(we had looked from both locations on a previous day with no luck). Finally I spotted the
Gallinule bathing briefly before it disappeared behind some cattails out about 100 or so feet
from the shore. I called Judy and while she was coming, the Gallinule appeared again briefly
and disappeared again. We both looked for a long time and it appeared again further left and
Judy saw it. A dark bird with a red bill/shield and white flank and undertail. Brief glimpses
but persistence paid off. Interesting place with lots of swallows and blackbirds but no herons.

View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23863321

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



-------- Forwarded Message --------

Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak fledglings...
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:45:09 -0400
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
To: Massbird <Massbird...>

Rose-breasted Grosbeak fledglings...


We have been seeing and hearing Grosbeaks around the yard for some time
and were pleasantly surprised to see these fledglings.
Just click on the link below and then click on an image and click next.

We have had a good variety of birds at our new home including orioles, 3
species of flycatcher, turkeys, lots of robins, Red-tailed Hawks, some
warblers, a Black-billed Cuckoo,and others.

http://www.pbase.com/gwgove/rbg

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro





 

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Date: 6/12/15 5:37 am
From: Ron Crissman <ronc8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Status of bill to prevent funding for enforcement of Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
 

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Date: 6/12/15 5:05 am
From: <dp32...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] What Birders Should Know – and do – about the Threat to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
FYI:
http://blog.aba.org/2015/06/what-birders-should-know-about-the-migratory-bird-treaty-act-threat.html
Deb Radovsky
Sharon
 

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Date: 6/11/15 8:06 pm
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Possible Snowy X Little Egret and red legged Yellow legs.....
Hello Massbirders,

Today at Stage Island I photographed what I believe is a very strong
candidate/ possibility Snowy X Little Egret , Bird appeared to be
slightly bigger then snowies, had busy crest (like snowy) but also to long
plumes (like Little) high breeding plumage showed almost reddish lores,
yellow also looks like it traveled up leg more than typical Snowy. David
Sibley has a great article on these likely hybrid combos here
http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/08/possible-hybrid-little-x-snowy-egrets/
My photos here - http://www.pbase.com/suzsull/image/160393764
http://www.pbase.com/suzsull/image/160393765
and http://www.pbase.com/suzsull/image/160393767
and http://www.pbase.com/suzsull/image/160393766

This Greater Yellow-legs actually had 2 toned legs, must be the hormones.
Crazy!
http://www.pbase.com/suzsull/image/160393763

And what I believe is a Long-billed dowitcher, which is really unusual for
this time of year, so maybe it isn’t? Looks like it though, maybe young
female?
http://www.pbase.com/suzsull/image/160393771
--
Suzanne M. Sullivan
Wilmington, MA
<swampy435...>

Be the Voice of the River
http://www.ipswichriver.org

 

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Date: 6/11/15 8:06 pm
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] bird killing act!
FYI
http://www.audubonaction.org/site/News2?abbr=aa_&page=NewsArticle&id=6324&pgwrap=n&autologin=true&utm_source=action&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2015-06-11-advisory#skip_interests

--
Suzanne M. Sullivan
Wilmington, MA
<swampy435...>

Be the Voice of the River
http://www.ipswichriver.org

 

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Date: 6/11/15 8:05 pm
From: Dorie Stolley <dorie.stolley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Piping Plover Trips, Plymouth Long Beach
Join Goldenrod Foundation for a trip out to Long Beach in Plymouth to see
Piping Plovers and their chicks as well as other beach-nesting birds, such
as Least and Common Terns, Laughing and Herring Gulls and perhaps a pair of
Black Skimmers. For more information and to sign up, go to our calendar of
events and click on the date of interest:
http://www.goldenrod.org/blog/calendar-of-events Space is limited.



Sunday, June 28, 7 a.m. to noon

Tuesday, June 30, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (You will get wet up to the knees)
Thursday, July 2, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Short trip)

Dorie Stolley
Program Manager
Goldenrod Foundation
www.goldenrod.org
<dss...>

 

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Date: 6/11/15 3:06 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/11 Milton Notables
Milton Yacht Club (Milton Landing), Milton Hill including Hutchinson Field, then Milton Academy Pond.
Great Egret 1 Milton Landing
Wood Duck 4 Milton Academy
BALD EAGLE 1 an adult on two days this past week Milton Landing (go down to canoe launch at the end) More than one local has said there is a pair! hmmmm!
Osprey 3 family unit Milton Landing (go to canoe launch for raptor action)
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Milton Landing
Red-tailed Hawk 2 Milton Landing and Milton Academy Pond
Cooper's Hawk 1 Milton Hill
Wild Turkey 4 Hutchinson's Field (TTOR property)
Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Milton Landing
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2 immatures at Hutchinson Field in "secret" section)
Orchard Orioles nestlings in the front larch, Hutchinson Field ("secret" section)
Baltimore Orioles nestlings in beech twenty yards from Orchard Oriole nest ("secret" section)
MISCELANEOUS:
Hummingbird Moth 1 Hutchinson Field "secret" section
Tiger Swallowtail 1 Hutchinson Field "secret" section
Common Ringlet 1 Hutchinson Field "secret" section
Snapping Turtle 3 Milton Academy pond
Painted Turtle RIDING ON BACK OF SNAPPING TURTLE 1
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 6/11/15 9:52 am
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/11 Duxbury Beach - Black Skimmers & Oystercatchers
An early run this morning produced the usual suspects plus my first Black
Skimmers of the year along with 3 Oystercatchers (may be a different group
than the continuing pair) and a frustrating flock of 7 distant shorebirds -
very likely Red Knots in non-breeding plumage but couldn't confirm.



*Black Skimmer 3 Two individuals were loafing on the High Pines
peninsula (which becomes a small island at peak tide) with gulls and
cormorants (documentation photo avail). As I crossed the bridge returning
home a 3rd individual flew fast north to south about 30 ft up. The bridge
is 1.5+miles north of High Pines and those birds were sleeping on the
peninsula when I left them only about 10 minutes earlier, so this was surely
a 3rd individual.



* American Oystercatcher 3 There have been two acting like a pair and
hanging about a former failed nesting site at High Pines for a couple of
weeks or so. Today, while I was scoping the Black Skimmers, a noisy group
of 3 flew north to south 100ft up or more and calling, After passing over
the High Pines peninsula area they dropped down to about 50 ft and continued
on toward Plum Hills. They were flying close together. No way to tell
whether these included the pair I've been seeing or are another group.



Rick Bowes

<mailto:<rbowes...> <rbowes...>

office: 781-934-7432

mobile: 617-966-7755




 

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Date: 6/11/15 9:18 am
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Birdathon results?
I was wondering why we have not heard any thing official about the
Birdathon results on Massbird?
--
Susan Hedman, Gloucester
"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature." Frank Lloyd Wright

 

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Date: 6/11/15 9:16 am
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Birdathon results
I was wondering why Birdathon results

--
Susan Hedman, Gloucester
"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature." Frank Lloyd Wright

 

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Date: 6/11/15 4:15 am
From: Bill Lafley <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskins-New Salem
Hello,

There are still 3 Pine Siskins at our thistle feeder. I have not seen any evidence that would confirm breeding and 3 seems like an odd number in more ways than one.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<Blafley...>
 

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Date: 6/10/15 8:29 pm
From: Migration Productions <semiplover...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] MAS Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary (video)
Short video from Mass Audubon Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary (DWWS) in
Marshfield.

Purple Martins, Barn Swallows and Bobolink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsetKZfGT7g

All three species are nesting on the property, Barn Swallows in both
observation blinds and many Bobolinks some males still displaying.

Some highlights from this week.
(2) Willow Flycatcher
Glossy Ibis
(2) Black-billed Cuckoo
Greater Yellowlegs

 

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Date: 6/10/15 5:54 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Newman Road, Pikul's, Plum Island - 06-10-15
Bill Gette and I led Wednesday Morning Birding out of Joppa Flats Education Center on a beautiful day – partly cloudy skies, temps low to high 70s, winds NW/10-15 mph. We visited Newman Road in Newbury and Pikul’s pannes on Rt 1A in Rowley, and concluded the morning’s program on Plum Island’s Parker River NWR.

Our list:

Newman Rd & Pikul’s pannes --
Snowy Egret (4) – 1, NR; 3, PP.
Glossy Ibis (~ 25) – NR.
Willet (4) – 3, NR.
Wilson’s Phalarope (1) – male; female seen earlier on visit before program; PP.
Warbling Vireo (1) – PP.
Saltmarsh Sparrow (2) – NR.
Song Sparrow (3) – 2, NR; 1, PP.
Northern Cardinal (2) – NR.
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole (2) – NR.
House Finch (1) – en route NR.

Plum Island (Parker River NWR) --
Mute Swan (4) – 3 ads, main panne; 1 yrlg, Bill Forward Pool.
Gadwall (5)
Mallard (~ 15)
Northern Shoveler (4) – 1 pr & 2 drakes, BFP.
Wild Turkey (3)
Double-crested Cormorant (1)
Great Egret (2)
Snowy Egret (6)
Osprey (1)
Killdeer (4) – 2 ads, 2 young; small pannes.
Willet – common.
Lesser Yellowlegs (1) – North Pool.
Semipalmated Sandpiper ( 8) – marsh w. BFP dike.
Herring Gull
Least Tern (5)
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Willow Flycatcher (1) – N. Field.
Eastern Kingbird (~ 15)
Red-eyed Vireo (1)
American Crow
Purple Martin ( 8)
Tree Swallow ( 6)
Barn Swallow (2)
American Robin
Gray Catbird – common.
Northern Mockingbird (1)
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing (2) – Hellcat.
Common Yellowthroat (3)
American Redstart (3) – Goodno Woods vicinity.
Yellow Warbler (~ 8)
Eastern Towhee (~ 6)
Saltmarsh Sparrow (4) – small pannes.
Song Sparrow – common.
Swamp Sparrow (1)
Bobolink (3)
Red-winged Blackbird – common.
Common Grackle – common.
Brown-headed Cowbird (1)
Baltimore Oriole (4)
Purple Finch (1)
American Goldfinch (2)

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats Education Center at 0930
for Wednesday Morning Birding. For more information about Joppa Flats
programs, call Bill Gette or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

Dave Weaver
Manchester, MA 01944
<cygnus-dkw...>




 

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Date: 6/10/15 4:11 pm
From: Mark Faherty <mfaherty...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] YC Night Herons, Outer Cape
I've had a couple of different people send me photos of adult Yellow-crowned Night-Herons in Chatham and Orleans in the last week. Apparently two have been hanging around an obscure marsh along the Oyster River in West Chatham for the last ten days (maybe visible from the Chatham Yacht Basin?), and another was photographed by one of our education staff 6/5 in upper Pleasant Bay in a kayak-only location (near "Viking Point" in Orleans). On the rare occasions they have nested in MA it has been singly rather than in colonies of other wading birds. I'd love to know if and where they are nesting.

*********************************************************************
Mark Faherty
Science Coordinator
Mass Audubon/Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary


 

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Date: 6/10/15 10:57 am
From: Spector, David (Biology) <spectord...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Singing female birds
I am not aware of a listing of such species. In the tropics the females of many species sing. Here in the temperate zone relatively few females sing. Two local species in which females sing regularly are the Northern Mockingbird and the Northern Cardinal. Rare female song has been noted rarely for many other local species but is not a regular phenonmenon for most of our birds.

In many species in which the females do not sing they do interact vocally with males using call notes. Among local species this interaction might be most obvious for Red-winged Blackbirds; listen for a female's call as the male's song ends.

I hope that helps,

David Spector
Belchertown, Massachusetts


________________________________________
From: <massbird-approval...> [<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of alice morgan [<morgan.alice...>]
Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 12:48 PM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Singing female birds

I am hoping someone out there can point me to a list of bird species where the female sings as well as the male. I believe there are some, but have never been able to locate information about which ones they are. Many thanks, Alice Morgan

--
Alice & Dane Morgan
Brookline & S. Dartmouth, MA
 

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Date: 6/10/15 10:18 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Singing female birds
I am hoping someone out there can point me to a list of bird species where
the female sings as well as the male. I believe there are some, but have
never been able to locate information about which ones they are. Many
thanks, Alice Morgan

--
Alice & Dane Morgan
Brookline & S. Dartmouth, MA

 

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Date: 6/10/15 7:29 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Oops
Sorry massbirders,
Thompson’s Is in in Boston Harbor.
Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 6/10/15 6:04 am
From: David Davis <ddavis...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Glossy Ibis, Saltmarsh Sparrows, Newbury
Saltmarsh Sparrows are nesting now in the marsh off Newman Road in Newbury,
and for the past three weeks or so Glossy Ibis have been visible from the
road.

David Davis
Newbury, MA

 

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Date: 6/10/15 3:57 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Thaompson's Island, Boston
Massbirders,
I (we) spent two days out on Thompson’s Is Monday and Tuesday. Our 7th grade
students did the Outward Bound Program while I recorded avian species over a
good part of the Is. We found an American Oystercatcher nest with 3 eggs,
and a Killdeer nest with 4 eggs, both photographed. Also noteworthy as a
constantly “singing” Willow Flycatcher. Both days were windy with light
occasional showers. I posted both days lists below for those interested. E
mail me if details are requested.
Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
<petrull...>

Jun 8, 2015
US-MA-Boston - 42.3185x-71.0068 - Jun 8, 2015, 9:39 AM
Traveling
1 miles
240 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
2 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Turkey Vulture
2 Killdeer
3 American Oystercatcher
1 Spotted Sandpiper
15 Herring Gull (American)
4 Great Black-backed Gull
12 Common Tern
1 Northern Flicker
2 Red-eyed Vireo
3 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
23 Barn Swallow
1 Tufted Titmouse
7 American Robin
3 Gray Catbird
2 European Starling
2 Yellow Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroat
2 Song Sparrow
1 Northern Cardinal
4 Red-winged Blackbird
6 Common Grackle
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
2 Baltimore Oriole
1 American Goldfinch
2 House Sparrow

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Sent from my iPhone

Jun 9, 2015
US-MA-Quincy - 42.3168x-71.0092 - Jun 9, 2015, 8:53 AM
Traveling
1 miles
504 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Comments...nests of AMOY and killdeer confirmed and
photographed..3 eggs and 4 eggs respectively.
2 Canada Goose
3 Wild Turkey
1 Snowy Egret
3 Black-crowned Night-Heron
2 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey
1 Killdeer
1 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Willet
3 Herring Gull (American)
1 Great Black-backed Gull
2 Mourning Dove
1 Willow Flycatcher
2 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
5 Barn Swallow
4 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
1 Northern Mockingbird
1 European Starling
1 Yellow Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroat
2 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Baltimore Oriole


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Date: 6/9/15 7:16 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/9 Fowl Meadow in Milton, Canton
I covered just about every bit of this large tract of land, including all of the upland paths. I birded from 12:00-6:45.
Green Heron 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Black-billed Cuckoo 3 on the right, almost down to the end of the Burma Rd. (the main dirt path that traverses the length of Fowl Meadow)
cuckoo sp. 1 kddowl, kddowl, kddowl, somewhat near the beginning of Burma Rd., on the right
Eastern Wood Pewee 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Willow Flycatcher 3
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 10 including four near very beginning
Wood Thrush 7 most in uplands
Veery 5 such a liquid, amazing song (best place to hear song is by taking a right at four-way intersection down path)
Blue-winged Warbler 6
Ovenbird 6
American Redstart 2
Pine Warbler 4
Yellow Warbler 25
Common Yellowthroat 20
Black and White Warbler 1+ singing, seen
Eastern Towhee 7
Scarlet Tanager 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 7
Baltimore Oriole 7
BUTTERFLIES:
Question Mark 1
Red Admiral 5
Pearl Crescent 12
Tiger Swallowtail 1
Black Swallowtail 1
Clouded Sulphur 1
Cabbage White 4
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
skipper sp. 2
Common Ringlet 3
Little Wood Satyr 4
butterfly sp. 1
MOTHS:
CECROPIA MOTH 1!!! on Burma Rd. near beginning
AMPHIBIANS:
Northern Leopard Frog 1
Grren Frog 3
SNAKES:
Garter Snake 1 or its look-alike snake
MAMMALS:
White-tailed Deer 3
FLORA:
Wild Iris
Wild Indigo one as tall as six feet, very woody stems
ODONATES:
Ebony Jewel-wing7
INSECTS:
Dung Beetle 8 on poop, some mating as well (ah, the good life!)
Horses 4 in a pen
Rooster 1 crowing, unseen
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 6/9/15 5:47 pm
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens (Concord)
Continuing with the optimistic reports... As I walked out of our
community garden this afternoon, between two neighborhood houses, I
heard loud scolding in the dark spruce understory between them.
There were two Carolina wrens scolding, the first I've seen or heard
in the neighborhood this spring, our own yard birds having
disappeared with the winter. I gently pished to get their attention
which brought in a third, and with a little more soft pishing
eventually there were six(!) wrens all hopping about at my eye level.
Thanks to many of the details in this discussion thread, I took
special note that the two houses flanking this little area both have
decks that are higher than last winter's snowfall. In addition, one
has lattice all the way around the underside of their deck which
likely afforded a number of entry points to winter shelter for these
birds.

I appreciate the awareness this thread has raised,

Cherrie Corey

--
Cherrie A. Corey
Naturalist, educator, and photographer
Concord, MA
978.760.1933 mobile
http://sense-of-place-concord.blogspot.com/
 

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Date: 6/9/15 5:03 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Peregrines: 3 chicks banded today!
For those with an interest, the 3 peregrine chicks in Lawrence were banded this afternoon, following other recent bandings, including
the 4 chicks banded at UMASS Lowell last Tuesday, which was featured in Boston Globe story, available from online edition!

Best,
Craig Gibson
Winchester, MA
cbgibson AT comcast.net

 

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Date: 6/9/15 4:19 pm
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm trip to California
Hello Birders,

Strickland Wheelock and Tia Pinney are leading a fall trip to southern California which will include a wide variety of habitats and a pelagic trip as well. Special effort will be made to find challenging species.

Interested ?? For more information go to: http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=6:whoTags[]=audience_adult:whatTags[]=program_type_trip_or_tour:program_code=39251
Best,
Pam Sowizral
Drumlin Farm
Lincoln



 

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Date: 6/9/15 3:19 pm
From: Will Sweet <wsweet321...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Blue-winged X Golden-winged Warbler hybrid- Sharon, MA
Hi all,

Today at around 4:00pm I found some sort of backcross of a Blue-winged and
Golden-winged Warbler at Moose Hill Farm in Sharon. The bird was mostly
yellow, with hints of a face mask. It was also singing a Golden-winged
song. If you leave the parking lot and continue along the path through the
field with the solar panels, you eventually reach a grassy patch in the
woods where a house used to stand. This is where the bird was calling. A
photo of the bird can be seen here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/22560927@N04/18646559142/in/dateposted-public/

Will Sweet
Sharon, MA
--
Will Sweet
Sharon MA
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22560927@N04/?saved=1
<wsweet321...>

 

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Date: 6/9/15 9:48 am
From: Alvin T. Laasanen <laasanen...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens
Adding a little more optimism, my nesting pair of Carolina Wrens
contributed up to four new members to the wren population. When I first
discovered the nest atop my propane tank, it contained 4 little eggs.
The next time I checked they had hatched and the parents were becoming
very vocal around the house. Then a couple of days ago they became
uncharacteristically quiet. I checked the nest and it was empty.
Incidentally, the first time I saw or heard the wrens this year was
April 3. So they may have found another place to overwinter with
relatively favorable conditions.

Alvin Laasanen
Sterling, MA


On 6/9/2015 5:50 AM, Regina Harrison wrote:
>
> Well, just to add a tiny bit of optimism to the Carolina Wren
> situation, I am thrilled to report that I have at least two year round
> resident wrens who made it through the winter. I saw them only very
> occasionally at the sunflower seed and suet feeders during February
> and March, but they were able to find enough sustenance to survive.
> There is a lot of deadfall in and around my property, and I wonder if
> access to that insect life made the difference. I am very aware of
> that 5am teakettle-ing as something to treasure this year!
>
> Regina Harrison
> North Woburn, MA
>
> On Jun 9, 2015 2:09 AM, "Rick Bowes" <rbowes...>
> <mailto:<rbowes...>> wrote:
>
> Adding to the thread…
>
> I do not keep detailed data at home, but here in Duxbury we lost
> our “permanent resident” group of at least 3 Carolinas midway
> through the winter. So far the only wrens this season are a pair
> of House Wrens that appeared about 2 weeks ago. Just this week I
> had begun wondering if it was just a local misfortune or perhaps
> more widespread when I realized that I’m not hearing Carolina
> Wrens on Duxbury Beach in any of the three locations where they
> have been “regulars” – High Pines, on the Gurnet, out on
> Saquish. Hopefully they will rebound quickly, they and their
> optimism are missed.
>
> Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA
>
> <rbowes...> <mailto:<rbowes...>
>
> Duxbury Beach info at http://www.duxburybeach.com/visit.htm
>


 

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Date: 6/9/15 8:17 am
From: William Graves <wsgraves...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Marblehead kestrel
A female American kestrel flew low over my yard in downtown Marblehead
today, perching briefly on the chimney before being chased off by jays.
Bill Graves
Marblehead, MA

 

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Date: 6/9/15 6:13 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] June 6 & 7 - October Mountain State Forest
Hi Massbirders

This past weekend I spent some quality time at October Mountain State
Forest in Lee.
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-west/october-mountain-state-forest-generic.html

I birded Saturday from 1500 to 2100 and on Sunday from 0400 to 1400. Sunday
morning started of at 36 oF! OMSF is an absolute gem. At 16500 acres, I
ran into less than 10 folks the whole weekend - paradise. I did not keep
count of all individuals which would have detracted (for me) the experience
of this majestic forest. Selected hi-lites:

American Black Bear - 1 - this massive male had a sharp white crescent moon
patch which is not common in NE Black Bear
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18614465322/in/dateposted-public/

Green-winged Teal - pair - record shot -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18621188051/in/dateposted-public/
American Bittern - 2
Wilson's Snipe - 1 winnowing
Ruffed Grouse - 4
Broad-winged Hawk - 6 adults
Video of BWHA hacking up a pellet then calling:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18451466149/in/dateposted-public/
Slo Mo video of BWHA getting dive bombed by a Blue Jay:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18001995083/in/dateposted-public/

Songbirds were plentiful. Veery, American Robin. Chestnut-sided Warbler
were by by far the most common and abundant detected species. Alder
Flycatchers were present in almost all suitable habitat with no Willow or
Least detected. Three (3) Mourning Warblers (2m, 1f) were a real treat.
Select photos:

Mourning Warbler Male 1:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18431352510/in/dateposted-public/
Mourning Warbler Male 1:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/17996372254/in/dateposted-public/
Video Mourning Warbler 1 Male Singing:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18624730051/in/dateposted-public/
Video Mourning Warbler 1 Male Singing:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18434637260/in/dateposted-public/
Mourning Warbler Male 2:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18431281248/in/dateposted-public/
Chestnut-sided Warbler Male:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18432900709/in/dateposted-public/
Black-throated Blue Warbler Male singing:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/17998374603/in/dateposted-public/
Black-throated Green Warbler Male Singing:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18432866359/in/dateposted-public/
Blackburnian Warbler male:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18614452062/in/dateposted-public/
Magnolia Warbler male:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18621223691/in/dateposted-public/
Cedar Waxwing and White-throated Sparrow at dawn:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18619062815/in/dateposted-public/
Scarlet Tanager male:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18621194691/in/dateposted-public/
Juvenile Red-breasted Nuthatch:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18619027185/in/dateposted-public/

Thanks for reading,
Steve

 

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Date: 6/9/15 3:49 am
From: Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens
Anecdotally, Carolina Wrens in the Pioneer Valley seemed to have pulled
through without significant losses. The pair in my 'hood made it through,
and this spring have seemed as abundant as ever wherever I have birded or
just driven.

Jeremy Coleman



On Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 5:50 AM, Regina Harrison <badriyadances...>
wrote:

> Well, just to add a tiny bit of optimism to the Carolina Wren situation, I
> am thrilled to report that I have at least two year round resident wrens
> who made it through the winter. I saw them only very occasionally at the
> sunflower seed and suet feeders during February and March, but they were
> able to find enough sustenance to survive. There is a lot of deadfall in
> and around my property, and I wonder if access to that insect life made the
> difference. I am very aware of that 5am teakettle-ing as something to
> treasure this year!
>
> Regina Harrison
> North Woburn, MA
> On Jun 9, 2015 2:09 AM, "Rick Bowes" <rbowes...> wrote:
>
>> Adding to the thread…
>>
>>
>>
>> I do not keep detailed data at home, but here in Duxbury we lost our
>> “permanent resident” group of at least 3 Carolinas midway through the
>> winter. So far the only wrens this season are a pair of House Wrens that
>> appeared about 2 weeks ago. Just this week I had begun wondering if it was
>> just a local misfortune or perhaps more widespread when I realized that I’m
>> not hearing Carolina Wrens on Duxbury Beach in any of the three locations
>> where they have been “regulars” – High Pines, on the Gurnet, out on
>> Saquish. Hopefully they will rebound quickly, they and their optimism are
>> missed.
>>
>>
>>
>> Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA
>>
>> <rbowes...>
>>
>> Duxbury Beach info at http://www.duxburybeach.com/visit.htm
>>
>>
>>
>

 

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Date: 6/9/15 3:17 am
From: Regina Harrison <badriyadances...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens
Well, just to add a tiny bit of optimism to the Carolina Wren situation, I
am thrilled to report that I have at least two year round resident wrens
who made it through the winter. I saw them only very occasionally at the
sunflower seed and suet feeders during February and March, but they were
able to find enough sustenance to survive. There is a lot of deadfall in
and around my property, and I wonder if access to that insect life made the
difference. I am very aware of that 5am teakettle-ing as something to
treasure this year!

Regina Harrison
North Woburn, MA
On Jun 9, 2015 2:09 AM, "Rick Bowes" <rbowes...> wrote:

> Adding to the thread…
>
>
>
> I do not keep detailed data at home, but here in Duxbury we lost our
> “permanent resident” group of at least 3 Carolinas midway through the
> winter. So far the only wrens this season are a pair of House Wrens that
> appeared about 2 weeks ago. Just this week I had begun wondering if it was
> just a local misfortune or perhaps more widespread when I realized that I’m
> not hearing Carolina Wrens on Duxbury Beach in any of the three locations
> where they have been “regulars” – High Pines, on the Gurnet, out on
> Saquish. Hopefully they will rebound quickly, they and their optimism are
> missed.
>
>
>
> Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA
>
> <rbowes...>
>
> Duxbury Beach info at http://www.duxburybeach.com/visit.htm
>
>
>

 

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Date: 6/8/15 11:26 pm
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens
Adding to the thread.



I do not keep detailed data at home, but here in Duxbury we lost our
"permanent resident" group of at least 3 Carolinas midway through the
winter. So far the only wrens this season are a pair of House Wrens that
appeared about 2 weeks ago. Just this week I had begun wondering if it was
just a local misfortune or perhaps more widespread when I realized that I'm
not hearing Carolina Wrens on Duxbury Beach in any of the three locations
where they have been "regulars" - High Pines, on the Gurnet, out on
Saquish. Hopefully they will rebound quickly, they and their optimism are
missed.



Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA

<rbowes...>

Duxbury Beach info at http://www.duxburybeach.com/visit.htm




 

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Date: 6/8/15 3:34 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/5 Concord Goodies
Perfect weather and a beautiful town in which to bird made for a very enjoyable time indeed.
OLD NORTH BRIDGE AND SURROUNDS:
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 hunting near the ground!
Eastern Bluebird 3 including two young
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Bobolink 1 singing away near bridge
HERON ROOKERY SWAMP:
Great Blue Heron 38 mostly young
Green Heron 1
Brown Creeper 3 a lot of singing; two together
Eastern Bluebird 6 one visiting natural tree hole cavity, calling inside
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
WASTER WATER TREATMENT PLANT:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
GREAT MEADOWS:
Wood Duck 15
Hooded Mereganser 3
Common Nighthawk 2+ night fall
Pileated Woodpecker 1 male at both sections of Edge Trail
Willow Flycatcher 2
Ovenbird 2 Timber Trail
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
PINE HILL:
buteo sp. 2
American Kestrel 1 male
Blue-winged Warbler 1 male in adjacent "orchard section" (behind historic 1690 house on Virginia Rd.)
Prairie Warbler 2 males
Field Sparrow 2+
Eastern Towhee 5
Indigo Bunting 1 male
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
AMPHIBIANS:
Northern Leopard Frog 1
Bull Frog 2
Spring Peeper x singing near back ponds
Gray Tree Frog x oodles singing near back ponds on river
Green Frog x
Garter Snake 1 or the look-alike species
P.S. a few fireflies at the back ponds. Ragged Robin wildflowers were a delight!
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 6/8/15 3:34 pm
From: Carolyn Marsh <cmarsh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Webmaster wanted for birding journal
Bird Observer is a bimonthly journal focused on birds and birding in New
England. We are a private nonprofit corporation supported by subscribers
and staffed entirely by volunteers. We are looking for a new webmaster to
join our team as we work to increase our internet presence and develop a
more fully featured website. If you are interested, please get in touch.
Carolyn Marsh, Vice President
<cmarsh...>
781 400-2037
 

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Date: 6/8/15 2:47 pm
From: Marsha Salett <msalett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] June 2015 Bird Observer now online
Bird Observer announces that its June 2015 issue is now online. Two articles focus on Vermont: "Birding Orleans County in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont" by Bob Stymeist and Martha Steele, and "The Buzz on Golden-winged Warblers in Vermont" by Mark LaBarr.

In "Duck Stamp? Why Us?" Paul J. Baicich writes about the 80th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp and reveals the 2015-2016 "Duck Stamp"a pair of Ruddy Ducks by Jennifer Miller. M.F. Badger's "Learning to Notice: A Birding Adventure" describes an afterschool program with six-graders at the Dever-McCormack School in Boston and includes the students' artwork. Mark Lynch's Field Note details "A Hermit Thrush Overwinters at a Worcester Feeder."

There's more, of course: regular columns by David Larson and Martha Steele, book review by Mark Lynch, Bird Sightings for January/February 2015, and "At A Glance" by Wayne Petersen.

Subscribers to Bird Observer have access to the online version in addition to the printed copy. To obtain a user name and password, send an email to <birdobserver...> and include your name as it appears on your Bird Observer mailing label. New subscribers, see http://birdobserver.org/Subscribe.htm

Bird Observer is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Marsha Salett

Editor, Bird Observer

<msalett...>

Needham, MA



 

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Date: 6/8/15 9:50 am
From: Ron Crissman <ronc8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good


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Date: 6/8/15 9:35 am
From: David Swain <davidswain79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens (long)
On a very local patch level, this winter's effect on Carolina Wren's in my
neighborhood was not at all subtle: they were decimated, with none
remaining at the end of the storm cycle in March and not a single singing
bird through April. Looking through my yard and neighborhood patch records
in eBird between January 1 and end of May, I can illustrate what happened
with some numbers.

Total lists Jan-May: 92
Below I break it down by month lists/lists reporting CAWR/High Counts:

Jan 15/13/4
Feb 14/7/3
Mar 21/4/1
Apr 17/0/0
May 24/12/3

Over this period the Concord Birds Project gathered 204 lists which show
virtually the same picture town-wide, with these list high counts by month:
4/3/2/1/3/3. The weather, of course, introduced a lot of sampling error,
but birders essentially did what the birds did, concentrated at feeders!

In an average winter my neighborhood has 4-5 singing birds, and this
January was not different, with nearly all surveys recording numerous
birds. This changed markedly in February, with only the surveys through
mid-month turning up the usual birds. The beginning of the snow cycle
concentrated the birds at feeders, notably ours and one other that usually
sustains a couple birds. Going into the storm cycle we had our usual two
birds which over-winter and breed in our yard. Then one disappeared, then
one was found in our garage (that -12F morning) in visible distress, then a
frozen bird turned up at our basement door (gifted to MCZ). It was all over
by about the third week of March. April was cruelly silent.

Our Carolinas were eating suet regularly and munching on a large nut block
(which also sustained a Pine Warbler through the winter), but apparently
Carolina's also seek shelter and supplies of arthropods under porches, in
crawl-spaces, and in garages, and the deep snow effectively sealed off
virtually all of those food supplies. They not so much froze as simply
starved, I believe, as did a great many other birds such as Canada Geese.

May saw a very slow appearance of a few birds in unusual areas. I
typically hear only two birds these days. Only one singing bird is, I
believe, a survivor, very likely one of the two birds which a local with a
huge feeding station reported had pulled through, so my numbers might
over-sampling of my very local experience.

So, remember to count all birds, no matter how common.

good birding,

David Swain
Concord Birds Project

 

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Date: 6/8/15 7:03 am
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Results from Source to Sea Ipswich River Birding festival
Dear Massbirders,

First a big THANK YOU to all who participated, especially Jim Berry and
Jim McCoy for leading our trips and Dave Williams for arranging with the
Trusties at the Crane Estate for the final leg the “Sea” part. And thanks
to Nathan Dubrow’s sharp ears! We had a total of about 28 participants and
84 species for the weekend, 79 species yesterday, a total of 4 trips
approximately an hour and a half to two hours each and some light birding
at Riverbend while waiting for lunch.
Highlights were Pileated Woodpecker, Black-billed Cuckoo , Winter Wren and
awesome looks at a Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Wilmington. Louisiana
Waterthrush, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and singing Blue-headed and
Yellow-throated Vireos at Crooked Pond. Kumquats in my fruit salad at
Riverbend ;), and at Crane’s amazing views , lot’s of Orchard Orioles,
Winter Wren, and a Black and White warbler signing its alternate song (new
to me, thanks Nate) .

For those who do not know - June is Rivers month. The Ipswich River starts
it journey in Burlington/Wilmington, the Headwaters. Sawmill Brook one of
the headwater streams begins in Burlington, travels through a deep ravine,
as it makes its way through Wilmington. It is unique to the typical fairly
flat watershed topography. It is a lovely place.The Ipswich River gathers
water from dozens of tributary streams over a 155 square mile watershed
area before emptying into Plum Island Sound / Gulf of Maine and the Great
Marsh. The River provides drinking water for about 330,000 people for 21
communities. Captain John Smith was in awe of it’s bounty and called it the
“land of promise". The River’s estuary is responsible for the infamous
Ipswich Clams. It is a regional recreational treasure and the life blood of
wildlife and humans alike. It is one of the reasons why Essex County is one
of the best birding destinations in the state. Unfortunately it was also
deemed one of the most endangered rivers in the country by American Rivers
in 2003 due to extensive water withdrawals beyond what it can support.

It was awesome to see so many people yesterday out in canoes and kayaks
enjoying it. It really is one of the best paddles around and a great way to
bird. And just so you know if you become a member of the Ipswich River
Watershed Association you can use the canoes for free at the new dock at
Riverbend. Plus you get a free paddling guide for the river! Here is the
website with the info.
http://www.ipswichriver.org/member/
Sawmill and Crane’s check lists below. Can’ wait for next year. Anyone
interested in helping to expand the walks for next year contact me. The
more the merrier!
Cheers!
Suzanne M. Sullivan
Wilmington, MA
<swampy435...>

Be the Voice of the River
http://www.ipswichriver.org




Wilmington/Burlington - Sawmill Brook Conservation Area, Middlesex,
Massachusetts, US
Jun 7, 2015 6:55 AM - 9:02 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Comments: <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
37 species

Mourning Dove 6
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 15 approx
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 16
Gray Catbird 4
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 2
Cedar Waxwing 3
Ovenbird 2
Pine Warbler 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 8
Song Sparrow 2
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 11
Common Grackle 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow 10 approx

Crane Beach, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jun 7, 2015 2:12 PM - 4:23 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: IRWA Birding Festival
Birded Castle Hill area, NOT the beach
<br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
46 species

Canada Goose 7 on Plum Island
Mute Swan 1 on Plum Island
White-winged Scoter 2
Wild Turkey 3
Double-crested Cormorant 9
Great Egret 5
Snowy Egret 2
Glossy Ibis 6
Willet (Eastern) 1
Herring Gull (American) 2
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Least Tern 3 Plum Island
Common Tern 3 Plum Island
Chimney Swift 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 3
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 1
Winter Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
American Robin 10
Gray Catbird 6
Cedar Waxwing 2
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 5
American Redstart 1
Yellow Warbler 8
Chipping Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Bobolink 1
Red-winged Blackbird 12
Common Grackle 9
Orchard Oriole 4
Baltimore Oriole 6
American Goldfinch 1


--

 

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Date: 6/7/15 6:51 pm
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Martin Burns - 6/7 7:30 - 11 a.m
12 birders joined me this morning for a lovely and birdy walk around the
Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area (in Newbury) loop. The list:

Wood Duck 2
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 9
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Peewee 3
Empidonax sp. 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 3
Tree Swallow 12
Black-capped Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
American Robin 10
Gray Catbird 8
Cedar Waxwing 12
Blue-winged Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 16
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Prairie Warbler 2
Eastern Towhee 21
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 9
Indigo Bunting 13
Red-winged Blackbird 21
Common Grackle 6
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 13
American Goldfinch 8

Also: Pearl Crescent, Red-spotted Purple, Viceroy and two dog ticks!
The highlight was a interaction between 2 male Indigo Buntings in, out
and around a fern field approx 2 feet off the ground. The color was
phenomenal!

Ciao,
Linda

--
Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
tattler1(at)comcast(dot)net

"Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark" - Tagore

 

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Date: 6/7/15 6:45 pm
From: Judith Davis <motherjude3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] white winged scoter in South Harwich

I saw a solitary male white-winged scoter swimming close to shore this evening at Red River Beach in South Harwich. Photo at flicker at <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/130593001@N06/18395079779" title="white winged scoter 1 by Judith Davis, on Flickr"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8861/18395079779_4eb1602e76_z.jpg" width="640" height="360" alt="white winged scoter 1"></a>


The Rev.Judith A. Davis, PhD
Rector, Christ Church Episcopal
Harwich Port, MA



 

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Date: 6/7/15 6:03 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren
I second Bob's summary of this winter's effect on Carolina Wren. I ran a south shore century run and the Mass Audubon Bird-a-thon on essentially the same route, Wompatuck to World's End (Hingham) to North Scituate to North Marshfield to Daniel Webster to Pembroke to Plymouth, and drove with windows open NO Carolina Wrens. Today I ran my Breeding Bird Survey route which runs from Raynham to Westport and this year only 3 Carolina Wrens compared with 22 last year.

Glenn

Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Stymeist" <bobstymeist...>
To: "ARLINGTON BIRDS" <arlingtonbirds...>, "MASSBIRD" <massbird...>, "Friend's of Fresh Pond" <friendsoffreshpond...>, <jcoffey...>
Sent: Saturday, June 6, 2015 11:15:49 AM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Fresh Pond--IBA, Jun 6, 2015

This morning Martha and I participated in the Fresh Pond Bioblitz starting
at 6:50 until 9:25, .... Totally
absent- Carolina Wren- this past winter was especially hard on this species
and the population probably at its highest level on this years Christmas
Counts has really been decimated by the long cold weather of late January
until early March.

--
Bob Stymeist
<bobstymeist...>
 

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Date: 6/7/15 5:40 pm
From: Bob & Bonnie Buxton <bbxt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskins in Merrimac
Our nephew Brian had two Pine Siskins at his thistle (nyger) sock feeder
in Merrimac this afternoon.

Bonnie & Bob Buxton
Merrimac, MA
bbxt(AT)comcast.net
 

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Date: 6/7/15 5:37 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Kestrel, Bald Eagle & Eaglets - Photos!
Delayed posting of a few photos from recent visits with 6 photos. Species include:

American Kestrel in flight
Bald Eagle, juvenile, in nest and wing flapping
Bald Eagle, adult, on nest
Bald Eagle, adult with eaglets
Yellow Warbler, in full song

Link: http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/160272438 Click "next" upper right!

Enjoy,
Craig Gibson
Winchester, MA
cbgibson AT comcast.net

 

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Date: 6/7/15 4:22 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Hill Reservation--Crooked Pond, Jun 7, 2015
> Bald Hill Reservation--Crooked Pond, Essex, Massachusetts, US
> Jun 7, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: The Ipswich River Watershed Association continued its
> birding weekend with 3 walks today. I participated on the 2nd and 3rd,
> before and after lunch at the IRWA HQ. The former was at Crooked Pond in
> Boxford. Ava Steenstrup, Nate Dubrow, and I went early, then met the
> others at the gate at 0930 when we went back in. The highlight for the 3
> of us was a Louisiana waterthrush heard and seen at the first crossing,
> but it did not put on an encore for the other folks. (Nate kept the list
> at Castle Hill this afternoon, and I don't have it yet.)
> 37 species
>
> Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 4 to 6, coming from the nearby heronry
> in North Middleton
> Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
> Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
> Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1 heard near gate where we suspect
> it is nesting
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) 1
> Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
> Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1
> Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 6 pair building nest directly
> over trail near gate, way up, about 70 feet in hemlock
> Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 3
> Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 3
> Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 1
> Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons) 1
> Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 6 singing males--by far the highest
> count of this species I have ever had at this location
> Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 1
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3
> Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 6
> Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 7
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
> Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 3 one pair nesting beside pond,
> carrying either nest material or food
> Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) 2
> Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) 2
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
> Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) 5
> Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla) 1 singing male, and the first
> I have encountered at this location in 4 years (2011)
> Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 3
> Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 6 one male gathering nest material on
> trail
> Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) 2
> Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 4
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
> Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) 2
> Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 9
> Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 2
> Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 2
> Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 1
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23818652

Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
<jim.berry3...>


 

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Date: 6/7/15 4:21 pm
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Duxbury Beach Shorebirds - ISS counts on 6/6 and 5/27
The 2015 Spring shorebird migration is over for Duxbury Beach with only a
few stragglers showing up for my Saturday ISS censusing (6/6). Ten days
earlier, however, it was an exciting time out there. See below for links to
the eBird lists.



It is difficult to properly cover the area on foot as most of the beach-side
and some good bay-side habitat is roped off for the Piping Plovers. It will
remain that way on the ocean side even after they fledge in some areas
because the Least Terns qualify for similar protection. The roads and bay
side will get back to normal soon after the Pipers fledge, thankfully,
because unlike the plovers, the Least Terns don't go scurrying back and
forth across the road from the ocean beaches to the bay side to feed.



The Willets and Piping Plovers are present in good numbers - actually the
numbers were uncannily similar (13 vs 12 Pipers and 55 vs 56 Willets). The
other species (except for Killdeer) are all transients and tell another
story altogether: Saturday in 4 hours of focused shorebird censusing, I was
fortunate to get a mere 23 additional shorebirds but comprising 8 species.
By contrast, only 10 days earlier (5/27) the same amount of effort turned up
1,334 individuals from 13 species!



Species seen both days with quantities - Saturday's count first

American Oystercatcher (2) (2)

Black-bellied Plover (4) (64)

Semipalmated Plover (2) (73)

Piping Plover (13) (12)

Killdeer (7 incl. 2 babies) (2)

Willet (55) (56)

Ruddy Turnstone (4) (251)

Dunlin (2) (807)

Semipalmated Sandpiper (2) (35)

Short-billed Dowitcher (2) (2)



Species seen only on 5/27

Spotted Sandpiper (1)

Whimbrel (1)

Red Knot (2)

Sanderling (90)

Least Sandpiper (2)



For full listings and species comments please check out the eBird listings
below:

* June 6, 2015 (ISS 2015 count #5)

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23815671

* May 27, 2015 (ISS 2015 count #4)

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23816984



Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA

<rbowes...>

Duxbury Beach info at http://www.duxburybeach.com/visit.htm






 

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Date: 6/7/15 4:56 am
From: Dee Stewart <haberlea...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens missed
Yes, we remarked on not seeing Carolina wrens at our feeders or around the
house this spring. But, I just saw an immature checking out the feeders.....
Dee Stewart
Stow, MA

-----Original Message-----
From: <dp32...>
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 2015 10:16 PM
To: MassBird
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens missed

I too have noticed the absence of Carolina Wrens this Spring, in my yard,
where they have nested in previous years, and farther afield.
Deb Radovsky
Sharon


 

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Date: 6/7/15 4:35 am
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bradley Palmer SP and IRWS, Jun 6, 2015
> Bradley Palmer SP, Topsfield
> Jun 6, 2015 6:40 AM - 9:20 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Suzanne Sullivan and I co-led a field trip for the Ipswich
> River Watershed Assn. (IRWA) at the Topsfield end of BPSP. Conditions
> were cloudy and chilly (50s) for most of the time, but there was no wind
> to speak of. My numbers and Nate Dubrow's differed on many species, but
> you get the idea.
> 48 species
>
> Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 2
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 5
> Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
> Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
> Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 3
> Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1
> Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2 neither seen
> Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1 at least one, heard
> drumming and calling
> Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 4
> Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 2
> Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 1
> Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 9 all singing males
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
> Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 1
> Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 15
> Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 15
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
> House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 6 One of our number found
> a fallen, newly completed nest on the trail that was probably of this
> species, as it looked a bit too large for a hummer nest.
> Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 1
> Veery (Catharus fuscescens) 2
> Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) 4
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 7
> Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 4
> Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 1
> Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) 18 all singing males
> Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera) 1
> Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1
> Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 4
> American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 9
> Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 1
> Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) 1
> Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 4
> Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 2
> Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 4
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
> Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) 2
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4 one female building nest
> in thick vines 15-20 up (high for this species)
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) 1
> Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 1
> Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 2
> Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 3
> Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) 1
> Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 5
> House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23802380



Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
Jun 6, 2015 9:30 AM - 10:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: I had to drop Nate Dubrow off at IRWS, so I birded the place
for a while, concentrating on the Rockery Pond area.
32 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 2 both seen
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 25 estimate of birds seen around the
boxes on the hilltop
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 5
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 12
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 2 pair trying to fend off a
pair of grackles from their presumed nest
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 3
Veery (Catharus fuscescens) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 2
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 4
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) 1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 7
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 1
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 2
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 5
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 18
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 4
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 3
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 6
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23802672

Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
<jim.berry3...>

 

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Date: 6/6/15 8:53 pm
From: Carole Griffiths <Carole.Griffiths...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good
The Facebook pages of the American Birding Association, the Ornithological Council and Audubon have posts about these.
________________________________________
From: Carole Griffiths
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 2015 10:40 PM
To: Eric; <massbird...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good

There may well be several bills. Look at the site below from USFWS - about commenting on an EIS on a proposal to for incidental taking of migratory birds.

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/05/26/2015-12666/migratory-bird-permits-programmatic-environmental-impact-statement

"proposal to authorize incidental take of migratory birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. We are considering rulemaking to address various approaches to regulating incidental take of migratory birds, including issuance of general incidental take authorizations for some types of hazards to birds associated with particular industry sectors; issuance of individual permits authorizing incidental take from particular projects or activities; development of memoranda of understanding with Federal agencies authorizing incidental take from those agencies' operations and activities; and/or development of voluntary guidance for industry sectors regarding operational techniques or technologies that can avoid or minimize incidental take"

Comments can be sent up to 7/27/15
________________________________________
From: Eric [<elabato...>]
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 2015 9:30 PM
To: Carole Griffiths; <massbird...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good

This must be some other bill. What the House of Representatives just passed
was not a change to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It was a rider attached
to the bill funding the Departments of Justice and Commerce. It prohibits
the use of funds to prosecute violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
I lifted the following straight off the the House Website.


Description: H.Amdt. 347 ~W 114th Congress (2015-2016)


Purpose:

An amendment to prohibit the use of funds to prosecute or hold liable any
person or corporation for a violation of section 2(a) of the Migratory Bird
Treaty Act.


Eric Labato
Malden, MA
<elabao...>


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From: "Carole Griffiths" <Carole.Griffiths...>
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 2015 5:14 PM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good

> The following is what the house voted on. I have inserted those changes
> (in red) into that section of the MBTA.
>
> (1) by striking ~Sshall~T the first and second place it appears and
> inserting ~Sshall with intent knowingly~T; and
> (2) by adding at the end the following: ~SFor the purposes of this
> subsection, ~Qwith intent knowingly~R does not include any taking,
> killing, or other harm to any migratory bird that is accidental or
> incidental to the presence or operation of an otherwise lawful
> activity.~T.
> ________________________________
> 707. Violations and penalties; forfeitures
> (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, any person, association,
> partnership, or corporation who shall (with intent knowingly) violate any
> provisions of said conventions or of this subchapter, or who shall (with
> intent knowingly) violate or fail to comply with any regulation made
> pursuant to this subchapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and
> upon conviction thereof shall be fined not more than $15,000 or be
> imprisoned not more than six months, or both. For the purposes of this
> subsection, ~Qwith intent knowingly~R does not include any taking,
> killing, or other harm to any migratory bird that is accidental or
> incidental to the presence or operation of an otherwise lawful activity.~T
> (b) Whoever, in violation of this subchapter, shall knowingly-
> (1) take by any manner whatsoever any migratory bird with intent to sell,
> offer to sell, barter or offer to barter such bird, or
> (2) sell, offer for sale, barter or offer to barter, any migratory bird
> shall be guilty of a felony and shall be fined not more than $2,000 or
> imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
>
> (c) Whoever violates section 704(b)(2) of this title shall be fined under
> title 18, imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.
> (d) All guns, traps, nets and other equipment, vessels, vehicles, and
> other means of transportation used by any person when engaged in pursuing,
> hunting, taking, trapping, ensnaring, capturing, killing, or attempting to
> take, capture, or kill any migratory bird in violation of this subchapter
> with the intent to offer for sale, or sell, or offer for barter, or barter
> such bird in violation of this subchapter shall be forfeited to the United
> States and may be seized and held pending the prosecution of any person
> arrested for violating this subchapter and upon conviction for such
> violation, such forfeiture shall be adjudicated as a penalty in addition
> to any other provided for violation of this subchapter. Such forfeited
> property shall be disposed of and accounted for by, and under the
> authority of, the Secretary of the Interior.
> (July 3, 1918, ch. 128, 6, 40 Stat. 756; June 20, 1936, ch. 634, 2, 49
> Stat. 1556; Pub. L. 86~V732, Sept. 8, 1960, 74 Stat. 866
> <http://uscode.house.gov/statviewer.htm?volume=74&page=866> ; Pub. L.
> 99~V645, title V, 501, Nov. 10, 1986, 100 Stat. 3590
> <http://uscode.house.gov/statviewer.htm?volume=100&page=3590> ; Pub. L.
> 105~V312, title I, 103, Oct. 30, 1998, 112 Stat. 2956
> <http://uscode.house.gov/statviewer.htm?volume=112&page=2956> .)
> Amendments
> 1998-Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 105~V312, 103(1), substituted "$15,000" for
> "$500".
> Subsecs. (c), (d). Pub. L. 105~V312, 103(2), (3), added subsec. (c) and
> redesignated former subsec. (c) as (d).
> 1986-Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 99~V645 substituted "shall knowingly" for
> "shall" in introductory provisions.
> 1960-Pub. L. 86~V732 designated existing provisions as subsec. (a),
> inserted "Except as otherwise provided in this section", and added
> subsecs. (b) and (c).
> 1936-Act June 20, 1936, substituted "conventions" for "convention".
> Effective Date of 1936 Amendment
> Act June 20, 1936, ch. 634, 2, 49 Stat. 1556, provided in part that the
> amendment by section 2 is effective as of the day aforesaid (June 30,
> 1937). See note under section 703 of this title.
> Transfer of Functions
> For transfer of certain enforcement functions of Secretary or other
> official in Department of the Interior under this subchapter to Federal
> Inspector, Office of Federal Inspector for the Alaska Natural Gas
> Transportation System, and subsequent transfer to Secretary of Energy,
> then to Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation
> Projects, see Transfer of Functions note set out under section 706 of this
> title.


 

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Date: 6/6/15 8:50 pm
From: Carole Griffiths <Carole.Griffiths...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good
There may well be several bills. Look at the site below from USFWS - about commenting on an EIS on a proposal to for incidental taking of migratory birds.

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/05/26/2015-12666/migratory-bird-permits-programmatic-environmental-impact-statement

"proposal to authorize incidental take of migratory birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. We are considering rulemaking to address various approaches to regulating incidental take of migratory birds, including issuance of general incidental take authorizations for some types of hazards to birds associated with particular industry sectors; issuance of individual permits authorizing incidental take from particular projects or activities; development of memoranda of understanding with Federal agencies authorizing incidental take from those agencies' operations and activities; and/or development of voluntary guidance for industry sectors regarding operational techniques or technologies that can avoid or minimize incidental take"

Comments can be sent up to 7/27/15
________________________________________
From: Eric [<elabato...>]
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 2015 9:30 PM
To: Carole Griffiths; <massbird...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good

This must be some other bill. What the House of Representatives just passed
was not a change to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It was a rider attached
to the bill funding the Departments of Justice and Commerce. It prohibits
the use of funds to prosecute violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
I lifted the following straight off the the House Website.


Description: H.Amdt. 347 ~W 114th Congress (2015-2016)


Purpose:

An amendment to prohibit the use of funds to prosecute or hold liable any
person or corporation for a violation of section 2(a) of the Migratory Bird
Treaty Act.


Eric Labato
Malden, MA
<elabao...>


--------------------------------------------------
From: "Carole Griffiths" <Carole.Griffiths...>
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 2015 5:14 PM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good

> The following is what the house voted on. I have inserted those changes
> (in red) into that section of the MBTA.
>
> (1) by striking ~Sshall~T the first and second place it appears and
> inserting ~Sshall with intent knowingly~T; and
> (2) by adding at the end the following: ~SFor the purposes of this
> subsection, ~Qwith intent knowingly~R does not include any taking,
> killing, or other harm to any migratory bird that is accidental or
> incidental to the presence or operation of an otherwise lawful
> activity.~T.
> ________________________________
> 707. Violations and penalties; forfeitures
> (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, any person, association,
> partnership, or corporation who shall (with intent knowingly) violate any
> provisions of said conventions or of this subchapter, or who shall (with
> intent knowingly) violate or fail to comply with any regulation made
> pursuant to this subchapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and
> upon conviction thereof shall be fined not more than $15,000 or be
> imprisoned not more than six months, or both. For the purposes of this
> subsection, ~Qwith intent knowingly~R does not include any taking,
> killing, or other harm to any migratory bird that is accidental or
> incidental to the presence or operation of an otherwise lawful activity.~T
> (b) Whoever, in violation of this subchapter, shall knowingly-
> (1) take by any manner whatsoever any migratory bird with intent to sell,
> offer to sell, barter or offer to barter such bird, or
> (2) sell, offer for sale, barter or offer to barter, any migratory bird
> shall be guilty of a felony and shall be fined not more than $2,000 or
> imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
>
> (c) Whoever violates section 704(b)(2) of this title shall be fined under
> title 18, imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.
> (d) All guns, traps, nets and other equipment, vessels, vehicles, and
> other means of transportation used by any person when engaged in pursuing,
> hunting, taking, trapping, ensnaring, capturing, killing, or attempting to
> take, capture, or kill any migratory bird in violation of this subchapter
> with the intent to offer for sale, or sell, or offer for barter, or barter
> such bird in violation of this subchapter shall be forfeited to the United
> States and may be seized and held pending the prosecution of any person
> arrested for violating this subchapter and upon conviction for such
> violation, such forfeiture shall be adjudicated as a penalty in addition
> to any other provided for violation of this subchapter. Such forfeited
> property shall be disposed of and accounted for by, and under the
> authority of, the Secretary of the Interior.
> (July 3, 1918, ch. 128, 6, 40 Stat. 756; June 20, 1936, ch. 634, 2, 49
> Stat. 1556; Pub. L. 86~V732, Sept. 8, 1960, 74 Stat. 866
> <http://uscode.house.gov/statviewer.htm?volume=74&page=866> ; Pub. L.
> 99~V645, title V, 501, Nov. 10, 1986, 100 Stat. 3590
> <http://uscode.house.gov/statviewer.htm?volume=100&page=3590> ; Pub. L.
> 105~V312, title I, 103, Oct. 30, 1998, 112 Stat. 2956
> <http://uscode.house.gov/statviewer.htm?volume=112&page=2956> .)
> Amendments
> 1998-Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 105~V312, 103(1), substituted "$15,000" for
> "$500".
> Subsecs. (c), (d). Pub. L. 105~V312, 103(2), (3), added subsec. (c) and
> redesignated former subsec. (c) as (d).
> 1986-Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 99~V645 substituted "shall knowingly" for
> "shall" in introductory provisions.
> 1960-Pub. L. 86~V732 designated existing provisions as subsec. (a),
> inserted "Except as otherwise provided in this section", and added
> subsecs. (b) and (c).
> 1936-Act June 20, 1936, substituted "conventions" for "convention".
> Effective Date of 1936 Amendment
> Act June 20, 1936, ch. 634, 2, 49 Stat. 1556, provided in part that the
> amendment by section 2 is effective as of the day aforesaid (June 30,
> 1937). See note under section 703 of this title.
> Transfer of Functions
> For transfer of certain enforcement functions of Secretary or other
> official in Department of the Interior under this subchapter to Federal
> Inspector, Office of Federal Inspector for the Alaska Natural Gas
> Transportation System, and subsequent transfer to Secretary of Energy,
> then to Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation
> Projects, see Transfer of Functions note set out under section 706 of this
> title.


 

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Date: 6/6/15 7:42 pm
From: <dp32...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens missed
I too have noticed the absence of Carolina Wrens this Spring, in my yard, where they have nested in previous years, and farther afield.
Deb Radovsky
Sharon



 

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Date: 6/6/15 6:58 pm
From: Eric <elabato...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good
This must be some other bill. What the House of Representatives just passed
was not a change to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It was a rider attached
to the bill funding the Departments of Justice and Commerce. It prohibits
the use of funds to prosecute violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
I lifted the following straight off the the House Website.


Description: H.Amdt. 347 114th Congress (2015-2016)


Purpose:

An amendment to prohibit the use of funds to prosecute or hold liable any
person or corporation for a violation of section 2(a) of the Migratory Bird
Treaty Act.


Eric Labato
Malden, MA
<elabao...>


--------------------------------------------------
From: "Carole Griffiths" <Carole.Griffiths...>
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 2015 5:14 PM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good

> The following is what the house voted on. I have inserted those changes
> (in red) into that section of the MBTA.
>
> (1) by striking ~Sshall~T the first and second place it appears and
> inserting ~Sshall with intent knowingly~T; and
> (2) by adding at the end the following: ~SFor the purposes of this
> subsection, ~Qwith intent knowingly~R does not include any taking,
> killing, or other harm to any migratory bird that is accidental or
> incidental to the presence or operation of an otherwise lawful
> activity.~T.
> ________________________________
> 707. Violations and penalties; forfeitures
> (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, any person, association,
> partnership, or corporation who shall (with intent knowingly) violate any
> provisions of said conventions or of this subchapter, or who shall (with
> intent knowingly) violate or fail to comply with any regulation made
> pursuant to this subchapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and
> upon conviction thereof shall be fined not more than $15,000 or be
> imprisoned not more than six months, or both. For the purposes of this
> subsection, ~Qwith intent knowingly~R does not include any taking,
> killing, or other harm to any migratory bird that is accidental or
> incidental to the presence or operation of an otherwise lawful activity.~T
> (b) Whoever, in violation of this subchapter, shall knowingly-
> (1) take by any manner whatsoever any migratory bird with intent to sell,
> offer to sell, barter or offer to barter such bird, or
> (2) sell, offer for sale, barter or offer to barter, any migratory bird
> shall be guilty of a felony and shall be fined not more than $2,000 or
> imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
>
> (c) Whoever violates section 704(b)(2) of this title shall be fined under
> title 18, imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.
> (d) All guns, traps, nets and other equipment, vessels, vehicles, and
> other means of transportation used by any person when engaged in pursuing,
> hunting, taking, trapping, ensnaring, capturing, killing, or attempting to
> take, capture, or kill any migratory bird in violation of this subchapter
> with the intent to offer for sale, or sell, or offer for barter, or barter
> such bird in violation of this subchapter shall be forfeited to the United
> States and may be seized and held pending the prosecution of any person
> arrested for violating this subchapter and upon conviction for such
> violation, such forfeiture shall be adjudicated as a penalty in addition
> to any other provided for violation of this subchapter. Such forfeited
> property shall be disposed of and accounted for by, and under the
> authority of, the Secretary of the Interior.
> (July 3, 1918, ch. 128, 6, 40 Stat. 756; June 20, 1936, ch. 634, 2, 49
> Stat. 1556; Pub. L. 86~V732, Sept. 8, 1960, 74 Stat. 866
> <http://uscode.house.gov/statviewer.htm?volume=74&page=866> ; Pub. L.
> 99~V645, title V, 501, Nov. 10, 1986, 100 Stat. 3590
> <http://uscode.house.gov/statviewer.htm?volume=100&page=3590> ; Pub. L.
> 105~V312, title I, 103, Oct. 30, 1998, 112 Stat. 2956
> <http://uscode.house.gov/statviewer.htm?volume=112&page=2956> .)
> Amendments
> 1998-Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 105~V312, 103(1), substituted "$15,000" for
> "$500".
> Subsecs. (c), (d). Pub. L. 105~V312, 103(2), (3), added subsec. (c) and
> redesignated former subsec. (c) as (d).
> 1986-Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 99~V645 substituted "shall knowingly" for
> "shall" in introductory provisions.
> 1960-Pub. L. 86~V732 designated existing provisions as subsec. (a),
> inserted "Except as otherwise provided in this section", and added
> subsecs. (b) and (c).
> 1936-Act June 20, 1936, substituted "conventions" for "convention".
> Effective Date of 1936 Amendment
> Act June 20, 1936, ch. 634, 2, 49 Stat. 1556, provided in part that the
> amendment by section 2 is effective as of the day aforesaid (June 30,
> 1937). See note under section 703 of this title.
> Transfer of Functions
> For transfer of certain enforcement functions of Secretary or other
> official in Department of the Interior under this subchapter to Federal
> Inspector, Office of Federal Inspector for the Alaska Natural Gas
> Transportation System, and subsequent transfer to Secretary of Energy,
> then to Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation
> Projects, see Transfer of Functions note set out under section 706 of this
> title.


 

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Date: 6/6/15 5:09 pm
From: Carole Griffiths <Carole.Griffiths...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good
The following is what the house voted on. I have inserted those changes (in red) into that section of the MBTA.

(1) by striking ~Sshall~T the first and second place it appears and inserting ~Sshall with intent knowingly~T; and
(2) by adding at the end the following: ~SFor the purposes of this subsection, ~Qwith intent knowingly~R does not include any taking, killing, or other harm to any migratory bird that is accidental or incidental to the presence or operation of an otherwise lawful activity.~T.
________________________________
707. Violations and penalties; forfeitures
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, any person, association, partnership, or corporation who shall (with intent knowingly) violate any provisions of said conventions or of this subchapter, or who shall (with intent knowingly) violate or fail to comply with any regulation made pursuant to this subchapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not more than $15,000 or be imprisoned not more than six months, or both. For the purposes of this subsection, ~Qwith intent knowingly~R does not include any taking, killing, or other harm to any migratory bird that is accidental or incidental to the presence or operation of an otherwise lawful activity.~T
(b) Whoever, in violation of this subchapter, shall knowingly-
(1) take by any manner whatsoever any migratory bird with intent to sell, offer to sell, barter or offer to barter such bird, or
(2) sell, offer for sale, barter or offer to barter, any migratory bird shall be guilty of a felony and shall be fined not more than $2,000 or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.

(c) Whoever violates section 704(b)(2) of this title shall be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.
(d) All guns, traps, nets and other equipment, vessels, vehicles, and other means of transportation used by any person when engaged in pursuing, hunting, taking, trapping, ensnaring, capturing, killing, or attempting to take, capture, or kill any migratory bird in violation of this subchapter with the intent to offer for sale, or sell, or offer for barter, or barter such bird in violation of this subchapter shall be forfeited to the United States and may be seized and held pending the prosecution of any person arrested for violating this subchapter and upon conviction for such violation, such forfeiture shall be adjudicated as a penalty in addition to any other provided for violation of this subchapter. Such forfeited property shall be disposed of and accounted for by, and under the authority of, the Secretary of the Interior.
(July 3, 1918, ch. 128, 6, 40 Stat. 756; June 20, 1936, ch. 634, 2, 49 Stat. 1556; Pub. L. 86~V732, Sept. 8, 1960, 74 Stat. 866 <http://uscode.house.gov/statviewer.htm?volume=74&page=866> ; Pub. L. 99~V645, title V, 501, Nov. 10, 1986, 100 Stat. 3590 <http://uscode.house.gov/statviewer.htm?volume=100&page=3590> ; Pub. L. 105~V312, title I, 103, Oct. 30, 1998, 112 Stat. 2956 <http://uscode.house.gov/statviewer.htm?volume=112&page=2956> .)
Amendments
1998-Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 105~V312, 103(1), substituted "$15,000" for "$500".
Subsecs. (c), (d). Pub. L. 105~V312, 103(2), (3), added subsec. (c) and redesignated former subsec. (c) as (d).
1986-Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 99~V645 substituted "shall knowingly" for "shall" in introductory provisions.
1960-Pub. L. 86~V732 designated existing provisions as subsec. (a), inserted "Except as otherwise provided in this section", and added subsecs. (b) and (c).
1936-Act June 20, 1936, substituted "conventions" for "convention".
Effective Date of 1936 Amendment
Act June 20, 1936, ch. 634, 2, 49 Stat. 1556, provided in part that the amendment by section 2 is effective as of the day aforesaid (June 30, 1937). See note under section 703 of this title.
Transfer of Functions
For transfer of certain enforcement functions of Secretary or other official in Department of the Interior under this subchapter to Federal Inspector, Office of Federal Inspector for the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System, and subsequent transfer to Secretary of Energy, then to Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects, see Transfer of Functions note set out under section 706 of this title.



________________________________
From: <massbird-approval...> [<massbird-approval...>] on behalf of Ron Crissman [<ronc8...>]
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 2015 4:35 PM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: Well this doesn't sound good
From: Jamie Harrelson <jharrelson84...>
To: <carolinabirds...>
CC:

This news certainly is concerning. Would Congress really suspend prosecutions under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act?

Can someone who is more familiar with the details of the roles of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Justice provide clarification on the source of appropriations for prosecutions under the MBTA? In other words, does funding for prosecutions come out of the FWS or DOJ budget? It looks like this amendment covers DOJ but not FWS appropriations.

If funding does come from the DOJ budget, it seems that it would be through the Environment and Natural Resources Division, which is not included in the list of DOJ divisions receiving appropriations under this bill.

Anybody want to clarify and/or provide some insight on this?

Jamie Harrelson
Asheville, NC



Subject: Well this doesn't sound good
Date: Fri Jun 5 2015 17:13 pm
From: KCFoggin AT sc.rr.com<http://sc.rr.com>


House Passes Provision to End All Migratory Bird Protections in the United States



http://switchboard.nrdc.org/bl...<http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/awetzler/no_birds_for_you_house_committ.html>



http://ornithologyexchange.org...<http://ornithologyexchange.org/articles/_/community/gop-trying-to-enjoin-enforcement-of-migratory-bird-treaty-act-via-appropriations-bills-r204>





K.C.



K.C. Foggin

Socastee

Myrtle Beach SC



www.birdforum.net<http://www.birdforum.net>



www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages&page=20<http://www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages&page=20>
 

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Date: 6/6/15 3:15 pm
From: Eric <elabato...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good
The United States Attorney's Office which is part of the Department of Justice is responsible for federal criminal prosecutions. The rider is an attempt to prevent the criminal provisions of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act from being enforced without actually repealing the law itself.

Eric Labato
<elabato...>
Malden, MA


From: Ron Crissman
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 2015 4:35 PM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good




Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: Well this doesn't sound good
From: Jamie Harrelson <jharrelson84...>
To: <carolinabirds...>
CC:


This news certainly is concerning. Would Congress really suspend prosecutions under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act?



Can someone who is more familiar with the details of the roles of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Justice provide clarification on the source of appropriations for prosecutions under the MBTA? In other words, does funding for prosecutions come out of the FWS or DOJ budget? It looks like this amendment covers DOJ but not FWS appropriations.




If funding does come from the DOJ budget, it seems that it would be through the Environment and Natural Resources Division, which is not included in the list of DOJ divisions receiving appropriations under this bill.



Anybody want to clarify and/or provide some insight on this?



Jamie Harrelson

Asheville, NC







Subject: Well this doesn't sound good
Date: Fri Jun 5 2015 17:13 pm
From: KCFoggin AT sc.rr.com

House Passes Provision to End All Migratory Bird Protections in the United States

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/bl...

http://ornithologyexchange.org...


K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages&page=20
 

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Date: 6/6/15 2:19 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Images
Mass Birders, I posted some recent photographs on my Flickr site. If you’d
like to observe them click on the link below. Hope everyone’s having fun.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26676688@N03/


Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
<petrull...>

 

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Date: 6/6/15 2:01 pm
From: Ron Crissman <ronc8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: Well this doesn't sound good
From: Jamie Harrelson <jharrelson84...>
To: <carolinabirds...>
CC:

This news certainly is concerning. Would Congress really suspend prosecutions under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act?

 

Can someone who is more familiar with the details of the roles of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Justice provide clarification on the source of appropriations for prosecutions under the MBTA? In other words, does funding for prosecutions come out of the FWS or DOJ budget? It looks like this amendment covers DOJ but not FWS appropriations.


If funding does come from the DOJ budget, it seems that it would be through the Environment and Natural Resources Division, which is not included in the list of DOJ divisions receiving appropriations under this bill.

 

Anybody want to clarify and/or provide some insight on this?

 

Jamie Harrelson

Asheville, NC




Subject: Well this doesn't sound good
Date: Fri Jun 5 2015 17:13 pm
From: KCFoggin AT sc.rr.com 


House Passes Provision to End All Migratory Bird Protections in the United States

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/bl...

http://ornithologyexchange.org...


K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages&page=20

 

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Date: 6/6/15 12:53 pm
From: Ron Crissman <ronc8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Well this doesn't sound good


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Well this doesn't sound good
From: KC Foggin <KCFoggin...>
To: CarolinaBirds <carolinabirds...>
CC:

House Passes Provision to End All Migratory Bird Protections in the United States

 

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/awetzler/no_birds_for_you_house_committ.html

 

http://ornithologyexchange.org/articles/_/community/gop-trying-to-enjoin-enforcement-of-migratory-bird-treaty-act-via-appropriations-bills-r204

 

 

K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages&page=20


 

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Date: 6/6/15 10:23 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 06 June 2015 - Brewster's Warbler - Westboro WMA
Hi Massbirders -

For the third consecutive year, there is a Brewster's Warbler at the
Westboro WMA. Here are a few photos I took this morning.

- with food:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18342823839/in/dateposted-public/
- dorsal view with splayed wings and tail:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18341237408/in/dateposted-public/
- dorsal view:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18530956981/in/dateposted-public/
- with food:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18524726172/in/dateposted-public/


I had the same or a similar bird in the same spot for the past 2 years as
well:

- taken 19 May 2013:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/8775497122/in/album-72157633580482266/


I believe that this bird is a second generation backcross between an F1
Brewster’s and a Golden-winged.

Here is a link to an easy to read genetic road map of the
Blue-winged/Golden-winged hybrid genetics:

-
http://www.birdspix.com/uncategorized/brewsters-and-lawrences-warbler-genetics

Thanks for reading,

Steve
-------------------------------------------------
Westborough, Massachusetts
Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/

 

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Date: 6/6/15 8:29 am
From: Bill Lafley <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Quabbin Ticks
Hello,

As a follow up to the Cape tick posts I took an short walk in Quabbin this AM and took 5 deer ticks off my clothing and when I returned home took 4 more off my skin and 1 had already attached. I think that equaled the number of bird species I heard/saw.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<Blafley...>
 

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Date: 6/5/15 7:53 pm
From: Wendy Howes <curiousbooks...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nighthawk courtship Hubbardston
As it was nearing dusk this evening, I heard the call of a Common Nighthawk
overhead. Two birds that seemed to be in companionable flight were heading
south. Suddenly one of the birds took a steep dive from above the second
bird and produced the characteristic "boom" as it ended the dive and
continued flying alongside the second bird. It's been many years since I've
seen and heard this courtship behavior. Wish I knew where they were headed,
especially considering the late date and direction of flight.

Wendy Howes
Hubbardston
 

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Date: 6/5/15 7:03 am
From: <brianrfg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Foxboro Worm-eating Warbler, etc.
Hi,
My dog Phoebe and I heard Worm-eating Warbler, both Louisiana and Northern Waterthrushes, Red-shouldered Hawk, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Brown Creepers, Hermit Thrushes, Veeries, and others in F. Gilbert Hills State Forest, from the main trail off Granite St. in Foxboro.
Brian Cassie, Foxboro


 

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Date: 6/4/15 8:59 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Jun 4, 2015
> Crane Beach, Ipswich
> Jun 4, 2015 6:10 PM - 9:10 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: With John Nelson I led our annual BBC evening walk at
> Ipswich Beach along with Susan Hedman, Nate Dubrow, Miles Brengle, and 3
> others. The birds on the beach were nothing out of the ordinary, but
> Miles, Nate, and I stayed late to listen for whip-poor-wills and were
> rewarded with FIVE singing males, the most I have recorded at this spot in
> over 40 years of listening. It was worth the freezing cold just to hear
> them. (Actually about 50 degrees F.)
> 31 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 1
> Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 2
> Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 16
> Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 2
> Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 1
> Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) 15 All adults, though we found a
> nest with 2 eggs outside the roped-off area and vulnerable to being
> stepped on or run over.
> Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 1
> Willet (Eastern) (Tringa semipalmata semipalmata) 3
> American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) 2 seen or heard displaying at dusk

> Common Murre (Uria aalge) 1 dead. The same bird Miles reported the other
> day, which he (and I) now believes is a common rather than thick-billed
> murre because the bill is too thin for a thick-billed. The bird was in
> non-breeding plumage.

> Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 5
> Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 16
> Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 5
> Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) 100 plus--again, all adults
> Sterna sp. (Sterna sp.) 1 distant--a common-size tern
> Eastern Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus) 5 males singing in
> five widely spaced places; we could hear 3 singing at one time
> Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 2
> Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 5
> Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) 8 to 10 in a colony of more than 10
> burrows
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 7
> Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 5
> Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 1
> Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2
> Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 2
> Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 1
> Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 7
> Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 1
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
> Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 2
> Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 0 amazingly, none, though they
> nest around the parking lot
> Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 1
> Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 2
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23782632

Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
<jim.berry3...>

 

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Date: 6/4/15 1:55 pm
From: Tracie Beasley <tbeasley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Volunteer Opp-Bobolink, Chick and Raptor Bird Monitors-Various MA Locations
The Trustees of Reservations has three exciting bird monitoring opportunities available.

1) Bobolinks: Ashfield/Conway, Lancaster, Leominster, Sheffield, Tyringham, Williamstown
The Trustees of Reservations is seeking local birders to help survey grassland habitat to assist us in evaluating the management of the grassland and agricultural resources on our properties. Responsibilities include:

Conduct a minimum of three site visits from May - July to grasslands (before 10 am);Conduct a standardized survey on each visit for bobolink, eastern meadowlark, savanna sparrow, red-winged blackbird and American kestrel; Record survey results on a standardized data sheet, Photograph survey points, Submit data to Trustees ecology staff

Contact: Tracie Beasley,<tbeasley...>,413-532-1631 or visit http://www.thetrustees.org/volunteer/on-going.html

2) Chick Sitting/Support-Martha's Vineyard
Hang out on the beach for a few hours at a time and chick sit or walk the beach and check on birds, making sure people aren't behind symbolic fencing. In addition, people who can be on call to put up enclosures or put up and take down fencing. Sites are logistically challenging. The best volunteers have 4X4 vehicles with high clearance that they are willing to use on beaches. Even better is if they have an OSV pass to our properties on MV Arrangements can be made for people who are very motivated!

Contact: Caitlin Borck, <cborck...>, 508.693.7662 x1003 tel, 419.410.5890 cell

3) American Oystercatchers, Piping Plovers, Northern Harriers, Peregrine Falcons, Raptors, Crows-Nantucket
Various opportunities and time commitment options. Volunteers need to have reliable cell phone contact. A 4wd vehicle and ability to enjoy long walks in the sand needed.

Contact: Fred Pollnack, <fpollnac...>, 508-228-5646



Tracie Beasley
Volunteer Resources Coordinator

The Trustees of Reservations | West Region - serving the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley and Central MA
193 High Street | Holyoke, MA 01040
<tbeasley...> | 413.532.1631 x19 tel | 413.532.7149 fax
Web:thetrustees.org|Facebook:facebook.com/thetrustees|Twitter:twitter.com/thetrustees

"The Trustees of Reservations preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts."




 

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Date: 6/4/15 12:10 pm
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Philadelphia Vireo - Fall River
Singing from the forest patch between Talbot Middle School and Rt. 24 in Fall River for the last two days. I don't suspect it'll move tonight.

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 6/4/15 12:10 pm
From: Andy Wilson <andyslens...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Allen's Pond, Westport, MA
Lots of activity at Allen's Pond located in Westport, MA
Some notable species for the area include:

*Orchard Orioles (2)
*Saltmarsh Sparrow (1)
*Glossy Ibis (3)
*Piping Plover (2)

--
Respectfully,
Andy Wilson
Fall River, MA
email: <andyslens...>
 

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Date: 6/4/15 9:28 am
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] WMB: Red-headed Woodpecker in Greenfield
Hi MassBirders,

Nancy Baker of Greenfield, in the Western Mass Birders group of FaceBook, just posted a breathtaking photo of an adult Red-headed Woodpecker at her feeders!

Also noteworthy from WMB recently:

Greg Ward found an Acadian Flycatcher at Bartholomew’s Cobble yesterday morning. Relocated and photographed later yesterday by Gael Hurley and Rene Wendell.

Rene found a Short-billed Dowitcher at Bartholomew’s Cobble on the evening of June 1, relocated the following morning.

Good birding!

Josh


Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
http://www.facebook.com/opihi




 

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Date: 6/4/15 2:45 am
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 06-03-15
Apologies for the tardy post. Bill Gette and I led Joppa Flats' Wednesday
Morning Birding program onto Plum Island under mostly cloudy skies with
temps in the low 50s and winds SE/5-10 mph. Following several days of rainy
conditions, there was a lot of bird song and activity.

Our list:
Canada Goose (~ 15)
Mute Swan (3) - 2, main salt panne; 1, Stage Island Pool.
Gadwall (6) - 3 pr.
Mallard (~ 24)
Green-winged Teal (1) - SIP.
Wild Turkey (3)
Double-crested Cormorant (~ 25)
Great Egret (~ 6)
Snowy Egret (~ 10)
Osprey (4)
Black-bellied Plover (3) - Sandy Point.
Semipalmated Plover (~ 12) - 3, SP; ~ 9, SIP.
Piping Plover (~ 20) - incl. 4 downy young ~ 2 or 3 days old; SP.
Killdeer (5) - 1 ad & 4 young (2 downy, 2 w/ some contour feathers - i.e., 2
different broods); small pannes.
Greater Yellowlegs (3) - small pannes.
Willet - common.
Ruddy Turnstone (2) - SP.
RED KNOT (9) - SP.
Semipalmated Sandpiper (~ 35) - SP.
Least Sandpiper (2) - SP.
Dunlin (1) - SP.
Dowitcher sp. (8) - Bill Forward Pool.
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Least Tern (~ 40) - SP.
Common Tern (2) - 1, small pannes; 1, SP.
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove (~ 12)
Willow Flycatcher (5)
Great Crested Flycatcher (1)
Eastern Kingbird - common.
Warbling Vireo (1)
Red-eyed Vireo (1) - Goodno Woods vicinity.
American Crow (~ 12)
Purple Martin (6) - lot #1.
Tree Swallow (~ 25)
Bank Swallow (1) - SP.
Barn Swallow (1) - SP.
Black-capped Chickadee (2)
Marsh Wren (2) - North Pool.
American Robin
Gray Catbird - common.
Northern Mockingbird (1) - lot #1.
Brown Thrasher (5)
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing (8)
Common Yellowthroat (~ 10)
American Redstart (2)
Yellow Warbler (~ 12)
Eastern Towhee (~ 5)
Field Sparrow (1) - scrub s. new blind.
Song Sparrow (~ 10)
Northern Cardinal (2)
Bobolink (~ 15) - various.
Red-winged Blackbird - common.
Common Grackle (~ 25)
Baltimore Oriole (2)
Purple Finch (~ 7)
American Goldfinch (5)

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats Education Center at 0930
for Wednesday Morning Birding. For more information about Joppa Flats
programs, call Bill Gette or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

Dave Weaver
Manchester, MA 01944
<cygnus-dkw...>










 

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Date: 6/3/15 7:50 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Jun 3, 2015
> Crane Beach, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, US
> Jun 3, 2015 9:00 AM - 11:10 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.75 mile(s)
> Comments: I walked the beach again hoping to see the arctic, roseate,
> and black terns found yesterday by Nate Dubrow. I succeeded with one of
> them, but almost all the terns I saw today were least and common. And
> today there were almost no shorebirds save the piping plovers.
> 24 species
>
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
> Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 35
> Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
> Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 1
> Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) 9
> Willet (Eastern) (Tringa semipalmata semipalmata) 2
> Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 10
> Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 7
> Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 2
> Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) 75 rough estimate
> Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) 1 adult in full breeding plumage,
> possibly the same bird photographed by Nate yesterday
> Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) 60 Many of these alternated fishing with
> resting and courting on the beach, but no other species were with them
> except the black tern.
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
> Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 9
> Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) 4
> Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 5
> Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 2
> Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2
> Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
> Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 1
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 5
> Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 2
> Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 2
> Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 2
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23762347


Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
<jim.berry3...>

 

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Date: 6/3/15 6:50 pm
From: <efparker...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] American Kestral

Thank you all who responded for the great tips - hopefully we will have success this weekend!
 
Earl
----- Original Message -----

From: "Earl Parker" <efparker...>
To: <massbird...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 7:33:36 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Kestral

My wife and I were hoping to see an American kestral this spring -but no luck so far. 

It's getting later in the season.  Any tips on good spots now?

Earl
Ipswich

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone


 

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Date: 6/3/15 5:56 pm
From: Peter Flood <pomarine...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Seabird Photos

I spent 8 days (May 25-June 1, 2015) offshore in the Gulf Stream off Hatteras North Carolina with Brian Patteson and Kate Sutherland and spotters Steve Howell and Bob Fogg and others and enjoyed some fantastic seabirds. I managed to photograph the holy grail of all North Atlantic Seabirds (from my perspective anyways) on May 25, that being the Cahow or Bermuda Petrel.

Many of the seabirds seen off North Carolina have been recorded in Massachusetts. With the up and coming Brookline Bird Club trips in July, August and September who knows what might be encountered.

Please enjoy some of my photos below. Looking forward to getting offshore in Massachusetts soon!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9191812@N02/sets/72157653961402692

Peter

Peter Flood
5 Hokum Rock Road
Dennis, MA
<pomarine...>
 

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Date: 6/3/15 5:04 pm
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 03 June 2015 - BBS Prescott Peninsula - Quabbin
Hi Massbirders -

This morning I partook in the Breeding Bird Survey of Gate 17 on the
Prescott Peninsula. This survey is run annually by the DCR. I want to
thank them here on Massbird for asking me to help.

Panoramic View at southern end of the Prescott Peninsula:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18437877531/in/dateposted-public/
View at southern end of the Prescott Peninsula:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18248442880/in/dateposted-public/
American Black Bear:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18248492030/in/dateposted-public/

It was a beautiful morning with no rain, bugs, or wind. The route is a 10
mile route with 20 stops spaced 1/2 mile apart. At each stop, a three
minute census of all birds seen or heard are tallied. I have summarized
the survey below. Please note, that I added in a few species that were
outside of the survey period (either outside the 3 minutes or between
census points).

Common Loon - 1
Broad-winged Hawk - 1 (outside BBS window)
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Ruffed Grouse - 2 (both outside BBS window)
Pileated Woodpecker - 2
Northern Flicker - 1
Woodpecker species - 6 (drumming)
Mourning Dove - 1 (outside BBS window)
Cedar Waxwing - 11 (all outside BBS window)
Eastern Wood-Peewee - 3
Least Flycatcher - 5 (2 outside BBS window)
Great-crested Flycatcher - 4
Eastern Phoebe - 1 (outside BBS window)
American Robin - 9 (4 outside BBS window)
Wood Thrush - 7 (1 outside BBS window)
Veery - 44
Blue Jay - 5 (all outside BBS window)
Black-capped Chickadee - 16
Red-eyed Vireo - 33
Blue-headed Vireo - 2 (Solitary is much better)
Black-billed Cuckoo - 5 (2 outside BBS window)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 2
Pine Warbler - 2
Blackburnian Warbler - 3
Magnolia Warbler - 2
Black-and-white Warbler - 4
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 13
Black-throated Green Warbler - 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1
*Cerulean Warbler - 1m (song, then sight)*
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 1 - was very surprised to not have more
American Redstart - 12
Yellow Warbler - 2
Canada Warbler - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 27
Ovenbird - 42
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - 9
Scarlet Tanager - 10
Northern Cardinal - 1
Eastern Towhee - 6
Chipping Sparrow - 24
Red-winged Blackbird - 1 (outside BBS window)
Baltimore Oriole - 2 (both outside BBS window)
American Goldfinch - 2
Pine Siskin - 1

Thanks for reading,
Steve

-------------------------------------------------
Westborough, Massachusetts
Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/

 

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Date: 6/3/15 11:55 am
From: Birdwsg <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Acadian Flycatcher, Marblehead 6/3
Joseph Bourget called at 2:25pm to report an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER at the Marblehead Neck Sanctuary. He also had a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER a few minutes before.

Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
<Birdwsg...>
978-462-0775
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
Celebrating 20 years of service to the birding community!
 

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Date: 6/3/15 11:13 am
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bolton Flats Least Bittern, 7 Virginia Rails
I hadn't been to Bolton Flats in at least 5 years and decided to look for
some rails there. I tried the Still River entrance off Rt. 110, which I'd
never visited, but almost immediately encountered high water that would
require a boat or a swim. At the entrance off Rt. 117 in Bolton, I made a
little more progress before the water on the path got so deep that, even
with Wellies, I didn't risk going further because of my somewhat shaky
legs. But, just before the water deepened, I got tremendous and multiple
looks at a family of 5 Virginia Rails--2 adults, 3 young--that kept
appearing at the edge of the soggy trail, with the adults walking back and
forth across the trail. I heard 2 more and a Least Bittern. Other
highlights:

8 Willow Flycatcher
1 Alder Flycatcher
2 Veery
1 Yellow-throated Vireo

From 9:00 to 11:00 I walked at nearby Oxbow NWR in Harvard. Highlights:

1 Pileated Woodpecker
6 Veery
1 Yellow-throated Vireo
3 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
2 Scarlet Tanager

Oxbow was buggy, with birdsong constantly punctuated by gunfire from the
adjacent military base, but it's a nice place for sunning snakes.

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 6/3/15 8:56 am
From: <brianrfg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] owl abundance
Hi Massbirders,
I traveled in fifteen states in the last month and a half and did twenty-five days of birding, including seven hours of devoted owling. And found more owls than eagles,harriers, buteos, ospreys, accipiters, and falcons combined…even though I was looking for hawks as much as any birds during the days afield. My field guides mostly say that the hawks are common and the owls are uncommon. I would say that there are more owls than hawks, in Massachusetts and everywhere in the East, and that the field guides need a little revision. The owls I found, by the way, were Great Horned, Barred, and Eastern Screech in the East and Great Horned, Western Screech, and Elf in Texas. Only the Barred and Eastern Screech Owls were called in…all the others were singing on their own, without provocation.
Brian Cassie, Foxboro

 

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Date: 6/3/15 5:08 am
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fw: [NHBirds] Golden-winged warbler Dover
FYI, here's a golden-winged warbler in southeastern NH.

Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
<jim.berry3...>


----- Original Message -----
From: "Matt Tarr" <unhwildlifespecialist...>
To: <nhbirds...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 6:53 AM
Subject: [NHBirds] Golden-winged warbler Dover


> Got great close-up looks of a golden- winged warbler while banding Prairie
> warblers on the powerline off Freshet Road in Dover this morning. Bird was
> singing a pure golden-winged song emphatically for about 1/2 hour and
> provided many clear views within less than 15 feet. As of 6:50 I have not
> seen or heard bird for about 40 mins - I expect this bird is likely
> passing through. I will be on this powerline all day and will update if I
> encounter the bird again. My first in NH - Finally!
>
> Matt Tarr

 

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Date: 6/2/15 7:22 pm
From: Richard Heil <rsheil...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Andrew's Point, Rockport, MA Seawatch; 2 June 2015.
TUESDAY, 2 JUNE 2015:
ANDREW'S POINT, ROCKPORT, MA Seawatch (0655-1200 hrs.)
Weather: Overcast, rain, NE winds 15-25 mph, 46 F.
Seas: 4-8 feet.
Richard S. Heil

Common Eider (20)
Surf Scoter (7)
White-winged Scoter (13)
Red-throated Loon (9) : 4 ads. in breeding plumage, 5 1st-summer.
Common Loon (14) : 8 in breeding plumage, all but one heading NW; 6 in winter plumage heading SE.
CORY'S SHEARWATER (1) : earliest record by more than three weeks.
Manx Shearwater (4)
Northern Gannet (246) : all sub-adults except one adult.
Double-crested Cormorant (7)
Parasitic Jaeger (1 ad.)
LONG-TAILED JAEGER (5 ads.) : Flew past all together; easily discernible as this species; small sleek buoyant jaegers at about 1/4 mile distance; pale gray backs and wing coverts contrasting strongly with dark flight feathers; no white noticeable in primaries either above or below; long attenuated body and long narrow-winged appearance; extensive dusky undertail and lower belly; new high count, but four prior late May-June records.
Common Murre (7) : 5 in breeding plumage, 2 not fully hooded.
BLACK GUILLEMOT (1) : breeding plumage; at least four prior June records of eleven individuals, including max. of 4 on 9 June 1999.
ATLANTIC PUFFIN (1) : several prior June records including max of 5 on 21 June 2009.
Black-legged Kittiwake (5) : 3 ads., 2 - 1st-summer.
Laughing Gull (4 ads.)
Ring-billed Gull (2) - 1S.
Am. Herring Gull (18)
Great Black-backed Gull (8)
Common Tern (3 ads.)
Common/Arctic Tern (2 ads.) - distant.
ARCTIC TERN (8 ads.) : One solid flock of seven; later one single bird close with two Common's; slight, small round headed grayish terns with long uniformly pale gray wings with very narrow black trailing edge; long tailed; a number of previous late May - June records including big flights during storms in 2005 and 2006: max. 400+ on 25 May 2005.

Minke Whale (1)

Richard S. Heil
S. Peabody, MA
Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 6/2/15 5:02 pm
From: Earl Parker <efparker...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Kestral
My wife and I were hoping to see an American kestral this spring -but no luck so far. 

It's getting later in the season.  Any tips on good spots now?

Earl
Ipswich

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 6/2/15 4:53 pm
From: Bob Parker <Bob.Parker...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Thank you to our moderator
Dear Barbara and Marjorie,

I just wanted to thank you for running Massbird. I know that this
is a lot of work, and I suspect that most of us (including me, even though
I've done much smaller groups) have no idea of how much time and effort you
put in.

Thank you for keeping MASSBIRD going.

Bob Parker
Somerville
bob.parker AT truthltd.com

 

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Date: 6/2/15 4:44 pm
From: Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Five Tern Species- Crane Beach, Ipswich.
Hello MasBirders,

I went to Crane Beach this afternoon to look for terns and other seabirds
and found some good ones. Five Tern Species! And the Arctic's were a lifer
for me!

Crane Beach, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jun 2, 2015 3:40 PM - 5:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: N/A
32 species (+1 other taxa)

Double-crested Cormorant 8
Great Egret 5
Snowy Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 2
hawk sp. 1
Black-bellied Plover 2
Piping Plover 5
Sanderling 10
Laughing Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 12
Herring Gull (American) 14
Great Black-backed Gull 6
Least Tern 40
Black Tern 1 Roosting with COTE's and ARTE's. In full breeding plumage.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/117813653@N05/17775696434"
title="Black Tern by nathandubrow, on Flickr"><img src="
https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8868/17775696434_5956ef86c3_z.jpg" alt="Black
Tern" /></a>

Roseate Tern 1 <a href="
https://www.flickr.com/photos/117813653@N05/18398341025" title="Roseate
Tern by nathandubrow, on Flickr"><img src="
https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/392/18398341025_90646d5e3f_z.jpg"
alt="Roseate Tern" /></a>

Common Tern (Common) 60 Some were seen copulating.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/117813653@N05/18398337255"
title="Common Tern by nathandubrow, on Flickr"><img src="
https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7796/18398337255_64bc09e843_z.jpg"
alt="Common Tern" /></a>

Arctic Tern 5 Lifer! At least this amount. Most likely more. Short
dark reddish legs and small dark red bills were seen well.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/117813653@N05/17775693034"
title="Arctic Tern by nathandubrow, on Flickr"><img src="
https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/559/17775693034_6ddb70a37c_z.jpg" alt="Arctic
Tern" /></a>

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Tree Swallow 2
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 4
Northern Mockingbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 6
Common Yellowthroat 2
Yellow Warbler 3
Eastern Towhee 3
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 4
Baltimore Oriole 1

https://www.flickr.com/cameraroll

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23752956

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Nathan Dubrow

<nathandubrow...>
Ipswich, MA

 

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Date: 6/2/15 1:15 pm
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River birding festival at Bradley Palmer this Saturday too!
Dear Massbirders,

Don't forget also this Saturday, June 6th, is the first leg of the Ipswich
River Birding Festival! I omitted from my post this morning, sometimes I
wonder about myself....... So come with us and explore the Bradley Palmer
State Park with local expert Jim Berry. We will be meeting in the large
dirt parking lot at the park's head quarters at 7:00 a.m. We will go until
8:30. Try and get there a little earlier to sign in etc.
We had good birds and lots of fun last year. I'm sure this year will be
just as good. Looking forward to it.
Suzanne Sullivan
Wilmington, Ma
<swampy1060...>






--
Suzanne M. Sullivan
Wilmington, MA
<swampy435...>

Be the Voice of the River
http://www.ipswichriver.org

 

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Date: 6/2/15 8:28 am
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: moderator - cat thread (long reply)
MassBirders,

Our moderator stated " if you have links to reference articles and literature, please post.”

I’ve been involved in discussions concerning feral cats and their impacts on wildlife for a few years, and do have some relevant literature to share.

Most urgent thing to say: Massachusetts is about to make a very public decision on this issue. The feral cat advocates are preparing a petition drive for this fall to put something called "The Massachusetts Pet Shelter Protection Act” on the ballot for the next election. The name is highly deceiving, as the Act would not protect pet shelters. It would make it illegal to euthanize “healthy” feral cats.

Euthanasia is never a good thing, but it is sometimes a necessary thing, and arbitrarily outlawing it just because people love fuzzy kittens is highly unwise. If the petition drive succeeds, and the ballot initiative is passed, every shelter in the state that is not already at capacity for cats soon will be, and feral cats will start being dumped back on the streets wherever they came from. Anyone who has feral cats in their yard, wildlife sanctuaries or refuges being invaded by feral cats, will be powerless to take any action other than trying to “TNR” the cats and then wait several years, hoping that the cat population dies off faster than it is replenished by new arrivals, and watching the local wildlife get decimated by the cats the entire time. The lucky locations will see their cats killed off by cars, coyotes, Great Horned Owls, unleashed dogs, the weather, parasites, hunger, and so on; whether such fates are really any better than euthanasia is apparently up for !
debate.

So, make sure that you, your family members, and your neighbors are prepared to tell the petitioners that you will not sign, because you care too much about wildlife. I’m sure that they will reply that feral cats are no threat to wildlife for a variety of reasons, all of which are either exaggerations or outright hoaxes. And that’s where the references, articles, and literature will come in handy, to refute their claims. So here are a few common claims you’ll hear from the feral cat supporters, and why they are wrong.

They will claim that well-fed, spayed or neutered cats do not kill birds or wildlife. Most of us who actually own cats (I currently have three, and have had many more in the past) know that this is a crock. The best documentation on this issue is from the University of Georgia, where they attached cameras to well-fed house cats that were allowed to go outside. At least 1/3 of the cats killed wildlife on-camera, and more incriminatingly, nearly half of what they killed was left in place, not eaten, and not brought home, so the cats were killing almost twice as much as their owners knew. Here is a link to the study for more:
http://www.kittycams.uga.edu/

They will claim that feral cats help “control” rodent pests like rats, which will run amok if cats are gone. Not true. Cats which are confined in an area that contains only rats might control them, but cats with a choice of prey tend to avoid the larger, more difficult prey like rats in favor of smaller and easier targets. Worse, cats in an area that has a mixture of native and non-native prey will disproportionately kill native prey, as the native wildlife has less evolutionary history with cats and so less efficient defenses than the longtime pests like House Mouse and Black and Norway Rat. Worst of all, in at least one study the presence of feral cats was shown to *increase* the numbers of non-native pest rodents! The exact mechanism of this has not yet been elucidated, but it is possible that by killing native mammals the cats lessen competition and free up more food and shelter for the non-native pest species. An alternative possibility is that the pest rodents incr!
ease by stealing food that humans leave out for feral cats. Either way, not something we want to see happen in our neighborhoods! Here one of the studies which showed the pests increase and native mammals decrease in areas with feral cats:
http://www.tws-west.org/transactions/Hawkins%20Grant%20Longnecker.pdf
(if the link does not work with a direct click, you may have to edit it in your browser window by replacing the “%20” with a space)

They might claim that cats only kill sickly or injured birds. This is contradicted by numerous studies showing that cats are predators of nestling and fledgling birds, and cause the decline and extinction of populations of birds that nest on or near the ground. Here is one study to which you can refer them on that topic:
http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.2307/1939174

They might say that their TNR colonies of feral cats are mostly in urban areas with few native bird species to kill. Maybe there are a few neighborhoods where this might be true. But it just takes a visit to eBird to see how many bird species use patches of habitat in otherwise urban areas. Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, and its 224 species? Leverett Pond in Brookline and its 145? Post Office Square, 89? Revere Beach with its Manx Shearwaters and Piping Plovers? How, exactly, do we keep the feral cats out of these established urban bird hotspots and in the areas that hypothetically have nothing but starlings, pigeons, and House Sparrows?
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspots

They will argue that TNR - trap-neuter-return - or one of its variants does a better job of controlling feral cats populations than lethal control techniques. Highly debatable. TNR has failed completely in some situations, and many communities have been doing TNR for 25 years or more, spending many thousands of dollars, without having solved the problem. Here is one of the many examples:
http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1644/09-MAMM-A-111.1
And here is a list of projects which have successfully (if cruelly) solved feral cat problems using lethal control:
http://listverse.com/2011/11/20/10-successful-island-eradication-projects/

They might claim that birds are threatened far more by habitat destruction, or some other threat, and cats are insignificant by comparison. Even if true, this is a false dichotomy. Most of us are working to protect birds on multiple fronts and do not have tunnel vision for a single issue. The fact that birds are threatened by habitat destruction, window collisions, invasive exotic plants, and other threats does not let the cats off of the hook for the damage that they cause. Here is a study which showed that cats do cause certain bird populations to go extinct (and that having cat-killing predators like Coyotes around can help protect those species of birds):
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v400/n6744/abs/400563a0.html

I could go on, but can’t stay on the computer all day. Hopefully this will be helpful.

Have fun,

Josh


Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
http://www.facebook.com/opihi




 

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Date: 6/2/15 6:45 am
From: Childs, Jackson <jchilds...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] moderator - cat thread
This study would seem to be the current standard of research (I'm not sure if this is publicly available):

http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v4/n1/full/ncomms2380.html

The impact of free-ranging domestic cats on wildlife of the United States

Scott R. Loss, Tom Will & Peter P. Marra

Nature Communications 4, Article number: 1396 doi:10.1038/ncomms2380
Received 06 September 2012 Accepted 12 December 2012 Published 29 January 2013

Abstract
"Anthropogenic threats, such as collisions with man-made structures, vehicles, poisoning and predation by domestic pets, combine to kill billions of wildlife annually. Free-ranging domestic cats have been introduced globally and have contributed to multiple wildlife extinctions on islands. The magnitude of mortality they cause in mainland areas remains speculative, with large-scale estimates based on non-systematic analyses and little consideration of scientific data. Here we conduct a systematic review and quantitatively estimate mortality caused by cats in the United States. We estimate that free-ranging domestic cats kill 1.3-4.0 billion birds and 6.3-22.3 billion mammals annually. Un-owned cats, as opposed to owned pets, cause the majority of this mortality. Our findings suggest that free-ranging cats cause substantially greater wildlife mortality than previously thought and are likely the single greatest source of anthropogenic mortality for US birds and mammals. Scient!
ifically sound conservation and policy intervention is needed to reduce this impact."

Jackson Childs
<jchilds...>
Arlington, MA

-----Original Message-----
From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore
Sent: Monday, June 01, 2015 1:22 PM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] moderator - cat thread

Folks,

Years ago folks started referring to this as "the dreaded cat thread". I'd like to nip this in the bud.

We all agree - cats are healthier indoors and wildlife benefits if cats remain indoors. Feral colonies are not a good thing. Everyone has an opinion, but I don't think any of us disagree.

So, if you have links to reference articles and literature, please post.

Otherwise, I suggest that we all refrain from posting and continuing this thread. Thanks for your cooperation.

Back to birding!

Thanks for you support of MASSBIRD!

Barbara Volkle
Moderator, MASSBIRD
Northbroough, MA
<barb620...>


 

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Date: 6/2/15 5:32 am
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Reminder: Ipswich River Birding Festival this weekend
Hello Massbirders,

Just a reminder for those who like or need them ( like me) - The 2nd
annual Ipswich River Watershed Association’s Birding Festival is this
weekend. See itinerary below. Any questions feel free to email me. Weather
looks good, but dress accordingly. The purpose of the festival is to enjoy
during River’s month (June) one of the most important natural resources in
our area not only for drinking water and recreation but also to our birds
and other wildlife. It also gives us a small snap shot of what bird life is
inhabiting this resource from Source to Sea. So come help us enjoy!

Chose a walk or bird all day from source to sea • 7 - 9 am: Sawmill Brook
Conservation Area Burlington-Wilmington. Suzanne Sullivan, Jim Berry and
Jim McCoy. Park at the end of the cul de sac on Mill Road in Wilmington
(off Chestnut St off RT 62). • 9:30 am: Boxford - Crooked Pond Conservation
Area. Sullivan, Jim Berry and Jim McCoy • 12 pm: Join us for lunch and a
bird walk at Riverbend, the Ipswich headquarters of the Ipswich River
Watershed Association on the river in Ipswich. 143 County Road • 2 - 3:30
pm: Trustees of Reservation's Castle Hill property. Meeting at Riverbend
carpooling fem there. Lead - Dave Williams along with Sullivan, Jim Berry
and Jim McCoy.
RSVP to Cynthia or call 978-412-8200.

--
Suzanne M. Sullivan
Wilmington, MA
<swampy435...>

Be the Voice of the River
http://www.ipswichriver.org

 

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Date: 6/1/15 8:41 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Little Blue Heron - Ellisville, Jun 1, 2015

There was also a flock of 37 Black-bellied Plovers and 2 Semi-palmated
Plovers.

Ellisville, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
Jun 1, 2015 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Protocol: Historical
1 species

Little Blue Heron 1 Judy Gordon spotted an adult on the far side of Ellisville Harbor below the State Park

View this checklist and map online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23742426

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro

 

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Date: 6/1/15 7:20 pm
From: Rajesh Mohan <rmohan26...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Sy Montgomery says cats kill few birds
As per suggestion, googled "bird mortality" and got this :
http://www.sibleyguides.com/conservation/causes-of-bird-mortality/
#1 - Windows#2 - Feral cats  ~ 500 million per year


Rajesh <MohanWoburnrmohan26...>



On Monday, June 1, 2015 8:58 PM, Charlie Patterson <chaspatt...> wrote:


Honestly.  Just Google "Bird mortality statistics " or something similar.  Cats are likely the biggest cause of mortality of all in an acute sense.  Now for long term, there is stuff like habitat loss.
Charlie Patterson <chaspatt...>, Ma.
Sent from Middle Earth.
On Jun 1, 2015, at 7:41 PM, Margaret Rhodes <margaretrho...> wrote:


I think you should write a letter to the Globe, disputing Sy's claim that cats kill few birds except in cities where birds are few. Many of us should write, because then the Globe will print at least one. We don't need more people accepting these false claims.
Margaret RhodesBrookline MA
On Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 12:25 PM, Peter Trull <petrull...> wrote:

Sy probably owns outdoor cats. They’re all in denial. From: Richard Danca Sent: Monday, June 01, 2015 11:40 AMTo: MassBird Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sy Montgomery says cats kill few birds Oh, really? About halfway through this piece, Boston Globe columnist Sy Montgomery baldly claims that feral cats kill few birds except "in cities where birds are few." This assertion goes against every study  I've ever heard of, and I'm surprised she made it in an area where there are so many birders. https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2015/05/31/living-with-animals-wild/ykPbwajw50yKLBoPiHFjUO/story.html---------------------------------
Richard A. Danca
Newton, Mass.
<rdanca...>
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Date: 6/1/15 6:20 pm
From: Charlie Patterson <chaspatt...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Sy Montgomery says cats kill few birds
Honestly. Just Google "Bird mortality statistics " or something similar. Cats are likely the biggest cause of mortality of all in an acute sense. Now for long term, there is stuff like habitat loss.

Charlie Patterson
<chaspatt...>
Norwell, Ma.

Sent from Middle Earth.

> On Jun 1, 2015, at 7:41 PM, Margaret Rhodes <margaretrho...> wrote:
>
> I think you should write a letter to the Globe, disputing Sy's claim that cats kill few birds except in cities where birds are few. Many of us should write, because then the Globe will print at least one. We don't need more people accepting these false claims.
>
> Margaret Rhodes
> Brookline MA
>
>> On Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 12:25 PM, Peter Trull <petrull...> wrote:
>> Sy probably owns outdoor cats. They’re all in denial.
>>
>> From: Richard Danca
>> Sent: Monday, June 01, 2015 11:40 AM
>> To: MassBird
>> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sy Montgomery says cats kill few birds
>>
>> Oh, really?
>>
>> About halfway through this piece, Boston Globe columnist Sy Montgomery baldly claims that feral cats kill few birds except "in cities where birds are few."
>>
>> This assertion goes against every study I've ever heard of, and I'm surprised she made it in an area where there are so many birders.
>>
>> https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2015/05/31/living-with-animals-wild/ykPbwajw50yKLBoPiHFjUO/story.html
>>
>> ---------------------------------
>> Richard A. Danca
>> Newton, Mass.
>> <rdanca...>
>> ----------------------------------
>>
>

 

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Date: 6/1/15 6:04 pm
From: Richard Heil <rsheil...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Andrew's Point, Rockport Seawatch; Mon., 1 June 2015.
MONDAY, 1 JUNE 2015:
ANDREW'S POINT, ROCKPORT, MA Seawatch (1255-1600 hrs.)
Weather: Overcast, rain, NE winds 15-30 mph, 47 F.
Visibility: 3/4 to 5+ miles in intermittent fog.
Seas: 4-8 feet.
Richard S. Heil

Common Eider (3) - 1st summer males.
White-winged Scoter (5)
Red-throated Loon (3) - 1st summer.
Common Loon (3) - two in breeding plumage.
Sooty Shearwater (1)
Manx Shearwater (1)
Northern Gannet (106) : all sub adults.
Double-crested Cormorant (11)
COMMON MURRE (3) - breeding plumage; numerous prior June records including maxima of 10 on 6/21/09 and 7 on 6/14/11.
large Aclid sp. (2) - distant.
Black-legged Kittiwake (2) adult & 1st-summer together. c.f., 45 on 6/1/03.
Laughing Gull (2 ads.)
Am. Herring Gull (17)
Great Black-backed Gull (6)
Common Tern (1 ad.)
Common/Arctic Tern (1 ad.) - distant.

Richard S. Heil
S. Peabody, MA
Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 6/1/15 5:11 pm
From: Margaret Rhodes <margaretrho...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Sy Montgomery says cats kill few birds
I think you should write a letter to the Globe, disputing Sy's claim that
cats kill few birds except in cities where birds are few. Many of us should
write, because then the Globe will print at least one. We don't need more
people accepting these false claims.

Margaret Rhodes
Brookline MA

On Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 12:25 PM, Peter Trull <petrull...> wrote:

> Sy probably owns outdoor cats. They’re all in denial.
>
> *From:* Richard Danca <rdanca...>
> *Sent:* Monday, June 01, 2015 11:40 AM
> *To:* MassBird <massbird...>
> *Subject:* [MASSBIRD] Sy Montgomery says cats kill few birds
>
>
> Oh, really?
>
> About halfway through this piece, Boston Globe columnist Sy Montgomery
> baldly claims that feral cats kill few birds except "in cities where birds
> are few."
>
> This assertion goes against every study I've ever heard of, and I'm
> surprised she made it in an area where there are so many birders.
>
>
> https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2015/05/31/living-with-animals-wild/ykPbwajw50yKLBoPiHFjUO/story.html
>
> ---------------------------------
> Richard A. Danca
> Newton, Mass.
> <rdanca...>
> ----------------------------------
>

 

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Date: 6/1/15 1:29 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Jun 1, 2015
> Crane Beach, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, US
> Jun 1, 2015 9:00 AM - 11:20 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: This morning I walked exactly 2 miles down the beach and
> back (i.e., to the southeast, where TTOR has installed new mileage posts
> every quarter-mile) to look for storm-blown phalaropes and arctic terns
> like we saw during the late-May storms in 05 and 06. I was disappointed
> not to find any phalaropes, but I did spot one forlorn-looking arctic tern
> resting on the beach, along with a decent variety of shorebirds and gulls.
> I didn't see much on the ocean itself in the rough water. With birds
> flying back and forth, all the higher numbers are of course estimates.
> 23 species
>
> Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 27
> Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 6
> Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 2
> Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) 16 adults
> Willet (Eastern) (Tringa semipalmata semipalmata) 3
> Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 1
> Red Knot (Calidris canutus) 1 spiffy in its breeding plumage
> Sanderling (Calidris alba) 40
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) 120
> Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 4 immatures
> Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) 4 adults
> Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 50
> Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 45
> Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 25
> Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) 100 plus; a conservative estimate at
> this large breeding colony
> Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) 30
> Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) 1 sitting on beach showing shortish
> red bill, pronounced white cheeks, and absurdly short red legs
> Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 2
> Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) 1 at a small colony of 5-6 burrows
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1 foraging at the wrack line
> (Turdus detritus?)
> Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2
> Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 5
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23736202

Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
<jim.berry3...>

 

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Date: 6/1/15 12:18 pm
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cliff Swallows - Citizen Science Survey - help needed
Thanks to Drew Vitz for the following announcement.

See below for how you can participate!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

* * *

From: "Vitz, Andrew (FWE)" <andrew.vitz...>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 13:56:09 -0400
Subject: Cliff Swallows


Need help with Cliff Swallow surveys

The nesting season is beginning, and we are organizing a citizen
science based approach to conducting a state-wide Cliff Swallow
survey. This is something that Joan Walsh (MassAudubon), Mara Silver
(Cliff Swallow expert), and I (MassWildlife) have been working on to
get updated information on the status of this species in
Massachusetts. Cliff Swallows have rapidly declined throughout the
state, and information on where they are (or are not) nesting will
help us target conservation efforts for the species. There is a new
reporting tool for this species on the MassAudubon page, and we are
looking for volunteers who are interested in conducting Cliff Swallow
surveys. Most of the surveys will be conducted in Berkshire and Essex
County and in the Pioneer Valley. If you are- interested in this
opportunity to actively participate in bird conservation in
Massachusetts, please contact Andrew Vitz
(<mailto:<andrew.vitz...><andrew.vitz...>,
508-389-6394), the state ornithologist at MassWildlife. To get the
most out of these surveys, we will identify specific locations for
you to cover. If you already know where there are active Cliff
Swallows, please let us know about those as well.

<http://www.massaudubon.org/get-involved/citizen-science/report-a-bird-sighting/cliff-swallows>http://www.massaudubon.org/get-involved/citizen-science/report-a-bird-sighting/cliff-swallows

Thanks. Drew

Andrew Vitz, Ph.D.
State Ornithologist
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581
Tel: 508-389-6394; Fax:508-389-7890
<mailto:<andrew.vitz...><andrew.vitz...>







 

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Date: 6/1/15 11:55 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Noble Proctor Obituary
Massbirders,

It is with a heavy heart that I share this news. Noble Proctor, esteemed
ornithologist from Connecticut, has passed away. His obituary can be read
here.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nhregister/obituary.aspx?n=noble-s-proctor&pid=174983755

A Memorial Gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, Jun. 9, 2015 6:30 PM - 9:00
PM Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History 170 Whitney Ave. New Haven, CT

Respectfully,
Steve

-------------------------------------------------
Westborough, Massachusetts
Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/

 

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Date: 6/1/15 10:48 am
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] moderator - cat thread
Folks,

Years ago folks started referring to this as "the dreaded cat
thread". I'd like to nip this in the bud.

We all agree - cats are healthier indoors and wildlife benefits if
cats remain indoors. Feral colonies are not a good thing. Everyone
has an opinion, but I don't think any of us disagree.

So, if you have links to reference articles and literature, please
post.

Otherwise, I suggest that we all refrain from posting and continuing
this thread. Thanks for your cooperation.

Back to birding!

Thanks for you support of MASSBIRD!

Barbara Volkle
Moderator, MASSBIRD
Northbroough, MA
<barb620...>

 

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Date: 6/1/15 9:53 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Sy Montgomery says cats kill few birds
Sy probably owns outdoor cats. They’re all in denial.

From: Richard Danca
Sent: Monday, June 01, 2015 11:40 AM
To: MassBird
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sy Montgomery says cats kill few birds

Oh, really?

About halfway through this piece, Boston Globe columnist Sy Montgomery baldly claims that feral cats kill few birds except "in cities where birds are few."

This assertion goes against every study I've ever heard of, and I'm surprised she made it in an area where there are so many birders.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2015/05/31/living-with-animals-wild/ykPbwajw50yKLBoPiHFjUO/story.html

---------------------------------
Richard A. Danca
Newton, Mass.
<rdanca...>
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Date: 6/1/15 9:29 am
From: Susan Harden <harden.sue...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] feral cat predation
I can't imagine feral cats behave any differently in Massachusetts than in
California. When I lived int the San Francisco Bay area, we had studies
that identified feral cats as the primary reason of shore bird population
decline.

Sue

On Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 11:40 AM, Richard Danca <rdanca...> wrote:

> Oh, really?
>
> About halfway through this piece, Boston Globe columnist Sy Montgomery
> baldly claims that feral cats kill few birds except "in cities where birds
> are few."
>
> This assertion goes against every study I've ever heard of, and I'm
> surprised she made it in an area where there are so many birders.
>
>
> https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2015/05/31/living-with-animals-wild/ykPbwajw50yKLBoPiHFjUO/story.html
>
> ---------------------------------
> Richard A. Danca
> Newton, Mass.
> <rdanca...>
> ----------------------------------
>



--

Sue Harden

 

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Date: 6/1/15 9:13 am
From: Richard Danca <rdanca...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sy Montgomery says cats kill few birds
Oh, really?

About halfway through this piece, Boston Globe columnist Sy Montgomery
baldly claims that feral cats kill few birds except "in cities where birds
are few."

This assertion goes against every study I've ever heard of, and I'm
surprised she made it in an area where there are so many birders.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2015/05/31/living-with-animals-wild/ykPbwajw50yKLBoPiHFjUO/story.html

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Richard A. Danca
Newton, Mass.
<rdanca...>
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Date: 6/1/15 8:23 am
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gill area notables
Greetings birders,

Some nice species showing up in Gill and surroundings of late;
Kentucky Warbler - singing male on private land - May 27th - June 1st. I'm not aware of any other documented records from Franklin County;http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2015/05/ma-kentucky-warblerin-gill.html

Worm-eating Warbler - male singing on Barney Hale Road, Gill on May 27th.
Orchard Oriole - singing males at River Road, Gill on May 29th, North Cross Road, Gill and Barton Cove public boat ramp both on May 31st;http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2015/05/ma-good-birds-in-gill.html

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - singing on River Road, Gill on May 29th;http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2015/05/ma-good-birds-in-gill.html

Bufflehead - male, Barton Cove on May 28th;http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2015/05/ma-good-birds-in-gill.html

Double-crested Cormorant - 14 (all first-summers) at Baron Cove on May 28th
Common Loon - 2 at Barton Cove, May 31st - June 1st. One in full breeding plumage, one in partial breeding plumage.
Black Vulture - 3 at rest with Turkey Vultures, Great Falls Discovery Center, Turner's Falls on May 25th;http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2015/05/ma-local-black-vulturesat-last.html


Good birding,

James
 James P. Smith
Gill, MA
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/
 

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Date: 6/1/15 7:07 am
From: Patty O'Neill <pattyoneill...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Southfield
Apologies. I sent this yesterday without first converting to plain text so it came in as the basically illegible gobbledegook I am always complaining about I am resending in plain text.
Hi

Kathy Rawdon and I birded Southfield in Weymouth Saturday (5/30) morning. Of particular interest were

1 singing perched grasshopper sparrow in the grassy area to the left of the main runway as you approach the pile of concrete slabs blocking the runway

3 (or more) singing Eastern Meadowlarks.

Patty O'Neill
Milton MA
pattyoneillatverizon.net
 

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Date: 5/31/15 8:57 pm
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Ticks and a newly discovered disease
I remember sitting on my porch IN SC, watching them walk across the driveway or up the sidewalk toward me. They are able to sense a meal over fairly long distances and can cover ground surprisingly fast.

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 31, 2015, at 10:30 PM, "Charlie Patterson" <chaspatt...> wrote:
>
> Good post. Let me add to it a bit with permission of the moderator.
>
> Those on the Cape have probably been warned (there was an Article in the Cape Cod Times) that a tick not usually seen in New England (it is a southern tick), the Lone Star tick, has been confirmed as having colonized Sandy Neck. This tick is extremely aggressive and can spread Ehrlichiosis, tularemia, and possibly Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. It is the main vector for STARI (Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness). It will undoubtedly spread now that it is locally established so Cape residents and visitors should be aware of it. Like we need another tick!
>
> Check out this site.
>
> http://www.tickinfo.com/lonestartick.htm
>
> Charlie Patterson
> <chaspatt...>
> Norwell, Ma
>
>
> From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of Peter Trull
> Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2015 3:30 PM
> To: George W Gove; Massbird
> Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Ticks and a newly discovered disease
>
> Oh man! Bad news indeed.Take tick checks seriously...on outerwear when coming from afield and every night before bed. Deer ticks usually do a lot of looking (crawling) around before finding a place to embed, my beltline is a frequent spot. Get them before they do!
> PT
> Brewster
>
> From: George W Gove
> Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2015 10:34 AM
> To: Massbird
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ticks and a newly discovered disease
>
> I though this might be timely to post, with moderator permission, on Massbird.
>
> We just heard of a new disease passed on by ticks and it can be lethal - see below, this was on the news here in the past couple of days.
>
> The point is, be careful when walking in fields and woods, stick to paths and trails and stay away from grass taller than your ankles, check for ticks when you get home, see what is recommended to prevent ticks from getting on you and what you should do if you find one.
>
>
> http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Deadly-New-Tick-Borne-Illness-Spreading-in-New-England-305533921.html
>
> A disease deadlier than Lyme is showing up in ticks across New England.
>
> It's called Powassan, and while it's rare, the disease is starting to spread.
>
>
> See also the following for a list of tick diseases in the US. http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/
>
> George Gove
> Marloboro
>
>
>

 

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Date: 5/31/15 7:23 pm
From: Charlie Patterson <chaspatt...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Ticks and a newly discovered disease
Good post. Let me add to it a bit with permission of the moderator.



Those on the Cape have probably been warned (there was an Article in the
Cape Cod Times) that a tick not usually seen in New England (it is a
southern tick), the Lone Star tick, has been confirmed as having colonized
Sandy Neck. This tick is extremely aggressive and can spread Ehrlichiosis,
tularemia, and possibly Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. It is the main vector
for STARI (Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness). It will undoubtedly
spread now that it is locally established so Cape residents and visitors
should be aware of it. Like we need another tick!



Check out this site.



http://www.tickinfo.com/lonestartick.htm



Charlie Patterson

<chaspatt...>

Norwell, Ma





From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>]
On Behalf Of Peter Trull
Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2015 3:30 PM
To: George W Gove; Massbird
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Ticks and a newly discovered disease



Oh man! Bad news indeed.Take tick checks seriously...on outerwear when
coming from afield and every night before bed. Deer ticks usually do a lot
of looking (crawling) around before finding a place to embed, my beltline is
a frequent spot. Get them before they do!

PT

Brewster



From: George W Gove <mailto:<gwgove...>

Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2015 10:34 AM

To: Massbird <mailto:<Massbird...>

Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ticks and a newly discovered disease



I though this might be timely to post, with moderator permission, on
Massbird.


We just heard of a new disease passed on by ticks and it can be lethal - see
below, this was on the news here in the past couple of days.

The point is, be careful when walking in fields and woods, stick to paths
and trails and stay away from grass taller than your ankles, check for ticks
when you get home, see what is recommended to prevent ticks from getting on
you and what you should do if you find one.


http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Deadly-New-Tick-Borne-Illness-Spreading
-in-New-England-305533921.html

A disease deadlier than Lyme is showing up in ticks across New England.

It's called Powassan, and while it's rare, the disease is starting to
spread.


See also the following for a list of tick diseases in the US.
http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/


George Gove
Marloboro






 

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Date: 5/31/15 2:54 pm
From: Patty O'Neill <pattyoneill...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Southfield
Hi Kathy Rawdon and I birded Southfield in Weymouth Saturday (5/30)
morning. Of particular interest were 1 singing perched grasshopper
sparrow in the grassy area to the left of the main runway as you
approach the pile of concrete slabs blocking the runway 3 (or more)
singing Eastern Meadowlarks. Patty O'Neill Milton MApattyoneillatverizon.net
 

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Date: 5/31/15 12:57 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Ticks and a newly discovered disease
Oh man! Bad news indeed.Take tick checks seriously...on outerwear when coming from afield and every night before bed. Deer ticks usually do a lot of looking (crawling) around before finding a place to embed, my beltline is a frequent spot. Get them before they do!
PT
Brewster

From: George W Gove
Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2015 10:34 AM
To: Massbird
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ticks and a newly discovered disease

I though this might be timely to post, with moderator permission, on Massbird.


We just heard of a new disease passed on by ticks and it can be lethal - see below, this was on the news here in the past couple of days.

The point is, be careful when walking in fields and woods, stick to paths and trails and stay away from grass taller than your ankles, check for ticks when you get home, see what is recommended to prevent ticks from getting on you and what you should do if you find one.


http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Deadly-New-Tick-Borne-Illness-Spreading-in-New-England-305533921.html

A disease deadlier than Lyme is showing up in ticks across New England.

It's called Powassan, and while it's rare, the disease is starting to spread.


See also the following for a list of tick diseases in the US. http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/


George Gove
Marloboro




 

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Date: 5/31/15 10:55 am
From: Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl -Revere Beach

I had a report earlier today from a reliable observer that a Snowy Owl was seen around Point of Pines in Revere.


Soheil Zendeh
42 Baker Ave
Lexington, MA 02421

cell: 617-763-5637




 

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Date: 5/31/15 10:21 am
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ticks and a newly discovered disease
I though this might be timely to post, with moderator permission, on
Massbird.
>
> We just heard of a new disease passed on by ticks and it can be lethal
> - see below, this was on the news here in the past couple of days.
>
> The point is, be careful when walking in fields and woods, stick to
> paths and trails and stay away from grass taller than your ankles,
> check for ticks when you get home, see what is recommended to prevent
> ticks from getting on you and what you should do if you find one.
>
>
> http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Deadly-New-Tick-Borne-Illness-Spreading-in-New-England-305533921.html
>
>
> A disease deadlier than Lyme is showing up in ticks across New England.
>
> It's called Powassan, and while it's rare, the disease is starting to
> spread.
>
>
> See also the following for a list of tick diseases in the US.
> http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/ <http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/>

George Gove
Marloboro




 

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Date: 5/31/15 10:20 am
From: Newburyowls <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl -Revere Beach
On the ground with prey by road near Point of Pines. Flew towards Rumney Marsh.

Sean Riley
<Newburyowls...>

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 3G smartphone

 

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Date: 5/31/15 9:48 am
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Willowdale S. F. (east), Ipswich, May 31, 2015
> Willowdale S. F. (east), Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, US
> May 31, 2015 6:50 AM - 9:50 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Cloudy morning, but the rain missed us. We started with 11
> people for a Greenbelt-sponsored walk for singing birds, but two couples
> left early due to mosquitoes. (No pain, no birds!) We walked a rather
> short loop from Linebrook Rd. on the north side of the forest. The
> highlights (for me, at least) were hearing one each of yellow-billed and
> black-billed cuckoos. We had trouble seeing birds in the bad light and
> thick foliage, but we heard plenty. No butterflies on this gloomy
> morning.
> 43 species
>
> Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 2
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 11
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) 1
> Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus) 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3
> Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1
> Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1 (not seen, thus I can't confirm
> the color of the shafts)
> Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 5
> Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 9
> Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 2
> Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 1
> Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 7
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
> Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 2
> Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 3
> Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 3
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
> Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 2
> Veery (Catharus fuscescens) 4
> Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) 1
> Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) 7
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 3
> Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 4
> Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 4
> Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) 21 all singing males
> Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) 2
> Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 11 all singing males
> Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 1
> Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 1
> Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 2
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
> Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 2
> Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) 6
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) 1
> Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 2
> Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 16
> Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 5
> Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 1
> Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 4
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23719147


Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
<jim.berry3...>

 

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Date: 5/31/15 6:19 am
From: Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Piping Plover Chicks on Sandy Point Photos
I spent Friday and Saturday mornings on Sandy Point State Reservation, Plum Island in Newburyport with the Piping Plover. There are 2 pairs and each pair have hatched 4 chicks. I was given several gifts these two days of having chicks be curious about my lens and coming right up to it and witnessing a turf dispute between 3 Plovers that were too busy to notice that their fight had moved them quite close to me and my lens. I also have a 2 minute video clip of , I believe to dad Plover, sitting on his chicks and having them come and go from his warm feathers.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed witnessing and photographing them.

http://lesleymattuchiophotography.zenfolio.com/p483404657

Lesley Mattuchio
Lesley Mattuchio Photography ( Face Book )
lesleymattuchiophotography.zenfolio.com
https://www.flickr.com/photos/125349441@N03/
Melrose, MA
 

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