MASSBIRD
Received From Subject
7/29/16 1:48 pm Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> [MASSBIRD] Whitney Pond-Winchendon rarities
7/29/16 12:59 pm Edward Purcell <tedgpurcell...> [MASSBIRD] Merrimack River
7/29/16 12:49 pm Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk...> [MASSBIRD] Scituate/Marshfield Friday Morning birders out of North River Audubon Highlites
7/29/16 12:03 pm James MacDougall <jm3...> [MASSBIRD] Georgetown Egrets
7/29/16 12:02 pm <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Massbird/eBird
7/29/16 11:03 am mashoop58 . <mashoop58...> [MASSBIRD] Visiting Rowley/Plum Island 9/11 -9/13; Boston metro 9/14 -9/18
7/29/16 9:58 am Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> Re: [MASSBIRD] e-bird/e-mail/Massbird
7/29/16 8:56 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 7/28/16, Farm Pond, Foss Reservoir and vicinity - Framingham, Photos and Videos
7/29/16 8:38 am Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...> [MASSBIRD] Harwich (Cape Cod) Bell's Neck Conservation Area, Jul 29, 2016
7/29/16 8:17 am Warren Tatro <wtatro...> [MASSBIRD] American Avocet continues
7/29/16 7:54 am Douglas Chickering <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Avocet still at Plum Island
7/29/16 6:31 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Avocet PRNWR - Plum Island
7/29/16 5:54 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] weekly bird "list" for PRNWR (Plum Island)
7/29/16 5:23 am Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [MASSBIRD] e-bird/e-mail/Massbird
7/29/16 4:33 am <mresch8702...> [MASSBIRD] Massbird vs. eBird
7/28/16 7:24 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Weekly species census- Great Meadows NWR
7/28/16 7:07 pm Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Fw: eBird Report - Cow Yard Rd., Jul 28, 2016
7/28/16 6:32 pm Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Proposal to allow posting directly to listservs from eBird
7/28/16 5:10 pm <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] A Crowded Island
7/28/16 4:59 pm David Swain <davidswain79...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR Weekly Survey, 7/28/16
7/28/16 4:59 pm Andrew Joslin <andrew...> [MASSBIRD] Proposal to allow posting directly to listservs from eBird
7/28/16 3:52 pm Kat Birder <katbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Weekly species census- Great Meadows NWR
7/28/16 3:25 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island 7/28 (Avocet, yes; Baird's, Ruff, no)
7/28/16 3:13 pm Jonathan Jones <brewbird...> Re: [MASSBIRD] massbird reports
7/28/16 3:07 pm Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...> [MASSBIRD] Fw: eBird Report - Cow Yard Rd., Jul 28, 2016
7/28/16 2:49 pm Marshall Iliff <miliff...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird
7/28/16 2:07 pm Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> Re: [MASSBIRD] massbird reports
7/28/16 1:27 pm Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island, MA, Jul 27, 2016
7/28/16 1:10 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Posting to Massbird
7/28/16 1:05 pm Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...> [MASSBIRD] massbird reports
7/28/16 12:16 pm Paul Roberts <phawk254...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: reporting birds on Massbird
7/28/16 11:56 am Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: reporting birds on Massbird
7/28/16 11:55 am sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] Stilt Sandpiper's Belle Isle
7/28/16 11:55 am Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird
7/28/16 11:10 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] Race Point -- Jul 28, 2016
7/28/16 9:37 am <mresch8702...> [MASSBIRD] Thirsty Birds, Pepperell
7/28/16 8:45 am Patty O'Neill <pattyoneill...> [MASSBIRD] MASSBIRD
7/28/16 8:42 am Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird
7/28/16 8:13 am <sherwood63...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: reporting birds on Massbird
7/28/16 7:46 am Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> [MASSBIRD] Massbird
7/28/16 7:31 am Jim Guion <jim_guion...> [MASSBIRD] American Avocet plum island
7/28/16 7:21 am Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...> [MASSBIRD] lots of glossy ibis and snowy egret at Ridgevale and Cockle Cove Beach, Chatham, Jul 28, 2016
7/28/16 6:55 am Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Re: reporting birds on Massbird
7/28/16 6:52 am Donald Wilkinson <singingbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Adult Bald Eagle, Breed's Pond, Lynn 7/28
7/28/16 5:30 am George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Massbird
7/28/16 3:59 am meenakshi ganesh <meenakshilrg...> [MASSBIRD] Re. telescope rental
7/27/16 2:56 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Jul 27, 2016: Baird's sandpiper
7/27/16 2:24 pm Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] Ruff Newburyport
7/27/16 9:43 am Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...> [MASSBIRD] Baird's Sandpipers, Crane Beach, Ipswich- 7/26/16
7/27/16 9:43 am sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] eBird -- Belle Isle Marsh Reservation -- Jul 27, 2016
7/27/16 7:56 am Douglas Chickering <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] American Avocet
7/26/16 8:20 pm Dan Prima <raptormafia...> [MASSBIRD] American Avocet Parker River NWR
7/26/16 4:50 pm John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] West Gloucester Little Blues, Whip-poor-will
7/26/16 1:09 pm <stuarttwalker...> [MASSBIRD] Bird magazine 1898
7/26/16 10:29 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 7/25/16, Fisk Pond and Vicinity, Photos and Videos
7/25/16 7:27 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 7/24 Nine Shorebird Species at Winthrop Beach, etc.
7/25/16 7:25 pm caroline haines <chaines49...> [MASSBIRD] Tonight on the Annisquam
7/25/16 2:26 pm Blair Nikula <odenews...> [MASSBIRD] Chatham pelagic - Wednesday, 7/27
7/25/16 1:44 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] fish crow family in Ipswich
7/25/16 10:57 am Thomas Pirro <tpirro2010...> [MASSBIRD] Little Blue Heron (Winchendon, Ma.) 7/25
7/24/16 2:40 pm Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] BBC trip aboard the Gloucester Seven Seas Whale Watch
7/24/16 12:46 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Plymouth Beach, Jul 23, 2016
7/24/16 9:05 am Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] Offer of Birding Related Books
7/23/16 6:04 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Loons & Eagle in Gardner
7/22/16 7:47 pm james sweeney <assawompsett...> [MASSBIRD] Squantum Shorebirds - 7/22
7/22/16 5:23 pm Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk...> [MASSBIRD] Yellow crowned night heron/Marshfield, Ma
7/22/16 5:19 pm <loonphotog...> [MASSBIRD] Female Loon eating a huge sunfish video
7/22/16 2:25 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 7/21 Red-shouldered Hawks at Randolph's Great Pond
7/22/16 10:35 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 7/21/16, Bald Eagles - Foss Reservoir, Red-tailed Hawks - Cushing Memorial Park, Framingham Photos and Video
7/22/16 2:40 am Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> [MASSBIRD] Large White Heron in Westford 7/21
7/21/16 10:01 am Alan & Ruth Bragg <alan.ruth.bragg...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jul 21, 2016
7/20/16 6:16 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 7/19 Burrage Pond Highlights
7/20/16 9:32 am <marj...> [MASSBIRD] Glossy Ibis Cambridge Res.
7/20/16 4:18 am Matt S. <accipiter22...> [MASSBIRD] 7/19/2016 Bobwhite in Boston Redux
7/20/16 4:17 am Matt S. <accipiter22...> [MASSBIRD] 7/19/2016 Bobwhite in Boston
7/19/16 4:44 pm alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Yellow-crowned night herons
7/19/16 8:47 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 7/18/16, Waseeka Wildlife Refuge - Hopkinton, Fisk Pond - Natick, Photos and Video
7/18/16 2:42 pm Mary Keleher <maryeak...> [MASSBIRD] McAllen, TX Purple Martin Roost Sprayed with EcoBird
7/18/16 2:11 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 7/17 Nocturnal Birds in Brookline
7/18/16 9:23 am Jo-Dee Gentile <altoone1...> [MASSBIRD] Juv yellow-crowned night heron-W Falmouth Harbir
7/18/16 7:06 am Peter Flood <pomarine...> Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Chatham Pelagic - July 16, 2016
7/18/16 6:48 am Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Chatham Pelagic - July 16, 2016
7/18/16 6:30 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] 7/16/16 - Mini Pelagic - Out of Provincetown
7/18/16 5:12 am Peter Flood <pomarine...> [MASSBIRD] Chatham Pelagic - July 16, 2016
7/17/16 6:30 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Upland Sandpipers Blue Hills Reservoir NO
7/17/16 10:57 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] Re: 7/16/16, Lyons-Cutler Reservation, **Sudbury**, Photos and Video
7/17/16 1:43 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 7/16/16, Lyons-Cutler Reservation, Framingham, Photos and Video
7/16/16 2:16 pm Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Tour de France today- birds
7/16/16 9:25 am Anthony Hill <anhinga13...> [MASSBIRD] banded Merlin
7/16/16 6:38 am bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Tour de France today- birds
7/15/16 8:59 pm Blair Nikula <odenews...> [MASSBIRD] Chatham pelagics this weekend.
7/15/16 4:14 pm Kneipfer Eric <erickneipfer...> [MASSBIRD] Pied-Billed Grebe at Pond Meadow, Braintree
7/15/16 3:44 pm Steve Mirick <smirick...> [MASSBIRD] White Ibis (probably) in Salisbury
7/15/16 2:15 pm Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] Yes Noble
7/15/16 11:15 am Brad Dinerman <bdinerman...> RE: [MASSBIRD] 7/14/16, Framingham, Juvenile Bald Eagles Soaring Over Foss Reservoir, Photos and Video, Plus Farm Pond and Vicinity.
7/15/16 5:43 am Brad Dinerman <bdinerman...> RE: [MASSBIRD] 7/14/16, Framingham, Juvenile Bald Eagles Soaring Over Foss Reservoir, Photos and Video, Plus Farm Pond and Vicinity.
7/15/16 4:56 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 7/14/16, Framingham, Juvenile Bald Eagles Soaring Over Foss Reservoir, Photos and Video, Plus Farm Pond and Vicinity.
7/14/16 6:45 pm Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> Re: [MASSBIRD] The new CAT ferry between Portland ME and Yarmouth NS
7/14/16 6:13 pm Paul Roberts <phawk254...> Re: [MASSBIRD] The new CAT ferry between Portland ME and Yarmouth NS
7/14/16 4:59 pm Thomas Robben <robben99...> [MASSBIRD] The new CAT ferry between Portland ME and Yarmouth NS
7/14/16 7:15 am akikwe . <akikoue63...> [MASSBIRD] Common Ravens, Plymouth
7/14/16 7:00 am Trimble, Jeremiah <jtrimble...> [MASSBIRD] Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks - Sandwich - 12 July
7/14/16 4:52 am Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Peregrine fledglings: mock combat - Photos!
7/14/16 4:22 am Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> [MASSBIRD] Banded Merlin Tracking
7/14/16 3:41 am Marj. Rines <marj...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Banded ring billed gull
7/13/16 6:44 pm <stuarttwalker...> [MASSBIRD] More objectionable HOSP behavior
7/13/16 6:01 pm caroline haines <chaines49...> [MASSBIRD] Banded ring billed gull
7/13/16 2:31 pm Blair Nikula <odenews...> [MASSBIRD] Chatham pelagics this weekend (7/16 & 7/17)
7/13/16 7:42 am Greg Dysart <gsdysart...> [MASSBIRD] Four Louisiana Waterthrush
7/12/16 7:49 pm Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Seven Seas Whale Watch Gloucester 7/12
7/12/16 7:22 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club trip to Highland Plantation, ME 7/7-10/16
7/12/16 6:24 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> Re: [MASSBIRD] low on ink?
7/12/16 6:11 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] low on ink?
7/12/16 4:30 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] low on ink?
7/12/16 1:58 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] plumage
7/12/16 9:31 am Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Indigo bunting, broken wing decoy
7/12/16 8:43 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] Cory's Shearwater - A Quick Look
7/12/16 7:51 am Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...> [MASSBIRD] Indigo bunting, broken wing decoy
7/12/16 6:40 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 7/11/16, Fisk Pond and vicinity Natick, Photos and Video
7/11/16 12:24 pm Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] Race Point Sea Watch - 7/9/16 - Photos of Bridled Tern
7/10/16 4:00 pm Home <michael.emmons...> [MASSBIRD] Plymouth Whalewatch 7/9
7/10/16 11:26 am Dave <dadrien...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Color-banded Roseate Terns
7/10/16 10:14 am Daniel Kraushaar <dankraushaar...> [MASSBIRD] Color-banded Roseate Terns
7/10/16 9:36 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Good, bad and gly
7/10/16 8:36 am M BH <mimibixh...> [MASSBIRD] OMG Male Scarlet Tanager
7/10/16 7:27 am Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Newburyport, 7/9/16
7/10/16 7:25 am Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> [MASSBIRD] 1st ever Confirmed Merlin Nesting in Worcester County
7/9/16 7:56 pm Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] Need help identifying a bird(?) call...
7/9/16 6:19 pm <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Mislabeled image
7/9/16 5:41 pm Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] 7/9/16 - BRIDLED TERN Race Point
7/9/16 5:24 pm Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> [MASSBIRD] Westport 7/9
7/9/16 1:49 pm warbler <warbler...> [MASSBIRD] Newfoundland Brown Booby
7/9/16 9:08 am Tom Kavanaugh <tkav444...> [MASSBIRD] Help, I cannot get any birds to come to my feeder and I don't know why
7/9/16 4:04 am Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> [MASSBIRD] Vole problem...I need raptors!
7/8/16 7:54 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Thursday, 7/7 Chatham Pelagic
7/8/16 7:07 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] 7 images
7/8/16 6:29 pm Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 7/7/16, Foss Reservoir, Bald Eagle Eaglets, Farm Pond and vicinity - Framingham, Photos and Videos
7/8/16 10:40 am Zack Weber <zackweber...> [MASSBIRD] Successful inaugural BBC breeding bird conservation trip
7/8/16 10:37 am Don Crockett <doncrockett63...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Massbird turns twenty!
7/8/16 7:17 am David Sibley <sibleyguides...> [MASSBIRD] A white Great Blue Heron in Bolton
7/8/16 6:51 am <mresch8702...> [MASSBIRD] Franklins' Gull at Plum Island
7/8/16 6:48 am Childs, Jackson <jchilds...> [MASSBIRD] Leominster State Forest, 7/4/2016; Tanager video
7/7/16 4:00 pm William Loughlin <wkloughlin111...> [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond today
7/7/16 3:15 pm Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] 2016 AOU Supplement
7/7/16 8:30 am Larry Berk <larry.berk...> [MASSBIRD] Time
7/7/16 7:21 am Paul Roberts <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] Stellwagen Bank, out of Gloucester July 6, 2016
7/6/16 3:54 pm <sherwood63...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird turns twenty!
7/6/16 1:38 pm Bob Crowley <crbob...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird turns twenty!
7/6/16 1:24 pm <mussey.robert...> [MASSBIRD] Monarch butterflies
7/6/16 1:07 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Massbird is 20!!
7/6/16 12:50 pm Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird turns twenty!
7/6/16 12:15 pm Greg Dysart <gsdysart...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird turns twenty!
7/6/16 11:55 am Eddie <emgiles62...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird turns twenty!
7/6/16 11:14 am Katharine Mills <gkmills...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird turns twenty!
7/6/16 10:53 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird turns twenty!
7/6/16 10:20 am Haynes Miller <hrm...> [MASSBIRD] Massbird turns twenty!
7/6/16 5:48 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 08:41:40 -0400
7/6/16 4:07 am Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...> [MASSBIRD] Images from Plum Island
7/5/16 6:38 pm Peter Flood <pomarine...> [MASSBIRD] Chatham Pelagic - July 3, 2016
7/5/16 5:59 pm Daniel Neiman <daniel.neiman...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Downy woodpecker identity crisis
7/5/16 5:05 pm Zack Weber <birdingwithzackweber...> [MASSBIRD] Error in BBC Blue Book - July 7 and 9 trip times
7/5/16 1:16 pm AJ Pellegrini-Toole <aptoole...> [MASSBIRD] Downy woodpecker identity crisis
7/5/16 12:06 pm Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...> [MASSBIRD] Photos from Quabbin Reservoir July 3
7/5/16 12:04 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Little Blue Heron Suffolk Co. in January
7/5/16 12:02 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 7/3 Belle Isle and Revere Beach Breakwater
7/5/16 12:01 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 7/4 Milton Ramble
7/5/16 8:11 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 7/4/16, Fisk Pond and vicinity Natick, Photos and Video
7/5/16 7:41 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Boreal Birds, Seabirds and Songbirds... BBC Maine Trip July 1-4, 2016
7/5/16 5:30 am <mresch8702...> [MASSBIRD] Acadian Flycatcher, Pepperell, 7/5
7/5/16 4:53 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] bird bath fish (a lifer sighting for me)
7/4/16 9:30 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Quabbin Reservoir--Gate 10, Jul 3, 2016
7/4/16 8:22 pm Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Quabbin Reservoir--Gate 10, Jul 3, 2016
7/4/16 8:03 pm Michael Ross <birdsbugs...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle, Waltham today
7/4/16 7:56 pm Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Quabbin Reservoir--Gate 10, Jul 3, 2016
7/4/16 2:18 pm Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Whimbrel
7/4/16 2:17 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Quabbin Reservoir--Gate 10, Jul 3, 2016
7/4/16 10:42 am David Swain <davidswain79...> [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR, Jul 4, 2016
7/4/16 7:10 am Raymond Marr Jr <rmarr2...> [MASSBIRD] Flock of Martins in Rehoboth
7/3/16 10:25 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Great-crested Flycatchers
7/2/16 5:59 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Mt. Greylock-2016 added
7/2/16 3:47 pm Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Seaside Followup; Dowitchers Arriving, etc (PRNWR)
7/2/16 1:55 pm Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] 6/11 (belated) Duxbury Beach - Red-throated Loon - alt plumage close pix
7/2/16 7:45 am John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Essex Meadowlark
7/2/16 7:36 am David Davis <ddavis...> [MASSBIRD] Saltmarsh Sparrows in Newbury
7/2/16 7:01 am Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...> [MASSBIRD] Acadian Flycatcher/ Newbury
7/1/16 7:50 pm Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] Acadian Flycatcher, Westport, Herb Hadfield C.A, 7/1/16
7/1/16 7:29 am Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] WMB: Red-throated Loon on the Quabbin
7/1/16 4:35 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 6/30/16, Foss Reservoir - Framingham, Bald Eagle and Eaglets, Photos and Video
6/30/16 8:29 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] RUFF in Pittsfield!! (WTF is going on in the Berkshires this week?)
6/30/16 3:17 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Willowdale SF (east), Jun 30, 2016: veeries galore
6/30/16 1:54 pm Joan Stoner <jsstoner...> [MASSBIRD] Revised list GMWR Survey
6/30/16 12:02 pm Joan Stoner <jsstoner...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jun 30, 2016
6/30/16 8:17 am Mindy LaBranche <m.s.labranche...> [MASSBIRD] yellowish cowbird fledgling?
6/30/16 5:11 am Spector, David (Biology) <spectord...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Avocet in Sheffield!! (WMB)
6/29/16 9:24 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Avocet in Sheffield!! (WMB)
6/29/16 2:03 pm Matt S. <accipiter22...> [MASSBIRD] 6/29/2016
6/29/16 12:40 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 06-29-16
 
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Date: 7/29/16 1:48 pm
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Whitney Pond-Winchendon rarities
Juvenile Little Blue Heron continues in the stumpy part of pond. Also on
the mud flats a White-rumped Sandpiper among the common shorebirds. Parking
at the cemetery is ideal. there is a path in the back to the shoreline.
thankfully we have Tom Pirro birding consistently up in northern Worc
county! Yestrrday there was a Semipalmated Plover that was not refound
today.


Whitney Pond
Jul 29, 2016
3:29 PM
Stationary
55 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.3 Build 71

6 Canada Goose
7 Mallard (Northern)
1 Great Egret
1 Little Blue Heron -- cont juve. ph
1 Red-tailed Hawk (borealis)
12 Killdeer
4 Spotted Sandpiper
3 Solitary Sandpiper (solitaria)
8 Least Sandpiper
1 White-rumped Sandpiper -- found by betty. ph
1 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)
2 Eastern Kingbird
1 Warbling Vireo (Eastern)
1 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
1 Black-capped Chickadee
4 American Robin
3 Cedar Waxwing
1 Yellow Warbler (Northern)
2 Song Sparrow
2 Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)
2 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 22


Justin Lawson
Millbury, Ma

Sent from my iPhone 6


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Justin Lawson
Worcester, Ma

 

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Date: 7/29/16 12:59 pm
From: Edward Purcell <tedgpurcell...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Merrimack River
Coming upriver in the boat from fishing last evening (7/27) there were
thousands of tree swallows over the marsh grass behind Carr Island. I
passed two Bonaparte's Gulls in adult breeding plumage. in same area.
Common Terns are feeding upriver (at least as far as Lowell Boat Shop)
quite a bit. They do this each summer, but seem to be more and longer
duration this year. Must be a good herring or Menhaden spawn as they are
taking baitfish that have a much deeper body profile like a herring versus
the silversides and sand eels closer to the mouth.

Three common loons off the PI Beaches.

Ted Purcell
Rutland MA
<tedgpurcell...>

 

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Date: 7/29/16 12:49 pm
From: Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Scituate/Marshfield Friday Morning birders out of North River Audubon Highlites
7/29 A.M. Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary( DWWS), Marshfield:

Sora and Va. rail ( seen from blind in same
binocular view; blind closest to Webster Pond.)

Scituate Reservior, Rt 3A

Little blue heron ( young, mostly white with gray on tips of
primaries etc), spotted sand x3. etc

Marsh behind P.J's. Countryhouse restaurant Rt 3A Scituate

300+ peeps, least, semipalm S.,

semipalm p. gr/ls yellowlegs, solitary sandpiper x2, little green
heron, least terns, kingfisher


Kathy Rawdon, Hingham,Ma.


 

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Date: 7/29/16 12:03 pm
From: James MacDougall <jm3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Georgetown Egrets
Hi

On my way north yesterday on Route 95 in Georgetown, there were 15-30 egrets foraging in the swamp under the Great Blue rookery. This swamp is just south of the Jewett Street overpass and west of the highway.

I couldn't get a count or proper id, but it looked like a very active feeding congregation if someone wants to check it out.

And thanks to George Gove for his thoughts on communication.

Jim

Sent from the field by:
Jim MacDougall
978-857-6826
 

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Date: 7/29/16 12:02 pm
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Massbird/eBird
Hello,

May as well add my two cents. I see eBird as a great database for tracking bird population trends and have found it useful when I travel to see what birds I may see on trails I am hiking and other places I am visiting. I see Massbird as a forum for reporting unusual sightings and highlights (I know, I know ... One persons highlight might be another ones common sighting..you know what I mean!) and for discussions of birds and issues affecting them. One problem I see with having everyone's eBird list posted to Massbird is I (and I suspect many other Massbirders) really don't care or want to see how many chickadees or Mourning Doves, etc. folks see on every trip. Those numbers have meaning when combined with thousands of lists over a long period of time which is where eBird serves a useful purpose by tracking trends. In fact I would contend that reporting numbers of common species and migrants is much more useful to eBird's database than the 2nd state record of some species whi!
ch in the long run will only be an outlier and not really be relevant to bird conservation and protection efforts.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<Blafley...>
 

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Date: 7/29/16 11:03 am
From: mashoop58 . <mashoop58...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Visiting Rowley/Plum Island 9/11 -9/13; Boston metro 9/14 -9/18
Hello I wanted to post to Listserv about a visit I am planning for above
dates. Would love to hook up with local birders. I am from New Mexico and
my state list is about 354. Have a few East coast trips under my belt but
definitely know the Western birds better.
I bird by ear and sight. If anyone might be free for above dates and would
like to show a Westerner around please email me at <mashoop58...> I
am a good hiker and will be free most days as my spouse will be at the
Toxicology conference in Boston.
Mike Shoop. I will rent a car for Sept 11 -13 but will probably rely on
public transportation on the 14-17.

 

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Date: 7/29/16 9:58 am
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] e-bird/e-mail/Massbird


Hey friends,

Quick note about my experience as a newcomer to Massachusetts birding
that perhaps could be useful. Then some thoughts about eBird and related
citizen science projects.

Early 2015. I arrive back in Massachusetts (then leave again and return,
twice), having been bitten by the birding bug previously in Sweden. I
google around a bit for Mass. birding resources and find both eBird and
MassBird. Join both. The impression I get from MassBird is that it's not
a place for lengthy discussions. All responses to my (few) posts come
privately to me, even though the information in the responses seems
relevant to everyone. (This might partly be the result of the default
reply settings.) This makes me think (rightly or wrongly: I don't know
-- all of this is just a narrative of my impressions, for what it's
worth) the mailing list [1] is largely for reporting sightings. But in
that case, I think, I might as well use eBird. I'll be doing that anyway
to participate in the citizen science project until a better way of
gathering and using data comes along (and it will soon, I hope: see
below about the frustrated Swedes). So: for listing my sightings and
seeing other sightings: eBird. For discussion: some forum or other (like
Whatbird.net). MassBird? A place for people who don't like eBird, or for
lengthier trip reports thought (incorrectly) not to have a home in
eBird. So thought I.

I've since learned that plenty of people here on MassBird find eBird
difficult, and that there's a lot more to MassBird!

<>

I submit that the question of where to enter data and the question of
where to read it best be separated. Someone already has noted the
possibility of porting eBird data to MassBird, which would be easy, and
MassBird data should be portable to eBird (less easy: some consistency
in formatting would be required, as well as a bit of clean-up, but then
one could have a little Perl script or something that converts it to the
spreadsheet format acceptable to eBird, and uploads it).

That way, people can post however they want, and read however they want,
yet miss nothing. This includes not missing reporting things to eBird
and helping out science, which, among other things, helps protect the
birds we love.

<>

More generally, I think the relation between the way in which data is
stored and how it's entered or viewed should be loosened radically. The
first step in this insight is generally: centralize data, let people
enter it in their own language, and view it in their own language, using
(let's assume we're eBirders reflecting on data entry and use via eBird)
the standard eBird interface, with perhaps culturally relevant
modifications. Step 2: Wait, why not let people enter via entirely
different interfaces? Step 3: Why even centralize the data? This is the
age of the cloud. The USE of data should be such that aggregation of
data from many sources should be possible and easy: eBird, Sweden's
amazing (AMAZING!!) Artportalen (http://www.artportalen.se/ -- click the
British flag in upper right), waarneming.nl, etc.: they should all be
scrapable with no diffculty.

Ex: what's been seen at Vinterviksparken, koloniområde?

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L4720821

A goodly number of birds. But, in fact, much more has been seen, and
noted, electronically, as seen if one goes in to Artportalen.se. I
should be able to see that from eBird, if I like viewing things from
eBird. And I should be able to see data that includes eBird data from
Artportalen, if I like viewing data from Artportalen.


Some Swedish friends of mine (mostly programmers) wrote enthusiastically
to both Artportalen and eBird hoping to initiate a collaboration of some
sort. None of us received a response. In my case, I understand: "That
Brian guy again...." But the others are programmers who really could
have helped. To anyone from eBird reading this: It's easy to filter
incoming email by certain keywords to put into a priority inbox
("researcher", "PhD", "Ph.D", "donation", and so on) -- I understand
yall are of course swamped with email. In any event, my friends gave up
and are now embarked on a separate system they hope will be global and
include many features in Artportalen not in eBird (being able to draw
polygons to define areas to enter or view data, for example), and
entirely new things we've discussed while out birding or beering (Ex:
For entering data, forget naming a location or choosing from a map.
That's so aughts! Only really relevant for viewing the data. For
entering data, let your phone's geo-location function do the work. Bird
far away? No problem: point your smart phone towards the bird and move a
slider to indicate distance, then click "OK". Or take a picture and let
the degree of autofocus determine distance.)

I'm sure the eBird folks are constantly working on improvements and
things that seem trivial might not be, so no criticism intended here. I
love eBird. It's a big part of why I became a serious birder, and has
HELPED my birding immensely.

<>

By the way, the welcome message for MassBird says:

"Here's the general information for the list you've subscribed to, in
case you don't already have it:"

And it ends there.

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/massbird/K4qNEfY6U08


Hope this text was more helpful than long and tedious!
Brian

P.S. Found some interesting discussion about eBird here:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/ebirdtechtalk


[1] Note on language: some people are using the term "listserv" to mean
mailing list. A listserv is more properly (or, admittedly, more
pedantically) a particular software implementation of a mailing list.
There are others. Kind of like calling all corn chips Fritos. As it
happens of course, MassBird, I gather, is, among other things (Google
group, etc.), "a listserv" (a mailing list run via the listserv software).


--
Brian Manning Delaney
Orleans, Massachusetts /
Stockholm, Sweden

 

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Date: 7/29/16 8:56 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/28/16, Farm Pond, Foss Reservoir and vicinity - Framingham, Photos and Videos
I went to Farm Pond, Foss Reservoir and nearby areas in Framingham on
7/28/16

Photos and videos at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
(Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1 )

Foss Reservoir
Bald Eagles, 1 Adult, 1 or 2 juveniles

Farm Pond
Osprey

Farm Pond Park / Cushing Memorial Park
2 Peregrine Falcons

Reservoir #1
Great Blue Heron (Winter St)
Green Heron (Rt 9)

At Foss Reservoir I saw one adult and one or two juvenile Bald Eagles. I
saw the juveniles in the nest at separate times so I don't know if it
was the same one or not. I saw one of the juveniles on the nest when I
arrived at the east shore of the reservoir. The juvenile flew off and
then later, from Rt 9, I saw an adult and a juvenile at the nest. I
posted a short video of what I observed. In the video, when you see the
juvenile opening and closing its beak, it was calling. I didn't put the
eagles at the top of the days posts, it is further down on the page.

At Farm Pond I made a video of two ducklings and their mother running
down the path towards me. It's rather comical. Some people feed the
birds there and that might explain their enthusiasm.

Also at Farm Pond, I made a video of a snapping turtle. The turtle
lifted its head out of the water and snapped its jaws violently. This
happens twice in the video. I don't know what it was snapping at. It
then bumped into a log and pushed the log through the water for a while.
Then it swam in the opposite direction and two violent splashes indicate
one or two other creatures were upset about the snapper passing so close
to them.

At Farm Pond Park, I made a video of a peregrine falcon flying overhead.
I saw two of them at Farm Pond Park and again at Cushing Memorial Park
which is across the street. I assume it was the same pair.

At Reservoir #1 at Winter Street I made a video of a great blue heron
fishing. You can see the heron swallowing a fish and then what looks
like a crayfish it had caught. It was foraging at the base of the dam
and it's interesting to see a heron exploring a man made structure.



Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>
 

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Date: 7/29/16 8:38 am
From: Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Harwich (Cape Cod) Bell's Neck Conservation Area, Jul 29, 2016
Highlights were large numbers of swallows and blackbirds. Could not hear any rails or the least bittern.All the bestFred AtwoodChatham MA


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>
To: <fredatwood...>
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2016 11:25 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Bell's Neck Conservation Area, Jul 29, 2016

Bell's Neck Conservation Area, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts, US
Jul 29, 2016 5:27 AM - 9:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Very humid. Overcast. No wind. Stayed by bittern spot for 90 minutes hoping to hear or see it or a rail. Then walked big loop through woods. Chipmunks 8. Pishing spots 11. Started raining just before I left. Surprised that with so many mixed passerine flocks in these pine woods I found no pine warblers or brown creepers.  <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.2 Build 70
54 species

Mute Swan  5    Pair with 3 full grown juveniles.
Double-crested Cormorant  16
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  5
Green Heron  2
Osprey  6
Semipalmated Plover  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Least Sandpiper  4
Laughing Gull  55
Least Tern  6
Common Tern  35
Mourning Dove  16
Great Horned Owl  1    Mobbed by a dozen crows in the area where I photographed one holding a skunk MANY years ago. Unfortunately he flushed when he saw that I had seen him and was looking at him through the binos. He had been sitting still until he noticed that I saw the top of his head and one eye.  I feel sorry for the poor guy followed by all those crows.
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  3    2 Immatures by fish ladder. Another by bog's sand bank.
Downy Woodpecker  11
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  5
Eastern Wood-Pewee  6    Singing X 4
Eastern Phoebe  2    One By lower foot bridge. Other in owl pine patch.
Great Crested Flycatcher  5
Eastern Kingbird  5
Blue Jay  16    Feeding fledgling.
American Crow  17
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6
Tree Swallow  2300    Careful estimate by tens of birds perched in phragmites. Scoped carefully for other species.
Bank Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  35
Black-capped Chickadee  48    Begging fledgling being fed.
Tufted Titmouse  31
Red-breasted Nuthatch  13    careful count, not an unusual number for a spot like this
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
House Wren  1
Marsh Wren  12    Singing X 8
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  14    mostly juveniles
Gray Catbird  29    CF. careful count.
European Starling  15
Cedar Waxwing  2
Ovenbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  17
Yellow Warbler  3
Song Sparrow  15
Swamp Sparrow  1    Singing in marsh
Eastern Towhee  19    Carrying gypsy moths to feed offspring. Recently fledged youngster.
Northern Cardinal  10    Fledgling
Red-winged Blackbird  600    Part of flock of blackbirds that trickled through from north many stopping for awhile in the phragmites trees or on the road.
Common Grackle  700    Part of flock of blackbirds that trickled through from north many stopping for awhile in the phragmites trees or on the road. Also juvenile grackles being fed.
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  8

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30891562

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



 

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Date: 7/29/16 8:17 am
From: Warren Tatro <wtatro...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Avocet continues
Hello Massbirders,

Just to get the word out there that the American Avocet is still in the same spot in the Bill Forward Pool on Parker River NWR. I had it and a single Stilt Sandpiper, along with hundreds of the more common species, at around 5:45AM today before the rain started. I left within 2 hours, and I was very wet.

I also had an American Woodcock along the refuge road, but almost into Sandy Point’s first parking lot. I’ve never seen them that far south. I also saw a Willet with 3 young in the marsh, but within 20 feet of the entrance gate/booth.

Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
<wtatro...>
 

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Date: 7/29/16 7:54 am
From: Douglas Chickering <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Avocet still at Plum Island
Massbiders:
The American Avocet is still present at the Bill Forward Pool on Plum island. Best seen from the dike at Hellcat. In the gray cloudy morning and feeding among the tiny colorless peeps the Avocet is a truly striking sight.
Doug Chickering
<Dovekie...>

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/29/16 6:31 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Avocet PRNWR - Plum Island
Subject bird continues at Bill Forward Pool.
Swallows blanket the roofs of the maintenance buildings.
Lot #1 puddles are bathing pools for many shorebirds. Ah, rain!!

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath


 

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Date: 7/29/16 5:54 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] weekly bird "list" for PRNWR (Plum Island)
for any who perhaps do not know, there is a hand-out summary available at the refuge Visitor's Center, at the entrance gatehouse, and at the Joppa Flats MassAudubon Center, which lists each species that has been reported on Tom Wetmore's MUCH appeciated web site

it is updated for the most recent week Friday through Thursday, with a single most representative record for each species, according to how recent, how many, and location - and is in index order (i.e., alphabetical by common name)

this list is targeted for visitors who ask "what's been seen", and for leaders who would like some direction of what to look for and where, with their group participants; feel free to request a copy at any of the above locations



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

Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951


email: <lynette.leka...>
 

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Date: 7/29/16 5:23 am
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] e-bird/e-mail/Massbird
*"Kat Birder's" list IS a e-bird report that was cut & pasted into her
e-mail with an added introduction. This is how I report trips that I
lead. I find it very fast and serves two types of reporting as has been
pointed out by others. One can even edit or annotate the e-bird part of
the list list once it is pasted into an e-mail.Karsten Hartel,
ArlingtonSubject: Weekly species census- Great Meadows NWR*
Date: Thu Jul 28 2016 21:53 pm
From: gdentremont1 AT comcast.net


Thank you all so much. I enjoy reading these types of lists.

Please note this list is formatted like an ebird report list............

Glenn


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


----- Original Message -----

From: "Kat Birder"

To: "<Massbird...>"

 

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Date: 7/29/16 4:33 am
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Massbird vs. eBird

Lots of great points have been mentioned regarding use of Massbird vs. eBird. I'd like to add one more that I don't think I've seen others mention -

On Massbird you are much more likely to see more details on the sightings than you do on eBird. The key areas of focus on eBird seem to be on providing identification details especially on rarities, as well as to document overall populations of all the species. But what are frequently missing are the details behind the sightings - specific locations of the birds, tips on finding them, other circumstances involved, etc. Of course you can still provide this information in your eBird report, but it is not requested and frequently not provided by the observers. So even if you forward your eBird list, or the link to the list, to Massbird, many of the details on the observations are likely to be missing.

My preferred approach is to provide 2 reports - I quickly prepare an eBird report, providing details where requested on those unusual sightings, as well as estimates of counts of the more common species. Only takes a couple minutes. But then I send a more detailed report to Massbird, including "the rest of the story" (as Paul Harvey used to call it) on the unusual species, locations of key birds, tips to find the birds, high or low counts, and even unexpected missing species. Though I omit how many chickadees or cardinals I may have spotted.

eBird has proven to be an invaluable tool for me as I bird around the country. For instance I'm just back from a trip to IA and MN where I spent many fruitful hours on eBird researching my local targets. As others have mentioned, the eBird Needs Alerts and Rarity Alerts are tremendous. But if I (and we!) are looking for details on how or where to find those birds, that information is much more likely to be on the listserves.

So I would implore all Massbirders out there to keep those details coming! (Plus I enjoy reading everyone's birding stories...)

Thanks for reading -

Mike Resch
www.statebirding.blogspot.com
Pepperell, MA

 

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Date: 7/28/16 7:24 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Weekly species census- Great Meadows NWR
Thank you all so much. I enjoy reading these types of lists.

Please note this list is formatted like an ebird report list............

Glenn

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

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kat Birder" <katbirder...>
To: "<Massbird...>" <Massbird...>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2016 6:46:31 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Weekly species census- Great Meadows NWR

Our rarity and tricky ID of the day was the bird we reported as a juvenile
Snowy Egret. Definitely not a Great Egret but with some possible Little
Blue Heron immature traits. Thoughts ranged from definitely Snowy juvenile
to "not a slam dunk". The legs bothered me - no signs of yellow- but
posture and wading behavior looked more Snowy to me (though not necessarily
to others). I wondered do the two species hybridize?

Here is a link to David Swain's list where you can find a photo and his
additional notes. Thoughts are welcome and we will post more photos if we
have any!

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30879823


Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jul 28, 2016 6:07 AM - 8:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.7 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey of Great Meadows NWR Concord Unit by survey
volunteers Will Martens, David Swain, Kathy Dia, Maryellen Stone, Joan
Stoner, Zoheil Sendeh, Nancy Ulrich, Marianne Jensen, and Larry Warfield.
50 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 58
Wood Duck 17
Mallard (Northern) 25
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 12
Snowy Egret 1 Small egret sitting on mud bar and wading , dark bill
with yellow lores. Yellow-green legs. We looked for some time at the feet
which only appeared to show a little yellow. Juvenile
Green Heron 2
Osprey (carolinensis) 1
Accipiter sp. 1
Virginia Rail (Virginia) 1 Juvenile by platform
Killdeer 6
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Least Sandpiper 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
Mourning Dove 8
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 1 Flying down river
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 9
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3 One singing near parking, one Timber Tr, one near
railroad grade
Willow Flycatcher 7
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 4 A family group of two adults and at least
one juvenile at the boat launch and a singing adult on the Timber Tr
Eastern Kingbird 8
Warbling Vireo 8
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 3
Tree Swallow 30
Barn Swallow 40
Black-capped Chickadee 9
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Marsh Wren 11 quieting down
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
American Robin 9
Gray Catbird 6
Cedar Waxwing 8
Common Yellowthroat 3
Yellow Warbler 3
Yellow Warbler (Northern) 8
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 18
Swamp Sparrow 10
Northern Cardinal 6 Nest on railroad grade with female feeding three
young and male singing nearby
Red-winged Blackbird 40
Common Grackle 10
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 24

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30880151

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

Kathy Dia
Concord MA
 

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Date: 7/28/16 7:07 pm
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Fw: eBird Report - Cow Yard Rd., Jul 28, 2016


El 2016-07-28 a las 18:00, Frederick Atwood escribió:
> Nothing unusual at this point but
> nice light on the birds in the scope at this time of day.

Fred, thanks. I was there as the tide was going out the other morning
(just put up eBird report --
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30887580; have fuzzy photos I'll
be looking at and might emend my report, but unlikely). Amazing numbers
of birds coming in from all directions to feed as the water withdrew,
but, it being early morning, the light was horrible (was passing by and
wanted to take a look, knowing I'd be blinded by the sun). I'd love to
go back and view with the sun behind me. Great spot!

Brian

--
Brian Manning Delaney
Orleans, Massachusetts /
Stockholm, Sweden

 

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Date: 7/28/16 6:32 pm
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Proposal to allow posting directly to listservs from eBird
Great idea, Andrew!


Cherrie A. Corey
Naturalist and photographer
Concord, MA
978.760.1933 mobile
www.senseofplace-concord.com



> On Jul 28, 2016, at 7:54 PM, Andrew Joslin <andrew...> wrote:
>
> It would be neat if eBird provided a "Share your report" action which would allow users to automatically post their checklist to their favorite listserv(s) as they submit a checklist to eBird. The listserv choices could be preselected by eBird users with a one-time setup wizard and could be modified in the user's settings/options. Based on a user's location eBird could suggest appropriate listservs (and listserv registration guidance as needed) in the setup wizard. I can think of more refinements like a "Subject" field associated with the share action so the user can enter a meaningful subject line for the target listserv. I realize it is no small amount of development work to make that happen but it might help increase posting to listservs like Massbird and in a way complete a timely information loop to birding communities.
>
> Andrew Joslin
> Carlisle, MA
>
>
> On 7/28/2016 3:59 PM, Sue McGrath wrote:
>> Birders,
>>
>> There has been a measurable dip in shared sightings on Massbird.
>>
>> My thanks to everyone who shares on MassBird. Sharing reports helps all.
>> I certainly find that reports can peak interest and increase one's excitement
>> in observing, appreciating and identifying birds.
>>
>> Many thanks to Barbara, for all you have done for the birding community.
>>
>> Good birding,
>> Sue
>>
>> Sue McGrath
>> Newburyport
>>
>>
>>
>


 

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Date: 7/28/16 5:10 pm
From: <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] A Crowded Island
Massbirders:
 

          Plum Island was unexpectedly crowded today. By crowded I don’t mean the beach weasels or bike riders or walkers or even birders. It was impressively crowded with birds. The crescendo of Tree Sparrows is yet to come; I don’t expect that show for a couple of weeks. There were Tree Swallows but not many. What was surprising were the numbers of other birds; especially the waders and shorebirds. Although I did not see a Snowy Egret outside of Stage Island Pool, I counted 151 Snowy’s feeding at Stage island Pool along with a few great Blues and Great Egrets and a large number of Greater Yellowlegs. They Yellowlegs were hard to get a handle on for they were spread among the weeds revealed by the falling water level. However at one point they spooked and took flight and a quick, somewhat unreliable count had at least sixty of them.
            At Sandy point the first waves of the coming shorebird hordes were already loafing in the sand and feeding at the waters edge. Between Sandy Point and the other gathering places of these peeps I came away with at least 700 Semipalmated Sandpipers and a similar count of Semipalmated Plovers. Perhaps my memory is a little faulty but I don’t expect this volume until mid August. If this is what we have in July what can we expect for the rest of the migration? There were other impressive numbers like the over 100 Common Terns on the island. For the first time in recent memory the Common Terns outnumbered the Least Terns; and there were a good number of Leasts. An interesting feature was that at Sandy Point I witnessed Least Terns at all stages of their renewal. There were young able to take to the air and follow their parents around, young who were still being fed, a few Leasts sitting on eggs and even a couple that were copulating.
            Besides the numbers there were other attractions today. I had my first Stilt Sandpiper of the year; the Avocet remained in the exact same pool he had been feeding all week. I flushed a Woodcock at Ralph Goodno woods and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo at the north end of the S Curves. I found a Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the Old Pines which is unusual at Plum Island for this time of year.  Also I had five Roseate Terns at Sandy Point. There were at least three young being fed by their parents which made me wonder. These must be birds that nested at the isles of Shoals. Why did they come all the way over to the mouth of the Ipswich river to feed. Although by the Tern activity over the water I must assume that the fishing was real good here.
            An exciting beginning for the migration season.
 
Doug Chickering
<dovekie...>
 

 

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Date: 7/28/16 4:59 pm
From: David Swain <davidswain79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR Weekly Survey, 7/28/16
Since 2009 Alan Bragg and a core group of birders has conducted weekly
surveys of the Concord impoundments and used eBird to build a robust
database of avian life at this important inland hotspot.

All eBird reports from Great Meadows-Concord are easily available using the
Hotspot explorer: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L208284 (bookmark it).

Conditions at Great Meadows are the new "normal" for late July: complete
coverage of the upper impoundment, except the channels, by American Lotus.
The lower impoundment has many shallow, open sections which are drying out,
particularly a prominent sandbar where geese, ducks, and some shorebirds
gather.

Click for today's survey report:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30885301

On behalf of Ludlow G. and the survey team,

David Swain
Concord

 

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Date: 7/28/16 4:59 pm
From: Andrew Joslin <andrew...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Proposal to allow posting directly to listservs from eBird
It would be neat if eBird provided a "Share your report" action which
would allow users to automatically post their checklist to their
favorite listserv(s) as they submit a checklist to eBird. The listserv
choices could be preselected by eBird users with a one-time setup wizard
and could be modified in the user's settings/options. Based on a user's
location eBird could suggest appropriate listservs (and listserv
registration guidance as needed) in the setup wizard. I can think of
more refinements like a "Subject" field associated with the share action
so the user can enter a meaningful subject line for the target listserv.
I realize it is no small amount of development work to make that happen
but it might help increase posting to listservs like Massbird and in a
way complete a timely information loop to birding communities.

Andrew Joslin
Carlisle, MA


On 7/28/2016 3:59 PM, Sue McGrath wrote:
> Birders,
>
> There has been a measurable dip in shared sightings on Massbird.
>
> My thanks to everyone who shares on MassBird. Sharing reports helps all.
> I certainly find that reports can peak interest and increase one's
> excitement
> in observing, appreciating and identifying birds.
>
> Many thanks to Barbara, for all you have done for the birding community.
>
> Good birding,
> Sue
>
> Sue McGrath
> Newburyport
>
>
>

 

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Date: 7/28/16 3:52 pm
From: Kat Birder <katbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Weekly species census- Great Meadows NWR
Our rarity and tricky ID of the day was the bird we reported as a juvenile
Snowy Egret. Definitely not a Great Egret but with some possible Little
Blue Heron immature traits. Thoughts ranged from definitely Snowy juvenile
to "not a slam dunk". The legs bothered me - no signs of yellow- but
posture and wading behavior looked more Snowy to me (though not necessarily
to others). I wondered do the two species hybridize?

Here is a link to David Swain's list where you can find a photo and his
additional notes. Thoughts are welcome and we will post more photos if we
have any!

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30879823


Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jul 28, 2016 6:07 AM - 8:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.7 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey of Great Meadows NWR Concord Unit by survey
volunteers Will Martens, David Swain, Kathy Dia, Maryellen Stone, Joan
Stoner, Zoheil Sendeh, Nancy Ulrich, Marianne Jensen, and Larry Warfield.
50 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 58
Wood Duck 17
Mallard (Northern) 25
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 12
Snowy Egret 1 Small egret sitting on mud bar and wading , dark bill
with yellow lores. Yellow-green legs. We looked for some time at the feet
which only appeared to show a little yellow. Juvenile
Green Heron 2
Osprey (carolinensis) 1
Accipiter sp. 1
Virginia Rail (Virginia) 1 Juvenile by platform
Killdeer 6
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Least Sandpiper 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
Mourning Dove 8
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 1 Flying down river
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 9
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3 One singing near parking, one Timber Tr, one near
railroad grade
Willow Flycatcher 7
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 4 A family group of two adults and at least
one juvenile at the boat launch and a singing adult on the Timber Tr
Eastern Kingbird 8
Warbling Vireo 8
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 3
Tree Swallow 30
Barn Swallow 40
Black-capped Chickadee 9
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Marsh Wren 11 quieting down
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
American Robin 9
Gray Catbird 6
Cedar Waxwing 8
Common Yellowthroat 3
Yellow Warbler 3
Yellow Warbler (Northern) 8
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 18
Swamp Sparrow 10
Northern Cardinal 6 Nest on railroad grade with female feeding three
young and male singing nearby
Red-winged Blackbird 40
Common Grackle 10
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 24

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30880151

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

Kathy Dia
Concord MA

 

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Date: 7/28/16 3:25 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island 7/28 (Avocet, yes; Baird's, Ruff, no)
Only 4 greenheads, and a parking space was still available at Sandy
Point at 9:30.
Shorebird numbers are still relatively low, and Stage Island Pool is
mowed, but not fully drained. Tried to find one of the crane beach
Baird's, or a Ruff, with no success.

1 American Avocet -- spent the entire morning in the same area of the
Bill forward pool
1 Stilt Sandpiper
2 White-rumped Sandpipers
2 Roseate Terns at SP
22+ Saltmarsh Sparrows -- very active in the marsh north of the pannes.
2 Seaside Sparrows

Full list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30884748

Also checked the harbor at low tide. Lots of shorebirds, but all
distant and heat shimmered out of ID ability. Then they vanished when
a Peregrine came and caught (and ate) something. Full list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30884838
 

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Date: 7/28/16 3:13 pm
From: Jonathan Jones <brewbird...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] massbird reports
Hi folks,

I think there is at least a partial technical solution to this.

If Barbara (or someone she delegates) were to create an account on eBird with the e-mail address as "<massbird...>”, said eBird account could be configured to receive e-mail alerts for rarities. This can be done on a county-by-county and/or a statewide basis, and the alerts can be sent daily or hourly.

This way, any rare reports in eBird from Massachusetts would make their way to MassBird. We’d only need to decide the frequency and the area(s) of interest.

In addition to rare bird alerts, we could also do “Needs Alerts”, which are used to report all birds seen in the area, rare or not. If we do this, I recommend sending it daily and not hourly.

Thoughts? I’ll volunteer to set this up, though it probably makes sense to be in Barbara’s control.

Jonathan Jones
Wrentham, MA
 

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Date: 7/28/16 3:07 pm
From: Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fw: eBird Report - Cow Yard Rd., Jul 28, 2016
In case anyone is interested about how the shorebirds are at Cow Yard, Chatham, Barnstable County, here is a report from today as the tide was coming in and covering up the flats. Nothing unusual at this point but nice light on the birds in the scope at this time of day.   Quite a few seals bobbing around too. Has anyone heard any Bobwhites around Cow Yard this year as in previous years? All the best
Fred Atwood, Chatham MA

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>
To: <fredatwood...>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2016 5:53 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Cow Yard Rd., Jul 28, 2016

Cow Yard Rd., Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Jul 28, 2016 3:48 PM - 4:28 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:    Tide coming and covering the flats.  <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.2 Build 70
26 species (+2 other taxa)

American Oystercatcher  8
Black-bellied Plover  20
Semipalmated Plover  67
Piping Plover  9
Greater Yellowlegs  5
Willet  2
Willet (Eastern)  2
Willet (Western)  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Ruddy Turnstone  16
Red Knot  22
Sanderling  17
Least Sandpiper  12
Semipalmated Sandpiper  220
Short-billed Dowitcher  200
Laughing Gull  15
Herring Gull  330
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Least Tern  5
Common Tern  15
Mourning Dove  2
Barn Swallow  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
Song Sparrow  6
Red-winged Blackbird  3
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30884055

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



 

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Date: 7/28/16 2:49 pm
From: Marshall Iliff <miliff...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird
Massbird,

Since Tom was putting words in the mouths of eBird's project leaders :-)..."I
believe that the eBird organization wants us to believe this as well"...I
thought one of them should clarify.

I have helped to manage eBird since 2007, and recently we added Ian Davies
(who many of you also know from his Massachusetts roots). We are proud that
eBird has reached a point where it has solid *free* mobile apps for data
entry on iPhone and Android, collected 333 million records, from every
country and of 98% of birds on the planet, and over 1 million bird photos
in the past year. We are committed to improving it. eBird has always been
free and depends on the submissions by thousands of birders and hard work
to vet the data by hundreds of volunteers.

In my view, listservs and eBird serve different purposes, which may have
some overlaps.

eBird's goals are to collect and organize information on bird occurrence,
provide that free to science, conservation, and education (which we do:
http://ebird.org/ebird/data/download), and to do that by creating a useful,
authoritative, and fun tool for birdwatchers. Since it was developed by
passionate birders FOR passionate birders, much of what eBird does was
built to serve birders: it helps manage your lists, helps you find birds
that you "need", gives Rare Bird Alerts about recent sightings, shows the
information on maps and seasonal bar graphs, and lets you dive deeper to
explore abundance, high counts etc. Recently we added the ability to easily
add and explore photos (https://ebird.org/media/catalog) and within the
next month we'll have an exciting new release in profile pages.

The way I see it, listservs provide a way for birders to directly discuss,
via email, topics related to birding in an area of common interest
(Massachusetts, in this case). What eBird *does not* provide (and doesn't
plan to) is a forum for discussions like this. Issues of local conservation
interest, interesting bird movements, debate over listerv vs. other
technology, identification discussion, help to novice birders, and even
questions about how eBird works or how to better access eBird data have all
crossed this listserv. I don't see it as antiquated and don't see that the
need for this forum has diminished. And I post here when I feel it is
relevant and of interest.

Prior to the existence of eBird, Facebook etc., these listservs were *the
one and only* way of sharing your bird sightings online. People were
grateful for rare bird news that they learned of via the listserv and none
the wiser in cases where a rare bird came and when without any news.

With eBird and Facebook now, many more rarities are being detected and
shared. Local rarities are highlighted in ways that may never have happened
before on statewide listservs. More people participate and do so as part of
their day-to-day routines. Overall, our lives are richer for having this
information. But we risk information overload. eBird specializes in
managing a large database on bird information and we do our best to provide
tools and visualizations to access this at whatever level you choose, be it
global (http://ebird.org/ebird/region/world) or local (
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L455897).

In the past some have suggested trying to keep up with rare bird news via
eBird by cross-posting here. Some, like Liam Waters have selflessly done
this (thanks Liam!). George could have passed along the news that eBird had
avocet reports too. Others just sign up for eBird Rare Bird Alerts, set
them to hourly or daily, and enjoy them. If you prefer not to get more
email, you can just hit this link whenever you wish and recent rarities
will be shown, with documentary photos when available:
http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35465

These Alerts work even better when you keep your lists in eBird, because
you can sign up for "Needs Alerts". Once your Massachusetts list is up to
date, you can sign up for an hourly needs alert to get news within the hour
as soon as something is submitted that you have not seen. Sometimes that is
an escapee Chiloe Wigeon or Helmeted Guineafowl, but other times it is the
first news of a White-winged Tern or Cassin's Sparrow.

And if Tom Wetmore wanted eBird data, it is there for the taking. However,
it would require some work to convert eBird's site-specific reporting into
an island summary. In the future, we may have easier ways to draw polygons
you are interested in and get data streams directly from there. What eBird
does do well is aggregate data by country, state, county, Important Bird
Area, hotspot, yard, patch etc. very well. It may not be Tom's specific
area of interest, but for most of the planet, this system works incredibly
well. eBird's global mission means that while it may strive to serve 99%
well, it will never reach 100%.

So this "eBird vs. Listserv" discussion has come before, with folks
lamenting the good old days of when everyone reported what they were seeing
via email on listservs. But the information age is upon us, and I, for one,
am glad to have tools to segment that information so that I can dive as
shallow or deep as I choose whenever I want. eBird has collected 3903
*complete* checklists (i.e., reporting all birds) from Massachusetts in
July alone. Imagine if these were 3903 separate emails to sift through!
Instead you can access these as you wish via the Massachusetts
http://ebird.org/ebird/subnational1/US-MA or county
http://ebird.org/ebird/subnational2/US-MA-023 summary pages. If you want to
know about my birding today, it is there for all to see, both the
semi-interesting (Cumbies: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30813597)
and the downright dull (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30878134).
But all of this helps create a carefully vetted dataset that is actually
used in science (http://ebird.org/content/ebird/about/publications/).

I, for one, am glad for the discussion on Massbird, but I get most of my
bird information via eBird. And I am happier for it. And I don't lose sleep
over the birds that I miss out on by not engaging on Facebook. Everyone has
their limits...

But if I was doing a big year, or really loved Facebook, or really wanted
to make sure I didn't miss out, I would sign up there too. To each his/her
own, but count me as one that just does not see this as an "eBird vs.
Massbird" issue and does not lament modern information streams. If you
don't like eBird's information stream, that's fine too (but just don't
click any of the links above!).

Best,

Marshall Iliff
eBird Project Leader


On Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 11:37 AM, Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...> wrote:

> George,
>
> Here are two of my quick thoughts on this. They are likely worth very
> little, so ignore them if you don’t like them.
>
> First, eBird is now the very fashionable way to report birds for many
> birders. I believe that most eBird users believe that reporting birds on
> eBird is enough to get the word out, so no more effort is required. And I
> believe that the eBird organization wants us to believe this as well.
> However there are many birders who do not use eBird (including me), and I
> have found that using the eBird web page to find out what’s being found is
> difficult to navigate (at least for me) and usually leads to enough
> frustration that I don’t use it.
>
> However, there is a very good way to get access to eBird rarity data.
> Here’s how you can do it. Create an eBird account but don’t use it for
> reporting. Then use the account to register for rarity reports from the
> areas you are interested in. I have an account set up this way. I have it
> set to get one email a day about rarity sightings in Essex County. I’m not
> sure how rare birds are defined by eBird, but the current American Avocet
> and the Baird’s Sandpipers are showing up in my email every evening.
>
> Be that as it may, I believe that the existence eBird is the main reason
> that the traditional ways of getting the word out are falling by the
> wayside. Call it an unintended consequence if you like.
>
> Second, as politically incorrect as it may be to say so, Massbird postings
> are frequently (and I would claim usually) delayed (meaning the elapsed
> time between posting a message to Massbird until the post appears in an
> email inbox) to such an extent that the resulting frustration deters some
> peoples’ (at least my) motivation to use Massbird to get the word out
> quickly about a just discovered rarity. Since I only bird on Plum Island,
> any rarity I found is from there. There is a specific mailing list for Plum
> Island birds that usually gets the posts out to subscribers’ inboxes within
> a minute or two. So I always post there and often (but not always) cc to
> Massbird. If I think the bird is going to stay around for awhile I will
> include Massbird. If I think the bird is a ten minute wonder I don’t, as I
> don’t want to be the source of frustration to birders who only get to hear
> about a rare bird hours after it has been seen. For those of you interested
> in birds on Plum Island I suggest you go to my website occasionally. See
> the URL in my signature. I update a number of the pages every evening so
> you can track the occurrences of rare birds on Plum Island on a day to day
> basis.
>
> For example I update this page early every morning:
> http://bartonstreet.com/tom/birds/pisightings.html which shows all
> sightings reported to me over the past ten days. Most eBird users do not
> send me their data so most eBird data is not included in this list.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Tom Wetmore, http://bartonstreet.com/tom/birds
> Newburyport, Mass.
> Think globally, bird locally.
>
>
> > On Jul 28, 2016, at 7:02 AM, George W Gove <gwgove...> wrote:
> >
> > With 18 reports of American Avocet at Plum Island in the last couple of
> days, only one person posted this to Massbird.
> >
> > Massbird has served as a central point for birding reports for a long
> time but it seems that it no longer does. There was one post to Massbird on
> Saturday! July 23, 2016 but there were 34 checklists on ebird for that day
> including some rarities.
> > Unless I am missing something, it appears that there is no central
> reporting point any longer. To find out what is being seen in MA, one must
> go through lots of Facebook pages and private web pages/blogs if one can
> find them. The only other reports are of Alerts for rarities on ebird. It
> appears as if people care only about reporting and seeing rarities and not
> about the common birds or sharing checklist and reports.
> >
> > Some people may be interested in other than rarities; for example, I am
> interested in shorebirds but have seen no reports of shorebirds numbers and
> species in a CENTRAL LOCATION on the web except for the Plymouth Beach
> report which was disheartening.
> >
> > Is there some other central point for reporting and summarizing reports
> and checklists that I am missing? Do people no longer care about reporting
> sightings to Massbird - http://birding.aba.org/maillist/MASS ?
> >
> > George Gove
> > Marlboro
> >
> >
> >
>
>
>
>
>
>


--


****************************
Marshall J. Iliff
miliff AT aol.com
Westwood, MA
****************************
eBird Project Leader
www.ebird.org
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Ithaca, NY
****************************

 

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Date: 7/28/16 2:07 pm
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] massbird reports
Thanks to George for focusing attention on posting to Massbird. And thanks to all who do post on Massbird. And a standing ovation for Barbara Volke. (OK, take your seats again :-)
I am grateful that Soheil takes the time to do a great job of posting on Massbird as well as other local sites. And as he noted, Sean Riley has begun posting the Belle Isle birds on Massbird - great birds!
Trust this discussion will support Massbird's continued success.
Go Massbird,
Linda

Linda Pivacek, Nahant, <lpivacek...>

 

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Date: 7/28/16 1:27 pm
From: Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island, MA, Jul 27, 2016
Plum Island, MA, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jul 27, 2016 5:50 AM - 12:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
Comments: Clear, NNW&gt;ESE 5-10 mph, 69-82 F.
85 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 80
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 13 female w/5 yg., female w/6 yg.
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 3
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 50
Green-winged Teal (American) (Anas crecca carolinensis) 1
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 3
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 15 one flock of four and another of eleven,
all from lot one; one near breeding plumage.
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 36
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 18
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 17
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 112
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 6
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 6
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) 1 continuing at Forward
Pool. appears to be female by strongly upturned bill, not really apparent
in the angle in these two photos.
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 17
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 180
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) 1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 9
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 73
Willet (Eastern) (Tringa semipalmata semipalmata) 22 including one
downy young seen.
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 35
Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) 5
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 110
White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis) 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) 700
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) 255
American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) 1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 22
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) 30
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 2
Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) 90
Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii) 2
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) 140
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 30
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 51
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 8
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus) 1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 juv.
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) 8
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 2
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 38 all adults; no juvs seen
flying yet.
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 2 breeding confirmed for Hellcat;
adult singing, recently fledged juvenile still with down feathers in the
cap seen in Hellcat.
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2 flew over from the mainland early A.M.,
calling.
Purple Martin (Progne subis) 10
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 80
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) 5
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 42
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 30
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 14
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 2 juvs.
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 22
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 270
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 93
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 8
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 5
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 650
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 92
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 18
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 4 including adult male feeding
HY female.
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 46
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 1 flyby
early A.M. over lot one heading north; seen and heard, distinctive and
intimately familiar flat chip call notes.
Saltmarsh Sparrow (Ammodramus caudacutus) 6
Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus) 1 singing.
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 1 juv.
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 2 singing
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 37
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 48 including many juvs.
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) 2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 8
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) 6 including one adult
male.
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) 15
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 80
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 35
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) 16 The day started with three
apparent juveniles flying north over lot one at 0550 hours. I had one or
more at ten widely separate stops along the refuge road, including a female
feeding three recently fledged juvs at the Hellcat lot. This total is my
personal high count for the state and undoubtedly represents both post
breeding dispersal/migrants and Plum Island breeders.
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 22 Including one adult male.
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 21
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 7
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 45
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 55 Several large flocks flying north
well onto the refuge.

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30873875

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



--
Richard Heil

 

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Date: 7/28/16 1:10 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Posting to Massbird
Birders,

There has been a measurable dip in shared sightings on Massbird.

My thanks to everyone who shares on MassBird. Sharing reports helps all.
I certainly find that reports can peak interest and increase one's excitement
in observing, appreciating and identifying birds.

Many thanks to Barbara, for all you have done for the birding community.

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport

 

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Date: 7/28/16 1:05 pm
From: Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] massbird reports
This is in response to what Patty O'Neil and George Gove said about the use (or nonuse) of massbird to report bird sightings.

Sean Riley, the DCR supervisor at Belle Isle Reservation in East Boston, periodically sends out reports of interesting birds at Belle Isle (such as the Stilt Sandpipers he saw today), but I found out by talking with him that he files ebird reports frequently from the reservation. Of course shorebird numbers have been increasing recently and I was very interested in keeping up with what he was seeing. I asked if he could share his ebird lists with me and massbird. As you may have seen in the past week, that is exactly what has been happening -- we now get regular Belle Isle reports from Sean.

Before Sean started forwardig his lists, I thought I could get complete lists for a given location emailed to me from ebird. But no way. Only rare birds are reported regularly if you put yourself on the ebird alert list -- as George Gove pointed out. Or maybe I don't know how to tweak ebird correclty? So far, it seems that using massbird is the only sure way to share a whole list with the birding community. So I stand squarely with George and Patty: Folks, please post your bird lists to massbird.


Soheil Zendeh
42 Baker Ave
Lexington, MA 02421




 

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Date: 7/28/16 12:16 pm
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: reporting birds on Massbird
I wholeheartedly agree with George, Jim, and others speaking out on the
substantive value of posting sightings and comments on MassBird or similar
list servs. Many birding list servs across the continent are experiencing
significant decreases in meaningful posts over the past several years.
Probably the single biggest reason is that people who post on ebird do not
forward their reports to MassBird or the relevant list serv. MassBird is a
push application, pushing the info out to everyone. ebird is essentially a
pull application, meaning that you have to go digging and pull out the
information you want. That has special value if you are tracking a
particular species or locale, but less beneficial if you want to know what
is going on on a broad scale. It is labor intensive, though you can sign up
for daily summaries of sites, regions or rarities. That can generate a lot
of less desirable email amounting to clutter for some. I am often amazed by
the number of people who take the time and make the effort to post valuable
details or insights on special or rare birds on ebird but essentially
sharply limit their audience for that information by not cross posting to a
list serv.

A second reason for the decline of posting on birding list servs is that
there are a number of skulkers out there who might rarely if ever post but
often respond privately to posts excoriating the person who posted. These
people often grossly insult, attempt to intimidate and sometimes even
threaten someone who posts. These "flamers," to use a very old term, seem to
lose all sense of perspective and appreciation, especially when a relatively
new birder posts and might mistakenly misidentify a bird, or when a widely
recognized authority possibly raises a question about an identification of a
potentially rare bird. Often these flamers do not post their venting on the
list serv itself, but occasionally posters might receive multiple, vile
emails offline.

I recently saw a truly outrageous and insulting post by someone far away on
another, far bigger list serv. One person (will never, ever refer to him as
a gentleman) presented some info and asked for more. When one of the most
intelligent, experienced and thoughtful professional ornithologists in the
state responded in a very considered and helpful manner, the original
poster, who I thought I had gotten to know from his posts over the years,
went totally bananas, grossly insulting the highly respected ornithologist
and angering and alienating almost everyone on the list serv. Some
invaluable posters were so offended they indicated they would be reluctant
to answer any inquiry on that list serv ever again. However, this was not an
isolated incident on this list serv and similar events have driven off some
of the most knowledgeable contributors, to the great loss of thousands of
birders in the state and across the continent. There were some
internationally known and respected birders on that list serv who were so
thoughtful and knowledgeable that I archived every post from them and read
through them later and often kept them for reference, whether it was nesting
behavior of Mississippi Kites, separating lesser from greater scaup, or
differentiating two species of small flycatcher without taking a DNA sample.

Everyone needs to show respect for those who post, including beginners who
might make an ID error but want to learn to become better birders, and those
who can help most of us become better at identifying or understanding what
we might observe and report.

A third major factor is Facebook and similar sites. Part of this is
technical, because: Facebook might get the message out to some people
quicker; it can be more geographically defined (Eastern Mass, Central Mass,
Western Mass); a Facebook page seems more manageable to set up and
"maintain" than a list serv; and because people are generally more tolerant
and respectful on Facebook, whether it is the 43rd photo of a male mallard
that week or a report of a possible Gyrfalcon. I am at a loss to understand
those experienced, knowledgeable birders who might post a rare bird on
Facebook and NOT post on MassBird. I am therefore very grateful to Josh Rose
for his thoughtfulness on cross posting special and rare bird sightings from
Western Mass Facebook to MassBird, but I wish the original Facebook posters
would make his efforts unnecessary.

A fourth important factor is that some knowledgeable, concerned individuals
no longer report raptor nests or any owl sightings (except for distant Snowy
Owls), or rare birds nesting on private property because some birders and
some of the more rapidly growing number of photographers who gain that
information from a list serv show little respect for the birds, the
landowners, the neighbors, or other birders. There have been several
instances in the past 3-4 years where the original observer reported the
bird online on MassBird and worked with the landowner and/or neighbors on
behalf of birders to strictly limit disturbance to the bird or people, but
regrettably such achievements are still the exception rather than the rule.
Those successful instances of which I am aware were achieved through the
list serv, which appears to me to be the most important mechanism for
educating birders about the importance of birding ethics, including respect
for the bird, the landowner(s) and other birders.

In my opinion, there has been a real loss in the sense of "birding
community" over the past five years or so, and not just in Massachusetts.
ebird and other layered applications provide some invaluable and
irreplaceable benefits, but so do well managed list servs such as MassBird.
THANK YOU, Barbara, for what you have done for your and our birding
community over the decades. One of the most intensely birded metropolitan
areas in North America recently lost its invaluable birding list serv
because its moderator retired because of health and no one was willing to
assume the responsibility.

Finally, thank you to everyone who does post on MassBird. You are more than
an impressive database. You are willing to share with others and help
educate us. Your experience and insights can be true learning experiences
for us. Your reports communicate your excitement and enthusiasm for, and
love and appreciation of, birds. You introduce us to new birding locales,
and remind us of the importance of birding ethics... that there actually are
birding ethics that everyone should know and consider.

Thank you for what you have done by posting on MassBird, and for what I hope
you and others will continue to do.

Gratefully,

Paul


Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA
<phawk254...>







 

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Date: 7/28/16 11:56 am
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: reporting birds on Massbird
I too agree with George. As platforms proliferate, our statewide communication feels far less inclusive. In particular, there are still many crackerjack birders (particularly many seasoned elders) who don~@~Yt engage internet forums/apps/sites who don~@~Yt now and never will use eBird or Facebook, but who have long subscribed to MassBird and have much to gain from and contribute there. For the many who are still unfamiliar with or only occassional contributors to eBird, it might be helpful to periodically post guidelines for sharing eBird entries to MassBird , so that we can strengthen that link between the two. That said, I would regret losing the more prosaic and conversational feel of direct MassBird communications, but a better marriage seems important.

As for Facebook, there is an even more limited subset of birders using that social media platform. However, Massachusetts appears to be quickly becoming one of the most prolific and productive users of Facebook Groups for high level AND inclusive natural history information exchange. Many of the information sharing/tracking and relationship building qualities long experienced through MassBird are now being demonstrated through natural history FB group pages like Native Plants of New England, Massachusetts Butterflies, Mothing in Massachusetts, Northeast Odonata, etc~@with many experienced experts participating in reporting and mentoring relationships alongside a range of enthusiasts.

Cherrie Corey
Concord, MA

Cherrie A. Corey
Naturalist and photographer
978.760.1933 mobile
www.senseofplace-concord.com



> On Jul 28, 2016, at 9:50 AM, Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> wrote:
>
> I agree with George. Too many people are no longer reporting on Massbird, or report only their rarities. It takes much too long to search through countless lists on ebird to find out what has been seen and where. I encourgage people to not forget massbird after they have entered their sightings on ebird. After all, you can email yourself your list and forward it to Massbird in a matter of seconds. This is still BY FAR the best way to communicate your sightings to other birders.
>
> Jim Berry
> Ipswich, Mass.
> <jim.berry3...>
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "George W Gove" <gwgove...>
> To: "Massbird" <Massbird...>
> Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:02 AM
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Massbird
>
>
>> With 18 reports of American Avocet at Plum Island in the last couple of days, only one person posted this to Massbird.
>>
>> Massbird has served as a central point for birding reports for a long time but it seems that it no longer does. There was one post to Massbird on Saturday! July 23, 2016 but there were 34 checklists on ebird for that day including some rarities.
>> Unless I am missing something, it appears that there is no central reporting point any longer. To find out what is being seen in MA, one must go through lots of Facebook pages and private web pages/blogs if one can find them. The only other reports are of Alerts for rarities on ebird. It appears as if people care only about reporting and seeing rarities and not about the common birds or sharing checklist and reports.
>>
>> Some people may be interested in other than rarities; for example, I am interested in shorebirds but have seen no reports of shorebirds numbers and species in a CENTRAL LOCATION on the web except for the Plymouth Beach report which was disheartening.
>>
>> Is there some other central point for reporting and summarizing reports and checklists that I am missing? Do people no longer care about reporting sightings to Massbird - http://birding.aba.org/maillist/MASS ?
>>
>> George Gove
>> Marlboro
>

 

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Date: 7/28/16 11:55 am
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Stilt Sandpiper's Belle Isle
This morning in the fresh water pool at Belle Isle there were 2 Stilt Sandpiper's with a few Greater Yellowlegs.

The 3 Kestrels were also present for the 3rd day in a row.

-Sean Riley
Plum Island / Belle Isle
<Newburyowls...>

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/28/16 11:55 am
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird
Thanks, Tom, for these great suggestions. As you will see, once my response gets posted, I agree with your key points. Most of all, I want to say thank you for your incredible dedication to providing your wonderfully detailed guide and daily updates to birding on Plum Island. In the past year or so, I’ve begun more intensive visits to PI both on my own and seasonally with students. This past spring, I had some homeschool students use your guide, map and daily list to help guide us through our 7 hour day exploration of the refuge. Toward the end of the day, when we arrived at the marsh overlook on the Hellcat Trail and they discovered that they were sitting down on “your" bench, there was some considerable excitement about the connection!

Much gratitude,

Cherrie Corey
Concord, MA


Cherrie A. Corey
Naturalist and photographer
978.760.1933 mobile
www.senseofplace-concord.com




> On Jul 28, 2016, at 11:37 AM, Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...> wrote:
>
> George,
>
> Here are two of my quick thoughts on this. They are likely worth very little, so ignore them if you don’t like them.
>
> First, eBird is now the very fashionable way to report birds for many birders. I believe that most eBird users believe that reporting birds on eBird is enough to get the word out, so no more effort is required. And I believe that the eBird organization wants us to believe this as well. However there are many birders who do not use eBird (including me), and I have found that using the eBird web page to find out what’s being found is difficult to navigate (at least for me) and usually leads to enough frustration that I don’t use it.
>
> However, there is a very good way to get access to eBird rarity data. Here’s how you can do it. Create an eBird account but don’t use it for reporting. Then use the account to register for rarity reports from the areas you are interested in. I have an account set up this way. I have it set to get one email a day about rarity sightings in Essex County. I’m not sure how rare birds are defined by eBird, but the current American Avocet and the Baird’s Sandpipers are showing up in my email every evening.
>
> Be that as it may, I believe that the existence eBird is the main reason that the traditional ways of getting the word out are falling by the wayside. Call it an unintended consequence if you like.
>
> Second, as politically incorrect as it may be to say so, Massbird postings are frequently (and I would claim usually) delayed (meaning the elapsed time between posting a message to Massbird until the post appears in an email inbox) to such an extent that the resulting frustration deters some peoples’ (at least my) motivation to use Massbird to get the word out quickly about a just discovered rarity. Since I only bird on Plum Island, any rarity I found is from there. There is a specific mailing list for Plum Island birds that usually gets the posts out to subscribers’ inboxes within a minute or two. So I always post there and often (but not always) cc to Massbird. If I think the bird is going to stay around for awhile I will include Massbird. If I think the bird is a ten minute wonder I don’t, as I don’t want to be the source of frustration to birders who only get to hear about a rare bird hours after it has been seen. For those of you interested in birds on Plum Isla!
> nd I suggest you go to my website occasionally. See the URL in my signature. I update a number of the pages every evening so you can track the occurrences of rare birds on Plum Island on a day to day basis.
>
> For example I update this page early every morning: http://bartonstreet.com/tom/birds/pisightings.html which shows all sightings reported to me over the past ten days. Most eBird users do not send me their data so most eBird data is not included in this list.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Tom Wetmore, http://bartonstreet.com/tom/birds
> Newburyport, Mass.
> Think globally, bird locally.
>
>
>> On Jul 28, 2016, at 7:02 AM, George W Gove <gwgove...> wrote:
>>
>> With 18 reports of American Avocet at Plum Island in the last couple of days, only one person posted this to Massbird.
>>
>> Massbird has served as a central point for birding reports for a long time but it seems that it no longer does. There was one post to Massbird on Saturday! July 23, 2016 but there were 34 checklists on ebird for that day including some rarities.
>> Unless I am missing something, it appears that there is no central reporting point any longer. To find out what is being seen in MA, one must go through lots of Facebook pages and private web pages/blogs if one can find them. The only other reports are of Alerts for rarities on ebird. It appears as if people care only about reporting and seeing rarities and not about the common birds or sharing checklist and reports.
>>
>> Some people may be interested in other than rarities; for example, I am interested in shorebirds but have seen no reports of shorebirds numbers and species in a CENTRAL LOCATION on the web except for the Plymouth Beach report which was disheartening.
>>
>> Is there some other central point for reporting and summarizing reports and checklists that I am missing? Do people no longer care about reporting sightings to Massbird - http://birding.aba.org/maillist/MASS ?
>>
>> George Gove
>> Marlboro
>>
>>
>>
>
>
>
>
>


 

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Date: 7/28/16 11:10 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Race Point -- Jul 28, 2016
Hi Massbirders.

I birded Race Point this morning. All 4 species of shearwater and Wilson's
Storm-Petrel were observed.

The tern show just west of Race Point Beach parking area is really a sight
to see.

Surprisingly, no jaegers. Let's just hope that they are just still up north
making baby jaegers. :-)

As a note, to maximize your chances of seeing all the tubenoses, get there
as early as you can and bring a scope for the morning flight (if there is
one). Come mid morning, with no or unfavorable winds, you would be hard
pressed to have good fortune (I've been trying to get there 45 minutes
before official sunrise. On a good day, birds are already moving!)

Thanks for reading
Steve

----------

Race Point
Jul 28, 2016
4:11 AM
Traveling
6.00 miles
506 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: No jaegers... Yet

3 Common Eider
6 Common Loon
480 Cory's Shearwater -- All heading west in morning flight. Exact Clicker
count by 5's.
125 Great Shearwater -- All heading west in morning flight. Exact Clicker
count by 5's.
144 Sooty Shearwater -- All heading west in morning flight. Exact Clicker
count.
36 Manx Shearwater -- All heading west in morning flight. Exact count.
30 Wilson's Storm-Petrel
2 Northern Gannet
75 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Turkey Vulture
1 Semipalmated Plover
2 Piping Plover
1 Greater Yellowlegs
2 Ruddy Turnstone
125 Sanderling
1 Least Sandpiper
12 Semipalmated Sandpiper
4 Black-legged Kittiwake
10 Bonaparte's Gull
75 Laughing Gull
12 Ring-billed Gull -- FoF juvenile. One bird.
50 Herring Gull (American)
75 Great Black-backed Gull
30 Least Tern
130 Roseate Tern
1200 Common Tern
7 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
2 American Crow
3 Horned Lark
15 Tree Swallow
2 Bank Swallow
12 Barn Swallow
45 blackbird sp.
2 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 34


--
Steve Arena
Westboro, MA
Sent from Gmail Mobile

 

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Date: 7/28/16 9:37 am
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Thirsty Birds, Pepperell

Early this morning I had the sprinkler going on one of my very dry perennial flower beds. I looked out the window and noticed a Blue Jay fly in to bathe and take a drink. Then another Blue Jay, and another. And within a few seconds they were joined by a Flicker, a Robin, a Cardinal and a male Baltimore Oriole. (I don't typically see Orioles here in summer as they don't nest in the neighborhood, so that one was a bit unusual.) At one point I took a picture with my iPhone of the Oriole, Flicker, and Jay bathing just inches away from each other.

Keep those bird baths full during these severe drought conditions!


Mike Resch
www.statebirding.blogspot.com
Pepperell, MA

 

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Date: 7/28/16 8:45 am
From: Patty O'Neill <pattyoneill...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] MASSBIRD


Hooray for George. He is 100% right. Massbird is the reporting site that works for everyone and every need! EBird is great. It's wonderful for record-keeping and hotshots with the computer but it does not fill the needs of the average birder. The same thing is happening in Rhode Island. Hardly anyone is reporting to Pollypie.



And, I guess this puts more of an obligation on us everyday birders to report to Massbird more often. And to remember to convert to plain text before I send.



And I probably should be reporting to ebird more often as well.



Thanks George.



Patty O'Neill

Milton MA

pattyoneillatverizon.net
 

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Date: 7/28/16 8:42 am
From: Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird
George,

Here are two of my quick thoughts on this. They are likely worth very little, so ignore them if you don’t like them.

First, eBird is now the very fashionable way to report birds for many birders. I believe that most eBird users believe that reporting birds on eBird is enough to get the word out, so no more effort is required. And I believe that the eBird organization wants us to believe this as well. However there are many birders who do not use eBird (including me), and I have found that using the eBird web page to find out what’s being found is difficult to navigate (at least for me) and usually leads to enough frustration that I don’t use it.

However, there is a very good way to get access to eBird rarity data. Here’s how you can do it. Create an eBird account but don’t use it for reporting. Then use the account to register for rarity reports from the areas you are interested in. I have an account set up this way. I have it set to get one email a day about rarity sightings in Essex County. I’m not sure how rare birds are defined by eBird, but the current American Avocet and the Baird’s Sandpipers are showing up in my email every evening.

Be that as it may, I believe that the existence eBird is the main reason that the traditional ways of getting the word out are falling by the wayside. Call it an unintended consequence if you like.

Second, as politically incorrect as it may be to say so, Massbird postings are frequently (and I would claim usually) delayed (meaning the elapsed time between posting a message to Massbird until the post appears in an email inbox) to such an extent that the resulting frustration deters some peoples’ (at least my) motivation to use Massbird to get the word out quickly about a just discovered rarity. Since I only bird on Plum Island, any rarity I found is from there. There is a specific mailing list for Plum Island birds that usually gets the posts out to subscribers’ inboxes within a minute or two. So I always post there and often (but not always) cc to Massbird. If I think the bird is going to stay around for awhile I will include Massbird. If I think the bird is a ten minute wonder I don’t, as I don’t want to be the source of frustration to birders who only get to hear about a rare bird hours after it has been seen. For those of you interested in birds on Plum Isla!
nd I suggest you go to my website occasionally. See the URL in my signature. I update a number of the pages every evening so you can track the occurrences of rare birds on Plum Island on a day to day basis.

For example I update this page early every morning: http://bartonstreet.com/tom/birds/pisightings.html which shows all sightings reported to me over the past ten days. Most eBird users do not send me their data so most eBird data is not included in this list.

Good birding,

Tom Wetmore, http://bartonstreet.com/tom/birds
Newburyport, Mass.
Think globally, bird locally.


> On Jul 28, 2016, at 7:02 AM, George W Gove <gwgove...> wrote:
>
> With 18 reports of American Avocet at Plum Island in the last couple of days, only one person posted this to Massbird.
>
> Massbird has served as a central point for birding reports for a long time but it seems that it no longer does. There was one post to Massbird on Saturday! July 23, 2016 but there were 34 checklists on ebird for that day including some rarities.
> Unless I am missing something, it appears that there is no central reporting point any longer. To find out what is being seen in MA, one must go through lots of Facebook pages and private web pages/blogs if one can find them. The only other reports are of Alerts for rarities on ebird. It appears as if people care only about reporting and seeing rarities and not about the common birds or sharing checklist and reports.
>
> Some people may be interested in other than rarities; for example, I am interested in shorebirds but have seen no reports of shorebirds numbers and species in a CENTRAL LOCATION on the web except for the Plymouth Beach report which was disheartening.
>
> Is there some other central point for reporting and summarizing reports and checklists that I am missing? Do people no longer care about reporting sightings to Massbird - http://birding.aba.org/maillist/MASS ?
>
> George Gove
> Marlboro
>
>
>





 

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Date: 7/28/16 8:13 am
From: <sherwood63...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: reporting birds on Massbird
I agree. Sightings trump listings and we all benefit from the former. Furthermore narrative, such as George often provides is definitely added value!

Janet Sherwood

----- Original Message -----

From: "Jim Berry" <jim.berry3...>
To: "George W Gove" <gwgove...>, "Massbird" <Massbird...>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2016 9:50:29 AM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: reporting birds on Massbird

I agree with George. Too many people are no longer reporting on Massbird,
or report only their rarities. It takes much too long to search through
countless lists on ebird to find out what has been seen and where. I
encourgage people to not forget massbird after they have entered their
sightings on ebird. After all, you can email yourself your list and forward
it to Massbird in a matter of seconds. This is still BY FAR the best way to
communicate your sightings to other birders.

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


----- Original Message -----
From: "George W Gove" <gwgove...>
To: "Massbird" <Massbird...>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:02 AM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Massbird


> With 18 reports of American Avocet at Plum Island in the last couple of
> days, only one person posted this to Massbird.
>
> Massbird has served as a central point for birding reports for a long time
> but it seems that it no longer does. There was one post to Massbird on
> Saturday! July 23, 2016 but there were 34 checklists on ebird for that day
> including some rarities.
> Unless I am missing something, it appears that there is no central
> reporting point any longer. To find out what is being seen in MA, one must
> go through lots of Facebook pages and private web pages/blogs if one can
> find them. The only other reports are of Alerts for rarities on ebird. It
> appears as if people care only about reporting and seeing rarities and not
> about the common birds or sharing checklist and reports.
>
> Some people may be interested in other than rarities; for example, I am
> interested in shorebirds but have seen no reports of shorebirds numbers
> and species in a CENTRAL LOCATION on the web except for the Plymouth Beach
> report which was disheartening.
>
> Is there some other central point for reporting and summarizing reports
> and checklists that I am missing? Do people no longer care about reporting
> sightings to Massbird - http://birding.aba.org/maillist/MASS ?
>
> George Gove
> Marlboro



 

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Date: 7/28/16 7:46 am
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Massbird
Hey George and all reading,

it appears with the research you have done that there is a central location
for reporting birds and that appears to be eBird. there are many avenues
for releasing information these days and it has been discussed on here
before. I don't think it's a shun to massbird but rather the ease of the
other avenues. with ebird you are literally listing your birds and
reporting them in one shot. i agree it is very easy to fwd the checklist to
massbird. i think ebird is much easier to get more details and information.
clicking the report can give you directions, other birds seen, and whats
always been seen at the spot(if its a hotspot). Some massbird submitters
emails dont come through up to 14 hours later (dubrows). facebook allows
for more dialogue between birders immediately and more ideally than an
email list. i was very suprised that no one had mentioned the American
Avocet. I am currently birding in Rhode Island and had an Avocet last
friday night. by sunday (i think) and avocet was found on Plum. im guessing
that its the same one so i posted to RIbirds stating that the avocet most
likely moved on to massachusetts. not everyone uses ebird and relies on
massbird like the old days and the bottom line reality is if people are
heavily into birding then the birder needs to adjust its ways of obtaining
information. either way i can only speak for myself as everyone knows when
i find a rarity i put it on every avenue but i will not, cant, nor expect
everyone to do that.



justin lawson
worcester.

please forgive my spelling. im on my phone.


On Thursday, July 28, 2016, George W Gove <gwgove...>
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','<gwgove...>');>> wrote:

> With 18 reports of American Avocet at Plum Island in the last couple of
> days, only one person posted this to Massbird.
>
> Massbird has served as a central point for birding reports for a long time
> but it seems that it no longer does. There was one post to Massbird on
> Saturday! July 23, 2016 but there were 34 checklists on ebird for that day
> including some rarities.
> Unless I am missing something, it appears that there is no central
> reporting point any longer. To find out what is being seen in MA, one must
> go through lots of Facebook pages and private web pages/blogs if one can
> find them. The only other reports are of Alerts for rarities on ebird. It
> appears as if people care only about reporting and seeing rarities and not
> about the common birds or sharing checklist and reports.
>
> Some people may be interested in other than rarities; for example, I am
> interested in shorebirds but have seen no reports of shorebirds numbers and
> species in a CENTRAL LOCATION on the web except for the Plymouth Beach
> report which was disheartening.
>
> Is there some other central point for reporting and summarizing reports
> and checklists that I am missing? Do people no longer care about reporting
> sightings to Massbird - http://birding.aba.org/maillist/MASS ?
>
> George Gove
> Marlboro
>
>
>
>

--
Justin Lawson
Worcester, Ma

 

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Date: 7/28/16 7:31 am
From: Jim Guion <jim_guion...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Avocet plum island
Still being seen at north end of Bill Forward pool best seen from Hellcat Dike as of 10:15 AM.
Also seen at bfp from blind were 1 Stilt Sandpiper and 1 reported White-rumped Sandpiper.

Jim Guion
Arlington, ma

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/28/16 7:21 am
From: Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] lots of glossy ibis and snowy egret at Ridgevale and Cockle Cove Beach, Chatham, Jul 28, 2016
Taking to heart George Gove's recent email to MASSbird, here is my most interesting list so far today.BTW we have had similar reporting lapses and gaps in Virginia.  It seems like the Explore Data pages on eBird are the most centralized place to find information. nowadays.All the bestFred


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>
To: <fredatwood...>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2016 10:11 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Ridgevale Beach, Chatham, Jul 28, 2016

Ridgevale Beach, Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Jul 28, 2016 6:23 AM - 7:13 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
Comments:    <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.2 Build 70
35 species

American Black Duck  1
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  11
Snowy Egret  54    Careful count in marsh between ridgevale and cockle cove. Best seen from cockle cove beach marsh where I later photographed them.
Green Heron  2
Glossy Ibis  8    Careful count in marsh between ridgevale and cockle cove. Best seen from cockle cove beach marsh where I later photographed them.
Osprey  3
Killdeer  1
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Willet (Eastern)  6
Ruddy Turnstone  2
Sanderling  22
Least Sandpiper  3
Laughing Gull  12
Ring-billed Gull  6
Herring Gull  28
Least Tern  35    Carrying food and feeding fledglings.
Roseate Tern  1
Common Tern  25
Mourning Dove  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
American Crow  4
Barn Swallow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  15
Yellow Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  1
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  4
Fred AtwoodChatham MAOakton VA

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30878395

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



 

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Date: 7/28/16 6:55 am
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: reporting birds on Massbird
I agree with George. Too many people are no longer reporting on Massbird,
or report only their rarities. It takes much too long to search through
countless lists on ebird to find out what has been seen and where. I
encourgage people to not forget massbird after they have entered their
sightings on ebird. After all, you can email yourself your list and forward
it to Massbird in a matter of seconds. This is still BY FAR the best way to
communicate your sightings to other birders.

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


----- Original Message -----
From: "George W Gove" <gwgove...>
To: "Massbird" <Massbird...>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:02 AM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Massbird


> With 18 reports of American Avocet at Plum Island in the last couple of
> days, only one person posted this to Massbird.
>
> Massbird has served as a central point for birding reports for a long time
> but it seems that it no longer does. There was one post to Massbird on
> Saturday! July 23, 2016 but there were 34 checklists on ebird for that day
> including some rarities.
> Unless I am missing something, it appears that there is no central
> reporting point any longer. To find out what is being seen in MA, one must
> go through lots of Facebook pages and private web pages/blogs if one can
> find them. The only other reports are of Alerts for rarities on ebird. It
> appears as if people care only about reporting and seeing rarities and not
> about the common birds or sharing checklist and reports.
>
> Some people may be interested in other than rarities; for example, I am
> interested in shorebirds but have seen no reports of shorebirds numbers
> and species in a CENTRAL LOCATION on the web except for the Plymouth Beach
> report which was disheartening.
>
> Is there some other central point for reporting and summarizing reports
> and checklists that I am missing? Do people no longer care about reporting
> sightings to Massbird - http://birding.aba.org/maillist/MASS ?
>
> George Gove
> Marlboro

 

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Date: 7/28/16 6:52 am
From: Donald Wilkinson <singingbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Adult Bald Eagle, Breed's Pond, Lynn 7/28
Yesterday at about 3:30pm, there was an adult Bald Eagle circling over head at Breed's Pond (reservoir) in Lynn.

Don Wilkinson, Nahant
<Singingbirder...>

Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 7/28/16 5:30 am
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Massbird
With 18 reports of American Avocet at Plum Island in the last couple of
days, only one person posted this to Massbird.

Massbird has served as a central point for birding reports for a long
time but it seems that it no longer does. There was one post to Massbird
on Saturday! July 23, 2016 but there were 34 checklists on ebird for
that day including some rarities.
Unless I am missing something, it appears that there is no central
reporting point any longer. To find out what is being seen in MA, one
must go through lots of Facebook pages and private web pages/blogs if
one can find them. The only other reports are of Alerts for rarities on
ebird. It appears as if people care only about reporting and seeing
rarities and not about the common birds or sharing checklist and reports.

Some people may be interested in other than rarities; for example, I am
interested in shorebirds but have seen no reports of shorebirds numbers
and species in a CENTRAL LOCATION on the web except for the Plymouth
Beach report which was disheartening.

Is there some other central point for reporting and summarizing reports
and checklists that I am missing? Do people no longer care about
reporting sightings to Massbird - http://birding.aba.org/maillist/MASS ?

George Gove
Marlboro



 

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Date: 7/28/16 3:59 am
From: meenakshi ganesh <meenakshilrg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re. telescope rental
Hi Massbirders,

Do you have any experience with renting a spotting scope for a day or two?
I couldn't find any rental options online but was wondering if one of you
had any knowledge of rentals? I live in Charlestown, MA.

Thanks for the info!

Meena

 

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Date: 7/27/16 2:56 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Jul 27, 2016: Baird's sandpiper
> Crane Beach, Ipswich
> Jul 27, 2016 8:50 AM - 12:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> Comments: I walked Crane Beach to the end to look for the Baird's
> sandpipers found by Nate Dubrow yesterday and actually found one of them.
> But the hundreds of semi sandpipers and semi plovers he saw had vanished.
> 15 species (+2 other taxa)
>
> Double-crested Cormorant 14 all singles in flight
> Piping Plover 22 Half adults and half fledged (flying) young. There
> were 30 nesting pairs this year, but the eggs and young took a bit hit
> from coyotes and a horned owl.
> Sanderling 82 all appeared to be adults in various stages of molt
> Baird's Sandpiper 1 Adult--one of the two found yesterday by Nate
> Dubrow. Longer bird than nearby semi sandpipers, with long tapered wings
> making this black-legged peep almost as long as the sanderlings it was
> with (but not as bulky). Head warm brown; back/folded wings appeared
> spotted, without the scaliness of juveniles. Black bill straight. Breast
> streaking had buffy tones. Dark rump seen in flight.
> Least Sandpiper 1
> Semipalmated Sandpiper 4
> Laughing Gull 1 adult
> Ring-billed Gull 130
> Herring Gull 60
> Great Black-backed Gull 11
> Larus sp. 175 distant birds
> Least Tern 120 Gina, the bio tech on duty today, told me there were
> 114 nesting pairs this year. At least 13 of the birds I saw were fledged
> juvs.
> Common Tern 35 many young, though they did not nest at this beach
> Sterna sp. 4 distant; possible roseates
> Bank Swallow 1
> Northern Mockingbird 3
> Song Sparrow 2
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30870804


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

 

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Date: 7/27/16 2:24 pm
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ruff Newburyport
There was a Ruff at the boat ramp, at Joppa park during low tide today
around 11:30.
I was able to get really horrible photos, distant, lots of shimmer.
Suzanne Sullivan
<swampy435...>
Wilmington



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

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

 

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Date: 7/27/16 9:43 am
From: Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Baird's Sandpipers, Crane Beach, Ipswich- 7/26/16
Hello Massbirders,

Today on an evening walk on the beach, I had an adult pair of Baird's
Sandpipers feeding about 1.60 miles south down the beach from the
boardwalks. This seems to be a fairly early record, and the first birds for
the state on ebird this year. I also had quite a few other shorebirds, and
you can really tell that migration is under way. I will attach the
checklist below with photos.

Good birding,
Nathan

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30864130


Nathan Dubrow
<nathandubrow...>
Ipswich, MA

 

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Date: 7/27/16 9:43 am
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird -- Belle Isle Marsh Reservation -- Jul 27, 2016
This morning at work. Mainly lawn ave, the key, and Killmartin area.

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation
Jul 27, 2016
9:57 AM
Traveling
6.00 miles
90 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.2 Build 70

10 Mallard -- Female with young
5 Double-crested Cormorant
4 Great Blue Heron
25 Great Egret
42 Snowy Egret
2 Black-crowned Night-Heron
2 Osprey -- I juvenile
1 Virginia Rail
5 American Oystercatcher
4 Semipalmated Plover
2 Killdeer
1 Spotted Sandpiper
15 Greater Yellowlegs
2 Willet
1 Lesser Yellowlegs -- Heard, probably more
1 Ruddy Turnstone
50 Least Sandpiper
20 Semipalmated Sandpiper -- Likely more
1 Short-billed Dowitcher
8 Least Tern -- Numbers dropping fast
6 Chimney Swift
1 Belted Kingfisher -- Killmartin area
1 Downy Woodpecker
3 Northern Flicker
3 American Kestrel -- All off lawn ave tower, perched in trees dive bombing birds, likely all juveniles hard to see no binoculars
1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Willow Flycatcher
0 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Eastern Kingbird
2 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
2 Common Raven -- Forgot to add this from 2 days ago, 2 common Ravens flying high down Bennington street. Really took me by surprise.
6 Barn Swallow
2 Northern Mockingbird
60 European Starling
10 Cedar Waxwing
1 Common Yellowthroat
2 Saltmarsh Sparrow -- In marsh off Killmartin area
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Baltimore Oriole -- 1 juv Killmartin area
20 American Goldfinch -- Numerous birds today actively feeding

Number of Taxa: 41


Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/27/16 7:56 am
From: Douglas Chickering <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Avocet
Massbiders
Avocet is present in the Bill Forward pool seen very well at 10:45 am today July 27
Doug Chickering
<Dovekie...>

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/26/16 8:20 pm
From: Dan Prima <raptormafia...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Avocet Parker River NWR
Good evening Massbirders!  
I've seen it posted on E bird the last couple days, but nothing on Massbird, so I figured I'd put it out here.    Had nice looks at an American Avocet at Bill Forward this morning around 9 AM.   I was at the beginning of the main dike looking out on to Bill Forward...the bird was foraging in the shallows by himself.    This is the 3rd day the bird's been seen in that area.  
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Date: 7/26/16 4:50 pm
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] West Gloucester Little Blues, Whip-poor-will
Around noon today I saw 8 Little Blue Herons, in a range of plumages, at
the roadside pond on Bray Street in West Gloucester. And for the past three
nights I've been hearing a Whip-poor-will singing in the Tompson Street
woodland across the road from our house in West Gloucester.

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 7/26/16 1:09 pm
From: <stuarttwalker...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bird magazine 1898
I have a copy of the magazine Birds, published by Nature Study Publishing Co of Chicago, vol. III, no. 5, May 1898. The covers are ratty but the text and illustrations are sound and only slightly abraded along the fore-edge. It is free to anyone who wants it.

Stuart Walker
Jamaica Plain, MA
<stuarttwalker...>
 

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Date: 7/26/16 10:29 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/25/16, Fisk Pond and Vicinity, Photos and Videos
I went to Fisk Pond and nearby areas on 7/25/16.

Photos and videos at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
(Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1 )

As I was walking on Rt 135 to Fisk Pond I noticed a great blue heron in
the pond at the northwest corner of Speen Street and Rt 135. I crossed
over and made a video of the heron. It chased away other herons and then
started foraging. The water in the pond was very low so the heron was
able to make catch after catch of fish, frogs and tadpoles. When I
passed by on my way home later that day, there was a heron there, maybe
the same one (both were juveniles). When another great blue heron flew
over the pond, the heron raised its hackles, crouched and then leaped
into flight. The overflying heron didn't stop at the pond and the heron
I was observing flew around the pond a bit and then settled back down to
hunting. This happened a couple of times while I was observing. In the
pond there were also wood ducks and a couple of spotted sandpipers.

At Fisk Pond I saw a mallard with a large freshwater snail stuck in the
back of its mouth. You can see it in the video. The duck seemed to be in
distress, its tongue was sticking out and it was shaking its head trying
to dislodge the snail. Eventually it came loose, I don't know if it
went in or out but the duck was fine a minute later.

In the pond at Pegan Cove Park, the water was "boiling" with tadpoles
poking their heads out and then going back under the water. There were
great blue herons and a green heron also at the pond.

Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 7/25/16 7:27 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/24 Nine Shorebird Species at Winthrop Beach, etc.
Black-bellied Plover 1 out on rocks
Semipalmated Plover 4
Killdeer 1
Piping Plover 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 100
Least Sandpiper 7
Sanderling 3
Ruddy Turnstone 1 out on rocks
American Oystercatcher 6 adults; out on rocks
Least Tern 2 juvies
P.S. There was a Black-crowned Night-Heron at Lewis Lake

7/24 BELLE ISLE MARSH HIGHLIGHTS:
Snowy Egret 20
Great Egret 12
Great Blue Heron 3
Osprey 1
Semipalmated Plover 50
Least Sandpiper 40
Semipalmated Sandpiper 4
American Oystercatcher 6 parents with four young edge of pan
Lesser Yellowlegs 3
Least Tern 3
Saltmarsh Sparrow 4

Peregrine Falcon 1 8:30 p.m. on top of the Sheraton at edge of Christian Science complex, Boston

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 7/25/16 7:25 pm
From: caroline haines <chaines49...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tonight on the Annisquam
The rocks on the hill above the river gave up their accumulated heat as
I looked out on the expanse of river below. The emerald marsh on the far shore was still engulfed by half-tide, and a gathering of about seventy herons and egrets surrounded a pool of standing water left by the receding river, some foraging, most just resting. Among them a wary great blue heron stretched its neck to tower above the majority of snowy egrets. A double crested cormorant dried its wings on a rocky pedestal, and a murder of crows flew in to forage in the marsh grass. Yellow legs called, "tew, tew, tew!". Above it all, the sun, tonight just a muted glow, slipped into the variegated grey cloud cover, as simply as a woman slips a thin memento into an envelope addressed to her lover. The egrets, as the mystery moved them, began to take flight in groups of 10-12, stragglers winging out behind them, headed down river to the harbor island. From the west, a group of ten little blue herons appeared, among them three snow white hatch year birds following the adults to r!
oost. The great blue lumbered down into a muddy crevasse and stood, up to its knees, looking for a few more nibbles. The grey sky deepened to violet, and I said goodnight.

Caroline Haines
Gloucester
<Songbirder...>
Sent from my iPhone-please excuse brevity, typos, or insults.
 

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Date: 7/25/16 2:26 pm
From: Blair Nikula <odenews...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Chatham pelagic - Wednesday, 7/27
We have another Chatham pelagic trip scheduled this Wednesday (7/27)
morning, leaving the Chatham Fish Pier at 7:00 a.m., and returning at
11:00 a.m., with a cost of $100/person. Let me know a.s.a.p., if
interested.

Blair Nikula

--

2 Gilbert Lane
Harwich Port, MA 02646
http://www.odenews.org/
http://www.capecodbirds.org/

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus - Mark Twain

 

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Date: 7/25/16 1:44 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] fish crow family in Ipswich
I woke up to calling fish crows and looked out the window to see a parent
feeding 2 fledglings from one of the suet feeders. Later I saw 5 birds, and
watched between 11 and 12 as the two adults fed the 3 fledglings, recognized
by their whitish gapes and red mouth linings, their begging behavior, and
their begging calls, which are higher-pitched than the adults' nasal "cah"s.
It was fun sitting in the shade and watching the young lined up on a dead
larch branch. Two were vocal and got fed; the third remained silent and did
not get fed. Finally it got excited at a food delivery and begged, and this
time it was fed.

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

 

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Date: 7/25/16 10:57 am
From: Thomas Pirro <tpirro2010...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Little Blue Heron (Winchendon, Ma.) 7/25
This noon there was a juvenile Little Blue Heron at Whitney Pond in
Winchendon. I viewed the pond from the west side of Riverside Cemetery
on the west side Glen Allen Road, just north of the junction with Rte
12. There is a little "herd path" down to the water on the SW side of
the cemetery.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30844898

Yesterday there were 2 Great Egrets.

The water level is quite low, the pond can also be viewed from the
bike path where there are several vantage points..

Tom Pirro
Westminster, Ma.
 

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Date: 7/24/16 2:40 pm
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC trip aboard the Gloucester Seven Seas Whale Watch
Greetings:

Several birders joined us on our monthly trip aboard the Seven Seas Whale
Watch boat on Saturday, 7/23/16.

We were happy to find the YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT HERON on the flats behind the
Ticket and Gift shop for the Seven Seas Whale Watch.

The day at sea was delightful. A cool way to bird on a hot summer day
(around 90 degrees F on land, 70 out at sea). We were taken to the
northwest corner of Stellwagon Banks. Along the way we encountered 350
White-sided dolphins along with several CORY's Shearwaters and a Gannet.
Soon after that we came across 50 Bottle-nosed dolphins.2Minke whales and 3
Hump-back whales. Then a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH came aboard, fluttered
around occasionally, finally deciding to hitch a ride back to shore with us.
Our total list below:

Cory's Shearwater 47 (probably low)

Great Shearwater 1

Sooty Shearwater 2

Manx Shearwater 1

Wilson's Storm-petrel 6

Northern Gannet 3

Double-crested Cormorant 12

Great Egret 1

Semipalmated Sandpiper 1 (seen by others)

Herring Gulls - Lots

Great Black Back Gulls - lots

Bonaparte's Gull 1

Laughing Gull 2 (seen by others)

Common Tern 6

Peregrine Falcon (on the Gloucester Town Hall)

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH 1 (a hitch hiker)



Ida Giriunas

Reading, MA


 

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Date: 7/24/16 12:46 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Plymouth Beach, Jul 23, 2016
A combined BBC/SSBC trip to Plymouth Beach occurred yesterday. The weather, although hot, was not as humid as the past days or past trips. The lack of birds is deafening. Only 2 Common Terns and a total of only 117 (!!!) individual shorebirds of which 29 are nesting there (true-the young birders group saw a flock of 300 Semipalmated Sandpipers which we did not see). This trip should have 2-3 THOUSAND terns and several hundred to few thousand shorebirds. The terns were scared off early, in May, due to a raccoon and fox in the colony.

That said we enjoyed the day and seeing recently fledged Piping Plover and Least Tern is encouraging. We saw a few Least Terns courting at this late date; must have been failed breeders/lost young. I doubt such a late nesting would be successful as the safety in numbers issue would make them rather easy targets. If they do manage to get young to fledging the late date would make the young so inexperienced at a time when they need to migrate while learning to feed on their own would be problematic.

A southbound Whimbrel flying by on the long trip back was enjoyable.

Glenn

Plymouth Beach, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
Jul 23, 2016 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: BBC/SSBC trip
41 species

Canada Goose 8
Mallard (Northern) 1
Double-crested Cormorant 7
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 11
Great Egret 3
Osprey (carolinensis) 5
Red-tailed Hawk 1 1S
Semipalmated Plover 25
Piping Plover 23
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Willet (Eastern) 6
Whimbrel 1
Ruddy Turnstone 1
Sanderling 2
Least Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 50
Short-billed Dowitcher (griseus) 5
Laughing Gull 150
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull (American) X
Great Black-backed Gull X
Least Tern 75
Common Tern 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) X
Mourning Dove 8
Downy Woodpecker 1
American Crow 2
Horned Lark 1
Tree Swallow 3
Bank Swallow 10
Barn Swallow (American) 1
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Carolina Wren 1
Northern Mockingbird 7
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow Warbler (Northern) 2
Song Sparrow 16
Common Grackle 4
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30826208

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Date: 7/24/16 9:05 am
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Offer of Birding Related Books
I have been cleaning out our library at home and have a number of birding
related titles that might be of interest to readers of this list, nothing
too exotic I think. These are free to the first person who expresses
interest. Preference to one who would like to whole lot, but I am willing
to break these up among several takers.

If interested please email me directly at ccook13 at gmail.com

Cliff Cook
Watertown

 

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Date: 7/23/16 6:04 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Loons & Eagle in Gardner

Lake Wampanoag Wildlife Sanctuary, Gardner, Massachusetts, US

Jul 23, 2016 2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
2 species

Common Loon 4 Pair of Loons on Lake Wampanoag with two young that appeared to have fledged more than a week ago.

Bald Eagle 1 Flew over Crystal Lake in Gardner and landed in a pine on the NW side

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Date: 7/22/16 7:47 pm
From: james sweeney <assawompsett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Squantum Shorebirds - 7/22
Massbirders,

I made a brief stop at the salt panne closest to the Kennedy Center in the Squantum section of Quincy and observed the following shorebird species:

Semipalmated Plover (2)
Killdeer (5)
Greater Yellowlegs (3)
Lesser Yellowlegs (4)
Spotted Sandpiper (1)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (58)
Least Sandpiper (5)
Short-billed Dowitcher (2)

Jim Sweeney
Providence, RI


 

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Date: 7/22/16 5:23 pm
From: Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow crowned night heron/Marshfield, Ma
Seen from bridge on Careswell St at Green Harbor Marina( Green Harbor
marina on right of bridge when facing in direction of Brant Rock.

Heron found on other side of Bridge along edge of large Island that is
seen to right of water( further right there is a ramp for ? boats. Bird
was on dead birch tree about 3 ft from water's edge. It is a young bird
and was first seen by David Ludlow from Ma. Audubon this week and
refound by David with the Friday morning birding group today.

Kathy Rawdon, Hingham Ma.


 

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Date: 7/22/16 5:19 pm
From: <loonphotog...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Female Loon eating a huge sunfish video
Female Loon had just finished feeding the twins. Now she is trying to eat a large Sunfish. I thought I was going to have to perform the heimlich maneuver. Shot handheld from my kayak on a windy day.
Sorry for the music, it was either that or listen to a jet ski, the wind noise and an airplane going by...... In NH.
https://youtu.be/nPv4Domt34I

John Rockwood


 

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Date: 7/22/16 2:25 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/21 Red-shouldered Hawks at Randolph's Great Pond
Hi,
I spent only ninety minutes here due to the heat. The Red-shouldered Hawks were quite vocal (which is this species want) at the Norroway Rd. entrance. Simply park your car at the end of this dead-end road (Norroway Rd.) and walk in. Almost immediately, I saw and heard the two birds frolicking.

GREAT POND HIGHLIGHTS:

Great Blue Heron 1
Wood Duck 3
Turkey Vulture 1 flushed from the ground, whereby it flew onto a branch
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 See Above
Great Crested Flycatcher 2

Paul Peterson
<petersobpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 7/22/16 10:35 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/21/16, Bald Eagles - Foss Reservoir, Red-tailed Hawks - Cushing Memorial Park, Framingham Photos and Video
On 7/21 I went to Farm Pond and Foss Reservoir and nearby areas.

Photos and videos at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
(Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1 )

At Foss reservoir I made a video of the bald eagles. I saw one adult and
one juvenile. I was on the east shore of the reservoir and I recorded an
adult perched along rt 9. Later the adult took flight and eventually
came to the nest with something for the juvenile there to eat. I'm not
sure what it brought, it was too far for my camera to resolve clearly,
but it was long and thin like a snake or and eel (I'm not saying it was
either of those, just that it looked something like that in the video.)
Later the adult and then the juvenile flew away from the nest.

At Cushing Memorial Park, I made a video of two red-tailed hawks. A
juvenile and and adult. The adult was calling repeatedly.

I also recorded a video of a juvenile wood duck diving in Farm Pond.

At Farm Pond I also recorded a video of juvenile mallards sitting near
the shore of the pond preening while fish in the water gathered nearby
sometimes approaching closely, attracted to something having to do with
the mallards.



Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 7/22/16 2:40 am
From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Large White Heron in Westford 7/21
Sorry for the late post.

Yesterday at 9:05 am I was driving south on Boston Road in Westford just
North of 495 when a large white heron flew from East to West over the road.
The bird struck me as unusual based on bulky size, non-yellow bill, dark
but not black legs and some darkness on the underwing, specifically closer
to the leading edge of the wings (possibly a shadow but I don't think so).

The bird did not have the feel of a great egret due to the bulky size. The
bill was light in color but not the yellow I would expect with great
egret. With recent discussion of white great blue herons, this makes me
wonder.

Be on the lookout!

Paul Guidetti
Westford MA

 

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Date: 7/21/16 10:01 am
From: Alan & Ruth Bragg <alan.ruth.bragg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jul 21, 2016
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jul 21, 2016 5:48 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.1 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by NWR volunteers Kathy, Joan, Maryellen, Will,
Soheil, Alan, Julie & Nancy
51 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 20
Wood Duck 5
Mallard 11
Least Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron 30
Great Egret 3
Green Heron 2
Glossy Ibis 1 Spotted flying by sharp eyed Julie
Osprey 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Virginia Rail 2
Killdeer 2
Solitary Sandpiper 1
peep sp. 4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
Mourning Dove 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Willow Flycatcher 7
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 2
Eastern Kingbird 1
Warbling Vireo 4
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 6
Barn Swallow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Brown Creeper 1
Marsh Wren 24 Continuing
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 7
European Starling 40
Cedar Waxwing 4
Common Yellowthroat 3
Yellow Warbler 3
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 14
Swamp Sparrow 8
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 74
Common Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Baltimore Oriole 2
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 24

View this checklist online at
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This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
​Alan Bragg
Bedford MA​

 

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Date: 7/20/16 6:16 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/19 Burrage Pond Highlights
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Date: 7/20/16 9:32 am
From: <marj...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Glossy Ibis Cambridge Res.

This morning there were four Glossy Ibis at the north end of Cambridge Res (AKA Hobbs Brook Basin) visible from Lincoln Street in Lexington.
Marj. Rines
Woburn, MA





 

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Date: 7/20/16 4:18 am
From: Matt S. <accipiter22...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/19/2016 Bobwhite in Boston Redux
Posted the sighting with a sonogram here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30771353

Matt Sabourin
Brighton, MA
<Accipiter22...>

 

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Date: 7/20/16 4:17 am
From: Matt S. <accipiter22...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/19/2016 Bobwhite in Boston
Hi All,

I've been hearing this weird call for the past 10 days or so, only in the
evening, in my backyard. I live in Oak Square, in Brighton, so I didn't
think it was anything too exotic. Technically it isn't, but I finally got
an ID on the call today, it's a bobwhite! Kind of neat; there's a lot of
foliage/trees where I live, and some fields nearby, I'm assuming that's
where it usually hangs out. I hope it finds company.

Matt Sabourin
Brighton, MA
<Accipiter22...>

 

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Date: 7/19/16 4:44 pm
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-crowned night herons
We had two adults in May, and saw two adults last night. Tonight we have a
juvenile in the marsh.

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

 

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Date: 7/19/16 8:47 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/18/16, Waseeka Wildlife Refuge - Hopkinton, Fisk Pond - Natick, Photos and Video
Some photos and videos at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
(Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1 )

On 7/18/16 I went to the Waseeka wildlife sanctuary in Hopkinton and
made a video of two ospreys. When I first saw them through the bushes,
there were two at a nest. But when I came into the open only one of them
was perched near the nest. After a while it seemed to call briefly. (The
audio comes on for that part.) Soon another osprey flew in and "landed"
on the first. It seemed to happen very quickly but in the slow motion
replay, and in the stills from individual frames it looks like they were
mating.

At Waseeka I also recorded the song of an Eastern Towhee.

Later I went to Fisk Pond in Natick and made a video of a cormorant
which when floating in the pond, opened it's bill wide and then thrust
its head into the water. There was a brief roiling of the water and when
it lifted its head out it had something in its bill, probably a fish it
had just torn up. It tossed it around a few times and eventually
swallowed it.

Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 7/18/16 2:42 pm
From: Mary Keleher <maryeak...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] McAllen, TX Purple Martin Roost Sprayed with EcoBird

For those interested inknowing what happens to Purple Martins when they form pre-migratory roosts incities read below. I've sent messages via facebook, emailed several of thecontacts at the McAllen Convention Center and the City Mayor. Many other PurpleMartin enthusiasts have messaged, emailed and made phone calls but I'm guessingit really won't make a difference. They're going to do what they're going todo. Clearly they need an education in bird identification since they think thePurple Martins are starlings! If anyone has some time and would like to make acall there's a number below. Here are links to a couple of photos from theroost.https://www.flickr.com/photos/26056276@N07/27779877864/in/dateposted-public/https://www.flickr.com/photos/26056276@N07/28396761145/in/dateposted-public/

TheCity of McAllen's Official Press Release: For immediate release
July 16, 2016
Contact: Roy Cantu, Public Information Office 956.792-7779
McAllen Convention Center targets bird droppings in Oval Park
Using a non-hazardous, non-lethal bird repellent
MCALLEN, TX – Over that last several years, the McAllen Convention Center hasbeen working to make its complex one of the most visited pristine locations inthe city. The tree canopy in Oval Park has matured and attracts a large numberof birds. There are a significant amount of bird droppings in the grass, water,walkways and benches. Steps have been taken to address health concerns thatcould be the result of those bird droppings.
This public space is also a very popular city park for the community thatattracts hundreds of children and their families on a daily basis and hundredsof thousands annually. The City of McAllen works diligently to provide a safeand first class facility to patrons of the McAllen Convention Center whilestill ensuring that wildlife is protected.
“The McAllen Convention Center researched best practices about deterring birdsfrom public spaces,” said Omar Rodriguez, Director of McAllen ConventionCenter. “As per Roth’s website www.ecobirdusa.com this EcoBird 4.0 product wasdeveloped as a non-hazardous, non-lethal bird repellent, made from food-gradematerials."
As part of our facility maintenance practices to lessen the risks associatedwith pestilent bird activity, the following practices have been implemented:
• Daily cleaning and removal of bird droppings with power washers of thesidewalks, benches, and steps.
• Installation of electronic audio phonic repellant devices, which uses birddistress calls to repel birds.
• Installation of bird spikes around building to prevent nesting and roosting.
• Application of bird repellant to trees in Oval Park (This is only implementedwhen needed based on increased bird activity).
This month Orkin Pest Control was contracted by the McAllen Convention Centerto treat the trees in Oval Park with a bird repellant due to an increase instarling and other pest birds.
“Serious health risks arise from disease organisms that come from anaccumulation of bird droppings particularly if roosts have been active foryears which is happening at the convention center,” said Rodriguez.
Orkin reviewed and assessed the situation and with consideration to thewildlife in the area, it was recommended to treat the trees for one week.
To keep our visitors and residents informed about the process, Orkin placednotices around the park, as required by the Texas Department of Agriculture,notifying the public of its intended treatment of the area.
Orkin will be applying EcoBird 4.0 ® by Roth Chemical Company, Ltd., toapproximately 175 trees in Oval Park with mechanical fogging equipment. Byfollowing this process, there is no harm to birds, other wildlife or visitors.
This has all been posted to the Purple Martin Conservation Association'sFacebook page where many have commented. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Prognesubis/permalink/10154372246479096/?comment_id=10154380237614096&notif_t=group_comment_follow&notif_id=1468865091121791Mary Keleher,Mashpee, MA 
 

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Date: 7/18/16 2:11 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/17 Nocturnal Birds in Brookline
Hi,


Black-crowned Night-Heron 2 Hall's Pond 7:30 p.m.COMMON NIGHTHAWK 2 over Coolidge Corner 8:40 p.m. calling, seen

Nighty Night
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 7/18/16 9:23 am
From: Jo-Dee Gentile <altoone1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Juv yellow-crowned night heron-W Falmouth Harbir
Walking this morning in the South Basin of the harbor. Perched in dead section of large cedar.. Flew towards main section of harbor.

Jo-Dee Gentile
Alroone1 (at) hotmail dot com
Andover and West Falmouth


Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/18/16 7:06 am
From: Peter Flood <pomarine...>
Subject: Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Chatham Pelagic - July 16, 2016

And I Forgot to include the ebird checklist:


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30709761


Peter

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


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Peter Flood" <pomarine...>
To: "Massbird" <massbird...>
Sent: Monday, July 18, 2016 8:07:25 AM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Chatham Pelagic - July 16, 2016


We ran another Chatham Mini-Pelagic this past Saturday - July 16, 2016 and we were unfortunately "fogged out" for a trip we had scheduled on the 17th.

On July 16, six seabirders and Captain Kenny Eldredge departed the Chatham Fish Pier under somewhat hazy conditions which quickly deteriorated to foggy conditions as we steamed southeast out of Chatham Harbor.  As a result, we decided to abandon this southeasterly bearing and head northeast where the conditions were reportedly a bit more favorable. Eventually we were able to clear the fog and approximately 3-4 miles offshore we began encountering numerous Wilson's Storm-Petrels feeding and traversing the glassy seas around us.

At approximately 4 miles offshore we began to encounter a few Cory's Shearwaters mostly loafing on the water and a few in lumbering flight under the near windless conditions.  Roughly 5-6 miles offshore we encountered several sizable rafts of shearwaters including all four of the expected species (Cory's, Great, Sooty and Manx).

It was at this point that we decided to try our luck chumming and unlike the previous couple of trips the birds were quite interested in what we were offering.  In a matter of minutes we had hundreds of large gulls and shearwaters attending "Captain Kenny's Banquet" with many birds coming within arms length of the boat.  

From this point we decided to travel a bit further south and east as the fog had somewhat lifted in this area.  Along the way we we encountered several more rafts of shearwaters and storm-petrels until we reached a point approximately 9 miles east of Chatham Harbor.  We ran another chum session in this area and gathered another crowd of large gulls and shearwaters behind the boat rather quickly.

As we began to head back in we encountered a couple of large flocks of Wilson's Storm Petrels sitting on the water which is always a cool sight.  We could not find a jaeger on this trip which have been somewhat scarce as of late off the Cape.  

Here is a link to my flickr page with some photos from the trip:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9191812@N02/albums/72157670270596645/with/28271065511/

More information on these trips can be found here:

http://capecodbirds.org/chatham-pelagics/

Thank you to Captain Ken Eldredge and all the participants Linda Fuller, Brian Delany, Adele Sullivan, Donna Lorello and Ken Machado. It was a fantastic group!  

Peter

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




 

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Date: 7/18/16 6:48 am
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Chatham Pelagic - July 16, 2016


> http://capecodbirds.org/chatham-pelagics/
>
> Thank you to Captain Ken Eldredge and all the participants Linda Fuller, Brian Delany, Adele Sullivan, Donna Lorello and Ken Machado. It was a fantastic group!


Thanks to you, Peter, and to the other participants, and to Captain
Kenny. This was a thrilling experience for me. The whole concept is very
well put together: 1) "bird-experienced" captain (Kenny knows his
seabirds!), 2) great leader of the birding group itself (Peter, on
Saturday, otherwise sometimes Blair N., I gather), 3) and the perfect
time frame: four hours is enough to see a lot, but not so much that one
risks losing one's sea legs. I may even go again if more are scheduled.
If anyone out there has never gone on a pelagic, this is a great way to
start. Highly recommended. I even learned how to pick out an immature
Lesser Black-Backed Gull! (Well, I was taught -- may need a refresher
course.)

Brian

--
Brian Manning Delaney
Orleans, Massachusetts /
Stockholm, Sweden

 

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Date: 7/18/16 6:30 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/16/16 - Mini Pelagic - Out of Provincetown
Hi Massbirders

I coordinated a 5 hour mini pelagic trip out of Provincetown this past
Saturday aboard the Wendy Jo with Captain John Salvador. Six of us plus
the Captain and first mate had a pleasant time. Seas were mostly calm, SW
wind 5-10 mph.

Trip left MacMillan Wharf at 0656 and as soon as we rounded Long Point
Light, pelagics were in view - Wlson's Storm-Petrel and Cory's Shearwater
We continued up the west side of the Point and soon after Race Point
Proper, the rafts of shearwaters started to show. There were many rafts
from Race Point Proper all the way down past Peaked Hill Bar. We ran the
second rip off the Race before we cut SE over Peaked Hill. Most of the
Cory's Shearwater counts were from Race Point across Peaked Hill Bar.

We motored off to the SE corner of Stellwagen and we started seeing Great
Shearwater. The Sooty Shearwater numbers increased as well. At the apex of
the trip (see map) we had 4 Red-necked Phalarope, 2 Short-billed Dowitcher,
and one peep.

Whales were absent except for two Minke Whales. We did encounter a surface
feed by a shark of some kind (see button hook on map). It was a small shark
(6') and did not resurface.

We ran back down Peaked Hill Bar and the birds were absent. As we rounded
the Race heading past Hatches Harbor and Herring Cove, Cory's
Shearwater and Wilson's Storm-Petrel started to show again. This time,
within several hundred yards of shore.

The Captain took us to the a Grey Seal congregating area on the inner
harbor near the breakwater. In this area we had two Cory's Shearwater!

Of note were many large odes, many gypsy moths, and one Lady species of
butterfly.

We observed no gannets or jaegers.

Here is a link to the trip route: https://flic.kr/p/K6UdYD
Here is a link to the eBird checklist with photos:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30729719?share=true

Here is the trip list:

Cory's Shearwater - 1450; Wide spread, mostly in the littoral waters.
Carefully estimated by 50's by S. Arena
Great Shearwater - 20; All out on or near Stellwagen. Exact count by S.
Finnegan.
Sooty Shearwater - 38; 7 Littoral, 31 on or near the bank. Exact count by
J. Ghadban
Manx Shearwater - 1; Littoral waters. Exact count by K. Miller :-)
Wilson's Storm-Petrel - 1000; Widespread. Carefully estimated by 5s by J.
Bourget.
Short-billed Dowitcher - 2
Peep Species - 1; Probably a Least Sandpiper
Red-necked Phalarope - 4; photos of the one on the water

If folks are interested in going on a 5 hour mini-pelagic out of
Provincetown, please contact me off line (I received moderator
permission). The cost for the boat is $600 and the tip for the mate is $10
minimum per person.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Arena


-------------------------------------------------
Westborough, Massachusetts
<pokedaddy151...>
Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/

 

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Date: 7/18/16 5:12 am
From: Peter Flood <pomarine...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Chatham Pelagic - July 16, 2016

We ran another Chatham Mini-Pelagic this past Saturday - July 16, 2016 and we were unfortunately "fogged out" for a trip we had scheduled on the 17th.

On July 16, six seabirders and Captain Kenny Eldredge departed the Chatham Fish Pier under somewhat hazy conditions which quickly deteriorated to foggy conditions as we steamed southeast out of Chatham Harbor.  As a result, we decided to abandon this southeasterly bearing and head northeast where the conditions were reportedly a bit more favorable. Eventually we were able to clear the fog and approximately 3-4 miles offshore we began encountering numerous Wilson's Storm-Petrels feeding and traversing the glassy seas around us.

At approximately 4 miles offshore we began to encounter a few Cory's Shearwaters mostly loafing on the water and a few in lumbering flight under the near windless conditions.  Roughly 5-6 miles offshore we encountered several sizable rafts of shearwaters including all four of the expected species (Cory's, Great, Sooty and Manx).

It was at this point that we decided to try our luck chumming and unlike the previous couple of trips the birds were quite interested in what we were offering.  In a matter of minutes we had hundreds of large gulls and shearwaters attending "Captain Kenny's Banquet" with many birds coming within arms length of the boat.  

From this point we decided to travel a bit further south and east as the fog had somewhat lifted in this area.  Along the way we we encountered several more rafts of shearwaters and storm-petrels until we reached a point approximately 9 miles east of Chatham Harbor.  We ran another chum session in this area and gathered another crowd of large gulls and shearwaters behind the boat rather quickly.

As we began to head back in we encountered a couple of large flocks of Wilson's Storm Petrels sitting on the water which is always a cool sight.  We could not find a jaeger on this trip which have been somewhat scarce as of late off the Cape.  

Here is a link to my flickr page with some photos from the trip:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9191812@N02/albums/72157670270596645/with/28271065511/

More information on these trips can be found here:

http://capecodbirds.org/chatham-pelagics/

Thank you to Captain Ken Eldredge and all the participants Linda Fuller, Brian Delany, Adele Sullivan, Donna Lorello and Ken Machado. It was a fantastic group!  

Peter

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


 

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Date: 7/17/16 6:30 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Upland Sandpipers Blue Hills Reservoir NO
Hi,
I went on Friday, and saw only Spotted Sandpipers in the grassy area. They nest there every year. I should have known that there were going to be no Upland Sandpipers here. For one thing, the grassy area here is not very big, so probably not suitable for this species to nest here. While I was on the bus heading over there, I kept thinking I should probably get off the bus and head back to Boston.

BLUE HILLS RESERVOIR HIGHLIGHTS:

accipiter sp. 1
Spotted Sandpiper 3 annual nesters
Baltimore Oriole 1
Indigo Bunting 1

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 7/17/16 10:57 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: 7/16/16, Lyons-Cutler Reservation, **Sudbury**, Photos and Video
Someone kindly pointed out to me that Lyons-Cutler Reservation is in
Sudbury not Framingham.



Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
 

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Date: 7/17/16 1:43 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/16/16, Lyons-Cutler Reservation, Framingham, Photos and Video
I visited the Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Framingham on 7/16/16.
Photos and videos at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
(Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1 )

I took a few videos:

There were a couple of Ospreys on one of the nests. This was my first
time at this location so I'm not sure if they are residents or were just
checking things out.

There were also two red-tailed hawks there. The first, I think was a
juvenile, it had a dark belly band and was calling repeatedly. After a
while I heard an adult red-tailed hawk and the "juvenile" became quiet
as the calls of the adult got louder as it seemed to get nearer. The
adult perched in the area for a while, despite a swallow zooming around
it, but it eventually flew off. I tried to clean up the audio so the
calls are audible over the background noise. The juvenile is a lot
quieter than the adult so if you turn up the volume at the beginning it
might be too loud by the end. I'm not sure if the audio and video are
exactly in sync, the could be partly due to distance.

There was also a marsh wren singing vigorously. I tried to clean up the
audio so the song can be appreciated to some extent.

A kingfisher made a brief appearance.

And I recorded the song of a wood thrush.


Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 7/16/16 2:16 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Tour de France today- birds
...and maybe add a few species to your virtual life list ; )

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore,
New York
(and sometimes Lenox/Pittsfield)

On Sat, Jul 16, 2016 at 9:30 AM, bank1941 <bank1941...> wrote:

> Mbers, For what its worth, today's leg of this famous race will terminate
> in Lafayette at a bird sanctuary that hosts hundreds of bird species. So if
> at home, turn on NBCSP (channel 865 Comcast) to perhaps get glimpses of
> birds and or spectacular scenery.
>
> Joe Paluzzi
> Salem
>
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet
>



--
Richard Guthrie

 

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Date: 7/16/16 9:25 am
From: Anthony Hill <anhinga13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] banded Merlin
Sorry if I'm adding to a bunch of responses; I'm in the process of
trying to get back on MASSBIRD
so didn't see any followup.

The silver-colored band that Justin reports is almost certainly a
Federal USGS band. There is no way
to get any detail on the bird or the bander without having the full
9-digit number on the band. Of
course, perhaps the bander already responded, in which case, my
apologies again !

Anthony from South Hadley



 

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Date: 7/16/16 6:38 am
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tour de France today- birds
Mbers, For what its worth, today's leg of this famous race will terminate in Lafayette at a bird sanctuary that hosts hundreds of bird species. So if at home, turn on NBCSP (channel 865 Comcast) to perhaps get glimpses of birds and or spectacular scenery.
Joe Paluzzi Salem


Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet
 

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Date: 7/15/16 8:59 pm
From: Blair Nikula <odenews...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Chatham pelagics this weekend.
We have one space available for both the Saturday and Sunday morning
Chatham pelagic trips this weekend. Let me know a.s.a.p. if interested.

Blair Nikula

--
2 Gilbert Lane
Harwich Port, MA 02646
http://www.odenews.org/
http://www.capecodbirds.org/

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus - Mark Twain

 

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Date: 7/15/16 4:14 pm
From: Kneipfer Eric <erickneipfer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pied-Billed Grebe at Pond Meadow, Braintree
The bird was seen from a dock right next to the dam(near the picnic area).  You can drive right to it if you pass the entrance parking area and continue to the end of the road.
I also went to Plymouth Beach yesterday and saw the fewest bird numbers ever in the 8 years I've hiked to the tip.  All the usual species were there (SP Sandpiper, SP Plover, Willet, Osprey, Bank Swallow, Greater YL, SB Dowitcher, Piping Plover), just low numbers overall (no Skimmers)

erickneipfer AT yahoo.comEast Bridgewater, MA

 

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Date: 7/15/16 3:44 pm
From: Steve Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White Ibis (probably) in Salisbury
A heads up for folks birding this weekend. Len Medlock saw this bird
flying south along Route 286 in Seabrook, NH this afternoon. It was seen
in Seabrook, but was crossing over into the expansive salt marshes of
Salisbury, MA. It's tough to bird these marshes expect from long
distances with a scope from Route 1A or Route 286.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA



Drive home on Rt 286, had subject bird fly overhead (about 10') heading
south on 286--aprox. 5:30 p.m.. Unmistakable--extended neck ending dark
pink/red bill; solid white bird--did not notice black wing tips as I was
trying to drive, too. I spun around in Markey's (HEAVY beach-going
traffic) to try to relocate a Mass-bound bird. Fail. This morning on way
in to work, Rt. 286, several ibis and herons on MA side of road (as
usual), so could've been hanging out with those; was running late so
couldn't stop. Perhaps bird moves around a lot when tide pools fill up.

Len
Exeter, NH

 

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Date: 7/15/16 2:15 pm
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yes Noble
Thought folks, especially gull lovers like me, might like this article.
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/a-noble-vision-of-gulls/?utm_source=Cornell%20Lab%20eNews&utm_campaign=5dea921d57-Cornell%20Lab%20eNews%2007_14_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-5dea921d57-305457137

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

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

 

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Date: 7/15/16 11:15 am
From: Brad Dinerman <bdinerman...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] 7/14/16, Framingham, Juvenile Bald Eagles Soaring Over Foss Reservoir, Photos and Video, Plus Farm Pond and Vicinity.
I retract my original reply about mottled ducks vs. mallards. I had mottled ducks on my mind as I was recently in Florida where they regularly visit my parents' back yard, and I also missed the part about "juvenile" in Michael's original post.

-Brad


> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Brad Dinerman" <bdinerman...>
> To: "Michael Kolodny" <mcjavlzo...>; "<Massbird...>"
> <Massbird...>
> Sent: Friday, July 15, 2016 8:37 AM
> Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] 7/14/16, Framingham, Juvenile Bald Eagles Soaring
> Over Foss Reservoir, Photos and Video, Plus Farm Pond and Vicinity.
>
>
> > Michael,
> >
> > Although I could be wrong, I believe that your "mallards" may actually be
> > mottled ducks.
> > https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mottled_Duck/id
> >
> > -Brad
> >
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:massbird-
> >> <approval...>] On Behalf Of Michael Kolodny
> >> Sent: Friday, July 15, 2016 7:51 AM
> >> To: <Massbird...>
> >> Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/14/16, Framingham, Juvenile Bald Eagles Soaring
> >> Over
> >> Foss Reservoir, Photos and Video, Plus Farm Pond and Vicinity.
> >>
> >> I went to visit the bald eagle's nest at Foss Reservoir on 7/14/16 and
> >> saw the juveniles flying.
> >> Photos and video are at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
> >> (Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
> >> http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1 )
> >>
> >> On the same day I went to farm pond and saw a belted kingfisher, and
> >> downy woodpecker.
> >>
> >> At Farm pond I also took a video of some juvenile mallards diving. When
> >> they come back up they "stand up" in the water and flap their wings,
> >> presumably to dry them. But when two of the ducklings forget, their
> >> mother (who doesn't dive) goes through the routine as if to remind them
> >> and they seem to obediently mimic her actions.
> >>
> >> Later, I stopped at the Sudbury river (at Winter Street and reservoir
> >> #1) to take a video of a spotted sandpiper.
> >>
> >> At Learned Pond I took a video of some ducks that I've been told are
> >> "mallard alternate coloration". They are black with white at the base of
> >> the neck in front. I was wondering of anyone can confirm they are
> >> mallards and what it means. Are there male and female with that color
> >> pattern?
> >>
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >>
> >> Michael Kolodny
> >> Framingham
> >> <mcjavlzo...>
> >


 

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Date: 7/15/16 5:43 am
From: Brad Dinerman <bdinerman...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] 7/14/16, Framingham, Juvenile Bald Eagles Soaring Over Foss Reservoir, Photos and Video, Plus Farm Pond and Vicinity.
Michael,

Although I could be wrong, I believe that your "mallards" may actually be mottled ducks.
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mottled_Duck/id

-Brad

> -----Original Message-----
> From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:massbird-
> <approval...>] On Behalf Of Michael Kolodny
> Sent: Friday, July 15, 2016 7:51 AM
> To: <Massbird...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/14/16, Framingham, Juvenile Bald Eagles Soaring Over
> Foss Reservoir, Photos and Video, Plus Farm Pond and Vicinity.
>
> I went to visit the bald eagle's nest at Foss Reservoir on 7/14/16 and
> saw the juveniles flying.
> Photos and video are at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
> (Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
> http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1 )
>
> On the same day I went to farm pond and saw a belted kingfisher, and
> downy woodpecker.
>
> At Farm pond I also took a video of some juvenile mallards diving. When
> they come back up they "stand up" in the water and flap their wings,
> presumably to dry them. But when two of the ducklings forget, their
> mother (who doesn't dive) goes through the routine as if to remind them
> and they seem to obediently mimic her actions.
>
> Later, I stopped at the Sudbury river (at Winter Street and reservoir
> #1) to take a video of a spotted sandpiper.
>
> At Learned Pond I took a video of some ducks that I've been told are
> "mallard alternate coloration". They are black with white at the base of
> the neck in front. I was wondering of anyone can confirm they are
> mallards and what it means. Are there male and female with that color
> pattern?
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Michael Kolodny
> Framingham
> <mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 7/15/16 4:56 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/14/16, Framingham, Juvenile Bald Eagles Soaring Over Foss Reservoir, Photos and Video, Plus Farm Pond and Vicinity.
I went to visit the bald eagle's nest at Foss Reservoir on 7/14/16 and
saw the juveniles flying.
Photos and video are at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
(Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1 )

On the same day I went to farm pond and saw a belted kingfisher, and
downy woodpecker.

At Farm pond I also took a video of some juvenile mallards diving. When
they come back up they "stand up" in the water and flap their wings,
presumably to dry them. But when two of the ducklings forget, their
mother (who doesn't dive) goes through the routine as if to remind them
and they seem to obediently mimic her actions.

Later, I stopped at the Sudbury river (at Winter Street and reservoir
#1) to take a video of a spotted sandpiper.

At Learned Pond I took a video of some ducks that I've been told are
"mallard alternate coloration". They are black with white at the base of
the neck in front. I was wondering of anyone can confirm they are
mallards and what it means. Are there male and female with that color
pattern?


Thanks,

Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>
 

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Date: 7/14/16 6:45 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] The new CAT ferry between Portland ME and Yarmouth NS
Aside from a private sailing, I don't think there will be anything like the
old Blue Nose any time soon, if at all.

You could stand on the bow of the Blue Nose and watch down in the water as
alcids skittered then dove as they moved away from the boat.

After a while, they closed off the bow but you could still stand up front
but behind the anchor chains.

On one crossing, the Captain was a birder who invited me onto the bridge to
bird from there. As he was doing the pre-sail security check, he saw me
with my binoculars around my neck and chatted it up. We exchanged bird id's
as we went along.

The ship moved relatively slowly so you could study birds as they created
distance.

I took the CAT once. That was it. Watching from the stern or through the
forward cabin windows just wasn't the same.

I'll be interested in hearing how the new boat is. I sure would like to try
it out for myself this year.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore
New York
(Maine, next week)



On Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 9:07 PM, Paul Roberts <phawk254...> wrote:

> I took the CAT many times from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth and back. Initially,
> I hated it because it replaced the Blue Nose, which was much more suited to
> great bird and whale watching, and just a much nicer day at sea. I still
> took the CAT every two or three years and found that you could sea watch
> fairly well on the outside rear of the ship, though you were going away
> from most of what you saw and moving much more quickly. My understanding is
> that on the Portsmouth cruise Canada-bound has been at night, and the
> return trip is during the day, so you should check on that. The Bar
> Harbor-Yarmouth runs were almost entirely in daylight.
>
> Best,
>
> Paul
>
>
> Paul M. Roberts
> Medford, MA
> <phawk254...>
>
>
>
>
>
>



--
Richard Guthrie

 

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Date: 7/14/16 6:13 pm
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] The new CAT ferry between Portland ME and Yarmouth NS
I took the CAT many times from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth and back. Initially, I
hated it because it replaced the Blue Nose, which was much more suited to
great bird and whale watching, and just a much nicer day at sea. I still
took the CAT every two or three years and found that you could sea watch
fairly well on the outside rear of the ship, though you were going away from
most of what you saw and moving much more quickly. My understanding is that
on the Portsmouth cruise Canada-bound has been at night, and the return trip
is during the day, so you should check on that. The Bar Harbor-Yarmouth runs
were almost entirely in daylight.

Best,

Paul


Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA
<phawk254...>






 

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Date: 7/14/16 4:59 pm
From: Thomas Robben <robben99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] The new CAT ferry between Portland ME and Yarmouth NS
Has anybody tried the NEW high-speed CAT ferry between Portland ME and
Yarmouth NS?
It just started one month ago, on June 15th.

Can you view and photograph birds from it?
Are there open areas, or are all areas enclosed behind glass windows?
Is there too much vibration?
Etc.

Thanks,
Tom
robben99 AT gmail DOT com

 

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Date: 7/14/16 7:15 am
From: akikwe . <akikoue63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Ravens, Plymouth
Last July, I found a family group of Common Ravens at Forges Fields in
Plymouth. I believe they nest nearby because I had a group of 6 ravens
there again this morning. ( I may of heard a 7th bird, in the distance).
Video and photos can be seen on my Flickr account,
flickr.com/photos/gizzybird/. Like last year, it appears they leave the
area early. They had left by 6:20am.

Kathryn Doyon
Plymouth, MA
<gizzybird...>

 

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Date: 7/14/16 7:00 am
From: Trimble, Jeremiah <jtrimble...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks - Sandwich - 12 July
MASSBIRDers,


I received a late report of a flock of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks that touched down at a pond (still need to confirm which) in Sandwich, on Cape Cod. The sighting was made on Tuesday, 12 July and appears to have included as many as 10 individuals! Unfortunately, there have been no subsequent sightings despite the original observer's continuing efforts to re-sight them. In the last week or so there have been a number of flocks of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks in the northeast including various sightings in New Jersey and New York (and even Ontario). Hopefully, the Cape Cod flock or other flocks will be floating around the state in the coming days and weeks. Keep your eyes peeled!


Good birding,

Jeremiah Trimble

Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 7/14/16 4:52 am
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Peregrine fledglings: mock combat - Photos!
Stopped by the Clock Tower in Lawrence last night just after 5:30 pm. Terrific late day light with clear skies,
winds blowing around 15 MPH with gusts over 20 MPH, and temperature about 90 degrees.

Observed one of the peregrine fledglings in aerial flight with large loops and infrequent diving stoops. Quite
an exciting show from the young fledgling. To my surprise, another fledgling joined the fun and the real show
got underway!

For over 20 minutes, they proceeded to engage in an amazing demonstration of playful mock combat. Here is
an explanation of mock combat from Cornell's Birds of North America:



Play occurs mainly in young. Immatures will pursue adults, siblings, prey , and attack inanimate objects.

Playful pursuit of siblings begins 2–3 d after first flight, mock combat between siblings begins 4–5 d after.




Mock combat progresses from flying parallel and occasionally rolling to extend feet toward siblings, to making

short darting dives and grappling in the air, to using air currents to make vertical stoops. Latter develops within

3 wk of flying. Play in falcons may be an expression of joie de vivre or it may simply represent the maturation of

neuro-muscular coordination and central control mechanisms involved in agonistic behavior and pursuit and

capture of prey.




For those with an interest, 11 mock combat flight photos posted:




http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/163672672

Click "next" in upper right to advance frames




Enjoy,

Craig Gibson

Winchester, MA

cbgibson AT comcast.net

 

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Date: 7/14/16 4:22 am
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Banded Merlin Tracking
i am trying to learn more about a female Merlin that was banded. Right leg,
silver band. at this point it's all that can be seen. I did some searching
online but couldn't find really anything about bands on Merlins. Does a
silver represent a country that did the banding ect? anyone i can contact?
this is in regards to the pair that has successfully bred (4 fledged) in
Worcester county (1st confirmed). thank you

Justin Lawson
Worcester


--
Justin Lawson
Worcester, Ma

 

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Date: 7/14/16 3:41 am
From: Marj. Rines <marj...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Banded ring billed gull
Best place to start is here:
https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/


On 7/13/2016 7:49 PM, caroline haines wrote:
> Today I spotted a ring billed gull with a silver metal band on each leg. I did a Google search, but haven't been able to figure out where to report this sighting-anyone have any idea?
> Caroline Haines
> <Songbirder...>
> Gloucester
>
> Sent from my iPhone-please excuse brevity and/or typos.

--
Marj. Rines
Woburn, MA
 

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Date: 7/13/16 6:44 pm
From: <stuarttwalker...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] More objectionable HOSP behavior
A couple of days in a row I have watched as a hardworking Downy WP has been dogged by one or two House Sparrows, which mob the poor Downy as soon as it finds something. They really are the soccer hooligans of the bird world.

Stuart Walker
Jamaica Plain
<stuarttwalker...>
 

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Date: 7/13/16 6:01 pm
From: caroline haines <chaines49...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Banded ring billed gull
Today I spotted a ring billed gull with a silver metal band on each leg. I did a Google search, but haven't been able to figure out where to report this sighting-anyone have any idea?
Caroline Haines
<Songbirder...>
Gloucester

Sent from my iPhone-please excuse brevity and/or typos.
 

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Date: 7/13/16 2:31 pm
From: Blair Nikula <odenews...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Chatham pelagics this weekend (7/16 & 7/17)
We've scheduled a couple more Chatham pelagic trips for this weekend:
one Saturday morning (7i/16) and one Sunday morning (7/17). Both will
leave the Chatham Fish Pier at 7:00 a.m., and return about 11:00 a.m,
with a cost of $100/person. Let me know a.s.a.p., if interested in
either trip.

Blair Nikula

--

2 Gilbert Lane
Harwich Port, MA 02646
http://www.odenews.org/
http://www.capecodbirds.org/

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus - Mark Twain

 

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Date: 7/13/16 7:42 am
From: Greg Dysart <gsdysart...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Four Louisiana Waterthrush
Willard Brook State Forest, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US

Louisiana Waterthrush 4 Family observed foraging along brook just
downstream from Damon Pond

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30668056


Greg Dysart
http://dysart.zenfolio.com/
 

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Date: 7/12/16 7:49 pm
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Seven Seas Whale Watch Gloucester 7/12
Susan Hedman and I headed to sea to beat the heat today on the Seven Sea
Whale Watch. John and Mary Nelson and their 2 out of town visitors
were also on the boat. It was a great day to be on the water - weather
was perfect, seas were calm, and we enjoyed some great birds along with
2 Humpback Whales. Birds seen (in random order):

Great Blue Heron 2
Cory's Shearwater 60
Sooty Shearwater 30
Great Shearwater 15
Northern Gannet 1
Common Tern 10
Wilson's Storm Petrel 20
Leach's Storm Petrel 1
White-winged Scoter 3 (in the Harbor)

Good numbers of gulls were also 'out there' but we spent most of our
time focusing on the shearwaters and storm petrels.

Also in the Harbor, a few Barn Swallow and an unexpected Yellow-crowned
Night Heron! Thanks Jay!

With the summer weather (finally!) heating up, I encourage all birders
to get out on the water and see some of the great birds out there!

Cheers,
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: 7/12/16 7:22 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club trip to Highland Plantation, ME 7/7-10/16
5 BBCers spent four days in Maine staying at the Claybrook Mountain Lodge in Highland Plantation, Maine. We met in Amesbury to leave a vehicle and then proceeded to Kennebunk Plains where we had at least 4 Upland Sandpipers, Prairie Warbler, 5 Field, 1 Grasshopper, 9 Vesper (never out of earshot) Sparrows, and 7 Eastern Meadowlarks. Then onto Messalonskee Lake (Belgrade) for 6-8 Black Terns, Pied-billed Grebe and a Common Loon family. Also at Belgrade were 12 Purple Martins. After meeting our last participant at the lodge we went to Gilman Pond Road in New Portland where there were 26 turkeys (23 young), two Bald Eagles, one "ugly" and one adult, a Peregrine Falcon, after a patient wait 3 Wilson's Snipe, 2 Rough-winged Swallow (probably nesting and first for these trips). After a wonderful dinner we went out to Lexington Township (Back Road) to try for Whip-poor-will, but only had a wonderful chorus of Hermit Thrushes and Veerys with a Wood Thrush thrown in. We settled!
for a couple of woodcock and one fly over Common Nighthawk.

The next day was off to Pierce Pond and Carrying Place Townships and the marsh at Pond Stream and Black Brook Flowage WMA (bog/marsh). At the stream marsh we had our first two of 10! Olive-sided Flycatchers, Yellow-bellied and Alder Flycatchers, 6 ravens, 11 warblers including singing Northern Waterthrush w/young, 2 Palm and 2 Wilson's. At Black Brook Flowage we hit the mother load. This short walk through a spruce bog yielded only my second life time encounter with a male SPRUCE GROUSE, also a female which sat on the trail for the longest time for images to be taken, the first of two Northern Harriers for the trip, 2 more Olive-sided (these ones seen), 2 Yellow-bellied (also seen) Flycatchers, 2 Boreal Chickadees (alas, not seen), 13 Red-breasted Nuthatches (family group of 7-9), serenade of Swainson's and Hermit Thrushes w/Winter Wren thrown in, almost stepping on an Ovenbird young with adult doing broken wing act, a seemingly out of place Pine Warbler, BAY-BREASTED War!
bler, plus other warblers including Parula, Nashville, Yellow-rumped, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Black-throated Green, two more Palms, and a pair of Canada Warblers which went ballistic with our presence. Back at the lodge a walk up the road encountered our only Barred Owls for the trip by the lucky two of us which walked (I was not one). Bluebirds and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were welcome and a resident sapsucker kept drumming on the metal mail box for the duration of the trip.

The next day we altered our plans for Stewart Mountain since the trust which owns it blocked the roads via gates for the first time. Instead our guide, Greg Drummond, took us into deep into Pierce Pond Township where we encountered perhaps the largest MOOSE I have ever seen, certainly with the largest head dress I have seen. Another Northern Harrier, Broad-winged Hawks, 6 more Olive-sided, one Yellow-bellied, and 3 Alder Flycatchers, 12 warbler species including 31 yellowthroats, American Redstart, 9 Chestnut-sided, another Pine, and 2 MOURNING warblers, 28 White-throated Sparrows, and an Indigo Bunting. Coyote calling during the day was quite stirring.

The final day was rainy and we stayed close to home base. Still another Alder Flycatcher and a good view of a singing male Blackburnian made the morning. On the trip back we saw 4 SANDHILL CRANES in Smithfield thanks to Greg and Pat Drummond's tip to look at those fields.

We never saw the sun all weekend and the temps never dropped below 55 and never topped 64. A fun time was had by all and the food was worth the trip alone. We ended the trip with at least 105 species including 20 warblers. A little disappointing was the lack of "winter" finches, northern woodpeckers, Gray Jay, Ruby-crowned kinglet, and Rusty Blackbird. Total numbers of species seemed down and no ducks to speak of.

Don't miss this trip when offered next. It will be worth your while.

Glenn

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


 

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Date: 7/12/16 6:24 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] low on ink?
I will confer with Dr. Owen Nichols...He will answer these questions and I
will respond to the group.
PT

-----Original Message-----
From: Glenn d'Entremont
Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 9:03 PM
To: Peter Trull
Cc: MASSBIRD, massbird
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] low on ink?

Any one know if how this effects the birds? Just washes off? What if
ingested? Sorry to be so ignorant on the subject, but I thought I would
have encountered this already.

Glenn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Trull" <petrull...>
To: <massbird...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 7:23:58 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] low on ink?

massbirders,
It’s squid ink. Common Terns have been bringing in good numbers of squid (
see photo caption) for their older chicks at Bird Is. this season.
Many commons are stained black.
Peter Trull
Brewster,
<petrull...>

 

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Date: 7/12/16 6:11 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] low on ink?
Any one know if how this effects the birds? Just washes off? What if ingested? Sorry to be so ignorant on the subject, but I thought I would have encountered this already.

Glenn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Trull" <petrull...>
To: <massbird...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 7:23:58 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] low on ink?

massbirders,
It’s squid ink. Common Terns have been bringing in good numbers of squid ( see photo caption) for their older chicks at Bird Is. this season.
Many commons are stained black.
Peter Trull
Brewster,
<petrull...>

 

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Date: 7/12/16 4:30 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] low on ink?
massbirders,
It’s squid ink. Common Terns have been bringing in good numbers of squid ( see photo caption) for their older chicks at Bird Is. this season.
Many commons are stained black.
Peter Trull
Brewster,
<petrull...>

 

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Date: 7/12/16 1:58 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] plumage
massbirders,.
Here’s an image of a Common Tern with plumage not generally observed. On Bird Island, Marion today with Ian Nisbet and Carolyn Mostello.
I was photographing parents feeding chicks of a different Taxonomic Order than last week.

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

Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 7/12/16 9:31 am
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Indigo bunting, broken wing decoy
sometimes birds do surprise us - I've seen Savannah Sparrows do the broken wing act.
Fun!
Linda

----- Original Message -----

> I've seen the broken wing decoy from many species of birds, but this is a
> first for an indigo bunting. He was in his best dress blues in the old dump
> of the MDC (DCR) in the Blue Hills Reservation off Unquity Road. There are
> two pairs of buntings nesting there this year. This guy was at the bottom of
> the hill where a walking/biking trail borders the capped landfill. He
> managed to drag his wing through the dust and gravel for quite a ways before
> skulking off into the underbrush.The female was also loudly warning me, so
> the nest was undoubtedly close by.

> The other pair is at the SW corner of the old dump in an open weedy/grassy
> area near the southwestern border where it becomes woods.

> Also,
> Scarlet tanager, 3
> Rose breasted grosbeak, 2
> Red eyed vireo,2
> Hairy woodpecker, 2
> Downy woodpecker, 2
> Pileated woodpecker, 1 (juvenile, smallish)
> Pine warbler, 4
> Yellow shafted flicker, 2
> White breasted nuthatch, family of 4

> Upland plover, 2 (Chickatawbut Reservoir grasslands)
> Tree swallow, x,, reservoir
> Rough-winged swallow, 2 (Hillside Pond)

> Robert Mussey
> Milton, MA

 

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Date: 7/12/16 8:43 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cory's Shearwater - A Quick Look
Hi Massbirders -

This past weekend, several birders reported an influx of Cory's Shearwater
along various coastal observation points in Massachusetts and New
Hampshire. I did a quick look at eBrid data and came up with this:

6/26 - Chatham Pelagic (Nikula) - 300
7/03 - Chatham Pelagic (Run by Flood, Arena's estimate) - 350
7/07 - Chatham Pelagic (Trull) - 55
7/08 - White Crest Beach, Wellfleet (Broker et al) - 5000 estimated
7/09 - Race Point Proper (Arena) -3160
7/09 - Andrew Point (Heil) - 362
7/10 - PRNWR Lot 1 (Heil/Wetmore) - 700
7/10 - Little Boars Head, N. Hampton, NH (Mirick) - 1172

Not looking at year over year trends but just this year, this marked
increase in inshore Cory's Shearwater sightings is pretty amazing.

Thanks for reading

Steve
-------------------------------------------------
Westborough, Massachusetts
<pokedaddy151...>
Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/

 

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Date: 7/12/16 7:51 am
From: Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Indigo bunting, broken wing decoy
I've seen the broken wing decoy from many species of birds, but this is a
first for an indigo bunting. He was in his best dress blues in the old dump
of the MDC (DCR) in the Blue Hills Reservation off Unquity Road. There are
two pairs of buntings nesting there this year. This guy was at the bottom
of the hill where a walking/biking trail borders the capped landfill. He
managed to drag his wing through the dust and gravel for quite a ways
before skulking off into the underbrush.The female was also loudly warning
me, so the nest was undoubtedly close by.

The other pair is at the SW corner of the old dump in an open weedy/grassy
area near the southwestern border where it becomes woods.

Also,
Scarlet tanager, 3
Rose breasted grosbeak, 2
Red eyed vireo,2
Hairy woodpecker, 2
Downy woodpecker, 2
Pileated woodpecker, 1 (juvenile, smallish)
Pine warbler, 4
Yellow shafted flicker, 2
White breasted nuthatch, family of 4

Upland plover, 2 (Chickatawbut Reservoir grasslands)
Tree swallow, x,, reservoir
Rough-winged swallow, 2 (Hillside Pond)



Robert Mussey
Milton, MA

 

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Date: 7/12/16 6:40 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/11/16, Fisk Pond and vicinity Natick, Photos and Video
I was at Fisk Pond in Natick on 7/11/16.
I posted some photos and videos at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
(Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1 )

Of particular interest is the video of a great blue heron fishing. The
fish got away but it was a spectacular struggle. The fish made a bigger
splash thrashing than the heron made going after it. It happened quickly
so if you watch the video, wait for the slow motion replay and don't
watch the heron or you'll miss the action, look for the fish below the
heron. I also posted some still pictures taken from frames of the video.

Another video shows a cormorant flapping its wings on top of the water
like a sparrow in a puddle. Cormorants do this when they are done
looking for food in the water and are getting ready to get out of the
water and dry their wings.

I also posted a video of miscellaneous behaviors of a great blue heron.
The video shows the heron fluttering its throat to keep cool. It's a
subtle movement so it might help to view the video in full screen mode
to see it. The heron is also shown either licking its bill or biting
its tongue. A quick search on google didn't turn up an explanation for
this - does anyone know what it is? The video also shows the heron with
its head tilted up so the camera sees the heron at the same angle as if
the camera were pointing up from below the heron and you can see that
the heron has binocular vision when looking downward - when looking for
prey or when flying.

Another video shows two groups of wood duck ducklings in the pond on the
northwest corner of Rt. 135 and Speen Street. One duckling from the
first group, who are older than the other group, seems to try to "bully"
some younger ducklings until the mother of the younger ducklings intervenes.


Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 7/11/16 12:24 pm
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Race Point Sea Watch - 7/9/16 - Photos of Bridled Tern
Hi Massbirders -

This past Saturday I birded Race Point proper (by the light house) starting
at 0425. My day ended 14 hours later. Here is a listing of select species
seen during the time.

Red-throated Loon - 1
Cory's Shearwater - 3160 - exact clicker count heading east to west from
0640 to 0810
Great Shearwater - 175 - estimate heading east to west from 0640 to 0810
Sooty Shearwater - 1366 - exact clicker count heading east to west from
0640 to 0810
Manx Shearwater - 11 - all heading east throughout the day
Shearwater species - 700 - heading east to west from 0640 to 0810
Wilson's Storm-Petrel - 1250 - heading east to west from 0640 to 0810
Northern Gannet - 16 - all subadult, heading east.
Parasitic Jaeger - 4 all seemingly 2nd summer
https://flic.kr/p/JWXvDq

Black-legged Kittiwake - 15 including a freshly dead first summer bird
https://flic.kr/p/J4xAD7

Bonaparte's Gull - 150 - all sub adult. The Bonaparte's show is amazing.
There are so many different birds in so many different plumages.
Little Gull - 2 - both first cycle birds. One real ratty and one starting
to get new primaries showing dark under surface.
https://flic.kr/p/JWXvxd

Lesser Black-backed Gull - 3
*BRIDLED TERN *- 1 - seemingly first summer. After spending the majority
of the day scoping the sea, I decided to practice photographing strongly
back lit birds that were flying at a distance, just in case something rare
needed to be photographed (you can't make this up). The Cory's Shearwater
were making their way past the Race heading back out to sea so I fiddled
with my camera settings until I was satisfied I knew what they needed to
be. At 1650 (4:50 pm), I picked up this bird in my binos that was flying
high (100' over the ocean surface). My first impression was Long-tailed
Jaeger. Moments later, I realized it was a "tropical" tern. I was able to
get of a series of 39 shots (with my new back light settings) before the
bird drifted off to the north. In reviewing the photos and comparing them
to the description of Terns of Europe and North America (which I need to
carry), I thought it may be a Bridled but was unsure. I have seen only one
Bridled and one Sooty in my life and this bird, distant, heavy wing molt,
not adult - posed an ID challenge to me. I reached out to Blair Nikula,
Rick Heil, Peter Flood, Kate Sutherland, and Marshall Iliff for input.
They all came back with Bridled. Once again, thanks to those folks for
helping me out.
https://flic.kr/p/JWq9V3
https://flic.kr/p/JWq9WL
https://flic.kr/p/JWq9Ss
https://flic.kr/p/JQdt3b
https://flic.kr/p/JWq9XC - collage

Arctic Tern - 2 (Peter Flood had 5!!!!)
Royal Tern - 3

My eBird checklist is here including some photos:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30631626

Thanks for reading,

Steve
-------------------------------------------------
Westborough, Massachusetts
<pokedaddy151...>
Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/

 

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Date: 7/10/16 4:00 pm
From: Home <michael.emmons...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plymouth Whalewatch 7/9
On Saturday, twelve hardy birders from the South Shore Bird Club braved gray skies and choppy seas for the the club's annual Bird and Seabird watch on the Captain John boat out of Plymouth. Despite the conditions, the trip out was worth the wait once we reached Stellwagon bank.

With all the activity, it is always challenging (at least for me), to keep some type of tally on the number and species of birds.

We did however get good looks at all four species of shearwater as individuals flew along side the boat at various times.

Here is the best I could come up with for numbers.

Cory's Shearwater 103
Great Shearwater 129
Sooty Shearwater 177
Manx Shearwater 5
Shearwater Sp. 100-200
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 171
Northern Gannet 1
Great Blue Heron 3
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Piping Plover 1
Willet 1
Laughing Gull 10
Herring Gull X
Great Black-backed Gull X
Least Tern 5
Common Tern 25
Black Skimmer 2
Rock Pigeon 10
Eastern Kingbird 1
Tree Swallow X
Barn Swallow X
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 5

Mike Emmons

 

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Date: 7/10/16 11:26 am
From: Dave <dadrien...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Color-banded Roseate Terns
www.reportband.gov

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 10, 2016, at 11:57 AM, Daniel Kraushaar <dankraushaar...> wrote:
>
> Hi Massbirders,
>
> I took notes of a good number of color-banded Roseate Terns on Salisbury Beach today. I assume the Fish and WIldlife Service does banding of Roseates in MA and Connecticut. Does anybody know who to contact or where to submit re-sightings of banded Roseates? Thanks a bunch.
>
> Daniel Kraushaar
> Salisbury
>


 

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Date: 7/10/16 10:14 am
From: Daniel Kraushaar <dankraushaar...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Color-banded Roseate Terns
Hi Massbirders,

I took notes of a good number of color-banded Roseate Terns on Salisbury
Beach today. I assume the Fish and WIldlife Service does banding of
Roseates in MA and Connecticut. Does anybody know who to contact or where
to submit re-sightings of banded Roseates? Thanks a bunch.

Daniel Kraushaar
Salisbury

 

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Date: 7/10/16 9:36 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Good, bad and gly
massbirders,
I recently posted 7 images......I made sooooooooo many more than that over the 2 weeks of photographing. So, yes a few repeats here, not really edited, but have some fun, most are not labeled, YOU figure it out. I have too many.

www.flickr.com/photos/26676688@N03/sets/72157670877644545

Peter Trull
Brewster,
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 7/10/16 8:36 am
From: M BH <mimibixh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] OMG Male Scarlet Tanager
Birders:

I had a heart-palpitating moment at approximately 10:45 am: As I
pulled into my driveway, I caught a splash of vibrant red in front of
me. There is a Cardinal's nest two feet away from where I park my car
so I thought it was the nesting male Cardinal, although instinctively
I knew it wasn't; the red was too vibrant and the bird had no crest.
To my astonishment, it was a gorgeous male Scarlet Tanager on my berry
bush!! Alas, I didn't have any camera equipment on me so my only
verification of proof of life is the eye-witness of my bird-loving
husband, who is as thrilled as I am.

Now if only I can let reason influence my behavior and not camp out on
my deck in futile hope of seeing it again, lol.

What a thrill!

Mimi Bix-Hylan
Burlington, MA
 

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Date: 7/10/16 7:27 am
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Newburyport, 7/9/16
Adult bird by water's edge nearest ball field at pond behind Perkins Playground (Beacon Ave), early afternoon.
Also 15 Black-crowned NH (6 ad, 9 im) scattered around pond in water and low dead tree toward back. You have to go (quietly) into the woods north of pond to see the birds here.

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>

 

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Date: 7/10/16 7:25 am
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 1st ever Confirmed Merlin Nesting in Worcester County
Lucy Allen posted in our Central Mass Birders Facebook page (url at bottom)
requesting an ID that she knew was off. She subsequently went back and was
able to find a male and female Merlin. Immediately nesting came to the
minds of many birders. Amy Johnson and I went to Glen Valley Cemetery in
Barre last night to try and get documentation of what we hoped would be the
first confirmed nesting. We immediately heard 2 birds calling and
photographed an adult male and a female. We watched the male "mount" the
female 1x. We recorded audio and thought we had taken enough photos. We
were about to leave and I noticed a bird "hop" from 1 limb to another.
Knowing the location at the time of 2 Merlins I thought to myself that it's
weird that a bird would be hanging around their with 2 bird eating machines
hanging in the same area. So we stayed....2 hours late we are happy to
report that we documented 6 total Merlins! Video, audio, and photos were
taken. Lucy Allen went back this morning and it looks like she has found
the actual nest. Truly remarkable. I have added my eBird link with some
photos and audio. My flickr has a video. Lucy also sent me a photo and it
appears the female has a silver band on her right foot.

eBird report
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30619992

Central Mass Birders.
www.facebook.com/groups/centralmassbirders/


Justin Lawson
Worcester, Ma
My Wildlife Photos/Videos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/justinlawson/
justindlawson AT gmail.com

 

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Date: 7/9/16 7:56 pm
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Need help identifying a bird(?) call...
Hi,

I recorded this call on 7/7/16 at Cushing Memorial Park in Framingham.
I was wondering if anyone can tell me if it was made by a bird and if so
what kind of bird made it?

https://youtu.be/OPuY-Hpu1DY


Thanks

Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>


 

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Date: 7/9/16 6:19 pm
From: <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mislabeled image
Massbirders, on my 7 images post, the dragonfly labeled Whitetail should be a Prince Baskettail. I'll get in and change it ASAP. Thanks to Blair and Dyl P. For pointing out my mix up.
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

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Date: 7/9/16 5:41 pm
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/9/16 - BRIDLED TERN Race Point
Hi Massbirders -

At the end of a long, bird-filled day birding Race Point, I observed and
subsequently photographed a "Tropical Tern" leaving Cape Cod Bay heading
NNE. I was at Race Point proper at the time.

A larger tern, all dark dorsally, white forehead, long wings in heavy wing
molt. It reminded me of a LT Jaeger in flight style. I took many photos of
the distant tern but could not place it as Bridled or Sooty. I carry Terns
of Europe and North America with me but this particular plumage I could not
glean from the literature.

I reached out to Peter Flood, Kate Sutherland, Blair Nikula, and Rick Heil
with camera back photos. All responded with Bridled Tern - a young/1st
summer bird.

Thanks to them all for helping me with this identification. I will post
photos etc later.

Respectfully
Steve


--
Steve Arena
Westboro, MA
Sent from Gmail Mobile

 

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Date: 7/9/16 5:24 pm
From: Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westport 7/9
We spent today (7/9)birding WESTPORT including Acoaxet; Allens Pond
MAS and a number of WestportConservation properties including several
in northern Westport.We This includedwhere the Acadian Flycatcher had
been reported. We dipped on that: but it wasquite overcast and
birdsong was off. Highlights included:

Double-crestedCormorant (138)

Great BlueHeron (1)

Great Egret(33)

Snowy Egret (2)

Black-crownedNight Heron (1)

Glossy Ibis (4)

Mute Swan (6+ 2pairs each with 4yg)

Common Eider(71)

Osprey (84:including young birds in minimally 35active nests)

Cooper’s Hawk(1)

Piping Plover(2)

Killdeer (7)

GreaterYellowlegs (1)

Willet (21)

Least Sandpiper(5)

Common Tern (24)

Least Tern (15)

E Wood Peewee(4)

Great CrestedFlycatcher (4)

White-eyedVireo (4)

Red-eyed Vireo(9)

Carolina Wren(6)

Marsh Wren (2)

E Bluebird (11)

Veery (29)

Wood Thrush (5)

Scarlet Tanager(4)

SaltmarshSparrow (12)

Bobolink (5)

PLUS: not manybutterflies or dragonflies out because of the overcast
conditions, but Sheila did photo a Coral Hairstreak and anumber of Big
Bluets.

MarkLynch/Sheila Carroll

<Moa.lynch...>
 

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Date: 7/9/16 1:49 pm
From: warbler <warbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Newfoundland Brown Booby
Birders,

Here’s a photo taken from a fishing boat off Newfoundland on July 6.
http://imgur.com/a/WV3hM <http://imgur.com/a/WV3hM>

Sylvia Martin, Brighton
<warbler...>
 

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Date: 7/9/16 9:08 am
From: Tom Kavanaugh <tkav444...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Help, I cannot get any birds to come to my feeder and I don't know why
See link.

https://picasaweb.google.com/115888045444320839319/6305321997454615601#6305322010317749570


Good Birding,

Tom Kavanaugh
Haverhill, MA

 

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Date: 7/9/16 4:04 am
From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Vole problem...I need raptors!
So...one of the issues of maintaining a diverse and plentiful food supply
for birds, aside from cost and time, is the inevitable abundance of rodents
who eat whatever the birds drop...I'm not yet to the point where I go to
sunflower chips and other no waste feeds. I am, however, wondering two
things...1. Why aren't there more hawks or owls frequenting my yard? I
average 7 squirrels and 5 chipmunks plus tons of voles and shrews! And 2.
How can I attract or make my yard more raptor friendly? I need more hawks
and owls to do their job!

If you've got any ideas for attracting natural predators (plenty of food
already), please email off list.

Thanks,
Paul

 

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Date: 7/8/16 7:54 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Thursday, 7/7 Chatham Pelagic
Massbirders,
Apologies for the late post, full day afield today.
I went offshore with 6 enthusiastic participants on a 4 hr. pelagic trip organized by Blair N. out of Chatham on Thursday. Seas were glassy calm most of the day with variable winds. The Atlantic Ocean air conditioning was refreshing on a day when the crowded roads of Cape Cod were sweltering under 85+ degree temps. Birds were very spread out as we eluded light fog as best we could. Capt. Kenny Eldredge had the matter well in hand as we headed southeast out of the Chatham cut to the waters six miles east of Monomoy NWR. we turned north and ran four to six miles, following the three mile line to an area off Nauset and back SW through the new cut north of the fish pier after four hours and a pile of Humpback Whales (16). Shearwaters were scattered and most, Cory’s, were seen in two rafting flocks of 12 – 16 birds. We worked hard to find large tubenoses in the hazy fog tho’ we had hundreds of Wilson’s Storm Petrels visible throughout the trip, while other pelagic species were widely scattered. Excellent photographic opportunities were provided of 3 species of Shearwaters and petrels during two chum sessions, and participants were happy with several life birds recorded. The open sea is a wild, mysterious and unpredictable world. Searching diligently for birds and having a pair of 55 ton Humpback Whales surface and blow a few meters from the vessel is a shock! a very memorable shock. Every day off-shore is a good day.
our list is below.
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

East of Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Jul 7, 2016 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
16.0 mile(s)
13 species (+1 other taxa)

Common Loon 26 2 large flocks swimming on the water
Cory's Shearwater 55
Great Shearwater 15
Sooty Shearwater 12
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 1150 Observed over the entire trip. Counted by 10s or singly. Hundreds around the boat while chumming.
Northern Gannet 2
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Osprey 1
jaeger sp. 1
Laughing Gull 6
Herring Gull 300
Great Black-backed Gull 900 Along beaches, mostly sub adults
Common Tern (hirundo) 6
Barn Swallow 12

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30591211

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

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Date: 7/8/16 7:07 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7 images
massbirders, perhaps this time the Great-crested flycatcher series will come through.

https://www.flickr.com/gp/26676688@N03/1YX6Mv

Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 7/8/16 6:29 pm
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/7/16, Foss Reservoir, Bald Eagle Eaglets, Farm Pond and vicinity - Framingham, Photos and Videos
I was at Foss Reservoir and Farm Pond and nearby areas on 7/7/16.
Photos and video are at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
(Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1 )

At Foss Reservoir I saw the bald eagle eaglets. One was in the nest and
another was perched at the other end of the island. After a while the
eaglet in the nest flew over to join its sibling.

At farm pond there was an osprey catching fish.

I also saw two spotted sand pipers on the Sudbury river near reservoir
#1 on Winter Street.

Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>
 

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Date: 7/8/16 10:40 am
From: Zack Weber <zackweber...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Successful inaugural BBC breeding bird conservation trip
The BBC's inaugural breeding bird conservation trip was held last night at
Pine Hill Road area in Lancaster, MA. The trip was very successful and all
participants managed to both hear and see all three endangered breeding
bird target species: Grasshopper Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, and Eastern
Whip-poor-will. These sightings are officially submitted to the MA Natural
Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP). If accepted by NHESP,
these sightings support legal protection for MA endangered species under
state conservation laws. Hopefully the BBC will become a regular
contributor to this state conservation effort, enabled in part by our
ongoing update to our record keeping systems and procedures.



The next outing in the BBC’s breeding bird conservation trip series is 6AM
tomorrow morning at Concord’s Great Meadows NWR:
http://www.brooklinebirdclub.org/events/great-meadows-nwr-concord-3/. With
some luck, we hope to come across a state-listed bittern species in
addition to searching for other marsh-breeding specialists. All are
welcome.



Additional NHESP details: Any citizen can potentially submit sightings of
endangered species or natural habitats to the NHESP. To learn more about
this program, including links to online and mobile app report submission
options, see
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/natural-heritage/species-information-and-conservation/report-rare-species/vprs-information-system.html
. For a list of MA-listed bird species and observation criteria, see
http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dfg/nhesp/species-and-conservation/avian-record-acceptance-requirements.pdf.
Many bird watchers are also interested in other groups of organisms
besides birds such as dragonflies, butterflies, mammals, and wild flowers
or at least encounter some of these during bird outings, so here is the
complete list of state endangered species:
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/natural-heritage/species-information-and-conservation/mesa-list/list-of-rare-species-in-massachusetts.html.




Additional trip details/highlights:

- Vesper Sparrow – several individuals, many singing. At least one
young bird based on plumage differences compared to singing adults (and
lack of song).
- Grasshopper Sparrow – Single bird teed up and singing for several
minutes
- Eastern Whip-poor-will – many birds heard, two seen at close range
before darkness fell completely. Amazing camouflage; two were
simultaneously with 15 feet or so of us, but we didn’t see either until
they eventually flew despite concerted searching.
- American Kestrel – minimum of 5 birds (all five visible at once),
seemingly a family. The apparent mother and father sat next to each
other at the top of a pine while the three apparent young ones chased each
other from perch to perch.


Zack Weber
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 7/8/16 10:37 am
From: Don Crockett <doncrockett63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Massbird turns twenty!
Congratulations!

Although I haven't been subscribed for years, a lot of great experiences I
had while birding in Boston were triggered by a post to MASSBIRD, and a lot
of great friendships were formed in those shared experiences.

Barbara, You are an unsung hero for all your efforts that for the most-part
go unseen! THANK YOU!!!

Don

--
Don Crockett
Great Blue Media Works, Owner - http://greatblue.com
Project SNOWstorm, Google Maps Wrangler - http://projectsnowstorm.org
New Britain, CT
doncrockett63 (at) gmail.com

 

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Date: 7/8/16 7:17 am
From: David Sibley <sibleyguides...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] A white Great Blue Heron in Bolton
Hi MassBirders,

For those who are interested in odd plumages, there is a mostly white
(dilute plumage or partial albino) Great Blue Heron in a nest in Bolton,
MA. I was alerted to it by David Ammerman, and went to see it yesterday.
You can see some photos on my blog here:

http://www.sibleyguides.com/2016/07/white-great-blue-heron-massachusetts/

It is in one of three active nests in a beaver pond at the south end of
Vaughn Hills Conservation area in Bolton - pdf trail map here:
http://www.boltonconservationtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Vaughn-Hils.pdf

I parked at the trail entrance on Green Street, which has room for only a
few cars, and found the best viewing from the west side of the pond. When I
saw the bird yesterday it was exercising its wings a lot and looked like it
might leave the nest within days, after that it will probably hang around
in the beaver pond for many days (but harder to see).

Good birding,
David
<sibleyguides...>
www.sibleyguides.com

 

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Date: 7/8/16 6:51 am
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Franklins' Gull at Plum Island

<div id="AOLMsgPart_2_e70ead7f-1737-4eed-a527-ff5931b02e65">At 9:30 I re-found the Franklin's Gull on a sand bar in the mouth of the Merrimack River. It was first spotted by Brian Harris early this morning at Plum Island Lot One. Great find Brian!</div><div id="AOLMsgPart_2_e70ead7f-1737-4eed-a527-ff5931b02e65">
</div><div id="AOLMsgPart_2_e70ead7f-1737-4eed-a527-ff5931b02e65">Mike Resch</div><div id="AOLMsgPart_2_e70ead7f-1737-4eed-a527-ff5931b02e65">Pepperell, MA

Sent from AOL Mobile Mail
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Date: 7/8/16 6:48 am
From: Childs, Jackson <jchilds...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Leominster State Forest, 7/4/2016; Tanager video
Hi,

I visited Leominster State Forest on Monday. I was able to get some video of a singing Scarlet Tanager:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYK_0mtiowI

I was surprised by the large number of Black-throated Blue warblers there, as in most places the only conifers (that I noticed) are pines. This habitat seems unusual for that species.

Best,
Jackson Childs
<jchilds...><mailto:<jchilds...>
Arlington, MA

 

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Date: 7/7/16 4:00 pm
From: William Loughlin <wkloughlin111...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond today
An hour at Burrage Pond this afternoon yielded
One American bittern which flushed when a marsh wren fluttered around its
head
One glossy ibis
One great egret
Great blue heron (multiple)
One wood duck
One distant yellow-billed cuckoo calling
One very close black-billed cuckoo (close enough to see the reds of its
eyes)
One marsh wren (see above)
3 orchard orioles (breaking the numerical trend)
4 or 5 common yellowthroats
One or two yellow warblers
Many tree swallows and red winged blackbirds
One or two savannah sparrows

And I spent several minutes watching an Atlantis Fritillary feed on
milkweed blossoms

Bill Loughlin
West Bridgewater
Wkloughlin111 at gmail.com

 

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Date: 7/7/16 3:15 pm
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 2016 AOU Supplement
Massbirders -

The most recent AOU Supplement is out and is nicely summarized here:
http://blog.aba.org/2016/07/2016-aou-supplement.html

Leach's SP now is three species...

Respectfully,

Steve
-------------------------------------------------
Westborough, Massachusetts
<pokedaddy151...>
Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/

 

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Date: 7/7/16 8:30 am
From: Larry Berk <larry.berk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Time
Barb-----

Have sincerely always loved the site,+ all that you have done to continue its quality for your birding public.

No longer able to be as active, as 92 yrs take their toll-----but still checking in daily!

See you at Mt Auburn!

Love, Larry Berk
19 Andrew St
Newton MA 02164




 

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Date: 7/7/16 7:21 am
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Stellwagen Bank, out of Gloucester July 6, 2016
Yesterday afternoon Julie and I took the Seven Seas Whale Watch boat out of
Gloucester. It was sunny and hot, with Boston temps reaching mid-90s, with a
mild southerly wind.
We steamed 29+ miles SE to the southern end of Stellwagen. Charlie Lipson
was on the boat with us.

MAMMALS
Humpbacked Whales 25-30
Minke Whales 1-2
Gray Seal 1
Harbor Seal 1

All the humpbacks were at the southern end of Stellwagen. Mainly groups of
4-6 whales, often surge feeding together. Two calves. At least two different
whales breaching several times each at some distance. All 25-30 whales were
within a mile, at most two, of each other. Only one small flock of
shearwaters and a few petrels near the whales.

BIRDS
Rough guesstimates, as there was a good pocket of activity only a mile or
two outside Gloucester Harbor, and the second pocket 20-25 miles SE of
Gloucester Harbor. Several flocks of 50-100 birds roosting in each case, and
small numbers of individuals flying in general vicinity.

Corys Shearwater c. 125 (clearly most abundant shearwater; surprising for
first week of July)
Great Shearwater c. 50
Sooty Shearwater c. 75
Wilsons Storm Petrels c. 50-100 ( always 1-4 birds, widely scattered)

Only a few Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls seen; no terns or jaegers.

A wonderful day on the water, and a special perspective. A relatively young
woman from Ohio was on the boat with her parents. She has been fighting what
has been diagnosed as terminal cancer for several years. She has been
resilient. Her bright red hair was beginning to grow back for the third
time, and she was able to stand and move normally. She finally had the
energy and enthusiasm to do something always on her bucket list: see whales.
Yesterday she heard at least two dozen whales blowing, some trumpeting, saw
two breaching, and one flipper flapping. She was very, very happy.

Best,

Paul


Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA
<phawk254...>





 

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Date: 7/6/16 3:54 pm
From: <sherwood63...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird turns twenty!
massbird IS a success! Thank you Barbara.

Cheers from a now digital birder, Janet sherwod

----- Original Message -----

From: "Haynes Miller" <hrm...>
To: <massbird...>
Cc: <hrm...>
Sent: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 1:15:57 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Massbird turns twenty!



Twenty years ago, less than 15% of Americans had internet access, and those
that did used their phone lines. RBAs were recorded Audubon telephone
messages, or informal phone trees. There was a national bird discussion
forum called BirdChat, and regional email lists onto which the Audubon
messages were transcribed.

Twenty years ago today the following letter appeared in my inbox.


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

Subject: Welcome to massbird
Date: Sat, 6 Jul 1996 10:43:30 -0400 (EDT)
From: <Majordomo...>
Reply-To: <Majordomo...>
To: <hrm...>


--

Welcome to the massbird mailing list!

If you ever want to remove yourself from this mailing list,
send the following command in email to
"<massbird-request...>" :

unsubscribe

Or you can send mail to "<Majordomo...>" with the following command
in the body of your email message:

unsubscribe massbird Haynes Miller <hrm...>

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


Barbara Volkle was the visionary behind this, and through the intervening
two decades - a human generation! - she has stood in the wheelhouse, dodging
squalls, putting out deck fires, repairing the engine, and steering the ship
according to the guide star of the community's common passion.

Congratulations, Barbara, and thank you! MassBird has been the success you
thought it would be, and more. It has made us all better birders, and
created a much broader birding community in the Boston area. You have truly
been our majordomo!


Haynes Miller
Newton




 

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Date: 7/6/16 1:38 pm
From: Bob Crowley <crbob...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird turns twenty!
I also would like to thank Barbara, looking at my records the first bird
I chased because of seeing it reported on MASS BIRD was a Painted
Bunting in Mattapoisett, 105 miles from home. I dipped on that but was
rewarded with a Carolina Wren, a lifer, November 4, 1998. The 12th of
December MASS BIRD had me back down to Mt. Auburn Cemetery for an
Ash-throated Flycatcher. and I was successful. I met some birders from
Western MA there and I followed them over to the Boston Public Gardens
where I added two more life birds, Orange-crowned Warbler and a
Yellow-throated Warbler. O f course life does not always run smoothly as
I was happily birding my wife, Susan had walked up to the Jeweler's
Building and made some purchases on my card. Such is life.

Happy 20th Birthday MA BIRD it has been fun.

Bob Crowley

Chatham, NH





 

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Date: 7/6/16 1:24 pm
From: <mussey.robert...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Monarch butterflies
2 beautiful monarch butterflies yesterday on our orange butterfly weed (Asclepias). Maybe all the common milkweed we've been letting go to seed is having its effect.

Robert Mussey, Milton

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/6/16 1:07 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Massbird is 20!!
Happy 20th Anniversary to Massbird.

Many thanks to Barbara and her devotion to make this listserve
available to our community. Many thanks to all for your postings.


Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport, MA

















 

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Date: 7/6/16 12:50 pm
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird turns twenty!
Thank you so much, Haynes!

It's been a great experience, and I hope you all have learned and
enjoyed as much as I have.

I want to thank all of you for your participation and generosity of
spirit. Times have certainly changed, but the Massachusetts birding
community remains a wonderful one.

I'd love to have some kind of celebration or get together in the
second half of August. A public location where birders can hang
out? So, if any of you have suggestions, email me and maybe we can
come up with something!

Barbara Volkle, moderator MASSBIRD
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>


 

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Date: 7/6/16 12:15 pm
From: Greg Dysart <gsdysart...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird turns twenty!
Only 1 more year before you're too old for the young birders club. 😡

Greg Dysart
http://dysart.zenfolio.com/
Natick, MA



> On Jul 6, 2016, at 1:15 PM, Haynes Miller <hrm...> wrote:
>
> Twenty years ago, less than 15% of Americans had internet access, and those
> that did used their phone lines. RBAs were recorded Audubon telephone
> messages, or informal phone trees. There was a national bird discussion
> forum called BirdChat, and regional email lists onto which the Audubon
> messages were transcribed.
>
> Twenty years ago today the following letter appeared in my inbox.
>
>
> -------------------------------
>
> Subject: Welcome to massbird
> Date: Sat, 6 Jul 1996 10:43:30 -0400 (EDT)
> From: <Majordomo...>
> Reply-To: <Majordomo...>
> To: <hrm...>
>
>
> --
>
> Welcome to the massbird mailing list!
>
> If you ever want to remove yourself from this mailing list,
> send the following command in email to
> "<massbird-request...>":
>
> unsubscribe
>
> Or you can send mail to "<Majordomo...>" with the following command
> in the body of your email message:
>
> unsubscribe massbird Haynes Miller <hrm...>
>
> --------------------------------
>
>
> Barbara Volkle was the visionary behind this, and through the intervening
> two decades - a human generation! - she has stood in the wheelhouse, dodging
> squalls, putting out deck fires, repairing the engine, and steering the ship
> according to the guide star of the community's common passion.
>
> Congratulations, Barbara, and thank you! MassBird has been the success you
> thought it would be, and more. It has made us all better birders, and
> created a much broader birding community in the Boston area. You have truly
> been our majordomo!
>
>
> Haynes Miller
> Newton
>
>

 

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Date: 7/6/16 11:55 am
From: Eddie <emgiles62...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird turns twenty!
I would like to thank Barbara for all of the great birds that I been
able to experience through Massbird. More importantly, I would like to
thank her for all of the wonderful friends that I have made over the
years as a result of my participation on this listserve. :-)

Eddie

**************************************
Eddie Giles
East Bridgewater, MA
<emgiles62...>


On 7/6/2016 1:15 PM, Haynes Miller wrote:
>
> Twenty years ago, less than 15% of Americans had internet access, and
> those
> that did used their phone lines. RBAs were recorded Audubon telephone
> messages, or informal phone trees. There was a national bird discussion
> forum called BirdChat, and regional email lists onto which the Audubon
> messages were transcribed.
>
> Twenty years ago today the following letter appeared in my inbox.
>
>
> -------------------------------
>
> Subject: Welcome to massbird
> Date: Sat, 6 Jul 1996 10:43:30 -0400 (EDT)
> From: <Majordomo...>
> Reply-To: <Majordomo...>
> To: <hrm...>
>
>
> --
>
> Welcome to the massbird mailing list!
>
> If you ever want to remove yourself from this mailing list,
> send the following command in email to
> "<massbird-request...>":
>
> unsubscribe
>
> Or you can send mail to "<Majordomo...>" with the following
> command
> in the body of your email message:
>
> unsubscribe massbird Haynes Miller <hrm...>
>
> --------------------------------
>
>
> Barbara Volkle was the visionary behind this, and through the intervening
> two decades - a human generation! - she has stood in the wheelhouse,
> dodging
> squalls, putting out deck fires, repairing the engine, and steering
> the ship
> according to the guide star of the community's common passion.
>
> Congratulations, Barbara, and thank you! MassBird has been the success
> you
> thought it would be, and more. It has made us all better birders, and
> created a much broader birding community in the Boston area. You have
> truly
> been our majordomo!
>
>
> Haynes Miller
> Newton
>
>
 

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Date: 7/6/16 11:14 am
From: Katharine Mills <gkmills...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird turns twenty!
Happy Anniversary to Massbird and a huge thanks to Barbara for her
countless hours to make Massbird a success!


Kathy Mills

Holden, MA

 

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Date: 7/6/16 10:53 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird turns twenty!
Hear hear!

On Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 1:15 PM, Haynes Miller <hrm...> wrote:

> Twenty years ago, less than 15% of Americans had internet access, and those
> that did used their phone lines. RBAs were recorded Audubon telephone
> messages, or informal phone trees. There was a national bird discussion
> forum called BirdChat, and regional email lists onto which the Audubon
> messages were transcribed.
>
> Twenty years ago today the following letter appeared in my inbox.
>
>
> -------------------------------
>
> Subject: Welcome to massbird
> Date: Sat, 6 Jul 1996 10:43:30 -0400 (EDT)
> From: <Majordomo...>
> Reply-To: <Majordomo...>
> To: <hrm...>
>
>
> --
>
> Welcome to the massbird mailing list!
>
> If you ever want to remove yourself from this mailing list,
> send the following command in email to
> "<massbird-request...>" <massbird-request...>:
>
> unsubscribe
>
> Or you can send mail to "<Majordomo...>"
> <Majordomo...> with the following command
> in the body of your email message:
>
> unsubscribe massbird Haynes Miller <hrm...>
> <hrm...>
>
> --------------------------------
>
>
> Barbara Volkle was the visionary behind this, and through the intervening
> two decades - a human generation! - she has stood in the wheelhouse,
> dodging
> squalls, putting out deck fires, repairing the engine, and steering the
> ship
> according to the guide star of the community's common passion.
>
> Congratulations, Barbara, and thank you! MassBird has been the success you
> thought it would be, and more. It has made us all better birders, and
> created a much broader birding community in the Boston area. You have truly
> been our majordomo!
>
>
> Haynes Miller
> Newton
>
>
>


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

 

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Date: 7/6/16 10:20 am
From: Haynes Miller <hrm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Massbird turns twenty!
Twenty years ago, less than 15% of Americans had internet access, and those
that did used their phone lines. RBAs were recorded Audubon telephone
messages, or informal phone trees. There was a national bird discussion
forum called BirdChat, and regional email lists onto which the Audubon
messages were transcribed.

Twenty years ago today the following letter appeared in my inbox.


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

Subject: Welcome to massbird
Date: Sat, 6 Jul 1996 10:43:30 -0400 (EDT)
From: <Majordomo...>
Reply-To: <Majordomo...>
To: <hrm...>


--

Welcome to the massbird mailing list!

If you ever want to remove yourself from this mailing list,
send the following command in email to
"<massbird-request...>":

unsubscribe

Or you can send mail to "<Majordomo...>" with the following command
in the body of your email message:

unsubscribe massbird Haynes Miller <hrm...>

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


Barbara Volkle was the visionary behind this, and through the intervening
two decades - a human generation! - she has stood in the wheelhouse, dodging
squalls, putting out deck fires, repairing the engine, and steering the
ship
according to the guide star of the community's common passion.

Congratulations, Barbara, and thank you! MassBird has been the success you
thought it would be, and more. It has made us all better birders, and
created a much broader birding community in the Boston area. You have truly
been our majordomo!


Haynes Miller
Newton



 

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Date: 7/6/16 5:48 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 08:41:40 -0400
massbirders, Here is a small sample of insects brought in by Great-crested Flyctchers to a nesting box setup I built and placed outside a window.
The Swamp Darner, according to Blair Nikula, based on the newly emerged appearance, may represent the first confirmed breeding record for Cape Cod. Thanks to Blair, Joshua Rose, and Steven Whitebread for help with some of the insect species.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/26676688@N03/sets/72157670597199996/with/27510120524/

Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>
www.wildcapecodinstitute.org
 

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Date: 7/6/16 4:07 am
From: Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Images from Plum Island
These images are from my last shoot with my Joppa Flats bird photography class. We started at Joppa Flats and got half way to Sandy Point. A few species we were able to capture were Bobolinks, Glossy Ibis, Eastern Towhees, American black duck with 3 ducklings, Black-crowned heron, Snowy egrets, Willets nesting and a female Sparrow feeding a very hungry young cowbird. Not a bad outing for a 6 to 8 AM shoot!

Here is an image of the male Bobolink in flight:
http://www.delsolar.org/webs/birds/plumisland16b/content/_76A2084_large.html

Eduardo del Solar
<delsolar...>
Boston, Mass

My website
http://delsolar.org/
 

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Date: 7/5/16 6:38 pm
From: Peter Flood <pomarine...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Chatham Pelagic - July 3, 2016

We ran another successful Chatham Pelagic this past Sunday July 3, 2016 with Captain Kenny Eldredge on board the seaworthy Kittiwake.  Seven participants and Captain Ken steamed out of Chatham Harbor to the east towards Crab Ledge to approximately 8 miles offshore.  We were greeted with Wilson's Storm-Petrels just outside Chatham Harbor and they were a feature all day long. An occasional Cory's Shearwater and Sooty Shearwater kept us company until we reach approximately 6-8 miles offshore were we encountered many sizable rafts of shearwaters including all four of the expected species.  

Many of the shearwaters appeared quite satiated and generally uninterested in our chumming efforts (or flying in general) as many Greats and some Sooties for example were in extremely heavy wing molt and could barely get off the water!

Still, we had remarkably close encounters and many fantastic photo opportunities.  

Jaegers were more numerous than last weekend with both Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers seen.  

Curiously, many of the shark spotter flights have been reporting concentrations of whales and seabirds 5-8 miles east of Chatham for the past 2 weeks.  We have yet to run into these concentrations of whales as of yet (we have just been seeing a Minke or two). And no sharks this time! However, there was a Killer Whale photographed east of Chatham on July 4!
 
http://chatham.wickedlocal.com/news/20160705/killer-whale-seen-off-chatham    

My ebird checklist from the trip can be found here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30550072

Some photos from the July 3 trip as well as the June 26 trip can be found here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9191812@N02/albums/72157670270596645

There has been sufficient interest in these excursions and we are running trips this Thursday afternoon July 7 and Sunday morning July 10 which at this point are full.  We are considering running an afternoon trip this coming Sunday July 10 (12-4 or perhaps 1-5) depending on the Captain's preference and availability.  If you are interested in possibly coming out with us this Sunday afternoon July 10, please contact Blair Nikula at <odenews...> ASAP.  

The seabirds seem mostly concentrated off Chatham (as of right now) so we will keep trying to get out there as often as we can.  

Thanks,

Peter

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

 

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Date: 7/5/16 5:59 pm
From: Daniel Neiman <daniel.neiman...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Downy woodpecker identity crisis
Seems to be a fairly common behavior. I have a similar oversized “hummingbird" at my feeder, and I’ve seen it elsewhere. I wouldn’t be surprised if the ants attract them and then they find tasty sweet water and keep returning.


> On Jul 5, 2016, at 4:08 PM, AJ Pellegrini-Toole <aptoole...> wrote:
>
> I have a female downy woodpecker coming to my hummingbird feeder. She perches on the rim,
> seems to get her bill into the feeding hole and must get her tongue into the nectar since she
> comes back multiple times in a day. She was on the feeder 3 days straight, but today I'm not sure
> she's been there. I'm guessing the fluid level is now down too far for her to reach.
>
> The hummingbirds are totally baffled by this large creature on their feeder. One day my husband
> saw 2 downies, 1 on the feeder and 1 on the wire. An offspring?
>
> Has anyone ever seen a woodpecker on a nectar feeder before? I don't think she's getting insects
> from it, it's usually insect free when I clean it.
>
> Alida Pellegrini-Toole
> North Falmouth, MA
>
> aptoole AT yahoo DOT com


 

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Date: 7/5/16 5:05 pm
From: Zack Weber <birdingwithzackweber...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Error in BBC Blue Book - July 7 and 9 trip times
The times for my BBC trips this Thursday and Saturday were switched in the
BBC blue book. The trip this thursday, July 7, meets in the evening at
6:30 PM. The trip this saturday, July 9, meets in the morning at 6:00 AM.
Apologies for the confusion.

The information on the BBC website it correct:
www.brooklinebirdclub.org/trips/

Zack Weber
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 7/5/16 1:16 pm
From: AJ Pellegrini-Toole <aptoole...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Downy woodpecker identity crisis
I have a female downy woodpecker coming to my hummingbird feeder. She
perches on the rim,
seems to get her bill into the feeding hole and must get her tongue into
the nectar since she
comes back multiple times in a day. She was on the feeder 3 days
straight, but today I'm not sure
she's been there. I'm guessing the fluid level is now down too far for
her to reach.

The hummingbirds are totally baffled by this large creature on their
feeder. One day my husband
saw 2 downies, 1 on the feeder and 1 on the wire. An offspring?

Has anyone ever seen a woodpecker on a nectar feeder before? I don't
think she's getting insects
from it, it's usually insect free when I clean it.

Alida Pellegrini-Toole
North Falmouth, MA

aptoole AT yahoo DOT com

 

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Date: 7/5/16 12:06 pm
From: Lesley Mattuchio <leslm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Photos from Quabbin Reservoir July 3
I made the trip out to the Quabbin Reservoir for sunrise and rented a boat at Fishing Area 3, Petersham. We ended up boating all the way down to Fishing Area 2, New Salem, and saw some wonderful birds. We had one Common Loon family and an Eagle nest right by the DCR boat launch at Area 3. Loon family had one chick, Eagle nest had 2 juveniles about ready to fledge . We found 2 other Eagle nests nearer Area 2, both having the same scene as the first nest, 2 juveniles about to fledge. Adults in trees and high in the sky enjoying a good soar.

The pair of Loons I photographed last year at Area 2 had two chicks again this year and I would say they had hatched within 12 hours of when we saw them as they were tiny fuzzballs and took little naps on mom’s back. We cut the engine and just drifted so as not to disturb them, but this pair is comfortable with boats and as we drifted they came near us.

There were numerous Belted Kingfishers along the shoreline, but we all know how they take off if you get remotely near them, but good fortune was with us that day and we did happen upon one that was very tolerant. Once again we cut the engine and slowly drifted towards the Kingfisher perched over water.

It was a perfect day with exciting birds, even saw 4 otters scurry ashore on one island. Oh and we had 2 lovely female Common Mergansers that we got great close looks of.

Here is the album of images I took. Please enjoy.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125349441@N03/albums/72157670555536876



Lesley Mattuchio
Melrose, MA
 

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Date: 7/5/16 12:04 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Little Blue Heron Suffolk Co. in January
Is my sighting from last January of this species unprecedented in Suffolk Co.? (or any other county for that matter). The bird looked absolutely MISERABLE in the hard-driving snow and freezing temps. (sort of matching how I was feeling, now that I think about it!) Thanks

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 7/5/16 12:02 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/3 Belle Isle and Revere Beach Breakwater
A beautiful day.
HIGHLIGHTS:

MANX SHEARWATER 7 certainly not news, but noteworthy nonetheless
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 2
Common Eider 40 including ten young
Osprey 3 perhaps more than one young
Killdeer 4 family
Willet 1
peep sp. 6
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Least Tern 4 Belle Isle
Common Tern 10 breakwater; great looks on rocks low tide
Willow Flycatcher 1
AMERICAN KESTREL 1 Dolphin Ave. (roof of elderly housing, near Eliot Circle)
Saltmarsh Sparrow 3 busily obtaining food fore hidden young
DEER TICKS 4 be careful!!!!

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 7/5/16 12:01 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/4 Milton Ramble
I wandered around the beautiful town of Milton yesterday without binoculars, and managed to find fifty-two species! (without even going to the Blue Hills).I went first to Milton Landing, followed by Milton Hill, (including Hutchinson's Field) Milton Academy, Milton Cemetery, and Turner's Pond.
HIGHLIGHTS IN MILTON:

Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Osprey 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Wild Turkey 6
Spotted Sandpiper 3
American Woodcock 1
Hairy Woodpecker 4
Eastern Phoebe 4
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
House Wren 4
Pine Warbler 2
Baltimore Oriole 5 cemetery
Orchard Oriole 1 Turner's Pond
BOBOLINK 1 Hutchinson's Field (hidden, brushy field east of, and below, main field)
Houses by William R.Emerson 2 including his own amazing house on Randolph Ave. (was a cousin of Ralph W. Emerson)

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 7/5/16 8:11 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/4/16, Fisk Pond and vicinity Natick, Photos and Video
I was at Fisk Pond in Natick on 7/4.
I posted some photos and videos at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
(Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1 )

Birds Sighted:
Great Blue Heron
Double-crested Cormorant
Kingbirds
Mute Swan, Cygnets
Wood Duck, Ducklings
Mallards
Canada Goose
House Wren (Pegan Cove Park)


Other Animals
Mink (seen at Pegan Cove Park)

Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 7/5/16 7:41 am
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Boreal Birds, Seabirds and Songbirds... BBC Maine Trip July 1-4, 2016
Greetings:

This is a brief report. A complete one will be posted in the next few
days...Sixteen lucky birders participated in our annual Brookline Bird Club
trip to Maine, Machias Seal Island, Washington county, Maine and Lake
Messalonskee this year. David Ely from Salem, Ma took on the post as
leader. He ran a very successful trip and managed to find 111 species.
On Friday, we met at the Gisland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth, Maine at
6:30 am but could not find the Little Egret. We met up again at 3 PM in
Machias where we found a Nelson's Sparrow in the marsh next to Helen's
restaurant...On Saturday, we travelled up to Topsfield, Maine where a local
birder helped us locate all the Boreal Species including the Crossbills. On
Sunday, we headed out to Machias Seal Island but we did not make it out
there. The boat encountered a problem which will be mentioned in the
complete report. At noon, we drove on to West Quoddy Head for the beautiful
scenery, the wonderful bog, scanning the ocean for the alcids we missed on
our aborted MSI trip and more boreal birding. On Monday, on our return to
Massachusetts, we stopped at the Blueberry Barrens in Cherryfield for the
Upland Sandpipers, then to Lake Messalonskee in Belgrade for the Black
Terns. Birding highlights of the trip were 3 BLACK BACK WOODPECKERS, a
SPRUCE GROUSE, several BOREAL CHICKADEEs, 3 GRAY JAYs, four ALCID
species (Puffin, Razorbill, Common Murre, Black Guillemot) and a FULMAR.
Congratulations to David Ely for running a great trip... I hope he will
continue the tradition...

Ida Giriunas
Reading, MA.

 

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Date: 7/5/16 5:30 am
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Acadian Flycatcher, Pepperell, 7/5

Early this morning while on my power walk in my Pepperell neighborhood I had a calling Acadian Flycatcher. Most definitely a post-breeding dispersal bird since they don't nest in the area. This is not my first record of Acadian for my yard - I had a singing bird back on 6/2/99.


Mike Resch
www.statebirding.blogspot.com
Pepperell, MA

 

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Date: 7/5/16 4:53 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] bird bath fish (a lifer sighting for me)
a mommichog was in one of the bird baths this morning! unfortunately it had met its demise at some point...



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

Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951


email: <lynette.leka...>
 

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Date: 7/4/16 9:30 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Quabbin Reservoir--Gate 10, Jul 3, 2016
I have seen young wood ducks on their own several times with no adults in
sight. On at least one of those occasions, mom flew in from elsewhere, and
on command the young dashed out of the cover they were in to rejoin their
mother. Some kids have lots of sense. They have to or they would not be
alive.

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


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeremy Coleman" <jcolemanarch...>
To: "Richard Guthrie" <richardpguthrie...>
Cc: "Glenn d'Entremont" <gdentremont1...>; "MASSBIRD, massbird"
<massbird...>
Sent: Monday, July 04, 2016 11:16 PM
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Quabbin Reservoir--Gate 10, Jul 3, 2016


​I have often, at this time of the summer, seen a number of Wood Duck
chicks swimming together with no adult in sight. My assumption has been
that the adults are nearby but keeping themselves well hidden, whereas the
chick have not learned to be shy as of yet. ​A single chick, perhaps
separated, but perhaps not. Kids, got no sense.

Jeremy Coleman
Greenfield

 

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Date: 7/4/16 8:22 pm
From: Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Quabbin Reservoir--Gate 10, Jul 3, 2016
​I have often, at this time of the summer, seen a number of Wood Duck
chicks swimming together with no adult in sight. My assumption has been
that the adults are nearby but keeping themselves well hidden, whereas the
chick have not learned to be shy as of yet. ​A single chick, perhaps
separated, but perhaps not. Kids, got no sense.

Jeremy Coleman
Greenfield



On Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 10:49 PM, Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
wrote:

> Thanks, Glenn - nice report.
>
> Interesting about that Wood Duckling.
>
> I've often encountered single Wood Ducklings also - and recently had three
> ducklings swimming around but staying together (more or less) as they swam
> down river, close to the shore.
>
> It is sad (they are so cute), but I don't think they will last long out
> there on their own.
>
> I wonder what brings this situation on.
>
> Rich Guthrie
> New Baltimore (on the Hudson River)
> New York
> (but occasionally in Massachusetts)
>
> On Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 5:11 PM, Glenn d'Entremont <
> <gdentremont1...> wrote:
>
>> A BBC/SSBC trip to Quabbin yesterday produced the following list. Very
>> good numbers of general stuff; interestingly all the sapsuckers were in the
>> first two hours. I have had more on other walks, but no particular reason
>> why they seemed to fade out. Called out a Barred which seems to be easy on
>> this walk. The cuckoo was quite easy to observe as it sat for the five or
>> so minutes w/a second bird calling back; probably a nesting pair. Acadian
>> Flycatcher along the Gate 8 road which our loop follows for about 1/4
>> mile. This is a spot where historically there have been birds, but not in
>> the last 3-5 years. Note the number of Black-throated Blues; might be the
>> highest I have had on this walk. Black-throated Green Warblers were more
>> numerous than any recent year; perhaps highest of the times I have walked
>> this loop. Yellow-throated Vireos were nice with one being seen actually
>> on the Gate 8 road. Interesting no female tanagers seen; usually we see
>> some activity of nesting/!
>> feeding, so the actual number is quite large w/singing or seen males.
>> The second year in a row for a Magnolia Warbler at the same spot, too, so
>> likely the same individual. A fun day had by all (only 3 other
>> participants); the best "bird" might have been a Milk Snake; I have not
>> seen one since a boy.
>>
>> Glenn
>>
>> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: <ebird-checklist...>
>> To: <gdentremont1...>
>> Sent: Monday, July 4, 2016 3:51:15 PM
>> Subject: eBird Report - Quabbin Reservoir--Gate 10, Jul 3, 2016
>>
>> Quabbin Reservoir--Gate 10, Hampshire, Massachusetts, US
>> Jul 3, 2016 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
>> Protocol: Traveling
>> 4.5 mile(s)
>> Comments: SSBC/BBC trip
>> 49 species
>>
>> Wood Duck 1 young bird, just a week or so out of the nest, no adult
>> or siblings seen
>> Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
>> Turkey Vulture 2
>> Broad-winged Hawk 3
>> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
>> Barred Owl (Northern) 1
>> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 11
>> Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 5
>> Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 7
>> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
>> Pileated Woodpecker 1
>> Eastern Wood-Pewee 12
>> Acadian Flycatcher 1 on gate 8 road where historically there have
>> been several, but first in 3-5 years
>> Least Flycatcher 2
>> Eastern Phoebe 1
>> Eastern Kingbird 1
>> Yellow-throated Vireo 3
>> Blue-headed Vireo 5
>> Red-eyed Vireo 76
>> Blue Jay 8
>> American Crow 2
>> Black-capped Chickadee 10
>> Tufted Titmouse 1
>> Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
>> White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 8
>> Veery 29
>> Hermit Thrush 7
>> Wood Thrush 5
>> American Robin 3
>> Gray Catbird 5
>> Cedar Waxwing 8
>> Ovenbird 44
>> Black-and-white Warbler 1
>> Common Yellowthroat 23
>> American Redstart 3
>> Magnolia Warbler 1
>> Blackburnian Warbler 5
>> Chestnut-sided Warbler 23
>> Black-throated Blue Warbler 27
>> Pine Warbler 19
>> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
>> Black-throated Green Warbler 16
>> Chipping Sparrow 7
>> Eastern Towhee 27
>> Scarlet Tanager 16
>> Northern Cardinal 1
>> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
>> Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 3
>> American Goldfinch 1
>>
>> View this checklist online at
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30531972
>>
>> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> Richard Guthrie
>
>

 

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Date: 7/4/16 8:03 pm
From: Michael Ross <birdsbugs...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle, Waltham today
Around 11 AM, adult bald eagle soaring on a thermal over rte 128 in Waltham near the Citypoint bldg.
 

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Date: 7/4/16 7:56 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Quabbin Reservoir--Gate 10, Jul 3, 2016
Thanks, Glenn - nice report.

Interesting about that Wood Duckling.

I've often encountered single Wood Ducklings also - and recently had three
ducklings swimming around but staying together (more or less) as they swam
down river, close to the shore.

It is sad (they are so cute), but I don't think they will last long out
there on their own.

I wonder what brings this situation on.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore (on the Hudson River)
New York
(but occasionally in Massachusetts)

On Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 5:11 PM, Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
wrote:

> A BBC/SSBC trip to Quabbin yesterday produced the following list. Very
> good numbers of general stuff; interestingly all the sapsuckers were in the
> first two hours. I have had more on other walks, but no particular reason
> why they seemed to fade out. Called out a Barred which seems to be easy on
> this walk. The cuckoo was quite easy to observe as it sat for the five or
> so minutes w/a second bird calling back; probably a nesting pair. Acadian
> Flycatcher along the Gate 8 road which our loop follows for about 1/4
> mile. This is a spot where historically there have been birds, but not in
> the last 3-5 years. Note the number of Black-throated Blues; might be the
> highest I have had on this walk. Black-throated Green Warblers were more
> numerous than any recent year; perhaps highest of the times I have walked
> this loop. Yellow-throated Vireos were nice with one being seen actually
> on the Gate 8 road. Interesting no female tanagers seen; usually we see
> some activity of nesting/!
> feeding, so the actual number is quite large w/singing or seen males.
> The second year in a row for a Magnolia Warbler at the same spot, too, so
> likely the same individual. A fun day had by all (only 3 other
> participants); the best "bird" might have been a Milk Snake; I have not
> seen one since a boy.
>
> Glenn
>
> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> To: <gdentremont1...>
> Sent: Monday, July 4, 2016 3:51:15 PM
> Subject: eBird Report - Quabbin Reservoir--Gate 10, Jul 3, 2016
>
> Quabbin Reservoir--Gate 10, Hampshire, Massachusetts, US
> Jul 3, 2016 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.5 mile(s)
> Comments: SSBC/BBC trip
> 49 species
>
> Wood Duck 1 young bird, just a week or so out of the nest, no adult
> or siblings seen
> Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
> Turkey Vulture 2
> Broad-winged Hawk 3
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
> Barred Owl (Northern) 1
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 11
> Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 5
> Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 7
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 12
> Acadian Flycatcher 1 on gate 8 road where historically there have
> been several, but first in 3-5 years
> Least Flycatcher 2
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Eastern Kingbird 1
> Yellow-throated Vireo 3
> Blue-headed Vireo 5
> Red-eyed Vireo 76
> Blue Jay 8
> American Crow 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 10
> Tufted Titmouse 1
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 8
> Veery 29
> Hermit Thrush 7
> Wood Thrush 5
> American Robin 3
> Gray Catbird 5
> Cedar Waxwing 8
> Ovenbird 44
> Black-and-white Warbler 1
> Common Yellowthroat 23
> American Redstart 3
> Magnolia Warbler 1
> Blackburnian Warbler 5
> Chestnut-sided Warbler 23
> Black-throated Blue Warbler 27
> Pine Warbler 19
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
> Black-throated Green Warbler 16
> Chipping Sparrow 7
> Eastern Towhee 27
> Scarlet Tanager 16
> Northern Cardinal 1
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
> Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 3
> American Goldfinch 1
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30531972
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
>


--
Richard Guthrie

 

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Date: 7/4/16 2:18 pm
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Whimbrel
Not birding (much) anymore, but I did have a Whimbrel fly by from Gooseberry to Allens Pond in Westport during a kayak/fishing voyage yesterday at dawn.

Champlin

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/4/16 2:17 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Quabbin Reservoir--Gate 10, Jul 3, 2016
A BBC/SSBC trip to Quabbin yesterday produced the following list. Very good numbers of general stuff; interestingly all the sapsuckers were in the first two hours. I have had more on other walks, but no particular reason why they seemed to fade out. Called out a Barred which seems to be easy on this walk. The cuckoo was quite easy to observe as it sat for the five or so minutes w/a second bird calling back; probably a nesting pair. Acadian Flycatcher along the Gate 8 road which our loop follows for about 1/4 mile. This is a spot where historically there have been birds, but not in the last 3-5 years. Note the number of Black-throated Blues; might be the highest I have had on this walk. Black-throated Green Warblers were more numerous than any recent year; perhaps highest of the times I have walked this loop. Yellow-throated Vireos were nice with one being seen actually on the Gate 8 road. Interesting no female tanagers seen; usually we see some activity of nesting/!
feeding, so the actual number is quite large w/singing or seen males. The second year in a row for a Magnolia Warbler at the same spot, too, so likely the same individual. A fun day had by all (only 3 other participants); the best "bird" might have been a Milk Snake; I have not seen one since a boy.

Glenn

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

----- Original Message -----
From: <ebird-checklist...>
To: <gdentremont1...>
Sent: Monday, July 4, 2016 3:51:15 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Quabbin Reservoir--Gate 10, Jul 3, 2016

Quabbin Reservoir--Gate 10, Hampshire, Massachusetts, US
Jul 3, 2016 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.5 mile(s)
Comments: SSBC/BBC trip
49 species

Wood Duck 1 young bird, just a week or so out of the nest, no adult or siblings seen
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Broad-winged Hawk 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Barred Owl (Northern) 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 11
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 5
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 7
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 12
Acadian Flycatcher 1 on gate 8 road where historically there have been several, but first in 3-5 years
Least Flycatcher 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 3
Blue-headed Vireo 5
Red-eyed Vireo 76
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 8
Veery 29
Hermit Thrush 7
Wood Thrush 5
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 5
Cedar Waxwing 8
Ovenbird 44
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 23
American Redstart 3
Magnolia Warbler 1
Blackburnian Warbler 5
Chestnut-sided Warbler 23
Black-throated Blue Warbler 27
Pine Warbler 19
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 16
Chipping Sparrow 7
Eastern Towhee 27
Scarlet Tanager 16
Northern Cardinal 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 3
American Goldfinch 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30531972

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

 

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Date: 7/4/16 10:42 am
From: David Swain <davidswain79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR, Jul 4, 2016
A happy 4th to all! My son Tim and I spent the morning on the island and
had dry, breezy, sunny conditions with only 3 greenheads encountered.
Nothing unusual except that we could not find any Red Tails, Bank Swallows,
or Thrashers!

good birding,

David and Tim Swain
Concord, MA

Parker River NWR, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jul 4, 2016 6:10 AM - 11:21 AM
Protocol: Traveling
7.0 mile(s)
Comments: High 50s to low 80s. A bit windy in early morning, dry. Clear
skies. Only a couple of greenheads seen. Migrating shorebirds just starting
to arrive, typical songbird numbers.
76 species

Canada Goose 97
Mute Swan 8 SIP
Gadwall 13 BFP, SIP
American Black Duck 18
Mallard (Northern) 37
Green-winged Teal (American) 10 BFP, SIP
Ruddy Duck 2 Unusual: Continuing two full breeding plumage males in
SIP.
Common Loon 1 Lot 1. Juv/immature.
Double-crested Cormorant 25
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 3
Great Egret 18
Snowy Egret 53
Black-crowned Night-Heron 3 NP Overlook
Glossy Ibis 12 4 NP Overlook, 5 SIP, 3 Wardens.
Turkey Vulture 1 Seen above mainland from Wardens.
Osprey 2 BFP. Juveniles on platform below BFP, but did not count.
Black-bellied Plover 5 BFP
Semipalmated Plover 5 BFP
Piping Plover 5 Lot 1
Killdeer 11
Spotted Sandpiper 3 1 in river across from Lot 1, 2 SIP
Greater Yellowlegs 9
Willet (Eastern) 25
Lesser Yellowlegs 9
Dunlin 2 *Continuing birds at BFP. Larger than SESA, with bright
rufous backs and black belly patches.
Least Sandpiper 6
Semipalmated Sandpiper 24 BFP
Short-billed Dowitcher 39 BFP, SIP
Ring-billed Gull 3 BFP
Herring Gull (American) 14
Great Black-backed Gull 10
Least Tern 31
Common Tern 8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5 Lot 1
Mourning Dove 13
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Willow Flycatcher 6
Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Hellcat
Eastern Kingbird 20
Red-eyed Vireo 2 Hellcat
Blue Jay 1 Hellcat
American Crow 3
Purple Martin 6
Tree Swallow 22
Barn Swallow 8
Black-capped Chickadee 9
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 BFP blind.
Marsh Wren 16
American Robin 12
Gray Catbird 35
Northern Mockingbird 5
European Starling 210 Conservative estimate; almost entirely juveniles.
Cedar Waxwing 39
Common Yellowthroat 20
American Redstart 1
Yellow Warbler (Northern) 15
Saltmarsh Sparrow 10 Rough count
Seaside Sparrow 2 *Uncommon breeder: Continuing birds; one seen
straight out at back of main panne, and one heard singing on south side of
main panne. Should not be flagged. FOY
Chipping Sparrow 1 Hellcat
Field Sparrow 1 BFP blind
Savannah Sparrow 3 2 Lot 1, 1 BFP blind
Song Sparrow 30
Swamp Sparrow 1 Hellcat
Eastern Towhee 35
Northern Cardinal 5
Bobolink 15
Red-winged Blackbird 45
Common Grackle 50
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Orchard Oriole 1 Hellcat
Baltimore Oriole 1 BFP blind
House Finch 1 Hellcat
Purple Finch (Eastern) 11
American Goldfinch 13
House Sparrow X Lot 1, with many feeding and roosting across street in
marsh.

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30524946

 

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Date: 7/4/16 7:10 am
From: Raymond Marr Jr <rmarr2...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Flock of Martins in Rehoboth
The flock of Purple Martins has done well even with the harsh weather threw out the spring some were lost
But the yearlings replace a large number of adults that did perish. Both Sites are on Wheeler Avenue
2015 combined total was 88 pairs so there was some growth. The bird that returned in March was found expired.
The chicks will start to fledge by July 15th when the population will swell into the hundreds. Best time to view Martins
is at dusk after they have fledged members of the flock will return to the safety of there gourds to roost. Many will be around
until early August the nesting time table is a little later than last year and more normal.
Crestwood Country Club 51 pairs most with chicks 54 gourds
Clark Family 45 Pairs most with chicks 72 gourds
Total of 96 pairs 126 gourds in Place. Total numbers of chicks produced will follow in Aug once there done.




Many Thanks to the Clark Family and Crestwood Country club

Raymond Marr
Barrington RI
<rmarr2...>
 

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Date: 7/3/16 10:25 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great-crested Flycatchers
Hello massbirders, hope you’re all having a good holiday...In late may I posted an image of a G C flycatcher nest building in a box I built for that species. My plan was to photograph the pair tending young in the box. The chicks fledged today at daybreak, (missed it). Parents were feeding till 8PM last night 7/2 and box was empty at 6:05 AM today 7/3. Fledgies are in the trees. No matter. I have compiled some nice shots of adults with various insect food items which I will try to post in a bunch in the next day or so. I put the box ~6m from an open window and the parents were completely at ease with my presence. It was a great experience watching the nesting process from beginning to end. Here is a single example of a cluster I will try to post soon

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

Peter Trull
Brewster,
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 7/2/16 5:59 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mt. Greylock-2016 added
A little late reporting this year. We ran this trip on June 18th.

Our annual trip to Mt Greylock was enjoyed by all. We met at 6:00 a.m. and began our accent. Stopping every half mile or so we enjoyed the bird sound.

We did encounter Mourning Warbler before the "normal" Jone's Nose trail with one bird there; total of 4. Two Swainson's Thrush on the Saddleball Trail. Lowest number for a few species: Blue-headed Vireo, Magnolia Warbler (first time missed), Yellow-rumped Warbler. Highest number of Ovenbird and remarkable consistency of Chestnut-sided Warbler over the years.

Last year I submitted this post with selected species counts from this trip I do annually on (usually) the third weekend in June to Mt. Greylock. I added 2013 to those numbers and reposted. The numbers after the species will be 1992, 93, 94,95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 separated by a comma. A "*" means that numbers were not recorded for that species that year. There is now over 20 years of data here:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker:4,6,1,7,10,5,1,2,2,7,5,4,1,5,4,8,4,4,5,3,5,5,2
Common Raven:1,2,0,1,2,0,1,8,3,3,3,3,7,5,0,7,1,2,0,1,4,0,0
Black-capped Chickadee:14,8,6,11,5,4,7,16,7,12,11,8,6,11,7,4,7,4,7,6,10,9,10
Winter Wren:2,5,6,3,9,2,6,4,6,3,6,4,8,7,2,2,5,4,6,3,1,9,4
American Robin:*,47,20,19,15,21,14,27,27,29,29,19,22,31,30,22,27,31,17,20,34,17,28
Wood Thrush:9,4,1,6,2,2,2,6,3,11,4,0,3,2,2,6,1,1,1,0,2,1,1
Hermit Thrush:9,3,11,8,2,3,9,10,5,7,1,4,6,2,1,6,6,5,9,2,5,1,4
Veery:23,8,7,15,16,15,13,18,10,21,9,18,12,10,15,10,10,6,16,12,8,9,15
Blue-headed Vireo:8,7,5,7,2,3,5,8,1,3,4,1,3,6,4,15,9,1,6,7,5,2,1
Red-eyed Vireo:32,32,48,44,40,47,36,67,58,69,65,59,44,98,86,93,92,94,78,80,91,82,76
Magnolia Warbler:7,7,4,5,2,1,5,6,11,4,4,2,3,7,4,5,3,2,1,3,3,1,0
Black-throated Blue Warbler:12,10,17,9,16,6,9,20,15,12,9,6,8,11,15,11,16,11,14,8,24,13,21
Yellow-rumped Warbler:11,8,6,18,9,15,22,29,23,26,11,14,12,18,15,9,7,11,5,9,11,8,3
Black-throated Green Warbler:4,6,11,5,5,8,5,16,10,14,8,4,9,19,16,10,16,12,8,7,8,9,7
Blackburnian Warbler:18,16,18,19,16,18,13,31,15,15,22,10,16,26,23,20,17,23,26,18,24,11,17
Chestnut-sided Warbler:15,16,11,13,19,22,16,26,29,9,18,17,11,28,24,15,15,15,15,17,18,18,16
Blackpoll Warbler:1,2,3,1,2,2,3,4,7,3,2,2,4,6,7,4,3,4,2,1,4,1,2
Ovenbird:20,19,21,22,29,22,22,42,16,35,23,34,25,28,30,38,38,35,34,21,38,32,46
Mourning Warbler:1,2,1,2,3,1,2,2,2,2,4,3,2,3,0,3,1,1,0,1,2,1,4
Common Yellowthroat:18,6,8,8,15,7,8,19,5,6,8,6,6,10,5,8,12,4,8,10,10,4,10
Canada Warbler:4,7,5,2,8,6,1,8,2,5,2,0,1,1,2,1,1,2,3,1,1,0,1
American Redstart:14,6,13,17,15,8,19,30,27,31,11,17,12,29,13,19,38,33,18,27,13,17,13
Scarlet Tanager:1,6,3,3,3,4,2,10,1,1,6,4,2,2,1,1,4,3,2,1,6,2,5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak:7,4,4,0,1,0,4,6,2,3,3,2,5,4,0,2,5,4,2,2,2,1,2
Eastern Towhee:13,7,11,9,11,7,8,11,11,10,14,15,4,7,7,4,11,4,14,6,11,11,11
Dark-eyed Junco:20,22,18,27,18,21,13,31,16,31,17,19,14,23,10,19,20,18,19,9,27,17,13
White-throated Sparrow:14,8,9,6,9,11,7,24,8,6,3,3,6,4,7,3,2,2,2,1,3,4,2

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

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Date: 7/2/16 3:47 pm
From: Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Seaside Followup; Dowitchers Arriving, etc (PRNWR)
" Isn’t it ironic that by the time fall actually arrives, the great bulk of
shorebird migration is over. It would be truer to say that our shorebirds
have a spring migration and a summer migration."

Thanks for this comment Tom. I would add that many summer beachgoers see
the little plovers and sandpipers running around our beaches and assume
these are common summer birds. I take an opportunity, whenever possible, to
inform folks that (aside from the local breeding Piping Plovers) these are
long-distance migrants who have already been to the arctic to nest and are
on their way south to the Caribbean or South America to winter; and that
some of their migration flights are on the order of several thousand miles*
in one stint*; and that they *must *feed and fatten up on our beaches and
mudlfats before they leave on these immense journeys or they will fall out
of the sky when their fat reserves run out.

Some years ago our friend Shawn Carey made a beautiful movie, *Epic
Journeys*, which explores the migration strategies of some of our
shorebirds. I recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the
awe-inspiring lives of this group of birds.

Soheil Zendeh
Lexington


On Sat, Jul 2, 2016 at 11:42 AM, Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...> wrote:

> PI Birders,
>
> This morning the Seaside Sparrow that had been singing near the north end
> of the S-curves was not in evidence. However, there were two very
> cooperative Seasides singing on the back side of the main pan. The bird
> further north sat exposed on a couple bushes for good deal of time, singing
> loudly enough to be easily located. The second, a little further south, was
> more furtive, but could be heard well and sat out a couple times. A nice
> lineup of birders arrived to enjoy these two birds. The marsh was pretty
> much alive with Saltmarsh Sparrows.
>
> The buildup of Short-billed Dowitchers continues. While at the pans, a
> couple flocks of dowitchers flew by, maybe 20 birds in all. There were also
> Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs moving, a distant, high flock of peeps, and
> even two Solitary Sandpipers dropped down out of the sky and flew into the
> stinky muck at the north end of the pans. And there were more dowitchers at
> Forward Pool. From the new blind at least 45 could be seen. And as a nice
> treat, there was a Stilt Sandpiper, still showing some breeding plumage, in
> with the dowitchers.
>
> The water levels in Bill Forward Pool are great for shorebirds, so I will
> be visiting regularly as “fall” migration continues. Isn’t it ironic that
> by the time fall actually arrives, the great bulk of shorebird migration is
> over. It would be truer to say that our shorebirds have a spring migration
> and a summer migration.
>
> By seven thirty beachgoers were streaming down the island, so I tucked my
> tail between my legs and headed home.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Tom Wetmore, http://bartonstreet.com/tom/birds
> Newburyport, Mass.
> Think globally, bird locally
>

 

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Date: 7/2/16 1:55 pm
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/11 (belated) Duxbury Beach - Red-throated Loon - alt plumage close pix
With apologies for still-delinquent posting of ISS surveys and other
sightings, seeing the recent thread on RT Loons, I want to add to the data
that while running the Shorebird Survey on June 11, and totally focussed on
the water's edge, I came upon an alternate plumage Red-throated Loon right
at the water's edge by the road between the 1st & 2nd crossovers.



I got a number of photos which can be seen at
http://www.pbase.com/rickbowes/2016_06_dbch

I've never seen an RTLO in breeding plumage - occasionally in mid molt - but
never in the complete alternate plumage. A totally stunning sight!



Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA

<rbowes...>

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






 

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Date: 7/2/16 7:45 am
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Essex Meadowlark
Yesterday afternoon I saw an Eastern Meadowlark in the marsh across the
Essex River from the bench at the edge of the Cox Reservation in Essex.
I've seen meadowlarks here before, but not for the past few years.

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 7/2/16 7:36 am
From: David Davis <ddavis...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Saltmarsh Sparrows in Newbury
Saltmarsh Sparrows are currently nesting in the marsh next along Newman Road
in Newbury, often visible close to the road.



David Davis

Newbury

<ddavis...>


 

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Date: 7/2/16 7:01 am
From: Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Acadian Flycatcher/ Newbury
Sorry for tha late post but yesterday about 10AM I heard and saw an Acadian
Flycatcher in a small WMA (maybe part of William Forward?) on Hay St in
Newbury just northeast of the intersection
with Newman Rd. My Lab had to have an emergency "pit stop" after just
leaving Kents Island at Bill Forward WMA so I pulled over near a green pipe
gate to let her out. The bird was actively "singing" the whole time I was
there. Got a couple of brief looks.
PURE LUCK!
Kirk.

 

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Date: 7/1/16 7:50 pm
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Acadian Flycatcher, Westport, Herb Hadfield C.A, 7/1/16
Following up eBird reports from Nicholas Sylvia for 6/4/16 and for 7/2/15, I went looking for subject species today at this property I had never visited before:

http://westportlandtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Herb-Hadfield.jpg

It took me a while to cover this big tract, but I finally found an ACFL calling along Angeline Brook about 100 yards downstream (SE) of the southernmost bridge (as shown on the map linked above), the one on the yellow trail and closest to the Cornell Road parking lot (I parked at the Adamsville Road lot). I first heard it from the bridge a little before 10:00, and it called very often as I maneuvered down the east edge of the stream to the vicinity of a very large treefall, near which it was calling. Although I got very close, I never caught sight of the bird; and it quit calling around 10:10. A wait of another half hour didn't help. I wonder if I was near a nest.

I'm curious to know from Nicholas if this is where he found his bird. The habitat seems good and big enough that there could be more than one pair.

For a quick attempt at the ACFL site above, the Cornell Road lot is probably better for parking.

On the way down from the Adamsville Road lot, I had a great view of two Yellow-billed Cuckoos wolfing caterpillars side-by-side in a big oak on the blue trail between the two northern bridges on the map.

This place is thick with Veeries, Ovenbirds and aggressive Deerflies - I smashed dozens. The northernmost bridge is under repair (no deck boards!) but safely passable with a small dose of nerve. The map's yellow area ("Meadow" on legend) between the blue and red trails currently looks a wasteland but has many inviting brand new bluebird boxes waiting for occupants. An Ebony Jewelwing provided charming company while I waited for the flycatcher to call again. Well worth the visit to this mostly pristine place.

Thanks to eBird and to Nicholas for the reports and to Herb Hadfield, whatever he did, and Westport Land Trust for making this habitat so accessible.

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>




 

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Date: 7/1/16 7:29 am
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] WMB: Red-throated Loon on the Quabbin
Hi MassBirders,

In the excitement over the two rare Berkshire shorebirds, I neglected to mention another highly unusual inland record, at least for the time of year. Dale Monette posted a photo to Western Mass Birders yesterday of a Red-throated Loon on the Quabbin. The species shows up occasionally during migration, but eBird shows no records at all west of I-95 for June or July.

Dale’s own text: “This adult red-throated loon was found during our weekly loon survey by boat at the Quabbin Reservoir at 6AM. It was in the channel leading out of Boat Launch Area 2 in New Salem. We could not find it on the way back in at noon."

Given the size and complexity of the Quabbin, the bird might have arrived some time ago and just been lurking in some remote corner, out of sight. But very peculiar to have three different birds, all typically found only in coastal locations, all suddenly be discovered inland within the same couple of days, without any severe weather to explain it….

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: 7/1/16 4:35 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/30/16, Foss Reservoir - Framingham, Bald Eagle and Eaglets, Photos and Video
I saw a Bald Eagle and Eaglets on 6/30/16 at Foss Reservoir - Framingham
Photos and video at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
(Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1 )

In the video you can see the adult eagle arriving at the nest carrying
something for the eaglets to eat, and after their snack, both eaglets go
for a flight.

At the link, I also posted some photos and videos taken on the same day
at Farm Pond and the vicinity in Framingham - including a spotted
sandpiper on the Sudbury river at Winter Street near reservoir #1. I
might post a bit more at the link from the 30th in the next day or two.


Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 6/30/16 8:29 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RUFF in Pittsfield!! (WTF is going on in the Berkshires this week?)
Hi MassBirders,

Apparently someone in the Berkshires remembered to pay the shorebird bill yesterday or something, because holy cow! On the same day as yesterday’s Avocet in Sheffield, Gael Hurley photographed a bird at Silver Lake in Pittsfield, which after some on-line scrutiny has been identified as a Ruff! Word only reached the WMB FaceBook group a couple of hours ago, after dark, so there’s been no chance yet for anyone to try to relocate it, but I imagine that there will be many attempts tomorrow.

As with the Avocet, this is a vagrant that occurs with some regularity on the coast, but almost never inland. There are a number of eBirded records from Bolton Flats and Great Meadows, but west of there? Only one, a 1977 bird found by Tom Gagnon at the UMass Stadium Marsh. But I’m sure somebody out there knows of others, either off the top of their head, or out of Veit & Peterson….

Good birding!

JSR


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




 

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Date: 6/30/16 3:17 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Willowdale SF (east), Jun 30, 2016: veeries galore
> Willowdale SF (east), Ipswich
> Jun 30, 2016 9:50 AM - 1:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.0 mile(s)
> Comments: I walked about a 4-mile loop in Willowdale today, starting
> and ending on Topsfield Rd. at the Ipswich-Topsfield town line. I set a
> personal record for veeries today with 42.
> 37 species (+1 other taxon)
>
> Wood Duck 1
> Mallard 1
> Mourning Dove 3
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2 Both gave first part of song (kuk-kuk-kuk-kuk)
> without the kowp-kowp ending. I watched one of them sing repeatedly in
> saplings in an open shrub swamp. Lower mandible yellow; orbital ring
> lacked color. Bird appeared to be an adult. (Stokes and Stokes say
> orbital ring is yellow only in first-winter birds, but I couldn't confirm
> of this in other field guides.) I need to research this a bit more.
> Barred Owl 1 This forest seems to be full of barred owls; this one
> was another adult.
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 5
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 8
> Empidonax sp. 1
> Eastern Phoebe 2
> Great Crested Flycatcher 4
> Eastern Kingbird 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 1 low!
> Blue Jay 12
> Tree Swallow 9 All in a shrub swamp where adults were feeding many
> young--possibly two families.
> Black-capped Chickadee 28
> Tufted Titmouse 25
> White-breasted Nuthatch 17
> Winter Wren 1
> Veery 42 Veeries were singing and calling everywhere. This is my
> personal best count for this forest or anywhere. One bird seemed to slink
> away from a trailside nest, but I could not find it from the trail and was
> not willing to go off trail and risk stepping on it.
> Wood Thrush 2 low!
> American Robin 6
> Gray Catbird 8
> Ovenbird 27 The one female carried food and gave alarm calls while
> her mate sang, but I couldn't find nest in a cursory search from the
> trail.
> Common Yellowthroat 15
> Yellow Warbler 1
> Pine Warbler 11
> Chipping Sparrow 5 one juv.
> Song Sparrow 9
> Swamp Sparrow 3
> Scarlet Tanager 3
> Northern Cardinal 5
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3
> Red-winged Blackbird 30
> Common Grackle 2 An adult fed a nestling in a semi-cavity nest in a
> snag, after which the nestling became a fledgling, flying a short distance
> from the nest. I have had good luck seeing baby grackles fledge.
> Baltimore Oriole 6
> American Goldfinch 3
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30471987
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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

 

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Date: 6/30/16 1:54 pm
From: Joan Stoner <jsstoner...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Revised list GMWR Survey
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jun 30, 2016 5:51 AM - 10:41 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.3 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by Alan and Eric Bragg, David and Tim Swain,
Will Martens, Joan Stoner,Soheil Zendeh<br />Submitted from eBird Android
1.2.2
45 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 81
Mute Swan 1
Wood Duck 20 14 young
Mallard 1
Wild Turkey 1
Least Bittern 1 Flying river side upper impoundment<br />See from tower
Great Blue Heron 6
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Virginia Rail 4 1 adult 3 young chased by weasel
Killdeer 7
Mourning Dove 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3 1 adult feeding 1 young
Northern Flicker 2
woodpecker sp. 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Willow Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 4
Warbling Vireo 11 Singing<br />
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 5
Tree Swallow 22
Barn Swallow 3
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Marsh Wren 27 Singing in marsh, not unusual count for this area and
time of year
Eastern Bluebird 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 9
Gray Catbird 8
Cedar Waxwing 3
Common Yellowthroat 8
Yellow Warbler 9
Pine Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 26
Swamp Sparrow 13
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 60
Common Grackle 56
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 8
passerine sp. 1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30467283

Joan Stoner
Lexington

 

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Date: 6/30/16 12:02 pm
From: Joan Stoner <jsstoner...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jun 30, 2016
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jun 30, 2016 5:51 AM - 10:41 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.3 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by Alan and Eric Bragg, David and Tim Swain,
Will Martens, Joan Stoner,Soheil Zendeh<br />Submitted from eBird Android
1.2.2
46 species (+3 other taxa)

Canada Goose 81
Domestic goose sp. (Domestic type) x Canada Goose (hybrid) 1
Mute Swan 1
Wood Duck 20 14 young
Mallard 1
Wild Turkey 1
Least Bittern 1 Flying river side upper impoundment<br />See from tower
Great Blue Heron 6
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Virginia Rail 4 1 adult 3 young chased by weasel
Killdeer 7
Mourning Dove 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3 1 adult feeding 1 young
Northern Flicker 2
woodpecker sp. 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Willow Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 4
Warbling Vireo 11 Singing<br />
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 5
Tree Swallow 22
Barn Swallow 3
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Marsh Wren 27 Singing in marsh, not unusual count for this area and
time of year
Eastern Bluebird 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 9
Gray Catbird 8
Cedar Waxwing 3
Common Yellowthroat 8
Yellow Warbler 9
Pine Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 26
Swamp Sparrow 13
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 60
Common Grackle 56
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 4
Pine Siskin 1
American Goldfinch 8
passerine sp. 1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30467283

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

Joan Stoner
Lexington

 

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Date: 6/30/16 8:17 am
From: Mindy LaBranche <m.s.labranche...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] yellowish cowbird fledgling?
Hi all,
I was interested to see that a fledgling cowbird in my yard today
appeared yellowish. I saw it at several different angles as it was being
fed by its Blue-winged Warbler parents.
I did get photos but it doesn't really look as yellow as it appeared in
better light. (Happy to send photos to anyone interested. They show both
parents.)
Was I just imagining this yellow color?
Mindy LaBranche
Rochester
 

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Date: 6/30/16 5:11 am
From: Spector, David (Biology) <spectord...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Avocet in Sheffield!! (WMB)
At least one other Western Massachusetts record and one other non-coastal Massachusetts record (based on quick looks at Bagg and Eliot and at Veit and Petersent):

Longmeadow, 18-24 August 1974 (Seth Kellogg)

one collected at Lake Cochituate, Natick, 19 October 1880 (apparently a year with a large northward flight of this species, with at least 3 shot in New Brunswick; see note by George A. Boardman, pp. 241-242 of Bulletin of the Nuttall Ornithological Club 1880: https://archive.org/details/bulletinofnuttal051880nutt )

David

David Spector
Belchertown, Massachusetts
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From: <massbird-approval...> [<massbird-approval...>] on behalf of Joshua Rose [<opihi...>]
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:18 AM
To: Massbird
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Avocet in Sheffield!! (WMB)

Hi MassBirders,

A couple of hours ago photos of an American Avocet were posted to the Western Mass Birders group of FaceBook. The bird was found in Sheffield by Ken Schopp.

Apparently the bird was on private property and not chaseable. However, Ken himself reportedly returned 3 more times later in the day and did not see the bird again, so chaseability may be irrelevant anyway. We can all hope that it flew over to some more publicly accessible location, and will be relocated tomorrow

eBird shows only one prior record for, well, anywhere in the state away from the coast: a 2003 bird in Sunderland, found by Richard Minear. Other than that, not even a record west of I-95, much less 495. But I still havent gotten my act together enough to order a copy of Veit and Peterson. Anyone care to check, or happen to know of other non-coastal avocet records?

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: 6/29/16 9:24 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Avocet in Sheffield!! (WMB)
Hi MassBirders,

A couple of hours ago photos of an American Avocet were posted to the Western Mass Birders group of FaceBook. The bird was found in Sheffield by Ken Schopp.

Apparently the bird was on private property and not chaseable. However, Ken himself reportedly returned 3 more times later in the day and did not see the bird again, so chaseability may be irrelevant anyway. We can all hope that it flew over to some more publicly accessible location, and will be relocated tomorrow…

eBird shows only one prior record for, well, anywhere in the state away from the coast: a 2003 bird in Sunderland, found by Richard Minear. Other than that, not even a record west of I-95, much less 495. But I still haven’t gotten my act together enough to order a copy of Veit and Peterson. Anyone care to check, or happen to know of other non-coastal avocet records?

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: 6/29/16 2:03 pm
From: Matt S. <accipiter22...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/29/2016
Saw this link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36475672 and thought
Massbirders might get a kick out of it. This guy is traveling around the
world via sailboat, and he took his chicken with him for companionship.


Matt Sabourin
Brighton, MA
<Accipiter22...>

 

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Date: 6/29/16 12:40 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 06-29-16
David Moon and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of Joppa
Flats Education Center on to Plum Island. The weather was a bit iffy, but
as it turned out, light rain quit as we started and heavy rain ushered us
off the island at program's end, without any rain in between. The skies
were overcast to partly cloudy, temps were in the upper 70s with more
humidity than we have experienced thus far this summer, and winds were light
and variable. All in all, not too bad!

Our list:
Canada Goose
Mute Swan (2) - Stage Island Pool.
Gadwall (2) - pr., North Pool Overlook.
American Black Duck (~ 10) - NPO & Bill Forward Pool.
Mallard - many molting drakes; various.
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret (3)
Snowy Egret (~ 10)
Glossy Ibis (~ 15) - various.
Osprey (5) - 1, Sandy Pt; 2, Pines platform; 2, ramp platform.
Black-bellied Plover (~ 15) - 3, SP; ~ 12, BFP.
Piping Plover (~ 20) - including 6 downy chicks not long out of the egg, SP.
Killdeer (1) - new blind.
Willet - many.
Lesser Yellowlegs (5) - BFP.
RED KNOT (1) - basic plumage, BFP (thanks for heads up, Tom!).
Semipalmated Sandpiper - a few, BFP.
Short-billed Dowitcher (~ 35) - BFP (as Tom pointed out, some in spiffy
plumage).
Ring-billed Gull (16) - 2, NPO; 14, SP.
Herring Gull (2) - SP.
Great Black-backed Gull (~ 5) - SP.
Common Tern (~ 10) - SP.
Least Tern (~ 10) - including 2 downy chicks a day or two old, SP.
Mourning Dove (3)
Eastern Kingbird (~ 5) - various.
Red-eyed Vireo (1) - heard, Goodno Woods.
American Crow (2)
Purple Martin - lot #1 colony.
Tree Swallow - a few.
Barn Swallow (3) - NPO.
American Robin (2)
Gray Catbird (~ 6) - fewer being heard.
Northern Mockingbird (1) - new blind.
Brown Thrasher (1)
European Starling - flocks of juvs building.
Cedar Waxwing (1) - roadside, south marsh.
Common Yellowthroat (3)
Yellow Warbler (3)
Eastern Towhee (3)
Savannah Sparrow (1) - SP.
Song Sparrow (3)
Swamp Sparrow (1) - S-curves marsh.
Northern Cardinal (1)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1) - n. Goodno.
Bobolink (~ 8) - North Field & The Warden's Field.
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch (1) - across road from NPO.
American Goldfinch (3)
House Sparrow

We will meet next on August 3 at 9:30 for Wednesday Morning Birding back at
Joppa Flats Education Center. For more information about Joppa Flats
programs, call David Moon or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

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



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