MASSBIRD
Received From Subject
10/18/17 4:38 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Quincy Highlights Common Raven, Sparrows, Bobolink, etc.
10/18/17 4:24 pm Joseph Bourget <joseph.bourget...> [MASSBIRD] LeConte's Sparrow 18OCT- Bolton Flats - YES
10/18/17 4:02 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (17 Oct 2017) Raptors
10/18/17 4:00 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (16 Oct 2017) 8 Raptors
10/18/17 2:52 pm Sam Miller <zamziller...> [MASSBIRD] Le Conte's Sparrow--NO--Bolton Flats
10/18/17 1:26 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 10-18-2017
10/18/17 11:53 am Ray Brown <ray...> [MASSBIRD] Windows to the Wild -- in Boston's Public Garden
10/18/17 9:25 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes continue-E.Bridgewater 10/18
10/18/17 8:26 am John <john.mcelligott3...> [MASSBIRD] First Junco
10/18/17 7:32 am David Sibley <sibleyguides...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Race Point Report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER - A Note
10/18/17 5:24 am Sabrina Hepburn <s.k.hepburn...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Race Point Report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER - A Note
10/18/17 4:51 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] Race Point Report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER - A Note
10/18/17 12:28 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] RFI: winter pelagic trips
10/18/17 12:27 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (17 Oct 2017) 67 Raptors
10/18/17 12:25 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Winthrop Scarlet Tanager, Rusty Blackbird, etc.
10/17/17 8:01 pm Josh <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] belated - Race Point report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER!
10/17/17 6:22 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] belated - Race Point report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER!
10/17/17 5:57 pm Josh <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] belated - Race Point report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER!
10/17/17 5:40 pm Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...> Re: [MASSBIRD] belated - Race Point report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER!
10/17/17 5:34 pm Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> Re: [MASSBIRD] belated - Race Point report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER!
10/17/17 5:27 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] belated - Race Point report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER!
10/17/17 3:38 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] belated - Race Point report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER!
10/17/17 7:12 am bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Another aberrant bird
10/17/17 6:26 am Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...> [MASSBIRD] Three dead shorebirds...why?
10/17/17 6:00 am Heather Burns <heather2cb...> [MASSBIRD] Painted Bunting
10/17/17 5:46 am Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...> [MASSBIRD] LeConte’s
10/17/17 4:22 am Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...> [MASSBIRD] Not Nelson’s— -leConte’s
10/16/17 5:00 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (16 Oct 2017) 37 Raptors
10/16/17 4:33 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Common Ravens in Mission Hill
10/16/17 1:50 pm Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club–Fall Meeting This Saturday!
10/16/17 8:02 am Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Bolton Flats WMA , Oct 16, 2017
10/15/17 2:07 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Revere Highlights
10/15/17 10:15 am Jeff Rees <jrees...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Natick fly by
10/15/17 8:56 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Natick fly by
10/15/17 8:11 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Painted Bunting - Barnstable
10/15/17 6:42 am Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...> [MASSBIRD] Raven: new yard bird
10/14/17 7:27 pm Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Walk Nahanton Park , Oct 14, 2017
10/14/17 7:13 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (13 Oct 2017) 13 Raptors
10/14/17 6:32 pm James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Franklin County Obs
10/14/17 3:06 pm alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] ynch juveniles
10/14/17 2:05 pm Zack Weber <birdingwithzackweber...> [MASSBIRD] Dickcissels, White-crowned Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird - Waltham St. fields, Lexington
10/14/17 1:54 pm Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Cold Spring Park, Newton, Oct 14, 2017
10/14/17 8:30 am <larry.berk...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Do you know of Elliott Taylor
10/13/17 11:58 pm Dana Duxbury-Fox <danafox...> [MASSBIRD] Lawrence MA Crow Roost
10/13/17 11:53 pm Eddie <emgiles62...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Do you know of Elliott Taylor
10/13/17 10:43 pm Dana Duxbury-Fox <danafox...> [MASSBIRD] Do you know of Elliott Taylor
10/13/17 8:55 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Gull ID
10/13/17 6:12 pm Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Peregrines, owl, Wrens Beverly and Gloucester
10/13/17 1:45 pm Josh <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] FB: BTGray Warbler on Monomoy; Western MA bird reports
10/13/17 10:21 am Eddie <emgiles62...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Backyard Bird Feeding Workshop ~ November 8, 2017
10/13/17 9:04 am Hojnacki, Katlyn <katlyn_hojnacki...> [MASSBIRD] Bill Forward Pool and North Pool Water Level Management
10/13/17 7:03 am John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Barred Owl, West Gloucester
10/12/17 8:26 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (12 Oct 2017) 31 Raptors
10/12/17 7:29 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (11 Oct 2017) 30 Raptors
10/12/17 6:59 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Winthrop, etc.
10/12/17 4:29 pm Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [MASSBIRD] Danehy Park, see images of Cooper's Hawkand Sapsucker at Mark Rosenstein's e-bird report Danehy Park, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US Oct 11, 2017 7:25 AM - 9:15 AM Protocol: Traveling 0.75 mile(s) Comments: MBC & BBC trip - Danehy Park
10/12/17 2:30 pm Chris Martone <cmartone00...> [MASSBIRD] Sparrows, Plum Island
10/12/17 2:24 pm <th3b1rdn3rd...> [MASSBIRD] Dunback meadows (strange Dove call)
10/12/17 1:55 pm Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...> [MASSBIRD] Overnight Owls & Others - Essex, MA - August to October
10/12/17 1:03 pm Gerald Macomber <jerrymacomber...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill cranes, East Bridgewater
10/12/17 11:49 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Oct 12, 2017
10/12/17 11:29 am Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...> [MASSBIRD] Mass Audubon Director of Bird Conservation presentation and Purple Martin conference Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
10/12/17 10:11 am David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Ipswich Sparrow reports requested
10/11/17 2:26 pm Greg Dysart <gsdysart...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Shorebird ID?
10/11/17 1:02 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Joppa Park Boat Ramp & Plum Island - 10-11-17
10/11/17 12:45 pm DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] It Begins
10/11/17 12:34 pm Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...> [MASSBIRD] Pink Swan and a Sparrow at Egypt Lane Fairhaven
10/11/17 12:21 pm Lindsey Nichols <pepper.please...> [MASSBIRD] Highlights from Boston Public Garden - Oct 11th 2017
10/11/17 8:34 am John Liller <john.liller...> [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook - 10/11/17
10/11/17 7:39 am Greg Dysart <gsdysart...> [MASSBIRD] Shorebird ID?
10/11/17 5:04 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Sooty Feathers Tell the History of Pollution in American Cities
10/10/17 6:43 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Point of Pines and Belle Isle Today
10/10/17 6:40 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (10 Oct 2017) 30 Raptors
10/10/17 6:06 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Tickets still available for NECWA's Ocean Exploration Cruise
10/10/17 4:49 pm John Weeks <aerie.john...> [MASSBIRD] Blueberry Hill, Granville, 10/10 -- broad-winged hawk; eight warbler species
10/10/17 8:48 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
10/10/17 7:07 am John Andrews <jandrews166...> [MASSBIRD] Somerville Birders: White Canary?
10/10/17 1:04 am Eddie <emgiles62...> [MASSBIRD] Brrokline Bird Club Walk - Cumberland Farms--River St. Entrance, Oct 8, 2017
10/9/17 7:52 pm Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Fulmars seen from a Whalewatch boat...
10/9/17 1:41 pm Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] 10/5 Hooded Warbler - Duxbury Beach
10/9/17 12:01 pm JOHN ROCKWOOD <loonphotog...> [MASSBIRD] NH Loons
10/9/17 10:52 am Eric <elabato...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Egrets
10/9/17 10:32 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] OK, OK, OK, OK
10/9/17 10:19 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Date change, SSBC Atwood Res trip
10/9/17 10:19 am DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Egrets
10/9/17 10:02 am Peter Trull <petrull...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Egrets
10/9/17 9:35 am Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Egrets
10/9/17 9:13 am Peter Trull <petrull...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Egrets
10/9/17 8:53 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Great Egrets
10/9/17 8:42 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Lowell Cemetery, Oct 9, 2017
10/9/17 6:56 am Peter Flood <pomarine...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Long-tailed Jaeger(s)-First Encounter Beach, Eastham-is it possible? 10/7/17
10/9/17 1:55 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Long-tailed Jaeger(s)-First Encounter Beach, Eastham-is it possible? 10/7/17
10/8/17 7:37 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Outer Cape Cod trip-10/7/17
10/8/17 6:55 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Long-tailed Jaeger(s)-First Encounter Beach, Eastham-is it possible? 10/7/17
10/8/17 3:29 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Lowell Cemetery, Oct 8, 2017
10/8/17 1:35 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Re: [RIBIRDS] Re: Purple Martins Caratunk Wildlife Refuge. Seekonk MA
10/8/17 9:21 am Nick Paulson <grendelpgill...> [MASSBIRD] Mandel Hill BBC
10/8/17 6:59 am Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Outer Cape BBC/South Shore Bird Trip
10/8/17 6:09 am Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Juncos Nahant stump dump
10/8/17 4:49 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] FOS Junco
10/8/17 4:30 am Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...> [MASSBIRD] Gulf of Maine pelagic, images
10/7/17 7:39 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (07 Oct 2017) 8 Raptors
10/7/17 7:14 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Oct 7, 2017
10/7/17 4:48 pm Eric <elabato...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - October 6th
10/7/17 4:28 pm Eric <elabato...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - October 6th
10/7/17 3:17 pm Eric <elabato...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Royal terns, Plum Island PRNWR
10/7/17 2:37 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Royal terns, Plum Island PRNWR
10/7/17 2:16 pm Sam Miller <zamziller...> [MASSBIRD] Dickcissel, Crane Swamp, Westborough, Oct 7, 2017
10/7/17 10:36 am Bonnie & Bob Buxton <bbxt...> [MASSBIRD] Stream birds in Merrimac
10/7/17 9:50 am Nick Paulson <grendelpgill...> [MASSBIRD] Another Clay-colored Sparrow - Heard, Wayland
10/7/17 6:56 am Nick Paulson <grendelpgill...> [MASSBIRD] Clay-colored Sparrow, Chat - Framingham, Callahan SP
10/7/17 6:14 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] Pike's Bridge Road? (W. Newbury), Rough Meadows? (Rowley)
10/6/17 3:50 pm John Weeks <aerie.john...> [MASSBIRD] Blueberry HIll, Granville -- late Cape May Warbler
10/6/17 3:25 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (06 Oct 2017) 5 Raptors
10/6/17 2:04 pm Thomas Robben <robben99...> [MASSBIRD] Oct. 8-9 Great Skua trip openings
10/6/17 1:34 pm Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> [MASSBIRD] Six species of woodpecker Westford MA
10/6/17 1:23 pm Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...> [MASSBIRD] Nelson’s Sparrow
10/6/17 8:54 am Wayne Klockner <wklockner...> [MASSBIRD] Clay-colored Sparrow at Great Meadows, Concord Unit
10/6/17 7:58 am Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...> [MASSBIRD] Blue Grosbeak-Danehy Park
10/6/17 7:50 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Danehy Friday AM
10/6/17 7:01 am Patty O'neill <pattyoneill...> [MASSBIRD] Sapsucker
10/6/17 6:34 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 10/21 - Walk Co-Sponsored by the Fenway Garden Society and Brookline Bird Club
10/6/17 3:06 am Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...> [MASSBIRD] birding from bed
10/5/17 8:18 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Clay-colored Sparrow at Nahanton Park, etc.
10/5/17 5:02 pm DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Make my Day
10/5/17 4:47 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (05 Oct 2017) 1 Raptors
10/5/17 4:44 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (05 Oct 2017) 3 Raptors
10/5/17 4:42 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (04 Oct 2017) 5 Raptors
10/5/17 1:04 pm Sam Miller <zamziller...> [MASSBIRD] Connecticut Warbler, Fitch's Bridge Rd., Oct 5, 2017
10/5/17 11:03 am Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Worm-eating warbler, Millennium Park
10/5/17 10:31 am Haynes Miller <hrm...> [MASSBIRD] Clay-colored Sparrow, Nahanton Park
10/5/17 9:05 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Oct 5, 2017
10/5/17 8:47 am Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> [MASSBIRD] Westborough WMA today
10/5/17 7:33 am Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Nahant Heritage Trail and Stump Dump Sparrows
10/5/17 6:33 am Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> [MASSBIRD] Clay colored sparrow and Connecticut warbler Westborough
10/5/17 6:05 am Marjorie <marjwtsn...> [MASSBIRD] Dickcissel and Clay Colored Sparrow Wardens PrRNWR
10/4/17 5:58 pm Eric <elabato...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island lists
10/4/17 5:43 pm meaghan q. sinclair <meaghanq...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Danehy Park; Clay-colored Sparrow
10/4/17 3:14 pm Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...> [MASSBIRD] Connecticut Warbler- Calvary Cemetery, Waltham
10/4/17 1:33 pm Andrea Bean <abean60...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Black skimmer. Point of pines beach Revere.
10/4/17 1:31 pm Andrea Bean <abean60...> [MASSBIRD] Black skimmer. Point of pines beach Revere.
10/4/17 11:49 am David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm & Plum Island - 10-04-17
10/4/17 10:42 am Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Juv Black Skimmer Point of Pines Revere now
10/4/17 10:05 am Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...> [MASSBIRD] Soli Sandpiper, white-crowned. Sparrow
10/4/17 8:34 am Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...> [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh Birding Program Sat Oct 7
10/4/17 5:50 am Stuart Walker <stuarttwalker...> [MASSBIRD] Laughing Gull (?) at South Boston
10/3/17 6:39 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (03 Oct 2017) 26 Raptors
10/3/17 4:35 pm Nickilas Paulson <grendelpgill...> [MASSBIRD] Bolton Flats WMA 10/3 - Blue Grosbeak, Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, 79 species. Also Bobcat
10/3/17 4:00 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Western Kingbird at Boston Public Garden
10/3/17 2:44 pm Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] Clay-colored Sparrow at Lexington Community Farm, 10/2/17
10/3/17 2:39 pm Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] Nelson's Sparrows (min 4) at Plumbush Today, 10/3/17
10/3/17 1:13 pm Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Million Dollar Duck Screening on Friday at 7:00 pm
10/3/17 12:44 pm alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] query
10/3/17 12:05 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (01 Oct 2017) 26 Raptors
10/3/17 9:12 am <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (29 Sep 2017) 3 Raptors
10/3/17 9:09 am Poole, Matt <matt_poole...> [MASSBIRD] Million Dollar Duck Screening on Friday at 7:00 pm
10/3/17 8:37 am <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (02 Oct 2017) 54 Raptors
10/2/17 8:56 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (02 Oct 2017) 54 Raptors
10/2/17 6:33 pm Marj. Rines <marj...> [MASSBIRD] Brown Pelican update
10/2/17 5:17 pm Eric <elabato...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - October 2nd
10/2/17 12:47 pm Marj. Rines <marj...> [MASSBIRD] Brown Pelican, Castle Island, Boston
10/2/17 11:20 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Fenway Highlights This Morning
10/2/17 9:57 am Marsha Salett <msalett...> [MASSBIRD] October 2017 issue of Bird Observer now online
10/2/17 9:20 am Barbara M Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (01 Oct 2017) 272 Raptors
10/1/17 9:48 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] addendum to my report from Ipswich Town Farm
10/1/17 9:14 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Ipswich Town Farm, Oct 1, 2017
10/1/17 6:38 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] New Movie About The Least Tern
10/1/17 6:36 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Merlin: Great Sippewissett Marsh - Photos!
10/1/17 5:23 pm Eric <elabato...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - October 1, 2017
10/1/17 1:55 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Calling Massbirders!: Oct BBC pelagic
10/1/17 12:02 pm <kevin.bourinot...> [MASSBIRD] 10/01: Forbush Bird Club Trip: Wachusett Reservoir IBA
10/1/17 10:16 am Haynes Miller <hrm...> [MASSBIRD] Nahanton Park, Newton: Orange-crowned Warbler and sparrows
10/1/17 8:59 am John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Connecticut Warbler, Eastern Point, Gloucester
10/1/17 7:51 am <goshawk3...> <goshawk3...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle Westford
9/30/17 7:04 pm Bob & Bonnie Buxton <bbxt...> [MASSBIRD] Re: a bird--leaf bathing
9/30/17 3:27 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Purple Martins Caratunk Wildlife Refuge. Seekonk MA
9/30/17 2:37 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Re: [MASSBIRD] a bird--leaf bathing
9/30/17 1:47 pm alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] 2 YCNH juv
9/30/17 12:25 pm Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> Re: [MASSBIRD] a bird--leaf bathing
9/30/17 10:29 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (29 Sep 2017) 44 Raptors
9/30/17 10:20 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> Re: [MASSBIRD] a bird--leaf bathing
9/30/17 10:00 am Catherine Fisher <catherineckx...> Re: [MASSBIRD] a bird--leaf bathing
9/30/17 6:14 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] YCNH
9/30/17 6:01 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Great Horned Owl Hootathon Littleton
9/29/17 7:41 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] 9/29 highlights-Squantum, Pond Meadow Park (Braintree), Great Pond-Randolph/Braintree
9/29/17 7:32 pm Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Fenway & Victory Gardens, Sep 29, 2017
9/29/17 6:22 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Probable Black-headed Grosbeak-Quincy Point Park, 9/29/17
9/29/17 4:44 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Masked Booby update
9/29/17 4:07 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Fenway First of Fall Birds, etc.
9/29/17 3:23 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows Brookline Bird Club walk of 9/30 - changed to 10/1
9/29/17 1:53 pm Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [MASSBIRD] Danehy Park 29 Sept.; Yellow-throated Vireo; Orange-crowned warbler; Connecticut Warbler plus.
9/29/17 1:31 pm Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] Big Kinglet Influx on Plum Island, 9/29/17
9/29/17 12:44 pm Hojnacki, Katlyn <katlyn_hojnacki...> [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR Closes Marsh Loop Portion of Hellcat Trail
9/29/17 12:04 pm Lindsey Nichols <pepper.please...> [MASSBIRD] Lunch Hour Birds in Boston Public Garden
9/29/17 11:54 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows Brookline Bird Club walk of 9/30 - changed to 10/1
9/29/17 9:16 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Danehy Park Thursday AM
9/29/17 9:11 am Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Gay Head, Martha's Vineyard, Sep 29, 2017
9/29/17 8:02 am Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...> [MASSBIRD] Brown pelican in southie
9/29/17 6:27 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Lots of birds over night.
9/29/17 6:24 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (28 Sep 2017) 66 Raptors
9/28/17 8:00 pm Kat Birder <katbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Weekly species census- Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Sep 28, 2017
9/28/17 6:04 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Re: First Grackle Wave
9/28/17 5:52 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] First Grackle Wave, Westwood, Thur., Sept. 28
9/28/17 4:51 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (28 Sep 2017) 13 Raptors
9/28/17 4:51 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] First Grackle Wave, Westwood, Thur., Sept. 28
9/28/17 4:42 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Fish Crows in Stoughton
9/28/17 3:00 pm John Weeks <aerie.john...> [MASSBIRD] Blueberry Hill, Granville -- ad hawk hoc watch 9/28/17
9/28/17 12:44 pm Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...> [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh FREE Nature Programs
9/28/17 7:02 am bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Masked booby
9/27/17 7:44 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] (Fish) crow roost near Stoughton?
9/27/17 6:42 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Marine Life Photogrphy trip
9/27/17 6:36 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Great Pond in Randolph Highlights
9/27/17 6:32 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Walk at the North Shore Community Gardens reminder
9/27/17 6:30 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Purple Martin Totals Crestwood Country Club & Clark Family Wheeler Street Rehoboth
9/27/17 6:26 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (27 Sep 2017) 2 Raptors
9/27/17 12:39 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island & Joppa Park Boat Ramp - 09-27-17
9/27/17 10:46 am <goshawk3...> <goshawk3...> [MASSBIRD] Bluebirds in West Bridgewater
9/27/17 8:58 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
9/27/17 4:14 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Birding Zion & Grand Canyon
9/26/17 8:10 pm Patty O'neill <pattyoneill...> [MASSBIRD] Connecticut Warbler at Fowl Meadow
9/26/17 6:46 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Masked Booby in rehab - Cape Cod
9/26/17 5:23 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 9/26 Squantum Pt. Park White-crowned Sparrow, etc.
9/26/17 5:21 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (26 Sep 2017) 7 Raptors
9/26/17 5:17 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Hummingbirds still in Hanson
9/25/17 7:47 pm Jon Woolf <jswoolf01...> [MASSBIRD] NH Audubon Fall Pelagic Trip
9/25/17 7:46 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (25 Sep 2017) 17 Raptors
9/25/17 4:15 pm Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...> [MASSBIRD] Race Point, Images
9/25/17 11:28 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (23 Sep 2017) 80 Raptors
9/24/17 8:52 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Race point 9/24
9/24/17 6:48 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (24 Sep 2017) 61 Raptors
9/24/17 6:14 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] sparrows
9/24/17 5:29 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Cuttyhunk Island sightings
9/24/17 1:39 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] clarifications
9/24/17 1:35 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 9/23 Black's Creek in Quincy
9/24/17 10:40 am Thomas Robben <robben99...> [MASSBIRD] GOM 2-day 420-mile pelagic trip this Friday
9/24/17 10:34 am <kevin.bourinot...> [MASSBIRD] 9/24: Forbush Bird Club Trip - Bolton Flats and Lancaster WMA
9/24/17 9:49 am Josh <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] FaceBook addendum to Race Point report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER!
9/24/17 7:09 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] seabird report
9/24/17 6:01 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Race Point- 9/23
9/24/17 5:40 am Bonnie & Bob Buxton <bbxt...> [MASSBIRD] Warblers in Merrimac
9/24/17 5:15 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 9/23 - Race Point
9/23/17 8:01 pm Sean Williams <seanbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Race Point- 9/23
9/23/17 6:31 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Mount Watatic (23 Sep 2017) 80 Raptors
9/23/17 2:54 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Dickcissel at Passanageset Park Quincy, etc. Glaucous Gull at, Black's Creek Possible
9/23/17 2:06 pm Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Black Vulture, Chelmsford, MA
9/23/17 1:32 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Black Vulture, Chelmsford, MA
9/23/17 1:09 pm Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...> [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh FREE Nature Programs
9/23/17 11:27 am Warren Tatro <wtatro...> [MASSBIRD] Hooded Warbler continues at Parker River NWR
9/23/17 10:12 am John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Dunback Meadows passerine flock
9/23/17 8:18 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (22 Sep 2017) 85 Raptors
9/23/17 8:07 am <th3b1rdn3rd...> [MASSBIRD] Strange plover at welfleet Audubon
9/22/17 3:18 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Mount Watatic (22 Sep 2017) 344 Raptors
9/22/17 1:35 pm Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> Re: [MASSBIRD] feathers atlas and feather doctor
9/22/17 12:55 pm megascops.2014 <megascops.2014...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Unknown Bird ID Help
9/22/17 12:50 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] feathers atlas and feather doctor
9/22/17 12:01 pm Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] BROOKLINE BIRD CLUB Extreme Pelagic Trip OCTOBER 14, 15, 2017
9/22/17 10:50 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (21 Sep 2017) 441 Raptors
9/22/17 4:54 am Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> [MASSBIRD] Unknown Bird ID Help
9/22/17 4:10 am Sean Williams <seanbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Winter Finch Forecast 2017
9/21/17 6:30 pm Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: reporting some Plum Island birds to Massbird? 9/21/17
9/21/17 6:24 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Mount Watatic (21 Sep 2017) 723 Raptors
9/21/17 6:21 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Sep 21, 2017
9/21/17 12:58 pm Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...> [MASSBIRD] Purple Martin Fest
9/20/17 7:05 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Halibut Point SP, Rockport, Sep 20, 2017
9/20/17 6:11 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] additional comment re earlier post
9/20/17 6:08 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Great Pond in Randolph and Braintree Addenda
9/20/17 1:55 pm Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] flocks of Tree Swallows, Nahant
9/20/17 1:30 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 09/20/2017
9/20/17 12:30 pm Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...> [MASSBIRD] Barred & Screech Owl question, calling overnight - late Ruby-throated - Essex 09-20-17
9/20/17 8:23 am James Kowalsky <jrkowalsky...> [MASSBIRD] Tropical Storm Jose
9/19/17 4:07 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (19 Sep 2017) Raptors
9/19/17 2:48 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Andrews Point, Rockport, Sep 19, 2017
9/19/17 8:09 am Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> [MASSBIRD] Juvenile red-headed woodpecker in SE Vermont
9/19/17 4:12 am Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Sep 18, 2017
9/18/17 8:35 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Crane Beach, Ipswich, Sep 18, 2017
9/18/17 6:52 pm Barbara M Volkle <barb620...> Re: [MASSBIRD] American White Pelican in Scituate YES
9/18/17 6:43 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (18 Sep 2017) 4 Raptors
9/18/17 6:43 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] American White Pelican in Scituate YES
9/18/17 4:17 pm Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Dunback Meadows, Sep 18, 2017
9/18/17 11:07 am <Tombwhawk...> [MASSBIRD] Hawks at Mt. Tom
9/18/17 11:01 am Lindsey Nichols <pepper.please...> [MASSBIRD] Possible Connecticut warbler - Boston Public Garden
9/18/17 9:56 am Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> [MASSBIRD] Connecticut Warblers, Yellow-breasted Chat Westborough
9/18/17 9:39 am Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Dickcissel-John Paul park 9/18/17
9/18/17 6:13 am Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Walk Cumberland Farms--River St. Entrance, Sep 17, 2017
9/18/17 2:53 am <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (17 Sep 2017) 88 Raptors
 
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Date: 10/18/17 4:38 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Quincy Highlights Common Raven, Sparrows, Bobolink, etc.

Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:21:07 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Quincy Highlights Common Raven, Sparrows, Bobolink, etc.



First to the northern part of Wollaston Beach to look for the Black-headed Gull that was discovered by David Brown many weeks ago and that has been seen a few times since then, including this past Sunday (both in Squantum and northern part of beach opposite Bayfield Rd.) :

Red-throated Loon 20
Great Egret 6
Brant 15
Surf Scoter 15
White-winged Scoter 28
Hooded Merganser 1 odd; adult male
Bonaparte's Gull 4
Laughing Gull 5

>From thence, I went to Passanageset Park to look for Nelson's Sparrows that Vinnie The Conjerer always seems to see here in abundance:

Common Raven 1 soaring in view for five minutes; impressive
Fish Crow 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
White-crowned Sparrow 3
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 8
Savannah Sparrow 30 impossible to count; constantly being flushed from roadsie
Bobolink 1 beautiful olive-gold tones glistening in the sun as it flushed
LEPIDS:
Common Buckeye 1
Monarch 1
Orange Sulphur 3
Cabbage White 1 no relation to Betty White

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 10/18/17 4:24 pm
From: Joseph Bourget <joseph.bourget...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] LeConte's Sparrow 18OCT- Bolton Flats - YES
Good evening Massbirders,

Sorry about the delay. I waited until I got home to type this out, because
I wanted to put as much info as I could into it.

After being originally seen by Pete Gilmore and his group on the 16th, I
saw it again today around 4:30pm. The specific location was on the path
next to the agricultural field. If you park at the lot north of rte 117
(the "normal" lot), and walk out to the field, you will see the path that
runs along the side of the field. About halfway down the side of the
field, there will be a marker for the oil line (it is a white pipe with a
yellow tip) off to the right. The bird was seen in that area, but favored a
nearby dead bush in front of a tall snag.

It did fly into the field once, but that was when a hunter was stalking a
nearby pheasant.

If you go to find it, and you are having difficulty pinning down the
location, feel free to email me.

--
Respectfully,

Joseph Bourget
Brimfield, MA

 

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Date: 10/18/17 4:02 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (17 Oct 2017) Raptors

Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:45:42 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Pinnacle Rock (17 Oct 2017) Raptors


Pinnacle Rock
Malden, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 4 6
Bald Eagle 0 1 1
Northern Harrier 0 3 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 17 24
Cooper's Hawk 0 9 12
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 2 3
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 2

Total: 0 44 60
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:45:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 2.25 hours

Official Counter: Craig Jackson

Observers:

Weather:
NW -WNW winds; temperature -- 13-14°C; cloud cover (southeast horizon) --
5-2%

Raptor Observations:
none migrating
non-migrating -- 2 adult RT

Non-raptor Observations:
Canada Geese - 33; Phoebe - 2 (incl juv); DE Junco - 1
Gray-cheeked Thrush seen on walk up to hill
========================================================================
Report submitted by Craig Jackson (<crleja...>)


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=239

 

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Date: 10/18/17 4:00 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (16 Oct 2017) 8 Raptors

Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:39:18 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Pinnacle Rock (16 Oct 2017) 8 Raptors



Pinnacle Rock
Malden, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 16, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 4 6
Bald Eagle 0 1 1
Northern Harrier 1 3 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 17 24
Cooper's Hawk 1 9 12
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 2 3
Merlin 1 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 1 2 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 2

Total: 8 44 60
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5.25 hours

Official Counter: Craig Jackson

Observers:

Weather:
Moderate northwest winds; temperature -- 13-14-11°C; cloud cover --
97-85-95%

Raptor Observations:
small movement including first adult Red-shouldered Hawk
Non-migrating -- 1 RT; 1 CH

Non-raptor Observations:
30 DC Cormorants; 6 Tree Swallows
========================================================================
Report submitted by Craig Jackson (<crleja...>)


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=239


 

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Date: 10/18/17 2:52 pm
From: Sam Miller <zamziller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Le Conte's Sparrow--NO--Bolton Flats
Carla and I made two visits to Bolton Flats WMA in Lancaster today, searching for the Le Conte’s Sparrow found two days ago by Pete Gilmore and others. We could not find it, if it is still there.
There were lots of hunters and hunting dogs about, all wearing hunter's orange (including some of the dogs), and we wore orange too. We heard reports that a Mass Wildlife officer has been out there insisting that you must wear orange. Good idea, even if not a legal requirement. Hunters and dogs were all friendly, and in general, we all seemed to have missed our target birds.
Sam Miller and Carla Dengler
Acton, MA



 

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Date: 10/18/17 1:26 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 10-18-2017

David Moon and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of
Joppa Flats Education Center on to Plum Island.  The weather was
beautiful and comfortable -- clear to partly cloudy skies, temps in low
60s, and winds 5-10/W-NW.  Birdy-wise, generally kinda slow.

Our list:
Canada Goose - common.
American Wigeon (51) - pannes.
American Black Duck - common.
Mallard (~ 15) - mostly from Hellcat dike.
Green-winged Teal (~ 45) - Bill Forward Pool - & then flyover toward
North Pool.
Common Eider (1) - one ocean.
White-winged Scoter (~ 60) - one ocean.
Black Scoter (1) - one ocean.
Red-throated Loon (~ 10) - one ocean.
Common Loon (3) - one ocean.
Northern Gannet (~ 15) - one ocean.
Double-crested Cormorant (2000+) - large flocks flying south all morning.
Great Blue Heron (2) - 1, marsh n. refuge gate; 1, NP from Hellcat dike.
Great Egret (8) - 7,  NP from Hellcat dike; 1, marsh n. PI Tpk.
Turkey Vulture (~ 9)
Red-tailed Hawk (3)
Black-bellied Plover (2) - 1, pannes; 1, NP from Hellcat dike.
Greater Yellowlegs (5) - pannes & NP from Hellcat dike.
Lesser Yellowlegs (~ 9) - mainly NP from Hellcat dike.
Dunlin (3) - NP from Hellcat dike.
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull - common.
Great Black-backed Gull (1)
Rock Pigeon
Merlin (1) - BFP fly over.
Blue Jay (~ 5) - various.
American Crow (3)
Black-capped Chickadee (~ 7) - roadside, n. lot #4.
Golden-crowned Kinglet (~ 5) - roadside, n.. lot #4.
European Starling - many.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (4) - various.
Eastern Towhee (1) - heard across from main panne.
Savannah Sparrow (2) - The Warden's.
Song Sparrow (2) - 1, The Warden's.
Northern Cardinal (1)

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats at 0930 for Wednesday
Morning Birding. 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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Date: 10/18/17 11:53 am
From: Ray Brown <ray...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Windows to the Wild -- in Boston's Public Garden
(Posted with permission of the moderator)

Dear MassBirders: New Hampshire Public Television and WGBH in Boston will
air a new episode of NHPBS’s WINDOWS TO THE WILD for an urban birding
expedition with yours truly on several occasions this week. I’ll join host
Willem Lange along with Boston-area birders Linda Ferraresso, Barbara
Volkle, and Steve Moore in Boston’s Public Garden (with a side trip to
World’s End in Hingham). The first broadcast will be tonight (10/18) at
7:30 on New Hampshire Public Television, and their website has info on
additional airings of the episode. The show will also be seen on WGBH,
Channel 2 here in Boston this Sunday evening (10/22) at 6pm.

Ray Brown
Boston

P.S. Thanks to Dave Williams for his expertise in preparing this program.

RAY BROWN'S TALKIN' BIRDS Sunday mornings 9:30-10 EASTERN TIME 950 AM
WROL(Boston) 980 AM WCAP (Lowell) 95.9FM WATD(South Shore Mass.)
92.1FM/91.3FM WOMR/WFMR(Cape Cod) 95.9 WCRI(Southern R.I./So.East CT)
106.1FM/1450 AM WNBP(North Shore Mass.) 91.3FM WCUW(Worcester, MA) 94.1
FM/860 AM WSBS(Western Mass.) 1400AM/1240AM/96.9FM WHMP(Western Mass.)
1530AM WVBF(Southeast Mass.) 1370AM WBTN (Southern Vermont) 1320AM WCVR
(Central Vermont) Robin Hood Radio: (WHDD 91.9FM/1020AM Sharon, CT WBSL
91.7FM Sheffield, MA WLHV 88.1FM Annandale-on-Hudson, NY WGHQ 920AM
Kingston, NY) 840AM WKDI(Denton, MD). Listen live on-line:
http://v6.player.abacast.net/2231 <http://959WATD.COM> Download shows
anytime: TALKINBIRDS.COM

 

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Date: 10/18/17 9:25 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes continue-E.Bridgewater 10/18

Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:52:04 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Bird Watcher's Supply" <birdwsg...>
Subject: Sandhill Cranes continue-E.Bridgewater 10/18

Bob Lessard reported "the two sandhill cranes are in E Bridgewater at the farm fields located at the intersection of Washington and Central Streets. These fields are across the street from Cumberland Farms."

Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
194 Route 1
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
<Birdwsg...>
978-462-0775
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com

 

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Date: 10/18/17 8:26 am
From: John <john.mcelligott3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] First Junco
Had my first Junco of the year in the yard on the Lynn/Salem line.
Ted McElligott
Lynn
<john.mcelligott3...>

 

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Date: 10/18/17 7:32 am
From: David Sibley <sibleyguides...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Race Point Report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER - A Note
Fo what it's worth (not much), I can add that I saw an odd-looking dark
shearwater at Race Point on Sep 11 (my ebird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39125242). It struck me immediately
as different from the Sootys I had been seeing, and in ways that were
consistent with Short-tailed, but without seeing more details, and with no
photos, it was just a hunch and I let it go as Shearwater sp.

On the question of one or multiple birds being involved, maybe comparing
the photos will help, but as a general observation I think the odds of one
individual of such a cryptic species being seen multiple times over a month
or more seem no higher than the odds of multiple individuals making it into
the Atlantic. The opportunities for close study and photography of
shearwaters at Race Point are superb. I can imagine that the combination of
lots of shearwaters, good views and photos, and some very skilled observers
now alert to the possibility could easily produce multiple records of
Short-tailed there while the species goes undetected elsewhere in the
Atlantic.

Best,
David
<sibleyguides...>
www.sibleyguides.com

On Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 8:19 AM, Sabrina Hepburn <s.k.hepburn...>
wrote:

> I will add to the clarifications that I was at Race Point the day after
> Howell’s record, on 9/24/17 with Guillermo Rodríguez. We saw and he
> photographed what also appears to be a/the Short-tailed Shearwater off Race
> Point Beach late in the afternoon that Sunday.
>
> Because it took quite some time to get confirming opinions on the photos,
> we did not end up posting this additional sighting on Massbird, although
> the record and associated photos for that day have also been submitted to
> MARC for review.
>
> Sabrina Hepburn
> Waltham, MA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Oct 18, 2017, at 7:44 AM, Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> wrote:
>
> Massbirders -
>
> There have been two documented sightings of Short-tailed Shearwater this
> year from Race Point -
>
> - 09/23/17 - Howell et al
> - 10/14/17 - Flood, Sutherland, Nikula
>
>
> I want to say a few things about the second sighting.
>
> First, understand the extreme difficulty in separating Short-tailed
> Shearwater vs Sooty Shearwater. In David Sibley's own words in an article
> on the separation of the two species found here
> <http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/07/can-short-tailed-shearwater-be-identified-in-the-field/>:
> "These two species are clearly among the most difficult species-pairs to
> identify." That is an understatement.
>
> Peter did the seemingly impossible, finding a needle in a haystack where
> the haystack is made out of similar needles. He has put a very nice write
> up on the observation on Facebook's page "Massachusetts Rare Bird Alert".
> Peter and a few others put in tremendous efforts birding Race Point. Aside
> from this year's mind boggling in shore shearwater activity, this sighting
> is amazing.
>
> Congrats and big kudos to Peter, Kate, and Blair.
>
> v/r
> Steve
>
>
>
> Steve
> -------------------------------------------------
> Westborough, Massachusetts
>
> Email: <pokedaddy151...> Photos: Steve Arena's Photos
> <https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/> Blog: ThailandBirding2017
> <http://thailandbirding2017.blogspot.com/>
>
>

 

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Date: 10/18/17 5:24 am
From: Sabrina Hepburn <s.k.hepburn...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Race Point Report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER - A Note
I will add to the clarifications that I was at Race Point the day after Howell’s record, on 9/24/17 with Guillermo Rodríguez. We saw and he photographed what also appears to be a/the Short-tailed Shearwater off Race Point Beach late in the afternoon that Sunday.

Because it took quite some time to get confirming opinions on the photos, we did not end up posting this additional sighting on Massbird, although the record and associated photos for that day have also been submitted to MARC for review.

Sabrina Hepburn
Waltham, MA

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 18, 2017, at 7:44 AM, Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> wrote:
>
> Massbirders -
>
> There have been two documented sightings of Short-tailed Shearwater this year from Race Point -
> 09/23/17 - Howell et al
> 10/14/17 - Flood, Sutherland, Nikula
>
> I want to say a few things about the second sighting.
>
> First, understand the extreme difficulty in separating Short-tailed Shearwater vs Sooty Shearwater. In David Sibley's own words in an article on the separation of the two species found here : "These two species are clearly among the most difficult species-pairs to identify." That is an understatement.
>
> Peter did the seemingly impossible, finding a needle in a haystack where the haystack is made out of similar needles. He has put a very nice write up on the observation on Facebook's page "Massachusetts Rare Bird Alert". Peter and a few others put in tremendous efforts birding Race Point. Aside from this year's mind boggling in shore shearwater activity, this sighting is amazing.
>
> Congrats and big kudos to Peter, Kate, and Blair.
>
> v/r
> Steve
>
>
>
> Steve
> -------------------------------------------------
> Westborough, Massachusetts
>
> Email: <pokedaddy151...> Photos: Steve Arena's Photos Blog: ThailandBirding2017

 

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Date: 10/18/17 4:51 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Race Point Report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER - A Note
Massbirders -

There have been two documented sightings of Short-tailed Shearwater this
year from Race Point -

- 09/23/17 - Howell et al
- 10/14/17 - Flood, Sutherland, Nikula


I want to say a few things about the second sighting.

First, understand the extreme difficulty in separating Short-tailed
Shearwater vs Sooty Shearwater. In David Sibley's own words in an article
on the separation of the two species found here
<http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/07/can-short-tailed-shearwater-be-identified-in-the-field/>:
"These two species are clearly among the most difficult species-pairs to
identify." That is an understatement.

Peter did the seemingly impossible, finding a needle in a haystack where
the haystack is made out of similar needles. He has put a very nice write
up on the observation on Facebook's page "Massachusetts Rare Bird Alert".
Peter and a few others put in tremendous efforts birding Race Point. Aside
from this year's mind boggling in shore shearwater activity, this sighting
is amazing.

Congrats and big kudos to Peter, Kate, and Blair.

v/r
Steve



Steve
-------------------------------------------------
Westborough, Massachusetts

Email: <pokedaddy151...> Photos: Steve Arena's Photos
<https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/> Blog: ThailandBirding2017
<http://thailandbirding2017.blogspot.com/>

 

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Date: 10/18/17 12:28 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RFI: winter pelagic trips

From: Dave dnvr7 <davednvr7...>
To: "<massbird...>" <massbird...>
Subject: RFI: winter pelagic trips
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:29:29 +0000



Hello,


Two Denver birders here, planning a trip to Cape Ann late this coming January. We understand that pelagic trips sort of shut down for the winter, but, having come all the way there, if a couple or three new species could be had on a boat, we're interested.


Does anyone know of a pelagic service that might run a half day trip at that time of year?


Thanks in advance,


Dave Cameron

Denver, CO

 

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Date: 10/18/17 12:27 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (17 Oct 2017) 67 Raptors

Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:26:27 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (17 Oct 2017) 67 Raptors



Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 1
Turkey Vulture 15 147 167
Osprey 3 25 143
Bald Eagle 1 20 111
Northern Harrier 2 3 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 12 81 307
Cooper's Hawk 1 35 117
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 3
Broad-winged Hawk 0 155 10348
Red-tailed Hawk 15 27 27
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 10 41 128
Merlin 0 3 19
Peregrine Falcon 3 14 35
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 28
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 3 8
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 5 14 71

Total: 67 574 11533
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill LaFleche, David Goodine, Jack Miano, Marty McNamara,
Rod Chase, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Observers: Rod Chase, Bill LaFleche, Jack Miano, Ursula
and Dave Goodine, Marty McNamara.
School groups kept the volume up for an hour but a good time they did
have. Many visitors to the deck thru the course of a relatively nice
October day.


Weather:
Summit temp started at 38F and slowly crept up to 48F by
3:30 end of day. Wind started as NNW and shifted thru N,
NW, NNW and to W for last half. Wind speed stayed a fairly constant 5mph
max with a few 8-10 gusts in the 2pm hour.
Cloud cover 0% all day and visibility low about 5 miles
due to ground haze.
Good hours were had for all winds and directions.
Today's temps were 10F lower than yesterday but, with
sun and low winds it felt 20 degrees warmer! The AM frost
may have influenced today's high sixties count.

Raptor Observations:
Not as many close birds as we had yesterday; still we
had a good mix of species dominated by a small uptick in
TV & RT movement plus falcons & SS's not far behind.
(Ted can relax -- he didn't miss a Golden Eagle today.)
Passage by mountain in morning was mostly on the east
side while later E & W were fairly even.
BE: adult, 2:27.
Locals: adult BE to N, RT's 5, TV's 5.

Non-raptor Observations:
Locals: Common Ravens 7, Brown Creeper bothered by male
Indigo Bunting near the ski lift.
Migrants noted: 124 Canada Geese, 1 Monarch.

Predictions:
-Tonight-
Clear, with a low around 40. Southwest wind 3 to 7 mph.
-Wednesday-
Sunny, with a high near 68. West wind 5 to 8 mph.
Another cool night and warmer day; hope W wind stays light; Clarry Hill
with 175 birds today?!

========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228


 

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Date: 10/18/17 12:25 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winthrop Scarlet Tanager, Rusty Blackbird, etc.
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:44:40 +0000 (UTC)

Unless otherwise noted, all birds were from within the cemetery or seen
from there looking out over the marsh:

Cooper's Hawk 1                Lewis Lake; eating squirrel
Northern Harrier 1               imm.
Peregrine Falcon 1             picked off a bird
Pectoral Sandpiper 5          two on inlet mudflats; later, five flyby
calling
Short-billed Dowitcher 1      inlet
Greater Yellowlegs 24
Dunlin 19                     Winthrop Beach
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Tree Swallow 300
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 8
SCARLET TANAGER 1     weed piles
RUSTY BLACKBIRD 1     KILMARTIN PATH IN TREE

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
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Date: 10/17/17 8:01 pm
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] belated - Race Point report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER!
Glenn and all - Yes, there were two. The BBC pelagic overnight, September edition, was scheduled to leave Hyannis on Saturday September 23, return to port Sunday the 24th. So the trip’s cancellation had already been announced a few days before that. Several folks - whom I’m guessing would have been with me on the pelagic had it taken place - posted this astounding report from Race Point on that Saturday:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39356467 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39356467>

Steve Howell was apparently also at Race Point on September 23, not far away from that crowd, but far enough that he saw and photographed a shearwater that the rest of them missed (or at least did not see it as well as Steve did). He showed his photos to a few people and they all agreed on the Short-tailed ID; word of this trickled out on FaceBook, I think via Ned Brinkley. While the eBird report above was submitted Saturday night, word about the shearwater did not get out until late Sunday morning. Hence the date of my MassBird post being the day after the bird’s discovery.

So there definitely was a September sighting, in addition to the one today:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39944794 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39944794>

Given that both sightings were from the same location, and the bird has never been documented in the state before and I think less than half a dozen times on the entire Atlantic coast of the US, it seems safe to bet that today’s report is a re-sighting of the same bird from September 23.

Good birding,

Josh



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


> On Oct 17, 2017, at 9:16 PM, Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> wrote:
>
> If you go below Barbara's post Josh's is date 9/24/17. I recalled seeing Josh's email, so I thought this was from earlier. Was there another one from Sept? Note the reference to Sean Williams and the missing Kate Sunderland and the reference to the cancelled BBC trip that weekend which at that time was not yet cancelled.
>
>
>
> So is there two reports?
>
>
>
> Glenn
>


 

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Date: 10/17/17 6:22 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] belated - Race Point report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER!
If you go below Barbara's post Josh's is date 9/24/17. I recalled seeing Josh's email, so I thought this was from earlier. Was there another one from Sept? Note the reference to Sean Williams and the missing Kate Sunderland and the reference to the cancelled BBC trip that weekend which at that time was not yet cancelled.


So is there two reports?


Glenn


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

> On October 17, 2017 at 8:22 PM Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> wrote:
>
>
> I think this is from the 14th of September.
>
>
> Glenn
>
>
> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
>
> > > On October 17, 2017 at 6:31 PM Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:
> >
> > Via text earlier today Griffin Richards reported:
> > Peter Flood and crew (re)sighted a SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER off Race Point on the 14th, the delay being to confirm the ID with others. Photos and details on eBird.
> >
> > Even earlier report below.
> >
> > Barbara Volkle
> > Northborough, MA
> > <barb620...> mailto:<barb620...>
> >
> >
> > *
> >
> > Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:41:42 -0400
> > <opihi...> mailto:<opihi...>
> >
> > Hi MassBirders,
> >
> > In addition to the already spectacular tally of birds reported from Race Point yesterday by Sean Williams, Blair Nikula, Steve Arena et al, reportedly Steve Howell photographed a shearwater which he subsequently confirmed from his photos as a Short-tailed! Ned Brinkley commented on a FaceBook post that he had seen Steve's photos as well. This would be a first state record, if accepted by MARC (and why wouldn’t it be if Steve Howell and Ned Brinkley both agree on it?), and one of only 4 or 5 reports for the Atlantic coast! The photos have not been posted or shared yet as far as I know, hopefully they’ll become available for viewing sometime soon.
> >
> > Can only imagine what we might have seen if the wind and water had been calm enough for the BBC pelagic to have sailed to the canyons this weekend…. Though I guess, if the wind and water had been calm, maybe these birds wouldn’t have been anywhere near Massachusetts to start with?
> >
> > Good birding!
> >
> > Josh
> >
> >
> > Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
> > Amherst, MA
> > http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
> > https://www.facebook.com/opihi
> >
> >
> >
> > >

 

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Date: 10/17/17 5:57 pm
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] belated - Race Point report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER!
Just to straighten things out: the bird has been seen *twice*, once in September, and then again in October. I posted to MassBird last month about the first sighting. Tonight, Barbara re-posted my post from last month, along with the news that the bird - presumably the same individual, given how rare it is on the Atlantic coast - had been seen again just a few days ago. The eBird reports pertain to the October sighting; Steve Howell, who photographed and identified the bird in September, apparently did not post it to eBird, or share his photos with the general public, but I heard that he did share them with our state’s bird records committee.

Good birding,

Josh


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




 

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Date: 10/17/17 5:40 pm
From: Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] belated - Race Point report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER!
October 14th, not September. This recent report is after the original report by Steve Howell. See the eBird checklist below

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39944794


> On Oct 17, 2017, at 8:22 PM, Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> wrote:
>
> I think this is from the 14th of September.
>
>
>
> Glenn
>
>
>
> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
>
>> On October 17, 2017 at 6:31 PM Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:
>>
>> Via text earlier today Griffin Richards reported:
>> Peter Flood and crew (re)sighted a SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER off Race Point on the 14th, the delay being to confirm the ID with others. Photos and details on eBird.
>>
>> Even earlier report below.
>>
>> Barbara Volkle
>> Northborough, MA
>> <barb620...> <mailto:<barb620...>
>>
>>
>> *
>>
>> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:41:42 -0400
>> <opihi...> <mailto:<opihi...>
>>
>> Hi MassBirders,
>>
>> In addition to the already spectacular tally of birds reported from Race Point yesterday by Sean Williams, Blair Nikula, Steve Arena et al, reportedly Steve Howell photographed a shearwater which he subsequently confirmed from his photos as a Short-tailed! Ned Brinkley commented on a FaceBook post that he had seen Steve's photos as well. This would be a first state record, if accepted by MARC (and why wouldn’t it be if Steve Howell and Ned Brinkley both agree on it?), and one of only 4 or 5 reports for the Atlantic coast! The photos have not been posted or shared yet as far as I know, hopefully they’ll become available for viewing sometime soon.
>>
>> Can only imagine what we might have seen if the wind and water had been calm enough for the BBC pelagic to have sailed to the canyons this weekend…. Though I guess, if the wind and water had been calm, maybe these birds wouldn’t have been anywhere near Massachusetts to start with?
>>
>> Good birding!
>>
>> Josh
>>
>>
>> Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
>> Amherst, MA
>> http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399 <http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399>
>> https://www.facebook.com/opihi <https://www.facebook.com/opihi>
>>
>>


 

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Date: 10/17/17 5:34 pm
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] belated - Race Point report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER!
This is from 14 October; eBird checklist with photos here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39957788


T



On Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 8:22 PM, Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
> wrote:

> I think this is from the 14th of September.
>
>
> Glenn
>
>
> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
>
> On October 17, 2017 at 6:31 PM Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
> wrote:
>
> Via text earlier today Griffin Richards reported:
> Peter Flood and crew (re)sighted a SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER off Race Point
> on the 14th, the delay being to confirm the ID with others. Photos and
> details on eBird.
>
> Even earlier report below.
>
> Barbara Volkle
> Northborough, MA
> <barb620...>
>
>
> *
>
> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:41:42 -0400
> <opihi...>
>
> Hi MassBirders,
>
> In addition to the already spectacular tally of birds reported from Race
> Point yesterday by Sean Williams, Blair Nikula, Steve Arena et al,
> reportedly Steve Howell photographed a shearwater which he subsequently
> confirmed from his photos as a Short-tailed! Ned Brinkley commented on a
> FaceBook post that he had seen Steve's photos as well. This would be a
> first state record, if accepted by MARC (and why wouldn’t it be if Steve
> Howell and Ned Brinkley both agree on it?), and one of only 4 or 5 reports
> for the Atlantic coast! The photos have not been posted or shared yet as
> far as I know, hopefully they’ll become available for viewing sometime soon.
>
> Can only imagine what we might have seen if the wind and water had been
> calm enough for the BBC pelagic to have sailed to the canyons this
> weekend…. Though I guess, if the wind and water had been calm, maybe these
> birds wouldn’t have been anywhere near Massachusetts to start with?
>
> Good birding!
>
> Josh
>
>
> Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
> Amherst, MA
> http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
> https://www.facebook.com/opihi
>
>
>

 

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Date: 10/17/17 5:27 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] belated - Race Point report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER!
I think this is from the 14th of September.


Glenn


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

> On October 17, 2017 at 6:31 PM Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:
>
> Via text earlier today Griffin Richards reported:
> Peter Flood and crew (re)sighted a SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER off Race Point on the 14th, the delay being to confirm the ID with others. Photos and details on eBird.
>
> Even earlier report below.
>
> Barbara Volkle
> Northborough, MA
> <barb620...> mailto:<barb620...>
>
>
> *
>
> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:41:42 -0400
> <opihi...> mailto:<opihi...>
>
> Hi MassBirders,
>
> In addition to the already spectacular tally of birds reported from Race Point yesterday by Sean Williams, Blair Nikula, Steve Arena et al, reportedly Steve Howell photographed a shearwater which he subsequently confirmed from his photos as a Short-tailed! Ned Brinkley commented on a FaceBook post that he had seen Steve's photos as well. This would be a first state record, if accepted by MARC (and why wouldn’t it be if Steve Howell and Ned Brinkley both agree on it?), and one of only 4 or 5 reports for the Atlantic coast! The photos have not been posted or shared yet as far as I know, hopefully they’ll become available for viewing sometime soon.
>
> Can only imagine what we might have seen if the wind and water had been calm enough for the BBC pelagic to have sailed to the canyons this weekend…. Though I guess, if the wind and water had been calm, maybe these birds wouldn’t have been anywhere near Massachusetts to start with?
>
> Good birding!
>
> Josh
>
>
> Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
> Amherst, MA
> http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
> https://www.facebook.com/opihi
>
>
>

 

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Date: 10/17/17 3:38 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] belated - Race Point report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER!
Via text earlier today Griffin Richards reported:
 Peter Flood and crew (re)sighted a SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER off Race
Point on the 14th, the delay being to confirm the ID with others. Photos
and details on eBird.

Even earlier report below.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>


*

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:41:42 -0400
<opihi...>

Hi MassBirders,

In addition to the already spectacular tally of birds reported from Race
Point yesterday by Sean Williams, Blair Nikula, Steve Arena et al,
reportedly Steve Howell photographed a shearwater which he subsequently
confirmed from his photos as a Short-tailed! Ned Brinkley commented on a
FaceBook post that he had seen Steve's photos as well. This would be a
first state record, if accepted by MARC (and why wouldn’t it be if Steve
Howell and Ned Brinkley both agree on it?), and one of only 4 or 5
reports for the Atlantic coast! The photos have not been posted or
shared yet as far as I know, hopefully they’ll become available for
viewing sometime soon.

Can only imagine what we might have seen if the wind and water had been
calm enough for the BBC pelagic to have sailed to the canyons this
weekend…. Though I guess, if the wind and water had been calm, maybe
these birds wouldn’t have been anywhere near Massachusetts to start with?

Good birding!

Josh


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



 

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Date: 10/17/17 7:12 am
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Another aberrant bird

Folk, this morning I encountered a small gaggle of Canada Geese that included one with weird coloration of head and legs. The head was splotchy and the legs were pinkish. Everything else seemed basically normal for Canada. It is probably just a cross breed, but if anyone is interested in seeing pictures, contact me off-line.

Joe Paluzzi

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 10/17/17 6:26 am
From: Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Three dead shorebirds...why?
Dear Massbirders,

A patron came to my library this morning with a dead shorebird in a bag.
He lives near the water on Sconticut Neck in Fairhaven and this morning in
his yard about 10 feet apart were three of these.

https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Birds/Shorebird-2017/i-4sRDKCq

Any ideas? He is worried there might be something with the electrical
wires.

Thanks

--

Carolyn Longworth
Acushnet, MA
bvm1290atg <http://bvm1290atcomcast.net>mail.com
Bird sightings at:

http://tinyurl.com/z489j5o

 

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Date: 10/17/17 6:00 am
From: Heather Burns <heather2cb...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Painted Bunting
Wondering if there have been any sighting this morning 10/17?

 

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Date: 10/17/17 5:46 am
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] LeConte’s
Hi Folks,

Several people have asked about pics and directions. Hope this helps.

Pete Gilmore
Newton, MA
<Petegilmore...>

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Date: Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 8:35 AM
Subject: Fwd: Monday Oct. 16...pictures
To: Greg Dysart <gsdysart...>


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Date: Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 8:30 AM
Subject: Fwd: Monday Oct. 16...pictures
To: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>



---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Date: Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 8:28 AM
Subject: Fwd: Monday Oct. 16...pictures
To: Sean Williams <seanbirder...>


Hi Greg,

These are the better pics. There is another group.

This was half-way out the trail north of rye 117 at Bolton Flats, in the
hedgerow on the right as you go out past the big wet fields and corn.

Pete

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Stan Deutsch <deutschsgd...>
Date: Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 9:06 PM
Subject: RE: Monday Oct. 16...pictures
To: Joyce Spencer <jspencer36...>, Sarah Harder <
<sarahharder76...>, Sally Willard <mamasheep4...>, Janice
Undem <janicetilli...>, Pam Resor <PamResor...>, Donna Safreed <
<DJSAfreed...>, Laurie Adamson <adamsonl...>, Ginny Adams <
<gjadams1...>, Rita Grossman <leahjen...>, Carol Rogers <
<carol_rogers...>, Jyoti Rao <jorao35...>, Paul Sullivan <
<fpaulsulli...>, Dennis Crouse <dennis.crouse...>, Ginny
Harris <waldenwalker...>, Linda Pallin <lindapallin...>,
Nicole Bélisle-Briggs <Bumpnick...>, Sue Doubler <sue_doubler...>,
Barbara Merrill <barbmerrill2...>, Simon Bunyard <
<simon...>
CC: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>


I've uploaded pictures from today's outing to my flickr account at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/material_guy/albums/72157629572365400

Stan

-----Original Message-----
From: Joyce Spencer [mailto:<jspencer36...>]
Sent: Saturday, October 14, 2017 8:41 PM
To: Sarah Harder; Sally Willard; Stan Deutsch; Janice Undem; Pam Resor;
Donna Safreed; Laurie Adamson; Joyce Spencer; Ginny Adams; Rita Grossman;
Carol Rogers; Jyoti Rao; Paul Sullivan; Dennis Crouse; Ginny Harris; Linda
Pallin; Nicole Bélisle-Briggs; Sue Doubler; Barbara Merrill; Simon Bunyard
Subject: Monday Oct. 16...our plans

Ginny and I plan to be there. We will meet the group at Bolton Flats.

Joyce

 

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Date: 10/17/17 4:22 am
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Not Nelson’s— -leConte’s
Hi Folks,

Photos from Bolton Flats yesterday show a white crown stripe and purple
marks on the back of the neck. My boo-boo.

Pete Gilmore
Newton, MA
<Petegilmore79...>

 

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Date: 10/16/17 5:00 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (16 Oct 2017) 37 Raptors

To: <massbird...>
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (16 Oct 2017) 37 Raptors



Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 16, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 1
Turkey Vulture 17 132 152
Osprey 2 22 140
Bald Eagle 0 19 110
Northern Harrier 0 1 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 69 295
Cooper's Hawk 0 34 116
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 3
Broad-winged Hawk 0 155 10348
Red-tailed Hawk 2 12 12
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 8 31 118
Merlin 1 3 19
Peregrine Falcon 2 11 32
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 28
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 3 8
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 9 66

Total: 37 507 11466
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill Rasku, Rod Chase, Ted Mara

Visitors:
Observers: Bill Rasku, Ted Mara, Rod Chase.
Visitors: most seriously underdressed for the chill. Of
those who came prepared, did have nice chats with
Carol Hurley after noon and Bill Dustin later in pm.
Don Richardson up to say Hi and freq. visitor John.


Weather:
8:45-2:30 5hr 45min.
At start we had high temp. for the day @ 47F with NW wind
of 5-15mph and frequent gusts over 20. Cloud cover was 90%
and visibility an excellent 10 mi. Even with slight haze
many mountains we normally don't see were easily found in
the north.
Temp. slowly fell to 46F at 1pm and 45F at 2pm. Cloud
cover went to 70% by 10am but then 95% at noon, 100% at 2pm.
Wind speed did back off to 5-10mph, occ. gusts 15, by
noon then strengthened again for last half hour. Direction
went to WNW for 11am hour but back to NW at noon and
NNW for last 1.5 hrs.

Raptor Observations:
Strong winds at the start got us hoping for some larger
birds but were pleased with a falcon rush of 6 AK's and
1 PG from 8:45 -10am. Larger birds were the first 8 TV's
moving out. A couple of RT's and ML added to our mix in
next 2 hours as did an OS pair over the Wachusett Reservoir at 1:50pm. Few
birds went on S side of hill -- perhaps just 5. Most appeared NW to NE and
passed on west side of hill.

Locals: TV 2, RT 3 (2 ad, 1 imm.)

Non-raptor Observations:
Locals: Common Ravens 5, Juncos 50+ at summit, Crows 4.
Migrating: Herring Gull, 102 Canada Geese and 1 Monarch.

Predictions:
-Tuesday-
Areas of frost before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high
near 55. Northwest wind around 7 mph becoming west in the
afternoon.
Sometimes worth noting: 274 at Clarry Hill in Maine today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228


 

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Date: 10/16/17 4:33 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Ravens in Mission Hill

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:06:59 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Common Ravens in Mission Hill


Hi,
At 10:25 a.m., I happened to look out my window. What a surprise to see a pair of Common Ravens sort of circling around and engaging in playful flight. Definitely a first for Mission Hill for me.

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 10/16/17 1:50 pm
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club–Fall Meeting This Saturday!
Dear all,

Please join us for our Annual Fall meeting. It will be held this Sat.,
Oct. 21, at the *Reading Public Library* located at 64 Middlesex Ave. in
Reading. The meeting starts at 1:30 and will feature Michelle Kneeland, a
Loon Conservation Specialist at the Biodiversity Institute in Portland,
ME. Her presentation entitled, *“Restore the Call: A Bold Initiative to
Aid Loon Recovery in Massachusetts”* will explore the current status of
Common Loons in MA and the BRI’s groundbreaking attempt to reestablish a
sustainable breeding population in southeastern MA.

To learn more about the Loon Recovery Project:
http://www.briloon.org/news/230/44/BRI-Reports-Status-of-Common-Loon-Translocation-Study

We will have a Social with light refreshments from 12:30 – 1:30. After some
Club announcements, our two most recent scholarship recipients will give a
brief presentation of their experiences last summer at Hog Island. This
will be followed by Michelle’s presentation. We hope you can join us!

Good birding!
–Neil

Neil Hayward
Vice President
Brookline Bird Club
www.brooklinebirdclub.org

 

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Date: 10/16/17 8:02 am
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Bolton Flats WMA , Oct 16, 2017
Hi Folks,

Nelson’s and Peregrine the highlights

Pete Gilmore
Newton, MA
<Petegilmore79...>

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 10:45 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Bolton Flats WMA , Oct 16, 2017
To: <Petegilmore79...>


Bolton Flats WMA , Worcester, Massachusetts, US
Oct 16, 2017 7:59 AM - 9:59 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Breezy, mostly overcast, 64F dropping
19 species

Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Peregrine Falcon (North American) 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 10
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 3
Nelson's Sparrow 1 Seen closely by several observers, photos. Taken.
Very orange with faint to no streaks on upper breast
White-throated Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) 2
Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 10
Swamp Sparrow 4
House Finch 2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39955219

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

 

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Date: 10/15/17 2:07 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Revere Highlights

Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2017 20:44:48 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Revere Highlights


Red-throated Loon 2 F.O.F. one with spectacular red throat; near Short Beach
Common Loon 1 F.O.F.
Northern Gannet 15 seen from the Revere breakwater; all adults
Red-breasted Merganser 20 F.O.F.
White-winged Scoter 25
Common Eider 20 breakwater
American Kestrel 1 flying out of Logan towards Constitution Beach
Merlin 1 landed on Revere breakwater!
Dunlin 7 breakwater
Tree Swallow 400 Belle Isle "The Key" devouring myrtle berries

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 10/15/17 10:15 am
From: Jeff Rees <jrees...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Natick fly by
Several years ago, when I was working at Bose at the junction of Rt. 9
and the Turnpike in Framingham, a Glossy Ibis landed on the top of the Bose
"mountain" in a small field and was poking around in some large puddles that
had formed after some heavy rain. I don't remember what time of year it
was, but I would say that Glossy Ibis is at least a possibility.

Jeff Rees
Auburn, MA

-----Original Message-----
From: Barbara Volkle
Sent: Sunday, October 15, 2017 11:50 AM
To: massbird
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Natick fly by


From: Janet Spillane <jtspill...>
Subject: Natick fly by
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2017 11:40:20 -0400


I just had an interestin siting while driving on Rt 9 in Natick where it
goes over Lake Cochituate. About five birds, flying over edge of the water,
long bills, pointed narrow wings, wings somewhat angled at elbow. Any idea
what these were? I was thinking Glossy Ibis? Is that a possibility?

Jan in Natick
<jtspill...>

 

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Date: 10/15/17 8:56 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Natick fly by

From: Janet Spillane <jtspill...>
Subject: Natick fly by
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2017 11:40:20 -0400


I just had an interestin siting while driving on Rt 9 in Natick where it goes over Lake Cochituate. About five birds, flying over edge of the water, long bills, pointed narrow wings, wings somewhat angled at elbow. Any idea what these were? I was thinking Glossy Ibis? Is that a possibility?

Jan in Natick
<jtspill...>

 

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Date: 10/15/17 8:11 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Painted Bunting - Barnstable
A male PAINTED BUNTING was found by Mary Keleher and Keelin Miller at
the Cape Cod Organic Farm. Please note, this is a working farm, so be
respectful of workers and the property earlier this morning.

Thanks to Mary, Keelin and Joe Bourget for sending this message along. 
Photos on facebook at Massachusetts Rare Bird Alert.


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

 

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Date: 10/15/17 6:42 am
From: Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Raven: new yard bird
I was greeted this morning by the croaking of a common raven from a treetop, our first ever. I’ve seem them in the Blue Hills reservation before, never at our yard along the edge of the park.

Robert Mussey
Mukton

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/14/17 7:27 pm
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Walk Nahanton Park , Oct 14, 2017
Eight birders joined me this morning on a drizzly morning.  Notable was
the absence of any warbler species.  I've been leading this walk for
many years and think this is the first time we missed Palm Warbler.

Linda

Nahanton Park , Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Oct 14, 2017 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: BBC walk with intermittent drizzle; 58 degrees at 8 a.m. Noted absence of any warbler species.
25 species (+1 other taxa)

Herring Gull 2
Great Black-backed Gull 1
gull sp. 6
Mourning Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 3
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 6
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
American Robin 16
Chipping Sparrow 8
White-crowned Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 3
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 12
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Indigo Bunting 1
House Finch 5
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow X

--
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: 10/14/17 7:13 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (13 Oct 2017) 13 Raptors

Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:42:31 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (13 Oct 2017) 13 Raptors


Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 1
Turkey Vulture 7 115 135
Osprey 0 20 138
Bald Eagle 1 19 110
Northern Harrier 0 1 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 65 291
Cooper's Hawk 2 34 116
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 3
Broad-winged Hawk 0 155 10348
Red-tailed Hawk 0 10 10
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 23 110
Merlin 0 2 18
Peregrine Falcon 1 9 30
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 28
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 3 8
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 8 65

Total: 13 470 11429
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill Rasku

Visitors:
Observers: Bill Rasku (compiler) plus, from 2PM on,
Marty McNamara, John Parker, Linda Parker.
Had to put on my teacher face when a few of the 200 or so
Acton pupils were playing catch with football up to the
platform from below. Apparently I still have it as they
stopped.


Weather:
10:30-3:30
Wind East 6 to SE 3 to S 1-2
50% Cloud cover to 0% by 1:00. Temp 53-59 F.
Haze to East becoming clearer as the day proceeded.

Raptor Observations:
10:45 TV; 10:49 CH
11:00 PG
12:07 TV; 12:11 2 TV; 12:19 CH; 12:39 SS
1:33 SS
2:43 TV
3:00 adult BE (naked eye) & 2 TV

{Total: TV 7, BE 1, SS 2, CH 2, PG 1. = 13 raptors.}

Non-raptor Observations:
Locals: 6 Ravens, Rabbit (first for me).
Others migrating: Canada Geese 17, Monarchs 2.

Predictions:
This report from Fri the 13th is being posted Sat eve,
therefore prediction is for:
Sunday
Areas of drizzle with a slight chance of showers before
10am. Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then
gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 74.
Southwest wind 5 to 14 with gusts as high as 24 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228


 

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Date: 10/14/17 6:32 pm
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Franklin County Obs
Greetings birders,


Here's a few select observations from Franklin County in the last couple of
weeks;


Oct 14th - 8 Pectoral Sandpipers and 4 Wilson's Snipe at Hell's Kitchen,
Old Vernon Road, Northfield.

Oct 12th - Clay-colored Sparrow and 5 White-crowned Sparrows at Turner's
Falls Rod & Gun Club;
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/10/ma-turners-migrant-sparrows.html

<http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/10/ma-turners-migrant-sparrows.html>
Oct 12th/10th/9th - Greater Scaup, males seen at Turner's Falls Rod & Gun
Club and Unity Park. Possibly involving the same bird.

Oct 5th - 5 Rusty Blackbirds on Ben Hale Road, Gill.

Oct 3rd - 6 Cape May Warblers (plus Tennessee and Wilson's Warblers) at
Northfield Meadows;
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/10/ma-october-first-week.html

Sep 30th - Bonaparte's Gull (adult) at Turner's Falls Rod & Gun Club;
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/10/mavt-late-september-migrants.html


Good birding,


James

 

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Date: 10/14/17 3:06 pm
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] ynch juveniles
After seeing only one for several days, tonight we saw two again! So they
have been there all along.

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

 

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Date: 10/14/17 2:05 pm
From: Zack Weber <birdingwithzackweber...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dickcissels, White-crowned Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird - Waltham St. fields, Lexington
Didn't see any other posts about this, so thought that I'd share. There
would some good birds during and after Jason Forbes's MBC trip to the
Waltham St. fields in Lexington this morning. Lots of bird activity.
Partial list:

2 Dickcissel
1 White-crowned Sparrow
4+ Bobolink
1 Rusty Blackbird
1 Lincoln's Sparrow
multiple White-throated Sparrows
many Savannah, Song, and Swamp sparrows
only 1 house sparrow

Zack Weber
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 10/14/17 1:54 pm
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Cold Spring Park, Newton, Oct 14, 2017
Hi Folks,

Today, from 8-10, on a Newton Conservators bird walk, the following were
seen.

Best birds were two Golden-crowned Kinglets and a male Green-winged Teal.
The latter had no shoulder stripe, but was emerging from eclipse plumage.

Pete Gilmore
Newton, MA
<petegilmore79...>


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sat, Oct 14, 2017 at 1:34 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Cold Spring Park, Newton, Oct 14, 2017
To: <Petegilmore79...>


Cold Spring Park, Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Oct 14, 2017 8:10 AM - 10:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Calm, overcast, 58 F to 64 F.
14 species

Mallard (Northern) 20
Green-winged Teal (American) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 5
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Blue Jay 15
Black-capped Chickadee 15
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 50
Gray Catbird 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 15
Northern Cardinal 4
Common Grackle (Bronzed) 20

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S39912761

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

 

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Date: 10/14/17 8:30 am
From: <larry.berk...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Do you know of Elliott Taylor
All: Eliot/Elliot Was most active prior to current century. Very regular @ Raptor sites, like Wachusetts in September. Also , Often at Audubon as trip leader at Broadmoor. No recent History from me. Larry

From: Dana Duxbury-Fox
Sent: Saturday, October 14, 2017 1:37 AM
To: 'Massbird'
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Do you know of Elliott Taylor

Massbirders,

In researching an article for Bird Observer, Jim Berry found a 1989 record in Bird Observer submitted by Elliott Taylor, a birder, whom he thinks lives/lived west of Boston (Wellesley??).



Is he still with us? And do you know how to reach him?



Many thanks,

Dana Duxbury-Fox



North Andover, MA



 

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Date: 10/13/17 11:58 pm
From: Dana Duxbury-Fox <danafox...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence MA Crow Roost
Massbirders,



Have you birded the Lawrence MA crow roost?



If so, I would love to learn of your sightings as I am writing an article
for Bird Observer and would love to learn more.



The earliest printed record found by Jim Berry is for 1989 by an Elliott
Taylor. We are not sure who found it originally but it continues today
almost thirty years later.



Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.



Dana Duxbury-Fox



North Andover, MA




 

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Date: 10/13/17 11:53 pm
From: Eddie <emgiles62...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Do you know of Elliott Taylor
On 10/14/2017 1:37 AM, Dana Duxbury-Fox wrote:
>
> Massbirders,
>
> In researching an article for Bird Observer, Jim Berry found a 1989
> record in Bird Observer submitted by Elliott Taylor, a birder, whom he
> thinks lives/lived west of Boston (Wellesley??).
>
> Is he still with us? And do you know how to reach him?
>

Hi, Dana!

Elliott Taylor is a past president of the Brookline Bird Club, serving
from 1973 to 1975. He was present at the BBC's 100th Anniversary Gala
in September of 2013. As far as I know, he is still birding among the
living.

Eddie

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

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Date: 10/13/17 10:43 pm
From: Dana Duxbury-Fox <danafox...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Do you know of Elliott Taylor
Massbirders,

In researching an article for Bird Observer, Jim Berry found a 1989 record
in Bird Observer submitted by Elliott Taylor, a birder, whom he thinks
lives/lived west of Boston (Wellesley??).



Is he still with us? And do you know how to reach him?



Many thanks,

Dana Duxbury-Fox



North Andover, MA




 

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Date: 10/13/17 8:55 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gull ID


M'bers, A friend forwarded a gull photo to me asking for an identification and I find it a bit unusual and need help with it. I think its a first cycle Herring Gull, but the photo is a bit troublesome and puzzling. 
If anyone wants to give it a try, contact me privately. 
Joe Paluzzi 


Joe PaluzziSalem, MA. USA

Sent by my Verizon tablet
 

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Date: 10/13/17 6:12 pm
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Peregrines, owl, Wrens Beverly and Gloucester
On Oct. 12 th I heard and then saw two peregrine falcons in Beverly. One
was perched on the antenna at the firehouse and a second one dive bombing
the perched bird.
At home in Gloucester I heard a Great Horned Owl on Sunday evening. Earlier
in the day I had two Caroline Wrens in the rhododendrons in the front yard.
Their chattering brought a bunch of birds into the bush including a
House Wren. I hope the Wren stay on.
Susan


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

 

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Date: 10/13/17 1:45 pm
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] FB: BTGray Warbler on Monomoy; Western MA bird reports
Hi MassBirders,

Posted on FaceBook yesterday, in the MA RBA group, but I haven’t seen it here on MassBird yet: a Black-throated Gray Warbler was netted and banded on Monomoy, on Wednesday, by James Junda working for the Monomoy Bird Observatory. Photo on eBird:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39864809 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39864809>
This apparently is not the only sighting of the species out that way recently. Just under a month ago, one was photographed in a private yard on the Cape, but not widely advertised, apparently the homeowner did not want birders to visit:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39230783 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39230783>
Skyler Kardell mentioned that one had been reported on Nantucket recently as well, I think he said Jackson Point.

Today has been fairly quiet, as far as I know, but sea-ducks (mostly White-wings Scoters) have been appearing in western MA over the past few days, based on Western Mass Birders posts. Larry Therrien had 2 White-wings and 3 Surfs flying past Winsor Dam on the Quabbin yesterday, while Jonathan Pierce had a Surf on Laurel Lake (Lee), and a Red-breasted Merganser at Stockbridge Bowl. On Wednesday, Mark Lynch had 5 White-wings on Lake George in Wales, and Bill Lafley had another one on Lake Mattawa in Orange. Tom Collins had four more White-wings on Tuesday on Onota Lake.

Outside of sea ducks, the most exciting find was a Clay-colored Sparrow yesterday at the Turners Falls Rod & Gun Club. James Smith found the bird in the morning, and Eric Huston relocated it in the afternoon. Alas, it was not there today, though Jeremy Coleman and I staked out the spot for an hour and a quarter hoping…

Another interesting recent WMB report: Manuel Morales photographed a goose at Mount Williams Reservoir on Monday, and relocated it on Wednesday. Current opinion seems to be that the goose is a hybrid of Cackling and Barnacle! Manuel’s photos are on eBird, the ones from Wednesday are better: https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39830372 <https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39830372>

I managed to sneak up to Hell’s Kitchen on Tuesday just before sunset. A few hunters were taking shots at passing Wood Ducks while I was there, and bagged one. Despite this at least 10 Pectoral Sandpipers and 7 Killdeer were prowling the abundant exposed mud, and a Pileated Woodpecker flew over just after the one duck was shot. I checked Barton Cove yesterday, hoping to get in on the scoter action, but the best I could find were a Green-winged Teal and one of the Pied-billed Grebes that has been around there for weeks. I’ve also visited Tri-town Beach in Deerfield a few times, but while a group of Ruddy Ducks has been there for over a week now (originally found by Peter Gagarin), and a few Wood Ducks, nothing new has joined them, yet….

Good birding,

Josh



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



 

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Date: 10/13/17 10:21 am
From: Eddie <emgiles62...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Backyard Bird Feeding Workshop ~ November 8, 2017
Backyard Bird Feeding Workshop!

Sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club and Bird Watcher's Gift & Supply

Join us for this fun and informative evening presentation.  Learn about
some of the best ways to attract birds to your feeding station while
deterring some of the common problems.  Door prizes!

Wed., Nov. 8  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Reading Public Library, 64
Middlesex Avenue in Reading, MA.

Presenters:  Dave Williams & Eddie Giles

The fee for this workshop is $10 for BBC members and $15 for non-members
and is open to 30 participants.  All proceeds will benefit the BBC Young
Birders Scholarship Program.  Advance registration is required; please
preregister with BBC Workshop Chair, Eddie Giles at <emgiles62...>
 

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Date: 10/13/17 9:04 am
From: Hojnacki, Katlyn <katlyn_hojnacki...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bill Forward Pool and North Pool Water Level Management
Hi All,

Just passing word along about a change to our typical water level
management in two of our impoundments. We wanted to make everyone was aware
so you weren't confused about the flowing water.

*Over the next week, we will open the North Pool and Bill Forward Pool
water control structures and keep them OPEN for about 5 weeks in order to
better understand the impoundments' soils, elevation, biogeochemistry, and
how controlled tidal flows would affect these impoundments.*


*With the wind-down of shorebird migration, we are in the process of
flooding up the Stage Island Pool to support waterfowl. Bill Forward Pool
will be flooded up in mid-November to obtain full pool prior to freeze-up.
North Pool will be flooded up to full pool in late November prior to
freeze-up.*



*The Refuge is starting to work on our Comprehensive Conservation Plan
again, and in the coming year there will be opportunities to learn about
and comment on the draft management plan. In the meanwhile, if you have
any questions regarding impoundment management for this year, please
contact Wildlife Biologist, Nancy Pau, at nancy_pau@**fws.gov
<http://fws.gov>**, or myself bill_peterson@**fws.gov <http://fws.gov>.*


*Bill Peterson*

*Refuge Manager*
*Parker River National Wildlife Refuge*

--

Kaytee Hojnacki
USFWS- Parker River NWR
6 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA 01950
(978) 465-5753 ext. 202

 

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Date: 10/13/17 7:03 am
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barred Owl, West Gloucester
A month ago my wife Mary and I heard a Great Horned Owl in our yard. This
past Sunday and Monday we heard an Eastern Screech Owl. Last night
(Thursday) we heard a Barred Owl near our pond. Between "who cooks for
you?" songs it gave out a few piercing cries.

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 10/12/17 8:26 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (12 Oct 2017) 31 Raptors

Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:26:04 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (12 Oct 2017) 31 Raptors


Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 12, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 1
Turkey Vulture 5 108 128
Osprey 3 20 138
Bald Eagle 2 18 109
Northern Harrier 0 1 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 63 289
Cooper's Hawk 5 32 114
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 1 3
Broad-winged Hawk 0 155 10348
Red-tailed Hawk 0 10 10
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 4 23 110
Merlin 1 2 18
Peregrine Falcon 0 8 29
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 28
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 3 8
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 8 65

Total: 31 457 11416
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill LaFleche, George Russell, Rod Chase

Visitors:
Observers: Bill LaFleche, Rod Chase, George Russell.
Visitors: 50+ of both hikers and day-trippers plus one
polite while 'crazy-happy" elementary school students.


Weather:
Even with the windy start the height of flights ranged
from low to overhead. Finding birds meant searching blue
skies or the nasty haze. We did manage 3 to 9 birds per
hour; best hours 10am and 1pm.

Raptor Observations:
BE's: sub-adult (4th yr.), 10:15; adult, 1:19.
Locals: TV 5, RT 4.

Non-raptor Observations:
Locals: Common Raven 6, Blue Jay festival day?: 20 plus.
Migrating: 37 Canada Geese and 22 Monarchs.

Predictions:
Friday
Sunny, with a high near 62. Light and variable wind
becoming east 5 to 8 mph in the morning.
(Similar to today? Colder start but lighter E wind.)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228


 

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Date: 10/12/17 7:29 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (11 Oct 2017) 30 Raptors

Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:02:15 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (11 Oct 2017) 30 Raptors



Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 11, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 1
Turkey Vulture 0 103 123
Osprey 2 17 135
Bald Eagle 0 16 107
Northern Harrier 1 1 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 9 55 281
Cooper's Hawk 6 27 109
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 2
Broad-winged Hawk 0 155 10348
Red-tailed Hawk 10 10 10
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 19 106
Merlin 0 1 17
Peregrine Falcon 0 8 29
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 28
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 3 8
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 6 63

Total: 30 426 11385
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill Barnett, Bill Rasku, Carol Barnett, David Goodine,
Ted Mara, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Observers: Bill Rasku, Dave Goodine, Ted Mara (c)
Ursula Goodine(c).
Visitors helping with count: Bill and Carol Barnett,
Jeff Hendricks.
Other Visitors: Holy Cross rowing team; Mass. Diplomatic
Corps with representatives from 19 nations; 4 different
local schools; many hikers.


Weather:
At start: Wind NE all day; speed at start 10mph but 5-10
by 9am and 3-5mph from 10m on. Cloud cover was 100% but
decreased in steps to 50% from 11am on.
Visibility 2 miles ... have you seen the haze/smoke?..

Raptor Observations:
8am-2pm 6 hrs.
Raptors:
OS 2 NH 1 SS 9 CH 6 RT 10 UR 2 Total 30

Local raptors: no falcons seen today, 4 RT, 2 BE; 1 adult, 1 Imm.

Non-raptor Observations:
Locals: 19 Ravens, 8 Crows early.
Migrating: 249 Canada Geese.
13 Monarchs.

Predictions:
Forecast: mid 50s, Sunny, NE wind turning to ENE at 11 am,
5-10 mph. Some possibilities for migration.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228

 

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Date: 10/12/17 6:59 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Winthrop, etc.
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:58:59 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Winthrop, etc.

What a day to be birding, from 9:45-6:20, despite the somewhat breezy conditions. I started in Belle Isle Urban Wild, off Saratoga St. Good decision! I had only birded from here once before. I then went to Belle Isle Cemetery, another good decision, for it was here that I had the surprising BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER. I then went to Short Beach. After that I went to Lewis Lake. Finally, at high tide, I hit Winthrop Beach. (I am not going to say this was a good decision, for by now, you would probably find that to be rather annoying. ALL SHOREBIRDS, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, WERE AT WINTHROP BEACH. All sparrows were from Belle Isle Cemetery.

Double-crested Cormorant 360 three groups migrating at various times
Great Egret 15 together on bank of Belle Isle Inlet
Snowy Egret 2 ditto
Great Blue Heron 6
Green-winged Teal 2
White-winged Scoter 5 Short Beach Winthrop
TURKEY VULTURE 2
OSPREY 1
accipiter sp. 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER 1
Black-bellied Plover 120
Killdeer 3 Belle Isle flyovers
Semipalmated Plover 2 Short Beach Winthrop
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER 3 incl. one Belle Isle
Dunlin 3
Sanderling 11
Ruddy Turnstone 11
Greater Yellowlegs 5 Belle Isle
Eastern Phoebe 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1 cemetery
Tree Swallow 50+ seen in one scan over marsh
MERLIN 1 Lewis Lake
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER 1 BELLE ISLE CEMETERY-behind giant brush pile; pished up from knotweed; great looks!
Palm Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Common Yellowthroat 1
NASHVILLE WARBLER 1 cemetery
FIELD SPARROW 2 DITTO
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW 1+ DITTO
White-throated Sparrow 8 ditto
Chipping Sparrow 3 ditto
Savannah Sparrow 1 ditto
Swamp Sparrow 4 ditto
Song sparrow 15 ditto
Dark-eyed Junco 1 ditto

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 10/12/17 4:29 pm
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Danehy Park, see images of Cooper's Hawkand Sapsucker at Mark Rosenstein's e-bird report Danehy Park, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US Oct 11, 2017 7:25 AM - 9:15 AM Protocol: Traveling 0.75 mile(s) Comments: MBC & BBC trip - Danehy Park
see images of Cooper's Hawk and Sapsucker at Mark Rosenstein's e-bird
report see images of Cooper's Hawk and Sapsucker at Mark Rosenstein's
e-bird report under Cooper's Hawk details.

Danehy Park, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Oct 11, 2017 7:25 AM - 9:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Comments: MBC & BBC trip - Danehy Park - Leader Karsten Hartel.
Enjoyable morning with 31 species seen. Not all the birders saw all the
species that I am including on this trip list.
31 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 20
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 79
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1 see images at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39825314
Originally identified as Sharp-shined by leader but reviews of Mark's
images show this to be a Cooper's ... by thick tarsi and feet.
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 5
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 see by leader just before trip
started
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 10
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 6
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 10
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 5
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 15
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 5
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 6
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 6
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S39866556

 

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Date: 10/12/17 2:30 pm
From: Chris Martone <cmartone00...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sparrows, Plum Island

Hi folks,

On Plum Island:

Lark Sparrow - continuing as of 12:40pm today, in S Curves, about 30 yards north of Wardens. Will post photos late tonight to eBird. Thanks to others for prior notice.

Clay-colored Sparrow - one at the Pines entrance.

White-crowned Sparrow - several immatures along the road.

Cheers,
Chris Martone
Lynnfield
 

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Date: 10/12/17 2:24 pm
From: <th3b1rdn3rd...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dunback meadows (strange Dove call)
I am at Dunback meadows, and I heard what sounded like a strange Dove call. It was low, fairly short and didn’t have much of a pattern to it besides just the one note every few seconds, I heard it for a short time around 5:10 at the entrench where I was sitting because the trail had caution tape on it for some reason. I think the nearby school is doing some sort of activity here with the kids but I’m not sure. That’s why I couldn’t go very far to find where this went, because the call got distant as I assume this bird flew away (flew right if you are facing in from the entrance). This could just be a weird mourning Dove call that I haven’t heard before or something else, so I’m not saying it was anything special, but just keep your eyes out if you’re at Dunback! (Again not something to go out of your way to go after, could just be a mounting Dove).

- Francis Morello

Waltham, MA

<th3b1rdn3rd...>
 

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Date: 10/12/17 1:55 pm
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Overnight Owls & Others - Essex, MA - August to October
It's been just over a month and a half since I started recording audio
from the deck most nights here in Essex (10pm to 6am) and to say I'm
surprised at how often Barred Owls and others call around the
neighborhood would be an understatement.

Barred Owl - 33 nights

Great Horned Owl - 4

Screech Owl - 8

Saw-whet Owl - 1

other critters and birds - almost every night......

For a commercial / residential neighborhood with lots of traffic I'm
quite surprised at the amount of activity.

I've posted the dates I've heard each species of Owl and a couple dozen
examples of what's around the yard from Owls to Hawks to Fox & Flying
Squirrel at:

https://nebirdsplus.com/owls-overnight-essex/

--
Enjoy,
Phil Brown
Essex, MA 01929
<nebirdsplus...>
http://www.nebirdsplus.com

"In order to see birds, it is necessary to become part of the silence.", Robert Lynd

 

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Date: 10/12/17 1:03 pm
From: Gerald Macomber <jerrymacomber...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill cranes, East Bridgewater
The two Sandhill cranes are in the large fields opposite the Cumberland Farms store on the corner of Central and Washington streets.


Jerry Macomber
Portsmouth, RI
Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 10/12/17 11:49 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Oct 12, 2017

From: "Alan & Ruth Bragg" <alan.ruth.bragg...>
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:35:54 -0400
Subject: Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Oct 12, 2017


Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Oct 12, 2017 6:56 AM - 11:06 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.1 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by NWR volunteers Will, Joan, Kathy, Tom,
Frank, Kevin, Libby, Larry and Alan.
43 species (+5 other taxa)

Canada Goose 223
Wood Duck 28
Mallard 12
American Black Duck 6
Northern Pintail 1
Green-winged Teal 4
teal sp. 4
Wild Turkey 18
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 3
Accipiter sp. 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Killdeer 2
Pectoral Sandpiper 8
shorebird sp. 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6
Mourning Dove 3
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 10
Gray Catbird 2
American Pipit 3
Palm Warbler 2
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
White-throated Sparrow 3
Savannah Sparrow 7
Song Sparrow 11
Swamp Sparrow 15
sparrow sp. 11
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 30
Common Grackle 3
blackbird sp. 180
Alan Bragg
Bedford MA

 

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Date: 10/12/17 11:29 am
From: Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mass Audubon Director of Bird Conservation presentation and Purple Martin conference Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
Please join us to hear Dr. Jon Atwood speak on Massachusetts grassland
birds to be followed by a workshop on attracting Purple Martins to sites in
Massachusetts. If you love birds you won't want to miss it!

Where:. 108 North Street, Norfolk, Mass 02056
When: Saturday October 21st 9 am - Noon

Refreshments and free to the public!

Madeleine Linck
Rehoboth, MA 02769

 

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Date: 10/12/17 10:11 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich Sparrow reports requested
If you find any banded Ipswich Sparrows this fall or spring, please report them to these folks.
____________________________________________________________________________________

The Ipswich Sparrow Project

Email: <ipswichsparrows...>

Facebook: The Ipswich Sparrow Project

Ipswich Sparrows breed on Sable Island, but migrate through mainland Nova Scotia beaches enroute to their wintering grounds in the eastern USA. Sable Island is a relatively small target; how many sparrows survive the journey?

Students from Acadia and Dalhousie Universities have banded 250 sparrows to help answer this question. We now need your help finding these banded sparrows on the mainland!

When to Look: September to November and April to May.

Where to Look: Sandy dune beaches where marram grass grows, such as Martinique, Lawrencetown, Conrad's Beaches, and Cape Sable Island.

How to Report: Sparrows have 3 coloured bands on the left leg and 1 coloured band on the right leg (over an aluminum band).

Tell us where you saw the sparrow, its band colours (from top to bottom on each leg), and the date. Please include photos if you have them!

Send us an email, post on our Facebook page, or include Ipswich Sparrows on an eBird checklist and describe the coloured bands in the comments.

_______________________________________________________________________


David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950
Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...>
Upcoming tours:
Japan Winter Birding February 4 - March 3, 2018;
Mongolia Natural History May 24 - June 7, 2018;
Eastern Australia October 10 - 25, 2018.


 

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Date: 10/11/17 2:26 pm
From: Greg Dysart <gsdysart...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Shorebird ID?
With regards to my request for ID help on the shorebird, the consensus is
the relatively common Semipalmated Sandpiper. I've got to spend more time
along our shores.

Thanks to all.


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

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Greg Dysart <gsdysart...>
Date: Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 10:32 AM
Subject: Shorebird ID?
To: Massbird <Massbird...>


ID help for shorebird.
http://dysart.zenfolio.com/birds_ma/e98bbec0f

 

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Date: 10/11/17 1:02 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Joppa Park Boat Ramp & Plum Island - 10-11-17

David Moon and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of
Joppa Flats Education Center to the Joppa Park boat ramp at low tide and
then on to Plum Island.  The mud flats on the Merrimack were quite
active.  Skies were overcast to partly cloudy; temps in low 60s; and
winds N-NE/~ 5 mph.

Our list:

Joppa Park boat ramp --
Mute Swan (3) - 1 ad, 2 juvs.
American Black Duck (~ 30)
Mallard - a few.
Double-crested Cormorant - common.
Great Blue Heron (1)
Black-bellied Plover - common.
Greater Yellowlegs - common.
Lesser Yellowlegs - common .
Semipalmated Sandpiper - common.
Dunlin (200+)
Short-billed Dowitcher (~ 12)
Bonaparte's Gull (~ 200)
Ring-billed Gull - common.
Herring Gull - common.
Great Black-backed Gull (~ 6)
tern sp. (1) - at a distance, appeared to be juv. Common Tern -- quite
late, though.

Plum Island --
Canada Goose (6) - pannes.
American Wigeon (3) - pannes.
American Black Duck - common.
Mallard - a few.
White-winged Scoter (7) - one ocean.
Black Scoter (~ 28) - one ocean (2 flocks: 13 & ~15).
Common Loon (5) - one ocean.
Northern Gannet (~ 25) - one ocean.
Double-crested Cormorant - 2 large flocks flying south.
Great Egret (7) - marsh/various.
Turkey Vulture (2)
Northern Harrier (2)
Red-tailed Hawk (1) - refuge entrance.
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon - many, n. of refuge entrance.
Eastern Phoebe (1) - S-curves.
Blue Jay (~ 6) - S-curves.
Northern Mockingbird (6) - 1, lot #1; 5, North Pool Overlook dike.
European Starling - common.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (1) - S-curves [Note: 41 Yellow-rumps banded at
banding station].
Eastern Towhee (2) - S-curves.
Chipping Sparrow (~ 12) - flock of ~10 roadside; 2, S-curves.
LARK SPARROW (1) - S-curves (feeding roadside w/ Chipping Sparrows &
Indigo Bunting).
Song Sparrow (~ 6)
Dark-eyed Junco (1) - S-curves.
Northern Cardinal (1) - S-curves.
Indigo Bunting (1) - female, S-curves.
House Sparrow

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats at 0930 for Wednesday
Morning Birding. 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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Date: 10/11/17 12:45 pm
From: DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] It Begins
Massbirders:

            In the morning, as Lois and I were preparing to go out I saw some movement in the Dogwood tree at the end of the driveway. Small, active birds leaping and darting about in the sparse foliage. Two Myrtle Warblers. It was an encouraging sign for the day ahead. I had been wondering when it would come and I even drifted to wondering if it would come at all. Where were the sparrows and warblers of fall? There had been some movement. The shorebirds were, by and large, good but otherwise the island had been really quiet all through September and into October. It’s true that it is hard to complain about a fall migration that produced a Connecticut warbler but by and large things hadn’t progressed as expected. The omen in Lois’ yard proved to be prescient.

            Yesterday I was on Plum island hoping that the passerine migration had finally started; it was windy and essentially bird less. Today Lois and I arrived to a still cloudy day and right at the first middens by parking lot one we could tell things were different. There was chipping and squeaking a few small birds flying about. There was still a scattering of Great Egrets in the marshes, a growing number of Black Ducks in the Pans and high skeins of Cormorants in various flight formations heading south. There also were passerines. In twenty-four hours things had changed. There was a familiar appearance of migrations past to the small clusters of birds here and there in the trees and more numerous groups of birds foraging at the side of the road. An essentially autumn cast to it all. To be sure most of the birds in the trees were Myrtle Warblers and the majority of the sparrows leaping into the bushes from the roadside were Song Sparrows. But mingling in w!
ith them were the prizes, the treasures of autumn birding. I had a fleeting but diagnostic look at an Orange-crowned Warbler that flew across the road at the northern end of the S Curves; waist high. A yellowish blur that conveniently landed in plain sight long enough to display the plain olive upper parts, the faint streaking of the dull yellow upper breast and the yellow under tail coverts that ended in smudgy gray at the belly. It was exhilarating.

            Also among the foraging in the grasses at the edge of the road mixed in with the Songsters were a Field Sparrow, three or four White-throated Sparrows, a single White-crowned Sparrow, and a nicely marked Lark Sparrow. All in the S Curves. There were several Savannah Sparrows and a possible Lapland Longspur at the Wardens. Like so many sightings this time of year I just didn’t get a look good enough to qualify it for my day list – or my year list for that matter. I was also delighted by first looks of the year of a male Black-throated Blue Warbler and the first Junco of the year. Black-throated Blue is a rather common bird but in the spring I had only one look at a rather drab female. It had been that kind of year.

            It wasn’t of the level of a fall-out or even one of the better fall birding experiences (the best single birding day of my life came in October). Most of the birds were fairly common but it was spiced up with enough genuine treasures as to infuse that sense of excitement in the search. The weather this year has been peculiar and uncertain but I can hope that today is just the first of many good days ahead.

Doug Chickering

Groveland

<dovekie...>

 

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Date: 10/11/17 12:34 pm
From: Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink Swan and a Sparrow at Egypt Lane Fairhaven
So at lunch time today I had this sparrow. I looked in my books and found
Lark but it's too much to hope for.
https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Birds/October-2017/October-11-2017/

Also a few days ago the remaining resident swan was covered in red and
pink. It looked like blood but since it seemed okay and preened the whole
three hours I was there, I wondered if there was some algae around that
could have colored it like a flamingo.
It's back to pure white today.
https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Birds/October-2017/October-8-2017/
--

Carolyn Longworth
Acushnet, MA
bvm1290atg <http://bvm1290atcomcast.net>mail.com
Bird sightings at:

http://tinyurl.com/z489j5o

 

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Date: 10/11/17 12:21 pm
From: Lindsey Nichols <pepper.please...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Highlights from Boston Public Garden - Oct 11th 2017
Massbirders,

The Boston Public Garden was birdy at lunch time today. Highlights were a
male Wilson's warbler, black-and-white warbler, male yellow-bellied
sapsucker, my first of the season hermit thrushes, and numerous kinglets.
Most action seemed to be on the island and in the trees roughly bordering
Beacon street.


Good birding,
Lindsey Nichols
Boston, MA

 

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Date: 10/11/17 8:34 am
From: John Liller <john.liller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook - 10/11/17
I recorded the following species along the Troiano Brookside Trail ("The
Stretch") this morning at the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in
Worcester.

Canada Goose (40 - including flock of 38 flying over)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (2)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Hairy Woodpecker (3)
Northern Flicker (1)
Blue Jay (8)
American Crow (1)
Black-capped Chickadee (3)
Tufted Titmouse (4)
White-breasted Nuthatch (2)
Carolina Wren (1)
Hermit Thrush (1)
American Robin (6)
Gray Catbird (2)
Palm Warbler (1)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (4)
White-throated Sparrow (13)
Song Sparrow (18)
Swamp Sparrow (15)
sparrow sp. (30 - probably more; they were zipping around the vegetation
across the brook from me; most, if not all, of them were either Songs,
White-throats, or Swamps)
Northern Cardinal (3)
House Finch (1)
American Goldfinch (6)

 

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Date: 10/11/17 7:39 am
From: Greg Dysart <gsdysart...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Shorebird ID?
ID help for shorebird.
http://dysart.zenfolio.com/birds_ma/e98bbec0f

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

 

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Date: 10/11/17 5:04 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sooty Feathers Tell the History of Pollution in American Cities
This story is appearing in several news outlets yesterday and today.

Here's one quote - "What they found was that that the specimens’
dirtiness tracked environmental turning points in the country’s history."

Here's one of them:

http://www.audubon.org/news/sooty-feathers-tell-history-pollution-american-cities


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

 

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Date: 10/10/17 6:43 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Point of Pines and Belle Isle Today
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:44:09 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Point of Pines and Belle Isle Today

Hi,
I birded today from 9:20-6:20, starting on Mills Ave. (Pines River) in Revere. I then hit Point of Pines, Belle Isle Marsh, and finally, Belle Isle Cemetery:

Snowy Egret 1
Great Egret 21 combined total from Mills Ave.(Pines River) and Belle Isle
Great Blue Heron 13 combined total
Brant 94 Point of Pines
White-winged Scoter 2 Point of Pines
Surf Scoter 1
scoter sp. 20 Point of Pines
accipiter 1 Belle Isle Cemetery (Winthrop)
Black-bellied Plover 24 Belle Isle Inlet
Greater Yellowlegs 5 flew from "The Key" to the inlet
Lesser Yellowlegs 4 cemetery flyovers; calling
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 ad. male in large park just north of Mills Ave.
Eastern Phoebe 6 various
Peregrine Falcon 1 Belle Isle
American Pipit 1 Point of Pines
Yellow-rumped Warbler 11 Belle Isle
White-crowned Sparrow 1 cemetery
White-throated Sparrow 1 cemetery
Swamp Sparrow 6 cemetery
Savannah Sparrow 15 cemetery
Song Sparrow 25 cemetery
Bobolink 1 Belle Isle meadow

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 10/10/17 6:40 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (10 Oct 2017) 30 Raptors
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:04:33 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (10 Oct 2017) 30 Raptors


Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 10, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 1
Turkey Vulture 5 103 123
Osprey 3 15 133
Bald Eagle 3 16 107
Northern Harrier 0 0 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 10 46 272
Cooper's Hawk 5 21 103
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 2
Broad-winged Hawk 0 155 10348
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 19 106
Merlin 0 1 17
Peregrine Falcon 1 8 29
Unknown Accipiter 1 4 28
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 3 8
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 61

Total: 30 396 11355
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Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill Rasku, Rod Chase, Tom Gottschang

Visitors:
On the deck: Rod Chase, Bill Rasku, Tom Gottschang,
George Russell and a newcomer (with good eyes!) Linda
Ferraresso. Familiar and new hikers as well as visitors all seeking updates
on the count! Also two, names not procured but will be able to e-mail the
'intro to hawkwatch at Wachusett' that I send to all who show an interest.


Weather:
A 61F start gradually warmed to 68F at the end while a
light but constant NW+/- wind maxed at 8-12mph with light
gusts 15 in the 9am hour. Then 5-10 mph for all but the
last hour of 0-5mph.
Visibility of 5mi. at start improved quickly to 10 miles
from 9am until 2pm. Cloudiness started and ended at 70%,
with a low of 50% midmorning.
Great breeze and conditions blessed us with '7bpr'
(birds per hour) thru noon. The drop in wind speed at noon
seems the only change that shut down the flight.

Raptor Observations:
8:30am--2pm; 5.5 hrs.
Right from the start we had a steady trickle of migrants
appearing from NW thru NE; estimate 80% ended up passing
on west side of peak. Both kinds of lift were used though
orographic out played the short lived thermals.

BE's: sub-adlt 8:51; sub-adlt 10:10; juv. 11:55.

Locals: ad. BE north; ad. PG north; imm. BE far to NE.
(all were in the 10am hour.) Also 2 ad and 6 imm RT's --
the immatures were up at same time. TV's 8.

Non-raptor Observations:
9 Common Ravens were also up at once -- and around all
day again.
24 Monarchs.

Predictions:
Wednesday
A slight chance of light rain after 2pm. Partly sunny,
with a high near 64. North wind around 6 mph becoming
northeast in the afternoon. Chance of precip. is 20%.
Sounds promising plus Clarry Hill 321 today. ... igottawork :-(
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228


 

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Date: 10/10/17 6:06 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tickets still available for NECWA's Ocean Exploration Cruise

From: Carol Carson <krillcarson...>
Subject: Tickets still available for NECWA's Ocean Exploration Cruise
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:35:39 -0400


NECWA's Ocean Exploration Cruise October 22, 2017 - Tickets Still Available

Sailing Date: Sunday October 22, 2017
Time: 8 am to 4 pm
Location: Boat leaves from Gloucester Harbor aboard the Privateer IV, 7 Seas Whale Watch

Join the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA.org) for an all day adventure to support marine wildlife education, research, and conservation. This excursion is a fundraising event for NECWA, an all-volunteer nonprofit based in southeastern MA.

Enjoy commentary from wildlife experts Wayne Petersen (Mass Audubon), Jim Sweeney (South Shore Bird Club), David Clapp (Natural History Services), Thomas Robben (Hartford Audubon Society), Adrian Jordaan (Department of Environmental Conservation, UMASS Amherst), and Jay Frontierro (Captain and Naturalist 7 Seas Whale Watch). NECWA naturalists include Tammy Silva, Michael O'Neill, Courtney Callahan, and Krill Carson.

We head offshore to view and record seabirds, whales, seals, basking sharks, ocean sunfish, and other marine wildlife seen in the waters off Cape Cod. If weather allows, we will chum for seabirds and incorporate a number of environmental sampling stations into our agenda for the day. Data collected offshore will be shared with other researches in the New England area to support their research and management activities. During the trip, NECWA will provide a free nature-themed raffle to thank passengers for joining us.

To learn more about this exciting trip or to register online through our Constant Contact Event site, go to http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=qdcmohcab&oeidk=a07eedraa7mc69c9941

Adult tickets are $90
Student tickets are $65

For additional information, go to www.necwa.org or contact Krill Carson, President NECWA, at 508-369-8303 or <krillcarson...>

 

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Date: 10/10/17 4:49 pm
From: John Weeks <aerie.john...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Blueberry Hill, Granville, 10/10 -- broad-winged hawk; eight warbler species
It was a small procession of migrating raptors and vultures today, nudged along by always-favorable northwest winds. The bird of the day was an immature Broad-winged Hawk running very late! The beautiful weather and the continued presence of eight species of warblers made for a pleasurable afternoon. Two monarchs and a mourning cloak also passed through. The full eBird report is below.

John Weeks

Blueberry Hill, Hampden, Massachusetts, US
Oct 10, 2017 11:15 AM - 3:55 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Cloud cover 70% decreasing to 20%; wind NW 3-8 mph; temp high 60s to mid-70s F. I expected migrating hawks.
30 species

Canada Goose 30
Turkey Vulture 8 Six appeared to be migrating: they kettled, then glided south.
Osprey 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7
Cooper's Hawk 4
Bald Eagle 2
Broad-winged Hawk 1 Seen well from above (when it wheeled) and below. NOTED: lack of patagial marks or belly band (eliminating red-tail); absence of primary "crescents" (eliminating red-shouldered hawk); heavy streaking on sides of throat; distinct, dusky subterminal band on otherwise finely banded, brown tail (also eliminating red-tail); no translucent "panes" in wings (as would be seen in wings of immature red-tail). A late date for BWHA, but not impossibly so.
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Barred Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 7 All were migrating.
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1 Seen very well. When I pished, the bird was in view for two minutes and came to within 20 feet of me.
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Common Raven 7 Seen together repeatedly. Possibly staging before moving south.
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
Black-and-white Warbler 1 Seen well. At least one female BAWW has been present here since late last week.
Tennessee Warbler 1
Northern Parula 1 Seen well. A male has been present here for about a week.
Magnolia Warbler 1 Seen well. A drab, but familiar, fall bird: eye-ring, gray head, yellow underparts with faint streaking.
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 Seen very well. A stunning male.
Palm Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 18
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Dark-eyed Junco 2
White-throated Sparrow 3
Purple Finch 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39816812

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

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Date: 10/10/17 8:48 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
Thanks to Carol and Connie for joining me today. We were hoping for more sparrows but still had a productive morning with 32 species. Highlight was a male kestrel in perfect light - a nice spot by Connie.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

Canada Goose 10
Wild Turkey 4
Turkey Vulture 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 15
American Crow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 2
European Starling 7
Cedar Waxwing 48
Chipping Sparrow 5
White-throated Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 14
Song Sparrow 7
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 9
Common Grackle 5
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 20



 

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Date: 10/10/17 7:07 am
From: John Andrews <jandrews166...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Somerville Birders: White Canary?
A friend of mine who is not a birder showed me a somewhat inconclusive
video he took of a "White Canary" that has been hanging out in the vicinity
of 8 Charles E. Ryan Street in Somerville. It's probably an escape, but it
would be interesting to verify the species and note its behavior such as
which species it is associating with and what it seems to be eating. Please
let me know if anyone spots this bird. Thanks. - John Andrews

 

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Date: 10/10/17 1:04 am
From: Eddie <emgiles62...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brrokline Bird Club Walk - Cumberland Farms--River St. Entrance, Oct 8, 2017
Cumberland Farms - River St. Entrance, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
Oct 8, 2017 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.75 mile(s)
Comments:     Brookline Bird Club walk led by Eddie Giles. The morning
started out with very windy conditions which only intensified in the two
hours we spent there.  Upon arrival, nothing calling, chipping, tweeting
or moving.  As we walked the fields, anything that did flush immediately
put back down.  There were at least two groups of people that were
running dogs in the fields and we noted that the dogs themselves were
flushing few birds, if any.
14 species (+2 other taxa)

Wild Turkey  X     One or more turkeys vocalizing somehwere out of our
line of sight shortly after sunrise.
Northern Harrier  2     We saw Northern Harriers a few times in the two
hours we were there, but never more than two in the air at the same
time.  (There may have been as many as five.)  All were juveniles.
Cooper's Hawk  1     Involved in a dogfight with two Broad-winged Hawks
and some American Crows.  Both species of raptors simultaneously turned
the tables and chased off their pursuers. Determined to be a Coopers by
its larger size when compared to the Crows that were chasing it.
Broad-winged Hawk  2     Involved in a dogfight with a Coopers Hawk and
some American Crows.  Both species of raptors simultaneously turned the
tables and chased off their pursuers.  Determined to be Broad-wings by
their banded tails (noted by Karsten Hartel) and smaller size when
compared to the Crows.
Mourning Dove  10     One flock, in flight
Merlin  1     Seen in flight by Karsten Hartel.
Blue Jay  X     Heard only.
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  30     Several small flocks seen between 8:00 AM and 9:00
AM, the largest flock comprised of 15 birds.
Gray Catbird  1     Pished out of a thicket with great effort.
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.)  1     Flushed in a field, seen by Karsten
Hartel.
White-crowned Sparrow  1     Pished out of the same thicket as the Gray
Catbird.
Song Sparrow  20     Most numerous bird of the morning, affording quick
looks as the birds popped up briefly now and then; very few ever teed up.
sparrow sp.  X     Presumed to be mostly Song.
Northern Cardinal  1     Pished out of the same thicket as the Gray
Catbird and White-throated Sparrow.
Bobolink  8

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39802816


Eddie

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

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Date: 10/9/17 7:52 pm
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fulmars seen from a Whalewatch boat...
Greetings:



Went out on the SEVEN SEAS WHALE WATCH boat from Gloucester, MA to the N.E.
section of Stelwagon Banks on Monday, 10/9/17 . There are FULMARS out
there - saw 10 of them, both light and dark morphs. Also seen were several
Great and Cory's SHEARWATERS along with several Gannets and 7 different
Hump-back whales.



Ida Giriunas

Reading, MA


 

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Date: 10/9/17 1:41 pm
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 10/5 Hooded Warbler - Duxbury Beach
With apologies . I sent the message below on Thursday so anyone with Beach
access who wanted to try for the transient might be able to do so before it
moved on. I didn't realize that sending the post from my business account
made the message undeliverable for the MassBird server. Lesson learned. In
any event, this was a fun find, and I was lucky enough to get a good photo
(link in msg).. Original message below.



10/5 Duxbury Beach - male Hooded Warbler about 10:45am today



In case some readers happen to be going out this afternoon, be on the
lookout for a quite late male Hooded Warbler in the thickets at High Pines
(generally southwest corner). Warblers are very transient out here, but
worth checking. This is my first ever in Massachusetts, and I am unaware of
one being recorded on Duxbury Beach. Documentation photo at
http://www.pbase.com/image/166339787



Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA

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

Duxbury Beach info at: http://www.duxburybeach.com/general-info/


 

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Date: 10/9/17 12:01 pm
From: JOHN ROCKWOOD <loonphotog...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] NH Loons
I was out kayaking July 12 watching and photographing a loon family from a distance. One of the local eagles flew by freaking out the loon parents. Within seconds I had company for the next 10 minutes until the eagle left the area. The loon chick was 1 day old at this point.

Feel free to share.

https://vimeo.com/237401738


John Rockwood

 

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Date: 10/9/17 10:52 am
From: Eric <elabato...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Egrets
Here is a link to a Plum Island ebird report I did for October 5, 2016. It contains a photo of 54 Great Egrets together at Bill Forward Pool.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31910218

Eric Labato
Malden, MA


From: Peter Trull
Sent: Monday, October 09, 2017 11:47 AM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Egrets


On Sunday, 10/8 in the marsh south of Pochet Is. Orleans, we counted a personal high number of Great Egrets fishing in the Spartina,alterniflora creeks; fifty-one (51) individuals.
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 10/9/17 10:32 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] OK, OK, OK, OK
Wow, seems like every one in the state has seen more than 51 egrets!!!!
Thanks for your updates.
you can stop now.
Jeeeeeez.
Trull
Brewster

 

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Date: 10/9/17 10:19 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Date change, SSBC Atwood Res trip

From: Nathaniel Marchessault <natemarchessault...>
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2017 12:34:03 -0400
Subject: Date change, SSBC Atwood Res trip


Hi all,

I'm leading a trip this weekend with South Shore Bird Club, and we decided
to change the date from Saturday to Sunday since this weekend is the first
weekend of duck hunting season.

So, to clarify, this walk will be held this Sunday, October 15th. at 8AM
instead of Saturday, October 14th.

This is a property recently acquired by Massachusetts Fish and Game, and as
always South Shore Bird Club trips are open to anyone interested, so feel
free to join us if you wish even if you aren't a member. More info is on
the South Shore Bird Club website.

Best,

Nate

Nate Marchessault
Mattapoisett
<natemarchessault...>

 

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Date: 10/9/17 10:19 am
From: DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Egrets
Tom, Peter, et al:

Back in September 2014 I encountered a staggering number of both Great and Snowy Egrets. The numbers of both were well over 100, and the Great Egrets were closer to 300. I wrote a massbird posting about it.


Doug Chickering

Groveland

<dovekie...> mailto:<dovekie...>




> On October 9, 2017 at 12:07 PM Peter Trull <petrull...> wrote:
>
> Massbirders,
> According to Veit and Petersen, 51 is the second highest fall count for great egrets for the state, although there may be some high fall counts on
> e bird since publication. Yet to check.
> Peter Trull
> Brewster
> <petrull...> mailto:<petrull...>
>
> From: Peter Trull mailto:<petrull...>
> Sent: Monday, October 09, 2017 11:47 AM
> To: <massbird...> mailto:<massbird...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Egrets
>
> On Sunday, 10/8 in the marsh south of Pochet Is. Orleans, we counted a personal high number of Great Egrets fishing in the Spartina,alterniflora creeks; fifty-one (51) individuals.
> Peter Trull
> Brewster
> <petrull...> mailto:<petrull...>
>

 

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Date: 10/9/17 10:02 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Egrets
Thought that might be the case Tom. Thanks for the update.
PT

-----Original Message-----
From: Thomas Wetmore
Sent: Monday, October 09, 2017 12:29 PM
To: Peter Trull
Cc: mabird
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Egrets

Last ten days at Plum Island. Note counts from the 6th and 1st.

• Great Egret, Ardea alba
• 08 Oct, 15, e labato
• 08 Oct, 46 inc 31 together main pan, n landry
• 08 Oct, 30+ var, t wetmore
• 07 Oct, 5, d prima
• 07 Oct, 15, d&t swain
• 07 Oct, 30 marshes, e labato
• 07 Oct, 7, j berry
• 07 Oct, 30, s sullivan, j keeley
• 07 Oct, 10+ marshes, t wetmore
• 06 Oct, 8 var, d chickering, l cooper
• 06 Oct, 70++, e labato
• 06 Oct, 1, w tatro
• 06 Oct, 12+ var, t wetmore
• 05 Oct, 7 inc 5 stage, d prima
• 05 Oct, 15, e labato
• 05 Oct, 32, s sullivan
• 04 Oct, ~15 var, d weaver-joppa
• 04 Oct, 19, e Labato
• 03 Oct, 11 scurves, d chickering
• 03 Oct, 26 most wtage, e labato
• 03 Oct, 19, r heil
• 02 Oct, 20, e labato
• 02 Oct, 35-40 var, t wetmore
• 01 Oct, 28 var, d chickering, l cooper
• 01 Oct, 50 marshes thruout, e labato
• 01 Oct, 43 most s/main pan, n landry
• 01 Oct, 63, s miller, c dengler
• 01 Oct, 29, s sullivan, j keeley
• 01 Oct, 20+ inc early am flybys, t wetmore
• 30 Sep, 24+ most stage, t wetmore
• 29 Sep, 17 var, d chickering, l cooper
• 29 Sep, 27 var pans to wardens, d williams
• 29 Sep, 16+ var, t wetmore

> On Oct 9, 2017, at 12:07 PM, Peter Trull <petrull...> wrote:
>
> Massbirders,
> According to Veit and Petersen, 51 is the second highest fall count for
> great egrets for the state, although there may be some high fall counts on
> e bird since publication. Yet to check.
> Peter Trull
> Brewster
> <petrull...>
>
> From: Peter Trull
> Sent: Monday, October 09, 2017 11:47 AM
> To: <massbird...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Egrets
>
> On Sunday, 10/8 in the marsh south of Pochet Is. Orleans, we counted a
> personal high number of Great Egrets fishing in the Spartina,alterniflora
> creeks; fifty-one (51) individuals.
> Peter Trull
> Brewster
> <petrull...>

 

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Date: 10/9/17 9:35 am
From: Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Egrets
Last ten days at Plum Island. Note counts from the 6th and 1st.

• Great Egret, Ardea alba
• 08 Oct, 15, e labato
• 08 Oct, 46 inc 31 together main pan, n landry
• 08 Oct, 30+ var, t wetmore
• 07 Oct, 5, d prima
• 07 Oct, 15, d&t swain
• 07 Oct, 30 marshes, e labato
• 07 Oct, 7, j berry
• 07 Oct, 30, s sullivan, j keeley
• 07 Oct, 10+ marshes, t wetmore
• 06 Oct, 8 var, d chickering, l cooper
• 06 Oct, 70++, e labato
• 06 Oct, 1, w tatro
• 06 Oct, 12+ var, t wetmore
• 05 Oct, 7 inc 5 stage, d prima
• 05 Oct, 15, e labato
• 05 Oct, 32, s sullivan
• 04 Oct, ~15 var, d weaver-joppa
• 04 Oct, 19, e Labato
• 03 Oct, 11 scurves, d chickering
• 03 Oct, 26 most wtage, e labato
• 03 Oct, 19, r heil
• 02 Oct, 20, e labato
• 02 Oct, 35-40 var, t wetmore
• 01 Oct, 28 var, d chickering, l cooper
• 01 Oct, 50 marshes thruout, e labato
• 01 Oct, 43 most s/main pan, n landry
• 01 Oct, 63, s miller, c dengler
• 01 Oct, 29, s sullivan, j keeley
• 01 Oct, 20+ inc early am flybys, t wetmore
• 30 Sep, 24+ most stage, t wetmore
• 29 Sep, 17 var, d chickering, l cooper
• 29 Sep, 27 var pans to wardens, d williams
• 29 Sep, 16+ var, t wetmore

> On Oct 9, 2017, at 12:07 PM, Peter Trull <petrull...> wrote:
>
> Massbirders,
> According to Veit and Petersen, 51 is the second highest fall count for great egrets for the state, although there may be some high fall counts on
> e bird since publication. Yet to check.
> Peter Trull
> Brewster
> <petrull...>
>
> From: Peter Trull
> Sent: Monday, October 09, 2017 11:47 AM
> To: <massbird...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Egrets
>
> On Sunday, 10/8 in the marsh south of Pochet Is. Orleans, we counted a personal high number of Great Egrets fishing in the Spartina,alterniflora creeks; fifty-one (51) individuals.
> Peter Trull
> Brewster
> <petrull...>


 

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Date: 10/9/17 9:13 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Egrets
Massbirders,
According to Veit and Petersen, 51 is the second highest fall count for great egrets for the state, although there may be some high fall counts on
e bird since publication. Yet to check.
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

From: Peter Trull
Sent: Monday, October 09, 2017 11:47 AM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Egrets

On Sunday, 10/8 in the marsh south of Pochet Is. Orleans, we counted a personal high number of Great Egrets fishing in the Spartina,alterniflora creeks; fifty-one (51) individuals.
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 10/9/17 8:53 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Egrets
On Sunday, 10/8 in the marsh south of Pochet Is. Orleans, we counted a personal high number of Great Egrets fishing in the Spartina,alterniflora creeks; fifty-one (51) individuals.
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 10/9/17 8:42 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lowell Cemetery, Oct 9, 2017

From: Michael Baird <rkramden1994...>
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2017 09:56:54 -0400
Subject: Lowell Cemetery, Oct 9, 2017


Another nice day (birding-wise anyway) in Lowell Cemetery. Good numbers of
warblers in several big pockets, many down low due to the rain.
Good birding,
Mike Baird
Lowell, MA


Lowell Cemetery, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Oct 9, 2017 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Comments: The good birds continue at the Lowell Cemetery in this
unusually warm and humid October. The skies were gray and threatening rain
but the migrants were actively feeding along with the residents. There was
significant activity both high and low in the deciduous trees and after an
hour the rain starting falling steadily so counts should be considered low
as there were dozens of birds that went unidentified high up against the
gray.
23 species

Canada Goose 2 flyover
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 5
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
American Robin 18
Nashville Warbler 1
Northern Parula 3 All seen well with the extent of orange on the
breast used to distinguish individuals
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Palm Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 20
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 12
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2
American Goldfinch 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S39784615

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

 

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Date: 10/9/17 6:56 am
From: Peter Flood <pomarine...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Long-tailed Jaeger(s)-First Encounter Beach, Eastham-is it possible? 10/7/17
Very possible Glenn.


I would add that if there is any doubt there is certainly no harm or shame in calling them jaeger sp. There are a lot of messy and troublesome jaegers flying around right now as most are going through various stages of molt. And as you know there can be considerable overlap in body proportions and plumage characteristics. I've seen plenty of juvenile Parasitic Jaegers with rounded tail feathers for example inviting confusion with Long-tailed Jaeger. And some of the larger immature female Parasitics can be very difficult to separate from a smaller immature Pomarine Jaegers that have molted and/or broken tail extensions. Even with long, prolonged looks and point blank photos I've come across many jaegers over the years that I (and others) can't safely identify.


But, I'm going to keep trying!


Peter


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

> On October 8, 2017 at 9:50 PM Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> wrote:
>
>
> Someone said "Is anyone looking at these jaegers that are coming overhead?" at around 4:45ish p.m.. Looking up I saw five birds up a few hundred feet and thought these aren't them, they are terns. However, the birds appeared darkish underneath and had a long tubular tail and the one I concentrated on showed two pointed tail streamers beyond that tail almost the same length. The others did not had tail streamers of that length, the all five had the same shape and size. With the small headed appearance and the long body appearance beyond the wings they were not shaped like the Parasitics (kind of like the difference between Common and Arctic Tern) we had seen most of the day (30 at Race Point beach and another 10 at First Encounter). All five appeared dark on the underwing with no obvious white patches which all the jaegers of the day prior showed easily.
>
>
> They quickly made their way over Cape Cod Bay and were joined by at least three others which looked very similar in size and shape. I watched via scope and even though the late day lighting was marginal I never saw any obvious white flashes for the five or so minutes I was continuously watching. Eventually they drifted too far to see anything additional and they kept high in the sky the whole time unlike all the other jaegers I have seen, perhaps ever. It was interesting to see the them struggle against the rather modest wind seemingly not making any progress and constantly drifting away in the direction of the prevailing wind. Quite different from all the jaegers I have seen this year. The heads of these birds were small and the extension behind the wing was longer than the jaegers we had seen during the day.
>
>
> All the literature, images and drawings I have looked at never shows Parasitic with those body proportions. The only conclusion is that they were all Long-tailed.
>
>
> Is that possible?
>
>
> Glenn
>
>
> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
>

 

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Date: 10/9/17 1:55 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Long-tailed Jaeger(s)-First Encounter Beach, Eastham-is it possible? 10/7/17
Glenn. Is it possible? Sure. Anything is possible.

I will send out my report from Saturday from 12.5 hours of sea watching
from Race Point but one thing is for sure. Many many Parasitic Jaegers were
moving south all day on southerly winds.

Towards the end of my day I had several small groups of Parasitics very
high over the beach. They were moving into the wind and were very relaxed.
Almost like they were trying to find a place to stop for the night. They
too were seemingly buffeted by the wind but that to me was because they
were probably tired from migrating and maurading all day and were looking
for a place to chill.

My photos confirmed the ID as Parasitic.

With that said, did anyone in your group take any photos, however distant?
The pictures would be worth 1000 words.

Steve

On Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 9:54 PM Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
wrote:

> Someone said "Is anyone looking at these jaegers that are coming
> overhead?" at around 4:45ish p.m.. Looking up I saw five birds up a few
> hundred feet and thought these aren't them, they are terns. However, the
> birds appeared darkish underneath and had a long tubular tail and the one I
> concentrated on showed two pointed tail streamers beyond that tail almost
> the same length. The others did not had tail streamers of that length, the
> all five had the same shape and size. With the small headed appearance and
> the long body appearance beyond the wings they were not shaped like the
> Parasitics (kind of like the difference between Common and Arctic Tern) we
> had seen most of the day (30 at Race Point beach and another 10 at First
> Encounter). All five appeared dark on the underwing with no obvious white
> patches which all the jaegers of the day prior showed easily.
>
>
> They quickly made their way over Cape Cod Bay and were joined by at least
> three others which looked very similar in size and shape. I watched via
> scope and even though the late day lighting was marginal I never saw any
> obvious white flashes for the five or so minutes I was continuously
> watching. Eventually they drifted too far to see anything additional and
> they kept high in the sky the whole time unlike all the other jaegers I
> have seen, perhaps ever. It was interesting to see the them struggle
> against the rather modest wind seemingly not making any progress and
> constantly drifting away in the direction of the prevailing wind. Quite
> different from all the jaegers I have seen this year. The heads of these
> birds were small and the extension behind the wing was longer than the
> jaegers we had seen during the day.
>
>
> All the literature, images and drawings I have looked at never shows
> Parasitic with those body proportions. The only conclusion is that they
> were all Long-tailed.
>
>
> Is that possible?
>
>
> Glenn
>
>
> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
>
--
Steve Arena Westboro, MA Sent from Gmail Mobile

 

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Date: 10/8/17 7:37 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Outer Cape Cod trip-10/7/17
Finally put together the combined South Shore/Brookline Bird Club(s0 trip from yesterday (10/7). Not much migration happening yesterday with the exception of sea ducks. Skeins seen from Race Point area and more at First Encounter later. We began at the stump dump area in Eastham and although altered from past times still productive for species diversity. We then went to Race Point/Herring Cove (RP) (after a stop at the Beech Forest [BF]), then off to Wellfleet Bay WS (W) and ended the day at First Encounter Beach in Eastham (FE). Not everyone saw everything and from what people told me we ended the day with 91 (82 for me) species; missing stuff like Mute Swan, Starling, Rock Pigeon and Mallard!


Highlights below:


Red-necked Grebe 1 (RP)

four shearwaters (RP)

Virginia Rail (Truro, High Head road)

Whimbrel 4 (FE)

Pectoral Sandpiper 1 (FE)

White-rumped Sandpiper 1 (RP)

Short-billed Dowitcher 1 (FE)

Parasitic Jaeger 40 (30-RP, 10-FE)

likely LONG-TAiLED JAEGER 8 (FE) see previous email for details

Black-legged Kittiwake 4 (RP)

Laughing Gull 500 (200-RP, 300-FE)

Roseate Tern 2 (RP-clearly heard by several)

FORSTER's TERN 50 (FE-seems to be fairly common at this location at this time of year)

Belted Kingfisher 2 (1-Truro, 1-W)

five woodpeckers-Sapsucker (W), Red-bellied, Hairy, Downy, Filcker

Eastern Phoebe 2

Tree Swallow 150 (RP)

Blue-headed Vireo 2 (1-BF)

Red-eyed Vireo 3 (1-BF)

one very tame Blue Jay at the stump dump which almost took my hat off dropping its bill and hit the visor as if expecting seed to pick off. It landed on or near others, this bird is used to being fed by someone we think

Red-breasted Nuthatch 6 (2-BF, 2-W)

Eastern Bluebird 8

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 (BF)

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER 1 cooperative bird at the stump dump in the weedy edge of the field with the new (water?) tower

American Redstart 3 (1-BF, 2-W)

BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER 1 (BF)

Black-throated Green Warbler 1 (BF)

Chipping Sparrow 75

Field Sparrow 10

Indigo Bunting 3

Baltimore Oriole 1 ad male


Glenn


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

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Date: 10/8/17 6:55 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Long-tailed Jaeger(s)-First Encounter Beach, Eastham-is it possible? 10/7/17
Someone said "Is anyone looking at these jaegers that are coming overhead?" at around 4:45ish p.m.. Looking up I saw five birds up a few hundred feet and thought these aren't them, they are terns. However, the birds appeared darkish underneath and had a long tubular tail and the one I concentrated on showed two pointed tail streamers beyond that tail almost the same length. The others did not had tail streamers of that length, the all five had the same shape and size. With the small headed appearance and the long body appearance beyond the wings they were not shaped like the Parasitics (kind of like the difference between Common and Arctic Tern) we had seen most of the day (30 at Race Point beach and another 10 at First Encounter). All five appeared dark on the underwing with no obvious white patches which all the jaegers of the day prior showed easily.


They quickly made their way over Cape Cod Bay and were joined by at least three others which looked very similar in size and shape. I watched via scope and even though the late day lighting was marginal I never saw any obvious white flashes for the five or so minutes I was continuously watching. Eventually they drifted too far to see anything additional and they kept high in the sky the whole time unlike all the other jaegers I have seen, perhaps ever. It was interesting to see the them struggle against the rather modest wind seemingly not making any progress and constantly drifting away in the direction of the prevailing wind. Quite different from all the jaegers I have seen this year. The heads of these birds were small and the extension behind the wing was longer than the jaegers we had seen during the day.


All the literature, images and drawings I have looked at never shows Parasitic with those body proportions. The only conclusion is that they were all Long-tailed.


Is that possible?


Glenn


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

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Date: 10/8/17 3:29 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Lowell Cemetery, Oct 8, 2017

From: Michael Baird <rkramden1994...>
Date: Sun, 8 Oct 2017 17:50:58 -0400
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Lowell Cemetery, Oct 8, 2017


Some nice migrants today in Lowell Cemetery including a couple of late
Scarlet Tanagers.
Good birding,
Mike Baird
Lowell, MA


Lowell Cemetery, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Oct 8, 2017 3:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Protocol: Area
85.0 ac
Comments: After a slow morning on Plum Island I took some time to walk
and drive all around Lowell Cemetery on a warm, humid and breezy afternoon
with overcast skies. I ran into a couple nice pockets of southbound
migrants among the lingering breeders and residents. The pair of Scarlet
Tanagers were a nice surprise as that is not a typical fall species for the
cemetery.
27 species

Mallard 5 Concord River
Double-crested Cormorant 3 Concord River
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Swainson's Thrush 1
American Robin 15
European Starling 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Chipping Sparrow 30 minimum count
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Scarlet Tanager 2 2 individuals, both yellow overall, one with black
wings (1st year male?) and one with gray wings (female or juvenile male).
Seen well.
Northern Cardinal 1
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S39659412

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

 

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Date: 10/8/17 1:35 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: [RIBIRDS] Re: Purple Martins Caratunk Wildlife Refuge. Seekonk MA
Date: Sun, 8 Oct 2017 19:28:34 +0000 (UTC)
From: Lauren Parmelee <lauren428...>
Subject: Re: [RIBIRDS] Re: Purple Martins Caratunk Wildlife Refuge.
Seekonk MA

Ray,The Audubon Society THANKS YOU and everyone involved!
We are thrilled that your efforts have brought success to Caratunk purple martin populations so quickly. And the new population in Bristol near the environmenta=
l education center is also exciting.
Regards,Lauren ParmleeSenior Director of Education
Audubon Society of RI
<lparmelee...>




 

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Date: 10/8/17 9:21 am
From: Nick Paulson <grendelpgill...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mandel Hill BBC
Results from my BBC Big Sit today. I'm feeling a little under the weather so I am packing it in a little early. Nice but windy start, then rain since.

Mandel Hill
Oct 8, 2017
6:24 AM
Stationary
338 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.3 Build 148

105 Canada Goose
1 Ring-necked Pheasant
30 Turkey Vulture
3 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
5 Red-tailed Hawk (borealis)
1 American Woodcock
22 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
9 Mourning Dove
1 Great Horned Owl
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
4 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
2 American Kestrel
5 Eastern Phoebe
14 Blue Jay
40 American Crow
3 Common Raven
1 Horned Lark
2 House Wren
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
3 Eastern Bluebird
1 Hermit Thrush
12 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
1 Northern Mockingbird
120 European Starling
7 American Pipit
12 Cedar Waxwing
20 Savannah Sparrow
4 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee
1 Northern Cardinal
2 Bobolink
2 Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern)
12 Red-winged Blackbird
4 Brown-headed Cowbird
80 Common Grackle
18 House Finch
7 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 42

Nickilas Paulson
Upton ma
Grendelpgill at yahoo.com

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Date: 10/8/17 6:59 am
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Outer Cape BBC/South Shore Bird Trip
Since no one has posted results of this trip I will give a few highlights.
HUGE thanks to Glenn d'Entremonte for leading this ambitious all day outing.
Shearwaters! All four species of Shearwaters seen well from Race Point an
Herring Cove. Perhaps not as many as earlier this year, but still a great
show from the shore!
Greater, Corys, Sooty and Manx Shearwaters
Jaegers in all sorts of plumages harassing terns. For me it was the most
jaegers I have ever seen.
Parasitic Jaegers
Migrating Passerines, We found pockets of migrating warblers and vireos a a
few locations, Eastham Stump Dump, Beech Forest and Silver Spring Trail at
Wellfleet Bay.
Orange-crowned Warbler gave us a great view at the stump dump. BT Green,
Blackpoll, Blackburian, at Beech Forest and Redstarts at Silver Spring
Trail.
First Encounter Beach gave us a chance to see more shorebirds,terns, gulls,
jaegers and huge flocks of ducks moving out over the sea. Whimbrel, Dunlin,
Sanderling, Semipalmated Plovers and Sandpipers,Black-bellied Plovers,
Forsters Terns and again Jaegers.

I have not tried to list all the birds or numbers. I am sure our leader
Glenn d'Entremonte will get it all into eBird later, but he is off birding
again this AM.
Susan Hedman.

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

 

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Date: 10/8/17 6:09 am
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Juncos Nahant stump dump
A late report: 2 dark - eyed Junco were seen at the Nahant stump dump on 10/6

Linda

Sent from my iPhone

Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>
 

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Date: 10/8/17 4:49 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] FOS Junco
I saw one in the Fenway gardens yesterday!

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

 

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Date: 10/8/17 4:30 am
From: Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gulf of Maine pelagic, images
On Friday September 29 I joined a group of 4 birders and two photographers on the 220 mile CAT ferry pelagic trip (Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia). The hope for the trip was to see Skuas, a goal we were able to achieve at our return, within the first hour of the trip coming from Yarmouth. While many of the species we saw were a bit too far for me to photograph it was a great opportunity to get close to some species during this trip: Pomarine Jaeger, Fulmars, Great Shearwaters, Sabine Gulls, dolphins and seals. See link below for images of that trip.
http://www.delsolar.org/webs/birds/gulfofmainepelagic/content/_32A1619_large.html

Here is the list of birds compiled by Tom Robben and Bill Asteriades for those two days. Numbers on left is on the way to Nova Scotia, number on right is the return.
Skua spp 0, 1
Great Skua [Stercorarius skua] 0, 1
South Polar Skua [Stercorarius maccormicki, adult dark morph] 0, 1
Skua spp 0, 1
dark Pomarine Jaeger 0, 1 (at 10:46am EDT).
Pomarine Jaeger 1, 2
Parasitic Jaeger 3, 6
Jaeger spp 3, 1
Wilson's Storm-petrel 0, 1
Leach's Storm-petrel 0, 2
Red Phalarope 1, 2
Phalarope spp 3, 2
Great Shearwater 30, 150
Cory's Shearwater 12, 5
Manx Shearwater 2, 2
Sooty Shearwater 0, 2
Northern Fulmar 1, 20
Black-legged Kittiwake 3, 5
Bonaparte's Gull 3, 0
Great Black Backed Gull 5, 12
Herring Gull 5, 10
Gull Spp 10, 50
Terns 0, 0
Alcid species 2, 0
Razorbill 1, 0
Common Loon 3, 15
Red-throated Loon 0, 1
Northern Gannett 250, 300
White winged Scoter 0, 18
Surf Scoter 0, 5
Common Eider 1, 6
DC Cormorant 16, 3
Canada Goose 0, 22
Osprey 1, 0
Kestrel 0, 1

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

my website
http://www.delsolar.org/




 

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Date: 10/7/17 7:39 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (07 Oct 2017) 8 Raptors
Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2017 18:04:01 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (07 Oct 2017) 8 Raptors


Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 07, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 1
Turkey Vulture 0 98 118
Osprey 1 12 130
Bald Eagle 0 13 104
Northern Harrier 0 0 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 36 262
Cooper's Hawk 1 16 98
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 2
Broad-winged Hawk 0 155 10348
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 17 104
Merlin 0 1 17
Peregrine Falcon 2 7 28
Unknown Accipiter 1 3 27
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 3 8
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 61

Total: 8 366 11325
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill Rasku

Visitors:
Many thanks to Bill Rasku for compiling this report and to Bill Phelps and
Charlie Roche who assisted in the watch.



Weather:
Sat Oct 7 8:45am-2:30pm EST
Temp 62F at start, 72F at finish.
Wind 7mph from South; 2mph at noon and 6mph with
gusts to 12 at the end.
50-80% cloudy and very hazy; Monadnock only slightly
visible at the end of the day.

Raptor Observations:
Birds seen to south or west side of mountain.
Locals: 2 RT, 4 TV.

Non-raptor Observations:
Local: Common Raven 8.
Migrating:25 Canada Geese.

**Last car day: Oct 29 according to Ranger Charlotte.**

Predictions:
Forecast not pretty.

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then a slight chance of
showers after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 75. Southwest wind 9 to 13 mph,
with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228


 

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Date: 10/7/17 7:14 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Oct 7, 2017
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Oct 7, 2017 12:05 PM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: For much of the time I birded with Erik Nielsen and Simon Perkins. At the end we joined John Keeley and Suzanne Sullivan on the dike overlooking Bill Forward Pool. I did much walking on the dike (from the sub-hq) and in Hellcat Swamp (which was stone dead). Highlights were an American bittern, an early Lapland longspur, two small flocks of pectoral sandpipers, and a great cormorant.
33 species (+1 other taxon)

Canada Goose 80
American Wigeon 19
Mallard 7
American Black Duck 230
Northern Pintail 13
Green-winged Teal (American) 27
Great Cormorant 1 Flew close by me when I was walking the dike. Not with any of the DCCOs.
Double-crested Cormorant 30
American Bittern 1 Flying over the marsh at high tide; seen from dike at sub-hq.
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Egret 7
Snowy Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 5 probably an under-count, but that's the most I could see at one time
Northern Harrier 2
Black-bellied Plover 50 Most if not all juveniles. Rough estimate; almost all shorebirds were in BFP.
Dunlin 150 rough estimate
Pectoral Sandpiper 16 In two flocks (10 and 6) that flew over us on dike at sub-hq. Both flocks were giving their reedy trill in flight. I saw the 2nd flock land briefly at the North Pool overlook.
peep sp. 100 distant; rough estimate.
Ring-billed Gull 4
Herring Gull 30
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 14
Black-capped Chickadee 1
American Robin 4
Northern Mockingbird 5
Lapland Longspur 1 Flew over us calling as we walked on the dike at sub-hq.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
White-throated Sparrow 7 small group flew across road at Hellcat, calling
Savannah Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 9
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39609389

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Date: 10/7/17 4:48 pm
From: Eric <elabato...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - October 6th
I made a typo on the date in my Subject line. The report is for today, October 7th.

Eric Labato


From: Eric
Sent: Saturday, October 07, 2017 7:21 PM
To: Thomas Wetmore ; massbird
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - October 6th


Here is the link to my ebird Plum Island report for today. Included are photos of the large Terns at Stage Island.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39608172

Eric Labato
Malden
 

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Date: 10/7/17 4:28 pm
From: Eric <elabato...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - October 6th
Here is the link to my ebird Plum Island report for today. Included are photos of the large Terns at Stage Island.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39608172

Eric Labato
Malden
 

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Date: 10/7/17 3:17 pm
From: Eric <elabato...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Royal terns, Plum Island PRNWR
I got a couple of distant record photos of these birds resting at Stage
Island. After viewing them on my computer I believe they are Caspian Terns
based on lack of white forehead and bill size. I will post the photos and
my ebird report later tonight.

Eric Labato
Malden, MA


--------------------------------------------------
From: "Barbara Volkle" <barb620...>
Sent: Saturday, October 07, 2017 5:32 PM
To: "massbird" <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Royal terns, Plum Island PRNWR

> Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2017 15:54:20 -0400 (EDT)
> From: "Bird Watcher's Supply" <birdwsg...>
> Subject: Royal terns, Plum Island PRNWR
>
> Janet Kovner called the store to report that she and Gary Gurka spotted 3
> Royal terns on Plum Island. One was seen near Emerson Rocks and the other
> two at Stage Island. The birds took flight and headed south towards Crane
> Beach.
>
> Barrett S Bacall
>
> Steve Grinley
> Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
> 194 Route 1
> Route 1 Traffic Circle
> Newburyport, MA 01950
> <Birdwsg...>
> 978-462-0775
> www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
>
>
 

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Date: 10/7/17 2:37 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Royal terns, Plum Island PRNWR
Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2017 15:54:20 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Bird Watcher's Supply" <birdwsg...>
Subject: Royal terns, Plum Island PRNWR

Janet Kovner called the store to report that she and Gary Gurka spotted 3 Royal terns on Plum Island. One was seen near Emerson Rocks and the other two at Stage Island. The birds took flight and headed south towards Crane Beach.

Barrett S Bacall

Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
194 Route 1
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
<Birdwsg...>
978-462-0775
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com

 

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Date: 10/7/17 2:16 pm
From: Sam Miller <zamziller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dickcissel, Crane Swamp, Westborough, Oct 7, 2017
There was a fairly cooperative Dickcissel at Crane Swamp this afternoon. It was along the southeast edge of the field on the left as you drive in past the auto-auction yard, off Lyman St.—same field that one was in last fall.
My complete eBird list is below.
(The “hidden swamp” is northwest of the smokestack, and can be accessed, with a bit of difficulty, by parking near the smokestack, entering a field just to the west of the associated building, and finding the path (by the big scraggly cottonwood tree) that goes through to a weedy field. Walk the north edge of the field west 100 yards or so to find an obscure trail into the swamp. There was nothing rare here today, but I always have high hopes.)
Sam Miller
Acton, MA

>
> Crane Swamp, Worcester, Massachusetts, US
> Oct 7, 2017 1:01 PM - 3:56 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> 28 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 14 Most, hidden swamp.
> Green-winged Teal (American) 1 Hidden swamp.
> Hooded Merganser 2 Hidden swamp.
> Great Egret 1 Hidden swamp.
> Turkey Vulture 3
> Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) 1
> Mourning Dove 24
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
> falcon sp. 1 Probable Peregrine, soaring high overhead, backlit, presumed migrating.
> Blue Jay 6
> American Crow 4
> Tufted Titmouse 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 1
> Eastern Bluebird 1
> American Robin 2
> Gray Catbird 5
> Northern Mockingbird 2
> European Starling 8
> Chipping Sparrow 2
> White-throated Sparrow 5
> Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) 5
> Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 8
> Swamp Sparrow 21
> Dickcissel 1 Female or first-winter male. Seen well, twice, at southeast edge of field north of entry road off Lyman St. Yellow lores and malar, yellow breast with a few blurry streaks; large flesh-colored bill; upright posture.
> Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 60
> Common Grackle (Bronzed) 4
> House Finch 3
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39605629
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


 

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Date: 10/7/17 10:36 am
From: Bonnie & Bob Buxton <bbxt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Stream birds in Merrimac
A few nice birds visiting our little stream this week include Red-eyed Vireo, Nashville Warbler, two Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Northern Parula Warbler, Blackpoll, 2-3 Yellow-rumped Warblers, and a few White-throated Sparrows have returned to the yard.
Last week, after trying for many, many years, we had a Pileated Woodpecker eating suet from our 'Suet Sandwich' feeder up toward the back edge of our yard. Very exciting! Hoping it will return for more!

Good birding to all,

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

 

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Date: 10/7/17 9:50 am
From: Nick Paulson <grendelpgill...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Another Clay-colored Sparrow - Heard, Wayland
Another Clay-colored Sparrow at the orchard area of Heard CA in Wayland. With a group of Savannah Sparrows.

Nick Paulson
Upton ma


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Date: 10/7/17 6:56 am
From: Nick Paulson <grendelpgill...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Clay-colored Sparrow, Chat - Framingham, Callahan SP
Clay-colored Sparrow in Framingham SVT property Kearns CSA part by Callahan SP. Also Chat in the west corner of the grown field before Eagle Pond from Millwood St entrance.

Nickilas Paulson
GrendelPGill at yahoo com
Upton ma

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Date: 10/7/17 6:14 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pike's Bridge Road? (W. Newbury), Rough Meadows? (Rowley)
if anyone birds these places this week, could you kindly email me what you found?

many thanks - Lynette

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

Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951
email: <lynette.leka...>
 

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Date: 10/6/17 3:50 pm
From: John Weeks <aerie.john...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Blueberry HIll, Granville -- late Cape May Warbler
I watched for migrating raptors this afternoon, but saw only one, a female Kestrel. Warblers were abundant, however -- there were eight species in the woods. The highlight was a bright male Cape May Warbler that perched five feet away from me when I pished.

My eBird report is below. The eBird program queried both the CMWA sighting and that of the Black-and-white Warblers (!), which prompted the seemingly gratuitous comments.

John Weeks

Blueberry Hill, Granville, Hampden County, Massachusetts, US
Oct 6, 2017 11:50 AM - 2:45 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Only one raptor migrant (the Kestrel), but eight species of warblers made up for it. Temp ca. 70 F; cloud cover 95%, with rain visible to north. Wind W 0-3 mph.
25 species

Turkey Vulture 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
House Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
American Robin 1
Black-and-white Warbler 2 BAWW is NOT rare in this area (it is a nesting species). While perhaps present a little later than usual, it was in good company -- dozens of other late-lingering warblers. The weather this fall has been very mild thus far, and may account for the dawdling. The ID is absolutely positive; the two birds were seen in well-separated locations.
Tennessee Warbler 2
Cape May Warbler 1 Cape May Warblers show up at this site every fall, and I have been seeing one individual (probably this one) for the past week. It is a bright fall male; when I pished, it came and perched inquisitively five feet from me!
Northern Parula 2
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Palm Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 40
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Eastern Towhee 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39588207

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

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Date: 10/6/17 3:25 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (06 Oct 2017) 5 Raptors
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2017 14:10:05 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (06 Oct 2017) 5 Raptors


Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 06, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 1
Turkey Vulture 0 98 118
Osprey 0 11 129
Bald Eagle 0 13 104
Northern Harrier 0 0 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 34 260
Cooper's Hawk 0 15 97
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 2
Broad-winged Hawk 0 155 10348
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 16 103
Merlin 0 1 17
Peregrine Falcon 1 5 26
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 26
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 3 8
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 61

Total: 5 358 11317
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill Rasku, Rod Chase, Ted Mara

Visitors:
Observers: Bill Rasku, Ted Mara, Rod Chase, George Russell, John and Linda
Parker.
Visitors: along with many hikers and folks up for the
view, we were visited by the 8th grade class from Newton's Day School
(junior high). Another fine group!


Weather:
At start, 58F/14C with W wind at 5-10mph/8-16kph. Clouds
covered 95% of sky all day; Visibility 3m/5k and 5m/8k in
varying directions where there neither rain nor dense haze.
Temp rose to 60F/16 at 10am but then fell to 55F/13C by
noon. Seems like showers were pulling down cooler air from
above. At noon, wind freshened to 8-10mph; visibility poor
W & E and rain soon followed. Vis. N and S still 5mi.
Spent 45 min. at 'The Ledges' finding nothing low. Did notice the wind
shift.
Back to tower at 1pm and NW blowing 10-15mph/16-24kph and visibility NW to
NE great with sun falling on several
swaths of the landscape. Temp fell to low 55F/13C by 2pm.
Rain also returned ...

Raptor Observations:
The whole of the morning's watch had 1 low and lonely SS
in 11th hour. In between showers, the prospects of NW wind at 1pm had me
hoping. After 35 minutes a PG finally came low with flapping over near
ridges to east. Also noticed an AK in front and above. Kestrel worked hard
to gain altitude - as if having a PG way below was much better than any
alternatives. PG went S of hill and turned to the north .. and reappeared 5
minutes later riding above the north towers on the NW updraft. Streaked off
in a flash.
Two SS's at 1:55 also took advantage of the updraft and
then began a long flap-assisted glide SW.
Next and bigger rains imminent, I chose the road at 2pm+.

Non-raptor Observations:
TV 2 locals in NE haze.
Nothing else besides the Blue Jays.
2 Monarchs.

Predictions:
Saturday
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming
south around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Sunday
A chance of showers, mainly between 7am and 10am. Patchy
fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near
77. Southwest wind around 10mph, with gusts as high as 23. Chance of
precipitation is 40%.
Sat. not promising much; Sun. not promising nuthin'.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228


 

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Date: 10/6/17 2:04 pm
From: Thomas Robben <robben99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Oct. 8-9 Great Skua trip openings
We will run an ad hoc trip (with discounted travel costs) across the Gulf
Of Maine (GOM) for both Great Skua and South Polar Skua this Sunday and
Monday if we get enough interest within the next 24 hours by Saturday
afternoon.

2 different species of skuas were seen last saturday 9/30 about 50 miles
west of Yarmouth NS on the cross-GOM (Gulf of Maine) ferry.
See details at trips33.blogspot.com

and the same 2 species of skuas were seen again in that general area on
Oct.4th.

On our trip in this area on 9/30 we had all the usual seabirds, including 4
species of shearwaters, 2 species of jaegers, 2 species of storm-petrels,
fulmar, kittiwake, red phalarope, etc.

The only remaining back-to-back cross-GOM ferry of the year runs October
8-9, departing Portland ME at 11am Sunday.
Email to me (I will lead the trip) if you may have an interest in this ad
hoc two-day trip.
Note that your PASSPORT is required.

Tom Robben
robben99 AT gmail.com

 

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Date: 10/6/17 1:34 pm
From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Six species of woodpecker Westford MA
Good afternoon,

Arrived home and noticed lots of bird activity on my street with sparrows,
chickadees, and waxwings everywhere.

Mixed in were a couple warblers and golden crowned kinglets. But, the
highlight was seeing six species of woodpecker (4 in one tree) from my
driveway in under 5 minutes. I had two sapsuckers feeding in the same tree
with a young red bellied and a hairy and downy. Then I noticed some
“wuk-wuk-wuk” calls from across the street and had a pair of pileateds in
the same tree behind my neighbor’s house. When one flew off to the West, 4
northern flickers flee up from the lawn to the nearby trees.

Pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve had 6 woodpecker species from one
spot!

Enjoy!
Paul Guidetti
Westford, MA

 

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Date: 10/6/17 1:23 pm
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nelson’s Sparrow
Hi Folks,

Today (10/6) onthe Aquinnah Headlands trail behind the Outermost Inn in
Aquinnah, Martha’s Vineyard Small very colorful interior race Nelson’s
Sparrow seen well by three observers. Lanny McDowell to post pics on the MV
Bird alert.

Pete Gilmore
Newton MA
<Petegilmore...>

 

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Date: 10/6/17 8:54 am
From: Wayne Klockner <wklockner...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Clay-colored Sparrow at Great Meadows, Concord Unit
I observed and digiscoped a Clay-colored Sparrow on the dike at the 3 benches at 11:30 am.

Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 10/6/17 7:58 am
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Blue Grosbeak-Danehy Park
This morning around 8:40am, I had very brief but convincing look at a Blue Grosbeak at Danehy Park in Cambridge. The bird was sitting upright on the bare tree at the far left end of the marsh. The bird was warm reddish brown all over, no streaks on breast, large bill, as I aimed my camera the bird flew off to the wooded area behind the marsh,I continued to Bird the area for another two hours without finding it again. I met up with Frank Lehman and together we had wonderful looks at a Clay colored Sparrow in the same area described above and a Dickcissel on Sparrow hill

Bob Stymeist
Arlington

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Date: 10/6/17 7:50 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Danehy Friday AM
From: "Hartel, Karsten E." <hartel...>
Subject: Danehy Friday AM
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2017 14:33:42 +0000


Orange-crowned and Clay-colored both in vicinity of "grassy hillside near N=
end of wetland

Karsten Edward Hartel
Curatorial Associate in Ichthyology
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA, USA 02138
(617) 495-2477 e-mail: <hartel...>
http://www.mcz.harvard.edu/Departments/Ichthyology/index.html

Search our Ichthyology Specimen Database with images. Be sure to select Ic=
hthyology under Institutional Catalog: http://mczbase.mcz.harvard.edu<http:=
//mczbase.mcz.harvard.edu/>>http://mczbase.mcz.harvard.edu<http://mczbase.m=
cz.harvard.edu/>

Inland Fishes of Massachusetts now available on line http://www.biodiversit=
ylibrary.org/item/124490

 

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Date: 10/6/17 7:01 am
From: Patty O'neill <pattyoneill...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sapsucker

Hi

I observed a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in my Milton backyard this morning. Second record in 36 years.

Patty O'Neill
Milton MA
pattyoneill(at)Verizon.net

 

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Date: 10/6/17 6:34 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 10/21 - Walk Co-Sponsored by the Fenway Garden Society and Brookline Bird Club
Thanks to Leslie Kramer for the following announcement.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

October 21, 2017
Bird/Garden Walk Co-sponsored by the Fenway Garden Society and the
Brookline Bird Club Member Fenway Victory Gardens, Boston Leader: Leslie
Kramer

Join us as we walk the paths of the Victory Gardens in search of

feathered residents, fall sparrows, and other fall migrants. Bring

binoculars, and dress for the weather. 8-10 AM.

Meet at the herb garden by the flagpole.



 

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Date: 10/6/17 3:06 am
From: Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] birding from bed
From bed last night, I had the easiest three-owl night ever - the
distinctive tooting of a saw-whet owl, the whinny of two screech owls, and
the hoo-hoo-hoo-hooaw of a barred owl. It's heating up out there as the
nights gets colder.

Robert Mussey
near the Blue Hills, Milton

 

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Date: 10/5/17 8:18 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Clay-colored Sparrow at Nahanton Park, etc.
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2017 00:47:54 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow at Nahanton Park, etc.


Hi,
I birded here from 12:10-1:40. I returned after lunch at 4:00.

Pine Warbler 2 both singing at golf course near small pond
Prairie Warbler 1 shrubs in lower garden back right corner
Blackpoll Warbler 1 same area
Eastern Towhee 1 lower garden
Clay-colored Sparrow 1 lower gardens back right corner

Chipping Sparrow 6 with Clay-colored Sparrow
P.S. When I returned at 4:00 p.m., the CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was alone in back right corner lower garden

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 10/5/17 5:02 pm
From: DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Make my Day
Massbirders:

            I had only a limited time to bird; a couple of hours, so I had planned my day before hand. Upon reaching the parking lot at Hellcat on Plum Island I met with two of my birding friends, Steve Babbitt and Marge Watson. They had already walked through Hellcat and described the birding therein as “quiet”. They had only seen a single Black-throated Blue Warbler, and although understanding the vagaries of birding they were.. well disappointed. It is October and the year had been unspectacular so far. I headed in, not expecting much and on the way in met three more of my birding friends and all three confirmed that it was quiet. For a fleeting minute I wondered if I should push on or consider someplace else. After all, everyone I had talked to had found some good birds at the Wardens.

            I had planned to go through Hellcat and decided to carry on. I knew that I would have just enough time to also take in the Wardens. During this walk I would learn a valuable, easy lesson. That is don’t place too much reliance on others sightings. I am sure that their assessment was accurate for what they saw. But Plum Island is a pretty big place and we get to see so little of it. I walked out to the old blind and on the way back I could hear the high- pitched squeaks of Chickadees fairly nearby. Now whenever I search for passerines and hear chickadees I stop and try to pish them in. It doesn’t always work but many times I have seen other birds more or less accompanying the Chickadees. This time while brining in the Chickadees I opened a little patch of Warblers. Black-throated green, Nashville, Parula and Wilson’s. Already it was far more than I was expecting.

            I continued on heading back to the parking lot when I caught the sight of movement in a bush on the left side of the boardwalk, about waist high. I brought the movement in with my binoculars and the first thing I saw was orange legs and what appeared to be rather large feet. The bird moved a bit and as it did I saw that the undersides were a yellow the back a dull brownish olive and that there were no wing bars of streaks. Then it popped its head up and I gasped. Bright symmetrical eye ring in a brownish hood that extended down the throat where it seemed to fade into yellow. Connecticut Warbler.

            I am used to seeing the various reports of Connecticut warbler and so many appear to be in a matter-of-fact way. To me Connecticut Warbler is one of the phantoms of the birding world; an apparition that is devilish hard to get even a glimpse. It made my day.

           Doug Chickering

           Groveland

           <dovekie...>

 

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Date: 10/5/17 4:47 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (05 Oct 2017) 1 Raptors
Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2017 15:25:07 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (05 Oct 2017) 1 Raptors


Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 1
Turkey Vulture 0 98 118
Osprey 0 11 129
Bald Eagle 0 13 104
Northern Harrier 0 0 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 31 257
Cooper's Hawk 0 15 97
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 2
Broad-winged Hawk 0 155 10348
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 15 102
Merlin 0 1 17
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 25
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 26
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 3 8
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 61

Total: 1 353 11312
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 11:00:00
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Ted Mara

Visitors:
Visitors: 200 6th graders from Auburn enjoyed the view
along with about 50 hikers.



Weather:
9-10am. 8-12mph/13-19kph, W wind, 17c (62). Cc 5%,
3mi/5K visibility.
0 raptors.

10-11am. 6-12mph/10-19kph, W wind, 19c(68). cc 10%,
5 mi/8K visibility.
1 SS

Raptor Observations:
Condition: strong W winds kept large raptors down.
SS was well below the peak of Wachusett.
No local TVs. Only 1 imm. RT ventured to peak level.

Local ML.

Non-raptor Observations:
Local Ravens up.
One migrating Monarch injured and resting.

Predictions:
Friday
Partly sunny, with a high near 72. West wind 3 to 7 mph.
Conditions similar to today but less wind -
potential with less W wind = more raptors.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228

 

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Date: 10/5/17 4:44 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (05 Oct 2017) 3 Raptors
Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2017 15:24:33 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Pinnacle Rock (05 Oct 2017) 3 Raptors

Pinnacle Rock
Malden, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 4 6
Bald Eagle 0 1 1
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 14 21
Cooper's Hawk 2 7 10
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 2 3
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 4
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 2

Total: 3 34 50
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:15:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 3.75 hours

Official Counter: Craig Jackson

Observers:

Weather:
Moderate west to northwest winds; temperature 22-24°C; cloud cover 15-80%

Raptor Observations:
Very small movement of raptors
Non-migrating -- at least 3 different Redtails and a TV


Non-raptor Observations:
Other -- 1 Monarch and a Green Darner

Predictions:
Continued moderate winds from west. Next strong winds (from southwest)
will be on Sunday
========================================================================
Report submitted by Craig Jackson (<crleja...>)


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=239


 

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Date: 10/5/17 4:42 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (04 Oct 2017) 5 Raptors
Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2017 15:14:37 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Pinnacle Rock (04 Oct 2017) 5 Raptors


Pinnacle Rock
Malden, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 04, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 3 5
Bald Eagle 0 1 1
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 14 21
Cooper's Hawk 1 5 8
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 2 3
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 1 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 1 1 4
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 2

Total: 5 31 47
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Craig Jackson

Observers:

Visitors:
Peter Liberman


Weather:
Moderate Southwest winds throughout; 15-5% cloud cover but very fine;
temperature --15-22 °C:

Raptor Observations:
Very small movement
Non-migrating raptors -- 2 Redtails (adult and immature); 1 OS; and 1
adult BE

Non-raptor Observations:
Migrating -- 13 DC Cormorants (all immatures)
Non-migrating -- 1 Belted Kingfisher
Other - 1 Monarch Butterfly
========================================================================
Report submitted by Craig Jackson (<crleja...>)


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=239


 

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Date: 10/5/17 1:04 pm
From: Sam Miller <zamziller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Connecticut Warbler, Fitch's Bridge Rd., Oct 5, 2017
Carla and I birded Fitch’s Bridge Rd. in Groton today, and had good views of a Connecticut Warbler. Details in the eBird report below.
Sam Miller and Carla Dengler
Acton, MA

>
> Fitch's Bridge Rd., Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
> Oct 5, 2017 9:03 AM - 1:20 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> 32 species (+2 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 60
> Turkey Vulture 2
> Sharp-shinned Hawk (Northern) 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 3
> Eastern Phoebe 2
> Blue Jay 13
> American Crow 6
> Common Raven 1
> Black-capped Chickadee 3
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2
> House Wren 2
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
> American Robin 1
> Gray Catbird 1
> Connecticut Warbler 1 Seen well, close, for 30+ seconds. Complete brown hood, throat paler; complete whitish eye ring; greenish back, yellow below; pink legs and feet; brief view of long undertail coverts reaching nearly to tail tip. First-winter bird. Flushed from a weedy pumpkin field just west of a line of small maple trees that extends south into the field from the northern edge of the field that has the extensive manure piles at its eastern edge.
> Common Yellowthroat 4
> Palm Warbler (Western) 1
> Palm Warbler (Yellow) 6
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 12
> Chipping Sparrow 7
> White-throated Sparrow 14
> Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) 15
> Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 26
> Lincoln's Sparrow 4
> Swamp Sparrow 34
> Eastern Towhee 3
> sparrow sp. 50 Minimum number of sparrows flushed and seen too briefly to identify.
> Northern Cardinal 3
> Indigo Bunting 5
> Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 17
> House Finch 1
> American Goldfinch 12
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39567934
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


 

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Date: 10/5/17 11:03 am
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Worm-eating warbler, Millennium Park
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } This morning about 930 am there was a Worm-eating Warbler in some small trees along lower paved path where it meets up with path that goes up to parking lot near stadium. Olive green back, dark line through eye, no streaking.Pretty quiet otherwise - about 8 Savannah sparrows and 5 Swamp sparrows, plus a Cooper's Hawk.
Joe <BattenfeldRoslindalejbattenfeld...>

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Date: 10/5/17 10:31 am
From: Haynes Miller <hrm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Clay-colored Sparrow, Nahanton Park
This morning at about 10:30, in the far left corner of the upper garden.
Otherwise pretty quiet today.

Yesterday there was an odd warbler there; certainly with Magnolia genes,
but with some strange features. Photos at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39555569

Haynes Miller
Newton


 

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Date: 10/5/17 9:05 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Oct 5, 2017
From: "Alan & Ruth Bragg" <alan.ruth.bragg...>
Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2017 11:41:03 -0400
Subject: Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Oct 5, 2017


Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Oct 5, 2017 6:30 AM - 10:39 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.1 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by NWR volunteers Will, Kathy, Joan, Melanie,
Ginger, Frank & Alan
42 species (+4 other taxa)

Canada Goose 200
Mute Swan 1
Wood Duck 32
Mallard 39
Green-winged Teal 4
Wild Turkey 18
Great Blue Heron 3
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 6
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 22
Mourning Dove 4
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay 22
American Crow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Marsh Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 3
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) 6
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 8
Song Sparrow 31
Swamp Sparrow 25
sparrow sp. 9
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Common Grackle 7
blackbird sp. 210
American Goldfinch 13
House Sparrow 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S39563264

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

 

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Date: 10/5/17 8:47 am
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westborough WMA today
Hi Birders,

Westborough WMA was just full of sparrows this morning. I wish I had more
time! To those searching for the Clay-colored Sparrow, and Connecticut
Warbler: they were in the same ragweed field edge that has been the most
productive this year. This is the western edge of the easternmost ragweed
field in the WMA. If anyone needs more specific directions to let me know.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39563010

A note to Apple Developers: I meant *GOODIES*, not *HOODIES* earlier;
thank you autocorrect. Methinks they know I am birding and HOODIES is
actually something I've typed in the past...!

good birding

Tim Spahr
Marlborough
<tspahr44...>

 

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Date: 10/5/17 7:33 am
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nahant Heritage Trail and Stump Dump Sparrows
This morning Lark Sparrow, 2 continuing Dickcissels. Clay Colored Sparrow yesterday afternoon.

Linda


Nahant, Linda <Pivacek...>

 

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Date: 10/5/17 6:33 am
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Clay colored sparrow and Connecticut warbler Westborough
Hi birders, there is a Clay-colored sparrow along with a Connecticut warbler in the easternmost ragweed field in Westborough wildlife management area.

Still here--searching for other hoodies!

Tim Spahr

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/5/17 6:05 am
From: Marjorie <marjwtsn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dickcissel and Clay Colored Sparrow Wardens PrRNWR
Being seen at 8:55 am
Marjorie Watson
Georgetown
Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 10/4/17 5:58 pm
From: Eric <elabato...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island lists
Here is the link to my Plum Island ebird report for October 3, 2017.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39540436

Here is the link to my Plum Island ebird report for October 4, 2017.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39556145

Eric Labato
Malden
 

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Date: 10/4/17 5:43 pm
From: meaghan q. sinclair <meaghanq...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Danehy Park; Clay-colored Sparrow
Also had a Clay-colored sparrow on Magazine Beach in Cambridgeport today.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39544266

Warmly,

Meaghan Sinclair
Cambridge, MA

On Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 8:11 PM, Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...>
wrote:

> Danehy Park, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
> Oct 4, 2017 7:30 AM - 9:20 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.8 mile(s)
> Comments: MBC & BBC trip - Danehy Park - Leader Karsten Hartel: see
> images by Mark Rosenstein at http://ebird.org/ebird/
> view/checklist/S39553936
> 29 species
>
> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2
> Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
> Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
> Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 3
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 4
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
> Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
> Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
> Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1
> Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 1
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 8
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
> Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 3
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 5
> Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
> European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 13
> Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 2
> Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) 1
> Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 2
> Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) 1 See images at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39553936
> Images by Mark Rosenstein
> Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 6
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 11
> Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 3
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
> Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 4
> Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 6
> House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
> House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 5
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>



--
*Meaghan Q. Sinclair*
Alchemist/Consultant
Owner @ Booze Époque <http://www.boozeepoque.com/>
USBG Boston Cultural Chair

 

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Date: 10/4/17 3:14 pm
From: Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Connecticut Warbler- Calvary Cemetery, Waltham
I am currently watching a Connecticut Warbler with very clear markings. The sun is just right enough to be able to make it out amongst a good number of blackburnian, black-throated green, and Nashville. If you would like to come and hunt for it, you will want to park near the roundabout that had a large statue of Jesus on the cross. Lots of other Warbler activity, so I will be returning in the morning to see if I can relocate the bird and get pictures.

Good birding,

Johnathon Benson
Waltham
 

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Date: 10/4/17 1:33 pm
From: Andrea Bean <abean60...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Black skimmer. Point of pines beach Revere.
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Andrea Bean <abean60...>
Date: Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 4:23 PM
Subject: Black skimmer. Point of pines beach Revere.
To: <massbird...> <massbird...>


Black skimmer continuing. Originally found by Linda Ferraresso, thank you
for getting the word out so quickly! It is currently across the entrance
of Witherbee Ave. walk in the beach access and the skimmer is straight
out from there fairly close to the tide line. This is as of 4:20.

Andrea Bean
PEabody mass

 

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Date: 10/4/17 1:31 pm
From: Andrea Bean <abean60...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black skimmer. Point of pines beach Revere.
Black skimmer continuing. Originally found by Linda Ferraresso, thank you
for getting the word out so quickly! It is currently across the entrance
of Witherbee Ave. walk in the beach access and the skimmer is straight
out from there fairly close to the tide line. This is as of 4:20.

 

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Date: 10/4/17 11:49 am
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm & Plum Island - 10-04-17

David Moon and I led today's edition of Joppa Flats Education Center's
Wednesday Morning Birding program first to Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm
and then on to Plum Island and Parker River NWR.  Another day of
sunshine and warm temps -- clear skies, temps in low 70s, and winds
SW/5-10 mph - lovely!  However, it was slow birding . . . .

Our list (all on PI unless designated "SPL"):

Canada Goose
American Wigeon (16) - main panne.
American Black Duck - at least 200 throughout the marsh and on the
pannes (68 on main panne).
Mallard (1)
Green-winged Teal (~ 150) - Bill Forward Pool.
Double-crested Cormorant - common.
Great Blue Heron (4) - BFP [+1, SPL].
Great Egret (~ 15) - various.
Snowy Egret (3) - 1, BFP.
Turkey Vulture (~ 15) - on thermals migrating [+16, SPL].
Northern Harrier (2) - BFP.
[Red-tailed Hawk (2) - 1, SPL; 1, pink house, PI Tpk.]
Black-bellied Plover (6) - 5, BFP; 1, pannes.
Greater Yellowlegs (~ 9) - most in pannes.
Semipalmated Sandpiper (~ 20) - BFP.
White-rumped Sandpiper (2) - BFP.
Dunlin (200+) - BFP.
Stilt Sandpiper (1) - BFP.
Herring Gull - common.
Rock Pigeon (1)
Downy Woodpecker (1) - Goodno Woods.
[Northern Flicker (1) - SPL.]
Merlin (1) - BFP.
Peregrine (1) - BFP.
Blue Jay (~ 16) - mostly Goodno Woods.
American Crow - common.
[White-breasted Nuthatch (1) - SPL.]
American Robin (1) - Goodno Woods [+1, SPL].
Gray Catbird (1) - Goodno Woods.
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing (7) - Goodno Woods.
Eastern Towhee (4) - Goodno Woods.
[Savannah Sparrow (~ 20) - SPL.]
Song Sparrow (3) - various.
[Red-winged Blackbird (~ 25) - SPL.]
[House Finch (4) - SPL.]
House Sparrow - common.

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats at 0930 for Wednesday
Morning Birding. 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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Date: 10/4/17 10:42 am
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Juv Black Skimmer Point of Pines Revere now


Sent from my iPhone

Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>
 

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Date: 10/4/17 10:05 am
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Soli Sandpiper, white-crowned. Sparrow
Hi Folks,

Both birds in and around the water in the Waltham Street Fields,
Lexington.

Pete Gilmore
Newton, MA
<Petegilmore79...>

 

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Date: 10/4/17 8:34 am
From: Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh Birding Program Sat Oct 7
North Region Coastal District

Department of Conservation and Recreation

One Eliot Circle Contact: Matthew Nash
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 485-2804 Ext. 105

Date September 23, 2017


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -



Find yourself in a DCR State Park

East Boston

Join a DCR Park Supervisor to learn about the wonderful natural history of your state parks. All Programs are FREE and open to the public. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For program cancellations phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121, one hour before start time. Rain Cancels. Bring Water. Strongly recommend sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and footwear suitable for walking on the beach, and on paths. For more information phone (781) 485-2804 Ext. 105 or email <Matthew.Nash...><mailto:<Matthew.Nash...>. For a listing of programs at other DCR state parks visit www.mass.gov/DCR<http://www.mass.gov/DCR> .



Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

An Oasis for Wildlife
Saturdays, October 7 & 21 8:00 -9:00 a.m.
Discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary. We will walk while birding for a distance of a mile on easy level terrain. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them. Reasonable accommodations available upon request.

Meet at: Main Parking lot near the bulletin board, located on Bennington Street, East Boston between address 1236 Bennington St., East Boston and 173 Bennington St., Revere. Parking is on a paved lot and is free of charge. Accessible by public transportation: MBTA Blue line, Beachmont Station. Exit station, turn right, at intersection cross State Road/Bennington Street, travel right along Bennington Street to park entrance on the left. Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh


###



Matthew Nash
Visitor Services Supervisor
DCR North Region Coastal District
One Eliot Circle
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 485-2804 ext. 105

Find yourself in a DCR Park!

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Date: 10/4/17 5:50 am
From: Stuart Walker <stuarttwalker...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Laughing Gull (?) at South Boston
During an unsuccessful search for the pelican in the Castle Island/Pleasure Bay loop around noon today, I observed a gull that looked like a non-breeding adult Laughing Gull, except that it seemed a bit too small. It circled Pleasure Bay several times, showing the following markings: dark gray back and upper wings, merging with black wing tips with no noticeable or prominent white spots; white tail; prominent “headphones” at back of head; dark legs and dark reddish-black bill (black mixed unevenly with dark red).

Also present were an Osprey, a Gt Blue Heron sharing space with a large group of D-cr Cormorants, the three main white-headed gulls, and some Common Loons.

Stuart Walker
<stuarttwalker...> <mailto:<stuarttwalker...>
 

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Date: 10/3/17 6:39 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (03 Oct 2017) 26 Raptors
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2017 17:21:03 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (03 Oct 2017) 26 Raptors


Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 03, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 1
Turkey Vulture 11 98 118
Osprey 2 11 129
Bald Eagle 0 13 104
Northern Harrier 0 0 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 30 256
Cooper's Hawk 4 15 97
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 2
Broad-winged Hawk 0 155 10348
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 15 102
Merlin 0 1 17
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 25
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 26
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 3 8
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 4 61

Total: 26 352 11311
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Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill Rasku, Rod Chase

Visitors:
Observers: Rod Chase, Bill Rasku and Charlie Roach.
While leaving had a nice hawk-chat with Lynn and her
husband; first time to Wachusett.

One school group (well behaved and having fun) plus the many hikers and
drivers who enjoyed the mild day.


Weather:
Morning had low winds (0-5mph to 0-3, 0-1 by noon) slowly
shifting from SE to S. After noon, direction went to SW and picked up
again; 5-8 mph with some light gusts at end.
The sky was clear at start (light cumulus in east) but
60% overcast with cumulus that formed all around us.
Temp rose steadily from 53F at start to 61F at 12pm and
63F at 2pm.
The main strain today was the low haze--the "smoke from a western fire"
that has plagued visibility all year. Birds that were at horizon or below
were extremely hard to find & follow all day. True - we didn't expect a big
flight, but straining eyes to get a small one requires a sense of humor.
The increase in wind from SW slowed things further when
we shutdown.

Raptor Observations:
So three guys, each 'playing with half a deck', go out
to count hawks. After several hours they had tallied 26 - which is equal to
half a deck. Great. (No jokers, please.)

Locals: BE 2 (adult, immature), TV 9, RT 8, ML 1.
Merlin seen twice or the sibling pair is still around.


Non-raptor Observations:
Locals: Common Ravens 6.
Migrating Canada Geese 229.
Monarchs 4.

Predictions:
Tonight
Increasing clouds, with a low around 48. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to
7 mph in the evening.
Wednesday
Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high
near 76. Southwest wind around 8 mph.
(Worst direction, but if 8mph is max. then flight not impossible.)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228



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<b>Wachusett Mountain</b><br>Princeton, Massachusetts, USA<br><br><table border=1><tr><td colspan=4 bgcolor=c0c0e0><b>Daily Raptor Counts: </b>Oct 03, 2017</td></tr><tr><td><b><font color=2020c0>Species</font></b></td><td><font color=2020c0>Day's Count</font></td><td><font color=2020c0>Month Total</font></td><td><font color=2020c0>Season Total</font></td></tr><tr><td>Black Vulture</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>1</td></tr>
<tr><td>Turkey Vulture</td><td align=right>11</td><td align=right>98</td><td align=right>118</td></tr>
<tr><td>Osprey</td><td align=right>2</td><td align=right>11</td><td align=right>129</td></tr>
<tr><td>Bald Eagle</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>13</td><td align=right>104</td></tr>
<tr><td>Northern Harrier</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>12</td></tr>
<tr><td>Sharp-shinned Hawk</td><td align=right>7</td><td align=right>30</td><td align=right>256</td></tr>
<tr><td>Cooper's Hawk</td><td align=right>4</td><td align=right>15</td><td align=right>97</td></tr>
<tr><td>Northern Goshawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>1</td><td align=right>1</td></tr>
<tr><td>Red-shouldered Hawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>2</td></tr>
<tr><td>Broad-winged Hawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>155</td><td align=right>10348</td></tr>
<tr><td>Red-tailed Hawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Rough-legged Hawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Golden Eagle</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>American Kestrel</td><td align=right>1</td><td align=right>15</td><td align=right>102</td></tr>
<tr><td>Merlin</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>1</td><td align=right>17</td></tr>
<tr><td>Peregrine Falcon</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>4</td><td align=right>25</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Accipiter</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>2</td><td align=right>26</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Buteo</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>4</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Falcon</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>3</td><td align=right>8</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Eagle</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Raptor</td><td align=right>1</td><td align=right>4</td><td align=right>61</td></tr>
<tr><td><b><font color=c02020>Total:</font></b></td><td align=right><font color=c02020>26</font></td><td align=right><font color=c02020>352</font></td><td align=right><font color=c02020>11311</font></td></tr></table><br><br><table cellspacing=2 cellpadding=2><tr><td>Observation start time: </td><td>08:30:00 </td></tr><tr><Td>Observation end time: </td><Td>13:00:00 </td></tr><tr><td>Total observation time: </td><td>4.5 hours</td></tr><tr><td>Official Counter</td><td>Rod Chase</td></tr><tr><td>Observers: </td><td>Bill Rasku, Rod Chase</td></tr></table><br><br><br><b>Visitors:</b><br> Observers: Rod Chase, Bill Rasku and Charlie Roach.
While leaving had a nice hawk-chat with Lynn and her
husband; first time to Wachusett.

One school group (well behaved and having fun) plus the many hikers and
drivers who enjoyed the mild day.<br><br><b>Weather:</b><br> Morning had low winds (0-5mph to 0-3, 0-1 by noon) slowly
shifting from SE to S. After noon, direction went to SW and picked up
again; 5-8 mph with some light gusts at end.
The sky was clear at start (light cumulus in east) but
60% overcast with cumulus that formed all around us.
Temp rose steadily from 53F at start to 61F at 12pm and
63F at 2pm.
The main strain today was the low haze--the "smoke from a western fire"
that has plagued visibility all year. Birds that were at horizon or below
were extremely hard to find & follow all day. True - we didn't expect a big
flight, but straining eyes to get a small one requires a sense of humor.
The increase in wind from SW slowed things further when
we shutdown.<br><br><b>Raptor Observations:</b><br> So three guys, each 'playing with half a deck', go out
to count hawks. After several hours they had tallied 26 - which is equal to
half a deck. Great. (No jokers, please.)

Locals: BE 2 (adult, immature), TV 9, RT 8, ML 1.
Merlin seen twice or the sibling pair is still around.
<br><br><b>Non-raptor Observations:</b><br>Locals: Common Ravens 6.
Migrating Canada Geese 229.
Monarchs 4.<br><br><b>Predictions:</b><br> Tonight
Increasing clouds, with a low around 48. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to
7 mph in the evening.
Wednesday
Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high
near 76. Southwest wind around 8 mph.
(Worst direction, but if 8mph is max. then flight not impossible.) <br><br><hr>Report submitted by Rod Chase (<a href="mailto:<rodchase...>"><rodchase...></a>)<br>Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: <a href="www.massbird.org/emhw">www.massbird.org/emhw</a><br>More information at <a href="http://hawkcount.org">hawkcount.org</a>: [<a href="http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228">Site Profile</a>] [<a href="http://hawkcount.org/day_summary.php?rsite=228&ryear=2017&rmonth=10&rday=03">Day Summary</a>] [<a href="http://hawkcount.org/month_summary.php?rsite=228&ryear=2017&rmonth=10">Month Summary</a>]<br><br><hr><br>



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Date: 10/3/17 4:35 pm
From: Nickilas Paulson <grendelpgill...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bolton Flats WMA 10/3 - Blue Grosbeak, Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, 79 species. Also Bobcat
Howdy, I spent the morning at Bolton Flats WMA. I started at the main
entrance along Rt117. Heading north to the river's edge at the second
oxbow field and back. Then I hiked the S section to the Model Airplane
field and back. There was a great warbler fallout this morning that kept me going as I quickly figured I could break 75 species for the one
walk. I had over 50 species before I found a chickadee. Lots of
highlights but I liked finding a 1st year Audubon's Yellow-Rumped Warbler a lot, especially among 450+ of its Myrtle cousins. As well as
finally getting a Blue Grosbeak for this spot. 2 Greater Scaup in Still
River was only my second time for Bolton Flats as well. A quick stop to
add Vesper Sparrow to the list at the Pine Hill section added great

views of a Bobcat as well. Of course when I pulled out the phone to take a picture it faded into the brush.



Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 92
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 3
Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) 1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 7
Green-winged Teal (American) (Anas crecca carolinensis) 2
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 2 M/F pair in Still River. Only the second time I have had this species here.
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) (Buteo jamaicensis borealis) 6
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 15
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 18
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 12
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 18
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 16
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus) 15
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 3
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 21
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 144 Likely undercount. Hard to figure how many are recounts. Counted double this but cut in half as they roam around so much.
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 21
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 28
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 23
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 23
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 2
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 31
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 15
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 18
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 25
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 30
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) 2
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina) 1
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 2
Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis) 1 Drawn to the bird as it flew from the field to the big brushy area by the river near the post in the NW corner of the main field by its take-off call. Only a quick perched view before it disappeared into brush. Larger yellow/green warbler. Duller yellow than Mourning. Complete white eyering. looked like a 1st-year bird.
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 25
Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina) 1 Mixed in the huge flock in the Birch hedgerow. On the walk out I heard it call, but would not count it for sure from the call, but on the way back I was able to see it out in full sun. Adult male. Yellow breast with many fine black streaks that continue down through white stomach, yellow face and side of neck and still a little red to the cheek, dark crown.
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 3
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) 1
Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) 1
Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea) 7
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 450 Biggest group in birch hedgerow by path along river between main entrance and red barn entrance. Very large mixed flock. This is where most other Warbler species were picked out. 3-8 birds per tree there about 225 birds in just this stretch alone. Also flocks all along river and some through fields. Tried to be conservative, trees were dripping with them. When pushing as many as 60 seen at once in multiple spots.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) (Setophaga coronata auduboni) 1 Heard bolder chip note from a Yellow-rumped in the Siberian Crabapple in the middle of the field in the second oxbow area. This field is straight out from the Red Barn entrance. I then looked at the bird to study it based on the stronger call. it was a first winter female. Pale throat, but not extending to sides of neck like Myrtle. Plain head with no streaks. Brown back with few streaks. Brown breast with no black streaks. yellow flanks. I spent the next hour studying hundreds of myrtles, all the 1st year myrtles had a whiter stomach, darker streaks, a darker pronounced collar between throat and breast, streaks on head and little to no yellow on flanks. No myrtle called like this bird.
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) 1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 3
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 2
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 42
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) 2
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 8
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 125 Counted 145. Reduced in case of recounts.
Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 3
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 135 Counted to 155. Reduced in case of recounts
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 8
sparrow sp. (Passerellidae sp. (sparrow sp.)) 1 Heard an insect like sparrow call once. Immediate thought was Leconte's Sparrow. Did not call again and no flushed sparrow was an ammodramus type. Called from NE corner of main field where they created big muddy ruts in field when cutting grass by the often flooded corner.
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) 1
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) 1 I was standing next to the N end of birch hedgerow on the way back watching warblers and sparrows flying from the marsh into the hedgerow and studying the birds i could see. A larger sized all blue bird with a larger head and large bill flew in from the field and flew right in front of me and dropped right into the hedgerow. Did not call or pish up. Larger than a Song or Swamp Sparrows in flight, and larger bill rules out Indigo Bunting. Shape in flight fit. Did not make out wing color.
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 2
Dickcissel (Spiza americana) 1 Flew out of field new birch hedgerow. Called distinctive flight call twice as it flew south.
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) 32 Counted by ones in several flocks heading south before sunrise. Only counted birds in flight. But calls heard all around.
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 11
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) 7
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 4
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 4
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 21
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 5

Nickilas Paulson
grendelpgill at yahoo com
Upton Ma
 

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Date: 10/3/17 4:00 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Kingbird at Boston Public Garden
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2017 22:41:50 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Western Kingbird at Boston Public Garden

Hi,
At 4:00 p.m., I caught sight of what I believe to be a Western Kingbird briefly at the top of a tree. I later caught another look at this large flycatcher with an all yellow breast and belly. Frustrating!

Cooper's Hawk 1 Boston Public Garden
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3 one B.P.G., two Fenway Victory Gardens
WESTERN KINGBIRD 1 SEE ABOVE
small flycatcher sp. 1 Public Garden
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 one each
Common Yellowthroat 2 Fenway Victory gardens
Blackpoll Warbler 1 Boston Public Garden

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 10/3/17 2:44 pm
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Clay-colored Sparrow at Lexington Community Farm, 10/2/17
Details at:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39536275

Was decent consolation for not finding Dickcissels reported there by Cliff Cook on Sunday.

Apologies for late report.

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>

 

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Date: 10/3/17 2:39 pm
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nelson's Sparrows (min 4) at Plumbush Today, 10/3/17
See photos at:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39534760

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>

 

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Date: 10/3/17 1:13 pm
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Million Dollar Duck Screening on Friday at 7:00 pm
this is a really enjoyable film - full of fun and inspiration, I encourage you to see it if you can!



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Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951
email: <lynette.leka...>



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On Tue, 10/3/17, Poole, Matt <matt_poole...> wrote:

Subject: [MASSBIRD] Million Dollar Duck Screening on Friday at 7:00 pm
To: <massbird...>
Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 11:25 AM

Special Film Screening at
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
visitor center - THIS Friday, October 6th, 7:00 - 8:15 pm;
THE MILLION DOLLAR
DUCK!

"The Million Dollar
Duck is a documentary that focuses on
the strange and wonderful world of the Federal Duck Stamp
Contest, the only
juried, art competition run by the U.S. Government. This
film explores the
eccentric nature of the contestants who enter each year for
a chance at
wildlife art stardom, while also reflecting upon the history
and challenges
facing the continued existence of this successful
conservation program.



 

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Date: 10/3/17 12:44 pm
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] query
Do both Kingfishers make the rattley call, or just one sex? (and if the
latter, which?) Thanks!

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

 

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Date: 10/3/17 12:05 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (01 Oct 2017) 26 Raptors
Pinnacle Rock
Malden, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 01, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 2 4
Bald Eagle 1 1 1
Northern Harrier 1 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 13 20
Cooper's Hawk 4 4 7
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 2 3
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 1 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 3
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 2 2

Total: 26 26 42
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 6.58 hours

Official Counter: Craig Jackson

Observers: Brian Rusnica, Hugh Holley

Visitors:
Hue Holley, former President of the Friends of the Fells, came up for a
short time but left about 15 minutes too soon, before the Peregrine came by


Weather:
Relatively light (2-1) northwest to west winds, becoming only brief gusts
towards end of watch

Raptor Observations:
Moderate movement of mostly accipiters with all but five birds prior to 12
noon, included one immature BE; large Peregrine seen flying head-on at
eye-level was last bird seen at 3:35 PM
One adult BE seen several times hanging around area -- probably in Spot
Pond area; possibly as many as 6 local redtails seen, one local CH, one OS
that seemed to be staying in area and one local TV

Non-raptor Observations:
count made by Brian Rusnica until 10:30 when official counter arrived
Migrating birds -- 275 Canada Geese, 3 Common Loons, 9 Ravens, and one
Nighthawk
3 Monarch Butterflies, and at least 2 Green Darners also seen migrating


Predictions:
Strong westerly winds predicted for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
beginning from southwest and changing toward the west
========================================================================
Report submitted by Craig Jackson (<crleja...>)


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=239



 

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Date: 10/3/17 9:12 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (29 Sep 2017) 3 Raptors
Pinnacle Rock
Malden, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 29, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 2 2
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 7 7
Cooper's Hawk 1 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 1 1
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 3
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 3 16 16
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Craig Jackson

Observers:

Weather:
Strong north-northwest winds with minimal clouds (5-10%

Raptor Observations:
Very few migrants, much less than expected given the favorable strong
winds
3 local redtails

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Ravens, 30 Canada Geese, 1 DC Cormorant, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Monarch Butterfly
========================================================================
Report submitted by Craig Jackson (<crleja...>)


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=239



 

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Date: 10/3/17 9:09 am
From: Poole, Matt <matt_poole...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Million Dollar Duck Screening on Friday at 7:00 pm
Special Film Screening at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge visitor
center - THIS Friday, October 6th, 7:00 - 8:15 pm; THE MILLION DOLLAR DUCK!

"The Million Dollar Duck is a documentary that focuses on the strange and
wonderful world of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, the only juried, art
competition run by the U.S. Government. This film explores the eccentric
nature of the contestants who enter each year for a chance at wildlife art
stardom, while also reflecting upon the history and challenges facing the
continued existence of this successful conservation program.

 

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Date: 10/3/17 8:37 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (02 Oct 2017) 54 Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 02, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 1
Turkey Vulture 32 87 107
Osprey 2 9 127
Bald Eagle 2 13 104
Northern Harrier 0 0 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 23 249
Cooper's Hawk 7 11 93
Northern Goshawk 1 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 2
Broad-winged Hawk 0 155 10348
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 14 101
Merlin 0 1 17
Peregrine Falcon 1 4 25
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 26
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 3 8
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 60

Total: 54 326 11285
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill LaFleche, Bill Rasku, Kathy Olson, Mark Letizi,
Marty McNamara, Steve Olson, Ted Mara

Visitors:
Observers: Bill Rasku, Ted Mara, Bill LaFleche, Mark
Letizi, George Russell, Marty McNamara, Rod Chase, Steve and Kathy Olson.
Also onboard: newcomers Maggie Debbie, Vito LaMura, Amy Wager, and Rick
Thibault. Hi, as well, to John and Linda.

Pleasant day for the moderate flow of hikers and others
who summited the hill.


Weather:
A variable breeze that started from the North and ended
from East while making a multitude of shifts thru the day.
Speed was 6-8mph for 2 hours before falling off to 3-5
and 0-3mph all afternoon.
This drop allowed the sun to warm things up from morning's 53F to 62F at
2pm. Visibility was 10 mi. all day while the all blue sky finally lost 10%
to thin cumulus puffs and a few higher clouds.

Raptor Observations:
Raptors went by mostly in 1's and 2's except for one push
of TV's in the 9am hour. In the slow last hour we all had
bino's on, presumably, the last bird of the day. A single
sharpie was close in front when dive-bombed by a larger
bird from above. We simultaneously focused on the aggressor and eyes
popped! It was our first Northern Goshawk since 2014.
BE's: both immature, one at 11:00 and one at 1:52.

Locals: Ad. BE appeared in NE at least 4 times. Also, an
imm. BE to north.
TV's 15, RT's 9.

Non-raptor Observations:
Local: 3 Crows made a rare visit on the summit .
Also, 16 Common Ravens up and around.
Migrating: 1 Loon, 470 Canada Geese.
Monarchs: 6.

Predictions:
Tonight
Mostly clear, with a low around 43. East wind 3 to 5 mph.
Tuesday
Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high
near 69. Light and variable wind.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228



 

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Date: 10/2/17 8:56 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (02 Oct 2017) 54 Raptors

Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2017 18:44:23 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (02 Oct 2017) 54 Raptors


Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 02, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 1
Turkey Vulture 32 87 107
Osprey 2 9 127
Bald Eagle 2 13 104
Northern Harrier 0 0 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 23 249
Cooper's Hawk 7 11 93
Northern Goshawk 1 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 2
Broad-winged Hawk 0 155 10348
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 14 101
Merlin 0 1 17
Peregrine Falcon 1 4 25
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 26
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 3 8
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 60

Total: 54 326 11285
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill LaFleche, Bill Rasku, Kathy Olson, Mark Letizi,
Marty McNamara, Steve Olson, Ted Mara

Visitors:
Observers: Bill Rasku, Ted Mara, Bill LaFleche, Mark
Letizi, George Russell, Marty McNamara, Rod Chase, Steve and Kathy Olson.
Also onboard: newcomers Maggie Debbie, Vito LaMura, Amy Wager, and Rick
Thibault. Hi, as well, to John and Linda.

Pleasant day for the moderate flow of hikers and others
who summited the hill.


Weather:
A variable breeze that started from the North and ended
from East while making a multitude of shifts thru the day.
Speed was 6-8mph for 2 hours before falling off to 3-5
and 0-3mph all afternoon.
This drop allowed the sun to warm things up from morning's 53F to 62F at
2pm. Visibility was 10 mi. all day while the all blue sky finally lost 10%
to thin cumulus puffs and a few higher clouds.

Raptor Observations:
Raptors went by mostly in 1's and 2's except for one push
of TV's in the 9am hour. In the slow last hour we all had
bino's on, presumably, the last bird of the day. A single
sharpie was close in front when dive-bombed by a larger
bird from above. We simultaneously focused on the aggressor and eyes
popped! It was our first Northern Goshawk since 2014.
BE's: both immature, one at 11:00 and one at 1:52.

Locals: Ad. BE appeared in NE at least 4 times. Also, an
imm. BE to north.
TV's 15, RT's 9.

Non-raptor Observations:
Local: 3 Crows made a rare visit on the summit .
Also, 16 Common Ravens up and around.
Migrating: 1 Loon, 470 Canada Geese.
Monarchs: 6.

Predictions:
Tonight
Mostly clear, with a low around 43. East wind 3 to 5 mph.
Tuesday
Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high
near 69. Light and variable wind.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


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Date: 10/2/17 6:33 pm
From: Marj. Rines <marj...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brown Pelican update
I received a note from Andy Mowbray, the man who observed the Brown
Pelican this morning. He reports:

"I saw it flying around in the morning at 10:30am and in the afternoon
it seemed quite comfortable with the cormorants at the dock at The Harry
McDonough Sailing Center inside Pleasure Bay at 4pm this afternoon.
I imagine the Pelican may stick around for a bit due to the large amount
of bait fish in the bay right now."

--
Marj. Rines
Woburn, MA


 

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Date: 10/2/17 5:17 pm
From: Eric <elabato...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - October 2nd
Here is a link to my Plum Island ebird list for October 1, 2017.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39522972

Eric Labato
Malden
 

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Date: 10/2/17 12:47 pm
From: Marj. Rines <marj...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brown Pelican, Castle Island, Boston
Mass Audubon got a report today of a Brown Pelican seen (flying) from
Castle Island in Boston at 10:30 this morning. I'm trying to get more
details and will post if I hear of any.

--
Marj. Rines
Woburn, MA

 

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Date: 10/2/17 11:20 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fenway Highlights This Morning
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2017 17:11:46
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Fenway Highlights This Morning

I birded from 8:40-11:40. Almost all the action was in the Victory Gardens.

Wood Duck 1 ad. male
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER 1 Row O; F.O.F.
Northern Waterthrush 1+ Row O and Row?
Common Yellowthroat 2
Swamp Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 8
Lincoln's Sparrow 1 Row U (wide row) and later Row V
DARK-EYED JUNCO 1 F.O.F.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 Row O

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 10/2/17 9:57 am
From: Marsha Salett <msalett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] October 2017 issue of Bird Observer now online
Massbirders,

Bird Observer announces that its October 2017 issue is now online at www.birdobserver.org.


Where to Go Birding highlights “Danehy Park, Cambridge, Massachusetts" by Karsten Hartel. Articles feature “Vagrancy of Selasphorus and Other Western Hummingbirds” by Sean Williams and Andrew Vitz, Nonbreeding Vocal Repertoire of Northern Saw-whet Owls” by Tim Spahr, and a Photo Essay about Least Terns by Sandy Selesky.

There is a Field Note about “Blue Grosbeak Nesting Successfully in Massachusetts” by Nathaniel Marchessault. As usual, we include regular columns by David Larson, Martha Steele, and Mark Lynch, as well as Bird Sightings for May/June 2017 and Wayne Petersen's "At A Glance."

The cover art features John Sill's Common Nighthawk.

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birdobserverjournal <https://www.facebook.com/birdobserverjournal>
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BirdObserver <https://twitter.com/BirdObserver>
Bird Observer is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Marsha Salett
Editor
Bird Observer
<msalett...>
Needham MA


 

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Date: 10/2/17 9:20 am
From: Barbara M Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (01 Oct 2017) 272 Raptors



Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2017 19:33:41 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (01 Oct 2017) 272 Raptors

Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 01, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 1
Turkey Vulture 55 55 75
Osprey 7 7 125
Bald Eagle 11 11 102
Northern Harrier 0 0 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 16 16 242
Cooper's Hawk 4 4 86
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 2
Broad-winged Hawk 155 155 10348
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 12 12 99
Merlin 1 1 17
Peregrine Falcon 3 3 24
Unknown Accipiter 2 2 26
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 3 3 8
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 3 3 60

Total: 272 272 11231
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bob Secatore, Dan Rossman, Janet Kovner, Kathryn Chihowski,
Matt Bollus, Nancy Given, Rod Chase, Tom Gottschang

Visitors:
Observers: Janet Kovner, Nancy Given, Rod Chase, Bob
Secatore, Nancy Chihowski, Matt Bolus, Tom Gottschang,
Dan Rossman.
Also: Chris Hege, Meghan Gately, Joe Ritacco, John Ryan,
Jim McCoy, Jackie Boucher, Kathy and Jay Dia. Finally,
anew and young enthusiast Tom Lupien with experienced
parents Tom and Helen!
Many hikers and visitors and pups on the hill today!




Weather:
7:30am to 4pm 8.5 hrs.
All blue for most of the day with a 46F start gradually
warming to 56F at 2pm. Winds were 5-10mph from North at
start and 5-8 West at 4pm. Otherwise 0-5 from NNW for all
hours in between. Hazy but not too bad.

Raptor Observations:
To make Surprise Cake:
Start with frost to the north causing birds to be ready
to work to 'get out of Dodge'. Add a cool morning with a
light and steady breeze from the NNW all morning.
Bake under sun for 1.5 hours, then:
Sprinkle with surprised observers who enjoyed come-and-go
bursts of activity all day long.
The Surprise: I was hoping for 41 birds and our 11,000th
raptor of the year. 272/11,231 works fine!

Many birds flying low early then all heights after 10am.
All PG's were immature.
BE's: adult, 9:50; ad. 10:33; 2 ad.'s (male, female
together), 11:50; 2 imm. (1 to E, 1 NW)), 12:45; 1 ad.
plus 2 imm. travelling together, 3:25; also together
1 imm. & 1 sub-adult, 3:40.

Non-raptor Observations:
Local raptors: TV 50+; RT: 8 up most of day; ML 1, BE 1.
Non-raptors: 7 Common Ravens, 78 geese migrating.
Monarchs:30.

Predictions:
Tonight
Clear, with a low around 42. Light northwest wind.
Monday
Sunny, with a high near 67. Light and variable wind
becoming north around 5 mph.

Nice, but ... Clarry Hill zero in 12 hrs. today and
Cadillac Mt. had 16 in 7 hrs. Glad we got birds today ..!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228



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Date: 10/1/17 9:48 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] addendum to my report from Ipswich Town Farm
I should have mentioned that Marj Watson added photos of many of the
birds we saw in her version of our shared checklist. You can see them
by going into ebird, then to explore data, then into explore hotspots,
then entering "Ipswich Town Farm," then hitting "details." Her list
will show up there, with photos. They were added after I shared the
list and I don't know how to get them onto my list.



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Date: 10/1/17 9:14 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Ipswich Town Farm, Oct 1, 2017
Ipswich Town Farm

Oct 1, 2017 7:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: I joined Tom Young's BBC walk along with Linda Pivacek, Susan Hedman, Marj Watson, Daan Sandee, Noel Mann, and Dana Jewell. We spent the whole morning at the town farm, though the variety was not that great, esp. for sparrows and warblers. But we found a dickcissel and 2 Lincoln's sparrows, among others.
43 species (+2 other taxa)

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 7
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 3
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 7
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 13
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 20
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca/flavipes) 10 distant
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 33
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) 1 responded to our imitations
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1 One twice in two places, or two separate birds.
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 7
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 3 none seen, to my knowledge
Merlin (Falco columbarius) 2 These two were seen in quick succession at least a quarter-mile apart. The first one was spreading its tail while perched.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 21
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 18
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 12
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 5
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 1
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 40
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 9
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 400
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 2
Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) 2
Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea) 2 All four PAWAs were together for side-by-side comparison.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 2
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 4
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 35
Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 6
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 3
Dickcissel (Spiza americana) 1
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 30
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 45
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 30

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39496174


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Date: 10/1/17 6:38 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] New Movie About The Least Tern
Birders,

The post below was posted to the Plum Island Birds listserve and I
thought it worthy of a share...

Sue

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Noted local cinematographer and movie-maker Michael Hoel has completed a
three-year project that has culminated in a 45 minute feature
movie–called Little Striker– about the Least Tern. Shot entirely on Plum
Island, this Ultra-High definition movie details the fascinating life
story of the feisty Least Tern. It contains social behavior that has
never been fully detailed before. Terns, along with many other birds
such as egrets and herons, were almost exterminated during Victorian
times because of the feather trade for ladies hats and this tragic
history is also revealed. The movie Little Striker was very favorably
reviewed by Rogue Cinema, equating the movie to "March of the Penguins"
or "Winged Migration."


"Little Striker" will be presented FREE at the Salisbury Library Meeting
Room on Thursday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m. Michael Hoel will give a talk
about his experiences as a cinematographer and the making of this movie.
After the movie there will be a question and answer period.

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Date: 10/1/17 6:36 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Merlin: Great Sippewissett Marsh - Photos!
Made a late afternoon visit on Friday to Great Sippewissett Marsh in Falmouth. While walking south along Black Beach, noticed a dark hawk perched in low shrubs in an elevated dune just back from the shore along the barrier beach. After getting a bit closer, and using the dune as a natural shield, was able to observe and photograph under terrific late day lighting conditions. Wind from the west at 9MPH and temp 63F.


For those with an interest, 3 images posted of Merlin taking off in flight:


http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/166312922

Click "next" in upper right to advance frames


Enjoy,

Craig Gibson

cbgibson AT comcast.net
 

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Date: 10/1/17 5:23 pm
From: Eric <elabato...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - October 1, 2017
Here is a link to my Plum Island ebird list for October 1, 2017.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39504644

Eric Labato
Malden
 

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Date: 10/1/17 1:55 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Calling Massbirders!: Oct BBC pelagic
From: Nick Bonomo <nbonomo...>
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2017 16:19:26 -0400
Subject: Calling Massbirders!: Oct BBC pelagic

Massbirders, the October BBC overnight pelagic trip is in danger of NOT
RUNNING because of lack of interest. It would be such a shame for us to
miss out on this opportunity because not enough birders signed up to go.
October is a potentially very exciting time to get out there. Of course
nothing is guaranteed in [pelagic] birding, but these waters have produced
for us time and again. August and September, both of which were sold out,
were canceled due to weather. Unlucky for sure. Let's not miss an entire
season of deep water pelagics. See below! Act fast!

For you pelagic enthusiasts, the Brookline Bird Club (Massachusetts) has
scheduled an overnight pelagic to the canyons southeast of Cape Cod for the
weekend of October 14-15. This is in response to both the Aug and Sep
overnighters being weathered-out.

Deep-water pelagics have never been run to these ridiculously productive
waters in October, which is part of what makes the opportunity so exciting.
Our route usually takes us over the Nantucket Shoals twice, on our way to
and from our main birding area: the edge of the continental shelf.

This is potentially a super exciting time to be out there. We have a shot
at (I won't use the word "expect," because you never know with birding...)
5+ species of shearwater, multiple storm-petrel species, a solid jaeger
migration, both skuas, and many more. This is a great time of year for Red
Phalarope, Sabine's Gull, and Black-legged Kittiwake. Northern Gannets will
be on the return south. The first returning alcids are certainly in play
come mid-October! Sea ducks should be moving as well (we pass though
inshore waters on Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon). This is probably
as good a time as any to see a Pterodroma of some kind. (Note that an
October trip off New York to waters further west yielded a whopping 10+
Black-capped Petrels). There is no reason to think a lingering White-faced
Storm-Petrel (expected IN SOME NUMBERS in these waters Aug-Sep) is not
going to be out there. With all this year's tropical activity, perhaps
something like a Cape Verde Shearwater is in play. Or how about Zino's
Petrel? Hey, this is pelagic birding, so we'll be prepared for the
unexpected.

These waters are incredibly productive. The track record for the annual
late August overnight trip is insane. The August and September trips were
both sold out, and weathered-out. Signups for this October trip have been
slow to come in; it would be a real shame to not get out there because of
lack of signups!

If you're interested in signing up, contact Ida Giriunas at 781-929-8772,
ida8 (AT) verizon (dot) net. Act NOW, as I believe the cutoff date to meet
signup quota is any day now.

Nick Bonomo

Wallingford, CT


The official description:

"OCTOBER 14, 15 , 2017. This is a transition time of year. If enough people
sign up, We will go from Hyannis, MA to the Hydrographer Canyon area. Warm
waters are changing to cooler waters. Anything is possible: shearwaters,
skuas (the Great Skua would also be possible) , storm petrels (even the
white-faced is possible) , Gulls, including Sabines and Kittiwakes,
phalaropes, sea ducks and of course, the mammals. Excellent Photo ops
Limit: 50 participants

Cost: BBC members $310, non-members $330

We will have master birders Marshall Iliff, Nick Bonomo, Peter Flood and
Kate Sutherland leading the trip. Our boat is the Helen H. It is a very
comfortable, fast, 100-foot fishing boat with a knowledgeable and
enthusiastic captain and crew. We use gallons of chum to attract the birds.
There is a full galley with excellent food at reasonable prices. Parking is
free."

 

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Date: 10/1/17 12:02 pm
From: <kevin.bourinot...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 10/01: Forbush Bird Club Trip: Wachusett Reservoir IBA
The Forbush Bird Club had an excellent trip through the Wachusett Reservoir IBA this morning. Stops included Thomas Basin, Sterling Peat, East and West Waushacum Lakes, and Reservoir Gates 36, 39, 17, and 25.

124 Canada Goose
24 Wood Duck
17 Mallard
1 Bufflehead -- F continuing Gate 36
9 Wild Turkey
12 Common Loon
2 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Horned Grebe
41 Double-crested Cormorant
3 Great Blue Heron
1 Little Blue Heron -- Continuing immature at Sterling Peat
1 Osprey
4 Red-tailed Hawk
6 Killdeer
1 Pectoral Sandpiper
1 Solitary Sandpiper
35 Ring-billed Gull
3 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
8 Mourning Dove
5 Belted Kingfisher
5 Red-bellied Woodpecker
6 Downy Woodpecker
2 Hairy Woodpecker
3 Northern Flicker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
7 Eastern Phoebe
1 Blue-headed Vireo
32 Blue Jay
11 American Crow
3 Common Raven
27 Black-capped Chickadee
12 Tufted Titmouse
2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 House Wren
1 Carolina Wren
3 Golden-crowned Kinglet
6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
12 Eastern Bluebird
14 American Robin
12 Gray Catbird
3 European Starling
4 Cedar Waxwing
3 Common Yellowthroat
1 Northern Parula
8 Palm Warbler
1 Pine Warbler
27 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
16 Chipping Sparrow
3 White-throated Sparrow
1 Savannah Sparrow
11 Song Sparrow
3 Swamp Sparrow
12 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
3 Red-winged Blackbird
19 House Finch
26 American Goldfinch
4 House Sparrow

Kevin Bourinot
Sterling, MA
<Kevin.Bourinot...>


 

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Date: 10/1/17 10:16 am
From: Haynes Miller <hrm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nahanton Park, Newton: Orange-crowned Warbler and sparrows
Finally a decent sparrow fall-out -- Lincoln's, Field, White-crowned,
Savannah, White-throated, Chipping, Song (as well as Indigo Bunting) --
but the high point of this morning's Newton Conservators / Friends of
Nahanton Park walk was the bright Orange-crowned Warbler seen along the
path between the gardens at around 9:00. I returned later and saw it
again, now at the upper garden and adjacent trees, around 12:00. The
juvenile Bald Eagle flyover was icing.

Haynes Miller
Newton



 

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Date: 10/1/17 8:59 am
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Connecticut Warbler, Eastern Point, Gloucester
At about 9:00 this morning I had a nice look at a Connecticut Warbler in
the shrubbery along Fort Hill Avenue in the Eastern Point area of
Gloucester. I explored the Point from 8:00 to 11:00 and found a few pockets
of birds. Highlights:

1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 Blue-headed Vireo
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 House Wren
4 Carolina Wrens (seem to be coming back after the hard winter a few years
ago)
3 Golden-crowned Kinglets
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Northern Mockingbirds
2 Cedar Waxwings
1 Connecticut Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Blackpoll Warbler
1 BT Green Warbler
1 Scarlet Tanager

At home in West Gloucester we still have 2 Eastern Towhees in our yard, a
Hairy Woodpecker that visits the suet feeder daily, an Eastern Screech-Owl
we heard three nights ago, and a juvenile Red-tail that spends each day
crying incessantly as it soars over the neighborhood.

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 10/1/17 7:51 am
From: <goshawk3...> <goshawk3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle Westford

At nabnasset lodge, Dunstable Rd, adult bald eagle circling over pond, seen well by all
Denise CabralGoshawk3 at aol.comWest BridgewaterSent from my LG G3, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 9/30/17 7:04 pm
From: Bob & Bonnie Buxton <bbxt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: a bird--leaf bathing
We were extremely fortunate to come across a Connecticut Warbler bathing
in the leaves of a low bush or tree along the Hellcat Trail not far from
the old blind many years ago, I believe it was September of 2001. Phil
Brown got a photo of it after the bath as it perched in a birch(?) tree
with its wet feathers, but I don't know if he got any photos of the
actual bath. I remember Bill Drummond was there too, whispering to me
over my shoulder as we watched in awe as it bathed.. that this was a
"once in a lifetime moment", and he was certainly right! I think Steve
and Jane Mirick may have been there too if I remember correctly. I
believe they were on a walk led by Bill, so there is a chance that
others saw the bird as well. Quite an experience!

Good birding to all,

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

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Date: 9/30/17 3:27 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Purple Martins Caratunk Wildlife Refuge. Seekonk MA
Thanks to Ray Marr for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Ray Marr <rmarr2...>
Subject: Purple Martins Caratunk Wildlife Refuge. Seekonk MA
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 17:55:59 -0400

The second year colony of Purple Martins at Caratunk along Brown Avenue had a good season.

A total of 7 pairs nested two failed and The site was left with 5 pairs and produce 16 chicks.

A total of 16 Troyer gourds in place the site should fill right up in the spring and bring enjoyment to many folks for years to follow. Its the only Colony in the town of Seekonk. The species is spreading well beyond the much larger sites in Southern NE to the more prime locations well inland.


Thanks to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island=20

Raymond Marr
Barrington
<rmarr2...> <mailto:<rmarr2...>



 

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Date: 9/30/17 2:37 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] a bird--leaf bathing
Thanks to Marlene Condon for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northboeugh, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 15:32:54 -0400
From: Marlene A Condon <marlenecondon...>

Hi Dave,

Yes, I've seen this--quite a lot, actually.

I have 2 big Photinias at the west edge of my deck. When things are on the dry side, as they are now in this area, birds often bathe in whatever amount of water they can find. If there's dew on the Photinia leaves, or even just a bit of a puddle on my deck railing, birds will take advantage of it to bathe.
However, I've never seen a Northern Parula--which I don't see in my yard--doing this. Thanks for sharing!

Sincerely,
Marlene

In a message dated 9/30/2017 11:52:50 AM US Eastern Standard Time, va-bird@=
listserve.com writes:

I wonder if anyone has ever witnessed a bird bathing on either a single or
compound leaf. Today I lead a trip at Paradise Creek Nature Park in
Portsmouth, VA. While scouting at around 7 am (everything was drenched with
dew), I looked up and saw from under a large leaf what I thought was a
butterfly caught on a leaf. I could see and hear the fluttering. It turns
out whatever it was had a beak and a tail. It was a N. Parula taking a
bath! I caught the bird with my binocs as it left, and the bird, too, was
drenched with dew. It had clearly been bathing. I've now added this to my
mental list of interesting things I've seen birds do.
Dave Gibson, Chesapeake, VA

 

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Date: 9/30/17 1:47 pm
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 2 YCNH juv
After posting about the juvenile YCNH I saw this morning (after not seeing
any for two weeks), naturally this afternoon I saw both young birds, so
apparently they have not yet left. Maybe the adult will appear tomorrow!

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

 

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Date: 9/30/17 12:25 pm
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] a bird--leaf bathing
Hi David, thanks for this story. I've actually seen a female Cerulean
Warbler (in southern Ohio) take a bath "in" a living sycamore leaf up in
the canopy. This is now > 10 years ago and I still remember it due almost
entirely to the cuteness factor!

Tim Spahr
Marlborough


On Sat, Sep 30, 2017 at 11:52 AM, David Gibson <20cabot...> wrote:

> I wonder if anyone has ever witnessed a bird bathing on either a single or
> compound leaf. Today I lead a trip at Paradise Creek Nature Park in
> Portsmouth, VA. While scouting at around 7 am (everything was drenched with
> dew), I looked up and saw from under a large leaf what I thought was a
> butterfly caught on a leaf. I could see and hear the fluttering. It turns
> out whatever it was had a beak and a tail. It was a N. Parula taking a
> bath! I caught the bird with my binocs as it left, and the bird, too, was
> drenched with dew. It had clearly been bathing. I've now added this to my
> mental list of interesting things I've seen birds do.
> Dave Gibson, Chesapeake, VA
>

 

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Date: 9/30/17 10:29 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (29 Sep 2017) 44 Raptors
Thanks to Rod Chase for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 19:43:02 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (29 Sep 2017) 44 Raptors

Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 29, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 1 1
Turkey Vulture 9 20 20
Osprey 7 115 118
Bald Eagle 1 88 91
Northern Harrier 1 12 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 14 214 226
Cooper's Hawk 0 78 82
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 5 10162 10193
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 87 87
Merlin 0 16 16
Peregrine Falcon 0 21 21
Unknown Accipiter 2 24 24
Unknown Buteo 0 3 4
Unknown Falcon 0 5 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 3 57 57

Total: 44 10905 10959
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Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill Rasku, Dave Brown, Jack Miano, Kathy Olson,
Mark Letizi, Rod Chase, Steve Olson

Visitors:
Observers: Bill Rasku, Mark Letizi, Greg Dysart, Rod Chase,Dave Brown,
Christine Morabito, Jack Miano, Donna Blasko with Bela, plus Steve & Kathy
Olson.

School group (400 plus?, in waves).
Also a few dozen hikers and others thru the day.


Weather:
Nice, cool start to with 48F start, blue sky only 20%
overcast, least haze than we've seen in weeks and a light
NW breeze. Temp. rose to 58F at 3pm then to 57F at close.
Wind 0-3mph then 0-5mph 'til 11am then 3-8 thru 2pm when
back to a light breeze. Direction varied hourly between N
& NW. Cumulus overcast also varied between 10 & 40%.
Only missing factor was the supply of hawks and, perhaps,
a little more wind.

Raptor Observations:
In these conditions we were hoping for bigger numbers of
OS's, SS's, & AK's judging by what has been moving north-
east of us. Also saw minor numbers (50+/-)of BW's thru
Clarry Hill & Cadillac Mt. today. Hoping Sunday to partake
of such a diet.
Todays flights: went by on both sides, low and high, near
and far, plus way too infrequently! Not as chilly as
yesterday, the observers were also warmed with good
conversations in the slow moments. Lots of 'catching up'!

BE, distant, at 12:30pm.
Locals: ad. BE (seen twice to NE, hours apart in AM).
TV's 6, RT's 7, ML's 2.

Non-raptor Observations:
Local: Common Ravens 5.
Migrating Canada Geese 755.
Monarchs: 11.

Predictions:
Saturday could be impossible (wet):
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 2pm,
then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm.
Cloudy, with a high near 52. North wind 6 to 8 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 70%.

[Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 64. Northwest wind 3 to 5 mph.]
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228


 

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Date: 9/30/17 10:20 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] a bird--leaf bathing
I've enjoyed watching hummingbirds do that during a rain in the neotropics

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Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951
email: <lynette.leka...>



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On Sat, 9/30/17, David Gibson <20cabot...> wrote:

Subject: [MASSBIRD] a bird--leaf bathing
To: "VA-BIRD" <va-bird...>
Cc: <massbird...>
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 11:52 AM

I wonder if anyone
has ever witnessed a bird bathing on either a single or
compound leaf. Today I lead a trip at Paradise Creek Nature
Park in Portsmouth, VA. While scouting at around 7 am
(everything was drenched with dew), I looked up and saw from
under a large leaf what I thought was a butterfly caught on
a leaf. I could see and hear the fluttering. It turns out
whatever it was had a beak and a tail. It was a N. Parula
taking a bath! I caught the bird with my binocs as it left,
and the bird, too, was drenched with dew. It had clearly
been bathing. I've now added this to my mental list of
interesting things I've seen birds do.
Dave Gibson, Chesapeake, VA
 

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Date: 9/30/17 10:00 am
From: Catherine Fisher <catherineckx...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] a bird--leaf bathing
Hi David,

I'm pasting a post I made to NHBirders on May 5 of this year:

On Allen;s Ave., Lee, NH:

Behavior I've not seen before. It's just started to rain and the leaves of
the rhododendron outside our kitchen window are spattered with large water
drops. A male r. t. hummer has gone from leaf to leaf, rubbing his breast
and belly onto the wet and then making sluicing motions with his wings. A
second or two is all it takes to use up the water supply on the leaf, and
then he moves onto the next. It took 9 leaves to complete his ablutions.

Good birding!

Catherine

On Sat, Sep 30, 2017 at 11:52 AM, David Gibson <20cabot...> wrote:

> I wonder if anyone has ever witnessed a bird bathing on either a single or
> compound leaf. Today I lead a trip at Paradise Creek Nature Park in
> Portsmouth, VA. While scouting at around 7 am (everything was drenched with
> dew), I looked up and saw from under a large leaf what I thought was a
> butterfly caught on a leaf. I could see and hear the fluttering. It turns
> out whatever it was had a beak and a tail. It was a N. Parula taking a
> bath! I caught the bird with my binocs as it left, and the bird, too, was
> drenched with dew. It had clearly been bathing. I've now added this to my
> mental list of interesting things I've seen birds do.
> Dave Gibson, Chesapeake, VA
>

 

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Date: 9/30/17 6:14 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] YCNH
I was surprised to see a juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night Heron this morning
-- have not seen one here since Sep 15, and I assumed the two we have had
all summer were gone. So I guess this could be a passer-by, but more likely
I just haven't seen it in the interim (not for want of looking, however).

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

 

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Date: 9/30/17 6:01 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Horned Owl Hootathon Littleton
Thanks to Helen Bailey for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
*


Last night Great Horned Owls staged an almost hour long hootathon near
Long Lake in Littleton. They woke me about 2 and at 2:45 I decided to
drive over to the town beach try to see the one that sounded like it was
coming from there but to no success. Sounded like three individuals.

--
<bluedacnis14...> <mailto:<bluedacnis14...>

 

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Date: 9/29/17 7:41 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 9/29 highlights-Squantum, Pond Meadow Park (Braintree), Great Pond-Randolph/Braintree
Nice day I chose for a vacation day. P-Pond Meadow, G-Great Pond, rest Squantum unless noted. Highlights only:


Northern Pintail 6 (G)

Green-winged Teal 67 (G)

Great Egret 15

Snowy Egret 5

Red-shouldered Hawk (G)

Laughing Gull 407 still a lot around Quincy Bay

Eastern Screech-Owl 2 (1-G) unusual one at Squaw Rock calling mid-morning

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2 (Squaw Rock)

Peregrine Falcon chasing the above mentioned teal (G)

Carolina Wren 7 (6-P, 1-G) making a come back?

Brown Thrasher 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8 (1-P, 1-G)

Northern Parula 2 (P)

Yellow-rumped Warbler 10 (1-G) they're baaack.

Prairie Warbler 1

HOODED WARBLER 1 female at Great Pond, the Norraway Road entrance a couple of hundred feet before the boulders placed to block ATVs with noticeable ATV go around.

DiCKCISSEL 1 flyover calling early

BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK 1 see earlier post for details

Common Grackle 801 Yup. 1 bird at Squantum (500-P, 300-G)


Glenn


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

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Date: 9/29/17 7:32 pm
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fenway & Victory Gardens, Sep 29, 2017
Spent a few hours at the Fenway Victory Gardens this a.m. - nice to see
Paul Peterson there.   Thanks for his report of the Wilson's Warbler
though it had moved on by the time I looked for it.  Lots of good weedy
gardens for sparrows in the upcoming weeks!

Linda

Fenway & Victory Gardens, Suffolk, Massachusetts, US
Sep 29, 2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Lovely fall day,surprisingly birdy.
33 species

Canada Goose 21
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 50
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Eastern Phoebe 5
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 12
Black-capped Chickadee 4
House Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 19
Gray Catbird 2
Northern Mockingbird 6
Northern Waterthrush 1
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 4
Northern Parula 1
Magnolia Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 1 Seen by Paul Peterson
White-throated Sparrow 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 23
American Goldfinch 11
House Sparrow X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39467235

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


 

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Date: 9/29/17 6:22 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Probable Black-headed Grosbeak-Quincy Point Park, 9/29/17
I am reported what I believe is a Black-headed Grosbeak which flew over Quincy Pont Park calling this morning about 7:00ish. I heard an unfamiliar call note and this bird flew out. My eyes as they are these days unless perfect lighting leave details at distance difficult. What I could see was a chunky bird with noticeable white patch, not wing bar and the rest silhouette. It did land at the end of the runway (west) with a very bright background. It appeared to have a whitish eye line with dark face. Fortunately it flew east and landed with better background. As it dropped showing better contrast the back was dark (brownish?). Now I could see orangey underparts which reminded me of young northern wheatear, which this bird was not. It looked like a grosbeak shape with white eyeline and dark cheek. It then flew a third time north and over the runway and right at me and over me. The orange color was over the underparts brighter on the chest and white wing patch on eac!
h wing and could be seen from the underside as windows. The shape of this patch was roundish, oval. It appeared to be the base of the primaries.


Every time this bird flew, and some of the time while on the ground, this bird called. I have no recollection of this sound. It was not the sneaker-on-the-gym floor sound of Rose-breasted. I originally incorrectly IDd this bird as a potential Bullock's (the 'churt' note was similar) but realized the shape and placement of the wing patch was inconsistent, not to mention the whitish eyeline, dark back and dark cheek(duh).


I have just researched Black-headed Grosbeak vs Rose-breasted and the "chit" note of the Black-headed is consistent with what this bird was calling. Also, I have never seen this color on Rose-breasted and usually the color on Rose-breasted is in the form of the "V" of the rose color, although females does show a wash, but not this shade or intensity or extensive.


It is interesting there are few birds with white ovals on the outer part of the wing. Most birds have wing-bars which are on the coverts. I think this is an optical illusion as the bases of the primaries actually form an arc, but maybe too quick for our eyes to see or else the wing is not completely opened to show the arc on each stroke.


Not sure this will pass muster for the MARC, but there it is for all. This bird continued south over the trees and out of sight. I recently saw another bird heading south and over trees and pronounced it gone only to have it return for others later, so make your own decision.


Glenn


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

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Date: 9/29/17 4:44 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Masked Booby update
Great coverage by NECN.

http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Tropical-Bird-Likely-Blown-Off-Course-by-Hurricane-Jose-Found-on-Cape-448242833.html


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

 

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Date: 9/29/17 4:07 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fenway First of Fall Birds, etc.
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 20:41:07 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Fenway First of Fall Birds, etc.


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 F.O.F. Row M in pine; later war monument area
Eastern Phoebe 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 F.O.F.
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 1st yr. fem. on Agassiz Rd.; F.O.F.
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 F.O.F. on Agassiz Rd.
Wilson's Warbler 1
Northern Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 5
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Northern Parula 1
Nashville Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 1 "western"
Tennessee Warbler 1 F.O.F.
White-throated Sparrow 11 F.O.F.
Swamp Sparrow 3
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO 1 seen by Linda Ferraresso

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 9/29/17 3:23 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows Brookline Bird Club walk of 9/30 - changed to 10/1
Thanks to Paul Peterson for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 20:41:07 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Great Meadows Brookline Bird Club walk of 9/30 - changed to 10/1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 F.O.F. Row M in pine; later war monument area
Eastern Phoebe 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 F.O.F.
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 1st yr. fem. on Agassiz Rd.; F.O.F.
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 F.O.F. on Agassiz Rd.
Wilson's Warbler 1
Northern Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 5
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Northern Parula 1
Nashville Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 1 "western"
Tennessee Warbler 1 F.O.F.
White-throated Sparrow 11 F.O.F.
Swamp Sparrow 3
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO 1 seen by Linda Ferraresso

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston


 

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Date: 9/29/17 1:53 pm
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Danehy Park 29 Sept.; Yellow-throated Vireo; Orange-crowned warbler; Connecticut Warbler plus.
Danehy Park, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Sep 29, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
32 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 6
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 4
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 3
Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons) 1 First IDed as just vireo
since in bad light, then it move for just an underside view and the bright
yellow throat and upper belly and the clear white remaining underside and
UTCs seen making it this species.
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 3
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 8
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 5
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 7
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 4
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 10
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 8
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1
Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis) 1 Bird popped up for almost a
minute; medium gray head forming a hood; solid white eye-ring complete;
underparts yellow from edge of hood to end of UTCs
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 4
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) 1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 5
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 7
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 2
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 7
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 7

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S39459455

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

 

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Date: 9/29/17 1:31 pm
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Big Kinglet Influx on Plum Island, 9/29/17
Kinglet watching was great on the woodland portion of the Marsh Loop. They were so entertaining that I stayed for four hours and found some nice warblers, too:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39459051

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>

 

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Date: 9/29/17 12:44 pm
From: Hojnacki, Katlyn <katlyn_hojnacki...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR Closes Marsh Loop Portion of Hellcat Trail
Hello MassBirders,

I wanted to pass along the press release that we just put out today, as it
will impact many of you. Due to safety concerns, refuge management has
decided to close the portion of the Hellcat Trail that loops through North
Pool. Please send all inquiries regarding this to Refuge Manager Bill
Peterson.



NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Date: September 29, 2017

Contact: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters

Phone: (978) 465-5753; On the Web: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/parker_river/



Refuge Closes Portion of Hellcat Boardwalk

Officials at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge have decided to
permanently close a section of the popular Hellcat boardwalk.
Specifically, and effectively immediately, the Marsh Loop will no longer be
open to public access, due to the deteriorated condition of the boardwalk
structure itself. The remainder of the 1.5 mile boardwalk, including the
Dune Loop, will remain open.

Beginning in the early 1970s, the Hellcat interpretive boardwalk was
constructed, over a number of successive summers, by Youth Conservation
Corps workers. After 40+ years of weathering and active use, the boardwalk
is showing its age. The good news is that the refuge is working with the
Friends of Parker River NWR, Inc. to secure the funding required to replace
the aging boardwalk.

Refuge staff is aware of the popularity of the Hellcat boardwalk and
greatly appreciates the cooperation of refuge visitors regarding this
closure. As a partial offset to the closure, a new trail, providing access
to the tip of Stage Island, was recently opened.


--

Kaytee Hojnacki
USFWS- Parker River NWR
6 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA 01950
(978) 465-5753 ext. 202

 

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Date: 9/29/17 12:04 pm
From: Lindsey Nichols <pepper.please...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lunch Hour Birds in Boston Public Garden
Massbird,

Brought my binoculars to work after some agreeable wind direction last
night. Was not disappointed! The island and the northern section of the BPG
were hopping today.

Highlights:
- ruby-crowned and golden-crowned kinglets
- juvenile black-crowned night heron
- eastern towhee
- gray catbirds
- nashville warbler(s)
- blackpoll warblers
- northern waterthrush
- tennessee warbler
- black-and-white warblers
- swamp sparrows
- white-throated sparrows

Good birding!

Lindsey Nichols
Boston, MA

 

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Date: 9/29/17 11:54 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows Brookline Bird Club walk of 9/30 - changed to 10/1
Due to the forecast of rain all morning, I am moving the scheduled Great
Meadows Brookline Bird Club walk of 9/30  to Sunday 10/1.

We'll meet at 8 AM at the refuge parking lot off Monsen Road in Concord.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>



 

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Date: 9/29/17 9:16 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Danehy Park Thursday AM
Thanks to Karsten Hartel for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: "Hartel, Karsten E." <hartel...>
Subject: Danehy Park Thursday AM
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:46:16 +0000

I took the AM off to bird Danehy... this is an abbreviated report 08:30-10:00 full list later
All these birds seen in wood's edge N of marsh to fence and the hillside opposite the mowed field.
Connecticut Warbler --- seen well just N of the leafless bush in marsh; popped up for very good looks
Orange-crowned Warbler--- seen very well (8-10 feet away)
Yellow-throated Vireo --- seen from underneath ... probably this species; same area
Karsten

Karsten Edward Hartel
Curatorial Associate in Ichthyology
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA, USA 02138
(617) 495-2477 e-mail: <hartel...>
http://www.mcz.harvard.edu/Departments/Ichthyology/index.html

Search our Ichthyology Specimen Database with images. Be sure to select Ic=
hthyology under Institutional Catalog: http://mczbase.mcz.harvard.edu<http:=
//mczbase.mcz.harvard.edu/>>http://mczbase.mcz.harvard.edu<http://mczbase.m=
cz.harvard.edu/>

Inland Fishes of Massachusetts now available on line http://www.biodiversit=
ylibrary.org/item/124490


 

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Date: 9/29/17 9:11 am
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Gay Head, Martha's Vineyard, Sep 29, 2017
Hi Folks,

Fairly birdy near the cliffs for the first time this fall.

Clay-colored Sparrow and Orange-crowned Warbler being the highlights.

Pete Gilmore
Newton, MA
<Petegilmore79...>


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 12:01 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Gay Head, Martha's Vineyard, Sep 29, 2017
To: <Petegilmore79...>


Gay Head, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes, Massachusetts, US
Sep 29, 2017 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Clear, north wind, 55F
50 species

Canada Goose 15
Wood Duck 1
Common Eider 6
White-winged Scoter 1
Great Cormorant (North Atlantic) 1
Double-crested Cormorant 20
Turkey Vulture 3
Cooper's Hawk 1
Sanderling 14
Laughing Gull 3
Herring Gull 10
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 6
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue-headed Vireo 4
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 20
American Crow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 35
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 10
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 30
Cedar Waxwing 15
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 5
Northern Parula 3
Magnolia Warbler 2
Palm Warbler (Western) 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 8
Prairie Warbler 2
Chipping Sparrow 5
Clay-colored Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) 1
Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 8
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 10
Indigo Bunting 1
Bobolink 8
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 10

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39454698

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

 

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Date: 9/29/17 8:02 am
From: Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brown pelican in southie
Shortly before going for my swim at the L Street bathhouse I saw a brown pelican around 9:40 a.m. the bird then flew towards the police barracks.

Eduardo del Solar
<Delsolar...>

Sent from my BLU smartphone device
 

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Date: 9/29/17 6:27 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lots of birds over night.
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>

Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:19:29 -0400

Subject: Lots of birds over night.


Be on the look out today. Nothing overtly special yet, but lots of birds came in over night. 35 + Yellowlegs in the pans at Belle Isle this morning, up from about 5 yesterday. Large flock of Black-bellied Plover as well.

-Sean Riley
<Newburyowls...>

Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 9/29/17 6:24 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (28 Sep 2017) 66 Raptors
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:16:47 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (28 Sep 2017) 66 Raptors

Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 1 1
Turkey Vulture 11 11 11
Osprey 4 108 111
Bald Eagle 4 87 90
Northern Harrier 1 11 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk 14 200 212
Cooper's Hawk 6 78 82
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 5 10157 10188
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 6 85 85
Merlin 2 16 16
Peregrine Falcon 2 21 21
Unknown Accipiter 1 22 22
Unknown Buteo 1 3 4
Unknown Falcon 0 5 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 9 54 54

Total: 66 10861 10915
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:45:00
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill LaFleche, Bob Secatore, Dave Brown, John Cannizzo,
Julie Roberts, Paul Roberts, Peter Vale

Visitors:
Observers: Paul and Julie Roberts, Peter and Faye Vale,
Greg and Judy McGuane, John Meskowskus, Bill LaFleche,
Bob Secatore, John Cannizzo, Matt Bollus, Dave Sousa,
Ed Armstrong, Dawn Smith, Ian Robinson, John Jones,
Glen Davis, Marty McNamara, Sam Miller, George Russell,
Dominick Pacelli, Ruth Leibe, Shirley Hamblin, Rod Chase.


Weather:
8am-3:45pm (EST), 7 hrs. 45min.
Today's temp. started at 64F, crept up to 66F at 10am
when the cold front won out: we returned to 64F by noon.
Wind direction varied NW thru N all day. Wind speed at
3-10mph first hour before ramping up before 11am to
10-20mph with gusts to 25. A decrease after 1pm to 5-15
and only occasional 15mph gusts.
Visibility 10 mi all day; haze the lightest we've seen
in weeks. Cloud cover 15% to 10% late.

Raptor Observations:
First signs of the TV's getting into gear (11) today,
surpassed only by the SS's. Ten species passed today,
some very close but vast majority so distant that 11
raptors were unidentified.
Winds did produce some rapid arrivals and departures.
Near birds tucked in and gyroscopically trying to get
more speed and height out of every gust.

4 BE's: 1 ad., 1:02; 2 ad.'s at 1:35; 1 imm. at 1:46.

Locals: 3 ad.BE, 1 imm. BE, 6 TV's, 5 RT's, 1 ML.

Non-raptor Observations:
A great day for goose counters? ... 1305 Canada Geese passed in various
size skeins all day.
Locals: 5 Common Ravens.

Predictions:
Similar to today except lower wind speed, fewer clouds?
"Sunny, with a high near 64. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph."
(Saturday's prediction currently showers likely; hope that
changes.)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228

 

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Date: 9/28/17 8:00 pm
From: Kat Birder <katbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Weekly species census- Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Sep 28, 2017
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Sep 28, 2017 6:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.2 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly bird species census. Unseasonably mild 70's F and
breezy. <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.2 Build 70
Observers: Will Martens, Kevin Crispell, Maryellen Stone, Joan Stoner,
Frank Richichi, Audrey Cicchetti, Herb, Seth Beaudreault, Kathy Dia
47 species (+1 other taxa)


Canada Goose 28
Wood Duck 24
American Wigeon 2 males
Mallard 47
Green-winged Teal (American) 3
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3
Cooper's Hawk 4
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Semipalmated Plover 1 Heard by Seth
Killdeer 8
Ring-billed Gull 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 20
Mourning Dove 5
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3
American Kestrel 1
Merlin 1 Perched on pine early a.m. near Tower
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 17 Including a group of twelve
American Crow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 15
Tufted Titmouse 9
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 4
Marsh Wren 7
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 9
Gray Catbird 3
Cedar Waxwing 9
Pine Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) 2
Chipping Sparrow 1

Vesper Sparrow 1 Possible but not definite. A chunky sparrow with a
brown back and distinctly visible white outer tail edges. Seen by all near
"the Holt" (open grassy area with some trees between the river and Lower
Pool on the north east side of the Pool, but unfortunately only from the
back in flight. Face not visible. Seth noted some streaks on sides of
breast ruling out Lark Sparrow; flight and streakier back coloration wrong
for Dark-eyed Junco.

Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) 4
Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 28
Swamp Sparrow 13
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 1
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch
ecklist/S39438670

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

Kathy Dia for the Great Meadows Survey Team
Concord, MA

 

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Date: 9/28/17 6:04 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: First Grackle Wave
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:48:24 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Re: First Grackle Wave


That's odd! I also saw my first grackle wave today. It was this evening in my Mission Hill Boston neighborhood. They were in the trees behind my building. I actually was going to post about this. When I saw Walt's post, I knew I had to. hmmm!

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 9/28/17 5:52 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] First Grackle Wave, Westwood, Thur., Sept. 28
The roost in Holbrook on Sept 16 had 7000 grackles. I have had as many as 12000 over the years.

Glenn

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


> On September 28, 2017 at 7:42 PM Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:
>
>
> From: "Walt Webb" <wwebb24...>
> Subject: First Grackle Wave, Westwood, Thur., Sept. 28
> Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:02:22 -0400
>
> This morning the season's first Common Grackle wave descended upon my front
> & back yards as well as on other yards in my Westwood neighborhood. It was
> quite a massive flock!
>
> Walt Webb
> Westwood, MA
> <wwebb24...>
>
 

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Date: 9/28/17 4:51 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (28 Sep 2017) 13 Raptors
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:54:05 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Pinnacle Rock (28 Sep 2017) 13 Raptors


Pinnacle Rock
Malden, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 1 1
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 6 6
Cooper's Hawk 2 2 2
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 1 1
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 3 3 3
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 13 13 13
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Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Craig Jackson

Observers:

Weather:
Warm (Boston temperature in 70's; I did not have a thermometer); Winds
strong (4) mostly from northwest; little cloud cover (for most of watch
majority of clouds were low in the southeast, until last hour and a half
when they were mostly high cirrus

Raptor Observations:
Minor movement of accipiters
4-5 resident Redtails

Non-raptor Observations:
Approximately 375 Canada Geese migrating and one Snow Goose among them
(about 10 skeins, the largest being about 100 birds)

Predictions:
Northwest winds should continue, so flight should be good for the next
three days at least
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Report submitted by Craig Jackson (<crleja...>)


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=239



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<b>Pinnacle Rock</b><br>Malden, Massachusetts, USA<br><br><table border=1><tr><td colspan=4 bgcolor=c0c0e0><b>Daily Raptor Counts: </b>Sep 28, 2017</td></tr><tr><td><b><font color=2020c0>Species</font></b></td><td><font color=2020c0>Day's Count</font></td><td><font color=2020c0>Month Total</font></td><td><font color=2020c0>Season Total</font></td></tr><tr><td>Black Vulture</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Turkey Vulture</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Osprey</td><td align=right>1</td><td align=right>1</td><td align=right>1</td></tr>
<tr><td>Bald Eagle</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Northern Harrier</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Sharp-shinned Hawk</td><td align=right>6</td><td align=right>6</td><td align=right>6</td></tr>
<tr><td>Cooper's Hawk</td><td align=right>2</td><td align=right>2</td><td align=right>2</td></tr>
<tr><td>Northern Goshawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Red-shouldered Hawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Broad-winged Hawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Red-tailed Hawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Rough-legged Hawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Golden Eagle</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>American Kestrel</td><td align=right>1</td><td align=right>1</td><td align=right>1</td></tr>
<tr><td>Merlin</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Peregrine Falcon</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Accipiter</td><td align=right>3</td><td align=right>3</td><td align=right>3</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Buteo</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Falcon</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Eagle</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Raptor</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td><b><font color=c02020>Total:</font></b></td><td align=right><font color=c02020>13</font></td><td align=right><font color=c02020>13</font></td><td align=right><font color=c02020>13</font></td></tr></table><br><br><table cellspacing=2 cellpadding=2><tr><td>Observation start time: </td><td>09:30:00 </td></tr><tr><Td>Observation end time: </td><Td>15:30:00 </td></tr><tr><td>Total observation time: </td><td>6 hours</td></tr><tr><td>Official Counter</td><td>Craig Jackson</td></tr><tr><td>Observers: </td><td></td></tr></table><br><br><b>Weather:</b><br>Warm (Boston temperature in 70's; I did not have a thermometer); Winds
strong (4) mostly from northwest; little cloud cover (for most of watch
majority of clouds were low in the southeast, until last hour and a half
when they were mostly high cirrus<br><br><b>Raptor Observations:</b><br>Minor movement of accipiters
4-5 resident Redtails<br><br><b>Non-raptor Observations:</b><br>Approximately 375 Canada Geese migrating and one Snow Goose among them
(about 10 skeins, the largest being about 100 birds)<br><br><b>Predictions:</b><br>Northwest winds should continue, so flight should be good for the next
three days at least<br><br><hr>Report submitted by Craig Jackson (<a href="mailto:<crleja...>"><crleja...></a>)<br>More information at <a href="http://hawkcount.org">hawkcount.org</a>: [<a href="http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=239">Site Profile</a>] [<a href="http://hawkcount.org/day_summary.php?rsite=239&ryear=2017&rmonth=09&rday=28">Day Summary</a>] [<a href="http://hawkcount.org/month_summary.php?rsite=239&ryear=2017&rmonth=09">Month Summary</a>]<br><br><hr><br>



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Date: 9/28/17 4:51 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] First Grackle Wave, Westwood, Thur., Sept. 28
From: "Walt Webb" <wwebb24...>
Subject: First Grackle Wave, Westwood, Thur., Sept. 28
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:02:22 -0400

This morning the season's first Common Grackle wave descended upon my front
& back yards as well as on other yards in my Westwood neighborhood. It was
quite a massive flock!

Walt Webb
Westwood, MA
<wwebb24...>

 

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Date: 9/28/17 4:42 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fish Crows in Stoughton
From: Lynard Love <ldlove27...>
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 08:10:54 -0400
Subject: Fish Crows in Stoughton

Responding to Glenn's observation, on several occasions in the last year, I have observed 12-14 Fish Crows at Cobb Corner Shopping Center on the Stoughton/Sharon/Canton line (junction of rte 27 and Washington St).
They roost in the trees between Maxi's Deli and the gas station.
Also, I have seen them in the trees in back of the building where the Taqueria is located.

LD Love
ldlove27 at yahoo
Abington, Ma


 

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Date: 9/28/17 3:00 pm
From: John Weeks <aerie.john...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Blueberry Hill, Granville -- ad hawk hoc watch 9/28/17
Systematic counting on Blueberry Hill in Granville ended in 2015. My fellow hawkwatcher Dick Haas and I went up today to have a look around. Migrant raptors were few (10). There was a handful of warblers, of four species, still present. The highlight was a male Northern Parula.

Full eBird report is below.

John Weeks

Blueberry Hill, Hampden, Massachusetts, US
Sep 28, 2017 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Observers: Dick Haas and John Weeks
21 species

Canada Goose 1000 Count is very approximate, but represents the right order of magnitude. Dozens of flocks went past today. Of the raptors seen today, the Osprey, Sharp-shins, Cooper's Hawk and Kestrel were migrating.
Wild Turkey 15
Black Vulture 2 Black Vultures are seen regularly in this area, and have been for almost two decades! Two BLVU, presumably the same two birds, were seen here on 9/16/2017 and again earlier this week. The ID is positive: the birds were well seen, with binoculars and a telescope.
Turkey Vulture 4
Osprey 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Blue Jay 1
Common Raven 4
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Northern Parula 1
Blackpoll Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39444429

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

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Date: 9/28/17 12:44 pm
From: Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh FREE Nature Programs
Matthew Nash
Visitor Services Supervisor
DCR North Region Coastal District
One Eliot Circle
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 485-2804 ext. 105

Find yourself in a DCR Park!

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North Region Coastal District

Department of Conservation and Recreation

One Eliot Circle Contact: Matthew Nash
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 485-2804 Ext. 105

SUNDAY OCTOBER 1 Belle Isle Harvest Festival See below

(Not Saturday as previously reported)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -

Find yourself in a DCR State Park

East Boston

Join a DCR Park interpreter to learn about the wonderful natural history of your state parks. All Programs are FREE and open to the public. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For program cancellations phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121, one hour before start time. Rain Cancels. Bring Water. Strongly recommend sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and footwear suitable for walking on the beach, and on paths. For more information phone (781) 485-2804 Ext. 105 or email <Matthew.Nash...><mailto:<Matthew.Nash...>. For a listing of programs at other DCR state parks visit www.mass.gov/DCR<http://www.mass.gov/DCR> .



Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

Belle Isle Harvest Festival
SUNDAY, October 1, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Free fun for the Whole family including pumpkin decorating, live animals, crafts and Veronica Robles Cultural Center dancers presenting Latin American dance "Folkloric Style" Sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, DCR, Save the Harbor, The Winthrop Marketplace and the East Boston Foundation.

An Oasis for Wildlife
Saturdays, October 7 & 21 8:00 -9:00 a.m.
Discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary. We will walk while birding for a distance of a mile on easy level terrain. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them. Reasonable accommodations available upon request.

Meet at: Main Parking lot near the bulletin board, located on Bennington Street, East Boston between address 1236 Bennington St., East Boston and 173 Bennington St., Revere. Parking is on a paved lot and is free of charge. Accessible by public transportation: MBTA Blue line, Beachmont Station. Exit station, turn right, at intersection cross State Road/Bennington Street, travel right along Bennington Street to park entrance on the left. Visit www.MBTA.com<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.mbta.com_&d=DwMFAw&c=lDF7oMaPKXpkYvev9V-fVahWL0QWnGCCAfCDz1Bns_w&r=59Be0snSVQjEB2LwJszNZd81O9NbSOR5J9RIMVlvqhU&m=6Fuo3dsESHkdA6gc8fYepCmHPBhGyWh6vgEkxTLgFW4&s=rsI0zhl0Fr0JpVUffABHBwQE_-6azgbKDoLQQPfTCeQ&e=> for bus and train information.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh


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Matthew Nash
Visitor Services Supervisor
DCR North Region Coastal District
One Eliot Circle
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 485-2804 ext. 105

Find yourself in a DCR Park!

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Date: 9/28/17 7:02 am
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Masked booby

Mbers, click on link below to read article about subject in today's Boston Globe.


https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/09/27/tropical-bird-found-mass-likely-blown-off-course-hurricane-jose/M7z8haj5bgs76yowdS1YhN/story.html


Joe Paluzzi 



Joe PaluzziSalem, MA. USA

Sent by my Verizon tablet
 

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Date: 9/27/17 7:44 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] (Fish) crow roost near Stoughton?
Monday and again today (Wednesday) 9/25 and 9/27 there was a large group (murder?) of Fish Crows at 6:30ish, 250 Monday and 200 today, at the intersection of Central Street and Rt 138 in Stoughton. I know of no roost nearby, but wonder if someone knows of a crow roost in the Stoughton/Easton area. These birds seem to be coming from the south and heading north. Today a Cooper's flew through to the dismay of the crows.


About 2 weeks ago in Stoughton at the intersection of Central Street and Dykeman (the very short distance between Harrison Boulevard in Avon and Central Street in Stoughton) there was a mixed group of mostly Fish Crows (about 40 birds, 30 Fish) late in the afternoon.


Anyone knowing of a roost or just in the area at the right time and seeing large groups of crows on the move could you let us know?


Thanks.


Glenn


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

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Date: 9/27/17 6:42 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Marine Life Photogrphy trip
With Permission,
Massbirders, There is space on our offshore trip focusing on pelagics, migrants, cetaceans, gray seals and any other marine life we can approach, observe and photograph. If you want to make photographs at sea on a comfortable 38’ vessel, join me on October 14, with weather date on Sunday the 15th. No doubt some cool avian life will be encountered. Whales and dolphins were under the boat (as we idled, drifted out of gear) on our last trip. cost is $110 for at least 4 hours east of Chatham.
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 9/27/17 6:36 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Pond in Randolph Highlights
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2017 23:42:42 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Great Pond in Randolph Highlights


I birded from 11:00-6:00, at a leisurely pace. I covered the entire
southern section. (the dike and southwards). No luck with the Common
Gallinule reported yesterday on e-bird.

Green Heron 1
Blue-winged Teal 4 continuing for at least ten days
Green-winged Teal 24
Bald Eagle 1 adult
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
accipiter sp. 1+
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER 1 big boulder area
Killdeer 27
Semipalmated Plover 5
Least Sandpiper 3
Semipalmated Sandpiper 7
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 1
CASPIAN TERN 6 flew right by me! two called! at beginning of
dike at 5:05
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Tree Swallow 5 apparently migrating; dropping in for a spot of
tea (lol)
American Pipit 5 big boulder area open expanse
Carolina Wren 2
House Wren 1
WARBLERS:
American Redstart 1
Northern Waterthrush 1
Black-throated Green 2
Black and White 3
Northern Parula 1
Wilson's 1 ad. male
Palm 1 "western"
Savannah Sparrow 2 on dike
Swamp Sparrow 2
P.S. The town of Randolph has created a lovely woodland path along the
southern half of the reservoir. From the Oak St. end, there is a path just
after the last house on the left (if coming from North Main St.) It is
hard to see, but it is just after big rocks in a line that demarcate the
yard boundary of the aforementioned house. This path takes you almost all
the way to the dike! Wonderful.

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston


 

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Date: 9/27/17 6:32 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Walk at the North Shore Community Gardens reminder
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2017 19:41:21 -0400
Subject: Walk at the North Shore Community Gardens reminder


Hello Massbirders,

Just a friendly reminder about the the bird walk I am leading on behalf
of the Ipswich River Watershed this Saturday, the 30th at 8:00 a.m. Folks
who are interested in attending, it states at 8 but John and I will be
there at the crack of dawn if you want to join us earlier. I was there for
about 1.5 hours today. Some of the corn fields have been cut and things are
looking really promising. I had a clay-colored sparrow, dickcissel, and get
this - a Budgie! Someone is bumming out because this bird was so nice.

Here is my ebird list

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39430012

See you then!

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

"The self evident vision of who we are as a free and caring nation, and the
ideal to fulfill this destiny is stronger than the division of those who's
only vision is of themselves. =E2=80=9C SMB

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


 

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Date: 9/27/17 6:30 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Purple Martin Totals Crestwood Country Club & Clark Family Wheeler Street Rehoboth

From: Ray Marr <rmarr2...>
Subject: Purple Martin Totals Crestwood Country Club & Clark Family Wheeler
Street Rehoboth
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2017 19:27:27 -0400


The flock Of Martins returned To Crestwood Country Club And the Clark
family in Spectacular numbers with near perfect weather.
Clark family Produced 57 pairs 225 chicks Fledged Crestwood
Country Club 55 pairs 217 chicks fledged.
112 pairs 442 Fledged combined. Hazelton golf club which is
owned by owner of Crestwood has given permission to
add 12 gourds to the new golf club in 2018. I think its a good idea to
spread them out as well and let others view them as well.
Many Thanks to the Clark Family and the Crestwood Country Club.


Raymond Marr
Barrington RI
<rmarr2...>


 

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Date: 9/27/17 6:26 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (27 Sep 2017) 2 Raptors

Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:46:20 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (27 Sep 2017) 2 Raptors



Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 1 1
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 104 107
Bald Eagle 0 83 86
Northern Harrier 0 10 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 186 198
Cooper's Hawk 0 72 76
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 0 10152 10183
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 79 79
Merlin 0 14 14
Peregrine Falcon 0 19 19
Unknown Accipiter 0 21 21
Unknown Buteo 0 2 3
Unknown Falcon 0 5 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 45 45

Total: 2 10795 10849
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Observation start time: 10:30:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Marty McNamara, Ted Mara

Visitors:
Observers: Ted Mara (compiler, 10:30am-1pm)
Marty McNamara (11am-1pm).

Visitors: about two dozen hikers.


Weather:
Weather: Wind speed 0-5 mph/0-8kph, SW-WSW,
75-79F/24-26C, 60-70% humidity, 5% cloud cover,
visibility 2 miles/3km (hazy).

Conditions: few clouds and only at the horizon; blue sky.
Hazy, hot with light wind on and off, visibility poor.

Raptor Observations:
Time: 1030-1 pm = 2 1/2 hrs.
Raptors: OS 1, SS 1.
Total 2.
Local raptors: 2 TV only. No RT, ML.



Non-raptor Observations:
No Ravens.
Migrants: 1 Chimney Swift

Predictions:
Thursday
Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high
near 72. North wind 8 to 13 mph.

(Friday)
(Sunny, with a high near 63. Northwest wind around 6 mph.)

The Robert's report says optimism for the next 4 days:
a cold front and north winds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org:
http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228



 

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Date: 9/27/17 12:39 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island & Joppa Park Boat Ramp - 09-27-17

David Moon and I led today's fair-weather Wednesday Morning Birding
program out of Joppa Flats Education Center on to Plum Island and closed
the morning with a short visit to the boat ramp at Joppa Park on a
rather high low tide with very small mud flat at base of ramp and up
river near yacht club.  It was a beautiful, but rather warm day with
partly cloudy skies, temps ranging from low 70s to mid 80s along with
high dew points, and winds S-SW/~5 mph.  The fair weather and the
prospect of more migrants making their way south meant a rather large
crowd on hand.

Our list (all observations made on PI unless noted otherwise):
American Black Duck (~ 60) - various.
Mallard (~ 10) - Bill Forward Pool [+ 4, boat ramp].
Green-winged Teal (~ 30) - BFP.
Double-crested Cormorant (4) - BFP [+ ~ 40, boat ramp].
Great Blue Heron (2)
Great Egret (2) [+ 1, boat ramp]
Snowy Egret (4)
Turkey Vulture (2)
Northern Harrier (1) - marsh w. NP dike.
[Black-bellied Plover (1) - boat ramp.]
Greater Yellowlegs (~ 8) - various [+ ~ 30, boat ramp].
Lesser Yellowlegs (1) - BFP [+ ~10, boat ramp].
Pectoral Sandpiper (1) - juv, North Pool from Hellcat dike.
Stilt Sandpiper (1) - BFP.
Short-billed Dowitcher (3) - BFP.
[Ring-billed Gull (~ 45) - boat ramp.]
[Herring Gull (~ 25) - boat ramp.]
[Great Black-backed Gull (2) - boat ramp.]
Downy Woodpecker (2) - Goodno Woods.
Peregrine Falcon (1) - NP dike.
Eastern Phoebe (1) - Wardens.
Blue Jay (4) - various.
American Crow (2)
Black-capped Chickadee (4) - S-curves.
Marsh Wren (1) - NP from Hellcat dike.
American Robin (~ 15) - Goodno Woods.
Gray Catbird (2) - Goodno Woods.
Northern Mockingbird (1) - Wardens.
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing (~ 10) - Goodno Woods (feeding on fruit of Virginia Creeper).
American Redstart (1) - Goodno Woods.
Eastern Towhee (2) - Goodno Woods.
Savannah Sparrow (~ 7) - Wardens.
Song Sparrow (1) - Wardens.
White-crowned Sparrow (2) - juvs -- 1, Wardens; 1, roadside n. Hellcat
parking lot.
Northern Cardinal (2) - Goodno Woods.
Purple Finch (1) - Goodno Woods.

Please take note, this is the last Friday that Dave Williams will be
leading "Friday
Morning Bird Walks: Fall Migrants" out of Joppa Flats from 8:00 - 11:00
a.m.  Dave will be exploring various locations in the greater
Newburyport/Plum Island area with the focus being on birds migrating
through the area, including warblers, shorebirds, raptors, and other
migrants.  Per session, $12 for Mass Audubon members; $15 for nonmembers.

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats at 0930 for Wednesday
Morning Birding. 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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Date: 9/27/17 10:46 am
From: <goshawk3...> <goshawk3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bluebirds in West Bridgewater
3 bluebirds flew over my head this morning, singing flight notes. Cool!
Denise CabralWalnut St., West BridgewaterGoshawk3 at aol.com
Sent from my LG G3, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 9/27/17 8:58 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
There has been some movement of birds recently. We have had a one-legged solitary sandpiper for several days at the Deer Pen Pond. A clay-colored sparrow was in the corn. Increased number of savannah sparrows. Palm warblers are starting to arrive and a pine warbler was surprisingly on the compost pile with the bluebirds. Two rusty blackbirds were near the Ice Pond. Thanks to Connie, Amy, Andy, Isabella and Isabella for birding with me today. Looking forward to this weekend's cold front and hopefully an influx of migrants.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

Double-crested Cormorant 5
Killdeer 29
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 3
Eastern Phoebe 4
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 15
American Crow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 11
American Robin 25
Gray Catbird 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 42
Cedar Waxwing 13
Palm Warbler 3
Pine Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 12
Clay-colored Sparrow 1 petite sparrow, over-all very pale, brownish cap with center whitish stripe, eye-ring, malar stripe, white above eye stripe and white at throat, clear breast, small light colored bill, taupe-colored rump. In with a group of chipping sparrows which made for a good comparison.
Savannah Sparrow 13
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 4
Rusty Blackbird 2
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 18
House Sparrow 2



 

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Date: 9/27/17 4:14 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Birding Zion & Grand Canyon
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2017 04:46:05 +0000 (UTC)
From: Strickland Wheelock <skwheelock...>
Subject: Birding Zion & Grand Canyon


One of the many inspiring birding trips Drumlin Farm WS has sponsored, the
recent trip (9/20 -26) to Zion & the Grand Canyon has to be one of the
best. The combination of many desert bird species, stunning stunning
scenery, great mammals made this trip extra special.

Our trip started in Las Vegas arriving early afternoon on the 20th. Our
first stop was Floyd Lamb Park and 1st bird seen when we parked was a
Roadrunner - how appropriate as we try to introduce the participants to
these desert species.
The Park was very active with many Ravens, Gt-tailed Grackles, Wht-cr
Sparrows, Lesser Goldfinches, Flickers, Eurasian Collared Doves, Gambel's
Quail, Anna's & Black-chinned Hummingbirds, Western Wood-Pewees, Abert's
Towhees. In addition, other interesting finds were Ladder-backed
Woodpecker, Gray Flycatcher, MacGillivray's Warbler, Say's Phoebe,
Ash-thr. Flycatcher, Loggerhead Shrike, Verdin, Am. Kestels.
Always a highlight are the Burrowing Owls that resided nearby in an
undeveloped lot.

Day 2. This day was our most challenging with blasting winds up to 50 to
60 MPH keeping many of our target species buried in the undergrowth - not
surprisingly our lodging that night was in the town of Hurricane. Our
birding locations this day were Corn Creek and Mt Charlestown - some of
the interesting birds found were Blk-tailed Gnatcatchers, Rufous & Anna's
Hummingbirds, Violet-green Swallows, Western Tanager, Western Meadowlarks,
Orange-cr Warblers, Lark & Vesper Sparrows, Juncos (Gray-headed), Brewer's
Blackbirds, Phainopepla, Lesser Goldfinch, Verdin, N. Harrier, Cooper's &
Sharp-shinned Hawks, Am. Kestrel=C2=A0

Day 3. Back to beautiful weather as we headed out early in the morning to
Zion National Park - little did know what a day this was going to be.
As we drove in the darkness, a pair of Gt Horned Owls were teed up on a
wire for excellent looks. Our 1st stop in Zion was Lava Point hoping to
catch Calif. Condors soaring by - at first, just many Turkey Vultures,
White-thr Swifts, Ravens, a few Red-tailed Hawks. We took a break at the
nearby campground and found many exciting birds starting with close up
looks at a Dusky Grouse ( a target bird), Steller's Jay, Clark's
Nutcracker, Cassin's Vireo, Mountain Chickadees, Brown Creeper, etc
As we drove out we spotted a Western Red-tailed Hawk sitting on a dead
tree and as we looked at this bird we spotted a soaring Calif. Condor -
definitely our main target bird on this trip.
As we continued we found a field of Mountain Bluebirds - so beautiful. As
we moved along, Western Bluebirds began to appear everywhere. We stopped
at another lookout and discovered a Golden Eagle teed up on the peak of a
rock formation - around us in the pines a variety of species started to
appear like Juniper Jays and Woodhouse's Scrub-Jays, Red-breasted
Nuthatches, etc
As we later approached a field we spotted a dead cow in the middle being
devoured by vultures & Ravens. We quickly pulled over when 2 Calif Condors
suddenly surprised us by lifting off and flying broadside to us only a
short distance away - chance to see close up all the field points in the
wild - blew us away
We descended to the Visitors Center to take the shuttle service to the
last stop along the Virgin River. Our target bird did not fail us as a
Dipper was doing it's thing in the rapids - what an unique bird
Let me tell you the stunning stunning beauty of Zion was my highlight
non-bird experience with the maze of narrow deep sandstone canyons and
striking rock towers, high plateaus, etc etc - for me, more impressive
than the Grand Canyon which is very impressive to start with.
On our drive to Hurricane we found fields with many variety of sparrows
like Brewer's, Wht-crowned, Clay-colored, Chipping and Vesper.
In some of the fields we encountered bugling Elk males mixed in herds of
elk, many Mule Deer and a herd of Desert Big-horned Sheep close up - no
shortage of excitement this day.

Day 4 Our early morning start was to a well maintained ghost town with
cemetery called Grafton - old buildings, equipment, Log Houses churches
located in a flood plain along the Virgin River.=C2=A0 The birds were in
no short supply with male & female Vermillion Flycatchers, Canyon Wrens,
Osprey, Black & Say's Phoebes, Lesser Goldfinches, Western Bluebirds,
Summer Tanagers plus many Jays, sparrows and more to keep us busy -
possible Virginia's Warbler and Lewis's Woodpecker -were seen
Another short stop was at Jackson Flats Reservoir where we picked up a
Yellow-headed Blackbird, pair of Ring-necked Ducks, Redheads, Ruddy Ducks,
several Pied-billed & Eared Grebes, 3 Western Grebes, hundreds of Coots,
Western Sandpiper, etcWe arrived in late afternoon at Jacob's Lodge for
our lodging as we prepared for the Grand Canyon the following day. Right
next to the dining room table where we ate our meals was a fountain with
pools of water - flocks of Red Crossbills, Pine Siskins, Cassin's Finches
plus some Pygmy & Red-breasted & White- breasted Nuthatches, Steller's
Jays would drink and bath yards away - hard to eat your meal.
Other interesting birds found near the lodge were a pair of Virginia
Warblers, Mountain Chickadees, Spotted Towhee, Saw-whet Owl - the coolest
mammal was the Kaibab Squirrel with it's white tail on a black body & ear
tuffs

Day 5 Our day was spent visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon - an
early stop at a campground produced a Willliamson's Sapsucker, Am. Pipits
and many Brewer's Sparrows - once in the magnificent park and viewing the
massive canyons, we stopped for lunch at the visitors center and ate
outside. From the porch, we had many vultures & Ravens, some Red-tails,
Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawks but the highlight were 2 Goshawks soaring
over.
Later that afternoon we had another pair of Goshawks fly relatively close
by - a highlight
During our birding near the visitors center we also had Townsend's
Solitaire, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a Lewis's Woodpecker.
We then drove to Cape Royal lookout and as we parked the car there were 7
Lewis's Woodpeckers crowded on a dead tree, Clark's Nutcrackers
everywhere, and bird life all around us. - a Sage Thrasher, Plain
Titmouse, Bushtit, Spotted & Green-tailed Towhees, Mountain Chickadees and
on & on=C2=A0 - night back at Jacob's Lodge

Day 6. Our first birding was at the Vermillion Cliffs hoping for more
Condors - from the viewing area scanning the top of the cliffs, there were
several condors soaring and perched -- being dived bombed by Ravens - a
chance to compare how huge the condors are to the Ravens. At this site we
had a Western Kingbird, Say's Phoebes, Vesper Sparrows in addition to the
Condors.
On our way back to Las Vegas we stopped at Quail Creek SP to view the
reservoir for waterfowl - birds seen were Californian Gulls, Common
Mergansers, both Clark & Western Grebes, Pied-billed. & Eared Grebes,
Coot, Ruddy Ducks - also a Roadrunner
That night we visited the Strip for dinner and limited gambling although
the water shows and night life we encountered was a little different than
the previous evenings on this trip.

Day 7.=C2=A0 Our final birding adventure was to the Henderson Wetland
Preserve - a short stay due to departure schedules but encountered an
amazing number of birds to sort through - Blk-necked Stilts, Am Avocets,
Wilson Snipe, Belted Kingfisher, Cinnamon & Green-winged Teal, Gadwalls,
N. Shovelers, Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Ducks, Redheads, Verdin, Crissal
Thrasher, House & Marsh Wrens, Peregrine Falcon, Cooper's Hawk, Wht-faced
Ibis, Greater Yellowlegs, Common Gallinule, Gambel's Quail, Costa's
Hummingbird, many Yellow-rumped & Orange-crowned Warblers to name a=C2=A0
few - an amazing birding location right in the city limits

Final tally was 135 species, amazing scenery and mammals=C2=A0which all add=
s up to an outstanding week of discovery for all.

Strickland Wheelock
Uxbridge. Ma
Kathy Seymour


 

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Date: 9/26/17 8:10 pm
From: Patty O'neill <pattyoneill...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Connecticut Warbler at Fowl Meadow

Hello All,

A Connecticut Warbler was the bird of the morning today, Sept.24, at Fowl Meadow, in Milton. It was at the beginning of the Burma Road on the left just after where the path turns right when coming from the parking lot. I walked the road through to Route 128. Despite this prize warbler, it wasn't very birdy. Other species:

Red-Tailed Hawk
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay (a lot)
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Black & White Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow

Patty O'Neill
Milton
pattyoneill(at)Verizon.net



 

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Date: 9/26/17 6:46 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Masked Booby in rehab - Cape Cod
I'm sharing this message with permission.

Please respect the wishes of the folks at Wild Care and do not phone them.
Thanks to Stephanie Ellis for this news and for all the hard work she and
others do rehabbing wildlife (including birds). Consider making a
contribution!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

Hi Friends. We have a very special bird in our care. Please, no visitors
or phone calls to Wild Care. He is in grave condition and I do not expect
the bird to survive the night. We do provide excellent care at Wild Care,
and miracles certainly happen every day, but the bird is very ill. <3
Fingers crossed. Read the full story below. Wild Care rescued from
LeCount's Hollow in Wellfleet. Thank you Mark Faherty.

Wild Care Cape Cod
11 mins

MASKED BOOBY at Wild Care. Friends, we have a very special bird in our
care. A rare tropical visitor, swept in with Hurricane Jose. The bird is a
Masked Booby. Click the link to read the full story...

We knew we had a booby &#128077;, but we'd like to thank Mark Faherty of
Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary for the positive species
I.D. <3

The bird is in grave condition. We request that you do not visit or call
Wild Care for updates. We are not open to the public (by law), and have
dozens of seabirds in critical care at this time. Our patients, including
this booby <3, are of utmost importance to us. Our animals need supportive
care, rest and recuperation. I will post an update tomorrow morning.

Please consider making a donation to help us care for the animals that
Hurricane Jose has left behind.
https://www.wildcarecapecod.org/donate-today/

Executive Director, Stephanie ~

 

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Date: 9/26/17 5:23 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 9/26 Squantum Pt. Park White-crowned Sparrow, etc.
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:26:10 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: 9/26 Squantum Pt. Park White-crowned Sparrow, etc.


Hi,
Yesterday, there was a White-crowned Sparrow feeding on the grassy margin
of the left-hand path, almost all the way down in the former runway. It
was my first of fall.

Warbling Vireo 1
Blackburnian Warbler 1 ad. fem. F.O.F.
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
White-crowned Sparrow 1 F.O.F.

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston


 

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Date: 9/26/17 5:21 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (26 Sep 2017) 7 Raptors
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:53:57 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (26 Sep 2017) 7 Raptors



Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 1 1
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 103 106
Bald Eagle 1 83 86
Northern Harrier 0 10 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 185 197
Cooper's Hawk 0 72 76
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 1 10152 10183
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 79 79
Merlin 0 14 14
Peregrine Falcon 0 19 19
Unknown Accipiter 0 21 21
Unknown Buteo 0 2 3
Unknown Falcon 0 5 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 45 45

Total: 7 10793 10847
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:45:00
Observation end time: 15:45:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill Rasku

Visitors:
Observers: Bill Rasku, compiler (Thank you!); with
Mary Caulway, Jen Lee.

Visitors: Lindsay Chretien, Joanna Sulins


Weather:
Tuesday Sept 26 9:40-3:40: Hazy again. Boston never
visible, only outline of Mt Monadnock was visible.
Wind NW 3 mph to zero at noon. Then to SSW 3 mph.
Temp 75-84 Cumulus clouds rolled in from north as the
day proceeded.

Raptor Observations:
10:18 mat BE
11:18 SS hawk, 11:20 BW hawk
12:54 Am. Kestrel
2:53 SS hawk
3:05 Osprey, 3:24 SS hawk

Total: 7 migrating raptors
6 hours

Non-raptor Observations:
Locals: 2 imm RT, 20 TV, 7 Raven, imm BE

Predictions:
A chance of showers, mainly between noon and 3pm. Areas
of fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high
near 81. Southwest wind 3 to 7 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 30%.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org:
http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228



 

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Date: 9/26/17 5:17 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbirds still in Hanson
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 19:02:06 -0400
Subject: Hummingbirds Still in Hanson


Sitting is the Screen house tonight we had a Male Ruby Throated
Hummingbird come take a big drink from one of our feeders! I hope he's
planning on heading south soon!


Cheers,
Paul McGovern
Hanson, MA
<Byrdnyrd...>


 

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Date: 9/25/17 7:47 pm
From: Jon Woolf <jswoolf01...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] NH Audubon Fall Pelagic Trip
Listfolk,

There's still time to sign up for Massabesic Audubon Center's fall
pelagic-birding trip, and we have plenty of room left.

WHAT: NH Audubon's fall pelagic birding trip, run out of Massabesic
Audubon Center.  Our hosts for the day are Captain Pete Reynolds and his
expert crew.  Steve Mirick will be on the microphone, calling out birds
and anything else interesting.

WHEN: Sunday, October 8th, 8am to 5pm

WHERE: Meet at 7:30AM dockside in Rye Harbor for an 8AM departure aboard
the MV /Granite State/.  We'll spend all day at sea, looking for birds
and anything else interesting (but mostly for birds).

WHAT TO BRING: Binoculars, of course.  A digital camera is always a good
idea, as these trips often produce excellent photo opportunities.  Bring
a lunch if you like. /Granite State/ has a snack bar aboard that can
provide both cold and hot food and drink, especially coffee and hot
chocolate.  Weather on the open water is unpredictable: sometimes hot,
sometimes rather chilly (although given the time of year, 'chilly' is
more likely).  Prepare for both.  Sunglasses and/or a hat are a good
idea.  Bring motion-sickness pills if you're vulnerable to seasickness.
/Granite State/'s seating is mostly wooden benches, so a seat cushion is
a good idea if you have trouble with sitting on hard surfaces.

WHAT WE MIGHT SEE: Hard to say.  Early October on Jeffrey's Ledge is a
'mixed' time of year, with a possibility of lingering summer birds,
early winter birds, fall migrants...   Past trips have produced Cory's
and Great shearwaters, Northern Fulmar, Northern Gannet, a Pomarine
Jaeger, a Black-legged Kittiwake, and a wide variety of fall migrants. 
Beyond that, your guess is as good as ours!

REGISTRATION: You must register in advance for this trip.  We need a
minimum of 30 people to pay for the trip.  We've set a maximum of 50 so
that the boat doesn't get too crowded.  Cost is $70 for NH Audubon
members, $90 for non-members.  Contact Massabesic Audubon Center (phone
603-668-2045, email <mac...>) to sign up.   Contact either MAC
or me with any questions you might have.

PELAGIC BIRDS WORKSHOP: To go with the trip, I will be holding a 1-hour
workshop at Massabesic Center at 3pm on Saturday Oct 7th.  This is free
to anyone who has signed up for the trip, and $5 to others.  The
workshop discusses the most common pelagic birds and how to identify
them.  Since we generally see both whales and birds on these trips, the
workshop also includes information on the common whales of the Gulf of
Maine.

My thanks go out to all who have made these trips a success in past
years.  I hope to see you again this year ... along with as many new
faces as we can fit!

-- Jon Woolf


 

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Date: 9/25/17 7:46 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (25 Sep 2017) 17 Raptors
Thanks to Rod Chase for the following. Sorry for the delay getting this
out.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:35:14 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (25 Sep 2017) 17 Raptors


Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 1 1
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 102 105
Bald Eagle 1 82 85
Northern Harrier 0 10 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 182 194
Cooper's Hawk 0 72 76
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 4 10151 10182
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 78 78
Merlin 1 14 14
Peregrine Falcon 0 19 19
Unknown Accipiter 1 21 21
Unknown Buteo 0 2 3
Unknown Falcon 0 5 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 45 45

Total: 17 10786 10840
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill LaFleche, Bill Rasku, Marty McNamara, Rod Chase,
Ted Mara

Visitors:
Observers: Bill Rasku, Rod Chase, Bill LaFleche, Ted Mara and Marty
McNamara.
Visitors: pleasant talks with Mark Natichioni, Katherine Wyman, Al Johnson
and several other visitors to the deck.


Weather:
Another wonderful Aug. 24 .. uh oh, SEPT. 24. Temp 72-79 on the hill and
considerably warmer down below. Blue sky gradually filled with cumulus as a
light breeze of 5mph max (all day) shifted from NE in 1st hour to the E in
the last.
There was a very dense haze at first with visibility
2 mi.max. Vis. eventually to 5 mi. at 11am and 10 mi. at 1pm.
Great lift available again but the high temps and late
east wind just shut off the dripping hawk-faucet.

Raptor Observations:
Migrating BE, distant, 10:45.
Most flights lower in early AM, much higher later.
Local: adult BE to north at noon, RT's 7, TV's 20.

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens 16.
Rock Pigeon close flyover, 1 chimney swift.
Monarchs 4.

Predictions:
This might not 'open the faucet':

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually
becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 83.
Light and variable wind ...
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228



 

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Date: 9/25/17 4:15 pm
From: Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Race Point, Images
Never in my wildest dream did I assume three weeks ago when booking my trip to the Cape that Jos would provide such an spectacle at Race Point! I visited the Race Point area on both Wednesday and Thursday. A first for me to see so many Shearwaters and Gannets on the sky, water and many just a few feet from shore. Many shore birds were struggling to get cover from the wind, and the inlets and marshes around the upper and middle Cape did not disappoint. Below is the link to images from those two days.
http://www.delsolar.org/webs/birds/cape%20race%20point%2017/index.html

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

My website
http://www.delsolar.org/

 

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Date: 9/25/17 11:28 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (23 Sep 2017) 80 Raptors
Thanks to Rod Chase for the following. Sorry for the delay getting this out.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:16:45 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (23 Sep 2017) 80 Raptors


Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 1 1
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 4 98 101
Bald Eagle 2 80 83
Northern Harrier 1 10 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 21 169 181
Cooper's Hawk 7 65 69
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 23 10116 10147
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 5 73 73
Merlin 3 12 12
Peregrine Falcon 0 19 19
Unknown Accipiter 2 13 13
Unknown Buteo 0 2 3
Unknown Falcon 0 5 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 12 44 44

Total: 80 10708 10762
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Ann Howe, Bob Secatore, Colleen Tank, Dave Brown,
Jack Miano, John Cannizzo, Kathryn Chihowski, Ted Mara

Visitors:
Observers: Ted Mara (c). Colleen Tank (ac) Dave Brown,
Ann Howe, Bob Secatore, Kathryn Chihowski, John Cannizzo,
Jack Miano, Susan Williamson, Marcus Rhodes,
Tom Gottschang,Ursula Goodine.

Additional observers and guests: Judy Davis, Herb Stone,
Dave Goodine, Will Martens, Dave Carlson, Ed Pavlis,
Doug Pederson, Bob Parker, Alvin Laasanen, Tom Jacobson,
Henry Lappen, Ryan Doherty, Matt Bollus, Linda Ferraresso,
Mike Green, Julie Logan, Bill George, Job Dekker, Dan and
Deborah Kilpatrick and others.
Hundreds of hikers and sightseers as ski lift in operation.


Weather:
Weather: wind speed 5-15mph(8-24kph) until 9am, 3-5(5-8kph)
to 10, 1-3 (2-5kpm) until 4pm.
Wind NNW, Temp: 13c(55F) until 9am, 17c(63F) until 10,
22c(72F) until 12pm, 24(75F) until 4.
Cloud cover 100% until 9am, 30% until 10, 0% until 4pm.
Visibility 10 miles.
No precipitation.

Raptor Observations:
Flight low in am, higher in pm.

Flight was very slow to start, picked up in the afternoon.
Many eyes scouring for very few of the expected raptors.

Local raptors: 8 TV, 2 BE imm, 2 RT, 2 ML.

Non-raptor Observations:
8 Ravens
Butterflies: 9 Monarchs, 3 Tiger swallowtails.

Predictions:
Forecast: mild North winds, temperatures in the 80's,
sunny; some possibilities.

(rod chase note: Clarry Hill in Maine had 531 hawks late today. If they get
an early start these raptors could reach us tomorrow; low wind and heat ...
possibly Monday?)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228



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<tr><td>Cooper's Hawk</td><td align=right>7</td><td align=right>65</td><td align=right>69</td></tr>
<tr><td>Northern Goshawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Red-shouldered Hawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>1</td><td align=right>1</td></tr>
<tr><td>Broad-winged Hawk</td><td align=right>23</td><td align=right>10116</td><td align=right>10147</td></tr>
<tr><td>Red-tailed Hawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Rough-legged Hawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Golden Eagle</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>American Kestrel</td><td align=right>5</td><td align=right>73</td><td align=right>73</td></tr>
<tr><td>Merlin</td><td align=right>3</td><td align=right>12</td><td align=right>12</td></tr>
<tr><td>Peregrine Falcon</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>19</td><td align=right>19</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Accipiter</td><td align=right>2</td><td align=right>13</td><td align=right>13</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Buteo</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>2</td><td align=right>3</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Falcon</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>5</td><td align=right>5</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Eagle</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Raptor</td><td align=right>12</td><td align=right>44</td><td align=right>44</td></tr>
<tr><td><b><font color=c02020>Total:</font></b></td><td align=right><font color=c02020>80</font></td><td align=right><font color=c02020>10708</font></td><td align=right><font color=c02020>10762</font></td></tr></table><br><br><table cellspacing=2 cellpadding=2><tr><td>Observation start time: </td><td>07:30:00 </td></tr><tr><Td>Observation end time: </td><Td>16:00:00 </td></tr><tr><td>Total observation time: </td><td>8.5 hours</td></tr><tr><td>Official Counter</td><td>Rod Chase</td></tr><tr><td>Observers: </td><td>Ann Howe, Bob Secatore, Colleen Tank, Dave Brown, Jack Miano, John Cannizzo, Kathryn Chihowski, Ted Mara</td></tr></table><br><br><br><b>Visitors:</b><br>Observers: Ted Mara (c). Colleen Tank (ac) Dave Brown,
Ann Howe, Bob Secatore, Kathryn Chihowski, John Cannizzo,
Jack Miano, Susan Williamson, Marcus Rhodes,
Tom Gottschang,Ursula Goodine.

Additional observers and guests: Judy Davis, Herb Stone,
Dave Goodine, Will Martens, Dave Carlson, Ed Pavlis,
Doug Pederson, Bob Parker, Alvin Laasanen, Tom Jacobson,
Henry Lappen, Ryan Doherty, Matt Bollus, Linda Ferraresso,
Mike Green, Julie Logan, Bill George, Job Dekker, Dan and
Deborah Kilpatrick and others.
Hundreds of hikers and sightseers as ski lift in operation.<br><br><b>Weather:</b><br>Weather: wind speed 5-15mph(8-24kph) until 9am, 3-5(5-8kph)
to 10, 1-3 (2-5kpm) until 4pm.
Wind NNW, Temp: 13c(55F) until 9am, 17c(63F) until 10,
22c(72F) until 12pm, 24(75F) until 4.
Cloud cover 100% until 9am, 30% until 10, 0% until 4pm.
Visibility 10 miles.
No precipitation. <br><br><b>Raptor Observations:</b><br>Flight low in am, higher in pm.

Flight was very slow to start, picked up in the afternoon.
Many eyes scouring for very few of the expected raptors.

Local raptors: 8 TV, 2 BE imm, 2 RT, 2 ML.<br><br><b>Non-raptor Observations:</b><br>8 Ravens
Butterflies: 9 Monarchs, 3 Tiger swallowtails.<br><br><b>Predictions:</b><br>Forecast: mild North winds, temperatures in the 80's,
sunny; some possibilities.

(rod chase note: Clarry Hill in Maine had 531 hawks late today. If they get
an early start these raptors could reach us tomorrow; low wind and heat ...
possibly Monday?)<br><br><hr>Report submitted by Rod Chase (<a href="mailto:<rodchase...>"><rodchase...></a>)<br>Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: <a href="www.massbird.org/emhw">www.massbird.org/emhw</a><br>More information at <a href="http://hawkcount.org">hawkcount.org</a>: [<a href="http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228">Site Profile</a>] [<a href="http://hawkcount.org/day_summary.php?rsite=228&ryear=2017&rmonth=09&rday=23">Day Summary</a>] [<a href="http://hawkcount.org/month_summary.php?rsite=228&ryear=2017&rmonth=09">Month Summary</a>]<br><br><hr><br>



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Date: 9/24/17 8:52 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Race point 9/24
We could not locate the Short-tailed Shearwater today, and we only had 14 Sooty Shearwaters to look through for it. It was incredible how much the bird action has died down from the past two days. There was still a feeding frenzy of almost 1000 Great Shearwaters at the very tip, but not much else at all. We did have 2 Little Gulls, but missed a Black-headed Gull and a Sandwich Tern seen by others at hatches harbor. No Skuas, Sabine's Gulls, or fulmars were seen by anyone (as far as I know). There was also a Long-tailed Jaeger photographed before we arrived this morning.
Our list is here https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39376674

A/the Black-headed Gull was seen later over Pilgrim Lake, and there were two bright Cape May Warblers at the end of the bike path at the parking lot to head-of-the-meadow beach in Truro.

Happy birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon

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Date: 9/24/17 6:48 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (24 Sep 2017) 61 Raptors
Thanks to Rod Chase for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:23:40 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (24 Sep 2017) 61 Raptors


Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 1 1
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 100 103
Bald Eagle 1 81 84
Northern Harrier 0 10 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 177 189
Cooper's Hawk 7 72 76
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 31 10147 10178
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 75 75
Merlin 1 13 13
Peregrine Falcon 0 19 19
Unknown Accipiter 7 20 20
Unknown Buteo 0 2 3
Unknown Falcon 0 5 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 45 45

Total: 61 10769 10823
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Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bob Secatore, Chris Zendeh, Craig Jackson, Janet Kovner,
Kathryn Chihowski, Nancy Given, Rod Chase,
Susan Williamson

Visitors:
Observers: Janet Kovner, Nancy Given, Rod Chase, Susan
Williamson, Gene Nichols, Bob Secatore, Kathy Chihowski,
Gene Nichols, Chris and Soheil Zendeh, Casey Lowder, Bonnie Gunn, Craig
Jackson, Mark Burns Laura delaFlor, Ray McCann, Marty McNamara.
Carol Ellsworth, plus apologies to any I missed.
Other visitors: Don Richardson, Joe and Sambuca (the Samoyed).


Weather:
7am start 68F(20C) under cloudless blue sky (0% overcast
all day. Visibility 5mi(8km) thru the low haze. Wind
0-1mph(0-3kph) from NE.
10am: temp 73F(23C), Vis. now 10mi(8km) and wind to N at
0-3(0-5kpm).
12pm: wind back to NE, temp 78F(26C). Late in hour and
until end velocity was 0-3mph(0-5kph). Temp topped at 79(26C)and finished
at 78F(26C).
There was lift available all day even at these temps though not enough
raptors to step onto that elevator.

Raptor Observations:
BE distant 12:07
Flights were low early, higher as temps rose. Many
small groups were diffuse and slow to decide which way
they'd go.
11th hour saw the return of Paul Roberts 45 TV"s --
this time not to roost but rather to glide overhead
armada-style from SE to NW. Quite a treat for the crowds
and hawk watchers.
RT's: probably only a half dozen who reappeared over and
over all day. Local SS seen feeding.

Non-raptor Observations:
Not much action from non-raptors today except a few
typical chirps from the shade of the oaks - jays, towhees
and juncos.

Predictions:
Sunny, with a high near 88 ...
Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon ...
Possibly as slow as today?
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Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228



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<b>Wachusett Mountain</b><br>Princeton, Massachusetts, USA<br><br><table border=1><tr><td colspan=4 bgcolor=c0c0e0><b>Daily Raptor Counts: </b>Sep 24, 2017</td></tr><tr><td><b><font color=2020c0>Species</font></b></td><td><font color=2020c0>Day's Count</font></td><td><font color=2020c0>Month Total</font></td><td><font color=2020c0>Season Total</font></td></tr><tr><td>Black Vulture</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>1</td><td align=right>1</td></tr>
<tr><td>Turkey Vulture</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Osprey</td><td align=right>2</td><td align=right>100</td><td align=right>103</td></tr>
<tr><td>Bald Eagle</td><td align=right>1</td><td align=right>81</td><td align=right>84</td></tr>
<tr><td>Northern Harrier</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>10</td><td align=right>10</td></tr>
<tr><td>Sharp-shinned Hawk</td><td align=right>8</td><td align=right>177</td><td align=right>189</td></tr>
<tr><td>Cooper's Hawk</td><td align=right>7</td><td align=right>72</td><td align=right>76</td></tr>
<tr><td>Northern Goshawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Red-shouldered Hawk</td><td align=right>1</td><td align=right>2</td><td align=right>2</td></tr>
<tr><td>Broad-winged Hawk</td><td align=right>31</td><td align=right>10147</td><td align=right>10178</td></tr>
<tr><td>Red-tailed Hawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Rough-legged Hawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Golden Eagle</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>American Kestrel</td><td align=right>2</td><td align=right>75</td><td align=right>75</td></tr>
<tr><td>Merlin</td><td align=right>1</td><td align=right>13</td><td align=right>13</td></tr>
<tr><td>Peregrine Falcon</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>19</td><td align=right>19</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Accipiter</td><td align=right>7</td><td align=right>20</td><td align=right>20</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Buteo</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>2</td><td align=right>3</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Falcon</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>5</td><td align=right>5</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Eagle</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Raptor</td><td align=right>1</td><td align=right>45</td><td align=right>45</td></tr>
<tr><td><b><font color=c02020>Total:</font></b></td><td align=right><font color=c02020>61</font></td><td align=right><font color=c02020>10769</font></td><td align=right><font color=c02020>10823</font></td></tr></table><br><br><table cellspacing=2 cellpadding=2><tr><td>Observation start time: </td><td>07:30:00 </td></tr><tr><Td>Observation end time: </td><Td>16:00:00 </td></tr><tr><td>Total observation time: </td><td>8.5 hours</td></tr><tr><td>Official Counter</td><td>Rod Chase</td></tr><tr><td>Observers: </td><td>Bob Secatore, Chris Zendeh, Craig Jackson, Janet Kovner, Kathryn Chihowski, Nancy Given, Rod Chase, Susan Williamson</td></tr></table><br><br><br><b>Visitors:</b><br>Observers: Janet Kovner, Nancy Given, Rod Chase, Susan
Williamson, Gene Nichols, Bob Secatore, Kathy Chihowski,
Gene Nichols, Chris and Soheil Zendeh, Casey Lowder, Bonnie Gunn, Craig
Jackson, Mark Burns Laura delaFlor, Ray McCann, Marty McNamara.
Carol Ellsworth, plus apologies to any I missed.
Other visitors: Don Richardson, Joe and Sambuca (the Samoyed).<br><br><b>Weather:</b><br>7am start 68F(20C) under cloudless blue sky (0% overcast
all day. Visibility 5mi(8km) thru the low haze. Wind
0-1mph(0-3kph) from NE.
10am: temp 73F(23C), Vis. now 10mi(8km) and wind to N at
0-3(0-5kpm).
12pm: wind back to NE, temp 78F(26C). Late in hour and
until end velocity was 0-3mph(0-5kph). Temp topped at 79(26C)and finished
at 78F(26C).
There was lift available all day even at these temps though not enough
raptors to step onto that elevator.<br><br><b>Raptor Observations:</b><br>BE distant 12:07
Flights were low early, higher as temps rose. Many
small groups were diffuse and slow to decide which way
they'd go.
11th hour saw the return of Paul Roberts 45 TV"s --
this time not to roost but rather to glide overhead
armada-style from SE to NW. Quite a treat for the crowds
and hawk watchers.
RT's: probably only a half dozen who reappeared over and
over all day. Local SS seen feeding.<br><br><b>Non-raptor Observations:</b><br>Not much action from non-raptors today except a few
typical chirps from the shade of the oaks - jays, towhees
and juncos.<br><br><b>Predictions:</b><br>Sunny, with a high near 88 ...
Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon ...
Possibly as slow as today?<br><br><hr>Report submitted by Rod Chase (<a href="mailto:<rodchase...>"><rodchase...></a>)<br>Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: <a href="www.massbird.org/emhw">www.massbird.org/emhw</a><br>More information at <a href="http://hawkcount.org">hawkcount.org</a>: [<a href="http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228">Site Profile</a>] [<a href="http://hawkcount.org/day_summary.php?rsite=228&ryear=2017&rmonth=09&rday=24">Day Summary</a>] [<a href="http://hawkcount.org/month_summary.php?rsite=228&ryear=2017&rmonth=09">Month Summary</a>]<br><br><hr><br>



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Date: 9/24/17 6:14 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] sparrows
Massbirders, sorry for the late post. Lincoln’s and clay-colored sparrows at
the Brewster community gardens Saturday. This list from birding around
Brewster. Also, still two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
at the feeder today. Hundreds of Painted Ladies today, observed in every
habitat.

Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

Brewster, Barnstable County, MA, US, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Sep 23, 2017 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
27 species

Canada Goose 14
Wild Turkey 14
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 6
Tree Swallow 24
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 2
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Clay-colored Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 16
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Common Grackle 12
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39371460

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

 

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Date: 9/24/17 5:29 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cuttyhunk Island sightings
Thanks to Mike Sylvia for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: mike sylvia <mikesylvia87...>
Subject: Cuttyhunk Island sightings
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:13:26 +0000


Traveled over to Cutty this morning per-dawn to take a look. Very
rewarding. Calm winds and clear skies made for great conditions.
Some late species seen for this date. First real migration that
I have encountered this Fall.


Cuttyhunk Island, Dukes, Massachusetts, US Sep 24, 2017 6:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

Comments: birded on foot

57 species (+1 other taxa)



Common Loon 2 migrating over island

Great Blue Heron 2

Turkey Vulture 1

Cooper's Hawk 1

Virginia Rail 1 called from small pond

Semipalmated Plover 6

Greater Yellowlegs 8

Laughing Gull 72

Ring-billed Gull 1

Herring Gull 8

Great Black-backed Gull 4

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1

Downy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 12

Eastern Wood-Pewee 1

Eastern Phoebe 4

Yellow-throated Vireo 2 both 1st year birds seen well.

Blue-headed Vireo 3

Philadelphia Vireo 1

Red-eyed Vireo 13

Black-capped Chickadee 1

House Wren 5

Golden-crowned Kinglet 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8

American Robin 34

Gray Catbird 9

Northern Mockingbird 5

European Starling 100

Cedar Waxwing 24

Black-and-white Warbler 4

Tennessee Warbler 1

Orange-crowned Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat 5

American Redstart 9 confident of count 3 birds seen together then others in other parts of island

Northern Parula 7 accurate count. 5 in view at one time. 2 others on other side of island

Magnolia Warbler 9 birds seen well and in different locations well separated. 4 in one tree at same time

Bay-breasted Warbler 2

Blackburnian Warbler 1

Yellow Warbler 3 birds seen together in one tree

Chestnut-sided Warbler 1

Blackpoll Warbler 4

Palm Warbler 2

Pine Warbler 3

Yellow-rumped Warbler 7

Prairie Warbler 3

Black-throated Green Warbler 4

Wilson's Warbler 1

Chipping Sparrow 2

White-crowned Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 5

Eastern Towhee 37 mixed ages.

Scarlet Tanager 2

Northern Cardinal 3

Baltimore Oriole 7

Brown-headed Cowbird 4

House Finch 16

American Goldfinch 2

House Sparrow 8


Mike Sylvia

Lakeville, MA


 

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Date: 9/24/17 1:39 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] clarifications
Thanks to Paul Peterson for these two posts.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:44:25 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson<petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Correction on Savannah Sparrow Count for Passanageset Park in
Quincy


That should say 20 Savannah Sparrows, not two.

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
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Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:41:28 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson<petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Dickcissel Clarification


Hi,
The bird didn't go far. It just decided to "chill'', that's all. It flew over to the nearby sign that says "We are still here" (referring to the native American Indians.)

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 9/24/17 1:35 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 9/23 Black's Creek in Quincy
Thanks to Paul Peterson for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:10:09 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: 9/23 Black's Creek in Quincy


I also birded Black's Creek yesterday. This was from 11:00-12:40. Pine Island is a nice wooded area off Fenno St. that juts out into the marsh of Black's Creek.



Common Merganser 2 quite a surprise

Red-shouldered Hawk 1 juv. perched and calling; seen from behind Beechwood School

falcon sp. 1

WHITE-WINGED GULL 1 too brief a look and too distant; flying in creek

Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 F.O.F. Pine Island (entrance off Fenno St.)
Black-throated Green 1 Pine Island
Black and White 1 Pine Island
American Redstart 1 Pine Island
Common Yellowthroat 2 Pine Island
Lincoln's Sparrow 1 edge of marsh behind Beechwood School Fenno St.
P.S. I saw awe-inspiring light out over the water from Dorchester St.at Bellevue St.in Squantum at 7:00 p.m., shortly after sunset. There was fog all around, and Boston had amazing light shining around it from the last rays of the sun. I felt like I was in a 17th century Dutch landscape painting.

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 9/24/17 10:40 am
From: Thomas Robben <robben99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] GOM 2-day 420-mile pelagic trip this Friday
Dear Birders,

Because of rough weather, the HAS Hartford Audubon Society pelagic trip

crossing the Gulf Of Maine had to be postponed to Sept.29-30 from Portland

ME to Yarmouth Canada and back the next morning (420 miles round trip).

The first-of-season Great Skuas in North America were reported near our

route four days ago. For more information please go to this website:
trips33.blogspot.com and email to <robben99...> Anyone can still

join. Registration and passport is required. Thank you. (No, we can not

match the amazing birds at Race Point yesterday! but this might be an

interesting week in the GOM!).

Tom Robben

 

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Date: 9/24/17 10:34 am
From: <kevin.bourinot...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 9/24: Forbush Bird Club Trip - Bolton Flats and Lancaster WMA
12 members of the Forbush Bird Club had a great morning trip at Bolton Flats and Lancaster WMAs this morning. Not a lot of migration happening, but we had a decent variety of birds nonetheless. Highlight for me was a Connecticut Warbler seen at Lancaster WMA at the East edge of the field.

Bolton Flats WMA
117 entrance

2 Canada Goose
2 Wood Duck
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
2 Belted Kingfisher
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
4 Downy Woodpecker
2 Hairy Woodpecker
6 Northern Flicker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
11 Eastern Phoebe
9 Blue Jay
4 American Crow
5 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Tufted Titmouse
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 House Wren
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 American Robin
9 Gray Catbird
1 Northern Mockingbird
3 Cedar Waxwing
1 Nashville Warbler
4 Common Yellowthroat
1 Palm Warbler
5 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 White-throated Sparrow
7 Savannah Sparrow
13 Song Sparrow
1 Lincoln's Sparrow
22 Swamp Sparrow
2 Northern Cardinal
5 American Goldfinch


Pine hill Rd. Grasslands
Lancaster WMA

1 Turkey Vulture
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
2 Eastern Phoebe
1 Blue-headed Vireo
6 American Crow
1 Common Raven
2 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Gray Catbird
1 Connecticut Warbler -- East side of the field along edge of pines.
1 Northern Parula
1 Blackpoll Warbler
2 Palm Warbler
4 Yellow-rumped Warbler
5 Chipping Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
2 Eastern Towhee
2 American Goldfinch

Kevin Bourinot
Sterling, MA
<Kevin.Bourinot...>
 

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Date: 9/24/17 9:49 am
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] FaceBook addendum to Race Point report: SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER!
Hi MassBirders,

In addition to the already spectacular tally of birds reported from Race Point yesterday by Sean Williams, Blair Nikula, Steve Arena et al, reportedly Steve Howell photographed a shearwater which he subsequently confirmed from his photos as a Short-tailed! Ned Brinkley commented on a FaceBook post that he had seen Steve's photos as well. This would be a first state record, if accepted by MARC (and why wouldn’t it be if Steve Howell and Ned Brinkley both agree on it?), and one of only 4 or 5 reports for the Atlantic coast! The photos have not been posted or shared yet as far as I know, hopefully they’ll become available for viewing sometime soon.

Can only imagine what we might have seen if the wind and water had been calm enough for the BBC pelagic to have sailed to the canyons this weekend…. Though I guess, if the wind and water had been calm, maybe these birds wouldn’t have been anywhere near Massachusetts to start with?

Good birding!

Josh


Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
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Date: 9/24/17 7:09 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] seabird report
Thanks to Alan Strauss for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Alan Strauss <ansch100...>
Subject: seabird report
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:10:41 -0400


can anyone tell me if i might expect to see fantastic seabirds at ptown race point this week or was that a one time wonder that was associated with the hurricane? i might be free mon to wed this week…any suggestions?

thanks,
alan strauss, providence

 

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Date: 9/24/17 6:01 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Race Point- 9/23
Thanks to Sean Williams for this report, that for some reason, did not
make it through yesterday!

Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

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Hello all,

Race Point was spectacular today. Amy O'Neill, Steve Howell, Maili
Waters, Liam Waters, Jacob Socolar, Blair Nikula, Peter Flood, and I
stood watch in the early morning until the afternoon (06:12-15:30)
experiencing the great seabird show at Race Point. Below are some
species and count highlights, and an eBird checklist with more details
and photos.

Northern Fulmar- 294
South Polar Skua- 3
Skua sp.- 1
Pomarine Jaeger- 52
Parasitic Jaeger- 82
Long-tailed Jaeger- 2
Sabine's Gull- 2
Little Gull- 1
Franklin's Gull- 1
Sandwich Tern- 1

Full details and photos- http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39356467
<http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39356467>


Good birding,
Sean


--
Sean M. Williams
PhD
Department of Integrative Biology
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
www.msu.edu/~will2424 <http://www.msu.edu/%7Ewill2424>

 

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Date: 9/24/17 5:40 am
From: Bonnie & Bob Buxton <bbxt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Warblers in Merrimac
Some nice birds in and along our little stream these past few days included Tennessee, Northern Parula, American Redstart, Black-and-white and Wilson's Warblers, and Red-eyed Vireo, Cedar Waxwings, and Swainson's Thrush, and a lingering Ruby-throated Hummingbird still coming to the feeder. Hoping the PI Hooded and Connecticut might find their way here for a drink or a dip!!

Good birding to all,

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

 

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Date: 9/24/17 5:15 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 9/23 - Race Point
A great day at Race Point!

Here's Steve Arena's list:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39350574

Here are Josh Rose's comments from the Massachusetts Rare Bird Alert page:

Outrageous report from Race Point tonight, I suspect by people who (like
me) had been planning to be on the BBC overnight pelagic this weekend
that was cancelled due to rough seas/high winds. FRANKLIN'S GULL,
SANDWICH TERN, and not one, not two, but three SOUTH POLAR SKUA! And
those were just the review list species: they also saw a Little Gull, a
*pair* of Sabine's Gulls, astounding numbers of jaegers including all
three species, and hundreds of tubenoses of 7 species, including maybe
the coolest-looking Sooty Shearwater of all time! Tally at the link with
many great photos, from a 9-plus-hour count by Sean Williams
<https://www.facebook.com/seanbirder?fref=gs&dti=352919131560055&hc_location=group>,
Peter Flood
<https://www.facebook.com/peter.flood1?fref=gs&dti=352919131560055&hc_location=group>,
Blair Nikula
<https://www.facebook.com/blair.nikula?fref=gs&dti=352919131560055&hc_location=group>,
Steve Howell, Liam Waters, Maili Waters, Amy O'Neill, and Jacob Socolar.

I'd like to remind folks to cross-post to MASSBIRD!  PLEASE? Sharing
across platforms is appreciated!


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>


 

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Date: 9/23/17 8:01 pm
From: Sean Williams <seanbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Race Point- 9/23
Hello all,

Race Point was spectacular today. Amy O'Neill, Steve Howell, Maili Waters,
Liam Waters, Jacob Socolar, Blair Nikula, Peter Flood, and I stood watch in
the early morning until the afternoon (06:12-15:30) experiencing the great
seabird show at Race Point. Below are some species and count highlights,
and an eBird checklist with more details and photos.

Northern Fulmar- 294
South Polar Skua- 3
Skua sp.- 1
Pomarine Jaeger- 52
Parasitic Jaeger- 82
Long-tailed Jaeger- 2
Sabine's Gull- 2
Little Gull- 1
Franklin's Gull- 1
Sandwich Tern- 1

Full details and photos- http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39356467


Good birding,
Sean



--
Sean M. Williams
PhD
Department of Integrative Biology
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
www.msu.edu/~will2424

 

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Date: 9/23/17 6:31 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mount Watatic (23 Sep 2017) 80 Raptors
Thanks to Brian Rusnica for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:27:29 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Mount Watatic (23 Sep 2017) 80 Raptors


Mount Watatic
Ashburnham, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 1 1 1
Osprey 4 51 51
Bald Eagle 4 41 41
Northern Harrier 0 14 14
Sharp-shinned Hawk 18 178 178
Cooper's Hawk 2 33 33
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 35 5039 5039
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 68 68
Merlin 0 22 22
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 2
Unknown Buteo 1 2 2
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 13 29 29

Total: 80 5481 5481
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Brian Rusnica

Observers: Craig Jackson

Visitors:
Linda Hunnewell, Joe Turcotte


Weather:
Warm, with a lovely NE breeze throughout the day. Some light cirrus clouds
developed intermittently, but mostly an icy blue day. Temps 62-80°F.

Raptor Observations:
Despite ideal winds, a large Broad-winged Hawk flight was simply not in the
pipeline today. A nice handful of Sharp-shinned Hawks (18) kept us mildly
entertained for most of the watch. Many URs (unidentified raptors) today,
seen as specks trekking down the ridges.

Non-migrant Raptors:
20 Turkey Vulture / 5 Red-tailed Hawk / 2 Bald Eagle

Non-raptor Observations:
9 Common Raven / 3 Dark-eyed Junco

Predictions:
Unseasonably hot with light and variable winds. Please drop a line if you
do any watching tomorrow on Watatic.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Rusnica (<brian_rusnica...>)
Mount Watatic information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=229



 

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Date: 9/23/17 2:54 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dickcissel at Passanageset Park Quincy, etc. Glaucous Gull at, Black's Creek Possible
Thanks to Paul Peterson for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:43:47 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Dickcissel at Passanageset Park Quincy, etc. Glaucous Gull at
Black's Creek Possible


I birded from 1:17-4:10. The Dickcissel was seen from the path, under the telephone wires near the wooden footbridge. It was calling frequently as well. Suddenly, a Peregrine flew in, and the bird hid for a while, then flew off. After that, it was a no-show and a no-hear.


Great Blue Heron 9

Snowy Egret 9

Great Egret 6

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

accipiter sp. 1

Osprey 1

Wild Turkey 1 in tree

Peregrine Falcon 1 quite small; hooded appearance

American Pipit 1

Bobolink 5 feeding in super-tall grasses top of small hill

DICKCISSEL 1 See above

Savannah Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 2

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 9/23/17 2:06 pm
From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Black Vulture, Chelmsford, MA
I knew it! I saw what I thought was a black culture exactly at the drum
hill rotary while I was heading north on route 3 on Wednesday!!!!! I was
late getting the kids and couldn't stop!

Paul Guidetti
Westford, MA

On Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 4:33 PM Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:

> Thanks to Mike Baird for the following.
>
> Barbara Volkle
> Northborough, MA
> <barb620...>
>
> *
>
> From: Mike <rkramden1994...>
> Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:41:57 -0400
> Subject: Black Vulture, Chelmsford, MA
>
>
> Soaring over Route 3 at Drum Hill.
>
> Good birding
> Mike Baird
> Lowell, MA
>
> >
> > 01824, Chelmsford, Middlesex County, MA, US, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
> > Sep 23, 2017 12:20 PM
> > Protocol: Incidental
> > Comments: Single Black Vulture soaring over route 3 just at the exit
> for Drum Hill, seen while driving north.
> > 1 species
> >
> > Black Vulture 1 White patches at wing tips seen clearly as bird
> flapped its wings, overall black in color with a shorter tail than a Turkey
> Vulture.
> >
> > View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39346203
> >
> > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
>

 

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Date: 9/23/17 1:32 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black Vulture, Chelmsford, MA
Thanks to Mike Baird for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

From: Mike <rkramden1994...>
Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:41:57 -0400
Subject: Black Vulture, Chelmsford, MA


Soaring over Route 3 at Drum Hill.

Good birding
Mike Baird
Lowell, MA

>
> 01824, Chelmsford, Middlesex County, MA, US, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
> Sep 23, 2017 12:20 PM
> Protocol: Incidental
> Comments: Single Black Vulture soaring over route 3 just at the exit for Drum Hill, seen while driving north.
> 1 species
>
> Black Vulture 1 White patches at wing tips seen clearly as bird flapped its wings, overall black in color with a shorter tail than a Turkey Vulture.
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39346203
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

 

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Date: 9/23/17 1:09 pm
From: Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh FREE Nature Programs
North Region Coastal District

Department of Conservation and Recreation

One Eliot Circle Contact: Matthew Nash
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 485-2804 Ext. 105



Date September 23, 2017


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -

Find yourself in a DCR State Park

East Boston

Join a DCR Park interpreter to learn about the wonderful natural history of your state parks. All Programs are FREE and open to the public. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For program cancellations phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121, one hour before start time. Rain Cancels. Bring Water. Strongly recommend sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and footwear suitable for walking on the beach, and on paths. For more information phone (781) 485-2804 Ext. 105 or email <Matthew.Nash...><mailto:<Matthew.Nash...>. For a listing of programs at other DCR state parks visit www.mass.gov/DCR<http://www.mass.gov/DCR> .



Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

Belle Isle Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 1, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Free fun for the Whole family including pumpkin decorating, live animals, crafts and Veronica Robles Cultural Center dancers presenting Latin American dance "Folkloric Style" Sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, DCR, Save the Harbor, The Winthrop Marketplace and the East Boston Foundation.

An Oasis for Wildlife
Saturdays, October 7 & 21 8:00 -9:00 a.m.
Discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary. We will walk while birding for a distance of a mile on easy level terrain. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them. Reasonable accommodations available upon request.

Meet at: Main Parking lot near the bulletin board, located on Bennington Street, East Boston between address 1236 Bennington St., East Boston and 173 Bennington St., Revere. Parking is on a paved lot and is free of charge. Accessible by public transportation: MBTA Blue line, Beachmont Station. Exit station, turn right, at intersection cross State Road/Bennington Street, travel right along Bennington Street to park entrance on the left. Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh


###

Matthew Nash
Visitor Services Supervisor
DCR North Region Coastal District
One Eliot Circle
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 485-2804 ext. 105

Find yourself in a DCR Park!

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Date: 9/23/17 11:27 am
From: Warren Tatro <wtatro...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hooded Warbler continues at Parker River NWR
Hello Massbirders,

I was lucky, and had a brief but good look at the adult male Hooded Warbler around 10AM today. However, I found it along the Marsh Trail about 100’ south of where the north end of the Marsh Loop connects to the Marsh Trail. I was looking for it earlier with Bob Murphy, Dan Prima, and Tom Wetmore along the Dune Loop trail where it was seen the last 2 or so days. I tried to get Bob, Tom, and Steve Babbitt on it as I had to leave. I don’t know if any other people finally saw it after me, but I could not relocate it for them while I was there.

Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
<wtatro...>
 

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Date: 9/23/17 10:12 am
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dunback Meadows passerine flock
The birding was pretty slow at Dunback Meadows in Lexington this morning on
the BBC trip led by Jim McCoy, but just after the trip ended, around 9:15,
I got lucky when a mixed flock of passerines, about 30 birds in all, flew
across a field and landed on either side of the trail that goes right from
the junction toward the bridge. The flock was moving fast, with birds
quickly flying off or dropping out of view, but, along with another BBC
trip member (Ninand?), I got on as many birds as I could, including:

1 Blue-headed Vireo
2 Red-eyed Vireos
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Nashville Warbler
1 A. Redstart
2 Northern Parulas
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
1 Canada Warbler
1 Lincoln's Sparrow

The flock was headed roughly in the direction of the Allen St. entrance,
but I was unable to relocate it on my way out.

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 9/23/17 8:18 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (22 Sep 2017) 85 Raptors
Thanks to Rod Chase for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:50:17 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (22 Sep 2017) 85 Raptors


Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 1 1
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 14 94 97
Bald Eagle 8 78 81
Northern Harrier 1 9 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 148 160
Cooper's Hawk 4 58 62
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 27 10093 10124
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 6 68 68
Merlin 2 9 9
Peregrine Falcon 3 19 19
Unknown Accipiter 0 11 11
Unknown Buteo 0 2 3
Unknown Falcon 0 5 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 7 32 32

Total: 85 10628 10682
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill LaFleche, Colleen Tank, Dave Brown, Paul Roberts,
Rod Chase, Ted Mara, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Observers: Ted Mara (AM compiler), Colleen Tank,
Dave Brown, Bill LaFleche, Judy Davis, Herb Stone,
Paul Roberts, George Russell, Judy DeHart, Marcus
Rhodes, Ursula & Dave Goodine, Blair & Susan
Elzenbeck, Christine Restell, Mary Caulway, and
Joe Drega, Rod Chase.
Also, a steady flow of visitors in AM and a trickle
in late afternoon.


Weather:
An extremely gusty day; at least winds from NNE to NE. Many birds seen,
id'd when possible and gone in less than 60 seconds. The morning's cold was
made brutal by the wind - tho' most on the deck were dressed for it.
The wind and the western skies both lightened up a bit in the afternoon.
However rain clouds and fog slowly advanced from SE until Worcester to
Fitchburg was getting wet. Fortunately the slow last hour remained dry. I
did need intermittent wipers driving home to the SW.
Temps 53F to start rose to 60F at 2pm, then to 59 by 4pm. Visibility, at
least NE to W, ranged from 3mi. in am to
5 mi. at 2pm and 10 mi at 3pm.

Raptor Observations:
BE's: imm., 8:21; 2 imm.@ 9:15; adlt, 10:41; adlt,
11:29; adlt, 11:40; imm.,12:01; imm., 12:17lose .
NH close by on east side; immature.

Local: RT 5, TV 12, ML 1.

Non-raptor Observations:
Local: Common Ravens 5.
Another neat, close, and eye-level Pileated fly-by.
1 Monarch.

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual
clearing, with a high near 83. North wind 5 to 7 mph.
(Wish I wasn't working tomorrow...)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228


 

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Date: 9/23/17 8:07 am
From: <th3b1rdn3rd...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Strange plover at welfleet Audubon
We were shorebirding at Welfleet Audubon, and saw this plover. It immediately struck me as different especially around the face. Could this be the Common Ringed seen earlier at a different spot? I could just be dead wrong but please take a look and tell me what you think. Here is the link to the photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZYzwSInZZ4/

- Francis Morello
Waltham, MA
<th3b1rdn3rd...>
 

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Date: 9/22/17 3:18 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mount Watatic (22 Sep 2017) 344 Raptors
Thanks to Tom Pirro for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:02:03 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Mount Watatic (22 Sep 2017) 344 Raptors



Mount Watatic
Ashburnham, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 4 47 47
Bald Eagle 3 37 37
Northern Harrier 5 14 14
Sharp-shinned Hawk 17 160 160
Cooper's Hawk 1 31 31
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 305 5004 5004
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 9 66 66
Merlin 0 22 22
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 2
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 16 16

Total: 344 5401 5401
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 15:45:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Tom Pirro

Observers:

Visitors:
Bob and Linda from Watertown enjoyed a few close birds, and Bob Crocker
from Ashby....who's shinny barn roof to the SE of the hill, has been a land
mark over then years. 20+ day hikers.


Weather:
Wind NNE 10+ MPH through out the day, heavy to complete cloud cover until
early afternoon, then partly sunny at times. Temp 15-18 C visibility to
100K, showers could be seen about 15K away, a few drops fell mid day.

Raptor Observations:
BW's moving early with "nickel and dimes"(in all directions)..for the first
few hours and then it was spare change in the form of "pennies" here and
there, for the rest of the day.

A few non-migrant BE's, juv. RT and less than 10 TV's.

Non-raptor Observations:
....pretty quiet.

Predictions:
more sun?
========================================================================
Report submitted by Tom Pirro (<tpirro2010...>)
Mount Watatic information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=229


 

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Date: 9/22/17 1:35 pm
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] feathers atlas and feather doctor
Wow, a fascinating and informative article, thanks for sharing. I’ve been using the Feather Atlas for years and with my students, it’s good to know more about its origins.

Cherrie




Cherrie A. Corey
Naturalist and photographer
Marlboro, VT
Concord, MA (resident emeritus)
978.760.1933 mobile
www.senseofplace-concord.com



> On Sep 22, 2017, at 3:44 PM, Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:
>
> Someone asked recently about feathers. This article from last winter may be of interest.
>
> http://www.audubon.org/magazine/winter-2016/behind-scenes-worlds-top-feather-detective
>
>
> Barbara Volkle
>
> Northborough, MA
>
> <barb620...>
>


 

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Date: 9/22/17 12:55 pm
From: megascops.2014 <megascops.2014...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Unknown Bird ID Help
Here are some resources should the bird need rescuing or rehabhttp://www.massaudubon.org/learn/nature-wildlife/wildlife-rehabilitators northeast Mass. - https://www.mass.gov/service-details/wildlife-rehabilitators-northeast-districtAll of Massachusetts - https://www.mass.gov/service-details/find-a-wildlife-rehabilitator

Please post the photo and send the link to the list -- or, if that'sounds not possible, Pls forward the photo.


Thanks,
Mary Keitelman Hinsdale, MA
 -------- Original message --------From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> Date: 9/22/2017 7:49 AM (GMT-05:00) To: Cc: massbird <Massbird...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Unknown Bird ID Help
Good morning!
A student at my school found a bird "unconscious" in his driveway and took a picture after it woke up.
It looks like a Gallinaceous bird to me, maybe young pheasant, but I thought I'd reach out for help.
I can send the pic if you want to take a look.
Thanks in advance!
Paul GuidettiWestford, MA
 

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Date: 9/22/17 12:50 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] feathers atlas and feather doctor
Someone asked recently about feathers.  This article from last winter
may be of interest.

http://www.audubon.org/magazine/winter-2016/behind-scenes-worlds-top-feather-detective


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

 

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Date: 9/22/17 12:01 pm
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BROOKLINE BIRD CLUB Extreme Pelagic Trip OCTOBER 14, 15, 2017
Greetings:



The Brookline Bird Club cancelled their September Pelagic trip because of
Jose. The Captain has an opening for Saturday, and Sunday OCTOBER 14, 15 ,
2017. This is a transition time of year. If enough people sign up, We
will go from Hyannis, MA to the Hydrographer Canyon area. Warm waters
are changing to cooler waters. Anything is possible: shearwaters, skuas
(the Great Skua would also be possible) , storm petrels (even the
white-faced is possible) , Gulls, including Sabines and Kittewakes,
phalaropes, sea ducks and of course, the mammals. Excellent Photo ops.
Limit: 50 participants

Cost: BBC members $310, non-members $330

We will have master birders Marshal Iliff, Nicholas Bonomo, Peter Flood
and possibly Kate Sutherland leading the trip. Our boat is the Helen H. It
is a very comfortable, fast, 100-foot fishing boat with a knowledgeable and
enthusiastic captain and crew. We use gallons of chum to attract the birds.
There is a full galley with excellent food at reasonable prices. Parking is
free.

To reserve a space, send a check for the full amount made out to Brookline
Bird Club Agent along with a signed Waiver to Ida Giriunas, 83 Summer Ave,
Reading, MA 01867 and include your email or your postal address for
confirmation, boarding instructions, and other details.

To register and to receive further information and a waiver form:

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

Ida Giriunas

Reading, MA

<ida8...>




 

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Date: 9/22/17 10:50 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (21 Sep 2017) 441 Raptors
Thanks to Rod Chase for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:51:41 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (21 Sep 2017) 441 Raptors


Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 1 1
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 13 80 83
Bald Eagle 13 70 73
Northern Harrier 2 8 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk 27 135 147
Cooper's Hawk 7 54 58
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 344 10066 10097
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 21 62 62
Merlin 2 7 7
Peregrine Falcon 2 16 16
Unknown Accipiter 2 11 11
Unknown Buteo 0 2 3
Unknown Falcon 3 5 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 5 25 25

Total: 441 10543 10597
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Colleen Tank, Dave Brown, Jack Miano, Paul Roberts,
Rod Chase, Ted Mara

Visitors:


Observers: Ted Mara, Colleen Tank, Paul Roberts,
Dave Brown, Roy Halloran, Ed Armstrong, Janet Kovner,
Peter and Faye Vale, Christine Scheffe, Fred Daum,
Herb Stone, Judy Davis, Ursula and Dave Goodine,
Jack Miano, Drew Vitz, Paul Sullivan, Steve Farrell,
Raline Williams, Sage Veino, Susan Kirchhaven,
Michele & Joe.
Scott Santino and Maureen Ridge of Mass, Audubon
came with Nancy Houlihan, Jean Mead, Alene Waite
and Claudia Cauchon.


Weather:
Nice NE winds came our way today under a mostly overcast sky. Early we had
8-15mph wind gusting 20 and at 10am gusts to 25. The 11am hour saw a
backoff to 5-15mph and at noon some gusts to 15 returned. This hour only
wind was NNE, NE again after.
Temp was 62F at start then slowly rose to 63 at 10am before being pushed
back by northern airs to 62 at 11am and 60F at 1pm.
Flight peaked last 20 minutes of the noon hour and backed off fairly
rapidly afterwards.
Visibility was a hazy 10 miles and eventually a still hazy 20 mi. Sky
still overcast 90% at 2pm.

Raptor Observations:
Raptors were blown in from the NE-NW all day. While most travelled to W &
SW, perhaps 20% founda route to E of summit and then turned to WSW.
While some birds rode wind up the side of the mountain, most caught
distant updrafts and travelled as bino- or scope-birds. Fortunately, the
hill was well-supplied with those tools today!
BE's:(Many distant or in haze not aged.)
imm. 10:17, 10:20, 10:39, imm. 10:59, imm.11:23,
adult 11:28, 2nd yr. 12:02, imm. 12:20,
adult 12:29, 12:35, 2 adults 1:09, 3:15.
Locals: 2 BE, 6 RT, 2 ML. Also: a downward swirl
of 45 TV's and 2 BE's to their evening roosts at
3:15!

Non-raptor Observations:
Two groups of Cormorants: 50+ and 3. Ravens 4.
Monarchs 6, early in day.

Predictions:
Friday
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.
North wind 10 to 13 mph. Similar to today, less gusty?

Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.
North wind 6 to 8 mph. Even better tho' warmer?
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


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Date: 9/22/17 4:54 am
From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Unknown Bird ID Help
Good morning!

A student at my school found a bird "unconscious" in his driveway and took
a picture after it woke up.

It looks like a Gallinaceous bird to me, maybe young pheasant, but I
thought I'd reach out for help.

I can send the pic if you want to take a look.

Thanks in advance!

Paul Guidetti
Westford, MA

 

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Date: 9/22/17 4:10 am
From: Sean Williams <seanbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winter Finch Forecast 2017
Hello all,

It's here! http://jeaniron.ca/2017/wff17.htm

"The Big Question is: will finches concentrate in areas of highest cone
abundance (more likely) or be spread out across the Northeast? This is not
an irruption year south of traditional wintering areas in the Northeast."

Good birding,
Sean



--
Sean Williams
Westboro, MA

 

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Date: 9/21/17 6:30 pm
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: reporting some Plum Island birds to Massbird? 9/21/17
Hi Birders, below is a report of some good Plum Island birds from Rob
Furrow, a massbirder from years past. Looks like he had a good day out
there!


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...>
Date: Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 9:03 PM
Subject: reporting some Plum Island birds to Massbird? 9/21/17


I birded around Plum Island today (9/21), and I had a few good birds that
could be reported to massbird, if you want to forward this along. If you
don't get the chance, no big deal.

1 Glossy Ibis, continuing in north pool from Hellcat
2 American Golden-Plover (1 ad, 1 juv), lot 1 beach
Stilt, White-rumped, and Pectoral Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher at Bill
Forward Pool
1 HOODED WARBLER, Hellcat Dune Loop, just beyond junction with Marsh Loop
(heading away from parking lot)
1 Clay-colored Sparrow, continuing near The Wardens parking area
1 Dickcissel, off Refuge Road just S of Hellcat parking

Among the more common migrants on the Hellcat loops there was a Cape May
Warbler, a Prairie Warbler, and a Least Flycatcher.

Cheers,
Rob

--
Robert Furrow
San Mateo, CA 94402
<robertfurrow...>
<rfurrow...>

 

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Date: 9/21/17 6:24 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mount Watatic (21 Sep 2017) 723 Raptors
Thanks to Tom Pirro for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:26:02 -0800
To: <massbird...>
From: <reports...>
Subject: Mount Watatic (21 Sep 2017) 723 Raptors

Mount Watatic
Ashburnham, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 5 43 43
Bald Eagle 10 34 34
Northern Harrier 4 9 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk 25 143 143
Cooper's Hawk 6 30 30
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 641 4699 4699
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 27 57 57
Merlin 2 22 22
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 2
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 3 16 16

Total: 723 5057 5057
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 15:45:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Tom Pirro

Observers:

Visitors:
A few dozen day hikers.


Weather:
NNE wind, 10MPH, with gusts to 15, subsiding to 5MPH later in the day;
heavy cloud cover and hazy. Temps steady at 18C

Raptor Observations:
Fairly steady with non-Broad-wings, BW's came in pulses, just when it
looked the day day would bust open it would die, then when seemly dead it
would pickup again....and so forth. Mid day birds had decent lift later
modest kettles were low and allowing nice looks. NNE winds made for a "fast
flight".
Not many "local" TV's today, a RT had a nice dual with a raven. 2
Non-mirant BE's

Non-raptor Observations:
Canada Goose, Blue Jays Raven (less than 10), Yellow-rumped and Blackpoll
Warblers, American Pipit, and the usual crowd.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Tom Pirro (<tpirro2010...>)
Mount Watatic information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=229


 

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Date: 9/21/17 6:21 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Sep 21, 2017
Thanks to Alan Bragg for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: "Alan & Ruth Bragg" <alan.ruth.bragg...>
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:57:00 -0400
Subject: Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Sep 21, 2017


AlGreat Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Sep 21, 2017 6:46 AM - 10:38 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.1 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by NWR volunteers Frank, Melanie,Will, Ginger,
Kathy, Maryellen and Alan
41 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 111
Wood Duck 24
Mallard 45
American Black Duck 6
Northern Pintail 1
Green-winged Teal 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Green Heron 1
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 3
Accipiter sp. 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
peep sp. 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 30
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 7
Common Raven 1
Black-capped Chickadee 9
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 1
Marsh Wren 2
Northern Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Palm Warbler 2
Pine Warbler 2
Song Sparrow 23
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 4
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 2

Alan Bragg
Bedford MA

 

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Date: 9/21/17 12:58 pm
From: Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Purple Martin Fest
Purple Martin gathering at Mass Audubon's Stony Brook Nature Center
Saturday October 21st 9 am - Noon

Come learn how Purple Martins are doing in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Several colonies have been very successful this year, largely due to
excellent management. There is something for everyone. Long-time Martin
landlords will share their results and management practices. In addition,
Dr. Jon Atwood, Mass Audubon's Grassland Bird Biologist, will review his
research and speak on the State of Birds in Massachusetts. This is a great
opportunity for any want-to-be landlords to learn about attracting the
largest of North American swallows.

The event is free and open to the public.
Please RSVP to <Madeleine.linck...>

Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 108 North St, Norfolk 02056
adjacent to Mass DCR's Bristol Blake State Reservation. The DCR and Mass
Audubon work collaboratively to manage the Bristol Blake State Reservation
and Stony Brook.

 

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Date: 9/20/17 7:05 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Halibut Point SP, Rockport, Sep 20, 2017
Halibut Point SP, Rockport

Sep 20, 2017 11:40 AM - 2:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.4 mile(s)
Comments: I went to HP today to continue reveling in the wind, rain, and fog. Wind was N today, however, not the best for seabird migration. Nevertheless I saw some cool birds, the most outstanding of which was a WHIMBREL, just my 2nd sighting for this site (3 birds, 8/28/12). The waves were 5' or more. The fog was in and out, but I always had at least 200 yards of visibility; much of the time it was a mile or more.
22 species (+2 other taxa)

Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) 16 flock of 11 that flew by, plus 5 females in the water the whole time
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 1
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) 3
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 12
Cory's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) 1
Cory's/Great Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea/Ardenna gravis) 4 All shearwaters were large with white below; only the one Cory's was close enough to ID to species.
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) 227 All ages. I saw one dive in two hours at the rocks. They flew by left to right in singles or small groups and were thus easy to count one by one.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 6
cormorant sp. (Phalacrocoracidae sp.) 1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 1 Came from the rocks behind me and flew right in front of me.
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 3 I was able to age only one of them, a juv.
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 4
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 9
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 11
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 5
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 4
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 4
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 4
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 1
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39302908


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Date: 9/20/17 6:11 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] additional comment re earlier post

Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:36:35 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Oops


Great Pond is in Braintree and Randolph.

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 9/20/17 6:08 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Pond in Randolph and Braintree Addenda
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:21:32 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Great Pond in Randolph and Braintree Addenda


Due to time constraints on the library computer, I wasn't able to complete my report. In addition to the birds previously posted, there were the following highlights:

Mute Swan 42
Peregrine Falcon 1 scaring up the Green-winged Teal flock

P.S. I scoured the entire southern half of Great Pond, walking in large part along the shore. It wasn't as muddy as it looked, despite the rainfall. I also walked across the dike. I entered at the Norroway St. entrance, off Oak st. near Rte. 28, which is also known as North Main St. Park at the end of Norroway St., and walk into the Great Pond area.

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 9/20/17 1:55 pm
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] flocks of Tree Swallows, Nahant
stormy! while I was enjoying the large numbers of shorebirds yesterday I saw a flock of about 50 Tree Swallows along Short Beach. I thought perhaps they were driven north by the weather pattern.


this afternoon in continuing bad weather I found a flock busy on SW side of Little Nahant, near Short Beach. They appeared to be catching insects. Recently there has been at least 2 big hatches of flying ants; this is typical at Short Beach this time of year. usually hundreds of gulls join in doing their best flycatching (pretty good for Ring-billed but Herring are clumsy).

Today I did not actually see the flying ants and wondered if the swallows were just "hiding" from winds. BTW the swallows were also covering the Bay Berry bushes.


wonder if the Swallows were busy at Plum Island as well?

Linda


Linda Pivacek, Nahant, <lpivacek...>

 

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Date: 9/20/17 1:30 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 09/20/2017

David Moon and I braved the elements leading a relatively small group of
Wednesday Morning Birders on to Plum Island.  We had misting, foggy
conditions with winds NE/15-25 mph, naturally limiting our visibility.
Nonetheless, we managed a representative list of birds for the morning.
We began at the north end of the island and made our way down to Stage
Island Pool with points in between.

Our list:
American Black Duck (5) - main panne.
Green-winged Teal (2) - Bill Forward Pool.
Common Eider (1) - young drake; n. end of island.
Double-crested Cormorant - common; Stage Island Pool, BFP, & North Pool
from Hellcat dike.
Great Blue Heron (2) - 1, South Marsh; 1, NP from Hellcat dike.
Great Egret (~ 18) - various.
Snowy Egret (~ 56) - various.
Glossy Ibis (2) - NP from Hellcat Dike.
Black-bellied Plover (~ 24) - BFP & 1 juv, SIP.
American Golden-Plover (3) - 2 juvs, one beach; 1 ad, SIP.
Semipalmated Plover - common; major share, BFP.
Spotted Sandpiper (1) - SIP.
Greater Yellowlegs (~ 20) - various.
Red Knot (6) - BFP.
Sanderling (1) - n. end.
Semipalmated Sandpiper - common, various.
White-rumped Sandpiper (2) - SIP.
Dunlin (1) - SIP.
Stilt Sandpiper (3) - BFP.
Short-billed Dowitcher (~ 20) - BFP.
Long-billed Dowitcher (1) - BFP.
Ring-billed Gull (6) - one beach.
Herring Gull - common; many foraging in South Marsh at high tide.
Great Black-backed Gull (2)
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove (2)
American Crow (~ 13)
Tree Swallow (~ 200+) - small number flying low over river at n. end;
large flock riding the wind in place, parking lot #1; some flying low
over marsh.
Barn Swallow (1) - n. end.
American Robin (~ 10) - roadside, S-curves.
European Starling - common.
Cedar Waxwing (5) - roadside, Hellcat.
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (2) - shrubs, near entry to The Wardens parking
lot, n. side.
Song Sparrow (2) - The Wardens.
House Sparrow - refuge entry.

Please take note, in September, Dave Williams will be leading "Friday
Morning Bird Walks: Fall Migrants" out of Joppa Flats from 8:00 - 11:00
a.m.  Dave will be exploring various locations in the greater
Newburyport/Plum Island area with the focus being on birds migrating
through the area, including warblers, shorebirds, raptors, and other
migrants.  Per session, $12 for Mass Audubon members; $15 for nonmembers.

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats at 0930 for Wednesday
Morning Birding. 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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Date: 9/20/17 12:30 pm
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barred & Screech Owl question, calling overnight - late Ruby-throated - Essex 09-20-17
I've been recording audio from the deck overnight for the past month or
so and have had a Screech & Barred Owl calling at the same time twice
now. The 1st back in August with the two quite a distance apart and
again last night with them much closer to each other.

Which brings me to my question, don't Barred Owls make a meal out of
Screech Owls? Is this natural selection in action with this Screech soon
to be removed from the gene pool or have these two co-existed long
enough that the Screech knows what it's up to and will live to call
another day?

I also have a late, young Ruby-throated Hummingbird visiting the flowers
on the deck. I was a bit surprised to find it taking shelter from
today's storm by sitting on the deck next to a large pot of Christmas
Cactus.

I managed a bit of video of the Hummingbird and have the Screech /
Barred Owl audio at the link below. I'd appreciate your thoughts on the
Screech Owls apparent suicide mission.

https://nebirdsplus.com/barred-screech-owl-calls/

Enjoy,
Phil Brown
<nebirdsplus...>
Essex, MA 01929
 

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Date: 9/20/17 8:23 am
From: James Kowalsky <jrkowalsky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tropical Storm Jose
Unfortunately I'm stuck in an office in Boston. So, anyone seeing anything
unusual in the storm surge off of Cape Cod? I'm a bit curious, did a lot of
migrants like shorebirds and terns leave before Jose started impacting the
Cape and the Islands or are they hunkered down and waiting it out?

Please be safe out there!

Jim Kowalsky

 

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Date: 9/19/17 4:07 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (19 Sep 2017) Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 1 1
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 67 70
Bald Eagle 0 57 60
Northern Harrier 0 6 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 108 120
Cooper's Hawk 0 47 51
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 0 9722 9753
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 41 41
Merlin 0 5 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 14 14
Unknown Accipiter 0 9 9
Unknown Buteo 0 2 3
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 20 20

Total: 0 10102 10156
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 09:15:00
Total observation time: 1.5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Colleen Tank, Rod Chase

Visitors:
3 solo hikers passed by thru the mist.


Weather:
63F, nice and fresh NNE to NE winds (8-12mph, gusts20)
which blew the fog right up and over the tower. Visibility 100 yds. and
nothing on the updraft.

Drove up 2-ish until I saw hilltop still covered.

Raptor Observations:
Uhhh. Can't remark on what I didn't see!

Non-raptor Observations:
2 towhees, 1 blue jay, 1 junco.

Predictions:
Hill will be the top hat for hurristorm Jose? I'll go up any time
visibility might be possible, tho' fear at this
point that Thursday (looking good) is next probable flight
day.
Thursday
Partly sunny, with a high near 74.
North wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
(Dress for it.)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


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Date: 9/19/17 2:48 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Andrews Point, Rockport, Sep 19, 2017
Andrews Point, Rockport

Sep 19, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:10 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: I went to AP today hoping for some pelagics and migrant waterfowl in the stormy weather, with wind from roughly NNE and waves maybe 4-6 feet. Temp. around 60. I didn't have too much action--ducks were not moving at all--but it was satisfying standing there after the drizzle stopped and watching the parade. I saw two more jaegers today, but only a single shearwater (sp.). Common loons and laughing gulls were moving by, albeit in small numbers. Gannets were always in sight, and I saw an ocean sunfish (Mola sp.) right off the rocks! Tomorrow I suspect the action will be much better.
14 species (+4 other taxa)

Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) 120 Flock remained in place. I didn't see a single eider fly in or out.
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 4
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) 1
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) 1
Surf/Black Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata/americana) 4
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 14
shearwater sp. (Procellariidae sp.) 1
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) 130 all ages
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 17
cormorant sp. (Phalacrocoracidae sp.) 7 did not see any definite greats
Parasitic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) 1
jaeger sp. (Stercorarius sp.) 1
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) 5
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 8
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 65
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 75
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 5
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39285706


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Date: 9/19/17 8:09 am
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Juvenile red-headed woodpecker in SE Vermont
Hi MassBird Friends,

Just wanted to report our surprising breakfast company this morning at our Marlboro, VT homestead, 8 miles north of the Mass. border. A young red-headed woodpecker flew onto our pear tree, just 15 feet from the kitchen window, landing on the trunk at eye-level with our kitchen table view. Black back, white wing-tips visible, and a dark red patch emerging on its otherwise ruddy-brown head. Alas, my camera was in the other room and he moved into the canopy before I could fetch it. I’d be interested to hear if others south of hear have seen RHWP’s just south of here in recent years during the fall. Only one Windham County account for them at all on eBird, though Vermonters are still not regular users.

Happy migration encounters,

Cherrie Corey



Cherrie A. Corey
Naturalist and photographer
Marlboro, VT
Concord, MA (resident emeritus)
978.760.1933 mobile
www.senseofplace-concord.com




 

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Date: 9/19/17 4:12 am
From: Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Sep 18, 2017
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 11:16 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Sep 18, 2017
To: <derekbrownbuild...>


Essex Bay, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Sep 18, 2017 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Seen on and around the Spit
15 species (+1 other taxa)

Mallard 2
Double-crested Cormorant 550
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 4
Snowy Egret 10
Black-bellied Plover 70
Semipalmated Plover 42
Red Knot 11 8 hatch year
Sanderling 10
Dunlin 3
White-rumped Sandpiper 13
Semipalmated Sandpiper 177
Wilson's Phalarope 33 Seen rising from from walker creek salt marsh,
unable to refind. Long winged, pratincole like flight, white underparts and
plain gray wings, no wing markings seen. in one flock. One seen later
in flight over the Spit, . First time recorded in the bay by us.
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs 4
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S39264064

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Date: 9/18/17 8:35 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Crane Beach, Ipswich, Sep 18, 2017
Crane Beach, Ipswich
Sep 18, 2017 1:10 PM - 4:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.75 mile(s)
Comments: I walked about 1.75 miles down the beach and back. Variety was once again thin, but the highlight was 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS that flew over me ON THE BEACH.
15 species

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) 3
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) 2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 2
Sanderling (Calidris alba) 54
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) 1
Parasitic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) 2 Both had long pointed central tail feathers but looked a bit bulkier and longer-billed than LTJA. These two flew over me ON THE BEACH, the first time I have been that lucky. They were not in a hurry and not chasing anything, but they paused and wheeled over a group of gulls and flashed their white primaries.
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) 11
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 50
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 125
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 70
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 10 exact count
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2

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Date: 9/18/17 6:52 pm
From: Barbara M Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] American White Pelican in Scituate YES
Paul informs us that upon examination of the photos, the bird is in fact a
Northern Gannet...

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>


 

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Date: 9/18/17 6:43 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (18 Sep 2017) 4 Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 1 1
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 67 70
Bald Eagle 0 57 60
Northern Harrier 0 6 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 108 120
Cooper's Hawk 0 47 51
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 0 9722 9753
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 41 41
Merlin 0 5 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 14 14
Unknown Accipiter 0 9 9
Unknown Buteo 0 2 3
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 20 20

Total: 4 10102 10156
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Colleen Tank, David Goodine, Ted Mara, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Additional observers: Louise Outler, Judy Anthony,
Paul Sullivan, Susan Williamson.

Just a dozen or so hikers, one school group to the summit for an hour.



Weather:
8-11AM: 66F, 0-1 mph east wind, 100% in-the-cloud
mountaintop. Ted walked over 10mi. around summit
for fun.
11-12: 1 SS seen from ski-lift platform where vis.
was 2 mi under the cloud; 1 SS from tower deck riding
orographic lift on S side before one flap to SW
12-1:30pm: a few of us went to West Overlook where
vis. was 2-4 mi. 67F. 4 TV and a local BE that, while
circling up disappeared for half of every circle and
reappear slightly higher to complete that revolution.
(Nice catch, Ursula!)
1:30-3pm: Back on top. NE-E variable 0-3 wind, 95%
overcast. 1 AK at 1:55 and 1 UR. Last hour:
Many find stories to be heard -
waiting for the imaginary 5th bird.

Raptor Observations:
BE and a ML were local.

Non-raptor Observations:
Heard Pileated several times, from W overlook, pecking away below us.

Predictions:
Tuesday
Rain. Patchy fog after 9am. High near 66. Northeast
wind 6 to 14mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
(Wednesday
A chance of showers, mainly before 2pm. Cloudy,
with 2pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy,
with a high near 71. North wind around 18 mph, with
gusts as high as 29mph. Chance of precip. is 40%.)

When not raining, winds would be fun. Will catch what I can.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


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Date: 9/18/17 6:43 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American White Pelican in Scituate YES
Hi,I went to Minot and The Glades in Scituate today to look for the Harris Sparrow that Dennis Peacock had seen and photographed. I knew it was a long shot due to not actually knowing where in this large area the bird had been seen two days ago. I was also hoping for the pelican that had been seen out on the rocks near the Minot Post Office about two weeks ago by the local bird club for the area. (I had gone that day to look without any luck). WOW! My lifer AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN came in and landed on the water in the area where the post office is located at 1:20, and stayed for twenty-five minutes. I had been looking for it and also I was looking at the shorebirds for about one-half hour before the pelican showed.
MINOT AND THE GLADES:
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 1Great Egret 40Snowy Egret 25Common Eider 6Osprey 2Ruddy Turnstone 6Black-throated Green 2Black-throated Blue 1Black and White 1Blackpoll 5Common Yellowthroat 1Wilson's 1Am. Redstart 1Magnolia 2
Paul <Petersonpetersonpaul63...>
 

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Date: 9/18/17 4:17 pm
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Dunback Meadows, Sep 18, 2017
The Connecticut warbler seen the past two days continued at Dunback Meadow
in in Lexington today. For details see the following ebird report. Also
spotted by Chris Floyd and seen by others was a Golden WInged Warbler. This
bird was seen about 25 yards from the way intersection heading to the
bridge, before the area where the Connecticut has been hanging around. No
one as far as I know had any luck finding the MacGillivray's Warbler
reported near the Beacon Street entrance. A couple Merlins and a Sharp
Shinned Hawk were also seen. Later in the day I had a Junco at Oxbow along
the old tank road.

Cliff Cook
Watertown

Dunback Meadows, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Sep 18, 2017 8:11 AM - 11:57 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
31 species

Herring Gull 2
Mourning Dove 102 Flock of over 100 took off from Meadow Mist farm.
Guessing they were strafed by raptor.
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 7
Eastern Phoebe 5
Blue Jay 16
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 12
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 3
Swainson's Thrush 1
American Robin 85
Gray Catbird 27
European Starling 15
Cedar Waxwing 4
Blue-winged Warbler 1 Well seen. Yellow head, chest and. Rlly with
black eye stripe and blue wing.
Connecticut Warbler 1 Prob. continuing bird. Bold complete white eye
ring. Yellow through very long undertail coverts. Brownish hood. From Allen
St entrance go right at 4 way intersection. Just past field opening on left
it closes in. Bird seen in next 150' several times over past 3 days. Look
in low birches over hanging path. Calls occasionally.
Common Yellowthroat 4
American Redstart 2
Song Sparrow 17
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 1
Common Grackle 10
House Finch 8
American Goldfinch 7
House Sparrow 30

 

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Date: 9/18/17 11:07 am
From: <Tombwhawk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hawks at Mt. Tom
Hi Folks:

Got to do some Hawk Watching on Goat Peak at Mt. Tom State
Reservation yesterday, 9-17-2017.

Turkey Vultures 8 local birds
Red-tailed Hawk 2 local
Red- Shouldered Hawk 1 immature
Broad-winged Hawk 389
Osprey 2
Northern Harrier 2
Bald Eagle 1 adult--probably local
Sharp-shinned Hawk 12
Cooper's Hawk 5
Kestrel 3

Chimney Swift 1 (low number out here this year in the Valley.)

Tom Gagnon, Florence, Massachusetts.

 

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Date: 9/18/17 11:01 am
From: Lindsey Nichols <pepper.please...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Possible Connecticut warbler - Boston Public Garden
Strolling through the public garden just now, no binoculars. Drab
gray/yellowish warbler about 6 feet from me, *walking* on the ground.
Creeping through evergreen ground cover, even lower to ground than shrubs.
Anyone want to confirm ID? Southern edge of garden, up against iron fence,
roughly center of southern edge.

Clearly I should start carrying my binoculars at lunch again.

Good birding!

Lindsey Nichols
Boston, MA

 

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Date: 9/18/17 9:56 am
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Connecticut Warblers, Yellow-breasted Chat Westborough
Hi Birders,

The Westborough WMA ragweed field edges were excellent this morning with at
least 2 separate Connecticut Warblers, and also a Yellow-breasted Chat.
The chat was in the 'stone pile' field and was spectacularly sneaky; Ed
Kittredge and I rather easily located 2 different Connecticut Warblers in
the adjacent 'first' ragweed field in from the Chauncy Lake side.
Checklist below, and if anyone needs directions to these fields I'm happy
to chat off-list about it.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39249294

Good birding!

Tim Spahr
Marlborough
<tspahr44...>

 

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Date: 9/18/17 9:39 am
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dickcissel-John Paul park 9/18/17
There was a Dickcissel this morning 9/18/17 at John Paul Park in Boston. It was on the north entrance and was vocal, but it did fly southward and was continuing to call, so might hang around.


Glenn


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

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Date: 9/18/17 6:13 am
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Walk Cumberland Farms--River St. Entrance, Sep 17, 2017
In spite of the fog, the birding was quite good, though we failed at
finding any Connecticut Warblers (two were reported yesterday).  We beat
the bushes in many spots including traveling the perimeter to no avail.

The Dickcissels and Clay-colored Sparrow were highlights.  The dearth of
warblers was noted by all.

Ciao,
Linda

Cumberland Farms--River St. Entrance, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US

Sep 17, 2017 7:05 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.6 mile(s)
Comments: Thick, foggy morning with slow clearing. Walked from the parking area to the manure pits
25 species

Northern Bobwhite 2 Moe saw two. Then calls heard by all members of the group.
Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 6
Eastern Phoebe 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 1
Tree Swallow 6
House Wren 2
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 8
European Starling 5
Cedar Waxwing 9
Common Yellowthroat 1 Female
Clay-colored Sparrow 1 Photos
Savannah Sparrow 9
Song Sparrow 14
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Indigo Bunting 3
Dickcissel 2 Photos. Great views of birds perching in front of us. Heard calls.
Bobolink 7 Minimum
Red-winged Blackbird 4
American Goldfinch 22

--
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: 9/18/17 2:53 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (17 Sep 2017) 88 Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 1 1
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 67 70
Bald Eagle 1 57 60
Northern Harrier 0 6 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 106 118
Cooper's Hawk 5 47 51
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 67 9722 9753
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 4 40 40
Merlin 2 5 5
Peregrine Falcon 2 14 14
Unknown Accipiter 1 9 9
Unknown Buteo 0 2 3
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 19 19

Total: 88 10098 10152
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Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bob Secatore, Colleen Tank, Jack Miano, Janet Kovner,
Mike Beath, Nancy Given, Paul Roberts, Rod Chase,
Tom Gottschang, Ursula Goodine, Wayne Peterson

Visitors:
Janet Kovner, Nancy Given, Colleen Tank, Susan Williamson,
Mark Letize, Frank Nichols, Jean Nichols, Don Brenneise,
Lynn Abbey, Nate Marchessault, Dan Bruton, Bill LaFleche,
Bob Secatore, Kathy Chihowski, Tom Gottschang, Matt Bollus, Meghan
Gately, Paul Roberts, Mike Beath, Judy Marino, Leah, Fred Bouchard, John
Murphy, Nagesh Mahanthappa, Drew Vitz.
Wayne Peterson and Rick Arnaud led a group for Mass. Aud.
including Lorna Gibson, Jessica Roy, Mathew Templeton,
Sally Tipton, Sara Foster, Penny Blevins, Carol Walsh,
Jim Saalfield, & possibly others I missed.
Also Marty McNamara and Mike Rezendes.



Weather:
Again wind was very light (0-3mph) most of the day, SE in 1st hour and
then E from 8am 'til 1pm. Then 1-3pm direction shifted to NE before going
back to E for last hour; this shift also brought speed up to 5-8mph and
ocean air dropped temp by 2 deg.
At start, 67F, visibility 3 mi. and 75% overcast. By 10am
temp was 70F with 50% cloud cover; at 11am, 77F and vis. 5 mi.and light
wind NE for the hour. Noon saw wind back to east until 1 pm and visibility
up to 10 mi; temp stable at 77F thru 3pmand NE wind then went back to E and
increased to 6-10mph, temp 74F and o/c 40%.

Raptor Observations:
Lots of 1 to 3 bird counts thru 1st half of day and a few slightly larger
groups in afternoon until last hour. Few birds were close up. A fair mix of
species today but BW's led the way and decent views of some falcons was a
bonus.
Where is the next push of BW's? Noted that Putney Mtn. in Vermont has had
7000+ in last 4 days; Hawk Mtn. (PA.) may have benefited from this group
(3500 in 2 days)? Hope BW's get pushed into eastern NE in the next few
days!

Non-raptor Observations:
BE: adult, 1:35pm.
Locals: 3 BE (adult, sub-adult, one too distant to age).
TV 14, RT 8.

Ravens: 34 (31 at one time!)
Herring Gull.
Monarchs: 6.

Predictions:
Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy,
with a high near 75. East wind 3 to 6 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228



 

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