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2/5/16 1:49 pm Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] moderator - message from hacked account
2/5/16 1:49 pm Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...> Re: FW: [MASSBIRD] Spam? Hack?
2/5/16 12:55 pm James Barton <redwing1986...> FW: [MASSBIRD] Spam? Hack?
2/5/16 11:46 am Bill Lafley <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Hello
2/5/16 8:24 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Pelagic Trip change to Sunday
2/5/16 8:03 am James P. Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Turner's - Yellow-legged Gull
2/5/16 5:44 am Bennet Porter <bennet.porter...> [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Geese - Falmouth
2/5/16 3:37 am Bruce deGraaf <brucedegraaf...> Re: [MASSBIRD] An odd duck in Gloucester, Feb 1
2/4/16 7:06 pm James P. Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's Falls - Yellow-legged Gull continues 02/04
2/4/16 5:56 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneye
2/4/16 5:56 pm Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] Re: An odd duck in Gloucester, Feb 1
2/4/16 3:52 pm John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club Cape Ann trips changes/correction
2/4/16 3:47 pm Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] (Extremely) Extralimital - Sabine's Gull in Newfoundland on 31 January 2016 (!)
2/4/16 3:47 pm Oliver Burton <olivertburton...> [MASSBIRD] An odd duck in Gloucester, Feb 1
2/4/16 2:44 pm Joan Stoner <jsstoner...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows Weekly survey
2/3/16 9:40 pm Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's Falls - Yellow-legged Gull
2/3/16 7:56 pm kirk marshall <no6km...> [MASSBIRD] RE: Mountain Bluebird
2/3/16 6:41 pm Bennet Porter <bennet.porter...> Re: [MASSBIRD] RFI Mountain Bluebird
2/3/16 6:37 pm Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Turner's - Yellow-legged Gull link
2/3/16 6:01 pm James P. Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Turner's - Yellow-legged Gull link
2/3/16 5:34 pm James P. Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's Falls - Yellow-legged Gull
2/3/16 1:58 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] RFI Mountain Bluebird
2/3/16 1:58 pm Barbara M Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] sad news - Ed Mullen - additional info
2/3/16 12:37 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 02-03-16
2/3/16 6:46 am Allan Richards <birdman38...> [MASSBIRD] RFI Mountain Bluebird
2/3/16 6:46 am Donald Wilkinson <singingbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Texas road trip anyone?
2/3/16 5:54 am Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Greater White-fronted Goose. Argilla rd, Ipswich. 2/2/16.
2/3/16 5:53 am Jeremiah Trimble <jtrimble...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Pelagic this weekend!
2/3/16 5:53 am Garry Kessler <gkessler001...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Snow Bunting, Alternate Plumage?, extralimital
2/2/16 11:00 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] 3 first-winter king eiders at Andrews Pt., Feb. 2, 2016
2/2/16 9:31 pm John Liller <john.liller...> [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary - 2/2/16
2/2/16 9:31 pm Marsha Salett <msalett...> [MASSBIRD] Bird Observer Online expands features for 2016
2/2/16 9:31 pm Barbara M Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] sad news - Ed Mullen
2/2/16 9:31 pm Marsha Salett <msalett...> [MASSBIRD] February 2016 Bird Observer online
2/2/16 9:31 pm Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Just a test
2/2/16 9:31 pm David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update - results
2/2/16 9:31 pm Garry Kessler <gkessler001...> [MASSBIRD] Snow Bunting, Alternate Plumage?, extralimital
2/2/16 9:26 pm Trudy Tynan <ttynan...> [MASSBIRD] AP Mobile: Eagles vs Drones: Dutch police eye birds to prey on drones
2/2/16 7:05 am Donald Wilkinson <singingbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Texas road trip anyone?
2/1/16 9:07 pm <bhart2000...> [MASSBIRD] Halibut Point, 2/1/16 last moments of Common Murre
2/1/16 8:39 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 1/31 Fox Sparrow at Boston Nature Center; a Bat in January Catching Insects
2/1/16 8:35 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] PACIFIC LOON and King Eider at Andrew's Point in Rockport, etc.
2/1/16 8:35 pm Ron Crissman <ronc8...> [MASSBIRD] East Bridgewater Sandhill Crane
2/1/16 5:00 pm Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] Common Murre at Halibut Point - Yes, BUT ...
2/1/16 12:41 pm Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk...> [MASSBIRD] Weymouth King Eider today/ Hull Barrow's goldeneye pr yesterday
2/1/16 10:42 am Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] 5 snow geese now on Essex Rd, Ipswich (Rt. 133)
2/1/16 9:18 am Young, John (DPU) <john.young...> [MASSBIRD] Second-hand Barrows
2/1/16 9:18 am James P. Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls area
2/1/16 6:05 am Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Cod Canal 1/31
1/31/16 4:43 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Male PAINTED BUNTING, Nantucket!
1/31/16 4:33 pm mike sylvia <mikesylvia87...> [MASSBIRD] Little Compton, RI Waterfowl Survey
1/31/16 4:33 pm Kneipfer Eric <erickneipfer...> [MASSBIRD] Great Horned Owl In Easton and Snowy Owl on Duxbury Beach
1/31/16 3:25 pm Haynes Miller <hrm...> [MASSBIRD] East Gloucester Sunday afternoon
1/31/16 12:38 pm John Hepburn <hepburn...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Crane
1/31/16 12:38 pm <krod140...> [MASSBIRD] Westport - Snow Goose and male No. Harrier
1/31/16 10:03 am Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Male PAINTED BUNTING, Nantucket!
1/31/16 8:31 am Mike Mulqueen <intrinsic3141...> [MASSBIRD] Common Murre at Halibut Point SP Overlook
1/31/16 8:15 am Warren Tatro <wtatro...> [MASSBIRD] Dickcissel still in Loblolly Cove
1/30/16 7:48 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Millennium Park Red-headed WP and Ravens
1/30/16 4:55 pm David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update - results
1/30/16 2:57 pm Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Cape Ann trip 1/30
1/30/16 12:49 pm David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 11
1/30/16 12:30 pm David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 10
1/30/16 11:53 am David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 9
1/30/16 11:03 am Miles Brengle <brenglema...> [MASSBIRD] Thick-billed Murre - Plum Island 1/30
1/30/16 10:59 am Margo Goetschkes <m.goetschkes...> [MASSBIRD] Newburyport & Plum Island highlights
1/30/16 10:33 am David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 8
1/30/16 9:30 am David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 6
1/30/16 9:30 am David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 7
1/30/16 7:49 am Timothy Walker <timothypwalker...> [MASSBIRD] Barrows Goldeneye Plum Cove Rockport
1/30/16 7:49 am Barbara Volkle <b_volkle...> [MASSBIRD] proposed Great Thicket National Wilidfe Refuge
1/30/16 7:12 am David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 5
1/30/16 6:48 am David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 5
1/30/16 6:10 am David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 4
1/30/16 5:06 am David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 3
1/30/16 4:36 am David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 2
1/30/16 3:08 am David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - the game is on
1/30/16 2:32 am David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Superbowl of Birding XIII - the game is on
1/29/16 2:12 pm Sam Miller <zamziller...> [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Goose, Lancaster: eBird Report - Dexter Drumlin, Jan 29, 2016
1/29/16 1:36 pm alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] GBHE
1/29/16 12:03 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Boston's Lesser Black-backed Gull is Back
1/29/16 11:52 am Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneye Yes; American Pipits Too
1/29/16 11:52 am caroline <carolinawrencarolinawren...> [MASSBIRD] Black headed gull
1/29/16 11:22 am James P. Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls and general area, plus Gambel's WC Sparrow in Hadley.
1/29/16 9:08 am Steve Mirick <smirick...> [MASSBIRD] Haverhill Rarities Update (Tufted Duck - No, Clay-colored Sparrow - Yes)
1/29/16 8:14 am Paula McFarland <saltpannes...> [MASSBIRD] Grackles, Wells Ave, Newton, MA Jan 28,2106
1/28/16 8:39 pm <tommartin53...> [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneye Gloucester
1/28/16 5:15 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] ebird report of Barn Owl
1/28/16 5:14 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Peregrine Falcons: 5 locations - Photos!
1/28/16 4:34 pm <DTBrown10...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Fox Point and Harbor Point Walk - Barrow's Goldeneye
1/28/16 1:29 pm Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...> [MASSBIRD] Fox Point and Harbor Point Walk - Barrow's Goldeneye
1/28/16 8:25 am Kat Birder <katbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Weekly species census Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jan 28, 2016
1/27/16 9:35 pm Eddie <emgiles62...> [MASSBIRD] 1/27 SANDHILL CRANE, East Bridgewater - YES
1/27/16 5:58 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 01-27-16
1/27/16 3:10 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Smith's Longspur -- NO 1/27 (Plus shared eBird list)
1/27/16 3:03 pm Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Still Space on our BBC Dedicated Winter Pelagic Trip February 6, 2016
1/27/16 2:30 pm Paul Kinnaly <pek...> [MASSBIRD] Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge - proposed for MA and New England
1/27/16 12:59 pm Robert Jilek <jile0006...> [MASSBIRD] Orange-crowned Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet at Danehy Park
1/27/16 11:40 am Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> [MASSBIRD] Bolton Flats and Lake Quinsigamond 1/27
1/26/16 7:42 pm Wayne Petersen <wpetersen...> [MASSBIRD] MASS AUDUBON BIRDERS MEETING, SUNDAY, MARCH 13 AT UMASS/BOSTON
1/26/16 3:13 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Eastern Point - Gloucester Harbor--IBA, Jan 26, 2016
1/26/16 3:02 pm Eddie <emgiles62...> [MASSBIRD] 1/26 SANDHILL CRANE, East Bridgewater - YES
1/26/16 1:54 pm John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island Short-eared Owls, Longspurs
1/26/16 1:31 pm <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] OOps
1/26/16 1:31 pm Bates, David Westfall,M.D. <DBATES...> [MASSBIRD] Parker River
1/26/16 10:30 am <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: "Life on the Leaf Edge" Caterpillar Gallery Opening NEXT WEEK
1/26/16 9:30 am Barbara Volkle <b_volkle...> [MASSBIRD] Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge - proposed for MA and New England
1/26/16 9:30 am Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] 1/26 North Plymouth - Ruddy Duck
 
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Date: 2/5/16 1:49 pm
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] moderator - message from hacked account
An "document" was sent to the list from an account that was hacked.

If you have opened this, it's a good idea to update your virus and
firewall definitions and run a scan of your machine. This should
also serve as a reminder to change your passwords regularly, and
don't make them easy to figure out.

Thanks for your cooperation and participation!

Barbara Volkle, moderator MASSBIRD
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
Take someone birding today!

 

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Date: 2/5/16 1:49 pm
From: Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...>
Subject: Re: FW: [MASSBIRD] Spam? Hack?
I got that and deleted it. Do not open it! Unless Bill confirms. Has all
the signs of a classic fish.

Jeremy Coleman, Greenfield


On Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 3:12 PM, James Barton <redwing1986...>
wrote:

> I've received two identical messages from "Bill Lafley" inviting me to
> view an email he proposes to send me. He mentions signing In somewhere.
> Can I safely assume that Massbird has been hacked or spammed? Copy of his
> message on request. Abuse@massbird???
>
> Jim Barton
> Cambridge
>
> ------------------------------
>
>
>

 

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Date: 2/5/16 12:55 pm
From: James Barton <redwing1986...>
Subject: FW: [MASSBIRD] Spam? Hack?
I've received two identical messages from "Bill Lafley" inviting me to view an email he proposes to send me. He mentions signing In somewhere. Can I safely assume that Massbird has been hacked or spammed? Copy of his message on request. Abuse@massbird???

Jim Barton
Cambridge



 

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Date: 2/5/16 11:46 am
From: Bill Lafley <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hello
Hello,

Find the document I'm sharing with you below. please sign-in before
downloading

View <http://bit.ly/1QKBegW>

Best regards,
--

Bill Lafley

 

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Date: 2/5/16 8:24 am
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Pelagic Trip change to Sunday
The BBC Dedicated Pelagic Trip out of Hyannis scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6
is postponed until Sunday, Feb 7 due to the snow storm and the need to have
time for snow removal. There will now be space available on the trip..
Info below. We will be back in time for the Super Bowl.



Sunday February 7, 2016 (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Hyannis to the Nantucket Shoals Area.

Birds expected: FULMAR, DOVEKIES, PUFFINS, MURRES, RAZORBILLS, Gannets,
Phalaropes, Shearwaters, Jaegers, several gulls, sea ducks, mammals, any
rarities such as SKUAS.

Limit: 65 participants

Cost: BBC members $100, non-members $120

We may have master birders Marshal Iliff, Peter Trull, Peter Flood and Mike
Silva leading the trip. Our boat, the Helen H, is a very comfortable, fast,
100-foot fishing boat with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic captain and
crew. The spacious main cabin is heated so you can get out of the weather if
needed. 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 contact Ida Giriunas for confirmation, boarding
instructions, and other details.

781-929-8772,

<mailto:<ida8...> <ida8...>




















 

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Date: 2/5/16 8:03 am
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's - Yellow-legged Gull
Greetings birders,

I just wanted to offer a general heads-up for anyone preparing to travel to Turner's Falls for the Yellow-legged Gull today. Our area has received a lot of slick, wet snow this morning. I came off the road twice already and needed to be pulled out of a field by AAA. I was driving at only 10mph and simply slid off the road! Having been rescued by AAA I then hit a guard rail on the way home driving at a similar speed. It was bad. There is a clearance forecast from around noon, however, there is some possibility that the parking areas at Unity Park will not be ploughed by gull time in mid-afternoon. I mention this only with safety in mind. If you do make it, you might just find frustration around the parking areas as well.


Just a friendly FYI.


Best Wishes,


James





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

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Date: 2/5/16 5:44 am
From: Bennet Porter <bennet.porter...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Geese - Falmouth
Saw the two geese in question on the edge of a large flock of Canada Geese
this morning around 7:30 in far center field of the Falmouth High School's
baseball field, behind Jack in the Beanstalk. Viewing conditions were
subpar to put it mildly, but one of the birds was clearly larger, with a
large white front on its face and some speckling on its belly, while the
other appeared to be smaller and darker, with no white front, so I imagine
its a juvenile. Looking at Sibley I would propose the larger is a "Taiga"
while the smaller--based on how dark it appeared in contrast--is a
"Greenland", but I'd appreciate the thoughts on others who have seen the
birds or who were able to take photos in better weather.

Thanks,

Bennet Porter
East Falmouth

 

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Date: 2/5/16 3:37 am
From: Bruce deGraaf <brucedegraaf...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] An odd duck in Gloucester, Feb 1
Looks like a female Gadwall to me. They are slightly smaller than a
Mallard with similar markings. The flattish head is a good indicator.
There are also slight differences in wing markings that are not
clearly shown in your photos due to lighting and/or exposure.

A female Green-wing Teal would be much smaller.

Bruce deGraaf
Shrewsbury, MA
 

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Date: 2/4/16 7:06 pm
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's Falls - Yellow-legged Gull continues 02/04
Greetings birders,

A lot of birders showed up at Unity Park, Turner's Falls this afternoon. Sadly, a few left a bit too early because the Yellow-legged Gull did eventually fly in at around 16:45/50hrs. This evening it chose to be with large gulls roosting on a patch of ice just above the Turner's Falls dam closer to the Gill side of the river. Updates with images from the previous two days can be seen at the same link as previously mentioned;
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/02/ma-interesting-yellow-legged-type-gull.html

JoAnne Russo got a good record shot from the Gill side of the river this evening which she's allowed me to use on the blog link above.

Chances seem reasonable for the bird to show up again tomorrow but I do recommend staying late until most of the large gulls have arrived. We usually have a total of about 500 large gulls most evenings at this time of year. Birds were still coming in to the roost after most birders had departed this evening.

Good birding,

James







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

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Date: 2/4/16 5:56 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneye
The harbor walk between JFK Museum dock and UMass Boston campus continues to provide great views of drake Barrow's along with many Common Goldeneyes, WW Scoters, Surf scoters, Common Eiders, Bufflehead and few RB Mergansers this afternoon about 4 pm. They were all less than 100 feet from shore at some points. Barrow's crescent spot and more extensive black on back clearly visible and he was rearing head back a lot, though didn't see female. It was a good show

Joe Battenfeld
Roslindale by way of UNH
<jbattenfeld...>
 

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Date: 2/4/16 5:56 pm
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: An odd duck in Gloucester, Feb 1
The facial pattern is a bit like that of a female Green Winged Teal. This
could help account for the apparent smaller size.

Cliff Cook
Watertown

 

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Date: 2/4/16 3:52 pm
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club Cape Ann trips changes/correction
On Sunday, February 7, the Cape Ann trip will be led by John Nelson.

On Saturday, March 5, the Cape Ann trip will be led by Linda Pivacek. The
date is correctly listed in the BBC blue book, but the day of the week is
incorrectly listed.

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 2/4/16 3:47 pm
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] (Extremely) Extralimital - Sabine's Gull in Newfoundland on 31 January 2016 (!)
Hi Massbirders -

I like to read Bruce Mactavish's Newfoundland Birding Blog. Today came
with a big surprise. He has posted an incredible record from this past
weekend of an first winter Sabine's Gull. Here is a link to his page:

http://brucemactavish1.blogspot.ca/

From my understanding, this bird should be somewhere off the coast of
West/South Africa. Bruce gives a nice summary.

Enjoy!

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

 

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Date: 2/4/16 3:47 pm
From: Oliver Burton <olivertburton...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] An odd duck in Gloucester, Feb 1
Birders,

Ben Schweinhart and I were up in Rockport and Gloucester on Sunday, Feb
1st, and stopped in at Plum Cove briefly in the afternoon. We spotted a
duck that we can't quite place, and would appreciate any insight that could
be offered. The first thing that struck us as odd was the pronounced
mustache contrasting with pale front of the face. I'm including a link to
some grainy photos we got with a DSLR.

https://picasaweb.google.com/102973690110637943432/OddDuck?authuser=0&feat=directlink

Overall, the bird resembles a female Mallard, and it was associating with a
Mallard drake. There are some domestic Mallard breeds with a strong facial
pattern, but this bird doesn't have the build we'd expect with a feral
Mallard.

With scope views, we noted the following:
-The bill was pretty evenly dull and dark.
-Legs were bright orange.
-Speculum wasn't visible.
-Plumage across the back seemed washed out compared to standard female or
eclipse male Mallard.
-Unusual head shape (see photos 4 & 9).
-Seemed a bit on the small side.

Good Birding,
Oliver Burton
Cambridge
<olivertburton...>

 

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Date: 2/4/16 2:44 pm
From: Joan Stoner <jsstoner...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows Weekly survey
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Feb 4, 2016 7:52 AM - 11:01 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.7 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey with Kathy Dia, Dick Golembeski, Will Martens,
Joan Stoner, Soheil Zendeh
50s Cloudy with some early sprinkles<br />Submitted from eBird Android 1.0.2
33 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 560
Mute Swan 4
American Black Duck 3
Mallard 12
Ring-necked Duck 1 1m
Hooded Merganser 14 <br />6m
Wild Turkey 13
Bald Eagle 1 8am
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 3
Great Black-backed Gull 2
Mourning Dove 6
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 33
Tufted Titmouse 13
White-breasted Nuthatch 7
Marsh Wren 1 <br />Continuing along dike
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 4
American Tree Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 4
Song Sparrow 19
Swamp Sparrow 1
sparrow sp. 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Common Grackle 1 Parking lot
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 6
House Sparrow 4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27294493

Joan Stoner
Lexington

 

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Date: 2/3/16 9:40 pm
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's Falls - Yellow-legged Gull
I'm resending since this did not get to many subscribers....

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 01:24:12 +0000 (UTC)
From: "James P. Smith" <keenbirder...>
To: MASSBIRD <massbird...>, massbird world
<massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's Falls - Yellow-legged Gull


Greetings birders,

First let me preface this by saying that the identification of this
bird is still a W.I.P and will obviously require final ratification
from MARC.

However, a large gull in full breeding plumage has been seen at Unity
Park, Turner's Falls for the last three evenings (Feb 1st-3rd). It
has very close resemblance to a Yellow-legged Gull (Larus
michahellis). Feedback from the North American Gulls Facebook page
and the European Gulls Facebook page along with renowned gull experts
including Bruce Mactavish have pointed overwhelmingly to this bird
being a genuine Yellow-legged Gull. Moreover, an expert from Europe
has even indicated that it may from the michahellis group from the
Atlantic coast of Iberia. However, this is still early days and key
for us has been trying to eliminate a much more expected Lesser
Black-backed x Herring Gull hybrid. I've already seen two of these in
past winters at Turner's Falls and was treating this as a potential
hybrid when first discovered on Monday evening.

Images of this striking looking bird can be seen here;
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/02/ma-interesting-yellow-legged-type-gull.html

The bird has strongly favored Unity Park, Turner's Falls for the last
three evenings. This evening, in horrible conditions, it was already
present at Unity Park with a handful of RBGulls when I arrived at
3:25pm, though frequent flushes from Bald Eagles spoiled the viewing
after that time though I last saw it at 4:45pm. However, in better
conditions it has been arriving after 4pm and last night came in
quite late, though still well before sunset.

In addition, I also saw the bird in rural Gill this morning at about
08:25am. Remarkably, it was a lone large gull flying south with a
flock of about 150 Canada Geese (!!!) low over Munns Ferry Road. I
only pulled over to check it because I never, ever see large gulls of
any kind in the fields around Gill - I could hardly believe that that
lone bird was the Yellow-legged Gull! After dropping my son at school
I returned to that site but failed to find any geese or the gull.
However, this might just suggest that the Yellow-legged Gull has
different feeding habits to the other large gulls roosting at
Turner's Falls - just a thought.

For anyone interested in looking for this bird, by far the best
option is Unity Park in Turner's Falls after 4pm. There are three
public parking spots there - one at the Fishladder, one at the
recreation area/skateboarding park and one at the Canalside bike
trailhead. All of these spots will offer access to the gull flocks
coming into the cove to roost. The gulls can also be viewed from
Riverview Drive in Gill and as the ice recedes, this will most likely
be the favored roosting spot for large gulls. However, the area is
residential and parking may be limited. In addition, there has been
some tension between home owners and birders in past years especially
when a decent rarity shows up such as the Slaty-backed Gull back in
2009. I've already informed some residents to expect more birder
traffic in the forthcoming days.

I cannot rule out a day time visit from this bird, either at Barton
Cove or the Turner's Falls power canal. However, based on recent
patterns this seems pretty unlikely. I didn't see any large gulls at
9am this morning for example.

I wouldn't regard the identification of this bird as being totally
sealed but it's getting very close to that stage and it now seems
very unlikely that it will be dismissed as a hybrid.


Good birding,

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

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Date: 2/3/16 7:56 pm
From: kirk marshall <no6km...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RE: Mountain Bluebird
Here is a report of it being seen yesterday:

eBird Checklist – Crane WMA, Massachusetts – Tue Feb 02, 2016 – 9 species (+1 other taxa)

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Date: 2/3/16 6:41 pm
From: Bennet Porter <bennet.porter...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] RFI Mountain Bluebird
From most recent Barnstable eBird Alert:

Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 02, 2016 06:37 by Matt Malin
- Crane WMA, Barnstable, Massachusetts
- Map:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=41.6369352,-70.5625248&ll=41.6369352,-70.5625248
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27276385
- Comments: "continuing bird seen at 0645 in ususk spot sitting atop cedar
clump to NE of decidous trees by old parking lot. vocalizing short thrush
notes"

Good luck, it's been a very accommodating bird!

Bennet Porter
East Falmouth

On Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 4:52 PM, Joshua Rose <opihi...> wrote:

> A FaceBook comment (in the MA RBA group) by Joe Bourget indicates that the
> bird was seen January 31, at least. No word on more recent sightings, or
> failed attempts.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Josh
>
>
> Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
> Amherst, MA
> http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
> http://www.facebook.com/opihi
>
>
>
>
> > On Feb 3, 2016, at 5:06 AM, Allan Richards <birdman38...> wrote:
> >
> > Does anyone know if the Mountain Bluebird is still present at the Crane
> WMA?
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 2/3/16 6:37 pm
From: Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Turner's - Yellow-legged Gull link
Thanks James, can't wait to get out to look tomorrow afternoon. At this
time of year, casual observations of Herring Gulls show streaking on the
neck and sides of the head, and streaking is usually heavy on adult Lesser
Black-backed Gulls. The very clean head, nape and throat on this individual
is striking.

Jeremy Coleman, Greenfield




On Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 8:48 PM, James P. Smith <keenbirder...> wrote:

> Greeting birders,
>
> Currently dealing with a computer crash issue so not entirely sure if the
> Yellow-legged Gull link worked on my previous email. Here it is again;
>
> http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/02/ma-interesting-yellow-legged-type-gull.html
>
> Cheers,
>
> James
>
>
> James P. Smith Gill, MA http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/
>

 

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Date: 2/3/16 6:01 pm
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's - Yellow-legged Gull link
Greeting birders,

Currently dealing with a computer crash issue so not entirely sure if the Yellow-legged Gull link worked on my previous email. Here it is again;
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/02/ma-interesting-yellow-legged-type-gull.html

Cheers,

James


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

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Date: 2/3/16 5:34 pm
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's Falls - Yellow-legged Gull
Greetings birders,

First let me preface this by saying that the identification of this bird is still a W.I.P and will obviously require final ratification from MARC.

However, a large gull in full breeding plumage has been seen at Unity Park, Turner's Falls for the last three evenings (Feb 1st-3rd). It has very close resemblance to a Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis). Feedback from the North American Gulls Facebook page and the European Gulls Facebook page along with renowned gull experts including Bruce Mactavish have pointed overwhelmingly to this bird being a genuine Yellow-legged Gull. Moreover, an expert from Europe has even indicated that it may from the michahellis group from the Atlantic coast of Iberia. However, this is still early days and key for us has been trying to eliminate a much more expected Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull hybrid. I've already seen two of these in past winters at Turner's Falls and was treating this as a potential hybrid when first discovered on Monday evening.

Images of this striking looking bird can be seen here;
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/02/ma-interesting-yellow-legged-type-gull.html

The bird has strongly favored Unity Park, Turner's Falls for the last three evenings. This evening, in horrible conditions, it was already present at Unity Park with a handful of RBGulls when I arrived at 3:25pm, though frequent flushes from Bald Eagles spoiled the viewing after that time though I last saw it at 4:45pm. However, in better conditions it has been arriving after 4pm and last night came in quite late, though still well before sunset.

In addition, I also saw the bird in rural Gill this morning at about 08:25am. Remarkably, it was a lone large gull flying south with a flock of about 150 Canada Geese (!!!) low over Munns Ferry Road. I only pulled over to check it because I never, ever see large gulls of any kind in the fields around Gill - I could hardly believe that that lone bird was the Yellow-legged Gull! After dropping my son at school I returned to that site but failed to find any geese or the gull. However, this might just suggest that the Yellow-legged Gull has different feeding habits to the other large gulls roosting at Turner's Falls - just a thought.

For anyone interested in looking for this bird, by far the best option is Unity Park in Turner's Falls after 4pm. There are three public parking spots there - one at the Fishladder, one at the recreation area/skateboarding park and one at the Canalside bike trailhead. All of these spots will offer access to the gull flocks coming into the cove to roost. The gulls can also be viewed from Riverview Drive in Gill and as the ice recedes, this will most likely be the favored roosting spot for large gulls. However, the area is residential and parking may be limited. In addition, there has been some tension between home owners and birders in past years especially when a decent rarity shows up such as the Slaty-backed Gull back in 2009. I've already informed some residents to expect more birder traffic in the forthcoming days.

I cannot rule out a day time visit from this bird, either at Barton Cove or the Turner's Falls power canal. However, based on recent patterns this seems pretty unlikely. I didn't see any large gulls at 9am this morning for example.


I wouldn't regard the identification of this bird as being totally sealed but it's getting very close to that stage and it now seems very unlikely that it will be dismissed as a hybrid.


Good birding,


James






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

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Date: 2/3/16 1:58 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] RFI Mountain Bluebird
A FaceBook comment (in the MA RBA group) by Joe Bourget indicates that the bird was seen January 31, at least. No word on more recent sightings, or failed attempts.

Good birding,

Josh


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




> On Feb 3, 2016, at 5:06 AM, Allan Richards <birdman38...> wrote:
>
> Does anyone know if the Mountain Bluebird is still present at the Crane WMA?



 

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Date: 2/3/16 1:58 pm
From: Barbara M Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] sad news - Ed Mullen - additional info
The service for Ed will be on Friday at 10 AM at St. Malachy Church, 99
Bedford Street in Burlington.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 2/3/16 12:37 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 02-03-16
Bill Gette, David Moon, and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program
out of Joppa Flats Education Center on to Plum Island. Yes, the weather was
less than desirable, in fact, downright nasty! All forecasts checked called
for rain beginning around noon. Not so. We had rain for the major share of
the morning with strong winds building out of the S-SSE. Nonetheless, we
had some "good" birds.

Our list for the morning:
Canada Goose
Mute Swan (2) - main panne.
Gadwall (~ 50) - various.
American Wigeon (1) - hen; Pines Trail pannes.
American Black Duck - common.]
Mallard - common.
Northern Pintail (10) - various.
Green-winged Teal (2) - pr.; small panne s. main panne.
Common Eider (~ 150) - Merrimack R., n. end PI.
White-winged Scoter (~ 40) - Merrimack R., n. end PI.
Black Scoter (4) - ocean, lot #7.
Long-tailed Duck (6) - Merrimack R., n. end PI.
Bufflehead (1) - ocean, lot #7.
Common Goldeneye (~ 10) - 1, The Warden's; ~ 9, Merrimack R., n. end PI.
Red-breasted Merganser (~ 15) - Merrimack R., n. end PI.
Red-necked Grebe (1) - Merrimack R., n. end PI.
Bald Eagle (1) - ad.; North Pool dike.
Northern Harrier (3) - various.
[Cooper's Hawk (1) - Plum Bush.]
Red-tailed Hawk (1) - vicinity lot #1.
Rough-legged Hawk (1) - hunting above North Pool dike.
Sanderling (~ 40) - beach, lot #7.
Dunlin (~ 100) - beach, lot #7.
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull (1)
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove (3)
European Starling
Lapland Longspur (8) - North Pool dike, n. jct. Hellcat dike.
Northern Cardinal (1)

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats Education Center at 09:30
for Wednesday Morning Birding. For more information about Joppa Flats
programs, call Bill Gette or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

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








 

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Date: 2/3/16 6:46 am
From: Allan Richards <birdman38...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RFI Mountain Bluebird
Greetings,

Does anyone know if the Mountain Bluebird is still present at the Crane WMA?

Al Richards
<birdman38...>
Thanks for any updates.

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 2/3/16 6:46 am
From: Donald Wilkinson <singingbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Texas road trip anyone?
I am looking for a birder to share gas, tolls, park admissions, and a motel room for a road trip to south Texas - I will be searching for all the usual rarities. I'll be departing on Saturday, 2/13 and plan on arriving in McAllen on Monday, 2/15 - we will bird for 3-4 days and then drive back getting home by the weekend.

Please email me off the list or call me at 617-201-5308.

Don Wilkinson, Nahant
<singingbirder...>
www.donwilkinsonbirdingtours.com (there openings for South Florida in April)


Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/3/16 5:54 am
From: Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Greater White-fronted Goose. Argilla rd, Ipswich. 2/2/16.
The young GWFG goose has returned and is on Argilla rd. near ascot stables with 18 Canada geese.

Nathan Dubrow
Ipswich, Ma
<nathandubrow...>

> On Jan 23, 2016, at 10:51 AM, Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...> wrote:
>
> Miles Brengle and I just had a juv. greater white-fronted Goose and a Snow goose on the fields on Argilla Road near Northgate rd. with Canada geese. Liam Waters arrived as we were leaving.
>
> Nathan Dubrow
> Ipswich, Ma
> <nathandubrow...>
 

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Date: 2/3/16 5:53 am
From: Jeremiah Trimble <jtrimble...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Pelagic this weekend!
Hello Everyone,

There is still space this weekend for the BBC Winter Pelagic trip. There
have been lots of seabirds, including alcids around this winter. Its a
great opportunity to get offshore at a time of year with distinctly
different possibilities than our other trips. Information can be found
below.

Good birding,
Jeremiah Trimble
Cambridge, MA

Hyannis to the Nantucket Shoals Area

(bad weather date: Sunday 2/7)

Birds expected: FULMAR, DOVEKIES, PUFFINS, MURRES, RAZORBILLS, Gannets,
Phalaropes, Shearwaters, Jaegers, several gulls, sea ducks, mammals, any
rarities such as SKUAS.
Limit: 65 participants
Cost: BBC members $100, non-members $120
We may have master birders Marshal Iliff, Peter Trull, Peter Flood and Mike
Silva leading the trip. Our boat, the Helen H, is a very comfortable, fast,
100-foot fishing boat with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic captain and
crew. The spacious main cabin is heated so you can get out of the weather
if needed. 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 assigned waiver to: Ida Giriunas, 83 Summer
Ave., Reading, MA, 01867 and include either 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.

Date & Time Saturday, 02/06/2016 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Meeting Place 7:00 AM

--
Jeremiah Trimble
Curatorial Associate - Ornithology
Museum of Comparative Zoology
Harvard University
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
phone: 617-495-2471
fax: 617-495-5667
email: <jtrimble...>

 

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Date: 2/3/16 5:53 am
From: Garry Kessler <gkessler001...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Snow Bunting, Alternate Plumage?, extralimital
So the answer is that if the photos were of a snow bunting in
breeding plumage in January, that might be unusual. However, thanks
to Mark Lynch and Jim Berry for their suggestion that the bird is not
a snow bunting but rather a long-tailed tit, a common bird for Europe.

Garry Kessler
Westborough, MA

 

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Date: 2/2/16 11:00 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 3 first-winter king eiders at Andrews Pt., Feb. 2, 2016
Just a note to say that Brian O'Neill and I went to Rockport today and saw
THREE immature male king eiders (no adult male) at Andrews Pt., all in a
flock of common eiders and black scoters. We stopped at Plum, Lane's, and
Folly Coves and Halibut Pt. as well. Other highlights were a brant and a
drake Barrow's goldeneye at Plum Cove; 2 thick-billed murres (Lane's Cove
and AP); 72 harlequin ducks at AP; and a screech owl on the near side of the
quarry at HP. We went there when John Hoye and Audrey McCarthy told us they
had seen a barred owl there. We couldn't call out the barred owl but raised
a screech owl instead! Checklists for each of the 5 sites are on ebird.

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

 

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Date: 2/2/16 9:31 pm
From: John Liller <john.liller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary - 2/2/16
I recorded the following on a brief trip this afternoon to the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester:



Mourning Dove (2)

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER (1 - still present, and getting redder)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (1)

Hairy Woodpecker (1)

American Crow (1)

Black-capped Chickadee (2)

Tufted Titmouse (4)

White-breasted Nuthatch (2)

American Robin (3)

Dark-eyed Junco (6)

Song Sparrow (6).


John Liller

 

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Date: 2/2/16 9:31 pm
From: Marsha Salett <msalett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bird Observer Online expands features for 2016
Bird Observer Online has added several new features for 2016:

- The complete Bird Observer archive is now available online for active subscribers, from our first issue in February 1973 to present day.
(http://www.birdobserver.org/Issues/Complete-Archive)

- New England Rarities view eBird rarity reports for every state in New England, and every county in each of those states.
(http://www.birdobserver.org/Where-to-Go-Birding/New-England-Rarities)

- Bird Clubs a visual locator for finding a bird club near you.
(http://www.birdobserver.org/Where-to-Go-Birding/Bird-Clubs)

- Comprehensive Searchfinally, search the archive, indexes and online content from the site-wide search engine. Simply enter a search term in the search box thats located in the masthead of every page.

Bird Observer Online, a web-friendly version of the print journal, is mobile responsive and accessible from anywhere on any device. Subscribers have full access to the online version as well as to the print journal.

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birdobserverjournal

Follow us on Twitter: 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: 2/2/16 9:31 pm
From: Barbara M Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] sad news - Ed Mullen
Long-time birder Edward Mullen passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning.
Ed and his wife Jean of Burlington have been active birders for many years.

A wake for Ed will be held Thursday from 4 - 8 at Edward V. Sullivan
Funeral Home, 43 Lynn Street, Burlington. A mass will be held at St.
Malachy Church, 99 Bedford Street in Burlington. (Sorry, I don't have the
date and time but will find out). Donations in Ed's memory can be made
to the Conway Area Humane Society, 223 East Main Street, Conway, New
Hampshire.

A guest book will be available at www.sullivanfuneralhome.com very soon.

Join me in sending Jean and family our condolences.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 2/2/16 9:31 pm
From: Marsha Salett <msalett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] February 2016 Bird Observer online
Bird Observer announces that its February 2016 issue is now online at www.birdobserver.org

Where to Go Birding highlights "Birding Prospect Hill, Waltham, and the Cambridge Reservoir" by Jason Forbers. Articles feature The Fifth Report of the Maine Bird Records Committee" by Trevor Persons and Louis Bevier, "The Lists and the Lister of Wolf Trap Hill Farm" by Kathleen "Betty" Anderson, and a Field Note about a migrating Northern Waterthrush by Jeff Boone Miller. As usual, we include regular columns by David Larson, Martha Steele, and Mark Lynch, as well as Bird Sightings for September/October 2015 and Wayne Petersen's "At A Glance."

Bird Observer notes the passing of Edith Andrews in October 2015 with memorial tributes by Wayne Petersen and Ginger Andrews, and the passing of Ronnie Donovan in November 2015 with a memorial tribute by Paul Fitzgerald and a reprint of "Ronnie's Back Yard" by Simon Perkins from Mass Audubon's Sanctuary magazine.

Bird Observer Online, a web-friendly version of the print journal, is mobile responsive and accessible from anywhere on any device. Subscribers have full access to the online version as well as to the print journal.
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birdobserverjournal

Follow us on Twitter: 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: 2/2/16 9:31 pm
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Just a test
I have not received any Massbird emails all day. Wonder if I have a
problem.



Ida Giriunas

<Ida8...>


 

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Date: 2/2/16 9:31 pm
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update - results


David Larson
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: David Larson <dlarson...><mailto:<dlarson...>>
Date: February 2, 2016 at 5:47:52 PM EST
To: David Larson <dlarson...><mailto:<dlarson...>>
Subject: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update - results

The results of the Superbowl of Birding XIII have been posted on the Mass Audubon website, including a full species list and team totals:

http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/joppa-flats/news-events/superbowl-of-birding

Dave

David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 01950
Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...><mailto:<dlarson...>


 

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Date: 2/2/16 9:31 pm
From: Garry Kessler <gkessler001...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Bunting, Alternate Plumage?, extralimital
We recently returned from a family visit to Hannover, Germany where I
photographed a few common feeder birds one afternoon. Among them was
a brief visit by what appeared to be 5 snow buntings in breeding
plumage. Since this was on January 22, I'm surprised to have seen
these birds in breeding plumage. Here in Massachusetts whenever I've
seen snow buntings in the winter they've been in basic plumage with
brown cheeks and orange bills. Snow bunting breeding season is summer.

Should I have been surprised by these birds or are out-of-season
feathers more common than I expect?

Face on photo of a snow bunting
http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p61885166/h644f48ec#h644f48ec

Overall gallery
http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p61885166

Garry Kessler
Westborough, MA

 

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Date: 2/2/16 9:26 pm
From: Trudy Tynan <ttynan...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] AP Mobile: Eagles vs Drones: Dutch police eye birds to prey on drones
Go get 'em.

Trudy Tynan

South Hadley



Eagles vs Drones: Dutch police eye birds to prey on drones

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - It may sound like a flight of fancy, but Dutch police are considering using birds of prey to sw...

Read the full story

Sent from AP Mobile. Download now on the App Store or Google Play



Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 2/2/16 7:05 am
From: Donald Wilkinson <singingbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Texas road trip anyone?
I am looking for a birder to share gas, tolls, park admissions, and a motel room for a road trip to south Texas - I will be searching for all the usual rarities. I'll be departing on Saturday, 2/13 and plan on arriving in McAllen on Monday, 2/15 - we will bird for 3-4 days and then drive back getting home by the weekend.

Please email me off the list or call me at 617-201-5308.

Don Wilkinson, Nahant
<singingbirder...>
www.donwilkinsonbirdingtours.com (there openings for South Florida in April)

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/1/16 9:07 pm
From: <bhart2000...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Halibut Point, 2/1/16 last moments of Common Murre
We were at Halibut Point from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM


Sad to see the post about the dead Common Murre. We first saw the bird from the shore level rocks at the base of the observation point (#7). It was resting on the rocks as the waves were occasionally washing over it. It seemed odd, but we are unfamiliar with the species' habits. We took photos from 2:15 to 3:00 PM. During that time, we moved up to the top and saw it below us. Sadly, at approximately 2:40, we watched as a Great Black-backed Gull dove down to the resting Murre and attacked with a single thrust to the body. The Murre escaped as more waves were reaching higher, and it was able to move into a small pool. The gull flew away. As the tide brought in higher waves, unfortunately, the bird was washed into a crevice. We called Ipswich Audubon to report it, and spoke to Bill Getty. We watched it there for 10 minutes before leaving.


Other sightings at Halibut Point:


Mallard-16
Black-capped Chickadee-6
Common Eider-10
Harlequin Duck-43
Purple Sandpiper-2
Common Raven-2
Red-breasted Merganser-5
Red-throated Loon-3
American Crow-5
King Eider (1st Winter)-1
Long-tailed Duck-4
Cormorant sp?-1
Common Murre-1




From Quarter Deck Inn, 8:30-9:30 AM( just north of the Granite Pier):


Bufflehead-4
American Black Duck-3
Harlequin Duck-14
Common Eider-29
Red-breasted Merganser-5
Red-throated Loon-2
Black-capped Chickadee-3
House Sparrow-9
Northern Mockingbird-1


Bruce Hart and Ilene Goldstein`

 

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Date: 2/1/16 8:39 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 1/31 Fox Sparrow at Boston Nature Center; a Bat in January Catching Insects
A nice Fox Sparrow on the Fox Trail a bit before the 2nd boardwalk, on the right-hand side in the brush. Also, a total of SIX WHITE-TAILED DEER! I believe that this is twice my high count for Suffolk Co. Perhaps the hunters over at the Blue Hills scared them over to here. Then, at dusk, in Jamaica Plain, there were one or two bats hawking insects IN THE MONTH OF JANUARY!

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 2/1/16 8:35 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] PACIFIC LOON and King Eider at Andrew's Point in Rockport, etc.
Hi,
It was quite a serendipitous day today. I bumped into an acquaintance at Halibut Point who had a spotting scope with her. I told her that I was heading over to nearby Andrew's Point to hope for a life Common Murre. She gave me a ride, and we ended up birding together both there and at the Gloucester Fish Pier. One of the first birds we saw at Andrew's Point was an adult PACIFIC LOON at close range. And if that wasn't good enough, the bird decided to remain on the surface for the next ten minutes. A LIFER! So, I ended up getting a different lifer than the one I was hoping for. I think I'll take it!

HIGHLIGHTS:

HALIBUT POINT:

Harlequin Duck 15 The south winds caused deadness here, presumably

ANDREW'S POINT:

PACIFIC LOON 1 WOW!
KING EIDER 1 1st yr. male continuing at very close range!
Black Scoter 7 they always seem to be here
alcid sp. 1 flyby far out

GLOUCESTER FISH PIER:

GLAUCOUS GULL 1 seen from the end of pier; out on the water
THICK-BILLED MURRE 1 continuing on the left side, way down near fish pier entrance

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 2/1/16 8:35 pm
From: Ron Crissman <ronc8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] East Bridgewater Sandhill Crane
The Sandhill Crane was present from 2 to 2:45 pm today in it's usual spot at the back right corner of the cornfield, and I am sure that it enjoyed the 68 degree temps!

Ron Crissman
ronc8@aol. com
Framingham, MA

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
 

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Date: 2/1/16 5:00 pm
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Murre at Halibut Point - Yes, BUT ...
Dead, on the rocks almost directly below the highest point of the overlook. It probably had not been dead long when I spotted it at about 3:45 PM this afternoon (1 Feb), stretched out on its breast, head limp on the rock. I did at first see one wing rise, probably with a gust of wind, but the bird showed no other sign of life. Looking down through my scope, I couldn't see a feather out of place; so the gulls had certainly not yet discovered it. In just a few minutes, the incoming tide floated it off its flat rock and washed it into a crevice, but still in view. Sad. Sickness could explain why it has been close to shore.

Consolations a bit later were the two young drake King Eiders, by themselves just to the right of the point; and the drake Barrow's Goldeneye at the mouth of Plum Cove, east side - hidden much of the time by the rocky point there. I tried to get a view of it from Rowley Shore, but the accessible public parts of that road weren't close enough to the water.

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>


 

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Date: 2/1/16 12:41 pm
From: Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Weymouth King Eider today/ Hull Barrow's goldeneye pr yesterday
King Eider seen at close range this afternoon just off parking lot of
Webb State Park in Weymouth looking toward sign of Grape Island. He was
with a small mixed group of Common Eider. Previously seen by David
Ludlow. Possibly the one seen in that area found by Vin Zollo last year.
South Shore Bird Club trip yesterday led by Paul Fitzgerald found a pr.
of Barrow's goldeneye off of Summit Avenue in Hull at public access
next to new home construction. Almost all yellow bill seen as compared
to other female common goldeneyes so group felt confident it was a pair
and not just one male.
Kathy
 

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Date: 2/1/16 10:42 am
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 5 snow geese now on Essex Rd, Ipswich (Rt. 133)
As of 11:40, the presumed family of 4 snow geese has been joined by the
third adult that was with them back in late December and at various times
since. They were with about 220 Canadas in the last field on the left
before Northgate Rd. as you drive east toward Essex.

Just before that I had walked with my nephew on TTOR's Hamlin Reservation on
Argilla Rd. (not "Reserve" as it's called in the eBird hotspot), but with no
highlights worthy of mention except 3 bright male bluebirds foraging in the
first part of the walk before you get to Eagle Island.

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


 

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Date: 2/1/16 9:18 am
From: Young, John (DPU) <john.young...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Second-hand Barrows
Massbirders:

Found some waterfowlers at the Winthrop town landing on Saturday morning, who'd had some sporting success using their common eider decoys. They had also identified a drake Barrow's goldeneye out at The Graves, which are the northeasternmost rocky islands of the Boston Harbor outer islands. Must have been a marvelous early morning out on the water, and a fine bird to find. They certainly seemed to be folks highly competent in their duck identification.

Sunday I did see another drake Barrow's, this one in Broad Cove, west of Pleasant Street on the Somerset/Dighton town line. I imagine that's the same one as has been seen in the general area recently.

Happy Birding
John Young
Jamaica Plain

 

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Date: 2/1/16 9:18 am
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls area
Greetings birders,
Just a handful full of notes from the Turner's Falls area over the last few days;
02/01 - American Wigeon (female) with the Canada Geese at Unity Park.
01/31 - Lesser Scaup (female) with the Canada Geese at Unity Park.
01/30 - Kumlien's Iceland Gull (first-cycle) and Lesser Black-backed Gull (adult) at Unity Park;http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/01/ma-little-gulling-brings-fresh-iceland.html

In and around Gill, a big increase in bird song over the last two mornings, especially Carolina Wrens, Northern Cardinals, and Song Sparrows plus a pair of Great Horned Owls calling off Main Road this morning.
Good birding,

James 

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

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Date: 2/1/16 6:05 am
From: Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Cod Canal 1/31
We spent most of Sunday birding along the Cape Cod Canal (both sides),
starting at Scusset Beach State Park and ending at the Mass Maritime
Academy. At the Scusset end of the canal there were good numbers of
loons, (1) close Red-necked Grebe, the expected large flocks of Common
Eiders , small numbers of goldeneye, Red-breasted Mergansers, and
scoters. We also had nice looks at (8) RAZORBILLS. Passerines included
flocks of Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, and in the campground:
Yellow-rumped Warblers.

AT THE OTHER END OF THE CANAL: From the railroad bridge (Buzzard's Bay
Park) you can see flocks of several thousand Common Eider, some close,
some further up the canal. The KING EIDER drake was hanging out with a
small group of eider right under the railroad bridge. NB: you CANNOT
see this from Mass Maritime. We originally spotted the King Eider from
the small park on the opposite (Cape Cod side of the canal. We then
drove back to the Buzzards Bay Park and by walking west along the bike
path as far as you can go (a chain link fence prevents you from
actually getting near the tracks) we got some fine long looks at the
King Eider (and photos too). NB: This bird would periodically
disappear behind the bridge support. I have no idea if it will remain
in this spot, or stay with this small (c.15) group of Common Eider. If
it joins one of the larger flocks it will be very tough to find.

ALSO IN THE AREA: A pair of COMMON RAVENS were seen and heard
inspecting the railroad bridge. One of these birds had what looked
like shredded rectrices (tail feathers). Sheila got some nice shots of
a 1stW ICELAND GULL that flew right over us and we also had an adult W
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. Flocks of Brant, Red-breasted Mergansers and
Canada Geese were also in the area. Another birder reported a
Peregrine Falcon on the bridge earlier.

Arriving back home in Worcester, we had the nesting pair of PEREGRINES
displaying near the nestbox.

Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll

<moa.lynch...>
 

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Date: 1/31/16 4:43 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Male PAINTED BUNTING, Nantucket!
Hi again,

Following up on my earlier post, Ginger’s photo of the bird has now appeared on eBird:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27192654

Good birding,

JSR



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




 

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Date: 1/31/16 4:33 pm
From: mike sylvia <mikesylvia87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Little Compton, RI Waterfowl Survey
These results are from a waterfowl survey my son and I conducted for the Lloyd Center today. The survey covers all of the coastal ponds and rivers from Little Compton RI to New Bedford Ma. These are my results from the Little Compton RI area. I have submitted them to Massbird since it is very close to Massachusetts and border area ponds. Plus the numbers and diversity are unique for our area. I have been conducting these surveys for about 20 years annually in December and January. The 25th anniversary is just completed and the Lloyd Center will be putting all of the data on line this year. Amazing trends to be seen in population changes. One in particular is that Canvasback were initially one of the species with the highest count numbers. I have not had one in at least eight years. Diversity has increased a lot over the last 5 years. More to come in their report.


Most of the ponds in this area are on totally private lands and not accessible. Good numbers of waterfowl are visible from the Goosewing Beach parking lot at the South end of Quicksand Pond. I have included only the totals and not the pond locations except for Quicksand highlights for this reason. All data submitted to ebird. These are totals only.


Canada Goose - 996

Mute Swan - 345 Mostly in Quicksand

Mallard - 104

Am Black Duck - 183

American Widgeon - 437 Quicksand

Gadwall - 151

Northern Pintail - 29

Northern Shoveler - 14 (high count, 1-flock)

Common Goldeneye - 13

Redhead - 2 (13 in mid-December) Quicksand

Greater Scaup - 59

Lesser Scaup - 42

Bufflehead - 48

Red-breasted Merganser = 63

Hooded Merganser - 81

Ruddy Duck - 71

American Coot - 390 (Mostly in Quicksand)


Also seen in area were:

Harlequin Duck - 11

Purple Sandpiper - 6


Mike Sylvia

Lakeville, MA


 

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Date: 1/31/16 4:33 pm
From: Kneipfer Eric <erickneipfer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Horned Owl In Easton and Snowy Owl on Duxbury Beach
I had the fortune of seeing two large owl species on two consecutive days.

The first was on a dog walk with my parents at Sheep's Pasture in Easton. This is at 307 Main Street right near Stoneyhill College. I spotted it in broad daylight along the Whale Rock Trail. What a beast of a bird it was!

There were at least two Snowy Owls on Duxbury Beach today. We made friends with another birder Scott and with the extra pair of eyes we spotted a content snowy sitting in the abandoned Osprey nest and the other happily posed for us at on our way back about a mile south of Powder Point Bridge. Also saw Snow Buntings, Greater Cormorants and various other typical species.


It was a good weekend! As Paul Peterson recently posted, sometimes the birding gods look down on you kindly!

Eric Kneipfer
erickneipfer AT yahoo.com
East Bridgewater
 

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Date: 1/31/16 3:25 pm
From: Haynes Miller <hrm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] East Gloucester Sunday afternoon
At Jodrey Fish Pier, 2:00 or so: TWO second year Glaucous Gulls and a
very pale Iceland Gull were present. The Murre was not available during
my visit.

The two drake Redheads put on quite a show at Niles Pond, but the
Black-headed Gull was AWOL.

Haynes Miller
Newton



 

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Date: 1/31/16 12:38 pm
From: John Hepburn <hepburn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Crane
The Sandhill Crane is present today at 10:05 am at the usual spot
across from 423 Walnut St in the rear of the field.
Chris Hepburn
Newton

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/31/16 12:38 pm
From: <krod140...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westport - Snow Goose and male No. Harrier

This morning on Horseneck Rd. in Westport was a male Northern Harrier. Beautiful light on the grey ghost.
Also, at 9:30am in a field amongst a flock of Canada Geese was a single Snow Goose. The flock was on Horseneck Rd. opposite Fisherville Lane.

Ken Rodman
Lakeville, MA
Krod140atcomcastnet
 

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Date: 1/31/16 10:03 am
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Male PAINTED BUNTING, Nantucket!
Hi MassBirders,

Joe Bourget posted the following to the MA RBA group on FaceBook a few hours ago:

On 29JAN16, Chris Witte found a PAINTED BUNTING on Nantucket. Reported via ebird.
"Got a call from Chris Witte. Was at feeder off and on all a.m. As seen in the bird books: Blue head, red belly, big yellow blotch on back, red-rimmed eye. It came to feeder at 44 Dukes road-- was a fairly long wait, bird may be hanging around in swampy tangles; flew in general direction of bamboo forest."
- Ginger Andrews

JSR


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




 

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Date: 1/31/16 8:31 am
From: Mike Mulqueen <intrinsic3141...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Murre at Halibut Point SP Overlook
Currently a Common Murre on rocks below overlook at Halibut Point.

-Mike Mulqueen

 

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Date: 1/31/16 8:15 am
From: Warren Tatro <wtatro...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dickcissel still in Loblolly Cove
Hello Massbirders,

Kirk Elwell and I saw the Dickcissel in Gloucester just up the street from Loblolly Cove about 8:30AM today. The feeders at the house were empty at the time, but we got lucky and saw the bird perched in the brush with the House Sparrows.

We also had the Barrow’s Goldeneye at Plum Cove, the 2 juvenile King Eiders at Andrew’s Point, the 2 drake Redheads at Niles Pond, and the Thick-billed Murre at the Jodrey fish pier. No Glaucous Gull at either Niles Pond or the fish pier.

A very good morning.

Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
<wtatro...>
 

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Date: 1/30/16 7:48 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Millennium Park Red-headed WP and Ravens
The Red-headed woodpecker first spotted at Millennium Park in West Roxbury last fall has grown up - had a nearly entirely red head when I saw it Friday. Assuming it's same one seen regularly in exact same spot in swamp. (There were 2 spotted at one time).
Also for anyone interested in Raven behavior, there are at least 3 that have made winter home around Millennium. I've watched one fly regularly into big DPW sand/salt shed, especially around dusk so it must roost at night there. Smart. It's protected but door always open. One bird sometimes buzzes in front of me and hangs out at bus stop. I've also seen Ravens well into West Rox over my Roslindale house. This didn't happen 20 or even 10 years ago

Joe Battenfeld
Roslindale
<Jbattenfeld...>
 

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Date: 1/30/16 4:55 pm
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update - results
Great Day! Great Birds! Decent Pizza. What more could you ask for?
>
> Here are the results of the Superbowl of Birding XIII:
>
> Zeiss Joppa Cup (most points): 198 points, Belichukars, Lauren Kraus (Captain)
>
> Directors Cup (most species): 87 species, Blue-gray Passcatchers, Vin Zollo (Captain)
>
> Essex County (most points in the county): 190 points, Return of the Great Auks, David Bates (Captain)
>
> Rockingham County (most points in the county): 137 points, NH 4th and Longspurs, Steve Mirick (Captain)
>
> Parker River NWR Award (most points on the refuge): 63 points, Soaring Raptor Kids, Etienne Marchione (Captain)
>
> Seeker Award (best showing on 30 species Seeker checklist): 28 species, Snowy Howls, Deb Mauer (Captain)
>
> NewBies Award (most points for a team with youth members): 147 points, Ornitheologians, Dick Wright (Captain)
>
> Lifer Award (most life birds): 24 species, Isabel Rasmussen from Ipswich River Robins, Cori Brauer and Angela Walsh (Captains)
>
> Total species count for the contest (if I counted correctly): 116
>
> Write-ins: Cackling Goose, Redhead, Parasitic Jaeger, Red-headed Woodpecker
>
> Thanks to the fantastic Joppa Flats volunteers and staff, including the judges, checkers, set-up crew, dinner helpers, and especially Madame Chief Justice Ann Gurka, the salad queen Meg de Give, and the cookie queen Julia Yoshida. Thanks also to our sponsors, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Bird Watcher's Supply and Gift, Perseus Distribution, Joppa Flats, and Anonymous Donors. Finally, we gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate sponsor for this event. Without the help of all, the Superbowl of Birding would not be possible.
>
> Hope to see you all again next year!
>
> Dave
>
> David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
> Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 01950
> Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...>
>

 

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Date: 1/30/16 2:57 pm
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Cape Ann trip 1/30
Dear Massbirders,

Seven people joined me for a wonderful day of birding around Cape Ann. The weather was beautiful and, apart from an almost complete lack of gulls anywhere, the birding was terrific.

Highlights included:

Black-headed Gull - 1st winter bird at Eastern Point and then again at Niles Pond. Both times loosely associating with a Bonaparte's Gull.

Redhead - 2 males on Niles Pond

King Eider - 3! Adult male from the Elks and a flock of two 1st year males from Andrew's Point.

Dickcissel - in sparrow flock at Loblolly Cove.

Also: Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Glaucous Gull (Eastern Point), Purple Sandpiper (37 close in at Elks), Northern Harriet (Good Harbor Beach) and Eastern Screech Owl.

Thanks to all the participants for a great day of birding and to Fay Vale for alerting us to the Andrew's Point King Eiders.

- Neil

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

Sent from my iPhone


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Date: 1/30/16 12:49 pm
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 11
The nerve center of the Superbowl is moving over to the Hope Church in Newburyport for the judging and celebration starting at 5 pm. I'm going too.
> I'll post results later this evening.
> Cheers.
>
> We gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate sponsor for this event. Without their support, the Superbowl of Birding would not be possible.
>
> Dave
>
> David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
> Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 01950
> Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...>
>

 

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Date: 1/30/16 12:30 pm
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 10
Lots more reports of the Red-headed Woodpecker on Town Farm Road in Ipswich, another report of the Redhead at Niles Pond, a Turkey Vulture on Argilla Road in Ipswich, and finally:
> 3:10 pm Wicked Pishahs got the Baltimore Oriole at 38 Hay Street in Newbury. This bird has been coming to a suet feeder by the house. Please view only from the road. Thank you.
>
> We gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate sponsor for this event. Without their support, the Superbowl of Birding would not be possible.
>
> Dave
>
> David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
> Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 01950
> Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...>
>

 

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Date: 1/30/16 11:53 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 9
Lots of Red-headed Woodpecker sightings and a few more Redhead reports, but the best lately is:
>
> 1:40 pm The Pennsylvania Coal Tits spied a Parasitic Jaeger from Halibut Point in Rockport, MA
>
>
>
> We gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate sponsor for this event. Without their support, the Superbowl of Birding would not be possible.
>
> Dave
>
> David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
> Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 01950
> Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...>
>

 

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Date: 1/30/16 11:03 am
From: Miles Brengle <brenglema...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Thick-billed Murre - Plum Island 1/30
Subject bird swimming south of Emerson Rocks at Lot 7 on Parker River NWR
at 1:10 today.

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

 

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Date: 1/30/16 10:59 am
From: Margo Goetschkes <m.goetschkes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Newburyport & Plum Island highlights
 

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Date: 1/30/16 10:33 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 8
As the lunchtime doldrums set in, there are still plenty of birds to be found!
>
> 12:13-12:15 pm Return of the Great Auks called with the Red-headed Woodpecker and a Turkey Vulture, both from Town Farm Road in Ipswich
> 12:26 pm North Branch Noddies had the Turkey Vulture on Town Farm Road
> 12:31 pm Great Marsh Wrens had the Red-headed Woodpecker on Town Farm Road
> 12:42 pm 4th and Longspurs found another Dickcissel on Bachman's Island Road in Seabrook, NH
> Various teams have now visited the Red-headed Woodpecker on Town Farm Road and have reported Turkey Vultures
>
>
> We gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate sponsor for this event. Without their support, the Superbowl of Birding would not be possible.
>
> Dave
>
> David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
> Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 01950
> Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...>
>

 

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Date: 1/30/16 9:30 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 6
So far, two teams have called in two 8-point and one 5-point birds and a couple of teams have called in three 5-pointers. There have been eight 8-point birds. Not bad. Now we need a really odd bird, like a toucan or something.
>
> 10:01 am Chat Happens reported a Dickcissel from Loblolly Point in Rockport, MA
> 10:14-10:55 am Seven teams called in the Redhead at Niles Pond in Gloucester (sounds like a traffic jam)
> 10:53 am Ipswich River Robins called in a Common Murre from Niles Beach, Gloucester, for 3 bonus points
>
> We gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate sponsor for this event. Without their support, the Superbowl of Birding would not be possible.
>
> Dave
>
> David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
> Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 01950
> Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...>
>

 

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Date: 1/30/16 9:30 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 7
A few new birds reported recently:
>
> 11:17 am Chat Happens called in to report an Orange-crowned Warbler at Eastern Point, Gloucester, and the Redhead at Niles Pond
> 11:27 am Accidentals had the Red-headed Woodpecker on Town Farm Road in Ipswich, MA
> 11:35 - 11:47 am three more teams got to the Redhead at Niles Pond in Gloucester, continuing a trend
> 11:41 am Twitchers in the Rye reported a Turkey Vulture from Wallace Sands Beach in Rye, NH
> 11:52 am Return of the Great Auks had a Cackling Goose on Turkey Shore Road in Ipswich, MA, for bonus points
>
>
> We gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate sponsor for this event. Without their support, the Superbowl of Birding would not be possible.
>
> Dave
>
> David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
> Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 01950
> Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...>
>

 

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Date: 1/30/16 7:49 am
From: Timothy Walker <timothypwalker...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barrows Goldeneye Plum Cove Rockport
It was on the left side, in with Commons

Tim & Nancy Walker
West Boxford

 

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Date: 1/30/16 7:49 am
From: Barbara Volkle <b_volkle...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] proposed Great Thicket National Wilidfe Refuge
Here's some additional information...
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a newwildlife refuge for parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine,New Hampshire and New York - Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge. The refugewould protect shrublands an species such as New England Cottontail, Woodcockand Blue-winged Warbler.  Parts of this refuge are proposed for the Plymouth are and Cape Cod. 

The comment period is open until March 4. Pleaseweigh in with your comments and support! 

http://www.fws.gov/northeast/refuges/planning/lpp/greatthicketLPP.html

Barbara VolkleNorthborough, <MAbarb620...>


 

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Date: 1/30/16 7:12 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 5
Oops, turns out that King Eider is only 4 points, so neither a 5 point, nor eligible for bonus points. My bad.
>
> 9:40 am 1st Eider Downies got the Redhead at Niles Pond in Gloucester, MA
> 10:01 am Chat Happens reported a Dickcissel from Loblolly Point in Rockport, MA
>
> We gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate sponsor for this event. Without their support, the Superbowl of Birding would not be possible.
>
> Dave
>
> David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
> Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 01950
> Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...>
>

 

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Date: 1/30/16 6:48 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 5
Here is the list of the teams competing today: 1st Eider Downies, 4th and Longspurs, Accidentals, Avian Avarice, Belichukars, Blue-gray Passcatchers, Chat Happens, Fly By Nights, Gordon College Kingpishers, the Great Marsh Wrens, Grouse Whisperers, Ipswich River Robins, North Branch Noddies, Ornitheologians, Pennsylvania Coal Tits, Return of the Great Auks, Soaring Raptor Kids, Snowy Howls, Sweet Chin Music, Twitchers in the Rye, Unflappables, Wicked Pishahs, Wry Knot.
>
> 9:02 am Belichukars reported the Redhead in Great Bay at the end of Meloon Road, Greenland, NH
> 9:06 am Wicked Pishahs found the Pied-billed Grebe at Flax Pond in Lynn, MA
> 9:33 am Avian Avarice reported a King Eider from Andrew's Point in Rockport, MA for 3 bonus points!
>
> We gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate sponsor for this event. Without their support, the Superbowl of Birding would not be possible.
>
> Dave
>
> David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
> Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 01950
> Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...>
>

 

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Date: 1/30/16 6:10 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 4
It's a beautiful sunny day out there. A Northern Harrier just flew past Joppa Flats, but that's only 1 point
>
> 8:08 am North Branch Noddies have another Redhead at Niles Pond in East Gloucester, MA
> (so we have 3 Redheads!)
> 8:19 am Ornitheologians scored tree bonus points for finding the Red-headed Woodpecker on Town Farm Road, Ipswich, MA
> 8:20 am Accidentals also saw the Pied-billed Grebe on Flax Pond in Lynn, MA
> 8:52 am Return of the Great Auks reported the Northern Shoveler at Sidneys Pond in S. Peabody
> 8:54 am Accidentals called in the same Shoveler right afterwards
>
> We gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate sponsor for this event. Without their support, the Superbowl of Birding would not be possible.
>
> Dave
>
> David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
> Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 01950
> Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...>
>

 

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Date: 1/30/16 5:06 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 3
Lots of action in New Hampshire in the early going. Lots of top teams not reporting in yet....
>
> 7:19 am 4th and Longspurs had a Redhead at the end of Meloon Rd in Great Bay, NH
> (so we have Redheads in NH and MA!)
> 7:30 am Return of the Great Auks saw the Pied-billed Grebe at Flax Pond in Lynn, MA
> 7:31 am Grouse Whisperers saw the Turkey Vultures on Salmon St. in Newmarket, NH
> 7:45 am Blue-gray Passcatchers reported a Northern Shoveler at Sidneys Pond in Lynn ( I think it is actually in S. Peabody), MA
>
> We gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate sponsor for this event. Without their support, the Superbowl of Birding would not be possible.
>
> Dave
>
> David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
> Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 01950
> Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...>
>

 

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Date: 1/30/16 4:36 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 2
More teams calling in 5-point birds:
>
> 5:59 am Blue-gray Passcatchers called in a Pied-billed Grebe (trying to get back in touch for location)
> 6:40 am Belichukars - Chipping Sparrow between #2 and #3 Woods Drive in Newmarket, NH
> 6:41 am Unflappables - Pied-billed Grebe at Flax Pond in Lynn, MA
> 6:50 am Wry Knot - Turkey Vulture on Salmon Street, Newmarket, NH
> 6:53 am Gordon College Kingpishers with a Redhead on Lake Kenoza in Haverhill, MA
>
> And the hit just keep on coming....
>
> Finally, we gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate sponsor for this event. Without their support, the Superbowl of Birding would not be possible.
>
> Dave
>
> David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
> Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 01950
> Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...>
>

 

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Date: 1/30/16 3:08 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII - the game is on

> Subject: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 1
> The world-famous Superbowl of Birding is on!
>
> This competition has 23 teams with over 100 participants in the field of play (Essex County, MA, and Rockingham County, NH). So, if you see a group of 4-7 people with binoculars rolling around in the snow between 5 am and 5 pm today, give them a wide berth! They are on a mission. Please note that teams are not allowed to receive outside information during the contest from any source except judges at Joppa Flats, eBird, massbird, or nhbirds. The checklist rates birds for their difficulty at this time of year, with the most difficult at 5 points and the least at 1 point. The first team to report a 5-point species receives 3 bonus points. All 5-point birds must be called in to Joppa Flats to count. During the course of the day I will be posting updates on these relatively rare birds as they are reported. So stay tuned if you are interested.
>
> The first call-in came at 5:00 am from the Belichukars reporting Turkey Vultures at Salmon Street in Newmarket, NH.
> Turkey Vultures were also reported by the 4th and Longspurs atop the Lincoln St. School in Exeter, NH.
>
> Finally, we gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate sponsor for this event. Without their support, the Superbowl of Birding would not be possible.
>
> Dave
>
> David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
> Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 01950
> Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...>
>

 

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Date: 1/30/16 2:32 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Superbowl of Birding XIII - the game is on
Subject: Superbowl of Birding XIII - update 1
The world-famous Superbowl of Birding is on!

This competition has 23 teams with over 100 participants in the field of play (Essex County, MA, and Rockingham County, NH). So, if you see a group of 4-7 people with binoculars rolling around in the snow between 5 am and 5 pm today, give them a wide berth! They are on a mission. Please note that teams are not allowed to receive outside information during the contest from any source except judges at Joppa Flats, eBird, massbird, or nhbirds. The checklist rates birds for their difficulty at this time of year, with the most difficult at 5 points and the least at 1 point. The first team to report a 5-point species receives 3 bonus points. All 5-point birds must be called in to Joppa Flats to count. During the course of the day I will be posting updates on these relatively rare birds as they are reported. So stay tuned if you are interested.

The first call-in came at 5:00 am from the Belichukers reporting Turkey Vultures at Salmon Street in Newmarket, NH.
Turkey Vultures were also reported by the 4th and Longspurs atop the Lincoln St. School in Exeter, NH.

Finally, we gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate sponsor for this event. Without their support, the Superbowl of Birding would not be possible.

Dave

David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 01950
Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...>


 

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Date: 1/29/16 2:12 pm
From: Sam Miller <zamziller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Goose, Lancaster: eBird Report - Dexter Drumlin, Jan 29, 2016
There was a Greater White-fronted Goose in with hundreds of Canada Geese this afternoon at Dexter Drumlin, which is on George Hill Road in Lancaster.
Ebird report below.
Sam Miller
Acton, MA

>
> Dexter Drumlin, Worcester, Massachusetts, US
> Jan 29, 2016 3:04 PM - 4:08 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> Comments: Went here looking for Greater White-fronted Goose, which I had seen here last April, and because a recent report by Mark Lynch indicated that a GWFG was in the area. Lots of geese to sort through, and it took multiple scope scans, but I got the bird! <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44
> 5 species
>
> Greater White-fronted Goose 1 Continuing? Mark and Sheila's recent report of a GWFG flying in the direction of Dexter Drumlin
> encouraged me to check here today. Bird had warm brown head and neck, no white on head, except very minimal "white front" at base of bill, which area mostly showed darker blackish feathering. Orange bill and legs, but legs not bright orange. Minimal barring on flanks and stomach. Looks like a first-winter bird to me. No photos.
> Canada Goose 900 Estimate, probably low. Tried to count by 10s. With one group, I counted individually (394) and by 10s (410). The other group, closer to the base of the drumlin, was larger, and more fluid, harder to estimate.
> Mallard 20
> American Crow 4
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27193278
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


 

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Date: 1/29/16 1:36 pm
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] GBHE
A Great Blue Heron is visiting us -- I think he has been hiding, but
clearly is still here!

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

 

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Date: 1/29/16 12:03 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Boston's Lesser Black-backed Gull is Back
Hi,
I am sorry for the late post. Last week, I saw the adult Lesser Black-backed Gull in its usual area at Columbus Park next to the Long Wharf Marriot. It was roosting on the burned building with ten or so Herring Gulls. This is the first time that I've seen the gull this winter. This is a very late arrival, unless it is the same gull that had been frequenting the parking lot of the Gateway Plaza in Everett earlier in the winter. This is at least the eleventh year that this gull has spent the winter here.

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 1/29/16 11:52 am
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneye Yes; American Pipits Too
Hi,
I went to Harbor Point this morning to look for the Barrow's Goldeneye that has been seen recently in the area. After I got off the Red Line train at J.F.K- U.Mass Station, I took the free shuttle bus and decamped at the Commonwealth Museum. I headed over to the very nearby Harbor Walk Path and started waling in the direction of the J.F.K. Library. within five minutes I found the BARROW'S GOLDENEYE right in back of the library, off the pier. Great looks too. The bird stayed in the area the entire twenty-two minutes I enjoyed it. I continued walking in the same direction, rounding the corner of the j.F.K. Library. I went by the Harbor Point Apartment complex and finished my walk at the impressive stone gazebo near the J.F.K. Station and the State Police Headquarters. I finished with nine duck species.

HIGHLIGHTS:

BARROW'S GOLDENEYE 1 adult male; killer looks with binoculars
AMERICAN PIPITS 3 near the J.F.K. Library in the wrack line and on rocks at the only area of open shoreline, just before the Harbor Point Apartments complex. (right up against the edge of them)

P.S. Some times the birding gods are just with you! They must like me.

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 1/29/16 11:52 am
From: caroline <carolinawrencarolinawren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black headed gull
The black headed gull continues at Brace Cove in Gloucester. Also, 2 drake Redheads in Niles pond.
Caroline Haines
Gloucester
<Songbirder...>

Sent from my iPhone. Please excuse shortcuts, brevity, and typos!
 

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Date: 1/29/16 11:22 am
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls and general area, plus Gambel's WC Sparrow in Hadley.
Greetings birders,
It's been a fairly quiet week in the Gill/Turner's Falls area, or at least from my perspective. Other birders may have done better. Here's a quick run down of some local notables from the last week;
Green-winged Teal - male at Turner's Falls on Jan 24th.
Wood Duck - 3 (1m, 2f), continuing at Turner's Falls to the 29th. Usually with Mallards at the power canal.
Barrow's Goldeneye - male at TF power canal on the 22nd. I haven't seen any since that date despite frequent checks. 
Lesser Scaup - female continues with Canada Geese and Mallards at Unity Park, TF to 29th. 
Common Loon - still two present at at North Quabbin (Gate 35) to the 23rd at least.
Rough-legged Hawk - light morph juv continues at North Quabbin (Gate 35) to the 23rd at least. Still foraging above the 'reed island' but also drifting south above the woodland at times. First reported by Bill Lafley.
Northern Harrier - juveniles at North Hadley by Rt 47, and at East Meadows, Northampton both on the 26th. 
Lesser Black-backed Gull - adult continues through to Jan 28th at least. Can be at either TF power canal or Unity Park.
Glaucous/Iceland Gulls - 0.....nothing since Jan 15th though I may have overlooked other reports. 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 1 calling from the tall spruces by Renaissance builders, on Main Road, Gill on Jan 22nd. 
Savannah Sparrow - still a large concentration (for mid-winter) at East Meadows, Northampton on the 26th with 21 present, though no sign of the Ipswich Sparrow since about Jan 9th.
White-crowned Sparrow - the first-winter 'gambelli' continues at the Hadley Honey Pot. On the 26th it was foraging with large numbers of American Tree Sparrow and juncos on both sides of the dirt road at 'That's a Plenty Farm'. It was very difficult to see well. Images of this bird, and most of the other listed here can be seen at this link;http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/01/ma.html


Good birding,

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

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Date: 1/29/16 9:08 am
From: Steve Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Haverhill Rarities Update (Tufted Duck - No, Clay-colored Sparrow - Yes)
For Superbowlers, I figure I'd give a brief update on local
rarities....to the best of my knowledge...

Kenoza Lake - I checked at dusk last night and the lake was still nearly
frozen completely over. Despite the mild temperatures, the size of the
opening in the ice has shrunk considerably, and there are fewer ducks.
I could not find any scaup or the TUFTED DUCK, and I don't think its
been seen lately. Nor have there been any wigeon...so no Eurasian!
Nevertheless, there were lots of birds there yesterday including at
least two 5-pointers (2 REDHEAD and lots of AMERICAN COOT), and also
plenty of Ring-necked Ducks a few Ruddy Ducks and a couple of Hooded
Mergansers. I didn't seen any Common Mergansers. Still a great spot
for teams, and close to I495. The open area is near the water treatment
building offices or along the side of Route 110. I don't expect any big
changes with the predicted weather for today/tonight.

Clay-colored Sparrow - The Clay-colored Sparrow continues at our house
at 53 Leonard Ave. and birders are welcome to visit; however, there are
a few caveats which might make you think of a different strategy:

1) The bird has been very infrequent lately, perhaps due to the lack of
snow and perhaps due to the occasional neighbor's cat. I just saw it
now for the first time today and I've been looking out the window very
15 minutes or so. It came in with a bunch of House Sparrows today and
is still best seen near the beginning of our driveway/garage along
Stetson Street (we have a corner lot on Leonard and Stetson). It feeds
on the scratch seed on the ground and you can watch from your car.

2) We have very little else to offer for birds at our feeder!

3) You need to negotiate traffic of downtown Haverhill to get to our
house from Kenoza Lake. This may end up being a time sink. But the
pair of Peregrines have been reported recently downtown if you get
caught in traffic lights!

Good luck to the teams on Saturday!

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA


 

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Date: 1/29/16 8:14 am
From: Paula McFarland <saltpannes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Grackles, Wells Ave, Newton, MA Jan 28,2106
There were approx. 30 Grackles at 7:00 a.m. yesterday morning (Jan 28th) at
95 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA.

Paula McFarland
Newton, NH

 

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Date: 1/28/16 8:39 pm
From: <tommartin53...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneye Gloucester
The Barrow's Goldeneye that the Vales reported was in Plum Cove today.
At Niles Pond there were 2 drake Redheads, 5 Iceland Gulls, and a Black-headed Gull.

Tom Martin
Boxford

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 1/28/16 5:15 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] ebird report of Barn Owl
Unfortunately not alive, but interesting for place and date:

Barn Owl (Tyto alba) (1)
- Reported Jan 28, 2016 11:00 by Michael Oppelt
- Libertry Mall, Essex, Massachusetts
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.551057,-70.9366286&ll=42.551057,-70.9366286
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27179535
- Media: 1 Photo


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

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Date: 1/28/16 5:14 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Peregrine Falcons: 5 locations - Photos!
In the past 2 weeks, have had a nice opportunity to visit 5 locations with Peregrine Falcons!

For those with an interest: 7 photos posted:

http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/162366721
Click "next" in upper right to advance frames!

The first stop was the Cape Cod Railroad Bridge at the west end of the Cape Cod Canal. There have periodic
sightings in and around the Railroad Bridge. Had a nice opportunity to locate and observe one of the peregrines.
Was able to devote time to watch it move around a number of times on the bridge in the late afternoon.
Thankfully able to capture images with clear ability to read alphanumeric leg band codes. Here's the scoop, thanks
to the always helpful Tom French at MassWildlife:

A pair was first reported at the Cape Cod Canal in 2012, but they did not successfully nest. Both adults were unbanded. In 2013, they nested on the Cape end of the bridge and I was able to band the single male chick (25/BD) when it was found on the ground. In 2014, they apparently nested on the north side of the mainland end if the Bourne Bridge, but failed. In 2015, I don't know if they nested or not, but no chicks appear to have been produced. The original unbranded female was apparently replaced in the spring. A new female in juvenile plumage (79/BA) was identified on April 22, 2015. Your photo is only the second time this band has been read, and it confirms that she stayed to become the resident female. She was banded in NY City in 2014.



Here is the original banding information for this bird from New York City.



Band numbers: 79/BA

Banding date and location: 05-28-14, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Brooklyn/Staten Island, NY

Banded by: Chris Nadareski, New York City Environmental Protection/Wildlife Studies Section

Siblings: 2 other females, 1 male



Previous report: 04-22-15, MA, Barnstable Co., Bourne, Cape Cod Canal, Bourne Bridge (rte. 25) – in juvenile plumage –

Don Manchester



Your report: - 01-15-16, MA, Barnstable Co., Bourne, Cape Cod Canal, Railroad Bridge – in adult plumage - Craig Gibson







The second stop was along Holton Street in Woburn. Many prior sightings in this area of both a banded female and an unbanded male. Photo shows the unbanded male enjoying a morning feast on a rocky outcropping!




The third stop was in Haverhill where a new pair of Peregrines successfully made a nest last spring with 2 surviving chicks. Both Peregrines were observed on the south side of a building atop the AC units. The unbanded male is seen launching into flight.




The fourth stop was in Lawrence where the continuing pair of Peregrines are seen on almost a daily basis around the Ayer Mill Clock Tower. This is an established nesting pair. It has been a great pleasure to monitor, observe, and document the daily/weekly activities of this pair over the past 4 years. Photo shows the male lifting up its left leg and providing a clear view of its lateral 6/4 leg bands.




The fifth and final stop was in the Harvard medical complex. Peregrine sightings have been been made regularly these past many months. Finally had a chance to scope out a number of the rooftops in the area. Delighted to find a singular adult peregrine perched on the SE corner rooftop of the Harvard Institutes of Medicine Building located at 4 Blackfan Circle.




Enjoy,

Craig Gibson

Winchester, MA

www.lawrenceperegrines.com


 

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Date: 1/28/16 4:34 pm
From: <DTBrown10...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Fox Point and Harbor Point Walk - Barrow's Goldeneye

I appreciated Johnathon's message from the high tide situation at UMASS earlier this afternoon.  At 3:30 pm as I was heading toward Squaw Rock I stopped on Dorchester Ave. (that parallels Dorchester Bay in Squantum) and spotted a Barrow's Goldeneye fairly close off the stone tower at the start of the 20+ acres of Squaw Rock Park.  There was a female with it, but the low angle of the sun and the constant diving made it impossible to positively ID a female Barrow's.  But I had also seen a Barrow's in a flock of Commons midway between UMASS and Squantum Pt. Park last Wednesday, so this probably is the same bird moving around with the tide.  Interestingly, this is a regular area for Barrow's to visit for a number of years now.
Dave Brown
North Quincy
----- Original Message -----

From: "Johnathon Benson" <johnathonl87...>
To: <massbird...>
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2016 2:30:16 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fox Point and Harbor Point Walk - Barrow's Goldeneye

Fantastic birding to be had at the harbor walk around UMass Boston Campus. I was just watching a raft of Common Goldeneye about 50 feet from the sidewalk and managed to find a male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE along with a POSSIBLE female. The group is still in generally the same spot but have swam a bit nearer to the second dock from the entrance to Fox point. If you're up for some good midday birding I definitely suggest checking it out. Hopefully the birds will remain for others to enjoy.

Good birding!

-Johnathon Benson


 

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Date: 1/28/16 1:29 pm
From: Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fox Point and Harbor Point Walk - Barrow's Goldeneye
Fantastic birding to be had at the harbor walk around UMass Boston Campus.
I was just watching a raft of Common Goldeneye about 50 feet from the
sidewalk and managed to find a male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE along with a
POSSIBLE female. The group is still in generally the same spot but have
swam a bit nearer to the second dock from the entrance to Fox point. If
you're up for some good midday birding I definitely suggest checking it
out. Hopefully the birds will remain for others to enjoy.

Good birding!

-Johnathon Benson

 

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Date: 1/28/16 8:25 am
From: Kat Birder <katbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Weekly species census Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jan 28, 2016
Lincoln's Sparrow, Common Mergansers on the river, and a continuing Marsh
Wren were highlights today.
No eagle.

Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 28, 2016 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.2 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly volunteer species census for the NWR. Sunny and mild
30's F, little to no wind. A lot of passerine activity. Observers: Jared
Keyes, Dave Williams, Will Martens, Joan Stoner, Larry Warfield, Kathy Dia.
25 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 448
Common Merganser 3 On the river, NW side of the Lower Pool. Three
males.
duck sp. 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Herring Gull 1
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 28
Tufted Titmouse 23
White-breasted Nuthatch 18 Careful count; vocal and active today
Marsh Wren 1 Scolding "check" call heard by two observers and bird
also seen by one observer. NW side of the Upper Pool in the marsh grasses
not far past the outflow.
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 2
American Tree Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 4
White-throated Sparrow 6 At the parking lot and railroad grade
Song Sparrow 23
Lincoln's Sparrow 1 Perched up in a shrub in the open area near the
outflow on the east side of the Lower Pool (just after the small bridge and
just before the Dike Trail enter the woods. Very finely streaked slightly
buffy breast well-demarcated from white, grayish face and nape, light chip
note. We may have a photo.
Swamp Sparrow 3
sparrow sp. 2
Northern Cardinal 1
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 7 Near residences

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27173860

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: 1/27/16 9:35 pm
From: Eddie <emgiles62...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 1/27 SANDHILL CRANE, East Bridgewater - YES

The Sandhill Crane was standing in the middle of the cornfield on
Walnut Street on my way into work this afternoon at 2:45 PM.

Eddie

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

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Date: 1/27/16 5:58 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 01-27-16
Bill Gette, David Moon, incoming Joppa Flats Sanctuary Director, and I led
today's Wednesday Morning Birding program on to Plum Island. The weather
was mostly cloudy, temps in low 40s, and winds W-WSW/5-15 mph.

Our list:
Canada Goose
Gadwall (3) - 2 drakes, 1 hen; main panne.
American Wigeon (3) - Pines Trail pannes.
American Black Duck - common.
Mallard (~ 25) - Stage Island Pool.
Common Eider (~ 24) - ~ 15, n. end PI; ~ 9, ocean lot #7.
White-winged Scoter (~ 35) - ~ 30, n. end PI; 5, ocean lot #7.
Black Scoter (~ 24) - ocean lot #7.
Long-tailed Duck (~ 14) - ~ 12, ocean lot #1; 2, ocean lot #7.
Bufflehead (~ 15) - various.]
Common Goldeneye (6) - 4, n. end PI; 2, PI River, n. lot #2.
Hooded Merganser (2) - pr., PI River, n. lot #2.
Red-breasted Merganser (~ 12) - n. end PI; ocean lot #7.
Red-throated Loon (1) - ocean lot #1.
Common Loon (5) - 2, n. end PI; 3, ocean lot #1.
Horned Grebe (4) - 1, ocean lot #1; 3, ocean lot #7.
Red-necked Grebe (2) - ocean lot #1.
Northern Harrier (5) - various.
Cooper's Hawk (1) - n. end PI.
Red-tailed Hawk (1) - lot #1 dunes.
Dunlin (1) - beach lot #7.
Ring-billed Gull (1) - n. end PI.
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull (1) - n. end PI.
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove (4)
Snowy Owl (1) - probable; w. from Hellcat dike, marsh across PI Sound.
American Crow (6)
American Robin (1)
Northern Mockingbird (1) - lot #1.
European Starling
Song Sparrow (3) - The Warden's.
Northern Cardinal (1)

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats Education Center at 09:30
for Wednesday Morning Birding. For more information about Joppa Flats
programs, call Bill Gette or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

Dave Weaver
Manchester, MA 01944
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Date: 1/27/16 3:10 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Smith's Longspur -- NO 1/27 (Plus shared eBird list)
Despite over 50 of us searching today, we were unable to locate the Smith's
Longspur at Bear Creek. Hopefully it will show up again for the Sunday
group.

To view the list of what we had today click here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27162185

If you were there and do eBird, here is the "share" link to the checklist
(to have the list shared with you)
http://ebird.org/ebird/shared?subID=UzI3MTYyMTg1&s=t Once you accept the
list, you can add or delete species to fit what you saw.
Thanks again to Soheil for getting us access to this unique location, and
to Wheelabrator for being such gracious hosts.

Happy Birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon

 

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Date: 1/27/16 3:03 pm
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Still Space on our BBC Dedicated Winter Pelagic Trip February 6, 2016
Our trip scheduled for Jan. 23 was cancelled because of the Northeaster. It
has been rescheduled for Feb 6 (2/7 weather delay date).

This has brought about a few openings and the opportunity to see Fulmars,
Dovekies, Murres, Gannets, Shearwaters, possible puffins and many other sea
birds up close and personal. Our boat Captain, Joe Huckmeyer is an expert
in maneuvering his boat alongside these ocean birds for study and
photography.

He is very cautious. The trip is postponed for a day or cancelled (with a
full refund when cancelled) if the winds are high or the sea is very rough.



Saturday, February 6 (bad weather date: Sunday 2/7)

Hyannis to the Nantucket Shoals Area. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Birds expected: FULMAR, DOVEKIES, PUFFINS, MURRES, RAZORBILLS, Gannets,
Phalaropes, Shearwaters, Jaegers, several gulls, sea ducks, mammals, any
rarities such as SKUAS.

Limit: 65 participants

Cost: BBC members $100, non-members $120

We may have master birders Marshal Iliff, Peter Trull, Peter Flood and Mike
Silva leading the trip. Our boat, the Helen H, is a very comfortable, fast,
100-foot fishing boat with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic captain and
crew. The spacious main cabin is heated so you can get out of the weather if
needed. 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 either 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,

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Date: 1/27/16 2:30 pm
From: Paul Kinnaly <pek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge - proposed for MA and New England
Here's the US F&WS pages on the subject, including maps:

http://www.fws.gov/northeast/refuges/planning/lpp/greatthicketLPP.html

Paul Kinnaly
Dedham

 

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Date: 1/27/16 12:59 pm
From: Robert Jilek <jile0006...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Orange-crowned Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet at Danehy Park
Great show today at the shot put circle at Danehy Park in Cambridge. I was
watching the OCWA work the tree next to the shot put circle when it flew
out for a minute. When it returned, it had wing bars. It was a RCKI. The
OCWA would chase off the RCKI, but it would return in short order. It
displayed the ruby crown quite a bit and I was able to get excellent photos
of both birds.

Bob Jilek
Belmont, MA

 

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Date: 1/27/16 11:40 am
From: Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bolton Flats and Lake Quinsigamond 1/27
We started the day with a before dawn hike on the main trail into BOLTON
FLATS. NB: the trail is mostly snow free, but there are some very slippery
patches of ice, so be careful.
Canada Goose (472: suddenly flying up from maybe the Nashua River)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (1: with the Canadas, headed in the direction of
Dexter Drumlin or Wachusett Reservoir)
A Black Duck (2)
Northern Harrier (1)
Coopers Hawk (1)
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
Hairy Woodpecker (3)
Carolina Wren (3)
Eastern Bluebird (3)
Tree Sparrow (10)
Song Sparrow (7)
Swamp Sparrow (1)
White-throated Sparrow (3)
Dark-eyed Junco (5)

THEN, we headed to do a complete survey of the LAKE QUINSIGAMOND-FLINT POND
complex in Worcester/Shrewsbury:

En route along Wachusett Reservoir, we had an adult BALD EAGLE looking like
it was flying at a Red-tailed Hawk, which flew off.

LAKE QUINSIGAMOND-FLINT POND:

Great Blue Heron (1)
Canada Goose (139)
Mute Swan (5)
A Black Duck (7)
Mallard (167)
Canvasback (4m)
Redhead (1f)
Greater Scaup (1)
Lesser Scaup (2)
Common Goldeneye (26)
Hooded Merganser (17)
Common Merganser (9)
Ruddy Duck (13)
Bald Eagle (2imm)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (1)
Red-tailed Hawk (3)
Gulls: only the usual species: Ring-billed (140); Herring (12); Great Black
backed (5)
Belted Kingfisher (1)
Probably the best bird was an EASTERN PHOEBE seen at Flint along a marshy
area along an open stretch of river.

If you want to look for the Canvasbacks/Redhead: probably your best bet is
to be on the Shrewsbury side off Route 9 and enter the shopping plaza south
of Rt.9 and head to an area at the north end of the plaza overlooking the
water in front of an apartment complex on the other side. The Rt.9 bridge
will be on your right You will be looking over a chain link fence. The birds
were easily IDd with a scope from there.

Checking my records, over the last several decades, I have 18 records of 40
Canvasbacks in Worcester County. Most of those records are in winter or late
fall, and a number of them are at Lake Quinsigamond (also: Sudbury
Reservoir, Wachusett Reservoir). During the same time period I had 24
records of 56 REDHEADS for Worcester County. Some of these sightings were at
Lake Quinsig, but also a variety of other locations including an amazing
spring record (3-15-97) of a flock of 21 Redheads at Little Chauncy Pond,
Northboro after an ice storm. For both species, most records by far have
been either IN the city of Worcester or east of Worcester. RE: Canvasbacks.
I have many more records of Canvasbacks for the Seekonk River and Turner
Reservoir (RI) in winter (December-February: 46 records of a total of 3714
individuals). Worcester is at the north end of the Blackstone National
Corridor and the Seekonk River/Turner Reservoir are at the southern end of
the Corridor. So it is not surprising that this species appears in Lake
Quinsigamond every so often.

Mark Lynch
<Moa.lynch...>


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Date: 1/26/16 7:42 pm
From: Wayne Petersen <wpetersen...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] MASS AUDUBON BIRDERS MEETING, SUNDAY, MARCH 13 AT UMASS/BOSTON
As noted on January 23, the Mass Audubon's 24th Annual Birders Meeting will be held at UMass/Boston, Sunday, March 13. The theme of the meeting is SEABIRDS: DIVERS AND THEIR DRIVERS. Following last fall's dramatic concentration of seabirds off Cape Cod, the program will focus on seabirds and their remarkable characteristics, adaptations, behaviors, and varied forms and functions. Special emphasis will be given to the factors that influence their distribution and ecology, along with some of the outstanding conservation efforts being directed at protecting seabirds in a rapidly changing world.

A star-studded lineup of speakers will include keynote speaker, Dr. David Wingate (savior of the Bermuda Petrel), in addition to Dr. Steven Kress and Derrick Jackson (restoration of the Atlantic Puffin in the Gulf of Maine), and Sophie Webb (acclaimed artist, author, and veteran student of seabirds). Other speakers will discuss seabird identification techniques and research and monitoring efforts right here in Massachusetts.


In addition to a full speaker program, lunch will be provided and there will be an extensive vendor area with exhibits and tables featuring a variety of appealing birding materials, raffles, and book signings. And wait until you see this year's T-shirts! Whether you are a seabird junkie or not, you will be after attending this event! Registration and full details about the program can now be found at http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/birds-birding/birders-meeting

Wayne R. Petersen
Director of Massachusetts Important Bird Area (IBA) Program
Mass Audubon
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
<wpetersen...>
(781) 259-2178


 

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Date: 1/26/16 3:13 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eastern Point - Gloucester Harbor--IBA, Jan 26, 2016
> Eastern Point - Gloucester Harbor--IBA
> Jan 26, 2016 12:45 PM - 4:05 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 6.0 mile(s)
> Comments: I had fun birding East Gloucester this afternoon. The only
> other birder I saw was Barry Van Dusen, sketching away at Eastern Point
> and Niles Pond. I made many stops on the East Glo. peninsula, but Niles
> Pond/Brace Cove was the best. Barry and I saw no fewer than five Iceland
> gulls there, plus a glaucous gull and a (the) black-headed gull. The last
> BHGU I saw in the US was on 2/5/11. The wind was westerly or
> southwesterly, which is why I saw but one gannet and no kittiwakes.
> 30 species
>
> Gadwall 6
> American Black Duck 2
> Mallard 120
> Greater Scaup 5 inner harbor
> Common Eider 130
> Surf Scoter 11
> White-winged Scoter 16
> Long-tailed Duck 1
> Bufflehead 54
> Common Goldeneye 18
> Red-breasted Merganser 33
> Red-throated Loon 1
> Common Loon 13
> Horned Grebe 2
> Red-necked Grebe 1
> Northern Gannet 1 adult
> Great Cormorant 1 adult
> Sanderling 3 with the purples
> Purple Sandpiper 40 estimate of birds on end of Dog Bar at high tide
> Bonaparte's Gull 6
> Black-headed Gull 1 Immature; I saw the orange bill and legs (as
> opposed to the deeper red ones of an adult), the somewhat darker wings,
> and the dark underwings when it flew off. It foraged on the beach at
> Brace Cove while the bonies foraged in the adjacent surf like they do at
> Nahant.
> Ring-billed Gull 20
> Herring Gull 530
> Iceland Gull (kumlieni) 6 1W bird in inner harbor, then 3 2W birds
> and 2 adults at NP/Brace Cove all at the same time. Later I saw an adult
> fly up the coast at Bass Rocks, but it came from the south and could have
> been one of the birds I saw at Niles Pond.
> Glaucous Gull 1 1W bird at NP
> Great Black-backed Gull 250
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 100 estimate at Jodrey fish pier
> Mourning Dove 2
> American Crow 12
> House Sparrow 10
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27140901

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

 

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Date: 1/26/16 3:02 pm
From: Eddie <emgiles62...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 1/26 SANDHILL CRANE, East Bridgewater - YES

After a two day absence, the Sandhill Crane was back in the cornfield on
Walnut Street at 3:30 PM. He was not there at 8:10 AM.

Eddie

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

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Date: 1/26/16 1:54 pm
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island Short-eared Owls, Longspurs
At 2:45 this afternoon, looking north from the northernmost access point on
Hellcat dike, I watched a prolonged skirmish between a Short-eared Owl and
a male Northern Harrier. At 3:15, two Short-eared Owls were active around
the stone marker on the dike, visible from the North Pool Overlook.

Other highlights on the refuge from 1:30 to 3:30:

5 Northern Harriers
1 Rough-legged Hawk (Cross Farm Hill)
1 Bald Eagle (on dike, distant but visible from North Pool Overlook)
1 Merlin (Wardens)
8 Lapland Longspurs (Hellcat dike)

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 1/26/16 1:31 pm
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] OOps
Here is the link to the Massachusetts Butterfly Club:


http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabambc/


Pete Gilmore
Newton, MA
<maurice.gilmore...>
 

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Date: 1/26/16 1:31 pm
From: Bates, David Westfall,M.D. <DBATES...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River
Just fyi, for Super Bowl teams, the gate is on a timer, and is currently set to open at 5 a.m. and to stop letting people in at 5 p.m. On a couple of Super Bowls, we arrived late in the afternoon, and were unable to get on the island. But shouldn't be a problem this year.

On Sunday Deb Kovacs and I had a Yellow-breasted Chat at Nahant Thicket.

David Bates,
Watertown, MA



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Date: 1/26/16 10:30 am
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: "Life on the Leaf Edge" Caterpillar Gallery Opening NEXT WEEK
HiFolks,

With permission of the moderator.

FYI. Talented photographer and naturalist.

Some of you know him from birding.

Mass Audubon's Museum of Bird Art, Canton.

And here is the Massachusetts Butterfly Club's home site.


Pete Gilmore
Newton, MA
<maurice.gilmore...>

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Samuel Jaffe" <spjaffe...>
To: "maurice gilmore" <maurice.gilmore...>
Sent: Friday, January 22, 2016 2:59:40 PM
Subject: "Life on the Leaf Edge" Caterpillar Gallery Opening NEXT WEEK

"Life on the Leaf Edge" at the Franklin Park Conservatory show 2015

Dear The Caterpillar Lab supporters,
You are cordially invited to attend the opening of...

Life on the Leaf Edge: Photographs of Native Caterpillars
presented by Samuel Jaffe & the Museum of American Bird Art

Lab director Samuel Jaffe will be bringing his critically acclaimed native
caterpillar photography exhibit "Life on the Leaf Edge" to Mass Audubon's
Museum of American Bird Art in Canton, Massachusetts. Many pieces on
display have never been on exhibit in New England before!

Please join us at the free opening day event, meet the artist, and learn
about the native caterpillars of New England. Drop in any time between 1pm
and 5pm on Sunday, January 31st. See the official press release below for
more information on the event or visit the events website [1]here

We also want to invite you all to explore The Caterpillar Lab's new website
at [2]www.thecaterpillarlab.org where you can find information about our
organization, many of Samuel Jaffe's original images and videos, and great
original resources to help you explore the world of native caterpillars
further.

Hope to see you all at the opening!

- The Caterpillar Lab Board and Staff

[3]

"Life on the Leaf Edge" at the Franklin Park Conservatory show 2015.

Press Release:

Meet the Artist at the FREE Opening Reception
At the Museum of American Bird Art on Sunday, January 31

“Sam Jaffe’s spectacular photographs of New England caterpillars will open
your eyes to the wonders of nature close to home,” says Museum of American
Bird Art (MABA) director Amy Montague. Jaffe’s new exhibition, Life on the
Leaf Edge: Photographs of Native Caterpillars, opens Sunday, January 31 at
MABA. He will give a gallery talk and meet informally with visitors at the
opening reception which runs from 1:00 to 5:00pm. The gallery talk will
begin at 3:00. Light refreshments will be served, and admission is free for
all.

A New England based naturalist, photographer, and educator, Jaffe grew up
in Eastern Massachusetts chasing birds, mucking through ponds, and turning
over leaves. For the last seven years he has been photographing
caterpillars, exhibiting his photographs and organizing programs to promote
these special creatures to the public.

His photographs have received widespread acclaim. They have been featured
in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and on the widely read art and
design blog, This is Colossal. Jaffe has exhibited at the Franklin Park
Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio, the Boston Children’s Museum, and the MIT
Center for Theoretical Physics, among other venues.

Each year Jaffe raises thousands of caterpillars of hundreds of native
species, capturing female butterflies and moths, collecting their eggs and
releasing them. The founder of the non-profit The Caterpillar Lab, Jaffe’s
goal is to share his passion for the caterpillars of New England through
first-hand encounters at museums and nature centers as well as the stunning
images in his photographs and videos.

For a special Earth Day event, The Caterpillar Lab will bring live
caterpillars to the Museum of American Bird Art on Saturday, April 23, 2016
from 1 to 5 pm..

Life on the Leaf Edge: Photographs of Native Caterpillars by Samuel Jaffe
is open to the public January 31 through April 24, Tuesday–Sunday from 1 to
5 pm.

The Caterpillar Lab
222 West St.
Keene, NH 03431
617-733-7312
[4]www.TheCaterpillarLab.org

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References

1. http://www.massaudubon.org/learn/museum-of-american-bird-art/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/life-on-the-leaf-edge-photographs-of-native-caterpillars
2. http://www.thecaterpillarlab.org/
3. http://www.massaudubon.org/learn/museum-of-american-bird-art/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/life-on-the-leaf-edge-photographs-of-native-caterpillars
4. http://www.thecaterpillarlab.org/
5. https://www.facebook.com/TheCaterpillarLab/?fref=ts
6. mailto:<thecaterpillarlab...>

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Date: 1/26/16 9:30 am
From: Barbara Volkle <b_volkle...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge - proposed for MA and New England
Here are some links to information on some land protection that may be coming our way!

Barbara VolkleNorthborough, MA
<barb620...>


http://www.wickedlocal.com/news/20160122/much-of-plymouth-could-become-part-of-national-wildlife-refuge
http://www.defenders.org/press-release/defenders-hails-newly-proposed-national-wildlife-refuge-northeast


 

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Date: 1/26/16 9:30 am
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 1/26 North Plymouth - Ruddy Duck
A morning drive by of North Plymouth spots revealed a female (or juv.) Ruddy
Duck in with the Mallards, Gadwalls and gulls on Store Pond (across rt 3A
from Cordage Park)

Documentation photo at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27134577



Also present, the continuing American Coot; however, the Lesser Black-backed
Gull was not there at the time.



Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA

<rbowes...>

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








 

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