MASSBIRD
Received From Subject
1/18/17 3:01 pm Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...> [MASSBIRD] Andrew's Point, Rockport: 18 Jan. 2017: all six alcids, POJA
1/18/17 1:50 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] WMB: Ross' Goose in Longmeadow
1/18/17 12:37 pm Eddie <emgiles62...> [MASSBIRD] REMINDER: Brookline Bird Club Workshop: eBird For Beginners / January 28, 2017
1/18/17 5:36 am Dana Duxbury-Fox <danafox...> [MASSBIRD] An Amazing Twilight with a Barred Owl in North Andover
1/17/17 8:22 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Leverett Pond, Jamaica Pond, Hall's pond
1/17/17 7:10 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Short -Eared Owl, Orchard Beach Squantum
1/17/17 6:43 pm Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Essex and Ipswich Rt 133, Jan 16, 2017
1/17/17 5:55 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneye and scaup
1/17/17 2:19 pm Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose 1/16/2017
1/17/17 1:42 pm South Shore BirdClub <SouthShoreBirdClub...> [MASSBIRD] Short -Eared Owl, Orchard Beach Squantum
1/17/17 1:42 pm Birding <jsmassbird...> [MASSBIRD] Fresh Pond
1/17/17 12:40 pm <mresch8702...> [MASSBIRD] Acton School St. Longspur and Buntings; Red-wings in Groton
1/17/17 6:44 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] White-Fronted Geese-Newbury 1/17
1/17/17 6:30 am Walz, Christopher <CWalz...> [MASSBIRD] Tufted info received
1/17/17 6:24 am Joshua Rose <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Is the Tufted duck in acushnet still around?
1/17/17 5:57 am Walz, Christopher <CWalz...> [MASSBIRD] RE: tufted duck
1/17/17 5:57 am Walz, Christopher <CWalz...> [MASSBIRD] Is the Tufted duck in acushnet still around?
1/17/17 4:22 am Jim <jkhogan5...> [MASSBIRD] Common Raven
1/16/17 9:00 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Rockport and Lanesville, Jan 16, 2017: Pacific loon
1/16/17 3:19 pm Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk...> [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl in Squantum section of Quincy
1/16/17 2:51 pm Edward Purcell <tedgpurcell...> [MASSBIRD] 1-16-17 Salisbury State Reservation
1/16/17 2:06 pm <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann highlights, 1/16
1/16/17 11:35 am Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...> [MASSBIRD] Hager Pond Marlborough
1/16/17 11:12 am Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] Longspur, Buntings, Larks Continue at School St Fields in Acton
1/16/17 11:05 am <danafox...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose
1/16/17 10:05 am Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...> [MASSBIRD] Common Ravens- Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary- Natick, MA
1/16/17 9:58 am msalett <msalett...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Cod:barrow's, shovelers, Eurasian wigeon
1/16/17 7:54 am Marjorie <marjwtsn...> [MASSBIRD] Pink Footed Goose Argilla Rd
1/16/17 7:41 am Marjorie <marjwtsn...> [MASSBIRD] Pink Footed Goose Argilla Rd
1/16/17 7:20 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Horned Larks, Gloucester 1/16
1/16/17 6:16 am Miles Brengle <brenglema...> [MASSBIRD] Pacific Loon - Rockport 1/16
1/15/17 9:14 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Ward Reservation, Jan 15, 2017
1/15/17 5:14 pm <redpoll...> [MASSBIRD] 9-Raptor Day
1/15/17 1:46 pm Miles Brengle <brenglema...> [MASSBIRD] Newburyport area - 1/15
1/15/17 1:08 pm Edward Purcell <tedgpurcell...> [MASSBIRD] 1-15-17 Rutland/Spencer Robins and Hooded Mergansers
1/15/17 1:08 pm Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Juvenile snow geese, Danvers
1/15/17 12:50 pm Sabrina Hepburn <s.k.hepburn...> [MASSBIRD] Barrows Goldeneye - Rowley Shore Road
1/15/17 9:34 am Alvin Laasanen <laasanen...> Re: [MASSBIRD] 1-14-17 Robins Rutland MA and Worcester Airport
1/15/17 6:52 am Sandy <sandyselesky...> [MASSBIRD] Lots of turkeys!
1/15/17 4:52 am david ely <davidely...> [MASSBIRD] DOWNEAST MAINE PUFFIN AND BOREAL BIRDING TRIP 2017 EDITION
1/14/17 1:44 pm Lisa Schibley <lschibley...> [MASSBIRD] COGOxHOME
1/14/17 1:44 pm Jackson Mesick <jmesick...> [MASSBIRD] Razorbills at deer island
1/14/17 11:00 am Edward Purcell <tedgpurcell...> [MASSBIRD] 1-14-17 Robins Rutland MA and Worcester Airport
1/14/17 9:37 am <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Shrike - Orange Airport
1/14/17 9:29 am Bates, David Westfall,M.D. <DBATES...> [MASSBIRD] Common Raven
1/14/17 5:36 am Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...> [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck at Acushnet Saturday morning
1/14/17 5:32 am Peter Laptop <orapendula...> [MASSBIRD] Barrows goldeneye
1/13/17 1:37 pm Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...> [MASSBIRD] Winged Wonders at Winthrop Beach Saturday 1/14/2017
1/13/17 1:04 pm Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Pacific Loon, Rockport 1/13
1/13/17 10:53 am Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...> [MASSBIRD] Mute Swans, images
1/13/17 10:53 am Gerald Macomber <jerrymacomber...> [MASSBIRD] Continuing tufted duck, New Bedford
1/12/17 6:11 pm Bob Secatore <olive_warbler...> [MASSBIRD] Found at PRNWR: Black Rubber Tripod Foot Pad
1/12/17 6:00 pm Paul Roberts <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] New Report on the Freefall of the Eastern Black Rail from the Center for Conservation Biology
1/12/17 3:14 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneyes - Town Cove, Jan 12, 2017
1/12/17 3:14 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] American Robins in P'town
1/12/17 1:06 pm Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...> [MASSBIRD] Greater WF Geese/ Joppa Seawall/NBPT
1/12/17 12:53 pm <mresch8702...> [MASSBIRD] Tick, but Nothing Else, Pepperell, 1/12
1/12/17 11:50 am Kat Birder <katbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jan 12, 2017
1/12/17 10:06 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann Winter Birding Boat Trip - March 11
1/11/17 4:10 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] moderator - back to business
1/11/17 4:04 pm Montana \Lynn\ Bradovchak <lbradovchak...> [MASSBIRD] Interesting sighting - not the norm - I apologize in advance for the long narrative but needed to set the stage
1/11/17 3:26 pm Sandy <sandyselesky...> [MASSBIRD] Error in Owl link
1/11/17 1:15 pm Chris Martone <cmartone00...> [MASSBIRD] Possible Pipits - Cambridge Reservoir
1/11/17 1:13 pm Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - 01-11-17
1/11/17 1:10 pm Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm - snow buntings and owl
1/11/17 1:01 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - 01-11-17
1/11/17 11:41 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm - snow buntings and owl
1/11/17 9:12 am <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck
1/11/17 7:04 am Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...> [MASSBIRD] Snow Buntings, images
1/10/17 4:58 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] January 28: Birds, books, and the Bullitt Reservation
1/10/17 4:13 pm Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...> [MASSBIRD] link to 3 Long-eared Owl images from Sunday evening
1/10/17 3:52 pm Warren Tatro <wtatro...> [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Geese in Newburyport
1/10/17 5:25 am Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...> [MASSBIRD] Visiting Hermit Thrush Rehoboth Bristol County
1/10/17 5:21 am <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Quabbin CBC
1/10/17 5:21 am Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Pair of Northern Goshawks Milton
1/9/17 5:13 pm Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...> [MASSBIRD] coot at Chauncy in Westboro
1/9/17 2:53 pm Brendan Casey <bcacadia...> [MASSBIRD] Re: massbird-digest V16 #409
1/9/17 2:32 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Western sky
1/9/17 1:57 pm Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...> [MASSBIRD] Meadowlarks & a Lincoln's Sparrow - Essex - 01-09-17
1/9/17 10:26 am Mary <lemmel...> [MASSBIRD] Leverett Pond Northern Pintail
1/9/17 9:24 am Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Connie Sanchez on the Duck Stamp, tonight's HBC
1/9/17 8:30 am Edlow Banks <68chrisbanks...> [MASSBIRD] The more suet the better!
1/9/17 8:29 am Sandy <sandyselesky...> [MASSBIRD] One more for Salisbury
1/9/17 8:27 am <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Great horned owl, Newton
1/9/17 6:11 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club Workshop: eBird For Beginners / January 28, 2017
1/9/17 5:51 am Jude Griffin <judegriffin...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Snow birding and reporting to Massbird
1/9/17 5:36 am <warbler...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Snow birding and reporting to Massbird
1/8/17 7:22 pm Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...> [MASSBIRD] Salisbury and Long-eared Owl at Plum on Sunday
1/8/17 6:18 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Jan 8, 2017 (and our feeder report)
1/8/17 3:30 pm Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann-Gloucester & Rockport, Jan 7, 2017
1/8/17 2:14 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] No'n Shrike
1/8/17 1:41 pm alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Brrokline/Boston area birds
1/8/17 11:46 am Andrew Sanford <asanford2000...> [MASSBIRD] Re: ebird alerts
1/8/17 11:01 am Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> [MASSBIRD] Orleans this morning
1/8/17 10:35 am Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Little Nahant South Side, Jan 8, 2017
1/8/17 6:31 am Patty O'Neill <pattyoneill...> [MASSBIRD] Posting
1/8/17 6:07 am Nickilas Paulson <grendelpgill...> [MASSBIRD] Four Boros Mock CBC results - New Years weekend
1/7/17 6:52 pm Lisa Schibley <lisa...> [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck continues in New Bedford
1/7/17 6:51 pm Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...> [MASSBIRD] Acton fields Friday, January 6
1/7/17 6:51 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Gyrfalcon Reports and the Absence Thereof
1/7/17 6:51 pm South Shore BirdClub <SouthShoreBirdClub...> [MASSBIRD] Scusset walk 1/8/17 cancelled
1/7/17 4:09 pm Donald Wilkinson <donaldwilkinson60...> [MASSBIRD] Monday's BBC trip, Nahant, 1/9 Cancelled
1/7/17 3:04 pm Marshall Iliff <miliff...> [MASSBIRD] eBird data resources
1/7/17 2:38 pm Ninad Thakoor <ninadst...> Re: [MASSBIRD] reporting on massbird
1/7/17 2:19 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] reporting on massbird
1/7/17 2:04 pm Kathleen <kab2769...> [MASSBIRD] Snow birding and reporting to Massbird
1/7/17 1:48 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> RE: [MASSBIRD] ebird alerts
1/7/17 1:21 pm Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> [MASSBIRD] Snow buntings and Horned larks - School St. fields, Acton
1/7/17 12:00 pm Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> Re: [MASSBIRD] ebird alerts
1/7/17 11:17 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Free Bird Boxes. April will be here soon....
1/7/17 10:40 am Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...> RE: [MASSBIRD] ebird alerts
1/7/17 10:03 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] ebird alerts
1/7/17 9:32 am Constance Lapite <peteorconstance...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose Northgate/Argilla
1/7/17 9:21 am <dave.williams6...> [MASSBIRD] Sunday Newburyport BBC trip cancellation
1/7/17 8:48 am Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...> Re: [MASSBIRD] reporting on massbird
1/7/17 8:31 am Mary <lemmel...> [MASSBIRD] Young eagle West Roxbury
1/7/17 8:29 am <sunbirdjan...> [MASSBIRD] reporting on massbird
1/7/17 8:06 am Joshua Rose <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Fresh Pond
1/7/17 8:04 am Scott Spangenberg <sjspangenberg...> [MASSBIRD] Pink footed at Raymond fields rt 133
1/7/17 7:57 am Andrew Long <awlong20...> [MASSBIRD] Fresh Pond
1/7/17 7:11 am Barbara Drummond <bdraraavis...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Gyrfalcon Reports and the Absence Thereof
1/7/17 5:14 am David Swain <davidswain79...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Photos of Northern Shrike killing American Goldfinch
1/7/17 4:37 am Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...> [MASSBIRD] pair northern goshawks, Milton
1/6/17 8:11 pm Kat Birder <katbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Photos of Northern Shrike killing American Goldfinch
1/6/17 7:34 pm Cole Winstanley <crw2998...> [MASSBIRD] Photos of Northern Shrike killing American Goldfinch
1/6/17 6:53 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Possible Cinnamon Teal from a long time ago.......
1/6/17 6:16 pm Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Gyrfalcon Reports and the Absence Thereof
1/6/17 5:36 pm William Drummond <wcdrummond...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Gyrfalcon Reports and the Absence Thereof
1/6/17 5:33 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Boreal Chickadee, Jan 6, 2017
1/6/17 5:18 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Franklin County birds, Zeiss lens cap, and RE: Gyrfalcon Reports
1/6/17 3:28 pm Paul Roberts <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] Gyrfalcon Reports and the Absence Thereof
1/6/17 7:49 am steven.j.babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island Pied-billed Grebe
1/6/17 7:23 am Devin Hefferon <dhefferon...> [MASSBIRD] School Street Fields
1/6/17 5:31 am Sam Miller <zamziller...> [MASSBIRD] Westborough WMA, Jan 5, 2017: Snow Goose, Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Am. Coot
1/5/17 8:11 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] early TV and other western MA bird sightings
1/5/17 3:21 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann BBC trip 1/4
1/5/17 10:09 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Alaska - Drumlin Farm trip
1/5/17 8:57 am Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> [MASSBIRD] Rough-legged hawk crane swamp Westborough
1/5/17 8:25 am pamela low <pipswiche...> [MASSBIRD] Ross' yes good views now
1/5/17 3:00 am Peter Trull <petrull...> Re: [MASSBIRD] GYRFALCON- Rockport 1/4
1/4/17 7:48 pm Charles Patterson <chaspatt...> [MASSBIRD] Suburban Development Affecting Songbirds’ Reproduction Ability, Study Finds
1/4/17 4:45 pm Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Crossbills 1/2/2017 - Something for the Curious Birder
1/4/17 3:54 pm Jeffrey Boone Miller <jboonemiller...> [MASSBIRD] Fresh Pond, Cambridge. Surf Scoter, Great Cormorant
1/4/17 2:40 pm g watkevich <gwatkevich...> [MASSBIRD] Red Headed Woodpecker
1/4/17 2:34 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Bradley Palmer SP and Ipswich farm fields, Jan 4, 2017
1/4/17 2:06 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 01-04-17
1/4/17 11:29 am Gary Freedman <gmf7162...> [MASSBIRD] Shrike @ PRNWR
1/4/17 8:05 am Roberta Hodson <robertahodson...> [MASSBIRD] Ross and pink footed
1/4/17 4:40 am Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...> [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek/Salisbury beach images
1/4/17 4:32 am Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Northern Saw-whet Owl sound diversity
1/4/17 4:24 am Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Northern Saw-whet Owl sound diversity
1/3/17 4:30 pm <asb1960...> Re: RE: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Crossbills 1/2/2017 - Something for the Curious Birder
1/3/17 4:06 pm Tom de Boor <tomdb2...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Northern Saw-whet Owl sound diversity
1/3/17 3:51 pm Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Crossbills 1/2/2017 - Something for the Curious Birder
1/3/17 2:56 pm James P Smith <keenbirder...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Northern Saw-whet Owl sound diversity
1/3/17 2:37 pm Blair Nikula <odenews...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Cod CBC
1/3/17 2:21 pm Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> [MASSBIRD] Northern Saw-whet Owl sound diversity
1/3/17 1:34 pm Richard Danca <rdanca...> [MASSBIRD] Tons of cormorants, Brookline
1/3/17 12:14 pm David Sibley <sibleyguides...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Crossbills 1/2/2017 - Something for the Curious Birder
1/3/17 12:09 pm Young, John (DPU) <john.young...> [MASSBIRD] night sound responses -- and Ptown breakwater white blob
1/3/17 10:43 am Greg Dysart <gsdysart...> [MASSBIRD] 3 Northern Harriers Sudbury
1/3/17 9:54 am Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Crossbills 1/2/2017 - Something for the Curious Birder
1/3/17 8:32 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Spy Pond, Arlington
1/3/17 8:32 am Young, John (DPU) <john.young...> [MASSBIRD] Night sound query
1/3/17 8:03 am Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird -- School St. fields, Acton -- Jan 3, 2017
1/3/17 6:21 am Oliver Burton <olivertburton...> [MASSBIRD] Barred Owl, Brookline and Winter Wren, Fenway
1/3/17 5:01 am Mary Ellen <lemmel...> [MASSBIRD] White-winged Dove - Yes Row x Fenway Victory Gardens 1/3/17
1/2/17 5:00 pm Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [MASSBIRD] Continuing warblers in Hartel yard, Arlington
1/2/17 2:16 pm Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Nahant: Continuing Chat, Orange-crowned Warbler, Winter Wren
1/2/17 12:47 pm Travis Mazerall <tmazerall...> [MASSBIRD] No - Geese Ipswich
1/2/17 11:07 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] White fronted geese Ipswich
1/2/17 10:10 am J. Ryan Doherty <ryan...> [MASSBIRD] West Roxbury Snow Goose
1/2/17 9:34 am <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed, Ross's geese and Common Redpolls continue
1/2/17 9:31 am Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatch Jan.2 Gloucester
1/2/17 8:55 am Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [MASSBIRD] Boreal Chickadee - Peru, MA
1/2/17 8:26 am Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] No Ross's Geese
1/2/17 8:26 am pamela low <pipswiche...> [MASSBIRD] Pink footed and Ross's-Yes
1/2/17 7:30 am Jason Huestis <jayhuestis...> [MASSBIRD] Common Redpolls - Parker River
1/2/17 7:17 am Mary <lemmel...> [MASSBIRD] Snow goose west roxbury
1/2/17 5:53 am <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] Plum island northern Shrike at beginning of S curves, 8:45 AM
1/1/17 6:03 pm Laura dlF <anhinga3...> [MASSBIRD] BBC New Year's Day Birding Trip 01/01/2017
1/1/17 11:14 am Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] FB birds - Tufted Ducks and LE Owl
1/1/17 9:53 am Jim McCoy <jfmccoy...> [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Geese in Rowley
1/1/17 8:30 am Barbara Drummond <bdraraavis...> [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills now Salisbury beach
1/1/17 6:03 am Philip Brown <nebirdsplus...> [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose - Ipswich 1-1-17
1/1/17 5:59 am JOHN ROCKWOOD <loonphotog...> [MASSBIRD] Another Loon video
12/31/16 1:12 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Kenoza Lake-Haverhill: how to observe?
12/31/16 11:28 am Susan Wrisley <swrisley13...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Ross's geese, Ipswich - Flew Southeast
12/31/16 9:28 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Ross's geese, Ipswich
12/31/16 8:01 am Jk <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] Ross's Geese.
12/31/16 7:06 am Marjorie <marjwtsn...> [MASSBIRD] Wood Ducks Joppa Flats boat ramp Newburyport
12/31/16 6:20 am Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...> [MASSBIRD] Northern Shrike-PI 9:05
12/31/16 5:20 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Trip to Cape Ann running late...
12/31/16 5:07 am <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] 12/31 Salisbury SP Red Crossbills continue
12/31/16 4:31 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Trip to Cape Ann Cancelled
12/30/16 6:37 pm Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...> [MASSBIRD] carpool on 1-1-17 for newburyport BBC walk?
12/30/16 6:04 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Harris' Sparrow, Hadley (second-hand FB report)
12/30/16 5:53 pm Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> [MASSBIRD] Amazing raptor show at Cumberland Farms
12/30/16 3:24 pm Janice Jorgensen <janicejorgensen...> [MASSBIRD] MANO CBC (Northampton) December 18, 2016 results
12/30/16 12:52 pm Paul Roberts <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] The Eagle Huntress (a movie)
12/30/16 9:39 am Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...> [MASSBIRD] Ross' Goose, PI YES 12/30
12/30/16 8:04 am <marj...> [MASSBIRD] Red-headed Woodpecker Brookline
12/30/16 5:46 am Glenn Long <hdtwblg...> [MASSBIRD] North Wayland
12/29/16 2:42 pm Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Tom Wetmore Did Not Discover the Ross's Geese, Whatever That Means
12/29/16 2:12 pm James Barton <Redwing1986...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Tom Wetmore Did Not Discover the Ross's Geese, Whatever That Means
12/29/16 1:40 pm Dan Prima <raptormafia...> [MASSBIRD] RE: Identification of white geese at Plum Island 12/28
12/29/16 7:52 am Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Crossbills Sailisbury Beach Reservation - YES 12/29 9:15 a.m.
12/29/16 7:37 am Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> [MASSBIRD] Three great horned owls night visit, Concord
12/29/16 7:11 am Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...> [MASSBIRD] Great Blue Herons
12/29/16 5:57 am Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...> [MASSBIRD] December Birding Delights-Winthrop Beach
12/29/16 5:56 am Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...> [MASSBIRD] re: Cardinal attacking reflection
12/29/16 5:44 am Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Identification of white geese at Plum Island, 12/28
12/29/16 5:44 am Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Identification of white geese at Plum Island, 12/28
12/29/16 5:44 am Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Identification of white geese at Plum Island, 12/28
12/28/16 7:02 pm Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Identification of white geese at Plum Island, 12/28
12/28/16 3:44 pm Sean Williams <seanbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Identification of white geese at Plum Island, 12/28
12/28/16 3:22 pm <killdeer89...> [MASSBIRD] Iceland Gull- Craigville Beach
12/28/16 3:18 pm Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...> [MASSBIRD] Cooper's hawk nails mourning dove
12/28/16 3:10 pm Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...> [MASSBIRD] Boston birds, images
12/28/16 3:00 pm Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> [MASSBIRD] Female Northern Harrier, Concord
12/28/16 2:10 pm <sffaulkner...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Cardinal attacking reflection
12/28/16 1:27 pm <asb1960...> [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose (2) at Parker River - Thank you Tom Wetmore for getting the word out so quickly!
12/28/16 12:32 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Cashman Park, Salisbury Beach State Res, Parker River Refuge - 12-28-16
12/28/16 12:09 pm Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl, Ipswich
12/28/16 8:48 am Wendy Howes <curiousbooks...> [MASSBIRD] Cardinal attacking reflection
12/28/16 5:55 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Ash-throated Flycatcher - Centerville
12/27/16 3:00 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl, Nauset
12/27/16 1:38 pm Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Nahant: Chat, Kestrel and Cayuga Duck
12/27/16 6:48 am Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] Longspurs (6+) and Pipit at Little's Lane Fields, 12/26
12/27/16 5:41 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] cardinal
12/27/16 4:51 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Peregrines and shrikes
12/26/16 5:31 pm Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] 12/26/16 - Murrelet at Race Point
12/26/16 11:07 am <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin-New Salem
12/26/16 8:01 am Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl Print by Roger Tory Peterson for Sale
12/25/16 4:52 pm <mussey.robert...> [MASSBIRD] 1st in 36 years
12/25/16 3:55 pm Charlie Thompson <cot3...> [MASSBIRD] Orleans, Nauset Beach
12/25/16 1:42 pm Jeffrey Boone Miller <jboonemiller...> [MASSBIRD] Fresh Pond - Cambridge
12/25/16 6:52 am steven.j.babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes in Peabody
12/24/16 1:04 pm david ely <davidely...> [MASSBIRD] BBC 2017 Downeast Maine Puffin and Boreal birding trip
12/24/16 10:04 am Jason Forbes <jason...> [MASSBIRD] Warblers, Mystic Lakes
12/24/16 9:39 am Steve Babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...> [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills at Salisbury SP
12/24/16 6:14 am John Keeley <kestrel2009...> [MASSBIRD] Snow geese Danvers
12/24/16 5:03 am Jude Griffin <judegriffin...> [MASSBIRD] Cummings Center Beverly Pond: snow goose 7:44 am
12/23/16 3:24 pm Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle Gloucester
12/23/16 10:37 am Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...> [MASSBIRD] December Birding Delights-Winthrop Beach
12/23/16 6:49 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Townsend's Solitaire - Essex
12/22/16 11:12 am Steve Mirick <smirick...> [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck continues in Haverhill
12/22/16 9:24 am Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...> [MASSBIRD] Beverly Snow Goose
12/22/16 7:52 am Christopher M. Dalton <christopher.m.dalton...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Sandhills Cranes Franklin Park Boston
12/22/16 7:40 am William Hobbie <whobbie77...> [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese
12/22/16 7:06 am Christopher M. Dalton <christopher.m.dalton...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhills Cranes Franklin Park Boston
12/22/16 6:25 am David Ely <davidely...> [MASSBIRD] Pink - footed goose (Ipswich)
12/21/16 4:05 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Iceland Gull Westboro
12/21/16 3:58 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Spot Pond Bald Eagle, Comon Loons, etc. in Stoneham
12/21/16 1:45 pm alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: [RI Birds] 12/21/16 Report of Graylag Goose
12/21/16 1:27 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 12-21-16
12/21/16 10:47 am Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...> [MASSBIRD] Salisbury State Res: Red Crossbills
12/21/16 10:46 am Dee Stewart <haberlea...> [MASSBIRD] mystery goose in Stow MA
12/21/16 8:39 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose, Ipswich continues 12/21
12/21/16 8:04 am Jane Moosbruker <jamoos...> [MASSBIRD] Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:58:19 -0500
12/21/16 6:44 am <asb1960...> [MASSBIRD] First time screech owl and red-breasted nut hatch in yard
12/20/16 7:14 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Quincy CBC 12/17/16
12/20/16 1:48 pm Deborah Radovsky <dp32...> [MASSBIRD] Lake Massapoag, Sharon
12/20/16 11:46 am Warren Tatro <wtatro...> [MASSBIRD] Snow Goose in Danvers
12/20/16 8:57 am Julie Sheehan <juliesheehan08...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagles Amesbury
12/20/16 7:08 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Sign up now for the January BBC Pelagic trip
12/20/16 6:47 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] female Brown-headed Cowbird / Newbury
12/19/16 7:19 pm John Liller <john.liller...> [MASSBIRD] Worcester CBC
12/19/16 2:44 pm Robert Emerson <remerson...> [MASSBIRD] Newport (RI)-Westport (MA) CBC highlights
12/19/16 11:02 am Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] White Winged Doves Continuing
12/19/16 7:56 am Philip Brown <nebirdsplus...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose continues - Ipswich 12/19/16
 
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Date: 1/18/17 3:01 pm
From: Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Andrew's Point, Rockport: 18 Jan. 2017: all six alcids, POJA
Andrew's Point, Rockport Seawatch

Jan 18, 2017 6:55 AM - 2:25 PM

Protocol: Stationary

Comments: Overcast, rain & drizzle, E winds 20-40 mph, 38-39 F.; seas
6-10 feet

31 species (+1 other taxa)



American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 3

Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 1

King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) 1 female

Common Eider (Dresser's) (Somateria mollissima dresseri) 135

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) 45

Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 12

White-winged Scoter (North American) (Melanitta fusca deglandi) 32

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) 113

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) 16

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 1

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) 1

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 3

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 30

Common Loon (Gavia immer) 16

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 7

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) 123 Mostly adults, a few sub-ads.,
two 1st-winter

Great Cormorant (North Atlantic) (Phalacrocorax carbo carbo) 6

Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) 4

Pomarine Jaeger (Stercorarius pomarinus) 1 large, bulky, pot-bellied,
jaeger with broad-based wings; 5th January record and the latest

Dovekie (Alle alle) 21 tiny alcids with dark underwings; many passing
just off the rocks, usually singles, but several pairs and flocks of three
also.

Common Murre (Uria aalge) 46 second commonest alcid in MA waters since
2002.

Thick-billed Murre (Uria lomvia) 22 all hooded, some fully, many
showing white throats; head and bills angled slightly downward in flight

Razorbill (Alca torda) 245

large alcid sp. (Uria/Alca sp.) 29

Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle) 4

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) 2 separate flybys; compact,
chunky alcids, all dark underwings, dusky faces, triangular bills

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) 253 252 adults, 2 -
1st-winter

Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 1

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 4

Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) 37

Iceland Gull (kumlieni) (Larus glaucoides kumlieni) 2 1-1W, 1-2W

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 21



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33771928



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

--
Richard Heil

 

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Date: 1/18/17 1:50 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] WMB: Ross' Goose in Longmeadow
Hi MassBirders,

Dorrie Holmes posted some photos of a Ross’ Goose with a group of Canadas in Longmeadow today. In the Western Mass Birders group on FaceBook.

Other WMB posts recently indicate that the Red-headed Woodpeckers continue to be present both at Lake Wallace (Belchertown) and Arcadia MAS, and Iceland and Lesser Black-backed Gulls continue in Turners Falls. The Boreal Chickadee in Peru was seen again yesterday, no reports yet today.

And indications are that an influx of Barred Owls is going on, both from the number of people spotting them in trees during the daytime, but more sadly also from Greg Watkevich’s report of at least 5 dead ones along I-91 in Massachusetts and Vermont.

I spent a little time birding this morning, did not find anything new and exciting, but the Northern Shoveler that I found in Montague last week (?) is still there, now alone, its Mallard companions apparently all left. And the Ring-necked Duck and Greater Scaup are still at the power canal in Turners Falls.

Good birding,

Josh



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




 

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Date: 1/18/17 12:37 pm
From: Eddie <emgiles62...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] REMINDER: Brookline Bird Club Workshop: eBird For Beginners / January 28, 2017
Just a reminder that their are still spaces available for the following
Brookline Bird Club workshop on Saturday, January 28. Thank you.

**************************************

eBird for Beginners

eBird has revolutionized how modern birders bird. The website, created
by Cornell University, allows you to record all your bird sightings,
either from home or while in the field. You can keep track of your life
and year lists: world, continent, country, ABA, state, county, or just
your yard. You can even set up an alert to tell you when there are birds
nearby that you need. eBird is helpful when planning trips to unfamiliar
places, allowing you to check out birding hotspots and recent sightings.
When you use eBird you’re also contributing to citizen science – all
your sightings help to build a picture of the state of the birds.

Join us for a two-hour eBird Workshop with BBC Field Trip Coordinator,
Dr. Neil Hayward. This workshop will teach you how to enter your own
sightings into eBird, how to generate reports, and how to use the site
to search for historical sightings. We’ll also discuss the use of
eBird-related apps while in the field. No prior experience with eBird is
necessary. This workshop is ideal for eBird beginners as well as those
wishing to get more out of the website, and those with unanswered
questions. The afternoon of classroom instruction will take place on
Saturday, January 28, 2017, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Assabet River
National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA.
Participants are encouraged to bring their tablets or laptops to follow
along live on eBird (WiFi will be available).

This two-hour workshop is $10 for BBC members and $20 for non-members
and is open to 30 participants. Refreshments will be served and all
proceeds will benefit the BBC Young Birders Scholarship Program. Advance
registration is required; please preregister with BBC Workshop Chair,
Eddie Giles at <emgiles62...>

**************************************

Eddie

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

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Date: 1/18/17 5:36 am
From: Dana Duxbury-Fox <danafox...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] An Amazing Twilight with a Barred Owl in North Andover
Last evening about 5 pm I looked out my kitchen window at my feeders. Dusk
had set in and upon further looking at my two hav-a-heart traps, I dimly saw
a large lump. What could it be? Too large for a gray squirrel but what
else would be in my yard at that time of day? I grabbed my bincos and much
to my delight "my" barred owl was there sitting on the ground fixated on one
of the traps. "My" owl since one had been seen in my yard and neighborhood
in November and December even during the day and frequently harassed by
crows. But since the new year, it had not been seen by any of my neighbors
who by then had all seen it. As reported the first time I saw it, Barred
Owls have been seen a few times in my yard but in the past 20 years winters
when the snow was deep and only for a couple of days at a time. I really
don't have deep woods so they have not been seen in the nesting season.



Back to my story. I took a few pictures in the dwindling light with my
phone and looked out again and it was gone. I decided to check what was in
the trap and went out through our screened porch triggering a motion light
and looking for the owl. Didn't see it so I went to the far side of the
brick patio and lifted up the trap to discover I had caught a red squirrel.
Well, I dislike them as I know they pull apart nests destroying eggs and
young birds and started to take the trap out front. I walked a few steps
toward the house and thought I should reset the other big trap and turned
and walked back. After setting it, I looked up and there to the west was
the owl on the lowest branch of a big oak tree about twenty feet from me.



A thought came to me and I slowly moved back to the trap with the squirrel
and with the owl now in back of me carefully opened one side of the trap
facing south east. Well, what happened next was extraordinary - it happened
so fast. The squirrel ran so fast headed toward the trees to my left (now
quite dark )and suddenly I heard a squeal (from the squirrel) and then dimly
saw the owl lift up. That was some hungry owl to tolerate me moving about,
a light and to still want that squirrel so much and what faith that it might
get that morsel for dinner.



Well, I got my year MA Barred Owl in a manner I'll never forget.



Dana



North Andover, MA




 

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Date: 1/17/17 8:22 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Leverett Pond, Jamaica Pond, Hall's pond
Hi
Quick tour of few ponds in Brookline/JP:

Jamaica Pond: mostly frozen, 8 American Coot
Leverett Pond: 4 Ring-necked Ducks, 6 Hooded Merganser, 6 Wood Ducks all very close to shore
Hall's Pond Sanctuary: 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet. No ducks

Joe Battenfeld
Roslindale
<jbattenfeld...>



 

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Date: 1/17/17 7:10 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Short -Eared Owl, Orchard Beach Squantum
More likely the causeway or Squaw Rock as one faces Moon Island to have a bird fly right to left. It might head over to Thompson's or hunt over Marina Bay/Quincy Point Park and farther up the Neponset to John Paul Park and the Milton marshes.


Glenn


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


>
> On January 17, 2017 at 2:17 PM South Shore BirdClub <SouthShoreBirdClub...> wrote:
>
> Tim ONeill called me at 1 pm this afternoon as he had just watched a Short-Eared Owl fly across the Bay from right to left, landing on the beach at the left of Orchard beach, (which would be Moon Island) and is not accessible
>

 

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Date: 1/17/17 6:43 pm
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Essex and Ipswich Rt 133, Jan 16, 2017
On Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 4:47 PM, <ebird-checklist...>
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','<ebird-checklist...>');>> wrote:

> Essex and Ipswich Rt 133, Essex, Massachusetts, US
> Jan 16, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 10.0 mile(s)
> Comments: circled around Ipswich looking for Pink-footed Goose with
> flocks of Canada Geese. First stopped at Island Road Essex, next fields at
> corner of Northgate Rd and 133, Fellows Road and back to fields at the
> other end of North Gate Rd. and Argilla Rd. Bev Chaison was there already
> looking and found the Pink-footed Goose around 3:30. I stayed till about 4
> and managed to get a few photos of the Pink-footed Goose. Driving back to
> Gloucester, I pulled over on RT 133 across from the Golf Course in Essex
> and had a fly over adult Bald Eagle.
> 7 species
>
> Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1
> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 300
> Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
> Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
> Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1 Island Rd
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 70
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 60 Island Rd. Stavros Reservation
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch
> ecklist/S33750683
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>



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


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

 

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Date: 1/17/17 5:55 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneye and scaup
massbirders,
While the bird was backlit and distant, I couldn’t resist the shot. Barrow’s
Goldeneye at Town Cove, Orleans today. Head shape and plumage contrast alone
in this image may not confirm foreground bird as Lesser Scaup, but it’s
arguable I think. What about the other goldeneye? Love waterfowl....

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

A few butcherbird images as well. Enjoy

Peter Trull
Brewster.
<petrull...>


 

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Date: 1/17/17 2:19 pm
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose 1/16/2017
Essex and Ipswich Rt 133, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 16, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling 10.0 mile(s)
Comments: circled around Ipswich looking for Pink-footed Goose with
flocks of Canada Geese. First stopped at Island Road Essex, next fields at
corner of Northgate Rd and 133, Fellows Road and back to fields at the
other end of North Gate Rd. and Argilla Rd. Bev Chaison was there already
looking and found the Pink-footed Goose around 3:30. I stayed till about 4
and managed to get a few photos of the Pink-footed Goose. Driving back to
Gloucester, I pulled over on RT 133 across from the Golf Course in Essex
and had a fly over adult Bald Eagle.
7 species

Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 will add photos
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 300
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1 Island Rd
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 70
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 60 Island Rd. Stavros Reservation

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

 

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Date: 1/17/17 1:42 pm
From: South Shore BirdClub <SouthShoreBirdClub...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Short -Eared Owl, Orchard Beach Squantum
Tim ONeill called me at 1 pm this afternoon as he had just watched a Short-Eared Owl fly across the Bay from right to left, landing on the beach at the left of Orchard beach, (which would be Moon Island) and is not accessible
 

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Date: 1/17/17 1:42 pm
From: Birding <jsmassbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fresh Pond
At least eleven hooded mergansers (male & female) swimming in the small area of open water in the NE corner of Fresh Pond this afternoon. Great photo ops for those who can navigate the fence and vegetation to get a free shot. No need for scopes…very close to the walkway.

Joyce Spencer
Newton, MA
 

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Date: 1/17/17 12:40 pm
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Acton School St. Longspur and Buntings; Red-wings in Groton

Made a quick stop at the School St. fields in Acton midday and was treated to quite a show. When I first arrived I counted a flock of 84 Snow Buntings close to the road to the east. And the continuing Lapland Longspur was in that flock. Soon thereafter that flock was flushed by someone flying a model airplane, and the Buntings/Longspur flew far into the fields to the west. But within about 30 minutes the entire flock of Larks and Buntings came back to the east side of the road - I estimated 250 total Larks/Buntings in that flock as they flew by. Unfortunately I never picked out the Longspur again

Several times part of the flock flew to the road shoulder, and some landed in the road interestingly preferring to forage right on the yellow center stripe. I included a barely passable phonescoped photo of Larks walking the yellow line in my eBird report (see link below).

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33747890

Also had 10 Buntings perched at the top of the tall tree right along School St. - an odd place to roost.

And earlier in the morning I spent a couple hours in Groton at the Fitch's Bridge area. As I've encountered elsewhere in the region this winter, there were very few passerines. This spot is routinely excellent for sparrows, but I had less than 10 each of Trees, Juncos, and Songs. Though 7 Red-winged Blackbirds were nice - a group of 6 plus a single.

Lastly an interesting Mallard observation - there were 87 Mallards in the river which is not unusual. But what was odd was that more than 3/4 were males. This time of year I'm used to seeing many of the waterfowl already paired off, with roughly equal numbers of males and females. Why did the males greatly outnumber the females?

All in all some fun birding on a mid-winter day.


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



 

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Date: 1/17/17 6:44 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White-Fronted Geese-Newbury 1/17
Richard Osborn stopped by the store to report that he saw (the?) 3 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in with about 12 Canada geese on Scotland Road in Newbury at about 8:45 this morning. The geese were in the same field as the Greenbelt Soucy/Jodrey Platform, but nearer the small pond (aka Grinley's Wet Spot) end of the field.

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

 

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Date: 1/17/17 6:30 am
From: Walz, Christopher <CWalz...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tufted info received
Thank you all, on my way there now

Chris Walz
<cwalz...>
West Barnstable
<cwalz...>

 

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Date: 1/17/17 6:24 am
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Is the Tufted duck in acushnet still around?

> On Jan 17, 2017, at 8:50 AM, Walz, Christopher <CWalz...> wrote:
>
> I'm heading to New Bedford today, does anybody know if the Tufted Duck reported Saturday is still around?

Chris and MassBirders,

According to a post by Danny MacKinnon to the MARBA group in FaceBook, it was still present yesterday. Specifically he said "back at the Slocum st bridge. South side of bridge fairly close to shore."

Good birding,

Josh



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




 

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Date: 1/17/17 5:57 am
From: Walz, Christopher <CWalz...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RE: tufted duck
Sorry, I only get the daily email, please respond to my personal emails below

Thank you


Chris Walz
<cwalz...>
West Barnstable
<cwalz...>

 

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Date: 1/17/17 5:57 am
From: Walz, Christopher <CWalz...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Is the Tufted duck in acushnet still around?
I'm heading to New Bedford today, does anybody know if the Tufted Duck reported Saturday is still around?

Chris Walz
<cwalz...>
West Barnstable
<cwalz...>

 

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Date: 1/17/17 4:22 am
From: Jim <jkhogan5...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Raven
Yesterday morning (1.16.2017) I had a C. Raven circling the Chapel on the campus of Wheaton College (Norton, MA). It was quite visible for a couple of minutes and was croaking. My campus Fish crows have not been heard for several weeks.

Jim Hogan
Northborough,

Sent from my iPad

 

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Date: 1/16/17 9:00 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rockport and Lanesville, Jan 16, 2017: Pacific loon
> Cathedral Ledge, Rockport
> Jan 16, 2017 8:45 AM - 9:30 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: I birded Cape Ann (mostly Rockport) with Ava Steenstrup and
> Miles Brengle today. This was our first stop because we all wanted to see
> the Pacific loon found there Friday by Jerry Bertrand. We found it
> immediately and made a long study of it. We also showed it to 2 or 3
> others who came along.
> 13 species; partial list:
>
> Common Eider 12
> Harlequin Duck 24
> White-winged Scoter 3
> Bufflehead 14
> Red-breasted Merganser 2
> Red-throated Loon 1
> PACIFIC LOON 1 Seen well in good light perhaps 200 yards
straight offshore. We noted the rounded head, the slender bill held
absolutely horizontally, the plain dark gray crown and nape (dark down to
the eye), a barely noticeable chinstrap, and, most importantly, the straight
vertical dark line dividing the gray of the head and neck from the white of
the throat and breast. We could see little to no white on the flanks of
this bird. It was good to be able to compare its size and field marks with
those of a nearby (and larger) common loon. Miles will have attached photos
to his list.
> Common Loon 1
> Northern Gannet 4
> Purple Sandpiper 15 (Ava only)
> Razorbill 2
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33724461


Andrew's Point, Rockport
Jan 16, 2017 9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: We next spent an hour at Andrews Pt., where we had good luck
with king eiders.
17 species; partial list:

King Eider 2 We found just one of the two females which had been there,
but before we left saw a 1W male fly in.
Common Eider 25
Harlequin Duck 47
White-winged Scoter 5
Black Scoter 5 (No big scoter flocks seen today.)
Long-tailed Duck 1 f (the only one we saw today)
Common Loon 2
Red-necked Grebe 1
Northern Gannet 24
Great Cormorant 7
Purple Sandpiper 1 Posed on the rocks for photos by Miles and Jonathan
Layman. We never saw another bird with it, though Ava had just seen about 15
at Cathedral Ledge.
Razorbill 8
Black Guillemot 1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33724830


John Kieran Sanctuary, Rockport
Jan 16, 2017 11:20 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.6 mile(s)
Comments: Our next stop was the Kieran Sanctuary where we hoped to find
a chat but did not. In fact, we missed many species we expected to see
here, but did find a catbird.
12 species; partial list:

Cooper's Hawk 1 Large size, long tail, chestnut barring on breast.
Seen well by all 3 of us before we even got out of the car.
Downy Woodpecker 3
Black-capped Chickadee 13
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 1
White-throated Sparrow 6
Northern Cardinal 4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33725616


Plum Cove, Lanesville
Jan 16, 2017 12:45 PM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: From there we drove to the Plum Cove area to look for the
Barrow's goldeneye recently seen from Rowley Shore Rd. We didn't find it
there, so we went a few hundred yards south to Plum Cove itself, where we
have had good luck with this species in prior years. Lo and behold, I saw 7
goldeneyes flying south past the cove, and one of them was the drake
Barrow's! Miles grabbed his camera and got a few photos, which when blown
up proved that it was the BAGO.
11 species; partial list:

Brant (Atlantic) 2
American Black Duck 7
Bufflehead 5
Common Goldeneye 6 f
Barrow's Goldeneye 1 m
Red-breasted Merganser 12
Wild Turkey 1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33726208


UMass Marine Station, Lanesville
Jan 16, 2017 1:10 PM - 1:25 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Since the goldeneyes had flown south past Plum Cove, we
figured they might have landed here, and we were right. The place is now
gated, but via a path on the right side that parallels the fence, we got a
view of both sides of the little peninsula here. They were on the south
side, and we could view them through the fence.
8 species: partial list:

Canada Goose 30 plus, flying by the station
Surf Scoter 3 sleeping males
Common Goldeneye 6 f
Barrow's Goldeneye 1 m

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33726503

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

 

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Date: 1/16/17 3:19 pm
From: Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl in Squantum section of Quincy
Snowy owl seen at Orchard Beach in Squantum via East Squantum St.
found by Mike McQuaid today out on Rocks surrounded by water.

Kathy Rawdon

Hingham, Ma.

 

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Date: 1/16/17 2:51 pm
From: Edward Purcell <tedgpurcell...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 1-16-17 Salisbury State Reservation
Iceland Gull (1), Ipswich Sparrow (1) and snow buntings (8) main beach
parking lot. One snow bunting headed into alternate (breeding) plumage.
Mockingbird (1), black-capped chickadee (1) and red-breasted nuthatch (1).

Ted Purcell
Rutland MA

 

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Date: 1/16/17 2:06 pm
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann highlights, 1/16
Hi Folks,

Paul Sullivan and I rolled around Cape Ann today.

Highlights:

the three scoters

Harlequin ducks at Bass Rocks & Cathedral Ledges

Purple Sandpipers murmurating at Cathedral Ledges, big flock, maybe more than 100.

Pacific loon, surfacing at us showing chin strap, but often farther away, at
Cathedral Ledges.

At Andrews Point, a close female King Eider, and one close Razorbill on the water.

Along Bass Rocks, two Black Guillemots.

No Peregrine seen on City Hall.


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

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Date: 1/16/17 11:35 am
From: Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hager Pond Marlborough
Had a f adult Northern Shovelor, a f Ring-necked and a f Hooded Merganser at Hager Pond in Marlborough along with about 40 mallards, 3 Black Ducks, 40 Ring-billed Gulls. Viewed from the gazebo adjacent to the Wayland Country Store parking lot

Scott Ricker
Worcester, MA
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Date: 1/16/17 11:12 am
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Longspur, Buntings, Larks Continue at School St Fields in Acton
I was able to pick out one Longspur from the flock of Buntings at the School St fields this morning. The number of Buntings appears to have increased from a couple days ago. Birds were flying back and forth much of my time there today, landing in both sides of the road. Raven was a flyby at west end of field.

Cliff Cook
Watertown.

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
> Date: January 16, 2017 at 1:59:58 PM EST
> To: Clifford Cook <ccook13...>
> Subject: eBird -- School St. fields, Acton -- Jan 16, 2017
>
> School St. fields, Acton
> Jan 16, 2017
> 10:18 AM
> Stationary
> 66 Minutes
> All birds reported? Yes
> Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.1 Build 113
>
> 75 Canada Goose -- Careful count.
> 1 Red-tailed Hawk
> 25 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
> 3 Blue Jay
> 75 American Crow -- Careful count.
> 1 Common Raven
> 150 Horned Lark -- Estimate while entire flock was flying
> 1 Black-capped Chickadee
> 30 European Starling
> 1 Lapland Longspur -- Mixed in with Snow Bunting flock.
> 100 Snow Bunting -- Based on count while scoping flock on the ground. Many more than previously reported I think.
>
> Number of Taxa: 11
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 1/16/17 11:05 am
From: <danafox...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose
With same flock on Argiia just north of Northgate in Ipswich Tim 2 pm.
Dana and Bob


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Date: 1/16/17 10:05 am
From: Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Ravens- Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary- Natick, MA
Just had two Common Ravens on the marsh trail, seen and heard. Such a treat!

Johnathon Benson
Waltham, MA
 

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Date: 1/16/17 9:58 am
From: msalett <msalett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Cod:barrow's, shovelers, Eurasian wigeon
The Barrow's Goldeneye continues at Town Cove, Orleans.

There are a pair of Northern Shovelers and Northern Pintails at Mill Pond in Marstons Mills.

And the Eurasian Wigeon continues at Shawmee Pond in Sandwich Center among the American Wigeon, Hooded mergansers and Great Blue Herons.

Visiting these three spots will also reward you with a wide variety of winter ducks.

Marsha Salett
Needham MA
<msalett...>

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Date: 1/16/17 7:54 am
From: Marjorie <marjwtsn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink Footed Goose Argilla Rd
seen in horse paddock near corner of Argilla and Northgate 10:30am.

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Date: 1/16/17 7:41 am
From: Marjorie <marjwtsn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink Footed Goose Argilla Rd
seen in horse paddock near corner of Argilla and Northgate 10:30am.

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Date: 1/16/17 7:20 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Horned Larks, Gloucester 1/16
Sally Bradshaw called at 9:25am to report 28 HORNED LARKS in the parking lot at Gloucester Crossing, near the Petco.

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


 

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Date: 1/16/17 6:16 am
From: Miles Brengle <brenglema...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pacific Loon - Rockport 1/16
Ava Steenstrup, Jim Berry, and myself are looking at the continuing Pacific
Loon off of Cathedral Ledge in Rockport right now (9:10am). It is straight
out and swimming right. Photos taken.

24 Harlequins here as well.

 

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Date: 1/15/17 9:14 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ward Reservation, Jan 15, 2017
> Ward Reservation, Andover/N. Andover
> Jan 15, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:40 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> Comments: I walked all the way to Boston Hill and back with Lou Wagner
> and Dave Williams, as part of Donna Cooper's effort to start regular bird
> counts at the Ward Res. for TTOR, which owns the property. Several groups
> of us radiated out on the many trails this morning. Not surprisingly, the
> birding was on the slow side. This list is from my group only. The
> bluebirds and the red nuts were the highlights. One of the former was
> singing his little heart out on the newly opened-up area at the top of
> Boston Hill.
> 11 species (+1 other taxon)
>
> Larus sp. 1 .
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Hairy Woodpecker 2
> Blue Jay 1
> Black-capped Chickadee 4
> Tufted Titmouse 3
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
> Eastern Bluebird 9 flocks in two places, the tops of Holt Hill and
> Boston Hill
> American Robin 2
> American Goldfinch 1
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33691867

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

 

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Date: 1/15/17 5:14 pm
From: <redpoll...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 9-Raptor Day
We didn't get an early start and didn't stay out very long, but we had a pretty good raptor day. We started with an Eastern Screech Owl in our yard. As we drove into Salisbury Beach State Reservation, we had Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, and Northern Harrier in rapid succession. We added a Cooper's Hawk in the campground and a Red-tailed Hawk on the way out. We headed to Hampton Beach State Park to look for the Snowy Owl that had been hanging around, but without success. But we did find a Snowy farther north in Hampton.
We added two more on the Parker River NWR with Merlin and Rough-legged Hawk. Couldn't find the Barred Owl, and didn't stay for the Short-eared Owl show.
Nine species seems pretty good for a few hours in January!

David Larson
Bradford, MA
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Date: 1/15/17 1:46 pm
From: Miles Brengle <brenglema...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Newburyport area - 1/15
Massbird,

A stop at Spencer Pierce-Little Farm in Newbury this morning yielded a
flock of about 40 Horned Larks with at least five Lapland Longspurs mixed
in. These birds were in the big fields on the right as you walk out from
the parking area.

Plum Island was pretty dead besides an adult eagle at the beginning of the
s-curves, a Rough-legged Hawk from Bill Forward Pool, and over 600 black
ducks throughout.

 

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Date: 1/15/17 1:08 pm
From: Edward Purcell <tedgpurcell...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 1-15-17 Rutland/Spencer Robins and Hooded Mergansers
American Robins were in the holly again today. They attracted the
attention of a Cooper's Hawk. A raven was also around.

In Spencer on the Seven Mile River between the fairgrounds and Big Y were a
pair of Hooded Mergansers and five Mallards.

Ted Purcell
Rutland MA

 

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Date: 1/15/17 1:08 pm
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Juvenile snow geese, Danvers
Paula Fee called the store at 4:00 to report spotting 2 juvenile Snow geese amongst a large flock of Canada geese in the corn fields at Middleton Gardens, Danvers.

Barrett S Bacall

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


 

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Date: 1/15/17 12:50 pm
From: Sabrina Hepburn <s.k.hepburn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barrows Goldeneye - Rowley Shore Road
Barrows is currently present at previously-reported location off Rowley Shore Road in Rockport.

Sabrina Hepburn
Waltham

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Date: 1/15/17 9:34 am
From: Alvin Laasanen <laasanen...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] 1-14-17 Robins Rutland MA and Worcester Airport
Probably not the case at Worcester Airport, but my crab apple tree in
Worcester County is bare because it has already been picked clean by a
steady parade of robins, bluebirds, starlings, and Cedar Waxwings. On
New Year's Day I had 3 bluebirds and 6 robins feeding in it. I also
haven't seen the large robin flocks present some winters.

Alvin Laasanen
Sterling MA
<laasanen...>


On 1/14/2017 1:53 PM, Edward Purcell wrote:
> Had a group of 20-25 Robins in our Holly (cultivar not native Ilex)
> bushes today. Have seen fewer this winter than last few.
>
> Drove over Worcester Airport and the crab apple and other fruit trees
> are bare. Often they are visited by waxwings, robins and other birds
> in winter. Suspect that reflects the poor apple year in general.
> Makes me wonder if lack of robins may be associated.
>
> Ted Purcell
> Rutland MA
> <tedgpurcell...> <mailto:<tedgpurcell...>



 

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Date: 1/15/17 6:52 am
From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lots of turkeys!
43 wild turkeys in my backyard this morning which has been often since they roam around the woods and streets and condos of our Westford complex every day. They roost in the tall pine trees and it's fun watching them fly down across the lawns and backyard! A few of the males are actually displaying right now with their tails spread out - even at 26 degrees!

Also get a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers at the duet continually every day.

Sandy Selesky
Westford, MA
<sandyselesky...>

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Date: 1/15/17 4:52 am
From: david ely <davidely...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] DOWNEAST MAINE PUFFIN AND BOREAL BIRDING TRIP 2017 EDITION
Massbirders,


It is once again that time of year to sign up for the annual 4th of July Brookline Bird Club to Machias, Maine for breeding boreal birds and nesting Atlantic puffins and other alcids. Once again, we have reserved a boat to take us from Cutler Harbor out to Machias Seal Island to view the nesting colony of seabirds. This trip fills up every year and we often have a long wait list. Please sign up now to ensure your spot as we still have slots available. More specific details about the trip are below and you should feel free to contact me with any questions. Cost of the trip for BBC Members is $175.00 per person, which includes the boat trip but not BBC Membership, lodging, or food. To join the Brookline Bird Club, please navigate to: http://www.brooklinebirdclub.org/ and go the "Join" link at the top right of the page. The price of the trip for non-members is $190, so there is no reason to not join the nation's largest bird club for the low, tax-deductible price of $15.

I will also add that we've had many "non-birding" spouses and participants on this trip in the past. Due to spectacular scenery, favorable climate, great food, and close encounters with the region's birds and wildlife, it is enjoyable for almost any participant.








BROOKLINE BIRD CLUB

MAINE WEEKEND TRIP

June 30 – July 4, 2017


For nesting Atlantic puffins, common murres, razorbills, Arctic Terns, boreal species (such as spruce grouse, gray jay, boreal chickadee, and black-backed woodpecker), nesting warblers, black terns, Nelson’s sparrows, and upland sandpipers.

PHOTOGRAPHERS: This is a fantastic trip for people interested in photography as we typically have nearly point-blank encounters with Atlantic puffins, common murres, razorbills, Arctic terns, and spruce grouse. The boreal forests and bogs also present abundant opportunities to take pictures of pitcher plants, wildflowers, butterflies, and dragonflies so there is never a dull moment for shutter bugs.


SCHEDULE


FRIDAY, June 30, 2017: Leave the Boston area early and beat the HOLIDAY traffic. We will meet at the Gilsland Audubon Center in Falmouth, ME at 6:30am. This is located at 20 Gilsland Farm Road, in Falmouth. We will spend up to 3 hours here looking for any rarities (little egret in previous years) and other breeding species. From there we head to Lake Messalonskee to try for purple martins, black terns, bitterns, and possibly sandhill cranes. Our next stop on Friday (after a fuel and lunch stop near Eddington) will be at the Esker overlook on Route 9 and then onto the blueberry barrens near Cherryfield for upland sandpipers and possibly vesper sparrow. After that, we will continue to Machias. ***Make your own reservations at the BLUEBIRD MOTEL, 231 Dublin St., Machias, ME 04654, tel: 207/255-3332. (Located on US1, one mile before the center of Machias).*** Rates are approximately $90.00 for a single or a double room. (There may be a Brookline Bird Club discount – so tell them you are with the group.) Make your own reservations, early. After checking in, we meet at the hotel to discuss details of the next few days. We will go to dinner as a group in the Machias area after that. Breakfast and lunch are consumed on the go so bring a cooler and plenty of water to drink.

.

SATURDAY, 7/01/17: 7:00AM: Mainland birding for possible northern species such as black-backed woodpecker, spruce grouse, gray jay, boreal chickadee and other northern summer residents. Canada warbler, yellow-bellied flycatcher, olive-sided flycatcher, both species of crossbill, and other breeding warblers are routinely seen along with moose and black bear on occasion. Typically, a local birder will help guide us through the Burn Road and other spots in the Topsfield, ME area. We do not hike rugged terrain and we stay on the roads, but we make numerous forays from the cars that add up to several miles of walking over the course of the day. Bring a lunch and plenty of water along with sunblock and insect repellent. Upon our return to Machias, we will dine as a group at another local restaurant.

SUNDAY, 7/02/17: (Time to be determined based on tides) Boat trip to Machias Seal Island. (Weather permitting) Length 4-5 hours. (The boat travels in rain but not it in rough seas). BE ADVISED THAT THE LANDING ON MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND IS OVER ROUGH, SLIPPERY ROCKS. If ocean conditions are deemed unsafe the captain, we will not attempt a landing, but do not worry. We will still see thousands of puffins, murres, razorbills, and terns at close range. Other pelagic species are possible on the trip to the island with northern fulmar being seen in 2016.

SUNDAY afternoon: Trip to Quoddy Head for memorable scenery and general birding. We have had all the expected alcids from shore here as well as boreal chickadee quite regularly. Spruce grouse and gray jays have also been seen at this location Depending on the tides, we will check for shorebirds on Lubec flats. If you have a passport, bring it as you may optionally want to explore Campobello Island just across the channel in New Brunswick. Please pack a lunch this day and bring plenty of water. If time permits, you may be able to grab a nice breakfast at Helen’s in Machias.

MONDAY, 7/03/17:

Today we will bird Rogue Bluffs SP, the Cutler Coast Reservation Lands, and the Sunrise Trail near Machias. We expect to have more encounters with boreal breeding species and add to our trip list. We will also look for Nelson’s sparrow near Machias. ALSO NOTE: If anyone wishes to return home on Monday vs. Tuesday, that is acceptable. Please consider this an optional day if you wish, though the cost of the trip remains the same.

TUESDAY, 07/04/2017

We will return to Massachusetts leaving about 7:00 am and head to southern Maine to the Weskeag Marsh for Saltmarsh sharp-tailed Sparrows, or do 'just a little more birding in the boreal forests before we go. Other options include going to the Falmouth area again or to the famous Scarborough Marsh.

Space limited to 15 people.

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To reserve a space, complete this form, enclose a check in the amount of $175.00 each FOR BBC MEMBERS, $190.00 FOR NON-MEMBERS payable to David Ely - & send to David Ely, 387 Essex St. #2, Salem, MA 01970 before 2/1/16. (Money is refundable if replacement is possible.)

CELL: 970-391-0432 e-mail <davidely...>

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Date: 1/14/17 1:44 pm
From: Lisa Schibley <lschibley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] COGOxHOME
Common Goldeneye x Hooded Merganser (hybrid) at Oldham Pond in Pembroke today. Bird was gorgeous. Digiscoped photos on the ebird list do not do it justice.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33665302


Lisa Schibley

Manomet, MA

 

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Date: 1/14/17 1:44 pm
From: Jackson Mesick <jmesick...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Razorbills at deer island
Apologies if this doesn't work: I've never posted from my phone before. I had six razorbills south from the southern end of Deer Island in Suffolk county this afternoon, probably about an hour ago now. They were beyond the flocks of eider in the direction of the middle / left hand lighthouse (don't remember if there were three or two). Barrow's goldeneye was also present on the eastern side of the peninsula. Link to Ebird checklist with details is below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33663555

Good birding!

Jackson Mesick
Jamaica Plain

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Date: 1/14/17 11:00 am
From: Edward Purcell <tedgpurcell...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 1-14-17 Robins Rutland MA and Worcester Airport
Had a group of 20-25 Robins in our Holly (cultivar not native Ilex) bushes
today. Have seen fewer this winter than last few.

Drove over Worcester Airport and the crab apple and other fruit trees are
bare. Often they are visited by waxwings, robins and other birds in
winter. Suspect that reflects the poor apple year in general. Makes me
wonder if lack of robins may be associated.

Ted Purcell
Rutland MA
<tedgpurcell...>

 

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Date: 1/14/17 9:37 am
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Shrike - Orange Airport
Hello,

Just had an imm. N. Shrike along Shinglebrook Rd next to the Orange Airport.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>
 

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Date: 1/14/17 9:29 am
From: Bates, David Westfall,M.D. <DBATES...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Raven
I was very pleasantly surprised to find a Common Raven sitting above the front door and calling at my athletic club, the Mt. Auburn Club this morning, calling. It flew off toward Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Jeremiah Trimble has had a couple at Fresh Pond and there are two nearby reports on eBird from the neighborhood, but this is the first one for me in Watertown in 30 years and I have not had one at Mt. A Cemetery.

David Bates, Watertown
<dbates...>



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Date: 1/14/17 5:36 am
From: Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck at Acushnet Saturday morning
For lazy birders, the Acushnet (river) Tufted Duck with a small group of Scaup was back near the Slocum Street Bridge. From the parking lot of Gifts to Give, I clearly saw the black back and signature tuft right from my car.

http://www.giftstogive.org/
If you go Saturday from 9 - 2, you can also visit the nonprofit's thrift shop or bring in donations of your own.


Carolyn Longworth
Acushnet, MA
bvm1290atcomcast.net
Bird Pages at:
http://bvm1290.blogspot.com/p/birdblog-sightings-and-pictures.html

 

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Date: 1/14/17 5:32 am
From: Peter Laptop <orapendula...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barrows goldeneye
Barrow's goldeneye male from 26 rowley shore drive off of rte 127 in glouscester.

Peter & Fay Vale

 

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Date: 1/13/17 1:37 pm
From: Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winged Wonders at Winthrop Beach Saturday 1/14/2017
North Region Coastal District
Department of Conservation and Recreation

JANUARY 2017 PROGRAM SCHEDULE

All Programs are free and open to the public and are designed for adults and children ages 8 and older. An adult must accompany children. Birding programs are suitable for both beginners and experts. In most cases these programs will be facilitated by a DCR Park Interpreter. Please dress warmly; wear layers of clothing and sturdy, warm hiking boots or shoes, as well as a hat and gloves. For possible changes or cancellations to these programs please phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121 (changes may be made up to 1 hour before the start of a program). Rain and Heavy Snowfall Cancels. For more information call (781) 485-2804 Ext. 105 or email <Matthew.Nash...><mailto:<Matthew.Nash...> . For a listing of programs at other DCR state parks please visit www.mass.gov/DCR<http://www.mass.gov/DCR> . Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.


Saturday Winged Wonders 12:00 p.m. (Stay as long as you want 1 to 2 hrs.)
January 14 Winthrop Shores Reservation
Come explore the beautiful water birds of the Winthrop Shores. Scoters, loons, mergansers, grebes and eiders spend their winters on our shores. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you are able to. Meet at: Winthrop Beach on Winthrop Shore Drive across from Sturgis Street and 62 Winthrop Shore Drive, Winthrop, MA. Accessible by Public Transportation: Paul Revere Transportation bus 712 or 713 Point Shirley-Orient Heights, arrive at the Winthrop Beach stop then walk down Sturgis Street, Winthrop MA (If traveling from outside Winthrop, board the bus at the MBTA Orient Heights station on the blue line). Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/>
for bus and train information (schedule, route and fees).



Program flyer:

http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/events/january14-winthrop.pdf



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

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Date: 1/13/17 1:04 pm
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pacific Loon, Rockport 1/13
Jerry Bertrand just called the store at 3:50pm to report that he had a PACIFIC LOON at Cathedral Ledge, behind the Emerson Inn, at around 11:00 this morning. The bird was close in and they watched it for about 20 minutes, noting even a chin strap at close range. Photos were taken.

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


 

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Date: 1/13/17 10:53 am
From: Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mute Swans, images
Last Tuesday, as the Charles River started to freeze, I went to the Rowboat House in Brighton near the Daly skating rink. Early in the morning there were about 30 Mute Swans in a small hole as the river froze. A couple of them were in quite precarious state. Later in the day someone from the Animal Rescue league was looking for the juvenile swan that was in very poor shape. I pointed him to that bird as he prepared for a possible rescue in the ice. I also saw two Great Blue herons and a flock of Goldfinches. Here is a link to my images from that day.
http://www.delsolar.org/webs/birds/muteswans/content/_76A0013_large.html

Eduardo del Solar
<delsolar...>
Boston, Mass
My website
http://www.delsolar.org/
 

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Date: 1/13/17 10:53 am
From: Gerald Macomber <jerrymacomber...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Continuing tufted duck, New Bedford
Subject bird seen between 12:30 and 12:45 from the east end of Coffin Street, in the river, slightly north, among scaup and buffleheads. Diving fairly often so difficult to relocate at times.


Jerry Macomber
Portsmouth, RI
Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 1/12/17 6:11 pm
From: Bob Secatore <olive_warbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Found at PRNWR: Black Rubber Tripod Foot Pad
On Sunday, 8 January 2017 I found what appears to be the foot pad to a tripod at the North Pool Overlook at Parker River NWR.  It's made of black rubber and, judging from the hole into which the tripod leg evidently fits, the legs appear to be triangular in cross section.
Sorry for the late post on this but I forgot about this item until I found it in my gear bag this morning.  Will leave it at the gate house on my next visit.
 

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Date: 1/12/17 6:00 pm
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] New Report on the Freefall of the Eastern Black Rail from the Center for Conservation Biology
Bryan Watts has posted a discouraging report on the status of the Black Rail
in the eastern U.S.

http://www.ccbbirds.org/2017/01/04/eastern_black_rails_free_fall/


Best,

Paul


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




 

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Date: 1/12/17 3:14 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneyes - Town Cove, Jan 12, 2017

>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Town Cove, Jan 12, 2017
> Date: January 12, 2017 at 4:53:01 PM EST
> To: <gwgove...>
>
> Town Cove, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
> Jan 12, 2017 4:30 PM - 4:40 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Judy and I had gone to Town Cove several times unsuccessfully looking for a previously reported Barrow's Goldeneye and this evening we saw 3 - a male and 2 females.
> 6 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose X
> Mute Swan X
> American Black Duck X
> Greater/Lesser Scaup X
> Bufflehead X
> Barrow's Goldeneye 3 Male is unmistakeable. Females had the appropriate head shape, one had a completely bright orange bill and the other's bill was half orange.
> Red-breasted Merganser X
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33625894
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro


 

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Date: 1/12/17 3:14 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Robins in P'town
Today, 1/12/17, as we were driving from Herring Cove to Race Point Beach thru the Province Lands, flocks of robins flew across the road. There were at least 400 American Robins being blown about by the high winds. At one point a Peregrine Falcon flew over with the Robins.

Incidentally, much of the parking lot at Herring Cove Beach has been washed away and the surf was very close to the lot while we were there and this was a couple of hours before full moon high tide today. The seas were very rough and the wind was blasting out of the South making an uncomfortable wind chill even tho the temperature was 55F.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro


 

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Date: 1/12/17 1:06 pm
From: Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greater WF Geese/ Joppa Seawall/NBPT
The 3 Greater White-fronted Geese continue at the Clam shack to Joppa
seawall area in Newburyport.
Also 1 Wood duck female found near the marsh, a pair of American Widgeon,
lots of Gadwalls, Mallards and Black ducks.
And, 1 Wilson's Snipe. Find them almost every year here this time of year.
Felt like early May!!
Kirk.

 

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Date: 1/12/17 12:53 pm
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tick, but Nothing Else, Pepperell, 1/12

I spent an hour working in and around my Pepperell yard this afternoon enjoying the 55 degree January weather. Unfortunately I found a deer tick crawling on me - can't be too careful even in January. But surprisingly I didn't hear or see a single bird. Hmm...


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


 

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Date: 1/12/17 11:50 am
From: Kat Birder <katbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jan 12, 2017
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 12, 2017 7:00 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.2 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly species census for the NWR. Unseasonably mild, 40's to
50's F. One of our largest groups to date: Will Martens, Kevin Crispell,
Zena Casteel, Dave Williams, Tom Maxwell, Andy Scholten, Marie Beyly,
Jonathan Layman, Joan Stoner, Maryellen Stone, Audrey Cicchetti, Jason
Jong, Kathy Dia.<br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.2 Build 70
34 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 227
Mute Swan 2
Mallard 3
Hooded Merganser 2
Northern Harrier 1 Seen at close range but briefly by about five
observers . Swooping low over the marsh in typical harrier fashion; white
rump clearly visible. Brown, so likely an immature (possibly female but not
likely as one observer thought not streaky). I and one other observer
thought we saw pumpkin color of immature. Definitely not an adult male.

Cooper's Hawk 1 Railroad grade and scaring up birds near residences
Red-tailed Hawk 1 A small very buffy individual, likely a male
Ring-billed Gull 1
Herring Gull 2
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 6
Red-bellied Woodpecker 7 Quite active and vocal; one even giving
courtship call. One pair seen at the Dike Tr. intersection with the
railroad grade
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 9
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1 heard
Peregrine Falcon 1 Seen briefly flying over the parking lot around
11:20 am. ID is by elimination. Wing and tail shape indicates falcon; not
kestrel by flight and wing shape (flat base to wings, not pulled forward),
light under tail and size (at first I thought it was a gull) rule out
Merlin.

Blue Jay 13
American Crow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 21
Tufted Titmouse 19
White-breasted Nuthatch 9
Brown Creeper 2 Pair feeding along the river
Marsh Wren 1 Continuing mid-dike
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 At least
American Robin 29 Several flocks heading southward early a.m.
American Tree Sparrow 9
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 5
White-throated Sparrow 1 Under the tower
Song Sparrow 17
Swamp Sparrow 4
sparrow sp. 11
Northern Cardinal 2
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 6
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S33617727

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: 1/12/17 10:06 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann Winter Birding Boat Trip - March 11
Thanks to Kerry McKenna of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce for this
announcement below.

You can find more info at:
http://web.capeannvacations.com/events/Winter-Birding-Boat-Trip-2778/details

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

*Hello Fellow Birder!*

*I want to let you know about a great winter excursion opportunity- the
Cape Ann Winter Birding Boat Trip aboard the 7 Seas Privateer IV.*

*We have limited room available and we would Love to have a full boat
going to Stellwagen Bank on March 11, 2017!*

*If you have already registered, thank you! And please feel free to pass
this along to your friends!*

*If you have not, please do! It promises to be a great trip- unique in
that we may see Winter Birds, early Spring Birds and perhaps some
humpback, Right Whales and even some Dolphins! It will be a beautiful
day at sea!*

*You may register at:
http://web.capeannvacations.com/events/Winter-Birding-Boat-Trip-2778/details*

*For a great perspective on the trip, please read the following article
that Captain Jay wrote for us:*

*Cape Ann is known worldwide for its exciting concentrations of winter
seabirds. Each year thousands of birders visit the*

*rugged coast of Cape Ann and scan the adjacent waters hoping to spot
some of the unusual and highly sought-after seabirds that spend the
Winter months just offshore. While some of these species do occasionally
venture close enough to land to be seen from shore through a telescope,
undoubtedly the best way to get to see these birds and experience them
up-close is to visit them where they live… on the ocean!*

*On March 11, 2017, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is planning our 6th
Winter Birding Cruise in partnership with 7Seas Whale Watch and many of
the area’s top ornithologists!*

*On this trip we will be visiting one of New England’s most productive
marine habitats: Stellwagen Bank National Marine**Sanctuary. Stellwagen
Bank is probably best known for its large concentrations of whales
(Humpback and Finback especially) which attract tens-of-thousands of
eager whale watchers each Spring through Fall. But the activity
continues all year long! Even in Winter many species of marine wildlife
can be seen, and while this trip will focus primarily on the birds of
Stellwagen Bank, the possibility certainly exists that we may sight
non-avian marine wildlife as well… including whales just returning from
the Caribbean!*

*This a special opportunity for bird lovers of all skill levels to join
expert guides on a tour of one of New England’s most*

*productive marine habitats at a time when most other passenger vessels
have closed down for the year. The possibilities of what we might see on
this winter boat trip are endless, but in the five years we have been
running this trip we have seen:*

*Black-legged Kittiwakes, Iceland gulls, Glaucous gulls, Razorbills,
Dovekies, Common murres, Thick-billed murres, Atlantic**puffins, Common
eiders, King eiders, Long-tailed ducks, all three scoter species,
Greater scaup, Northern gannets, Buffleheads,*

*Common loons, Red-throated loons, Horned grebes, Red-necked grebes, and
even a Snowy owl just to name a few! (I’m still hoping for that Great
Skua!)*

*If you would like to learn more about this special trip please visit
the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce website. There you will find lots more
information including information about registration, pricing, schedule
and more. We hope you will join us for the fun!*

If you have any questions, please let me know- I look forward to seeing
on board on March 11^th !

Thank you,

Kerry McKenna, Director of Events

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
33 Commercial Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

978-283-1601

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Date: 1/11/17 4:10 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] moderator - back to business
Today's problem is fixed and all should be running smoothly at this
point. My ISP is making updates at this time.

If you have any questions or problems with massbird at this time, please
contact me directly. Should this problem happen again, no need to
contact me or the list to let me know that there is a problem.

You may check one of the online archives for missed messages at any
time.One such archive is at ABA.org.Click on Birding News, then click on
Massachusetts.

Thanks for your patience.

Barbara Volkle, moderator MASSBIRD

Northborough, MA

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Date: 1/11/17 4:04 pm
From: Montana \Lynn\ Bradovchak <lbradovchak...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Interesting sighting - not the norm - I apologize in advance for the long narrative but needed to set the stage
Hi, fellow birders

I live in Swampscott, next to an elementary school, houses are close together and not many trees. Very small feeding area/corridor on my side of the 2-family house I rent. Occasionally juncos show up (finally - it seemed to take them forever this year), doves, the downy woodpecker couple, once in a great while a singular chickadee or nuthatch, occasional blue jays or European starlings. Even the ever-increasing English sparrow family hadn't been around much since Christmas. So I'd been feeling discouraged about the lack of birds as it's been pretty quiet since winter began, compared to the past few years of feeding birds.

Last Friday night just before it got totally dark, I peeked out the window and saw this cute little bird furiously attacking the suet. First thought was - what is THAT? A brown junco?? At the suet?? - no. Wren? No. I remembered reading of sightings of an orange crowned warbler here and there, but didn't save any of the emails because I figured, yeah, right, like it would ever show up here, and I can't get away to where it's been seen. Maybe a kinglet? (Probably too big for a kinglet, though). It was definitely acting warbler-like. Took a couple of not-great photos in the almost-dark and sent to my sister, also a birder, hoping this little guy would return on Saturday.

Late Saturday morning came in from putting out more food - washed the window and raised the screen that looks out on the little corridor in hopes the mystery bird would return, so at least I'd be able to photograph through a clear window and no screen. I swear, the minute I clicked the window back in place, there he/she was at the suet, alternating as the night before, between the suet and flying down to some dead mum plants in pots close by, to eat something in there. Sometimes the entire bird would disappear into the plant, but you could see movement, so he was definitely eating something. Then back to the suet, then away for a bit, then back. Did not get much done on Saturday because of this and never got around to emailing anybody, either. He was still there once the snowstorm started, along with other visitors, and was even standing up to (or trying to stand up to) the starlings that showed up on the suet feeder as the storm picked up. I got more photos which I'm sending to Barbara - not terrific, but I didn't want to go outside and scare him away, hopefully they'll help with i.d. If anybody wants to see, I'll send them, but I'm not sophisticated in all this and only have downsized photos I can send as attachments - no link or cloud or website, etc.

The bird didn't return all day Sunday. Once a path was cleared about 10:30 Sunday morning , there was a lot of activity, but no return appearance. There was, however, a very bold (and persistent) Cooper's hawk sitting right on the fence in front of the kitchen window, directly in the center of the feeding area. The first time he appeared, there was a squirrel sitting on the fence, not that far from him - couldn't believe that. Tried to get photos of that, but the hawk took off when he saw movement in the house. Kept a pretty close watch on the window and I think the hawk eventually got tired of being bothered, so after a couple of return attempts, I think he took off for good. Don't think he got anyone.

Worked from home today, and despite frequent checks, not him/her, not much of anyone. What a treat, though!


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Date: 1/11/17 3:26 pm
From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Error in Owl link
Even though most could still get to my gallery with the LEO link I posted yesterday, some had a problem and the reason was an extra comma.

Should be:
www.pbase.com/sandylynn/winter_2017

(winter_2017 after the last slash)
Or just
www.pbase.com/sandylynn
and then scroll down to the last gallery winter_2017 and click it.

Sorry and thanks for looking!

Sandy Selesky
<sandyselesky...>

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/11/17 1:15 pm
From: Chris Martone <cmartone00...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Possible Pipits - Cambridge Reservoir

Hi folks,

In the interest of time, posting this to Mass Bird today, before getting a chance to confirm with others. Found three possible Pipits today walking the mud flats about 500 yards north of Trapelo Road in the Cambridge Reservoir. First seen while driving on Old County Road. In Google Maps, the birds were west of the "Island" that shows north of Trapelo. I didn't have a scope, but walked to the edge of the mud/woods for a better look, but still not clear. Could be larks or others, and advance apologies if they are not Pipits. Tails constantly bobbing, white outer tail feathers, dark inner tail feathers, slight breast streaking, overall pale complexion in winter plumage.

There were also two Bald Eagles on the ice, one adult and one immature.

Cheers,
Chris Martone
Lynnfield
<cmartone00...>
 

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Date: 1/11/17 1:13 pm
From: Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - 01-11-17
here they come in, multiple emails from Dave Weaver

Scott Ricker
Reli-Abilities
Access = Opportunity
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On Wed, 1/11/17, Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> wrote:

Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - 01-11-17
To: "Massbird" <massbird...>
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 3:56 PM

David Larson, MaryMargaret Halsey,
and I led today's edition of Wednesday
Morning Birding on a very windy day on Cape Ann.  Skies
were clear, temps
ranged from upper 40s to low 50s, and winds were SW-S/10-25
mph, dissipating
as the morning wore on.

Our list:
Canada Goose (~ 25) - Niles Pond (partially open).
Mute Swan (1) - Rockport Harbor.
American Wigeon (1) - Niles Pond.
American Black Duck (~ 10) - Eastern Point, Niles Pond.
Mallard (~ 100+) - mostly Niles Pond, some Eastern Point.
Common Eider (~ 40) - various.
Harlequin Duck (~ 25) - Cathedral Ledge.
Surf Scoter (4) - Eastern Point.
White-winged Scoter (~ 8) - various.
Long-tailed Duck (2) - Eastern Point.
Bufflehead - common.
Common Goldeneye (~ 20) - various.
Red-breasted Merganser (~ 35) - various.
Common Loon (6) - various.
Horned Grebe (2) - 1, Niles Beach; 1, across from Elks
Club.
Double-crested Cormorant (1) - imm., Cathedral Ledge.
Red-tailed Hawk (2)
Purple Sandpiper (~ 49) - 24, Eastern Point Dog Bar; ~ 25,
near rocks,
across from Elks Club.
Ring-billed Gull (5) - 4, Niles Pond; 1, Rockport Harbor.
Herring Gull - common; at Niles Pond, ~ 600-700 gulls, about
3:2 HERG to
GBBG.
Iceland (Kumlien's) Gull (1) - Jodrey Fish Pier.
Great Black-backed Gull - common; at Niles Pond, ~ 600-700
gulls, about 3:2
HERG to GBBG.
Black Guillemot (2) - 1, Gloucester Harbor; 1, Cathedral
Ledge.
Rock Pigeon
American Crow (3)
Black-capped Chickadee (2) - Niles Pond.
American Robin (9)
Northern Mockingbird (1)
European Starling
Song Sparrow (2) - Niles Pond.
House Sparrow

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 David Moon or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

Dave Weaver
Manchester, MA 01944
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Date: 1/11/17 1:10 pm
From: Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm - snow buntings and owl
this is the 3rd time this week and/or in the last few weeks my email address has recieved multiple emails of the same email. This one was 18 emails from Pam Sowizral....

Scott Ricker
Reli-Abilities
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On Wed, 1/11/17, Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> wrote:

Subject: [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm - snow buntings and owl
To: "<massbird...>" <massbird...>
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 2:34 PM

Nice spot by Drumlin Farm staff of
two snow buntings in Boyce Field today - of course I had to
check them out!

And last night I heard a great horned owl from the Drumlin
Farm visitors' parking lot.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

Canada Goose  47
Wild Turkey  7
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Eastern Bluebird  10
American Robin  4
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  40
Cedar Waxwing  10
Snow Bunting  2     
Dark-eyed Junco  3
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  3
American Goldfinch  4




 

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Date: 1/11/17 1:01 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - 01-11-17
David Larson, MaryMargaret Halsey, and I led today's edition of Wednesday
Morning Birding on a very windy day on Cape Ann. Skies were clear, temps
ranged from upper 40s to low 50s, and winds were SW-S/10-25 mph, dissipating
as the morning wore on.

Our list:
Canada Goose (~ 25) - Niles Pond (partially open).
Mute Swan (1) - Rockport Harbor.
American Wigeon (1) - Niles Pond.
American Black Duck (~ 10) - Eastern Point, Niles Pond.
Mallard (~ 100+) - mostly Niles Pond, some Eastern Point.
Common Eider (~ 40) - various.
Harlequin Duck (~ 25) - Cathedral Ledge.
Surf Scoter (4) - Eastern Point.
White-winged Scoter (~ 8) - various.
Long-tailed Duck (2) - Eastern Point.
Bufflehead - common.
Common Goldeneye (~ 20) - various.
Red-breasted Merganser (~ 35) - various.
Common Loon (6) - various.
Horned Grebe (2) - 1, Niles Beach; 1, across from Elks Club.
Double-crested Cormorant (1) - imm., Cathedral Ledge.
Red-tailed Hawk (2)
Purple Sandpiper (~ 49) - 24, Eastern Point Dog Bar; ~ 25, near rocks,
across from Elks Club.
Ring-billed Gull (5) - 4, Niles Pond; 1, Rockport Harbor.
Herring Gull - common; at Niles Pond, ~ 600-700 gulls, about 3:2 HERG to
GBBG.
Iceland (Kumlien's) Gull (1) - Jodrey Fish Pier.
Great Black-backed Gull - common; at Niles Pond, ~ 600-700 gulls, about 3:2
HERG to GBBG.
Black Guillemot (2) - 1, Gloucester Harbor; 1, Cathedral Ledge.
Rock Pigeon
American Crow (3)
Black-capped Chickadee (2) - Niles Pond.
American Robin (9)
Northern Mockingbird (1)
European Starling
Song Sparrow (2) - Niles Pond.
House Sparrow

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 David Moon or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

Dave Weaver
Manchester, MA 01944
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Date: 1/11/17 11:41 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm - snow buntings and owl
Nice spot by Drumlin Farm staff of two snow buntings in Boyce Field today - of course I had to check them out!

And last night I heard a great horned owl from the Drumlin Farm visitors' parking lot.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

Canada Goose 47
Wild Turkey 7
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 9
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Eastern Bluebird 10
American Robin 4
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 40
Cedar Waxwing 10
Snow Bunting 2
Dark-eyed Junco 3
White-throated Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 3
American Goldfinch 4


 

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Date: 1/11/17 9:12 am
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck
 

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Date: 1/11/17 7:04 am
From: Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Buntings, images
Last Sunday I went to the Old Harbor Park in South Boston. Around sunrise I saw a flock of about 20 Snow Buntings in front of the dock and gazebo on the beach side next to the State Police/Boston Teacher’s Union parking lot. A cold morning to photograph! I returned late afternoon to photograph again and at this point the flock seemed to have increased to about 30 Snow Buntings. Gorgeous day to be out in spite of frozen fingers!
Here is a link to my images from that day.
http://www.delsolar.org/webs/birds/snowbuntings17/content/_32A9538_large.html

Eduardo del Solar
<delsolar...>
Boston
my website:
http://www.delsolar.org/


 

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Date: 1/10/17 4:58 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] January 28: Birds, books, and the Bullitt Reservation
Hi MassBirders,

I heard via FaceBook about an upcoming event of interest to birders, and thought I would share the details. If interested or you have questions, please use the contact information below, do not just reply to me.

From https://www.facebook.com/events/1791921631059715/ :

"Learn about natural history publishing in the region over the last 200 years, walk or snowshoe the Bullitt Reservation with an experienced birder, and try your hand at nature writing and illustration!

Led by avid birder Pete McLean and librarian Mike Kelly, participants will get to view rare books and historic publications from Amherst College’s Archives and Special Collections, including the Richard L. Soffer Ornithology Collection, then go outside and observe some of the winter birds featured in those books.

Drawing inspiration from the books and their own observations outside, participants will have the option to contribute to the creation of a natural history journal of their own. All types of contributions will be welcomed and encouraged: sketches, photography, poems, observations of bird behavior, thoughts about the weather and landscape, etc.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own supplies if they have them, but paper and pens will be available at the event as well.

All ages are welcome at this free event. RSVPs are requested, via Facebook or by contacting Katie Carr at Hilltown Land Trust: <hltoutreach...> (413) 628-4485 ext.#4.”


JSR




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




 

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Date: 1/10/17 4:13 pm
From: Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] link to 3 Long-eared Owl images from Sunday evening
Here is the link on my website to 3 of the Long-eared Owl images I took
from my car Sunday at dusk. The first 2 are the best. The 3rd is not as
clear because I was further back (when we first spotted him flying to the
branch). Also, you can read the description at this gallery link for the
particulars about the camera data. We did not flush him when we drove
slowly closer. A car that drove past us and didn't realize what we were
looking at after I got a few closer images caused the owl to fly away (my
camera lens was not sticking out of the car window but was within the car
since I was on the left driver's side and the owl was on the right side of
the road). My car was also pulled over to the left side of the road and
not towards the owl on the right.

www,.pbase.com/sandylynn/winter_2017

Enjoy,
Sandy Selesky
Westford, MA
<sandyselesky...>

 

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Date: 1/10/17 3:52 pm
From: Warren Tatro <wtatro...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Geese in Newburyport
Hello Massbirders,

First, I apologize for the relatively late post. I do not have an I-phone, smart phone, or anything that lets me instantly “get the message out” until I get home to my desk top computer. About 1:30PM today, I found what might be the 3 Greater White-fronted Geese that were seen in Ipswich and/or Rowley about a week ago. They were along the edge of the Merrimack River near what I call the “clam shack”, or about 1/3 of a mile west of where Rolph’s Lane meets the river. I was scanning the numerous waterfowl and they were right in front of me. I do have photos, but my camera is about a technically advanced as my phone!

Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
<wtatro...>
 

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Date: 1/10/17 5:25 am
From: Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Visiting Hermit Thrush Rehoboth Bristol County
Among the usual winter feeder suspects, a Hermit Thrush frequents our bird
bath each day. Also, a Red-breasted Nuthatch and a Song Sparrow have been
coming to the feeders and a Raven often heard flying overhead. Seems like
ravens have become much more common this far south.
Madeleine Linck
Rehoboth

 

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Date: 1/10/17 5:21 am
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Quabbin CBC
The Quabbin Christmas counters tallied 63 species on Dec 31st , we could not add any new species to the count list, but had new High counts for Cooper’s Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Horned Lark and American Robin. The weather was good, but a snowstorm on Thursday made access to some areas of the Quabbin a little more difficult, in fact this was the first year of the count that our Area 1 team could not get down Prescott Peninsula.
Along with the birds we had 7 species of mammals; the highlight was 2 Bobcats working on a Deer carcass. Several of the groups reported fresh tracks of Mink, Fisher, more Bobcat, Coyote and Rabbit.

American Black Duck 13
Mallard 50
Northern Pintail 1 -3rd record.
Ring-necked Duck (2) CW
Greater Scaup (1) CW
Common Goldeneye 1
Hooded Merganser 23
Common Merganser 293
Ruffed Grouse 6
Wild Turkey 70
Common Loon 5
Horned Grebe 1
Cormorant Sp 1
Bald Eagle 18 (13 Adults/5 Imm)
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6
Cooper’s Hawk 7 -HC
Red-tailed Hawk 31
Rough-legged Hawk 1 -3rd record.
Golden Eagle 1
Ring-billed Gull 52
Gull Sp 259
Rock Pigeon 61
Mourning Dove 266
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Great Horned Owl 15
Barred Owl 4
Northern Saw-whet Owl 6
Belted Kingfisher 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 51 HC
Downy Woodpecker 88
Hairy Woodpecker 31
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 15
American Kestrel 2 HC
Blue Jay 427
American Crow 156
Common Raven 28
Horned Lark 95 HC
Black-capped Chickadee 501
Tufted Titmouse 224
Red-breasted Nuthatch 12
White-breasted Nuthatch 157
Brown Creeper 6
Carolina Wren 5
Winter Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 23
Eastern Bluebird 42
American Robin 2624 HC
Northern Mockingbird 13
European Starling 848
Cedar Waxwing 44
Pine Warbler 1- 2nd record.
American Tree Sparrow 173
Song Sparrow 14
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 32
Dark-eyed Junco 920
Snow Bunting 29
Northern Cardinal 98
Red-winged Blackbird 38
Pine Grosbeak 1
Purple Finch 3
House Finch 12
American Goldfinch 205
Evening Grosbeak 5
House Sparrow 920

Total 63 species

Mammals
River Otter 2
Red Squirrel 5
Gray Squirrel
Porcupine 3
White-tailed Deer 8
Bobcat 2
Vole 1

Compilers – Scott Surner & Jim Lafley

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<Blafley...>

 

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Date: 1/10/17 5:21 am
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Pair of Northern Goshawks Milton
Where is the description of these birds? Also, the other two accipiter species make similar calls. Also, the other two accipiter species are much more likely. Thanks.

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 1/9/17 5:13 pm
From: Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] coot at Chauncy in Westboro
Mass Birders,

A friend and I went to Lake Chauncy approaching via the old hospital entrance. W found the 3 Coot huddled together on the ice about 250' off shore

Scott Ricker
Reli-Abilities
Worcester, MA
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Date: 1/9/17 2:53 pm
From: Brendan Casey <bcacadia...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: massbird-digest V16 #409
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On Jan 9, 2017 5:41 PM, massbird-digest <owner-massbird-digest...> wrote:

massbird-digest Monday, January 9 2017 Volume 16 : Number 409




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Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 16:52:27 -0500
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Meadowlarks & a Lincoln's Sparrow - Essex - 01-09-17

A couple of unexpected sightings today, 8 Eastern Meadowlark along Rte 133 in Essex, perched up together across from Island Road, a distant image of 5 posted at the ebird checklist link. With all of the snow in the fields I wonder what they were feeding on today?

And a Lincoln's Sparrow at the feeders when I arrived home this afternoon being chased around by the Song Sparrows that arrived with the recent snow. A couple of images of the Lincoln's Sparrow at the ebird checklist link.

Home - Patch - Essex, MA, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 9, 2017 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Protocol: Stationary
16 species

Mourning Dove 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Blue Jay 4
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
European Starling 11
American Tree Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 14
White-throated Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 3
Lincoln's Sparrow 1 A surprise at the feeders this afternoon, stayed until dark, chased by Song Sparrows several times
Northern Cardinal 4
American Goldfinch 7
House Sparrow 28

View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33567848

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US-MA-Essex-94 John Wise Ave - 42.6493x-70.7870, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 9, 2017 2:10 PM - 2:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.1 mile(s)
1 species

Eastern Meadowlark 8 All perched in a bare tree in the field, long distance images but enough to be conclusive.

View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33565024

- --

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

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

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Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 16:52:27 -0500
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Meadowlarks & a Lincoln's Sparrow - Essex - 01-09-17

A couple of unexpected sightings today, 8 Eastern Meadowlark along Rte 133 in Essex, perched up together across from Island Road, a distant image of 5 posted at the ebird checklist link. With all of the snow in the fields I wonder what they were feeding on today?

And a Lincoln's Sparrow at the feeders when I arrived home this afternoon being chased around by the Song Sparrows that arrived with the recent snow. A couple of images of the Lincoln's Sparrow at the ebird checklist link.

Home - Patch - Essex, MA, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 9, 2017 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Protocol: Stationary
16 species

Mourning Dove 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Blue Jay 4
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
European Starling 11
American Tree Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 14
White-throated Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 3
Lincoln's Sparrow 1 A surprise at the feeders this afternoon, stayed until dark, chased by Song Sparrows several times
Northern Cardinal 4
American Goldfinch 7
House Sparrow 28

View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33567848

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US-MA-Essex-94 John Wise Ave - 42.6493x-70.7870, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 9, 2017 2:10 PM - 2:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.1 mile(s)
1 species

Eastern Meadowlark 8 All perched in a bare tree in the field, long distance images but enough to be conclusive.

View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33565024

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

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

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Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 16:52:27 -0500
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Meadowlarks & a Lincoln's Sparrow - Essex - 01-09-17

A couple of unexpected sightings today, 8 Eastern Meadowlark along Rte 133 in Essex, perched up together across from Island Road, a distant image of 5 posted at the ebird checklist link. With all of the snow in the fields I wonder what they were feeding on today?

And a Lincoln's Sparrow at the feeders when I arrived home this afternoon being chased around by the Song Sparrows that arrived with the recent snow. A couple of images of the Lincoln's Sparrow at the ebird checklist link.

Home - Patch - Essex, MA, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 9, 2017 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Protocol: Stationary
16 species

Mourning Dove 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Blue Jay 4
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
European Starling 11
American Tree Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 14
White-throated Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 3
Lincoln's Sparrow 1 A surprise at the feeders this afternoon, stayed until dark, chased by Song Sparrows several times
Northern Cardinal 4
American Goldfinch 7
House Sparrow 28

View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33567848

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US-MA-Essex-94 John Wise Ave - 42.6493x-70.7870, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 9, 2017 2:10 PM - 2:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.1 mile(s)
1 species

Eastern Meadowlark 8 All perched in a bare tree in the field, long distance images but enough to be conclusive.

View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33565024

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

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

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End of massbird-digest V16 #409
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Date: 1/9/17 2:32 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western sky

M'bers, It was awesome tonight seeing the western sky still full of light at 500pm. Won't be long before we'll be thinking about peepers and woodcock....lol
Joe PaluzziSalem

Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet
 

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Date: 1/9/17 1:57 pm
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Meadowlarks & a Lincoln's Sparrow - Essex - 01-09-17
A couple of unexpected sightings today, 8 Eastern Meadowlark along Rte 133 in Essex, perched up together across from Island Road, a distant image of 5 posted at the ebird checklist link. With all of the snow in the fields I wonder what they were feeding on today?

And a Lincoln's Sparrow at the feeders when I arrived home this afternoon being chased around by the Song Sparrows that arrived with the recent snow. A couple of images of the Lincoln's Sparrow at the ebird checklist link.

Home - Patch - Essex, MA, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 9, 2017 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Protocol: Stationary
16 species

Mourning Dove 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Blue Jay 4
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
European Starling 11
American Tree Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 14
White-throated Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 3
Lincoln's Sparrow 1 A surprise at the feeders this afternoon, stayed until dark, chased by Song Sparrows several times
Northern Cardinal 4
American Goldfinch 7
House Sparrow 28

View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33567848

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US-MA-Essex-94 John Wise Ave - 42.6493x-70.7870, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 9, 2017 2:10 PM - 2:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.1 mile(s)
1 species

Eastern Meadowlark 8 All perched in a bare tree in the field, long distance images but enough to be conclusive.

View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33565024

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

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

 

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Date: 1/9/17 10:26 am
From: Mary <lemmel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Leverett Pond Northern Pintail
Hello

I just saw a beautiful Northern Pintail Drake at Leverett pond in Boston it was with all the mallards and geese at the small open, unfrozen end of the pond.

it flew away while I was there with some of the mallards In the direction of Jamaica Pond.
I did not relocate at the other end of Leverett Pond- but it was a brief look due to cold feet. Also saw 7 Wood Ducks & Coot.

Mary Ellen McMahon

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/9/17 9:24 am
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Connie Sanchez on the Duck Stamp, tonight's HBC
Hi MassBirders,

Tonight’s Hampshire Bird Club meeting features Connie Sanchez, director of the Important Bird Areas program for the National Audubon Society, and one of the judges for the 2015 Duck Stamp art competition. She will be discussing the federal Duck Stamp program, its value for conservation, and the annual contest to select whose artwork will appear on each year’s stamp.

As an added bonus, a club member who has been collecting duck stamps for many years will have their collection on display at the meeting.

All are welcome; further details on the HBC website at

http://hampshirebirdclub.org/events/judging-the-duck-stamp-competition/

Details can also be found in the HBC’s January newsletter, which additionally includes the club’s field trip schedule for January through June:

http://hampshirebirdclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2017-january-newsletter.pdf

Good birding!

Josh




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



 

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Date: 1/9/17 8:30 am
From: Edlow Banks <68chrisbanks...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] The more suet the better!
To those of you who feed the birds in your yard, might I suggest putting out three or more suet feeders (I have four).
One or more aggressive flickers or red-bellieds will prevent other woodpeckers or other birds (bluebirds, carolina wrens, pine warblers, red-brested nuthatches, etc.) from coming to the suet feeders.
I regularly have at least four-to-six northern flicker, red-bellied, hairy and downy woodpeckers throughout the day plus many of the other birds at my suet feeders.
I also place a 1/4 " piece of plywood in the suet cage behind the suet cake. This allows the birds with shorter bills to feed as the cake wears down.
Living on the Cape, I buy my seed and feeders at the Birdwatchers General Store in Orleans. They sell the C&S suet cakes for 99 cents. I buy it by the 12-bar case. Wild Birds Unlimited and other birding stores also carry the good stuff.

Happy birding,
Ed Banks
Harwich, MA
<68edbanks...>





 

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Date: 1/9/17 8:29 am
From: Sandy <sandyselesky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] One more for Salisbury
I forgot about the Great Blue Heron that flew across the entrance road and across the main marsh as we were photographing the tree sparrows and mockingbird. Such a frigid 21 degree, icy, and windy day for such a usually warm weather bird!

Sandy Selesky
Westford, MA
<sandyselesky...>

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/9/17 8:27 am
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great horned owl, Newton
 

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Date: 1/9/17 6:11 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club Workshop: eBird For Beginners / January 28, 2017
The Brookline Bird Club will be offering the following workshop on 1/28.

Thanks to Eddie Giles for providing the information.


Barbara Volkle, Northborough, MA

<barb620...>

*


eBird for Beginners

eBird has revolutionized how modern birders bird. The website, created
by Cornell University, allows you to record all your bird sightings,
either from home or while in the field. You can keep track of your life
and year lists: world, continent, country, ABA, state, county, or just
your yard. You can even set up an alert to tell you when there are birds
nearby that you need. eBird is helpful when planning trips to unfamiliar
places, allowing you to check out birding hotspots and recent sightings.
When you use eBird you’re also contributing to citizen science – all
your sightings help to build a picture of the state of the birds.

Join us for a two-hour eBird Workshop with BBC Field Trip Coordinator,
Dr. Neil Hayward. This workshop will teach you how to enter your own
sightings into eBird, how to generate reports, and how to use the site
to search for historical sightings. We’ll also discuss the use of
eBird-related apps while in the field. No prior experience with eBird is
necessary. This workshop is ideal for eBird beginners as well as those
wishing to get more out of the website, and those with unanswered
questions. The afternoon of classroom instruction will take place on
Saturday, January 28, 2017, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Assabet River
National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA.
Participants are encouraged to bring their tablets or laptops to follow
along live on eBird (WiFi will be available).

This two-hour workshop is $10 for BBC members and $20 for non-members
and is open to 30 participants. Refreshments will be served and all
proceeds will benefit the BBC Young Birders Scholarship Program.
Advance registration is required; please preregister with BBC Workshop
Chair, Eddie Giles at <emgiles62...>

 

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Date: 1/9/17 5:51 am
From: Jude Griffin <judegriffin...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Snow birding and reporting to Massbird
I understand why everyone cannot post their birding lists to Massbird as we
would be quickly overwhelmed. I appreciate the effort everyone makes in
deciding which lists/sightings to share on Massbird and which lists just go
to eBird (or are not posted/shared anywhere). That way we all have the
option of push (email subscription, alert emails) and pull (data available
on a website) information on bird sightings.

That said, I really love the backyard bird blizzard posts. It's a very
enjoyable tradition (to me).

Jude Griffin
Salem, MA
<judegriffin...>

On Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 8:29 AM, <warbler...> wrote:

> Thank you, Kathleen. I appreciate your sightings, yard or otherwise. With
> my current work schedule I'm not able to get out birding as much as I used
> to or as much as I'd like, and any kind of Massbird report lets me know
> what's going on and grants me some "vicarious birding."
>
> best,
>
> Sylvia Martin, Brighton
> <warbler...>
> Quoting Kathleen <kab2769...>:
>
> Good snowy afternoon all,
>>
>> Speaking for myself, I have felt discouraged from posting "ordinary"
>> birds to Massbird based on past grousing from some, and in general not
>> seeing many other yard reports.
>>
>> But on this first real snow day, I'll chime in with a few highlights from
>> my very busy feeders:
>>
>> 12 Eastern Bluebirds (mealworms, suet, heated water dish)
>> 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch (continuing since the Fall)
>> 1 Carolina Wren (always a treat to see now since they were wiped out that
>> one year)
>> 0 Pine Siskins (but dozens of house and american gold finches)
>>
>> Kathleeen Bartels
>> Rehoboth
>> <kab2769...>
>>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/9/17 5:36 am
From: <warbler...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Snow birding and reporting to Massbird
Thank you, Kathleen. I appreciate your sightings, yard or otherwise.
With my current work schedule I'm not able to get out birding as much
as I used to or as much as I'd like, and any kind of Massbird report
lets me know what's going on and grants me some "vicarious birding."

best,

Sylvia Martin, Brighton
<warbler...>
Quoting Kathleen <kab2769...>:

> Good snowy afternoon all,
>
> Speaking for myself, I have felt discouraged from posting "ordinary"
> birds to Massbird based on past grousing from some, and in general
> not seeing many other yard reports.
>
> But on this first real snow day, I'll chime in with a few highlights
> from my very busy feeders:
>
> 12 Eastern Bluebirds (mealworms, suet, heated water dish)
> 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch (continuing since the Fall)
> 1 Carolina Wren (always a treat to see now since they were wiped out
> that one year)
> 0 Pine Siskins (but dozens of house and american gold finches)
>
> Kathleeen Bartels
> Rehoboth
> <kab2769...>



 

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Date: 1/8/17 7:22 pm
From: Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury and Long-eared Owl at Plum on Sunday
Got up to Salisbury SP around 1:30 in the afternoon today (Sunday) hoping
to get a second look at the Red Crossbills. No luck finding them but my
husband Don and I did have 5 close Long-tailed Ducks (4 females and 1 male
with a very short tail quite close in the harbor by the boat dock. There
were 4 Common Goldeneye further out plus a pair of Red-breasted
Mergansers. One Harrier was flying across the marsh and then back and
forth over the main road near the red berry bushes where we stopped to
photograph the mockingbird protecting his berries on the bush to the left
as we were leaving the state reservation. As we were photographing him
from the snow filled grass, I looked up at the tree to the left and counted
10 Tree Sparrows and photographed them as well! I had seen 1 already when
photographing some Chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches on a pine tree
across from the campground earlier.

We got to the refuge at Plum Island around 3:40 just in time to watch an
adult Bald Eagle chasing a large flock of Canada Geese across the marsh
just before the entrance and then back again towards the boat ramp. It
wasn't successful in catching any and eventually flew way back and landed
on one of the Osprey platforms. We then drove past the Overlook, stopped
to look at a Red-tailed Hawk perched in a pine tree off the road which had
been hovering over the marsh a few minutes earlier. He took off before we
could photograph him so we photographed a group of robins eating berries
along with 1 cardinal. All of a sudden a Cooper's Hawk flew over our heads
in beautiful light and as the sun went down the harriers started coming
out. Last Sunday at dusk there were about 13 of them cruising up and down
the marsh. Tonight we saw about 8 at dusk. Just as it was getting too
dark to see them, and as they were disappearing anyway, we started to
leave. As we slowly got to the Overlook area again, Don noticed a large
bird flying towards the ground on the right and then flyiing up into a low
tree at the side of the road. He called to me and I also saw it land in
the tree and at first thought it was a Merlin or perhaps a Short-eared Owl
since it had a rounder head. But then we both saw the long ears so I
quickly knew it had to be a Long-eared Owl! Even in the low light I was
able to boost up my ISO and increase my exposure and get some amazing
images of this beautiful owl! I will try to have a link to a couple of the
images in the next couple of days. I don't know the last time a Long-eared
Owl has been reported from the refuge at Pllum but I haven't seen one in
quite a few years and that was at Salisbury! So glad I brought Don along
today to help with this sighting tonight!! A wonderful end to a great
afternoon,

Sandy Selesky
Westford, MA
<sandyselesky...>

 

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Date: 1/8/17 6:18 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Jan 8, 2017 (and our feeder report)


----- Original Message -----
From: <ebird-checklist...>
To: <jim.berry3...>
Sent: Sunday, January 08, 2017 4:17 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Crane Beach, Ipswich, Jan 8, 2017


> Crane Beach, Ipswich
> Jan 8, 2017 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: I walked about 3/4 m. down the beach, but not in a straight
> line. Did not go into the dunes.
> 16 species (+1 other taxon)
>
> White-winged Scoter 22
> Black Scoter 4
> scoter sp. ~20
> Common Loon 8
> Sanderling 2
> Dunlin 35
> Herring Gull ~40
> Great Black-backed Gull ~10
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Just inside gate at edge of parking lot.
> Blue Jay 2
> Tufted Titmouse 1 at feeder at the gate
> Snow Bunting 110 to 120 estimated in one flock, hyper-actively feeding on
> beach grass seed heads. Alas, not one longspur or lark was with them. I
> never get tired of watching them at close range when they are feeding, and
> if I can't catch up with them, they catch up with me!

> American Tree Sparrow 8 friendly flock by the boardwalk to the beach,
> feeding on old goldenrod (I think--didn't look that closely)
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 2
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Savannah Sparrow (Ipswich) 2 in wrack line immediately off the
> boardwalk
> Song Sparrow 1
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33542127


I kept my eye on our feeders thru much of the day:

142 County Rd., Ipswich (home)
Jan 8, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Time estimated from intermittent watching.
17 species

Mourning Dove 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 (1 m, 1 f)
Downy Woodpecker 5 (3 m, 2 f)
Hairy Woodpecker 3 (2 m, 1 f) For the first time I identified 2
different males of this species by their differing nape markings like I have
been doing with downies for years.
Northern Flicker 1 heard, not seen
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 6
White-throated Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 3
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 10

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33541679

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

 

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Date: 1/8/17 3:30 pm
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann-Gloucester & Rockport, Jan 7, 2017
Cape Ann-Gloucester & Rockport, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 7, 2017 8:20 AM - 11:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling 10.0 mile(s)
Comments: BBC trip. Overcast 26 degrees with impending snow storm.
Started at Gloucester Harbor and ended in Rockport at Andrews Point as the
snow was limiting our visibility.
26 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 12
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 1
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 12
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 12
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 30
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 32
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) 60
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 12
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) 8
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) 6
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) 12
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 15
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) 6
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 50
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 10
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) 1
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) 40
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 50
Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) 2
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 30
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 70
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 9
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1


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

 

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Date: 1/8/17 2:14 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] No'n Shrike
Judy and I were driving by the Crane Swamp area on Lyman St in Westboro
where the state used car lot is and the big chimney dominates when Judy
spotted a bird in a tall tree next to the road so I stopped and looked
and noted that it was a shrike. So we backed up (not wise - busy street)
and drove into the road to the swamp to get a better look.

It was an immature Northern Shrike with brown feathering and it sat for
a few minutes and then flew off to the north to the top of another tree.
Year bird!

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro

 

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Date: 1/8/17 1:41 pm
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brrokline/Boston area birds
In addition to mallards and canada geese, Leverett Pond had Ring-Necked
Ducks, Hoodies, A Great Blue Heron and 8 Wood Ducks this afternoon. At
Jamaica Pond this morning the Snow Goose was still visible (sleeping at
about 8 when I saw it), along with Common Mergansers, mallards, coots and
swans.

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

 

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Date: 1/8/17 11:46 am
From: Andrew Sanford <asanford2000...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: ebird alerts
For mobile device use, I have found the BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide app to be an extremely easy and powerful way to leverage ebird, beyond just basic email alerts, and based on the discussion I figured maybe folks might be interested in hearing a few of the details.

http://www.birdseyebirding.com/apps/birdseye/

This app allows you to view a list of ALL the "nearby birds" (not just notables/rarities) reported (within a user-specified distance and time period.) with a single click. You can also view the notable/rare birds (again, within a distance and time period you have configured) with one click, as well as the ABA rarities list - and see a list of checklists reporting the rarities, which you can click on to get the details. You can easily see similar lists of all birds seen at any particular location or hotspot you choose - and save these locations to a list so that it is really just a single click to see what's going on at your favorite spot-again, ALL the birds (entered into ebird, that is), not just rarities. I appreciate this app even more when I travel (locally or anywhere in the world), as the "nearby" and notebles lists automatically adjust based on my phone's location. I can also quickly pull up a map to browse hotspots, or select a specific species and in just a couple!
clicks have a map showing recent sightings.

I believe this app is free to download and comes with basic functionality, but to get full functionality, you do need to buy one or more "subscriptions" (for different regions of the world.)

While many of these things can be achieved via the ebird web site (and in fact some things can be done on the ebird website that cannot be done with the app), the Bird Finding Guide app really makes things so much easier, especially in the field. Combining this with ebird's (free) mobile app for entering data into ebird, really makes ebird much more useable in my opinion, for those choosing to use ebird.

I hope some find this info useful! Thx

Andy Sanford
Marblehead, MA
<asanford2000...>
 

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Date: 1/8/17 11:01 am
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Orleans this morning

Hi everyone,

Had rearranged my schedule a while back to have a huge day of birding
today, then the snow struck.... Decided nonetheless to try Nauset Beach
in Orleans, and a few small ponds nearby. The lot was already plowed at
07:00 (not needed, though, because the intense wind last night had blown
the snow away). Was hoping the storm might have encouraged the Snowy Owl
and Northern Shrikes seen recently 4–7 km to the south to move up within
viewing range of the parking lot. Scoped the ocean, had a few
Black-Legged Kittiwakes and an Iceland Gull, then trudged south through
the very high snow, watching the tops of the bare trees to the west for
a shrike. Got one on my way back, just as I'd given up, right near the
parking lot! A lifer for me. Heard crazily variable vocalizations that I
at first thought might be a House Wren or Chat or something. Then saw a
big gray bird and thought, Asch, a confused Mockingbird singing away
thinking it's spring (though the pattern of the repetitions was wrong).
Then I looked closer. Bingo.

eBird report (pictures and audio recordings of the shrike, both more for
the record than for their quality, which is non-impressive):

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33532506

Some of the pond sightings are below (no photos). Nothing impressive,
though the Red-Necked Grebe at Kescayo Gansett Pond (second list below)
is unusual in winter, I would guess, but the Pond is contiguous with and
not too distant from the ocean.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33532611

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33532817

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33532750

Best wishes,
Brian

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

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Date: 1/8/17 10:35 am
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Little Nahant South Side, Jan 8, 2017
some birds seen from the house. also a fellow surfing! brrrr.
recent storm and wave action appears to have stirred up food items for waterfowl and gulls.
lovely day, Linda

Linda Pivacek, Nahant, <lpivacek...>

20 species (+2 other taxa)

Brant (Atlantic) 9 flyby
American Black Duck 57
Greater Scaup 43
Lesser Scaup 5
Common Eider 14
Surf Scoter 3
White-winged Scoter 16
Black Scoter 8
scoter sp. 60 estimate
Bufflehead 76
Common Goldeneye 1
Red-breasted Merganser 4
Common Loon 2
Ring-billed Gull 118
Herring Gull 67
Larus sp. 80 estimate
Mourning Dove 4
Downy Woodpecker 1
American Crow 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33530564

 

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Date: 1/8/17 6:31 am
From: Patty O'Neill <pattyoneill...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Posting
Hello everyone,

As someone who doesn't chase everything and hates spending to much
time at my computer, I am quite happy with receiving Massbird-digest
once a day and Ebird alerts for Massachusetts, Rhode I. and the ABA
area. This keeps me pretty well up to date on what's around. I
don't mind people posting a list of everything seen on trip because
that tells me pretty much what's around.

If I had to choose just one it would be Massbird-digest that most
meets my needs so kudos to Massbird, Barbara Volkle and all those
involved in keeping this listserv going.

Happy New Year and Happy Birding

Patty O'Neill

Milton
 

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Date: 1/8/17 6:07 am
From: Nickilas Paulson <grendelpgill...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Four Boros Mock CBC results - New Years weekend


Howdy,
As has become annual now, I did my mock CBC last weekend Dec. 31 and Jan 1,2. This is the 12th year I have done the count. I started it basically because Westboro WMA was not in any count and was one of the best central Mass birding locations. Also I figured it was a great place to start the new year where you can get around 50 species in one inland location to start the year. At first I just did a one day count covering only Westboro, Northboro, Marlboro and Upton. But I split the circle into 3 sections and do it over three days. I covered Framingham, part of Marlboro, Hopkington and Ashland on Dec. 31st. Westboro and Northboro on Jan. 1st. And on Jan. 2nd I did areas in Upton, Milford, Hopedale and Grafton. This year the count had 83 species count weekend and 2 count week species and 7687 total birds. Three new count species Snow Goose, Glaucous Gull and incredibly 4 Pine Warblers together at Farm Pond in Framingham with a large mixed flock that also included at least 4 Ch!
ipping Sparrows. I also heard and only saw for a flash a warbler fly away at Westboro WMA that I believe was another female Pine Warbler. 13 High counts. Notably absent for the first two days was Bluebird, but on the 3rd day I was able to track them down. No Hermit Thrush and the second lowest count of Robins. A lot of the fruit in my area has already been eaten.


Here is the list:


Snow Goose-1 New
Canada Goose-1815
Mute Swan-209 HC
Gadwall-4
American Black Duck-107
Mallard-759
American Wigeon-7
Northern Pintail-23
Northern Shoveler-1
Ring-necked Duck-13
Greater Scaup-1
Bufflehead-1
Common Goldeneye-10
Hooded Merganser-34
Common Merganser-15
Ruddy Duck-1
Wild Turkey-11
Common Loon-1
Northern Harrier-cw
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1
Cooper's Hawk-1
Bald Eagle-1
Red-shouldered Hawk-1
Red-tailed Hawk-13
Rough-legged Hawk-cw
American Coot-2
Ring-billed Gull-267
Herring Gull-118
Iceland Gull-2 HC
Gaucous Gull-1 New
Great Black-backed Gull-43 HC
Rock Pigeon-236
Mourning Dove-148
Great Horned Owl-21 HC
Long-eared Owl-2 HC
Barred Owl-1
Northern Saw-whet Owl-2
Belted Kingfisher-2
Red-bellied Woodpecker-50 HC
Downy Woodpecker-81
Hairy Woodpecker-30
Northern Flicker-11 HC
Pileated Woodpecker-12 HC
Merlin-1
Northern Shrike-2
Blue Jay-289
American Crow-447
Fish Crow-10
Common Raven-7
Horned Lark-14
Black-capped Chickadee-235
Tufted Titmouse-175
Red-breasted Nuthatch-3
White-breasted Nuthatch-114
Brown Creeper-6
Marsh Wren-1
Carolina Wren-12
Golden-crowned Kinglet-43 HC
Ruby-crowned Kinglet-1
Eastern Bluebird-12
American Robin-109
Northern Mockingbird-13
European Starling-271
Cedar Waxwing-34
Pine Warbler-5
Yellow-rumped Warbler-1
American Tree Sparrow-89
Chipping Sparrow-4 HC
Field Sparrow-1
Savannah Sparrow-1
Fox Sparrow-1
Song Sparrow-99
Swamp Sparrow-5
White-throated Sparrow-80
Dark-eyed Junco-684 HC
Northern Cardinal-117
Red-winged Blackbird-19
Rusty Blackbird-5
Common Grackle-2
Brown-headed Cowbird-1
House Finch-73
White-winged Crossbill-2
American Goldfinch-111
Evening Grosbeak-1

House Sparrow-526 HC



Nickilas Paulson
Upton Ma
<grendelpgill...>

 

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Date: 1/7/17 6:52 pm
From: Lisa Schibley <lisa...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck continues in New Bedford
The Tufted Duck continues at the Slocum Street Bridge on the Acushnet River
north of New Bedford. Very handsome bird.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33499249

Lisa Schibley
Manomet

 

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Date: 1/7/17 6:51 pm
From: Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Acton fields Friday, January 6
I was also at the Acton fields on School St. yesterday afternoon trying to
find and photograph the Lapland Longspur(s). I don't use a scope and was
looking for them with binoculars, which was hopeless and then just with my
big Canon 500 f4 lens with 1.4 teleconverter which makes for over 1000mm
with the crop factor in my camera. I still couldn't see the Longspur even
though it was there (David Swain told me he heard and then saw it in his
scope while I was there) among the hundreds of Horned Larks and Snow
Buntings. So I just kept taking lots of photographs of groups of the larks
and buntings anyway. When I got home and starting looking at my images, I
was happy to see that in at least 10-12 images I managed to get pictures of
1 of the Lapland Longspurs and in 2 images I can see 2 of them so yes,
there were at least 2 and I then figured there were probably at least
another 1 or 2 elsewhere since the huge flock was divided into 3 sections
most of the time when they were on the field, except when they were flying
back and forth over it. Today I see that 3 were definitely seen this
morning. I have never seen so many Horned Larks!

Where will they go now with the deeper snow today?

Sandy Selesky
Westford, MA
<sandyselesky...>

 

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Date: 1/7/17 6:51 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Gyrfalcon Reports and the Absence Thereof
I~Rd like to respond to this. Many posts to Massbird do not come from
subscribers and are therefore routed to the moderator for review. This keeps
out spam. Posts from subscribers are processed as they arrive. The ISP
hosting Massbird has recently adjusted things so that posts are coming
through very quickly.

Thanks for your continued posts and support!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<Barb620...>

________________________________________
From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>]
On Behalf Of Justin Lawson
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2017 9:10 PM
To: Paul Roberts; William Drummond
Cc: MassBird
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Gyrfalcon Reports and the Absence Thereof

i will point out that you do not HAVE to draw from ebird. you can setup
alerts on rare birds and needs hourly. also massbird sometimes is very
delayed. facebook is immediate and people post pics "on the scene" but at
that point info would bedisseminated everywhere. not saying massbird isnt
useful just correcting info on whats labeled as "immediate".



 

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Date: 1/7/17 6:51 pm
From: South Shore BirdClub <SouthShoreBirdClub...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Scusset walk 1/8/17 cancelled
Due to the winter storm the South Shore Bird Club walk at Scusset tomorrow Jan 8th is cancelled.


Christine

Christine Whitebread

<southshorebirdclub...><mailto:<standch...>

South Shore Bird Club

http://southshorebirdclubma.blogspot.com/

http://southshorebirdclub.weebly.com<http://southshorebirdclub.weebly.com/>


 

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Date: 1/7/17 4:09 pm
From: Donald Wilkinson <donaldwilkinson60...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Monday's BBC trip, Nahant, 1/9 Cancelled
Dear Massbirders,

Due to an unexpected medical appointment (nothing serious - all is well!
:-)), I am unable to lead this Monday's BBC trip. I will be leading the
trip again on 2/6 and 2/20, both Mondays.

Happy Birding
Don Wilkinson, Nahant
www.donwilkinsonbirdingtours.com
(There are openings for S. Florida - 4/17-4/24)

 

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Date: 1/7/17 3:04 pm
From: Marshall Iliff <miliff...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird data resources
Massbird,

For new subscribers to Massbird, who those who have never figured out how
to get what they wanted from eBird, here's a primer. Many of these data
resources have been mentioned in recent posts, but I thought a summary
might be helpful.

Anyone can access any of the below, whether you have submitted to eBird or
not. For eBird "Needs" Alerts and "Targets", the resources are much richer
for you if your lists are up-to-date in eBird.

***eBIRD ALERTS***
Manage your Alerts here: http://ebird.org/ebird/alerts.

eBird Alerts are a "push" notification, but you can also opt for "pull"
notifications by going to this page http://ebird.org/ebird/alerts and just
typing the alert you are interested in and viewing it online. You can
subscribe to be emailed about interesting birds reported to eBird and can
opt to receive these emails hourly or once daily. If you are interested in
up-to-the-minute news of rarities, we'd recommend hourly. If you already
get too much email, daily might be better. Alerts come in three forms:

eBIRD RARITIES ALERT: This is a feed of all species within a region that
are flagged as rarities in eBird. If you are familiar with data entry in
eBird, you know you sometimes receive a notice that a bird is rare for the
region and/or date (distinct from a "high count" flag). These are the
species for which our data reviewers check all reports, and include
December reports of Eastern Wood-Pewee, all state reports of White-winged
Dove and Pink-footed Goose, etc. You can sign up to get news on these from
your favorite counties or states.

If you want statewide news about rare birds reported to eBird, this is the
alert for you!

eBIRD NEEDS ALERT: This Alert works best when your data are up to date. You
can get news of any species reported for a county or state that you have
yet to report to eBird. You can set these to your life total for the area
or your year total...or both. This is a great way to find out about new
birds for your state list or county list (or year list) if that is what
motivates you in birding. Obviously any life bird would also be a state
bird too!

If Soheil, or others, are sick of White-winged Dove reports from the Fenway
you can: 1) go see the White-winged Dove, report to eBird, and your life
needs alerts for Suffolk County will stop reporting White-winged Dove; 2)
unsubscribe from the Suffolk Needs Alert until the doves are gone. It's up
to you!

ABA RARITIES ALERT: These are all code 3, 4, and 5 birds from around the
ABA Area. (You can also subscribe to Australia Rarities, if you are
interested in far-flung lands).

Read more here:
http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1010526-ebird-rare-bird-alerts

***eBIRD TARGETS***
If your lists are up-to-date in eBird, go here and set the region you want
to search for new birds. eBird will query the full database for that region
and a return a list, with map links, of the birds you "need" for that
county, state, or country and for your life, year, or month list. For
example, if you are going to Costa Rica for the first time in February, you
can hit this link to see what your most likely life birds would be there:

http://ebird.org/ebird/targets?r1=CR&bmo=2&emo=2&r2=world&t2=life&_mediaType=on&_mediaType=on

For me it is Hoffman's Woodpecker, which is reported on 15.63% of lists.
There is a map link so I can plan exactly where to look for one.

***eBIRD LOCATION EXPLORER***
Going on a birding trip somewhere, whether near or far? Try typing the
county, state, or country here: http://ebird.org/ebird/places

The result will be a summary page giving recent birding visits there,

If Soheil, for example, is interested in recent birding in Massachusetts,
he can bookmark this page and page through the 100 most recent lists:
http://ebird.org/ebird/subnational1/US-MA/activity.

Or go here for the full summary. Try setting "Last seen" and then searching
a species of interest. Note: These are vetted reports, unlike the above
Alerts which include unconfirmed reports.
http://ebird.org/ebird/subnational1/US-MA

Set it to the current year to see just 2017 birds.

A bar chart link is useful for understanding seasonality. The high counts
setting shows record-high counts. There is a lot to check out on this page!

***eBIRD HOTSPOT PAGE***
Going somewhere specific? Try typing the hotspot name or searching for the
site on a page here. You will get a similar summary page to the region
explorer above.

***PROFILE PAGE***
Anywhere someone's name is hyperlinked in eBird, including checklist links,
you can see their profile page. Here's mine:
http://ebird.org/ebird/profile/MzQ2MDM/US

For those that make their profile public, and make their "recent
checklists" public, you can see where that person has been birding. My
birding in Bristol Co. today is summarized on my page on the right side.

***RANGE MAPS***
Interested in a specific bird. Just type the name here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/map/

If you want to see where Iceland Gulls have been recently, you'd end up
here: http://ebird.org/ebird/map/icegul

Restrict the date range if you wish using that drop down. Use the Location
entry at top right to type someplace like "Newburyport" and quickly zoom in.

The map shows grids (color-coded by frequency) at the broad scale and
becomes points once you zoom in far enough. Red points are sightings within
the last 30 days; blue points are older than that. Click the points for a
list of records and links to the eBird checklists. Lists with photos are
indicated.

***PHOTOS***
Are you trying to work out the subspecies of Massachusetts Greater
White-fronted Geese? Or just want to browse White-winged Dove photos? Go
here and filter accordingly (by species, date, location, and photographer):
https://ebird.org/media/catalog

Here's the photo stream for Greater White-fronted Goose in Massachusetts,
for example:
*http://tinyurl.com/huw2v3k <http://tinyurl.com/huw2v3k>*

We are thankful to all who participate in eBird, those who upload photos,
and those who report promptly from the field via eBird since those reports
go out on Alerts to interested birders within the hour. Your species
comments on reports from the field can include lat-longs or descriptions of
where a rarity was seen, and these help folks relocate birds.

eBird is designed to be used BOTH to birders and to science and
conservation. And it is being used by all three communities and fulfilling
its original vision from when it was designed almost 15 years ago. Thanks
to all who help make this possible.

To those in Massachusetts and beyond who want to get their news via
Massbird, by all means, continue to enjoy Massbird.

To those who want to get their news via eBird, hopefully the above will
help. I subscribe to the Masschusetts Rarity Alert daily, the ABA Alert
daily, and hourly Alerts for the counties where my lists are reasonably
decent (Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Berkshire) an I
enjoy seeing the rarities that folks find that I have yet to see in those
places.

To those who want to get ALL news about ALL birds...good luck! Subscribe to
eBird Alerts, Massbird, Facebook, Twitter, be friendly to birders you meet
in the field, get their phone numbers, and ask them to call you about
rarity news. Join as many local bird clubs as you can. And keep your ears
open! Go birding yourself, and see if you can be the one to find the next
rarity. Or better yet, enjoy whatever you find wherever you go!

We live in the information age. Those of us at eBird work hard to make the
resource a fun, compelling, and useful tool for birders (and scientists,
educators, and conservationists).
We will continue to improve the resource to quickly deliver individualized
information for birders via web tools and mobile tools. eBird Mobile allows
easy entry from the field and will increasingly become a resource for other
information from eBird while on the go.

It is pretty straightforward to get information from eBird, in push or pull
formats, for areas that you care about. As with Massbird, the "push" data
will probably include some stuff that interests you, and some stuff that
does not.

Happy birding in 2017.

Best,

Marshall Iliff
eBird Project Leader

--

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

 

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Date: 1/7/17 2:38 pm
From: Ninad Thakoor <ninadst...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] reporting on massbird
I created an eBird tool (which is essentially a website) some time ago. My
purpose for building this tool was to get a quick overview of what is being
seen around the county. Based on the discussion here maybe some people here
might find it handy. While it is the same data as in eBird, it is presented
in a different way which is easier to interact with my opinion.

http://birding.ninadthakoor.com/

-Ninad Thakoor
Natick, MA



On Sat, Jan 7, 2017 at 2:13 PM, Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
wrote:

> Currently internet based info is receiver based instead of sender based
> which mean if one wants to know where Canvasback is being seen currently
> one (the receiver of info) has to search recent reports as opposed to
> getting an email from somewhere or someone which says there is a Canvasback
> at X. If one wants to see what has been recently reported at places so
> commonly birded as Plum Island one has to go to websites and look through
> lists.
>
>
> So, this is a change from what us old birders are used to. Young(er)
> birders don't understand it since they are used to searching for what ever
> they want ("I don't have Canvasback so let me see where they are being
> seen") while we are used to getting info (sender based) which tell us
> Canvasback is being seen at X..
>
>
> Glenn
>
>
> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
>
> On January 7, 2017 at 11:41 AM Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...> wrote:
>
> By subscribing to ebird alerts, all I'm getting are endless reports of
> White-winged Dove. I don't care about the stupid White-winged Dove, but I
> suppose because it does not appear on my ebird list, ebird insists on
> sending those reports to me. Meanwhile, a few birds I was really interested
> in (Baird's Sandpiper in October at Winthrop Beach, Canvasback at Fresh
> Pond etc) never showed up on my alerts. Fortunately, they were obliquely
> (or directly - sometimes) referred to in massbird reports.
>
> My point is (and this has been mentioned by Barbara Drummond and many
> others) I'm not "chasing" birds so much as interested in knowing what is
> around, who is coming and who is going. Birds are my neighbors and fellow
> citizens and I want to keep track of them. Massbird has done that for a
> couple of decades. I have yet to figure out a way that ebird helps me do
> that on a consistent daily basis. And I have no idea how to make facebook
> provide me with anything but frustration -- its chaos is unnerving.
>
> Please forgive my rant -- i just had to get this off my chest.
>
> Soheil Zendeh
>
> On Sat, Jan 7, 2017 at 11:23 AM, <sunbirdjan...> wrote:
>
>
>
> I agree on the importance of reporting to massbird. It is the one
> central place to look for information. I especially miss all the Plum
> Island reports we used to see daily. This was especially helpful during
> migration. It would let those of us who drive a long distance to this
> hotspot know how the migration is going.
>
> Janis LaPointe
>
> Enfield, CT
>
>
>
>
> --
>
>
> *Soheil Zendeh42 Baker AvenueLexington, MA 02421*
>
>

 

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Date: 1/7/17 2:19 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] reporting on massbird
Currently internet based info is receiver based instead of sender based which mean if one wants to know where Canvasback is being seen currently one (the receiver of info) has to search recent reports as opposed to getting an email from somewhere or someone which says there is a Canvasback at X. If one wants to see what has been recently reported at places so commonly birded as Plum Island one has to go to websites and look through lists.


So, this is a change from what us old birders are used to. Young(er) birders don't understand it since they are used to searching for what ever they want ("I don't have Canvasback so let me see where they are being seen") while we are used to getting info (sender based) which tell us Canvasback is being seen at X..


Glenn


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

> On January 7, 2017 at 11:41 AM Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...> wrote:
>
> By subscribing to ebird alerts, all I'm getting are endless reports of White-winged Dove. I don't care about the stupid White-winged Dove, but I suppose because it does not appear on my ebird list, ebird insists on sending those reports to me. Meanwhile, a few birds I was really interested in (Baird's Sandpiper in October at Winthrop Beach, Canvasback at Fresh Pond etc) never showed up on my alerts. Fortunately, they were obliquely (or directly - sometimes) referred to in massbird reports.
>
> My point is (and this has been mentioned by Barbara Drummond and many others) I'm not "chasing" birds so much as interested in knowing what is around, who is coming and who is going. Birds are my neighbors and fellow citizens and I want to keep track of them. Massbird has done that for a couple of decades. I have yet to figure out a way that ebird helps me do that on a consistent daily basis. And I have no idea how to make facebook provide me with anything but frustration -- its chaos is unnerving.
>
> Please forgive my rant -- i just had to get this off my chest.
>
> Soheil Zendeh
>
> On Sat, Jan 7, 2017 at 11:23 AM, <sunbirdjan...> mailto:<sunbirdjan...> > wrote:
>
> > >
> >
> >
> > I agree on the importance of reporting to massbird. It is the one central place to look for information. I especially miss all the Plum Island reports we used to see daily. This was especially helpful during migration. It would let those of us who drive a long distance to this hotspot know how the migration is going.
> >
> > Janis LaPointe
> >
> > Enfield, CT
> >
> > >
>
>
> --
> Soheil Zendeh
> 42 Baker Avenue
> Lexington, MA 02421
>

 

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Date: 1/7/17 2:04 pm
From: Kathleen <kab2769...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow birding and reporting to Massbird
Good snowy afternoon all,

Speaking for myself, I have felt discouraged from posting "ordinary" birds to Massbird based on past grousing from some, and in general not seeing many other yard reports.

But on this first real snow day, I'll chime in with a few highlights from my very busy feeders:

12 Eastern Bluebirds (mealworms, suet, heated water dish)
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch (continuing since the Fall)
1 Carolina Wren (always a treat to see now since they were wiped out that one year)
0 Pine Siskins (but dozens of house and american gold finches)

Kathleeen Bartels
Rehoboth
<kab2769...>
 

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Date: 1/7/17 1:48 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] ebird alerts
This is due to the fact the alerts is when rareties occur. If chat is not an "add in" and on the list for that geographic spot then it is not on one's alerts. I know one can set up alerts for species one has not yet seen (year/life). I don't know what one can get as an alert if just interested in some of the uncommon species such as Iceland Gull at Provincetown.


Glenn


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

> On January 7, 2017 at 1:35 PM Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...> wrote:
>
>
> Thanks Alice. But I think you’re missing what I’m interested in. I’m NOT only interested in year birds or life birds or whatever. I’m interested in everything in the areas where I live and bird. (And of course not just birds – but that’s another topic altogether.) So, I have hourly alerts set up for ebird and I get endless reports of the White-winged Dove in Boston. Of the stuff seen at Fresh Pond or Nahant or the Cape I only get reports if they are on massbird. Ebird does nothing for me.
>
>
>
> Don’t get me wrong – ebird is awesome and I use it all the time to report sightings. But I make sure that my ebird lists go on massbird – because I know there are other folks out there who care about all the birds that are seen, not just the ones they want to chase.
>
>
>
>
>
> Soheil Zendeh
>
> 42 Baker Ave
>
> Lexington, MA 02421
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of alice morgan
> Sent: Saturday, January 7, 2017 12:59 PM
> To: <massbird...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] ebird alerts
>
>
>
> You can get several different kinds of alerts from ebird, including rare bird alerts (hourly or at greater intervals) …
>

 

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Date: 1/7/17 1:21 pm
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow buntings and Horned larks - School St. fields, Acton
Went over to School St. fields this morning around 10:30 am to find snow buntings and horned larks still there in a large mixed flock (about 200 birds). They were feeding on the east side of the road on the south end near the first house. Occasionally a few would peel off to feed in the gravelly pull off area. Nice prelude to the storm. Very large flocks of geese (200+) have been moving around the Concord (Old Bedford/Lexington Roads) and Acton (School St.) fields today too…especially beautiful to see and hear them in the falling snow this afternoon.

Happily winter birding,

Cherrie Corey
Concord, MA


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




 

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Date: 1/7/17 12:00 pm
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] ebird alerts
El 2017-01-07 a las 13:35, Soheil Zendeh escribió:
> Thanks Alice. But I think you’re missing what I’m interested in. I’m NOT
> only interested in year birds or life birds or whatever. I’m interested
> in everything in the areas where I live and bird.

Soheil, I get reports via the Web of birds near where I live, or
anywhere, easily. Barnstable County activity is here, for example:

http://ebird.org/ebird/subnational2/US-MA-001/activity

There's no email report, as far as I know, for county activity, but
that's a plus, in my book (I view all needs and rarities alerts via the
Web interface as well).

The above isn't a list of birds, but rather a list of who's been out
birding recently, and where, and when, in Barnstable County. If I'm
planning a visit to pals up in Boston I can check counties up in the
Boston Area.

I'm recalling the discussion from last summer or spring about eBird.
First, apologies for not posting sightings here! Where the discussion
last summer (I left hte country for a couple months and didn't keep up)
ended led me to believe that eBird lists would be ported over to
MassBird, and I somehow incorrectly put a mental check somewhere and
then didn't report birds here. (Actually, porting the lists
automatically probably doesn't make sense, and that's probably what
folks concluded: too many boring lists -- which is GREAT for research,
of course: complete counts! but boring for MassBird -- and too difficult
to know when a list is a list of birds seen in Massachusetts, and not
somewhere else.)

In a post I made in that discussion I picked a couple nits with eBird,
but after learning more about its purpose, I realize my objections were
mostly based on ignorance of the needs of researchers, and even of
birders. The one limitation one might rightly lament -- the inability to
search a map by arbitrarily defined area -- is, it turns out, one that
the people at eBird agree with fully, and it's my understanding that
such a "polygon search" capability is an extremely high priority for
eBird. It's not exactly a coffee-break programming task, to put it
mildly, so we might have to wait a few more months, but my understanding
is that it's very much in the works. Such a capability would permit
precisely the ability to know what's been seen "in the areas where one
lives and birds" -- area defined precisely as one wants.

Best,
Brian

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

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Date: 1/7/17 11:17 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Free Bird Boxes. April will be here soon....
With permission of the moderator.
Massbirders. Hi all, you have seen my images of birds on boxes on Flickr, from Bluebirds and Tree Swallows to Screech Owls, Wood Ducks to Great-crested flycatcher. I make a lot of boxes and they all get birds. This winter I will begin to make boxes for anyone who wants one, providing you manage it responsibly and allow me to advise you on location/species. These boxes will be free to anyone. I will ask for postage and any donations for screws etc. I will buy some wood but I get scraps from a shed company here on the cape. These are “Proctor” boxes, with an easily removable front for monitoring and cleaning. Bob Prescott showed me one about 30 years ago and I’ve been increasing bird populations ever since. If you want one let me know and I’ll give you details about a month from now after I produce some.
Be patient, I’ll do what I can to get you one by March/April.
Peter Trull
Brewster,
<petrull...>

 

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Date: 1/7/17 10:40 am
From: Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] ebird alerts
Thanks Alice. But I think you’re missing what I’m interested in. I’m NOT only interested in year birds or life birds or whatever. I’m interested in everything in the areas where I live and bird. (And of course not just birds – but that’s another topic altogether.) So, I have hourly alerts set up for ebird and I get endless reports of the White-winged Dove in Boston. Of the stuff seen at Fresh Pond or Nahant or the Cape I only get reports if they are on massbird. Ebird does nothing for me.



Don’t get me wrong – ebird is awesome and I use it all the time to report sightings. But I make sure that my ebird lists go on massbird – because I know there are other folks out there who care about all the birds that are seen, not just the ones they want to chase.





Soheil Zendeh

42 Baker Ave

Lexington, MA 02421







From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of alice morgan
Sent: Saturday, January 7, 2017 12:59 PM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] ebird alerts



You can get several different kinds of alerts from ebird, including rare bird alerts (hourly or at greater intervals) …


 

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Date: 1/7/17 10:03 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] ebird alerts
You can get several different kinds of alerts from ebird, including rare
bird alerts (hourly or at greater intervals) and alerts that tell you when
a bird you have not reported (either for the past year, or the calendar
year) is seen. The alerts are organized by state, so you can get info on RI
birds as well, which can be useful if you live near the border. Of course,
you will see only what has been inputted by birders who report to ebird.
Ebird will essentially keep your year list, a great convenience now that
Avisys is not being supported.
--
Alice & Dane Morgan
Brookline & S. Dartmouth, MA

 

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Date: 1/7/17 9:32 am
From: Constance Lapite <peteorconstance...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose Northgate/Argilla
Just as the snow got heavy, we caught up with a Pink-footed goose. It was in the soccer field section of the Argilla/Northgate complex, on the edge of a large flock of Canadas. Other highlights were the large flock of Horned larks at the Pony Express field and Eastern bluebirds in the stream under the road into NE Biolabs.

Happy feeder watching!
Constance Lapite
Beverly, MA

Sent from my mobile
 

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Date: 1/7/17 9:21 am
From: <dave.williams6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sunday Newburyport BBC trip cancellation
Ida Giriunas' BBC Newburyport & Vicinity trip scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, Jan. 8th, has been cancelled .
Dave Williams for Ida


Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 1/7/17 8:48 am
From: Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] reporting on massbird
By subscribing to ebird alerts, all I'm getting are endless reports of
White-winged Dove. I don't care about the stupid White-winged Dove, but I
suppose because it does not appear on my ebird list, ebird insists on
sending those reports to me. Meanwhile, a few birds I was really interested
in (Baird's Sandpiper in October at Winthrop Beach, Canvasback at Fresh
Pond etc) never showed up on my alerts. Fortunately, they were obliquely
(or directly - sometimes) referred to in massbird reports.

My point is (and this has been mentioned by Barbara Drummond and many
others) I'm not "chasing" birds so much as interested in knowing what is
around, who is coming and who is going. Birds are my neighbors and fellow
citizens and I want to keep track of them. Massbird has done that for a
couple of decades. I have yet to figure out a way that ebird helps me do
that on a consistent daily basis. And I have no idea how to make facebook
provide me with anything but frustration -- its chaos is unnerving.

Please forgive my rant -- i just had to get this off my chest.

Soheil Zendeh

On Sat, Jan 7, 2017 at 11:23 AM, <sunbirdjan...> wrote:

>
>
> I agree on the importance of reporting to massbird. It is the one
> central place to look for information. I especially miss all the Plum
> Island reports we used to see daily. This was especially helpful during
> migration. It would let those of us who drive a long distance to this
> hotspot know how the migration is going.
>
> Janis LaPointe
>
> Enfield, CT
>



--


*Soheil Zendeh42 Baker AvenueLexington, MA 02421*

 

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Date: 1/7/17 8:31 am
From: Mary <lemmel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Young eagle West Roxbury
I'm looking at a young eagle with mostly brown head at millennium park sitting in the usual dead tree. A very brave American crow is on the other branch have a nice day


Mary Ellen McMahon


Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/7/17 8:29 am
From: <sunbirdjan...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] reporting on massbird

I agree on the importance of reporting to massbird. It is the one central place to look for information. I especially miss all the Plum Island reports we used to see daily. This was especially helpful during migration. It would let those of us who drive a long distance to this hotspot know how the migration is going.
Janis LaPointe
Enfield, CT

 

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Date: 1/7/17 8:06 am
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Fresh Pond

> On Jan 7, 2017, at 10:51 AM, Andrew Long <awlong20...> wrote:
>
> Would someone be able to indicate the location where the tree with hole that the eastern screech owl hangs out at Fresh Pond? Hoping to make a trip up there before it snows today!

Hopefully someone in that area can meet up with Andrew and show him the spot in person, because owl locations are exactly the sort of information that should *not* be shared via e-mail…. (as opposed to, just to pick an example, Gyrfalcon sightings….)

JSR




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



 

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Date: 1/7/17 8:04 am
From: Scott Spangenberg <sjspangenberg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink footed at Raymond fields rt 133
At 10:55 AM in back of the goose flock in line with red sign

Scott Spangenberg
Amherst, NH
 

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Date: 1/7/17 7:57 am
From: Andrew Long <awlong20...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fresh Pond
Would someone be able to indicate the location where the tree with hole
that the eastern screech owl hangs out at Fresh Pond? Hoping to make a trip
up there before it snows today!

Happy birding!

Andrew Long

 

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Date: 1/7/17 7:11 am
From: Barbara Drummond <bdraraavis...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Gyrfalcon Reports and the Absence Thereof
Massbirders,

I made no mention of ebird, and I think we went through massbird vs. ebird fairly recently on this site. I merely want to state my appreciation for those who post to massbird even what might not be considered a rarity, especially when they post from the field. It may be a common bird, but I may be in the area and want to take a look.

Barbara Drummond


> On Jan 6, 2017, at 9:09 PM, Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> wrote:
>
> i will point out that you do not HAVE to draw from ebird. you can setup alerts on rare birds and needs hourly. also massbird sometimes is very delayed. facebook is immediate and people post pics "on the scene" but at that point info would be disseminated everywhere. not saying massbird isnt useful just correcting info on whats labeled as "immediate".
>
>
>
> good birding.
>
>
>
> On Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 8:37 PM William Drummond <wcdrummond...> <mailto:<wcdrummond...>> wrote:
> Thank you, Paul, for stressing how important it is to report to massbird. For those who chase birds and need information in a timely manner, massbird is the quickest way to go.
>
>
>
> Bill and Barbara Drummond
>
> North Andover, MA
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Jan 6, 2017, at 6:22 PM, Paul Roberts <phawk254...> <mailto:<phawk254...>> wrote:
>
> >
>
> > The report of the Gyrfalcon at Andrews Point Wednesday generated several
>
> > łrumors˛ or second-hand anecdotal reports of prior or łpossible" sightings
>
> > of a gyrfalcon at multiple locations. None of these other łsightings,˛ save
>
> > Peter Trulląs second-hand report, were reported on MassBird or ebird.
>
> > Birders who thought they might have seen one of the rarest and most
>
> > spectacular birds we can see in Massachusetts did not share their
>
> > information with other birders, considerably reducing the odds that others
>
> > might see this impressive species. Iąd like to believe that most birders
>
> > want to share information about important bird sightings with fellow
>
> > birders, especially of such a rare species, unless the report might lead to
>
> > the harassment of the bird (such as weąve seen with multiple owl species) or
>
> > gross disrespect of property, public or private, in pursuit of the bird.
>
> >
>
> > I encourage everyone who thinks they have seen a Gyrfalcon to report the
>
> > sighting, first on MassBird as the quickest way of getting the information
>
> > out to the most people, and then reporting on ebird as well. MassBird
>
> > łpushes˛ the report out quickly to subscribers, compared to ebird where
>
> > people are required to łpull˛ the info out by repeated, often time-consuming
>
> > searches, or await a summary of rarities seen the previous day.
>
> >
>
> > Gyrfalcon reports are usually very time sensitive, due to the birdąs
>
> > prodigious flying capabilities and habits. It is likely that sightings of
>
> > most Gyrfalcons in Massachusetts are one-time łfly bys.˛ In my experience,
>
> > however, when Gyrfalcons find a suitable winter hunting territory, they can
>
> > develop short-lived łhabits˛ while working the territory, in terms of
>
> > favorite perches and hunting routines (both time and location). Reports help
>
> > identify those, such as the white morph Gyr who took pigeons along the Mass
>
> > Pike in Boston down to the Hancock Tower and often perched in the area near
>
> > the Hancock; the white morph Gyr who frequently (never regularly) strafed
>
> > the marshes along Plum Island Turnpike in the afternoon looking for Black
>
> > Ducks; or the dark morph Gyr who loved the area around the Black Falcon
>
> > Terminal in Boston and the gulls that roosted there. In recent years we had
>
> > two or more Gyrs that frequented the southern Maine and New Hampshire coast,
>
> > showing a strong predilection for gulls as well. Other birdersą reports on
>
> > MassBird enabled me to have two of the most spectacular birding experiences
>
> > of my life.
>
> >
>
> > If you have possible Gyr sightings, please report them, including what you
>
> > saw (white, light, dark; streaks, spots, etc), what made you think it was a
>
> > Gyr, and when and where. If you have any doubts about the sighting but think
>
> > it was a Gyr, simply indicate you are not 100% certain. If you have earlier
>
> > sightings this winter but donąt want to post under your name at this time,
>
> > please send your report to me. If I receive any reports, I will post the
>
> > information without identifying the persons reporting unless they ask me to
>
> > do so. Hopefully, in this way we will enable more people to best utilize
>
> > their time and abilities in searching for a Gyrfalcon.
>
> >
>
> > Best,
>
> >
>
> > Paul
>
> >
>
> >
>
> > Paul M. Roberts
>
> > Medford, MA
>
> > <phawk254...> <mailto:<phawk254...>
>
> >
>
> >
>
> >
>
> >
>
> >
>
>
>
>
>
> --
> Justin Lawson
> Worcester, MA


 

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Date: 1/7/17 5:14 am
From: David Swain <davidswain79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Photos of Northern Shrike killing American Goldfinch
Wicked cool, Cole.

Safe travels, and have a good term!

David

On Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 11:05 PM, Kat Birder <katbirder...> wrote:

> Fascinating (and a little chilling)- thank you for sharing the photos.
> Very interesting about the Crossbills and so glad you got to see them.
>
> Kathy
>
> On Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 10:27 PM, Cole Winstanley <crw2998...>
> wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> This morning in a rather remote spot near Royalston (involving an hour of
>> walking through swampy woods), I watched a Northern Shrike ambush, capture,
>> and kill an American Goldfinch. I took some okay photos, a number of which
>> are posted at https://www.flickr.com/photos/peregrine_falcon/albums/
>> 72157677152007541 . I had never thought about whether the shrike would
>> carry the bird using its feet or its bill, but now I know it uses the bill
>> to kill and the feet to carry. What a sight!
>>
>> Also present was a small flock of 7 Red Crossbills, a small remnant of
>> the 40+ that I had at this location on Wednesday. All of the crossbills
>> have apparently been type 10, hailing all the way from the northern Pacific
>> coast (or at least that’s where the “core range” is).
>>
>> Happy shrike season,
>>
>> Cole Winstanley
>> Concord, MA
>> <crw2998...>
>>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/7/17 4:37 am
From: Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] pair northern goshawks, Milton
I was treated to a spectacular view just now of a pair of northern goshawks
in the large hemlock tree just outside my study window, adjacent to the
Blue Hills, Milton. I was initially alerted by their shrieking call, then
sneaked down the back stairway to the corner of the building. I was about
15 feet away, peeking around the corner, with great views about 7:15 AM.
This is the second day - I heard the repeated calls of a single bird
yesterday, but only caught a fleeting glimpse of it as it flew away. At
that point, I wasn't sure what it was, but I listened last night to dozens
of Macauley audio recordings of various hawk calls, and figured out then
that it had been a goshawk.

This morning, both were on the same interior branch of the hemlock for
several minutes, calling back and forth with their distinctive piercing 1-5
note Kak-Kak-Kak calls. One flew down to the ground, then back up, then
flew off, with other following in a few minutes. Presumably they were
attracted to my bird feeders which has a gang of visitors this and every
morning. No evidence they caught any birch, but I bet they'll be back.

A first sighting ever for me at such close range. Wow!

Robert Mussey
Milton, Mass.

 

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Date: 1/6/17 8:11 pm
From: Kat Birder <katbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Photos of Northern Shrike killing American Goldfinch
Fascinating (and a little chilling)- thank you for sharing the photos. Very
interesting about the Crossbills and so glad you got to see them.

Kathy

On Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 10:27 PM, Cole Winstanley <crw2998...> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> This morning in a rather remote spot near Royalston (involving an hour of
> walking through swampy woods), I watched a Northern Shrike ambush, capture,
> and kill an American Goldfinch. I took some okay photos, a number of which
> are posted at https://www.flickr.com/photos/peregrine_falcon/
> albums/72157677152007541 . I had never thought about whether the shrike
> would carry the bird using its feet or its bill, but now I know it uses the
> bill to kill and the feet to carry. What a sight!
>
> Also present was a small flock of 7 Red Crossbills, a small remnant of the
> 40+ that I had at this location on Wednesday. All of the crossbills have
> apparently been type 10, hailing all the way from the northern Pacific
> coast (or at least that’s where the “core range” is).
>
> Happy shrike season,
>
> Cole Winstanley
> Concord, MA
> <crw2998...>
>

 

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Date: 1/6/17 7:34 pm
From: Cole Winstanley <crw2998...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Photos of Northern Shrike killing American Goldfinch
Hi all,

This morning in a rather remote spot near Royalston (involving an hour of walking through swampy woods), I watched a Northern Shrike ambush, capture, and kill an American Goldfinch. I took some okay photos, a number of which are posted at https://www.flickr.com/photos/peregrine_falcon/albums/72157677152007541 <https://www.flickr.com/photos/peregrine_falcon/albums/72157677152007541> . I had never thought about whether the shrike would carry the bird using its feet or its bill, but now I know it uses the bill to kill and the feet to carry. What a sight!

Also present was a small flock of 7 Red Crossbills, a small remnant of the 40+ that I had at this location on Wednesday. All of the crossbills have apparently been type 10, hailing all the way from the northern Pacific coast (or at least that’s where the “core range” is).

Happy shrike season,

Cole Winstanley
Concord, MA
<crw2998...> <mailto:<crw2998...>
 

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Date: 1/6/17 6:53 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Possible Cinnamon Teal from a long time ago.......
A long time ago, during the early 80's, there was a bird thought to be a hybrid. It looked like a perfectly good adult male Cinnamon Teal except for a green curved eye-line behind the eye. One of the birders noted it was 99% Cinnamon. Today I located the below on ID Frontiers. Is there anyone out there who recalls this bird? Would there be any images or any other documentation? Could this be resurrected and submitted to the MARC? It was on the north shore somewhere (Clark's or Rantoul Pond?). I would be interested in hearing from anyone who recalls this bird. I may only have a note on a checklist.


Thank you.


Glenn


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


Ancestral re-expression: Here is a snippet I wrote years ago regarding a similar situation:
“I feel that many (but not all) cases of male ducks that show some form of curved green wedge behind the eye, are not due to the direct influence of recent hybridization with a relative that has this plumage feature, but instead are due to an expression of a normally-suppressed element of the genome that lingers in all the dabbling ducks from their common ancestor.
We don't know what the common ancestor of the dabbling duck tribe looked like, but we can make some educated (?) guesses using Baikal Teal as a model, since Baikal Teal split off from all other dabblers long before the later radiation into the species we are now familiar with (Johnson and Sorenson. Comparing Molecular evolution in two mitochondrial protein coding genes (Cytochrome b and ND2) in the dabbling ducks (tribe Anatini). MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS AND EVOLUTION Vol. 10, No. 1, August, pp. 82-94, 1998).
Thus I speculate that the common ancestor had some form of green curved wedge behind the eye, and this is why this feature is part of the normal plumage of so many current species.
I think that this explains why so many non-standard individuals of our dabblers have the shared feature of this curved green wedge in some form. I have heard birders say that a Blue-winged Teal with such a green wedge is a hybrid with Green-winged Teal, and similarly for Cinnamon Teal so-adorned. I don’t think such birds necessarily have any recent hybrid genes in their make-ups, but instead bare the re-expression of an ancient family trait.“

Secondly, as mentioned in an earlier reply, there is a theory that as individual males get older they get a stronger facial pattern, with a green wedge developing plus more contrast between this green wedge and the surrounding feathers. This is dramatically illustrated in the so-called “Storm Wigeon” - see pic (http://www.martinreid.com/Main%20website/amwi.html http://www.martinreid.com/Main%20website/amwi.html ) or search for this term for numerous examples online.
This process would be a simple explanation for most, if not all, examples of dabbling ducks that have a non-typical extent of green behind the eye (but otherwise look normal) - as opposed to these birds being recent hybrids.
 

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Date: 1/6/17 6:16 pm
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Gyrfalcon Reports and the Absence Thereof
i will point out that you do not HAVE to draw from ebird. you can setup
alerts on rare birds and needs hourly. also massbird sometimes is very
delayed. facebook is immediate and people post pics "on the scene" but at
that point info would be disseminated everywhere. not saying massbird isnt
useful just correcting info on whats labeled as "immediate".



good birding.



On Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 8:37 PM William Drummond <wcdrummond...>
wrote:

> Thank you, Paul, for stressing how important it is to report to massbird.
> For those who chase birds and need information in a timely manner, massbird
> is the quickest way to go.
>
>
>
> Bill and Barbara Drummond
>
> North Andover, MA
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Jan 6, 2017, at 6:22 PM, Paul Roberts <phawk254...> wrote:
>
> >
>
> > The report of the Gyrfalcon at Andrews Point Wednesday generated several
>
> > łrumors˛ or second-hand anecdotal reports of prior or łpossible"
> sightings
>
> > of a gyrfalcon at multiple locations. None of these other łsightings,˛
> save
>
> > Peter Trulląs second-hand report, were reported on MassBird or ebird.
>
> > Birders who thought they might have seen one of the rarest and most
>
> > spectacular birds we can see in Massachusetts did not share their
>
> > information with other birders, considerably reducing the odds that
> others
>
> > might see this impressive species. Iąd like to believe that most birders
>
> > want to share information about important bird sightings with fellow
>
> > birders, especially of such a rare species, unless the report might lead
> to
>
> > the harassment of the bird (such as weąve seen with multiple owl
> species) or
>
> > gross disrespect of property, public or private, in pursuit of the bird.
>
> >
>
> > I encourage everyone who thinks they have seen a Gyrfalcon to report the
>
> > sighting, first on MassBird as the quickest way of getting the
> information
>
> > out to the most people, and then reporting on ebird as well. MassBird
>
> > łpushes˛ the report out quickly to subscribers, compared to ebird where
>
> > people are required to łpull˛ the info out by repeated, often
> time-consuming
>
> > searches, or await a summary of rarities seen the previous day.
>
> >
>
> > Gyrfalcon reports are usually very time sensitive, due to the birdąs
>
> > prodigious flying capabilities and habits. It is likely that sightings of
>
> > most Gyrfalcons in Massachusetts are one-time łfly bys.˛ In my
> experience,
>
> > however, when Gyrfalcons find a suitable winter hunting territory, they
> can
>
> > develop short-lived łhabits˛ while working the territory, in terms of
>
> > favorite perches and hunting routines (both time and location). Reports
> help
>
> > identify those, such as the white morph Gyr who took pigeons along the
> Mass
>
> > Pike in Boston down to the Hancock Tower and often perched in the area
> near
>
> > the Hancock; the white morph Gyr who frequently (never regularly) strafed
>
> > the marshes along Plum Island Turnpike in the afternoon looking for Black
>
> > Ducks; or the dark morph Gyr who loved the area around the Black Falcon
>
> > Terminal in Boston and the gulls that roosted there. In recent years we
> had
>
> > two or more Gyrs that frequented the southern Maine and New Hampshire
> coast,
>
> > showing a strong predilection for gulls as well. Other birdersą reports
> on
>
> > MassBird enabled me to have two of the most spectacular birding
> experiences
>
> > of my life.
>
> >
>
> > If you have possible Gyr sightings, please report them, including what
> you
>
> > saw (white, light, dark; streaks, spots, etc), what made you think it
> was a
>
> > Gyr, and when and where. If you have any doubts about the sighting but
> think
>
> > it was a Gyr, simply indicate you are not 100% certain. If you have
> earlier
>
> > sightings this winter but donąt want to post under your name at this
> time,
>
> > please send your report to me. If I receive any reports, I will post the
>
> > information without identifying the persons reporting unless they ask me
> to
>
> > do so. Hopefully, in this way we will enable more people to best utilize
>
> > their time and abilities in searching for a Gyrfalcon.
>
> >
>
> > Best,
>
> >
>
> > Paul
>
> >
>
> >
>
> > Paul M. Roberts
>
> > Medford, MA
>
> > <phawk254...>
>
> >
>
> >
>
> >
>
> >
>
> >
>
>
>
>
>
> --
Justin Lawson
Worcester, MA

 

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Date: 1/6/17 5:36 pm
From: William Drummond <wcdrummond...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Gyrfalcon Reports and the Absence Thereof
Thank you, Paul, for stressing how important it is to report to massbird. For those who chase birds and need information in a timely manner, massbird is the quickest way to go.

Bill and Barbara Drummond
North Andover, MA


> On Jan 6, 2017, at 6:22 PM, Paul Roberts <phawk254...> wrote:
>
> The report of the Gyrfalcon at Andrews Point Wednesday generated several
> rumors or second-hand anecdotal reports of prior or possible" sightings
> of a gyrfalcon at multiple locations. None of these other sightings, save
> Peter Trulls second-hand report, were reported on MassBird or ebird.
> Birders who thought they might have seen one of the rarest and most
> spectacular birds we can see in Massachusetts did not share their
> information with other birders, considerably reducing the odds that others
> might see this impressive species. Id like to believe that most birders
> want to share information about important bird sightings with fellow
> birders, especially of such a rare species, unless the report might lead to
> the harassment of the bird (such as weve seen with multiple owl species) or
> gross disrespect of property, public or private, in pursuit of the bird.
>
> I encourage everyone who thinks they have seen a Gyrfalcon to report the
> sighting, first on MassBird as the quickest way of getting the information
> out to the most people, and then reporting on ebird as well. MassBird
> pushes the report out quickly to subscribers, compared to ebird where
> people are required to pull the info out by repeated, often time-consuming
> searches, or await a summary of rarities seen the previous day.
>
> Gyrfalcon reports are usually very time sensitive, due to the birds
> prodigious flying capabilities and habits. It is likely that sightings of
> most Gyrfalcons in Massachusetts are one-time fly bys. In my experience,
> however, when Gyrfalcons find a suitable winter hunting territory, they can
> develop short-lived habits while working the territory, in terms of
> favorite perches and hunting routines (both time and location). Reports help
> identify those, such as the white morph Gyr who took pigeons along the Mass
> Pike in Boston down to the Hancock Tower and often perched in the area near
> the Hancock; the white morph Gyr who frequently (never regularly) strafed
> the marshes along Plum Island Turnpike in the afternoon looking for Black
> Ducks; or the dark morph Gyr who loved the area around the Black Falcon
> Terminal in Boston and the gulls that roosted there. In recent years we had
> two or more Gyrs that frequented the southern Maine and New Hampshire coast,
> showing a strong predilection for gulls as well. Other birders reports on
> MassBird enabled me to have two of the most spectacular birding experiences
> of my life.
>
> If you have possible Gyr sightings, please report them, including what you
> saw (white, light, dark; streaks, spots, etc), what made you think it was a
> Gyr, and when and where. If you have any doubts about the sighting but think
> it was a Gyr, simply indicate you are not 100% certain. If you have earlier
> sightings this winter but dont want to post under your name at this time,
> please send your report to me. If I receive any reports, I will post the
> information without identifying the persons reporting unless they ask me to
> do so. Hopefully, in this way we will enable more people to best utilize
> their time and abilities in searching for a Gyrfalcon.
>
> Best,
>
> Paul
>
>
> Paul M. Roberts
> Medford, MA
> <phawk254...>
>
>
>
>
>


 

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Date: 1/6/17 5:33 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Boreal Chickadee, Jan 6, 2017
Judy and I traveled west today to Peru. Long ride and some roads snowy and icy.

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Bonny Ln, Jan 6, 2017
> Date: January 6, 2017 at 8:10:25 PM EST
> To: <gwgove...>
>
> Bonny Ln, Berkshire, Massachusetts, US
> Jan 6, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: We waited an hour before the Boreal Chickadee appeared. Temp 20F, partly cloudy, 214 mile round trip
> 11 species
>
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 flew in and all birds disappeared
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 10
> Boreal Chickadee 1 Has been at feeder for several days and seen by others previously. Striking dark bird, well worth the trip and the wait. No photos by us but others have photo's the bird.
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> American Goldfinch 1
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33493376
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro


 

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Date: 1/6/17 5:18 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Franklin County birds, Zeiss lens cap, and RE: Gyrfalcon Reports
Hi MassBirders,

A friend reports finding a Zeiss lens cap (from a spotting scope, presumably) in Hadley at the intersection of North Lane and West Street. This is, I think, the location of the Alexandra Dawson Conservation Area, a popular place for birders as a high levee provides a panoramic view of the CT River below. If anyone is missing such a cap, or knows someone who is, contact me and I’ll put you in touch with my friend.

I had a fun couple of hours this morning after dropping my daughter off at school. After a quick scan of mostly-frozen Barton Cove, I swung by the Turners Falls power canal. Not only were the previously reported Greater Scaup and Ring-necked Duck still there, but a large adult gull among the Ring-bills, which I originally took to be a Herring, took flight and turned out to be a Glaucous! Right after that, the reason for it (and the other gulls) taking flight became apparent, as an adult Bald Eagle flew in, perched atop a utility pole, and commenced glowering at the waterfowl below.

From there I continued into Montague. A Turkey Vulture, presumably the same one I reported the day before yesterday, soared over, and later flew in and landed in a cornfield and stalked around. After that I was dazzled as I sat in my car watching a flock of Horned Larks, 40+ birds, creep in so close that a couple were literally in my car’s shadow (and I was driving a Prius, which doesn’t cast a very long shadow), too close for my telephoto to focus on them. The flock also included a Lapland Longspur, sadly not among the closest of the birds, but close enough for a few decent photos. Turned out to be my first for Franklin County, species #201.

I was out of time and had to head home. But heading home took me past a small marshy pond beside Main Street in Montague, which was surprisingly not frozen over (Peter Gagarin said via FaceBook that it had been in mid-December and must have thawed since). A raft of about 10 Mallards was dabbling there; then I noticed that one of them was actually a male Northern Shoveler!

Last thing: regarding Paul Roberts’ discussion of Gyrfalcon sightings. I agree that birders who think they have seen one, so long as they are in non-sensitive areas, should promptly post to MassBird, and also to relevant FaceBook groups. But I’m not so sure about eBird. Paul correctly notes that eBird is slower and more labor-intensive than MassBird for getting rarity information. eBird’s main purpose is to collect, compile, and process data. Sightings of rarities should not be posted there unless the birder is 100% certain of the bird's ID and prepared to document it with detailed observations, or better yet photos or audio or video recordings. But MassBird and FaceBook are great for possible sightings, second-hand reports, and other information that, though it would not qualify for eBird data inclusion, could help point birders in the right direction.

Good birding,

Josh


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




 

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Date: 1/6/17 3:28 pm
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gyrfalcon Reports and the Absence Thereof
The report of the Gyrfalcon at Andrews Point Wednesday generated several
rumors or second-hand anecdotal reports of prior or possible" sightings
of a gyrfalcon at multiple locations. None of these other sightings, save
Peter Trulls second-hand report, were reported on MassBird or ebird.
Birders who thought they might have seen one of the rarest and most
spectacular birds we can see in Massachusetts did not share their
information with other birders, considerably reducing the odds that others
might see this impressive species. Id like to believe that most birders
want to share information about important bird sightings with fellow
birders, especially of such a rare species, unless the report might lead to
the harassment of the bird (such as weve seen with multiple owl species) or
gross disrespect of property, public or private, in pursuit of the bird.

I encourage everyone who thinks they have seen a Gyrfalcon to report the
sighting, first on MassBird as the quickest way of getting the information
out to the most people, and then reporting on ebird as well. MassBird
pushes the report out quickly to subscribers, compared to ebird where
people are required to pull the info out by repeated, often time-consuming
searches, or await a summary of rarities seen the previous day.

Gyrfalcon reports are usually very time sensitive, due to the birds
prodigious flying capabilities and habits. It is likely that sightings of
most Gyrfalcons in Massachusetts are one-time fly bys. In my experience,
however, when Gyrfalcons find a suitable winter hunting territory, they can
develop short-lived habits while working the territory, in terms of
favorite perches and hunting routines (both time and location). Reports help
identify those, such as the white morph Gyr who took pigeons along the Mass
Pike in Boston down to the Hancock Tower and often perched in the area near
the Hancock; the white morph Gyr who frequently (never regularly) strafed
the marshes along Plum Island Turnpike in the afternoon looking for Black
Ducks; or the dark morph Gyr who loved the area around the Black Falcon
Terminal in Boston and the gulls that roosted there. In recent years we had
two or more Gyrs that frequented the southern Maine and New Hampshire coast,
showing a strong predilection for gulls as well. Other birders reports on
MassBird enabled me to have two of the most spectacular birding experiences
of my life.

If you have possible Gyr sightings, please report them, including what you
saw (white, light, dark; streaks, spots, etc), what made you think it was a
Gyr, and when and where. If you have any doubts about the sighting but think
it was a Gyr, simply indicate you are not 100% certain. If you have earlier
sightings this winter but dont want to post under your name at this time,
please send your report to me. If I receive any reports, I will post the
information without identifying the persons reporting unless they ask me to
do so. Hopefully, in this way we will enable more people to best utilize
their time and abilities in searching for a Gyrfalcon.

Best,

Paul


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





 

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Date: 1/6/17 7:49 am
From: steven.j.babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe seen from the boat ramp opposite lot 1.
Steve

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 1/6/17 7:23 am
From: Devin Hefferon <dhefferon...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] School Street Fields
All,

At 8:30 this morning there was a massive flock of snow buntings, horned
lark, and at least one lapland longspur at the School Street Fields in
Acton. Easily over 200 birds. The flock was very close to the road on the
soccer field side of the road. Binoculars were good enough to get really
good looks.

Enjoy.
Devin

 

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Date: 1/6/17 5:31 am
From: Sam Miller <zamziller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westborough WMA, Jan 5, 2017: Snow Goose, Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Am. Coot
There are some good birds continuing at Big Chauncy Lake in Westborough WMA. I’m not sure I’ve seen any Massbird reports of these birds, at least in the last couple of days.
All Big Chauncy birds were viewed from the north side of the lake, accessible via the hospital entrance off Lyman St.
My eBird report from yesterday is below.
Sam Miller
Acton, MA

>
> Westborough WMA, Worcester, Massachusetts, US
> Jan 5, 2017 2:42 PM - 3:50 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.25 mile(s)
> Comments:
> Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.3.0 Build 86
> 21 species
>
> Snow Goose 1 Continuing juvenile.
> Canada Goose 166
> Mute Swan 15
> Hooded Merganser 16
> Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) 1
> American Coot 3 Continuing
> Ring-billed Gull 10 Conservative estimate.
> Herring Gull (American) 190 Counted by 10s. Likely more than this number.
> Iceland Gull 2 Continuing immatures. Noticeably smaller than surrounding Herrings.
> Glaucous Gull 1 Continuing 1W or 2W. Bulky, larger than surrounding Herrings; bicolored bill. Good looks through scope.
> Great Black-backed Gull 20 Conservative estimate.
> Mourning Dove 8
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 9
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> European Starling 2
> American Tree Sparrow 36
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 18
> Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 2
> Northern Cardinal 1
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33467191
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


 

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Date: 1/5/17 8:11 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] early TV and other western MA bird sightings
Hi MassBirders,

I finally got in my first birding of 2017 on Wednesday the 4th. Most noteworthy sighting was a Turkey Vulture soaring over an agricultural area of Montague. Last year I didn’t see my first TVs until almost the end of February. According to eBird there have been several others seen east of I-495, but only this one west of there (I’m sure this post will roust a few birders who have seen them but not eBirded their sightings).

Also Wednesday, I swung by the Turners Falls power canal and saw the Greater Scaup and Ring-necked Duck that had been previously reported there by other birders.

Thursday, the best I could do was a flock of 2 dozen or so Horned Larks close by a roadside in Montague.

Reports from Western Mass Birders: the Boreal Chickadee in Peru was seen again today, per a comment by Deb Tracy-Kral. Monday 1-2, there were a few sightings of the Harris’ Sparrow in Dalton, and Dorrie Holmes photographed a Cackling Goose on Congamond/Middle Pond. Wednesday 1-4, Michele Moore reported a Greater White-fronted Goose and a Ring-necked Duck on the CT River near Longmeadow, Lois Richardson had the continuing Barrow’s Goldeneye and multiple Iceland Gulls on the river near Agawam, and Tom Collins a quartet of Green-winged Teal plus a Red-breasted Merganser on Onota Lake. Rene Wendell photographed a Lapland Longspur in a flock of 150+ Horned Larks near Egremont today. Dorrie Holmes photographed Red Crossbills, about half a dozen, at Noyes Pond in Tolland. And Larry Therrien, at the Quabbin, had a Ruddy Duck both yesterday and today by Hank’s Meadow, and a pair of Ring-necked Ducks today at Winsor Dam.

Good birding,

Josh



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




 

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Date: 1/5/17 3:21 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann BBC trip 1/4
Yesterday I led a Brookline Bird Club trip to Cape Ann, starting at Halibut Point.

Beautiful weather with our bird-of-the day being Gyrfalcon. Several of the 7 participants also got a great look at a Peregrine (for comparison) swooping in front of them at the Fish Pier later in day.

List of birds below.

I did hear from 2 folks offline (not including Peter Trull's post) about possible sightings of a dark Gyrfalcon recently in Maine, NH, Joppa Flats vicinity and Bass Rocks a few days earlier.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

Jodrey State Fish Pier, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 4, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
15.0 mile(s)
Comments: BBC - Midweek Hunt for Alcids and Seabirds - Leader: Barbara Volkle Halibut Point, Andrews Point, Cathedral Ledge, Loblolly Cove, Bass Rocks, Niles Pond, Jodrey Fish Pier. 38 degrees to 48 degrees, partly cloudy, gusty winds, huge waves
41 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 27
Gadwall 2
American Black Duck 12
Mallard 114
Common Eider 161
Harlequin Duck 35
White-winged Scoter 58
Black Scoter 9
Long-tailed Duck 6
Bufflehead 81
Red-breasted Merganser 95
Red-throated Loon 2
Common Loon 9
Horned Grebe 2
Red-necked Grebe 1
Northern Gannet 50
Great Cormorant 10
Double-crested Cormorant 1 clear view - flyby
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Purple Sandpiper 40 Bass Rocks
Razorbill 5
Ring-billed Gull 85
Herring Gull 480
Great Black-backed Gull 574 450 Braces Cove
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 107
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Gyrfalcon 1 Gyrfalcon - Andrews Point About 10 AM, closest 70 – 100 feet first seen 75 yards out, at end of Point de Chene. Came straight in from over the ocean right to left, then moved around us to our left. Indirect light. Overall dark brown appearance, belly was lighter in contrast to the back – tan/creamy with dark stripes on belly. Large pointy wings, wide at the base – a falcon, dark overall. Bulky strong large bird (much larger than peregrine also seen at close range on trip). Helmet type appearance – dark back half of head. Powerful steady flight. Came in from SE flying towards NW – Halibut and Lane’s Cove
Seen 30 seconds to 1 minute by six observers. Dark morph adult
Peregrine Falcon 1 City Hall

Blue Jay 12
American Crow 10
Black-capped Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
American Robin 15
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 10
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 1
House Sparrow 200

View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33468387

 

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Date: 1/5/17 10:09 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Alaska - Drumlin Farm trip
Hello Birders,

For those of you looking for adventure Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm sanctuary is running a trip to Alaska this June. Trips leaders are Strickland Wheelock, Kathy Seymour and naturalist Tia Pinney who have guided previous Alaska excursions. Imagine 13 days of birding from the Kenai Peninsula, west to Nome, and then on to the Pribilofs. Here is the itinerary: http://www.massaudubon.org/PDF/nhtravel/alaska-2017.pdf

Birders have the option of a pre-trip extension to Gambell or a post-trip extension to Denali. These side trips can be added to the main Alaska trip or attended separately.

Gamble extension (May 26-30): http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=6:keywords=alaska:program_code=49165

Denali extension (June 14-19): http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=6:keywords=alaska:program_code=49150

Would you like more information? Contact our registrar, Jennifer Riley, at <jriley...>

Thanks for reading and good birding!
Pam Sowizral

Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln



 

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Date: 1/5/17 8:57 am
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rough-legged hawk crane swamp Westborough
Hi birders, there is currently a rough Legged hawk hunting the shrike field at Crane swamp in Westborough.

Sent from the field
 

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Date: 1/5/17 8:25 am
From: pamela low <pipswiche...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross' yes good views now
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Present very  close to rd in field 133. Suspect PF present in large 390+ flick of Canada's but didn't have time to scan. Peregrine also.  


Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

 

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Date: 1/5/17 3:00 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] GYRFALCON- Rockport 1/4
Massbirders, worthy of a response to this report.. Wednesday, one of my
students Dads, a duck hunter at Nauset marsh, called to tell me he observed
a Gyr flying fast and hard over the outer beach on Tuesday. Said he's seen
plenty of peregrines over the years, loves birds and recognized this bird as
a Gyr. My conversation with him was convincing. So, two reports in two
days is worth a mention.
Watch for this bird. Plum Is. to Nantucket.....
Peter Trull
Brewster,
<petrull...>

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird Watcher's Supply
Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2017 10:20 AM
To: Massbird ; Plum Island Birds
Subject: [MASSBIRD] GYRFALCON- Rockport 1/4

Barbara Volkle called at 10:15 am to report a large, dark GYRFALCON that
flew in from the ocean at Andrew's Point. She said that the bird was
unmistakeable, witnessed by seven other birders, and the gyr flew somewhat
in the direction of Halibut Point. Anyone in the area, or in Essex County
for that matter, should be on the lookout!

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

 

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Date: 1/4/17 7:48 pm
From: Charles Patterson <chaspatt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Suburban Development Affecting Songbirds’ Reproduction Ability, Study Finds
Thought people would be interested in this article given all the
continued development going on.

Nice video of "Wisdom" too...chick # 41!

http://www.ibtimes.com/suburban-development-affecting-songbirds-reproduction-ability-study-finds-2469322


Charlie Patterson
<chaspatt...>
Norwell, Ma


 

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Date: 1/4/17 4:45 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Crossbills 1/2/2017 - Something for the Curious Birder
All:

For an earlier work on this topic, one might have a look at:

The Auk 109(2):383-385, 1992 Further Information on the Genetics of Bill
Crossing in Crossbills JEFFREY G. GROTH

Rich Guthrie

On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 3:08 PM, David Sibley <sibleyguides...> wrote:

> Hi Chris and all,
>
> The bill crossing ratio is a fascinating topic, and the subject of quite a
> bit of research, but still a lot of questions. I was doing some reading
> about it recently and will paste in part of my rough draft summary here:
>
> The lower mandible of a crossbill grows asymmetrically, crossing the tip
> of the upper mandible to either the left or the right. The resulting
> "left-billed" or "right-billed" morphs do not occur randomly, and are found
> at different ratios in different populations. In most types of Red
> Crossbills the ratio is close to, but not exactly, 1:1. The ratio is closer
> to 3:1 in American White-winged Crossbill populations, and 2:1 in European
> White-winged Crossbill.
>
> Several hypotheses have been suggested to explain this, and the answer is
> complex and still not fully resolved. Benkman 1996 offers the best
> (partial) explanation to date.
>
> When they work on extracting seeds from a cone, crossbills always approach
> the cone with their lower mandible pointed towards it. In other words, if
> their lower mandible crosses to the left, they will always keep the cone on
> the left side of their bill. If a cone is attached to a branch, with
> limited options for perching, the fact that the crossbill can only approach
> the cone from one side means that parts of the cone will be accessible, and
> parts of the cone will be effectively out of reach.
>
> In their nomadic wanderings crossbills often revisit the same trees and
> the same cones multiple times. It is then, when revisiting, that Benkman's
> hypothesis comes into play. If one bird removes a bunch of seeds, then
> obviously the next bird to visit will find fewer seeds. Since a
> right-billed bird will remove seeds from only part of the cone, another
> right-billed bird arriving later will explore the same part of the cone and
> be disappointed, but the first left-billed bird to arrive at that cone will
> be able to access a different part of the cone and will find seeds that
> were left by the right-billed birds.
>
> Benkman argues that the bill crossing ratio in the population is
> maintained at about 1:1 because this gives individual birds the maximum
> chance of finding seeds on revisited cones. This only matters, however, for
> crossbills that feed on cones that remain attached to the branches,
> typically the trees with larger and heavier cones. White-winged Crossbill
> and some types of Red Crossbill feed on smaller cones such as spruce and
> hemlock that are easily twisted or removed from the branch so that the bird
> can access all parts of the cone. In that case the bill crossing direction
> has no influence on foraging efficiency and the ratio of left-billed to
> right-billed crossbills is determined by other factors, still unexplained.
>
> Craig W. Benkman. 1996. *Are the ratios of bill crossing morphs in
> crossbills the result of frequency-dependent selection?*. Evolutionary
> Ecology 10: 119-126. abstract
> <http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF01239352> and pdf
> <http://www.uwyo.edu/benkman/pdfs%20of%20papers/benkman_1996.pdf>
>
>
> David Sibley
> Concord, MA
>
>


--
Richard Guthrie

 

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Date: 1/4/17 3:54 pm
From: Jeffrey Boone Miller <jboonemiller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fresh Pond, Cambridge. Surf Scoter, Great Cormorant
Fresh Pond, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jan 4, 2017 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
47F, calm, overcast

Ring-necked Duck 6
Greater Scaup 1 Male
Surf Scoter 1 Juvenile plumage. Bill shape and head pattern appeared characteristic. No white wing patches.
Bufflehead 1 Female
Common Goldeneye 2 (1M, 1F)
Common Merganser 5
Ruddy Duck 13
Common Loon 1
Great Cormorant 1 Perched in tree overhanging water, north shore near Lusitania field. Continuing bird at least since Sunday.
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Eastern Screech-Owl 1 Gray phase

Also, a raccoon sleeping in a tree on the north shore near Souza’s Rock -- a regular visitor according to a passerby.

J. Boone Miller
Belmont MA
<jboonemiller...>
 

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Date: 1/4/17 2:40 pm
From: g watkevich <gwatkevich...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Headed Woodpecker
Hello Fellow MassBirders


We finally got a chance to get to Belchertown to look for the Red Headed Woodpecker. Kate and I located it within 5 min. at the back of the athletic fields in a large dead pine in the small swampy area on the right at 1420 hours. The bird continues in the same area. Beautiful plumage bird.

Good Birding

Greg Watkevich

 

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Date: 1/4/17 2:34 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bradley Palmer SP and Ipswich farm fields, Jan 4, 2017
Nobody else has posted from the Ipswich fields today despite dozens of
birders here looking for the rare geese, so here is what I saw, including an
earlier trip to Bradley Palmer SP.

> Bradley Palmer SP, Hamilton
> Jan 4, 2017 9:55 AM - 12:05 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> Comments: My nephew and I walked a long loop at BPSP. Highlights were
> two g-c kinglets and a pileated woodpecker.
> 13 species (+1 other taxon); partial list:
>
> Red-tailed Hawk 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33440238


Fellows Road area, Ipswich
Jan 4, 2017 1:25 PM - 1:40 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: I met up with Kirk Elwell and another man here and we saw two
GWFG with a large flock of Canadas and mallards, and a large mixed flock of
blackbirds. (I stopped back here again after I went to Northgate Rd.)
9 species:

Greater White-fronted Goose (Greenland) 2 Bright yellow-orange bills
and white faces. Could not see legs and feet in the corn stubble.

Canada Goose 100 rough estimate
American Black Duck 20 estimate (when in flight with mallards)
Mallard 200 rough estimate (when in flight)
Cooper's Hawk 1 Spooked the ducks at one point.
Mourning Dove 8
European Starling 50 rough estimate--with the blackbirds

Red-winged Blackbird 200 No doubt the same flock that was here on the
NBPT CBC 12/26. MANY were females, perhaps 25% of the total?

Common Grackle 100 Rough estimate. This was the only other blackbird
sp. I could see, which was easiest when the flock flew low against a dark
background. I looked hard for rusties and yellow-heads but didn't see any.

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33440753


Argilla-Northgate-Essex Rd. Fields Complex, Ipswich
Jan 4, 2017 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: I'd say 8 was the average size of the group looking at the
geese while I was there. Everyone had great looks at the pink-footed,
Ross's, and Ross/snow hybrid geese, plus 4 killdeer and a large flock of
horned larks.
8 species (+1 other taxon); partial list:

Pink-footed Goose 1 This continuing bird has an all-brown head and
bright pink legs. A little smaller and frostier looking than the Canadas.
What a treat to finally have one show up in Ipswich!

Ross's Goose 1 Continuing bird, along with its slightly larger friend.

Snow x Ross's Goose (hybrid) 1 Same description of this bird as given
before. Views today not very close, but adequate to see the slight
difference in size (a little larger than the Ross's).

Canada Goose 600 Estimate. That's about the size of the flock I've
seen here several times over the past 10 days.

Killdeer 4 Obvious shorebirds with brown backs, white fronts, and two
dark bands across breasts. Near a small pond with Canadas. At least 3 were
here on the NBPT CBC 12/26.

Horned Lark 150 Rough estimate of flock that flew back and forth a lot
while we were watching the geese. 180 were here on the NBPT CBC 12/16.
They were a bit too distant to look or listen for longspurs or pipits with
them. No snow buntings were seen.

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33441280

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

 

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Date: 1/4/17 2:06 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 01-04-17
Today's Wednesday Morning Birding program was led by David Moon and me on to
Plum Island in hopes of a Northern Shrike and other winter specialties. The
weather was wonderful -- partly cloudy, temps in the upper 30s to low 40s,
winds W-SW/5-15 mph. We started at the north end of the island and made our
way down to the ocean at parking lot #7.

Our list:
Canada Goose - common.
Gadwall (6) - pannes.
American Black Duck - common.
Mallard (3)
Common Eider (~ 100) - ~ 50, n. end PI; ~ 50, ocean 7.
Surf Scoter (2) - n. end PI.
White-winged Scoter (~ 30) - ~ 25, n. end PI; 5, ocean 7.
Black Scoter (2) - pr, ocean 1.
Long-tailed Duck (2) - ocean 7.
Bufflehead (1) - ocean 7.
Common Goldeneye (1) - drake; n. end PI.
Red-breasted Merganser (~ 50) - ~ 45, n. end PI; 5, ocean 7.
Red-throated Loon (1) - n. end PI.
Common Loon (8) - 1, n. end PI; 7, ocean 7.
Horned Grebe (1) - ocean 1.
Bald Eagle (1) - ad, flyover PI Bridge, landing on Woodbridge Is.
Northern Harrier (2) - [1, Plum Bush]; 1, North Field.
Red-tailed Hawk (2) - 1 imm.,North Field; [1, PI Tpk, e. airfield].
Purple Sandpiper (7) - Emerson Rocks.
Ring-billed Gull (5) - 3, n. end PI; 2, various.
Herring Gull - common.
Great Black-backed Gull (~ 15) - n. end PI.
Rock Pigeon - n. end PI.
Mourning Dove (1) - n. end PI.
Peregrine Falcon (1) - on prey, marsh w. lot 2.
American Crow (~ 5)
Northern Mockingbird (2) - 1, lot 1; 1, lot 7.
European Starling
Snow Bunting (~ 40) - dunes, lot 1.
American Tree Sparrow (2) - refuge entrance.
Dark-eyed Junco (1)

Next week, Wednesday Morning Birding will visit Cape Ann for the third time
this season. Meet at Friendly's at 9:15 on the Rt 128 rotary in Gloucester.
For those wishing to travel from Joppa, two vans will be leaving around
8:30. For more information about Joppa Flats programs, call David Moon or
Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

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




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Date: 1/4/17 11:29 am
From: Gary Freedman <gmf7162...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Shrike @ PRNWR
Nice views of N Shrike @ Wardens now

Gary ---*
 

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Date: 1/4/17 8:05 am
From: Roberta Hodson <robertahodson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross and pink footed
Both geese are currently visible in the argilla fields in Ipswich
Bobbie Hodson

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/4/17 4:40 am
From: Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek/Salisbury beach images
Last Sunday I started the day by joining a group attending the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary in Saugus. Within my sight I was able to see a very aggressive Kestrel hunting and hovering on one side of the field, two short-eared owls hunting on the water side of the field, and 3 Snow Geese feeding on the Boston side of the field. Big thanks to Soheil Zendeh for arranging this New Year trip! Knowing the crossbills were at Salisbury beach I headed there for the afternoon. I saw many red-breasted nuthatches, Chickadees but no Crossbills. Here is a link to images from that day:
http://delsolar.org/webs/birds/bearcreek17/content/_32A9215_large.html

Eduardo del Solar
<delsolar...>
Boston, Mass
http://delsolar.org


 

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Date: 1/4/17 4:32 am
From: Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Northern Saw-whet Owl sound diversity
it was more like in excess of 100 emails in addition to dozens from Blair Nikula and many more from others yesterday

Scott Ricker
Reli-Abilities
Access = Opportunity
<reli.abilities...>
Worcester MA  



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On Wed, 1/4/17, Dana Duxbury-Fox <danafox...> wrote:

Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Northern Saw-whet Owl sound diversity
To: "'James P Smith'" <keenbirder...>, "'Tim Spahr'" <tspahr44...>
Cc: "'Massbird'" <massbird...>, "'NHBirds'" <nhbirds...>
Date: Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 7:05 AM

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#yiv3493785996 Following the diversity of
Northern Saw-whet Owl responses, I just would like to add
another thread.  Bob and I had just had dinner with Tony
Vazzano (of Sandwich New Hampshire fame) and his wife on
their screen porch on a Labor Day weekend a few years ago. 
Suddenly, from the woods below his house came a long eerie
call which none of us had ever heard. Likely, an owl we
thought but which one?Now just picture this – Bob and
I soon return to our simple cabin – by boat – and we get
inside an I go and by flashlight (since we do not have
electricity) I go and find my i-pod and start playing the
Stokes recordings  just  going through the owls.  Well,
when I got to Saw-whet it has a recording of Saw-whets
“during fall migration”.  There it was that eerie
call.  Go listen to it – it is dramatic and such a
surprise for someone at my delicate age who had only heard
the whistle call!!Tim’s recordings show even
greater diversity.  What a marvelous little
owl.In our North Andover yard these
nights we are being treated to a hooting Great Horned – it
even greeted us as we returned from the Nantucket CBC with
Steve and Jane Mirick to start our 2017 yard list.  During
the day, we have a Barred Owl on our street – not hooting
though.  An owly year!!Best wishes to all in 2017 and may
your year be filled with wonderful birds.Dana Duxbury-Fox  From: <massbird-approval...>
[mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of
James P Smith
Sent: Tuesday,
January 3, 2017 5:50 PM
To: Tim Spahr
<tspahr44...>
Cc:
Massbird <massbird...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Northern
Saw-whet Owl sound diversity  Good stuff Tim. I thoroughly
enjoyed those. Thanks for sharing!    James  On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 5:02
PM, Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
wrote:Hi Birders,  This year really has been
exceptional in terms of local density of Northern Saw-whet
Owls.  The influx of these birds has allowed me to spend a
fair bit of time listening to them in the field, and the
variety of sounds they make is really astonishing.  Some of
the noises they make sound like anything but a bird.  I
also found, much to my chagrin, that I'd heard some of
these sounds before in the field and did not even recognize
them as birds!    Below are links to some
rather "interesting" sounds I've recorded this
year.  
 
 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/42352781  https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/43266571  https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/42997541  https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/41944641  https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/41944601  https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/41944581    If there is further interest,
I'd encourage folks to check out eBird's media
search feature:  https://ebird.org/media/catalog  There are lots of recordings
there as well.  good
birding!
 Tim <SpahrMarlboroughtspahr44...>
 
 
 

 

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Date: 1/4/17 4:24 am
From: Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Northern Saw-whet Owl sound diversity
I recieved about 90 Massbird emails give or take a dozen or so on this subject only to see this message below;

"Sorry, there was an error loading this file. Please check later"

good reading but the juicy part was lost by trashy technology

Scott Ricker
Reli-Abilities
Access = Opportunity
<reli.abilities...>  
Worcester MA



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On Wed, 1/4/17, Dana Duxbury-Fox <danafox...> wrote:

Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Northern Saw-whet Owl sound diversity
To: "'James P Smith'" <keenbirder...>, "'Tim Spahr'" <tspahr44...>
Cc: "'Massbird'" <massbird...>, "'NHBirds'" <nhbirds...>
Date: Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 7:05 AM

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#yiv9143280606 Following the diversity of
Northern Saw-whet Owl responses, I just would like to add
another thread.  Bob and I had just had dinner with Tony
Vazzano (of Sandwich New Hampshire fame) and his wife on
their screen porch on a Labor Day weekend a few years ago. 
Suddenly, from the woods below his house came a long eerie
call which none of us had ever heard. Likely, an owl we
thought but which one?Now just picture this – Bob and
I soon return to our simple cabin – by boat – and we get
inside an I go and by flashlight (since we do not have
electricity) I go and find my i-pod and start playing the
Stokes recordings  just  going through the owls.  Well,
when I got to Saw-whet it has a recording of Saw-whets
“during fall migration”.  There it was that eerie
call.  Go listen to it – it is dramatic and such a
surprise for someone at my delicate age who had only heard
the whistle call!!Tim’s recordings show even
greater diversity.  What a marvelous little
owl.In our North Andover yard these
nights we are being treated to a hooting Great Horned – it
even greeted us as we returned from the Nantucket CBC with
Steve and Jane Mirick to start our 2017 yard list.  During
the day, we have a Barred Owl on our street – not hooting
though.  An owly year!!Best wishes to all in 2017 and may
your year be filled with wonderful birds.Dana Duxbury-Fox  From: <massbird-approval...>
[mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of
James P Smith
Sent: Tuesday,
January 3, 2017 5:50 PM
To: Tim Spahr
<tspahr44...>
Cc:
Massbird <massbird...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Northern
Saw-whet Owl sound diversity  Good stuff Tim. I thoroughly
enjoyed those. Thanks for sharing!    James  On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 5:02
PM, Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
wrote:Hi Birders,  This year really has been
exceptional in terms of local density of Northern Saw-whet
Owls.  The influx of these birds has allowed me to spend a
fair bit of time listening to them in the field, and the
variety of sounds they make is really astonishing.  Some of
the noises they make sound like anything but a bird.  I
also found, much to my chagrin, that I'd heard some of
these sounds before in the field and did not even recognize
them as birds!    Below are links to some
rather "interesting" sounds I've recorded this
year.  
 
 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/42352781  https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/43266571  https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/42997541  https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/41944641  https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/41944601  https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/41944581    If there is further interest,
I'd encourage folks to check out eBird's media
search feature:  https://ebird.org/media/catalog  There are lots of recordings
there as well.  good
birding!
 Tim <SpahrMarlboroughtspahr44...>
 
 
 

 

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Date: 1/3/17 4:30 pm
From: <asb1960...>
Subject: Re: RE: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Crossbills 1/2/2017 - Something for the Curious Birder
Thank you Chris and to all who chimed in on this. As a new birder, I found this so fascinating, and never even thought of the fact that the bill-crossing could go either way.
Andrea Bean
W. Peabody
<asb1960...>


On 01/03/17, Floyd, Chris<chrisf...> wrote:



Thanks, David, for the information in your reply, and for sharing it with Massbird; and thanks to everyone else who replied to me privately.



From what I learned, I want to note to Massbird readers that the accepted terminology for designating this bill-crossing trait is based onthe side to which the lower mandible goes, since that?s the one that actually curves out of planar symmetry as the bird develops. So, my invented clockwise (CW) designation is actually ?right-crossing? in acceptedterminology.



Dave Williams sent me three of his photos of birds in the flock that are CCW as I called it, or ?left-crossing.? And I found two more such birds among my photos not posted.



Thanks again to all!

Chris Floyd

Lexington

<chrisf...>
 

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Date: 1/3/17 4:06 pm
From: Tom de Boor <tomdb2...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Northern Saw-whet Owl sound diversity
Thanks much, Tim. This brings back memories of going to a Saw-whet
migration hotspot along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin as a kid with a friend.
I'm not sure what we were expecting, but we got there just before dawn on a
foggy morning and the woods were filled with bizarre sounds, some of which
I'm now re-hearing for the first time in 30+ years!

Tom de Boor
Northford CT



On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 5:49 PM, James P Smith <keenbirder...> wrote:

> Good stuff Tim. I thoroughly enjoyed those. Thanks for sharing!
>
>
> James
>
> On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 5:02 PM, Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> wrote:
>
>> Hi Birders,
>>
>> This year really has been exceptional in terms of local density of
>> Northern Saw-whet Owls. The influx of these birds has allowed me to spend
>> a fair bit of time listening to them in the field, and the variety of
>> sounds they make is really astonishing. Some of the noises they make sound
>> like anything but a bird. I also found, much to my chagrin, that I'd heard
>> some of these sounds before in the field and did not even recognize them as
>> birds!
>>
>> Below are links to some rather "interesting" sounds I've recorded this
>> year.
>>
>>
>> https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/42352781
>>
>> https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/43266571
>>
>> https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/42997541
>>
>> https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/41944641
>>
>> https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/41944601
>>
>> https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/41944581
>>
>>
>> If there is further interest, I'd encourage folks to check out eBird's
>> media search feature:
>>
>> https://ebird.org/media/catalog
>>
>> There are lots of recordings there as well.
>>
>> good birding!
>>
>> Tim Spahr
>> Marlborough
>> <tspahr44...>
>>
>>
>>
>

 

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Date: 1/3/17 3:51 pm
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Crossbills 1/2/2017 - Something for the Curious Birder
Thanks, David, for the information in your reply, and for sharing it with Massbird; and thanks to everyone else who replied to me privately.

From what I learned, I want to note to Massbird readers that the accepted terminology for designating this bill-crossing trait is based on the side to which the lower mandible goes, since that’s the one that actually curves out of planar symmetry as the bird develops. So, my invented clockwise (CW) designation is actually “right-crossing” in accepted terminology.

Dave Williams sent me three of his photos of birds in the flock that are CCW as I called it, or “left-crossing.” And I found two more such birds among my photos not posted.

Thanks again to all!
Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>
 

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Date: 1/3/17 2:56 pm
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Northern Saw-whet Owl sound diversity
Good stuff Tim. I thoroughly enjoyed those. Thanks for sharing!


James

On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 5:02 PM, Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> wrote:

> Hi Birders,
>
> This year really has been exceptional in terms of local density of
> Northern Saw-whet Owls. The influx of these birds has allowed me to spend
> a fair bit of time listening to them in the field, and the variety of
> sounds they make is really astonishing. Some of the noises they make sound
> like anything but a bird. I also found, much to my chagrin, that I'd heard
> some of these sounds before in the field and did not even recognize them as
> birds!
>
> Below are links to some rather "interesting" sounds I've recorded this
> year.
>
>
> https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/42352781
>
> https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/43266571
>
> https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/42997541
>
> https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/41944641
>
> https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/41944601
>
> https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/41944581
>
>
> If there is further interest, I'd encourage folks to check out eBird's
> media search feature:
>
> https://ebird.org/media/catalog
>
> There are lots of recordings there as well.
>
> good birding!
>
> Tim Spahr
> Marlborough
> <tspahr44...>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/3/17 2:37 pm
From: Blair Nikula <odenews...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Cod CBC
Here, very belatedly, are some highlights as well as the much more
numerous low lights from the 85th Cape Cod CBC conducted on 12/18 under
mild, but damp and very windy weather conditions. Two species, Black
Scoter and Wild Turkey, established new record high counts.

115 species (well below normal)

Snow Goose: 3
Mute Swan: 17 (lowest since 1997)
Gadwall: 47 (2nd highest ever)
Northern Shoveler: 5 (2nd highest ever)
Am. Green-winged Teal: 9 (lowest since 1994)
White-winged Scoter: 3073 (highest since 1973)
Black Scoter: 7085 (record high - more than double previous high)
Long-tailed Duck: 13 (lowest since 1980)
Common Goldeneye: 136 (lowest since 1991)
Barrow's Goldeneye: 1
Hooded Merganser: 367 (4th highest ever)
Wild Turkey: 88 (record high)
Common Loon: 11 (lowest since 1962!)
Northern Gannet: 198 (lowest since 1995)
Great Cormorant: 1 (very low)
Double-crested Cormorant: 13
American Bittern: 1
Northern Goshawk: 1 (1st since 1995)
American Coot: 9 (very low)
Red Knot: 1
Razorbill: 12 (plus 16 large alcid sp., very low)
Black-headed Gull: 2
Bonaparte's Gull: 444 (4th highest ever)
Lesser Black-backed Gull: 5 (record high)
Snowy Owl: 1
Peregrine Falcon: 6 (3rd highest ever)
Carolina Wren: 83 (lowest since 2007)
American Pipit: 1
Orange-crowned Warbler: 3
Pine Warbler: 5
Yellow-breasted Chat: 7
Dark-eyed Junco: 26 (lowest since 2000)
Lark Sparrow: 1 (continuing bird at Ft. Hill; 6th count record)
House Finch: 229 (2nd lowest since 1978)
American Goldfinch: 197 (lowest since 1991)

Blair Nikula

 

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Date: 1/3/17 2:21 pm
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northern Saw-whet Owl sound diversity
Hi Birders,

This year really has been exceptional in terms of local density of Northern
Saw-whet Owls. The influx of these birds has allowed me to spend a fair
bit of time listening to them in the field, and the variety of sounds they
make is really astonishing. Some of the noises they make sound like
anything but a bird. I also found, much to my chagrin, that I'd heard some
of these sounds before in the field and did not even recognize them as
birds!

Below are links to some rather "interesting" sounds I've recorded this
year.


https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/42352781

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/43266571

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/42997541

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/41944641

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/41944601

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/41944581


If there is further interest, I'd encourage folks to check out eBird's
media search feature:

https://ebird.org/media/catalog

There are lots of recordings there as well.

good birding!

Tim Spahr
Marlborough
<tspahr44...>

 

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Date: 1/3/17 1:34 pm
From: Richard Danca <rdanca...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tons of cormorants, Brookline
Just saw a large, scattered group of cormorants, (200-plus?) in several
skeins flying generally north over the intersection of Boylston St. (Rte 9)
and Hammond St., Chestnut Hill.

________________________
Richard A. Danca
Newton, Mass.
<rdanca...>
_________________________

 

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Date: 1/3/17 12:14 pm
From: David Sibley <sibleyguides...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Crossbills 1/2/2017 - Something for the Curious Birder
Hi Chris and all,

The bill crossing ratio is a fascinating topic, and the subject of quite a
bit of research, but still a lot of questions. I was doing some reading
about it recently and will paste in part of my rough draft summary here:

The lower mandible of a crossbill grows asymmetrically, crossing the tip of
the upper mandible to either the left or the right. The resulting
"left-billed" or "right-billed" morphs do not occur randomly, and are found
at different ratios in different populations. In most types of Red
Crossbills the ratio is close to, but not exactly, 1:1. The ratio is closer
to 3:1 in American White-winged Crossbill populations, and 2:1 in European
White-winged Crossbill.

Several hypotheses have been suggested to explain this, and the answer is
complex and still not fully resolved. Benkman 1996 offers the best
(partial) explanation to date.

When they work on extracting seeds from a cone, crossbills always approach
the cone with their lower mandible pointed towards it. In other words, if
their lower mandible crosses to the left, they will always keep the cone on
the left side of their bill. If a cone is attached to a branch, with
limited options for perching, the fact that the crossbill can only approach
the cone from one side means that parts of the cone will be accessible, and
parts of the cone will be effectively out of reach.

In their nomadic wanderings crossbills often revisit the same trees and the
same cones multiple times. It is then, when revisiting, that Benkman's
hypothesis comes into play. If one bird removes a bunch of seeds, then
obviously the next bird to visit will find fewer seeds. Since a
right-billed bird will remove seeds from only part of the cone, another
right-billed bird arriving later will explore the same part of the cone and
be disappointed, but the first left-billed bird to arrive at that cone will
be able to access a different part of the cone and will find seeds that
were left by the right-billed birds.

Benkman argues that the bill crossing ratio in the population is maintained
at about 1:1 because this gives individual birds the maximum chance of
finding seeds on revisited cones. This only matters, however, for
crossbills that feed on cones that remain attached to the branches,
typically the trees with larger and heavier cones. White-winged Crossbill
and some types of Red Crossbill feed on smaller cones such as spruce and
hemlock that are easily twisted or removed from the branch so that the bird
can access all parts of the cone. In that case the bill crossing direction
has no influence on foraging efficiency and the ratio of left-billed to
right-billed crossbills is determined by other factors, still unexplained.

Craig W. Benkman. 1996. *Are the ratios of bill crossing morphs in
crossbills the result of frequency-dependent selection?*. Evolutionary
Ecology 10: 119-126. abstract
<http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF01239352> and pdf
<http://www.uwyo.edu/benkman/pdfs%20of%20papers/benkman_1996.pdf>


David Sibley
Concord, MA

 

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Date: 1/3/17 12:09 pm
From: Young, John (DPU) <john.young...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] night sound responses -- and Ptown breakwater white blob
Massbirders -- Thanks to several responders, most suggesting saw-whet owl, recordings of which match my Wellfleet noisemaker. Great to know.

In other owl-related news, on Sunday I walked halfway out the Provincetown west end breakwater, getting a little closer to what seems to be an oblong lump of Styrofoam located just to the left of the Wood End lighthouse. Maybe I can save somebody else some time by reporting my research finding on that non-snowy-owl. Happy birding, all.

John Young

 

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Date: 1/3/17 10:43 am
From: Greg Dysart <gsdysart...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 3 Northern Harriers Sudbury


> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: January 3, 2017 at 1:35:13 PM EST
> To: <gsdysart...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Great Meadows NWR--Sudbury Unit, Jan 2, 2017
>
> Northern Harrier 3

 

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Date: 1/3/17 9:54 am
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Crossbills 1/2/2017 - Something for the Curious Birder
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33408527

An excerpt from above report:

Questions: which way does the bill twist? - clockwise (CW) when viewed face-on (upper mandible crosses to bird's left) or counterclockwise (CCW)? Is it the same for all birds of the population or is there an expected mix ratio? Is there a genetic influence, varying by population or is it purely random? How early can it be seen developmentally? Maybe some ornithologists have done studies to answer. This set of photos gives a small sample. I tried to avoid repeating same individual but can't be sure I didn't. First is CW.

I'd enjoy feedback on the above questions and also on my age designations for the individuals in my photos. The answers are probably in Pyle's guide but I haven't had time to look at that book yet.

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>

 

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Date: 1/3/17 8:32 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Spy Pond, Arlington
Thanks to Barbara Hunter for this post from Arlington.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

From:<bhyond...>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2017 10:17:37 -0500
Subject: Spy Pond

An eagle on pond ice this morning - Route 2 end, but, more unusual, a gather=
ing of over a dozen swan.

Barbara Hunter
Spy Pond
Pleasant St

 

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Date: 1/3/17 8:32 am
From: Young, John (DPU) <john.young...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Night sound query
A loud, mobile, high, sharp, nasal, downward bark, "tsieeuu!" in the Bound Brook area of Wellfleet, seemingly in response to my screech owl imitation. Heard several times, but not close together. End of twilight, 5:30 pm. Thoughts?

John Young
Jamaica Plain
<john.young...>



 

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Date: 1/3/17 8:03 am
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird -- School St. fields, Acton -- Jan 3, 2017
What better way to bird in the rain, just sit and wait until the mixed flocks of larks and buntings land close by. At first the birds were in the shallow wet area of the corn field and then in the far side of the grass field, eventually landing close by at the far end of the grass field. I was able to make 3 scope counts and found one Lapland Longspur in the group.

Bob Stymeist
Arlington

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...>
> Date: January 3, 2017 at 10:48:58 AM EST
> Subject: eBird -- School St. fields, Acton -- Jan 3, 2017
>
> School St. fields, Acton
> Jan 3, 2017
> 9:35 AM
> Stationary
> 73 Minutes
> All birds reported? Yes
> Comments: 42-39F, light rain
> Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.1 Build 113
>
> 231 Canada Goose -- Exact count- nice conditions to make a proper count
> 6 Mallard
> 1 Merlin
> 16 American Crow
> 140 Horned Lark -- Three counts at close range: 126. 136, 140, perhaps more
> 1 Tufted Titmouse
> 1 Lapland Longspur -- One bright bird found in flock, was able to make three counts of the mixed flock at close range and could only find one
> 77 Snow Bunting -- Carefully counted at close range, there were two groups of larks and buntings , before the second group joined I counted 33, recounted and had 77 before a Merlin scattered the flock
>
> Number of Taxa: 8
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 1/3/17 6:21 am
From: Oliver Burton <olivertburton...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barred Owl, Brookline and Winter Wren, Fenway
I stopped by Hall's Pond in Brookline this morning on my way to work. I did
not see or hear a Red-headed Woodpecker, but the resident Red-bellied pair
was conspicuous. A Barred Owl was hidden in the back loop behind the pond.
I'm assuming this is the same bird that Paul Peterson found back in
November, although I haven't been able to find it here in a month.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33403660

Yesterday afternoon there was a Winter Wren in the Fenway Victory Gardens
(Boston) along Row D.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33385141

Good birding,

Oliver Burton
Brookline

 

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Date: 1/3/17 5:01 am
From: Mary Ellen <lemmel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White-winged Dove - Yes Row x Fenway Victory Gardens 1/3/17
1 White-wing dove - 1/3/17 - 7:30am
Present this morning. Possibly saw 2 for a brief second, Row x Fenway Victory Gardens

Mary Ellen

 

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Date: 1/2/17 5:00 pm
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Continuing warblers in Hartel yard, Arlington
Birders,

About noon time today Bob Stymeist stopped by to see the Orange-crowed
Warbler from yesterday. The bird appeared almost imediately and Bob began
to take pictures. Then two more warblers appeared ... the drabb and bright
Pine Warblers that I had reported two days ago. They were very active and
Bob got a lot of images... some can be seen by linking to to e-bird report.


View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S33379393

The birds were very active. At one point I said there might be three Pine
but keeping track of the 3 warblers was difficult ... probably due to
the Sharp-shinned Hawk that had been buzzing the area for the last few days.

Enjoy the images of these "holiday" birds ...

Karsten and Bob


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

 

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Date: 1/2/17 2:16 pm
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nahant: Continuing Chat, Orange-crowned Warbler, Winter Wren
several birders enjoyed the continuing Yellow-breasted Chat today at Mass Audubon Thicket.
Orange-crowned Warbler and Winter Wren were found in same area thanks to keen observers.
Thank you,Linda

Linda Pivacek, Nahant
<lpivacek...>

 

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Date: 1/2/17 12:47 pm
From: Travis Mazerall <tmazerall...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] No - Geese Ipswich
No geese sightings seen from road at 3:30p-3:45p

Travis Mazerall
Brighton, MA

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Bird Watcher's Supply" <birdwsg...><mailto:<birdwsg...>>
Date: January 2, 2017 at 2:00:37 PM EST
To: Massbird <Massbird...><mailto:<Massbird...>>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White fronted geese Ipswich
Reply-To: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...><mailto:<birdwsg...>>

Rick Heil just called and reported the 3 White-fronted Geese are in the corn stubble on Fellows Rd in Ipswich. Pink-footed and Ross' still present at Pony Express Farm on Candlewood at 2pm.

Sent from XFINITY Connect Mobile App

 

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Date: 1/2/17 11:07 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White fronted geese Ipswich
 

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Date: 1/2/17 10:10 am
From: J. Ryan Doherty <ryan...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] West Roxbury Snow Goose

For anyone out looking for the Snow Goose, the bird has moved over to
the main section of St. Joseph's Cemetery, between Baker & LaGrange
Streets. It's currently feeding in a field with many Canada in the
northeast sector, closest to LaGrange street.

Ryan Doherty
Brighton MA
 

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Date: 1/2/17 9:34 am
From: <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed, Ross's geese and Common Redpolls continue
24 candlewood Road, Ipswich, MA (pony express fields)
3 Common Redpolls, Lot 3 Plum Island.
12:20 PM
Leslie Kramer
Barry Burden
Medford
 

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Date: 1/2/17 9:31 am
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatch Jan.2 Gloucester
Very pleased to see a pair of RB Nuthatches coming to both the suet and
seed feeders.
Susan Hedman


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

 

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Date: 1/2/17 8:55 am
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Boreal Chickadee - Peru, MA
Coming to a feeder at 18 Bonny La, Peru. The feeders are visible from the road. Visitors are welcome.

Rich Guthrie

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/2/17 8:26 am
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] No Ross's Geese
No Ross's Geese in Ipswich Argilla Rd area after 1.5 hour search.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/2/17 8:26 am
From: pamela low <pipswiche...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink footed and Ross's-Yes
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Seen at pony express field with large group of Canada's. Thanks to davey Walters for spotting!
Pamela lowIpswich


Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

 

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Date: 1/2/17 7:30 am
From: Jason Huestis <jayhuestis...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Redpolls - Parker River
3 Redpolls currently being seen on lot 3 boardwalk.

Jason Huestis
N. Billerica, MA

 

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Date: 1/2/17 7:17 am
From: Mary <lemmel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow goose west roxbury
The Snow Goose is present at St. Joseph Cemetery a long the VFW Parkway next to the high school looking at it now


Mary McMahon
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/2/17 5:53 am
From: <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum island northern Shrike at beginning of S curves, 8:45 AM
Barry Burden
Leslie Kramer
Medford
 

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Date: 1/1/17 6:03 pm
From: Laura dlF <anhinga3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC New Year's Day Birding Trip 01/01/2017
Happy New Year MassBirders!



Mark Burns and I led our 21st Annual New Year's Day Birding Trip for the
Brookline Bird Club (BBC) today! At 9:00AM, 31 BBCers joined us at the
Newburyport "T" Station parking lot where we toasted in the New Year with
sparkling apple cider. During the toast, introductions were made and folks
told us where they traveled from and what their first bird of the New Year
was. (Mine was Dark-eyed Junco and Mark's was White-breasted Nuthatch.)



We birded Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Cashman Park area, Parker River
National Wildlife Refuge (PRNWR), Little's Lane, Todd Farm in Rowley, Route
133 in Ipswich, and Cape Ann [Jodrey Fish Pier, Niles Pond, Back Shore, and
Stage Fort). The temperature ranged from 35 to 42df with winds up to 20mph.
Ten of us ended the day at 5:00PM. We tallied 61 species for the Club list.
Following is a complete list of the birds we saw:



Red-throated Loon - 2

Common Loon - 15

Horned Grebe - 2

Red-necked Grebe - 7

Northern Gannet - 19

Double-crested Cormorant - 4

Great Cormorant - 5

Great-blue Heron - 1

Turkey Vulture - 1

Ross's Goose (1) and Snow Goose-hybrid (1) (Route 133 Ipswich near Wolf
Hollow)

Canada Goose - 2,600

Greater White-fronted Goose - 3 (Todd Farm, Route 1A Rowley)

Mute Swan - 4

Gadwall 12

American Black Duck - 80

Mallard - 90

Northern Pintail - 1

Ring-necked Duck - 5

Greater Scaup - 31

Common Eider - 145

Surf Scoter - 14

White-winged Scoter - 34

Black Scoter - 14

Long-tailed Duck - 13

Bufflehead - 90

Common Goldeneye - 17

Red-breasted Merganser - 128

Bald Eagle - 1

Northern Harrier - 6

Cooper's Hawk - 3

Red-tailed Hawk - 6

Rough-legged Hawk - 1

Merlin - 2

Peregrine Falcon - 1

Purple Sandpiper - 50

Ring-billed Gull - 67

Herring Gull - 275

Iceland Gull - 3

Great Black-backed Gull - 59

Black-legged Kittiwake - 1

Razorbill - 2

Rock Pigeon - 342

Mourning Dove - 11

Eastern Screech-owl - 1

Downy Woodpecker - 1

Blue Jay - 10

American Crow - 29

Black-capped Chickadee - 12

Tufted Titmouse - 2

White-breasted Nuthatch - 3

American Robin - 20

Northern Mockingbird - 5

European Starling - 500

Song Sparrow - 3

Snow Bunting - 42

Northern Cardinal - 6

House Finch - 2

Red Crossbill - 18

American Goldfinch - 6

House Sparrow 34



As always, what make this trip so much fun to lead each New Year's Day are
those who participate - Thank you for spending part or all of your day
birding with us!



Wishing you a very Happy, Healthy, and Birdy 2017!



Laura H. de la Flor

Salem, MA



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

"So much to learn about Mother Nature ..
... always racing with father time." (lhf)


 

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Date: 1/1/17 11:14 am
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] FB birds - Tufted Ducks and LE Owl
Hi MassBirders,

Danny MacKinnon posted in the MARBA group an hour ago “Tufted duck being seen, by myself, on the acushnet river off of the slocum st bridge in acushnet ma"

I also see a post from yesterday about yet another Tufted on Sesachacha Pond in Nantucket yesterday, not relayed to MassBird yet that I’ve noticed, seen by a group of people, listed here on their eBird checklist with some extremely distant photos of the bird:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33312373

So far as I’m seeing on eBird and MassBird, the Haverill/Groveland bird has not been seen since December 22 on Lake Kenoza. It hasn’t been reported from Johnson’s Pond since December 4, and not from Lake Cochichewick since late 2015 (maybe those two froze over earlier?).

Meanwhile on Western Mass Birders, Shutesbury resident Bee Emily reports having heard a Long-eared Owl calling from her yard the past two nights. So far as I know, she has not seen it. The bird is on private property and birders have NOT been invited to come looking for it.

Good birding,

Josh


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



 

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Date: 1/1/17 9:53 am
From: Jim McCoy <jfmccoy...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Geese in Rowley

Ava Steenstrup found three Greater White-fronted Geese this morning on the Todd Farm in Rowley, easily visible from the road. They were still present when I went by at noon. I've never seen or heard of them being kept there and presume that these birds are wild.

Jim McCoy
Melrose, MA

Sent from my Windows Phone

 

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Date: 1/1/17 8:30 am
From: Barbara Drummond <bdraraavis...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills now Salisbury beach
Birds now at pines on right as you enter campground. 11:20 AM

Barbara Drummond
<bdraraavis...>

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 1/1/17 6:03 am
From: Philip Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose - Ipswich 1-1-17
Subject bird with the hybrid and a few hundred Canadas along Rte 133 just west of Northgate Rd - 9am

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

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

 

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Date: 1/1/17 5:59 am
From: JOHN ROCKWOOD <loonphotog...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Another Loon video
Some videos of my favorite Loons to start your New Year off right.
These are scenes you will seldom see.
The days old numbers are the Loon twins ages.
There is no swimming allowed in the lake, so the underwater scenes are stick the camera in and hope....
All shot hand held from my kayak.
https://youtu.be/IhXl8fW_KGU

Feel free to share.
John Rockwood
The Loon Man
 

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Date: 12/31/16 1:12 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Kenoza Lake-Haverhill: how to observe?
A request for information regarding Kenoza Lake in Haverhill and where to get vantage points for the lake. Can respond privately.


Thank you.


Glenn


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

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Date: 12/31/16 11:28 am
From: Susan Wrisley <swrisley13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Ross's geese, Ipswich - Flew Southeast
The possible Ross's Goose and hybrid flew southeast around 2:15pm.

Susan Wrisley, Hollis NH

On Dec 31, 2016 12:27 PM, "Bird Watcher's Supply" <birdwsg...>
wrote:

> David Pettee called the store at 12:20 to report that the Ross's geese are
> currently being seen across from 78 Argilla Rd, Ipswich.
>
> Barrett S Bacall
>
> Steve Grinley
> Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
> 194 Route 1
> Route 1 Traffic Circle
> Newburyport, MA 01950
> <Birdwsg...>
> 978-462-0775
> www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
> Optics 15-25% Off
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 12/31/16 9:28 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross's geese, Ipswich
David Pettee called the store at 12:20 to report that the Ross's geese are currently being seen across from 78 Argilla Rd, Ipswich.

Barrett S Bacall

Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
194 Route 1
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
<Birdwsg...>
978-462-0775
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
Optics 15-25% Off







 

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Date: 12/31/16 8:01 am
From: Jk <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross's Geese.

Ross's Geese left Cross FarmHill and headed towards Ipswich
Paul

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/31/16 7:06 am
From: Marjorie <marjwtsn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wood Ducks Joppa Flats boat ramp Newburyport
1 male and 2 females with Mallards close to sea wall.
Marj Watson
Georgetown MA

Sent from TypeApp<http://www.typeapp.com/r>
 

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Date: 12/31/16 6:20 am
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northern Shrike-PI 9:05
Just had a Northern Shrike just past lot 1, be careful there is a Mockingbird trading perches in the same area!
Bob Stymeist

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/31/16 5:20 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Trip to Cape Ann running late...
For those on this morning's trip to Cape Ann: Car fixed. Heading up on spare tire. Will be 20 mins late.

For everyone else: sorry for the boring details.

Neil Hayward
Cambridge

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/31/16 5:07 am
From: <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 12/31 Salisbury SP Red Crossbills continue
Feeding in the grove pines on the right.
8:00 AM

Leslie kramer
 

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Date: 12/31/16 4:31 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Trip to Cape Ann Cancelled
Today's trip to Cape Ann is cancelled.

I have a flat tire just outside Cambridge and I can't get it fixed and be there to lead the trip on time.

I realize most participants won't see this before leaving for the trip this morning. My sincere apologies.

- Neil Hayward
Cambridge MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/30/16 6:37 pm
From: Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] carpool on 1-1-17 for newburyport BBC walk?
hey birders!
is anyone in the boston / west area interested in carpooling
on sunday for laura and mark's BBC birding tour?
please respond off-line.
fred b
--
<frederickbouchard...>
78 farnham st
belmont 02478 ma
617-484-6692
www.fredbouchard.com

 

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Date: 12/30/16 6:04 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Harris' Sparrow, Hadley (second-hand FB report)
Hi MassBirders,

Heard through the Western Mass Birders group on FaceBook that Mike Locher found a Harris’ Sparrow today in Hadley. Before naming the location, I’ll mention that (a) a couple of other birders have already chased without success, and (b) the location is one where birders have caused friction with local residents before, so chasers please be on your best behavior. Hopefully the idiots who like to trespass on private property and block traffic have already had their fill of this species for a while, as there have been at least two other cooperative individuals around the state recently….

That said, the bird was found at Aqua Vitae Road. The road is public, but the fields on either side are NOT. Birding here is best done from inside or very close to your car, ready to move immediately if traffic requires it. And driving there can be very dicey depending on how wet or dry, frozen or thawed things are (I haven’t been there in a while so cannot say).

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L516864

The Harris’ Sparrow in Gael Hurley’s neighborhood of Dalton was seen at least as recently as Christmas Eve.

Other posts from WMB over the past few days indicate that the Red-headed Woodpecker is still at Lake Wallace in Belchertown, along with at least one Rusty Blackbird (Larry Therrien); a Northern Shrike also appeared in Belchertown in a residential yard (Aidan Griffiths); an American Pipit is lingering around the Pittsfield Airport, and 2 Rough-legged Hawks are in Lee (Jonathan Pierce); and a Barrow’s Goldeneye continues on the Agawam section of the CT River (Dorrie Holmes).

Good birding,

Josh



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




 

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Date: 12/30/16 5:53 pm
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Amazing raptor show at Cumberland Farms

Dropped by Cumberland Farms two days ago on my way to Boston from the
Cape. Saw four Short-Eared Owls, two Northern Harriers, and a
Rough-Legged Hawk. The owls were actually lifers for me, but it would
have been sublime either way to see their dance with the Harriers in the
setting sun. They seemed to be staying to the east of the main field.
But one would want to keep one's distance, of course. Someone told me
viewing from the middle of the field would be safe for the birds, and
not too far to be able to see them well, so that’s where I planted
myself. (I was surprised to see a photographer fairly close to where the
owls were roosting/flying. He had a camera the size of an elephant gun,
so one would have thought he could have kept his distance and still
gotten a good shot.)

There was also a huge, active, noisy flurry of American Tree Sparrows
near the River Street entrance – at least forty of them, likely even
more. Probably not too exciting for people who have birded in
Massachusetts for years but for me it was beautiful to be suddenly awash
in the vast flutter of them as I walked from (and again, later, to) my car.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33259170

(No pictures at the above list, but click on the Hotspot link to see
earlier lists with some good photos of the owls.)

In any event, thanks, everyone, for a great year birding. I've learned a
tremendous amount from people on this list.

P.S. Because of the (not so careful) way I set up my email filters,
several msgs. to me personally (with "MassBird" in the subject header)
got sent to an unexpected folder. I just noticed this a couple days ago.
Pardon the non-responsiveness to the emails. I'll respond soon.

Brian

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

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Date: 12/30/16 3:24 pm
From: Janice Jorgensen <janicejorgensen...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] MANO CBC (Northampton) December 18, 2016 results
The 83rd Northampton  CBC <http://hampshirebirdclub.org/cbc/> went off as scheduled on Sunday, December 18, despite challenging but warm as Janice promised weather conditions. 36 teams made up of 168 birders awoke to darkness fog, rain and periods of freezing rain and were able to safely drive to their areas and join their team tallied the 79 species listed below. There were two high counts -- Merlin and Turkey.
Our truly intrepid owlers, some who began at midnight, produced impressive numbers and also dealt with difficult weather. Congratulations and thank you to all the dedicated participants for another successful count. We are scheduling next December 17, 2017 for the next CBC.


1-Snow Goose
1-Pine Warbler
1-Red-headed Woodpecker
1-Snowy Owl
1-American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)
1-Ruby-crowned Kinglet
10-American Pipit
cw-Glaucous Gull
cw-Red-Shouldered Hawk

1938-Canada Goose
14-Wood Duck
2- duck sp
162-American Black Duck
893-Mallard
3-Northern Pintail
103-Common Goldeneye
52-Hooded Merganser
116-Common Merganser
1-Ring-necked Pheasant
200-Wild Turkey
6-Northern Harrier adult
12-Sharp-shinned Hawk
30-Cooper's Hawk
9-Bald Eagle adult
3- Bald Eagle immature
109-Red-tailed Hawk
132-Ring-billed Gull
9-Herring Gull
12- gull sp
3-Great Black-backed Gull
510-Rock Pigeon
1905-Mourning Dove
54-Eastern Screech-Owl
16-Great Horned Owl
3-Barred Owl
14-Belted Kingfisher
172-Red-bellied Woodpecker
1-Yell-bellied Sapsucker
237-Downy Woodpecker
74-Hairy Woodpecker
32-Northern Flicker
21-Pileated Woodpecker
4-American Kestrel
6-Merlin
7-Peregrine Falcon
1322-Blue Jay
1108-American Crow
12-Common Raven
807-Horned Lark
1251-Black-capped Chickadee
621-Tufted Titmouse
16-Red-breasted Nuthatch
285-White-breasted Nuthatch
8-Brown Creeper
59-Carolina Wren
1-Winter Wren
45-Golden-crowned Kinglet
199-Eastern Bluebird
1-Hermit Thrush
1703-American Robin
3-Grey Catbird
92-Northern Mockingbird
5732-European Starling
554-Cedar Waxwing
11-Snow Bunting
452-American Tree Sparrow
3-Fox Sparrow
2318-Dark-eyed Junco
7-White-crowned Sparrow
316-White-throated Sparrow
25-Savannah Sparrow
194-Song Sparrow
2-Swamp Sparrow
640-Northern Cardinal
8-Red-winged Blackbird
1-Common Grackle
6-Brown-headed Cowbird
1-Purple Finch
613-House Finch
1-Common Redpoll
2-Pine Siskin
649-American Goldfinch
2420-House Sparrow


Janice F. Jorgensen
150 River Drive
Hadley, MA 01035
413-585-0145
<janicejorgensen...> <mailto:<janicejorgensen...>

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Date: 12/30/16 12:52 pm
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] The Eagle Huntress (a movie)
Ive just returned from the first movie Ive seen in a theater in the
morning in about thirty years when I took my daughters to a morning
Christmas movie and an opportunity to see Santa Claus afterwards in a
work-sponsored holiday party. Maybe I should do it more often.

This morning I saw "The Eagle Huntress," which stars

* Golden Eagles
* Mongolia, which is incredibly beautiful if you like steppes, high deserts,
and mountains
* Mongolians, including Kazakhs, with a fascinating history, traditions,
style, and personality
* Aisholpan Nurgaiv, a 13-year-old Kazakh girl who handles a 15-lb Golden
Eagle with ease

Im amazed that Ive seen virtually nothing about this movie that began
limited screenings last month because it is classified as a documentary.
("NY Times" and "LA Times" reviews were very favorable!)

If you like raptors, especially Golden Eagles, the film shows about seventy
of them, with most of the attention on one young Golden Eagle Aisholpan has
captured and trains to hunt. Perched, often vocal, Goldens are standard
background in many of the scenes, but the flight scenes of Goldens are worth
the price of admission alone. The cinematography is exquisite, innovatively
using drones to capture incredible close-up video of Goldens coming at you
head on, and landing on the wrist of their handler who is galloping on
horseback.

From three or four outstanding movies Ive seen that were filmed in
Mongolia, I think the country has one of the most starkly beautiful
landscapes in the world. This movie does not disappoint. Its portrayal of
modern Mongolia and Mongolians does not disappoint either. Finally,
Aisholpan Nurgaiv stars as a thirteen-year-old girl who wants to be the
first female to become an Eagle Hunter in traditional Kazakh society. The
sound track is in Kazakh with English subtitles and some brief English
narration. As the movie was about to begin at West Newton Cinema at 10:30
a.m., Julie and I were the only ones in the theater, but gradually about a
dozen more people came in, usually parents with early teen or pre-teen
daughters. No birders that I recognized, but an inspiring movie even if you
arent interested in eagles.

If you are interested in eagles, especially Goldens, I strongly encourage
you to see this movie on the large screen. It is playing for the next week
at West Newton Cinema only at 10:30 a.m. Today it also starts a two-week run
through Jan 12 at the Screening Room in Newburyport, running at 7:30 in the
evenings with multiple showings on weekends.

Two weeks ago in New Mexico Julie and I had a life view, a life experience,
with an adult Golden flying right at us at eye level into a strong desert
wind. Today we relived that moment in film many times. You can, too.

Happy New Year,

Paul


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



 

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Date: 12/30/16 9:39 am
From: Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross' Goose, PI YES 12/30
Ross's Goose and the Hybrid being seen at the top of Cross farm hill on the
north side at 12:20 pm.

Sundar L
Littleton, MA.

On Dec 29, 2016 9:23 AM, "Bird Watcher's Supply" <birdwsg...>
wrote:

Dan Prima called at 9:10 am to report that the ROSS' GEESE [or GOOSE] are
[is] now present in the pans just before the S Curves on the refuge.

Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
194 Route 1
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
<Birdwsg...>
978-462-0775
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
Optics 15-25% Off

 

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Date: 12/30/16 8:04 am
From: <marj...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-headed Woodpecker Brookline
Today at work I received a report of a Red-headed Woodpecker at Hall's Pond in Brookline. Often people mis-speak and say Red-headed when they mean Red-bellied, but I quizzed the reporter carefully and she assured me it was a Red-headed. She saw it near the entrance but said it was very icy there today.
Sincerely,
Marj. Rines
Woburn, MA


 

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Date: 12/30/16 5:46 am
From: Glenn Long <hdtwblg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] North Wayland











North Wayland,(Sherman's Bridge, York Road ,Sedge Meadow) Middlesex, Massachusetts, US

Dec 29, 2016 7:00 AM - 10:20 AM

Protocol: Traveling,

6.0 mile(s)

29 species



Canada Goose 9

Common Merganser 4

Wild Turkey 10

Great Blue Heron 1

Red-tailed Hawk 4

Mourning Dove 11

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2

Downy Woodpecker 7

Pileated Woodpecker 2

Blue Jay 37

American Crow 15

Black-capped Chickadee 11

Tufted Titmouse 10

White-breasted Nuthatch 5

Carolina Wren 1

Eastern Bluebird 5

Hermit Thrush 1

American Robin 44

Northern Mockingbird 3

European Starling 57

Cedar Waxwing 35

American Tree Sparrow 12

Dark-eyed Junco 18

White-throated Sparrow 3

Song Sparrow 2

Northern Cardinal 14

House Finch 14

American Goldfinch 15

House Sparrow 101
Glenn Long
Natick


View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33269121



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




 

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Date: 12/29/16 2:42 pm
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Tom Wetmore Did Not Discover the Ross's Geese, Whatever That Means
Jim, there was a massbird (and plum island birds) posting by Tom Wetmore on
these geese within minutes of their discovery. Did you not receive it/them?

Tim Spahr
Marlborough
<tspahr44...>



On Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 5:06 PM, James Barton <Redwing1986...>
wrote:

> Hello. Do cell phones work on Plum Island? I should think so. In which
> case, one might well ask why no one at least called Steve Grinley at the
> Birdwatcher's General, Store, or, perhaps better, alerted MassBird.
>
>
> Maybe the the uncommunicative birders lacked confidence in their own
> judgment, and did not want to risk being wrong.
>
>
> A number of years ago, I saw what I thought might well be a Grey Heron at
> P.I. It was quite far away. Even if I had brought my elephant gun, my
> Questar, I might have found that atmospheric interference
> prevented anything more than a tentative ID. Nevertheless, I did call
> Steve. He told me that he and a group did look for something answering the
> description of a Grey Heron the next day, but came up empty.
>
>
> Best wishes,
>
>
> Jim Barton
>
> Cambridge
> ------------------------------
> *From:* <massbird-approval...> <massbird-approval...>
> on behalf of Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...>
> *Sent:* Thursday, December 29, 2016 3:11:53 PM
> *To:* Plum Island Birds; mabird
> *Subject:* [MASSBIRD] Tom Wetmore Did Not Discover the Ross's Geese,
> Whatever That Means
>
> For the record I was not the “discoverer” of the 1/2, 1, 1 1/2, or 2
> Ross’s Geese on Plum Island yesterday. (Or if they are F3 generation birds
> then the 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1, 1 1/4, 1 1/2, 1 3/4, or 2 Ross’s Geese.)
>
> Yes, as soon as I got to the stretch of road south of lot five I noticed
> the two white spots north of Cross Farm Hill. Yes, I immediately stopped
> the car and looked with my binocs and saw that the white spots were both
> Snow/Ross’s geese. That was my personal “discovery” of the birds, in the
> sense that no one else had told me about them, and finding them was a
> complete surprise. I continued driving down the stretch with growing
> anticipation of a closer look. When I got to the birds there was another
> birder set up with a scope. Unfortunately I do not know his name. The two
> of us discussed the birds and I took lots of photos. I was bothered a
> little by the size of the birds and the size of the bill on one of them,
> but there was no way they were Snow Geese. The other birder had already
> decided they were Ross’s Geese and I came to the same conclusion. The bases
> of both bills had a lot of blue. The sides of the bills were decidedly more
> vertical than on a Snow Goose, the h!
> eads were peaked and rounded and “cute” and bright white, and the necks
> were short. And there was little to no gape markings that I could make out.
> This was five for five (or is it six for six) in my opinion so I reported
> them immediately as Ross’s Geese. As usual I always post “good” PI
> sightings to the Plum Island list, and I also deemed the birds “good
> enough" to go to Massbird as well. And is as usual for me, I got my Plum
> Island report immediately, and my Massbird report many hours later. I’ve
> been told that others get their Massbird reports very quickly, but I’m
> rarely that lucky. I also texted and called my close PI birding friends who
> I know can sometimes drop everything and get out quickly, and of course,
> those friends also have their phone trees of friends of friends. One way or
> the other the word got out goodly enough.
>
> And for all I know there were other birders out there who saw the birds
> before the two of us did, and did not report them. Not everybody uses eBird
> or Massbird.
>
> So I am not the first person who decided the geese were Ross’s Geese. I’m
> just the guy who got the word out.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Tom Wetmore, http://bartonstreet.com/tom/birds
> Newburyport, Mass.
> Think globally, bird locally.
>
>
>

 

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Date: 12/29/16 2:12 pm
From: James Barton <Redwing1986...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Tom Wetmore Did Not Discover the Ross's Geese, Whatever That Means
Hello. Do cell phones work on Plum Island? I should think so. In which case, one might well ask why no one at least called Steve Grinley at the Birdwatcher's General, Store, or, perhaps better, alerted MassBird.


Maybe the the uncommunicative birders lacked confidence in their own judgment, and did not want to risk being wrong.


A number of years ago, I saw what I thought might well be a Grey Heron at P.I. It was quite far away. Even if I had brought my elephant gun, my Questar, I might have found that atmospheric interference prevented anything more than a tentative ID. Nevertheless, I did call Steve. He told me that he and a group did look for something answering the description of a Grey Heron the next day, but came up empty.


Best wishes,


Jim Barton

Cambridge

________________________________
From: <massbird-approval...> <massbird-approval...> on behalf of Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...>
Sent: Thursday, December 29, 2016 3:11:53 PM
To: Plum Island Birds; mabird
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tom Wetmore Did Not Discover the Ross's Geese, Whatever That Means

For the record I was not the discoverer of the 1/2, 1, 1 1/2, or 2 Rosss Geese on Plum Island yesterday. (Or if they are F3 generation birds then the 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1, 1 1/4, 1 1/2, 1 3/4, or 2 Rosss Geese.)

Yes, as soon as I got to the stretch of road south of lot five I noticed the two white spots north of Cross Farm Hill. Yes, I immediately stopped the car and looked with my binocs and saw that the white spots were both Snow/Rosss geese. That was my personal discovery of the birds, in the sense that no one else had told me about them, and finding them was a complete surprise. I continued driving down the stretch with growing anticipation of a closer look. When I got to the birds there was another birder set up with a scope. Unfortunately I do not know his name. The two of us discussed the birds and I took lots of photos. I was bothered a little by the size of the birds and the size of the bill on one of them, but there was no way they were Snow Geese. The other birder had already decided they were Rosss Geese and I came to the same conclusion. The bases of both bills had a lot of blue. The sides of the bills were decidedly more vertical than on a Snow Goose, the h!
eads were peaked and rounded and cute and bright white, and the necks were short. And there was little to no gape markings that I could make out. This was five for five (or is it six for six) in my opinion so I reported them immediately as Rosss Geese. As usual I always post good PI sightings to the Plum Island list, and I also deemed the birds good enough" to go to Massbird as well. And is as usual for me, I got my Plum Island report immediately, and my Massbird report many hours later. Ive been told that others get their Massbird reports very quickly, but Im rarely that lucky. I also texted and called my close PI birding friends who I know can sometimes drop everything and get out quickly, and of course, those friends also have their phone trees of friends of friends. One way or the other the word got out goodly enough.

And for all I know there were other birders out there who saw the birds before the two of us did, and did not report them. Not everybody uses eBird or Massbird.

So I am not the first person who decided the geese were Rosss Geese. Im just the guy who got the word out.

Good birding,

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



 

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Date: 12/29/16 1:40 pm
From: Dan Prima <raptormafia...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RE: Identification of white geese at Plum Island 12/28
Hi Massbirders!
I was lucky this morning to have had a great viewing session with the Ross' Goose (and friend) this morning at Plum in the roadside pans just before the S-curves.   For those with an interest, I have a series of photos on my e-bird report.  I included a (cropped only) pair of close up pictures of the two geese where the differences between the two jump off the page.  One goose has a prominent grin patch and peaked head with a slightly longer bill than his companion....whose head is more delicate and rounded with a shorter bill and only a slight trace of a grin patch.  In addition, the Ross' is smaller than the possible hybrid (not sure if that's going to come into play).   Thought I'd put these out there in the event they may contribute to the discussion on these two birds.
Ebird list:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33271711
Good birding!
Dan PrimaTewksbury <MAraptormafia...>

 

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Date: 12/29/16 7:52 am
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crossbills Sailisbury Beach Reservation - YES 12/29 9:15 a.m.
18 Crossbills were feeding on the catkins of a bird at the end of row F
when I arrived. They then flew to a pine in the grove, where they fed
for a few minutes then flew off over the marsh toward Sweet Apple Tree Lane.

As a bonus, a Pileated Woodpecker flew over the car as I was returning
on Rt 95 south at the Topsfield Exit (sorry dont know the #).

Cheers,
Linda

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

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

 

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Date: 12/29/16 7:37 am
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Three great horned owls night visit, Concord
In Concord’s East Quarter, between Old Bedford Road and the Ripley Building

My yard, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Dec 28, 2016 11:10 PM - 11:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Called to the window by the sound of one great horned owl.
1 species

Great Horned Owl 3 One great horned owl called for about 20 minutes from top of a yard spruce tree (visually spotted). It shifted location in the yard and was joined by a second owl calling about 75' away. Then a third owl sailed in over the house and into the yard from the east (also visually spotted), then some caterwauling before at least one flew SW toward Gowing's Swamp and resumed calling from a distance.

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33268122

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

 

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Date: 12/29/16 7:11 am
From: Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Blue Herons
Two great blue herons just flew into the Alewife Brook behind my house. They are fishing among a pair of mallards and a trio of hooded mergansers.
Haven't ever seen two GBH's at once in the brook.

Liz
E. Arlington, MA

Sent from my miniature device.
 

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Date: 12/29/16 5:57 am
From: Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] December Birding Delights-Winthrop Beach

Birding Delights at Winthrop Beach
Saturday, December 31st 1:30 p.m.
(Stay as long as you want 1 to 2 hours)
Come explore the beautiful water birds* of the Winthrop Shores with a DCR Park Interpreter. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you are able to. Meet at: Winthrop Beach on Winthrop Shore Drive across from Sturgis Street and 62 Winthrop Shore Drive, Winthrop, MA. Accessible by Public Transportation: Paul Revere Transportation bus 712 or 713 Point Shirley-Orient Heights, arrive at the Winthrop Beach stop then walk down Sturgis Street, Winthrop MA (If traveling from outside Winthrop, board the bus at the MBTA Orient Heights station on the blue line). Visit www.MBTA.com for bus and train information (schedule, route and fees). Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.


* We have been seeing white winged scoter, red necked grebe, horned grebe, brant, red throated loon, common loon, red breasted merganser, common eider, ring billed gull, herring gull, and great black backed gull.

All Programs are free and open to the public and are designed for adults and children ages 8 and older and all levels of birding expertise. An adult must accompany children. Please apply sunscreen. Wear sunglasses, warm clothes and a hat appropriate for cold and windy weather. Rain Cancels. For more information call (781) 485-2804 Ext. 105 or email <Matthew.Nash...> For possible changes or cancellations to this program please phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121 (changes may be made up to 1 hour before the start of the program). Rain and Heavy Snowfall Cancels.

http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/events/december31-winth.pdf


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

Find yourself in a DCR Park!

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Date: 12/29/16 5:56 am
From: Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] re: Cardinal attacking reflection
I have seen this ‘territorial” behavior many times at the Boston Nature Center. Male wild turkeys pecking at their reflection from shiny car bumpers....and found them invariably still doing the same two hours later after coming from my walk!

One other look at this behavior is that such strategies help to strengthen their beak and such characteristics are developed genetically in the evolutionary scheme via territorial and pecking behaviors.


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

Subject: Cardinal attacking reflection
Date: Wed Dec 28 2016 16:19 pm
From: sffaulkner AT comcast.net

Did they also try one of the UV markers? Perhaps if the window is visible to the bird it might help him figure out it is not another cardinal...

Sarah Faulkner

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

From: "Wendy Howes"
To: <massbird...>
Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 9:26:09 AM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cardinal attacking reflection

Although it's not mentioned that the Morgans are looking for a solution to help prevent injury to the overzealous male cardinal, I'd like to suggest spraying some of that canned fake snow on the window. It will blend right in during the season and is easy to clean later. It will also alleviate the stress and discomfort of the cardinal and the homeowners!
Wendy Howes
Hardwick

 

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Date: 12/29/16 5:44 am
From: Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Identification of white geese at Plum Island, 12/28
Massbird,

I had some great views of these birds today while they were chilling on the
dike by Stage Island pool. While at the time I didn't think of hybrids,
after looking at many photos I took, it's clear to me that at least one of
them is a definite hybrid. The grin patch is clearly visible, along with
that smooth transition from forehead to bill, along with the curvature of
the bill base. There is even some rust color on the front of the head. The
second bird, for me, is tougher. Considering this would be a lifer, it's
admittedly hard for me to call it another hybrid, but I would
wholeheartedly accept that fact if we come to that conclusion. It may be
hard for others to do though, which is understandable. The head is rounder,
with a smaller bill, but it is relatively elongated, which is a little
concerning. The bill base is fairly straight, but there is still a slight
curve. There is a very slight and thin grin patch, which is possible on
pure Ross's, so that doesn't necessarily mean it isn't a ROGO. As stated by
Suzanne, there is a slight size difference between the two, but that could
be a male-female difference, so that shouldn't be taken into account.

I've put a few photos in my checklist for both hybrid and Ross's, showing
the differences. There is a good profile shot that shows this. Thoughts of
course, are appreciated, and are detrimental to the complete ID of the two
geese. Checklist is below with photos.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33253487

Thanks for reading,

Nathan

Nathan Dubrow
Ipswich, MA
<nathandubrow...>

On Wed, Dec 28, 2016 at 8:05 PM, Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
wrote:

>
> I agree with you Sean. I think one bird could be “intermediate” due the
> size of the bill and the curved feathering around the bill but from what I
> could see it did not have that “grin". But I do think the other looked
> pretty good over all. Not that I have any experience. But one bird seemed a
> bit smaller ( not that size is a huge factor). But the smaller one also
> seemed to have no “grin", or at least hard to see, and it had a more peaked
> smaller looking head, just a tad more cute if that makes sense.
>
> My photo in my ebird report here ( http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
> checklist/S33256377) I think it shows the differences in slope, more
> straight line of feathering around bill, as opposed to curved, and no
> “grin” of the 2 birds. Maybe others will have better photos showing
> comparisons. For folks who might be interested in this id challenge of
> these birds that are not always clear cut here is a good article by Sibley
> .
>
> http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/12/identification-of-white-geese/
>
>
> --
> Suzanne M. Sullivan
> Wilmington, MA
> <swampy435...>
>
> Be the Voice of the River
> http://www.ipswichriver.org
>
>


--

* Nathan Dubrow*

* <nathandubrow...> **<nathandubrow...>*
<nathandubrow...>

 

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Date: 12/29/16 5:44 am
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Identification of white geese at Plum Island, 12/28
Ops David Sibley, not Davis...sorry...
Suzanne Sullivan

On Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 7:26 AM, Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
wrote:

> Sean, Nathan, Massbird,
>
> I just updated my ebird report, I added a few new photos and did a
> superimposed comparison of the Ross’ candidate from PI over Davis Sibley’s
> drawing. Maybe this will be helpful??
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33256377
>
>
> Suzanne M. Sullivan
> Wilmington, MA
> <swampy435...>
>
> Be the Voice of the River
> http://www.ipswichriver.org
>
>


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

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

 

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Date: 12/29/16 5:44 am
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Identification of white geese at Plum Island, 12/28
Sean, Nathan, Massbird,

I just updated my ebird report, I added a few new photos and did a
superimposed comparison of the Ross’ candidate from PI over Davis Sibley’s
drawing. Maybe this will be helpful??

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33256377


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

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

 

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Date: 12/28/16 7:02 pm
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Identification of white geese at Plum Island, 12/28
I agree with you Sean. I think one bird could be “intermediate” due the
size of the bill and the curved feathering around the bill but from what I
could see it did not have that “grin". But I do think the other looked
pretty good over all. Not that I have any experience. But one bird seemed a
bit smaller ( not that size is a huge factor). But the smaller one also
seemed to have no “grin", or at least hard to see, and it had a more peaked
smaller looking head, just a tad more cute if that makes sense..

My photo in my ebird report here (
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33256377) I think it shows the
differences in slope, more straight line of feathering around bill, as
opposed to curved, and no “grin” of the 2 birds. Maybe others will have
better photos showing comparisons. For folks who might be interested in
this id challenge of these birds that are not always clear cut here is a
good article by Sibley .

http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/12/identification-of-white-geese/


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

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

 

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Date: 12/28/16 3:44 pm
From: Sean Williams <seanbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Identification of white geese at Plum Island, 12/28
Hello all,

Thanks to Tom Wetmore for the prompt report of the geese at Plum Island
this morning. I would like to draw some attention to the identification of
each of these individuals.

Evaluating the identification of Ross's and Snow Geese often comes down to
a suite of bill traits, which is complicated by recent gene flow between
Ross's and Snow (Weckstein et al. 2002). In sum, the interface between the
bill and face of Ross's should be straight and vertical, and Snows should
have a curved interface with the sharpest arc of the curve often near the
gape (Trauger et al. 1971). More subjective traits include the size of the
bill, which is short on a Ross's and long on a Snow. Ross's Geese show
little to no black on the tomia (i.e. the grin patch), and Snows show a lot
of black.

Bird #1 is best represented at the time of this writing as the bird in the
bottom photo of Michael Densmore's checklist (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S33250392). The entire interface between the bill and face is
curved, and the bill is long compared to what should be typical of a
Ross's. It's hard to say for sure, but it does appear there is a lot of
black on the tomia, more than would be expected on a Ross's. Here are a
couple other examples of intermediate birds like this one:

https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S3323365
https://ebird.org/ebird/qc/view/checklist?subID=S32350517 (last photo)

Bird #2 is best represented at the time of this writing as the left bird in
the second photo in Andrea Bean's eBird checklist (
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33251660). This bird has a small
indentation near the gape, but the interface between the bill and face is
otherwise quite straight. The bill is a little long in my opinion for a
classic Ross's. Here are some examples of Ross's geese with this
indentation, although I would argue the indentations are not as exaggerated
and that both of these geese have shorter bills than this bird-

https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S32843761
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fredhosley/11595233125/

Based on the literature and my own experience with these geese, bird #1
falls outside the Ross's category. Bird #2 is a bit trickier to say with
certainty, but given the combination of the interface indentation and the
bill length, I personally would lean away from calling it a definite
Ross's. I look forward to hearing others' thoughts, as different as they
might be. What cool birds! Thanks.


Good birding,
Sean


Literature cited

Trauger, D.L., A. Dzubin, and J. P. Ryder. 1971. White geese intermediate
between Ross' Geese and Lesser Snow Geese. Auk 88:856-875. (
https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/auk/
v088n04/p0856-p0875.pdf)

Weckstein, J. D., A. D. Afton, R. M. Zink, and R. T. Alisauskas. 2002.
Hybridization and population subdivision within and between Ross's Geese
and Lesser Snow Geese: A molecular perspective. Condor 104:432-436. (
http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1650/0010-5422(2002)
104%5B0432%3AHAPSWA%5D2.0.CO%3B2)

--
Sean M. Williams
PhD Candidate
Department of Integrative Biology
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
www.msu.edu/~will2424

 

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Date: 12/28/16 3:22 pm
From: <killdeer89...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Iceland Gull- Craigville Beach
Although it is often quite speculative to identify a particular bird without benefit of band or other obvious physical characteristic, the ICGU I saw today at the beach bears all the hallmarks of a bird which has been a winter resident of the beach for the past 8 years. I nicknamed him or her Whitey owing to the extremely pale wing tips which show no discernable gray. Always arrives in December and stays at least until April. Like greeting an old friend!

Al Curtis
Harwich

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Date: 12/28/16 3:18 pm
From: Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cooper's hawk nails mourning dove
Our feeders has been a regular stop for a resident cooper's hawk this
winter, as for most winters here. Yesterday a major bang on my study window
alerted me that some bird hat hit the window. I sprang from my chair to see
what was the matter, a cooper's hawk had a mourning dove in his claws and
was beginning to pull feathers out in large clouds. As soon as he saw me,
he flew off with his prey and was gone immediately.

I finally figured out the hawk had flushed the MoDo from the feeder, which
promptly flew off and directly into my study window, then fell to the
ground where the hawk nabbed it.

Robert Mussey
Milton

 

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Date: 12/28/16 3:10 pm
From: Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Boston birds, images
I had the pleasure of birding/photographing at Franklin Park, Jamaica Pond and Leverett Pond a few times this last week. No Sandhill Cranes at the park but saw a dog startling hundreds of geese that took flight circling Franklin Park. Quite a sight indeed! I saw a mature Swan running an immature one showing him who is the boss at JP Pond. Three Great Blue Herons in the middle island was a nice accent to observe. I was not lucky finding the 60 or so reported wood ducks at Leverett Pond due to the freeze. I was blessed with incredible invernal during two of my visits and the pond simply went gold. Who cares/needs Photoshop with such light?
Link to my images, starting with Mr. and Mrs. Wood Duck in golden light.
http://delsolar.org/webs/birds/jppond16/index.html

Eduardo del Solar
Boston, Mass
<delsolar...>
http://delsolar.org/



 

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Date: 12/28/16 3:00 pm
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Female Northern Harrier, Concord
Nine Acre Corner, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Dec 28, 2016 1:40 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: Raptors at midday
2 species

Northern Harrier 1 Female harrier flew up out of the marsh and right over the hood of my car, just south of the traffic light and intersection. Appeared to be adult, but not certain.
Red-tailed Hawk 2 Flew up to electrical wires along Nashawtuc CC fairway.

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33254086

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

 

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Date: 12/28/16 2:10 pm
From: <sffaulkner...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Cardinal attacking reflection
Did they also try one of the UV markers? Perhaps if the window is visible to the bird it might help him figure out it is not another cardinal...

Sarah Faulkner

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From: "Wendy Howes" <curiousbooks...>
To: <massbird...>
Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 9:26:09 AM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cardinal attacking reflection

Although it's not mentioned that the Morgans are looking for a solution to help prevent injury to the overzealous male cardinal, I'd like to suggest spraying some of that canned fake snow on the window. It will blend right in during the season and is easy to clean later. It will also alleviate the stress and discomfort of the cardinal and the homeowners!
Wendy Howes
Hardwick


 

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Date: 12/28/16 1:27 pm
From: <asb1960...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ross's Goose (2) at Parker River - Thank you Tom Wetmore for getting the word out so quickly!
Parker River NWR, Essex, Massachusetts, USDec 28, 2016 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Went to see the Ross's Goose reported by Tom Wetmore earlier in the day.
10 species
Ross's Goose 2 Seen on the North Side of Cross Hill. Originally reported by Tom Wetmore.
Canada Goose 35
American Black Duck 30
Wild Turkey 3
Northern Harrier 2
Razorbill 2
Herring Gull 3
American Crow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 3
Northern Cardinal 1
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33251660



Andrea Bean
W. Peabody, MA
 

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Date: 12/28/16 12:32 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cashman Park, Salisbury Beach State Res, Parker River Refuge - 12-28-16
Susan Yurkus and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of
Joppa Flats Education Center for a great holiday group. The skies were
mostly cloudy with breaks of sun, temps mostly in the upper 30s, and winds
building through the morning, NW/5-15 mph. We did not realize a large
number of species, but managed to see some good ones, including Red
Crossbills at Salisbury and the two Ross's Geese at Cross Farm Hill on the
refuge (thank you, Tom Wetmore!).

Our list (all Parker River Refuge unless otherwise noted):
ROSS'S GOOSE (2) - Cross Farm Hill.
Canada Goose - common.
Gadwall (1) - drake, main salt panne.
American Black Duck - common; plus a few at Salisbury.
Mallard (7)
Common Eider (~ 40) - mouth of Merrimack, Salisbury.
Common Goldeneye (1) - hen, Cashman Park.
Red-breasted Merganser (9) - mouth of Merrimack, Salisbury.
Common Loon (3) - 1, Cashman Park; 2, mouth of Merrimack, Salisbury.
Northern Gannet (5) - off mouth of Merrimack, Salisbury.
Great Blue Heron (1) - Cashman Park.
Northern Harrier (1) - North Field.
Red-tailed Hawk (1) - Cashman Park.
Ring-billed Gull (~ 70) - ~ 40, Cashman Park; ~ 30, Salisbury.
Herring Gull - Cashman Park & Salisbury.
Peregrine Falcon (1) - ad, Pines Trail nesting platform.
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee (3) - Salisbury.
Red-breasted Nuthatch (1) - Salisbury.
Northern Mockingbird (1) - Salisbury.
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow (5) - Salisbury.
RED CROSSBILL (18) - Pine grove, Salisbury.
House Sparrow

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 David Moon or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

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


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Date: 12/28/16 12:09 pm
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl, Ipswich
John Lund called at 3pm to report a SNOWY OWL atop a dune on Crane Beach in Ipswich, approx at mile 2 down the beach from the parking lot.

Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
194 Route 1
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
<Birdwsg...>
978-462-0775
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
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Date: 12/28/16 8:48 am
From: Wendy Howes <curiousbooks...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cardinal attacking reflection
Although it's not mentioned that the Morgans are looking for a solution to help prevent injury to the overzealous male cardinal, I'd like to suggest spraying some of that canned fake snow on the window. It will blend right in during the season and is easy to clean later. It will also alleviate the stress and discomfort of the cardinal and the homeowners!

Wendy Howes
Hardwick
 

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Date: 12/28/16 5:55 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ash-throated Flycatcher - Centerville
Thanks to Ian Davies (via facebook MA Rare Bird Alert) for a report of
an Ash-throated Flycatcher. Report at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33239274

He also reported at gull sp(Slaty-backed?) of interest yesterday
(12/26) on the Westport River in Acoaxet:
https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33218615


Thanks to Ian for these reports.


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

 

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Date: 12/27/16 3:00 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl, Nauset
massbirders
finally observed, actually Carol picked up, a white speck about 300 m out across the marsh, a snowy owl, first this winter. After 4 days and a strong wind, peregrines and shrikes are gone, snowy owl and merlin were observed today. What a beautiful beach. As the front beach washes away, (cut #1, 2, 4 and soon 5 are closed) they just drop into the sea, and all of the sand has washed south to a beyond expansive, tundra like flat beach that you could drop Gillette stadium onto and still have surrounding beach. get the picture?

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

Peter Trull
Beautiful Brewster.
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 12/27/16 1:38 pm
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nahant: Chat, Kestrel and Cayuga Duck
12/27 Yellow-breasted Chat in Mass Thicket at same location found several times this fall/winter. seen from Furbush Rd, near the tiny MAS parking lot in the open area where the ditch is located.
American Kestrel along the causeway - seen on several occasions recently.
Cayuga Duck (domestic) in Golf Course with geese and ducks.

Cheers,
Linda

Linda Pivacek, Nahant, <lpivacek...>

 

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Date: 12/27/16 6:48 am
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Longspurs (6+) and Pipit at Little's Lane Fields, 12/26
Although it took me a lot of walking to find the flocks it was worth the effort:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33221697

Jan Smith had similar numbers in another report from hour earlier:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33224459

As mentioned at link, I found these birds in the northeastern-most field of the property, the one closest to the F&WS building. I would advise working this area when temperature is freezing or below (not today!), particularly if you have any inclination to go off field edge. It gets muddy quickly above freezing.

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...><mailto:<chrisf...>

 

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Date: 12/27/16 5:41 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] cardinal
Just for the record, the male cardinal continues to attack the window on a
regular basis...even today, when it is quite gray out.

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

 

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Date: 12/27/16 4:51 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Peregrines and shrikes
Massbirders,
Sorry for the late post, I still need to complete edits etc, but had 2 northern shrikes and 2 peregrines on nauset outer beach last Thurday, 12/22.
www.flickr.com/photos/26676688@N03/
Peter Trull
Brewster,
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 12/26/16 5:31 pm
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 12/26/16 - Murrelet at Race Point
Hi Massbirders -

Just got back from Race Point and wanted to get this word out.

At 1045 (or so) this morning, while scoping the ocean, I came across this
small group of alcids which included 6 Razorbills and a Common Murre. In
with this group was another bird. My first thought when I saw it was "what
is a fledgling Common Murre doing off Race Point in late December?"

The bird was almost a mini Common Murre with notable exceptions.

I DO NOT have photos but that doesn't come from lack of trying. The bird
was bobbing up and down in the chop paddling and diving away from me
towards the rip with 2 Razorbill (they left the group). The distance was
about 250+ yards, I viewed it through my scope. I could not get my 150-600
on it nor could I get a digiscope picture. After I lost the bird, I jotted
down field notes and did a sketch before consulting a field guide. I then
drove down the beach to get Peter Flood (I texted him as soon as I saw the
bird) and we drove back to the spot where I had seen it. No luck. The
location is just around the bend to the west of the defunct cove that
formed the past two springs (about 1.5 miles west (left) of the main
parking lot by the Ranger Station). I have attached my eBird checklist
that I will fill out more completely tomorrow. All indications are that
this is a Long-billed Murrelet. In it is my field sketch and notes that are
summarized below:


- Small alcid, about 1/2 to 2/3s the size of adjacent Razobills and
Common Murre.
- First impression was a fledggling Common Murre with a dark face
- Small, pointy, upturned bill ala Red-throated Loon
- White from throat, through flanks, to tail.
- Tail held up like a little poodle.
- Dark face, no collar.
- It seemed to be mottled on the back with ambiguous white intermingled
with black.
- There were some grey tones to the mantle.
- The nape was all dark.
- It had a suggestion of an eye ring.


The viewing was really tough. It was bobbing, diving, paddling away from
me and I had to piece together the field marks listed above. All
indications point to the bird being a Long-billed Murrelet and I have
eBirded it as such.

I apologize for not having photos. Unlike the battleship Yellow-billed
Loon, this thing was small.

I hope someone can relocate the bird and get photos.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33219667

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

 

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Date: 12/26/16 11:07 am
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin-New Salem
Hello,

A lone Pine Siskin came to the feeder this morning.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>
 

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Date: 12/26/16 8:01 am
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl Print by Roger Tory Peterson for Sale
We are selling a framed, signed, and numbered print of Snowy Owls by Roger
Tory Peterson. Please contact me directly if you would like more
information.

Thanks

Cliff Cook
Watertown

 

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Date: 12/25/16 4:52 pm
From: <mussey.robert...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 1st in 36 years
A surprise Christmas gift today, first red breasted nuthatch at the feeder in 36 years. T'was my Santa's best gift this year.

Robert Mussey
Milton

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Date: 12/25/16 3:55 pm
From: Charlie Thompson <cot3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Orleans, Nauset Beach
Nice afternoon on Nauset Beach over sand trail to Chatham.
Highlights were American Bittern, Northern Shrike, and Peregrine Falcon.
Charlie & Susan Thompson
So. Orleans Mass.
<cot3...>

 

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Date: 12/25/16 1:42 pm
From: Jeffrey Boone Miller <jboonemiller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fresh Pond - Cambridge
Fresh Pond, Cambridge, MA
Dec 25, 2016 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
45F, nw wind 10-20, sunny

Canada Goose 40
Mallard 2
Canvasback 1 Male
Ring-necked Duck 3
Greater Scaup 1 Male, well seen in sun, swimming next to Lesser for perfect comparison
Lesser Scaup 1 M
Bufflehead 1 F
Hooded Merganser 3 2M, 1F
Common Merganser 2
Ruddy Duck 15
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Ring-billed Gull 15
Herring Gull 10
Blue Jay 5
American Robin 12
Northern Mockingbird 1

J. Boone Miller
Belmont MA
<jboonemiller...>
 

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Date: 12/25/16 6:52 am
From: steven.j.babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes in Peabody
Had 3 Sandhill Cranes in Peabody feeding on the southbound side of Rte 128 where Centennial Park joins the highway at 9:30AM. They took off probably heading for Salem Country Club.
Steve


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Date: 12/24/16 1:04 pm
From: david ely <davidely...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC 2017 Downeast Maine Puffin and Boreal birding trip
Happy Holidays!


With 2017 just around the corner, it is time to start finalizing plans for the 2017 edition of the annual BBC trip to Downeast Maine and Machias Seal Island. I will be leading this trip again in 2017 and we have still have some space available. The details, as they exist today, are below. The dates will not change, but the itinerary is subject to amendment based on weather and other factors. Please let me know if you have any questions. My contact details are below.


David Ely

Salem, MA and Boulder, CO

davidely@ comcast.net


MAINE WEEKEND TRIP

June 30 – July 4, 2017

For nesting Atlantic puffins, common murres, razorbills, Arctic Terns, boreal species (such as spruce grouse, gray jay, boreal chickadee, and black-backed woodpecker), nesting warblers, black terns, Nelson’s sparrows, and upland sandpipers.


SCHEDULE (Tentative)


FRIDAY, June 30, 2017: Leave the Boston area early and beat the HOLIDAY traffic. We will meet at the Gilsland Audubon Center in Falmouth, ME at 6:30am. This is located at 20 Gilsland Farm Road, in Falmouth. We will spend up to 3 hours here looking for any rarities (little egret in previous years) and other breeding species. From there we head to Lake Messalonskee to try for purple martins, black terns, bitterns, and possibly sandhill cranes. Our next stop on Friday (after a fuel and lunch stop near Eddington) will be at the Esker overlook on Route 9 and then onto the blueberry barrens near Cherryfield for upland sandpipers and possibly vesper sparrow. After that, we will continue to Machias. ***Make your own reservations at the BLUEBIRD MOTEL, 231 Dublin St., Machias, ME 04654, tel: 207/255-3332. (Located on US1, one mile before the center of Machias).*** Rates are approximately $90.00 for a single or a double room. (There may be a Brookline Bird Club discount – so tell them you are with the group.) Make your own reservations, early. After checking in, we meet at the hotel to discuss details of the next few days. We will go to dinner as a group in the Machias area after that. Breakfast and lunch are consumed on the go so bring a cooler and plenty of water to drink.

.

SATURDAY, 7/01/17: 7:00AM: Mainland birding for possible northern species such as black-backed woodpecker, spruce grouse, gray jay, boreal chickadee and other northern summer residents. Typically, a local birder will help guide us through the Burn Road and other spots in the Topsfield, ME area. You can expect to walk 4-6 miles this day. We do not hike rugged terrain and we stay on the roads, but we make numerous forays from the cars that add up to several miles of walking over the course of the day. Bring a lunch and plenty of water. Upon our return to Machias, we will dine as a group at another local restaurant.

SUNDAY, 7/02/17: (Time to be determined based on tides) Boat trip to Machias Seal Island. (Weather permitting) Length 4-5 hours. (The boat travels in rain but not it in rough seas). BE ADVISED THAT THE LANDING ON MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND IS OVER ROUGH, SLIPPERY ROCKS. If ocean conditions are deemed unsafe the captain, we will not attempt a landing, but do not worry. We will still see thousands of puffins, murres, razorbills, and terns at close range.

SUNDAY afternoon: Trip to Quoddy Head for memorable scenery and general birding. We have had all the expected alcids from shore here as well as boreal chickadee quite regularly. Depending on the tides, we will check for shorebirds on Lubec flats. If you have a passport, bring it as you may optionally want to explore Campobello Island just across the channel in New Brunswick. Please pack a lunch this day and bring plenty of water. If time permits, you may be able to grab a nice breakfast at Helen’s in Machias.

MONDAY, 7/03/17:

Today we will bird Rogue Bluffs SP, the Cutler Coast Reservation Lands, and the Sunrise Trail near Machias. We expect to have more encounters with boreal breeding species and add to our trip list. We will also look for Nelson’s sparrow near Machias. ALSO NOTE: If anyone wishes to return home on Monday vs. Tuesday, that is acceptable. Please consider this an optional day if you wish, though the cost of the trip remains the same.

TUESDAY, 07/04/2017

We will return to Massachusetts leaving about 7:00 am and head to southern Maine to the Weskeag Marsh for Saltmarsh sharp-tailed Sparrows, or do 'just a little more birding in the boreal forests before we go. Other options include going to the Falmouth area again or to the famous Scarborough Marsh.

Space limited to 15 people.

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To reserve a space, complete this form, enclose a check in the amount of $175.00 each FOR BBC MEMBERS, $190.00 FOR NON-MEMBERS payable to David Ely - & send to David Ely, 387 Essex St. #2, Salem, MA 01970 before 2/1/16. (Money is refundable if replacement is possible.)

CELL: 970-391-0432 e-mail <davidely...>

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Date: 12/24/16 10:04 am
From: Jason Forbes <jason...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Warblers, Mystic Lakes
I headed over to the Mystic Lakes this morning for a little bit. Since
it wasn't raining when I arrived, I stopped to walk around the wood
lot at the southern end of the lakes. Other than the 3 Gadwall mixed
with the Mallards on either side of the trees, it was fairly quiet. As
I looped back through and was just about to head up to the dam, I
stumbled across a big mixed flock with a couple warblers. One was a
bright Nashville that was pretty cooperative. The other hung further
back and never gave good views. It was much duller but still yellow
below. I got the impression of a wing bar and possibly a paler
undertail, but never enough to feel confident.

The flock, which also included several Golden-crowned and a
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a few chickadees and nuthatches, and a creeper
or two, moved around a good bit. Several times I relocated the flock
but not the warblers. I gave up after a good hour and a half of
chasing them around, getting quite soaked in the process. Hopefully
they'll linger and someone will be able to get enough of a view to
confirm the second bird.

Jason

--
Jason Forbes
Waltham, MA
<jason...>
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Date: 12/24/16 9:39 am
From: Steve Babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills at Salisbury SP
Six Red Crossbills are still being seen at Salisbury State Park in pines at
the grove near the beginning of the boardwalk. It was raining hard enough
to hinder the view but was still a treat. There were both male and at least
one female seen at 10:30 AM.



Steve


 

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Date: 12/24/16 6:14 am
From: John Keeley <kestrel2009...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow geese Danvers
There are 6 Snow geese at North Shore Community Gardens fields at 9:00 am
with 100s of CAGOs

--
John Keeley Wilmington, MA Sent from Gmail Mobile

 

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Date: 12/24/16 5:03 am
From: Jude Griffin <judegriffin...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cummings Center Beverly Pond: snow goose 7:44 am
Hanging out with a multitude of the usual suspects: mallards, Canada geese,
mixed gulls.

Jude Griffin
Salem, MA
<judegriffin...>

 

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Date: 12/23/16 3:24 pm
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle Gloucester
Around midday I was driving up to Gloucester Crossing and saw a very large
bird in the distance. As I got closer it was easy to see the white head and
tail of a mature Bald Eagle. It was flying west toward annisquam.
Happy Holidays to you all!
Susan Hedman


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

 

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Date: 12/23/16 10:37 am
From: Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] December Birding Delights-Winthrop Beach
Birding Delights at Winthrop Beach
Saturday, December 31st 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 27th 9:00 a.m.
(Stay as long as you want 1 to 2 hours)
Come explore the beautiful water birds of the Winthrop Shores with a DCR Park Interpreter. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you are able to. Meet at: Winthrop Beach on Winthrop Shore Drive across from Sturgis Street and 62 Winthrop Shore Drive, Winthrop, MA. Accessible by Public Transportation: Paul Revere Transportation bus 712 or 713 Point Shirley-Orient Heights, arrive at the Winthrop Beach stop then walk down Sturgis Street, Winthrop MA (If traveling from outside Winthrop, board the bus at the MBTA Orient Heights station on the blue line). Visit www.MBTA.com for bus and train information (schedule, route and fees). Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.

All Programs are free and open to the public and are designed for adults and children ages 8 and older and all levels of birding expertise. An adult must accompany children. Please apply sunscreen. Wear sunglasses, warm clothes and a hat appropriate for cold and windy weather. Rain Cancels. For more information call (781) 485-2804 Ext. 105 or email <Matthew.Nash...> For possible changes or cancellations to this program please phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121 (changes may be made up to 1 hour before the start of the program). Rain and Heavy Snowfall Cancels.

http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/events/december31-winth.pdf


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

Find yourself in a DCR Park!

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Date: 12/23/16 6:49 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Townsend's Solitaire - Essex
Thanks to Dave Peterson for the following post. The Cape Ann CBC was on Sunday, December 18.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>


From:"<environment...>" <environment...>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2016 04:42:37 GMT
Subject: Townsend's Solitaire on Choate Island, Essex, MA


A Townsend's Solitaire was seen on Choate Island in Essex, which is a Trustee's property off of Crane's Beach during the Cape Ann Christmas Count. There's no access to the island except by boat (we kayaked out). The bird was found in the SW corner of the island along the trail that circles the island in a stand of bittersweet and junipers (there was also a towhee observed in the same area). Dave Peterson.


 

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Date: 12/22/16 11:12 am
From: Steve Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck continues in Haverhill
Kenoza Lake is mostly frozen, but there is an area of open water near
Route 110. The number of ducks is down considerably; however, the adult
male TUFTED DUCK continues.

Canada Goose 123
Mute Swan 21 Seems as though the number keeps increasing each time I
visit!
Gadwall 3
American Black Duck 3
Mallard 12
TUFTED DUCK 1 Continuing adult male.
Greater Scaup 4
Lesser Scaup 4
Hooded Merganser 2
Ruddy Duck 3
Ring-billed Gull 6
Herring Gull 4

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA
 

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Date: 12/22/16 9:24 am
From: Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Beverly Snow Goose
A white adult Snow Goose continues with the large CAGO flock near the
Beverly High School grounds. Was there at 1000 hours today.
Kirk.

 

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Date: 12/22/16 7:52 am
From: Christopher M. Dalton <christopher.m.dalton...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Sandhills Cranes Franklin Park Boston
Cranes flew off to the north around 10:40 am. Not sure where they may be headed but are quite tame so ballfields / parks may hold them.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 22, 2016, at 9:59 AM, Christopher M. Dalton <christopher.m.dalton...> wrote:
>
> Have not even gotten my binos out yet but drove by three sandhill cranes at franklin park golf course. Easy to see from the road that leads to the clubhouse.
>
> Chris Dalton
> Brookline, MA
> <christopher.m.dalton...>
>
> Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 12/22/16 7:40 am
From: William Hobbie <whobbie77...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese
In the fields just south of Essex Coop on Route 1 in Topsfield - 2
juveniles at 10 AM.

Bill Hobbie - Wenham

 

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Date: 12/22/16 7:06 am
From: Christopher M. Dalton <christopher.m.dalton...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhills Cranes Franklin Park Boston
Have not even gotten my binos out yet but drove by three sandhill cranes at franklin park golf course. Easy to see from the road that leads to the clubhouse.

Chris Dalton
Brookline, MA
<christopher.m.dalton...>

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Date: 12/22/16 6:25 am
From: David Ely <davidely...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink - footed goose (Ipswich)


The subject bird is easily seen now (0915) along Argilla Road in the big field across the street from 80 Argilla Road.
David ElySalem, MADavidely @ comcast.net


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Date: 12/21/16 4:05 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Iceland Gull Westboro
This afternoon, we saw a 1st cycle Iceland Gull on the ice at the north end of Chauncy Pond among GBBGulls, Herring Gulls, and Ring-billed Gulls.

Also there among the too many Mute Swans were Hooded Mergansers, Ring-necked Ducks, Mallards and 2 American Coot.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro


 

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Date: 12/21/16 3:58 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Spot Pond Bald Eagle, Comon Loons, etc. in Stoneham
Common Loon 2
Ruddy Duck 2
Common Merganser 16
duck sp. 8
Bald Eagle 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 Virginia Woods (M.F.R.)
SNOW LEOPARD 2 Vagrant? (lol)

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 12/21/16 1:45 pm
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: [RI Birds] 12/21/16 Report of Graylag Goose
Extralimital but still of potential interest...

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Rachel Farrell <pollypie...>
Date: Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 2:51 PM
Subject: [RI Birds] 12/21/16 Report of Graylag Goose
To: <morgan.alice...>


Yesterday, Gabe Cohen-Glinick reported a Greylag (Graylag) Goose at
Watchemoket Cove in East Providence. The bird was relocated today by 2
other birders this morning and I was able to speak to Mike Resch about the
structure of the goose. He reports that he saw and photographed the
standing goose late morning and thought that the goose looked like a wild
Greylag, not the heavy-bellied domestic Graylag Goose, which is often seen
in R and North America. I urge birders to look for this goose, as it might
be the real deal. There are a tiny number of records for wild Greylag
Goose in the United States, including one probable sighting in CT, which I
hope to get more information on. Another record is from Alaska, and 2 or
more are from the Canadian Maritimes. There might be others.

The goose in question will be reviewed by the RI Avian Records Committee.

Good luck to all who go look for this goose. It was last seen very early
this afternoon in the Providence River side of the cove.

A Black-headed Gull continues in and around Watchemoket Cove.


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Date: 12/21/16 1:27 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 12-21-16
David Moon and I led today's edition of Wednesday Morning Birding out of
Joppa Flats Education Center on to Plum Island with a group of birders in
the Holiday spirit. Skies for the most part were clear, temps ranged from
upper 30s to low 40s, and winds built a bit through the morning, NW/5-15
mph.

Our list:
Canada Goose (~ 70) - major share roosting on main panne ice.
American Black Duck (~ 60) - various.
Mallard (~ 20)
Common Eider (~ 80) - ~ 30, n. end Plum Island; ~ 50, ocean 7.
Surf Scoter (19) - 8, n. end PI; 11, ocean 7.
White-winged Scoter (12) - 2, n. end PI; 8, ocean 1; 2, ocean 7.
Black Scoter (2) - ocean 7.
Long-tailed Duck (~ 20) - n. end PI.
Bufflehead (7) - Emerson Rocks.
Common Goldeneye (1) - hen, n. end PI.
Red-breasted Merganser (~ 18) - 3, n. end PI; ~ 15, ocean 7.
Red-throated Loon (5) - ocean 1.
Common Loon (~ 15) - 4, n. end PI; ~ 10, ocean 1; 1, ocean 7.
Horned Grebe (2) - ocean 1.
Red-necked Grebe (5) - ocean 1.
Double-crested Cormorant (1) - juv., n. end PI.
Bald Eagle (2) - probable 2nd-year, flyover, Stage Island Pool; juv.,
flyover, Hellcat parking lot.
Northern Harrier (4-5) - various.
Red-tailed Hawk (2) - juvs; 1 perched on Hellcat john stack & 1 flying over
marsh n. pannes.
Rough-legged Hawk (2-3) - 1 dark morph, Cross Farm Hill; 1 light morph,
Cross Farm Hill; 1 light morph (poss. repeat - may have been lighter than
first) marsh w. North Pool dike.
Bonaparte's Gull (3) - ocean 7 off Bar Head.
Ring-billed Gull (1) - probably more; beach 7.
Herring Gull - common.
Great Black-backed Gull (~ 5)
Razorbill (3) - ocean 1.
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove (~ 10) - n. end PI.
Blue Jay (1)
American Crow (3)
Black-capped Chickadee (3) - roadside pannes.
Northern Mockingbird (4) - various.
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow (5) - roadside pannes.
Song Sparrow (3)
Northern Cardinal (2)

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 David Moon or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

Dave Weaver
Manchester, MA 01944
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Date: 12/21/16 10:47 am
From: Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury State Res: Red Crossbills
At about 1320 today I finally (only 1, 233 attempts I believe!!) found a
flock of 18 Red Crossbills at the Salisbury State Reservation. These
were between the main dragway and one of the large easterly parking lots.
But they were moving around a bit and had been seen a few times at the
"grove".
Very nice and I got a bunch of pics.
Kirk.

 

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Date: 12/21/16 10:46 am
From: Dee Stewart <haberlea...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] mystery goose in Stow MA
We saw an unusual goose at Pilot Grove Farm in Stow this morning. It matched the description of a classic “blue” goose, except that it had broad white patches on the wing tips – quite startling when it flew. Maybe a hybrid with a domestic goose?
Dee Stewart
Stow MA

 

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Date: 12/21/16 8:39 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose, Ipswich continues 12/21
Jerry Bertrand called the store to report the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE still present in Ipswich, seen in the fields from Northgate Rd. The bird was in the back left of the flock of Canada geese.

Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
194 Route 1
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
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978-462-0775
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
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Date: 12/21/16 8:04 am
From: Jane Moosbruker <jamoos...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:58:19 -0500
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Date: 12/21/16 6:44 am
From: <asb1960...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] First time screech owl and red-breasted nut hatch in yard
Peabody, Essex, Massachusetts, USDec 21, 2016 9:30 AM - 9:40 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Observing my feeders.
12 species
Mourning Dove 6
Eastern Screech-Owl 1 First time observing one in my yard. Saw at 11:00 pm 12/20 and heard on 12/21 (after midnight). No flash was used. I turn on my yard light before I go to bed just to take a peek in my yard and there it was!
Downy Woodpecker 4
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 First ever at my feeders!
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
European Starling 1 one continuing bird
Northern Cardinal 4
House Sparrow 10
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33128064



Andrea Bean
<asb1960...>
Peabody Ma
 

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Date: 12/20/16 7:14 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Quincy CBC 12/17/16
Despite the weather we persevered. Interesting how average most counts are and the total species count is. Comments below:


Brant 26

Canada Goose 990 (lowest since 2002)

Mute Swan 19

Wood Duck 10 New high

Gadwall CW

American Wigeon CW

American Black Duck 305 (lowest since 1948!)

Mallard 938

Pintail 1

Green-winged Teal 1

CANVASBACK 1 first since 2004

Ring-necked Duck 303 New high

Greater Scaup 80

Lesser Scaup 4

Common Eider 1179

HARLEQUIN DUCK CW

Surf Scoter 280

White-winged Scoter 320

Black Scoter 13

scoter 100

Long-tailed Duck 307

Bufflehead 316

Common Goldeneye 176

BARROW'S GOLDENEYE CW

Hooded Merganser 62

Common Merganser 1 lowest since 7 in 2002

Red-breasted Merganser 157

Ruddy Duck 3

Wild Turkey 37

Red-throated Loon 10

Common Loon 21

Pied-billed Grebe CW

Horned Grebe 11

Red-necked Grebe 4

Northern Gannet CW

Double-crested Cormorant CW first time missed since 1997 which had a CW, completely missed 1995

Great Cormorant 13

Great Blue Heron 4

BALD EAGLE 1

Northern Harrier 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk 4

Cooper's Hawk 8

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 18

American Coot 15

Sanderling 6 continues poor showing

Purple Sandpiper 2

Wilson's Snipe 1

Razorbill 4

Black Guillemot 6

Ring-billed Gull 565

Herring Gull 971

ICELAND GULL 1 first since CW 2011, first on count day since 1994

GLAUCOUS GULL CW

Great Black-backed Gull 111

Rock Pigeon 365

Mourning Dove 81

Eastern Screech-Owl 15

Great Horned Owl 2

Barred Owl 2

Northern Saw-whet Owl 1 first since 2010

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 33

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Downy Woodpecker 68

Hairy Woodpecker 6

Northern Flicker 8 lowest since 2004

Merlin 3

Blue Jay 168

American Crow 128

Black-capped Chickadee 278

Tufted Titmouse 202

White-breasted Nuthatch 58

Brown Creeper 2

Winter Wren 6 highest since 2011

Carolina Wren 20 showing a modest uptick since 64 two years ago

Golden-crowned Kinglet 17

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4 highest since 8 in 2006

Eastern Bluebird 6

Hermit Thrush 5

American Robin 947

Gray Catbird 2

Northern Mockingbird 21

European Starling 2077

AMERICAN PIPIT 3 5 out of 8 years, but before that none before 1959

Cedar Waxwing 6 lowest since 1997

Snow Bunting 96 highest since 1994

Orange-crowned Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat CW

Palm Warbler 1

Pine Warbler 2 highest since 1994

Yellow-rumped Warbler 2

American Tree Sparrow 155

Field Sparrow 1

Fox Sparrow 1

Dark-eyed Junco 408 lowest since 2007

White-throated Sparrow 80 lowest since 1997

Savannah Sparrow 3

Song Sparrow 191

Swamp Sparrow 7

Northern Cardinal 105

Red-winged Blackbird 2

House Finch 34 lowest since 7 in 2002

American Goldfinch 171

House Sparrow 557


95 species plus 9 CW for 104


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

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Date: 12/20/16 1:48 pm
From: Deborah Radovsky <dp32...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lake Massapoag, Sharon
Common Loon (juvenile) seen on the lake at 4 pm this afternoon.
Deb Radovsky
Sharon
 

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Date: 12/20/16 11:46 am
From: Warren Tatro <wtatro...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Goose in Danvers
Hello Massbirders,

On our way home from running some errands up in the Topsfield/Rowley area around noon time, we passed a very large flock of Canada Geese in the Conner’s Farm field just north of the buildings on the west side of the road.
I didn’t have time to stop, as another appointment was coming up fast, but I did notice a Snow Goose in the group. Could have been more, but I was driving by too fast to be sure.

Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
<wtatro...>
 

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Date: 12/20/16 8:57 am
From: Julie Sheehan <juliesheehan08...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagles Amesbury
Two Bald Eagles sited in Amesbury on the Merrimac River. One adult and one first year juvenile. An exciting morning in our home as we observe them.


Julie Sheehan
www.SouliciousFoods.com
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Date: 12/20/16 7:08 am
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sign up now for the January BBC Pelagic trip
Time to sign up for this winter trip.



Saturday, January, 14, 2017 (bad weather date: Sunday, January 15)

Hyannis to the Nantucket Shoals Area. 7 AM. to 3
PM

Birds expected: FULMAR, Dovekie, other Alcids, Gannets, Phalaropes,
Shearwaters, Jaegers, several gulls, sea ducks, mammals, any rarities.

Limit: 65 participants

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



We have master birders JeremiahTrimble and three others leading these trips.
Our boat, the Helen H, is a very comfortable, fast, 100-foot fishing boat
with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic captain and crew. We use gallons of
chum to attract the birds.. 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,
<ida8...>






 

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Date: 12/20/16 6:47 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] female Brown-headed Cowbird / Newbury
at the feeders this morning - first time I've noticed one here in the winter time




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Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951


email: <lynette.leka...>
 

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Date: 12/19/16 7:19 pm
From: John Liller <john.liller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Worcester CBC
Here are the totals for the Worcester Christmas Bird Count, which was run
yesterday (12/18/76):

Canada Goose (1014)
CACKLING GOOSE (count week - Seen in a flock of Canada Geese on Thursday at
Coachlace Pond in Clinton.)
Mute Swan (22)
American Black Duck (48)
Mallard (560)
Ring-necked Duck (43)
Greater Scaup (46)
Long-tailed Duck (count week)
Bufflehead (5)
Common Goldeneye (94)
Barrow's Goldeneye (1 - female)
Hooded Merganser (155)
Common Merganser (37)
Ruddy Duck (1)
Ruffed Grouse (1)
Wild Turkey (38)
Common Loon (3)
Pied-billed Grebe (1)
Red-necked Grebe (count week)
Great Blue Heron (5)
Bald Eagle (5)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (2)
Cooper's Hawk (7)
Red-tailed Hawk (36)
Red-shouldered X Red-tailed Hawk hybrid (1 - has been around for several
years)
SANDHILL CRANE (4 - NEW SPECIES - Seen together in a corn field on
Muschopaugue Road in Holden/Rutland. Three distant photos were taken
through a scope. Several people looked for them again today, but to no
avail.)
Ring-billed Gull (1293)
Herring Gull (21)
Iceland Gull (1)
Great Black-backed Gull (3)
Rock Pigeon (312)
Mourning Dove (195)
Eastern Screech-Owl (7)
Great Horned Owl (5)
Barred Owl (1)
Belted Kingfisher (7)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (26)
Downy Woodpecker (64)
Hairy Woodpecker (19)
Northern Flicker (9)
Pileated Woodpecker (1)
Merlin (count week)
Peregrine Falcon (1 - downtown Worcester)
Blue Jay (480)
American Crow (2780)
Fish Crow (1)
Common Raven (4)
Horned Lark (38)
Black-capped Chickadee (449)
Tufted Titmouse (294)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (6)
White-breasted Nuthatch (110)
Brown Creeper (1)
Carolina Wren (10)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (18)
Eastern Bluebird (39)
Hermit Thrush (1)
American Robin (347)
Northern Mockingbird (14)
European Starling (1867)
Cedar Waxwing (21)
Eastern Towhee (1)
American Tree Sparrow (40)
Field Sparrow (2)
Savannah Sparrow (1)
Fox Sparrow (1)
Song Sparrow (54)
Swamp Sparrow (3)
White-throated Sparrow (45)
Dark-eyed Junco (604)
Snow Bunting (36)
LAPLAND LONGSPUR (1 - NEW SPECIES - Seen and heard with group of Snow
Buntings at Worcester Airport. There may have been 2.)
Northern Cardinal (123)
Red-winged Blackbird (5)
House Finch (52)
American Goldfinch (173)
House Sparrow (1276)

TOTAL SPECIES - 72 (plus 4 count week and 1 hybrid)

 

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Date: 12/19/16 2:44 pm
From: Robert Emerson <remerson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Newport (RI)-Westport (MA) CBC highlights
The Newport-Westport CBC on Saturday 12/17 recorded 121 species, highlighted by Blue-headed Vireo (new to count), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and Nashville Warbler. Also notable were the following: Eurasian Wigeon (1), Northern Shoveler (12), Redhead (4), Harlequin Duck (49), Virginia Rail (1), Black-bellied Plover (1), Killdeer (2), Ruddy Turnstone (5), Wilson's Snipe (4), American Woodcock (1), Lesser Black-backed Gull (3), Razorbill (1), Barred Owl (1), Northern Saw-whet Owl (1), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1), House Wren (1), Marsh Wren (5), Brown Thrasher (3), Orange-crowned Warbler (1), Palm Warbler (6), and Chipping Sparrow (1). High counts were established for Mute Swan (621), Gadwall (177), Lesser Black-backed Gull and Wild Turkey (120), while landbird numbers in general were understandably low and American Kestrel was missed for the first time since 1949 when this count in its present form was established. Many thanks to all who participated despite the very challengin!
g morning weather conditions.

Bob Emerson
Hopkinton MA/Providence RI
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Date: 12/19/16 11:02 am
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White Winged Doves Continuing
The White Winged Doves were in evidence near Row X in the Fenway Community
Gardens today around noon. A search earlier in the day around 7:30 failed
to find them. A Fox Sparrow was also present at noontime.

Between the two visits there, Chris Leuchtenburg and I made a visit to Dear
Island. We were unable to find the Barrow's Goldeneye reported yesterday
but got great view of a Snowy Owl resting on the rocks on the east side of
the peninsula at low tide. Other interesting birds included a single Snow
Bunting.

Cliff Cook
Watertown

 

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Date: 12/19/16 7:56 am
From: Philip Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose continues - Ipswich 12/19/16
Continuing - seen from the entrance to the fields along Northgate Rd closest to Rte 133

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Essex, MA 01929
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