MASSBIRD
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8/28/16 6:14 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (25 Aug 2016) 5 Raptors
8/28/16 2:34 pm Brian Rusnica <velocicrafter...> [MASSBIRD] PRNWR 8/28 - Red-shouldered Hawk + 5 Raptor sp., River Otters
8/28/16 2:26 pm Joseph Brown <brownphoto...> [MASSBIRD] Photos from Horn Pond Woburn MA this weekend
8/28/16 11:07 am Miles Brengle <brenglema...> [MASSBIRD] Marbled Godwits - Crane Beach, Ipswich - 8/28
8/28/16 10:37 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island shorebirds including Hudsonian and Marbled Godwits 8/28
8/28/16 8:53 am Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk...> [MASSBIRD] Caspian terns/Squaw Rock, Squantum,Quincy today
8/28/16 8:25 am <mresch8702...> [MASSBIRD] Chimney Swift Flock, Pepperell, 8/27
8/28/16 7:24 am Jane Moosbruker <jamoos...> [MASSBIRD] Nitehawks at the Oxbow
8/27/16 11:29 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Swallow-nado
8/27/16 10:57 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Swallow-Nado Plum Island
8/27/16 8:21 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Nighthawks (and bats) over Pelham
8/27/16 6:50 pm Robert Templeton <rktemp28...> [MASSBIRD] Common Nighthawks - Townsend
8/27/16 5:26 pm John Hoye <lt.jaeger...> [MASSBIRD] Fire Plum Island
8/27/16 5:14 pm Al Curtis <killdeer89...> [MASSBIRD] Close Encounter
8/27/16 4:40 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Plum reopened
8/27/16 2:42 pm David Swain <davidswain79...> [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR, Aug 27, 2016
8/27/16 1:04 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatches at Hammond Pond Newton
8/27/16 1:04 pm Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Info request regarding Tern Island and tide schedule
8/27/16 12:58 pm Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...> [MASSBIRD] 2 Buff-breasted, PRNWR
8/27/16 10:22 am Paul Roberts <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] Bill Clark to Speak on Raptor Migration Worldwide at EMHW Annual Meeting FRIDAY, Sept 9, 7-9 pm in Woburn
8/27/16 10:22 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Ravens
8/27/16 8:28 am Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...> [MASSBIRD] Buff-breasted, Baird's - PRNWR
8/27/16 7:59 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Marbled Godwits, Crane Beach
8/27/16 6:44 am David Swain <davidswain79...> [MASSBIRD] Black Guillemot, Emerson Rocks, PI
8/26/16 7:22 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] tech help Flickr
8/26/16 2:00 pm Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] Provincetown Mini-Pelagic - 9/17/16
8/26/16 11:57 am Kathleen <kab2769...> [MASSBIRD] New yard bird, Rehoboth 8/26
8/26/16 11:15 am tattler1 <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Whimbrel on mudflats from 'clam shack' in Newburyport harbor
8/26/16 9:29 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR - 8/25
8/26/16 9:16 am CHARLES PATTERSON <chaspatt...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatches in the yard
8/26/16 9:16 am Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> [MASSBIRD] RB Nuthatches in Rockport
8/26/16 7:05 am Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatches in the yard
8/26/16 4:55 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] Juvenile Green Heron. Cooper's Hawk. Great Blue Heron Catching a Fish. Videos. 8/25/16, Farm Pond and vicinity - Framingham,
8/26/16 4:19 am Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Aug 25, 2016
8/26/16 3:44 am Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatches in the yard
8/25/16 8:09 pm Cole Winstanley <crw2998...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatches in the yard
8/25/16 7:47 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Point of Pines/ Rumney Marsh Highlights Today
8/25/16 7:43 pm sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatches in the yard
8/25/16 1:41 pm William Loughlin <wkloughlin111...> [MASSBIRD] Redtail/Raven interaction
8/25/16 10:59 am Douglas Chickering <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Baids Sandpiper
8/25/16 8:56 am John Hoye <lt.jaeger...> [MASSBIRD] Baird's Sandpiper
8/25/16 7:28 am Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...> [MASSBIRD] Provincetown, MA, Aug 24, 2016
8/25/16 6:34 am Peter Laptop <orapendula...> [MASSBIRD] Bairds sandpiper stage island plum island
8/25/16 6:01 am Jim McCoy <jfmccoy...> [MASSBIRD] Godwit(s), updated
8/25/16 5:20 am Jim McCoy <jfmccoy...> [MASSBIRD] Marbled Godwit Plum Island
8/24/16 8:27 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] WMB nighthawk wave
8/24/16 7:05 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Non-birds but....
8/24/16 6:42 pm Blair Nikula <odenews...> [MASSBIRD] Chatham pelagic trips this weekend
8/24/16 5:37 pm Ian Nisbet <icnisbet...> [MASSBIRD] Stellwagen Bank, 23 August
8/24/16 4:33 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Milton Landing Highlights
8/24/16 4:27 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 8/23 Belle Isle Full Highlights
8/24/16 4:24 pm Mark Faherty <mfaherty...> [MASSBIRD] Marbled Godwits, Tern Island 8/24
8/24/16 4:24 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 8/23 Point of Pines Highlights
8/24/16 3:26 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Joppa Park boat ramp & Plum Island - 08-24-16
8/24/16 9:12 am sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] eBird -- Belle Isle Marsh Reservation -- Aug 24, 2016
8/24/16 6:00 am George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Non-birds but....
8/23/16 9:53 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Millennium Park, Aug 21, 2016
8/23/16 8:19 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (22 Aug 2016) 4 Raptors
8/23/16 7:13 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Stilt Sandpiper Belle Isle
8/23/16 6:33 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Haverhill: Turkey Vultures and juvenile Bald Eagle
8/23/16 6:01 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Chatham, off shore
8/23/16 5:39 pm Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...> [MASSBIRD] local Hawks - Essex - 08-23-16
8/23/16 11:05 am Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Nahant MAS Thicket "bee warning"
8/23/16 11:02 am Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatch returns
8/23/16 10:36 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] East of Chatham
8/23/16 1:17 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] Molting(?) Great Blue Heron Looks Like Peanuts' Pig-Pen. Video. 8/22/16 Fisk Pond - Natick
8/22/16 5:21 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] 8/24 - butterlfy event - Plymouth
8/22/16 1:47 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] East of Chatham 8/22
8/22/16 1:34 pm Sam Miller <zamziller...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island, Aug 22, 2016: Black Terns, Hudsonian Godwit, Wilson's Phalarope
8/22/16 11:08 am Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...> [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatch in Pocasset on Cape Cod
8/22/16 10:40 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] amethod to update Avisys
8/22/16 9:47 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 8/24 - butterlfy event - Plymouth
8/22/16 9:04 am <stevensimpson...> [MASSBIRD] Birding by Kayak at Parker River Wildlife Refuge (video)
8/22/16 8:29 am Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] 8/20 Duxbury Beach - ISS plus challenging photo!
8/22/16 8:23 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] 8/20/16 - Mini Pelagic Out of Provincetown to waters SE of Stellwagen Bank NMS
8/22/16 7:38 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] BBC White-Faced Storm Petrel Pelagic trip 8/20,21,2016
8/21/16 8:17 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatch in Topsfield too; WMB nighthawks
8/21/16 7:34 pm mike sylvia <mikesylvia87...> [MASSBIRD] Audubon's Shearwater - Stellwagon Bank
8/21/16 6:33 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Newburyport Harbor & Perkins Park Wetlands - 8/21/16
8/21/16 5:21 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Re: eBird Report - Tern Island Sanctuary, Aug 20, 2016
8/21/16 5:12 pm Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Aug 21, 2016
8/21/16 5:07 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Leasties...
8/21/16 4:40 pm Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...> [MASSBIRD] Golden Plover, Forward Pool, PRNWR
8/21/16 3:49 pm Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatch at feeder in Salem
8/21/16 1:59 pm Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
8/21/16 1:18 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Nauset Outer Beach, Orleans and Chatham
8/21/16 8:23 am Jason Forbes <jason...> [MASSBIRD] apparent Red-headed Woodpecker, Lexington
8/21/16 5:11 am Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Aug 20, 2016
8/20/16 4:17 pm sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] eBird -- Belle Isle Marsh Reservation -- Aug 20, 2016
8/20/16 4:17 pm sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] 2 Whimbrel Belle Isle 9:30
8/20/16 4:16 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Western Sandpiper at "The Spit" in Scituate
8/20/16 4:16 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Western Sandpiper at "The Spit" in Scituate
8/20/16 1:19 pm Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] Wild Turkey Stripping Flowers/Seeds from Grass. Video. Pond Plaza, Ashland, 8/20/16.
8/20/16 8:13 am Lisa Thoerle <lthoerle...> [MASSBIRD] Puffins in September
8/20/16 5:39 am Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> [MASSBIRD] Laughing Gull-Wachusett Reservoir-Gate 39, Clinton
8/20/16 4:37 am Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Aug 19, 2016
8/19/16 8:59 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Request for email address
8/19/16 7:46 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Paul Robert's email address??
8/19/16 11:36 am David <vietdave...> [MASSBIRD] Great egret flyover
8/19/16 10:36 am Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Ipswich (home), Aug 19, 2016
8/19/16 9:44 am Gary Freedman <gmf7162...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Info request regarding Tern Island and tide schedule
8/19/16 8:44 am Jon Woolf <jswoolf01...> [MASSBIRD] NH Audubon fall Pelagic Birding trip
8/19/16 8:11 am David Davis <ddavis...> [MASSBIRD] Solitary Sandpiper Newbury
8/18/16 6:40 pm caroline haines <chaines49...> [MASSBIRD] BC night herons
8/18/16 6:40 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 8/18 Baird's Sandpiper at Hammond Pond in Newton
8/18/16 6:27 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Common Nighthawk & Chimney Swift Roost, West Newbury
8/18/16 5:56 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Beverly Fish Crows
8/18/16 5:28 pm Mark Faherty <msfaherty...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Info request regarding Tern Island and tide schedule
8/18/16 4:47 pm Bruce Black <bruce...> [MASSBIRD] Nighthawk, Sudbury
8/18/16 12:51 pm Paul Champlin <skua99...> Re: [MASSBIRD] vulture images, repoting
8/18/16 12:22 pm Birder <7brid85...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Info request regarding Tern Island and tide schedule
8/18/16 11:48 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Stephen Shunk talk canceled
8/18/16 10:51 am Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> [MASSBIRD] Austin Smith Sanctuary, Eastham/Orleans
8/18/16 8:25 am Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...> [MASSBIRD] Higgin's Marsh, S. Peabody, Aug 17, 2016
8/18/16 6:57 am <dahardy47...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Turners Falls Laughing Gull continues
8/18/16 6:27 am <redpoll...> [MASSBIRD] Morning in Bradford
8/17/16 10:27 pm <Olanoff...> [MASSBIRD] Bird Identification Needed
8/17/16 8:48 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Woburn MA - Horn Pond Mystery Bird
8/17/16 7:45 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] vulture images, repoting
8/17/16 7:22 pm Joseph Brown <brownphoto...> [MASSBIRD] Woburn MA - Horn Pond Mystery Bird
8/17/16 6:21 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR Evening, 8/17/16 - Northern Waterthrush
8/17/16 6:02 pm Blair Nikula <odenews...> [MASSBIRD] Chatham pelagic - Friday, 8/19
8/17/16 6:01 pm Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's - Laughing Gull - NO
8/17/16 4:51 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Info request regarding Tern Island and tide schedule
8/17/16 4:41 pm James P. Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's - Laughing Gull - NO
8/17/16 4:38 pm sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh
8/17/16 1:52 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Newburyport & Plum Island - 08-17-16
8/17/16 5:24 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Black Vulture Images
8/16/16 10:47 pm <Olanoff...> [MASSBIRD] Bird Identification Needed
8/16/16 6:05 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Sedge Wren Plum Island
8/16/16 6:04 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 8/15 SEDGE WREN Hellcat, Godwits +WOW!
8/16/16 4:09 pm Christopher Dalton <christopher.m.dalton...> [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle & Winthrop - 8/16
8/16/16 3:30 pm Mark Fairbrother <bogelfin...> [MASSBIRD] Turners Falls Laughing Gull continues
8/16/16 2:35 pm Thomas Robben <robben99...> [MASSBIRD] October 1st Ocean Exploration Cruise
8/16/16 1:33 pm Thomas Robben <robben99...> [MASSBIRD] October 1st: new OCEAN EXPLORATION CRUISE 2016.
8/16/16 12:50 pm Thomas Robben <robben99...> [MASSBIRD] October 1st: new OCEAN EXPLORATION CRUISE 2016
8/16/16 12:28 pm Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...> [MASSBIRD] Westford Carolina Wrens fledged too
8/16/16 12:26 pm Leslie Miller <lmiller...> [MASSBIRD] Stories from Woodpecker Wonderland & Beyond by Stephen A. Shunk this week Thurs 8/18/16
8/16/16 12:05 pm Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 8/15/16, Fisk Pond and vicinity Natick, Photos and Videos
8/16/16 9:42 am Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> [MASSBIRD] Great Island, Wellfleet, Aug 15, 2016
8/16/16 8:00 am <brianrfg...> [MASSBIRD] Eastern Kingbird roosts
8/16/16 7:58 am <dave.williams6...> [MASSBIRD] Horn Pond, Woburn
8/16/16 7:21 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
8/16/16 3:54 am <mresch8702...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Giant Swallowtail Butterfly - Quebec Too
8/15/16 7:08 pm CHARLES PATTERSON <chaspatt...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Giant Swallowtail Butterfly/Amesbury
8/15/16 6:37 pm <donaldwilkinson3...> [MASSBIRD] 8/15 BBC Trip to Plum Island
8/15/16 2:55 pm James P. Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Gill - Laughing Gull
8/15/16 12:51 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Giant Swallowtail Butterfly/Amesbury
8/15/16 11:39 am Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Giant Swallowtail Butterfly/Amesbury
8/15/16 10:39 am Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> Re: [MASSBIRD] egrets galore, 10 glossy ibis, forster's tern at Ridgevale Beach, Chatham, Aug 13, 2016
8/15/16 10:26 am John <john.mcelligott3...> [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens
8/15/16 9:27 am Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...> [MASSBIRD] Giant Swallowtail Butterfly/Amesbury
8/15/16 7:51 am Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...> [MASSBIRD] backyard carolina
8/15/16 6:15 am AJ Pellegrini-Toole <aptoole...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Carolina wrens
8/14/16 10:29 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens
8/14/16 3:33 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 8/14 Pectoral Sandpipers Squantum Pans
8/14/16 3:08 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens
8/14/16 3:06 pm Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Dedicated off-shore deep, warm water pelagic trip September 24,25, 2016
8/14/16 2:22 pm Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens
8/14/16 1:26 pm Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Essex yard birds 08/14/16
8/14/16 1:13 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Essex yard birds 08/14/16
8/14/16 8:48 am Pete <shaka_pete...> [MASSBIRD] Avocet Stage Island pool 11:30 am
8/14/16 5:52 am Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Avocet Stage Island 12:45 8/13
8/14/16 4:25 am Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...> [MASSBIRD] Essex yard birds 08/14/16
8/13/16 6:08 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Prairie Warbler-yard bird
8/13/16 5:18 pm Jamie Bogart <jsh_bogart...> [MASSBIRD] Race point birds
8/13/16 1:34 pm Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk...> [MASSBIRD] Tern Island, Chatham, Ma shorebirds( close looks esp. at North east end of Island)
8/13/16 1:21 pm Daniel Neiman <daniel.neiman...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Avocet Stage Island 12:45 8/13
8/13/16 1:08 pm Sabrina Hepburn <s.k.hepburn...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Trip to Parker River NWR, Aug 13, 2016
8/13/16 10:00 am tattler1 <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Avocet Stage Island 12:45 8/13
8/13/16 9:01 am Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...> [MASSBIRD] egrets galore, 10 glossy ibis, forster's tern at Ridgevale Beach, Chatham, Aug 13, 2016
8/13/16 7:23 am Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Aug 12, 2016
8/13/16 7:11 am Spector, David (Biology) <spectord...> [MASSBIRD] W. Mass. guide going out of print
8/13/16 5:35 am Joseph Bourget <joseph.bourget...> [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR - stage island Highlights 13-AUG-16 - 0821
8/13/16 5:21 am Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] Offer of Books about Birds
8/12/16 7:53 pm sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] Oystercatchers Belle Isle Marsh
8/12/16 7:52 pm sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] eBird -- Belle Isle Marsh Reservation -- Aug 12, 2016
8/12/16 11:03 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] 8/20/16 - Provincetown Mini Pelagic
8/12/16 7:59 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] Pied-billed Grebe Catching Fish. Video, Farm Pond, Foss Reservoir and vicinity - Framingham 8/11/16, Photos and Videos
8/12/16 7:52 am Jeff Denoncour <jmdenoncour...> [MASSBIRD] Juvi black tern
8/12/16 7:06 am bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Boston Globe cartoon
8/11/16 4:55 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Fork-tailed Flycatcher Plum Island - 8/11, 3:00pm NO
8/11/16 3:52 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Red Knots - Plum Island MA, Aug 11, 2016
8/11/16 1:49 pm Susan Wrisley <swrisley13...> [MASSBIRD] 21 Ruddy Turnstones at Chapin Beach, Dennis
8/11/16 3:07 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Fork-tailed Flycatcher Plum Island - 8/10, Evening
8/10/16 5:34 pm Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Believe it or not.....!!!
8/10/16 5:31 pm William Loughlin <wkloughlin111...> [MASSBIRD] Tern island in Chatham
8/10/16 5:30 pm Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...> [MASSBIRD] avocet still at Hellcat
8/10/16 5:05 pm Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...> [MASSBIRD] Marblehead Neck W. S.; Aug 10, 2016
8/10/16 1:19 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island & Joppa Park boat ramp - 08-10-16
8/10/16 10:32 am Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...> [MASSBIRD] Cerulean Warbler; Nahant Thicket, Aug 10, 2016
8/10/16 9:48 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Forster's Terns
8/10/16 4:27 am Susan Wrisley <swrisley13...> [MASSBIRD] Black Tern - Race Point Beach 8-9-2016
8/9/16 5:55 pm Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...> [MASSBIRD] Nauset Orleans, almost to Chatham-Cape Cod National Seashore Aug 9, 2016
8/9/16 5:39 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Believe it or not.....!!!
8/9/16 3:00 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Believe it...
8/9/16 2:16 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Believe it or not.....!!!
8/9/16 1:38 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Nauset, south tip, Chatham
8/9/16 1:38 pm Andy Wilson <andyslens...> [MASSBIRD] CORRECTION: The Fall River Quequechan Trail
8/9/16 11:46 am Andy Wilson <andyslens...> [MASSBIRD] Quequechan Trail Birds
8/9/16 8:16 am Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...> Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Hudsonian Godwit, Ipswich 8/9
8/9/16 8:12 am Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...> Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Hudsonian Godwit, Ipswich 8/9
8/9/16 7:10 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Hudsonian Godwit, Ipswich 8/9
8/9/16 5:58 am George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Ellisville Harbor
8/9/16 3:11 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] Wet osprey wringing itself out while flying. Video. Fisk Pond and vicinity, photos and videos. 8/8/16
8/8/16 7:55 pm Kat Birder <katbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Thank you and eBird Report - Crane WMA, Aug 6, 2016
8/8/16 6:25 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Red-throated Loon: Quissett Harbor, Woods Hole - Photos!
8/8/16 4:41 pm Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] Pileated Woodpecker / Newbury
8/8/16 9:46 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] 8/7/16 - Race Point and Pilgrim Lake
8/8/16 8:14 am james sweeney <assawompsett...> [MASSBIRD] Scituate, Quincy, Easton - Shorebirds - 8/7
8/8/16 8:05 am John Hoye <lt.jaeger...> [MASSBIRD] Godwit Avocet
8/8/16 6:34 am steven.j.babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...> [MASSBIRD] Hudsonian Godwit at PI Bill Forward
8/8/16 4:03 am Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...> [MASSBIRD] Mew Gull- Crane Beach, Ipswich- 8/7/16
8/8/16 3:10 am Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - Avocet, Hudsonian Godwit
8/7/16 7:40 pm Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...> [MASSBIRD] red-breasted nuthatch and Carolina Wren nest in Westford
8/7/16 7:38 pm Leslie Miller <lmiller...> [MASSBIRD] Stories from Woodpecker Wonderland & Beyond by Stephen A. Shunk 8/18/16
8/7/16 6:39 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - Avocet, Hudsonian Godwit
8/7/16 5:55 pm Mark Fairbrother <bogelfin...> [MASSBIRD] CT river in Hatfield and Sunderland this afternoon
8/7/16 5:36 pm Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - Avocet, Hudsonian Godwit
8/7/16 1:48 pm Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [MASSBIRD] Horn Pond, Woburn: Baird's Sandpiper
8/7/16 9:08 am David Scott <davidscott6...> [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond Rails Aug 7th
8/7/16 6:59 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Immature YC Night Heron(s)
8/6/16 7:20 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Wompatuck SP, Aug 6, 2016
8/6/16 1:19 pm Dan Prima <raptormafia...> [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond KIRA and young......photos
8/6/16 11:11 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Trip to Plum Island - 8.6
8/6/16 5:21 am <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Boat Ramp Adeventure
8/6/16 4:35 am Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Aug 5, 2016
8/5/16 5:22 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Poor Meadow Brook Area Hanson and East Bridgewater
8/5/16 5:21 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 8/4 Burrage Pond W.M.A.
8/5/16 4:08 pm <kr1946...> [MASSBIRD] Egrets, shorebirds
8/5/16 3:31 pm Al Curtis <killdeer89...> [MASSBIRD] Immature Little Blue Heron- Harwich
8/5/16 2:17 pm Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Nahant--Short Beach, Aug 5, 2016 Peregrine chasing shorebirds
8/5/16 11:27 am Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...> [MASSBIRD] Warbling vireo, willow flycatchers etc Tom's Neck Conservation Land, Chatham, Aug 5, 2016
8/5/16 11:24 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - BBC Field Trip Tomorrow!
8/5/16 11:05 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Race Point, Aug 5, 2016
8/5/16 9:22 am John <john.mcelligott3...> [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens
8/5/16 7:20 am <mresch8702...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Hummer alert...!!!
8/5/16 6:53 am bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Hummer alert...!!!
8/5/16 6:10 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagles Foss Reservoir, Pied-billed Grebe Farm Pond, Framingham 8/4/16, Photos and Videos
8/5/16 5:11 am <mussey.robert...> [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird hawking insects
8/5/16 3:29 am Peter Trull <petrull...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Follow up to RFI on rodent control
8/4/16 9:29 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Swallow surprise
8/4/16 6:46 pm Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...> [MASSBIRD] Probable eagle in Foxboro
8/4/16 5:28 pm Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...> [MASSBIRD] Higgin's Marsh, S. Peabody, Aug 4, 2016
8/4/16 11:46 am Kat Birder <katbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Weekly species census- Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Aug 4, 2016
8/4/16 11:08 am Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Monomoy NWR boundary dispute
8/4/16 11:00 am sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] eBird -- Belle Isle Marsh Reservation -- Aug 4, 2016
8/4/16 10:02 am Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...> [MASSBIRD] S Beach Chatham, Cape Cod, Aug 4
8/4/16 4:57 am Kathy Dia <kathystarkdia...> [MASSBIRD] Birding tips for the Cape?
8/3/16 7:23 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Clark Pond, Ipswich, Aug 3, 2016
8/3/16 6:19 pm Warren Tatro <wtatro...> [MASSBIRD] First Monarch
8/3/16 5:38 pm james sweeney <assawompsett...> [MASSBIRD] Scituate Reservoir Shorebirds - 8/3
8/3/16 2:38 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Quinapoxet Reservoir-Holden- White-rumps
8/3/16 1:57 pm Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> [MASSBIRD] Follow up to RFI on rodent control
8/3/16 1:56 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island-PRNWR - 08-03-2016
8/3/16 1:41 pm Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> [MASSBIRD] Red breasted nuthatch 8/2 Westford Yard
8/3/16 1:13 pm Henrietta Yelle <hyelle...> [MASSBIRD] eBird -- Mass Audubon HQ, Lincoln MA -- Aug 3, 2016
8/3/16 11:44 am Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle West Rox
8/3/16 6:48 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 8/1/16, Fisk Pond and Vicinity, More bird calls, need help identifying.
8/3/16 2:19 am Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Three Yellow-crowned Night-Herons Milton Landing
8/2/16 7:00 pm Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> [MASSBIRD] Quinapoxet Reservoir-Holden- White-rumps
8/2/16 6:41 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Stellwagen Bank seabird survey 8/1 (2 Long-tailed Jaegers, thousands of shearwaters)
8/2/16 5:59 pm Nathaniel Marchessault <natemarchessault...> [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Burrage Pond WMA, Hanson, Jul 31, 2016 - King Rail babies!
8/2/16 5:58 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Milton Landing Part 2 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, Red-shouldered Hawks, etc.
8/2/16 5:57 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Glossy Ibis - Newman Rd Marsh, Aug 2, 2016
8/2/16 5:54 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Stilt Sandpiper Plum Island
8/2/16 5:02 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Response - Tips for Birding Race Point
8/2/16 1:24 pm Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Response - Tips for Birding Race Point
8/2/16 1:22 pm Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Nahant, Short Beach influx of shorebirds, Bonaparte's Gulls
8/2/16 9:32 am Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...> [MASSBIRD] shearwaters, petrels, razorbill, jaeger, kittiwake Race Point Beach, Provincetown, Aug 2, 2016
8/2/16 8:14 am Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...> [MASSBIRD] Beverly/Corvus "trifecta".
8/1/16 4:16 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 7/31 Belle Isle Highights
8/1/16 3:53 pm <trogon6...> [MASSBIRD] ON REPORTING
8/1/16 12:51 pm Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] Response - Tips for Birding Race Point
8/1/16 12:42 pm Marsha Salett <msalett...> [MASSBIRD] August 2016 Bird Observer now online
8/1/16 11:49 am Matt S. <accipiter22...> [MASSBIRD] 8/1/2016 Tips for birding Race Point?
8/1/16 10:58 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] BBC P.I. trip report Sunday morning. 7/31/16
8/1/16 9:34 am Thomas Pirro <tpirro2010...> [MASSBIRD] Central Mass Loons/High Ridge WMA and Wnchedon
8/1/16 8:41 am Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...> Re: [MASSBIRD] American Crow behavior - 07-31-16
8/1/16 7:46 am Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...> [MASSBIRD] petrels, shearwaters, scoters etc Chatham Lighthouse and part of S Beach, Aug 1, 2016
8/1/16 6:33 am Jonathan Jones <brewbird...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird
8/1/16 5:34 am Lucy W Photography <lucylens...> Re: [MASSBIRD] American Crow behavior - 07-31-16
7/31/16 7:00 pm Erik Nielsen <erikbogh...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Blue Grosbeak and possible Eurasian Collared-Dove Cumbies
7/31/16 6:05 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Sylvia Martin has shared an eBird checklist with you from Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit on Jul 30, 2016 - 7:00 AM
7/31/16 5:24 pm Steven Simpson <stevensimpson...> [MASSBIRD] Beverly Osprey
7/31/16 4:40 pm Sylvia Martin via eBird <ebird-share...> [MASSBIRD] Sylvia Martin has shared an eBird checklist with you from Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit on Jul 30, 2016 - 7:00 AM
7/31/16 4:39 pm Marj. Rines <marj...> Re: [MASSBIRD] reporting birds on Massbird
7/31/16 4:04 pm Mark Fairbrother <bogelfin...> [MASSBIRD] On the river in Hatfield
7/31/16 1:38 pm Ann Gurka <snowyegret7...> RE: [MASSBIRD] new Cooper's Hawk sound - adult male with food - 07-31-16
7/31/16 1:30 pm Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...> Re: [MASSBIRD] new Cooper's Hawk sound - adult male with food - 07-31-16
7/31/16 1:15 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] new Cooper's Hawk sound - adult male with food - 07-31-16
7/31/16 1:10 pm Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk...> [MASSBIRD] Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanc, Marshfield (DWWS)
7/31/16 12:51 pm Donald Wilkinson <singingbirder...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: reporting birds on Massbird
7/31/16 12:29 pm Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...> [MASSBIRD] new Cooper's Hawk sound - adult male with food - 07-31-16
7/31/16 11:16 am warbler <warbler...> Re: [MASSBIRD] reporting birds on Massbird
7/31/16 9:17 am Erik Nielsen <erikbogh...> [MASSBIRD] Blue Grosbeak and possible Eurasian Collared-Dove Cumbies
7/31/16 8:46 am Tom Brownrigg <brownriggs...> [MASSBIRD] Northern Waterthrush singing, Carlisle
7/31/16 8:31 am Susan Wrisley <swrisley13...> [MASSBIRD] ID Help - Large Terns, Dennis MA 7-29-2016
7/31/16 6:45 am Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...> [MASSBIRD] Glossy Ibis Hawksnest SP, Harwich, Cape Cod Jul 31, 2016
7/31/16 4:08 am Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...> [MASSBIRD] American Crow behavior - 07-31-16
7/31/16 4:05 am Joseph Bourget <joseph.bourget...> [MASSBIRD] Ebird stakeout Hotspot - North Falmouth Chuck-will's-widow
7/31/16 2:24 am Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Virginia Rail High Head, Pilgrim Heights, Truro, Cape Cod, Jul 30, 2016
7/30/16 9:34 pm Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> [MASSBIRD] Coes Pond- Worcester Rarities
7/30/16 8:12 pm Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] Need help identifying a bird(?) call...
7/30/16 6:10 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Pectoral Sandpiper in Squantum
7/30/16 3:46 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond, Hanson 7/30 (Sandhill Cranes, Least Bittern)
7/30/16 1:44 pm John <john.mcelligott3...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island
7/30/16 12:16 pm Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Race Point, Jul 30, 2016
7/30/16 10:36 am Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...> [MASSBIRD] Shearwaters, kittiwake, petrels, etc Herring Cove Beach, Provincetwon, Cape Cod Jul 30, 2016
7/30/16 10:28 am Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...> [MASSBIRD] Virginia Rail High Head, Pilgrim Heights, Truro, Cape Cod, Jul 30, 2016
7/30/16 9:51 am Laura dlF <anhinga3...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Birding Sketch Crawl - Cancelled, 7/31/16
7/30/16 6:27 am Steven van der Veen <srvacons...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Shifting Lots Preserve @ Ellisville, Jul 30, 2016
7/30/16 5:17 am <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Backyard Birding
7/29/16 1:48 pm Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> [MASSBIRD] Whitney Pond-Winchendon rarities
7/29/16 12:59 pm Edward Purcell <tedgpurcell...> [MASSBIRD] Merrimack River
7/29/16 12:49 pm Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk...> [MASSBIRD] Scituate/Marshfield Friday Morning birders out of North River Audubon Highlites
7/29/16 12:03 pm James MacDougall <jm3...> [MASSBIRD] Georgetown Egrets
7/29/16 12:02 pm <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Massbird/eBird
7/29/16 11:03 am mashoop58 . <mashoop58...> [MASSBIRD] Visiting Rowley/Plum Island 9/11 -9/13; Boston metro 9/14 -9/18
7/29/16 9:58 am Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> Re: [MASSBIRD] e-bird/e-mail/Massbird
7/29/16 8:56 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 7/28/16, Farm Pond, Foss Reservoir and vicinity - Framingham, Photos and Videos
7/29/16 8:38 am Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...> [MASSBIRD] Harwich (Cape Cod) Bell's Neck Conservation Area, Jul 29, 2016
7/29/16 8:17 am Warren Tatro <wtatro...> [MASSBIRD] American Avocet continues
7/29/16 7:54 am Douglas Chickering <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Avocet still at Plum Island
7/29/16 6:31 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Avocet PRNWR - Plum Island
7/29/16 5:54 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] weekly bird "list" for PRNWR (Plum Island)
7/29/16 5:23 am Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [MASSBIRD] e-bird/e-mail/Massbird
7/29/16 4:33 am <mresch8702...> [MASSBIRD] Massbird vs. eBird
 
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Date: 8/28/16 6:14 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (25 Aug 2016) 5 Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 25, 2016
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 2 2
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 3 3
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 3 10 10
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 1 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 5 16 16
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Observation start time: 12:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers:

Visitors:
1 visitor - John ,Friend of Bill Rasku


Weather:
SW Wind, 10-15 mph, temp - 75, 75% overcast

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
2 non-migrating TVs, 3 Ravens

Predictions:
Friday light west wind predicted, maybe T-Storms
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Report submitted by ()
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw




 

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Date: 8/28/16 2:34 pm
From: Brian Rusnica <velocicrafter...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] PRNWR 8/28 - Red-shouldered Hawk + 5 Raptor sp., River Otters
Greetings birders,

Quick raptor report from Parker River NWR this morning (8/28):

Osprey 4
Northern Harrier 4 brown-type
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 juv
Red-tailed Hawk 2 ad
Peregrine Falcon 2 juv
Turkey Vulture 1

The Red-shouldered Hawk was the most interesting sighting of the day - at
8:15am at North Pool Overlook, I saw a medium-sized, pale-breasted raptor
on the dike, standing in the short grass. The bird flew to a perch in the
low-trees nearby, revealing the brilliant pale crescents on the outer
primaries that were very visible in photos. The breast-streaking looked
good for a juvenile. A nice surprise first thing in the morning!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/quadceratops/28676953883/

I had 5 separate Peregrine Falcon sightings, much to the dismay of
shorebird watchers, I’m sure. Eventually around 11am, 2 juvenile Falcons
were interacting high over the Warden’s area. All day long, the birds were
stooping and missing on shorebirds at various spots, including Stage Island
Pool.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/quadceratops/29009701510/

An adult Red-tailed Hawk seemed to have caught perhaps a small shorebird
south of Lot 5.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/quadceratops/29297728115/

An adult male Osprey buzzed the Hellcat Observation tower, carrying some
sort of carp species, I believe.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/quadceratops/29219329401/

Finally - non-bird related, two River Otters worked the perimeter of the
North Pool right below the Hellcat Tower. Amazing looks at these slinky
predators.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/quadceratops/29297731475/

Regards,

Brian Rusnica
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 8/28/16 2:26 pm
From: Joseph Brown <brownphoto...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Photos from Horn Pond Woburn MA this weekend
Hi All -

I know by now, everyone is sick of seeing the Little Blue Heron at Horn
Pond, so I am adding photos of it, and some others from the weekend.

Photos are here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/10081038@N05/?

Enjoy!

Comments and Critiques always welcomed - constructive criticism is how we
improve our craft!

Joe Brown

 

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Date: 8/28/16 11:07 am
From: Miles Brengle <brenglema...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Marbled Godwits - Crane Beach, Ipswich - 8/28
Three Marbled Godwits at Crane Beach in Ipswich at noon today. I only saw
two, but another was seen at the southern tip. These birds were 1.25 miles
east of the boardwalks, right by the white marker. Tame and feeding
amongst beach walkers. These are continuing birds.



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

 

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Date: 8/28/16 10:37 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island shorebirds including Hudsonian and Marbled Godwits 8/28
Paul Roberts called the store around 1 pm to report some good shorebird sightings on Plum Island.

Stage Island Pool - Marbled Godwit -2
Hellcat
Hudsonian Godwit, Whimbrel, Buff-breasted Sandpiper 1 each
Red Knot 13
Ruddy Turnstone 1
Stilt Sandpiper 3
White-rumped Sandpiper 20+
and the usual mix of peeps

Deb La Roy for

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: 8/28/16 8:53 am
From: Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Caspian terns/Squaw Rock, Squantum,Quincy today
South Shore bird club walk led by Vin Zollo had 5 Caspian terns sitting
on sand spit between Squaw Rock and Thompson Island at 9:30 am. First
heard and seen in flight then seen on spit, probably same terns.

Ruddy turnstone, BB plovers, oyster catchers,good number of laughing
gulls, empid flycatcher, yellow warbler in same area.

Kennedy Center salt pans (Squantum): Short billed dowitchers, greater
and lesser yellow legs, least, semipalm sandpipers in good numbers.

Kathy Rawdon, Hingham,Ma.

 

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Date: 8/28/16 8:25 am
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Chimney Swift Flock, Pepperell, 8/27

Mid-afternoon on 8/27 there was a large flock of Chimney Swifts circling (and twittering) low over the woods in my yard here in Pepperell. I guessed at least 100 birds. I've seen flocks like this in fall in/around roosting chimneys. But I live way back in the woods, at least 1 1/2 miles from the closest roost/nest site here in town. I've never seen a large flock like this back in the woods.


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

 

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Date: 8/28/16 7:24 am
From: Jane Moosbruker <jamoos...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nitehawks at the Oxbow
The BBC bird-sit on Depot Road above the Oxbow NWR
yielded 17 birders and 65 Nighthawks.

Between 6 and 7pm we had approx. 54 birds and between 7-7:30 another 10.
About 50% of them were feeding and they appeared over the river quite far
away and
on the other side of the road, quite close.

Then we got to see all the planets on display thanks to Chris who brought a
large telescope.
Everyone was very pleased.


Jane Moosbruker, Ph.D.
<Jamoos...>



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Date: 8/27/16 11:29 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Swallow-nado
A few experienced birders with me estimated at least 100,000-200,000 swallows (mostly tree) swarming at PRNWR Sat evening to roost for night. With beautiful sunset in backdrop it was a stunning show of nature. I know happens every year but never gets old. Looked like a bird tornado descending on Hellcat swamp.
On way out listened to whippoorwill calling on side of the road so nice way to spend evening.
Also earlier a Northern Waterthrush meandering along path near observation tower almost unnoticed while we were watching Hudsonian Godwit and other sandpipers like Buff-breasted, white-rumped and Ruff that others have reported.

Joe Battenfeld
Roslindale
@joebattenfeld

 

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Date: 8/27/16 10:57 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Swallow-Nado Plum Island



Joe Battenfeld
@joebattenfeld
 

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Date: 8/27/16 8:21 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nighthawks (and bats) over Pelham
Hi MassBirders,

After a few nights of enviously reading many other people’s reports of nighthawk migration, I finally got a piece of the action tonight! Had dinner in friends' backyard in Pelham, just east of the Amherst town line. One wave of at least 40 birds passed over, as well as a few smaller waves of 5-10. And after the nighthawks finished passing, an impressive wave of bat activity too, probably over 20, the most I've seen in one evening since I left Texas.

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: 8/27/16 6:50 pm
From: Robert Templeton <rktemp28...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Nighthawks - Townsend
About 100 Common Nighthawks flew over the house between 5:30 and 7:15 this evening.

Rob Templeton
Townsend
<rktemp28...>


Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 8/27/16 5:26 pm
From: John Hoye <lt.jaeger...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fire Plum Island
There is a massive fire Plum Island and access to Plum via turnpike is
Not a option at 4 pm so no chance to get to refuge this afternoon
John Hoye
I've wandered the earth in search of life: bird by bird I've come to know the earth. Pablo Neruda

John Hoye Wayland Ma

 

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Date: 8/27/16 5:14 pm
From: Al Curtis <killdeer89...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Close Encounter
Just returned after a week in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia where we had a pretty cool experience. My wife and I were hiking the Skyline Trail in the highlands Provincial Park early on Thursday morning when a bird popped out of the brush on the side of the trail and stood less than a foot away from MY foot. It stayed there for about 10 seconds making a high pitched gurgling sound. After hearing the same sound from the opposite side of the trail, it calmly walked across the trail and disappeared. It was a female Spruce Grouse, a lifer for me. I later read that they will commonly come very close to people, apparently so confident of their camouflage that they believe that they cannot be seen! Anyway, I highly recommend Cape Breton. It is stunningly beautiful and Bald Eagles are as numerous as Ospreys are here on Cape Cod.

Al Curtis
Harwich, MA


 

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Date: 8/27/16 4:40 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum reopened
Just got in - they are letting cars back onto Plum Island and PRNWR. Which is good because drive hour and half

Joe Battenfeld
@joebattenfeld

> On Aug 27, 2016, at 4:09 PM, John Hoye <lt.jaeger...> wrote:
>
> There is a massive fire Plum Island and access to Plum via turnpike is
> Not a option at 4 pm so no chance to get to refuge this afternoon
> John Hoye
> I've wandered the earth in search of life: bird by bird I've come to know the earth. Pablo Neruda
>
> John Hoye Wayland Ma
>


 

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Date: 8/27/16 2:42 pm
From: David Swain <davidswain79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR, Aug 27, 2016
Today my son, Tim, and fellow Mass Young Birder Club member Andrew Barndt
and I had a very shore-birdy day at Parker River NWR and were able to catch
up with most of the specialties being seen, missing only the elusive
Baird's Sandpiper, but seeing one Buff-breasted at Bill Forward after
several tries, the continuing Hudsonian Godwit, two Stilt Sandpipers, a
Western, a Pectoral, and numerous White-rumped Sandpipers.

However, our highlights were not shorebirds. While on the SIP tower,
Andrew spotted an alcid out past Emerson Rocks off Lot 7 (!), so we hustled
over to the Lot 7 platform and sure enough, found a juvenile Black
Guillemot way out. While attempting to locate the Baird's at Stage Island,
a flock of waterbirds flew in which we initially took to be Red-breasted
Mergansers. However, photo evidence suggests they were all juvenile Common
Mergansers, with sharply contrasting white cheek patches and long sloping
dark heads. Muscular and bulky in flight with broad white wing patches.
This is an unusual date and number for these; comments welcome.

Online list with many embedded photos and notes by Tim:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31273614

Parker River NWR, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 27, 2016 7:02 AM - 12:55 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.5 mile(s)
Comments: <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.6 Build 75
74 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 19
American Black Duck 39
Mallard (Northern) 24
Northern Pintail 1 Eclipse male at BFP.
Green-winged Teal (American) 15 All at BFP, seen from blind.
Common Merganser (North American) 13 **Very early and high count:
Flock of HY birds flew into SIP at 745 and left at 800, heading towards
ocean. Defined demarcation between head and breast, white chin, and darker
rufous head with more back heavy shape. Cheek patch with black line at gape
visible in highly cropped photo.
Wild Turkey 1 Juv along S-Curves.
Pied-billed Grebe 1 Adult starting prebasic molt at SIP.
Double-crested Cormorant 120
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 9
Great Egret 16
Snowy Egret 14
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 Juvenile at NPO.
Osprey 3
Northern Harrier (American) 2
Bald Eagle 2 Adults seen at BFP blind. One perched in tree on Nelson's
Island, and another flying south nearby.
Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) 1 Flew out of marsh just before Cross Farm
Hill.
Black-bellied Plover 150 Most at BFP, but a couple heard at SIP. In
many different plumages.
Semipalmated Plover 700 Conservative estimate. Most common shorebird.
Killdeer 9
Hudsonian Godwit 1 At BFP, seen from blind. Very plain plumage and
long, pink and black bill. Showed black on tail tip briefly.
Red Knot 5 Exact count of birds at BFP, seen from blind.
Stilt Sandpiper 2 Nonbreeding adults at BFP, seen from blind. Feeding
like dowitchers but with higher rear ends and longer, yellow legs.
Sanderling 18 One at SIP, but rest at both Emerson Rocks and Lot 1.
Least Sandpiper 35 Conservative estimate. Not feeding in open like
SESA, so hard to count.
White-rumped Sandpiper 25 Conservative estimate; almost all at BFP. At
Hellcat dike heard their cricket-like calls.
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 1 Continuing bird at BFP, seen from blind.
Most of the time we were at BFP blind we were told it was still there, but
hidden by tall phragmites. On our second stop at BFP the bird finally
neared the shore and was visible for a while. Overall buffy body with
almost plover-like proportions but a sandpiper-like feeding style. Yellow
legs and tiny head. It raised its wing once, showing a bright white
underwing.
Pectoral Sandpiper 1 Adult seen in BFP from blind. A medium shorebird
with yellow legs and a defined line between streaky breast and white belly.
Semipalmated Sandpiper 500 Conservative estimate. Most common
sandpiper.
Western Sandpiper 1 Juvenile seen from south end of walkable portion
of Hellcat dike after it makes a T in BFP. Very long bill, pale face, and
hint of rufous on scapular a. Pics.
peep sp. 1 Probable adult WESA going through prebasic molt seen in BFP
from blind. Peep size, very pale face, bold streaking on breast, and some
rufous on scapulars. Will review photos.
Short-billed Dowitcher 60 Conservative estimate. Mostly juveniles;
were not able to pick out any candidates for LBDO.
Spotted Sandpiper 2 One at SIP, another at NPO.
Greater Yellowlegs 35
Lesser Yellowlegs 15
shorebird sp. 1 One shorebird heard from south end of walkable portion
of Hellcat dike after it makes a T. A trilled 'krreep,' but lower pitched
than LESA and without a rising trend; sounded very similar to BASA flight
call. Possibly a PESA.
Black Guillemot 1 *Rare: Juvenile bird off of Emerson Rocks spotted
from SIP tower; presumably the same bird Nate
Dubrow had at Crane Beach about a week ago. Dark nape and cap, short, yet
pointed bill, white wing patch, and otherwise mottled black and white
plumage. Photos barely at range of detection, taken from Lot 7 platform.
Ring-billed Gull 12
Herring Gull (American) 25
Great Black-backed Gull 4
Least Tern 2 An adult and a juvenile heard at BFP from blind.
Common Tern 2 Far out at Lot 1.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1 Flyby at Hellcat.
Mourning Dove 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2 One at SIP and another at BFP blind.
Belted Kingfisher 1 Calling and flying around SIP.
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Willow Flycatcher 1 *Slightly late: Fresh juv giving strange 'weep'
call at base of SIP tower. Managed very marginal pic.
Eastern Phoebe 4
Eastern Kingbird 12
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 4
Common Raven 1 Unusual for island: Juv clearly heard calling at
Hellcat parking lot.
Tree Swallow 500
Bank Swallow 5 Conservative count of birds mixed in with TRES over
SIP. Two heard calling.
Barn Swallow (American) 10 Most around Hellcat.
Cliff Swallow 1 Seen from SIP tower area. Dark swallow with pale,
buffy rump in with TRES.
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch 4 Three at BFP blind and another heard at
Hellcat parking lot.
Marsh Wren 2 Both heard at SIP.
American Robin 14
Gray Catbird 13
Brown Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 5
European Starling 75
Cedar Waxwing 8
Common Yellowthroat 5
Field Sparrow 1 Heard singing when driving by BFP blind.
Song Sparrow 6
Eastern Towhee 7
Northern Cardinal 2
Bobolink 4
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 7

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S31273614

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

 

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Date: 8/27/16 1:04 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatches at Hammond Pond Newton
Hi,I birded not only the pond, but also the adjacent woods and Houghton Garden. I heard Red-breasted nuthatches in three locations, including one on Lawrence Rd. near Hammond St. Chestnut Hill is a gorgeous area. Everywhere one walks, one is surrounded by beautiful, and often unusual plant specimens, especially trees. 
HAMMOND POND RESEERVATION:
Green Heron 3Wood Duck 9Cooper's Hawk 1       causing concern to Red-breasted Nuthatch Houghton GardenKilldeer 4Spotted Sandpiper 3Least Sandpiper 1Warbling Vireo 1Red-eyed Vireo 1Red-breasted Nuthatch 3
NON-AVIAN HIGHLIGHT:
Great Spangled Fritillary 1     beautiful; near former Deer Park
Paul <Petersonpetersonpaul63...> 
 

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Date: 8/27/16 1:04 pm
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Info request regarding Tern Island and tide schedule


El 2016-08-18 a las 20:17, Mark Faherty escribió:

> Tern Island (the oldest Mass Audubon sanctuary on Cape Cod,
> incidentally) is best starting two hours after predicted high tide for
> Chatham Harbor. At this time the flats at the north end, the ones you
> can scope from Cowyard Ln, are just starting to open up and the
> shorebirds are crowding together and easily viewed if you are on the
> island. You have to wait a little longer to see them from Cowyard
> because some marsh grass blocks your view at first.


Mark, thanks for the info.

Quick data point that confirms the above:

Myforecast.com listed "Chatham (outer coast)", with high tide at 08:02
and "Chatham, Stage Harbor" with high at 08:15. I arrived at Cow Yard
Lane (known as "Cow Yard Rd." to eBird -- maybe that's the real name??)
around 10:30, and birds were arriving to the north part of the island
(as were two birders). Exactly as Mark says, the marsh grass partly
blocks the view of these feeding birds at first.

What surprised me was how long it took for the flats north of the island
to open up. I had to leave at 11:45, 3 hours and 30-40 minutes after
high tide, and, in fact, the flats north of the island were still under
water, but many more birds had begun arriving, and were wading out to
40-50 m to the left (north) of the island, so I probably just missed the
optimal time for scoping the area from Cowyard. I'm going to try again
in 2-3 days, and be prepared for a peak optimal viewing time that's
around four hours after high tide. And with a later high tide, the light
will be a lot better.... I couldn't get better than "peep sp." for most
of what I saw.

Brian

--
Brian Manning Delaney
Orleans, Massachusetts /
Stockholm, Sweden
+1-561-317-2112 (WhatsApp also at this number)
+46 73 579 8287
 

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Date: 8/27/16 12:58 pm
From: Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 2 Buff-breasted, PRNWR
8/27, 3:45pm. 2 buff-breasted sandpipers seen distant at first and then closer in the grass of bill forward pool, from the hellcat dike tower. Godwit still present as well. Pectorals, stilt sandpipers, and white-rumps present at various points throughout the day, and a pied-billed grebe at stage island pool. Bairds not seen since this morning
 

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Date: 8/27/16 10:22 am
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bill Clark to Speak on Raptor Migration Worldwide at EMHW Annual Meeting FRIDAY, Sept 9, 7-9 pm in Woburn
Bill Clark, widely considered to be the worlds leading authority on hawk
identification worldwide, will be the keynote speaker at the Eastern Mass
Hawk Watchs (EMHW) annual meeting on Friday evening, September 9th. Bill,
with Brian Wheeler the author of two ground-breaking books on North American
hawks and hawk identification, will speak on RAPTOR MIGRATION WORLD WIDE
showing and describing major count sites on five different continents,
including the diverse raptors seen there.

Eastern Mass Hawk Watch is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year! A
popular social hour with beverages and special anniversary hors doeuvres
starts at 6 pm. The meeting officially begins at 7 pm with a brief business
meeting followed by Clarks presentation. The evening includes a raffle on
great birding items, such as photographs, birding wear, books and more. Bill
Clark will also autograph any of his books that birders bring to the
meeting.

The EMHW annual meeting is free and open to the public (donations gratefully
accepted). The meeting will be at the new location, the air-conditioned
Woburn Elks Lodge, 295 Washington Street, Woburn, MA. For complete
information, including driving directions (plenty of free parking), visit
the Eastern Mass Hawk Watch web site at massbird.org/EMHW

The Woburn location is easy to reach, just blocks from Rte. 128 and a short
distance off Rte 93.

Best,

Paul


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



 

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Date: 8/27/16 10:22 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ravens
Massbirders, just heard the deep raspy croak of a common raven coming from across Elbow Pond, Brewster when a second, calling raven flew straight overhead. A beautiful silhouette against a blue cape cod sky....A new yard bird!!
Peter Trull
Brewster.
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 8/27/16 8:28 am
From: Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Buff-breasted, Baird's - PRNWR
8/27, 11am  
Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Baird's Sandpiper being seen on and off at the bill forward pool blind. Also a hudsonian godwit
 

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Date: 8/27/16 7:59 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Marbled Godwits, Crane Beach
Dave Williams called the store at 9:50 to report 3 Marbled godwits on Crane Beach. The birds were seen 2 miles east of the main entrance. Dave spotted the birds at 9:35 and observed them for about 20 minutes.

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: 8/27/16 6:44 am
From: David Swain <davidswain79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black Guillemot, Emerson Rocks, PI
Juv subject bird from Lot 7 platform, 8:45.

David Swain
Concord

 

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Date: 8/26/16 7:22 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] tech help Flickr
With permission of the moderator...
Friends, I post bird images to Flickr but have noted a change. The Edit button that allows me to erase the jpeg number and give the image a title doesn’t show any more, has anyone noted this or know what I need to recognize? please e mail me if you have an explanation or solution....Thanks.

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

Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

 

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Date: 8/26/16 2:00 pm
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Provincetown Mini-Pelagic - 9/17/16
Hi Massbirders

I have arranged a mini-pelagic out of Provincetown for Saturday, September
17th (9/17) Details below:

1. Leave MacMillan wharf at 0700 returning 1200 (5 hours)
2. The vessel is the Beth Ann operated by certified Capt. Rich Wood
3. Cost is $100 per person plus $10 tip for the Captain/Mate.
4. The proposed route will take us out of Provincetown Harbor to Race
Point and the rip where the seabirds feed. We will work the rip and then
head southeast to Peaked Hill Bar off Truro. We will work these waters
then head to the SE corner of Stellwagen. (Or if we have reports from the
whale watch boats and tuna fisherman, we'll adjust accordingly)

If you are interested, please contact me directly off the list server.
These short trips are a fantastic opportunity to get up close and personal
with seabirds and whales (if they are there!).

Additionally, this is a prime time for migratory jaegers and pelagic gulls.

Presently there is room for 4-5 people.

Posted with the permission of the moderator.

Thanks
Steve


--
Steve Arena
Westboro, MA
Sent from Gmail Mobile

 

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Date: 8/26/16 11:57 am
From: Kathleen <kab2769...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] New yard bird, Rehoboth 8/26
Not a lifebird but a new yard bird, Blue-winged Warbler, just now at the bird puddle.

Winter Is Coming!

Kathy Bartels
Rehoboth
<kab2769...>
 

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Date: 8/26/16 11:15 am
From: tattler1 <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Whimbrel on mudflats from 'clam shack' in Newburyport harbor
Currently being seen

Sent from my iPhone

Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>
 

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Date: 8/26/16 9:29 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR - 8/25
Thanks to Andrea Bean for the following report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
mailto:<Barb620...>

* *

26 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 7
Gadwall 4
cormorant sp. 14
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Egret 9
Snowy Egret 3
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Black-bellied Plover 9
Semipalmated Plover 23
Red Knot 1
Baird's Sandpiper 1 By itself at the salt pannes
Least Sandpiper 20
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 1 At the new blind
Semipalmated Sandpiper 8 I am sure many more but 8 close enough for me to ID
Short-billed Dowitcher 8
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 12
Lesser Yellowlegs 14
Herring Gull 3
Forster's Tern 1
Mourning Dove 2
Eastern Kingbird 3
Tree Swallow 5000
Northern Mockingbird 2
Cedar Waxwing 1

View this checklist online
athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31249724

Andrea Bean
Peabody Ma
mailto:<asb1960...>



 

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Date: 8/26/16 9:16 am
From: CHARLES PATTERSON <chaspatt...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatches in the yard
I have had two red-breasted nuthatches at my feeders this last week. They are usually uncommon here except in the winter and almost never show up at the feeders even then. The drought may be having an effect on food supply forcing them into the open.


Charlie Patterson

Norwell, Ma

> On August 26, 2016 at 9:48 AM Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> wrote:
>
> I’ve been in Downeast Maine the last couple of weeks and the most outstanding bird activity throughout has been the sheer number and frenetic activity of RB nuthatches. While they’re a common resident that I’m very used to seeing after 40 yrs of summering here, there are noticeably more visible and audible groups of them this summer in nearly all my daytrip destinations from Deer Isle to Great Wass Is. Several groups of birds encountered were behaving, to me, more like migrants than residents (flying in, feeding heavily, moving on). Wondered if this was a trend southward for this winter.
>
> Cherrie Corey
> Concord, MA (by way of the upper Deer Isle peninsula, Maine)
>
>
> Cherrie A. Corey
> Naturalist and photographer
> 978.760.1933 mobile
> http://www.senseofplace-concord.com
>
>
>
>
> > > On Aug 25, 2016, at 11:00 PM, Cole Winstanley <crw2998...> mailto:<crw2998...> > wrote:
> >
> > Just to add in my two cents: this year appeared to be a banner year for breeding Red-breasted Nuthatches in Concord. I recorded 13 places here with probable breeding (mostly pairs or birds present over seven days), up from just two or three in most previous years. At least around here, they appear to be moving into areas with abundant mature white pine. Perhaps they could be doing something similar to Pine Warbler beginning to utilize white pine more frequently a couple of decades ago. Or maybe it is just a normal population fluctuation. The odd thing about the latter possibility, though, is that last winter wasn’t a good irruption year.
> >
> > Cole Winstanley
> > Concord, MA
> > <crw2998...> mailto:<crw2998...>
> >
> >
> > > > > On Aug 25, 2016, at 7:09 PM, sean riley <newburyowls...> mailto:<newburyowls...> > wrote:
> > >
> > > So I noticed a few posts about Red-breasted Nuthatches last week. I also had one show up in my yard last week, a first for my yard. Anyways, this hilarious little guy has been hanging around all week mainly eating the cones out of the spruce in the yard, and enjoying the bird bath. Tonight there are 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches in the spruce !! What gives , seems early for this many RBNU.
> > >
> > > -Sean Riley
> > > Plum Island
> > > <Newburyowls...> mailto:<Newburyowls...>
> > >
> > > --
> > > http://10thstreetbirding.blogspot.com/
> > >
> > >
> > > > >
> >
> > >
>

 

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Date: 8/26/16 9:16 am
From: Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RB Nuthatches in Rockport
Yesterday (8/25) while birding Rockport, we had 16 Red-breasted
Nuthatches at Halibut Point forests and thickets. We also had 7
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and a good movement of swallows and swifts.Mark
Lynch/Sheila <Carrollmoa.lynch...>
 

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Date: 8/26/16 7:05 am
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatches in the yard
I’ve been in Downeast Maine the last couple of weeks and the most outstanding bird activity throughout has been the sheer number and frenetic activity of RB nuthatches. While they’re a common resident that I’m very used to seeing after 40 yrs of summering here, there are noticeably more visible and audible groups of them this summer in nearly all my daytrip destinations from Deer Isle to Great Wass Is. Several groups of birds encountered were behaving, to me, more like migrants than residents (flying in, feeding heavily, moving on). Wondered if this was a trend southward for this winter.

Cherrie Corey
Concord, MA (by way of the upper Deer Isle peninsula, Maine)


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



> On Aug 25, 2016, at 11:00 PM, Cole Winstanley <crw2998...> wrote:
>
> Just to add in my two cents: this year appeared to be a banner year for breeding Red-breasted Nuthatches in Concord. I recorded 13 places here with probable breeding (mostly pairs or birds present over seven days), up from just two or three in most previous years. At least around here, they appear to be moving into areas with abundant mature white pine. Perhaps they could be doing something similar to Pine Warbler beginning to utilize white pine more frequently a couple of decades ago. Or maybe it is just a normal population fluctuation. The odd thing about the latter possibility, though, is that last winter wasn’t a good irruption year.
>
> Cole Winstanley
> Concord, MA
> <crw2998...> <mailto:<crw2998...>
>
>> On Aug 25, 2016, at 7:09 PM, sean riley <newburyowls...> wrote:
>>
>> So I noticed a few posts about Red-breasted Nuthatches last week. I also had one show up in my yard last week, a first for my yard. Anyways, this hilarious little guy has been hanging around all week mainly eating the cones out of the spruce in the yard, and enjoying the bird bath. Tonight there are 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches in the spruce !! What gives , seems early for this many RBNU.
>>
>> -Sean Riley
>> Plum Island
>> <Newburyowls...> <mailto:<Newburyowls...>
>>
>> --
>> 10thstreetbirding.blogspot.com <http://10thstreetbirding.blogspot.com/>
>


 

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Date: 8/26/16 4:55 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Juvenile Green Heron. Cooper's Hawk. Great Blue Heron Catching a Fish. Videos. 8/25/16, Farm Pond and vicinity - Framingham,
I went to Farm Pond and nearby areas in Framingham on 8/25/16
Photos and videos at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1

Videos include

A Juvenile Green Heron at Farm Pond. The heron preformed all sorts of
tricks for the camera. It raised its crest, it lowered its crest. It
stretched out its neck, it scrunched up its neck. It opened its beak. It
flew. It shivered and fluffed its feathers. There was a wind and it
seemed to lose its balance and fall off its perch.

A Cooper's Hawk at Cushing Memorial Park. This bird was very scruffy
looking. Was it molting? If anyone can explain it please let me know.

A Great Blue Heron catching a fish at Reservoir #1 Dam at Winter St. The
heron flew a short distance with the fish in its bill which provided an
interesting photo from a frame of the video.

A Blue Dasher Dragonfly leaving and returning to the same perch
repeatedly at Farm Pond. There were a lot of gnats in the area and you
can see in the video it seems to be chewing when it returnes to its
perch so I wonder if it was feeding.


Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 8/26/16 4:19 am
From: Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Aug 25, 2016
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 11:13 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Aug 25, 2016
To: <derekbrownbuild...>


Essex Bay, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 25, 2016 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: We followed the upstream tide from conomo point to the cox
reservation on the essex river. We then returned to the Spit, following the
lower tide narrow channels. Feeding shorebirds occur on fewer banks in the
latter years, possibly caused by an influx of sand from cranes beach
barrier island.
17 species

American Black Duck 5 Black ducks begin using the bay flats for
roosting and feeding
Mallard 1
Double-crested Cormorant 340 Massing to feed on schooling juvenile fish
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 4
Snowy Egret 13
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Black-bellied Plover 185
Semipalmated Plover 332
Ruddy Turnstone 1
Red Knot 9 2 adults
Stilt Sandpiper 1
Sanderling 126
White-rumped Sandpiper 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper 222
Short-billed Dowitcher 1
Willet 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S31252978

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

 

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Date: 8/26/16 3:44 am
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatches in the yard
Hi Cole, Sean, Massbirders:

I had good numbers of Red-breasted Nuthatches breeding here (Desert Natural
Area in Marlborough/Sudbury) but migrants started showing up in nonbreeding
locations too (Nobscot, Crane Swamp, etc) in July. I hope this means a
good irruptive flight for winter finches etc this year, but probably hard
to tell at this point.

Interesting;y, and probably (?) unrelated, I had high numbers of Barred
Owls in most locations this summer. Really a banner year for them! The
year-to-year changes and fluctuations really make the summertime birding
interesting for me.

Bring on the migrants!

Good birding

Tim Spahr
Marlborough





On Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 11:00 PM, Cole Winstanley <crw2998...> wrote:

> Just to add in my two cents: this year appeared to be a banner year for
> breeding Red-breasted Nuthatches in Concord. I recorded 13 places here with
> probable breeding (mostly pairs or birds present over seven days), up from
> just two or three in most previous years. At least around here, they appear
> to be moving into areas with abundant mature white pine. Perhaps they could
> be doing something similar to Pine Warbler beginning to utilize white pine
> more frequently a couple of decades ago. Or maybe it is just a normal
> population fluctuation. The odd thing about the latter possibility, though,
> is that last winter wasn’t a good irruption year.
>
> Cole Winstanley
> Concord, MA
> <crw2998...>
>
>
> On Aug 25, 2016, at 7:09 PM, sean riley <newburyowls...> wrote:
>
> So I noticed a few posts about Red-breasted Nuthatches last week. I also
> had one show up in my yard last week, a first for my yard. Anyways, this
> hilarious little guy has been hanging around all week mainly eating the
> cones out of the spruce in the yard, and enjoying the bird bath. Tonight
> there are 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches in the spruce !! What gives , seems
> early for this many RBNU.
>
> -Sean Riley
> Plum Island
> <Newburyowls...>
>
> --
> 10thstreetbirding.blogspot.com
>
>
>

 

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Date: 8/25/16 8:09 pm
From: Cole Winstanley <crw2998...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatches in the yard
Just to add in my two cents: this year appeared to be a banner year for breeding Red-breasted Nuthatches in Concord. I recorded 13 places here with probable breeding (mostly pairs or birds present over seven days), up from just two or three in most previous years. At least around here, they appear to be moving into areas with abundant mature white pine. Perhaps they could be doing something similar to Pine Warbler beginning to utilize white pine more frequently a couple of decades ago. Or maybe it is just a normal population fluctuation. The odd thing about the latter possibility, though, is that last winter wasn’t a good irruption year.

Cole Winstanley
Concord, MA
<crw2998...>

> On Aug 25, 2016, at 7:09 PM, sean riley <newburyowls...> wrote:
>
> So I noticed a few posts about Red-breasted Nuthatches last week. I also had one show up in my yard last week, a first for my yard. Anyways, this hilarious little guy has been hanging around all week mainly eating the cones out of the spruce in the yard, and enjoying the bird bath. Tonight there are 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches in the spruce !! What gives , seems early for this many RBNU.
>
> -Sean Riley
> Plum Island
> <Newburyowls...> <mailto:<Newburyowls...>
>
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Date: 8/25/16 7:47 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Point of Pines/ Rumney Marsh Highlights Today
Today was definitely better at Point of Pines than it was two days ago. I birded from 12:05-1:35. My target bird was gotten, a first of year Red Knot. Towards the end of my stay, a flock of eight Short-billed Dowitchers flew in, landing near me. What beautiful birds, with flecks of gold abundant in their plumage. And only eighteen yards away, in perfect light. Oh my! And if that weren't enough, a harassing Peregrine Falcon caused an Osprey to do amazing acrobatic twists and turns and plummets in the air. A sight to behold indeed! Both birding spots are in the city of Revere.

Great Egret 17 Rumney Marsh high tide
Snowy Egret 28 Rumney Marsh

Great Blue Heron 3 Rumney Marsh
Black-bellied Plover 23 Point of Pines
Semipalmated Plover 14 mostly Point of Pines
RED KNOT 1 Point of Pines
Lesser Yellowlegs 4 mostly Rumney Marsh
Greater Yellowlegs 2 Rumney Marsh
Semipalmated Sandpiper 28 mostly Point of Pines
Least Sandpiper 10 Rumney Marsh
Spotted Sandpiper 1 Rumney Marsh
Sanderling 80+ Point of Pines
Short-billed Dowitcher 16 mostly Point of Pines
Northern Harrier 1 Rumney Marsh
Osprey 3
accipiter sp. 1 Rumney Marsh
Common Tern 5 Point of Pines

P.S. The feeling of the pools of water between you toes while on the mudflats is sublime, as is the sight of a Northern harrier lazily coursing low over the marshlands on a lazy day!

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/25/16 7:43 pm
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatches in the yard
So I noticed a few posts about Red-breasted Nuthatches last week. I also
had one show up in my yard last week, a first for my yard. Anyways, this
hilarious little guy has been hanging around all week mainly eating the
cones out of the spruce in the yard, and enjoying the bird bath. Tonight
there are 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches in the spruce !! What gives , seems
early for this many RBNU.

-Sean Riley
Plum Island
<Newburyowls...>

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10thstreetbirding.blogspot.com

 

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Date: 8/25/16 1:41 pm
From: William Loughlin <wkloughlin111...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Redtail/Raven interaction
I have seen many red tailed hawks and not a few ravens but never in the
same place before today. This morning while walking near the intersection
of Union Street and Thayer Ave in East Bridgewater I watched as a raven and
a red tailed hawk circled around each other, the hawk apparently trying to
chase the raven away but the raven seemed almost unbothered, and the two
went on for about 10 minutes. Although persistent the hawk didn't get
really aggressive. It almost seemed like the raven was playing.

Bill Loughlin

 

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Date: 8/25/16 10:59 am
From: Douglas Chickering <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Baids Sandpiper
Massbiders
Birds Sandpiper is still at Stage Island Pool on Plum Island as of 1:35p. Seen easily from the road on the newly exposed island in the pool


Doug Chickering
Groveland

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Date: 8/25/16 8:56 am
From: John Hoye <lt.jaeger...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Baird's Sandpiper
The previously reported Baird's Sandpipers (2) continue today 1030 to 1100 at Ricardi Resevoir Randolph
Walkin access back of Resevoir Crossing 614 Pond st. Birds are at south end in small "braided" streams
John Hoye Audrey Mc Carthy
I've wandered the earth in search of life: bird by bird I've come to know the earth. Pablo Neruda

John Hoye Wayland Ma

 

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Date: 8/25/16 7:28 am
From: Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Provincetown, MA, Aug 24, 2016
Provincetown, MA, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 24, 2016 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: clear, predominantly SSW winds 5-10 mph, 83-75 F; includes
Herring Cove parking lot (1530-1615 hrs.) and Race Point Beach near parking
lot (1615-1915 hrs.).
25 species

Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) 15
Cory's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) 45
Great Shearwater (Ardenna gravis) 42
Sooty Shearwater (Ardenna grisea) 75
Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) 106 counted passing Race Point
Beach heading east to west from 1615-1900 hrs.
Wilson's Storm-Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus) 17
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 230
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 2
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 9
Red Knot (Calidris canutus) 5 flyby past Herring Cove with two BBPL
Sanderling (Calidris alba) 35
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 6
Parasitic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) 6
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) 2
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) 1700 Mostly juveniles;
count/estimate of birds passing Race Point Beach heading east to west from
1615-1915 hrs.
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) 125
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 60
Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) 26
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) 21
Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii) 90 probably many more, low estimate.
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) 6500 steady stream (along with Laughing
Gulls and other terns) east to west along Race Point Beach from 1630-1915
hrs, and still going when I left a bit before sunset.
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri) 5
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) 1 Flying west over Race Point
parking lot at 1915 hrs.
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 30
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S31235286

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

Richard S. Heil
South Peabody, MA



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Date: 8/25/16 6:34 am
From: Peter Laptop <orapendula...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bairds sandpiper stage island plum island

Bairds sandpiper stage island plum island on mudflat.

Peter & Fay Vale
 

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Date: 8/25/16 6:01 am
From: Jim McCoy <jfmccoy...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Godwit(s), updated

The Marbled Godwit flew south, and we were able to relocate it at Sandy Point, in the company of a Hudsonian Godwit. The two of them fed for several minutes before flying off together toward Crane's Beach

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Date: 8/25/16 5:20 am
From: Jim McCoy <jfmccoy...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Marbled Godwit Plum Island
There is a Marbled Godwit feeding at the northeast corner of Stage Island Pool.

Jim McCoy
Melrose MA
<jfmccoy...>

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Date: 8/24/16 8:27 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] WMB nighthawk wave
Hi MassBirders,

Wish I’d been able to spend some of this evening outside rather than in the kitchen! Western Mass Birders is full of reports of impressive nighthawk flights, must have been a major wave passing through:

Gael Hurley - “minimum count of 430... over the Canoe Meadows Community Gardens. Also got reports of groups of 30-50 from 2 other locations in Pittsfield, and I saw a group of about 15 at Berkshire Crossing Shopping Center"
Tom Collins - "Well in excess of 100+” just south of Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield
Jacob Morris-Seigel - “quite a few” over Dalton
Chuck Johnson and Manuel Morales - 59 in 45 minutes at Eph’s Pond
Jeffrey Pilger - "At least 30” just north of Greenfield
Daniel Schell - 10 over the Big E parking lot in Springfield (with 2 imm. Black-crowned Night-herons on the adjacent lagoon)
Aidan and Devin Griffiths - 8 in broad daylight at Lake Wallace in Belchertown, one of which cooperatively perched for scope views
Stephen Baker - 5 in Conway
John Walsh - an unspecified number over Shelburne Falls

Plus, in non-nighthawk news, Larry Therrien spotted a Black Tern and a Red-necked Grebe on the Quabbin near Winsor Dam, and Eric Huston reported a Pied-billed Grebe and a Gadwall on Barton Cove near Unity Park.

Good birding!

Josh


Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
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Date: 8/24/16 7:05 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Non-birds but....
Saturn is tilted "north pole" toward earth so rings are really visible. Take a look if you can.

Glenn

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

----- Original Message -----
From: "George W Gove" <gwgove...>
To: "Massbird" <Massbird...>
Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 7:56:22 AM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Non-birds but....

For those of you checking for nighthawks, stay a little later about half to an hour after sunset (8 to 8:30) and look up about 45 degrees in the SW. You should see Saturn, Mars, and Antares lined up vertically assuming it is a clear night. All are bright and Saturn and Antares have some yellow-orange color.

Just Google �~@~\Saturn Mars Antares�~@~] and you will see what I mean. You should get a page from Sky & Telescope.

George Gove
Marlboro



 

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Date: 8/24/16 6:42 pm
From: Blair Nikula <odenews...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Chatham pelagic trips this weekend
We have scheduled Chatham pelagic trips both Saturday (8/27) and Sunday (8/28) mornings, leaving at 7:00 am and returning about 11:00 am, with a cost of $100/person. Let me know a.s.a.p., if interested.

Blair Nikula

One who is unaware of his ignorance is often mislead by his knowledge.

 

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Date: 8/24/16 5:37 pm
From: Ian Nisbet <icnisbet...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Stellwagen Bank, 23 August
I went on a whale-watching boat out of Provincetown yesterday. Bird
sightings included (all numbers approximate):

Cory's Shearwater 80

Great Shearwater 60

Sooty Shearwater 120

Manx Shearwater 8

Wilson's Storm-petrel 50

Leach's Storm-petrel 2

Northern Gannet 2

Bonaparte's Gull 1

Laughing Gull 200

Black Tern 1

Common Tern 250

Roseate Tern 30

Least Tern 2

No jaegers, phalaropes or Audubon's Shearwaters. This is the first time
I have ever found Sooty to be the most numerous shearwater. The
shearwaters were mostly on the southwest part of Stellwagen Bank; the
terns were mostly off Race Point and further south.

Ian Nisbet

North Falmouth



 

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Date: 8/24/16 4:33 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Milton Landing Highlights
I birded here near low tide from 12:15-1:25

Great Blue Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 6
night-heron sp. 1 quick look at a juvenile
Osprey 2 one up in tree opposite landing
Red-tailed Hawk 1 juvenile ON the boat ramp
Semipalmated Plover 50
Semipalmated Sandpiper 40
Least Sandpiper 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Short-billed Dowitcher 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Laughing Gull 2 my first ever here!
Belted Kingfisher 2

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/24/16 4:27 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/23 Belle Isle Full Highlights
I birded here yesterday from 1:45-6:45

Great Egret 11
Snowy Egret 10
Great Blue Heron 4
Osprey 1 carrying nesting material!
Killdeer 2
Semipalmated plover 5
Least Sandpiper 10
Semipalmated Sandpiper 4
peep sp. 50
Greater Yellowlegs 6
Lesser Yellowlegs 4
Solitary Sandpiper 1
American Oystercatcher 7
Short-billed Dowitcher 20
STILT SANDPIPER 1
Pectoral Sandpiper 2
Belted Kingkisher 1 hunting over salt pan at boardwalk!
Peregrine Falcon 1
American Kestrel 1
Savannah Sparrow 6
Common Grackle 200 groups streaming in at dusk to roost
Super Creep 1 young guy with wiffle haircut at dusk at parking area following me with psychopathic look in his eyes

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/24/16 4:24 pm
From: Mark Faherty <mfaherty...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Marbled Godwits, Tern Island 8/24
There were three Marbled Godwits on the Tern Island flats directly opposite Cowyard Lane in Chatham this afternoon around 1:15. This was an hour after dead low tide, when there were not a lot of other shorebirds around. I had been there with a group and we had left the island around noon and we hadn't seen any, so they apparently showed up some time after we left. I scoped them from Cowyard when I got back to my car.

I also wanted to re-send the below response to Glenn's question about birding Tern Island, as I don't think it went out to everyone when I sent it before. And I'd like to add: please do not flush the Red Knots, especially if you see someone scoping them - it's likely to be Brian Harrington resighting birds for the USFWS project.

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

Tern Island (the oldest Mass Audubon sanctuary on Cape Cod, incidentally) is best starting two hours after predicted high tide for Chatham Harbor. At this time the flats at the north end, the ones you can scope from Cowyard Ln, are just starting to open up and the shorebirds are crowding together and easily viewed if you are on the island. You have to wait a little longer to see them from Cowyard because some marsh grass blocks your view at first. You can bird these north flats throughout the low tide, but they are huge and the birds are dispersed over a big area at dead low. Birds continue to arrive as the flats open up, which happens quickly. There have been thousands of shorebirds there lately, and the potential for a rarity is high. Recent high counts of knots were over 500. PLEASE do not flush the knots as researchers may be present and trying to read bands.

Anyone can boat or kayak to the island on their own, or talk to the Beachcomber boat company about getting dropped off. We run some guided birding trips there but my trip next Friday already has a long waiting list. Parking at the Fish Pier is an issue for us so we don't schedule too many trips, but there is always parking at the Cowyard. Since Glenn asked, footwear would be typical mud flats-to-marsh grass summer shorebirding footwear.

If you bird Tern Island, you'll have the opportunity to read potentially dozens of flags on Red Knots and bands on American Oystercatchers, both which are feeding there in large numbers thanks to an epic blue mussel set throughout Chatham. Please submit your Red Knot flag re-sightings to http://www.bandedbirds.org/

Once you create a log in you can map your resightings and see when and where your birds have been banded and seen previously. If you think of it, I would also like to see your list of flagged birds, as we have been keeping track of which knots are using Tern Island. My staff and I have resighted close to 100 individual flagged knots this season, and USFWS just flagged another 120+ so there are many newly flagged birds, often with nanotag antennas visible. You can help with this research effort by carefully noting the color and codes of the flagged birds you see, and you can attach photos to your resight data on the bandedbirds.org site.

American Oystercatchers bands can be reported here:
http://amoywg.org/banding-re-sighting/
Thanks,

Mark Faherty
Mass Audubon/Wellfleet Bay

 

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Date: 8/24/16 4:24 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/23 Point of Pines Highlights
I birded here at low tide (of course) from 10:10-11:40. This place seems to be nothing like it used to be. It doesn't help that there has been blotchy oil spots all over the mudflats herefor the past four summers. I know because I take off my shoes and walk these flats to bird.

Semipalmated Plover 10
Black-bellied Plover 17
Sanderling 70 very low compared to many years ago
Semipalmated Sandpiper 25
Least Sandpiper 1
Common Tern 5 family on marker; very low numbers

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/24/16 3:26 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Joppa Park boat ramp & Plum Island - 08-24-16
David Moon and I led today's edition of Wednesday Morning Birding out of
Joppa Flats Education Center on to the Joppa Park boat ramp on a falling
tide. The mud flats were just appearing and a multitude of shorebirds were
eager to feed. From there, we went to Plum Island and Parker River Refuge.
We had clear skies, light sou'westerly winds, and temps ranging from mid-70s
to mid-80s -- a great day for birding!

Our list:

Joppa Park --
Double-crested Cormorant (~ 9)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Osprey (1)
Black-bellied Plover (50+)
Semipalmated Plover - many.
Greater Yellowlegs - many.
Willet (1)
Lesser Yellowlegs - many.
Semipalmated Sandpiper - many.
Short-billed Dowitcher (~ 50)
Bonaparte's Gull (~ 35)
Ring-billed Gull (4)
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull (4)
Peregrine Falcon (1) - juv. female cleared the flats!
Tree Swallows - a few.

Plum Island --
Canada Goose (~ 30) - various.
Gadwall (2) - North Pool Overlook.
Mallard (9) - various.
Green-winged Teal (5) - 4, Bill Forward Pool; 1, NPO.
Double-crested Cormorant (~ 14)
Great Blue Heron (5) - various.
Great Egret (4)
Snowy Egret (~ 6)
Turkey Vulture (2)
Osprey (2) - Hellcat dike & vicinity.
Northern Harrier (1) - ad. female, North Pool dike.
Cooper's Hawk (1) - NPO.
Broad-winged Hawk (1) - "light juv" over Dunes Boardwalk (thanks, Doug
Chickering!).
Red-tailed Hawk (3) - 2, over marsh n. Cross Farm Hill; 1, interacting w/
harrier, NPO.
Killdeer (2) - Hellcat dike.
Spotted Sandpiper (1) - BFP.
Greater Yellowlegs - many, Stage Island Pool; few, BFP.
Lesser Yellowlegs - few, SIP.
Semipalmated Sandpiper - few, SIP & BFP.
Least Sandpiper (1) - North Pool from Hellcat dike.
Pectoral Sandpiper (1) - SIP.
Short-billed Dowitcher (~ 50) - most SIP; some BFP; 1, North Pool from
Hellcat dike.
Herring Gull (2) - SIP.
Mourning Dove (4)
Belted Kingfisher (1) - BFP.
Peregrine Falcon (1) - juv, probably male; NPO.
Eastern Phoebe (1) - Hellcat dike.
Eastern Kingbird (1)
Red-eyed Vireo (1) - singing (!), Goodno.
American Crow (5)
Tree Swallow - 100s vs. 1000s of weeks past.
Northern Mockingbird (2)
European Starling - several large flocks, n. refuge gate.
Song Sparrow (1) - Hellcat dike.
American Goldfinch (2) - Hellcat dike.
House Sparrow

Remember "Wednesday Evening Shorebirding" in August. Meet at Joppa Flats
for
starters. The program runs from 5:30 to 7:30. $10 for Mass Audubon
members; $12 for nonmembers.

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: 8/24/16 9:12 am
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird -- Belle Isle Marsh Reservation -- Aug 24, 2016
Belle Isle Marsh Reservation
Aug 24, 2016
7:16 AM
Traveling
3.00 miles
90 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Mainly inside the main part of belle isle. 3 of the 8 Oystercatcher's were off Morton street in Winthrop , other 5 in their usual spot in the salt pan to the left of the observation Boardwalk. Stilt sand still preset at 10am in fresh water pool on the main loop walk .
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.6 Build 75

1 Wild Turkey
12 cormorant sp.
4 Great Blue Heron
10 Great Egret
15 Snowy Egret
1 Northern Harrier
1 Cooper's Hawk
8 American Oystercatcher
11 Black-bellied Plover
10 Semipalmated Plover
2 Killdeer
1 Stilt Sandpiper -- Feeding in the fresh water pool off the path inside the park with 3 yellow legs
1 Dunlin
30 Least Sandpiper
28 Semipalmated Sandpiper
7 Short-billed Dowitcher
1 Spotted Sandpiper
4 Greater Yellowlegs
2 Lesser Yellowlegs
3 Great Black-backed Gull
1 Northern Flicker

Number of Taxa: 21


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Date: 8/24/16 6:00 am
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Non-birds but....
For those of you checking for nighthawks, stay a little later about half to an hour after sunset (8 to 8:30) and look up about 45 degrees in the SW. You should see Saturn, Mars, and Antares lined up vertically assuming it is a clear night. All are bright and Saturn and Antares have some yellow-orange color.

Just Google ~@~\Saturn Mars Antares~@~] and you will see what I mean. You should get a page from Sky & Telescope.

George Gove
Marlboro


 

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Date: 8/23/16 9:53 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Millennium Park, Aug 21, 2016
Nighthawks are being seen more now at Millennium Park in West Roxbury - circling low over swamp and buzzing hillsides.
Also enjoyed watching Great Horned Owl on top of dead tree branch. It was holding its wings out for few minutes - I thought it was odd until realized it was to keep its balance in the wind. Just like a high wire act. It worked.
Forwarding my ebird report
Joe Battenfeld, West Roxbury
<jbattenfeld...>
>
> Millennium Park, Suffolk, Massachusetts, US
> Aug 21, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: covered north-east section park
> 24 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 60
> Mallard 20
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Great Egret 4
> Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
> Killdeer 2
> peep sp. 2
> Solitary Sandpiper 2
> Ring-billed Gull 2
> Mourning Dove 4
> Great Horned Owl 2 One perched precariously on top of dead tree using wings to balance in the wind. Calling to another owl
> Common Nighthawk 7
> Chimney Swift 22
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 2
> Eastern Kingbird 2
> House Wren 2
> Gray Catbird 2
> Northern Mockingbird 5
> European Starling 200
> Cedar Waxwing 1
> Common Grackle 20
> Brown-headed Cowbird 10
> American Goldfinch 2
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31220095
>
> )

 

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Date: 8/23/16 8:19 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (22 Aug 2016) 4 Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 22, 2016
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 2 2
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 2 2 2
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 4 4 4
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: David Brown, Rod Chase

Visitors:
Dave Brown, Mary McIntyre, & Liam Hart.


Weather:
10 - 15 mph, gusts to 20 mph., 60 miles

Raptor Observations:
Broad-Winged Hawks - 2, Ospreys - 2

Non-raptor Observations:
4 Ravens, 4 Red-Tailed Hawks, Barn Swallows.

Predictions:
Same as today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by ()
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw




 

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Date: 8/23/16 7:13 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Stilt Sandpiper Belle Isle
This evening, at 7:35 p.m., a Stilt Sandpiper flew in to the pond at Belle Isle. It is a juvenile. I was getting sick of looking at just Lesser Yellowlegs at the pond. Third look at the pond was the charm!
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/23/16 6:33 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Haverhill: Turkey Vultures and juvenile Bald Eagle
Great looks this morning at a kettle formation of 35+ Turkey Vultures over the Merrimack River in Haverhill.
It was quite a show watching all the Turkey Vultures making wide aerial loops on a bright sunny morning.
Most of the action was on the north side of the Merrimack River just east of the Basiliere Bridge.

Minutes later over the south side of the river, in looping flight but looking just a bit different, was a juvenile (1st year) Bald Eagle.
It looped a number of times and then flew directly overhead, then off to the west. It was very dark underneath with white wing
pits and varying amounts of white on its underwings.

An Osprey was circling with a fish in its talons and a number of Double-crested Cormorants were actively catching fish in the river!

A beautiful morning with cobalt blue clear skies, 10+ miles visibility, winds at 7-8 MPH from the west, low humidity, and temp
around 77 degrees!

Best,

Craig Gibson
Winchester, MA
cbgibson AT comcast.net



 

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Date: 8/23/16 6:01 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Chatham, off shore
Massbirders, Bob Prescott and I took an enthusiastic MAS group offshore
yesterday, 8/22 with Capt. Kenny Eldredge aboard the F/V Kittiwake. Whether
you go with Blair Nikula/Peter Flood from Chatham, or with Steve Arena from
P-town....Go offshore! The numbers of birds today were most impressive and I
expect (predict) diversity will increase over the next 4 – 6 weeks. the wind
picked up from the north by 10AM and it got bumpy, but the 2 slick parties
of guts and livers around the boat had us brushing away great and cory’s
shearwaters, as well as petrels galore!. E bird list is below.

Peter Trull
Brewster,
<petrull...>

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

East of Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 22, 2016 8:00 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
18.0 mile(s)
23 species (+1 other taxa)

Common Loon 1
Cory's Shearwater 120
Great Shearwater 90
Sooty Shearwater 18
Manx Shearwater 34 Observed throughout the period. counted, 1 group of
4 swimming.
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 890 ubiquitous, hundreds in view constntly,
conservative count.
Northern Gannet 4
Double-crested Cormorant 45
Red-necked Phalarope 2
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Willet 1
Parasitic Jaeger 2
jaeger sp. 1
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Laughing Gull 750
Herring Gull X
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 1ad. 1 first summer
Great Black-backed Gull X
Black Tern 1
Roseate Tern 40
Common Tern (hirundo) 220
Tree Swallow 4
Bank Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 20

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31201540

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

 

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Date: 8/23/16 5:39 pm
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] local Hawks - Essex - 08-23-16
It's been a very active summer in the neighborhood with a family of
Cooper's Hawks raiding the feeders for weeks and the youngsters just
starting to hunt the yard on their own. One of the young Cooper's had a
staring contest, on the ground, with a Crow this morning with the Coops
winning when it flew at the Crow and pushed it out of the yard. The
Crows pay no attention to either the adult or young Cooper's Hawks
unless they actually fly at them. I've seen them within feet of each
other several times this summer.

As an added bonus a pair of Broad-winged Hawks set up house keeping
nearby and are now teaching junior the ways of the world around the yard
with 3 lengthy visits today and one photo op. Too bad it will all end soon!!

A couple of images of today's visitors can be seen at the link below for
those interested.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nebirdsplus/

I must say I have Red-breasted Nuthatch envy with several being seen in
surrounding towns....:)

--

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

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

 

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Date: 8/23/16 11:05 am
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nahant MAS Thicket "bee warning"
caution: huge numbers of bees at south end of the MAS Thicket. There is a beekeeper at neighboring property.
The very narrow boardwalk crosses a meadow with lots of flowers blooming. The plants lean over the boardwalk. When I crossed this morning, I had to push the plants aside. I quickly noticed that I was surrounded by bees, so I rushed ahead thinking I would get by them. That was a mistake! The plants filled with bees and blocking the boardwalk continued all the way to the end of the boardwalk and a bit beyond. I had to continue to push the plants aside - and the bees seemed to follow me. Good news is that I was not stung.

birding was disappointing to boot!
Linda

Linda Pivacek, Nahant, <lpivacek...>




 

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Date: 8/23/16 11:02 am
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatch returns
The RB Nut returned to my suet feeder a few minutes ago - and shared it
with a young Downy Woodpecker. The visit lasted about a
minute....makes me wonder if its the same one from Sunday or if its a
new visitor.

Maybe I should stay home and watch my feeders more often! ;-)

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: 8/23/16 10:36 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] East of Chatham
Massbirders, Bob Prescott and I took an enthusiastic MAS group offshore
yesterday, 8/22 with Capt. Kenny Eldredge aboard the F/V Kittiwake. Whether
you go
with Blair Nikula/Peter Flood from Chatham, or with Steve Arena from
P-town....Go offshore! The numbers of birds today were most impressive and I
expect (predict) diversity will increase over the next 4 – 6 weeks. the wind
picked up from the north by 10AM and it got bumpy, but the 2 slick parties
of guts and livers around the boat had us brushing away great and cory’s
shearwaters, as well as petrels galore!. E bird list is below.

Peter Trull
Brewster,
<petrull...>

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

East of Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 22, 2016 8:00 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
18.0 mile(s)
23 species (+1 other taxa)

Common Loon 1
Cory's Shearwater 120
Great Shearwater 90
Sooty Shearwater 18
Manx Shearwater 34 Observed throughout the period. counted, 1 group of
4 swimming.
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 890 ubiquitous, hundreds in view constntly,
conservative count.
Northern Gannet 4
Double-crested Cormorant 45
Red-necked Phalarope 2
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Willet 1
Parasitic Jaeger 2
jaeger sp. 1
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Laughing Gull 750
Herring Gull X
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 1ad. 1 first summer
Great Black-backed Gull X
Black Tern 1
Roseate Tern 40
Common Tern (hirundo) 220
Tree Swallow 4
Bank Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 20

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31201540

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

 

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Date: 8/23/16 1:17 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Molting(?) Great Blue Heron Looks Like Peanuts' Pig-Pen. Video. 8/22/16 Fisk Pond - Natick
On 8/22/16 at Fisk Pond, I made a video of a great blue heron preening,
and because of the way it was lit by the morning sun, all the dust and
fluff it was giving off was very visible. It looked like the Pig-Pen
character from the Charlie Brown cartoons who is perpetually surrounded
by a cloud of dust. There was a stray feather sticking out of its back
which enhanced the effect. Due to the weather conditions, mist was
rising from the water near its feet adding even more to the weirdness.

The video is at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1

I also made a video at Pegan Cove Park showing two juvenile cooper's
hawks perched in trees and an adult and juvenile red-tailed hawk flying
near each other over the same area the cooper's hawks were perched.

Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 8/22/16 5:21 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] 8/24 - butterlfy event - Plymouth
The directions are not quite accurate regarding the missing Exit 4. Coming south Exit 4 is about 1/2 mile south of exit 5 and goes left toward Manomet with another exit (Sandwich Road) about 1/2 mile south of that on the Exit 4 roadway so if missed Exit 5 take 4 and turn around on Sandwich Road exit which should be shorter.

Coming from the south, however, there is NO EXIT 4 exit. So if heading north from Sagamore watch for Exit 5 after Exit 3; over 5 miles north of Exit 3.

Glenn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Barbara Volkle" <barb620...>
To: <massbird...>
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2016 12:42:46 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/24 - butterlfy event - Plymouth

Thanks to Marion Larson for this announcement.



Not birds, but worth noting. Hope some of you can make it over there!



Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>



* * *



MassWildlife Advisory





WHAT: Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Habitat Restoration Event



WHEN: Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 11:00 AM



WHERE: Plymouth Rest Area, Exit 5 off Rte 3, Plymouth



BACKGROUND: Join state wildlife and transportation officials at a Monarch
Butterfly and Pollinator Restoration event on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at
the MassDOT Plymouth Rest Area at Exit 5 in Plymouth. The event marks the
announcement of a grant award from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and
interagency partnership that involves seeding suitable roadside areas with
plants that to assist falling populations of monarch butterflies and other
native and rare pollinating insects in Massachusetts. Information on the
locations of proposed pollinator seeding sites as well as other reduced
mowing locations in the state as well as information about monarchs, other
pollinators and the plants upon which they depend will be available.



DIRECTIONS:

From the North-Take Route 3 South to Exit 5. The rest area is located at
Exit 5. Note that if you miss Exit 5, the next exit is Exit 3 and is
approximately 5.5 miles further south on Route 3.



From Rte 495/Rte 24-Take Rte 495 to Rte 44 East to Plymouth. Take Route 3
South to Exit 5. The rest area is located at Exit 5. Note that if you miss
Exit 5, the next exit is Exit 3 and is approximately 5.5 miles further south
on Route 3.



Marion E. Larson

Chief, Information & Education

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife

1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581

p: (508) 389-6311 | e: <Marion.Larson...> mass.gov/masswildlife |
facebook.com/masswildlife







 

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Date: 8/22/16 1:47 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] East of Chatham 8/22
Massbirders, Bob Prescott and I took an enthusiastic MAS group offshore
today with Capt. Kenny Eldredge aboard the F/V Kittiwake. Whether you go
with Blair Nikula/Peter Flood from Chatham, or with Steve Arena from
P-town....Go offshore! The numbers of birds today were most impressive and I
expect (predict) diversity will increase over the next 4 – 6 weeks. the wind
picked up from the north by 10AM and it got bumpy, but the 2 slick parties
of guts and livers around the boat had us brushing away great and cory’s
shearwaters, as well as petrels galore!. E bird list is below.

Peter Trull
Brewster,
<petrull...>

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

East of Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 22, 2016 8:00 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
18.0 mile(s)
23 species (+1 other taxa)

Common Loon 1
Cory's Shearwater 120
Great Shearwater 90
Sooty Shearwater 18
Manx Shearwater 34 Observed throughout the period. counted, 1 group of
4 swimming.
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 890 ubiquitous, hundreds in view constntly,
conservative count.
Northern Gannet 4
Double-crested Cormorant 45
Red-necked Phalarope 2
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Willet 1
Parasitic Jaeger 2
jaeger sp. 1
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Laughing Gull 750
Herring Gull X
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 1ad. 1 first summer
Great Black-backed Gull X
Black Tern 1
Roseate Tern 40
Common Tern (hirundo) 220
Tree Swallow 4
Bank Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 20

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31201540

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

 

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Date: 8/22/16 1:34 pm
From: Sam Miller <zamziller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island, Aug 22, 2016: Black Terns, Hudsonian Godwit, Wilson's Phalarope
Carla and I birded Plum Island today in windy conditions. Not great for scoping, but we had some highlights: the three subject birds plus 2 Red Knots and a Forster’s Tern.
Complete eBird list below.
Sam Miller and Carla Dengler
Acton, MA
<zamziller...>

>
> Plum Island, Essex, Massachusetts, US
> Aug 22, 2016 8:35 AM - 1:44 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 6.5 mile(s)
> Comments: <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.6 Build 75
> 52 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> American Black Duck 4
> Mallard (Northern) 19
> Green-winged Teal 16
> Double-crested Cormorant 40
> Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 2
> Great Egret 14
> Snowy Egret 23
> Osprey (carolinensis) 4
> Northern Harrier (American) 3
> Black-bellied Plover 120
> Semipalmated Plover 300
> Killdeer 5
> Hudsonian Godwit 1 Bill Forward Pool, from blind.
> Ruddy Turnstone 2 Emerson Rocks.
> Red Knot 2 Forward.
> Sanderling 9
> Dunlin 3 Forward.
> Least Sandpiper 18
> White-rumped Sandpiper 5
> Semipalmated Sandpiper 120
> Short-billed Dowitcher 50
> Wilson's Phalarope 1 Forward.
> Greater Yellowlegs 40
> Willet (Eastern) 2
> Lesser Yellowlegs 14
> Ring-billed Gull 3
> Herring Gull (American) 35
> Great Black-backed Gull 3
> Least Tern 2
> Black Tern 2 Main pan.
> Forster's Tern 1 Stage Island Pool.
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 13
> Mourning Dove 4
> Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
> Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 1
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Eastern Kingbird 2
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 3
> Tree Swallow 6000 Conservative estimate. Impressive show.
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> American Robin 7
> Gray Catbird 6
> Northern Mockingbird 7
> European Starling 200
> Cedar Waxwing 4
> Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 2
> Eastern Towhee 1
> Common Grackle (Bronzed) 1
> Baltimore Oriole 3
> House Finch 2
> American Goldfinch 3
> House Sparrow 4
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31201369
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


 

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Date: 8/22/16 11:08 am
From: Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatch in Pocasset on Cape Cod

As others have been reporting, a Red-breasted Nuthatch has been visiting my son's bird feeders for at least a week, south of Bourne.


Madeleine Linck
Rehoboth, MA
Bristol County
 

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Date: 8/22/16 10:40 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] amethod to update Avisys
I’m passing this info along from Patty O’Neill.

Many of you may still be using this software. Patty has done the update “I have done the update and that it worked for me although I have yet to use it so cannot guarantee that it is without problem, but it seems okay. Also if you want to add that if people want to email me with questions they should feed free to do so.” You can reach Patty at <pattyoneill...>

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<Barb620...>


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

From: Mike Judd <ebwilderae...>
Date: August 20, 2016 at 5:55:57 AM PDT
To: posting OBOL <obol...>
Subject: [obol] A method to update Avisys

​Passing this along to any others who use this great software. I now enter my data into ebird but continue to use Avisys for my personal records. I found doing the update easy enough. Note there is also a Facebook group
Avisys Birding Software.
Great birding!
Mike Judd​

Kent Fiala
Aug 17 (3 days ago)

to carolinabirds

AviSys users: I have created a taxonomy update for AviSys, incorporating the just-released Clements 2016 changes. You can find a link to the documentation for it at http://avisys.faintlake.com/.
Before I make the update generally available for download, I am looking for a few brave souls to go first and be my beta testers. (The update does work for me, but I'm the only one to have run it so far.) If you would like to be a tester, please email me (off-list please) and let me know, and I will send you the update file. All I need is that you promise to apply the update promptly, and report back to me how the update went, and how usable the documentation is.

Actually, before you email me, go ahead and follow the instructions for setting up your test data set. If you are not discouraged after that, then you can email me. If you are discouraged, email me and tell me what discouraged you.

If you have done an update before, the steps should all be familiar to you.


 

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Date: 8/22/16 9:47 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/24 - butterlfy event - Plymouth
Thanks to Marion Larson for this announcement.



Not birds, but worth noting. Hope some of you can make it over there!



Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

<barb620...>



* * *



MassWildlife Advisory





WHAT: Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Habitat Restoration Event



WHEN: Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 11:00 AM



WHERE: Plymouth Rest Area, Exit 5 off Rte 3, Plymouth



BACKGROUND: Join state wildlife and transportation officials at a Monarch
Butterfly and Pollinator Restoration event on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at
the MassDOT Plymouth Rest Area at Exit 5 in Plymouth. The event marks the
announcement of a grant award from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and
interagency partnership that involves seeding suitable roadside areas with
plants that to assist falling populations of monarch butterflies and other
native and rare pollinating insects in Massachusetts. Information on the
locations of proposed pollinator seeding sites as well as other reduced
mowing locations in the state as well as information about monarchs, other
pollinators and the plants upon which they depend will be available.



DIRECTIONS:

From the North-Take Route 3 South to Exit 5. The rest area is located at
Exit 5. Note that if you miss Exit 5, the next exit is Exit 3 and is
approximately 5.5 miles further south on Route 3.



From Rte 495/Rte 24-Take Rte 495 to Rte 44 East to Plymouth. Take Route 3
South to Exit 5. The rest area is located at Exit 5. Note that if you miss
Exit 5, the next exit is Exit 3 and is approximately 5.5 miles further south
on Route 3.



Marion E. Larson

Chief, Information & Education

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife

1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581

p: (508) 389-6311 | e: <Marion.Larson...> mass.gov/masswildlife |
facebook.com/masswildlife








 

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Date: 8/22/16 9:04 am
From: <stevensimpson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Birding by Kayak at Parker River Wildlife Refuge (video)
Had a great time kayaking out in the flooded marsh at Parker River Refuge Sunday afternoon. At high tide the (flying) insects had nowhere to go but up, into the waiting "arms" of hundreds of Tree Swallows. It was magical. Had 4 Osprey making a lot of noise, too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_dLANagn1o&feature=youtu.be

Steven A. Simpson (Arlington, and anywhere else that has at least six inches of water)

---------------------------
Art:
www.gallerysimpson.com
 

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Date: 8/22/16 8:29 am
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/20 Duxbury Beach - ISS plus challenging photo!
I don't seem to be able to catch up with my posting, but lest things get
worse I have posted my International Shorebird Survey (ISS) list on eBird
with comments re various species (recap below). I hope to catch up all
ebird posts at the rate of 1/day until done back to April 15. Saturday's
full ebird checklist with details is at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist/email?subID=S31192463



A highlight was a last minute find of 6 well camouflaged Piping Plovers on
the ocean beach near the Gurnet. Have fun finding them in this photo!
http://www.pbase.com/image/163921679

Shorebird species counts (12 species):



Black-bellied Plover 229

Semipalmated Plover 1172

Piping Plover 6

Ruddy Turnstone 112

Red Knot 41 .

Sanderling 108

Least Sandpiper 29 .

White-rumped Sandpiper 20

Semipalmated Sandpiper 3629

Short-billed Dowitcher 58

Greater Yellowlegs 1

Willet 8


 

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Date: 8/22/16 8:23 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/20/16 - Mini Pelagic Out of Provincetown to waters SE of Stellwagen Bank NMS
Hi Massbirders -

Six of us visited the waters off of Race Point, Truro, and the SE area of
Stellwagen Bank on Saturday, 8/20. The five (5) hour trip started promptly
aboard the Beth Ann captained by Rich Wood. Winds were from the SE 5-10
mph, mostly clear skies, slight swells. Pelagics were not in any great
numbers until we rounded Race Point Beach and headed SSE toward Peaked Hill
Bar and then further south to the radar site. Most birds were on the water
but there were some flying. This area is where we had all 3 identifiable
jaegers. We also had 4 Red-necked Phalarope on the northern tip of Peaked
Hill Bar.

We traveled back up the east side of the outer cape and made our way to the
southern edge of Stellwagen. We laid a chum slick out and attracted hoards
of Wilson's Storm-Petrels. We encountered many rafts of mixed
shearwaters. At least 6 rafts allowed all to easily photograph all four
species of shearwater in one frame. A few even got the four shearwaters
with Wilson's Storm-Petrel flying by!

The birds were wonderful but the true gems were the mammals. We observed,
conservatively, 20+ Fin Whale. 8 Minke Whale. 5 Humpback whale. 20-25
Atlantic White-sided Dolphin. Also, at the edge of Stellwagen, about 10
miles out, we observed a baby Harbor Seal. No longer than 30-36". Great
photo ops. Details below.

_____________________________________________

Aug 20, 2016 6:50 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling 56.25 mile(s)

33 species (+3 other taxa)

Mallard 1 Provincetown Harbor. Male
Common Eider 75 Most in Provincetown Harbor.
Common Loon 1
Cory's Shearwater 600 Careful estimate by Arena.
Great Shearwater 475 Careful estimate by Bourget.
Sooty Shearwater 350 Careful estimate by Arena
Manx Shearwater 135 Careful estimate by Griffin
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 200 Careful estimate by Broker
Northern Gannet 4 1 adult and 3 sub adult. Exact by Nick.
Double-crested Cormorant 700 Mostly Provincetown Harbor
Great Blue Heron 5 Provincetown Harbor.
Green Heron 1 Juv. Provincetown Harbor.
Black-crowned Night-Heron 11 Provincetown Harbor
Semipalmated Plover 40 Near Wood End Light
Ruddy Turnstone 5
Sanderling 30
peep sp. 15
Red-necked Phalarope 4
Pomarine Jaeger 2 Both sub adult. Second cycle. Photo of 1.
Parasitic Jaeger 1
jaeger sp. 1
Laughing Gull 150 90% juvs
Ring-billed Gull 2 Provincetown Harbor
Herring Gull (American) 85
Great Black-backed Gull 275
Least Tern 5
Black Tern 3
Roseate Tern 3
Common Tern 50
Sterna sp. 1200
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 50 Provincetown Harbor.
American Crow 4 Provincetown Harbor.
Fish Crow 2 Provincetown Harbor.
Tree Swallow 400
House Finch 1
House Sparrow 15

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S31165209

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

 

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Date: 8/22/16 7:38 am
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC White-Faced Storm Petrel Pelagic trip 8/20,21,2016
Greetings:



Yes, this trip has become known as the White-Faced Storm Petrel trip by
birders thru-out the country.The deep warm waters along the continental
shelf off Massachusetts are magical and this weekend, they were calm and the
weather was comfortable. Three WHITE-FACED STORM PETRELS were seen well
by all on board, additional ones were seen at a distance. A BLACK -CAPPED
Petrel was seen by several people but not by me... In addition to the
usual shearwaters, terns, gulls and Wilson's storm petrels circling the
boat, also seen during the trip, were several LONG-TAILED Jaegers, two
parasitic Jaegers, several AUDUBON SHEARWATERS, several BAND-RUMPED and
LEACH'S STORM PETRELS. But stealing the show was a 20-25 foot WHALE SHARK
coming to our chum. Also seen were 4 BEAKED WHALES which even breached when
first seen.Large pods of Bottle-nosed and Common Dolphins visited and even a
sea turtle.



A Complete report of the trip will be posted on MASSBIRD in the near
future.



The Club has another trip going to the same waters on September 24,25, 2016.
Space is still available. Contact me for further information.



Ida Giriunas

Reading, MA

<Ida8...>


 

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Date: 8/21/16 8:17 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatch in Topsfield too; WMB nighthawks
Hi MassBirders,

Seeing Linda’s note about an RBNut brought to mind that I heard one calling Friday morning. I was visiting my parents in Topsfield. It was a bit surprising, as I usually associate the species with evergreens, but the trees visible from my parents’ deck - just off Route 1, just a mile or three south of the Fairgrounds - are 100% deciduous.

Also Friday AM from their deck, had a nice little flurry of soaring raptors. An adult Broad-winged Hawk kicked it off, followed by an unexpected immature Northern Harrier, then the less surprising Red-tailed and Red-shouldered. Had another Broad-wing Saturday morning, an immature.

Both days I noticed an impressive amount of Baltimore Oriole activity. Saturday a yellow-plumaged Scarlet Tanager joined in. I eventually figured out that many of the vines draping the forest edge there were wild grapes with ripe fruit, explaining the concentration.

Western Mass Birders has included a number of nighthawk reports lately. A sampling includes Thursday, 10 from Forest Park in Springfield by Michele Moore; 12 more in Monson by Jim Athearn; Friday, 31 over East Longmeadow by Chris Volker; 14 over Belchertown by Jim Lafley; 10 at Turners Falls by Lynn Pelland; 2 in Athol by Lynn Boudreau; Saturday at the Pittsfield Community Gardens, 29 in 90 minutes by Gael Hurley; 28 at Eph’s Pond in Williamstown by Chuck Johnson.

Most noteworthy rarity on WMB lately was an immature Little Blue Heron, found Sunday morning below Holyoke Dam by Larry Therrien.

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: 8/21/16 7:34 pm
From: mike sylvia <mikesylvia87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Audubon's Shearwater - Stellwagon Bank
Today while on a Whale Watching cruise out of Plymouth I observed well an Audubon's Shearwater in flight at close range, ~40 yards, over the Southeast corner of the bank approximately 4 miles from the Race Point beach. The boat was not moving at the time as we were on whales. I was afforded definitive study of the bird as it flew left to right with good profile and ventral views in good light.


Bird dull medium brown on top and white with dark ventral area, dark underwing primaries, and facial markings consistent with the species with white facial disc area, and dark "collar". Jizz typical with fast shallow wing beats with no glide and "tail drag" look due to longer tail than Manx Shearwater. Manx were common in the area and the black/brown contrast of the two species allowed me to pick up on the bird quickly and focus on it as it flew by.


Since this was a family event I did not have my long lens camera with me and no pictures were possible.


Also seen were good numbers of all more common shearwaters and 6 red-necked phalaropes


Mike Sylvia

Lakeville, MA

 

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Date: 8/21/16 6:33 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Newburyport Harbor & Perkins Park Wetlands - 8/21/16

Birders,

I led a delightful, small group this morning along Newburyport's
Harbor.The weather was perfect!

Newburyport Harbor - 7:30 am - 9:15 am:

Hudsonian Godwit, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper,
Semipalmated Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser
Yellowlegs, Bonaparte's Gull, Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Common
Tern, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Peregrine Falcon, Turkey Vulture,
Double-crested Cormorant, Mallard, American Goldfinch, Osprey, American Crow

We got word around 10:30am am that there was an American Golden-Plover
at The Seawall [Joppa Park]...


We then visited Perkins Park Wetlands viewing from along the fence at
the field behind the playground.

Perkins Park Wetlands, Newburyport- 9:30 am - 10:15 am:
Black-crowned Night-Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Eastern Kingbird, American
Goldfinch, Tree Swallow, Belted Kingfisher


Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport Birders
Newburyport, MA
 

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Date: 8/21/16 5:21 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: eBird Report - Tern Island Sanctuary, Aug 20, 2016
A South Shore Bird Club trip went to Tern Island just off of Chatham Pier on 8/20/16. The tide was incoming and the flats on the northeast side were being covered slowly forcing birds closer to us. Not the large quantity one might see if present in a falling tide, but good variety. Not much in the tern department and godwits were non-existent; we were so spoiled with the South Beach phenomenon. Caution: Be careful with your intake; there is no access to the vegetated areas of the island as it is completely ringed by symbolic fencing and one is limited to the perimeter so no privacy if you needed it.

Good study of willet plumage and structure.

I thank all who responded to my inquiry. Every thing was accurate, useful and helpful.

Glenn

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

----- Original Message -----
From: <ebird-checklist...>
To: <gdentremont1...>
Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2016 6:05:26 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Tern Island Sanctuary, Aug 20, 2016

Tern Island Sanctuary, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 20, 2016 8:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Ernie L, SSBC trip
40 species (+1 other taxa)

Common Eider 1
Double-crested Cormorant 500
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 3
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 5
Green Heron 1
Osprey (carolinensis) 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
American Oystercatcher 11
Black-bellied Plover 75
Semipalmated Plover 150
Piping Plover 2 juv
Whimbrel (Hudsonian) 1
Ruddy Turnstone 50
Red Knot 7
Sanderling 25
Least Sandpiper 50
White-rumped Sandpiper 6
Semipalmated Sandpiper 150
Short-billed Dowitcher (griseus) 40
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 7
Willet (Eastern) 22
Willet (Western) 2
Laughing Gull 25
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull (American) X
Great Black-backed Gull X
Least Tern 20
Common Tern 10
Forster's Tern 5
Mourning Dove 2
Peregrine Falcon (North American) 1
Tree Swallow 10
Barn Swallow (American) 2
Saltmarsh Sparrow 4
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) 1
Song Sparrow 4
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 3
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31186735

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Date: 8/21/16 5:12 pm
From: Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Aug 21, 2016
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sun, Aug 21, 2016 at 12:55 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Aug 21, 2016
To: <derekbrownbuild...>


Essex Bay, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 21, 2016 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: quick trip at a fast rising tide, too much activity for
usable count
2 species

American Golden-Plover 1 Roosting then circling with flock of &gt; 50
black bellied plovers
Short-billed Dowitcher 17 feeding and resting

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S31183804

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

 

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Date: 8/21/16 5:07 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Leasties...
As many of you have noted.... The Least chicks were indeed terns.... not sandpipers.

Trull
Brewster.
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 8/21/16 4:40 pm
From: Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Golden Plover, Forward Pool, PRNWR
Pi Birder,

I hurried out to Forward Pool to look for the Buff-breasted Sandpiper. No luck. It was moved off by a Peregrine.

However, I found an American Golden Plover at the pool, down at the far south end. Later a Hudsonian Godwit also flew in.

Good birding,

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


 

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Date: 8/21/16 3:49 pm
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatch at feeder in Salem
While sitting out on my porch this evening, enjoying a glass of wine and
the usual suspects at my feeders ( House Finch, Goldfinch, Black-capped
Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse,Downy Woodpecker, Mourning Dove) I heard a
little squeak that didn't register only to look up and see a RBNU
enjoying some of my suet.

Life is good!
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: 8/21/16 1:59 pm
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
Got a late start on the morning but had a nice solitary sandpiper at the Ice Pond.

Red-tailed Hawk 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Mourning Dove 8
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Eastern Kingbird 5
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 4
Barn Swallow 8
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
House Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Gray Catbird 2
European Starling 33
Cedar Waxwing 8
Northern Cardinal 2
Common Grackle 3
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 3

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

 

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Date: 8/21/16 1:18 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nauset Outer Beach, Orleans and Chatham
Massbirders,
Sorry for this late post...I had some tech problems but wanted to share
these lists from Nauset Outer Beach last Tuesday as Fred Atwood and I drove
to cut six and walked the flats to the dunes end and a few nesting
(surprisingly late) Least Terns. Good numbers and avian diversity. Fred
made lists from both Orleans and Chatham separately and they are here. He's
good....I would have just posted it as Nauset outer beach. A great day in a
remote area

Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>


US-MA-Orleans-Cape Cod National Seashore - 41.7442x-69.9310, Barnstable,
Massachusetts, US
Aug 16, 2016 7:15 AM - 8:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Mostly from the vehicle as we drove down to cut 6. We did not
do any shorebird flats birding here and we did watch the sea for about ten
minutes. With Peter Trull. This also includes the time coming back after
birding the Chatham portion in a separate list. <br />Submitted from eBird
for iOS, version 1.2.6 Build 75
31 species

Canada Goose 17
Cory's Shearwater 1
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 3
Double-crested Cormorant 25
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 2
Northern Harrier 2
Sanderling 20
Laughing Gull 10
Ring-billed Gull 35
Herring Gull 100
Great Black-backed Gull 75
Least Tern 4
Common Tern 15
Mourning Dove 3
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Kingbird 3
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 4
Tree Swallow 400
Barn Swallow 20
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Gray Catbird 6
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 50
Common Yellowthroat 6
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 1
American Goldfinch 6

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31118320

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



North Beach, Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 16, 2016 8:17 AM - 10:57 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: A very enjoyable visit with Peter Trull. <br />Submitted from
eBird for iOS, version 1.2.6 Build 75
31 species

American Black Duck 3
Double-crested Cormorant 150
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 1
Northern Harrier 1
American Oystercatcher 3
Black-bellied Plover 145
Semipalmated Plover 850
Piping Plover 2
Ruddy Turnstone 8
Red Knot 180 Green with white AAN.
Sanderling 50
Least Sandpiper 80 Chicks of various ages including at least two very
young two-day old chicks. In roped off area. That is why beach is still
closed to traffic beyond cut 6.
White-rumped Sandpiper 8
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1650
Short-billed Dowitcher 750
Greater Yellowlegs 7
Willet (Eastern) 15
Laughing Gull 55
Ring-billed Gull 75
Herring Gull 350
Great Black-backed Gull 125
Least Tern 35 Several chicks of various ages, from 2 - 16 days, still
actively being fed by parents, area and beach closed to vehicles.
Black Tern 2
Roseate Tern 275 Ad red with white b29.
Common Tern 1550
Forster's Tern 4
Mourning Dove 1
Tree Swallow 15
Saltmarsh Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31118330

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Date: 8/21/16 8:23 am
From: Jason Forbes <jason...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] apparent Red-headed Woodpecker, Lexington
I started at Dunback Meadows this morning. On my way out of the
community gardens, a bird flying over attracted my attention. I only
got a quick look as it disappeared heading west, but it had all black
wings except for bright white secondaries, which pretty much means it
had to be a Red-headed Woodpecker. I ran down to Waltham St to see if
it landed along any of the farm fields without luck and then poked
around the rest of Dunback, again without luck, but it hopefully is
still around. I suspect it came from the swampy area between the
Bowman school and Blossomcrest Rd, which seems like the best place to
check. If it was moving on, Hayden Woods is worth a look too.

Very quiet otherwise, only birds of interest were a few Bobolinks and
a handful of Broad-winged Hawks.

Jason

--
Jason Forbes
Waltham, MA
<jason...>
www.brewsterslinnet.com
 

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Date: 8/21/16 5:11 am
From: Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Aug 20, 2016
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sun, Aug 21, 2016 at 12:01 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Aug 20, 2016
To: <derekbrownbuild...>


Essex Bay, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 20, 2016 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Canoed to the Spit, essex bay, half falling tide, 80 deg
9 species

Double-crested Cormorant 225
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Black-bellied Plover 55
Semipalmated Plover 334
Sanderling 12
Least Sandpiper 4
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 1 Waning adult, mostly resting on mudflat
Semipalmated Sandpiper 872

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S31174679

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Date: 8/20/16 4:17 pm
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird -- Belle Isle Marsh Reservation -- Aug 20, 2016
Belle Isle Marsh Reservation
Aug 20, 2016
6:30 AM
Traveling
2.00 miles
120 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Bi weekly birding walk at belle isle , starting at 8am. Almost no birds in the "key" lots of birds in the mudflats and in the marsh grass.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.6 Build 75

2 American Black Duck
10 Great Egret
15 Snowy Egret
1 Cooper's Hawk
3 American Oystercatcher
12 Black-bellied Plover
13 Semipalmated Plover
2 Killdeer
2 Whimbrel (Hudsonian) -- 2 birds seen off the main boardwalk seen by whole birding program. Great looks
30 Least Sandpiper
1 White-rumped Sandpiper
40 Semipalmated Sandpiper
20 Short-billed Dowitcher
15 Greater Yellowlegs
5 Lesser Yellowlegs
2 Chimney Swift
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Downy Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
1 Peregrine Falcon
2 Warbling Vireo
20 Tree Swallow
15 Barn Swallow
1 Baltimore Oriole

Number of Taxa: 24


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Date: 8/20/16 4:17 pm
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 2 Whimbrel Belle Isle 9:30
2 Currently being seen off the main Boardwalk.

-Sean Riley

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/20/16 4:16 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Sandpiper at "The Spit" in Scituate
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Date: 8/20/16 4:16 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Western Sandpiper at "The Spit" in Scituate
Peregrine Falcon 1 repeatedly terrorizing the many shorebirds on the mudflats

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/20/16 1:19 pm
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wild Turkey Stripping Flowers/Seeds from Grass. Video. Pond Plaza, Ashland, 8/20/16.
At Pond Plaza in Ashland this morning (8/20/16) there was a wild turkey
running grass through it's beak. It seems like it was stripping off the
flowers and or seeds to eat.

Video at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1

On Thursday 8/18/16 I went to Farm Pond and vicinity and made a video of
a two pied-billed grebes diving together and a video of a juvenile
muskrat stuffing duckweed into its mouth with its paws. The videos are
at the same link.


Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 8/20/16 8:13 am
From: Lisa Thoerle <lthoerle...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Puffins in September
Dear MassBirders,

Two friends circumnavigating the globe on a sailboat are working
their way up the east coast. The sailors share a life goal of seeing
Atlantic Puffins in the wild. They will be north of Massachusetts during
the first two weeks of September. May I please ask folks who know of
good puffin-spotting locations in early September to share them with me
so that I may help my friends see some puffins? Please reply off list,
and thank you very much for your responses. I will be glad to share the
assembled information with anyone who writes

--Lisa Thoerle

--
Lisa Thoerle
<lthoerle...>
<lthoerle...>
Little Compton, RI

 

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Date: 8/20/16 5:39 am
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Laughing Gull-Wachusett Reservoir-Gate 39, Clinton
The juvenile bird Kevin Bourinot found on the 17th has made an appearance
each day. Mostly seen on the dike behind Clinton High School, Gates 39-40.
Best times seem to be before 10 and after 5. Look near the pump house as it
hangs around with the slightly larger Ring-billed Gulls. Great county bird!
Now bring on the shorebirds!

--
Justin Lawson
Worcester, Ma

 

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Date: 8/20/16 4:37 am
From: Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Aug 19, 2016
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:18 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Aug 19, 2016
To: <derekbrownbuild...>


Essex Bay, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 19, 2016 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Essex bay, the Spit, half way rising tide, 80 deg., sunny.
Lots of flight activity as birds moved to the higher Spartina grasses from
the mudflats. Interestingly, an osprey flew over some large, briefly
roosting flocks , without spooking any. Unlike a hunting peregrine form,
seen and avoided instantly.
18 species

Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 7
Little Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 1
Black-bellied Plover 61
Semipalmated Plover 415
Ruddy Turnstone 2
Red Knot 17
Sanderling 207
Least Sandpiper 13
White-rumped Sandpiper 14
Semipalmated Sandpiper 464
Short-billed Dowitcher 1
Greater Yellowlegs 7
Willet 3
Tree Swallow 989 Hawking Crane beach and then crossing the river mouth
to coffin's and wingaersheek beachesthen lost to sight.

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S31158920

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Date: 8/19/16 8:59 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Request for email address
Thank you to all respondents for Paul Robert's email address.
All set,

Joe Paluzzi


Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet
 

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Date: 8/19/16 7:46 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Paul Robert's email address??

Mbers, can anyone forward subject's email address to me.
Joe Paluzzi

Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet
 

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Date: 8/19/16 11:36 am
From: David <vietdave...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great egret flyover
2 great egrets flew over the highway while I was driving south on I-91 near Northampton this morning.. nice treat on my way to work!


David Norton
working in Holyoke, MA
<vietdave...>
 

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Date: 8/19/16 10:36 am
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich (home), Aug 19, 2016
> 142 County Rd., Ipswich (home)
> Aug 19, 2016 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Fascinating half-hour spent sitting in the shade and
> watching the feeders at close range. I learned more in this half-hour
> than I could in almost any comparable period in the field.
> 13 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> peep sp. 1 silent flyover
> Mourning Dove 6
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 f
> Downy Woodpecker 8 Two adult males with differing red patches, 3 juv.
> males, 1 adult female, and two females (with mussed-up nape patches) of
> unknown age. One of the juv. males had red only on the crown, like any
> juv. male. But the other two had red fading on the crown while it was
> coming in on the nape. The two red areas were actually touching each
> other. It gave me the impression that the red color virtually MIGRATES
> from the crown to the nape. I realize that is not a correct use of the
> term "migrate," but this is the first time I have seen red feathers in
> both places at once. I always wondered when that transformation occurred,
> and now I can pinpoint it to approx. late August. Stay tuned.

> Blue Jay 2 At least 2 jays were practicing their hawk calls (badly, I
> might add) and at one point actually fought with each other. Not sure if
> those were their hawk genes at work or what.

> Black-capped Chickadee 4
> Tufted Titmouse 3
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 heard calling this morning
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Carolina Wren 1 heard singing this morning
> Northern Cardinal 6 Minimum. The two males of unknown age were in
> various stages of going bald, as only cardinals and jays seem to do, and
> both appeared to be having VERY bad hair days. The juv. male was just
> becoming red on the breast. These birds in molt can look really weird.

> Common Grackle 4 We have been having 10-20 regularly at our platform
> feeder, but mercifully they aren't all here now.
> House Finch 1 This im. male was just turning pink on the breast.
> House Sparrow 9 This year is the first we have ever been plagued with
> them and I'm afraid they are nesting on our property. At least 4 were
> adult males and several were young. Sigh.
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31152154

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

 

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Date: 8/19/16 9:44 am
From: Gary Freedman <gmf7162...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Info request regarding Tern Island and tide schedule
If you have IPhone there is a great free ap TIDES PLANNER by Imray. Not sure if there is an Android equivalent. The ap is good worldwide.

Gary Freedman ---*
Stow, MA

> On Aug 18, 2016, at 5:27 AM, Birder <7brid85...> wrote:
>
>
>> On Aug 17, 2016, at 7:45 PM, Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> wrote:
>>
>> I am looking for information regarding Tern Island in Chatham and the tide schedule. I believe high tide on Saturday is around 1:00 in Boston and the old South Beach was around 1 hour later.
>
>
> A good tide resource is http://ma.usharbors.com/massachusetts-tide-charts. The high tide at Tern Island Saturday is 2:33, at Stage Harbor it's 2:11.
>
> Ed Foster
> Cotuit

 

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Date: 8/19/16 8:44 am
From: Jon Woolf <jswoolf01...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] NH Audubon fall Pelagic Birding trip
Listfolk,

With fall approaching, NH Audubon has started taking sign-ups for our
fall Pelagic Birding Trip. The date this year is Sunday October 9th, as
we look for lingering summer birds and possibly some early winter
migrants. The trip plan remains the same as in past years:

WHAT: NH Audubon 2016 Fall Pelagic Birding Trip

WHEN: Sunday, October 9th. Meet dockside in Rye Harbor at 7:30AM for an
8:00 departure. We'll spend all day at sea, searching for birds,
whales, and anything else that crosses our path, and return to harbor
around 5pm. As usual, our trip leader is master-birder Steve Mirick,
and we'll be aboard the MV /Granite State/, with Captain Pete Reynolds
and his expert crew.

WHAT TO BRING: Binoculars and bird guide, of course. A digital camera
is always a good idea, as these trips often produce excellent photo
opportunities. Bring a lunch if you like. Weather on the open water is
unpredictable: sometimes hot, sometimes rather chilly (although given
the time of year, 'chilly' is more likely). Prepare for both.
Certainly bring sunscreen, and either sunglasses or a hat. Bring
motion-sickness pills if you're vulnerable to seasickness. /Granite
State/'s seating is mostly wooden benches, so a seat cushion is a good
idea if you have trouble with sitting on hard surfaces.

WHAT WE MIGHT SEE: Hard to say. Last year we had decent numbers of
Great and Cory's shearwaters, Northern Fulmar, Northern Gannet, a
Pomarine Jaeger, a Black-legged Kittiwake, and a scattering of fall
migrants such as scoters and Long-tailed Ducks.

REGISTRATION: You must register in advance for this trip. We need a
minimum of 30 people to pay for the trip. We've set a maximum of 50 so
that the boat doesn't get too crowded. Cost is $70 for NH Audubon
members, $90 for non-members. Contact Massabesic Audubon Center (phone
603-668-2045, email <mac...>) to sign up. Contact either MAC
or me with any questions you might have.

PELAGIC BIRDS WORKSHOP: To go with the trip, I will be holding a 1-hour
workshop at Massabesic Center on Saturday Oct 8th, 3-4pm. This is free
to anyone who has signed up for the trip, and $5 to others. The
workshop discusses the most common pelagic birds and how to identify
them. Since we generally see both whales and birds on these trips, the
workshop also includes information on the common whales of the Gulf of
Maine.

My thanks go out to all who have made these trips a success in past
years. I hope to see you again this year ... along with as many new
faces as we can fit! :-)

-- Jon Woolf
Manchester, NH
(Massabesic Audubon Center Programming Committee)


 

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Date: 8/19/16 8:11 am
From: David Davis <ddavis...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Solitary Sandpiper Newbury
Massbirders,

I have observed a Solitary Sandpiper, a Spotted Sandpiper, and three Green
Herons on Quill's Pond (Ice House Pond) on Hay Street in Newbury for at
least the last week. They come and go, but seem to spend a lot of time at
the pond.

David Davis
Newbury, MA

 

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Date: 8/18/16 6:40 pm
From: caroline haines <chaines49...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BC night herons
Has anyone noticed a dearth of BC night herons this summer? I am not finding them where I usually see many,
Caroline Haines
<Songbirder...>
Gloucester

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Date: 8/18/16 6:40 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/18 Baird's Sandpiper at Hammond Pond in Newton
I figured there may very well be a Baird's Sandpiper at Hammond Pond since Horn Pond had had one. Bingo! It was feeding in the muddy edge area near the entrance to the woods of Hammond Pond Reservation. It was with five Least Sandpipers and two Killdeer in the corner of the pond. Viewing is from the gravel rock open area next to the parking lot. Birds were on the right-hand side when one stands in the open area. I had to wait twenty-five minutes or so for good light (for the sun to sink) before I could make a positive i.d., even thought the shorebirds weren't far away. (7:05 p.m.) The area can be accessed from Hammond Pond Parkway at The Mall at Chestnut Hill. (near Route 9)

HIGHLIGHTS HAMMOND HIGHLIGHTS:

Green Heron 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Wood Duck 9
Killdeer 3
Least Sandpiper 5
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER 1
Spotted Sandpiper2+
Northern Waterthrush 1

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/18/16 6:27 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Nighthawk & Chimney Swift Roost, West Newbury
Birders,

This evening Dave Adrien, Susan Sellers and I gathered to watch Chimney
Swifts head to roost at the Page School in West Newbury.

Chimney Swift - approx 25
Common Nighthawk - 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Gull sp.
Barn Swallow
Tree Swallow
Blue Jay

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport



 

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Date: 8/18/16 5:56 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Beverly Fish Crows
M'bers, While waiting at a train crossing on Rte 62 in Beverly, I first heard and then saw a small murder of Fish Crows flying around a building at the corner of Elliott Street and Dock Lane. Two birds were perched and the other 5-6 were flying around raising hell. They were the first ever for me in Beverly.
Joe PaluzziSalem at Vinnie Sq


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Date: 8/18/16 5:28 pm
From: Mark Faherty <msfaherty...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Info request regarding Tern Island and tide schedule
Hi Glenn,

Tern Island (the oldest Mass Audubon sanctuary on Cape Cod, incidentally) is best starting two hours after predicted high tide for Chatham Harbor. At this time the flats at the north end, the ones you can scope from Cowyard Ln, are just starting to open up and the shorebirds are crowding together and easily viewed if you are on the island. You have to wait a little longer to see them from Cowyard because some marsh grass blocks your view at first. You can bird these north flats throughout the low tide, but they are huge and the birds are dispersed over a big area at dead low. Birds continue to arrive as the flats open up, which happens quickly. There have been thousands of shorebirds there lately, and the potential for a rarity is high. Recent high counts of knots were over 500. Unfortunately the godwits are not showing up - they seem to be staying in remote parts of Monomoy, like Minimoy Island, where Brian Harrington had 20 Hudsonian and 1 Marbled recently. But that may change as migrants turn over in the next weeks.

Anyone can boat or kayak to the island on their own, or talk to the Beachcomber boat company about getting dropped off. We run some guided birding trips there but my trip next Friday already has a long waiting list. Parking at the Fish Pier is an issue for us so we don't schedule too many trips, but there is always parking at the Cowyard. Since Glenn asked, footwear would be typical mud flats-to-marsh grass summer shorebirding footwear.

If you bird Tern Island, you'll have the opportunity to read potentially dozens of flags on Red Knots and bands on American Oystercatchers, both which are feeding there in large numbers thanks to an epic blue mussel set throughout Chatham. Please submit your Red Knot flag re-sightings to http://www.bandedbirds.org/
Once you create a log in you can map your resightings and see when and where your birds have been banded and seen previously. If you think of it, I would also like to see your list of flagged birds, as we have been keeping track of which knots are using Tern Island. My staff and I have resighted close to 100 individual flagged birds this season, and USFWS just flagged another 120+ so there are many newly flagged birds, often with nanotag antennas visible. You can help with this research effort by carefully noting the color and codes of the flagged birds you see, and you can attach photos to your resight data on the bandedbirds.org site.
American Oystercatchers bands can be reported here:http://amoywg.org/banding-re-sighting/
Thanks,

Mark FahertyMass Audubon/Wellfleet Bay


From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Info request regarding Tern Island and tide schedule

I am looking for information regarding Tern Island in Chatham and the tide schedule.  I believe high tide on Saturday is around 1:00 in Boston and the old South Beach was around 1 hour later.  I would want a lower tide and would expect the Beachcomer boat trip leaving at 10:00 might be OK, but come noon and early afternoon the birds would be elsewhere or leaving the immediate area to roost during high(er) tides.  Would footgear be like South Beach-old stinky sneakers?

Any info would be greatly appreciated as well as tips to bird the area/sanctuary.

Thank you.

Glenn





 

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Date: 8/18/16 4:47 pm
From: Bruce Black <bruce...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nighthawk, Sudbury
Common Nighthawk flew over our yard in Sudbury this evening.

Bruce Black

 

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Date: 8/18/16 12:51 pm
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] vulture images, repoting
Turns out, the large number of black vultures in Westport were the result of many years if highly illegal mistreatment of farm animals near Briggs Rd. (But, gee, the vultures were nice to count). The pig farm on Division Rd. (a farm with many complaints lodged against it) had DEP, HazMat etc. at it yesterday, and at least one other local farm is under scrutiny. Farms keep our land open and undeveloped, but it's gotta be done right!

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

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> On Aug 17, 2016, at 11:16 PM, Peter Trull <petrull...> wrote:
>
> massbirders,
> I spent last weekend, 8/13 15 at horse farm in the country west of here, North Salem, NY. A flock of 70 bobolinks in a hay field and ubiquitous Black Vultures made it exciting. The Buzzards roosted in a spruce above our heads on the farm. I posted a few images. Thanks.
>
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/26676688@N03/
>
> Peter Trull
> Brewster, Cape Cod
> <petrull...>

 

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Date: 8/18/16 12:22 pm
From: Birder <7brid85...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Info request regarding Tern Island and tide schedule

> On Aug 17, 2016, at 7:45 PM, Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> wrote:
>
> I am looking for information regarding Tern Island in Chatham and the tide schedule. I believe high tide on Saturday is around 1:00 in Boston and the old South Beach was around 1 hour later.


A good tide resource is http://ma.usharbors.com/massachusetts-tide-charts <http://ma.usharbors.com/massachusetts-tide-charts>. The high tide at Tern Island Saturday is 2:33, at Stage Harbor it's 2:11.

Ed Foster
Cotuit
 

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Date: 8/18/16 11:48 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Stephen Shunk talk canceled
Hello Birders,

Unfortunately tonight's book event with Stephen Shunk (Peterson's Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America) at the Mass Audubon Shop at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, MA has been canceled. Due to flight problems he was unable to make it to the Boston area. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and will let you know if it is rescheduled.

Best,
Pam Sowizral and Leslie Miller
Drumlin Farm, Lincoln


 

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Date: 8/18/16 10:51 am
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Austin Smith Sanctuary, Eastham/Orleans

Have been enjoying birding at Austin Smith Sanctuary (locals have likely
seen the small sign on the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT) 100 m or so north
of the overpass over Rt. 6).

My loop: By car -- exit the rotary at the north exit (sorry, can't
remember what the sign says -- but it's the tiny, "local"-feeling exit
-- you'll see the guardrail of the road the exit soon t's into -- Rock
Harbor Road, called Smith Lane if one goes right [1]). Go left 200 m and
park in the small lot to the right, just before the CCRT overpass. I
bird the parking lot, which is curiously rich with passerines and
woodpeckers. Then I go up the steep path to the CCRT, walk north a
touch, cut to the right into the woods by the "Austin Smith Sanctuary"
sign, look for thrushes (no luck so far -- but I've heard them there
while cycling by), and whatever might be heard or visible in the marsh
to the east. Then back to the CCRT, cut west at the obvious entry to the
open area, do one of the obvious loops, hoping for an obscure sparrow (I
tend to miss these) or something, then back to the CCRT, and a touch
more to the north, and there's always something in the flats --
sandpipers and plovers and often a willet. Darn-ish certain I heard a
Least Bittern today on the other side of the trail, but need to go back
and try again.

Nice place to go if you only have an hour or so before work and you're
in the area.

Today's modest sightings:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31138656




Austin Smith Sanctuary, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 18, 2016 5:58 AM - 7:08 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.6 kilometer(s)
Comments: Hazily overcast; heat has moved inland. Patience paid off
with a few silent birds (one of the orioles, the Titmouse, a flicker --
most of the rest were vocal). Didn't have time to wait for fall(-ish)
warbler motion in tree tops though.

30 species (+5 other taxa)

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 25
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 2
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 3 In the normally more
productive flats as the marsh begins to the north of the sanctuary
(&#61; small wooded area between highway and marsh). Flats squirming
with food. Puzzling that so many birds missed the breakfast bell.
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) 1 Flyover. Would have missed
had it not laughed at the nutty birder below. (Got a good look, too.)
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 1
gull sp. (Larinae sp.) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 25
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
Downy/Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens/villosus) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 3
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 7
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 20
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 1
crow sp. (Corvus sp. (crow sp.)) 4
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 14
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 3
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 7
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 2 Possibly several more (under
"passerine sp.").
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 5
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 25
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 1
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 2
blackbird sp. (Icteridae sp.) 250 Too distant to ID.
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 1
bird sp. (Aves sp.) 1 85% certain it was a Least Bittern; will try
to edit/manipulate/listen to a bad recording and now-mystical-to-me
verbal notes, and get the percentage certainty high enough to list it as
more than a sp. (Note: eBird seems not to allow a broader taxon than
"shorebird" (like waterbird, Aequornithes, Pelecaniformes, etc.),
without jumping up to "Aves sp." Sorry if I'm missing something. 12:40
edit: nope, stuck at 85% certain.

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31138656

Best,
Brian


[1] Here:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/4147'58.6"N+69°59'04.4"W

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

 

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Date: 8/18/16 8:25 am
From: Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Higgin's Marsh, S. Peabody, Aug 17, 2016
Higgin's Marsh, S. Peabody, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 17, 2016 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
30 species

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 6
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 10
Green-winged Teal (American) (Anas crecca carolinensis) 3
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 16
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 1 juvenile
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) 1 juvenile
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 2 juveniles
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 2 one juvenile
possibly with a broken wing dying on the flats.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1 juvenile
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 2
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 10
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) 3
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) 1
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 4
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus) 2
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 5
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 30
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S31135333

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

Richard S. Heil
South Peabody, MA


--
Richard Heil

 

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Date: 8/18/16 6:57 am
From: <dahardy47...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Turners Falls Laughing Gull continues
 

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Date: 8/18/16 6:27 am
From: <redpoll...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Morning in Bradford
Nice morning so far in our wetland and a good day to take off. Aside from the gazillion fledgling waxwings and catbirds and testosterone-soaked goldfinches, I had a migrant Palm Warbler and four American Kestrels (one carrying prey being harassed by another). Two of the kestrels headed south, one north, and the other stayed to mess with a young Cooper's Hawk. Six Eastern Kingbirds around, but only one phoebe today. Carolina Wrens and bluebirds singing. Young hummers and spotty robins. It's all good.

David Larson
Bradford (Haverhill), MA
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Date: 8/17/16 10:27 pm
From: <Olanoff...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bird Identification Needed

These pictures were taken by a nonbirder in Chemsford at his feeder. The
sunflower seed in its mouth makes it hard to see the size and shape of its
beak, but it looks like some kind of leucistic finch or grosbeak.


https://2016unknownbird.shutterfly.com/pictures


Steve Olanoff
<_olanoff...> (mailto:<olanoff...>)
Westwood


 

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Date: 8/17/16 8:48 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Woburn MA - Horn Pond Mystery Bird
On Aug 17, 2016, at 8:26 PM, Joseph Brown <brownphoto...> wrote:
>
> a mystery bird. This may be a house bird that got released, and I would truly appreciate any thoughts!
>
> Here are the photos:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/10081038@N05/? The mystery bird is numbers 3-5


Wow! Not a released house bird, I think, it looks to my eye to be a leucistic, almost albino but not quite (too much pigment in its eyes, at least), flycatcher of some sort. Do not think it’s a phoebe or bigger (Myiarchus or a kingbird), seems more like an Empidonax or maybe a Wood-Pewee? Fantastic discovery, whichever it is!

Josh



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




 

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Date: 8/17/16 7:45 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] vulture images, repoting
massbirders,
I spent last weekend, 8/13 – 15 at horse farm in the country west of here,
North Salem, NY. A flock of 70 bobolinks in a hay field and ubiquitous Black
Vultures made it exciting. The Buzzards roosted in a spruce above our heads
on the farm. I posted a few images. Thanks.

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

Peter Trull
Brewster, Cape Cod
<petrull...>

 

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Date: 8/17/16 7:22 pm
From: Joseph Brown <brownphoto...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Woburn MA - Horn Pond Mystery Bird
Hi All -

While enjoying the day and birding the Woburn MA Horn Pond and community
gardens area, I had the following:

indigo Bunting (what a beauty!IMHO)
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher (life for me)
Many Goldfinch
3 Ruby Throated Hummingbirds, believed to be all Females
-and-
a mystery bird. This may be a house bird that got released, and I would
truly appreciate any thoughts!

Here are the photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10081038@N05/? The mystery bird is numbers
3-5

Thanks for any assistance!

 

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Date: 8/17/16 6:21 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR Evening, 8/17/16 - Northern Waterthrush

Birders,

Tonight's program was at North Pool Overlook with Doug Chickering was
delightful! A small group gathered toan evening of birding at the North
Pool Doug read from his book _Reflections on a Golden-winged Warbler_.

The bird of the evening was a Northern Waterthrush!

Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Harrier 2 - 1, very fresh, russet plumage
Cooper's Hawk - blasted by us
Greater Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Least Sandpiper
Herring Gull
Least Tern
Mourning Dove
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow

With best wishes,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport Birders
Observe ~ Appreciate ~ Identify
Newburyport, MA


 

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Date: 8/17/16 6:02 pm
From: Blair Nikula <odenews...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Chatham pelagic - Friday, 8/19

> We've scheduled another Chatham mini-pelagic for this Friday (8/19), leaving the Chatham Fish Pier at 7:00 and returning about 11:00 a.m., with a cost of $100/person. There are a couple of spaces still open, so let me know a.s.a.p., if interested.
>
> Blair Nikula
>
> --
> 2 Gilbert Lane
> Harwich Port, MA 02646
> http://www.odenews.org/
> http://www.capecodbirds.org/
>
>


 

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Date: 8/17/16 6:01 pm
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's - Laughing Gull - NO
Very interesting that 2 hours ago Kevin Bourinet found a juvenile Laughing
Gull at Wachusett Reservoir in Clinton. i just got back but it was too
dark.

On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, James P. Smith <keenbirder...> wrote:

> Greetings birders,
>
> The Laughing Gull was not present today in the area of Barton Cove, Gill
> or Unity Park, Turner's Falls. It appears to have cleared out on the brisk
> North-westerlies though the two Ring-billed Gulls that it associated with
> were still present.
>
> The North-westerlies did spark some raptor activity over the area
> including 8 Bald Eagles in the air at the same time, a tally which included
> at least two hatch-year birds. Also, a Merlin over the area which was my
> first of the fall there plus multiple young Broad-winged Hawks.
>
> There also appeared to be a distinct passage of hirundines toward the
> South-west with 400+ Tree Swallows and a handful of Bank, Barn and
> Rough-winged Swallows over 90 minutes from 11:00hrs. A Magnolia Warbler
> also 'migrated' SW across the water.
>
> Good birding,
>
> James
> http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/08/ma-laughing-gull-in-gill.html
>
> James P. Smith Gill, MA http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/
>


--
Justin Lawson
Worcester, Ma

 

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Date: 8/17/16 4:51 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Info request regarding Tern Island and tide schedule
I am looking for information regarding Tern Island in Chatham and the tide schedule. I believe high tide on Saturday is around 1:00 in Boston and the old South Beach was around 1 hour later. I would want a lower tide and would expect the Beachcomer boat trip leaving at 10:00 might be OK, but come noon and early afternoon the birds would be elsewhere or leaving the immediate area to roost during high(er) tides. Would footgear be like South Beach-old stinky sneakers?

Any info would be greatly appreciated as well as tips to bird the area/sanctuary.

Thank you.

Glenn

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

 

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Date: 8/17/16 4:41 pm
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's - Laughing Gull - NO
Greetings birders,

The Laughing Gull was not present today in the area of Barton Cove, Gill or Unity Park, Turner's Falls. It appears to have cleared out on the brisk North-westerlies though the two Ring-billed Gulls that it associated with were still present.

The North-westerlies did spark some raptor activity over the area including 8 Bald Eagles in the air at the same time, a tally which included at least two hatch-year birds. Also, a Merlin over the area which was my first of the fall there plus multiple young Broad-winged Hawks.

There also appeared to be a distinct passage of hirundines toward the South-west with 400+ Tree Swallows and a handful of Bank, Barn and Rough-winged Swallows over 90 minutes from 11:00hrs. A Magnolia Warbler also 'migrated' SW across the water.

Good birding,

James
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/08/ma-laughing-gull-in-gill.html

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

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Date: 8/17/16 4:38 pm
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh
I had a first of the season Northern Harrier cruise by me today, appeared
to be a juvenile, but no binoculars on me. The Oystercatchers continue to
continue...5 in the pans left of the boardwalk. Other than that lots of
peeps flying overhead. I did not make it over to the key today but I saw
lots of birds flying out in that direction. Yesterday there was a Stilt
Sandpiper right next to the bridge as you drive to the main entrance to
Belle Isle, a few Stilt SP's seem to be hanging around the general area.

This coming Friday we are running a free canoe program that leaves from the
Belle Isle tower at noon, we only have 8 canoes but if you don't mind
sharing with some folks come paddle around. Always a fun time.

Also Saturday I am running free birding program that leaves out of the
Belle Isle parking lot at 8am. We may venture over to the "key" and check
out the shorebird show. No preregistration, just show up ! Birding
programs are the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. Often we have other
fantastic co-leaders like Soheil Zendeh and Geoff Woods.

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

--
10thstreetbirding.blogspot.com

 

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Date: 8/17/16 1:52 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Newburyport & Plum Island - 08-17-16
David Moon and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program into
Newburyport and then out to Plum Island to continue to watch the ongoing
shorebird migration. It was a partly cloudy sky with temps ranging from the
mid-70s to low 80s, with increasing northwesterly winds 15-20 mph with gusts
to 30 mph.

Our list:

Perkins Playground, Newburyport --
Green Heron (2)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (6) - 4 juvs; 2 ads.
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (4) - juvs.

Plum Island --
Canada Goose
American Black Duck (8) - 2, Bill Forward Pool; 6, North Pool Overlook.
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant (~ 12) - various.
Great Blue Heron (2) - 1, BFP; 1, NPO.
Great Egret (~ 18) - mostly Stage Island Pool.
Snowy Egret (~ 100) - mostly SIP.
Osprey (1) - Cross Farm Hill nest platform.
Northern Harrier (1) - over marsh s. Pines.
Cooper's Hawk (1) - over North Pool & BFP.
Black-bellied Plover (~ 8) - BFP.
Semipalmated Plover (~ 60) - ~ 50, BFP; ~ 10, SIP.
Greater Yellowlegs (~ 44) - 4, NP; ~ 40, SIP.
Lesser Yellowlegs (~ 20) - ~ 8, NP; ~ 12, SIP.
Semipalmated Sandpiper (~ 62) - ~ 12, SIP; ~ 50, BFP.
Least Sandpiper (1) - NP.
Short-billed Dowitcher (~ 24) - ~ 12, BFP; ~ 12, SIP.
Herring Gull
Common Tern (2) - SIP.
Mourning Dove (5)
Peregrine Falcon (2)
Eastern Phoebe (1) - juv., Hellcat.
Eastern Kingbird (2) - The Wardens.
Tree Swallow - many.
Northern Mockingbird (1) - NPO.
Brown Thrasher (1) - S-curves.
European Starling.

Remember "Wednesday Evening Shorebirding!" Meet at Joppa Flats for
starters. The program runs from 5:30 to 7:30. $10 for Mass Audubon
members; $12 for nonmembers.

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: 8/17/16 5:24 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black Vulture Images
massbirders,
I spent last weekend, 8/13 – 15 at horse farm in the country west of here, North Salem, NY. A flock of 70 bobolinks in a hay field and ubiquitous Black Vultures made it exciting. The Buzzards roosted in a spruce above our heads on the farm. I posted a few images. Thanks.

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

Peter Trull
Brewster, Cape Cod
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 8/16/16 10:47 pm
From: <Olanoff...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bird Identification Needed
These pictures were taken by a nonbirder in Chemsford at his feeder. The
sunflower seed in its mouth makes it hard to see the size and shape of its
beak, but it looks like some kind of leucistic finch or grosbeak.

https://2016unknownbird.shutterfly.com/picture

Steve Olanoff
<_olanoff...> (mailto:<olanoff...>)
Westwood

 

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Date: 8/16/16 6:05 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Sedge Wren Plum Island
The bird was heard singing, as well as seen after I had pished, JUST AT THE NO TRESSPASSING SIGN, not past. Barrat misunderstood me on the phone. More too follow.

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/16/16 6:04 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/15 SEDGE WREN Hellcat, Godwits +WOW!
I walked from the train station to Hellcat, with a stop at Joppa Flats to look for the Hudsonian Godwit at low tide. I had been at Joppa for only ten minutes when the Hudsonian Godwit flew in at 3:20p.m.. It fed for ten minutes and then flew off to the west/northwest. I observed the bird straight out from the grassy pullover just west of Ocean Ave. (which becomes Rolfes Lane in Newbury). I then walked/jogged over to Hellcat, where all the following, with the exception of the Hudsonian Godwit, were found:

Gadwall 1 Bill Forward Pool
Northern Harrier 1
Pectoral Sandpiper 3
Hudsonian Godwit 1 See Above

Godwit sp. 2 too far down Bill Forward Pool to i.d. with binoculars; probably Marbled Godwits (very long bills)

Purple Martin 2+

10,000-100,000 TREE SWALLOW POURED IN AT 7:40, WOW! EVENTUALLY SETTLED FOR THE NIGHT IN PHRAGS NEAR OBSERVATION TOWER
SEDGE WREN 1 SINGING at Bill Forward Pool Dike AT 7:40 P.M. just at No Tresspassing sign; on marsh side of path; pished up; good looks
P.S. I'm not even going to tell you how the hell I got home. Trust me, it's a beauty!

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/16/16 4:09 pm
From: Christopher Dalton <christopher.m.dalton...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle & Winthrop - 8/16
Birders,

I enjoyed an afternoon off birding around Belle Isle and Winthrop.
Aside from a flyover flock of 6 American Oystercatchers (in addition
to two sitting out on the marsh), Belle Isle Reservation was quiet.
But I could hear Short-billed Dowitchers, Greater Yellowlegs,
Black-bellied Plovers, and sandpipers calling. I just couldn't figure
out from where.

Not much later, I found out where. While walking along the edge of the
Belle Isle Cemetery in Winthrop, I was astounded to find a large flock
of egrets in the middle of the marsh (even though I now see that Sean
Riley reported this aggregation last week). There were 22 Great Egrets
and at least 73 Snowy Egrets in that square. Also in the marsh were an
assortment of shorebirds, highlighted by several White-rumped
Sandpipers (as has been reported by others). Shorebird numbers were
especially good considering that it was getting near dead low tide.

On the way back, I was totally surprised to bump into a first year
MOURNING WARBLER in the thickets along the Winthrop Greenway. The bird
was initially very responsive to pishing, but then disappeared after
about 2 minutes and could not be refound.

All in all, a very pleasant afternoon in an area that I'm looking
forward to exploring more this fall!

Checklists are below, for those who are interested.

Best,
Chris Dalton
Brookline, MA
<christopher.m.dalton...>


Short Beach Creek radio square, Suffolk, Massachusetts, US
Aug 16, 2016 2:05 PM - 2:50 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Seen from back of cemetery. Major congregation of egrets
and shorebirds tucked in here and there <br />Submitted from eBird for
iOS, version 1.2.6 Build 75
20 species

American Black Duck 1
Mallard 1
Great Egret 22
Snowy Egret 73 Careful count of only the ones I could see.
Average of three sweeps through flock
Osprey 1
Black-bellied Plover 2
Semipalmated Plover 5
Least Sandpiper 10
White-rumped Sandpiper 2 *likely three. unusual, as far as I can
tell. Studied at length though at great distance. Front heavy, long
bodied and tapered body shape with wings extending beyond tail. Even
gray on head and back, streaks down flanks beneath wings. Flight calls
heard several times and two birds seen in flight from behind,
revealing all white rump. Larger than nearby semis and leasts.
Semipalmated Sandpiper 20
Short-billed Dowitcher 8
Greater Yellowlegs 10
Lesser Yellowlegs 5
Laughing Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 2
Herring Gull 5
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Mourning Dove 1
Gray Catbird 1

Winthrop Greenway, Suffolk, Massachusetts, US
Aug 16, 2016 3:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Birding on the way back from greenway. Mostly cloudy
with light breeze from SSE. Pishing mostly to kill time as I was
walking and was surprised by the warbler. Nice aggregation of aerial
insectivores by entrance.
21 species

Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Egret 1
Herring Gull (American) 6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Mourning Dove 6
Chimney Swift 12
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Warbling Vireo 1 silent foraging at same spot as mourning warbler
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 10
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 3
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 20
Cedar Waxwing 3
Mourning Warbler 1 *Rare. My first fall migrant of this species
(and first of this plumage - hatch year bird). Seen in the thickets to
the left of the trail as heading out from the Short Beach parking lot,
about 100-200 yards from entrance (before benches overlooking
saltmarsh & bridge). Unexpected, but fitting pattern of August
migrants in coastal thickets. This bird responded to my casual
pishing, responding with distinctive call notes and moving toward the
top of some low bushes. I actually did not want to stop to check it
out, as I was trying to move along because of some folks in woods
nearby. But, after getting my bins on the bird, I stayed put to get
better looks that confirmed the ID. Notes - thick, chunky warbler with
short tail, thick bill with pale base of lower bill. Bright yellow
below (undertail coverts through throat, no contrast between
undertail, belly, breast, and throat); olive back and tail, no wing
bars. Gray hood extended around sides of head to yellow throat. Thin
white arcs above and below eye.
Yellow Warbler 1
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 4
American Goldfinch 12
House Sparrow 4
 

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Date: 8/16/16 3:30 pm
From: Mark Fairbrother <bogelfin...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turners Falls Laughing Gull continues
The Laughing Gull first found by James Smith yesterday was still present
this afternoon on the large buoys above the dam.



Mark Fairbrother

Montague, MA 01351




 

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Date: 8/16/16 2:35 pm
From: Thomas Robben <robben99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] October 1st Ocean Exploration Cruise
Sorry for the problems with the internet links messing up.
To learn more details about this trip, and to get the link for payment,
type this into your internet browser:

tinyurl.com/oct12016trip​

This should work, otherwise email to <robben99...> for assistance and
info.
Tom Robben

 

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Date: 8/16/16 1:33 pm
From: Thomas Robben <robben99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] October 1st: new OCEAN EXPLORATION CRUISE 2016.
Do you want to learn more about how the ocean works and how it changes
through the seasons while we search for seabirds and whales at the same
time? If so, we invite you to join this trip.

OCEAN EXPLORATION CRUISE 2016

​Sponsored by NECWA (New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance www.necwa.org).​

Our trip will search for ocean "hot-spots" where there is high-activity of
seabirds, whales and other marine life. We will also make an effort to
sample those waters along with the prey items that make them so special? Is
it all about food, or are there other factors at work? What is actually
being eaten by the birds and by the whales, and is it the same?

This 8-hour trip will try to find and observe as many seabirds and whales
as possible, and if we find any hot-spots with high activity we will pause
there and try to determine what is so special about those spots. Several
experts on seabirds, whales, and marine science will be on-board to help
explain and answer participant questions, along with analyzing what is
happening at each hot-spot we find. Throughout the cruise efforts will be
made to explain the marine ecosystem as a whole and how it relates to the
activity of seabirds and marine mammals.

DATE: October 1, 2016 saturday, from 8am to 4pm.
PORT: Gloucester, MA.
COST: $90 per person.
ROUTE: the best ocean areas TBD that day, off the coast of New England.
​NATURALISTS WILL INCLUDE: Krill Carson, Jay Frontierro, Les Kaufman, Wayne
Petersen,​ Tom Robben,​ ​Tammy Silva​, Jim Sweeney​.

Ocean Exploration Cruise 2016
<http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ed1zgvl552c6c6b4&llr=qdcmohcab>

​:​
go here to sign-up and pay.​

http://tinyurl.com/oct12016trip
​:​
go here for more information on this trip​

Or contact this email ​if you have questions:​ <robben99...>




 

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Date: 8/16/16 12:50 pm
From: Thomas Robben <robben99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] October 1st: new OCEAN EXPLORATION CRUISE 2016
Do you want to learn more about how the ocean works and how it changes
through the seasons while we search for seabirds and whales at the same
time? If so, we invite you to join this trip.

OCEAN EXPLORATION CRUISE 2016

​Sponsored by NECWA (New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance www.necwa.org).​

Our trip will search for ocean "hot-spots" where there is high-activity of
seabirds, whales and other marine life. We will also make an effort to
sample those waters along with the prey items that make them so special? Is
it all about food, or are there other factors at work? What is actually
being eaten by the birds and by the whales, and is it the same?

This 8-hour trip will try to find and observe as many seabirds and whales
as possible, and if we find any hot-spots with high activity we will pause
there and try to determine what is so special about those spots. Several
experts on seabirds, whales, and marine science will be on-board to help
explain and answer participant questions, along with analyzing what is
happening at each hot-spot we find. Throughout the cruise efforts will be
made to explain the marine ecosystem as a whole and how it relates to the
activity of seabirds and marine mammals.

DATE: October 1, 2016 saturday, from 8am to 4pm.
PORT: Gloucester, MA.
COST: $90 per person.
ROUTE: the best ocean areas TBD that day, off the coast of New England.
​NATURALISTS WILL INCLUDE: Krill Carson, Jay Frontierro, Les Kaufman, Wayne
Petersen,​ Tom Robben,​ ​Tammy Silva​, Jim Sweeney​.

Ocean Exploration Cruise 2016
<http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ed1zgvl552c6c6b4&llr=qdcmohcab>
<< go here to sign-up and pay.​

http://tinyurl.com/oct12016trip << go here for more information on this
trip​

Or contact this email ​if you have questions:​ <robben99...>
Tom Robben



 

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Date: 8/16/16 12:28 pm
From: Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westford Carolina Wrens fledged too
The 3 from my neighbor's flowering basket nest by her front door fledged
last Thursday morning around 9:30 a.m. and I was lucky enough to look out
my window at the moment the 2nd one flew out of the nest. I first saw the
1st one fluttering at the side of her house and then drop down to the
ground behind her small Japanese maple. I was actually able to get some
images when the 2nd one landed on a rock in her garden before flying off
again. Absolutely adorable! I hope they all survive! I haven't seen them
since (both parents were constantly bringing bugs to the nest days before
they fledged) and never knew that these wrens nested more than once a
season or possibly so late in the summer.

Sandy Selesky
<sandyselesky...>
Westford, MA

 

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Date: 8/16/16 12:26 pm
From: Leslie Miller <lmiller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Stories from Woodpecker Wonderland & Beyond by Stephen A. Shunk this week Thurs 8/18/16
A quick reminder that woodpecker expert Stephen A. Shunk will be giving a talk on the life and times of woodpeckers this Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Mass Audubon in Lincoln, MA. Steve is visiting us from Oregon's Woodpecker Wonderland on the eastern slopes of the Cascades where you can find 11 of the 23 species in North America. His beautiful new book, the Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America, will be available. This event is free to Mass Audubon members, and $5 for nonmembers. The event will be held at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Nature Center at 208 South Great Road (Route 117), in Lincoln, MA 01773. For more information or to register, please call the Audubon Shop 781-259-2214.
All proceeds support Mass Audubon and its conservation efforts. To learn more, visit www.massaudubon.org.

Hope to see you there!
Regards,
Leslie Miller
Audubon Shop
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
781-259-2211
<lmiller...>
 

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Date: 8/16/16 12:05 pm
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/15/16, Fisk Pond and vicinity Natick, Photos and Videos
I went to Fisk Pond and nearby areas on 8/15/16
Photos and videos at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1

I got to the pond on the NW corner of Rt 135 and Speen Street before the
great blue herons did, probably because the days are getting shorter,
the sun is rising later, and I made a video of two great blue herons
arriving at the pond.

At Pegan Cove park I made a video of two house wrens. I'm not exactly
sure what they are doing, I think one might be a juvenile and the other
an adult. In the video the juvenile is sitting in a tree and the adult
comes over and puts its foot on the juvenile's head. If anyone can
explain what is going on in that part of the video please let me know.
It's in the opening preview and repeated in slow motion (at 1:09) in the
main body of the video.

At Fisk Pond I made a video of a downy woodpecker trying to eat some
berries on a tree, but she is having a hard time getting them off the stems.

I also saw a belted kingfisher and double-crested cormorants at Fisk pond.

Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 8/16/16 9:42 am
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Island, Wellfleet, Aug 15, 2016

Thanks to everyone for the answers and advice about Great Island. The
parking is indeed free, and the tides are worth noting! One is safe
south to where the island turns into a very narrow spit leading towards
Jeremy Point. A map makes it clear what I mean.

Another great Cape birding spot. (Or spot period -- beautiful!)

Had however, a less than ideal birding experience thanks to tough winds
and leashless dogs. Saw nothing earth-shattering, but a couple highlights:

-- 1 juv. Black Tern.
-- Oodles of Great Black-Backed Gulls on the dune towards the south
before the island becomes the narrow spit. Hadn't seen such a high ratio
of Greater Black-Backed to other gulls before. A few Herrings but
otherwise just an army of Black-Backeds. (Looked closely for Lesser, saw
none, but the juvs. are tough for me.)
-- 0 Song Sparrows. FOY

Brian




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Great Island, Wellfleet, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 15, 2016 5:20 AM - 9:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
7.0 kilometer(s)
Comments: Sometimes the stars don't align: Ferocity of wind exceeded
stability of tripod, several dogs without leashes were flushing birds
too far in front of me to see well, or too far behind me, forcing me to
double back, for which I didn't have time. Want to write "5000 Aves sp."
and be done with it, but herewith, a list of those birds I could ID with
certainty. Will look at notes and photos later and adjust. But none of
the pelagics I'd been hoping for were seen. Just jiggly whitecaps in the
distance -- all the low-flying BBJs were cormorants, and the dive
bombers weren't Northern Gannets, but rather closer-up terns.

Route: Went south along beach from parking lot, back north parallel to
(and close to) the beach, then through the forest. Beautiful place. Need
to try again with a solid tripod (and a strong can of
Leashless-Dog-Be-Gone -- kidding, kidding).

35 species (+5 other taxa)

Common Loon (Gavia immer) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 35
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 4
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 60
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 40
Sanderling (Calidris alba) 8
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) 20
peep sp. (Calidris sp. (peep sp.)) 60 Too distant and wind too
strong (for new, cheap tripod) to ID.
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 2
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 1 Heard only, but
unmistakeable.
shorebird sp. (Charadriiformes sp.) 20 Large. Small peeps under
separate "sp" entry.
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) 30
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 6
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 140
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 100 Huge group of gulls on
dune, mostly Great Black-backed.
gull sp. (Larinae sp.) 40
Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) 90
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) 1
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) 100
Sterna sp. (Sterna sp.) 50 A few Forster's in here, I suspect. Will
look at photos later and try to confirm.
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 14
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 12
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) 2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 200
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 5
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 6
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 0 A first on the Cape for me, I
believe.
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2
passerine sp. (Passeriformes sp.) 12 In the pine forest near
parking lot, several non-obvious small birds. A few drabbishifying
warblers, I suspect, plus a couple vireos, I'm pretty sure, but moving
too quickly. One looked like an American Pipit.

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31104240

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

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


 

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Date: 8/16/16 8:00 am
From: <brianrfg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eastern Kingbird roosts
Hi all,
Looking for info. from anyone who has seen late summer communal roosting of Eastern Kingbirds in New England and, most specifically, Massachusetts. I used to watch a roost in Norfolk many years back and the numbers rocketed to 199 one year, with the birds arriving at the edge of a wetland at dusk. This is a time of year when many birders are concentrating on shorebirds and seabirds and migrating nighthawks and Bobolinks BUT if you happen to see kingbirds exhibiting roosting behavior and you stay and watch, you might see something special. And then share it, please. Thanks.
Brian Cassie, Foxboro

 

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Date: 8/16/16 7:58 am
From: <dave.williams6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Horn Pond, Woburn
Horn Pond Recreation Area, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 16, 2016 6:50 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Shorebird numbers down a bit, but still a nice variety. Lots of birds about.
58 species (+6 other taxa)

Dave Williams
Reading, MA

Canada Goose 14
Mute Swan 4
Wood Duck 9
Mallard 67
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Great Blue Heron 3
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Osprey 1
Semipalmated Plover 8 Continuing birds feeding on the mudflats of the lagoon.
Killdeer 9
Least Sandpiper 33
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 13
peep sp. 4
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Solitary Sandpiper 3
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 4
Ring-billed Gull 5
Herring Gull 4
Mourning Dove 1
Chimney Swift 7
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4 All together in one tree.
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2 Both heard calling at the same time.
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Well seen and heard.
Eastern Kingbird 1
flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.) 1
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 1
vireo sp. 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Barn Swallow 7 Small flock flying over the Pond.
Black-capped Chickadee 14
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
American Robin 8
Gray Catbird 3
Cedar Waxwing 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
American Redstart 1
Yellow Warbler 1
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) 2
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 3
Common Grackle 6
Orchard Oriole 1 Late. Adult male, solid black head, small bill, chestnut colored breast. Seen in the trees along the Causeway.
Baltimore Oriole 2
House Finch 9 By the gardens.
House/Purple Finch 1 Possible female Purple finch. Bigger, browner than female HOFI. Whitefish line through eye. Just didn't see it long enough to be sure.
American Goldfinch 22 Big flock in a Willow by the Gardens.
House Sparrow 7

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31116658

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 8/16/16 7:21 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
Nice to be out birding on a cooler morning. Did not see anything too special but still had a nice variety with 34 species.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

Wild Turkey 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Cooper's Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 28
Mourning Dove 125
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Eastern Kingbird 2
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 6
Barn Swallow 13
Black-capped Chickadee 11
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
House Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 10
American Robin 5
Gray Catbird 8
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 120
Cedar Waxwing 1
Chipping Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 1
Baltimore Oriole 2
House Finch 11
American Goldfinch 5




 

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Date: 8/16/16 3:54 am
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Giant Swallowtail Butterfly - Quebec Too

I had a Giant Swallowtail in southwestern Quebec on June 1st this summer in the town of Godmanchester. This is about 45 miles northwest of Plattsburgh, NY as the butterfly flies. There was a somewhat southern feel to the birds in this area too - including Blue-winged Warbler, BG Gnatcatcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo.


Mike Resch
Pepperell, MA


-----Original Message-----
From: CHARLES PATTERSON <chaspatt...>
To: Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...>; Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...>
Cc: <Massbird...> <massbird...>
Sent: Mon, Aug 15, 2016 10:15 pm
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Giant Swallowtail Butterfly/Amesbury



I thought I saw one flying fast on the Cape a month or so ago but finally put it down to a very large male Black. Guess I should have followed it a little further. Never expected to see one this far north. Thanks for the info on the extended range.



Charlie Patterson

Norwell, ma

On August 15, 2016 at 2:31 PM Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> wrote:

I had one a few years back in Billerica. Pretty amazing!


Paul

On Monday, August 15, 2016, Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...> wrote:

An off "avian topic" sighting;
While walking our Lab on the Riverwalk Path this AM I spotted from quite far away
what I first thought was a very active flycatcher but soon realized it was a huge
Butterfly. And very beautiful to boot! A quick check of my app revealed it was
a Giant Swallowtail. First I have ever seen
to my recollection.
I assume by what I have read that this is a rarity???
Kirk




 

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Date: 8/15/16 7:08 pm
From: CHARLES PATTERSON <chaspatt...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Giant Swallowtail Butterfly/Amesbury
I thought I saw one flying fast on the Cape a month or so ago but finally put it down to a very large male Black. Guess I should have followed it a little further. Never expected to see one this far north. Thanks for the info on the extended range.


Charlie Patterson

Norwell, ma

> On August 15, 2016 at 2:31 PM Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> wrote:
>
> I had one a few years back in Billerica. Pretty amazing!
>
> Paul
>
> On Monday, August 15, 2016, Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...> mailto:<gentilisfinder...> > wrote:
>
> > > An off "avian topic" sighting;
> > While walking our Lab on the Riverwalk Path this AM I spotted from quite far away
> > what I first thought was a very active flycatcher but soon realized it was a huge
> > Butterfly. And very beautiful to boot! A quick check of my app revealed it was
> > a Giant Swallowtail. First I have ever seen
> > to my recollection.
> > I assume by what I have read that this is a rarity???
> > Kirk
> >
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Date: 8/15/16 6:37 pm
From: <donaldwilkinson3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/15 BBC Trip to Plum Island
It was a great morning for birding at Plum Island (7:30-11:30) and I was joined by Jane Bean, Chris Martone and Barbara and Bill Drummond! It was a great team. I consider Bill by mentor and an outstanding birder and teacher of 24 years! It was great to see him. Thanks Bill!

Here are the highlights in no particular order:

4 Piping Plover, Sandy Point (SP)
Raptors: Cooper's Hawk, Northern Harrier (2), Red-tailed Hawk (2) and Osprey
2 Forster's Tern, New Blind and SP
25+ Common Terns (including young begging for fish)
1 Solitary Sandpiper (Stage Island (SI))
1 AMERICAN AVOCET - continuing bird, SI
1 Spotted Sandpiper
Killdeer - lots
Semi-palmated Plover - 100's
Black-bellied Plover - many
Willet
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs
Semi-palmated Sandpiper
1 Black-crowned Heron (Lot 1 Boat ramp)
Snowy and Great Egrets
2 Eastern Towhee
Baltimore Oriole - Hellcat
Yellow Warbler - 1 only!, SP

Good Birding!
Don Wilkinson, Nahant
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Date: 8/15/16 2:55 pm
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gill - Laughing Gull
Greetings birders,

A hatch-year Laughing Gull in relatively fresh juvenile plumage was present at Barton Cove/Turner's Falls today (08/15). It spent much of its time on the buoy line that straddles the river between Unity Park (Turner's Falls) and Riverview Drive (Gill). I saw it several times between errands and it was still present around 4pm. This is the first time that I've recorded a Laughing Gull at this particular site, a location at which I've now documented 12 species of gull since 2005. That tally does not include the much discussed Yellow-legged/hybrid Gull from February this year, the identification of which will almost certainly never be resolved.

A few pics of the Laughing Gull can be seen here;

http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/08/ma-laughing-gull-in-gill.html

Good birding,


James



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

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Date: 8/15/16 12:51 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Giant Swallowtail Butterfly/Amesbury
Kirk and MassBirders,

Giant Swallowtail is a rarity, but less of one than it used to be. It is a southern species that periodically stages incursions into New England, forms breeding colonies, and then disappears. Between incursions it is an accidental vagrant. The latest incursion started in 2009; prior to that, the species had been mostly absent from the region since the 1930’s.

This page includes a great summary of the species’ history in our state:
http://www.butterfliesofmassachusetts.net/giant-swt.htm

“During 1986-90, this species was not recorded at all by the Atlas project. There is only one report from these years, a sighting by A. Grkovich in Saugus July 22, 1990 (LSSS 1990). There are no other Massachusetts reports in Lepidopterists’ Society records from prior years back to 1968. There are no reports in MBC records, which begin in 1991, until the report of a single in 1999, shown below on Chart 112. Between the years 2000 and 2007, MBC records show only 1 report of Giant Swallowtail. By this measure, this species was obviously Very Rare in the state (Table 5). “

After two reports in 2009, there were 7 in 2010. In 2011 a breeding population was confirmed from Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield, MA (also the site of one of the 2009 and 3 of the 2010 sightings), with caterpillar reports from several other sites in western MA. There has been suspicion of breeding in or near the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary since at least 2011, but I’m not sure if anyone has confirmed it yet.

Again, from the website above: “Between 2010 and 2013, Giant Swallowtail or its eggs and larvae were seen in 95 of the 351 towns in Massachusetts, well-distributed throughout the state…. Most sightings are of individuals. The only site where Giant Swallowtail has been seen in numbers is Bartholomew’s Cobble, a Trustees of Reservations property in Sheffield, in the southwestern corner of the state. A second site is in the east at Ipswich River, a Massachusetts Audubon Society sanctuary in Topsfield. Here a high count of 6 was reported on 8/12/2012 by M. Arey. Collectors please note that no collecting of insect specimens is allowed on either Trustees of Reservations or Massachusetts Audubon Society properties unless a permit is granted by the organization.”

Other sightings and discussion of the species can be found on the butterfly equivalent of MassBird, called MassLep, at
https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/masslep

Good birding (and butterflying),

Josh



Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
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Date: 8/15/16 11:39 am
From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Giant Swallowtail Butterfly/Amesbury
I had one a few years back in Billerica. Pretty amazing!

Paul

On Monday, August 15, 2016, Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...> wrote:

> An off "avian topic" sighting;
> While walking our Lab on the Riverwalk Path this AM I spotted from quite
> far away
> what I first thought was a very active flycatcher but soon realized it was
> a huge
> Butterfly. And very beautiful to boot! A quick check of my app revealed
> it was
> a Giant Swallowtail. First I have ever seen
> to my recollection.
> I assume by what I have read that this is a rarity???
> Kirk
>

 

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Date: 8/15/16 10:39 am
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] egrets galore, 10 glossy ibis, forster's tern at Ridgevale Beach, Chatham, Aug 13, 2016

> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31076647
>
> Forest Beach and Conservation Lands, Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
> Aug 13, 2016 5:30 AM - 9:40 AM

> Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) 2

Correrction: Spotted Sandpiper (juv.)! Apologies. Not of
world-historical significance, but still (Those who saw the photo and
gently waited for me to note my own error had non-misplaced faith.)


Unrelated note: leashless dogs -- or, I suppose, their owners --
significantly reduced the joy and success of my birding at Great Island
today. I thought it was illegal, or at least a violation of some
official kind or other, to have dogs there without leashes.

Brian

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

 

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Date: 8/15/16 10:26 am
From: John <john.mcelligott3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens
4 fledglings left the nest in my yard today.

Ted McElligott
Lynn
 

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Date: 8/15/16 9:27 am
From: Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Giant Swallowtail Butterfly/Amesbury
An off "avian topic" sighting;
While walking our Lab on the Riverwalk Path this AM I spotted from quite
far away
what I first thought was a very active flycatcher but soon realized it was
a huge
Butterfly. And very beautiful to boot! A quick check of my app revealed
it was
a Giant Swallowtail. First I have ever seen
to my recollection.
I assume by what I have read that this is a rarity???
Kirk

 

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Date: 8/15/16 7:51 am
From: Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] backyard carolina
heard my first backyard carolina wren since april.
yesterday, 6am
fred b
on butterfly bushes later: tiger swallowtail, 10 peck's skippers.

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wine,
see a fine picture, and if possible, to speak a few reasonable words.'
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(1749-1836)

 

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Date: 8/15/16 6:15 am
From: AJ Pellegrini-Toole <aptoole...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Carolina wrens
Well that explains the nest I just noticed by our front door yesterday!
I didn't think I had been
that unobservant since spring and the wrens have been really vocal
around the front of the house.
The nest looks "clean" so I don't know if the young have recently
fledged or eggs are in preparation.
I will have to keep an eye on it.

Thanks Jim!


Alida Pellegrini-Toole
North Falmouth, MA

aptoole AT yahoo DOT com

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Brian, it is not at all unusual for carolina wrens to nest in August and

even September. Many pairs nest 3 times in a season. A pair nesting in my

garage fledged young on Aug. 31, 2007. Phil Brown showed me a nest in

Hamilton with 3 eggs on Sep. 6, 2003.



Jim Berry

Ipswich, Mass.

<jim.berry3...>


 

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Date: 8/14/16 10:29 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens
Brian, it is not at all unusual for carolina wrens to nest in August and
even September. Many pairs nest 3 times in a season. A pair nesting in my
garage fledged young on Aug. 31, 2007. Phil Brown showed me a nest in
Hamilton with 3 eggs on Sep. 6, 2003.

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


----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Manning Delaney" <bmd54321...>
To: "MASSBIRD, massbird" <massbird...>
Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2016 5:15 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens


>
> Here in Orleans (near the town center) we've had at least one -- usually
> two -- Carolina Wrens singing, around sunrise, every morning that I've
> been here -- March-ish to early June, 2015, fall 2015, and then, this
> year, early spring and then again starting a month or so ago. And they
> sing sporadically throughout the day (less now, of course). In fact we had
> two spending a lot of time on our patio looking as if they were
> investigating a nesting site, just two weeks ago! A bit late, but maybe
> they had a failed first attempt and wanted to make another go of it. But
> my expert friends tell me that would be odd for Carolina Wrens in late
> July.

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

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

 

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Date: 8/14/16 3:33 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/14 Pectoral Sandpipers Squantum Pans
Hi,
I birded from 11:35-1:35 today along East Squantum St. This includes the salt pans as well as the low tide mudflats a bit further down the road. (beyond Victory Rd.) The Pectoral Sandpipers were in the large pan further down the road from the first pan. i.e. not the Kennedy Center pan. In addition to the Pectoral Sandpipers, there were eight other shorebird species.

Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 5
Snowy Egret 5
Osprey 2 on nest in marsh
Cooper's Hawk 1
Black-bellied Plover 10 mudflats and spit a bit past Victory Rd.
Greater Yellowlegs 21
Short-billed Dowitcher 8
Pectoral Sandpiper 2 See above
Laughing Gull 13
Common Tern 3 including a juvenile
Saltmarsh Sparrow 2+
Marilyn McClean 1

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/14/16 3:08 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens
On the cape, they are not. We had a particularly tough two winters in a row, especially in the Boston area, and Carolina Wren took a big hit. It is nice to have them return(ing) to areas where they were more common than now.

Glenn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Manning Delaney" <bmd54321...>
To: "massbird MASSBIRD" <massbird...>
Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2016 5:15:16 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens


Here in Orleans (near the town center) we've had at least one -- usually
two -- Carolina Wrens singing, around sunrise, every morning that I've
been here -- March-ish to early June, 2015, fall 2015, and then, this
year, early spring and then again starting a month or so ago. And they
sing sporadically throughout the day (less now, of course). In fact we
had two spending a lot of time on our patio looking as if they were
investigating a nesting site, just two weeks ago! A bit late, but maybe
they had a failed first attempt and wanted to make another go of it. But
my expert friends tell me that would be odd for Carolina Wrens in late July.

In any event, I see and hear them everywhere on the Cape. I hadn't even
realized they were endangered, though I suppose all birds are....

Oh, and I suddenly remember that the Carolina Wren was the first bird I
ID'd with Cornell's Merlin Bird ID app, just a year and a half ago.
(Yes, I was a bare bones beginner here ... still often feel that way.)

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

 

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Date: 8/14/16 3:06 pm
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Dedicated off-shore deep, warm water pelagic trip September 24,25, 2016
Greetings:



Time to sign up for our September Pelagic trip to the Hydrographer, Veatch
and Atlantis Canyon area searching for White-faced storm-petrels,
Band-rumped and Leach's Storm petrels, 4 species of Shearwaters including
Audubon's, Skua, Long-tailed jaegers, Bridled Tern, Black-capped petrel,
phalaropes, Kittewakes, gulls, sea ducks, any rarities, several whales
other mammals, fish, etc. Excellent photo ops.

Jeremiah Trimble, Nick Bonomo, Luke Seitz, and others usually lead these
trips. Our boat, the Helen H is a comfortable fast, 100 foot fishing boat
with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic captain and crew. There are 38 bunks
available to the first 38 who sign up. There is a full galley with
excellent food at reasonable prices. Parking is free.

Date September 24, 25, 2016. time. 5:30 AM Saturday to 6PM Sunday.

Cost: BBC Members $310.00, non-members $330.00.

To reserve a space, contact Ida Giriunas <ida8...> or
781-929-8772 for a Waiver Form and more information and, if needed.


 

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Date: 8/14/16 2:22 pm
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens

Here in Orleans (near the town center) we've had at least one -- usually
two -- Carolina Wrens singing, around sunrise, every morning that I've
been here -- March-ish to early June, 2015, fall 2015, and then, this
year, early spring and then again starting a month or so ago. And they
sing sporadically throughout the day (less now, of course). In fact we
had two spending a lot of time on our patio looking as if they were
investigating a nesting site, just two weeks ago! A bit late, but maybe
they had a failed first attempt and wanted to make another go of it. But
my expert friends tell me that would be odd for Carolina Wrens in late July.

In any event, I see and hear them everywhere on the Cape. I hadn't even
realized they were endangered, though I suppose all birds are....

Oh, and I suddenly remember that the Carolina Wren was the first bird I
ID'd with Cornell's Merlin Bird ID app, just a year and a half ago.
(Yes, I was a bare bones beginner here ... still often feel that way.)

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

 

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Date: 8/14/16 1:26 pm
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Essex yard birds 08/14/16
Thanks Glenn!

Enjoy,

Phil


On 8/14/2016 4:05 PM, Glenn d'Entremont wrote:
> I love the auditory addition to the report. I have Cooper's Hawk nesting behind the house the last two years (opposite the house the prior 3-5 years) and have heard this young "begging" call lots of times. There was a constant cardinal calling on the audio as well as a young crow w/the adult. Thanks.
>
> This week I have two Carolina Wrens in the yard; the first since late January 2015 (similar to Phil's report). After that extreme winter there was one bird singing in the neighborhood when I have had up to three singing birds heard from the year (six birds minimum represented?). Up to that point I have had wintering CAWRs every yaar in the yard for the 15 winters. I think they are rebounding. Reports from Westport area would be nice as they were really hit there too.
>
> Glenn
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Phil Brown" <nebirdsplus...>
> To: "MassBird" <massbird...>
> Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2016 7:18:19 AM
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Essex yard birds 08/14/16
>
> A bit of a red letter day at the house this morning with a CAROLINA WREN
> calling from the entrance to one of the owl boxes. It's been just over
> 15 months since I last heard / saw one in the neighborhood, quite happy
> to see they're on the rebound!
>
> The young Cooper's Hawks are off the nest and "asking" to be fed from
> various locations in the neighborhood though they're beginning to quiet
> down. I managed a bit of audio of one perched in front of the house
> during the week with several Crows calling from the other side of the
> yard if anyone is interested.
>
> https://soundcloud.com/nebirdsplus/american-crows-coopers-hawk-08-1-16
>

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

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

 

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Date: 8/14/16 1:13 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Essex yard birds 08/14/16
I love the auditory addition to the report. I have Cooper's Hawk nesting behind the house the last two years (opposite the house the prior 3-5 years) and have heard this young "begging" call lots of times. There was a constant cardinal calling on the audio as well as a young crow w/the adult. Thanks.

This week I have two Carolina Wrens in the yard; the first since late January 2015 (similar to Phil's report). After that extreme winter there was one bird singing in the neighborhood when I have had up to three singing birds heard from the year (six birds minimum represented?). Up to that point I have had wintering CAWRs every yaar in the yard for the 15 winters. I think they are rebounding. Reports from Westport area would be nice as they were really hit there too.

Glenn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Phil Brown" <nebirdsplus...>
To: "MassBird" <massbird...>
Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2016 7:18:19 AM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Essex yard birds 08/14/16

A bit of a red letter day at the house this morning with a CAROLINA WREN
calling from the entrance to one of the owl boxes. It's been just over
15 months since I last heard / saw one in the neighborhood, quite happy
to see they're on the rebound!

The young Cooper's Hawks are off the nest and "asking" to be fed from
various locations in the neighborhood though they're beginning to quiet
down. I managed a bit of audio of one perched in front of the house
during the week with several Crows calling from the other side of the
yard if anyone is interested.

https://soundcloud.com/nebirdsplus/american-crows-coopers-hawk-08-1-16

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

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

 

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Date: 8/14/16 8:48 am
From: Pete <shaka_pete...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Avocet Stage Island pool 11:30 am
Avocet currently visible feeding in the south end of the pool. Visible from parking lot for the trail. Refound by Jeanne-Marie Maher. -Constance Lapite, Beverly,MA

Sent from my mobile

 

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Date: 8/14/16 5:52 am
From: Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Avocet Stage Island 12:45 8/13
Dear Massbirders,

It was a pleasure seeing the Avocet at Stage Island pool yesterday. I didn't have a scope as me and a friend spent at least a few hours looking for the bird. We were told it was at Stage Island pool so we went back and positioned ourselves on the viewing platform. We were about to leave and low and behold I found the Avocet. It had to be 2,500-3,000' across the pool but its bahavior (sweeping feeding action) and the large white primary wing patch brought it into focus even without a scope. MaryAlice & I watched it feed and then rest for about 20 minutes......What a wonderful bird to see...thanks to all who posted about it the last few weeks

Scott Ricker
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On Sat, 8/13/16, tattler1 <tattler1...> wrote:

Subject: [MASSBIRD] Avocet Stage Island 12:45 8/13
To: <massbird...>
Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016, 12:54 PM

The Avocet just flew into Stage
Island pool. It had been seen earlier from the tower at lot
7.

1 Black Tern and 1 Forsters Tern also being seen. Hudsonian
Godwit seen earlier not being seen at the moment. Suggest
checking the harbor

Linda

Sent from my iPhone

Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>


 

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Date: 8/14/16 4:25 am
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Essex yard birds 08/14/16
A bit of a red letter day at the house this morning with a CAROLINA WREN
calling from the entrance to one of the owl boxes. It's been just over
15 months since I last heard / saw one in the neighborhood, quite happy
to see they're on the rebound!

The young Cooper's Hawks are off the nest and "asking" to be fed from
various locations in the neighborhood though they're beginning to quiet
down. I managed a bit of audio of one perched in front of the house
during the week with several Crows calling from the other side of the
yard if anyone is interested.

https://soundcloud.com/nebirdsplus/american-crows-coopers-hawk-08-1-16

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

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

 

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Date: 8/13/16 6:08 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Prairie Warbler-yard bird


M'bers, today around 415pm a small group of Chickadees visited a crabapple tree off the deck and much to my surprise and pleasure were accompanied by a lone 1st cycle Prairie Warbler. I phished a bit drawing the Chickadees in close and the Prairie a little closer too, allowing me good looks at eye level about 15 feet away. 
Joe PaluzziSalem at Vinnie SqSent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet
 

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Date: 8/13/16 5:18 pm
From: Jamie Bogart <jsh_bogart...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Race point birds
Greetings birders:


after what seemed like a hopeless tredge through ORV territory, we were rewarded by a frenzy of seabird activity further up (TY Steve Arena for a great crash course in the pelagics for which I am a novice!). Caught glimpses of all the shearwaters and quite an array of terns including common, roseate, black tern (juv!), and juv Forsters, tern of the day for me. Decent shorebird activity on way out also, although the seabirds (and whales!) were the hit.


Jamie Bogart

 

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Date: 8/13/16 1:34 pm
From: Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tern Island, Chatham, Ma shorebirds( close looks esp. at North east end of Island)
Shore birds numbering 1000+ ( Boat by Beachcomber out of Chatham Pier(
$20 r/t) 10am to 4:30 pm, just show up( check parking there, otherwise
Cow Yard Lane) He goes to North Beach too. Ends Labor day, but check.

Hale Bird Group led by Bob Prescott from Wellfleet Bay 10-1pm today (
high tide 8:40 am or so)

over 200 red knots, possibly as many as 300 to 400( some banded from
Argentina, US)

200 shortbill dowitchers

6 white rump sandpipers

150 semipalm sandpipers

60 semipalm plovers

40 least sandpipers

12 sanderlings

32 b.b. plovers

7 piping plovers

8 oystercatchers

50 ruddy turnstones

30 Willets

Least terns, common terns, forster's terns

Kathy Rawdon, Hingham, Ma.




 

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Date: 8/13/16 1:21 pm
From: Daniel Neiman <daniel.neiman...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Avocet Stage Island 12:45 8/13
While people keep locating the Avocet, I don’t think they should ignore the more common residents of Plum Island, most notably the amazing variety of biting flies that seem to inhabit the Hellcat area in the evening. While there were only a couple of larger green heads/horse flies, that lack was more than made up for by the large number of small stinging flies that seemed immune to insect repellents, high winds, and cloth barriers. Although some may find it satisfying to be part of the food chain that supports, eventually, the tree swallows, I would recommend some long pants and shirts, as uncomfortable as that may be on some of the hot days we’ve been having lately.

There were also a couple of somewhat vocal great blue herons, a harrier that made an unsuccessful grab for, I think, some yellow legs, and a bunch of assorted plovers that almost but probably didn’t outnumber the flies. No avocet, though.


> On Aug 13, 2016, at 12:54 PM, tattler1 <tattler1...> wrote:
>
> The Avocet just flew into Stage Island pool. It had been seen earlier from the tower at lot 7.
>
> 1 Black Tern and 1 Forsters Tern also being seen. Hudsonian Godwit seen earlier not being seen at the moment. Suggest checking the harbor
>
> Linda
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> Linda Ferraresso
> Salem, MA
> <Tattler1...>
>


 

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Date: 8/13/16 1:08 pm
From: Sabrina Hepburn <s.k.hepburn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Trip to Parker River NWR, Aug 13, 2016
Massbirders,

Cool overcast weather, modest crowds and some unusual birds combined for a great morning at Plum Island for the Brookline Bird Club trip. Highlights included the continuing AMERICAN AVOCET, seen from the Stage Island tower, along with Hudsonian Godwit, Black Tern, and Forster’s Tern at Stage Island and a Red Knot from the Bill Forward Blind. Roseate Terns from Sandy Point Beach. Complete ebird list below.

The next BBC trips to Plum Island:
Monday evening 8/22 at 5:30 PM with Dave Williams
Saturday 8/27 at 7am with Jonathan Center

Good birding
Sabrina

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Parker River NWR, Aug 13, 2016
> Date: August 13, 2016 at 3:46:02 PM EDT
> To: <s.k.hepburn...>
>
> Parker River NWR, Essex, Massachusetts, US
> Aug 13, 2016 8:00 AM - 1:15 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 6.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Brookline Bird Club trip led by Sabrina Hepburn, 9 participants
> 59 species
>
> Canada Goose 20
> American Black Duck 15
> Mallard 80
> Double-crested Cormorant 80
> Great Blue Heron 3
> Great Egret 8
> Snowy Egret 100
> Green Heron 1
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Osprey 2
> American Avocet 1 Continuing bird, seen from Stage Island tower
> Black-bellied Plover 40
> Semipalmated Plover 300
> Piping Plover 20
> Killdeer 5
> Hudsonian Godwit 1 Stage Is
> Ruddy Turnstone 1 Sandy pt
> Red Knot 1 Bill Forward blind
> Sanderling 3
> Least Sandpiper 10
> White-rumped Sandpiper 5
> Pectoral Sandpiper 1
> Semipalmated Sandpiper 250
> Short-billed Dowitcher 30
> Spotted Sandpiper 2
> Greater Yellowlegs 50
> Willet 3
> Lesser Yellowlegs 25
> Ring-billed Gull 10
> Herring Gull 15
> Great Black-backed Gull 4
> Least Tern 12
> Black Tern 1 Stage Is.
> Roseate Tern 5 Sandy Pt.
> Common Tern 30
> Forster's Tern 1
> Mourning Dove 1
> Northern Flicker 1
> Peregrine Falcon 1
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Eastern Kingbird 15
> American Crow 2
> Tree Swallow 5000
> Bank Swallow 1
> Barn Swallow 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> American Robin 3
> Gray Catbird 8
> Brown Thrasher 2
> Northern Mockingbird 2
> European Starling 40
> Cedar Waxwing 6
> Common Yellowthroat 1
> Yellow Warbler 2
> Song Sparrow 2
> Eastern Towhee 5
> Common Grackle 2
> Baltimore Oriole 1
> American Goldfinch 4
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31080164
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


 

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Date: 8/13/16 10:00 am
From: tattler1 <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Avocet Stage Island 12:45 8/13
The Avocet just flew into Stage Island pool. It had been seen earlier from the tower at lot 7.

1 Black Tern and 1 Forsters Tern also being seen. Hudsonian Godwit seen earlier not being seen at the moment. Suggest checking the harbor

Linda

Sent from my iPhone

Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>

 

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Date: 8/13/16 9:01 am
From: Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] egrets galore, 10 glossy ibis, forster's tern at Ridgevale Beach, Chatham, Aug 13, 2016
As the tide was coming in, a plethora of egrets was foraging in the tidal creek behind ridgevale beach. Later, many of them were roosting in some pines overlooking Buck's Creek.Here is my ebird list,Sadly I only have a few more days left on the Cape.All the bestFred AtwoodChatham MAOakton VA


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>
To: <fredatwood...>
Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2016 11:47 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Ridgevale Beach, Chatham, Aug 13, 2016

Ridgevale Beach, Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 13, 2016 7:15 AM - 9:07 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:    Tons of egrets in creek behind beach as tide comes in. Walked ridgevale beach and then into "Bayberry Shores" to Buck's Creek overlook where tide covered flats. Carefully studied every swallow, hoping for all expected species, but missed Martin.  <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.6 Build 75
54 species (+1 other taxa)

Mallard  1
Double-crested Cormorant  21
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  21
Snowy Egret  63    Many later roosting in pines by bucks creek.
Green Heron  3
Glossy Ibis  10    Exact. 8 resting in marsh together. 1 in creek at same time. Later saw ten flying.
Osprey  4
Black-bellied Plover  1
Semipalmated Plover  10
Piping Plover  1
Whimbrel  1
Ruddy Turnstone  12
Sanderling  185
Least Sandpiper  7
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Short-billed Dowitcher  13
Spotted Sandpiper  3
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Willet (Eastern)  24
Willet (Western)  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  65
Ring-billed Gull  18
Herring Gull  25
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Least Tern  35
Common Tern  35
Forster's Tern  1    I think this is my first at this location.
Mourning Dove  4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Kingbird  5    Family with fledglings that were chasing food and being fed.
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  8
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Tree Swallow  54
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  12
Cliff Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  4
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  9
European Starling  75
Cedar Waxwing  2
Common Yellowthroat  4
Saltmarsh Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  9
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  10

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31075181

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



 

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Date: 8/13/16 7:23 am
From: Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Aug 12, 2016
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sat, Aug 13, 2016 at 12:03 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Aug 12, 2016
To: <derekbrownbuild...>


Essex Bay, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 12, 2016 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Essex bay, on the spit. Half tide falling, 92deg. Sunny
15 species

Double-crested Cormorant 25 Cormorants starting to mass in the bay,
with a few snowy egrets, as the juvenile schooling fish become large enough
for a meal. Numbers of cormorants usually close to 600 in another month
Snowy Egret 8
Osprey 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Black-bellied Plover 54
Semipalmated Plover 215
Red Knot 2
Stilt Sandpiper 1
Sanderling 27
Least Sandpiper 2
White-rumped Sandpiper 7
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1123
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Least Tern 8

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S31072958

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

 

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Date: 8/13/16 7:11 am
From: Spector, David (Biology) <spectord...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] W. Mass. guide going out of print

Anyone interested in a copy of The Bird Finding Guide to Western Massachusetts* should buy immediately, as the publisher is withdrawing it:
https://umassextensionbookstore.com/products/42

David Spector
Belchertown, Massachusetts


*Yes, I am one of the editors. No, I have no financial stake in the book, but I would like to see it used.
 

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Date: 8/13/16 5:35 am
From: Joseph Bourget <joseph.bourget...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR - stage island Highlights 13-AUG-16 - 0821
Good morning all,

This morning at Stage Island, 2 Western Willets, the Avocet, 4 Forster's
Terns and a Hudsonian Godwit were present. The Willets left around 0800 and
haven't been seen since. Bill Goodrich, Bob Murphy and myself were present
at the time this email was sent off. Thanks to Bob for spotting the Willets
and the Godwit.

Respectfully,

Joseph Bourget
Brimfield, MA

 

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Date: 8/13/16 5:21 am
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Offer of Books about Birds
I am trying to reduce the number of book around our home and have a bunch
of birding related titles I would be happy to give away to anyone
interested. Please contact me directly for a listing.

Cliff Cook
Watertown

Posted with permission from the moderator.

 

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Date: 8/12/16 7:53 pm
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Oystercatchers Belle Isle Marsh
For anyone that finds it tough to get good looks at American Oystercatcher's, there are between 5-9 that are roosting / spending most of the day in the pan to the left of the main observation deck ( not the tower) . If you walk the main loop path you can't miss them. These birds have been here everyday for weeks. In fact Oystercatcher's have been seen everyday I have looked for them this season. The morning seems to be best see all of them, but they are there for most of the day, and very close for great viewing with binoculars or scopes. That said please do not enter the marsh to get closer. Enjoy.

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

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/12/16 7:52 pm
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird -- Belle Isle Marsh Reservation -- Aug 12, 2016
Belle Isle Marsh Reservation
Aug 12, 2016
7:12 AM
Traveling
1.00 miles
30 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: All shorebirds seen in the "key" this morning not the main park
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.6 Build 75

2 American Black Duck
5 Mallard
15 Double-crested Cormorant
23 Great Egret
72 Snowy Egret -- Large group
1 Black-crowned Night-Heron
1 Red-tailed Hawk -- Juv basically landed next to me, did that goofy juvenile hawk thing , not sure if it could eat me or what.
7 American Oystercatcher
15 Black-bellied Plover
30 Semipalmated Plover
2 Killdeer
1 Stilt Sandpiper
25 Least Sandpiper -- Conservative guess , tough to see in tall grass
5 White-rumped Sandpiper
25 Semipalmated Sandpiper
35 Short-billed Dowitcher -- Likely more once again hard to see into grass
1 Spotted Sandpiper
30 Greater Yellowlegs
10 Lesser Yellowlegs
1 shorebird sp. -- Pectoral Sandpiper - large buff colored Sandpiper / yellow legs seen out in open next to peeps

Number of Taxa: 20


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Date: 8/12/16 11:03 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/20/16 - Provincetown Mini Pelagic
Hi Massbirders -

I have tentatively arranged a mini-pelagic out of Provincetown for
Saturday, August 20th (8/20). Details below:

1. Leave MacMillan wharf at 0700 returning 1200 (5 hours)
2. The vessel is the Beth Ann operated by certified Capt. Rich Wood
3. Cost is $100 per person plus $10 tip for the Captain/Mate.
4. The proposed route will take us out of Provincetown Harbor to Race
Point and the rip where the seabirds have been feeding. We will work the
rip and then head southeast to Peaked Hill Bar off Truro. We will work
these waters then head to the SE corner of Stellwagen.

If you are interested, please contact me directly off the list server.
These short trips are a fantastic opportunity to get up close and personal
with seabirds and whales (if they are there!).

Presently there is room for 4-5 people.

Posted with the permission of the moderator.


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

 

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Date: 8/12/16 7:59 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pied-billed Grebe Catching Fish. Video, Farm Pond, Foss Reservoir and vicinity - Framingham 8/11/16, Photos and Videos
I went to Farm Pond, Foss Reservoir and nearby areas in Framingham on
8/11/16
Photos and videos at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1

Videos posted include:

A pied-billed grebe catching a couple of fish at Farm Pond.

A great blue heron keeping cool by fluttering its throat. Evidently
herons have an interestingly shaped tongues.

A couple of kingbirds. One I think is an adult sized juvenile asking for
food while the other, I think probably its parent, responds with a
comical gesture.


I went to Foss Reservoir to view the bald eagles. I didn't see any
activity at the nest but eventually I heard a juvenile calling and I
tried to get closer and got a brief video of a juvenile flying over
trees near Rt 9.

On the aqueduct trail I saw a house wren and a wild turkey.

Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 8/12/16 7:52 am
From: Jeff Denoncour <jmdenoncour...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Juvi black tern
Hey all,

There was a juvenile black tern on Crane Beach today. It was mixed in with common terns and a few roseate terns.

Happy birding

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/12/16 7:06 am
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Boston Globe cartoon
M'bers, If you get a chance, read today's cartoon Bliss for a pertinent look at early birdwatching showing Audubon holding a rifle.
Joe PaluzziSalem


Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet
 

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Date: 8/11/16 4:55 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fork-tailed Flycatcher Plum Island - 8/11, 3:00pm NO


-----Original Message-----
From: "Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [plumislandbirds]" <plumislandbirds-noreply...>
Sent: ‎8/‎11/‎2016 3:10 PM
To: "<plumislandbirds...>" <plumislandbirds...>; "<massbird...>" <massbird...>
Subject: [PIBirds] Fork-tailed Flycatcher Plum Island - 8/11, 3:00pm NO

Birders,

I've not heard of any sightings of the subject bird today.
I was on the island this morning from 10 - noon & I didn't
relocate this flycatcher.

All reports are appreciated...

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport





[The entire original message is not included.]
 

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Date: 8/11/16 3:52 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Knots - Plum Island MA, Aug 11, 2016


> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Plum Island MA, Aug 11, 2016
> Date: August 11, 2016 at 5:51:29 PM EDT
> To: <gwgove...>
>
> Plum Island MA, Essex, Massachusetts, US
> Aug 11, 2016 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
> Protocol: Stationary

> Comments: Looked into Hellcat from "new" blind and saw mostly Semi Plovers

> 1 species
>
> Red Knot 4 On the flats with many Semi Plovers, 4 Black-bellied Plovers, a few of both Yellowlegs. Knots were adults still in alt , plumage

> There were many Semi Plovers at least 100 maybe more and not much else. Very hot, car thermometer registered 97 to 100.
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31058226
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

George Gove
Marlboro



 

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Date: 8/11/16 1:49 pm
From: Susan Wrisley <swrisley13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 21 Ruddy Turnstones at Chapin Beach, Dennis
21 Ruddy Turnstones at Chapin Beach, Dennis 4:30pm. Birds are near the
entrance working the rocky shore.

Susan Wrisley, Hollis NH
Jenna Pettipas, Auburn NH

 

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Date: 8/11/16 3:07 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fork-tailed Flycatcher Plum Island - 8/10, Evening
Birders,

Yesterday evening around 7:30, we came across the subject bird on Plum Island. The bird was on the Refuge roadside, south of the parking lot for the Bill Forward bird blind. The flycatcher was associating with Eastern Kingbirds & was sallying for prey.

A few photographs were taken by two participants in my group.

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport Birders
Newburyport, MA
 

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Date: 8/10/16 5:34 pm
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Believe it or not.....!!!
WOW Nice find! What if they nested there? or might nest there? Do Kites
call during migration? There is not too much of a difference between the
type of area there and NewMarket. Lawn and big trees on the ocean. I’m over
due for a visit to Kings Beach.

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

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

 

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Date: 8/10/16 5:31 pm
From: William Loughlin <wkloughlin111...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tern island in Chatham
Yesterday I paddled over to Tern Island from the Cowyard. The highlight was
finding a flock of about two dozen red knots.

Bill Loughlin
West Bridgewater
Wkloughlin111 at gmail.com

 

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Date: 8/10/16 5:30 pm
From: Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] avocet still at Hellcat
I was at Hellcat from about 5 - 7 p.m. last evening and the Avocet was
still there - feeding, preening, walking, taking a nap, swimming, even
taking a short flight when the sandpipers spooked. At one point, around
6:15 p.m., he actually walked down along the edge of Bill Forward Pool (and
quickly) all the way to the end closest to the middle dike leading that
leads to the tower from the parking lot! He posed, at a little, and then
walked all the way back! I probably took about 600+ beautiful images of
him. Also LOTS of sandpipers (and at least one black-bellied plover) and a
few terns that kept lifting off and doing those beautiful flock turns back
and forth over the water and a large group of snowy and great egrets in the
back end of BFP. Never saw what was spooking the sandpipers.

Also got images of the wonderful flocks of tree swallows from the overlook,
a close glossy ibis there that has a bad right leg, a meadow vole eating
under the Hellcat tower, and a funny incident with a robin following what I
first thought was a rolling berry in the middle of the road past parking
lot
#5 that turned out to be the tiniest mouse I've ever seen (perhaps a
newborn baby?). The robin then tried to grab it by the tail when it got to
the side of the road (I got the photo -- perhaps it thought it was a long
worm) but then dropped it and the mouse ran off into the grasses.
Definitely an interesting sight!!

Can you believe it's finally raining?

Sandy Selesky
<sandyselesky...>
Westford, MA

 

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Date: 8/10/16 5:05 pm
From: Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Marblehead Neck W. S.; Aug 10, 2016
More warblers this afternoon at Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary:

Marblehead Neck, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 10, 2016 4:40 PM - 5:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: with Nok
26 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 3
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 3
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 6
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 10
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 8
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 22
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 25
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 5
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) 2
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera) 1 possibly two individuals
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 2
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 6
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) 1
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 7
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 3
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S31048009

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

Richard S. Heil
S. Peabody, MA


--
Richard Heil

 

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Date: 8/10/16 1:19 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island & Joppa Park boat ramp - 08-10-16
David Moon and I co-led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of
Joppa Flats Education Center on what turned out to be a rainy and wet
experience (remember when?). We visited Plum Island and knowing full well
that there would be plenty of parking at Sandy Point, checked it out only to
be stymied by somewhat heavy, steady rain. Our four vehicles retreated to
the north. Visibility was somewhat limited. The last hour of the morning
was spent in relative dryness at Joppa Park boat ramp where the tide was low
and there were lots of shorebirds and gulls.

Our list:

Plum Island --
Canada Goose
American Black Duck (2) - North Pool Overlook.
Mallard
Wild Turkey (3) - s. end pannes.
Double-crested Cormorant (6) - various.
Great Blue Heron (2)
Great Egret (~ 20) - roosting with Snowy Egrets at Stage Island Pool.
Snowy Egret (~ 150) - roosting at SIP.
Glossy Ibis (1) - NPO.
Osprey (2) - over marsh s. Pines.
Red-tailed Hawk (1) - perched on pole, marsh s. Pines.
AMERICAN AVOCET (1) - continuing, Bill Forward Pool.
Semipalmated Plover (~ 5) - BFP.
Killdeer (2) - pannes.
Spotted Sandpiper (1) - BFP.
Greater Yellowlegs (3) - 2, BFP; 1, pannes.
Willet (1) - over marsh n. refuge entrance.
Lesser Yellowlegs (3) - 2, BFP; 1, North Pool.
Semipalmated Sandpiper - just a few, BFP.
Bonaparte's Gull (1) - SIP.
Least Tern (2) - 1, main panne; 1, SIP.
Mourning Dove (4)
Eastern Kingbird (1)
American Crow (2)
Tree Swallow - many/common.
Bank Swallow (1) - s. pannes.
Cliff Swallow (3) - s. pannes.
American Robin (4)
Gray Catbird (2)
Northern Mockingbird (1)
European Starling
Common Grackle (1)
American Goldfinch (2)

Joppa Park boat ramp (Merrimack River) --
Canada Goose
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant (~ 12)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Green Heron (1) - fly by.
Black-bellied Plover (~ 25)
Semipalmated Plover (~ 250)
Greater Yellowlegs (~ 30)
Lesser Yellowlegs (~ 100)
Semipalmated Sandpiper - many/common.
White-rumped Sandpiper (2)
Short-billed Dowitcher (~ 30)
Bonaparte's Gull (~ 120)
Ring-billed Gull (~ 30)
Herring Gull (~ 5)
Great Black-backed Gull (2)
Common Tern (~ 12)
House Sparrow

Remember "Wednesday Evening Shorebirding!" Meet at Joppa Flats for
starters. The program runs from 5:30 to 7:30. $10 for Mass Audubon
members; $12 for nonmembers.

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: 8/10/16 10:32 am
From: Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cerulean Warbler; Nahant Thicket, Aug 10, 2016
There was a hatch-year Cerulean Warbler with a few other warblers just
before the bridge on the private (but open to birders) side of the Nahant
Thicket late this morning.

Richard S. Heil
S. Peabody, MA

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Subject: eBird Report - Nahant--Audubon Thicket, Aug 10, 2016
To: <rsheil.nok...>


Nahant--Audubon Thicket, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 10, 2016 11:25 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
Comments: Rain showers
16 species

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 5
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 8
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 4
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) 1
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 1
Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) 1 Hatch-year bird; small,
short-tailed warbler with distinct blue-green upperparts, pale creamy
yellowish white supercilliary, throat, and underparts, whitening towards
the vent; very light diffuse streakings on the sides and flanks; two
prominent white wing bars; short bill; white tail spots; foraging mostly in
tree crowns with a Yellow and a Northern Parula. Rare but very regular
migrant to North Shore coastal thickets in August.
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 1 HY
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 3
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S31043985

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



--
Richard Heil

 

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Date: 8/10/16 9:48 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Forster's Terns
Very surprised to have two flying in the marsh behind our house. One left
after about 5 minutes, but the other remained for about 20 min in all...I
have been looking for Forster's unsuccessfully so was very pleased. The
juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night Herons continue to be frequent (but
irregular) visitors...

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

 

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Date: 8/10/16 4:27 am
From: Susan Wrisley <swrisley13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black Tern - Race Point Beach 8-9-2016
Had a flyover by a Black Tern yesterday on Race Point beach, about mid-way
between the parking lot and Race Point. Apologies for the late report, we
had no internet connection until we got home. Also several hundreds of
terns - common, roseate, least and a couple Forster. Cory's and Sooty
shearwaters, Wilson's storm-petrels. Many Fin whales and a few Minke.
https://flic.kr/s/aHskG1zfQq

Susan Wrisley, Hollis NH
Jenna Pettipas, Auburn NH

 

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Date: 8/9/16 5:55 pm
From: Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nauset Orleans, almost to Chatham-Cape Cod National Seashore Aug 9, 2016
I walked from road 3 to just beyond road 6 on the flats.  Didn't have enough time to cover all the flats as thoroughly as usual, and didn't get to the Chatham portion.  LOTS of Roseate Terns, and my first Forster's Terns and White-rumped sandpipers of this summer's birding trips in Cape Cod. All the birds flushed a couple times so I scanned for the Peregrine reported by Peter Trull recently but could not see the cause of their disturbance. See ebird list below.All the bestFred AtwoodChatham, MAOakton, VA

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Fredatwood <fredatwood...>
To: <fredatwood...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 7:40 PM
Subject: eBird -- US-MA-Orleans-Cape Cod National Seashore - 41.7442x-69.9310 -- Aug 9, 2016

US-MA-Orleans-Cape Cod National Seashore - 41.7442x-69.9310
Aug 9, 2016
11:48 AM
Traveling
3.00 miles? loop.
180 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Walked from #3 to just beyond #6 on flats, and back via the road. Low tide.  Did not have time to cover the southernmost flats or to look into the ocean. Many thanks to cousin Donny Baker for taking me here. Nice surprise to hear Peter Trull's voice calling out to me today too.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.5 Build 73

210 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Great Blue Heron
9 Great Egret
4 Snowy Egret1 Northern Harrier
5 American Oystercatcher
175 Black-bellied Plover
375 Semipalmated Plover
1 Piping Plover  Natural Resources guy said that the fledge rate for 2016 Orleans Nauset section 2.11.
10 Ruddy Turnstone
175 Red Knot
5 Sanderling
75 Least Sandpiper
4 White-rumped Sandpiper
750 Semipalmated Sandpiper
490 Short-billed Dowitcher
2 Spotted Sandpiper
9 Greater Yellowlegs
19 Willet (Eastern)
3 Lesser Yellowlegs
140 Laughing Gull
45 Ring-billed Gull
210 Herring Gull
25 Great Black-backed Gull
35 Least Tern
820 Roseate Tern -- Careful estimate of birds staging on flats mixed with common terns. Also several very vocal birds flying over/
2850 Common Tern; there were a LOT more terns on the flats beyond where I walked that are not included in this total. 
4 Forster's Tern
4 Eastern Kingbird
1 Horned Lark
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
445 Tree Swallow
8 Bank Swallow
40 Barn Swallow
1 Northern Mockingbird
3 European Starling
5 Common Yellowthroat
1 Saltmarsh Sparrow
5 Savannah Sparrow
7 Song Sparrow
9 Red-winged Blackbird

Number of Taxa: 41


Sent from my iPhone


 

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Date: 8/9/16 5:39 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Believe it or not.....!!!
Great find! and good instincts! Google does not show a Monument Park, but a Linscott Park off of Monument Ave.....

Glenn

----- Original Message -----
From: "bank1941" <bank1941...>
To: "Massbird" <massbird...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 5:09:26 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Believe it or not.....!!!


M'bers, This afternoon about 130pm on Kings Beach in Swampscott I was scanning gulls and peeps when my attention was drawn overhead to a repeating distinctive two-toned whistle. Looking up immediately, I saw this raptor type bird with powerful pointy wings flying away from me and then veering away from the beach and into Monument Park about a quarter mile away. Okay, now my mind was going thru the ID drill; Sharpie nope, Coopers nope, Merlin nah, or perhaps a Peregrine, but not that either. So what could flash white trailing wing edges, a whitish rump and light colored head. Bingo, a Mississippi Kite no doubt. 
Furthermore, up the beach another birder was scanning and snapping photos of more gulls and shorebirds at the northern end of the beach. That birder was also drawn to the calls from above and began watching the bird as it flew away from the beach and into the park. This birder apparently saw where it landed and headed for the location, but out of sight to me. 
About a half hour later the other birder came out of the park and headed back down the beach towards me. As the woman birder passed by I asked if she was able to ID the raptor she just saw and chased. She responded with this strange look as if saying "you're not going to believe me", but I think it was a Mississippi Kite. I introduced myself and she told me she is Andrea Bean from W.Peabody and extremely happy someone else came up with the same ID. She stated she saw where it landed and staked out the spot hoping for a better look. The bird did fly out giving her another glimpse, further confirming what she originally thought. The park is in an urban setting with expansive lawns and huge old mature trees surrounding it. 
Isn't it special when one experiences something like that on a casual summer day's trip to the beach....??
Joe PaluzziSalem at Vinnie Sq
Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet

 

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Date: 8/9/16 3:00 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Believe it...
Joe,
Fantastic report!
Hope you & Helen are both well.
Sue

-----Original Message-----
From: "bank1941" <bank1941...>
Sent: ‎8/‎9/‎2016 5:09 PM
To: "Massbird" <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Believe it or not.....!!!


M'bers, This afternoon about 130pm on Kings Beach in Swampscott I was scanning gulls and peeps when my attention was drawn overhead to a repeating distinctive two-toned whistle. Looking up immediately, I saw this raptor type bird with powerful pointy wings flying away from me and then veering away from the beach and into Monument Park about a quarter mile away. Okay, now my mind was going thru the ID drill; Sharpie nope, Coopers nope, Merlin nah, or perhaps a Peregrine, but not that either. So what could flash white trailing wing edges, a whitish rump and light colored head. Bingo, a Mississippi Kite no doubt. 
Furthermore, up the beach another birder was scanning and snapping photos of more gulls and shorebirds at the northern end of the beach. That birder was also drawn to the calls from above and began watching the bird as it flew away from the beach and into the park. This birder apparently saw where it landed and headed for the location, but out of sight to me. 
About a half hour later the other birder came out of the park and headed back down the beach towards me. As the woman birder passed by I asked if she was able to ID the raptor she just saw and chased. She responded with this strange look as if saying "you're not going to believe me", but I think it was a Mississippi Kite. I introduced myself and she told me she is Andrea Bean from W.Peabody and extremely happy someone else came up with the same ID. She stated she saw where it landed and staked out the spot hoping for a better look. The bird did fly out giving her another glimpse, further confirming what she originally thought. The park is in an urban setting with expansive lawns and huge old mature trees surrounding it. 
Isn't it special when one experiences something like that on a casual summer day's trip to the beach....??
Joe PaluzziSalem at Vinnie Sq
Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet
 

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Date: 8/9/16 2:16 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Believe it or not.....!!!

M'bers, This afternoon about 130pm on Kings Beach in Swampscott I was scanning gulls and peeps when my attention was drawn overhead to a repeating distinctive two-toned whistle. Looking up immediately, I saw this raptor type bird with powerful pointy wings flying away from me and then veering away from the beach and into Monument Park about a quarter mile away. Okay, now my mind was going thru the ID drill; Sharpie nope, Coopers nope, Merlin nah, or perhaps a Peregrine, but not that either. So what could flash white trailing wing edges, a whitish rump and light colored head. Bingo, a Mississippi Kite no doubt. 
Furthermore, up the beach another birder was scanning and snapping photos of more gulls and shorebirds at the northern end of the beach. That birder was also drawn to the calls from above and began watching the bird as it flew away from the beach and into the park. This birder apparently saw where it landed and headed for the location, but out of sight to me. 
About a half hour later the other birder came out of the park and headed back down the beach towards me. As the woman birder passed by I asked if she was able to ID the raptor she just saw and chased. She responded with this strange look as if saying "you're not going to believe me", but I think it was a Mississippi Kite. I introduced myself and she told me she is Andrea Bean from W.Peabody and extremely happy someone else came up with the same ID. She stated she saw where it landed and staked out the spot hoping for a better look. The bird did fly out giving her another glimpse, further confirming what she originally thought. The park is in an urban setting with expansive lawns and huge old mature trees surrounding it. 
Isn't it special when one experiences something like that on a casual summer day's trip to the beach....??
Joe PaluzziSalem at Vinnie Sq
Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet
 

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Date: 8/9/16 1:38 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nauset, south tip, Chatham
Massbirders, sorry for the late report.. While accompanying Orleans Plover monitor Paul Wightman last Thursday August 4, on a beach survey of Terns and Piping Plovers, we were at the southern tip of Nauset beach in Chatham when we flushed a Juvenile Peregrine Falcon off a freshly killed adult Common Tern. Orleans is open but in Chatham, the area is still posted and closed to people, but the reason, nesting Least Terns, is a bit unusual, since the terns are through nesting at this late date. So many factors influence the behavior of terns, but by early August, with such a shortened photoperiod, the hormonal drive to incubate and feed small chicks is diminished when compared to the pre-migratory drive. Any chicks or eggs on the ground today will be abandoned shortly. Piping Plovers have fledged and 15 –20+ fledged Least Tern were evident. Commons on the tidal flats numbered about 1700 birds with about 15 - 20% roseates added to that total. Common Terns were feeding fledged chicks everywhere around us and the chivek – chivek of the roseates was constant. It was a great day on the outer beach at the end of the nesting season.
Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 8/9/16 1:38 pm
From: Andy Wilson <andyslens...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] CORRECTION: The Fall River Quequechan Trail
I was in error.

Instead of Bohemian Waxwings, it should have been Cedar Waxwings.

Respectfully,
Andy Wilson
email: <andyslens...>
 

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Date: 8/9/16 11:46 am
From: Andy Wilson <andyslens...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Quequechan Trail Birds
The Fall River Quequechan Trail

Aug 8/9th

Goldfinch
Song Sparrow
Robin
Black-capped Chickadee
Mallards
Black Duck
Canada Geese
Grackles
Turkey Vultures
Red-wing Blackbirds
Yellow Warbler
Great Egret
Bohemian Waxwing
and I was surprised to see a pair of Semi-palmated Plovers

I am interested in how the bird viewing will be in the autumn, as in
years past a multitude of duck species use this area. This relatively
new trail along the Quequechan River should bring some interesting
viewing.

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

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Date: 8/9/16 8:16 am
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...>
Subject: Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Hudsonian Godwit, Ipswich 8/9
Forgot to say this was from Newburyport Harbor

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...>
> Date: August 9, 2016 at 11:06:26 AM EDT
> To: massbird MASSBIRD <massbird...>
> Subject: Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Hudsonian Godwit, Ipswich 8/9
>
> At 10:20 up to at least 11AM a Hudsonian Godwit was close from the boat dock
>
> Bob Stymeist
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
>> From: "Bird Watcher's Supply" <birdwsg...>
>> Date: August 9, 2016 at 10:05:52 AM EDT
>> To: Massbird <Massbird...>
>> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hudsonian Godwit, Ipswich 8/9
>> Reply-To: "Bird Watcher's Supply" <birdwsg...>
>>
>> Fay Vale called at 9:55am to report that she and Peter are seeing an HUDSONIAN GODWIT on the river side of Jeffrey's Neck Road in Ipswich.
>>
>> 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: 8/9/16 8:12 am
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...>
Subject: Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Hudsonian Godwit, Ipswich 8/9
At 10:20 up to at least 11AM a Hudsonian Godwit was close from the boat dock

Bob Stymeist

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Bird Watcher's Supply" <birdwsg...>
> Date: August 9, 2016 at 10:05:52 AM EDT
> To: Massbird <Massbird...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hudsonian Godwit, Ipswich 8/9
> Reply-To: "Bird Watcher's Supply" <birdwsg...>
>
> Fay Vale called at 9:55am to report that she and Peter are seeing an HUDSONIAN GODWIT on the river side of Jeffrey's Neck Road in Ipswich.
>
> 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: 8/9/16 7:10 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hudsonian Godwit, Ipswich 8/9
Fay Vale called at 9:55am to report that she and Peter are seeing an HUDSONIAN GODWIT on the river side of Jeffrey's Neck Road in Ipswich.

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: 8/9/16 5:58 am
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ellisville Harbor
We stopped by Ellisville yesterday August 8. There were several hundred
shorebirds on the flats, almost all
Semipalmated Plovers and Sandpipers with a few Least Sandpipers, 2
Black-bellied Plovers, and
1 Short-billed Dowitcher. There were also about 50 gulls, Laughing and
Ring-billed.

This was about the same mix of birds we saw there last Friday and I was
surprised that only two species of
shorebirds dominated the mix.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro


 

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Date: 8/9/16 3:11 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wet osprey wringing itself out while flying. Video. Fisk Pond and vicinity, photos and videos. 8/8/16
I went to Fisk Pond and nearby areas on 8/8/16
Photos and videos at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1

Videos include:

- An osprey repeatedly diving into Fisk Pond, then flapping its wings
and dunking its head like it is taking a bath, and then flying out of
the water and shaking the water off in mid-flight by twisting itself so
the water flies off in all directions. The slow motion of this is pretty
interesting, the wings take on an unusual twisting shape while this is
happening.

- A great blue heron catching fish at the north-west corner of Rt 135
and Speen Street.

- A Tree Swallow picking bugs off the surface of Fisk Pond with its bill
while flying rapidly.

Also there were seven double-crested cormorants perching near each other
at Fisk Pond.

Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 8/8/16 7:55 pm
From: Kat Birder <katbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Thank you and eBird Report - Crane WMA, Aug 6, 2016
I want to thank the folks who graciously responded to my query regarding
Falmouth area birding, both with much needed details regarding birding at
confusing Crane WMA and with some thoughts for other spots.

We very much enjoyed birding at Crane; what a special piece of conserved
grassland. It was a REALLY windy day, tough for passerines and
photographers, but on the plus side this made it a lousy day for model
airplanes so we got to bird the airplane field where we had a lovely
Savannah Sparrow. I was so happy to get some glimpses of Meadowlarks
occaisionally singing snippets but mostly doing their "dzert" calls and
darting into the low brush.

But the day's highlights were raptors! We were watching a pair of Kestrels
when a young Harrier flew in low and suddenly there were four Kestrels all
mobbing the Harrier. What a sight! Though they were hunting and perching in
twos I did wonder if this was a family. We had many great views of the
kestrels throughout the morning. Jay got a couple photos (tough with the
wind). http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S31026708

Many thanks

Crane WMA, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 6, 2016 7:33 AM - 10:58 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.7 mile(s)
Comments: Very windy a tough day for passerines and photographers, hot
with some clouds, low 70's to upper 80's F. All photos by Jay Dia.
28 species

Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 2
Northern Harrier 1 Pumpkin-colored immature flew in at around 8 am and
was promptly and aggressively mobbed by four kestrels; quite exciting to
watch, but not tolerable for the Harrier which left quickly!
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 2
Herring Gull 1
Mourning Dove 9 Many coming in to bath in standing water on the dirt
road.
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
American Kestrel 4 Hunting and roosting in twos but all four seen at
once mobbing the harrier. Their colors were so bright in the sunlight they
were almost butterfly-like.
Eastern Kingbird 10 Conservative count
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 5
Tree Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 20
Black-capped Chickadee 4 Low wooded area
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 1 Low wooded area
European Starling 45
Grasshopper Sparrow 2 Heard only
Savannah Sparrow 2 On the model airplane field
Song Sparrow 10
Eastern Towhee 4 Calling/ singing in low wooded area
Indigo Bunting 1
Eastern Meadowlark 5
Common Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 9

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch
ecklist/S31026708

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

Kathy Dia
Concord, MA

 

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Date: 8/8/16 6:25 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-throated Loon: Quissett Harbor, Woods Hole - Photos!


Had a nice chance to observe a Red-throated Loon over the weekend. This is likely the same Loon recently seen around Little Sippewissett Marsh behind Wood Neck Beach in Falmouth. The Loon was just lazily floating around near the shore on the south side of Quissett Harbor.



For those with an interest, 4 photos posted:




http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/163837692

Click "next" in upper right corner to advance frames




Enjoy,

Craig Gibson

cbgibson AT comcast.net


 

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Date: 8/8/16 4:41 pm
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pileated Woodpecker / Newbury
------------------------------------
this afternoon a female worked her way, hammering and foraging, through the trees in front of my house


Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951


email: <lynette.leka...>
 

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Date: 8/8/16 9:46 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/7/16 - Race Point and Pilgrim Lake
Hi Massbirders -

I birded Race Point yesterday as well as a short stop at Pilgrim Lake in
Truro. At Race Point, there was no tubenose flight to speak of. The tern
numbers are still good with over 3000 birds between Hatches Harbor and the
seasonal cove at the west end of Race Point Beach. There appeared to be
some turn over of birds with the passage of the weak front Saturday
night. At Pilgrim Lake, I observed a flock of Bonaparte's Gull form
around the time of high tide. It was joined by a Little Gull. Hi-lites
are listed:

Race Point:
Aug 7, 2016 5:15 AM - 1:31 PM
Protocol: Traveling
11.2 mile(s)
46 species (+2 other taxa)

Cory's Shearwater 75
Great Shearwater 2
Sooty Shearwater 1
Manx Shearwater 3
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 450
Northern Harrier 1 FoF juvenile
Parasitic Jaeger 7 All heading NE. 4 2nd cycle together. 1 apparent
dark adult, 2 dark sub adults together.
Parasitic/Long-tailed Jaeger 1 Sub adult. (Juv?). Came off the beach
from behind me very high. 1/4 mile up. I picked it up when it was about 1/4
mile out. Snappy wing beats then it turned on the jets and ringed a sterna
tern. It rocketed to the sea surface where it alit briefly to snarf its
reward. Small, very narrow winged. Reminded me of a MERL. Almost sure this
was a LTJA.
jaeger sp. 2
Least Tern 40
Black Tern 1 Adult coming out of alternate plumage. Hatches Harbor.
Roseate Tern 270 Many birds at Hatches Harbor and the seasonal cove at
the west end of Race Point Beach. 1/3 juvenile
Common Tern 2700 Many birds at Hatches Harbor and the seasonal cove at
the west end of Race Point Beach. 1/3 juvenile
Forster's Tern 1 Juvenile. FoF

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S31009185

Pilgrim Lake
Aug 7, 2016 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: A gull roost formed around the time of high tide. Stopped
roadside as BOGU LAGU RBGU and a first/second cycle LIGU came in towards
the end of the observation period. While attempting to take a record shot I
was kindly asked to move my vehicle by a very nice policeman.
10 species

Double-crested Cormorant 14
* Bonaparte's Gull 122 *Exact. Two breeding adults. 1 FoF juvenile. My
suspicions are correct. The birds that were present the first half of the
summer at Race Point Proper, Beach, and Hatches Harbor have seemingly moved
down to Race Point South where the mung weed is abundant. When the ORV
route reopens, I should get a better feel for their numbers.
* Little Gull 1 *rare. 2nd cycle*. (Transitioning into 2nd winter). Came in
to the gull roost from the general direction of Race Point South. Before I
could get a digi scope record shot, I was kindly asked to move my vehicle
by a nice policeman (I was completely off the road). Small, dove-like gull.
'V' on back, showing some darker under primaries before it landed on the
water. Little puny head and bill with smudging on the crown. First summer
carpal bar faded/worn. Wish I could have photographed it.
Laughing Gull 9 Exact. Two breeding adults and 3 juveniles.
Ring-billed Gull 7 Including one fresh juvenile.
Least Tern 2 Both adult

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S31009139

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

 

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Date: 8/8/16 8:14 am
From: james sweeney <assawompsett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Scituate, Quincy, Easton - Shorebirds - 8/7
Massbirders,

I led a South Shore Bird Club trip yesterday (8/7) to several locations in the town of Scituate, the Squantum pannes (in Quincy), and Wheaton Farm in Easton. We were looking for shorebirds specifically, but we observed lots of other interesting species along the way. The following is a list of shorebird species observed at each location:

Driftway Conservation Park, Scituate:

Semipalmated Plover (35)
Greater Yellowlegs (3)
Least Sandpiper (12)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (23)


Judge Cushing flats, Scituate:

Greater Yellowlegs (5)
Lesser Yellowlegs (3)
Least Sandpiper (6)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (92)


Scituate Reservoir:

Semipalmated Plover (5)
Killdeer (2)
Spotted Sandpiper (2)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1)
Least Sandpiper (5)
White-rumped Sandpiper (1)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (11)

Musquashicut Pond, Scituate:

Semipalmated Plover (11)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (15)


Squantum pannes, Quincy:

Killdeer (2)
Greater Yellowlegs (18)
Lesser Yellowlegs (9)
Least Sandpiper (2)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (18)
Short-billed Dowitcher (5)

Wheaton Farm, Easton:

Conditions are really good for shorebirds again this year. We had an unusually high count of fifteen Solitary Sandpipers! They were counted in a single scan. There may have been more present, but the area is large and there only a few locations that provide unobstructed views of the flats.

Semipalmated Plover (2)
Killdeer (18)
Spotted Sandpiper (4)
Solitary Sandpiper (15)
Greater Yellowlegs (1)
Lesser Yellowlegs (9)
Least Sandpiper (120, Conservative estimate of birds constantly moving in and out of the vegetation)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1)

Jim Sweeney
Providence, RI

 

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Date: 8/8/16 8:05 am
From: John Hoye <lt.jaeger...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Godwit Avocet
The Avocet and the Hudsonian Godwit were seen in the harbor from the Boat Ramp at 1030 at low tide
John Hoye and Audrey McCarthy

I've wandered the earth in search of life: bird by bird I've come to know the earth. Pablo Neruda

John Hoye Wayland Ma

 

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Date: 8/8/16 6:34 am
From: steven.j.babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hudsonian Godwit at PI Bill Forward


Hudsonian Godwit being seen from Bill Forward blind.
Steve Babbitt


Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 8/8/16 4:03 am
From: Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mew Gull- Crane Beach, Ipswich- 8/7/16
Massbirders,

Today I had a Mew Gull late this evening at Crane Beach in Ipswich. It was
seen approximately 1.75 miles south of the main board walk. Subspecies has
not yet been determined, so comments about it are appreciated. Checklist
with photos below.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31014213

Good birding, Nathan

Nathan Dubrow
Ipswich, Ma
<nathandubrow...>

 

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Date: 8/8/16 3:10 am
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - Avocet, Hudsonian Godwit
When I was there last weekend i had it on the other side of hellcat dike in
the river feeding. it then flew out towards Plum Marshes direction.

On Sunday, August 7, 2016, Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
wrote:

> The avocet is not always present in the Bill Forward Pool and Hellcat
> impoundments. We were present from around 8:00 to 11:00 this morning and
> the bird was not seen.
>
> Glenn
>
> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> <javascript:;> Stoughton, MA
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Neil Hayward" <opororniswarbler...> <javascript:;>>
> To: "MASSBIRD" <massbird...>
> Sent: Sunday, August 7, 2016 8:30:54 PM
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - Avocet, Hudsonian Godwit
>
> Dear Massbirders,
>
> I made a quick afternoon stop at Bill Forward to see if any of yesterday's
> array of shorebird goodies were still there. The American Avocet was,
>
> Good birding,
> - Neil
>
> Neil Hayward
> Cambridge, MA
>


--
Justin Lawson
Worcester, Ma

 

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Date: 8/7/16 7:40 pm
From: Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] red-breasted nuthatch and Carolina Wren nest in Westford
I had one at my sunflower seed feeder this morning. First one I've seen in
a few years at my feeder so I was excited to see him here! I had seen
reports of others recently but didn't think I'd be getting one. A pair of
Red-bellied Woodpeckers have been coming regularly all year as do many
American Goldfinch, House Finches npw with fledglings, White-breasted
Nuthatches, Cardinals with a couple of Juveniles, Chickadees, Titmice, and
a couple of Cowbirds occasionally. Chipping Sparrows that regularly come
to the feeder are now feeding a couple of fledglings on the lawn.

There is also a Carolina Wren nest with at least 3 nestlings in a tunnel
shaped nest inside my neighbor's new guinea impatiens hanging plant by her
front door close to mine. It's a thick flowering plant so hard to tell if
there are more than 3 and I don't want to disturb them but I know they are
getting close to fledging time because it's about 12 days or so since they
were born and mom is now sitting on the top of the lamppost a few feet from
the plant more often now instead of sitting inside the nest.

Sandy Selesky
<sandyselesky...>
Westford, MA

 

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Date: 8/7/16 7:38 pm
From: Leslie Miller <lmiller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Stories from Woodpecker Wonderland & Beyond by Stephen A. Shunk 8/18/16
Wewould like to invite you to a talk by woodpecker expert, author and tour guideStephen A. Shunk on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Mass Audubon in Lincoln, MA. Steve will be sharing stories about woodpeckers, their fascinating anatomy, quirky behavior, and important ecological roles. His beautiful new book, thePeterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America,will be available. He lives in Oregon~Rs Woodpecker Wonderland on the eastern slopes of the Cascades where 11 of the 23 species in North America breed. He leads tours around the country and the world through his company Paradise Birding and is also the assistant editor of the Nature Travel Network.
This event is free to Mass Audubon members, and $5 for nonmembers.The event will be held at Mass Audubon~Rs Drumlin FarmNature Center at 208 South Great Road (Route 117), inLincoln, MA 01773. For more information or to register, please call the Audubon Shop 781-259-2214.
All proceeds support Mass Audubon and its conservation efforts. To learn more, visit www.massaudubon.org.

Hope to see you there!
Regards,
Leslie Miller
Audubon Shop
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
781-259-2211
<lmiller...>


 

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Date: 8/7/16 6:39 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - Avocet, Hudsonian Godwit
The avocet is not always present in the Bill Forward Pool and Hellcat impoundments. We were present from around 8:00 to 11:00 this morning and the bird was not seen.

Glenn

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

----- Original Message -----
From: "Neil Hayward" <opororniswarbler...>
To: "MASSBIRD" <massbird...>
Sent: Sunday, August 7, 2016 8:30:54 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - Avocet, Hudsonian Godwit

Dear Massbirders,

I made a quick afternoon stop at Bill Forward to see if any of yesterday's
array of shorebird goodies were still there. The American Avocet was,

Good birding,
- Neil

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA
 

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Date: 8/7/16 5:55 pm
From: Mark Fairbrother <bogelfin...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] CT river in Hatfield and Sunderland this afternoon
In Hatfield:



7 Great Blue Heron

7 Great Egret

1 Bald Eagle (im)

4 Spotted Sandpiper

2 Killdeer

9 Kayaks



In Sunderland:



1 Great Egret

2 Killdeer

2 Spotted Sandpiper

2 kayaks



Mark Fairbrother

Montague, MA 01351


 

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Date: 8/7/16 5:36 pm
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - Avocet, Hudsonian Godwit
Dear Massbirders,

I made a quick afternoon stop at Bill Forward to see if any of yesterday's
array of shorebird goodies were still there. The American Avocet was, but I
couldn't relocate the Red Knot or any Stilt Sandpipers. Just as I was
leaving, I spotted a Hudsonian Godwit at the southern end of the pool. It
was mostly a silhouette, but I could see some red splotchiness to the belly
(ruling out Marbled), an upturned bill (ruling out Black-tailed) and white
upper tail coverts and black wing linings (good for Hudsonian, not so good
for Bar-tailed). So - I think it's *just* a Bar-tailed Godwit, but would be
worth checking in better light if it sticks around.

Bill Forward pool is a real spectacle these days. When the light is right,
you can get very good views of shorebirds, and with the numbers currently
present, it makes for great practice at difficult birds, and the chance to
turn up a rarity or two (I was searching for Curlew Sandpiper to no
avail...).

Full eBird checklist at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31012496

Good birding,
- Neil

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 8/7/16 1:48 pm
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Horn Pond, Woburn: Baird's Sandpiper
List for the AM when I found and re-found Baird;s Sandpiper several times.
Went back in PM 1-to-3 and Bairds's was re-found with Marj Rines and Jason
Forbes.
All shorebirds in north pool that is very dry and with lots of mud flats,

Karsten - Arlington


Horn Pond Recreation Area, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 7, 2016 9:40 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Some shorebird nmbers approximate since peep were moving about
32 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 12
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 6
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 6
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 51
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 10
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 3
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 14 Yes, carefull count
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 5
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 2
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 3
Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) 1 Seen well; elongate peep with
scaly back ; buff face and breastband; straight black bill and black legs.
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 11
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) 25
peep sp. (Calidris sp. (peep sp.)) 10
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 10
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 5
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 3
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 6
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera) 1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 8
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 4
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 12

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S31009328

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

 

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Date: 8/7/16 9:08 am
From: David Scott <davidscott6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond Rails Aug 7th

Following up on the recent King Rail reports on both Massbird and eBird (thanks everyone!), I made it down to Burrage Pond by around 6.30am this morning, parking at the Pleasant St entrance. A few other birders present, or soon to arrive, helping in the search.

3 Sandhill Cranes were in the marshy area to the right of the main trail, then flew over to the bogs on the left. They moved around a couple of times over the next couple of hours, calling. There was an American Bittern in the ditch, just to the left of the main trail, a little bit past the small patch of wood. Caught a small perch while we watched it. Great Egrets, Green Heron and Glossy Ibis flying about. First thing in the morning, there could easily have been 1000 Tree Swallows roosting on the tree stumps across the pond.

We had brief glimpses of a Virginia Rail flying between the small islands of vegetation in the main pond, in the area where the King Rails had been reported. After a short search, we found them walking along the channel between the wooded area and the main trail, then watched them moving between the islands. There was a parent leading four young birds, calling when they were slow to keep up. At one point the parent stood out in the open about 20 yards away, preening.

One of the birders present also reported seeing a Mississippi Kite. I may have seen that, a white bird making steady progress through the sky heading north, but couldn't ID it, thought it might have been a tern.

David Scott
Newton



 

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Date: 8/7/16 6:59 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Immature YC Night Heron(s)
To our great delight, we are seeing at least one (rarely two) juvenile YCNH
in the marsh behind our house every few days...we saw one adult earlier
this summer, so they must all be around somewhere!

--
Alice & Dane Morgan
S. Dartmouth, MA

 

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Date: 8/6/16 7:20 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Wompatuck SP, Aug 6, 2016
Walked the loop around Woodpecker Pond and a second loop around the main parking lot. I have never seen the pond void of water. The ground appeared damp, but no standing water and lots of vegetation growing in areas normally covered by water. Surprised to see so little; have things left, looking for water (at one bridge some birds going down to the muck to find water, but found none), or just being stealth? I know it is early August, but usually have more stuff, even singing, in past.

Glenn

Wompatuck SP, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
Aug 6, 2016 6:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
34 species

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 2
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 8
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 7
Tree Swallow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 42
Tufted Titmouse 17
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 7
House Wren 1
Veery 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 4
Cedar Waxwing 4
Ovenbird 3
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 2
American Redstart 1
Pine Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 11
Eastern Towhee 16
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 8
Common Grackle 1
American Goldfinch 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30998911

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

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Date: 8/6/16 1:19 pm
From: Dan Prima <raptormafia...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond KIRA and young......photos
Hi Massbirders!
On Thursday, I was not only fortunate enough to be able to observe the King Rail....and the 2 young....I was able to get photos that I'll share here for any who would be interested.     I was also able to have great looks at 3 of the 4 Sandhill Cranes which were seen in the field down the grassy trail perpendicular to the one along the marsh  (almost intersecting the KIRA area).    If you're thinking of making the trek....I'd recommend an early arrival.....people do walk their dogs there and I actually had one dog owner throw a stick into the marsh (near the KIRA area) so his dog would go swim after it!  
Photos:    https://www.flickr.com/photos/111992153@N02/

Good birding!
Dan PrimaTewksbury <MAraptormafia...>


 

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Date: 8/6/16 11:11 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Trip to Plum Island - 8.6
Dear Massbirders,

24 birders joined me for a fantastic day of shorebirding. We had great looks at the continuing American Avocet. Also in Bill Forward pool were single Red Knot, Stilt Sandpiper and White-rumped Sandpiper.

Our next trip to Plum Island is next Saturday (Aug 13th) at 8:00 am with Sabrina Hepburn.

Full eBird list below of today's sightings.

Good birding,
- Neil

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA


Parker River NWR, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 6, 2016 7:58 AM - 1:56 PM
6.0 mile(s)
Comments: BBC trip led by Neil Hayward
62 species

Canada Goose 24
American Black Duck 3
Mallard 7
Hooded Merganser 1
Wild Turkey 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 16
Great Blue Heron 9
Great Egret 27
Snowy Egret 61
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 3
Northern Harrier 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
American Avocet 1 Continuing. Bill Forward.
Black-bellied Plover 25
Semipalmated Plover 469
Killdeer 5
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 8
Willet 2
Lesser Yellowlegs 6
Ruddy Turnstone 2
Red Knot 1
Stilt Sandpiper 1
Least Sandpiper 8
White-rumped Sandpiper 1
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 240
Short-billed Dowitcher 15
Ring-billed Gull 1
Herring Gull 3
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Least Tern 4
Common Tern 6
Mourning Dove 4
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Kingbird 7
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 5
Purple Martin 16
Tree Swallow 3,000
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Marsh Wren 1
American Robin 26
Gray Catbird 4
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 52
Cedar Waxwing 27
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow Warbler 2
Saltmarsh Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee 7
Northern Cardinal 1
Bobolink 1
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 1
Baltimore Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30993721


Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/6/16 5:21 am
From: <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Boat Ramp Adeventure

  Massbirders:     
   It was the revival of a tradition, more or less. When Lois Cooper and I were birding in the summers of the twentieth century and the first years of the twenty-first we used to have a tradition of setting up at the boat ramp on Plum island for a morning watch. We would start in mid-August and carry through to the end of September. In those days the boat ramp was somewhat different than it is today. It was a cruder affair; no kiosk, no large mooring poles and a little rougher and more overgrown. It also seemed as if it was more productive. Maybe the productive part is a little inaccurate? In the old days we always found Saltmarsh Sparrows (then called Sharp-tailed Sparrows) frequenting the edges of the eel grass and running up and down the slippery cobbles of the boat ramp itself. I saw my one and only Nelson’s Sharp-tailed there on a September morning. To my amazement it was a juvenile; bright orange and devoid of streaking. A juvenile? I asked myself. Could it have be!
en hatched nearby? The boat ramp had its share of other rarities like the Clapper Rail that we had seen on at least two occasions, and, believe it or not, once a King Eider. Over the years; as the Boat Ramp was changed to accommodate kayakers, Lois and I visited it less frequently.
          Today everything seemed to align. There was a low tide, the green-heads had dramatically fallen off, and it was August. I got the notion that maybe we should trundle down the bumpy road to the Boat ramp and see what was there. Truly we didn’t expect much. Birding, however can be filled with surprises, most of them pleasant surprises. Today was no exception. We stayed at the boat ramp for a half hour and I counted 25 species. There were not the several Saltmarsh Sparrows of the past. Back when Lois and I used to come down they were all over the place. But there was one, lurking in the high grass. We had eight Lesser Yellowlegs in the mud flats and both Least and Common Terns fishing the shallows. There was the usual array of small shorebirds; Semipalmated Sandpiper and Semipalmated Plover as well as Least Sandpiper. Dowitchers and Willets and an active Marsh Wren. There were Tree Swallows, Osprey, and Purple Martins overhead. Great Egrets out in the marsh!
and an assertive Eastern Kingbird making life miserable for a Crow. But best of all, and reminiscent to the glorious days gone by I spotted a small dark sparrow at the boat ramp, near the edge of the mud bank. My interest peaked and as I brought up my binoculars it flew. Fluttering across the remnant of the Plum Island river it landed at the edge of the eel grass and started to hop into the grass. But before it could make good its escape I got on it and there to my delight was a Seaside Sparrow. I have seen Seaside Sparrow this year, farther down the island, on the other side of the pans. Always a treat. But I hadn’t seen one at the boat ramp, probably, for a couple of decades. I can remember being there before the turn of the century. Lois and I were with friends, waiting and birding and chatting. At one point Lois interrupted the discussion with that word all birders know and cherish “look”. We followed her pointing and there sitting high on a piece of grass sat, b!
ig and bold, a Seaside Sparrow, large bill, dark gray, with a !
bright yellow lore and white throat probably ten feet away. I think, at the time, we didn’t fully appreciate the moment. Yet this sighting has made its way into the array of my fondest and sharpest memories. Now we fully appreciate the incident. Despite the poor road conditions Lois and I are reviving the Boat Ramp adventure.
 
Doug Chickering
<dovekie...>
 

 

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Date: 8/6/16 4:35 am
From: Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Aug 5, 2016
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Fri, Aug 5, 2016 at 10:39 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Aug 5, 2016
To: <derekbrownbuild...>


Essex Bay, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 5, 2016 10:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: birded essex bay halfway through an incoming tide. Small
boating activity, clear blue skies, low humidity, beautiful
21 species

Double-crested Cormorant 14
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 8
Snowy Egret 21
Little Blue Heron 3
Black-bellied Plover 51
Semipalmated Plover 112
Piping Plover 2
Greater Yellowlegs 6
Whimbrel 7
Ruddy Turnstone 1
Sanderling 32
Least Sandpiper 5
White-rumped Sandpiper 68 Unusual high number for this mud flat area.
we have counted these flats for 18 years This time of year can have 30
white rumps consistently then numbers decreasing to 12-15 the number has
been has been this high for 2 days now Birds viewed relatively close with
scopes the streaks extending to the flanks were clear, longer winged
body and size apparent compared to semipalmated sandpipers in close
proximity White rump feeding pattern
Semipalmated Sandpiper 520
Bonaparte's Gull 44
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Great Black-backed Gull 8
Least Tern 15
Common Tern 18

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S30987186

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

 

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Date: 8/5/16 5:22 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Poor Meadow Brook Area Hanson and East Bridgewater
On a lark, I turned down a path that had a sign indicating that it was the Smith/Nawaletski Conservation Area. This was directly opposite the Elm St. entrance to Burrage Pond W.M.A. Well, I just kept putting one foot in front of the other, and somehow ended up on Pond St. in East Bridgewater near Robbins Pond. (the path actually ended where there were miniature horses, a pig, a goat, and some quarterhorses, (oh yeah, and a very kind man who refilled my water bottles and let me pat his five-month-old miniature horse.) Talk about serendipity! In the interim, I walked through beautiful woodlands which eventually became more and more moist. I've never seen so much cardinal flower in my life! Wow! All along the banks of Poor Meadow Brook. So much enjoyment when one decides to throw out the script and just enter uncharted territory. There is an old, rickety boardwalk and bridge over a marshy section near high tension power lines. Whatever town owns this should either shut it down !
or repair it. As I crossed the high section over the brook, the bridge kept moving up and down.

POOR MEADOW BROOK HIGHLIGHTS:
Turkey Vulture 8 Smith-Nawaletski meadow
Osprey 3 adults soaring way up; calling over Satucket River
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Smith-Nawaletski meadow (just off Elm St.)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3 adjacent to a pristine wet meadow
Hairy Woodpecker 4
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 1 power line cut near Elm St.
Ovenbird 2+
Black and White Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 3

FLORA:
Cardinal Flower
Water Plantain
Monkeyflower
Spicebush

Lepids:

Hummingbird Moth 3
Black Swallowtail 7
Tiger Swallowtail 4
Viceroy 4
Monarch 1
Red Admiral 1
Pearl Crescent 1
Eastern Comma 1
Little Wood Satyr 1
Cabbage White 3

Amphibiands/Reptiles

Garter Snake 1 with toad in its mouth
Northern Leopard Frog 2 Satucket River bed (dried out)
Green Frog x
Painted Turtle x

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/5/16 5:21 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/4 Burrage Pond W.M.A.
Highlights:

American Bittern 1 flushed from ditch
Green Heron 4 flew in to that dead tree, giving sharp call
Great Egret 8 minimum; near the Sandhill Cranes
Osprey 3 two young in nest
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 juvenile flying out over open area
Semipalmated Plover 1
Least Sandpiper 2
Virginia Rail 1 pig-like grunts; heard only
SANDHILL CRANE 3 bog at north end at 6:45 p.m. RATHER CLOSE TO PATH;nice to see result of what I had witnessed earlier (mating)
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Willow Flycatcher 1+ small, dead-tree swamp
Bobolink 3
P.S. Combined total from Poor Meadow and here was sixty-six bird species

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
 

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Date: 8/5/16 4:08 pm
From: <kr1946...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Egrets, shorebirds
Hello All
Today in Easton, at the Weaton Farm Conservation area I had the following birds .Unable to get accurate numbers of shorebirds due to vegetation and distance. Wheaton Farm is on Bay Road.
Solitary Sandpipers 6-8
Spotted Sandpiper 2-3
Least Sandpiper x
Semi- Sandpiper x
Semi-Plover x
Killdeer x

Great Egret 10
Great Blue Heron 5
Snowy Egret 1

Also possible stilt sandpiper but couldn"t be sure.

Kevin Ryan
Easton
 

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Date: 8/5/16 3:31 pm
From: Al Curtis <killdeer89...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Immature Little Blue Heron- Harwich
Heavily vegetation-covered west end of Oliver’s Pond. Visible from Hawksnest Rd. in the Hawksnest State Forest. Medium sized white heron with pale gray-green legs and pale gray-blue bill with dark tip. Overall smooth appearance. No sign of the 3 Glossy Ibises that were there last week.

Al Curtis
Harwich, MA


 

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Date: 8/5/16 2:17 pm
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nahant--Short Beach, Aug 5, 2016 Peregrine chasing shorebirds
while "riding" the waves in the warm surf at Short Beach. noticed the shorebirds blasting off the beach - with young Peregrine Falcon in pursuit.
semipalmated Sandpipers, Sanderling, and Semipalmated Plovers present.
Many Bonaparte's, some Laughing among the gull group.

Atlantic Surf Clams were washing up onto the beach - so there could be some spike in gulls.
I picked up one clam and found the shell contained only sand. so when I walked by another huge clam, I stuck my toe in it thinking it would be filled with sand also. yikes - it quickly closed! and I barely got my toe free.
sun must have baked my brain,
Linda



 

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Date: 8/5/16 11:27 am
From: Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Warbling vireo, willow flycatchers etc Tom's Neck Conservation Land, Chatham, Aug 5, 2016
Dear MASSbirdersBelow is my ebird list from this morning's birding in Chatham.  Since I am very seasonal here in Chatham, the Warbling Vireo was my first for the county. The Willow flycatchers, one of which was feeding a fledgling, were only my second ever sighting for Chatham.There were a lot of yellow warblers.  The thickets here include a lot of honeysuckle which is full of berries, and many berry-eating birds were present including a ton of robins and quite a few waxwings and baltimore orioles.A solitary sandpiper, cliff swallow and harrier flew through too.I will eventually get around to adding some photos to the list.If anyone is heading out to North Beach, South South Beach, Monomoy, or other inaccessible places in the next two weeks, and has room, I would love to join you.All the bestFred AtwoodChatham, MAOakton, VA
Frederick D. Atwood Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124 703-242-1675 http://www.agpix.com/fredatwood http://www.flinthill.org http://tea.armadaproject.org/tea_atwoodfrontpage.html https://www.flickr.com/photos/75425046@N06/sets/


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>
To: <fredatwood...>
Sent: Friday, August 5, 2016 2:08 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Tom's Neck Conservation Land, Aug 5, 2016

Tom's Neck Conservation Land, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 5, 2016 7:27 AM - 9:51 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:   Walked the big loop.   Lots of berries for the robins etc.  <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.3 Build 71
37 species

Double-crested Cormorant  2    Flyover
Snowy Egret  1    Flyover
Osprey  4    Flyover. Maximum  seen at one time.
Northern Harrier  1    Buffy immature.
Solitary Sandpiper  1    Flyover calling and seen.
Laughing Gull  10
Herring Gull  22
Great Black-backed Gull  7
Mourning Dove  16
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  7
Willow Flycatcher  4    Sang and called and seen. Chased by chickadee. Feeding fledgling. Third bird seen singing and calling on opposite side of property. Another bird seen and calling at another totally different spot. Only my second sighting in Chatham.
Eastern Kingbird  2
Warbling Vireo  1   a county LIFER
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  21
Barn Swallow  2
Cliff Swallow  1    Quick fly-by saw dark throat and Buffy rump. Chunky body, nonforked tail.
Black-capped Chickadee  26
Tufted Titmouse  11
Carolina Wren  7
American Robin  255    This must be where all the robins I saw at the causeway were flying the other day. Almost all were spotted juveniles (more than 95%). Careful estimate, tallied as I walked.
Gray Catbird  71    Everywhere in response to pishing in this ideal habitat.
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  165
Cedar Waxwing  28
Common Yellowthroat  7
Yellow Warbler  12
Song Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  11
Red-winged Blackbird  23
Common Grackle  7
Baltimore Oriole  4
House Finch  16
American Goldfinch  19

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Date: 8/5/16 11:24 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - BBC Field Trip Tomorrow!
Dear Massbirders,

Shorebirds are migrating south, and Plum Island (Parker River National
Wildlife Refuge) is one of the best local places to see them. If you'd like
some help with their confusing IDs or just want some human company while
you watch them, then feel free to join me tomorrow.

I'll be leading a Brookline Bird Club trip to Plum Island tomorrow where
we'll be focussing on shorebirds. We'll be meeting at 8am in Parking Lot 1
on the refuge (first parking lot after the entrance booth). Field trips are
free to members (we have over 250 a year!) and their guests. If you're not
a member, you're welcome to come sample field trips, and, if you're
interested, I'll have info on how to join.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

- Neil

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 8/5/16 11:05 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Race Point, Aug 5, 2016
Hi Massbirders.

Spent the morning at Race Point. No shearwater flight to speak of.

First of fall birds included 2 juvenile Herring Gulls and 1 juvenile
Laughing Gull, a juvenile Black Tern, and a migrant Yellow Warbler in Race
Point Light thickets.

Lots of terns on the beach and foraging in the in shore waters but no
attendant jaegers. The 4 Parasitic Jaegers were early and they moved
through fairly quickly without working the terns.

Lots of tern disturbance by people at Hatches Harbor and the seasonal cove
at the west end of Race Point Beach.

Two Minke Whales and one Fin Whale punctuated a pleasant morning.

Full list below.

Thanks for reading,
Steve

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Race Point, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 5, 2016 4:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
Comments:
First light 0508. Sunrise 0539. Low tide @ 0729. Winds SW 5-10 MPH. Many
terns feeding from the shore to the rip. After 0655, no jaegers.

41 species (+1 other taxa)

Common Eider 4
Black Scoter 4
Cory's Shearwater 184 Exact
Great Shearwater 78 Exact
Sooty Shearwater 16 Exact
Manx Shearwater 13 Exact
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 300
Northern Gannet 3
Double-crested Cormorant 650
Black-bellied Plover 1
Semipalmated Plover 48 Exact
Piping Plover 3
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Willet 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 6 One group coming off the water from the NNE
Ruddy Turnstone 8
Red Knot 13
Sanderling 115
Least Sandpiper 5
Semipalmated Sandpiper 40
Parasitic Jaeger 4
1 dark sub adult (could not determine age), 2 second cycle together. 1
second cycle. All heading east.
Black-legged Kittiwake 1 2cy
Bonaparte's Gull 2 Both 2cy.
Laughing Gull 90; 1 juvenile. FoF
Ring-billed Gull 15
Herring Gull (American) 45; 2 juveniles. FoF
Great Black-backed Gull 75
Least Tern 80
Black Tern 1 Fresh juvenile. FoF
Roseate Tern 300 1/3 juvenile
Common Tern 2700 1/3 juvenile
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Horned Lark 4
Purple Martin 1 Female type. Pole Line Road
Tree Swallow 60
Bank Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 85
Yellow Warbler 1 Migrant. Race Point Light thickets
Song Sparrow 3; 2 adult. 1 juvenile. Pole Line Road
Red-winged Blackbird 1 Pole Line Road
Common Grackle 18 Pole Line Road
passerine sp. 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S30980742

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--
Steve Arena
Westboro, MA
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Date: 8/5/16 9:22 am
From: John <john.mcelligott3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wrens
About a month ago,a pair of Carolina Wrens began to nest in a hanging Geranium plant outside my kitchen window. There has been a lot of activity at the nest this week with the Wrens bringing in bugs.Yesterday a Hummingbird was harassing the wrens as they tried to enter the nest!!! We watched this for about 10 minutes. Has anyone ever seen Hummingbirds do this to any other birds before?

Ted McElligott
Lynn
 

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Date: 8/5/16 7:20 am
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Hummer alert...!!!

And while you're looking for exceptionally rare species, this is also a good time to look for just simply rare Selasphorus hummers.


I've had a juvenile/female Selasphorus hummer at my Pepperell feeding station twice in August - on 8/20/12 and 8/18/15. This prompted me to do a little research on the distribution of Selasphorus throughout the year in MA and NH (I'm just 3 miles S of the NH line). In "The Birds of New Hampshire" by Keith and Fox (2013), 9 of the 14 NH records of Rufous since 1976 were from 7/18 to 8/24. And all were at inland locations similar to my Pepperell location. Viet and Petersen's "Birds of Massachusetts" (1993) lists one Allen's sighting and it was on 8/26. Of the 2 Selasphorus, sp. mentioned, one was from 8/27-29. There are no Rufous mentioned in that 20-year old reference. So although we certainly get a number of Fall/early winter sightings of Selasphorus especially recently, late summer is a good time as well (11 of 17 sightings in those NH and MA references).

So as Joe said - keep an eye on your feeders!

(I had my first immature Ruby-throated yesterday.)


Mike Resch
www.statebirdinglblogspot.com
Pepperell, MA



-----Original Message-----
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
To: Massbird <massbird...>
Sent: Fri, Aug 5, 2016 10:00 am
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hummer alert...!!!





M'bers, At the end of July/beginning of August, an Amathyst throated Hummingbird native to Central America was seen, photographed and confirmed as visiting a feeder in rural Quebec. The location is a couple of hours drive north of Quebec City, however the bird has not been seen since.


The bird obviously is way of course and maybe heading south to its home territory. All birders should take a close look at all hummers they see, as one never knows. Reportedly, it was the first North American record for this species.


The bird has been described as a young male and flashes a distinctive pink throat.


My bags were packed......


Joe Paluzzi
Salem, MA









Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet



 

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Date: 8/5/16 6:53 am
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hummer alert...!!!

M'bers, At the end of July/beginning of August, an Amathyst throated Hummingbird native to Central America was seen, photographed and confirmed as visiting a feeder in rural Quebec. The location is a couple of hours drive north of Quebec City, however the bird has not been seen since. 
The bird obviously is way of course and maybe heading south to its home territory. All birders should take a close look at all hummers they see, as one never knows. Reportedly, it was the first North American record for this species.
The bird has been described as a young male and flashes a distinctive pink throat. 
My bags were packed......
Joe PaluzziSalem, MA



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Date: 8/5/16 6:10 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagles Foss Reservoir, Pied-billed Grebe Farm Pond, Framingham 8/4/16, Photos and Videos
I went to Farm Pond, Foss Reservoir, and nearby areas on 8/4/16.
Photos and videos are at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly is at:
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1

I made a video of a pied-billed Grebe at Farm Pond.

When I went to Foss Reservoir, I went to the east shore first.
Initially, I didn't see any eagles in the nest but I looked around and
saw one was flying towards the nest from some distance away. I made a
video of it flying to the nest and landing. Shortly afterwards in the
video you can see a juvenile coming to the nest. It is seen through the
tree branches because it comes from behind the nest. Then another adult
arrived at the nest. The second adult was the first to leave and then
the other adult flew off. At that point I moved to an observation point
on Rt 9 and continued the video with the juvenile leaving the nest,
circling a bit, and then landing in a tree at the other end of the island.

From the Aqueduct Trail, I made a short video of a snapping turtle in
the Sudbury River. The water was clear and the light was right so that
the turtle was clearly visible under the water. Snapping turtles have
very long necks that you don't see fully extended when they are on land,
so it's interesting to see it in the water.



Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 8/5/16 5:11 am
From: <mussey.robert...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird hawking insects
I just watched a ruby throated hummingbird hawking insects, darting back and forth continuously over the Westport River, Westport. Beautiful morning light on a perfect morning. In all the years I've been watching hummers, this is the first time I've seen this behavior done continuously for such a long period, about 4-5 minutes. Beefing up for migration I bet.

Robert Mussey
Milton, Mass.

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Date: 8/5/16 3:29 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Follow up to RFI on rodent control
Paul, the house sparrows are more of an issue than the rodents...unless the rodents are Norway rats...then its about equal.
PT

From: Paul Guidetti
Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2016 4:51 PM
Cc: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Follow up to RFI on rodent control

So, there were a few suggestions regarding attracting winged predators to control my rodent issues (squirrels, red and gray, chipmunks, voles, etc.).

One was to "catch" rodents and put out on a post for local raptors as a feeding station...vetoed by wife.

Another was nest boxes for owls.

And finally a product called Vole Away.

What I've tried has been occasional use of snap traps (rat size). I've set up two rat traps under a milk crate with covered openings at the "handles" to restrict access. Smaller holes were meant to keep the larger rodents out and allow voles and chipmunks in. This has been relatively effective with the chipmunks but not the voles. The traps are not sensitive enough and the voles eat the bait and get away.

The voles have created long "tunnels" in the grass which I keep long to reduce water loss. My wife is encouraging me to set smaller traps for the voles to limit their damage. Not sure how to do this without bycatch and loss of traps on the toes of larger animals who will undoubtedly want the bait and only be injured by the smaller traps. Hmmmmm.

Take care
Paul Guidetti
Westford MA


 

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Date: 8/4/16 9:29 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Swallow surprise
Hi MassBirders,

Saw an impressive swallow flight this evening, right around sunset, about 7:45 to 8 PM. It was not Plum-Island-caliber impressive, but I wasn’t at Plum Island, or anywhere that I’d expect a swallow accumulation. I had just finished grocery shopping and was standing in the middle of a parking lot next to Route 9 in Hadley! Easily a couple of hundred birds, and I had to leave before the flight was over (I was late for dinner), and I arrived after it was already well under way, so I definitely missed a lot. I was able to ID lots of Tree and Barn Swallows, and several Bank; fairly sure I saw a few Cliff. Couldn’t pick out a Rough-winged, but in a flock that size, there must have been a few, right? ;-)

Nearly all of the birds disappeared over the strip-mall and headed south. I’m guessing they were on their way to a huge evening roost somewhere. Maybe on some island in the middle of the CT River?

Also had a few Cedar Waxwings fly over the same parking lot, among a few other species...

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: 8/4/16 6:46 pm
From: Madeleine Linck <madeleine.linck...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Probable eagle in Foxboro
Am new to this list. My son who lives in a rural part of Foxboro called this evening to say they saw a very large bird (larger than a Red-tailed hawk which he knows) with very yellow legs sitting on top of a pine tree and being harassed by many birds. Overall, the bird was brown, quite dark. I am thinking it sounds like an immature Bald Eagle. I moved 2 months ago from Minnesota where I saw eagles on a daily basis. Eagle nests were almost common nesting there in rural suburbia.
I am not sure how likely an eagle would be in Foxboro...

Madeleine Linck
Rehoboth, MA Bristol County
 

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Date: 8/4/16 5:28 pm
From: Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Higgin's Marsh, S. Peabody, Aug 4, 2016
Higgin's Marsh, S. Peabody, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 4, 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
36 species

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 6 two adults, 4 young
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 8
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 24 mostly juvs.; my record high
count for South Peabody area.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 3
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1 adult
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 10
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 3 one adult, two juvs.
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) 5
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 3 juvs.
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 75 about 25% juveniles.
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) 1 adult
Short-billed Dowitcher (hendersoni) (Limnodromus griseus hendersoni) 1
Clear orange coloration extending to undertail coverts; isolated spotting
on sides of upper breast; unstreaked neck; broad golden fringes to
upperpart feathers; Short-billed "klu tu tu" flight calls given during
short flights when flushed with other shorebirds present; first local
proven record.
American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) 1
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) 4
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 12
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 6
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 7
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 80
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 3
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 5
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S30974508

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

R.S.Heil
South Peabody, MA




--
Richard Heil

 

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Date: 8/4/16 11:46 am
From: Kat Birder <katbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Weekly species census- Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Aug 4, 2016
Huge flock of barn swallows over both pools early in the a.m. The arrival
of a falcon caused chaos among swallows, swifts, pigeons and shorebirds.

Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 4, 2016 6:00 AM - 10:44 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.8 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly species census for the NWR. Cool early 59F but temps
rising steadily to low 90's F. Janet and I were on our own for the first
hour but then of great eyes and ears joined us. Observers: Janet Kovner,
Joan Stoner, Maryellen Stone, Larry Warfield, Alan Bragg (returned from
AK), Soheil Zendeh, Isabella and Isabella, Kaija Gahm, and Kathy Dia. <br
/>Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.2 Build 70
53 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 15
Wood Duck 14
Mallard 7
Wild Turkey 9 Two adults and 7 immatures taking a mud bath on the
river bank at the boat launch
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 12
Green Heron 2 Possibly three. Two flying together and perching at
various spots in the refuge. One seen on the river bank.
Osprey 1
Cooper's Hawk 1 Flying just above trees and calling in pine woods near
the railroad grade
Red-tailed Hawk 4 Two pairs both over Punkatasset at the same time
Killdeer 4
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Least Sandpiper 3
peep sp. 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 9
Mourning Dove 6
Chimney Swift 20 The swifts came in as a loose group at about 7 am
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4 Feeding in the flowers and jewelweed along
the main Dike Trail. Including two chasing each other.
Belted Kingfisher 2 Flying together over the Lower Pool and fishing in
the marsh and on the river.
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 7
Peregrine Falcon 1 Pointy winged rather long tailed raptor about 2-3 x
the size of the swallows in at about 6:30 creating havoc among the barn
swallows , shorebirds and pigeons. Janet ID'd the bird.
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Willow Flycatcher 6 Continuing. "Fitz-bew" and "whit" calls heard for
ID as Willow rather than Traills
Eastern Phoebe 2 One at the boat launch; one in the Holt
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 7
Warbling Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 1
Tree Swallow 10
Barn Swallow 200 Great quantities over and perched in marsh early 6
am.
Black-capped Chickadee 15
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 6
Marsh Wren 8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 13
Northern Mockingbird 1 One ragged looking individual perched in a tall
tree at the river. Likely immature.
Cedar Waxwing 10
Common Yellowthroat 2
Yellow Warbler 4
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 13
Swamp Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 12
Common Grackle 2
Orchard Oriole 1 In the trees near the start of the Dike Tr (a spot
where we see them in the spring) At first I thought this was a yellow
warbler. When I put my binoculars on it I saw that it appeared a bit
bigger, and showed grayish wings with white wing bars (not a goldfinch;
wrong shape, color, movement). Not definitive but I can't think what it
might be other than female orchard.
American Goldfinch 31

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S30968502

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Kathy Dia
Concord, MA

 

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Date: 8/4/16 11:08 am
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Monomoy NWR boundary dispute
Hi MassBirders,

Not sure how many others here subscribe to Wayne Peterson and Paul Baicich’s “Birding Community e-Bulletin”, but it described a legal dispute going on between the US Fish & Wildlife Service and the state of Massachusetts over the exact boundaries of the Monomoy NWR. The state has apparently threatened to sue the feds, and one of our US Representatives has drafted legislation to officially transfer land to state ownership, in order to preserve access to the area by fishermen. So far the feds have not restricted fishing in the area except for Horseshoe Crabs and mussels, because those are crucial food supplies for some bird species of concern.

The bulletin included a link to coverage by the Boston Globe, which I don’t think I’ve seen anyone mention here yet:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/07/30/placid-preserve-cape-cod-roiled-with-tensions-over-who-owns-land/PrmA7PIIiwGvESRZ8QT23K/story.html

Good birding,

Josh



Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
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Date: 8/4/16 11:00 am
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird -- Belle Isle Marsh Reservation -- Aug 4, 2016
Belle Isle Marsh Reservation
Aug 4, 2016
12:55 PM
Traveling
4.00 miles
90 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.5 Build 73

15 American Black Duck
6 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Great Blue Heron
1 Black-crowned Night-Heron
2 Osprey
1 Cooper's Hawk
2 American Oystercatcher
10 Black-bellied Plover
6 Semipalmated Plover
4 Killdeer
8 Greater Yellowlegs
2 Lesser Yellowlegs
30 Least Sandpiper -- Probably more
160 Semipalmated Sandpiper -- 2 groups one by the bridge prior to the east Boston entrance , and another large flock over on the Winthrop side of Morton street
1 Western Sandpiper
4 Short-billed Dowitcher
1 Great Horned Owl -- Second time I've seen this bird in the past week or so, this time roosting in a conifer
3 Northern Flicker
1 American Kestrel
1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Willow Flycatcher
1 Eastern Kingbird
2 Warbling Vireo
6 American Crow
40 Tree Swallow
4 Barn Swallow
5 Cedar Waxwing
1 Yellow Warbler
2 Savannah Sparrow -- One juvenile

Number of Taxa: 29


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Date: 8/4/16 10:02 am
From: Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] S Beach Chatham, Cape Cod, Aug 4
I am sending the link instead of the ebird list since the ebird list has photos and I am not sure if photos are shareable on Massbird.http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30968230

Highlights were black and white-winged scoters, common loon, red-breasted merganser, and good numbers of oystercatchers and piping plovers.No unusual birds or rarities.  Pelagics were far away and the swells were high so sea watching was tough.The huge sandbars between monomoy and s beach are basically barren, at least at low tide, with only scattered gulls and cormorants. No staging areas for terns in this area. The best spots for shorebirds were the flats with mussel beds across from the Morris I weather station and the flats by the salt marsh near Outermost Harbor/Starfish Lane.  But Cow Yard/Tern Island seems to be the best accessible place in CHatham for shorebirds this year.
All the bestFredChatham MAOakton VA Frederick D. Atwood Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124 703-242-1675 http://www.agpix.com/fredatwood http://www.flinthill.org http://tea.armadaproject.org/tea_atwoodfrontpage.html https://www.flickr.com/photos/75425046@N06/sets/
 

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Date: 8/4/16 4:57 am
From: Kathy Dia <kathystarkdia...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Birding tips for the Cape?
Can anyone give me some tips for birding in the Falmouth area in August? My
husband and I will be there this Sat and Sun. I looked at Crane WMA and
Great Sippewissett on eBird - I'm so confused about where exactly to bird
these areas and to park ... or maybe there are better spots?

Many thanks!

Kathy Dia
Concord, MA
<katbirder...>

 

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Date: 8/3/16 7:23 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Clark Pond, Ipswich, Aug 3, 2016
> Clark Pond, Ipswich
> Aug 3, 2016 1:40 PM - 2:45 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: The low water with algae mats was loaded with shorebirds,
> though most were too distant to ID them all, even with the scope.
> 26 species
>
> Canada Goose 17
> Mute Swan 3 Only one young survived on the pond this year.
> American Black Duck 6
> Mallard 6 Hen with 4 young, and a solo larger young
> Double-crested Cormorant 1
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Great Egret 1
> Snowy Egret 14
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Semipalmated Plover 20+
> Greater Yellowlegs 20 I can't guarantee that they were all greaters
> at the distance they were from me, since they were not active.
> Willet (Eastern) 2
> Stilt Sandpiper 2
> White-rumped Sandpiper 3
> Semipalmated Sandpiper 450+ Estimated by 10s. I could not pick out
> any leasts or westerns. Some appeared to be juveniles.
> Least Tern 2
> Common Tern 1 (no gulls)
> Mourning Dove 1
> Willow Flycatcher 1
> American Crow 2
> Tree Swallow 8
> European Starling ~150
> Cedar Waxwing 7
> Song Sparrow 2
> House Finch 3
> American Goldfinch 4
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30960780


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

 

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Date: 8/3/16 6:19 pm
From: Warren Tatro <wtatro...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] First Monarch
Hello Massbirders,

I know I’m off subject a little, but I finally saw my first Monarch butterfly of the year this afternoon flying through a manicured and chemically treated neighborhood in North Beverly, desperately looking for Milkweed. It flew by me close enough for me to tell it was a female by the thicker black veins in the wings. I hope she finds some of the host plant soon.

Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
<wtatro...>
 

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Date: 8/3/16 5:38 pm
From: james sweeney <assawompsett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Scituate Reservoir Shorebirds - 8/3
Massbirders,

I made a brief stop at the Scituate reservoir this morning and observed the following shorebird species:

Semipalmated Plover (35)
Killdeer (6)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (240)
Least Sandpiper (20)
White-rumped Sandpiper (1)

Jim Sweeney
Providence, RI
 

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Date: 8/3/16 2:38 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Quinapoxet Reservoir-Holden- White-rumps
I believe this bird to be a young Cooper's Hawk. The last several years I have had them nesting close by and this is the sound the young have been making here; I think it is begging when the adults want it to leave/fledge and thus holding out food. When I was able to see the individual giving the call eventually an adult would come in.

Glenn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Justin Lawson" <justindlawson...>
To: "<Massbird...>" <Massbird...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 9:54:25 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Quinapoxet Reservoir-Holden- White-rumps


hawk sp. 1 bird was making the exact call recorded by tim spahr days
earlier. called quite a bit while the 4 of us were there. bette and ed got
a quick look and bird was bigger than a crow and showed lots of white.
waiting to hopefully get a conclusion on tim's bird. tim's recording was
played immediately after and was a perfect match

tim's list with audio
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30892576
--
Justin Lawson
Worcester, Ma
 

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Date: 8/3/16 1:57 pm
From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Follow up to RFI on rodent control
So, there were a few suggestions regarding attracting winged predators to
control my rodent issues (squirrels, red and gray, chipmunks, voles, etc.).

One was to "catch" rodents and put out on a post for local raptors as a
feeding station...vetoed by wife.

Another was nest boxes for owls.

And finally a product called Vole Away.

What I've tried has been occasional use of snap traps (rat size). I've set
up two rat traps under a milk crate with covered openings at the "handles"
to restrict access. Smaller holes were meant to keep the larger rodents out
and allow voles and chipmunks in. This has been relatively effective with
the chipmunks but not the voles. The traps are not sensitive enough and the
voles eat the bait and get away.

The voles have created long "tunnels" in the grass which I keep long to
reduce water loss. My wife is encouraging me to set smaller traps for the
voles to limit their damage. Not sure how to do this without bycatch and
loss of traps on the toes of larger animals who will undoubtedly want the
bait and only be injured by the smaller traps. Hmmmmm.

Take care
Paul Guidetti
Westford MA

 

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Date: 8/3/16 1:56 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island-PRNWR - 08-03-2016
After a month's hiatus, Joppa Flats' Wednesday Morning Birding is back.
David Moon and I led today's program on to Plum Island and Parker River
National Wildlife Refuge. The skies were clear to partly cloudy, temps in
the upper 70s with low humidity, and winds S-SE/0-5 mph. It was a beautiful
morning to be out and about.

Our list:
Canada Goose
Gadwall (6) - 2 probably eclipse drakes & 1 hen w/ 3 young (plumage class
1c - 15-18 days old); Bill Forward Pool.
Mallard (~ 12) - BFP & North Pool.
Double-crested Cormorant (9) - 4 perched, PI Bridge; 3,BFP.
Great Blue Heron (4) - 1, n. refuge gate; 1, ramp; 2, BFP.
Great Egret (~ 15) - various, but most in marsh w. Hellcat.
Snowy Egret (2) - marsh w. Hellcat.
Osprey (2) - BFP.
Black-bellied Plover (~ 24) - BFP.
Semipalmated Plover (~ 150) - 15, main panne; balance, BFP.
Killdeer (3) - various.
AMERICAN AVOCET (1) - actively feeding followed by loafing on one leg with
head tucked; center of BFP.
Greater Yellowlegs (~ 20) - most in NP & BFP.
Willet (3) - various.
Lesser Yellowlegs (5) - NP & BFP.
Semipalmated Sandpiper (~ 300) - various; majority, BFP.
Least Sandpiper(5) - 1, main panne; 4, NP.
White-rumped Sandpiper (3) - 2, main panne; 1, BFP.
Short-billed Dowitcher (~ 20) - BFP.
Herring Gull
Least Tern (4) - 1, ramp; 1, main panne; 2, BFP.
Common Tern (5) - various.
Mourning Dove (~ 10) - various.
Eastern Kingbird (~ 8) - various.
Purple Martin (~ 15) - much activity, lot #1.
Tree Swallow (~ 1,000+)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1)
Barn Swallow (~ 20) - The Warden's.
American Robin (1)
Gray Catbird (3)
Northern Mockingbird (4) - The Warden's.
European Starling - many.
Cedar Waxwing (2) - Hellcat.
Eastern Towhee (2) - heard along refuge road, vicinity of Hellcat.
Saltmarsh Sparrow (2) - 1, ramp; 1, main panne.
Song Sparrow (5) - various.
[Northern Cardinal (1) - Joppa Flats.]
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1) - Hellcat.
Red-winged Blackbird (2) - Hellcat.
Brown-headed Cowbird (2)
American Goldfinch (4)
House Sparrow

During Wednesdays in August, Joppa Flats Education Center will be hosting
"Wednesday Evening Shorebirding." Come one, come all -- meet at Joppa; the
program runs from 5:30 until 7:30. The going rate is $10 for Mass Audubon
members; $12 for nonmembers.

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: 8/3/16 1:41 pm
From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red breasted nuthatch 8/2 Westford Yard
Had a new yard bird yesterday! A beautiful make red breasted nuthatch made
a few brief forays into the fray that is my feeder station (way too many
house sparrows)!

Take care
Paul Guidetti
Westford MA

 

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Date: 8/3/16 1:13 pm
From: Henrietta Yelle <hyelle...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird -- Mass Audubon HQ, Lincoln MA -- Aug 3, 2016
Mass Audubon HQ, Lincoln MA
Aug 3, 2016
16:01
Stationary
10 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Leaving work, I saw what I thought was a small group of robins and house sparrows congregating on the driveway near Mass Audubon's Forbush building- but the flash of bright red stopped me. Turned out to be a male and a female adult scarlet tanager and 2 juveniles foraging along the road edge with a couple of robins near by. I stopped to watch and the male perched right next my car at eye level, keeping an eye on the youngsters in the grass below. Fun!
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44

2 American Robin
4 Scarlet Tanager

Number of Taxa: 2
Plus a Tiger Swallowtail floating by.

Henrietta Yelle, Lexington MA

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

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Date: 8/3/16 11:44 am
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle West Rox
Adult Bald Eagle circling now over pond at Millennium Park entrance off VFW Parkway
Also decent number of shorebirds in park at Charles R boat landing: Greater Yellowlegs, Spotted sandpipers, peeps I couldn't positively ID
If anyone more expert at shorebirds goes let me know. I'd love to tag along to get better

Joe Battenfeld
@joebattenfeld

 

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Date: 8/3/16 6:48 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/1/16, Fisk Pond and Vicinity, More bird calls, need help identifying.
I went to Fisk Pond and nearby areas on 8/1/16.

Photos and videos are at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
Low bandwidth/mobile version: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1

Birds sighted include:

Rt 135, Speen Street, NW pond:
Spotted Sandpiper
Wood Ducks

Fisk Pond:
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Cedar Waxwing
Double-crested Cormorant (I think this was a juvenile because it was
brown rather than black.)
Mute Swans, Cygnets
Mallards
Tree Swallows

Pegan Cove Park:
I recorded what I think are two different birds making loud calls at
the same time. I'm not sure what they are or what they signify. If
anyone can identify them please let me know.

The video of the spotted sandpiper also includes either a muskrat or
beaver, I'm not sure which. You can see it at 1:00 into the video,
frightening a wood duck in the upper right and again at 1:40 swimming
and diving. If anyone can tell if it is a muskrat or beaver please let
me know. ( I do know beaver are in the area, there are gnawed trees and
a lodge at Fisk Pond and I've seen corpses in previous years.)

In a video of tree swallows in slow motion, you can see the birds
picking bugs off the surface of the water with their bills while flying
low over the water. This happens at 1:46, 2:03, and 3:18 in the video.

In a video of a great blue heron foraging at Fisk Pond, the heron
catches a few small fish. There are swans and cygnets not too far from
the heron and a lot dragon flies zooming around. The density of animal
life is interesting to see.

At Fisk Pond I made a video of a mallard repeatedly diving. At one point
in the video it surfaces chewing on something (if ducks can chew) and a
morsel falls into the water and the duck retrieves it ... but you can't
tell what exactly it was eating.





Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 8/3/16 2:19 am
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Three Yellow-crowned Night-Herons Milton Landing
I went back again for the third time today after hurrying over to the nearby library to post my 2nd visit sightings before the library closed. I was there from 6:00-8:15p.m. The two Yellow-crowned Night-Herons were still on a boat when a third one emerged from a creek at the edge of the marsh grass acRoss from the canoe launch, but a bit to the right. This was at 8:00 p.m.

MILTON LANDING HIGHLIGHTS TODAY:

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 3 juvenile
Black-crowned Night-Heron 7 See earlier report from today
Great Egret 1
Snow Egret 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Green-winged Teal 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 juveniles
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Osprey 2
Turkey Vulture 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Least Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 1

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

 

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Date: 8/2/16 7:00 pm
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Quinapoxet Reservoir-Holden- White-rumps
Bart Kamp called me with some possible uncommon shorebirds. I arrived along
with Better Robo, Ed Kittredge and Kevin Bourinot. A few of us wete able to
pick out 4 White-rumped Sandpiper, possibly more. One shorebird that struck
Bart odd and resembled a Western Sandpiper. the sun was horrible and it was
somewhat distant. the bill appeared to droop and the bird seemed larger
than the Least Sandpipers. At this point no one is able to call the bird.
this spot has become what seems the premiere shorebirding spot in Worcester
County (gate 43 quabbin as well?) last year this place produced and its
just as low! scope is needed for sure and there is a fence around the whole
reservoir as its Worcester's drinking supply!


Quinapoxet Reservoir, Worcester, Massachusetts, US
Aug 2, 2016 3:55 PM - 6:10 PM
Protocol: Stationary
24 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 9
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 3
hawk sp. 1 bird was making the exact call recorded by tim spahr days
earlier. called quite a bit while the 4 of us were there. bette and ed got
a quick look and bird was bigger than a crow and showed lots of white.
waiting to hopefully get a conclusion on tim's bird. tim's recording was
played immediately after and was a perfect match

tim's list with audio
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30892576
Killdeer 5
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Least Sandpiper 30 est. at least
White-rumped Sandpiper 4 the four of us couldn't believe that we had
this many in the county at one location! white rump clearly evident in
birds. "dowitcher" type feeding. always stayed in the water while the least
sandpipers stayed in the mud. i will check pics later. i know some of us
must have some diagnostic photos. birds were larger than Leasts but obv
white on the rump sealed the deal!
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
peep sp. 1 bird was smaller than White-rumped Sandpiper in same frame,
larger than Least Sandpiper. We all noted that the bill "seemed" longer and
definitely had a noticeable droop to it. we couldn't make out any rust
color on the shoulders. light was hard due to facing the sun.
Mourning Dove 3
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 3
Tree Swallow 9
Barn Swallow (American) 3
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 1
American Robin 7
Gray Catbird 2
Cedar Waxwing 6
Common Yellowthroat 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 5
American Goldfinch 7

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30951219

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



--
Justin Lawson
Worcester, Ma

 

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Date: 8/2/16 6:41 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Stellwagen Bank seabird survey 8/1 (2 Long-tailed Jaegers, thousands of shearwaters)
Yesterday (8/1) I participated in the Stellwagen Sanctuary Seabird
Stewards (S4) program's survey consisting of standardized strip and
line transects of the physical bank part of the Stellwagen Bank
National Marine Sanctuary. It was a perfect day at sea, with calm
seas, full cloud cover, whales, seals, a basking shark, and thousands
of shearwaters.

Full list with photos and descriptions:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30941208

Select highlights:
1000 Cory's Shearwaters
2000 Great
600 Sooty
35 Manx
4500 Wilson's Storm-Petrels
4 Red-necked Phalaropes
2 Long-tailed Jaegers

Happy (sea)birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon
 

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Date: 8/2/16 5:59 pm
From: Nathaniel Marchessault <natemarchessault...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Burrage Pond WMA, Hanson, Jul 31, 2016 - King Rail babies!
Hi all,

I figured I would share this as it is fairly exciting. 1 adult KIRA with 2
young observed on my trip to Burrage Sunday morning. See notes attached.

Best,
Nate

Burrage Pond WMA, Hanson, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
Jul 31, 2016 5:26 AM - 10:11 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
59 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 8
Mute Swan 2
Wood Duck 7
Mallard 7
Double-crested Cormorant 3
American Bittern 1 Observed large Bittern in flight twice. Overall
brown with streaked brown and white neck and dark blue on the ends of the
wings.
Great Blue Heron 6
Great Egret 12 9 flew over high overhead
Green Heron 2
Osprey 4
King Rail 3 1 adult 2 babies! Observed at the first lookout to the N
reservoir in the spot that looks like a canoe launch. Was in the closest
set of vegetation/cattails.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/145812845@N07/28621652862/in/datetaken/ for
video. Audio attached to checklist.
Virginia Rail 1
Sandhill Crane 2 Heard on 3 separate occasions, each time only sounded
like one except the last where two birds were heard bugling at once.
Killdeer 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 1 Heard
Least Sandpiper 11 9 flew way overhead calling
gull sp. 2 Flyby
Mourning Dove 8
Eastern Screech-Owl 1 Responded in parking lot after I whistled a few
times, then flew right over my head!
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
Willow Flycatcher 3 Hiding in the trees/shrubs in the bogs, 'weep'
calls.
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 10 Not uncommon for this spot.
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2 On lines to the S
Purple Martin 1 Heard at dike between reservoir.
Tree Swallow 200 Minimum, I didn't look at the opposite side of the N
reservoir, probably a bunch more there.
Bank Swallow 1 On lines to the S
Barn Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Marsh Wren 7 This is a low number, breeders here.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
American Robin 5
Gray Catbird 10
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 25
Cedar Waxwing 3
Northern Waterthrush 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1 Singing
Common Yellowthroat 15 Lots of churts heard along bogs
Yellow Warbler 25 Most in bogs, usually 2 or 3 at a time chasing each
other
Field Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 5
Swamp Sparrow 20 Min
Eastern Towhee 4
Northern Cardinal 3
Bobolink 6 A couple f with young birds near the swallow lines, 2 males
seen in other spots
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Common Grackle 20
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 6
passerine sp. 1 Call halfway between a turalee from a Bluebird and
Least Sandpiper. Will review recording

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30949021

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

Nate Marchessault
Mattapoisett
<natemarchessault...>

 

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Date: 8/2/16 5:58 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Milton Landing Part 2 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, Red-shouldered Hawks, etc.
>From 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.. Upon my arrival, I was astonished to see three immature or juvenile Red-shouldered Hawks going after just about everything in sight, including each other! They expertly wove through the trees, chasing Black-crowned Night-Herons. They went after the ducklings on the river's edge. They went after a squirrel. Great looks. One actually landed on top of one of the boats. The two juvenile or immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS WERE ON THE WHITE BOAT AT THE TURN IN THE PUBLIC WALKWAY along the side and back of the condo. Still there when I left at 5:25 p.m.

MILTON LANDING HIGHLIGHTS PART 2

Black-crowned Night-Heron 7 of all ages, great looks; this due to being flushed out of trees
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON 2
GREEN-WINGED TEAL 1
Turkey Vulture 2
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK 3 SEE ABOVE NOTES(I believe they left after forty minutes)
Least Sandpiper 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1+
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/2/16 5:57 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Glossy Ibis - Newman Rd Marsh, Aug 2, 2016


> Forgot these in last post...
>
> Newman Rd Marsh, Essex, Massachusetts, US
> Aug 2, 2016 3:00 PM
> Protocol: Incidental
> Comments: Noted flock in marsh as we drove by
> 1 species
>
> Glossy Ibis 50 Resting and preening in marsh on north side of road
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30951766
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro


 

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Date: 8/2/16 5:54 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Stilt Sandpiper Plum Island
We went to Plum Island today specifically to look for shorebirds and we saw some including the American Avocet.

The first bird we saw at Hellcat was an Orchard Oriole feeding on the flats on the north side of the dike leading to the tower where there was a large group of Greater Yellowlegs resting.

There were many Semipalmated Plovers and Sandpipers and a good number of Short-billed Dowitchers. We also saw one Stilt Sandpiper among the dowitchers.

Tree Swallows are in abundance and there is a goodly number of Great and Snowy Egrets on the Island.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro


 

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Date: 8/2/16 5:02 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Response - Tips for Birding Race Point
Brian,
That second parking lot you are describing is the Herring Cove lot. If
you are focusing on gulls and terns, that is a good way to do it. You
can park in the northern end of the parking lot (though not quite as
far north as the map shows, due to winter storm damage they hadn't
repaired as of mid June), and walk north along the beach right into
Hatches Harbor (about 1 mile, depending on how far up the birds are
roosting). If you do this, it is a good idea to do it on a lower tide,
because on most high tides the flats the birds like are covered. They
start charging here at 6:00 am I believe, but I do not know how much
they charge. You don't have easy access to the tip of Race Point from
here, but you can wade (knee high) across the harbor at a low tide. If
the tide is too high, there is no way to cross.

The Hatches Harbor fire road is a good way to bird the area for free
if you get there after 6:30, and you do have access to both Hatches
Harbor and Race Point tip, but you can only connect to either place at
low to half tide, making for a rather short, or rather long, trip.
This walk is about 1.8 miles to the tip of Race Point, and a little
less to Hatches Harbor.

I'm pretty sure the Race Point parking lot starts charging at 6:30am,
at least on weekends.

Hope this helps to clarify,
Liam Waters
Sharon
 

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Date: 8/2/16 1:24 pm
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Response - Tips for Birding Race Point

Steve,

Thanks for the excellent narrative of useful info about birding Race
Point. (Three-hour journey to get there before sunrise? What commitment!
Your body clock is essentially on European time.)

One question I had was about getting there and parking. I arrived late
when I when out there a few days ago and didn't want to pay the $20
dollars to park (and didn't have a scope -- new one finally arrived
today!), so I retreated to the fire road to see birds at closer range --

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30909511

-- and had a wonderful few hours of birding (plus, at that hour, the
beach would have been too crowded). But I'm planning to head back to
Provincetown before sunrise (a much shorter drive for me than for
you...) in the next couple days with my new scope and see what I can
see. I plugged "Race Point" into Google Maps as you suggest and the
route I took before comes up: cut north on Race Point Road, head past
the airport and, depending on the hour, bump into the nice people asking
for money at the parking lot to the north.

But -- esp. if I wanted to focus on terns -- I'm wondering about another
option. Just stay on Rt. 6 and head straight to the Bay, where
"Satellite view" shows a little parking lot (probably also not free, but
I'll be there around 05:00), and also parking all along the road along
the coast heading towards the Point, all the way until the road
(Province Lands Road) cuts inland (about 2 km before the Point). So I
could just stay on 6, turn right at the water, park as far north
(actually NWN) as possible, and then walk a bit along the beach (1 km)
until I get to the famous tern viewing at Hatches Harbor. Then head to
the Point (which is about the same distance from the parking on Prov.
Lands Road as from the parking lot to the north near the airport) if
it's not too late.

Does that make sense? It's hard to tell from Satellite view what's what.
And maybe things are blocked off or washed away.

Here's what I mean:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2-wXlrp2Fz2bm1YcTdJcEczZlE

Thanks!
Brian

--
Brian Manning Delaney
Orleans, Massachusetts /
Stockholm, Sweden
+1-561-317-2112 (WhatsApp also at this number)
+46 73 579 8287
 

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Date: 8/2/16 1:22 pm
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nahant, Short Beach influx of shorebirds, Bonaparte's Gulls
wonderful morning to study shorebirds close up as they rested on the beach in groups. a few were feeding at waters edge. cloudy and occasional raindrops kept beach-goers away. I was only person on the beach. as expected mostly Semipalmated Sandpipers. flock of Bonaparte's Gulls resting also.
Enjoy,
Linda

highlights:
Common Eider 58 many juveniles
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Semipalmated Plover 23
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Sanderling 37
Least Sandpiper 2
White-rumped Sandpiper 1 observed close, then when bird took flight, white rump apparent.
Semipalmated Sandpiper 850 estimate. counted several groups going heading south, then repeat count returning back north.
Western Sandpiper 1 close looks - down-curved bill, some rufous on feathers.
Bonaparte's Gull 127 almost all adults
Laughing Gull 5
Common Tern 2
House Sparrow 1 following shorebirds, feeding on seaweed gleanings! even into very shallow water edge!

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30949407
Linda Pivacek, Nahant, <lpivacek...>

 

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Date: 8/2/16 9:32 am
From: Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] shearwaters, petrels, razorbill, jaeger, kittiwake Race Point Beach, Provincetown, Aug 2, 2016
Dear Mass BirdersI had a great time at Race Point beach this AM.  Time actually counting seabirds was about 90 minutes total. The pelagic birds were still going by in good numbers when I left. They were flying east along the beach all the time I was there and they were not very far offshore, only a few being too far to identify.  I also walked down the beach about a mile to look at the groups of staging terns.  This is where the kittiwake was.  I also saw several whales not far offshore. All the bestFred AtwoodChatham MAOakton VA


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>
To: <fredatwood...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 12:04 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Race Point Beach, Provincetown, Aug 2, 2016

Race Point Beach, Provincetown, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 2, 2016 6:15 AM - 9:22 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Fin whales 5. Minke whales 2. Gray seals 25. Counted seabirds  for about 90 minutes in all.  <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.3 Build 71
19 species

Cory's Shearwater  3050    Careful estimate.
Great Shearwater  1275    Careful estimate.
Sooty Shearwater  760    Careful estimate.
Manx Shearwater  84    Exact count.
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  6400    Careful estimate.
Northern Gannet  11
Double-crested Cormorant  180
Piping Plover  3
Sanderling  40
Least Sandpiper  2
Parasitic Jaeger  1
Razorbill  1    Breeding plumage bird in flight.
Black-legged Kittiwake  1    On shore with terns.
Laughing Gull  110
Herring Gull  10
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Least Tern  95
Roseate Tern  105    Mostly birds staging on the beach. Blue w white k86 juv. Ad right orange over metal. Left bright green over ankle over light green over metal. Juv blue with white j33. Juv yellow with black t40. Adult red w white c45. Juv yellow w black x88
Common Tern  725    I am sure there were a lot more if I had counted the birds flying by, which I did not try to estimate.  This was mostly the birds staging on the beach.

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Date: 8/2/16 8:14 am
From: Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Beverly/Corvus "trifecta".
I have posted previously on the incredible number of Fish Crows
(Corvus ossifragus) here in Beverly but today was a grand show at one point
with either one (or more?) Common Ravens
(Corvus Corax) being chased by Fish and American Crows (Corvus
brachyrhynchos) .
The Americans and Fish Crows quite obviously hate the Ravens!! I
witnessed two mid-air
"battles", one on Cabot near Kelly Nissan and one just outside my office
window on Cabot uptown near the Cabot Street Theatre.
There is quite a large group (murder?) of Fish Crows which hang out on or
near the Cabot St Theatre every day. Lots of rubbish barrels and dumpsters
nearby.

And to add to the discussion of late on Crow predation I witnessed a group
of Fish Crows on Knowlton Street off of Cabot basically wipe out about 3 to
5 small fledgling Starlings while I watched from the sidewalk. Quite the
commotion and some very unhappy Starling parents.

Kirk.

Kirk S Elwell
Amesbury, MA.

 

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Date: 8/1/16 4:16 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/31 Belle Isle Highights
I spent a long while at the key section in Revere. Almost all shorebirds were from here. Most were feeding on the mud flats of the inlet.

BRANT 1 on the inlet and initially seen from observation tower of main section. Later, I had great looks from the key section in Revere.
Osprey 4 including two young
Kill deer 1
Semipalmated Plover 20
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER 1 ad. alternate plumage
Least Sandpiper 20 two stunning juries
Semipalmated Sandpiper 300 easily
Lesser Yellow legs 4
Greater Yellow legs 2
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Ruddy Turnstone 1 flyover, calling
Short-billed Dowitcher 1 tried to land, but failed
American Oystercatcher 5
Bank Swallow 2 with Barns in front of observation tower
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 27
Peregrine Falcon 1 flushed all shorebirds twice, key section
American Kestrel 1 main section, Bennington Street
Salt marsh Sparrow 2
Savannah Sparrow 2

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/1/16 3:53 pm
From: <trogon6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] ON REPORTING


Forgive me if this appears redundant as many opinions have been expressed. It is revisiting an issue that was opened up for discussion in 2012 called "where do we go form here" regarding the same subject that was had with Barbara and Marshall. To simplify that discussion: both methods of reporting are viable and one does not attempt to override the other. They are mutually exclusive. Do you believe that every states listserv has this discussion? If you like one over the other so be it. Also no one is obligated to post their sightings to either report.

To those that find eBird cumbersome it may be of value to you if you contact Marshall or Ian and tell them what you are looking for as far as reporting. I receive both reports and find both useful. eBird is especially useful if you are traveling to another state as you can switch to that state's reporting for latest bird sightings. You can also receive a nation wide rarities report if you are inclined to chase Code 3 birds or higher.

We've come quite a way from the hotline to P.I. CB reporting to Massbird and to eBird. So as some birders' count heard birds and others don't, isn't it all about choices? If people want to post on one vs. the other that is their choice and we have to respect that decision.

Why can't we just enjoy the birds and have fun?

Good birding always!

Gerry Cooperman
Cape Cod







 

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Date: 8/1/16 12:51 pm
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Response - Tips for Birding Race Point
Matt wrote -


"I'm interested in hitting Race Point at some point this month or next, and
I was hoping people had some advice/tips/spots for a successful trip
there. I've never really done any pelagic birding so I'm hoping to get a
bunch of lifers. Also, I'm not familiar with that area at all, is it an
actual park?"

A flight of shearwater: https://flic.kr/p/B9jGce

I can suggest the following:

1. Race Point Beach has a large parking lot where one can park. If you
need to get directions, just plug in Race Point Beach to Google maps and
it will bring you to the parking lot. There are bathrooms but no
concession stands.

2. It cost to park at the lot unless you get there early enough. I don't
know what time the gate house opens but before 7 a.m. should be fine to not
have to pay. (don't hold me to this)

3. "Race Point" consists of a large hunk of land that one, for a matter of
convenience, can break down into four areas


- Race Point Beach - The area directly in front of the parking lot and
roughly 1/2 mile to the west (which includes the season cove where there
are thousands of terns right now). Standard spot to watch from and a
relatively easy walk to the "cove" 1/2 west of the parking lot.
- Race Point South - All areas along the eastward facing shoreline
east/south of the main parking area. A finicky place that can sometimes be
birdy or birdless.
- Race Point Proper - the area roughly 2 miles west of the parking lot
in the area where the cut through comes from Pole Line Road - I spend most
of my time there. This area includes, to me, about 1/2 mile to the east to
Race Point Beach and the other boundary is the access road by the light
house that gets folks to Hatches Harbor.
- Hatches Harbor - the area south of Race Point Proper that includes a
view looking into Cape Cod Bay. Terns and shorebirds and gulls.


4. Get there early. Hordes of folks show up and it can be quite crowded.
Also, if conditions are favorable (still figuring out these conditions), a
morning flight occurs. A morning flight at Race Point should be
qualified. I make the 3 hour trek down there to get to my viewing spots
1/2 hour before sunrise. Birds, if moving, are already on the move. This
can end as abruptly as it starts and any birder getting there mid morning
would think that there isn't a bird to be had and that I must be nuts
reporting so many individuals. I assure you, I am nuts and the birds are
moving! Conversely, a flight can occur at any time - out of no where.

5. Pelagics. They vary. Right now, all 5 commonly occurring tubenose can
be seen. It is really best to have a spotting scope. If not, then you may
see less birds. Sooty, Great, Cory's, and Manx Shearwater as well as
Wilson's Storm-Petrel can be observed on a typical day. The numbers and
distance from shore varies with tides, winds, bait, and whatever the birds
want. Work the rip. about 1/2 mile off shore is the rip line. Birds tend
to feed over and on this area.

6. Have patience if you want to see pelagics. The jaegers are just
starting to arrive and the tubenose beat to their own drum.

7. Terns. There are a lot of terns at Hatches Harbor and the seasonal
cove. It is a sight to behold.

8. Whales. I can't think of a better place not to get sea sick and see
whales. Fin and Minke have been around the Race and this past weekend I
had my first summer "in shore" Humpback. The Humpbacks have been out at
the edges of Stellwagen NMS.


Thanks for reading,


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

 

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Date: 8/1/16 12:42 pm
From: Marsha Salett <msalett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] August 2016 Bird Observer now online
Bird Observer announces that its August 2016 issue is now online.

Where to Go Birding highlights "Birding Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary" by Marsha C. Salett and Mark Faherty. Articles feature Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens: A Globally Rare Habitat in Southeastern Massachusetts" by Melinda S. LaBranche and "The Great Seabird Show of 2015" by Peter Flood, along with two Field Notes: "Red-tailed Hawk Attacks a Day-flying Bat" by Jeffrey Boone Miller and "Shorebird Behavior on their Wintering Grounds" by William E. Davis, Jr. As usual, we include regular columns by David Larson, Martha Steele, and Mark Lynch, as well as Bird Sightings for March/April 2016 and Wayne Petersen's "At A Glance." The beautiful Little Gull on the cover is illustrated by Kenn Kaufman.

In addition, check out the following Bird Observer Online features:

New England Rarities view eBird rarity reports for every state in New England, and every county in each of those states.

(http://www.birdobserver.org/Where-to-Go-Birding/New-England-Rarities)

Bird Clubs a visual locator for finding a bird club near you.

(http://www.birdobserver.org/Where-to-Go-Birding/Bird-Clubs)

The complete Bird Observer archive is now available online for active subscribers, from our first issue in February 1973 to present day.

(http://www.birdobserver.org/Issues/Complete-Archive)


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

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BirdObserver


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

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








 

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Date: 8/1/16 11:49 am
From: Matt S. <accipiter22...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/1/2016 Tips for birding Race Point?
Hi massbirders,

I'm interested in hitting Race Point at some point this month or next, and
I was hoping people had some advice/tips/spots for a successful trip
there. I've never really done any pelagic birding so I'm hoping to get a
bunch of lifers. Also, I'm not familiar with that area at all, is it an
actual park?


Thanks,

Matt Sabourin


<Accipiter22...>
Brighton, MA

 

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Date: 8/1/16 10:58 am
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC P.I. trip report Sunday morning. 7/31/16
Greetings:



Several people joined me on our morning trip. The weather was cool. Skies
were overcast with occasional rain.No problem with greenheads, but
mosquitoes were plentiful.. Forty nine species of birds were seen. The
highlight was the AMERICAN AVOCET which was still there after a week.. Also
seen were two FOSTER'S TERNS several RUDDY TURNSTONES, (thank you,
Karsten), 136 SNOWY EGRETS in the Stage Island Pool along with 16 GREAT
EGRETS and 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES. The tree swallows are beginning to gather
in the refuge along with the KINGBIRDS. Complete list below:

Canada Goose 30

Gadwall 6

Black Duck 1

Turkey 1

Pied Bill Grebe 2

D.C. Cormorant 14

Great Blue Heron 4

Great Egret 1

Snowy Egret 136

Osprey 3

Black Bellied Plover 4 +

Semipalmated Plover 50 +

Piping Plover 4

Killdeer 5

American Avocet 1

Spotted Sandpiper 1

Greater Yellow-legs 12 +

Lesser Yellow-legs 2

Ruddy Turnstone 6

Sanderling 2

Semipalmated Sandpiper 40+

Least Sandpiper 6

White-rumped Sandpiper 4

Short-billed Dowitcher 16+

Herring Gulls

Great Black-backed Gulls

Common Tern 2

Least Tern 4

Forster's Tern 2

Rock Pigeon 1

Mourning Dove 4

Eastern Kingbird 15 +

American Crow 6

Purple Martin 8

Tree Swallow 200+

Barn Swallow 4

Marsh wren 2

American Robin 40 +

Gray Catbird 4

Northern Mockingbird 1

European Starling 100+

Cedar Waxwing 4

Swamp Sparrow 2

Bobolink 1

Red-wing Blackbird 10

Common Grackle 10

House Sparrow 1



Ida Giriunas

Reading, MA


 

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Date: 8/1/16 9:34 am
From: Thomas Pirro <tpirro2010...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Central Mass Loons/High Ridge WMA and Wnchedon
Notwon Reservoir (Leominster, Ma) 7/30/2016:

Common Loon 1 adult and 2 young

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30934115

Wachusett Lake (westminster, Ma.) 7/30/2016 PM

Common Loon 2 adults and 1 young:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30923841


An afternoon walk on 7/31/2016 at High Ridge WMA in Gardner, Ma.
brought the following hilights:

Wood Duck 12
American Bittern 1
Green Heron 2
Black-billed Cuckoo 2
Barred Owl 1
A complete list below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30933925

Whitney Pond (Wichendon, Ma) 7/31/2016

Peregrine Falcon 1
Purple Finch 1

understandably , NO egrets or shorebirds.

Complete list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30923841

Tom Pirro
Westminster, Ma.
 

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Date: 8/1/16 8:41 am
From: Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] American Crow behavior - 07-31-16
I once saw an American Crow along the edge of a cornfield on a frosty morning  in rural VA catch, kill, and fly off with a male cardinal, I assume to eat it.  I was flabbergasted!Fred AtwoodOakton, VAChatham, MA

From: Lucy W Photography <lucylens...>
To: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Cc: MassBird <massbird...>
Sent: Sunday, July 31, 2016 8:45 PM
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] American Crow behavior - 07-31-16

Hi Phil and Everyone,
I share your observations about the Fish Crows.  I see them almost everywhere I go... the grocery store parking lot, my back yard...  I too have some crows that visit every day and they recently took to their nest (I am guessing).  They have a spot on some stone stairs in the back yard away from the feeders.  Every morning they get some cat or dog kibble, Cheetos and a hot dog or some other kind of meat.  And if they are around later when I am, they might get an additional bit of food.  
One crow in particular discovered where my bedroom was early on in the relationship.  He or she sits on a branch closest to the window and caws starting about 15 minutes before the sun comes up.  When I walk outside, this crow follows me to the feeding spot.  If I am not on schedule, or if I vary the routine, the crow chortles at me, and get all puffy.  The same thing happens if it is around and I do not notice it sitting on a branch above me.  
I leave various toys by the feeding area and sometimes the gang tosses them about in no organized fashion.  They are really so interesting to watch day to day.
Last week, I was leaving the house in the late afternoon.  I had noticed about 18 American and Fish Crows in the back yard - an unusually large number.  It seems the Fish Crows moved right in once the Americans were tending to other things.  When I left, all of the crows were in one tree and carrying on and on like I had never heard.  I stayed and watched for a bit but I had to leave.
When I got back, there was a Fish Crow (I could only ID it once I picked it up) literally face planted into the grass, its beak straight down and its wings fully extended.  One eye was missing and had been freshly removed.  My guess is that some bird (with a long enough bill to remove an eye), maybe the gang of American Crows, went after this Fish Crow.  But they left it and didn't eat it.  The next morning they all returned and went through a similar routine, but all from posts spread apart in a circle.  This lasted about 5 minutes and then all of them left.  At this point I removed the crow carcass.
It is interesting that the crow you saw ate its prey.  I have seen Americans eat chicks of different species.
For what it's worth!!
Lucy WHingham MA













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On Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 7:01 AM, Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...> wrote:

I have a small group of Crows that come to my platform feeders and eat the mix of seeds I put out each day, they've been coming for over a year now though they disappeared during nesting season and are just now back to the feeders in the mornings. They're fun to watch and tend to scatter when they see me through the window though they become more comfortable with my presence once they're around for a few weeks.

At six this morning one of the Crows stood peering down from the platform feeder and then pounced on, caught and consumed a mole / vole that happened by in the very brown, short grass. I know Crows are omnivores but I've never seen one catch a live mole / vole before and wondered if others had and if this is more common than my incidental sighting suggests?

I also had a pair of Fish Crow fly over the house calling yesterday afternoon and another perched & calling from the phone wires in the center of Hamilton near the Cumberland Farms. These smaller Crows seem to be expanding their range in recent years and can now be found in several towns along the north shore most days.

--

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

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






 

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Date: 8/1/16 7:46 am
From: Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] petrels, shearwaters, scoters etc Chatham Lighthouse and part of S Beach, Aug 1, 2016
Dear Massachusetts Birders
I scoped out the flats of North Beach Island from the lighthouse beach and then did a seawatch for about a half hour opposite the Chatham harbor channel between S Beach and N Beach Island. Tons of birds flying north including 3900 wilson's storm-petrels and several sooty and cory's shearwaters. I could not see any Manx or Great shearwaters, and no gannets either.  Then I birded the sheltered side of S Beach, carefully scoping the sand bars, water and flats as the tide rose where I saw all 3 scoter species.  These sandbars had tons of gulls, but no terns roosting on them. See my detailed eBird list below.

PS my condo which sleeps 4-6 overlooking this area (right next to Outermost Harbor) is still available for rental the last week in August and most of the fall. (In the fall, the weekly rates are lower)  Very convenient location to great birding spots. Let me know off list if you are interested and I will send you the link.
All the bestFred AtwoodChatham, MA


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>
To: <fredatwood...>
Sent: Monday, August 1, 2016 10:10 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Chatham Lighthouse, Aug 1, 2016

Chatham Lighthouse, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 1, 2016 6:10 AM - 9:33 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Walked from parking lot along the beach to a point to opposite the channel where I did a sea watch. Then I cut over to harbor side at the big washover opposite the Morris I weather station where i scoped the water and sand bars. Then walked back on the harbor side and along the marsh/dune edge back to the parking lot. Tide rising. I did not bird the shrubbery around the parking lot. <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.3 Build 71
40 species (+2 other taxa)

Common Eider  57
Surf Scoter  3  2m, 1 f  handsome males
White-winged Scoter  4    2m 2 f   males not in peak plumage
Black Scoter  3 1m, 2f
Cory's Shearwater  17
Cory's/Great Shearwater  4
Sooty Shearwater  29
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  3900    Careful estimate while scope-scanning by 10s and 20s. Flying north. A ten minute scan and a 20 minute scan for a total of 30 minutes.
Double-crested Cormorant  2100    1380 careful estimate on sandbars. Also rough estimate of birds flying by and in ocean.
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  3
Osprey  1
American Oystercatcher  11
Black-bellied Plover  26
Semipalmated Plover  34
Piping Plover  11
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Willet (Eastern)  16
Ruddy Turnstone  17    looked carefully for color bands, found none
Red Knot  60    on North Beach Island
Sanderling  33
Least Sandpiper  33    25 flushed out of marsh.
Semipalmated Sandpiper  65
Short-billed Dowitcher  55
Bonaparte's Gull  2    Seawatch
Laughing Gull  630
Herring Gull  1800    Probably conservative. A mix of careful and rough estimates.
Lesser Black-backed Gull  6    Exact count. All adult or near adult. There may have been some younger birds that I did not recognize.
Great Black-backed Gull  485
Least Tern  55
Roseate Tern  45    Scanned perched birds for color bands, saw none.
Common Tern  190
Sterna sp.  7800    Very rough estimate figuring about an average of 2 times as many as petrels. All flying north. Did not study them.
Mourning Dove  3
American Crow  3
Tree Swallow  19
Barn Swallow  11
Savannah Sparrow  1    Marsh
Song Sparrow  5 dunes
Red-winged Blackbird  3
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  11

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30932517

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



 

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Date: 8/1/16 6:33 am
From: Jonathan Jones <brewbird...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Massbird
Well said … thank you!

Jonathan Jones
Wrentham, MA

> On Jul 28, 2016, at 5:41 PM, Marshall Iliff <miliff...> wrote:
>
> Massbird,
>
> Since Tom was putting words in the mouths of eBird's project leaders :-)..."I believe that the eBird organization wants us to believe this as well"...I thought one of them should clarify.
>
> I have helped to manage eBird since 2007, and recently we added Ian Davies (who many of you also know from his Massachusetts roots). We are proud that eBird has reached a point where it has solid *free* mobile apps for data entry on iPhone and Android, collected 333 million records, from every country and of 98% of birds on the planet, and over 1 million bird photos in the past year. We are committed to improving it. eBird has always been free and depends on the submissions by thousands of birders and hard work to vet the data by hundreds of volunteers.
>
> In my view, listservs and eBird serve different purposes, which may have some overlaps.
>
> eBird's goals are to collect and organize information on bird occurrence, provide that free to science, conservation, and education (which we do: http://ebird.org/ebird/data/download <http://ebird.org/ebird/data/download>), and to do that by creating a useful, authoritative, and fun tool for birdwatchers. Since it was developed by passionate birders FOR passionate birders, much of what eBird does was built to serve birders: it helps manage your lists, helps you find birds that you "need", gives Rare Bird Alerts about recent sightings, shows the information on maps and seasonal bar graphs, and lets you dive deeper to explore abundance, high counts etc. Recently we added the ability to easily add and explore photos (https://ebird.org/media/catalog <https://ebird.org/media/catalog>) and within the next month we'll have an exciting new release in profile pages.
>
> The way I see it, listservs provide a way for birders to directly discuss, via email, topics related to birding in an area of common interest (Massachusetts, in this case). What eBird *does not* provide (and doesn't plan to) is a forum for discussions like this. Issues of local conservation interest, interesting bird movements, debate over listerv vs. other technology, identification discussion, help to novice birders, and even questions about how eBird works or how to better access eBird data have all crossed this listserv. I don't see it as antiquated and don't see that the need for this forum has diminished. And I post here when I feel it is relevant and of interest.
>
> Prior to the existence of eBird, Facebook etc., these listservs were *the one and only* way of sharing your bird sightings online. People were grateful for rare bird news that they learned of via the listserv and none the wiser in cases where a rare bird came and when without any news.
>
> With eBird and Facebook now, many more rarities are being detected and shared. Local rarities are highlighted in ways that may never have happened before on statewide listservs. More people participate and do so as part of their day-to-day routines. Overall, our lives are richer for having this information. But we risk information overload. eBird specializes in managing a large database on bird information and we do our best to provide tools and visualizations to access this at whatever level you choose, be it global (http://ebird.org/ebird/region/world <http://ebird.org/ebird/region/world>) or local (http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L455897 <http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L455897>).
>
> In the past some have suggested trying to keep up with rare bird news via eBird by cross-posting here. Some, like Liam Waters have selflessly done this (thanks Liam!). George could have passed along the news that eBird had avocet reports too. Others just sign up for eBird Rare Bird Alerts, set them to hourly or daily, and enjoy them. If you prefer not to get more email, you can just hit this link whenever you wish and recent rarities will be shown, with documentary photos when available: http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35465 <http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35465>
>
> These Alerts work even better when you keep your lists in eBird, because you can sign up for "Needs Alerts". Once your Massachusetts list is up to date, you can sign up for an hourly needs alert to get news within the hour as soon as something is submitted that you have not seen. Sometimes that is an escapee Chiloe Wigeon or Helmeted Guineafowl, but other times it is the first news of a White-winged Tern or Cassin's Sparrow.
>
> And if Tom Wetmore wanted eBird data, it is there for the taking. However, it would require some work to convert eBird's site-specific reporting into an island summary. In the future, we may have easier ways to draw polygons you are interested in and get data streams directly from there. What eBird does do well is aggregate data by country, state, county, Important Bird Area, hotspot, yard, patch etc. very well. It may not be Tom's specific area of interest, but for most of the planet, this system works incredibly well. eBird's global mission means that while it may strive to serve 99% well, it will never reach 100%.
>
> So this "eBird vs. Listserv" discussion has come before, with folks lamenting the good old days of when everyone reported what they were seeing via email on listservs. But the information age is upon us, and I, for one, am glad to have tools to segment that information so that I can dive as shallow or deep as I choose whenever I want. eBird has collected 3903 *complete* checklists (i.e., reporting all birds) from Massachusetts in July alone. Imagine if these were 3903 separate emails to sift through! Instead you can access these as you wish via the Massachusetts http://ebird.org/ebird/subnational1/US-MA <http://ebird.org/ebird/subnational1/US-MA> or county http://ebird.org/ebird/subnational2/US-MA-023 <http://ebird.org/ebird/subnational2/US-MA-023> summary pages. If you want to know about my birding today, it is there for all to see, both the semi-interesting (Cumbies: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30813597 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30813597>) and the downright dull (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30878134 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30878134>). But all of this helps create a carefully vetted dataset that is actually used in science (http://ebird.org/content/ebird/about/publications/ <http://ebird.org/content/ebird/about/publications/>).
>
> I, for one, am glad for the discussion on Massbird, but I get most of my bird information via eBird. And I am happier for it. And I don't lose sleep over the birds that I miss out on by not engaging on Facebook. Everyone has their limits...
>
> But if I was doing a big year, or really loved Facebook, or really wanted to make sure I didn't miss out, I would sign up there too. To each his/her own, but count me as one that just does not see this as an "eBird vs. Massbird" issue and does not lament modern information streams. If you don't like eBird's information stream, that's fine too (but just don't click any of the links above!).
>
> Best,
>
> Marshall Iliff
> eBird Project Leader
>
>
> On Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 11:37 AM, Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...> <mailto:<ttw4...>> wrote:
> George,
>
> Here are two of my quick thoughts on this. They are likely worth very little, so ignore them if you don’t like them.
>
> First, eBird is now the very fashionable way to report birds for many birders. I believe that most eBird users believe that reporting birds on eBird is enough to get the word out, so no more effort is required. And I believe that the eBird organization wants us to believe this as well. However there are many birders who do not use eBird (including me), and I have found that using the eBird web page to find out what’s being found is difficult to navigate (at least for me) and usually leads to enough frustration that I don’t use it.
>
> However, there is a very good way to get access to eBird rarity data. Here’s how you can do it. Create an eBird account but don’t use it for reporting. Then use the account to register for rarity reports from the areas you are interested in. I have an account set up this way. I have it set to get one email a day about rarity sightings in Essex County. I’m not sure how rare birds are defined by eBird, but the current American Avocet and the Baird’s Sandpipers are showing up in my email every evening.
>
> Be that as it may, I believe that the existence eBird is the main reason that the traditional ways of getting the word out are falling by the wayside. Call it an unintended consequence if you like.
>
> Second, as politically incorrect as it may be to say so, Massbird postings are frequently (and I would claim usually) delayed (meaning the elapsed time between posting a message to Massbird until the post appears in an email inbox) to such an extent that the resulting frustration deters some peoples’ (at least my) motivation to use Massbird to get the word out quickly about a just discovered rarity. Since I only bird on Plum Island, any rarity I found is from there. There is a specific mailing list for Plum Island birds that usually gets the posts out to subscribers’ inboxes within a minute or two. So I always post there and often (but not always) cc to Massbird. If I think the bird is going to stay around for awhile I will include Massbird. If I think the bird is a ten minute wonder I don’t, as I don’t want to be the source of frustration to birders who only get to hear about a rare bird hours after it has been seen. For those of you interested in birds on Plum Island I suggest you go to my website occasionally. See the URL in my signature. I update a number of the pages every evening so you can track the occurrences of rare birds on Plum Island on a day to day basis.
>
> For example I update this page early every morning: http://bartonstreet.com/tom/birds/pisightings.html <http://bartonstreet.com/tom/birds/pisightings.html> which shows all sightings reported to me over the past ten days. Most eBird users do not send me their data so most eBird data is not included in this list.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Tom Wetmore, http://bartonstreet.com/tom/birds <http://bartonstreet.com/tom/birds>
> Newburyport, Mass.
> Think globally, bird locally.
>
>
> > On Jul 28, 2016, at 7:02 AM, George W Gove <gwgove...> <mailto:<gwgove...>> wrote:
> >
> > With 18 reports of American Avocet at Plum Island in the last couple of days, only one person posted this to Massbird.
> >
> > Massbird has served as a central point for birding reports for a long time but it seems that it no longer does. There was one post to Massbird on Saturday! July 23, 2016 but there were 34 checklists on ebird for that day including some rarities.
> > Unless I am missing something, it appears that there is no central reporting point any longer. To find out what is being seen in MA, one must go through lots of Facebook pages and private web pages/blogs if one can find them. The only other reports are of Alerts for rarities on ebird. It appears as if people care only about reporting and seeing rarities and not about the common birds or sharing checklist and reports.
> >
> > Some people may be interested in other than rarities; for example, I am interested in shorebirds but have seen no reports of shorebirds numbers and species in a CENTRAL LOCATION on the web except for the Plymouth Beach report which was disheartening.
> >
> > Is there some other central point for reporting and summarizing reports and checklists that I am missing? Do people no longer care about reporting sightings to Massbird - http://birding.aba.org/maillist/MASS <http://birding.aba.org/maillist/MASS> ?
> >
> > George Gove
> > Marlboro
> >
> >
> >
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> --
>
>
> ****************************
> Marshall J. Iliff
> miliff AT aol.com <http://aol.com/>
> Westwood, MA
> ****************************
> eBird Project Leader
> www.ebird.org <http://www.ebird.org/>
> Cornell Lab of Ornithology
> Ithaca, NY
> ****************************


 

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Date: 8/1/16 5:34 am
From: Lucy W Photography <lucylens...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] American Crow behavior - 07-31-16
Hi Phil and Everyone,

I share your observations about the Fish Crows. I see them almost
everywhere I go... the grocery store parking lot, my back yard... I too
have some crows that visit every day and they recently took to their nest
(I am guessing). They have a spot on some stone stairs in the back yard
away from the feeders. Every morning they get some cat or dog kibble,
Cheetos and a hot dog or some other kind of meat. And if they are around
later when I am, they might get an additional bit of food.

One crow in particular discovered where my bedroom was early on in the
relationship. He or she sits on a branch closest to the window and caws
starting about 15 minutes before the sun comes up. When I walk outside,
this crow follows me to the feeding spot. If I am not on schedule, or if I
vary the routine, the crow chortles at me, and get all puffy. The same
thing happens if it is around and I do not notice it sitting on a branch
above me.

I leave various toys by the feeding area and sometimes the gang tosses them
about in no organized fashion. They are really so interesting to watch day
to day.

Last week, I was leaving the house in the late afternoon. I had noticed
about 18 American and Fish Crows in the back yard - an unusually large
number. It seems the Fish Crows moved right in once the Americans were
tending to other things. When I left, all of the crows were in one tree
and carrying on and on like I had never heard. I stayed and watched for a
bit but I had to leave.

When I got back, there was a Fish Crow (I could only ID it once I picked it
up) literally face planted into the grass, its beak straight down and its
wings fully extended. One eye was missing and had been freshly removed.
My guess is that some bird (with a long enough bill to remove an eye),
maybe the gang of American Crows, went after this Fish Crow. But they left
it and didn't eat it. The next morning they all returned and went through
a similar routine, but all from posts spread apart in a circle. This
lasted about 5 minutes and then all of them left. At this point I removed
the crow carcass.

It is interesting that the crow you saw ate its prey. I have seen
Americans eat chicks of different species.

For what it's worth!!

Lucy W
Hingham MA














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On Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 7:01 AM, Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...> wrote:

> I have a small group of Crows that come to my platform feeders and eat the
> mix of seeds I put out each day, they've been coming for over a year now
> though they disappeared during nesting season and are just now back to the
> feeders in the mornings. They're fun to watch and tend to scatter when they
> see me through the window though they become more comfortable with my
> presence once they're around for a few weeks.
>
> At six this morning one of the Crows stood peering down from the platform
> feeder and then pounced on, caught and consumed a mole / vole that happened
> by in the very brown, short grass. I know Crows are omnivores but I've
> never seen one catch a live mole / vole before and wondered if others had
> and if this is more common than my incidental sighting suggests?
>
> I also had a pair of Fish Crow fly over the house calling yesterday
> afternoon and another perched & calling from the phone wires in the center
> of Hamilton near the Cumberland Farms. These smaller Crows seem to be
> expanding their range in recent years and can now be found in several towns
> along the north shore most days.
>
> --
>
> Enjoy,
> Phil Brown
> Essex, MA 01929
> <nebirdsplus...>
> http://www.nebirdsplus.com
> http://www.philbrownessex.com
>
> "In order to see birds, it is necessary to become part of the silence.",
> Robert Lynd
>
>

 

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Date: 7/31/16 7:00 pm
From: Erik Nielsen <erikbogh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Blue Grosbeak and possible Eurasian Collared-Dove Cumbies
After reporting the possible Eurasian Collared-Dove on Massbird, I ran into Nathaniel Marchessault who joined me trying to relocate the bird. There were still tons of Mourning Doves about; but none looked out of place. After I gave up, Nate made another - and a more successful attempt. He found and was able to digiscope what turned out to be a leucistic Mourning Dove.

Thanks Nate!

Erik Nielsen
Westwood, MA

http://flickr.com/photos/erikbogh/

> On Jul 31, 2016, at 12:10, Erik Nielsen <erikbogh...> wrote:
>
> While looking for the Blue Grosbeak around the manure pit at Cumberland Farm (River Street entrance) I was surprised to see a pale dove flying in a large group of Mourning Doves. It seemed a bit bigger than the MODOs and more contrasty on top. Like the MODOs it had white outer tail feathers; but it also had a light, gray band across the wings behind the primaries.
>
> I didn't get a photo. My camera was on a totally wrong setting, and by the time I got that fixed the flock had vanished.
>
> Despite spending a fair bit of time walking around, looking a hundreds of MODOs, I never came across it again.
>
> I did, however, locate the Blue Grosbeak in the weeds on the right as you enter the manure pit area.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Erik Nielsen
> Westwood, MA
>
> http://flickr.com/photos/erikbogh/

 

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Date: 7/31/16 6:05 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Sylvia Martin has shared an eBird checklist with you from Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit on Jul 30, 2016 - 7:00 AM
This feature doesn't work for public viewing. This is for sharing the list with other birders who were birding with you. To share the list with massbird, you can either copy the link out of the address bar of your web browser and paste it in an email, or use the 'email yourself' feature and forward that email to massbird.
Hope this helps clear things up, and doesn't confuse people more -- if anyone has questions feel free to ask.

Happy (mass)birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon.

Sent from my iPod so please excuse any errors.
 

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Date: 7/31/16 5:24 pm
From: Steven Simpson <stevensimpson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Beverly Osprey
Sorry for the late post, but I had an Osprey soaring over the Bass River basin (behind Starbux) in Beverly today at around 2:00. It was being harassed by a tern (sp) of all things
-- Steven A Simpson

 

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Date: 7/31/16 4:40 pm
From: Sylvia Martin via eBird <ebird-share...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sylvia Martin has shared an eBird checklist with you from Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit on Jul 30, 2016 - 7:00 AM
To accept this checklist into your eBird account, click on the link below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/shared?subID=UzMwOTE5MTky&s=t

You will then be able to view, edit, or delete it. Learn more about eBird's checklist sharing process at

http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1010555-understanding-the-ebird-checklist-sharing-process

---------

Sylvia Martin, Brighton
<warbler...>
 

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Date: 7/31/16 4:39 pm
From: Marj. Rines <marj...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] reporting birds on Massbird
On 7/31/2016 2:10 PM, warbler wrote:
> I find Massbird very valuable and find eBird somewhat cumbersome. It~@~Ys
> designed to be a big data collation site, and it does that well, but I
> sure don~@~Yt go trawling through it to find out what~@~Ys going on locally.
There are a variety of ways to make navigating eBird a little easier.
Bird Observer has a page that links to eBird rarities, and you can
customize it for yourself to list only county rarities also.

http://www.birdobserver.org/Where-to-Go-Birding/New-England-Rarities

--
Marj. Rines
Woburn, MA


 

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Date: 7/31/16 4:04 pm
From: Mark Fairbrother <bogelfin...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] On the river in Hatfield
This afternoon on the CT river in Hatfield:



1 Mallard

28 Common Merganser

1 Green Heron

8 Great Blue Heron

7 Great Egret

1 Bald Eagle (ad)

9 Spotted Sandpiper

3 Belted Kingfisher

Cedar Waxwings- dozens





Mark Fairbrother

Montague, MA 01351




 

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Date: 7/31/16 1:38 pm
From: Ann Gurka <snowyegret7...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] new Cooper's Hawk sound - adult male with food - 07-31-16
This sounds like a call that I've heard when our winter resident adult Cooper's Hawk finds another Cooper's Hawk in "her yard" - most often an immature bird. I had interpreted it as a warning that this is her territory, please leave. Of course, the visiting immature bird could be the offspring of the adult bird...

Ann Gurka
Watertown, MA

May the beauty of what you love be what you do,
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the earth...
Rumi




> Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2016 15:23:10 -0400
> From: <nebirdsplus...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] new Cooper's Hawk sound - adult male with food - 07-31-16
> To: <massbird...>
>
> I had an adult male Cooper's Hawk raid the yard this afternoon taking 2
> House Sparrows within a few minutes. Each time it stood in the yard, in
> clear view, with the hapless food item in it's talons giving a high
> pitched call for a minute or so before flying off.
>
> This is a new Cooper's Hawk sound for me, I "think" it was calling to
> recently fledged young that lunch was served but lost it in the woods
> across the street each time it flew off.
>
> Have others heard this call being given by a Cooper's Hawk? I've only
> heard the "kek" call given prior to this, which I've heard off and on
> all summer from the pair that nested across the street.
>
> I managed to record the call when it came back for the second sparrow. I
> copied 4 seconds of the call to the beginning of the recording as a
> reference to listen for through the minute long recording. It can be
> heard at the following:
>
> https://soundcloud.com/nebirdsplus/coopers-hawk-adult-male-with-food-calling-07-31-16
>
> --
>
> Enjoy,
> Phil Brown
> Essex, MA 01929
> <nebirdsplus...>
> http://www.nebirdsplus.com
> http://www.philbrownessex.com
>
> "In order to see birds, it is necessary to become part of the silence.", Robert Lynd
>

 

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Date: 7/31/16 1:30 pm
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] new Cooper's Hawk sound - adult male with food - 07-31-16
Thanks for your note Glenn, this was definitely an adult male sitting in
the open twice, 15 to 20 feet outside the kitchen window. He's now come
back a third time and taken another House Sparrow, about an hour and
3/4's later, leaving the yard silently this time.

Enjoy,

Phil


On 7/31/2016 4:08 PM, Glenn d'Entremont wrote:
> I have heard this high pitch call as I have had a Cooper's nesting in the vicinity for the last 5/7 years now. This call has been given late in the nesting cycle and I thought it was the young giving it. I have not seen the bird giving the call, but has been toward the location of the nest. I don't know the reason for the call as I thought it to be a begging call from the young. Cooper's nest are difficult to locate even knowing the general area (for me at least).
>
> Glenn
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Phil Brown" <nebirdsplus...>
> To: "MassBird" <massbird...>
> Sent: Sunday, July 31, 2016 3:23:10 PM
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] new Cooper's Hawk sound - adult male with food - 07-31-16
>
> I had an adult male Cooper's Hawk raid the yard this afternoon taking 2
> House Sparrows within a few minutes. Each time it stood in the yard, in
> clear view, with the hapless food item in it's talons giving a high
> pitched call for a minute or so before flying off.
>
> This is a new Cooper's Hawk sound for me, I "think" it was calling to
> recently fledged young that lunch was served but lost it in the woods
> across the street each time it flew off.
>
> Have others heard this call being given by a Cooper's Hawk? I've only
> heard the "kek" call given prior to this, which I've heard off and on
> all summer from the pair that nested across the street.
>
> I managed to record the call when it came back for the second sparrow. I
> copied 4 seconds of the call to the beginning of the recording as a
> reference to listen for through the minute long recording. It can be
> heard at the following:
>
> https://soundcloud.com/nebirdsplus/coopers-hawk-adult-male-with-food-calling-07-31-16
>

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

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

 

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Date: 7/31/16 1:15 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] new Cooper's Hawk sound - adult male with food - 07-31-16
I have heard this high pitch call as I have had a Cooper's nesting in the vicinity for the last 5/7 years now. This call has been given late in the nesting cycle and I thought it was the young giving it. I have not seen the bird giving the call, but has been toward the location of the nest. I don't know the reason for the call as I thought it to be a begging call from the young. Cooper's nest are difficult to locate even knowing the general area (for me at least).

Glenn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Phil Brown" <nebirdsplus...>
To: "MassBird" <massbird...>
Sent: Sunday, July 31, 2016 3:23:10 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] new Cooper's Hawk sound - adult male with food - 07-31-16

I had an adult male Cooper's Hawk raid the yard this afternoon taking 2
House Sparrows within a few minutes. Each time it stood in the yard, in
clear view, with the hapless food item in it's talons giving a high
pitched call for a minute or so before flying off.

This is a new Cooper's Hawk sound for me, I "think" it was calling to
recently fledged young that lunch was served but lost it in the woods
across the street each time it flew off.

Have others heard this call being given by a Cooper's Hawk? I've only
heard the "kek" call given prior to this, which I've heard off and on
all summer from the pair that nested across the street.

I managed to record the call when it came back for the second sparrow. I
copied 4 seconds of the call to the beginning of the recording as a
reference to listen for through the minute long recording. It can be
heard at the following:

https://soundcloud.com/nebirdsplus/coopers-hawk-adult-male-with-food-calling-07-31-16

--

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

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

 

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Date: 7/31/16 1:10 pm
From: Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanc, Marshfield (DWWS)
Juv. Sora , 2 Va. Rails ( one adult , one juv) , Juv. green heron, seen
over a period of two hrs mid day (seen from blind near Webster Pond)

Did not hear or see Least Bittern at Webster Pond.

Solitary sandpiper and least sandpipers seen from opposite blind.

Kathy Rawdon, Hingham,Ma.

 

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Date: 7/31/16 12:51 pm
From: Donald Wilkinson <singingbirder...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: reporting birds on Massbird
Here! Here! Well said.

Don Wilkinson, Nahant
<singingbirder...>
donwilkinsonbirdingtours.com
Admin. for Facebook page, Eastern Massachusetts Birders

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 28, 2016, at 11:39 AM, Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> wrote:
>
> I too agree with George. As platforms proliferate, our statewide communication feels far less inclusive. In particular, there are still many crackerjack birders (particularly many seasoned elders) who donâ~@~Yt engage internet forums/apps/sites who donâ~@~Yt now and never will use eBird or Facebook, but who have long subscribed to MassBird and have much to gain from and contribute there. For the many who are still unfamiliar with or only occassional contributors to eBird, it might be helpful to periodically post guidelines for sharing eBird entries to MassBird , so that we can strengthen that link between the two. That said, I would regret losing the more prosaic and conversational feel of direct MassBird communications, but a better marriage seems important.
>
> As for Facebook, there is an even more limited subset of birders using that social media platform. However, Massachusetts appears to be quickly becoming one of the most prolific and productive users of Facebook Groups for high level AND inclusive natural history information exchange. Many of the information sharing/tracking and relationship building qualities long experienced through MassBird are now being demonstrated through natural history FB group pages like Native Plants of New England, Massachusetts Butterflies, Mothing in Massachusetts, Northeast Odonata, etcâ~@¦with many experienced experts participating in reporting and mentoring relationships alongside a range of enthusiasts.
>
> Cherrie Corey
> Concord, MA
>
> Cherrie A. Corey
> Naturalist and photographer
> 978.760.1933 mobile
> www.senseofplace-concord.com
>
>
>
>> On Jul 28, 2016, at 9:50 AM, Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> wrote:
>>
>> I agree with George. Too many people are no longer reporting on Massbird, or report only their rarities. It takes much too long to search through countless lists on ebird to find out what has been seen and where. I encourgage people to not forget massbird after they have entered their sightings on ebird. After all, you can email yourself your list and forward it to Massbird in a matter of seconds. This is still BY FAR the best way to communicate your sightings to other birders.
>>
>> Jim Berry
>> Ipswich, Mass.
>> <jim.berry3...>
>>
>>
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "George W Gove" <gwgove...>
>> To: "Massbird" <Massbird...>
>> Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:02 AM
>> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Massbird
>>
>>
>>> With 18 reports of American Avocet at Plum Island in the last couple of days, only one person posted this to Massbird.
>>>
>>> Massbird has served as a central point for birding reports for a long time but it seems that it no longer does. There was one post to Massbird on Saturday! July 23, 2016 but there were 34 checklists on ebird for that day including some rarities.
>>> Unless I am missing something, it appears that there is no central reporting point any longer. To find out what is being seen in MA, one must go through lots of Facebook pages and private web pages/blogs if one can find them. The only other reports are of Alerts for rarities on ebird. It appears as if people care only about reporting and seeing rarities and not about the common birds or sharing checklist and reports.
>>>
>>> Some people may be interested in other than rarities; for example, I am interested in shorebirds but have seen no reports of shorebirds numbers and species in a CENTRAL LOCATION on the web except for the Plymouth Beach report which was disheartening.
>>>
>>> Is there some other central point for reporting and summarizing reports and checklists that I am missing? Do people no longer care about reporting sightings to Massbird - http://birding.aba.org/maillist/MASS ?
>>>
>>> George Gove
>>> Marlboro
>>
>


 

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Date: 7/31/16 12:29 pm
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] new Cooper's Hawk sound - adult male with food - 07-31-16
I had an adult male Cooper's Hawk raid the yard this afternoon taking 2
House Sparrows within a few minutes. Each time it stood in the yard, in
clear view, with the hapless food item in it's talons giving a high
pitched call for a minute or so before flying off.

This is a new Cooper's Hawk sound for me, I "think" it was calling to
recently fledged young that lunch was served but lost it in the woods
across the street each time it flew off.

Have others heard this call being given by a Cooper's Hawk? I've only
heard the "kek" call given prior to this, which I've heard off and on
all summer from the pair that nested across the street.

I managed to record the call when it came back for the second sparrow. I
copied 4 seconds of the call to the beginning of the recording as a
reference to listen for through the minute long recording. It can be
heard at the following:

https://soundcloud.com/nebirdsplus/coopers-hawk-adult-male-with-food-calling-07-31-16

--

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

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

 

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Date: 7/31/16 11:16 am
From: warbler <warbler...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] reporting birds on Massbird
Late to the party, perhaps, but I echo Jim’s words. I find Massbird very valuable and find eBird somewhat cumbersome. It’s designed to be a big data collation site, and it does that well, but I sure don’t go trawling through it to find out what’s going on locally. So here’s another vote for people reprting sightings through Massbird, where all you have to do is open an email, likely from someone you know, and get the statewidel birding scuttlebut. : )

Sylvia Martin, Brighton
<warbler...>

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


 

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Date: 7/31/16 9:17 am
From: Erik Nielsen <erikbogh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Blue Grosbeak and possible Eurasian Collared-Dove Cumbies
While looking for the Blue Grosbeak around the manure pit at Cumberland Farm (River Street entrance) I was surprised to see a pale dove flying in a large group of Mourning Doves. It seemed a bit bigger than the MODOs and more contrasty on top. Like the MODOs it had white outer tail feathers; but it also had a light, gray band across the wings behind the primaries.

I didn't get a photo. My camera was on a totally wrong setting, and by the time I got that fixed the flock had vanished.

Despite spending a fair bit of time walking around, looking a hundreds of MODOs, I never came across it again.

I did, however, locate the Blue Grosbeak in the weeds on the right as you enter the manure pit area.

Good birding,

Erik Nielsen
Westwood, MA

http://flickr.com/photos/erikbogh/
 

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Date: 7/31/16 8:46 am
From: Tom Brownrigg <brownriggs...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northern Waterthrush singing, Carlisle
We have heard Northern Waterthrush singing at several different places in
Carlisle for the past week: 7/23 at the Greenough Land where a trail exits
near a stream crossing at Brook St.; 7/24 at Town Forest near a stream; and
7/30 at Great Brook Farm S.P. near Meadow Pond. I thought it was strange
that these birds were still singing after the breeding season. According to
Birds of North America Online, they do only a single brood unless the nest
is predated. I finally found a clue in Hal Harrison's book "Wood Warblers'
World". Harrison contacted a bird bander in Pennsylvania where the bird was
not a breeder, and found that the bander was banding Northern Waterthrush in
late July and early August. So, perhaps the ones singing in Carlisle are
headed south from their breeding range further north. But why would they be
singing on migration? Maybe the first year male birds are "rehearsing"
their songs?



Tom & D'Ann Brownrigg

Carlisle, MA


 

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Date: 7/31/16 8:31 am
From: Susan Wrisley <swrisley13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] ID Help - Large Terns, Dennis MA 7-29-2016
I need help identifying a group of 5 terns I saw while at West Dennis beach
on Cape Cod on Friday, July 29th at 8:30am. A group of 5 large terns flew
over as if migrating - they flew in a straight path, south-west, crossing
over Bass River, heading toward Yarmouth. They were large enough that I
thought they were gulls at first, so did not try to get photos until they
were directly overhead. The birds were much larger than the Common Terns,
which were also present (flying lower, hunting fish on the river). Their
wings were very long, their bills were yellow or a light orange, and the
feet seem to also be yellow/orange, although I did not get a look at the
feet on all 5 birds. I only captured 4 in one frame, but there were 5
total. I had no internet where I was staying, so could not post this
until I came home today. The light was very poor, so the photos are not
good, and I only captured their undersides. The photos are unedited to
preserve any color detail the camera captured without altering it.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127183139@N08/albums/72157671714631236

Thank you,
Susan Wrisley
Hollis, NH

 

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Date: 7/31/16 6:45 am
From: Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Glossy Ibis Hawksnest SP, Harwich, Cape Cod Jul 31, 2016
My first Glossy Ibis at this location was a very nuce surprise.  See eBird list below.All the bestFred AtwoodChatham, MA


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Subject: eBird Report - Hawksnest SP, Harwich, Jul 31, 2016

Hawksnest SP, Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Jul 31, 2016 5:45 AM - 8:52 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:    Frogs green and bull singing. All bird counts are close to exact, tallied as I went; no estimates. Most oaks are nearly defoliated by gypsy moths. Very light scattered showers. Raccoon foraging along shore of pond 3. Not as much walking as usual this time since I spent so much time stationary at pond  3.  Pond 1 is the one with lots of vegetation closest to Spruce Rd. Pond 2 is the one with very little vegetation near the "camp". Pond 3 is the one with lots of vegetation adjacent to Pond 2.  <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.3 Build 71
52 species

Wood Duck  8    2 in pond 1; 6 in pond 3.
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  2    Flying out of pond 1. Also one in pond 3.
Green Heron  2    Heard at ponds 1 and 3.
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1    Perched low on dead tree that had fallen into water. Preening. Pond 1.
Glossy Ibis  1    My first at this location. Foraging on mat of vegetation at pond 3.
Osprey  1    flyover with fish, high
Red-tailed Hawk  1    Heard
Semipalmated Plover  3    Foraging on pond 3's mat of vegetation.
Spotted Sandpiper  6    Foraging on ponds mat of vegetation. This is not an unusual number for this location. 5 in pond 1. 2 in pond 3.
Least Sandpiper  8    Foraging on pond's mat of vegetation. 5 in pond 1; 3 in pond 3.
Laughing Gull  12    Flyover
Herring Gull  11    Flyover
Great Black-backed Gull  7    Flyover
Common Tern  4    Heard.
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  9
Hairy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  7
Eastern Wood-Pewee  4    Singing X 4
Eastern Phoebe  4    2 each at ponds 1,3.
Great Crested Flycatcher  5
Eastern Kingbird  5
Blue Jay  14    Feeding fledgling.
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  3    Feeding fledgling and very agitated by my presence. Circling over me calling.
Tree Swallow  6
Barn Swallow  7
Black-capped Chickadee  22    5,9,8,
Tufted Titmouse  18    5,5,8,
Red-breasted Nuthatch  11    Not an unusual number for this location 4,5,2,
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown Creeper  2
Hermit Thrush  4    Singing x 1
American Robin  12    Feeding fledgling.
Gray Catbird  15
Cedar Waxwing  4
Ovenbird  10    Probably a family of 5 all agitated by me in one spot. A second group of 5 with same behavior.
Common Yellowthroat  5
Northern Parula  1    Male. I assume that with all the great Usnea around here it must breed here.
Yellow Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  9    Feeding fledgling. Singing X 2
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  5    Singing X 3
Eastern Towhee  22    Fledgling
Northern Cardinal  3    Singing X 2
Red-winged Blackbird  11
Common Grackle  13    Feeding fledgling.
Baltimore Oriole  6
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  8

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30916126

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



 

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Date: 7/31/16 4:08 am
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Crow behavior - 07-31-16
I have a small group of Crows that come to my platform feeders and eat
the mix of seeds I put out each day, they've been coming for over a year
now though they disappeared during nesting season and are just now back
to the feeders in the mornings. They're fun to watch and tend to scatter
when they see me through the window though they become more comfortable
with my presence once they're around for a few weeks.

At six this morning one of the Crows stood peering down from the
platform feeder and then pounced on, caught and consumed a mole / vole
that happened by in the very brown, short grass. I know Crows are
omnivores but I've never seen one catch a live mole / vole before and
wondered if others had and if this is more common than my incidental
sighting suggests?

I also had a pair of Fish Crow fly over the house calling yesterday
afternoon and another perched & calling from the phone wires in the
center of Hamilton near the Cumberland Farms. These smaller Crows seem
to be expanding their range in recent years and can now be found in
several towns along the north shore most days.

--

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

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

 

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Date: 7/31/16 4:05 am
From: Joseph Bourget <joseph.bourget...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ebird stakeout Hotspot - North Falmouth Chuck-will's-widow
Good morning all,
For those who have visited Elain Avenue in search of the Chuck-will's-widow
that has inhabited the area since 2013, I have created a hotspot in eBird
so we can consolidate the information in one location. Currently, there
are 20+ different personal locations. I ask you to please edit the location
of your checklist(s) and move it to the nearby hotspot named "stakeout
Chuck-will's-widow--Elain ave, North Falmouth (2013-16)".

For those who do not know, or cannot remember, how to do this, navigate to
the "My eBird" tab. From there, select "Manage my locations" from the pane
on the right. Next, search for the name of the location and select "edit"
on the right. Select "merge" and once you select the hotspot from the map,
it will merge your existing personal location with the hotspot.

If you need help finding the name of your location for the
Chuck-will's-widow to type in the "Manage My Locations" search box, just
click this link for your lifetime observations of Chuck-will's-widow in
Massachusetts:
http://ebird.org/ebird/MyEBirdcmd=list&rtype=subnational1&r=US-MA&time=life&spp=chwwid

I know this is a slight inconvenience, but I will try to create more
"stakeout" hotspots early on in the future, which helps keep maps cleaner
and makes them easier to explore. You can help: if you have seen a stakeout
rarity, please go to that location in "Manage My Locations" and click
"edit" and the "merge" to see if there are any "stakeout" hotspots already
set up. If you do not see one, just click "suggest as hotspot" from this
screen. We'll be able to use that to set up the new hotspot. Please email
Ryan Schain or me with any questions or concerns. Thanks!

--
Respectfully,

Joseph Bourget
Brimfield, MA

 

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Date: 7/31/16 2:24 am
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Virginia Rail High Head, Pilgrim Heights, Truro, Cape Cod, Jul 30, 2016
El 2016-07-30 a las 13:22, Frederick Atwood escribió:
> Here is my ebird list from this AM, just along the paved road looking
> into the marsh and pishing at the thickets. Nothing unexpected.

I was there in the a.m. as well -- we probably just missed each other. I
intended to bird for 15 or so mins. on my way to Hatches Harbor but was
too intrigued by all the newly fledged passerines I was seeing in by the
parking lot.

By the way, a fellow birder passed on a tip about Pilgrim Lake: as you
turn onto High Head Road from the highway, after 100 meters or so,
there's a small bridge. Good spot to see some waterbirds on both the
left and the right. But what I didn't realize was that if you walk back
towards the highway from the bridge 3-4 m, you get a view of a mudflats
area to the north (towards the lake) that's EXTREMELY close! That's
where I saw a bunch of peeps and the Greater Yellow Legs (the
Semipalmated Plovers were on the distant mudflats). Climbing up on the
cement guardrail/railing affords the same view.

That crow! We probably saw the same one. On the power lines? Mute and
mystical. I thought it had something fishy about it, but put it down as
a "sp". Wait, I'll add the bad photo I took to my eBird report. Maybe
someone can look at the tail feathers or smth and id it. I'm lost
without a vocalization.

Best,
Brian


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30907233
(a couple pics there)

High Head, Pilgrim Heights, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Jul 30, 2016 6:55 AM - 8:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 kilometer(s)
Comments: Fog had just lifted.
26 species (+4 other taxa)

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 6
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 9
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) 7
peep sp. (Calidris sp. (peep sp.)) 50
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) 1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 2
gull sp. (Larinae sp.) 5
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) 5
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
woodpecker sp. (Picidae sp.) 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
crow sp. (Corvus sp. (crow sp.)) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 8
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 2
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 5
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 2
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 5
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 2
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 5
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 7



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

 

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Date: 7/30/16 9:34 pm
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Coes Pond- Worcester Rarities
today while working I noticed a small white heron/egret. I was driving the
bus so i couldn't stop to ID the bird completely. I got word out. My fiancé
went to photograph it for me but it was not in view.However she did find
and photograph an adult Black-crowned Night Heron. Ed Kittredge and Bette
Robo arrived. they were able to see the bird fly in and photograph it
extensively with the conclusion being an immature Snowy Egret. Two nice "by
accident" birds! The juvenile Little Blue Heron continues in Winchendon on
Whitney Pond.


Coes Pond, Worcester, Massachusetts, US
Jul 30, 2016 1:39 PM - 2:44 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.3 Build 71
9 species

Canada Goose 13
Mute Swan 2
Mallard (Northern) 20
Snowy Egret 1 *RARE and totally by luck. While working (driving the
city bus) I had noticed a pure white bird. Immediately Snowy or Little Blue
Heron juvenile jumped into my head. my view of it while driving i
immediately ruled out Great Egret. I called a few people ASAP to see if
they could go find the bird because I was at work. Amy went down but it was
no longer there. She did however find a Black-crowned Night Heron. Bette
and Ed showed up and they were able to observe the bird flying back in and
took many photos!


photos by Bette
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 awesome find by Amy Johnson. shes really
been proving she has a great eye for birding. ph by Amy. adult.
Ring-billed Gull 1
Chimney Swift 3
American Robin 5
American Goldfinch 3

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30906691

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

Justin Lawson




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Justin Lawson
Worcester, Ma

 

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Date: 7/30/16 8:12 pm
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Need help identifying a bird(?) call...
Hi,

I recorded this call on 7/28/16 at Farm Pond in Framingham. I was
wondering if anyone can tell me if it was made by a bird and if so what
kind of bird made it? It was coming from a dense growth of plants on the
edge of the pond as shown in the blog post and video titled "call" at
this link:

http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/2016_07_28_archive.html
<https://youtu.be/Xum-RyUENrY>


Thanks,

Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>


 

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Date: 7/30/16 6:10 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pectoral Sandpiper in Squantum
I had a Pectoral Sandpiper in the salt pan that is next to the Kennedy Center on East Squantum St. Today. This is in the city of Quincy. Not many other shorebirds, just the usual.

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 7/30/16 3:46 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond, Hanson 7/30 (Sandhill Cranes, Least Bittern)
1 Least Bittern -- seen very briefly in flight in the bog where the
King Rails were earlier in the year, seen from the cross dike that
runs NW - SE
1 Virginia Rail -- Almost full grown juvie seen feeding out in the
open along the muddy edge of a drainage ditch
4 Sandhill Cranes -- Family of 2 adults and 1 almost full grown juvie
in the bogs and the northern part of the upper part of the pond and a
4th bird heard bugling in the distant marsh to the NW. At times doing
a call and response with at least one of the adults in the family.
1 Eastern Screech-Owl -- call spontaneously from the parking lot upon arrival

Plus lots of juvie Swamp Sparrows trying to be Lincoln's Sparrows.
Full list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30904972


Happy birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon
 

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Date: 7/30/16 1:44 pm
From: John <john.mcelligott3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island
Went to Plum Island yesterday to see if we could see the Avocet.It was in the pool by the Hellcat Dike. Got great views of it!!! Thanks to a Kind Gentleman who let my Grandson see it through his Scope. He said it was like seeing it in HD!!! Thanks again.

Ted McElligott
Lynn
 

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Date: 7/30/16 12:16 pm
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Race Point, Jul 30, 2016
Hi Massbirders.

Had a great 8.66 hours today at Race Point. The tubenose and tern show was
quite awesome. Jaegers finally detected. Details for all species listed
below.

Thanks for reading,
Steve
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Race Point, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Jul 30, 2016 5:10 AM - 1:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling - 6.5 mile(s)

Comments:
Minor fog early with clearing NNE winds. High tide @ 0839.

The tubenose and tern concentrations were truly amazing. At one point
around 0930, the complete horizon was a wall of shearwaters. They were well
off shore and unfortunately will be tallied as COSH/GRSH type. The rip
however stayed active all morning and only died down around mid day when
the winds diminished. The terns reminded me of South Beach/Monomoy NWR when
they were in their prime.

Jaegers finally were detected.

Observed 3 Fin, 2 Minke, and 1 Humpback Whales.

37 species (+3 other taxa)

Common Eider 1 Being eaten alive by a GBBG.
Common Loon 6 Together. Same group as two days ago.
Cory's Shearwater 700 Estimated and clicked by 10s. All heading east. Some
over the beach out to the rip and a little further out. The wall of
shearwaters is counted separately.
Great Shearwater 285 Estimated and clicked by 5s. All heading east. Most at
the rip and a little further out. The wall of shearwaters is counted
separately.
Cory's/Great Shearwater 4500 Best guesstimate. There were a lot of birds on
the horizon and I scanned them many times over the course of the day.
Probably so many more that I did not see.
Sooty Shearwater 125 Estimated. All heading east. Most at the rip and a
little further out.
Manx Shearwater 14 Exact. All heading east.
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 400 Careful estimate. All heading east.
Northern Gannet 11 Exact. All heading east.
Double-crested Cormorant 90
Semipalmated Plover 4
Piping Plover 8
Spotted Sandpiper 1 Wrack line. FoF
Willet 2 Migrants about a mile out heading east.
Ruddy Turnstone 12
Sanderling 125
Least Sandpiper 3
Semipalmated Sandpiper 60

Pomarine Jaeger 1 First summer bird. Was watching a 2cy PAJA when the POJA
appeared low and ringed the PAJA high. A jaeger chasing a jaeger chase
ensued but the PAJA eluded its tormentor.

Nice comparison between the two species.
POJA: stove pipe, nubs for central tail feathers, broad winged, barred
underwings, double flash of white on under wing on primaries and at the
base of primaries.
PAJA: falcon-like, sleek but not slender, two pointy central tail feathers.
Some barring underwing. More maneuverable and slender winged.

Parasitic Jaeger 2 Both 2cy birds. May have photo of 1.

jaeger sp. 4 Distant. One appeared to be a very dark, bulky bird. Poor
photograph. May have been another POJA. Tough to say at the distance. Could
very well have been a SPSK (not saying it was. If I could, I would have
entered this bird separately as 'Stercorarius sp.').Will review photos on
the computer machine.

Black-legged Kittiwake 8 Exact. All sub adult with most in or coming out of
primary molt.
Bonaparte's Gull 15 All sub adults today.
Laughing Gull 400 There was a continuous exodus from the bay heading ENE.
Ring-billed Gull 8
Herring Gull (American) 45
Great Black-backed Gull 125
Least Tern 75 Many juveniles.

Roseate Tern 550 The tern concentration at mid day was remarkable. On the
falling tide I estimated 5500 COTE/ROTE in a half mile section of beach.
Ran into tern specialist Jeff Spengler (?) and he indicated that the split
was about 90/10. A scan of the ocean at that time yielded another 750 that
I will log as Sterna sp. Birds were wary so did not get too close to pick
out ARTE. Did not have any BLTEs or southern terns.

Common Tern 4950 The tern concentration at mid day was remarkable. On the
falling tide I estimated 5500 COTE/ROTE in a half mile section of beach.
Ran into tern specialist Jeff Spengler (?) and he indicated that the split
was about 90/10. A scan of the ocean at that time yielded another 750 that
I will log as Sterna sp. Birds were wary so did not get too close to pick
out ARTE. Did not have any BLTEs or southern terns.

Sterna sp. 750
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 11 Exact. 10 on the beach. One on the ranger
station roof.
American Crow 1 Pole Line Road
Horned Lark 2 Pole Line Road
Tree Swallow 12
Barn Swallow 5
Song Sparrow 7 Pole Line Road
Red-winged Blackbird 22 Exact. Pole Line Road
American Goldfinch 1 Dunes.
House Sparrow 4 Air up/down area.

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30906570

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




--
Steve Arena
Westboro, MA
Sent from Gmail Mobile

 

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Date: 7/30/16 10:36 am
From: Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Shearwaters, kittiwake, petrels, etc Herring Cove Beach, Provincetwon, Cape Cod Jul 30, 2016
Here is my eBird list from this AM. It includes birds seen and heard as I walked from Herring Cove Beach to Hatches Harbor and back.  I spent most of them time at Hatches Harbor and stayed until the tide covered the flats there. I only seawatched for 20 minutes or so, but had Great, Cory's, and Sooty SHearwaters as well as a lot of Wilson's Storm-Petrels. The Kittiwake was perched on the sand bar with bonapartes. laughing, ringbilled, and herring gulls.  Highlight was a conversation with Jeff Spendelow from USGS who studies Roseate Terns.  I scoped through the roosting flocks very carefully, but unsuccessfully, hoping to see a Little Gull, Royal Tern, Forster's tern or Arctic tern or other rarity. Fred AtwoodChatham MA


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Subject: eBird Report - Herring Cove Beach, Jul 30, 2016

Herring Cove Beach, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Jul 30, 2016 6:23 AM - 9:02 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Started with thick fog with 100 yard visibility. But cleared off by 6:35 so all birds could be scoped. Walked from herring cove beach to hatches harbor. Stayed until tide filled the flats. Sea watched for a total of only about twenty minutes after the fog lifted.  <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.2 Build 70
40 species

Common Eider  13
Northern Bobwhite  1    Singing
Cory's Shearwater  38
Great Shearwater  40
Sooty Shearwater  5
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  265
Double-crested Cormorant  115
Black-bellied Plover  2
Semipalmated Plover  9
Piping Plover  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Ruddy Turnstone  3
Red Knot  1
Sanderling  14
Least Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  15
Short-billed Dowitcher  1
Black-legged Kittiwake  1    On shore with mixed group of gulls
Bonaparte's Gull  2    On shore with mixed group of gulls
Laughing Gull  40
Ring-billed Gull  32
Herring Gull  45    One on beach had very bloody leg, and was staying off if it. One had a green band with white 97A.
Great Black-backed Gull  75
Least Tern  2
Roseate Tern  24    Met Jeff Spendelow from USGS who oversees the roseate research/banding of most of NW Atlantic region from Canada to Long Island. We saw some color banded HY birds from ME and NH. He could tell by the band color and letters. Roseates appear to be dependent on parents for a significant part of their food all the way through the Caribbean until they are on their own in SA. He said that essentially all the youngsters in this entire region appear to end up on the Cape in the summer. (Jeff, please correct me if I am remembering any of this incorrectly.)
Common Tern  750    Birds roosting on sand (mostly) and flying by.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Belted Kingfisher  1    Flew overhead.
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Tree Swallow  11
Barn Swallow  1
House Wren  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  1    Singing
Eastern Towhee  5
Red-winged Blackbird  75
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30905061

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



 

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Date: 7/30/16 10:28 am
From: Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Virginia Rail High Head, Pilgrim Heights, Truro, Cape Cod, Jul 30, 2016
Here is my ebird list from this AM, just along the paved road looking into the marsh and pishing at the thickets.  Nothing unexpected.Fred AtwoodChatham MA


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Sent: Saturday, July 30, 2016 1:14 PM
Subject: eBird Report - High Head, Pilgrim Heights, Jul 30, 2016

High Head, Pilgrim Heights, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Jul 30, 2016 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.1 mile(s)
Comments:    Monarch. Tiger swallowtail. I birded just along the paved road thickets and marsh.  <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.2 Build 70
29 species (+1 other taxa)

Double-crested Cormorant  3
Green Heron  1
Virginia Rail  1    Seen and heard ten feet from road.
Semipalmated Plover  2
Solitary Sandpiper  1    Flying over calling.
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Least Sandpiper  8
Semipalmated Sandpiper  220
Short-billed Dowitcher  1
Laughing Gull  2
Herring Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Least Tern  2
Common Tern  5
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  3
crow sp.  1    Looks like a fish crow but did not call.
Tree Swallow  7
Barn Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Gray Catbird  7
European Starling  45
Cedar Waxwing  3
Yellow Warbler  1    singing
Song Sparrow  2    singing X 2
Red-winged Blackbird  2  I wonder why there weren't more. Done breeding? So flocking elsewhere?
Common Grackle  7
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  6

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30903246

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



 

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Date: 7/30/16 9:51 am
From: Laura dlF <anhinga3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Birding Sketch Crawl - Cancelled, 7/31/16
Hi MassBirders and BBC'ers -



Given the very high potential for much needed rain tomorrow morning, my BBC
Birding Sketch Crawl on Cape Ann will be cancelled.



Until next time - Good Birding!



Laura de la Flor

Salem, MA






 

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Date: 7/30/16 6:27 am
From: Steven van der Veen <srvacons...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Shifting Lots Preserve @ Ellisville, Jul 30, 2016
The shorebird migration has picked up on the South Shore, with 11 species
seen at the Shifting Lots Preserve in Ellisville. Nothing dramatic, unlike
the lucky folks on Plum Island, but a good uptick nevertheless. And there
was quite a congregation of tree swallows at the top a a small cedar tree.

Good Birding
Steve van der Veen
The Pinehills, Plymouth
781-934-9700

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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sat, Jul 30, 2016 at 9:14 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Shifting Lots Preserve @ Ellisville, Jul 30, 2016
To: <srvacons...>


Shifting Lots Preserve @ Ellisville, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
Jul 30, 2016 6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Comments: Tide &#61; 2; Disturbance &#61; B +Coyote on the beach
39 species

Canada Goose 5
Mallard 6
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 3
Green Heron 2
Osprey 4 Nesting pair w/2 juveniles on the nest
Semipalmated Plover 90
Piping Plover 4
Killdeer 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Willet 1
Ruddy Turnstone 1
Least Sandpiper 5
White-rumped Sandpiper 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper 325
Short-billed Dowitcher 2
Laughing Gull 45
Ring-billed Gull 14
Herring Gull 6
Least Tern 2
Common Tern 10
Mourning Dove 8
Belted Kingfisher 1
American Crow 4
Tree Swallow 45
Bank Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 2
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 1
European Starling 50
Yellow Warbler 1
Song Sparrow 12
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 4
House Finch 5
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 3

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30901829

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



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

 

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Date: 7/30/16 5:17 am
From: <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Backyard Birding

  Massbirders:        
 
  One of the sedate pleasures of summer birding, at least for me, is to spend the fading hours of the day on the back deck, watching the birds at our feeders as the evening arrives. We feed all year long but it is only a few months that I can watch from the deck. On hot days I must wait for the shade to cover the deck. I discovered this pleasure some years ago when Lois and I saw some Nighthawks flying over the yard. At first we would sit out only when the Nighthawks were scheduled to return in mid- August to September, but over the years my deck birding has expanded from the unpleasantly cool days of April to the unpleasantly cool evenings of October. There is something soothing, almost soporific to this kind of birding. An observer has a unique opportunity to see the slow changing of the birding seasons. Now the days grow shorter, but almost imperceptivity so. The birds that arrive, feed and occupy the yard seem, upon first impression to be the same. And many are. But at !
the edges and on occasion there is something different. This is not much of a variant from my usual routine of birding day after day in Essex County and especially Plum. The bird population seems to change slowly; but it still changes; outlining the progression of the seasons.
            Black-capped Chickadee, Mourning Dove, Goldfinch, Titmouse, House Sparrow, et. al. these are the regulars. Whether it’s in the driving snow of mid-February, or these warm evenings; they are the birds that provide a sense of continuity, of stability, of the unchanging progress of time itself. There are the season regulars like Grackles, Redwings and Chipping Sparrows in the summer and Juncos, White-throats and Tree Sparrows in Winter. Adding to the stability of each year; giving us a sense of predictable changes and accentuate the orderly progress of our world. Also there was the predictable unpredictability. Something that keeps me always alert. When I sit out and my attention is caught by the anomalous jump of a small branch at the edge of the yard I can anticipate that occasionally and eventually some unexpected bird will emerge. Usually it’s just another House Sparrow, or a particularly wary Titmouse, but sometimes something more interesting eme!
rges. Not necessarily a hot line bird but something unexpected and rewarding. On one evening this month the heavy foliage of the dogwood and crab apple trees produced two Yellow Warblers, a Warbling Vireo and a Blue-winged Warbler all in a span of fifteen minutes. I have been visited by Yellows on several occasions and the Blue-winged Warbler usually appears at least once annually. The Warbling Vireo, however, was the rarity. According to my records it isn’t a first for the yard, but I don’t remember it. Also last week I had an active Empi of the Traill’s persuasion. If it had been Plum island I wouldn’t have hesitated in marking it down as Willow, but here…? I would like to have heard its call. I was surprised this week by two visits from a Carolina Wren, which I characteristically see only in the winter and the more usual Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, furtive in the trees; secretive and difficult, but eventually will show itself.
            So if the reader has an appropriate back yard and a deck that falls into the shade in the late afternoon then I suggest—no recommend—a sit; perhaps with a glass of wine if that fits your life style and a wait to see what shows up. I have a theory that an active feeder set up draws in a lot of birds; even ones that won’t use the feeders. Now I wait for the Nighthawks; a few weeks away.

 
Doug Chickering
<dovekie...>
 
         

 

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Date: 7/29/16 1:48 pm
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Whitney Pond-Winchendon rarities
Juvenile Little Blue Heron continues in the stumpy part of pond. Also on
the mud flats a White-rumped Sandpiper among the common shorebirds. Parking
at the cemetery is ideal. there is a path in the back to the shoreline.
thankfully we have Tom Pirro birding consistently up in northern Worc
county! Yestrrday there was a Semipalmated Plover that was not refound
today.


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

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

Number of Taxa: 22


Justin Lawson
Millbury, Ma

Sent from my iPhone 6


--
Justin Lawson
Worcester, Ma

 

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

Three common loons off the PI Beaches.

Ted Purcell
Rutland MA
<tedgpurcell...>

 

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

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

Scituate Reservior, Rt 3A

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

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

300+ peeps, least, semipalm S.,

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


Kathy Rawdon, Hingham,Ma.


 

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

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

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

And thanks to George Gove for his thoughts on communication.

Jim

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

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

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

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<Blafley...>
 

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

 

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


Hey friends,

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

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

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

<>

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

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

<>

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

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

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

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


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

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

<>

By the way, the welcome message for MassBird says:

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

And it ends there.

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


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

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

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


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


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

 

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

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

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

Farm Pond
Osprey

Farm Pond Park / Cushing Memorial Park
2 Peregrine Falcons

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

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

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

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

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

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



Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>
 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
<wtatro...>
 

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

Sent from my iPhone
 

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

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath


 

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

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

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



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

Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951


email: <lynette.leka...>
 

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


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

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

Glenn


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading -

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

 

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