MASSBIRD
Received From Subject
7/31/15 5:22 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Fish Crows Cashman Park, Newburyport, Jul 29, 2015
7/31/15 8:34 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Gooseberry migrants this morning
7/31/15 5:24 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Two spots available on the Brookline Bird Club August White-Faced storm Petrel Pelagic trip..
7/31/15 4:39 am Kay Fuhrmann <kayfuhrmann...> [MASSBIRD] American Black Duck near Boston
7/30/15 1:40 pm caroline <carolinawrencarolinawren...> [MASSBIRD] N gannet
7/30/15 9:21 am <akikoue63...> [MASSBIRD] Corrected Common Raven link, Plymouth
7/30/15 9:01 am Kat Birder <katbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jul 30, 2015
7/30/15 6:47 am <akikoue63...> [MASSBIRD] Common Ravens, Plymouth
7/30/15 4:52 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Westport Whimbrels etc.
7/29/15 7:58 pm Charlie Patterson <chaspatt...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin on Cape Cod in July!
7/29/15 7:46 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Shorebirds at Hellcat on Plum Island
7/29/15 7:05 pm Paul Champlin <skua99...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin on Cape Cod in July!
7/29/15 4:08 pm <mresch8702...> [MASSBIRD] Juvenile Barred Owl Video, Pepperell, 7/29
7/29/15 3:10 pm Peter R. Bono <pbono...> [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin on Cape Cod in July!
7/29/15 2:46 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 7/28 Milton Landing Highlights
7/29/15 10:55 am Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Black Skimmers, Least Terns on MV - Photos!
7/29/15 10:38 am Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...> [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich- 7/28/15
7/29/15 9:50 am Miles Brengle <brenglema...> [MASSBIRD] Winter Street, North Andover - 7/29
7/29/15 9:14 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm today
7/29/15 7:26 am <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] 7/29 American avocet seen
7/29/15 3:55 am Joseph Bourget <joseph.bourget...> [MASSBIRD] American Avocet - YES Stage Pool @0623 7-29
7/28/15 7:51 pm Devin Hefferon <dhefferon...> [MASSBIRD] RFI: Sandy Point Plum Island Parking
7/28/15 7:47 pm Paul Champlin <skua99...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Pom Jaeger, Westport, MA
7/28/15 12:58 pm James P. Smith <keenbirder...> Re: [MASSBIRD] BBC trip on the Seven Sea Whalewatch Boat
7/28/15 11:29 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Pom Jaeger, Westport, MA
7/28/15 10:35 am Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...> [MASSBIRD] American Avocet PRNWR
7/28/15 8:41 am Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Jul 26, 2015
7/28/15 5:29 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> Re: [MASSBIRD] 7/27/2015 EL Report and Alert: Maine Whimbrels
7/28/15 4:17 am <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] 7/27/2015 EL Report and Alert: Maine Whimbrels
7/27/15 8:29 pm Paul Roberts <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] Red-tailed Hawk Hunting Like a Cooper's
7/27/15 4:00 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 7/25 Belle Isle Highlights
7/27/15 2:45 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 7/27 Leverett Pond Wood Duck Family
7/27/15 2:45 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 7/27 Addendum
7/27/15 10:15 am <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Renewal
7/27/15 9:29 am Miles Brengle <brenglema...> [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich - July 27
7/27/15 5:54 am Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Manx Shearwaters Revere Beach 7/25
7/26/15 2:14 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Roseate & Common Tern chicks - Photos!
7/26/15 2:08 pm Peter Flood <pomarine...> [MASSBIRD] Provincetown Pelagic - July 25, 2015
7/26/15 12:48 pm Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey...> Re: [MASSBIRD] GMNWR, Concord 7.25
7/26/15 10:14 am <warbler...> [MASSBIRD] GMNWR, Concord 7.25
7/26/15 8:46 am Greg Hirth <geohawk_1...> [MASSBIRD] Royal Tern on Black's Beach, Falmouth
7/26/15 8:20 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] BBC trip on the Seven Sea Whalewatch Boat
7/25/15 8:28 pm Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] eBird avocet - plum island
7/25/15 7:09 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] eBird avocet - plum island
7/25/15 4:02 pm Timothy Walker <timothypwalker...> [MASSBIRD] Avocet at Stage Island PRNWR
7/25/15 2:37 pm John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Essex meadowlark
7/25/15 7:19 am <davidely...> [MASSBIRD] BELATED--Downeast Maine BBC Trip over July 4th
7/25/15 7:19 am John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Essex Bay Piping Plovers, Common Loon, Roseate Tern
7/25/15 4:27 am <dp32...> [MASSBIRD] Kingfisher
7/24/15 5:09 pm Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> [MASSBIRD] Stellwagen Bank 7/23
7/24/15 3:51 pm Benjamin Schweinhart <bschweinhart...> [MASSBIRD] RFI: Mammals
7/24/15 1:55 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Appleton Farm Grass Rides, Hamilton, Jul 24, 2015
7/24/15 9:29 am Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond 7/23 Lincoln's Sparrow, Sandhill Cranes, Virginia Rails
7/24/15 8:11 am David Larson <redpoll...> [MASSBIRD] Cliff Swallows in Newburyport/Salisbury
7/23/15 7:53 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Willowdale S. F. (east), Ipswich, Jul 23, 2015
7/23/15 6:01 pm Maryellen Stone <mstone816...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows Survey July 23, 2015
7/23/15 11:48 am Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...> [MASSBIRD] redstarts in birdbath
7/23/15 10:43 am Paul Rennert <rennertp...> [MASSBIRD] Driveby, Pamet Harbor area, Truro
7/23/15 10:26 am Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...> [MASSBIRD] Little Gull- Crane Beach, Ipswich- 7/23/15.
7/23/15 7:57 am Jeremiah Trimble <jtrimble...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Extreme Pelagic - 18 July 2015 - Hydrographer Canyon
7/22/15 4:21 pm Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Quabbin Reservoir--Gate 40, Jul 22, 2015
7/22/15 2:15 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Willowdale S. F. (east), Ipswich, Jul 22, 2015
7/22/15 11:23 am <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Talkin' Turkey, August 14, 8 pm, Plymouth
7/22/15 10:47 am Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Nahant: Common Eider - new tiny ducklings out of breeding season?
7/22/15 10:13 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Great seabird movement this morning
7/22/15 5:13 am mike sylvia <mikesylvia87...> [MASSBIRD] Pelagic observations off P-Town
7/21/15 8:18 pm Pablo <byrdnyrd...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes, Burrage WMA Hanson
7/21/15 6:13 pm Robert Jilek <jile0006...> [MASSBIRD] Mallard x Merganser Hybrid at Habitat
7/21/15 3:09 pm Gary Freedman <gmf7162...> [MASSBIRD] Virginia Rails at Assabet River NWR
7/21/15 11:12 am Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Chatham, Jul 21, 2015
7/20/15 5:48 pm Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] 7/18/15 - Additional FEA'S PETREL Photo
7/20/15 4:38 pm Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Nahant: signs of "fall"
7/20/15 12:04 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 7/15 Belle Isle Monk Parakeet and 7/19 Interesting Interspecies Swallow Behaviour
7/20/15 5:44 am Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] third-hand report, Franklin's Gull at Duxbury Beach yesterday
7/19/15 6:37 pm Peter Flood <pomarine...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Hydrographer Canyon and Nantucket Shoals - July 19, 2015 (Photos)
7/19/15 7:29 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] 7/10/15: Hatches Harbor Kittiwakes - Correction
7/19/15 5:59 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] 7/18/15 - FEA's PETREL - Photos by SCOTT SURNER
7/18/15 2:38 pm Paul Champlin <skua99...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Stellwagen Trip out of Gloucester 7.17.15
7/18/15 2:10 pm Daniel Neiman <daniel.neiman...> [MASSBIRD] More birds and bugs
7/18/15 12:01 pm Blair Nikula <odenews...> [MASSBIRD] Fea's Petrel off Truro - 7/18
7/18/15 10:15 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond Sandhill Cranes
7/18/15 6:49 am Daniel Neiman <daniel.neiman...> [MASSBIRD] interesting Blue Jay feeding behavior
7/18/15 4:57 am Robert Templeton <rktemp28...> [MASSBIRD] Possible Summer Tanager - Townsend, MA
7/18/15 3:35 am Paul Roberts <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] Stellwagen Trip out of Gloucester 7.17.15
7/17/15 3:13 pm lucy wightman <lucywightman...> [MASSBIRD] New Yorker piece
7/17/15 2:29 pm Regina Harrison <badriyadances...> [MASSBIRD] Julie Zickefoose at Mount Auburn July 21
7/17/15 7:37 am lucy wightman <lucywightman...> [MASSBIRD] Great piece
7/17/15 5:07 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm
7/17/15 3:31 am Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] eBrid Sandhill Cranes Burrage Pond
7/16/15 7:45 pm Maryellen Stone <mstone816...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows Weekly Survey 7/16
7/16/15 1:26 pm Gary Freedman <gmf7162...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Video of loons reacting to a low flying plane.
7/16/15 12:41 pm Miles Brengle <brenglema...> [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich - July 16
7/16/15 10:23 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Seabird movement off P-town
7/15/15 7:27 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 7/15 Winthrop and Belle Isle Highlights+ 7/13 Revere Highlights
7/15/15 7:27 pm Henry D Mauer <henryd.mauer...> [MASSBIRD] BBC trip to Downeast Maine, pictures
7/15/15 2:57 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] eBird Sandwich Tern - Nauset marsh
7/15/15 9:35 am <k9fish...> [MASSBIRD] Offshore Trips in September
7/15/15 8:08 am <jmullen43...> [MASSBIRD] Rose-breasted Grosbeak Burlington
7/15/15 7:01 am David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Hands-On Bird Photography Series at Joppa Flats with Eduardo del Solar in August
7/14/15 5:48 pm Peter Crosson <pcrosson...> [MASSBIRD] Follow up on albatross location
7/14/15 8:39 am John Nelson <jnelson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] cowbird question for ornithologists
7/14/15 4:24 am Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] Re: House Sparrows
7/13/15 3:46 pm Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Boston Globe article on hummingbirds
7/13/15 3:33 pm Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] 7/13 Duxbury Beach - hendersoni Short-billed Dowitchers (pix)
7/13/15 3:05 pm Blair Nikula <odenews...> [MASSBIRD] Stellwagen - 7/12
7/13/15 2:00 pm Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] House Sparrow chirping! LOL!
7/13/15 12:43 pm Newburyowls <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] Winthrop Beach
7/13/15 12:08 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] question: RT Hummingbird dominance behavior
7/13/15 10:57 am Philip R Brown <nebirdsplus...> [MASSBIRD] Possible Red-necked Stint PRNWR 07/13/15 1pm
7/13/15 9:41 am <stuarttwalker...> [MASSBIRD] Buffy the House Sparrow
7/13/15 9:25 am Catherine Fisher <catherineckx...> Re: [MASSBIRD] cowbird question for ornithologists
7/13/15 8:27 am Lorraine Kaplan <lorraine.e.kaplan...> [MASSBIRD] Charles River osprey
7/13/15 7:34 am Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...> [MASSBIRD] question: RT Hummingbird dominance behavior
7/13/15 6:58 am John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] cowbird question for ornithologists
7/13/15 6:51 am John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Newbury ravens, Gloucester Whip-poor-will
7/13/15 6:46 am bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird article
7/13/15 5:59 am <nohara7980...> [MASSBIRD] Importance: Normal
7/12/15 11:02 pm Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] 7/12 Duxbury Beach - Lesser Black-backed Gull - 2nd cycle, SEPL & LESA
7/12/15 7:33 pm Henry D Mauer <henryd.mauer...> [MASSBIRD] Caps Ridge Trail hike for Bicknell's Thrush, pictures of other birds
7/12/15 6:03 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Shearwaters today
7/12/15 6:01 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Black-capped Petrel photos
7/12/15 1:30 pm Peter Crosson <pcrosson...> [MASSBIRD] Albatross sp. - Stellwagen Bank
7/12/15 12:37 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] FB: Bridled Tern, Nantucket
7/12/15 6:46 am Michael Emmons <michael.emmons...> [MASSBIRD] South Shore Bird Club Whale Watch Plymouth 7/11
7/12/15 4:52 am Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] House Sparrows
7/11/15 6:54 pm Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] tick diseases
7/11/15 4:33 pm Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] 7/10/15 - Outer Cape Hi-Lites
7/11/15 1:19 pm Miles Brengle <brenglema...> [MASSBIRD] Stellwagen Bank - 7/11
7/11/15 12:16 pm David Swain <davidswain79...> [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR, July 11, 2015
7/11/15 11:26 am Birdwsg <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Correction - Juv Killdeer not a Wilson's Plover at Bill Forward
7/11/15 10:06 am Birdwsg <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Wilson's Plover - PRNWR at Bill Forward blind
7/11/15 6:32 am Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey...> Re: [MASSBIRD] The Wonders of the natural World
7/11/15 6:29 am Bill Lafley <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Blowguns/English Sparrows
7/11/15 6:13 am Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey...> Re: [MASSBIRD] House Sparrows
7/10/15 8:04 pm <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] The Wonders of the natural World
7/10/15 7:32 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Westport/Fairhaven highlights 7/8
7/10/15 6:58 pm Eric <elabato...> Re: [MASSBIRD] House Sparrows
7/10/15 6:09 pm Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Horseneck shorebirds
7/10/15 4:25 pm Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...> [MASSBIRD] House Sparrows
7/10/15 11:38 am <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] Highlights from whale watch birding
7/9/15 7:29 pm Walt Webb <wwebb24...> [MASSBIRD] Manakin Lek Video: A Clarification
7/9/15 7:29 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond W.M.A. Highlights Today
7/9/15 4:48 pm Walt Webb <wwebb24...> [MASSBIRD] Part 2, trip to Bocas Del Toro, Panama: Manakin Lek Video
7/9/15 8:38 am Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...> [MASSBIRD] Royal Tern Flew to Seven Beach PRNWR
7/9/15 8:33 am Birdwsg <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Royal Tern - Sandy Point State Res
7/9/15 7:39 am Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Jul 8, 2015
7/9/15 6:54 am Tom Wetmore <ttw4...> [MASSBIRD] Royal Tern PRNWR
7/8/15 3:32 pm David Swain <davidswain79...> [MASSBIRD] Phalaropes, Parker River NWR, July 8, 2015
7/8/15 9:22 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Two open spots left for BBC July Dedicated Pelagic trp
7/8/15 6:09 am Jamie Bogart <jsh_bogart...> [MASSBIRD] sb dowitchers
7/8/15 4:34 am George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Poor man's pelagic...
7/7/15 11:19 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Machias Seal Island and down Maine birding 7/3-6/15
7/7/15 9:20 am Richard Heil <rsheil...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island Highlights; 3 & 6 July 2015
7/7/15 7:53 am sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] Winthrop & Revere & PRNWR
7/7/15 5:25 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Whimbrel - Horseneck
7/7/15 4:53 am Young, John (DPU) <john.young...> [MASSBIRD] Brown Booby on G 1 Bell off Ptown 7/3
7/6/15 7:15 pm Paul Champlin <skua99...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Stellar's jay sightings in Mass?
7/6/15 6:03 pm Edward Purcell <tedgpurcell...> [MASSBIRD] Fish Crow Newburport n7/6
7/6/15 3:47 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Heatherwood Birds
7/6/15 1:49 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 7/5 Belle Isle Marsh; 7/6 Bald Eagle Milton Lading
7/6/15 1:45 pm Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] GMNWR Concord Marshbird Survey - 7/3, 7/5
7/6/15 12:40 pm Birdwsg <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] White-winged Dove, Newburyport 7/4
7/6/15 10:12 am Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] 7/5-6 Duxbury - It's starting.....
7/6/15 1:30 am Spector, David (Biology) <spectord...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Stellar's jay sightings in Mass?
7/5/15 10:46 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Georgetown-Rowley State Forest, Jul 5, 2015
7/5/15 7:42 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Stellar's jay sightings in Mass?
7/5/15 6:10 pm Steve Mirick <smirick...> [MASSBIRD] Pair of Common Loons in Haverhill
7/5/15 1:59 pm <mussey.robert...> [MASSBIRD] Stellar's jay sightings in Mass?
7/5/15 10:43 am Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA notables
7/5/15 9:22 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Fledge Day for Purple Martins - Lot #1 PRNWR Plum Island
7/5/15 8:15 am Lapite, Constance <Constance.Lapite...> [MASSBIRD] PRNWR Red-necked and Wilson's present
7/4/15 3:59 pm Raymond Marr Jr <rmarr2...> [MASSBIRD] Great numbers of Purple Martins in Rehoboth MA
7/4/15 2:31 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Mt. Greylock-2015 added
7/4/15 1:59 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Mt. Greylock-2015 added
7/4/15 7:44 am Miles Brengle <brenglema...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 7/4
7/4/15 7:41 am <mresch8702...> [MASSBIRD] Blue-headed Vireos Confirmed, Pepperell, MA, 7/4
7/4/15 5:05 am <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Norton Point, Edgartown, MA, Jul 3, 2015
7/3/15 2:33 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Martin Burns WMA, Jul 3, 2015
7/3/15 12:04 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Ponkapoag Addenda
7/3/15 11:00 am Cliff <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] Plum island Red Phalarope No Ruff
7/3/15 4:40 am LdlF <anhinga3...> [MASSBIRD] Cap't Bill's Whale Watch, 7/2/15
7/2/15 8:04 pm <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] A Perfect Summer Day
7/2/15 7:54 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 7/2 Plymouth Beach and 6/30 Ponkapoag Pond
7/2/15 6:06 pm Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] 7/2/15: Ruff and Red Phalarope Photos/Videos from PRNWR today
7/2/15 5:42 pm Tom Brownrigg <brownriggs...> [MASSBIRD] Orchard oriole (?) Halibut Point
7/2/15 5:36 pm Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] moderator - message from hacked account
7/2/15 4:21 pm Steve Mirick <smirick...> [MASSBIRD] Peregrine Falcons in Haverhill
7/2/15 4:19 pm James Taylor <jtaylor274...> [MASSBIRD] Important document
7/2/15 3:01 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Jul 2, 2015 (red phalarope, ruff)
7/2/15 1:50 pm tattler1 <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Ruff at Bill Forward still present 4:20 pm
7/2/15 1:19 pm David <davidbbernstein...> [MASSBIRD] Ruff & Red Phalarope YES (2:30pm)
7/2/15 7:45 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm today
7/2/15 6:49 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] 7/2/15 - Ruff Follow Up PRNWR
7/2/15 4:51 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: 7/2 @ 0520 RUFF - Red Phalarope present @ PRNWR
7/2/15 4:03 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: 7/2 @ 0520 - Red Phalarope present @ PRNWR
7/2/15 2:51 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] 7/2 @ 0520 - Red Phalarope present @ PRNWR
7/1/15 6:19 pm Richard Heil <rsheil...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island Highlights; 30 June & 1 July 2015.
7/1/15 5:23 pm tattler1 <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Red Phalarope still present 7:50 pm 7/1
7/1/15 9:30 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Bird Guide - Mashpee Area
 
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Date: 7/31/15 5:22 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fish Crows Cashman Park, Newburyport, Jul 29, 2015

Cashman Park, Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, US Jul 29, 2015 11:59
AM Protocol: Incidental
Comments: Stopped for lunch there and Judy first heard them.

1 species Fish Crow 4 Calling from poles in parking lot. Also saw and
heard 2 at Cumberland Farms
gas station at Rt 105 & 28 in Middleboro on 7/30.

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24448955
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro

 

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Date: 7/31/15 8:34 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gooseberry migrants this morning
Bev King and I had a nice assortment of migrants crossing from Gooseberry Island to the mainland (or passing by, in the cases of the shorebirds, terns, etc.), including the following:

Least Terns (many)
Common Terns
Roseate Terns (many; Great year for this species here - dozens seen each day at the shore, esp. near the mouth of the Westport River)
Semipalmated Plovers (many)
Black-bellied Plovers (a few)
Semipalmated Sandpipers
Pectoral Sandpiper
Sanderlings
1 Dunlin (heard)
4 Willets
Spotted Sandpiper
7 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
Eastern Kingbird (migrated across)
Northern Mockingbird
17 Cedar Waxwings
Tree Swallows
Barn Swallows (a constant presence... Hundreds. Seems like a great year for this species.)
Bank Swallows (several)
35 Yellow Warblers
4 American Redstarts
1 Ovenbird
1 Northern Waterthrush
1 unidentified warbler
1 immature Chipping Sparrow
1 unidentified sparrow (in flight... an interesting passerine... Dickcissel-esque)

There were many American Robins, blackbirds, Gray Catbirds, etc. throughout the morning. I hear the large number of robins on the island have been mixed in with the feeding shorebirds along the water's edge. My guess is that they are feeding on both insects and large number of isopods resident in the mats of the invasive red algae (seaweed) that has taken over much of the South Coast.

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

 

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Date: 7/31/15 5:24 am
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Two spots available on the Brookline Bird Club August White-Faced storm Petrel Pelagic trip..
There have been some cancelations so that we now have two, maybe three spots
available for this Brookline Bird Club organized Dedicated Pelagic Trip,
August 22,23, 2015:(5:30 am Saturday to 6 pm Sunday) from Hyannis, MA to
Hydrographer Canyon area for: White-faced Storm Petrels, 4 or 5 Shearwater
species (including Scopoli's and possible LITTLE, 3 Storm-petrel species,
Gannets, 3 Jaeger species, terns, gulls, sea ducks, possible Black-capped
Petrel, Bridled Tern, Tropic bird, Skuas, many mammals and any rarities
with wonderful photo opportunities. We have Master birders Jeremiah Trimble,
Nicholas Bonomo, Luke Seitz and Douglas Gochfeld leading the trip. Our
boat, the Helen H, is a very comfortable, fast, 100 foot fishing boat with a
knowledgeable and enthusiastic Captain and crew who are very skilled at
getting the boat close to the birds for viewing, photographing, etc.. We use
gallons of chum to attract the birds.. There is a full galley with excellent
food at reasonable prices.

Cost: $310.00 BBC Members - $330.00 - non members. Parking is free.

To reserve a space, send a check for the full amount made out to the
'BROOKLINE BIRD CLUB AGENT' along with a
<http://massbird.org/BBC/BBCPelagicWaiver_Print.htm> signed waiver to: Ida
Giriunas, 83 Summer Ave., Reading, MA, 01867 and include either your email
or your postal
<http://content.brooklinebirdclub.org/2012/01/2012-pelagic-schedule.html>
address for confirmation, boarding instructions and further information.

For further information, a Waiver Form and to register, contact:

Ida Giriunas <tel:781-929-8772> 781-929-8772, < <mailto:<ida8...>
<ida8...>






 

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Date: 7/31/15 4:39 am
From: Kay Fuhrmann <kayfuhrmann...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Black Duck near Boston
Hi there!

I'm a German birder at vecation in the USA during August. One of my main
target species is American Black Duck. After landing in Boston we have
planned to head east to Seattle via the I-90. From data in eBird I know
that the species seems to be reliable in Belle Isle Marsh Reservation. I
will only have an hour or so for the area and it seems to be to vast as
to know where the best place is to give it a try.
So if you could post it for me or if you know the best spot to try it
I'd be very happy.
Best,


Kay
 

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Date: 7/30/15 1:40 pm
From: caroline <carolinawrencarolinawren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] N gannet
Today while I was swimming in Gloucester harbor there was an adult gannet fishing about 200 yards off Stacey boulevard-looked like the fish were plentiful!
Caroline Haines
<Songbirder...>

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Date: 7/30/15 9:21 am
From: <akikoue63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Corrected Common Raven link, Plymouth
Apparently, my earlier link doesn't work for the Common Ravens seen this morning at Forges Field. This is the corrected link. https://www.flickr.com/photos/gizzybird/20147421911

Kathy Doyon

Plymouth, MA

<akikoue63...>






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Date: 7/30/15 9:01 am
From: Kat Birder <katbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jul 30, 2015
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jul 30, 2015 5:45 AM - 6:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.8 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly species census for the NWR. Usual abbreviated route
Dike Tr to boat launch, all the way around the Lower Pool, into the pine
woods and back via the railroad grade (no extension to the west side of the
Upper Pool or out Timber Tr. as we didn't have the golf cart today). Hot
and humid, 80's F. Observers: David Swain , Tim Swain, Joan Stoner, Soheil
Zendeh, Larry Warfield and Kathy Dia.
49 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 4
Wood Duck 37 Including 15 resting on the hay bales in the marsh
American Black Duck 1 Fly over
Mallard 10
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 4
Green Heron 3
Virginia Rail 2 Probable. Squeaking sounds from the marsh grass
consistent with sounds made by juvenile rails. North west side of the Upper
Pool near the trail.
Killdeer 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1 Calling from hay bales, continuing in this
location. Lower pitched slower call than Solitary.
Solitary Sandpiper 1 On the shore along the river; under-tail stripes
visible in flight.
Least Sandpiper 12 Fly over in two separate groups; 9 calling, 3 not
calling.
peep sp. 3 Fly over not calling
Mourning Dove 5
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5 Possibly more, but I am being careful not
to double count.
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Willow Flycatcher 3
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Kingbird 9 Active and vocal small family groups.
Warbling Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 1 Near the boat launch
Blue Jay 11
Tree Swallow 80
Bank Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 220 Most perched in the Lower Pool marsh grasses in the
early a.m. Many immatures.
Black-capped Chickadee 15
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Brown Creeper 1 Pine woods; singing
Marsh Wren 24 Continuing but fewer than in previous weeks
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
American Robin 7
Gray Catbird 8
Cedar Waxwing 8 Possibly more; difficult to count as we were usually
hearing rather than seeing them
Common Yellowthroat 5
Yellow Warbler 5
Chipping Sparrow 1 In the pine woods on the trail
Song Sparrow 16
Swamp Sparrow 11
Northern Cardinal 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 Singing in the parking lot
Red-winged Blackbird 42
Common Grackle 3
Baltimore Oriole 1 Near the Observation Tower
American Goldfinch 16

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24430856

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

Kathy Dia
Concord, MA

 

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Date: 7/30/15 6:47 am
From: <akikoue63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Ravens, Plymouth
I have seen and heard what I believe to be juvenile Common Ravens at Forges Fields located off Jordan Road in Plymouth. I have found them about 6:00 am. When I’ve gone there later in the day, I’ve had no luck. Although not great, here is (I hope) a link to the video I put on Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/gizzybird/20147421911/in/dateposted-public/


Kathy Doyon

Plymouth, MA

<Gizzybird...>






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Date: 7/30/15 4:52 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westport Whimbrels etc.
Horseneck Beach
23 Whimbrel
56 Willets
FEW Sanderlings (perhaps a dozen)
4 Semipalmated Sandpipers
12 Semipalmated Plovers
9 Piping Plovers

A few migrant Yellow Warblers leaving Gooseberry.

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

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Date: 7/29/15 7:58 pm
From: Charlie Patterson <chaspatt...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin on Cape Cod in July!
I had Pine Siskins very late this year. I had actually seen a couple carrying nesting material and then, overnight, they disappeared.



Then were late coming last winter so I thought that might be it. I still look for them among the myriad goldfinches but none so far.



Charlie Patterson

<chaspatt...>

Norwell, Ma



From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of Paul Champlin
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 9:38 PM
To: Peter R. Bono
Cc: <massbird...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin on Cape Cod in July!



I have summer Pine Siskins in the dunes of Ptown on and off every half dozen years - almost certainly breeding birds. They are also fairly regular during summer in Myles Standish State Forest, and probably elsewhere in se MA where the habitat is suitable. They are at an admittedly very low density, but still present every half dozen years or so.



Paul Champlin

Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone


On Jul 29, 2015, at 6:17 PM, Peter R. Bono <pbono...> wrote:

At 5:15pm today (July 29), I was greatly surprised to see a single Pine Siskin show up at my feeder in Yarmouthport!



I searched the eBird records and discovered:



** Only three reports of Pine Siskin on Cape Cod in July--all reported by Blair Nikula in early July 2009 in Provincetown/Truro, and all extending from sightings in June (lingering wintering or nesting bird?).



** No records ever of Pine Siskin on Cape Cod in August.



** Earliest records of Pine Siskin on Cape Cod in September are from Sept 27, and there are only a few of these records!



I have photos showing the bird on my feeder with my luxuriant tomato plants and hanging begonia baskets in the background.



I will keep looking for it in subsequent days--maybe it will provide the only August record on Cape Cod.



Peter R. Bono
Yarmouthport, MA 02675


 

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Date: 7/29/15 7:46 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Shorebirds at Hellcat on Plum Island
I haven~@~Yt seen any postings of numbers of shorebirds so I was wondering if they were moving south as they should be starting back on July 4 so we went to Plum Island today to check.

There were a lot of shorebirds, hundreds of most species, at Hellcat including Semipalmated Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, Least Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers, White-rumped Sandpipers, and Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs. I have listed them from most abundant to lesser abundance as far as I could tell.

We also saw 2 or 3 Stilt Sandpipers in the mix feeding in their typical sewing machine fashion. The/an American Avocet was also present and mostly sleeping standing on one leg, present until a young Bald Eagle flew over putting everything including the Canada Geese to flight. The Avocet flew out over the dike to the west and we didn~@~Yt find it when all the other shorebirds finally settled back to feed.

Finally for us a good shorebird day and I hope we see many more.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro


 

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Date: 7/29/15 7:05 pm
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin on Cape Cod in July!
I have summer Pine Siskins in the dunes of Ptown on and off every half dozen years - almost certainly breeding birds. They are also fairly regular during summer in Myles Standish State Forest, and probably elsewhere in se MA where the habitat is suitable. They are at an admittedly very low density, but still present every half dozen years or so.

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 29, 2015, at 6:17 PM, Peter R. Bono <pbono...> wrote:
>
> At 5:15pm today (July 29), I was greatly surprised to see a single Pine Siskin show up at my feeder in Yarmouthport!
>
> I searched the eBird records and discovered:
>
> ** Only three reports of Pine Siskin on Cape Cod in July--all reported by Blair Nikula in early July 2009 in Provincetown/Truro, and all extending from sightings in June (lingering wintering or nesting bird?).
>
> ** No records ever of Pine Siskin on Cape Cod in August.
>
> ** Earliest records of Pine Siskin on Cape Cod in September are from Sept 27, and there are only a few of these records!
>
> I have photos showing the bird on my feeder with my luxuriant tomato plants and hanging begonia baskets in the background.
>
> I will keep looking for it in subsequent days--maybe it will provide the only August record on Cape Cod.
>
> Peter R. Bono
> Yarmouthport, MA 02675

 

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Date: 7/29/15 4:08 pm
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Juvenile Barred Owl Video, Pepperell, 7/29

Here's a link to a video I took this morning in my Pepperell neighborhood of a juvenile Barred Owl complete with its food begging call (at about 18 seconds of the video).

https://www.flickr.com/photos/84823168@N07/19492118964/in/dateposted-public/

Camera quality isn't the best since I just took it with my cell phone. Obviously the bird was very close.


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

 

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Date: 7/29/15 3:10 pm
From: Peter R. Bono <pbono...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin on Cape Cod in July!
At 5:15pm today (July 29), I was greatly surprised to see a single Pine
Siskin show up at my feeder in Yarmouthport!

I searched the eBird records and discovered:

** Only three reports of Pine Siskin on Cape Cod in July--all reported by
Blair Nikula in early July 2009 in Provincetown/Truro, and all extending
from sightings in June (lingering wintering or nesting bird?).

** No records ever of Pine Siskin on Cape Cod in August.

** Earliest records of Pine Siskin on Cape Cod in September are from Sept
27, and there are only a few of these records!

I have photos showing the bird on my feeder with my luxuriant tomato plants
and hanging begonia baskets in the background.

I will keep looking for it in subsequent days--maybe it will provide the
only August record on Cape Cod.


Peter R. Bono
Yarmouthport, MA 02675



 

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Date: 7/29/15 2:46 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/28 Milton Landing Highlights
Hi,
I birdied here from 4:25-5:25. It is located on Whark Street in Milton Village.
Snowy Egret 3
Great Egret 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Osprey 2
BALD EAGLE 1. Adult on huge, fallen branch on river&#39;s edge
Semipalmated Plover 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Paul PetersonPeterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston


 

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Date: 7/29/15 10:55 am
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black Skimmers, Least Terns on MV - Photos!


Wonderful late afternoon kayak adventure late last week to Little Beach, on Eel Pond, outside of Edgartown, on Martha's Vineyard. Highlights included:



Black Skimmers, adults and chicks

Least Terns, adult and chicks

Common Terns, adults and chicks

Eastern Willets

American Oystercatchers



For those with interest, 7 photos posted:




http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/160877866

Click "next" in upper right to advance frames!




Enjoy,

Craig Gibson

cbgibson AT comcast.net


 

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Date: 7/29/15 10:38 am
From: Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich- 7/28/15
Hello Massbirders,

Today I birded Crane Beach from 6:10 to 11:40 am. I walked the whole
distance of the dunes trails then walked back on the beach. The dunes were
very productive, and the beach had a few good birds. The beach also had
very good numbers of shorebirds. The link to the checklist is below along
with some photos.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24411839

Good birding!

Nathan Dubrow
<nathandubrow...>
Ipswich, Ma

 

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Date: 7/29/15 9:50 am
From: Miles Brengle <brenglema...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winter Street, North Andover - 7/29
Massbird,

Jim Berry and I birded along the marsh and power line of Winter Street in
North Andover early this morning. We basically looked for breeding
activity the whole time. Things slowed down once it warmed up, but that is
expected for late July birding.

Highlights:

Red-bellied Woodpecker nest
1 Pileated Woodpecker
12 Eastern Bluebirds
Rose-breasted Grosbeak fledglings
2 Indigo Buntings

A complete checklist can be found at the link below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24417715

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

 

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Date: 7/29/15 9:14 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm today
Pleasant mix of mid-summer birds at Drumlin Farm this morning. 34 species including a lovely singing male indigo bunting. Many fledglings around.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon - Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

Double-crested Cormorant 1 flyby
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 4
Mourning Dove 9
Chimney Swift 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Eastern Kingbird 1
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 11
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 4
Eastern Bluebird 18
American Robin 28
Gray Catbird 11
Northern Mockingbird 5
European Starling 40
Cedar Waxwing 10
Common Yellowthroat 1
Chipping Sparrow 14
Song Sparrow 25
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
House Finch 11
American Goldfinch 3



 

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Date: 7/29/15 7:26 am
From: <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/29 American avocet seen
Doug Chickering, Barry Burden and I relocated the avocet at 9:15 at Stage Island pool feeding with Yellowlegs along the back dans bars.

Leslie Kramer
Medford
 

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Date: 7/29/15 3:55 am
From: Joseph Bourget <joseph.bourget...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Avocet - YES Stage Pool @0623 7-29
Currently being seen from parking lot.

Joseph Bourget

 

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Date: 7/28/15 7:51 pm
From: Devin Hefferon <dhefferon...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RFI: Sandy Point Plum Island Parking
Hello all,

I am headed to Plum Island on Saturday. I have often been disappointed to
find parking at Sandy Point full when I arrive(after an hour drive). If you
have a general sense of when that lot tends to fill up this time of year I
would very much appreciate your advice. Please email me offline at
<dhefferon...>

Thanks very much in advance.
Devin Hefferon
Melrose, MA

 

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Date: 7/28/15 7:47 pm
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Pom Jaeger, Westport, MA
It's been pointed out that I said "juv" Pom jaeger... when I should have said subadult. I was body surfing at the time of observation so was rushing the post, typing through a ziplock, to get back into the water. Guess next time I'll wait (...forget ...or not bother).

Sorry for the

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 28, 2015, at 2:36 PM, Paul Champlin <skua99...> wrote:
>
> Just had a juv Pom Jaeger fly over Cherry and Webb Beach, Westport, after chasing a few terns out of the dense fog bank.
>
> Paul Champlin
> Westport, MA
>
> Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 7/28/15 12:58 pm
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] BBC trip on the Seven Sea Whalewatch Boat
Ida,
Thanks for making this post. I agree, it was a wonderful morning and I was impressed with Jay Fontonero's commentary as well. Thanks for coming to check that we were getting onto the birds!
I put a few pics from the day on my blog;http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2015/07/ma-gloucester-whale-watch-0725.html

Brian and I also had a WWScoter male as we pulled out of the harbor. 
Doubtless we'll bump into you again!
Best Wishes,
James James P. Smith
Gill, MA
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/


On Sunday, July 26, 2015 11:32 AM, Ida Giriunas <ida8...> wrote:


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Date: 7/28/15 11:29 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pom Jaeger, Westport, MA
Just had a juv Pom Jaeger fly over Cherry and Webb Beach, Westport, after chasing a few terns out of the dense fog bank.

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

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Date: 7/28/15 10:35 am
From: Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Avocet PRNWR
7/28 - American Avocet continues at Stage Island Pool, 1pm
 

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Date: 7/28/15 8:41 am
From: Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Jul 26, 2015
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 11:44 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Jul 26, 2015
To: <derekbrownbuild...>


Essex Bay, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jul 26, 2015 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Canoed essex bay to the Spit, 2 hrs after low tide. Then
checked out the Cross (Dilly) Island shore and upper marsh.
16 species

American Black Duck 3
Double-crested Cormorant 37
Great Blue Heron 7
Great Egret 11
Snowy Egret 7
Little Blue Heron 1
Osprey 4
Semipalmated Plover 95
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 12
Willet 12
Sanderling 74
Semipalmated Sandpiper 566
Least Sandpiper 2
White-rumped Sandpiper 2
Short-billed Dowitcher 42
Saltmarsh Sparrow 8

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24406165

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

 

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Date: 7/28/15 5:29 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] 7/27/2015 EL Report and Alert: Maine Whimbrels
22 Whimbrel and 36 Willets foraging on mole crabs in the surf at Horseneck in Westport, MA 2 days ago (though this is pretty typical).

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 28, 2015, at 7:25 AM, <lfkramer...> wrote:
>
> After reading Merle and Anne Archie's Harrington, Maine report of 92 Whimbrel, we headed down east to try for them. From our vantage point a half mile away, and through the scope, our fast count was 72 before they flew. Fantastic!
>
> Heads up for migrating Whimbrel sightings in MA.
>
> Leslie Kramer
> Barry Burden
> Medford, MA

 

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Date: 7/28/15 4:17 am
From: <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/27/2015 EL Report and Alert: Maine Whimbrels
After reading Merle and Anne Archie's Harrington, Maine report of 92 Whimbrel, we headed down east to try for them. From our vantage point a half mile away, and through the scope, our fast count was 72 before they flew. Fantastic!

Heads up for migrating Whimbrel sightings in MA.

Leslie Kramer
Barry Burden
Medford, MA
 

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Date: 7/27/15 8:29 pm
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-tailed Hawk Hunting Like a Cooper's
Ive been studying Red-tailed Hawks fairly intensively over the past 8
years, including near-daily, year-round tracking of a pair of Red-tailed
Hawks in the Fresh Pond area (Buzz and Ruby) for over four years. Ive seen
Redtails take dozens if not hundreds of pigeons by various means of attack,
as well as starlings, mockingbirds, grackles, house sparrows, robins and
other birds, as well as snakes, frogs, and turtles. Ive seen one Redtail
take nestling starlings and stockpile them in a cache for delivery to chicks
in the nest.

However, last week I had a new experience with Redtails. I was watching an
injured juvenile four weeks out of the nest who appeared concussed and was
on the ground about 18 inches from the high-speed lane of a well known state
highway in rush hour. I was trying to secure a rescue of the bird in heavy
traffic while hoping to minimize the risk of anyone flushing the injured
bird into traffic. It took four hours, but a successful rescue was achieved
through the help of many responsive parties, and the bird is at the Tufts
Wildlife Clinic undergoing evaluation.

While I was sitting on the ground waiting for responses from numerous phone
calls and texts, I saw a robin-sized bird flying directly towards me about 3
feet off the ground beneath a broken canopy of oak trees with a Red-tailed
Hawk in hot pursuit. I recognized the Redtail as the mother of the injured
juvenile, a fairly good-sized but not notably large female. They flew right
past me at my eye level with the Redtail at least several feet behind the
smaller bird but on it like a heat-seeking missile ready to fly up the
exhaust. In my experience, that type of direct, level pursuit by a Redtail
would always end with the smaller bird successfully eluding its pursuer.
However, within about 30 yards, this large Redtail which has been catching
primarily rats all year literally snatched the robin out of the air, wheeled
around, and started flying back to where her large and eternally hungry
juvenile daughter routinely perches.

This was the type of pursuit I would associate with a Coopers Hawk or a
falcon, but I dont recall ever seeing it done by a Redtail. (They may take
birds by surprise in short flights, or by parachuting down to grab young
starlings, robins, or sparrows, but never on level flight for what had to be
at least 50-60 yards and was likely near twice that considering where Robins
occur there.) Has anyone else observed such successful direct-level pursuit
by Redtails over similar or longer distances?

Please respond offline and I will summarize for a follow-up post on Mass
Bird. Thank you in advance.

Best,

Paul


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




 

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Date: 7/27/15 4:00 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/25 Belle Isle Highlights
I birded here on Saturday from 2:00-4:00.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Great Blue Heron 2
Glossy Ibis 3 flew in to pond; later in to "The Key"
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 7
Black-bellied Plover 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 8
American Oystercatcher 9
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 7/27/15 2:45 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/27 Leverett Pond Wood Duck Family
This is the first time that I know of in the fourteen years that I have lived near this pond that Wood Ducks have nested here. A mother with seven ducklings. I'm excited enough that I posted this local birding event here on massbird as well as on Bostonbirds.
Great Blue Heron 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Wood Duck 8
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 7/27/15 2:45 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/27 Addendum
Also, I saw a mother Wild Turkey with nine poults elsewhere in Brookline. One of my favorite birds.
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 7/27/15 10:15 am
From: <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Renewal

Massbirders:
            The birding in these mid-summer days can, on the surface, seem tame when compared to the rush of the spring migration. We wait , sometimes impatiently, for the spectacular shows of the Shorebirds and Tree Swallows that are just appearing on the horizon; approaching us like the distant thunder of a summer storm. Our general impression of deep summer can be of damp breathless days and Greenheads bouncing off our arms and legs, and the search for a few cool breezes from off the ocean. Yet there are moments in every summer day that are the subtle but invigorating. Events that I look forward to every year. It is the witnessing of the end product of the migrations themselves; the great renewal of nature. Recently I have a few; short, unspectacular incidents that are inclined to move me and fill me with a quiet joy. I suspect I am not alone in this.
            Early in the week, in the cool of a new morning I was walking the Hellcat boardwalk and at the edge between the north pool swamp and the trees I caught sight of a small bird slipping up into a tree from the underbrush, followed by another. The first bird quickly vanished into the thick foliage but the second one, directly behind paused for a half minute on an open branch and I got on it. Empidonax Flycatcher. It was one of those moments that my thirty odd years of birding drew a series of conclusions. An Empi here in July is almost certainly a Willow Flycatcher. I have been hearing and seeing them here since May. The bird before me was washed slightly in yellow, and seemed uncertain in its flight. A look and behavior which seemed to indicate this was a young bird, post fledgling, following the adult still expecting and demanding to be fed. The bird I watched had a little more prominent eye ring than I usually see in a Willow but it also had a little re!
mnant of fuzz on the crown. By behavior and by what I could see, this was a new Willow Flycatcher, born on Plum Island and making its uncertain way into adulthood. It would be ready to migrate in a month and half. I couldn't’t have been more delighted.
            On Saturday last Lois and I were slowly making our way through the s curves when we came upon a little activity at the side of the road. There was another birder there and she drew my attention to some movement in a nearby low tree. “Black-and-white.” She said. We get Black-and-white Warblers regularly during spring and fall migration. Yet in July I can count the number of Black-and-whites that I have seen over the years on the fingers of one hand. So naturally I was interested; and thrilled to pick it up; close and at eye level. It was a female, working its way typically over a bare branch; searching and foraging. Suddenly it was joined by a second bird. This one, darker and more cleanly marked; with a somewhat stunted tail; but clearly another Black-and-white. This was also a young bird; just emerging from being a fledgling and assuredly born here on Plum Island. Now I have heard from authoritative sources that Black-and-white Warbler has, on occ!
asional, nested on plum Island but this was the first direct confirmation I have ever seen. To seal the deal the adult female actually snapped up some luckless insect and flicked over to feed the eager youngster. Later in the morning we witnessed a Blue Jay feeding a youngster. Time marches on even with a background sound of diminishing habitat and falling bird numbers there is still hope, there is still that exhilarating joy when we watch as life continues.
Doug Chickering
Groveland
<dovekie...>

 

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Date: 7/27/15 9:29 am
From: Miles Brengle <brenglema...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich - July 27
Massbird,

Seeing that a heavy fog would keep (most of) the beach goers off of the
beach, I birded Crane Beach this morning. Shorebird migration is ramping
up, with sandpipers and plovers making good use of the Migratory Shorebird
Enclosure put in place by the Trustees of Reservation. Props to them for
doing such a great job protecting the birds of Crane Beach.

I saw a banded juvenile Roseate Tern whose band read "W39". I am sending a
picture of the band to the Fish and Wildlife to find out the background on
the bird.

Highlights:

20 Northern Gannets
1 Ruddy Turnstone
3 Laughing Gulls
8 Roseate Terns
1 American Kestrel

A complete checklist can be found at the link below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24398473



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

 

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Date: 7/27/15 5:54 am
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Manx Shearwaters Revere Beach 7/25
Yesterday afternoon I went to Revere Beach to see the sand sculptures and
also saw Manx Shearwaters flying and sitting on the surface not far off
shore. They were off shore toward the end of the beach closest to
East Boston. Other years, I have seen them in the opposite direction closer
to the large pink residential building along the shore. I would estimate
there were easily twenty birds.
Susan Hedman
Gloucester MA


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

 

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Date: 7/26/15 2:14 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Roseate & Common Tern chicks - Photos!


Greetings all,




Many thanks to Greg Hirth for posting on Royal Tern! Here are a few photos from recent kayak visit

to Great Sippewissett Marsh/Black Beach area in West Falmouth, MA. Highlights included:








Roseate Tern chick



Common Tern chick



Willets, juvenile & adult








From Quissett Harbor:








American Oystercatcher



Common Loon, first summer








6 photos posted under excellent lighting conditions:




http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/160848777



C lick "next" in upper right corner to advance frames








Enjoy,



Craig Gibson



cbgibson AT comcast.net










 

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Date: 7/26/15 2:08 pm
From: Peter Flood <pomarine...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Provincetown Pelagic - July 25, 2015


Six participants, 1st mate, and Captain Rich Wood departed Provincetown Harbor at 7:00 a.m. aboard the Beth Ann to explore several offshore areas of Provincetown, MA on July 25, 2015 returning at 12 noon . Winds and seas seemed a bit more than predicted as we encountered 2-4 (occasionally 5 foot) seas and a northeast wind blowing 10-15 mph. As we were heading out of Provincetown Harbor it was remarkable to see dozens of Cory's Shearwaters and a few Sooty Shearwaters moving west into Cape Cod Bay around Long Point towards the bayside of Truro.

After rounding Long Point and Wood End there were modest concentrations of shearwaters heading in and out of Cape Cod Bay, some feeding and resting in or just outside the rip line off Herring Cove Beach and many more just off Race Point.

The real jackpot were some stunning concentrations of gulls and shearwaters northeast of Race Point Beach that were swarming over balls of baitfish. It was at this point we had a couple of 1st cycle (immature) Parasitic Jaegers harassing a Black-legged Kittiwake and an immature Pomarine Jaeger working over a Laughing Gull. The feeding concentrations of birds particularly Cory's Shearwaters seemed to stretch perhaps a mile or more to the east and beyond. There were times where you just didn't know where to look as there were just overwhelming numbers of birds around the boat and seemingly in every direction.

After spending some time with this group of birds, I was curious to see what was happening on the southeast corner of Stellwagen Bank where there have been some unbelievable numbers of birds over the last 3-4 weeks as well.

We headed off to the northeast under some building seas and wind and took a lot of waves and spray making me rethink our plan and whether or not it was worth it to keep going! However, there were many birds heading in this direction and I figured they had to be going somewhere. We finally spotted swarms of birds feeding in and around some tuna fishing boats as well as in and among several feeding Humpback, Finback and Minke Whales. It was this group of birds feeding with the whales that we spent the rest of our time observing and were not disappointed for persevering through some sloppy sea conditions. Additionally, many of the whales were very actively feeding and some distant and close by full breaches just added to the excitement. It was one of those days we could have spent dawn to dusk out there and would never have run out of things to look at.

Thanks to Liam Waters for assisting in keeping some semblance of overall numbers of birds. The following is a somewhat conservative totals list from the trip as I'm certain we were undercounting.

Common Eider - (9) Provincetown Harbor
Cory's Shearwater (4,250)- more numerous close to shore
Great Shearwater (3,700)- more numerous on the bank
Sooty Shearwater (1,200)- more numerous on the bank
Manx Shearwater (10)
Wilson's Storm-Petrel (105) grossly undercounted
Northern Gannet (18) - including two entangled individuals with fishing rope/netting around bill
Double-crested Cormorant (360) - Nearly all in Provincetown Harbor
Sanderling (25) roosting on Long Point
peep sp.(45) probably Semipalmated Sandpipers roosting on Long Point
Red-necked Phalarope (3) - flushed from water northeast of Race Point Beach
Pomarine Jaeger (3)- northeast of Race Point Beach and 2 on the bank
Parasitic Jaeger (2) - northeast of Race Point Beach
Black-legged Kittiwake (5) all 1cycle - 2w type birds
Bonaparte's Gull (1)
Laughing Gull (330)
Herring Gull (800)
Lesser-Black-backed Gull (4) 3 - 1st cycle types and 1 - 2/3 cycle type
Great Black-backed Gull (105)
Least Tern (36) only 1 offshore the rest on Long Point
Roseate Tern (8)couple of juvs noted
Common Tern (160)several juvs noted

I have created a photo album on my flickr account of some of the birds seen which can be viewed here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9191812@N02/sets/72157654059741543

Stay tuned for notifications via Massbird on upcoming trips as we would like to get out there again soon!

Peter

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

 

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Date: 7/26/15 12:48 pm
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] GMNWR, Concord 7.25
Sylvia, especially nice to see your hummingbird reports in your BBC
walk list from today. For anyone interested, the willow flycatchers
were calling from their usual place just WSW of the tower last night
at sundown.

Happy birding,

Cherrie Corey


--
Cherrie A. Corey
Naturalist, educator, and photographer
Concord, MA
978.760.1933 mobile
http://sense-of-place-concord.blogspot.com/
 

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Date: 7/26/15 10:14 am
From: <warbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] GMNWR, Concord 7.25
Massbirders,

Several birders joined me for a Brookline Bird Club walk a on a beautiful, cool but cloudy morning at the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord unit. We did not hear the Willow Flycatchers that had been reported a few days earlier, though we did encounter a couple of non-singing empid flycatchers at a distance. The water in the impoundments is high, and we only encountered one shorebird, a likely sandpiper.


Highlights:

Wood Duck adult female, five young
Red-breasted merganser 1 young
Great Blue Heron 4
Virginia Rail 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird at least 3; 3 were together at one time on the main dike, and we saw another on cardinal flower on the edge trail
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Kingbird 6 a family group
Tree Swallow 11
Barn Swallow 15 conservative number
Marsh Wren 22 probably low count
Cedar Waxwing 6 a family group
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow Warbler 5

Other taxa: 3 muskrats
toads
many bullfrogs


Sylvia Martin, Waltham
<warbler...>


 

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Date: 7/26/15 8:46 am
From: Greg Hirth <geohawk_1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Royal Tern on Black's Beach, Falmouth
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Date: 7/26/15 8:20 am
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC trip on the Seven Sea Whalewatch Boat
A wonderful morning at sea on the Seven Seas Whale-watch boat on Saturday
7/25/15. We left from Gloucester and headed down to the southwest corner of
Stellwagon Bank. Jay Fontonero was the boats naturalist. It was great
having him announce the birds when he spotted them. Four species of
Shearwaters were seen along with Wilsons Storm Petrels and Northern gannets
but the Hump-back whale performing full body breaches, tail breaches, tail
wagging, etc. for over hour was the high point of the trip.



Ida Giriunas

Reading, MA


 

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Date: 7/25/15 8:28 pm
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] eBird avocet - plum island
Less than two hours later there was a flyover on Hampton Beach heading south. Perhaps the same bird. 


Justin Lawson
Millbury Ma
Flickr.com/photos/justinlawson
Worcesterbigyear.blogspot.com




On Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 7:03 PM -0700, "Liam Waters" <youngeaglewaters...> wrote:










American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 17:40 by Tim Walker
- Parker River NWR--Stage Island Pool, Essex, Massachusetts
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.710964,-70.7760179&ll=42.710964,-70.7760179
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24379959
- Comments: "Male, not full breeding plumage"


Liam WatersSharon
Sent from my iPod so please excuse any errors.
 

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Date: 7/25/15 7:09 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird avocet - plum island
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 17:40 by Tim Walker
- Parker River NWR--Stage Island Pool, Essex, Massachusetts
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.710964,-70.7760179&ll=42.710964,-70.7760179
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24379959
- Comments: "Male, not full breeding plumage"


Liam Waters
Sharon
Sent from my iPod so please excuse any errors.


 

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Date: 7/25/15 4:02 pm
From: Timothy Walker <timothypwalker...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Avocet at Stage Island PRNWR
seen at 6:33 PM

Tim & Nancy Walker
Boxford

 

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Date: 7/25/15 2:37 pm
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Essex meadowlark
While biking, I heard an Eastern Meadowlark singing repeatedly around noon
today along Island Road in Essex.

John Nelson
Gloucester, MA

 

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Date: 7/25/15 7:19 am
From: <davidely...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BELATED--Downeast Maine BBC Trip over July 4th

Hi all,

This is a much overdue and belated followup to Ida's initial report regarding the BBC trip to Machias/Downeast Maine over the 4th of July weekend. Before meeting the majority of the group in Falmouth, Maine to look for the continuing, but elusive, little egret, Ida and I made a very quick jaunt to the new blind at the Bill Forward Pool at Parker River NWR to look for the previously reported ruff and red phalarope. We successfully located both birds before heading north.

The total trip list, which includes the Plum Island/Parker River stop at 5:30AM on Friday stands at 130. The list for the Maine portion of the trip is 109, which is 11 species higher than the 2014 trip where 98 species were recorded. For just Washington County, Maine where the true "Downeast" Maine trip really occurs with forays to the Topsfield Burn Road, Machias Seal Island, and other selected points near Machias and Lubec, we tallied 87 species this year. In 2014 we noted 85 species. We couldn't locate black-backed woodpecker this year, but had better luck with boreal chickadee (numerous birds this year at 2 different locations) and spruce grouse (more individuals at 3 different locations vs. only 1 location last year).

Below is a link that you can use to view my photos from the trip, though I'm sure there are many better photos from the other participants.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dcelyphotos/sets/72157655140417238

Trip List below: I can share individual ebird checklists with any of this trips participants. I tried to make a note of the birds that were seen only in Massachusetts on the way up and also at Gilsland Audubon in Falmouth, ME where not all of the group was present.

Mute Swan Parker River NWR, MA
Canada Goose Parker River NWR, MA
American Black Duck
Mallard
Green-winged Teal, Parker River NWR, MA
Common Eider
Surf Scoter
Spruce Grouse, 26 total (8 adults plus flying chicks)
Wild Turkey
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe, 3 at Lake Messalonskee
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron, 1 Parker River NWR, MA
Glossy Ibis, 1 Gilsland Audubon
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Flyover along I-95, York Co., ME
Bald Eagle
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer, Parker River NWR, MA
Greater Yellowlegs, Parker River NWR, MA
Willet, Parker River NWR, MA
Ruff, 1 continuing female at Parker River NWR, MA
Least Sandpiper, Parker River NWR, MA
Short-billed Dowitcher, Parker River NWR, MA
Red Phalarope, 1 continuing bird at Parker River NWR, MA
Common Murre
Razorbill
Black Guillemot
Atlantic Puffin
Bonaparte's Gull, Gilsland Audubon
Ring-billed Gull, Gilsland Audubon
Laughing Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Least Tern, Gilsland Audubon and Parker River NWR
Black Tern, 12 or so at Lake Messalonskee
Common Tern, Gilsland Audubon
Arctic Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Black-billed Cuckoo, Seen briefly; Gilsland Audubon
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker, heard only; Burn Road in Topsfield
American Kestrel, 2 (one along I-95 and 1 in Blueberry Barrens west of Machias)
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee, Gilsland Audubon
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Gray Jay
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Purple Martin, Plum Island 1st day; Lake Messolankee on Day 4
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Bank Swallow, Sunrise Trail, Machias
Cliff Swallow, Sunrise Trail, Machias
Black-capped Chickadee
Boreal Chickadee, 5 in 2 locations
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Winter Wren
Veery
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Ida heard one at Gilsland Audubon
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler, 1 heard only on Burn Road
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Eastern Towhee, Parker River NWR, MA
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow, Parker River NWR, MA
Savannah Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow, Machias Area
Saltmarsh Sparrow, Parker River NWR, MA
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting, Gilsland Audubon
Bobolink, Parker River NWR, MA and another person had them in ME en route to Machias
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch, Gilsland Audubon
Purple Finch, Burn Road
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

David Ely
Salem, Massachusetts
davidely @ comcast . net



 

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Date: 7/25/15 7:19 am
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Essex Bay Piping Plovers, Common Loon, Roseate Tern
Yesterday, just after low tide, I walked along the Gloucester shore of
Essex Bay. Highlights included an immature Common Loon and 4 Piping
Plovers--what I took to be two adults and two offspring. The plovers
started breeding here last year, and I think they're being monitored by
Essex Greenbelt. There were also 6 Greater Yellowlegs and 12 Snowy Egrets
around the marsh at Farm Creek and along the Gloucester shoreline of the
bay.

On the sandbars at the end of Crane Beach in Ipswich were one Roseate Tern,
about 20 Common Terns, 2 Laughing Gulls, 12 Bonaparte's Gulls, and about
100 shorebirds including Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Sandpipers,
Sanderlings, and other small shorebirds too distant to identify. There were
another 100+ small shorebirds, too distant to identify, along the shoreline
in Essex near Conomo Point.

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 7/25/15 4:27 am
From: <dp32...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Kingfisher
Got a good look at a Belted Kingfisher flying along the shore of Lake Massapoag early this morning.
Deb Radovsky
Sharon



 

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Date: 7/24/15 5:09 pm
From: Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Stellwagen Bank 7/23
On Thursday 7/23, we took a 10AM Dolphin Fleet whale watching boat out of
Provincetown. Long story short: the shearwater show continues: hundreds of
Cory's and Greaters each, wuth much, much fewer Sootys (c. 40) and we did
managed to see and photo 4 Manx. There were modest number of Wilson's Storm
Petrels (common, but not crazy abundant) and we had gannets and kittiwakes
too and 1 jaeger. Many of the shearwaters were sitting on the water in
flocks allowing great views. Lots to look at.

The caveat: if you plan on taking a Dolphin Fleet out of P'Town, remember
it's the Cape and it's summer. So: It's insane. Allow more time than usual
to get to your destination. And because the whale show is also great, the
boat trips are PACKED. Reserve a ticket in advance, arrive early and get in
line and be prepared to not be able to move around a lot, so find a good
spot. It was a real treat to see so many people from around the country and
the world get to see their first whales.

Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll
<moa.lynch...>


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Date: 7/24/15 3:51 pm
From: Benjamin Schweinhart <bschweinhart...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RFI: Mammals
Hi,

I'm a birder and mammal-watcher, and I recently moved to Massachusetts.
While I've found lots of information about the birds of the state online, I
haven't been able to find much on the mammals. Could anyone share
information about where and when to look for the following mammals, either
in MA or nearby states?

1. Fisher (my top target)
2. North Atlantic Right Whale
3. Harp Seal (winter)
4. Hooded Seal (winter)
5. Ringed Seal (winter)
6. Bobcat
7. Long-tailed Weasel
8. North American River Otter

I hope this isn't considered off-topic.

Thanks,
Ben Schweinhart
Cambridge, MA
bschweinhart at gmail dot com

 

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Date: 7/24/15 1:55 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Appleton Farm Grass Rides, Hamilton, Jul 24, 2015
> Appleton Farm Grass Rides, Hamilton
> Jul 24, 2015 9:10 AM - 12:10 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Today was too nice to stay in, so I birded the Grass Rides
> at Appleton Farm. The highlight was seeing 3 to 5 pileated woodpeckers.
> I now see or hear them most of the times I go birding in a forest, in
> contrast to the 1970s when they were harder to come by. Now they are
> commonplace, if not quite common. For the 3rd straight day I missed
> kingbirds, and today I missed scarlet tanagers and even pine warblers.
> 33 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Mourning Dove 4
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 2 (not seen)

> Pileated Woodpecker 3 to 5. First I saw a pair foraging low to the
> ground, then later I saw three birds doing the same thing about half a
> mile away. Meantime I saw 1 or 2 birds flying from the direction of the
> first sighting toward the second. But a family of 5 at this time of year
> would not be unusual.

> Eastern Wood-Pewee 5 singing males. I stopped 2 or 3 places to see if
> the singers would show me a nest or young, but no dice.
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 2
> Blue Jay 20
> American Crow 2
> Barn Swallow 1
> Black-capped Chickadee 8
> Tufted Titmouse 8
> White-breasted Nuthatch 8
> Eastern Bluebird 4
> Catharus sp. 1 possibly a young hermit, but poorly seen
> American Robin 9
> Gray Catbird 9
> European Starling 5
> Cedar Waxwing 1
> Common Yellowthroat 2
> Yellow Warbler 1 carried cattail fluff
> Song Sparrow 5
> Northern Cardinal 1
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 or 2 (only a female type seen for sure)
> Indigo Bunting 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 20
> Common Grackle 4
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> Baltimore Oriole 4
> American Goldfinch 14 one carried cattail fluff
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24366842

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

 

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Date: 7/24/15 9:29 am
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond 7/23 Lincoln's Sparrow, Sandhill Cranes, Virginia Rails
I birded in the evening from 5:00-8:30. I entered at the Hawkes Ave. entrance in Hanson. After I went through the entrance gate, I took an immediate right. This is the main path that runs north-south through the entire length of this place.

LINCOLN'S SPARROW- singing in shrubs a bit down the side path that goes off the main path near the Osprey platform. This side path is about a mile from the parking area. The song of the Lincoln's Sparrow is quite reminiscent of that of the House Wren. I would have liked a better look, but I could clearly see that this sparrow had streaking on its breast. All other sparrows are ruled out due to the song. The bird flew from one side of path to the other, where it disappeared into a bush.

SANDHILL CRANES were about one-hundred and thirty yards out from the main path on the left side in the dry field. This is just after a road that goes off to the left and a mound with vegetation on it. This is about one-half or three-fourths of a mile from the parking area off Hawkes Ave. After twenty minutes, the birds flew over the main path giving their awesome wooden-sounding call. They landed out in front of Pine Island (the small, wooded island that is straight out from where the birds had initially been. The cranes were visible for only five minutes while in front of the island. They disappeared into vegetation at 5:30 p.m.

VIRGINIA RAIL 3- all juveniles at edge of wet ditch on left side of main path about two hundred yards after the pond becomes completely open (free of vegetation). There are several willow shrubs at this spot. This is about one-half mile from the parking lot. I happened to be lucky. Pig-like vocalizations alerted me where to stand and just be patient. After standing still for fifteen minutes or so, either the three juveniles decided to reveal themselves, or they may have been visible the whole time but I just didn't see them initially. In the meantime, I was entertained by squeals, "kicking calls", and the wep wep wep wep-prrrr pig calls. What fun!

PURPLE MARTIN 13- in the same small, dead tree swamp as they were two weeks ago. This is down the same path as the Lincoln's Sparrow was located. (See Above)

FALCON SP. 1-too brief of a look to say for sure whether it was a Merlin or a Peregrine. I believe it was a Peregrine Falcon.
P.S. Several people, in either their e-bird posts or in their massbird posts, have misidentified the locale of the dry bog where several sightings of the Sandhill Cranes have occurred. The dry bog is in the north of this place, not the northwest.

Butterflies:
Common Wood Nymph 2
Viceroy 2
Pearl Crescent 1 (evenings are perhaps not the best time to see butterflies)

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 7/24/15 8:11 am
From: David Larson <redpoll...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cliff Swallows in Newburyport/Salisbury
I know that the presence of Cliff Swallows nesting on the Rte 1 bridge over
the Merrimack between Newburyport and Salisbury has been reported, but
yesterday I spent some time looking for nests. For those unfamiliar with the
area, there is a pedestrian/bike path under the north end of the bridge.
From this path, I observed 4 apparently complete nests, at least three of
which were occupied. Food deliveries and fecal sac removals were evident.

Dave



David Larson

Bradford, MA

<redpoll...>

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Date: 7/23/15 7:53 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Willowdale S. F. (east), Ipswich, Jul 23, 2015
> Willowdale S. F. (east), Ipswich
> Jul 23, 2015 8:10 AM - 11:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Today with my nephew, Geordie Comnas, I birded the
> easternmost part of WSF from Doyon School on Linebrook Rd. (i.e., there
> was no overlap with yesterday's walk). The list is somewhat different
> from yesterday's. We had long stretches with no birds singing, but
> clusters of activity elsewhere, and I came out with significantly more
> species than yesterday. If you have the state map of the forest, we went
> from the school to markers #1, 2, 3, 13, 14, 15, and back to 1, in that
> order. The area at post #3 was the busiest with bird life, including the
> PIWO and the 2 waterthrushes.
> 33 species
>
> American Woodcock 1 flushed from thick cover behind Doyon School
> Mourning Dove 4
> Barred Owl 1 Geordie spotted this owl, probably a juvenile, perched
> right over the dirt road behind Doyon. It is the second or third time the
> two of us have seen a barred owl in Willowdale. I officially made the
> species his totem.
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 6
> Hairy Woodpecker 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 3
> Yellow-throated Vireo 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 3
> Blue Jay 12
> Tree Swallow 4
> Black-capped Chickadee 17
> Tufted Titmouse 21
> White-breasted Nuthatch 12
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
> Veery 1
> Hermit Thrush 1 singing male on a hillside; still no wood thrushes
> American Robin 15
> Gray Catbird 11
> Cedar Waxwing 2
> Ovenbird 3 none singing
> Northern Waterthrush 2 singing males in the same place
> Common Yellowthroat 2
> Pine Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 4
> Song Sparrow 7
> Red-winged Blackbird 8
> Common Grackle 4
> Baltimore Oriole 2
> American Goldfinch 16
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24358731


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

 

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Date: 7/23/15 6:01 pm
From: Maryellen Stone <mstone816...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows Survey July 23, 2015
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jul 23, 2015 5:42 AM - 11:59 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.3 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey done by NWR volunteers Joan Stoner, David Swain,
Will Martens and Maryellen Stone.
54 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 13
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 24
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 3
Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) 2 Each bird well seen, long flights
along dike in opposite directions. Two different birds.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 11
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 3
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 3
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 7
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 2
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) 7 Carefully counted and
observed.
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) (Empidonax alnorum/traillii)
2
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 4
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 2
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 6
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 5
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 6
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 9
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 80
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 180 Large flock flying in early morning
with tree swallows.
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 6
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 6
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 5
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 35 Careful count. Birds breeding in
this area.
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 7
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 15
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 4
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 6
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) 1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 7
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 6
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 26
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 5
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) 2
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 85
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 30
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 1 One juv perhaps being fed by
common yellowthroat
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 15
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24358407

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

For the Great Meadows Survey Team

Maryellen Stone

> Maryellen Stone
> North Reading, MA
> <maryellen...>





 

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Date: 7/23/15 11:48 am
From: Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] redstarts in birdbath
We have had redstarts nesting behind our house the last four years. But
last week a first -- both the female, then the male took long lingering
baths in our fountain/birdbath, splashing around and cooling off for quite
awhile. They seem to have raised their young -- I no longer hear the male's
sweet song daily outside my study door.

Robert Mussey, Hillside Street, Milton

 

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Date: 7/23/15 10:43 am
From: Paul Rennert <rennertp...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Driveby, Pamet Harbor area, Truro
Among the many interesting birds in this little harbor we were very
surprised to find 7 Whimbrel feeding at low tide in the back marsh off of
Mill Pond Rd. This habitat has been changing rapidly over the last decade,
changing from fresh to salt as the dikes have been breached.

other birds of interest

Brown Thrasher (2) at the Pamet Harbor Club
Piping Plover (5) along the southern shoreline of the harbor
Willet (1), unusual here in my experience
Snowy Egret (1), in the marsh with the Whimbrel
Least Sandpiper (5)
Least Terns (20+) with young, from the Corn Hill colony I'm guessing

among others. Always worth a look.

...................

Paul Rennert
Holliston & Truro

 

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Date: 7/23/15 10:26 am
From: Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Little Gull- Crane Beach, Ipswich- 7/23/15.
Hello Massbirders,

I just had a Little Gull at the 2 mile marker on Crane beach. it was with about 20 Bonaparte's gulls. It let me get quite close and I was able to get some photos but am unable to post them now.

Nathan Dubrow
Ipswich, MA
<nathandubrow...>

 

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Date: 7/23/15 7:57 am
From: Jeremiah Trimble <jtrimble...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Extreme Pelagic - 18 July 2015 - Hydrographer Canyon
Hello Massbirders,

This past weekend the Brookline Bird Club sponsored another very successful
pelagic trip to the shelf edge off the Massachusetts coast. We were
greeted with beautiful sea conditions and low winds which made for a very
pleasant day on the water.

Before dawn, the first sighting of a Cory's Shearwater was called out and
throughout our transit across Nantucket Shoals early Saturday morning we
were treated to tremendous views of all four regularly occurring species of
shearwater (Cory's, Sooty, Great, and Manx), often all in the same group!
In addition, a few 'Scopoli's' Cory's Shearwaters were photographed out of
the many groups of our more typical 'borealis' Cory's. Perhaps the most
exciting part of the day in terms of bird sightings were the incredible
numbers of Leach's Storm-Petrels. We ended the day with a grand total of
196 of these birds (the single highest day count for these trips ever).
This species can be very difficult to get good looks at but through a
combination of chumming and excellent boatwork by Captain Joe, we succeeded
in attaining great views. Before leaving the Shoals, we lucked upon a
flyby Pomarine Jaeger and a flock of Red-necked Phalaropes!

We made our way to Hydrographer Canyon in search of warm water and perhaps
some associated species. We were not disappointed as we fairly quickly
encountered a few Audubon's Shearwaters. All on board were able to see
these well. During our time in the canyon, we also encountered two
Band-rumped Storm-Petrels, a warm water species that is truly a specialty
of this area in Massachusetts, and always a target of these trips (though
always an excellent find!). The numbers of Leach's Storm-Petrels continued
to impress out in these deeper waters, as they had over the shoals. We
eventually reached the mouth of Hydrographer Canyon in a mile deep water!
Along the way we had many other non-avian highlights including Portuguese
Man-of-War, a few species of flying fish, which provided great views as
they escaped the boat, almost a dozen Ocean Sunfish (including groups of 3
and 4), a large Basking Shark, an unidentified medium sized shark. Many of
these ocean creatures were life sightings for folks on board!

The marine mammal show was also impressive. During the day, we encountered
3 species of dolphin, Short-beaked Common Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, and
Risso's Dolphins. The Common and Bottlenose Dolphins put on an amazing
show bow riding and wake riding and jumping upwards of 8 feet out of the
water. A few large whales remained distant, but a few Finback Whales put
on an amazing show, surfacing right near the boat on multiple occasions.

It was a wonderful day on the water. I would like to thank Doug Gochfeld,
Tom Johnson, Luke Seitz, and Peter Trull for their tireless work as leaders
on the trip, working the microphone, spotting birds and providing excellent
commentary. As always, these trips would be far less successful and
rewarding without the expert work from Captain Joe and the crew of the
Helen H. Thank you! Most importantly, I think (!), many thanks to Ida
Giriunas, who is the person entirely responsible for making these trips
happen. Thanks Ida!

Below, please find the complete list of species from pelagic waters. Also,
click this link which will have some images associated with particular
species.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24337795

I hope to see you all on some of our upcoming trips. For more information
on those, please visit:

http://www.brooklinebirdclub.org/p/pelagics.html

Good birding,

Jeremiah Trimble
Cambridge, MA




Hyannis to Hydrographer Canyon pelagic (General), Nantucket, Massachusetts,
US
Jul 18, 2015 5:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Comments: BBC Pelagic 18 July 2015 -- complete list. Dawn broke as we
were cruising over the Nantucket Shoals, heading for Hydrographer Canyon.
We spent several hours cruising both canyon walls as well as off the shelf
edge in 5000+ ft water, before heading back for Hyannis.
18 species (+1 other taxa)

Common Loon (Gavia immer) 1 on return trip near Nantucket
Cory's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) 194 Careful count (sum of all
segmented checklists)
Cory's Shearwater (Scopoli's) (Calonectris diomedea diomedea) 2 At
least two photographed showing extensive white tongues on the underside of
primaries.
Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis) 59
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 11
Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) 13 Flocks of 6, 4, and another
single. Over Nantucket Shoals.
Audubon's Shearwater (Puffinus lherminieri) 3 *Uncommon; all
photographed in vicinity of Hydrographer Canyon
Wilson's Storm-Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus) 886 Careful count (sum of
all segmented checklists)
Leach's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) 196 Careful count (sum of
all segmented checklists)
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma castro) 2 Two photographed near
mouth of Hydrographer Canyon.
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) 1
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 9 Small flock photographed
in the morning over Nantucket Shoals
Pomarine Jaeger (Stercorarius pomarinus) 1 Photographed in the morning
over Nantucket Shoals
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) 4
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 1
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 1
Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii) 2
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) 15

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24337795

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

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

 

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Date: 7/22/15 4:21 pm
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Quabbin Reservoir--Gate 40, Jul 22, 2015
This morning Martha and I walked the length of Gate 40 of Quabbin
Reservoir in Petersham, there was little bird song but with a bit of
spishing we had 32 species including 8 species of warblers and three
vireos. But the big surprise was on the return trip just 50+ yards
from the gate, we heard some rustling- it was a MOOSE, we spent over
10 minutes as the moose barely moved- extremely well camouflaged ,
I'll post some photos to show how this huge animal just disappeared
standing still only 20-30 yards away!

Quabbin Reservoir--Gate 40, Worcester, Massachusetts, US
Jul 22, 2015 9:50 AM - 1:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: 74-80F- very pleasant- lower humidity- some deer flies-
Wonderful experience with MOOSE !!
32 species

Wood Duck 13 7 adults, 6 young
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Eastern Kingbird 3
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 10
Blue Jay 5
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Veery 4
American Robin 8
Gray Catbird 4
Cedar Waxwing 4
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 5
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 7
American Redstart 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Pine Warbler 7
Black-throated Green Warbler 3
Eastern Towhee 11
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Indigo Bunting 4
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 3

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24349171

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


--
Bob Stymeist
<bobstymeist...>
 

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Date: 7/22/15 2:15 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Willowdale S. F. (east), Ipswich, Jul 22, 2015
> Willowdale S. F. (east), Ipswich
> Jul 22, 2015 8:10 AM - 12:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: I walked a loop from the south entrance on the
> Ipswich/Topsfield line; did not visit the beaver marsh or any other beaver
> swamp. Birdsong was of course down quite a bit, but there were jewels to
> extract, especially hermit thrushes and cuckoos. Details below. I
> heard/saw no doves, jays, swallows, wood thrushes, yellowthroats,
> cardinals, or blackbirds, but there were young of many species I did see.

> 21 species
>
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2 I heard a cuckoo calling "cyu cyu cyu cyu cyu
> cyu cyu", from 5 to 10 notes per call, usually 7 or 8. I wasn't sure
> which species was making this sound and it took me almost an hour to
> finally see this bird. It stayed in one small area and well hidden in the
> oak foliage, where it moved slowly around foraging. It proved to be
> yellow-billed and appeared to have a short tail, making me think it was a
> juv. Finally I heard a second bird arrive and give the same call, and the
> young bird flew to it, though I missed any interaction. The second bird
> had a fully developed tail and was clearly an adult (I also saw the yellow
> bill on this bird). The two then stayed more or less together until I
> left them, though it appeared that the young bird preferred sitting still
> and begging (if that's what that call was) to foraging on its own. I
> guess baby birds are the same everywhere.

> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 6
> Hairy Woodpecker 4
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 4 singing males
> Great Crested Flycatcher 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 1
> American Crow 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 26
> Tufted Titmouse 9
> White-breasted Nuthatch 12
> Hermit Thrush 6 singing males. I think this ties my previous high total
> for the location. All six were spread out in groups of 2 along the same
> (long) trail along which I have found 2 or 3 nests in the past, though not
> today. (In fact, I took this trail deliberately to hear hermits singing,
> as they seem to prefer this section of the forest to any other. I don't
> know what the difference in habitat is from other similar (i.e., dry)
> parts of the forest, but the hermits sure do.)

> American Robin 6
> Gray Catbird 2
> Ovenbird 1 I heard no ovenbirds sing today. This bird was agitated,
> chipping at me constantly when I was near its presumed nest or young.

> Pine Warbler 6 singing males
> Eastern Towhee 1
> Chipping Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 1
> Scarlet Tanager 6 [3 singing males, 3 calling ("chip-burr")]
> American Goldfinch 8
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24347869

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

 

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Date: 7/22/15 11:23 am
From: <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Talkin' Turkey, August 14, 8 pm, Plymouth
Thanks to Dorie Stolley for the following.

---------- Forwarded message ----------

*From: *Dorie Stolley <dss...>
*Subject: **Talkin' Turkey, August 14, 8 pm, Plymouth*
*Date: *July 20, 2015 at 3:10:12 PM EDT
*To: *<Massbird...>

Turkey Presentation at 204 Long Pond Road, Plymouth on August 14 at 8 p.m.
FREE TALK

Join nationally recognized turkey expert and Plymouth summer resident Dr.
James Dickson to learn more about our intriguing woodland neighbors - the
wild turkeys. While quite plentiful in Massachusetts before European
immigration and for many years afterwards, by 1851 turkeys were gone from
the state. A successful reintroduction of this intriguing species was
undertaken in Massachusetts in the 1970's and today the turkey struts
across woodlands and fields statewide eliciting admiration and
fascination.

Dr. Dickson will tell us much about the wild turkey including facts on its
lifestyle, biology, habits and conservation. Do turkeys eat ticks? Should
you feed them in winter? Can you hunt them? At what age do turkeys learn
to fly? What sorts of calls do they make? Find out the answers to these
and many more questions at "Talkin' Turkey!"

If the weather is good, the talk will take place outside, so bring insect
repellent if you so desire. The talk is free and pre-registering is not
required; however, it would be helpful to us in planning if you would do
so. Also, you will get a reminder about the event beforehand...and, you
can submit a question to Dr. Dickson about turkeys that he will answer
during the program!
Pre-registration is available here:
http://www.goldenrod.org/blog/events/talkin-turkey-a-presentation-by-dr-james-dickson

Dorie

Dorie Stolley
Program Manager
Goldenrod Foundation
P.O. Box 3854
Plymouth, MA 02361
Tel: 757-777-6601
Website: www.goldenrod.org
Email: <dss...>


 

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Date: 7/22/15 10:47 am
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nahant: Common Eider - new tiny ducklings out of breeding season?
began seeing new C. Eider ducklings in mid-May. flock with ~140 tiny young and 50 adults. now ducklings quite large and some may have fledged.
yesterday a female appeared with 2 tiny hatchlings. the female keeps the young at a distance from the flock. I have seen eider "bullying" before so maybe that is reason for distancing.
this seems late for new young - eiders breed once. perhaps the female had earlier nest failure? do males breed with more than one female in a season?
always something new in birding,
Linda

Linda Pivacek, <lpivacek...>, Nahant

 

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Date: 7/22/15 10:13 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great seabird movement this morning
Sorry... No numbers (but many thousands of shearwaters). More than 100 kittiwakes and Wilson's, and many hundred Bonaparte's. Wonderful looks at shearwaters within 10 feet of shore (no Manx) and a few other goodies mixed in. This from Missionbell, 1.5 miles east if Race Point Beach, P-town.

Also, just now, a dark shadow moving (I'd call it prowling) around the sand bar near shore. My suspicion is that it's a white.

Best
Paul Champlin

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/22/15 5:13 am
From: mike sylvia <mikesylvia87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pelagic observations off P-Town
Yesterday my son and I took advantage of the low winds to go from P-town around the Cape to Truro offshore in my Boston Whaler from 0600 - 1500. We covered a very large area, 50 miles, including 5-8 miles north and east of the Cape down to the radio tower in Truro. We ranged all over and were from 2-10 miles offshore. Conditions were smooth to very light winds. Good upwelling zones were found on the changing tides to the east.

We hit the Albatross area reported just in case but no luck.
I never thought I would say this but there were to many shearwaters. Returning from the south there was a continuous line that extended for ~ 10 miles! Hard to operate the boat without hitting one. Most were loafing in the calm but an approximately 1 miles stretch of solid sand eels had them up with the only gulls and terns on any of the water. Largest bait concentration I have ever seen. Mackerel were also present in large numbers. Whales were also very well represented. Wilson's SP were there in good numbers and on the smooth waters they were dancing in the 100's at times or in flocks on the water. No Leach's. Had Menhaden oil with puffed and had them all around the boat at one point vocalizing. Not often heard at sea.

It was fun to get 4-species within 20 feet at times but I would recommend more wind to get them up and streaming by. Much more efficient.



Species: Sorry

Great Shearwater - 1000's+
Cory's Shearwater - 1000's++
Sooty Shearwater- ~500
Manx Shearwater - 11
Wilson's Storm-Petrel - ~1000
Gannet - 3 subadult

Pomarine Jaeger 1
Parasitic Jaeger - 3

Fin Whale - 13
Humpack Whale - 24
Minke Whale - 50

Bluefin Tuna - 2 groups on surface

No turtles or sharks

Mike Sylvia
Lakeville, MA


 

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Date: 7/21/15 8:18 pm
From: Pablo <byrdnyrd...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes, Burrage WMA Hanson
An evening walk at Burrage Wildlife Management area in Hanson was worth the trip. We had 2 Sandhill Cranes erupt from the grass not 20 feet from us! It's the closest I've ever been to a crane, too close to use my binoculars. They went squawking away to land in another field, as they did we heard a 3rd Bird calling from the far side of the big pond. Awesome, just awesome!!

Cheers,
Paul McGovern
Hanson, MA
<Byrdnyrd...>

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Date: 7/21/15 6:13 pm
From: Robert Jilek <jile0006...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mallard x Merganser Hybrid at Habitat
All,
Over the last few years there have been a couple of Mallard hybrids
breeding at Weeks Pond in Belmont, MA. They're quite dark with white
throat patches and I've photographed them before. Today I was
photographing one with her chick and much to my surprise, I discovered this
hybrid had a very strange bill. It is pretty much a normal Mallard bill
except for the tip which is skinnier and is hooked on top. It seems to me
that this is a Mallard x Hooded Merganser, but I was wondering what others
thought since EBird doesn't offer this combination. A link to my checklist
(with photo) can be seen here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24339033

For those interested, there is a Wood Duck family on the pond as well
(mother and 3 young).

Thanks,

Bob Jilek
Belmont, MA

 

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Date: 7/21/15 3:09 pm
From: Gary Freedman <gmf7162...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Virginia Rails at Assabet River NWR
Found 3 VIRA near the footbridge on Taylor Way. Had one around noon but
lost it. Came back at 1330 and after an hour of searching was rewarded with
3 and several great views of this elusive bird. Some vocalizing too. Here
are photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/133141784@N05/sets/72157656184010931

Good birding,

Gary Freedman
Stow, MA


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Date: 7/21/15 11:12 am
From: Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Chatham, Jul 21, 2015
Date: Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 1:39 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Chatham, Jul 21, 2015
From: <frederickbouchard...>

Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Jul 21, 2015 7:55 AM - 11:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling 5.5 mile(s)
Comments: Hazy sun, 74-80F, humidity 70+. Lovely conditions on outward
tide! Several stops North Chatham southward on / off Rte 28 to Morris Is.
Crossed paths with Tina Green party at Cow Yard and Morris Island. Most
shorebirds and passerines at Cow Yard, 8:30-10am. Gray Seals bawling
offshore!
61 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 11 Frost Fish Creek
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) 19
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 1
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) 10
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) 2
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 45
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 3
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 5
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 4 MARCONI / RCA museum
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1 Fish Pier
American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) 4
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 1
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 15
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) 6
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 5
Willet (Tringa semipalmata) 14
Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica) 0 only K. Fisher got on it
Red Knot (Calidris canutus) 5
Sanderling (Calidris alba) 3
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 7
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) 20
peep sp. (Calidris sp. (peep sp.)) 110
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) 850
Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 2
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) 7
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 5
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) X
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) X
Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) 4 SCATTEREE
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) 30
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 20
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 2 Fish Pier
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 1 SCATTEREE
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 5 Cow Yard
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 4
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 18
swallow sp. (Hirundinidae sp.) 10
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 4
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 5
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 3
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 6
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 25
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 1
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 13
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 5
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 6
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 26
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 20
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 30

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24337138
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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78 farnham st
belmont 02478 ma
617-484-6692
www.fredbouchard.com

'One ought, every day, to hear a little song, read a good poem, sip a tasty
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: 7/20/15 5:48 pm
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/18/15 - Additional FEA'S PETREL Photo
Hi Massbirders

Here are a few of my photos from this past Saturday's pelagic trip out of
Provincetown. My photo of the Fea's Petrel pales in comparison to Scott
Surner's photos.

Fea's Petrel - low over the water with a Cory's Shearwater -
https://flic.kr/p/vZkCjm
Cory's Shearwater - https://flic.kr/p/vjVRrU
Great Shearwater - https://flic.kr/p/wgXh3M
Sooty Shearwater - https://flic.kr/p/wgXgsi
Wilson's Storm-petrel - https://flic.kr/p/vZkDDf
Pomarine Jaeger - https://flic.kr/p/vjVVz3

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

 

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Date: 7/20/15 4:38 pm
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nahant: signs of "fall"
from Little Nahant -
first time since spring : 2 Yellow Warblers at garden pool. migration/movement?
also 2 Great Blue Herons on rocky shore with DC Cormorants - what a contrast - herons diminish cormorants in size.
also Spotted Sandpipers along rocky shore.

Cheers, Linda
Linda Pivacek, Nahant, <lpivacek...>

 

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Date: 7/20/15 12:04 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/15 Belle Isle Monk Parakeet and 7/19 Interesting Interspecies Swallow Behaviour
Hi,
I forgot to mention on my post from July 15 that I saw (and heard) a Monk Parakeet on Summer St. in the Beachmont section of Revere, on the Belle Isle Marsh edge. It was in a stand of sumac in the backyard of the second-to-last house on the right, before one enters "The Key" section of the marsh in Revere. This section is almost impenetrable now, due to the D.C.R. no longer maintaining it. (it is not owned by the Commonwealth, but by the city of Revere, if I'm not mistaken). It turns out there is a pair, which is not a big surprise. A pair had built a rather famous nest about four years ago on a transformer opposite Airport Station. The nest was abandoned due to area youths throwing rocks at the birds. Thanks to Donna Marie Sullivan and her husband for finding a pair of Monk Parakeets at Belle Isle Marsh yesterday and posting it to Boston Birds.

Yesterday, I witnessed at close range a very odd swallow interaction from the end of the boardwalk at Belle Isle Marsh. A Bank Swallow alighted next to an adult Barn Swallow on a phragmites stalk. ( I couldn't determine the age of the Bank Swallow due to adult and immature looking virtually alike, per Sibley.) The Barn Swallow half-heartedly motioned to peck the interloper twice. That was not all there is to the story, however. After about a minute, the Barn Swallow either passed food from its bill to the bill of the Bank Swallow, or pretended to do so! So much to discover within the bird world. I have found that Belle Isle Marsh is a universe unto itself. One never knows what one will encounter there.

On the same day that I found the Monk Parakeet,(July 15) I was at the Beachmont section of the marsh, walking around the aforementioned barely penetrable "Key" section. I had posted at the time that a Lesser Yellowlegs was giving its rolling call. After consulting my Sibley's, I now know that the bird was actually giving its DISPLAY SONG, and that the shallow water habitat of the "Key" is somewhat similar to the habitat in the Arctic where this species likes to breeds.

Also of note yesterday was an American Oystercatcher at Snake Island in Winthrop being chased for a good minute by a Peregrine Falcon until the falcon decided to give up. This was witnessed from Pico Beach in Winthrop Harbor at the end of Pico Ave., just opposite the Snake Island. Three adult Black-crowned Night-Herons at Lewis Lake, but no sign of the immature Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 7/20/15 5:44 am
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] third-hand report, Franklin's Gull at Duxbury Beach yesterday
Hi MassBirders,

From eBird, posted to the FaceBook MA RBA by Joe Bourget:

“J.R. Ryan reported a FRANKLIN'S GULL from Duxbury Beach today, 19JUL15. Reported via ebird. 'Smaller than a young laughing Gull and Shows Complete white tail, and white tips on wings when it took off. Also Had a partial dark hood Plus due to recent records nearby.’ "

Good birding,

Josh


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



 

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Date: 7/19/15 6:37 pm
From: Peter Flood <pomarine...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Hydrographer Canyon and Nantucket Shoals - July 19, 2015 (Photos)

I have uploaded several photos from yesterdays journey to Hydrographer Canyon and Nantucket Shoals. Many thanks as always to Ida for organizing these trips and the leaders for keeping everyone on the birds.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9191812@N02/sets/72157656098996631

Enjoy!

Peter

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

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Date: 7/19/15 7:29 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/10/15: Hatches Harbor Kittiwakes - Correction
Hi Massbirders

Last week I published a photo of what I believed were 12 Black-legged
Kittiwakes in a large group of gulls at Hatches Harbor.

Yesterday, on the pelagic trip, Blair Nikula indicated to me that he sent
my photo to Ian Davies, Marshall Iliff, Jeremiah Trimble, and Peter Flood
for their review and they all agreed with his assessment. Birds 1, 2
(hidden in ditch), and 6 are not BLKI but LAGU.

Thanks to Blair Nikula for correcting my mis-identification (and for
setting up an awesome pelagic trip!!!!!!!!!)

I have amended my Flickr site to correct my error.

https://flic.kr/p/vSFuLE

My apologies to all for my mistake.

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

 

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Date: 7/19/15 5:59 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/18/15 - FEA's PETREL - Photos by SCOTT SURNER
Massbirders,

Here are four (4) photographs of the Fea's Petrel. The bird was first
seen, identified, and photographed by SCOTT SURNER. These are Scott's
photographs that I am sharing on his behalf.

Birders, for Scott to see, identify, and photograph this bird in the
weather we were having, in the very brief time the bird was in view, was
absolutely amazing. I am very fortunate to have been on this dedicated
pelagic yesterday and to see this bird.

FEA's PETREL Photo 1 - https://flic.kr/p/vViyS7
FEA's PETREL Photo 2 - https://flic.kr/p/wdm3tM
FEA's PETREL Photo 3 - https://flic.kr/p/wcVgAn
FEA's PETREL Photo 4 - https://flic.kr/p/wcgvV7

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

 

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Date: 7/18/15 2:38 pm
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Stellwagen Trip out of Gloucester 7.17.15
From Missionbell (east of Race Point) I had 11 clustered Humpback Whales yesterday in one binocular view off Peaked Hill Bars and headed toward Truro. Another dozen were scattered across the horizon (Probably the ones Paul saw... The whale and bird watches were certainly getting a great show). Jaegers have been scarce on the backside, but those that are there have given good shows along the beach.

The gull show on the back beach has been pretty wild due to a couple dead seals which have attracted thousands of gulls of 7 species. Kittiwakes were the most notable part of this accretion, with a high count of 38 sitting on the shore and more out over the bars and roosting in the water. I think the very strong winds of the night of the 15th/16th had an impact on the ecosystem. Along with the seabird extravaganza, over the last two days many oddball sea creatures have shown up, including many fingerling hake on the shore, some still alive.

Best
Paul Champlin
Westport/P-town

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 18, 2015, at 6:43 AM, "Paul Roberts" <phawk254...> wrote:
>
> Friday morning Julie and I took the Cape Ann Whale Watch out of Gloucester. It was sunny, cool, and there was NO wind. The ocean was like glass. Thursday most if not all the Gloucester whale watch boats remained docked because of rough seas.
>
> For the day, outside Gloucester Harbor we had
>
> Cory’s Shearwater 75+, some in very heavy molt
> Great Shearwater ~500
> Sooty Shearwater ~ 200
> Wilson Storm-Petrel ~75
>
> Hump-backed Whale 4
> Finback Whale 2
> Minke Whale 1
> Basking Shark 1
>
> What was most noticeable was that from the Gloucester jetty east, steaming 29 miles to NNW of Provincetown, it was like we were in the “Empty Quarter” of Saudi Arabia. There was NOTHING for two hours in either direction, save 2 Wilson’s Storm-Petrels and 2 Great Black-backed Gulls. Hardly even a boat.
>
> Once we got fairly close to P’town, just NNW of it, we had all our bird and whale activity, including Boston and Gloucester whale watches, while several miles east it looked like the P‘town boats had apparently more whale activity, as they never moved west towards our activity. The air was so quiet with no wind that most of the pelagic species were resting on the water and loathe to get up until the bow of the boat was just too close.
>
> No gannets, no jaegers, almost no gulls, and NO TERNS whatsoever!!! All the whales were close and seen well, though the humpbacks were mainly “logging.”
>
> A nice day, but not what we had hoped based on reports from Tuesday and Wednesday.
>
> Best,
>
> Paul
>
>
> Paul M. Roberts
> Medford, MA
> <phawk254...>
>
 

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Date: 7/18/15 2:10 pm
From: Daniel Neiman <daniel.neiman...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] More birds and bugs
A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to stumble upon a family of barred owls with the young ones branching and just about ready to head off on their own. The two young owls were very active and vocal; flying about and hissing for food (http://i.imgur.com/yNdz6fe.jpg <http://i.imgur.com/yNdz6fe.jpg>). On three occasions, I saw the parents deliver a fairly sizable treat that I assumed was a vole or similar unlucky rodent. But when I got home and examined the photos in more detail, it turned out that the young owls were being fed beetles. (http://i.imgur.com/kyU0p9h.jpg <http://i.imgur.com/kyU0p9h.jpg>) Horrifyingly large beetles. (http://imgur.com/kme1Jay <http://imgur.com/kme1Jay>). A bit of Googling indicates that they may be broad-necked root borers (http://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Broad-Necked-Root-Borer <http://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Broad-Necked-Root-Borer>) whose females can be almost three inches in length. Yum!




 

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Date: 7/18/15 12:01 pm
From: Blair Nikula <odenews...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fea's Petrel off Truro - 7/18
A dedicated pelagic trip out of Provincetown this morning failed to find
the albatross reported last weekend, but a FEA'S PETREL was more than
adequate compensation! The number of birds around the southeast corner
of Stellwagen and south to the Peaked Hill area off Truro continues to
be staggering. I'll post a complete list later. The Fea's made just one
pass down the side of the boat about 50 yards away then disappeared to
the SE. Fortunately, Scott Surner was quick enough to grab some photos
of it, which should be online later.

First thing this morning there were hundreds of Cory's Shearwaters
foraging close to shore off Race Point Beach, a few of them right in the
surf only 50 feet or so off the beach. The amazing - and mysterious -
Cory's phenomenon is in full swing again this summer.

Blair Nikula

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Date: 7/18/15 10:15 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond Sandhill Cranes
both present 8-9 this morning

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

 

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Date: 7/18/15 6:49 am
From: Daniel Neiman <daniel.neiman...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] interesting Blue Jay feeding behavior
Just saw an interesting blue jay feeding behavior close up. I observed some odd flickering from the window as I got out of the shower this morning and saw a blue jay perched on the roof of my den which is a bit lower than the rest of the house. The blue jay was attacking a wasp’s nest that was hanging in the eaves a few feet above him. He’d fly up, snag a wasp, terminate it, and leave it untouched on the roof. . After he repeated this five or six times, he had successfully eliminated the defenses of the nest and was able to fly away with the (presumably) yummy larvae, leaving the bodies of defeated wasps strewn over the roof.
 

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Date: 7/18/15 4:57 am
From: Robert Templeton <rktemp28...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Possible Summer Tanager - Townsend, MA
At the intersection of Townsend Hill Road and Highland Drive. Red bird. No black on face, pale beak. Brighter than a female cardinal. I was driving and when turned back I got a brief look before it flew off into the brush. 7pm this evening.

Rob Templeton
Townsend, MA
<rktemp28...>
 

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Date: 7/18/15 3:35 am
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Stellwagen Trip out of Gloucester 7.17.15
Friday morning Julie and I took the Cape Ann Whale Watch out of Gloucester.
It was sunny, cool, and there was NO wind. The ocean was like glass.
Thursday most if not all the Gloucester whale watch boats remained docked
because of rough seas.

For the day, outside Gloucester Harbor we had

Corys Shearwater 75+, some in very heavy molt
Great Shearwater ~500
Sooty Shearwater ~ 200
Wilson Storm-Petrel ~75

Hump-backed Whale 4
Finback Whale 2
Minke Whale 1
Basking Shark 1

What was most noticeable was that from the Gloucester jetty east, steaming
29 miles to NNW of Provincetown, it was like we were in the Empty Quarter
of Saudi Arabia. There was NOTHING for two hours in either direction, save 2
Wilsons Storm-Petrels and 2 Great Black-backed Gulls. Hardly even a boat.

Once we got fairly close to Ptown, just NNW of it, we had all our bird and
whale activity, including Boston and Gloucester whale watches, while several
miles east it looked like the Ptown boats had apparently more whale
activity, as they never moved west towards our activity. The air was so
quiet with no wind that most of the pelagic species were resting on the
water and loathe to get up until the bow of the boat was just too close.

No gannets, no jaegers, almost no gulls, and NO TERNS whatsoever!!! All the
whales were close and seen well, though the humpbacks were mainly logging.

A nice day, but not what we had hoped based on reports from Tuesday and
Wednesday.

Best,

Paul


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



 

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Date: 7/17/15 3:13 pm
From: lucy wightman <lucywightman...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] New Yorker piece
I sent a link to a wonderful New Yorker piece and no, it's not spam.

Lucy W
Hingham


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Lucy W
781-264-8987

 

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Date: 7/17/15 2:29 pm
From: Regina Harrison <badriyadances...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Julie Zickefoose at Mount Auburn July 21
I hope this is okay to post here--I know I deeply enjoyed Julie
Zickefoose's talk at MassAudubon's Annual Birders Meeting this year, and am
looking forward to her talk at Mount Auburn Cemetery this coming Tuesday,
July 21, "Situational Awareness and the Art of Disappearing." Both of
those are skills that certainly translate into being a better birder.

From Mount Auburn's website:
Being in nature has the power to heal us and bring us closer to the
creative power that resides inside us, waiting to be released. Nature
Artist and Writer Julie Zickefoose offers simple tools to help you tap into
nature’s power to restore and revive that spirit. Situational awareness is
a key part of our evolutionary heritage, and we lose a little of it each
time we plug into our omnipresent devices. Yet we can also use them to
forge a deeper connection with nature. With prose, photography and poetry,
Julie will demonstrate how she hooks into something larger each time she
steps outside, and translates that into content—and contentment. This talk
will be held in Story Chapel.

Writer/artist Julie Zickefoose, author of Letters from Eden and The
Bluebird Effect, is a Contributing Editor to Bird Watcher’s Digest. Julie
loves to introduce people to birdwatching, and now leads excursions abroad.
Because she believes birds to be the most vibrant vessels for the life
force, painting baby birds as they grow has been her favorite project to
date. Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest is due out in spring 2016.
She lives with her family on an 80-acre sanctuary in Appalachian Ohio.

Link for more info, tickets:
http://mountauburn.org/2015/situational-awareness-the-art-of-disappearing/

Regina Harrison (Mount Auburn Cemetery employee, in full interests of
disclosure, but not one with any financial connection to this talk, which
is run by the Friends of Mount Auburn)
Woburn, MA
<badriyadances...>

 

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Date: 7/17/15 7:37 am
From: lucy wightman <lucywightman...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great piece
http://nyr.kr/1Hgv68Q


Lucy Wightman
Hingham


--
Lucy W
781-264-8987

 

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Date: 7/17/15 5:07 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm
Nice walk yesterday at Drumlin Farm with 36 species. Highlights included tanagers, grosbeak and four blue-gray gnatcatchers.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon, Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

Wild Turkey 4
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 1
Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 5
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Kingbird 4
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 1
Tree Swallow 11
Barn Swallow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 13
Gray Catbird 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 2
Cedar Waxwing 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow Warbler 2
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 12
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 2
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 3


 

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Date: 7/17/15 3:31 am
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBrid Sandhill Cranes Burrage Pond
Still there (good details in checklist): http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24283235


Happy birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon
Sent from my iPod so please excuse any errors.


 

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Date: 7/16/15 7:45 pm
From: Maryellen Stone <mstone816...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows Weekly Survey 7/16
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jul 16, 2015 5:30 AM - 11:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.3 mile(s)
Comments: Comments:Weekly survey by NWR volunteers Will Martens, David
Swain and Maryellen Stone.
48 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 64
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 1
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 14
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 16
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 3
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 1 Seen flying from lower impoundment to lower
impoundment?
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 15
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 4 One bird being chased by Eastern Kingbird
early in the morning. Two birds hunting.
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 3
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 8
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 8
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 21
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 5
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 2
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) 2
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) (Empidonax alnorum/traillii)
2
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 4
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 2
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 5
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 7
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 7
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 5
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 20 Continuing birds and young at
this location.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 2
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 8
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 12
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 4
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 4
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 15
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 8
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 42
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 25
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 10

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24290281

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


For the Great Meadows Survey Team
Maryellen Stone
> Maryellen Stone
> North Reading, MA
> <maryellen...>



 

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Date: 7/16/15 1:26 pm
From: Gary Freedman <gmf7162...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Video of loons reacting to a low flying plane.
Great video, John. And speaking of planes...

I had been monitoring a Great Blue Heron nest at Assabet River NWR. Everytime an aircraft flew over (high or low) the nestlings would stare up and follow it. They would interrupt their play for same.

There were three nestlings originally. One disappeared. I've been away but at last check the chicks were growing like weeds and exercising their wings. I assume the nest is vacant now. Will check it over weekend. It is interesting to note that the parents very rarely visited the nest; perhaps to encourage chicks to fly off. Early in their lives, the parents were attentive. As they grew, mom and dad would hang out in adjacent trees. Finally the chicks are abandoned for most of the day with no adult supervision whatsoever; maybe one feeding a day. They looked very healthy. This is the first nest I have found at the refuge. There is another nest but it was abandoned early on. I am hoping next year this area will be a full-fledged (no pun intended) rookery. Fingers crossed.

Gary Freedman
Stow, MA
<gmf7162...>


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To: <nhbirds...>
Cc: massbird-digest
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Video of loons reacting to a low flying plane.

Loon parents reacting to a low flying plane. Works best in HD. Turn your sound on.
Please do not chase or approach Loons. Video taken at 20-25X zoom with a digital camcorder from my kayak.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40S4Mu2obmU

John Rockwood
http://www.theloonmannh.net/


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Date: 7/16/15 12:41 pm
From: Miles Brengle <brenglema...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich - July 16
Massbird,

I had a solid morning at Crane Beach today. I birded this barrier
peninsula from 5:15 a.m. until 10:20 a.m. I walked on the beach to the
southeastern point (2.25 miles) then made my way back through the dunes to
look for land birds (another 2.25 miles). I hoped for a Little Gull or a
Royal Tern since they have been seen on Plum Island recently, but I didn't
stumble across anything extraordinary. Nonetheless, I found some good
birds.

Highlights:

1 unidentified shearwater
33 Piping Plovers (personal high count)
1 Whimbrel
71 Bonaparte's Gulls
3 Brown Thrashers

A complete checklist, with photos and video, can be found at the link below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24284305

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

 

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Date: 7/16/15 10:23 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Seabird movement off P-town
All 4 shearwaters, heavily dominated by Cory's moving west to east in large sheets, sporadically slowing down to about 40/min. At least a dozen Kittiwakes and an Arctic Tern in the last half hour, and a Pom Jaeger sitting on the beach.

P-town; Missionbell, 1.5 miles east of Race Point Public Beach.

Paul Champlin
Westport & Provincetown, MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/15/15 7:27 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/15 Winthrop and Belle Isle Highlights+ 7/13 Revere Highlights
Hi,
Not only was there an immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Lewis Lake in Winthrop, but it was side-by-side with an immature Black-crowned Night-Heron! Sadly, the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron took off after I had enjoyed it for twenty minutes. There are quite a few differences between these two species of immature herons.
WINTHROP HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Loon 1 Winthrop Beach
Black-crowned Night-Heron 7 Lewis Lake, all but one were adults!
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON 1 See above; easily viewed from culvert at close range
White-winged Scoter 8+ Short Beach
Common Eider 6 rocks at Short Beach
Piping Plover 3 Winthrop Beach; surely more, stayed briefly
American Oystercatcher 13 Pico Beach
Willet 3 Pico Beach
Brown Thrasher 1 Winthrop Greenway; probably breeding here (good habitat)
BELLE ISLE MARSH HIGHLIGHTS FROM 7/15:
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2
Great Egret 4
Snowy Egret 4
Osprey 2 including one nestling
Short-billed Dowitcher 8 AUGUST 13; not today
Lesser Yellowlegs 14
Greater Yellowlegs 10
American Oystercatcher 4
Least Sandpiper 20
Semipalmated Sandpiper 10
Saltmarsh Sparrow 7 very active now; quite visible
BELLE ISLE BUTTERFLIES FROM 7/13:
Monarch 2
Black Swallowtail 2
Tiger Swallowtail 3
Red Admiral 4
Common Buckeye 1 I could get lost in those four large spots!
Wild Indigo Duskywing 1 on crown vetch (larval food plant)
Orange Sulphur 4
Clouded Sulphur 4
Cabbage White 40
Spring Azure 1
REVERE HIGHLIGHTS 7/13
MANX SHEARWATER 11+ eleven south of Wonderland, with three roosting on water in front of Revere Beach Station; also three Point of Pines
Great Egret 12 Pines River Mills Ave.
Piping Plover 13 Point of Pines including ten feeding at tip on mudflats
American Oystercatcher 1 Pines River Mills Ave.
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 7/15/15 7:27 pm
From: Henry D Mauer <henryd.mauer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC trip to Downeast Maine, pictures
Over the July 4th weekend Deb and I joined the Brookline Bird Club (BBC)
trip to downeast Maine led by Ida Giriunas and David Ely. We spent time at
a coastal marsh, a full day in the boreal forest in Topsfield, ME; a half
day on Machias Seal Island - Puffins, Razorbills and Murres; and some time
in a boreal bog. It was a wonderful trip, with perfect weather, two great
leaders, a real nice bunch of BBCers, and a real variety of birding
habitats.

Ida posted a trip summary last week.

Pictures at my usual link:

http://henrymauer.phanfare.com/

Click on the Puffin, click on "Start Slideshow", then click on "Fullscreen".

Henry Mauer
Salisbury, MA
<henryd.mauer...>

 

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Date: 7/15/15 2:57 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird Sandwich Tern - Nauset marsh
Photos (no details) are in list.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24255444

Happy birding,
Liam Waters
 

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Date: 7/15/15 9:35 am
From: <k9fish...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Offshore Trips in September


Hi Massbirders,

Just wanted to let you know about two upcoming opportunities to get offshore on Sept 12 & 19. These trips are organized by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation and will depart from Plymouth Harbor. We'll be traveling through Cape Cod Bay, along the Southern end of Stellwagen and then down the backside off Cape Cod to Monomoy. This is a unique trip because, in addition to seeing the usual assortment of pelagic birds, we also get fairly close to Monomoy and you never know what we'll see down there. Last year we had a black tern, a life bird for me. Also, a spotter pilot will be in the air to guide us to white sharks, whales and any other interesting marine life. Both Peter Trull and I will be on these trips. You can find more info at the link below but if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/expedition-2015-white-sharks-and-whales-tickets-14890647327

Thanks,
John Chisholm
<k9fish...>




 

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Date: 7/15/15 8:08 am
From: <jmullen43...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rose-breasted Grosbeak Burlington
We have a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak visiting our platform feeder almost daily. Haven't had one for many years and he brightens our day.

Good birding!

Jean Mullen
Burlington, MA
<jmullen43...>
 

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Date: 7/15/15 7:01 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hands-On Bird Photography Series at Joppa Flats with Eduardo del Solar in August
We ran this program last year and it received rave reviews. Eduardo does a great job!

Join avian photographer Eduardo del Solar in this hands-on photography workshop series designed to improve your technical and artistic bird photography skills. The workshop will have the following components each week:

1. Two-and-a-half-hour classroom session focusing on the skills required for photographing birds in several modes (flight, portrait, environmental, and artistic).

2. Two-and-a-half-hour shoot, with the instructor selecting the site and type of images we will shoot.

3. Homework assignments. Each participant will provide the instructor with their best images for the week.

4. Critique of student's three best images, with a focus on improving each participant's skill set.

No specific camera equipment is required--we will work with what you have. All levels of skill are accepted. Eduardo will individualize instruction based on the skill set of each participant.

Class dates are 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, and 8/30/2015 (7 am to noon)

To register, call Joppa Flats Education Center at 978-462-9998 or go to http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=7:program_code=40377.

You are going to be a better bird photographer for it.

Dave


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


 

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Date: 7/14/15 5:48 pm
From: Peter Crosson <pcrosson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Follow up on albatross location
Hi folks, I heard back from the NOAA intern who interprets our trip data, about where on our GPS track the albatross was seen. The location was within the boundaries of the Stellwagen NMS. The coordinates of the sighting are as follows:

N42 16 278
W70 10 372

I'm not great with GPS, but hopefully this will help anybody who goes out looking for the bird.

Peter Crosson
Osterville, Mass.
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/14/15 8:39 am
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] cowbird question for ornithologists
Thanks, Catherine.

John

On Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 11:57 AM, Catherine Fisher <catherineckx...>
wrote:

> Hi John,
> I'm not an ornithologist, but this is something that has always intrigued
> me and I have spent some time reading anything I can find on the subject.
> The short answer is that no one really knows for sure how young cowbirds
> know that they're cowbirds. It's thought that there's a "password",
> either a vocalization or behavior specific to the species which triggers a
> recognition response in a young cowbird. There are a number of scholarly
> studies that can be found online; below is a link to a link to one
> published in 2001 the Royal Society.
> http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1088706/pdf/PB011041.pdf
> Good birding,
> Catherine
>
> On Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 9:27 AM, John Nelson <jnelson...>
> wrote:
>
>> In the past two weeks I've seen young Brown-headed Cowbirds being fed by
>> both an Eastern Towhee and Northern Cardinal. My question is: why don't
>> cowbirds become imprinted on the species that raise them? That is, once the
>> cowbirds mature, what mechanism enables them to try to mate with other
>> cowbirds rather than their host species? How do they "know" they're
>> cowbirds?
>>
>> John Nelson
>> Gloucester
>>
>
>

 

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Date: 7/14/15 4:24 am
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: House Sparrows
No doubt House Sparrows impact breeding native birds. My point, humans have
the biggest impact of all, I don't see a column for House Sparrows. This is
a chart from 2006. Likely the numbers are worse today. Natural causes are
also not included.
http://www.sibleyguides.com/conservation/causes-of-bird-mortality/
PS. The baby birds once hatched at Sandy Point do not stay in the
enclosures. The plovers and terns do not stay on the nest like Bluebirds.
Suzanne Sullivan
Wilmington. Ma
<Swampy1060...>

On Monday, July 13, 2015, Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...> wrote:

> Suzanne: Perhaps you missed earlier correspondence. Their "cheaps" are
> annoying, but no doubt one could live with it, but when you read about how
> they kill other birds—Bluebirds, Titmice, Barn Swallows, Tree Swallows,
> Martins — throwing their babies out of their nests, building their nests on
> top of their bodies, destroying hole nests they are not going to use, you
> would not write what you just wrote. See <http://www.sparrowtraps.net/>.
> Under information click on "Why trap sparrows." See also <
> http://www.sialis.org/hospattacks.htm>; <
> http://herper.tripod.com/nothingbuttrouble.html>. Yes, fortunately a
> solution was found to the destructive pollution of the beaches you describe
> (roping off the nesting areas). You forgot to complain about outdoor cats,
> but I don't think its useful to compare evils!
> To native birds, Oakes Plimpton
>
>

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

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

 

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Date: 7/13/15 3:46 pm
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Boston Globe article on hummingbirds
Nice article on hummingbirds and hummingbird rehab by Sy Montgomery
in today's Boston Globe:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2015/07/12/petscolumn/XJSsNAaxNMrwyauB3ooLpJ/story.html#

Enjoy!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>


 

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Date: 7/13/15 3:33 pm
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/13 Duxbury Beach - hendersoni Short-billed Dowitchers (pix)
In a flock of about 50 Short-billed Dowitchers I found 2 (probably 3)
individuals of the hendersoni subspecies this morning (7/13) at the Boathole
in the Gurnet area of Duxbury Beach. One was particularly photogenic and in
these two pix you can see some of the attributes distinguishing it from our
more common eastern subspecies (griseus) or the Long-billed Dowitcher.
(plain neckfront, rusty underparts, light spotting on sides [not barring],
and the bill of a SBDO with the nobby end).

http://www.pbase.com/rickbowes/image/160725914

http://www.pbase.com/rickbowes/image/160725915





Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA

<rbowes...>

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




 

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Date: 7/13/15 3:05 pm
From: Blair Nikula <odenews...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Stellwagen - 7/12
Peter Flood and I also were out on Stellwagen Bank yesterday morning.
Although we were on the first boat out there, departing P'town at 9:00
on the Dolphin VIII, we did not see the albatross (proving that the
early bird doesn't always get the worm). However, the shearwater show
on the SE corner of the bank was spectacular - one of the largest
concentrations I've seen from a boat. For mile after mile there were
shearwaters in every direction, the vast majority sitting on the water
(the wind was very light). The naturalist on board indicated that there
had been a surge of cold Arctic water creating some strong upwelling in
the area and an abundance of food. Diversity was low: only three
species of shearwaters (no Manx), with no jaegers or gannets. At our
northernmost point we were about 12 miles NNE of Provincetown on the
eastern edge of the bank. Our estimates on the numbers:

3,000 Cory's Shearwaters
1,200 Great Shearwaters (the farther north we went, the more numerous
they became)
800 Sooty Shearwaters
300 Wilson's Storm-Petrels
25 Laughing Gulls
500 Herring Gulls
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (both 1st summer)
50 Great Black-backed Gulls
4 Common Terns

Many Humpbacks and Fin Whales, and several Minkes.

Blair Nikula

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

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

 

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Date: 7/13/15 2:00 pm
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] House Sparrow chirping! LOL!
From: Donald Wilkinson <singingbirder...>
Subject: House Sparrow chirping! LOL!
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:10:19

Thanks Massbirders for starting the posts on house sparrows! I
evidently had a filter on for 25 years. Now ALL I hear is the
constant chirping of house sparrows when I sit in my back yard!
Driving me nutty!

Donald Wilkinson, Nahant
<Singingbirder...>
www.donwilkinsonbirdingtours.com (updated with 2015-2016 tours)

* * *

Thanks to Don Wilkinson for the above.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb...>

 

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Date: 7/13/15 12:43 pm
From: Newburyowls <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winthrop Beach
Things are picking up at Winthrop Beach as the first groups of shorebirds are coming though.

Semi-palmated Plover -5x
Semi-palmated Sandpiper -25
Least Sandpiper - 20 +
Spotted Sandpiper - 2
American Oystercatcher - 5

Common Tern - 25 +
Least Tern - 80 Ad, 40 juv

Large Tern species this am roosting on the beach, not seen by me, but by CWP staff. "Larger Tern large bright big bill," tough call staff have had both Royal and Caspian in past years in july. My personal records reflect Caspians a bit later in the season, but who knows. I will keep an eye out at Winthrop and Revere Beaches.

Sean Riley
Plum Island
<Newburyowls...>



Sent from my Verizon Wireless 3G smartphone

 

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Date: 7/13/15 12:08 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] question: RT Hummingbird dominance behavior
Robert and MassBirders,

My understanding of hummingbirds is that they are a classic example of what is called “resource defense polygyny.” Basically, the male uses the food source as a tool to coerce females to mate with him. If they mate, he lets them feed; if they refuse, he chases them away. In the wild the males use wild nectar sources similarly.

So, the Darwinian perspective is that the biggest, healthiest, strongest male will gain control over the best sources of food, and thus have his pick of mates. Lesser males will be driven away to less impressive food sources and have fewer mating opportunities. Females then can choose to either mate with a top male, have great food, but probably have to share that food with other females, or mate with a lesser male, have less or lower quality food, but at least maybe have it all to themselves.

I would guess that your female last year, who was dominant over a male, was one that had mated with him and was feeding a nestful of his offspring nearby, so he not putting up a fight when she wanted to feed.

Good birding,

Josh


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



 

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Date: 7/13/15 10:57 am
From: Philip R Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Possible Red-necked Stint PRNWR 07/13/15 1pm
Seen briefly from the new Bill Forward Blind with dozens of Least & Semipalmated Sandpiper straight out and at the edge of the Bill Forward Pool.

The bird was Sandpiper sized, no bigger or smaller than the Sandpipers it was associating with and had a red throat and neck that made it stand out.

Peeps were spooked after viewing for a minute or so with a decent amount of heat shimmer and not relocated after going through everything out there many times.

Sanderling came to mind right away but size and close comparison to other peeps dropped that from consideration.

Possibly a mud stained bird but red was quite bright and no other stained birds on the flats.

Unfortunately no photos obtained, hopefully others are able to catch up with this peep.

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

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

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Date: 7/13/15 9:41 am
From: <stuarttwalker...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Buffy the House Sparrow
A neighbor has an interesting female HOSP at her feeder - not exactly leucistic, but basically blonde or pale buffy, with a bifurcated (trifurcated?) tail that is dark for the upper third and buffy for the lower two-thirds. The tail colors are sharply divided.

Stuart Walker
Jamaica Plain
<stuarttwalker...>
 

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Date: 7/13/15 9:25 am
From: Catherine Fisher <catherineckx...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] cowbird question for ornithologists
Hi John,
I'm not an ornithologist, but this is something that has always intrigued
me and I have spent some time reading anything I can find on the subject.
The short answer is that no one really knows for sure how young cowbirds
know that they're cowbirds. It's thought that there's a "password",
either a vocalization or behavior specific to the species which triggers a
recognition response in a young cowbird. There are a number of scholarly
studies that can be found online; below is a link to a link to one
published in 2001 the Royal Society.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1088706/pdf/PB011041.pdf
Good birding,
Catherine

On Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 9:27 AM, John Nelson <jnelson...> wrote:

> In the past two weeks I've seen young Brown-headed Cowbirds being fed by
> both an Eastern Towhee and Northern Cardinal. My question is: why don't
> cowbirds become imprinted on the species that raise them? That is, once the
> cowbirds mature, what mechanism enables them to try to mate with other
> cowbirds rather than their host species? How do they "know" they're
> cowbirds?
>
> John Nelson
> Gloucester
>

 

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Date: 7/13/15 8:27 am
From: Lorraine Kaplan <lorraine.e.kaplan...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Charles River osprey
Just had an osprey on the Charles River near the BU Bridge. It was heading
east.

Lorraine Kaplan
Arlington, MA

 

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Date: 7/13/15 7:34 am
From: Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] question: RT Hummingbird dominance behavior
I'd like a tutorial on dominance behavior of ruby-throated hummingbird
males around my feeders.

This year, we have an extremely dominant male who patrols both our feeders
and almost immediately vigorously drives away both of the regular female
visitors. The females manage to sneak in now and again while he is off
foraging elsewhere, but not for long -- they are extremely skittish as a
result at the feeder. When they do light, they lap at and suck up the
nectar triple-time, with their little bodies pulsating so quickly with the
effort.

In past years, the males were not nearly so dominant. In fact last year, a
female was the more dominant over one male and another female.

How is this hyper male dominance advantageous for the species in Darwinian
terms? Any insights would be appreciated.

Robert Mussey, Milton

 

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Date: 7/13/15 6:58 am
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] cowbird question for ornithologists
In the past two weeks I've seen young Brown-headed Cowbirds being fed by
both an Eastern Towhee and Northern Cardinal. My question is: why don't
cowbirds become imprinted on the species that raise them? That is, once the
cowbirds mature, what mechanism enables them to try to mate with other
cowbirds rather than their host species? How do they "know" they're
cowbirds?

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 7/13/15 6:51 am
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Newbury ravens, Gloucester Whip-poor-will
While cycling yesterday morning, I came upon 2 Common Ravens near the
corner of Route. 1 and Boston Road in Newbury. I also saw a Broad-winged
Hawk on Boston Road, 4 Salt-marsh Sparrows on Newman Road in Newbury, and 2
Indigo Buntings in Georgetown.

My wife Mary and I have been hearing a Whip-poor-will almost every night
for the past month, occasionally in our yard but usually a bit further off
in the Thompson St. woods in West Gloucester. In our yard we've been
inundated with Downy Woodpeckers, with a maximum of 12 on July 10, moving
between the suet feeder, the hummingbird feeder, and the sunflower seed
feeder. We've also had as many as 5 Red-breasted Nuthatches (July 5 and
other dates prior), 6 White-breasted Nuthatches (July 10), 5 Eastern
Towhees, 4 Blue-jays, 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, and 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at the feeders.

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 7/13/15 6:46 am
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird article


https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2015/07/12/petscolumn/XJSsNAaxNMrwyauB3ooLpJ/story.html
Mbers, In the Boston Globe this morning is a fabulous articles about hummingbirds. The article appeared on page G1 and depicts the wonderful nature of this little magnificent creature. Link to the articles appears above here...

Joe Paluzzi
Salem
Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 7/13/15 5:59 am
From: <nohara7980...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Importance: Normal
unsubscribe Massbird <nohara7980...>
 

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Date: 7/12/15 11:02 pm
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/12 Duxbury Beach - Lesser Black-backed Gull - 2nd cycle, SEPL & LESA
Sun 7/12/15; 4:30-6:30pm; Low Tide 3:30; Clear; 89F; wind sw 5; water
bayside and crescent - moot (flats). Bird from car (many areas restricted
for PIPLs and LETEs)..



While checking for shorebirds on Crescent Beach I scanned a mixed flock of
gulls and noted a second cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull in a very mottled
plumage. The flock was on the sandy flat and let me get close enough for
some photos showing the plumage that we don't typically see since an LBBG in
July is very unusual. A gallery is located at
http://www.pbase.com/rickbowes/2015_07_dbch_lbbg



Still not many shorebirds but representative individuals including my first
Semipalmated Plovers and Least Sandpipers for the season. Numbers likely
small because many people were on the beach; hopefully better birding after
the weekend. A list of the brief outing can be found at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24245404



Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA

<rbowes...>

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






 

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Date: 7/12/15 7:33 pm
From: Henry D Mauer <henryd.mauer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Caps Ridge Trail hike for Bicknell's Thrush, pictures of other birds
On Saturday Deb and I hiked the first mile of the Caps Ridge Trail on Mt.
Jefferson. Our primary target was the Bicknell's Thrush. We started up
the trail at 5:00am, in good light. There was a lot of song on our way up
to the Pothole Rocks, just under a mile from the parking lot. We spent
over 3 hours at Pothole Rocks and then made our way back down. A very
leisurely seven hour round trip.

We had Swainson's Thrush the entire length of our route. Blackpoll Warbler
may have been the most numerous bird along the entire route. We had 4-6
Bicknell's Thrush's, all heard only, from the halfway point and up to
Pothole Rocks. We had two Bicknell's calling occasionally the entire time
that we were at Pothole Rocks. Our final tally was 17 species -
Swainson's and Bicknell's Thrushes. Blackpoll, Magnolia, Black-throated
Green, Yellow-rumped and American Redstart for Warblers. White-throated
Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet,
Black-capped Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher,
Purple Finch, Cedar Waxwing and Gray Jay.

Pictures at my usual link:

http://henrymauer.phanfare.com

Click on the Gray Jay album cover, then click on "Start Slideshow" and then
click on "Fullscreen".

Happy Birding,

Henry Mauer
Salisbury, MA
<henryd.mauer...>

 

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Date: 7/12/15 6:03 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Shearwaters today
We went whalwatching aboard the Dolphin IX today out of Provincetown and had
an epic trip with 38 Humpback Whales displaying every described behavior,
including bubble cloud feeding, breaching, we were literally surrounded by
whales. Also had 5 finbacks and 5 Minkes. Flocks and rafts of shearwaters,
most notably Cory’s, (850) with lesser numbers of Sootys (60) and Greats
(45). Two Wilsons Storm Petrels and 0 Manx were observed.
On Friday I took my students out to the Gray Seals on the bars in Chatham
Harbor and photographed some pathetically entangled seals....
Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
<petrull...>

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

 

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Date: 7/12/15 6:01 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-capped Petrel photos
Photos in checklist

Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata) (1)
- Reported Jul 11, 2015 05:22 by John Shemilt
- West Atlantis Canyon (top), Nantucket, Massachusetts
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.04845,-70.469233&ll=40.04845,-70.469233
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24239871

Hopefully this is good news for the upcoming pelagic!
Happy birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon
 

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Date: 7/12/15 1:30 pm
From: Peter Crosson <pcrosson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Albatross sp. - Stellwagen Bank
Hello Mass birders, while acting as an observer on a seabird survey for NOAA this morning, I observed an albatross sp. The trip was out of Barnstable, and the location of the sighting was somewhere on the southern side of the bank, but I do not have any more accurate location data than that. The boat was moving at a good rate of speed between two different feeding congregations of whales. As a consequence, I only had a brief look at the bird, which was resting on the water. However I recognized it instantly as an albatross, noting its huge size, very heavy bill with a distinct downturn at the tip, and dark brow. I immediately yelled for Captain Jon Brink, the naturalist on board who is a very experienced seabird watcher. Jon got on the bird and immediately agreed it was an albatross, but as neither of us were very familiar with the field marks, we quickly decided it had to be a black-browed albatross, given the obvious dark brow line. It was also seen well by our record!
er, Mary Jo Foti. I knew I wasn't going to have time to get a picture, as the boat was roaring along towards its next destination, being a whale watch and not a pelagic bird tour. Jon did agree to try to retrace our steps on the return trip, but we did not relocate the bird.

On returning home and reviewing the field marks of both the possible North Atlantic albatrosses, I now think it may have been a yellow-nosed. In my brief view it seemed that the bill was partially dark with yellow on top, but I cannot be certain. The brow was dark as noted, but both species can show the dark brow. I cannot comment on whether or not the nape appeared dusky. Captain Jon has another trip out today, so hopefully he will be able to relocate the bird, but in the meantime we have decided to leave it as albatross sp. Jon told me that one of the Boston whale watches had a yellow-nosed earlier this year, so who knows!

Meanwhile, the shearwater show was really spectacular. I would estimate we saw 15 to 20,000 total, with sooty being the most common. I encourage everyone to get out on a whale watching boat, as the whales have been even more spectacular than the birds!

Peter Crosson
Osterville, Mass.
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/12/15 12:37 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] FB: Bridled Tern, Nantucket
Hi MassBirders,

Posted this morning on FaceBook, in the MA RBA group, posted there by Mary Noonan Keleher, relaying a quote and photos by Lee Dunn:

“Just saw this on ebird. Bridled Tern on Nantucket yesterday. 'Unmistakable. Flew in from the south and landed 30' away. Seen and photographed flying and perched. Non-breeding with somewhat variegated cap and upper back. Distinctive white chevron over eyes. Harassed and harassed by common terns. Last seen circling south towards eastern end of Esther's Island. Photos on my flickr site.’ "

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

Good birding!

Josh


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




 

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Date: 7/12/15 6:46 am
From: Michael Emmons <michael.emmons...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] South Shore Bird Club Whale Watch Plymouth 7/11
Twelve people attended the South Shore Bird Club's annual whale watch
boat trip on the Captain John boat
out of Plymouth yesterday, 7/11. It was a beautiful day with calm seas.
There were great looks at pod of three humpback whales, (including a
mother calf pair) feeding close to boat,
with a about a dozen humpbacks seen in total. Also seen at distance were
two Finback whales and a Minke.

Twenty three bird species were record in all, including highlights of:

Cory's Shearwater 300+
Great Shearwater 4
Sooty Shearwater 4
Wilson's Storm-petrel 60


Mike Emmons
Wilmington, MA
<michael.emmons...>


 

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Date: 7/12/15 4:52 am
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] House Sparrows
Pretty sure humans impact nesting birds more than any other species on
earth, everywhere! I was just down Sandy Point
Plum Island today, case and point. They shut the refuge down and rope off
areas for a reason, but they don't use blow guns, sort wish they would, I
know if I had one it would be very hard to resist not using it. Boaters
partying everywhere, baby plovers scurrying around and dogs too! You think
house sparrows make noise? I'd take them any day over what occurs every
year at Sandy Point. Some of those boats sure are obnoxiously loud. Try
living near the highway, or the airport, or a compressor station for the
new pipelines proposed for massachusetts, and the list goes on. I grew up
in the city so when i hear house sparrows it brings back memories. Just
like Sandy Point attracts partiers in the summer certain degraded
natural habitats man has created attracks house sparrows. I think if house
sparrows singing is all one has to complain about you should consider
yourself ver lucky.
Cheers.
Suzanne Sullivan
Wilmington Ma
<Swampy1060...> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','<Swampy1060...>');>

On Saturday, July 11, 2015, Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey...>
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','<cherrie.corey...>');>> wrote:

> Informed prevention can help to dampen population spikes of house
> sparrows and finches. Within the last 5-10 years, decorative bird houses
> have become increasingly popular in our suburban area appearing in many
> yards as both a whimsical embellishment and sincere gesture to house area
> birds. But most (non-birding) folks are unaware that these houses promote
> the proliferation of house sparrows and finches who crowd out local native
> birds both at the feeder and in the surrounding landscape. After nearly 40
> years of living in the same house in Concord, I've seen the population of
> these birds break all previous records in my yard and the immediate area
> since several neighbors installed multiple birdhouses. To neighbors who I
> know well, I've shared this info and suggested they plug the holes to these
> houses (at end of season) if they wish to keep them as a decorative accent
> and see more native bird activity in their yards. I even went so far as to
> suggest to the deCordova Museum that they consider removing or plugging the
> holes of decorative birdhouses they (ironically) installed along the
> parking lot entrance near the gift shop for their Approaching Walden
> exhibition a couple of years ago, for just these reasons.
>
> Of course the precipitous spread of fruit laden invasive shrubs and vines
> in these same areas is fueling and sustaining these populations even more
> so.
>
> Cherrie Corey
>
> Naturalist, educator, and photographer
> Concord, MA
> 978.760.1933 mobile
> http://sense-of-place-concord.blogspot.com/
>
>
>
> --
>
>
>

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

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

 

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Date: 7/11/15 6:54 pm
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] tick diseases
Birders should be aware of diseases carried by ticks. This link is a
good summary!

http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2015/07/not-just-lyme-disease-anymore-anaplasmosis-babesiosis

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

 

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Date: 7/11/15 4:33 pm
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/10/15 - Outer Cape Hi-Lites
Hi Massbirders

Yesterday we birded the Outer Cape (Provincetown and Truro). Here are a
list of hi-lights.

Race Point Parking Lot, Provincetown
Northern Bobwhite - 2 (m, f) - Here is a video recording an alternate call
(contact call) - https://flic.kr/p/uWqsa2

Hatches Harbor, Provincetown
Royal Tern - 1 ad
Black Tern - 3 ad
Common Tern - ~400 - https://flic.kr/p/vQZ3bL
Roseate Tern - ~ 40
Forster's Tern - 1 imm - record shot - https://flic.kr/p/vR16SG
Black-legged Kittiwake - *13* - NB: These were all resting in with the
other terns and gulls - all were sub adults except for one that appeared to
be an adult.

- Here is a photo capturing 12 of the 13 - https://flic.kr/p/vSFuLE

- Here is a nice photo of some - https://flic.kr/p/vAFMgs

Long-tailed Duck - 1 eclipse - record shot - https://flic.kr/p/vR2ygm
Short-billed Dowitcher - 40
Least Sandpiper - 5
Willet - 3
Horned Lark - 3

High Head Truro
Virginia Rail - 2
Green Heron - 2

Head of the Meadow Truro
An amazing show of pelagics observed over a 1.5 hour period
Wilson's Storm-Petrel - ~25
Cory's Shearwater - several hundred
Sooty Shearwater - several hundred
Great Shearwater - 25 (undoubtly more, but we were being cautious)
Northern Gannet - 1 first summer
Common Loon - 8
Red-throated Loon - 1
Bonaparte's Gull - 50
Semipalmated Plover - 1
Hump-backed Whale - 6 - at least

Thanks for reading.

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

 

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Date: 7/11/15 1:19 pm
From: Miles Brengle <brenglema...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Stellwagen Bank - 7/11
Massbird,

Jim Berry, Nate Dubrow, and myself boarded 7 Seas Whale Watch of Gloucester
today and traveled 30 miles on Stellwagen Bank to see pelagics (and
whales). We had three out of the four shearwaters (missed Manx) and had at
least two Parasitic Jaegers. The north end of the bank was quite lifeless,
but towards Provincetown there were plenty of shearwaters.

A complete checklist, with a photo of one of the jaegers, can be found at
the link below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24225968

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

 

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Date: 7/11/15 12:16 pm
From: David Swain <davidswain79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR, July 11, 2015
Tim and I were able to get to the refuge again today, this time with
friends Lynn and Rex. A very nice day, with over 60 species encountered.
Highlights were days-old Piping Plovers at Sandy Point and 3 roosting
Roseates on the sandbar at Stage Island pool.

List with notes by Tim:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24225925

Good birding,

David and Tim Swain
Concord, MA

 

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Date: 7/11/15 11:26 am
From: Birdwsg <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Correction - Juv Killdeer not a Wilson's Plover at Bill Forward


Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
<Birdwsg...>
978-462-0775
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
Celebrating 20 years of service to the birding community!
 

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Date: 7/11/15 10:06 am
From: Birdwsg <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wilson's Plover - PRNWR at Bill Forward blind
Oliver Burton called the store around 12:35 pm to report a Wilson's Plover at the Bill Forward blind on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island.

Deb for

Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
<Birdwsg...>
978-462-0775
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
Celebrating 20 years of service to the birding community!
 

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Date: 7/11/15 6:32 am
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] The Wonders of the natural World
What a lovely morning account, Doug. You describe an early morning
wonder of the mist and all of those webs that I've experienced at
Great Meadows NWR here in Concord over many seasons. Though I don't
know the details and taxonomy of these encounters, I've experienced
two peak times of the summer/ fall seasons when spiders dominate the
marshlands here in Concord (and likely Plum Island and other eastern
Mass. marshscapes), one is late June through mid-July when various
spider species cover the ground and marsh plants with their dew-laden
webs (especially noticeable on cool mornings between very warm days)
and the other spectacular moment (usually a 1-2 day event) occurs on
a warm, lightly breezy day around November's full (Gossamer) moon
when many thousands of ballooning baby spiders take to the air on
silken threads to then land and strew their gossamer across Great
Meadows and elsewhere to glisten in the sun and full moonlight. At
this same moment, the cattails are releasing their seeds which catch
in these spider threads lending a soft flocked aspect to the entire
marsh.

Enjoying the wonder of it all,

Cherrie

Naturalist, educator, and photographer
Concord, MA
978.760.1933 mobile
http://sense-of-place-concord.blogspot.com/


--
Cherrie A. Corey
Naturalist, educator, and photographer
Concord, MA
978.760.1933 mobile
http://sense-of-place-concord.blogspot.com/
 

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Date: 7/11/15 6:29 am
From: Bill Lafley <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Blowguns/English Sparrows
Hello,

Wonder why blowguns are ill awful to possess, blowguns don't kill English Sparrows, people do....

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<Blafley...>
 

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Date: 7/11/15 6:13 am
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] House Sparrows
Informed prevention can help to dampen population spikes of house
sparrows and finches. Within the last 5-10 years, decorative bird
houses have become increasingly popular in our suburban area
appearing in many yards as both a whimsical embellishment and sincere
gesture to house area birds. But most (non-birding) folks are
unaware that these houses promote the proliferation of house sparrows
and finches who crowd out local native birds both at the feeder and
in the surrounding landscape. After nearly 40 years of living in the
same house in Concord, I've seen the population of these birds break
all previous records in my yard and the immediate area since several
neighbors installed multiple birdhouses. To neighbors who I know
well, I've shared this info and suggested they plug the holes to
these houses (at end of season) if they wish to keep them as a
decorative accent and see more native bird activity in their yards.
I even went so far as to suggest to the deCordova Museum that they
consider removing or plugging the holes of decorative birdhouses
they (ironically) installed along the parking lot entrance near the
gift shop for their Approaching Walden exhibition a couple of years
ago, for just these reasons.

Of course the precipitous spread of fruit laden invasive shrubs and
vines in these same areas is fueling and sustaining these populations
even more so.

Cherrie Corey

Naturalist, educator, and photographer
Concord, MA
978.760.1933 mobile
http://sense-of-place-concord.blogspot.com/



--

 

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Date: 7/10/15 8:04 pm
From: <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] The Wonders of the natural World

 Massbidrers:
           In the field there always seems to be something unexpected to draw your attention to the wonders of the natural world. This seems particularly true with Plum Island. This morning for me, it was the spider webs. I was on Plum Island shortly after the dawn of a dreary chilled July day; a light mist hung in the air, the far horizon was obscured in fog and clouds covered the sky. Spider webs and salt marshes aren’t really a very natural pairing in the mind and I don’t think I was aware of the presence of spiders in the salt marsh until this morning. It was cool and damp and the dew clung to many surfaces; including spider webs. As I swept the marshes with my scope I encountered a strange, gossamer vision across the surface of the marshes. Spider webs: clothed in dew, like faint ghostly flowers covered the entire marshes. Clearly there were a vast number of patient waiting spiders out there; with webs stretched across the grass and spread over the marshes!
. I did a quick preliminary count. First I counted a hundred webs in what looked to be, more or less, a typical cluster and then matched that with what else was visible. It was evident that I could see well over 1000 spider webs just in that portion of salt marsh. Beyond my sight, over the rest of this vast marsh, there was probably many thousands more. I already knew that the salt marshes are a very productive habitat and these webs only accentuated what I already knew.
            Being a still damp day in the summer I soon became aware of one of the less charming aspects of summer; that is “No-See-ums” or “Midgies”, whichever is preferred. They are those tiny biting flying insects that are an unavoidable factor of such a day. My grandmother used to say that they were all teeth. They are so small that usually a person is not aware of their presence until they start biting. Although not extremely painful they get everywhere so that they are extremely annoying. I could also see that they in turn, seem to have brought out the Swallows. There were dozens of them flying by and above me and seemingly enjoying the feast. This was the first indications of the coming extravaganza of the staging of the Tree Swallows. There was another spectacular show also building on the island. Near Cross Farm Hill I was treated to two tight formations of tens of Starlings flowing, diving and changing shape: passing through each other’s format!
ions with unbelievable precision; that is without casualties. An awesome show that usually is available only on You Tube. I could hear the thunder of their wings as they twisted and plunged in beautifully choreographed swoops. I could find no Falcon or other predator nearby and they certainly weren’t preparing to roost. They were probably practicing maneuvers, preparing for future falcons; or just having fun.
            It was a morning full of highlights and wonders. I eventually found 56 species and probably the best birds were on Sandy Point as Dave Adrien got me on a perfectly plumaged Roseate Tern and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. There is nothing that can compare with a good day in the field.
 
Doug Chickering
Groveland
<dovekie...>

 

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Date: 7/10/15 7:32 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westport/Fairhaven highlights 7/8
Sorry for the 2 day delay.

1 Least Bittern - Richmond Pond, Acoaxet
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24206789

1 freshly hatched young American Oystercatcher, 54 Willets, 51
Saltmarsh Sparrows, and 24 Seaside Sparrows while helping Robert
Buchsbaum and Bruce Larson with a saltmarsh survey at Allens Pond WS
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24206793 (the list from
the same survey on 6/18 is here for comparison
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23962672

27 Black Scoters, 6 Roseate Terns, 1 Arctic Tern, and 1 probable
Forster's Tern at Gooseberry Neck
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24206794

3 Black-crowned Night-Herons at Egypt Lane
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24197874

2 Gadwall, 1 Piping Plover sporting some serious jewelry, 1 Probable
Long-billed Dowitcher, 4 Roseate Terns, and 11 Saltmarsh Sparrows at
West Island http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24197820

Ended with 84 species and didn't do any intentional forest birding.

Happy Birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon
 

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Date: 7/10/15 6:58 pm
From: Eric <elabato...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] House Sparrows
Just in case anybody was considering the blowgun idea, in Massachusetts it is illegal to carry a blowgun on your person or transport one in a vehicle. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 269 Section 10( b)

Eric Labato
Malden, MA
<elabato...>


From: Oakes Plimpton
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015 10:32 AM
To: <Massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] House Sparrows


Birders: We viewed the Purple Martin gourds with adult and young Martins occupying most of the gourds at Lot # 1 Plum Island, but one or two by House Sparrows. We understand the staff there closed the gourds until the Martins arrived to keep out the House Sparrows. Later we continued out the island to see the Phalaropes (!) and the Least Terns and Piping Plovers (with babies)! Tuesday.
We are bothered by the constant House Sparrow "cheaps" starting at 5 a.m. and going into the evening in our yard. Also read of their predations on Blue Birds and other hole nesting birds. Looked up "blowguns" to find out you can purchase same for under $50 to blow darts accurately for 20 or 30 yards! Sent out info on Arlington Birds. Someone replied anti "death penalty" quoting a paean to the sparrow by poet W. C. Williams The Sparrow: http://andrewlansdown.com/favourite-poems/william-carlos-williams/. But then someone on Arlington Birds sent me reference to a trap for English Sparrows and Starlings: I know someone who got one of these and they thought it worked great. http://www.sparrowtraps.net/ .
Anyone tried this?? They also produce a "spooker" which you can place over a Bluebird box after the bird lays an egg(s) which will spook the Sparrow, but not the Bluebird.


To native birds! Oakes (Plimpton)


 

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Date: 7/10/15 6:09 pm
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Horseneck shorebirds
25 Piping Plovers
23 Willets
2 Whimbrel

Lovely sunset!

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/10/15 4:25 pm
From: Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] House Sparrows
Birders: We viewed the Purple Martin gourds with adult and young Martins occupying most of the gourds at Lot # 1 Plum Island, but one or two by House Sparrows. We understand the staff there closed the gourds until the Martins arrived to keep out the House Sparrows. Later we continued out the island to see the Phalaropes (!) and the Least Terns and Piping Plovers (with babies)! Tuesday.
We are bothered by the constant House Sparrow "cheaps" starting at 5 a.m. and going into the evening in our yard. Also read of their predations on Blue Birds and other hole nesting birds. Looked up "blowguns" to find out you can purchase same for under $50 to blow darts accurately for 20 or 30 yards! Sent out info on Arlington Birds. Someone replied anti "death penalty" quoting a paean to the sparrow by poet W. C. Williams The Sparrow: http://andrewlansdown.com/favourite-poems/william-carlos-williams/. But then someone on Arlington Birds sent me reference to a trap for English Sparrows and Starlings: I know someone who got one of these and they thought it worked great. http://www.sparrowtraps.net/ .
Anyone tried this?? They also produce a "spooker" which you can place over a Bluebird box after the bird lays an egg(s) which will spook the Sparrow, but not the Bluebird.

To native birds! Oakes (Plimpton)


 

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Date: 7/10/15 11:38 am
From: <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Highlights from whale watch birding
Highlights from birding today (7/10) on 7 seas whale watch with Jay Frontierro:

Cory's Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Wilson's Storm Petrel
Leach's Storm Petrel
Northern Gannet
Tern sp.

Finback Whale
Minke Whale


Leslie Kramer
Barry Burden
Medford
 

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Date: 7/9/15 7:29 pm
From: Walt Webb <wwebb24...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Manakin Lek Video: A Clarification
In reference to today's post, I should explain that "JamunaMA" is my YouTube
moniker. And it might be easier to simply go to www.youtube.com and search
for the video title "Golden-collared Manakins in Panama and Their Amazing
Aerial Dances."

Walt Webb
Westwood, MA
<wwebb24...>

 

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Date: 7/9/15 7:29 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Burrage Pond W.M.A. Highlights Today
My first time at this beautiful and huge place. I just kept wandering, not knowing where I was being lead. This place is a land of water. (or is that a water of water?). I got here at 10:15, and didn't leave until 6:00! I finally saw a map of this place as I exited. (Hawkes Ave. kiosk)
Great Blue Heron 10
Great Egret 2+
Wood Duck 14 including mother with twelve ducklings
Turkey Vulture 2+
Red-shoulderefd Hawk 1
Osprey 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 23
Eastern Phoebe 10
Great Crested Flycatcher 2+
Purple Martin 13 small, dead tree swamp near Osprey nest, but down a path off the main dike.
I believe there were two families. I saw two adult males among them.
Tree Swallow 100
Marsh Wren 30
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1+
Ovenbird 3
Eastern Towhee 22
Savannah Sparrow 1+
Swamp Sparrow 6
BUTTERFLIES:
American Copper 8
Common Wood Nymph 1 YES!
Red Admiral 2
Great Spangled Friillary 2
Pearl Crescent 1
Mourning Cloak 1 first one in quite a while; fresh and lovely
Little Wood Satyr x
Cabbage White 1
Spring Azure 2
skipper sp. 1
unid. butterfly 1
FLORA:
Blue Flag
Indian Pipe saprophytic
P.S. NO SIGN OF THE SANDHILL CRANES!
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 7/9/15 4:48 pm
From: Walt Webb <wwebb24...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Part 2, trip to Bocas Del Toro, Panama: Manakin Lek Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOpmg_RjrmM&list=PLh0pgl1Z4xLLh92sWEqORLL2KHOV5AeN7

Back on June 16, for those interested, I posted a link here to my Flickr
photos taken on a birding trip to the Bocas del Toro region of Panama in the
spring. Now I'm posting another link, this one to a 2-min. YouTube video I
took of Golden-collared Manakins performing at a lek. Enjoy!

Walt Webb
Westwood, MA
<wwebb24...>

 

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Date: 7/9/15 8:38 am
From: Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Royal Tern Flew to Seven Beach PRNWR
I just got a message from Dave Adrien that the Royal Tern has relocated to the Lot Seven, is visible from the first Sandy Point lot beach access, looking north toward Emerson Rocks, on PRNWR.

Wetmore
 

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Date: 7/9/15 8:33 am
From: Birdwsg <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Royal Tern - Sandy Point State Res
Dave Adrien called the store at 11 am to report the Royal Tern at Sandy Point. The bird was located between the boundary marker and Emerson Rocks. First parking lot at Sandy Point State Reservation, on the southern end of Plum Island.

Deb La Roy for

Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
<Birdwsg...>
978-462-0775
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
Celebrating 20 years of service to the birding community!
 

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Date: 7/9/15 7:39 am
From: Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Jul 8, 2015
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 9:55 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Jul 8, 2015
To: <derekbrownbuild...>


Essex Bay, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jul 8, 2015 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: canoe trip essex bay to spit and crane beach atlantic side
19 species

Double-crested Cormorant 8
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 5
Glossy Ibis 2
Osprey 3
Red-tailed Hawk 2
American Oystercatcher 1
Black-bellied Plover 1
Semipalmated Plover 1
Piping Plover 6
Killdeer 1
Willet 5
Whimbrel 14 breeding plumage, 1 group on spit
Semipalmated Sandpiper 7
Least Tern 21
Caspian Tern 1 single bird with common tern and gulls, mid tide, crane
beach atlantic side
Common Tern 6
American Crow 5
Bank Swallow 4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24200449

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

 

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Date: 7/9/15 6:54 am
From: Tom Wetmore <ttw4...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Royal Tern PRNWR
On the beach at lot five now. Found by Dave Adrien.

Wetmore

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/8/15 3:32 pm
From: David Swain <davidswain79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Phalaropes, Parker River NWR, July 8, 2015
Tim and I were anxious to get to the refuge today (in case the front
tonight moved the phalaropes out). The Red Phalarope and two Wilson's
continue at Bill Forward Pool, best viewed from the blind. We also had a
Roseate Tern and several Bonaparte's roosting on the sandbars at Stage
Island. Nothing else unusual, but despite the very sticky and hot
conditions and no access to Sandy Point, we encountered 59 species for a
really nice half day on the refuge. The charmer of the day was a barely
fledged Yellow Warbler at Pines that had no idea what to do as our car
approached, but managed to branch to safety as we passed.

List with embedded pictures:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24192525

good birding,

David and Tim Swain
Concord, MA

 

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Date: 7/8/15 9:22 am
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Two open spots left for BBC July Dedicated Pelagic trp
Folks:



There are two, maybe three spots available for this Brookline Bird Club
organized Dedicated Pelagic Trip.JULY 18, 2015: 2AM - 7PM from Hyannis, MA
to Hydrographer Canyon area for: 4 Shearwater species (including Scopoli's,
3 Storm-petrel species, Gannets, 3 Jaeger species, terns, gulls, sea ducks,
possible Black-capped Petrel, Bridled Tern, Skuas, many mammals and any
rarities with wonderful photo opportunities. We have Master birders
Jeremiah Trimble, Nicholas Bonomo, Peter Trull and Douglas Gochfeld leading
the trip. Our boat, the Helen H, is a very comfortable, fast, 100 foot
fishing boat with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic Captain and crew who are
very skilled at getting the boat close to the birds for viewing,
photographing, etc.. We use gallons of chum to attract the birds.. There is
a full galley with excellent food at reasonable prices.

Cost: $195.00 BBC Members - $215.00 - non members. Parking is free.

To reserve a space, send a check for the full amount made out to the
'BROOKLINE BIRD CLUB AGENT' along with a
<http://massbird.org/BBC/BBCPelagicWaiver_Print.htm> signed waiver to: Ida
Giriunas, 83 Summer Ave., Reading, MA, 01867 and include either your email
or your postal
<http://content.brooklinebirdclub.org/2012/01/2012-pelagic-schedule.html>
address for confirmation, boarding instructions and further information.

For further information, a Waiver Form and to register, contact:

Ida Giriunas 781-929-8772, < <mailto:<ida8...> <ida8...>



Ida Giriunas

Reading,MA






 

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Date: 7/8/15 6:09 am
From: Jamie Bogart <jsh_bogart...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] sb dowitchers

starting to see small scatters of short-billed dowitchers, recently on West Island and Demarest LLoyd State Park. With the whimbrels apparently finally making their annual pass through Horseneck, must be the start of the migratory shift!

good birding,Jamie Bogart
 

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Date: 7/8/15 4:34 am
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Poor man's pelagic...
Yesterday, July 7, we went on a whale watch on the Capt. John boat out
of Plymouth to Stellwagen. The whales were spectacular with a Minke
cavorting and breaching continually for quite a long time. The
naturalist said that they usually continued past a Minke sighting
because the whale is so fast and will surface and disappear but not this
one. We also saw several Fin whales and two Humpbacks doing a lot of
their behavior including flipper-flapping, tail-lobbing etc. for a long
time thrilling everyone on the boat.

Now for birds, there were a lot and I'll give order-of-magnitude numbers:

Corys - 100s
Great - 100s
Sooty - 1000
Manx - 0 surprising with all the others there
Wilsons Storm-Petrels - very few, maybe 10

With the exception of gulls, we saw no other pelagic species. We did see
a Murre go whizzing by but could not get an ID.

The time was spent near Race Point and we had P'town visible the whole
time. There were boats there from Cape Ann - 2 - and from Barnstable,
and P'town.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro

 

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Date: 7/7/15 11:19 am
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Machias Seal Island and down Maine birding 7/3-6/15
Greetings:



A full report will be produced by our co-leader, David Ely, in a few days.
Two of us started out on Plum Island where we found the Ruff and the
Wilson's Phalarope. Several joined us in Falmouth Maine looking without
luck for the Little Egret. Then, the remaining enthusiastic participants
(total 16) joined us for a glorious weekend in Washington County, Maine
which was in great contrast to last year's hurricane and the previous year's
heat wave. We started out with a hike and David Ely's delicious cook-out and
at the Rogue's Bluff State Park in perfect weather..

Our excursion in the Topsfield Maine woods produced about 23 SPRUCE GROUSE (
about 4-5 were adult Females, the rest were chicks of various ages, a few
young Gray Jays, two Boreal chickadees , Olive-sided Flycatcher as well as
other flycatchers, several warbler, thrush and sparrow species. We could
not find a Black-backed Woodpecker.

No known disasters happened, no one got sick on the uneventful boat trip to
Machias Seal Island and all the birds expected were on the island. Ralph
Eldridge, the Machias Seal Island Light House keeper and birder claims
there are at least 8,000 pair of puffins, 5,000 pair of Razorbills, a few
thousand Common Murres , several hundred pair of Arctic terns with chicks, 3
Northern Gannets and several Spotted sandpipers (which I did not see) as
well as the hidden Leach's petrels on the island.

On our hike through West Quoddy Head State Park, just before a
thundershower, another Spruce Grouse was seen by a few people as well as 2
more Boreal Chickadees. A Swainson's thrush was heard and several warblers
were seen or heard.Then most of us enjoyed a delightful dinner at the
Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant which is on the Lubec Channel, a few hundred
yards across from Canada.

As expected, the Black Terns were present in the Belgrade Lakes but we
could not see the Sand Hill Cranes.Approximately 100 species were seen in
Maine but David will have the exact count.It was a wonderful trip thanks to
the 16 enjoyable people who participated.



Ida Giriunas

Reading, MA.


 

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Date: 7/7/15 9:20 am
From: Richard Heil <rsheil...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island Highlights; 3 & 6 July 2015
3 & 6 July 2015:
PLUM ISLAND, MA (selective list)
Richard S. Heil

Am. Black Duck (13) - 7/3.
Blue-winged Teal (1m) - Forward Pool, both days.
Am. Green-winged Teal (5, 4)
Snowy Egret (1 juv.) - first juv. 7/6.
Glossy Ibis (13, 8)
Semipalmated Plover (1,9)
Piping Plover (26+) - 7/6 : Sandy Pt.; maybe more but didn't walk all the way out as there were too many people.
Killdeer (13, 19)
Spotted Sandpiper (3 ads.) - 7/6.
Greater Yellowlegs (5, 15)
Eastern Willet (93, 55)
Lesser Yellowlegs (26, 20)
Least Sandpiper (26, 225)
White-rumped Sandpiper (1, 0)
Pectoral Sandpiper (0, 1) - N.Pool.
Semipalmated Sandpiper (0, 30)
Short-billed Dowitcher (93, 388)
Short-billed Dowitcher, hendersoni (0, 3+)
Wilson's Phalarope (1 ad.female) - both days.
RED PHALAROPE (1 ad. female) - continuing bird at Forward Pool, both days.
Bonaparte's Gull (45, 37)
LITTLE GULL (1-1st summer) - 7/6 : Stage Island Pool roosting with Bonaparte's.
Ring-billed Gull (275 ads.) - 7/6 : returning adults; no juvs yet.
Least Tern (92+ ads., 1 - 1st summer) : 1st summer at Forward Pool; uncommonly seen age group in MA.
Roseate Tern (2 ads.) - 7/3 : Stage Island Pool.
Willow Flycatcher (3, 7)
Eastern Phoebe (1, 0) : Flyby >S past lot two.
Eastern Kingbird (18+) - 7/6.
Purple Martin (5, 4)
Tree Swallow (250+) - 7/3.
Bank Swallow (12+) - 7/6.
Barn Swallow (25+) : At least six active nests at sub-HQ, plus 5 recently fledged at N.Pool.
White-breasted Nuthatch (1) - "S" curves.
Gray Catbird (55+) - 7/3.
Brown Thrasher (5) - 7/3.
Northern Mockingbird (5) - 7/3.
Cedar Waxwing (36+) - 7/3.
Common Yellowthroat (26) - 7/3.
American Redstart (5+) - 7/3. heard singing.
Yellow Warbler (19)
'Rufous-sided' Towhee (25) - 7/3.
Saltmarsh Sparrow (23) - 7/3.
Song Sparrow (24) - 7/3.
Bobolink (65) - 7/3.
Orchard Oriole (1m.singing - kettle hole, 1f. - Forward Pool dike)
Purple Finch (8+) - 7/3.
Am. Goldfinch (44) - 7/3.

Richard S. Heil
S. Peabody, MA


 

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Date: 7/7/15 7:53 am
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winthrop & Revere & PRNWR
A quick trip into the Parker this morning yielded some great birds, I
managed to catch both Phalarope species and a number of shorebirds at Bill
Forward blind. It seemed like mainly Short-billed Dowitchers, and lots of
Least Sandpipers. A few other peeps mixed in.

On to work, things at Winthrop Beach have been pretty interesting. The
American Oystercatcher chicks ( 3) have all fledged and are flying around
chasing their parents. Like wise the Deer Island Peregrine chicks have
fledged and are seen daily, not all together yet. The Least Tern colony has
somewhat decreased in size, likely due to people lighting of fireworks
inside the colony, and a number of cases of vandalism to the enclosure and
birds. Both DCR & Environmental police are involved but we can not be there
every hour of every day, I ask that anyone visiting this site contact me
directly if you see anything concerning while there. Shorebirds are just
starting to show up with the first Least Sandpipers and Short-billed
Dowitchers.

In Revere the Elliot circle the American Kestrel chicks have fledged and
are poking around the neighborhood. Manx Shearwaters continue with a count
of 15 yesterday, somewhat higher than the past few weeks. Piping Plovers
continue to have a rough year at Revere Beach this season.

-Sean Riley
Plum Island
<Newburyowls...>

--
10thstreetbirding.blogspot.com

 

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Date: 7/7/15 5:25 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Whimbrel - Horseneck
Surprised to see a Whimbrel and western Willet (with 7 easterns) here at Horseneck. Love those mole crabs!

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/7/15 4:53 am
From: Young, John (DPU) <john.young...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brown Booby on G 1 Bell off Ptown 7/3
The tide starting in, with the wind being northerly, when brother George and I took sailing dinghy "Witch" out of Pamet Harbor on Friday, a close reach put us on a course just north of due west into Cape Cod Bay. After an hour of sailing, we spotted the navigational mark off Wood End right straight ahead of us, so as occasional custom warrants, we decided to round the mark, so to speak, before heading home for a late lunch. George says, what's that bird sitting right on top of the buoy? Yeah, well, that' fun. I'd missed it in its 2011 and 2013 visitations, but there's an adult female brown booby up on top. Yellowy bill and face, brown head and body, white belly, white-centered underwings. We swung by for another view or two from the windward side, from which the sun was shining. Never did circle the mark, then, did we. Buoy is green bell number 1, located about 0.9 nm south of Wood End light, Provincetown and 6 nm west by north from our Truro moorings.

John Young
Jamaica Plain


 

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Date: 7/6/15 7:15 pm
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Stellar's jay sightings in Mass?
Let us also not forget that young Blue Jays are often in various stages of pin, swapping out all head feathers at once, this time of year and looking... well... different.

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 5, 2015, at 10:50 PM, "Joshua Rose" <opihi...> wrote:
>
> Robert and MassBirders,
>
> There are no records for Steller’s Jay in MA, according to MARC’s website. eBird does show one record for Vermont, in late November of 1987. This is not only the only record shown for New England, it is the one and only record east of the Mississippi. Some states may have records not yet entered into eBird, but it is clear that the species is tremendously unlikely to occur anywhere remotely close to here, so unlikely that a Blue Jay with partial melanism or an oil-stained head or some other aberrant circumstance is probably more likely than a Steller’s. Tell your friends to take a picture if they ever see it again...
>
> Good birding,
>
> Josh
>
>
> Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
> Amherst, MA
> http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
> http://www.facebook.com/opihi
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 7/6/15 6:03 pm
From: Edward Purcell <tedgpurcell...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fish Crow Newburport n7/6
As I went under the rte 1 bridge on the Merrimack today in my boat I heard
a call I recognized, but had not heard in a while and not around here. I
looked up and there was a Fish Crow sitting on the old train bridge as we
glided under.
Ted Purcell

 

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Date: 7/6/15 3:47 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Heatherwood Birds


> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Heatherwood, Jul 6, 2015
> Date: July 6, 2015 at 7:19:36 AM EDT
> To: <gwgove...>
>
> Heatherwood, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
> Jul 6, 2015 5:00 AM - 6:00 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: At a feeder and in the neighborhood
> 17 species
>
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
> Eastern Phoebe 4
> Great Crested Flycatcher 2
> Yellow-throated Vireo 1
> Black-capped Chickadee X
> Tufted Titmouse X
> White-breasted Nuthatch X
> House Wren 2

> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5 A minimum of 5 and possibly 10 or more. They have been singing here since early May and 2 young came to the feeder on 5/5, 1 a female as evidenced by underwing color. There have been at least 2 adult males, 1 ad female, and the two young at the feeder ever since and 5 are there together sometimes but there could be more as it is difficult to tell individuals apart plus they can be heard singing in the neighborhood. Feeder photo http://www.pbase.com/gwgove/rbg <http://www.pbase.com/gwgove/rbg>

Today I saw the bright red wing linings of the other HY RBGrosbeak making it a male.

> Red-winged Blackbird X
> Common Grackle X
> Baltimore Oriole 4
> American Goldfinch X
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24165932
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

George Gove
Marlboro



 

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Date: 7/6/15 1:49 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/5 Belle Isle Marsh; 7/6 Bald Eagle Milton Lading
Lots of species of birds, forty-five to be exact.
Glossy Ibis 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Snowy Egret 3
Great Egret 3
Osprey 3 one young, at least
Killdeer 2
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Willet 2
Short-billed Dowitcher 3 seen only when low planes flew over and flushed them
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Least Sandpiper 3
Saltmarsh Sparrow 6
MILTON LANDING 7/6 HIGHLIGHTS:
Snowy Egret 1
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 1 adult flew over the greenway at the trolley bridge
Ruby-throated Humingbird 1 flyby calling at nearby Neponset Gorge
Northern Rough-winged Swallow x nest in drain pipes in cement wall of condos
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 7/6/15 1:45 pm
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] GMNWR Concord Marshbird Survey - 7/3, 7/5
Massbirders -

On 7/3 and 7/5, in the capacity of USFWS volunteer, I surveyed the upper
and lower pools of the GMNWR Concord Impoundments. On 7/3, I did the
lower pool and, on 7/5, I did the upper pool.

*Least Bittern - 7 (3m, 3f, 1unknown) *- The Upper Pool had all 7 Least
Bitterns. I really don't know how to describe the experience I had on
Sunday with Least Bitterns. They were very active in what I believe are
their areas where they are breeding. I suspect that there are 3-4 pairs in
the Upper Pool alone. I did not detect any Least Bitterns in the Lower
Pool but the conditions were not as ideal (still, warm, muggy) as they were
on Sunday.

I would like to share with the Massbird community a wonderful encounter I
had with a female Least Bittern. At one of my stations in the far southern
portion of the Upper Pool, a female Least Bittern flew into a small island
of cattails (10 feet in diameter) and roughly 10 feet from me. She stood
there watching me for a little bit, intrigued by the broadcast
vocalizations. At some point about half way through the playback, she
ignored me all together. First she started preening. She did this for a
bout 5 minutes. I surmise that she was coming off her egg incubating shift
and wanted to get things in order. Curiously enough, she was eating the
little feathers that she was preening which were mostly breast feathers.
After 5 minutes, she started hunting. This was very much a mind blow for
me. Like other herons I've seen, she would crouch low over the water and
waggle her neck while keeping her head in one position. Her body would not
move, just her neck. Every once in a while she would flick a wing open and
quickly retract it. I really don't know why she would do this other than
to aid in capturing her prey. She then leapt into the water and snagged
something. She floated there a second or two and then proceeded to get
back out and preen. She did this cycle one more before creeping away into
the cattails. At one point, a male Red-winged Blackbird dove near her. I
captured it on video as she got alert, crouched, then stabbed upward at the
blackbird while letting out a couple of soft hisses. I have never heard
that before! I was able to capture some photos of this beautify bird
during this activity. I hope you enjoy them and give you a feel for how
these mysterious denizens of the marsh behave when undisturbed.

- Photo: Standing on a cattail showing the wide range of colors in her
plumage:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/19259885100/in/dateposted/
- Photo: Starting to hunt, probably one of my personal favorites of a
female:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/19259898660/in/dateposted/
- Photo: Flicking her wing out while hunting:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/19421396986/in/photostream/
- Photo: Jumping forward into the water:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/19261310549/in/dateposted/
- Photo: Preening showing her tongue:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18826872023/in/dateposted/
- Photo: Creeping away:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/19447482855/in/dateposted/
- Video: Reacting to Red-winged Blackbird:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18826789153/in/dateposted/

*Pied-billed Grebe - 1*

Common Gallinule - 1

Virginia Rail *-* 13 Adults

Sora - 1

Great Blue Heron - 9

The surveys were a combination of canoeing and broadcasting from the dikes.
The surveys start 1/2 hour before sunrise and each route is made up of a
series of points where a standardized set of broadcast vocalizations are
played. Birds are recorded in accordance with the guidelines and methods
put forth by the USFWS. I have been asked not to give out specific
locations of listed birds.

The following is from the USFWS -

*"As a reminder, the USFWS does not allow playing of marshbird calls or
use of canoes at the Concord Impoundments without authorization. For more
information about ongoing surveys, management, or volunteering at the
Concord Impoundments, please contact the Refuge Biological Staff at
978-443-4661, x24 <978-443-4661%2C%20x24> or x37"*

Thanks for reading,
Steve


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

 

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Date: 7/6/15 12:40 pm
From: Birdwsg <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White-winged Dove, Newburyport 7/4
A woman just brought in her camera with a photo of a WHITE-WINGED DOVE, taken on July 4th in her back yard off Water Street in Newburyport. She said that the bird sat high in the oak/maple tree for about three hours but never came down to the feeders (she has 2 dogs).

Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
<Birdwsg...>
978-462-0775
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
Celebrating 20 years of service to the birding community!
Special Promos on Swarovski, Zeiss.
 

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Date: 7/6/15 10:12 am
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/5-6 Duxbury - It's starting.....
On Saturday the 4th of July parade.

On Sunday the first returning Greater Yellowlegs at the Bluefish river
bridge

Today (7/6) I found a flock of 36 Short-billed Dowitcher already busily
feeding at low tide on crescent Beach and 5 more near High Pines

The lingering Black-bellied Plovers (5-7), Ruddy Turnstone, and club-footed
Semipalmated Plover (http://www.pbase.com/rickbowes/image/160660634) on
Crescent Beach will soon have lots of company.



On Duxbury Beach baby Willets and Piping Plovers are much in evidence for
those who look, as are 3 broods of Killdeer out by the Gurnet. Just south of
Plum Hills in the Gurnet Marsh on a sandy delta-like area (from a winter
storm washover) 100 or so Bank Swallows were quietly hanging out on the sand
this a.m. - a mix of adults and young birds. The Osprey nest in the Gurnet
Marsh appears to have been unsuccessful - but not for a lack of trying this
year. The same appears true for the Oystercatcher pair that had a nest of
2 eggs washed out on a near 12 ft tide mid-June. Hopes for a re-nest
waning.



A pair of Black Skimmers has been pretty regular since 6/11 at the High
Pines peninsula at all but the lowest time of the tide - mostly resting but
occasionally cruising up and down the shoreline between the bridge and
Gurnet. One is noticeably smaller than the other (females are smaller) and
shows a yellowish/pinkish wash on her underparts in good light.
(http://www.pbase.com/rickbowes/image/160660632)



Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA

<rbowes...>

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












 

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Date: 7/6/15 1:30 am
From: Spector, David (Biology) <spectord...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Stellar's jay sightings in Mass?
According to the Birds of North America account for Steller's Jay there are records for Qubec and for Chicago (Vermont is not mentioned). That account also mentions occasional eruptive movements in areas near the species's range and banded individuals recovered up to several hundred miles from where they were banded. Thus, it is a species that might be expected to show up here, albeit very, very rarely. The Birds of North Amercia account for Blue Jay mentions multiple observations of melanistic individuals.

David

David Spector
Belchertown, Massachuetts

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From: <massbird-approval...> [<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of Joshua Rose [<opihi...>]
Sent: Sunday, July 05, 2015 10:14 PM
To: <mussey.robert...>
Cc: <massbird...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Stellar's jay sightings in Mass?

Robert and MassBirders,

There are no records for Steller~Rs Jay in MA, according to MARC~Rs website. eBird does show one record for Vermont, in late November of 1987. This is not only the only record shown for New England, it is the one and only record east of the Mississippi. Some states may have records not yet entered into eBird, but it is clear that the species is tremendously unlikely to occur anywhere remotely close to here, so unlikely that a Blue Jay with partial melanism or an oil-stained head or some other aberrant circumstance is probably more likely than a Steller~Rs. Tell your friends to take a picture if they ever see it again...

Good birding,

Josh


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




 

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Date: 7/5/15 10:46 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Georgetown-Rowley State Forest, Jul 5, 2015
> Georgetown-Rowley State Forest
> Jul 5, 2015 6:40 AM - 11:40 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> Comments: I went to the southeastern part of this under-birded state
> forest from Boxford Rd. in Rowley in hopes of seeing or hearing p-b
> grebes, least bitterns, and rails in the huge cattail marsh there (it
> dwarfs the one in Willowdale SF). I found none of them and had to content
> myself with songbirds, including many babies.
> 41 species
>
> Canada Goose 3
> Wood Duck 3
> Mallard 7 hen with 6 large young
> Great Blue Heron 2 (This site had a 40-nest colony about 6 years ago,
> but it now contains only six, and none of them looked occupied.)
> Great Egret 1
> Mourning Dove 3
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Downy Woodpecker 6
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 8 including a juv. that flew out
> from a cavity, possibly the nesting cavity
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 7
> Eastern Phoebe 4
> Great Crested Flycatcher 3
> Eastern Kingbird 2
> Yellow-throated Vireo 2
> Warbling Vireo 6
> Red-eyed Vireo 11
> Blue Jay 4
> Tree Swallow 12
> Barn Swallow 4
> Black-capped Chickadee 33 many young
> Tufted Titmouse 28 many young
> White-breasted Nuthatch 25 many young
> Marsh Wren 9
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
> Eastern Bluebird 3
> American Robin 12
> Cedar Waxwing 1
> Ovenbird 5
> Common Yellowthroat 8
> Pine Warbler 1
> Black-throated Green Warbler 2
> Chipping Sparrow 2
> Song Sparrow 7
> Swamp Sparrow 6
> Scarlet Tanager 5
> Northern Cardinal 4
> Red-winged Blackbird 45 many young
> Common Grackle 16 many young
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> Baltimore Oriole 16 many young
> American Goldfinch 4
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24159964

On the way there, I saw two hen turkeys with 15 young between them, though
the young looked all the same size and could possibly have been a single
brood. They were by the side of (and in) the road by a large blue building
on Boxford Rd. that has many dump trucks outside--either a DPW facility or a
contractor, I'm not sure which.

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

 

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Date: 7/5/15 7:42 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Stellar's jay sightings in Mass?
Robert and MassBirders,

There are no records for Steller’s Jay in MA, according to MARC’s website. eBird does show one record for Vermont, in late November of 1987. This is not only the only record shown for New England, it is the one and only record east of the Mississippi. Some states may have records not yet entered into eBird, but it is clear that the species is tremendously unlikely to occur anywhere remotely close to here, so unlikely that a Blue Jay with partial melanism or an oil-stained head or some other aberrant circumstance is probably more likely than a Steller’s. Tell your friends to take a picture if they ever see it again...

Good birding,

Josh


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




 

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Date: 7/5/15 6:10 pm
From: Steve Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pair of Common Loons in Haverhill
I got word through Martha Akey of a pair of Common Loons on Kenoza
Lake. So I've been keeping my eye out and yesterday saw them together,
interacting at the far end of the lake from Route 110. Today they were
close to Route 110 and I was able to get a quick photo from the side of
the road:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884@N06/19419324286/in/dateposted-public/

From their behavior, it seems rather clear that they're a pair;
however, there doesn't appear to be any young. So if they did nest, it
appears to have failed. There's an island far out in the lake which
might provide nesting habitat. Common Loons were not confirmed in Essex
or Middlesex County during the recent Breeding Bird Atlas (although I
had one on Kenoza Lake into early June for a "possible") so this would
be a nice confirmation......perhaps next year.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA
 

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Date: 7/5/15 1:59 pm
From: <mussey.robert...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Stellar's jay sightings in Mass?
Has there ever been a Stellar's jay sighting in Mass? I was visiting friends at a pond in Gardner for the 4th, they swore up and down they had been seeing one at their feeder there for a week or so beginning June 20. I showed them a series of photos on my Audubon Soc bird app, and they said "Yes, it was definitely a Stellar's, looked exactly like that."

I told them
To alert me immediately if they sed it again.

Robert Mussey, Milton

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 7/5/15 10:43 am
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA notables
Photos/descriptions are visible on the checklists.
Other reports include 4 Royal Terns at Race Point (4th), and photos of the Ruff the afternoon of the 3rd.

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) (2)
- Reported Jul 05, 2015 07:30 by Rob MacDonald
- Burrage Pond WMA, Hanson, Plymouth, Massachusetts
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.0307111,-70.861516&ll=42.0307111,-70.861516
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24155676


Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) (1)
- Reported Jul 03, 2015 07:28 by Kevin Rogers
- Bird Island, Plymouth, Massachusetts
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=41.669,-70.717&ll=41.669,-70.717
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24131500


Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus) (1)
- Reported Jul 01, 2015 15:55 by Robert Stevenson
- Clark Cove Rd Loop Intersection, Nantucket, Massachusetts
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=41.2688694,-70.1632965&ll=41.2688694,-70.1632965
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24132111



Happy Birding,
Liam Waters

Sent from my iPod so please excuse any errors.


 

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Date: 7/5/15 9:22 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fledge Day for Purple Martins - Lot #1 PRNWR Plum Island
Birders,

This morning while doing a routine round of nest checks (with two guests), we were fortunate to witness two members of the Class of 2015 take their first flights on this glorious summer day.

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport


 

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Date: 7/5/15 8:15 am
From: Lapite, Constance <Constance.Lapite...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] PRNWR Red-necked and Wilson's present
At 10:45 am, both phalaropes visible from Bill Forward pool blind.

Constance Lapite
Beverly, MA

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Date: 7/4/15 3:59 pm
From: Raymond Marr Jr <rmarr2...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great numbers of Purple Martins in Rehoboth MA
With the warm dry spring set the stage for a record season for Purple Martins and it sure did at the Crestwood Country club
and the Clark family along wheeler avenue in Rehoboth The first of the fledglings due to take flight now and right threw mid Aug.
Crestwood Country club and the Clarks both added to the number of units so they now can support up to 116 pairs.
Crestwood Country club to date has 45 pairs and The Clarks now holding at 47 pairs. grand total of 92 pairs.
They gained 34 new nesting pairs from the 2014 season. Between the both sites.

Many Thanks to the Crestwood Country club and The Clark family for the support.

Raymond Marr
Barrington RI
<rmarr2...>





 

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Date: 7/4/15 2:31 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Mt. Greylock-2015 added
Oops. I did not edit the comments correctly. Please disregard sentences in the paragraph after the Mourning Warbler comment; they refer to last year. There was so much water we had the highest count of Winter Wren tied with 1996.

Glenn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Glenn d'Entremont" <gdentremont1...>
To: "massbird MASSBIRD" <massbird...>
Sent: Saturday, July 4, 2015 4:31:31 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mt. Greylock-2015 added

A little late reporting this year. We ran this trip on June 20th.

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

We did NOT encounter Mourning Warbler before the "normal" Jone's Nose trail with one bird there. Only one Swainson's Thrush on the Saddleball Trail. Look at Black-throated Blue; the highest ever. Junco has a high number this year, too. Not much water with low running on the brooks so Winter Wren is the lowest ever.

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

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

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

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Date: 7/4/15 1:59 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mt. Greylock-2015 added
A little late reporting this year. We ran this trip on June 20th.

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

We did NOT encounter Mourning Warbler before the "normal" Jone's Nose trail with one bird there. Only one Swainson's Thrush on the Saddleball Trail. Look at Black-throated Blue; the highest ever. Junco has a high number this year, too. Not much water with low running on the brooks so Winter Wren is the lowest ever.

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

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

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

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Date: 7/4/15 7:44 am
From: Miles Brengle <brenglema...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 7/4
Massbird,

My dad and I brought a house guest to Plum Island today to show him what it
was like. The island definitely lived up to its expectations, as we saw
the Red Phalarope and a Seaside Sparrow. More details on the locations of
the birds can be found in the checklist link below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24143465

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

 

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Date: 7/4/15 7:41 am
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Blue-headed Vireos Confirmed, Pepperell, MA, 7/4

Early this morning I heard a singing Blue-headed Vireo in my yard - the first one I've had here this year. They used to nest in the neighborhood, but not since 2012. So I was pretty excited to hear the male this morning. I was all set to write a post about my guess that it was a male wandering around after completing its initial nesting of the year. But then on my morning walk in the neighborhood I ran into a female Blue-headed feeding a noisy Cowbird. Who knows where this wandering family nested, but certainly far enough away to be out of ear-shot while on the nest.

Other family groups seen this morning - Downy Woodpecker, Chickadee, Titmouse, and Ovenbird (feeding both a baby Ovenbird and a baby Cowbird!)

I've also had 3 female hummingbirds at the feeder all summer so hoping I have 3 nests nearby. Time to set out a 2nd feeder to feed all the young.


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

 

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Date: 7/4/15 5:05 am
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Norton Point, Edgartown, MA, Jul 3, 2015
 

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Date: 7/3/15 2:33 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Martin Burns WMA, Jul 3, 2015
> Martin Burns WMA, Newbury
> Jul 3, 2015 7:30 AM - 11:50 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Marj Watson and I birded the WMA in conjunction with a
> butterfly count. We saw no swallows and heard no cuckoos in over four
> hours. We saw plenty of great-spangled fritillaries (38), banded
> hairstreaks (18), and little wood satyrs (11), among other butterflies.
> 30 species
>
> Turkey Vulture 3
> Mourning Dove 3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 4
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 1
> Eastern Kingbird 0 we were astonished to miss this species
> Red-eyed Vireo 5
> Blue Jay 5
> Black-capped Chickadee 8
> Tufted Titmouse 4
> White-breasted Nuthatch 3
> Wood Thrush 1
> American Robin 22
> Gray Catbird 14
> Cedar Waxwing 2
> Common Yellowthroat 22
> Chestnut-sided Warbler 3 one pair were both carrying food, but I
> could not find the nest or young
> Prairie Warbler 2
> Eastern Towhee 14
> Chipping Sparrow 1
> Field Sparrow 2
> Song Sparrow 4
> Scarlet Tanager 7
> Indigo Bunting 6
> Red-winged Blackbird 10
> Common Grackle 1
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> Baltimore Oriole 5
> American Goldfinch 7
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24136943


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

 

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Date: 7/3/15 12:04 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ponkapoag Addenda
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Turkey Vulture 3 together
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Ovenbird 14
Pine Warbler 10
P.S. I believe I heard a White-throated Sparrow. A Blue Jay ate the eggs of Cedar Waxwings in nest at the beginning of the dike (in an oak). The ode that I misnamed in my previous post is the Dot-tailed White Face.
There were also many Eastern Bluetails. Why is almost every single massbird post lately from just one locale within our entire state of Massachusetts? Just wondering, geesh!
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 7/3/15 11:00 am
From: Cliff <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum island Red Phalarope No Ruff
The Red Phalarope had been present in Bill Forward Pool all day, best seen from the new blind. The Ruff was present very early in the morning then flew north and has not returned as of the present time.

Cliff Cook
Watertown

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Date: 7/3/15 4:40 am
From: LdlF <anhinga3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cap't Bill's Whale Watch, 7/2/15


Hi MassBirders! 
Yesterday morning, Mark Burns and I made a brief stop at Parker River NWR to see the Red Phalarope - and Ruff - Thank you, Steve Arena! 
We then headed over to Gloucester to take the 2PM whale watch with Captain Bill's. We had a fantastic afternoon with perfect weather, numerous whale sitings, and great sea birding. Our trip list includes:
Humpback Whale - 11 Fin Back Whale - 1 Minke Whale - 1 Basking Shark -1 Mola-Mola -1 
Shearwaters - Cory's, Greater, Sooty, Manx.Storm-Petrels - Wilson's, Leach's.
On our way out to Stellwagon Bank we saw a Great Blue Heron flying around and then it landed and sat on the water. Seemed a bit out of place as we were far from land.
Good Birding and Happy Independence Day!
Laura de la Flor Salem MA
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Date: 7/2/15 8:04 pm
From: <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] A Perfect Summer Day

Massbirders:
 
I sing the praises of a perfect summer day. A day of ideal weather, the good company of friends and special birds. It could only be improved, perhaps, with a glass of fine wine. When I arrived at Plum Island this morning the bright red sun was still half below the horizon and the morning light just spreading across the cloudless sky. I remember thinking; during the brittle cold days of winter; when we were beleaguered by the polar vortex’, and when the snow was piled high, it might be worth the pain if the weather would maintain its arctic form into the summer and we would have a cool summer as we had a cold winter. Today was our reward. It wasn’t just the temperature; it never is on Plum Island, it was the lack of biting insects and, of course the birds. It’s always the birds. One of my early targets was to see if I could score a Seaside Sparrow out in the salt marshes. Tom Wetmore had been seeing them off and on between Parking lot 2 and the pans and usually in the e!
arly morning. Although I found no Seaside I did find five Saltmarsh Sparrows; sitting out in the new sun and even occasionally vocalizing.
At Sandy point there were many Piping Plovers; some in clear family groups scurrying about the flat hard sand of low tide. I counted at least twenty. Also there were legions of Least Terns; screeching and chasing and feeding; all aggressive and annoyed. I even saw one attacking a bemused Piping Plover. In other parts of the island the Osprey were hunting and I saw a Bald Eagle slowly flying over the dike at the Town Marker Field, putting everything up around it. All in all I managed to put together a list of 61.
Of course the real highlight was the two rarities. The New Blind is always one of the best birding locals in the summer. Especially in the morning; when the sun illuminates the flats in front and there is usually a cool wind from somewhere to beat the heat and keep the insects at bay. When I got there early I found Steve Arena already there as well as the Red Phalarope and lots of Short-billed Dowitchers. Steve told me of hearing Whip-poor-wills just after dawn, and I even caught the tail end of a call. I had gone to Sandy Point, and had walked to the end of the beach when I was called by Mary Margeret Halsey to tell me that the Reeve had suddenly appeared back at the Blind. Filled with the familiar anxiety that I was going to miss the bird that I had probably walked away from, I trudged back to my car and then drove back to the blind. There was no need to worry for the Reeve was there; a gloriously colored bird. So there in the Blind there was a comfortable day; two raritie!
s, the possibility of another surprise, and the convivial company of birders watching two unusual and unusually beautiful birds. When one contemplates a birding paradise it is something like this.
Doug Chickering
Groveland
<dovekie...>
 

 

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Date: 7/2/15 7:54 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/2 Plymouth Beach and 6/30 Ponkapoag Pond
Great weather at Plymouth Beach. I was able to walk back from the tip in cloudy conditions, YES!
The best time to arrive at the tip is shortly before or shortly after high tide. The tip is where a great deal of the action is.
PLYMOUTH BEACH HIGHLIGHTS:
Osprey 3 including to nestlings
Piping Plover 18
Short-billed Dowitcher 28 bayside
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1 F.O.Y.
Willet 10
Bonaparte's Gull 6
Laughing Gull x
Least Tern x
Common Tern 1,000 guess;something spooked the dunes birds and they all flew out simultaneously
Roseate Tern 2 adults at tip roosting with commons near waters edge
Black Skimmer 2 at tip near group of rocks jutting out
Bank Swallow 4 nests near tip in dune banks on harbor side (easy to spot)
Horned Lark 1 flew in from ocean from Duxbury direction
PONKAPOAG POND HIGHLIGHTS:
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 giving four series of cloom calls in tree at end of dike (near golf course) before flying part way down the dike and disappearing into trees and shrubs
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Eastern Wood Pewee 2
Eastern Kingbird 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Red-eyed Vireo 10
Warbling Vireo 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 1 singing one-third mile east of Fishermen's Beach
Brown Creeper 2
Winter Wren 1 singing at pond near Y.M.C.A. camp (a bit beyond bog boardwalk)
Veery 5 all singing
Wood Thrush 2
Yellow Warbler 10
Common Yellowthroat 10
Eastern Towhee 3
Swamp Sparrow 2
Scarlet Tanager 3 all singing males
Baltimore Oriole 7
FLORA:
Pitcher Plants
Sundew
Bladderwort
Rose Pogonia
Sheep Laurel
ODES:
Common Whitetail
Common Green Darner
Common Pondhawk
White-faced Dot (is that the name?)
unidentified odes 5
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 7/2/15 6:06 pm
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/2/15: Ruff and Red Phalarope Photos/Videos from PRNWR today
Hi Massbirders

What a nice day on the island. I arrived at dawn and spent my time at the
Bill Forward Pool blind from 0515 to 1115. Here are some images and videos
of the Ruff (Reeve), female Red Phalarope, Wilson's Phalarope, Blue-winged
Teal drake, and Short-billed Dowitchers.

Red Phalarope
Video - Feeding -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/19178302828/in/dateposted/
Pretty Photo -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/19339976966/in/dateposted/
Photo in flight -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/19359954532/in/photostream/
Photo showing that it is missing the toes on the left leg -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/19179887649/in/dateposted/

Ruff
Video - preening and bathing -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/19179708979/in/dateposted/
Photo with Lesser Yellowlegs -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18743521564/in/dateposted/
Photo in flight -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/19359950622/in/dateposted/
Photo in flight with Short-billed Dowitchers -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/19366067185/in/dateposted/

Wilson's Phalarope
Photo - https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/19179887989/in/dateposted/

Blue and Green-winged Teal
Photo - https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/19366069535/in/dateposted/

Short-billed Dowitchers
Photo in flight -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/19366066615/in/dateposted/

Thanks for reading

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

 

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Date: 7/2/15 5:42 pm
From: Tom Brownrigg <brownriggs...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Orchard oriole (?) Halibut Point
I apologize for the late post. On 6/29 we visited Halibut Point, Rockport,
an area we seldom bird. We heard a bird that we thought was an Orchard
oriole, but did not see it well. The area that we heard it: there is a
dirt road across from the parking lot that leads through overgrown fields
and eventually ends near the ocean. The bird was singing between this road
and the quarry pond. It sang occasionally and moved around quite a lot.
The sky was gray, and we could not see colors. Perhaps someone could look
for it.



Other birds of note: two Green herons near the quarry pond, many Towhees
heard, two males & female seen. No Brown thrashers, unfortunately.



Tom & D'Ann Brownrigg

Carlisle, MA


 

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Date: 7/2/15 5:36 pm
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] moderator - message from hacked account
An "important document" was sent to the list from an account that was
hacked.

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

Thanks for your cooperation and participation!

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

 

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Date: 7/2/15 4:21 pm
From: Steve Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Peregrine Falcons in Haverhill
The Peregrine Falcons finally decided to nest in Haverhill this summer.
It was very rewarding to find the nest as Jane and I spent a lot of time
last summer with no luck. They nested right on Merrimack Street and
only about 3 stories up, one of the lowest nests in Massachusetts
according to Tom French.

They hatched 3 young, but one of them died when it fell off the ledge
they nested on. The two remaining chicks did well and were banded by
Tom. The adult male had previously been banded as a chick from
Manchester, NH in 2012. The two youngsters (both female) flew for the
first time two days ago and are still hopping and flying around the tops
of the buildings near the Masonic Building and Salvation Army building
on Merrimack Street. Jane and I watched them for a bit this evening.

Here are a few photos of the chicks and adults. The most recent photos
are first, and the older photos follow. The last photo is the "dad" as
a chick in Manchester.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884@N06/sets/72157641721155933

Oh......and for those of you who thought Tom French was all about
Peregrine Falcons, it turns out he knows a lot about dog poop!!! This
video will put you to sleep!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXmYzZ5MDUc

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

 

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Date: 7/2/15 4:19 pm
From: James Taylor <jtaylor274...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Important document
Kindly view the document i attached to you via Drop box.

View Document <https://signsuniqueinstallations.com/scan_58910pdf.htm>
Thank You




© 2014 Dropbox

 

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Date: 7/2/15 3:01 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Jul 2, 2015 (red phalarope, ruff)
> Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
> Jul 2, 2015 9:40 AM - 12:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.5 mile(s)
> 42 species
> I birded as far south as the BFP blind, where I saw many birding friends.
> Highlights only:

> Blue-winged Teal 1
> Green-winged Teal (American) 3
> Great Egret 8
> Snowy Egret 13
> Glossy Ibis 1
> Turkey Vulture 3
> Osprey 3
> Bald Eagle 1 adult flew over the north pool
> Semipalmated Plover 1 Bill Forward Pool (BFP)
> Greater Yellowlegs 5
> Willet (Eastern) 20
> Lesser Yellowlegs 10
> Ruff 1 continuing female at BFP--seen very well in good light. size
> of LEYE but with darker yellowish legs and browner plumage, esp. about the
> head. In flight, had large oval white patch on rump.

> Least Sandpiper 2
> White-rumped Sandpiper 2 Both these peeps were long-winged and
> dwarfed nearby LESAs. Though we didn't see them fly, Steve Arena and I
> agreed that there was nothing else they could be. (BFP)

> Short-billed Dowitcher 130 plus (BFP)
> Red Phalarope 1 continuing adult female at BFP. What a treat to see
> one in breeding plumage. We noticed that she had only one leg.

> Willow Flycatcher 1
> Eastern Kingbird 4
> Red-eyed Vireo 2
> Marsh Wren 6 (north pool)
> Common Yellowthroat 8
> Yellow Warbler 1
> Eastern Towhee 15
> Seaside Sparrow 1 between lots 2 and 3
> Song Sparrow 8
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24126241

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

 

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Date: 7/2/15 1:50 pm
From: tattler1 <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ruff at Bill Forward still present 4:20 pm


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Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>
 

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Date: 7/2/15 1:19 pm
From: David <davidbbernstein...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ruff & Red Phalarope YES (2:30pm)
Both birds present at Bill Forward blind. Really nice looking ruff - almost golden colored in the light we had. Bold patterning.
Great find Steve!
Red phalarope was also present.

Best,
Dave Bernstein
West Rox


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Date: 7/2/15 7:45 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm today
Nice morning for a short walk at Drumlin Farm. Highlights were green heron, bobolinks, rose-breasted grosbeak and continuing American kestrel. 32 species total

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln



Wild Turkey 1

Great Blue Heron 1

Green Heron 1

Killdeer 3

Mourning Dove 2

Chimney Swift 3

Downy Woodpecker 2

American Kestrel 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 1

Blue Jay 1

American Crow 2

Tree Swallow 3

Barn Swallow 10

Black-capped Chickadee 2

Tufted Titmouse 2

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Eastern Bluebird 3

American Robin 20

Gray Catbird 2

European Starling 20

Cedar Waxwing 1

Common Yellowthroat 1

Chipping Sparrow 2

Song Sparrow 2

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1

Bobolink 3

Red-winged Blackbird 20

Brown-headed Cowbird 1

Baltimore Oriole 2

House Finch 1

American Goldfinch 3

House Sparrow 1




 

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Date: 7/2/15 6:49 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/2/15 - Ruff Follow Up PRNWR
Massbirders.

The Ruff is being seen well at the Bill Forward Pool blind (new blind). The
bird is an adult female (Reeve). For birders trying for this bird, knowing
the plumage hopefully will help folks.

Also, the female Red Phalarope is also showing well.

With high tide mid day and the influx of migrants over night, BFP should be
hopping!

Respectfully
Steve


--
Steve Arena
Westboro, MA
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Date: 7/2/15 4:51 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: 7/2 @ 0520 RUFF - Red Phalarope present @ PRNWR
A Ruff has joined the mix

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: *Steve Arena* <pokedaddy151...>
Date: Thursday, July 2, 2015
Subject: 7/2 @ 0520 - Red Phalarope present @ PRNWR
To: Massbird <massbird...>


Wilson's Phalarope joined the Red Phalarope.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: *Steve Arena* <pokedaddy151...>
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','<pokedaddy151...>');>>
Date: Thursday, July 2, 2015
Subject: 7/2 @ 0520 - Red Phalarope present @ PRNWR
To: Massbird <massbird...>
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','<massbird...>');>>


subject bird at Bill Forward Pool, PRNWR, Plum Island.

v/r
Steve


--
Steve Arena
Westboro, MA
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Steve Arena
Westboro, MA
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Steve Arena
Westboro, MA
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Date: 7/2/15 4:03 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: 7/2 @ 0520 - Red Phalarope present @ PRNWR
Wilson's Phalarope joined the Red Phalarope.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: *Steve Arena* <pokedaddy151...>
Date: Thursday, July 2, 2015
Subject: 7/2 @ 0520 - Red Phalarope present @ PRNWR
To: Massbird <massbird...>


subject bird at Bill Forward Pool, PRNWR, Plum Island.

v/r
Steve


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Steve Arena
Westboro, MA
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Steve Arena
Westboro, MA
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Date: 7/2/15 2:51 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 7/2 @ 0520 - Red Phalarope present @ PRNWR
subject bird at Bill Forward Pool, PRNWR, Plum Island.

v/r
Steve


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Steve Arena
Westboro, MA
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Date: 7/1/15 6:19 pm
From: Richard Heil <rsheil...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island Highlights; 30 June & 1 July 2015.
30 June & 1 July 2015:
PLUM ISLAND Highlights:
short visits of about 3.5 hours both days

Cory's Shearwater (1, 16) : off Lot One.
Northern Gannet (5, 3)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (6, 4)
Glossy Ibis (5, 0)
Semipalmated Plover (1, 5)
Piping Plover (7ads. flying N past Lot One, 16)
Greater Yellowlegs (2, 8)
Lesser Yellowlegs (40, 19)
Dunlin (0, 1)
Least Sandpiper (1, 2)
White-rumped Sandpiper (2, 1)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (0, 7)
Short-billed Dowitcher (36, 32)
RED PHALAROPE (1f. breeding plumage) - Found previously by T. Wetmore, present both days at Bill Forward Pool. Undoubtably blown ashore by strong E and NE winds from Sunday's storm.
Parasitic Jaeger (0, 1) : ad or near adult flying SE past Emerson Rocks.
COMMON MURRE (0, 1) : breeding plumage, flying S past Lot One.
Bonaparte's Gull (0, 13)
Red-eyed Vireo (2, 1) : adult observed feeding juv. at Hellcat parking lot.
Orchard Oriole (1ad.m.) 6/30 - flying nonstop parallel to the refuge road for more than a mile from near lot one to the 'kettle hole' I paced it the entire distance with my car and clocked it at about 18 mph. (2) - 7/1 : 1 imm. m. - Stage I. Pool, 1f. - Forward blind.

Richard S. Heil
S. Peabody, MA


 

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Date: 7/1/15 5:23 pm
From: tattler1 <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Phalarope still present 7:50 pm 7/1


Sent from my iPhone

Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>
 

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Date: 7/1/15 9:30 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bird Guide - Mashpee Area
Birders,

I have clients who will be staying Mashpee next week. They're looking
for a Cape based
guide to show them some local birding areas.

Please be in touch off line.

Thanks & good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport



 

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