MASSBIRD
Received From Subject
12/14/17 2:28 pm Marsha Salett <msalett...> [MASSBIRD] Cape May and Yellow-rumped warblers at Lake Waban, Wellesley
12/14/17 8:22 am Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...> [MASSBIRD] Count week raven
12/14/17 6:24 am David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - 12-13-2017
12/13/17 6:29 am Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Black Vultures - local
12/13/17 6:07 am <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin - New Salem
12/12/17 9:15 am Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - 2000 Commonwealth Ave, Brighton, MA, Dec 12, 2017
12/12/17 6:22 am Young, John (DPU) <john.young...> [MASSBIRD] Odd grebe, Plymouth
12/11/17 5:23 pm Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...> [MASSBIRD] Great Neck, Ipswich (Clark Pond) 12/11/17
12/11/17 11:45 am Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...> [MASSBIRD] Hooded warbler
12/11/17 11:21 am Marshall Iliff <miliff...> [MASSBIRD] Ruddy Ducks (not) and others at Chestnut Hill Reservoir
12/11/17 10:05 am Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...> [MASSBIRD] chestnut hill reservoir double dipper
12/11/17 8:23 am Kevin Ryan <kr1946...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle
12/11/17 7:55 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Summer Tanager
12/11/17 4:51 am Erik Nielsen <erikbogh...> [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager, Westwood
12/10/17 8:16 pm Nick Paulson <grendelpgill...> [MASSBIRD] Crossbills
12/10/17 4:41 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Gray Catbird Brookline
12/10/17 10:27 am Sean Williams <seanbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Black-backed Oriole in Sutton, MA; 7-8 May 2017
12/10/17 10:27 am James Dillon <jdillon755270...> [MASSBIRD] Rusty Blackbird, Lynnfield
12/10/17 10:27 am Max Chalfin-Jacobs <maxchalfinjacobs...> [MASSBIRD] Hooded Warbler, Chestnut hill driveway- Continuing
12/10/17 8:56 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR - OPEN
12/10/17 6:07 am Zack Weber <birdingwithzackweber...> [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR currently closed
12/9/17 5:23 pm Mike Tucker <bnatural2...> [MASSBIRD] Tennessee Warbler, other Cape birds 12/9
12/9/17 1:35 pm Tom Murray <tmurray74...> [MASSBIRD] 2 White-crowned Sparrows in Groton
12/8/17 3:15 pm Al Curtis <killdeer89...> [MASSBIRD] Iceland Gull and Bald Eagle- Craigville Beach
12/8/17 1:49 pm Kathy Rawdon <rawdonk...> [MASSBIRD] Hingham Ash throated flycatcher
12/8/17 1:44 pm Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills, Savoy; Saw-whets Windsor
12/7/17 2:52 pm Sean Williams <seanbirder...> [MASSBIRD] MARC news
12/7/17 12:18 pm Josh Gahagan <jmgahagan15...> [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills, Mount Watatic 12/7
12/7/17 10:02 am William Drummond <wcdrummond...> [MASSBIRD] Hermit Thrush
12/7/17 8:00 am Sue Finnegan <suefinnegan...> [MASSBIRD] Advice on tripod
12/6/17 5:32 pm James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls - Barrow's Goldeneye 12/05
12/6/17 2:08 pm caroline haines <chaines49...> [MASSBIRD] Razorbill
12/6/17 2:01 pm Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] King Eider, Snowy Owl -Gloucester 12/6
12/6/17 1:37 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Salisbury, Hampton Beach, Cherry Hill Res. - 12-06-2017
12/6/17 12:29 pm Alan Belford <alan_belford...> [MASSBIRD] Race Point Birds - Black-headed Gull, Thick-billed Murre, Common Murre, Dovekie, King Eider, etc
12/6/17 7:41 am Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...> [MASSBIRD] Yucatan Birding Contacts
12/6/17 6:49 am Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> RE: [MASSBIRD] The Yellow-throated Warbler in NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MASSACHUSETTS
12/6/17 6:09 am Joyce Spencer <jsmassbird...> [MASSBIRD] Bald eagle route 95
12/5/17 7:48 pm Susan Browne <brnfaap...> [MASSBIRD] King Eider
12/5/17 6:28 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owls
12/5/17 4:25 pm Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] RE: Seabrook Yellow-throated Warbler - NO 12/5/17 [but still there!]
12/5/17 1:14 pm John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River WS Fox Sparrows, Pileated
12/5/17 1:00 pm Marj. Rines <marj...> [MASSBIRD] Request for Peregrine info
12/5/17 12:32 pm Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...> [MASSBIRD] Warblers
12/5/17 11:58 am Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] Seabrook Yellow-throated Warbler - NO 12/5/17
12/4/17 3:37 pm Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...> [MASSBIRD] Sex of the Black-throated gray warbler in Wakefield
12/4/17 3:21 pm Susan Browne <gilded_chrysalis...> Re: [MASSBIRD] King Eider
12/4/17 2:45 pm Birding <jsmassbird...> [MASSBIRD] King Eider Gloucester
12/3/17 8:18 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Crane Beach, Ipswich, Dec 3, 2017
12/3/17 4:11 pm Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] 2 Cackling Geese at Nine Acre Corner
12/3/17 3:55 pm Marsha Salett <msalett...> [MASSBIRD] December 2017 Bird Observer now online
12/3/17 2:15 pm Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Dec 3, 2017
12/3/17 2:15 pm chris buelow <dryoptera...> [MASSBIRD] 5 sandhill cranes - hardwick
12/3/17 1:14 pm Travis Mazerall <tmazerall...> [MASSBIRD] Hooded Warbler near Chestnut hill reservoir
12/3/17 11:14 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owls.
12/3/17 10:42 am Leslie Kramer <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] Common Raven Over Medford Hillside-1:25 PM
12/3/17 8:41 am Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...> [MASSBIRD] BTGW yes 11:00 AM
12/3/17 7:56 am James Dillon <jdillon755270...> [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher continues
12/2/17 5:12 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Ash-throated flycatcher - Lincoln
12/2/17 3:00 pm <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Lapland Longspur - East Meadows, Northampton
12/2/17 2:59 pm Cappy Popp <cappy.popp...> [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher YES @ 1530-1600 12/2
12/2/17 2:59 pm Derek and Jeannette Lovitch <freeportwildbird...> [MASSBIRD] Birds on Tap comes to Mass and we're hiring!
12/2/17 2:52 pm John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl, Rockport on BBC Cape Ann trip
12/2/17 1:32 pm Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...> [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher Medford yes
12/2/17 1:32 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 12-02-2017
12/2/17 1:32 pm Mark Daley <mbkm...> [MASSBIRD] Hammond's YES 12/2 9am
12/2/17 12:54 pm Dan M <danmbagg...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Jodrey Fish Pier, Gloucester duck ID
12/2/17 11:10 am Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Peregrine , Nahant Causeway
12/2/17 10:24 am anhinga3 <anhinga3...> [MASSBIRD] Black-throated Gray Warbler - YES - 105pm
12/2/17 10:13 am Robert Rotberg <rirotberg...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Ash-throated flycatcher
12/2/17 9:13 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Horseneck W-eyed Vireo, 7 Allen's Pond R-c Kinglets etc.
12/2/17 9:00 am Tim Sackton <timsackton...> [MASSBIRD] Male King Eider, Bass Rocks
12/2/17 8:53 am Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...> [MASSBIRD] Raven, merlin in Milton
12/2/17 8:44 am anhinga3 <anhinga3...> [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher - YES - 1130am
12/2/17 7:54 am Constance Lapite <peteorconstance...> [MASSBIRD] White-eyed Vireo PRNWR
12/2/17 6:51 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Reading Screech Owl
12/2/17 6:29 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher Dec 1
12/2/17 6:21 am Andrea Bean <abean60...> [MASSBIRD] Bell’s Vireo fairhaven
12/2/17 6:19 am danafox <danafox...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher Dec 1
12/1/17 9:43 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Nahanton Park, Newton: Towhee, Tree Sparrows
12/1/17 6:13 pm Dan M <danmbagg...> [MASSBIRD] Jodrey Fish Pier, Gloucester duck ID
12/1/17 1:07 pm Robert Rotberg <rirotberg...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher Dec 1
12/1/17 11:10 am Tom Kavanaugh <tkav444...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Request for Weather Data.
12/1/17 8:56 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] Request for Weather Data.
11/30/17 6:56 pm James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's Falls area
11/30/17 4:13 pm Mike Tucker <bnatural2...> [MASSBIRD] Winter Wren 11/30
11/30/17 2:20 pm Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] 11/30 Duxbury Beach - multiple Snowy Owls (pix)
11/30/17 1:24 pm Sam Miller <zamziller...> [MASSBIRD] Hammond's and Ash-throated Flycatchers--Yes, Thursday, Nov. 30
11/30/17 12:33 pm Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Flycatcher is relocated
11/30/17 12:06 pm John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club 2018 Young Birder Scholarships
11/30/17 11:16 am James MacDougall <jm3...> [MASSBIRD] Groveland, Johnson's Pond and West Newbury, Cherry Hill Res.
11/30/17 10:48 am Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...> [MASSBIRD] BTGray
11/30/17 10:32 am Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Hammonds Flycatcher yes 1:25
11/30/17 8:19 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm update
11/29/17 7:52 pm Charles Patterson <chaspatt...> [MASSBIRD] Snail Kites
11/29/17 3:43 pm David <davidscott6...> [MASSBIRD] Razorbill castle island South Boston 11/29
11/29/17 3:03 pm C. P. Weaver <cpweaver242...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - 11-29-2017
11/29/17 2:52 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Bird boxes
11/29/17 1:43 pm <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Quabbin Deer Hunt Dates
11/29/17 11:04 am John Weeks <aerie.john...> [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneye -- Agawam (Connecticut River)
11/29/17 10:02 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR - closed 12/6
11/29/17 9:39 am Josh <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] From FB-MARBA: Hammond's Flycatcher in Medford!
11/29/17 9:24 am Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher, Tufts University, Medford
11/28/17 6:49 pm Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...> [MASSBIRD] Late, lingering, reverse migrants persisting
11/28/17 11:18 am Dee Stewart <haberlea...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle, Stow MA
11/28/17 11:00 am Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Bell's Vireo -- Fairhaven
11/28/17 7:32 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Ash-throated is here
11/28/17 6:00 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm this morning
11/28/17 5:54 am Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...> [MASSBIRD] Orleans warblers; 28 Nov. 2017.
11/27/17 6:07 pm Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Sad news
11/27/17 1:21 pm DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] A Great Moment in my Birding Life
11/27/17 12:14 pm ANDREA CESELSKI <waxwing77...> [MASSBIRD] snow buntings
11/27/17 6:42 am Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> Re: [MASSBIRD] RE: Aberrant gull in Provincetown - Leucistic Great Black-backed Gull
11/27/17 5:44 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Ash-throated Flycatcher continues at Drumlin Farm
11/27/17 5:16 am Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> Re: [MASSBIRD] RE: Aberrant gull in Provincetown - Leucistic Great Black-backed Gull
11/26/17 10:00 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield, and Appleton Farm, Ipswich, Nov 26, 2017
11/26/17 7:40 pm Stuart Walker <stuarttwalker...> [MASSBIRD] Peregrines over Forest Hills Cemetery
11/26/17 5:53 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Orange-crowned? at Fresh Pond
11/26/17 4:46 pm Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...> Re: [MASSBIRD] RE: Aberrant gull in Provincetown - Leucistic Great Black-backed Gull
11/26/17 12:44 pm David Swain <davidswain79...> [MASSBIRD] Ash-throated Fly, Drumlin Farm (update), 11/26/17
11/26/17 12:20 pm <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] Ash-throatedflycatcher, drumlin farm refound
11/26/17 11:40 am Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Fw: Rusty Blackbirds, Winter Wren, etc. at Richardi Reservoir in Braintree
11/26/17 11:12 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm - ash throated FC and other good birds
11/26/17 9:53 am David Swain <davidswain79...> [MASSBIRD] Ash Throated Flycatcher, Drumlin Farm, Lincoln 11/26
11/26/17 8:39 am Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...> [MASSBIRD] RE: Aberrant gull in Provincetown - Leucistic Great Black-backed Gull
11/26/17 7:49 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Yellow-throated Warbler at Horseneck
11/26/17 6:35 am Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...> [MASSBIRD] Aberrant gull in Provincetown - ID suggestions?
11/26/17 3:33 am Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> [MASSBIRD] Westport 11/26
11/25/17 8:13 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Appleton Farm (TTOR), Nov 24, 2017
11/25/17 7:31 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] SSBC/BBC trip-leader's choice, south of Boston 11/25/17
11/25/17 1:23 pm Jeffrey Thomas <jthomas139...> [MASSBIRD] Correction: not a Western Grebe - Red-necked
11/25/17 12:36 pm Jeffrey Thomas <jthomas139...> [MASSBIRD] Western Grebe at Plum Island
11/25/17 11:45 am John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Essex shorebirds
11/25/17 10:29 am elabato <elabato...> [MASSBIRD] Red-headed Woodpecker - Northampton
11/25/17 6:39 am Marjorie <marjwtsn...> [MASSBIRD] Greater White fronted Goose Appleton Farms Ipswich
11/24/17 4:22 pm Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck Continues; in Pocksha Pond Today, 11/24
11/24/17 3:47 pm Dougie Peebles <peebsfam...> [MASSBIRD] Fish Crow Murder
11/24/17 1:19 pm <mresch8702...> [MASSBIRD] No Meadowlark - Plum Island, 11/24 AM
11/24/17 10:56 am Jim Guion <jim_guion...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Black-throated Gray
11/24/17 8:58 am akikwe . <akikoue63...> [MASSBIRD] Rough-legged Hawk, Plymouth
11/24/17 8:36 am John Hoye <Lt.Jaeger...> Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Black-throated Gray
11/24/17 8:08 am Scott Spangenberg <sjspangenberg...> [MASSBIRD] Wakefield Black-throated Gray Warbler continues
11/24/17 8:01 am John Hoye <lt.jaeger...> [MASSBIRD] Black-throated Gray
11/24/17 7:52 am Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...> [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh and Winthrop Beach
11/24/17 7:37 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Horseneck Nashville, Orange-crown, Pine warblers, W-e Vireo, B. Oriole
11/24/17 7:26 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Horseneck Nashville, Orange-crown, Pine warblers, W-e Vireo, B. Oriole
11/24/17 5:22 am ECOC Mail <ecocmail...> [MASSBIRD] Essex County Ornithological Club Meeting Reminder - Friday, December 01, 2017
11/23/17 5:06 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Thanksgiving Morning Walk
11/23/17 9:10 am Stuart Walker <stuarttwalker...> [MASSBIRD] Black-throated Gray - Yes
11/23/17 5:25 am <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] OC Warbler Lusitania meadow fresh pond cambridge
11/22/17 7:20 pm Trudy Tynan <ttynan...> [MASSBIRD] Re:apologies
11/22/17 6:37 pm Trudy Tynan <ttynan...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Bargaining Update
11/22/17 4:25 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Summer Tanager reports-yes or no
11/22/17 12:41 pm alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Re: [MASSBIRD] ABA Checklist Update–fairly long / potentially boring
11/22/17 12:41 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 11-22-2017
11/22/17 11:56 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] ABA Checklist Update–fairly long / potentially boring
11/22/17 9:01 am James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's Falls area - recent sightings
11/22/17 6:24 am Peter Laptop <orapendula...> [MASSBIRD] Black throated gray still being seen
11/21/17 8:46 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: [BostonBirds] The Two Brookline Black-throated Gray Warblers
11/21/17 8:20 pm Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: [BostonBirds] The Two Brookline Black-throated Gray Warblers
11/21/17 7:56 pm Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: [BostonBirds] The Two Brookline Black-throated Gray Warblers
11/21/17 7:34 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: [BostonBirds] The Two Brookline Black-throated Gray Warblers
11/21/17 7:18 pm Josh <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: [BostonBirds] The Two Brookline Black-throated Gray Warblers
11/21/17 6:36 pm Steven van der Veen <srvacons...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl Irruption? Article just released!
11/21/17 5:26 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Re: [BostonBirds] The Two Brookline Black-throated Gray Warblers
11/21/17 3:50 pm Richard Danca <rdanca...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Cowbirds, lots of cowbirds. Newton
11/21/17 3:41 pm danafox <danafox...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Cowbirds, lots of cowbirds. Newton
11/21/17 3:13 pm Richard Danca <rdanca...> [MASSBIRD] Cowbirds, lots of cowbirds. Newton
11/21/17 10:02 am bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] BTG continues
11/21/17 8:53 am Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] Black-hearted gray warbler - Lakeside cemetery, Wakefield, MA
11/21/17 8:47 am Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] CBC's updated - BBC website
11/21/17 7:30 am David Williams <dave.williams6...> [MASSBIRD] Black-throated gray warbler - Yes
11/21/17 7:19 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
11/21/17 3:18 am Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl Irruption? Article just released!
11/20/17 6:08 pm Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] Continuing Townsend's Solitaire at Demarest Lloyd
11/20/17 5:51 pm <brightondude04...> <brightondude04...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle Neponset River Marsh in Milton
11/20/17 2:02 pm <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] Belated Report for Raptors on Plum Island Saturday, Nov 18, 2017
11/20/17 10:25 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Storm-driven gulls
11/20/17 7:58 am David Williams <dave.williams6...> [MASSBIRD] Black-hearted gray warbler - Lakeside cemetery, Wakefield, MA
11/20/17 7:57 am Anne Hubbard <ahubbard184...> [MASSBIRD] Senegal birding
11/20/17 4:36 am Sue Finnegan <suefinnegan...> [MASSBIRD] Rufous hummingbird in Hingham
11/19/17 1:18 pm James Dillon <jdillon755270...> [MASSBIRD] Ducks, Suntaug Lake
11/19/17 7:36 am Josh <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Springfield CBC correction
11/19/17 6:14 am Josh <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Western MA and vicinity CBCs
11/19/17 4:36 am Dana Duxbury-Fox <danafox...> [MASSBIRD] Yesterday's Garden Visitors North Andover
11/19/17 4:32 am Jamie Bogart <jsh_bogart...> [MASSBIRD] Peregrine Falcon Allens Pond
11/18/17 9:25 pm Mike Tucker <bnatural2...> [MASSBIRD] Falmouth, 11/18
11/18/17 5:38 pm Kathy Rawdon <rawdonk...> [MASSBIRD] white pelican flyover, Daniel Webster wildlife sanc. in Marshfield, Ma
11/18/17 4:14 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (18 Nov 2017) Raptors
11/18/17 2:54 pm Michael Emmons <michael.emmons...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Back Editions of Bird Observer - have been claimed
11/18/17 1:50 pm Michael Emmons <michael.emmons...> [MASSBIRD] Back Editions of Bird Observer
11/18/17 11:02 am <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (17 Nov 2017) 8 Raptors
11/18/17 10:31 am Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> Re: [MASSBIRD] RFI MacGillavray's Warbler
11/18/17 10:18 am Peter & Fay Vale <peterfay...> [MASSBIRD] lost cane on Plum Island 11/18
11/18/17 9:56 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Allen's Neck Flycatcher, Parula, and Grosbeak
11/18/17 9:18 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Allen's Neck Flycatcher, Parula, and Grosbeak
11/18/17 8:42 am David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Correction - 11-15-17
11/18/17 8:02 am Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owls: Duxbury Beach - Photos!
11/18/17 7:56 am Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...> [MASSBIRD] Wintrhop Beach & Halibut Point FREE Birding programs
11/18/17 7:49 am Alan Kneidel <akneidel...> [MASSBIRD] Townsend’s Solitaire continues, Bristol Co.
11/18/17 6:48 am Josh <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] RFI MacGillavray's Warbler
11/18/17 6:18 am Alan Kneidel <akneidel...> [MASSBIRD] Summer Tanager - Scusset Beach, Cape Cod Canal
11/17/17 4:34 pm Rick Bowes <rbowes...> [MASSBIRD] 11/17 Duxbury Beach - Snowy Owl, Harlequins, Black Guillemot
11/17/17 4:04 pm Glenn Williams <gswilliams9...> [MASSBIRD] RFI MacGillavray's Warbler
11/16/17 3:53 pm Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...> [MASSBIRD] white-eyed vireo at Plum
11/16/17 2:06 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck — Lakeville ponds
11/16/17 9:02 am Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] Links to Photos of Solitaire at Demarest Lloyd SP
11/16/17 5:16 am Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...> [MASSBIRD] Raven in Newton
11/15/17 7:12 pm Kathy Rawdon <rawdonk...> [MASSBIRD] Re: massbird-digest V16 #846
11/15/17 5:01 pm Alan Strauss <ansch100...> [MASSBIRD] Townsends Solitaire continues
11/15/17 5:01 pm James Dillon <jdillon755270...> [MASSBIRD] Ducks, Lynnfield
11/15/17 1:22 pm David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Beach State Reservation & Plum Island -- 11-15-2017
11/15/17 11:02 am Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Townsend Solitaire continues [11/15]
11/15/17 6:50 am Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Townsend Solitaire continues
11/14/17 7:13 pm James P Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls loons
11/14/17 6:47 pm Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] Short-eared Owls (3-5) at Cumberland Farms, 11/14
11/14/17 5:35 pm Joe Scott <joexcski...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Barnacle goose with cackling goose continues
11/14/17 4:44 pm Kathy Rawdon <rawdonk...> [MASSBIRD] Barnacle goose with cackling goose continues
11/14/17 4:14 pm Dougie Peebles <peebsfam...> [MASSBIRD] Solitaire There!
11/14/17 2:49 pm Peter Crosson <pcrosson...> [MASSBIRD] BROWN PELICAN continues - Barnstable
11/14/17 12:06 pm Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Ruddy Ducks
11/14/17 11:24 am <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (14 Nov 2017) Raptors
11/14/17 11:24 am <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (11 Nov 2017) Raptors
 
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Date: 12/14/17 2:28 pm
From: Marsha Salett <msalett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape May and Yellow-rumped warblers at Lake Waban, Wellesley
My grandson Jaden and I had two late warblers this afternoon around 3:30-3:45 . We were on the wooded path leading to the boardwalk; the Cape May and the Yellow-rumped were down at the edge of the water.


Marsha Salett
Needham MA
<msalett...>





 

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Date: 12/14/17 8:22 am
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Count week raven
Hi Folks,

Raven flying west along the aqueduct on the south edge of Cold Spring
Park at 9:30 this AM.


Pete Gilmore
Newton,MA
<Petegilmore...>

 

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Date: 12/14/17 6:24 am
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - 12-13-2017
Yesterday morning, David Moon and I led Wednesday Morning Birding out of
Joppa Flats Education Center on to Cape Ann.  There were times we
wondered why -- skies were partly cloudy, temp was a steady 23, and
stout winds were W-NW/15-25 mph with gusts of 30 and more -- yes, wind
chill was significant.  Nonetheless, 11 of us steadfast souls gathered
to see what there was to see in the way of birds on the leeward side of
Cape Ann.

Our list:
Mute Swan (2) - juv, Niles Pond; ad, Rockport Harbor (not looking in
very good shape).
American Black Duck (5) - Good Harbor Beach marsh.
Mallard (~ 35) - Niles Pond.
Ring-necked Duck (~ 11) - Niles Pond.
Lesser Scaup (15) - Niles Pond.
Common Eider - common.
Harlequin Duck (~ 42) - ~35,Cathedral Ledge; 7, Andrews Point.
Surf Scoter (~ 8) - Cathedral Ledge.
White-winged Scoter - common.
Black Scoter - common.
Long-tailed Duck (1) - Jodrey Fish Pier.
Bufflehead - common.
Common Goldeneye (3) - 1 hen, E. Point Blvd; pr, Niles Pond.
Hooded Merganser (7) - Niles Pond.
Common Merganser (1) - hen, Niles Pond.
Red-breasted Merganser - common.
Ruddy Duck (1) - hen, Niles Pond.
Red-throated Loon (2) - Cathedral Ledge.
Common Loon (5) - various.
Northern Gannet (5) - Cathedral Ledge & Andrews Point.
Double-crested Cormorant (1) - juv, Niles Pond.
Great Cormorant (10) - 9, "Cormorant Rock," Atlantic Rd; 1, Granite Pier.
Great Blue Heron (1) - Niles Pond.
Herring Gull - common.
Great Black-backed Gull - common.
Rock Pigeon
American Crow (~ 7) - various.
Black-capped Chickadee (2) - Niles Pond.
Tufted Titmouse (2) - Niles Pond.
American Robin (1)
European Starling
Northern Cardinal (3) - Niles Pond.
House Sparrow - many, Niles Pond.

Next week, we will meet back at Joppa Flats Education Center at 9:30 for
Wednesday Morning Birding. Call David Moon or David Larson at (978)
462-9998 for information about other Joppa Flats programs. Dave Weaver
Manchester, MA 01944 <cygnus-dkw...>


 

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Date: 12/13/17 6:29 am
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Black Vultures - local
The couple of times I have searched the Blackstone-Woonsocket area looking for a Massachusetts Black Vulture, I noticed this below, on Canal Street in extreme NE North Smithfield, RI as a big draw for vultures – though the signs shown in the current Google Maps photo might indicate that they have cleaned up their act to be less appealing:

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0129258,-71.5327657,3a,63.2y,36.22h,87.48t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sS5GKBnOCpUUnp6TKlN1qCA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>
 

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Date: 12/13/17 6:07 am
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin - New Salem
Hello,

A lone Pine Siskin showed up at the feeder this morning. He was with a flock of 10 or so Goldfinches.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>
 

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Date: 12/12/17 9:15 am
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - 2000 Commonwealth Ave, Brighton, MA, Dec 12, 2017
Hi Folks,

Hooded Warbler agin today, Dec. 12 at 10:45 AM

Pete Gilmore
Newton, MA
<petegiklmore79...>


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 11:58 AM
Subject: eBird Report - 2000 Commonwealth Ave, Brighton, MA, Dec 12, 2017
To: <Petegilmore79...>


2000 Commonwealth Ave, Brighton, MA, Suffolk, Massachusetts, US
Dec 12, 2017 10:20 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Light rain, 38F, breezy with Paul Sullivsn
5 species

Downy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Hooded Warbler 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S41047304

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

 

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Date: 12/12/17 6:22 am
From: Young, John (DPU) <john.young...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Odd grebe, Plymouth
Massbirders,

An oddly plumaged grebe (horned or eared) off Plymouth's Long Beach late yesterday (12/11) afternoon (around 4 pm) about halfway down (near the crossover) on the bay (ocean) side. The grebe had kind of a black frame around a whitish face, including a black chin and black jowls (muttonchop sideburns) and a bit of a light spot ahead and above the eye. Strong red eye, weak dark cap, dirty gray neck. The coloration was distracting and I could not form a good idea of head shape. In loose company with one or more normal horned grebes. Have a look if you're in the area. Snowy owl at the end, a peregrine flyby, a small group of snow buntings (and larks by locals), and a passel of eider offshore. Happy birding!

John Young
Jamaica Plain

 

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Date: 12/11/17 5:23 pm
From: Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Neck, Ipswich (Clark Pond) 12/11/17
Massbirders,

I made a quick stop at Clark Pond and Pavilion Beach on Great Neck in Ipswich this afternoon to see how the waterfowl numbers were. Pintails have gone way down in the past few weeks, but there are still good numbers of American Wigeon (plus a Eurasian) and Gadwall. Full list below.

Good birding,
Nathan Dubrow

Great Neck, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Dec 11, 2017 2:40 PM - 4:22 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.203 mile(s)
36 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 108
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 2
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) 9 Seven flew in while I was there and two have been continuing.
Gadwall (Mareca strepera) 84
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) 1 Continuing young male.
American Wigeon (Mareca americana) 96
Mallard (Northern) (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conboschas) 5
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 53
Green-winged Teal (American) (Anas crecca carolinensis) 1
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 2
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 1
Common Eider (Dresser's) (Somateria mollissima dresseri) 422
White-winged Scoter (North American) (Melanitta fusca deglandi) 2
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 1
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 5
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 1
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 2
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) (Buteo jamaicensis borealis) 1
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 6
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 4
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) 60
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 3
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 4
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
Marsh Wren (palustris Group) (Cistothorus palustris [palustris Group]) 1
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 5
Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) (Melospiza melodia melodia/atlantica) 3
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41035002 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41035002>

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

Nathan Dubrow
Ipswich Ma (Bar Harbor, Me)
<nathandubrow...> <mailto:<nathandubrow...> (<ndubrow21...> <mailto:<ndubrow21...>)
 

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Date: 12/11/17 11:45 am
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hooded warbler
Continuing now at 2:30. On the ground T the base of trees behind 2000 Comm
Ave.

Pete Gilmore
Newton MA
Petegilmore79&gmail.com

 

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Date: 12/11/17 11:21 am
From: Marshall Iliff <miliff...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ruddy Ducks (not) and others at Chestnut Hill Reservoir
Massbird,

Chestnut Hill Reservoir has hosted some cool birds lately: the female
Hooded Warbler first found 3 December by Travis Mazerall was still present
after Saturday's snow on 10 December; great in-the-snow photos here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41013712. Also an American Pipit and
a Nashville Warbler in the area last week. This has been an exceptional
winter for late-lingering landbirds, and the sunlit edges and warmer
microclimate Chestnut Hill Reservoir is one of the spots that typically
attracts them as the weather gets colder. It will be interesting to see if
more appear.

The reservoir has been mostly drained and the water levels are lower than
ever there. Ruddy Ducks almost always last here until freeze-up, but this
year they
appear not to be present. Four dropped in on Tuesday, but otherwise they
seem not to be around now.

Is the Hooded Warbler chasing them off?

Best,

Marshall Iliff

--

****************************
Marshall J. Iliff
miliff AT aol.com
Westwood, MA
****************************
eBird Project Leader
www.ebird.org
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Ithaca, NY
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Date: 12/11/17 10:05 am
From: Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] chestnut hill reservoir double dipper
no luck with either hooded warbler or pipit between 11 and 12:30.
fred b

--
<frederickbouchard...>
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: 12/11/17 8:23 am
From: Kevin Ryan <kr1946...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle
Hello All
On Sunday at noon there was an Adult Bald Eagle on Lake Massapoag in Sharon. And in Easton at my house there was a Red Shouldered Hawk. and at least 15 House Finches, most I"ve had in years.
Kevin Ryan
Easton

 

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Date: 12/11/17 7:55 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Summer Tanager
A female Summer Tanager is visiting our feeders in Dartmouth. We are happy
to have birders/photographers visit, but prefer that people view the bird
from indoors (it is practically on our windowsill),rather than from the
lawn. If you are interested, please email and we can discuss timing (
<morgan.alice...>).

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

 

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Date: 12/11/17 4:51 am
From: Erik Nielsen <erikbogh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager, Westwood
A Western Tanager suddenly appeared at our heated bird bath around 7:15. After it perched in our Blue Spruce (where I managed to get a couple of grainy shots) for a couple of minutes it flew off.

Hopefully it will stick around. We’ll certainly try our best to make it do so.

Erik Nielsen
Westwood, MA

http://flickr.com/photos/erikbogh/
 

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Date: 12/10/17 8:16 pm
From: Nick Paulson <grendelpgill...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crossbills
Keep your eyes and ears out for Crossbills. I had 8 finches fly out of the pines along I495. They had very crossbill like bounding flight. I was able to look up and get a view of the bill on one, mind you I was at full speed, but the bill was on the larger end for a crossbill. I am thinking they were Red Crossbills, one of the larger bill types maybe. They flew across just north of the I290 exit. Not sure where the borders are here until I look at a map. Marlboro/Hudson/Berlin area.

Nickilas Paulson
Upton ma
Grendelpgill at yahoo. Com

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Date: 12/10/17 4:41 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gray Catbird Brookline
Hello birdersThere was a Gray Catbird at Hall’s Pond Sanctuary in Brookline on Sunday afternoon. Not sure how unusual this late in year. 
Joe Battenfeld Roslindale <jbattenfeld...>


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Date: 12/10/17 10:27 am
From: Sean Williams <seanbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-backed Oriole in Sutton, MA; 7-8 May 2017
Hello all,

A Black-backed Oriole visited a private feeder in Sutton on 7-8 May 2017.
The oriole was not identified until a week after it was last seen. This
bird appears to be the same individual that visited a feeder in Sinking
Spring, Pennsylvania in January-April 2017. The Massachusetts Avian Records
Committee recently voted to not accept this record due to an inability to
rule out a captive origin. More details and photographs can be viewed here-
http://maavianrecords.com/black-backed-oriole/

Good birding,
Sean Williams, MARC Secretary


--
Sean Williams
Westboro, MA
<seanbirder...>

 

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Date: 12/10/17 10:27 am
From: James Dillon <jdillon755270...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rusty Blackbird, Lynnfield
A single Rusty Blackbird on the right hand side of the first boardwalk at
Partridge Island in Lynnfield. The bird was on the right hand side of the
boardwalk about thirty feet in at 8:45.

Jim Dillon <jdillon755270...>

 

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Date: 12/10/17 10:27 am
From: Max Chalfin-Jacobs <maxchalfinjacobs...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hooded Warbler, Chestnut hill driveway- Continuing
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41009876

Max Chalfin-Jacobs
Newton, MA

 

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Date: 12/10/17 8:56 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR - OPEN
Birders,

According to the Refuge staff, the Refuge is currently open.

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport

-----Original Message-----
From: "Zack Weber" <birdingwithzackweber...>
Sent: ‎12/‎10/‎2017 9:00 AM
To: "<Massbird...>" <Massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR currently closed

As of 9 am

 

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Date: 12/10/17 6:07 am
From: Zack Weber <birdingwithzackweber...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR currently closed
As of 9 am

 

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Date: 12/9/17 5:23 pm
From: Mike Tucker <bnatural2...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tennessee Warbler, other Cape birds 12/9
Taking the coastal route east from Woods Hole, I had a Marsh Wren and a Winter Wren in Falmouth.
At Mashpee Town Beach there was a Tennessee Warbler in the shrubs behind the dunes. I watched him at eye level and was able to get good looks. There was a large flock of 50-60 Yellow-rumped Warblers in the same area. Most of them lifted up and flew west down the beach. I’m not sure if the Tennessee moved with them.
There was a Snowy Owl in Eastham.
The conditions in Race Point in Provincetown were brutal. When I was there the sleet was blowing straight at me. I wasn’t there too long but had 4 Razorbills fly by, 2 Greater Shearwaters, several Black-legged Kittiwakes and Northern Gannets. There was a lot more birds further out but it was hard to see much. There’s a pull-off at the beach between Race Point and Herring Beach. There was a first year Iceland Gull there. Before I left I noticed a huge cloud of birds well off shore. I would guess around 3000 gulls were in the fairly tight flock. They were moving west-southwest I believe. I got to MacMillan’s Wharf just before 4:00. The only bird of note there was another first year Iceland Gull. No alcids.

Mike Tucker
Woods Hole

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/9/17 1:35 pm
From: Tom Murray <tmurray74...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 2 White-crowned Sparrows in Groton
This morning before the snow started I did a walk around the fields at Fitch's Bridge road. The first 2 hours, birds were everywhere, then it slowed dramatically. But persistence pays off, the 2 White-crowned's showed up 10 minutes before I left. Here's my report, and checklist with photos.
Tom MurrayGroton, Ma.

On Saturday, December 9, 2017 4:00 PM, "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...> wrote:


Fitch's Bridge Rd., Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Dec 9, 2017 8:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
24 species

Mallard  22
Cooper's Hawk  2    one adult and this immature.
Mourning Dove  65    Flocks of 30 or more doves in a few different fields flying up from the weeds into the trees.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue Jay  29
American Crow  3
American Robin  10
European Starling  4
Cedar Waxwing  31
American Tree Sparrow  16
Field Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  155    Conservative count of the juncos around all the field edges. A couple flocks had at least 70 birds.
White-crowned Sparrow  2    Photos of an adult and an immature in the same tree
White-throated Sparrow  11
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  19
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  100    A large flock was moving around the field edges and landing in the treetops. I have photos of the entire flock and will get an accurate count. The best count I get from the photos is 99-100 birds.
Brown-headed Cowbird  9    A minimum of 9 cowbirds. Attached is a picture of 9 together in a tree mixed in with red-winged blackbirds. There may have been several others.
House Finch  60
American Goldfinch  200

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40988560

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



 

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Date: 12/8/17 3:15 pm
From: Al Curtis <killdeer89...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Iceland Gull and Bald Eagle- Craigville Beach
My favorite Iceland Gull who I call Whitey due to completely white wing tips is back for yet another winter of scrounging handouts. He/she likes to hang out on top of the pole nearest the bath house. While I was looking at him, a juvenile Bald Eagle flew out from the marsh across the road and headed straight across the water toward Osterville.
Al Curtis
Harwich MA

Sent from Mail for Windows 10


 

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Date: 12/8/17 1:49 pm
From: Kathy Rawdon <rawdonk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hingham Ash throated flycatcher
 Sally Avery reported an Ash Throated Flycather at Turkey Hill today. 
She came from the RT. 3A entrance parking lot  in Hingham and followed
the path up to just beyond the dense vegetation.

The path straightens out and heads toward the right side of the white
water tower.  It was seen at point where one path leads to left and
there is a short post with three black metal spikes protruding.

If you come from Turkey Hill Rd, at top of hill where the parking lot is
,you will walk behind house and white tower and head down hill along
woodland edge and will see the short post with the black spikes.

Kathy Rawdon

Hingham, Ma.

 

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Date: 12/8/17 1:44 pm
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills, Savoy; Saw-whets Windsor
Hi Birders,

I spent ~ 5 hours looking for Red Crossbills in Windsor and Savoy today,
with some success in one spot. Turns out after talking to Jonathan Pierce,
we had the birds in exactly the same spot (!). Awesome!! In the checklist
below, I've put the pin exactly where the birds were. It is a nice grove
of red spruce and hemlock, lined with some big Norway Spruces. The birds
were paired up, showing some signs of courtship (!)--so maybe we will have
some breeding here this winter. Please note the entire area from Windsor
up to Savoy was full of cone-laden red and Norway spruces. I am sure there
are more birds in there but with so much food it might be hard to find them.

For those interested, I birded Moran WMA (marginally--it is still shotgun
deer season through tomorrow), Flintstone Road, Bush Road in Windsor State
Forest, Center Road (Savoy) and Adams Road (Savoy).

crossbill checklist + recordings:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40972763

I also had at least 3 Northern Saw-whet Owls at Moran WMA well before dawn.

good birding!

Tim Spahr
Marlborough
<tspahr44...>

 

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Date: 12/7/17 2:52 pm
From: Sean Williams <seanbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] MARC news
Hello all,

The Massachusetts Avian Records Committee (MARC) recently made some changes
to the official state list, the review list, and the composition of the
committee. Please visit http://maavianrecords.com for a list of the major
changes. Full details will arrive in the April 2018 issue of Bird Observer.

Good birding,
Sean Williams - MARC Secretary


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

 

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Date: 12/7/17 12:18 pm
From: Josh Gahagan <jmgahagan15...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Crossbills, Mount Watatic 12/7
Heard a few separate flocks of Red Crossbills late this morning while
hiking along the midstate trail, mainly between the summit and Nutting Hill
to the northwest. There are impressive numbers of Red spruce cones in the
area, so I imagine they could stick around and hopefully build in numbers
over the next few months.

Josh Gahagan
Worcester, MA
<Jmgahagan15...>

 

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Date: 12/7/17 10:02 am
From: William Drummond <wcdrummond...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hermit Thrush
As we were putting out the trash at 6:40 this morning, my ears caught the sound of a singing Hermit Thrush in our back yard. He sang for five minutes as the sun was preparing to rise. Tis truly the season of joy.

Barbara and Bill Drummond
 

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Date: 12/7/17 8:00 am
From: Sue Finnegan <suefinnegan...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Advice on tripod
Hi Massbirders,
I've just purchased a new scope- Kowa TSN-883. I have a very old Swarovski and decided to go with Kowa this time after reading reviews, etc. I'm having trouble however trying to decide on a tripod/fluid head and would love any advice. My old tripod is a Manfrotto but the combination of my old scope and tripod is simply getting to be too heavy for me to carry on all day birding excursions. I'm looking for a lightweight, probable carbon fiber, but sturdy enough for my scope and windy conditions as the majority of my birding is coastal. Most of the info I can find on the net is more for cameras. I sought advice from B&H who sold me a tripod that I now have to return as it is too flimsy. I'm not too concerned about price. I've been looking online at Manfrotto and Gitzo but would appreciate it if any of you have advice as even under the comment section the people responding are using cameras or video cameras. You can respond to me privately if you wish. Would love any thoughts !
on the scope too as I haven't actually received it yet and have 30 days to return.
Thanks so much!

Sue Finnegan
Brewster MA
<suefinnegan...>

Sent from my iPad

 

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Date: 12/6/17 5:32 pm
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls - Barrow's Goldeneye 12/05
Greetings birders,


At the Turner's Falls power canal a fine drake Barrow's Goldeneye showed up
among 80 Common Goldeneye in the gloom yesterday evening (Dec 5th). I
managed a few grainy record shots despite the rain and mist;
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/12/ma-male-barrows-goldeneye.html


Also a decent sized flock of Horned Larks (125) and Snow Buntings (42) at
Pauchaug WMA in Northfield on Dec 5th.


I haven't been able to detect any new gulls lately, though I believe Eric
Huston saw a first-cycle Iceland Gull at the power canal on Dec 2nd.


Good birding,


James

 

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Date: 12/6/17 2:08 pm
From: caroline haines <chaines49...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Razorbill
Immature razorbill in Gloucester Harbor today.
Caroline Haines
<Songbirder...>

Sent from my iPhone-please excuse brevity, typos, or insults.
 

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Date: 12/6/17 2:01 pm
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider, Snowy Owl -Gloucester 12/6
Chuck Johnson called at 3pm reporting that he and Carrie are seeing the drake KING EIDER just north of the Elks at Bass Rocks. There is also a snowy owl atop Salt Island.

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

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Date: 12/6/17 1:37 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury, Hampton Beach, Cherry Hill Res. - 12-06-2017
On deer-hunt day on Parker River NWR, Joppa Flats' Wednesday Morning
Birding program visited other birding spots in the area.  David Moon and
I led our WMB group to Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Hampton Beach
State Park, Cherry Hill Reservoir and sites along the way.  Most of us
felt that the weather was a bit cooler than advertised -- at least with
the wind, it seemed that way!  Skies were overcast with breaks of sun
toward late morning; temps in the 40s; and winds W-NW/5-15 mph.

Our list:
Canada Goose - various.
Mute Swan (3) - Upper Artichoke Res.
American Black Duck - common; Salisbury.
Mallard (~ 15) - Upper Artichoke Res.
Ring-necked Duck (~ 50) - Cherry Hill Res.
Lesser Scaup (2) - pr., Cherry Hill Res.
Common Eider - common; Salisbury & Hampton Beach.
Surf Scoter (2) - Salisbury.
White-winged Scoter (~ 25) - Salisbury & Hampton Beach.
Long-tailed Duck (~ 15) - Salisbury.
Bufflehead (6) - 1, Salisbury; 5, Cherry Hill Res.
Common Goldeneye (1) - drake; Salisbury.
Hooded Merganser (4) - 2 pr., Cherry Hill Res.
Common Merganser (~ 60) - mostly hens; Cherry Hill Res.
Red-breasted Merganser - common; Salisbury & Hampton Beach.
Ruddy Duck (~ 65) - Cherry Hill Res.
Wild Turkey (~ 12) - Ferry Road en route Salisbury.
Red-throated Loon (~ 10) - Salisbury & Hampton Beach.
Common Loon (~ 8) - Salisbury & Hampton Beach.
Red-necked Grebe (1) - Hampton Beach.
Great Cormorant (1) - Hampton Beach.
Great Blue Heron (1) - Joppa Flats.
Bald Eagle (1) - ad.; Cherry Hill Res.
Northern Harrier (1) - Salisbury.
Cooper's Hawk (1) - Seabrook.
Red-tailed Hawk (2) - 1 juv., Salisbury; 1 ad. harassing Bald Eagle.
Dunlin (~ 35) - Salisbury jetty.
Ring-billed Gull (~ 15) - Salisbury.
Herring Gull
GLAUCOUS GULL (1) - presumably returning ad., Seabrook, atop bath house
cupola on Rt 1, just south of Hampton Harbor Inlet bridge.
Great Black-backed Gull (~ 20) - Salisbury; mostly Hampton Beach.
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher (1) - Cherry Hill Res.
Downy Woodpecker (1) - W. Newbury.
Blue Jay (5) - various.
American Crow (~ 10) - various.
American Robin (1)
Northern Mockingbird (2) - Seabrook.
European Starling
Dark-eyed Junco (1) - Seabrook.
Northern Cardinal (1)
American Goldfinch (2) - Cherry Hill Res.
House Sparrow - Cherry Hill Res.

For next week's Wednesday Morning Birding, we'll be back on Cape Ann.
Meet at Friendly's at 9:30 off the first rotary coming from the west on
Rt 128 in Gloucester. For more information about Joppa Flats programs,
call David Moon or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

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


 

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Date: 12/6/17 12:29 pm
From: Alan Belford <alan_belford...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Race Point Birds - Black-headed Gull, Thick-billed Murre, Common Murre, Dovekie, King Eider, etc
I was able to spend some time on Cape Cod and at Race Point over the past week or so - sorry for the late post - I tend to be tardy while on the road.


While what others found on 11/26 and 11/27 were well documented and noted in places like ebird, I found a big difference in terms of the numbers of Manx Shearwaters on those days. Perhaps it was because I walked the fire road out on 11/26 (the sand on the beach was really blowing), but I only noted 1 or 2 Manx from the point itself. The following day while walking the beach, I found at least 35 - probably more. Most of those were along the beach rather than at Race Point itself. On both days Greats outnumbered them at Race Point, although there were more Manx overall the 2nd day. The N. Gannet and Kittiwake show was incredible both days.


I also came across a Snowy Owl (they are all over the place in the NE as folks well know - I noted them in several spots in my time on the Cape) on 11/27. The owl came in from over the water while being harassed by Gannets. The Gannets gave up the chase as it hit the beach and landed on a dune where a crow took up the charge. The owl chased the crow away with a leaping double-foot threat (funny to watch the crow retreat so hastily!) and then it had to immediately fend off a Peregrine! It's a wonder they ever get any peace.


More recently, I was able to get back to Race Point on 12/2 and 12/4. I was a bit late on high tide on 12/2 and I met Eric who had a nice list of birds from earlier that morning including the drake King Eider and several Dovekies. After scanning some from RP Beach, I again walked out along the beach to Race Point, managing a couple Dovekies and Common Murres (with Razorbills) as I scanned. Of more interest - at least closer to shore - were a cooperative Thick-billed Murre working the rips along Race Point and an adult Black-headed Gull which was flying back and forth along the shoreline. The BH Gull seemed to be associating more with the larger gulls on the beach than it was with the Bonies which were over the water although it moved up and down the beach pretty constantly. Also of note - there were even more Manx Shearwaters on this day with a conservative estimate of 55-60. That number could easily have been higher. There were also both Pom and Parasitic Jaegers, RN Grebes, and a White-rumped Sandpiper.


I didn't make it out on 12/3 which appears to have been a poor choice given that others had some nice stuff there that day, but I did venture back to Race Point on 12/4. It was probably the slowest day of all the days I was there with fewer shearwaters than I had seen on 12/2, although both Manx and Great were still in good supply. I did not see the Black-headed Gull, but the Thick-billed Murre was in the same spot working the rips, and I spotted a couple flyby Common Murres. The King Eider was also along the beach a few hundred meters from the parking area on the way to Race Point.


Good Birding!


Alan Belford

Saranac Lake, NY

 

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Date: 12/6/17 7:41 am
From: Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yucatan Birding Contacts
With the permission of the moderator:

Stacey and I are planning a trip to the Yucatan in late January/early
February. We would like to find a knowledgeable birding guide who could
help put us into productive birding situations, someone we could hire for 3
or 5 days while we are down there. There are a few names on Birding Pal,
but we're hoping to get a recommendation for a guide that someone else has
had a positive experience with. Please reply privately. Thank you,

Jeremy Coleman
Shelburne Falls

 

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Date: 12/6/17 6:49 am
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] The Yellow-throated Warbler in NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MASSACHUSETTS
Steve, All,

Here is what I was going by in saying that the plant is in Massachusetts:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Seabrook,+NH/@42.867091,-70.834508,241m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e2e64dce33d097:0x3896735743830cf4!8m2!3d42.8909615!4d-70.8655074

In my experience, Google Maps seems to have these things right. Interestingly, if you check the Google town boundaries for Salisbury and Seabrook, the plant is not within either town but within a narrow strip of Massachusetts land between the two towns.

Odd things do happen with respect to the activities of political entities outside their official geographic boundaries. My yard, entirely within the geographic boundaries of Lexington, borders a brook right-of-way owned by Arlington but within Lexington. It was taken from Lexington (or whoever did have deed to it) by eminent domain for the purpose of flood control. The same is true for the connected very large tract of “Arlington Great Meadows,” owned by Arlington, but geographically within Lexington. It could be that the same sort of situation exists between states as well as than between towns within a state.

Thanks for the info on the bird, who doesn’t really care about all this!
Chris

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>

 

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Date: 12/6/17 6:09 am
From: Joyce Spencer <jsmassbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald eagle route 95
I was pleasantly surprised to spot a mature bald eagle flying low near the edge of the Cambridge reservoir as I headed north on Route 95 less than an hour ago.

Joyce Spencer
Newton
Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 12/5/17 7:48 pm
From: Susan Browne <brnfaap...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider
Here’s the King Eider seen Dec 3 off Race Point
https://www.flickr.com/gp/115795403@N07/4Qf3z4 <https://www.flickr.com/gp/115795403@N07/4Qf3z4>
 

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Date: 12/5/17 6:28 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owls
massbirders,
Here are 3 of the four Snowy Owls that are six miles south of Nauset Beach Orleans on the broad Chatham sand plain.

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

Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

ps, yes I must set the calendar on my new camera.....
 

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Date: 12/5/17 4:25 pm
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RE: Seabrook Yellow-throated Warbler - NO 12/5/17 [but still there!]
I left just a few minutes too soon:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40929973

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...><mailto:<chrisf...>

From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of Floyd, Chris
Sent: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 2:52 PM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Seabrook Yellow-throated Warbler - NO 12/5/17

The Yellow-throated Warbler at the Seabrook Waste Treatment Plant (actually in Mass), reported for the last couple of days on eBird, was a no-show today 9:30-11:30.

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...><mailto:<chrisf...>

 

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Date: 12/5/17 1:14 pm
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River WS Fox Sparrows, Pileated
Highlights from 8:30 to 10:30 at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in
Topsfield:

2 Hairy Woodpecker
3 Red-bellied Woodpeckers
1 Northern Flicker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
3 Eastern Bluebirds
4 Fox Sparrows
8 White-throated Sparrows

The Fox Sparrows and most of the White-throateds were part of large mixed
flock on the Drumlin Trail about 200 yards from the Waterfowl Pond. The
Pileated and bluebirds were seen from the muddy trail between the Rockery
and the Waterfowl Pond.

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 12/5/17 1:00 pm
From: Marj. Rines <marj...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Request for Peregrine info
I received the following request from Tom French of the Natural Heritage
and Endangered Species Program:

. . .there was a banded, juvenile-plumaged Peregrine Falcon seen this
morning perched on wires at Ocean Bluff in Marshfield.  Since these
birds tend to linger in the same general area for extended periods this
time of year, we would really like birders to look out for this bird and
see if they can read the band code on its left leg.  The band has two
colors, which include a black section over a green section with a two
digit number on top and two letters on the bottom.  So for the Peregrine
that is often seen on the Plum Island bridge, his band code is 17/BD
black over green.


--
Marj. Rines
Woburn, MA


 

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Date: 12/5/17 12:32 pm
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Warblers
This morning had some luck in relocating the Hooded Warbler that was found by Travis Mazerall on Sunday Dec 3 in the courtyard of 1988 Commonwealth Ave in Brighton. It required a lot patience, my first try was unsuccessful after over an hour. I took a break and went to Hall's Pond to see the Wilson's Warbler found by Mary Lou Kaufman on Sunday- bird popped up immediately in the catails at the far end of the pond. I returned to Chestnut Hill Reservoir and the Hooded was right there in the courtyard-must circle around. At Chandler Pond, I found another Wilson's Warbler as well as two Ruby crowned Kinglets. All these birds are in the Brookline section of the Greater Boston CBC, hope they stick around until the 17th!
Bob Stymeist
Arlington

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Date: 12/5/17 11:58 am
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Seabrook Yellow-throated Warbler - NO 12/5/17
The Yellow-throated Warbler at the Seabrook Waste Treatment Plant (actually in Mass), reported for the last couple of days on eBird, was a no-show today 9:30-11:30.

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>

 

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Date: 12/4/17 3:37 pm
From: Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sex of the Black-throated gray warbler in Wakefield
I am curious as to thoughts others might have regarding the sex of the BTYW
at Lakeside Cemetery. Clearly it is a HY bird by the tapered retrices and
blurry streaking on the flanks. I don't have the experience to judge the
sex however (well, it's a life bird). The crown has a bit of black mixed in
with the gray, esp towards the front of the crown, which is a male
character I believe, but there seems to be little or no black on back
(female). I am not sure how to judge the throat - there is some black mixed
in, but is this sufficient for it to be male? Are there other
distinguishing traits? If you feel like commenting, privately or to the
group, check at the photos here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40907009

Thanks,

Jeremy Coleman
Shelburne Falls

 

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Date: 12/4/17 3:21 pm
From: Susan Browne <gilded_chrysalis...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] King Eider
We saw two King Eider males this weekend. One on the Cape Cod Canal across from Scusset and the other off Race Point Provincetown.
Have a pic and don’t know how to add it.
Susan Browne

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 4, 2017, at 5:39 PM, Birding <jsmassbird...> wrote:
>
> Thanks today go to my partner whose keen eye picked up the King Eider while seeing only its rear view and head tucked in resting. What was the key marking? The notable white sides of the rump that are quite different from the Common Eider. Eventually a grayish head appeared and a bit of the distinctive bill. It was a mature male.
>
> We saw this bird from Atlantic Road in a group of common eiders, best viewed in a scope, but possible with binoculars. We parked in the motel parking lot just north of the Elk parking lot. Other water fowl were in the mix.
>
> Joyce Spencer
> Newton, MA
>
>

 

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Date: 12/4/17 2:45 pm
From: Birding <jsmassbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider Gloucester
Thanks today go to my partner whose keen eye picked up the King Eider while seeing only its rear view and head tucked in resting. What was the key marking? The notable white sides of the rump that are quite different from the Common Eider. Eventually a grayish head appeared and a bit of the distinctive bill. It was a mature male.

We saw this bird from Atlantic Road in a group of common eiders, best viewed in a scope, but possible with binoculars. We parked in the motel parking lot just north of the Elk parking lot. Other water fowl were in the mix.

Joyce Spencer
Newton, MA


 

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Date: 12/3/17 8:18 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Crane Beach, Ipswich, Dec 3, 2017
Crane Beach, Ipswich

Dec 3, 2017 11:25 AM - 1:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: I birded the beach about a mile down with a short loop through the dunes. Nice day with little wind, but variety limited. No chickadees or sparrows, not even an Ipswich.
16 species (+3 other taxa)

American Black Duck 1 Dead on beach and partially eaten on the front end.
White-winged Scoter 9
Surf/Black Scoter 2
Long-tailed Duck 3
Common Loon 8
Northern Gannet 2 adults, way out
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Black-bellied Plover 13 All immaculate juveniles, resting on sand. Later I saw all 13 fly when some people flushed them and all had black wingpits.
Sanderling 100 Rough estimate of birds resting on sand, but I never got close enough to count them.
shorebird sp. 200 Rough estimate of a flock of birds way down the beach, surely sanderlings and/or dunlins. Perhaps the 173 dunlins reported by Derek Brown later today nearby in Essex Bay.
Ring-billed Gull 2
Herring Gull 4 Hardly any gulls today.
Great Black-backed Gull 4
Snowy Owl 1 On a dunetop about halfway down the beach.
American Crow 1
Horned Lark 7
American Robin 4
Snow Bunting 5 Heard calling in flight but not seen. Sounded like just a few.
passerine sp. 10 Birds flying in distance over the pitch pines, possibly finches.

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40898703

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Date: 12/3/17 4:11 pm
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 2 Cackling Geese at Nine Acre Corner
I swung by Nine Acre Corner in Concord around 2PM hoping to find the
Cackling Goose first reported by Sean Williams on 12/1. I found birds that
fit the characteristics of Cackling at two locations and think these are
two different birds. Whats more, I think the birds photographed by Sean on
12/1 and by the Swains on 12/2 are possibly different birds too. While the
postures of the photographed birds are different, I think a close
comparison of head shape suggest that these might be two separate
individuals.

The first bird was behind the Verrill farm stand and viewable from the road
at Mahoney's. This individual was clearly no more than half the size of
adjacent Canada Goose with a small bill and steepish angle to the head.
Light was not great for the distance, and the bird did not stay long, so I
did not get a good impression of plumage but cheek patch and breast
appeared white. I believe this is the bird seen by the Swains and is
similar to the one that appears in their ebird report of 12/2.

This bird took off toward the golf course so I proceeded down Wheeler
Street planning to loop back on 117. I ended up stopping to scope a large
flock of geese in a field near Verrill farm stable down near where Wheeler
Street ends. This is where I saw what I think is a second Cackling Goose.
This bird had noticeable white margins to mantle feathers and a
yellow-beige wash on breast similar to photo taken by Sean Williams on
12/1. The bill was small and the forehead angle steeper than on the first
bird. I ran out time at this point and did not go in search of the first
bird.

If you go looking for these Geese be wary of relying on size alone. I found
one group of Canada Geese behind the farmstand that are clearly Canadas
based on structure and color but are much smaller that other nearby birds.

In other news it appears that the Ash-Throated Flycatcher at Drumlin Farm
was a no show despite efforts to relocate the bird throughout the day.

Cliff Cook
Watertown


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Date: 12/3/17 3:55 pm
From: Marsha Salett <msalett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] December 2017 Bird Observer now online
Massbirders,

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

Where to Go Birding highlights “Birding Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester, Massachusetts” by Nate Marchessault. Articles feature “Northward Expansion of Blue Grosbeaks into Massachusetts” by Christopher Neill, “Mass Audubon Releases State of the Birds 2017” by Margo Servison and Joan Walsh, “A Simple Solution to Keep Your Birding Gear in Perfect Conditon” by Gail Fisher, and “Summer of Pied-billed Grebes” by Carolyn Longsworth.

Field Notes describe”Massachusetts’ Oldest Bald Eagle Dies Too Young” by Thomas French, “Whip-poor-will Ground Display” by David M. Larson and Susan Carlson, and “The ‘Dinner is Ready’ Call of the Barred Owl” by Aflred Maley. As usual, we include regular columns by David Larson, Martha Steele, and Mark Lynch, as well as Bird Sightings for July-August 2017 and Wayne Petersen's "At A Glance."

The cover art features John Sill’s Herring Gull.

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

Marsha Salett
Editor
Bird Observer
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Date: 12/3/17 2:15 pm
From: Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Dec 3, 2017
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sun, Dec 3, 2017 at 4:56 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Dec 3, 2017
To: <derekbrownbuild...>


Essex Bay, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Dec 3, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
Comments: Walked from clammers' beach to the point amnd back. Afew more
ducks than last week, but probably 1/4 of normal populations at this time
18 species

Mallard 4
Common Eider 6
Long-tailed Duck 3
Bufflehead 23
Red-breasted Merganser 25
Common Loon 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1 Roosting in crown, Dilly (Cross) island
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Black-bellied Plover 11 About a month after usual latest sighting. No
breeding plumages, probably hatch year
Dunlin 173
Black-headed Gull X
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Snowy Owl 1 Sitting on a dune top, middle of crane beach
American Crow 8
Song Sparrow 5
House Finch 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S40890337

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Date: 12/3/17 2:15 pm
From: chris buelow <dryoptera...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 5 sandhill cranes - hardwick

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note that I had 5 sandhill cranes flying south together over the yard this morning (near Hardwick center) at around 1030. 

Chris Buelow - Hardwick, MA - <dryoptera...>

 

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Date: 12/3/17 1:14 pm
From: Travis Mazerall <tmazerall...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hooded Warbler near Chestnut hill reservoir
Seen at 3:45p near condo building above reservoir along comm ave. Working the ground below yews and rhodies

Location link:
42°20'20.9"N 71°09'28.7"W
https://goo.gl/maps/NYe59pHy85x


Image:

https://flic.kr/p/228WtNK


Travis Mazerall
Brighton, MA


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Date: 12/3/17 11:14 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owls.
Keeping in mind the earlier on massbird about a possible eruption year, I was able to photograph four (4) different snowy owls at the tip of nauset beach, Chatham this morning.
Peter Trull
Brewster,
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 12/3/17 10:42 am
From: Leslie Kramer <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Raven Over Medford Hillside-1:25 PM
Just watched and heard a Common Raven flying and croaking over the house. Yard bird!
Barry said he had heard and seen a Raven this past week while walking to see the Hammonds Flycatcher at Tufts.

Leslie Kramer
Barry Burden
Medford
 

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Date: 12/3/17 8:41 am
From: Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BTGW yes 11:00 AM
Black throated gray was seen by three of us this morning at 11 o’clock. It
was with juncos and chickadees in the north west corner of the cemetery
near the water.

Donna Cooper
Andover MA
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Date: 12/3/17 7:56 am
From: James Dillon <jdillon755270...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher continues
Hammond's Flycatcher in the field behind the Eliot Pearson School at Tufts
University at 8:15 this morning..

Jim Dillon <jdillon755270...>

 

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Date: 12/2/17 5:12 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Ash-throated flycatcher - Lincoln
Seen at 2:45 pm at Drumlin Farms about 100 feet or so from the fire pit
near Boyce Field.  It was along the path next to the bird conservation
area.  It was vocalizing.

As a bonus, we saw 6 turkeys near the parking lot on the way out!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>
 

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Date: 12/2/17 3:00 pm
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lapland Longspur - East Meadows, Northampton
Hello,

Late this afternoon there was at least one Lapland Longspur in a flock of 150 +\- Horned Larks and at least 4 Snow Buntings. Flock was in plowed field E of Airport.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>
 

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Date: 12/2/17 2:59 pm
From: Cappy Popp <cappy.popp...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher YES @ 1530-1600 12/2
In field directly behind gymnasium building next’s to Eliot Pearson Children’s School in Medford.

I’ve created a map here to show exactly where I saw it: https://goo.gl/vPsxiE <https://goo.gl/vPsxiE>

It followed this circuit repeatedly and nonstop while I watched it.

Yellow lines show where bird was (very) active: calling frequently while I was there and (hopefully) feeding between ground level and 12’-20’, but mostly around 6’ off ground. Blue dotted line shows where a path exists to get up to the field from behind the gym. The little guy’s also been active in the trees on the steep slope (labeled “Slope down” on map) to the right of the power station/generators behind the gym.

Good luck.

Cappy Popp
Reading, MA
 

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Date: 12/2/17 2:59 pm
From: Derek and Jeannette Lovitch <freeportwildbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Birds on Tap comes to Mass and we're hiring!
Thanks to Barbara for permission for posting this job announcement.

Hi all,
I am a tour leader in Maine – among other bird-related things I do! – who has, for 4 years now, partnered with The Maine Brew Bus on a unique series of tours called the “Birds on Tap – Roadtrip! Series”. Basically, we go birding for a few hours around the state of Maine and then visit 2 breweries, distilleries, cideries, or wineries on our way home. These 6+ hour tours are designed as an introduction to birding or beer (etc) tasting, and are perfect for couples and families where each person has a primary interest in one or the other aspect of the tour.

From a random phone call I made four years ago to a full slate of 12 monthly Roadtrips! in 2018, neither I nor our Brew Bus partners would ever have expected this much growth, but we are excited to see such excitement for this crazy idea.

This past year, The Maine Brew Bus opened the Mass Brew Bus in the greater Boston area, and we are excited to be bringing the first Birds on Tap – Roadtrips! to Massachusetts in 2018! And, we’re looking for a guide or two. Anyone interested?

The trips will be on Sundays, starting with 2 or 3 in 2018 with the potential to expand to monthly outings like we now do in Maine. I am looking for someone to join me as a Co-leader for at least two tours in 2018 and then taking over for any future tours which will be added as demand requires.

The ideal candidate will be able to discuss both the birds that will be encountered (we’ll work together to design future itineraries) including an ability to guide for various levels of birding expertise, especially complete novices. The Mass Brew Bus will provide the driver, who will be knowledgeable about the brewery destinations including history and product information, but the birding guide will also be the beer guide, sampling the product with the clients to foster discussion about flavor profiles, styles, etc. Therefore, we are looking for a candidate with knowledge about both beer AND birds. We’ll also look for the guide to assist in social media and perhaps blog postings before and after the tours, once on their own.

For an idea about what our tours entail, see:
https://www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/tours-events-and-workshops

Most of the entries have a link to a blog tour report from a previous year to get a better idea of the tours.

For more information on the Mass Brew Bus, visit:
https://themassbrewbus.com/

Which will eventually have a page that looks a lot like this!
https://themainebrewbus.com/activities/birds-on-tap-roadtrip/

So if you’re interested, please send us an email with the basic info of why you are interested and your qualifications. Formal resumes are always helpful, but are not required.

You can email us applications or questions at:
<freeportwildbird...>

Thank you for your time and consideration, and thanks to Barbara for posting this for us!

Sincerely,
Derek

*****************************************
Derek and Jeannette Lovitch
Freeport Wild Bird Supply
541 Route One, Suite 10
Freeport, ME 04032
207-865-6000
www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com
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Date: 12/2/17 2:52 pm
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl, Rockport on BBC Cape Ann trip
10 people joined me for a nice morning of morning on the Brookline Bird
Club trip around Cape Ann. Highlights included a Snowy Owl on Straitsmouth
Island in Rockport (spotted from Andrews Point by Ava Steenstrup),
excellent looks at Purple Sandpipers below the Elks Club in Gloucester, and
a Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot on Niles Pond. Our list:

1 Mute Swan
11 American Black Ducks
35 Mallards
16 Ring-necked Ducks
1 Greater Scaup
5 scaup sp. (with Greater on Niles Pond but never untucked their heads)
220 Common Eider
35 Harlequin Ducks
22 Surf Scoters
40 White-winged Scoters
9 Black Scoters
10 Long-tailed Ducks
24 Buffleheads
3 Common Goldeneyes
36 Red-breasted Mergansers
5 Red-throated Loons
20 Common Loons
1 Horned Grebe
2 Red-necked Grebes
1 Pied-billed Grebe
7 Northern Gannets
5 Double-crested Cormorants
7 Great Cormorants
1 Peregrine Falcon (spotted on ship's mast by Ava Steenstrup from fish
pier)
1 American Coot
32 Purple Sandpipers
X Ring-billed Gulls
X Herring Gulls
X Greater Black-backed Gulls
24 Razorbills (all in distant flight from Andrews Pt.)
X Rock Pigeons
1 SNOWY OWL
1 Downy Woodpecker
3 Blue Jays
14 American Crows
4 Black-capped Chickadees
1 Carolina Wren
1 Northern Mockingbird
5 Song Sparrows
3 American Goldfinches
30 House Sparrows

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 12/2/17 1:32 pm
From: Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher Medford yes
Bird seen by 10-15 people at the Children's School on Tufts campus in the
field above the parking in the back left side. I followed GPS direction to
105 College Ave in Medford.
It put on a nice show.
--
Sent from iPhone

 

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Date: 12/2/17 1:32 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 12-02-2017

I led today's Saturday Morning Birding program out of Joppa Flats
Education Center on to Plum Island.  Skies were partly cloudy to
overcast, temps in the 40s, with winds NW-N/5+ mph.

Our list:

Canada Goose
Gadwall (~ 30) - main panne.
American Wigeon (4) - main panne.
American Black Duck - common.
Mallard
Northern Pintail (~ 30) - mostly Bill Forward Pool; a few, main panne.
Green-winged Teal (3) - BFP.
Common Eider (~ 15) - north end.
White-winged Scoter (~ 20) - mostly north end; as few, one ocean.
Black Scoter (~ 40) - mostly females; one ocean.
Long-tailed Duck (2) - 1, north end; 1, one ocean.
Red-throated Loon (1) - north end.
Common Loon (2) - north end.
Red-necked Grebe (4) - one ocean.
Northern Harrier (2) - 1 over marsh s. pannes; 1 juv. perched on North
Pool dike just a few feet from Snowy Owl.
Red-tailed Hawk (1) - juv., in flight n. pannes.
White-rumped Sandpiper (1) - main panne.
Dunlin (~ 10) - main panne.
Ring-billed Gull (1) - main panne.
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove - many on wires, north end.
Snowy Owl (2) - 1, BFP dike; 1, NP dike.
Peregrine Falcon (1) - Pines Trail nesting platform.
American Crow (3)
European Starling - many, n. refuge gate.
American Tree Sparrow (1) - roadside, lot #2.

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

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Date: 12/2/17 1:32 pm
From: Mark Daley <mbkm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's YES 12/2 9am
Located in the end of field directly behind the gym building.

Mark Daley
Reading, MA

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Date: 12/2/17 12:54 pm
From: Dan M <danmbagg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Jodrey Fish Pier, Gloucester duck ID
Thanks to all who responded! It is definitely a female surf scoter.

Cheers,
-Dan

On Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 9:05 PM Dan M <danmbagg...> wrote:

> Saw this duck from quite a distance off the Jodrey Fish Pier in Gloucester
> today; my wife got this photo. Can’t see in the image but the bill is
> slightly bluish. There were ruddy ducks nearby, but the markings on this
> one didn’t look like any we could find online... is it something else?
>
> https://imgur.com/a/Ldw3V
>
> Thanks,
> -Dan
>

 

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Date: 12/2/17 11:10 am
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Peregrine , Nahant Causeway
seen this morning at 10:30am and again at 1pm.

adult Peregrine Falcon on light pole on Nahant Causeway. Seems to have replaced the "Causeway Kestrel" .

Linda

Linda Pivacek, Nahant, <lpivacek...>

 

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Date: 12/2/17 10:24 am
From: anhinga3 <anhinga3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-throated Gray Warbler - YES - 105pm
Hi MassBirders! 
The Black-throated Gray Warbler is being seen at the Lakeside Cemetery in Wakefield. 
It is in the northern corner of the cemetery and was. seen in the yew near the Page headstone. It then hopped onto the small shrub next to the yew and is now in the wooded area. 
Good Birding! 
Laura de la Flor Salem MA
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Date: 12/2/17 10:13 am
From: Robert Rotberg <rirotberg...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Ash-throated flycatcher
Same place. 1230-1252 pm
4 birders

Robert Rotberg

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 2, 2017, at 11:39 AM, anhinga3 <anhinga3...> wrote:
>
> Hi MassBirders,
>
> The Hammond's Flycatcher is being seen behind the Gant Scher Building at Tufts, adjacent to the Eliot Pearson Children School.
>
> It is working the hillside behind the generator.
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Laura de la Flor
> Salem, MA
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

 

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Date: 12/2/17 9:13 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Horseneck W-eyed Vireo, 7 Allen's Pond R-c Kinglets etc.
Horseneck Beach Reservation (near Bridge Street) had a continuing White-eyed Vireo, 2 R-c Kinglets, and a Snowy Owl at the Gooseberry end of the park, last night. (No Yellow-throated Warbler yesterday or today).
This morning, Allen's Pond (stone barn farm/allens neck) had 8 Fox Sparrows, 30+ Eastern Meadowlarks, at least 7 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 3 Brown Thrashers, 2 Great Egrets, 3 Winter Wrens, many bluebirds, and the usual suspects.

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA


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Date: 12/2/17 9:00 am
From: Tim Sackton <timsackton...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Male King Eider, Bass Rocks
Male KING EIDER being seen right now at Bass Rocks in Gloucester about 1000
feet north of the Elks Club. With large raft of common eiders and scoters.

Tim Sackton
Somerville, MA

 

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Date: 12/2/17 8:53 am
From: Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Raven, merlin in Milton
I had a raven eating carrion in the Harland Street wetlands, the second time I’ve seen one here in the last month.

Yesterday, had a merlin perched beside an open field in a tree off of Hillside Street, a new yard bird for me.

Robert Mussey, Milton

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Date: 12/2/17 8:44 am
From: anhinga3 <anhinga3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher - YES - 1130am
Hi MassBirders, 
The Hammond's Flycatcher is being seen behind the Gant Scher Building at Tufts, adjacent to the Eliot Pearson Children School. 
It is working the hillside behind the generator. 
Good Birding, 
Laura de la Flor Salem, MA

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 12/2/17 7:54 am
From: Constance Lapite <peteorconstance...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White-eyed Vireo PRNWR
Bird seen at 1045 at eye height in tree east of road 7/10th of mile south of parking lot at south end of pans. Jim McCoy spotted it.

Constance Lapite
Beverly MA

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Date: 12/2/17 6:51 am
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Reading Screech Owl
the Red-phase screech owl has returned to the Flicker box in my back yard in
Reading. Have not seen him/her for a week!



Ida Giriunas

Reading, MA.


 

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Date: 12/2/17 6:29 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher Dec 1
Hi Dana, Massbirders,

Jason Forbes reported on the text rare bird alert this morning:

“Hammond’s continues by the generator below the SE corner of the field.”

- Neil

Neil Hayward

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 2, 2017, at 9:12 AM, danafox <danafox...> wrote:
>
> Any reports of the Hammond's today would be appreciated.
> Dana Duxbury-Fox and Bob Fox
>
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Robert Rotberg <rirotberg...>
> Date: 12/1/17 4:00 PM (GMT-05:00)
> To: Sam Miller <zamziller...>
> Cc: massbird <massbird...>
> Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher Dec 1
>
> 4 of us saw it at noon behind Cousen’s gym at Tufts
>
> Robert Rotberg Lexington
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Nov 30, 2017, at 4:17 PM, Sam Miller <zamziller...> wrote:
>>
>> Carla and I had good views of both the Hammond’s Flycatcher at Tufts and the Ash-throated Flycatcher at Drumlin Farm today.
>> Details in the eBird reports below.
>> Sam Miller and Carla Dengler
>> Acton, MA
>>
>>>
>>> Tufts University, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
>>> Nov 30, 2017 11:41 AM - 12:27 PM
>>> Protocol: Traveling
>>> 0.4 mile(s)
>>> 7 species
>>>
>>> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7
>>> Mourning Dove 1
>>> Hammond's Flycatcher 1 **Rare; continuing in the field behind the Eliot Pearson Children's School. Good close views for 5 minutes or so. Initially seen in the southeast corner near the yellow house and the larch tree, where it was very active, often flying down to near the ground. Quite bright green with pale gray throat and yellow belly, obvious eye ring, long primary extension. Flicked its wings kinglet-like, with an associated quick tail pump. Eventually flew west along the southern edge of the field to an ornamental pear tree, but we could not refind it there.
>>> Blue Jay 1
>>> American Crow 2
>>> Northern Mockingbird 1
>>> Palm Warbler 1 Continuing
>>>
>>> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40825431
>>>
>>> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>>
>>
>> Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
>> Nov 30, 2017 1:33 PM - 3:08 PM
>> Protocol: Traveling
>> 0.75 mile(s)
>> 14 species
>>
>> Canada Goose 46
>> Ash-throated Flycatcher 1 **Rare; continuing bird found by Pam Sowizral. Myiarchus flycatcher with brown, crested cap, medium-sized black bill, pale throat, pale yellow belly, rufous in primaries forming rufous patch on folded wing, and rufous underside of tail. Initially seen flying across Boyce field from east to west where it landed in the hedgerow near where the track cuts through from the fire pit. It called "pip" several times and quickly moved to the bushes near the wigwam structure near the fire pit, where it stayed mainly in still-leafy bushes that had red berries. It appeared to be eating the berries, always sallying forth to "catch" one on the wing. It worked its way slowly up the hill along the west edge of the WHIP field, calling periodically, but silent sometimes for longish spells. Still there when we returned maybe 45 minutes later, this time higher in bare branches where we saw it catch a bug.
>> Blue Jay 7
>> American Crow 7
>> Black-capped Chickadee 4
>> Tufted Titmouse 3
>> Carolina Wren 1
>> Eastern Bluebird 1
>> Northern Mockingbird 1
>> European Starling 30
>> White-throated Sparrow 2
>> Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 1
>> Northern Cardinal 4
>> House Sparrow 6
>>
>> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40825390
>>
>> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

 

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Date: 12/2/17 6:21 am
From: Andrea Bean <abean60...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bell’s Vireo fairhaven
Continuing as of 9:11 AM this morning around the area of the rock pile in
the field.
Please look at Ebert for map directions I am only sending this out as a
alert

Andrea Bean
West Peabody

 

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Date: 12/2/17 6:19 am
From: danafox <danafox...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher Dec 1
Any reports of the Hammond's today would be appreciated. Dana Duxbury-Fox and Bob Fox 


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Robert Rotberg <rirotberg...> Date: 12/1/17 4:00 PM (GMT-05:00) To: Sam Miller <zamziller...> Cc: massbird <massbird...> Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher Dec 1
4 of us saw it at noon behind Cousen’s gym at Tufts
Robert Rotberg Lexington

Sent from my iPhone
On Nov 30, 2017, at 4:17 PM, Sam Miller <zamziller...> wrote:

Carla and I had good views of both the Hammond’s Flycatcher at Tufts and the Ash-throated Flycatcher at Drumlin Farm today.Details in the eBird reports below.Sam Miller and Carla DenglerActon, MA


Tufts University, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Nov 30, 2017 11:41 AM - 12:27 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.4 mile(s)
7 species

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7
Mourning Dove  1
Hammond's Flycatcher  1     **Rare; continuing in the field behind the Eliot Pearson Children's School. Good close views for 5 minutes or so. Initially seen in the southeast  corner near the yellow house and the larch tree, where it was very active, often flying down to near the ground. Quite bright green with pale gray throat and yellow belly, obvious eye ring, long primary extension. Flicked its wings kinglet-like, with an associated quick tail pump. Eventually flew west along the southern edge of the field to an ornamental pear tree, but we could not refind it there.
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
Palm Warbler  1     Continuing

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40825431

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


Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Nov 30, 2017 1:33 PM - 3:08 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
14 species

Canada Goose  46
Ash-throated Flycatcher  1     **Rare; continuing bird found by Pam Sowizral. Myiarchus flycatcher with brown, crested cap, medium-sized black bill, pale throat, pale yellow belly, rufous in primaries forming rufous patch on folded wing, and rufous underside of tail.  Initially seen flying across Boyce field from east to west where it landed in the hedgerow near where the track cuts through from the fire pit. It called "pip" several times and quickly moved to the bushes near the wigwam structure near the fire pit, where it stayed mainly in still-leafy bushes that had red berries. It appeared to be eating the berries, always sallying forth to "catch" one on the wing. It worked its way slowly up the hill along the west edge of the WHIP field, calling periodically, but silent sometimes for longish spells. Still there when we returned maybe 45 minutes later, this time higher in bare branches where we saw it catch a bug.
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  7
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  30
White-throated Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica)  1
Northern Cardinal  4
House Sparrow  6

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40825390

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

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Date: 12/1/17 9:43 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nahanton Park, Newton: Towhee, Tree Sparrows
Good diversity of birds seen while standing in one spot at Nahanton Park in Newton, at the back of upper garden. - Eastern Towhee- 5 Tree Sparrows - Dark-eyed Junco- 2 White-throated Sparrows - 7 Song Sparrows -  2 Black-capped Chickadees - 2 Red-tailed Hawks - 3 Am Goldfinches - 4 House Finches
Joe Battenfeld Roslindale <jbattenfeld...>


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Date: 12/1/17 6:13 pm
From: Dan M <danmbagg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Jodrey Fish Pier, Gloucester duck ID
Saw this duck from quite a distance off the Jodrey Fish Pier in Gloucester
today; my wife got this photo. Can’t see in the image but the bill is
slightly bluish. There were ruddy ducks nearby, but the markings on this
one didn’t look like any we could find online... is it something else?

https://imgur.com/a/Ldw3V

Thanks,
-Dan

 

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Date: 12/1/17 1:07 pm
From: Robert Rotberg <rirotberg...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher Dec 1
4 of us saw it at noon behind Cousen’s gym at Tufts

Robert Rotberg Lexington

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 30, 2017, at 4:17 PM, Sam Miller <zamziller...> wrote:
>
> Carla and I had good views of both the Hammond’s Flycatcher at Tufts and the Ash-throated Flycatcher at Drumlin Farm today.
> Details in the eBird reports below.
> Sam Miller and Carla Dengler
> Acton, MA
>
>>
>> Tufts University, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
>> Nov 30, 2017 11:41 AM - 12:27 PM
>> Protocol: Traveling
>> 0.4 mile(s)
>> 7 species
>>
>> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7
>> Mourning Dove 1
>> Hammond's Flycatcher 1 **Rare; continuing in the field behind the Eliot Pearson Children's School. Good close views for 5 minutes or so. Initially seen in the southeast corner near the yellow house and the larch tree, where it was very active, often flying down to near the ground. Quite bright green with pale gray throat and yellow belly, obvious eye ring, long primary extension. Flicked its wings kinglet-like, with an associated quick tail pump. Eventually flew west along the southern edge of the field to an ornamental pear tree, but we could not refind it there.
>> Blue Jay 1
>> American Crow 2
>> Northern Mockingbird 1
>> Palm Warbler 1 Continuing
>>
>> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40825431
>>
>> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
>
> Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
> Nov 30, 2017 1:33 PM - 3:08 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.75 mile(s)
> 14 species
>
> Canada Goose 46
> Ash-throated Flycatcher 1 **Rare; continuing bird found by Pam Sowizral. Myiarchus flycatcher with brown, crested cap, medium-sized black bill, pale throat, pale yellow belly, rufous in primaries forming rufous patch on folded wing, and rufous underside of tail. Initially seen flying across Boyce field from east to west where it landed in the hedgerow near where the track cuts through from the fire pit. It called "pip" several times and quickly moved to the bushes near the wigwam structure near the fire pit, where it stayed mainly in still-leafy bushes that had red berries. It appeared to be eating the berries, always sallying forth to "catch" one on the wing. It worked its way slowly up the hill along the west edge of the WHIP field, calling periodically, but silent sometimes for longish spells. Still there when we returned maybe 45 minutes later, this time higher in bare branches where we saw it catch a bug.
> Blue Jay 7
> American Crow 7
> Black-capped Chickadee 4
> Tufted Titmouse 3
> Carolina Wren 1
> Eastern Bluebird 1
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> European Starling 30
> White-throated Sparrow 2
> Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 1
> Northern Cardinal 4
> House Sparrow 6
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40825390
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

 

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Date: 12/1/17 11:10 am
From: Tom Kavanaugh <tkav444...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Request for Weather Data.
Hi Neil,

Do you mean something like this?
http://weather.gladstonefamily.net/cgi-bin/wxobservations.pl?site=AV252&days=56&html=1

This is my own weather station data, but I can help you get data for
whichever location/dates you require.

Please contact me directly if this is of interest to you.


Good Birding,

Tom Kavanaugh
<tkav...>
Haverhill, MA


On Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 11:49 AM, Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
wrote:

> [With permission from the moderator]
>
> Dear Massbirers,
>
> I'm interested in analyzing meteorological data–specifically wind speed
> and direction for an article on weather-induced vagrancy. Does anyone know
> how I can request data for a period (e.g. hourly records for a period of a
> month) which I can then manipulate in a spreadsheet? I can't seem to find
> an easy way to do this except looking at daily records and then copying and
> pasting each record. I'd like a faster / easier way to download / import
> larger datasets for a particular weather station over longer periods.
>
> Thanks in advance for your help!
> –Neil
>
> --
> Neil Hayward
> Cambridge, MA
>

 

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Date: 12/1/17 8:56 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Request for Weather Data.
[With permission from the moderator]

Dear Massbirers,

I'm interested in analyzing meteorological data–specifically wind speed and
direction for an article on weather-induced vagrancy. Does anyone know how
I can request data for a period (e.g. hourly records for a period of a
month) which I can then manipulate in a spreadsheet? I can't seem to find
an easy way to do this except looking at daily records and then copying and
pasting each record. I'd like a faster / easier way to download / import
larger datasets for a particular weather station over longer periods.

Thanks in advance for your help!
–Neil

--
Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 11/30/17 6:56 pm
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's Falls area
Greetings birders,


Here's few notes from the last week of November in the Gill/Turner's Falls
area;


Nov 26th - an adult Northern Shrike at Barton Cove, Gill in the thickets
right alongside Rt 2 near the entrance to the campground road.

Nov 27th - four White-winged Scoter at Barton Cove, Gill.

Nov 28th - one first-cycle Iceland Gull at the Turner's Falls power canal,
and presumably the same bird seen by David Sibley and reported via ebird on
the 29th.

Nov - good numbers of Hooded Mergansers continue in Barton Cove, Gill with
several observers reporting triple digits - I personally had 110 there on
the 28th.

Nov 30th - 113 Common Mergansers, 75 Common Goldeneye and 2 Green-winged
Teal among other species at the roost at the Turner's Falls power canal.


Also of interest, a pretty good show of Winter Wrens in the area with up to
five on North Cross Road, Gill and others at Gill Center, Barton Cove and
the Turner's Falls Rod & Gun club.

Images of some of these and other more general sightings can be seen here;
https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/11/ma-november-fourth-week.html
<https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/11/ma-november-fourth-week.html>




Good birding,



James

 

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Date: 11/30/17 4:13 pm
From: Mike Tucker <bnatural2...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winter Wren 11/30
I heard a Winter Wren calling from some thickets on Oyster Pond Road in Falmouth.

Mike Tucker
Woods Hole

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Date: 11/30/17 2:20 pm
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 11/30 Duxbury Beach - multiple Snowy Owls (pix)
While others have been seeing Snowy Owls over the last couple of weeks, I've
had a frustrating dry spell. However, all that changed today. I was out
from about 9:30-11:40 this beautiful morning and encountered a number of
Snowy Owls - 3 for absolute sure, almost certainly a fourth. It is possible
that there may have been another one, but being prudent about potential
duplication, I'm ruling it out. A cautionary note for those who might head
out to look for them, a photographer on the beach said that 3 Logan captures
were released either yesterday or earlier today, and if so, very likely
those are what I saw, and they may well have moved on by tomorrow.
Hopefully not, but some will almost certainly have continued their southward
journey.



I've not yet posted to eBird, however, to make more photos available than
would be appropriate for eBird, I created a little PBase gallery with my
notes and photos; it can be found at
http://www.pbase.com/rickbowes/171130_snowy_owls. Double click on the
first image to open it, and then click on "next" in the upper right corner
to advance the images.



Rick Bowes, Duxbury, MA

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

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






 

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Date: 11/30/17 1:24 pm
From: Sam Miller <zamziller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's and Ash-throated Flycatchers--Yes, Thursday, Nov. 30
Carla and I had good views of both the Hammond’s Flycatcher at Tufts and the Ash-throated Flycatcher at Drumlin Farm today.
Details in the eBird reports below.
Sam Miller and Carla Dengler
Acton, MA

>
> Tufts University, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
> Nov 30, 2017 11:41 AM - 12:27 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.4 mile(s)
> 7 species
>
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7
> Mourning Dove 1
> Hammond's Flycatcher 1 **Rare; continuing in the field behind the Eliot Pearson Children's School. Good close views for 5 minutes or so. Initially seen in the southeast corner near the yellow house and the larch tree, where it was very active, often flying down to near the ground. Quite bright green with pale gray throat and yellow belly, obvious eye ring, long primary extension. Flicked its wings kinglet-like, with an associated quick tail pump. Eventually flew west along the southern edge of the field to an ornamental pear tree, but we could not refind it there.
> Blue Jay 1
> American Crow 2
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> Palm Warbler 1 Continuing
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40825431
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Nov 30, 2017 1:33 PM - 3:08 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
14 species

Canada Goose 46
Ash-throated Flycatcher 1 **Rare; continuing bird found by Pam Sowizral. Myiarchus flycatcher with brown, crested cap, medium-sized black bill, pale throat, pale yellow belly, rufous in primaries forming rufous patch on folded wing, and rufous underside of tail. Initially seen flying across Boyce field from east to west where it landed in the hedgerow near where the track cuts through from the fire pit. It called "pip" several times and quickly moved to the bushes near the wigwam structure near the fire pit, where it stayed mainly in still-leafy bushes that had red berries. It appeared to be eating the berries, always sallying forth to "catch" one on the wing. It worked its way slowly up the hill along the west edge of the WHIP field, calling periodically, but silent sometimes for longish spells. Still there when we returned maybe 45 minutes later, this time higher in bare branches where we saw it catch a bug.
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 7
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 3
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 30
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 1
Northern Cardinal 4
House Sparrow 6

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40825390 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40825390>

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

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Date: 11/30/17 12:33 pm
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Flycatcher is relocated
Birders,

Sam Miller and Carla Dengler found the Ash-throated flycatcher at Drumlin Farm this afternoon. In the WHIP Field by the fire pit. Sam will post more details on eBird.

Pam Sowizral
Drumlin farm

 

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Date: 11/30/17 12:06 pm
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club 2018 Young Birder Scholarships
As a reminder, the Brookline Bird Club will again offer two
Young Birder Scholarships to nurture interest in bird study and
conservation among young birders. The 2018 scholarships will cover the full
cost ($1345) of the Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens program at
National Audubon’s Hog Island camp on June *17-22, 2018*. The cost includes
housing, boat travel, and all meals. Scholarship recipients will be
responsible for transportation costs to and from the camp.

Applicants must be New England residents, ages 14-17, and must
submit a written application and two letters of reference. Preference will
be given to applicants with individual or family BBC memberships. To be
considered a member, an applicant may join the club at the time of
application.

Completed applications and references must be received by the
BBC by *January 15, 2018*. Selection and notification of recipients will be
completed by *February 16, 2018*. To read the application instructions and
download an application form, you can go to the BBC website and click on
the link for “Scholarships for Young Birders”:



www.brooklinebirdclub.org


Please pass the word along to any young birders who might be interested.
Thanks.


John Nelson

Chair, Conservation and Education Committee

Brookline Bird Club

 

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Date: 11/30/17 11:16 am
From: James MacDougall <jm3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Groveland, Johnson's Pond and West Newbury, Cherry Hill Res.
Hi,

I visited these two reservoirs this (Thursday) morning while all was calm. Mirror-like surface made for easy viewing of waterfowl.

Johnson Pond had a large number of mergansers: about 80 Hooded and 15 Common. One Pied-billed Grebe and 14 American Coot.

Cherry Hill Res had about 85 Ruddy duck, 90 Ring-billed Ducks, a few mergansers, bufflehead, one red-throated loon and one swallow. I had too quick of a look at the swallow to get a full identification. One kingfisher and one GB Heron.

Jim MacDougall


 

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Date: 11/30/17 10:48 am
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BTGray
Still at Lakeview today

Pete Gilmore
Newton MA
<Petegilmore79...>

 

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Date: 11/30/17 10:32 am
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hammonds Flycatcher yes 1:25
Seen in same field in brushy area on west side of field

Sent from my iPhone

Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>
 

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Date: 11/30/17 8:19 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm update
The previously reported ash-throated flycatcher at Drumlin Farm was not seen yesterday despite several birders searching. I did a short loop just now, checking the places it had been seen earlier, without success. I will keep folks informed if it should show up at a later date.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

 

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Date: 11/29/17 7:52 pm
From: Charles Patterson <chaspatt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snail Kites
Interesting article in the New Your Times today.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/28/science/birds-beaks-evolution-snails.html?WT.mc_id=SmartBriefs-Newsletter&WT.mc_ev=click&ad-keywords=smartbriefsnl

Ain't nature wonderful.


Charlie Patterson

Norwell, Ma

<chaspatt...>

 

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Date: 11/29/17 3:43 pm
From: David <davidscott6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Razorbill castle island South Boston 11/29
Actively feeding close to the pavilion on the causeway near Castle Island, in South Boston early this afternoon. A few Surf and White-winged Scoters further out, couple of Common Goldeneye.

David Scott
Newton

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Date: 11/29/17 3:03 pm
From: C. P. Weaver <cpweaver242...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - 11-29-2017
David Moon and I led today~@~Ys Wednesday Morning Birding program around Cape Ann on a beautiful day with partly cloudy skies, temps in the 50s, and winds W-NW/10-15 mph.

Our list:

Canada Goose (5) - Good Harbor Beach marsh.
Mute Swan (2) - 1, Niles Pond; 1, Rockport Harbor.
American Black Duck (5)
Mallard (~ 30) - NP.
Ring-necked Duck (~ 24) - NP.
Lesser Scaup (5) - NP.
Common Eider - common.
Harlequin Duck (~ 52) - ~ 22, Cathedral Ledge; ~ 30, Andrew~@~Ys Point.
Surf Scoter (1) - hen, CL.
White-winged Scoter - common.
Black Scoter (~ 50) - various, including Jodrey Fish Pier; all hens, not one drake seen.
Long-tailed Duck (1) - AP.
Bufflehead (~ 40) - various, mostly Bass Rocks.
Hooded Merganser (1) - hen; NP.
Common Merganser (1) - hen w/ many Red-breasted Mergs; NP.
Red-breasted Merganser (~ 40) - ~ 10, JFP; ~ 30, NP.
Common Loon (5) - 2, JFP; 3, CL.
Northern Gannet (5)
Double-crested Cormorant (~ 10) - various.
American Coot (2) - NP.
Purple Sandpiper (~ 45) - BR.
Bonaparte~@~Ys Gull (7) - fly by, BR.
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove (1)
American Crow (5)
Black-capped Chickadee (2) - NP.
Carolina Wren (2) - NP.
European Starling
Song Sparrow (3) - 1, NP; 2, AP.
Northern Cardinal (1)
House Sparrow - NP.

Next week, we will meet at Joppa Flats Education Center at 9:30 for the next edition of Wednesday Morning Birding. Call David Moon or David Larson at (978) 462-9998 for information about other Joppa Flats programs.

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




 

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Date: 11/29/17 2:52 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bird boxes
With permission of the moderator.
Massbirders. I love the sight of cavity nesting birds, especially eastern bluebirds, coming in with food to a hand-made nest box. I have been mailing them out now each week to people but have several folks who have shown interest but need to let me know their address and to e mail me. So if you’d like a box for this March/April for the cost of shipping, about 12 bucks, let me know.
Peter Trull
Brewster,
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 11/29/17 1:43 pm
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Quabbin Deer Hunt Dates

Hello,

FYI. Not generally the best dates to bird/walk at Quabbin.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>

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>
>
>
> Prescott and New Salem on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1
> Pelham and Hardwick on Dec. 7 & 8.
>
>
>
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Date: 11/29/17 11:04 am
From: John Weeks <aerie.john...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneye -- Agawam (Connecticut River)
At noon today, a drake Barrow's Goldeneye swam near the Agawam side of the Connecticut River together with two dozen Common Goldeneyes and a female Hooded Merganser.

We viewed it from River Rd in Agawam, near the intersection with Florida Drive. There is public parking 100 yds to the north of Florida Dr, by the bicycle path opposite Michael's Pasta and Pizza restaurant.

John Weeks, Marcia and Dick Haas
 

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Date: 11/29/17 10:02 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR - closed 12/6
A notice just came over facebook:

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to the public on
Wednesday, December due to the  annual deer hunt

The refuge will reopen on Thursday, December 7 at sunrise.


Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

 

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Date: 11/29/17 9:39 am
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] From FB-MARBA: Hammond's Flycatcher in Medford!
Hi MassBirders,

Just posted an hour ago, by Nick Dorian, in the Massachusetts Rare Bird Alert discussion group on FaceBook:

“This morning I found a Hammond's Flycatcher at Tufts University, Medford campus. Active but seems to always return to the edge of trees. At the elevated field behind Eliot Pearson Children's School. Parking is in lot behind children's school (but you may get ticketed) or in the Cousen's lot between gym and fields. Photo attached of location."

A comment added 15 minutes ago by Griffin Richards:
“Mostly worked the SE corner of the field. Hasn't been seen for 20 or so minutes, last seen near some houses right along the Eliot Pearson school parking lot"

Good birding!

Josh


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



 

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Date: 11/29/17 9:24 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher, Tufts University, Medford
Thanks to Nick Dorian for this info!

Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

*

From: Nick Dorian <dorianscale3...>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:36:53 -0500
Subject: Hammond's Flycatcher, Tufts University, Medford


Hi MassBird,

10:33am, This morning I found a Hammond's Flycatcher at Tufts University, Medford campus. Active and occasionally makes flights into the neighborhood, but seems to always return to the edge of trees on the field. At the elevated field behind Eliot Pearson Children's School. Parking is in lot behind children's school (but you may get ticketed) or in the Cousen's lot between gym and fields. See attached photo for more precise location.=20

Still watching it. Calling infrequently.=20

**PLEASE be courteous when wielding cameras and binoculars as there are sensitive homeowners and a children's school nearby.**

-Nick


 

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Date: 11/28/17 6:49 pm
From: Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Late, lingering, reverse migrants persisting
A remarkable diversity of late, lingering, reverse migrants are persisting
in coastal New England.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40798863

--
Richard Heil

 

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Date: 11/28/17 11:18 am
From: Dee Stewart <haberlea...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle, Stow MA
This morning on our way out to run some errands, Bob and I saw an adult Bald Eagle at the Delaney Project. Great way to start the day! When we got home a couple of hours later, we drove around the edges of the water looking for it, but didn’t find it.
Dee Stewart
Stow MA

 

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Date: 11/28/17 11:00 am
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bell's Vireo -- Fairhaven
Jim Sweeny reports finding a Bell's Vireo at Shipyard Farm
conservation area on Sconticut Neck rd. There is a sign on the east
side of the road just south of the intersection with Winsegansett ave.
Walk through the gap in the stone wall and follow the tire track path
through the field east to the first hedgerow. Then head right (south)
along the hedgerow and Jim had the bird feeding at the first break in
the hedgerow. He said that it was a pretty bright yellow-green, and
that he did get a few photos.
People are looking now but have been unable to locate it.

Happy birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon

--
Liam
 

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Date: 11/28/17 7:32 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ash-throated is here
Gwen Shipley and I found the ash-throated flycatcher at 10:00 at Drumlin Farm. Same location as yesterday. Looks like the bird needs to warm up a little before becoming active. If you come by to see it stop at the admissions window. I drew a map to guide you to its location.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

 

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Date: 11/28/17 6:00 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm this morning
Did not relocate the ash-throated flycatcher this morning but am hopeful it will still show up. Yesterday morning it made a brief appearance early on but was not really active until it warmed up. Around noon it was putting on quite a show. Right now there are two other birders looking for it. I will report back if it is found.

Still there were some nice birds this morning at Drumlin Farm including snow bunting and yellow-bellied sapsucker.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

 

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Date: 11/28/17 5:54 am
From: Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Orleans warblers; 28 Nov. 2017.
First stop, at Upper Boat Meadow C. A. : Blue-winged Warbler, Tennessee
Warbler, and two Orange-crowned Warblers!
--
Richard Heil

 

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Date: 11/27/17 6:07 pm
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sad news
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Sherman
Denison,  a long standing member of the Brookline Bird Club and birding
Community, on November 14.   He joined the BBC in 1975, was elected to
the Board in 1988, and became the club Treasurer in 1999, until he
stepped down from the Board in 2016.  He was also a long standing member
of the Club's By-laws committee, where he brought invaluable historical
perspective to discussions as the Club moved forward.

He led countless trips for the club; early on many New Hampshire birding
and hiking trips.  Later on he led many local trips with special
emphasis on Mt Auburn Cemetery, where he remained a fixture through this
past spring , assisting many trip leaders and other birders with his
superior ability to hear and identify bird song.

In 2013, the Club recognized Sherm for his service to the club and
birding community - for guiding the club's financial welfare, sharing
valuable historical lessons, acting as a voice of reason in various
board deliberations and tirelessly volunteering his skills and expertise
in support of the club's long and rich traditions. He will be sorely
missed.

There will be a memorial service in May at Mt Auburn Cemetery; further
details will be shared when they become available.  An Obituary will be
printed in the Boston Globe in the near future.

Thanks,
Linda

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

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

 

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Date: 11/27/17 1:21 pm
From: DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] A Great Moment in my Birding Life
Massbirders:

It just came out of nowhere. Like many of these moments do. 3:45 pm and the setting sun hovering over the horizon. I was in the living room loafing, waiting to consult with Lois as to what she wanted for dinner when something caught my eye; high in the sky. A big bird soaring. I have occasionally seen a Red-tailing roaming high around the house and the neighborhood off and on, like everyone else in eastern Massachusetts. But this bird immediately struck me as different. It was too large and had longer wings. The shape of the wings and the flight shape also ruled out Turkey Vulture, but it was something that size. Eagle, I thought as I casually walked over to the nearby table and picked up my binoculars. We have Eagles around here. It had to be a juvenile, for even without my binoculars I could see it didn’t have a white head or white tail. Although I did see it had some while on the tail. It glided closer, pitching and tossing in the winds and I easily got on it. And then !
I don’t really know what came to mind first. The field marks were clear but unfamiliar and my mind slowly accepted that I was on a state lifer. The under tail was white with a wide black terminal band, the wings had definite white patches at the outer ends and the head was a light brown. The bird banked once or twice and there were smaller white patches on the wing tips on the top sides as well. The rest of the bird was black. As amazed as I was I had to admit I was watching a Golden Eagle soaring in the skies about my house in Groveland. I have seen Golden Eagle in the west, but never east of the Mississippi. But there was no doubt about this one.

            A birder is always birding. And this is the occasional reward.

Doug Chickering

Groveland

<dovekie...>

 

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Date: 11/27/17 12:14 pm
From: ANDREA CESELSKI <waxwing77...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] snow buntings
Small flock of snow buntings in parking lot of Nauset Light Beach, Eastham, mid- morning today.


Andrea Ceselski

YarmouthPort
 

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Date: 11/27/17 6:42 am
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] RE: Aberrant gull in Provincetown - Leucistic Great Black-backed Gull
Massbird, Jeremy and Allan,

Just to be clear on the Provincetown luecistic GBBG’s because I did not
actually view the other report of the luecistic GBBG from Race Point on 9-15
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40527434
which is the same bird as Allan as he indicates in his post from 11-23
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40741594
the 9-15 photos clearly show a standing bird facing right and it is
clearly different than Jeremey’s photos from 9-30
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40756378
So there it is, what appears to be 2 luecistic GBBG’s in Provincetown.
Wonder if they are siblings.
Suzanne


On Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 7:04 AM, Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
wrote:

> Wow Ya know what really is amazing.... These are 2 different birds!! Look
> at the tertials and the wing coverts. Different angels on both birds but
> ...... the flight shots on the Race Point 9/30 bird shows well marked
> coverts on the left wing and dark tertials which the standing 11/23
> MacMillian Warf bird does not show. I doubt it could have molted all these
> feathers so quickly And and bills are very different , lot more black in
> the bill on the 9/30 bird. I would guess the age of the Race Point bird to
> be 2nd yr, mostly based on what you can see of the dark areas like the
> greater coverts which are more wavy patterned than barred very much like
> the 2nd year bird it is standing next to to ( the crab photo). And the
> MacMillian bird seems more 3rd cycle from what I can see but I don’t think
> you can be too sure. An open wing shot would be helpful to age but I don’t
> think the MacMillan bird is 1st cycle, maybe 2nd or 3rd.
> What ever the case, that is just crazy!
> Suzanne Sullivan
> Wilmington, MA
>
> On Sun, Nov 26, 2017 at 8:18 PM, Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
> wrote:
>
>> WOW!
>>
>> On Sun, Nov 26, 2017 at 7:40 PM, Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> I saw this Great Black-backed Gull (presumably the same) on Race Point
>>> Beach on 9/30. I didn't file an eBird report on it, although I did for the
>>> following day 10/1. I just uploaded photos to eBird which can be seen per
>>> link below. This GBBG is particularly cool looking in flight, the dark
>>> feathers on the upperwing coverts forming a W pattern vaguely reminiscent
>>> of other species such as Bonaparte's or Black-legged Kittiwake first cycle.
>>>
>>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40756378
>>>
>>> Jeremy Coleman
>>> Shelburne Falls, MA
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sun, Nov 26, 2017 at 11:32 AM, Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Thanks to all for the great information on leucistic gull ID!
>>>>
>>>> The unanimous consensus is leucistic first cycle Great Black-backed
>>>> Gull. Thanks to all who weighed in. Interestingly, this bird was also
>>>> photographed on Race Point on 15 November.
>>>> MacMillans Wharf:
>>>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40741594
>>>> Race Point:
>>>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40527434.
>>>>
>>>> Allan Strong (<astrong...>)
>>>> Burlington, Vermont
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> Suzanne M. Sullivan
>> Wilmington, MA
>> <swampy435...>
>>
>> "The self evident vision of who we are as a free and caring nation, and
>> the ideal to fulfill this destiny is stronger than the division of those
>> who's only vision is of themselves. “ SMB
>>
>> Be the Voice of the River
>> http://www.ipswichriver.org
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> Suzanne M. Sullivan
> Wilmington, MA
> <swampy435...>
>
> "The self evident vision of who we are as a free and caring nation, and
> the ideal to fulfill this destiny is stronger than the division of those
> who's only vision is of themselves. “ SMB
>
> Be the Voice of the River
> http://www.ipswichriver.org
>
>


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

"The self evident vision of who we are as a free and caring nation, and the
ideal to fulfill this destiny is stronger than the division of those who's
only vision is of themselves. “ SMB

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

 

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Date: 11/27/17 5:44 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ash-throated Flycatcher continues at Drumlin Farm
I checked this morning (Monday) and the ash-throated flycatcher is still present at Drumlin Farm in the same location as yesterday. The farmyard is closed to the public on Mondays but the trails are open. If you want to see the flycatcher park in the main visitors lot. Head down toward the gift shop. There is a pond with a path ahead of you. Take the path to the left and walk straight out to the field. The flycatcher was in the shrubby edge along the left (east) side of the field - less than a five minute walk.

You are welcome to bird around the agricultural fields and the top of the drumlin but do not go past the Deer Pen area and onto the farmyard proper as that is closed on Mondays. If you have questions drop me an email. Thanks.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Sanctuary
Lincoln
<psowizral...><mailto:<psowizral...>

 

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Date: 11/27/17 5:16 am
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] RE: Aberrant gull in Provincetown - Leucistic Great Black-backed Gull
Wow Ya know what really is amazing.... These are 2 different birds!! Look
at the tertials and the wing coverts. Different angels on both birds but
..... the flight shots on the Race Point 9/30 bird shows well marked
coverts on the left wing and dark tertials which the standing 11/23
MacMillian Warf bird does not show. I doubt it could have molted all these
feathers so quickly And and bills are very different , lot more black in
the bill on the 9/30 bird. I would guess the age of the Race Point bird to
be 2nd yr, mostly based on what you can see of the dark areas like the
greater coverts which are more wavy patterned than barred very much like
the 2nd year bird it is standing next to to ( the crab photo). And the
MacMillian bird seems more 3rd cycle from what I can see but I don’t think
you can be too sure. An open wing shot would be helpful to age but I don’t
think the MacMillan bird is 1st cycle, maybe 2nd or 3rd.
What ever the case, that is just crazy!
Suzanne Sullivan
Wilmington, MA

On Sun, Nov 26, 2017 at 8:18 PM, Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
wrote:

> WOW!
>
> On Sun, Nov 26, 2017 at 7:40 PM, Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...>
> wrote:
>
>> I saw this Great Black-backed Gull (presumably the same) on Race Point
>> Beach on 9/30. I didn't file an eBird report on it, although I did for the
>> following day 10/1. I just uploaded photos to eBird which can be seen per
>> link below. This GBBG is particularly cool looking in flight, the dark
>> feathers on the upperwing coverts forming a W pattern vaguely reminiscent
>> of other species such as Bonaparte's or Black-legged Kittiwake first cycle.
>>
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40756378
>>
>> Jeremy Coleman
>> Shelburne Falls, MA
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Sun, Nov 26, 2017 at 11:32 AM, Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Thanks to all for the great information on leucistic gull ID!
>>>
>>> The unanimous consensus is leucistic first cycle Great Black-backed
>>> Gull. Thanks to all who weighed in. Interestingly, this bird was also
>>> photographed on Race Point on 15 November.
>>> MacMillans Wharf:
>>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40741594
>>> Race Point:
>>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40527434.
>>>
>>> Allan Strong (<astrong...>)
>>> Burlington, Vermont
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>
>
> --
> Suzanne M. Sullivan
> Wilmington, MA
> <swampy435...>
>
> "The self evident vision of who we are as a free and caring nation, and
> the ideal to fulfill this destiny is stronger than the division of those
> who's only vision is of themselves. “ SMB
>
> Be the Voice of the River
> http://www.ipswichriver.org
>
>


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

"The self evident vision of who we are as a free and caring nation, and the
ideal to fulfill this destiny is stronger than the division of those who's
only vision is of themselves. “ SMB

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

 

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Date: 11/26/17 10:00 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield, and Appleton Farm, Ipswich, Nov 26, 2017
Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield, Middlesex

Nov 26, 2017 8:55 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Three of us (Ava Steenstrup, Marj Watson, and I) went to this site to see a black-throated gray warbler that was discovered there Nov. 21, but neither we nor any of the other several dozen birders there had seen the bird by the time we left.
17 species

Canada Goose 50 very rough estimate (birds on adjacent Lake Quannapowitt)
Common Merganser 19
Double-crested Cormorant 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 40
Herring Gull 3 some gulls too far out on lake to ID, but at least this many were herrings
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
European Starling 15
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 11
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40763401


Appleton Farm (TTOR), Ipswich
Nov 26, 2017 11:45 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
Comments: On our way home we checked the farm for the GWFG that has been there, and we found it. It is probably the same bird that was seen earlier on the Essex Rd. farm quadrangle.
4 species

Greater White-fronted Goose 1 This adult (much white on face, dark streaking on flanks, orange bill) appeared to us to have a bright orange bill, but some photos Dave Adrien sent me later today showed some white on base of bill and a tinge of pink on it as well, so I'm not sure which subsp. it was.
Canada Goose 400 rough estimate
American Crow 10
European Starling 50

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Date: 11/26/17 7:40 pm
From: Stuart Walker <stuarttwalker...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Peregrines over Forest Hills Cemetery
Late this afternoon I watched a pair of Peregrines flying in loose circles above the Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston, roughly over the Walk Hill Street side. The black facial markings were very evident, even at a distance.

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

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Date: 11/26/17 5:53 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Orange-crowned? at Fresh Pond
This showed up via ebird alerts. The image shows a bird with a thicker bill than I would expect and also a wing bar, one wing bar. Is this possibly a Bell's Vireo? See the link below:


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40747465


Glenn


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

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Date: 11/26/17 4:46 pm
From: Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] RE: Aberrant gull in Provincetown - Leucistic Great Black-backed Gull
I saw this Great Black-backed Gull (presumably the same) on Race Point
Beach on 9/30. I didn't file an eBird report on it, although I did for the
following day 10/1. I just uploaded photos to eBird which can be seen per
link below. This GBBG is particularly cool looking in flight, the dark
feathers on the upperwing coverts forming a W pattern vaguely reminiscent
of other species such as Bonaparte's or Black-legged Kittiwake first cycle.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40756378

Jeremy Coleman
Shelburne Falls, MA




On Sun, Nov 26, 2017 at 11:32 AM, Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...> wrote:

> Thanks to all for the great information on leucistic gull ID!
>
> The unanimous consensus is leucistic first cycle Great Black-backed Gull.
> Thanks to all who weighed in. Interestingly, this bird was also
> photographed on Race Point on 15 November.
> MacMillans Wharf:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40741594
> Race Point:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40527434.
>
> Allan Strong (<astrong...>)
> Burlington, Vermont
>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 11/26/17 12:44 pm
From: David Swain <davidswain79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ash-throated Fly, Drumlin Farm (update), 11/26/17
Subject .bird found by Pam Sowizral before noon today was active (and
occasionally vocalizing) in the early afternoon along the sunny west-facing
thickets of the WHIP field, a brushy field on the back (south side) of the
drumlin. If you chase the bird, please park in the main Drumlin Farm
parking and check in at the entrance, where you can consult a map. Link to
an eBird checklist with photos and an annotated map:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40749774

David and Tim Swain
Concord, MA

 

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Date: 11/26/17 12:20 pm
From: <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ash-throatedflycatcher, drumlin farm refound
3pm., in the brush alongside Boyce field. Seen by many.

Leslie kramer
Barry Burden
Medford

 

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Date: 11/26/17 11:40 am
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fw: Rusty Blackbirds, Winter Wren, etc. at Richardi Reservoir in Braintree


On Friday, November 24, 2017 4:37 PM, Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> wrote:


Hi,
I'm the kind of person who likes doing a thorough job when I bird an area. Richardi Reservoir is near Great Pond, and as i didn't cover it the other day, i did so today. Glad I did.

Richardi Reservoir in Braintree:

Pied-billed Grebe 1        in section visible by going straight after entering around fence behind Reservoir Crossing Apartments on Granite St.
Great Blue Heron 1          ditto
Wood Duck 1                ditto
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK 1      adult flew in and landed on branch near me near the entrance behind Reservoir Crossing Condos (walk around fence)
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Carolina Wren 4
WINTER WREN 1              F.O.S. pished up out of wetland down trail (lively cutiepie)
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Cedar Waxwing 7
Swamp Sparrow 3
RUSTY BLACKBIRD 3          two edge of very small pond near entrance; one in wetland further up

GREAT POND IN BRAINTREE AND RANDOLPH:
Common Loon 1              continuing on southern half
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE 1      GREAR POND ADULT MALE CONTINUING NEAR BEND IN DIKE WITH COMMON GOLDENEYES
Ring-necked Duck 170
Scaup sp. 15
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER 1
Cow 1                    somewhere in Randolph
Goats 9                  somewhere in Randolph
White-tailed Deer 5      somewhere in Braintree
me 1                      somewhere in Milton at the moment

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston



 

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Date: 11/26/17 11:12 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm - ash throated FC and other good birds
Good finds today at Drumlin Farm. Best bird was an ash-throated flycatcher. I found it around 9:00, then relocated around 10:00, and again around noon. Last location was the WHIP Field.

Also of note were palm warbler, savannah sparrow, horned larks, and a raven. Not bad for a windy day :)

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

Canada Goose 50
Wild Turkey 5
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 11
Downy Woodpecker 1
Ash-throated Flycatcher 1 pale yellow belly, light gray throat and face, rust color to underside of tail and wing patch. Vocalizing.
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 2
Common Raven 1
Horned Lark 3
Black-capped Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 8
Northern Mockingbird 2
Palm Warbler 1
American Tree Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 12
White-throated Sparrow 4
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 6
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 14
House Sparrow 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40749938

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


 

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Date: 11/26/17 9:53 am
From: David Swain <davidswain79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ash Throated Flycatcher, Drumlin Farm, Lincoln 11/26
Subject bird found by Pam Sowizral this morning in thickets above
agricultural fields at the back (south side) if drumlin. Vocalizing
occasionally. Seen continually along sunny edges.

David Swain
Concord, MA

 

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Date: 11/26/17 8:39 am
From: Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RE: Aberrant gull in Provincetown - Leucistic Great Black-backed Gull
Thanks to all for the great information on leucistic gull ID!

The unanimous consensus is leucistic first cycle Great Black-backed Gull. Thanks to all who weighed in. Interestingly, this bird was also photographed on Race Point on 15 November.
MacMillans Wharf:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40741594
Race Point:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40527434.

Allan Strong (<astrong...>)
Burlington, Vermont




 

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Date: 11/26/17 7:49 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-throated Warbler at Horseneck
It was alone, chipping and foraging on the edge of the pines at the northwest corner of lot 3 (the closed lot to the east of the main entrance). Very accommodating. Nice that it was in the lee of the wind!
Also seen: 2 Palms, 3 Pines, 3 R-c Kinglets.

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

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Date: 11/26/17 6:35 am
From: Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Aberrant gull in Provincetown - ID suggestions?
I was visiting MA for Thanksgiving and came across an odd gull on the MacMillan Wharf in Provincetown (Wed 11/22). I entered it in eBird as "gull sp.," but wondered if anyone else had any thoughts. After my initial assumption that it was a leucistic individual, I wondered if maybe it was a partially melanistic Glaucous Gull. Unfortunately it was never sitting next to any other gulls so I didn't get any size comparisons.

Several pictures are here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40741594

Thanks,
Allan Strong (<astrong...>)
Burlington, Vermont


 

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Date: 11/26/17 3:33 am
From: Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westport 11/26
Saturday 11/25 we birded WESTPORT spending time in Acoaxet, along Horseneck
and other locations. We bypassed Allen's Pond MAS as the parking lot was
jammed full.

The two ponds in Acoaxet (Richmond and Cockeast) are well known locations
for concentrations of waterfowl with Cockeast typically hosting the greatest
variety and numbers. Many people have seen species like Canvasback, Redhead,
Eurasian Wigeon and Tufted Duck on Cockeast Pond. We hit Richmond Pond
first, not expecting much, and were a bit surprised to find large numbers of
waterfowl here, including large numbers of scaup which are usually at
Cockeast. When we arrived at Cockeast Pond, we immediately knew something
had changed: there were no swans. Typically there are double digit numbers.
There was also very few other ducks and no geese. This was very surprising.
Then we noticed a boat on the shore and some structures out in the water
that look like oyster or mussel bed frames. (but I can't be sure). Has
something happened at this site that will change its importance for
waterfowl? Is Fish and Wildlife driving swans off the pond? Please post to
MassBird to let other birders know what's happening.

Red-throated Loon (112)

Common Loon (12)

Pied-billed Grebe (3)

Horned Grebe (1)

Double-crested Cormorant (11)

Great Cormorant (23)

Great Blue Heron (3)

Great Egret (3: all on eastern side of Allen's Pond marsh)

Turkey Vulture (20)

Canada Goose (524)

Mute Swan (33)

Gadwall (2)

A Wigeon (1)

A Black Duck (255)

Mallard (51)

N Pintail (37)

Green-winged Teal (5)

Greater Scaup/scaup sp. (108)

C Eider (113)

Harlequin Duck (2m)

Surf Scoter (22)

White-winged Scoter (163)

Black Scoter (12)

Bufflehead (449)

Hooded Merganser (4)

Common Merganser (1)

Red-breasted Merganser (89)

Ruddy Duck (1)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (1)

Cooper's Hawk (2)

Red-tailed Hawk (1)

A Coot (14)

Black-bellied Plover (1)

Sanderling (210)

Dunlin (85)

Laughing Gull (2)

Bonaparte's Gull (1)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (1adW)

NB: there were huge flocks of gulls on inland farm fields including hundreds
of Ring-billed Gulls.

Landbirds were typical. At one point we had 2 DISTANT swallows and we could
not be sure of their ID. We dipped on any butterflies, which we were
searching for, but did see several turtles of two species: mostly E Painted
but also 1 Red-eared Slider.

Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll

<Moa.lynch...>




 

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Date: 11/25/17 8:13 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Appleton Farm (TTOR), Nov 24, 2017
Reports from yesterday and today, both from Ipswich/Hamilton.  The first
is Miles Brengle's list as shared with Nathan Dubrow and me (with photos
by Nate).

Appleton Farm (TTOR), Ipswich/Hamilton

Nov 24, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:56 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.25 mile(s)
Comments: Nice walk with Jim and Nate while everyone was back in town. The Pine Warblers were a nice treat to watch with a flock of bluebirds.
23 species

Canada Goose 21
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 7
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2 at least this many, flying around and calling
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 16
Tufted Titmouse 16
Red-breasted Nuthatch 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 12
Brown Creeper 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 13
Eastern Bluebird 10
American Robin 7
Pine Warbler 6 High Count: six individuals all seen at once foraging in the open near parking lot.
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 10
White-throated Sparrow 8
Song Sparrow 1
American Goldfinch 7

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40704990


Clark Pond, Ipswich
Nov 25, 2017 2:20 PM - 3:25 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Nate Dubrow called me from Clark Pond and told me he had found a drake Eurasian wigeon, so I joined him there to count all the many waterfowl. This is our combined list of waterfowl; he may have had a few more land birds before I arrived.
23 species (+1 other taxon)

Canada Goose 191
Mute Swan 3 Pair and a young not theirs (none of their cygnets made it this year).
Northern Shoveler 2 female types, one a little darker than the other
Gadwall 52
Eurasian Wigeon 1 Immature male; not as bright as an adult with sides still rufous, but the rufous head and golden pate were visible.
American Wigeon 37
Mallard 4
American Black Duck 42
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid) 1
Northern Pintail 63
Green-winged Teal 2 no adult males in breeding plumage
Greater Scaup 3
Common Eider 40 At least this many visible over the phragmites flying down PI Sound.
Hooded Merganser 6
Cooper's Hawk 1 adult flew over pond with full crop
Bonaparte's Gull 30 At least this many visible over the phragmites flying down PI Sound.
Ring-billed Gull 1
Herring Gull 1
Mourning Dove 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 2
Marsh Wren 2
Swamp Sparrow 1
House Finch 2

View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40731258

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


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Date: 11/25/17 7:31 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] SSBC/BBC trip-leader's choice, south of Boston 11/25/17
Today about 15 birders met in Hingham and observed the continuing and healthy female Rufous Hummingbird. Other interesting birds in this yard include a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Cedar Waxwing. The Dickcissel decoys (aka limeys, aka English Sparrow, aka House Sparrow) did not work.


Afterwards we spent 3 hours at Scusset Beach state reservation unsuccessfully looking for the Summer Tanager. The conditions were different than recent days with the area being swept clear by a southeast wind. One interesting observation was the Razorbills being constantly harassed by the Bonaparte's Gulls. These birds would no sooner emerge only to be bombarded from above which drove them back under the surface. Not sure we saw any kleptomania, so not sure what was going on.


Highlights from the 54 species observed (Scusset unless noted):


Common Eider 300 (likely an undercount))

Black Scoter 150

Common Loon 9

Double-crested Cormorant 2

Razorbill 20

Bonaparte's Gull 25

Laughing Gull 1 2nd or 3rd winter

Common Tern 1 1st winter (a little late, but not flagged in ebird)

RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD 1 female (Hingham)

YELLOW-BELLiED SAPSUCKER 1 (Hingham)

Cedar Waxwing 17 (5-Hingham, 9-Great Herring Pond, Plymouth)


lean on landbirds today.


Glenn


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

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Date: 11/25/17 1:23 pm
From: Jeffrey Thomas <jthomas139...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Correction: not a Western Grebe - Red-necked
Whoops - it is actually a Red-necked Grebe after all, as a few people have
informed me. I did not think that Red-necked showed such a bright yellow
bill and clean white cheek. Live and learn!
Jeff Thomas

 

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Date: 11/25/17 12:36 pm
From: Jeffrey Thomas <jthomas139...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Grebe at Plum Island
North of lot 1, close to the first rocky breakwater.

I saw the bird at about 9:30 am but did not realize what it was until I got
home and looked at my photos. It was a distant look and I thought it was a
Red-necked Grebe at the time. Sorry for being slow to report.

Some heavily cropped but diagnostic (I think!) photos on my Flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jthomas139

Jeff Thomas
WInchester, MA

 

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Date: 11/25/17 11:45 am
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Essex shorebirds
This morning 220 Dunlin and 14 Black-bellied Plovers were in the mudflats
around Conomo Point in Essex, and 2 Greater Yellowlegs were in Walker Creek
under the bridge.

John Nelson
Gloucester

 

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Date: 11/25/17 10:29 am
From: elabato <elabato...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-headed Woodpecker - Northampton
Juvenile seen at same spot in Arcadia West Meadows where one spent last winter. Follow the path to the right of the power lines from Old Springfield Road across the field to the woods at the back. 
Eric Labato
Sent via my Samsung Galaxy, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 11/25/17 6:39 am
From: Marjorie <marjwtsn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greater White fronted Goose Appleton Farms Ipswich
In main field with about 500 Canada Geese. Unfortunately best seen from the road to the Trustees trails parking lot but sun is in your face from this side.
Marjorie Watson
Georgetown

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/24/17 4:22 pm
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck Continues; in Pocksha Pond Today, 11/24
Excellent late afternoon viewing from the Long Point Road causeway.

Interesting plumage stage; details and photos at:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40708659

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>

 

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Date: 11/24/17 3:47 pm
From: Dougie Peebles <peebsfam...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fish Crow Murder
Quite an impressive murder of Fish Crows flew over Megansett Harbor, over North Falmouth, heading southeast.
Huge!
Maybe 1000 crows.
Have photos.
Doug Peebles
Cataumet
 

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Date: 11/24/17 1:19 pm
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] No Meadowlark - Plum Island, 11/24 AM

Spent a couple hours on Plum Island this morning near the North Pool Overlook and the Warden's area in an unsuccessful search for the Meadowlark seen there a couple times this week. Photos posted to eBird sure look like the bird could be a Western Meadowlark. Check out this site that discusses the finer points of Meadowlark ID -

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/mlarkdiff.htm

Best bird was a Peregrine Falcon perched out in the marsh. And then there were some imitators - several Black-bellied Plovers walking along the top of a nearby dike doing their best to imitate a Meadowlark, and a Blue Jay giving an excellent imitation of a calling Cooper's Hawk.


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

 

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Date: 11/24/17 10:56 am
From: Jim Guion <jim_guion...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Black-throated Gray
1:30 pm. Back on the arbor vitae again. I first heard the chip note.
Lots of birders on it now.

Jim Guion
Arlington

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 24, 2017, at 11:03 AM, John Hoye <lt.jaeger...> wrote:
>
> Subject bird found by Nancy at 1030 today Black Friday alone in the eastern side the middle protrusion out into the lake in a split arborvitae located by chip. Karate raced to the north end and alerted the scattered lookers
> John Hoye Wayland Ma
>
> I've wandered the earth in search of life: bird by bird I've come to know the earth. Pablo Neruda
>
> John Hoye Wayland Ma
>

 

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Date: 11/24/17 8:58 am
From: akikwe . <akikoue63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rough-legged Hawk, Plymouth
Several minutes ago, a friend and I saw a Rough-legged Hawk hunting over
the former Tidmarsh cranberry bogs on the east side of Beaver Dam Road.

Kathryn Doyon
Manomet, MA
<Akikoue63...>

 

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Date: 11/24/17 8:36 am
From: John Hoye <Lt.Jaeger...>
Subject: Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Black-throated Gray
The person identified as Karate is really Karsten Hartel. Sorry about typo
John Hoye

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

John Hoye Wayland Ma

Begin forwarded message:

> From: John Hoye <lt.jaeger...>
> Date: November 24, 2017 at 10:55:28 AM EST
> To: Massbird <Massbird...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-throated Gray
> Reply-To: John Hoye <lt.jaeger...>
>
> Subject bird found by Nancy at 1030 today Black Friday alone in the eastern side the middle protrusion out into the lake in a split arborvitae located by chip. Karate raced to the north end and alerted the scattered lookers
> John Hoye Wayland Ma
>
> I've wandered the earth in search of life: bird by bird I've come to know the earth. Pablo Neruda
>
> John Hoye Wayland Ma
>

 

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Date: 11/24/17 8:08 am
From: Scott Spangenberg <sjspangenberg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wakefield Black-throated Gray Warbler continues
We saw the bird in the far left corner and in some cedar trees near the far right corner of the Lakeview Cemetery. It is extremely active, foraging from forty feet up down to ground level.

Scott Spangenberg
Amherst, NH
 

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Date: 11/24/17 8:01 am
From: John Hoye <lt.jaeger...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-throated Gray
Subject bird found by Nancy at 1030 today Black Friday alone in the eastern side the middle protrusion out into the lake in a split arborvitae located by chip. Karate raced to the north end and alerted the scattered lookers
John Hoye Wayland Ma

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

John Hoye Wayland Ma

 

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Date: 11/24/17 7:52 am
From: Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh and Winthrop Beach
North Region Coastal District

Department of Conservation and Recreation

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

Date November 24, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Find yourself in a DCR State Park

Winthrop\East Boston\

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


Belle Isle Marsh
An Oasis for Wildlife Reservation


Saturdays, December 2 & 16 8:00 -9:00 a.m.
Discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary. We will walk while birding for a distance of a mile on easy level terrain. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them. Reasonable accommodations available upon request.

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

Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.
December School Vacation Week

Winthrop Beach

Avian Delights
Saturday, December 30 9:00 -10:00 a.m.
Observe water birds and learn about their adaptations for survival as we walk on the beach sand for a distance of up to one mile. Terrain can be uneven. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them.

Meet at: Winthrop Beach on Winthrop Shore Drive across from Sturgis Street and 62 Winthrop Shore Drive, Winthrop, MA. On street parking is available free of charge. Accessible by Public Transportation: Paul Revere Transportation bus 712 or 713 Point Shirley-Orient Heights, arrive at the Winthrop Beach stop then walk down Sturgis Street, Winthrop MA (If traveling from outside Winthrop, board the bus at the MBTA Orient Heights station on the blue line). Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information (schedule, route and fees).

Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh



Belle Isle Marsh Reservation


Winter Wildlife Detectives
Wednesday, December 27 & Friday December 29 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Can you imagine living outside through the entire winter like the coyotes do at Belle Isle Marsh in East Boston? Join us as we explore the trails of the Marsh searching for signs of the many wild creatures that are active during the winter. Learn how animals are adapted to survive outside during the chilly and challenging winter season and how you can become a protector of local wildlife.

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



###

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

Find yourself in a DCR Park!

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Date: 11/24/17 7:37 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Horseneck Nashville, Orange-crown, Pine warblers, W-e Vireo, B. Oriole
Sorry... bumped the send button by accident...

I walked the parking lot margines and thickets along rt 88 to Bridge Street and had 7 HUGE flocks of Chickadees (12 - 21 birds in each). There were flocks of Pipits, Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, flocks of dozens of Gold Finches, Robins, Bluebirds, and Blackbirds, and 18 Tree Swallows migrating along the shore, but the thickets produced the most action, with the following highlights:

1 Nashville Warbler
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
2 Pine warblers
1White-eyed Vireo (photo)
1 Baltimore Oriole (photo)
4 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
1 Catbird
Several Fox Sparrows
Ipswich Sparrow (unbanded)

Best
Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

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________________________________
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Sent: Friday, November 24, 2017 10:19:27 AM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: Horseneck Nashville, Orange-crown, Pine warblers, W-e Vireo, B. Oriole



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Date: 11/24/17 7:26 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Horseneck Nashville, Orange-crown, Pine warblers, W-e Vireo, B. Oriole


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Date: 11/24/17 5:22 am
From: ECOC Mail <ecocmail...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Essex County Ornithological Club Meeting Reminder - Friday, December 01, 2017
Friday, Dec. 1, 7:45 pm
The Private Life of an Unloved Bird
ECOC meeting 7:30–7:45 pm

Vultures are often overlooked, misunderstood and even maligned, despite
the vital role they play in healthy ecosystems. Worldwide, vultures are
also more likely to be threatened or endangered than any other group of
raptor—though turkey and black vultures appear to be on the rise in the
United States. Katie Fallon, author and co-founder of the Avian
Conservation Center of Appalachia, sheds new light on the life and times
of the noble turkey vulture, including its feeding, nesting, and
roosting habits, migratory behaviors, and common misconceptions.

A book signing of Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird (2017)
follows the lecture. Cosponsored by PEM. This program is made possible
by a generous donation from The Echo Charitable Foundation.

PEM Connect Building, Peabody Essex Museum. Free and open to the public.

For directions please see: http://massbird.org/ecoc/

--
Phil Brown
Essex, MA 01929
<ecocmail...>
Webmaster for
The Essex County
Ornithological Club

 

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Date: 11/23/17 5:06 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Thanksgiving Morning Walk

Birders,

I led a small group at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury this morning:

Snow Bunting - 30
Horned Lark - 40
Red-tailed Hawk
American Crow
Blue Jay
Northern Flicker
Belted Kingfisher -1 at agricultural pond
Bufflehead - 2 hens in pond
Great Blue Heron - 1 in pond
Tufted Titmouse
Black capped Chickadee
Dark-eyed Junco
Ring- billed Gull
Herring Gull
Canada Goose
American Goldfinch
Downy Woodpecker
Wild Turkey
House Finch
House Sparrow
Song Sparrow

Good birding,
Sue

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




 

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Date: 11/23/17 9:10 am
From: Stuart Walker <stuarttwalker...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-throated Gray - Yes
The Black-throated Gray Warbler put in an appearance at the Lakeview Cemetery in Wakefield around 10:30 this morning (Thurs 11/23). It was found not far from the stone building at the entrance by Bill Lee and Eric Sabato, and flew into evergreens a bit northeast of the building, where it was seen by several lucky - and patient - birders.

Also on hand were a fine Fox Sparrow, and a juvenile Redtail hawk that repeatedly strafed the area where the warbler has been seen several times during the past few days.

Happy Thanksgiving and happy birding to all!

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

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Date: 11/23/17 5:25 am
From: <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] OC Warbler Lusitania meadow fresh pond cambridge
8:10 AM with displaying ruby-crowned kinglet

Leslie kramer
Barry Burden
Medford
 

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Date: 11/22/17 7:20 pm
From: Trudy Tynan <ttynan...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re:apologies
My apologies for confusing my birding and union duties and pushing the wrong button..

Trudy Tynan
South Hadley
 

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Date: 11/22/17 6:37 pm
From: Trudy Tynan <ttynan...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Bargaining Update
Dear Chapter,

Forwarding the latest from the DCE Bargaining Team.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Trudy Tynan
Director HCC/MCCC

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: John McColgan <john.j.mccolgan...>
> Subject: Bargaining Update
> Date: November 22, 2017 at 6:50:55 PM EST
> To: <Chapterpresidents...>, <bod...>
> Cc: DCE Team <dceteam...>
>
> Dear Chapter Presidents and Directors,
>
> In this email, you will find the latest bargaining update and the proposed grid we passed to management. Additionally, there is a FAQ about the grid. The FAQ is named "Teach-In On Equal Pay." Please distribute this to your chapters. I wish everyone a relaxing Thanksgiving break.
>
> Thanks,
> John McColgan
> DCE Bargaining Chair
> ​
>  BARGAINING UPDATE Nov 2017.pdf <https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-iikGL9-DkfR1V6ZHNtMUg3UE00ZVktd0l3N3FoZkpWdUM4/view?usp=drive_web>
>  Teach-In on Equal Pay proposal.docx <https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-iikGL9-DkfQUtLYnhNWWx2akhzQm5xT2ZOQzhvWGJVYTFB/view?usp=drive_web>
>  DCESalaryGridDidacticProposal <https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FKjD71mrzRmgb7NYlKwdbQM1yAYMIiwLJtza1VfWz5U/edit?usp=drive_web>


 

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Date: 11/22/17 4:25 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Summer Tanager reports-yes or no
Setting up a leader's choice trip on Saturday. I would like to know any reports, yes or no (actually especially no) of the Summer Tanager at Scusset Beach since Nov 19th, the last report in ebird.


Many thanks.


Glenn


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

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Date: 11/22/17 12:41 pm
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: [MASSBIRD] ABA Checklist Update–fairly long / potentially boring
We had a Common Shelduck on East Beach in Dartmouth on Oct. 3, 2003. At
least two other birders saw it. We assumed it was an escapee.

On Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 2:48 PM, Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
wrote:

> Dear Massbirders,
>
> (If you're not interested in taxonomy or US listing please feel free to
> ignore, or do something more interesting like finish making that cranberry
> sauce!)
>
> +
>
> The American Birding Association (ABA) published the 2017 update (v8.0) to
> its checklist yesterday. This is one of the more significant changes we've
> seen. The ABA voted last year to include Hawaii in its territory, and this
> checklist now includes countable Hawaiian species, together with their new
> codes. (ABA codes run from 1 to 6 for abundance, where 1 is common and 6 is
> extirpated or extinct). 105 new birds were added from Hawaii (many
> introduced), although almost a third are code 6, reflecting the mass
> extinction that has befallen many of the endemics there, especially the
> honeycreepers.
>
> The incorporation of Hawaii means that some of the codes have become more
> common, as rarities in the traditional ABA area (henceforth known as "ABA
> Continental") are not so rare in Hawaii. Hence, White-tailed Tropicbird
> (currently a Code 3 rarity) becomes a Code 2 (uncommon regular). Similar
> changes happen with Red-footed Booby and Wedge-tailed Shearwater, among
> others.
>
> Some of the code changes reflect changes in abundance in the existing ABA
> Continental area, or changes that more accurately reflect the abundance.
> Hence, some examples:
>
> - Iceland Gull–Code 2 (previously Code 1)
> - Brown Booby–Code 2 (previously Code 3). So, this is no longer a
> "rarity", which presumably means it won't trigger eBird rarity alerts.
> - California Condor–Code 2 (previously Code 6). This reflects the
> current countability of Condor which had been listed as extirpated (code 6).
> - Tufted Flycatcher–Code 4 (previously Code 5). This species has
> started to breed in AZ, is now annual, and so doesn't qualify for the
> extreme rarity status that is code 5.
> - Nutting's Flycatcher–Code 4 (previously Code 5). Same reason as for
> Tufted Flycatcher.
> - Himalayan Snowcock–goes from Code 2 to Code 3 rarity. This is a bit
> of a head-scratcher. This exotic is resident in the Ruby Mountains of
> Nevada and they don't go anywhere. To my mind, it's no different than
> Colima Warbler, a very locally restricted birds in small numbers but a
> regular breeder.
> - Common Ringed Plover moves from Code 2 to Code 3 rarity. Long
> overdue! As a Code 2 (due to its very restricted breeding range in western
> AK, primarily St. Lawrence Island), this never triggered eBird rarity
> alerts, much to the annoyance of almost everyone who'd like to see one in
> the Lower 48, or anywhere else outside of Gambell!
> - Bristle-thighed Curlew also moves from Code 2 to Code 3, probably
> for the same reason as the plover above. But BTCU does winter in good
> numbers in HI (where it's relatively easy to find and photograph), so it's
> perhaps a stretch to consider this as a Code 3 rarity.
> - Yellow-footed Gull similarly moves to become a Code 3.
> - Brown Jay becomes rarer (Code 3 to Code 4) reflecting the lack of
> recent records. As much of the required habitat connecting Mexico to the
> Rio Grande Valley has been lost, so to have Brown Jays. The last Brown Jay
> in the US was seen in 2012.
> - Tamaulipas Crow also moves from Code 3 to Code 4, although
> ironically, after not being seen for seven years, they finally returned to
> the beautiful Brownsville Dump earlier this month!
> - McKay's Bunting becomes a rarity (Code 3) from Code 2. This is
> breeding bird on two Bering Sea Island (Hall and St. Matthew) and winters
> on the west coast of AK (notably at Nome). The Code 3 presumably reflects
> how inaccessible and difficult to find this species can be.
>
> The new checklist is based on the AOS Checklist (58th Supplement to the
> 7th Edition which came out this summer). The biggest change for us, at
> least, was the change in status of Thayer's Gull to a subspecies of Iceland
> Gull. Thus, Thayer's is no longer countable as a separate species from
> Iceland.
>
> Four new birds were added to the ABA Checklist from vagrancy (Pine
> Flycatcher, Cuban Vireo, Amethyst-throated Hummingbird and Common
> Shelduck). The only one relevant to this region is Common Shelduck. Common
> Shelduck has turned up with greater frequency at the right times of the
> year in the right places for it to finally be considered a genuine vagrant,
> rather than an escape, thus mirroring a similar history in the status of
> Pink-footed and Barnacle Goose. A number of local birders here chased the
> three Common Shelducks in New Brunswick last December, and more recently a
> young bird at Rye, NH. Interestingly, a Common Shelduck was reported here
> in MA in Nahant / Lynn on December 6/7 in 2009. Establishing the provenance
> of this bird was problematic, and an escape couldn't be ruled out, but the
> timing (winter), location (northeast) and age (juvenile) were good pointers
> for a genuine vagrant. In the 15th Annual Report of the Massachusetts Avian
> Records Committee, the authors noted that they'd "be willing to revisit
> the record in the future if evidence of natural vagrancy to the Northeast
> coast emerges. The record failed on its third ballot, 6–2." Thus, the
> recent promotion of this bird on the ABA checklist may prompt another
> discussion about this species here. (2009 was not the only MA record;
> another bird was reported in Dennis on Jan 24, 2004.)
>
> As a reminder of a recent ABA change, extirpated exotics that no longer
> appear on the checklist are still countable if you saw them during the time
> that they were on the checklist. Thus, if you saw Budgerigar during or
> before 2015 in the Tampa area, you can still count it on your list. Same
> goes with Crested Myna (Vancouver before 2004) and a few others. A fuller
> explanation of extirpated exotics can be found here:
> http://listing.aba.org/aba-checklist-appendix-part-1-extirpated-exotics/
>
> Here's hoping this didn't ruin your culinary preparation for tomorrow.
>
> Happy Thanksgiving!
> –Neil
>
> Neil Hayward
> Cambridge, MA
>



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

 

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Date: 11/22/17 12:41 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 11-22-2017
David Moon and I led a small group out of Joppa Flats Education Center
for the weekly Wednesday Morning Birding program.  We spent a rather
soggy morning on Plum Island and managed a few birds for the list.
Skies were overcast with pretty steady light rain; temps in upper 40s;
and winds out of the northerly quadrant, 0-5+ mph.

Our list:

Canada Goose - common.
Mute Swan (4) - continuing 3 ads, 1 juv; main salt panne.
Gadwall (~ 25) - pannes.
American Wigeon (8) - main panne.
American Black Duck - common (abundant).
Mallard - common.
Northern Pintail (~ 45) - ~ 15, main panne; ~ 30, Bill Forward Pool.
Green-winged Teal (~ 60) - BFP.
Common Eider (~ 45) - north end, Merrimack River.
White-winged Scoter (~ 22) - 2, seven beach (among waterfowl hunters'
decoys!); ~ 20, north end.
Long-tailed Duck (2) - north end.
Hooded Merganser (6) - 2, small pannes; 4, BFP.
Red-throated Loon - common; one beach, seven beach, north end.
Common Loon (1) - one beach.
Double-crested Cormorant (1) - small pannes.
Great Blue Heron (2) - BFP.
Cooper's Hawk (1) - juv; refuge gate.
[Red-tailed Hawk (2) - PI Tpk w. PI bridge.]
Greater Yellowlegs (2) - fly over; lot #7.
Sanderling (~ 60) - several flocks; seven beach.
Dunlin (~ 67) - ~ 20, seven beach; ~ 35, BFP; ~ 12, main panne.
Bonaparte's Gull (1) - north end.
Ring-billed Gull (1) - north end.
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove (~ 30) - n. refuge gate to north end, wire sitting.
American Crow (1)
Black-capped Chickadee (~ 15) - various.
American Robin (1)
Northern Mockingbird (3) - 1, lot #1; 1, lot #7; 1, north end.
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow (~ 8) - roadside between lots #2 & #1.
Song Sparrow (1) - among small flock with tree sparrows.
White-throated Sparrow (1) - lot #2.

For the first time this season, next week we will bird Cape Ann. Meet
for Wednesday Morning Birding at Friendly's at 9:30 off the first rotary
coming from the west on Rt 128 in Gloucester. For more information about
Joppa Flats programs, call David Moon or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

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

 

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Date: 11/22/17 11:56 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] ABA Checklist Update–fairly long / potentially boring
Dear Massbirders,

(If you're not interested in taxonomy or US listing please feel free to
ignore, or do something more interesting like finish making that cranberry
sauce!)

+

The American Birding Association (ABA) published the 2017 update (v8.0) to
its checklist yesterday. This is one of the more significant changes we've
seen. The ABA voted last year to include Hawaii in its territory, and this
checklist now includes countable Hawaiian species, together with their new
codes. (ABA codes run from 1 to 6 for abundance, where 1 is common and 6 is
extirpated or extinct). 105 new birds were added from Hawaii (many
introduced), although almost a third are code 6, reflecting the mass
extinction that has befallen many of the endemics there, especially the
honeycreepers.

The incorporation of Hawaii means that some of the codes have become more
common, as rarities in the traditional ABA area (henceforth known as "ABA
Continental") are not so rare in Hawaii. Hence, White-tailed Tropicbird
(currently a Code 3 rarity) becomes a Code 2 (uncommon regular). Similar
changes happen with Red-footed Booby and Wedge-tailed Shearwater, among
others.

Some of the code changes reflect changes in abundance in the existing ABA
Continental area, or changes that more accurately reflect the abundance.
Hence, some examples:

- Iceland Gull–Code 2 (previously Code 1)
- Brown Booby–Code 2 (previously Code 3). So, this is no longer a
"rarity", which presumably means it won't trigger eBird rarity alerts.
- California Condor–Code 2 (previously Code 6). This reflects the
current countability of Condor which had been listed as extirpated (code 6).
- Tufted Flycatcher–Code 4 (previously Code 5). This species has started
to breed in AZ, is now annual, and so doesn't qualify for the extreme
rarity status that is code 5.
- Nutting's Flycatcher–Code 4 (previously Code 5). Same reason as for
Tufted Flycatcher.
- Himalayan Snowcock–goes from Code 2 to Code 3 rarity. This is a bit of
a head-scratcher. This exotic is resident in the Ruby Mountains of Nevada
and they don't go anywhere. To my mind, it's no different than Colima
Warbler, a very locally restricted birds in small numbers but a regular
breeder.
- Common Ringed Plover moves from Code 2 to Code 3 rarity. Long overdue!
As a Code 2 (due to its very restricted breeding range in western AK,
primarily St. Lawrence Island), this never triggered eBird rarity alerts,
much to the annoyance of almost everyone who'd like to see one in the Lower
48, or anywhere else outside of Gambell!
- Bristle-thighed Curlew also moves from Code 2 to Code 3, probably for
the same reason as the plover above. But BTCU does winter in good numbers
in HI (where it's relatively easy to find and photograph), so it's perhaps
a stretch to consider this as a Code 3 rarity.
- Yellow-footed Gull similarly moves to become a Code 3.
- Brown Jay becomes rarer (Code 3 to Code 4) reflecting the lack of
recent records. As much of the required habitat connecting Mexico to the
Rio Grande Valley has been lost, so to have Brown Jays. The last Brown Jay
in the US was seen in 2012.
- Tamaulipas Crow also moves from Code 3 to Code 4, although ironically,
after not being seen for seven years, they finally returned to the
beautiful Brownsville Dump earlier this month!
- McKay's Bunting becomes a rarity (Code 3) from Code 2. This is
breeding bird on two Bering Sea Island (Hall and St. Matthew) and winters
on the west coast of AK (notably at Nome). The Code 3 presumably reflects
how inaccessible and difficult to find this species can be.

The new checklist is based on the AOS Checklist (58th Supplement to the 7th
Edition which came out this summer). The biggest change for us, at least,
was the change in status of Thayer's Gull to a subspecies of Iceland Gull.
Thus, Thayer's is no longer countable as a separate species from Iceland.

Four new birds were added to the ABA Checklist from vagrancy (Pine
Flycatcher, Cuban Vireo, Amethyst-throated Hummingbird and Common
Shelduck). The only one relevant to this region is Common Shelduck. Common
Shelduck has turned up with greater frequency at the right times of the
year in the right places for it to finally be considered a genuine vagrant,
rather than an escape, thus mirroring a similar history in the status of
Pink-footed and Barnacle Goose. A number of local birders here chased the
three Common Shelducks in New Brunswick last December, and more recently a
young bird at Rye, NH. Interestingly, a Common Shelduck was reported here
in MA in Nahant / Lynn on December 6/7 in 2009. Establishing the provenance
of this bird was problematic, and an escape couldn't be ruled out, but the
timing (winter), location (northeast) and age (juvenile) were good pointers
for a genuine vagrant. In the 15th Annual Report of the Massachusetts Avian
Records Committee, the authors noted that they'd "be willing to revisit the
record in the future if evidence of natural vagrancy to the Northeast coast
emerges. The record failed on its third ballot, 6–2." Thus, the recent
promotion of this bird on the ABA checklist may prompt another discussion
about this species here. (2009 was not the only MA record; another bird was
reported in Dennis on Jan 24, 2004.)

As a reminder of a recent ABA change, extirpated exotics that no longer
appear on the checklist are still countable if you saw them during the time
that they were on the checklist. Thus, if you saw Budgerigar during or
before 2015 in the Tampa area, you can still count it on your list. Same
goes with Crested Myna (Vancouver before 2004) and a few others. A fuller
explanation of extirpated exotics can be found here:
http://listing.aba.org/aba-checklist-appendix-part-1-extirpated-exotics/

Here's hoping this didn't ruin your culinary preparation for tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving!
–Neil

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 11/22/17 9:01 am
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's Falls area - recent sightings
Greetings birders,


Migration has certainly tapered quite a bit in the Gill/Turner's Falls area
over the last week but the numbers of large gulls using the area has
increased from about Nov 15th with 1 - 2 first-cycle Lesser Black-backed
Gulls, mostly at the Turner's Falls power canal and the first Iceland Gull
of the season (adult with dark slate gray primaries) on the 15th - that was
also at the Turner's Falls power canal. An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull
was at Unity Park on the evening of the 20th, very likely the return of one
or two regular wintering adults. Some pics of the juv Lesser Black-backed
Gull can be seen here;

https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/11/ma-november-third-week.html

Waterfowl turnover has been much reduced from earlier in in the month but
included a single flock of 14 Ring-necked Ducks at Unity Park on the 19th,
plus the continuation of a single Common Loon, 3 Lesser Scaup and up to 65
Hooded Mergansers all at Barton Cove, Gill..... but certainly visible from
both sides of the river.

Winter Wrens have been frequent in Gill, and have been especially vocal at
dawn along North Cross Road with up five birds. It's good see the numbers
coming back after last year's dearth of migrants in the same area.

Other than that, a widespread and rather thin smattering Snow Buntings, Fox
Sparrows and Purple Finches in the Gill/Turner's area over the last week or
so.


Good birding,



James

 

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Date: 11/22/17 6:24 am
From: Peter Laptop <orapendula...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black throated gray still being seen
Black throated gray warbler being seen with difficulty in lakeside cemetery in Wakefield. Moving with chickadees. High in oaks and spruces. Along north edge by lake.

Peter & Fay Vale

 

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Date: 11/21/17 8:46 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: [BostonBirds] The Two Brookline Black-throated Gray Warblers
Linda, I seem to remember one at Mt Auburn in the spring about 15 years ago and another one on the Vineyard in 12/96-97 at the same time we got the Northern Lapwing out there. We waited all day in rain and fog before the Lapwing finally showed just before dark, leaving us no time to peruse the warbler. I think Dave Deifik(sp) was there as well.


Joe PaluzziSalem, MA. USA

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-------- Original message --------From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> Date: 11/21/17 11:13 PM (GMT-05:00) To: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> Cc: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>, Josh <opihi...>, Massbird <massbird...> Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: [BostonBirds] The Two Brookline Black-throated Gray Warblers
I've been picking my brain - vague recollection of seeing one at Mt Auburn (and not in any of my notes I could find) and voila, one reported 10/2/2000. Thanks Neil for checking eBird. 
Linda

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Linda FerraressoSalem, <MATattler1...>
On Nov 21, 2017, at 10:50 PM, Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> wrote:

Josh, Glenn and anyone else who's still intersted...
There are also more recent records on eBird that have not been accepted / reviewed by MARC yet, which brings the total number of records by month:
Jan (1)Feb (1)MarAprMayJunJulAugSep (9)Oct (9)Nov (1)Dec (2)
It's clear that Sept / Oct is the most likely time to see one here. Interestingly, there are a three recent records from Canada this year:
New Brunswick 10/29
Quebec (north of St. Lawrence River) 11/1Ottawa 11/2 ...which is more than the 2 previous Eastern Canada records this entire century. Who knows how long our bird has been hanging out at the cemetery nibbling on suet before its discovery, but I suspect it probably came in on the same weather system that brought the Canadian birds.  
–Neil
Neil Hayward
On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 10:27 PM, Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> wrote:



OK.

per V&P:1 12/8/1923
1 10/23/1955
1 9/25-26/1962
1 11/20-30/1962
1 10/10/1964
1 10/11/1970
1 10/18-11/23/1977
1 10/21-23/1987 the scituate bird, so 30 years
1 9/9-13/1987
1 9/4-5/1989

Glenn

Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MAOn November 21, 2017 at 10:12 PM Josh <opihi...> wrote:

There are 10 records of the species that have been reviewed by MARC. The dates (month-day) of those are: 
1-32-19-119-229-279-2710-610-1411-1912-12
Note that the 11-19 bird reviewed by MARC was a 2006 report from out on the Cape, so is a fourth record from the November 18-20 span being discussed. 
Of the two records on September 27, one was a 2000 report from Mount Auburn, the other 2010 from the Middlesex Fells.
http://maavianrecords.com/review-list/black-throated-gray-warbler/
Anyone feel like pulling out their copy of Veit & Petersen to see where the rest of the state’s records fell on the calendar?
JSR

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







--
Neil HaywardCambridge, MA

 

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Date: 11/21/17 8:20 pm
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: [BostonBirds] The Two Brookline Black-throated Gray Warblers
I've been picking my brain - vague recollection of seeing one at Mt Auburn (and not in any of my notes I could find) and voila, one reported 10/2/2000. Thanks Neil for checking eBird.

Linda

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Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>

> On Nov 21, 2017, at 10:50 PM, Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> wrote:
>
> Josh, Glenn and anyone else who's still intersted...
>
> There are also more recent records on eBird that have not been accepted / reviewed by MARC yet, which brings the total number of records by month:
>
> Jan (1)
> Feb (1)
> Mar
> Apr
> May
> Jun
> Jul
> Aug
> Sep (9)
> Oct (9)
> Nov (1)
> Dec (2)
>
> It's clear that Sept / Oct is the most likely time to see one here. Interestingly, there are a three recent records from Canada this year:
>
> New Brunswick 10/29
> Quebec (north of St. Lawrence River) 11/1
> Ottawa 11/2
>
> ...which is more than the 2 previous Eastern Canada records this entire century. Who knows how long our bird has been hanging out at the cemetery nibbling on suet before its discovery, but I suspect it probably came in on the same weather system that brought the Canadian birds.
>
> –Neil
>
> Neil Hayward
>
>> On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 10:27 PM, Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> wrote:
>> OK.
>>
>>
>>
>> per V&P:
>>
>> 1 12/8/1923
>>
>> 1 10/23/1955
>>
>> 1 9/25-26/1962
>>
>> 1 11/20-30/1962
>>
>> 1 10/10/1964
>>
>> 1 10/11/1970
>>
>> 1 10/18-11/23/1977
>>
>> 1 10/21-23/1987 the scituate bird, so 30 years
>>
>> 1 9/9-13/1987
>>
>> 1 9/4-5/1989
>>
>>
>>
>> Glenn
>>
>>
>>
>> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
>>
>>> On November 21, 2017 at 10:12 PM Josh <opihi...> wrote:
>>>
>>> There are 10 records of the species that have been reviewed by MARC. The dates (month-day) of those are:
>>>
>>> 1-3
>>> 2-1
>>> 9-11
>>> 9-22
>>> 9-27
>>> 9-27
>>> 10-6
>>> 10-14
>>> 11-19
>>> 12-12
>>>
>>> Note that the 11-19 bird reviewed by MARC was a 2006 report from out on the Cape, so is a fourth record from the November 18-20 span being discussed.
>>>
>>> Of the two records on September 27, one was a 2000 report from Mount Auburn, the other 2010 from the Middlesex Fells.
>>>
>>> http://maavianrecords.com/review-list/black-throated-gray-warbler/
>>>
>>> Anyone feel like pulling out their copy of Veit & Petersen to see where the rest of the state’s records fell on the calendar?
>>>
>>> JSR
>>>
>>>
>>> Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
>>> Amherst, MA
>>> http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
>>> https://www.facebook.com/opihi
>
>
>
> --
> Neil Hayward
> Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 11/21/17 7:56 pm
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: [BostonBirds] The Two Brookline Black-throated Gray Warblers
Josh, Glenn and anyone else who's still intersted...

There are also more recent records on eBird that have not been accepted /
reviewed by MARC yet, which brings the total number of records by month:

Jan (1)
Feb (1)
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
*Sep (9)*
*Oct (9)*
Nov (1)
Dec (2)

It's clear that Sept / Oct is the most likely time to see one here.
Interestingly, there are a three recent records from Canada this year:

New Brunswick 10/29
Quebec (north of St. Lawrence River) 11/1
Ottawa 11/2

...which is more than the 2 previous Eastern Canada records this entire
century. Who knows how long our bird has been hanging out at the cemetery
nibbling on suet before its discovery, but I suspect it probably came in on
the same weather system that brought the Canadian birds.

–Neil

Neil Hayward

On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 10:27 PM, Glenn d'Entremont <
<gdentremont1...> wrote:

> OK.
>
>
> per V&P:
>
> 1 12/8/1923
>
> 1 10/23/1955
>
> 1 9/25-26/1962
>
> 1 11/20-30/1962
>
> 1 10/10/1964
>
> 1 10/11/1970
>
> 1 10/18-11/23/1977
>
> 1 10/21-23/1987 the scituate bird, so 30 years
>
> 1 9/9-13/1987
>
> 1 9/4-5/1989
>
>
> Glenn
>
>
> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
>
> On November 21, 2017 at 10:12 PM Josh <opihi...> wrote:
>
> There are 10 records of the species that have been reviewed by MARC. The
> dates (month-day) of those are:
>
> 1-3
> 2-1
> 9-11
> 9-22
> 9-27
> 9-27
> 10-6
> 10-14
> 11-19
> 12-12
>
> Note that the 11-19 bird reviewed by MARC was a 2006 report from out on
> the Cape, so is a fourth record from the November 18-20 span being
> discussed.
>
> Of the two records on September 27, one was a 2000 report from Mount
> Auburn, the other 2010 from the Middlesex Fells.
>
> http://maavianrecords.com/review-list/black-throated-gray-warbler/
>
> Anyone feel like pulling out their copy of Veit & Petersen to see where
> the rest of the state’s records fell on the calendar?
>
> JSR
>
>
> Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
> Amherst, MA
> http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
> https://www.facebook.com/opihi
>
>
>
>


--
Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 11/21/17 7:34 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: [BostonBirds] The Two Brookline Black-throated Gray Warblers
OK.


per V&P:

1 12/8/1923

1 10/23/1955

1 9/25-26/1962

1 11/20-30/1962

1 10/10/1964

1 10/11/1970

1 10/18-11/23/1977

1 10/21-23/1987 the scituate bird, so 30 years

1 9/9-13/1987

1 9/4-5/1989


Glenn


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

> On November 21, 2017 at 10:12 PM Josh <opihi...> wrote:
>
> There are 10 records of the species that have been reviewed by MARC. The dates (month-day) of those are:
>
> 1-3
> 2-1
> 9-11
> 9-22
> 9-27
> 9-27
> 10-6
> 10-14
> 11-19
> 12-12
>
> Note that the 11-19 bird reviewed by MARC was a 2006 report from out on the Cape, so is a fourth record from the November 18-20 span being discussed.
>
> Of the two records on September 27, one was a 2000 report from Mount Auburn, the other 2010 from the Middlesex Fells.
>
> http://maavianrecords.com/review-list/black-throated-gray-warbler/
>
> Anyone feel like pulling out their copy of Veit & Petersen to see where the rest of the state’s records fell on the calendar?
>
> JSR
>
>
> Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
> Amherst, MA
> http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
> https://www.facebook.com/opihi
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 11/21/17 7:18 pm
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: [BostonBirds] The Two Brookline Black-throated Gray Warblers
There are 10 records of the species that have been reviewed by MARC. The dates (month-day) of those are:

1-3
2-1
9-11
9-22
9-27
9-27
10-6
10-14
11-19
12-12

Note that the 11-19 bird reviewed by MARC was a 2006 report from out on the Cape, so is a fourth record from the November 18-20 span being discussed.

Of the two records on September 27, one was a 2000 report from Mount Auburn, the other 2010 from the Middlesex Fells.

http://maavianrecords.com/review-list/black-throated-gray-warbler/ <http://maavianrecords.com/review-list/black-throated-gray-warbler/>

Anyone feel like pulling out their copy of Veit & Petersen to see where the rest of the state’s records fell on the calendar?

JSR


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




 

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Date: 11/21/17 6:36 pm
From: Steven van der Veen <srvacons...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl Irruption? Article just released!
Three seen on Duxbury Beach (at one point, all three in view at one time)
on Sunday

On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 6:10 AM, Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> wrote:

> With thanks to Chris Neill at Woods Hole Research Center, a new article
> just published by National Audubon, suggests a possible irruption year for
> Snowy Owls this year, and it may be a big one! The article speaks about
> research from Project Snowstorm....well worth reading. Also look for the
> link in paragraph #2 for the Project Snowstorm blog that provides a
> detailed update from Nov. 15th.
>
>
> Audubon story: http://www.audubon.org/news/hold-your-bins-another-
> blizzard-snowy-owls-could-be-coming
>
>
> Enjoy,
>
> Craig Gibson
>
> Winchester, MA
>
> cbgibson AT comcast.net
>



--
Steve van der Veen
The Pinehills, Plymouth
781-934-9700
<srvacons...>

 

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Date: 11/21/17 5:26 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: [BostonBirds] The Two Brookline Black-throated Gray Warblers
There was one in Scituate about 30 years ago (or longer?) in the fall. Don't recall the exact day; does anyone else recall this? This was in the area of the old "bean field" off of Driftway.


Glenn


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

> On November 21, 2017 at 6:31 PM 'Paul Peterson' via Boston Birds <bostonbirds...> wrote:
>
> Thanks to Marj Rines for letting me know that Tom Aversa saw his Black-throated Gray Warbler at Lost Pond in Brookline on November 18, 1994. My sighting was on November 19, 2016 at D. Blakely Hoar Sanctuary very near his sighting, and virtually on the same day. The one in Nahant was last seen on November 19 2004. Now, Dave Williams has found one on November 20, 2017 in Wakefield. Wow!
>
> Paul Peterson
> <petersonpaul63...>
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Date: 11/21/17 3:50 pm
From: Richard Danca <rdanca...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Cowbirds, lots of cowbirds. Newton
I assume you meant Plaistow, New Hampshire...

The flock seemed to be mixed male and female birds, but I saw it from a (slowly) moving car in traffic and was facing into the sun. Not sure what they were eating, but there must have been plenty of if.

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From: <massbird-approval...> <massbird-approval...> on behalf of danafox <danafox...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 6:34:19 PM
To: Richard Danca; MassBird
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Cowbirds, lots of cowbirds. Newton

This may be the flock Bob and I saw in Plaistow, NJ on November 9th.
Lots of males.
Dana Duxbury-Fox and Bob Fox



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-------- Original message --------
From: Richard Danca <rdanca...>
Date: 11/21/17 3:44 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: MassBird <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cowbirds, lots of cowbirds. Newton

Just saw a large herd of Brown-headed Cowbirds grazing on a lawn on Rachel Road in Newton. There were at least 100 birds, possibly 200 in the flock. Don't remember ever seeing that many cowbirds at once.

________________________
Richard A. Danca
Brookline, Mass.
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Date: 11/21/17 3:41 pm
From: danafox <danafox...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Cowbirds, lots of cowbirds. Newton
This may be the flock Bob and I saw in Plaistow, NJ on November 9th.Lots of males.Dana Duxbury-Fox and Bob Fox


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-------- Original message --------From: Richard Danca <rdanca...> Date: 11/21/17 3:44 PM (GMT-05:00) To: MassBird <massbird...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cowbirds, lots of cowbirds. Newton
Just saw a large herd of Brown-headed Cowbirds grazing on a lawn on Rachel Road in Newton. There were at least 100 birds, possibly 200 in the flock. Don't remember ever seeing that many cowbirds at once.

________________________
Richard A. Danca
Brookline, Mass.
<rdanca...>
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Date: 11/21/17 3:13 pm
From: Richard Danca <rdanca...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cowbirds, lots of cowbirds. Newton
Just saw a large herd of Brown-headed Cowbirds grazing on a lawn on Rachel
Road in Newton. There were at least 100 birds, possibly 200 in the flock.
Don't remember ever seeing that many cowbirds at once.

________________________
Richard A. Danca
Brookline, Mass.
<rdanca...>
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Date: 11/21/17 10:02 am
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BTG continues
Black-throated Gray continues in general area reported yesterday. Just spotted at 1230pm.
Joe 


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Date: 11/21/17 8:53 am
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-hearted gray warbler - Lakeside cemetery, Wakefield, MA
Subject bird relocated in early AM at yesterday's location. Now being seen toward back middle of cemetery. Hanging with Juncos but does feeds in the trees, not on the ground. Stays 10 to 20 feet up. Prefers evergreens. Call note similar to Yellow Rump.

Cliff Cook
Watertown

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Date: 11/21/17 8:47 am
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] CBC's updated - BBC website
 Thanks to all who have provided additional  information on the
upcoming Audubon Christmas Bird Counts in Massachusetts.

The updates have been added to the Brookline Bird Club website
<https://www.brooklinebirdclub.org/> ;  please take a look as you ponder
participating in one the longest standing citizen scientist activities
in the country!

As well, there is a great article posted there about Winter Birding on
Cape Ann written by John Nelson.  Check it out!

Good Birding!

Linda Ferraresso
Director, Brookline Bird Club

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

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Date: 11/21/17 7:30 am
From: David Williams <dave.williams6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-throated gray warbler - Yes
The Black-throated gray warbler has been seen twice this morning, once at
8:30 and again at 10:00. The bird is a challenge to see as it is
constantly moving. Both sightings were in the general area of yesterday's
sighting in the back, left hand corner of the Lakeside Cemetery in
Wakefield, MA.
Dave Williams
Reading, MA

 

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Date: 11/21/17 7:19 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
Cool but lovely morning and some nice birds to boot - what could be better? The highlight was two snow buntings mixed in with 40 mourning doves. A sharpie has been seen with some regularity in the crops fields. Saw 24 species total but missed some usually easy ones to find such as cedar waxwing, downy and red-breasted woodpeckers.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

Canada Goose 54
Wild Turkey 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Mourning Dove 40
Blue Jay 9
American Crow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 16
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 140
Snow Bunting 2
Dark-eyed Junco 2
White-throated Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 6
Common Grackle 10
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 9
House Sparrow 3


 

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Date: 11/21/17 3:18 am
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl Irruption? Article just released!
With thanks to Chris Neill at Woods Hole Research Center, a new article just published by National Audubon, suggests a possible irruption year for Snowy Owls this year, and it may be a big one! The article speaks about research from Project Snowstorm....well worth reading. Also look for the link in paragraph #2 for the Project Snowstorm blog that provides a detailed update from Nov. 15th.


Audubon story: http://www.audubon.org/news/hold-your-bins-another-blizzard-snowy-owls-could-be-coming


Enjoy,

Craig Gibson

Winchester, MA

cbgibson AT comcast.net
 

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Date: 11/20/17 6:08 pm
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Continuing Townsend's Solitaire at Demarest Lloyd
The Townsend's Solitaire continues at Demarest Lloyd State Park. Park at
the gate and walk into the park, down the hill and over the small creek
near the main parking lot. The bird was hanging around the area to the
right just after the bridge, in a small grove of trees. Great looks and
very cooperative. I saw the bird both mid morning and around noon. This
afternoon I visited Allens Pond Sanctuary, entering at the bend in Allens
Neck Road. The most interesting bird there was an empidonax flycatcher.
Based on the call my best guess at this point is that this was a Least
Flycatcher.

Cliff Cook
Watertown

Demarest Lloyd State Park, Bristol, Massachusetts, US
Nov 20, 2017 10:42 AM - 1:43 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
37 species

Mute Swan 4
Mallard 8
American Black Duck 51
Common Eider 6
Bufflehead 21
Hooded Merganser 25
Red-breasted Merganser 35
Common Loon 2
Double-crested Cormorant 17
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Black-bellied Plover 9
Sanderling 2
Dunlin 5
Greater Yellowlegs 5
Ring-billed Gull 10
Herring Gull 150
Great Black-backed Gull 4
Mourning Dove 2
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay 33
American Crow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 16
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Townsend's Solitaire 1 Continuing bird in tree grove on right as you
enter main parking lot across small stream. White eye ring and white outer
tail feathers on a mostly gray bird. Bit longer than a catbird.
Palm Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 20
Song Sparrow 8
Common Grackle 1
House Finch 16
American Goldfinch 5


Allens Pond--Allens Neck Trail (Dartmouth), Bristol, Massachusetts, US
Nov 20, 2017 2:03 PM - 4:23 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.33 mile(s)
Comments: Entered at Allen's Neck Rd and walked trails all the way to
and around first large field.
36 species (+1 other taxa)

American Black Duck 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Northern Harrier 2 Incl adult male
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Herring Gull 25
Mourning Dove 2
Great Horned Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 3
Empidonax sp. 1 Call note sweet sounding "pip". Have a poor recording
that I can share. prominent white eye ring of even width. Yellowish wash on
chest and wing bars. Greenish olive color on head and back. Observed around
3pm at sunny edge of field just to right of where trail enters.
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 15
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 2
Carolina Wren 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
American Robin 5
Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher 2 Seen far apart. One rich brown on head and nape.
Other grayish.
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 9
Common Yellowthroat 1 Prob hatch year male. Partial mask.
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Field Sparrow 2
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 3
White-throated Sparrow 15
Song Sparrow 7
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 4
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow 5

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Date: 11/20/17 5:51 pm
From: <brightondude04...> <brightondude04...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle Neponset River Marsh in Milton
Second sighting in a week in this area.
This afternoon at 3:30 traveling in my car going south on RT 3, I saw a bald eagle being harassed by a red tail hawk flying west from President's golf course to the Neponset River Marsh.
Adult bird with pure white head.
Last week's siting was at about 7 am right over the drawbridge over the Neponset river on Granite Avenue.
Maybe / hopefully it's sticking around for the winter.
Sean McMahonDuxbury, MA
 

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Date: 11/20/17 2:02 pm
From: <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Belated Report for Raptors on Plum Island Saturday, Nov 18, 2017
Saturday I led a Wintering Hawks field class to Plum Island/NBPT/Salis for the Ipswich River Sanctuary. Weather was in the 40s, partially sunny for the first four hours and largely overcast from noon to 2. High tide was at 11:02 a.m. with a projected height of 8.8 feet. Winds were gentle out of the S/SE.


Turkey Vulture 0

Bald Eagle 2-3 (1-2 ad on island, 1 imm on Merrimack east of Rte 1)

Northern Harrier 8 min, 1 ad male, 7+ immature

Cooper's Hawk 1 ad fem (incredibly cooperative bird seen well four times flying and perched)

Red-tailed Hawk 2 strangely saw only two very distant Redtails all day, soaring high west of Pine Island

Rough-legged Hawk 1 dark morph seen along the sound

Peregrine Falcon 3 (2 ad, 1 imm; one of each on island; one ad on Merrimack)


Snowy Owl 1 seen on beach, moderately barred


About twenty minutes after we left Stage Island, two Short-eared Owls were seen over Cross Farm Hill under leaden

skies. For roughly an hour we had watched several raptors in the area, including at least three harriers crisscross the hill without flushing a single SEO....


One final raptor note. At about 1 p.m. two of us saw a single, large, dark raptor on the tail of an immature Northern Harrier at bush-top level near the Stage Island boardwalk to the ocean. The bird was very low and heavily obscured by a tree in front of us and vegetation along the road, so we had only a very brief, partial view. If anyone saw a bird fitting this description on the island around this time, please contact me directly offline. (It was not a dark morph roughleg.)Thank you.


The number of Black Ducks seen at high tide was way below a rough historical average, but on a smooth-as-glass ocean there were impressive numbers of Red-throated, and in slightly lower numbers Common, Loons quite close to the beach.



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

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Date: 11/20/17 10:25 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Storm-driven gulls
Very high winds pushed many Bonaparte's Gulls into the back waters of the
bay, making them visible from our windows. Among them was a Black-Headed
Gull! First time I have seen either of these species here.

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

 

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Date: 11/20/17 7:58 am
From: David Williams <dave.williams6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-hearted gray warbler - Lakeside cemetery, Wakefield, MA
Bill Lee and I have a Black-throated gray warbler in the back, left hand
corner of the cemetery. In the vicinity of the tree with the wind chimes
hanging in it. Active, moving about in loose association with Juncos.
Photos.
Dave Williams
Reading, MA

 

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Date: 11/20/17 7:57 am
From: Anne Hubbard <ahubbard184...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Senegal birding
Hi All,

My daughter will be working in Senegal for a month. I'd like to pick up a
bird guide for her.

Does anyone have recommendations for a good guide?

Anne
--
Anne Hubbard
Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

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Date: 11/20/17 4:36 am
From: Sue Finnegan <suefinnegan...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rufous hummingbird in Hingham
Hi all,
A female Rufous Hummingbird is visiting a feeder in Hingham and the homeowner welcomes visitors. Sylvia asked that I post the following:

Hello,
The Rufous hummingbird visiting our feeder was first noticed at the very beginning of October. She was banded by Sue Finnegan on November 19th and identified as a female Rufous hummingbird.
We are happy to have people come to see the hummingbird but we have to be organized about it because we have a small property. The hummingbird feeder is not visible from the road or any neighboring property. She is however quite visible within the garden and will often perch above the feeder to survey her territory so feel free to bring your camera.
She starts to come to the feeder early morning, feeds every fifteen minutes or so, and we are okay if anyone wants to schedule a time anytime from 7 am to 3 pm. Please respond with a date and time and number of people in your group.
Email
<HinghamRufous2017...>

Sue Finnegan
Brewster, Mass
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/19/17 1:18 pm
From: James Dillon <jdillon755270...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ducks, Suntaug Lake
Ducks in Suntaug Lake, Lynnfield at 3:00.

Hooded Mergansers 60+

Common Mergansers 50+

Lesser Scaup 16

Ring Neck 12


Jim Dillon <jdillon755270...>

 

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Date: 11/19/17 7:36 am
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Springfield CBC correction
Hi again - Turns out that I should have triple-checked about that Springfield CBC. It is on Saturday December 16, but the coordinator is George Kingston, <gcking...>

Good birding,

Josh


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


> On Nov 19, 2017, at 9:06 AM, Josh <opihi...> wrote:
>
> Hi MassBirders,
>
> I started a thread on Western Mass Birders to compile the dates and contact people for the Christmas Bird Counts in and around western MA. I think I have a pretty near complete list, including a few from just across the state line, and one or two from non-western parts of MA. Since it appears that the BBC has ended its habit of creating a page of CBC dates and info, I thought I’d share what I have here, in case anyone is interested. Basically, there’s a massive glut of counts on the first day, and then a scattering across the rest of the period…. I don’t have e-mail addresses for all of the count coordinators, but will include them for those that I do:
>
> Saturday December 16:
> Athol, Dave Small - <Dave...> <mailto:<Dave...>
> Central Berkshire, Holly Higinbotham and Ann Connors
> North Berkshire, Leslie Reed-Evans - <lre...> <mailto:<lre...>
> Springfield, Seth Kellogg (I think, but I might have to correct this one)
> Brattleboro VT, Cory Ross
> Chatham NY, Bill Cook - <cook...> <mailto:<cook...>
>


 

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Date: 11/19/17 6:14 am
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western MA and vicinity CBCs
Hi MassBirders,

I started a thread on Western Mass Birders to compile the dates and contact people for the Christmas Bird Counts in and around western MA. I think I have a pretty near complete list, including a few from just across the state line, and one or two from non-western parts of MA. Since it appears that the BBC has ended its habit of creating a page of CBC dates and info, I thought I’d share what I have here, in case anyone is interested. Basically, there’s a massive glut of counts on the first day, and then a scattering across the rest of the period…. I don’t have e-mail addresses for all of the count coordinators, but will include them for those that I do:

Thursday, December 14:
Sturbridge, Mark Lynch - <moa.lynch...>

Saturday December 16:
Athol, Dave Small - <Dave...>
Central Berkshire, Holly Higinbotham and Ann Connors
North Berkshire, Leslie Reed-Evans - <lre...>
Springfield, Seth Kellogg (I think, but I might have to correct this one)
Brattleboro VT, Cory Ross
Chatham NY, Bill Cook - <cook...>

Sunday December 17:
Northampton, Janice Jorgensen and Jan Ortiz - <cbc...>

Tuesday December 19:
Catskill NY, Larry Federman - <birderlarry...>

Saturday December 23:
Cobble Mountain (Westfield), Seth Kellogg - <skhawk...>

Saturday December 30:
Quabbin, Scott Surner - <ssurner...>
Uxbridge, Strickland Wheelock - <skwheelock...>

Sunday December 31:
Greenfield, Mark Fairbrother - <bogelfin...>

Monday January 1:
South Berkshire, Rene Wendell

Thursday January 4:
Westminster, Chuck Caron - <caronenv...>




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



 

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Date: 11/19/17 4:36 am
From: Dana Duxbury-Fox <danafox...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yesterday's Garden Visitors North Andover
Yesterday brought a welcome number of visits by birds to our garden -

There was a flock of about 15 robins - many drinking from my heated feeder.

A flock of 12 Cedar Waxwings trying to finish off any remaining Black Alder
berries that the chipmunks missed.

And at one count 6 Juncos feeding at once on our lawn.

After the recent storm dropped a large ash tree on our house (causing water
to drop into the kitchen and two roofs that will need to be replaced) and
coincidentally dropping my bird feeder line with the bottles, it was
wonderful to see birds in the yard. Maybe, winter has caught up with them.

Dana Duxbury-Fox

North Andover, MA




 

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Date: 11/19/17 4:32 am
From: Jamie Bogart <jsh_bogart...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Peregrine Falcon Allens Pond
Greetings:

walked out to the spit of Allens Pond in south dartmouth in hopes of seeing a falcon or perhaps an early snowy owl. I was not disappointed!

In the pond small numbers of bufflehead, rb mergansers, and black ducks, and some remnant Great Egrets in the marsh. On the spit in the channel, a nice flock of feeding dunlin with a couple BB plovers mixed in.

On the far end of the spit, a Peregrine Falcon finishing up a freshly caught gull of sorts. Allowed very close approach, perhaps a younger bird. A few falcons winter in the region so finding one is not difficult, but this look was a treat as I watched it feed for many minutes!

Good birding,
Jamie Bogart
New Bedford, MA


 

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Date: 11/18/17 9:25 pm
From: Mike Tucker <bnatural2...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Falmouth, 11/18
At Wood Neck Beach there was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull flying around over the water. Other birds there included 14 Ruddy Turnstones and large numbers of Common Eider and White-winged Scoter.
At Nobska Beach in the Woods Hole area of Falmouth, there were 3 Long-tailed Ducks that flew by.

Mike Tucker
Woods Hole
<bnatural2...>

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/18/17 5:38 pm
From: Kathy Rawdon <rawdonk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] white pelican flyover, Daniel Webster wildlife sanc. in Marshfield, Ma
Late today, the South Shore Bird Club group covering the waterfowl
survey for the northeast section of Plymouth County had a WHITE PELICAN
fly over us heading in the direction of the coast in Marshfield or
perhaps, the  Scituate coast.

We had one in Scituate in late August.

Kathy Rawdon

Hingham,Ma.


 

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Date: 11/18/17 4:14 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (18 Nov 2017) Raptors
Pinnacle Rock
Malden, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 2 2
Osprey 0 0 9
Bald Eagle 0 3 7
Northern Harrier 0 2 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 16 95
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 29
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 1
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 2 2
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 6
Merlin 0 0 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 11
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 6

Total: 0 35 184
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 11:30:00
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter: Craig Jackson

Observers:

Weather:
Very light (1) W-SW winds; temperature 0 C; cloud cover -- 100% throughout
(light cirrus covered sky gradually became darker such that at end sky was
covered with low-lying storm clouds)

Raptor Observations:
No migrant raptors
Not even one non-migrant RT Hawk seen! Only raptor seen was a Peregrine
Falcon sitting on the top of the tower (behind me), which I only noticed
when I initially got up to leave. Stayed there for almost an hour and I
have no idea when it first arrived. Decided it was not a migrating bird.

Non-raptor Observations:
3 Golden-crowned Kinglets (all displaying their crowns); 1 Dark-eyed Junco

Predictions:
This is my final day hawk watching at this site this fall. Thanks to Hugh
Holley (and his wife), Jack Miano, Brian Rusnica, Ron and Geri Tremonte,
and Soheil Zendeh who at different times came up to the Rock to keep me
company and helped me spot migrating hawks.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Craig Jackson (<crleja...>)


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



 

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Date: 11/18/17 2:54 pm
From: Michael Emmons <michael.emmons...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Back Editions of Bird Observer - have been claimed
 The set has been claimed.


Mike Emmons

Wilmington, MA



On 11/18/2017 4:45 PM, Michael Emmons wrote:
> With permission from the moderator...
>
> I am offering up, FOR FREE, a set of Bird Observer journals. The set
> covers primarily the years of 1986 - 2017, with a few missing issues
> including, 1994 through mid 1996.
>
> I would prefer that they be taken as a whole.
>
>
> If interested, please contact me directly.
>
>
> Mike Emmons
>
> Wilmington, MA
>
> <michael.emmons...>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 11/18/17 1:50 pm
From: Michael Emmons <michael.emmons...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Back Editions of Bird Observer
With permission from the moderator...

I am offering up, FOR FREE, a set of Bird Observer journals. The set
covers primarily the years of 1986 - 2017, with a few missing issues
including, 1994 through mid 1996.

I would prefer that they be taken as a whole.


If interested, please contact me directly.


Mike Emmons

Wilmington, MA

<michael.emmons...>



 

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Date: 11/18/17 11:02 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pinnacle Rock (17 Nov 2017) 8 Raptors
Pinnacle Rock
Malden, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 2 2 2
Osprey 0 0 9
Bald Eagle 0 3 7
Northern Harrier 1 2 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 16 95
Cooper's Hawk 1 3 29
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 1
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 2 2
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 6
Merlin 0 0 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 11
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 3 6

Total: 8 35 184
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter: Craig Jackson

Observers:

Weather:
Very strong (5-6) NW winds throughout; temperature -- 1-2C; cloud cover --
99-3%;

Raptor Observations:
Small flurry of migrants between 12-1 PM; otherwise very small movement,
with most birds flying low (0-1)
Non-migrating -- at least 5 RT Hawks

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Craig Jackson (<crleja...>)


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



 

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Date: 11/18/17 10:31 am
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] RFI MacGillavray's Warbler
The bird was seen yesterday afternoon in the same nettle patch by the greenhouse. It required a lot of patience, but poked out briefly.
Happy birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon

Sent from my iPhone so please excuse any errors.
 

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Date: 11/18/17 10:18 am
From: Peter & Fay Vale <peterfay...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] lost cane on Plum Island 11/18
Hi,

Anyone going to Plum Island: If you find a cane, probably at the Maintenance shed parking lot, it’s mine. So excited to see first of season tree sparrows, I think I leaned the cane on the car so I could use both hands on my binoculars and just forgot about it and rode away. Anyway, I’d love it back if possible.

thanks, Fay

Peter & Fay Vale
Wakefield, MA
<peterfay...>
 

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Date: 11/18/17 9:56 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Allen's Neck Flycatcher, Parula, and Grosbeak
That was supposed to read "Chat" at It's entrance.

Get Outlook for Android<https://aka.ms/ghei36>

________________________________
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2017 12:12:56 PM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: Allen's Neck Flycatcher, Parula, and Grosbeak

Good day for thickets on the southcoast! The flycatcher is almost certainly a Least, the Grosbeak, a female Rose-breasted. Both at the bottom of the boulder loop, just before the grassland (pig pen). The Parula (and one of two yellowthroats) at the top of the boulder loop; 40 meadowlarks in the large grassland, cat at its entrance. There are 23 Great Egrets still hanging out.

Lots more, no time.

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

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Date: 11/18/17 9:18 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Allen's Neck Flycatcher, Parula, and Grosbeak
Good day for thickets on the southcoast! The flycatcher is almost certainly a Least, the Grosbeak, a female Rose-breasted. Both at the bottom of the boulder loop, just before the grassland (pig pen). The Parula (and one of two yellowthroats) at the top of the boulder loop; 40 meadowlarks in the large grassland, cat at its entrance. There are 23 Great Egrets still hanging out.

Lots more, no time.

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Get Outlook for Android<https://aka.ms/ghei36>


 

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Date: 11/18/17 8:42 am
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Correction - 11-15-17

> Birders! Mea culpa! With the combination of a photo and a Tom Wetmore post, I realized that the 3 Semipalmated Sandpipers posted for this past week’s Wednesday Morning Birding program were, in fact, White-rumped Sandpipers!
>
> Dave Weaver
> Manchester, MA 01944
> <cygnus-dkw...>
>
> Sent from my iPhone


 

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Date: 11/18/17 8:02 am
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owls: Duxbury Beach - Photos!
Early morning visit yesterday to Duxbury Beach for a look at Snowy Owl recently posted by Rick Bowes. Two Snowies observed south of High Pines in mock combat over water in SE corner of bayside, then flew off, one towards the marsh near The Gurnet and other just north of High Pines.


For those with an interest, 3 photos posted:


http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/166591429

Click "next" in upper right corner to advance frames.


Enjoy,

Craig Gibson

Winchester, MA

cbgibson AT comcast.net
 

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Date: 11/18/17 7:56 am
From: Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wintrhop Beach & Halibut Point FREE Birding programs
North Region Coastal District

Department of Conservation and Recreation

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



Date November 18, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -



Find yourself in a DCR State Park

Winthrop\East Boston\Rockport-

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



Halibut Point State Park

Birding 101
Sunday, November 19 8:00 -10:00 a.m.
Join us on a two-hour walk over easy to moderate trails in search of seasonal specialties. Beginners are encouraged to attend. Boots are advisable. Please bring your binoculars and if you are able to a spotting scope to share. For more information, contact <Peter...>

Meet at: Halibut Point State Park, Parking lot, on Gott Avenue in Rockport.
Daily Parking Fee applies.

Co-sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club

Winthrop Beach

Avian Delights
Saturday, November 25 3:00-4:00 p.m. (Afternoon)
Observe water birds and learn about their adaptations for survival as we walk on the beach sand for a distance of up to one mile. Terrain can be uneven. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them.

Meet at: Winthrop Beach on Winthrop Shore Drive across from Sturgis Street and 62 Winthrop Shore Drive, Winthrop, MA. On street parking is available free of charge. Accessible by Public Transportation: Paul Revere Transportation bus 712 or 713 Point Shirley-Orient Heights, arrive at the Winthrop Beach stop then walk down Sturgis Street, Winthrop MA (If traveling from outside Winthrop, board the bus at the MBTA Orient Heights station on the blue line). Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information (schedule, route and fees).

Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh
###

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

Find yourself in a DCR Park!

Follow@ | Tag#

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Date: 11/18/17 7:49 am
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Townsend’s Solitaire continues, Bristol Co.
The Townsend’s Solitaire at Demarest Lloyd State Park is being cooperative
this morning, sitting in the trees just to the right of the bridge when you
enter parking lot. It’s giving a whisper song and seems thoroughly content.

Alan Kneidel
--
Alan Kneidel
980-254-2706

 

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Date: 11/18/17 6:48 am
From: Josh <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] RFI MacGillavray's Warbler
HI Glenn and all,

So far as I can tell, it has not been seen since Wednesday the 15th, but I also cannot tell whether anyone has looked. There have been no posts either way on FaceBook in Western Mass Birders or the MARBA group, and the eBird hotspot for That’s A Plenty Farm shows no checklists filed since then. I’ve posted a request for updates there, will let everyone know if I hear any good news…

Good birding,

Josh


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


> On Nov 17, 2017, at 12:30 PM, Glenn Williams <gswilliams9...> wrote:
>
> Any reports, positive or negative, on the Hadley MacGillavray's Warbler today?
>
> Glenn Williams
> Mystic, CT


 

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Date: 11/18/17 6:18 am
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Summer Tanager - Scusset Beach, Cape Cod Canal
The Summer Tanager continues right now at Scusset Beach fishing pier, in
cedars around building and in trees in island of grass between pier and
road.

Alan Kneidel

--
Alan Kneidel
980-254-2706

 

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Date: 11/17/17 4:34 pm
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 11/17 Duxbury Beach - Snowy Owl, Harlequins, Black Guillemot
Fri 11/17/17 10:10-11:30am; HiTide 10:18 (10.9ft); 43F; Sunny; WSW 15+

Took a quick pass to check for Snowy Owl and to scan from Gurnet. Waters
too choppy and too many caps to see waterfowl very well from ground leve;
from cliff was much better.



Highlight: first Black Guillemot of the year, plus 4 nice Harlequins, a near
collision with a Merlin and a Snowy Owl.

Passerines were invisible due to high wind - even missed Song Sparrow.

Pix and comments in ebird list at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40561996

28 species




 

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Date: 11/17/17 4:04 pm
From: Glenn Williams <gswilliams9...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RFI MacGillavray's Warbler
Any reports, positive or negative, on the Hadley MacGillavray's Warbler today?
Glenn WilliamsMystic, CT
 

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Date: 11/16/17 3:53 pm
From: Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] white-eyed vireo at Plum
Sorry this is late. Several photographers including myself got beautiful
images of this bird out in the open along the S-curves (left side towards
the Wardens) yesterday afternoon.

Sandy Selesky
Westford, MA
<sandyselesky...>

 

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Date: 11/16/17 2:06 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck — Lakeville ponds
Jim Sweeney found a male Tufted Duck in Lakeville on Tuesday (he was having trouble posting). Details can be found here http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40513349

Happy birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon

Sent from my iPhone so please excuse any errors.


 

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Date: 11/16/17 9:02 am
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Links to Photos of Solitaire at Demarest Lloyd SP
Not seeing much reference to photos of this bird, here are some:

Mine with one showing why this bird has sometimes been impossible to find:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40522033

Beautiful shots with buffy wing patch displayed, by Michael Kieron:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40489539

And of course there are more on eBird through Species Maps.

Great that eBird media are fully functional again! Thanks, Marshall and all eBird team members!

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>

 

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Date: 11/16/17 5:16 am
From: Maurice Gilmore <petegilmore79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Raven in Newton
Hi Folks,

Yesterday, 11/14, at 4:30, over the intersection of Collins Road and
Devonshire Road a low, croaking raven fly-by.

Pete Gilmore
Newton, MA
<Petegilmore79...>

 

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Date: 11/15/17 7:12 pm
From: Kathy Rawdon <rawdonk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: massbird-digest V16 #846
Sean,

I'm just in from my book club.  Why don't I plan on getting there with
one other about 9 a.m to 9:30 am.   If you think we should be their
earlier, I will make sure I am.  If I don't hear back I will assume this
time will be productive.

I am leaving here about 7:15 to meet other person for coffee and
breakfast but we can take our coffee to go.

Kathy


On 11/15/2017 7:58 PM, massbird-digest wrote:
> massbird-digest Wednesday, November 15 2017 Volume 16 : Number 846
>
>
>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:39:04 -0500
> From: Kathy Rawdon <rawdonk...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barnacle goose with cackling goose continues
>
> Found by Ernie LeBlanc on the LITTLE RIVER ( seen from bridge over the
> Little River which  has a pull off for cars( Stanley Park) to the side
> of bridge. This is  not far from the Water treatment plant Seen about
> 3:20 pm as he headed home.  We all passed this bridge coming and going(
> not seen there earlier in day)
>
> He came back and got all of us who were staking out the pond at the
> Water Treatment plant after a long day.  Lucky us!
>
> Kathy Rawdon
>
> Hingham,Ma.
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 01:28:40 +0000
> From: Joe Scott <joexcski...>
> Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Barnacle goose with cackling goose continues
>
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> Very cool!
>
> On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 7:44 PM Kathy Rawdon <rawdonk...> wrote:
>
>> Found by Ernie LeBlanc on the LITTLE RIVER ( seen from bridge over the
>> Little River which has a pull off for cars( Stanley Park) to the side
>> of bridge. This is not far from the Water treatment plant Seen about
>> 3:20 pm as he headed home. We all passed this bridge coming and going(
>> not seen there earlier in day)
>>
>> He came back and got all of us who were staking out the pond at the
>> Water Treatment plant after a long day. Lucky us!
>>
>> Kathy Rawdon
>>
>> Hingham,Ma.
>>
>>
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> <div><div dir=3D"auto">Very cool!=C2=A0</div></div><div><br><div class=3D"g=
> mail_quote"><div>On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 7:44 PM Kathy Rawdon &lt;<a href=
> =3D"mailto:<rawdonk...>"><rawdonk...></a>&gt; wrote:<br></div=
>> <blockquote class=3D"gmail_quote" style=3D"margin:0 0 0 .8ex;border-left:1=
> px #ccc solid;padding-left:1ex">Found by Ernie LeBlanc on the LITTLE RIVER =
> ( seen from bridge over the<br>
> Little River which=C2=A0 has a pull off for cars( Stanley Park) to the side=
> <br>
> of bridge. This is=C2=A0 not far from the Water treatment plant Seen about=
> =C2=A0<br>
> 3:20 pm as he headed home.=C2=A0 We all passed this bridge coming and going=
> (<br>
> not seen there earlier in day)<br>
> <br>
> He came back and got all of us who were staking out the pond at the<br>
> Water Treatment plant after a long day.=C2=A0 Lucky us!<br>
> <br>
> Kathy Rawdon<br>
> <br>
> Hingham,Ma.<br>
> <br>
> </blockquote></div></div>
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> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 02:39:26 +0000
> From: "Floyd, Chris" <chrisf...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Short-eared Owls (3-5) at Cumberland Farms, 11/14
>
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> 3 minimum; more likely 5. First spotted at 4:32 PM several hundred yards to=
> southeast; identifiable only through Leica scope - view good enough to see=
> dark carpal marks. No birds up that I could see on first scan at 4:30. At =
> 4:36 two flew right at me and just 20' over my head at manure pit dumping r=
> amp, making two passes, giving great view! Likely different birds from thos=
> e first seen at distance.
>
> Caution: I had driven (very carefully through puddles) most of the way in t=
> o manure pit area and was stopped by Mass Environmental Police as I drove o=
> ut in the dark and quoted a possible $500 fine for entering private propert=
> y without permission. He asked that I park instead just at entrance (River =
> Street) in future. However, officer seemed mainly interested in (illegal?) =
> hunting. Asked me if I had seen any hunters. Yes, two in two cars, who were=
> leaving about time I was arriving.
>
> First time I've had any such permission issue raised over about 40 years of=
> birding here, typically 1-3 times a year.
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40512768
>
> Chris Floyd
> Lexington
> <chrisf...>
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> <p class=3D"MsoNormal">3 minimum; more likely 5. First spotted at 4:32 PM s=
> everal hundred yards to southeast; identifiable only through Leica scope - =
> view good enough to see dark carpal marks. No birds up that I could see on =
> first scan at 4:30. At 4:36 two flew
> right at me and just 20' over my head at manure pit dumping ramp, making t=
> wo passes, giving great view! Likely different birds from those first seen =
> at distance.<o:p></o:p></p>
> <p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
> <p class=3D"MsoNormal">Caution: I had driven (very carefully through puddle=
> s) most of the way in to manure pit area and was stopped by Mass Environmen=
> tal Police as I drove out in the dark and quoted a possible $500 fine for e=
> ntering private property without permission.
> He asked that I park instead just at entrance (River Street) in future. Ho=
> wever, officer seemed mainly interested in (illegal?) hunting. Asked me if =
> I had seen any hunters. Yes, two in two cars, who were leaving about time I=
> was arriving.<o:p></o:p></p>
> <p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
> <p class=3D"MsoNormal">First time I&#8217;ve had any such permission issue =
> raised over about 40 years of birding here, typically 1-3 times a year.<o:p=
>> </o:p></p>
> <p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
> <p class=3D"MsoNormal"><a href=3D"http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40=
> 512768">http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40512768</a><o:p></o:p></p>
> <p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
> <p class=3D"MsoNormal">Chris Floyd<o:p></o:p></p>
> <p class=3D"MsoNormal">Lexington<o:p></o:p></p>
> <p class=3D"MsoNormal"><chrisf...><o:p></o:p></p>
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> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:02:12 -0500
> From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls loons
>
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> Greeting birders,
>
>
> Four Red-throated Loons dropped into Turner's Falls Rod and Gun club this
> morning with three touching down at 07:58, and the fourth dropping into
> join them at around 08:20. Slightly downriver, a Common Loon remained for
> its fourth straight day at Barton Cove.
>
> Other birds of interest included single Snow Buntings at Barton Cove boat
> ramp, Gill and at the fields on South Ferry Road, Montague.
>
> In the evening, an obvious increase in gull numbers included over a dozen
> Great Black-backed Gulls and a juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull at Unity
> Park, Turner's Falls.
>
>
> A pic of the RTLoons can be seen here and I'm hoping to upload a few more
> images from the day idc;
> https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/11/ma-more-red-throated-loons.html
>
>
>
> Good birding,
>
>
>
> James
>
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> <div dir=3D"ltr">Greeting birders,<div><br></div><div><br></div><div>Four R=
> ed-throated Loons dropped into Turner&#39;s Falls Rod and Gun club this mor=
> ning with three touching down at 07:58, and the fourth dropping into join t=
> hem at around 08:20. Slightly downriver, a Common Loon remained for its fou=
> rth straight day at Barton Cove.</div><div><br></div><div>Other birds of in=
> terest included single Snow Buntings at Barton Cove boat ramp, Gill and at =
> the fields on South Ferry Road, Montague.</div><div><br></div><div>In the e=
> vening, an obvious increase in gull numbers included over a dozen Great Bla=
> ck-backed Gulls and a juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull at Unity Park, Turn=
> er&#39;s Falls.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>A pic of the RTLoon=
> s can be seen here and I&#39;m hoping to upload a few more images from the =
> day idc;</div><div><a href=3D"https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/11/m=
> a-more-red-throated-loons.html">https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/11=
> /ma-more-red-throated-loons.html<br></a></div><div><br></div><div><br></div=
>> <div><br></div><div>Good birding,</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>=
> <br></div><div>James</div></div>
>
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> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:44:13 -0500
> From: Linda <tattler1...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Townsend Solitaire continues
>
> Bird previously reported by Glenn d'Ebtremont being seen in same area as of 8 am Was still being seen when i left at 9:30.
>
> Sorry for delay in reporting - my phone croaked!
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> Linda Ferraresso
> Salem, MA
> <Tattler1...>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:56:46 +0000
> From: "Floyd, Chris" <chrisf...>
> Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Townsend Solitaire continues [11/15]
>
> My eBird notes covering from 0920 on:
>
> Continuing: slim thrush-like bird, plain medium gray with broad white eyering and small dark bill; missing (regrowing?) much of normal tail length. Spent 0920 to 1030 in very sheltered spot in juniper (marked with thin blue ribbon) in picnic area where originally found 10/12; observed with difficulty eating many berries there, moving very inconspicuously just 2-4 inches over that time; became active around 1030, first flying to nearby small stream, where it settled onto bank in thicket for 5 minutes of deliberate drinking; then flew to succession of nearby high perches in small trees and then out to exposed tree near driveway into main parking area. Photos might be added later.
>
> Also, Clay-colored Sparrow out on beach - thanks to the young guys who showed me where.
>
> Full report at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40522033
>
> Chris Floyd
> Lexington
> <chrisf...>
>
> - -----Original Message-----
> From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of Linda
> Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:44 AM
> To: <massbird...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Townsend Solitaire continues
>
> Bird previously reported by Glenn d'Ebtremont being seen in same area as of 8 am Was still being seen when i left at 9:30.
>
> Sorry for delay in reporting - my phone croaked!
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> Linda Ferraresso
> Salem, MA
> <Tattler1...>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:17:08 -0500
> From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Beach State Reservation & Plum Island -- 11-15-2017
>
>> David Moon and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of Joppa Flats Education Center, first to Salisbury Beach State Reservation and then on to Plum Island. The weather was delightful -- skies clear to partly cloudy, temps in low 40s, and winds NE/5-10 mph.
>>
>> Our list:
>>
>> Salisbury Beach --
>> Canada Goose
>> American Black Duck - some in marsh.
>> Common Eider - common
>> White-winged Scoter (~ 30)
>> Long-tailed Duck (~20)
>> Wild Turkey (~ 10) - while en route to Salisbury.
>> Red-throated Loon (2)
>> Common Loon (1)
>> Northern Harrier (2)
>> Red-tailed Hawk (1)
>> Black-bellied Plover (2)
>> Ring-billed Gull (~ 40) - jetty parking lot.
>> Herring Gull (~ 8)
>> Great Black-backed Gull
>> Merlin (1)
>> American Crow (1) - harassing 2 harriers.
>> Horned Lark (3) - fly over at boat ramp.
>> Black-capped Chickadee (1)
>> Northern Mockingbird (1)
>> European Starling - common; several large flocks.
>> Song Sparrow (1)
>> American Goldfinch (2)
>>
>> Plum Island --
>> Canada Goose - common.
>> Mute Swan (4) - 1 ad, main panne; 2 ads, 1 cygnet, first panne s. main panne.
>> American Black Duck - common, thruout refuge from Hellcat north.
>> Mallard (~ 20) - Bill Forward Pool.
>> Northern Pintail (~ 20) - BFP.
>> Green-winged Teal (2) - BFP.
>> White-winged Scoter (~ 10) - one ocean.
>> Black Scoter (7) - one ocean.
>> Long-tailed Duck (~ 10) - one ocean.
>> Hooded Merganser (8) - BFP.
>> Red-throated Loon (5) - one ocean.
>> Common Loon (1) - one ocean.
>> Northern Gannet (~ 15) - some rafting; one ocean.
>> Northern Harrier (2)
>> Cooper's Hawk (1) - perched in tree on mound directly across road from lot #1.
>> Red-tailed Hawk (1)
>> Black-bellied Plover (1) - pannes.
>> Greater Yellowlegs (4) - pannes.
>> Semipalmated Sandpiper (3) - North Pool from Hellcat dike.
>> Dunlin (6) - North Pool from Hellcat dike.
>> Herring Gull (~ 10) - one ocean.
>> Great Black-backed Gull
>> Rock Pigeon
>> Mourning Dove (5)
>> American Robin (1) - S-curves.
>> Northern Mockingbird (2) - parking lot #1.
>> European Starling - common, several large flocks.
>> Yellow-rumped Warbler (1) - Hellcat johns.
>> American Tree Sparrow (1) - Hellcat johns.
>> Song Sparrow (4) - Hellcat johns.
>> White-throated Sparrow (~ 10) - Hellcat johns.
>> Northern Cardinal (1) - Hellcat johns.
>>
>> We will meet again at 9:30 next Wednesday morning at Joppa Flats Education Center. For any questions relative to Joppa programs, give either David Moon or David Larson a call at (978) 462-9998.
>>
>> Dave Weaver
>> Manchester, MA 01944
>> <cygnus-dkw...>
>>
>>
>> Sent from my iPad
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:19:42 -0500
> From: "Soheil Zendeh" <sohzendeh...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Next Bear Creek, Saugus, walk on Sunday November 19 at 9 am; report for Sunday Nov 12
>
> Folks,
>
> The next walk at Bear Creek Sanctuary, Saugus, is scheduled for 9 am on Sunday, November 19. Details for attending the walk are below.
>
> ON the walk on November 12, migrant passerines were extremely scarce, as has become noticeable to many folks birding eastern Massachusetts this fall. But Horned Larks, American Pipits and Snow Buntings, the grassland and open country birds, are finally beginning to show up. And meadowlarks put on a nice show.
>
> Some Bear Creek and Rumney Marsh photos here:
> https://flic.kr/s/aHskVjajMZ
>
> Here is the ebird checklist for the walk on Nov 12:
>
> Bear Creek Sanctuary (restricted access), Essex, Massachusetts, US
> Nov 12, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:39 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.5 mile(s)
> 31 bird species
>
> Canada Goose 35
> Mallard 8
> American Black Duck 10
> Bufflehead 12
> Red-breasted Merganser 4
> Common Loon 1
> Double-crested Cormorant 6
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Northern Harrier 3
> Red-tailed Hawk 3
> Black-bellied Plover 2
> Wilson's Snipe 3
> Ring-billed Gull 1
> Herring Gull 70
> Great Black-backed Gull 12
> Mourning Dove 62
> Peregrine Falcon 1
> American Crow 8
> Horned Lark 30
> Black-capped Chickadee 1
> American Robin 2
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> European Starling 700
> American Pipit 15
> Snow Bunting 35
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Savannah Sparrow 8
> Song Sparrow 5
> Northern Cardinal 2
> Eastern Meadowlark 3 Seen well in flight.
> House Sparrow 2
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40505849
>
> Geoff Wilson, our chaperone and the landscaper for the property, publishes a newsletter that you may find interesting:
> http://conta.cc/2hg5ae5
>
> Here are the details for attending walks at this property:
>
> Bear Creek is an upland sanctuary built on the Wheelabrator (formerly RESCO) landfill at the northern end of Rumney Marsh in Saugus and Revere. Access information is below. Wear good walking shoes and be prepared to hike 3 – 4 miles. The property is mostly very open, so be prepared for sun, wind and weather.
>
> This walk is free and open to the public, but also note that this property is accessible by invitation only and visitors need to be chaperoned at all times. Please allow roughly 4 hours for this field trip. The actual length of the trip depends on conditions and the birds present. It's usually difficult to break up the party if you need to be somewhere in the early afternoon. Come prepared to stay with the group.
>
> Wheelabrator company has graciously stocked up on some extra pairs of binoculars, so if you or someone you know wants to learn about birds and birding, come on down. Please let me know you're coming so we can have a head count.
>
> Bear Creek sanctuary access is via the Wheelabrator plant, 100 Salem Turnpike (Rte 107), Saugus. The rotary at the intersection of Rtes 60 and 107 is about 1½ miles southwest of the plant and about 1 mile east of Rte 1 exit on Rte 60. When traveling northeast on 107, if you go over the Ballard Street bridge (just after a set of lights) you’ve gone too far — turn back. Here is a link to google maps:
> http://tinyurl.com/326v87d
>
> When you arrive, drive through the plant gates, park in the parking lot immediately and wait for the group. Please do not drive farther into the property without an escort.
>
> Soheil Zendeh
> 42 Baker Ave
> Lexington, MA 02421
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:13:41 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Squantum Highlights
>
> I birded from 1:00-4:30:
>
> Red-throated Loon 4 rocky tip of Squaw Rock Park
> Great Blue Heron 3
>
> Green-winged Teal 7
> accipiter sp. 1 quite vocal both perched and on the wing!MERLIN 1 Osprey platform
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Greater Yellowlegs 5
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
> Fox Sparrow 3 F.O.S. Squaw Rock Park dense brush slope
> Savannah Sparrow 1
> Swamp Sparrow 3
> White-throated Sparrow 12
> Song Sparrow 25
>
> Paul Peterson
> <petersonpaul63...>
> Boston
>
> ------------------------------
>
> End of massbird-digest V16 #846
> *******************************
>

 

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Date: 11/15/17 5:01 pm
From: Alan Strauss <ansch100...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Townsends Solitaire continues
Today at Damerest Lloyd in Dartmouth.

Park at gate, walk in pass small gray headquarters building. I had the bird to the left of the stream in the Junipers. It was feeding on berries. It flew from tree to tree but at 11 AM it stayed in one bare tree in the sun right in front of me until 11:30. Text book bird. I have seen them before but often up high in the trees. First saw the bird about 10:30 AM. This bird often at eye level. About a 10 min walk from gate to bird. If you haven~@~Yt seen one I suggest going to look at this one. Videos and still shots taken.

Alan Strauss, Providence
I have seen them at World~@~Ys End in Hingham, Barnstable, MA., and Evergreen Cemetery in Marion. Best looks by far at this Dartmouth bird because of the more open habitat.


 

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Date: 11/15/17 5:01 pm
From: James Dillon <jdillon755270...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ducks, Lynnfield
Suntaug Lake Lynnfield at 3:45.

Common Mergansers 60, Lesser Scaup 14

Jim Dillon <jdillon755270...>

 

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Date: 11/15/17 1:22 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Beach State Reservation & Plum Island -- 11-15-2017

> David Moon and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of Joppa Flats Education Center, first to Salisbury Beach State Reservation and then on to Plum Island. The weather was delightful -- skies clear to partly cloudy, temps in low 40s, and winds NE/5-10 mph.
>
> Our list:
>
> Salisbury Beach --
> Canada Goose
> American Black Duck - some in marsh.
> Common Eider - common
> White-winged Scoter (~ 30)
> Long-tailed Duck (~20)
> Wild Turkey (~ 10) - while en route to Salisbury.
> Red-throated Loon (2)
> Common Loon (1)
> Northern Harrier (2)
> Red-tailed Hawk (1)
> Black-bellied Plover (2)
> Ring-billed Gull (~ 40) - jetty parking lot.
> Herring Gull (~ 8)
> Great Black-backed Gull
> Merlin (1)
> American Crow (1) - harassing 2 harriers.
> Horned Lark (3) - fly over at boat ramp.
> Black-capped Chickadee (1)
> Northern Mockingbird (1)
> European Starling - common; several large flocks.
> Song Sparrow (1)
> American Goldfinch (2)
>
> Plum Island --
> Canada Goose - common.
> Mute Swan (4) - 1 ad, main panne; 2 ads, 1 cygnet, first panne s. main panne.
> American Black Duck - common, thruout refuge from Hellcat north.
> Mallard (~ 20) - Bill Forward Pool.
> Northern Pintail (~ 20) - BFP.
> Green-winged Teal (2) - BFP.
> White-winged Scoter (~ 10) - one ocean.
> Black Scoter (7) - one ocean.
> Long-tailed Duck (~ 10) - one ocean.
> Hooded Merganser (8) - BFP.
> Red-throated Loon (5) - one ocean.
> Common Loon (1) - one ocean.
> Northern Gannet (~ 15) - some rafting; one ocean.
> Northern Harrier (2)
> Cooper's Hawk (1) - perched in tree on mound directly across road from lot #1.
> Red-tailed Hawk (1)
> Black-bellied Plover (1) - pannes.
> Greater Yellowlegs (4) - pannes.
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (3) - North Pool from Hellcat dike.
> Dunlin (6) - North Pool from Hellcat dike.
> Herring Gull (~ 10) - one ocean.
> Great Black-backed Gull
> Rock Pigeon
> Mourning Dove (5)
> American Robin (1) - S-curves.
> Northern Mockingbird (2) - parking lot #1.
> European Starling - common, several large flocks.
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (1) - Hellcat johns.
> American Tree Sparrow (1) - Hellcat johns.
> Song Sparrow (4) - Hellcat johns.
> White-throated Sparrow (~ 10) - Hellcat johns.
> Northern Cardinal (1) - Hellcat johns.
>
> We will meet again at 9:30 next Wednesday morning at Joppa Flats Education Center. For any questions relative to Joppa programs, give either David Moon or David Larson a call at (978) 462-9998.
>
> Dave Weaver
> Manchester, MA 01944
> <cygnus-dkw...>
>
>
> Sent from my iPad


 

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Date: 11/15/17 11:02 am
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Townsend Solitaire continues [11/15]
My eBird notes covering from 0920 on:

Continuing: slim thrush-like bird, plain medium gray with broad white eyering and small dark bill; missing (regrowing?) much of normal tail length. Spent 0920 to 1030 in very sheltered spot in juniper (marked with thin blue ribbon) in picnic area where originally found 10/12; observed with difficulty eating many berries there, moving very inconspicuously just 2-4 inches over that time; became active around 1030, first flying to nearby small stream, where it settled onto bank in thicket for 5 minutes of deliberate drinking; then flew to succession of nearby high perches in small trees and then out to exposed tree near driveway into main parking area. Photos might be added later.

Also, Clay-colored Sparrow out on beach - thanks to the young guys who showed me where.

Full report at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40522033

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>

-----Original Message-----
From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of Linda
Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:44 AM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Townsend Solitaire continues

Bird previously reported by Glenn d'Ebtremont being seen in same area as of 8 am Was still being seen when i left at 9:30.

Sorry for delay in reporting - my phone croaked!

Sent from my iPhone

Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>



 

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Date: 11/15/17 6:50 am
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Townsend Solitaire continues
Bird previously reported by Glenn d'Ebtremont being seen in same area as of 8 am Was still being seen when i left at 9:30.

Sorry for delay in reporting - my phone croaked!

Sent from my iPhone

Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>

 

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Date: 11/14/17 7:13 pm
From: James P Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls loons
Greeting birders,


Four Red-throated Loons dropped into Turner's Falls Rod and Gun club this
morning with three touching down at 07:58, and the fourth dropping into
join them at around 08:20. Slightly downriver, a Common Loon remained for
its fourth straight day at Barton Cove.

Other birds of interest included single Snow Buntings at Barton Cove boat
ramp, Gill and at the fields on South Ferry Road, Montague.

In the evening, an obvious increase in gull numbers included over a dozen
Great Black-backed Gulls and a juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull at Unity
Park, Turner's Falls.


A pic of the RTLoons can be seen here and I'm hoping to upload a few more
images from the day idc;
https://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2017/11/ma-more-red-throated-loons.html



Good birding,



James

 

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Date: 11/14/17 6:47 pm
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Short-eared Owls (3-5) at Cumberland Farms, 11/14
3 minimum; more likely 5. First spotted at 4:32 PM several hundred yards to southeast; identifiable only through Leica scope - view good enough to see dark carpal marks. No birds up that I could see on first scan at 4:30. At 4:36 two flew right at me and just 20' over my head at manure pit dumping ramp, making two passes, giving great view! Likely different birds from those first seen at distance.

Caution: I had driven (very carefully through puddles) most of the way in to manure pit area and was stopped by Mass Environmental Police as I drove out in the dark and quoted a possible $500 fine for entering private property without permission. He asked that I park instead just at entrance (River Street) in future. However, officer seemed mainly interested in (illegal?) hunting. Asked me if I had seen any hunters. Yes, two in two cars, who were leaving about time I was arriving.

First time I've had any such permission issue raised over about 40 years of birding here, typically 1-3 times a year.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40512768

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>

 

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Date: 11/14/17 5:35 pm
From: Joe Scott <joexcski...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Barnacle goose with cackling goose continues
Very cool!

On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 7:44 PM Kathy Rawdon <rawdonk...> wrote:

> Found by Ernie LeBlanc on the LITTLE RIVER ( seen from bridge over the
> Little River which has a pull off for cars( Stanley Park) to the side
> of bridge. This is not far from the Water treatment plant Seen about
> 3:20 pm as he headed home. We all passed this bridge coming and going(
> not seen there earlier in day)
>
> He came back and got all of us who were staking out the pond at the
> Water Treatment plant after a long day. Lucky us!
>
> Kathy Rawdon
>
> Hingham,Ma.
>
>

 

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Date: 11/14/17 4:44 pm
From: Kathy Rawdon <rawdonk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barnacle goose with cackling goose continues
Found by Ernie LeBlanc on the LITTLE RIVER ( seen from bridge over the
Little River which  has a pull off for cars( Stanley Park) to the side
of bridge. This is  not far from the Water treatment plant Seen about 
3:20 pm as he headed home.  We all passed this bridge coming and going(
not seen there earlier in day)

He came back and got all of us who were staking out the pond at the
Water Treatment plant after a long day.  Lucky us!

Kathy Rawdon

Hingham,Ma.

 

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Date: 11/14/17 4:14 pm
From: Dougie Peebles <peebsfam...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Solitaire There!
Townsend's Solitaire was there as advertised at 4 PM today inDemarest Lloyd State Park in Dartmouth.
Just beyond the picnic tables, flew into a tree right over the stone bridge leading to theGeorge Pond trail. gave the single note "Sink!" call repeatedly for 3 minutes, then flew off.
What thrill for me. Looked kinda like a dull Catbird, but more erect. Nice eye ring. Didn't get much wing coloration, but what athrill!
Have chased it for many, many years, and very much wanted to see this unusual, unique songbird. A lifer for me! Wow!
Also 9Common Goldeneyes and the one Common Eider have been hanging around Megansett Harbor. I like them, too.
Thanks!
Doug Peebles
Cataumet
 

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Date: 11/14/17 2:49 pm
From: Peter Crosson <pcrosson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BROWN PELICAN continues - Barnstable
Hi Massbirders, I had a surprise, close range flyby from the continuing brown pelican at Sandy Neck today. The bird had not been seen for several days. While I was seawatching from the beach today, it flew by only about 25 to 30 feet offshore, low in a wave trough. I alerted a few other birders, and John Pratt later relocated it at Scusset Beach. Presumably it was pushed back this way by the moderate northeast winds today. Hopefully it is still somewhere in the area. Those interested should consider trying Scusset Beach, Town Neck Road beach in Sandwich, or Sandy Neck parking lot.

Good birding,
Peter Crosson
West Barnstable, MA


Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/14/17 12:06 pm
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Ruddy Ducks
Upwards near 500 ruddies at this point.

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From: Paul Champlin
Sent: Tuesday, November 7, 2:26 PM
Subject: Ruddy Ducks
To: <massbird...>


Looks like a couple hundred Ruddy Ducks on South Watuppa Pond, Fall River (a fairly common November thing, here).

Great day to look for southcoast swallows and other migrants. Anyone check it out this morning? At 7AM the air over Horseneck was thick with Robins, Yellow-rumps, and Goldfinches. Wish I had the time.

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA


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Date: 11/14/17 11:24 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (14 Nov 2017) Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 1
Turkey Vulture 0 69 293
Osprey 0 1 144
Bald Eagle 0 4 117
Northern Harrier 0 7 23
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 7 322
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 121
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 14
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 10348
Red-tailed Hawk 0 66 99
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 132
Merlin 0 0 19
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 37
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 28
Unknown Buteo 0 2 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 8
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 76

Total: 0 171 11789
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 10:30:00
Total observation time: 1.5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Ted Mara

Visitors:
3 hikers, 6 dogs.

Observer and compiler: Ted Mara.


Weather:
Forecast changed from partly sunny and pm showers
to actual overcast and sleet showers.

Raptor Observations:
Summit overcast; from North overlook: Raptors 0.

Non-raptor Observations:
Migrants: crew of 122 Crows heading South -- just like my
day.

Predictions:
Forecast: maybe Friday, maybe next fall...

Thanks again to El Presidente Tedall the November hikers! (r.c.)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


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



 

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Date: 11/14/17 11:24 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (11 Nov 2017) Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 11, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 1
Turkey Vulture 0 69 293
Osprey 0 1 144
Bald Eagle 0 4 117
Northern Harrier 0 7 23
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 7 322
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 121
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 14
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 10348
Red-tailed Hawk 0 66 99
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 132
Merlin 0 0 19
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 37
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 28
Unknown Buteo 0 2 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 8
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 76

Total: 0 171 11789
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:45:00
Observation end time: 10:30:00
Total observation time: 0.75 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Tom Gottschang

Visitors:
None.


Weather:
it was cold, clear, with moderate wind mainly from the west.

Raptor Observations:
Raptors: 0

Non-raptor Observations:
Pileated Woodpecker seen on hike up; nothing at all from summit.
Anyway, it was a good hike!

(Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Thanks Tom for taking
a good hike! rod c.)
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Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


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



 

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