MASSBIRD
Received From Subject
8/27/15 12:56 pm Richard Messer <pi_birder...> [MASSBIRD] Pair of Immature BCNH in Lawrence
8/27/15 6:32 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] A fine morning of migration @ Goosebery
8/27/15 4:48 am <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (26 Aug 2015) 18 Raptors
8/27/15 4:48 am <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (25 Aug 2015) Raptors
8/27/15 4:38 am <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Yesterday and Today
8/27/15 1:24 am Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> [MASSBIRD] Ware River Watershed IBA 8/26
8/26/15 8:15 pm Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Unleashed Dogs Attack and Kill Great Blue Heron at Arnold Arboretum
8/26/15 7:26 pm Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Nighthawks, Boxford, MA 8/26
8/26/15 6:15 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Unleashed Dogs Atack and Kill Great Blue Heron at Arnold Arboretum
8/26/15 6:15 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Great Pond Randolph Today
8/26/15 6:08 pm Richard Heil <rsheil...> [MASSBIRD] Breeds Pond, Lynn; Tues., 25 Aug. 2015.
8/26/15 5:58 pm Richard Heil <rsheil...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island, MA; Tues., 25 Aug. 2015.
8/26/15 4:54 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Common Nighthawks - Newburyport
8/26/15 11:45 am Regina Harrison <badriyadances...> [MASSBIRD] Deceased GBH at Arnold Arboretum
8/26/15 9:24 am Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk...> [MASSBIRD] Squantum, Quincy shorebirds Highlites
8/25/15 7:59 pm Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Louisiana Waterthrush, Boone Park, Ipswich- 8/25/15.
8/25/15 7:58 pm Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...> [MASSBIRD] Louisiana Waterthrush, Boone Park, Ipswich- 8/25/15.
8/25/15 7:58 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 8/25 Stilt Sandpipers, etc. at Squantum
8/25/15 7:56 pm Dan Prima <raptormafia...> [MASSBIRD] Western Willet, Yellow Crowned Night Herons PRNWR 8/25
8/25/15 4:31 pm Jeremiah Trimble <jtrimble...> [MASSBIRD] Brown Booby - Nantucket Sound - Helen H
8/25/15 3:43 pm Mark Faherty <mfaherty...> [MASSBIRD] Avocet continues at Nauset, Stilt Sandpiper Wellfleet Bay
8/25/15 1:19 pm Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Point of Pines Revere - possible Baird's SP
8/25/15 12:57 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Western Mass sightings; pelagic non-birds
8/25/15 12:28 pm Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
8/25/15 12:23 pm Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...> [MASSBIRD] Sandy Point swallow migration images
8/25/15 8:52 am Jeremiah Trimble <jtrimble...> [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club Extreme Pelagic - WOW!!!
8/25/15 8:46 am Naeem Yusuff <naeem.yusuff...> [MASSBIRD] Celebrating New England’s Unique Ocean Habitats
8/25/15 6:28 am <ansch100...> [MASSBIRD] Whimbrels Horeseneck
8/25/15 4:23 am <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (14 Aug 2015) 11 Raptors
8/25/15 4:23 am <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (24 Aug 2015) 17 Raptors
8/25/15 4:23 am <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (20 Aug 2015) 12 Raptors
8/24/15 8:46 pm Sabrina Hepburn <s.k.hepburn...> [MASSBIRD] Photos from BBC Pelagic August 22-23
8/24/15 6:56 pm Migration Productions <semiplover...> [MASSBIRD] 2014 Skimmers Plymouth Beach (video)
8/24/15 6:46 pm Peter Flood <pomarine...> [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club Pelagic - August 22 and 23, 2015 - Photos
8/24/15 6:18 pm Eddie <emgiles62...> [MASSBIRD] 8/24 SANDHILL CRANES, East Bridgewater
8/24/15 3:58 pm Kneipfer Eric <erickneipfer...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes at Burrage Pond
8/24/15 12:33 pm Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin, Newburyport 8/24
8/23/15 6:18 pm Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Westport terns, godwit, etc.
8/23/15 4:22 pm Vin Zollo <vzollo1...> [MASSBIRD] Squantum section of Quincy - 8/23/2015
8/23/15 12:25 pm Peter Capobianco <peter.capobianco...> [MASSBIRD] Re: RFI Lower Cape Birding
8/23/15 12:19 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 8/22 Belle Isle Stilt Sandpipers and Blue-winged Teal
8/23/15 9:11 am Peter Capobianco <peter.capobianco...> [MASSBIRD] RFI Lower Cape Birding
8/23/15 9:07 am David Hollie <featherbrain1223...> [MASSBIRD] Sabine's Gull at Race Point 8/23/15
8/23/15 6:15 am Bruce Black <bruce...> [MASSBIRD] Sudbury Nighthawks
8/22/15 12:27 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Plymouth Beach 8/21
8/22/15 12:17 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Marbled Godwit, Upland Sandpiper -- Westport
8/22/15 8:07 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Shorebird images
8/22/15 4:18 am Newburyowls <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] Point of Pines & Winthrop
8/22/15 4:18 am Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Re: South Beach 8/14
8/22/15 4:00 am Erik Nielsen <erikbogh...> [MASSBIRD] Baird's, Western Sand - PI
8/22/15 3:52 am Miles Brengle <brenglema...> [MASSBIRD] Ipswich Town Wharf - 8/22 (YC Night Heron)
8/22/15 2:55 am Robert Templeton <rktemp28...> [MASSBIRD] Solitary Sandpipers, West Townsend
8/22/15 12:46 am Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...> [MASSBIRD] Belmont nighthawks
8/21/15 9:42 am Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Point of Pines Revere 8/21
8/21/15 9:32 am vietdave <vietdave...> [MASSBIRD] Nighthawk Hadley
8/21/15 8:52 am Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Western Sandpiper Correction
8/21/15 8:40 am <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] PRNWR Black Tern
8/21/15 3:20 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] update for PRNWR beach access
8/21/15 1:58 am <brianrfg...> [MASSBIRD] 66 Black Terns in Westport
8/21/15 1:46 am Maryellen Stone <mstone816...> [MASSBIRD] BBC at Great Meadows NWR Concord Unit 8/20
8/21/15 12:04 am George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Pectoral Sandpipers
8/20/15 11:36 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Beach Access, North Pool & December Deer Hunt - Parker River NWR
8/20/15 11:20 am Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 8/20 Squantum and Wollaston Beach Highlights
8/20/15 7:25 am Mark Faherty <mfaherty...> [MASSBIRD] Avocet, Nauset
8/20/15 4:40 am Jeremiah Trimble <jtrimble...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Dunlin at Plum Island
8/20/15 1:51 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm today
8/19/15 4:04 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Canada in Amherst, sidewalk tanager; WMB - W-Willet and Summer Tanager
8/19/15 1:08 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Ellisville Harbor Shorebirds
8/19/15 12:18 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR - North Pool Overlook - 8/19
8/19/15 11:37 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Nauset Beach, tidal flats, southwest.
8/19/15 9:46 am David Hollie <featherbrain1223...> [MASSBIRD] Sandwich Tern Nauset Beach 8/19/15
8/19/15 9:34 am Steven van der Veen <srvacons...> [MASSBIRD] Marbled Godwit at Ellisville Harbor (Plymouth)
8/19/15 8:02 am Cynthia Glinick <clg2381...> [MASSBIRD] List
8/19/15 5:51 am Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Lower Merrimack & Plum Island - 08-19-15
8/19/15 3:37 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Tonight at 6:00 pm - Birding with Doug Chickering, Author of Reflections on a Golden-winged Warbler
8/18/15 11:55 pm Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] White-throated Sparrow / Newbury
8/18/15 11:26 am Hugh Wright <hughlewiswright...> [MASSBIRD] Sea ducks at Plum Island
8/18/15 11:02 am Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Re: 40+ Turkey Vultures Hadley
8/18/15 10:01 am George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Turkey Vultures Mt Wachusett
8/18/15 6:29 am Steven and Christine Whitebread <standch...> [MASSBIRD] Pectoral Sandpiper
8/18/15 6:03 am Jeremiah Trimble <jtrimble...> [MASSBIRD] Dunlin at Plum Island
8/18/15 3:48 am Jamie Bogart <jsh_bogart...> [MASSBIRD] black terns gooseberry
8/18/15 2:15 am Bill Lafley <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] 40+ Turkey Vultures - Hadley
8/18/15 2:04 am <mresch8702...> [MASSBIRD] Selasphorus Hummer, Pepperell, 8/18
8/17/15 11:30 pm Lauren Kras <lauren.kras...> [MASSBIRD] September 21st Pelagic - Rye, NH
8/17/15 3:23 pm Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...> [MASSBIRD] Aug 7, Gooseberry Neck
8/17/15 3:09 pm Dougie Peebles <peebsfam...> [MASSBIRD] Black Terns (maybe)-Cataumet
8/17/15 1:02 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Black Terns
8/17/15 1:02 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Re: 8/15 Western Sandpiper at Belle Isle, etc. Correction
8/17/15 11:54 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Chatham mini-pelagic 8/16
8/17/15 7:14 am Steven van der Veen <srvacons...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Nahant thicket hooded warbler continues
8/17/15 4:52 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] more herons!
8/17/15 4:13 am David Hollie <featherbrain1223...> [MASSBIRD] Sandwich Tern Nauset Beach south end still present
8/17/15 12:49 am <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] Nahant thicket hooded warbler continues
8/17/15 12:19 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] Outer Cape Cod Select Hi-Lites 8/10-13/15
8/16/15 9:59 pm Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> Re: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach
8/16/15 9:23 pm <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh Sora 8/17, 6:45 AM
8/16/15 4:22 pm Henry D Mauer <henryd.mauer...> [MASSBIRD] Arizona in August, photos, hummingbirds, warblers, and more
8/16/15 2:35 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach
8/16/15 2:27 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 8/15 Red-necked Phalaropes+ Western Sandpiper at Belle Isle, etc.
8/16/15 2:25 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Aug 16, 2015
8/16/15 2:13 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Birding with Doug Chickering - Author of Reflections on a Golden-winged Warbler on Wed. Evening, 8/19
8/16/15 1:58 pm Peter Flood <pomarine...> [MASSBIRD] Provincetown Pelagic - August 15, 2015
8/16/15 1:43 pm Bill Lafley <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Nova Scotia
8/16/15 1:41 pm Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Black Terns return to Buzzard's Bay
8/16/15 12:47 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Chatham Pelagic 8/16/15
8/16/15 12:43 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach
8/16/15 12:35 pm Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...> [MASSBIRD] sandhill crane 8/15
8/16/15 11:45 am Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach
8/16/15 11:33 am Peter Flood <pomarine...> Re: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach
8/16/15 11:31 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR - Lot#1 Purple Martin Breeding Season
8/16/15 11:23 am David Swain <davidswain79...> [MASSBIRD] Hooded Warbler, Nahant Thicket, 8/16 1:45pm
8/16/15 9:21 am Marj. Rines <marj...> Re: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach
8/16/15 9:19 am Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...> [MASSBIRD] south beach 8/14
8/16/15 8:59 am David Hollie <featherbrain1223...> Re: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach
8/16/15 8:21 am Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> [MASSBIRD] Westport 8/15
8/16/15 5:28 am Jamie Bogart <jsh_bogart...> [MASSBIRD] south beach, Peregrine Fort Hill
8/15/15 8:58 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] RI Zone-tailed Hawk
8/15/15 12:33 pm Newburyowls <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] Red Knot Winthrop Beach
8/15/15 8:09 am Adam Leiterman <aleiterman...> [MASSBIRD] Bird photography program
8/14/15 10:08 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Willowdale S. F. (east), Ipswich, Aug 14, 2015
8/14/15 8:05 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Gallery of Images
8/14/15 5:19 pm Liz Day <fraternobombus...> [MASSBIRD] trip report Gooseberry Neck last week
8/14/15 4:27 pm Liz Day <fraternobombus...> [MASSBIRD] August 7, morning, Gooseberry Neck near Horseneck beach, Bristol Co., SE Mass.
8/14/15 2:34 pm Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Aug 13, 2015
8/14/15 6:50 am Jamie Bogart <jsh_bogart...> [MASSBIRD] south beach access
8/14/15 6:42 am Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...> [MASSBIRD] ID Help
8/14/15 5:47 am <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] The Uncertainty Principle
8/13/15 3:42 pm alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] yesterday at Leverett Pond
8/13/15 11:31 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Virginia Rail (trail)
8/12/15 9:21 pm Francois Grenon <grenonf...> [MASSBIRD] 2015/08/10 SW Stellwagen Bank - Yellow-nosed Albatross (Atlantic) - Report, photos
8/12/15 8:42 pm Mark Faherty <mfaherty...> [MASSBIRD] Eastham (seabirds) and Welflleet (Golden Plover, etc.) 8/12
8/12/15 7:49 pm <stuarttwalker...> [MASSBIRD] Franklin Park Raven
8/12/15 7:31 pm Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh - Sora 8/12
8/12/15 3:02 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Newman Road & Plum Island - 08-12-15
8/12/15 2:35 pm Dorie Stolley <dorie.stolley...> [MASSBIRD] Presentation on Wild Turkeys this Friday in Plymouth
8/12/15 10:46 am Janet Kovner <jskmystic...> [MASSBIRD] eBird - sighting of 2 Mississippi Kites (Plum I. - Monday 8/10)
8/12/15 8:59 am Mark Faherty <msfaherty...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Eastham seabirds 8/12
8/12/15 8:47 am Mark Faherty <msfaherty...> [MASSBIRD] Eastham seabirds 8/12
8/11/15 7:51 pm Davis Noble <adn315...> [MASSBIRD] 8/11 Marblehead sea watch from our deck
8/11/15 6:31 pm Richard Heil <rsheil...> [MASSBIRD] Andrew's Pt., Rockport Seawatch; Tue., 11 Aug. 2015.
8/11/15 4:19 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Wing Island banding blog
8/11/15 1:21 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Belated report, Caracara in Lancaster!
8/11/15 10:49 am sharla Fenwick <pooka1228...> [MASSBIRD] Dowitchers @ Plymouth Beach on w/end
8/11/15 8:18 am Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] 8/22- 8/23 - Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary migratory bird field studies course
8/10/15 7:30 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Sora and Whimbrels at Belle Isle, etc.
8/10/15 6:32 pm Blair Nikula <odenews...> [MASSBIRD] Albatross location
8/10/15 10:48 am Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Clapper Rail -- Egypt lane/atlas tack, Fairhaven
8/9/15 7:08 pm Paul Champlin <skua99...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Provincetown seabirds - 8/9
8/9/15 5:34 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Provincetown seabirds - 8/9
8/9/15 3:02 pm Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Now there's something y'don't normally see.
8/9/15 2:43 pm David Larson <dlarson...> [MASSBIRD] Seabird Cruise cancelled
8/9/15 2:41 pm alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] herons are traveling
8/9/15 9:59 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] 8/8/15: Race Point, Provincetown - Seabird Insanity
8/9/15 8:57 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Seabirds from Missionbell
8/8/15 7:55 pm Paul Roberts <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] Horseneck Beach Westport Saturday August 8
8/8/15 6:44 pm Karen Idoine <kidoine...> Re: [MASSBIRD] In Praise of Beginning Birders
8/8/15 3:32 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 8/7 Scituate Whimbrels
8/8/15 2:20 pm caroline <carolinawrencarolinawren...> [MASSBIRD] Little blue herons
8/8/15 12:52 pm Tom de Boor <tomdb2...> Re: [MASSBIRD] In Praise of Beginning Birders
8/8/15 9:39 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Save the Date - Birding, Book Reading, & Book Signing - Reflections on a Golden-winged Warbler - Wed., 8/19
8/8/15 7:53 am Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...> [MASSBIRD] In Praise of Beginning Birders
8/7/15 10:41 am Rotberg, Robert <Robert_Rotberg...> [MASSBIRD] turkey vulture
8/7/15 10:05 am Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] CAPE COD BIRD FESTIVAL - 9/18 - 9/20
8/7/15 9:28 am <redpoll...> Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Seabirds cruise out of Newburyport on Monday
8/6/15 5:59 pm Richard Heil <rsheil...> [MASSBIRD] Newburyport-Plum Island, MA; Tues., 4 August 2015.
8/6/15 5:43 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 8/5 Third Cliff and Rivermoor in Scituate
8/6/15 1:28 pm <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Bird shows on WGBH tonight
8/6/15 1:12 pm Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] Black-and-white Warbler / Newbury
8/6/15 1:02 pm Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...> [MASSBIRD] Fw: Canada Warbler, Gnatcatchers: Beech Forest, Provincetown, Aug 5
8/6/15 11:02 am <trogon6...> [MASSBIRD] CAPE COD BIRD FESTIVAL
8/6/15 6:28 am Erik Nielsen <erikbogh...> [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin - Westwood, Aug 6
8/5/15 2:39 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Lower Merrimack & Plum Island - 08-05-15
8/5/15 11:07 am Alice Morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] Avocet at plum
8/5/15 3:50 am <loonphotog...> [MASSBIRD] Multi-media Loon show Friday August 7, 7:00 pm at the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn, NH
8/5/15 2:40 am Marsha Salett <msalett...> [MASSBIRD] August 2015 Bird Observer now online
8/4/15 3:41 pm Mark Faherty <mfaherty...> [MASSBIRD] Long-billed Curlews(!) ay South Monomoy, possible Ruff at Wellfleet Bay
8/4/15 6:08 am <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Prelude
8/3/15 8:22 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sabine's Gull report Provincetown
8/3/15 7:32 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 8/3 Rumney Marsh Highlights+ Manx Shearwaters
8/3/15 9:11 am Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...> [MASSBIRD] south beach, south monomoy
8/3/15 8:27 am <redpoll...> [MASSBIRD] Hands-On Bird Photography Series at Joppa Flats with Eduardo del Solar starts this coming weekend
8/3/15 6:25 am Erik Nielsen <erikbogh...> [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin, Westwood
8/3/15 5:51 am <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Martha's Vineyard shorebirds
8/3/15 5:29 am Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] Lark Sparrow Reported in Wellesley
8/3/15 2:53 am Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> [MASSBIRD] Athol 8/2
8/2/15 4:31 pm Miles Brengle <brenglema...> [MASSBIRD] Avocet @ Stage Island Pool @ 6pm 8/2
8/2/15 3:15 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Squantum Cliff Swallow NOW as of 3:40 p.m.
8/2/15 3:08 pm <redpoll...> [MASSBIRD] Leucistic Spotted Sandpiper in Newbury
8/2/15 2:06 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Wompatuck SP, Aug 2, 2015
8/2/15 1:51 pm Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Sign up now for the BBC Dedicated Pelagic Trip in September
8/2/15 12:14 pm Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Winter in New England Tour invitation
8/2/15 9:20 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm today
8/2/15 6:20 am <redpoll...> [MASSBIRD] Avocet at Stage Isl, PRNWR
8/2/15 6:18 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Gooseberry this morning
8/2/15 6:13 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Optics Fair-August 15
8/1/15 8:37 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Outer Cape Highlights 7/30 - 8/1 (long)
8/1/15 8:36 pm Paul Roberts <phawk254...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Gloucester Whale Watch 8/1 Afternoon
8/1/15 2:39 pm Erik Nielsen <erikbogh...> [MASSBIRD] Possible Little x Snowy Egret Plum Island
8/1/15 1:31 pm Michael Emmons <michael.emmons...> [MASSBIRD] Gloucester Whale Watch 8/1
8/1/15 1:05 pm Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Gooseberry this morning
8/1/15 12:27 pm Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Visiting German birder/reports?
8/1/15 12:14 pm Erik Nielsen <erikbogh...> [MASSBIRD] Egret with long head plume - Plum Island
7/31/15 5:22 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Fish Crows Cashman Park, Newburyport, Jul 29, 2015
7/31/15 8:34 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Gooseberry migrants this morning
7/31/15 5:24 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Two spots available on the Brookline Bird Club August White-Faced storm Petrel Pelagic trip..
7/31/15 4:39 am Kay Fuhrmann <kayfuhrmann...> [MASSBIRD] American Black Duck near Boston
7/30/15 1:40 pm caroline <carolinawrencarolinawren...> [MASSBIRD] N gannet
7/30/15 9:21 am <akikoue63...> [MASSBIRD] Corrected Common Raven link, Plymouth
7/30/15 9:01 am Kat Birder <katbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jul 30, 2015
7/30/15 6:47 am <akikoue63...> [MASSBIRD] Common Ravens, Plymouth
7/30/15 4:52 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Westport Whimbrels etc.
7/29/15 7:58 pm Charlie Patterson <chaspatt...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin on Cape Cod in July!
7/29/15 7:46 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Shorebirds at Hellcat on Plum Island
7/29/15 7:05 pm Paul Champlin <skua99...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin on Cape Cod in July!
7/29/15 4:08 pm <mresch8702...> [MASSBIRD] Juvenile Barred Owl Video, Pepperell, 7/29
7/29/15 3:10 pm Peter R. Bono <pbono...> [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin on Cape Cod in July!
7/29/15 2:46 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 7/28 Milton Landing Highlights
7/29/15 10:55 am Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Black Skimmers, Least Terns on MV - Photos!
7/29/15 10:38 am Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...> [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich- 7/28/15
7/29/15 9:50 am Miles Brengle <brenglema...> [MASSBIRD] Winter Street, North Andover - 7/29
7/29/15 9:14 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm today
7/29/15 7:26 am <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] 7/29 American avocet seen
7/29/15 3:55 am Joseph Bourget <joseph.bourget...> [MASSBIRD] American Avocet - YES Stage Pool @0623 7-29
7/28/15 7:51 pm Devin Hefferon <dhefferon...> [MASSBIRD] RFI: Sandy Point Plum Island Parking
7/28/15 7:47 pm Paul Champlin <skua99...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Pom Jaeger, Westport, MA
7/28/15 12:58 pm James P. Smith <keenbirder...> Re: [MASSBIRD] BBC trip on the Seven Sea Whalewatch Boat
7/28/15 11:29 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> [MASSBIRD] Pom Jaeger, Westport, MA
7/28/15 10:35 am Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...> [MASSBIRD] American Avocet PRNWR
7/28/15 8:41 am Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Jul 26, 2015
7/28/15 5:29 am Paul Champlin <skua99...> Re: [MASSBIRD] 7/27/2015 EL Report and Alert: Maine Whimbrels
7/28/15 4:17 am <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] 7/27/2015 EL Report and Alert: Maine Whimbrels
 
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Date: 8/27/15 12:56 pm
From: Richard Messer <pi_birder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pair of Immature BCNH in Lawrence
Today I decided to go and relax by one of my favorite and little know places by the mighty Merrimack, the Lawrence community boating facility. Very, very nice day it was indeed. Took along the binos as usual but did not expect anything out of the ordinary but was pleasantly surprised to find two immature Black-crowned Night Herons roosting behind the building there near a small offshoot of the Merrimack. I have no idea why or how they got there but maybe they fledged nearby? In any event what a great surprise.Good Birding To All,Richard Messer  http://www.flickr.com/photos/pi_birder/
 

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Date: 8/27/15 6:32 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] A fine morning of migration @ Goosebery
Highlights of this morning's flight over Gooseberry (Westport, MA) include:

Black Terns
Forster's Tern
Whimbrel (several)
Peregrine Falcon
5 swallow species, including
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Purple Martin
Empidonax sp. (pos. Acadian)
Eastern Kingbird (flock of 7)
Black & White Warbler
Yellow Warbler
American Redstart (many dozens)
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Tennessee Warbler (I was landing a bluefish when I heard it, and took the time to get it in the binocs as it passed overhead).
Common Yellowthroat
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
About 20 Baltimore Orioles
Bobolink

Yesterday, dozens of Black Terns, hundreds of other terns (Forster's, Roseate, Common, and Least), and several large shearwaters passed by Cherry and Webb Beach (Horseneck) in Westport, MA with the 30 mph sw winds.

Best
Paul Champlin

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Date: 8/27/15 4:48 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (26 Aug 2015) 18 Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 26, 2015
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 12 12
Osprey 1 1 1
Bald Eagle 3 4 4
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 10 19 19
Red-tailed Hawk 0 10 10
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 4 4
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 1 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 1 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 18 58 58
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Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Steve Olson

Observers:

Visitors:
Dave Brown
Liam Hart


Weather:
West wind - 2 mph., Cloudy and hazy in AM., got clearer as day went along.
More blue skies than yesterday. Temp was 70 to 77 degrees.

Raptor Observations:
Red-Tailed Hawks ( 2 local) not migrating
3 Juvenile Broad-winged Hawks (local)
2 Coopers Hawks ( Local)
1 Red-Shouldered Hawk (Local)
Turkey Vultures - (local) - 17 minimum


Non-raptor Observations:
Raven - 2
Junco - 1
Chimney Swift - 1

Predictions:
Good weather predicted for next two days.
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Report submitted by ()
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw




 

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Date: 8/27/15 4:48 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (25 Aug 2015) Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 25, 2015
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 12 12
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 1 1
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 0 9 9
Red-tailed Hawk 0 10 10
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 2 2
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 40 40
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Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 12:30:00
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter: Steve Olson

Observers:

Weather:
SE wind - 2 mph., Temp - 70 degrees
Cloudy, some blue skies.

Raptor Observations:
Turkey Vultures - 3 (local)
Red-Tailed Hawk - (1) (local)


Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens - 3
Chimney Swifts - 17
Junco - 1

Predictions:
Cooler temps. West wind, More Blue skies.
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Report submitted by ()
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw




 

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Date: 8/27/15 4:38 am
From: <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yesterday and Today

Massbirders:
          Yesterday and today turned out to be two days of highlights; although not completely unexpected for late August two productive days were certainly welcome. August hasn’t been particularly noteworthy so far. Not bad but not particularly exciting either. It’s had its moments like the rising of the Tree Swallow staging crescendo and it had been a month with some nice birds as well. A good year for Stilt Sandpiper an extraordinarily good year for Western Sandpiper. Still it has been generally characterized by waiting. Waiting for those special prizes of the summer migration.
            It is rather a matter of timing. To have four year birds on January 1 st pretty much means one was confined to the house during a major blizzard. Four year birds in the middle of May also would be a disappointment. But four year birds on August 25 th that can be a triumph. Especially if it wasn’t the result of a special trip; like a pelagic, but instead comes with visiting your usual patch. It just demonstrates that you can never tell what you’re going to encounter in any birding trip. It started with a call from Tom Wetmore that informed Lois and me of a Hudsonian Godwit at the Bill Forward Pool on Plum Island. We went directly there; not stopping on the way. We had been looking for Hudsonian Godwit now for a few weeks; usually at the edge of the mud flats at Joppa at low tide. We arrived at the parking lot for the new blind simultaneously with Peter and Fay Vale who had also been alerted and we picked up the Godwit immediately. It was feeding ent!
husiastically at the edge of the pool often plunging its head deep into the shallow water and the mud beneath. And often completely immersing its head and thus feeding in an area no other bird can reach. It was clearly productive for he barely paused in gorging himself and only occasionally pulled his head up long enough for us to admire that impressive beak.
            Standing in the shade of the New Blind; a slight cool wind wafting in from Plum Island sound is one of the special pleasures of a hot summer. We chatted and luxuriated in the soft comfort of the day and started to leisurely pick over the moderate number of shorebirds before us to see what other treasures might be before us. The tide was good the day beautiful and the time of year redolent with possibilities. We wouldn’t be disappointed. First Peter picked up a bird on the other side of the channel. At the base of the dike; a sandpiper working in and out of the grass and along the edge of the water. It was in the expected habitat and proved to be a classic Baird’s Sandpiper. We weren’t particularly surprised but were delighted at finding this elusive and uncommon calidris . Then we were surprised when Fay spotted a very convincing Golden Plover lurking with the loafing Black-bellied’s. Three year birds in a row and considering the quality of the!
birds it couldn’t get much better than that. It got a little bit better when I spotted a pair of Gannets fairly close by off Emerson Rocks. Four year birds.
            And as a bonus when I spotted three Least Sandpipers at the Pans it completed the peep sweep. All five peep sandpipers in the same day. We had seen Western Sandpiper at Stage Island, as well as a couple of White-rumps there and, of course, Semipalmated Sandpiper everywhere. There have been several years when I have managed to find all five peeps but I can remember only one other time when I got all five on the same day.
            That was yesterday and I hardly expected to be able to top that today – August 26 th . And technically I didn’t. I had a better than average day and there were some notable sights. There was at least one Western Sandpiper still at Stage Island and I saw two Hudsonian Godwits – one at Sandy Point and the resident at the Bill Forward Pool. Yet this evening as we sat on our deck, watching the House Sparrows punish the seed and the many Tree Swallows gleaning the air above our heads Lois and I very nearly matched our great day yesterday. Actually in a way we had a better day. Starting in mid-August I sit out on the deck waiting for the annual flight of Nighthawks and every year it is a mixture of anticipation and anxiety. I have confidence they will come because they always do but… I cannot help but fear that someday we will come up empty. By the 26 th my anxiety level has risen to the point where I think that this is the year that they fail to app!
ear. For some reason I don’t quite understand this Nighthawk-over-our-yard thing has become very important; as if it is a reassurance that the natural order of things remains, more or less, in place. At around six-thirty they arrived. First one flying high in from the east. The sky had been punctuated with Tree Swallows flying at different levels so at first I wasn’t sure. But soon it was unmistakable. The long thin wings, the distinctive flight pattern: Common Nighthawk for sure. In my binoculars I could clearly see the white patches on the wings as it moved west right over the tops of the two large oaks. Lois didn’t really get on this bird but it turned out not to matter. For that Nighthawk was soon followed by another, and then another. And in the end we had seventeen flying by; a few quite close.   I will still sit out on the deck in the evening and hope that there will be more than one twilight decorated by flying Nighthawks. But even if that does not happen th!
e great tradition is intact for another year. What more could !
a person ask for?
 
Doug Chickering
Groveland
<dovekie...>

 

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Date: 8/27/15 1:24 am
From: Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ware River Watershed IBA 8/26
Wednesday, 8/24, we birded the southern part of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA
at the intersection of the towns of Barre, Oakham and Rutland. We started
early in the morning at the river and had some movement of a few species
like kingbirds. Only a few birds are still on territory and most birds we
saw were in loose, mixed species congregations that appeared to be on the
move. All warbler species seen are species that breed in the parcel. Small
numbers of phoebes seemed to be at most locations we stopped. After 9AM,
birding slowed down. List:
Great Blue Heron (3)
Turkey Vulture (1)
Wood Duck (14)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (1)
N GOSHAWK (1ad: great views as it flew along a forest edge. This species
does occasionally breed in the parcel)
Red-shouldered Hawk (1)
Broad-winged Hawk (5)
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
Least Sandpiper (4)
Black-billed Cuckoo (1)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (6)
Belted Kingfisher (1)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (1)
Pileated Woodpecker (3)
E Wood Peewee (6: still singing)
E Phoebe (41)
E Kingbird (13: moving along the river at dawn)
Blue-headed Vireo (3)
Warbling Vireo (6)
Red-eyed Vireo (37)
C Raven (3)
Tree Swallow (7)
Barn Swallow (3)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (10)
Veery (3)
Hermit Thrush (7)
WARBLERS:
Chestnut-sided (5); Black-throated Blue (3); Yellow-rumped (1);
Black-throated Green (2); Pine (23); Black and White (1); Ovenbird (2); C
Yellowthroat (28).
Scarlet Tanager (4: we saw 1 male furiously feeding on the ground in the
company of a phoebe and a Black and White Warbler, but on what we could
never figure out)
Indigo Bunting (1)
Bobolink (8 overhead)
Baltimore Oriole (11)
A Goldfinch (7).
ALSO SEEN: Porcupine (1); River Otter (2). Many odonates including a number
of darners like Canada and Green-striped; Yellow-legged Meadowhawks also
common. Fine display of Bottle/Closed Gentian.
Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll
<Moa.lynch...>


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Date: 8/26/15 8:15 pm
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Unleashed Dogs Attack and Kill Great Blue Heron at Arnold Arboretum
It's probably good, in situations like this, to have a phone number
that you can call to report violators to whoever manages or patrols
the property that you are visiting.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

 

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Date: 8/26/15 7:26 pm
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nighthawks, Boxford, MA 8/26
Guess it was a good night for nighthawk migration. I saw 11 over Route 95S, in the Boxford stretch, on my evening commute around 7:15pm. Based on recent reports, I thought they were all taking the Western MA routes!

Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
<Birdwsg...>
978-462-0775
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
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Date: 8/26/15 6:15 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Unleashed Dogs Atack and Kill Great Blue Heron at Arnold Arboretum
It is with true sadness that I report that last Wednesday, dog owners and their unleashed dogs killed a Great Blue Heron at one of the small ponds at the Arnold Arboretum. The reason why I include the dog owners in this episode is due to the fact that everyone knows, or should know, that only leashed dogs are allowed here. Just three or so months ago, in the same area, (next to the ponds), I had scolded a man for allowing his dog to run around like a bat out of hell. His response to me? SHUT UP YOU FAG!
Paul Peterson
<etersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/26/15 6:15 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Pond Randolph Today
I was hoping that the water level was low so that the pond was attracting shorebirds. It was not to be the case. However...
Great Blue Heron 1
Wood Duck 2
Turkey Vulture 11 including ten flying around together over the nearby Blue Hills
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 noisy adult seen just before entrance on Norroway St. (good place for them)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2 perched bird flicking its ridiculously long tongue out!
Yellow Warbler 1 first in quite a while
Eastern Towhee 7 good nesting site now that pine grove is completely dead
BUTTERFLY HIGHLIGHTS ALL FROM DIKE:
Great Spangled Fritillary 1
Black Swallowtail 1
Viceroy 1
American Copper 2
AMPHIBIANS:
American Toad 1 dike
Painted Turtle 1 seen from dike
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/26/15 6:08 pm
From: Richard Heil <rsheil...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Breeds Pond, Lynn; Tues., 25 Aug. 2015.
TUESDAY, 25 AUGUST 2015:
BREEDS POND, LYNN (1130-1315 hrs.)

Selective list:

Canada Goose (25)
Mallard (320)
Blue-winged Teal (1)
Am. Green-winged Teal (2)
Double-crested Cormorant (2)
Great Blue Heron (4)
Killdeer (22)
Spotted Sandpiper (8) : 2 ads., 6 juvs.
Greater Yellowlegs (14): 11 ads., 3 juvs.
Lesser Yellowlegs (3 juvs.)
Least Sandpiper (7 juvs.)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 juv.)
Am. Herring Gull (30)
Great Black-backed Gull (9)
Belted Kingfisher (2)
Eastern Phoebe (1)

Richard S. Heil
S. Peabody, MA

 

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Date: 8/26/15 5:58 pm
From: Richard Heil <rsheil...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island, MA; Tues., 25 Aug. 2015.
TUESDAY, 25 AUGUST 2015:
PLUM ISLAND, MA (1500-1930 hrs.)
Weather: Cloudy, SE winds 5-20 mph, 79 F.
Includes one hour seawatching at Lot One, Bill Forward Pool, Stage Island Pool, and Sandy Pt.
Richard S. Heil

Selective list:

Gadwall (2) : comparatively and oddly almost absent this breeding season.
Am. Black Duck (30) - N.Pool overlook.
Blue-winged Teal (2) - Forward Pool.
Northern Pintail (1f.) - N.Pool overlook.
Am. Green-winged Teal (20)
Common Loon (1)
Manx Shearwater (5) - Lot One.
Wilson's Storm-Petrel (1) - Lot One.
Northern Gannet (20)
Glossy Ibis (2 juvs.)
Northern Harrier (1 juv.)
COMMON GALLINULE (1) : not seen, calling in reeds out from N.Pool overlook.
Semipalmated Plover (700)
Greater Yellowlegs (30)
Lesser Yellowlegs (24)
Hudsonian Godwit (1 ad.) - Forward Pool, previously reported.
Stilt Sandpiper (4) : 1 ad., 3 juvs.
Sanderling (25) - Sandy Pt.
Least Sandpiper (35+)
White-rumped Sandpiper (32 ads.)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1500+) about 10% juvs.
Western Sandpiper (2 juvs.) - Stage I. Pool.
Short-billed Dowitcher (17) : mostly juvs.
Red-necked Phalarope (1) : On the water off Lot One foraging with several Laughing and Ring-billed Gulls for an hour.
Laughing Gull (11) : 7 ads., 4 juvs.
Least Tern (13)
Black Tern (5 juvs.) : 1 - Stage I. Pool, 4 - Sandy Pt.
Common Tern (35)
ARCTIC TERN (3) : 2 ads., 1 juv. : very close flyby at Lot One; smallish, compact, sleek, long-tailed, round-headed elegant terns; adults all uniformly pearly gray upperwing, primaries completely lacking black wedges of (worn) COTE's at this season; very narrow black trailing edge from below; closely associating juv. completely lacking dark carpal bar; species rare migrant and somewhat tardy date.
Forster's Tern (4 juvs.) : 3 - Lot One, 1 - Sandy Pt.
Peregrine Falcon (1 juv. male) - Sandy Pt.
Eastern Phoebe (14)
Great Crested Flycatcher (1)
Eastern Kingbird (22) - with no concerted effort.
Warbling Vireo (1) - Hellcat parking lot.
Tree Swallow (10,000)
Barn Swallow (25+)
Northern Waterthrush (1)
Canada Warbler (1 HY f.) - Hellcat parking lot.
Bobolink (6)
Baltimore Oriole (4)

Richard S. Heil
S. Peabody, MA


 

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Date: 8/26/15 4:54 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Nighthawks - Newburyport
8 Common Nighthawks just passed by our home.

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport
 

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Date: 8/26/15 11:45 am
From: Regina Harrison <badriyadances...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Deceased GBH at Arnold Arboretum
As many of you may have heard, a great blue heron was attacked and killed
by an off-leash dog at the Arnold Arboretum last week. A rumor has been
circulating about a GBH being attacked and killed at Mount Auburn
Cemetery. I am very glad to say that all of our herons are present and
accounted for, and that this rumor has no basis in fact. I hope it is okay
if I use this email list as a platform to help set the record straight. I
wish the Arnold Arboretum great success in their efforts to educate dog
owners about the importance of keeping dogs on leashes in an environment
that is home to wildlife. (Mount Auburn, by the way, does not and has
never allowed dogs on the grounds, apart from service dogs)

Article on the GBH, with some slightly gruesome detail:
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/08/26/arboretum-officials-say-off-leash-dogs-killed-great-blue-heron/3hwYiOiQmqaxYEVEXhDE7K/story.html

Thanks all,
Regina Harrison (MAC employee)
Woburn, MA
<badriyadances...>

 

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Date: 8/26/15 9:24 am
From: Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Squantum, Quincy shorebirds Highlites
From 7 to 9 a.m today, Aug. 26, we observed two stilt sandpipers
along with a white rumped sandpiper, in marsh next to the Kennedy center
on East Squantum St.
 

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Date: 8/25/15 7:59 pm
From: Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Louisiana Waterthrush, Boone Park, Ipswich- 8/25/15.
Upon further review, we are not quite sure on the ID of this bird. Opinions are welcome so we can get to the bottom of it. Thanks

Nathan Dubrow
Ipswich, MA
<nathandubrow...>


> On Aug 25, 2015, at 8:26 PM, Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...> wrote:
>
> Hello Massbirders,
>
> Today Miles Brengle and I had a Louisiana Waterthrush at Daniel Boone Park in Ipswich. Boone park is located at the top of Spring st. This bird was first seen on the the opposite side of the pond from the green bench, but then moved along the trail a lot. This bird would also call frequently. The first checklist below has a photo, and the second one has a recording.
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24757526
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24755724
>
> Good birding,
>
> Nathan Dubrow
> Ipswich, MA
> <nathandubrow...>
>
 

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Date: 8/25/15 7:58 pm
From: Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Louisiana Waterthrush, Boone Park, Ipswich- 8/25/15.
Hello Massbirders,

Today Miles Brengle and I had a Louisiana Waterthrush at Daniel Boone Park in Ipswich. Boone park is located at the top of Spring st. This bird was first seen on the the opposite side of the pond from the green bench, but then moved along the trail a lot. This bird would also call frequently. The first checklist below has a photo, and the second one has a recording.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24757526

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24755724

Good birding,

Nathan Dubrow
Ipswich, MA
<nathandubrow...>

 

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Date: 8/25/15 7:58 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/25 Stilt Sandpipers, etc. at Squantum
Hi,
I enjoyed a nice evening at the Squantum salt pan on East Squantum St. next to the Kennedy Center. There was a nice assemblage of shorebirds here.
Semipalmated Plover 3
Semipalmated Sandpiper 40
STILT SANDPIPER 3 it may take a while before all three reveal themselves
Lesser Yellowlegs 20
Greater Yellowlegs 30
White-rumped Sandpiper 2
Short-billed Dowitcher 16
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/25/15 7:56 pm
From: Dan Prima <raptormafia...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Willet, Yellow Crowned Night Herons PRNWR 8/25
Hi Massbirders!
Had a nice morning at Plum Island (once the fog lifted).   Highlights included 9 Yellow Crowned Night Herons and 8 Black Crowned Night Herons (at the Old Blind and on the emerging mud flats off the north side of the main dike).   The Night Heron show this year at the Refuge has been wonderful to see.   At Sandy Point, in addition to hundreds of shorebirds coming in after high tide, I had a Willet that initially got my attention as it had a grayish plumage that looked different, so I took a series of photos.  In talking to another birder later on, I found out it was a Western Willet, which I guess is one of those birds that there's discussion about splitting the species.    Still a cool bird to see!   
Photos:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/111992153@N02/
Some migration highlights in the yard in Tewksbury over the last few days include a Black and White Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and a female Canada Warbler.   
Good birding!
Dan PrimaTewksbury <MAraptormafia...>
 

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Date: 8/25/15 4:31 pm
From: Jeremiah Trimble <jtrimble...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brown Booby - Nantucket Sound - Helen H
Hello Massbirders,

Remarkably, just two days after our wildly successful pelagic aboard the
Helen H, Captain Joe, this afternoon, had an immature Brown Booby land on
the bowsprit of the boat! He was in the middle of Nantucket Sound at the
time. The bird was on board for over and hour this afternoon. Peter
Trimble, who was in the area, was able to scope the deck of the Helen H on
its way back into the dock and see the bird before it lifted off and headed
south. Peter checked many of the likely spots for the bird to be roosting
with no luck.

Yet another reason for you to join us on your BBC PELAGIC in late September!

Best,

Jeremiah Trimble
Cambridge, MA



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

 

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Date: 8/25/15 3:43 pm
From: Mark Faherty <mfaherty...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Avocet continues at Nauset, Stilt Sandpiper Wellfleet Bay
The American Avocet found by Andy Northrup continues in Nauset Marsh. It was photographed yesterday by Ken Schopp:
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5797/20251527974_98fb732920_b.jpg He also reported a Royal Tern and a Stilt Sandpiper.

A juvenile Stilt Sandpiper was in Goose Pond here at the sanctuary this afternoon. And as they do every evening this time of year, Whimbrels are calling outside my office window as I type.

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


 

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Date: 8/25/15 1:19 pm
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Point of Pines Revere - possible Baird's SP
Today sometime between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m., I had a probable Baird's
Sandpiper feeding with two Piping Plover in the grassy areas above the
beach at Point of Pines in Revere. Initially, I thought it was a
'possible' but thought it was too small, until I went back to the car
and looked at the field guide ( yeah, its time to get one on my phone, I
know!) and realized it was similar in size to the Piping Plover (which
it was!). When I went back to try to relocate it and take a second
look, I could not find the bird, but someone on the beach with a large
dog had gone through/near the grassy area just before I got there, so
more than likely the bird got flushed.

Wanted to get the word out in case anyone else is in the area and can
look for it.

Yet again I dipped on the Skimmer being seen in the same area.

Ciao,
Linda

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

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

 

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Date: 8/25/15 12:57 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Mass sightings; pelagic non-birds
Hi MassBirders,

The action out west lately has been at the Berkshire Lakes. Yesterday, Jonathan Pierce found a decidedly unseasonable Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lake Pontoosuc.

Today, chasers at Pontoosuc failed to relocate the gull, but instead found a somewhat more seaonable Black Tern. Jonathan, meanwhile, found three early Ruddy Ducks on Richmond Pond.

Outside of the Berks, Bob and Lura Bieda found an immature Black-crowned Night-heron in Deerfield, a good bird for Franklin County.

A huge wave of nighthawks has been passing through western MA, with reports from all over of dozens or even hundreds, mostly Sunday night but some from Friday through last night. I missed out on most of them, though, because I was on the much-discussed BBC overnight pelagic. Poor me ;-)

About that pelagic, while the birding was absolutely phenomenal, best pelagic birding I’ve ever experienced, I feel compelled to mention that we also saw a fairly large Hammerhead Shark, a Mola Mola (aka Ocean Sunfish), the biggest pod of Risso’s Dolphins I’ve ever seen (at least a dozen individuals and maybe more), a Portuguese Man-O-War, Common and Bottlenosed Dolphins, several flying fish, and a number of distant whales including Humpback, Minke, and possibly Sperm. The crew pulled in a Yellowfin Tuna and a few Mahi-Mahi, and those of us who stayed up after dark were treated to a few Long-finned Squid and massive clouds of krill, among other treats. One participant saw a Manta or Devil Ray in the ship’s lights after dark, and the crew reported seeing a 12-foot Tiger Shark in the early morning, but most of us missed those two….

Good birding!

Josh



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




 

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Date: 8/25/15 12:28 pm
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
Nice morning for a walk and though it wasn't particularly birdy I still saw 31 species. Will be interesting to see if the species / numbers change after this weather front moves through. A nice northern waterthrush was again seen at our Ice Pond.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon, Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 15
Mourning Dove 15
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 8
Eastern Kingbird 1
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 3
Barn Swallow 48
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 6
American Robin 5
Gray Catbird 5
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 100
Northern Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 1
Common Grackle 2
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 4



 

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Date: 8/25/15 12:23 pm
From: Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandy Point swallow migration images
As part of my bird photography workshop at Joppa Flat’s I took a group of 10 photographers this Sunday morning to Sandy Point under quite cloudy skies. A godwit was spotted earlier, we did not see it. It was great to see the swallows gathering before their migration shortly after sunrise. Below is a set of images from that outing.

http://www.delsolar.org/webs/birds/plumisland/content/_MG_2012_large.html

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


 

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Date: 8/25/15 8:52 am
From: Jeremiah Trimble <jtrimble...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club Extreme Pelagic - WOW!!!
Hello Massbirders,

This weekend 58 lucky birders explored the offshore waters of
Massachusetts, south of Nantucket. It was an absolutely incredible trip,
and that is an understatement. To the say the trip was a success would be
an understatement! We found our first ever White-tailed Tropicbirds (and
had two species of tropicbird in one day!), set trip high counts for
White-faced Storm-Petrel, Audubon's Shearwater, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
and Pomarine Jaeger and had such an amazing variety of rarities on top of
these including Black-capped Petrel, Bridled Tern and South Polar Skua. In
a later email, I will provide a narrative of the two day trip but to
summarize, here are the major avian highlights in brief:

2 Black-capped Petrel
202 Audubon's Shearwater
28 White-faced Storm-Petrel
161 Leach's Storm-Petrel
23 Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
4 White-tailed Tropicbird (two adults and 2 immatures)
1 Red-billed Tropicbird (an immature bird)
17 Pomarine Jaeger
1 Long-tailed Jaeger
1 South Polar Skua
1 Bridled Tern

Needless to say, this weekend was one for the record books!

Here are links to a set of images and two general checklists for each of
the two days of the trip which include some images. Many others, I am
sure, will be posting their images over the coming days. The trip, in
addition to being filled with many rare birds, also presented some of the
best opportunities for photographing pelagics I have ever experienced, not
only the common species but also many of the rarities! I look forward to
seeing everyone's images!

Images:

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

Checklists:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24748705

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24750035

I would like to first of all thank Ida Giriunas, as always, for her efforts
in organizing and pushing for these trips to happen. She has helped so
many birders enjoy the offshore birds of Massachusetts! Thanks! Also,
thanks to Captain Joe Huckemeyer and the crew of the Helen H. They make
the trips incredibly enjoyable. Captain Joe's piloting skills keep us on
many of the rarities; he even kept us on a Black-capped Petrel for 10
minutes allowing great views for all. Thanks as well to my fellow trip
leaders; Nick Bonomo, Doug Gochfeld, Julian Hough, and Luke Seitz. Their
skills at identifying and spotting birds, communicating to participants and
getting everyone on each bird was critical.

Finally, a big thanks to the participants of this trip. You all made the
trip very enjoyable!

I would like to mention to everyone our next BBC pelagic which will be
taking place September 26-27 and will visit the same offshore waters which
were so productive this last weekend! You can see from this weekend's
lists, you shouldn't miss the opportunity. Please join us! There are
still spaces available and we be excited to have you on board. For more
information please visit our website:

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

Best,
Jeremiah Trimble
Cambridge, MA



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

 

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Date: 8/25/15 8:46 am
From: Naeem Yusuff <naeem.yusuff...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Celebrating New England’s Unique Ocean Habitats

The New England Aquarium is hosting an event to celebratethe amazing ocean habitats off the coast of Massachusetts.  On the heels of the BBC’s pelagictrip to the canyons this last weekend, we should work towards conserving thisamazing resource. Additional information and details for signing up are below.
Regards, Naeem YusuffCambridge, MA

 Join world-renowned NationalGeographic photographer Brian Skerry for an evening of scientific explorationabout two extraordinary underwater Atlantic Ocean landmarks in New England.RSVP at the New England Aquarium inBoston at 5:30pm on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the link below.http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=106205&view=DetailCome learn about the need topermanently protect these special places from human threats – forever.Cashes Ledgein the Gulf of Maine and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts,150 miles off Cape Cod, are two spectacular underwater places located off NewEngland’s coast. These precious ecosystems provide refuge for hundreds ofspecies, many of which are rare and unique, and they are critical to thevibrancy of our coastal communities.But these treasures are under threatfrom climate change, industrial exploitation and fishing.That’s why we’re gathering withdistinguished guests, including Brian Skerry and some of New England’s mostprominent marine scientists.We hope you’ll attend our freepre-event reception at 5:30, where you’ll meet fellow supporters from CLF andother environmental organizations involved in this historic effort to permanentlyprotect Atlantic Ocean treasures – and make your voice heard in support ofthese marine treasures.Now is the time to protect CashesLedge and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts – and we need yourhelp! Your presence will show that the people of New England care about theseunderwater ocean landmarks. RSVP today!September 2, 2015  |  Reception:5:30   |  Event: 6:15
New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theater, downtown Boston

 

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Date: 8/25/15 6:28 am
From: <ansch100...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Whimbrels Horeseneck
Any updates on birds at Horesneck Beach?

thanks
AE Strauss, Providence
 

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Date: 8/25/15 4:23 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (14 Aug 2015) 11 Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 14, 2015
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 6 6 6
Red-tailed Hawk 5 5 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 11 11 11
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers:

Visitors:
Bart Kamp (Barre Falls)


Weather:
Cloud cover - haze, cumulus cloud cove increased by 5 to 10%, Wind - SW, W,
0-3 mph, increased to 5 to 8 mph for next hour. By 2:30, wind decreased to
0 to 3 mph. Temp at start 68 degrees and went to 77 degrees.

Raptor Observations:
6 migrant Broad Wings, no falcons, accipiters, ospreys.

Non-raptor Observations:
Local raptors - five Red-Tailed - 2 adults & 3 Juvies.

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Report submitted by ()
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw




 

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Date: 8/25/15 4:23 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (24 Aug 2015) 17 Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 24, 2015
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 8 12 12
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 1 1
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 2 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 3 9 9
Red-tailed Hawk 2 10 10
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 2 2
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 17 40 40
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Observation start time: 12:30:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers:

Visitors:
Dave Brown
Steve Olson


Weather:
Cloudy in AM., Some sun & blue sky in PM. Wind - SE - 2mph.

Raptor Observations:
1st Sharpie this year.

Non-raptor Observations:
Barn Swallows & Chimney Swifts (3)

Predictions:
Heavy thunderstorms predicted for tomorrow. Suppose to clear by Wednesday
AM. We'll see.
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Report submitted by ()
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw




 

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Date: 8/25/15 4:23 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (20 Aug 2015) 12 Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 20, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 4 4 4
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 1 1 1
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 1
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 6
Red-tailed Hawk 3 8 8
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 2 2
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 12 23 23
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Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers:

Visitors:
Dave Brown, Judy & Greg McGuane
Steve Olson


Weather:
SE Wind - 5mph.
Cumulus clouds with Blue Skies

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
A few non- migrating raptors.
6 Ravens
7 Chimney Swifts
Canada Geese
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Report submitted by ()
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw




 

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Date: 8/24/15 8:46 pm
From: Sabrina Hepburn <s.k.hepburn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Photos from BBC Pelagic August 22-23
I do not want to steal any thunder from the official trip report, but for those wondering how it went, I have photos of just a few highlights from the BBC Pelagic trip this weekend posted on Flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/gp/130501026@N07/4J57cB <https://www.flickr.com/gp/130501026@N07/4J57cB>

Please keep in mind these were all with just with minimal effort and a Cannon Powershot SX20; many more capable photographers were on board who will have much better photos.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but for the birding on this trip only one word is needed - phenomenal.


Cheers,

Sabrina Hepburn
Waltham, MA



 

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Date: 8/24/15 6:56 pm
From: Migration Productions <semiplover...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 2014 Skimmers Plymouth Beach (video)
For those that followed the nesting Skimmers on Plymouth Beach last summer
here's a video I posted to YouTube. There was also an article I wrote for
Bird Observer which was in the February issue they tells more of the story
about the Skimmer family and a Common Tern that helped to raise the two
young.

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

Sadly the Common Terns and the one pair of Skimmers abandoned Plymouth
Beach this year.

 

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Date: 8/24/15 6:46 pm
From: Peter Flood <pomarine...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club Pelagic - August 22 and 23, 2015 - Photos

I have put together an album on my flickr page from the August 22 and 23 pelagic trip to Hydrographer and Welker Canyons vicinity and Nantucket Shoals. In the 10+ years I have been a part of these trips, and considering the epic August 2012 trip, I think this one may have been the best.

Suffice to say I can't wait to get back down there! September 26 and 27 cant come fast enough.

As always thanks to Ida for organizing these trips and all the leaders for their efforts. I believe there is still space on the September 26 and 27 overnight if you are considering it.

In the meantime, please enjoy my photos.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9191812@N02/albums/72157657301688610

Peter

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

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Date: 8/24/15 6:18 pm
From: Eddie <emgiles62...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/24 SANDHILL CRANES, East Bridgewater
On my way home from work at 5:00 PM this afternoon I had (2) adult
SANDHILL CRANES in East Bridgewater. These birds were in the hayfield at
the intersection of Central and Washington Streets. This is the same
field that SACRs were seen in last September and less than 3 miles as
the crane flies from the Burrage Pond WMA in Hanson.

Eddie

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

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Date: 8/24/15 3:58 pm
From: Kneipfer Eric <erickneipfer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes at Burrage Pond


I saw 2 Sandhill Cranes land a couple days ago in Burrage Pond (Hanson) at about 2:00 PM. They landed in an old bog on the northern end of the park, near the main entrance. They have been hit or miss at this spot for a little while it seems.


I also was told by a friend of mine a Sandhill Crane had been hanging out in the fields at the corner of Central and Washington Streets in East Bridgewater. This is the same spot they were in about a year ago.

Eric Kneipfer
East Bridgewater
erickneipfer AT yahoo.com
 

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Date: 8/24/15 12:33 pm
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin, Newburyport 8/24
A PINE SISKIN just showed up at our store feeders, chowing down on finch mix. FOY for me, I believe!

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

 

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Date: 8/23/15 6:18 pm
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westport terns, godwit, etc.
I paddled from Gooseberry to Cherry & Webb Beach this afternoon, searching for fish (poor luck) and birds (good luck). I had many Black Terns (50ish for the 90 minutes I was out?) and Forster's Terns (as well as the usual tern species) fly by within feet of the kayak. As I approached shore I heard the Marbled Godwit call as it was being harassed by a juv Great Black-backed Gull, and it dashed by within 20 feet of the kayak. Add in a dozen or so Whimbrel, 2 oystercatchers, and many other shorebird species, and the luck with fish falls by the wayside pretty easily. I only wish I had saved some iPhone space for the birds... I shot a suspected funnel cloud over Westport instead.

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/23/15 4:22 pm
From: Vin Zollo <vzollo1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Squantum section of Quincy - 8/23/2015
Hello Massbirders,

Led a South Shore Bird Club trip around the Squantum section of Quincy today (8/23). Many highlights including a Stilt Sandpiper, "Western" Willet, CASPIAN and BLACK Tern. The highlight of the day however was up close views of a PARASITIC JAEGER on the flats at Orchard Beach during low tide. *Very rare for this area.

Squantum, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
Aug 23, 2015 7:06 AM

Comments: SSBC led trip. Weather: Overcast with drizzle and lg. rain at times, Dense fog at times, Lg. NNE wind, 68F. Several highlights, but the Parasitic Jaeger stole the show!
49 species

American Black Duck 8
Mallard 6
Double-crested Cormorant 125
Great Blue Heron 8
Great Egret 10
Snowy Egret 33
Osprey 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
American Oystercatcher 6
Black-bellied Plover 14
Semipalmated Plover 50
Killdeer 2
Greater Yellowlegs 50
Willet (Western) 1 At spit next to Marina Bay. Uncommon in fall migration.
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/vzollo1/20203306834/in/dateposted-public/" title="P1070626"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5632/20203306834_dcc9b6408d.jpg" alt="P1070626" /></a>
Lesser Yellowlegs 12
Stilt Sandpiper 1 Main pans next to Kennedy Center along E. Squantum St.
Least Sandpiper 15
Semipalmated Sandpiper 100
Short-billed Dowitcher 28 Including a flyover flock of 16.
PARASITIC JAEGER 1 *Very rare for area. Seen well at close range on flats and chasing a tern. Orchard Beach at low tide. Adult. Pictures
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/vzollo1/20816411962/in/dateposted-public/" title="P1070820"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/758/20816411962_924b26c291.jpg" alt="P1070820" /></a>
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/vzollo1/20203306704/in/dateposted-public/" title="P1070844"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5668/20203306704_f2a92b84c6.jpg" alt="P1070844" /></a>
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/vzollo1/20816412042/in/dateposted-public/" title="P1070850"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5785/20816412042_e82f0b64af.jpg" alt="P1070850" /></a>
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/vzollo1/20637871870/in/dateposted-public/" title="P1070851"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/717/20637871870_2291b8b5e6.jpg" alt="P1070851" /></a>
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/vzollo1/20637934238/in/dateposted-public/" title="P1070864"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5679/20637934238_33bf6d48f1.jpg" alt="P1070864" /></a>
Laughing Gull 65 Estimate; several locations around Squantum.
Ring-billed Gull 30
Herring Gull (American) 100
Great Black-backed Gull 5
CASPIAN TERN 1 On flats at Squantum Point Park. Uncommon, but regular fall migrant here. Photo
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/vzollo1/20832997981/in/dateposted-public/" title="P1070869"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/675/20832997981_4c546d93a8.jpg" alt="P1070869" /></a>
BLACK TERN 1 *Rare in this area. Seen in bay with COTEs from Moswetuset Hummock. Distant photo.
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/vzollo1/20637934898/in/dateposted-public/" title="IMG_1794"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/708/20637934898_9b20e956b4.jpg" alt="IMG_1794" /></a>
Common Tern 60
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 50
Mourning Dove 16
Chimney Swift 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Peregrine Falcon 2 Juveniles together, interacting with each other and making a few passes at shorebirds.
American Crow 5
Tree Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 2
House Wren 1
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 10
European Starling 200
Cedar Waxwing 10
Saltmarsh Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 6
Northern Cardinal 15
Bobolink 1 Flyover; marshes E. Squantum St.
Common Grackle 50
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 15
House Sparrow 50

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24733369

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


Vin Zollo
Walpole, MA
<vzollo1...>
 

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Date: 8/23/15 12:25 pm
From: Peter Capobianco <peter.capobianco...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: RFI Lower Cape Birding
I realized after sending that I didn't include my email and I'm unsure if
it gets shown on posts. If you would like to respond off the listserv, my
email is: <Peter.Capobianco...> Thank you again.

Good birding,

Peter Capobianco
Belmont MA
On Aug 23, 2015 11:43 AM, "Peter Capobianco" <peter.capobianco...>
wrote:

> I am in Chatham for a week and would like to get some birding in. I know
> Derek Brown asked a few weeks ago about access to Monomoy, but I think
> responses were off list. Would someone mind letting me know the best way
> to access the shorebirding areas on Monomoy? How long of a walk is it?
>
> Also, how does one get to the Nauset area where the shorebirds and terns
> have been? Is there a fee and is the road difficult?
>
> Lastly, it seems as if seeing the large numbers of pelagics from shore has
> died down but is there a good place in the area to still check?
>
> Sorry for the influx of questions and thank you in advance for any
> suggestions.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Peter Capobianco
> Belmont, MA
>

 

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Date: 8/23/15 12:19 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/22 Belle Isle Stilt Sandpipers and Blue-winged Teal
Hi,
Yesterday evening, I found two Stilt Sandpipers in the pond off to the right, before you arrive at the boardwalk. One is an adult in transitional plumage, and the other a juvenile bird. They are in with three Lesser Yellowlegs.
BELLE ISLE HIGHTLIGHTS 5:45-7:30:
Snowy Egret 16
Great Egret 9
BLUE-WINGED TEAL 2 flew in to salt pan to right of boardwalk
STILT SANDPIPER 2 See above. Later, flew in to pan to right of boardwalk
P.S. On Friday, I saw a Giant Swallowtail butterfly on Warren St. in the Wollaston Hills section of Quincy. This is almost the exact, same date that I saw two or more in the Arnold Arboretum in 2013.
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/23/15 9:11 am
From: Peter Capobianco <peter.capobianco...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RFI Lower Cape Birding
I am in Chatham for a week and would like to get some birding in. I know
Derek Brown asked a few weeks ago about access to Monomoy, but I think
responses were off list. Would someone mind letting me know the best way
to access the shorebirding areas on Monomoy? How long of a walk is it?

Also, how does one get to the Nauset area where the shorebirds and terns
have been? Is there a fee and is the road difficult?

Lastly, it seems as if seeing the large numbers of pelagics from shore has
died down but is there a good place in the area to still check?

Sorry for the influx of questions and thank you in advance for any
suggestions.

Good birding,

Peter Capobianco
Belmont, MA

 

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Date: 8/23/15 9:07 am
From: David Hollie <featherbrain1223...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sabine's Gull at Race Point 8/23/15
Hi all,

I took my friend Matt Daw out to Race Point for some Roseate Terns and
seawatching. We were not disappointed with good numbers of shearwaters and
storm-petrels despite the intermittent fog. We had a couple of Red-necked
Phalaropes land just offshore, but the highlight was by far a an adult
Sabine's Gull that flew by allowing good views before disappearing into the
fog. I thought at first that it might be the same individual that I had at
Hatches Harbor on 8/3/15, but this bird had a full black hood without any
sign of white speckling in the face.
eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24729283

Good Birding!

David Hollie
Currently in Eastham, MA

 

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Date: 8/23/15 6:15 am
From: Bruce Black <bruce...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sudbury Nighthawks
6 Common Nighthawks flew over the house at 7 pm Saturday evening.

Bruce Black, Sudbury

 

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Date: 8/22/15 12:27 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plymouth Beach 8/21
Highlights from Plymouth Beach the evening of 8/21 (without a scope!):
(Full list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24716694)

4 Red Knots
7 White-rumped Sandpipers
1150 Semipalmated Sandpipers
1 juvenile Western Sandpiper
1360 Laughing Gulls
2 Black Terns
23 Roseate Terns
800 Common Terns
1 Forster's Tern
1000 sterna sp.

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

 

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Date: 8/22/15 12:17 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Marbled Godwit, Upland Sandpiper -- Westport
Henry Zimberlin photographed a Marbled Godwit on 8/21 at the cherry and webb part of Horseneck beach in Westport. The photo is here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/122031023@N04/20579097689/in/dateposted/
He also photographed an Upland Sandpiper on Gooseberry neck in Westport on 8/22, which can be seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122031023@N04/20791855905/

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


--
Liam

 

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Date: 8/22/15 8:07 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Shorebird images
Massbirders, I just put some shorebird images up on my Flickr site from our
8/19 visit to Nauset outer marsh and flats.
Hope you enjoy them.

www.flickr.com/photos/26676688@N03

Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
<petrull...>

 

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Date: 8/22/15 4:18 am
From: Newburyowls <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Point of Pines & Winthrop
I hit Winthrop Beach early this morning and had a good spread of shorebirds. Highlights being: 4 Ruddy Turnstones, 6 White-rumped Sandpipers. About 150 other "typical" mixed peeps.

Myself and Jeff (who reported the Black Skimmer 2 days ago ) then walked Point of Pines to search for some of the Revere Piping Plovers that have moved up into P.O.P. No Skimmer today, but a good sized flock of Black-bellied Plovers and Sanderlings (100+) with 1 lone Red Knot.

Sean Riley
Plum Island
<Newburyowls...>

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 3G smartphone

 

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Date: 8/22/15 4:18 am
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: South Beach 8/14
How come no one has commented on Derek Brown's highly unusual sighting of seven Long-billed Curlews at South Beach a week ago? Has there been confirmation? I know that there was 1-3 of these birds seen about two weeks ago, with one having been photographed. Thanks
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/22/15 4:00 am
From: Erik Nielsen <erikbogh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Baird's, Western Sand - PI
1 juv Baird's on the beach south of Emerson Rocks. 2 juv Western Sandpipers in Stage.

Erik Nielsen
Westwood, MA

http://flickr.com/photos/erikbogh/
 

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Date: 8/22/15 3:52 am
From: Miles Brengle <brenglema...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich Town Wharf - 8/22 (YC Night Heron)
Massbird,

Today at the Ipswich Town Wharf (on East Street in Ipswich) there was an
immature Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. I saw the bird last at 12:30 pm, when
I left it feeding on berries in a tree. This bird was photographed by Nate
Dubrow two days ago. If you were to stand at the boat launch, look out
toward the water and the heron was flying around on both sides of the
shore. A complete checklist, with photos, is in the link below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24716524

At Daniel Boone Park this morning, I had a few migrants including a
Northern Waterthrush and a Black-and-white Warbler.

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

 

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Date: 8/22/15 2:55 am
From: Robert Templeton <rktemp28...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Solitary Sandpipers, West Townsend
3 Solitary Sandpipers along the VFW pond in West Townsend. Pond level is down significantly leaving a lot of muddy areas for shorebirds.

Rob Templeton
Townsend, MA
 

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Date: 8/22/15 12:46 am
From: Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Belmont nighthawks
Three nighthawks coursed southward over the back yard at 6:45 Friday
evening.
Fred Bouchard
--
<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: 8/21/15 9:42 am
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Point of Pines Revere 8/21
At 2:00 p.m. today, there was no sign of the Black Skimmer reported
yesterday by Jeffrey Ritterson from Point of Pines, but it did sprinkle
intermittently while I was there.

The 'booby prize' was two Red Knots. Not too shabby!

Ciao,
Linda

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

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

 

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Date: 8/21/15 9:32 am
From: vietdave <vietdave...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nighthawk Hadley
Wonderful flight right now on Rt 47 in Hadley am by the elementary school. .dozens flying over..with swallows and some chimney swifts..gorgeous in the light of the sun..
David Norton

Hadley Mass
<Vietdave...>


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 8/21/15 8:52 am
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Sandpiper Correction
Hi,
The adult breeding-plumaged Western Sandpiper that I reported a week ago from Belle Isle was actually an adult in transitional plumage. Thanks to Soheil Z. for sending me an e-mail which caused me to look again at my Sibley's.
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/21/15 8:40 am
From: <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] PRNWR Black Tern
4:30 PM, Flying over the salt pannes by parking lot 3.

Leslie Kramer
Barry Burden
Jorge Serra
Medford, MA
 

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Date: 8/21/15 3:20 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] update for PRNWR beach access
parking is now open in lots 1, 2, 3, and 7; beach access is available from those lots, except from 2 to 3, and a small section between 6 and 7 - signs are posted around these remaining restricted areas


------------------------------------

Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951


email: <lynette.leka...>
 

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Date: 8/21/15 1:58 am
From: <brianrfg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 66 Black Terns in Westport
Hi,
On Wednesday, just after noon, I counted 66 Black Terns at the southern end of Gooseberry Island (aka Gooseberry Neck), standing on rocks in the water mainly. They were accompanied by Roseate and Common Terns in lesser numbers. There were 13 Whimbrels along the surf line at Horseneck Beach a few hours earlier.
Brian Cassie, Foxboro

 

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Date: 8/21/15 1:46 am
From: Maryellen Stone <mstone816...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC at Great Meadows NWR Concord Unit 8/20
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 20, 2015 5:10 PM - 8:18 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Comments: Great Meadows Survey Team BBC walk led by Will Martens with
Alan Bragg, Janet Kovner, David Swain and Maryellen Stone. Joined by Diane
and Cliff Smith and Jonathan Layman. Beautiful evening to be out.
33 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 10
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 79
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 15
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 7
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca/flavipes) 3
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 36
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) 3
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 40
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 1
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.) 6
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 7
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 7
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 55
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 11
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 7
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 18
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 7
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 10

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24705507

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

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




 

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Date: 8/21/15 12:04 am
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pectoral Sandpipers
After lamenting that Pectoral Sandpipers seem to be hard to find
Wednesday, we saw 5 Pectoral Sandpipers at Pikuls Pan yesterday,
Thursday Aug 20, 2015. Still not the numbers seen in years past but
encouraging to see more than one.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro

 

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Date: 8/20/15 11:36 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Beach Access, North Pool & December Deer Hunt - Parker River NWR


Birders,

This evening, I received a few messages regarding new beach access at
Plum Island:

"No parking restrictions at lot 2 or 3"

"Lot 6 still closed"

"7 is open with access to south only"


I also had a message that the North Pool is now drained, and the carp
mitigation project will
be beginning soon.


I'm putting this out there for trip planning purposes only:

The controlled, white-tailed deer hunt has been scheduled for Wednesday,
Dec. 9, 2015, at Parker River NWR.

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport Birders
Observe ~ Appreciate ~ Identify
Newburyport, MA
Website:www.newburyportbirders.com
Blog: http://nbptbirders.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @ nbpt_birders












 

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Date: 8/20/15 11:20 am
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/20 Squantum and Wollaston Beach Highlights
Hi,
I birded Squantum at high tide today, and then I birded the length of Wollaston Beach. It was at the very southern end of Wollaston Beach that I got my prize. Almost all the Squantum birds were at the main salt pan on East Squantum St. next to the Kennedy Center. (just down around the corner a bit from the Dunkin Donuts)
HIGHLIGHTS SQUANTUM and WOLLASTON BEACH:
Merlin 1 flying over salt pan

Cooper's Hawk 1 flying over salt pan

Red-tailed Hawk 1
Osprey 3 at and near nest site

Black-bellied plover 60 the near spit a bit beyond Victory Rd. (East Squantum St.)
Semipalmated Plover 150 Wollaston Beach
Least Sandpiper 20
Semipalmated Sandpiper 100 combination of both places
Sanderling 1 NOT A TYPO!
Greater Yellowlegs 20 salt pan
Lesser Yellowlegs 20 salt pan
Short-billed Dowitcher 11 salt pan
RED KNOT 1 F.O.Y. south end of Wollaston beach with 11 Black-bellied Plover
White-rumped Sandpiper 1 salt pan
Spotted Sandpiper 2 Black's Creek (south end of beach but other side of road
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/20/15 7:25 am
From: Mark Faherty <mfaherty...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Avocet, Nauset
Andy Northrup found an American Avocet yesterday in Nauset Marsh while leading one of Wellfleet Bay's Nauset Marsh Scenic Cruises. It was where all the activity has been the last few years - on the flats inside and south of the inlet. He also noted a couple of Parasitic Jaegers sitting on the end of Coast Guard Beach on the same trip. He did not see the avocet on today's cruise.

For those bereft of watercraft, we have a few more Nauset Marsh scenic cruises coming up. While they are not focused specifically on birds, Andy is a birder who has worked at Cape May Bird Observatory and is happy to focus on birds. We also have a birder's Nauset Marsh trip on Friday the 28th.

http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#results:keywords=Nauset


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


 

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Date: 8/20/15 4:40 am
From: Jeremiah Trimble <jtrimble...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Dunlin at Plum Island
Hell All,

Thanks to Tim Walker to sending on his image of the bird which seem to
clearly show this bird to be a 'hudsonia' Dunlin (and at least not an
'arctica' or 'schinzii' Dunlin). In part, the very bright upperparts and
long bill help confirm this.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/46152487@N03/20682379432/in/album-72157657426557792/

Good birding,
Jeremiah Trimble
Cambridge, MA

On Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 3:34 PM, Jeremiah Trimble <jtrimble...>
wrote:

> Hello Massbird,
>
> I am curious about the breeding plumaged Dunlin that has been reported at
> Plum Island. Does anyone have images of the bird? As some of you may know
> one or two breeding plumaged Dunlin have been recently seen in Maine that
> are not of our local variety. I am copying an email from Louis Bevier
> below regarding those sightings. He also provides some context of the
> rarity of these vagrant subspecies of Dunlin in Massachusetts (there are
> only a few records ever).
>
> I think it would be important to try and nail down whether one of these
> other subspecies could be involved with the Plum Island bird. Its
> possible that it is a 'hudsonia' Dunlin (or normal Dunlin subspecies) with
> oddly retained breeding plumage, but these birds are supposed to fully molt
> prior to their southbound migration or at least before arriving here.
>
> If you have any images, I would love to see them!
>
> Best,
> Jeremiah Trimble
> Cambridge, MA
>
> *Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Dunlin (Greenland) - Popham Beach*
> *From: Louis Bevier*
> *Date: Sat, Aug 8, 2015, 4:20 PM*
> Dear Maine birders,
>
> This Greenland Dunlin is a super rarity. Congratulations to Mike Fahay!
> The photos look good for Greenland (or Arctic) Dunlin, Calidris alpina
> arctica. But Doug Suitor says there were TWO of these birds there earlier
> that he and David Ladd saw. I don’t think they photographed the other bird,
> but it was similarly small, short-billed, dull gold and auburn on the
> scapulars, and streaked on the breast over a white background.
>
> First things first—any Dunlin that shows up here in fall migration from
> July to September with a black-belly patch and retained breeding plumage is
> almost certainly NOT one of our usual migrants from northern-central Canada
> (C. a. hudsonia, the Red-backed Dunlin). Birders should immediately start
> scrutinizing such a bird and attempt to photograph it. The North American,
> Pacific, and east Asian populations of Dunlin molt on the breeding grounds
> or at molt migration stopovers far to our north. They arrive here in
> “winter” plumage. The Greenland (arctica), Iceland and European (schinzii
> and nominate alpina) populations differ in molt and migration strategy.
> They migrate southbound with their breeding plumage. So, breeding plumage
> Dunlins here are likely a vagrant and true rarity. Our Red-backed Dunlins
> in spring are quite different. Compare the dull, gold and brown backed bird
> photographed by Mike (
> http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist?subID=S24535141 ) with a
> northbound hudsonia that I photographed at Popham (
> https://flic.kr/p/cea7GQ , also see description of subspecies in my notes
> there and the length of that bill).
>
> Greenland Dunlin (C. a. arctica) has only been documented in the U.S. a
> couple of times, not including the present birds. There are several sight
> records, a specimen (August 11, 1900 at Monomoy, MA), and photographs (e.g.
> July 29, 2007 at South Beach, Chatham, MA). In searching past records,
> Marshall Iliff found that Doug Suitor had photographed another probable
> arctica (or schinzii) at Popham two years ago on 21 July 2013 (
> http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist?subID=S14700290 ).
>
> The birds found today and the 2013 bird photographed by Doug are among
> only a handful of records for the U.S. of these Greenland-European Dunlin
> (there is also a single specimen of nominate alpina from Massachusetts).
> They are the only ones for Maine as far as I know. If anyone has photos of
> such birds from late summer to early fall, I’d like to hear about them. The
> Maine Bird Records Committee agreed to begin reviewing rare occurrences of
> non-species-level birds as needed, and these certainly fit the bill. It is
> important to document these as well as possible. If anyone sees and
> photographs these Dunlin at Popham tomorrow, please let me know.
>
> Louis Bevier
> Fairfield
>
> --
> Jeremiah Trimble
> Curatorial Associate - Ornithology
> Museum of Comparative Zoology
> Harvard University
> 26 Oxford Street
> Cambridge, MA 02138
> phone: 617-495-2471
> fax: 617-495-5667
> email: <jtrimble...>
>
>


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

 

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Date: 8/20/15 1:51 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm today
Relatively quiet birding and I was surprised to miss cardinal, chipping sparrow and a number of other usually easy pickings. Still saw 27 species including kingfisher, northern waterthrush, American redstart and blue-gray gnatcatchers.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

Wild Turkey 10
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 7
Mourning Dove 7
Chimney Swift 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 3
Barn Swallow 7
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 15
Gray Catbird 5
European Starling 75
Cedar Waxwing 3
Northern Waterthrush 1
American Redstart 1
Song Sparrow 4
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 7
House Sparrow 7


 

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Date: 8/19/15 4:04 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Canada in Amherst, sidewalk tanager; WMB - W-Willet and Summer Tanager
Hi MassBirders,

Sad sight yesterday. Wife and I were walking through downtown Greenfield and came upon a dead Scarlet Tanager (immature, all yellow) lying on the sidewalk. Must have been passing through downtown and hit a window.

Happier today. Was at my desk when an immature Canada Warbler meandered through the yard outside my window! They don’t nest in the immediate vicinity, so I would guess that this was a migrant, my first of the autumn. Also saw a Wood Thrush out there, had pale spots speckling its head, so presumably a youngster. And a Carolina Wren, the first in a while; I had multiple birds through April 26, and one steadily through most of May, so I know that some locals survived the snow. But this was only my second yard sighting of a Carolina since May 23.

On Western Mass Birders today, Lois Richardson reported 2 Willets in Longmeadow, and posted a photo of one of them. The MARC website claims that there were no inland records of Willet documented in the state until 2006. To make things even more interesting, both James Smith and Ryan Schain agreed that Lois’ photo showed a *Western* Willet!

A few days ago, August 16, Larry Therrien spotted an adult male Summer Tanager in Belchertown! Unfortunately multiple attempts to relocate the bird after the original sighting were unsuccessful.

Good birding!

Josh


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




 

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Date: 8/19/15 1:08 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ellisville Harbor Shorebirds
We went to Ellisville to catch the tide and look for shorebirds. We saw
the following species there.

Semipalmated Plovers and Semipalmated Sandpipers were too numerous to
count and were spread over a large area. I was surprised at the lack of
variety and the low numbers of some of the other shorebirds especially
dowitchers.

There was 1 Pectoral Sandpiper; they seem to be hard to find this year.


Snowy Egret - 1
Black-bellied Plover - 7
Semipalmated Plover - 100s
Killdeer - 2
Greater Yellowlegs - 3
Ruddy Turnstone - 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 100s
White-rumped Sandpiper - 4
Least Sandpiper 4
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1
Short-billed Dowitcher - 3 (1 juv)
Laughing Gull - 23
Ring-billed Gull - 17


George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro

 

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Date: 8/19/15 12:18 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR - North Pool Overlook - 8/19
Birders,

Doug Chickering read a collection of his best essays from his
_Reflections on a Golden-winged Warbler_ this evening at
the North Pool Overlook. Doug described birding and treasured moments
in his characteristic, magical prose.

We had a gentle breeze, a rising crescent moon and a lovely sunset with
a delightful group. We shared the following
sightings at Parker River NWR - North Pool Overlook only:

American Crow
Canada Goose
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Northern Harrier (1)
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Least Tern
Mourning Dove
Eastern Kingbird
Song Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Eastern Towhee
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird

Beaver - swimming in the pool

With best wishes,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport Birders
Observe ~ Appreciate ~ Identify
Newburyport, MA
Website:www.newburyportbirders.com
Blog: http://nbptbirders.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @ nbpt_birders












 

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Date: 8/19/15 11:37 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nauset Beach, tidal flats, southwest.
Massbirders,
Blair Nikula and I headed down the outer beach today at Nauset, inside road
all the way, hoping to look at roosting terns. We parked a mile from the end
and walked across the spartina marsh to the southwest. The Chatham section
of the beach is still closed......We stepped from the marsh to the flats and
were absolutely stopped in our tracks by the dense concentration of feeding
shorebirds. We scoped and barely moved for more than an hour. An amazing
sight.
Pictures to follow.
Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
<petrull...>

Nauset Beach, Orleans, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 19, 2015 12:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
Comments: Drove down the inside road at Nauset ,outer beach, parked i
mile from the tip and walked west through the expansive salt marsh to the
flats on incoming tide and spent about 2 hours on a most impressive
concentration of Shorebirds..
33 species

Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 7
Northern Harrier 1
Black-bellied Plover 750
Semipalmated Plover 400
Piping Plover 0
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Willet 12
Ruddy Turnstone 75
Red Knot 800
Sanderling 450
Least Sandpiper 80
White-rumped Sandpiper 6
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1000
Short-billed Dowitcher 300
Parasitic Jaeger 1
Laughing Gull 4
Herring Gull X
Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
Great Black-backed Gull X
Least Tern 15
Black Tern 1
Roseate Tern 12
Common Tern 20
Eastern Kingbird 2
Horned Lark 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Tree Swallow 45
Barn Swallow 25
European Starling 16
Song Sparrow 6
Common Grackle 1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24686253

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

 

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Date: 8/19/15 9:46 am
From: David Hollie <featherbrain1223...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandwich Tern Nauset Beach 8/19/15
Hi all,

I just got back from resighting Roseates at the south end of Nauset Beach
and the Sandwich Tern is still present. I was able to get much closer today
and confirmed that the primaries are straight-edged which makes this a
pretty solid Cabot's (acuflavidus) Tern. The photos from the previous
sighting appeared to show the straight edges but I felt much better after
watching this bird preen at close range for 15+ minutes.
Checklist below
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24684594

Good Birding!

David Hollie
currently in Eastham, MA
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David Hollie
http://www.flickr.com/photos/featherbrain1223/

 

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Date: 8/19/15 9:34 am
From: Steven van der Veen <srvacons...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Marbled Godwit at Ellisville Harbor (Plymouth)
There was a Marbled Godwit at Ellisville late this afternoon...It was
roosting along the edge of the Channel and was visible from the high point
along the channel at the Shifting Lots Reservation (South side of the
harbor)

Steve

--
<ebird-checklist...>
7:01 PM (0 minutes ago)
to me
Shifting Lots Preserve @ Ellisville, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
Aug 19, 2015 5:10 PM - 6:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Tide &#61; 2; disturbance &#61; A - falling high tide, no
disturbance (weekday)
22 species

Canada Goose 3
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Black-bellied Plover 2
Semipalmated Plover 240
Killdeer 1
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Marbled Godwit 1 V Large buffy shorebird w upturned bicolored bill,
pink-orange base, dark tip. Much larger than Gr Yellowlegs it was
associating with.
< a href="
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/l3U7lGR1MuyKgYUV-JS3VtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat&#61;embedwebsite"><img
src="
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-WSqWfCFVwFo/VdUFmOcuhLI/AAAAAAAAIbA/6RqeJdXEEHk/s400-Ic42/DSC00664.JPG"
/></a>From <a href="
https://picasaweb.google.com/109629503806706425576/2015Photos?authuser&#61;0&feat&#61;embedwebsite">2015
Photos</a>
Ruddy Turnstone 2
Sanderling 1
Least Sandpiper 30
Semipalmated Sandpiper 300
Short-billed Dowitcher 3
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Great Black-backed Gull X
Common Tern X
Mourning Dove X
American Crow X
House Wren 1
Song Sparrow X

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24684490

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

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

 

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Date: 8/19/15 8:02 am
From: Cynthia Glinick <clg2381...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] List
Please exclude me from all mass bird listings. My birder son is off to college and I can't chase birds without him. Thank you so much!

Cynthia

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 8/19/15 5:51 am
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lower Merrimack & Plum Island - 08-19-15
Bill Gette and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of Joppa
Flats Education Center to the sea wall at Joppa Park on the lower Merrimack,
and then on to Plum Island. Temps ranged from high 70s to high 80s w/
noticeable humidity and winds S/5-10 mph. Low tide at Joppa Park, 9:41 a.m.

Our list for the morning:

Lower Merrimack from Joppa Park --
Mallard (2)
Great Egret (~ 6)
Black-bellied Plover (~ 25)
Semipalmated Plover (~ 35)
Greater Yellowlegs - many.
Lesser Yellowlegs - many.
Semipalmated Sandpiper - many.
Least Sandpiper (2)
Short-billed Dowitcher (5)
Bonaparte's Gull (~ 25)
Ring-billed Gull - many.
Herring Gull
Common Tern (2)
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1)

Plum Island (Parker River NWR) --
Canada Goose
Mallard (6)
Green-winged Teal (3) - Stage Island Pool.
Double-crested Cormorant (~ 14)
Great Blue Heron (3)
Great Egret (6)
Snowy Egret (~ 16)
Northern Harrier (1)
Red-tailed Hawk (1) - flyby lot #2; [(2) - PI Tpk.]
Semipalmated Plover (~ 8) - North Pool from Hellcat dike.
Greater Yellowlegs (~ 24) - SIP, NP.
Lesser Yellowlegs (~ 16) - SIP, NP.
Semipalmated Sandpiper (~ 18) - SIP, Bill Forward Pool, & NP.
Least Sandpiper (~ 11) - various.
White-rumped Sandpiper (2) - SIP.
Stilt Sandpiper (2) - SIP.
Short-billed Dowitcher (~ 15) - SIP, NP.
Herring Gull
[Great Black-backed Gull (1) - w. PI Bridge.]
Least Tern (3) - SIP.
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Eastern Kingbird (4) - 2 ads, 2 juvs., Hellcat dike.
Tree Swallow - everywhere! - common.
Barn Swallow (3)
Gray Catbird (2)
European Starling - common.
Cedar Waxwing (~ 12) - hawking insects in and over BFP vegetation.
Common Yellowthroat (1)
Song Sparrow (1)
[Northern Cardinal (1) - Joppa.]
Bobolink (2) - BFP, including one male in nearly complete alternate plumage.
Red-winged Blackbird (1)
Brown-headed Cowbird (3) - fledglings.

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats Education Center at 9:30
for Wednesday Morning Birding. For more information about Joppa Flats
programs, call Bill Gette or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

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

 

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Date: 8/19/15 3:37 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tonight at 6:00 pm - Birding with Doug Chickering, Author of Reflections on a Golden-winged Warbler
Birders,

I'm posting this program with our moderator's approval.

Doug Chickering's _Reflections on a Golden-winged Warbler_ is a
collection of his best essays. Doug brings to life our community's
memories of our best days in the field, by describing his favorite
moments in his characteristic, magical prose.

Doug Chickering has for nearly three decades been a frequent and
passionate birder and chronicler of Essex County, one of the most famous
and historic birding locations in the world. His essays in the
Newburyport Birders' newsletter were extremely popular. He has published
his essays on birding in /Winging It, Bird Observer/ and /The Quail/.
Doug is frequently invited to read his works on Ray Brown’s radio
program /Talkin’ Birds/.

*Book Reading & Birding At The North Pool Overlook...*
Date: Wednesday, August 19
Time: 6:00 pm to dusk
Location: North Pool Overlook at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
This is a free event.

Join us for an evening of birding at the North Pool on Plum Island. Doug
Chickering will read from his book Reflections on a Golden-winged
Warbler. Light refreshments will be served and copies of the book will
be available for Doug to sign.


See you there!

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport Birders
Observe ~ Appreciate ~ Identify
Newburyport, MA
Website:www.newburyportbirders.com
Blog: http://nbptbirders.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @ nbpt_birders










 

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Date: 8/18/15 11:55 pm
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White-throated Sparrow / Newbury
singing in my yard yesterday


------------------------------------

Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951


email: <lynette.leka...>
 

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Date: 8/18/15 11:26 am
From: Hugh Wright <hughlewiswright...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sea ducks at Plum Island
Tonight on the sea by parking lot #1, Plum Island:

White-winged Scoter - adult male, on the sea until it flew south at 1835
Black Scoter - 1 female
Eider - 2 females
Common loon - 2

All the best

Hugh

 

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Date: 8/18/15 11:02 am
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: 40+ Turkey Vultures Hadley
That is simply terrible.
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/18/15 10:01 am
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turkey Vultures Mt Wachusett
Driving up Mt Wachusett today at 2 p.m., we saw 18 Turkey Vultures and 1
young Red-tailed Hawk effortlessly circling around and over the
monadnock. It appeared to be a good day for them to do that with the heat.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro

 

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Date: 8/18/15 6:29 am
From: Steven and Christine Whitebread <standch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pectoral Sandpiper
in the mud flats at the Kennedy Center, East Squantum Street, Quincy MA
being seen right now (15:00 )

Christine Whitebread

 

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Date: 8/18/15 6:03 am
From: Jeremiah Trimble <jtrimble...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dunlin at Plum Island
Hello Massbird,

I am curious about the breeding plumaged Dunlin that has been reported at
Plum Island. Does anyone have images of the bird? As some of you may know
one or two breeding plumaged Dunlin have been recently seen in Maine that
are not of our local variety. I am copying an email from Louis Bevier
below regarding those sightings. He also provides some context of the
rarity of these vagrant subspecies of Dunlin in Massachusetts (there are
only a few records ever).

I think it would be important to try and nail down whether one of these
other subspecies could be involved with the Plum Island bird. Its
possible that it is a 'hudsonia' Dunlin (or normal Dunlin subspecies) with
oddly retained breeding plumage, but these birds are supposed to fully molt
prior to their southbound migration or at least before arriving here.

If you have any images, I would love to see them!

Best,
Jeremiah Trimble
Cambridge, MA

*Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Dunlin (Greenland) - Popham Beach*
*From: Louis Bevier*
*Date: Sat, Aug 8, 2015, 4:20 PM*
Dear Maine birders,

This Greenland Dunlin is a super rarity. Congratulations to Mike Fahay! The
photos look good for Greenland (or Arctic) Dunlin, Calidris alpina arctica.
But Doug Suitor says there were TWO of these birds there earlier that he
and David Ladd saw. I don’t think they photographed the other bird, but it
was similarly small, short-billed, dull gold and auburn on the scapulars,
and streaked on the breast over a white background.

First things first—any Dunlin that shows up here in fall migration from
July to September with a black-belly patch and retained breeding plumage is
almost certainly NOT one of our usual migrants from northern-central Canada
(C. a. hudsonia, the Red-backed Dunlin). Birders should immediately start
scrutinizing such a bird and attempt to photograph it. The North American,
Pacific, and east Asian populations of Dunlin molt on the breeding grounds
or at molt migration stopovers far to our north. They arrive here in
“winter” plumage. The Greenland (arctica), Iceland and European (schinzii
and nominate alpina) populations differ in molt and migration strategy.
They migrate southbound with their breeding plumage. So, breeding plumage
Dunlins here are likely a vagrant and true rarity. Our Red-backed Dunlins
in spring are quite different. Compare the dull, gold and brown backed bird
photographed by Mike (
http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist?subID=S24535141 ) with a
northbound hudsonia that I photographed at Popham (https://flic.kr/p/cea7GQ
, also see description of subspecies in my notes there and the length of
that bill).

Greenland Dunlin (C. a. arctica) has only been documented in the U.S. a
couple of times, not including the present birds. There are several sight
records, a specimen (August 11, 1900 at Monomoy, MA), and photographs (e.g.
July 29, 2007 at South Beach, Chatham, MA). In searching past records,
Marshall Iliff found that Doug Suitor had photographed another probable
arctica (or schinzii) at Popham two years ago on 21 July 2013 (
http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist?subID=S14700290 ).

The birds found today and the 2013 bird photographed by Doug are among only
a handful of records for the U.S. of these Greenland-European Dunlin (there
is also a single specimen of nominate alpina from Massachusetts). They are
the only ones for Maine as far as I know. If anyone has photos of such
birds from late summer to early fall, I’d like to hear about them. The
Maine Bird Records Committee agreed to begin reviewing rare occurrences of
non-species-level birds as needed, and these certainly fit the bill. It is
important to document these as well as possible. If anyone sees and
photographs these Dunlin at Popham tomorrow, please let me know.

Louis Bevier
Fairfield

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

 

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Date: 8/18/15 3:48 am
From: Jamie Bogart <jsh_bogart...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] black terns gooseberry

A walk onto Gooseberry this AM between 9-10AM yielded both a grey seal on the Horseneck shore, and what I suspected were juvenile Black Terns. I see these terns were confirmed in the bay recently (Paul Champlin) so I can say with confidence that's what they were. 10-15 out on the rocks at high tide mixing with the Commons.


Jamie Bogart

 

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Date: 8/18/15 2:15 am
From: Bill Lafley <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 40+ Turkey Vultures - Hadley
Hello,

While cutting through on Moody Bridge Rd in Hadley this morning saw 40+
Turkey Vultures, with most on the ground foraging in a newly mowed field.
My guess is no one gave the mowing schedule to the snakes, turtles, frogs,
toads, small mammals, etc that called the high grass their home.....

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>

 

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Date: 8/18/15 2:04 am
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Selasphorus Hummer, Pepperell, 8/18

Had a juvenile/female Selasphorus hummer at my Pepperell feeding station this morning. That was the 2nd time I've had a Selasphorus at my feeder - interestingly the first one was on 8/20/12 - almost exactly 3 years ago. Like the 2012 bird it only made one visit despite several hours of watching on my part. So it was just passing through I presume.

Today's bird arrived at about 8 AM and was hovering just outside the screened in porch, within 8 ft of me, presumably capturing small insects. This afforded good looks at the rufous sides and orangy coloring to the base of the tail feathers when it spread its tail. Watched it for maybe 30 seconds with binocs. Then it was gone.

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

I've got about 4 Ruby-throats at the feeder now, down from 6-8 a couple weeks ago, which included a family consisting of a mom and 2 youngsters. It's fun watching the hummingbird feeders - at least the bears don't bother them :-)


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

 

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Date: 8/17/15 11:30 pm
From: Lauren Kras <lauren.kras...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] September 21st Pelagic - Rye, NH
In past years September pelagics out of Rye harbor have ventured into MA,
NH, and ME waters and have turned up interesting birds including four
species of Shearwater (Great, Manx, Cory’s, and Sooty), 2 species of
Phalarope (Red-necked and Red), 3 species of Jaeger (Parasitic,
Long-tailed, Pomarine), two species of Storm-petrel (Wilson’s and Leach’s),
Northern Fulmar, and other species such as Black Tern, Sabine’s Gull and
Lesser Black-backed Gull. (But obviously as with any trip no bird species
is guaranteed or should to be expected!). This year, the Seacoast Chapter
of NH Audubon is organizing an all day trip on Monday September 21st out of
Rye Harbor aboard the MV Granite State. The cost is 70$ per person to
cover fuel, boat time, and high-quality fish-based chum.

Additional details below:

WHEN: Monday, September 21st. Meet dockside in Rye Harbor at 7:30AM for an
8:00 departure aboard the MV Granite State, with Captain Pete Reynolds.
We'll spend all day at sea, searching for birds, and return to harbor
around 5pm. Steve Mirick will be calling out birds and many other
experienced pelagic birders will be on board to help call out and chum for
birds. Parking at Rye Harbor costs 5$ per car and is not included in the
trip cost. Participants are encouraged to carpool.

WHAT TO BRING: Binoculars!!! If you would like to bring a field guide, feel
free, but there should be some on board already. If you have a camera,
bring it and all necessary supplies. Snacks and a lunch are suggested along
with ample water as we’ll be at sea for many hours. There is a small galley
on board which serves snacks and beverages. Weather at sea is generally
slightly cooler than weather on shore so please check the forecast and be
prepared. Rain gear (for spray or drizzle), sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat
are recommended. Take motion-sickness pills if you're vulnerable to
seasickness an hour prior to departure.

REGISTRATION: You MUST REGISTER in advance for this trip – to do so please
email Lauren Kras at Lauren.Kras @ gmail.com or call (603 801 4628). Email
is preferred.

COST: Cost is 70$ per person. Payment must be received before the trip or
you may lose your spot! Address to send your payment (cash or check) will
be provided upon registration. Ticket price covers boat fuel, crew time,
and chum. Leaders are experts who are volunteering their time. The amount
of chum will depend on number of participants as the cost of chum adds up
quickly.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Any cancellation made within 7 days of the trip is
non-refundable. Exceptions will be made if you find an alternate for your
slot and if your cancellation does not result in bringing the trip roster
below the minimum number to fund the boat.

We hope you will join us!


Lauren Kras
Greenland, NH

 

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Date: 8/17/15 3:23 pm
From: Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Aug 7, Gooseberry Neck
I am posting this for Liz Day:
—————————————————————————————————

August 7, morning, Gooseberry Neck near Horseneck beach, Bristol Co., SE Mass.

I'm not sure which birds are unusual and which are not.

Alice Morgan and I birded both sides of the peninsula to about halfway out, and saw:

(land birds)
robins, song sparrows, house finches, goldfinches, many swallows, probably some were Tree, I think also a barn, did not pay attention.

Ring-bill, herring, black-backed gulls
Least, Forsters, Common terns
semipalmated plover about 5
semipalmated sandpiper adult 1 or 2
least sandpiper some adults and 1 juvenile
spotted sandpiper juv. 2
willet juv about 3, in marsh on N side of Beach Rd.
RUDDY TURNSTONES 13 all in two bunches
sanderling about 8, all adult. Two had pale green bands or tags on legs.
common eider female about 3
black scoter female about 6
UNKNOWN SCOTER 1 (below - help please)

We got long, close, well-lit views of this bird, but were not sure what it was. My best guess is a juvenile or female white-winged scoter. It did have white wing patches. The wings were kind of tattered and I do not think it could fly. The bird was entirely brown, with some paleness at the base of the bill and behind the eye. However, the bill and forehead seemed to have a steeper ascent than is usually pictured in white-winged, and the bill seemed not as long as normal. Are these characters of very young white-wings? Also, the bird kept its tail cocked upright the entire ~20+ minutes we saw it, in the same way that a ruddy duck does, not lying in the water as scoters normally do. It rolled and preened and dove and so forth, but always swam with the tail cocked. We did not get pictures.

Any thoughts on ID?
Any explanation for the tail cocking?

Very few of the water birds listed above are normally seen in Indianapolis, so I feel this was a very successful walk.

Also present was a half-black bumblebee (B. vagans).

Liz Day
Indianapolis, central Indiana
<fraternobombus...>
 

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Date: 8/17/15 3:09 pm
From: Dougie Peebles <peebsfam...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black Terns (maybe)-Cataumet

One of the interesting things, if you are a life-long birder, is to encounter something that you have not seen before, and trying to figure it out.
Without other experienced bird-watchers present, I always am hesitant to make a definitive declaration when I see something new.
I just try to do my best, but many, many times I have seen birds that I wish someone could have confirmed my impression. My life-list suffers for my lack of knowledgeable affirmation.
Today, as I was commenting to other not real birders, but people who pay attention, that there was an obvious absence to the always omnipresent terns in Megansett Harbor- because. I presumed, they must have already begun their southern sojourn- just before sunset a tight flock of 20 to 30 terns flew high over the harbor, and I got my IS canon binoculars on them.
They were dark, tight, one carried a small fish without the others harrying him. They sounded different from the usual Common Terns. Their tight flock was something I've never seen Common Terns do, or Arctics, or Roseates. And they were a bit smaller in size. And dark.
I think they were Black Terns- which would be a lifer for me if another experienced birder was standing next to me and said, "of course, you idiot, those are Black Terns". But it won't go into my list of just over 300 North American birds because I was not 100% sure.
I'm not very good at shorebirds.
But I am sure that, in Megansett Harbor, as seen from Cataumet, over the past two days (my first two vacation days of the year) there has been:
Greater Yellowlegs-2
Semi-Pal Plover- a few
Semi-Pal Sandpiper- many
Ruddy Turnstone-2
a big family of Swans-maybe 8, first time I've ever seen them on the ocean
Black Ducks-many
Gulls- Herring, Ringed-billed, Gr. Black- backed, and I think Bonapartes
Cormorants
Hummingbirds are still here at my feeder
Ospreys gallore
An occasional TV comes through from the dump
Doug Peebles
Cataumet
P.s. I miss the Bob Whites
Ppss. I think those were Black Terns



 

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Date: 8/17/15 1:02 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black Terns
Judy and I were in Acoaxet today, Aug 17, '15. There were terns on the
rocks at the end of Acoaxet Road and included among them were 6 Black
Terns in various plumages.

The branch of the Westport River there had 100s of cormorants, gulls,
and terns feeding presumably on some fish, drifting downstream, and
flying back upstream to start again.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro

 

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Date: 8/17/15 1:02 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: 8/15 Western Sandpiper at Belle Isle, etc. Correction
The sandpipers were in the rather dry salt panne to the right of the boardwalk and not to the left.
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/17/15 11:54 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Chatham mini-pelagic 8/16
We had a 4 hr. pelagic trip out of Chatham harbor on Sunday, August 16. The
trip was organized by Blair Nikula. Upon departure at 1PM the wind was
light and variable with a freshening breeze from the S/SW as the trip
progressed. Seas were calm with a slight ground swell from the southeast.
After getting outside the cut we set a northeast course watching for birds
and began to see small numbers of Cory’s and Great Shearwaters almost
immediately. Within a mile from shore we had our first Parasitic Jaeger,
harassing common terns. There as a high degree of food begging from
juvenile Common terns and I was able to clearly show participants the
response to those calls as the fledgling would alight on the water to be fed
by the incoming parent. Roseate Terns were evident throughout the trip,
their calls...“chivik, chivik, chivik” constantly around the vessel. We had
a total of 7 parasitic jaegers, 5 singles and a double, harassing terns and
Laughing gulls. In the 3rd hour, Captain Kenny pulled out a 5 gallon bucket
of skate and dogfish livers and the avian chaos began! We had 30 – 50 Great
Shearwaters squabbling, diving, gliding, swimming AT the boat, with Cory’s,
pecking and dominating the competition for this oh-so-malodourous chum.
Hundreds of Wilson’s Storm Petrels joined the flock with equal numbers
fluttering several meters off the stern. We had close observations of two
Humpback Whales kick-feeding while Minke Whales were observed throughout the
day...Six total. Manx were scarce, here and there, with Sooty Shearwaters
observed sporadically throughout the trip. Never a dull moment. Remember
though, it’s not a zoo and conditions, diversity, and numbers change
constantly. Who knows what one may encounter on any given day on the open
North Atlantic. any details or explanations needed...e mail me.
Checklist below.
Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
<Petrull...>

Chatham, Barnstable County, MA, US, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 16, 2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
18.0 mile(s)
Comments: Mini-pelagic out of Chatham, northeast to Nauset, return...6
miles off shore
16 species

Common Eider 4 Chatham Fish Pier
Cory's Shearwater 400 Constant sightings, conservative count, extremely
close observations
Great Shearwater 650
Sooty Shearwater 20
Manx Shearwater 6
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 1100 Several groupings of 100+ birds, flocks of
up to 70 sitting on water, hundreds came in to liver chum.
Northern Gannet 3
Double-crested Cormorant 12
Red-necked Phalarope 9 flock of six, flock of three,
Parasitic Jaeger 7
Laughing Gull 6
Herring Gull 45 offshore
Great Black-backed Gull 20 off shore
Least Tern 4
Roseate Tern 70
Common Tern 350

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24662178

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

 

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Date: 8/17/15 7:14 am
From: Steven van der Veen <srvacons...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Nahant thicket hooded warbler continues
...and again at 1:30 this afternoon. Also a Northern Waterthrush beyond the
bridge crossing the mucky stream at the other end of the trail. Probably
one of the birds that was there this Spring.

Steve


On Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 10:19 AM, <lfkramer...> wrote:

> Wharf street entrance by the boardwalk- both sides. Foraging on the ground.
>
> Leslie Kramer
> Barry Burden
> Medford, MA
>



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

 

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Date: 8/17/15 4:52 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] more herons!
7 species

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 3
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) 2 I saw the adult (or
an identical adult) on Aug 9; this is the first time I have seen it since
(assuming it is the same one). It was in the marsh behind the house; it
flew when a poler passed by in the water not far away. Tide was pretty
high. About 5 minutes later one of us noticed the juvenile, which I had
seen several days ago in the marsh. At that time I couldn't tell whether it
was a YC or BC (we have adult BCNH not far away and do sometimes see young
ones). This time we had a clearer view and could make a confident ID by
shape of bill, color (all dark) and the small regular dots and curvy narrow
stripes on the body and neck. I should add that we have had adult YCNH in
three other years during the past.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 3
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 5
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 3
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24654878


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

 

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Date: 8/17/15 4:13 am
From: David Hollie <featherbrain1223...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandwich Tern Nauset Beach south end still present
I just talked to a fellow Roseate crew member who told me that the Sandwich
Tern is still present at the south end of Nauset Beach today 8/17/15.
I am still unsure of the subspecies so I would appreciate any comments.

Good birding!

David Hollie
Currently in Eastham, MA


--

David Hollie
http://www.flickr.com/photos/featherbrain1223/

 

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Date: 8/17/15 12:49 am
From: <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nahant thicket hooded warbler continues
Wharf street entrance by the boardwalk- both sides. Foraging on the ground.

Leslie Kramer
Barry Burden
Medford, MA
 

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Date: 8/17/15 12:19 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Outer Cape Cod Select Hi-Lites 8/10-13/15
Hi Massbirders,

Spent Monday (8/10) through Thursday (8/13) birding the outer cape. Spent
most of my time at Race Point but made forays to Tern Island Chatham and
Nauset Marsh, Eastham. Here are some select hi-lites.

8/10 - Tern Island -
The shorebirds were plentiful. I was there at mid tide on a falling tide.
The flats expose and the birds are everywhere. It is helpful if a canoe or
kayak is used. I canoed.
The hi-lite was a count of *583 adult Red Knot*. A personal high count for
me in the state. Here is a shot of 208 birds in flight:
https://flic.kr/p/xo8tvu and a smaller group in flight
https://flic.kr/p/xpvzqz
There were 5 REKN https://flic.kr/p/xmB8mw that I was able to read flags on
and internestingly, there was a flagged Short-billed Dowitcher. I was
unable to read its flag though. Canoeing back around Tern Island near the
Chatham fish pier gave wonderful views of hauled out Gray Seals. They were
in full chorus - bellowing away.

8/11 - Race Point -
North, South, and Hatches Harbor - It rained... a lot. I ping ponged
between the three locations and seabirds were present all day. Visibility
was tough. I found a dead Great Shearwater at Hatches Harbor
https://flic.kr/p/xr8yGTand had a imm Black Tern at Race Point Beach -
North - https://flic.kr/p/x7vynx.

The seabird show started at about 1700 and lasted until about 1815. While
at Race Point Beach - North, the skies cleared up a little and visibility
improved. A group of Wilson's Storm-Petrels moved in to feed right off
shore with some Double-crested Cormorants. Then the Terns showed up in
mass. Whales (Humpback and Minke) started feeding and then the jaegers
arrived. Had Parasitic and Pomarine including groups of Parasitics moving
down the beach - https://flic.kr/p/xod8rb. Observed a large Jaeger/Skua
holding a Laughing Gull down underwater forcing it to disgorge its meal.
Here is a slow motion video of the bird, would appreciate off line feedback
off line as to its identity: https://flic.kr/p/x6Yi7d . The number of
terns and jaeger chases was amazing. Then the shearwaters showed up.
Moving east to west, an absolute wall of Cory's and Great Shearwaters
streamed past for about an hour. Thousands of birds all within easy view
of the beach. There were a decent amount of Sooty and several Manx. It
was interesting to note that the Cory's and Great Shearwater numbers were
pretty even for this event. We had many (over 100) Wilson's Storm-Petrels
but no Leach's.

8/12 - Nauset Marsh -
The shorebirds and terns were amazing. The best time to be out near the
rip (near the Osprey nest) is right before high tide. The terns and
shorebirds are roosting and as the tide falls, the flats open up
wonderfully.
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 4 - https://flic.kr/p/xpoGuP ;
Black Tern - 2 to 3, immatures - https://flic.kr/p/wtfYdL
Forster's Tern - 1
Arctic Tern - 1
Common Tern were abundant and there were Roseate and Least Tern as well.
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 1 imm (nothing like the show on Plum Island
right now)
Whimbrel - 1
American Oystercatcher - 5
The total amount of terns was about 2000 and the shorebirds about 750.

8/12 - Race Point Beach - South -
We arrived at 1730 and the first birds seen were Manx Shearwaters. From
1730 to 1930, I counted *78 Manx Shearwaters*. These were all moving south
towards Head of the Meadow. This is a personal high count for me. Also, a
lone Red-necked Phalarope was off the beach just twirling away.

8/13 - Race Point Beach - North -
Undoubtly the most amazing display of near shore pelagics I've witnessed in
a non storm setting. The numbers weren't anything like 8/11 but the views
were stunning. Having Great https://flic.kr/p/xoe2Af and Cory's
Shearwaters https://flic.kr/p/x8Wgn5 just a couple of hundred of feet off
the shore is amazing. Also, Wilson's Storm-Petrels were in tight as well.
Like Blair Nikula's trip off of Chatham the same day, Red-necked Phalaropes
were on the move. I tallied 62 RNPH and 2 Red Phalarope including groups
of birds that landed on the water in front of us to feed. Here is a group
of Red-necked Phalarope right off the beach - https://flic.kr/p/x8Wnhb

The most exciting sighting was (I believe) an immature Long-tailed Jaeger
that came in off the water, flew over my head and then kited over the dunes
for a few moments. It then gave chase to a Common Tern before landing on a
sand bar down the beach. I walked down to get some photos. The bird took
off and headed right at me and flew about 25' over my head.

Coming in off the water: https://flic.kr/p/xmgAV9
Over the Dunes: https://flic.kr/p/wrzgxG
Upperwing view showing two white primary shafts: https://flic.kr/p/x6YqfS
Almost over head: https://flic.kr/p/wrHF1X

The seabird show is the best I've experienced and I cannot get enough of
them.

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

 

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Date: 8/16/15 9:59 pm
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach
David. Thanks for joining Massbird and posting your sighting. I canoed the outer cape flats (Nauset and Tern Island) last week and will give your spot a shot. Birding this way is fun and gets you real close to the birds. Digiscoping and photo ops are plentiful.

I didn't see any large terns but find it fascinating the daily range you describe. I can't comment on the subspecies of your bird. Sorry.

Once again, thanks for posting.

Steve


 

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Date: 8/16/15 9:23 pm
From: <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh Sora 8/17, 6:45 AM
Mentioned by Paul Peterson, seen at the bottom of the path leading to the first pond.

Leslie Kramer
Barry Burden
Medford, MA
 

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Date: 8/16/15 4:22 pm
From: Henry D Mauer <henryd.mauer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Arizona in August, photos, hummingbirds, warblers, and more
Deb and I were in Southeast Arizona August 5 to 10, birding primarily the
Santa Rita, Huachuca and Chiricahua mountains. It was over 100 when we
landed in Phoenix, but once we quickly went southeast to the mountains it
was actually comfortable, with frequent cloud cover and daily showers. Not
enough rain to be a major problem, just a nice daily relief.

I've posted a quick first installment of pics, at my usual link:

http://henrymauer.phanfare.com

Click on the album cover with the gorgeous Lucifer Hummingbird. Click on
"Slideshow" and then click on "Full Screen".

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

 

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Date: 8/16/15 2:35 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach
The fact the this report is for 3.5 hours AND only 0.3 miles AND at the end of a long beach (3+ miles?) suggests this is a person with a boat and this is unlikely something to chase.

Glenn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Liam Waters" <youngeaglewaters...>
To: <massbird...>
Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2015 3:14:15 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach

Just came through.
Details in checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24643201

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

 

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Date: 8/16/15 2:27 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/15 Red-necked Phalaropes+ Western Sandpiper at Belle Isle, etc.
Hi,
I went on the 9:00 a.m. New England Aquarium whale watch out of Long Wharf in Boston. We visited the southwest corner of Stellwagen Bank. We returned to Boston at 1:00.
WHALE WATCH HIGHLIGHTS:
Cory's Shearwater 60
Great Shearwater 2
Wilson's Storm Petrel 40
Northern Gannet 20
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE 10 LIFER (my first ever whale watch in mid-August made all the difference!)
HUMP-BACKED WHALE 10

As is my custom when returning from a whale watch, I then jumped on the nearby Blue Line Aquarium stop in order to go to Belle Isle (Suffolk Downs stop on the Blue Line)
BELLE ISLE MARSH HIGHLIGHTS:
SORA immature continuing for at least five days now at edge of the pond that is located on the right before the boardwalk
Semipalmated Plover 5
Least Sandpiper 20
Semipalmated Sandpiper 60 rather dry salt panne out to the left of boardwalk
WESTERN SANDPIPER 1 breeding plumaged adult quite obvious in same salt panne as Semipalmated Sandpipers; first ever for Belle Isle
White-rumped Sandpiper 1 flew in while I was on the marsh; same place as above two species; quite obvious; calling too
Lesser Yellowlegs 17 including a flock of eleven that flew in and then out while I was out on marsh
Greater Yellowlegs 6
American Oystercatcher 6
Bank Swallow 1 flying around and landing in tree near boardwalk
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/16/15 2:25 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Aug 16, 2015
I don't recall seeing other lists from the refuge today, so here is mine.

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


> Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
> Aug 16, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:20 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.5 mile(s)
> Comments: I birded the refuge as far as the Bill Forward Pool blind
> and spent most of my time there and in Hellcat. Tide was rising all
> morning and shorebird numbers in BFP built up accordingly.
> 47 species; highlights:
>
> Blue-winged Teal 2
> Green-winged Teal 2
> Great Blue Heron 6
> Great Egret 3
> Snowy Egret 8
> Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 juv
> Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1 adult, seen by many off the Hellcat dike in
> salt marsh (I was too late to see the early-morning flock at the old
> blind, but Bob Murphy saw at least 9 there today.)
> Osprey 2
> Northern Harrier 6
> Black-bellied Plover 162 all adults
> Semipalmated Plover 500 estimate; did not notice any juvs.
> Greater Yellowlegs 10
> Willet (Eastern) 2
> Stilt Sandpiper 1, possibly 2
> Least Sandpiper 15 estimate; some juvs
> White-rumped Sandpiper 20 estimate
> Semipalmated Sandpiper 400 estimate; some juvs
> Short-billed Dowitcher 150 estimate; a few juvs.
> Least Tern 3 pair with a juv.
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
> Eastern Phoebe 2
> Eastern Kingbird 9 two families
> Tree Swallow 250 estimate; no big clouds of them
> Barn Swallow 1
> Marsh Wren 2
> Wood Thrush 1
> Brown Thrasher 2
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> Cedar Waxwing 19 flycatching all over Bill Forward Pool; prob. many
> more
> Common Yellowthroat 2
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24647302

 

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Date: 8/16/15 2:13 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Birding with Doug Chickering - Author of Reflections on a Golden-winged Warbler on Wed. Evening, 8/19


Birders,

I'm posting this program with our moderator's approval.

Doug Chickering's _Reflections on a Golden-winged Warbler_ is a
collection of his best essays. Doug brings to life our community's
memories of our best days in the field, by describing his favorite
moments in his characteristic, magical prose.

The reasons for Doug Chickering's popularity are twofold. In his essays
he capture those moments in the birding when an experience in the field
is exhilarating and Doug has for nearly three decades been a frequent
birder and chronicler Plum Island - one of those famous and historic
birding destinations.

*Book Reading & Birding At The North Pool Overlook...*
Date: Wednesday, August 19
Time: 6:00 pm to dusk
Location: North Pool Overlook at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
This is a free event.

Join us for an evening of birding at the North Pool on Plum Island. Doug
Chickering will read from his book Reflections on a Golden-winged
Warbler. Light refreshments will be served and copies of the book will
be available for Doug to sign.

Doug Chickering has for nearly three decades been a frequent and
passionate birder and chronicler of Essex County, one of the most famous
and historic birding locations in the world. His essays in the
Newburyport Birders' newsletter were extremely popular. He has published
his essays on birding in /Winging It, Bird Observer/ and /The Quail/.
Doug is frequently invited to read his works on Ray Brown’s radio
program /Talkin’ Birds/.

Here's what readers are saying about Doug's book: “Birding is all about
sharing the adventure, and in this collection of entertaining essays,
Douglas Chickering has shown how varied the world of birding can be. A
wonderful read for any birder.” - Don and Lillian Stokes, authors of
/The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America/

“It was the magic of Doug Chickering’s prose, observed on the Massbird
Listserv, that led ­me to begin reading them on my radio show and to
inviting Doug to read some himself. How wonderful that many of his
beautiful and thoughtful pieces have been assembled in this ­delightful
book. I recommend /Reflections on a Golden-Winged Warbler/ heartilyto
all who love birds and to all who enjoy wise and insightful observations
expressed with beauty, ­eloquence, and a clearly-expressed love for our
natural world.” - Ray Brown, host of the /Talkin’ Birds/ radio show

“The short birding stories of Douglas Chickering are truly
inspirational. He demonstrates the pure joy and exhilaration of coming
face to face with a plethora of birds on his beloved Plum Island and
surrounding countryside. I have had the privilege of birding Plum Island
often with Doug, and even 20 years on, I still have wonderful memories
of those halcyon days. If ever a man has demonstrated the delights of
‘Patch Birding’ it has to be Doug. This book is a must have for anyone
wanting to share those emotions.” - Derek Moore, British ornithologist
and nature conservationist

I look forward to seeing you there!

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport Birders
Observe ~ Appreciate ~ Identify
Newburyport, MA
Website:www.newburyportbirders.com
Blog: http://nbptbirders.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @ nbpt_birders

















 

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Date: 8/16/15 1:58 pm
From: Peter Flood <pomarine...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Provincetown Pelagic - August 15, 2015

Six participants and Captain Rich Wood departed Provincetown Harbor at 12 noon aboard the Beth Ann to explore the offshore areas of Provincetown, MA on August 15, 2015 returning to port at 5 pm.

As has been typical this year we rounded Long Point and Wood End off Provincetown where we encountered modest concentrations of shearwaters loafing on the water in or just outside the rip line off Herring Cove Beach, Race Point and Race Point Beach. There were many terns feeding here as well.

Off Race Point Beach I could spot many "beehives" of shearwaters off to the east and northeast where we decided to try our luck. We ended up in an extremely underbirded area off Truro called "Peaked Hill". Here we found some very impressive concentrations of primarily Great and Cory's Shearwaters and Wilson's Storm-Petrels feeding with several Humpback, Minke and a couple of Fin Whales. A couple of Humpback Whales really put on a fantastic show with several full breaches, lob tailing and flipper slapping behaviors.

The feeding whales and seabirds stretched for a couple of miles at least and we ran out of time long before we ran out of birds!

My best attempt on the numbers of birds:

Common Eider - (12) Race Point
Cory's Shearwater (3,500)
Great Shearwater (3,200)
Sooty Shearwater (75)
Manx Shearwater (12)
Wilson's Storm-Petrel (1,500)
Northern Gannet (25)
Double-crested Cormorant (60)- not including ptown harbor
Red-necked Phalarope (8)
Pomarine Jaeger (2)
Parasitic Jaeger (2)
Laughing Gull (75)
Herring Gull (300)
Great Black-backed Gull (125)
Least Tern (2)
Roseate Tern (40)
Common Tern (350)

My e-bird checklist can be found here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24646211

A few photos from the trip can be seen here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9191812@N02/albums/72157656938805348

Enjoy!

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

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Date: 8/16/15 1:43 pm
From: Bill Lafley <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nova Scotia
Hello,

We are taking a 2 week trip to Nova Scotia in early Sept and we have not been there before. Although we both enjoy birding this is not strictly a "birding" trip and we will be camping, hiking, etc. I was hoping folks on Massbird might be able to share some good spots to check out for birds and other nature related sites. Thanks and please reply offline.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<Blafley...>
 

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Date: 8/16/15 1:41 pm
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black Terns return to Buzzard's Bay
We took the boat out to chase bluefish today and stumbled across approximately 20 Black Terns between a mile and two miles southeast of the Gooseberry parking lot in Westport, MA. We also came by a Cory's Shearwater ambling along the surface.

Lovely day to be out on the water.

Best
Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/16/15 12:47 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Chatham Pelagic 8/16/15
Massbirders, with trip details to follow, I took six nice folks out of Chatham on one of Blair Nikula’s mini-pelagic excursions and had a fantastic trip with outstanding numbers and arms length observations of all expected target species....Four species of Shearwaters, hundreds of Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Northern Gannets, Terns, and Parasitic Jaegers that wouldn’t go away! These trips are a photographers dream. The open North Atlantic and its magnificent avifauna is truly an experience to behold, not withstanding the Humpback Whales that are often observed, especially since Blair runs his trips with a skilled and determined captain who loves birds almost as much as he loves the sea! If you’ve done this trip, you know what I mean....if not, come on!

www.flickr.com/photos/26676688@N03/sets/72157657339424832

Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 8/16/15 12:43 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach
Just came through.
Details in checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24643201

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


 

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Date: 8/16/15 12:35 pm
From: Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] sandhill crane 8/15
A sandhill crane flew over the essex causeway 6 p.m. Usual sighting of
this species is labor day.

derek brown
essex. ma

 

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Date: 8/16/15 11:45 am
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach
My point was this area can not be seen close enough even for a scope from any area to which one can drive (unless with pass for Nauset Beach) and will take at least a four to six hour walk (depending on one's stride) for a chance sighting.

Glenn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Marj. Rines" <marj...>
To: "Glenn d'Entremont" <gdentremont1...>, "Liam Waters" <youngeaglewaters...>
Cc: "massbird MASSBIRD" <massbird...>
Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2015 6:52:23 PM
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach

On the other hand, given that the photos were taken with a cell phone,
it would suggest the use of a scope, which would seem to make a boat
unlikely.

On 8/16/2015 5:07 PM, Glenn d'Entremont wrote:
> The fact the this report is for 3.5 hours AND only 0.3 miles AND at the end of a long beach (3+ miles?) suggests this is a person with a boat and this is unlikely something to chase.
>
> Glenn
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Liam Waters" <youngeaglewaters...>
> To: <massbird...>
> Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2015 3:14:15 PM
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach
>
> Just came through.
> Details in checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24643201
>
> Liam Waters
> Sharon
> Sent from my iPod so please excuse any errors.
>

--
Marj. Rines
Woburn, MA

 

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Date: 8/16/15 11:33 am
From: Peter Flood <pomarine...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach
You can drive to the south end of Nauset Beach with an ORV permit.

Peter

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

"Marj. Rines" <marj...> wrote:

>On the other hand, given that the photos were taken with a cell phone,
>it would suggest the use of a scope, which would seem to make a boat
>unlikely.
>
>On 8/16/2015 5:07 PM, Glenn d'Entremont wrote:
>> The fact the this report is for 3.5 hours AND only 0.3 miles AND at the end of a long beach (3+ miles?) suggests this is a person with a boat and this is unlikely something to chase.
>>
>> Glenn
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Liam Waters" <youngeaglewaters...>
>> To: <massbird...>
>> Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2015 3:14:15 PM
>> Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach
>>
>> Just came through.
>> Details in checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24643201
>>
>> Liam Waters
>> Sharon
>> Sent from my iPod so please excuse any errors.
>>
>
>--
>Marj. Rines
>Woburn, MA
>
 

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Date: 8/16/15 11:31 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR - Lot#1 Purple Martin Breeding Season
Birders,

We're pleased with the productivity at Lot#1, given the martins' recent
history
there.

Lot #1 Purple Martin Nesting Data:

18 viable eggs
18 fledged young
5 nonviable eggs

We still have young at the North End site and fledge day is a few days away
once they fledge, I'll let you know the final tally at that site.

Thank you for your reports and support of the Plum Island Purple Martins!

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath - Newburyport
Lynette Leka - Newbury
Volunteer Martins Landlords
 

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Date: 8/16/15 11:23 am
From: David Swain <davidswain79...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hooded Warbler, Nahant Thicket, 8/16 1:45pm
Subject continues in thickets near Wharf St entrance. Calling
intermittently, cooperated for a few pictures.

Tim and David Swain
Concord, MA

 

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Date: 8/16/15 9:21 am
From: Marj. Rines <marj...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach
On the other hand, given that the photos were taken with a cell phone,
it would suggest the use of a scope, which would seem to make a boat
unlikely.

On 8/16/2015 5:07 PM, Glenn d'Entremont wrote:
> The fact the this report is for 3.5 hours AND only 0.3 miles AND at the end of a long beach (3+ miles?) suggests this is a person with a boat and this is unlikely something to chase.
>
> Glenn
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Liam Waters" <youngeaglewaters...>
> To: <massbird...>
> Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2015 3:14:15 PM
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach
>
> Just came through.
> Details in checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24643201
>
> Liam Waters
> Sharon
> Sent from my iPod so please excuse any errors.
>

--
Marj. Rines
Woburn, MA

 

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Date: 8/16/15 9:19 am
From: Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] south beach 8/14
I birded south beach, chatham, friday with April Manganiello. We motor
canoed at full tide from morris island causeway, hoping to cross the
newest break in south beach and reach the farther shores of south beach
before becoming shark lunch. The current topography is from another
geological epoch and totally unrecognizable. We got hit by incoming tide at
the new cut, dragged the monster canoe over 200 yds of sand flats, still
exposed at high tide, and ended up on the nauset sound side of north
monomoy. We then canoed south and mistook the north tip of south monomoy
for south beach, but were able to carry on through to the bay of south
beach / south monomoy. Most of the return trip down south beach to morris
island was easy cruising on the outgoing tide, till we hit the outflow at
the cut at low tide. From there to the pull out it was a rerun of The
African Queen.

Most birds were sighted in 3 high tide roosting areas. We only properly
counted a few species There were thousands of terns, laughing gulls and
shore birds

The specials were

7 long billed curlews (at the very end of south beach )S
2 black terns
2 royal terns

2 redknots, sadly,only2--without bands --adults in waning plumage

30 whimbrels
short billed dowitcher
stilt sandpiper
willet (2 western
lesser yellowlegs,
greater yellowlegs
semipalmated sandpiper
semipalmated plover,
least sandpiper,
white rumped sandpiper
12 oyster catchers-- 4 were juveniles
black bellied plover
piping plover

savannah sparrow
horned lark.

greater shearwater (all shearwaters and petrels on the atlantic side)
cory shearwater
wilsons storm petrel
double crested cormorant
great blue heron
great egret
snowy egret

laughing gull
ring billed gull
herring gull
greater black back gull
roseate tern
common tern
least tern

bald eagle
northern harrier

derek brown
essex, ma

 

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Date: 8/16/15 8:59 am
From: David Hollie <featherbrain1223...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach
Hi all,
I just subscribed to MASSBIRD today specifically to report this bird. I am
from Georgia but am currently working up on the Cape as part of a Roseate
Tern resighting crew. Glenn is correct in that this area is most easily
accessed by water (I kayaked out there launching from Scatteree Rd).
I have told all of my fellow crew members to be watching for a Sandwich
Tern, because based on the movement of the banded Roseates and Commons, the
Sandwich could appear anywhere on the Cape (we have had Roseates go from
Provincetown to Chatham in a matter of hours). If people are interested I
can send out an email if any of the crew sees it in a new location.

At this point I am really interested in getting input on the subspecies of
the bird. It strikes me as being a decent candidate for the nominate
subspecies *sandvicensis*. However, since I have no experience with
identifying Sandwich vs Cabot's Tern I would really appreciate some
feedback. The photos can be viewed on the eBird checklist (linked below) or
directly on flickr where they can be viewed at full size (link also below).

eBird checklist: (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24643201)

First (of four) photos on flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/featherbrain1223/20439858868/

Good Birding!

David Hollie
currently in Eastham, MA (Barnstable County)

On Sun, Aug 16, 2015 at 5:07 PM, Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
> wrote:

> The fact the this report is for 3.5 hours AND only 0.3 miles AND at the
> end of a long beach (3+ miles?) suggests this is a person with a boat and
> this is unlikely something to chase.
>
> Glenn
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Liam Waters" <youngeaglewaters...>
> To: <massbird...>
> Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2015 3:14:15 PM
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sandwich Tern -- North/Nauset beach
>
> Just came through.
> Details in checklist:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24643201
>
> Liam Waters
> Sharon
> Sent from my iPod so please excuse any errors.
>
>


--

David Hollie
http://www.flickr.com/photos/featherbrain1223/

 

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Date: 8/16/15 8:21 am
From: Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westport 8/15
Saturday 8/15 we birded WESTPORT, including a partial walk out Gooseberry, a
hike along Allens Pond and a number of areas in Acoaxet. Needless to say,
birding Westport on a perfect beach on a Saturday in August is not without
its challenges. Some of the totals are as follows:
Double-crested Cormorant (143)
Great Blue Heron (6)
Great Egret (54)
Snowy Egret (7)
Common Eider (74)
Black Scoter (8)
Osprey (96)
N Harrier (1)
Red-shouldered Hawk (1)
A Kestrel (1)
Black-bellied Plover (12)
Semipalmated Plover (50+: 1 apparently injured bird was seen on the trail in
the first fields at the MAS sanctuary, just off the parking area. It refused
to fly and just ran along the trail just ahead of us.A few times it looked
like it was going to fly, but never got off the ground. It wa sreported at
the headquarters)
Willet (17)
Whimbrel (1 in Allens Pond marsh)
Ruddy Turnstone (12)
Sanderling (56)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (110+)
Least Sandpiper (20+)
MANY other peep, unidentified because of distance.
Short-billed Dowitcher (2)
Laughing Gull (150+: large numbers feeding off shore; and roosting along
shore and on the sandbar at Richmond Pond)
Common Tern (750+: large numbers of sterna sp. feeding offshore, and large
numbers found roosting off Acoaxet, but while hiking the road along Allens
Pond (the road out to the houses) we had several hundred Common Terns fly in
from on high from the NE, fly down to the pond, some fed, and then the
whole flock headed again out to the shore and flew up high and then on south
along the coast).
Fosters Tern (3)
Least Tern (2)
BLACK TERN (3 roosting with Commons on rocks)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (3)
Passerines were pretty typical for the area except for a NORTHERN
WATERTHRUSH and (2) BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS in the scrub along the shingle
beach, oceanside at Allens Pond. (9) Saltmarsh Sparrows were seen at Allen
s Pond too.
Interesting non-birds included Zabulon Skippers and Ramburs Forktails, all
photographed.
Mark Lynch and Sheila Carroll
<Moa.lynch...>


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Date: 8/16/15 5:28 am
From: Jamie Bogart <jsh_bogart...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] south beach, Peregrine Fort Hill

Greetings Birders,


thanks to those responding to my post about south beach access. Not having been there in a few years, the breaks clearly did change the landscape. About all I could recognize was the old ferry drop-off point! I found a good general walk to be along the shores of Morris Island, for some low key but decent birding. It seems at dead low tide would be best, when birds across the channel were closest. We started on lowish tide, but birds still pretty far across. But a few small flocks of the basics along the shore there (mixing in with the clammers). Yes, a boat is clearly necessary! Good to be back to the refuge anyway.


After that we stopped at Fort Hill, which had a very cooperative Peregrine Falcon, FYI, perched in snag in far corner of the field. Also a nice place (even if stifling hot on a day like yesterday).


Good birding!

Jamie Bogart

 

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Date: 8/15/15 8:58 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RI Zone-tailed Hawk
A Zone-tailed Hawk was photographed in RI today.
Doesn't sound twitchable, and I doubt it surfaces in MA, but…

"From Wayne Munns:
About 35 minutes ago [~11:30am], I spotted a ZONE-TAILED HAWK over Switch Road in Chariho [/Wood River Junction]. It flew over us, allowing photographs, then headed off with 3 Turkey Vultures, heading to the SSE.
At this time, the Zone-tailed Hawk and the 3 Turkey Vultures are out of view."

Wonder if it is the same bird as last year?

PS. If anyone wants to see the photos I can email them to you.

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



 

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Date: 8/15/15 12:33 pm
From: Newburyowls <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Knot Winthrop Beach
Today I had a solo Red Knot at Winthrop Beach, the bird was with a small flock of Black-bellied Plovers.

Most of the breeding birds have left with the exception of the loud family of Oystercatchers and the last 3 remaining Least Tern.

Revere beach migrant numbers are slowly increasing, about 200ish birds / mixed flock today. Mainly semi-sand and semi-Plover, with one Sanderling and one White-rumped mixed in.

Sean Riley
Plum Island
<Newburyowls...>

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 3G smartphone

 

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Date: 8/15/15 8:09 am
From: Adam Leiterman <aleiterman...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bird photography program
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Date: 8/14/15 10:08 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Willowdale S. F. (east), Ipswich, Aug 14, 2015
> Willowdale S. F. (east), Ipswich
> Aug 14, 2015 7:30 AM - 10:50 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.5 mile(s)
> Comments: I birded Willowdale from Topsfield Road and walked a long
> loop past the main beaver pond. Big misses today were pileated
> woodpeckers, hermit thrushes, and common yellowthroats.
> 32 species
>
> Mute Swan 4 pair with 2 half-grown young
> Wood Duck 2
> Great Blue Heron 3 2 adults, 1 juv.
> Great Egret 1
> Spotted Sandpiper 2 on the abundant lily pads
> Barred Owl 1 juv., in a different part of the forest from where I saw one
> last month
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 female, briefly buzzing a chipping sparrow
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 6 One male ate (invasive) buckthorn berries, which
> are large for downies to swallow, but that's what he was doing.
> Hairy Woodpecker 4
> Northern Flicker 2 (not seen, which is why I did not label them
> "yellow-shafted")
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 11 singing males, a good number for August
> Eastern Phoebe 3 flycatching at the beaver pond

> Red-eyed Vireo 1 low--they have seemingly almost disappeared from
> Willowdale East (i.e., east of U.S. 1). My counts of them here have not
> exceeded 4 in the breeding season (June-August) since 2012, and I
> generally walk 2-4 miles in this forest.

> Blue Jay 11
> Tree Swallow 40+ Building up at the beaver pond as they do each summer.
> Black-capped Chickadee 29
> Tufted Titmouse 14 many obvious juvs.
> White-breasted Nuthatch 21
> Brown Creeper 1
> Veery 2
> Wood Thrush 3 one fed a fledgling
> American Robin 4
> Gray Catbird 3
> Ovenbird 3 together, probably a family group
> Pine Warbler 4 3 males, one not singing; the latter was in company
> with at least one female or young.
> Chipping Sparrow 7 including one or two juvs.
> Song Sparrow 1

> Scarlet Tanager 4 No songs, just calls. Saw two males in molt: one
> had just begun and was still almost entirely red; the other was almost
> finished and the only red i could see was on the rump. (They reminded me
> of the molting tanager I saw in Ipswich in 2003 FEEDING YOUNG IN THE NEST
> ON AUGUST 18 AND 22, an incredibly late nesting date for this species.)

> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 female or young
> Baltimore Oriole 2
> American Goldfinch 13
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24614928

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

 

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Date: 8/14/15 8:05 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gallery of Images
Hello Massbirders, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to look at 20 or so
recently posted images of Whimbrel. Coopers Hawk, House Wren, some marine
mammals and a warm water invert....Thanks. Out on stellwagen bank today
with good representatives of shearwaters etc. no....

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

Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
<petrull...>

 

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Date: 8/14/15 5:19 pm
From: Liz Day <fraternobombus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] trip report Gooseberry Neck last week
August7, morning, Gooseberry Neck near Horseneck beach, Bristol Co., SE Mass.

 

I'mnot sure which birds are unusual and which are not.

 

AliceMorgan and I birded both sides of the peninsula to about halfway out, and saw:

 

(landbirds)

robins,song sparrows, house finches, goldfinches, many swallows, probably some wereTree, I think also a barn, did not pay attention.

 

Ring-bill,herring, black-backed gulls

Least,Forsters, Common terns

semipalmatedplover about 5

semipalmatedsandpiper  adult 1 or 2

leastsandpiper some adults and 1 juvenile

spottedsandpiper juv. 2

willetjuv about 3, in marsh on N side of Beach Rd.

RUDDYTURNSTONES 13  all in two bunches

sanderlingabout 8, all adult.  Two had pale greenbands or tags on legs
 

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Date: 8/14/15 4:27 pm
From: Liz Day <fraternobombus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] August 7, morning, Gooseberry Neck near Horseneck beach, Bristol Co., SE Mass.
I'm not sure which birds are unusual and which are not.

Alice Morgan and I birded both sides of the peninsula to about halfway out, and saw:

(land birds)
robins, song sparrows, house finches, goldfinches, many swallows, probably some were Tree, I think also a barn, did not pay attention.

Ring-bill, herring, black-backed gulls
Least, Forsters, Common terns
semipalmated plover about 5
semipalmated sandpiper adult 1 or 2
least sandpiper some adults and 1 juvenile
spotted sandpiper juv. 2
willet juv about 3, in marsh on N side of Beach Rd.
RUDDY TURNSTONES 13 all in two bunches
sanderling about 8, all adult. Two had pale green bands or tags on legs.
common eider female about 3
black scoter female about 6
UNKNOWN SCOTER 1 (below - help please)

We got long, close, well-lit views of this bird, but were not sure what it was. My best guess is a juvenile or female white-winged scoter. It did have white wing patches. The wings were kind of tattered and I do not think it could fly. The bird was entirely brown, with some paleness at the base of the bill and behind the eye. However, the bill and forehead seemed to have a steeper ascent than is usually pictured in white-winged, and the bill seemed not as long as normal. Are these characters of very young white-wings? Also, the bird kept its tail cocked upright the entire ~20+ minutes we saw it, in the same way that a ruddy duck does, not lying in the water as scoters normally do. It rolled and preened and dove and so forth, but always swam with the tail cocked. We did not get pictures.

Any thoughts on ID?
Any explanation for the tail cocking?

Very few of the water birds listed above are normally seen in Indianapolis, so I feel this was a very successful walk.

Also present was a half-black bumblebee (B. vagans).

Liz Day
Indianapolis, central Indiana
<fraternobombus...>






 

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Date: 8/14/15 2:34 pm
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Aug 13, 2015
Hawk traffic is picking up, and shouldn't we be
seeing greater egrets by now? Do you think the
higher water levels are discouraging this year?

Cherrie


At 1:14 PM -0400 8/13/15, Alan & Ruth Bragg wrote:
>Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
>
>Aug 13, 2015 6:00 AM - 11:35 AM
>Protocol: Traveling
>2.3 mile(s)
>Comments: Weekly survey by NWR volunteers
>Will Martens, Kathy Dia, Maryellen Stone, Soheil
>Zendeh, Janet Kovner, Tim Swain, David Swain and
>Alan Bragg. Two otter were seen swimming in the
>Lower Impoundment.
>52 species (+2 other taxa)
>
>Canada Goose 49
>Wood Duck 19
>Mallard 2
>Blue-winged Teal 2
>Hooded Merganser 2
>Double-crested Cormorant 1
>Great Blue Heron 2
>Green Heron 1
>Osprey 2
>Cooper's Hawk 3
>Red-shouldered Hawk 1
>Broad-winged Hawk 2
>Red-tailed Hawk 6
>Killdeer 1
>Spotted Sandpiper 2
>Least Sandpiper 2
>Ring-billed Gull 1
>Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
>Mourning Dove 12
>Chimney Swift 3
>Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
>Belted Kingfisher 1
>Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
>Downy Woodpecker 7
>Northern Flicker 2
>American Kestrel 1
>Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
>Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 4
>Least Flycatcher 1
>Eastern Phoebe 3
>Eastern Kingbird 8
>Warbling Vireo 2
>Blue Jay 3
>Tree Swallow 50
>Barn Swallow 190
>Black-capped Chickadee 10
>Tufted Titmouse 3
>White-breasted Nuthatch 10
>Brown Creeper 2
>Marsh Wren 9
>Carolina Wren 3
>Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
>American Robin 1
>Gray Catbird 7
>Cedar Waxwing 12
>Common Yellowthroat 6
>Yellow Warbler 1
>Song Sparrow 16
>Swamp Sparrow 2
>Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2 Feeding in Autumn Olive near Kiosk
>Red-winged Blackbird 126
>Common Grackle 150
>blackbird sp. 12
>American Goldfinch 20
>
>View this checklist online at
><http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24599619>http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24599619
>
>This report was generated automatically by eBird
>v3 (<http://ebird.org>http://ebird.org)
>Alan Bragg
>Bedford MA


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

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Date: 8/14/15 6:50 am
From: Jamie Bogart <jsh_bogart...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] south beach access

Greetings birders:


I'm headed to Chatham with a few folks (after multiple years not going out there, used to bird south beach) and am wondering what the access is to south beach area is given no boat service due to channel closing up in recent years.... I assume birders must just walk down the whole spit (e.g. down stairs from the light?) these days to get to most birds? Any insight is appreciated as we go on this relatively flexible"outer cape birding" focused in Chatham/Monomoy/South Beach area, but all on foot...


Thanks and Good Birding!

Jamie Bogart

 

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Date: 8/14/15 6:42 am
From: Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] ID Help
If anyone would like to take a look at some laughably terrible digiscoped photos and try to make an ID, I have some from a few days ago with what looks to be an immature Black Tern. I’d just like some second opinions before calling it. They were taken from quite a distance at Monomoy a few days ago.

You can click on the photos and zoom for whatever good that’ll do

http://imgur.com/FzJ0L1O,jX1Nx7Y,twhjcVY,hnpbkyn,TGhc5ID,R2JJtxh#0 <http://imgur.com/FzJ0L1O,jX1Nx7Y,twhjcVY,hnpbkyn,TGhc5ID,R2JJtxh#0>
http://imgur.com/FzJ0L1O,jX1Nx7Y,twhjcVY,hnpbkyn,TGhc5ID,R2JJtxh#1 <http://imgur.com/FzJ0L1O,jX1Nx7Y,twhjcVY,hnpbkyn,TGhc5ID,R2JJtxh#1>
http://imgur.com/FzJ0L1O,jX1Nx7Y,twhjcVY,hnpbkyn,TGhc5ID,R2JJtxh#2 <http://imgur.com/FzJ0L1O,jX1Nx7Y,twhjcVY,hnpbkyn,TGhc5ID,R2JJtxh#2>
http://imgur.com/FzJ0L1O,jX1Nx7Y,twhjcVY,hnpbkyn,TGhc5ID,R2JJtxh#3 <http://imgur.com/FzJ0L1O,jX1Nx7Y,twhjcVY,hnpbkyn,TGhc5ID,R2JJtxh#3>
http://imgur.com/FzJ0L1O,jX1Nx7Y,twhjcVY,hnpbkyn,TGhc5ID,R2JJtxh#4 <http://imgur.com/FzJ0L1O,jX1Nx7Y,twhjcVY,hnpbkyn,TGhc5ID,R2JJtxh#4>
http://imgur.com/FzJ0L1O,jX1Nx7Y,twhjcVY,hnpbkyn,TGhc5ID,R2JJtxh#5 <http://imgur.com/FzJ0L1O,jX1Nx7Y,twhjcVY,hnpbkyn,TGhc5ID,R2JJtxh#5>

Thanks for any help!
Griffin
 

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Date: 8/14/15 5:47 am
From: <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] The Uncertainty Principle

Massbirders:
Things are picking up. Not just the gathering of the Tree Swallows or the sweeps of Shorebirds across the mud flats and sand bars. Also there is a discernible increase of activity in the thick foliage and underbrush. The passerines are stirring and moving. It is mid- August and the opening salvos of fall birding are upon us. The fall migrations; that peculiar mix of the exciting and the banal, of hope and disappointment are almost upon us. The fall migrations are characterized by the thrill of something new and the reality of the all too familiar. There is movement at the inner edge of the foliage. There is the glimpse at a form streaking across the path. The movement persists with tugs and jumps as some bird progresses up the tree. You stop, poised to find that heart throbbing rarity. You wait and strain against the opaque cluster of leaves that hide the prize and then… then the Catbird emerges and you tumble back to reality. A short thrill of excitement is re!
placed by a quiet pall of disappointment. It is fall, it is bushwhacking and I love it.
Autumn birding also brings on the inevitable, the unavoidable, mystery bird. I suppose you can have the mystery bird at any time but autumn seems to be the prime season. There are the throngs of shorebirds; so similar and none in breeding plumage just as there are the proverbial “confusing fall warblers.” The fact is that there are more birds in the fall – all the new boys are coming down – the foliage is thicker in the fall than the spring and the birds are relatively silent. You have chips and a few song fragments but not like the spring. Another factor is also the location of the migration. In the spring we are at the end of the line. The birds have made the bulk of their trip and are in the process of rehearsing for nesting. This brings song and courtship and bright colors. In the fall they are at the front end of the trip; where they are more likely to be feeding or loafing or just trying to avoid falcons. All these factors make for a challenge in id!
entification and increased opportunity for confusion.
Today at Hellcat, on Plum Island; just as I was making my way back from the old blind I caught sight of two birds flicking upward into a tall birch tree at the edge of the boardwalk. I had immediate good looks at the lower one and could clearly identify it as a Yellow Warbler. The other one…. ? Well. It perched high in the tree, right above me so that all I could see was the underside. It was relatively still so I got a good long look at it. A good long look at…what? It was a warbler. That much was clear. It had the sharp bill of a warbler. The lower mandible of this bird was a dull orange. The rest—that is the throat breast, belly and down to the under tail coverts-- were a plain white. A plain white with a delicate hint of a yellow wash. If it hadn’t been for the bill I would have identified it as a probable Warbling Vireo. But this bird was not a Warbling Vireo – it clearly, inescapably had a Warblers bill. At one point it tilted its head which was!
gray and I thought I could detect a subtle dark line through the eye. And that was all I could see. I stood for a good five minutes hoping it would give me a better look or at least a glance at the rest of its body, but to no avail. Then with a sudden flurry it was gone.
Now I pride myself on being a careful observer and as such I just couldn’t bring myself to make an ID, but if someone had put a gun to my head and demanded I make a guess, my guess would be a Tennessee Warbler. Extremely unlikely and I could only expect raised eyebrows at least, and probably derision at such a guess. Even here the uncertainty principle comes into play. This bird was pale: paler than what I would expect for a Tennessee Warbler in August. So it remains one of those unsettling mysteries of the fall migration. Just a parulidae sp. No more than that. It may take a while but I will put it out of my mind and move on to the next perplexing bird.

Doug Chickering
Groveland
<dovekie...>

 

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Date: 8/13/15 3:42 pm
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] yesterday at Leverett Pond
Olmsted Park, Suffolk, Massachusetts, US
Aug 12, 2015 5:35 PM - 6:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.8 mile(s)
Comments: walked around Leverett Pond
9 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 65
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 8 One tiny duck close to female adult; 5
larger and more independent ducks with another female nearby (in a
different part of the pond). These still looked more like "juvenile" than
like "immature" based on photos I looked at.
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 60
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24592454

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

 

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Date: 8/13/15 11:31 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Virginia Rail (trail)
Weird! I've had multiple encounters with Virginia Rails stuffed in the bushes (not near any marsh) on Gooseberry Island, Westport. Now I receive a shot by Henry Zimberlin of one hanging out on one of the trails through the thickets. Guess I shoulda hung out a little longer this morning.

Best
Paul Champlin
Westport, MA


Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/12/15 9:21 pm
From: Francois Grenon <grenonf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 2015/08/10 SW Stellwagen Bank - Yellow-nosed Albatross (Atlantic) - Report, photos









Massbirders,
As promised, please find below links to the ebird report and Flickr photo set with respect to this magical encounter. My birder girlfriend Leah and I were in Cape Cod for a 3-day seawatching escape. In addition to superlative seawatching from Race Point and Herring Cove on 08/09 and 08/10, we had reservations for the 13:00 whale watch trip with Dolphin Fleet on 08/09 but all trips were canceled that day due to 'rough seas'. We decided to reschedule for the 13:00 departure on 08/10. Seems like it was a good idea!
At 14:02, while the boat was idle close to a group of 3 Humpback Whales, I spotted a large bird with the naked eye, coming our way at 7 o'clock about 200m away. The wingspan and the slow and heavy wingbeat made me think of a Gannet as I was rising my binoculars. Well, a Gannet it was not. I immediately recognized an albatross and jumped on my camera to hopefully secure a first set of documentation shots. It then took me 15 seconds (thank goodness!) to go find Leah at the bow and for both of us to get back on the bird. The albatross got very close then got away from us doing a big '8', nearly a kilometer away at the farthest, to finally do another close pass before disappearing. Five intense minutes!
With respect to the Flickr photoset, my style is to share a birder's experience, not just the best documentation shots. You will thus find a mix of variable quality pictures allowing to appreciate fine id details as well as jizz and field impression from various angles and distances, all in chronological order.
Enjoy - and I wish you the best of luck at re-spotting this bird.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24595210

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fgrenon/sets/72157656763804508




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

Franois Grenon
Montral, QC



 

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Date: 8/12/15 8:42 pm
From: Mark Faherty <mfaherty...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eastham (seabirds) and Welflleet (Golden Plover, etc.) 8/12
Below are my numbers for some weird summers-day "storm bird" watching from the Eastham bay side. Completely calm, warm conditions, with beachgoers eyeing me suspiciously. But shearwaters and petrels were either streaming by, loafing in rafts, or feeding in small groups. One Pomarine Jaeger was the sole representative of his ilk.

US-MA-Eastham-1150 Kingsbury Beach Rd - 41.8371x-70.0041, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 12, 2015 10:52 AM - 11:59 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.0.0 Build 2
17 species

Cory's Shearwater 1600 Hundreds in rafts plus steady stream moving north. Based on sample of one minute counts.
Great Shearwater 350
Sooty Shearwater 4
Manx Shearwater 18 More than has been off Provincetown all summer.
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 350 I can't recall ever seeing so many in the bay before. Steadily streaming north, but there were several feeding flocks of pattering birds milling about.
Leach's Storm-Petrel 6 Lanky and obvious among WISP. Nice number. Some were going back and forth so count is conservative.
Northern Gannet 6
Double-crested Cormorant 47
Semipalmated Plover 1
Pomarine Jaeger 1 Lumbering beast heading north.
Laughing Gull 8
Great Black-backed Gull 39
Common Tern 11
Tree Swallow 4
Gray Catbird 1
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 20

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24592972


And some highlights from the sanctuary today included:

-an adult American Golden Plover that flew in to the beach while calling, stayed a few minutes, and then left - classic golden plover.
-a continuing immature Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Goose Pond seen by the trail naturalists but not me
-some Whimbrels

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 12, 2015 12:44 PM - 3:46 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
Comments: <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.0.0 Build 2
58 species

Wild Turkey 4
Cory's Shearwater 30
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 3
Northern Gannet 1
Double-crested Cormorant 38
Great Blue Heron 7
Snowy Egret 3
Osprey 1
Black-bellied Plover 32
American Golden-Plover 1 Flew in calling and landed on beach. Molting adult.
Semipalmated Plover 28
Piping Plover 3
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 90
Willet (Eastern) 5
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Whimbrel 3
Ruddy Turnstone 2
Sanderling 3
Least Sandpiper 8
Semipalmated Sandpiper 5
Short-billed Dowitcher 14
Laughing Gull 12
Ring-billed Gull 9
Herring Gull 8
Great Black-backed Gull 7
Least Tern 4
Common Tern 8
Mourning Dove 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
American Crow 9
Tree Swallow 18
Bank Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 5
Northern Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Pine Warbler 2
Chipping Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee 3
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 13
Common Grackle 3
Baltimore Oriole 5
American Goldfinch 6
House Sparrow 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24592969

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


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


 

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Date: 8/12/15 7:49 pm
From: <stuarttwalker...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Franklin Park Raven
Early this morning I heard (from Forest Hills Cemetery) a Raven calling from the general area of the "Wilderness" in Franklin Park, Boston. This is the third time this summer I've heard a Raven calling in the Roslindale/Arboretum/Forest Hills area of Boston. Perhaps they are expanding from their former nesting area at the West Roxbury quarry?

Stuart Walker
Jamaica Plain
<stuarttwalker...>
 

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Date: 8/12/15 7:31 pm
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh - Sora 8/12
Many thanks to Tim Factor and Paul Peterson for their assistance finding
and relocating a juv Sora in the small pond at Belle Isle Marsh in East
Boston today. Its quite secretive and requires some patience, but it
was worth the wait.

There were also 8 American Oystercatchers in the pannes on the east side
of the boardwalk.

Ciao,
Linda

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

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

 

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Date: 8/12/15 3:02 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Newman Road & Plum Island - 08-12-15
David Larson and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of
Joppa Flats Education Center on what turned out to be a great day
weatherwise. Skies were partly cloudy, temps 70 to 80 F., and winds
NW/5-10. With high tide around 10:30, we first visited Newman Road before
heading onto Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in search of shorebirds.

Our list:

Newman Road --
Great Egret (1)
Snowy Egret (1)
Little Blue Heron (2) - juvs.
Glossy Ibis (~ 25)
Greater Yellowlegs (1)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Tree Swallow - many
Marsh Wren (1)
Cedar Waxwing (3)
Saltmarsh Sparrow (4)

Plum Island (Parker River NWR) --
Canada Goose
Gadwall (8) - Stage Island Pool.
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron (3)
Great Egret (~ 20)
Snowy Egret (~ 40)
Osprey (2)
Northern Harrier (2)
[Red-tailed Hawk (1) - pink house, PI Turnpike.]
Semipalmated Plover- common.
Killdeer (3) - small pannes [(9) - n. side PI Tpk, e. airport].
Spotted Sandpiper (1) - SIP.
Greater Yellowlegs - many; SIP & North Pool.
Lesser Yellowlegs (~ 20) - SIP & NP.
Least Sandpiper - many.
White-rumped Sandpiper (3) - SIP.
Short-billed Dowitcher (~ 30) - SIP & NP.
Herring Gull (2)
Least Tern (6) - SIP.
Mourning Dove (~ 12)
Peregrine Falcon (1) - juv, SIP [(1) - ad, n. side PI Tpk, across from
airport].
Eastern Kingbird (~ 6)
Blue Jay (2)
American Crow (5)
Tree Swallow - common.
Barn Swallow (1)
American Robin (~ 10)
Gray Catbird (6)
Northern Mockingbird (2)
European Starling - common.
Cedar Waxwing - common.
Song Sparrow - many.
Red-winged Blackbird (~ 10)
[EASTERN MEADOWLARK (1) - e. PI Airport, s. PI Tpk.]
Common Grackle (~ 6)
American Goldfinch (~ 6)

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats Education Center at 9:30
for Wednesday Morning Birding. For more information about Joppa Flats
programs, call Bill Gette or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

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



 

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Date: 8/12/15 2:35 pm
From: Dorie Stolley <dorie.stolley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Presentation on Wild Turkeys this Friday in Plymouth
Talkin’ Turkey with Dr. James Dickson, August 14, 8 p.m., 204 Long Pond
Road, Plymouth, MA 02360


He will also lead a walk through turkey habitat at 7 p.m., if you would
like to come early.


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


Dr. Dickson, author of *The Wild Turkey: Biology and Management, *the much
lauded reference on the species, will tell us all about the wild turkey
including facts on its lifestyle, biology, habits and conservation. Do
turkeys eat ticks? Should you feed them in winter? Can you hunt them? At
what age do turkeys fly? What sorts of calls do they make (and will Dr.
Dickson, a Champion Turkey Caller, imitate some for us)? Find out the
answers to these and many more questions at “Talkin’ Turkey!”


If the weather is good, the talk will take place outside, so bring insect
repellent if you so desire. The talk is free and pre-registration is not
required.


More information is available here:
http://www.goldenrod.org/blog/events/talkin-turkey
<http://www.goldenrod.org/blog/events/talkin-turkey-a-presentation-by-dr-james-dickson>
Or,
email <dss...>


Dorie


Dorie Stolley

Program Manager

Goldenrod Foundation

P.O. Box 3854

Plymouth, MA 02361

Tel: 757-777-6601

Website: www.goldenrod.org

Email: <dss...>

 

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Date: 8/12/15 10:46 am
From: Janet Kovner <jskmystic...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird - sighting of 2 Mississippi Kites (Plum I. - Monday 8/10)
All,
I just saw this eBird list on the eBird Essex County Recent Visits link -
http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist?subID=S24573272

(I don't believe that this sighting of 2 Mississippi Kites has been confirmed as yet, but I haven't seen it posted anywhere - I thought that others might want to be aware of it.)
Could these be birds from Newmarket, NH?
Janet
 Janet Kovner <jskmystic...>
 

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Date: 8/12/15 8:59 am
From: Mark Faherty <msfaherty...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Eastham seabirds 8/12
Three more Leach's just passed and all 4 shearwaters are represented. Movement is north but most of the shearwaters are loafing in rafts.

Mark Faherty

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 12, 2015, at 11:19 AM, Mark Faherty <msfaherty...> wrote:
>
> For anyone with access to the bay side beaches, there are many seabirds to be had right now. Three species of shearwater (mainly hundreds of Cory's), a Leach's and dozens of Wilson's SP in a few minutes of watching. I'm illegally parked at Kingsbury Beach in Eastham. - summer is fun!
>
> Mark Faherty
>
> Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 8/12/15 8:47 am
From: Mark Faherty <msfaherty...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eastham seabirds 8/12
For anyone with access to the bay side beaches, there are many seabirds to be had right now. Three species of shearwater (mainly hundreds of Cory's), a Leach's and dozens of Wilson's SP in a few minutes of watching. I'm illegally parked at Kingsbury Beach in Eastham. - summer is fun!

Mark Faherty

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/11/15 7:51 pm
From: Davis Noble <adn315...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/11 Marblehead sea watch from our deck
Massbird,

Fantastic day- I have had better days for identifications, but no better day for birds moving every hour that I was able to look.
That included all afternoon, after it stopped pouring, until dark.I do hope that some sea watchers were at Andrew's Point.
I spent a great deal of time trying to photograph the closer shearwaters, which were all Cory's; so I didn't try to count.
Big move of Northern Gannets later in the day, steady drip of Wilson's Storm-Petrels, shearwaters - some close, most at a tough
distance for me. Vast majority moving NE to SW.

Davis Noble
Marblehead, Ma.
<adn315...>
 

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Date: 8/11/15 6:31 pm
From: Richard Heil <rsheil...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Andrew's Pt., Rockport Seawatch; Tue., 11 Aug. 2015.
TUESDAY, 11 AUGUST 2015:
ANDREW'S POINT, ROCKPORT Seawatch (1425-1825 hrs.)
Weather: Overcast, light rain, SE>SSE winds 20-40 mph, 65 F.
Seas: 2-4 feet; visibility to several miles.

Common Eider (52)
Black Scoter (1m.)
Cory's Shearwater (1780+) : New all time high count, cf., 432 on 29 Aug. 2009; still passing NW to SE at a diminished rate of about 2-3/minute when I left at 1830 hrs.
Great Shearwater (52)
Sooty Shearwater (3)
Manx Shearwater (59) : 4th highest count, cf., 115 on 29 Aug. 2009.
Wilson's Storm-Petrel (400+) : 3rd highest count, cf., 1040 on 15 Aug. 2004, and 1050 on 15 Aug. 1999.
Northern Gannet (356)
Double-crested Cormorant (37)
Black-bellied Plover (1)
Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Am. Herring Gull (33)
Great Black-backed Gull (72)
Roseate Tern (16) : adults and juvs.
Common Tern (18) : adults and juvs.

Richard S. Heil
S. Peabody, MA


 

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Date: 8/11/15 4:19 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Wing Island banding blog
Sue, an excellent report, you are not only a master bird-bander but an
amazing teacher as well. Thanks for sharing your blog.
PT

-----Original Message-----
From: <suefinnegan...>
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 7:59 PM
To: Cape Cod Birds
Cc: Massbird
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wing Island banding blog

I've just updated my blog reflecting our summer banding for breeding birds
if you'd like to check it out.

http://www.capecodbander.blogspot.com

Sue Finnegan
Wing Island Banding Station
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Brewster MA 02631

 

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Date: 8/11/15 1:21 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Belated report, Caracara in Lancaster!
Hi MassBirders,

A new member joined the FaceBook MA RBA group today, and almost immediately shared gorgeous photos of a Crested Caracara! Sadly, the bird was photographed on August 5 and has not been seen again since then. I’m sharing the details so folks can keep their eyes out for it!

The specific location of the bird when photographed was “the large field behind the Dexter Drumlin in Lancaster, MA on 8.5.15 around 7:00 pm.” Apparently this is in the vicinity of Atlantic Union College. The observer and photographer is Steve Krikorian; the field where he saw the bird is behind his house. In addition to posting on FaceBook he submitted the details to the MARC earlier today.

Photos show that the bird is missing an eye, and given that it is almost definitely the same individual which was seen in April in New York, according to the comment thread that has grown around the photos.

Good birding!

Josh



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



 

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Date: 8/11/15 10:49 am
From: sharla Fenwick <pooka1228...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dowitchers @ Plymouth Beach on w/end
8/11 - Counted 50 Short Billed Dowitchers on Bay side on Plymouth Beach Sunday afternoon.  Also some Ruddy Turnstones, Least Sandpipers, and many Sanderlings.  No sign of Black Skimmers previously sighted or sharks (happily).     S. Fenwick     <Pook1228...>     Plymouth, MA
 

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Date: 8/11/15 8:18 am
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/22- 8/23 - Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary migratory bird field studies course
Thanks to Joshua Wrigley of Massachusetts Audubon
for this announcement. Contact him directly if you are interested.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

* * *

Sandy Neck Field Studies
~
Coastal Bird Migration: An Introduction to Cape Cods Traveling Birds

Dates: August 22 23, 2015
Location: Mass Audubons Long Pasture Wildlife
Sanctuary, 345 Bone Hill Road, Barnstable, MA 02637

Highly migratory shorebird species are often best
seen along Cape Cods coastline during August.
The weather has barely cooled and yet further
north, the autumns first avian migrants are
already beating their wings toward the long
southward journey that lies ahead. For some, this
means departing their Arctic breeding grounds
with no less than a 3,000 mile destination in
mind --- Tierra del Fuego on the southern extremity of South America.

Learn about the lives of these birds from
master ornithologist John Kricher as he delves
into their migratory habits and ecological
significance. Field lessons will take visitors
from locales on the Long Pasture Wildlife
Sanctuary to Barnstable Great Marsh and the dunes
of Sandy Neck Barrier Beach, a state designated
Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC).

Call (508) 362 7475 Ext. 9355 for more
information. Space is limited. Register Online
http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=28:program_code=41382


About the Instructor:

John Kricher is a Professor of Biology at Wheaton
College, Norton, Massachusetts. Dr. Kricher
teaches courses in ecology, ornithology, and
vertebrate evolution. His most recent book is
Tropical Ecology (Princeton University Press,
2011), now the leading textbook on the subject of
global tropical ecology. He has also authored The
Balance of Nature: Ecologys Enduring Myth
(Princeton University Press, 2009), and
Galapagos: A Natural History (Princeton
University Press, 2006). Other books include the
best-selling A Neotropical Companion and three
North American ecology field guides (Eastern
Forests, Rocky Mountain and Southwestern Forests,
California and Pacific Northwest Forests) in the
Peterson series. John is a Fellow in the
American Ornithologists Union and has served as
president of the Association of Field
Ornithologists, president of the Wilson
Ornithological Society, and president of the
Nuttall Ornithological Club.

Joshua Wrigley
Education Coordinator
MassAudubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary
345 Bone Hill Rd.
Barnstable, MA 02637
<jwrigley...>
Office: 508-362-7475 Ext. 9355
Cell: 518-810-9478


 

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Date: 8/10/15 7:30 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sora and Whimbrels at Belle Isle, etc.
Hi,
BELLE ISLE MARSH EAST BOSTON:
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 imm. yesterday at dusk
Glossy Ibis 3 yesterday in pond seen by J. Ryan Doherty
Great Egret 8 today
Snowy Egret 6 today
Osprey 2 today
Semipalmated Plover 4 today
Killdeer 3 today
Black-bellied Plover 3 today
Semipalmated Sandpiper 45 today
Least Sandpiper 5 today
Spotted Sandpiper 1 today
WHIMBREL 2 yesterday evening
American Oystercatcher 7 yesterday in with the Whimbrels (three today)
Greater Yellowlegs 6 today
Lesser Yellowlegs 1 today
SORA 1 juv. today morning; in pond feeding in perfect light on near left side (such a pretty marsh chicken!) post-breeding dispersal?
Saltmarsh Sparrow 2
REVERE BEACH 8/9 and 8/10:
Manx Shearwater 8 yesterday two Pink Bldg., six flying south end
Common Eider 32 today breakwater
Piping Plover 4 yesterday Point of Pines
Black-bellied Plover 11 yesterday Point of Pines
Sanderling 5 yesterday Point of Pines
American Oystercatcher 8 today breakwater
Ruddy Turnstone 3 today breakwater
Bonaparte's Gull 7 today breakwater
Common Tern 8 yesterday Point of Pines
WINTHROP:
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2 today Lewis Lake adult and immature
Spotted Sandpiper 2 today Lewis Lake
Piping Plover 3 today beach
Black-bellied Plover 22 today Snake Island
American Oystercatcher 4 today Snake Island
Laughing Gull 1 beach
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/10/15 6:32 pm
From: Blair Nikula <odenews...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Albatross location
Not that it matters much for a bird that can cover hundreds of mile in a
day, but the exact location of today's Yellow-nosed Albatross was: N 42
09' 54" W -70 19' 13.8", which is on the SW corner of Stellwagen Bank
about 7.5 miles NW of Race Point Beach.

Blair Nikula

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

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

 

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Date: 8/10/15 10:48 am
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Clapper Rail -- Egypt lane/atlas tack, Fairhaven
No sign of the previously reported Yellow-crowned Night-Herons (this was
the middle of the afternoon).


Canada Goose 4
Mute Swan 6
Wood Duck 3
Mallard 55 Estimate
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 2

Clapper Rail 1 *Rare but probably under detected along the south coast
as post breeding dispersal's. Called twice while we were there from marsh
below the hurricane dike. (giving fast paced kek calls.)

Semipalmated Sandpiper 7
Herring Gull 8
Great Black-backed Gull 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 12
Mourning Dove 4
Chimney Swift 6
Eastern Phoebe 4
American Crow 5
Tree Swallow 45
Barn Swallow 8
View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24552531

Tide was high, but not sure how much that matters at this place.

Happy Birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon
<http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24552531>


--
Liam

 

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Date: 8/9/15 7:08 pm
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Provincetown seabirds - 8/9
Had 22 Kittiwakes sitting on the shore in front of Missionbell and more down to the east, and the shearwater show recommenced after 10AM, at an even more fevered pitch (Died by 12:30, with most birds sitting on the water).

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 9, 2015, at 4:06 PM, Blair Nikula <odenews...> wrote:
>
> The superb seabird season on the outer Cape continues unabated. Although there has been day to day - or even hour to hour - variation in both location and timing, on even the slowest days shearwater counts into the hundreds are routine, and on the best days, such as today, counts into the many thousands have been the norm.
>
> When I arrived at Race Point Beach at 5:40 this morning, shearwaters were already streaming by, heading east as is usually the case (at least early in the morning), and almost all were within 200-300 yards of shore, affording great views. Within half an hour I had totaled (using a hand counter clicking by tens) 7,000 shearwaters. The pace slowed somewhat after that, but after an hour and 20 minutes I was up to about 9,500 birds. As has been the case all summer, the vast majority were Cory's - the "default" shearwater these days. Highlights from this morning's flight (0540 - 0700 hrs.; Cloudy; NE@10-20mph):
>
> 8700(!) Cory's Shearwaters
> 700 Great Shearwaters
> 70 Sooty Shearwaters
> 22 Manx Shearwaters
> 25 Wilson's Storm-Petrels
> 8 N. Gannets (4 ad.)
> 5 Parasitic Jaegers (1-2 ad.)
> 5 jaeger sp.
> 15 (only) Laughing Gulls (don't know where all the Laughing Gulls have gone; there were many hundreds in P'town during the first half of the summer, but they've become scarce the past couple of weeks. Kittiwakes are also all but gone and only a handful of Bonaparte's Gulls are still present.)
> 15 Roseate Terns (undoubtedly many more, but I didn't pay too much attention to the terns passing)
> 1000 Common Terns
>
> Full checklist at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24548562
>
> Blair Nikula
>
> --
> 2 Gilbert Lane
> Harwich Port, MA 02646
> http://www.odenews.org/
> http://www.capecodbirds.org/
>
> You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus - Mark Twain
>

 

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Date: 8/9/15 5:34 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Provincetown seabirds - 8/9
I have not seen any postings, but the Plymouth Beach Tern/Gull colony has been abandoned due to fox and night-heron predation. This occurred between 7/20 and 7/23ish. My walk on 7/25 had NO birds flying into the colony and only 10 (!) Common Terns all day and 150 loafing Laughing Gulls. Least Terns and Piping Plovers were unaffected. Saturday going out on the Cap't John saw no concentration of gulls or terns on the beach. There were virtually no terns/gulls on the SW corner of Stellwagen Bank.

Does anyone else know the fate of other colonies?

Glenn

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

----- Original Message -----
From: "Blair Nikula" <odenews...>
To: "Massbird" <Massbird...>, <capecodbirds...>
Sent: Sunday, August 9, 2015 3:31:24 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Provincetown seabirds - 8/9

The superb seabird season on the outer Cape continues unabated. Although
there has been day to day - or even hour to hour - variation in both
location and timing, on even the slowest days shearwater counts into the
hundreds are routine, and on the best days, such as today, counts into
the many thousands have been the norm.

When I arrived at Race Point Beach at 5:40 this morning, shearwaters
were already streaming by, heading east as is usually the case (at least
early in the morning), and almost all were within 200-300 yards of
shore, affording great views. Within half an hour I had totaled (using
a hand counter clicking by tens) 7,000 shearwaters. The pace slowed
somewhat after that, but after an hour and 20 minutes I was up to about
9,500 birds. As has been the case all summer, the vast majority were
Cory's - the "default" shearwater these days. Highlights from this
morning's flight (0540 - 0700 hrs.; Cloudy; NE@10-20mph):

8700(!) Cory's Shearwaters
700 Great Shearwaters
70 Sooty Shearwaters
22 Manx Shearwaters
25 Wilson's Storm-Petrels
8 N. Gannets (4 ad.)
5 Parasitic Jaegers (1-2 ad.)
5 jaeger sp.
15 (only) Laughing Gulls (don't know where all the Laughing Gulls have
gone; there were many hundreds in P'town during the first half of the
summer, but they've become scarce the past couple of weeks. Kittiwakes
are also all but gone and only a handful of Bonaparte's Gulls are still
present.)
15 Roseate Terns (undoubtedly many more, but I didn't pay too much
attention to the terns passing)
1000 Common Terns

Full checklist at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24548562

Blair Nikula

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

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

 

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Date: 8/9/15 3:02 pm
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Now there's something y'don't normally see.
A Raven, drifting along the foredune of the back shore of Ptown; eye level; putting thousands of terns up (who probably thought it was some falcon). Third new species for Missionbell this year (and that's saying something!).

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/9/15 2:43 pm
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Seabird Cruise cancelled
Just got a call from Newburyport Whale Watch that tomorrow's Seabird Cruise is cancelled due to sea conditions. How frustrating is that!

We hope to have a fabulous trip in September. Stay tuned.

David Larson
Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center
Newburyport, MA
978-462-9998
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/9/15 2:41 pm
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] herons are traveling
Had an adult Yellow-Crowned Night Heron in the marsh this afternoon...see
list below.

Star of the Sea Drive, Bristol, Massachusetts, US
Aug 9, 2015 2:57 PM - 3:07 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: stopped along road at culvert to check the marsh
4 species

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 6
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 3
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) 1 adult bird, seen
well in marsh; flew to trees and disappeared (but too far off for my phone
to photograph)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24555463

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

 

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Date: 8/9/15 9:59 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/8/15: Race Point, Provincetown - Seabird Insanity
Hi Massbirders

To reinforce what Paul Champlin reported, we birded the out beaches of
Provincetown's Race Point yesterday all day. The winds were, as Paul
mentioned, out of the NE. Unfortunately the predicted strong winds were
not present but the persistent and steady NE winds did prevail and provide
a spectacular show. There were >a lot< of sea birds out there. Suffice to
say if you panned your scope from left to right, the seabirds were
peppering the sky above the sea for a full 180 degree view. The counts
below are just that, my counts. It is impossible to really tell how many
birds are out there. There are so many.

First Light
Race Point Beach South
Sterna Terns - 1000+
Cory's Shearwater - abundant - there is just no logical way to get an
accurate count of these birds given the constant flux and shear volume of
birds.
This included an incredible wall of Cory's that seemingly lit off the water
in one very small area. There were probably 300+ in just one tight ball
feeding, amazing.
Manx Shearwater - 3
Wilson's Storm-petrel - common
Parasitic Jaeger - 5
Brown-headed Cowbird - 10 flopping around the dunes
Northern Harrier - 1 immature "pumpkin"

Mid-morning
Race Point Beach North
Cory's Shearwater - Common and very close
Sooty Shearwater and Great Shearwater - several
Wilson's Storm-petrel - present but not in large numbers
Parasitic Jaeger - 4
Pomarine Jaeger - 2

Mid Day to early afternoon
Hatches Harbor -
Sterna Terns - 4000
Common made up the majority of them with 5% being Roseate Terns - all ages
Ring-billed Gull - 2 adults (they were just so neat)
Laughing Gull - common including my first juvenile of the year -
beautifully fresh plumage.
Black-bellied Plover - 20
Semipalmated Plover - 20
Piping Plover - 1
Sanderling - 25
Ruddy Turnstone - 1
Whimbrel - 1
Solitary Sandpiper - 1 (Pole Line Road, flying)
Horned Lark - 12 (family groups in a nursery setting, Pole Line Road)

Late Afternoon
Race Point Beach South
Sterna Terns - 3000+
Black Tern - 1 molting adult in with Sterna terns off shore
Cory's Shearwater - abundant
Manx Shearwater 12 or 13
Sooty and Great Shearwater - regular, showing up later in the early evening
Wilson's Storm-petrel - easily 400+
Parasitic Jaeger - 16 including 3 adults or near adults and 1 almost
completely dark immature. The only color being the white in the primaries.
Pomarine Jaeger - 3
Jaeger Species - 2
Sanderling - 40+
Ruddy Turnstone - 1

Northern Gannets were seen all day in small numbers. I can only estimate
that we probably had 25-30 birds including 3 full up (apparent) adults

If you haven't been to Race Point yet to see the seabird show, it is highly
recommended.

Thanks for reading,

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

 

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Date: 8/9/15 8:57 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Seabirds from Missionbell
After a slowish few days, the northeast winds have cranked up the seabird show off the back side of Ptown. Nice jaeger show and a constant stream of storm petrels, shearwaters, etc..

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/8/15 7:55 pm
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Horseneck Beach Westport Saturday August 8
This morning Julie and I birded Horseneck Beach for shorebirds, especially
for Whimbrels based on Paul Champlins posts. Thank you, Paul, for those
very informative posts and blog postings on Horseneck Beach. We were not
disappointed, to put it mildly.

8:00 a.m. To 11:00 a.m. Sunny, temps in low 70s.

Semipalmated Plover 10
Piping Plover 5
Willet 2 (1 E, 1W)
Whimbrel 24 minimum
Sanderling 800 min to 1000

Least Tern 2

The variety was limited but the experience was spectacular, bordering on the
religious with the Whimbrels being one of my favorite shorebirds. Few humans
were there when we arrived and had four flocks of about 200 Sanderlings each
scattered for maybe half a mile along the beach, along with several somewhat
smaller flocks in between. We initially had a flock of 24 Whimbrels
together, but they were periodically disturbed by beach walkers/joggers and
flew back to us in roughly similar numbers, feasting voraciously on mole
crabs. There could well have been more Whimbrels along the lengthy beach but
we never saw more than 24 at one time.

Best,

Paul


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




 

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Date: 8/8/15 6:44 pm
From: Karen Idoine <kidoine...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] In Praise of Beginning Birders
Yes!

On Aug 8, 2015, at 3:25 PM, Tom de Boor <tomdb2...> wrote:

> Wow, that is awesome, Fred--thanks much for sharing!
>
> Best,
>
> Tom de Boor
> Northford, CT
>
> On Sat, Aug 8, 2015 at 10:24 AM, Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...> wrote:
> hi folks!
> here's a poem found on the MassPoetry website, in praise of casual birding.
> fred b
>
> Susan Edwards Richmond: “Beginners”
>
> We were amateurs.
> We didn’t bird in our sleep.
> We didn’t count warblers over coffee
> or memorize their songs on the long commute home from the city.
> We were occasional, if not accidental.
> We took Sunday strolls in the arboretum,
> met after work in the sanctuary,
> nailed houses in the corners of our lots,
> hung feeders from the maple and the windowsill.
> But we didn’t buy tickets to Aransas or Attu.
> We didn’t dance on the shores of Hudson Bay or
> wait for the exhausted to drop from the sky
> onto the first barrier beach on a Gulf crossing.
>
> We could have,
> but we didn’t allow ourselves.
>
> We went when convenient,
> when we didn’t trouble anyone,
> when we didn’t have to miss our daughters’ recitals
> or ask our husbands to leave work early or go in late.
>
> We learned what lived close to home:
> the robin, the mourning dove, the blue jay, the nuthatch.
> We saw the yellow-rumped but not the Tennessee,
> the wood thrush but not the towhee,
> the killdeer but not the phalarope.
> We didn’t talk about it.
> We didn’t join any clubs.
> We didn’t get up at four in the morning
> (six sometimes, but not four).
> We didn’t listen for the owls all night
> or see the woodcocks mate or the grouse display.
>
> We weren’t extremists.
> We were guarded in our passions.
> But we sensed the pleasure, lurking,
> checked off our lists secretly, without
> fanfare, without spreading the word.
>
> Still it grew
> inside us, our nature
> demanded more than we’d been given.
> We wanted to break through invisible fences,
> feel the shock, of heat, of cold, of a morning before dawn.
> We wanted to gulp the air on a pelagic cruise,
> swat mosquitoes on the Atchafalaya, stumble
> ankle deep into Pacific surf.
>
> It took us longer.
> We took our time,
> but we knew who we were,
> knew one day
> we would declare ourselves.
>
>
> --
> <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: 8/8/15 3:32 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/7 Scituate Whimbrels
Hi,
I went to Third Cliff in Scituate again, more specifically, to the area known as "The Spit". My target bird were Whimbrels. Mission accomplished! As I was perusing out over the saltmarsh from the tip of "The Spit", I suddenly became aware of one, then three, and then four Whimbrels flying around on the Marshfield side(just across the narrow mouth of the North River). They then dropped in to the saltmarsh grasses. To get here, take the narrow path next to #78 Moorland Rd. (I don't know, however, where one would park). The sign post here says Sand Spit. You will be walking on a boardwalk. If you take the path that goes off to the right (after crossing the boardwalk), you will fairly soon come out to the cove area. However, if you decide to continue straight after crossing over the boardwalk, you will come soon enough to the ocean side. Either way, the recommended thing to do is to do a loop, so that you get to explore all facets of this place. Just make sure, however, that you!
are able to locate the ocean path if you decide to go to the cove first. The ocean path can be easy to walk past.
HIGHLIGHT:
WHIMBREL 4 SEE ABOVE
Ruddy Turnstone 7 absolutely gotgeous in adult breeding plumage
Semipalmated Plover 300 best seen on ocean side near and at high tide
Semipalmated Sandpiper 300 best seen near and at high tide ocean side
Least Tern 30 nest here
Common Tern 4
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/8/15 2:20 pm
From: caroline <carolinawrencarolinawren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Little blue herons
Productive visit to swamp on Bray St, West Gloucester this morning: 7 immature little blues and one adult. Also: GB heron, green heron, pied billed grebe, kingbird, tree swallows, catbird, mourning dove. Watched a young LB Heron catch a bullfrog tadpole, fly to a perch, only to drop the tadpole as the heron tried to turn it for easy swallowing-love watching the young ones learn!
Caroline Haines
Gloucester
<Songbirder...>

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Date: 8/8/15 12:52 pm
From: Tom de Boor <tomdb2...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] In Praise of Beginning Birders
Wow, that is awesome, Fred--thanks much for sharing!

Best,

Tom de Boor
Northford, CT

On Sat, Aug 8, 2015 at 10:24 AM, Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
wrote:

> hi folks!
> here's a poem found on the MassPoetry website, in praise of casual birding.
> fred b
>
> Susan Edwards Richmond: “Beginners”
>
> We were amateurs.
> We didn’t bird in our sleep.
> We didn’t count warblers over coffee
> or memorize their songs on the long commute home from the city.
> We were occasional, if not accidental.
> We took Sunday strolls in the arboretum,
> met after work in the sanctuary,
> nailed houses in the corners of our lots,
> hung feeders from the maple and the windowsill.
> But we didn’t buy tickets to Aransas or Attu.
> We didn’t dance on the shores of Hudson Bay or
> wait for the exhausted to drop from the sky
> onto the first barrier beach on a Gulf crossing.
>
> We could have,
> but we didn’t allow ourselves.
>
> We went when convenient,
> when we didn’t trouble anyone,
> when we didn’t have to miss our daughters’ recitals
> or ask our husbands to leave work early or go in late.
>
> We learned what lived close to home:
> the robin, the mourning dove, the blue jay, the nuthatch.
> We saw the yellow-rumped but not the Tennessee,
> the wood thrush but not the towhee,
> the killdeer but not the phalarope.
> We didn’t talk about it.
> We didn’t join any clubs.
> We didn’t get up at four in the morning
> (six sometimes, but not four).
> We didn’t listen for the owls all night
> or see the woodcocks mate or the grouse display.
>
> We weren’t extremists.
> We were guarded in our passions.
> But we sensed the pleasure, lurking,
> checked off our lists secretly, without
> fanfare, without spreading the word.
>
> Still it grew
> inside us, our nature
> demanded more than we’d been given.
> We wanted to break through invisible fences,
> feel the shock, of heat, of cold, of a morning before dawn.
> We wanted to gulp the air on a pelagic cruise,
> swat mosquitoes on the Atchafalaya, stumble
> ankle deep into Pacific surf.
>
> It took us longer.
> We took our time,
> but we knew who we were,
> knew one day
> we would declare ourselves.
>
> --
> <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: 8/8/15 9:39 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Save the Date - Birding, Book Reading, & Book Signing - Reflections on a Golden-winged Warbler - Wed., 8/19
Birders,

I'm posting this upcoming program with the moderator's permission.

Doug Chickering's _Reflections on a Golden-winged Warbler_ is a
collection of his best essays. Doug brings to life our community's
memories of our best days in the field, by describing his favorite
moments in his characteristic, magical prose.

The reasons for Doug Chickering's popularity are twofold. In his essays
he capture those moments in the birding when an experience in the field
is exhilarating and Doug has for nearly three decades been a frequent
birder and chronicler Plum Island - one of those famous and historic
birding destinations.

*Book Reading & Birding At The North Pool Overlook...*
Date: Wednesday, August 19
Time: 6:00 pm to dusk
Location: North Pool Overlook at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
This is a free event.

Join us for an evening of birding at the North Pool on Plum Island. Doug
Chickering will read from his book Reflections on a Golden-winged
Warbler. Light refreshments will be served and copies of the book will
be available for Doug to sign.

Doug Chickering has for nearly three decades been a frequent and
passionate birder and chronicler of Essex County, one of the most famous
and historic birding locations in the world. His essays in the
Newburyport Birders' newsletter were extremely popular. He has published
his essays on birding in /Winging It, Bird Observer/ and /The Quail/.
Doug is frequently invited to read his works on Ray Brown’s radio
program /Talkin’ Birds/.

Here's what readers are saying about Doug's book: “Birding is all about
sharing the adventure, and in this collection of entertaining essays,
Douglas Chickering has shown how varied the world of birding can be. A
wonderful read for any birder.” - Don and Lillian Stokes, authors of
/The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America/

“It was the magic of Doug Chickering’s prose, observed on the Massbird
Listserv, that led ­me to begin reading them on my radio show and to
inviting Doug to read some himself. How wonderful that many of his
beautiful and thoughtful pieces have been assembled in this ­delightful
book. I recommend /Reflections on a Golden-Winged Warbler/ heartilyto
all who love birds and to all who enjoy wise and insightful observations
expressed with beauty, ­eloquence, and a clearly-expressed love for our
natural world.” - Ray Brown, host of the /Talkin’ Birds/ radio show

“The short birding stories of Douglas Chickering are truly
inspirational. He demonstrates the pure joy and exhilaration of coming
face to face with a plethora of birds on his beloved Plum Island and
surrounding countryside. I have had the privilege of birding Plum Island
often with Doug, and even 20 years on, I still have wonderful memories
of those halcyon days. If ever a man has demonstrated the delights of
‘Patch Birding’ it has to be Doug. This book is a must have for anyone
wanting to share those emotions.” - Derek Moore, British ornithologist
and nature conservationist

I look forward to seeing you there!

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport Birders
Observe ~ Appreciate ~ Identify
Newburyport, MA
Website:www.newburyportbirders.com
Blog: http://nbptbirders.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @ nbpt_birders















 

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Date: 8/8/15 7:53 am
From: Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] In Praise of Beginning Birders
hi folks!
here's a poem found on the MassPoetry website, in praise of casual birding.
fred b

Susan Edwards Richmond: “Beginners”

We were amateurs.
We didn’t bird in our sleep.
We didn’t count warblers over coffee
or memorize their songs on the long commute home from the city.
We were occasional, if not accidental.
We took Sunday strolls in the arboretum,
met after work in the sanctuary,
nailed houses in the corners of our lots,
hung feeders from the maple and the windowsill.
But we didn’t buy tickets to Aransas or Attu.
We didn’t dance on the shores of Hudson Bay or
wait for the exhausted to drop from the sky
onto the first barrier beach on a Gulf crossing.

We could have,
but we didn’t allow ourselves.

We went when convenient,
when we didn’t trouble anyone,
when we didn’t have to miss our daughters’ recitals
or ask our husbands to leave work early or go in late.

We learned what lived close to home:
the robin, the mourning dove, the blue jay, the nuthatch.
We saw the yellow-rumped but not the Tennessee,
the wood thrush but not the towhee,
the killdeer but not the phalarope.
We didn’t talk about it.
We didn’t join any clubs.
We didn’t get up at four in the morning
(six sometimes, but not four).
We didn’t listen for the owls all night
or see the woodcocks mate or the grouse display.

We weren’t extremists.
We were guarded in our passions.
But we sensed the pleasure, lurking,
checked off our lists secretly, without
fanfare, without spreading the word.

Still it grew
inside us, our nature
demanded more than we’d been given.
We wanted to break through invisible fences,
feel the shock, of heat, of cold, of a morning before dawn.
We wanted to gulp the air on a pelagic cruise,
swat mosquitoes on the Atchafalaya, stumble
ankle deep into Pacific surf.

It took us longer.
We took our time,
but we knew who we were,
knew one day
we would declare ourselves.

--
<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: 8/7/15 10:41 am
From: Rotberg, Robert <Robert_Rotberg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] turkey vulture
Juvenile turkey vulture roosting in very suburban Lexington, on the Waltham line. Never had one surveying the scene calmly.

Robert I. Rotberg

 

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Date: 8/7/15 10:05 am
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] CAPE COD BIRD FESTIVAL - 9/18 - 9/20
I'm reposting this since there were delivery
issues for some email addresses.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

* * *

Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2015 13:34:03 -0400
From: <trogon6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] CAPE COD BIRD FESTIVAL


Birders,

This will be our final notice of what will indeed
be an exciting weekend. If you are planning to
attend sign up now before your field trip,
workshop, and evening entertainment is sold out.

Join us for the third annual Cape Cod Bird
Festival! Last year birder’s from 20 states and
Canada enjoyed a weekend of birding, workshops,
guest speakers, and the Vendor Marketplace.

Guest speakers Field Guide author Richard
Crossley and Miyoko Chu author of SONGBIRD
JOURNEYS a compelling tale on the miracles of bird migration.

Cape Cod during fall migration! Where the unexpected is expected!

Field trips to Cuttyhunk island, offshore
pelagic, key land and shore bird hot spots. We
have informative workshops along with our Vendor
Marketplace. Friday night enjoy our welcome
social and presentation by Miyoko Chu. Miyoko
will share the revelations of scientists to
answer age old questions on the lives of
migratory birds. Saturday Richard Crossley will
present PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE. Lessons
learned in the wild British birding scene. Share
his travels around the world from Japan to Cape
May. It will be fast paced as Richard's passion
for color, art and a definite point of view will
be shared. Richard will also discuss his thoughts
behind his Crossley Field Guide.

Our headquarters is the new DoubleTree by Hilton
in Hyannis. Check out the hotel
www.doubletree3.hilton.com and mention the
Festival to receive a special discounted room rate!
Registration is now open, check out our web site
www.capecodbirdclub.org, email us at
<festival...> or call 508-331-0345
for more information.

Good birding always,
Gerry Cooperman
Festival 2015 - Chair



 

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Date: 8/7/15 9:28 am
From: <redpoll...>
Subject: Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Seabirds cruise out of Newburyport on Monday
>
> From: David Larson <dlarson...>
> Date: August 7, 2015 at 11:38:32 AM EDT
> To: "'New Hampshire Birds (<nhbirds...>)'" <nhbirds...>, "'<massbird...>'" <massbird...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Seabirds cruise out of Newburyport on Monday
> Reply-To: David Larson <dlarson...>
>
> This is a reminder that the next trip in our series of Seabird cruises with the Newburyport Whale Watch will take place on Monday, August 10, from 9 am - 3 pm. This is not a whale watch, but an actual birding cruise. I will spot and narrate sightings. All registrations are through Newburyport Whale Watch at 1-800-848-1111.
> Adults: $65
> Children (4-12): $30
> Senior discount: $7
>
> Hope to see you on Monday!
> Dave
>
> David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
> Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 01950
> Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...>
>
>

 

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Date: 8/6/15 5:59 pm
From: Richard Heil <rsheil...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Newburyport-Plum Island, MA; Tues., 4 August 2015.
TUESDAY, 4 AUGUST 2015:
NEWBURYPORT - PLUM ISLAND, MA (1030-2000 hrs.)
Weather: Mostly cloudy, several intense thunderstorms with heavy rain, SE-SW winds, 75-82 F.
Richard S. Heil

Note: all counts from Plum Island unless otherwise indicated.

Canada Goose (40+)
Gadwall (1f.) : very low numbers this year; where are the usual multitudes of breeders with young?
Am. Black Duck (4)
Mallard (65+)
Am. Green-winged Teal (11) : Including female with 3 downy young at Stage Is. Pool. Rare and local breeder in MA.
photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/20141788669/in/dateposted-public/
Common Eider (3)
Common Loon (6)
Northern Gannet (2)
Double-crested Cormorant (75+)
Great Blue Heron (4)
Great Egret (68)
Snowy Egret (94)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (1 juv.)
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (1 juv.) - Newburyport Harbor.
Turkey Vulture (4) - Newburyport.
Osprey (8)
Northern Harrier (2 juvs.)
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
AMERICAN AVOCET (1) - continuing at Stage Island Pool.
Black-bellied Plover: (65) - Newburyport ; (36) - Plum I.
Semipalmated Plover: (1500) - Newburyport ; (460) - Plum I.
Piping Plover (7)
Killdeer (6)
Spotted Sandpiper (2 juvs.)
Greater Yellowlegs: (50) - Newburyport ; (66) - Plum I.: first juvs (3).
'Eastern' Willet: (18) - Newburyport ; (2) - Plum I.
Lesser Yellowlegs: (325) - Newburyport ; (55) - Plum I.
Ruddy Turnstone: (2) - Newburyport ; (2) - Plum I.
Stilt Sandpiper (16 ads.) - Plum I.
Sanderling (8)
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (1 adult) - Stage Island Pool. Adults rarely observed in MA.
Least Sandpiper: (15) - Newburyport ; (110+) - Incl. first juv. - Plum I.
White-rumped Sandpiper: (3) - Newburyport ; (11) - Plum I.
Semipalmated Sandpiper: (4800) - Newburyport ; (1750+) - Plum I.
Short-billed Dowitcher: (150) - Newburyport ; (65) - Plum I.
Bonaparte's Gull: (227) mostly hooded adults - Newburyport ; (2 ads.) - Plum I.
Ring-billed Gull: (175) - Newburyport ; (50) - Plum I.
Am. Herring Gull (60)
Great Black-backed Gull (15)
Least Tern: (8) - Newburyport ; (85+) - Plum I.
BLACK TERN (1 juv.) - salt pans; photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/19707219013/in/dateposted-public/
Common Tern: (100) - Newburyport ; (65) - Plum I.
Rock Pigeon (20)
Mourning Dove (13)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Peregrine Falcon ( 1 ad.) - Newburyport; took a SESA.
Willow Flycatcher (8)
Eastern Phoebe (7)
Eastern Kingbird (41)
Red-eyed Vireo (1 juv.) - Old Pines.
Blue Jay (2)
Am. Crow (4)
Purple Martin (4+)
Tree Swallow (2000+)
Bank Swallow (1)
Barn Swallow (12+)
Black-capped Chickadee (13)
House Wren (5) : several were obvious juvs.; scattered.
Marsh Wren (5)
American Robin (95+)
Gray Catbird (67)
Brown Thrasher (11)
Northern Mockingbird (4)
Eur. Starling (750)
Cedar Waxwing (62)
Northern Waterthrush (1)
Common Yellowthroat (11)
American Redstart (3) : incl. one ad. male.
Yellow Warbler (43) : mostly juvs.
'Rufous-sided' Towhee (25) : many juvs.
Chipping Sparrow (4 juvs.)
Field Sparrow (1ad.) : feeding juv. cowbird.
Savannah Sparrow (1)
Saltmarsh Sparrow (9)
Song Sparrow (21)
Northern Cardinal (1)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 ad.male)
Bobolink (9)
Red-winged Blackbird (60+)
Common Grackle (33)
Brown-headed Cowbird (1 juv.) : fed by FESP.
Orchard Oriole (1) female or HY.
Baltimore Oriole (17)
House Finch (12)
Purple Finch (0) : amazingly eluded me today, not even heard!; surely many here.
American Goldfinch (32)
House Sparrow (10+)

----- 85 species.

Richard S. Heil
S. Peabody, MA


 

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Date: 8/6/15 5:43 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/5 Third Cliff and Rivermoor in Scituate
Hi,
I birded the Rivermoor Marsh from the back of the A.J. McEachern Memorial Trail on The Driftway. I then went to the Third Cliff ("The Spit"). The Spit is reached by going down Moorland Rd. At the sharp turn in the road, at #78 Moorland Rd., is a very short walking path leading to "The Spit". There is a pole with three signs on it referring to it as Sand Spit. I birded from 2:00-7:00. Even at such a beautiful place as this, human beings are careless and toss plastic water bottles onto the sand. The Spit is situated where the North and South Rivers meet the Atlantic Ocean. First Herring Brook courses through the absolutely beautiful marsh nearby. The Spit is rightly regarded as a terrific shorebird spot! I birded at an astronomically high tide.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Great Egret 13
Snowy Egret 2
Green Heron 2 adult with a juvenile flying (and calling) over the marsh
Great Blue Heron 5
Osprey 1
Piping Plover 4
Black-bellied Plover 12
Semipalmated Plover 400
Willet 11
Greater Yellowlegs 6
Short-billed Dowitcher 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Sanderling 4
Ruddy Turnstone 2
Least Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 400
shorebird sp. 600 way out on sandbars as seen from the cove area
Least Tern 40
sterna sp. 1 long-tailed (Roseate?)
swallow sp. 100 almost exclusively Tree and Barn Swallows
dragonflies 1,000 possible exaggeration
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/6/15 1:28 pm
From: <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bird shows on WGBH tonight
Massbirders:
           There are three consecutive shows about birds tonight on WGBH Channel 2.  I have seen two of them which I recommend , whether you have seen them or not.  The third one also looks like it will be good. I will be watching all three.
 
Doug Chickering
Groveland
<dovekie...>
 
 

 

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Date: 8/6/15 1:12 pm
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-and-white Warbler / Newbury
in my bird bath (at the same time as two chickadees!) yesterday


------------------------------------

Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951


email: <lynette.leka...>
 

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Date: 8/6/15 1:02 pm
From: Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fw: Canada Warbler, Gnatcatchers: Beech Forest, Provincetown, Aug 5
This email got bounced back to me this morning so I am sending it again.


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Frederick Atwood <fredatwood...>
To: Massbird MASSBIRD <massbird...>
Sent: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 11:56 AM
Subject: Canada Warbler, Gnatcatchers: Beech Forest, Provincetown, Aug 5

I was surprised to learn that Canada Warbler is a rare species here in the fall migration.See list below
Fred AtwoodChatham, MAOakton, VA
----- Forwarded Message ----- From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>
To: <fredatwood...>
Sent: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 11:08 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Beech Forest, Provincetown, Aug 5, 2015

Beech Forest, Provincetown, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 5, 2015 8:25 AM - 9:57 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:   
37 species

Canada Goose  7
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Green Heron  1
Mourning Dove  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Eastern Kingbird  4
Red-eyed Vireo  8
Blue Jay  7
Tree Swallow  11
Barn Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  24
Tufted Titmouse  23
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
American Robin  13
Gray Catbird  15
Cedar Waxwing  7
Ovenbird  1
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2, male, female-type
Common Yellowthroat  8
Yellow Warbler  2, male, female-type
Pine Warbler  2, scraggly-looking critters
Canada Warbler  1    Female type. Gray back, Yellow below, Necklace of blurry streaks, Complete eye ring, Yellow lores. In pond edge thickets near the sand fence area. Repeated excellent views at close range. Not photographed.
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  31
Baltimore Oriole  2
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  8

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24504234

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




 

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Date: 8/6/15 11:02 am
From: <trogon6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] CAPE COD BIRD FESTIVAL

Birders,

This will be our final notice of what will indeed be an exciting weekend. If you are planning to attend sign up now before your field trip, workshop, and evening entertainment is sold out.

Join us for the third annual Cape Cod Bird Festival! Last year birder’s from 20 states and Canada enjoyed a weekend of birding, workshops, guest speakers, and the Vendor Marketplace.

Guest speakers Field Guide author Richard Crossley and Miyoko Chu author of “Songbird Journeys” a compelling tale on the miracles of bird migration.

Cape Cod during fall migration! Where the unexpected is expected!

Field trips to Cuttyhunk island, offshore pelagic, key land and shore bird hot spots. We have informative workshops along with our Vendor Marketplace. Friday night enjoy our welcome social and presentation by Miyoko Chu. Miyoko will share the revelations of scientists to answer age old questions on the lives of migratory birds. Saturday Richard Crossley will present Past, Present and Future. Lessons learned in the wild British birding scene. Share his travels around the world from Japan to Cape May. It will be fast paced as Richard’s passion for color, art and a definite point of view will be shared. Richard will also discuss his thoughts behind his Crossley Field Guide.

Our headquarters is the new DoubleTree by Hilton in Hyannis. Check out the hotel www.doubletree3.hilton.com and mention the Festival to receive a special discounted room rate!
Registration is now open, check out our web site www.capecodbirdclub.org, email us at <festival...> or call 508-331-0345 for more information.

Good birding always,
Gerry Cooperman
Festival 2015 - Chair



This will be our final notice of what will indeed be an exciting weekend. If you are planning to attend sign up now before your field trip, workshop, and evening entertainment is sold out.

Join us for the third annual Cape Cod Bird Festival! Last year birder’s from 20 states and Canada enjoyed a weekend of birding, workshops, guest speakers, and the Vendor Marketplace.

Guest speakers Field Guide author Richard Crossley and Miyoko Chu author of “Songbird Journeys” a compelling tale on the miracles of bird migration.

Cape Cod during fall migration! Where the unexpected is expected!

Field trips to Cuttyhunk island, offshore pelagic, key land and shore bird hot spots. We have informative workshops along with our Vendor Marketplace. Friday night enjoy our welcome social and presentation by Miyoko Chu. Miyoko will share the revelations of scientists to answer age old questions on the lives of migratory birds. Saturday Richard Crossley will present Past, Present and Future. Lessons learned in the wild British birding scene. Share his travels around the world from Japan to Cape May. It will be fast paced as Richard’s passion for color, art and a definite point of view will be shared. Richard will also discuss his thoughts behind his Crossley Field Guide.

Our headquarters is the new DoubleTree by Hilton in Hyannis. Check out the hotel www.doubletree3.hilton.com and mention the Festival to receive a special discounted room rate!
Registration is now open, check out our web site www.capecodbirdclub.org, email us at <festival...> or call 508-331-0345 for more information.

Good birding always,
Gerry Cooperman
Festival 2015 - Chair


 

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Date: 8/6/15 6:28 am
From: Erik Nielsen <erikbogh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin - Westwood, Aug 6
The Pine Siskin that showed up at on of the finch feeders this morning
appears to be a different individual than the one there on Monday. That one
had a lot of yellow in the wing (incl wing-bars). Today's had whitish
wing-bars and just a bit of yellow in the tail and primaries.

https://flic.kr/p/x16fAr
https://flic.kr/p/w3Ftm6

Erik Nielsen
Westwood, MA

--
http://www.flickr.com/photos/erikbogh

 

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Date: 8/5/15 2:39 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lower Merrimack & Plum Island - 08-05-15
Bill Gette and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of Joppa
Flats Education Center on a very pleasant day -- temps 65-79 F., winds
5-10/SW-W, partly cloudy skies, comfortable humidity. We visited the Joppa
Park boat ramp at low tide, made a quick swing through the marsh on Newman
Road, and spent the balance of the morning on Parker River Refuge. We were
in hopes of Glossy Ibis and shorebirds on Newman Road, but came up empty.

Our list:

Joppa Park boat ramp --
Black-bellied Plover (6)
Semipalmated Plover (3)
Greater Yellowlegs (~ 25)
Lesser Yellowlegs (~ 12)
Semipalmated Sandpiper - many (and many others at a distance presumably
Semis)
Short-billed Dowitcher (~ 12)
Bonaparte's Gull (1) - ad w/ full hood.
Herring Gull
Common Tern (5)

Parker River NWR --
Canada Goose
Gadwall (4) - ad hen w/ 3 class I a ducklings
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal (1) - juv, North Pool Overlook
Wild Turkey (2)
Double-crested Cormorant - common.
Great Blue Heron (3)
Great Egret (5)
Snowy Egret (5)
Turkey Vulture (1)
Osprey (3) - over North Pool dike.
Northern Harrier (1) - marsh w. North Pool dike.
Killdeer (2) - small pannes.
Greater Yellowlegs (~ 15)
Lesser Yellowlegs (8)
Ruddy Turnstone (2) - 1 ad, 1 prob molting juv; Stage Island Pool.
Semipalmated Sandpiper - a few, SIP & North Pool.
Stilt Sandpiper (1) - SIP.
Short-billed Dowitcher (6) - 5, SIP; 1, North Pool.
Least Tern (3) - SIP.
Common Tern (2) - SIP.
Mourning Dove (~ 6)
Eastern Kingbird (~ 6)
Blue Jay (2)
American Crow (2)
Purple Martin (2) - lot #1.
Tree Swallow - common.
Barn Swallow (2)
American Robin (~ 6)
Gray Catbird (5)
Northern Mockingbird (1)
European Starling - common (large flocks of juvs).
Cedar Waxwing (1)
Yellow Warbler (2)
Eastern Towhee (1)
Song Sparrow (3)
Northern Cardinal (2)
Bobolink (1) - molting ad male.
Red-winged Blackbird (3)
Common Grackle (~ 6)
American Goldfinch (~ 6)

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats Education Center at 9:30
for Wednesday Morning Birding. For more information about Joppa Flats
programs, call Bill Gette or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

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

 

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Date: 8/5/15 11:07 am
From: Alice Morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Avocet at plum
In back pond at stage in.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/5/15 3:50 am
From: <loonphotog...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Multi-media Loon show Friday August 7, 7:00 pm at the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn, NH

I will be presenting a Multi-media Loon show Friday August 7, 7:00 pm at the
Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn, NH.

http://www.nhaudubon.org/calendar/nature-cafe-call-of-the-loons/

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

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Date: 8/5/15 2:40 am
From: Marsha Salett <msalett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] August 2015 Bird Observer now online
Bird Observer announces that its August 2015 issue is now online. Just in time for fall migration, travel to Cape Cod with Ryan Schain in "Birding Morris Island and Vicinity, Chatham, Massachusetts." Wondering where all the terns of summer go after they leave New England? Read Ian Nisbet and Carolyn Mostello's "Winter Quarters and Migration Routes of Common and Roseate Terns Revealed by Tracking with Geolocators."

In "Respecting Birds, People, and History at Mount Auburn Cemetery," Dave Barnett and Regina Harrison describe the cemetery's work in enhancing existing habitat and creating new types of habitat to attract a wide array of wildlife including birds, mammals, and amphibians in a manner that fits into its historic landscape preservation mission and respects its obligations to the families of those interred at Mount Auburn.

Two Field Notes by William E. Davis, Jr. focus on play in Black Vultures and in Anhingas. There's more, of course: Mark Lynch's book review of Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce & Conservation; regular columns by David Larson and Martha Steele; Bird Sightings for March/April 2015; and "At A Glance" by Wayne Petersen.

Subscribers to Bird Observer have access to the online version in addition to the printed copy. To obtain a user name and password, send an email to <birdobserver...> and include your name as it appears on your Bird Observer mailing label. New subscribers, see http://birdobserver.org/Subscribe.htm

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

Marsha Salett
Editor
Bird Observer
<msalett...>
Needham MA



 

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Date: 8/4/15 3:41 pm
From: Mark Faherty <mfaherty...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Long-billed Curlews(!) ay South Monomoy, possible Ruff at Wellfleet Bay

I received photos today of a Long-billed Curlew that was photographed by USFWS staff near the lighthouse at South Monomoy on the 31st. They apparently saw one on the 28th, then three on the 31st, when they got photographs of one of them. The photographer was Robert Finer from Monomoy, and Karl Reinhold of Mass Audubon was also involved in the first sighting on the 28th. Wellfleet Bay runs weekly birding trips to South Monomoy on Wednesdays into September, but it looks like the next two trips are both full, unfortunately.


A visitor reported a possible Ruff in the Salt Panne at the sanctuary in Wellfleet yesterday but I have not been there to check on it nor have I heard anything since.


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

Mark Faherty

Science Coordinator

Mass Audubon/Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

PO Box 236, State Highway Route 6

South Wellfleet, MA 02663

508-349-2615 x-110 fax: 508-349-2632

email: <mfaherty...><mailto:<mfaherty...>

website: www.massaudubon.org/wellfleetbay<http://www.massaudubon.org/wellfleetbay>

http://www.facebook.com/MassAudubonWellfleetBay

Protecting the Nature of Massachusetts

 

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Date: 8/4/15 6:08 am
From: <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Prelude

Massbirders:
            It has begun. As Lois Cooper and I drove slowly down Plum Island yesterday morning we could see the clear signs that the great extravaganza has started. Slowly, unobtrusively, almost surreptitiously, in many ways it is a little difficult to discern but clearly it has started. Everywhere we went there were Tree Swallows in the air. The ideal summer day of clear skies and warm, dry winds had sent aloft the pioneers of the great show to come. They glided and swooped and fluttered, almost casually snatching flying insects from the air. The numbers weren’t particularly impressive and there were only a modest roosting of loafing swallows at the Wardens but it was a precursor of what was to come. A prelude; an overture of that great visual symphony that is one of nature’s most breathtaking spectacles. I even stopped and checked the status of the bayberries on two occasions. That is the food source that draws the Tree Swallows to this vast convention. They!
aren’t quite ripe yet, but it will be only a matter of days, and more importantly, the crop this year is good. The Tree Swallows are gathering and soon they will be swarming the bayberry bushes to lay on the fat in preparation of their great trip south, away from the approach of winter.
            Before we went to the Island Lois and I stopped at the “Clam Shack” (It is no longer a Clam Shack but a private residence) on River Street in Newburyport to take a look at the sweep of the Joppa mud flats. The tide was out and we were hoping that the Hudsonian Godwit was in. There was no godwit but we did witness another start of another spectacular event. The mud flats were teeming with shorebirds. Or to be more accurate they were almost teeming with shorebirds. The Joppa mud flats were shinning in the glare of morning sun and there were peeps and others, approaching the thousands all across the tidal bars. This too will build to a crescendo in the coming days, and this too is an event not to miss. Because it is a situation best viewed with a scope it us somewhat less spectacular than the Tree Swallow staging but remarkable nonetheless.
            There is so much bad news about the bird numbers; so much depressing statistics of their demise that I can find it all so wearing. By nature I am an optimist, and even though I recognize the validity of the findings and the warnings I cannot live with this constant dark vision; it is just too destructive. But that is just me. I do not doubt the alarms even as I do doubt some of the apocalyptic predictions. There has to be hope, there has to be some changes that are good; there has to be a renewal of joy and hope. To see these two grand displays of the breath taking majesty of the natural world does just that. At least for me.
If you have a non-birding friend or neighbor who has wondered about your passion for birds. If you have a visiting relative or even members of your family who have not seen this it is time to plan a trip to Plum Island. Many of the birding events that capture our heart; that animate our love of birds are sort of “acquired tastes.” They require some knowledge and experience and are somewhat beyond the outside world to truly appreciate. The staging of the Tree Swallows is not one of those events. It is something striking and awe inspiring to all. It is August and within a few days, and for the next month or so the Tree Swallows will be staging and it is time to mark this upon your calendar. You will amaze those who have never seen it before and actually amaze yourself. The green-heads are heading out and the Tree Swallows are arriving; a delightful progress for summer. This is not virtual reality, it is real reality and it never gets old.
Doug Chickering
Groveland
<dovekie...>

 

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Date: 8/3/15 8:22 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird RBA Sabine's Gull report Provincetown
This just came through:
Sabine's Gull (Xema sabini) (1)
- Reported Aug 03, 2015 09:17 by David Hollie
- Hatches Harbor, Provincetown, Barnstable, Massachusetts
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.0616561,-70.2367973&ll=42.0616561,-70.2367973
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24484245
- Comments: "Adult. Initially seen backlit in tern flock, but flew before I could digiscope. Small gull, about BOGU size, with stubby black bill with yellow tip. Extensive black hood (but not complete), gray back, long wings. Mostly viewed in flight where the unmistakable pied M pattern was seen well. Circled around for two minutes before I lost track of it flying northwest towards the light house."

Sent from my iPod so please excuse any errors.


 

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Date: 8/3/15 7:32 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 8/3 Rumney Marsh Highlights+ Manx Shearwaters
Hi,
I birded the marsh from the Hastings St. side (south side). The tide was astronomically high. What fun to watch a Saltmarsh Sparrow almost do a split with his legs while he sang and grasped two phragmites stalks at close range.
Manx Shearwater 9 moving up and down the beach; I watched from the roofed area between Kelly's Famous Roast Beef and Wonderland Station
Great Egret 12
Snowy Egret 9
Semipalmated Plover 9
Killdeer 2
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Semipalmated Sandpiper 60
Least Sandpiper 10
peep sp. 80
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Bank Swallow 4 good looks flying among twenty or so Barn Swallow and one or two Tree Swallow
Saltmarsh Sparrow 1 comical spread position as it sang!
P.S. Is anything going to be done concerning the use of small, plastic water bottles at Revere Beach? It is simply ridiculous!
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/3/15 9:11 am
From: Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] south beach, south monomoy
I'd be grateful for any current information about birding south beach, and
canoeing from morris island causeway around the west of north monomoy to
south monomoy. Please reply directly, thanks,
derek brown, essex

 

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Date: 8/3/15 8:27 am
From: <redpoll...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hands-On Bird Photography Series at Joppa Flats with Eduardo del Solar starts this coming weekend

This program is due to start this coming weekend, and there are still a few spaces open. Eduardo does a great job on this workshop!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Date: 8/3/15 6:25 am
From: Erik Nielsen <erikbogh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine Siskin, Westwood
A Pine Siskin appeared at our finch feeders this morning. Unfortunately it left just as I got the camera pointed in its direction.

Erik Nielsen
Westwood, MA

http://flickr.com/photos/erikbogh/
 

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Date: 8/3/15 5:51 am
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Martha's Vineyard shorebirds
Hi Folks,

Two friends had some good shorebirds on Martha's Vineyard on 8/2.

They were at Black Point Pond in Chilmark.

five Stilt Sandpipers and

a single Wilson's Phalarope in Chilmark 08/02.

The observers are Lanny McDowell and

Ken Magnuson.




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


 

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Date: 8/3/15 5:29 am
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lark Sparrow Reported in Wellesley
I am passing along this report from Wellesley Birds. I have not looked for
or seen this bird myself:

1a. Lark Sparrow at Wellesley College
Posted by: <kenneth.winkler...> kenneth.winkler
Date: Sat Aug 1, 2015 9:37 am ((PDT))

I encountered a surprising bird at the end of a walk around Lake Waban this
morning (August 1): a Lark Sparrow on Severance Green. (Severance Green is
the large lawn between the rhododendron dell in front of the Clapp Library
and the Tower Court/Severance Hall dormitory complex on College Hill.) I
saw the bird shortly after ten. Definitely a sparrow, larger and generally
lighter than a nearby Song Sparrow, with chestnut on the head, a dark patch
in back of the eye, and a jaw stripe, The head wasn't as strongly marked
as in the picture in my Silbey Guide, but I had excellent looks at the
bird's long and rounded tail, which it often flared as it flew, undulating,
from one spot on the lawn to the next. The white on the tail covered both
the sides and the trailing edge. (I see from my field guide that the white
on the end of the tail is actually interrupted just in the middle, but it
looked to me as if it extended all the way round.) I was only able to
watch the bird for about a minute, losing it after it flew up the hill.
But I think it's worth looking for.

This is an early sighting for fall but August appears to be a good month
for these birds in Massachusetts.


Cliff Cook
Watertown

 

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Date: 8/3/15 2:53 am
From: Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Athol 8/2
On Sunday 8/2, one of the places we birded was the ALAN RICH ENVIRONMENTAL
PARK located right in the middle of the city of Athol. This small chunk of
riparian habitat along the Millers River was formerly known as Cass Meadow.
It is criss-crossed with mown pathways among the weeds, grasses and trees,
and offers several fine views of the river. There is a kayak/canoe launch
area too. It is a fine example of a small piece of habitat saved in an
urban space and allowed to remain wild and not improved to become a
typical playground park. There is a good parking area with a kiosk and a
map of the trails. This urban green island attracts birds, butterflies and
dragonflies. We went there for the dragonflies, which were very interesting,
but the birds we saw in our short time there included:
Green Heron (2)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (2ad, one of which continually harassed a kingfisher and
forced it down a number of times into the river)
Broad-winged Hawk (1)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2)
Belted Kingfisher (2)
Pileated Woodpecker (3 at once, perched in a dead tree along the water and
calling)
Eastern Phoebe (2)
Eastern Kingbird (4)
Red-eyed Vireo (2)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2)
Common Yellowthroat (10)
While there, we met a man with a dog who told us that his dog was
pursued/stalked by a SNAKEHEAD in the river and it totally freaked the dog
out. It also really freaked him out. Now I didnt think Snakeheads (an
vicious invasive fish) were even in MA. If you know differently, let me
know. This guy saw something, though I would be surprised if it was a
Snakehead.
Mark Lynch
<Moa.lynch...>


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Date: 8/2/15 4:31 pm
From: Miles Brengle <brenglema...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Avocet @ Stage Island Pool @ 6pm 8/2
Massbird,

The continuing American Avocet was at Stage Island Pool (on Plum Island) at 6 p.m. today (8/2). Viewed from the overlook platform.
 

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Date: 8/2/15 3:15 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Squantum Cliff Swallow NOW as of 3:40 p.m.
Hi,
There is a Cliff Swallow flying over the marsh next to the Kennedy Center on East Squantum St. It is among twenty or so Barn Swallows and a single Tree Swallow.
Here are other birds seen in the marsh:
Great Blue Heron 11
Great Egret 14
Snowy Egret 4
Osprey 3 nestlings
Killdeer 8
Short-billed Dowitcher 1 salt pan next to Kennedy Center
Greater Yellowlegs 20 salt pan next to Kennedy Center
Lesser Yellowlegs 7 salt pan next to Kennedy Center
Least Sandpiper x
Semipalmated Sandpiper x
Spotted Sandpiper 1 wet spot opposite nursing home
CLIFF SWALLOW see above
Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 8/2/15 3:08 pm
From: <redpoll...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Leucistic Spotted Sandpiper in Newbury
As part of my Joppa Flats shorebird program today, we stopped over at the salt marshes on Newman Road in Newbury. Three Spotted Sandpipers flew together twice giving us decent looks at one leucistic and two normal individuals. The leucistic bird was very white, with a bit of darker shading on the under wing and upper wing coverts. Very striking bird and well worth a look if you are in the area. No photos.

Also present were more than 70 Glossy Ibises, including some with pretty fuzzy heads.

Very few greenheads on Plum Island, nice breeze, beautiful day.

David Larson
Bradford, MA
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/2/15 2:06 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] eBird Report - Wompatuck SP, Aug 2, 2015
A trip to Wompatuck to walk some of the trails (Woodpecker Pond loop and another loop out of the main parking area across from the headquarters to the old Gate 12). Little song as breeding winds down. Still had a singing Eastern Wood-pewee, Red-eyed Vireo, Winter Wren, Black-and-white Warbler plus two others with alternate song, PIne Warbler, and Scarlet Tanager.

Glenn

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

Wompatuck SP, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
Aug 2, 2015 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
35 species

Wood Duck 2
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 10
Hairy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Eastern Phoebe 5
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 45
Tufted Titmouse 22
White-breasted Nuthatch 13
Winter Wren 1
Veery 2
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 11
Cedar Waxwing 4
Ovenbird 3
Northern Waterthrush 1
Black-and-white Warbler 9
Common Yellowthroat 8
Pine Warbler 4
Eastern Towhee 33
Chipping Sparrow 7
Scarlet Tanager 5
Northern Cardinal 12
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Common Grackle 5
Baltimore Oriole 5
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24469211

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

 

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Date: 8/2/15 1:51 pm
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sign up now for the BBC Dedicated Pelagic Trip in September
Greetings,



Our August trip is filled with a waiting list, but we have space on the
September trip



DATE: Saturday, Sunday, September 26, 27, 2015 5:30 AM Saturday - 6PM
Sunday

Hyannis to Hydrographer, Veatch, Atlantis Canyon area for White-faced
Storm-Petrels, other petrels, several species of shearwaters, Jaegers,
terns, Gulls, Phalaropes, possible skua, and other interesting or rare
seabirds and mammals:

We have Master birders Jeremiah Trimble, Nicholas Bonomo, Luke Seitz and
Doug Gochfeld leading the trips. Our boat, the Helen H, is a very
comfortable, fast, 100 foot fishing boat with a knowledgeable and
enthusiastic Captain and crew. We use gallons of chum to attract the birds..
There are 38 bunks aboard which will be available to the first 38 who sign
up. There is a full galley with excellent food at reasonable prices. Parking
is free.



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



To reserve a space, send a check for the full amount made out to the
'BROOKLINE BIRD CLUB AGENT' along with a signed waiver to: Ida Giriunas, 83
Summer Ave., Reading, MA, 01867 and include either your email or your postal
address for confirmation, boarding instructions and further information.

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

Ida Giriunas 781-929-8772 <ida8...>




 

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Date: 8/2/15 12:14 pm
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winter in New England Tour invitation
Thanks to Don Wilkinson for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Donald Wilkinson <singingbirder...>
Subject: Winter in New England Tour invitation
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 13:28:13 -0400

As always, thanks so much for posting for me!

Dear All,
I have 2 birders from MN and TN who have signed up for the above
trip. As I did the first time I ran this trip, I would like to invite
up to 4 Massbirders (1 car please) to join me at No charge on any
given day or days on a first come basis. It's a long ways away, but
the thought of seeing a Snowy Owl in this heat might be appealing!
The trip is 1/6-1/11 2016 and is on my website. All you have to do is
help spotting and help out with advanced reports and maybe I might
send you on a scouting trip (during the trip).

www.donwilkinsonbirdingtours.com

Happy Birding,
Don Wilkinson, Nahant
<singingbirder...>


 

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Date: 8/2/15 9:20 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Drumlin Farm today
Nice morning at Drumlin Farm with 40 species. Highlights included kingfisher, great crested flycatcher, blue-gray gnatcatcher, lots of barn swallows (did not see TRSW), 14 bluebirds and brown creeper.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon, Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

Wild Turkey 4
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 6
Mourning Dove 3
Chimney Swift 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 3
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 2
Barn Swallow 35
Black-capped Chickadee 16
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Brown Creeper 1
House Wren 7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 14
American Robin 24
Gray Catbird 8
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 2
Cedar Waxwing 9
Common Yellowthroat 5
Chipping Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 17
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 11
Common Grackle 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 9
American Goldfinch 10
House Sparrow 13


 

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Date: 8/2/15 6:20 am
From: <redpoll...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Avocet at Stage Isl, PRNWR
Right now -- visible from overlook platform

David Larson
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/2/15 6:18 am
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gooseberry this morning
Nice assortment of migrants at Gooseberry in Westport, MA, including:
Shorebirds
Spotted Sandpipers
1 Lesser Yellowlegs
Whimbrel
Willet
8 Ruddy Turnstones
Sanderling
3 Pectoral Sandpipers
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpipers
Semi. Plovers

Teens have much diminished.

Other migrants crossing
2 Downey Woodpeckers
1 Northern Flicker (almost no yellow)
1 Empidonax (silent)
1 Eastern Kingbird
1 N Rough-winged Swallow
4 Bank Swallows
Tree swallows (first large flock)
Barn Swallows
1 Cliff Swallow
6 Chimney Swift
9 R-t Hummingbirds
9 Cedar Waxwings
1 House Wren
21 Yellow Warbler
14 Northern Waterthrush
1 Ovenbird
1 Orchard Oriole

Best
Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 8/2/15 6:13 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Optics Fair-August 15
SAVE THE DATE!
We would like to invite everyone to our FREE Optics Fair on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Bird Watcher?s Supply & Gift at the Route 1 Traffic Circle in Newburyport. Representatives from Swarovski, Zeiss, Ricoh/Pentax, Opticron, Nikon, and Manfrotto (tripods) will feature their latest products and answer all of your questions. At our Optics Fair, everyone will receive exceptional discounts on binoculars, scopes and tripods in all price ranges. Once again, there are incredible savings of up to 20% from Swarovski, additional rebates of up to $150 from Zeiss, and instant rebates from Ricoh/Pentax and Nikon will be available! Many of these savings are going on right now! Details, including Swarovski sale prices, can be found on our website: www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com

You will save even more on that Optics Fair weekend, August 15 & 16, as it will be the 2015 Tax Free Holiday Weekend! We will, of course, accept orders anytime before then and process them on that weekend.

We will also be happy to accept donations of used optics in good working order for the Birders' Exchange, a program of the American Birding Association which provides new and used optics for educators and naturalists in Central and South America. More information is available on their website: www.americanbirding.org/bex

Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift is celebrating 20 years of serving the birding community. We are a proud, long-time supporter of Mass Audubon, including Bird-a-thon, The Superbowl of Birding, and the MAS Ipswich River WS Annual Audubon Nature Festival. We also support the Brookline Bird Club, Essex County Greenbelt, the Cape Ann Birding Festival, and the Cape Cod Birding Festival. We pass along sightings in support of the Massbird, NHBirds, PlumIslandBirds, and CapeCodBirds communities as well.

Again, the Optics Fair is FREE, NO pre-registration, just come and enjoy!
We hope to see you at our Optics Fair on Saturday, August 15th!

Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
<Birdwsg...>
978-462-0775
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
Celebrating 20 years of service to the birding community!
Like us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/birdwatcherssupply
SAVE THE DATE: OPTICS FAIR - SATURDAY AUGUST 15, 2015!
 

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Date: 8/1/15 8:37 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Outer Cape Highlights 7/30 - 8/1 (long)
7/30 -
Canoed out to the Nauset marsh mud flat from Hemenway Landing:
43 Red Knots - 3 with pale green flags
280 Semipalmated Sandpipers
200 Short-billed Dowitchers
3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
2 Black Terns
700+ Sterna Terns (ran out of time to go the extra distance to carefully scan through them.)
5 Northern Rough-winged Swallows
(http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24438746)

7/31 -
After a quick stop at race point yielded MUCH lower numbers of shearwaters than last week (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24450838) we walked the jetty from the Provincetown rotary out to the beach. The beach didn't hold much, but the flats there really attract plovers as was evident by decent numbers despite it being slightly early for Black-bellied:
55 Black-bellied Plovers
1000 Semipalmated Plovers
8 Piping Plovers (on the beach)
18 Ruddy Turnstones
1100 Semipalmated Sandpipers
1 Parasitic Jaeger that flew right over us on the breakwater
500 Laughing Gulls
13 Roseate Terns
450 Common Terns
(http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24450832)

Hatches Harbor:
24 Cory's Shearwaters
1 Sooty Shearwaters
1 Piping Plover
7 Red Knots (flyovers)
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
~60 Roseate Terns
~400 Common Terns
1 Horned Lark
(http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24450795)

8/1 -
Race Point:
70 Cory's Shearwaters
12 Great Shearwaters
65 Wilson's Storm-Petrel
1 Northern Harrier (Juvie)
3 Black-legged Kittiwakes
7 Bonaparte's Gulls
4 Yellow Warblers (migrants)
(http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24461653)

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch for the Stellwagen Sanctuary Seabird Stewards program:
(have not copied down totals from trip yet but...)
~150+ Cory's Shearwater
~100+ Great Shearwater
~150+ Wilson's Storm-Petrel
14 Red-necked Phalaropes
~10 Northern Gannet
8+ Humpback Whale
4+ Minke Whale
2 Harbor Seal
3 Gray Seal

White Crest Beach (Wellfleet - ocean side):
420 Cory's Shearwaters
11+ Great Shearwaters
1 Sooty Shearwater
3 Manx Shearwater
4 Northern Gannets
3 Whimbrels (flying south)
1 Parasitic Jaeger
12 Bonaparte's Gulls (couldn't tell if the previously reported Black-headed was with them)
(http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24459286)

Happy birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon
 

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Date: 8/1/15 8:36 pm
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Gloucester Whale Watch 8/1 Afternoon
Michael Emmons took Capt Bill's Whale Watch out of Gloucester in the
morning. Julie, Laura and I took the same boat on the afternoon trip, with
slightly different luck with regard to birds, but the same luck with regard
to whales.

Two weeks ago we steamed 29 miles to the southeast edge of Stellwagen Bank,
which was a vast empty wasteland for roughly 27 miles, on a sea of glass.

Today we steamed about 13 miles to the northwest corner of Stellwagen Bank,
where we saw a total of 5 Humpbacked Whales, one active one that we did not
stop for and two pairs of two that were somnambulant leviathans in an
Ambien sea. The ocean was like glass and the whales as close to still
lifes as living, breathing whales can become. Logging was the general rule.
After hearing about the intense activity east of Ptown all summer, the
humpback whales north and west of Ptown were apparently fleeing that
intense activity for the pleasure of swimming on autopilot hoping to achieve
weight loss due to lack of feeding. For those who had never seen whales
before, they were close, large, and exhaling, and occasionally a fluke would
be raised slightly for a steep descent five feet beneath the placid surface.
A day to remember for them. For my part, I was telling my daughter about the
days before the war (the Great War or the Civil War, it doesnt matter)
when Humpbacked Whales would actually congregate in numbers, surrounded by a
flotilla of adoring procellariiformes, and bubble feed til the cows came
home, with tubenoses and gulls aerially flossing their baleen.

On the way out today, the sea was virtually empty of all activity, with 11
Northern Gannets, all of which were second-year birds, and roughly 20
Wilsons Storm Petrels all flying in splendid isolation, and one lone Red
Knot making for the Cape (spotted by Laura). We also had 5 Bonapartes Gulls
in the outer harbor, and 5 Great Black-backs for the next 13 miles.

At about 12-13 miles out we had two groups of 2 sleeping whales, with almost
no birds in their immediate area. The same whales that have been reported by
the Gloucester whale watch boats for the past several days. On the way back,

Corys Shearwater - 25 (perhaps half paralleled the boat for miles)
Great Shearwater 1 (very distant, seen only by Laura)
Wilsons Storm-petrel 5
Northern Gannet 30, including ten full adults. Gannets were seen the
entire route back to within a mile of Gloucester Harbor, often paralleling
the boat.
Great Black-backed Gull ~20

Based on the whale activity Ive seen west of Ptown, Im ready to put sand
lance on the endangered species list. Maybe with all the reports of intense
whale and bird activity east of Ptown, they might actually qualify by fall.

Best,

Paul


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







 

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Date: 8/1/15 2:39 pm
From: Erik Nielsen <erikbogh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Possible Little x Snowy Egret Plum Island
Here are a few pictures of the Egret with at least one long head plume.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/erikbogh/20019972068/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/erikbogh/20019972118/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/erikbogh/20021411939/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/erikbogh/19585348204/in/dateposted-public/

I'm not sure if a Little Egret ever has this yellow lores at this time of
year; but it sure looked like a candidate. Suzanne Sullivan photographed an
Egret in June that had two longish head plumes plus typical Snowy style -
fluffy ones:

http://www.pbase.com/suzsull/image/160393767

http://www.pbase.com/suzsull/image/160393766

http://www.pbase.com/suzsull/image/160393765

http://www.pbase.com/suzsull/image/160393765

I didn't notice any fluffy plumes on the bird today; but that's not too
surprising as I only saw it in flight.

Erik Nielsen
Westwood, MA

--
http://www.flickr.com/photos/erikbogh

 

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Date: 8/1/15 1:31 pm
From: Michael Emmons <michael.emmons...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gloucester Whale Watch 8/1
Taking a 9AM whale watch out of Gloucester on one of the smaller boats (Capt Bill), produced less than desirable results.

Shearwater Sp. 0.0
Wilson's Storm-Petrel. 15
Northern Gannet 2 Adults
Phalarope Sp, probably Red 4
Bonaparte's Gull. 1

Humpback Whale 4
One of which was born in 1998 and another fist observed in 1984. The whales were fairly inactive at the surface with occasional dives.

Basking Shark 1
We spent several minutes watching at close range.

Mike Emmons
<Michael.Emmons...>
Wilmington, MA

 

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Date: 8/1/15 1:05 pm
From: Paul Champlin <skua99...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gooseberry this morning
Making the crossing this morning FROM Gooseberry to mainland Westport were (among others):

1 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Eastern Phoebe (surprising)
15 Yellow Warblers
1 Northern Waterthrush
1 (prob. juv.) Chipping Sparrow (hard to tell in flight)

Horseneck had quite sizeable surf, and the high tide posed an opportunity to view roosting birds in lot 3. Puddles and scattered vegetation offered 60 Semipalmated Plovers a fine roosting site along with 2 Semipalmated Sandpipers some good habitat. I've seen more than 200 here at one time, and the next rain should provide a good chance for good numbers.

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

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Date: 8/1/15 12:27 pm
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Visiting German birder/reports?
Thanks to Don Wilkinson for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

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From: Donald Wilkinson <singingbirder...>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 13:13:23 -0400
Subject: Visiting German birder/reports?


Dear All,
I have volunteered to help the visiting birder on Monday from
Germany. I live in Nahant so I am close. Her targets are (Black
Duck!, Saltmarsh sparrow, Stilt Sandpiper and Manx Shearwater.

I would appreciate any reports to help out. We will be going to the
pink building at Revere Beach and of course Belle Isle Marsh. We only
have a couple of hours!

Thanks!
Don Wilkinson
Nahant
<Singingbirder...>
www.donwilkinsonbirdingtours.com (updated with 2015-16 tours)


 

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Date: 8/1/15 12:14 pm
From: Erik Nielsen <erikbogh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Egret with long head plume - Plum Island
While shorebirding at Stage Island Pool on Plum Island I noticed an Egret flying towards me with what appeared to be a long head plume. I managed to get a few shots off when it came right by. Unfortunately none of them show the plume in its entirety; but you get an idea from this one:

https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/erikbogh/20179038436/

Erik Nielsen
Westwood, MA

http://flickr.com/photos/erikbogh/
 

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Date: 7/31/15 5:22 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fish Crows Cashman Park, Newburyport, Jul 29, 2015

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

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

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

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro

 

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

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

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

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

 

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

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

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

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

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






 

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

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


Kay
 

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

Sent from my iPhone
 

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

Kathy Doyon

Plymouth, MA

<akikoue63...>






Sent from Windows Mail
 

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

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

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

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

Kathy Dia
Concord, MA

 

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


Kathy Doyon

Plymouth, MA

<Gizzybird...>






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

A few migrant Yellow Warblers leaving Gooseberry.

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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



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



Charlie Patterson

<chaspatt...>

Norwell, Ma



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



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



Paul Champlin

Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone


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

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



I searched the eBird records and discovered:



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



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



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



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



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



Peter R. Bono
Yarmouthport, MA 02675


 

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

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

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

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

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro


 

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

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

I searched the eBird records and discovered:

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

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

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

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

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


Peter R. Bono
Yarmouthport, MA 02675



 

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


 

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


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



Black Skimmers, adults and chicks

Least Terns, adult and chicks

Common Terns, adults and chicks

Eastern Willets

American Oystercatchers



For those with interest, 7 photos posted:




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

Click "next" in upper right to advance frames!




Enjoy,

Craig Gibson

cbgibson AT comcast.net


 

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

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

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

Good birding!

Nathan Dubrow
<nathandubrow...>
Ipswich, Ma

 

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

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

Highlights:

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

A complete checklist can be found at the link below:

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

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

 

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

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon - Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

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



 

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

Leslie Kramer
Medford
 

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

Joseph Bourget

 

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

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

Thanks very much in advance.
Devin Hefferon
Melrose, MA

 

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

Sorry for the

Sent from my iPhone

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

 

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

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


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


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

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

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

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


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

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

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

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

 

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

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone

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

 

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

Heads up for migrating Whimbrel sightings in MA.

Leslie Kramer
Barry Burden
Medford, MA
 

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