MASSBIRD
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12/2/16 4:01 pm Alan Kneidel <akneidel...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Cod -- Clay-colored and Lark Sp, Gnat, Little Gulls
12/2/16 2:51 pm Marie Corcoran <Marie_Corcoran...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??
12/2/16 12:51 pm Scott Santino <ssantino...> [MASSBIRD] Around Essex County
12/2/16 12:03 pm AJ Pellegrini-Toole <aptoole...> [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Ask and ye shall receive
12/2/16 9:30 am Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Yellow Rail Vocalizations - Follow Up
12/2/16 9:04 am CHARLES PATTERSON <chaspatt...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??
12/2/16 8:47 am Linda <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose continues
12/2/16 8:35 am Stewart Sanders <ssandbird...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??
12/2/16 6:59 am Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??
12/2/16 6:20 am AJ Pellegrini-Toole <aptoole...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Juncos - Anyone??
12/2/16 5:41 am Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??
12/2/16 4:18 am Peter Trull <petrull...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??
12/2/16 3:39 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??
12/1/16 10:27 pm Marsha Salett <msalett...> [MASSBIRD] December issue of Bird Observer now online
12/1/16 7:55 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??
12/1/16 7:28 pm Marshall Iliff <marshall.iliff...> [MASSBIRD] Yellow Rail vocalizations and "Confirmation bias" with rarities
12/1/16 3:21 pm ECOC Mail <ecocmail...> [MASSBIRD] Essex County Ornithological Club Meeting Reminder - Friday, December 09, 2016
12/1/16 2:18 pm Rene Laubach <renelaubach...> [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager-- YES
12/1/16 1:44 pm AJ Pellegrini-Toole <aptoole...> [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??
12/1/16 12:04 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Pony Express fields, Ipswich, Dec 1, 2016
12/1/16 7:29 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Baltimore Oriole - Drumlin Farm
12/1/16 6:41 am Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...> [MASSBIRD] December Birding Delights-Winthrop Beach
12/1/16 5:07 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Yellow Rail Vocalizations - Follow Up
12/1/16 4:42 am Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Yellow Rail Vocalizations - Follow Up
11/30/16 8:08 pm Charles Patterson <chaspatt...> [MASSBIRD] High Eagle
11/30/16 7:32 pm Steven Whitebread <steven1591...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Yellow Rail Vocalizations - Follow Up
11/30/16 7:30 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle adult pair, Merrimack River - photo!
11/30/16 6:32 pm Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Recent Western Tanager Reports?
11/30/16 4:43 pm Rene Laubach <renelaubach...> [MASSBIRD] Recent Western Tanager Reports?
11/30/16 4:12 pm Rene Laubach <renelaubach...> [MASSBIRD] Recent Western Tanager Reports?
11/30/16 12:12 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - 11-30-16
11/30/16 12:00 pm Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] Yellow Rail Vocalizations - Follow Up
11/29/16 6:57 am Naeem Yusuff <naeem.yusuff...> [MASSBIRD] Winter Pelagic Jan 14
11/29/16 6:30 am Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> [MASSBIRD] Westport 11/28
11/28/16 6:33 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Dunback Meadow Today
11/28/16 1:59 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Fisk Pond, Nov 28, 2016
11/28/16 1:23 pm Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-throated Warbler -Orleans 11/27/16
11/28/16 11:30 am Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...> [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager - Dunback Meadows
11/28/16 9:27 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] King Eider - Gloucester
11/28/16 6:02 am Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...> [MASSBIRD] Harlequins / Black Guillemot -- Cape Ann
11/27/16 9:17 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Jamaica Pond. Leverett Pond ducks
11/27/16 6:30 pm Brian Rusnica <velocicrafter...> [MASSBIRD] 2 Short-eared Owl at Daniel Webster WS, Marshfield Sun 11/27
11/27/16 5:10 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] First of Season Harlequin Ducks, Manomet Point, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US Nov 27, 2016 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
11/27/16 2:20 pm Vin Zollo <vzollo1...> [MASSBIRD] Yellow-throated Warbler -Orleans 11/27/16
11/27/16 10:55 am Steven van der Veen <srvacons...> [MASSBIRD] First of Season Harlequin Ducks, Manomet Point, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US Nov 27, 2016 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
11/27/16 10:30 am Adam Leiterman <aleiterman...> [MASSBIRD] Submission of educational opportunity
11/27/16 10:29 am Adam Leiterman <aleiterman...> [MASSBIRD] CORRECTED VERSION submission of educational opportunity
11/27/16 9:43 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
11/27/16 8:31 am Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...> [MASSBIRD] Pink footed goose still there
11/27/16 8:01 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] Yellow Rail Vocalizations - Non Breeding Grounds
11/27/16 7:31 am Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...> [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck at Johnson ' s pond - Yes
11/27/16 7:27 am Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose - Yes
11/27/16 6:39 am Devin Hefferon <dhefferon...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Painted Bunting- Melrose
11/27/16 4:13 am Devin Hefferon <dhefferon...> [MASSBIRD] Painted Bunting- Melrose
11/26/16 6:03 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Westboro Swans high count
11/26/16 3:01 pm Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...> [MASSBIRD] Mute Swans in Westboro 11/26
11/26/16 1:35 pm <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] White-winged Dove, Martha's Vineyard
11/26/16 12:46 pm Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose - YES
11/26/16 12:40 pm Gerald Macomber <jerrymacomber...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill cranes, Walnut St, East Bridgewater
11/26/16 11:58 am Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...> [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven - Barrows
11/26/16 4:19 am Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Westboro Swans high count
11/25/16 10:18 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Westboro Swans high count
11/25/16 8:16 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] WMB: Harris' Sparrow in Dalton!
11/25/16 7:51 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Westboro Swans high count
11/25/16 6:18 pm <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Photos to ebird from iphone
11/25/16 5:50 pm <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Photos, seasides, ipswich
11/25/16 4:29 pm Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...> [MASSBIRD] Westboro Swans high count
11/25/16 4:20 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Why Does Monofilament Repel House Sparrows?
11/25/16 2:54 pm <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Photos to ebird
11/25/16 2:10 pm pamela low <pipswiche...> [MASSBIRD] White-fronted Goose in Hamilton
11/25/16 1:50 pm <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Seaside, Lapland addition
11/25/16 1:46 pm <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Seaside, Lapland, Martha's Vineyard
11/25/16 1:02 pm pamela low <pipswiche...> [MASSBIRD] White-fronted goose, Yes
11/25/16 12:11 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle: Fall River - Photo!
11/25/16 11:28 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Scituate Duck
11/25/16 8:46 am Jim McCoy <jfmccoy...> [MASSBIRD] Lexington Western Tanager continues
11/25/16 8:34 am <mresch8702...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Scituate Duck
11/25/16 7:01 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] Scituate Duck
11/24/16 9:45 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Millennium Park, Nov 24, 2016
11/24/16 6:49 pm Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Cave Swallows on Cape Cod now?
11/24/16 4:52 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury - Thanksgiving Morning
11/24/16 3:20 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Cave Swallows on Cape Cod now?
11/24/16 12:06 pm Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Cave Swallows on Cape Cod now?
11/24/16 10:25 am <brookfarm...> [MASSBIRD] Mystery Duck at Scituate Reservoir from 9-9:30am
11/24/16 9:41 am Arthur Gaudet <rockdancer97...> [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager Dunback Meadows Lexington
11/24/16 8:03 am <brianrfg...> [MASSBIRD] Foxboro Thanksgiving birds
11/24/16 6:27 am Warren Tatro <wtatro...> [MASSBIRD] correction
11/24/16 6:19 am Warren Tatro <wtatro...> [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Goose in Hamilton
11/24/16 4:06 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Silver Lake, Kingston, Plympton, Pembroke & Halifax
11/24/16 3:54 am <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Great Horned Owls
11/23/16 7:02 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Silver Lake, Kingston, Plympton, Pembroke, Halifax
11/23/16 2:19 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 11-23-16
11/23/16 1:50 pm John Liller <john.liller...> [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook - 11/23/16
11/23/16 11:28 am <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager relocated at dunback meadow 2:20 PM
11/23/16 8:07 am Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...> [MASSBIRD] Winged Wonders @ Winthrop Beach Sat. 11/26 and beyond
11/23/16 3:21 am Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Cave Swallows on Cape Cod now?
11/22/16 6:00 pm James P. Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's Falls - Shrike, LBBGull
11/22/16 4:46 pm Keith Mueller <kmueller...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Cave Swallows on Cape Cod now?
11/22/16 3:08 pm Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> [MASSBIRD] Cave Swallows on Cape Cod now?
11/22/16 2:46 pm Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager - Dunback Meadows
11/22/16 1:48 pm Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Elegant Tern photos
11/22/16 10:04 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager - Dunback Meadows
11/22/16 8:12 am Alan Kneidel <akneidel...> [MASSBIRD] Plymouth County -- Bell's Vireo continues
11/22/16 8:04 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
11/22/16 5:07 am Kathleen <kab2769...> [MASSBIRD] Rehoboth yard sightings - Tiny Bird Division
11/21/16 7:35 pm Phil Brown <downtownpab...> [MASSBIRD] Outer Cape - Bohemian Waxwing, Sedge Wren, etc.
11/21/16 7:20 am Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose at Scotland Rd.
11/21/16 6:48 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes
11/21/16 6:25 am <sherwood63...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Nuthatches
11/21/16 6:20 am Jeff Rees <jrees...> [MASSBIRD] House Sparrow Deterrent for Feeders
11/20/16 9:49 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Peregrine pair, E Bluebird at Millennium
11/20/16 7:20 pm Charles Patterson <chaspatt...> [MASSBIRD] Nuthatches
11/20/16 6:14 pm James P. Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Fw: Turner's Falls - Little Gull
11/20/16 6:10 pm Melissa Sovay <msovay71...> [MASSBIRD] Male Adult Barrow's Goldeneye @ Sudbury Reservoir
11/20/16 5:55 pm James P. Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls - Little Gull
11/20/16 1:58 pm Ian Nisbet <icnisbet...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Elegant Tern photos
11/20/16 12:55 pm Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Hall's Pond, Nov 20, 2016
11/20/16 10:02 am Marshall Iliff <marshall.iliff...> [MASSBIRD] Elegant Tern photos
11/20/16 9:54 am John Hoye <lt.jaeger...> [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager
11/20/16 9:32 am <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Cold Spring Park, Newton, Nov 20, 2016 Barred Owl
11/20/16 8:57 am <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Barred Owl, Cold Spring Park
11/20/16 8:30 am Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> [MASSBIRD] Rose-breasted nuthatch (Concord)
11/20/16 4:05 am meaghan q. sinclair <meaghanq...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Where to Park at Cambridge Reservoir and Waltham Fields in Lexington
11/20/16 3:11 am Marj. Rines <marj...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Where to Park at Cambridge Reservoir and Waltham Fields in Lexington
11/19/16 7:13 pm Zack Weber <birdingwithzackweber...> [MASSBIRD] goodies at Fort Hill this afternoon
11/19/16 6:21 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Nov 19, 2016: 2300 scoters!
11/19/16 6:10 pm meaghan q. sinclair <meaghanq...> [MASSBIRD] Where to Park at Cambridge Reservoir and Waltham Fields in Lexington
11/19/16 3:28 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Winter Wren, Northern Pintail, etc. in Brighton
11/19/16 3:14 pm Richard Messer <pi_birder...> [MASSBIRD] Curious Red-breasted Nuthatch Behavior
11/19/16 12:08 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Peregrine Falcon pair: Haverhill - Photos!
11/19/16 9:53 am Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Newton Cold Spring, Millennium
11/19/16 9:26 am Joseph Bourget <joseph.bourget...> [MASSBIRD] ELEGANT TERN - N Marconi Beach
11/19/16 4:10 am Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...> [MASSBIRD] Any Photos of Salisbury Pacific Loon?
11/19/16 3:54 am Paul Roberts <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] Raptors Plum Island/NBPT 11/18/16
11/18/16 8:13 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (18 Nov 2016) 7 Raptors
11/18/16 10:13 am Chris Martone <cmartone00...> [MASSBIRD] YB Chat at Nahant Thicket
11/18/16 9:19 am Diana F. <diana.fru...> [MASSBIRD] Rfi: Fort Hill birds
11/18/16 5:54 am <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - dog-walk loop, 144 upland Road, Cold Spring Park, Nov 18, 2016
11/18/16 4:18 am <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Pufi at feeders
11/17/16 4:15 pm James P. Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Turner's - Mountain Bluebird - No 11/17
11/17/16 4:01 pm Tom Murray <tmurray74...> [MASSBIRD] Northern Shrike Fitch Bridge fields Groton
11/17/16 3:09 pm Roy Haddock <haddiewon...> [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird books
11/17/16 2:20 pm Mark Taylor <birdnorth...> [MASSBIRD] Marconi, Head of the Meadow, Ballston Beach 11/17
11/17/16 1:43 pm Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagles in Fairhaven and Acushnet
11/17/16 10:26 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Artichoke Dairy in West Newbury & Birders
11/17/16 7:19 am Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...> [MASSBIRD] Cackiling Geese/Cherry Hill Reservoir/W. Newbury
11/17/16 5:22 am Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Juvenile Bald Eagle: Lawrence - photos!
11/16/16 6:00 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Refuge Deer Culling - 12/7
11/16/16 5:34 pm <asb1960...> [MASSBIRD] Dunback Meadows - No Tanager but there was a Shrike
11/16/16 5:04 pm Mark Taylor <birdnorth...> [MASSBIRD] Race Point 11/16
11/16/16 4:01 pm <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] N. Shrike - Orange
11/16/16 4:00 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Pine Grosbeak - Fort Hill, Eastham, Nov 16, 2016
11/16/16 4:00 pm <brianrfg...> [MASSBIRD] owls here and there
11/16/16 4:00 pm Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...> [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl- Ipswich- 11/16/16
11/16/16 3:58 pm Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...> [MASSBIRD] Ipswich Red-tail from afar.... 11-14-16
11/16/16 7:41 am James P. Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Turner's - Mountain Bluebird 11/16
11/16/16 7:37 am Jack Barthel <jb.ovenbird...> Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Turner's - Mountain Bluebird
11/16/16 7:12 am Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> [MASSBIRD] Least Flycatcher, Westborough WMA
11/16/16 6:20 am sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] Hooded Mergansers - Artichoke Reservoir
11/16/16 5:29 am Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> [MASSBIRD] Empidonax, Westborough wma
11/16/16 5:00 am Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Peregrines History #2!
11/16/16 4:57 am Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Peregrines History #1
11/15/16 7:00 pm James P. Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Turner's - Mountain Bluebird
11/15/16 5:02 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Merlin, Peregrine.
11/15/16 2:50 pm Mark Taylor <birdnorth...> [MASSBIRD] Fort Hill Addendum
11/15/16 1:21 pm Sam Miller <zamziller...> [MASSBIRD] Cattle Egret, Fort Hill, Eastham, Nov 15, 2016
11/15/16 1:20 pm Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...> [MASSBIRD] Vesper Sparrow/ Salisbury Beach State Park.
11/15/16 11:44 am Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] Chat in Nahant
11/15/16 8:49 am <brookfarm...> [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Goose YES
11/15/16 6:51 am Mike Mulqueen <intrinsic3141...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Potential Orange-crowned warbler in Dewey Square Park/Garden, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston
11/14/16 2:21 pm Eric Huston <eprh1985...> [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls: Mountain Bluebird update 11/14
11/14/16 1:40 pm JOHN ROCKWOOD <loonphotog...> [MASSBIRD] Another Loon video
11/14/16 1:06 pm Bob & Bonnie Buxton <bbxt...> [MASSBIRD] Probable Swainson's Thrush in Merrimac
11/14/16 7:40 am Lindsey Nichols <pepper.please...> [MASSBIRD] Potential Orange-crowned warbler in Dewey Square Park/Garden, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston
11/14/16 7:20 am Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> Re: [MASSBIRD] RE: Dickcissel Waltham Fields location clarification, please
11/14/16 6:03 am Dave Small <Dave...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls - Mountain Bluebird
11/14/16 5:33 am Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Artichoke reservoir--a dilemma?
11/14/16 5:27 am <asb1960...> [MASSBIRD] RE: Dickcissel Waltham Fields location clarification, please
11/14/16 1:51 am Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Artichoke reservoir-a dilemma?
11/14/16 1:17 am Dana Duxbury-Fox <danafox...> [MASSBIRD] Artichoke Farm Birders NOT welcome
11/13/16 9:57 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Beach and Plum Island, Nov 13, 2016 (+ pheasants)
11/13/16 7:15 pm James P. Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls - Mountain Bluebird
11/13/16 6:38 pm Sean Williams <seanbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Rufous Hummingbird in Westboro continues- 11/13
11/13/16 5:52 pm Bob Crowley <crbob...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Artichoke reservoir-a dilemma?
11/13/16 5:00 pm patricia reeser <ppreeser...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Artichoke reservoir-a dilemma?
11/13/16 4:34 pm Brian Rusnica <velocicrafter...> [MASSBIRD] FOY Short-eared Owl at PRNWR Sun 11/13
11/13/16 4:18 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Artichoke reservoir-a dilemma?
11/13/16 2:46 pm Michael Baird <rkramden1994...> [MASSBIRD] 11/13 Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
11/13/16 1:30 pm Andrea <asb1960...> [MASSBIRD] Shrike at Waltham Fields
11/13/16 1:01 pm John Liller <john.liller...> [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary - 11/13/16
11/13/16 9:52 am Dave Small <Dave...> [MASSBIRD] Mountain Bluebird Turners falls airport
11/13/16 9:35 am Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> [MASSBIRD] Bell's Vireo continues in Manomet.
11/13/16 8:35 am Gerald M. Macomber <jerrymacomber...> [MASSBIRD] re: Hammond's flycatcher, Medford
11/13/16 8:24 am Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...> [MASSBIRD] First fox sparrow in Andover
11/13/16 7:35 am Michael Emmons <michael.emmons...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose 11/13
11/13/16 5:02 am <mresch8702...> [MASSBIRD] Redpoll, Pepperell, 11/13
11/13/16 4:34 am Sean Williams <seanbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher continues- 11/13
11/12/16 9:03 pm Paul Roberts <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] Wintering Hawks Field Trip to Plum Island 11/12/16
11/12/16 7:12 pm James P. Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Gill and area - Evening Grosbeaks
11/12/16 6:32 pm Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatch at feeder in Salem
11/12/16 11:29 am Susan Wrisley <swrisley13...> [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Goose, Ipswich - Yes
11/12/16 9:27 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed goose YES
11/12/16 7:41 am Stuart Walker <stuarttwalker...> [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher - Yes
11/12/16 7:31 am Susan Wrisley <swrisley13...> [MASSBIRD] Short Eared Owl at Salisbury SP Now
11/12/16 7:16 am Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] RE: ?? Any Sightings of Hammonds Fly
11/12/16 7:11 am Haynes Miller <hrm...> [MASSBIRD] Hammond Pond: Northern Shovelers
11/12/16 6:10 am <danafox...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose today?
11/12/16 6:09 am <danafox...> [MASSBIRD] ?? Any Sightings of Hammonds Fly
11/12/16 6:00 am Scott Spangenberg <sjspangenberg...> [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Pacific Loon yes
11/11/16 11:46 am Chris Martone <cmartone00...> [MASSBIRD] Redhead and PB Grebe - Slyvester Baxter Park / Assembly Square
11/11/16 10:56 am elabato <elabato...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose
11/11/16 10:31 am Lorraine Kaplan <lorraine.e.kaplan...> [MASSBIRD] Snow buntings at Hampton Beach State Park
11/11/16 9:53 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose W. Newbury YES 11/11
11/11/16 8:38 am Susan Wrisley <swrisley13...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose Today?
11/11/16 7:44 am Devin Hefferon <dhefferon...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose Today?
11/11/16 7:32 am Meaghan Sinclair <meaghanq...> [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher 10:27 a.m. YES
11/11/16 6:34 am Leslie Kramer <lfkramer...> [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher 11/11, Middlesex Fells, Medford, 7:45 AM
11/11/16 3:22 am <mresch8702...> [MASSBIRD] Bell's Vireo Continues, Manomet, Plymouth, 11/10
11/10/16 7:00 pm Daan Sandee <sandee...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Directions/instructions for Hammond Flycatcher spot/fells in Medford
11/10/16 6:51 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Directions/instructions for Hammond Flycatcher spot/fells in Medford
11/10/16 6:16 pm <mresch8702...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Directions/instructions for Hammond Flycatcher spot/fells in Medford
11/10/16 5:55 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Directions/instructions for Hammond Flycatcher spot/fells in Medford
11/10/16 5:02 pm Hank.Levesque <hlevesque...> [MASSBIRD] Red-eyed Vireo - Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary
11/10/16 12:13 pm <mresch8702...> [MASSBIRD] Bell's Vireo Continues, Manomet, Plymouth, 11/10
11/10/16 9:04 am Kat Birder <katbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, weekly species census, Nov 10, 2016
11/10/16 8:28 am Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] Pink Footed Goose across from 105 Scotland Road
11/10/16 7:55 am Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed goose, confirmed
11/10/16 5:06 am Devin Hefferon <dhefferon...> [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher YES
11/10/16 4:50 am Mary <lemmel...> Re: [MASSBIRD] empid Flycatcher- Middlesex Fells
11/9/16 6:09 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Newbury and West Newbury Highlights
11/9/16 2:57 pm Andrew Sanford <asanford2000...> [MASSBIRD] Yellow-throated warbler at Chandler Hovey Park, Marblehead MA on 2016-11-08
11/9/16 2:57 pm Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Nov 9, 2016
11/9/16 2:57 pm james sweeney <assawompsett...> [MASSBIRD] Northern Shrike - Raynham - 11/9
11/9/16 2:15 pm Mindy LaBranche <m.s.labranche...> [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeak in Eastham
11/9/16 8:31 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Merlin
11/9/16 8:11 am Marshall Iliff <miliff...> Re: [MASSBIRD] empid Flycatcher- Middlesex Fells
11/9/16 7:18 am Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [MASSBIRD] Middlesex Fells Hammonds Flycatcher continues
11/9/16 7:03 am <danafox...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Greater White-throated Goose Ipswich
11/9/16 6:26 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] Putative Hammond's Yes
11/9/16 5:58 am <danafox...> [MASSBIRD] Greater White-throated Goose Ipswich
11/8/16 5:15 pm Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] American Kestrel - Nahant
11/8/16 4:10 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] American Kestrel
11/8/16 4:08 pm Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...> [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Goose- Rt. 133 Ipswich. 11/8/16.
11/8/16 4:08 pm Brian Cassie <cassieb...> [MASSBIRD] Common Raven @ Jamaica Pond
11/8/16 3:16 pm JOHN ROCKWOOD <loonphotog...> [MASSBIRD] Papa Loon visi
11/8/16 1:13 pm Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] The Bobolink Project - very worthy of support
11/8/16 12:54 pm <jeannea.paine...> [MASSBIRD] Yellow breasted Chat
11/8/16 11:24 am Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] WMB: Pine Grosbeaks
11/8/16 9:38 am David Larson <redpoll...> [MASSBIRD] Mew and Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Carson Beach
11/8/16 5:30 am Greg Power <jewett1066...> [MASSBIRD] Pink footed Goose at Newbury Cherry Hill
11/8/16 5:12 am steven.j.babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...> [MASSBIRD] Pink footed Goose at Cherry Hill continues
11/7/16 8:00 pm Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck in Groveland
11/7/16 6:08 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (07 Nov 2016) 15 Raptors
11/7/16 6:06 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Fw: [BostonBirds] 10/7 Fenway Warblers, Raptors, Thrushes, etc.
11/7/16 6:04 pm Glenn Williams <gswilliams9...> Re: [MASSBIRD] cardinal banging into window
11/7/16 4:46 pm Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose images - 11/07/16 - Cherry Hill Reservoir, W. Newbury
11/7/16 2:24 pm Nick Dorian <dorianscale3...> [MASSBIRD] Bay-breasted Warbler, Tufts University Medford
11/7/16 2:19 pm Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...> [MASSBIRD] BARROW'S GOLDENEYE- Dorchester shores reservation
11/7/16 11:54 am Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Cherry Hill Res., Nov 7, 2016 -- pink-footed goose
11/7/16 10:45 am Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...> [MASSBIRD] Winged Wonders at Winthrop Beach (DCR Free Birding Program)
11/7/16 10:44 am Barbara Drummond <bdraraavis...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose
11/7/16 10:38 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] Race Point Sea Watches - 11/4 & 11/6
11/7/16 6:55 am Kat Birder <katbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Weekly species census, Nov 3, 2016
11/7/16 6:03 am alice morgan <morgan.alice...> [MASSBIRD] cardinal banging into window
11/7/16 4:20 am James P. Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Fw: Turner's - Cackling Goose and Westborough Harris's Sparrow
11/7/16 4:12 am Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [MASSBIRD] Cherry Hill Pink-footed Goose - Yes
11/6/16 8:49 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (06 Nov 2016) 13 Raptors
11/6/16 7:01 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Bell's Vireo - Manomet, yes 11/6
11/6/16 6:11 pm Robert Gervais <rgervais...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose
11/6/16 4:43 pm Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...> [MASSBIRD] Boston Birds
11/6/16 1:29 pm Bonnie & Bob Buxton <bbxt...> [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrow and Purple Finch in Merrimac
11/6/16 1:13 pm Bill Lafley <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Golden Eagle - North Quabbin
11/6/16 12:55 pm Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed goose, West Newbury
11/6/16 12:29 pm Ryan Schain <ryanschain...> [MASSBIRD] 11/6 Fenway
11/6/16 12:09 pm Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Race Point,
11/6/16 10:23 am Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Peregrines: liftoff moments - Photos!
11/6/16 8:15 am Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] WMB: waterbird fallout
11/6/16 7:57 am Cape Cod <thecapecodbirdclub...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Cod Bird Club Young Birder Scholarships
11/6/16 7:05 am Nancy Landry <njlandry...> [MASSBIRD] Pine Grosbeak PRNWR
11/6/16 6:37 am Sabrina Hepburn <s.k.hepburn...> [MASSBIRD] Western tanager E Point Gloucester
11/6/16 5:53 am Peter Laptop <orapendula...> [MASSBIRD] Pacific loon salisbury
11/6/16 3:51 am John Baur <john_baur...> [MASSBIRD] Harris's Sparrow - Yes, Westboroigh WMA
11/6/16 2:59 am Peter Trull <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] opposing view
11/5/16 9:03 pm John Rogers <kagu09...> [MASSBIRD] Westborough Harris's Sparrow Yes
11/5/16 7:45 pm Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...> Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Crane & Winter Birds Arriving
11/5/16 6:13 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] DICKCISSEL Waltham St Lex
11/5/16 5:11 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Request for Wagtail update
11/5/16 4:53 pm Alan Kneidel <akneidel...> [MASSBIRD] Plymouth County -- Bell's Vireo 11/5
11/5/16 3:51 pm Keenan Yakola <kyakola...> [MASSBIRD] Cape Cod: Golden Eagle
11/5/16 3:51 pm Dyl Pedro <pedrodyl...> [MASSBIRD] Westborough Harris's Sparrow, Yes-Photos and Audio
11/5/16 2:11 pm Ilija Dukovski <ilija.dukovski...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island: A. bittern, Horned Lark, Gannets, Merlin
11/5/16 1:47 pm Barbara Volkle <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] Re: [Maine-birds] WHITE WAGTAIL CONTINUES
11/5/16 1:37 pm Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...> [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Crane & Winter Birds Arriving
11/5/16 10:51 am Brian Rusnica <velocicrafter...> [MASSBIRD] FOY Rough-legged Hawk at PRNWR Sat 11/5
11/5/16 10:35 am bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail negative reports
11/5/16 8:43 am Douglas Chickering <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] Eurasian Wigeon on Plum I
11/5/16 5:47 am <brianrfg...> [MASSBIRD] new bird film....don't miss it
11/5/16 4:01 am Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> Re: [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail suggestion
11/4/16 9:00 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail suggestion
11/4/16 7:04 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Directions to Great Boars Head, No. Hampton, NH
11/4/16 6:45 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (04 Nov 2016) Raptors
11/4/16 6:44 pm Jeffrey Boone Miller <jboonemiller...> [MASSBIRD] Fresh Pond - One Canvasback
11/4/16 4:32 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Typo...sorry
11/4/16 2:50 pm Tom Murray <tmurray74...> [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail YES
11/4/16 1:55 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] NH Wagtail
11/4/16 1:55 pm Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...> [MASSBIRD] UMASS Boston harbor survey
11/4/16 9:08 am Mike Mulqueen <intrinsic3141...> [MASSBIRD] 11/4 Chat, Hermit Thrushes - Boston , Congress St/Purchase St
11/4/16 4:40 am bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Wagtail yes
11/4/16 4:30 am Peter Trull <petrull...> Re: [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail, New Hampshire continues
11/4/16 4:26 am Peter Trull <petrull...> Re: [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail - SUMMARY OF ACTIVITY
11/3/16 5:58 pm sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] White-rumped Sandpipers PI
11/3/16 2:24 pm Sam Miller <zamziller...> [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail, Yes, Great Boars Head, NH
11/3/16 2:21 pm Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...> [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail, New Hampshire continues
11/3/16 1:44 pm Jane Moosbruker <jamoos...> [MASSBIRD] Harris Sparrow YES
11/3/16 8:33 am James P. Smith <keenbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Gill - Evening Grosbeak
11/3/16 5:07 am <goshawk3...> <goshawk3...> [MASSBIRD] Great Horned Owl, West Bridgewater
11/3/16 4:49 am bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Wagtail...nh
11/2/16 7:34 pm Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Harlequin Ducks back at Halibut Point, Rockport 11/1/16
11/2/16 5:12 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 11-02-16
11/2/16 5:09 pm Daan Sandee <sandee...> [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail subspecies
11/2/16 2:26 pm Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> [MASSBIRD] Damn Spellcheck. Extralimital White Wagtail. Rye Harbor SP
11/2/16 1:54 pm Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> [MASSBIRD] Extramarital- White Wagtail. Rye Harbor SP
11/2/16 1:05 pm Floyd, Chris <chrisf...> [MASSBIRD] Harris's Sparrow Continues 11/2
11/2/16 12:36 pm John Nelson <jnelson...> [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club 2017 Young Birder Scholarships
11/2/16 11:16 am Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] screech owl at Corliss Bros. in Ipswich
11/2/16 6:42 am George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese
 
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Date: 12/2/16 4:01 pm
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Cod -- Clay-colored and Lark Sp, Gnat, Little Gulls
Taj Schottland and I spent today 12/2 birding Cape Cod from Chatham to Race
Point. Highlights included:

CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER in the hedges around the
monument at Chatham Light. See list below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32818236

LARK SPARROW on the lawn of inn at Fort Hill. See list below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32820195

We spent the final few hours of light at Race Point, where the highlights
included 7 LITTLE GULLS, 15+ ICELAND GULLS, and many other ocean birds. See
list below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32824041

--
Alan Kneidel
Manomet, MA

 

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Date: 12/2/16 2:51 pm
From: Marie Corcoran <Marie_Corcoran...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??
Very few, almost none, in East Dennis, but plenty here in Newton. On the Cape, I'm missing White throated Sparrows also.

Marie Corcoran, Sea St., East Dennis

Sent from my iPad

> On Dec 2, 2016, at 9:54 AM, Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> wrote:
>
> Plenty of juncos all over over the tamed and wild areas of Concord, since October. Often heard more than seen.
>
>
>
> Cherrie A. Corey
> Naturalist and photographer
> Concord, MA
> 978.760.1933 mobile
> www.senseofplace-concord.com
>
>
>
>>> On Dec 1, 2016, at 10:53 PM, Joshua Rose <opihi...> wrote:
>>>
>>> On Dec 1, 2016, at 4:40 PM, AJ Pellegrini-Toole <aptoole...> wrote:
>>>
>>> I have yet to see a junco in my yard here on Cape Cod. Granted I am not glued to the windows
>>> all day, but they should have been here by now.
>>>
>>> Is it just me? I remember someone reporting them late Sept, or Oct further north so I figured
>>> they were on the way.
>>>
>>>
>>> Alida Pellegrini-Toole
>>> North Falmouth, MA
>>
>>
>> We have hordes of them all over the western part of the state, not just in yards and at feeders but also flocks springing up from random stretches of roadside…..
>>
>>
>> Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
>> Amherst, MA
>> http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
>> http://www.facebook.com/opihi
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>


 

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Date: 12/2/16 12:51 pm
From: Scott Santino <ssantino...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Around Essex County
Today I led a day trip that started at Crane Beach in Ipswich, up to Salisbury Beach State Reservation, and over to Scotland Road in West Newbury.

Highlights included:
A flyover of Red Crossbills at Crane Beach. While looking through Canada Geese on Northgate Road in Ipswich we had 2 Peregrine Falcons and a male Northern Harrier. No Greater White-fronted Goose however. Male Barrow's Goldeneye observed in creek looking east from boat ramp at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Also had a flock of 25 or so Snow Buntings in beach parking area. We ended our day finding the Pink-footed Goose along Scotland Road that was reported by Linda Ferraresso earlier in the day.

Scott Santino
Mass Audubon




 

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Date: 12/2/16 12:03 pm
From: AJ Pellegrini-Toole <aptoole...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Ask and ye shall receive
I guess I should have complained sooner. I was just filling the
feeders, heard a familiar
call and lo and behold juncos! All is well.

The neighborhood Cooper's Hawk also made an appearance earlier this
afternoon.


Alida Pellegrini-Toole
North Falmouth, MA

aptoole AT yahoo DOT com

 

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Date: 12/2/16 9:30 am
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Yellow Rail Vocalizations - Follow Up

Steve,

Thanks for the clear and very helpful response.

Some details about my reported hearing of the Yellow Rail follow.

(http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32423427)

When I heard the typewriter sound the sun was fairly near setting, none
of the birders present had yet seen the bird flush, and I was doing my
YERA typewriter sound (via the tongue against the roof of the mouth --
kind of like one does to make a horse start moving when "giddyup"
doesn't work [well, in movies: I have no experience with horses!];
although I'm utterly incompetent at pishing, Screech owls, and other
bird noises, I'm told my rail clickings are pretty good). We heard at
least two separate iterations of the typewriter sound. In at least the
two (seemingly) clear cases, they came from the marsh 15-20 meters NE of
the cattail patch. When I heard the two clear ones, I thought, "this is
EXACTLY what I'd been hearing in the 'typewriter' vocalization
recordings I'd been studying". Obviously, no matter the strength of that
internal "EXACTLY", one can be utterly wrong, which is why the recording
would be good, as you rightly stress. We’d been hearing a Marsh Wren
making various vocalizations, and it was clearly not a Marsh Wren,
because we had a temporally direct comparison. The Sedge Wren
differential diagnosis/ID is trickier because I didn't ID the Sedge Wren
that day, but I listened to recordings of Sedge Wren vocalizations
later, and none seemed to have the same very sharp attack (in the
musical sense) as the putative YERA. What I heard was "click", whereas
the wren (both Marsh and Sedge) vocalizations sound more like, so to
speak (write), "cczschllickk": an ever so slightly longer sound (though
still brief), with either a touch of buzziness, or, in the case of a
diff. variant, a slight (again: very brief) tonality. I'm quite
confident what I was hearing was not a Sedge or Marsh Wren. My concern
was more some other kind of rail, clicking in a YERA-like rhythm, or
even distant hammering, or the sound of my camera trying to autofocus!
(I'd been fooled by my camera in that way once before.) But not a wren,
I'd say.


Note: if anyone sees me in the next few days at Fort Hill, I'll have my
cellphone on continuous record mode, which thus will pick up things
people say. Obviously, I'll delete overheard Homo sapiens vocalizations
later. For those who don't know me: I'll be the skinny one with the
olive-green woolen cap, jeans jacket, and glasses on a pale face bearing
half a century of sleep-deprivation and dissolute living.

> Note to all, I made sure I chose my words very carefully, I said that it is *possible* for a Yellow Rail to advertise/call during the fall migration and on their winter ground yet is highly *improbable* based on field experience of ornithologists and my own personal experience.

Noted -- thanks, and let me stress that I love it when people question
my IDs. It's a great way to learn, and, more importantly here, I really
want researchers to have data that is as robust as possible. Any gusto
behind my questioning the questioning of the ID is simply a
manifestation of the classical spirit of dialectics, not any sign of a
personal attachment to my belief that I heard the rail!

Best,
Brian

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

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Date: 12/2/16 9:04 am
From: CHARLES PATTERSON <chaspatt...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??
Plenty in Norwell to though I have yet to see the white throated sparrows that usually come in with the juncos.



Charlie Patterson

<chaspatt...> mailto:<chaspatt...>

Norwell, Ma

> On December 2, 2016 at 10:53 AM Stewart Sanders <ssandbird...> wrote:
>
> juncos have been in Plymouth about a month.
> SS
>
>
> On Friday, December 2, 2016 10:04 AM, Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> wrote:
>
>
> Plenty of juncos all over over the tamed and wild areas of Concord, since October. Often heard more than seen.
>
>
>
> Cherrie A. Corey
> Naturalist and photographer
> Concord, MA
> 978.760.1933 mobile
> www.senseofplace-concord.com
>
>
>
> > On Dec 1, 2016, at 10:53 PM, Joshua Rose <opihi...> mailto:<opihi...> > wrote:
> >
> >> On Dec 1, 2016, at 4:40 PM, AJ Pellegrini-Toole <aptoole...> mailto:<aptoole...> > wrote:
> >>
> >> I have yet to see a junco in my yard here on Cape Cod. Granted I am not glued to the windows
> >> all day, but they should have been here by now.
> >>
> >> Is it just me? I remember someone reporting them late Sept, or Oct further north so I figured
> >> they were on the way.
> >>
> >>
> >> Alida Pellegrini-Toole
> >> North Falmouth, MA
> >
> >
> > We have hordes of them all over the western part of the state, not just in yards and at feeders but also flocks springing up from random stretches of roadside…..
> >
> >
> > Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
> > Amherst, MA
> > http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
> > http://www.facebook.com/opihi
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 12/2/16 8:47 am
From: Linda <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose continues
The Pink-footed Goose is still being seen on Scotland Rd in a flock of Canada Geese.

Linda

Sent from my iPhone

Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>

 

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Date: 12/2/16 8:35 am
From: Stewart Sanders <ssandbird...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??
juncos have been in Plymouth about a month.SS

On Friday, December 2, 2016 10:04 AM, Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> wrote:


Plenty of juncos all over over the tamed and wild areas of Concord, since October.  Often heard more than seen.



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



> On Dec 1, 2016, at 10:53 PM, Joshua Rose <opihi...> wrote:
>
>> On Dec 1, 2016, at 4:40 PM, AJ Pellegrini-Toole <aptoole...> wrote:
>>
>> I have yet to see a junco in my yard here on Cape Cod.  Granted I am not glued to the windows
>> all day, but they should have been here by now. 
>>
>> Is it just me?  I remember someone reporting them late Sept, or Oct further north so I figured
>> they were on the way. 
>>
>>
>> Alida Pellegrini-Toole
>> North Falmouth, MA
>
>
> We have hordes of them all over the western part of the state, not just in yards and at feeders but also flocks springing up from random stretches of roadside…..
>
>
> Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
> Amherst, MA
> http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
> http://www.facebook.com/opihi
>
>
>
>





 

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Date: 12/2/16 6:59 am
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??
Plenty of juncos all over over the tamed and wild areas of Concord, since October. Often heard more than seen.



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



> On Dec 1, 2016, at 10:53 PM, Joshua Rose <opihi...> wrote:
>
>> On Dec 1, 2016, at 4:40 PM, AJ Pellegrini-Toole <aptoole...> wrote:
>>
>> I have yet to see a junco in my yard here on Cape Cod. Granted I am not glued to the windows
>> all day, but they should have been here by now.
>>
>> Is it just me? I remember someone reporting them late Sept, or Oct further north so I figured
>> they were on the way.
>>
>>
>> Alida Pellegrini-Toole
>> North Falmouth, MA
>
>
> We have hordes of them all over the western part of the state, not just in yards and at feeders but also flocks springing up from random stretches of roadside…..
>
>
> Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
> Amherst, MA
> http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
> http://www.facebook.com/opihi
>
>
>
>


 

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Date: 12/2/16 6:20 am
From: AJ Pellegrini-Toole <aptoole...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Juncos - Anyone??
Thanks to all who responded. I guess I just have to be patient, they
are somewhere, just not in
my yard.

I checked my records and in the past I've started seeing them in
mid-October. The wintering
ducks seem to be late as well. Not cold enough up north yet I suppose.
I'll know for sure
tomorrow when I do my ponds for the Cape waterfowl census.

Alida Pellegrini-Toole
North Falmouth, MA

aptoole AT yahoo DOT com

 

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Date: 12/2/16 5:41 am
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??

On 12/1/2016 10:53 PM, Joshua Rose wrote:
>> On Dec 1, 2016, at 4:40 PM, AJ Pellegrini-Toole <aptoole...> wrote:
>>
>> I have yet to see a junco in my yard here on Cape Cod. Granted I am not glued to the windows
>> all day, but they should have been here by now.
>>
>> Is it just me? I remember someone reporting them late Sept, or Oct further north so I figured
>> they were on the way.
>>
>>
>> Alida Pellegrini-Toole
>> North Falmouth, MA
>
> We have hordes of them all over the western part of the state, not just in yards and at feeders but also flocks springing up from random stretches of roadside…..
>
>
> Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
> Amherst, MA
> http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
> http://www.facebook.com/opihi
>
And I have had them in my yard/under my feeders for several weeks now -

Linda

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

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

 

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Date: 12/2/16 4:18 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??
Hello,
FYI Juncos at the yard feeder in Brewster and at my classroom feeder in
Harwich.
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

-----Original Message-----
From: Joshua Rose
Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2016 10:53 PM
To: AJ Pellegrini-Toole
Cc: <massbird...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??

> On Dec 1, 2016, at 4:40 PM, AJ Pellegrini-Toole <aptoole...> wrote:
>
> I have yet to see a junco in my yard here on Cape Cod. Granted I am not
> glued to the windows
> all day, but they should have been here by now.
>
> Is it just me? I remember someone reporting them late Sept, or Oct
> further north so I figured
> they were on the way.
>
>
> Alida Pellegrini-Toole
> North Falmouth, MA


We have hordes of them all over the western part of the state, not just in
yards and at feeders but also flocks springing up from random stretches of
roadside…..


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



 

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Date: 12/2/16 3:39 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??
here on the north coast I've had only a few males in my yard, and they seem to have moved on



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

Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951


email: <lynette.leka...>

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On Thu, 12/1/16, Joshua Rose <opihi...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??
To: "AJ Pellegrini-Toole" <aptoole...>
Cc: <massbird...>
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016, 10:53 PM

> On Dec 1, 2016, at 4:40 PM, AJ
Pellegrini-Toole <aptoole...>
wrote:
>
> I have yet to see a junco in my yard here on Cape
Cod.  Granted I am not glued to the windows
> all day, but they should have been here by now. 
>
> Is it just me?  I remember someone reporting them
late Sept, or Oct further north so I figured
> they were on the way. 
>
>
> Alida Pellegrini-Toole
> North Falmouth, MA


We have hordes of them all over the western part of the
state, not just in yards and at feeders but also flocks
springing up from random stretches of roadside…..


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






 

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Date: 12/1/16 10:27 pm
From: Marsha Salett <msalett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] December issue of Bird Observer now online
Massbirders,
Bird Observer announces that its December 2016 issue is now online.

Where to Go Birding for this issue highlights "Birding Along the Connecticut River in Turners Falls and Gill" by Joshua Rose.

Other articles include "Satellite Tagging of Osprey in New Hampshire" by Iain MacLeod, "The History of Bald Eagle Decline and Recovery in Massachusetts" by Tom French, "Placing and Protecting Barred Owl Boxes" by Alfred Maley, and "An Interview with Bill Peterson, Refuge Manager at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge" by David Larson. A Field Note by Lucy Allen, Amy Lawson and Justin Lawson describes the first documented nest of Merlins in Worcester County.

As usual, we include regular columns by David Larson and Martha Steele as well as a book review by Mark Lynch, Bird Sightings for July/August 2016, and Wayne Petersen's "At A Glance."

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: 12/1/16 7:55 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??
> On Dec 1, 2016, at 4:40 PM, AJ Pellegrini-Toole <aptoole...> wrote:
>
> I have yet to see a junco in my yard here on Cape Cod. Granted I am not glued to the windows
> all day, but they should have been here by now.
>
> Is it just me? I remember someone reporting them late Sept, or Oct further north so I figured
> they were on the way.
>
>
> Alida Pellegrini-Toole
> North Falmouth, MA


We have hordes of them all over the western part of the state, not just in yards and at feeders but also flocks springing up from random stretches of roadside…..


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




 

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Date: 12/1/16 7:28 pm
From: Marshall Iliff <marshall.iliff...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow Rail vocalizations and "Confirmation bias" with rarities
Massbirders,

I wanted to first thank Steve Arena for his post about Yellow Rail
vocalizations in non-breeding seasons. His email provides a good
opportunity to raise a few issues we have seen with reports to eBird of
long-staying rarities this fall and winter. This focuses on eBird reports
and is meant to be cautionary. The three records below all have some clear
cases of folks chasing birds and providing documentation that later turns
out to be for the wrong species. It is a good reminder to do your best to
establish the identification of rare birds *independently* and not just to
assume that because someone saw the bird there previously that it is still
there or that you should not make an extra effort to be sure.

The examples are:

Pacific Loon, Salisbury, Nov 2016
Sedge Wren, Fort Hill, Nov 2016
Yellow Rail, Fort Hill, Oct-Nov 2016

PACIFIC LOON: Loon identification is one of the great challenges,
especially here in Massachusetts. Pacific Loon occurs annually in small
numbers, but is often misidentified. Over the past decade, it has become
clear that one of the chief offenders is Red-throated Loon. Many birders
familiar with adult Red-throated Loons are unfamiliar with juvenile
Red-throated Loons, and interpret those differences as consistent with
Pacific Loon field marks.

Confirmation bias has occurred with this species repeatedly. A single
report can lead to lots of birders visiting and also finding the rarity in
the same area. This was striking a few years ago a Pacific Loon report at
Scusset Beach (via eBird) generated lots of chasers, who also found Pacific
Loon there. Many of those subsequent reports were supported with photos of
Red-throated Loons; those observers corrected their reports and retracted
their sightings. It took some time to get documentation for the original
report, but the bird had been photographed and proved to be a Red-throated
Loon. Once the fact that the initial report was a misidentification was
publicized, most people retracted their report and nobody provided
confirming documentation.

Salisbury Beach and the North End of Plum Island has had a similar scenario
this year, that I may have started. On 5 Nov I had a nice PAcific Loon
there with some retained breeding plumage:
https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32379164. My photos are BAD, but I
think they are diagnostic (showing pale nape and *large* white checkering
on the upper back). While I watched the bird and tried to get others on it,
it took flight and although I lost track of it while going for my camera
(several loons flushed at once). I think it flew off to the south as though
continuing migration (many loons migrating that day). Since it was an adult
with partial breeding plumage, it was distinctive.

I just counted 22 reports still in eBird for 6-13 November, most of which
have brief descriptions (none enough to be considered diagnostic). Four
were supported with photos from 6-8 Nov and ALL turned out to be juv
Red-throated Loons (and the observers have retracted their observation).
Many of the current reports mention "continuing bird", but unfortunately at
this stage, we have no indication that the bird form the initial sighting
and since most or all descriptions since described a juvenile or a bird in
basic plumage, I think we need to hold out for solid documentation of at
least one Pacific Loon between 6-13 Nov from Salisbury.

Tom Wetmore posted about this issue as well, and he informed me that he has
not received any documentation that has confirmed a Pacific Loon in the
area on those dates. At this stage, for ebird, we are still holding out for
solid evidence of a Pacific Loon on those dates. If you got photos, or took
a detailed description, please get in touch. But the photos clearly show
the problem: those were the observations that had the suspect loon close
enough for photos! Others had more distant views...

The lesson: be careful with your Pacific Loon IDs and study your
Red-throated Loons in all plumages.

SEDGE WREN: Fort Hill has been graced by a lot of good birds this fall,
including at least two Sedge Wrens. There are some great photos of the
Sedge Wrens, including a flight shot and some audio recordings. Check out
the gallery here: *http://tinyurl.com/hlxfuos <http://tinyurl.com/hlxfuos>*

However, we have also gotten multiple photos of Marsh Wren. There are
several Marsh Wrens here, so be careful to look for a bird with a streaky
crown! Establishing the end date for the wrens will be difficult (it is
already unclear if one or two birds remain there) so we encourage folks to
keep getting photos and recordings to help establish the end date.
Smartphone recordings often work just fine (and can be dragged right into
your eBird checklist), even when the bird is not revealing itself for
cameras.

YELLOW RAIL: We obviously have an exciting situation with one (or more)
Yellow Rails being in the Fort Hill area this fall, and a number of people
have gotten to see them there this year, myself included:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32623251.

However, as Steve points out, Yellow Rails do not typically sing the
primary song (typewriter ticking) in fall and winter.

It is worth thinking about what qualifies as the primary song of rails. For
Yellow Rail it is the typewriter clicking; for Black Rail it is the
kikidoo; for Virginia Rail it is the repeated "kidik- kidick"; and for Sora
it is the 'ker-whip' call. Other calls given by these birds are the contact
or aggression calls: Yellow Rail grunt, Black Rail growls, Virginia Rail
pig grunts, and Sora whinnies. The songs are almost never given outside of
the breeding season, but the other calls may occur in fall and winter. That
said, Yellow Rails are exceptionally quiet even when compared to these
others (quiet even compared to Black Rails!).

Anecdotally, almost the only situation I have heard of Yellow Rails
responding in winter is coastal North Carolina, where some good wet
prairies near Beaufort had wintering Yellow Rails that apparently gave the
typewriter calls in winter in response to "quarter clicking". This was
mentioned in American Birds, but certainly came from a warmer area and may
have been later in the winter. In colder areas in fall and winter, I simply
do not expect it. (Spring migrant Yellow Rails do give typewriter calls on
passage, but rarely)

I fear that Marsh Wren tik notes, Virginia Rail squeaks (there are Virginia
Rails at Fort Hill too!), and other mystery marsh sounds are being
"counted" as Yellow Rail in some of these cases. Regardless, it is hard to
confirm eBird reports of vocalizing Yellow Rails without a recording or a
detailed description of the sounds, behavior of the calling bird, and
overall circumstances.

In any event, if future observers hear this Yellow Rail (or others) singing
or calling in Massachusetts it would be highly desirable to get
confirmatory recordings. Just holding a smartphone out and making a voice
memo gets solid recordings

======================================================

I don't mean for this longish post to be overly critical of those reporting
rarities around the state. We welcome those reports and we also know that
everyone (yes, EVERY-one) makes mistakes in birding.

Instead, I hope this clarifies some of the concerns in eBird review and
especially some of the challenges presented by "continuing birds" and other
situations like this. While birds like the Dunback Western Tanager are easy
to review and accept (since there are no other bright yellow birds expected
there), more secretive or harder to identify birds present different
challenges. We are not trying to be the list police, but we do want to make
sure we capture an accurate record of the length of stay of lingering
rarities.

Best,

Marshall Iliff
eBird Project Leader


--
****************************
Marshall J. Iliff
marshall.iliff AT gmail.com
Westwood, MA
****************************
eBird Project Leader
www.ebird.org
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Ithaca, NY
****************************

 

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Date: 12/1/16 3:21 pm
From: ECOC Mail <ecocmail...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Essex County Ornithological Club Meeting Reminder - Friday, December 09, 2016
Friday, Dec. 9, 7:45 pm
An Artist Looks into the Nest
ECOC meeting 7:30–7:45 pm

Songbirds develop so quickly that some can fly 11 days after hatching!
In 2002, Artist and naturalist Julie Zickefoose began to draw and paint
wild nestlings day-by-day, bearing witness to their swift growth.
Over the next 13 years, she documented these developments in 17 species.
More than 400 of these life-sized studies wriggle and hop across the
pages of her latest book, Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest.
Peek inside the nest with Zickefoose as she shares her groundbreaking
work and intimate knowledge of these birds through images, videos, and
colorful anecdotes. A book-signing follows. Co-sponsored by PEM and Mass
Audubon. This program is made possible by a generous gift from Tim and
Joanie Ingraham in memory of Dorothy Addams Brown, beloved honorary PEM
trustee and devoted ECOC member.

Janey Winchell also wanted to let you know there will be a special
display of seven of Julie Zickefoose's original watercolors from her
"Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest" the night of the program.

Morse Auditorium, Peabody Essex Museum. Free and open to the public.

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

--

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

 

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Date: 12/1/16 2:18 pm
From: Rene Laubach <renelaubach...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager-- YES
Hello Massbirders,

Thanks to those who responded to my query yesterday regarding recent
sightings of the tanager.

Shortly after arriving at Dunback Meadows this morning, my wife Chris and I
met Marj Rines, one of the original discoverers of the bird. She told us it
had been seen at around 8:30 am.

We searched the usual location, turning right at the four corners and
looking for it as far as the bridge over Beaver Brook. We retraced this
route several times as well as continueing straight at the four-way
intersection on one occasion, for the next two hours or so.

At 12:07, while observing a Golden-crowned Kinglet, a larger bird flew into
the big apple tree left of the trail opposite the point where the brook is
first visible on the right. It flew off only seconds later into a copse of
aspen/cottonwood trees a short distance back toward the intersectio where
another birder who had first seen it last week, relocated the bird. We
observed it there until about 12:30 pm, after which time we left.

My wife observed it eating tree buds in the aspen/cottonwoods.

Thanks to all who helped us find this great bird.

Rene Laubach
Becket, MA
<renelaubach...>

 

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Date: 12/1/16 1:44 pm
From: AJ Pellegrini-Toole <aptoole...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Juncos - Anyone??
I have yet to see a junco in my yard here on Cape Cod. Granted I am not
glued to the windows
all day, but they should have been here by now.

Is it just me? I remember someone reporting them late Sept, or Oct
further north so I figured
they were on the way.

I did have a Brown Creeper yesterday as a consolation prize.


Alida Pellegrini-Toole
North Falmouth, MA

aptoole AT yahoo DOT com

 

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Date: 12/1/16 12:04 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pony Express fields, Ipswich, Dec 1, 2016
Pony Express fields, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Dec 1, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: This was a town-sponsored walk to invite people to see the
128-acre property that is proposed to be bought by the town, the state, and
Essex County Greenbelt. The town will use its 30-acre portion (now mostly a
polo field on Candlewood Rd.) for playing fields. The birding highlight was
a GOLDEN EAGLE I saw being pestered by a crow as it soared in big circles.
I was able to show it to only one or two other people.
6 species

Golden Eagle 1 I saw a large raptor soaring and being harried by a
crow. I had only binoculars and saw it from a starting distance of several
hundred yards and an ending distance of perhaps a quarter-mile, as the bird
soared in lazy, wide circles. My view was less than ideal, so I am thus
relying on three measures to ID it: overall size, overall color, and the
ratio of head length to tail length. First, overall size: this bird was an
eagle--much bigger than a redtail, and it absolutely DWARFED the crow beside
it, making it look like a mere blackbird. Also, the central rectrices
appeared to extend out farther than the lateral ones, giving the tail the
impression of being somewhat wedge-shaped, unlike a buteo. I could not get
any sense of the angle at which the wings were held, or how pinched they
were toward the body. Second, color: I SAW NO WHITE ON THIS BIRD ANYWHERE.
It appeared to be all brown, making me lean toward adult golden. (The sun
was off to my right and did not interfere with my viewing.) Third, the
head-to-tail-length ratio: the first thing I noticed on this raptor was that
the head protruding in front of the wings looked tiny compared to the tail
extending behind them. It appeared to extend about a third of the distance
the tail extended, and certainly less than half. A bald eagle's head looks
bigger and extends farther than a golden's, and it is this field mark I am
primarily relying on for the ID. Note: I have seen only one other GOEA in
this county, an immature, and the date was DECEMBER 3, 2012. The site was
less than a mile from where I saw today's bird, and both were slowly soaring
off to the southeast.
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 18
Horned Lark 70 Constantly flying around the polo field where we parked.
I saw and heard nothing else with them in many views of the birds in flight
and on the ground.
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Northern Mockingbird 2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32809035


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

 

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Date: 12/1/16 7:29 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Baltimore Oriole - Drumlin Farm
Nice surprises at Drumlin Farm this morning - Baltimore oriole, northern harrier and two, maybe three, brown creepers. Lovely morning with 25 species.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

Canada Goose 55
Wild Turkey 9
Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 23
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Brown Creeper 2
Eastern Bluebird 10
American Robin 1
European Starling 24
Cedar Waxwing 15
Dark-eyed Junco 32
White-throated Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 9
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 2


 

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Date: 12/1/16 6:41 am
From: Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] December Birding Delights-Winthrop Beach
Birding Delights at Winthrop Beach
Saturdays, December 3rd, 17th & 31st 1:30 p.m.
Tuesdays, December 13th & 27th 9:00 a.m.
(Stay as long as you want 1 to 2 hours)
Come explore the beautiful water birds of the Winthrop Shores with a DCR Park Interpreter. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you are able to. Wear a hat, and sunscreen. Meet at: Winthrop Beach on Winthrop Shore Drive across from Sturgis Street and 62 Winthrop Shore Drive, Winthrop, MA. Accessible by Public Transportation: Paul Revere Transportation bus 712 or 713 Point Shirley-Orient Heights, arrive at the Winthrop Beach stop then walk down Sturgis Street, Winthrop MA (If traveling from outside Winthrop, board the bus at the MBTA Orient Heights station on the blue line). Visit www.MBTA.com for bus and train information (schedule, route and fees). Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.

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

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


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

Find yourself in a DCR Park!

Follow@ | Tag#

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Date: 12/1/16 5:07 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Yellow Rail Vocalizations - Follow Up
Hi Brian/Massbird.

1. Marsh Wren is the most likely candidate. The present Sedge Wren, when
worked up, gives a very similar call as well. There is going to be more on
this I think posted by Marshall Iliff.

2. Good question. Having heard Yellow Rails advertising (typewriter) on
the breeding grounds in Gaspe/Perce. Nicely enough, this was in early
July. They are in brackish spartina marshes not unlike Fort Hill. The
generalization that I made is more about Steve C./Donna D. and their
experience in SW Louisiana as well as my own.

3. In a personal communication with Paul Buckley, he mentioned that Yellow
Rails do advertise on their way to the breeding grounds so your bird (s) in
Swan Harbor, Maryland would be consistent with Yellow Rail behavior. Let
there be no mistake, I have tried for Yellow Rails with broadcast
vocalizations as part of my marsh bird surveys and would not be surprised
to someday have one respond (in May). The area that I think this will be
for me is the vast wet grasslands/meadow marsh at Bolton Flats in the back
waters of the Still River. There is a method to my madness at getting up
at 0200....

I did receive one response yesterday that a bird had been flushed in MA in
the fall (?) and when it landed, it responded to artificial clicking with
some clicks. That would make more sense to me, an agitated bird just being
flushed making some vocalization vs a bird "singing" unsolicited (or
solicited) at Fort Hill.

Note to all, I made sure I chose my words very carefully, I said that it is
*possible* for a Yellow Rail to advertise/call during the fall migration
and on their winter ground yet is highly *improbable* based on field
experience of ornithologists and my own personal experience. You never
know... That is why it would be really great to get the vocalization on
record for ornithological purposes.

Thanks,
Steve

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

On Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 7:38 AM, Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
wrote:

>
> Steve,
>
> Thanks for digging into this!
>
> Two quick questions:
>
> 1. What might the "differential diagnosis" be for the (perceived) Yellow
> Rail typewriter broadcast song, for this time of year and the habitat of
> the marsh at Fort Hill? You mention frogs as the presumed source of
> reported YERA vocalizations in the rice fields. What might it be at Fort
> Hill?
>
> 2. Is it possible that the emphaticness of the "no" by Steve C. to the
> question of diurnal vocalizations applies to the specific habitat of the
> rice fields, less so elsewhere?
>
> I ask these questions as a non-rail expert!
>
> Fort Hill isn't far from me, so I'll be able to try again to get a
> recording (or photos!).
>
> See also:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S18302512
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S18286473
>
> and other reports from the same location. It was May, of course, not
> November, but the bird was definitely present (several ID-sufficient photos
> were taken), and several people reported hearing a typewriter-like
> vocalization.
>
>
> Best,
> Brian
>
> --
> Brian Manning Delaney
> Orleans, Massachusetts /
> Stockholm, Sweden
>

 

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Date: 12/1/16 4:42 am
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Yellow Rail Vocalizations - Follow Up

Steve,

Thanks for digging into this!

Two quick questions:

1. What might the "differential diagnosis" be for the (perceived) Yellow
Rail typewriter broadcast song, for this time of year and the habitat of
the marsh at Fort Hill? You mention frogs as the presumed source of
reported YERA vocalizations in the rice fields. What might it be at Fort
Hill?

2. Is it possible that the emphaticness of the "no" by Steve C. to the
question of diurnal vocalizations applies to the specific habitat of the
rice fields, less so elsewhere?

I ask these questions as a non-rail expert!

Fort Hill isn't far from me, so I'll be able to try again to get a
recording (or photos!).

See also:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S18302512

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S18286473

and other reports from the same location. It was May, of course, not
November, but the bird was definitely present (several ID-sufficient
photos were taken), and several people reported hearing a
typewriter-like vocalization.

Best,
Brian

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

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Date: 11/30/16 8:08 pm
From: Charles Patterson <chaspatt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] High Eagle
Caught site of a Bald Eagle this afternoon. I'm assuming it was a
mature bird since it was very high and about all I could see was the
white head and tail with binoculars. That and the soaring pattern
convinced me as I could not locate it in the scope.

It was just south of west from my house (37 25' 19.1N 122 05' 06W) and
drifting to the west. I lost it at the tree line horizon after about 15
minutes.


Charlie Patterson

<chaspatt...>

Norwell, Ma

 

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Date: 11/30/16 7:32 pm
From: Steven Whitebread <steven1591...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Yellow Rail Vocalizations - Follow Up
A few birders from Massachusetts attended the Festival this year
(beginning of this month), including myself and I also heard no
vocalizations. This year about 90 Yellow Rails were seen over 4 days,
with only relatively few Virginia Rails, King Rails and Soras (due to
the dry weather). I personally saw about 10 Yellow Rails over 2 days.

I have so far posted just one photo to Flickr (others to follow)

https://flic.kr/p/PGNK29

Steven Whitebread
Quincy, MA

On 11/30/2016 2:56 PM, Steve Arena wrote:
> Hi Massbirders -
>
> I put out a request for anyone who has recorded the vocalizations of
> Yellow Rail (s) at Fort Hill in Eastham and have received no
> responses. I've looked into this further by reviewing the Bird's of
> North America (BNA)species account as well as had personal communication
> with Steve Cardiff of LSU.
>
> BNA. BNA is silent on whether or not YERA vocalize at all during
> migration or on their wintering grounds.
>
> LSU. Speaking with Steve Cardiff, I asked him specifically if he or
> Donna Dittman (both LSU ornithologists) if they have had, in their
> experience, had diurnal vocalizations of YERA - either the typewriter
> broadcast song or Virginia Rail like alarm calls. His answer was an
> emphatic no. Any vocalization that has thought to have been a YERA in
> the Louisiana rice fields were attributed to frogs.
>
> Steve and Donna have probably seen more Yellow Rails than any other
> humans on the planet. Their festival (Yellow Rails and Rice Festival -
> YRARF) is held each year at the end of October. At these festivals,
> hundreds of YERA are observed as they deftly escape the rice reaping
> combine. Steve and Donna have been around these rice fields most of
> their adult life and have never heard one vocalize - ever.
>
> Personally, I have attended three YRARFs and have seen about 1000 YERA
> (yup, not in MA yet) and I have never heard one give an alarm call when
> flushed. In addition, I have spent time passively and actively
> listening for YERA both diurnally and nocturnally in these rice fields
> and have yet to solicit a response.
>
> One person responded to me off line wondering if the Yellow Rail was
> startled by a larger rallid, a mammal, or even challenged by a second
> Yellow Rail, would it be possible that it would vocalize. Based on
> the experiences in the LA rice fields, where there are up to 200 Yellow
> Rails feed in a field the size of a football field and, the fields are
> crawling with Virginia Rail and Sora, and have numerous rats, raccoons,
> and snakes; no vocalizations have occurred.
>
> Although it is possible for folks to have heard a Yellow
> Rail vocalizing, it is highly improbable to have occurred. If folks do
> have the good fortune of recording a bird they believe is a Yellow Rail,
> please share with Massbird and the community because it would be a big
> deal to the larger railophile audience.
>
> Thanks to those who have corresponded with me off line on this very fun
> subject.
>
> Respectfully,
> Steve
> -------------------------------------------------
> Westborough, Massachusetts
> <pokedaddy151...> <mailto:<pokedaddy151...>
> Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/
> <https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/>
 

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Date: 11/30/16 7:30 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle adult pair, Merrimack River - photo!
From a distance, nice looks at an adult pair of Bald Eagles this morning perched together
overlooking the Merrimack River in North Andover. The eagle on the left has both a silver
federal leg band and a possible orange state leg band, but too distant for any positive ID
of leg bands.

Eagles seen from elevated ball field next to Essex County Correctional Center, more
commonly known to locals as, The Farm, as it is a pre-release center.

Overcast skies with light rain starting, calm wind conditions, and temps in mid-forties.

For those with an interest, one photo posted:

http://www.pbase.com/image/164613490

Enjoy,
Craig Gibson
Winchester, MA
cbgibson AT comcast.net

 

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Date: 11/30/16 6:32 pm
From: Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Recent Western Tanager Reports?
I photographed it today just before the afternoon rains started. It was
hanging out near the thick stand of multiflora rose, half way between the
crossroads at Dunback and the wooden bridge.

Link to a couple of photos:
https://goo.gl/photos/7ajutFZoT7ywAmGy5

Soheil Zendeh
Lexington

On Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 7:27 PM, Rene Laubach <renelaubach...> wrote:

> Hello birders,
>
> Is anyone aware of a positive report for the Western Tanager at Dunback
> Meadows since November 28?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Rene Laubach
> Becket,MA
> <renelaubach...>
>
>


--


*Soheil Zendeh42 Baker AvenueLexington, MA 02421*

 

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Date: 11/30/16 4:43 pm
From: Rene Laubach <renelaubach...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Recent Western Tanager Reports?
Hello birders,

Is anyone aware of a positive report for the Western Tanager at Dunback
Meadows since November 28?

Thanks,

Rene Laubach
Becket,MA
<renelaubach...>

 

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Date: 11/30/16 4:12 pm
From: Rene Laubach <renelaubach...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Recent Western Tanager Reports?
Hello birders,

Is anyone aware of a positive report for the Western Tanager at Dunback
Meadows since November 28?

Thanks,

Rene Laubach
Becket,MA

 

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Date: 11/30/16 12:12 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - 11-30-16
David Moon and I led Joppa Flats Education Center's Wednesday Morning
Birding program on its first visit for the season to Cape Ann. The morning
began overcast with temps in the 40s and winds E/NE 5-10 mph. From just
before noon onward, steady light rain made the scene. We had some "good"
birds, but overall, the low scoter numbers were a bit of a disappointment,
and there were no goldeneyes.

Our list:
Canada Goose (~ 25) - most on Niles Pond.
Mute Swan (1) - Rockport Harbor.
American Black Duck (~ 12) - various.
Mallard (~ 20) - various.
Ring-necked Duck (2) - pr, Niles Pond.
Common Eider - common.
Harlequin Duck (~ 50) - ~ 20, Cathedral Ledge; ~ 30, Andrew's Point.
Surf Scoter (~ 20) - outer Gloucester Harbor (Eastern Point).
White-winged Scoter (~ 35) - scattered.
Black Scoter (1) - hen, Andrew's Point.
Long-tailed Duck (~ 30) - various.
Bufflehead - common.
Red-breasted Merganser (~ 20) - various.
Red-throated Loon (1) - flyby, Andrew's Point.
Common Loon (~ 8) - various.
Pied-billed Grebe (2) - Niles Pond.
Red-necked Grebe (1) - outer Gloucester Harbor (Eastern Point).
Northern Gannet - common (E/NE winds obviously having an effect).
Double-crested Cormorant (3)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Great Egret (!) (1) - Good Harbor Beach marsh.
Red-tailed Hawk (2) - Rt. 127A, Gloucester.
Dunlin (7) - Andrew's Point.
Bonaparte's Gull (3) - Niles Pond.
Ring-billed Gull (~ 25) - most on Niles Pond.
Herring Gull - common.
Great Black-backed Gull - common (first time in many visits to Jodrey Fish
Pier that so many HERGs & GBBGs present -- still not up to numbers
experienced in the past).
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove (2)
Peregrine Falcon (1) - perched atop Gloucester City Hall on the weather vane
just below the sailboat.
Blue Jay (1) - Niles Pond.
American Crow - many.
Black-capped Chickadee (2) - Niles Pond.
Northern Mockingbird (2)
European Starling (~ 20)
Song Sparrow (~ 15) - Eastern Point.
Northern Cardinal (1) - Niles Pond.
House Finch (~ 20) - flyover, Niles Pond.
House Sparrow

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats Education Center at 09:30
for Wednesday Morning Birding. For more information about Joppa Flats
programs, call David Moon or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

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



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Date: 11/30/16 12:00 pm
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow Rail Vocalizations - Follow Up
Hi Massbirders -

I put out a request for anyone who has recorded the vocalizations of Yellow
Rail (s) at Fort Hill in Eastham and have received no responses. I've
looked into this further by reviewing the Bird's of North America
(BNA)species account as well as had personal communication with Steve
Cardiff of LSU.

BNA. BNA is silent on whether or not YERA vocalize at all during migration
or on their wintering grounds.

LSU. Speaking with Steve Cardiff, I asked him specifically if he or Donna
Dittman (both LSU ornithologists) if they have had, in their experience,
had diurnal vocalizations of YERA - either the typewriter broadcast song or
Virginia Rail like alarm calls. His answer was an emphatic no. Any
vocalization that has thought to have been a YERA in the Louisiana rice
fields were attributed to frogs.

Steve and Donna have probably seen more Yellow Rails than any other humans
on the planet. Their festival (Yellow Rails and Rice Festival - YRARF) is
held each year at the end of October. At these festivals, hundreds of YERA
are observed as they deftly escape the rice reaping combine. Steve and
Donna have been around these rice fields most of their adult life and have
never heard one vocalize - ever.

Personally, I have attended three YRARFs and have seen about 1000 YERA
(yup, not in MA yet) and I have never heard one give an alarm call when
flushed. In addition, I have spent time passively and actively listening
for YERA both diurnally and nocturnally in these rice fields and have yet
to solicit a response.

One person responded to me off line wondering if the Yellow Rail was
startled by a larger rallid, a mammal, or even challenged by a second
Yellow Rail, would it be possible that it would vocalize. Based on
the experiences in the LA rice fields, where there are up to 200 Yellow
Rails feed in a field the size of a football field and, the fields are
crawling with Virginia Rail and Sora, and have numerous rats, raccoons, and
snakes; no vocalizations have occurred.

Although it is possible for folks to have heard a Yellow Rail vocalizing,
it is highly improbable to have occurred. If folks do have the good
fortune of recording a bird they believe is a Yellow Rail, please share
with Massbird and the community because it would be a big deal to the
larger railophile audience.

Thanks to those who have corresponded with me off line on this very fun
subject.

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

 

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Date: 11/29/16 6:57 am
From: Naeem Yusuff <naeem.yusuff...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winter Pelagic Jan 14
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The Brookline Bird Club is running a winter pelagic trip again this year, with a focus on alcids and other winter specialties.  This is a great chance to get out on the water in winter, and a good chance of seeing Atlantic Puffin.  Common Murres can be expected, and we will be trying hard to find Dovekies and Thick-billed Murres.  Gulls are always plentiful, including Iceland, Glaucous and Lesser Black-backed.




The wintering sea ducks in Nantucket Sound is a true wildlife spectacle- tens of thousands of eider and scoters have been seen in previous years.




Sign up now, before the holiday chaos begins!




Saturday, January, 14, 2017 (bad weather date: Sunday, January 15)
                           Hyannis to the Nantucket Shoals Area.7 AM. to 3 PM 
Birds expected:  FULMAR, Alcids, Gannets, Phalaropes, Jaegers, several  gulls, sea ducks, mammals, any rarities.
Limit: 65 participants
Cost: BBC members $100, non-members $120 

To sign up please email 
pelagics (at) brooklinebirdclub.org
 Regards,Naeem Yusuff

 

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Date: 11/29/16 6:30 am
From: Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westport 11/28
Monday 11/28 webirded the WESTPORT area. We spent a lot of time in
Acoaxet, but also visitedGooseberry Neck, Allen’s Pond and other
locations.

Red-throatedLoon (59: all on the water)

Common Loon(14)

Pied-billedGrebe (1)

Horned Grebe(20)

Double-crestedCormorant (38)

Great Cormorant(31)

Great BlueHeron (11)

Turkey Vulture(2)

Canada Goose(222)

Mute Swan (128)

American Wigeon(3)

A Black Duck(54)

Mallard (44+1Black X Mallard)

Greater Scaup(37)

Lesser Scaup(4)

Common Eider(33)

White-wingedScoter (31)

Bufflehead(356)

C Goldeneye (5)

HoodedMerganser (8)

Red-breastedMerganser (170)

N Harrier (2)

Sharp-shinnedHawk (3)

Red-tailed Hawk(3)

Wild Turkey (5)

American Coot(16)

Sanderling (4)

PurpleSandpiper (5)

Dunlin (1)

NB: there werelarge numbers of gulls with more than 1000+ Herrings,
but we cold find nothingother than the 3 expected species. No more
Laughing Gulls.

Passerinesincluded only (3) Carolina Wrens; (4) Hermit Thrush;
Orange-crowned Warbler(1); Yellow-rumped Warbler (just 2); Palm
Warbler (1 yellow). We also had (2)Lapland Longspurs and a flock of
(110) Snow Buntings.

Butterflieswere still about and we saw (1) Clouded Sulphur and (1)
American Copper.

MarkLynch/Sheila Carroll

<Moa.lynch...>
 

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Date: 11/28/16 6:33 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dunback Meadow Today
I'm sure someone else has already posted positive ofr the WESTERN TANAGER today, and thus, I didn't put it in the headline. I did see the bird in one of its most reliable spots, i.e. in the rose hips about thirty-five yards down from the four-way intersection, heading east from said intersection. This was about 2:30 p.m.

DUNBACK HIGHLIGHTS TODAY:

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 beautiful adult male landed in evergreen, near Clark School
Red-tailed Hawk 2 adult and immature soaring around 1:00 p.m.
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 near four-way intersection
Carolina Wren 3 minimum
Winter Wren 1 seen by that Tufts student
Hermit Thrush 2 minimum
Fox Sparrow 3 including two feeding on edge dirt road leading to M. M. Farm
WESTERN TANAGER 1 doesn't like to stay in one place for long!
RUSTY BLACKBIRD 1 long boardwalk area near Bowman School

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 11/28/16 1:59 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Fisk Pond, Nov 28, 2016
While on our way somewhere, we stopped by Fisk Pond in Natick and saw
the following.

Fisk Pond, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Nov 28, 2016 12:30 PM - 12:50 PM
Protocol: Stationary
6 species

Mallard 11
Hooded Merganser 21 Actively feeding
Ruddy Duck 17 Mostly preening
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Bald Eagle 1 The Eagle is an adult, flew around the pond, and settled in a deciduous tree on the south side of the pond.
Red-tailed Hawk 1

View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32769708

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

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro

 

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Date: 11/28/16 1:23 pm
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-throated Warbler -Orleans 11/27/16

> Just heard from Jim Sweeney that he had seen a Yellow-throated Warbler in Orleans today (11/27).
> He described the bird being at the north end of Cedar Pond Rd in Orleans. This road is on the west end of the pond that abuts Rt 6 Just west of the rotary.

Vin, thanks (and to Jim S.).

This location is very close to me so I went there before work this
morning. 80% certain I heard the bird call a couple times, not certain
enough on the ID to ring alarm bells, though (and my memory of seeing
them in the fall in Florida a month ago was that they are very quiet).
Had an errand to run a moment ago that brought me right next to Cedar
Pond Road again, so I went by again. This time I saw the bird,
unfortunately only briefly, but the ID was not hard. It was at the end
of the paved part of the road, to the west (to the east is the pond). It
flew further in and I lost it in the setting sun. Tried driving to the
other side of the woods but there's no good access aside from a private
road.

Best,
Brian

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

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Date: 11/28/16 11:30 am
From: Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager - Dunback Meadows
Seen for a brief period in the trees at the start of the creeks edge coming from the four corners. Spotted by Sophia Wong. Flew off toward the farm over the fields. Loosely in the company of robins but also alone for periods
 

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Date: 11/28/16 9:27 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] King Eider - Gloucester
Sally Bradshaw called to report a male King Eider just off the rocks and the creek at the south end of Good Harbor Beach. There were 3 birds together, initially offshore a bit but they came in very close to the creek for great views. She thought the two other birds with the male may have been female or immature king eiders.

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





 

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Date: 11/28/16 6:02 am
From: Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Harlequins / Black Guillemot -- Cape Ann
Birders: We took relatives on a winter birding trip to Cape Ann, the one a member of the elite birding club the Nuttall Society. It was frigid, with a strong wind blowing, surf coming in (hard to spot birds) First we went to Bay View (a family compound across from the U/Mass marine station) to see (close) both a Red-throated and a Common Loon along with some Eiders and Scoters (mainly White-winged and Black, also Surf). Song and White-throated Sparrows in the brush. Andrews Point was our next stop. 10 male Harlequins right in the raging surf (!) 4 or 5 females. Good number of Gannets brilliant white against the blue sky. More Eiders and Scoters. Common Loon. Probable female King Eider. We drove back along 27A. Flock of Buffleheads. Near the VFW place Black Guillemot!! Tiny in comparison with the Eiders. Very good lunch at Passport Restaurant, Main Street, Gloucester. A toy parade being organized at the Fish Piers, no gulls to be seen. Nothing at the lightho!
use sanctuary or at Niles Pond. . . .
Turns out you can bird with a cane, though not quite ready for Halibut Point Park. . . .
Oakes Plimpton


 

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Date: 11/27/16 9:17 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Jamaica Pond. Leverett Pond ducks
Quick drive-by at JP Pond in Jamaica Plain yielded about 30-plus Ruddy Ducks very close to shore at north end, 2 Hooded Mergansers and 4 Mute Swans.
At nearby Leverett Pond in Brookline there were an impressive group of at least 30 Wood Ducks (Paul Peterson counted more than 50 I think on Saturday) along with least 8 Ring-necked Ducks and 6 Hooded Mergansers.

Joe Battenfeld
Roslindale
<jbattenfeld...>

 

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Date: 11/27/16 6:30 pm
From: Brian Rusnica <velocicrafter...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 2 Short-eared Owl at Daniel Webster WS, Marshfield Sun 11/27
Greetings all,

I spent a good chunk of the day at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in
Marshfield on Sunday Nov 27th. Dan Lounsbury joined me in the afternoon,
and at 4:25pm, we had 2 Short-eared Owls from the Fox Hill observation
platform. The two owls were seen decently well for under 10 minutes,
darting over the grasslands before vaporizing into the night.

We also had over a dozen white-tailed deer at dusk, including a 6+ point
buck. At least 6 Northern Harriers were seen throughout the day, including
one adult male seen several times. Image on my Flickr at
https://flic.kr/p/Puy8ZF

Regards,

Brian Rusnica
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 11/27/16 5:10 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] First of Season Harlequin Ducks, Manomet Point, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US Nov 27, 2016 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Our group had six yesterday (11/26).

Glenn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steven van der Veen" <srvacons...>
To: <massbird...>
Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2016 1:52:00 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] First of Season Harlequin Ducks, Manomet Point, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US Nov 27, 2016 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

First of season Harlequin Ducks at Monomet Pont...none yesterday


Manomet Point, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US Nov 27, 2016 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Stationary
12 species (+2 other taxa)

Common Eider 30
Harlequin Duck 10
Surf Scoter 8
White-winged Scoter 6
Black Scoter 8
scoter sp. 30
Bufflehead 4
Red-breasted Merganser 5
Common Loon 5
Northern Gannet 3
cormorant sp. 5
Ring-billed Gull 10
Herring Gull 5
Great Black-backed Gull 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch
ecklist/S32749397

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: 11/27/16 2:20 pm
From: Vin Zollo <vzollo1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-throated Warbler -Orleans 11/27/16
Hello Massbirders,

Just heard from Jim Sweeney that he had seen a Yellow-throated Warbler in Orleans today (11/27).
He described the bird being at the north end of Cedar Pond Rd in Orleans. This road is on the west end of the pond that abuts Rt 6 Just west of the rotary.

Vin Zollo
Walpole, MA
<vzollo1...>


 

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Date: 11/27/16 10:55 am
From: Steven van der Veen <srvacons...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] First of Season Harlequin Ducks, Manomet Point, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US Nov 27, 2016 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
First of season Harlequin Ducks at Monomet Pont...none yesterday


Manomet Point, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US Nov 27, 2016 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Stationary
12 species (+2 other taxa)

Common Eider 30
Harlequin Duck 10
Surf Scoter 8
White-winged Scoter 6
Black Scoter 8
scoter sp. 30
Bufflehead 4
Red-breasted Merganser 5
Common Loon 5
Northern Gannet 3
cormorant sp. 5
Ring-billed Gull 10
Herring Gull 5
Great Black-backed Gull 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch
ecklist/S32749397

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: 11/27/16 10:30 am
From: Adam Leiterman <aleiterman...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Submission of educational opportunity
Hello,
I would like to submit this post as an educational opportunity:


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 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, & 4/29, 2017 (7:30 am to 11:30am)
To register, call the Boston Nature Center at 617-983-8500 or go to http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=21:program_code=43194

Thanks,
Adam

Adam Leiterman
Teacher Naturalist

Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center
500 Walk Hill St.
Mattapan, MA 02126
617-983-8500 x6908

Visit www.massaudubon.org to learn more about our conservation, education, and advocacy work.

Connect with Us! Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/MassAudubonBostonNatureCenter>


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Date: 11/27/16 10:29 am
From: Adam Leiterman <aleiterman...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] CORRECTED VERSION submission of educational opportunity
Hello,
I would like to submit this post as an educational opportunity:


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 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, & 4/29, 2017 (7:30 am to 11:30am)
To register, call the Boston Nature Center at 617-983-8500 or go to http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=21:program_code=49583
Thanks,
Adam

Adam Leiterman
Teacher Naturalist

Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center
500 Walk Hill St.
Mattapan, MA 02126
617-983-8500 x6908

Visit www.massaudubon.org to learn more about our conservation, education, and advocacy work.

Connect with Us! Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/MassAudubonBostonNatureCenter>


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Date: 11/27/16 9:43 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
With the wind it was hard to find birds this morning but still saw 21 species. Nothing exciting but it is always good to get out.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

Wild Turkey 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 5
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 16
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 7
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 31
Cedar Waxwing 60
Dark-eyed Junco 15
White-throated Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 9
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 10
House Sparrow 7


 

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Date: 11/27/16 8:31 am
From: Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink footed goose still there
Goose still floating on Artichoke Reservoir, seen from Turkey Hill Rd. as
described.
--
Sent from iPhone

 

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Date: 11/27/16 8:01 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow Rail Vocalizations - Non Breeding Grounds
Hi Massbirders

I would appreciate it if anyone has captured a recording of the Fort Hill
Yellow Rail's vocalizations if they could send me a copy off off line.

I mentioned this to my friends at LSU that study and research Yellow Rails
during migration and on their wintering grounds and they would be very
interested in this.

Thanks,
Steve
--
Steve Arena Westboro, MA Sent from Gmail Mobile

 

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Date: 11/27/16 7:31 am
From: Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck at Johnson ' s pond - Yes
Subject bird seen close to road from center st parking around 9:45 AM at
Johnson ' s pond Groveland.

Sundar L
Littleton, MA.

 

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Date: 11/27/16 7:27 am
From: Lakshminarayanan Sundaresan <lsundaresan...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose - Yes
Subject bird seen at Artichoke Reservoir from Turkey Hill Road at 10:20 AM.

Sundar L
Littleton, MA.

 

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Date: 11/27/16 6:39 am
From: Devin Hefferon <dhefferon...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Painted Bunting- Melrose
Bunting was present for five minutes at 6:45, 8:30, and 9:30. Often chased off by house sparrows when it tries to feed.

Devin Hefferon


> On Nov 27, 2016, at 7:10 AM, Devin Hefferon <dhefferon...> wrote:
>
> All
>
> Much to my delight I had a female Painted Bunting on my feeder this morning. She sat for about five minutes before flying off.
>
> If she becomes a regular I'll let people know.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Devin Hefferon
> Melrose, MA

 

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Date: 11/27/16 4:13 am
From: Devin Hefferon <dhefferon...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Painted Bunting- Melrose
All

Much to my delight I had a female Painted Bunting on my feeder this morning. She sat for about five minutes before flying off.

If she becomes a regular I'll let people know.

Good birding,

Devin Hefferon
Melrose, MA
 

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Date: 11/26/16 6:03 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Westboro Swans high count
This link should explain the A-1 site designation.

Glenn

http://www.mafishfinder.com/a1stump-pond-24495-location.html

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joshua Rose" <opihi...>
To: "Reli Abilities" <reli.abilities...>
Cc: <massbird...>
Sent: Friday, November 25, 2016 10:46:22 PM
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Westboro Swans high count

On Nov 25, 2016, at 7:22 PM, Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...> wrote
>
> My question to this group is, does anyone know what the high count is of Mute Swan at one location?

Scott and all - referring to eBird, the highest number ever reported in the US (so far) was an estimated 1500 birds at Lake Erie Metropark, Michigan, on 12-23-2013, during the local CBC.

Within Massachusetts, the highest count to date is 327, reported from (appropriately enough!) Swansea January 10 2010 by Mark Lynch, originally published in Bird Observer and then entered into eBird from there.

Within Worcester County, the highest total ever reported was 100 birds, December 7 2012, by Nick Paulson. The location was the same as your just-reported 90, the George H. Nichols Reservoir, though for some reason the eBird hotspot is cryptically entitled “Westboro--A1 Site” (I had to look at the map to confirm that this site was on the reservoir in question).

Of course, eBird participation being completely voluntary, it’s entirely possible that higher Mute Swan counts have happened out there somewhere…

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: 11/26/16 3:01 pm
From: Mark Lynch <moa.lynch...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mute Swans in Westboro 11/26
Today we birdedwhat long-time Central Mass birders call “Suasco”,
but other newer birders callNichols Reservoir, Westboro. This is part
of the Sudbury/ASsabet/Concord waterproject. (see memorial stone at
the boat launch side). Birds seen and carefullycounted included:

Great BlueHeron (1)

Mute Swan (157:with at least 22 non-adult birds)

Canada Goose(258)

Mallard (11)

Green-wingedTeal (8)

Ring-neckedDuck (2)

Ring-billedGull (13)

GreatBlack-backed Gull (2)

NB: Suasco haschanged dramatically in the last several decades. After
the area was flooded,the numerous dead trees attracted nesting Great
Blue Herons and a sizeablerookery was a big feature here for many
years. Every early spring a GreatHorned Owl could be found using one
of the heron nests. Gradually, the deadtrees fell down. An Osprey pair
started nesting here, and now the rookery isgone, but an erected
platform has encouraged the Osprey to continue tonest. The area has
always attractedwaterfowl and even shorebirds when there is low water.

There are anumber of access points for viewing the area: the canoe
launch off Arch Street;the boat launch off Mill Rd, and a nice series
of trails found at the end ofAndrews Street.

RE: Mute Swansin Worcester County. Mute Swans were rare in the County
before the late 1990s.They apparently started to move into the County
from along the BlackstoneRiver, north from Rhode Island, and soon
became regular in the city ofWorcester, spreading east and north to
Westboro, Northboro, Southboro andMarlboro (not Worcester County).
They are not nearly as common to the west ofthe city of Worcester, but
are regular in small numbers in the Brookfields(Quabog IBA). They have
also attempted to nest (unsuccessfully) at Quabbin viewedfrom Gate 35
during the Breeding Bird Atlas II. It is possible those birdsarrived
via the population that centers around Barton Cove on the
ConnecticutRiver (west of Quabbin). Today, Mutes are a regular feature
of Worcester cityponds, large (like Lake Quinsigamond. Today I had 12
there) and small (a pairnesting at tiny Institute Pond across from
WPI). SuAsCo has been some kind ofswan magnet for years now, most seen
in the sw corner where the habitat givesthem what they like.

Mark Lynch

<moa.lynch...>
 

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Date: 11/26/16 1:35 pm
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White-winged Dove, Martha's Vineyard
 

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Date: 11/26/16 12:46 pm
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose - YES
Jay Carlisle called the store at 3:30 to report that he was successful in spotting the Pink-footed goose. The bird was seen from Hale Street in Newburyport, just east of the Rt 95 bridge by a sign for the Little River Nature Trail and across the street from a sign for Tendercrop Farm. The bird was seen within a small group of ~20 Canada geese.

Barrett S Bacall

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





 

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Date: 11/26/16 12:40 pm
From: Gerald Macomber <jerrymacomber...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill cranes, Walnut St, East Bridgewater
As of about 15 minutes ago there were two Sandhill cranes in the field on the east side of the road near the south end of Walnut St. One adult and one juvenile.


Jerry Macomber
Portsmouth, RI
Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 11/26/16 11:58 am
From: Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fairhaven - Barrows
Massbirders,

Lousy weather but nice birding in Fairhaven and Acushnet.

At the Acushnet Sawmill on Thanksgiving there were bluebirds and a Bald Eagle among many other species.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32692032

After work I am going to Fort Phoenix. Henry Zimberlin just called and said there is a Barrow's Goldeneye there in the same place (hurricane dike to the right of the Fort...around the dock area) as last winter.


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

 

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Date: 11/26/16 4:19 am
From: Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Westboro Swans high count
Massbirders,

I will go back today to try and get a better count.

Thank you David, Joshua and Jim.

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



            Advocate for full Integration and Inclusive Design for Individuals who are dis-Abled



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On Fri, 11/25/16, Spector, David (Biology) <spectord...> wrote:

Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Westboro Swans high count
To: "Reli Abilities" <reli.abilities...>
Date: Friday, November 25, 2016, 9:28 PM

Scott,

From the Birds of North
America account for Mute Swan:

"Summer and winter flocks in Rhode Island
and Massachusetts range in size from 12 to 600+
birds"

I hope that
helps,

David

David Spector
Belchertown, Mass.
________________________________________
From: <massbird-approval...>
[<massbird-approval...>]
on behalf of Reli Abilities [<reli.abilities...>]
Sent: Friday, November 25, 2016 7:22 PM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westboro Swans high
count

Massbirders,

I was on my way to a turkey
dinner Thursday the 24th in Westboro with some wonderful
friends and managed to find myself at a location I had never
been at before. It was off of Fisher St which is a dead end
street and there is a closed bridge over the commuter rail
line. The view of the pond is very restricted from the road
through trees. I counted 60 Swans and had to stop because of
the restricted views until I had a bit of a better view and
found at least 20 more. It appears there were around 90
birds and I estimate there were more. This pond (George H.
Nichols Reservior) is part of the old SuAsCo impoundment and
was built by the state in 1968. https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.westboroughcharm.org%2Fguide%2Fsuasco.php&data=01%7C01%<7Cspectord...>%7C153da4329a3d4ae4f9d708d4159325c1%7C2329c570b5804223803b427d800e81b6%7C0&sdata=z%2FKT16nA9tkqDRqaRZTkW%2B3EkgqnTryQiORMh5dmM44%3D&reserved=0

It appears by one map I am looking at, a good
visual access point of the pond (reservior) is at the end of
Andrews St which is on the other side of the impoundment
looking from Fisher St. Andrews St. can be found after
taking Nourse St to Old Nourse St then a left onto Andrews
St going all the way to the end. Nourse St is actually Rt 30
which turns into West Main St as one goes towards Westboro
but to find old Nourse St one must look at the left before
coming to the intersection of W. Main as it meets Nourse
St.

My question to this
group is, does anyone know what the high count is of Mute
Swan at one location?

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



             Advocate for full
Integration and Inclusive Design for Individuals who are
dis-Abled




 

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Date: 11/25/16 10:18 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Westboro Swans high count
Scott, Josh -- the Essex County record is 59, which I counted in Ipswich
Jan. 1, 2002. I realize this does not compare with Cape Cod totals and
those elsewhere in Mass., but it's a lot for the north shore. Jim

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


----- Original Message -----
From: "Reli Abilities" <reli.abilities...>
To: <massbird...>
Sent: Friday, November 25, 2016 7:22 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westboro Swans high count


> Massbirders,
>
> I was on my way to a turkey dinner Thursday the 24th in Westboro with some
> wonderful friends and managed to find myself at a location I had never
> been at before. It was off of Fisher St which is a dead end street and
> there is a closed bridge over the commuter rail line. The view of the pond
> is very restricted from the road through trees. I counted 60 Swans and had
> to stop because of the restricted views until I had a bit of a better view
> and found at least 20 more. It appears there were around 90 birds and I
> estimate there were more. This pond (George H. Nichols Reservior) is part
> of the old SuAsCo impoundment and was built by the state in 1968.
> www.westboroughcharm.org/guide/suasco.php
>
> It appears by one map I am looking at, a good visual access point of the
> pond (reservior) is at the end of Andrews St which is on the other side of
> the impoundment looking from Fisher St. Andrews St. can be found after
> taking Nourse St to Old Nourse St then a left onto Andrews St going all
> the way to the end. Nourse St is actually Rt 30 which turns into West Main
> St as one goes towards Westboro but to find old Nourse St one must look at
> the left before coming to the intersection of W. Main as it meets Nourse
> St.
>
> My question to this group is, does anyone know what the high count is of
> Mute Swan at one location?
>
> Scott Ricker
> Reli-Abilities
> Access = Opportunity
> <reli.abilities...>
>
>
>
> Advocate for full Integration and Inclusive Design for Individuals who
> are dis-Abled
>
>
>

 

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Date: 11/25/16 8:16 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] WMB: Harris' Sparrow in Dalton!
Hi MassBirders,

Posted to Western Mass Birders (FaceBook) this afternoon, Gael Hurley had a Harris’ Sparrow in his yard in Dalton! Unfortunately his feeder area, where he saw the bird, is not visible from the road, and cannot be approached without scaring the birds away, so not really chaseable. Hopefully everyone who really wanted to see the species in MA saw the individual in Westborough….

In other recent WMB posts, Gael saw 9 Black Scoters on Silver Lake in Pittsfield; Larry Therrien had a Red-necked Grebe and four Long-tailed Ducks at Quabbin gate 5; and Dorrie Holmes saw a Ruddy Duck and two American Coots at the Berkshire Ave boat launch, on Middle Pond of the Congamond Lakes. Larry had a Cackling Goose at Winsor Dam on the Quabbin on Thursday.

I’ve spent the last two days seeing Limpkins, Roseate Spoonbills, and a Short-tailed Hawk ;-) but will be back in Massachusetts tomorrow….

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: 11/25/16 7:51 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Westboro Swans high count
On Nov 25, 2016, at 7:22 PM, Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...> wrote
>
> My question to this group is, does anyone know what the high count is of Mute Swan at one location?

Scott and all - referring to eBird, the highest number ever reported in the US (so far) was an estimated 1500 birds at Lake Erie Metropark, Michigan, on 12-23-2013, during the local CBC.

Within Massachusetts, the highest count to date is 327, reported from (appropriately enough!) Swansea January 10 2010 by Mark Lynch, originally published in Bird Observer and then entered into eBird from there.

Within Worcester County, the highest total ever reported was 100 birds, December 7 2012, by Nick Paulson. The location was the same as your just-reported 90, the George H. Nichols Reservoir, though for some reason the eBird hotspot is cryptically entitled “Westboro--A1 Site” (I had to look at the map to confirm that this site was on the reservoir in question).

Of course, eBird participation being completely voluntary, it’s entirely possible that higher Mute Swan counts have happened out there somewhere…

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: 11/25/16 6:18 pm
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Photos to ebird from iphone
 

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Date: 11/25/16 5:50 pm
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Photos, seasides, ipswich
 

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Date: 11/25/16 4:29 pm
From: Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westboro Swans high count
Massbirders,

I was on my way to a turkey dinner Thursday the 24th in Westboro with some wonderful friends and managed to find myself at a location I had never been at before. It was off of Fisher St which is a dead end street and there is a closed bridge over the commuter rail line. The view of the pond is very restricted from the road through trees. I counted 60 Swans and had to stop because of the restricted views until I had a bit of a better view and found at least 20 more. It appears there were around 90 birds and I estimate there were more. This pond (George H. Nichols Reservior) is part of the old SuAsCo impoundment and was built by the state in 1968. www.westboroughcharm.org/guide/suasco.php

It appears by one map I am looking at, a good visual access point of the pond (reservior) is at the end of Andrews St which is on the other side of the impoundment looking from Fisher St. Andrews St. can be found after taking Nourse St to Old Nourse St then a left onto Andrews St going all the way to the end. Nourse St is actually Rt 30 which turns into West Main St as one goes towards Westboro but to find old Nourse St one must look at the left before coming to the intersection of W. Main as it meets Nourse St.

My question to this group is, does anyone know what the high count is of Mute Swan at one location? 

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



            Advocate for full Integration and Inclusive Design for Individuals who are dis-Abled



 

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Date: 11/25/16 4:20 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Why Does Monofilament Repel House Sparrows?
In reality Chris, Starlings taste better than House Sparrows. While you were running for Edith, I guess I was with Erma “Jonnie” Fiske in Orleans. Jonnie cooked the breast nuggets of both species when they fouled the mist nets. Jonnie had some killer home made mustard! Umm-umm good.
Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
<petrull...>

From: Floyd, Chris
Sent: Friday, November 25, 2016 1:59 PM
To: <massbird...> ; Arlington Birds
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Why Does Monofilament Repel House Sparrows?

Amazed and delighted with my recent success keeping House Sparrows off my feeders by hanging this stuff, I am now even more curious why it works so well. Probably the right way to ask this question is, “What survival advantage does the species have from avoiding fine stringy looking stuff?” I have some preliminary thoughts.



From my earliest days of net running for the late Edith Andrews down on Nantucket, I remember her saying that she rarely caught House Sparrows in her mist nets, even though they were around in numbers. Perhaps coupled with that is that House Sparrows come to us from Europe, where trapped birds were apparently long a source of food for many (and still are to some extent in southern portions of the continent). Perhaps stringy snares were the prevalent way this was done before mist nets or other modern traps – I’m just guessing here. Anyway, European birds that developed aversion to stringy stuff might have had a significant survival advantage over those that didn’t. On the other hand, so far as I’ve seen, European Starlings are not similarly repelled, assuming they were subject to similar predation by humans (maybe starlings are not as tasty as sparrows and blackbirds [4&20 Turdus kind]?).



Any of you other amateur or real evolutionary biologists out there have knowledge, thoughts on this question?



Chris Floyd

Lexington

<chrisf...>

 

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Date: 11/25/16 2:54 pm
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Photos to ebird
 

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Date: 11/25/16 2:10 pm
From: pamela low <pipswiche...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White-fronted Goose in Hamilton
Still being seen at about 4pm w. 2-300 Canada Geese in field north of the H/W High School on 1A in Hamilton.First located here by Warren Tatro on Thanksgiving morning.Presumptively same bird as is usually seen in the Argilla/Northgate fields.
Pamela <LowIpswichpipswiche...>
 

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Date: 11/25/16 1:50 pm
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Seaside, Lapland addition
 

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Date: 11/25/16 1:46 pm
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Seaside, Lapland, Martha's Vineyard
 

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Date: 11/25/16 1:02 pm
From: pamela low <pipswiche...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White-fronted goose, Yes
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Still being seen in field w 200-300 hundred Canadas in field 1a north of h/w HS.Pamela lowIpswich 


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Date: 11/25/16 12:11 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle: Fall River - Photo!
While driving east through Fall River on Rt. 195 towards Cape Cod, noticed a large dark bird perched
atop a pine tree overlooking the very SW corner of North Watuppa Pond. Circled back for a closer look,
and discovered an adult Bald Eagle under dark overcast skies, with wind about 8 MPH out of SE,
and temps around 50 degrees.

This has been a known nesting location that has been very productive over the years!

For those with an interest, one documenting photo:

http://www.pbase.com/image/164584000

Enjoy,
Craig Gibson
Winchester, MA
cbgibson AT comcast.net

 

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Date: 11/25/16 11:28 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Scituate Duck
Thanks for the additional research on hybrids Mike!

After reporting Tom's image today, I went to see the duck.

I noticed the white in the tail and under-tail coverts, which is not good
for pure Eastern Spot-billed Duck (ESBD). I also noticed that the bird is
much paler than images of ESBD (a bird I've never seen). Pure ESBD look
dark-bodied, like American Black Duck, especially the posterior half of the
bird. This bird was as pale as a female Mallard, if not slightly paler.
Looking at Mike's image for ESBD X MALL (http://www.gobirding.eu/
Photos/MallardxSpotbilledDuck.php) this too shows a very pale body. Those
pics also show a very limited gape line, which is true of the Scituate bird
too - the line doesn't extend much past the gape, and certainly not across
the cheek. It's more of a spot, like on Mottled Duck.

Whether it's a hybrid or not, it's an interesting bird, and worth checking
out if you're in the area. For anyone going - there's parking on the
western side of the bridge (route 3A). The bird was in the eastern part of
the reservoir on the south shore. Best viewed by walking a trail on the
northern side of the water.

- Neil

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

On Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 11:30 AM, <mresch8702...> wrote:

> I did a bit of research on Spot-billed Ducks as well. The International
> Wild Waterfowl Association (IWWA) did an on-line survey in 2015 of captive
> waterfowl and received responses from 183 public and 140 private waterfowl
> owners in the US and Canada. These collectors reported that they had 18
> Chinese Spot-billed Ducks and 116 Indian Spot-billed Ducks in their
> collections. (http://www.wildwaterfowl.org/captive-waterfowl-survey.html)
> I'd imagine that wasn't an exhaustive survey of all waterfowl owners so
> there could well be more in captivity.
>
> Elsewhere I read that Spot-billed Ducks will hybridize freely with other
> species in captivity, but especially with Mallards. "These ducks commonly
> hybridise within the mallard-type ducks: maintenance in enclosures away
> from other similar species is suggested. Drakes may pair with *Anas
> platyrhynchos
> <http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/S/0AvAnserif/anatidae/1acravan_anas/Anas_platyrhynchos/Anas_platyrhynchos.htm>
> - Mallard* and other similar species; intentional hybrids
> <http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/S/00Ref/KeywordsContents/H/Hybridization.htm>
> have been produced with *Anas*
> <http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/S/0AvAnserif/anatidae/1acravan_anas/anas.htm>
> species, *Aix sponsa
> <http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/S/0AvAnserif/anatidae/1ACrAvAn_aix/Aix_sponsa/Aix_sponsa.htm>
> - Wood duck*, and *Netta rufina
> <http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/S/0AvAnserif/anatidae/1ACrAvAn_netta/Netta_rufina/Netta_rufina.htm>
> - Red-crested pochard*, with most of the hybrids being fertile." This
> quote is taken from - http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.
> org/S/0AvAnserif/anatidae/1ACrAvAn_anas/Anas_poecilorhyncha/Anas_
> poecilorhyncha.htm
>
> Quite a number of photos of captive Spot-billed x Mallard hybrids and
> backcrosses are provided here - http://www.gobirding.eu/
> Photos/MallardxSpotbilledDuck.php
>
> So although it would be great to think about adding another species to the
> MA state list, an escape from captivity seems much more likely. Not to
> mention the possibility that it could well be a hybrid instead of a pure
> species. In any case, a great find, and it's a good lesson to all of us to
> keep our eyes open about all the possibilities. (If a Spot-billed Duck
> could be in a flock of Mallards couldn't we find a Eurasian Tree Sparrow in
> with a flock of House Sparrows? Arguably it's more likely than the duck...)
>
>
> Mike Resch
> www.statebirding.blogspot.com
> Pepperell, MA
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 11/25/16 8:46 am
From: Jim McCoy <jfmccoy...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lexington Western Tanager continues

I heard the tanager in the usual area around 8:00 this morning, and several people saw it from 9:30-10+.

Jim McCoy
Melrose, MA

Sent from my Windows Phone

 

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Date: 11/25/16 8:34 am
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Scituate Duck

I did a bit of research on Spot-billed Ducks as well. The International Wild Waterfowl Association (IWWA) did an on-line survey in 2015 of captive waterfowl and received responses from 183 public and 140 private waterfowl owners in the US and Canada. These collectors reported that they had 18 Chinese Spot-billed Ducks and 116 Indian Spot-billed Ducks in their collections. (http://www.wildwaterfowl.org/captive-waterfowl-survey.html) I'd imagine that wasn't an exhaustive survey of all waterfowl owners so there could well be more in captivity.

Elsewhere I read that Spot-billed Ducks will hybridize freely with other species in captivity, but especially with Mallards. "These ducks commonly hybridise within the mallard-type ducks: maintenance in enclosures away from other similar species is suggested. Drakes may pair with Anas platyrhynchos - Mallard and other similar species; intentional hybrids have been produced with Anas species, Aix sponsa - Wood duck, and Netta rufina - Red-crested pochard, with most of the hybrids being fertile." This quote is taken from - http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/S/0AvAnserif/anatidae/1ACrAvAn_anas/Anas_poecilorhyncha/Anas_poecilorhyncha.htm

Quite a number of photos of captive Spot-billed x Mallard hybrids and backcrosses are provided here - http://www.gobirding.eu/Photos/MallardxSpotbilledDuck.php

So although it would be great to think about adding another species to the MA state list, an escape from captivity seems much more likely. Not to mention the possibility that it could well be a hybrid instead of a pure species. In any case, a great find, and it's a good lesson to all of us to keep our eyes open about all the possibilities. (If a Spot-billed Duck could be in a flock of Mallards couldn't we find a Eurasian Tree Sparrow in with a flock of House Sparrows? Arguably it's more likely than the duck...)


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


-----Original Message-----
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
To: massbird <massbird...>
Sent: Fri, Nov 25, 2016 10:04 am
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Scituate Duck

Dear Massbirders,

Just heard from Tom Ford-Hutchinson, a visiting birder from CA that the bird was present this morning. This is the very interesting duck found recently by Dennis Peacock at Scituate Reservoir.

Tom got photos clearly showing white undertail coverts (UTC). While the rest of the ID points (facial pattern and white tertials) are good for Eastern Spot-billed Duck (ESBD) the white UTCs are not. That may mean a hybrid of some kind.

MallardXESBD is perhaps the most likely but those seem to have dark UTCs (and white tails). Perhaps it's a back-cross or an alternate pairing? Either way, the plumage appears to be inconsistent with full ESBD.

ESBD is an Asian species. The only records in the ABA region are in Alaska (mainly the Western Aleutians). A quick search online showed that Indian Spot-billed Duck is sold to wildfowl collectors (there's a store in NY). I haven't looked hard enough to buy ESBD, but it's also likely a bird present in wildfowl collections, which is from where I'd guess this bird originated.

- Neil
Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA



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Date: 11/25/16 7:01 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Scituate Duck
Dear Massbirders,

Just heard from Tom Ford-Hutchinson, a visiting birder from CA that the bird was present this morning. This is the very interesting duck found recently by Dennis Peacock at Scituate Reservoir.

Tom got photos clearly showing white undertail coverts (UTC). While the rest of the ID points (facial pattern and white tertials) are good for Eastern Spot-billed Duck (ESBD) the white UTCs are not. That may mean a hybrid of some kind.

MallardXESBD is perhaps the most likely but those seem to have dark UTCs (and white tails). Perhaps it's a back-cross or an alternate pairing? Either way, the plumage appears to be inconsistent with full ESBD.

ESBD is an Asian species. The only records in the ABA region are in Alaska (mainly the Western Aleutians). A quick search online showed that Indian Spot-billed Duck is sold to wildfowl collectors (there's a store in NY). I haven't looked hard enough to buy ESBD, but it's also likely a bird present in wildfowl collections, which is from where I'd guess this bird originated.

- Neil
Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA



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Date: 11/24/16 9:45 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Millennium Park, Nov 24, 2016
Pretty quiet Thanksgiving day with thankfully no wind but I did find a male Common Yellowthroat lurking in the reeds of the swamp right near where the paved path goes uphill to the parking lot. Very close looks and it was calling.
Also the continuing flock of Am. Tree Sparrows (est. 35-40) were moving through the swamp, and the resident Cooper's Hawk was perched in tree near the pond next to high school. Ravens on top of school.
E-bird report follows.
>
> Millennium Park, Suffolk, Massachusetts, US
> Nov 24, 2016 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> 19 species
>
> Mallard 6
> Cooper's Hawk 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Ring-billed Gull 8
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Downy Woodpecker 4
> Hairy Woodpecker 2
> Common Raven 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 6
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> American Robin 20
> Common Yellowthroat 1 In swamp. Adult male, black mask, observed close, calling
> American Tree Sparrow 35 Large flock moving through swamp, calling
> White-throated Sparrow 5
> Savannah Sparrow 2
> Song Sparrow 5
> Northern Cardinal 1
> American Goldfinch 2
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32704271
Joe Battenfeld
Roslindale
<jbattenfeld...>
 

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Date: 11/24/16 6:49 pm
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Cave Swallows on Cape Cod now?
El 2016-11-24 a las 18:16, Glenn d'Entremont escribió:
> Please note this link is from 2012!!!! I was suspect with an image of Lapwing on the screen and noticed the actual date.

Hey Glenn,

The publication date is not relevant. The article illustrates, using
data from a number of past years, one of the ways Cave Swallows can, in
general, end up in the Northeast. See first section after intro -- just
a couple paragraphs. I found it a useful quick read. Key bit is this:

"The right weather is basically strong southerlies or southwesterlies in
the late October to late November period. [...] The swallows moving
north with these warm winds gather along the lake [Lake Ontario] shore,
not wanting to get pushed offshore. As the cold front passes, winds come
around to the northwest–it is on those winds that Cave Swallows are seen
at Cape May, Long Island, New England coast, and other “fall migration”
hotspots. It takes both elements to get Cave Swallows to the East Coast.
In almost all recent years, at least a couple fronts have brought
numbers of Cave Swallows. Once present, it seems that these swallows can
bounce around."

Best,
Brian

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

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Date: 11/24/16 4:52 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury - Thanksgiving Morning
Birders,

A morning walk at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury:

Green-winged Teal, Double-crested Cormorant, Canada Goose, Red-tailed
Hawk, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied
Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped
Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Horned Lark, Snow Bunting, American
Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler,
Dark-eyed Junco, Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow,
Swamp Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Sparrow,
House Finch, American Goldfinch

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport, MA
 

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Date: 11/24/16 3:20 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Cave Swallows on Cape Cod now?
Please note this link is from 2012!!!! I was suspect with an image of Lapwing on the screen and noticed the actual date.

Glenn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Manning Delaney" <bmd54321...>
To: "MASSBIRD" <massbird...>
Sent: Thursday, November 24, 2016 3:02:43 PM
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Cave Swallows on Cape Cod now?


> http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/november-bird-movements/

Hi everyone,

So far, I've received a total of three separate reports (two off-list)
of Cave Swallows on the Cape. None from yesterday or today. The winds
have died down so the swallows may have begun the journey home. For
various reasons I ended up not going to Chatham, though I thought I
might have chance for the swallows at Nauset Beach (Orleans) yesterday
afternoon, but work pressure meant I had to go a bit too late -- sun was
too low.

By the way, I know not everyone uses eBird, but it's pretty easy to note
sightings there, even without an account. Just head over to ebird.org,
click a few buttons and voilà! Having the data on bird sightings in the
form in which it's stored when entered via eBird greatly eases the
burden of ornithology research in general, and, specifically, of simple
bird movement tracking, the latter which, itself, helps birders get an
idea of when and where to keep an eye out for particular species. And of
course, as I've discovered, using eBird is great fun!

Anyway, back to the tofu, courtesy of numerous familial
turkey-pardoners. (More importantly perhaps, back to the wine, to help
wash down the tofu.)

Happy Thanksgiving,
Brian

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

 

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Date: 11/24/16 12:06 pm
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Cave Swallows on Cape Cod now?

> http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/november-bird-movements/

Hi everyone,

So far, I've received a total of three separate reports (two off-list)
of Cave Swallows on the Cape. None from yesterday or today. The winds
have died down so the swallows may have begun the journey home. For
various reasons I ended up not going to Chatham, though I thought I
might have chance for the swallows at Nauset Beach (Orleans) yesterday
afternoon, but work pressure meant I had to go a bit too late -- sun was
too low.

By the way, I know not everyone uses eBird, but it's pretty easy to note
sightings there, even without an account. Just head over to ebird.org,
click a few buttons and voil! Having the data on bird sightings in the
form in which it's stored when entered via eBird greatly eases the
burden of ornithology research in general, and, specifically, of simple
bird movement tracking, the latter which, itself, helps birders get an
idea of when and where to keep an eye out for particular species. And of
course, as I've discovered, using eBird is great fun!

Anyway, back to the tofu, courtesy of numerous familial
turkey-pardoners. (More importantly perhaps, back to the wine, to help
wash down the tofu.)

Happy Thanksgiving,
Brian

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

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Date: 11/24/16 10:25 am
From: <brookfarm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mystery Duck at Scituate Reservoir from 9-9:30am


Standing on the side of 3A and looking south with my scope, I sought out the unusual duck that was reported by Dennis Peacock yesterday.




Initially, the bird was by itself, off to the right of the cluster of other ducks, and then it flew in and spent the rest of the time foraging very near the shoreline. At a distance, the bird appeared to be equal in size and significantly paler in color than the female Mallards.




The bird possessed a long dark bill with a visibly demarcated yellow tip. The facial pattern was the most significant field mark. I could see two dark brown lines upon the face, an eyeline that appeared to originate near the nostril and extend past the eye, and another line, shorter, beneath the eyeline, that originated at the gape and extended upward toward the eye. At one point, the bird hopped up on a rock to preen, and I observed noticeably orange legs and feet.




Having never seen an Eastern Spot-billed Duck, I can understand why Dennis could arrive at this identification, but the location of such a bird is obviously a significant issue.




Dave Pettee

Newton, MA

 

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Date: 11/24/16 9:41 am
From: Arthur Gaudet <rockdancer97...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager Dunback Meadows Lexington
Bird was seen a few times this morning 8:30-10:30 by several birders. Bird moved a lot so fleeting views

Arthur Gaudet
RockDancer

 

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Date: 11/24/16 8:03 am
From: <brianrfg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Foxboro Thanksgiving birds
Massbirders,
Last message from me. Too many end up on the cutting room floor as far as I'm concerned. Let's see if this one survives :


Eastern Screech Owls and Barred Owls in the state forest, as usual.


Brian Cassie, Foxboro

 

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Date: 11/24/16 6:27 am
From: Warren Tatro <wtatro...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] correction
Hello Massbirders,

Sorry for my mis-direction about the White-fronted Goose in Hamilton. I got my compass bearings mixed up. The field is on the EAST side of the road, not the west!


Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
<wtatro...>
 

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Date: 11/24/16 6:19 am
From: Warren Tatro <wtatro...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Goose in Hamilton
Hello Massbirders,

Happy Thanksgiving. I finally had some luck this morning after around 30 tries for this goose. I found it in Hamilton along 1A just north of the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School at 8:45AM. The field is on the west side of the road and has a split-rail fence around it. The bird was as close to the road as the fence allows, and was easily seen from the car with just binoculars.

Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
<wtatro...>


 

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Date: 11/24/16 4:06 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Silver Lake, Kingston, Plympton, Pembroke & Halifax
Hi, Glenn,

There's access to anglers & walkers at Silver Lake Sanctuary (92 acres) at the end of Barses Lane & Route 27 in Kingston.
Silver Lake is City of Brockton's primary water source - so no boating allowed.

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport

-----Original Message-----
From: "Glenn d'Entremont" <gdentremont1...>
Sent: ‎11/‎23/‎2016 9:58 PM
To: "MASSBIRD, massbird" <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Silver Lake, Kingston, Plympton, Pembroke, Halifax

How does bird this lake? Google earth does not show an obvious location.

Many thanks.

Glenn

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


 

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Date: 11/24/16 3:54 am
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Horned Owls
 

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Date: 11/23/16 7:02 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Silver Lake, Kingston, Plympton, Pembroke, Halifax
How does bird this lake? Google earth does not show an obvious location.

Many thanks.

Glenn

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

 

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Date: 11/23/16 2:19 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 11-23-16
Kirsten Lindquist and I led this pre-Turkey-Day Wednesday Morning Birding
program out of Joppa Flats on to Plum Island on yet another very windy day.
Skies were clear, temps ranged from the upper 30s to the low 40s, and winds
were W-NW/10-20 mph. There were precious few sea ducks seen from the north
end of the island and from both lots #1 and #7 viewing platforms on the
refuge.

Our list:
Canada Goose (100+)
American Black Duck - common; aside from a lone drake Mallard, the main
panne held only black ducks. (We noted behavior never seen before by any of
us on the part of a flock of about 20 blacks and the single Mallard --
moving as a group from nw to se across the main panne, heads mostly under
water with much splashing by all as they moved and an occasional skimming of
the water with their bills. I expect the only thing it could have been was
some sort of feeding behavior, perhaps going after small fish??? Any
thoughts or similar observations by anybody?)
Mallard (~ 30) - various.
Common Eider (~ 90) - ~ 30, north end; ~ 60, Emerson Rocks & beyond from lot
#7.
White-winged Scoter (4) - 2, north end; 2, ER.
Bufflehead (12) - 10, ER; 2, Stage Island Pool.
Common Goldeneye (1) - hen, ER.
Hooded Merganser (18) - SIP.
Red-breasted Merganser (6) - 2, ER; 4, Bar Head.
Red-throated Loon (15+) - 1, north end; balance, lot #1.
Northern Gannet (1) - juv, swimming near 4 Red-thr. Loons (remained on water
entire time we were there); lot #1.
Northern Harrier (5-7) - 3 put on quite a show at North Pool Overlook.
Red-tailed Hawk (1) - s. of North Field.
Rough-legged Hawk (1) - light morph; hunting over North Field, s. town
marker.
Killdeer (1) - n. end main panne.
Sanderling (~ 10) - ER.
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull (2)
Blue Jay (2)
American Crow (~ 12)
Horned Lark (~ 60) - 2 separate flocks, lot #7 platform.
Black-capped Chickadee (2) - Hellcat parking lot.
Northern Mockingbird (1) - The Wardens.
European Starling - several large flocks.
Dark-eyed Junco (2) - roadside, new blind.

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

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



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Date: 11/23/16 1:50 pm
From: John Liller <john.liller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook - 11/23/16
I recorded the following this morning at the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife
Sanctuary in Worcester.



Canada Goose (7 - probably more; limited sight due to vegetation)

Mallard (4 - probably more; limited sight due to vegetation)

Red-tailed Hawk (1)

Mourning Dove (2)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (1)

Downy Woodpecker (5)

Hairy Woodpecker (3)

Blue Jay (9)

American Crow (2)

Black-capped Chickadee (16)

Tufted Titmouse (4)

White-breasted Nuthatch (7)

Carolina Wren (3)

Golden-crowned Kinglet (1)

American Robin (6)

American Tree Sparrow (7)

Fox Sparrow (1 – seen in the same place 3 times in 10 days)

Song Sparrow (7)

White-throated Sparrow (5)

Dark-eyed Junco (28)

Northern Cardinal (4)

Red-winged Blackbird (2 - male and female together)

House Finch (2)

American Goldfinch (14)

House Sparrow (68)

 

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Date: 11/23/16 11:28 am
From: <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager relocated at dunback meadow 2:20 PM
Along the path after taking a right at "Four Corners".

Leslie Kramer
Barry Burden
Medford
 

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Date: 11/23/16 8:07 am
From: Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winged Wonders @ Winthrop Beach Sat. 11/26 and beyond
North Region Coastal District

Department of Conservation and Recreation

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

Date October 27, 2016



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Find yourself in a DCR State Park in November

Winthrop


All Programs are free and open to the public and are designed for adults and children ages 8 and older and all levels of birding expertise. An adult must accompany children. Please apply sunscreen, wear sunglasses and dress for cold weather with breezes off the ocean. Rain Cancels. For more information call (781) 485-2804 Ext. 105 or email <Matthew.Nash...>


Winged Wonders at Winthrop Beach
Saturday, November 26th 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, November 29th 12:00 p.m.

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


WWW.MASS.GOV/DCR



Matthew Nash

Visitor Services Supervisor

DCR North Region Coastal District

One Eliot Circle

Revere, MA 02151

(781) 485-2804 ext. 105




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Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 03:23:27 +0000 (UTC)
From: Phil Brown <downtownpab...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Outer Cape - Bohemian Waxwing, Sedge Wren, etc.

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Late post from this past weekend on the Outer Cape with my family:
Excellent seabirding with large concentrations of gulls, waterfowl, and more as others have recently reported. I was particularly impressed with an estimated 5,000+ red-breasted mergansers off Herring Cove Beach on Saturday, and thousands of gulls along Coast Guard Beach and from Herring Cove during extreme high tides. Also noted from a couple of ocean-viewing stops were Parasitic Jaeger, Great Shearwater, and several Razorbills.

A few species of note included a lone flyover Bohemian Waxwing at the Beech Forest parking lot on Saturday afternoon, the continuing Sedge Wren at Fort Hill in a stand of cattail on Friday evening, two Nelson's Sparrows and a Seaside Sparrow there too (missed the rail, though), 2 Tree Swallows at High Head, 9 Snow Buntings from the Provincetown Dunes, and a Common Raven from the Highland Center in Truro.
Phil BrownHancock, NH

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Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 07:40:13 -0500
From: "Soheil Zendeh" <sohzendeh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Next Bear Creek, Saugus, walk on Sunday November 27 at 9 am

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Folks,

Happy Thanksgiving holiday.

=20

We've scheduled the next walk at Bear Creek, Saugus, for 9 am on Sunday,
November 27.

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So far this fall, amazing weather conditions have been the rule on our
walks: mild temperatures, breezy conditions, clear or slightly overcast =
sky.
This Sunday we might get a first taste of winter; the property is mostly
very open, so be prepared for sun, wind and weather.

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Bear Creek is an upland sanctuary built on the Wheelabrator (formerly =
RESCO)
landfill at the northern end of Rumney Marsh in Saugus and Revere. =
Access
information is below. Wear good walking shoes and be prepared to hike 3 =
=96 4
miles. Wheelabrator company has graciously stocked up on some extra =
pairs of
binoculars, so if you or someone you know wants to learn about birds and
birding, come on down. Let me know you're coming so we'll have a head =
count.



This walk is free and open to the public, but also note that this =
property
is accessible by invitation only and visitors needs to be chaperoned at =
all
times. Please allow roughly 4 hours for this field trip. The actual =
length
of the trip depends on conditions and the birds present. It's usually
difficult to break up the party if you need to be somewhere in the early
afternoon. Come prepared to stay with the group.

Bear Creek sanctuary access is via the Wheelabrator plant, 100 Salem
Turnpike (Rte 107), Saugus. The rotary at the intersection of Rtes 60 =
and
107 is about 1=BD miles southwest of the plant and about 1 mile east of =
Rte 1
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When you arrive, drive through the plant gates, park in the parking lot
immediately and wait for the group. Please do not drive farther into the
property without an escort.

Soheil Zendeh

42 Baker Ave

Lexington, MA 02421

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<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>Folks,<br>
<br>
<span style=3D'color:#1F497D'>Happy Thanksgiving =
holiday.<o:p></o:p></span></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>We've scheduled =
the next walk
at Bear Creek, Saugus, for 9 am on Sunday, November <span =
style=3D'color:#1F497D'>27.</span><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-size:12.0pt;color:#1F497D'>So =
far this
fall, amazing weather conditions have been the rule on our walks: mild
temperatures, breezy conditions, clear or slightly overcast sky. This =
Sunday we
might get a first taste of winter; t</span><span =
style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>he
property is mostly very open, so be prepared for sun, wind and =
weather.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span =
style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>Bear Creek is an =
upland
sanctuary built on the Wheelabrator (formerly RESCO) landfill at the =
northern
end of Rumney Marsh in Saugus and Revere. Access information is below. =
Wear
good walking shoes and be prepared to hike 3 &#8211; 4 miles. <span =
style=3D'color:
#1F497D'>W</span>heelabrator company has graciously stocked up on some =
extra
pairs of binoculars, so if you or someone you know wants to learn about =
birds
and birding, come on down. Let me know you're coming so we'll have a =
head
count. <o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal style=3D'margin-bottom:12.0pt'><span =
style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'><br>
This walk is free and open to the public, but also note that this =
property is
accessible by invitation only and visitors needs to be chaperoned at all =
times.
Please allow roughly 4 hours for this field trip. The actual length of =
the trip
depends on conditions and the birds present. It's usually difficult to =
break up
the party if you need to be somewhere in the early afternoon. Come =
prepared to
stay with the group.<br>
<br>
Bear Creek sanctuary access is via the Wheelabrator plant, 100 Salem =
Turnpike
(Rte 107), Saugus. The rotary at the intersection of Rtes 60 and 107 is =
about
1=BD miles southwest of the plant and about 1 mile east of Rte 1 exit on =
Rte 60.
When traveling northeast on 107, if you go over the Ballard Street =
bridge (just
after a set of lights) you&#8217;ve gone too far&#8212;turn back. Here =
is a link to google
maps: <a href=3D"https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__tinyurl.com_326v87d&d=DQIDaQ&c=lDF7oMaPKXpkYvev9V-fVahWL0QWnGCCAfCDz1Bns_w&r=59Be0snSVQjEB2LwJszNZd81O9NbSOR5J9RIMVlvqhU&m=Af7YYFPHNKrbETAfL0GWITmod_XdMQIsWNAbUWaryuM&s=7NakQZFCZPvHkyK_Td7W6eiBty6pjenHZ-dizN22dYA&e= " target=3D"_blank"><span
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<br>
When you arrive, drive through the plant gates, park in the parking lot
immediately and wait for the group. Please do not drive farther into the
property without an escort.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><b><i><span style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>Soheil =
Zendeh<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><i><span style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>42 Baker =
Ave<o:p></o:p></span></i></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><i><span style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>Lexington, MA =
02421<o:p></o:p></span></i></p>

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Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:00:16 +0000 (UTC)
From: Kathleen <kab2769...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rehoboth yard sightings - Tiny Bird Division

This past week's sightings in the yard include: Winter Wren, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Red-breasted Nuthatch (continuing daily).

Also this morning, 11/22, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Kathleen Bartels
Rehoboth
<kab2769...>

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Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:59:55 +0000
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm

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Just saw a yellow-bellied sapsucker from my office window. Earlier this mor=
ning in the Drumlin Farm crops fields I had an additional 22 species. Nothi=
ng unusual but two handsome American tree sparrows working the corn stalks.

It has been a nice fall, seeing so many great species, and conversing with =
so many friendly birders.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Sanctuary
Lincoln

Wild Turkey 19
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 12
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 4
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 100
Cedar Waxwing 30
American Tree Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 6
White-throated Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 8
House Finch 2
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<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Just saw a yellow-bellied sapsucker from my office w=
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<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">It has been a nice fall, seeing so many great specie=
s, and conversing with so many friendly birders.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Pam Sowizral<br>
Mass Audubon&#8217;s Drumlin Farm Sanctuary<br>
Lincoln <o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Wild Turkey&nbsp; 19<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Cooper's Hawk&nbsp; 1<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Red-tailed Hawk&nbsp; 1<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Red-bellied Woodpecker&nbsp; 2<br>
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<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Downy Woodpecker&nbsp; 1<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Blue Jay&nbsp; 5<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">American Crow&nbsp; 1<o:p></o:p></p>
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<p class=3D"MsoNormal">American Robin&nbsp; 4<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Northern Mockingbird&nbsp; 1<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">European Starling&nbsp; 100<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Cedar Waxwing&nbsp; 30<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">American Tree Sparrow&nbsp; 2<o:p></o:p></p>
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<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Northern Cardinal&nbsp; 8<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">House Finch&nbsp; 2<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">American Goldfinch&nbsp; 17<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">House Sparrow&nbsp; 7<o:p></o:p></p>
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Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:08:32 -0500
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plymouth County -- Bell's Vireo continues

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MA-Birders,

The BELL'S VIREO continues to be seen on a daily basis at the Holmes Farm
in Manomet. The bird favors the same patch of brambles at the northwest
corner of the unmowed bog on the left side of the farm entrance road.
Please feel free to contact me privately if in need of more precise
directions.

The steady stream of observers to this site over the past few weeks has
yielded several additional seasonally uncommon species, including: GRAY
CATBIRDS, ORANGE-CROWNED and PALM WARBLERS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT,
CLAY-COLORED and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and DICKCISSEL.
In previous years, the farm has also hosted ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER,
WESTERN KINGBIRD, and an over-wintering ORCHARD ORIOLE. So if you are
visiting... keep your eyes peeled.

Alan Kneidel
Manomet, MA

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<div dir=3D"ltr">MA-Birders,<br><br>The BELL&#39;S VIREO continues to be se=
en on a daily basis at the Holmes Farm in Manomet. The bird favors the same=
patch of brambles at the northwest corner of the unmowed bog on the left s=
ide of the farm entrance road. Please feel free to contact me privately if =
in need of more precise directions.=C2=A0<div><br></div><div>The steady str=
eam of observers to this site over the past few weeks has yielded several a=
dditional seasonally uncommon species, including: GRAY CATBIRDS, ORANGE-CRO=
WNED and PALM WARBLERS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, CLAY-COLORED and WHITE-CROWNE=
D SPARROWS, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and DICKCISSEL. In previous years, the farm h=
as also hosted ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, and an over-winte=
ring ORCHARD ORIOLE. So if you are visiting... keep your eyes peeled.<br cl=
ear=3D"all"><div><br></div><div class=3D"gmail_signature" data-smartmail=3D=
"gmail_signature"><div dir=3D"ltr"><div>Alan Kneidel<br>Manomet, MA<br><br>=
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Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:00:36 -0500
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager - Dunback Meadows

Western Tanager finally appeared at 12:30 today on the trail to the right of the four corners (coming from Allen St). The bird was at eye level feeding on berries with a flock of robins. 25 yards from four corners.

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

Sent from my iPhone

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Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:44:59 -0500
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Elegant Tern photos

Thanks to Marshall and Ian for the useful ID’ing tips on the Elegant
Tern, and thanks to Marshall for the note about the inlet south of Coast
Guard Beach and roosting birds. I’d never been there even though I live
in Orleans. Great to get a close-up view of all those distant birds one
tries to make out looking east from Fort Hill (actually Fort Hill is a
bit farther south). No luck on the Elegant Tern, but I knew it was a
long shot. Had a Little Gull over the ocean on the walk south, though,
which was cool.

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ebird.org_ebird_view_checklist_S32669046&d=DQIDaQ&c=lDF7oMaPKXpkYvev9V-fVahWL0QWnGCCAfCDz1Bns_w&r=59Be0snSVQjEB2LwJszNZd81O9NbSOR5J9RIMVlvqhU&m=Af7YYFPHNKrbETAfL0GWITmod_XdMQIsWNAbUWaryuM&s=Im0ywT2bfISrbLeLkr39t7xyyXG5acsDOrbAl9AjI8E&e=
(eBird report still slightly provisional.)

People who, like me, are new to thfe Cape and might not realize how much
the sands and water can shift, do take note: Google Maps (normal view)
has the location of the inlet off by 2 km! Satellite view (the sat.
pictures are updated pretty frequently) is much more accurate. Going by
normal view, the walk from Coast Guard Beach south to the inlet would be
3.2 km (so distant it would actually be shorter to walk north from
Orleans – though not sure about parking on those private roads). With
satellite view, it looks to be 1.2 km. Big difference. Having just been
there, I can confirm that the walk south from the C.G. Beach parking lot
is on the order of 1.2 km: quite doable.

Cold and windy, but a beautiful day.

Brian

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Orleans, Massachusetts /
Stockholm, Sweden

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Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:44:09 +0000
From: "Floyd, Chris" <chrisf...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager - Dunback Meadows

Toward the end of Neil's sighting, a raptor (Sharp-shinned Hawk?) flying low along the trail spooked all the birds. The tanager appeared to drop down into the thicket, while most of the robins flew up into the tall trees behind. However, in conversation shortly after, other birders further down the trail, with a less obstructed view of the tall trees, confirmed seeing the tanager fly away with the robin flock, in the general direction of the house at the end of Bacon Street. Check this view:

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.google.com_maps_place_Dunback-2BMeadow_-4042.4302593-2C-2D71.2232842-2C408m_data-3D-213m1-211e3-214m5-213m4-211s0x89e39dbadea56bd1-3A0xfbd18d1b8c1ecd14-218m2-213d42.4291749-214d-2D71.2253848&d=DQIDaQ&c=lDF7oMaPKXpkYvev9V-fVahWL0QWnGCCAfCDz1Bns_w&r=59Be0snSVQjEB2LwJszNZd81O9NbSOR5J9RIMVlvqhU&m=Af7YYFPHNKrbETAfL0GWITmod_XdMQIsWNAbUWaryuM&s=kurgkmldrdZs5GwRa7XclnaLUsmUuaS0dXEMqG11jiw&e=

The location of Neil's sighting is about at, or a little right of, the "Dunback Meadow" spot highlight. Given the direction the birds flew away, it could be that the robin flock with the tanager is spending time somewhere in the vicinity of the Bacon Street house (private) or of Meadow Mist Farm (low-key retail; friendly). There are major stands of bittersweet along the walkable roads in these areas; but a lot of the general area is inaccessible, unfortunately.

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>

- -----Original Message-----
From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of Neil Hayward
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 1:01 PM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager - Dunback Meadows

Western Tanager finally appeared at 12:30 today on the trail to the right of the four corners (coming from Allen St). The bird was at eye level feeding on berries with a flock of robins. 25 yards from four corners.

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

Sent from my iPhone

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Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:06:06 -0500
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cave Swallows on Cape Cod now?

Hi everyone,

From what I understand, the winds of the last couple days -- strong,
from the W and SW -- increase the chances of Cave Swallows being or
having been blown our way here on the Cape.

The winds have now weakened and shifted towards (from) the north a bit.
Does this mean the swallows are probably on their way back west (or
southwest)? Based on few-day forecasts from a few days ago I'd pegged
tomorrow morning as a good time to try for the swallows but I'm
wondering whether it's pointless now since the winds shifted a bit
earlier than predicted.

Thanks,
Brian

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

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Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:43:23 -0500
From: Keith Mueller <kmueller...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Cave Swallows on Cape Cod now?

Hi Brian, I had a single Cave Swallow fly over me and a birding friend in the parking lot at the south side of the commercial pier in Chatham yesterday in the afternoon around 3:00 pm. It came from the direction of the commercial building (probably from Tern Island) and then flew south towards the Chatham lighthouse. Hope that helps!

Keith Mueller
Killingworth, Ct

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 22, 2016, at 6:06 PM, Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> wrote:
>
>
> Hi everyone,
>
> From what I understand, the winds of the last couple days -- strong, from the W and SW -- increase the chances of Cave Swallows being or having been blown our way here on the Cape.
>
> The winds have now weakened and shifted towards (from) the north a bit. Does this mean the swallows are probably on their way back west (or southwest)? Based on few-day forecasts from a few days ago I'd pegged tomorrow morning as a good time to try for the swallows but I'm wondering whether it's pointless now since the winds shifted a bit earlier than predicted.
>
> Thanks,
> Brian
>
> --
> Brian Manning Delaney
> Orleans, Massachusetts /
> Stockholm, Sweden
>

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Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 01:57:26 +0000 (UTC)
From: "James P. Smith" <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's Falls - Shrike, LBBGull

Greeting birders,

There was a Northern Shrike in Gill this morning, though rather briefly. It appeared to be a southbound migrant moving along the banks for the Connecticut River and I only had it view for three minutes or so.

In late afternoon, an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull joined the Ring-billed Gulls at Turner's Falls. The bird looked curiously short winged at rest with primaries evidently still growing out. Pics of this bird and the shrike can be seen here;
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__pioneerbirding.blogspot.com_2016_11_ma-2Dnorthern-2Dshrike-2Din-2Dgill.html&d=DQIDaQ&c=lDF7oMaPKXpkYvev9V-fVahWL0QWnGCCAfCDz1Bns_w&r=59Be0snSVQjEB2LwJszNZd81O9NbSOR5J9RIMVlvqhU&m=Af7YYFPHNKrbETAfL0GWITmod_XdMQIsWNAbUWaryuM&s=2N-nF0WjOVmvxWBQVYNMydlk7XGDCKLKAjn186ddudY&e=

The only other bird of note that I could find was an American Wigeon (female) with Canada Geese.


Good birding,


James



James P. Smith Gill, MA https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__pioneerbirding.blogspot.com_&d=DQIDaQ&c=lDF7oMaPKXpkYvev9V-fVahWL0QWnGCCAfCDz1Bns_w&r=59Be0snSVQjEB2LwJszNZd81O9NbSOR5J9RIMVlvqhU&m=Af7YYFPHNKrbETAfL0GWITmod_XdMQIsWNAbUWaryuM&s=DCbqozOroqzb8sgNIZlwQjQCTRm35YIhsBpN2aHihyY&e=

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Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:17:33 -0500
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Cave Swallows on Cape Cod now?

Hi everyone,

Quick response before I head out.

- - Reported sightings:
- -- Keith's: One at Chatham, Monday, ~15:00, heading south towards the
lighthouse
- -- (off-list): Two at Nauset Beach (Orleans), yesterday afternoon (no
overall trajectory evident).

- - Winds and Cave Swallows.
Apparently vagrancy in Cave Swallows is a bit complicated, and often
involves two steps when it comes to their appearance in the Northeast:
getting pushed towards the Great Lakes, then getting pushed here. Nice
article at eBird on this:

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ebird.org_content_ebird_news_november-2Dbird-2Dmovements_&d=DQIDaQ&c=lDF7oMaPKXpkYvev9V-fVahWL0QWnGCCAfCDz1Bns_w&r=59Be0snSVQjEB2LwJszNZd81O9NbSOR5J9RIMVlvqhU&m=Af7YYFPHNKrbETAfL0GWITmod_XdMQIsWNAbUWaryuM&s=4miP2SP7j8u3d694JEYw3ay7x1iNZq_FPC8eCHBF8vA&e=

I'll send word to MassBird if I see any!

Brian

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

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Date: 11/23/16 3:21 am
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Cave Swallows on Cape Cod now?

Hi everyone,

Quick response before I head out.

- Reported sightings:
-- Keith's: One at Chatham, Monday, ~15:00, heading south towards the
lighthouse
-- (off-list): Two at Nauset Beach (Orleans), yesterday afternoon (no
overall trajectory evident).

- Winds and Cave Swallows.
Apparently vagrancy in Cave Swallows is a bit complicated, and often
involves two steps when it comes to their appearance in the Northeast:
getting pushed towards the Great Lakes, then getting pushed here. Nice
article at eBird on this:

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/november-bird-movements/

I'll send word to MassBird if I see any!

Brian

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

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Date: 11/22/16 6:00 pm
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gill/Turner's Falls - Shrike, LBBGull
Greeting birders,

There was a Northern Shrike in Gill this morning, though rather briefly. It appeared to be a southbound migrant moving along the banks for the Connecticut River and I only had it view for three minutes or so.

In late afternoon, an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull joined the Ring-billed Gulls at Turner's Falls. The bird looked curiously short winged at rest with primaries evidently still growing out. Pics of this bird and the shrike can be seen here;
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/11/ma-northern-shrike-in-gill.html

The only other bird of note that I could find was an American Wigeon (female) with Canada Geese.


Good birding,


James



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

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Date: 11/22/16 4:46 pm
From: Keith Mueller <kmueller...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Cave Swallows on Cape Cod now?
Hi Brian, I had a single Cave Swallow fly over me and a birding friend in the parking lot at the south side of the commercial pier in Chatham yesterday in the afternoon around 3:00 pm. It came from the direction of the commercial building (probably from Tern Island) and then flew south towards the Chatham lighthouse. Hope that helps!

Keith Mueller
Killingworth, Ct

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 22, 2016, at 6:06 PM, Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...> wrote:
>
>
> Hi everyone,
>
> From what I understand, the winds of the last couple days -- strong, from the W and SW -- increase the chances of Cave Swallows being or having been blown our way here on the Cape.
>
> The winds have now weakened and shifted towards (from) the north a bit. Does this mean the swallows are probably on their way back west (or southwest)? Based on few-day forecasts from a few days ago I'd pegged tomorrow morning as a good time to try for the swallows but I'm wondering whether it's pointless now since the winds shifted a bit earlier than predicted.
>
> Thanks,
> Brian
>
> --
> Brian Manning Delaney
> Orleans, Massachusetts /
> Stockholm, Sweden
>

 

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Date: 11/22/16 3:08 pm
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cave Swallows on Cape Cod now?

Hi everyone,

From what I understand, the winds of the last couple days -- strong,
from the W and SW -- increase the chances of Cave Swallows being or
having been blown our way here on the Cape.

The winds have now weakened and shifted towards (from) the north a bit.
Does this mean the swallows are probably on their way back west (or
southwest)? Based on few-day forecasts from a few days ago I'd pegged
tomorrow morning as a good time to try for the swallows but I'm
wondering whether it's pointless now since the winds shifted a bit
earlier than predicted.

Thanks,
Brian

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

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Date: 11/22/16 2:46 pm
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager - Dunback Meadows
Toward the end of Neil's sighting, a raptor (Sharp-shinned Hawk?) flying low along the trail spooked all the birds. The tanager appeared to drop down into the thicket, while most of the robins flew up into the tall trees behind. However, in conversation shortly after, other birders further down the trail, with a less obstructed view of the tall trees, confirmed seeing the tanager fly away with the robin flock, in the general direction of the house at the end of Bacon Street. Check this view:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Dunback+Meadow/@42.4302593,-71.2232842,408m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e39dbadea56bd1:0xfbd18d1b8c1ecd14!8m2!3d42.4291749!4d-71.2253848

The location of Neil's sighting is about at, or a little right of, the "Dunback Meadow" spot highlight. Given the direction the birds flew away, it could be that the robin flock with the tanager is spending time somewhere in the vicinity of the Bacon Street house (private) or of Meadow Mist Farm (low-key retail; friendly). There are major stands of bittersweet along the walkable roads in these areas; but a lot of the general area is inaccessible, unfortunately.

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>

-----Original Message-----
From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of Neil Hayward
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 1:01 PM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager - Dunback Meadows

Western Tanager finally appeared at 12:30 today on the trail to the right of the four corners (coming from Allen St). The bird was at eye level feeding on berries with a flock of robins. 25 yards from four corners.

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

Sent from my iPhone


 

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Date: 11/22/16 1:48 pm
From: Brian Manning Delaney <bmd54321...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Elegant Tern photos

Thanks to Marshall and Ian for the useful ID’ing tips on the Elegant
Tern, and thanks to Marshall for the note about the inlet south of Coast
Guard Beach and roosting birds. I’d never been there even though I live
in Orleans. Great to get a close-up view of all those distant birds one
tries to make out looking east from Fort Hill (actually Fort Hill is a
bit farther south). No luck on the Elegant Tern, but I knew it was a
long shot. Had a Little Gull over the ocean on the walk south, though,
which was cool.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32669046
(eBird report still slightly provisional.)

People who, like me, are new to thfe Cape and might not realize how much
the sands and water can shift, do take note: Google Maps (normal view)
has the location of the inlet off by 2 km! Satellite view (the sat.
pictures are updated pretty frequently) is much more accurate. Going by
normal view, the walk from Coast Guard Beach south to the inlet would be
3.2 km (so distant it would actually be shorter to walk north from
Orleans – though not sure about parking on those private roads). With
satellite view, it looks to be 1.2 km. Big difference. Having just been
there, I can confirm that the walk south from the C.G. Beach parking lot
is on the order of 1.2 km: quite doable.

Cold and windy, but a beautiful day.

Brian

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

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Date: 11/22/16 10:04 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager - Dunback Meadows
Western Tanager finally appeared at 12:30 today on the trail to the right of the four corners (coming from Allen St). The bird was at eye level feeding on berries with a flock of robins. 25 yards from four corners.

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/22/16 8:12 am
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plymouth County -- Bell's Vireo continues
MA-Birders,

The BELL'S VIREO continues to be seen on a daily basis at the Holmes Farm
in Manomet. The bird favors the same patch of brambles at the northwest
corner of the unmowed bog on the left side of the farm entrance road.
Please feel free to contact me privately if in need of more precise
directions.

The steady stream of observers to this site over the past few weeks has
yielded several additional seasonally uncommon species, including: GRAY
CATBIRDS, ORANGE-CROWNED and PALM WARBLERS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT,
CLAY-COLORED and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and DICKCISSEL.
In previous years, the farm has also hosted ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER,
WESTERN KINGBIRD, and an over-wintering ORCHARD ORIOLE. So if you are
visiting... keep your eyes peeled.

Alan Kneidel
Manomet, MA

 

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Date: 11/22/16 8:04 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
Just saw a yellow-bellied sapsucker from my office window. Earlier this morning in the Drumlin Farm crops fields I had an additional 22 species. Nothing unusual but two handsome American tree sparrows working the corn stalks.

It has been a nice fall, seeing so many great species, and conversing with so many friendly birders.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Sanctuary
Lincoln

Wild Turkey 19
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 12
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 4
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 100
Cedar Waxwing 30
American Tree Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 6
White-throated Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 8
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 17
House Sparrow 7


 

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Date: 11/22/16 5:07 am
From: Kathleen <kab2769...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rehoboth yard sightings - Tiny Bird Division
This past week's sightings in the yard include: Winter Wren, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Red-breasted Nuthatch (continuing daily).

Also this morning, 11/22, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Kathleen Bartels
Rehoboth
<kab2769...>
 

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Date: 11/21/16 7:35 pm
From: Phil Brown <downtownpab...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Outer Cape - Bohemian Waxwing, Sedge Wren, etc.
Late post from this past weekend on the Outer Cape with my family:
Excellent seabirding with large concentrations of gulls, waterfowl, and more as others have recently reported. I was particularly impressed with an estimated 5,000+ red-breasted mergansers off Herring Cove Beach on Saturday, and thousands of gulls along Coast Guard Beach and from Herring Cove during extreme high tides. Also noted from a couple of ocean-viewing stops were Parasitic Jaeger, Great Shearwater, and several Razorbills.

A few species of note included a lone flyover Bohemian Waxwing at the Beech Forest parking lot on Saturday afternoon, the continuing Sedge Wren at Fort Hill in a stand of cattail on Friday evening, two Nelson's Sparrows and a Seaside Sparrow there too (missed the rail, though), 2 Tree Swallows at High Head, 9 Snow Buntings from the Provincetown Dunes, and a Common Raven from the Highland Center in Truro.
Phil BrownHancock, NH

 

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Date: 11/21/16 7:20 am
From: Rick Nok <rsheil.nok...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose at Scotland Rd.
The Pink-footed Goose continues. This morning it was with about 350 Canada
Goose far in the back of the shell road on Scotland Road in Newburyport.

Richard S. Heil
S. Peabody, MA


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Richard Heil

 

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Date: 11/21/16 6:48 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Cranes
Bob Lessard called at 8:15am to report 2 SANDHILL CRANES, an adult and a juvenile, in the corn field at the corner of Central and Bridge Streets in East Bridgewater.

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






 

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Date: 11/21/16 6:25 am
From: <sherwood63...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Nuthatches
Cheering sightings - rb seldom seen here.
Janet - So. Dartmouth

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

From: "Charles Patterson" <chaspatt...>
To: "massbird" <massbird...>
Sent: Sunday, November 20, 2016 10:17:42 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nuthatches

We have a fairly impressive group of White Breasted Nuthatches but this
morning the platform feeder right outside my wife's computer room was
visited by at least three Red Breasted. We rarely see them on the
feeders so it was quite a treat to see them at a distance of three feet
(The birds completely ignore her). Also visiting that feeder was a pair
of Red Bellied Woodpeckers. First time I have seen them that close too.

Charlie Patterson

<chaspatt...>

Norwell, Ma



 

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Date: 11/21/16 6:20 am
From: Jeff Rees <jrees...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] House Sparrow Deterrent for Feeders
Posted with permission of the moderator. Thanks, Barb!



I usually get eaten out of house and home by House Sparrows at my feeders, so I looked into ways to deter them.



Some people use a halo of wires hanging from the top of a feeder to deter House Sparrows, but the method I use, which I learned about from The Bird Store and More in Sturbridge, hangs the lines from the perches and seems to have less chance of entanglement but is still effective. It uses 25 lb. florescent fishing line with washers for weights and the lines hang from the perch rather than from a halo, so the birds don't have to fly between them. The House Sparrows will veer away when they get within 4-5 feet of the feeder. No other species seem to be affected by it. I’ve been using this method for about a month and haven’t seen a single sparrow on the feeder yet. My feeder has sunflower seed parts in it and I've seen House Finches, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, goldfinches, cardinals and woodpeckers all using the feeder without hesitation. By looping the line over the perch instead of tying it, I think there is less chance of entangling a foot.



I would also be interested in learning if anyone has a scientific explanation as to why this works on House Sparrows only. The halo method is based on the thought that the sparrows are afraid to fly between the lines, but this doesn’t appear to be the reason they are deterred. It seems to be more of a visual thing.



Here’s a link to a photo of my feeder -



http://www.pbase.com/jeffrees/image/164558324



Jeff Rees

Auburn, MA



 

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Date: 11/20/16 9:49 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Peregrine pair, E Bluebird at Millennium
Pretty brutal day out there late afternoon but got nice aerial display from pair of Peregrines circling in the wind.
Also surprised to see Eastern Bluebird hanging out with Am Robins in swamp. Prob female.
Also:
12 Am Tree Sparrows
10 White-throated Sparrows
1 Cooper's Hawk
6 DE Juncos
1 Red-tailed Hawk
200-plus Am Robins
2 Hairy WP
2 Downy WP
2 Red-bellied WP
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Tufted Titmouse

Joe Battenfeld
Roslindale
<jbattenfeld...>



 

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Date: 11/20/16 7:20 pm
From: Charles Patterson <chaspatt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nuthatches
We have a fairly impressive group of White Breasted Nuthatches but this
morning the platform feeder right outside my wife's computer room was
visited by at least three Red Breasted. We rarely see them on the
feeders so it was quite a treat to see them at a distance of three feet
(The birds completely ignore her). Also visiting that feeder was a pair
of Red Bellied Woodpeckers. First time I have seen them that close too.

Charlie Patterson

<chaspatt...>

Norwell, Ma

 

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Date: 11/20/16 6:14 pm
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fw: Turner's Falls - Little Gull
 James P. Smith Gill, MA http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/

On Sunday, November 20, 2016 8:50 PM, James P. Smith <keenbirder...> wrote:


Greetings birders,
A first-winter Little Gull put in an all-too-brief appearance at Turner's Falls late this afternoon. It first appeared high over the Gill side of the river before showing some interest in the joining the local Ring-billed Gulls and then, unfortunately, drifted off high to the south-east. My camera data show that the bird was in view from 16:11 - 16:13 hrs.
Despite the brevity, I did manage to get a few identifiable shots. Most of the light had gone so the images have been enhanced slightly for light and contrast in order that the diagnostic features can be seen;http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/11/ma-little-gull-in-turners-falls.html

Otherwise, it seemed to be pretty quiet with a Lesser Scaup at Unity Party and a female goldeneye sp at Turner's Falls Rod and Gun Club. The latter bird may have been a Barrow's based on head and bill shape but the views just too distant to be sure.
In the greater area of Gill, I'm still having encounters with Northern Saw-whet Owls, Barred Owls and Evening Grosbeaks (30 on the 18th);http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/11/ma-northern-saw-whet-owl.html


Good birding,

James

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


 

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Date: 11/20/16 6:10 pm
From: Melissa Sovay <msovay71...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Male Adult Barrow's Goldeneye @ Sudbury Reservoir
Sorry for the late notice! Yesterday, Sunday, November 19th @
approximately 10:30a.m. Neil Dowling and I had a Male Adult Barrow's
Goldeneye @ Sudbury Reservoir. Too distant for a pic. White spots in the
scapulars, crescent shaped white spot on face, black spur. Hanging out with
about 12 Common Goldeneye. Map / Location, can be seen on Ebird list from
that day.
Coordinates for parking: 42.304309, -71.514412
Coordinates for scoping point: 42.306855, -71.512634

Have a great day!
Melissa Sovay
Wakefield MA

 

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Date: 11/20/16 5:55 pm
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls - Little Gull
Greetings birders,
A first-winter Little Gull put in an all-too-brief appearance at Turner's Falls late this afternoon. It first appeared high over the Gill side of the river before showing some interest in the joining the local Ring-billed Gulls and then, unfortunately, drifted off high to the south-east. My camera data show that the bird was in view from 16:11 - 16:13 hrs.
Despite the brevity, I did manage to get a few identifiable shots. Most of the light had gone so the images have been enhanced slightly for light and contrast in order that the diagnostic features can be seen;http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/11/ma-little-gull-in-turners-falls.html

Otherwise, it seemed to be pretty quiet with a Lesser Scaup at Unity Party and a female goldeneye sp at Turner's Falls Rod and Gun Club. The latter bird may have been a Barrow's based on head and bill shape but the views just too distant to be sure.
In the greater area of Gill, I'm still having encounters with Northern Saw-whet Owls, Barred Owls and Evening Grosbeaks (30 on the 18th);http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/11/ma-northern-saw-whet-owl.html


Good birding,

James

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

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Date: 11/20/16 1:58 pm
From: Ian Nisbet <icnisbet...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Elegant Tern photos
An additional and important field character is that elegant terns have
the rump and tail white, whereas lesser crested terns have the rump and
tail grey (see pages 354 and 362 and Plate 223 in my book /Terns/:
HarperCollins 2013). Your bird appears to have had a white rump and
tail, which supports your identification as elegant.

Ian Nisbet


On 11/20/2016 12:50 PM, Marshall Iliff wrote:
> Massbird,
>
> I have a few photos of the Elegant Tern from yesterday in my eBird
> checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32623420
>
> The number of small gulls and other birds along outer Cape Cod were
> phenomenal, and this bird could be working the stretch between Nauset
> Beach and Provincetown and should be watched for by anyone birding the
> area. The inlet south of Coast Guard Beach and the flats at Hatches
> Harbor are great concentration points for roosting birds so it would
> not be shocking if this bird was refound bathing or roosting at one of
> those spots. It would not be a waste of time to look for it, since the
> gull show is overall incredible and surely holds other rarities. This
> one was not on our radar screen and I was utterly shocked to scope up
> the tern that Luke spotted flying towards us and see what it was!
>
> The identification is not straightforward, but in winter plumage is
> much easier than breeding plumage. Royal Tern (and obviously Caspian)
> is easily eliminated from these images by the very long slender orange
> bill and the extensive black on the nape, including the eye. There are
> two similar terns globally: Cayenne Tern (the orange-billed subspecies
> of Sandwich Tern which occurs in the Caribbean and has occurred as a
> vagrant to North Carolina and New York) and Lesser Crested Tern
> (regular off West Africa, but as yet unknown from the Americas). We
> immediately felt this bird had a reddish-orange bill probably at the
> reddish extreme for Elegant and outside the range for the other two,
> which typically have more yellowish or at most medium orange bills.
> The extensive dark on the nape and full encircling the eye is another
> good pointer to Elegant, we felt. It was not very rosy in color, but
> we thought we caught a faint cast of rosy color (many Elegants are
> much brighter pink than Roseate Terns and match high plumaged
> Franklin's Gulls).
>
> Obviously this is a challenging ID so alternate thoughts welcomed.
> Luke Seitz got even better photos which I expect he'll share.
>
> Best,
>
> Marshall Iliff
>
> --
> ****************************
> Marshall J. Iliff
> marshall.iliff AT gmail.com <http://gmail.com>
> Westwood, MA
> ****************************
> eBird Project Leader
> www.ebird.org <http://www.ebird.org>
> Cornell Lab of Ornithology
> Ithaca, NY
> ****************************


 

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Date: 11/20/16 12:55 pm
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Hall's Pond, Nov 20, 2016
Another Barred Owl today at Hall's Pond in Brookline, this bird has been
hanging around since November 11 first noted by Paul Peterson, the owl was
being bothered by a Red-tailed Hawk, apparently a daily occurrence. Photos
on ebird link


Hall's Pond, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
Nov 20, 2016 11:58 AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
Comments: 46F, blustery
3 species

Red-tailed Hawk 1
Barred Owl 1 Continuing, owl was being harassed by the Red-tailed
Hawk and moved from perch to perch
Blue Jay 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S32637356

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

--
Bob Stymeist
Arlington
<bobstymeist...>

 

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Date: 11/20/16 10:02 am
From: Marshall Iliff <marshall.iliff...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Elegant Tern photos
Massbird,

I have a few photos of the Elegant Tern from yesterday in my eBird
checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32623420

The number of small gulls and other birds along outer Cape Cod were
phenomenal, and this bird could be working the stretch between Nauset Beach
and Provincetown and should be watched for by anyone birding the area. The
inlet south of Coast Guard Beach and the flats at Hatches Harbor are great
concentration points for roosting birds so it would not be shocking if this
bird was refound bathing or roosting at one of those spots. It would not be
a waste of time to look for it, since the gull show is overall incredible
and surely holds other rarities. This one was not on our radar screen and I
was utterly shocked to scope up the tern that Luke spotted flying towards
us and see what it was!

The identification is not straightforward, but in winter plumage is much
easier than breeding plumage. Royal Tern (and obviously Caspian) is easily
eliminated from these images by the very long slender orange bill and the
extensive black on the nape, including the eye. There are two similar terns
globally: Cayenne Tern (the orange-billed subspecies of Sandwich Tern which
occurs in the Caribbean and has occurred as a vagrant to North Carolina and
New York) and Lesser Crested Tern (regular off West Africa, but as yet
unknown from the Americas). We immediately felt this bird had a
reddish-orange bill probably at the reddish extreme for Elegant and outside
the range for the other two, which typically have more yellowish or at most
medium orange bills. The extensive dark on the nape and full encircling the
eye is another good pointer to Elegant, we felt. It was not very rosy in
color, but we thought we caught a faint cast of rosy color (many Elegants
are much brighter pink than Roseate Terns and match high plumaged
Franklin's Gulls).

Obviously this is a challenging ID so alternate thoughts welcomed. Luke
Seitz got even better photos which I expect he'll share.

Best,

Marshall Iliff

--
****************************
Marshall J. Iliff
marshall.iliff AT gmail.com
Westwood, MA
****************************
eBird Project Leader
www.ebird.org
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Ithaca, NY
****************************

 

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Date: 11/20/16 9:54 am
From: John Hoye <lt.jaeger...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western Tanager
Subject bird spotted at 1230 Dunback Meadow with chickadees woodpeckers robins at beginning of Boardwalk before the little bridge east of the four corners
John and Audrey
John Hoye Wayland Ma


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

John Hoye Wayland Ma

 

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Date: 11/20/16 9:32 am
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Cold Spring Park, Newton, Nov 20, 2016 Barred Owl

This ebird report has a couple of photos.


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


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: <ebird-checklist...>
To: "maurice gilmore" <maurice.gilmore...>
Sent: Sunday, November 20, 2016 12:25:34 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Cold Spring Park, Newton, Nov 20, 2016

Cold Spring Park, Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Nov 20, 2016 11:30 AM - 11:40 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Overcast, breezy, 43F. Bev Chaisson found the owl and got me on it.
1 species

Barred Owl 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32635276

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

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Date: 11/20/16 8:57 am
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barred Owl, Cold Spring Park
 

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Date: 11/20/16 8:30 am
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rose-breasted nuthatch (Concord)
Delighted to see an RB at the suet feeder just now! It’s been quite some time since their last visit.



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




 

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Date: 11/20/16 4:05 am
From: meaghan q. sinclair <meaghanq...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Where to Park at Cambridge Reservoir and Waltham Fields in Lexington
Thank you very much for these detailed and helpful answers!

Warmly,

Meaghan

On Sun, Nov 20, 2016 at 6:08 AM, Marj. Rines <marj...> wrote:

> At Hobbs Brook Basin there is room to pull to the side of the road east of
> the overlook to the basin. Right now there is construction on this road,
> and the only access to the overlook is from the Route 2 access. There is a
> sign saying "Local access only" but you would be local so no problem there.
>
> The Waltham Street Fields are owned by the town but leased by a farmer who
> is birder friendly. This friendliness was tested last year when the
> Ground-Dove was there and people occasionally blocked the road into the
> fields which the farmer needs access to so be sure not to block this
> access. There are two sets of fields: one opposite Allen Street beside a
> garden store (can't remember the name) and there is room for a couple of
> cars without blocking the road to the fields or the store. The other is
> opposite Brookside Avenue. There is room for one or two cars beside the
> traffic light on Waltham Street, and if you are uncomfortable with that you
> could park by the tennis courts at the end of Brookside (weekends only -
> you won't find parking there on a school day)
>
>
> On 11/19/2016 9:07 PM, meaghan q. sinclair wrote:
>
>>
>> Hello Massbirders,
>>
>> Two quick parking etiquette questions:
>>
>> Any particulars of where to park for the Cambridge (Hobbs Brook)
>> Reservoir? I have yet to visit, but I took a quick look at Google
>> Earth/Maps and didn't see any clear parking area.
>>
>> Also, a friend and I went searching for the Northern Strike at Dunback
>> Meadows and the Waltham Street Fields last week. We'd never been to the
>> fields before and didn't know the parking and general etiquette for that
>> area. We ended up parking at the golf course and walking down the street.
>> Is there a better place? The fields seem like part of a private
>> farm/residence. Are they friendly to birders?
>>
>> Thanks for any guidance!
>>
>> Warmly,
>>
>> Meaghan
>>
>
> --
> Marj. Rines
> Woburn, MA
>
>


--
*Meaghan Q. Sinclair*
Alchemist/Consultant
Owner @ Booze Époque <http://www.boozeepoque.com/>
USBG Boston Vice President

 

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Date: 11/20/16 3:11 am
From: Marj. Rines <marj...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Where to Park at Cambridge Reservoir and Waltham Fields in Lexington
At Hobbs Brook Basin there is room to pull to the side of the road east
of the overlook to the basin. Right now there is construction on this
road, and the only access to the overlook is from the Route 2 access.
There is a sign saying "Local access only" but you would be local so no
problem there.

The Waltham Street Fields are owned by the town but leased by a farmer
who is birder friendly. This friendliness was tested last year when the
Ground-Dove was there and people occasionally blocked the road into the
fields which the farmer needs access to so be sure not to block this
access. There are two sets of fields: one opposite Allen Street beside a
garden store (can't remember the name) and there is room for a couple of
cars without blocking the road to the fields or the store. The other is
opposite Brookside Avenue. There is room for one or two cars beside the
traffic light on Waltham Street, and if you are uncomfortable with that
you could park by the tennis courts at the end of Brookside (weekends
only - you won't find parking there on a school day)

On 11/19/2016 9:07 PM, meaghan q. sinclair wrote:
>
> Hello Massbirders,
>
> Two quick parking etiquette questions:
>
> Any particulars of where to park for the Cambridge (Hobbs Brook)
> Reservoir? I have yet to visit, but I took a quick look at Google
> Earth/Maps and didn't see any clear parking area.
>
> Also, a friend and I went searching for the Northern Strike at Dunback
> Meadows and the Waltham Street Fields last week. We'd never been to
> the fields before and didn't know the parking and general etiquette
> for that area. We ended up parking at the golf course and walking
> down the street. Is there a better place? The fields seem like part
> of a private farm/residence. Are they friendly to birders?
>
> Thanks for any guidance!
>
> Warmly,
>
> Meaghan

--
Marj. Rines
Woburn, MA

 

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Date: 11/19/16 7:13 pm
From: Zack Weber <birdingwithzackweber...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] goodies at Fort Hill this afternoon
Apologies for the short message, but I wanted to get the word out sooner
then later.

Yellow Rail (multiple views in flight; many birders had nice views of it;
some folks got good pics; bird was silent)
Nelson's Sparrow (interior type)
Seaside Sparrow
American Bittern (multiple passes in flight)

All seen this afternoon around high tide at the cattail patch near the flat
rock and surrounding marshy area, as reported previously in the past few
weeks. The rail was primarily seen in the marsh grass to the Northeast and
East of the cattail patch.

I'm still pumped up from this great afternoon of birding! Thanks to all
who previously posted about these birds, and to the other birders present
who provided camaraderie, sharp eyesight, and some identification tips.

Zachary Weber
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 11/19/16 6:21 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Nov 19, 2016: 2300 scoters!
> Crane Beach, Ipswich
> Nov 19, 2016 10:20 AM - 2:50 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.5 mile(s)
> Comments: Many birders were at the beach today, but nobody seemed able
> to find either the drake king eider or the snowy owl. The challenge was
> to estimate the number of scoters, which was over 2000. I estimated 2300
> after many scans, and estimated the ratio of blacks to white-wings as
> 70/30. There were very few surfs. Meanwhile, a mile in the dunes netted
> me 2 chickadees. A bad sign for the CBC "Death March," as Ida calls it.
> (What she doesn't realize is that in over 30 years of leading this sector
> I have yet to knowingly lose a single person.)
> 23 species
>
> American Black Duck 4
> Common Eider 75 estimate of flock flying out beyond the breakers
> Surf Scoter 6
> White-winged Scoter 700
> Black Scoter 1600 The blacks were overwhelmingly female. I counted
> about 30 adult males, though there were probably a few more than that.
> Long-tailed Duck 7
> Red-breasted Merganser 1
> Red-throated Loon 1
> Common Loon 10
> Northern Gannet 37 plus, almost all adults
> Double-crested Cormorant 1
> Sanderling 110
> Dunlin 2 with the sanderlings
> Ring-billed Gull 2
> Herring Gull 15
> Merlin 1
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 40
> Horned Lark 4
> Black-capped Chickadee 3
> Lapland Longspur 1
> Snow Bunting 32
> Savannah Sparrow (Ipswich) 1
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32627230

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

 

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Date: 11/19/16 6:10 pm
From: meaghan q. sinclair <meaghanq...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Where to Park at Cambridge Reservoir and Waltham Fields in Lexington
Hello Massbirders,

Two quick parking etiquette questions:

Any particulars of where to park for the Cambridge (Hobbs Brook)
Reservoir? I have yet to visit, but I took a quick look at Google
Earth/Maps and didn't see any clear parking area.

Also, a friend and I went searching for the Northern Strike at Dunback
Meadows and the Waltham Street Fields last week. We'd never been to the
fields before and didn't know the parking and general etiquette for that
area. We ended up parking at the golf course and walking down the street.
Is there a better place? The fields seem like part of a private
farm/residence. Are they friendly to birders?

Thanks for any guidance!

Warmly,

Meaghan

 

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Date: 11/19/16 3:28 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winter Wren, Northern Pintail, etc. in Brighton
Thanks to Paul Peterson for this post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

* * *

Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:44:28 +0000 (UTC)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: Winter Wren, Northern Pintail, etc. in Brighton

Highlights from Brighton today:

Great Blue Heron 1 reservoir on tiny rock in water
Northern Pintail 1 adult male, gorgeous at Chandler Pond; at dusk he
was at reservoir

Hooded Merganser 47 Chandler Pond
Ruddy Duck x reservoir, too dark and too far out
Red-tailed Hawk 1 E.F. property on Lake St., formerly Cenacles
Wild Turkey 5 St. John's Seminary
American Coot 4 reservoir
Mourning Dove 50 seminary
Brown Creeper 1 seminary
WINTER WREN 1 E.F. property; right of building, left side of
grassy path in branch piles
Carolina Wren 3 two on Wiltshire Path off Foster St. (connects to
Wiltshire St.); one Chandler
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 Chandler Pond
Dark-eyed Junco 70 including sixty seminary
Discarded Toilet Bowl 1 St. Gabriel's Monastery; hmmmm!

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston


 

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Date: 11/19/16 3:14 pm
From: Richard Messer <pi_birder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Curious Red-breasted Nuthatch Behavior
All,My wife and I were birding today at Salisbury Beach Reservation and my wife commented on the fact that the Red-breasted Nuthatches were going from the pine tree cones to the Staghorn Sumac berries. Well after further observation we realized they were taking seeds from the pine cones and stuffing them into the stag sumac berry clusters. Has anyone else seen such behavior? You would think the pine cones would make a better storage place than Sumac but maybe the are hiding them from a potential crossbill invasion. Food for thought... pun intended.Richard and Hyeyong Messerpi_birder


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Date: 11/19/16 12:08 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Peregrine Falcon pair: Haverhill - Photos!
Made a visit to downtown Haverhill on Wed. morning in search of the local pair of peregrine
falcons under overcast skies, light winds from the west, and temps in low 50's.

Lo and behold, they were perched together on the weathervane atop the Post Office, next to the
busy bus station. No ability to observe leg bands!

For those with an interest, 2 photos posted:

http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/164549310
Click "next" in upper right corner to advance frames!

Enjoy,
Craig Gibson
Winchester, MA
cbgibson AT comcast.net

 

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Date: 11/19/16 9:53 am
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Newton Cold Spring, Millennium
On Nov. 18 had the following at Newton Cold Spring Park:
- Winter Wren (previously reported by Pete Gilmore in swamp north of ballfield/dog park).
- Carolina Wren (very loud singing, calling)
- Ruby-crowned Kinglet
- 2 Golden-crowned Kinglet
- Hermit Thrush (calling. 2 different notes, high thin and piping whistle)
- Tree Sparrow
- 2 Downy, 2 Red-bellied WP
- Savannah Sparrow
- 5 White-throated Sparrow

On Nov. 18 had the following at Millennium Park West Roxbury:
- 40 Tree Sparrows (min). Calling each other
- 40 Dark-eyed Juncos
- Cooper's Hawk
- Golden-crowned Kinglet
- 12 Savannah Sparrows
- White-throated Sparrows
- 3 Great Blue Heron

Joe Battenfeld, Roslindale
<jbattenfeld...>
 

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Date: 11/19/16 9:26 am
From: Joseph Bourget <joseph.bourget...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] ELEGANT TERN - N Marconi Beach
Hello all,

Just got word that Luke Seitz found an ELEGANT TERN flying by North Marconi
Beach. That is all the information I have. Email sent at 12:22.

Joseph Bourget
Brimfield, MA

 

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Date: 11/19/16 4:10 am
From: Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Any Photos of Salisbury Pacific Loon?
There have been quite a few reports of a Pacific Loon in the Merrimack River, most seen from the Salisbury side of the river, a few from the Newburyport (Plum Island) side of the river.

I would like to add this bird to my Plum Island database, but I have yet to see a report that includes an identifiable photo. With a bird that is so notoriously difficult to identify in winter, and with such a long history of misidentifications stretching up and down the Massachusetts coast, I really would like something more substantial than just someone saying they saw it.

Can anyone help with a photo?

Thanks,

Tom Wetmore
 

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Date: 11/19/16 3:54 am
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Raptors Plum Island/NBPT 11/18/16
Absolutely gorgeous day at Plum Island/Newburyport, with temperatures in the
high 50s to low 60s, light N winds, and sunny skies .The tides were higher
than forecast, due to the offshore storm, exceeding the heights reached
earlier in the week and producing one of the highest tides on a gorgeous
sunny day Ive ever seen on the island.

In 9 hrs Julie and I had

Bald Eagle 1 ad (Old Pines)
Northern Harrier 13 (see below)
Red-tailed Hawk 4 ( 1 fearless juv, 1 western type ad PI; 1 juv across from
airport; 1 ad Scotland Rd)
Rough-legged Hawk 2 (1 light morph juv, 1 intermediate dark morph juvenile)
PI
Merlin 1 chasing a flock of dunlin and Black-bellied Plover PI
Snowy Owl 1 PI (moderately to heavily barred, looking like it was wearing
a dark V-necked sweater)
Short-eared Owl 1 PI

During almost 8 hours on the island before sunset, Julie and I had at least
8 Northern Harriers, inc 1 ad f. An adult male was seen by others totaling
at least 9 different individuals. At dusk we observed harriers in normal
frenzied group activity before roosting together for the night. (Harriers
tend to roost communally on the ground.) Most if not all the harriers on
Plum and nearby marshes apparently roost together; this might include some
or most harriers seen in Salisbury, but in some years there has been a north
Salisbury roost as well.) With Bob Secatore and John Cannizo we had at least
13 Northern Harriers in view simultaneously, including 1 ad m, 1 subad m, 1
heavily streak ad f, 1 lightly streaked ad f. As everyone was looking for
Short-eared Owl, none of us actually saw the harriers sit down, it happened
so suddenly. Before they did roost, we well but briefly saw in decent light
fairly distant 1 Short-eared Owl hunting west of the North Dike, along the
sound, under an aerial umbrella of five Northern Harriers. That owl did not
venture east or north of the dike that we could see. Shortly after the
harriers sat down, it was too dark to see anything flying low. (Maybe even a
few second before that, since we couldnt see that!)

Other notables included:
Red-throated Loon 55 from Lot 6 (all in close proximity)

Black Ducks 478 (South Marsh only) On a totally flooded south marsh, where
one normally expects to see thousands of Black Ducks in mid-to-late
November, I counted 478 between the Old Pines and Cross Farm Hill, with all
ducks exposed due to the flood tide. Normally at this time of year I would
expect 5,000 or more ducks in that area. In recent years there have been
significantly lower Black Duck counts on the island at this precise time of
year, presumably due to low volumes of normal movement, with increased (but
not necessarily traditionally high) numbers arriving somewhat later than
usual. The second half of November is historically the peak time for initial
movement of Gyrfalcon in our area. In the Plum area most often seen in the
south marsh vicinity, or along the sound west of the wardens and the north
dike, typically taking Black Duck (unlike the gull-obsessed bird of two
years ago, or the dark morph at Black Falcon terminal.)

Best,

Paul

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




 

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Date: 11/18/16 8:13 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (18 Nov 2016) 7 Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 3
Turkey Vulture 0 5 215
Osprey 0 1 166
Bald Eagle 3 7 163
Northern Harrier 0 0 17
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 5 451
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 106
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 18
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 6962
Red-tailed Hawk 1 11 64
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 107
Merlin 0 0 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 35
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 33
Unknown Buteo 0 0 19
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 73
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 7 35 8465
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 14:45:00
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill Rasku, Ted Mara

Visitors:
Observers: Bill Rasku, Ted Mara (compiler) and Chris Fisher.


Weather:
Conditions: 3-5 mph, NW then to NE wind,
12-14C (54-57F),
cloud cover 0%, visibility 50k (30mi.),
low flight SW.

Raptor Observations:
All 3 BE's were immature.

Local raptors: 1 RS, 2 RT

Non-raptor Observations:
Local: 4 Ravens.

Migrating: 14 Ravens, 64 Canada Geese, 14 Crows.

Predictions:
Calm winds, sun giving way to late clouds,
40F in AM, 60F PM.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw




 

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Date: 11/18/16 10:13 am
From: Chris Martone <cmartone00...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] YB Chat at Nahant Thicket


Originally reported by Linda P. a few days ago (thanks!), the Yellow-breasted Chat continues at the Nahant Audubon Thicket. Seen at noon today. Eating berries on the east side of Furbush Road, near the little parking lot for the Thicket. Occasionally calling out.

Happy birding,
Chris M.
Lynnfield
<cmartone00...>
 

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Date: 11/18/16 9:19 am
From: Diana F. <diana.fru...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rfi: Fort Hill birds
I'm going to try for the Sedge Wren, Nelson's sparrow and Yellow rail for
the 2nd time tomorrow. I'm not very familiar with this area and wasn't sure
I was in the correct spot last time, tho it was windy so there were no
birds seen or heard. Would someone that has seen these birds please provide
some directions?

I'm also interested in the Bobwhites, Pipits, and Pine Grosbeak locations.

Thanks!
Diana Fruguglietti
Woburn
<Diana.fru...>

 

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Date: 11/18/16 5:54 am
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - dog-walk loop, 144 upland Road, Cold Spring Park, Nov 18, 2016
 

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Date: 11/18/16 4:18 am
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pufi at feeders
 

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Date: 11/17/16 4:15 pm
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's - Mountain Bluebird - No 11/17
Greetings birders,

The Mountain Bluebird was well searched for today by many birders but, as far I can tell, there wasn't a single positive report and it certainly wasn't in its traditional feeding spot. Of course, it could return once more but my overwhelming sense is that it's moved on. I'll certainly keep you informed should it return.

Good birding,


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

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Date: 11/17/16 4:01 pm
From: Tom Murray <tmurray74...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northern Shrike Fitch Bridge fields Groton
This afternoon I had an adult Shrike along the hedgerow dividing the 2 fields on the south side of the road. And a Great Horned Owl was hooting from the woods behind the manure piles.
For the complete list with pictures, here's the eBird report: http://ebird.org/ebird/massaudubon/view/checklist/S32595286

Tom MurrayGroton, Ma.

 

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Date: 11/17/16 3:09 pm
From: Roy Haddock <haddiewon...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird books
I am looking for a book / guide to all the Hummingbirds of the Americas without luck. Knowing how knowledgeable Mass Birders are, I am hoping for some recommendations.
Ideally it would be more than a simple guide book.
Thanks for any help and suggestions you may give.
Roy Haddock, Bradford Ma. <haddiewon...>


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Date: 11/17/16 2:20 pm
From: Mark Taylor <birdnorth...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Marconi, Head of the Meadow, Ballston Beach 11/17
Hello Massbirders,
Final day of our outer cape birding trip. First bird encountered on the way to the Marconi Beach overlook was a "Western" Palm Warbler, a nice mid November sighting. At the overlook, good numbers of Northern Gannets were active! I find it hard to make accurate counts, so I tend not to give a number arbitrarily. Hit and run birding! At Head of the Meadow the species was dominated by all three of our Scoters. Here I can generalize that a thousand + mixed flocks were amassed, with Black Scoters the most numerous. The sea was black with Scoters a few hundred yards out. Amazing! Final stop of the day was Ballston Beach in Truro where the Scoter show continued ,but Gull activity matched it with the Bonaparte, Laughing, and Black legged Kittiwakes filled the sky. Here we finally saw our first Little Gull of the trip! Fine way to end a three days of birding the cape.
Mark Taylor
Northfield, MA
<birdnorth...>

Sent from my iPad

 

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Date: 11/17/16 1:43 pm
From: Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagles in Fairhaven and Acushnet
Seeing other reports of eagles, I thought people might like to know there have been sightings of Bald Eagles, adult and immature, around the Acushnet River. They've been photographed at the Acushnet Sawmill and the River's End Park in New Bedford as well as in some yards, much to the surprise of the residents. Dan Logan found one at the Egypt Lane Ponds and I got photos of it:
https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Birds/November-2016/November-14-2016/

I've been checking Hacker Street and haven't seen the little cadre of Nelson's Sparrows the last three days, so they may have left.


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

 

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Date: 11/17/16 10:26 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Artichoke Dairy in West Newbury & Birders
Birders,

As Dana Duxbury-Fox recently mentioned in the post below, the Artichoke
Dairy is no longer birder friendly due to numerous
trespass issues to view rare geese.

I met with the owner of the Artichoke Dairy yesterday morning. Bruce
does not want */anyone /*trespassing on his property. He
has equipment in the fields, electric fences, animals, and he's
concerned about someone getting injured. He said that on Monday
& Tuesday mornings, birders were on his property and parking on his land.

/*Please*/ let's remember that private property is just that...

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport


Subject: [MASSBIRD] Artichoke Farm Birders NOT welcome
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 04:15:52 -0500
From: Dana Duxbury-Fox
Reply-To: Dana Duxbury-Fox
To: <massbird...>



*_The farmer at Artichoke Farm on Rogers Street in West Newbury does not
want birders on his property_*.

The Pink-footed Goose went up on land out of sight from the Rogers
Street lookout area over the water on Saturday morning just north of the
farm. I suspected it had gone up on to the farm land below the his shop
where he sells milk and eggs. We went up to buy a dozen eggs and at
that time he very forcefully said he did not want birders looking from
that vantage point after his experience with birders and the Barnacle
Goose a few years ago. While I bought the eggs, Bob and a friend did
indeed spot the goose in the field below looking out from the shop
entrance. She also bought a dozen eggs. He tolerated us there for a
few minutes and asked if it really did have pink legs!!

So beware and buy some milk and or eggs and slowly get back into your car.

Dana

North Andover, MA


 

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Date: 11/17/16 7:19 am
From: Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cackiling Geese/Cherry Hill Reservoir/W. Newbury
About 0745 today while walking our Lab over at Cherry Hill Res I spotted 4
rather small geese in a group away from the nearby Canada Geese in the NE
corner of the Res. Got the binos on them and sure enough they were
Cackling Geese.
Interestingly they didn't seem to want to hang out with the Canada's?
Regardless they eventually took off and headed about due east to parts
unknown.
Sorry no pics since it was quite damp when I started out early today.
Kirk.

--
Kirk S Elwell
Amesbury, MA.

 

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Date: 11/17/16 5:22 am
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Juvenile Bald Eagle: Lawrence - photos!
Had a very nice treat while scanning the shores of the Merrimack River on Tuesday morning under overcast skies.
Spotted a perched juvenile Bald Eagle on the Lawrence side of the river. A likely first year juvenile!

For those with an interest, 2 photos posted:

http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/164540377
Click "next" in upper right corner to advance frames

Enjoy,
Craig Gibson
Winchester, MA
cbgibson AT comcast.net

 

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Date: 11/16/16 6:00 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Refuge Deer Culling - 12/7
Birders,

Parker River NWR on Plum Island will be closed on December 7th for the annual culling of the deer herd.

Best wishes,
Sue
Sue McGrath
Newburyport
 

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Date: 11/16/16 5:34 pm
From: <asb1960...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dunback Meadows - No Tanager but there was a Shrike
Dunback Meadows, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USNov 16, 2016 12:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Took a shot at the Tanager but did not have any luck. I did however find another Shrike. Not sure if it's the same bird that I saw on Sunday in the field by the greenhouse. All in all, a very nice couple of hours, especially since I met 3 really nice, and helpful birders.
14 species
Mourning Dove 4
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Shrike 1 about 5-6 cedar waxwings flew up and perched in the next tree and then flew into the same tree as the Shrike. They almost seemed to harass it. The Shrike made an attempt at one of the waxwings. They flew away after that. It was interesting to watch this behavior.
Blue Jay 2
Black-capped Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 3
American Robin 2
European Starling 12
Cedar Waxwing 8
Dark-eyed Junco 14
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 3
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 7
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32585107
 

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Date: 11/16/16 5:04 pm
From: Mark Taylor <birdnorth...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Race Point 11/16
Hello Massbirders,
Just a observers note from Race Point parking area today. Hugh numbers of seabirds although not the variety of a Blair or Steve post. We were there around 11:00 and saw perhaps the most amazing Humpback Whale show I've ever witnessed. At least 6 to seven whales were bubble feeding 400 yards offshore. The resulting bird activity was spectacular! Bonapartes Gulls replaced the huge number of Common Terns of a month ago here were the primary target of the still numerous Parasitic Jaegers! No alcids or shearwaters present in the morning or later in the the afternoon when we returned. A first winter Glaucous Gull made several passes here and one Forester's Tern went by. Mind boggling bird activity that no birder should miss!
Mark Taylor
Northfield, MA
<birdnorth...>
Sent from my iPad

 

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Date: 11/16/16 4:01 pm
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] N. Shrike - Orange
Hello,

This afternoon there is an imm N Shrike at the Orange Airport. Visible from Jumptown parking lot. Teed up on saplings between the runways to the left.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>
 

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Date: 11/16/16 4:00 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine Grosbeak - Fort Hill, Eastham, Nov 16, 2016
We also saw 17 Ruddy Turnstones, 63 Sanderlings, and 2 Black-bellied Plovers at Dowses Beach in Osterville.

We spent 3 days on the Cape and missed most of the reported birds including the Cattle Egret that we were looking for this morning when the Pine Grosbeak happened on us. As Sam Miller so kindly pointed out, we spent a long time looking unsuccessfully for the Yellow Rail and Sedge Wren at Fort Hill during the “super” “king” tide and also managed to miss the Cattle Egret on two days.

An impressive part of the trip was the extremely large numbers of Scoters of three species all along the coast from Orleans to P’town along with large numbers of Bonarparte’s Gulls, Gannets, and lesser numbers of Kittiwakes.

On Nov 13, we saw 4 Black-bellied Plovers and a White-rumped Sandpiper at Ellisville Harbor in Plymouth.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Fort Hill, Eastham, Nov 16, 2016
> Date: November 16, 2016 at 8:30:05 AM EST
> To: <gwgove...>
>
> Fort Hill, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
> Nov 16, 2016 8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.25 mile(s)
> 2 species
>
> Bald Eagle 1 Adult flew over
> Pine Grosbeak 1 Female flew into top of juniper, singing. Have photo
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32577116
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


 

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Date: 11/16/16 4:00 pm
From: <brianrfg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] owls here and there
Hey,
At noon, my young students and I found an Eastern Screech Owl in a tree hole 40' up today. Actually, two Blue Jays found it for us. That was at Park School, in Brookline. On my homeward trip after school, I was in Dover, along Powisset Road, and heard both Northern Saw-whet and Barred Owls calling.
Common Ravens and a close-up Beaver at Millennium Park before school. The owls were quiet.
Brian Cassie, Foxboro

 

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Date: 11/16/16 4:00 pm
From: Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl- Ipswich- 11/16/16
Massbirders,
Today I had my first Snowy Owl of the season in Ipswich, which was quite a joy for me. I always look for them on Veterans Day but came up short this year only for one to be found the next day on 11/12 by Colin Marchant. Also in Ipswich, an adult male King Eider has been hanging out with 1000+ scoters off the boardwalk at Crane Beach since 11/2. There are over 100 Snow Buntings being seen in the parking lot of the beach as well.

Happy Birding,

Nathan


Nathan Dubrow
Ipswich, Ma
<nathandubrow...>
 

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Date: 11/16/16 3:58 pm
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich Red-tail from afar.... 11-14-16
While this is far from a rare bird report it is about a bird from the
far north that's either wintering in the area or passing through.

I stopped at Strawberry Hill off of Jeffrey's Neck Road in Ipswich this
past Monday for a walk and a bit of birding and had a dark plumage
Red-tailed Hawk fly in and land a short distance away which in itself
seemed odd since "our" local Red-tails spook from a long distance. A
quick look through the bins sent me back to the car for the camera and
telephoto lens.

The Red-tail stayed close by for the better part of an hour and
tolerated my walking by it on the path as it hunted from the top of a
Cedar Tree 40' or so away.

I sent the images off to Paul Roberts for his opinion of this dark
Red-tail and he feels as I did that it's from the far north with it's
darker plumage and indifference towards humans. A very cool encounter
with a cool as a cucumber raptor!

Images of the Red-tail & the Hammond's Flycatcher which put on a good
show Sunday morning and others can be seen at the link below.

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

--

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

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

 

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Date: 11/16/16 7:41 am
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's - Mountain Bluebird 11/16
Bird still present at the airfield in front of the admin building and viewing area. Generally fewer birds than the previous day but a female White-winged Scoter could be seen over the West end of the runway heading up the CT River. 
Good birding,
James P. Smith Gill, MA http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/

 

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Date: 11/16/16 7:37 am
From: Jack Barthel <jb.ovenbird...>
Subject: Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Turner's - Mountain Bluebird
Friends, here's a Mountain Bluebird, and others...

Jack

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "James P. Smith" <keenbirder...>
> Date: November 15, 2016 9:57:49 PM EST
> To: MASSBIRD <massbird...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's - Mountain Bluebird
> Reply-To: "James P. Smith" <keenbirder...>
>
> Greetings birders,
>
> The Mountain Bluebird continued in front of the public viewing area at Turner's Falls airfield until at least 11:00 am today when the rain started in earnest. Many observers reported it up to that time, starting from 7 am.
>
> It was the only bluebird present in late morning and actually alighted on the low perimeter fence in front of the viewing area, a mere twenty feet from myself and Bee Emily. A few pics can be seen here;
> http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/11/ma-more-mountain-bluebird-plus-harriers.html
>
> A gray male Northern Harrier was quartering the airfield too, and I also saw another Northern Harrier this morning at River Road, in Gill. Snow Buntings were also seen at Turner's Falls airfield and River Road in Gill.
>
> Good birding,
>
>
> James P. Smith Gill, MA http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/


 

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Date: 11/16/16 7:12 am
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Least Flycatcher, Westborough WMA
Hi Birders,

The empid located today looks like a Least Flycatcher. While not the
Dusky I was secretly hoping for, this is an extraordinary record this far
inland this late.

Photos & recordings in the checklist below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32577225

good birding

Tim Spahr
Marlborough
<tspahr44...>

 

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Date: 11/16/16 6:20 am
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hooded Mergansers - Artichoke Reservoir
Geoff Woods and I came across a huge raft of Hoodies in the artichoke rez , about 90 birds all hoodies. Very impressive, neither of us could recall seeing that many together before.

-Sean Riley
Plum Island
<Newburyowls...>

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/16/16 5:29 am
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Empidonax, Westborough wma
Hi birders there is an empidonax At Westborough wma. It is a Least or Dusky. When we get it figured out we will post. It probably will require a little sound processing on the computer. Photos and recordings were made. Stay tuned...

Tim Spahr
Sent from the field



 

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Date: 11/16/16 5:00 am
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Peregrines History #2!
From Tom French....

Chris:





More history on the offspring produced by the male Peregrine Falcon *6/*4




All 38 of the known chicks of * 6/ *4 were banded and 9 were later identified by their bands away from the their nest site in Lawrence. The pair’s nest site was not found in 2005, so he may have raised up to four additional chicks.




In 2013, 2 male and 2 female chicks fledged. Neither female was seen again, but both males (11/BD & 12/BD) were found nesting. As mentioned below, 11/BD now nests on the I-293/101 bridge over the Merrimack River in Manchester, NH, and his brother (12/BD) was found in 2015 nesting on a building at Boston University along the Charles River in Boston.




One of the 3 chicks in * 6/ *4’s first clutch in 2003 was a female W/5 that is known to have nested on the Traveler’s Insurance Tower in Hartford, CT from 2007-2015. She was killed as a 12-year old on July 27, 2015 as she and a pigeon she was pursuing collided with the tower. Another female chick from 2012 (31/AE) was seen as a “floater” at the Peregrine nest site on West Rock in CT in 2014.




Two chicks (2004 & 2006) died near the nest site in Lawrence shortly after fledging, and another (98/X male) was treated at the Tufts Wildlife Clinic for a metacarple fracture and recovered. Two others are known to have been killed well after fledging. A female (Y/55) fledged from Lawrence in 2009, was photographed at South Beach, Chatham on August 31, 2009, then found dead stuck in the grill of a car on Nantucket on January 5, 2010. The other was a male (85/BS) fledged from Lawrence in 2016 and struck by a jet at Logan Airport on August 31, 2016.




Three others, including a male (14/X) from 2010, a female (38/AE) from 2010, and another female (24/AE) from 2011 were seen after fledging on multiple occasions on Plum Island. One of these birds (14/X, a male from 2010) was seen for nearly a year and a half (until November 11, 2011) on Plum Island. He may have been the bird that killed the resident nesting male in Lowell, MA on June 7, 2014, because he was confirmed at the nest box on June 18, 2014. Although he remained at the nest site, he did not help the female feed her two chicks, so we supplied about half a dozen dead coturnix quail over a couple of weeks to help supplement the female. On July 7, 2014, 14/X was found on the ground about a mile away unable to fly because of laceration injuries received in a fight with another Peregrine. He was taken to the Tufts Wildlife Clinic where he recovered to be released on September 30, 2014 at the clinic in Grafton, MA. He was confirmed back in Lowell at the nest site on June 2, 2015, but had probably been there much longer. On January 8, 2016 he returned to the nest box with one eye completely collapsed. On March 29, 2016 he fought with another Peregrine and disappeared. On April 8, 2016 he was found grounded and emaciated at Governor’s Academy in Newbury, MA, which is 22.5 miles east of the nest box on Fox Hall, University of MA, Lowell. He was taken to the Tufts Wildlife Clinic again but died. A shotgun pellet was found lodged behind his collapsed eye.




One of 14/X’s two sisters from 2010 (38/AE) became a bit of a movie star when she flew in and killed a White-faced Ibis at the first pan on Plum Island while a college class from NH was learning about and filming this rare bird.




I hope this will be of interest.




Tom




Thomas W. French, Ph.D.


Assistant Director
Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife

 

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Date: 11/16/16 4:57 am
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Peregrines History #1
Greetings all,





The Lawrence Peregrines have a very well-documented history as tracked by Chris Martin at NH Audubon and Tom French

at MassWildlife. Sent Chris Martin a recent photo of the Lawrence Peregrine male with a black/green leg band *6/*4. Chris

circulated this update to NH Audubon peregrine watchers. His message prompted a further more detailed history from Tom French!



For those with an interest, feel free to review the updates below....fascinating history of local peregrine falcons and their breeding

success story over past many years!




Link to single photo: http://www.pbase.com/image/164534554



Hello everyone –



Please enjoy the attached image taken just a few days ago, 10/31/2016, at the New Balance building in Lawrence MA by Massachusetts wildlife photographer Craig Gibson. As many of you may recall, this male peregrine was the runty fourth chick in the very first brood of peregrines produced in Manchester NH in Spring 2001. “Black/green *6/*4” was first confirmed as member of Lawrence MA nesting pair in April 2003. Since then, Craig Gibson, Ursula and Dave Goodine, and MassWildlife biologist Tom French have reconfirmed his ID nearly every year. He is now 15 ½ years old and among the oldest 1-2% of all peregrines documented in New England during the regional recovery program. He has raised a minimum of 38 fledged young of his own during his tenure in Lawrence. One of his 2013 offspring is now the resident male at the new Merrimack River I-293/101 Bridge territory in Bedford/Manchester NH.



- Chris



Chris Martin

Senior Biologist, NH Audubon

<cmartin...>
 

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Date: 11/15/16 7:00 pm
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's - Mountain Bluebird
Greetings birders,

The Mountain Bluebird continued in front of the public viewing area at Turner's Falls airfield until at least 11:00 am today when the rain started in earnest. Many observers reported it up to that time, starting from 7 am.

It was the only bluebird present in late morning and actually alighted on the low perimeter fence in front of the viewing area, a mere twenty feet from myself and Bee Emily. A few pics can be seen here;
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/11/ma-more-mountain-bluebird-plus-harriers.html

A gray male Northern Harrier was quartering the airfield too, and I also saw another Northern Harrier this morning at River Road, in Gill. Snow Buntings were also seen at Turner's Falls airfield and River Road in Gill.

Good birding,


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

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Date: 11/15/16 5:02 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Merlin, Peregrine.
Massbirders, a few images from today on Nauset outer beach.

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

Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

 

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Date: 11/15/16 2:50 pm
From: Mark Taylor <birdnorth...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fort Hill Addendum
Hello Massbirders,
We spent a few hours at high tide this afternoon at Fort Hill in Eastham waiting for Yellow Rail et al. Did have good views of a Nelson's Sparrow in the cattail patch which appeared several times. Heard a wren and fleeting glimpse of a rail here as well, most likely the Virginia seen earlier although jizz seemed more like Yellow. On our return to the parking lot we saw the Cattle Egret ,previously reported , in the field being harassed by crows. Eventually it took off and flew South. Earlier In the day I had a Peregrine Falcon over the hill and Marsh.
Mark Taylor
Northfield, MA
<birdnorth...>

Sent from my iPad

 

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Date: 11/15/16 1:21 pm
From: Sam Miller <zamziller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cattle Egret, Fort Hill, Eastham, Nov 15, 2016
Carla and I had a Cattle Egret on our way out from the hilltop parking lot at Fort Hill this afternoon. Details in the eBird report below.
Earlier, Bob Stymeist, George Gove and Judy Gordon, and a few others failed to find Yellow Rail for two or three hours surrounding the very high tide. We also did not see Sedge Wren, though we did hear a report of one being seen at the cattail patch this morning.
Sam Miller and Carla Dengler
Acton, MA

>
> Fort Hill, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
> Nov 15, 2016 11:07 AM - 3:06 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.75 mile(s)
> Comments:
> Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.3.0 Build 86
> 28 species
>
> Mute Swan 7
> American Black Duck 60
> Mallard (Northern) 16
> Long-tailed Duck 1
> Bufflehead 8
> Hooded Merganser 2
> Red-breasted Merganser 1
> American Bittern 3
> Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 6
> Cattle Egret 1 *Rare. Seen well from close up, then well through binoculars. Small, chunky, all-white egret, yellow bill, black legs and feet. About the size of the crows that harassed it in the tree where it landed after we flushed it from the meadow roadside on our way down from hilltop parking lot. It flew to the middle of a still-leafy deciduous tree in front of Knowles Farm Inn where we watched it for several minutes until it flew off northwards.
> Virginia Rail 1 Moved back and forth from cattail patch to weedy hillside a couple of times.
> Black-bellied Plover 1
> Dunlin 40
> Greater Yellowlegs 23
> Bonaparte's Gull 50
> Herring Gull (American) 100
> Great Black-backed Gull 20
> Blue Jay 1
> American Crow 20
> Black-capped Chickadee 1
> Marsh Wren 2
> Eastern Bluebird 1
> European Starling 50
> Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) 1
> Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 4
> Northern Cardinal 3
> Eastern Meadowlark 6
> House Finch 4
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32568219
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


 

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Date: 11/15/16 1:20 pm
From: Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Vesper Sparrow/ Salisbury Beach State Park.
Based on Tom Wetmore's late post on a N. Shrike at Salisbury Beach State
Park I stopped by and rode around a bit. No NOSH but an incredibly high
tide!! I was in the first parking lot on the left (as you enter from the
gatehouse area) just scouting around and noticed lots of bird activity in
the northeast corner of the lot. Near a small group of pines near the mens
dressing area is an electrical transformer on a concrete pad with a dike
enclosing it. The " moat" has fresh water in it and the birds were just
having a blast splasing around and drinking in it under cover of the pines
and shrubbery. The Knights of NEE were not around but an immature Vesper
Sparrow was and; American Goldfinches, Cardinals, American Tree Sparrows,
Ipswich Savannah Sparrows , Juncos, House Finches, Song Sparrows,
Chickadees, 1 MODO, and 2 or 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches. I think thats it.
I was hoping a Crossbill might show up but nada on that.
A very neat spot where I just stood back and watched the show. Very cool.
Kirk.

 

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Date: 11/15/16 11:44 am
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Chat in Nahant
Janet LeBlanc called to report a Chat at Mass Aud Thicket early afternoon.
Seen from Furbush Rd., in open ditch area just west of parking lot.
This is 3rd Nahant location for Chat in past 3 weeks: other spots along Heritage Trail and in Little Nahant, in my yard.

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

 

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Date: 11/15/16 8:49 am
From: <brookfarm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Goose YES
Continuing bird mixed in with a flock of CAGO across from 78 Argilla Rd.

Dave Pettee
Newton, MA

 

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Date: 11/15/16 6:51 am
From: Mike Mulqueen <intrinsic3141...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Potential Orange-crowned warbler in Dewey Square Park/Garden, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston
Orange-crowned warbler, Nashville Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglet continue
today at Congress/Pearl (Rose Kennedy Greenway).

The Yellow-breasted Chat also made an appearance. Moving from Dewey Square
garden to Congress/Pearl.

Checklist below:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32563483

I'll upload photos later today.

Happy birding,

Mike Mulqueen
Somerville, MA


On Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 10:27 AM, Lindsey Nichols <pepper.please...>
wrote:

> Massbirders,
>
> I'm 80% certain the small greyish bird zipping aroung Dewey Square garden
> and plantings at 8:30 this morning is an orange-crowned warbler. But if
> anyone birds the Rose Kennedy Greenway in that direction today, I would
> appreciate confirmation of this bird's ID.
>
> The bird has cool grey wings and back, cool grey head. Pale supercilum,
> dark eye line. Faint streaks on breast. Hint of yellow on chest. This bird
> moved fast - warbler-like - and foraged on plants low to the ground - very
> OCWA-like - and both those characteristics made it very challenging for me
> to see the undertail coverts in my short amount of time.
>
> The beak struck me as fine and sharp. But it's worth a second look.
>
> To confuse me further, the bird has exceedingly short tail feathers. Maybe
> re-growing after a predator's unsuccessful hunting attempt? Or I'm
> hallucinating.
>
> Also saw an adult male common yellowthroat and ruby-crowned kinglet in the
> vicinity. (The trees and shrubs behind the large mural had great sun this
> morning, and were full of foraging small birds.) Unfortunately I didn't
> have much time this a.m. to linger and sift.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Lindsey Nichols,
> Boston, MA
>

 

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Date: 11/14/16 2:21 pm
From: Eric Huston <eprh1985...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls: Mountain Bluebird update 11/14
All,

As others have noted, the Mountain Bluebird was still at the Turners Falls
airport today. Around 4:30 this afternoon as it was starting to get dark,
James Smith and I watched it fly off toward the east. It appeared to drop
down into the trees about a mile or so away, possibly heading into a roost.
Hopefully it will return tomorrow for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.

Eric Huston
Greenfield, MA

 

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Date: 11/14/16 1:40 pm
From: JOHN ROCKWOOD <loonphotog...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Another Loon video
For my fellow birders tired of politics! This video has music and sound, 8 minutes of joy!

Lake Massabesic, New Hampshire twin Loon chicks 2-8 days old.

https://youtu.be/587NMneAD3w Set to 720p HD.

Photos and video shot hand-held from my kayak. View full screen or not. 8 minutes of joy!

Part of one of my lecture series on Loons. I normally talk about each video clip and photo during the lecture. Feel free to share.


John Rockwood

The Loon Man
 

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Date: 11/14/16 1:06 pm
From: Bob & Bonnie Buxton <bbxt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Probable Swainson's Thrush in Merrimac
We have what appears to be a Swainson's Thrush bathing in our stream
here in Merrimac at about 4pm today ( Monday ). Definitely a surprise!
Also have seen a few (3-4) Pine Siskins at the feeders the past couple
of days along with two Fox Sparrows in the yard and stream at various
times. One female Purple Finch was seen at the feeder today. Still
hoping for Evening Grosbeaks...!

Bonnie & Bob Buxton
Merrimac, MA
bbxt(AT)comcast.net
 

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Date: 11/14/16 7:40 am
From: Lindsey Nichols <pepper.please...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Potential Orange-crowned warbler in Dewey Square Park/Garden, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston
Massbirders,

I'm 80% certain the small greyish bird zipping aroung Dewey Square garden
and plantings at 8:30 this morning is an orange-crowned warbler. But if
anyone birds the Rose Kennedy Greenway in that direction today, I would
appreciate confirmation of this bird's ID.

The bird has cool grey wings and back, cool grey head. Pale supercilum,
dark eye line. Faint streaks on breast. Hint of yellow on chest. This bird
moved fast - warbler-like - and foraged on plants low to the ground - very
OCWA-like - and both those characteristics made it very challenging for me
to see the undertail coverts in my short amount of time.

The beak struck me as fine and sharp. But it's worth a second look.

To confuse me further, the bird has exceedingly short tail feathers. Maybe
re-growing after a predator's unsuccessful hunting attempt? Or I'm
hallucinating.

Also saw an adult male common yellowthroat and ruby-crowned kinglet in the
vicinity. (The trees and shrubs behind the large mural had great sun this
morning, and were full of foraging small birds.) Unfortunately I didn't
have much time this a.m. to linger and sift.

Good birding,

Lindsey Nichols,
Boston, MA

 

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Date: 11/14/16 7:20 am
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] RE: Dickcissel Waltham Fields location clarification, please
I found Dickcissel over week ago in the northernmost farm field on stretch of Waltham St fields in Lex where there is a tiny pull over area for parking and a dirt road heading into field. This is field closest to intersection where there is a stop light (Worthen Rd maybe?).
The bird was at the very west end of field just before it turns to woods. I don't know where Ground Dove was found.
This was last weekend though so not sure where it was last seen.
Joe Battenfeld
<jbattenfeld...>


> On Nov 14, 2016, at 8:24 AM, <asb1960...> wrote:
>
> May I please have clarification on the correct field for the Dickcissel. Is it the entrance by the greenhouse, where the Common Ground Dove was? If not, just to clarify, that is where I found the Shrike yesterday afternoon in the case that anyone was also interested in looking for that. I was looking for the Dickcissel in that area, I just assumed that was the field everyone was talking about.
> Thank you,
> Andrea Bean
> West Peabody
> <asb1960...>


 

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Date: 11/14/16 6:03 am
From: Dave Small <Dave...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls - Mountain Bluebird
I was just at the Turners Falls Airport and the Mountain Bluebird continues near the administration area near the runway.

Dave Small
Athol Massachusetts
978-413-1772
<Dave...>


-----Original Message-----
From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of James P. Smith
Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2016 10:11 PM
To: MASSBIRD
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls - Mountain Bluebird

Greetings birders,

As Dave Small very kindly posted earlier, I discovered a Mountain Bluebird at Turner's Falls Airfield this morning. It was foraging out in the airfield around the runways and didn't seemed especially worried about the frequent light aircraft taking off and landing close by. Unfortunately, I had to leave soon after its discovery but I understand plenty of folks got to see it today. I swung by there in late afternoon and it was still present at sunset. The bird is foraging in front of the admin building and public viewing area just off Miller's Falls Road directly across the street from the former Country Creemee.

A few pics from the morning and late afternoon can be seen here; http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/11/ma-mountain-bluebird-in-turners-falls.html

A couple of flocks of Snow Buntings were also present with counts ranging from 35-50 birds.

Elsewhere, I had a flock of 19 Evening Grosbeaks in Gill in the early morning and Brian Kane reported a Red Crossbill in flight over River Road, Montague.

Good birding,

James

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


 

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Date: 11/14/16 5:33 am
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Artichoke reservoir--a dilemma?
And as I explained to Glenn earlier, the City of Nbpt. also owns the land
under Cherry Hill Res., which is entirely in West Newbury. The city bought
(?) the land from W. Newbury and constructed the dam and lake in the late
70s to further augment their water supply, and Nbpt. owns that water supply.
I didn't realize the same arrangements had been made with the Artichoke Res.

One can learn a lot from local nerds!

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


----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas Wetmore" <ttw4...>
To: "Glenn d'Entremont" <gdentremont1...>
Cc: "mabird" <massbird...>
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2016 4:49 AM
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Artichoke reservoir-a dilemma?


> Essentially all of the Artichoke Reservoir is in the town of West Newbury.
> The original border between Newburyport and West Newbury was the Artichoke
> River, at the time nothing but a small stream which was not impounded. You
> can see the original river/stream if you visit the Curzon Mill Bridge
> where the Artichoke River is about to enter the Merrimack River. You can
> reach the eastern side of the bridge from the west side of Maudsley State
> Park. The bridge is closed though the last time I visited it you could
> walk across. You can reach its western side by taking the road through the
> Episcopalian retreat property (can be very good for birding). Later the
> impoundments were established to form the reservoir and because of the
> geography involved nearly all the impoundment occurred on the West Newbury
> side of the river.
>
> Now for the water rights. Newburyport’s water supply comes from two major
> deep wells quite close to where the Rt. 95 bridge crosses the river.
> However Newburyport also has, through past legal arrangements, the water
> rights to the Artichoke Reservoir; I assume that is because Newburyport
> built the impoundments, and Newburyport uses water from the reservoir as a
> backup water supply to its wells. West Newbury has its own field of wells
> (not the reservoir) that it uses for its main water supply. However when
> West Newbury requires additional water, it also takes water from the
> Artichoke, but it pays Newburyport a rate on that water even though it is
> coming from its own town.
>
> Tom Wetmore, local nerd
>
>> On Nov 13, 2016, at 7:14 PM, Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
>> wrote:
>>
>> Birds were seen from Rogers street and Turkey Hill Road on the Artichoke
>> reservoir. I wanted to check out the towns involved. Google earth has
>> this question: google West Newbury and the town lines do not include the
>> water one looks at from Rogers Street to the north. Google Newburyport
>> and the town lines do not include the water from Rogers Street and Turkey
>> Hill Road. So what town "owns" the reservoir (Amesbury and Newbury do
>> not)?
>>
>> Glenn

 

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Date: 11/14/16 5:27 am
From: <asb1960...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RE: Dickcissel Waltham Fields location clarification, please
May I please have clarification on the correct field for the Dickcissel. Is it the entrance by the greenhouse, where the Common Ground Dove was? If not, just to clarify, that is where I found the Shrike yesterday afternoon in the case that anyone was also interested in looking for that. I was looking for the Dickcissel in that area, I just assumed that was the field everyone was talking about.
Thank you,
Andrea Bean
West Peabody
<asb1960...>
 

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Date: 11/14/16 1:51 am
From: Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Artichoke reservoir-a dilemma?
Essentially all of the Artichoke Reservoir is in the town of West Newbury. The original border between Newburyport and West Newbury was the Artichoke River, at the time nothing but a small stream which was not impounded. You can see the original river/stream if you visit the Curzon Mill Bridge where the Artichoke River is about to enter the Merrimack River. You can reach the eastern side of the bridge from the west side of Maudsley State Park. The bridge is closed though the last time I visited it you could walk across. You can reach its western side by taking the road through the Episcopalian retreat property (can be very good for birding). Later the impoundments were established to form the reservoir and because of the geography involved nearly all the impoundment occurred on the West Newbury side of the river.

Now for the water rights. Newburyport’s water supply comes from two major deep wells quite close to where the Rt. 95 bridge crosses the river. However Newburyport also has, through past legal arrangements, the water rights to the Artichoke Reservoir; I assume that is because Newburyport built the impoundments, and Newburyport uses water from the reservoir as a backup water supply to its wells. West Newbury has its own field of wells (not the reservoir) that it uses for its main water supply. However when West Newbury requires additional water, it also takes water from the Artichoke, but it pays Newburyport a rate on that water even though it is coming from its own town.

Tom Wetmore, local nerd

> On Nov 13, 2016, at 7:14 PM, Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> wrote:
>
> Birds were seen from Rogers street and Turkey Hill Road on the Artichoke reservoir. I wanted to check out the towns involved. Google earth has this question: google West Newbury and the town lines do not include the water one looks at from Rogers Street to the north. Google Newburyport and the town lines do not include the water from Rogers Street and Turkey Hill Road. So what town "owns" the reservoir (Amesbury and Newbury do not)?
>
> Glenn
>
> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
>


 

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Date: 11/14/16 1:17 am
From: Dana Duxbury-Fox <danafox...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Artichoke Farm Birders NOT welcome
The farmer at Artichoke Farm on Rogers Street in West Newbury does not want
birders on his property.



The Pink-footed Goose went up on land out of sight from the Rogers Street
lookout area over the water on Saturday morning just north of the farm. I
suspected it had gone up on to the farm land below the his shop where he
sells milk and eggs. We went up to buy a dozen eggs and at that time he
very forcefully said he did not want birders looking from that vantage point
after his experience with birders and the Barnacle Goose a few years ago.
While I bought the eggs, Bob and a friend did indeed spot the goose in the
field below looking out from the shop entrance. She also bought a dozen
eggs. He tolerated us there for a few minutes and asked if it really did
have pink legs!!



So beware and buy some milk and or eggs and slowly get back into your car.



Dana



North Andover, MA




 

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Date: 11/13/16 9:57 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Beach and Plum Island, Nov 13, 2016 (+ pheasants)
> Salisbury Beach State Reservation
> Nov 13, 2016 8:15 AM - 9:55 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.7 mile(s)
> Comments: Ava Steenstrup and I birded SBSR looking in vain for the
> Pacific loon that has been there. Others reported seeing it today, but
> every candidate we looked at was simply too far away to see ANY field
> marks definitively, let alone the combination that is necessary to
> identify a bird of this species.
> 22 species (+1 other taxon)
>
> American Black Duck 4
> Common Eider ~150
> scoter sp. ~120
> Red-breasted Merganser 5 f
> Red-throated Loon 7
> Common Loon 6
> Red-necked Grebe 3
> Double-crested Cormorant 13
> Northern Harrier 1 f type
> Bald Eagle 1
> Black-bellied Plover 4
> Sanderling ~50
> Dunlin ~450 All shorebirds were on the jetty. But try as we might, we
> did not see a single bird that was dark enough on the breast to be a
> purple sandpiper. When a portion of the flock flew in and landed close to
> us, our impression was reinforced.
> Bonaparte's Gull 30+ Foraging in the middle of the river. I did not
> see any little gulls among them.
> Ring-billed Gull 70
> Herring Gull ~50
> Iceland Gull (kumlieni) 1
> Great Black-backed Gull 0
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 110
> Blue Jay 1
> Horned Lark 6
> Northern Mockingbird 3
> Snow Bunting 20
> Song Sparrow 1
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32528334


Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Nov 13, 2016 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: After visiting a couple spots in NH, we finished our birding
with a quick run down to the salt pans to look unsuccessfully for the
Eurasian wigeon reported there a few days ago. Not a complete list; all
these birds were in the main salt pans.
4 species

American Wigeon 9
Black-bellied Plover 13
Dunlin 42
Greater Yellowlegs 5

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32529057


On our drive up to Salisbury, we saw two cock PHEASANTS foraging at the side
of Rt. 1 in Rowley just north of Central St. near the old mill building on
the west side of the road.

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

 

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Date: 11/13/16 7:15 pm
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turner's Falls - Mountain Bluebird
Greetings birders,

As Dave Small very kindly posted earlier, I discovered a Mountain Bluebird at Turner's Falls Airfield this morning. It was foraging out in the airfield around the runways and didn't seemed especially worried about the frequent light aircraft taking off and landing close by. Unfortunately, I had to leave soon after its discovery but I understand plenty of folks got to see it today. I swung by there in late afternoon and it was still present at sunset. The bird is foraging in front of the admin building and public viewing area just off Miller's Falls Road directly across the street from the former Country Creemee.

A few pics from the morning and late afternoon can be seen here; http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/11/ma-mountain-bluebird-in-turners-falls.html

A couple of flocks of Snow Buntings were also present with counts ranging from 35-50 birds.

Elsewhere, I had a flock of 19 Evening Grosbeaks in Gill in the early morning and Brian Kane reported a Red Crossbill in flight over River Road, Montague.

Good birding,

James

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

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Date: 11/13/16 6:38 pm
From: Sean Williams <seanbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Rufous Hummingbird in Westboro continues- 11/13
Hello all,

I've gotten some inquiries on whether the Rufous Hummingbird is still in
Westboro. Yes, she has been here every day and is still going strong.
Visitors still welcome. 18 Parkman St.

Donna Cooper, is your Rufous still around, and if not, when did you last
see it?

Good birding,
Sean

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

 

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Date: 11/13/16 5:52 pm
From: Bob Crowley <crbob...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Artichoke reservoir-a dilemma?
The city of Newburyport built and owns the man made Artichoke Reservoir
which is in West Newbury. This is the upper impoundment of 3. I believe.

Bob Crowley

Chatham, NH


On 11/13/2016 7:56 PM, patricia reeser wrote:
> the water bodies are in West Newbury according to the water resources
> map at westnewburyopenspace.net <http://westnewburyopensapce.net>.
> The rights to the water are a different story ...
>
> Patricia P. Reeser
> West Newbury, Ma.
>
>
>
>> On Nov 13, 2016, at 7:14 PM, Glenn d'Entremont
>> <gdentremont1...> <mailto:<gdentremont1...>> wrote:
>>
>> Birds were seen from Rogers street and Turkey Hill Road on the
>> Artichoke reservoir. I wanted to check out the towns involved.
>> Google earth has this question: google West Newbury and the town
>> lines do not include the water one looks at from Rogers Street to the
>> north. Google Newburyport and the town lines do not include the
>> water from Rogers Street and Turkey Hill Road. So what town "owns"
>> the reservoir (Amesbury and Newbury do not)?
>>
>> Glenn
>>
>> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...>
>> <mailto:<gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
>>
>

--
Bob Crowley
Chatham. NH


 

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Date: 11/13/16 5:00 pm
From: patricia reeser <ppreeser...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Artichoke reservoir-a dilemma?
the water bodies are in West Newbury according to the water resources map at westnewburyopenspace.net <http://westnewburyopensapce.net/>. The rights to the water are a different story ...

Patricia P. Reeser
West Newbury, Ma.



> On Nov 13, 2016, at 7:14 PM, Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> wrote:
>
> Birds were seen from Rogers street and Turkey Hill Road on the Artichoke reservoir. I wanted to check out the towns involved. Google earth has this question: google West Newbury and the town lines do not include the water one looks at from Rogers Street to the north. Google Newburyport and the town lines do not include the water from Rogers Street and Turkey Hill Road. So what town "owns" the reservoir (Amesbury and Newbury do not)?
>
> Glenn
>
> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
>


 

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Date: 11/13/16 4:34 pm
From: Brian Rusnica <velocicrafter...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] FOY Short-eared Owl at PRNWR Sun 11/13
Greetings,

A few of us had a single Short-eared Owl at 4:45pm tonight, in the light of
the "super moon", at North Pool Overlook at Parker River NWR, Plum Island.
The bird gave a brief call before dancing high over the North Pool,
flushing a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk nearby. After less than 60 seconds,
the owl disappeared behind the dike and off into the night.

Regards,

Brian Rusnica
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 11/13/16 4:18 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Artichoke reservoir-a dilemma?
Birds were seen from Rogers street and Turkey Hill Road on the Artichoke reservoir. I wanted to check out the towns involved. Google earth has this question: google West Newbury and the town lines do not include the water one looks at from Rogers Street to the north. Google Newburyport and the town lines do not include the water from Rogers Street and Turkey Hill Road. So what town "owns" the reservoir (Amesbury and Newbury do not)?

Glenn

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

 

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Date: 11/13/16 2:46 pm
From: Michael Baird <rkramden1994...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 11/13 Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
I led a walk for Ipswich River this morning. There was nothing out of the
ordinary but it was a nice morning to be out. Hope everyone got a chance to
head outside today, won't be too many days like this left this autumn.
Good birding
Mike Baird
Lowell, MA
rkramden 1994 (at) gmail dot com


Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Nov 13, 2016 6:50 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: I led a morning walk for the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
this morning with 3 participants. It was cool and overcast as we started
but the winds were calm and the birds quite active. We walked down to the
Rockery, along the Waterfowl Trail, up to the Nature Center and down to the
Observation Tower. The weather gradually warmed and cleared and we finished
in full sunlight with a light breeze. There were a few late migrants and a
lot of residents to be seen and we had good looks at Brown Creeper and 5
Eastern Bluebirds along with views of Golden-crowned Kinglet and Swamp
Sparrow. A wonderful morning of birding with an enthusiastic group. Who
could ask for more?
28 species

Canada Goose 53
Mallard 65
Great Blue Heron 3
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 12
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Brown Creeper 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 3
European Starling 17
American Tree Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 5
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 3
American Goldfinch 6
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S32523163

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

 

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Date: 11/13/16 1:30 pm
From: Andrea <asb1960...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Shrike at Waltham Fields


Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

>
> Waltham Street Fields, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
> Nov 13, 2016 3:30 PM - 3:55 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> Comments: Came looking for dickcissel which unfortunately did not see however, did find a shrike!
> 6 species
>
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Shrike 1 Flew in to top of tree and perched for about three minutes. Flew towards the back of field and out of sight. - photos!
> Blue Jay 4
> Black-capped Chickadee 6
> Tufted Titmouse 3
> Dark-eyed Junco 16
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32523580
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


 

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Date: 11/13/16 1:01 pm
From: John Liller <john.liller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary - 11/13/16
My wife, Kim Kastler, and I recorded the following this morning at the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester.



Mourning Dove (1)

Downy Woodpecker (7)

Northern Flicker (1)

Blue Jay (7)

American Crow (1)

Black-capped Chickadee (8)

White-breasted Nuthatch (4)

Carolina Wren (1)

American Robin (1)

Northern Mockingbird (3)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (3)

FOX SPARROW (1)

Dark-eyed Junco (7)

White-throated Sparrow (3)

Song Sparrow (3)

Northern Cardinal (1)

American Goldfinch (2)

 

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Date: 11/13/16 9:52 am
From: Dave Small <Dave...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mountain Bluebird Turners falls airport
Discovered by James Smith the Mountain Bluebird was still being seen from
the airport admin area at 12:30

Dave Small
Athol Massachusetts
978-413-1772
<Dave...>


 

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Date: 11/13/16 9:35 am
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bell's Vireo continues in Manomet.
Same location as previously described. Also a Yellow-breasted Chat in the
same thickets. Bring on some more rarities!
--
Justin Lawson Worcester, Ma

 

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Date: 11/13/16 8:35 am
From: Gerald M. Macomber <jerrymacomber...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] re: Hammond's flycatcher, Medford
I see posts of sightings of the Hammond's but few (none?) other than between about 9 - 11:00 am. Has it been seen in the afternoons at all?

Jerry Macomber
Portsmouth, Rhode Island

 

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Date: 11/13/16 8:24 am
From: Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] First fox sparrow in Andover
Today we saw the first Foxboro of the season in our yard.

Donna Cooper
Andover
--
Sent from iPhone

 

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Date: 11/13/16 7:35 am
From: Michael Emmons <michael.emmons...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose 11/13
The Pink-footed Goose is being seen this morning off Turkey Hill Road West Newbury.

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

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Date: 11/13/16 5:02 am
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Redpoll, Pepperell, 11/13

With a scattering of redpoll reports in the area, I went out at dawn in my Pepperell yard this morning to listen/look for them. My experience over the years is that if there are northern finches migrating the single best time to see/hear them overhead is at dawn. And sure enough at 7:15 I heard a faint "chit" of a Redpoll, which got louder and eventually passed right overhead calling the entire time. Certainly helps to know the finch call notes.

Looks like we might have a pretty good redpoll year this year.

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

 

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Date: 11/13/16 4:34 am
From: Sean Williams <seanbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher continues- 11/13
Hammond's is foraging on both sides of the trail in the previously posted location.

Good birding,
Sean

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Sean M. Williams
<seanbirder...>
PhD candidate
Dept. of Zoology
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823
 

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Date: 11/12/16 9:03 pm
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wintering Hawks Field Trip to Plum Island 11/12/16
Today I led a Wintering Hawks class for Mass Audubons Ipswich River
Sanctuary to Plum Island/NBPT/Salisbury. It was sunny and clear most of the
day, temps in the 40s, with moderate W/SW winds. It was one of the most
extraordinary days hawk watching Ive ever experienced on Plum Island in 45
years of birding there. It was so exhilarating for 6 hours that I and many
other were simply exhausted at the end of the class.

The numbers were quite good:

Bald Eagle 2 ad, 1 Basic One bird (min)
Northern Harrier 9 min; 7 juveniles, 1 ad F, 1 ad M (Gray Ghost)
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 juv
Coopers Hawks 2 juv min (4 sightings)
Red-tailed Hawk 3 min ( 2 ad, 1 juv)
Rough-legged Hawk 2 min (1 lt morph juv, 1 intermediate/dark morph juv)
Peregrine Falcon 4 min ( 1 ad M, 1 ad F, 1 juv M, 1 juv F)

Those numbers would be good for an above average day. What made the day
truly extraordinary was having superb views in excellent light of all the
minimum counts, often interacting with other raptors or prey.

As we left the PRNWR Visitor Center at 8:00, the tone was set for the day
when a gorgeous adult male Peregrine Falcon soared and hung roughly 30 feet
over our cars, and then our heads as everyone exited their cars to admire
this bird hanging low over us, and then slowly flying north to show us its
incredible blue back, after giving us naked-eyed views of the fine
vermiculation on its breast and belly. I doubt that few of us had every been
so close to a wild Peregrine.

As we pulled into the parking lot just before the bridge onto the island,
four Snow Buntings landed on the asphalt immediately in front of the lead
car, closely followed by a juvenile Sharp-shinned, who missed the buntings,
looked momentarily perplexed, and then flew up to a utility pole along the
road for all to admire it. We got out to scan the marsh north of the
turnpike, when we spotted an adult Bald Eagle flying and landing on on
Woodbridge island. Then someone spotted a juvenile Northern Harrier flying
east along the marsh, and then a second adult Bald Eagle landing reasonably
close on the marsh south of the road. The class was less than a half hour
old.... We then had five juvenile harriers in the Plum Bush marsh, including
one repeatedly harassing a second, while near annually high tides flooded
the marsh.

As we got onto the island we had a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, rather lightly
marked, perch hunting on the dunes side, where it was being repeatedly
dive-bombed by a juvenile harrier. We quickly drove down the island so we
could drive north with the sun at our backs. We spotted two adult Red-tailed
Hawks hunting close to one another in a tree on Cross Farm Hill, and we had
a juvenile harrier, with Redtail and harrier kiting/hovering low over the
same patch at the same time, offering excellent comparison in size, shape,
and style. I think about this time we had a good view of a white-breasted
adult female Northern Harrier. Suzanne Sullivan had spotted a raptor on a
pole in the south marsh. (Thanks, Suzanne.) I had scanned the marsh from the
car but had not seen anything; the bird was so dark it looked like part of
the pole. Its hulking-shoulders, narrow-waist look at first suggested
possible Peregrine, but as it moved around its light underbelly revealed it
to be an adult Red-tailed Hawk hunching into the stiff breeze. But then we
noticed an adult Peregrine on the Osprey platform south of the Old Pines,
large and bulky, almost certainly a large female. It took off, soaring and
in powered flight, then sailed south, where it hit the air brakes and headed
north; a second Peregrine was soaring to its south, likely the large, dark
falcon we had seen briefly flying north from Cross Farm. Immature; likely
juv female. I dont recall the exact sequence and location, but I think it
was here that we had a Gray Ghost flying right past us, heading into the
dunes just a little above eye level. (someone in the class please correct me
if my memory is incorrect.) We also had an immature Bald Eagle, a
white-bellied Basic I bird, with a dark head and tail and bright white
breast and belly, in the midst of molting its flight feathers.

We didnt see anything at Hellcat, but proceeded to the Wardens where some
began eating lunch while others had started half an hour earlier. Suddenly I
spotted what appeared to be a Roughleg over the dunes and road. We hurried
down the road and on the southern half of the Town Marker marsh had a
juvenile intermediate dark morph Roughleg hovering, advancing, and hovering
again, legs dangling beneath its light body. It dropped into the scrub and
came up, perching with a meadow vole in its little talons. And it took its
meal east into the dunes, out of sight of most other predators. I think we
had a Redtail again, on the dunes side, and then the roughleg re-appeared,
but it had morphed into the more familiar juvenile light morph. TWO
different roughlegs, affording excellent views. This bird began hovering
actively, and was quickly joined by another roughleg.... Oops, a juvenile
Red-tailed Hawk that kited just above the light morph roughleg. They then
began soaring together in tandem, like they were just having fun. What an
opportunity for photography and comparisons. It was a long-winged,
long-tailed juvenile Redtail, but looked much thicker-winged and bulkier
than the longer-winged, longer-tailed, more buoyant Roughleg. The roughlegs
body looked like it was cantilevered beneath its arched wings, while the
bulkier Redtail looked like its heavier body was resting on the top of its
wings. The Tail melted away, but then we had the roughleg back , this time
with an adult Bald Eagle soaring directly over it, so both of these raptors
were in the same binocular frame, hanging into the westerly wind. Everyone
in the class was becoming giddy, as we were seeing so much so well so long.
Whenever we stopped and go out of our mobile cans, we spotted one raptor,
and then another, and another, and another, often interacting. We also had a
small, presumably male juvenile Peregrine come up the road just behind us,
in excellent early afternoon light, giving everyone views comparable to the
adult at our start.

We saw several flocks of Starlings balling up and swooping and swerving. I
sagely advised the class to look for a Merlin strafing the starlings, trying
to pick one off, or look for an accipiter in the midst of the sturnus ball,
as starlings often mob soaring accipiters, especially sharpies. Wrong, as
almost immediately a juvenile Coopers Hawks blasted out of the woods behind
us and cleaved the Starling ball. The sparkling black bird ball exploded as
the Coopers picked out a specific Starling and followed it beak on tail
perhaps 30-40 yards in hot pursuit before giving up. A little later we saw
the Coopers exploding north through the vegetation on the dunes in pursuit
of other prey. We then elected to finish up with a quick trip to Salisbury
to look for a reported Short-eared Owl. We failed, and did not spot a Snowy
Owl, Golden Eagle, Northern Goshawk, or mythical Gyrfalcon en route, but we
did see another juvenile harrier and then had an adult Bald Eagle flying
high over the river southwest of the parks boat ramp.

As we pulled back into the Visitors Center to end the trip, a juvenile
Coopers Hawk executed a raid on birds at the centers feeder, a fitting end
to a spectacular day. One of the most intense days of spectacular views of
raptors Ive ever had with a class... Or without.

Best,

Paul

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




 

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Date: 11/12/16 7:12 pm
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gill and area - Evening Grosbeaks
Greetings birders,

I've been coming across more Evening Grosbeaks in the Gill area in the last few days with nine apparently leaving a roost on North Cross Road on the 10th, and a nice feeding flock of a dozen close to Gill Center this morning (11/12). The latter flock got flushed by a Red-tail and didn't come back but gave some nice views up to that point;

http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/11/ma-evening-grosbeak-in-gill.html

Also of interest, a Red Crossbill calling as it headed north over North Cross Road, Gill this morning (11/12). This bird reminded me of a now belated report of one on Outer Cape Cod on October 31st. It was flushed by a passing car near the parking lot for the 'Fire Road' close to Herring Cove Beach. That bird headed towards Provincetown.

In Turner's Falls, a Cackling Goose has been with the Canada Geese on most days and was present again this afternoon (11/12). Also present in the area, a fine drake Long-tailed Duck, two Northern Shoveler (11/11) and six Bufflehead (11/12). A few of these, and a fairly late Pectoral Sandpiper from Hell's Kitchen can be see at this link;

http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/11/ma-evening-grosbeak-in-gill.html


Good birding,


James


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

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Date: 11/12/16 6:32 pm
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-breasted Nuthatch at feeder in Salem
A Red-breasted Nuthatch made periodic visits to my feeder in Salem today
joining the parade of usual suspects enjoying the chow at Casa Ferraresso.

Still waiting for an Evening Grosbeak to drop by! ;-)

Linda

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

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

 

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Date: 11/12/16 11:29 am
From: Susan Wrisley <swrisley13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Goose, Ipswich - Yes
Subject bird seen from 133 in field just past Wolf Hollow.

Susan Wrisley, Hollis NH

 

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Date: 11/12/16 9:27 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed goose YES
Zeke Cornell called the store at 12:15 to report that the Pink-footed goose had just flown in to the Artichoke Reservoir area. He observed the bird opposite Rogers Rd between the reservoirs.

Barrett S Bacall

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





 

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Date: 11/12/16 7:41 am
From: Stuart Walker <stuarttwalker...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher - Yes
The bird came in a little after 8 this morning and was seen very well by about 15 enthusiastic birders and one small dog. When I left around 8:30 it was still being watched and photographed. It is an easy and relatively short walk in on a well-marked trail.


Stuart Walker

Jamaica Plain

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Date: 11/12/16 7:31 am
From: Susan Wrisley <swrisley13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Short Eared Owl at Salisbury SP Now
Short Eared Owl flying around near parking lots.

Susan Wrisley, Hollis NH

 

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Date: 11/12/16 7:16 am
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RE: ?? Any Sightings of Hammonds Fly
Yes, putting on usual good show this morning, same spot - my best photos yet.

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>

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From: <massbird-approval...> [mailto:<massbird-approval...>] On Behalf Of <danafox...>
Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2016 9:08 AM
To: <massbird...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] ?? Any Sightings of Hammonds Fly

Thanks.
Dana


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Date: 11/12/16 7:11 am
From: Haynes Miller <hrm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hammond Pond: Northern Shovelers
A brief stop this morning at Hammond Pond, Newton, yielded a nice
variety of ducks,
including a group of 5 Northern Shovelers. Also a Belted Kingfisher.

Haynes Miller
Newton


 

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Date: 11/12/16 6:10 am
From: <danafox...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose today?
Please post any Sightings.
Dana


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Date: 11/12/16 6:09 am
From: <danafox...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] ?? Any Sightings of Hammonds Fly
Thanks.
Dana


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Date: 11/12/16 6:00 am
From: Scott Spangenberg <sjspangenberg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Salisbury Pacific Loon yes
We had nice light on the Pacific Loon this morning. The bird was in the Salisbury side of the river in the vicinity of the red #8 buoy. After studying it for awhile we discovered that we had a very light Ipswich Sparrow at our feet.

Scott Spangenberg
 

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Date: 11/11/16 11:46 am
From: Chris Martone <cmartone00...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Redhead and PB Grebe - Slyvester Baxter Park / Assembly Square


Redhead and Pied-billed Grebe in the Mystic River around 1pm at Assembly Square near the bridge (directly across from Starbucks).


Cheers!


Chris Martone

Lynnfield

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Date: 11/11/16 10:56 am
From: elabato <elabato...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose
The Pink-footed Goose was at the Artichoke Reservoir at about 12:25.
I saw it from Rogers St. The message must have gotten confused when
I called the store.

Eric Labato

T-Mobile. America's First Nationwide 4G Network.
 

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Date: 11/11/16 10:31 am
From: Lorraine Kaplan <lorraine.e.kaplan...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow buntings at Hampton Beach State Park
Almost in Mass- there are currently (1:30 pm) several hundred snow buntings and some horned larks at Hampton Beach State Park in NH. They are very active and are all around the parking lot and adjacent green areas. Good luck with the wind!

Lorraine Kaplan
Arlington MA

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Date: 11/11/16 9:53 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose W. Newbury YES 11/11
Eric Labato called at 12:25pm to report that he refound the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE on the Artichoke Reservoir in West Newbury. Eric was viewing the bird from the small turnout area on Turkey Hill Road.

Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
194 Route 1
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
<Birdwsg...>
978-462-0775
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Date: 11/11/16 8:38 am
From: Susan Wrisley <swrisley13...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose Today?
It was there at 9am, but the whole flock flew west over 95

On Nov 11, 2016 10:44 AM, "Devin Hefferon" <dhefferon...> wrote:

> Anyone have reports on the Scotland Rd. Pink-footed Goose today?
>
> Many thanks!!
>
> Devin Hefferon
> RLA, LEED AP
> tel: 914.980.1587
>

 

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Date: 11/11/16 7:44 am
From: Devin Hefferon <dhefferon...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose Today?
Anyone have reports on the Scotland Rd. Pink-footed Goose today?

Many thanks!!

Devin Hefferon
RLA, LEED AP
tel: 914.980.1587
 

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Date: 11/11/16 7:32 am
From: Meaghan Sinclair <meaghanq...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher 10:27 a.m. YES
It's here. In the thicket across from the cattails.
 

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Date: 11/11/16 6:34 am
From: Leslie Kramer <lfkramer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher 11/11, Middlesex Fells, Medford, 7:45 AM
In trees across from the cattails area, Middlesex Fells path, as previously described.

Leslie Kramer
Medford
 

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Date: 11/11/16 3:22 am
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bell's Vireo Continues, Manomet, Plymouth, 11/10


Thursday morning after sitting in rush hour traffic first to go to Medford to see the Hammond's Fly, I then sat in more traffic to head to Plymouth to try for the Bell's Vireo. I arrived at Manomet at 10 AM, and within just a couple minutes I heard the Vireo call deep in the brush north of the northwest corner of the overgrown cranberry bog. But no visuals. I then spent the next 2 hours in vain searching for it. Though I did have a VERY cooperative Orange-crowned Warbler that foraged mostly in the goldenrod on top of the dike along the northern edge of the bog. I bet I saw the warbler at least a dozen times during those 2 hours.



Then at Noon another birder arrived (Tim O'NeilI I believe - I hope I got the name right) who almost instantly found both the Orange-crown and the Bell's Vireo. The Vireo was first seen in brush near the northeast corner of the bog, then made its way east foraging briefly 20 feet off the ground in junipers and bittersweet just east of the bog. Ten minutes later I refound the Vireo in the open at its old haunts in brush north of the northwest corner of the bog. Wonder if it was off foraging somewhere else between 10 and Noon.

I also had a very late Blackpoll Warbler skulking in the brush.

For those who may have lost the directions, this is at the eBird hot spot labeled Manomet - Holmes Farm off of Manomet Point Road. Drive in the dirt access road to the farm, and there is an overgrown cranberry bog to the left (north) of the road before you reach the farmstand. The Vireo is especially frequenting very dense brush north of the north side of this bog. The GPS coordinates of the brush at the northwest corner of the bog are 41.922357, -70.548158

And the GPS coordinates of the northeast corner of the bog are 41.922214, -70.547576

Many thanks to all those birders who found/re-found the Vireo and Flycatcher, and then continued to provide updates.

After being out of town causing me to miss the Gray Kingbird and the Fort Hill Bell's Vireo (not to mention the White Wagtail in NH), it was good to get back to searching for birds for my New England state lists.


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





 

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Date: 11/10/16 7:00 pm
From: Daan Sandee <sandee...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Directions/instructions for Hammond Flycatcher spot/fells in Medford
Intersection of Winthrop Rd and Playstead Rd. Park on Playstead Rd. There
is a parking kiosk that does not appear to be used or enforced. Cross
over the cross walk. Cars will stop for you. Take the broad, signed path
in for about 1/4 mi until you see a cattail area on the right. The bird
may be anywhere, left, right, low, high. It frequently calls.
Marj's directions were good, except it's a lot further than she said.
Good luck.

Daan Sandee
Gloucester, MA <sandee...>
 

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Date: 11/10/16 6:51 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Directions/instructions for Hammond Flycatcher spot/fells in Medford
The location is clearly marked in ebird. The issue is the particulars of the surrounding area which locals know. One example of dissemination of this knowledge is the wagtail info which was nicely relayed to us unfamiliar with the area. When I see an ambiguous instruction/direction of an area I know I let the public know of the clarification. It does not take long.

I assume tomorrow's federal holiday would not have parking fees. Still, can one park in the cemetery just to the north of the intersection?

Pardon the ignorance, I don't go to this part of the world often.....

Glenn

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From: <mresch8702...>
To: <gdentremont1...>, <massbird...>
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2016 9:12:38 PM
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Directions/instructions for Hammond Flycatcher spot/fells in Medford



Glenn (and others) -

I had similar questions last night before I went there today. Since so few people use MASSBIRD (and other listserves) anymore, most of these details aren't supplied these days. (Wouldn't it be great if eBird asked for details about the location of a rarity?) I got input from several different birders, and would suggest the following based on this morning's sightings -

Best to park on Playstead Street just W of the intersection with Winthrop St. This is a metered parking area - it takes quarters and credit cards (25 cents for 15 minutes). The meter seems to take a long time to allow you to pay - especially when you can't wait to chase after that flycatcher.

Cross Winthrop Street heading east on a marked cross walk. The crosswalk ends almost right at the beginning of the trail at a small gate.

Walk down the trial maybe 200-300 yards to a small cattails wetland that is on the right. I had the bird this morning in the brushy woods opposite the wetland (on the left side of the trail). I think the GPS coordinates where I had the bird this morning are - 42.434336, -71.128251

Hope that helps.

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


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From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
To: MASSBIRD, massbird <massbird...>
Sent: Thu, Nov 10, 2016 8:57 pm
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Directions/instructions for Hammond Flycatcher spot/fells in Medford

Google earth does not show a parking area for this spot. Does one just park on the roads anywhere? A little direction once on the paths (I will look at prior reports for more information) would be helpful.

Many thanks.

Glenn

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



 

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Date: 11/10/16 6:16 pm
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Directions/instructions for Hammond Flycatcher spot/fells in Medford


Glenn (and others) -

I had similar questions last night before I went there today. Since so few people use MASSBIRD (and other listserves) anymore, most of these details aren't supplied these days. (Wouldn't it be great if eBird asked for details about the location of a rarity?) I got input from several different birders, and would suggest the following based on this morning's sightings -

Best to park on Playstead Street just W of the intersection with Winthrop St. This is a metered parking area - it takes quarters and credit cards (25 cents for 15 minutes). The meter seems to take a long time to allow you to pay - especially when you can't wait to chase after that flycatcher.

Cross Winthrop Street heading east on a marked cross walk. The crosswalk ends almost right at the beginning of the trail at a small gate.

Walk down the trial maybe 200-300 yards to a small cattails wetland that is on the right. I had the bird this morning in the brushy woods opposite the wetland (on the left side of the trail). I think the GPS coordinates where I had the bird this morning are - 42.434336, -71.128251

Hope that helps.

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


-----Original Message-----
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
To: MASSBIRD, massbird <massbird...>
Sent: Thu, Nov 10, 2016 8:57 pm
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Directions/instructions for Hammond Flycatcher spot/fells in Medford

Google earth does not show a parking area for this spot. Does one just park on the roads anywhere? A little direction once on the paths (I will look at prior reports for more information) would be helpful.

Many thanks.

Glenn

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




 

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Date: 11/10/16 5:55 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Directions/instructions for Hammond Flycatcher spot/fells in Medford
Google earth does not show a parking area for this spot. Does one just park on the roads anywhere? A little direction once on the paths (I will look at prior reports for more information) would be helpful.

Many thanks.

Glenn

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

 

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Date: 11/10/16 5:02 pm
From: Hank.Levesque <hlevesque...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red-eyed Vireo - Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary
Just after 11:00 AM this morning, my wife Jill and I had a Red-eyed Vireo at
Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary. It was feeding on berries with Robins
and Waxwings on the Secret Trail just after the boardwalk ends, but prior to
the loop trail.



Here are a few photos of this late migrant I managed to get:



https://plus.google.com/106113399267269046319/posts/4tqzXLhGJHL



Hank


 

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Date: 11/10/16 12:13 pm
From: <mresch8702...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bell's Vireo Continues, Manomet, Plymouth, 11/10

After sitting in far too many hours of rush hour traffic first to go to Medford to see the Hammond's Fly, and then to head to Plymouth to try for the Bell's Vireo, I arrived at Manomet at 10 AM this morning. Within a couple minutes I heard the Vireo call deep in the brush north of the northwest corner of the old cranberry bog. But no visuals. I then spent the next 2 hours in vain searching for it. Though I did have a VERY cooperative Orange-crowned Warbler that foraged mostly in the goldenrod on top of the dike along the northern edge of the bog. I bet I saw the warbler at least a dozen times during those 2 hours.

Then at Noon another birder arrived (I'm sorry - forgot his name) who almost instantly found both the Orange-crown and the Bell's Vireo. The Vireo was first seen in brush near the northeast corner of the bog, then made its way east foraging briefly 20 feet off the ground in junipers and bittersweet just east of the bog. Ten minutes later I refound the Vireo in the open at its old haunts in brush north of the northwest corner of the bog.

I also had a very late Blackpoll Warbler skulking in the brush.

The GPS coordinates of the brush at the northwest corner of the bog are - 41.922357, -70.548158

And the GPS coordinates of the northeast corner of the bog are - 41.922214, -70.547576

Many thanks to all those birders who found/re-found the Vireo and Flycatcher, and then continued to provide updates.

After being out of town causing me to miss the Gray Kingbird and the Fort Hill Bell's Vireo (not to mention the White Wagtail in NH), it was good to get back to adding birds to my New England state lists.


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

 

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Date: 11/10/16 9:04 am
From: Kat Birder <katbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, weekly species census, Nov 10, 2016
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Nov 10, 2016 6:30 AM - 10:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.9 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly bird species census for the NWR. Upper 30's to upper
40's F, light breeze. Observers: Kevin Crispell, Kathy Dia, Zena Casteel,
Joan Stoner, Jared Keyes, Maryellen Stone, Soheil Zendeh, Marie Beyley,
Isabella and Isabella.<br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.2
Build 70
30 species (+3 other taxa)

Canada Goose 501
Mute Swan 6 Fly over, one flock
Wood Duck 10
American Black Duck 3
Mallard 19
Green-winged Teal (American) 22 One flock; flew into Upper Pool.
Bufflehead 1
Great Blue Heron 5
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
hawk sp. 1 Med-large hawk silhouetted on a tall pine early am eating
prey.
shorebird sp. 1 Came up from mud; on horizon; light beige, med sized.
Mourning Dove 3
Eastern Screech-Owl 1 Continuing gray morph.
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 5
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Blue Jay 10
American Crow 12
Black-capped Chickadee 12
Tufted Titmouse 11
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 2
American Tree Sparrow 6
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 4
Song Sparrow 14
Swamp Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 2f
blackbird sp. 3
American Goldfinch 15

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S32457447

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

Kathryn Dia for the Great Meadows Survey Team
Concord, MA

 

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Date: 11/10/16 8:28 am
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink Footed Goose across from 105 Scotland Road
Subject bird presently in rear of large Canada Goose flock in Tendercrop Farm field across from 105 Scotland Rd

Cliff Cook
Watertown.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/10/16 7:55 am
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed goose, confirmed
Chuck Johnson called the store to report that he spotted the Pink-footed goose at 10:30 this morning in the Tendercrop Farm fields on Scotland Road, Newbury. It was with a group of other geese, of course.
He also confirmed spotting the Hammond's flycatcher earlier this morning in Medford; same location as reported yesterday in the Middlesex Fells Reservation.

Barrett S Bacall

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





 

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Date: 11/10/16 5:06 am
From: Devin Hefferon <dhefferon...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hammond's Flycatcher YES
Being seen now (08:00) at same location in Fells.

Devin Hefferon
Melrose, MA
 

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Date: 11/10/16 4:50 am
From: Mary <lemmel...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] empid Flycatcher- Middlesex Fells
Seen This morning with backs to the cat tail marsh was observed by several birders

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 9, 2016, at 10:34 AM, Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...> wrote:

> Massbirders
>
> I, along with a few other birders was able to photograph the empid flycatcher that has been seen in the Fells since Monday.
>
> Voice recordings has suggested Hammond'sFlycatcher, and initial response from these photos may indicate a possible Alder Flycatcher which has a similar call.
>
> Any additional thoughts welcome
>
> You can see the pics here:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/rstymeist/albums/72157672682992064
>
> --
> Bob Stymeist
> Arlington MA and Westmore VT
> <bobstymeist...>

 

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Date: 11/9/16 6:09 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Newbury and West Newbury Highlights
I got off the Newburyport train at 9:15 and hit the ground birding. There is a trail which begins at the Newburyport Station parking lot west that goes down to Highfield St. This is right next to the big sign about parking fees, across from the Mexican cafe. Not too far down the trail, there was an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in the brush. Also seen a bit further down were a flyover WILSON'S SNIPE, and an adult male AMERICAN KESTREL perched on a pole. I birded from 9:20-3:30, and covered the aforementioned trail, Scotland Rd.(including the Essex Co. Greenbelt's Hiller Field), Pike's Bridge Rd., and the Cherry Hill Reservoir. I finally got to bird Pike's Bridge Rd. for the first time ever. I have for many years wanted to explore this former place of the Golden-winged Warblers. Highlights:

Ruddy Duck 100+ Cherry Hill Reservoir
Ring-necked Duck 28 ditto
Bufflehead Duck 10 ditto
Northern Harrier 1 "gray ghost" at Hiller Field
Turkey Vulture 1 Pike's Bridge Rd.
Wilson's Snipe 1 see above paragraph
Pileated Woodpecker 1 Pike's Bridge Rd. near Garden St.; female working a tree
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Pike's Bridge Rd. in pine grove
AMERICAN KESTREL 1 see above
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Hiller Field
Golden-crowned Kinglet 10 hither and yon
Hermit Thrush 1 Pike's Bridge Rd.
Eastern Bluebird 3 one Scotland Rd., two Cherry Hill Res.
Cedar Waxwing 13 Scotland Rd. flyovers
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER 1 see above
Palm Warbler 1 Hiller Field sunflower patch-see above
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 Pike's Bridge Rd.
Fox Sparrow 4 Pike's Bridge Rd. 3, Cherry Hill Res. 1

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 11/9/16 2:57 pm
From: Andrew Sanford <asanford2000...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-throated warbler at Chandler Hovey Park, Marblehead MA on 2016-11-08
Seen by two other birders as well; details and doc-quality photo here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32435662

 

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Date: 11/9/16 2:57 pm
From: Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex Bay, Nov 9, 2016
Essex Bay, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Nov 9, 2016 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: We canoed the bay this morning. The weather was warm, windless,
the water calm, a lower tide, great visibility. We travelled through the
quiet hum of the planet, punctuated with offshore crashing breakers
22 species

American Black Duck 2
Common Eider 14
Surf Scoter 5
White-winged Scoter 275
Black Scoter 3
Long-tailed Duck 10
Bufflehead 18
Red-breasted Merganser 40
Red-throated Loon 11
Common Loon 13
Double-crested Cormorant 21
Great Blue Heron 1
Black-bellied Plover 63 juvs
Sanderling 7
Dunlin 67
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Bonaparte's Gull 173
Ring-billed Gull 23
Herring Gull 234
Great Black-backed Gull 18
American Crow 5
Northern Mockingbird 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S32447075

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

 

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Date: 11/9/16 2:57 pm
From: james sweeney <assawompsett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northern Shrike - Raynham - 11/9
Massbirders,

This morning I observed an immature Northern Shrike at the Borden Colony fields on King Philip St. in Raynham. The bird appeared to be on the move since it did not stay in the area for long. I checked several other sections of the fields, but could not locate the bird again. However, this is a big area so it may still be present.

I also observed a single Eastern Meadowlark, a Gray Catbird, and ten Savannah Sparrows.


Jim Sweeney
Providence, RI


 

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Date: 11/9/16 2:15 pm
From: Mindy LaBranche <m.s.labranche...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeak in Eastham
My parents in Eastham had an Evening Grosbeak at their feeders at about
8 am this morning and again just before I left at 2 pm.
I think that is a first for their yard.
Mindy LaBranche
Rochester, MA
 

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Date: 11/9/16 8:31 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Merlin
Massbirders,
As I was photographing a Merlin today the bird lunged toward me, flew by the truck and started bathing in a puddle. Nice to watch.

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

Peter Trull
Brester,
<petrull...>
 

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Date: 11/9/16 8:11 am
From: Marshall Iliff <miliff...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] empid Flycatcher- Middlesex Fells
All,

In my view, photos and audio confirm this as a Hammond's, without much
question at this point. The photos show:

1) grayish contrast on head (good for Hammond's, Dusky)
2) smallish, plump, big-headed, narrow-tailed, Empid (good for Least,
Hammond's)
3) Narrow bill (very important to placing in Hammond's, Dusky, Gray camp)
4) Clear asymmetry to eye ring (common in Hammond's)
5) Dusky chest in the front-on shot (Least, Alder show whiter breasts
typically)
6) Long primary projection (good for eliminating Dusky, Gray, Least)

Field guides suggest pale mandible is bad for Hammond's, but this does
happen in HY birds and not all Hammond's are dark billed as they are
usually illustrated, so that is not a deal-breaker at all.

Most importantly, audio recordings from Marj and from Neil Hayward (which
he sent to me just a few minutes ago) reveal a high "peek" call recalling
Pygmy Nuthatch notes and eliminating everything but Hammond's and possibly
Alder, although it sounds very wrong for Alder as well (which is also
eliminated by the photos). Most of the other contenders give 'whit' notes
(e.g., Least, Dusky) which sound very different.

I had seen an early, blurry back-of-the-camera shot from Bob Stymeist which
looked disturbingly Alder-like (the most similar species vocally), but
subsequent photos show that to be an illusion.

Congrats to Renee LaFontaine for finding this fourth state record!

Best,

Marshall

On Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 10:34 AM, Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...> wrote:

> Massbirders
>
> I, along with a few other birders was able to photograph the empid
> flycatcher that has been seen in the Fells since Monday.
>
> Voice recordings has suggested Hammond'sFlycatcher, and initial response
> from these photos may indicate a possible Alder Flycatcher which has a
> similar call.
>
> Any additional thoughts welcome
>
> You can see the pics here:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/rstymeist/albums/72157672682992064
>
> --
> Bob Stymeist
> Arlington MA and Westmore VT
> <bobstymeist...>
>



--


****************************
Marshall J. Iliff
miliff AT aol.com
Westwood, MA
****************************
eBird Project Leader
www.ebird.org
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Ithaca, NY
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Date: 11/9/16 7:18 am
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Middlesex Fells Hammonds Flycatcher continues
Calling and being seen in cattail marsh.

Marge's directions

The bird was in a cattail marsh off the Cross Fells Trail about 200
yards east of where it intersects Winthrop Street (Opposite Playstead
Road). If you walk down the trail from Winthrop Street, the marsh is on
your right.

Cliff Cook
Watertown

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/9/16 7:03 am
From: <danafox...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Greater White-throated Goose Ipswich
That was a GreaterWhite-fronted Goose.
Thanks Joe.
But it did have reddish legs like my eyes after the res u let's.
D


Sent from XFINITY Connect Mobile App

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

From: <danafox...>
To: <massbird...>
Cc:
Sent: 2016-11-09 8:58:10 AM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greater White-throated Goose Ipswich


Ipswich on 1A at the southern end of the regular Goose field at 4 PM not far out. Bob pulled it out and our Bolivian friend and I got to see it.
Dana

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Date: 11/9/16 6:26 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Putative Hammond's Yes
Dear Massbirders,

The possible Hammond's Flycatcher is currently being seen at the location reported yesterday in Middlesex Fells. It appeared at 9:10 and has been calling.

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA



Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/9/16 5:58 am
From: <danafox...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greater White-throated Goose Ipswich

Ipswich on 1A at the southern end of the regular Goose field at 4 PM not far out. Bob pulled it out and our Bolivian friend and I got to see it.
Dana

Sent from XFINITY Connect Mobile App

 

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Date: 11/8/16 5:15 pm
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Kestrel - Nahant
late this afternoon. just south of the Lynn/Nahant Rotary. flying south along Nahant Beach.
Linda

Linda Pivacek, Nahant, <lpivacek...>

 

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Date: 11/8/16 4:10 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Kestrel
Today, Nov 8, 2016 (Election Day), we saw a female American Kestrel
hunting in the fields at Davis Farmland in Sterling. The bird was
successful in spite of being harassed by a Northern Flicker, altho we
couldn't tell what the prey was except that it was a small mammal.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro

 

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Date: 11/8/16 4:08 pm
From: Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greater White-fronted Goose- Rt. 133 Ipswich. 11/8/16.
There is an adult GWFG on the field to the east of Wolf Hollow on 133 in Ipswich now.

Nathan Dubrow
Ipswich, Ma
<nathandubrow...>
 

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Date: 11/8/16 4:08 pm
From: Brian Cassie <cassieb...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Raven @ Jamaica Pond
One raven in flight, east to west, over Jamaica Pond at 6:40 this morning.
First time I have seen one there.....wish it had flown south to Park School!

Brian Cassie, Brookline

 

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Date: 11/8/16 3:16 pm
From: JOHN ROCKWOOD <loonphotog...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Papa Loon visi
I was out kayaking on Lake Massabesic in NH, early Monday morning. Air temperature was 28 degrees. Papa Loon came to visit my kayak before the wind picked up and drove me off the lake. Feel free to share.
https://vimeo.com/190784847

John Rockwoood
 

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Date: 11/8/16 1:13 pm
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] The Bobolink Project - very worthy of support
The Bobolink Project helps farmers to help grassland birds. It is simple, and it is effective.

We solicit donations from people interested in protecting Bobolinks and other grassland birds. We also identify farmers who are similarly interested in conserving grassland birds on their farms. Those farmers face economic realities: if harvests are delayed to allow nesting birds to complete their breeding cycles, the resulting hay crop will be less valuable.

The Bobolink Project connects these two groups of people by using conservation donations to pay farmers to delay their harvests long enough that birds can complete their nesting - essentially renting a farmer’s field for about one month. Participating farmers are selected through an auction process in which low bids are prioritized, thereby guaranteeing that conservation dollars are used for their maximum benefit.

In the months leading up to the 2016 field season, we raised $42,000 to support the Project’s objectives. Based on a fixed price reverse auction, the final bid that was accepted was $75/acre. With this financial support we were able to enroll about 513 acres distributed among 16 farms (13 located in Vermont, 2 in Massachusetts, and 1 in New York).

We estimated that there were about 226 adult male Bobolinks on these farms. Using a conservative estimate of two fledglings per breeding male, we guess that 450 Bobolink young were produced as a result of the Project’s 2016 efforts.

However, in 2016 we had to reject applications from 14 farmers who had submitted bids that exceeded what we were able to support from our donation pool - about 420 acres of offered habitat was lost because we needed more donations. We did very little outreach looking for farms in 2016—the number of farms that would like to participate is likely much higher.

Please donate to help us save even more birds next year – more donations mean more land can be protected from early haying.

http://www.bobolinkproject.com/

Jon Atwood, Mark LaBarr and Leslie MacLise-Kane
The Bobolink Project State Coordinators
Mass Audubon, Audubon Vermont and Audubon Connecticut
------------------------------------

Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951


email: <lynette.leka...>

 

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Date: 11/8/16 12:54 pm
From: <jeannea.paine...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow breasted Chat
I birded the gardens around Dewey Square today from 11:30am to 1:40pm. I found a hermit thrush and an ovenbird right away in the park across Congress St from the back of the building with the beautiful balloon mural. Many thanks to the photographer who pointed out the locations where the chat was found on Monday. We watched a bright male common yellowthroat foraging in the trees and shrubs in the park on Congress St at the back of the mural building along with an orange crowned warbler. After two hours I was ready to give up when the chat showed itself very nicely, eating the red berries in that same park. Also many white throated sparrows.

 

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Date: 11/8/16 11:24 am
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] WMB: Pine Grosbeaks
Hi MassBirders,

Suzanne Sullivan’s sighting of a Pine Grosbeak at Plum Island was posted here recently by Nancy Landry.

There have also been a few sightings of the same species posted on Western Mass Birders (FaceBook).

First was a report by Rene Laubach on Sunday, from the Stockbridge/Richmond vicinity.

Keenan Yakola mentioned in a comment that he also saw one that same day, on Cape Cod.

Then, this morning, Larry Therrien had one fly over him near Quabbin gate 52.

In related news, Andrew Magee reported a flock of 23 Common Redpolls near Northampton. Not many reports of that species yet this year either. I see exactly two on eBird in MA since September.

I don’t think any major irruptions were predicted by this year’s winter finch forecast. But it’s possible that the birds neglected to read the forecast….

Keep your eyes peeled and guard your crabapples!

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: 11/8/16 9:38 am
From: David Larson <redpoll...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mew and Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Carson Beach
I got a voicemail today from Tim O'Neill of Holbrook, saying that he had an adult
Mew (Common) Gull and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull at Carson Beach in South
Boston at 10 am yesterday.
Cheers.
Dave

David Larson
Education Coordinator
Joppa Flats Education Center
Newburyport, MA
mailto:<dlarson...>

 

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Date: 11/8/16 5:30 am
From: Greg Power <jewett1066...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink footed Goose at Newbury Cherry Hill
Still there at 0800. Feeding with Canada goose on grass on north west side
of reservoir.

Greg Power
Georgetown, MA

 

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Date: 11/8/16 5:12 am
From: steven.j.babbitt <steven.j.babbitt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink footed Goose at Cherry Hill continues

Subject bird continues at Cherry Hill Reservoir in W Newbury.

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 11/7/16 8:00 pm
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tufted Duck in Groveland
Hey Massbirders,

Has anyone been able to get photos of the subject bird in Groveland? I’m
curious if I photographed the same bird today or if it is a different one.
here is my ebird report -
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32426272

Thanks,

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

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

 

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Date: 11/7/16 6:08 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (07 Nov 2016) 15 Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 07, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 3
Turkey Vulture 3 5 215
Osprey 1 1 166
Bald Eagle 1 4 160
Northern Harrier 0 0 17
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 3 449
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 105
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 3 18
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 6962
Red-tailed Hawk 6 10 63
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 107
Merlin 0 0 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 35
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 33
Unknown Buteo 0 0 19
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 2 73
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 15 28 8458
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill Rasku, Ted Mara

Visitors:
Observers: Bill Rasku, Ted Mara( c)


Weather:
Wind: 3-6, NNW.
Temp: 5c (41F), 10am-3pm: 6c (43F).
Cloud cover 20%, 11am-3pm 5%,
Visibility 30 km (48 mi).

Raptor Observations:
Non migrants: 1 BE Imm, 2 RT

BE in 12pm hour was imm.

Non-raptor Observations:
Non migrants: 15 Ravens, 16 Snow Bunting
Migrating non raptors: 15 Rb gulls, 1 Gbb gull,
30 Canada Geese, 7 Blue jays,
125 Crows(groups of 7,4,3,37,50,24)

Predictions:
Looking nice.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw




 

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Date: 11/7/16 6:06 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fw: [BostonBirds] 10/7 Fenway Warblers, Raptors, Thrushes, etc.





On Sunday, November 6, 2016 4:42 PM, 'Paul Peterson' via Boston Birds <bostonbirds...> wrote:
Thanks to Christy Riehl for pointing me towards the warblers and for confirming my Swainson's Thrush. Cool raptor actions. A Merlin flew to the top of the antenna on the fire department headquarters building, only to be "kicked out" by a Red-tailed Hawk. Then, one minute later, a Cooper's Hawk comes by and strafes the Red-tail. Later, the Merlin came back and swooped down on one of the Red-tailed Hawks. Wow!

Great Blue Heron 1
American Black Duck 70
Mallard Duck 50
Red-tailed Hawk 2 immature
Cooper's Hawk 1+
American Woodcock 1
Mourning Dove 52 including flock of forty-two

American Crow 2 unusual here
MERLIN 1 See AboveGolden-crowned Kinglet 1 same tree as warblers
Hermit Thrush 1
SWAINSON'S THRUSH 1 same spot as I had reported two weeks ago!
YELLOW WARBLER 1 same tree as other warblers at compost edge near Boylston St. Bridge
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER 2
NASHVILLE WARBLER 1 later seen as well in Row V
White-throated Sparrow 30 rather rough estimate

Swamp Sparrow 2
BALTIMORE ORIOLE 1 moving around gardens

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston

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Date: 11/7/16 6:04 pm
From: Glenn Williams <gswilliams9...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] cardinal banging into window
Alice and Dane,
Many birds have a brief burst of reproductive type behavior in the fall when the photo-period matches that of the spring.  The hormones kick in but it is short-lived.  As the days keep getting shorter, the hormones are turned off again.  It is why you hear some singing in the fall, see some birds carrying nesting material, etc.
Glenn WilliamsMystic, CT




 

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Date: 11/7/16 4:46 pm
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose images - 11/07/16 - Cherry Hill Reservoir, W. Newbury
The Pink-footed Goose found by Robert Gervais in the fields across from
Cherry Hill Reservoir in West Newbury yesterday afternoon continued to
put on a great show for the many folks that stopped by during my 3 1/2
hour visit this morning.

A few images at:

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


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

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

 

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Date: 11/7/16 2:24 pm
From: Nick Dorian <dorianscale3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bay-breasted Warbler, Tufts University Medford
This afternoon I found a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER with 2 Blackpoll Warblers on the Tufts University Medford campus. I managed to get several people on this bird, including Max McCarthy who took record photos and will add them to the checklist below.

The field marks I used to ID this bird were: very noticeable bay/rufous color on the flanks, bright yellowish upper parts (as compared to the Blackpolls), and gray/black feet.

I first located it in a 15~@~Y beech tree directly in front of the cannon and Goddard chapel on the main President's lawn. This particular beech tree has a plaque at its base. We followed the bird for a total of 20 minutes and despite flying off to nearby trees, it always seemed to come back to this particular beech.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32418296

Thanks,

Nick Dorian
Medford, MA
 

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Date: 11/7/16 2:19 pm
From: Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BARROW'S GOLDENEYE- Dorchester shores reservation
While surveying the Harbor today, we found a male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE looking through the scope off of the dock at Dorchester shores reservation. I took some pictures but they are too fuzzy to clearly show the field marks. The scope view offered a great look at it as well as side by side comparisons of the numerous Common Goldeneyes that were there. The Goldeneyes are first of the season for our survey counts. Last year I found a male barrow's behind JFK library that stuck around for a few weeks, offering some great looks very close to the docks.

We will try to relocate and get better pictures of the bird tomorrow.

Good birding,

Johnathon Benson
Waltham, MA
 

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Date: 11/7/16 11:54 am
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cherry Hill Res., Nov 7, 2016 -- pink-footed goose
> Cherry Hill Res., W. Newbury
> Nov 7, 2016 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.2 mile(s)
> Comments: I saw the PFGO with many other birders, then walked the
> trail halfway around the lake to look for additional waterfowl and
> sparrows.
> 25 species
>
> Pink-footed Goose 1 Saw the whitish edges on the back feathers (like
> on so many other geese), but this bird had an all-brown head with no other
> markings, a pink bill black at the base and tip, and bright pink legs and
> feet. Fortunately it was grazing in the pasture across the road with
> CAGOs, to which they had walked from the reservoir before I arrived. Bird
> here only since yesterday p.m.
> Canada Goose 18
> Ring-necked Duck 40 very low total for the date
> Bufflehead 7
> Ruddy Duck 320 Counted by 10s (about half) and by ones (the other
> half). This is a typical count for location and date.
> Wild Turkey 1
> Double-crested Cormorant 1
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Ring-billed Gull 1
> Mourning Dove 4
> Blue Jay 7
> American Crow 10
> Common Raven 1 flew over the back of the lake calling
> Black-capped Chickadee 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Eastern Bluebird 4
> American Tree Sparrow 1
> Fox Sparrow (Red) 1
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 5
> White-throated Sparrow 9
> Song Sparrow 7
> House Finch 2
> American Goldfinch 3
> House Sparrow 3
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32420089


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

 

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Date: 11/7/16 10:45 am
From: Nash, Matthew (DCR) <matthew.nash...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Winged Wonders at Winthrop Beach (DCR Free Birding Program)
Find yourself in a DCR State Park in November

Winthrop -


All Programs are free and open to the public and are designed for adults and children ages 8 and older and all levels of birding expertise. An adult must accompany children. Please apply sunscreen and wear a hat and sunglasses. Rain Cancels. For more information call (781) 485-2804 Ext. 105 or email <Matthew.Nash...><mailto:<Matthew.Nash...>


Winged Wonders at Winthrop Beach
Sunday, November 13th 9:00 a.m.
Tuesdays, November 15th & 29th 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 26th 9:00 a.m.
(Stay as long as you want 1 to 2 hours)
Come explore the beautiful water birds of the Winthrop Shores with a DCR Park Interpreter. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you are able to. Wear a hat, and sunscreen. Meet at: Winthrop Beach on Winthrop Shore Drive across from Sturgis Street and 62 Winthrop Shore Drive, Winthrop, MA. Accessible by Public Transportation: Paul Revere Transportation bus 712 or 713 Point Shirley-Orient Heights, arrive at the Winthrop Beach stop then walk down Sturgis Street, Winthrop MA (If traveling from outside Winthrop, board the bus at the MBTA Orient Heights station on the blue line). Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information (schedule, route and fees). Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.


WWW.MASS.GOV/DCR<http://www.mass.gov/DCR>

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

Find yourself in a DCR Park!

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Date: 11/7/16 10:44 am
From: Barbara Drummond <bdraraavis...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose
Being seen now (1:25 PM) in paddock across from Cherry Hill reservoir

Barbara Drummond
<bdraraavis...>
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/7/16 10:38 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Race Point Sea Watches - 11/4 & 11/6
Hi Massbirders -

Spent two full days at Race Point on Friday (7 hours) and Sunday (10
hours). Truly great days for sea watching.

Friday hi-lights (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32379803):
- All birds heading west to east
Cory's Shearwater - *7000*
Great Shearwater - *4900*
Sooty Shearwater - 38
Manx Shearwater - 88
Northern Gannet - *9750*
Pomarine Jaeger - 3
Parasitic Jaeger - 26
*Long-tailed Jaeger - 1 - rare and late*
*Thick-billed Murre - 1 one of the earliest arrival dates for the state*
Razorbill - 36
Iceland Gull - 3 (all 1w)
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 2

Sunday's hi-lights (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32414642)
- All birds heading west to east
Mr. Tuttle - 1 - rare
Cory's Shearwater - 1400
Great Shearwater - 400
Sooty Shearwater - 4
Manx Shearwater - 77
Northern Gannet - 1100
Pomarine Jaeger - 3
*Parasitic Jaeger - 69 (photos of ~50) - The lingering Parasitic Jaegers
off The Race is unreal.*
Razorbill - 110
Laughing Gull - *450 *Still a tremendous amount of present
Iceland Gull - 2 (both 1w)
Northern Shrike - 1


Thanks for reading,

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

 

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Date: 11/7/16 6:55 am
From: Kat Birder <katbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Weekly species census, Nov 3, 2016
Apologies for the delay in posting this week. We were waiting to confirm
the Blue-Winged Teal ID; great photo by Maryellen on the checklist.

Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Nov 3, 2016 7:00 AM - 11:52 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.2 mile(s)
Comments: Overcast with some drizzle, 49-58 F, wind 6mph. Observers:
Will Martens, Kevin Crispell, Bill Lee, Joan Stoner, Zena Casteel, Kathy
Dia, Maryellen Stone, Soheil Zendeh, Marie Beyley, Isabella and Isabella.
<br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.2 Build 70
29 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 349
Wood Duck 11
Mallard 22
Blue-winged Teal 1 Photo
duck sp. 40 Single distant flock in flight. Possible green-winged teal
Great Blue Heron 6
Northern Harrier (American) 2 Continuing
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Eastern Screech-Owl 1 Continuing gray morph
Belted Kingfisher 1 River
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 5
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Blue Jay 20 At least half moving high along the river in small flocks
American Crow 9
Black-capped Chickadee 22
Tufted Titmouse 13
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 6
American Robin 24
American Tree Sparrow 14
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 9
White-throated Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 22
Swamp Sparrow 9
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 3
blackbird sp. 44
American Goldfinch 49

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S32352384

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

Kathy Dia for the Great Meadows Survey Team
Concord, MA

 

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Date: 11/7/16 6:03 am
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] cardinal banging into window
The cardinal still makes sporadic attacks on our window...since it is now
November, I have concluded that this is aberrant behavior -- maybe too much
banging during breeding season has completely addled its brain!

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

 

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Date: 11/7/16 4:20 am
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fw: Turner's - Cackling Goose and Westborough Harris's Sparrow
Trying again....apparently this post didn't get through yesterday.

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


--- On Sun, 11/6/16, James P. Smith <keenbirder...> wrote:

> From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
> Subject: Turner's - Cackling Goose and Westborough Harris's Sparrow
> To: "massbird world" <massbird...>
> Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016, 8:58 PM
> Greeting birders,
>
> Quite a lively weekend in the Turner's Falls area with a few
> waterfowl arrivals and other species of interest as
> follows;
>
> Cackling Goose - 1 on Nov 4th, with probably a different,
> paler bird on Nov 5th and 6th. With 500/600 Canada Geese.
>
> Bufflehead - 2 on Nov 5th with 5 on Nov 6th.
>
> Common Goldeneye - 8 together on the 5th, 12 together on the 6th.
>
> Black Scoter - 13 moving upriver on the 5th.
>
> Merlin - 3 at Unity Park on the 5th, included a male with
> two females sparring together.
>
> Evening Grosbeak - I flyover heading west toward Greenfield
> on the 5th. Very vocal in flight.
>
> And, as well reported today, the Harris's Sparrow showed
> well in the 'Stone Cairn' field at Westborough WMA around
> 10:40am when it was heard calling and giving a weak song. Thanks to Bette Robo for the find and to all those who have continued to report the bird to date.
>
> A few pics from the day, including the Cackling Goose at Turner's Falls and
> the Harris's Sparrow can be seen here;
> http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/11/ma-harriss-sparrow-plus-waterfowl-on.html
>
> Good birding to all,
>
> James
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> James P. Smith Gill, MA http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/
>
 

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Date: 11/7/16 4:12 am
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cherry Hill Pink-footed Goose - Yes
Birders,

Subject bird present this morning on the water.
Warren, Marge, Marge's sister, Nate & Miles were on the bird when I arrived. Thanks, all!

Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport
 

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Date: 11/6/16 8:49 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (06 Nov 2016) 13 Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 06, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 3
Turkey Vulture 2 2 212
Osprey 0 0 165
Bald Eagle 3 3 159
Northern Harrier 0 0 17
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 3 449
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 105
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 15
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 6962
Red-tailed Hawk 4 4 57
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 107
Merlin 0 0 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 35
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 33
Unknown Buteo 0 0 19
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 1 72
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 13 13 8443
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Brian Rusnica, Ted Mara

Visitors:
Brian Rusnica and Ted Mara (compiler) plus
Hundreds of hikers on this late fall day.


Weather:
Wind speed: AM 5-15 (8-24km/hr.); after 12pm 5-20, gusts 35mph (8-32km/hr.
gusts 56 km/hr.)
Wind direction NNW, visibility 50mi (80km.)
Temp: 5c (41F) after 12 6c (43F).
Cloud cover: 50%, after 12 70%, flight height: all levels

Raptor Observations:
Local raptors: 2 RT

BE's: 10-11am 1 adult; 12-1pm 1 adult; 1-2pm 1 imm.

Non-raptor Observations:
Other Migrants: 8 Canada Geese, 6 Blue Jays
Locals: flock of 28 Ravens, 8 Snow Buntings, many Slate- colored Juncos.


Predictions:
Tomorrow's forecast looks better as wind will be halved.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw




 

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Date: 11/6/16 7:01 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bell's Vireo - Manomet, yes 11/6
The Bell's Vireo located yesterday at the Holmes Farm in Manomet (Plymouth) was still in the same spot this afternoon around 3pm. (This bird is banded on its right leg, so presumably it is the same bird banded right near there a few weeks ago.) Full list with details and directions (but not much else bird wise) http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32410883

Happy birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon

Sent from my iPod so please excuse any errors.


 

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Date: 11/6/16 6:11 pm
From: Robert Gervais <rgervais...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed Goose
After a rather slow day at PRNWR my daughter Ciera and I headed over to check out the Cherry Hill Reservoir in West Newbury.

At 45 Moulton St. at approximately 3:35pm we observed several Canada Geese in a horse paddock. As we passed one did not look quite right. We turned around and discovered that the bird was in fact a Pink-footed Goose.

The bird was associating with 14 Canada's and went back and forth from the field to the water twice while we observed. The bird was still present when we left around 4:45pm.

Numerous photos available.

Robert S. Gervais
Townsend, MA.

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/6/16 4:43 pm
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Boston Birds
This morning I walked the Rose Kennedy greenway from the North End to South
Station and found the continuing Yellow-breasted Chat (today it was in the
experimental gardens in front of the mural in Dewey Sq titled "Spaces of
Hope") the continuing Ovenbird (from Oct 16), two Common Yellowthroats and
a Lincoln's Sparrow (between North and Hanover Sts.) You can view this
checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32406809 for
pic of the Chat

At Post Office Sq just 16 White-throated Sparrows

late in the afternoon at Chandler Pond in Brighton , a Great Egret was a
surprise and over 50 Hooded Mergansers calling and courting putting on a
show.

A reminder that the Greater Boston Christmas Bird Count will be on Sunday
December 18.

Rose Kennedy Greenway, Suffolk, Massachusetts, US
Nov 6, 2016 8:02 AM - 11:42 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.8 mile(s)
Comments: 49-51F
15 species

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 28
Blue Jay 6
Hermit Thrush 2
Gray Catbird 2
European Starling 19
Ovenbird 1 continuing in the area for weeks
Common Yellowthroat 2 continuing
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Dark-eyed Junco 4
White-throated Sparrow 28
Song Sparrow 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 1 between north and Hanover- took pictures on wrong
settings- nothing
Swamp Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 3
House Sparrow 110

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S32406809


--
Bob Stymeist
<bobstymeist...>

 

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Date: 11/6/16 1:29 pm
From: Bonnie & Bob Buxton <bbxt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fox Sparrow and Purple Finch in Merrimac
We were treated to a beautiful Fox Sparrow scratching around in the yard today along with at least one deeply rosy male Purple Finch at the feeder . Nice birds reported elsewhere today...hoping for some winter finches to visit this season!

Good birding to all,
Bonnie & Bob Buxton
Merrimac, MA
bbxt(AT)comcast.net

 

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Date: 11/6/16 1:13 pm
From: Bill Lafley <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Golden Eagle - North Quabbin
Hello,

At the end of the Gate 35 road, near the base of Soapstone Hill I watched
an adult Bald Eagle harass an adult Golden Eagle for several minutes (great
for comparison). It finally gave up and I watched the Golden Eagle soar
and drift south over Mount L and Zion on the stiff N/NW wind.
In addition to the adult Bald Eagle that harassed the Golden there were 3
other Bald Eagles, 2 ad. and 1 imm and 3 Greater Yellowlegs and 25
Bufflehead. Great morning for a hike.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>

 

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Date: 11/6/16 12:55 pm
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pink-footed goose, West Newbury
Robert Jarvis called the store at 3:45 to report a Pink-footed goose at the Cherry Hill Reservoir, West Newbury. He was at 45 Moulton Street and observed the bird in a field when it then flew up and over in to the reservoir.

Barrett S Bacall

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





 

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Date: 11/6/16 12:29 pm
From: Ryan Schain <ryanschain...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 11/6 Fenway
Massbird,

Marshall Iliff, Christina Riehl, and I met up at 7:30 AM and birded the
Fenway until 10:00 AM. Despite uncomfortable weather conditions it was
quite birdy. As always, the Fenway and Victory Gardens had its typical
November assemblage of late passerines.

Highlights included the following:

1 SWAINSON'S THRUSH - Found four days prior (Trimble), and sets a new late
date for the patch.

1 YELLOW WARBLER - Presumably the same bird I had on Halloween. This is the
second latest date for the patch, after a bird stuck around between 29 Nov
- 1 Dec 2009 (Stymeist).

Other fun birds included:

2 Orange-crowned Warblers
1 Nashville Warbler
1 Baltimore Oriole

Full list, with photos of all the above listed birds, can be seen here -
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32397587

Hopefully the Victory Gardens warbler flock continues to grow in the coming
days!

Good birding,

Ryan Schain
Boston
<ryanschain...>

 

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Date: 11/6/16 12:09 pm
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Race Point,
Massbirders, Blair Nikula and I spent four hours at a rainy, windy race
point, Provincetown this morning. Steve Arena was also on location and told
us of a Northern Shrike back in the dunes which we picked up later on as we
were shifting lookouts at the beach. Thanks Steve! Blair watched a Merlin
chase a parasitic jaeger out over the breakers, or was it the jaeger chasing
the merlin. I watched a peregrine snatch a small bird out over the breaking
waves and fly right by us. Because of the rain and wind, we were looking out
different car windows much of the time. Still flocks of common terns evident
with jaegers harassing kittiwakes, laughers, boni gulls and terns. Wild
times at the race as is often the case.
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

Race Point Beach, Provincetown, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Nov 6, 2016 8:00 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Iceland Gull, Razorbills, Northern Shrike
32 species

Common Eider 2000
White-winged Scoter 45
Black Scoter 900
Long-tailed Duck 2
Bufflehead 1
Red-breasted Merganser 3
Red-throated Loon 1
Common Loon 1
Cory's Shearwater 45
Great Shearwater 15
Sooty Shearwater 1
Manx Shearwater 13 single birds, consistent over the 4 hr. period,
observed by B.N. and S.A. who may have recorded more
Northern Gannet 300
Double-crested Cormorant 225
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 1 Eastham, we were driving home
Sanderling 30
Parasitic Jaeger 18
Razorbill 18
Black-legged Kittiwake 60
Bonaparte's Gull 20
Laughing Gull 75
Herring Gull (American) 120
Iceland Gull 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Great Black-backed Gull 60
Common Tern (hirundo) 95
Forster's Tern 4
Merlin 2
Peregrine Falcon 1
Northern Shrike 1
American Crow 4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32402917

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

 

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Date: 11/6/16 10:23 am
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Peregrines: liftoff moments - Photos!
Both Monday and Tuesday morning this past week, under bright sun and cobalt blue skies, had a nice
opportunity to observe and photograph the banded male peregrine in Lawrence in two locations around
the New Balance building. The pair is being seen regularly most days this time of year. They tend to perch
somewhat proximate to each other, at least within ear shot!

With a bit of patience, was able to capture two sets of exciting flight liftoff moments, lots of fun!

For those with an interest, 3 crisp photos posted for each day:

http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/164473512
Click "next" in upper right corner to advance frames.

Full updates at the Lawrence Peregrines blog....worth a quick look!

Enjoy,

Craig Gibson
Winchester, MA
cbgibson AT comcast.net

Blog: http://lawrenceperegrines.com

 

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Date: 11/6/16 8:15 am
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] WMB: waterbird fallout
Hi MassBirders,

No birding for me today, but Western Mass Birders (Facebook) has multiple reports of waterbirds appearing across the region today. Larry Therrien reports 22 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 White-winged Scoters, 2 Red-necked Grebes and 2 Horned Grebes at Winsor Dam on the Quabbin. Steve Motyl from Ludlow Reservoir adds more Long-tailed Ducks, plus Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, 3 Red-Necked Grebes, 2 White-winged Scoters and 1 Common Loon. And Jeremy Coleman was in Turners Falls, finding a Greater Scaup at the TF Rod & Gun Club, three Bufflehead at Unity Park, three Common Goldeneye at the power canal, and another 5 Buffleheads plus a grebe hat trick at Barton Cove Campground: 1 Red-necked, 2 Horned, 2 Pied-billed. (I checked Barton Cove on Friday morning and found only 1 Bufflehead and 8 Ring-necked Ducks there; I received an e-mail from Peter Gagarin that afternoon with photos from the power canal of a dozen more Bufflehead plus a Long-tailed Duck)

Good birding!

JSR


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




 

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Date: 11/6/16 7:57 am
From: Cape Cod <thecapecodbirdclub...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Cod Bird Club Young Birder Scholarships
The Cape Cod Bird Club (CCBC) is pleased to announce we are offering two
scholarships for Cape Cod school students between the ages of 14 and 17 to
attend the Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens camp June 18-23, 2017 at
National Audubon’s Hog Island in Bremen, Maine.

The CCBC 2017 scholarships will cover the full tuition ($1,295) for the
camp, which includes meals, housing, instruction and all boat trips.
Scholarship recipients are responsible for all other costs, including
transportation to and from the camp, as well as any other incidental costs
associated with attending the camp.

Scholarship applicants must be residents of Cape Cod. All application
materials must be received by the CCBC by January 5, 2017. Award decisions
will be made in February 2017.

More details about the CCBC Young Birder Scholarship requirements, and the
application form, can be found at:
*capecodbirdclub.org/scholarships/scholarship/
<http://www.capecodbirdclub.org/scholarships/scholarship/>*


Paula Pariseau

CCBC Vice President

Chair, CCBC Scholarship Committee

 

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Date: 11/6/16 7:05 am
From: Nancy Landry <njlandry...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pine Grosbeak PRNWR
Suzanne Sullivan found a female Pine Grosbeak just south of the Hellcat entrance. We believe it may have flown north of that location.

Nancy Landry
Haverhill MA
Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 11/6/16 6:37 am
From: Sabrina Hepburn <s.k.hepburn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Western tanager E Point Gloucester
Just seen and photographed by BBC group at Eastern Point in Gloucester. In the shrubbery just before the end with the lighthouse, after the last house. Eating berries, last seen as it flew up over the trees and dropping in behind the houses on the left hand side as you head to the light. Probably still in the area.

Sabrina Hepburn
Waltham, MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/6/16 5:53 am
From: Peter Laptop <orapendula...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pacific loon salisbury
Pacific loon Salisbury reservation. From jetty parking lot. In river close to plum island side. Along with 5 common loons.

Peter & Fay Vale

 

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Date: 11/6/16 3:51 am
From: John Baur <john_baur...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Harris's Sparrow - Yes, Westboroigh WMA
The Harris's Sparrow was present this morning at 630am in the same place it was seen yesterday afternoon - about 0.2 miles from the Kimball Ln entrance.

John Baur
Sharon, MA
john_baur at yahoo dot com

Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 11/6/16 2:59 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] opposing view

American Tree Sparrow...
anything but......

MUNDANE
ˌmənˈdān/adjective
1.. 1.lacking interest or excitement; dull.
synonyms: humdrum, dull, boring, tedious, monotonous, tiresome, wearisome, unexciting,uninteresting, uninvolving, uneventful, unvarying, unremarkable, repetitive,repetitious, routine, ordinary, everyday, day-to-day, run-of-the-mill, commonplace,workaday;

 

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Date: 11/5/16 9:03 pm
From: John Rogers <kagu09...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westborough Harris's Sparrow Yes
Still at the north west end of the stone pile field (second field to the east from Kimball Lane) with juncos at 445pm this afternoon
John Rogers
Weston MA

 

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Date: 11/5/16 7:45 pm
From: Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...>
Subject: Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Crane & Winter Birds Arriving
I meant American Tree Sparrows.


> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Crane & Winter Birds Arriving
> Date: November 5, 2016 at 12:51:52 PM EDT
> To: Plum Island Birds <plumislandbirds...>
> Cc: mabird <massbird...>
> Reply-To: Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...>
>
> Then some of the more mundane arrivals. We had a flock of 3 AMERICAN TREE SWALLOWS at the side of the road. On the tripod osprey tower just north of Cross Farm hill was a typical light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. And at lot seven there was a male COMMON GOLDENEYE that flew by near a flock of Black Scoters.


 

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Date: 11/5/16 6:13 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] DICKCISSEL Waltham St Lex
Hi everyone
I found a Dickcissel - female or imm male - in the Waltham St farm fields in Lexington late today. It was in the northernmost field at the very end furthest away from Waltham St. Very exciting for me since I've never seen one and stumbled on it by myself.
It was with a flock of juncos, cardinals and sparrows including at least one Tree Sparrow.
Got good view of Dickcissel in tree though it was getting dark. Chunky bird with splash of yellow on chest and around eye. Also noticed thin mustache type stripes going down in V to neck. It made very snappy chips and a much different buzzy type call in flight. But it didn't fly far.
Also keep eye out for Clay-colored because I saw a smaller sparrow with reddish crown and clear breast but not for long. Could have been Chipping it was too dark to see eye stripe.

Joe Battenfeld
Roslindale
<jbattenfeld...>



 

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Date: 11/5/16 5:11 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Request for Wagtail update
Was there any positive sightings on November 5 (today) of the Wagtail? the most recent MASSBIRD postings had an incorrect subject matter of "Positive Wagtail Sighting" or something like that which then stated not seen. The most recent ebird date is Nov 3.

Many thanks.

Glenn

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

 

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Date: 11/5/16 4:53 pm
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plymouth County -- Bell's Vireo 11/5
MA-Birders,

Late this afternoon, Nate Marchessault and I located a BELL'S VIREO at the
Holmes Farm on Manomet Point Road. The bird was working through the vines
and shrubs that border the northwest corner of the un-mowed cranberry bog
adjacent to Manomet Point Road. After our initial sighting, Nate returned
later and was able to obtain some diagnostic photos. See Nate's checklist
below.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32385265

Birders are welcome to this area, but are asked to not walk past the gated
road beyond the farm stand.

Alan Kneidel
Manomet, MA

 

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Date: 11/5/16 3:51 pm
From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Cod: Golden Eagle
Hi all,

Today I had a Golden Eagle that I managed to follow between the ol~@~Y Tee Time Driving Range in Eastham, South to Fort Hill, and then to Town Cove in Orleans. Other highlights today at Fort Hill included a Bobolink, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Yellow-breasted Chat, Orange-crowned Warbler and one of the continuing Sedge Wrens.

All the best,

Keenan Yakola
Eastham/ Easthampton
 

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Date: 11/5/16 3:51 pm
From: Dyl Pedro <pedrodyl...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westborough Harris's Sparrow, Yes-Photos and Audio
Hi all,
Had the Harris's Sparrow early on this morning at Westborough WMA. It was hanging out with a couple White-throated Sparrows and many Juncos on the north end of the "stone pile field" (that is the field to the east of the pumpkin patch). It was singing an interesting plastic song early on when the sun was still shining, which I recorded and embedded to an eBird checklist here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32384869

Good birding,
Dylan Pedro
Burrillville, RI
 

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Date: 11/5/16 2:11 pm
From: Ilija Dukovski <ilija.dukovski...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island: A. bittern, Horned Lark, Gannets, Merlin
The Bittern was in the reeds across lot 5, at the north end of the pool.
The Lark was at the eastern end of the cove at Sandy Point.
The Gannets at Sandy Point and the Merlin was near the pink house.

Ilija Dukovski
Newton, MA
<ilija.dukovski...>

 

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Date: 11/5/16 1:47 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: [Maine-birds] WHITE WAGTAIL CONTINUES
Thanks to Bill Blauvelt for this update.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<Barb620...>
*

Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] WHITE WAGTAIL CONTINUES
From: Bill Blauvelt <bil.blauvelt...>
Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2016 13:59:02 -0400
Cc: Steve Mirick <smirick...>, NHBirds <nhbirds...>,
Massbird Massbird <massbird...>,

We just looked for it now at 1:45 with no luck. Off to try for the Western
kingbird in Rye.
Bill Blauvelt.


 

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Date: 11/5/16 1:37 pm
From: Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandhill Crane & Winter Birds Arriving
PI Birders,

Wonderful PI birding trip with Dave Adrien. I~@~Ym still limited in what I can do, pretty much stuck in the car, but that was of no hindrance today.

Let~@~Ys start with the biggie. At the North Pool Overlook we had a SANDHILL CRANE fly by right in front of us. Dave saw it first and shouted ~@~\CRANE~@~], and I was out to the car like a shot. Dave got a great photo. For years I have been predicting that either Sandhill Crane or Black Vulture would be my next Plum Island life bird! The Gurkas were also at the overlook and they had some good looks also. Unfortunately the bird did not alight and I lost track of it quickly. But this is a good bird to look for over the next few days.

Then some of the more mundane arrivals. We had a flock of 3 AMERICAN TREE SWALLOWS at the side of the road. On the tripod osprey tower just north of Cross Farm hill was a typical light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. And at lot seven there was a male COMMON GOLDENEYE that flew by near a flock of Black Scoters.

Plenty of other birds, too, and they will be on the sightings list web page later.

Tom Wetmore, hobbler
 

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Date: 11/5/16 10:51 am
From: Brian Rusnica <velocicrafter...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] FOY Rough-legged Hawk at PRNWR Sat 11/5
Currently (1:30pm) watching a light-morph Rough-legged Hawk kiting between Hellcat and NPO at Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA. A couple of folks mentioned 2 birds but can't corroborate that yet.

ID photo up at https://flic.kr/p/NMx3kT

Regards,

Brian Rusnica
Cambridge, MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/5/16 10:35 am
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail negative reports

Birders, with no positive reports from New Hampshire listserv or Massbird, birders are again encouraged to look at all wrack lines, jetties and rock piles along the shore from Salisbury, Plum Island and points further south.
Joe PaluzziSalem
Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet
 

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Date: 11/5/16 8:43 am
From: Douglas Chickering <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eurasian Wigeon on Plum I
There is a nice male Eurasian Wigeon in the main pans on Plum Island

Doug Chickering


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Date: 11/5/16 5:47 am
From: <brianrfg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] new bird film....don't miss it
http://twistedsifter.com/videos/new-pixar-short-film-piper/
 

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Date: 11/5/16 4:01 am
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail suggestion
When I was there everyone kept off the beach. roughly 30 birders. the bird
flew north on its own and we all lost sight of it. a birder climbed up on
the barrier and walked way down. that was a great idea. it keeps people off
the beach and you have a great vantage point of all the rocks below the
length of Boars Head.

On Friday, November 4, 2016, bank1941 <bank1941...> wrote:

> Friends, After viewing the subject bird Friday, I stayed around to get
> another look as well as hoping more people would be able to get a glimpse
> of the rare visitor. While waiting I noticed some birders had gone down
> onto the beach and caused me to wonder if that was a good idea or not. If
> the bird returned, would it be spooked by the folks on the beach and not
> put down?
> I would like to suggest birders stay on the sidewalk or as close to the
> seawall as possible. There is an open area at the end of the wall that
> would accommodate lots of birders and with tomorrow being a weekend, I
> suspect there will be a good size crowd further putting pressure on the
> bird.
>
> Additionally, as Steve Mirick wrote yesterday, some of the beaches in that
> area are private and as birders usually do, be respectful of the owners
> property rights.
>
> Your thoughts....??
>
> Joe Paluzzi
> Salem
>
> Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet
>


--
Justin Lawson
Worcester, Ma

 

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Date: 11/4/16 9:00 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail suggestion
Friends, After viewing the subject bird Friday, I stayed around to get another look as well as hoping more people would be able to get a glimpse of the rare visitor. While waiting I noticed some birders had gone down onto the beach and caused me to wonder if that was a good idea or not. If the bird returned, would it be spooked by the folks on the beach and not put down?I would like to suggest birders stay on the sidewalk or as close to the seawall as possible. There is an open area at the end of the wall that would accommodate lots of birders and with tomorrow being a weekend, I suspect there will be a good size crowd further putting pressure on the bird. 
Additionally, as Steve Mirick wrote yesterday, some of the beaches in that area are private and as birders usually do, be respectful of the owners property rights. 
Your thoughts....??
Joe PaluzziSalem
Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet
 

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Date: 11/4/16 7:04 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Directions to Great Boars Head, No. Hampton, NH
Friends, following are directions to location where the White Wagtail was relocated this morning:
These are my own and not scientific....but will probably help you...,! ...Be careful making left turn at Rte 101 and Rte 1A intersection.
From South . ..
Follow I-95 north to the Rte101 exit just as you approach the Hampton tolls. Follow rte 101 east about 3-4 miles to the end at Hampton Beach. Turn north (left) onto Rte 1A. Continue north less than 2 miles to sharp left bend in road. As road straightens look for Little Jack's Restaurant on left and beginning of seawall on right. This is the location. I believe they'll be plenty of birders there as well. We saw the bird just north of the first stairway opening to beach. Good luck,
From North
Follow I-95 south to Hampton tolls and look for signs to Rte 101 east as one approaches the tolls. Follow rte 101 east about 3-4 miles to the end at Hampton Beach. Turn north (left) onto Rte 1A. Continue north less than 2 miles to sharp left bend in road. As road straightens look for Little Jack's Restaurant on left and beginning of seawall on right. This is the location. I believe they'll be plenty of birders there as well. We saw the bird just north of the first stairway opening to beach. 

From West
Folllow Rte 101 east across I-95 and follow rte 101 east about 3-4 miles to the end at Hampton Beach. Turn north (left) onto Rte 1A. Continue north less than 2 miles to sharp left bend in road. As road straightens look for Little Jack's Restaurant on left and beginning of seawall on right. This is the location. I believe they'll be plenty of birders there as well. We saw the bird just north of the first stairway opening to beach.

From the East,
 start paddling......!!

Good luck,
Joe PaluzziSalem
 

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Date: 11/4/16 6:45 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (04 Nov 2016) Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 04, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 3
Turkey Vulture 0 0 210
Osprey 0 0 165
Bald Eagle 0 0 156
Northern Harrier 0 0 17
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 446
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 105
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 15
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 6962
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 53
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 107
Merlin 0 0 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 35
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 33
Unknown Buteo 0 0 19
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 71
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 0 0 8430
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers:

Visitors:
Ted Mara compiled this report.
Chris Fisher joined Ted in this venture.


Weather:
9am-12pm: 5-6c, NW winds, 5-15, gusts to 25 mph, cloud cover 80%.
Visibility 40 mi.

Higher than expected winds curtailed my watch.





Raptor Observations:
Ted climbed the mountain today for exercise ...

2 local RT's.

Non-raptor Observations:
locals: 2 RT, 4 Ravens, 4 Snow Buntings, 24 Slate-
colored Juncos.
Migrating: 19 gulls in a group (rb's) and 7 Bluejays.

Predictions:
Sunday and Monday look like Ted's last shots for a GE.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw




 

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Date: 11/4/16 6:44 pm
From: Jeffrey Boone Miller <jboonemiller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fresh Pond - One Canvasback
Fresh Pond, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Nov 4, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
56 degrees F, sunny, NW 10

Canada Goose 0
Mallard 6
Canvasback 1 (F)
Ring-necked Duck 166
Bufflehead 5 (4F, 1M)
Ruddy Duck 36
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 6
Herring Gull 3
Blue Jay 1
Black-capped Chickadee 1
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 1

Autumn Canvasback numbers at Fresh Pond have dropped precipitously over the past 20 years. Flocks of 70-100 were typical as the 2000’s began, but numbers fell into the teens around 2010 until last year, and so for this year, only a single bird appeared. There may be both local and large-scale changes happening in the Canvasback world. (There does appear to be a shift in migration away from the Chesapeake region.) I’d appreciate hearing from anyone who has information about possible habitat changes at Fresh Pond, has observations of what Canvasbacks eat at the pond, or who has information about Canvasback numbers at the pond in the years before the advent of eBird.

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

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Date: 11/4/16 4:32 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Typo...sorry
Friends, my apologies to Peter Trull for my typo in misspelling his name in my earlier post re the White Wagtail. I think this dumb smartphone auto corrected when I typed his name. There is a Tuttle in my contact list. Peter was most humorously gracious to me in an email.
Joe Paluzzi


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Date: 11/4/16 2:50 pm
From: Tom Murray <tmurray74...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail YES
As Joe Paluzzi just posted, the Wagtail came in to the north side of Great Boars Head in Hampton, NH at 7:30 moving around about several times and stayed only about 5 minutes before flying across the road and out over the marsh behind Little Jack's Restaurant. A big thanks go to Josh Gahagan for finding this rarity at Rye Harbor SP on Wednesday and others for keeping track of it. I got a couple pictures from a distance in low light that can be seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tmurray74/

Tom MurrayGroton, Ma.

 

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Date: 11/4/16 1:55 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] NH Wagtail
M'bers, This morning arriving at Great Boars Head section of North Hampton at daybreak a small group of birders searched for the subject bird to no avail. About 720am a smallish bird with an undulating flight pattern passed overhead as we waited on the first set of steps down to the beach at that location. The bird flying a bit too high to identify flew north along the seawall and out of sight. Then about 730 Tom Murray noticed a small grayish bird perched on a boulder about 75 yards away, but was unable to identify it with binoculars at that distance and low lighting. I got my scope on it and was able to positively ID the bird by its muted white markings and the bobbing wagging tail. We all scurried down the sidewalk hoping to get closer looks and as we did it flew south putting down just south of where we were originally standing. The new closer location allowed Tom and others to get great photos that will hopefully be posted later. After a few minutes the bird lifted flying south again and making a few circles before crossing the road and out of sight. As far as I know, that was the last time the bird was seen.
Hopefully the bird sticks around for the weekend to allow others to see this fabulous visitor. if folks are out birding tomorrow, heed Peter Tuttle's advice by checking boulder piles or rocky areas along the shore. At a distance, and in bad lighting with this birds immaturity it could be passed off as a mockingbird, so be vigilant and thorough investigating any bird. It maybe moving in a southerly direction so Massachusetts, Rhode Island and others birders along the coast should be on the lookout.
Thank you and good luck,Joe PaluzziSalemSent from my Verizon 4G LTE Tablet,  
 

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Date: 11/4/16 1:55 pm
From: Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] UMASS Boston harbor survey
Excellent birding out today. The absolute highlight of our survey included 6 Forster's Tern who were jockeying for space on a bouey against a rather disgruntled looking Great Black-Backed Gull. Yesterday's count also marked the return of the Bufflehead, which I have been looking forward to.

Good birding!

Johnathon Benson
Waltham, MA
 

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Date: 11/4/16 9:08 am
From: Mike Mulqueen <intrinsic3141...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 11/4 Chat, Hermit Thrushes - Boston , Congress St/Purchase St
Yellow-breasted Chat continues at Congress/Purchase St seen at 11:15am
: 42.354082, -71.053791

Two hermit thrushes were seen across Congress Street by the red berry
bushes.

Good birding,
Mike Mulqueen

 

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Date: 11/4/16 4:40 am
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wagtail yes
Birders, the bird being seen now at Great Boars head in North. Hampton 730am
Joe PaluzziSalem


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Date: 11/4/16 4:30 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail, New Hampshire continues
massbirders, I observed many White Wagtails in Iceland, like a local
chickadee, ALWAYS on rocks, so, those searching might go straight to rocky
outcroppings or
jetties.
just a possible hint.
Peter Trull
Brewster,
<petrull...>

From: Linda Pivacek
Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2016 5:19 PM
To: Massbird
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail, New Hampshire continues

11/3 seen this afternoon several miles south of previous location: Great
Boars Head, North Hampton, NH, Rt 1A.
on rocks at wrack line at the south end of the beach - where there is
parking at the seawall.
this bird is moving.

Thanks to the Miricks and Jeanne-Marie Maher and other great NH birders who
have been "tracking" this bird.
Linda

Linda Pivacek, Nahant, <lpivacek...>

 

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Date: 11/4/16 4:26 am
From: Peter Trull <petrull...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail - SUMMARY OF ACTIVITY
massbirders, I observed many White Wagtails in Iceland, like a local
chickadee, ALWAYS
on rocks, so, those searching might go straight to rocky outcroppings or
jetties.
just a possible hint.
Peter Trull
Brewster,
<petrull...>

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Mirick
Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2016 6:02 PM
To: NH Birds ; <maine-birds...> ; Massbird
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail - SUMMARY OF ACTIVITY

The White Wagtail discovered yesterday by Josh Gahagan at Ragged Neck
was very frustrating for much of the day, but was finally seen by dozens
of birders today. Some birders from as far away as New York and New
Jersey got the bird!

First, the bird was found by Jane and I off Straw Point in Rye in an
area of private property and homes just south of Ragged Neck. Sadly,
however, after getting permission for people to visit, the bird flew
high and far before only a couple of people saw it. This was at about
8:30 AM.

After several hours of searching, the bird was finally relocated by
Jeanne-Marie Maher on the north side of Great Boar's Head in Hampton at
about 12:30 PM. OVER 5 MILES TO THE SOUTH! The bird, then played
hide-and-seek over the course of the day. Flying off for dozens of
minutes, before returning. Fortunately, most (but not all) got to see
it at this spot. It was most active in this area of washed up
vegetation on the north side of Great Boar's Head across from Little
Jack's Restaurant. Right along the sea wall. There was A LOT of insect
activity in this area and it seems like the perfect spot for it. The
last report of the bird was from roughly 3:45 PM or so when it flew off
along the wall to the north, but apparently did NOT RETURN. I don't
believe it was seen after that time today. If anyone else had it after
this time, let us know. My one photo from today:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/30759329045/in/dateposted-public/

For those searching tomorrow, the north side of Great Boar's Head is the
place to start. Unfortunately, the winds have now shifted to the NW and
tomorrows weather should be much different. I hope this doesn't result
in its departure.

The bird is an immature bird. As to the subspecies involved, most who
have weighed in believe it to be the nominate, M. a. alba from Europe.
This is the most likely. HOWEVER, Hector Galbraith has banded many
"Pied" White Wagtails and therefore has EXTENSIVE experience believes it
could be the "pied" race, M. a. yarrellii from Great Britain and
Ireland. The pied race, is less likely, since it isn't a long distance
migrant. In the first fall plumage, these two subspecies can be
DIFFICULT to tell apart. Fortunately, the are the same species. :-)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_wagtail#Subspecies

and a couple of articles on the difficult subspecific ID of these two:

http://birdingfrontiers.com/2011/09/08/1st-winter-white-wagtail-identification/

www.digimages.info/bergri/Wagtails_MotacillaAlba&Yarrellii_DB32-4_2010.pdf

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

 

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Date: 11/3/16 5:58 pm
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White-rumped Sandpipers PI
After returning from seeing the Wagtail this afternoon, a flock of 13 White-rumped Sandpipers landed with the large flock of Dunlin that have been in the mowed field along Sunset Blvd heading toward the refuge. Pretty neat.

-Sean Riley
Plum Island
<Newburyowls...>

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Date: 11/3/16 2:24 pm
From: Sam Miller <zamziller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail, Yes, Great Boars Head, NH
I’ve not seen other reports on Massbird, so want to let folks know that the White Wagtail in NH was present again today and seen well by many, including me.
It was seen by most at Great Boars Head on the rock seawall. This is just north of the intersection of route 101 and 1A, with plenty of safe parking available. (Some folks were parked halfway into travel lanes, which I recommend against.)
The stakeout site of Rye Harbor SP did not produce the bird, though it was seen half a mile south of that before I arrived.
Rye Harbor SP did have the continuing Clark’s/Western Grebe (which I saw well enough to believe is a Western, but will let the experts weigh in), an Ipswich Savannah Sparrow, a late Pectoral Sandpiper, and a good-sized flock of Snow Buntings.
Thanks to the original finders, and to Steve Mirick, who was working hard to relocate the bird and to get as many as possible to see the bird.
Sam Miller
Acton, MA
 

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Date: 11/3/16 2:21 pm
From: Linda Pivacek <lpivacek...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail, New Hampshire continues
11/3 seen this afternoon several miles south of previous location: Great Boars Head, North Hampton, NH, Rt 1A.
on rocks at wrack line at the south end of the beach - where there is parking at the seawall.
this bird is moving.

Thanks to the Miricks and Jeanne-Marie Maher and other great NH birders who have been "tracking" this bird.
Linda

Linda Pivacek, Nahant, <lpivacek...>

 

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Date: 11/3/16 1:44 pm
From: Jane Moosbruker <jamoos...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Harris Sparrow YES
Sparrow was seen between at least 9am and 10:20am today
near the original location.

I saw it (after directions from other birders just leaving) about 10:10 at
the far
right corner of the squash field, which is just up-hill from a trail which
goes left
after the second right turn off the main trail.

It is a beautiful bird and jumped up on a branch and sang!!!

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



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Date: 11/3/16 8:33 am
From: James P. Smith <keenbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gill - Evening Grosbeak
Greetings birders,

Came across an Evening Grosbeak in Gill this morning in the slightly odd location of North Cross Road, perhaps drawn to the hordes of juncos and White-throated Sparrows feeding along the field edges in the area. The bird stayed long enough for a few grainy images to be taken;
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2016/11/ma-evening-grosbeak-in-gill.html

Elsewhere, I watched a Merlin viciously perusing a Red-bellied Woodpecker a Barton Cove, Gill where six Ring-necked Ducks and Pied-billed Grebe had been present there the previous day (11/02).

Good birding,

James




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

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Date: 11/3/16 5:07 am
From: <goshawk3...> <goshawk3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Horned Owl, West Bridgewater
This time of year, I always hear clear whistles from the wetland along Coweeset Brook after dark. They were particularly noticeable on Halloween this year, appropriately. Last night at 10 pm I went outside and clearly heard the squawk of a young Great Horned Owl from the tree line at the edge of our back yard. I suspect the spooky swamp whistles are the same bird. We have not heard any hooting yet, but that should begin soon.PS, the swamp robin roost has already formed this year.
Denise Cabralgoshawk3 at aol.comWalnut St., West Bridgewater
Sent from my LG G3, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 11/3/16 4:49 am
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wagtail...nh

No reports or sightings yet..
Joe Paluzzi

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 11/2/16 7:34 pm
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Harlequin Ducks back at Halibut Point, Rockport 11/1/16
Sorry for the late report:

Took a house guest who wanted to see the coast to Halibut Point
yesterday . Was surprised and please to find 3 Harlequin Ducks!

Linda

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

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

 

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Date: 11/2/16 5:12 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 11-02-16
Today, David Moon and I led our Wednesday Morning Birding group on to Plum
Island. The weather was pretty danged nice for early November with skies
cloudy to partly cloudy, temps in upper 50s to mid 60s, and winds SW/0-5
mph.

Our list:
Canada Goose (5) - pannes.
American Black Duck - common.
Mallard (~ 15)
Northern Pintail (~ 100)- Bill Forward Pool.
Green-winged Teal (~ 40) - BFP (undoubtedly more feeding back in the
vegetation).
Common Eider (~ 30) - lots #1 & 7; most at Emerson Rocks.
White-winged Scoter (~ 50) - ~ 20, lot #1; ~ 30, lot #7.
Black Scoter (~ 10) - lot #7.
Red-breasted Merganser (2) - lot #7.
Wild Turkey (1)
Red-throated Loon (~ 9) - lots #1 & 7.
Common Loon (3) - lot #1.
Northern Gannet (5) - lot #7.
Double-crested Cormorant (100s) - several large flocks migrating.
Great Blue Heron (4) - various.
Red-tailed Hawk (1) - juv continuing at South Marsh.
Black-bellied Plover (50+) - flock moving between lots #1 & 2 over outer
marsh w/ individuals here and there.
Semipalmated Plover(~ 8) - various.
Greater Yellowlegs (~ 40) - mostly pannes.
Sanderling (10) - 3, lot #1; 7, lot #7.
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1) - main panne.
Dunlin (~ 20) - mostly main panne.
Ring-billed Gull (~ 35) - various.
Herring Gull - many.
Great Black-backed Gull (1)
Rock Pigeon
Belted Kingfisher (1) - male, BFP.
Peregrine Falcon (1) - perched for long time on Pines nesting platform
before flying over BFP and out over marsh to the west.
Blue Jay (~ 7) - various.
American Crow (5) - vicinity of the Warden's.
Horned Lark (2) - dunes west of lot #1 platform.
Black-capped Chickadee (5) - Hellcat parking lot.
Northern Mockingbird (2) - 1, lot #1; 1, lot #7.
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing (~ 150) - flock over and around Hellcat.
Snow Bunting (~ 15) - fly over, main panne.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (1)
Northern Cardinal (1)

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats Education Center at 09:30
for Wednesday Morning Birding. For more information about Joppa Flats
programs, call David Moon or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

Dave Weaver
Manchester, MA 01944
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Date: 11/2/16 5:09 pm
From: Daan Sandee <sandee...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White Wagtail subspecies
Current thinking is that there is only one species, White Wagtail,
Motacilla alba.
The nominate subspecies, M.a.alba, is widespread in Europe.
The British ssp, M.a.yarrelli (Pied Wagtail) occurs in Britain and
elsewhere in western Europe. The male can be distinguished easily, but
the female is only subtly different. The photos I see are good enough,
but you better ask a European expert.
On the other side of the continent, the ssp M.a.ocularis is a rare breeder
in Alaska, and the Siberian ssp M.a.lugens "Black-backed Wagtail" is
occasional in Alaska and down the West coast, and accidental further east.
So there are four subspecies involved (there are ten subspecies in total.)
I do not know if there are records of yarrelli ; I know there are records
of alba on the East coast. But lugens is not impossible. Apart from the
males all are difficult to distinguish.


Daan Sandee
Gloucester, MA <sandee...>


 

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Date: 11/2/16 2:26 pm
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Damn Spellcheck. Extralimital White Wagtail. Rye Harbor SP
haha sorry. the responses were great. nope no affair with the wagtail! ha

On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
wrote:

> Josh Gahagan just called me to get word out. he has photographed a white
> wagtail on the lawn and beach at rye harbor state park. just wanted to get
> the word out about this mega.
>
>
> also the Harris's Sparrow as Chris said was refound again.
>
>
> --
> Justin Lawson
> Worcester, Ma
>
>

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Justin Lawson
Worcester, Ma

 

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Date: 11/2/16 1:54 pm
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Extramarital- White Wagtail. Rye Harbor SP
Josh Gahagan just called me to get word out. he has photographed a white
wagtail on the lawn and beach at rye harbor state park. just wanted to get
the word out about this mega.


also the Harris's Sparrow as Chris said was refound again.


--
Justin Lawson
Worcester, Ma

 

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Date: 11/2/16 1:05 pm
From: Floyd, Chris <chrisf...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Harris's Sparrow Continues 11/2
Found about 1030 in grass median of dirt road on south side of "Squash Field"; that road is the red-highlighted portion of the map at the following link, thanks to Laurent and Marie Beyly, from their eBird report for Saturday:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/131122000@N02/30616393996/in/datetaken-public/

Coming from the west (left), I discovered the bird, as usual with Juncos, at the point of inflection of the highlight curve, i.e., the point where the direction of curving reverses. I got it in my scope and hailed Linda Ferraresso at the corner just behind me. Linda called Ron Lockwood, already on his way out. Ron arrived and we all got nice looks through the scope. I got a couple of fair photo shots, but nothing like the quality of others. Nick Paulson and Justin Lawson arrived a few minutes later - bird still there.

The bird went into the field weeds a couple of times, where its blending coloration made it almost invisible. Linda, Ron and I walked to within 12-15 feet of it at one point before we noticed it moving down in the weeds. It moved a bit southeast along the road and went into the wood edge on the right a few times (perching 10 feet up once) before we lost track of it.

For reference on location of past and future sightings: The red map highlight is at the bottom (south side) of the "Squash Field." The next field to the left is the "Stone Pile Field" (the pile of stones that names it is down in the depression at the narrow north end of the field). The next field to the left, just partially shown, is the one that abuts the golf course to its northwest. Those last two fields are the ones where Sam Miller and others saw the bird yesterday morning. The vicinity of the original sightings and of a sighting after 5 PM yesterday, is the south end of the long straight road on west side of largest field, coming to the T-intersection right by Chauncy Lake.

Chris Floyd
Lexington
<chrisf...>

 

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Date: 11/2/16 12:36 pm
From: John Nelson <jnelson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club 2017 Young Birder Scholarships
The Brookline Bird Club is pleased to announce that we will again offer two
Young Birder Scholarships in 2017 to nurture interest in bird study and
conservation among young birders. The 2017 scholarships will cover the full
cost ($1295) of the Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens program at
National Audubon’s Hog Island camp during the week of June 18-23, 2017. The
cost includes housing, boat travel, and all meals. Scholarship recipients
will be responsible for the cost of transportation to and from the camp.


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



Completed applications and references must be received by the BBC by
January 15, 2017. Selection and notification of recipients will be
completed by February 15, 2017.


To read the application instructions and download an application form,
click on this link www.brooklinebirdclub.org/young-birder-scholarship/


John Nelson

Gloucester

Chair, BBC Conservation and Education Committee

 

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Date: 11/2/16 11:16 am
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] screech owl at Corliss Bros. in Ipswich
At 1230 I saw the gray-morph screech owl in the cavity in front of Corliss
Nursery on Rt. 133 in Ipswich. You must be driving west on 133 (toward
downtown Ipswich) to see the cavity, which is in the middle tree of 3 large
old trees in front of the nursery.

This must be the 3rd or 4th generation (just a guess) of owls that have used
that cavity over the last decade.

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


 

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Date: 11/2/16 6:42 am
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snow Geese
Yesterday morning, Nov 1, 2016, while I was walking near my home in
Marlboro, 6 Snow Geese flew over headed southwest.

George Gove
Marlboro

 

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