MASSBIRD
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6/30/16 8:29 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] RUFF in Pittsfield!! (WTF is going on in the Berkshires this week?)
6/30/16 3:17 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Willowdale SF (east), Jun 30, 2016: veeries galore
6/30/16 1:54 pm Joan Stoner <jsstoner...> [MASSBIRD] Revised list GMWR Survey
6/30/16 12:02 pm Joan Stoner <jsstoner...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jun 30, 2016
6/30/16 8:17 am Mindy LaBranche <m.s.labranche...> [MASSBIRD] yellowish cowbird fledgling?
6/30/16 5:11 am Spector, David (Biology) <spectord...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Avocet in Sheffield!! (WMB)
6/29/16 9:24 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Avocet in Sheffield!! (WMB)
6/29/16 2:03 pm Matt S. <accipiter22...> [MASSBIRD] 6/29/2016
6/29/16 12:40 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 06-29-16
6/28/16 12:56 pm Bob Parker <robert.a.parker.scd...> [MASSBIRD] Birding Humor (no sightings)
6/28/16 8:17 am Massachusetts Young Birders Club <massachusettsyoungbirdersclub...> [MASSBIRD] New MYBC Website
6/28/16 4:34 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 6/27/16, Fisk Pond and vicinity Natick, Great Blue Heron repeatedly harassed by Kingbird, Photos and Video
6/27/16 5:22 pm Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Jun 25, 2016: DUCK DRAMA!
6/27/16 12:51 pm Greg Dysart <gsdysart...> [MASSBIRD] Waterthrushes and Dragons
6/26/16 10:18 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Coolidge Reservation--Ocean Lawn, Jun 26, 2016
6/26/16 4:38 pm Kevin Bourinot <kevin.bourinot...> [MASSBIRD] 6/26: Wachusett Reservoir Forbush Bird Club trip
6/26/16 4:20 pm Peter Flood <pomarine...> [MASSBIRD] Brookilne Bird Club July 16, 2016 - Extreme Pelagic - Sign Up!
6/26/16 2:44 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield, Jun 26, 2016
6/26/16 2:31 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Reservoir, Jun 26, 2016 Loon with 2 chicks
6/26/16 2:16 pm Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] Awesome day on Stellwagon Bank off the Seven Seas Whalewatch out of Gloucester, MA, Sunday, 6/26
6/26/16 1:18 pm Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [MASSBIRD] To: , Arl Birds
6/26/16 8:05 am <loonphotog...> [MASSBIRD] Least Tern Chick gets chased 6-23-2016 video
6/26/16 7:22 am Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> Re: [MASSBIRD] June 25, 2016 Boston - I'm not hearing any bugs at night, it's been unusually quiet. Anyone else notice this?
6/25/16 8:39 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Jun 25, 2016: DUCK DRAMA!
6/25/16 8:22 pm Nancy Blasi <nancy.m.blasi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] June 25, 2016 Boston - I'm not hearing any bugs at night, it's been unusually quiet. Anyone else notice this?
6/25/16 7:56 pm Gary Freedman <gmf7162...> Re: [MASSBIRD] June 25, 2016 Boston - I'm not hearing any bugs at night, it's been unusually quiet. Anyone else notice this?
6/25/16 7:31 pm Paul Roberts <phawk254...> Re: [MASSBIRD] June 25, 2016 Boston - I'm not hearing any bugs at night, it's been unusually quiet. Anyone else notice this?
6/25/16 6:56 pm Matt S. <accipiter22...> [MASSBIRD] June 25, 2016 Boston - I'm not hearing any bugs at night, it's been unusually quiet. Anyone else notice this?
6/25/16 3:21 pm Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Confusing Cowbird? Millennium
6/25/16 3:14 pm Kneipfer Eric <erickneipfer...> [MASSBIRD] Blue Grosbeak at Cumberland Farms Field
6/25/16 1:24 pm Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Common Loon - PRNWR lot 1
6/25/16 1:24 pm Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...> [MASSBIRD] Common Loon - PRNWR lot
6/25/16 6:26 am Paul Roberts <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] Sharp-shinned Hawk in Medford (?)
6/25/16 5:46 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 6/24/16, Foss Reservoir Framingham, Bald Eagle Eaglet Practicing Flying, Photo and Video
6/24/16 8:48 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeak reports compiled
6/24/16 7:18 pm <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Saturn
6/24/16 12:34 pm Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...> [MASSBIRD] Franklin's Gull, Race Point Beach
6/24/16 11:35 am Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] Book Reading Tonight at Joppa Flats
6/24/16 8:32 am Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Coolidge Point - Kettle Island -- 06-23-16
6/24/16 4:30 am sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle this morning
6/24/16 4:28 am Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...> [MASSBIRD] oystercatcher, essex bay
6/24/16 3:40 am Blair Nikula <odenews...> [MASSBIRD] Chatham Pelagic - Sunday (6/26)
6/23/16 4:51 pm Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] moderator - spam post
6/23/16 1:47 pm <steve...> [MASSBIRD] exciting
6/23/16 4:42 am <maurice.gilmore...> [MASSBIRD] Black-bill, Newton
6/23/16 3:28 am <dave.williams6...> [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach - Royal tern
6/22/16 12:54 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island (PRNWR) - 06-22-2016
6/22/16 11:25 am Scott Santino <ssantino...> [MASSBIRD] Possible breeding Black-throated Blue Warbler Ipswich River WS?
6/21/16 6:31 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Peregrines: fledgling wing flapping - Photos!
6/21/16 4:42 pm Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...> [MASSBIRD] NEIL HAYWARD - BOOK READING AT JOPPA FLATS, FRI 6.24 7PM
6/21/16 2:49 pm Migration Productions <semiplover...> [MASSBIRD] Ravens (4) Allston/Brighton
6/21/16 9:07 am Ann Gurka <snowyegret7...> RE: [MASSBIRD] Incorrect Ebird report re Yellow-crowned Night Heron--actually black crowned 1st year
6/21/16 8:37 am Theodore Bradford <tbradfordlicsw...> [MASSBIRD] Incorrect Ebird report re Yellow-crowned Night Heron--actually black crowned 1st year
6/21/16 7:46 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 6/20/16, Fisk Pond and Vicinity in Natick, Photos and Video
6/21/16 7:24 am Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...> [MASSBIRD] Sandy Point, Plum Island images
6/20/16 4:53 pm Peter Flood <pomarine...> [MASSBIRD] July 16, 2016 Brookline Bird Club Extreme Pelagic Opportunity
6/20/16 4:52 pm Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> [MASSBIRD] endangered species story on WGBH Greater Boston
6/20/16 3:14 pm Mark Fairbrother <bogelfin...> [MASSBIRD] Turners Falls Evening Grosbeaks
6/20/16 2:15 pm Daniel Geary <dan_geary...> Re: [MASSBIRD] BOLO? What is BOLO?
6/20/16 1:36 pm <brianrfg...> [MASSBIRD] BOLO? What is BOLO?
6/19/16 7:40 pm Mark Fairbrother <bogelfin...> [MASSBIRD] Turners Falls Evening Grosbeaks
6/19/16 7:38 pm George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Pied Little Blue Heron at DWWS Marshfield
6/19/16 3:04 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 6/18 Fowl Meadow Cuckoos, Raptors in Mitlon and Canton
6/19/16 3:02 pm mike sylvia <mikesylvia87...> [MASSBIRD] Royal tern - between Elisabeth Islands and Martha's vineyard
6/19/16 5:24 am Joshua Rose <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Ceruleans at Skinner
6/19/16 4:35 am Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...> Re: [MASSBIRD] TWO Gull-billed Terns
6/18/16 5:36 pm Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...> Re: [MASSBIRD] TWO Gull-billed Terns
6/18/16 4:41 pm Greg Dysart <gsdysart...> [MASSBIRD] Ceruleans at Skinner
6/18/16 1:17 pm Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...> Fwd: [MASSBIRD] TWO Gull-billed Terns
6/18/16 10:59 am Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 6/16 Plum Island Unusual Shorebirds
6/18/16 10:58 am Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Field mowing
6/18/16 10:57 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 6/16/16, Framingham: Foss Reservoir, Bald Eagle, Eaglets, Photos and Video. Also Farm Pond, and vicinity,
6/17/16 10:09 pm Patty O'Neill <pattyoneill...> [MASSBIRD] Gull-billed tern at Plum I.
6/17/16 10:09 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle south Boston Harbor/Quincy/Milton area
6/17/16 10:09 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Gull-billed Terns Wellfleet and Royal Tern Provincetown (6/17)
6/17/16 10:08 pm MFB <badgerm...> [MASSBIRD] Mass Ave Osprey Boston
6/17/16 10:08 pm Paul Roberts <phawk254...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island 6/16/16: Searching for the Gull-billed Tern. Remarkable? Memorable? Incredible?
6/17/16 10:08 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Peregrines: flight landing skills - Photos!
6/16/16 5:26 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] SSBC trip to Mt Greylock-meeting place missing
6/16/16 4:38 pm Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...> [MASSBIRD] Leucistic responses and Rough-winged Swallow question
6/16/16 2:38 pm David Davis <ddavis...> [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks in Newbury
6/16/16 1:19 pm Andrew List <alist...> [MASSBIRD] Birds Celebrated in Song and Spoken Word 6-22-16
6/16/16 12:36 pm <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Field mowing
6/16/16 10:31 am Kat Birder <katbirder...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR- Concord, Weekly species census, June 16 2016
6/16/16 10:22 am CHARLES PATTERSON <chaspatt...> [MASSBIRD] Entertainment
6/16/16 8:56 am Marj. Rines <marj...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Mowing of Woodsom Farm fields and impact on nesting birds
6/16/16 8:47 am Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...> [MASSBIRD] Leucistic what? Fairhaven
6/16/16 5:44 am D'Ann Brownrigg <brownriggs...> [MASSBIRD] RE: Ravens in Carlisle
6/16/16 4:32 am Warren Childs <wmchilds...> [MASSBIRD] Norwell Pileated Woodpecker
6/16/16 12:24 am Dan Prima <raptormafia...> [MASSBIRD] Mowing of Woodsom Farm fields and impact on nesting birds
6/15/16 6:37 pm Paul Roberts <phawk254...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Flycatcher deaths
6/15/16 6:08 pm Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Flycatcher deaths
6/15/16 5:47 pm Melissa Lowe Cestaro <mlowe...> [MASSBIRD] Black Vulture, Pilgrim Heights, North Truro - 6/15/16
6/15/16 3:32 pm Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...> [MASSBIRD] Flycatcher deaths
6/15/16 1:36 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - Parker River Refuge -- 06-15-2016
6/15/16 11:44 am Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Belle Isle Marsh Reservation Update
6/15/16 11:43 am Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows Highlights
6/15/16 8:35 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
6/15/16 6:06 am Justin Lawson <justindlawson...> [MASSBIRD] Gull-billed Tern YES at Parker River NWR-9am
6/14/16 12:06 pm <pollypie...> [MASSBIRD] Link to photo of Main Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
6/14/16 10:53 am <pollypie...> [MASSBIRD] Report of Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Maine
6/14/16 8:33 am sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh Reservation - Update
6/14/16 5:40 am <dovekie...> [MASSBIRD] One birds smegma is another birds forage
6/14/16 5:28 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 6/13/16, Fisk Pond, Natick, Video: heron catching a fish, eastern painted turtle riding piggyback on a snapping turtle, plus more photos and other videos.
6/14/16 3:34 am Jim Guion <jim_guion...> [MASSBIRD] Gull-billed Tern YES at Parker River NWR
6/13/16 7:32 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] Hairy Woodpeckers
6/13/16 6:30 pm Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: [VTBIRD] Northeast Kingdom trip report
6/13/16 5:55 pm Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex County, VT, US, Jun 12, 2016
6/13/16 5:42 pm Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Martin Burns WMA, Jun 12, 2016
6/13/16 4:50 pm Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...> [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR - 06/13/16 - Gull-billed Tern continued all day.......
6/13/16 4:40 pm Josh Bock <jbock18...> [MASSBIRD] Possible Eurasian Collared-Dove in yard
6/13/16 1:12 pm Vitz, Andrew (FWE) <andrew.vitz...> [MASSBIRD] Lost Barbary Falcon
6/13/16 1:12 pm Joe Poggi <joepoggi...> [MASSBIRD] Eastern Kingbirds at JFK Library
6/13/16 11:44 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] Addendum to Weekend Marsh Bird Surveys
6/13/16 10:54 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] GMNWR Concord Impoundments Marshbird Surveys 6/10 & 6/11
6/13/16 10:53 am <goshawk3...> <goshawk3...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle, Waltham, 6-12
6/13/16 10:33 am Thomas Pirro <tpirro2010...> [MASSBIRD] Ware River Breeding Bird Survey Route 6/11/2016
6/13/16 8:55 am Philip R Brown <nebirdsplus...> [MASSBIRD] Gull-billed Tern continues on PRNWR - 06/13/16
6/13/16 4:21 am Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Source to Sea Birding Festival - Trip Summary
6/12/16 8:24 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Watershed (Wilmington/Burlington and Danvers/Wenham), Jun 12, 2016
6/12/16 6:06 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Greenfield weekend birds
6/12/16 4:08 pm <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Gate 15 - Quabbin
6/12/16 2:12 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 6/11 Least Bittern, Etc. at Burrage Pond in Hanson
6/12/16 9:14 am Michael Baird <rkramden1994...> [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Jun 12, 2016
6/12/16 3:34 am Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...> [MASSBIRD] 22 species at feeder in Westford
6/11/16 6:58 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Myles Standish State Forest (MSSF) report 6/11/16
6/11/16 4:48 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Coolidge Reservation--Ocean Lawn, Jun 11, 2016
6/11/16 2:42 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Peregrine Falcons in flight - Photos!
6/11/16 10:12 am Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...> [MASSBIRD] late Magnolia Warbler / Newbury
6/10/16 7:07 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Middleton Pond, Middleton, Jun 10, 2016
6/10/16 2:50 pm Ann Gurka <snowyegret7...> [MASSBIRD] American Oystercatchers - Coolidge Reservation-Kettle Island
6/10/16 2:12 pm bank1941 <bank1941...> [MASSBIRD] New yard bird
6/10/16 1:41 pm NEaton <nancyeaton...> [MASSBIRD] Vesper Sparrow
6/10/16 12:18 pm Brad Dinerman <bdinerman...> Re: [MASSBIRD] 6/10/16, Foss Reservoir, Framingham, Bald Eagle, Photos (Video coming soon.)
6/10/16 11:52 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 6/10/16, Foss Reservoir, Framingham, Bald Eagle, Photos (Video coming soon.)
6/10/16 11:14 am Joshua Rose <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Grasshopper Sparrow -Greenfield
6/10/16 9:23 am Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Grasshopper Sparrow -Greenfield
6/10/16 7:19 am Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> Re: [MASSBIRD] results: cuckoo calling in the night
6/10/16 7:09 am <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Grasshopper Sparrow -Greenfield
6/10/16 6:46 am Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> Re: [MASSBIRD] results: cuckoo calling in the night
6/10/16 5:47 am Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...> [MASSBIRD] results: cuckoo calling in the night
6/10/16 5:19 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 6/9/16, Farm Pond Park and vicinity, Framingham, Grackle Chicks, Photos and Video
6/10/16 5:19 am Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] Re: Ipswich River Source to Sea Birding Festival
6/10/16 5:07 am Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> [MASSBIRD] Feeder Bird Firsts and Frenzy - Concord
6/9/16 7:30 pm sean riley <newburyowls...> [MASSBIRD] American Kestrels - Revere
6/9/16 11:10 am Ron Crissman <ronc8...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagles Nesting in Framingham!
6/9/16 8:30 am Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...> [MASSBIRD] cuckooo calling in the night
6/9/16 7:53 am Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...> [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
6/9/16 7:37 am Ida Giriunas <ida8...> [MASSBIRD] BBC July 16 Deep Hyrogapher Canyon Pelagic Trip
6/9/16 5:27 am Bob & Bonnie Buxton <bbxt...> [MASSBIRD] Google Doodle today is about birding
6/9/16 4:41 am Richard Danca <rdanca...> [MASSBIRD] State of the North American birds
6/8/16 8:43 pm Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...> [MASSBIRD] Least Bittern -- Daniel Webster WS, Marshfield (6/8)
6/8/16 6:39 pm Marjorie <marjwtsn...> [MASSBIRD] Red Bellied Woodpecker attack
6/8/16 6:01 pm Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...> [MASSBIRD] Carpooling to Bear Creek on Friday
6/8/16 5:11 pm Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Groveland & W Newbury - 06-08-16
6/8/16 2:47 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Willowdale SF (east), Jun 8, 2016
6/8/16 12:24 pm Tom Kavanaugh <tkav444...> [MASSBIRD] **WARNING** Belle Isle Marsh
6/8/16 11:53 am John Liller <john.liller...> [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary - 6/8/16
6/8/16 3:30 am Leslie Miller <lmiller...> [MASSBIRD] Donald Kroodsma at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm In Lincoln June 15 7:00 pm
6/7/16 7:30 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Pilgrim Heights (06 Jun 2016) 19 Raptors
6/7/16 7:30 pm <reports...> [MASSBIRD] Pilgrim Heights (07 Jun 2016) 34 Raptors
6/7/16 6:39 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Peregrines: first to fledge - Photos!
6/7/16 6:35 pm Patty O'Neill <pattyoneill...> [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Fowl Meadow, Jun 5, 2016
6/7/16 12:19 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] 6/6 Whip-Poor-wills, Worm-eating Warblers in Blue Hills, etc.
6/7/16 11:48 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] Race Point Provincetown - Sea Watch - 05 June 16
6/7/16 5:15 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 6/6/16, Fisk Pond and Vicinity, Photos and Videos
6/7/16 4:34 am <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Raven
6/7/16 3:20 am Marjorie <marjwtsn...> [MASSBIRD] Dead bodies in bird bath UPDATE
6/6/16 5:13 pm Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Peregrine Falcons: Haverhill - Photos!
6/6/16 12:54 pm Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Jun 6, 2016
6/6/16 12:40 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Jun 6, 2016--mourning warbler (& turkey brood enroute)
6/6/16 9:44 am William Loughlin <wkloughlin111...> [MASSBIRD] Maple Avenue (Hockomock Swamp WMA)
6/6/16 6:52 am Childs, Jackson <jchilds...> [MASSBIRD] Mt. Greylock, 6/3/2016, Blackpolls at summit
6/6/16 6:38 am tattler1 <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Mourning Warbler Marblehead Neck 6/6
6/6/16 5:33 am Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...> [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Source to Sea Birding Festival
6/5/16 6:51 pm Zack Weber <birdingwithzackweber...> [MASSBIRD] Westfield Watershed Wildlife Conservation Easement 6/4
6/5/16 6:50 pm Susan Hedman <2winterwren...> [MASSBIRD] Black- billed Cuckoo Gloucester 6/4
6/5/16 5:34 pm Steve Mirick <smirick...> [MASSBIRD] Nesting Peregrines in Haverhill
6/5/16 1:56 pm Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...> [MASSBIRD] Ruff, Crane Beach, Ipswich- 6/5/16
6/5/16 6:37 am Donald Wilkinson <singingbirder...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren numbers, etc.
6/5/16 5:24 am Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Dead bodies in bird bath
6/5/16 12:11 am Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...> [MASSBIRD] GMNWR Concord Impoundments Marshbird Surveys
6/4/16 9:25 pm Joshua Rose <opihi...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren numbers, etc.
6/4/16 8:20 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Appleton Farm Grass Rides (TTOR), Jun 4, 2016
6/4/16 6:56 pm Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] Skinner State Park, Jun 4, 2016
6/4/16 6:51 pm Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...> [MASSBIRD] BBC Walk Westover Grasslands Complex, Jun 4, 2016
6/4/16 5:26 pm Karen S. Haley <fledgling3...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Dead bodies in bird bath
6/4/16 5:03 pm Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Dead bodies in bird bath
6/4/16 4:37 pm Marjorie <marjwtsn...> [MASSBIRD] Dead bodies in bird bath
6/4/16 3:47 pm <brianrfg...> [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren numbers, etc.
6/4/16 3:47 pm Walt Webb <wwebb24...> [MASSBIRD] Fw: Causeway St, Millis, Jun 4, 2016
6/4/16 2:51 pm Bonnie & Bob Buxton <bbxt...> [MASSBIRD] Mourning Warbler in Merrimac
6/4/16 4:43 am Deborah Radovsky <dp32...> [MASSBIRD] Moose Hill Farm, Sharon
6/3/16 5:02 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> Re: [MASSBIRD] Montague
6/3/16 1:18 pm <petrull...> [MASSBIRD] Science project
6/3/16 10:50 am <brianrfg...> [MASSBIRD] cuckoo numbers, etc.
6/3/16 6:50 am Travis Mazerall <tmazerall...> [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle at Watertown dam
6/3/16 5:30 am Joshua Rose <opihi...> [MASSBIRD] Montague
6/3/16 4:37 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 6/2/16, Farm Pond and Vicinity, Photos & Videos
6/3/16 4:35 am <blafley...> [MASSBIRD] Whip-poor-wills - Montague
6/3/16 4:07 am Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...> [MASSBIRD] Beverly Fish Crows
6/2/16 10:02 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Jun 2, 2016
6/2/16 6:55 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] Re: eBird Report - Plymouth Airport, May 29, 2016
6/2/16 6:42 pm Blair Nikula <odenews...> [MASSBIRD] mea culpa: Gull-billed Tern
6/2/16 2:04 pm John Liller <john.liller...> [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary - 6/2/16
6/2/16 5:16 am Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...> [MASSBIRD] pair of yellow-billed cuckoos, Milton
6/2/16 5:05 am Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Peregrines: White Pantaloons - photo!
6/2/16 4:20 am Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> [MASSBIRD] Newbury-West Newbury - 06-01-16
6/1/16 7:09 pm Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> [MASSBIRD] Franklin Park Today
6/1/16 2:38 pm Marsha Salett <msalett...> [MASSBIRD] June Bird Observer now online
6/1/16 9:58 am Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...> [MASSBIRD] 5/31/16, Fisk Pond and vicinity, Natick, Photos
6/1/16 9:58 am Robert Jilek <jile0006...> [MASSBIRD] Hooded Warbler @ Mt Auburn Cemetery - YES
5/31/16 6:16 pm Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> [MASSBIRD] A new yardbird
5/31/16 1:21 pm Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield, May 31, 2016
5/31/16 12:54 pm Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...> [MASSBIRD] Invitation to my Bird Photography Exhibit
5/31/16 11:54 am Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...> [MASSBIRD] Hooded Warbler
5/31/16 9:02 am George W Gove <gwgove...> [MASSBIRD] Caspian Tern Wachusett Reservoir--Gate 40, May 30, 2016
5/31/16 9:02 am Matt S. <accipiter22...> [MASSBIRD] 5/31/2016 Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. Only saw one warbler, but made it count: Hooded Warbler in dell, great looks
5/31/16 7:42 am Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...> [MASSBIRD] Wilsons phalarope at belle isle marsh
5/31/16 6:08 am Miles Brengle <brenglema...> [MASSBIRD] Daniel Boone Park, Ipswich - 5/31
 
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Date: 6/30/16 8:29 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RUFF in Pittsfield!! (WTF is going on in the Berkshires this week?)
Hi MassBirders,

Apparently someone in the Berkshires remembered to pay the shorebird bill yesterday or something, because holy cow! On the same day as yesterday’s Avocet in Sheffield, Gael Hurley photographed a bird at Silver Lake in Pittsfield, which after some on-line scrutiny has been identified as a Ruff! Word only reached the WMB FaceBook group a couple of hours ago, after dark, so there’s been no chance yet for anyone to try to relocate it, but I imagine that there will be many attempts tomorrow.

As with the Avocet, this is a vagrant that occurs with some regularity on the coast, but almost never inland. There are a number of eBirded records from Bolton Flats and Great Meadows, but west of there? Only one, a 1977 bird found by Tom Gagnon at the UMass Stadium Marsh. But I’m sure somebody out there knows of others, either off the top of their head, or out of Veit & Peterson….

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: 6/30/16 3:17 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Willowdale SF (east), Jun 30, 2016: veeries galore
> Willowdale SF (east), Ipswich
> Jun 30, 2016 9:50 AM - 1:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.0 mile(s)
> Comments: I walked about a 4-mile loop in Willowdale today, starting
> and ending on Topsfield Rd. at the Ipswich-Topsfield town line. I set a
> personal record for veeries today with 42.
> 37 species (+1 other taxon)
>
> Wood Duck 1
> Mallard 1
> Mourning Dove 3
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2 Both gave first part of song (kuk-kuk-kuk-kuk)
> without the kowp-kowp ending. I watched one of them sing repeatedly in
> saplings in an open shrub swamp. Lower mandible yellow; orbital ring
> lacked color. Bird appeared to be an adult. (Stokes and Stokes say
> orbital ring is yellow only in first-winter birds, but I couldn't confirm
> of this in other field guides.) I need to research this a bit more.
> Barred Owl 1 This forest seems to be full of barred owls; this one
> was another adult.
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 5
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 8
> Empidonax sp. 1
> Eastern Phoebe 2
> Great Crested Flycatcher 4
> Eastern Kingbird 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 1 low!
> Blue Jay 12
> Tree Swallow 9 All in a shrub swamp where adults were feeding many
> young--possibly two families.
> Black-capped Chickadee 28
> Tufted Titmouse 25
> White-breasted Nuthatch 17
> Winter Wren 1
> Veery 42 Veeries were singing and calling everywhere. This is my
> personal best count for this forest or anywhere. One bird seemed to slink
> away from a trailside nest, but I could not find it from the trail and was
> not willing to go off trail and risk stepping on it.
> Wood Thrush 2 low!
> American Robin 6
> Gray Catbird 8
> Ovenbird 27 The one female carried food and gave alarm calls while
> her mate sang, but I couldn't find nest in a cursory search from the
> trail.
> Common Yellowthroat 15
> Yellow Warbler 1
> Pine Warbler 11
> Chipping Sparrow 5 one juv.
> Song Sparrow 9
> Swamp Sparrow 3
> Scarlet Tanager 3
> Northern Cardinal 5
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3
> Red-winged Blackbird 30
> Common Grackle 2 An adult fed a nestling in a semi-cavity nest in a
> snag, after which the nestling became a fledgling, flying a short distance
> from the nest. I have had good luck seeing baby grackles fledge.
> Baltimore Oriole 6
> American Goldfinch 3
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30471987
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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

 

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Date: 6/30/16 1:54 pm
From: Joan Stoner <jsstoner...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Revised list GMWR Survey
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jun 30, 2016 5:51 AM - 10:41 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.3 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by Alan and Eric Bragg, David and Tim Swain,
Will Martens, Joan Stoner,Soheil Zendeh<br />Submitted from eBird Android
1.2.2
45 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 81
Mute Swan 1
Wood Duck 20 14 young
Mallard 1
Wild Turkey 1
Least Bittern 1 Flying river side upper impoundment<br />See from tower
Great Blue Heron 6
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Virginia Rail 4 1 adult 3 young chased by weasel
Killdeer 7
Mourning Dove 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3 1 adult feeding 1 young
Northern Flicker 2
woodpecker sp. 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Willow Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 4
Warbling Vireo 11 Singing<br />
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 5
Tree Swallow 22
Barn Swallow 3
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Marsh Wren 27 Singing in marsh, not unusual count for this area and
time of year
Eastern Bluebird 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 9
Gray Catbird 8
Cedar Waxwing 3
Common Yellowthroat 8
Yellow Warbler 9
Pine Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 26
Swamp Sparrow 13
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 60
Common Grackle 56
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 8
passerine sp. 1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30467283

Joan Stoner
Lexington

 

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Date: 6/30/16 12:02 pm
From: Joan Stoner <jsstoner...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jun 30, 2016
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jun 30, 2016 5:51 AM - 10:41 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.3 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by Alan and Eric Bragg, David and Tim Swain,
Will Martens, Joan Stoner,Soheil Zendeh<br />Submitted from eBird Android
1.2.2
46 species (+3 other taxa)

Canada Goose 81
Domestic goose sp. (Domestic type) x Canada Goose (hybrid) 1
Mute Swan 1
Wood Duck 20 14 young
Mallard 1
Wild Turkey 1
Least Bittern 1 Flying river side upper impoundment<br />See from tower
Great Blue Heron 6
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Virginia Rail 4 1 adult 3 young chased by weasel
Killdeer 7
Mourning Dove 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3 1 adult feeding 1 young
Northern Flicker 2
woodpecker sp. 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Willow Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 4
Warbling Vireo 11 Singing<br />
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 5
Tree Swallow 22
Barn Swallow 3
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Marsh Wren 27 Singing in marsh, not unusual count for this area and
time of year
Eastern Bluebird 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 9
Gray Catbird 8
Cedar Waxwing 3
Common Yellowthroat 8
Yellow Warbler 9
Pine Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 26
Swamp Sparrow 13
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 60
Common Grackle 56
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 4
Pine Siskin 1
American Goldfinch 8
passerine sp. 1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30467283

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

Joan Stoner
Lexington

 

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Date: 6/30/16 8:17 am
From: Mindy LaBranche <m.s.labranche...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] yellowish cowbird fledgling?
Hi all,
I was interested to see that a fledgling cowbird in my yard today
appeared yellowish. I saw it at several different angles as it was being
fed by its Blue-winged Warbler parents.
I did get photos but it doesn't really look as yellow as it appeared in
better light. (Happy to send photos to anyone interested. They show both
parents.)
Was I just imagining this yellow color?
Mindy LaBranche
Rochester
 

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Date: 6/30/16 5:11 am
From: Spector, David (Biology) <spectord...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Avocet in Sheffield!! (WMB)
At least one other Western Massachusetts record and one other non-coastal Massachusetts record (based on quick looks at Bagg and Eliot and at Veit and Petersent):

Longmeadow, 18-24 August 1974 (Seth Kellogg)

one collected at Lake Cochituate, Natick, 19 October 1880 (apparently a year with a large northward flight of this species, with at least 3 shot in New Brunswick; see note by George A. Boardman, pp. 241-242 of Bulletin of the Nuttall Ornithological Club 1880: https://archive.org/details/bulletinofnuttal051880nutt )

David

David Spector
Belchertown, Massachusetts
________________________________________
From: <massbird-approval...> [<massbird-approval...>] on behalf of Joshua Rose [<opihi...>]
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:18 AM
To: Massbird
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Avocet in Sheffield!! (WMB)

Hi MassBirders,

A couple of hours ago photos of an American Avocet were posted to the Western Mass Birders group of FaceBook. The bird was found in Sheffield by Ken Schopp.

Apparently the bird was on private property and not chaseable. However, Ken himself reportedly returned 3 more times later in the day and did not see the bird again, so chaseability may be irrelevant anyway. We can all hope that it flew over to some more publicly accessible location, and will be relocated tomorrow

eBird shows only one prior record for, well, anywhere in the state away from the coast: a 2003 bird in Sunderland, found by Richard Minear. Other than that, not even a record west of I-95, much less 495. But I still havent gotten my act together enough to order a copy of Veit and Peterson. Anyone care to check, or happen to know of other non-coastal avocet records?

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: 6/29/16 9:24 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Avocet in Sheffield!! (WMB)
Hi MassBirders,

A couple of hours ago photos of an American Avocet were posted to the Western Mass Birders group of FaceBook. The bird was found in Sheffield by Ken Schopp.

Apparently the bird was on private property and not chaseable. However, Ken himself reportedly returned 3 more times later in the day and did not see the bird again, so chaseability may be irrelevant anyway. We can all hope that it flew over to some more publicly accessible location, and will be relocated tomorrow…

eBird shows only one prior record for, well, anywhere in the state away from the coast: a 2003 bird in Sunderland, found by Richard Minear. Other than that, not even a record west of I-95, much less 495. But I still haven’t gotten my act together enough to order a copy of Veit and Peterson. Anyone care to check, or happen to know of other non-coastal avocet records?

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: 6/29/16 2:03 pm
From: Matt S. <accipiter22...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/29/2016
Saw this link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36475672 and thought
Massbirders might get a kick out of it. This guy is traveling around the
world via sailboat, and he took his chicken with him for companionship.


Matt Sabourin
Brighton, MA
<Accipiter22...>

 

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Date: 6/29/16 12:40 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 06-29-16
David Moon and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of Joppa
Flats Education Center on to Plum Island. The weather was a bit iffy, but
as it turned out, light rain quit as we started and heavy rain ushered us
off the island at program's end, without any rain in between. The skies
were overcast to partly cloudy, temps were in the upper 70s with more
humidity than we have experienced thus far this summer, and winds were light
and variable. All in all, not too bad!

Our list:
Canada Goose
Mute Swan (2) - Stage Island Pool.
Gadwall (2) - pr., North Pool Overlook.
American Black Duck (~ 10) - NPO & Bill Forward Pool.
Mallard - many molting drakes; various.
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret (3)
Snowy Egret (~ 10)
Glossy Ibis (~ 15) - various.
Osprey (5) - 1, Sandy Pt; 2, Pines platform; 2, ramp platform.
Black-bellied Plover (~ 15) - 3, SP; ~ 12, BFP.
Piping Plover (~ 20) - including 6 downy chicks not long out of the egg, SP.
Killdeer (1) - new blind.
Willet - many.
Lesser Yellowlegs (5) - BFP.
RED KNOT (1) - basic plumage, BFP (thanks for heads up, Tom!).
Semipalmated Sandpiper - a few, BFP.
Short-billed Dowitcher (~ 35) - BFP (as Tom pointed out, some in spiffy
plumage).
Ring-billed Gull (16) - 2, NPO; 14, SP.
Herring Gull (2) - SP.
Great Black-backed Gull (~ 5) - SP.
Common Tern (~ 10) - SP.
Least Tern (~ 10) - including 2 downy chicks a day or two old, SP.
Mourning Dove (3)
Eastern Kingbird (~ 5) - various.
Red-eyed Vireo (1) - heard, Goodno Woods.
American Crow (2)
Purple Martin - lot #1 colony.
Tree Swallow - a few.
Barn Swallow (3) - NPO.
American Robin (2)
Gray Catbird (~ 6) - fewer being heard.
Northern Mockingbird (1) - new blind.
Brown Thrasher (1)
European Starling - flocks of juvs building.
Cedar Waxwing (1) - roadside, south marsh.
Common Yellowthroat (3)
Yellow Warbler (3)
Eastern Towhee (3)
Savannah Sparrow (1) - SP.
Song Sparrow (3)
Swamp Sparrow (1) - S-curves marsh.
Northern Cardinal (1)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1) - n. Goodno.
Bobolink (~ 8) - North Field & The Warden's Field.
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch (1) - across road from NPO.
American Goldfinch (3)
House Sparrow

We will meet next on August 3 at 9:30 for Wednesday Morning Birding back at
Joppa Flats Education Center. 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: 6/28/16 12:56 pm
From: Bob Parker <robert.a.parker.scd...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Birding Humor (no sightings)
I did not notice anyone posting this, so am taking the liberty of doing
so. Running this week is some birding humor:

http://doonesbury.washingtonpost.com/strip/archive/2016/06/27

Bob Parker
Somerville

 

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Date: 6/28/16 8:17 am
From: Massachusetts Young Birders Club <massachusettsyoungbirdersclub...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] New MYBC Website
Hi everyone,

The Massachusetts Young Birders Club is excited to announce our new and
final website! We’ve gone through two websites and had some issues with
both, but we are very happy with our new platform and now have a domain
name.

The new web address is www.massyoungbirders.org

One of the exciting new features of the new website is the ability to
donate online. If you’re not a young birder, you can still help out the
club!

Any suggestions for the club are always welcome from the birding community
and we appreciate your support.


Thank you,

Jonathan Eckerson

President, MYBC


Evan Lipton

Vice President, MYBC

 

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Date: 6/28/16 4:34 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/27/16, Fisk Pond and vicinity Natick, Great Blue Heron repeatedly harassed by Kingbird, Photos and Video
Seen on 6/27/16 at Fisk Pond and vicinity, Natick
Photos and video of some at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
(Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1 )

Great Blue Heron, a video shows a kingbird repeatedly diving at the heron.
Kingbird
Cooper's Hawk
Double-crested cormorant, a video shows the bird fluttering its throat
to cool itself.
Canada Goose
Mute Swan, Cygnets
Mallard, Ducklings
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Cardinal
Song Sparrow
Wood Duck, Ducklings


Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>
 

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Date: 6/27/16 5:22 pm
From: Donna Cooper <donna.j.cooper...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Jun 25, 2016: DUCK DRAMA!
I agree! Let's make sure we include it in the spring.
Donna

On Sat, Jun 25, 2016 at 11:35 PM, Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> wrote:

> Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
>> Jun 25, 2016 10:20 AM - 12:30 PM
>> Protocol: Traveling
>> 1.5 mile(s)
>> Comments: I went here to look for a reported black-throated blue
>> warbler but did not hear it. I did find a family of red-breasted
>> nuthatches in the red pines area. I walked first back down to the gate,
>> then to the Red Pine Trail where I walked a loop, then returned to the
>> driveway via the Drumlin Trail. This was all after a stop at the bridge on
>> Perkins Row, where I saw some dramatic duck action.
>> 33 species
>>
>> Mallard 10 Hen with 9 TINY ducklings a day or two old at most. She
>> was trying to lead them up over the 3-foot-high beaver dam by the Perkins
>> Row bridge, and 8 of them made it up within a minute or so. But, of
>> course, one little duckling just couldn't find a way up. It kept cheeping
>> the whole time and the mother kept calling to it and waiting for it.
>> Finally, after about 5 minutes of valiant struggling, the duckling found a
>> way to the top--and just then a big bad GREAT EGRET flew into the marsh!
>> Luckily the egret did not notice the tasty little morsels, and mom and her
>> babies swam off to live another day. Or at least part of this day.
>> Great Egret 1
>> Red-tailed Hawk 1
>> Barred Owl 1 The parids and sittids put me onto this adult, perched
>> in the mixed forest near the red pines area. I couldn't find any young.
>> Downy Woodpecker 2
>> Pileated Woodpecker 1
>> Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
>> Great Crested Flycatcher 1
>> Eastern Kingbird 1
>> Warbling Vireo 1
>> Red-eyed Vireo 1
>> Blue Jay 8 One adult was feeding 2 fledglings.
>> American Crow 4
>> Tree Swallow 4 I did not spend any time in the fields with the boxes.
>> Black-capped Chickadee 7
>> Tufted Titmouse 9
>> Red-breasted Nuthatch 3 to 5, clearly a family group. The two birds I
>> got the binoculars on were colorless on the breast, either worn females
>> and/or young.
>> White-breasted Nuthatch 5
>> House Wren 1
>> Eastern Bluebird 2
>> Veery 2
>> American Robin 4 two adults and two young
>> Gray Catbird 1
>> Ovenbird 3
>> Common Yellowthroat 7
>> Pine Warbler 7
>> Song Sparrow 3
>> Northern Cardinal 2
>> Red-winged Blackbird 10
>> Common Grackle 1
>> Baltimore Oriole 2 Pair feeding young in beautifully concealed nest
>> overhanging the water at the Perkins Row bridge; female flew out with a
>> fecal sac.
>> American Goldfinch 2
>> House Sparrow 1
>>
>> View this checklist online at
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30389186
>>
>
> Jim Berry
> Ipswich, Mass.
> <jim.berry3...>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 6/27/16 12:51 pm
From: Greg Dysart <gsdysart...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Waterthrushes and Dragons
While searching for dragonflies in MA, I keep finding waterthrushes.
Yesterday, June 26, 2016, I saw 1 in Ashby, 2 in Wendell and
previously,2 in Chester a couple of days ago. All Louisiana's.

Here's the Louisiana waterthrush from Ashby
http://dysart.zenfolio.com/birds_ma/e7b98117b

and here'\s some of the dragonflies I'm finding
http://dysart.zenfolio.com/anisoptera

I think the waterthrushes are finding more dragonflies than I am.


Greg Dysart
Natick MA
 

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Date: 6/26/16 10:18 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Coolidge Reservation--Ocean Lawn, Jun 26, 2016
> Coolidge Reservation--Ocean Lawn, Manchester
> Jun 26, 2016 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Six of us had a picnic supper at Coolidge Point to watch the
> herons fly in to their nesting colony. I did not note all species, just
> the water birds, All the larger numbers are just rough estimates, as I
> was not in a position to count them individually. We did not see any
> tricolored herons, and the low numbers of little blues and b-c night
> herons were rather alarming. I have seen one pair of green herons nesting
> at the edge of the colony a couple times when counting nests with Simon
> Perkins et al., so that bird was not a surprise.
> 12 species
>
> Common Eider 10 all females and/or young--they stuck together, so I
> suspect they were a single brood (on Kettle Island, or KI)
> Double-crested Cormorant 100
> Great Egret 100
> Snowy Egret 150
> Little Blue Heron 1
> Green Heron 1
> Black-crowned Night-Heron 4
> Glossy Ibis 150
> American Oystercatcher 2 Pair on KI--could not tell if they were
> nesting, as they both appeared to be standing and preening.
> Herring Gull 150
> Great Black-backed Gull 150
> Belted Kingfisher 1
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30410752

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

 

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Date: 6/26/16 4:38 pm
From: Kevin Bourinot <kevin.bourinot...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/26: Wachusett Reservoir Forbush Bird Club trip
4 members of the Forbush Bird Club had a great trip around Wachusett
Reservoir this morning. Lots of breeding and post breeding activity all
around. After hours of searching and hiking we were able to locate a pair
of Common Loons with 2 recently fledged young.

Canada Goose (66)
Mute Swan (4)
Wood Duck (1)
Mallard (24)
Common Merganser (1)
Wild Turkey (4)
Common Loon (14; 11 adults, 1 juv, 2 recently fledged)
Double-crested Cormorant (17)
Great Blue Heron (4)
Turkey Vulture (4)
Cooper's Hawk (1)
Red-tailed Hawk (3)
Spotted Sandpiper (7)
Ring-billed Gull (31)
Mourning Dove (6)
Chimney Swift (18)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1)
Belted Kingfisher (2)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (6)
Downy Woodpecker (8)
Hairy Woodpecker (4)
Northern Flicker (5)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (9)
Eastern Phoebe (5)
Eastern Kingbird (2)
Warbling Vireo (2)
Red-eyed Vireo (24)
Blue Jay (9)
American Crow (18)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1)
Tree Swallow (39)
Barn Swallow (9)
Black-capped Chickadee (21)
Tufted Titmouse (11)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (2)
White-breasted Nuthatch (7)
Brown Creeper (2)
House Wren (1)
Eastern Bluebird (6)
Veery (1)
Wood Thrush (9)
American Robin (16)
Gray Catbird (9)
Northern Mockingbird (5)
European Starling (28)
Cedar Waxwing (11)
Ovenbird (18)
Black-and-white Warbler (5)
Common Yellowthroat (8)
American Redstart (4)
Yellow Warbler (2)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (2)
Pine Warbler (13; one feeding cowbird)
Prairie Warbler (4)
Chipping Sparrow (8)
Field Sparrow (2)
Savannah Sparrow (6)
Song Sparrow (15)
Eastern Towhee (8)
Scarlet Tanager (12)
Northern Cardinal (4)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (6)
Indigo Bunting (2)
Red-winged Blackbird (11)
Common Grackle (14)
Brown-headed Cowbird (19)
Orchard Oriole (1)
Baltimore Oriole (6)
Purple Finch (1)
American Goldfinch (10)
House Sparrow (5)

Kevin Bourinot
Sterling, MA
<kevin.bourinot...>

 

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Date: 6/26/16 4:20 pm
From: Peter Flood <pomarine...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brookilne Bird Club July 16, 2016 - Extreme Pelagic - Sign Up!

Ladies and Gents,

This is just a follow up to my e-mail last week.  There are lots of seabirds being seen on Stellwagen Bank and East of Chatham right now. We ran our first Chatham Mini-Pelagic of the season today June 26, 2016 with astounding success! Details Later.

If you are still thinking about registering for the July 16, 2016 BBC trip to the edge of the Continental Shelf and Deep Water Canyons south and east of Nantucket please do so ASAP! This is be an amazing opportunity to see what is happening over the Nantucket Shoals and shelf edge given all that is being seen closer to shore!    

Information on the BBC pelagic trips can be found here:

http://www.brooklinebirdclub.org/pelagic-trips-2/

Contact Ida Giriunas for further registration information:

http://www.brooklinebirdclub.org/contact/

Here is a link to some photos and a video of todays Chatham Mini-Pelagic:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9191812@N02/albums/72157670270596645

Thank you and hope to see you July 16!

Peter

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


 

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Date: 6/26/16 2:44 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield, Jun 26, 2016
> Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
> Jun 26, 2016 10:25 AM - 12:35 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Today I mostly sat and stood at the end of the peninsula
> near the canoe landing to listen for rails and least bitterns, but in an
> hour, despite imitations of all three species, I never heard a single
> response. Otherwise the birding was average, though without corvids or
> any more duck drama. The pileated WPs that nested near the boat landing
> have scattered, and I didn't hear any today.
> 36 species
>
> Wood Duck 1
> Double-crested Cormorant 1
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Great Egret 1
> Mourning Dove 3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 5
> Northern Flicker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
> Eastern Phoebe 3
> Great Crested Flycatcher 3
> Yellow-throated Vireo 2
> Warbling Vireo 5
> Red-eyed Vireo 7
> Tree Swallow 7
> Black-capped Chickadee 1
> Tufted Titmouse 3
> White-breasted Nuthatch 4
> House Wren 2
> Marsh Wren 6
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> American Robin 17 many young
> Gray Catbird 4
> Cedar Waxwing 4 all feasting in the mulberry tree beside the barn,
> where the fruit is ripening
> Ovenbird 2
> Common Yellowthroat 6
> American Redstart 1
> Song Sparrow 4
> Swamp Sparrow 2
> Northern Cardinal 6
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 32
> Common Grackle 7
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> American Goldfinch 2
> House Sparrow 3
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30401546

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

 

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Date: 6/26/16 2:31 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Reservoir, Jun 26, 2016 Loon with 2 chicks
I don't know why ebird thinks loons are rarities since they breed on
many large bodies of water in MA.

Wachusett Reservoir, Worcester, Massachusetts, US
Jun 26, 2016 11:01 AM - 11:16 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Judy and I stopped by the southern end of the res on Rt 140 specifically to look for Loons
1 species

Common Loon 3 I have been checking on a Common Loon on a nest at the south end of the reservoir off Rt 140
and, with the recent heavy rains before Jun 8, the nest has been flooded and the Loon has either abandoned or,
hopefully, the chick hatched and got away safely. The same thing happened last year and the Loon was displaced.

There are floating nests that are supposed to be deployed so changing water levels will not affect the Loons but
these have not been deployed early enough in the last couple of years so the Loons nest on the shore. The floating
nests are left on the shore for the winter and then don't get deployed soon enough.

Today we saw 3 Loons about a mile out swimming across the res, an adult with two young that were swimming and not
on the adult's back so they must have hatched and fledged some time ago. Hopefully they cam from the nest that was flooded.

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30403586

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

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro


 

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Date: 6/26/16 2:16 pm
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Awesome day on Stellwagon Bank off the Seven Seas Whalewatch out of Gloucester, MA, Sunday, 6/26
Greetings:



About 18 members of The Brookline Bird Club birded on the Seven Seas Whale
Watch out of Gloucester today, Sunday 6/26/16. Not only did we see whales
up close and personal, but over a thousand seabirds. Captain Jay Frontierro
called out birds for us which is very special for someone on a whale
watching boat to do. My count is low because I was on one side of the boat
but the birds were flying about and rafting on both sides.



My list below:



Common Eider 12

Cory's Shearwater 270

Sooty Shearwater 265

Manx Shearwater 5

Wilson's Storm Petrel 19

D.C. Cormorants 22

Herring Gulls lots

Great Black Back Gulls-lots more



Minke Whales 13

Hump back Whales 2 (mother with young) alongside boat for long periods of
time.



Lots of birds out there folks - get out there if you can to see them. This
is a real treat.. as a reminder, we do have a trip coming up where we
should see these and much more.. look below.



Thanks,



Ida Giriunas

Reading, MA



SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2016, 2 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hyannis to the Hydrographer Canyon area for 4 Shearwater species (including
Scopoli's), 3 Storm-petrel species (including Band-rumped), Gannets, 3
Jaeger species, terns, gulls, sea ducks, possible White-faced storm Petrel,
Black-capped Petrel, Bridled Tern, Skuas, and any other rarities.

Limit: 50 participants

Cost: BBC members $195, non-members $215

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

To reserve a space, send a check for the full amount made out to Brookline
Bird Club Agent along with a signed waiver to: Ida Giriunas, 83 Summer Ave.,
Reading, MA, 01867 and include either your email or your postal address for
confirmation, boarding instructions, and other details. To register and to
receive further information and a waiver form, contact Ida.



Ida Giriunas

Reading, MA

781-929-8772

<mailto:<ida8...> <ida8...>








 

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Date: 6/26/16 1:18 pm
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] To: , Arl Birds
Location
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Stellwagen Bank--NW Corner, Essex County, Massachusetts, US ( Map
<http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.5395482,-70.5569887&ll=42.5395482,-70.5569887>
) ( Hotspot <http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L950898> )
Date and Effort
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Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:00 AMProtocol:TravelingParty Size:14Duration:2 hour(s),
15 minute(s)Distance:12.0 mile(s)Observers:Karsten HartelComments:Ida
Giriunas' 7Seas BBC Trip out of Gloucester. Distance, time and counts
approximate. Species may be low with large tight mixed species flocks
siting on surface. A number of Minke Whales feeding actively at surface
along with a mother-calf pair of Humpbacks that stayed near the boat for a
long time. Counts a combinations of Ida's and mine.
Species
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7 species (+1 other taxa) total
270
Cory's Shearwater *Calonectris diomedea*
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large mixed flocks on water; estimates. Count may be low.
80
Great Shearwater *Ardenna gravis*
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large mixed flocks on water; estimates. Count likely low.
270
Sooty Shearwater *Ardenna grisea*
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large mixed flocks on water; estimates. Count may be low.
5
Manx Shearwater *Puffinus puffinus*
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19
Wilson's Storm-Petrel *Oceanites oceanicus*
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1
jaeger sp. *Stercorarius sp. (jaeger sp.)*
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Herring Gull *Larus argentatus*
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Great Black-backed Gull *Larus marinus*
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Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to
identify?

 

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Date: 6/26/16 8:05 am
From: <loonphotog...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Least Tern Chick gets chased 6-23-2016 video
Least Tern Chick gets chased 6-23-2016 - Sandy Pt. State Park, Plum Island, MA
Feel free to share.

https://youtu.be/1ObPgCKWzc4

John Rockwood
 

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Date: 6/26/16 7:22 am
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] June 25, 2016 Boston - I'm not hearing any bugs at night, it's been unusually quiet. Anyone else notice this?
I agree with Nancy and Gary, it’s still a bit early and too cool for insect choruses at night, though spring crickets have been chirping in the fields for a couple weeks now. There are several species of crickets, katydids, cicadas, and grasshoppers in Mass., and only a few are spring singers with the bulk tuning up from summer through fall. I started just a couple of years ago to try to identify them by “song”, location, and season and found this website to be helpful, Singing Insects of North America, http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/walker/buzz/index.htm <http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/walker/buzz/index.htm>. Also, this book with accompanying CD has been very enlightening, Guide to Night-singing Insects of the Northeast, Michael DiGiorgio.

Here’s to trilling summer evenings,

Cherrie Corey
Concord, MA


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



> On Jun 25, 2016, at 11:14 PM, Nancy Blasi <nancy.m.blasi...> wrote:
>
> Wait till mid July and the insect chorus will pick up. Different species of cricket begin to sing at different times.
>
> On Sat, Jun 25, 2016 at 7:51 PM, Matt S. <accipiter22...> <mailto:<accipiter22...>> wrote:
> Although this doesn't relate directly to birds, it does have to do with their food I suppose. One of my favorite things to do when I'm going to sleep is lay in bed and listen to the crickets and other bugs in my backyard as I drift off. I noticed a few weeks ago that it was pretty much silent though, and it hasn't picked up one bit. I contacted a few friends/family in the Massachusetts area and they all reported the same, or incredibly reduced (maybe 25% of what's normal) night activity. Is this from the colder spring we had? Any other ideas?
>
>
> Matt Sabourin
> Brighton, MA
> <Accipiter22...> <mailto:<Accipiter22...>
>


 

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Date: 6/25/16 8:39 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Jun 25, 2016: DUCK DRAMA!
> Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
> Jun 25, 2016 10:20 AM - 12:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> Comments: I went here to look for a reported black-throated blue
> warbler but did not hear it. I did find a family of red-breasted
> nuthatches in the red pines area. I walked first back down to the gate,
> then to the Red Pine Trail where I walked a loop, then returned to the
> driveway via the Drumlin Trail. This was all after a stop at the bridge
> on Perkins Row, where I saw some dramatic duck action.
> 33 species
>
> Mallard 10 Hen with 9 TINY ducklings a day or two old at most. She
> was trying to lead them up over the 3-foot-high beaver dam by the Perkins
> Row bridge, and 8 of them made it up within a minute or so. But, of
> course, one little duckling just couldn't find a way up. It kept cheeping
> the whole time and the mother kept calling to it and waiting for it.
> Finally, after about 5 minutes of valiant struggling, the duckling found a
> way to the top--and just then a big bad GREAT EGRET flew into the marsh!
> Luckily the egret did not notice the tasty little morsels, and mom and her
> babies swam off to live another day. Or at least part of this day.
> Great Egret 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Barred Owl 1 The parids and sittids put me onto this adult, perched
> in the mixed forest near the red pines area. I couldn't find any young.
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
> Great Crested Flycatcher 1
> Eastern Kingbird 1
> Warbling Vireo 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 1
> Blue Jay 8 One adult was feeding 2 fledglings.
> American Crow 4
> Tree Swallow 4 I did not spend any time in the fields with the boxes.
> Black-capped Chickadee 7
> Tufted Titmouse 9
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 3 to 5, clearly a family group. The two birds I
> got the binoculars on were colorless on the breast, either worn females
> and/or young.
> White-breasted Nuthatch 5
> House Wren 1
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> Veery 2
> American Robin 4 two adults and two young
> Gray Catbird 1
> Ovenbird 3
> Common Yellowthroat 7
> Pine Warbler 7
> Song Sparrow 3
> Northern Cardinal 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 10
> Common Grackle 1
> Baltimore Oriole 2 Pair feeding young in beautifully concealed nest
> overhanging the water at the Perkins Row bridge; female flew out with a
> fecal sac.
> American Goldfinch 2
> House Sparrow 1
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30389186

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


 

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Date: 6/25/16 8:22 pm
From: Nancy Blasi <nancy.m.blasi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] June 25, 2016 Boston - I'm not hearing any bugs at night, it's been unusually quiet. Anyone else notice this?
Wait till mid July and the insect chorus will pick up. Different species of
cricket begin to sing at different times.

On Sat, Jun 25, 2016 at 7:51 PM, Matt S. <accipiter22...> wrote:

> Although this doesn't relate directly to birds, it does have to do with
> their food I suppose. One of my favorite things to do when I'm going to
> sleep is lay in bed and listen to the crickets and other bugs in my
> backyard as I drift off. I noticed a few weeks ago that it was pretty much
> silent though, and it hasn't picked up one bit. I contacted a few
> friends/family in the Massachusetts area and they all reported the same, or
> incredibly reduced (maybe 25% of what's normal) night activity. Is this
> from the colder spring we had? Any other ideas?
>
>
> Matt Sabourin
> Brighton, MA
> <Accipiter22...>
>

 

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Date: 6/25/16 7:56 pm
From: Gary Freedman <gmf7162...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] June 25, 2016 Boston - I'm not hearing any bugs at night, it's been unusually quiet. Anyone else notice this?
where i live, it is always fairly quiet at night until around the first of
August. Then the crickets are very loud.

I mentioned this to a friend from Pepperel and he's been hearing them for
sometime now. Not hear. This is normal for our place.

as an aside, earlier this year MassBirders were complaining about no
chipmunks. Stow, Sudbury, Maynard area is truly infested with them. I've
never seen so many.

Nature is cyclic and things come and go. Populations rise and ebb. Like
New England weather, just wait a while.

Good birding,

Gary Freedman
Stow, MA
<gmf7162...>

On Sat, Jun 25, 2016 at 7:51 PM, Matt S. <accipiter22...> wrote:

> Although this doesn't relate directly to birds, it does have to do with
> their food I suppose. One of my favorite things to do when I'm going to
> sleep is lay in bed and listen to the crickets and other bugs in my
> backyard as I drift off. I noticed a few weeks ago that it was pretty much
> silent though, and it hasn't picked up one bit. I contacted a few
> friends/family in the Massachusetts area and they all reported the same, or
> incredibly reduced (maybe 25% of what's normal) night activity. Is this
> from the colder spring we had? Any other ideas?
>
>
> Matt Sabourin
> Brighton, MA
> <Accipiter22...>
>

 

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Date: 6/25/16 7:31 pm
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] June 25, 2016 Boston - I'm not hearing any bugs at night, it's been unusually quiet. Anyone else notice this?
Matt,
Are you implying that this spring/early summer is different, is quieter, in
terms of insect sounds than it has been in recent years in your experience,
especially in Brighton?

I cant hear much insect activity without an assisting device like Song
Finder, which I rarely wear in the evening, so I cannot comment on the
relative absence of insect sounds. What I can comment on is the apparent
overall decline of insects populations throughout the geographic areas with
which I am most familiar.

Growing up in the agricultural Midwest, I was accustomed to driving many
evenings and at night, and would regularly have to clean my windshield and
even grill because of all the insect carcasses, many fairly large, smashed
on the glass and metal. I had crazy friends who would ride motorcycles long
distances at night, often without helmets (not required then), and without
visors or eye guards. Ultimately they wore goggles because insect carcasses
were smeared all over their faces, including their eyes and mouths. And it
hurt.

IN the 70s and early 80s, I think there were more grasslands and secondary
growth in New England, and insect contact was an issue, especially at night,
but never as big an issue as in the Midwest or south. Whether it is hard
pesticides, or reforestation, or a combination of the two, I see far fewer
insect hits at night now than I did 40 years ago. This has to have an effect
on many bird populations, such as kestrels, and particularly pure
insectivores.

Best,

Paul


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






 

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Date: 6/25/16 6:56 pm
From: Matt S. <accipiter22...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] June 25, 2016 Boston - I'm not hearing any bugs at night, it's been unusually quiet. Anyone else notice this?
Although this doesn't relate directly to birds, it does have to do with
their food I suppose. One of my favorite things to do when I'm going to
sleep is lay in bed and listen to the crickets and other bugs in my
backyard as I drift off. I noticed a few weeks ago that it was pretty much
silent though, and it hasn't picked up one bit. I contacted a few
friends/family in the Massachusetts area and they all reported the same, or
incredibly reduced (maybe 25% of what's normal) night activity. Is this
from the colder spring we had? Any other ideas?


Matt Sabourin
Brighton, MA
<Accipiter22...>

 

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Date: 6/25/16 3:21 pm
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Confusing Cowbird? Millennium
Hi everyone
At Millennium Park West Roxbury Thursday at sunset I saw pretty plain, non-streaked light brownish bird fly onto top of small exposed bush or tall flower on the side of grassy hill and perch there for a little while. There are lot of savannah/song sparrows there but this was bigger, chunkier and with binocs could see large conical type bill, so thought probably female brown-headed cowbird. The odd thing is this bird had a very small blue splotch near rump. The bird flew short distance (not quick flier, shortish tail) to a few more bushes then down towards trees along path. Didn't seem to be hanging out with other birds.
I didn't think it was very possible this could be a Blue Grosbeak immature but I did see an E-bird report of one at Millennium in 2012. I didn't know enough to look for chestnut wingbars so wasn't really looking for them, and didn't see it very long, though it was only about 15-20 yards away. But bill was definitely too large for sparrow, or a female/imm red-winged bb, so I don't think it could have been anything else but cowbird.
I suppose it could have been blue flower or something caught in the feathers? I do see there are lots of reports of Eve Grosbeaks this year, so who knows. If you are birding there it's something to think about.
Joe Battenfeld
Roslindale
<jbattenfeld...>

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 6/25/16 3:14 pm
From: Kneipfer Eric <erickneipfer...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Blue Grosbeak at Cumberland Farms Field
I took a quick look down the River Street entrance to The Cumbies today (on the Halifax/Middleboro border) and was thrilled to find a young Blue Grosbeak at the manure pits.  I flushed it a little further south and then got great looks.
Here's the WhatBird link confirming it is a second year male (the pics aren't great):
http://www.whatbird.com/forum/index.php?/topic/152212-blue-grosbeak/
I also saw an Eastern Meadowlark and a Grasshopper Sparrow at Plymouth Airport (Gate 6), but no Upland Sandpipers.
Eric KneipferEast Bridgewater
erickneipfer AT yahoo.com


 

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Date: 6/25/16 1:24 pm
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: Common Loon - PRNWR lot 1
Lynette Leka called the store to report 2 1st year Common Loon's in the ocean at lot 1 on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport.

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Bird Watcher's Supply" <birdwsg...>
To: "Massbird" <Massbird...>
Cc: "Supply & Gift, Bird" <birdwsg...>
Sent: Saturday, June 25, 2016 4:17:32 PM
Subject: Common Loon - PRNWR lot



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: 6/25/16 1:24 pm
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Common Loon - PRNWR lot


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: 6/25/16 6:26 am
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sharp-shinned Hawk in Medford (?)
This morning while birding I had what I am 95% sure was a Sharp-shinned Hawk
fly right over me... in Medford!

Naked eye I first thought it was a kestrel coming over the horizon at
treetop level. I was photographing another perched hawk at the time and
looked at the oncoming bird through my EVF, barreling right towards me. I
put the camera down because the hawk was moving far too quickly for me to
photograph head on (was shooting at 83X), and I saw a kestrel-sized
accipiter with short, thick rounded wings; narrow, straight-edged tail; and
extremely rapid, floppy wing beats go right over me. The hawk I had been
photographing didnt budge.

When I see an accipiter in suburban Boston in summer, I automatically assume
Coopers Hawk and know of at least two pairs nesting within approximately
two miles of my location this morning. But this did not look like a
Coopers. It was kestrel sized, not crow-sized, and flying very rapidly with
floppy wing beats. I would tend towards male sharpie, it was so small. The
light was glaring, so could not accurately age the bird. The likelihood
would seem to be that if indeed a Sharp-shinned Hawk, it was a floater, but
how often do you see even floating sharpshins in suburban Boston between
June and mid-August?

In my limited experience, sharpies are much more demure nesters very
secretive than Coopers Hawks, which often seem to intentionally nest
near heavily trafficked areas, along trails and roads. Sharpies are much
more Garbo-like. (I vant to be alone.) Only when there are several
extremely hungry young sharpies in the nest and Dad is running ragged trying
to feed them does it seem relatively easy to find a Sharp-shinned nest, by
echo-location. I have fond memories of hiking in the Maine north woods a
week or two before juvenile sharpies fledged and hearing them almost
everywhere in Baxter State Park when backpacking (and even for a week or two
after fledging).

We have had a modest increase in nesting sharpshins in the state over the
past decade or two, including eastern Massachusetts, or possibly just better
awareness of what to look for. Thus, keep your eyes open (and your mind)
when you see an accipiter in the Greater Boston area. You might be looking
at our smallest accipiter. If so, I hope you have better luck photographing
it.

Best,

Paul


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






 

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Date: 6/25/16 5:46 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/24/16, Foss Reservoir Framingham, Bald Eagle Eaglet Practicing Flying, Photo and Video
I saw the bald eagle eaglets on 6/24/16 at Foss Reservoir in Framingham.
Photo and video at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
(Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1 )
For those who are interested, I also posted some photos and videos from
Farm Pond and the vicinity taken on the same day. One of the photos I
think is interesting is a wild rabbit with partial white coloration.

Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 6/24/16 8:48 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeak reports compiled
Hi MassBirders,

Western Mass Birders (the FaceBook group) has been receiving Evening Grosbeak reports this spring with surprising frequency. I’d also seen a few here on MassBird. After the latest one came in today, I finally decided to spend a few minutes compiling them all, including those from eBird, and Seth Kellogg’s e-mail RBA. I am sharing the results below. Particularly impressive how vast a majority of these are from either Hampshire or Franklin County; less surprising that most are from the western parts of thouse counties.

Some of the people reporting are new to WMB, or to eBird, or to birding in general, so there could be some effect that the number of observers has increased over years past. But enough of these observations come from birders who have been networked for years to convice me that the species is definitely having a better-than-average year in MA in 2016. Hopefully not because their food supply is crashing in some other part of the continent...

May 1, Monterey, Jody Soules

May 3, Shelburne Falls, Elayne Ryba

May 4, Belchertown, Scott Surner

May 4, New Salem, Bill Lafley

May 5-June 6, Colrain, Bill & Helen Olson

May 8, Leverett, Sam Roberts

May 8-June 9, Whately, Bill Benner & Joe Wicinski

May 8-June 11, Conway, Stephen Baker & Sharon Dombeck

May 10, Charlemont, Elayne Ryba (continued into June)

May 11, Pittsfield, Tayler Brooks

May 12, Conway, Devlin Golay (resighted into June)

May 13, Warwick, Glenn d’Entremont

May 13, Colrain, Paul Meleski

May 14, Williamsburg, Stephen Baker & Sharon Dombeck

May 15, Williamstown, Chuck Johnson

May 18, Warwick, Greg Watkevich

May 23, Hawley, Mark Lynch & Sheila Carroll

June 5-18, Easthampton, Nancy Stenberg

June 6, Litchfield CT, Dave Rosgen

June 10, Lanesborough, Hank Gold

June 12, New Marlborough, Jody Soules

June 13, Belchertown, Larry Therrien

June 16, Newbury, David Davis

June 18, Savoy, Mark Lynch & Sheila Carroll

June 20, Stockbridge, Jody Soules

June 20, Heath, Diane Potter

June 21, Turners Falls, Mark Fairbrother

June 23, New Salem, Lee Halasz

June 24, Shutesbury, Bee Emily



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: 6/24/16 7:18 pm
From: <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Saturn
Massbirders, if I may..Take your scope outside and point it to the southern sky... If you've never seen the rings of Saturn....they're right there waiting..awesome sight. And Saturn is only 746 million miles away..a billion and a half km.
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 6/24/16 12:34 pm
From: Griffin Richards <griffingrichards...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Franklin's Gull, Race Point Beach
At least one of Blair’s Franklin’s Gulls is still hanging around, seen and photographed this afternoon (6/24) at race point beach about a half mile west of the parking lot. Appears to be the same bird as the one seen on 6/23

Griffin
 

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Date: 6/24/16 11:35 am
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Book Reading Tonight at Joppa Flats
Dear Massbirders,

(With permission from the moderator).

Just a quick reminder that I'll be reading from my new book, Lost Among the Birds, and signing copies at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats (Newburyport) this evening at 7pm.

It's free and if you don't care about the book, then come for the light refreshments and cookies!

I hope to see you later,
- Neil

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA
<neil.hayward...>

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 6/24/16 8:32 am
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Coolidge Point - Kettle Island -- 06-23-16
Last evening, David Larson and I together with Ramona of Trustees of
Reservations hosted "Dinner with the Herons" at Coolidge Point (Coolidge
Reservation) in Manchester. We had a great turn out of about 40 folks,
including a couple from Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. For a couple
of hours, we watched various members of Kettle Island's heron colony coming
from and going to the island. The earlier dreaded weather forecast morphed
into a beautiful evening and gave us great viewing opportunities in
early-evening light.

Our list:
American Black Duck
Common Eider (6) - 2 ad females, 4 young.
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron (1) - leaving island.
TRICOLORED HERON (1) - going to island.
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Glossy Ibis - most numerous of island inhabitants.
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER (1) - heard and seen several times flying from island
to Coolidge Point and returning to s. end of island.
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
House Wren
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Song Sparrow

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

 

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Date: 6/24/16 4:30 am
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle this morning
Lots of wading activity this morning in the main pan off the observation platform.

21 - Snowy Egret
11 - Great Egrets
2- Black-crowned Night Heron
1 - Great Blue Heron
1 - Little blue Heron
1 - White-rumped Sandpiper

Numerous Common & Least Tern

Also a Chipping Sparrow is chipping in the main parking lot...have not heard one since early May.

Sean Riley
Plum Island
<Newburyowls...>

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 6/24/16 4:28 am
From: Derek Brown <derekbrownbuild...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] oystercatcher, essex bay
Solitary, seen from conomo point, on the "spit", thursday 7p.m

derek brown
essex ma

 

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Date: 6/24/16 3:40 am
From: Blair Nikula <odenews...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Chatham Pelagic - Sunday (6/26)
I tried sending this yesterday, but keep getting "delayed" messages, so
I'll try again.

After a long delay due to work on the boat, we have finally scheduled
our first pelagic trip for this Sunday, 6/26, leaving the Chatham Fish
Pier at 7:00 a.m., and returning about 11:00 a.m. The cost is
$100/person. At this point the weather looks fine (sunny with light E
winds).

A couple days ago the captain saw numbers of shearwaters just outside
the inlet, and another fisherman reports lots of birds 4-5 miles
offshore, so things seem to be hopping out there.

If interested, let me know a.s.a.p.

Blair Nikula

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

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

 

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Date: 6/23/16 4:51 pm
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] moderator - spam post
An account was just hacked and spam sent to the list.

I've removed this address.

The rule of thumb is to never click on a link in a generic email like
this. Spelling errors are also a tipoff.

As always, keep your virus and firewall software and definitions up
to date.

Good birding!

Barbara Volkle, moderator MASSBIRD
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

 

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Date: 6/23/16 1:47 pm
From: <steve...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] exciting
Hi,

There is somethig very exciting that you are gonna love for sure! Please, take a look <http://prokexocre.cwiekas.com/aeuqqc>

Kind regards, <steve...>


 

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Date: 6/23/16 4:42 am
From: <maurice.gilmore...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black-bill, Newton
 

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Date: 6/23/16 3:28 am
From: <dave.williams6...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach - Royal tern
Crane Beach, Ipswich, MA, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jun 22, 2016 11:10 AM - 6:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.5 mile(s)
Comments: Off and on observations while working at the beach.
50 species

Double-crested Cormorant 4
Great Egret 2 Fox Creek marsh
Snowy Egret 2 Fox Creek marsh.
Glossy Ibis 4 Fox Creek marsh.
Semipalmated Plover 1
Piping Plover 12
Killdeer 2
Willet 7
Ring-billed Gull 45
Herring Gull 8
Great Black-backed Gull 7
Least Tern 38
Royal Tern 1 Seen approx. 2.0 miles east on front beach on a rising tide. Associating with gulls. Watched it for five minutes before it flew ESE towards Rockport.
Mourning Dove 3
Chimney Swift 6 Flying into chimneys at the Crane estate.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Eastern Kingbird 6
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 1
Tree Swallow 2
Bank Swallow 9
Barn Swallow 7
Black-capped Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 9
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 2
Cedar Waxwing 5
Common Yellowthroat 5
American Redstart 1
Yellow Warbler 6
Pine Warbler 3
Chipping Sparrow 8
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 10
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Orchard Oriole 3
Baltimore Oriole 3
House Finch 2
Purple Finch 3
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 1

Dave Williams
Reading, MA

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30351058

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 6/22/16 12:54 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island (PRNWR) - 06-22-2016
David Moon and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of Joppa
Flats on to Plum Island. The skies were cloudy to partly cloudy, temp in
high 60s to low 70s, air calm (the gnats were fierce on Hellcat dike!). I
heard a report or two of greenheads . . . .

Our list:
Canada Goose
Mute Swan (2) - main panne.
American Black Duck (5) - small pannes.
Mallard
Northern Shoveler (1) - ad female; North Pool Overlook.
Wild Turkey (3) - marsh n. refuge gate.
Double-crested Cormorant (3)
Great Blue Heron (2) - 1, NPO; 1, North Pool - Hellcat dike.
Great Egret (5) - various.
Snowy Egret(3) - various.
Glossy Ibis (~ 25) - various; small groups.
Osprey (4) - 2, ramp platform; 2, Pines platform.
Black-bellied Plover (7) - Bill Forward Pool.
Semipalmated Plover (1) - BFP.
Killdeer (2) - 1, small panne.
Greater Yellowlegs (2) - BFP.
Willet - many.
Lesser Yellowlegs (4) - BFP.
Semipalmated Sandpiper (5) - BFP.
Herring Gull (1)
Least Tern (3) - pannes.
Common Tern (3) - pannes.
Mourning Dove (1)
Willow Flycatcher (1) - Hellcat dike area.
Great Crested Flycatcher (1) - NPO area.
Eastern Kingbird (5) - various.
Red-eyed Vireo (1) - Goodno.
Blue Jay (~ 5) - S-curves.
American Crow (3)
Purple Martin (5) - lot #1.
Tree Swallow (~ 5) - various.
Barn Swallow (1) - The Wardens.
Black-capped Chickadee (2) - 1, The Wardens; 1, Hellcat lot.
Marsh Wren (3) - marsh w. ramp.
American Robin
Gray Catbird - many.
Northern Mockingbird (2) - 1, The Wardens; 1, new blind.
Brown Thrasher (2)
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing - many.
Common Yellowthroat (4) - various.
American Redstart (2) - Goodno.
Yellow Warbler (3) - various.
Eastern Towhee - many.
Song Sparrow (4) - various.
Bobolink (~ 8) - North Field & The Wardens field.
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole (2) - Goodno.
Purple Finch (2) - 1, Hellcat lot; 1, new blind.
American Goldfinch (2)
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: 6/22/16 11:25 am
From: Scott Santino <ssantino...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Possible breeding Black-throated Blue Warbler Ipswich River WS?
While out and about on the sanctuary today I heard what sounded like a Cerulean Warbler. The song was rapid, much faster than that of a Black-throated Blue. And then the sky opened and it was time to run for cover. After the rain stopped I returned to the location and was able to get visual confirmation of a male Black-throated Blue still singing a very rapid, Cerulean-like song. It was brought to my attention by Jim MacDougall that there has never been a confirmed breeding Black-throated Blue in Essex County. Stay tuned...

Scott Santino
Naturalist & Camp Director
Mass Audubon
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary


 

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Date: 6/21/16 6:31 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Peregrines: fledgling wing flapping - Photos!


After fledging, the young peregrine falcons continue to work at strengthening their flight muscles. They are frequently seen near the natal site flapping their wings and preparing for increasingly longer flights around the local area. This young male fledgling was recently seen with two other siblings on the corner of a rooftop of an abandoned warehouse building in the late day sun! Notice the leg bands, black over green, 85/BS.




For those with an interest, 5 photos of the flapping male fledgling:




http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/163475007

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




Enjoy,

Craig Gibson

Winchester, MA

cbgibson AT comcast.net



 

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Date: 6/21/16 4:42 pm
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] NEIL HAYWARD - BOOK READING AT JOPPA FLATS, FRI 6.24 7PM
Posted with permission from the moderator.


Local birder *Neil Hayward* will be reading from his new book, *LOST AMONG
THE BIRDS* at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats this Friday (June 24th) at 7pm.


There will be light refreshments and an opportunity to purchase the book
and have it signed by the author. The event is sponsored by the Brookline
Bird Club and Mass Audubon.


Lost Among the Birds is the story of Neil’s record-breaking ABA Big Year in
2013 (in which he recorded 749 species), and a personal memoir of finding
meaning in a transformative year.


“Hayward is a remarkable observer–not only of birds and landscapes, but
also of human nature. His keen insights and candid introspection, with a
fine balance of humor and poignancy, elevate this story to something more
than a mere birding tale, and you don’t have to know a thing about birds to
love this book.”*–Kenn Kaufman, author of Kingbird Highway*


Join me at 7pm on Friday to hear more!


- Neil


Neil Hayward

<neil.hayward...>

Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 6/21/16 2:49 pm
From: Migration Productions <semiplover...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ravens (4) Allston/Brighton
I have been seeing a pair of Ravens in the Allston/Brighton area near my
office for a few years now. Today was the first day I have seen adult
Ravens with fledglings. There were four birds, two adults and two juveniles
on the large empty warehouse corner of Everett Street and Lincoln Street.

I have suspected a nest site in the area just not sure where. That said to
my mind this may prove Ravens nesting in Allston/Brighton.

There were Ravens nesting in the West Roxbury quarry, not sure if they are
still there. So these would be the second pair to nest in Boston. Unless
someone knows of others?

 

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Date: 6/21/16 9:07 am
From: Ann Gurka <snowyegret7...>
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Incorrect Ebird report re Yellow-crowned Night Heron--actually black crowned 1st year
I also reported a YCNH seen in this same area on Sunday - but it was definitely not the same bird pictured by Ted as shown in his link below. Unfortunately I did not have a camera with me. I reported in my eBird list that I puzzled over the ID, but felt it was YCNH (I would, of course, appreciate input from any birders who might have seen this bird - it was seen in the field between the Warden's and North Pool Overlook on Sunday around noon or shortly thereafter). The bird I saw was slender with an overall slate blue/gray color, no breeding plumes, and an all black bill - I initially though BCNH, but it just didn't totally fit with BCNH.

Here is my eBird list:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30304357


From Ted Bradford's post:
"I recorded a Yellow-crowned Night Heron (which I had initially reported as Black-crowned). In looking at photos I changed it to yellow-crowned because of the black bill and several small white spots on the back/wing. BUT, another birder (thanks Tim.birder on flickr!) pointed out that bill shape, and time of year (and other features) are indicative of yr BC."

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30319831

link to flickr pic

https://flic.kr/p/HWFW39


Ann GurkaWatertown MA
 

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Date: 6/21/16 8:37 am
From: Theodore Bradford <tbradfordlicsw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Incorrect Ebird report re Yellow-crowned Night Heron--actually black crowned 1st year
Hello Massbirders,

I recorded a Yellow-crowned Night Heron (which I had initially reported as
Black-crowned). In looking at photos I changed it to yellow-crowned
because of the black bill and several small white spots on the back/wing.
BUT, another birder (thanks Tim.birder on flickr!) pointed out that bill
shape, and time of year (and other features) are indicative of yr BC.

I saw another ebird alert of this same bird with same ID so thought I
should post this, as others might also learn from this. photo link and
ebird submission links below for anyone interested. And apologies if
anyone decided to go find this bird, though I suspect more people would be
OTLO for the Tri-colored!

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30319831

link to flickr pic

https://flic.kr/p/HWFW39


Best,
Ted Bradford
Jamaica Plain

 

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Date: 6/21/16 7:46 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/20/16, Fisk Pond and Vicinity in Natick, Photos and Video
Seen on 6/20/16 at Fisk Pond and Vicinity in Natick
Photos and video of some at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
(Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1 )

Great Blue Heron (The video shows a red-winged blackbird flying into the
tail of the heron as the heron is wading. You can see there is contact
because the tail of the heron is moved by the impact. The heron flies
off a few seconds later and it is interesting to watch in slow motion
because the video shows how the heron crouches down and then leaps up to
take flight.)

Double-crested Cormorant (In the video the cormorant also crouches
before taking flight but it seems to jump to get forward momentum rather
than height - possibly because the bird is on a high branch at the time.)

Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Canada Goose
Mallard, Ducklings
Mute Swan, Cygnets
Grackles
American Robin
Kingbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Northern Mockingbird
American Goldfinch

Other animals:
White-tailed deer, Doe and Fawn

I'm pretty sure there is a green heron appearing near the pond at Pegan
Cove park in Natick. I thought I saw one a few weeks ago and today
someone showed me a photo of one they had seen there a few days ago.


Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 6/21/16 7:24 am
From: Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sandy Point, Plum Island images
These images were taken last Saturday morning at my last outing with my bird photography class. Gorgeous morning to photograph piping plovers, terns, glossy Ibis, cedar waxwings, turkeys, Goldfinches and Kingbirds.
http://www.delsolar.org/webs/birds/plumisland16/content/_76A1827_large.html

Eduardo del Solar
<delsolar...>
Boston Ma

website
http://delsolar.org/

 

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Date: 6/20/16 4:53 pm
From: Peter Flood <pomarine...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] July 16, 2016 Brookline Bird Club Extreme Pelagic Opportunity

Hi All,

The Brookline Bird Club is running a dedicated pelagic trip to the edge of the continental shelf south and east of Nantucket on July 16, 2016. The cost of this trip is $195 for members and $215 for non members.  If you are considering this trip, now is the time to sign up.  See the link below for how to register.
  
http://www.brooklinebirdclub.org/pelagic-trips-2/

Seabirds are arriving in our waters.  Over the past 2-3 days there has been an impressive influx of upwards of 30 Humpback Whales and attendant seabirds on the Southeast Corner of Stellwagen Bank gorging themselves of sand lance.

The July 16 BBC trip to the edge of the continental shelf, associated deep  sea canyons, and warm gulf stream influenced water masses provides an exceptional opportunity to see much sought after seabirds such as Black-capped Petrel, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, Red-billed and White-tailed Tropicbirds, White-faced Storm-Petrel, and many other possibilities.  

I recently spent 10 days (May 20 - May 30 one day weathered out) offshore Hatteras, NC with Brian Patteson and Kate Sutherland of Seabirding, Inc. Many of the seabirds tallied off North Carolina have been recorded in our waters.  Birds such as Trindade Petrel, Fea's Petrel, Bermuda Petrel, and Masked Booby are all possibilities on the BBC trips and have been recorded in Massachusetts.  A European Storm-Petrel was seen on June 10, 2016 off Hatteras and is perhaps long overdue to be seen in our offshore waters.  But, we have to get out there in order to try and find these birds!  

Here is a link to my Flickr album with photos from some of the 2016 Hatteras, NC Trips that I participated in.  

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9191812@N02/albums/72157668686713075

I hope you will join the BBC offshore for July 16, 2016 for an amazing opportunity to get down to the continental shelf edge and help us find some of these incredible seabirds!

Peter


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


 

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Date: 6/20/16 4:52 pm
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] endangered species story on WGBH Greater Boston
Nice story on tonight's show included peregrine falcons and bald
eagles.

http://news.wgbh.org/2016/06/20/local-news/how-massachusetts-saving-threatened-species-extinction

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

 

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Date: 6/20/16 3:14 pm
From: Mark Fairbrother <bogelfin...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turners Falls Evening Grosbeaks
A pair of Evening Grosbeaks paid a one minute visit to a back yard feeding
station in Turners Falls late yesterday afternoon. First I've seen here in
the valley in years at any season.



Mark Fairbrother

Montague, MA 01351




 

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Date: 6/20/16 2:15 pm
From: Daniel Geary <dan_geary...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] BOLO? What is BOLO?
Be On the LookOut!

Dan Geary
Dan underscore Geary at Verizon dot net

> On Jun 20, 2016, at 4:03 PM, <brianrfg...> wrote:
>
> What, pray tell, is a BOLO Tricolored Heron?
>
> Brian Cassie, Foxboro

 

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Date: 6/20/16 1:36 pm
From: <brianrfg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BOLO? What is BOLO?
What, pray tell, is a BOLO Tricolored Heron?


Brian Cassie, Foxboro

 

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Date: 6/19/16 7:40 pm
From: Mark Fairbrother <bogelfin...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Turners Falls Evening Grosbeaks
Earlier this evening a pair of Evening Grosbeaks paid a 30-second visit to a
yard in Turners Falls. First ones I've seen below the Berkshires in years,
at any time of year let alone mid-June.



Mark Fairbrother

Montague, MA 01351




 

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Date: 6/19/16 7:38 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pied Little Blue Heron at DWWS Marshfield
Saw this heron in the pan at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, aka
Dwyer Farm, today.

The pied plumage indicates a young bird probably around 1 year old.

It was actively feeding in the pan and took at least one frog,
swallowing it quickly - mmmm!

For a photo showing the plumage which is rather striking, see the
following link.

http://www.pbase.com/gwgove/image/163497676

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro


 

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Date: 6/19/16 3:04 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/18 Fowl Meadow Cuckoos, Raptors in Mitlon and Canton
Hi,
I walked the full length of the path and then looped back via the upland area. The entrance is in Milton, on Brush Hill Rd. This is just around the bend from historic Paul's Bridge. This triple arch stone bridge is the same type of construction as that of the historic bridge in downtown Ipswich. I birded from 2:10 p.m.-7:00 p.m. As evening approached, I decided to bird in the uplands(I was wearing short sleeves, and didn't want to be dinner for loads of mosquitoes)

HIGHLIGHTS FROM FOWL MEADOW:

BROAD-WINGED HAWK 1 chased by a Great Crested Flycatcher midway down; rather high up
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK 1 flew by me in the swampy area
Killdeer 1
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 a bit beyond the half-way point (the four-way intersection)
Cuckoo sp. 2 together; near the Black-billed; north end

Great Crested Flycatcher 2+
Willow Flycatcher 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Warbling Vireo 5
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Fish Crow x heard
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 11 including a family; great habitat for them here
Wood Thrush 11 mostly upland area singing near dusk
Veery 2
Blue-winged Warbler 2
Black and White Warbler 2
Pine Warbler 2
Ovenbird 3
American Redstart 3
Yellowthroat 20 estimate
Yellow Warbler 20 estimate
Eastern Towhee 13
Swamp Sparrow 6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5

LEPIDS:

Tiger Swallowtail 1
Black Swallowtail 1
Pearl Crescent 2
Red Admiral 2
Common Wood Nymph 7
Least Skipper 7
skipper sp. 1
P.S. a beautiful Northern Leopard Frog was on the path, and no other humans!(with the exception of a bicyclist!) Last time I was here, a young couple came with FOURTEEN UNLEASHED DOGS!! This was on the narrow river trail.

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 6/19/16 3:02 pm
From: mike sylvia <mikesylvia87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Royal tern - between Elisabeth Islands and Martha's vineyard
Bird seen feeding with mixed flock of roseate, common, and least terns today.

Mike Sylvia
Lakeville
 

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Date: 6/19/16 5:24 am
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Ceruleans at Skinner

> On Jun 18, 2016, at 7:34 PM, Greg Dysart <gsdysart...> wrote:
>
> On Friday afternoon June 18, I went to see the Cerulean Warbler nest at the last hairpin on top of Mt Holyoke, Skinner State Park. The nest was empty. Did anyone see the young fledge? or at least young with feathers?

I reproduced Greg’s inquiry in the Western Mass Birders group on FaceBook, and Larry Therrien replied “It appears at least some successfully fledged...there was a female feeding a juv near the nest on Wednesday morning”

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: 6/19/16 4:35 am
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] TWO Gull-billed Terns
There were technical problems with the mail server at the ISP running
Massbird on the 17th and 18th. These have been resolved.

Barbara Volkle, moderator MASSBIRD
Northborough, MA
<barb620...>

 

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Date: 6/18/16 5:36 pm
From: Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] TWO Gull-billed Terns
Thanks to the many people who replied to my request on when they got my “TWO Gull-billed Terns” message via Massbird. The results are confusing so I’ll just summarize them and let you ponder:

quickly — 4 people
11 hour delay — 3 persons (around 5 pm yesterday (17th) afternoon)
13 hour delay - 1 person
19 hour delay — 11 persons including me (between midnight and 1:30 this morning (18th))
31 hour delay - 5 persons (around 1 pm this afternoon (18th))
hasn’t arrived yet - 1 person

Having verizon as email server does not seem to be the problem, as verizon users were in different of these groups.

A few persons asked me to either add them to the Plum Island mailing list (which I cannot do) or to send information on how to join (which I can do). To join go to:

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/plumislandbirds/info

and click the “join group” button.

Tom Wetmore

> On Jun 18, 2016, at 3:11 AM, Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...> wrote:
>
> Mass birders,
>
> I sent this forwarded message to Massbird at 6:15 am on the 17th of June; I received it from Massbird at 1:12 am on the 18th. That is a delay of 19 hours. I often experience long delays getting Massbird messages; for your sake I hope that the problem is with me, that it is my verizon.net email address that is causing the problem. If that is the case here, then I apologize for bothering you with my problem.
>
> I also sent the message to the Plum Island email list, which delivered it to me in less than a minute. My experience with Massbird delays is such that I often send messages about Plum Island birds only to the Plum Island list. But for something as special as two Gull-billed Terns, I feel I should be a good birding citizen and post the news more broadly. But it is embarrassing to think that this message, quickly and rashly composed by iPhone, intended to get the news out about special birds in an instantaneous manner, probably caused consternation if you received it at the same time that I did.
>
> I would appreciate it if one or two of you could let me know when you got this gull-billed tern message. If only I experienced the delay then I will continue to send on-the-spot, rare bird sighting messages to Massbird. If the delay was more general then my trend of sending fewer and fewer rare bird messages to Massbird will likely continue.
>
> Tom Wetmore


 

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Date: 6/18/16 4:41 pm
From: Greg Dysart <gsdysart...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ceruleans at Skinner
On Friday afternoon June 18, I went to see the Cerulean Warbler nest at the last hairpin on top of Mt Holyoke, Skinner State Park. The nest was empty. Did anyone see the young fledge? or at least young with feathers?

Greg Dysart
http://dysart.zenfolio.com/
Natick, MA



 

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Date: 6/18/16 1:17 pm
From: Thomas Wetmore <ttw4...>
Subject: Fwd: [MASSBIRD] TWO Gull-billed Terns
Mass birders,

I sent this forwarded message to Massbird at 6:15 am on the 17th of June; I received it from Massbird at 1:12 am on the 18th. That is a delay of 19 hours. I often experience long delays getting Massbird messages; for your sake I hope that the problem is with me, that it is my verizon.net email address that is causing the problem. If that is the case here, then I apologize for bothering you with my problem.

I also sent the message to the Plum Island email list, which delivered it to me in less than a minute. My experience with Massbird delays is such that I often send messages about Plum Island birds only to the Plum Island list. But for something as special as two Gull-billed Terns, I feel I should be a good birding citizen and post the news more broadly. But it is embarrassing to think that this message, quickly and rashly composed by iPhone, intended to get the news out about special birds in an instantaneous manner, probably caused consternation if you received it at the same time that I did.

I would appreciate it if one or two of you could let me know when you got this gull-billed tern message. If only I experienced the delay then I will continue to send on-the-spot, rare bird sighting messages to Massbird. If the delay was more general then my trend of sending fewer and fewer rare bird messages to Massbird will likely continue.

Tom Wetmore


> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: Tom Wetmore <ttw4...>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] TWO Gull-billed Terns
> Date: June 17, 2016 at 6:15:46 AM EDT
> To: Plum Island Birds <plumislandbirds...>
> Cc: mabird <massbird...>
> Reply-To: Tom Wetmore <ttw4...>
>
> At the pans now.
>
> Sent from my iPhone


 

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Date: 6/18/16 10:59 am
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/16 Plum Island Unusual Shorebirds
Boy, was I fortunate to come upon Geoff Wood looking at the invisible Gull-billed Tern at the salt pan.(lol) Not only does he have a car, but also a spotting scope!

All these birds were at the Bill Forward Pool. The light was much better on the dike at mid-day than at the bird blind.

Blue-winged Teal 1 male
Semipalmated Plover 5
White-rumped Sandpiper 1
Dunlin 1
WILSON'S FALDEROL 1 female (didn't see the male)
Ruddy Turnstone 1
P.S. The Gull-billed Tern was a no-show at the salt pans. (It had been seen in the morning by someone, I was told.) Laughing Gull flew by at lot #5 ocean. Another was a bit west of Joppa Flats Audubon, roosting on the mudflats of the Merrimack River at low tide with some Bonaparte's Gulls.

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 6/18/16 10:58 am
From: Reli Abilities <reli.abilities...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Field mowing
all due respect but just because these people are voluteering their time, doesn't mean its acceptable to not know what the boards are suppose to be doing, and thats make decisions based on the very best interest of the people they represent

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



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




--------------------------------------------
On Thu, 6/16/16, <blafley...> <blafley...> wrote:

Subject: [MASSBIRD] Field mowing
To: <raptormafia...>
Cc: "Massbird" <Massbird...>
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016, 2:00 PM

Dan,

I sat on Con Comms in two towns that I lived in and I am the
only birder that was on either of those boards. I certainly
didn't know where every bird was nesting in town, fields or
otherwise. I think letting them know is great and I also
think until you walk a mile in someone's shoes don't be too
quick to judge. Folks on those boards are volunteering their
time and any assistance from citizens is much appreciated.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<Blafley...>
 

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Date: 6/18/16 10:57 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/16/16, Framingham: Foss Reservoir, Bald Eagle, Eaglets, Photos and Video. Also Farm Pond, and vicinity,
Seen on 6/16/16 in Framingham at Foss Reservoir, Farm Pond, and vicinity:

Photos and video of some at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
(Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1 )

Foss Reservoir:
Bald Eagle, Eaglets
Great Blue Heron
Double Crested Cormorant

Farm Pond:
American Robin Juvenile
Red-winged Blackbirds
Mute Swans, Cygnets
Mallard, Ducklings,
Song Sparrow,
Grackles

Farm Pond Park:
Great Blue Heron
Grackles

Burdette Avenue:
Baltimore Oriole

Reservoir #1:
Wood Duck, Ducklings

Other animals:
Frog (Farm Pond)
Eastern Painted Turtle (Farm Pond)
Snapping Turtle (Sudbury River)
Eastern Cotton Tail (Farm Pond)


Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 6/17/16 10:09 pm
From: Patty O'Neill <pattyoneill...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gull-billed tern at Plum I.


Hi





Christine Whitebread and I had the gull-billed tern at the Plum I. pannes at 5:45 p.m. today, June 16, and it was still there when we left at 6:10 p.m. We arrived mid-morning and had checked the pannes for a while on arrival and then again mid-afternoon. We returned at 4:30 p.m. determined to wait it out. We did and with success.





It appeared to come in from the North and seemed to be fly-catching very low over the algae but on only one occasion did the bill seem to actually touch the algae. It spent about five minutes on a mud mini-island near the South end of the pannes.



Good birding,

Patty O'Neill

Milton MA

pattyoneillatverizon.net
 

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Date: 6/17/16 10:09 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle south Boston Harbor/Quincy/Milton area
Is anyone aware of an eagle nesting in the southern Boston Harbor/Quincy/Milton area? An adult eagle was seen catching a fish from Quincy Bay and flying with it south of Squantum out of sight taking it on a line to Wollaston/Milton/Neponset River. The birds wintering at Milton Landing have not been seen to my knowledge after March. But there are areas remote enough not to be noticed by the average person. So, any sightings of eagles from Quincy/Milton in the last two months?

Glenn

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

 

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Date: 6/17/16 10:09 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gull-billed Terns Wellfleet and Royal Tern Provincetown (6/17)
Two Gull-billed Terns were feeding in the marsh at Lieutenant Island in Wellfleet this afternoon from 3:15 - 4:30pm. They were last seen flying to the NNE after being spooked by a large yellow coast guard helicopter that was circling low over the marsh.
When they were feeding, they were flying around and landing on the mud flats (it was low tide) near the Osprey nest on the north side of the bridge. They were fairly distant and the heat shimmer was horrible, but walking out the beach brought us close enough for diagnostic photos. Their broad pale wings stood out at a distance, and when we got closer, the stubby black bill, and black lining the edge of the underside of the primaries were seen.

Not sure where they headed, but Hatches Harbor at low tide is probably one of the places to check.
There was also a Royal Tern and 1 or 2 1st cycle Arctic Terns at the Hatches Harbor Flats this morning on a mid (rising) tide.

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


 

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Date: 6/17/16 10:08 pm
From: MFB <badgerm...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mass Ave Osprey Boston
Hunting mid day in Friday traffic! I've seen this bird a half dozen times between the BU and Mass Ave bridges. Always while driving, though.

Is this the sign of an increasingly healthy city river?

M.Badger
Cambridge

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 6/17/16 10:08 pm
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island 6/16/16: Searching for the Gull-billed Tern. Remarkable? Memorable? Incredible?
A nice morning on Plum Island. Julie and I had gone looking early for the
Gull-billed Tern, which finally decided NOT to hang out at the Salt Pans. No
one we talked to had seen it this morning, at the Salt Pans (pannes), at
Sandy Point, at the New Blind, wherever. After enjoying willets (without
visible young), and great looks at female Bobolinks (rare for me), we had
good company and nice shorebirds at the New Blind. Dunlin, Ruddy Turnstone,
multiple Black-bellied Plover, and a pair of Wilsons Phalaropes, all in
breeding plumage. Semipals of both persuasions. It was cool and comfortable,
with good views of Salt Marsh and Field Sparrows, and orioles. A nice day to
be out after ten days of yard and office work.

We were preparing to head home when nature called and we stopped at Hellcat
for the restrooms. Just to check things out quickly, we walked up the dike,
seeing a Red Squirrel and a really fast Meadow Vole close and well. Anytime
I see a Meadow Vole well is a good day. It has, in fact, been an unusually
good spring for seeing meadow voles in multiple places on Plum. Good for
attracting raptors later in the year.

Carp, some very large, even enormous, were feeding and apparently spawning
in the North Pool, creating a lot of ruckus. Otherwise there were a few
Mallards, a Killdeer, and a Semipal Plover. Pretty prosaic. Suddenly I
spotted very sleek, long torpedoes speeding along the inside shoreline of
the pool. River Otter! No. THREE River Otters rocketing from the long
channel and paralleling the dike along the inside shoreline. One very large
otter, and two somewhat smaller otters in the behemoths wake. An enormous
Carp had just approached the inside shore across from the beaver lodge and
flailed wildly, nosily. Maybe good for attracting female, egg-bearing carp,
but also good for attracting an adult otter with hungry kids to feed. It was
the last splash that carp ever made. The lead otter corralled it quickly
between itself and the close shore and whipped into the carp, grabbing the
enormous fish in its jaws. The battle was over before it began. I presume
Dad (have not read up on otter breeding behaviors, so correct me if I am
wrong) turned immediately and swam back up the route just described, heading
north up the west side of the pool, followed closely by two apparent
youngsters. Even locked in the otters jaws, the fish was so large that both
ends still were in the water out of sight. Had to be at least several
pounds, and maybe well above that. Julie and I just looked at each other
incredulously, and two women photographers nearby who asked what was that
were quickly briefed. Weve seen otters on Plum every year or two, but
never this close and this well, and taking prey. We were ecstatic.

Experienced (read old) hawk watchers know that when something is happening
in front of you, you should look behind you as well because half of all
wildlife on earth is always behind you. I looked, expecting the same
birdless flats I had seen just minutes earlier. Only there was a mink,
running across the mudflats with what appears to have been a large rat in
its jaws! Undulating across the flats making for the water, and then
swimming to the distant dike and carrying the prey back to its den. What?
Get real? Three otters and a mink within 30 seconds! I have not had that
conjunction of mammals in 40+ years of visiting Plum. Or anywhere! What?
Behind me again I then spied a single river otter swimming along the far
shore and disappearing into the marsh just across from us. I looked behind
us again, and there was the mink, swimming back across the Forward Pool and
disappearing into the marsh grasses while Killdeers raised holy hell. We
lost sight of the mink, but knew exactly where he/she was.... Then loping
back across the flats with another prey item in its mouth. Run the video
again. Swimming back to the den, and almost immediately returning to swim
back across the channel......Encroyable! How many hungry little minks were
in that den? Julie and I love mustelids but rarely see them well, and almost
never this well, with prey three times. Run the video again, Sam. The mink
goes swimming east once again, this time accompanied by three Mallards! They
swim alongside the mink nonchalantly (and yet I have seen mink take
Mallards!). The ducks even lift off and land just in front of the mink as it
swims along, but the weasel paid them no attention. They knew something...
They had to. The mink disappeared into the vegetation once again, but did
not come out again whiled we waited.

Suddenly I shouted out loud to Julie. A beautiful, fairly, large white bird
was flying right in front of us, just above eye level, checking out the Bill
Forward Pool. The Gull-billed Tern! I pointed out the large, black bill and
uniform color to Julie, who could not recall ever seeing the species before.
(She had.) Close and well, making several sallies over the cove before
heading north. The bird we had been specifically looking for, and the best
and closest views Ive ever had in Massachusetts, and amongst my best ever.

The two women photographers from Rockport, who visit the island weekly, said
they had to leave. I advised them that in light of our experience on the
dike, there was probably a mountain lion between the dike and the parking
lot. They laughed and said there probably was, based on what they had just
seen. My last words to them were, Whatever you do, when you see the
mountain lion DO NOT RUN! (I never saw those women again.)

Back in the car I said to Julie that our experience on the dike was really
remarkable. It ranks up there with our sudden, great but all-too brief look
at a Lynx in Alaska, a species I had never ever expected to see. Or just not
thinking ahead clearly and suddenly seeing two pods of Killer Whales on that
same trip to Alaska, including two mating right next to our boat. Julie took
issue with my word remarkable. It was memorable! she said. Not just
remarkable. Memorable. Whatever, it was incredible. Absolutely incredible.

Best,

Paul


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








 

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Date: 6/17/16 10:08 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Peregrines: flight landing skills - Photos!


Like a young child learning to walk, it takes a lot of time and practice for these peregrine falcon fledglings to learn how to land smoothly and gracefully. Quite a treat to watch three of the fledglings play around on the roof atop the west wing of the New Balance factory complex on Merrimack Street in Lawrence!




4 photos of three fledglings and a slightly off balance landing sequence: http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/163474994




All of these young falcons have the “equipment” they need to fly and flapping is pure instinct. What is the hardest part with the initial flights is getting the hang of how to use the equipment they have–how to steer, how to glide, how to lose or gain speed and altitude and otherwise maneuver. It can be a sharp learning curve regarding landing – honing the above skills as well as figuring out what surfaces are good and easy to land on and which surfaces are not quite right.




Also, the variety of glass windows, and their shape and sizes, and how the windows reflect the sky that can be extremely confusing to a young, inexperienced peregrine. City environments do present unique dangers that a wilderness cliff nest may not, but the urban habitats also have their perks in the way of abundant food, warmth and people on the ground watching out for them should they happen to end up on the ground!




Enjoy,

Craig Gibson

Winchester, MA

cbgibson AT comcast.net




Blog: www.lawrenceperegrines.com

 

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Date: 6/16/16 5:26 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] SSBC trip to Mt Greylock-meeting place missing
My trip to Mt Greylock for the South Shore Bird Club is missing the meeting place and time from the bulletin.

We are meeting at 6:00 a.m. at the visitors center parking area in Lanesborough; North Main Street off of Rt 7, right on Greylock Road and bear left onto Rockwell Road; total distance about 3/4 to one mile off of Rt 7.

Glenn

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

 

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Date: 6/16/16 4:38 pm
From: Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Leucistic responses and Rough-winged Swallow question
Thanks to all the birders who ventured an opinion on the white bird in Fairhaven.
The number one answer was Common Grackle and the second place went to Red-winged Blackbird.
I went back later but the bird was gone.

We saw a Northern Rough-winged Swallow land on one of the rocks on the hurricane barrier. It was pecking at what I thought was paint since there was graffiti nearby. When I got home and looked at the photos, it looks like it was actually some kind of stony excrescence on the rock and it looks like the bird took some in its bill. Grit???

It's the last two pictures on this page. BTW the bird's eye is okay..it's the light making it look weird.
https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Birds/June-2016/June-16-2016/i-nctzzxP

Ideas?

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


 

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Date: 6/16/16 2:38 pm
From: David Davis <ddavis...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Evening Grosbeaks in Newbury
This afternoon I visited a feeder at a neighbor's house (the neighbor
doesn't want to be identified) here in Newbury. We observed a pair (male
and female) of Evening Grosbeaks at the feeder--the first he's ever seen on
his property. I've never seen them in the summer in Newbury.

Steve Grinley has suggested that it's worth posting this sighting for
documentation, even though the homeowner isn't welcoming visitors (and the
grosbeaks haven't returned since this morning).

All the best,

David Davis, Newbury, MA
<ddavis...>

 

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Date: 6/16/16 1:19 pm
From: Andrew List <alist...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Birds Celebrated in Song and Spoken Word 6-22-16
Dear Birders,
You are invited to a special performance of On The Wing A Celebration of Birds in Music and Spoken Word which will take place Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 7:30pm at North Hill, 865 Central Ave. Needham , MA.
The performance is free and open to the public. Here is the link to the event: http://www.northhill.org/event/display/eventID/8af2bd34537b694d0153c4dd81a2013d#.V2KvXTfk2aE

On the Wing: A Celebration of Birds in Music and Spoken Word is a collaborative performance piece that incorporates music, song, poetry, imagery, and expert commentary on birds. On The Wing celebrates birds as symbols of wonderment, freedom, adaptability, and the creative spirit and illustrates the ways in which the arts and artists have drawn inspiration from them and the natural world they inhabit. Hosted by WGBH radio host Ray Brown, this sixty-minute presentation includes twelve original songs by composer Andrew List, performed by celebrated musicians Krista River, mezzo-soprano, and George Lopez, pianist. Poet Mary Pinard, who also collaborated on the song cycle, will read other original poems about birds. Wayne Petersen, Director of Mass Audubons Important Bird Areas Program (IBA) provides expert background and commentary on bird behavior. Following the performance, the participants will engage in a Question and Answer period moderated by Ray Brown. On the Wing explores numerous topics about birds, including their traits, vocalizations, migrations, environments, vanishing species, and address themes of conservation, ecological stewardship, and species preservation.

We hope to see you there.
All the best,
Andrew List
www.onthewingperformance.com
PBS Presentation: http://video.nhptv.org/video/2365670832/
617-605-2026



 

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Date: 6/16/16 12:36 pm
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Field mowing
Dan,

I sat on Con Comms in two towns that I lived in and I am the only birder that was on either of those boards. I certainly didn't know where every bird was nesting in town, fields or otherwise. I think letting them know is great and I also think until you walk a mile in someone's shoes don't be too quick to judge. Folks on those boards are volunteering their time and any assistance from citizens is much appreciated.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<Blafley...>
 

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Date: 6/16/16 10:31 am
From: Kat Birder <katbirder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows NWR- Concord, Weekly species census, June 16 2016
Active nests and many recent fledglings; see complete list for details.

Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jun 16, 2016 5:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: weekly species census for the NWR. 60's-70's F partly cloudy.
Observers: Will Martens, Maryellen Stone, Joan Stoner, Soheil Zendeh, Kathy
Dia, Isabella and Isabella. <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version
1.2.1 Build 65
50 species

Canada Goose 114
Mute Swan 2
Wood Duck 21
Mallard 15
Least Bittern 2 One seen in the Lower Pool and a second reported in
the Upper pool by Bob Murphy.
Great Blue Heron 4
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Virginia Rail 1 Grunting below the Tower early a.m.
Killdeer 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
Mourning Dove 5
Chimney Swift 2
Belted Kingfisher 1 Possibly a pair
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 6
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1 Heard along the river
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Willow Flycatcher 4 One below the Tower, one at the end of the main
dike, and a pair in "the Holt" (open area river side of Lower Pool)
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 8 Four pairs at various scattered locations; one nest
building mid-dike
Warbling Vireo 12
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 1
Tree Swallow 6
Barn Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 4 Carrying food
Marsh Wren 25 Continuing
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 1 Heard on the river
American Robin 18 At least two active nests including one with young
on the entrance road, Second nest just below the Tower had large young in
it on Sunday; these have fledged and a parent appears to already be sitting
on eggs! Fledglings scattered throughout the refuge.
Gray Catbird 10
European Starling 1
Cedar Waxwing 9
Common Yellowthroat 7
Yellow Warbler 16
Pine Warbler 3
Chipping Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 24
Swamp Sparrow 6
Northern Cardinal 5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 60
Common Grackle 50
Baltimore Oriole 4
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30254671

Kathy Dia
Concord, MA

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

 

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Date: 6/16/16 10:22 am
From: CHARLES PATTERSON <chaspatt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Entertainment
The Downy Woodpeckers have fledged. You can tell by the little black and white birds bouncing off the suet feeders and trying to land on metal downspouts.


Charlie Patterson

Norwell Ma.

 

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Date: 6/16/16 8:56 am
From: Marj. Rines <marj...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Mowing of Woodsom Farm fields and impact on nesting birds
From Joan Walsh, Director of Bird Monitoring at Mass Audubon: Mass
Audubon is trying to get a new management plan for the site, and has
documented the mowing and nest loss. We are also requesting they delay
mowing on the other side of the street until August 1. Please do express
your views to the mayor (you can email him and his chief of staff
through the towns website) and add weight to our efforts.

On 6/15/2016 11:45 PM, Dan Prima wrote:
> I was greatly saddened to find out that the grassy fields at Woodsom
> Farms in Amesbury are being mowed out to clear space for people to sit
> and watch the Fourth of July fireworks show in that community.

--
Marj. Rines
Woburn, MA


 

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Date: 6/16/16 8:47 am
From: Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Leucistic what? Fairhaven
Spent a few hours at Egypt Lane. Two Clapper Rails vocalizing and popping up as usual on each side of the hurricane barrier. Several deer. And my first of the year Black-crowned Night-heron.

A white bird showed up that we thought at first was a wedding dove. It was being harassed by Red-winged Blackbirds (as was everything else...saw one take down a young House Sparrow, but it got up and flew away.)

Any ideas?
https://clongworth.smugmug.com/Birds/June-2016/June-16-2016/i-JF2k5rt

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


 

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Date: 6/16/16 5:44 am
From: D'Ann Brownrigg <brownriggs...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] RE: Ravens in Carlisle
About 7:30 this morning we heard a group of Ravens mostly across the street.
They were very vocal.
We thought it was a family group with hungry young. There were at least four
birds.

We occasionally hear Ravens in the area and know they breed at the Westford
DPW. These may be a closer family. We have seen them taking hamburger buns
from local dumpsters in Westford.

Tom & D'Ann Brownrigg
Carlisle


 

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Date: 6/16/16 4:32 am
From: Warren Childs <wmchilds...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Norwell Pileated Woodpecker
Spotted a Pileated WP on my morning run today on Forest St between the
Circuit St intersections. I first heard its drumming and turning a
corner spotted it on a tall snag

Warren & Abby Childs
Norwell


 

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Date: 6/16/16 12:24 am
From: Dan Prima <raptormafia...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mowing of Woodsom Farm fields and impact on nesting birds
Good evening Massbirders
I was greatly saddened  to find out that the grassy fields at Woodsom Farms in Amesbury are being mowed out to clear space for people to sit and watch the Fourth of July fireworks show in that community.  
I am not entirely sure that the managers of the property are aware, but those fields provide prime nesting habitat for a good number of Bobolinks, Savannah Sparrows,and 2 pairs (that I can confirm) of Eastern Meadowlarks.   I recently had the pleasure of visiting those fields and enjoyed watching the activity of these birds as they went about their business of watching their territories and bringing forage and food to their nests hidden somewhere in the tall grass.  
I had heard that the land is under the jurisdiction of the Amesbury Conservation Commission....I find it difficult to believe an organization such as that would not have knowledge of the nesting activities of these birds and would not take steps to preserve these fields during nesting and fledging.  
Perhaps if Massbirders contacted this agency and the office of Mayor Ken Gray to express their concern over this situation, it might encourage them to evaluate things and take action to protect the fields for these birds during this critical time of year.  

Dan PrimaTewksbury <MAraptormafia...>
 

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Date: 6/15/16 6:37 pm
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Flycatcher deaths
Thanks for the report. Considering the nature of the birds found dead, I
would call the Waltham Board of Health to see if anyone was spraying for
mosquitoes or other insects in that area in the past several days and then
possibly with the DCR, depending on who would have jurisdiction to spray
there. My guess is that whatever was sprayed there was not supposed to be so
lethal to insectivores, so the potential data is far more important than
just <12 flycatchers. It is worth pursuing.

Thanks for the report.

Best,

Paul


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




 

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Date: 6/15/16 6:08 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Flycatcher deaths
That's very alarming. I hope the commonwealth wildlife pathologist has been informed of this.

Rich Guthrie

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 15, 2016, at 6:24 PM, Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...> wrote:
>
> I am very sad to report that today, walking along the Charles river bike path in Waltham, I have recorded at least 8 separate deaths of flycatchers. 2 great crested flycatchers, 5 Easter phoebe, and 1 eastern kingbird bodies have been found so far. I do not currently have access to any tools in the field to help ID the reasoning behind their loss, but I am alarmed that I am walking a burial ground at the moment.
>
> Johnathon Benson
> Mass Audubon
>

 

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Date: 6/15/16 5:47 pm
From: Melissa Lowe Cestaro <mlowe...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black Vulture, Pilgrim Heights, North Truro - 6/15/16
This morning a Black Vulture was recorded at the Pilgrim Heights Hawk Watch. The site's primary counter Don Manchester called in to the sanctuary to report it and Don mentioned it was in among a group of Turkey Vultures. A good reminder to always give those vultures a second look, just in case!


This Black Vulture was the first one of the 2016 season at Pilgrim Heights.


For more details on the Pilgrim Heights Hawk Watch visit http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/wellfleet-bay/about/our-conservation-work/pilgrim-heights-hawk-watch

[http://www.massaudubon.org/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/sanctuaries/wellfleet-bay/images/northern-harrier-c-shawn-p.-carey-migration-productions/188503-1-eng-US/northern-harrier-c-shawn-p.-carey-migration-productions_large.jpg]<http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/wellfleet-bay/about/our-conservation-work/pilgrim-heights-hawk-watch>

Pilgrim Heights Hawk Watch - Mass Audubon<http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/wellfleet-bay/about/our-conservation-work/pilgrim-heights-hawk-watch>
www.massaudubon.org
The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, in partnership with Eastern Massachusetts Hawk Watch and with permission from the Cape Cod National Seashore, conducts a hawk ...




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Melissa Lowe Cestaro
Mass Audubon
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
PO Box 236, South Wellfleet, MA 02663

508-349-2615 x107
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Date: 6/15/16 3:32 pm
From: Johnathon Benson <johnathonl87...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Flycatcher deaths
I am very sad to report that today, walking along the Charles river bike path in Waltham, I have recorded at least 8 separate deaths of flycatchers. 2 great crested flycatchers, 5 Easter phoebe, and 1 eastern kingbird bodies have been found so far. I do not currently have access to any tools in the field to help ID the reasoning behind their loss, but I am alarmed that I am walking a burial ground at the moment.

Johnathon Benson
Mass Audubon

 

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Date: 6/15/16 1:36 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - Parker River Refuge -- 06-15-2016
Susan Yurkus and I led Joppa's Wednesday Morning Birding program today.
Skies were partly cloudy, temps ranged from upper 60s to 80, and the winds
were NW/10-20 mph.

Our list:
Canada Goose
Gadwall (2) - Bill Forward Pool.
American Black Duck (2) - The Wardens field.
Mallard (6)
Green-winged Teal (5) - BFP.
Double-crested Cormorant (~ 12)
Great Egret (~ 20)
Snowy Egret (~ 15)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (1) - "first summer" bird; The Wardens field.
Glossy Ibis (10) - singles & small flocks; various.
Osprey (3) - 2, Pines platform; 1 n. North Pool Overlook.
Black-bellied Plover (6) - BFP.
Semipalmated Plover (1) - BFP.
Killdeer (4) - incl. one w/ single chick.
Semipalmated Sandpiper (~ 30) - BFP.
White-rumped Sandpiper (2) - BFP.
Dunlin (1) - breeding plumage; BFP.
Ring-billed Gull (2)
Herring Gull (3)
GULL-BILLED TERN (1) - continuing, main panne.
Least Tern (3) - 1, main panne; 2, BFP.
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove (5)
Willow Flycatcher (1) - vicinity of new blind.
Great Crested Flycatcher (1) - roadside, between lots 1 & 2.
Eastern Kingbird (~ 8) - various.
Red-eyed Vireo (1) - Goodno Woods.
American Crow (2)
Purple Martin (5) - lot #1.
Tree Swallow - many.
Barn Swallow (1) - The Wardens field.
Marsh Wren (3) - North Pool.
American Robin (1)
Gray Catbird - common.
Brown Thrasher (1)
European Starling
Common Yellowthroat (~ 7)
American Redstart (1) - Goodno Woods.
Yellow Warbler (~ 6)
Pine Warbler (1) - new blind.
Eastern Towhee - common.
Song Sparrow (~ 8)
Northern Cardinal (2)
Bobolink (7) - 3, The Wardens field; 2, North Field; 2, new blind.
Red-winged Blackbird - common.
Common Grackle - many.
Baltimore Oriole (3) - incl. nesting pr at Hellcat johns.
Purple Finch (6) - 4, new blind; 2, Hellcat parking area.
American Goldfinch (2)

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: 6/15/16 11:44 am
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Belle Isle Marsh Reservation Update
Hi,
I disagree with Sean's assessment that Belle Isle Marsh is a very, very, very safe place. Sean has worked at this park for about one year, I believe. Who are all these men who just lurk in their automobiles in the parking lot for hours and stare at people from within their vehicles? I remember there was an incident about five years ago where a WOMAN WAS RAPED HERE! When I am birding on the boardwalk, it is not uncommon to see suspicious people there. Just a month ago, I had to tell an elderly man not to follow me into a thicket area. I'm not trying to stir up passions, but I want to present a clearer picture of this place. I've been birding here for years and years, and this place has always had unseemly characters lurking and wandering about. The reason it doesn't worry me is that I don't come here by automobile, and I am able to defend myself. THESE ARE THE FACTS!

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 6/15/16 11:43 am
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Great Meadows Highlights
I birded here yesterday from about 1:00 p.m.-9:00, including the Bordens Ponds in the back.

Wood Duck 35
Cooper's Hawk 1 Timber Trail; perched and calling
Virginia Rail 3 none seen
cuckoo sp. 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2 Timber Trail; ONE CALLED SHORTLY AFTER THE COOPER'S HAWK CALLED; nice comparison of calls
Willow Flycatcher 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 10+ almost all along riverside trail; including a family
WINTER WREN 1 Timber Trail,a surprise; fallen tree trunks of tall White Pines
Marsh Wren 20+
Pine Warbler 3 Timber Trail; one seen
Ovenbird 1 Timber Trail
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3 including a fledgling at eye level in front of me; so cute; back ponds

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 6/15/16 8:35 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
Nice morning at Drumlin Farm with 41 species. Highlights were 15 bobolinks, 12 bluebirds and a red-breasted nuthatch.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln


Wild Turkey 6
Great Blue Heron 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Killdeer 10
Mourning Dove 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Eastern Kingbird 4
Blue Jay 3
Tree Swallow 11
Barn Swallow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 12
American Robin 11
Gray Catbird 4
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 23
Cedar Waxwing 3
Ovenbird 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 4
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 13
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Bobolink 15
Red-winged Blackbird 12
Common Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 20
House Sparrow 6


 

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Date: 6/15/16 6:06 am
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gull-billed Tern YES at Parker River NWR-9am
sitting on mud at Pans. day 5



justin lawson
Worcester mass


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Justin Lawson
Worcester, Ma

 

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Date: 6/14/16 12:06 pm
From: <pollypie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Link to photo of Main Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Birders,

The photo that John Shamgochian took of the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Bar Harbor, Maine, can be seen at the following link:

http://ribirds.blogspot.com/


Thank you to Doug Hitchcox for forwarding my earlier post.

Rachel Farrell
Rumford, RI
 

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Date: 6/14/16 10:53 am
From: <pollypie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Report of Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Maine
Perhaps a Massbirder who subscribes to the Maine Listserve could forward this message to that Listserve. I’m posting a message from Ben Shamgochian, who is traveling in Maine. Yesterday, his brother John found a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on the fence next to the road of the Bar Harbor Airport. It was in the corner of the fence farthest from Mount Desert island. It was catching flies and moving around a lot. They left because it had flown to a part of the fence that could not be seen from the road. Ben and John have not had internet access until today.

He forwarded a photo to me, which I hope to post on a Blog shortly.

Thank you for your help.

Rachel Farrell
Rumford, RI
 

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Date: 6/14/16 8:33 am
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Belle Isle Marsh Reservation - Update
A flock of 10 American Oystercatcher's are just off the main pan to the
left of the boardwalk this morning. The other day I had a Least Bittern fly
over the main boardwalk as well.

In context to the recent tragic and highly publicized events that have
transpired at Belle Isle, here are a few things of note. State Police have
an increased presence in the park, both foot patrols and mounted units are
in the reservation during the day. Also for the time being the reservation
will close at dusk. Staff are at Belle Isle from 5:00 a.m. till about 2 in
the afternoon (sometimes later) 7 days a week. Should someone see
something of concern please notify staff or call police if it seems like a
police matter.

This being said, Belle Isle has always been a very safe place to walk and
bird watch, as a very heavily used park I doubt this fact has changed.
These isolated incidents are horrible and tragic, but sometimes can occur
in urban parks. Both incidents occurred in secluded areas out of sight, not
on the main paths. While the media has not stated it yet, it seems very
likely that the incidents were just one person, who is in custody.
Currently the the woods are infested with dog tick, and excursions into the
bushes are ill advised. In addition to the ticks, off trail access destroys
the fragile habitat and is not allowed without permit from the DCR. So stay
on the main trails.

Like in any urban area, be alert, carry a cell phone, but my humble opinion
is the the park continues to be a very very safe place for patrons. There
are many people that use Belle Isle every single day, and this incident has
not disrupted their daily use at all.

-Sean Riley
Plum Island
<Newburyowls...>
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Date: 6/14/16 5:40 am
From: <dovekie...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] One birds smegma is another birds forage
Massbirders:
          On three occasions Lois Cooper and I have had the good fortune of watching the Gull-billed Tern feeding and loafing at the Pans. Many times this beautiful bird would fly right by us, slowly and deliberately peering into the smegma below it, not more than ten feet away.  The whole east side of the pans has been covered with a very ugly blanket of algae since early spring.  I don't know it's origin but this algae bloom has been sprouting here for a few years now.  The transition of the pans from a superior feeding place for migrating to this corrupted shallow is both sad and alarming.  It smells bad and seems to drive out most of the birds.  However after watching the Gull-billed Tern I must admit that some birds don't find it so appalling. In the later summer there will be a scattering peeps tip-toeing over the algae and apparently picking off unsuspecting flies.  One year a Great Blue Heron spent a few days pulling out eels from under this blanket.!
  Watching the Gull-billed Tern was quite interesting.  It clearly preferred  the yellow smeg to the open, shallow water.  On more than one occasion I observed the Tern dip down and pull up a two to three inch worm and then quickly gobble it down.  I don't think it too preposterous to assume that this ugly algae bloom is the reason the Gull-billed tern is hanging around the pans and giving us all such spectacular looks.
 
Doug Chickering
Groveland
<dovekie...>
 

 

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Date: 6/14/16 5:28 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/13/16, Fisk Pond, Natick, Video: heron catching a fish, eastern painted turtle riding piggyback on a snapping turtle, plus more photos and other videos.
Seen on 6/13/16 at Fisk Pond in Natick ...
Photos and video of some at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/
(Low bandwidth/mobile version if the main site loads too slowly
http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/?m=1 )

Fisk Pond:
Great Blue Heron (Seen on video catching a fish. And in the video
montage there is a heron wading when another heron lands and then both
fly off. I also saw this occur at the pond on the NW corner of Speen St.
and Rt 135. Does anyone know if it has any meaning such as a territorial
dispute?)
Eastern Phoebe
Mute Swan, Cygnets
Canada Goose
Double-crested Cormorant (Seen in the video montage taking to flight
from the water. In slow motion you can see that the cormorant doesn't
run on the surface of the water, it "hops". It uses both feet together
to get up to speed.)
American Robin
Red-tailed Hawk - It seemed to make an attempt at catching a cormorant
which was sitting on a branch but the cormorant seemed to see it coming
and dropped down into the water.
Mallard, ducklings
Tree Swallows
Black-capped Chickadee

Rt 135 Speen Street NW Pond:
Great Blue Heron (Seen on video nearby an eastern painted turtle riding
piggyback on a snapping turtle.)
Mallards
Grackles

Middlesex Path
Cardinal
American Robin

Other animals not previously mentioned:
Muskrat (Fisk Pond)
Frogs (Pegan Cove Park)
Eastern Cottontail (Burning Tree Road)

Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>
 

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Date: 6/14/16 3:34 am
From: Jim Guion <jim_guion...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gull-billed Tern YES at Parker River NWR
Continuing bird present this morning 6:25AM at north end of panned. Mostly roosting but takes short flights on near side of panned over algal mats. Great photo ops!

Jim Guion
Arlington

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Date: 6/13/16 7:32 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hairy Woodpeckers
M'bers, Neat watching a pair of Hairies feeding a brood of 3 young on the suet today. They're going through suet like it is free....lol
Joe PaluzziSalem


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 6/13/16 6:30 pm
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: [VTBIRD] Northeast Kingdom trip report
Massbirders:
Last Friday through Sunday afternoon we led a group of eleven Massachusetts
birders on our third annual Brookline Bird Club trip criss-crossing the
three counties of the NEK: Caledonia, Essex and Orleans (see Bird Observer
Vol 44 # 3 for a comprehensive Where to Go birding in Essex County by Tom
Berriman focusing on Victory Basin WMA and East Mountain)

The weather was not ideal, the temperature barely hit 60 degrees for about
two minutes on Saturday, the rest of the weekend the temps ranged from
42-55 with wind and occasional showers though collectively we found 111
species. Bird song was subdued and wind didn't help, we had 18 species of
warblers including five Mourning.

On Friday we birded the famous Moose Bog hoping for the Grand Slam four
Boreal specialties, we managed only to get to first base with a family of
Gray Jays but singing Olive-sided and Yellow-bellied flycatchers as well as
Palm Warbler, Rusty Blackbird and Lincoln's Sparrow were a treat for us
southern New Englanders. We next moved on to Silvio Conti NWR, this
Nulhegan section encompasses 26,000 acres (about 40 square miles) of mainly
forested land formerly owned by Champion International, a large
wood-products company. The forest type is northern hardwoods, dominated by
beech, birch, and maple. This day the woods were quiet. The highlight was
spotting a dark grouse (species debated) perched on a big rock which was
used as a "outrock" and by the looks of it probably since the last
snowfall! Leaving the refuge we came upon an active feeder on Henshaw Road
with lots of Purple Finches and Siskins and many other birds, isn't it
always that we find more birds near people! Back at!
the hotel in Island Pond, five loons and a Bald Eagle and a female
Goldeneye were noted.

Saturday the sun shown through the fog but lasted only until about 8AM and
the temperature continued to decline to just 44 at 5PM. Birding was much
better today as we hit some of our favorite birding areas in Orleans
County. We started along the Clyde River and enjoyed watching a winnowing
snipe as it continued circling overhead the entire time we were there, Then
on to Job's Pond where we heard the resident Peregrines screaming as it
flew along the cliffs, such a beautiful spot with nesting loons too!
Birding along the way past Willoughby Lake we encountered a singing but
secretive Mourning Warbler. We made a brief but welcomed stop at our home
on Wood Warblers Way for some coffee to warm up. We then visited a Bank
Swallow colony before travelling along to the Coventry Marshes where we had
wonderful looks at Virginia Rail. This area is good for many birds not
regularly found in the NEK such as Warbling Vireos, Willow Flycatchers,
Marsh Wrens, Yellow Warblers and Baltimore O!
rioles. At South Bay we added American Bittern and Pied-billed Grebe.
Another interesting observation was watching two Swamp Sparrows walking and
jumping while feeding from lily pad to lily pad .We ended our birding at
Eagle Point WMA in North Derby with many singing Bobolinks and a wonderful
study experience of swallow identification. The cold damp weather put down
a string of swallows on the wires- Tree, Bank, Cliff and Northern
Rough-winged. Saturday evening we hosted the group at our house for dinner,
the fireplace welcoming on this cool mid June night,

Sunday morning at the hotel we had nice looks at an adult Bald Eagle and a
very frustrating attempt to identify a flock of nine shorebirds (always
unusual in the NEK). They flew up and down the lake circling and circling
but never landing- peep sp. We made another brief try at Moose Bog for the
elusive Spruce Grouse; unsuccessful again but the Olive-sided and
Yellow-bellied Flycatchers as well as some White-winged Crossbills. We
ended the day at Victory Basin WMA where we added Black-backed Woodpecker,
three singing Mourning Warblers, and both Yellow-bellied and Olive-sided
Flycatchers.

Northeast Kingdom, Vermont
Jun 10-12, 2016
Comments: Brookline Bird Club Weekend Trip in the Northeast Kingdom of
Vermont- leaders Bob Stymeist and Martha Steele
111 species (+3 other taxa)
(Numbers of birds entered into ebird at specific locations-check ebird
explore counties for specific data)

Canada Goose X
Wood Duck X
Mallard X
Ring-necked Duck 2
Common Goldeneye 1 female
Hooded Merganser X
Ruffed Grouse X
Wild Turkey X
Common Loon X
Pied-billed Grebe X
Double-crested Cormorant X
American Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron X
Turkey Vulture X
Osprey 6
Accipiter sp. X
Bald Eagle 1 adult
Broad-winged Hawk X
Virginia Rail 3
peep sp. 9
Wilson's Snipe X
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) X
Mourning Dove X
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Barred Owl calling at 1AM at leaders home
Chimney Swift 1 Moose Bog
Ruby-throated Hummingbird X
Belted Kingfisher X
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker X
Downy Woodpecker X
Hairy Woodpecker X
Black-backed Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker X
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher 3
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 2
Alder Flycatcher X
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) X
Least Flycatcher X
Eastern Phoebe X
Great Crested Flycatcher X
Eastern Kingbird X
Blue-headed Vireo X
Warbling Vireo X
Red-eyed Vireo X
Gray Jay 5
Blue Jay X
American Crow X
Common Raven X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow X
Bank Swallow X
Barn Swallow X
Cliff Swallow X
Black-capped Chickadee X
Red-breasted Nuthatch X
Winter Wren X
Marsh Wren X
Golden-crowned Kinglet X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet X
Eastern Bluebird X
Veery X
Swainson's Thrush X
Hermit Thrush X
Wood Thrush X
American Robin X
Gray Catbird X
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1- only fourth record (all this year) in Essex Cty
European Starling X
Cedar Waxwing X
Ovenbird X
Northern Waterthrush X
Black-and-white Warbler X
Nashville Warbler X
Mourning Warbler 5
Common Yellowthroat X
American Redstart X
Northern Parula X
Magnolia Warbler X
Blackburnian Warbler X
Yellow Warbler X
Chestnut-sided Warbler X
Black-throated Blue Warbler X
Palm Warbler X
Pine Warbler X
Yellow-rumped Warbler X
Black-throated Green Warbler X
Canada Warbler X
Chipping Sparrow X
Dark-eyed Junco X
White-throated Sparrow X
Savannah Sparrow X
Song Sparrow X
Lincoln's Sparrow X
Swamp Sparrow X
Scarlet Tanager X
Northern Cardinal X
Rose-breasted Grosbeak X
Bobolink X
Red-winged Blackbird X
Rusty Blackbird 1 Moose Bog
Common Grackle X
Brown-headed Cowbird X
Baltimore Oriole X
Purple Finch X
White-winged Crossbill X
Pine Siskin X
American Goldfinch X
House Sparrow X


Bob Stymeist and Martha Steele
Westmore Vermont
Arlington Massachusetts

Bob Stymeist
<bobstymeist...>


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Date: 6/13/16 5:55 pm
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Essex County, VT, US, Jun 12, 2016
This past Friday through Sunday afternoon we led a group of eleven
Massachusetts birders on our third annual Brookline Bird Club trip
criss-crossing
the three counties of the NEK: Caledonia, Essex and Orleans (see Bird
Observer Vol 44 # 3 for a comprehensive Where to Go birding in Essex County
by Tom Berriman focusing on Victory Basin WMA and East Mountain)

The weather was not ideal, the temperature barely hit 60degrees for about
two minutes on Saturday, the rest of the weekend the temps ranged from
42-55 with wind and occasional showers though collectively we found 111
species. Bird song was subdued and wind didn't help, we had 18 species of
warblers including five Mourning.

On Friday we birded the famous Moose Bog hoping for the Grand Slam four
Boreal specialties, we managed only to get to first base with a family of
Gray Jays but singing Olive-sided and Yellow-bellied flycatchers as well as
Palm Warbler, Rusty Blackbird and Lincoln's Sparrow were a treat for us
southern New Englanders. We next moved on to Silvio Conti NWR, this
Nulhegan section encompasses 26,000 acres (about 40 square miles) of mainly
forested land formerly owned by Champion International, a large
wood-products company. The forest type is northern hardwoods, dominated by
beech, birch, and maple. This day the woods were quiet. The highlight was
spotting a dark grouse (species debated) perched on a big rock which was
used as a "outrock" and by the looks of it probably since the last
snowfall! Leaving the refuge we came upon an active feeder on Henshaw Road
with lots of Purple Finches and Siskins and many other birds, isn't it
always that we find more birds near people! Back at the hotel in Island
Pond, five loons and a Bald Eagle and a female Goldeneye were noted.

Saturday the sun shown through the fog but lasted only until about 8AM and
the temperature continued to decline to just 44 at 5PM. Birding was much
better today as we hit some of our favorite birding areas in Orleans
County. We started along the Clyde River and enjoyed watching a winnowing
snipe as it continued circling overhead the entire time we were there, Then
on to Job's Pond where we heard the resident Peregrines screaming as it
flew along the cliffs, such a beautiful spot with nesting loons too!
Birding along the way past Willoughby Lake we encountered a singing but
secretive Mourning Warbler. We made a brief but welcomed stop at our home
on Wood Warblers Way for some coffee to warm up. We then visited a Bank
Swallow colony before travelling along to the Coventry Marshes where we had
wonderful looks at Virginia Rail. This area is good for many birds not
regularly found in the NEK such as Warbling Vireos, Willow
Flycatchers,Marsh Wrens,Yellow Warblers and Baltimore Orioles. At South Bay
we added American Bittern and Pied-billed Grebe. Another interesting
observation was watching two Swamp sparrows walking and jumping while
feeding from lily pad to lily pad We ended our birding at Eagle Point WMA
in North Derby with many singing Bobolinks and a wonderful study experience
of swallow identification. The cold damp weather put down a string of
swallows on the wires- Tree, Bank, Cliff and Northern Rough-winged.
Saturday evening we hosted the group at our house for dinner, the fireplace
welcoming on this cool mid June night,

Sunday morning at the hotel we had nice looks at an adult Bald Eagle and a
very frustrating attempt to identify a flock of nine shorebirds (always
unusual in the NEK). They flew up and down the lake circling and circling
but never landing- peep sp. We made another brief try at Moose Bog for the
elusive Spruce Grouse; unsuccessful again but the Olive-sided and
Yellow-bellied Flycatchers as well as some White-winged Crossbills. We
ended the day at Victory Basin WMA where we added Black-backed Woodpecker,
three singing Mourning Warblers, and both Yellow-bellied and Olive-sided
Flycatchers.


Northeast Kingdom, Vermont
Jun 10-12, 2016
Comments: Brookline Bird Club Weekend Trip in the Northeast Kingdom of
Vermont- leaders Bob Stymeist and Martha Steele
111 species (+3 other taxa)
(Numbers of birds entered into ebird at specific locations-check ebird
explore counties for specific data)

Canada Goose X
Wood Duck X
Mallard X
Ring-necked Duck 2
Common Goldeneye 1 female
Hooded Merganser X
Ruffed Grouse X
Wild Turkey X
Common Loon X
Pied-billed Grebe X
Double-crested Cormorant X
American Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron X
Turkey Vulture X
Osprey 6
Accipiter sp. X
Bald Eagle 1 adult
Broad-winged Hawk X
Virginia Rail 3
peep sp. 9
Wilson's Snipe X
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) X
Mourning Dove X
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Barred Owl calling at 1AM at leaders home
Chimney Swift 1 Moose Bog
Ruby-throated Hummingbird X
Belted Kingfisher X
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker X
Downy Woodpecker X
Hairy Woodpecker X
Black-backed Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker X
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher 3
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 2
Alder Flycatcher X
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) X
Least Flycatcher X
Eastern Phoebe X
Great Crested Flycatcher X
Eastern Kingbird X
Blue-headed Vireo X
Warbling Vireo X
Red-eyed Vireo X
Gray Jay 5
Blue Jay X
American Crow X
Common Raven X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow X
Bank Swallow X
Barn Swallow X
Cliff Swallow X
Black-capped Chickadee X
Red-breasted Nuthatch X
Winter Wren X
Marsh Wren X
Golden-crowned Kinglet X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet X
Eastern Bluebird X
Veery X
Swainson's Thrush X
Hermit Thrush X
Wood Thrush X
American Robin X
Gray Catbird X
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1- only fourth record (all this year) in Essex Cty
European Starling X
Cedar Waxwing X
Ovenbird X
Northern Waterthrush X
Black-and-white Warbler X
Nashville Warbler X
Mourning Warbler 5
Common Yellowthroat X
American Redstart X
Northern Parula X
Magnolia Warbler X
Blackburnian Warbler X
Yellow Warbler X
Chestnut-sided Warbler X
Black-throated Blue Warbler X
Palm Warbler X
Pine Warbler X
Yellow-rumped Warbler X
Black-throated Green Warbler X
Canada Warbler X
Chipping Sparrow X
Dark-eyed Junco X
White-throated Sparrow X
Savannah Sparrow X
Song Sparrow X
Lincoln's Sparrow X
Swamp Sparrow X
Scarlet Tanager X
Northern Cardinal X
Rose-breasted Grosbeak X
Bobolink X
Red-winged Blackbird X
Rusty Blackbird 1 Moose Bog
Common Grackle X
Brown-headed Cowbird X
Baltimore Oriole X
Purple Finch X
White-winged Crossbill X
Pine Siskin X
American Goldfinch X
House Sparrow X

Bob Stymeist and Martha Steele
Westmore Vermont
Arlington Massachusetts





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Date: 6/13/16 5:42 pm
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Martin Burns WMA, Jun 12, 2016
BBC Trip at Martin Burns WMA, Essex, Massachusetts, US. Jun 12, 2016 7:30
AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling 2.5 miles
Comments: Temp 63-74 clouds and sun, strong winds developed. Walked the
main road clockwise.
What had been mostly fields has become much more densely covered with small
trees and shrubs. As this has changed, the bird population has changed.
Fewer Blue-winged Warblers, and Field Sparrows. Prairie Warbler used to be
common and seems to be gone. There used to be Blue Birds and Tree Swallows
using nest boxes on the property, now boxes are no longer visible. Also
missing thrushes, it was common to hear them singing from the woodlands.
Yellow-billed Cuckoos vocalizing near the first parking area was a
highlight. Good looks at Indigo Buntings, Eastern Towhees and Blue-winged
Warblers were crowd pleasers. Lots of butterfly and dragonfly activity
along with blooming wild flowers and shrubs.
36 species (+1 other taxa)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 9
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) 3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
woodpecker sp. (Picidae sp.) 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 2
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 2
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 6
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 2
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 25
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 4
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 10
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 10
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera) 4
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 15
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 2
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor) 1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 2
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 18
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) 3
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 7
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 6
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 6
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 3
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 12
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30218517

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



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

 

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Date: 6/13/16 4:50 pm
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR - 06/13/16 - Gull-billed Tern continued all day.......
A great day on the Parker River NWR with the Gull-billed Tern putting on quite a show at the salt pans. It spent the time it wasn't foraging along the road roosting in plain sight in the back right corner of the pan.

Photos at:

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

Enjoy,
Phil Brown
<nebirdsplus...>
Essex, MA 01929

Parker River NWR, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jun 13, 2016 11:30 AM - 4:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.1 Build 65
60 species

Canada Goose 16
Mute Swan 7
Gadwall 2
American Black Duck 7
Mallard 14
Green-winged Teal 1
Double-crested Cormorant 28
Great Egret 8
Snowy Egret 11
Glossy Ibis 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey 4
Black-bellied Plover 5
Piping Plover 4
Killdeer 3
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Willet 18
Dunlin 1
White-rumped Sandpiper 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper 9
Short-billed Dowitcher 4
Ring-billed Gull 3
Herring Gull 8
Great Black-backed Gull 3
Least Tern 14
Gull-billed Tern 1 Salt pan all day - still there at 4:45pm - photos to follow
Common Tern 6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Willow Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 4
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 4
Tree Swallow 9
Barn Swallow 7
American Robin 8
Gray Catbird 14
Northern Mockingbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 5
Common Yellowthroat 4
American Redstart 2
Yellow Warbler 8
Pine Warbler 2
Saltmarsh Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee 11
Northern Cardinal 3
Bobolink 8
Red-winged Blackbird 17
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 2
House Finch 3
Purple Finch 4
American Goldfinch 3

View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30215273

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


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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: 6/13/16 4:40 pm
From: Josh Bock <jbock18...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Possible Eurasian Collared-Dove in yard
See attached eBird report. Subject observed at our home feeder in dimming
light in Medfield around 7:15 this evening. Would appreciate feedback, as
this one was quite unexpected. Pictures attached to report.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30217634


Josh Bock
Medfield, MA
<jbock18...>

 

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Date: 6/13/16 1:12 pm
From: Vitz, Andrew (FWE) <andrew.vitz...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lost Barbary Falcon
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has been contacted about helping to relocate a lost Barbary Falcon.

The falcon was lost on Wed. June 8th. while being exercised near Manchester, VT. He has one leg bell and a tracking transmitter, but having tracked him to the Stratton, VT. area, I have lost the signal. It is possible that the NW winds have pushed him into MA.

Should you have any questions or information, please e-mail/call Rob Waite (www.greenmountainfalconryschool.com<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.greenmountainfalconryschool.com&d=CwMFAg&c=WO-RGvefibhHBZq3fL85hQ&r=bLX4MpwPpDtjp_f5Ut5zc9ebiVyaeLTP-lCe8Rce8E0&m=JgRay_2XVxCLzCR8YMH_E_EWvsk9JImmlJAMRW7m_f0&s=sYubKKZJFcxfXW9g7UiMiAHVwimVRcXPhtxzDTrbjv8&e=>, 802 379 2043). If you are unable to get through to Rob, you can contact Andrew Vitz at MassWildlife with any information (<andrew.vitz...><mailto:<andrew.vitz...>, 508-389-6394).

Please spread the word and we appreciate any assistance you may be able to give.

Thanks. Drew and Rob.

Andrew Vitz, Ph.D.
State Ornithologist
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581
Tel: 508-389-6394
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Date: 6/13/16 1:12 pm
From: Joe Poggi <joepoggi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eastern Kingbirds at JFK Library
A pair of Eastern Kingbirds are feeding in the area of the access road to the JFK Presidential Library,(next to the water). They can be seen launching after insects from reeds or branches. Also, unfortunately, the pair of resident crows lost their only surviving fledgling. It was found dead in the JFK parking lot.

Joe Poggi
Quincy, Mass
<joepoggi...>

 

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Date: 6/13/16 11:44 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Addendum to Weekend Marsh Bird Surveys
Massbirders -

I had two (2) additional marsh bird species during the marsh bird survey
and I totally lunched on including them.

On Saturday, I had 1 Pied-billed Grebe and 1 American Bittern.

Both species were in the Upper Pool (the pool on the left as you start down
the walk way). These birds were not previously detected this breeding
season during my prior surveys this year.

American Bittern, when they are not breeding, tend to show up in the middle
to end of June in small numbers. Usually this coincides with the first
haying of the season in the lower New England states. Since AMBI nest in
or along the margin of extensive grass fields, I can see how birds could be
displaced.

Pied-billed Grebe is a different story. When present, they are very
vocal. The bird detected was giving the long call (wail & bray). There
are other suitable wetlands immediately to the south west of the upper pool
so quite possibly it could have wandered over from there.

American Bittern, Pied-billed Grebe, Common Galinule, King Rail, and
American Coot are rare in eastern Mass during the breeding season. I
apologize for having to add this addenda.

Thanks,

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

 

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Date: 6/13/16 10:54 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] GMNWR Concord Impoundments Marshbird Surveys 6/10 & 6/11
Hi Massbirders

In the capacity of USFWS volunteer, I surveyed the upper and lower pools
of the GMNWR Concord Impoundments. On Friday (6/10) I did the Lower Pool
and on Saturday (6/11) I did the Upper Pool.

Below is a summary for both days. Complete eBird checklists with photos and
lots of videos & sonograms are at the bottom.

Clearly the hi-lite for me was the discovery of a Least Bittern nest.
Photos and videos below.

Marshbirds:
Wood Duck - 60 - exact - 24 adult, 36 young
Hooded Merganser - 8 - exact. No young
Least Bittern - 7 - 4 males, 2 females, and 1 of unknown sex. Both pools.

Male on Nest: https://flic.kr/p/HUxXFE
Male on Nest - try to find him: https://flic.kr/p/HCQUys
Video of male singing: https://flic.kr/p/HSL8KL
Photo of male in mid song: https://flic.kr/p/J2tQ44
Male in flight: https://flic.kr/p/HUxXYJ

Virginia Rail - 32 - All adults

Sora - 5 - All adults

Willow Flycatcher - 12
Marsh Wren - 28

Swamp Sparrow - 24

Upper Pool: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30179234
Lower Pool: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30163012



The surveys were a combination of canoeing and broadcasting from the dikes.
The surveys start 1/2 hour before sunrise and each route is made up of a
series of points where a standardized set of broadcast vocalizations are
played. Birds are recorded in accordance with the guidelines and methods
put forth by the USFWS.

The following is from the USFWS -

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


Thanks for reading.

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

 

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Date: 6/13/16 10:53 am
From: <goshawk3...> <goshawk3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle, Waltham, 6-12







While returning from an event Sunday, I saw a mature bald eagle fighting the wind east of Rte 128 at Waltham Reservoir, about 4 PM.Denise CabralWalnut St.West BridgewaterSent from my LG G3, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone


 

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Date: 6/13/16 10:33 am
From: Thomas Pirro <tpirro2010...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ware River Breeding Bird Survey Route 6/11/2016
From 4:42 am to 10:10AM I "ran" through the Ware River BBS route,
consisting of 50 standardize point counts, 3 minutes each, spaced 1/2
mile apart. This 24.5 mile route meanders from east Petersham through
portions of the Ware River Watershed including some of Rutland State
Park. Calm conditions made for excellent listening conditions (start
to finish) while the cool temps kept the biting insects in check. Dale
Montette setup this route in 1993 and I have been pleased to keep it
going for the past 5 years.

Species ... total counted
Canada Goose... 2
Wood Duck... 3
Wild Turkey... 1
Broad-winged Hawk... 1
Killdeer... 1
Mourning Dove... 23
Yellow-billed Cuckoo... 1
Black-billed Cuckoo... 3
Chimney Swift... 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker... 6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker... 8
Downy Woodpecker... 3
Hairy Woodpecker... 4
(Yellow-shafted Flicker) Northern Flicker... 1
Pileated Woodpecker... 5
Eastern Wood-Pewee... 12
Alder Flycatcher... 1
Willow Flycatcher... 1
Least Flycatcher... 2
Eastern Phoebe... 7
Great Crested Flycatcher... 2
Eastern Kingbird ...5
Blue-headed Vireo... 3
Red-eyed Vireo... 43
Blue Jay... 23
American Crow... 13
Common Raven... 2
Tree Swallow... 2
Barn Swallow... 4
Black-capped Chickadee... 22
Tufted Titmouse... 17
Red-breasted Nuthatch... 8
White-breasted Nuthatch... 4
Brown Creeper... 3
House Wren... 3
Winter Wren... 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet... 1
Eastern Bluebird... 4
Veery... 28
Hermit Thrush... 8
Wood Thrush... 10
American Robin... 12
Gray Catbird... 15
Cedar Waxwing... 17
Ovenbird... 93
Northern Waterthrush... 2
Blue-winged Warbler... 1
Black-and-white Warbler... 9
Common Yellowthroat... 12
American Redstart... 1
Blackburnian Warbler... 2
Yellow Warbler... 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler... 12
Black-throated Blue Warbler... 6
Pine Warbler... 23
(Myrtle Warbler) Yellow-rumped Warbler... 4
Prairie Warbler... 3
Black-throated Green Warbler... 5
Eastern Towhee... 5
Chipping Sparrow... 14
Song Sparrow... 2
Swamp Sparrow... 2
Scarlet Tanager... 19
Northern Cardinal... 7
Rose-breasted Grosbeak... 6
Indigo Bunting... 2
Bobolink... 3
Red-winged Blackbird... 2
Common Grackle... 5
Brown-headed Cowbird... 6
Baltimore Oriole... 1
Purple Finch... 3
American Goldfinch... 4

Tom Pirro
Westminster, Ma.
 

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Date: 6/13/16 8:55 am
From: Philip R Brown <nebirdsplus...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gull-billed Tern continues on PRNWR - 06/13/16
At the salt pans @ 11:40am - flew north, hoping for a repeat performance!

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

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

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Date: 6/13/16 4:21 am
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Source to Sea Birding Festival - Trip Summary
Hello Massbirders,

We had more than an enjoyable day yesterday birding the Ipswich River
Watershed. Lunch at Riverbend was yummy too!
Dave Williams and another birded the Reading Town Forest in Reading . Jim
Berry, John Keeley , I and several others birded Sawmill Brook area in
Burlington/Wilmington and the Choate Farm/Wenham Swamp in Danvers. Sue
McGrath led several of us on a walk around the point of Little Neck
(Thank goodness for low tide since Little Neck is guarded by security now).
>From the small gorge that Sawmill Brook travels through, to the dense
wetland habitat of the Wenham swamp, to estuary habitat at the mouth of
Ipswich Bay we barely touched the diverse habitat the Ipswich River
offers, The Ipswich River truly is the life blood of Essex County not
just for humans but for those birds we love so much. If not for the PIE
rivers (Parker, Ipswich, Essex) this region would not be the birding hot
spot it is.

Already looking forward to next year! We will shot for the 2 day event as
in the past with one full trip to Wenham Swamp at Choate Farm, hopefully a
canoe river trip, and other destinations to be determined.

Below is our trip list and Dave’s list from Reading. Total for the day 68
species.

Thank you to everyone who participated!
Suzanne M. Sullivan
Wilmington, MA
<swampy435...>

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

Number of Checklists: 4
Number of Taxa: 63

Checklists included in this summary:
(1): Wilmington/Burlington - Sawmill Brook Conservation Area
Date: Jun 12, 2016, 6:48 AM
(2): US-MA-Danvers-401 Locust St - 42.5983x-70.9383
Date: Jun 12, 2016, 9:32 AM
(3): Clark Pond
Date: Jun 12, 2016, 1:45 PM
(4): Pavilion Beach
Date: Jun 12, 2016, 2:20 PM

6 Mallard -- (2),(3),(4)
8 Double-crested Cormorant -- (3),(4)
1 Great Blue Heron -- (2)
7 Great Egret -- (2),(3),(4)
6 Snowy Egret -- (3),(4)
1 Glossy Ibis -- (4)
4 Turkey Vulture -- (1),(4)
6 Osprey -- (3),(4)
4 Red-tailed Hawk -- (2),(4)
1 Virginia Rail -- (2)
1 Spotted Sandpiper -- (3)
4 Willet (Eastern) -- (4)
2 Ring-billed Gull -- (4)
X Herring Gull (American) -- (3),(4)
1 Great Black-backed Gull -- (4)
1 gull sp. -- (4)
16 Least Tern -- (3),(4)
11 Mourning Dove -- (1),(2),(3),(4)
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker -- (2)
9 Downy Woodpecker -- (1),(2)
1 Hairy Woodpecker -- (2)
4 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) -- (2)
4 Eastern Wood-Pewee -- (1),(2)
1 Willow Flycatcher -- (3)
1 Empidonax sp. -- (2)
2 Eastern Phoebe -- (1),(2)
6 Great Crested Flycatcher -- (1),(2)
5 Eastern Kingbird -- (1),(2),(3),(4)
1 Warbling Vireo -- (2)
3 Red-eyed Vireo -- (1),(2)
6 Blue Jay -- (1),(2)
4 American Crow -- (2),(4)
1 Fish Crow -- (4)
10 Tree Swallow -- (2),(3)
1 Bank Swallow -- (3)
1 Barn Swallow -- (1)
11 Black-capped Chickadee -- (1),(2)
13 Tufted Titmouse -- (1),(2)
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch -- (1)
5 White-breasted Nuthatch -- (1),(2)
2 House Wren -- (2)
1 Marsh Wren -- (3)
1 Eastern Bluebird -- (2)
16 American Robin -- (1),(2),(3)
10 Gray Catbird -- (1),(2),(3)
3 Northern Mockingbird -- (4)
7 European Starling -- (2),(3),(4)
24 Cedar Waxwing -- (2),(3),(4)
3 Common Yellowthroat -- (2)
12 Yellow Warbler -- (1),(2),(3),(4)
2 Pine Warbler -- (1)
7 Chipping Sparrow -- (1),(2)
12 Song Sparrow -- (1),(2),(3),(4)
6 Swamp Sparrow -- (2)
1 Scarlet Tanager -- (2)
8 Northern Cardinal -- (1),(2),(3)
31 Red-winged Blackbird -- (1),(2),(3),(4)
20 Common Grackle -- (1),(2),(3),(4)
3 Brown-headed Cowbird -- (1),(2)
5 Baltimore Oriole -- (1),(2)
5 House Finch -- (1),(2),(4)
14 American Goldfinch -- (1),(2),(3),(4)
18 House Sparrow -- (1),(2),(4)

Reading Town Forest, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jun 12, 2016 6:55 AM - 8:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Walk was part of the Ipswich River Birding Festival.
38 species

Canada Goose 2
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Mourning Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Eastern Phoebe 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Warbling Vireo 4
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
American Robin 10
Gray Catbird 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Yellow Warbler 3
Pine Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 5
Swamp Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 12
Common Grackle 7
Baltimore Oriole 3
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 5

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Date: 6/12/16 8:24 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Watershed (Wilmington/Burlington and Danvers/Wenham), Jun 12, 2016
I birded this morning with Suzanne Sullivan, John Keeley, and three others
at the Sawmill Brook Conservation Area in Wilmington/Burlington, then at the
Choate Farm Conservation Area and adjacent Danvers/Wenham Rail Trail, with
Suzanne, John, Pam Low and Matt (sorry, don't know the last name). The trip
was part of the Ipswich River Source to Sea Birding Festival held this
weekend. My lists for the two places follow. John had slightly different
numbers, but generally all the same species.

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

> Sawmill Brook Conservation Area, Wilmington/Burlington
> Jun 12, 2016 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> 29 species
>
> Turkey Vulture 2 The first bird landed quite close to us in a rocky
> ravine, perfect nesting habitat. We were not in a position to look for a
> nest--it would have taken far too long and the terrain was too rough
> anyway. But why would a vulture have landed so close to us in the woods
> in June if it didn't have a nest nearby? It appeared to be waiting
> patiently for us to leave its territory.
> Mourning Dove 1
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Downy Woodpecker 4
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 2
> Eastern Kingbird 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 1
> Blue Jay 4
> Barn Swallow 1
> Black-capped Chickadee 7
> Tufted Titmouse 8
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 4
> American Robin 5
> Gray Catbird 1
> Yellow Warbler 1
> Pine Warbler 2
> Chipping Sparrow 5
> Song Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 3
> Red-winged Blackbird 1
> Common Grackle 2
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> Baltimore Oriole 1
> House Finch 2
> American Goldfinch 4
> House Sparrow 8
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30198152


Choate Farm Conservation Area & Danvers/Wenham Rail Trail, Danvers and
Wenham
Jun 12, 2016 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.25 mile(s)
42 species (+1 other taxon)

Mallard 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 2
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Virginia Rail 1 heard giving both calls (kiddik and grunting), and seen
up close, a first for two in the group
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4 including a pair feeding at least
one large young in a cavity
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Empidonax sp. 1 this bird refused to vocalize despite being teed up a
lot
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 5 much fighting between two suspected males
Eastern Kingbird 2
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 9
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4 pair feeding at least two fledglings
House Wren 2
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 10
Gray Catbird 8
European Starling 3
Cedar Waxwing 2
Common Yellowthroat 5
Yellow Warbler 6
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 6
Swamp Sparrow 4
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 28 plus
Common Grackle 18 plus
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 4 2 nests found; female feeding young in one of them;
not sure what the 2nd female was doing at the other
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 6
House Sparrow 5 feeding in the swamp and showing the adaptability of
this species

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30198441

 

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Date: 6/12/16 6:06 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Greenfield weekend birds
Hi MassBirders,

I spent the weekend camping out with my family atop Woolman Hill near Greenfield, as we participated in a spiritual retreat with our local Quaker meeting. The hill has a meadow on top, woods around the sides, and a powerline cut across, so a nice variety of habitats. I wound up leading two group bird walks, one Saturday at the “Just Roots” community farm that was scheduled weeks ago, and another Sunday that several bird-loving Quakers roped me into at the last minute. I tallied 79 species from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. Highlights:

Green Heron, flying into a swampy area at the farm
Black Vulture, a pair soaring high over the hill
Spotted Sandpiper, bobbing around on a dirt road at the farm nowhere near any water
Black-billed Cuckoo, posing on a wire for a few quick photos
Barred Owls calling each night and one afternoon
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel, 2 flying around the farm
6 flycatcher species including Willow and Least
3 vireo species, including multiple Yellow-throated
An impressive 3-species swallow flock (Bank, Barn, Tree) over the farm's sheep and goat pasture
Some very recently fledged Eastern Bluebirds
13 warbler species including Prairie, LA Waterthrush, Blackburnian
Some unseen predator in long grass (snake?) being mobbed by an Indigo Bunting, a Chestnut-sided Warbler, and two Common Yellowthroats
Bobolink, a couple displaying over the same pasture as the swallow flock

Notable by its scarcity: Common Raven. I’ve seen or at least heard the species almost every time I’ve set foot on Woolman Hill, including seeing 22 soaring above us all at the same time one day in late May 2014. But I somehow didn’t see or hear a single one this Friday or Saturday; a heard-only bird Sunday morning just barely averted a completely raven-free weekend….

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: 6/12/16 4:08 pm
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Gate 15 - Quabbin
Hello,

After the rain yesterday (Sat) I took a late afternoon, 4 mile loop hike at Gate 15. Had 34 species with 13 species of warblers. 3 Magnolias in breeding habitat and both cuckoos. Years ago used to have Acadian Flycatchers on both Atherton and Briggs Brooks but I did not hear any on this hike. I don't generally use recordings.
List is below.
As for non bird stuff lots of Moose sign, the Mountain Laurel was in bloom and spectacular in places. Miraculously did not pick up any ticks but lost count of the mosquitos after 2146.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>





http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30189589

 

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Date: 6/12/16 2:12 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/11 Least Bittern, Etc. at Burrage Pond in Hanson
Hi,
I had this beautiful place almost all to myself from 11:45 a.m. to 6:20 p.m. I guess a little rain scared everyone away. This resulted in a very tranquil place in which to bird. Awesome! I saw SANDHILL CRANE in two locales here. One was quite rusty in color (great looks at it). The other was a bit too distant to get good looks at. Perhaps it was the same bird. The sightings were at the Indian Crossway and also at the north end, out in the marshy, boggy area fairly far out to the right of the main dike. (if facing south on the dike)

HIGHLIGHTS:

LEAST BITTERN adult male seen from a dike that is perpendicular to the main north-south dike. It is the dike that is parallel to and just north of a dike that is closest to the telephone pole with visible remnants of an Osprey nest on it. (the first in a line of phone poles). The bird flew out of the grass about one-third of the way down the dike, just twenty feet from me. No pishing, for I had no idea the bird was going to be there! He flew for twenty yards and dropped back down in the marsh.
GREAT EGRET 2

Great Blue Heron 15
Wood Duck 9 including ma and babes
Virginia Rail 3 heard doing pig calls and gidik calls
SANDHILL CRANE 1 SEE ABOVE
Osprey 2 nest is ridiculously high up (but prime real estate next to burrage)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 4 throughout
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Willow Flycatcher 1 singing
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Fish Crow 1
AMERICAN KESTREL 1 way down dike; hunting (hovering)
PURPLE MARTIN 2 same place as a month ago (back ponds)
BANK SWALLOW 1 F.O.Y.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Marsh Wren 6 bundles of energy
Veery 3
Savannah Sparrow 1
Orchard Oriole 1
NON-AVIAN HIGHLIGHTS:

SNAPPING TURTLE 1 LOVE THESE GUYS! on a dike
ORCHIDS! ROSE POGONIAS! INDIAN CROSSWAY AREA

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 6/12/16 9:14 am
From: Michael Baird <rkramden1994...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Jun 12, 2016
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jun 12, 2016 6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: I lead 8 participants in a walk for Ipswich River Wildlife
Sanctuary focused on the breeding birds that use the sanctuary. The air was
warm and humid to start and gradually became drier and breezier as the
morning progressed. Foliage is thick and it took some work but we found a
lot of breeding activity (singing, territorial displays, carrying food) as
well as a Downy Woodpecker feeding chicks in a cavity and a female American
Restart going back and forth from her nest. Before the walk started I ran
across a pair of very vocal and active Virginia Rails with a chick that
somehow squeezed himself up through the spaces between the boards on the
boardwalk leading to the Rockery Trail. Thin as a rail, indeed. A great
trip with great participants and great birds.
44 species (+1 other taxa)

Great Blue Heron 2
Accipiter sp. 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Virginia Rail 3 at least 2 adults and one chick at the intersection of
the Waterfowl and Rockery trails.
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow X Several pairs occupying nest boxes.
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren 3
Marsh Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Eastern Bluebird 2
Veery 2
American Robin X
Gray Catbird 3
European Starling 2
Cedar Waxwing 2
Ovenbird 3 3 singing males
Common Yellowthroat 3 all singing males
American Redstart 1 1 female seen sitting on a nest, several potential
males singing alternate songs, none seen for confirmation.
Yellow Warbler 3
Pine Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 1 singing male
Red-winged Blackbird X
Common Grackle X
Brown-headed Cowbird 3 3 chasing a Blue Jay
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow X

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30191924

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

 

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Date: 6/12/16 3:34 am
From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 22 species at feeder in Westford
Good morning,

This is probably common for others but, with casual observation only, I had
22 species at, on, or below my one feeding station (barring two hummingbird
feeders elsewhere in yard). I feed sunflower seed, thistle, mealworms,
jelly, oranges, and no melt suet on a fairly crowded advanced pole system
from Wild Birds Unlimited.

All the usuals with a couple surprises... The local family of bluebirds
stopped by (two juvenile birds and then later both adults)...a few minutes
later a phoebe strafed a group of house sparrows while chasing a moth.

Good birding all!

Paul Guidetti
Westford, MA

 

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Date: 6/11/16 6:58 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Myles Standish State Forest (MSSF) report 6/11/16
I spent this morning (6/11/16) at the MSSF doing an impromptu breeding bird survey/count. This forest is 100 years old this year and I wanted to get some numbers as it has been awhile since I did this (and anyone else). No species surprises, but the disappointments were less than the encouragements. The forest is getting mature since most of the area was renewed by a massive fire in 1957 and another smaller one in 1965 or 66. I have seen the decrease in Prairie Warblers and increase in Pine Warblers as the scrub/secondary growth matures to a White Pine forest.

The species diversity is minimal in the Pine Barrens, but what is there is in large numbers. It is difficult to get to triple digits on a 1/2 day count in non-flocking birds; check out towhee and ovenbird; never out of earshot of one or both. I know there is a permanent population of Red-breasted Nuthatches, but the quantity surprised me; might be the more mature forest. Hermit Thrush numbers trailed off after 6:30ish; I wonder how many would be tallied if a coordinated effort had several groups out early. Today I had what was probably my best day of Black-billed Cuckoo (tent caterpillars everywhere) and Prairie Warbler-maybe the Red Pine thinning mimicking fire from couple of years ago has regenerated habitat favorable for them.

Missing was Fish Crow, Eastern Bluebird (are there no more natural nesters left in the forest?) and Field Sparrow. Chipping Sparrow seems to be low. Fewer Black-and-white Warblers than I expected. No tanagers either.

I include Whip-poor-will numbers from June 8 and 9 evenings I was in the forest for completeness since they are also present, but can not be counted in the type of count I completed today.

Glenn

Canada Goose 2
Wild Turkey 3
Mourning Dove 14
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2 (at pond edge; all upland cuckoos were Black-billed)
Black-billed Cuckoo 24
WHIP-POOR-WILL 18
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 4
Eastern Wood Pewee 10
Eastern Phoebe 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 3
Blue Jay 11
American Crow 8
Tree Swallow 2 (low, did not sample fields/area with boxes)
Black-capped Chickadee 49
Tufted Titmouse 7
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH 20
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 3 (see note on Tree Swallow)
Hermit Thrush 21
American Robin 15 (seems low, more catbirds)
Gray Catbird 19
Brown Thrasher 4
Cedar Waxwing 20
OVENBIRD 101
Common Yellowthroat 47
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Yellow Warbler 5 (only habitat is along ponds)
Pine Warbler 72
PRAIRIE WARBLER 49
EASTERN TOWHEE 131
Chipping Sparrow 57
Song Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 10
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 28
Baltimore Oriole 13 (around pond habitat)
Purple Finch 6
American Goldfinch 6

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

 

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Date: 6/11/16 4:48 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Coolidge Reservation--Ocean Lawn, Jun 11, 2016
> Coolidge Reservation--Ocean Lawn, Magnolia (Gloucester)
> Jun 11, 2016 10:10 AM - 12:30 PM
> Comments: I went here to see the oystercatchers seen by Ann Gurka
> yesterday, and also some little blue herons and b-c night herons. I saw
> only one of those three species.
> 41 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 40 swimming sedately on the ocean (all adults)
> Mallard 30 Clark Pond
> Common Eider 27 20 adults and 7 young
> Double-crested Cormorant 75 rough estimate of birds on and around
> Kettle Island (KI); there were another hundred or so nesting on
> neighboring Great Egg Rock
> Great Egret 20 Most of the herons and ibis were seen flying over to
> and back from KI.
> Snowy Egret 24
> Little Blue Heron 3 all adults
> white egret sp. 30 estimate of great and snowy egrets visible on
> nests on KI that were partly obscured by the foliage.

> Black-crowned Night-Heron 0 I was surprised to see none of these
> birds flying back and forth to the island like the other herons. (But not
> too surprised; the "night" in their name is a clue.)

> Glossy Ibis 41
> American Oystercatcher 0 I scoped the entire northwest (landward)
> side of KI for over an hour and neither saw nor heard an oystercatcher. I
> wonder whether they are still there or have left the island. They did
> apparently breed there last year, but I don't know how they protect their
> vulnerable eggs from the hundreds of black-backed and herring gulls
> (though they have clearly brought off young in the county in the past).

> Ring-billed Gull 22
> Herring Gull 150 rough estimate (many more than this nest on KI)
> Great Black-backed Gull 120 rough estimate (many more than this nest
> on KI)
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 1 male calling and visible at edge of Clark Pond
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 1
> Warbling Vireo 1
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 6
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
> Tree Swallow 8
> Barn Swallow 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 4
> Tufted Titmouse 3
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> House Wren 1
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> American Robin 5
> Gray Catbird 6
> European Starling 30 plus
> Common Yellowthroat 5
> Yellow Warbler 5
> Pine Warbler 1
> Song Sparrow 8
> Northern Cardinal 3
> Red-winged Blackbird 10
> Common Grackle 4
> Brown-headed Cowbird 4
> Baltimore Oriole 3
> House Finch 1
> American Goldfinch 1
> House Sparrow 2
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30178800

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

 

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Date: 6/11/16 2:42 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Peregrine Falcons in flight - Photos!


What a sight to watch the Peregrine Falcons in flight around the Basiliere Bridge over the Merrimack River in Haverhill. As the chicks have started to fledge, the female has made intermittent aerial loops around the bridge especially when nearby construction workers pass from one end of the bridge to the other!




For those with an interest:




5 exciting flight photos: http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/163429558

Click “next” in upper right corner to advance frames!




Enjoy,




Craig Gibson

Winchester, MA

cbgibson AT comcast.net

 

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Date: 6/11/16 10:12 am
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] late Magnolia Warbler / Newbury
bouncing around in the shrubs yesterday afternoon, singing his little heart out



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

Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951


email: <lynette.leka...>
 

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Date: 6/10/16 7:07 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Middleton Pond, Middleton, Jun 10, 2016
> Middleton Pond, Middleton
> Jun 10, 2016 8:45 AM - 11:55 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.5 mile(s)
> Comments: I walked with Pike Messenger's Friday group to the great
> blue heron rookery (in a beaver swamp), then went on to the adjacent
> powerline on my own.
> 44 species
>
> Great Blue Heron 60 There were at least 20 active nests, many with 3
> or 4 large young, so 60 is an undercount. I saw at least 30 adults.
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 pair soaring over powerline
> Mourning Dove 2
> Black-billed Cuckoo 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
> Great Crested Flycatcher 1
> Eastern Kingbird 2
> Yellow-throated Vireo 1 unlike most y-t vireos, this one was singing
> away from water across the powerline in upland habitat
> Red-eyed Vireo 2
> Blue Jay 14
> American Crow 1
> Tree Swallow 25 nesting all over the beaver swamp in old woodpecker
> holes
> Black-capped Chickadee 11
> Tufted Titmouse 7
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 5
> Brown Creeper 1
> House Wren 3 one bird carrying food to nest box on powerline
> Eastern Bluebird 5 one pair carrying food to nest box on powerline
> Veery 1
> Wood Thrush 1
> American Robin 9
> Gray Catbird 6
> Ovenbird 5
> Common Yellowthroat 1
> Yellow Warbler 1
> Pine Warbler 5
> Prairie Warbler 3 males singing on powerline
> Black-throated Green Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 2
> Field Sparrow 2 males singing on powerline
> Song Sparrow 5
> Eastern Towhee 9
> Scarlet Tanager 1 powerline
> Northern Cardinal 2
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
> Indigo Bunting 1 powerline; singing constantly as if he had no mate
> Red-winged Blackbird 20
> Common Grackle 12
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> Baltimore Oriole 4
> American Goldfinch 9
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30167083

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

 

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Date: 6/10/16 2:50 pm
From: Ann Gurka <snowyegret7...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Oystercatchers - Coolidge Reservation-Kettle Island
We birded the Coolidge Reservation in Manchester this morning, mostly to view Kettle Island from shore - hoping to see American Oystercatchers. We were not disappointed - there was a pair of oystercatchers standing on the sandy beach area on the left of the island (as viewed from Coolidge Reservation). Initially, they were a short distance apart - then one of them quickly approached and mounted the second one. Soon after, both flew to the left and out of sight behind some rocks. I'm not sure if breeding was confirmed in last year's pair, but this looks promising.
Also of interest to me was a Red-breasted Nuthatch in the woods along the trail leading to the great lawn. Again, I'm not sure if they have been breeding birds here in past years, but I have not been seeing a lot of this species anywhere in Essex or Middlesex Counties this spring. My full list is below...

Ann GurkaWatertown MA

May the beauty of what you love be what you do,
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the earth...
Rumi




> Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:59:21 -0400
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Coolidge Reservation--Ocean Lawn, Jun 10, 2016
> To: <snowyegret7...>
>
> Coolidge Reservation--Ocean Lawn, Essex, Massachusetts, US
> Jun 10, 2016 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> 43 species
>
> Canada Goose 7
> Mallard 2
> Common Eider 15 on offshore rocky island
> Double-crested Cormorant 100 Kettle Island and other nearby rocky islands
> Great Egret 6
> Snowy Egret 1
> Little Blue Heron 1 Fly by coming from the direction of Kettle Island
> Glossy Ibis 4
> American Oystercatcher 2 Pair seen on sandy beach part of Kettle Island
> Ring-billed Gull 20
> Herring Gull 80
> Great Black-backed Gull 30
> Mourning Dove 1
> Chimney Swift 1
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
> Eastern Kingbird 1
> Warbling Vireo 2
> Red-eyed Vireo 5
> Blue Jay 3
> American Crow 4
> Tree Swallow 10
> Bank Swallow 1
> Barn Swallow 4
> Cliff Swallow 1
> Black-capped Chickadee 4
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 Heard from trail leading through the reservation
> American Robin 8
> Gray Catbird 4
> European Starling 6
> Common Yellowthroat 6
> Yellow Warbler 3
> Chipping Sparrow 4
> Song Sparrow 3
> Eastern Towhee 1
> Northern Cardinal 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 10
> Brown-headed Cowbird 4
> Baltimore Oriole 2
> American Goldfinch 2
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30166122
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

 

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Date: 6/10/16 2:12 pm
From: bank1941 <bank1941...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] New yard bird
M'bers, I am thrilled to report a Black-billed  Cuckoo calling in the woods of the Forest River watershed area behind my condo. Awesome sound..!!
Joe PaluzziSalem


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Date: 6/10/16 1:41 pm
From: NEaton <nancyeaton...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Vesper Sparrow
6/10/16  Hadley, Honey Pot Rd.: Singing Vesper Sparrow on overhead wire (1 p.m.)

Nancy EatonEnfield, CT 08062
<nancyeaton...>

 

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Date: 6/10/16 12:18 pm
From: Brad Dinerman <bdinerman...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] 6/10/16, Foss Reservoir, Framingham, Bald Eagle, Photos (Video coming soon.)
I stopped by yesterday. I was able to clearly see the nest with binoculars, and my 500mm lens was able to get them as well, though nothing that I would ever consider a close-up. I saw three eagles in the nest: two adults and one juvenile, which was actively practicing flapping its wings. Maybe I'll get lucky and one will do a close fly-over for me.

-Brad


(Sent from my mobile office, a.k.a the iPhone)

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Fieldbrook Solutions LLC
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voice: (508) 231-0931<tel:(508)%20231-0931>

On Jun 10, 2016, at 2:53 PM, Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...><mailto:<mcjavlzo...>> wrote:

On 6/10/16 at Foss Reservoir, Framingham...

I saw the Bald Eagle(s) reported by Ron Crissman. I was on the sidewalk across Rt. 9 from the Jefferson Hills apartments. There was a lot of activity at the top of a pine tree near the far (north) end of the island. The top of the tree is shaped like a "v" or a bowl. I have posted a photo showing which one it is. I couldn't see a nest with my binoculars or camera, but I waited and saw an Eagle returning and I could see where it landed and then when I looked closely I saw a lot of activity in one particular tree top.

I have some photos at http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/ which show and eagle and how to find the tree top location I observed, but the distance was quite far for my camera and eagle is very grainy. I will be adding videos and photos to the post later today.


Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...><mailto:<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 6/10/16 11:52 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/10/16, Foss Reservoir, Framingham, Bald Eagle, Photos (Video coming soon.)
On 6/10/16 at Foss Reservoir, Framingham...

I saw the Bald Eagle(s) reported by Ron Crissman. I was on the sidewalk
across Rt. 9 from the Jefferson Hills apartments. There was a lot of
activity at the top of a pine tree near the far (north) end of the
island. The top of the tree is shaped like a "v" or a bowl. I have
posted a photo showing which one it is. I couldn't see a nest with my
binoculars or camera, but I waited and saw an Eagle returning and I
could see where it landed and then when I looked closely I saw a lot of
activity in one particular tree top.

I have some photos at http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/ which show and eagle
and how to find the tree top location I observed, but the distance was
quite far for my camera and eagle is very grainy. I will be adding
videos and photos to the post later today.


Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>

 

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Date: 6/10/16 11:14 am
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Grasshopper Sparrow -Greenfield
Jeremy and MassBirders,

eBird shows an abundance of Grasshopper Sparrow records in Franklin County, but the vast majority just give a town name rather than specifying a birding location: Turners Falls, Millers Falls, Montague, a few others. Most of them seem to have been recorded first in Bird Observer, and then eBirded by the BO staff. The only specifically named birding locations in the county which have them are the TF Airport (and W Mineral Road, which is basically the same place), Orange Airport, and the Bull Hill Fields. It’s possible that other locations were intentionally not specified to protect sensitive habitat, or discourage trespassing, etc…. I wonder how many of those were from the TF airport vicinity vs. elsewhere?

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: 6/10/16 9:23 am
From: Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Grasshopper Sparrow -Greenfield
That's really interesting Bill. After locating 3 individuals in Turners
Falls just a little to the southeast yesterday, I started looking at all
the grassland habitat that looks pretty much just like it in the region,
and was wondering, why wouldn't Grasshopper Sparrows be here? The areas of
sandy soil around here create the sparse grassy vegetation without a lot of
shrubs that seems perfect for the species.

Jeremy Coleman
Greenfield



On Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 8:29 AM, <blafley...> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> This morning while working in the area I found a Grasshopper Sparrow
> singing away in the grassy area behind the Calvary Cemetery on Wisdom Way.
>
> Bill Lafley
> New Salem
> <blafley...>
>

 

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Date: 6/10/16 7:19 am
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] results: cuckoo calling in the night
Your post and the shared information is much appreciated. Have thought I’d heard black-billed cuckoos calling in the middle of the night in some years, but chalked it up to dreaming!


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



> On Jun 10, 2016, at 8:42 AM, Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...> wrote:
>
> Two Massbirders kindly corrected me on the ID of the cuckoo I heard calling in the night, cu-cu-cu repeated. This is more likely a black-billed cuckoo than the yellow billed I had assumed from my regular sightings of a pair of yellow billed this spring.
>
> David Spector generously reviewed some literature on the topic.
> "The following is from the Birds of North America account for Black-billed Cuckoo:
>
> "Calls most frequently in daylight hours during pair formation and nest-building stages of breeding cycle; becomes much quieter after eggs laid (Jauvin and Bombardier 1996). However, calls regularly at night on breeding grounds in midsummer (May–Sep), with peak in Jul (Thayer 1903). . . . "
>
> "Calls during day and night (Robbins 1991, Jauvin and Bombardier 1996); more frequently at night in midsummer (Thayer 1903). Night-calling associated with nocturnal flights, which generally occur between 20:00 and 00:00, but can occur at all hours of night. Gives both Cucucu Call and Croak Call; latter more frequently given by bird in flight, except on dark or foggy nights, when former more commonly heard. Called 30–40 times in 3 h on 1 particular night in sw. New Hampshire (Thayer 1903). . . . Calls more frequently at night than Yellow-billed Cuckoo does (Forbush 1927)."
>
> and from the Birds of North America account for Yellow-billed Cuckoo:
>
> "Kowlp Call given most frequently in early morning before 0700 (Hamilton and Hamilton 1965), but also uttered at all times of day, including night (Bent 1940)."
>
> Still mysterious to me is why they would call in the middle of a moonless night.
>
> Robert Mussey
> Milton


 

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Date: 6/10/16 7:09 am
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Grasshopper Sparrow -Greenfield
Hello,

This morning while working in the area I found a Grasshopper Sparrow singing away in the grassy area behind the Calvary Cemetery on Wisdom Way.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>
 

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Date: 6/10/16 6:46 am
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] results: cuckoo calling in the night
Trolling for a mate? Night migrants.

Rich Guthrie

On Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 8:42 AM, Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...>
wrote:

> Two Massbirders kindly corrected me on the ID of the cuckoo I heard
> calling in the night, cu-cu-cu repeated. This is more likely a black-billed
> cuckoo than the yellow billed I had assumed from my regular sightings of a
> pair of yellow billed this spring.
>
> David Spector generously reviewed some literature on the topic.
> "The following is from the Birds of North America account for Black-billed
> Cuckoo:
>
> "Calls most frequently in daylight hours during pair formation and
> nest-building stages of breeding cycle; becomes much quieter after eggs
> laid (Jauvin and Bombardier 1996). However, calls regularly at night on
> breeding grounds in midsummer (May–Sep), with peak in Jul (Thayer 1903). .
> . . "
>
> "Calls during day and night (Robbins 1991, Jauvin and Bombardier 1996);
> more frequently at night in midsummer (Thayer 1903). Night-calling
> associated with nocturnal flights, which generally occur between 20:00
> and 00:00, but can occur at all hours of night. Gives both Cucucu Call
> and Croak Call; latter more frequently given by bird in flight, except on
> dark or foggy nights, when former more commonly heard. Called 30–40 times
> in 3 h on 1 particular night in sw. New Hampshire (Thayer 1903). . . .
> Calls more frequently at night than Yellow-billed Cuckoo does (Forbush
> 1927)."
>
> and from the Birds of North America account for Yellow-billed Cuckoo:
>
> "Kowlp Call given most frequently in early morning before 0700 (Hamilton
> and Hamilton 1965), but also uttered at all times of day, including night
> (Bent 1940)."
>
> Still mysterious to me is why they would call in the middle of a moonless
> night.
>
> Robert Mussey
> Milton
>



--
Richard Guthrie

 

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Date: 6/10/16 5:47 am
From: Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] results: cuckoo calling in the night
Two Massbirders kindly corrected me on the ID of the cuckoo I heard
calling in the night, cu-cu-cu repeated. This is more likely a black-billed
cuckoo than the yellow billed I had assumed from my regular sightings of a
pair of yellow billed this spring.

David Spector generously reviewed some literature on the topic.
"The following is from the Birds of North America account for Black-billed
Cuckoo:

"Calls most frequently in daylight hours during pair formation and
nest-building stages of breeding cycle; becomes much quieter after eggs
laid (Jauvin and Bombardier 1996). However, calls regularly at night on
breeding grounds in midsummer (May–Sep), with peak in Jul (Thayer 1903). .
. . "

"Calls during day and night (Robbins 1991, Jauvin and Bombardier 1996);
more frequently at night in midsummer (Thayer 1903). Night-calling
associated with nocturnal flights, which generally occur between 20:00 and
00:00, but can occur at all hours of night. Gives both Cucucu Call and
Croak Call; latter more frequently given by bird in flight, except on dark
or foggy nights, when former more commonly heard. Called 30–40 times in 3 h
on 1 particular night in sw. New Hampshire (Thayer 1903). . . . Calls more
frequently at night than Yellow-billed Cuckoo does (Forbush 1927)."

and from the Birds of North America account for Yellow-billed Cuckoo:

"Kowlp Call given most frequently in early morning before 0700 (Hamilton
and Hamilton 1965), but also uttered at all times of day, including night
(Bent 1940)."

Still mysterious to me is why they would call in the middle of a moonless
night.

Robert Mussey
Milton

 

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Date: 6/10/16 5:19 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/9/16, Farm Pond Park and vicinity, Framingham, Grackle Chicks, Photos and Video
Seen on 6/9/16 at Farm Pond Park and vicinity in Framingham
Photos and video of some at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/

Farm Pond Park:

Common Grackle and Chicks. (There are a few videos of the chicks at the
link. One shows an adult feeding them. Another shows an adult removing
waste immediately as the chick produces it. If you click on the "read
more" link you can watch other videos of just the chicks. In one of
those, a chick stands at the edge of the nest its siblings behind it
seem to try to push it out of the nest.)
Northern Oriole

Farm Pond:
Wood Duck, Ducklings
Mute Swan, Cygnets (Sometimes swans lift their foot out of the water and
it to me it always looks weird as if they have a broken leg. The video
of the adult swan preening shows how they do it without breaking anything.)
Great Blue Heron
Eastern Phoebe
American Robin (A video shows a robin catching a worm and flying away
with it. There is also a photograph of a robin in a nest, presumably
incubating eggs, to whom the worm was delivered.)
Chimney Swift
Mourning Dove
European Starling
Song Sparrow
Mallard, Ducklings

Sudbury River:
American Goldfinch

Cushing Memorial Park:
Northern Flicker
Chipping Sparrow
Barn Swallow

Aqueduct Trail:
Wild Turkey (2)

Winter Lane:
Brown-headed Cowbird

Winter Street:
Eastern Kingbird
Gray Catbird

Warren Road:
Common Grackle and Juvenile
Red-tailed Hawk

Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>
 

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Date: 6/10/16 5:19 am
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: Ipswich River Source to Sea Birding Festival
Mass birders,

Just to clarify, I will be happy to take sightings on both days this coming
weekend. All the walks are on Sunday. Rain or shine. See below.
Cheers!
Suzanne Sullivan
Wilmington

On Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 8:09 AM, Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
wrote:

> Hello Massbirders,
> Just a reminder of the Festival this coming weekend! Looking forward to
> doing this event for the third year. If you are planning on coming please
> let me know so we have a handle on how many folks. And if you are not
> coming but will be birding in the Ipswich River Watershed please send me
> your sightings. We would love to know what people saw on this day. Here is
> a map of the Paddling Map
> http://www.ipswichriver.org/ipswich-river-paddling-map/ ( the watershed
> is outlined by a darker color so anywhere in this area is in the watershed)
> Look forward to see folks!
> Cheers!
>
> Wilmington/Burlington Sawmill Brook Conservation Area. John Keeley and
> Suzanne Sullivan.
> http://www.burlington.org/community_development/docs/saw_mill_11x17.pdf
> 7a.m.Headwaters location - Reading Town Forest - Dave Williams
>
> http://www.readingma.gov/sites/readingma/files/file/file/town_forest_trail_map_11x8.pdf
> 9:30 Mid River location at Danvers Rail Trail off Locus Street across
> from the Putnamville res.
> http://www.danversrailtrail.org/#!trail-parking/c1wzr
> Back to Riverbed for lunch 12:30 /1:00 (my treat!) maybe a bird walk there
> if we have time.
> http://www.ipswichriver.org/about/riverbend/
> 2:30 p.m. Lower location - Sue McGrath of Newburyport Birders
> Little Neck Ipswich
> A walk along the river where the Ipswich River makes it final journey to
> Ipswich Bay at Little Neck across from Sandy Point Plum Island. Parking on
> a Sunday afternoon may be an issue here. So maybe meeting at Rverbend is a
> good idea and we can car pool to the spot. If we can not find parking we
> will have a back up plan.
>
> --
> Suzanne M. Sullivan
> Wilmington, MA
> <swampy435...>
>
> Be the Voice of the River
> http://www.ipswichriver.org
>
>


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

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

 

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Date: 6/10/16 5:07 am
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Feeder Bird Firsts and Frenzy - Concord
After 39 years of feeding birds from our second story farmhouse kitchen window, this morning (and week) brought a record number of woodpeckers to our suet and seeds, including one newcomer - the usual downy pair, daily visits from a loud and hungry red-bellied woodpecker, a Hairy mom with her son and daughter (first feeder appearances in about two decades), and a yellow-shafted flicker yesterday and today (first ever at the feeder). Here’s the full list::

12 Wild turkey - one hen and 11 offspring, crossing yard(s) and road
5 Mourning dove
1 Red-bellied woodpecker
2 Downy woodpecker
*3 Hairy woodpecker (first at feeder in more than 20 years)
*1 Northern flicker (first at feeder in 39 years)
1 Blue jay
2 American crows
1 Black-capped chickadee
1 Tufted titmouse
1 White-breasted nuthatch
Small mob of European starlings
1 Chipping sparrow (singing)
1 Song sparrow (singing)
2 Northern cardinal
2 Rose-breasted grosbeak
2 Brown-headed cowbird
6 House finch
3 American goldfinch
2 House sparrow

An woodchuck and cottontail were also emerging for their breakfasts.

Great morning to be up early!

Cherrie Corey
Concord, MA




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




 

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Date: 6/9/16 7:30 pm
From: sean riley <newburyowls...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] American Kestrels - Revere
The Pair of Kestrels that nest near Eliot circle in Revere have fledged
another 3 young this year. Today I watched the Male catch 2 mice in less
than 10 minutes, feeding the juveniles which were eagerly waiting in a tree
nearby. This male stays on territory all year long, a very successful and
adaptable fella.

- Sean Riley
Plum Island
<Newburyowls...>

--
10thstreetbirding.blogspot.com

 

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Date: 6/9/16 11:10 am
From: Ron Crissman <ronc8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagles Nesting in Framingham!
In the past few years there have been a number of sightings of Bald Eagles at Foss Reservoir across Rt. 9 from the Jefferson Hills apartments. I saw one flying above Rt. 9 at Temple St. myself two years ago, so when I heard a third hand report of the eagles nesting at the reservoir, I was ready to check it out. Today I had the time just after noon, and found a very large nest at the top of the white pines on the island in the middle of the reservoir. Standing on the nest was a very large bird the size and shape of an eagle, and after a few minutes of observing with the binoculars I was able to see the bird's white head! The island is distant from the road, so the nest isn't very noticeable by eye, and you will need binoculars or a scope to get a good look. You can park in the parking lot at the apartments, and avoid crossing the heavy traffic on Rt.9.

Ron Crissman
<ronc8...>
Framingham, MA

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
 

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Date: 6/9/16 8:30 am
From: Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] cuckooo calling in the night
Last night I was awakened at least three times 1 -4 AM by the calling of
one of our pair of resident yellow billled cuckoos -- cu-cu-cu , cu-cu-cu,
repeated numerous times, occasionally a series of 4 cu's. There was only a
waxing crescent moon.

I have frequently heard mockingbirds in the night but never a cuckoo. Is he
confused? Lost his mate? Anyone have any information to explain this
peculiar time to call?

Robert Mussey
Milton

 

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Date: 6/9/16 7:53 am
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Today at Drumlin Farm
This morning I saw 33 species while missing some easy spots such as nuthatch and house wren. Highlights were wood pewee, spotted sandpiper, good number of bobolinks, Baltimore orioles and chimney swifts.

Yesterday David Swain helped me with breeding bird circles. We found some additional species including wood thrush, American woodcock and indigo bunting. We also saw an adult turkey with several fledglings. These were the first young turkeys I have seen so far this season.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln


Wild Turkey 8
Great Blue Heron 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 4
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Mourning Dove 7
Chimney Swift 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Eastern Kingbird 1
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 1
Tree Swallow 10
Barn Swallow 7
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 12
Gray Catbird 4
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 26
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow Warbler 2
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 11
Northern Cardinal 2
Bobolink 8
Red-winged Blackbird 11
Baltimore Oriole 3
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 7
House Sparrow 4


 

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Date: 6/9/16 7:37 am
From: Ida Giriunas <ida8...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC July 16 Deep Hyrogapher Canyon Pelagic Trip
Greetings;



There is still space on this trip. Our August trip is full.



SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2016, 2 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hyannis to the Hydrographer Canyon area for 4 Shearwater species (including
Scopoli's), 3 Storm-petrel species (including Band-rumped), Gannets, 3
Jaeger species, terns, gulls, sea ducks, possible White-faced storm Petrel,
Black-capped Petrel, Bridled Tern, Skuas, and any other rarities.

Limit: 50 participants

Cost: BBC members $195, non-members $215

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

To reserve a space, send a check for the full amount made out to Brookline
Bird Club Agent along with a signed waiver to: Ida Giriunas, 83 Summer Ave.,
Reading, MA, 01867 and include either your email or your postal address for
confirmation, boarding instructions, and other details. To register and to
receive further information and a waiver form, contact Ida.



Ida Giriunas

Reading, MA

781-929-8772

<mailto:<ida8...> <ida8...>






 

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Date: 6/9/16 5:27 am
From: Bob & Bonnie Buxton <bbxt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Google Doodle today is about birding
Birders,
Today's Google Doodle is about Phoebe Snetsinger, and is quite
interesting to read.

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

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Date: 6/9/16 4:41 am
From: Richard Danca <rdanca...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] State of the North American birds
http://www.stateofthebirds.org/2016/
______________________
Richard A. Danca
Newton, Mass.
<rdanca...>

 

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Date: 6/8/16 8:43 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Least Bittern -- Daniel Webster WS, Marshfield (6/8)
There was a Least Bittern calling/singing from the patch of phrags along the river best heard from the river walk trail board walk closest to fox hill. You could also hear it from the main trail, but it was very faint. It called multiple times between 6:45 and 7:15pm. (This is the same area the Common Gallinule/Moorhen was in May a few years back.)
Full list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30143979

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


 

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Date: 6/8/16 6:39 pm
From: Marjorie <marjwtsn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Red Bellied Woodpecker attack
I watched an interesting confrontation this morning out my kitchen window. I have a bird house on my porch that is currently being used by a family of Chickadees. I have watched the parents going in and out with worms and other bugs and leaving with fecal sacs. Today I was noticed some commotion, and was surprised to see a male Red Bellied woodpecker being attacked by two Chickadees, a Tufted Titmouse and an American Goldfinch. They were all flying around the Red bellied woodpecker who was sitting on the deck railing. Then I noticed the woodpecker had caught another bird, and it flew off with the prize. I don’t know if perhaps the woodpecker had raided the Chickadee nest. I was quite surprised that different species of birds would all seem to band together to try to scare off the woodpecker as a group.

Marj Watson
Georgetown MA

 

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Date: 6/8/16 6:01 pm
From: Sebastian Jones <sebastianojones...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Carpooling to Bear Creek on Friday
Hi Massbirders, I'm wondering if anyone is planning to head over to Bear
Creek on Friday morning from the Boston area and has an extra seat in
their car available. Happy to split gas, etc. I'm in Jamaica Plain.
Best,Sebastian JonesJamaica Plain, MA

On Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 4:51 PM, Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...>
wrote:

Folks,

Yet another mega-rarity has arrived at Bear Creek grassland in
Saugus: A Fork-tailed Flycatcher. See the images in my Bear Creek
album:

http://tinyurl.com/k7a4mmh

As you can see, this bird does not have the full-sized
tail-streamers expected on adults of this species. Initially I
thought it was a juvenile, but on further examination of the
photos I'm beginning to think it's a worn, beat-up adult; see what
looks like a broken-off right side tail-streamer. The last report
we had of it was that it was getting into a fight with an Eastern
Kingbird!

In any case, it was discovered on yesterday's breeding bird census
on this property; I heard today that it was still around, so I'm
hoping that it is not another one-day wonder. Therefore we have
scheduled a time for a birder tour of the property to look for
this bird on Friday 6/10 morning at 8 am. Please let me know (via
email) that you're coming so we can have a head-count.

Bear Creek Sanctuary is an upland grassland built on the
Wheelabrator (formerly RESCO) landfill at the northern end of
Rumney Marsh in Saugus and Revere. Bear Creek is only accessible
by permission from the property owner. Here are the details for
access on Friday:

Wear good walking shoes and be prepared to hike 3 – 4 miles. The
property is mostly very open, so be prepared for sun, wind and
weather.

Bear Creek sanctuary access is via the Wheelabrator plant, 100
Salem Turnpike (Rte 107), Saugus. The rotary at the intersection
of Rtes 60 and 107 is about 1½ miles southwest of the plant and
about 1 mile east of Rte 1 exit on Rte 60. When traveling
northeast on 107, if you go over the Ballard Street bridge (just
after a set of lights) you’ve gone too far—turn back. Here is
a link to google maps: http://tinyurl.com/326v87d.

When you arrive, drive through the plant gates, park in the
parking lot immediately and wait for the group. Please do not
drive farther into the property without an escort.


Here is the ebird list from the census on Tuesday:

Bear Creek Sanctuary (restricted access), Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jun 7, 2016 7:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
33 bird species (+1 other taxa)

Mallard 2
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 1
Osprey 4
Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Killdeer 13
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Herring Gull 40
Mourning Dove 5
Chimney Swift 15
American Kestrel 1
Willow Flycatcher 4
Eastern Kingbird 1
Fork-tailed Flycatcher 1
Warbling Vireo 4
crow sp. 2
Tree Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 4
American Robin 12
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 90
Common Yellowthroat 5
Yellow Warbler 25
Savannah Sparrow 32
Song Sparrow 7
Bobolink 25
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Common Grackle 6
Baltimore Oriole 3
American Goldfinch 10
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30137013


Soheil Zendeh
42 Baker Ave
Lexington, MA 02421
 

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Date: 6/8/16 5:11 pm
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Groveland & W Newbury - 06-08-16
David Larson and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of
Joppa Flats Education Center into Groveland and West Newbury. We birded JB
Little Road and the end of Crane Neck Street in Crane Pond Wildlife
Management Area. Skies were clear to partly cloudy, temps ranged from
mid-60s to low 70s, and winds were westerly 5-15 mph.

Our list:
Wood Duck (3) - JB Little Rd.
Great Blue Heron (1) - JB Little Rd.
Green Heron (1) - JB Little Rd.
Turkey Vulture (2) - 1, JB Little Rd.
Red-tailed Hawk (2) - 1, JB Little Rd.; 1, Crane Neck St.
Killdeer - en route.
Rock Pigeon - en route.
Mourning Dove - en route.
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (2) - Crane Neck St.
Chimney Swift (3) - JB Little Rd.
Downy Woodpecker (2) - nesting pr., JB Little Rd.
Eastern Wood-Pewee (2) - 1, JB Little Rd.;1, Crane Neck St.
Willow Flycatcher (1) - JB Little Rd.
Eastern Phoebe (1) - en route.
Great Crested Flycatcher (2) - Crane Neck St.
Eastern Kingbird (2)- pr., JB Little Rd.
Yellow-throated Vireo (1) - Crane Neck St.
Warbling Vireo (4) - JB Little Rd., Crane Neck St.
Blue Jay (~ 6) - en route.
American Crow (3) - en route.
Tree Swallow (~ 15) - JB Little Rd.
Barn Swallow (2) - en route.
Black-capped Chickadee (5) - 2, JB Little Rd.; 3, Crane Neck St.
Tufted Titmouse (1) - Crane Neck St.
White-breasted Nuthatch (1) - Crane Neck St.
House Wren (3) - en route.
Marsh Wren (2) - Crane Neck St.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1) - Crane Neck St.]
Eastern Bluebird (1) - JB Little Rd.
Veery (2) - Crane Neck St.
Wood Thrush (1) - en route.
American Robin - en route.
Gray Catbird - various.
Northern Mockingbird (2) - en route.
European Starling
Ovenbird (2) - Crane Neck St.
Common Yellowthroat (7) - 5, JB Little Rd.; 2, Crane Neck St.
American Redstart (7) - various.
Magnolia Warbler (1) - en route.
Yellow Warbler (5) - 3, JB Little Rd.; 2, Crane Neck St.
Pine Warbler (1) - Crane Neck St.
Chipping Sparrow (~ 15) - en route.
Song Sparrow(3) - 2, JB Little Rd.; 1, Crane Neck St.
Swamp Sparrow (1) - Crane Neck St.
Scarlet Tanager (1) - en route.
Northern Cardinal (2) - en route.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2) - Crane Neck St.
Red-winged Blackbird - common: JB Little Rd. & Crane Neck St.
Common Grackle - various.
Brown-headed Cowbird (6) - en route.
Baltimore Oriole (2) - 1, JB Little Rd.; 1, Crane Neck St.
American Goldfinch (2) - JB Little Rd.
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: 6/8/16 2:47 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Willowdale SF (east), Jun 8, 2016
> Willowdale SF (east), Ipswich
> Jun 8, 2016 9:10 AM - 12:40 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.5 mile(s)
> Comments: I entered from Linebrook Rd. and birded the forest to the
> south and west but not so far as the big beaver pond. Frass and leaf bits
> were falling everywhere, by the millions. And the tent caterpillar larvae
> were hanging from the trees all along the trails. Where were the cuckoos
> when I needed them?! I searched for nests of several species today
> without success.
> 29 species
>
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 1 not seen, which means I cannot be sure it was
> yellow-shafted
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 5
> Great Crested Flycatcher 3
> Red-eyed Vireo 7
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 1
> Black-capped Chickadee 12
> Tufted Titmouse 8
> White-breasted Nuthatch 3
> Hermit Thrush 1 singing male; could not find a mate or a nest
> Wood Thrush 6
> American Robin 5
> Gray Catbird 1
> Ovenbird 30 29 singing males and a 30th bird carrying food (I did not
> find the nest)
> Common Yellowthroat 2
> Pine Warbler 10
> Chipping Sparrow 3
> Song Sparrow 5
> Swamp Sparrow 1
> Scarlet Tanager 7 1 male trying to keep a marauding blue jay from
> discovering his presumed nest
> Northern Cardinal 3
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3
> Indigo Bunting 1 singing where I parked, but I could not find either
> a mate or a nest
> Red-winged Blackbird 11
> Common Grackle 17 one pack of 5 or more appeared to be looking for
> nests to pillage
> Brown-headed Cowbird 3
> Baltimore Oriole 1
> American Goldfinch 2
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30137147


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

 

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Date: 6/8/16 12:24 pm
From: Tom Kavanaugh <tkav444...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] **WARNING** Belle Isle Marsh
Massbirders,

In case you missed the news, there have been a couple of assaults (in the
daytime) recently at Bell Isle Marsh in East Boston. Link below. Be
careful out there.

http://www.wcvb.com/news/peaceful-park-patrolled-by-police-after-assault-fatal-incident/39958578

Good Birding,

Tom Kavanaugh
Haverhill, MA

 

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Date: 6/8/16 11:53 am
From: John Liller <john.liller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary - 6/8/16


I recorded the following this morning at the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester.



Wild Turkey (1)

Great Blue Heron (1 - on nest)

Red-tailed Hawk (1)

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (1)

Mourning Dove (7)

Chimney Swift (2)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (1)

Downy Woodpecker (8)

Hairy Woodpecker (4)

Northern Flicker (3)

Eastern Wood-Pewee (9)

Willow Flycatcher (2)

Eastern Phoebe (1)

Great Crested Flycatcher (2)

Eastern Kingbird (1)

Warbling Vireo (8)

Red-eyed Vireo (3)

Blue Jay (15)

American Crow (2)

Tree Swallow (21 - including a pair going in and out of a cavity, with one carrying out a fecal sac; also an adult in a nest box)

Black-capped Chickadee (16 - including an adult feeding young)

Tufted Titmouse (9)

White-breasted Nuthatch (7)

House Wren (4)

Carolina Wren (1)

Eastern Bluebird (5)

Wood Thrush (1)

American Robin (26 - including female feeding young)

Gray Catbird (11)

Cedar Waxwing (2)

Blue-winged Warbler (1)

Common Yellowthroat (7)

Yellow Warbler (7)

Prairie Warbler (3)

Chipping Sparrow (2)

Field Sparrow (4)

Song Sparrow (28 - including an adult carrying food)

Eastern Towhee (7)

Scarlet Tanager (2)

Northern Cardinal (9)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (3)

Red-winged Blackbird (44 - including a female carrying food)

Common Grackle (40 - including adults carrying food, an adult carrying a fecal sac, and an adult feeding young)

Brown-headed Cowbird (3)

Baltimore Oriole (13 - including a male leaving a nest)

American Goldfinch (8)

House Sparrow (12 - including several at nest boxes)



I also had 3 Northern Water Snakes and a good number of Garter Snakes.



-----------------------------------
John Liller
Mathematics Teacher
Center for Learning @WA_CFL #CFLCAT
Jimmy Fund Club
Goalkeeper Coach, Girls Varsity Soccer
81 Providence St.
Worcester, MA 01604
Phone 508-754-5302
Fax 508-754-6571
<john.liller...>

WORCESTER ACADEMY is a co-ed day and boarding school for grades 6 to 12 and postgraduates. Our urban setting, diverse community, and challenging curriculum provide students with a solid, real-world education. Information at www.worcesteracademy.org.

 

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Date: 6/8/16 3:30 am
From: Leslie Miller <lmiller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Donald Kroodsma at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm In Lincoln June 15 7:00 pm
We'd like to invite you to attend a talk and book signing held by birdsong expert Donald Kroodsma, to be held at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Nature Center on Wednesday, June 15 at 7:00 pm. He is professor emeritus of ornithology at University of Massachusetts and a bicycling enthusiast. He believes you can hear birdsong better on a bike! He completed an exuberant ten-state, ten-week ride across the country with his grown son, enjoying and recording birdsong along the way. He will be sharing stories and playing birdsong from their trek along the nation's backroads. His new book, Listening To A Continent Sing: Birdsong by Bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific, will be available.

Kroodsma invites all of us to listen to birdsong not just as a means of identifying the bird, but as a window into the mind of the bird and as a thing of beauty to enrich our lives. Whether you are a biker, a birder or just want to learn more about birdsongs, please come! You can register by phoning Jennifer at 781-259-2206 or by visiting our online program catalog at www.massaudubon.org. This event is free to Mass Audubon members and $5 for nonmembers. The Drumlin Farm Nature Center is located on 208 Great Road (Route 117) in Lincoln, MA 01773.

Regards,
Leslie Miller
Audubon Shop
Mass Audubon
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
781-259-2211
<lmiller...>
 

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Date: 6/7/16 7:30 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pilgrim Heights (06 Jun 2016) 19 Raptors
Pilgrim Heights
North Truro, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Jun 06, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 5 5 284
Osprey 0 0 82
Bald Eagle 0 0 2
Northern Harrier 0 0 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 139
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 12
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 2
Broad-winged Hawk 11 11 171
Red-tailed Hawk 1 1 36
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 35
Merlin 0 0 23
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 6
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 1 1 3

Total: 19 19 802
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Donald Manchester

Observers: Michael Brokenshire

Visitors:
9 visitors


Weather:
Light southwest winds with mostly cloud-free skies, very clear visibility.
Warm.

Raptor Observations:
Mississippi Kite showed up on these southwest winds.

Non-raptor Observations:
7 tiger swallowtails, 1 mourning cloak, numerous dragonflies.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Melissa Lowe (<mlowe...>)
Pilgrim Heights information may be found at:
http://www.massaudubon.org/wellfleetbay/hawkwatch


Site Description:
The Pilgrim Heights Hawk Watch is located in the town of North Truro, MA on
Cape Cod, approximately 100 miles southeast of Boston. The site is located
within the Cape Cod National Seashore and is the only formal site located
on Cape Cod. The site (elevation 50ft), is at the second or northernmost
overlook along an interpretive trail that runs through the area. The trail
is accessed only by foot but is open to the public. Currently the site is
used, with permission from the Cape Cod National Seashore, for the spring
migration, a 6-8 week period within the months of March through June.
Historically, the heaviest flights have occurred during the last week of
April and first week of May. At least 8 species are recorded as regular
migrants at the site. There is a large migratory movement of non-raptor
species including seabirds, gulls, ducks and passerines to name a few. The
site is also known for observing butterfly and dragonfly migrants. Whale
sightings off-shore are also common during these months. Muskrat, otter and
white-tailed deer are common residents.




Directions to site:
Pilgrim Heights is located within the Cape Cod National Seashore in North
Truro on the east side of Route 6, just north of the Truro and Provincetown
town line. Park in the first parking lot and take the Small's Swamp Trail
to the second overlook. It is an easy walk down the trail, approximately
one-half mile from parking lot.



 

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Date: 6/7/16 7:30 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pilgrim Heights (07 Jun 2016) 34 Raptors
Pilgrim Heights
North Truro, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Jun 07, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 5 10 289
Osprey 4 4 86
Bald Eagle 0 0 2
Northern Harrier 0 0 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 2 140
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 12
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 2
Broad-winged Hawk 22 33 193
Red-tailed Hawk 1 2 37
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 35
Merlin 0 0 23
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 6
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 1 2 4

Total: 34 53 836
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Donald Manchester

Observers:

Visitors:
no visitors today


Weather:
Light south-southwest winds, partly cloudy skies, very clear visibility.
For the last hour of the hawk watch the winds shifted to the
south-southeast and essentially ended the flight.

Raptor Observations:
An adult Mississippi kite was recorded today; second one in two days and
fourth of the 2016 season.

Broad-winged hawks made a respectable showing today too.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 black-billed cuckoo, 2 chimney swifts, 43 cedar waxwings
========================================================================
Report submitted by Melissa Lowe (<mlowe...>)
Pilgrim Heights information may be found at:
http://www.massaudubon.org/wellfleetbay/hawkwatch


Site Description:
The Pilgrim Heights Hawk Watch is located in the town of North Truro, MA on
Cape Cod, approximately 100 miles southeast of Boston. The site is located
within the Cape Cod National Seashore and is the only formal site located
on Cape Cod. The site (elevation 50ft), is at the second or northernmost
overlook along an interpretive trail that runs through the area. The trail
is accessed only by foot but is open to the public. Currently the site is
used, with permission from the Cape Cod National Seashore, for the spring
migration, a 6-8 week period within the months of March through June.
Historically, the heaviest flights have occurred during the last week of
April and first week of May. At least 8 species are recorded as regular
migrants at the site. There is a large migratory movement of non-raptor
species including seabirds, gulls, ducks and passerines to name a few. The
site is also known for observing butterfly and dragonfly migrants. Whale
sightings off-shore are also common during these months. Muskrat, otter and
white-tailed deer are common residents.




Directions to site:
Pilgrim Heights is located within the Cape Cod National Seashore in North
Truro on the east side of Route 6, just north of the Truro and Provincetown
town line. Park in the first parking lot and take the Small's Swamp Trail
to the second overlook. It is an easy walk down the trail, approximately
one-half mile from parking lot.



 

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Date: 6/7/16 6:39 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Peregrines: first to fledge - Photos!
Finally, the first of the 2016 Lawrence Peregrines has fledged….last night just before sunset. The other three remain in the nest box and have yet to make first flight as of sundown tonight. The fledgling was boldly flapping its wings on the extended wooden perch yesterday afternoon. After a diligent search both this morning and late this afternoon, the first fledgling was found on ledge just below the nest box and a bit to the east. This ledge, like the nest box, is on the west face of the Ayer Mill Clock Tower. The fledgling was kind enough to provide sufficient looks to make a positive ID of its leg bands, black over green, 86/BS.

For those with an interest, 3 photos have been posted:


http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/163409493
Click "next" in upper right to advance frames

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

Blog: http://lawrenceperegrines.com

 

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Date: 6/7/16 6:35 pm
From: Patty O'Neill <pattyoneill...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Fowl Meadow, Jun 5, 2016
Here are the results of the somewhat rainy South Shore Bird Club trip I led at Fowl Meadow in the Blue Hills on Sunday, June 5, 2016

Patty O'Neill
pattyoneillatverizon.net



----------Original Message----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Jun 6, 2016 12:36:56 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Fowl Meadow, Jun 5, 2016
To: <pattyoneill...>

Fowl Meadow, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
Jun 5, 2016 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: SSBC trip led by Patty ONeill
37 species

Double-crested Cormorant 1
Mourning Dove 7
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2 possibly even 3
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Warbling Vireo 9
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 2
House Wren 1
Veery 3
American Robin 12
Gray Catbird 11
Cedar Waxwing 3
Ovenbird 2
Northern Waterthrush 2
Blue-winged Warbler 8 accurate count, known to be common at this location. Males seen and/or heard singing, Female "just" seen
Black-and-white Warbler 5
Common Yellowthroat 24
American Redstart 3
Yellow Warbler 26
Song Sparrow 11
Swamp Sparrow 7
Eastern Towhee 5
Northern Cardinal 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3
Red-winged Blackbird 28
Common Grackle 17
Brown-headed Cowbird 1 being fed by Yellow Warbler
Baltimore Oriole 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30105782

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

 

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Date: 6/7/16 12:19 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/6 Whip-Poor-wills, Worm-eating Warblers in Blue Hills, etc.
I spent a long day in the beautiful and tranquil Blue Hills Reservation yesterday. Cuckoo song was almost everywhere. For the most part, the area I birded in was bound on the north by Chickatawbut Rd. and on the west by Route 28 (Randolph Avenue). Only slightly did I go beyond this northern boundary. I spent a considerable portion of the time not really sure of where I was, thanks to the poorness of the old map I was carrying. However, this did not bother me much because wherever I was, I just birded. I had WHIP-POOR-WILLS in two locales: the Blue Hills Reservoir and the very small parking area and gate to the east heading uphill. The WORM-EATING WARBLERS were singing and seen (one of them) in their usual haunts along the Braintree Pass Path, at about the spot where one starts to see a wetland area. There is a parking area located at the beginning of this trail, so it is quite convenient. It is located on Chickatawbut Rd., just east of its intersection with Route 28 (Randol!
ph Avenue).The intersection has a traffic light.

BLUE HILLS HIGHLIGHTS YESTERDAY:

Spotted Sandpiper 3
Black-billed Cuckoo 2 SEE ABOVE
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 4 SEE ABOVE
WHIP-POOR-WILL 2 SEE ABOVE
Eastern Wood-Pewee 7
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Brown Creeper 3 all singing
Wood Thrush 3
Veery 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
WORM-EATING WARBLER 2 SEE ABOVE
Ovenbird 18 none seen
Pine Warbler 14
Prairie Warbler 3 nest on many of the hilltops here
Eastern Towhee 30 quite common here
Indigo Bunting 4 including female carrying food
Scarlet Tanager 3

AMPHIBIANS:

Bull Frog 1
Wood Frog 1 on trail
Gray Tree Frog x various places
Spring Peeper 2 calling at night
American Toad 2

FLORA:

Mountain Laurel Laurel Path; northern range boundary?
 

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Date: 6/7/16 11:48 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Race Point Provincetown - Sea Watch - 05 June 16
Hi Massbirders -

I spent the day (13+ hours) sea watching at Race Point along the eastern
face of the Point near Mission Bell. With the winds increasing out of the
south east, I was hoping to catch some movement of seabirds. I was not
disappointed.

It was foggy for the first few hours and all that was visible were the
gulls on the beach. When the fog lifted, there was a decent flight of
tubenose heading south. Around noon, there was a lull. In the afternoon,
the flight resumed, this time heading north with the wind. From a count
perspective, I took the higher of the total (either south in the am or
north in the pm)

Red-throated Loon - 2 - one near near alternate plumage on the water and
one basic plumage flying north
Common Loon - 5 - all adult in alternate plumage flying north

Cory's Shearwater - 4 (0 in am, 4 in pm)
Great Shearwater - 13 (9 in am, 13 in pm)
Sooty Shearwater - 26 (16 in am, 26 in pm)
Manx Shearwater - 14 (14 in am, 7 in pm)
Shearwater Species - 52 (31 in am, 52 in pm)
Wilson's Storm-Petrel - 96 (96 in am, 0 in pm)
Northern Gannet - 26 - (3 in am, 26 in pm)

Black-bellied Plover - 6 Whistled in these six and a Ruddy Turnstone
American Oystercatcher - 6 in one flock flying north up the beach
White-rumped Sandpiper - 3

Parasitic Jaeger - 8 apparent adults
Parasitic/Long-tailed Jaeger - 3 - Two together and a single. Sub-adult
birds harassing LETE and BOGU. All three were lithe and nimble. Fairly
slender winged with only a little white showing in the upper wing outer
primaries. Pointy central tail feathers but not extremely long. These birds
were more likely than not LTJAs but I cannot say conclusively. Given the
rareness of the species, especially in the spring, coupled with no
photographic documentation, I wanted to err on the side of caution. I can
say that they were not POJA based on structure and size as compared to the
LETE and BOGU.

Black-legged Kittiwake - 17 including one freshly dead 1st cycle bird
Bonaparte's Gull - 60 - Race Point South attracts many of these smaller
"hooded" gulls. There is this stinky brown stuff (dead algae?) that builds
during the summer that apparently BOGU enjoy.
Iceland Gull - 4 (3 first cycle, 1 2nd/3rd cycle)
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 14 (Ten 1st cycle. Three 2nd/3rd cycle, one near
adult)

Northern Rough-winged Swallow - 1 - of note was that I picked this bird up
about a mile out and thought what a crazy dark rumped storm petrel! As it
got closer, I realized it was not a "sea swallow" but a true swallow.....

Thanks for reading.

Complete checklist with photos:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30094890

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

 

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Date: 6/7/16 5:15 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/6/16, Fisk Pond and Vicinity, Photos and Videos
Seen on 6/6/16 at Fisk Pond and Vicinity
Photos and video of some at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/

Fisk Pond
Double Crested Cormorants (3)
Baltimore Oriole
Song Sparrow
Great Blue Heron
Tree Swallow
Mallard, Ducklings
Mute Swan, Cygnets

Burning Tree Road:
Brown-headed Cowbird

Other animals:
Slug (Burning Tree Road)
Frog (Pegan Cove Park. In the photograph of the back of of the frog, you
can see the pupils of both of its eyes which shows the frog has nearly
360 degree vision)


Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>
 

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Date: 6/7/16 4:34 am
From: <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Raven
Massbirders,
Northern Raven seen and heard in west Brewster this morning, harassed by crow and grackles.
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>

Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 6/7/16 3:20 am
From: Marjorie <marjwtsn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dead bodies in bird bath UPDATE
Thank you to everyone who responded to my question about finding dead animal parts in my bird baths. I received many responses from people who felt it was either raccoons or crows.
Consensus was crows! Several people mentioned they have had the same problem and reported that crows will take road kill and soak it in bird bath. I do have crows in the yard very often
and I have seen them take stale bread that I put out and soak it in the water, so it is very logical that crows are the culprits.

Marj Watson
Georgetown MA



 

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Date: 6/6/16 5:13 pm
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Peregrine Falcons: Haverhill - Photos!
Steve and Jane Mirick were remarkably persistent in tracking down a pair of nesting Peregrine Falcons in downtown
Haverhill these past few months. The nesting pair relocated after last year's breeding season. They were elusive for quite a
while until Steve and Jane finally identified the exact nesting location under a busy bridge.

A small group gathered last Friday morning, including Tom French, along with Steve Mirick, and staff from Mass DOT. Hopes were high
that the 4 peregrine chicks were young enough to be banded. The banding process gets a bit tricky when the nest is under a bridge with
water below. If one of the chicks gets away, and ends up in the water, they may not survive without help, so the banding was called off.

For those with an interest, 4 photos from last Friday, to add to the terrific photos posted by Steve last night:

http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/163379144
Click "next" in upper right to advance frames!

1. peregrine chick almost 5 weeks old
2. male/female pair perched together on bent rebar rod
3. close up of banded male with 72/AB black/green leg band
4. flight shot

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

Blog: www.lawrenceperegrines.com


 

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Date: 6/6/16 12:54 pm
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Jun 6, 2016
It was a nice morning at Marblehead Neck today. Still a few warblers,
and the Flycatchers were in attendance. A Snapping Turtle on the path
to the parking lot was an unexpected treat!

Full eBird report below.

Linda

Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jun 6, 2016 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Joined by Susan Hedman for the last hour. Rob Kipp had a fleeting look at the Ruffed Grouse on the front path.
29 species (+1 other taxa)

Sterna sp. 1 flyover, poor look, probably Common Tern
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 heard only
Black-billed Cuckoo 2
Chimney Swift 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 Heard twice from the parking lot but never saw or heard it thereafter
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1
Alder Flycatcher 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Red-eyed Vireo X
Blue Jay 1
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
House Wren X
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird X
Mourning Warbler 2 Male seen and heard behind the bench at the main pond; female seen on path on east side of pond where it intersects a short interconnecting path.
American Redstart X
Magnolia Warbler 1 female
Yellow Warbler 3
Canada Warbler 2
Northern Cardinal X
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird X
Common Grackle X
American Goldfinch X
House Sparrow X too many!

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30108298

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


 

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Date: 6/6/16 12:40 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Jun 6, 2016--mourning warbler (& turkey brood enroute)
> Crane Beach, Ipswich
> Jun 6, 2016 9:30 AM - 12:20 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: I walked a mile down the beach and back. The morning
> started off with a nice surprise, a mourning warbler singing in the swampy
> strip between the parking lot and the exit drive. Then I found a couple
> white-rumped sandpipers on the beach with a flock of semi sandpipers. I
> did not find the ruff that Nate Dubrow saw there yesterday.
> 32 species
>
> Double-crested Cormorant 8
> Great Egret 2
> Snowy Egret 2
> Glossy Ibis 1
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Semipalmated Plover 3
> Piping Plover 9 all adults
> Killdeer 1
> Willet (Eastern) 2
> White-rumped Sandpiper 2
> Semipalmated Sandpiper 80 plus. I had counted to 80 and had more to
> count when pedestrians came along and of course made the birds fly.
> Ring-billed Gull 25
> Herring Gull 30
> Great Black-backed Gull 4
> Least Tern 100 plus. The birds were flying and resting on the beach
> everywhere. All adults.
> American Crow 1
> Fish Crow 1 calling from a pole in the parking lot
> Purple Martin 1 female trying to investigate the gourds, but chased
> off by a pair of tree swallows!
> Tree Swallow 3 They apparently think the gourds are there for THEM.
> Bank Swallow 15 15-20 seen at a new colony of 12 burrows in the
> vertical foredune about a mile down the beach. I enjoy watching these
> birds, especially when they excavate with their tiny feet and the sand
> flies out of the burrows!
> American Robin 2
> Gray Catbird 2
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> Cedar Waxwing 4
> Mourning Warbler 1 Singing male heard and seen by Ian and Adam Pepper
> earlier that morning. I heard it sing 7-8 times in about 15 minutes..
> Common Yellowthroat 2
> Yellow Warbler 1
> Song Sparrow 1
> Eastern Towhee 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 4
> Common Grackle 2
> Baltimore Oriole 1
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30106844

Earlier, on my drive to the beach, I saw a hen turkey crossing Northgate
Road with 8 or 9 tiny young trailing behind her. Must have just hatched
today or yesterday.

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

 

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Date: 6/6/16 9:44 am
From: William Loughlin <wkloughlin111...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Maple Avenue (Hockomock Swamp WMA)
An hour at the West Bridgewater end of Maple Avenue this morning produced a
few sights and (mostly) sounds of interest
1 yellow-billed cuckoo, heard and seen
1 or 2 blue-winged warblers
2 veeries
2 black and white warblers
1 wood duck
All in addition to the resident towhees, yellow warblers, common
yellowthroats, catbirds, robins, etc.
Also I came upon a snapping turtle digging a nest that appeared to be very
old based on the heavy wear to her carapace. I never know what I'll find
there.

Bill Loughlin

 

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Date: 6/6/16 6:52 am
From: Childs, Jackson <jchilds...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mt. Greylock, 6/3/2016, Blackpolls at summit
Hi,

I visited Mt. Greylock on Saturday. I found at least 3 or 4 singing Blackpolls at the summit area. My possibly erroneous understanding is that Blackpolls are not at the summit each year (I've missed them in the past), but are more regular on a nearby ridge (forget the name). I haven't seen them reported this year. Anyway, I found it very easy to actually see the Blackpolls and other Canadian-type species (Blackburnian, Purple Finch, etc.) at the summit, as the relatively open areas and shorter trees make observation a pleasure. And it was a gorgeous dawn!

I also visited October Mountain in the early afternoon and didn't hear any Mourning warblers around the "four corners" area, although I lose patience quickly...

Best,
Jackson Childs
<jchilds...><mailto:<jchilds...>
Arlington, MA

 

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Date: 6/6/16 6:38 am
From: tattler1 <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mourning Warbler Marblehead Neck 6/6
There is a MOWA singing and being seen across from front pond behind the bench.

Linda and June

Sent from my iPhone

Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
<Tattler1...>

 

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Date: 6/6/16 5:33 am
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Source to Sea Birding Festival
Hello Massbirders,
Just a reminder of the Festival this coming weekend! Looking forward to
doing this event for the third year. If you are planning on coming please
let me know so we have a handle on how many folks. And if you are not
coming but will be birding in the Ipswich River Watershed please send me
your sightings. We would love to know what people saw on this day. Here is
a map of the Paddling Map
http://www.ipswichriver.org/ipswich-river-paddling-map/ ( the watershed is
outlined by a darker color so anywhere in this area is in the watershed)
Look forward to see folks!
Cheers!

Wilmington/Burlington Sawmill Brook Conservation Area. John Keeley and
Suzanne Sullivan.
http://www.burlington.org/community_development/docs/saw_mill_11x17.pdf
7a.m.Headwaters location - Reading Town Forest - Dave Williams
http://www.readingma.gov/sites/readingma/files/file/file/town_forest_trail_map_11x8.pdf
9:30 Mid River location at Danvers Rail Trail off Locus Street across from
the Putnamville res. http://www.danversrailtrail.org/#!trail-parking/c1wzr
Back to Riverbed for lunch 12:30 /1:00 (my treat!) maybe a bird walk there
if we have time.
http://www.ipswichriver.org/about/riverbend/
2:30 p.m. Lower location - Sue McGrath of Newburyport Birders
Little Neck Ipswich
A walk along the river where the Ipswich River makes it final journey to
Ipswich Bay at Little Neck across from Sandy Point Plum Island. Parking on
a Sunday afternoon may be an issue here. So maybe meeting at Rverbend is a
good idea and we can car pool to the spot. If we can not find parking we
will have a back up plan.

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

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

 

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Date: 6/5/16 6:51 pm
From: Zack Weber <birdingwithzackweber...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Westfield Watershed Wildlife Conservation Easement 6/4
After two great BBC trips led by Linda Ferraresso, Nancy Ulrich, Julie
Reade and I continued on to explore the Westfield Watershed WCE on a whim.
This was my first visit to the area. It was a nice spot that warrants a
return visit. We covered primarily the Reservoir Road and southern Tekoa
Road sections. Highlights included:

birds:
singing male Cerulean Warbler
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
a shy Louisiana Waterthrush
several singing Veerys

other wildlife:
blooming Pink Lady Slipper Orchids
close, unobstructed views of a Bobcat causally strolling nearby

Caution: ATV's seemed common on the roads and sometimes quickly appeared
over hills or around turns at high speed.


Zack Weber
Cambridge, MA

 

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Date: 6/5/16 6:50 pm
From: Susan Hedman <2winterwren...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black- billed Cuckoo Gloucester 6/4
I gained a new yard bird on Saturday when I heard a Black-billed Cuckoo
calling as I did yard work. It does seem that cuckoos are abundant this
year. I have had cuckoos at Worlds End Hingham, Dykes Pasture Gloucester,
Coolidge Point in Manchester, and my yard.
Happy to have them 😊
Susan Hedman


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

 

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Date: 6/5/16 5:34 pm
From: Steve Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Nesting Peregrines in Haverhill
On 5/21, Jane and I were able to discover the new nest site for the
Peregrine Falcons in Haverhill. They moved from their nest site last
year on the ledge of a building along Merrimack Street to UNDERNEATH the
Basiliere Bridge on Route 125. It took some persistence and patience,
but we were finally able to locate the location of the new nest site
with 4 chicks in it. Last Friday, Tom French from Massachusetts Fish &
Game visited in an attempt to band the 4 youngsters, but they were too old.

Jane and I stopped by today to watch the nest, which is only barely
visible (with a scope) from the parking lot at the Dunkin Donuts in
Bradford. The four chicks are doing fine and 3 of them are getting
close to fledging. The fourth looks healthy, but is behind the others.

Here are some photos of the pair. The top four photos were taken this
year and the rest are photos from past years. Last year, they
successfully fledged 2 youngsters.

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

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA
 

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Date: 6/5/16 1:56 pm
From: Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ruff, Crane Beach, Ipswich- 6/5/16
I just had a female ruff at crane beach about half a mile south of the boardwalk. It flew off when I wasn't looking so I don't know where it went. Photos.

Nathan Dubrow
Ipswich, Ma
<nathandubrow...>
 

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Date: 6/5/16 6:37 am
From: Donald Wilkinson <singingbirder...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren numbers, etc.
My pair are gone too! The 9 feet of snow in Nahant must have done them in! :-(

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 5, 2016, at 12:18 AM, Joshua Rose <opihi...> wrote:
>
> Hi MassBirders,
>
> I’ve noticed a major Carolina Wren crash in my neck of the woods too. In my yard, I used to have them on a daily basis from our arrival in 2009 through roughly October 2015. Since then, I’ve eBirded only 13 of them in 8 months, and just 1 in each of the past 3 months. Neighborhood Nestwatch has banded four in our yard from 2012 to 2014, but I haven’t resighted a banded one since February 2015.
>
> Similarly, when away from home, that “teakettle-teakettle-teakettle” song that used to almost fade into the background noise because I heard it so often, this spring jumps out at me as unusual.
>
> Interestingly, at least in my yard, House Wrens seem to have become more abundant in the Carolinas’ absence. Nestwatch had not banded one in four previous visits, but Taylor Brown banded two today. And I already have more records of the species in eBird this year (16) than I had in all of 2015 (11).
>
> 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: 6/5/16 5:24 am
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Dead bodies in bird bath
Marj, sounds like it may be raccoons. They often will wash their food before eating and do have a very broad-based diet including small rodents.

Cherrie Corey
Concord, MA


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



> On Jun 4, 2016, at 7:32 PM, Marjorie <marjwtsn...> wrote:
>
> Does anyone know what might be leaving dead animals in my birds baths? I have 3 bird baths that I have found pieces of dead animals in the bird baths - one looked like a dead chipmunk or red squirrel, one looked like a mole or mouse and another looked like some type of bird because i found some feathers. The bodies are parts only. One bird bath is stone and on the ground, another is concrete and about 12 inches off the ground and the 3rd one is concrete but on a pedestal about 2 feet off the ground. This is the 3rd time I have found partially eaten bodies. I assume it might be a raccoon who wants to wash the food. But the bath baths are not knocked over. I have 3 other bird baths that have not had any bodies. I have lived here 0ver 30 years and this is the first year I have had this problem.
>
> Marj Watson
> Georgetown MA


 

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Date: 6/5/16 12:11 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] GMNWR Concord Impoundments Marshbird Surveys
Hi Massbirders

In the capacity of USFWS volunteer, I surveyed the upper and lower pools
of the GMNWR Concord Impoundments. On Saturday (5/29) I did the Upper Pool
and on Saturday (6/4) I did the Lower Pool.

Below is a summary for both days. Complete eBird checklists with photos and
lots of videos are at the bottom.

Marshbirds:


Wood Duck - 69 - 39 adult, 30 young
Hooded Merganser - 20. Exact. No young
Least Bittern - 8.- 5 males, 3 females. Both pools. It looks like there
are 5-6 pairs this year.
Great Blue Heron - 7
Virginia Rail - 34. All adults
Sora - 3. All adults.
Willow Flycatcher - 17
Marsh Wren - 26
Swamp Sparrow - 25

Upper Pool: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29968338

Lower Pool: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30065933



The surveys were a combination of canoeing and broadcasting from the dikes.
The surveys start 1/2 <x-apple-data-detectors://6>hour before sunrise and
each route is made up of a series of points where a standardized set of
broadcast vocalizations are played. Birds are recorded in accordance with
the guidelines and methods put forth by the USFWS.

The following is from the USFWS -

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


Thanks for reading.
Steve


--
Steve Arena
Westboro, MA
Sent from Gmail Mobile

 

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Date: 6/4/16 9:25 pm
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren numbers, etc.
Hi MassBirders,

I’ve noticed a major Carolina Wren crash in my neck of the woods too. In my yard, I used to have them on a daily basis from our arrival in 2009 through roughly October 2015. Since then, I’ve eBirded only 13 of them in 8 months, and just 1 in each of the past 3 months. Neighborhood Nestwatch has banded four in our yard from 2012 to 2014, but I haven’t resighted a banded one since February 2015.

Similarly, when away from home, that “teakettle-teakettle-teakettle” song that used to almost fade into the background noise because I heard it so often, this spring jumps out at me as unusual.

Interestingly, at least in my yard, House Wrens seem to have become more abundant in the Carolinas’ absence. Nestwatch had not banded one in four previous visits, but Taylor Brown banded two today. And I already have more records of the species in eBird this year (16) than I had in all of 2015 (11).

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: 6/4/16 8:20 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Appleton Farm Grass Rides (TTOR), Jun 4, 2016
> Appleton Farm Grass Rides (TTOR), Hamilton
> Jun 4, 2016 7:55 AM - 10:15 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Covered the Grass Rides only. Nothing unusual today, but
> good counts of some breeding birds. No swallows in the fields and no
> red-eyed vireos in the forest.
> 37 species; partial list:
>
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 9 singing everywhere, it seemed (no
> double-counting)
> Eastern Phoebe 2
> Great Crested Flycatcher 4
> Eastern Kingbird 1
> Warbling Vireo 2
> Brown Creeper 1
> Veery 10
> Wood Thrush 3
> Ovenbird 12
> Common Yellowthroat 8
> Yellow Warbler 1
> Pine Warbler 8
> Chipping Sparrow 7
> Scarlet Tanager 5
> Northern Cardinal 4
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
> Bobolink 2
> Baltimore Oriole 3
> American Goldfinch 5
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30070423

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

 

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Date: 6/4/16 6:56 pm
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Skinner State Park, Jun 4, 2016
The BBC trip to Westover continued to Skinner State Park. The thrill of
the day was 5 Cerulean Warblers - 2 female and 3 males! Photo will be
submitted to ebird in the future.
If the birds weren't enough, the view from the Summit House was
breathtaking! We ended the day cooling off with some local ice cream.
Doesn't get much better!

Linda


Skinner State Park, Hampshire, Massachusetts, US
Jun 4, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.5 mile(s)
Comments: Continuation of the BBC Westover AFB Grassland complex walk earlier in the morning. Birds observed primarily from Halfway house to the Summit house, though a few were heard on the drive up to the Halfway House and at the base parking lot.
31 species

Turkey Vulture 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 5
Eastern Phoebe 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 15
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Veery 1
Hermit Thrush 1
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 8
Cedar Waxwing 1
Ovenbird 10
Black-and-white Warbler 3
American Redstart 5
Cerulean Warbler 5
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 1 Seen at Barstow's at the base of the park
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 3
Scarlet Tanager 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Baltimore Oriole 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30078185

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


 

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Date: 6/4/16 6:51 pm
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Walk Westover Grasslands Complex, Jun 4, 2016
It was a glorious morning at the Westover AFB during our escorted tour
out onto the grassland habitat. The Upland Sandpiper show did not
disappoint anyone!!
There was some nice camaraderie among the three bird club groups as
well. Lovely early summer day, with exceptional looks at some of the
grassland specialties that breed there including the Uplands,
Grasshopper Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, and Bobolink.

Linda

Westover Grasslands Complex, Hampden, Massachusetts, US
Jun 4, 2016 7:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: BBC walk combined with Allen and Hampshire bird clubs - cloudy much of the visit, though sun came out mid morning; temperature in the 60's. Combined group of birders split into a few groups; counts are a composite of all groups in various locations out on the grassland.
35 species

Mallard 1
Wild Turkey 2
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 5
Turkey Vulture 3
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Killdeer 2
Upland Sandpiper 19 According to the Chief of Environmental Engineering at the base, there are approximately 40 nesting pairs currently at this location. Birds were calling, giving wolf whistles, displaying all around us.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) X
Mourning Dove 6
Chimney Swift 2
American Kestrel 2
Eastern Kingbird 5
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 1
Tree Swallow 4
Bank Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 1
Cliff Swallow 2
House Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 3
Common Yellowthroat 1
Grasshopper Sparrow 15 .
Field Sparrow 5
Savannah Sparrow 2
Bobolink 20
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Eastern Meadowlark 10 .
Common Grackle 1
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30077883

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


 

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Date: 6/4/16 5:26 pm
From: Karen S. Haley <fledgling3...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Dead bodies in bird bath
I have many body parts over the years! I've seen crows in my birdbath before finding the body parts. Maybe they like to soak them before eating!



Karen Haley
Marblehead




Does anyone know what might be leaving dead animals in my birds baths? I have 3 bird baths that I have found pieces of dead animals in the bird baths - one looked like a dead chipmunk or red squirrel, one looked like a mole or mouse and another looked like some type of bird because i found some feathers. The bodies are parts only. One bird bath is stone and on the ground, another is concrete and about 12 inches off the ground and the 3rd one is concrete but on a pedestal about 2 feet off the ground. This is the 3rd time I have found partially eaten bodies. I assume it might be a raccoon who wants to wash the food. But the bath baths are not knocked over. I have 3 other bird baths that have not had any bodies. I have lived here 0ver 30 years and this is the first year I have had this problem.

Marj Watson
Georgetown MA
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Date: 6/4/16 5:03 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Dead bodies in bird bath
Can you put a floating line in the bath? That will give the critters a life
line to crawl up to the rim and out. The same goes for swimming pools and
rain barrels.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore,
The Greene County,
New York


On Sat, Jun 4, 2016 at 7:32 PM, Marjorie <marjwtsn...> wrote:

> Does anyone know what might be leaving dead animals in my birds baths? I
> have 3 bird baths that I have found pieces of dead animals in the bird
> baths - one looked like a dead chipmunk or red squirrel, one looked like a
> mole or mouse and another looked like some type of bird because i found
> some feathers. The bodies are parts only. One bird bath is stone and on the
> ground, another is concrete and about 12 inches off the ground and the 3rd
> one is concrete but on a pedestal about 2 feet off the ground. This is
> the 3rd time I have found partially eaten bodies. I assume it might be a
> raccoon who wants to wash the food. But the bath baths are not knocked
> over. I have 3 other bird baths that have not had any bodies. I have
> lived here 0ver 30 years and this is the first year I have had this problem.
>
> Marj Watson
> Georgetown MA
>



--
Richard Guthrie

 

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Date: 6/4/16 4:37 pm
From: Marjorie <marjwtsn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dead bodies in bird bath
Does anyone know what might be leaving dead animals in my birds baths? I have 3 bird baths that I have found pieces of dead animals in the bird baths - one looked like a dead chipmunk or red squirrel, one looked like a mole or mouse and another looked like some type of bird because i found some feathers. The bodies are parts only. One bird bath is stone and on the ground, another is concrete and about 12 inches off the ground and the 3rd one is concrete but on a pedestal about 2 feet off the ground. This is the 3rd time I have found partially eaten bodies. I assume it might be a raccoon who wants to wash the food. But the bath baths are not knocked over. I have 3 other bird baths that have not had any bodies. I have lived here 0ver 30 years and this is the first year I have had this problem.

Marj Watson
Georgetown MA
 

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Date: 6/4/16 3:47 pm
From: <brianrfg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Carolina Wren numbers, etc.
Hi Massbirders,
Just back from South Dartmouth and oystercatchers, White-eyed Vireos, even a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (at Allen's Neck) but no Carolina Wrens. Nor have I heard one anywhere I have birded in eastern MA this spring. There were cuckoos, of course!
Brian Cassie, Foxboro


"Did you hear it or just see it?"

 

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Date: 6/4/16 3:47 pm
From: Walt Webb <wwebb24...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Fw: Causeway St, Millis, Jun 4, 2016

----- Original Message -----
From: John O'Connell
To: <annk008...> ; <Pastorkevin42...> ; Walt Webb ; <Kbelhumeur1...>
Sent: Saturday, June 04, 2016 10:26 AM
Subject: Causeway St, Millis, Jun 4, 2016


Hi. 50 species. Please check for accuracy and I will update ebird.


Walt, please post this to Massbird today if possible.
Thanks!


John

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Subject: eBird Report - Causeway St, Millis, Jun 4, 2016
To: <joconnell484...>


Causeway St, Millis, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
Jun 4, 2016 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: BBC Trip
50 species

Wood Duck 5
Mallard 4
Great Blue Heron 10 7 active nests
Green Heron 5 3 together, 2 others at separate locations
Red Tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 6
Black-billed Cuckoo 3 Distinctive call, 3 separate areas
Chimney Swift 6
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Eastern Kingbird 5
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 7
Barn Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 1
Veery 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 7
Gray Catbird 4
European Starling 1
Ovenbird 2
Common Yellowthroat 5
American Redstart 1
Yellow Warbler 8
Pine Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 8
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow 1



 

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Date: 6/4/16 2:51 pm
From: Bonnie & Bob Buxton <bbxt...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Mourning Warbler in Merrimac
Much to our astonishment and great delight, a Mourning Warbler visited our little stream at about 5:15 pm today! We've been searching for one every day for the past several days at Plum Island without success (heard one but did not see it), and never expected to see one here in the yard! It was quite tentative at first but eventually was brave enough to take a brief bath. Couldn't get the camera fast enough, but enjoyed watching it testing the flowing water. We've been fortunate to have a good variety of birds bathing this season, but Mr. Mourning definitely wins the prize for the most exciting/uncommon/unexpected!

Good birding to all,

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

 

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Date: 6/4/16 4:43 am
From: Deborah Radovsky <dp32...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Moose Hill Farm, Sharon
At Moose Hill Farm, Sharon, yesterday evening:

House Wren
Eastern Towhee
Blue-winged Warbler
Mourning Dove
Chipping Sparrow
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Robin
Hermit Thrush
Indigo Bunting
Field Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager
Great-crested Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
American Redstart
Black-billed Cuckoo
White-breasted Nuthatch
Baltimore Oriole
Gray Catbird
Blue Jay
Ovenbird
Red-winged Blackbird

Also:
White-tailed Deer
Gray Tree Frog

Deb Radovsky and Sky Crawford
Sharon, MA
 

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Date: 6/3/16 5:02 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Montague
Josh et al:

Hermit Thrush is indeed a fairly common Pine Barrens bird. When I do my Whip walk at the Myles Standish State Forest (MSSF) next week I expect several birds at dusk. It is common to hear the first whips while stlll listening to Hermit Thrush. Aside from robin, it is the most common thrush in the barrens.

Glenn

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

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joshua Rose" <opihi...>
To: "Massbird" <massbird...>
Sent: Friday, June 3, 2016 8:22:45 AM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Montague

Hi MassBirders,

Bill Lafley’s post about the Whip-poor-wills reminds me that I took a walk there Wednesday morning. The Whips were silent and hiding, of course, and my eyes were mostly drawn to the insects, but I did detect 29 other species including a half-dozen of warbler. Most noteworthy was a calling Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Runner-up might have been a singing Hermit Thrush; sandplains and pineywoods does not quite seem like their usual breeding habitat, but it’s a bit late for one to still be migrating… And interesting to see a Wild Turkey fly up and perch near the top of one of the utility towers in a powerline corridor. I think that’s the highest I’ve ever seen one go above the ground.

While watching that turkey, I met a guy named Mike, who turned out to be a biological technician working for Dave King on his ongoing Prairie Warbler project in the sandplains, color-banding and even installing geolocators. I mentioned having heard a Blue-winged Warbler sing nearby, and he said that some of them were carrying geolocators as well. He showed me a photo of one of the geolocators; they are backpack-style, possibly visible on birds in the field, though probably less conspicuous than the color-bands on their legs.

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: 6/3/16 1:18 pm
From: <petrull...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Science project
http://brewster.wickedlocal.com/article/20160529/NEWS/160527090/?Start=2
Massbirders,
I've received permission from our moderator to post this article about a quantitative analysis my students conducted on the south Monomoy is. Gray seals. While it's non avian, some of you may enjoy it. Thanks.
Peter Trull
Brewster
<petrull...>


Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 6/3/16 10:50 am
From: <brianrfg...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] cuckoo numbers, etc.
Hi,
Almost everywhere I have been in Metrowest these past two weeks I have heard and/or seen Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos....in about equal numbers. It may not be a record-setting year for them but it is certainly a very, very good one.
Having an excellent time communicating with and watching Boston-based Common Ravens and a female leucistic American Robin on its nest at Park School.
Brian Cassie, Foxboro

 

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Date: 6/3/16 6:50 am
From: Travis Mazerall <tmazerall...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bald Eagle at Watertown dam
Bald eagle currently sitting on a rock at the bottom of the dam at near Watertown Square. 9:43am

Travis Mazerall
Brighton, MA

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 6/3/16 5:30 am
From: Joshua Rose <opihi...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Montague
Hi MassBirders,

Bill Lafley’s post about the Whip-poor-wills reminds me that I took a walk there Wednesday morning. The Whips were silent and hiding, of course, and my eyes were mostly drawn to the insects, but I did detect 29 other species including a half-dozen of warbler. Most noteworthy was a calling Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Runner-up might have been a singing Hermit Thrush; sandplains and pineywoods does not quite seem like their usual breeding habitat, but it’s a bit late for one to still be migrating… And interesting to see a Wild Turkey fly up and perch near the top of one of the utility towers in a powerline corridor. I think that’s the highest I’ve ever seen one go above the ground.

While watching that turkey, I met a guy named Mike, who turned out to be a biological technician working for Dave King on his ongoing Prairie Warbler project in the sandplains, color-banding and even installing geolocators. I mentioned having heard a Blue-winged Warbler sing nearby, and he said that some of them were carrying geolocators as well. He showed me a photo of one of the geolocators; they are backpack-style, possibly visible on birds in the field, though probably less conspicuous than the color-bands on their legs.

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: 6/3/16 4:37 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 6/2/16, Farm Pond and Vicinity, Photos & Videos
Seen on 6/2/16 at Farm Pond and in nearby areas:
Photos and Videos of some at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/

Farm Pond:
Great Blue Heron
Eastern Phoebe
Song Sparrow
American Robin
Mute Swan
Mallard, Ducklings
Tree Swallows
Starlings

Aqueduct Trail:
Eastern Phoebe
Wild Turkeys and Chicks

Reservoir 1:
Canada Goose, Goslings
Great Blue Heron, (in flight)

Learned Pond:
Canada Goose, Goslings
Wood Ducks

Warren Road:
Chimney Swifts


Other animals:
Snapping Turtle
Eastern Painted Turtles
Chipmunks
Frogs
Eastern Cotton Tail


Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>
 

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Date: 6/3/16 4:35 am
From: <blafley...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Whip-poor-wills - Montague
Hello,

Tonight between 8:30-9 PM we walked along the power line from Old Northfield Rd in the Montague Plains and were serenaded by a dozen or more Whip-poor-wills.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
<blafley...>
 

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Date: 6/3/16 4:07 am
From: Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Beverly Fish Crows
For those who may be "Fish Crow" deficient come to Beverly and check out
the huge population of them here. In my travels around the city managing
the Rte 1A Cabot & Rantoul Streets
reconstructions I am amazed at times just how many Fish Crows are in this
area!
I cannot remember a day without at least one calling within earshot or many
on frequent occasions.
I just had 5 sitting on the roof opposite my office at 275 Cabot yapping
away in their nasal voice.
Dumpsters are their favorite hangout.
Kirk.

--
Kirk S Elwell
Amesbury, MA.

 

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Date: 6/2/16 10:02 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Jun 2, 2016
> Crane Beach, Ipswich
> Jun 2, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: I led a walk on the beach for the BBC with three other
> people attending. We saw our target birds: piping plovers, least terns,
> bank swallows, and whip-poor-wills. We also heard a black-billed cuckoo
> singing at the gate, and saw the first PURPLE MARTINS to use the new
> gourds set up between the boardwalks out to the beach. The weather had
> turned cloudy, windy (from the SE), and cold, so we took an interior dune
> route on the way back.
> 33 species
>
> Mallard 3
> Double-crested Cormorant 2
> Great Egret 1
> Black-bellied Plover 5
> Piping Plover 5 adults, one of which sat on a nest
> Willet (Eastern) 2
> Ruddy Turnstone 1
> Semipalmated Sandpiper 21
> Ring-billed Gull ~30
> Herring Gull ~90
> Great Black-backed Gull 1
> Least Tern 100 plus, perhaps half again that many (moving around too much
> to make a careful estimate)
> Mourning Dove 1
> Black-billed Cuckoo 1 singing near gate at 1800 (cu-cu, cu-cu-cu)
> Eastern Whip-poor-will 4 This was the minimum number of singing
> males. One of them we saw on the sandy trail in front of us before it was
> completely dark. Didn't even need the flashlight.
> Eastern Kingbird 4
> Blue Jay 2
> Purple Martin 2 Females, investigating the new gourds (if not using
> them)
> Tree Swallow 2
> Bank Swallow 4 at a small colony of 11 burrows in the interior dunes
> American Robin 8
> Gray Catbird 6
> Northern Mockingbird 2 Males with amazing repertoires singing within
> hearing of each other near dusk at the parking lot. The closer one
> imitated a whip-poor-will among other birds and had the usual car alarm in
> his repertoire.
> Common Yellowthroat 2
> Yellow Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 2
> Song Sparrow 3
> Eastern Towhee 14
> Northern Cardinal 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 6
> Common Grackle 1
> Baltimore Oriole 1
> Purple Finch 1
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30049800

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

 

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Date: 6/2/16 6:55 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Re: eBird Report - Plymouth Airport, May 29, 2016
Sorry for the confusion. The depression where the Grasshopper Sparrows were, and the area where the sandpipers were, is actually the southwest corner of the airport, NOT the northwest. This area is virtually invisible from the perimeter road and would be difficult to hear any birds singing from there. The runway is crowned and one can not see over the top westerly.

Glenn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Glenn d'Entremont" <gdentremont1...>
To: "massbird MASSBIRD" <massbird...>
Sent: Monday, May 30, 2016 12:15:16 PM
Subject: Re: eBird Report - Plymouth Airport, May 29, 2016

One of the better trips with all the anticipated birds being recorded. We have permission to be inside the second fence line getting a perspective of the airport one can not get otherwise. Best count ever of Upland Sandpiper with 5. The Grasshopper Sparrows were at the depression on the north west side of the airport away from any roads and likely can not be heard from the roads. The Vesper was an eleventh hour bird which teed up on the fence line like I told the participants they do, but only a few lingerers got to see. Two soaring Peregrines were unusual. All this with a very active runway due to wind direction.

Glenn

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

----- Original Message -----
From: <ebird-checklist...>
To: <gdentremont1...>
Sent: Monday, May 30, 2016 11:13:51 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Plymouth Airport, May 29, 2016

Plymouth Airport, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
May 29, 2016 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: BBC/SSBC/FMSSF/Paskamansett trip
20 species

Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 2
Upland Sandpiper 5 the best show at this location. four birds together and a fifth displaying way high then dropped down to the east side of the airport while the four birds were on the west side.
Mourning Dove 1
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Peregrine Falcon (North American) 2 2 birds soaring, a little unusual
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
American Robin 1
European Starling X
Ovenbird 2
Pine Warbler 2
Prairie Warbler 2
Grasshopper Sparrow 3
Vesper Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) 3
Eastern Towhee 2
Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern) 2
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29987961

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

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Date: 6/2/16 6:42 pm
From: Blair Nikula <odenews...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] mea culpa: Gull-billed Tern
I tried to post this last night, but it apparently was lost in the
ether, so I'll try again.

Last Saturday (5/28) I saw two medium-sized terns flying up the
shoreline at Race Point Beach which I identified and entered in eBird as
Gull-billed Terns (a species I've never seen in P'town and nowhere in
the state for a decade or more). The birds were quite pale dorsally,
comparable to a Roseate Tern (which was my first thought until I quickly
realized the size and structure were all wrong for that species). At
the time I was under the mis-impression that GBTE was similar in that
respect to Sandwich (and Roseate), but subsequently learned (or
re-learned) that they are, in fact, closer to Common Tern in mantle
color. Thus, the birds could not have been Gull-billeds and were almost
certainly Sandwich Terns (they were definitely one or the other).

I did not see the yellow tips on the bills, but that feature is often
hard to see on Sandwich (or Sabine's Gull) at any distance or in poor
light. These terns were about 200 yards away when I first saw them and,
although the light was pretty good, they were heading away from the sun,
so the bills and front of the birds were in shadow. Additionally, the
bills did not look unusually thick, but I attributed that to the fact
that the birds were heading away by the time I paid attention to that
feature and, thus, the angle was such that the thickness might not have
been evident.

Probability also strongly favors Sandwich Tern. It is the much more
likely species to be flying up the outer beach, as Gull-billeds are very
partial to marshy and/or more sheltered waters and would be very
unlikely over the ocean, unless displaced by a hurricane or other
extreme weather event. And, of course, Sandwich is considerably more
regular in the state, especially on Cape Cod where it is annual, but
where Gull-billed has occurred on average only a couple times per decade.

I subsequently looked for these birds later that morning at the spit
about a half mile west of the Race Point parking lot where terns and
gulls gather without success (though a Royal Tern was a nice
consolation). I also checked Hatches Harbor the following morning
without success, so the birds may have kept on going.

The bottom line is that, despite over 50 years of birding experience and
a great deal of experience with terns in general (though not much with
Gull-billed), and normally a conservative attitude toward
identification, I allowed essentially one misconception to steer me down
the wrong path. For reasons I can't fully explain (other than a simple
brain fart), I almost immediately locked onto Gull-billed without
adequately ruling out Sandwich. Only when I picked up a field guide a
couple days later (indicating some hubris on my part - had I looked at a
field guide when I got back to the car that morning I likely would have
realized my mistake and avoided entering an erroneous sighting) did I
realize I had blown the call. As my eyes, ears, memory and other
cognitive functions deteriorate with age, it would behoove me to be ever
more cautious and critical (and less cavalier) in my identifications.

To be conservative, I tried to change my eBird checklist to
"Sandwich/Gull-billed tern," but that doesn't seem to be an option. So,
I have re-entered the birds in eBird as Sandwich, which I'm now quite
certain they were, with the caveat that the identification was flawed,
and the suggestion that the reviewer(s) leave it as "unconfirmed."

Blair Nikula
--

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

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


 

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Date: 6/2/16 2:04 pm
From: John Liller <john.liller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary - 6/2/16


I recorded the following this morning at the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester:



Mallard (female with 8 young)

Great Blue Heron (1 - flushed from nest)

Green Heron (6 - including 2 being chased by Grackles; 4 in Wilson Swamp and 2 in Green Heron Pond)

Spotted Sandpiper (1)

American Woodcock (1 - flushed from edge of brook)

Mourning Dove (7)

Chimney Swift (6)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (4)

Downy Woodpecker (5)

Hairy Woodpecker (5)

Northern Flicker (2)

Eastern Wood-Pewee (9)

Willow Flycatcher (4)

Great Crested Flycatcher (2)

Eastern Kingbird (1)

Warbling Vireo (7)

Red-eyed Vireo (2)

Blue Jay (8)

American Crow (1)

Tree Swallow (22)

Black-capped Chickadee (5)

Tufted Titmouse (9)

White-breasted Nuthatch (6)

House Wren (2)

Carolina Wren (1)

Eastern Bluebird (3 - including pair around nest box)

Wood Thrush (4)

American Robin (27 - including a bird carrying material, a bird on nest, and a fledgling)

Gray Catbird (8)

Brown Thrasher (1)

Northern Mockingbird (1)

European Starling (3)

Cedar Waxwing (38 - probably more)

Ovenbird (3)

Blue-winged Warbler (2)

Common Yellowthroat (4)

Yellow Warbler (5)

Prairie Warbler (5)

Field Sparrow (5)

Song Sparrow (20 - including bird feeding young Cowbird)

Eastern Towhee (7)

Scarlet Tanager (5)

Northern Cardinal (9)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (4)

Red-winged Blackbird (55)

Common Grackle (47 - including several chasing 2 Green Herons)

Brown-headed Cowbird (3 - including young bird being fed by Song Sparrow)

Baltimore Oriole (8)

American Goldfinch (5 - including two males in chase flight)

House Sparrow (16 - including male bringing material into a nest box)



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Mathematics Teacher
Center for Learning @WA_CFL #CFLCAT
Jimmy Fund Club
Goalkeeper Coach, Girls Varsity Soccer
81 Providence St.
Worcester, MA 01604
Phone 508-754-5302
Fax 508-754-6571
<john.liller...>

WORCESTER ACADEMY is a co-ed day and boarding school for grades 6 to 12 and postgraduates. Our urban setting, diverse community, and challenging curriculum provide students with a solid, real-world education. Information at www.worcesteracademy.org.

 

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Date: 6/2/16 5:16 am
From: Robert Mussey <mussey.robert...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] pair of yellow-billed cuckoos, Milton
I had my best look ever for about 10 long minutes on Tuesday at an apparent
pair of yellow billed cuckoos. I have heard them calling in the
neighborhood this spring but until now had not sighted them. As many will
well-know, they are more often heard than seen up in the dense overhead
canopy. They were foraging deliberately together, probably on winter moth
caterpillers on a red maple with somewhat worm-eaten leaves.

I recall as a boy finding one dead ca. 1960 during spring migration at the
base of an American Elm tree that had recently been sprayed with DDT. The
belief was this chemical would kill the elm bark beetle that carried the
pathogen that was then killing all the elms. I was amazed at the subtlety
of the coloration, graduating from a slightly ivory white to a distinct
pinkish color to the dove gray back with slight reddish cast, and with the
large white spots under the tail. The coloration was SO beautiful and so
subtle, I've remembered it these 56 years.

Welcome back, cuckoos, from the specter of DDT.

Robert Mussey
Hillside Street, Milton

 

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Date: 6/2/16 5:05 am
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Lawrence Peregrines: White Pantaloons - photo!
For those with an interest, the Lawrence Peregrines look to be a few days away from fledging, or making first flight. At this stage of growth, they are jokingly known for having white pantaloons! This may happen a day or two earlier or later, but most chicks do go through this phase around day 33 where they have large fluffs of down conspicuously surrounding their legs, much more prominently than anywhere else on their bodies.

Over the last few days, the 4 chicks have gone from fluffily white down covered hatchlings into real looking young peregrines. They have lost much of the down on their breast, and now we see the heavily streaked breast feathers. Wing feathers are now approaching full length. The patches of remaining down feathers are at the base of their legs, parts of wings, and on the back and crown. They are becoming more vocal and the adult visits are less frequent and mostly to drop off food.

The single linked "white pantaloon" photo shows three of the four chicks!

Link: http://www.pbase.com/image/163367783

Enjoy,

Craig Gibson
Winchester, MA
cbgibson AT comcast.net

Blog: http://lawrenceperegrines.com

 

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Date: 6/2/16 4:20 am
From: Dave Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Newbury-West Newbury - 06-01-16
David Moon and I led yesterday's Wednesday Morning Birding to the interior
to good effect. It was a beautiful morning with clear to partly cloudy
skies, temps in upper 60s to low 70s, and winds E-NE/5-15 mph. We visited
Common Pasture off of Scotland Road, Pikes Bridge Road, Ash Street Swamp,
and points in between.

Our list:
Mute Swan (2) - beaver pond at jct of Highfield St & Scotland Rd.
American Bittern (1) - Ash Street Swamp.
Green Heron (1) - flyover, Cherry Hill Reservoir.
Turkey Vulture (4) - 3, over PI Airport; 1, over Ash St.
Osprey (1) - Pikes Bridge Road.
Red-tailed Hawk (3) - 1, Scotland Rd; 2, Ash St.
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Black-billed Cuckoo (2) - apparent pair; PBR.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (1) - PBR.
Northern Flicker (1)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (2) - 1, PBR.
Great Crested Flycatcher (2) - 1, Ash St.
Eastern Kingbird (2)
Warbling Vireo (5) - various.
Red-eyed Vireo (2) - 1, Ash St.
Blue Jay (2)
American Crow (2)
Common Raven (2) - Ash St.
Tree Swallow - many, Ash St.
Bank Swallow (1) - Ash St.
Barn Swallow (6) - Common Pasture.
Black-capped Chickadee (3)
Tufted Titmouse (4) - 2, PBR.
White-breasted Nuthatch (1) - PBR.
House Wren (2)
Marsh Wren (1) - Ash St.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (3) - PBR.
Eastern Bluebird (2) - Ash St.
American Robin (6)
Gray Catbird (2)
Northern Mockingbird (2)
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing (4) - 2, PBR; 2, Ash St.
Ovenbird (5) - 2, PBR.
Black-and-white Warbler (2) - PBR.
Common Yellowthroat (5) - various.
American Redstart (1)
Magnolia Warbler (1) - Ash St.
Yellow Warbler (4) - 2, PBR.
Chipping Sparrow (2)
Song Sparrow (3)
Northern Cardinal (1)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (6) - 4, PBR; 2, Ash St.
Red-winged Blackbird - common.
Common Grackle - common.
Brown-headed Cowbird (5)
Baltimore Oriole (~ 10) - various.
House Finch (2)
American Goldfinch (1)
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: 6/1/16 7:09 pm
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Franklin Park Today
HIGHLIGHTS FRANKLIN PARK

The cuckoo was calling from Schoolmaster Hill. This hill gets its name from Ralph Waldo Emerson. He taught at a nearby school and lived in a house on this site. Emerson is famous for his philosophy and lecturing. He was one of the Concord transcendentalists.

Red-tailed Hawk 3
cuckoo sp. 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3

Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Red-eyed Vireo 6 North America's most common woodland songbird
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 perhaps nesting; same spot for at least two weeks
Wood Thrush 1
Canada Warbler 1
Magnolia Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 3
Eastern Towhee 1 perhaps nesting
Baltimore Oriole 6

LEPIDS:

Little Wood Satyr 2
Black Swallowtail 2
Tiger Swallowtail 6

Flora:

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Paul Peterson
<petersonpaul63...>
Boston
 

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Date: 6/1/16 2:38 pm
From: Marsha Salett <msalett...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] June Bird Observer now online
Massbirders,

Bird Observer announces that its June 2016 issue is now online.

Where to Go Birding highlights "Birding Essex County, Vermont" by Thomas Berriman. Articles include: "American Kestrel: Can the Decline be Reversed?" by Matthew D. Kamm, "Restore the Call: A Bold Initiative to Aid Loon Recovery" by Lee Attix and Michelle Kneeland, and "Duck!" by John J. Galluzzo and Christopher E. Degni. Also, members of the Massachusetts Young Birders Club reflect on their experience at the Mass Audubon Birders Meeting.

As usual, you will find regular columns by David Larson and Martha Steele, Mark Lynch's book review, Bird Sightings for January/February 2016, and Wayne Petersen's "At A Glance."

Bird Observer Online, is a web-friendly version of the print journal, and is accessible from anywhere on any device.
Bird Observer is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birdobserverjournal

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BirdObserver


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








 

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Date: 6/1/16 9:58 am
From: Michael Kolodny <mcjavlzo...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 5/31/16, Fisk Pond and vicinity, Natick, Photos
I saw the following birds at Fisk Pond and surrounding areas on 5/31/16:
Photos of some at: http://o6cpcs.blogspot.com/


Fisk Pond:
Tree Swallow
Grackles
Mute Swans, cygnets
Great Blue Heron (in flight)
Song Sparrow

Pegan Cove Park:
Great Crested Flycatcher

Other Animals
Chipmunk (Middlesex Path)
Eastern Painted Turtle (Fisk Pond)
Eastern Cotton Tail (Tamaric Road)
Frogs (Pegan Cove Park)

Michael Kolodny
Framingham
<mcjavlzo...>
 

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Date: 6/1/16 9:58 am
From: Robert Jilek <jile0006...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hooded Warbler @ Mt Auburn Cemetery - YES
All,
The Mt Auburn Cemetery Hooded Warbler continues in the dell as of 6/1 at
9AM. Calling intermittently and generally offering great views.

Bob Jilek
Belmont, MA

 

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Date: 5/31/16 6:16 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] A new yardbird
I was sleeping and dreaming of a Barred Owl calling a who-cooks-for-you, who-cooks-for-you without the last note. Shortly I awoke and continued to hear this! I listened to this for I don't know how long; I do know it was 12:30 a.m. when I awoke. My third owl for the yard.

Glenn

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

 

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Date: 5/31/16 1:21 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield, May 31, 2016
> Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
> May 31, 2016 8:15 AM - 11:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.5 mile(s)
> Comments: I tried listening for (and imitating) least bitterns but did
> not hear any in a solid hour at the spot where they have been heard lately
> (and where I have heard them in previous years). Also, no waterfowl in
> Bunker Meadow!
> 45 species
>
> Great Blue Heron 4
> Great Egret 4
> Sora 1 This bird whinnied once about every 10 minutes for an hour.
> My whistled imitations evoked nothing more from it and no virginia rails.
> Quite a contrast from May 21 when they got 2 soras and 1 Virginia going.
> Mourning Dove 6
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Downy Woodpecker 3
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3
> Pileated Woodpecker 2 (the pair that's nesting not far from the canoe
> landing)
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 6
> Willow Flycatcher 1
> Eastern Phoebe 6
> Great Crested Flycatcher 6
> Eastern Kingbird 2
> Yellow-throated Vireo 1
> Warbling Vireo 12
> Red-eyed Vireo 4
> American Crow 1
> Tree Swallow 26
> Black-capped Chickadee 5
> Tufted Titmouse 9
> White-breasted Nuthatch 8 including a cute little fledgling with down
> still sticking out of its head
> House Wren 1
> Marsh Wren 10
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> Wood Thrush 1
> American Robin 4
> Gray Catbird 7
> European Starling 4 apparent family of four
> Ovenbird 3
> Common Yellowthroat 10
> American Redstart 2
> Yellow Warbler 10
> Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
> Pine Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 8
> Swamp Sparrow 3
> Northern Cardinal 11
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 64
> Common Grackle 55
> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> Baltimore Oriole 12
> American Goldfinch 3
> House Sparrow 6
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30010869


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

 

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Date: 5/31/16 12:54 pm
From: Eduardo del Solar <delsolar...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Invitation to my Bird Photography Exhibit
I would like to invite you to my 2016 Birds of the Americas exhibit, a 10 year project based on images from my native Per, Galpagos, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada and New England. This exhibit is made of 36 framed prints and it will run through June 12 at the Joppa Flats sanctuary in Newburyport. You can see the images from my exhibit, at the link below.
Fasciated AntShrike
http://www.delsolar.org/webs/exhibits/boa16/content/fasciatedantshrike2_large.html

Eduardo del Solar
<delsolar...>
Boston, Mass
http://www.delsolar.org/
 

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Date: 5/31/16 11:54 am
From: Joe Battenfeld <jbattenfeld...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hooded Warbler
Still here at Mt Auburn south side of dell in Rhododendron.
Keeping pretty still some singing

Joe Battenfeld
<jbattenfeld...>
Roslindale

@joebattenfeld
 

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Date: 5/31/16 9:02 am
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Caspian Tern Wachusett Reservoir--Gate 40, May 30, 2016
We went looking for the previously reported tern...

Wachusett Reservoir--Gate 40, Worcester, Massachusetts, US
May 30, 2016 1:00 PM - 1:25 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Judy Gordon were looking for the tern reprted on 5/29
7 species

Common Loon 1
Double-crested Cormorant 37
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Caspian Tern 1 Adult, continuing bird actively flying around this part of the res and perching on sand bars and islands.
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Tree Swallow X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30005455

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

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro




 

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Date: 5/31/16 9:02 am
From: Matt S. <accipiter22...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 5/31/2016 Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. Only saw one warbler, but made it count: Hooded Warbler in dell, great looks
So jumping right in, the rest of the trip was fairly standard in what I
saw....I hadn't seen a single warbler, and was at the dell finishing up my
trip. Is aw an oriole fighting in mid air viciously with something yellow.
The yellow bird dropped into some magnolia, so I decided to go find it,
figuring it was a yellow-throat. It popped up and I almost had a heart
attack. It then flew up to the tops of some of the trees, singing the
whole time, hanging around there. I helped some other people find it, and
then it dropped down into its normal habitat again. Eventually I got the
pictures that are attached to the checklist. He was singing constantly,
such a pretty bird.

That's all for now

https://www.flickr.com/photos/39445433@N02/26770134033/in/dateposted-public/
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Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
May 31, 2016 8:32 AM - 10:48 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: One single warbler, but boy did it count <br />Submitted
from eBird Android 1.2.1
26 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 3
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 4
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 4
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 3
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 20
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 4
Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina) 1 Male, singing, fantastic looks
in the Dell. Pictures as soon as I get home! Lifer for me...
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 5
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 1 Immature male, singing
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 4
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 9
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 4
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 8

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30008656

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

Matt Sabourin
Brighton, MA
<Accipiter22...>

 

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Date: 5/31/16 7:42 am
From: Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wilsons phalarope at belle isle marsh
Visible from boardwalk in salt pans to the west

Soheil
<sohzendeh...>
 

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Date: 5/31/16 6:08 am
From: Miles Brengle <brenglema...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Daniel Boone Park, Ipswich - 5/31
Massbird,

I birded Daniel Boone Park in Ipswich before school this morning and had
the following highlights:

1 American Kestrel
1 Yellow-throated Vireo
Ovenbird on nest
1 Mourning Warbler
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
2 Orchard Orioles

For location details on specific birds, see the link to the complete
checklist below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30005499


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

 

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