Bird Sightings: The Voice of Audubon

migrating flock © Richard Johnson, Mass Audubon
© Richard Johnson, Mass Audubon

The Voice of Audubon offers regular updates on birds sighted across the state to introduce you to the wide variety of species Massachusetts has to offer.

Below are the most recently published sightings.

Cape Cod

The 33 black skimmers noted this week on Martha’s Vineyard represents a state high count for breeding individuals of this mostly southern species. Birds counted from Race Point in Provincetown this week included many hundreds of Cory’s, great, sooty, and Manx shearwaters, 600 Wilson’s storm-petrels, 2 long-tailed jaegers, 13 parasitic jaegers, 75 least terns, 6 black terns, 1600 roseate terns, 2200 common terns, 2 Arctic terns, 7 Forster’s terns, a peregrine falcon, and 700 tree swallows. Read more

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Eastern Massachusetts

Increasingly there have been more reports of migrating Common Nighthawks, so observers should definitely be on the lookout in the late afternoon and early evening sky for migrating flocks of this species this week. Also, the number of Tree Swallows gathering at dusk at traditional late summer roosts such as those at Plum Island and the marshes of the upper North River in Pembroke are reaching astronomical proportions right now. Learn more

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Western Massachusetts

A black tern and a red-necked grebe were at Winsor Dam on the Quabbin Reservoir. An immature little blue heron was present for two days at the Holyoke Dam. The numbers of migrating common nighthawks seen on evenings have increased. An American coot was noted in Lenox. A Wilson’s snipe and a mourning warbler were found in Williamstown. Pectoral sandpipers were reported in Greenfield and the town of Washington. Read more

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