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

On the heels of last week’s amazing albatross record, an incredible sighting of a Fea’s petrel at Stellwagen Bank marine sanctuary on the 18th highlighted the seabird show off Provincetown and Truro this week. This is only the second record of this species in Massachusetts waters—the first was a year ago in the same area. Read More

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Eastern Massachusetts

Offshore seabird numbers on Stellwagen Bank and beyond continued to dominate the birding scene this week. Huge numbers of shearwaters including Cory’s, Great, and Sooty shearwaters, plus a few Manx Shearwaters and good numbers of Wilson’s Storm-Petrels are currently abundantly populating the southern portions of Stellwagen Bank off Provincetown and the waters east of the Cape as far south as Truro.  These great concentrations are being attracted by huge schools of a small baitfish called sand lance.  On coastal beaches and mudflats, migrating shorebird numbers are quickly approaching what will likely be their peak for the year for Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, and Short-billed Dowitcher, while others like Semipalmated Plover, Willet, Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpiper, and Stilt Sandpiper should also be expected in good numbers at appropriate concentration locations. Read More

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Western Massachusetts

Two great egrets and a snowy egret were reported in the Northampton-Hadley area.

A Bonaparte’s gull was found in North Adams, and a lesser yellowlegs was seen in Pittsfield.

A sora was reported in Belchertown, and an eastern screen-owl was heard in Agawam. Read More

Past Sightings