Eastern Massachusetts Bird Sightings

With continued favorable weather this week, migration progressed about on schedule.  With every day that passes however, more and more species are also settling down to nest, so discretion is encouraged when birding in areas were sensitive species are likely to be breeding.  Some of the migrants appearing in increasing numbers now are Black-bellied and Semipalmated plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Semipalmated Sandpipr, Short-billed Dowitcher, Yellow-billed and Black-billed cuckoo, Willow Flycatcher, Common Nighthawk, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Alder and Willow flycatcher, Swainson’s Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Mourning and Blackpoll warbler, and Saltmarsh Sparrow. Read more

The weather conditions this week continued to be favorable for migration, especially on Tuesday when a number of species arrived in good numbers at a number of localities.  Between the species discovered on last weekend’s Mass Audubon Bird-a-thon, and reports received of migrants this week, virtually all of the expected warbler species have now arrived in varying numbers, including uncommon species such as Worm-eating, Golden-winged, Tennessee, Orange-crowned, Hooded, Cape May, Cerulean, and Bay-breasted, Canada, and Wilson’s warblers.  Other newly arrived migrants included Yellow-billed and Black-billed cuckoo, Willow Flycatcher, Philadelphia Vireo, Swainson’s Thrush, and Lincoln’s Sparrow. Read more

The weather conditions this week were finally favorable for migration and many species arrived in good numbers at many localities.  Practically all of the expected warblers arrived in varying numbers, including some of the more uncommon species such as Prothonotary, Tennessee, Orange-crowned, Hooded, Cape May, and Bay-breasted warblers.  Other new migrants included Upland Sandpiper, Common Nighthawk, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Chimney Swift, Cliff Swallow, House Wren, Veery, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and large numbers of Baltimore Orioles. Read more

Despite the cool, drizzly weather, small numbers of a variety of new migrants arrived this week.  Among some of these migrants were Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Common Tern, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Blue-headed Vireo, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Blue-winged Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler, Prairie Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Baltimore Oriole. Read More