Eastern Massachusetts Bird Sightings

Hawks are still moving in good numbers, although the largest Broad-winged Hawk flights have now past.   Wachusett Mountain in Princeton continues to be one of the best vantage points for observing hawk migration.  This a good time to see decent numbers of Sharp-shinned Hawks, as well as the vanguard of Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawk migration.  Any day with cool conditions the night before and accompanying north or northwest winds the following day is likely to produce a significant movement of hawks right now.  Be particularly watchful from hill or mountaintops with a clear view of the northern horizon. Read More

Hawk migration continues to headline the birding scene right now, with Broad-winged Hawks currently dominating the flights.   More than 15,000 Broad-wings have already been tallied at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, and that number continues to increase every day that favorable flight conditions exist. Any day with cool conditions the night before and accompanying north or northwest winds the following day is likely to produce a significant movement of hawks of several species right now.  Be particularly watchful from hill or mountaintops with a clear view of the northern horizon. Read More

Birders interested in hawk migration should be prepared within the next several days to potentially witness some of the peak single-day counts of hawks for the year, especially Broad-winged Hawks.   Keep an eye on the weather because with the next cold front with accompanying north or northwest winds that passes, it is likely that there will be a significant movement  of Broad-wings, possibly passing a hilltop or mountain near where you live.  Be particularly watchful in the direction of the northern horizon. Read More

Although Common Nighthawk migration is winding down, hawk migration is quickly escalating, and the next two weeks are likely to witness some of the peak single-day counts for the year, especially for Broad-winged Hawks. Keep an eye on the weather and with every cold front and accompanying light northwestly winds that passes, head for a nearby hill or mountain top and scan the northern horizon for migrating hawks.  You could be astonished by what you see! Read More