Eastern Massachusetts Bird Sightings

Once again interesting pelagic species and increasing numbers of migrating shorebirds dominated the birding scene this week.  Some of the shorebird species that will likely be nearing their peak numbers for the year in the next few days are Lesser Yellowlegs, Whimbrel, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, and Short-billed Dowitcher.  Also, early migrating warblers such as Northern Waterthrush and Yellow Warbler are already beginning to appear in thickets at favored coastal locations. Read More

In the aftermath of the passage of Hurricane Arthur, there was a fall out of unusual terns, some of which remain at local hotspots like Plum Island. Coupled with influxes of southbound migrant shorebirds, the coast has been hopping. Read More

Following the remarkable sighting of a Fea’s Petrel not far from the southwest corner of Stellwagen Bank last week, reports of some other noteworthy pelagic species were obtained this week during a fishing trip near Hydrographer Canyon at the edge of the continental shelf edge south of Nantucket.  Most notable of these sightings were 20 Northern Fulmars, 8 Audubon’s Shearwaters, 2 White-faced Storm-Petrels, a Bridled Tern, and 2 South Polar Skuas.  Closer to Nantucket a Common Murre and an Atlantic Puffin were recorded. Read More