Eastern Massachusetts Bird Sightings

With the rain and mild weather this week migrant birds continued to arrive. Species being reported in increasing numbers include many waterfowl species, especially Wood Ducks, American Black Ducks, Northern Pintails, and Green-winged Teal, along with Double-crested Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, Turkey Vultures, Ospreys, Red-shouldered Hawks, Piping Plovers, American Woodcocks, Ring-billed Gulls, Northern Flickers, and small numbers of Rusty Blackbirds. Read More

Early signs of spring continued this week with small numbers of Wood Ducks, Great Blue Herons, Turkey Vultures, Red-shouldered Hawks, Killdeer, a few Tree Swallows, and increasing numbers of Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles all offering promise of things to come. Read More

At long last and following what has been a brutal winter for birding, early signs of spring are finally being detected.  Small numbers of Wood Ducks, Great Blue Herons, Turkey Vultures, Killdeer, an early Eastern Phoebe, a few Tree Swallows, and scattered flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles all offer promise of more birds to come.  Other signs of spring include courtship and pre-breeding behavior in Red-tailed Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, and Common Ravens. Read More

Cold temperatures and deep snow in many areas continue to handicap the activities of both birds and birders.  Songbirds are especially difficult to find right now, and even many waterfowl have been forced to move around in search of open water.  Accordingly many ducks are gathering in situations where they sometimes afford better views due to icing conditions right now than they do at other more traditional localities.  For those looking for positive signs that winter is winding down Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, and Common Ravens are all beginning to exhibit signs of courtship activity. Read More