Eastern Massachusetts Bird Sightings

Increasingly the remarkable concentrations of seabirds off Provincetown are being joined by great flocks of southward migrating scoters, Red-breasted Mergansers, and a variety of other sea duck species.  With persistent northerly and northeasterly winds, these waterfowl flights can sometimes be spectacular at this time of year, especially when they are joined by flocks of migrating loons, Northern Gannets, and lesser numbers of other seabird species.  Get to the coast while the weather is inclement to witness these dramatic movements at their best! Read More

Both hawk migration and the spectacular concentrations of seabirds off Provincetown continued this week and birders interested in observing these two phenomena are encouraged to take advantage of both events while they are still on-going.  At Wachusett Mountain in Princeton especially good numbers of both Sharp-shinned Hawks and Broad-winged Hawks were noted, including 370 Broad-wings on Monday as well as a Golden Eagle on Thursday. At Mt. Watatic in Ashburnham, 260 Broad-wings were registered on Monday, and 600 Broad-wings and a Northern Goshawk were tallied at Quabbin Reservoir. The continued presence of north winds and cool temperatures have accounted for the hawk movements noted on several days this week. Read More

Hawk migration this week featured good movements of Broad-winged Hawks at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton and Mt. Watatic in Ashburnham. The greatest numbers were tallied on Thursday when over 5000 Broad-wings were seen at Wachusett Mountain and 2500 at Mt. Watatic. Tuesday’s tally at Wachusett Mountain featured 16 Ospreys, 18 Bald Eagles, 30 Sharp-shinned and 6 Cooper’s hawks, a Golden Eagle, 7 American Kestrels, and 3 Peregrine Falcons. A cold front with accompanying northwest winds in the next week or so could produce additional large hawk movements. Read More

The numbers of migrating hawks appearing at favored migration sites are increasing at favored lookouts such as Wachusett Mountain in Princeton and Mount Watatic in Ashburnham.  The next week or ten days will very likely witness particularly heavy flights, especially of Broad-winged Hawks, on the first days with light northwest winds. Read More

In addition to the spectacular numbers of shearwaters, storm-petrels, terns, and jaegers in the waters around Provincetown, migrating hawks are beginning to appear in increasing numbers at favored migration sites such as Wachusett Mountain in Princeton and Mount Watatic in Ashburnham.  Bald Eagles, Broad-winged Hawks, and American Kestrels are among the species that often make up the majority of these early September flights. Read More