Eastern Massachusetts Bird Sightings

Interesting reports from the Parker River Refuge on Plum Island this week included a Northern Shoveler, a Tricolored Heron, a White-faced Ibis, 25 Glossy Ibis, 4 Lesser Yellowlegs, 5 Semipalmated Sandpipers, and a Ruff. Read more

Although migration has all but ended at this point in June, there are lots of interesting breeding birds to be enjoyed at this time of the year, and often more unusual species turn up in June as well, so don’t put your binoculars away yet. In addition, in another ten days or so the first southbound migratory shorebirds will be appearing on local beaches. Read more

Reports this week now concentrate more on breeding birds as spring migration comes to a close. On Wednesday a Fork-tailed Flycatcher was discovered at Bear Creek Sanctuary in Saugus. This area is closed to the public, but if this bird remains in the area tours may be arranged. A Ruff was reported at Crane Beach in Ipswich over the weekend. Read more

Despite the fact that May has come to an end, there are still likely to be migrants moving during the next week or so, in addition to a great number of birds that will be nesting this month.  Among the last migrants to typically put in an appearance at this time of year are pelagic species such as Great and Sooty shearwater and Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, the possibility of Mississippi Kite (especially on outer Cape Cod), late-moving shorebirds such as Red Knot and White-rumped Sandpiper, both Yellow-billed and Black-billed cuckoo, flycatchers such as Olive-sided Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee, and Alder, Willow, and Least flycatcher, and Mourning Warbler. Read more

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