Eastern Massachusetts Bird Sightings

Offshore, Cory’s, Great, Sooty, and Manx shearwaters continue to be reported in decent numbers from whale watching trips, while on the beaches shorebird numbers continue to increase as more and more species near their peak numbers for the year. Typically the zenith for adult shorebird migration of several species occurs somewhere in the first ten days or so in August, so this is a fine time to go shorebirding. Read more

Seabirds and shorebirds continue to headline summer birding activity right now. Boat trips going out of practically every Massachusetts port are reporting good numbers of shearwaters offshore at the moment, with Cory’s Shearwaters seemingly being the most numerous, followed by Great, Sooty, and Manx shearwaters. Wilson’s Storm-Petrels are also being seen in good numbers as well. Read more

Increasingly shorebirds are dominating the birding scene, and reports of species like Semipalmated Plover, Greater and Lesser yellowlegs, Whimbrel, Hudsonian Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Sanderling, Semipalmated and Least sandpiper, and Short-billed Dowitcher all making their presence known, especially on some of the better shorebird beaches on outer Cape Cod. Many of these species will also be appearing at other coastal localities in the days ahead. Read more

The first signs of fall migration have already been noted by reports of several species of early south-moving shorebirds. Most conspicuous of these have been Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, and Short-billed Dowitcher. These will almost certainly be followed next week by reports of Whimbrel, Hudsonian Godwit, and Stilt Sandpiper. Read more