Eastern Massachusetts Bird Sightings

Increasingly there have been more reports of migrating Common Nighthawks, so observers should definitely be on the lookout in the late afternoon and early evening sky for migrating flocks of this species this week. Also, the number of Tree Swallows gathering at dusk at traditional late summer roosts such as those at Plum Island and the marshes of the upper North River in Pembroke are reaching astronomical proportions right now. Learn more

The first reports of migrating Common Nighthawks are beginning to be received, so observers should be on the lookout in the late afternoon and early evening sky for migrating flocks of this species shortly before dusk. Learn more

The first few signs of southward songbird migration were noticed this week by reports of several species of warblers including Northern Waterthrush, Blue-winged Warbler, American Redstart, Cerulean Warbler, Northern Parula, Blackpoll Warbler, and Black-throated Green Warbler. On the outer beaches of Cape Cod, there is a corresponding increase in the buildup of post-fledging Roseate and Common terns. Read more

An official seabird survey conducted at the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary on Monday produced good numbers of shearwaters including approximately 1000 Cory’s, 2000 Great, 600 Sooty, and 35 Manx shearwaters, in addition to 4000 Wilson’s Storm-Petrels, 4 Northern Gannets, 4 Red-necked Phalaropes, 4 Parasitic Jaegers, and 2 Long-tailed Jaegers. Read more