Eastern Massachusetts Bird Sightings

A Black-backed Woodpecker that has been frequenting the hemlock grove on Magnolia Avenue at the Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain was still present today. The woodpecker has also been seen feeding on dead pine trees near the maintenance area close to the main entrance gate of the cemetery. Other recent sightings at the cemetery this week included a Bald Eagle and 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. Read More

At the Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain a Black-backed Woodpecker continues to be seen feeding in conifers on Magnolia Avenue, and also in pines near the maintenance area close to the main entrance gate of the cemetery. At least 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have also been regularly seen in the vicinity. Read More

At the Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain a Black-backed Woodpecker was found on Tuesday feeding in conifers on Magnolia Avenue in the vicinity of two tombs with the names Rothwell and Robinson on them.  The woodpecker was still present in the area today.  Also seen nearby were 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and a Merlin.  A short distance away, a Grasshopper Sparrow continues to be seen in a weedy lot near 460 Walk Hill Street. Read More

A brief update on several of the lingering local holiday rarities suggests that a Townsend’s Warbler that has been present at Marblehead Neck Sanctuary in Marblehead for over two weeks was still present today; a Greater White-fronted Goose continues to be seen at Cherry Hill Reservoir in West Newbury; a Lark Sparrow is still being observed at Stodder’s Neck in Hingham; and a Tufted Duck continues to associate with a flock of scaup at Salt Pond in Falmouth. Read More