Eastern Massachusetts Bird Sightings

As pre-winter weather is clearly upon us, this is a good time for birders to begin watching their bird feeders closely for less common feeder visitors that sometimes begin visiting feeders at this season.  Species such as Orange-crowned and Pine warbler, unusual sparrows, Dickcissel, and winter finches such as Common Redpoll and Pine Siskin belong in this category. Read More

As fall migration slows, some lingering hearty birds remain and wintering species are moving into the area.  Snowy Owls have made bit of a statement this week, with appearances on Plum Island, Crane Beach, Salisbury, and Methuen. Read More

Despite the fact that migration is gradually winding down, good numbers of some species are still moving including many waterfowl species, Red-throated and Common loons, Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Saw-whet Owls as detected at several inland owl banding stations, Winter Wrens, Hermit Thrushes, Orange-crowned Warblers, Dark-eyed Juncos, Purple Finches, and Pine Siskins. Read More

Migration this week featured good movements of sea ducks and other freshwater waterfowl, Sharp-shinned and Red-tailed hawks, Northern Saw-whet Owls at several inland owl banding stations, Winter Wrens, Hermit Thrushes, Orange-crowned Warblers, Dark-eyed Juncos, Purple Finches, and Pine Siskins. Read More

Mid-fall migration is now in full swing, with large numbers of sea ducks and other waterfowl appearing in increasing numbers near the coast and on inland ponds and lakes, Northern Gannets and Double-crested Cormorants conspicuously migrating southward during the day, and Yellow-rumped Warblers and a variety of sparrow species haunting brushy areas and weedy fields practically everywhere where these habitats exist.  The protracted Nor’easter late in the week also generated major movements of several seabird species at outlying coastal observation points and on Cape Cod. Read More