Eastern Massachusetts Bird Sightings

Several interesting reports from Parker River Refuge on Plum Island this week included 4 Northern Shovelers, 11 Common Mergansers, a Rough-legged Hawk, 4 Ruddy Turnstones, a Northern Saw-whet Owl, an Orange-crowned Warbler, and 15 Red Crossbills. Read more

A most interesting report this week was the appearance today of a probable Eastern Spot-billed Duck—an accidental visitor from Asia—discovered in the Scituate Reservoir on Rt. 3A in Scituate. The ultimate identification and provenance of this remarkable occurrence has yet to be determined. Read more

A few highlights from Parker River Refuge on Plum Island included 70 Northern Pintails, 235 Green-winged Teal, 2 Bald Eagles, 1-2 Rough-legged Hawks, 2 Semipalmated Plovers, a White-rumped Sandpiper, a Pectoral Sandpiper, a Common Raven, and a small flock of Snow Buntings. Read more

Among the outstanding rarities present or continuing this week were a Greater White-fronted Goose in Ipswich, a Pink-footed Goose in West Newbury, a Tufted Duck in Groveland, a Hammond’s Flycatcher in Medford, a Bell’s Vireo in Manomet, a Yellow-throated Warbler in Marblehead, and a Harris’s Sparrow in Westboro. Read more