Eastern Massachusetts Bird Sightings

Many of the new arrivals this week are breeders arriving on territory, including Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Chimney Swifts, Eastern Kingbirds, Warbling Vireos, House Wrens, Gray Catbirds, Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles.

Last Saturday an intriguing heron was seen and photographed at Plum Island that appeared to be a hybrid between a Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron. Read More

Among the more notable or more numerous migrants this week were Sooty Shearwater, Double-crested Cormorant, Glossy Ibis, American Kestrel, Sora, Upland Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Bonaparte’s Gull, Whip-poor-will, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, Brown Creeper, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Louisiana Waterthrush, Palm Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Savannah Sparrow, and Rusty Blackbird. Read More

Obvious signs of migration this week were exhibited by recent or increasing appearances of Blue-winged Teal, Manx Shearwater, Snowy Egret, migrating Sharp-shinned Hawks and American Kestrels, Virginia Rail, Laughing Gull, Blue-headed Vireo, Northern Rough-winged and Barn swallows, Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Louisiana Waterthrush, Palm, Pine, and Yellow-rumped warblers, Eastern Towhee, Savannah Sparrow, and Purple Finch. Read More

As Spring migration gradually increases in tempo, we are seeing larger numbers of some migrants and more diversity. This week there were many reports of Egrets, Wilson’s Snipe, Tree Swallows, Eastern Phoebes, Brown-headed Cowbirds, and some Chipping Sparrows. Read More