Eastern Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, April 2, 2021
Sandhill Cranes continue to be reported in fair numbers this week, with reports from Norwich Lake in Huntington, and from the towns of Ashfield, Bolton, and New Braintree, among others.
South of Boston: Rarities near the coast this week included 2 Tundra Swans overhead at Egypt Beach in Scituate and a Yellow-headed Blackbird at a private yard in Plymouth. In Fairhaven, there were several early reports of migrant shorebirds, such as a Semipalmated Plover and a Greater Yellowlegs.
Greater Boston: Several rare waterbirds have been seen regularly between Hull and Cohasset this week, including a King Eider, a Barrow’s Goldeneye, and an Eared Grebe. Manx Shearwaters returned for another year to Revere Beach, where a Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Glaucous Gull also continue to be seen. There was a Golden Eagle seen in flight over Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston.
North Shore: Interesting early migrants this week included a Northern Rough-winged Swallow at the Topsfield Fairgrounds and a Glossy Ibis in the wet meadows along Scotland Road in Newbury. A Nelson’s Sparrow was documented at Mass Audubon’s Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley.
Western MA: Observers at Ashley Reservoir in Holyoke noted a Red-necked Grebe, 2 Red Crossbills, and a Palm Warbler. Scores of Red Crossbills, numbering into the hundreds on some days, are still being reported from Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area.