Eastern Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, April 23, 2021

April 23, 2021

As spring slowly makes its way into New England, an interesting variety of unusual species continues to be reported. Among the most notable were a continuing Pink-footed Goose in South Dartmouth; single White-faced Ibises in Ipswich at the New England Biolabs and Appleton Farm area and another in Manomet; a Cave Swallow of the Caribbean subspecies at Cherry Hill Reservoir in West Newbury; and a Townsend’s Solitaire at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

Also of interest were reports from various localities of warblers arriving in scattered trickles. Species included Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Northern Waterthrush, Blue-winged Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded Warbler, Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Black-throated Green Warbler.

Unfortunately, the European Golden-Plover that spent over a week at Duxbury Beach has apparently not been reported since April 18.


Islands & Cape Cod: On Martha’s Vineyard a Black Skimmer, 2 Least Terns, and 2 Common Raves were note. From Nantucket came reports of a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron and a Common Raven. On Cape Cod there was a Pacific Loon, a Northern Fulmar, and several Red Phalaropes at Race Point in Provincetown; a Leach’s Storm-Petrel at First Encounter Beach in Eastham; and a Tricolored Heron at Bells Neck in Harwich. A Prothonotary Warbler was seen elsewhere in Harwich.

South of Boston: A possible Eurasian Collared-Dove was seen briefly in flight at the Route 44 overpass near Commerce Way in Plymouth. A Snowy Owl was reported at Duxbury Beach, and a Painted Bunting visited a private address in the vicinity of Ocean Bluff in Marshfield.

Greater Boston: A few highlights featured 12 Glossy Ibises at Wash Brook in Wayland, a Solitary Sandpiper in Acton, a Glaucous Gull at Revere Beach, and a Hooded Warbler at the Del Carte Conservation Area in Norfolk.

North Shore: Several species of note included a continuing Eared Grebe off Marblehead, a Blue-winged Teal on Scotland Road in West Newbury, a Cattle Egret on Argilla Road in Ipswich, Solitary and Least Sandpipers at the Topsfield Fair Grounds, a Little Gull at Andrew's Point in Rockport, and a Red-headed Woodpecker in Wenham.

Central & Western MA: Several species of note included a Sandhill Crane in Ashfield; lingering numbers of Red Crossbills at the Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area; 6 Upland Sandpipers and 3 very late Pine Grosbeaks at the Stony Brook Wetlands in Ludlow; a Snowy Egret in Hadley; a Solitary Sandpiper in Sheffield; and a Red-throated Loon in Pittsfield.


Early spring butterflies are increasingly being noted as well as birds. Among some of the currently flying species are Mourning Cloak, Spring Azure, Eastern Comma, Question Mark, several species of elfins—including Brown Elfin, Pine Elfin, and Henry’s Elfin—Common Sulphur, and European Cabbage Butterfly.

And among the many early spring wildflowers to look for right now in appropriate areas are Wood Anemone, Trout Lily, and Bloodroot.

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