Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, April 29, 2022

April 29, 2022

Late April is often the time when unusual bird species begin to appear in Massachusetts as migrants from the south and southwest move northward.  This week was no exception as demonstrated by reports of Cattle Egret, several White Ibises, White-faced Ibis, Prothonotary Warbler, Blue Grosbeak, and Painted Bunting all fit this pattern.

Western MA: Franklin County was graced by a Cattle Egret at the Massachusetts Extension Station in Deerfield and 24 Ring-necked Ducks in Orange. Berkshire County luminaries included a Sandhill Crane in Pittsfield, an Eastern Wood-Pewee in Sheffield, a Wood Thrush in Lenox, and 2 late American Tree Sparrows in Pittsfield. Hampshire County featured a Sandhill Crane at gate 8 at Quabbin in Pelham, an American Bittern in Belchertown, a Cattle Egret on Maple Street in Hadley, a Dunlin in Amherst, and a Lincoln’s Sparrow in Easthampton. Hampden County interesting species featured several Upland Sandpipers at Westover Air Base in Ludlow, 2 Chimney Swifts at the Sebbins Refuge in Southwick, and an Indigo Bunting in Southwick.

Central MA: Worcester County hosted a Stilt Sandpiper at Wickaboag Lake in West Brookfield, a Sora in Gardner, Black Vultures in Milford and West Brookfield, and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in Rutland, Sterling, and Hardwick.

Metro West: Middlesex County notables included a White Ibis at Halcyon Lake at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, 12 Glossy Ibises at Great Meadows Refuge in Concord, a Caspian Tern at Forest Grove in Waltham, a Northern Goshawk near Danehy Park in Cambridge, and a Snowy Owl in Lowell.

North Shore: Essex County reports featured a “Eurasian” Green-winged Teal and a Caspian Tern at Plum Island, 7 Harlequin Ducks in Rockport, a lingering Eared Grebe at the Little Private Beach in Marblehead, an interesting probable hybrid Snowy Egret x Tricolored Heron in salt pannes along Rt. 1A in Rowley where a White-faced Ibis was also seen in the same area, and a White-eyed Vireo at the Marblehead Neck Sanctuary in Marblehead.

Boston: Suffolk County was graced by 23 Common Mergansers at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir in Chestnut Hill, a White Ibis at the Christian Herter Community Garden in Boston, a White-eyed Vireo at Franklin Park, 3 lingering White-crowned Sparrows at Millennium Park in West Roxbury.

Metro South: Norfolk County species of interest were 4 Blue-winged Teal and a Caspian Tern at Squantum, a Black Vulture at Cohasset, and Louisiana Waterthrushes in Canton and Foxborough. Plymouth County luminaries included a Barrow’s Goldeneye at Minot in Scituate, 4 American Bitterns, 3 Sandhill Cranes, and 7 Soras at Burrage Pond Wildlife Area in Hanson, 3 Caspian Terns in Carver, 2 at Musquashicut Pond in North Scituate, and 1 in Manomet, an Eastern Wood-Pewee in Plymouth, a White-eyed Vireo at Manomet Bird Observatory, a Blue Grosbeak at Third Cliff in Scituate, and a Painted Bunting at Ocean Bluff in Marshfield.

South East: Bristol County highlights featured 2 Harlequin Ducks and 3 Least Terns at Gooseberry Neck in Westport, a White-eyed Vireo at Demarest Lloyd State Park in South Dartmouth, 2 Caspian Terns in Assonet, and a Great Crested Flycatcher in Norton.

Cape Cod: Notable species included 2 continuing Pacific Loons and 225 Laughing Gulls at Race Point in Provincetown, a Tricolored Heron and 2 Little Blue Herons at Bells Neck in Harwich, 2 White Ibises at Fort Hill in Eastham, a Black Vulture in West Barnstable and 3 others at Chatham Light in Chatham, a Prothonotary Warbler near Nye Pond in East Sandwich, and a Blue Grosbeak at Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary in South Wellfleet.

Islands: Martha’s Vineyard highlights included 10 Harlequin Ducks at Squibnocket, a Short-billed Dowitcher at Norton Point, a Black Skimmer at Sarson’s Island in Vineyard Haven, and a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Tisbury.

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