Eastern Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, April 9, 2021
Fair weather during the past week has seen the gradual arrival of a number of spring migrants including large numbers of Red-throated Loons on outer Cape Cod, both Great and Snowy Egrets, Piping Plovers, American Oystercatchers, Wilson’s Snipe, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Barn Swallows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Hermit Thrushes, Brown Thrashers, Louisiana Waterthrushes, Palm Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Chipping Sparrows.
South of Boston: A Pink-footed Goose continues to be observed in the vicinity of Horseneck Road in Dartmouth and the Slocum’s River Reservation, a King Eider in Hull, 10 Gadwalls, an American Kestrel, a Common Raven, and a Marsh Wren at the Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth, 2 Sandhill Cranes in Hanson, 2 Clapper Rails in Fairhaven, and a Yellow-headed Blackbird in the vicinity of Hedges Pond in Plymouth.
Greater Boston: There were single Black Vultures noted in Randolph and Acton, a Spotted Sandpiper in Lowell, 12 Manx Shearwaters and 2 Glaucous Gulls at Revere Beach, a Red-headed Woodpecker in Medway, 5 Northern Rough-winged Swallows in Arlington, and the continued presence of a Varied Thrush at a feeder in Sudbury.
North Shore: Essex County highlights included an Eared Grebe at Marblehead, a Golden Eagle at Crane Pond Wildlife Management Area in Groveland, a Lesser Yellowlegs at Rough Meadows in Topsfield, 25 American Pipits in Newburyport, and 15 Red Crossbills at Crane’s Beach in Ipswich.
Central MA: Notable reports in Worcester County featured 2 Sandhill Cranes and 2 Short-eared Owls at the Bolton Flats in Bolton, a Red-headed Woodpecker at Sibley Farm in Spencer, and a very early Tennessee Warbler in Athol.
Western MA: There was a Red-throated Loon in Pittsfield, a Northern Shoveler and 3 Palm Warblers in Cheshire, and a Louisiana Waterthrush at October Mountain State Park. In Ashfield 2 Sandhill Cranes were sighted, and in the Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area good numbers of Red Crossbills along with a few White-winged Crossbills continue to be reported. In Wendell, 18 Evening Grosbeaks were tallied.