Eastern Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, January 1, 2021
Nantucket: Several late or overwintering warblers are present on the island, including a Northern Waterthrush at Lily Pond, a Northern Parula in Siasconset, and a Palm Warbler at Head of the Plains. A high count of 51 Red Crossbills was recorded from Low Beach.
South of Boston: A Ross's Goose continues along Gifford Road in Westport. Eurasian Wigeons were reported from Riverside Cemetery in Fairhaven and from New Bedford. A Marsh Wren and an Eastern Meadowlark were seen at Mass Audubon's Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary.
Greater Boston: The most notable vagrant of the week was a Varied Thrush, a bird of old-growth moist forests of the Pacific Northwest and Western Montana, which appeared at a feeder at a private home in Sudbury. An Eared Grebe continues at Jamaica Pond.
North Shore: A Pink-footed Goose was seen in the Argilla Road fields in Ipswich, one of at least two and possibly three of this Eurasian species that have shown up in the state recently. Offshore, 2 Atlantic Puffins and 2 Sooty Shearwaters were seen on Jeffrey's Ledge.
Central MA: A high count of 73 Greater Scaup was reported from Wachusett Reservoir. A Yellow-throated Warbler continues to be seen at a feeder in Worcester.
Western MA: Several reports Black Vultures emerged from the south-central part of Massachusetts this week, with up to 3 individuals off of Hunting Road in Hadley. A Sage Thrasher continues off of Cow Bridge Road in Hatfield. Aqua Vitae Road in Hadley continues to hold an interesting mix of late-migrant sparrows, including 2 White-crowned Sparrows, a Swamp Sparrow, and a Lapland Longspur.