Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, January 13, 2023

January 13, 2023

A fairly quiet week bird-wise this week, with a Western Grebe in Mashpee, a Common Gull in Swampscott, a continuing Smith’s Longspur in Hadley, and a Western Tanager in Sandwich as the most notable reports.

Cape Cod highlights were headed by a continuing Western Grebe at Attaquin Park on Mashpee Pond in Mashpee, a very late Sooty Shearwater at Race Point in Provincetown, and a Western Tanager along the entrance road leading to Scusset Beach in Sandwich.  Other reports of interest were 2 lingering Willets at Forest Beach in Chatham, a Black-headed Gull at Eugenia Fortes Park in Barnstable, and a Thick-billed Murre at Race Point.

Bristol County luminaries included a Snow Goose in Berkley, 6 Northern Shovelers at Buttonwood Park in New Bedford, and a Barrow’s Goldeneye in New Bedford Harbor.  Elsewhere 3 Wilson’s Snipes were seen on Shaw Road in Fairhaven, a Dovekie and an Orange-crowned Warbler at Gooseberry Neck in Westport, a Yellow-breasted Chat at the Little River Bridge in Dartmouth, and a large group of 75 Red Crossbills at the Horseneck Beach Campground in Westport.

Plymouth County hosted a Greater White-fronted Goose at the Eel River Preserve (North), a Snow Goose at Sampson’s Pond in Carver, and a Great Egret in Marshfield.  Elsewhere there was a Brown Thrasher at Ellisville Harbor and a White-crowned Sparrow at the Daniel Webster Sanctuary in Marshfield.

Norfolk County bright lights were a Snow Goose at Buckmaster Pond in Westwood, Redheads at Wollomonopoag Conservation Area and Lake Pearl in Wrentham, a Barrow’s Goldeneye at Great Pond in Randolph, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Glaucous Gull, and an Iceland Gull at Lake Massapoag in Sharon, another Iceland Gull at Little Harbor in Cohasset, and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Moose Hill Sanctuary in Sharon.

Suffolk County was graced by the presence of a continuing MacGillivray’s Warbler at McLaughlin Woods near Mission Hill in Boston along with a Nashville Warbler and an Orange-crowned Warbler.  Elsewhere in the Boston area were 4 Redheads at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain, 4 more Redheads at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, a Rough-legged Hawk and a Glaucous Gull at Rumney Marsh in Revere, and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Belle Isle in East Boston.

Essex County highlights featured Eared Grebes at Niles Beach in Gloucester and the Little Private Beach in Marblehead, a Greater White-fronted Goose at the Ipswich Power and Light facility in Ipswich, a Common Gull at King’s Beach on the Swampscott/Lynn line, a Canvasback at Wenham Lake in Wenham, a Redhead at Kenoza Lake in Haverhill, Cackling Geese at Ipswich Power and Light, Connors Farm in Danvers, and Appleton Farm in Ipswich where a Red-headed Woodpecker continues to be regularly observed.  Other birds of note were a continuing Loggerhead Shrike at Bear Creek Sanctuary in Saugus, Orange-crowned Warblers at Winter Island in Salem and Red Rock Park in Lynn, a Yellow-breasted Chat at Plum Island, 40 American Pipits at the Spencer Pierce Little Farm in Newbury, and 12 Red Crossbills at the Salisbury Beach campground.

Middlesex County species of interest included a Horned Grebe, 3 Common Loons, and 2 Redheads at Fresh Pond in Cambridge, a Barrow’s Goldeneye behind the Tsongas Ice Arena on the Merrimack River in Lowell, a Northern Shoveler on Icehouse Pond in Acton, a flock of 150 Common Grackles in Weston, and 2 Rusty Blackbirds in Wayland.

Berkshire County luminaries included a Horned Grebe on the Cheshire Reservoir in Cheshire, an American Wigeon and a Ring-necked Duck at Woods Pond in Lenox and 3 more Ring-necks at Laurel Lake in Lee, 2 Snow Geese at Baldwin Hill in Egremont, a Merlin in Pittsfield, and 2 Pine Grosbeaks in Windsor.

Franklin County was visited by a Cackling Goose at Barton’s Cove in Gill and a Lesser Scaup at gate 25 at Quabbin Reservoir in New Salem.

Hampshire County continued to host a Smith’s Longspur at the Honey Pot in Hadley, a Greater White-fronted Goose at the Lower Campus Pond at Mount Holyoke College and another White-front in South Hadley, a Redhead at the South Hadley Canal Park, a Short-eared Owl at the Northampton Airport, and a Red-necked Grebe at the Windsor Dam in Belchertown.

Worcester County species of particular note were the continued presence of 4 Trumpeter Swans in the Riverdale Mill area of Northbridge, 2 Sandhill Cranes at the Dexter Drumlin in Lancaster, 6 Northern Pintails at Flint Pond in Worcester, a Redhead at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough and 6 Redheads and a Red-breasted Merganser at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, and a flock of 50 Evening Grosbeaks in Royalston.

Martha’s Vineyard was highlighted by a Common Raven at Felix Neck Sanctuary.

Nantucket was visited by 4 Northern Shovelers at the UMass Field Station and 3 more shovelers near the Nantucket Life Saving Station.


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