Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, January 20, 2023
Perhaps most interesting this week was a number of reports of scattered flocks of Evening Grosbeaks in western parts of the state, as well as a small flock of Pine Grosbeaks in Windsor. In the rarity category, the Western Grebe in Mashpee, the Common Gull in Swampscott, and the still present Smith’s Longspur in Hadley were the most notable.
Cape Cod notable bird reports this week included 2 Pacific Loons and 12 Common Murres at Race Point in Provincetown, a continuing Western Grebe at Attaquin Park on Mashpee Pond in Mashpee, 13 Pomarine Jaegers, 5 Thick-billed Murres, and an Atlantic Puffin at First Encounter Beach in Eastham, Great Egrets at Frost Fish Creek in Chatham and Sea Gull Beach in Yarmouth, 2 Willets and a Marbled Godwit at Mill Creek Landing in Chatham, a Semipalmated Plover and a Black-headed Gull at Eugenia Fortes Beach in Barnstable, an American Oystercatcher below Chatham Light in Chatham, a Clapper Rail at Nauset Beach in Eastham, and a Short-eared Owl at Navigation Road in Barnstable.
Bristol County luminaries were a Barrow’s Goldeneye and a House Wren at Gooseberry Neck in Westport, 21 Red Crossbills at the campground at Horseneck Beach in Westport, 5 Wilson’s Snipes in Fairhaven, and an Orange-crowned Warbler at Interchange Park in Fall River.
Plymouth County was highlighted by a Greater White-fronted Goose at the Eel River (North) Preserve in Plymouth and another White-front in Chiltonville in Plymouth, 4 Sandhill Cranes at Burrage Pond WMA in Hanson, a Black-headed Gull at Duxbury Beach, a Palm Warbler, a Common Yellowthroat, and a White-crowned Sparrow at the Cumberland Farms fields in Middleborough, and 2 Black Vultures in Lakeville.
Norfolk County hosted a Tufted Duck and a Redhead at Lake Pearl in Wrenthem and a Barrow’s Goldeneye at Randolph Great Pond.
Suffolk County was graced by the presence of a Wilson’s Snipe at Franklin Park, 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers at the Arnold Arboretum, 5 Redheads at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain, a Rough-legged Hawk at Rumney Marsh in Revere, and 3 Black-bellied Plovers at Revere Beach.
Essex County highlights were a Greater White-fronted Goose in a field off Rt. 1A in Rowley, a Canvasback in the Merrimack River off River Road in West Newbury, a Red Knot at Sandy Point State Park on Plum Island, 50 American Pipits at the Spencer Pierce Little Farm in Newbury, another Greater White-fronted Goose, a Cackling Goose, and a continuing Red-headed Woodpecker at Appleton Farm in Ipswich, continuing Eared Grebes at Niles Beach in Gloucester and the Little Private Beach in Marblehead, a Great Egret near the bridge leading to Plum Island, 2 Redheads at Kenoza Lake in Haverhill, a continuing Common Gull at King’s Beach on the Lynn/Swampscott border, a Blue-winged Teal on Plum Island, and a Brown Thrasher at Nahant Thicket.
Middlesex County was graced by the presence of a Barnacle Goose in the Newton Cemetery, 2 Redheads at Fresh Pond in Cambridge, a Cackling Goose at Horn Pond in Woburn, 11 Northern Pintails at the Gristmill Pond in Sudbury, a Virginia Rail at Great Meadows Refuge in Concord, a Northern Shoveler at Ice House Pond in Acton, and 13 Rusty Blackbirds at French Meadow in Concord.
Berkshire County luminaries included 19 Pine Grosbeaks on North Street in Windsor, a Horned Grebe at the Cheshire Reservoir in Cheshire, 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and 4 White-crowned Sparrows in Sheffield, and 8 Red-winged Blackbirds in Washington.
Franklin County was visited by a Belted Kingfisher at Turners Falls in Montague, a Cackling Goose at Baton Cove in Gill, and 6 Black Vultures soaring over Turners Falls.
Hampshire County hosted a continuing Smith’s Longspur and also a Lapland Longspur at the Honey Pot in Hadley, and a continuing Greater White-fronted Goose at the campus pond at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley.
Hampden County species of interest were 2 Gadwalls at the Longmeadow Flats in Longmeadow, and 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in Springfield.
Worcester County notables were the continuing 4 Trumpeter Swans along Riverdale Street in Northbridge, 10 Black Vultures at Roosevelt Park in Blackstone, a large flock of 82 Evening Grosbeaks in Royarston, 5 Canvasbacks and a Wood Duck on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, a Glaucous Gull and 3 Iceland Gulls at the Pine Tree Power Plant in Fitchburg, 43 Greater Scaup at the Wachusett Reservoir, and 2 Sandhill Cranes at the Dexter Drumlin in Lancaster.
Martha’s Vineyard hosted 26 Snow Geese on the fields near the high school and an Eastern Phoebe at Felix Neck Sanctuary.
Nantucket birds of note were a Ross’s Goose and a wintering Piping Plover in the Sconset area, and a Great Egret and 6 Northern Shovelers near the Massasoit Bridge.