Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, January 7, 2022
With the start of the New Year, interesting bird reports continue to come in from across the state in the aftermath of the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) conducted throughout Massachusetts during the last couple weeks. Without a doubt the most remarkable CBC report was a female Magnificent Frigatebird discovered resting on a telephone wire at Nantucket. However, it was not the only unusual event of the end of the year season.
A sampling of other remarkable sightings during the mild weather in late December and the past week produced Trumpeter Swan, several Pink-footed Geese, Tufted Duck, several Great Egrets and American Woodcocks in different areas, Willet, Marbled Godwit, Rufous Hummingbird, 40 Tree Swallows on Martha’s Vineyard, 2 Sedge Wrens, Bohemian Waxwing, Wilson’s Warbler, and several Western Tanagers.
What else will 2022 produce?
Western MA: There was a Cackling Goose at Bartholomew’s Cobble, 35 Ring-necked Ducks at Stockbridge Bowl, 7 Snow Geese and 2 Lapland Longspurs in Egremont, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in Williamstown and Sheffield, and 10 Red Crossbills in the October Mountain State Forest. Observers found a Snow Goose and a Long-tailed Duck at Tri-Town Beach in Whately, 3 Northern Pintails at gate 22 at Quabbin Reservoir in New Salem, a Cackling Goose in Gill, and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a White-crowned Sparrow in Sunderland. The Honey Pot in Hadley continued to host a Western Meadowlark, and a White-crowned Sparrow was also seen there. Highlights also included a Snow Goose and a Cackling Goose at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 2 Pink-footed Geese at Mitch’s Way in Hadley, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers at the Windsor Dam in Belchertown, and a Clay-colored Sparrow in Easthampton. Other interesting reports featured 25 Ring-necked Ducks in Holyoke and 23 more in Southwick, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in Springfield and Granville, and 2 White-crowned Sparrows at the Longmeadow Flats in Longmeadow.
Central MA: Notables were 4 Wood Ducks in Westminster, 75 Greater Scaup in Clinton, the continued presence of 3 Sandhill Cranes on Center Bridge Road in Lancaster, a Rough-legged Hawk at the Worcester Airport, a Wilson’s Warbler in Grafton, and 300 Common Grackles in Northbridge and 48 more grackles in Holden.
Metro West: Highlights featured at least 2 Greater White-fronted Geese between Nice Acre Corner in Concord and the School Street fields in Acton, a Barrow’s Goldeneye at Farm Pond in Sherborn, 5 Gadwalls in Waltham, an Iceland Gull in Lowell, a Rough-legged Hawk at Wash Brook in Sudbury, 2 Rusty Blackbirds in Wayland, and a continuing Yellow-breasted Chat at Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park in Somerville
North Shore: Luminaries included a lingering Eared Grebe at the Little Private Beach in Marblehead, a Canvasback at Kenoza Lake in Haverhill, a American Bittern at Plum Island, 4 Virginia Rails in South Peabody, and 6 American Pipits and a Yellow-breasted Chat at Eastern Point in Gloucester.
Boston: Standout reports featured a Yellow-breasted Chat, a Clay-colored Sparrow, and 3 White-crowned Sparrows at Millennium Park in West Roxbury, an Orange-crowned Warbler and a Wilson’s Warbler at McLaughlin Woods in Boston, 3 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers at the Arnold Arboretum, 2 Northern Shovelers at Jamaica Pond, a Brown Thrasher in Revere, and a Great Egret in Winthrop.
Metro South: Highlights included a Barrow’s Goldeneye, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, and 3 Iceland Gulls at Lake Massapoag in Sharon, a continuing Rufous Hummingbird at 34 Clearwater Road in Brookline, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Cohasset, and a Clay-colored Sparrow in Chestnut Hill.
South East: Notable sightings were Cackling Geese at two localities in Plymouth, a King Eider in Hull, a Wilson’s Warbler and 7 Chipping Sparrows in Lakeville, 3 Eastern Meadowlarks at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield and 4 more in Plymouth, an Orange-crowned Warbler in Middleboro, and 6 Pine Grosbeaks in Lakeville. Other luminaries featured a Greater White-fronted Goose in Easton, a continuing Eurasian Wigeon at The Sawmill in Acushnet, a Snowy Owl in New Bedford, and a Yellow-breasted Chat at Egypt Lane in Fairhaven
Cape Cod: Per usual, the Cape hosted a number of unusual species among which were Blue-winged Teal in Barnstable, King Eider at West Dennis Beach, 5 Pomarine Jaegers in Eastham, 98 Common Murres and 2 Atlantic Puffins at Race Point in Provincetown, and a continuing Bell’s Vireo at Fort Hill in Eastham.
Islands: On Martha’s Vineyard there were reports of an American Bittern, 2 Snow Geese, a Northern Shoveler, a Blue-headed Vireo, 40 Tree Swallows, and a Western Tanager in the Squibnocket area. Nantucket highlights featured the previously-mentioned Magnificent Frigatebird, a Tufted Duck, a Trumpeter Swan and 2 Tundra Swans, 24 Northern Shovelers, a Common Gallinule, a Western Kingbird at Miacomet, a Blue-headed Vireo, 2 Sedge Wrens, an American Redstart, and a Clay-colored Sparrow.