Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, July 15, 2022

July 15, 2022

Perhaps most outstanding this week was a significant mixed concentration of shearwaters plying the waters off Provincetown in the vicinity of Race Point.

Western MA: Berkshire County was graced by the presence of Least Bitterns at Town Beach in Pittsfield and the Richmond marsh in Richmond. Franklin County made news with 2 Sandhill Cranes in Ashfield, a Bonaparte’s Gull at gate 25 at Quabbin Reservoir in New Salem, and 3 Red Crossbills in Montague. Hampshire County was highlighted by a Least Bittern at Great Pond in Hatfield, 4 Sandhill Cranes in Worthington, and a nesting family of 3 Blue Grosbeaks at the Honey Pot in Hadley. Hampden County made news with a Least Bittern at the Stebbins Refuge in Longmeadow.

Central MA: Worcester County bright lights were 4 continuing Sandhill Cranes in Hardwick, 6 Solitary Sandpipers at High Ridge WMA in Westminster, and 5 Eastern Meadowlarks at gate 36 at the Wachusett Reservoir in Lancaster.

Metro West: Middlesex County hosted a Merlin in Melrose and 4 Grasshopper Sparrows in Shirley.

North Shore: Essex County highlights at Plum Island included a continuing Tricolored Heron, 4 Yellow-crowned Herons, an early Baird’s Sandpiper, and an American Avocet.

Boston: Suffolk County was visited by a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron and a Purple Martin at Lewis Lake in Winthrop, and a Merlin and an Acadian Flycatcher at Millennium Park in West Roxbury.

Metro South: Norfolk County notables a Little Blue Heron at Squantum, a Caspian Tern at Squantum Point Park, Black Vultures in Wrentham and Medway, and a family of recently fledged Sharp-shinned Hawks at Moose Hill Sanctuary in Sharon. Plymouth County luminaries included an American Bittern in Plympton and 2 Sandhill Cranes at Burrage Pond WMA in Hanson.

South East: Bristol County shorebirds noted at Allen’s Pond Sanctuary in South Dartmouth featured a Whimbrel, 122 Short-billed Dowitchers, and 32 Lesser Yellowlegs in addition to 48 Glossy Ibises, a Grasshopper Sparrow, 12 Seaside Sparrows, and 26 Saltmarsh Sparrows.

Cape Cod was highlighted by good numbers of shearwaters concentrated off Race Point in Provincetown that included 1500 Cory’s Shearwaters, 800 Great Shearwaters, 120 Sooty Shearwaters, and 8 Manx Shearwaters, along with a Caspian Tern and a Little Gull.  A Pacific Loon continues to be reported on Pilgrim Lake off High Head in Truro, and 4 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons were seen at the end of Hemingway Road in Eastham, and singles at Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, Hallet’s Mill Pond in Yarmouth, and at the Pagorlec Sanctuary in Barnstable.  A Black Skimmer was observed at Jeremy Point in Wellfleet, a Clay-colored Sparrow and a Blue Grosbeak continue to be observed at the Crane Wildlife Area in Falmouth, and a Nelson’s Sparrow was banded at Sandy Neck in Barnstable.

Islands: Martha's Vineyard's highlight was the presence of 2 Merlins at Katama. Nantucket made news with 2 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Eel Point, 22 Gadwalls and 11 Northern Pintails at Great Point, and a Summer Tanager at the Linda Loring Foundation.


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