Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, July 16, 2021
Western MA: At least 2 Dickcissels and a Blue Grosbeak continue to be reported at the Southwick Wildlife Management Area in Southwick, 4 Blue Grosbeaks at the Honey Pot in Hadley, and 2 Purple Martins in the Fort River area of Hadley. In Amherst, a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was photographed on Rolling Ridge Road, and at least 2 Acadian Flycatchers continue to be reported from Pelham at gate 8 of the Quabbin Reservoir. In the Berkshires there were 3 Merlins were seen in Williamstown, a Least Bittern in Richmond, 3 Red Crossbills in Pittsfield, and a Great Egret and a Short-billed Dowitcher in Sheffield.
Central MA: Reports found 4 Sandhill Cranes continue to be seen in Hardwick, and elsewhere in Hardwick at gate 43 at Quabbin, two families of Common Mergansers totaling 20 individuals was tallied.
Metro West: Notables featured one Acadian Flycatcher at the Wellesley Office Park and another individual calling near the Charles River in Waban. There were 2 Ruddy Ducks at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir and a Yellow-headed Blackbird that briefly visited a feeder in Concord. A Least Bittern, a Sora, and an Alder Flycatcher were seen at Great Meadows Refuge in Concord.
North Shore: A Razorbill and a Black Guillemot were observed at Andrews Point in Rockport, while a summering Horned Grebe continues to be seen off Marblehead. At Plum Island there were sightings of 2 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, a King Rail, and an American Coot.
Metro South: A Black Vulture was recorded in Wrentham.
South East: Observers reported 2 Caspian Terns at Broad Cove in Somerset, and a Ruddy Duck was tallied in Fall River. Reports included 3 Sandhill Cranes and an American Bittern at Burrage Pond Wildlife Area in Hanson; a Great Cormorant at Manomet Point; and 28 Short-billed Dowitchers and a Clapper Rail at Ellisville Harbor.
Cape Cod: Highlights this week were headed by a Black-bellied Whistling-Duck along Surf Drive at Salt Pond in Falmouth. Other notable species included a Brown Booby observed from a whale watching boat several miles north of Provincetown, and a Royal Tern, a Razorbill, and a Common Murre off Race Point in Provincetown. In Nauset Marsh there was an American Golden-Plover and a Black Skimmer, and at Minimoy off Chatham 2 Western Sandpipers were found. At least 2 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons were present at Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary in South Wellfleet and another continues at Hallet’s Pond in Yarmouth Port. A Little Blue Heron was observed at West Dennis Beach, and a Blue Grosbeak continues to be noted at the Crane Wildlife Area in Falmouth.
Islands: On Nantucket, the wandering Black-bellied Whistling-Duck that has been seen at various localities on the island recently was this week noted at Tuckernuck Island, where an American Golden-Plover was also found. A Eurasian Collared-Dove was also seen this week while it briefly visited a feeder with Mourning Doves.