Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, July 22, 2022
The most notable birding highlights this week in spite of the super heat and humidity were a Mississippi Kite in Provincetown, a Black-necked Stilt and a Sandwich Tern at Nantucket, and a Loggerhead Shrike in Orange.
Cape Cod highlights this week included a Mississippi Kite soaring over the Provincelands Visitor Center in Provincetown, a Little Gull at Race Point in Provincetown, a continuing Chuck-will’s-widow calling on Elain Avenue in North Falmouth, and a Blue Grosbeak continuing at the Crane Wildlife Area in Falmouth. Other interesting reports were a summering Great Cormorant in Provincetown Harbor, 2 Black Skimmers at Minimoy off Chatham and another skimmer at Ridgevale Beach in Chatham, and a Seaside Sparrow at Sandy Neck in East Barnstable.
Bristol County hosted a summering Ring-necked Duck at Borderland State Park in Easton.
Plymouth County was graced by a continuing family of Sandhill Cranes at the Burrage Pond Wildlife Area in Hanson, a Long-tailed Duck at Duxbury Beach, a Ring-necked Duck at Field Park in Brockton, 4 Black Skimmers at the Stony Point Dike in Wareham, and 2 Black Vultures elsewhere in Wareham.
Norfolk County luminaries included 2 Black Vultures in Medway and 2 more soaring over Rt. I-495 in Wrentham, a family of Sharp-shinned Hawks at Moose Hill Sanctuary in Sharon, and a Grasshopper Sparrow at the Shea Naval Air Field in Weymouth.
Suffolk County sightings of note were 2 Whimbrels seen in flight over Georges Island in Boston Harbor and an Alder Flycatcher at Millennium Park in West Roxbury.
Middlesex County notables were 3 Glossy Ibises at Great Meadows Refuge in Concord, a family of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in West Townsend, and 5 Grasshopper Sparrows on Wilde Road in Shirley.
Essex County hosted 4 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, 2 American Avocets, and a Merlin at Plum Island, a Dickcissel at Andrews Point in Rockport, and a summering Harlequin Duck and a Long-tailed Duck on the Dry Salvages off Rockport.
Berkshire County was graced by a Least Bittern at the marsh on Town Beach Road in Richmond, single Merlins in Richmond and Lenox, and 2 continuing Hooded Warblers in New Marlborough.
Franklin County continued to host a most unusual regional Loggerhead Shrike at the Orange Airport.
Hampshire County highlights featured a Least Bittern and 4 Marsh Wrens at Great Pond in Hatfield, a Sandhill Crane in flight at Quabbin Reservoir Park near the Windsor Dam, a 2 continuing Blue Grosbeaks at the Honey Pot in Hadley.
Hampden County hosted a Least Bittern on Bark Haul Road in Longmeadow and 3 Semipalmated Plovers and 3 Sanderlings at the Longmeadow Flats.
Worcester County reports of interest were 4 continuing Sandhill Cranes in Hardwick and a Little Blue Heron at Muddy Pond in Sterling.
Nantucket luminaries were 20 Cory’s Shearwaters, a Sandwich Tern, and 6 Gadwalls at Great Point, a Black-necked Stilt at East Polpis Harbor, an Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Eel Point, and a Pectoral Sandpiper at Pocomo Beach.