Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, July 29, 2022
Birding highlights this week were a Franklin’s Gull in Longmeadow, a Sandwich Tern at Martha’s Vineyard, a White Ibis in Cohasset, a continuing American Avocet at Plum Island, a Brown Pelican at Muskeget Island off Nantucket, a Rufous Humminbird in Norwell, a continuing Brewster’s Warbler in Amherst, and a Cerulean Warbler in Franklin Park in Boston.
Cape Cod is increasingly being visited by many southbound shorebirds on the beaches and good numbers of seabirds and terns offshore. Race Point in Provincetown hosted hundreds of shearwaters including 2000 Great Shearwaters, 800 Cory’s Shearwaters, and 30 Manx Shearwaters, as well as a Pacific Loon, a Razorbill, a Black Tern, and an Arctic Tern among large numbers of Common and Roseate terns. A Northern Shoveler visited Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, and among the shorebirds at South Beach off Chatham were196 Red Knots, 320 Sanderlings, 250 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 710 Short-billed Dowitchers, and 1 Long-billed Dowitcher.
Bristol County was highlighted by a Black Tern at Gooseberry Neck in Westport, and Plymouth County featured a White Ibis in Cohasset, 3 Sandhill Cranes and a Sora at Burrage Pond Wildlife Area in Hanson, a Peregrine Falcon at Duxbury Beach, and a Rufous Hummingbird at a feeder in Norwell.
Norfolk County hosted a Little Blue Heron at Cutler Park in Dedham and Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Squantum and Sailor’s Home Pond in Quincy, 2 Black Vultures in Wrentham, and 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks in Medfield.
Suffolk County was graced by a Little Blue Heron at Millennium Park in West Roxbury, a Merlin and a Cerulean Warbler at Franklin Park, and a Long-billed Dowitcher at Belle Isle Marsh in East Boston.
Essex County notable sightings were concentrated at Plum Island where an American Avocet continues to be reported along with a good variety of other shorebird species, a Northern Shoveler, 3 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, a Merlin, 4 Parasitic Jaegers, a summering Black-legged Kittiwake, and a Black Guillemot.
Middlesex County luminaries were 6 Green-winged Teal, an American Bittern, 3 Glossy Ibises, and a Wilson’s Snipe at Great Meadows Refuge in Concord, 2 Glossy Ibises in Lynnfield, 3 Grasshopper Sparrows in fields along Wilde Road in Shirley, and an Orchard Oriole at Horn Pond in Woburn.
Worcester County highlights were a Little Blue Heron at the Sterling Peat in Sterling, 4 Sandhill Cranes in Hardwick, a Bonaparte’s Gull and a Caspian Tern at gate 40 at the Wachusett Reservoir in Clinton, 5 Eastern Meadowlarks at gate 36 in Sterling.
Berkshire County hosted a Least Bittern in Pittsfield on Town Beach Road, a Merlin in Great Barrington, and 2 Acadian Flycatchers in South Egremont.
Franklin County was visited by a Glossy Ibis at the Turners Falls power canal, and Hampden County was visited by one of very few occurrences of a Franklin’s Gull at the Longmeadow Flats in Longmeadow.
Hampshire County bright lights included 6 Sandhill Cranes in Worthington, 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks at gate 5 at Quabbin in Belchertown, a continuing Brewster’s Warbler at the Sweet Alice Conservation Area in Amherst, an Orchard Oriole and 2 Blue Grosbeaks at the Honey Pot in Hadley, 9 Red Crossbills in Williamstown, 2 Evening Grosbeaks in Williamsburg.
Martha’s Vineyard luminaries were a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in Edgartown, a Sandwich Tern at Quansoo Beach, and an Orchard Oriole in Chilmark.
Nantucket was visited by a Brown Pelican at Muskeget, a continuing Black-necked Stilt on Quaise Road, a family of nesting Merlins, an American Coot at Consue Springs, and a Fish Crow.