Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, June 10, 2022
This week saw a significant decline in the number of spring migrants with the notable exception of late-moving flycatchers. The days ahead and the approaching weeks should witness the peak of the nesting season for many species.
Western MA: Franklin County continued to host 1 or 2 Sandhill Cranes in Ashfield. Berkshire County notables were a Least Bittern in Richmond, an Acadian Flycatcher on East Street in Mt. Washington, a Worm-eating Warbler on Mt. Washington Road in Egremont, and a continuing Hooded Warbler in New Marlborough. Hampshire County luminaries featured Acadian Flycatchers near the Windsor Dam at Quabbin in Belchertown and at gate 8 in Pelham, a continuing Red-headed Woodpecker at Quabbin Park in Ware, 4 Sandhill Cranes continuing in Worthington, and a continuing “Brewster’s” Warbler at the Sweet Alice Conservation Area in Amherst. Hampden County hosted 2 Upland Sandpipers in Ludlow, 2 White-rumped Sandpiper at the Longmeadow Flats in Longmeadow, 3 Acadian Flycatcher in Granville and another one at the Ashley Reservoir in Holyoke.
Central MA: Worcester County was highlighted by a Loggerhead Shrike at the Fitchburg Airport, and a Black Vulture and 4 Sandhill Cranes in Hardwick.
Metro West: Middlesex County hosted a Sora in Reading, a Red-headed Woodpecker in Lexington, an Acadian Flycatcher at Brewster’s Woods Sanctuary in Concord, and Alder Flycatcher at the Minute Man Historic Park in Lincoln, and a Hooded Warbler at the Flagg Hill Conservation Area in Stow.
North Shore: Essex County luminaries at Plum Island included a Tricolored Heron, a Black Skimmer, a late Iceland Gull, a White-eyed Vireo, and Acadian Flycatcher, and an Olive-sided Flycatcher. Elsewhere in Essex County there was a continuing calling King Rail in the marsh near the bridge leading to Plum Island, and Acadian Flycatcher at Crooked Pond in Boxford, and a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, an Acadian Flycatcher, and a Kentucky Warbler at Marblehead Neck Sanctuary.
Boston: Suffolk County was graced this week by a Stilt Sandpiper at Belle Isle Marsh in East Boston, a Yellow-throated Vireo and an Alder Flycatcher at Millennium Park in West Roxbury, an Alder Flycatcher at Franklin Park, and an interesting mix of notable species at McLaughlin Woods that included a Mourning Warbler, a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, an Alder Flycatcher, and an Olive-sided Flycatcher.
Metro South: Norfolk County was visited by a Black Vulture in Wrentham, 4 Piping Plovers at Wollaston Beach, a Louisiana Waterthrush at Wilson Mountain Reservation in Dedham, a late White-throated Sparrow at Houghton’s Pond in Milton. Plymouth County highlights were a Blue-winged Teal and the continued presence of at least 2 Sandhill Cranes at Burrrage Pond Wildlife Area in Hanson, an Acadian Flycatcher at the Holmes Preserve in Plymouth, and an Olive-sided Flycatcher at the Foot Hills Preserve in Manomet.
South East: Bristol County hosted a brood of 6 Hooded Mergansers at Borderland State Park in Easton, a Sooty Shearwater at Gooseberry Neck in Westport, and a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in Dartmouth.
Cape Cod features this week included a Mississippi Kite at High Head in Truro, 2 Gull-billed Terns at Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary in South Wellfleet, the continued presence of a calling Chuck-will’s-widow in North Falmouth and a second individual in Eastham, a Sandhill Crane at Eldredge Park in East Orleans, a Yellow-throated Vireo, Clay-colored Sparrow and a continuing Blue Grosbeak at the Crane Wildlife Area in Falmouth, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Wing Island in Brewster, a Black Vulture in Bourne, and an Acadian Flycatcher and an Olive-sided Flycatcher at the Ryder Conservation Area in South Sandwich.
Islands: Martha's Vineyard was visited by a Sandhill Crane at Katama Farm, a Yellow-throated Warbler in West Tisbury, and a Bald Eagle and 2 Common Ravens in Edgartown. Nantucket witnessed a major offshore seabird movement off Madaket Beach that included 300 Cory’s Shearwaters, 400 Great Shearwaters, 150 Sooty Shearwaters, and 2 Manx Shearwaters, and Chuck-will’s-widow was heard calling at the Sesachacha Heathlands Sanctuary.