Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, June 17, 2022
The most notable highlights this week were a Black-bellied Whistling-Duck in the Berkshires, 2 Black-necked Stilts on Nantucket, and 2 Gull-billed Terns at Nauset Beach in Orleans.
Western MA: Berkshire County was blessed by the presence of a Black-bellied Whistling-Duck and a Least Bittern at a marsh on Beech Road in Richmond, another Least Bittern at Harman Marsh Pond in Sheffield, and the continued presence of 2 Hooded Warblers on Old North Road in New Marlborough. Franklin County was visited by a Caspian Tern at Barton Cove in Gill, and a Sharp-shinned Hawk was seen at gate 33 at Quabbin in New Salem. Hampshire County highlights included 4 Sandhill Cranes in Worthington, a White-rumped Sandpiper at the Holyoke Dam on the South Hadley side of the river, a continuing Red-headed Woodpecker at Quabbin Park in Ware, an Acadian Flycatcher and 2 Red Crossbills at Quabbin at gate 8 in Pelham, a continuing “Brewster’s” Warbler at the Sweet Alice Conservation Area in Amherst, and 2-3 Blue Grosbeaks at the Honey Pot in Hadley. Hampden County hosted 2 Acadian Flycatchers in Granville, and a White-eyed Vireo and a Blue Grosbeak at the Southwick WMA in Southwick.
Central MA: notables featured a Northern Parula in Rutland, a Louisiana Waterthrush at the McCallum WMA in Westborough, 3 Red Crossbills in Barre, and 4 Evening Grosbeaks in Royalston.
Metro West: Middlesex County was graced by singing Alder Flycatchers at Mary Cummings Park in Burlington and another at the Minute Man National Heritage Park at Meriam’s Corner in Concord, and an Acadian Flycatcher at Brewster’s Woods Sanctuary in Concord.
North Shore: Essex County luminaries at Plum Island included 2 Tricolored Herons, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, 2 Least Bitterns, and a late Iceland Gull, and a King Rail continues to regularly call near the bridge leading to Plum Island from Newbury.
Boston: Suffolk County highlights featured an Upland Sandpiper in Boston at Bayswater Street Park, an Alder Flycatcher at Millennium Park in West Roxbury, and a late Swainson’s Thrush at Franklin Park.
Metro South: Norfolk County hosted a Grasshopper Sparrow at the Norfolk Airport, and Louisiana Waterthrushes at Wilson Mountain Reservation in Dedham and the vicinity of Pine Tree Brook in Milton.
South East: Bristol County notables were 2 Great Shearwaters and a Sooty Shearwater off Gooseberry Neck in Westport, and a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in Dartmouth.
Cape Cod highlights this week were 2 Sandhill Cranes flying offshore at Race Point in Provincetown, Chuck-will’s-widows calling on Elain Avenue in North Falmouth, and also near South Cape Beach State Beach in Mashpee, 3 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons in the vicinity of Hallet’s Mill Pond in Yarmouth and another in West Barnstable, a Black Skimmer at Popponesset Spit in Mashpee, a lingering Glaucous Gull at Race Point Beach, and 2 Gull-billed Terns at Nauset Beach in Orleans. Other reports of interest were a Red-headed Woodpecker near Ruth’s Pond at Nickerson State Park in Brewster, an Acadian Flycatcher at the South Sandwich Conservation Area in Sandwich, and a Clay-colored Sparrow and a Blue Grosbeak at the Crane WMA in Falmouth.
Islands: Martha's Vineyard interesting reports featured 3 lingering Great Cormorants at Aquinnah and a Merlin in Edgartown. Nantucket was visited by 2 continuing Black-necked Stilts at Milestone Cranberry Bog, and a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron and 3 Black Skimmers at Eel Point.