Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, June 3, 2022
The week was highlighted by the scattered appearance of a number of late migrants including both Black-billed and Yellow-billed cuckoos, several species of flycatchers, and Mourning Warblers.
Western MA: Franklin County hosted 4 Sandhill Cranes in Ashfield, a Caspian Tern at Barton Cove in Gill, and 2 Evening Grosbeaks in Colrain. Berkshire County was graced by a Least Bittern at the Harman Marsh pond in Sheffield, 2 Worm-eating Warblers in Great Barrington, 2 Hooded Warblers in New Marlborough, and several Red Crossbills in the Washington area of the October Mountain State Forest. Hampshire County highlights were 2 Sandhill Cranes in Worthington and another at West Mountain Sanctuary in Plainfield, 2 Acadian Flycatchers and a Bonaparte’s Gull at gate 8 at Quabbin in Pelham, a Red-headed Woodpecker at Quabbin Park in Ware, and a continuing “Brewster’s” Warbler at the Sweet Alice Conservation Area in Amherst.
Central MA: Worcester County continued to host several Grasshopper Sparrows in the fields along Pine Hill Road in Lancaster.
Metro West: Middlesex County notables featured a Common Gallinule and 20 Glossy Ibis at Great Meadows Refuge in Concord, a Little Blue Heron at the boat launch area at the Great Meadows Refuge headquarters in Sudbury, and single Black Vultures in Lowell and Hudson.
North Shore: Essex County bright lights at Plum Island were a Tricolored Heron, 2 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, 8 late Snow Geese, a Stilt Sandpiper, 3 Black Terns, and a Caspian Tern. Other notables were a calling King Rail in the marshes near the Plum Island bridge in Newburyport, a Red-headed Woodpecker in Newbury at the Martin Burns Wildlife Area, and a late Purple Sandpiper and Black Guillemot in Marblehead.
Boston: Suffolk County was visited by some notable late migrants including an Olive-sided Flycatcher, a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, an Acadian Flycatcher, and a Mourning Warbler at McLaughlin Woods, a Yellow-throated Vireo and a Mourning Warbler at Millennium Park in West Roxbury, an Acadian Flycatcher at Franklin Park, an Upland Sandpiper at Logan Airport, and a late Dark-eyed Junco at Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor.
Metro South: Norfolk County featured 3 Piping Plovers at Wollaston Beach, a Least Bittern near the Oak Street Extension in Franklin, an Acadian Flycatcher and a Mourning Warbler at the Richardson White Woods in Cohasset, a Black Vulture in Sharon, and a White-eyed Vireo at Stony Brook Sanctuary in Norfolk. Plymouth County luminaries featured a late Red-throated Loon at Manomet Bird Observatory where a Gray-cheeked Thrush was also recorded, 2 Sandhill Cranes at Burrage Pond Wildlife Area in Hanson, a Cliff Swallow at Daniel Webster Sanctuary in Marshfield, and a Vesper Sparrow at the Plymouth Airport.
South East: Bristol County was graced by 2 singing Louisiana Waterthrushes in the Freetown State Forest.
Cape Cod highlights included an interesting mix of rarities including 2 Gull-billed Terns at Dowses Beach in Osterville, a Franklin’s Gull at Race Point in Provincetown, a Sandhill Crane in flight at the Marconi Station in Wellfleet, a Wilson’ Phalarope at Outermost Harbor in Chatham, and a continuing calling Chuck-will’s-widow on Elain Avenue in North Falmouth. Lingering winter species where headed by a Snowy Owl at Jeremy Point in Wellfleet and a Glaucous Gull at Oregon Beach in Barnstable. Other birds of note were an Acadian Flycatcher at the Ryder Conservation Area in Sandwich, an Olive-sided Flycatcher at Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, a continuing Blue Grosbeak at the Crane Wildlife Area in Falmouth, and a Seaside Sparrow at Sandy Neck in West Barnstable.