Eastern Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, March 26, 2021
South of Boston: This week's highlight was the earliest-ever record of Louisiana Waterthrush for the state, which was reported from Gooseberry Neck in Westport on March 26. There was a Eurasian Wigeon at Mill Pond in Acushnet. A Long-billed Dowitcher was photographed from the Powder Point Bridge in Duxbury.
Greater Boston: A Pink-footed Goose continued to be seen at various sites along the Charles River in Waltham through the first part of last week. Observers noted King Eiders at Castle Island, Cohasset, and other locations in Boston Harbor (several of which may have been the same individual). Red Crossbills appeared sporadically at a few sites throughout the city of Boston, including at Constitution Wharf.
North Shore: Among rather few notable reports this week, there were two subspecies of White-crowned Sparrow noted in a yard in West Boxford—both the usual Dark-lored subspecies and the Gambel’s subspecies of the American West.
Central MA: Several observers reported Sandhill Cranes passing through this week, including 6 in Princeton and 2 in New Braintree.
Western MA: Montague Sandplains continue to host impressive numbers of Red Crossbills, with some observers tallying as many as 360 of these unpredictable conifer-loving finches. A Northern Shrike was reported from gate 33 at the Quabbin Reservoir.