Eastern Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, May 21, 2021

May 21, 2021

Spring migration has been steady this week, although the last significant fallout was last Friday. Despite generally fair weather, many birders continue to comment on seemingly lower than normal numbers.


Islands: Reports from Nantucket featured a Black-necked Stilt, a Chuck-will’s-widow, a Swallow-tailed Kite, and a Summer Tanager. At Martha’s Vineyard there were 2 late Greater White-fronted Geese, a Chuck-will’s-widow, 2 Black Skimmers, and a Common Raven.

Cape Cod: Highlights included as many as 6 Little Gulls among hundreds of Bonaparte’s Gulls at Race Point in Provincetown where a Glaucous Gull and 2 Caspian Terns were also seen. At the nearby Beech Forest there was a Yellow-throated Warbler and a Summer Tanager, and the Foss Woods a Worm-eating Warbler was found. A Tropical Kingbird found at the Provincetown Airport over a week ago has not been seen since, but a Tricolored Heron continues to be seen at Bells Neck in Harwich.

South of Boston: A Pied-billed Grebe and 3 Sandhill Cranes were noted at the Burrage Pond Wildlife Area in Hanson, and a Caspian Tern was sighted at Plymouth Beach. On the South Coast a nice morning flight of warblers was noted at Gooseberry Neck in Westport on May 19, and elsewhere in that region there was a King Eider at West Island in Fairhaven, a Wilson’s Phalarope elsewhere in Fairhaven, and a Blue Grosbeak in Dighton.

Greater Boston: Hooded Warblers were noted in the Boston Public Garden and Forest Hills Cemetery, and a White-eyed Vireo was reported at Franklin Park. A Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was seen along the Charles River in Watertown, a Brewster’s Warbler was found at the Barber Reservation in Sherborn, and at Rocky Narrows in Sherborn a Worm-eating Warbler has been regularly observed. Norfolk County reports featured Painted Bunting reports at the Neponset River Reservation in Canton, and another near the Norwood Memorial Airport. In the vicinity of McCarthy Park and Medfield State Hospital in Medfield, a Brewster’s Warbler has been sighted on several occasions.

North Shore: Recent reports from Plum Island included a Cattle Egret, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, an American Golden-Plover, 2 Red Knots, a Long-billed Dowitcher, a Philadelphia Vireo, and a Yellow-throated Warbler. On Scotland Road in Newbury a White-faced Ibis has been seen for several days, a Hooded Warbler and a Yellow-breasted Chat were present at Mass Audubon's Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, and a Kentucky Warbler was found at the Mass Audubon's Eastern Point Wildlife Sanctuary in East Gloucester.

Central MA: Worcester County highlights continue to feature Grasshopper Sparrow reports from the Pine Hill Road grasslands portion of the Bolton Flats in Lancaster.

Western MA: At the Westover Grasslands Complex in Chicopee as many as 5 Upland Sandpipers were noted, and a Hooded Warbler was seen in Westfield. At least 2 Brewster’s Warblers were found in the Amherst area, and an Acadian Flycatcher was noted in Pelham at gate 8 at Quabbin. Many Red Crossbills continue to be seen in the Montague Plains Wildlife Area in Monague, and a Golden-winged Warbler continues on Green Cross Road there

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