Eastern Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, May 28, 2021
The highlight of the week was a Heerman’s Gull found yesterday between Horseneck Beach and Richmond Pond in the Westport/Acoaxet area of Westport. Fortunately, this rare first state record from the West Coast was photographed, however it was only seen briefly before it flew in the direction of nearby Rhode Island. Observers are advised to be on the lookout for this very unusual visitor over the weekend along the southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island border.
Islands: Martha’s Vineyard hosted a calling Chuck-will’s-widow at Chappaquiddick, and a Yellow-throated Warbler was seen in Vineyard Haven. Nantucket luminaries were a Black-necked Stilt in Nantucket Harbor, 6 Glossy Ibis, and a calling Chuck-will’s-widow on Polpis Road.
Cape Cod: A Black-necked Stilt was noted in the vicinity of the Sandy Neck gatehouse in Barnstable, a Wilson’s Phalarope visited the Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary in South Wellfleet, and single Mississippi Kites were observed in Truro and South Dennis. Two Chuck-will’s-widows were heard calling on Elaine Avenue in North Falmouth, 2 Blue Grosbeaks were observed at the Crane Wildlife Area in Falmouth, an Acadian Flycatcher was heard calling at Johns Pond Park in Mashpee, and a Yellow-throated Warbler was seen at Morris Island in Chatham. At Race Point in Provincetown, 2 Little Gulls were tallied.
South of Boston: At Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in South Dartmouth, 3 Wilson’s Phalaropes were observed, and at West Island in Fairhaven a King Eider was present. On the South Shore a Harlequin Duck was observed at the Glades in North Scituate, a Whimbrel at Little Harbor in Wareham, and an Acadian Flycatcher at Manomet.
Greater Boston: Highlights in Norfolk County included 6 lingering Purple Sandpipers in Cohasset, an Olive-sided Flycatcher at Moose Hill Sanctuary in Sharon, a continuing Brewster’s Warbler at McCarthy Park in Medfield, and a Mourning Warbler and a Hooded Warbler in Milton.
North Shore: Highlights at Plum Island this week included a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, a Clapper Rail, a Caspian Tern, an Acadian Flycatcher, and a Philadelphia Vireo. An Acadian Flycatcher and a Philadelphia Vireo were also noted at the Marblehead Neck Sanctuary in Marblehead.
Central MA: At the Westborough Wildlife Area there was a Sora, a Lawrence’s Warbler, and a Mourning Warbler, and at the Bolton Flats in Bolton sightings included a Least Bittern, a Sandhill Crane, and a Common Gallinule.
Western MA: Noteworthy sightings in the western part of the state featured a tally of 23 Common Nighthawks and a Brant at Silver Lake in Pittsfield, a Sandhill Crane in Ashfield, 21 Short-billed Dowitchers in Gill, 3 Sanderlings and 12 Short-billed Dowitchers in Longmeadow, a Mississippi Kite in South Hadley, a Blue Grosbeak in Hadley, an Acadian Flycatcher at gate 8 at Quabbin in Pelham, and a Brewster’s Warbler at Sweet Alice Conservation Area in Amherst.