Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, May 6, 2022

May 6, 2022

Among the variety of spring migrants returning to Massachusetts this week, the most notable was a well photographed Swainson’s Warbler in the Winchester section of the Middlesex Fells.  Other unusual species included a White Ibis, several Cattle Egrets, a continued scattering of Black Vulture reports, several Caspian Terns, an early Willow Flycatcher, a probable Lawrence’s Warbler, and a Blue Grosbeak.

Western MA: Franklin County hosted a Horned Grebe, a Red-necked Grebe, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, and a Dunlin at Barton’s Cove, 13 Ring-necked Ducks at gate 33 at Quabbin Reservoir in New Salem, and a Cattle Egret on River Road in South Deerfield. Berkshire County notables were a Northern Goshawk in Pittsfield and a Lincoln’s Sparrow in Washington. Hampshire County highlights were a Cattle Egret, a Purple Martin, and Lincoln’s Sparrow in Hadley, and a Red-necked Grebe and a Common Tern at Arcadia Sanctuary in Easthampton. Hampden County highlights were several Upland Sandpipers and a Lincoln’s Sparrow in Ludlow.

Central MA: Worcester County sightings of interest included 2 Glossy Ibis at the Bolton Flats in Bolton, a Red-necked Grebe at Chauncy Pond in Westborough, 2 Black Vultures in Athol, a Worm-eating Warbler at Pine Grove Cemetery in West Brookfield, a Summer Tanager in Westborough and an Upland Sandpiper at the Westborough Wildlife Area.

Metro West: Middlesex County featured the previously mentioned Swainson’s Warbler near Long Pond in the Winchester section of the Middlesex Fells, 4 Glossy Ibis in Reading, a Caspian Tern at the Mystic Lakes in Medford, Lincoln Sparrows at Horn Pond in Woburn and the Middlesex Fells, and a Blue Grosbeak at a feeder in Shirley.

North Shore: Essex County highlights were a King Eider at Plum Island, 6 Harlequin Ducks in Rockport, 2 Sandhill Cranes on Scotland Road in Newbury, a White-faced Ibis near Old Town Hill in Newbury, an early Yellow-billed Cuckoo in Newbury, a Yellow-throated Warbler at Marblehead Neck Sanctuary in Marblehead, and an offshore tally of 65 Wilson’s Storm-Petrels at Jeffreys Ledge.

Boston: Suffolk County notable species were 10 Common Mergansers at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir in Chestnut Hill, an Orange-crowned Warbler at McLaughlin Woods off Parker Hill Avenue in Boston, a Cerulean Warbler at Franklin Park, and a Lincoln’s Sparrow in the Boston Public Garden.

Metro South: Norfolk County bright lights included a Yellow-throated Warbler at the Needham Reservoir in Needham, 2 Blue-winged Teal and a Hooded Warbler at Squantum Point Park in Squantum, and a Louisiana Waterthrush at Rocky Woods in Medfield. Plymouth County luminaries included 5 Harlequin Ducks at the Glades in Minot, 120 Common Terns in Marion, a White Ibis off Inner Harbor Road in Scituate, 3 Semipalmated Plovers at Third Cliff in Scituate, 2 Caspian Terns at Duxbury Beach and 3 at Burrage Pond in Hanson where there were also 3 Sandhill Cranes, several Soras, and 4 calling American Bitterns.

South East: Bristol County hosted 6 Harlequin Ducks and 14 Least Terns at Gooseberry Neck in Westport, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in Dartmouth, a Louisiana Waterthrush in North Dighton, 62 Common Terns at West Island in Fairhaven, and elsewhere in Fairhaven there was Glaucous Gull at Fort Phoenix and an early Willow Flycatcher on Egypt Lane.

Cape Cod led the way with some notable sightings this week that included a high tally of 4 Pacific Loons, a Sandhill Crane, and a Snowy Owl at Race Point, a Least Bittern at Santuit Pond in Mashpee, Caspian Terns in Wellfleet and Harwich, a Worm-eating Warbler in the Falmouth Town Forest, a Yellow-breasted Chat at Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, Summer Tanagers in Mashpee and Brewster, and a calling King Rail at High Head in North Truro.

Islands: Martha’s Vineyard luminaries were 26 Black Skimmers in Edgartown, and a Purple Martin and 12 Common Terns at Aquinnah. Nantucket was highlighted by the continued presence of a Tufted Duck at Long Pond and a count of 5 Common Ravens at Siasconset.   

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