Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, November 11, 2022

November 11, 2022

An interesting variety of unusual birds in Massachusetts this week included a Hammond’s Flycatcher in Falmouth, a possible Dusky Flycatcher in Rockport, a Bullock’s Oriole in Concord, Cave Swallows at Manomet and Westport, a Greater White-fronted Goose in Plymouth, and 2 Tufted Ducks at Nantucket.

Cape Cod highlights included a significant early morning seabird flight at Race Point, Provincetown on Wednesday that included 300 Cory’s Shearwaters, 3000 Great Shearwaters, 3000 Northern Gannets, 2500 Black-legged Kittiwakes, 200 Bonaparte’s Gulls, and 75 Razorbills. Elsewhere in Provincetown there was a Lark Sparrow at the airport, and at Nauset Beach in Orleans 17 late Barn Swallows were tallied. Even more notable was a probable Hammond’s Flycatcher at Peterson Farm in Falmouth, species for which there are fewer than 10 previous state records. Also seen at Peterson Farm was a very late Olive-sided Flycatcher. At Bound Brook in Wellfleet there was a Bohemian Waxwing, and at Nobska Pond in Woods Hole a late Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was sighted. Three lingering Willets continue to be seen at Forest Beach in Chatham, and a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was seen at the Cold Brook Preserve in Harwich.

Bristol County notables featured a Eurasian Wigeon at Miller Street Pond in Seekonk, 22 Harlequin Ducks at Gooseberry Neck in Westport, 2 Cattle Egrets at Barneys Joy in South Dartmouth, 2 Cave Swallows at Horseneck Beach in Westport, and 2 Clapper Rails at the Egypt Lane ponds in Fairhaven.

Plymouth County luminaries were a Greater White-fronted Goose at the Serendipity Stables in Plymouth, the continued presence of 3 Sandhill Cranes at Burrage Pond WMA in Hason, a mixed flock of swallows at Manomet Bird Observatory that included 25 Barn Swallows, a Bank Swallow, and a Cave Swallow. In Plympton a tardy Indigo Bunting was noted on the Nemasket Trail.

Norfolk County highlights included a late Osprey at Great Pond in Randolph, a Black-headed Gull at Wollaston Beach, and a Nelson’s Sparrow at the Broad Meadows Marsh in Quincy.

Suffolk County birds of note featured an American Golden-Plover at Winthrop Beach, a Pileated Woodpecker at the Stony Brook Reservation, a Wilson’s Warbler at McLaughlin Woods in the Mission Hill area, and a Vesper Sparrow at Millennium Park in West Roxbury.

Middlesex County hosted a Redhead at Arlington Reservoir in Arlington and a Bullock’s Oriole at the Kaveski Farm Conservation Land in Concord.

Essex County was graced by the presence of a Townsend’s Warbler near the Cherry Hill Reservoir in West Newbury, a possible Dusky Flycatcher at Waring Field in Rockport that would be a first state record if it is able to be confirmed. Also noted at Waring Field were 3 Bohemian Waxwings. Other reports of interest were a Northern Goshawk in Boxford, a continuing Red-headed Woodpecker at Appleton Farm in Ipswich, a tardy Lesser Yellowlegs at Rough Meadows Sanctuary in Rowley, and 3 Red Crossbills at Salisbury.

Berkshire County luminaries included an American Golden-Plover in Sheffield, a Cackling Goose at the Mt. Williams Reservoir in North Adams, a Dickcissel and 4 Red Crossbills in Pittsfield, and 2 Indigo Buntings in Williamstown.

Franklin County continued to host 2 Cackling Geese at Tri-Town Beach in Whately, 3 Black Vultures at Turners Falls, and a Northern Shrike at the Orange Airport.

Hampshire County sightings of note were a Greater White-fronted Goose at Paradise Pond on the Smith College campus in Northampton, and a Black-legged Kittiwake at the Windsor Dam at Quabbin in Belchertown.

Hampden County hosted a Cackling Goose and a Barrow’s Goldeneye at the Longmeadow Flats in Longmeadow.

Worcester County notables were a Franklin’s Gull at Quaboag Pond in Brookfield, 5 Black Vultures in Hardwick, 2 Golden Eagles at the Mt. Wachusett Reservation, and a Bohemian Waxwing at Mt. Watatic in Ashburnham.

Martha’s Vineyard was visited by a Eurasian Wigeon among a flock of American Wigeon at Katama, and 2 Common Ravens were seen at several localities on the Vineyard.

Nantucket luminaries were single Bohemian Waxwings at the Wauwinet tennis courts and Squaw Farm, and 2 Tufted Ducks on Long Pond.


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