Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, November 12, 2021
Undoubtedly the most interesting report this week is the continued presence of a Bell’s Vireo that has been frequenting thickets in the vicinity of the lower parking lot at Fort Hill in Eastham for over two weeks.
Other recent reports of interest included a possible Western Meadowlark at the Honeypot in Hadley, several scattered reports of Cattle Egrets, and the arrival of some of the first Snow Buntings of the winter.
There was also a color-banded "Ipswich" Savannah Sparrow at Plum Island that possibly came from a color-marking project taking place on Sable Island, Nova Scotia – the only locality where this race of the Ipswich Sparrow is known to nest.
Western MA: Reports featured a Brant at Mt. Williams Reservoir in North Adams, a Dickcissel in Williamstown, and a Barrow’s Goldeneye and an Osprey at Richmond Pond in Richmond. There was a Cattle Egret in the Whately/Deerfield area, and one of the first seasonal reports of a Northern Shrike was had at the Orange Airport. In addition to the previously mentioned possible Western Meadow lark in Hadley, there were reports of 6 Brant near the Windsor Dam at Quabbin in Belchertown, a Cackling Goose at UMass in Amherst, a Clay-colored Sparrow in Hadley, and 4 Dunlin and a Common Gallinule at Great Pond in Hatfield. Other observations of note included a Greater White-fronted Goose in a pond on Isaac Bradway Road in Hampden, an Osprey in Holyoke, and a Lincoln’s Sparrow and a Clay-colored Sparrow at the Longmeadow Flats.
Central MA: Notables included a Cattle Egret in Sterling, 4 Sandhill Cranes in Hardwick, and 3 Red Crossbills at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton.
Metro West: A Greater White-fronted Goose continues to frequent fields in the vicinity of Nine Acre Corner in Concord, 4 Lesser Yellowlegs are lingering at the Arlington Reservoir, and a wandering European Goldfinch from an unknown source has been variously visiting fields and gardens in the vicinity of the Arlington Reservoir and the Lexington Community Gardens.
North Shore: Recent sightings at Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley have included a Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 American Woodcocks, a Lesser Yellowlegs, and a Magnolia Warbler. At Plum Island a Western Kingbird has been present most of the week, along with a Snowy Egret and a Pectoral Sandpiper. Another Cattle Egret has been lingering in the vicinity of Rogers Street in West Newbury.
Boston: Reports featured a Grasshopper Sparrow and a Dickcissel at Peter’s Hill at the Arnold Arboretum, plus a Seaside Sparrow and a Nelson’s Sparrow at The Key Observation Area in Revere.
Metro South: A feeder continues to support a Rufous Hummingbird on Clearwater Road in Lexington. Other sightings of interest were an American Oystercatcher and a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Squantum Point Park in Squantum, and an American Woodcock at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon.
South East: Luminaries included a Greater White-fronted Goose in Fairhaven, 2 Clapper Rails at Egypt Lane in Fairhaven, 3 Tree Swallows at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in South Dartmouth, and a late Barn Swallow in Easton. Sightings around Plymouth County included a King Eider in the Nantasket Beach area of Hull, as many as 5 Sandhill Cranes at Burrage Pond Wildlife Area in Hanson, and a Cattle Egret at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield.
Cape Cod: Highlights this week included an American Avocet and 8 Snow Buntings at Minimoy Island off Chatham, a Little Gull at Race Point, Provincetown, a White-eyed Vireo at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in South Wellfleet, a Blue-headed Vireo at Wing Island in Brewster, a Willet at Forest Beach in Chatham, and a tardy Black-throated Green Warbler in Yarmouth.
Islands: Martha’s Vineyard reports were highlighted by a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, an American Bittern, and a tardy Black-throated Green Warbler in the Aquinnah area. Nantucket luminaries were led by an adult Brown Booby at the Jetties area and 2 different Cattle Egrets.