Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, November 18, 2022

November 18, 2022

Several notable species were observed in Massachusetts this week, most exceptional being a Brown Booby in Eastham, a Hammond’s Flycatcher in Falmouth, a Black-chinned Hummingbird in Brewster, a Rufous Hummingbird in Hampden, a Gray Kingbird in Dartmouth, a Townsend’s Warbler in West Newbury, and a Painted Bunting in Barnstable.

Cape Cod hosted some interesting birds this week including a lingering Hammond’s Flycatcher at Peterson Farm in Falmouth, a Painted Bunting at the Cape Cod Organic Farm in Barnstable, a Black-chinned Hummingbird banded in Brewster, and a Brown Booby at First Encounter Beach in Eastham.  Other notables were 8 lingering Piping Plovers and a Hudsonian Godwit at North Monomoy, a Green Heron at Herring Pond in Eastham, Grasshopper Sparrows at Wing Island in Brewster and Race Point Light in Provincetown, a Red-headed Woodpecker in Falmouth, and a Dickcissel at Pilgrim Lake in Truro.

Bristol County luminaries featured a Gray Kingbird on Barney’s Joy Road in Dartmouth, a Golden Eagle on Horseneck Road in South Dartmouth and Bell’s Vireo at Allen’s Pond in South Dartmouth, 2 Cattle Egrets in Dartmouth, a continuing Eurasian Wigeon at Miller Street pond in Seekonk, and a Cape May Warbler in North Attleboro.

Plymouth County bright lights were an Indigo Bunting in Scituate Harbor and 11 Black-legged Kittiwakes off Manomet Observatory.

Norfolk County was visited by a Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lake Massapoag in Sharon and a Northern Goshawk at Buck Hill in the Quincy Blue Hills.

Essex County was blessed by a visit from a Townsend’s Warbler at Cherry Hill Reservoir in West Newbury, a continuing Red-headed Woodpecker at Appleton Farm in Ipswich, a Sooty Shearwater, a Little Gull, and 57 Common Murres passing Andrews Point in Rockport, a Great Egret in Marblehead, and 3 Red Crossbills at Plum Island.

Suffolk County hosted a Pileated Woodpecker at the Stony Brook Reservoir in Boston, Lincoln Sparrows at Millennium Park in West Roxbury and the Rose Kennedy Greenway where a Grasshopper Sparrow was also observed.  Yellow-breasted Chats were spotted in the Boston Public Garden and also at Constitution Plaza in Boston.

Middlesex County continued to host a Redhead at the Arlington Reservoir in Arlington.

Berkshire County was visited by 3 Red-throated Loons at Richmond Pond in Richmond and 4 at Lake Onota in Pittsfield.  Other interesting birds were a Snow Goose in Pittsfield, 9 Northern Shovelers at Laurel Lake in Lee, and 6 Evening Grosbeaks in Williamstown.

Franklin County was also visited by 3 Red-throated Loons at Turner’s Falls, and a late Spotted Sandpiper at the Quabbin Reservoir in New Salem.

Hampshire County hosted a Cackling Goose at the campus pond at UMass in Amherst and Smith College was visited by a Greater White-fronted Goose at Paradise Pond in Northampton.  At the Sweet Alice Conservation Area in Amherst, 6 Black Vultures were tallied.

Hampden County luminaries were a Rufous Hummingbird visiting a feeder on Chapin Road in Hampden and a Red-headed Woodpecker in Brimfield.

Worcester County highlights were an Iceland Gull at Lake Wickaboag in West Brookfield, a Red-headed Woodpecker in Gardner, a migrating Rough-legged Hawk and a Golden Eagle over the Wachusett Mountain Reservation in Princeton, 8 Evening Grosbeaks in Westborough, and 23 Red Crossbills in Hardwick.

Martha’s Vineyard continues to host at least 2 Common Ravens in the Gay Head area and 3 Northern Shovlers at Oak Bluffs.

Nantucket reports featured 2 Northern Shovelers at Miacomet Pond, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs at the UMass Field Station, and a Common Raven at Siasconset.


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