Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, November 19, 2021
Rarities this week were highlighted by an adult Brown Booby at Nantucket, a Wood Stork in Gloucester at the Green Landing and Marsh, the continued presence of a Bell’s Vireo at Fort Hill in Eastham, a Tropical Kingbird at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in South Wellfleet, and the confirmation of a Western Meadowlark at the Honeypot in Hadley.
Otherwise, fall migration has virtually ceased for this year other than the eventual arrival of winter gulls and alcids, Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Shrikes, and Snowy Owls, as well as possibly varying numbers of irruptive winter finches such as Common Redpolls, Pine and Evening Grosbeaks, and Red or White-winged Crossbills.
Western MA: Highlights were headed by a Barrow’s Goldeneye in Stockbridge at the Stockbridge Bowl, a Northern Shoveler and a Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lake Pontoosuc in Pittsfield, and 8 Red Crossbills elsewhere in Pittsfield. Observers were graced by the presence of a Northern Shrike at the Orange Airport and Northern Goshawks in Colrain and at gate 33 at the Quabbin Reservoir in New Salem. Other notable sightings included a Red-throated Loon at Quabbin near the Windsor Dam, 2 Cackling Geese and a 3 Black Vultures in Amherst on the campus of UMass, 2 more Black Vultures in Easthampton, and the previously mentioned Western Meadowlark at the Honeypot in Hadley. Additional highlights were 5 Northern Shovelers at the Fannie Stebbins Refuge and two more at the Longmeadow Flats in Longmeadow. At Mt. Tom, 3 Black Vultures were sighted.
Central MA: There was a Cackling Goose at the Davis Farmland in Sterling and a Cattle Egret on Redstone Hill Road also in Sterling. At the Dexter Drumlin in Lancaster, a Sandhill Crane was observed.
Metro West: Notables included a Greater White-fronted Goose at Nine Acre Corner in Concord, the continued presence of European Goldfinch in the vicinity of the Lexington Community Farm and the Arlington Reservoir where a Lesser Yellowlegs is also still present, and a lingering Osprey at Fresh Pond in Cambridge.
Boston: Luminaries included an American Bittern, 2 Great Egrets, and an Ash-throated Flycatcher near Lawn Avenue path at Belle Isle in East Boston, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at the Winthrop Greenway, a Grasshopper Sparrow at Peter’s Hill at the Arnold Arboretum, and a Clay-colored Sparrow at Millennium Park in West Roxbury.
Metro South: There were 6 Great Egrets in Quincy, a Barrow’s Goldeneye at Great Pond in Randolph, and a continuing Rufous Hummingbird at a feeder at 34 Clearwater Road in Brookline.
South East: Notable reports included 7 Sandhill Cranes at Burrage Pond Wildlife Area in Hanson and a White-eyed Vireo at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth. Observers also found a Eurasian Wigeon in Acushnet, a Great Egret at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in South Dartmouth, a Clapper Rail in Fairhaven, and a Lincoln’s Sparrows at Noquochoke Wildlife Area in Dartmouth and another one at Horseneck Beach.
Cape Cod: Highlights included the aforementioned Bell’s Vireo at Fort Hill in Eastham, a well photographed and heard Tropical Kingbird at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and a very late Black Tern at Race Point in Provincetown. Other noteworthy reports featured a Thick-billed Murre at Race Point, 2 Marbled Godwits and 3 tardy Barn Swallows at Forest Beach in Chatham, a Black-throated Blue Warbler in Cummaquid, and a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher near the Nauset Coast Guard Station in Eastham.
Islands: On Nantucket an adult Brown Booby was seen by many observers in the harbor area, and 2 Cattle Egrets were found at Bartlett Farm. Additionally, huge numbers of gulls of a variety of species continue to be concentrated off the east end of the island.