Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, November 4, 2022
As is often the case at this time of year in late fall, several unusual sightings this week included a Gray Kingbird, a Cassin’s Kingbird, 2-3 Bohemian Waxwings, at least one or more Townsend’s Solitaires, a Tufted Duck, a Greater White-fronted Goose, and at least 2 probable Rufous Hummingbirds. Also, a surprising scattering of Evening Grosbeaks statewide suggest the possibility of a possible winter irruption of this species this winter.
Cape Cod luminaries this week included a continuing Pacific Loon off Town Neck Road in Sandwich, a Bohemian Waxwing in the Provincetown Beech Forest, a Little Gull and a lingering Piping Plover at Race Point, a Western Kingbird at High Head in Truro, 4 “Western” Willets at Forest Beach in Chatham.
Bristol County highlights included Cattle Egrets at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth, Nashketucket Bay Reserve in Fairhaven, and on Shaw Road in Fairhaven. Other notables were a hybrid Eurasian x American Wigeon at the Miller Street pond in Seekonk, a Clapper Rail at the Egypt Lane ponds in Fairhaven, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Horseneck Beach in Westport, a Nashville Warbler at Gooseberry Neck in Westport, and a Swainson’s Thrush at Allens Pond.
Plymouth County notables were a Greater White-fronted Goose at the Serendipity Stables in Plymouth, 3 continuing Sandhill Cranes at Burrage Pond WMA, a Rufous Hummingbird at the Ellis Estate in Scituate, a Clay-colored Sparrow, a Baltimore Oriole, and several species of warblers at the Manomet Bird Observatory in Manomet.
Norfolk County hosted a Black Guillemot at Little Harbor in Cohasset, and a tardy Yellow Warbler, a Nashville Warbler, and 3 Evening Grosbeaks at Great Pond in Randolph.
Suffolk County was graced by the presence of a Townsend’s Solitaire at the Winthrop Greenway and what was likely the same bird at Belle Isle in East Boston, a Swainson’s Thrush in Post Office Square, an American Golden-Plover at Winthrop Beach, a Tennessee Warbler at Millennium Park in West Roxbury, and an Evening Grosbeak at Franklin Park.
Essex County generously hosted a Rufous Hummingbird at a private location in Beverly, a continuing Red-headed Woodpecker at Appleton Farm in Ipswich, a Bohemian Waxwing at Conomo Point in Essex, Clay-colored Sparrows at Great Neck in Ipswich, the Middleton Community Garden, and Plum Island, a White-eyed Vireo at Marblehead Neck Sanctuary, a late Veery at Plum Island, and 15 Evening Grosbeaks at Halibut Point in Rockport.
Middlesex County noteworthy sightings included a Redhead, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Solitary Sandpipers, and a White-rumped Sandpiper at the Arlington Reservoir in Arlington, a Lark Sparrow at the Lexington Community Gardens, Lincoln’s Sparrows at Magazine Beach Park in Cambridge, Beaver Brook North in Waltham, and at Captain Sargent Conservation Land in Stow. Other notables were a late Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Great Meadows Refuge in Concord, where a Nelson’s Sparrow was also sighted. An Indigo Bunting and a Cape May Warbler at Horn Pond in Woburn rounded out the list.
Berkshire County sported a Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lake Pontoosuc in Pittsfield, and a Dickcissel and 6 Evening Grosbeaks elsewhere in Pittsfield. Four Evening Grosbeaks were also sighted in Williamstown, a Clay-colored Sparrow was spotted in Windsor, and 4 Red Crossbills were tallied in Washington.
Franklin County luminaries were 2 Cackling Geese at TriTown Beach in Whately, a Black-bellied Plover at gate 35 at Quabbin in New Salem, a Northern Goshawk at South Ashfield, and a Lincoln’s Sparrow at Turner’s Falls.
Hampden County was graced by the presence of 2 Northern Shovelers at the Longmeadow Flats and a flock of 24 Brant flying over the flats.
Hampshire County highlights were a Blue-winged Teal in Easthampton, a Red-throated Loon, 5 Bonaparte’s Gulls, and a Red Phalarope at Quabbin near the Windsor Dam in Belchertown, 4 Black Vultures in Easthampton, a tardy Bobolink at the Honey Pot in Hadley, and 5 Evening Grosbeaks in Plainfield.
Worcester County had several noteworthy sightings including 10 Black Vultures in Blackstone, 2 Golden Eagles soaring over Mt. Wachusett in Princeton, and a lingering Western Kingbird at the Tufts Farm fields in Westborough and a similarly lingering LeConte’s Sparrow at gate 34 at Wachusett Reservoir in Clinton.
Martha’s Vineyard hosted the most unusual bird sighted this week in the form of a Gray Kingbird found and photographed near the Gay Head lighthouse for one of very few previous state records.
Nantucket hosted a Tufted Duck at Long Pond, a Cassin’s Kingbird, likely the same individual sighted at Tuckernuck Island last week, in the community gardens on Hummock Pond Road near where a Cattle Egret and a Lark Sparrow were also found.