Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, November 5, 2021

November 5, 2021

This past week has seen thousands of gulls gathering and feeding off Nantucket’s eastern shore. Reports counted as many as 1500 Bonaparte’s Gulls and large numbers of Lesser Black-backed Gulls, along with 300 Laughing Gulls, numbers of Black-legged Kittiwakes, and a scattering of Iceland Gulls in addition to a great many Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls.

Also this week, a scattering of Cattle Egrets have been reported from various localities across the state.


Western MA: Highlights featured Golden Eagles in Great Barrington and Richmond; a Brant and 2 Cackling Geese in North Adams and another Cackling Goose in South Egremont; a Rough-legged Hawk and an Iceland Gull in Williamstown; a Great Egret, a Northern Shoveler, and a Red-throated Loon at Lake Pontoosuc in Pittsfield; and a late Osprey in Cheshire. Cattle Egrets visited Whately and South Deerfield, and a Tennessee Warbler was spotted in Greenfield. Observers also found a Cattle Egret in South Hadley, 4 Black Vultures in Hadley, a Common Gallinule in Hatfield, and 2 Evening Grosbeaks in Amherst. Yet another Cattle Egret was found in Southwick.

Central MA: A Golden Eagle was sighted at Mt. Watatic in Ashburnham, 2 Northern Goshawks at Lake Wampanoag Wildlife Sanctuary in Gardner, a Cattle Egret in Sterling, and a Dickcissel at Elm Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in North Brookfield.

Metro West: Notable reports included a Wood Stork at Horn Pond in Woburn that was captured by a wildlife rehabilitator for rehabilitation. Other interesting finds included a European Goldfinch at the Lexington Community Farm that was probably an escaped cage bird, a Greater White-fronted Goose at Nice Acre Corner in Concord, 4 Lesser Yellowlegs at the Arlington Reservoir, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at the Alewife Reservation in Cambridge, and a Clay-colored Sparrow in Waltham.

North Shore: Plum Island hosted an American Avocet, a Western Kingbird, a Cattle Egret, and a Clay-colored Sparrow. There were 3 American Oystercatchers in Marblehead, a Golden Eagle in Middleton, another Cattle Egret in West Newbury, a Cackling Goose at the Topsfield Fair Grounds, and Clay-colored Sparrows in Ipswich and Eastern Point in Gloucester.

Boston: Reports included a very late Wilson's Phalarope at Belle Isle in East Boston, 13 Purple Finches at Millennium Park in West Roxbury, and a Clay-colored Sparrow at Franklin Park.

Metro South: Observers found a Rufous Hummingbird visiting a feeder on Clearwater Road in Brookline, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo a Squantum Point Park, and 2 Eared Grebes off Howard Gleason Road in Cohasset which were likely the same grebes spotted near Cohasset Cove in Scituate.

South East: Standouts featured 2 Cattle Egrets in Westport, a Golden Eagle in South Easton, 150 Tree Swallows and a Barn Swallow in Fairhaven, and a Clay-colored Sparrow at Gooseberry Neck in Westport. Burrage Pond in Hanson hosted 9 Sandhill Cranes, while Cattle Egrets were seen at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield and in Plymouth. There were 2 Eared Grebes in the Cohasset Cove area of Scituate, 2 Snowy Egrets in Duxbury, a Little Gull in Marion, and a Cackling Goose in Rochester.

Cape Cod: Reports were highlighted by a continuing Bell’s Vireo and a Yellow-breasted Chat at Fort Hill in Eastham, a Cattle Egret at Peterson Farm in Falmouth, a Little Gull and an Atlantic Puffin at Race Point in Provincetown, a Willet at Forest Beach in Chatham, a Whimbrel at First Encounter Beach in Eastham, a Grasshopper Sparrow in Harwich, and White-eyed Vireos at Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary and West Barnstable.

Islands: Martha’s Vineyard produced 3 Cattle Egrets in the Katama area, 2 Eurasian Wigeons in Edgartown, and a tardy Ovenbird in Oak Bluffs. In addition to the large gull concentrations off the east side of Nantucket, other sightings included a Brown Booby, the continued presence of an American White Pelican, a late Piping Plover, a Snowy Egret, a Western Kingbird, and 2 Common Ravens.


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