Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, October 1, 2021

October 1, 2021

A Northern Wheatear reported last week in Yarmouth has seemingly moved westward to the beachfront area near Scorton Creek of East Sandwich. The bird was seen by a number of observers as recently as Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

Also noteworthy this week was one of very few state records of a Pacific Golden-Plover that was photographed and well-documented at the Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury last weekend.


Western MA: There was a Baird’s Sandpiper in Sheffield and a Yellow-throated Vireo in Great Barrington. A Black Scoter and a Sanderling were in Northfield, and 2 Dickcissels were found in Deerfield. In Hampshire County noteworthy sightings included a Green Heron in Belchertown, a Blue Grosbeak in Hadley, and a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in Easthampton. At Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary there were reports of a Chimney Swift, a Yellow-breasted Chat, a Dickcissel, a Wood Thrush, and a Gray-cheeked Thrush. In the Northampton East Meadows there was an American Golden-Plover, a Connecticut Warbler, 3 Wood Thrushes, a Dickcissel, and a Clay-colored Sparrow. Highlights at the Longmeadow Flats were 3 Northern Shovelers, a Snowy Egret, and a Black-bellied Plover.

Central MA: A Red-headed Woodpecker was spotted at the Wachusett Mountain State Reservation, 4 Sandhill Cranes were observed in New Braintree, a Blue-winged Warbler was found in Paxton, and 2 Dickcissels and a Clay-colored Sparrow were frequenting the Uxbridge Community Gardens.

Metro West: Highlights included 2 tardy Chimney Swifts in Belmont; a Connecticut Warbler and a Blue Grosbeak at Horn Pond in Woburn; a White-eyed Vireo and a Clay-colored Sparrow at Nahanton Park in Needham; and Nelson’s Sparrow at Great Meadows Refuge in Concord. A Philadelphia Vireo was sighted near the Chestnut Hill Reservoir in Chestnut Hill.

North Shore: A Buff-breasted Sandpiper and 2 Connecticut Warblers were found at the Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury. From Plum Island came reports of 2 Little Blue Herons, a Baird’s Sandpiper, a Black Guillemot, and a Yellow-throated Warbler. At King’s Beach in Lynn a Little Gull was observed, and at Rough Meadows Sanctuary in Rowley came reports of a Gray-cheeked Thrush and a Hooded Warbler. Tallied at Crane Beach in Ipswich were 3 lingering Piping Plovers, and in the North Shore Community Gardens in Middleton a Blue Grosbeak was seen.

Boston: There were reports of a Red-shouldered Hawk, 2 Dickcissels, and a Clay-colored Sparrow at Franklin Park. Observers in Boston Harbor saw 5 American Golden-Plovers at Castle Island and a Caspian Tern, a White-eyed Vireo, and a Clay-colored Sparrow on Spectacle Island.

Metro South: Reports of interest included 3 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons in Squantum. A Connecticut Warbler, a Yellow-breasted Chat, and a Clay-colored Sparrow were also found at Squantum Point Park. Clay-colored Sparrows were also reported from Weymouth and Quincy.

South East: There was an American White Pelican at Cockeast Pond in South Dartmouth, a Caspian Tern and a Clay-colored Sparrow at Gooseberry Neck in Westport, and a Sedge Wren at Broad Cove in Somerset. A Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was seen at Duxbury Beach, 3 Sandhilll Cranes at the Burrage Pond Wildlife Area in Hanson, and 2 Caspian Terns, 2 Gray-cheeked Thrushes, and a Veery at Manomet.

Cape Cod: Highlights at South Monomoy included a Common Gallinule, 4 Long-billed Dowitchers, and a Barn Owl. Other reports of note featured 3 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons and a Yellow-breasted Chat at Fort Hill in Eastham; a Baird’s Sandpiper at Hatches Harbor in Provincetown; 2 Caspian Terns at Scorton Harbor in Sandwich; 2 Gray-cheeked Thrushes at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in South Wellfleet; 2 Connecticut Warblers at Wing Island in Brewster; and a Lark Sparrow at Peterson Farm in Falmouth.

Islands: On Martha’s Vineyard a White Ibis was observed at Chappaquiddick in the vicinity of Pocha Pond. At nearby Cuttyhunk Island a remarkable total of 11 White-eyed Vireos and a Hooded Warbler were tallied.


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