Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, September 10, 2021
In Western Mass, Franklin County highlights were led by single Red-necked Grebes at gate 35 at Quabbin Reservoir and the Turner’s Falls Power Canal, 20 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in Deerfield, where 10 night-migrating Swainson’s Thrushes were also heard, and an American Golden-Plover at the Orange Airport.
In Hampden County the Longmeadow Flats in Longmeadow hosted a Snowy Egret, an American Golden-Plover, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper, a Stilt Sandpiper, a Common Gallinule, and a Dickcissel.
Hampshire County sightings included 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers at the Honey Pot in Hadley, a Sanderling at the Holyoke Dam in Holyoke, a Connecticut Warbler in Hadley, and 2 Dickcissels and 2 Blue Grosbeaks in the East Meadows of Northampton.
On the North Shore in Essex County a Lark Sparrow and an Orchard Oriole were sighted in the Wingaersheek Beach area of Gloucester, another Lark Sparrow in Rockport, 2 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Rough Meadows Sanctuary in Rowley, a Lincoln’s Sparrow in Middleton, and a Black Guillemot at Plum Island.
Middlesex County produced Kentucky Warblers in the Middlesex Fells in Medford and at Horn Pond in Woburn. At Great Meadows Refuge in Concord there was a Least Bittern, a Connecticut Warbler, and a Clay-colored Sparrow, at the Hayden Woods in Lexington a Golden-winged Warbler was found.
Suffolk County hosted an American Golden-Plover at Winthrop Beach and an American Golden-Plover, a Willet, and a Long-billed Dowitcher at Fisherman’s Park in Winthrop, 4 Caspian Terns at Carson Beach, a Lesser Black-backed Gull in Revere, an Eastern Whip-poor-will at Belle Isle in East Boston, and a Summer Tanager at Franklin Park.
Norfolk County highlights included a Brant in Dedham, 2 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, a Piping Plover, and a Connecticut Warbler at Squantum, a 2 “Western” Willets at Little Harbor in Cohasset, and a Clay-colored Sparrow in Canton.
South of Boston there was a Horned Grebe and a Caspian Tern at Manomet, and another Caspian Tern at Duxbury Beach. At North Dighton 2 Purple Martins were sighted.
Cape Cod continues to produce interesting birds from a variety of locations. Among the more notable recent reports were an American White Pelican at Namskaket Marsh in Orleans, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper and a Long-tailed Jaeger at Race Point in Provincetown, and 2 Lark Sparrows at the P-town Airport. Other notable reports featured a Common Gallinule, a Golden-winged Warbler, and a Connecticut Warbler at South Monomoy, 9 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at the Pogorelc Sanctuary in Barnstable, a Yellow-breasted Chat at Fort Hill in Eastham, and a Blue Grosbeak at the Cape Cod Organic Farm in Barnstable.
On Martha’s Vineyard there were 2 American White Pelicans in Edgartown, 3 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Felix Neck Sanctuary, and a Marbled Godwit at Katama.
Not to be outdone, Nantucket also hosted an American White Pelican at Sesachacha Pond and a Marbled Godwit at the UMass Field Station on Polpis Road.