Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, September 16, 2022

September 16, 2022

This week saw a number of Connecticut Warblers and Dickcissels arrive at scattered locations around the state this week, but unequivocally the most interesting report was a possible Corn Crake briefly seen by several observers at the Daniel Webster Farm in Marshfield. As noted below, this a very rare North American vagrant from northwestern Europe and mid-latitude Eurasia that would represent a first Massachusetts record.

Cape Cod hosted a nice variety of interesting species this week including a Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the New Seabury County Club, a Red-headed Woodpecker in Truro seen on both side of Rt 6 including at High Head, a Hooded Warbler at Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, and a Blue Grosbeak at the Brewster Community Gardens.  Other nobles were an Iceland Gull at Nauset Beach in Orleans, an Arctic Tern and 2 Caspian Terns at Chapin Beach in Dennis, and 2 Pomarine Jaegers at Nauset Light in Eastham and another one at Race Point in Provincetown.  Among a few other interesting species were 2 Glossy Ibises in Eastham and another at Santuit Pond in Mashpee, 2 Yellow-bellied Flycatchers in Truro, a Lincoln Sparrow in Brewster, and an Evening Grosbeak in South Yarmouth.

Bristol County hosted several interesting visitors at Gooseberry Neck in Westport including an out of season King Eider and a Red-necked Grebe along with a Baird’s Sandpiper, 3 Glossy Ibises, 2 Caspian Terns, and migrants featuring a Willow Flycatcher, warblers including Tennessee, Orange-crowned, and 2 Connecticut Warblers, and a Clay-colored Sparrow.  Elsewhere in the county were more than 100 Great Egrets, a Bald Eagle, and several thousand Tree Swallows at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth.

Plymouth County luminaries were 2 “Western” Willets at Plymouth Beach, a Blue Grosbeak at Duxbury Beach, and the continued presence of 4 Sandhill Cranes in the fields off Central Street in East Bridgewater.  The most intriguing sighting of all was made by several fortunate observers who had several tantalizing glimpses of a possible Corn Crake at Daniel Webster Sanctuary in Marshfield.  This a very rare North American vagrant from northwestern Europe and mid-latitude Eurasia that would represent a first Massachusetts record.

Norfolk County was visited by Connecticut Warblers in Sharon, Squantum Point Park in Squantum, the Richardson White Woods in Cohasset.  A Mourning Warbler was also tallied in Sharon, and an early Pine Siskin was seen at Moose Hill in Sharon.

Suffolk County highlights were an American Golden-Plover at Winthrop Beach, and at Lewis Lake in Winthrop there were 2 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons.  At Belle Isle Marsh there was a Glossy Ibis, and at Revere Beach 7 Forster’s Terns were noted.  At Franklin Park, an early Dark-eyed Junco was observed.

Essex County bright lights were the continued presence of an American Avocet at Plum Island, where other unusual visitors included 8 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, a Connecticut Warbler, and 2 Lark Sparrows.  In Newburyport Harbor a Little Gull was spotted among the more common Bonaparte’s Gulls, as was a “Western” Willet. At Salisbury a Black Guillemot was spotted, at Halibut Point in Rockport a Black Vulture was seen.

Berkshire County In Pittsfield this week, a nocturnal tally of calling migrating thrushes included a minimum of 40 Swainson’s Thrushes and 10 Veerys.  In Williamstown 3 Least Flycatchers were counted, and a Willow Flycatcher was identified in Pittsfield.  Connecticut Warblers were found at the Jug End Preserve in Egremont and at Taft Farms in Great Barrington.  A scattering of Red Crossbills continues to be seen in Lenox, Great Barrington, and at the October Mountain State Forest in Washington.

Franklin County hosted a Dickcissel in Orange and a Least Flycatcher in Northfield, a few Red Crossbills continued to be seen in New Salem.

Hampshire County luminaries included a Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the boat ramp in Hatfield, a Baird’s Sandpiper in the Northampton East Meadows along with 2 Dickcissels, and Connecticut Warblers were seen in Hadley and Arcadia Sanctuary in Easthampton, where 3 Least Flycatchers were also counted.  A very late singing Cerulean Warbler was heard and seen at Skinner State Park in Hadley, and 2 early Horned Grebes were noted at gate 5 at Quabbin in Belchertown.

Hampden County was visited by 23 Broad-winged Hawks and a Golden Eagle at Mt. Tom in Holyoke, and a White-rumped Sandpiper a Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Dickcissels, a Connecticut Warbler, and a Clay-colored Sparrow at the Longmeadow Flats.

Middlesex County sightings of interest were 4 Ring-necked Ducks and Hammond Pond in Newton, an Olive-sided Flycatcher and a Blue-winged Warbler at Fresh Pond in Cambridge, a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in Lexington, a Connecticut Warbler at the Middlesex School in Concord, 2 Lark Sparrows at Foss Farm in Carlisle, and 2 Pine Siskins in Belmont.

Worcester County highlights were 3 lingering Sandhill Cranes in New Braintree and 4 in Hardwick, 14 Black Vultures in Blackstone and 3 in Hardwick, 5 Common Mergansers at gate 40 at the Wachusett Reservoir in Clinton, a Connecticut Warbler in Westboro, a Summer Tanager at River Bend Farm in Uxbridge, and a Dickcissel in Uxbridge at the Community Gardens.

Martha’s Vineyard notables were 2 Common Ravens at Wasque and either the same 2 or 2 more on Naushon Island.  Other special birds were a Marbled Godwit at the Mattakesett Boat Ram on the shore of Katama Bay, and a White-eyed Vireo at Aquinnah.

Nantucket visitors of interest were a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Eel Point, a Marbled Godwit and a Lincoln’s Sparrow at Codfish Park, and a Red-headed Woodpecker at the Linda Loring Foundation.


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