Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, September 3, 2021
Fall migration is increasingly producing modest numbers of a variety of warblers, but seemingly no major migration fallouts have yet been observed.
Nonetheless, uncommon fall migrants such as American Golden-Plovers, Baird’s and Buff-breasted sandpipers, Philadelphia Vireos, and Cape May Warblers all seem to be arriving on schedule.
In Western Mass there were reports of a Common Gallinule in Great Barrington, an Orange-crowned Warbler in Lenox, and a White-rumped Sandpiper, 8 Cape May Warblers, and several Red Crossbills at October Mountain State Forest in Washington.
In Hampden County at the Longmeadow Flats there was a Stilt Sandpiper, a Baird’s Sandpiper, a Black-bellied Plover, and a Dickcissel. At the Fannie Stebbins Refuge in Longmeadow came reports of a Least Bittern and an Orchard Oriole.
In Hampshire County there were 4 Sandhill Cranes in Worthington, interesting shorebirds in the Northampton East Meadows including an American Golden-Plover, 2 Baird’s and 2 Buff-breasted sandpipers, a White-rumped Sandpiper, and a Red Knot, 3 Blue Grosbeaks in Hadley, and a Yellow-breasted Chat at Arcadia Sanctuary in Easthampton.
Worcester County hosted 2 Black Vultures in Millbury, 5 Cape May Warblers in Gardner, a Louisiana Waterthrush in Hardwick, and a Dickcissel in Uxbridge.
Recent Middlesex County highlights included 2 well-described Mississippi Kites at Great Meadows Refuge in Concord where a Least Bittern was also recorded, and Connecticut Warbler at Nahanton Park in Newton.
In Essex County Plum Island highlights featured a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, a Black Guillemot, a Lark Sparrow, and an Orchard Oriole, and at Nahant a Hooded Warbler was found.
In the Boston area there was a Broad-winged Hawk, a Philadelphia Vireo, a Bay-breasted Warbler, and a Lincoln’s Sparrow at Franklin Park, an American Golden-Plover at Revere Beach, a Stilt Sandpiper at Belle Isle in East Boston, and 3 Buff-breasted Sandpipers at Bayswater Street Park in Boston, and 2 more Buff-breasts at Winthrop Beach.
Norfolk County hosted a Little Blue Heron and a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in Squantum, a Lesser Black-backed Gull at Wollaston Beach, a Baird’s Sandpiper at Great Pond in Randolph, and a Mourning Warbler in Brookline.
On the South Shore interesting sightings included a tardy Purple Martin at Daniel Webster Sanctuary in Marshfield, a Red-necked Grebe at Manomet, and the continued presence of 3 Sandhill Cranes at Burrage Pond Wildlife Area in Hanson.
On the South Coast 3 Little Blue Herons were seen in Fairhaven, an American White Pelican in the vicinity of the Westport River in Westport, an 2 Caspian Terns off Cave Road in New Bedford.
Cape Cod reports continue to reflect some of the most unusual bird reports, including a Magnificent Frigatebird at First Encounter Beach in Eastham, a Brown Booby at Sandy Neck in Barnstable, and an American Avocet at High Head in Truro. A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was noted at West Dennis Beach, 2 Baird’s Sandpipers were seen at Race Point in Provincetown, and another Baird’s Sandpiper was seen at Sandy Neck Beach. At First Encounter in Eastham, 6 Leach’s Storm-Petrels were tallied, as well as a Black-legged Kittiwake, and a Razorbill was observed in Provincetown. Other noteworthy reports from the Cape were a Barn Owl at South Monomoy Island, Philadelphia Vireos at Fort Hill in Eastham, Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, Barnstable, and Mashpee where a Worm-eating Warbler was also observed.