Massachusetts Bird Sightings — Friday, September 9, 2022
No outstanding rarities were reported this week, although there continues to be a steady trickle of migrant warblers at scattered localities across the state as a result of the several cooler evenings of the past several days. It is also very likely that sometime in the next week or ten days there is like to be a significant movement of Broad-winged Hawks observable at some of more dependable hawk-watching sites such as Mt. Wachusett in Princeton, Mt. Watatic in Ashburnham, and Mt. Tom in Easthampton.
Cape Cod enjoyed an interesting variety species this week, highlighted by a Little Gull at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham and an apparent mixed pair of rails including a King Rail and a Clapper Rail at the Stony Brook Conservation Area in Brewster. At South Monomoy there was a Little Blue Heron, 2 American Coots, and 18 Ring-necked Ducks, and at High Head in Truro a Philadelphia Vireo was sighted, a Golden-winged Warbler was spotted at Blueberry Pond in Brewster, and a Black Vulture was seen soaring over Sagamore.
Bristol County notables included a Sora in Fairhaven, a Little Blue Heron in South Dartmouth, and a Caspian Tern at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth.
Plymouth County continued to host 4-5 Sandhill Cranes that regularly moved between fields on Central Street in East Bridgewater and the Burrage Pond WMA in Hanson. At the Manomet Bird Observatory a Philadelphia Vireo and a Summer Tanager were banded.
Norfolk County hosted an American Bittern and a an American Golden-Plover in Sharon, an Olive-sided Flycatcher at Moose Hill Sanctuary in Sharon, and an American Golden-Plover at Great Pond in Randolph.
Suffolk County luminaries were 3 Glossy Ibises and a Red-shouldered Hawk at Belle Isle in East Boston, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Lewis Lake in Winthrop, 2 Whimbrels at Winthrop Beach, and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the golf course at Franklin Park.
Essex County was highlighted by notables at Plum Island including a continuing American Avocet, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper, 2 Western Sandpipers, a Yellow-breasted Chat, and 2 Lark Sparrows, and at Perkins Park in Newburyport 3 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons were tallied. At Andrews Point in Rockport a Lesser Black-backed Gull and 24 Red-necked Phalaropes were counted, as well 4 out of season Black-legged Kittiwakes and an Atlantic Puffin. In the vicinity of Eastern Point in Gloucester, a notable tally of 15 Little Blue Herons was counted along with a single Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. At Marblehead Neck Sanctuary in Marblehead a single Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was also observed.
Middlesex County sightings included 2 Little Blue Herons, 3 Snowy Egrets, and 2 Glossy Ibises at Great Meadows Refuge in Concord, another Little Blue Heron at Horn Pond in Woburn, 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers in the fields off School Street in Acton, 2 Common Gallinules at the Raymond Reservation in Sudbury, a Baird’s Sandpiper at the Hobbs Brook Reservation pond, and an Orchard Oriole at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. In the Middlesex Fells in Medford on the roadway near the Winford Way Entrance, a well described Swainson’s Warbler was reported, so local observers would do well to keep an eye out for this rare and elusive species.
Worcester County notables featured 2 Black Vultures in Hardwick, a tally of 14 adult and young Common Mergansers along the Quabbin Reservoir shoreline in the Dana area, 2 Sandhill Cranes at the Wnimusset WMA in New Braintree, and a Laughing Gull, a Connecticut Warbler, and a Dickcissel at the Westborough WMA in Westborough.
Berkshire County was visited by 2 Sandhill Cranes at October Mountain SF in Washington, a White Ibis at Eph Pond in Williamstown, a Snow Goose in Dalton, 4 Black Terns and 4 Common Terns at Lake Pontoosuc in Pittsfield, a Black Tern and 6 Common Terns at Lake Onota in Pittsfield, and a Sanderling at the Allendale Shopping Area in Pittsfield.
Franklin County luminaries were a Buff-breasted Sandpiper on Phragmites Island in Quabbin Reservoir in New Salem, 3 American Golden-Plovers in Northfield, a Nelson’s Sparrow at the Orange Airport, a Common Tern at Bartons Cove in Gill, and 6 Red Crossbills in New Salem.
Hampshire County notables in the Northampton East Meadows were 8 American Golden-Plovers, a Black-bellied Plover, a Whimbrel, a Baird’s Sandpiper, 2 White-rumped Sandpipers, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper, a Dickcissel, and a Lark Sparrow. In Worthington 2 Sandhill Cranes continue to be regularly reported, and at Norwich Lake in Huntington a Common Tern was observed.
Martha’s Vineyard sightings of note feature a Marbled Godwit at Norton Point, a Common Raven at Wasque, a Bald Eagle at Felix Neck Sanctuary, a Hudsonian Godwit in Edgartown, and a Summer Tanager at Cedar Tree Neck in West Tisbury.