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Friday, April 26, 2024

Outstanding reports this week were 3 Swallow-tailed Kites in Rehoboth, single Western Cattle Egrets in Harwich and Fairhaven, a Ross’s Goose in Westport, a Townsend’s Warbler and a Yellow-throated Warbler at Martha’s Vineyard, and a Painted Bunting in Whately.

Cape Cod highlights were a Prothonotary Warbler at the Pogoreic Sanctuary in West Barnstable, a Worm-eating Warbler at Highhead Beach in Truro, a Western Cattle Egret at Bell’s Neck in Harwich, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at South Cape Beach in Mashpee, 3 Pacific Loons at Race Point in Provincetown, single Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in Harwich, Brewster, Wellfleet, and Barnstable, a Yellow-breasted Chat, a Prairie Warbler, a Hooded Warbler, and a Lincoln’s Sparrow at Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, a Spotted Sandpiper and an Eastern Kingbird in the Provincetown Beech Forest, a Yellow-throated Vireo and a Wood Thrush at the Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge in Mashpee, an Ovenbird and a Baltimore Oriole at the Santuit Preserve in Mashpee, and a lingering Thick-billed Murre at Quissett Harbor in Falmouth.

Bristol County luminaries included a remarkable 3 Swallow-tailed Kites near the Veterans Memorial in Rehoboth, a Western Cattle Egret on Shaw Road in Fairhaven, a Louisiana Waterthrush on Cornell Road in Westport, 4 Harlequin Ducks at Gooseberry Neck in Westport, a Ross’s Goose on Westport Road in Westport, a Green Heron at Rulon Farm in Westport, a White-eyed Vireo on Blossom Road in Fall River, 10 Common Terns at West Island in Fairhaven, and a Red-eyed Vireo on Menden Road in Attleboro.

Plymouth County hosted 100 Common Terns in Marion, a King Rail and 5 Sandhill Cranes at Burrage Pond WMA in Hanson, single Blue Grosbeaks at World’s End in Hingham and Shallow Pond in Manomet, a Hooded Warbler at Manomet Bird Observatory, a White-eyed Vireo on Dexter Road in Wareham, and a Scarlet Tanager in Rochester.

Norfolk County was visited by 3 Blue-winged Teal in the Squantum Marshes in Squantum, a Louisiana Waterthrush at Noanet Woodlands in Dover, 2 American Bitterns and a Pied-billed Grebe at Ponkapoag Pond in Canton, another American Bittern at the Hale Reservation power corridor in Dover, and single Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in Norfolk and Milton.

Suffolk County birders tallied a White-eyed Vireo at the Winthrop Greenway, 3 Semipalmated Plovers and a White-eyed Vireo at the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, and an American Bittern, an American Coot, and a Louisiana Waterthrush at Chandler Pond in Boston.

Middlesex County highlights were a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at the Amelia Earhart Dam in Everett, 3 Glossy Ibises at Nine Acre Corner in Concord, single Red-throated Loons at the Horn Pond Recreation Area in Woburn and the Cambridge Reservoir in Waltham, an American Goshawk at Wolbach Farm in Sudbury, a Wood Thrush at the Minute Man State Park in Lincoln, an Orchard Oriole in Littleton, single Baltimore Orioles in Watertown and Arlington, a Fox Sparrow in Stow, and an Ovenbird in Concord.

Essex County was visited by 2 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, a Hooded Warbler, and a Blue-winged Warbler at Marblehead Neck Sanctuary in Marblehead, 7 Harlequin Ducks at Gully Point Cove in Rockport and 3 Black Guillemots at Loblolly Point in Rockport, a Great Crested Flycatcher at Daviel Boone Park in Ipswich, and 2 American Coots at Plum Island.

Berkshire County standouts were a Long-tailed Duck on Pontoosuc Lake in Pittsfield, a Wood Thrush, and an Indigo Bunting elsewhere in Pittsfield, a Warbling Vireo at Ashley Falls, and a late American Tree Sparrow in Dalton.

Franklin County was blessed by a visit from a Painted Bunting on Chestnut Plain Road in Whately, in addition to an American Goshawk at Quabbin Reservoir’s gate 35 in New Salem, 2 Sandhill Cranes off Pleasant Street in Ashfield and 2 more cranes on Old South Road in Orange, a Black-crowned Night-Heron at North Meadows in Deerfield, 2 Red-eyed Vireos in Colrain, and a Veery in Montague.

Hampshire County highlights were a Glossy Ibis at the Tri County Fairgrounds in Northampton, and a Lapland Longspur in the East Meadows in Northampton, an American Bittern, a Hooded Warbler, and a Veery on Moody Bridge Road in Hadley, a Sandhill Crane on Old Bay Road in Belchertown, and a Lincoln’s Sparrow on Orchard Hill at UMass in Amherst.

Hampden County hosted 3 Upland Sandpipers along the Perimeter Road of Westover Air Base in Ludlow, 7 Chimney Swifts at the Longmeadow Flats in Longmeadow, and a Veery near the Bearhole Reservoir in West Springfield.

Worcester County luminaries featured 4 Black Vultures near Lake Louisa in Milford, 2 Glossy Ibises, a Solitary Sandpiper, a continuing Black-headed Gull, and 15 Red Crossbills at the Bolton Flats WMA in Bolton, a Yellow-throated Vireo in Northbridge, a Great Crested Flycatcher at the Westboro WMA in Westboro, and 4 Evening Grosbeaks in Royalston.

Martha’s Vineyard was visited by 2 Chuck-will’s-widows at the Mytoi Japanese Garden on Chappaquiddick Island, as well as a Townsend’s Warbler at Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge, and a Eurasian Green-winged Teal, and a Yellow-throated Warbler at the Cove Meadow Preserve, all on Chappaquiddick.  A Blue Grosbeak was spotted on Head of the Pond Road in Vineyard Haven, 3 Black Skimmers at Sengekontacket Pond, a White-eyed Vireo at Felix Neck Sanctuary, and a Hooded Warbler at Toms Neck in Edgartown.

Nantucket highlights were 7 Harlequin Ducks at Siasconset, a Blue Grosbeak at Madaket, a Short-billed Dowitcher at Jetties Beach, and 2 Northern Shovelers at Great Pond.