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Friday, June 7, 2024

This week’s highlights included 2 sightings of Swallow-tailed Kites in the Upper Cape area, a Mississippi Kite in Yarmouth, a Curlew Sandpiper at Plymouth Beach, a Swainson’s Warbler banded at Manomet Bird Observatory, a continuing Prothonotary Warbler at Brewster’s Woods in Concord, a Sedge Wren in Sheffield, a Lawrence’s Warbler in Westborough, and the general arrival of several of Acadian Flycatchers at scattered Massachusetts localities.

Cape Cod highlights included sightings of possibly the same Swallow-tailed Kite in Sandwich and Marstons Mills, a Mississippi Kite in South Yarmouth, a Franklin’s Gull, a Razorbill, and a Black Guillemot at Race Point in Provincetown, a Yellow-breasted Chat at the Provincetown Airport in Provincetown, a Cliff Swallow at Nauset Bay East in Eastham, and a Blue Grosbeak at the Crane WMA in Falmouth.

Bristol County luminaries were 2 Canada Warblers on Blossom Road in Fall River, a Northern Parula in the vicinity of Broad Cove in Somerset, and a Red-throated Loon and a Long-tailed Duck at Gooseberry Neck in Westport.

Plymouth County was visited by a Swainson’s Warbler that was banded at the Manomet Bird Observatory in Manomet, a Curlew Sandpiper at Plymouth Beach, a Clay-colored Sparrow at the Tidmarsh Sanctuary in Manomet, a calling Chuck-will’s-widow on the powerline on Little Sandy Pond Road in Plymouth, 8 Red Crossbills on Five Mile Pond Road in Plymouth, and 2 Sandhill Cranes and a Lincoln’s Sparrow at Burrage Pond WMA in Hanson.

Norfolk County hosted a Clapper Rail at the Squantum Marshes off East Squantum Street, a Caspian Tern at Nickerson Rock Park in Squantum, an Acadian Flycatcher at Holly Hills Farms in Cohasset, and a soaring Black Vulture over the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets in Wrentham.

Suffolk County notables were an Olive-sided Flycatcher, a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, a Philadelphia Vireo, a Mourning Warbler, and a late Dark-eyed Junco on the Winthrop Greenway, a Red-shouldered Hawk and 2 Acadian Flycatchers at Millennium Park in West Roxbury, 7 Purple Martins at Pico Beach in Winthrop, 2 Acadian Flycatchers and a Cliff Swallow at the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, and a Mourning Warbler on Lee Street in Boston.

Middlesex County reports of note were a continuing Prothonotary Warbler at Brewster’s Woods Sanctuary in Concord, 3 Caspian Terns at the Horn Pond Recreation Area in Woburn, a Hooded Warbler on Spring Street in Hopkinton, a Acadian Flycatcher at the Middlesex Fells in Medford, a Gray-cheeked Thrush at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, and 2 Evening Grosbeaks in West Townsend.

Essex County luminaries featured a continuing, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, and an Acadian Flycatcher at Marblehead Neck Sanctuary in Marblehead, a late Razorbill at Halibut Point in Rockport, and sightings of a Tricolored Heron, a King Rail, and a Black Tern at Plum Island.

Berkshire County was graced by the presence of a Sedge Wren on Kelsey Road in Sheffield, a White-eyed Vireo at Tyringham Cobble in Lee, an Acadian Flycatcher and 2 Worm-eating Warblers on Mt. Washington Road in Great Barrington, and another Worm-eating Warbler at Bartholomew’s Cobble in Ashley Falls.  A single Acadian Flycatchers was tallied at Jug End State Reservation in Egremont, and 2 Merlins were seen a Windsor Lake Park in North Adams.

Franklin County highlights were single Hooded Warblers on Brook Road in Millers Falls, and Dirth Road in the Wendell State Forest in Wendell, 4 Sandhill Cranes on Plainfield Road in Ashfield, and an Acadian Flycatcher on the Cliffside Trail in Sunderland.

Hampshire County featured a Blue Grosbeak at the Honey Pot in Hadley, 2 lingering Common Goldeneyes at the Windsor Dam in Belchertown, a Sandhill Crane at the DAR State Forest in Goshen, a Least Bittern at Great Pond in Hatfield.

Hampden County was visited by 2 Northern Harriers at the Southwick WMA in Southwick.

Worcester County birders were pleased with a Lawrence’s Warbler at the MacCallum WMA in Westborough, 2 Sandhill Cranes at Bolton Flats WMA in Bolton, 9 Grasshopper Sparrows at the Pine Hill Road Grasslands in Lancaster, and a Mourning Warbler Birch Hill WMA in Winchendon.

Martha’s Vineyard was blessed with a nesting pair of Red-shouldered Hawks at an undisclosed location, 2 Willow Flycatchers at Squibnocket Pond in Chilmark, and an Olive-sided Flycatcher at the Wasque Reservation on Chappaquiddick.

Nantucket notables included a Clapper Rail at The Creeks, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at the UMass Field Station marsh, a lingering American Coot at Consue Springs, 3 calling Chuck-will’s-widows on Polpis Road, a Western Cattle Egret in Madaket, a Royal Tern at Low Beach, 2 Northern Shovelers at Coskata, and 8 Ruddy Ducks at Sesachacha Pond.