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Friday, March 29, 2024

Continuing unusual species this week were a Western Grebe in Winthrop, an Eared Grebe in Marblehead, a Say’s Phoebe in Belchertown, a Townsend’s Solitaire at High Head in Truro, and a Bohemian Waxwing in Yarmouth Port.  Also of note was a group of 3 Ross’s Geese in Newbury that were accompanying a large flock of Snow Geese that also included several blue morph Snow Geese.

Cape Cod luminaries were a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Frost Fish Creek in Chatham, a continuing Townsend’s Solitaire at High Head in Truro, a continuing Bohemian Waxwing in Yarmouth Port, a Manx Shearwater, 2 Pacific Loons, and a Lapland Longspur at Race Point in Provincetown, a Whimbrel and a Glaucous Gull at Davis Road Beach in West Dennis, 3 Black-headed Gulls at Doses Beach in Osterville, a King Eider and a Black Vulture at the Sagamore Recreation Area in Bourne, and a Northern Shrike at the Crane WMA in Falmouth.

Bristol County highlights were a Lesser Yellowlegs on Shaw Road in Fairhaven, 2 Clapper Rails at the Egypt Lane Ponds in Fairhaven, and a Yellow-breasted Chat at the Ocean View Farm Reserve in Dartmouth.

Plymouth County was visited by 98 Red Knots at Plymouth Beach, 3 Sandhill Cranes and 2 Barn Swallows at Burrage Pond WMA in Hanson, and 2 Laughing Gulls at Nelson’s Field in Plymouth.

Norfolk County hosted 3 Piping Plovers at Wollaston Beach, 152 Snow Geese migrating over the Blue Hills in Quincy, 25 Snow Geese in flight over Wrentham, and a single Snow Goose on the Cohasset Golf Course.

Suffolk County notables were a continuing Western Grebe at Winthrop Beach, a Barrow’s Goldeneye at Millennium Park in West Roxbury, 2 Manx Shearwaters at Revere Beach, 2 Gadwalls at Franklin Park, and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and an Orange-crowned Warbler at the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan.

Middlesex County featured single Red-throated Loons at the Mystic Lakes in Medford and Horn Pond in Woburn, and 3 Red-throated Loons at the Cistern in Medford.  Also noted were a Black-crowned Night-Heron at Eel Pond in Melrose, 4 Marsh Wrens at Great Meadows Refuge in Concord, an Orange-crowned Warbler at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, and an Osprey at Rock Meadow Pond in Ayer.

Essex County continued to host an Eared Grebe at the Little Private Beach in Marblehead, as well as 3 Ross’s Geese in flight over Newbury, 9 American Pipits on Scotland Road in Newbury, 2 White-crowned Sparrows at the Salisbury Beach Reservation in Salisbury, a Sora at Lynnfield Marsh in Lynnfield, a Black Vulture over Crystal Lake in Haverhill, a continuing Yellow-breasted Chat at a feeder at 53 Leonard Avenue in Bradford, a late Snow Bunting at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, and 60 Tree Swallows at Ipswich River Sanctuary in Topsfield.

Berkshire County hosted 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Silver Lake in Pittsfield, 2 Northern Shovelers at Laurel Lake in Lee and a single shoveler at Corbin’s Neck in Ashley Falls, a Broad-winged Hawk at Berkshire Pond in Lanesboro, and a continuing Dickcissel at a feeder on Jug End Road in South Egremont.

Franklin County notables were 2 Sandhill Cranes at the Pilgrim Airport in Whately, 60 Red Crossbills at the Montague Sand Plains WMA in Montague, and 2 White-crowned Sparrows on Hadley Road in Sunderland.

Hampshire County was visited by a Eurasian Green-winged Teal at Great Pond in Hatfield, 2 Sandhill Cranes on Main Street in Hatfield that were also seen at the Pilgrim Airport in Franklin County, a continuing Say’s Phoebe at the Quabbin Reservoir Visitor’s Center in Belchertown, and a White-winged Scoter at the Windsor Dam in Belchertown.

Hampden County was graced by a visit from 2 Northern Shovelers at the Stebbins Refuge in Longmeadow, and 2 Ospreys at the Longmeadow Flats.

Worcester County luminaries included 4 Sandhill Cranes at the Winnimusset Meadows WMA in New Braintree, 7 Red Crossbills at Quabbin gate 43 in Hardwick, 2 Black Vultures at Adams Farm in Athol, and 2 more Black Vultures at the Brigham Hill WMA in North Grafton.

Martha’s Vineyard hosted single Willets at Aquinnah and of West Basin Road in Chilmark, a Common Raven at Gay Head, and a Lapland Longspur at Menemsha Beach.

Nantucket highlights included 4 Northern Shovelers on Long Pond, a Short-eared Owl at Tom Nevers Beach, 7 Snow Geese in Madaket, and a continuing Dickcissel at a feeder in Madaket.