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Marbled Murrelet,©Dan Lane

25 Oct Cackling-ish Goose, Waltham St Fields [Jason Forbes ]
25 Oct Eurasian Wigeon at Plum [Scott Spangenberg ]
25 Oct Yellow-headed Blackbird, Seabrook [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
25 Oct Gooseberry's insane! [Paul Champlin ]
24 Oct CT Report 10/24/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
24 Oct Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Oct 24, 2014 ["Alan & Ruth Bragg" ]
24 Oct Fwd: eBird Report - Harlequin Ducks [George W Gove ]
24 Oct HSR: Wachusett Mountain (24 Oct 2014) 5 Raptors []
24 Oct Millennium Park, Oct 24th 2014, 1:45pm to 5pm - Yellow Variant Housefinch, Field Sparrows, Belted Kingfisher [Lindsey Nichols ]
24 Oct Nahant - Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow [Linda P ]
24 Oct Female Summer Tanager PRNWR [sean riley ]
24 Oct Pomarine Jaegers--the quiz [Tim Spahr ]
24 Oct Summer Tanager. Plum Island [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
23 Oct CT Report 10/23/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
23 Oct Turners Falls waterbird nor'easter fallout [Joshua Rose ]
23 Oct Fantastic Jaeger show, Andrew's Point, Rockport [Tim Spahr ]
23 Oct "A Journey with Shorebirds" to be aired on PACTV and YouTube [Dorie Stolley ]
23 Oct 10/23 Belle Isle Marsh [Paul Peterson ]
22 Oct CT Report 10/22/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
22 Oct Berkshire Lakes [Robert Packard ]
22 Oct Andrew's Point, Rockport Seawatch; Wed., 22 Oct.2014 [Richard Heil ]
22 Oct Re: Newburyport Harbor, MA; 20 Oct. 2014 [Richard Heil ]
22 Oct Newburyport Harbor, MA; 20 Oct. 2014 [Richard Heil ]
22 Oct Fairhaven - Gallinule continues but dead/dying swans don't []
22 Oct Plum Island - 10-22-14 ["David K. Weaver" ]
22 Oct Chukar in Needham [Haynes Miller ]
22 Oct Manomet 10/21/14 Ė†Bicknell's Thrush [Ian Davies ]
22 Oct First Juncos, Hermit Thrush, Waxwing, White-feathered Sparrow, Westwood, Oct. 21 ["Walt Webb" ]
22 Oct Sedge Wren continues 10/22 [Oliver Burton ]
21 Oct CT Report 10/21/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
21 Oct 10/21 Millenium Park Three Orange-crowned Warblers, Five Field Sparrows [Paul Peterson ]
21 Oct Breeds Pond, Lynn; Mon., 20 October 2014. [Richard Heil ]
21 Oct Sedge Wren, Yes 3:39pm 10/21 [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
21 Oct Western Mass birds [Robert Packard ]
21 Oct Bird Walk & Book Signing with Doug Chickering - Nov. 30th [Sue McGrath ]
21 Oct Re: Off Topic, But Tree-Related [Frederick Atwood ]
21 Oct Re: Off Topic, But Tree-Related [Catherine Fisher ]
21 Oct Summary: Off Topic, But Tree-Related []
21 Oct Re: Off Topic, But Tree-Related [Bruce deGraaf ]
21 Oct Re: Off Topic, But Tree-Related [Nikos Kazantzakis ]
21 Oct Re: Off Topic, But Tree-Related [Jeremy Coleman ]
21 Oct Re: Off Topic, But Tree-Related [Tim Factor ]
21 Oct Off Topic, But Tree-Related []
21 Oct Sedge wren- yes []
21 Oct Sedge Wren continues at Dunback []
21 Oct Re: Sedge Wren @ Dunback Meadows, Lexington MA [Devin Hefferon ]
21 Oct Central MA [George W Gove ]
21 Oct Greater white-fronted Goose West Newbury [Angela Walsh ]
20 Oct Saw-whet Owl- New Salem [Bill Lafley ]
20 Oct HSR: Wachusett Mountain (20 Oct 2014) 9 Raptors []
20 Oct Sedge Wren @ Dunback Meadows, Lexington MA ["J. Ryan Doherty" ]
21 Oct weekend birds in Chatham [Frederick Atwood ]
20 Oct Purple finches [Barbara Drummond ]
20 Oct 10/19 It's Raining Hermit Thrushes Downtown Boston [Paul Peterson ]
20 Oct HSR: Pinnacle Rock (19 Oct 2014) 92 Raptors []
20 Oct HSR: Blueberry Hill (20 Oct 2014) 57 Raptors []
20 Oct east Amherst yard birds [Joshua Rose ]
20 Oct Next Bear Creek, Saugus, walk on Sunday Oct 26 at 9 am ["Soheil Zendeh" ]
20 Oct Nelson's Sparrow - Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston [John Baur ]
20 Oct Re: 10/24 - fall meeting Brookline Bird Club. Wheelchair instructions [Eva Casey ]
20 Oct Drumlin Farm today [Pamela Sowizral ]
20 Oct White-fr Goose, W. Newbury 10/20 [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
20 Oct Allen's Pond bird walk 10/19 - Northern Shrike [Nickilas Paulson ]
20 Oct White-fronted goose, West Newbury 10/19 ["Young, John (DPU)" ]
20 Oct 10/24 - fall meeting Brookline Bird Club [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
20 Oct Recent sightings [George W Gove ]
19 Oct HSR: Wachusett Mountain (19 Oct 2014) 88 Raptors []
19 Oct Golden Eagle PBASE photo links- Marblehead- 10/19 [Davis Noble ]
20 Oct Barred Owl Natick []
19 Oct Fwd: eBird Report - Boston, Suffolk County, MA, US, Oct 19, 2014 [Bob Stymeist ]
19 Oct Purple Finch numbers growing in Merrimac [Bob & Bonnie Buxton ]
19 Oct Re: Golden eagle, Marblehead Neck 10/19 [Linda Ferraresso ]
19 Oct LeConte's Sparrow, Nahant 10/19 [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
19 Oct Huntington Finches [Robert Packard ]
19 Oct Rockport (and Gloucester) 10/19 [Miles Brengle ]
19 Oct RE: Meadowlark surprise (Concord) [Jim Guion ]

Subject: Cackling-ish Goose, Waltham St Fields
From: Jason Forbes <jason AT brewsterslinnet.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:23:55 -0400
I headed for Dunback Meadow this morning, but saw a large flock of geese in the 
Waltham St. Fields as I drove by so I walked over there first. After a bit of 
scanning, I picked out one interesting individual with a fairly stubby bill. 
Although not particularly classic, I'm tentatively calling it a Cackling. In 
favor are the bill shape, more silvery color, and obviously smaller size. 
Points against include neck length, not tiny size, and possibly head shape. 
Four photos here: https://flic.kr/p/oRQwyU, thoughts appreciated. 


The geese were quite skittish and didn't allow for close approach (I ended up 
staying on the other side of the stream and looking through the vegetation). 
They had moved on by the time I left Dunback, I suspect in the direction of 
Arlington Res. 


Otherwise, 4 pipits in the fields were it for there. No sign of the Sedge Wren 
at Dunback (for me or anyone I talked to) but I had at least 25 Purple Finches 
and only walked from the tennis courts down to the intersection and then out to 
Bacon St. 


Jason
--
Jason Forbes
Waltham, MA
jason AT brewsterslinnet.com
www.brewsterslinnet.com



Subject: Eurasian Wigeon at Plum
From: Scott Spangenberg <sjspangenberg AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:33:59 -0400
There is a drake and at least one Ben Eurasian Wigeon at the large salt panne 
at Parker River NWR. Current time is 11:33 


Scott Spangenberg
Amherst NH
Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird, Seabrook
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:17:46 +0000 (UTC)
David Adrien called the store at 10:10 to report a Yellow-headed blackbird in 
Seabrook. He spotted the bird at 10:05 at the corner of Amesbury and Atlantic 
Avenues (on the east side of Rt 1A) among a flock of Starlings and Brown headed 
cowbirds. 


Barrett Bacall

Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
Birdwsg AT comcast.net
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
978-462-0775

Subject: Gooseberry's insane!
From: Paul Champlin <skua99 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:35:20 -0400
Mixed bag of sparrows, juncos, kinglets, finches, and a constant flow of 
Yellow-rumps and laughing gulls. Radar shows a blanket of birds offshore so 
there's plenty to come for the day. 


Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: CT Report 10/24/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:20:47 -0400
 From Tom Murray:
10/24/14 - Bridgeport, Bridgeport Harbor, private property -- 4:30 PM;
Western Kingbird.

 From Tina Green:
10/24/14 - Westport, Burying Hill Beach -- Sora flushed at high tide
while walking the edge of the marsh, Lesser Black-backed Gull,
Peregrine Falcon, 14 American Pipits, 9 White-crowned Sparrows (2
adults), 1 Eastern Meadowlark.

 From Carolyn Johns:
10/24/14 - Guilford, yard -- possible crossbill at feeder.

 From Nick Bonomo:
10/24/14 -  Wallingford, Whirlwind Hill Rd -- GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GOOSE.
Wallingford, MacKenzie Res -- CACKLING GOOSE

 From Carolyn Cimino:
10/24/14 - Waterford, yard -- 2 female Purple Finches at my feeder.

 From Paul Desjardins:
10/24/14 - ?????, Mill Pond -- 4 Cackling Geese.
Ellington, Green Road --  2 flyover Rusty Blackbirds.

 From Arthur Shippee:
10/24/14 - Hamden, North Lake Drive -- Up to 4 Male & 3 Purple Finch,
in & out throughout the days.

 From Frank Mantlik, with Sunrise Birding walk:
10/24/14 - Stratford Point -- 2 female BLACK SCOTERS continue, 1
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER.

 From Janis LaPointe:
10/24/14 - Enfield, yard -- Purple Finch are still visiting my Enfield
feeder.  The numbers have gone down.  Not the feeding frenzy of last
week.

Subject: Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Oct 24, 2014
From: "Alan & Ruth Bragg" <alan.ruth.bragg AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:15:50 -0400
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, US-MA
Oct 24, 2014 7:00 AM - 11:27 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.3 mile(s)
Comments:     Weekly survey by NWR volunteers Will Martens, Kathy Dia and
Alan Bragg
37 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  334
Mute Swan  1
Wood Duck  27
American Wigeon  3
American Black Duck  5
Mallard  50
Northern Pintail  2
Green-winged Teal  5
Ruddy Duck  1
Great Blue Heron  3
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
American Coot  11
Wilson's Snipe  1
Ring-billed Gull  33
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
Blue Jay  9
American Crow  4
Black-capped Chickadee  14
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Brown Creeper  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  9
American Robin  11
Northern Mockingbird  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  21
Song Sparrow  16
Swamp Sparrow  12
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Common Grackle  2
blackbird sp.  160
American Goldfinch  11

‚ÄčAlan Bragg

Bedford MA
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Harlequin Ducks
From: George W Gove <gwgove AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:50:47 -0400
We also saw 2 Turkey Vultures flying along the beach.

Town Neck Rd (Sandwich), Barnstable, US-MA
Oct 24, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Town Neck Beach next to Canal and Horizons Restaurant
4 species

Common Eider 100 Well, ebird wants me to enter a non-decimal number so this is 
in hex. I meant 100s. 


Harlequin Duck 3 3 males in the surf close to the beach spotted by Judy Gordon. 

They stayed in the same place for a few hours as we came back 2 hours later and 
they were still there. 


Surf Scoter  50
White-winged Scoter  150
Surf/Black Scoter  50

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20325419 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro


Subject: HSR: Wachusett Mountain (24 Oct 2014) 5 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 24 Oct 2014 19:10:05 -0400
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              1              5
Turkey Vulture               0             98            125
Osprey                       0             13            237
Bald Eagle                   1             39            187
Northern Harrier             0              6             26
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            105            558
Cooper's Hawk                0             35            112
Northern Goshawk             0              1              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             17          16747
Red-tailed Hawk              1             12             17
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              1              2
American Kestrel             1             30            154
Merlin                       0              8             34
Peregrine Falcon             0              9             39
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             20
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              1              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             26             81

Total:                       5            412          18366
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Steve Olson

Observers:        Bill Rasku

Visitors:
Chris & Carolyn Lewey


Weather:
Temp: 45 degrees in AM, 49 degrees in PM.
Wind: NW at 10 - 20 mph.
Cloud cover: overcast with good visibility below cloud cover.

Raptor Observations:
Golden Eagle (immature) - 1, migrating South. Naked -eye, for 1 to 2
minutes before heading south.
Not Many Raptors.
Bald Eagle - 1 (mature).

Non-raptor Observations:
Canada Geese -33, Resident Red-Tailed Hawks - 3, Raven - 1,
TVs - 4, Gulls - 4.

Predictions:
Sunny, Wind from West, Warmer (in 60's).
========================================================================
Report submitted by  ()
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw

Subject: Millennium Park, Oct 24th 2014, 1:45pm to 5pm - Yellow Variant Housefinch, Field Sparrows, Belted Kingfisher
From: Lindsey Nichols <pepper.please AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:59:04 -0400
Was befuddled upon viewing a group of house finches today; one bird -
consorting with the "regular" house finch males and females - had solid
pale golden yellow on the head and breast and even the beak. Light
streaking on the flanks. Consulted Sibley's to find out that yellow varient
housefinches exist! Problem solved. :-)

Other highlights of this blustery, overcast, cold day were:  belted
kingfisher, Cooper's hawk, a group of four foraging field sparrows, one
immature white-crowned sparrow, a pair of ruby-crowned kinglets, and two
rotund shorebirds whirring overhead. I am inclined to say the latter were
woodcocks because Millennium Park was crawling with them last spring.

Good birding!

Lindsey Nichols
Roslindale, MA
pepper.please AT gmail.com
Subject: Nahant - Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow
From: Linda P <lpivacek AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:12:32 +0000 (UTC)
some highlights from brief walk along Heritage Trail bordering stump dump. 

Green Heron late 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 
American Kestrel 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4 
Lincoln's Sparrow 
White-crowned Sparrow 
Eastern Towhee 1 
Purple Finch 4 

Cheers, Linda 
Linda Pivacek, Nahant 
lpivacek AT comcast.net 
Subject: Female Summer Tanager PRNWR
From: sean riley <newburyowls AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:50:23 -0400
Female Summer Tanager right by the entrance gate to the reserve. Going bush
to bush fly catching bugs.

Also a Barred Owl & a Great Horned Owl in West Newbury, good morning for
 birds !!!!

-Sean Riley
Plum Island
Newburyowls AT gmail.com

-- 
10thstreetbirding.blogspot.com
Subject: Pomarine Jaegers--the quiz
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:23:10 -0400
Hi Birders,

It turns out I owe you a bit of an apology.  All of the photos posted
yesterday(save perhaps the shot with 2 jaegers) show POMARINE JAEGERS.
For the record I thought I had perhaps 1 Parasitic on the photos as I was
posting them, but became a bit more agitated when I went through the rest
of them on the camera, chagrined to find not one decent photo of a
Parasitic!  Sorry for a trick answer quiz that was not intended to be so!

For the record these are extremely challenging photographic conditions, and
perhaps 1 of 5 or 1 of 10 photos are even worth saving.

I received great comments, both public and private, on these photos.  I'd
draw everyone's attention to some comments by Simon Perkins on this photo
here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/campephilus1/14990875184/

I also received private comments noting birds in heavy primary molt this
time of the year are more likely Pomarine Jaegers.

Lastly, the adult dark-morph bird is apparently a pretty rare sighting,
with only ~10% of the adult Pomarine population displaying this plumage.
Extra cool!

good birding

Tim Spahr
Marlborough
tspahr44 AT gmail.com
Subject: Summer Tanager. Plum Island
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:36:09 +0000 (UTC)
Shaun Riley called the store at 10:30 to report spotting a Summer tanager at 
10:15 in the bushes right by the gatehouse at the entrance to PRNWR, Plum 
Island. 


Barrett Bacall

Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
Birdwsg AT comcast.net
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
978-462-0775

Subject: CT Report 10/23/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:55:27 -0400
 From Tina Green:
10/23/14 - Westport, Compo Beach -- 1:10 PM; 1st winter female Lapland
Longspur on the beach near the cannons, still present at 2 PM.

 From Paul Desjardins:
10/23/14 - South Windsor, Station 43 -- Vesper Sparrow seen along the
Connecticut River north of Vibert Road.

 From Amy Wallace:
10/23/14 - Seymour, yard -- Northern Goshawk on my backyard trellis
Thursday morning.

 From Fulvio Montanari:
10/22/14 - Greenwich, Greenwich Point -- 2 Common Raven.

Subject: Turners Falls waterbird nor'easter fallout
From: Joshua Rose <opihi AT mindspring.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:32:44 -0400
Hi MassBirders,

At first glance, Barton Cove seemed pretty birdless this morning. So did the 
power canal, and I nearly quit birding then to head off to work. But then I 
noticed a tiny duck; it turned out to be a female Ruddy. 


That gave me enough reason for optimism to check out the Turners Falls Rod & 
Gun Club. Jackpot! Two big rafts and one smaller one. The biggest was about 35 
scoters, mostly White-winged but with several Black. The next-largest raft was 
also scoters, about 25, at least one Surf amid more White-winged and Black. The 
small raft was 4 Bufflehead plus a Horned Grebe. It was tough viewing; the wind 
was driving the rain at the worst possible angle, so that cracking the window 
even just barely enough to stick my scope or binoculars out still let rain pour 
in, and any lens pointed at the birds was covered in droplets within seconds. 
After a few minutes an immature Bald Eagle cruised across the point and flushed 
both scoter flocks around the bend and out of sight. 


I decided to revisit Barton Cove, in case the scoters had flown that far 
upstream, and maybe I could see them with the wind behind me instead of in my 
face. I got excited when I saw a big raft of dark birds from Unity Park, but it 
turned out to be about 53 Double-crested Cormorants. I worked my way around to 
the boat ramp without seeing anything else, but then from the campground I 
spotted four birds: two Ring-necked Ducks, and two Red-necked Grebes! That was 
a nice grand finale, I had to quit birding and head to an appointment after 
that. 


Good birding!

Josh


Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
http://www.facebook.com/opihi



Subject: Fantastic Jaeger show, Andrew's Point, Rockport
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:00:08 -0400
Hi Birders,

Today's storm produced a great seabird flight at Andrew's Point in
Rockport.  I was there for around 4 hours, and around horrible viewing
conditions (high waves, wind, and driving rain) I counted over 80
individual jaegers.  There were surprisingly few other pelagic birds, but
also a large Common Loon flight.   Certainly not what I was expecting.
Which is probably why I go birding!

Checklist below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20316306

I also put up some of the jaeger pictures, both for information and
identification purposes.  Feel free to comment--or not--on what species
these may be.  For the record you'll see I left the vast majority of the
jaegers in the checklist unidentified.  Jaegers are just darn hard, and
there often isn't much one can do to get them to species.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/campephilus1/

good birding!

Tim Spahr
Marlborough
tspahr44 AT gmail.com
Subject: "A Journey with Shorebirds" to be aired on PACTV and YouTube
From: Dorie Stolley <dss AT goldenrod.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:29:39 -0400
Ian Daviesí presentation, A Journey with Shorebirds, features his stunning 
photos and intriguing stories of shorebirds on their breeding grounds in the 
Arctic. It was filmed in front of a live studio audience at Plymouth Area 
Community Television (PACTV) on Monday and was live streamed. If you missed the 
live stream, you still have a chance to see it! It will be published on YouTube 
(see below), and air on PACTV for those living in Plymouth, Duxbury, Kingston 
and Pembroke (Public Access Channel: Comcast 13, Verizon 43) on the following 
dates and times: 


Friday, 10/24 at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, 10/26 at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, 10/28 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, 10/30 at 9 a.m.

If you watch it on PACTV, like it and want more similar programming, let them 
know! You can email PACTV at: info AT pactv.org or find them on Facebook, Twitter 
or Google Plus. 


For those living in other areas, the video will be published on YouTube Friday 
at 1:30 p.m. and will be found here: http://youtu.be/mfZZfAOoNJo 


The video was produced by the Goldenrod Foundation. If you like it, please like 
us - on Facebook - or follow us on Twitter ( AT GoldenrodFn), subscribe to our 
video channel and/or sign up for our email newsletter by emailing me at 
dss AT goldenrod.org. Enjoy! 


Dorie

Dorie Stolley				
Program Manager
Goldenrod Foundation
P.O. Box 3854
Plymouth, MA 02361
	Tel: 757-777-6601
	Website: www.goldenrod.org
	Email: dss AT goldenrod.org

Join us on Facebook and Twitter!


Subject: 10/23 Belle Isle Marsh
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:26:08 +0000 (UTC)
At and beyond high tide, which was more like Belle Isle Lake than Belle Isle 
Marsh: 

Great Egret 2
Brant 22
Green-winged Teal2
Black-bellied Plover 25
Greater Yellowlegs 10
Pectoral Sandpiper 1+    flew out calling
sandpiper sp. 2          Dunlin?
Field Sparrow 1
P.S. there were also the four commonest sparrow species here: white-throated, 
song, savannah, and swamp 

Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston
Subject: CT Report 10/22/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:24:01 -0400
 From Frank Mantlik:
10/22/14 - Stratford yard -- With overcast skies and strong NE winds,
I stepped outside to look for migrating raptors or geese. I was
rewarded when at 1:25 an adult GOLDEN EAGLE soared overhead and to the
SW.

Subject: Berkshire Lakes
From: Robert Packard <packardr90 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:12:05 +0000
This morning with Bruce Hart:
 
Cheshire Reservoir:
White-winged Scoter-2
Mallard-1 leucistic/albino (not a Pekin)
Great Blue Heron-1
ACoot-3
 
Windsor Pond:
Bald Eagle-1 adult
 
Lake Pontoosuc:
White-winged Scoter-4
Bald Eagle-1 imm
 
Lake Onota:
Bald Eagle-1 adult
 
Richmond Pond:
Pied-billed Grebe-1
 
Hinsdale Reservoir:
Ruddy Duck-3
 
Ashmere Lake, Hinsdale:
Black Scoter-5
 


Bob Packard
Riverside, CA
packardr90 AT hotmail.com
 


        

       		 	   		  
Subject: Andrew's Point, Rockport Seawatch; Wed., 22 Oct.2014
From: Richard Heil <rsheil AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:13:44 -0400
WED., 22 OCTOBER 2014:
ANDREW'S POINT, ROCKPORT Seawatch (0705-1205 hrs.)
Weather: Overcast, rain, NE winds 30-40 mph, turning NNE 30-40 mph by 
0900 hrs., 52-49 F.
Seas: 6-10 feet
Richard S. Heil

Disappointing show for the this date. Viewing was difficult due to 
rain and the wind direction, which turned northerly and 'in your 
face' by 0900, also critically shutting down the chances for more 
interesting pelagic species that more typically show during a more 
easterly wind direction.

Canada Goose (16)
Greater Scaup (23)
Common Eider (130)
Harlequin Duck (6) : 2nd earliest arrival; cf., 3 on 16 Oct. 2009.
Surf Scoter (1760)
White-winged Scoter (426)
Black Scoter (255)
Surf/Black Scoter sp. (170+)
Oldsquaw (243)
Red-breasted Merganser (66)
Red-throated Loon (104)
Common Loon (291) : 4th highest count; cf., 654 on 4 Nov. 2003, and 
596 on 12 Oct. 2005.
Red-necked Grebe (5)
Cory's Shearwater (14) : 2nd latest record; cf., 1 on 14 Nov. 2009.
Northern Gannet (2620)
Double-crested Cormorant (22+)
Great Cormorant (6) : all 1W
Parasitic Jaeger (1 ad.)
jaeger sp. (1 sub-ad.)
Razorbill (2)
Black-legged Kittiwake (3) : 2 ads., 1-1W ; inexplicably absent!
Bonaparte's Gull (4)
Laughing Gull (1 ad.)
Ring-billed Gull (2)
Am. Herring Gull (100)
Great Black-backed Gull (15)

Richard S. Heil
S. Peabody, MA
rsheil AT comcast.net

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/?saved=1 



Subject: Re: Newburyport Harbor, MA; 20 Oct. 2014
From: Richard Heil <rsheil AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:45:31 -0400
Forgot to add to the list, also seen:

Stilt Sandpiper (2) - late


At 05:59 PM 10/22/2014, Richard Heil wrote:
>MON., 20 OCTOBER 2014:
>NEWBURYPORT HARBOR, MA (1500-1630 hrs.)
>
>Selective list:
>
>American Green-winged Teal (18)
>Bufflehead (4) : 2 pairs
>Double-crested Cormorant (350+)
>Turkey Vulture (5)
>Northern Harrier (1 juv.)
>Black-bellied Plover (47)
>Killdeer (3)
>Greater Yellowlegs (185)
>Lesser Yellowlegs (32)
>Dunlin (530)
>White-rumped Sandpiper (2)
>Semipalmated Sandpiper (2)
>Short-billed Dowitcher (2) : juvs showing extensive internal tertial markings
>Long-billed Dowitcher (5) : Increasingly rare in Massachusetts; 
>photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/15601014611/
>Bonaparte's Gull (200+)
>
>Richard S. Heil
>S. Peabody, MA
>rsheil AT comcast.net

>http://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/?saved=1 

>
>
Subject: Newburyport Harbor, MA; 20 Oct. 2014
From: Richard Heil <rsheil AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:59:07 -0400
MON., 20 OCTOBER 2014:
NEWBURYPORT HARBOR, MA (1500-1630 hrs.)

Selective list:

American Green-winged Teal (18)
Bufflehead (4) : 2 pairs
Double-crested Cormorant (350+)
Turkey Vulture (5)
Northern Harrier (1 juv.)
Black-bellied Plover (47)
Killdeer (3)
Greater Yellowlegs (185)
Lesser Yellowlegs (32)
Dunlin (530)
White-rumped Sandpiper (2)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (2)
Short-billed Dowitcher (2) : juvs showing extensive internal tertial markings
Long-billed Dowitcher (5) : Increasingly rare in Massachusetts; 
photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/15601014611/
Bonaparte's Gull (200+)

Richard S. Heil
S. Peabody, MA
rsheil AT comcast.net

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/?saved=1 



Subject: Fairhaven - Gallinule continues but dead/dying swans don't
From: bvm1290 AT comcast.net
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:52:51 +0000 (UTC)




Subject: Plum Island - 10-22-14
From: "David K. Weaver" <cygnus-dkw AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:47:37 -0400
The definition of "inclement weather" made itself known this morning as two 
Wednesday Morning Birders joined Bill Gette and me for an abbreviated 
morning on Plum Island.  There was a heavy cloud cover with misty 
conditions, temps in the low 50s, and winds NE/20-30 mph (by morning’s end). 
We visited the beach from Sandy Point's upper parking lot and were duly 
impressed with the "storm tossed sea" as big waves came rolling in with the 
new moon high tide.  Disappointingly, we did not see any wind-blown 
seabirds.

Here's our somewhat limited list:
Canada Goose
Gadwall (~ 6)
Eurasian Wigeon (2) - drakes continuing on main salt panne.
American Wigeon (~ 50)- main salt panne.
American Black Duck - common.
Mallard (~ 12)
Northern Pintail (2) - drakes; Stage Island Pool.
Green-winged Teal (~ 15) - various, but mostly SIP.
Wild Turkey (3)
Double-crested Cormorant (~ 12)
Great Egret (1) - marsh n. SIP.
Northern Harrier (2)
Greater Yellowlegs (15) - SIP.
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon (~ 6) - PI bridge.
Mourning Dove (5)
Black-capped Chickadee (1)
Hermit Thrush (3)
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler - common, roadside.
Song Sparrow (2)
Dark-eyed Junco - common, roadside.

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats Education Center at 0930
for Wednesday Morning Birding. For more information about Joppa Flats
programs, call Bill Gette or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

Dave Weaver
Manchester, MA 01944
cygnus-dkw AT verizon.net







Subject: Chukar in Needham
From: Haynes Miller <hrm AT math.mit.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:07:17 -0400
A friend just forwarded a photograph of four Chukar taken yesterday near 
the corner of Linden and Oak Streets in Needham.

Haynes Miller
Newton



Subject: Manomet 10/21/14 Ė†Bicknell's Thrush
From: Ian Davies <idaviesbird AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:44:01 -0400
Yesterday at the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences we banded a lovely 
hatch-year female Bicknellís Thrush Ė only the second in the hand here since 
2000, and one of less than 10 ever in the nets at Manomet since this taxa has 
been considered a species. 


Some images of the bird in hand and in the wild after release can be seen here: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/uropsalis/sets/72157646942100285/ 


Best,
Ian Davies
Manomet, MA
idaviesbird AT gmail.com
http://www.flickr.com/photos/uropsalis/
Subject: First Juncos, Hermit Thrush, Waxwing, White-feathered Sparrow, Westwood, Oct. 21
From: "Walt Webb" <wwebb24 AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:36:15 -0400
Yesterday (10/21) the first wave of Dark-eyed Juncos passed through my 
Westwood back yard. Also a Hermit Thrush that very briefly vibrated a leg as 
if to stir up insects under the leaves (ala Snowy Egret foot water 
behavior). Three Robins took turns in the birdbath as a Cedar Waxwing 
attempted a quick drink. And finally I spotted a partially albinistic House 
Sparrow with all-white wing feathers in my rhododendrons.

Walt Webb
Westwood, MA
wwebb24 AT verizon.net 
Subject: Sedge Wren continues 10/22
From: Oliver Burton <olivertburton AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:17:40 -0400
The Sedge Wren at Dunback Meadows in Arlington was still present this
morning despite the change in weather. It was in the same area as
previously described, just past one of the Across Arlington signposts. I
was there between 7 and 8 and saw it briefly twice. It did not vocalize.

Nearby there were two Orange-crowned Warblers, and just before dawn a Great
Horned Owl called a couple times.

Oliver Burton
Cambridge
olivertburton AT gmail.com
Subject: CT Report 10/21/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:42:45 -0400
Note: Apologies to those whose reports were not included tonight.
Catching up after two nights without the Daily report, it was all
getting out of hand, so some were somewhat arbitrarily left off.


 From Frank Mantlik:
10/21/14 -  Stratford, Stratford Point - 2 female BLACK SCOTERS
swimming off bluff, fly by FORSTER'S TERN, GREAT CORMORANT.

 From Bill Batsford:
10/21/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- three Eastern Meadowlark
on field west of Swan Pond at 12 noon.

 From Chuck Imbergamo:
10/21/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- good scope views of
SEVEN Eastern Meadowlarks in location reported by Bill Batsford.  When
flushed they flew East; possibly moving to the Nature Center or
Willard Island area.

 From John Oshlick:
10/21/14 - Milford, Silver Sands State Park -- at least 4 Vesper
Sparrows (most were right around the parking lot). 1 Nelson's Sparrow.
14 White-crowned Sparrows.  Many birders present including Tina Green,
Sara Zagorski, Steve Spector, and Denise Jernigan.

 From Annette Cunniffe w/Meredith Sampson:
10/21/14 - BROWN CREEPER, Great Cormorant, 1 Savannah Sparroe, 4
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW (including 1 adult).

 From Charlie Barnard:
10/21/14 - Stratford, Long Beach -- "Ipswich" race Savannah Sparrow on
the 1st beach section beyond the parking lot.  Also seen were 3
Nelson's Sparrows on the marsh side. Much farther out, where the
cottages used to be, were a Vesper Sparrow and 3 juvenile
White-crowned Sparrows.

 From Paul Desjardins:
10/21/14 - Meriden, Bishops Pond -- Northern Shoveler.

 From Stefan Martin:
10/21/14 - Greenwich, Greenwich Audubon -- 1 Wilson's Warbler feeding
on Poison Ivy berries at the entrance to the teenage forest boardwalk.
Orange-crowned Warbler and Rusty Blackbirds still present as well.

 From Kat Kuckens:
10/21/14 - Manchester -- Driving at 4:30 PM, just a hundred yards from
where Rte 6 meets 384 west, 4 Black Vultures were perched on the
guardrail, overlooking a steep drop into some grass and shrubs.

 From Chris Fisher:
10/21/14 - East Granby, yard -- White-crowned Sparrow at the feeder
all day.

 From Frank Mantlik:
10/20/14 - Stratford, Connors Ln, town community garden -- Adult dark
("blue") morph SNOW GOOSE overhead with Canada Goose flock, 1
LINCOLN'S SPARROW, 3 juv WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, 5 PURPLE FINCHES and
24 PINE SISKINS.

 From Patrick Comins:
10/20/14 - Southbury, Mitchell Farm -- White-crowned Sparrow, American
Pipits.
Southbury Training School -- several White-crowned Sparrows.
Audubon Center at Bent of the River -- Lincoln's Sparrow in the NW
corner of the visitors parking lot.  Feeders still holding a decent
flock of Purple Finches and Pine Siskins calling from the woods
intermittently but still not stopping at the feeders.

 From Ryan MacLean, in part via Stefan Martin:
10/20/14 - Greenwich, Quaker Ridge -- juvenile Golden Eagle,
Orange-crowned Warbler.

 From Frank Mantlik:
10/20/14 - Stratford, Beacon Pt Rd, Town Greenway -- 178 Brant, 2
Common Ravens, VESPER SPARROW, LINCOLN's SPARROW.

 From Stefan Martin:
10/20/14 - Greenwich, Audubon Greenwich -- Fox Sparrow in grape
tangles along the teenage forest boardwalk.

 From John Oshlick with Ed Sedowski and Charlie Barnard:
10/20/14 - Milford, Silver Sands SP -- 2 Vesper Sparrows, 10
White-crowned Sparrows, 1 Brown Thrasher, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler.

 From Lorraine Gundersen:
10/20/14 - Guilford, yard -- Fox Sparrow.

 From Tina Green:
10/20/14 - Westport-Sherwood Island SP -- 6 Eastern Meadowlark in a
tight flock on the east side of the park.

 From Glenn Williams:
10/20/14 - Waterford, Harkness Memorial State Park, brush dump --
LINCOLN'S SPARROW, 3 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, PURPLE FINCHES.

 From Robert Dixon:
10/20/14 - Sterling yard -- SNOW GOOSE ( 14 high flying migrants
heading west /second record for yard), PURPLE FINCH ( 5 at feeders /8
flyovers), YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (adult female).

 From Paul Desjardins:
10/20/14 - Madison, Bauer Farm --  an immature White-crowned Sparrow.
Also about 10 Pine Siskins.
Hammonasset State Park, Meigs Point -- 2 White Winged Scoters, about
10 Black Scoters.

 From Scott Besade:
10/20/14 - Uncasville --  200+Snow Geese over house barking at 5:00 PM
heading south.

 From Chris Harrison:
10/20/14 - Stratford, Stratford Point -- At around 6:00 PM I
accidentally flushed 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS.  The first one flew down the
path I was on and landed.  I got a decent photo with my phone and
observed it for a minute.  When I started walking again, the second
one, which had been about 10 feet from me, flushed as well.  They flew
around together for a while, and appeared to land again in a nearby
field.

 From Greg Hanisek:
10/20/14 - New Haven, Lighthouse Point hawk watch -- 2 Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers, 30 American Pipits, 30 Rusty Blackbirds, 170 Purple
Finches, 1100 Pine Siskins (flocks probably averaged about 30 birds),
3 Eastern Meadowlarks.  

 From Preston Lust:
10/20/14 - Westport, Sherwood Island State Park -- 1 AMERICAN PIPIT, 2
VESPER SPARROWS.

 From Joe Bear, in part with Brenda Inskeep:
10/19/14 - Wilton, Allen's Meadow -- Well over 100 Pine Siskins at one
point.  Had a small flock of 9 Rusty Blackbirds fly by as well as a
few Pipits; also 9 Pipits on the soccer field grass, 1 Vesper Sparrow,
1 Lincoln's Sparrow, a few White-crowned Sparrow, (incl adults),
several Purple Finch.

 From Kevin Finnan:
10/19/14 - Goshen -- A tight flock of 25 Pine Siskins cruised over,
headed SW.

 From Tom Auer, Nick Bonomo, Dan Field, Phil Rusch, Glenn Williams,
later joined by Tim Thompson:
10/19/14 - Groton, Bluff Point -- 1-3 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 9
SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, 4 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS,
20 PINE SISKINS, 40 PURPLE FINCHES, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BROWN
THRASHER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER,

 From Lisa Gagnon:
10/19/14 - Stafford Springs -- 20 Purple Finches, a couple of Pine
Siskins, Dark-eyed Juncos.

 From Ryan MacLean:
10/19/14 - Greenwich, Audubon Greenwich -- Juv Northern Goshawk seen
well by 6 observers over Audubon Greenwich at 3:40.

 From John Marshall with Sol Satin & Bobbie Fisher:
10/19/14 - Guilford, Sachem's Head -- NORTHERN GANNET, 8 ROYAL TERN, 2
FORSTER'S TERN.

 From Meredith Sampson w/ Stefan Martin, Cynthia Ehlinger & "First
Sundays" Group:
10/19/14 - Old Greenwich, Greenwich Point -- 60+ PINE SISKINS,
LINCOLN'S SPARROW, 6 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, BROWN CREEPER. 

 From Fran Zygmont with Jůhann ”li Hilmarsson:
10/19/14 - Litchfield, Bantam lake, Litchfield Town Beach --
Bonaparte's Gull, 2 Rusty Blackbirds, 35 Pine Siskins.
Little Pond; Greater Yellowlegs, ~20 Pine Siskins, 6 Purple Finch.

 From Robert Dixon:
10/19/14 - Sterling yard -- SWAINSON'S THRUSH (2), PURPLE FINCH (10 at
the feeders), YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER.

 From ay Belding w/ Dennis Hannon:
10/19/14 - Bantam,  Bantam Lake, North Bay -- 1 first winter
Bonaparte's Gull.

 From Tina Green, Kathy Van Der Aue, Sean Murtha, and CTYBC Members:
10/19/14 - Westport, Sherwood Island State Park -- 2 BROWN THRASHER, 6
AMERICAN PIPIT, 1 VESPER SPARROW, 3 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, 2 EASTERN
MEADOWLARK.

 From Alex Burdo, Kathy Van Der Aue, Brendan Murtha, and Jory Teltser:
10/19/14 - Fairfield, Southport Beach -- 1 AMERICAN PIPIT, 30 PINE
SISKIN.

 From Alex Burdo, Brendan Murtha, and Jory Teltser:
10/19/14 - Fairfield, Metro Conservation Area -- 3 AMERICAN PIPIT, 1
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.

 From Alex Burdo:
10/19/14 - airfield, Greenfield Farm -- 1 BLACK VULTURE, 1 EASTERN
MEADOWLARK.

 From Steve Mayo:
10/19/14 - New Haven, Lighthouse Point Park, hawk watch -- An immature
Golden Eagle seen E to W over the Park by many observers was the
highlight of the day.  There was a massive morning flight of birds,
that went uncounted, as the hawks were already flying at dawn.  The
finch flight was impressive (Pine Siskin in the low thousands, perhaps
slightly fewer Purple Finch).  Siskins continued to move (albeit in
smaller flocks) into the late afternoon!  Also 10+ Rusty Blackbird.

 From Ryan Maclean:
10/19/14 - Greenwich, Quaker Ridge -- 4 Black Vulture and a beautiful
late day skein of 38 SNOW GEESE (FOS) were tallied.

 From Scott Kruitbosch, others:
10/19/14 - Stratford, Boothe Park Hawk Watch -- 1 Black Vulture, 4
CACKLING GOOSE, 202 PURPLE FINCH, 54 PINE SISKIN, 2 COMMON RAVEN.

 From Frank Mantlik:
10/19/14 - Stratford, Long Beach Blvd, McKinney Refuge (with Linda) --
1 LITTLE BLUE HERON (juvenile), 13 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS.
Stratford, Pond behind 611 Access Rd (private), (with Linda) -- 20
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS.
Stratford, Broad St, Stratford Marina (private) -- 35 YELLOW-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERONS.


Subject: 10/21 Millenium Park Three Orange-crowned Warblers, Five Field Sparrows
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:42:12 +0000 (UTC)
Hi,
I birded from 12:45-6:00. The best spot here today, by far, was at the smaller 
cattail marsh just down the bottom of the asphalt path from the fields A and B 
Parking Area(just follow the sign when you arrive at the entrance). Here, in a 
small area, I found the following: three Orange-crowned Warblers in the same 
bush just on opposite side of the stream, four Field Sparrows together in the 
grass strip on the side of the perimeter path, and three immature White-crowned 
Sparrows. By the way, this is the same area where I had one of my Clay-colored 
Sparrows the other day. The number of starlings coming in to roost at dusk is 
so large, I would guess four-thousand or more. And who knows how many 
blackbirds! They all eventually drop down into the extensive phragmites marsh 
to spend the night. 

HIGHLIGHTS:
Green-winged Teal 4    canoe launch, near dusk
American Wigeon 1      ad. male; flyover Cow Is. Pond
Wood Duck 13           incl. six flyovers, dusk
Osprey 1               hanging out Cow Is. Pond
Peregrine Falcon 1     ad. perched in dead tree river edge
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Gray Catbird 1+
Cedar Waxwing 30
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER 3+  see above
Yellow-rumped Warbler 30
Palm Warbler 4        two "eastern"
FIELD SPARROW 5       SEE ABOVE; FIFTH ONE AT END OF LOOP TRAIL
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW 4  see above; fourth one end of loop trail
Savannah Sparrow 70    incl. thirty-five together
Song Sparrow 50        guess; mucho
Swamp Sparrow 10
Indigo Bunting 1      found at dusk
Pine Siskin 1         heard high, sharp kdew flight call
Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston 
Subject: Breeds Pond, Lynn; Mon., 20 October 2014.
From: Richard Heil <rsheil AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:45:50 -0400
MONDAY, 20 OCTOBER 2014:
BREEDS POND, LYNN, MA (0900-1045 hrs.)
Weather: partly cloudy, NW winds 10 mph, 39-44 F
Richard S. Heil

Selective list:

Canada Goose (32)
American Black Duck (18)
Mallard (270)
Northern Pintail (1)
American Green-winged Teal (65)
Ring-necked Duck (1f.)
Hooded Merganser (3)
Pied-billed Grebe (1)
Double-crested Cormorant (3)
Great Blue Heron (5)
Osprey (1)
Cooper's Hawk (1)
Red-shouldered Hawk (1 imm.)
American Coot (15)
Killdeer (24)
Greater Yellowlegs (88)
Lesser Yellowlegs (2)
STILT SANDPIPER (1 juv.) : continuing; photo: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/14966665594/
Pectoral Sandpiper (2 juvs.)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 juv.)
Am. Herring Gull (6)
Ring-billed Gull (3)
Belted Kingfisher (1)
American Pipit (1)
Rusty Blackbird (2)
Purple Finch (7)
Pine Siskin (5)

Richard S. Heil
S. Peabody, MA
rsheil AT comcast.net

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/?saved=1 

Subject: Sedge Wren, Yes 3:39pm 10/21
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:11:08 +0000 (UTC)
The SEDGE WREN was seen this afternoon at about 3:39pm. It was a bit further 
down the path than previous reported. It flew across the path left to right and 
was seen all-to-briefly in the grasses between the path and the dirt road that 
becomes visible on the right. It vocalized a couple of times. 


Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
Birdwsg AT comcast.net
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
978-462-0775
Subject: Western Mass birds
From: Robert Packard <packardr90 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:23:17 +0000
A few slightly unusual birds in W. Mass today.
 
Longmeadow Flats, Fannie Stebbins
Blue-winged Teal-3
Green-winged Teal-2
NPintail-1
ACoot-2
Rusty Blackbird-11
Purple Finch-3
 
Arcadia Meadows, Northampton
Wild Turkey-11
Pied-billed Grebe-1
Bald Eagle-1-Oxbow
APipit-32-Oxbow sandspit
Vesper Sparrow-1-Ibis Pool
Fox Sparrow-1 Ibis Pool
Purple Finch-1


Bob Packard
Riverside, CA
packardr90 AT hotmail.com
 
  		 	   		  
Subject: Bird Walk & Book Signing with Doug Chickering - Nov. 30th
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:22:10 -0400
Massbirders,

Doug Chickering will be leading a bird walk at Salisbury Beach State 
Reservation and read from his book _Reflections
On A Golden-Winged Warbler_.  Doug will sign copies of his book. Doug's 
essays bring to life our memories of our
best moments in the field, by describing his favorite moments in his 
characteristic, magical prose.

Date: Sunday, November 30, 2014
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Meeting Location: Meet at the last, large parking lot on the left near 
the pavilion at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Additional information at:

http://nbptbirders.blogspot.com/


With best wishes,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport Birders
Observe ~ Appreciate ~ Identify
Newburyport, MA
Website:www.newburyportbirders.com
Blog: http://nbptbirders.blogspot.com/
Twitter:  AT  nbpt_birders

     


     


     




	

	

	

	




Subject: Re: Off Topic, But Tree-Related
From: Frederick Atwood <fredatwood AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:21:55 +0000 (UTC)
American Chestnut Foundation is doing amazing things to restore this species, 
involving selective breeding including back-crossing with the chinese chestnut 
to give it blight resistance genes. In 2005 they harvested what might be 
blight-resistant chestnuts which they are now testing. Wouldn't it be wonderful 
for our birds and mammals (and us) if it could be restored to its very 
important role in our forests? 

http://www.acf.org/mission_history.php  FredAtwood

      From: Catherine Fisher 
 To: Nikos Kazantzakis  
Cc: stevensimpson AT comcast.net; massbird  
 Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 4:16 PM
 Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Off Topic, But Tree-Related
   
If the sapling is sprouting from the roots of a tree (or sapling) that has 
succumbed to the blight, there will be more than one stalk - i.e. several 
suckers emerging from one spot.  If your tree had a single trunk with no 
suckers, then it grew from a chestnut.  In my town we have found at least 
three Am. chestnuts that grew from nuts and have found chestnuts on the ground 
around young parent trees.  We've grown saplings from some of the chestnuts 
we've found.  It seems that, like American elms after the arrival of Dutch Elm 
disease, Am. chestnuts, due to stresses brought on by the blight, become 
reproductively mature at a much, much earlier age than they did before the 
arrival of the blight.  It gives one a modicum of hope, that one of these 
days, these young, nut-producing trees will produce blight-resistant progeny. 

CatherineNH


On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 3:36 PM, Nikos Kazantzakis  
wrote: 


And occasionally the saplings from the old root stocks do unusually well.  
About 8 years ago, there were a couple of chestnut trees in Stonybrook Res in 
Boston that had reached maturity and were bearing nuts.  Someone who studies 
the trees, I'm not sure whom, collaborated with NSTAR to drive a bucket truck 
into Stonybrook to collect the chestnuts.  Not sure what became of the 
research.  The trees eventually succumbed to the blight, and more recently, I 
have only seen smaller saplings in the area. 


Nikos

Roslindale


On Oct 21, 2014, at 2:35 PM, stevensimpson AT comcast.net wrote:

> I was strolling through Hammond Pond Reservation today and came upon what I 
think is an American Chestnut sapling, no more than five feet high. 

>
> Given how they have been mostly wiped out in the northeast, how unlikely is 
this? 

>
> Steven A. Simpson
> (Arlington/Chestnut Hill)






  
Subject: Re: Off Topic, But Tree-Related
From: Catherine Fisher <catherineckx AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:16:36 -0400
If the sapling is sprouting from the roots of a tree (or sapling) that has
succumbed to the blight, there will be more than one stalk - i.e. several
suckers emerging from one spot.  If your tree had a single trunk with no
suckers, then it grew from a chestnut.  In my town we have found at least
three Am. chestnuts that grew from nuts and have found chestnuts on the
ground around young parent trees.  We've grown saplings from some of the
chestnuts we've found.  It seems that, like American elms after the arrival
of Dutch Elm disease, Am. chestnuts, due to stresses brought on by the
blight, become reproductively mature at a much, much earlier age than they
did before the arrival of the blight.  It gives one a modicum of hope, that
one of these days, these young, nut-producing trees will produce
blight-resistant progeny.

Catherine
NH

On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 3:36 PM, Nikos Kazantzakis 
wrote:

> And occasionally the saplings from the old root stocks do unusually well.
> About 8 years ago, there were a couple of chestnut trees in Stonybrook Res
> in Boston that had reached maturity and were bearing nuts.  Someone who
> studies the trees, I'm not sure whom, collaborated with NSTAR to drive a
> bucket truck into Stonybrook to collect the chestnuts.  Not sure what
> became of the research.  The trees eventually succumbed to the blight, and
> more recently, I have only seen smaller saplings in the area.
>
> Nikos
>
> Roslindale
>
>
> On Oct 21, 2014, at 2:35 PM, stevensimpson AT comcast.net wrote:
>
> > I was strolling through Hammond Pond Reservation today and came upon
> what I think is an American Chestnut sapling, no more than five feet high.
> >
> > Given how they have been mostly wiped out in the northeast, how unlikely
> is this?
> >
> > Steven A. Simpson
> > (Arlington/Chestnut Hill)
>
>
>
Subject: Summary: Off Topic, But Tree-Related
From: stevensimpson AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:10:18 +0000 (UTC)
Thanks for all the replies to my American Chestnut query.

It's interesting and rather sad, a fungus that will let these sapling erupt, 
but never reach adulthood. That's the trouble with noticing things like this, 
now I feel like I have to try keeping "my" chestnut healthy, just because I can 
‚ÄĒ for a while. 


I'll keep an eye on the little fella and try the "soil pack" temporary fix, if 
it becomes necessary. What do I have to lose but time? 


Steven A. Simpson
(Arlington/Chestnut Hill)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruce deGraaf" 
To: "Simpson, Steven" 
Cc: "massbird" 
Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 3:43:01 PM
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Off Topic, But Tree-Related

The roots of American Chestnut trees aren't killed by the blight/fungus. The 
stem of the tree will typically grow up to about 20 feet tall and then suddenly 
die and soon a new stem emerges. I suspect that's what you're seeing. 


There are many of short American Chestnut trees in my yard. However there is 
one American Chestnut tree near my house that is roughly 40 feet tall that 
seems healthy and immune to the blight. Its being watched by the American 
Chestnut Tree Foundation. 


Bruce deGraaf
Shrewsbury, MA

On Oct 21, 2014 2:35 PM, stevensimpson AT comcast.net wrote:
>
> I was strolling through Hammond Pond Reservation today and came upon what I 
think is an American Chestnut sapling, no more than five feet high. 

>
> Given how they have been mostly wiped out in the northeast, how unlikely is 
this? 

>
> Steven A. Simpson 
> (Arlington/Chestnut Hill)
Subject: Re: Off Topic, But Tree-Related
From: Bruce deGraaf <brucedegraaf AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:43:01 -0400
The roots of American Chestnut trees aren't killed by the blight/fungus. The 
stem of the tree will typically grow up to about 20 feet tall and then suddenly 
die and soon a new stem emerges. I suspect that's what you're seeing. 


There are many of short American Chestnut trees in my yard. However there is 
one American Chestnut tree near my house that is roughly 40 feet tall that 
seems healthy and immune to the blight. Its being watched by the American 
Chestnut Tree Foundation. 


Bruce deGraaf
Shrewsbury, MA

On Oct 21, 2014 2:35 PM, stevensimpson AT comcast.net wrote:
>
> I was strolling through Hammond Pond Reservation today and came upon what I 
think is an American Chestnut sapling, no more than five feet high. 

>
> Given how they have been mostly wiped out in the northeast, how unlikely is 
this? 

>
> Steven A. Simpson 
> (Arlington/Chestnut Hill) 
Subject: Re: Off Topic, But Tree-Related
From: Nikos Kazantzakis <kazantzakis83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:36:09 -0400
And occasionally the saplings from the old root stocks do unusually well. About 
8 years ago, there were a couple of chestnut trees in Stonybrook Res in Boston 
that had reached maturity and were bearing nuts. Someone who studies the trees, 
I'm not sure whom, collaborated with NSTAR to drive a bucket truck into 
Stonybrook to collect the chestnuts. Not sure what became of the research. The 
trees eventually succumbed to the blight, and more recently, I have only seen 
smaller saplings in the area. 


Nikos

Roslindale 


On Oct 21, 2014, at 2:35 PM, stevensimpson AT comcast.net wrote:

> I was strolling through Hammond Pond Reservation today and came upon what I 
think is an American Chestnut sapling, no more than five feet high. 

> 
> Given how they have been mostly wiped out in the northeast, how unlikely is 
this? 

> 
> Steven A. Simpson
> (Arlington/Chestnut Hill)

Subject: Re: Off Topic, But Tree-Related
From: Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:17:22 -0400
American chestnuts are actually pretty common in places in which they have been 
historically present, until they get to a height of about 12 feet or a bit 
less, at which point they die off. But the roots remain viable and are not 
affected. New saplings continue to grow from the old route stock. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 21, 2014, at 2:35 PM, stevensimpson AT comcast.net wrote:
> 
> I was strolling through Hammond Pond Reservation today and came upon what I 
think is an American Chestnut sapling, no more than five feet high. 

> 
> Given how they have been mostly wiped out in the northeast, how unlikely is 
this? 

> 
> Steven A. Simpson
> (Arlington/Chestnut Hill)
Subject: Re: Off Topic, But Tree-Related
From: Tim Factor <tef617 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:17:27 -0400
What you saw was a remnant of an old Chestnut tree from before about 1940
by which time the blight had wiped out essentially all adult trees in the
Northeast. The blight fungus only attacks mature bark. The old root system
sends up shoots that only live long enough to develop mature bark (at
around 10 -15') and then develop cankers and die back. Unfortunately the
shoots don't live long enough to flower and make chestnuts so they won't
proliferate. Sometimes you can see vestiges of the old stump but usually
that's long since rotted away. It's not uncommon; the state checklist shows
them in every county in the state except Nantucket. There are several
locally in the Middlesex Fells and Blue Hills Reservation. I found my first
in Boston proper this past summer in Stony Brook Reservation.

Tim Factor
tef617 AT gmail.com

On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 2:35 PM,  wrote:

> I was strolling through Hammond Pond Reservation today and came upon what
> I think is an American Chestnut sapling, no more than five feet high.
>
> Given how they have been mostly wiped out in the northeast, how unlikely
> is this?
>
> Steven A. Simpson
> (Arlington/Chestnut Hill)
>
Subject: Off Topic, But Tree-Related
From: stevensimpson AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:35:49 +0000 (UTC)
I was strolling through Hammond Pond Reservation today and came upon what I 
think is an American Chestnut sapling, no more than five feet high. 


Given how they have been mostly wiped out in the northeast, how unlikely is 
this? 


Steven A. Simpson
(Arlington/Chestnut Hill)
Subject: Sedge wren- yes
From: dave.williams6 AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:48:47 -0400
Dunback Meadows, Middlesex, US-MA
Oct 21, 2014 8:20 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.6 mile(s)
Comments: Thanks to Anthony Laquidara and Ryan Doherty (great directionsI), I 
was able to get a state bird - the Sedge wren. When I arrived, I was informed 
that I just missed it, but, soon, I heard the growl "breet" call and then the 
bird popped up. This little guy did not offer me great looks at first, but, 
eventually, the bird popped up into in small tree and provided great looks and 
a couple of photograph opportunities. Photos at: http://tinyurl.com/m6rw56o 

23 species

Canada Goose  35
Red-shouldered Hawk  1     Heard calling, and then watched it fly.
Mourning Dove  8
Northern Flicker  1     Heard.
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Sedge Wren 1 Small, slim wren. Overall warm, Buffy appearance. Underparts 
barred. Faint white, line through eye. Streaked back. Heard bird numerous time, 
call sounded like a quick, growled, "breet". Photos at: 
http://tinyurl.com/m6rw56o 

Carolina Wren  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  10
European Starling  9
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  4
Swamp Sparrow  7
White-throated Sparrow  8
Northern Cardinal  2
Purple Finch  2
Pine Siskin  X     Fly-overs
American Goldfinch  3

Dave Williams
Reading, MA

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20296043 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Sedge Wren continues at Dunback
From: torchwood4 AT verizon.net
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:10:03 -0500 (CDT)
The Sedge Wren reported yesterday continues in the same section of Dunback 
Meadows. From the Allen St. entrance, go past the 4-way intersection and 
continue into the field past the short boardwalk. The bird was being seen on 
the left side of the path when it briefly perched on shrubs, seedheads, or dead 
brown leaves before burying itself in the grasses. We did not see it back in 
the cattails. There were also sporadic "growl" vocalizations. Others have 
photos. 



Claire McCall
Bedford, MA
torchwood4 At verizon.net
Subject: Re: Sedge Wren @ Dunback Meadows, Lexington MA
From: Devin Hefferon <dhefferon AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:38:14 -0400
Massbirders,

Thanks to the super accurate and helpful coordinates provided by Ryan
Doherty I was able to relocate Anthony Laquidara's Sedge Wren at Dunback
Meadows. It popped up out of the marsh grass and perched in a shrub in
almost the exact spot RD saw it yesterday. It made very little sound only
occasionally "buzzing."  It disappeared again into the grass but as I was
leaving a search party was assembling to continue the hunt.  Photos are on
my blog page: http://theramblingbrambling.blogspot.com/

Thanks and good luck!
Devin Hefferon
Watertown, MA
dhefferon AT gmail.com

On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 9:54 PM, J. Ryan Doherty  wrote:

> What up Massbird,
>
> I got word this afternoon of a Sedge Wren discovered by Anthony Laquidara
> at Dunback Meadows in Lexington. I relocated the bird this evening around
> 5:45pm at the following coordinates:
>
> 42.43197,-71.223518
>
> If you're not Google maps savvy, park at the Allen Street entrance and
> follow the path out to a 4-way intersection. Continue straight, going over
> a small footbridge and through a small wooded area. The bird was on the
> left, in grasses just after this wooded patch.
>
> Cheers,
> ryan
>
> Ryan Doherty
> Brighton MA
> ryan AT epicsea.com
>
>
>
>


-- 
Devin Hefferon
Subject: Central MA
From: George W Gove <gwgove AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:00:30 -0400
Monday Oct 20, 2014 we went to the Amherst area on an errand. At the 
Honey Pot, we counted 177 American Pipits.

At the Power Canal in Turners Falls we saw 2 Snow Geese among the many 
Canada Geese.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro
Subject: Greater white-fronted Goose West Newbury
From: Angela Walsh <awalsh AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:29:14 +0000
Scott Santino just called the office to say he had the greater white-fronted 
goose at the same spot, the sandbar, Steve Grinley posted yesterday at the 
artichoke reservoir. 



Angela Walsh
Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Administrative Assistant/Scout and Birthday Registrar
87 Perkins Row
Topsfield, MA 01983
p 978.887.9264 f 978.887.0875, Tues, Thurs-Sat. 9-4

A beautiful fall trip not to be missed. Join Scott Santino and Sue MacCallum in 
Marvelous Migration: Brigantine to Cape May in November. Click 
here 
for more information or call the office to sign up. 



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Subject: Saw-whet Owl- New Salem
From: Bill Lafley <blafley AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:30:32 -0400
Hello,

Tonight I heard a Saw-whet Owl calling from pine stand across the road.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
Blafley AT gmail.com
Subject: HSR: Wachusett Mountain (20 Oct 2014) 9 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 20 Oct 2014 21:10:20 -0400
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              1              5
Turkey Vulture               1             98            125
Osprey                       1             13            237
Bald Eagle                   0             38            186
Northern Harrier             0              6             26
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            104            557
Cooper's Hawk                0             35            112
Northern Goshawk             0              1              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             17          16747
Red-tailed Hawk              1             11             16
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              1
American Kestrel             0             29            153
Merlin                       0              8             34
Peregrine Falcon             1              9             39
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             20
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              1              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2             26             81

Total:                       9            407          18361
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 13:30:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Steve Olson

Observers:        Kathy Olson, Ted Mara

Weather:
Temp: 45 degrees in AM, 48 degrees in PM.
Wind - Mostly SW  with shifts to W. 10 - 15 mph with gusts.
Blue Skies with cirrus clouds most of the day. More cloudy in PM.

Raptor Observations:
Because of the SW winds with the gusts, few raptors were seen during the
day. Wind forced most birds down below the summit and caused them to fly
around the mountain.
3 local non-migrating Red-Tailed hawks.
No local non-migrating TVs were seen. Wind may have been too strong.

Non-raptor Observations:
Gull - 1
Raven - 1
Yellow-Rumped Warbler - 1
Juncos - 6
1st yr. Bicknell's Thrush - 1
Canada Geese - 149

Predictions:
Tomorrow and most of the upcoming week - Showers with T-Storms, possible
heavy rain on Wednesday. Shower and inclement weather for Thurs. & Fri.
Next possible watching period are next Sat. & Sun.
NOTE: THE ROAD TO THE SUMMIT WILL CLOSE AT SUNSET ON OCT. 26, 2014 FOR THE
SEASON. AFTER THAT, ACCESS TO SUMMIT WILL ONLY BE THE HIKING TRAILS.
See you auto warriors on Memorial Day weekend, 2015.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  ()
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw

Subject: Sedge Wren @ Dunback Meadows, Lexington MA
From: "J. Ryan Doherty" <ryan AT epicsea.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:54:28 -0400
What up Massbird,

I got word this afternoon of a Sedge Wren discovered by Anthony Laquidara
at Dunback Meadows in Lexington. I relocated the bird this evening around
5:45pm at the following coordinates:

42.43197,-71.223518

If you're not Google maps savvy, park at the Allen Street entrance and
follow the path out to a 4-way intersection. Continue straight, going over
a small footbridge and through a small wooded area. The bird was on the
left, in grasses just after this wooded patch.

Cheers,
ryan

Ryan Doherty
Brighton MA
ryan AT epicsea.com


Subject: weekend birds in Chatham
From: Frederick Atwood <fredatwood AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:39:51 +0000 (UTC)
Due to my Mom's declining health I was back in Chatham for the weekend and was 
able to do a little bit of birding. It was my first opportunity to bird here 
this time of year since high school days. 

Here are the highlights of the 77 species seen:9 Brant Chatham lighthouse Oct 
19250 Common Eider Chatham lighthouse Oct 19300 WW scoter Chatham lighthouse 
Oct 191 long-tailed duck Chatham lighthouse Oct 19shearwaters: 21 Cory's, 1 
great, 1 sooty, 2 manx, 19 unident; Chatham lighthouse Oct 19105 gannet Chatham 
lighthouse Oct 19 

22 great blue heron Morris I causeway Oct 19 (17 were circling overhead before 
the causeway) 

2 great and 1 snowy egret at Bucks Creek Oct 181 osprey at Goose Pond Oct 181 
Bald Eagle immature Goose Pond Oct 19, just before I left, a nice farewell 
surprise, my first here in 25 years or so 

1 red-shouldered hawk imm Goose Pond Oct 18, new yard bird10 willet Forest 
Beach Oct 181 Lesser Black-backed Gull adult Chatham lighthouse Oct 171 
Yellow-bellied sapsucker, Goose Pond Oct 18, new yard bird1 adult Peregrine at 
Bucks Creek Oct 18, and Scatteree Oct 191 Phoebe Goose Pond Oct 191 Blue-headed 
vireo at Morris I causeway Oct 19, and new bird for Goose Pond yard list Oct 
1893 Tree swallows at Goose Pond Oct 18both kinglets at Morris I causeway Oct 
194 palm warblers (western) Morris I causeway Oct 19black-throated green 
warbler Morris I causeway Oct 19dickcissel flying over calling at Morris I 
causeway Oct 191 chipping sparrow Forest Beach Oct 18 

2 dark-eyed junco Morris I causeway Oct 194 meadowlarks Morris I causeway Oct 
19pine siskins calling as they flew over Goose Pond, Morris I causeway and 
Forest Beach 

despite intense listening I found no purple finches

All the bestFred AtwoodGoose Pond, ChathamOakton, VA


 
Subject: Purple finches
From: Barbara Drummond <bdraraavis AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:32:13 -0400
Bill and I had a horde of Purple Finches descend on our feeders this afternoon. 
Though we've had a few around for over a week, today there were over 20 on our 
platform pole feeder alone, plus more on our tube feeders. This is by far the 
highest number we have ever hosted at this address. 


Barbara Drummond
North Andover
bdraraavis AT verizon.net
Subject: 10/19 It's Raining Hermit Thrushes Downtown Boston
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:58:58 +0000 (UTC)
 Hi,The Boston Public Garden had at least eleven Hermit Thrushes yesterday 
afternoon. The Rose Kennedy Greenway from South Station to the New England 
Aquarium had two, and Post Office Square Park had at least three Hermit 
Thrushes.ROSE KENNEDY GREENWAY:Peregrine Falcon 1     perched at nest 
siteEastern Phoebe 1Hermit Thrush 2Gray Catbird 2+Common Yellowthroat 4+Field 
Sparrow 1Swamp Sparrow 3Song Sparrow 5White-throated Sparrow 30Dark-eyed Junco 
1POST OFFICE SQUARE PARK:White-breasted Nuthatch 1Brown Creeper 1Hermit Thrush 
3+Common Yellowthroat 1Swamp Sparrow 1White-throated Sparrow 8BOSTON PUBLIC 
GARDEN:Black-crowned Night-Heron 1Eastern Phoebe 1Brown Creeper 1Ruby-crowned 
Kinglet 2Golden-crowned Kinglet 3Hermit Thrush 11Yellow-rumped Warbler 
14Blackpoll Warbler 2Palm Warbler 1     "eastern"Common Yellowthroat 
1White-throated Sparrow 50     estimateSwamp Sparrow 1Song Sparrow 
3Dark-eyed Junco 7+PURPLE FINCH 1             in crabapples at 
Charles St. entrance with House FinchesPaul 
Petersonpetersonpaul63 AT yahoo.comBoston     


Subject: HSR: Pinnacle Rock (19 Oct 2014) 92 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 20 Oct 2014 18:10:09 -0400
Pinnacle Rock
Malden, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               5              5              6
Osprey                       2              6              8
Bald Eagle                   0              1              2
Northern Harrier             1              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk          61             94             98
Cooper's Hawk                9             12             13
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              3              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5              5              6
Merlin                       2              3              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            2              3              6
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               2              2              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              3              6

Total:                      92            142            160
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter:        Craig Jackson

Observers:        Jack Miano

Weather:
Strong (3-4) winds throughout the watch, shifting from W-WNW-NW; 
Temperature -- 8-13-11¬įC; Cloud cover -- began almost 95%, clearing in
west to 40%, before again almost completely clouded over (98%);

Raptor Observations:
Migrating - Very good movement of raptors (mostly SS Hawks) with sometimes
as many as 5 birds flying in quick succession on same flight path
First AK of year; Greatest movement was between 1 and 3 PM (partially due
to extra observer);  Migrating raptors flying at all heights throughout
day
Non-migrating - 4-6 Redtails; 1 CH, 1 TV, 1 BE (imm) seen flying SW flew
behind hill and not seen again -- not believed to have moved through

Non-raptor Observations:
Birds - about 345 Canada Geese in 13 skeins; 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler

Predictions:
should be good if winds continue
========================================================================
Report submitted by Craig Jackson (crleja AT yahoo.com)
Subject: HSR: Blueberry Hill (20 Oct 2014) 57 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 20 Oct 2014 18:10:51 -0400
Blueberry Hill
Granville, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              29            106            106
Osprey                       1              7             48
Bald Eagle                   1              2             29
Northern Harrier             3              8             34
Sharp-shinned Hawk           9             90            320
Cooper's Hawk                0             29             61
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1           4657
Red-tailed Hawk             12             18             28
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             1             43            128
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              4
Merlin                       1              5              8
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              6
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2             18

Total:                      57            316           5450
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        John Weeks

Observers:        Dick Haas, John Weeks

Weather:
Variably cloudy; cloud-cover went from 90% to 45% to 85%.  Wind W/WSW 7 mph
increasing to 13 mph.  Temperature 43-51 F.  Visibility was good to start
(20 miles) and improved dramatically thereafter.

Raptor Observations:
Red-tails are just starting to move in more than single digits.

Non-raptor Observations:
Canada Geese (ca. 325), SNOW GOOSE (1 in third position in flock of 39
Canadas), Ruffed Grouse, Common Ravens (2), American Crows (60),
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robins (7), American Pipits (2), Palm
Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warblers (2), LAPLAND LONGSPUR.  One intrepid
Monarch.


========================================================================
Report submitted by John Weeks (aerie.john AT cox.net)

Subject: east Amherst yard birds
From: Joshua Rose <opihi AT mindspring.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:00:58 -0400
Hi MassBirders,

Earlier today a thrush appeared above my bird bath. Sadly, did not stick around 
for photos, much less a drink or bath. It had almost no visible spotting on its 
breast, and the brown areas were very pale and non-contrasty, leading me to ID 
it as a Veery. Sorta late for one of them to still be around hereÖ 


A few walks yesterday, of varying distance and direction from my house, led me 
to a lone Pine Siskin, a Winter Wren, and a Sharp-shinned Hawk, among other 
species. The trailhead off Pelham Road to the Amethyst Brook Conservation Area 
was swarming with sparrows, but all just one species as far as I could detect, 
White-throated. 


The weekend also brought a noticeable influx of kinglets to the neighborhood, 
several Golden-crowned on Saturday, single Ruby-crowned Sunday and today. 


For MassBirders who are not on FaceBook, yesterday and today have brought an 
assortment of normally more coastal waterbirds to western MA, according to 
posts on Western Mass Birders. Reports from Winsor Dam by Larry Therrien, from 
Ludlow Reservoir by Steve Motyl, and from the Berkshire Lakes by Gael Hurley 
have noted Horned Grebes, Brant, Ruddy Ducks, Bufflehead, Long-tailed Ducks, 
and all three flavors of Scoter. 


Good birding,

Josh


Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
http://www.facebook.com/opihi


Subject: Next Bear Creek, Saugus, walk on Sunday Oct 26 at 9 am
From: "Soheil Zendeh" <sohzendeh AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:00:01 -0400
Folks,

We've scheduled the next Bear Creek, Saugus, walk for next Sunday, October 26 
at 9 am. 


On our October 19 walk the effects of the cold front that moved through the 
region the previous night was obvious; there were hordes of new migrant 
passerines. The full ebird checklist is below. Highlights: 

-A couple of dozen Yellow-rumped Warblers.
-Three Palm Warblers.
-Great Egrets staging for migration; 24 scattered around Rumney Marsh.
-Large group of gulls in the air at once, spooked by passing immature Bald 
Eagle. 

-2 American Kestrels watching over the grasslands
-Accipiters in view at various times included 3 Cooper's and a Sharp-shinned.
-Flock of American Pipits blowing about in the wind and landing in the dried-up 
pond grasses: Minimum 35 birds; Geoff Wilson saw a flock he estimated at about 
250 fly into the marsh and disappear -- he thought they were also pipits, but 
no one saw them clearly. 


Bear Creek is an upland sanctuary built on the old RESCO landfill at the 
northern end of Rumney Marsh in Saugus and Revere. Access information is below. 
Wear good walking shoes and be prepared to hike 3 ‚Äď 4 miles. The property is 
mostly very open, so be prepared for sun, wind and weather. Please allow a 
minimum of 3 hours for this field trip. The actual length of the trip depends 
on conditions and the birds present. 


The company has graciously stocked up on some extra pairs of binoculars, so if 
you or someone you know wants to learn about birds and birding, come on down. 


The leader for this trip is Pat Randall. Email her at brusher AT comcast.net if 
you're coming so she will have a head count. 


Bear Creek sanctuary access is via the RESCO plant, 100 Salem Turnpike (Rte 
107), Saugus. The rotary at the intersection of Rtes 60 and 107 is about 1¬Ĺ 
miles southwest of the plant and about 1 mile east of Rte 1 exit on Rte 60. 
When traveling northeast on 107, if you go over the Ballard Street bridge (just 
after a set of lights) you‚Äôve gone too far‚ÄĒturn back. Here is a link to 
google maps: http://tinyurl.com/326v87d When you arrive, drive through the 
plant gates, park in the parking lot immediately and wait for the group. Please 
do not drive farther into the property without an escort. 




Bear Creek Sanctuary, Saugus, Essex, US-MA Oct 19, 2014 9:20 AM - 12:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Cool, clearing slowly, w - nw 10 - 15 mph
37 bird species (+4 other taxa)

Canada Goose  74
American Black Duck  3
Mallard  9
Double-crested Cormorant  15
Great Blue Heron  28
Great Egret 24 Scattered in small groups throughout the marsh -- careful count 

Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  3
Accipiter sp.  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Wilson's Snipe  1
Herring Gull  95
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  20
Mourning Dove  5
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  2
Eastern Phoebe  5
Blue Jay  2
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Hermit Thrush  3
Catharus sp.  1
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  300
American Pipit  35
Palm Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  28
warbler sp.  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Field Sparrow  2
Savannah Sparrow  9
Song Sparrow  20
Swamp Sparrow  6
Dark-eyed Junco  4
Red-winged Blackbird  2
blackbird sp.  15
American Goldfinch  7
House Sparrow  6



Soheil Zendeh
42 Baker Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421

cell 617-763-5637
home 781-863-2392

sohzendeh AT gmail.com



Subject: Nelson's Sparrow - Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston
From: John Baur <JBaur AT eatonvance.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:19:02 +0000
Hi All,
I just came across a Nelson's Sparrow foraging in the lawn (the sparrow, not 
me) on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston. Specifically, the bird was about 
halfway between High Street and East India Row, almost directly in front of The 
Times Pub. 


John Baur
Sharon, MA
John_baur At yahoo. com
Subject: Re: 10/24 - fall meeting Brookline Bird Club. Wheelchair instructions
From: Eva Casey <evacasey13 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:46:18 -0700
Wheelchair instructions for getting to the Geological Lecture Hall:

Use the Hoffman Building side entrance at 26 Oxford Street, which is right next 
to the Chemistry Building. Take the elevator to the third floor. Go East toward 
Divinity Street a short distance to a small elevator. Take that down to the 
first floor. Now backtrack West toward Oxford Street. 

--------------------------------------------
On Mon, 10/20/14, Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore  wrote:

 Subject: [MASSBIRD] 10/24 - fall meeting Brookline Bird Club
 To: massbird AT TheWorld.com
 Date: Monday, October 20, 2014, 9:15 AM
 
 Join us for our fall meeting on
 Friday, October 24!
 
 We'll also recognize Bill Drummond for his many years of
 service to 
 the Club.
 
 We look forward to seeing you there!
 
 Barbara Volkle
 Northborough, MA
 barb620 AT theworld.com
 
 * * *
 
 Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm
 Social hour and light refreshments 6:30 pm
 
 Geological Lecture Hall. Harvard University
 24 Oxford Street
 Cambridge, MA
 
 
 BIRD CONSERVATION AT MASSWILDLIFE
 Andrew Vitz, State Ornithologist
 
 Andrew will discuss the bird conservation program at the 
 Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife over the
 last 
 several decades.† This work includes successful
 introduction of Bald 
 Eagles and Peregrine Falcons that are now thriving across
 the state, 
 as well as the dramatic increase of the federally threatened
 Piping 
 Plovers from its population lows in the 1980s, which has
 made 
 Massachusetts the leader in plover conservation along the
 Atlantic 
 Coast.† Other topics will include ongoing tern
 conservation and a 
 recent emphasis on grassland birds and the American
 Kestrel.† Lastly, 
 Andrew will discuss the challenges that climate change poses
 for 
 future bird conservation efforts.
 
 Members and guest are cordially invited.† Admission and
 parking is 
 free.† Directions may be found at our website 
 www.brooklinebirdclub.org .
 
 Birder's Exchange Program Donations:† please bring your
 used 
 binoculars and other birding equipment.† For more
 information, go to 
 www.aba.org/bex/ .
 
 
 
 
Subject: Drumlin Farm today
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:41:13 +0000
Not as many birds as I had expected but still a decent list with 34 species. 
Highlight was 10 purple finches. 


Thanks to Joan, Connie and Chris for birding with me this morning.

Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

Canada Goose  58
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Phoebe  4
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
Eastern Bluebird  16
American Robin  16
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  33
Cedar Waxwing  28
Common Yellowthroat  1
Palm Warbler  10
Yellow-rumped Warbler  33
Chipping Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  10
Swamp Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  18
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
House Finch  4
Purple Finch  10
American Goldfinch  10
House Sparrow  X


Subject: White-fr Goose, W. Newbury 10/20
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:46:17 +0000 (UTC)
Doug Chickering called at 12:40pm to report that the WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE is 
present among some Canada Geese on a sandbar in the Artichoke Reservoir, viewed 
from the small turnout area along Turkey Hill Road in West Newbury. 


Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
Birdwsg AT comcast.net
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
978-462-0775

Subject: Allen's Pond bird walk 10/19 - Northern Shrike
From: Nickilas Paulson <grendelpgill AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:06:17 -0700
Howdy,

I led a Brookline BC walk yesterday 10/19 to Allen's Pond(Beach Loop, Quansett 
Trail and Allen's Neck) and Gooseberry Neck in Westport. Three birders joined 
me for the walk. We encountered our best bird right away along the beach, an 
early Northern Shrike. It likely spent all day there and we watched it again as 
we returned to our cars. Really good migration day specifically for 
Yellow-rumped and Palm warblers and Kinglets. Also waves of Cormorants passing 
for most of the morning. 


46 Brant (Atlantic)
62 Canada Goose
1 Mute Swan
28 American Black Duck
4 Mallard
1-2 Mallard x Black Duck
2 Blue-winged Teal
10 Green-winged Teal (American)
9 Common Eider (Atlantic)
70 White-winged Scoter
1 Red-throated Loon
10 Common Loon
800 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Cormorant
17 Great Blue Heron
24 Great Egret
1 Snowy Egret
7 Turkey Vulture
3 Northern Harrier
3 Cooper's Hawk
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
2 Accipiter sp.
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
3 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Rail species - loud slow single note grunts spaced apart. Thought maybe 
Virginia as I have heard odd grunts in the spring not like any calls on tapes. 
But I suspect it may have been a Clapper based on listening to the variability 
of there calls on xeno-canto. It was in the phragmites in fresh pond. 

1 Killdeer
16 Greater Yellowlegs
7 Lesser Yellowlegs
128 Sanderling
4 Dunlin
20 Ring-billed Gull
75 Herring Gull
25 Great Black-backed Gull
5 Rock Pigeon
5 Mourning Dove
2 Peregrine Falcon
1 Merlin
1 Belted Kingfisher
4 Red-bellied Woodpecker
7 Downy Woodpecker
9 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
13 Eastern Phoebe
1
 Northern Shrike -- Beach 
loop along the beach in trees and bushes between beach and marsh between
 the stone wall and the large rocks.
1 Shrike Sp. -- seen flying across the road by entrance to Horseneck Beach on 
the way to the walk. Not seen well enough to ID to species. 

22 Blue Jay
17 American Crow
40 Tree Swallow
24 Black-capped Chickadee
12 Tufted Titmouse
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
13 Carolina Wren
8 Golden-crowned Kinglet
22 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Hermit Thrush
22 American Robin
4 Gray Catbird
4 Northern Mockingbird
68 European Starling
14 Cedar Waxwing
4 American Pipit
1 Blackpoll Warbler
475 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
45 Palm Warbler - both types
1 Common Yellowthroat
2 Field Sparrow
9 Savannah Sparrow
39 Song Sparrow
1 Lincoln's Sparrow
15 Swamp Sparrow
55 White-throated Sparrow
2 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
15 Northern Cardinal
800 Red-winged Blackbird
4 Eastern Meadowlark
8 Brown-headed Cowbird
3 Purple Finch
6 House Finch
12 Pine Siskin
6 American Goldfinch
6 House Sparrow

Nick Paulson
grendelpgill yahoo.com
Upton, Ma
Subject: White-fronted goose, West Newbury 10/19
From: "Young, John (DPU)" <john.young AT state.ma.us>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:23:25 -0400
Massbirders,
I had a nice look at an adult white-fronted goose with a flock of Canadas in a 
harvested corn field two fields to the west of Pike's Bridge Road in West 
Newbury yesterday near sunset. So, keep your eyes out if you're in the area. 

John Young
Jamaica Plain
Subject: 10/24 - fall meeting Brookline Bird Club
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT theworld.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:15:11 -0400
Join us for our fall meeting on Friday, October 24!

We'll also recognize Bill Drummond for his many years of service to 
the Club.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com

* * *

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Social hour and light refreshments 6:30 pm

Geological Lecture Hall. Harvard University
24 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA


BIRD CONSERVATION AT MASSWILDLIFE
Andrew Vitz, State Ornithologist

Andrew will discuss the bird conservation program at the 
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife over the last 
several decades.  This work includes successful introduction of Bald 
Eagles and Peregrine Falcons that are now thriving across the state, 
as well as the dramatic increase of the federally threatened Piping 
Plovers from its population lows in the 1980s, which has made 
Massachusetts the leader in plover conservation along the Atlantic 
Coast.  Other topics will include ongoing tern conservation and a 
recent emphasis on grassland birds and the American Kestrel.  Lastly, 
Andrew will discuss the challenges that climate change poses for 
future bird conservation efforts.

Members and guest are cordially invited.  Admission and parking is 
free.  Directions may be found at our website 
www.brooklinebirdclub.org .

Birder's Exchange Program Donations:  please bring your used 
binoculars and other birding equipment.  For more information, go to 
www.aba.org/bex/ .


Subject: Recent sightings
From: George W Gove <gwgove AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:31:43 -0400
The following are some sightings we made in the past few days.

Oct 17, 2014
23 Great Egrets in the Westport area between Acoaxet and Allens Pond.

Oct 19, 2014
8 Wood Ducks and 13 Ring-necked Ducks in Petersham
27 Wood Ducks and 1 Eastern Phoebe in a swamp in Templeton

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlboro MA
Subject: HSR: Wachusett Mountain (19 Oct 2014) 88 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Oct 2014 22:10:02 -0400
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              1              5
Turkey Vulture              14             97            124
Osprey                       0             12            236
Bald Eagle                   6             38            186
Northern Harrier             2              6             26
Sharp-shinned Hawk          39            101            554
Cooper's Hawk                5             35            112
Northern Goshawk             0              1              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             17          16747
Red-tailed Hawk              2             10             15
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              1
American Kestrel            11             29            153
Merlin                       5              8             34
Peregrine Falcon             0              8             38
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             20
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              1              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2             24             79

Total:                      88            398          18352
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Rod Chase

Observers:        Bill Rasku

Visitors:
Blair Eizenbeck, Bill Rasku, Susan Williamson, Steve Arena and Amy O'Neil.


Weather:
Temp: 40 degrees-AM, 45 degrees-PM.
Very clean air with visibility  AT  50+ miles.
Winds: NW all day, 5-20 mph early and 10 to 25 mph by PM.
80% overcast in AM., 95% overcast in PM.

Raptor Observations:
Local Red-Tailed Hawks, Local TVs, and a  number of non-migrating Bald
Eagles.
Bald Eagles - 5 mature & 1 immature.

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens, 320+ Canada Geese, Cormorant.

Predictions:
Sunny (Predication - Best day of Week), Winds from South & moving to SW by
early PM. Wind - 10 to 15 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  ()
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw

Subject: Golden Eagle PBASE photo links- Marblehead- 10/19
From: Davis Noble <adn315 AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:28:27 -0400
Massbird,

My friend, LD, has most kindly provided links to a few photos that I 
got lucky with today of the juvenile Golden Eagle.
I hope that Linda F. feels that the the " flat tire" eagle was worth it 
! Relatively low at first, it climbed to a speck and was gone all too 
quickly.

Links: http://www.pbase.com/ldlove27/image/157884984   
 http://www.pbase.com/ldlove27/image/157884985   
http://www.pbase.com/ldlove27/image/157884986
 

Davis Noble
Marblehead
adn315 AT aol.com




Subject: Barred Owl Natick
From: <gsdysart AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:29:27 +0000
Barred Owl (Strix varia) Natick MA October 19, 2014 - I initially saw the owl 
perched just 5 feet outside my kitchen window at 10 am this Sunday morning. I 
went outside later and found him in woods in our woods nearby for another 
photo. 


http://dysart.zenfolio.com/birds_ma/e39139fb
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Boston, Suffolk County, MA, US, Oct 19, 2014
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:29:22 -0400
This morning 8 members of the Brookline Bird Club joined me on a trip
around Boston. We tallied 61 species on this very windy day
Highlights included 225 Ruddy Ducks at Chestnut Hill Reservoir, 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, 4 Peregrines- three of which were preforming
aerial displays over the Rose Kennedy Greenway, 7 Phoebes, 2 Blue-headed
Vireos, ELEVEN Hermit Thrushes (4 at Greenway, 4 at Fenway and 3 at Forest
Hills, six warbler species plus two interesting ones that vanished before
id, we all got good looks at an Orange-crowned in the Fenway and a Rusty
Blackbird.  We visited in order Rose Kennedy Greenway, the Fenway Victory
Gardens, Forest Hills Cemetery, Franklin Park, Boston Nature Center, Mt
Hope and St Micheal's Cemeteries, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Pond, Leverett
Pond, Chestnut Hill Reservoir and Chandler Pond

Boston, Suffolk County, MA, US, Suffolk, US-MA
Oct 19, 2014 7:15 AM - 4:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
15.0 mile(s)
61 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  156
Wood Duck  5     Forest Hills Cemetery
American Black Duck  20
Mallard  128
Ring-necked Duck  4     Chestnut Hill Reservoir
Ruddy Duck  225     all at Chestnut Hill Reservoir- carefully counted
Pied-billed Grebe  4     all at Jamaica Pond
Double-crested Cormorant  19
Great Blue Heron  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
American Coot  5
Ring-billed Gull  85
Herring Gull  26
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1     Christopher Columbus Park- pre trip
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  128
Mourning Dove  65
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  14
Northern Flicker  4
Peregrine Falcon  4
Eastern Phoebe  7
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  38
American Crow  26
Black-capped Chickadee  30
Tufted Titmouse  9
Red-breasted Nuthatch  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  7
Carolina Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  6
Hermit Thrush  11
American Robin  26
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  9
European Starling  40
Cedar Waxwing  6
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  4
Palm Warbler (Western)  2
Pine Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  27
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
warbler sp.  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  8
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  32
Swamp Sparrow  10
White-throated Sparrow  84
Dark-eyed Junco  11
Northern Cardinal  12
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Rusty Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  17
House Finch  24
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  20
House Sparrow  110

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID
=S20281835

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

-- 
Bob Stymeist
Arlington
bobstymeist AT gmail.com
Subject: Purple Finch numbers growing in Merrimac
From: Bob & Bonnie Buxton <bbxt AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:04:55 -0400
My nephew Brian and I counted 26 Purple Finches at the feeders and on 
the ground beneath the feeders today.  I saw one Pine Siskin take a sip 
from the stream but it did not stay.  We also had a Yellow-rumped 
Warbler eating suet from our log feeder.  A very windy, cool day but 
lots of birds in the yard.. nice to watch from the comfortable warmth of 
the house!


Bonnie Buxton
Merrimac, MA
bbxt(AT)comcast.net
Subject: Re: Golden eagle, Marblehead Neck 10/19
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:08:04 -0400
To add a little more detail to this sighting:

Shortly after I left Davis at the Marblehead Neck Sanctuary, I got a 
flat tire on Ocean Street.  Pulling off the road as best as I could, I 
called Davis to find out if he knew the homeowners who driveway I was 
blocking (and if he knew anything about the big dog guarding the house 
in the driveway!).   He joined me and suggested I move the car to a side 
street a short distance away since I was in a bad spot. As we were 
waiting for AAA, Davis spotted a raptor high in the sky, and it was a 
juv Golden Eagle.  It softened the agony of the flat!

Great spotting Davis!

Linda

On 10/19/2014 1:06 PM, birdwsg AT comcast.net wrote:
> Davis Noble just saw a GOLDEN E.AGLE over Marblehead Neck at 1 pm. It 
> was flying south along the coast.   Heads Up!
>
> Steve Grinley
>
> Sent from XFINITY Connect Mobile App 

-- 
Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
tattler1(at)comcast(dot)net

"Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark" 
- Tagore 

Subject: LeConte's Sparrow, Nahant 10/19
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:40:05 +0000 (UTC)
At about 1:30 this afternoon, we found a LECONTE'S SPARROW at the stump dump on 
Nahant. When I first saw the bird feeding in the weeds at the southwest corner 
of the dump, I thought it was a brightly colored Nelson's sparrow. I called 
Margo over and she also saw the bird well. I became a bit confused when I saw 
the white median stripe on the head. We called Linda Pivacek, who we had left 
at the other end of the Heritage trail, and she came right over. Meanwhile, the 
bird dropped down and out of sight. 


As the three of us searched the weedy patch, the sparrow came out from the edge 
of the weeds and sat briefly on a low, flat rock right in front of me. I had 
brief but excellent naked-eye views of the coloration and, again, the white 
median stripe on the head. Yes, LeConte's Sparrow! 

Margo and Linda were only twenty feet away, but by the time they came to where 
I was standing, the bird once again dropped out of sight back into the weed 
patch. 


We spent the next three hours trying to relocate the bird, later joined by 
Davis Noble and Linda Ferraresso in the search. The wind became stronger and 
the temperature dropped as the afternoon went on, hindering our search. We were 
unsuccessful in relocating the bird. 


Other birds present there was a cooperative Wilson's snipe (thanks Linda!), 
orange-crowned warbler, 3+ hermit thrushes, 3 phoebes, 1 field sparrow, several 
yellow-rumps and swamp sparrows, along with many white-throats and song 
sparrows. Also 1 peregrine falcon and 1 Cooper's hawk. 

We didn't see the dickcissels that Linda had earlier this morning nor Davis' 
golden eagle on its way south. 


Steve Grinley & Margo Goetschkes
Cambridge, MA
Subject: Huntington Finches
From: Robert Packard <packardr90 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:59:18 +0000
At Knightville Dam in Huntington were app. 15 Pine Siskin and 3 Purple Finch.
 
I looked for the Sandhill Crane in Worthington but no luck.

Bob Packard
Riverside, CA
packardr90 AT hotmail.com 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Rockport (and Gloucester) 10/19
From: Miles Brengle <mbrengle154 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:39:31 -0400
Massbird,
                I birded the Cape Ann area this morning with Jim Berry and
Nate Dubrow.  We started off at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, then
continued on to Rockport where we spent the rest of the morning.  In
Rockport, we stopped at the John Kieran Sanctuary which held a load of
migrants, Andrew's Point, and Halibut Point.  We focused mainly on land
birds today, taking only a few quick looks at the ocean while at Halibut
Point and Andrew's Point.

Highlights:
1 Red-eyed Vireo (John Kieran Sanctuary)
1 American Redstart   ""
1 Blackpoll Warbler     ""
1 Pine Warbler            ""
3 "Western" Palm Warblers (Good Harbor Beach)

+++

Good Harbor Beach Checklist: http://tinyurl.com/nogtpfm
John Kieran Sanctuary: http://tinyurl.com/p2l57bj
Andrew's Point: http://tinyurl.com/qg8l8ya
Halibut Point: http://tinyurl.com/nd5tdbs

-- 
Miles Brengle
Ipswich, Mass.
mbrengle154 AT gmail.com
Subject: RE: Meadowlark surprise (Concord)
From: Jim Guion <jim_guion AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:47:54 -0400
On a walk a week or two ago at Dunback Meadow in Lexington with Marj Rines and 
Jason Forbes, Jason identified an Eastern Meadowlark singing a very non-musical 
song. My Sibley app has a 'chatter' call that sounds a bit like a woodcock. It 
was quite surprising! 


Jim Guion
Arlington

> Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:55:44 -0500
> From: cherrie.corey AT verizon.net
> To: massbird AT TheWorld.com
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Meadowlark surprise (Concord)
> 
> Today while cutting across the Comeau Land field off Bedford St. in Concord, 
I accidentally flushed a meadowlark who was foraging in the weedy, fallow end 
of the field. Never having seen a meadowlark in flight (esp. in bad light), I 
wasn't able to make an ID until I got home and enlarged the photo I was able to 
grab of it flying. What confused me was its call, once relocated further down 
the field...a repeated raspy sound followed by a couple additional notes. 
Sounded more like a musical woodcock than any meadowlark I've ever heard...an 
adolescent practicing? 

> 
> Enjoy the beauty,
> 
> Cherrie
>  
> Cherrie A. Corey
> Naturalist and photographer
> Concord, MA
> 978-760-1933
> http://sense-of-place-concord.blogspot.com/