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Spectacled Eider,©Tony Disley

30 Oct CT Report 10/30/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
30 Oct HSR: Wachusett Mountain (30 Oct 2014) 4 Raptors []
30 Oct Barnacle goose freefall [Jim Guion ]
30 Oct Fw: 1o/30 Arnold arboretum Orange-crowned Warbler, Field Sparrows, etc. [Paul Peterson ]
30 Oct CT River Valley notes ["James P. Smith" ]
30 Oct Blue Grosbeak Sudbury []
30 Oct HSR: Blueberry Hill (30 Oct 2014) 41 Raptors []
30 Oct Thornton Burgess Lecture & Book signing Nov 6 by Christie Lowrance at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm [Leslie Miller ]
30 Oct Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Oct 30, 2014, Coots & Pintails ["Alan & Ruth Bragg" ]
30 Oct Black Scoters calling! [Linda P ]
30 Oct Salisbury empidonax, other good stuff, 10/30 AM [Tim Spahr ]
30 Oct Ruff: Bear Creek Sanctuary Access [Ryan Schain ]
30 Oct Painted Bunting eBird hotspot [Ryan Schain ]
30 Oct Empid Flycatcher-Salisbury 10/30 [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
30 Oct Painted Bunting - No so far [Opororniswarbler ]
30 Oct Painted Bunting No [Peter DeGennaro ]
29 Oct CT Report 10/29/2014 Painted Bunting [Roy Harvey ]
29 Oct Marini Farm, Ipswich, Oct 29, 2014 ["Jim Berry" ]
29 Oct Cherry Hill Reservoir & Parker River NWR - 10-29-14 ["David K. Weaver" ]
29 Oct MBC and BBC Danehy trip [Karsten Hartel ]
29 Oct Vesper Sparrow Wayland []
29 Oct Nahant Beach - Snow Buntings [Linda P ]
29 Oct Painted Bunting ["J. Ryan Doherty" ]
29 Oct Pine Siskins in Merrimac Wed afternoon [Bob & Bonnie Buxton ]
29 Oct UPDATE Painted Bunting NO 10/29 [Justin Lawson ]
29 Oct Fresh Pond Cambridge - 2 Canvasbacks [Jeffrey Boone Miller ]
29 Oct HSR: Blueberry Hill (28 Oct 2014) 23 Raptors []
29 Oct HSR: Blueberry Hill (28 Oct 2014) 23 Raptors []
29 Oct Wachusett Reservoir 10/29 ["Mark Lynch" ]
29 Oct Boston Painted Bunting [Peter DeGennaro ]
29 Oct UPDATE Re: Boston Painted Bunting YES 7:30 AM 10/29 [David ]
29 Oct Looking for the Barred Owl ["Earl Parker" ]
29 Oct Boston Painted Bunting YES 7:30 AM 10/29 [Oliver Burton ]
29 Oct Re: Boston Painted Bunting [Jim Guion ]
29 Oct Le conte no [Alice Morgan ]
29 Oct Le Conte's Sparrow, Updates? [Justin Lawson ]
28 Oct Northern Shrike -- Plum Island [Don Heitzmann ]
28 Oct First ever Nahant Hairy Woodpecker ["Barbara Volkle" ]
28 Oct CT Report 10/28/2014 Painted Bunting [Roy Harvey ]
28 Oct Chatham Pelagic - Friday (10/31) [Blair Nikula ]
28 Oct Boston Painted Bunting [Peter DeGennaro ]
28 Oct Barred Owl - Plum Island [Andy Todzia ]
28 Oct Saw-whet Owl banding [Strickland Wheelock ]
28 Oct Winter Wren - Stone Arch Bridge/Russell Bird Sanctuary, Westford ["Jonathan Center" ]
28 Oct Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Danehy Park, Cambridge [Jim Guion ]
28 Oct Saw-whet Owl banding ["Strickland Wheelock skwheelock AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
28 Oct Fw: 10/28 Fenway Orange-crowned Warbler, Purple Finch, etc. [Paul Peterson ]
28 Oct Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Danehy Park, Cambridge [Bob Stymeist ]
28 Oct Leucistic Purple Finch ["Alvin T. Laasanen" ]
28 Oct Eastern Point, Gloucester highlights [John Nelson ]
28 Oct Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Danehy Park, Cambridge [Neil Hayward ]
28 Oct Today at Drumlin Farm [Pamela Sowizral ]
28 Oct Reading Town Forest - Fox sparrow, Winter wren, Kinglets glore. []
28 Oct Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Danehy Park, Cambridge [Devin Hefferon ]
28 Oct Le Conte's Sparrow, Danehy Park, Cambridge [Tim Spahr ]
27 Oct HSR: Blueberry Hill (27 Oct 2014) 61 Raptors []
27 Oct HSR: Blueberry Hill (27 Oct 2014) 61 Raptors []
27 Oct HSR: Wachusett Mountain (27 Oct 2014) 6 Raptors []
28 Oct Fw: 10/27 Fenway Highlights [Paul Peterson ]
28 Oct Nahant - Winter Wren, Baltimore Oriole, Orange-crowned Warbler, White-crowned Sparrows and more. [Linda P ]
27 Oct Welcome visitor [Deborah Radovsky ]
27 Oct HSR: Pinnacle Rock (26 Oct 2014) 43 Raptors []
27 Oct HSR: Wachusett Mountain (26 Oct 2014) 6 Raptors []
27 Oct Pine Siskin & Red Breasted Nuthatch 10th Street PI [sean riley ]
27 Oct HSR: Pinnacle Rock (25 Oct 2014) 29 Raptors []
27 Oct Snowy owl [caroline ]
27 Oct Essex Dickcissel - Seabrook Yellow-headed Blackbirds - 10-27-14 [Phil Brown ]
27 Oct Yellow Headed Blackbird [Andy Todzia ]
27 Oct Bear Creek highlight October 26: Ruff ["Soheil Zendeh" ]
27 Oct White-throated sparrows, Juncos and Grackles [Stephen Maguire ]
27 Oct Junco [Deborah Radovsky ]
27 Oct Fwd: eBird Report - Dunback Meadows, Oct 26, 2014 [Cliff Cook ]
26 Oct Gloucester Harbor [caroline ]
26 Oct CT Report 10/26/2014 Western Kingbird [Roy Harvey ]
26 Oct Breeds Pond, Lynn, MA; Sunday, 26 Oct. 2014. [Richard Heil ]
26 Oct Re: N. Goshawk/Ruffed Grouse ["Glenn d'Entremont" ]

Subject: CT Report 10/30/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:18:00 -0400
 From Fran and Tom Holloway:
10/30/14 - Guilford, Sachem's Head -- 9:00 AM; 6 Royal Terns on far
rocks.

 From Paul Desjardins:
10/30/14 - Windsor, Northwest Park -- at least 5 Common Ravens, Winter
Wren and 2 Fox Sparrows.

 From John Oshlick:
10/30/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park --  1 Orange-crowned
Warbler in brush just south of the start of the Cedar Island trail.

 From Patrick Dugan:
10/30/14 - Stamford, Laurel Rd, Laurel Reservoir -- 1 Red-necked
Grebe.

 From Russ Naylor via Patrick Comins:
10/30/14 - Roxbury, Hesseky Meadows Pond on Transylvania Road -- 45
RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.
Southbury, Bent of the River -- One Fox Sparrow, continuing Pine
Siskins, White-crowned Sparrows.

 From Nick Bonomo:
10/30/14 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach SP -- 3 immature LITTLE BLUE
HERON (flyby), 2 WINTER WREN (campground), CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
(campground adjacent to the Swan Pond), NELSON'S SPARROW (West end), 3
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, 75 migrating PURPLE FINCH, 200 migrating PINE
SISKIN.

 From Carolyn Cimino with Denise Jernigan:
10/30/14 - Milford, Silver Sands State Park -- 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1
Wilson's Snipe (flyover), 2 Brown Thrashers, 12 White-crowned Sparrows
(11 juv, 1 adult).
Stratford, Stratford Marina -- 1 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.

 From Patrick Comins:
10/30/14 - Meriden, Hubbard Park -- a very white, presumably second
cycle Iceland Gull.

 From Don Morgan:
10/30/14 - New Haven, Lighthouse Point Park, hawk watch -- Highlight
of the day was an immature Golden Eagle, showing the  white wing
panels and  white tail base of a juvie.

 From Dave Rosgen via John Marshall:
10/30/14 - Barkhamsted, Saville Dam -- RED-NECKED GREBE.

Subject: HSR: Wachusett Mountain (30 Oct 2014) 4 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 30 Oct 2014 22:10:58 -0400
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 30, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              1              5
Turkey Vulture               0            106            133
Osprey                       0             14            238
Bald Eagle                   0             39            187
Northern Harrier             1              8             28
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            117            570
Cooper's Hawk                0             35            112
Northern Goshawk             0              1              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6             10
Broad-winged Hawk            0             17          16747
Red-tailed Hawk              0             18             23
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              3
American Kestrel             0             31            155
Merlin                       1              9             35
Peregrine Falcon             0              9             39
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             21
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              1              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             29             84

Total:                       4            451          18405
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 13:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Steve Olson

Observers:        Ted Mara

Visitors:
None


Weather:
Temp: 50-52 degrees.
Wind: W to WNW, 2 - 10 mph
Skies: cloud coverage 50 - 98%, 30 miles visibility

Raptor Observations:
Local - many Red-Taileds and a TV

Non-raptor Observations:
Nice at beginning when I got there but it clouded over and the wind picked
up, backdoor cold front came through and it got colder.

Predictions:
Very Shakey! Extended forecast isn't good. Partly Sunny and mid-50's
tomorrow. Sat. & Sun- chance of rain, much colder-mid 40's and strong winds
from W and NW. Also chance of snow showers on the weekend. We'll see.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  ()
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw

Subject: Barnacle goose freefall
From: Jim Guion <jim_guion AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:26:37 -0400
I just found this via a link on Yahoo.

Incredible footage of a chick launching, dropping, bouncing and tumbling, but 
coming out ok. 

When you see it hit the first outcrop and the music changes, you might think it 
will turn out badly, but it doesn't. 

It is just amazing that it can survive.

(There is also a link on that page to an an interesting clip called: 
Hummingbird Fight Club, but it does not seem to be working at the moment) 


From the website:
Duration: 02:10  Within
 the first few hours after hatching a barnacle goose gosling must make a
 giant leap from it's clifftop nest falling over 400ft in order to reach
 the ground below.
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p028w8yc

Jim Guion
Arlington, MA
 		 	   		  
Subject: Fw: 1o/30 Arnold arboretum Orange-crowned Warbler, Field Sparrows, etc.
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:53:06 +0000 (UTC)


On Thursday, October 30, 2014 5:51 PM, Paul Peterson  
wrote: 


I birded for about an hour or so this early afternoon, mainly along the main 
road from the visitor's center to Forest Hills Gate (just beyond the ponds). 
Highlights follow: 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1        conifer to left of, and behind, visitor's center
Hermit Thrush 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 found by pishing from concrete berm in cattail marsh 
opposite the visitor's center 

Field Sparrow 2 one in weeds near visitor center with other sparrows; other 
pond area 

P.S. There were three Pied-billed Grebes at Jamaica Pond, and at least 
twenty-one Wood Ducks at Leverett Pond. I estimated three hundred Ruddy Duck at 
Chestnut Hill Reservoir. 

Subject: CT River Valley notes
From: "James P. Smith" <keenbirder AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:49:02 -0700
Greetings birders,

Just a few notes from various spots along the Connecticut River over the last 
week or so; 


Cackling Goose - 1 at Turner's Falls power canal, with 2 possibly 3 present on 
29th.http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2014/10/ma-poking-around-winter-wren-and-fox.html 

  
             
Pioneer Birding: MA - poking around - Winter Wren and ...
Fox Sparrow - West Northfield yard, Franklin Co., MA. October 29th, 2014. The 
last two days have been beautifully calm and autumnal. 

View on pioneerbirding.blogsp... Preview by Yahoo  
  
Horned Grebe - 6 together on Barton Cove, Gill on 28th.
Common Goldeneye - up to 3 on Turner's Falls power canal from 24th.
Red-breasted Merganser - 3 at Barton Cove on 24th.
Red-eyed Vireo - 1 by Turner's Falls airfield on 
30th.http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2014/10/ma-late-revi-1030.html 

  
             
Pioneer Birding: MA - late REVI - 10/30
Yet another lovely fall day to be out. This morning I had a quick look at 
Turner's Falls airfield finding good numbers of Dark-eyed Juncos and with them 
my first Am... 

View on pioneerbirding.blogsp... Preview by Yahoo  
  

Fox Sparrow - 1 in our yard in West Northfield on 29th.
American Tree Sparrow - 1 by Turner's Falls airfield on 30th.
Snow Bunting - a smattering of fly-over singles including one today at Turner's 
Falls airfield. 



Good birding,

James
 
James P. Smith
Gill, MA
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/
Subject: Blue Grosbeak Sudbury
From: <gsdysart AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:00:14 +0000
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) Community Gardens, Sudbury MA October 30, 
2014 


http://dysart.zenfolio.com/birds_ma/ee5ade21





Greg Dysart
http://dysart.zenfolio.com/


Natick, MA
Subject: HSR: Blueberry Hill (30 Oct 2014) 41 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 30 Oct 2014 17:10:51 -0400
Blueberry Hill
Granville, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 30, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               7            124            124
Osprey                       0              8             49
Bald Eagle                   0              3             30
Northern Harrier             0             18             44
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5            134            364
Cooper's Hawk                1             41             73
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          8             14             14
Broad-winged Hawk            0              2           4658
Red-tailed Hawk             19            108            118
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0             43            128
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              5
Merlin                       1              7             10
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              7
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4             20

Total:                      41            516           5650
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        John Weeks

Observers:        Dick Haas, John Weeks

Weather:
Mostly sunny to start, becoming mostly cloudy (dense cumulus); cloud-cover
25% â~ AT ~T> 75%.  Wind NW 3-10 mph, tapering off to 1-3 mph.  Temperature
46-48 F.

Raptor Observations:
First significant movement of Red-shouldered Hawks.  Last bird of the day
was the Merlin at 2:46 EDT.

Non-raptor Observations:
Canada Geese (20), American Crows (58), Hermit Thrush, SNOW BUNTINGS (3),
Savannah Sparrow.
========================================================================
Report submitted by John Weeks (aerie.john AT cox.net)
Subject: Thornton Burgess Lecture & Book signing Nov 6 by Christie Lowrance at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
From: Leslie Miller <lmiller AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:34:34 +0000
We'd like to invite you to a lecture and book signing by Christie Lowrance, to 
be held Thursday evening, November 6 at 7:00 pm, at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm 
Nature Center.  Lowrance is the author of the biography, Nature's Ambassador: 
The Legacy of Thornton W. Burgess. Thornton Burgess introduced many children to 
birds and nature through his well-known children's books, newsletter, magazine, 
and radio programs. He was an early advocate for permanent wildlife sanctuaries 
to protect birds.  In 1917, he urged members of his Green Meadow Club to 
designate their private property as bird havens and to collect pledges from 
others to do so. He received an enthusiastic response across the country. 
Please come and learn more about this pioneer naturalist and author. 

The Drumlin Farm Nature Center is located on Route 117 in Lincoln, MA 01773. 
This program is free to Mass Audubon members and $5 for nonmembers. New members 
can join at the event for the special introductory membership price of $32. You 
can register by calling 781-259-2206 or by visiting our website 
www.massaudubon.org. Our online program catalog is located under the Get 
Outdoors tab on our homepage. All proceeds support Mass Audubon and its 
conservation efforts. 


Regards,
Leslie Miller
781-259-2211
Audubon Shop
Mass Audubon
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
781-259-2214
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10-5 
Closed Mondays except Monday Holidays

Subject: Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Oct 30, 2014, Coots & Pintails
From: "Alan & Ruth Bragg" <alan.ruth.bragg AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:21:47 -0400
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, US-MA
Oct 30, 2014 7:10 AM - 11:57 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.3 mile(s)
Comments:     Weekly survey by NWR volunteers Kathy Dia, Maryellen Stone,
Joan Stoner, Larry Warfield, Soheil Zendeh, Will Martens and Alan Bragg
34 species

Canada Goose  130
Mute Swan  1
Wood Duck  30
American Black Duck  8
Mallard  98
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Pintail  19     Includes two group flyovers
Green-winged Teal  2
Great Blue Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
American Coot  126
Ring-billed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  8
Blue Jay  19
American Crow  22
Black-capped Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  7
White-breasted Nuthatch  10
Brown Creeper  1
Eastern Bluebird  12
American Robin  18
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  19
Swamp Sparrow  21
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  106
American Goldfinch  24

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20380029

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
​Alan Bragg​
Subject: Black Scoters calling!
From: Linda P <lpivacek AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:32:36 +0000 (UTC)
I heard a loud, clear, plaintive whistle early this morning and again upon 
returning home at 4pm. 

there are hundreds of sea ducks in front of the house and the calls seemed to 
be coming from the Black Scoters. 

I checked it out on the net - and it is the whistle of Black Scoter ! 
seems odd for this time of year? anyone else heard this call? 

such a haunting whistle, 
Linda 

Linda Pivacek, Nahant 
lpivacek AT comcast.net 
Subject: Salisbury empidonax, other good stuff, 10/30 AM
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:48:42 -0400
Hi Birders,

Suzanne Sullivan and I spent around 4 hours at Salisbury Beach State
Reservation this morning.  Ostensibly we were kicking around hoping to find
vagrants, or crossbills, or maybe, just maybe some early redpolls.  As
often happens, we encountered some nice stuff that we weren't expecting.
The highlights included an American Bittern, an American Golden-Plover, a
great look at a Seaside Sparrow, and lastly our mystery empidonax.  The
bird was calling "whit", and flicked the tail upward rapidly.  I'm not
going to bias anyone on the possible species, but rather simply pass on the
link to the photos here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/campephilus1/sets/72157649039801202/

Note Suzanne got many photos, and I suspect quite a few are better than
what I'm posting here.

We are still finalizing the eBird list, but we came in around 55 species
for that part of the morning without getting a look at the ocean.  It was
quite birdy out there!

good birding

Tim Spahr
Marlborough
tspahr44 AT gmail.com
Subject: Ruff: Bear Creek Sanctuary Access
From: Ryan Schain <ryanschain AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:00:52 -0400
Massbird,

By now most have likely heard of the continuing Ruff at the Bear Creek
Sanctuary in Saugus. Please note that the sanctuary is PRIVATE PROPERTY,
owned by Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. Despite multiple holes in the
fences surrounding the property, access to the public is restricted and
trespassers are subject to arrest. Soheil Zendeh has graciously been
allowed access from the company to lead walks on the property for several
years now. Please do not enter the sanctuary outside of one of Soheil's
walks, as it could put access for future birders in jeopardy.
'
Good birding

Ryan Schain
Boston
ryanschain AT gmail.com
Subject: Painted Bunting eBird hotspot
From: Ryan Schain <ryanschain AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:07:17 -0400
For any eBirders who chased (and probably missed--like me!) the Boston
Painted Bunting, I just created a public hotspot in the cemetery so all the
data can be in one spot. It should show up on the map within the next 12-24
hours. It would be great if anyone who birded the location within the last
three days could all merge their personal locations with the new public
hotspot. The location will be called "Evergreen Cemetery, Brighton."

Here are instructions on how to do this easily:

1. Click on "My EBird" at the top right of any page

2. Click on “Manage my locations" on the list on the right

3. Find the location that you want to merge

4. At the far right of the site entry, click "edit".

5. This should pull up a map with your location at the center and several
round “radio buttons” above the map next to the words: Rename, Move, Merge.

6. Click the "Merge" button and pre-existing hot spots should appear on the
map as red “pins” and your personal locations as blue “pins”.

7. Click on the hot spot you wish to merge your location WITH (your
location will be indicated by a green and red symbol). The name of the hot
spot will appear at the top of the map indicating how many checklists you
are merging with that spot.

8. We highly recommend that you check the box next to “delete after 
merging” 

– this will not delete your data or the merged location, it will simply
delete that original location so you won’t be tempted to use it again.

9. Click on the square box labeled “Merge”

10. eBird will ask if you are sure. Double check before you click “Yes*," *as
this action can't be undone!


All your records for the old location will get relabeled in the database as
the pre-existing hot spot. This is the location that will now appear in "my
locations." You can always rename a hot spot within your "my locations"
list, but that won't change the name in the eBird database. Thanks for
considering merging your locations with existing hotspots! This helps make
the data consistent among users and thus increases its value to
conservation.


Good birding,


Ryan Schain

Boston

ryanschain AT gmail.com
Subject: Empid Flycatcher-Salisbury 10/30
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:49:14 +0000 (UTC)
Tim Spahr just called at 10:45 am to report that he and Suzanne Sullivan have 
found an EMPIDONAX FLYCATCHER at the Salisbury Beach State Reservation Boat 
Ramp. The bird was giving a "whip" call and could be either a LEAST of DUSKY. 
The bird was in the dunes and cedars on the south (left) side of the road on 
the way out to the boat ramp from the campground They have lost the bird 
temporarily and continue to search for it, but they wanted to get the word out. 


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: Painted Bunting - No so far
From: Opororniswarbler <opororniswarbler AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:34:52 -0400
At least 8 birders are currently looking for the Painted Bunting in Evergreen 
Cemetery in Brighton. So far, no sightings. 


Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Painted Bunting No
From: Peter DeGennaro <peterjdegennaro AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:36:51 -0400
The Painted Bunting has not been seen at Evergreen Cemetery as of 8:15, as
far as I know. No Indigo Buntings either which is not a good sign.

Peter DeGennaro
Chestnut Hill
peterjdegennaro AT gmail.com
Subject: CT Report 10/29/2014 Painted Bunting
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:35:29 -0400
 From Stefan Martin with Patrick Dugan:
10/29/14 - Stamford, Cove Island Park -- MALE PAINTED BUNTING 7:13 AM.
Vocalizing single chip note. Same branch as yesterday.
Note: This was the ONLY sighting; nothing later though there was at
least one birder there until 1 PM.

 From Jim Carr:
10/29/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park, Meig's Point -- 2 American
Bitterns flew across marsh east of nature center parking lot to marsh
area by rocky beach.

 From Gary Valade:
10/29/14 - Pomfret, Pomfret Center, Bafflin Sanctuary -- 2 Fox
Sparrows and 6 Rusty Blackbirds.

 From Kathy Van Der Aue:
10/29/14 - ?????, ????? (Birdcraft?) -- Brown Creepers are on the
move.  We banded four of the little dears this morning.

 From Sol Satin via Sara Zagorski:
10/29/14 - Guilford, Sachem's Head -- 3 Royal Terns on the rocks this
afternoon, along with 1 Forster's Tern.

 From Steve Spector:
10/29/14 - Milford Silver Sands State Park -- sparrow numbers
diminishing, but still about a dozen White-crowned Sparrows (mainly
juv) and a Vesper at beginning of sparrow lanes (next to picnic area
at main parking lot).

Subject: Marini Farm, Ipswich, Oct 29, 2014
From: "Jim Berry" <jim.berry3 AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:18:39 -0400
> Marini Farm, Ipswich
> Oct 29, 2014 9:20 AM - 12:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.2 mile(s)
> Comments:     I birded the Marini Farm area with my nephew Geordie Comnas 
> today, looking primarily for sparrows.  We found lots of them, as the 
> weedy fields were overrun with the more common species and included a few 
> of the less common ones.  But zero white-crowns or dickcissels.
> 33 species; partial list:
>
> Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  2 female types in the small farm 
> pond
> Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)  1
> Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  4
> Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  17
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  8
> Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  8
> Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  8
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  3
> Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
> Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  15     (13 at once in a bare tree)
> Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  2
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  23
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  22
> Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  4
> Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)  2
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  24
> Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)  2
> Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  9
> White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  37
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis)  ~80
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  1    species "uncommon" 
> on Essex County checklist thru Oct., becoming rare in Nov.
> Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  2     both female types, with traces of 
> blue in wings and tail; this species is "rare" on county checklist thru 
> 11A.
> Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  ~170
> Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  1     the only grackle I could see in 
> a large flock of redwings
> House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  16
>
> View this checklist online at 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20374106


Yesterday I birded the trail through Maplecroft Farm in Ipswich.
26 species; partial list:

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  550
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)  9
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1     immature fishing in 
a tiny pond
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  4
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  4
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Merlin (Falco columbarius)  1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  75
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  5
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  21     most concentrated in one spot

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20368381

Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
jim.berry3 AT verizon.net
Subject: Cherry Hill Reservoir & Parker River NWR - 10-29-14
From: "David K. Weaver" <cygnus-dkw AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:18:48 -0400
Bill Gette and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of Joppa 
Flats on a rather fog-bound morning.  The temps ranged from the upper 50s to 
the mid-60s and the air was calm.  With the fog, we missed out on a falling 
tide view of the Merrimack flats and continued on to Cherry Hill Reservoir 
where we had a walk on the trail along the south side in somewhat clearer 
conditions.  There we were happy to see and hear lots of songbird activity. 
Returning to the Merrimack, we found the river area still socked in and made 
our way onto Plum Island and the Parker River NWR where fog was not a 
serious constraint.

Here's our list for the morning:

Cherry Hill Reservoir --
Canada Goose
Mute Swan (2)
Mallard (3)
Ruddy Duck (~ 60)
Pied-billed Grebe (1)
American Coot (~ 15)
Mourning Dove (5)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Northern Flicker (1)
White-breasted Nuthatch (1)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2)
Eastern Bluebird (1)
American Robin - common
Northern Mockingbird (1)
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler - common
Savannah Sparrow (1)
Song Sparrow (6)
White-throated Sparrow (8)
Northern Cardinal (1)
Red-winged Blackbird (2) - males.
American Goldfinch - common.

Parker River NWR --
Canada Goose
Gadwall (~ 25)
Eurasian Wigeon (1) -drake, full plumage; main panne.
American Wigeon (~ 40) - main panne.
Mallard (3)
Northern Pintail (2) - drakes, main panne.
Pied-billed Grebe (3) - 1, Bill Forward Pool; 2, North Pool (Hellcat).
Double-crested Cormorant (~ 12)
Great Blue Heron (1) - North Pool.
Great Egret (4)
Northern Harrier (1)
[Accipiter sp. - 1, PI Tpk near airport.]
Red-tailed Hawk (1) - n. lot #2.
Black-bellied Plover (2) - heard; The Wardens.
Greater Yellowlegs (3)
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove (2)
Downy Woodpecker (1) - Hellcat; male excavating cavity.
Blue Jay (3)
American Crow (2)
Black-capped Chickadee (2)
American Robin (~ 6)
Northern Mockingbird (2)
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler - common.
Song Sparrow (3)
White-crowned Sparrow (1) - hatch-year bird; The Wardens.
Dark-eyed Junco - common.
Northern Cardinal (1)

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: MBC and BBC Danehy trip
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:07:00 -0400
I was joined by 20 birders this AM in thick fog...that burned off
eventually.  We did not find the Le Conte's Sparrow nor did the 10+ other
birders wandering the Park. Best bird might have been a slightly late
Northern Parula Warbler.

The 9 week Wednesday AM trips totaled 65 species.  Thanks especially to the
regulars who came along.

Karsten Hartel, Arlington

Danehy Park, Cambridge, Middlesex, US-MA
Oct 29, 2014 7:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
Comments:     A walk sponsored by Brookline Bird and Menotomy Bird clubs.
36 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  9
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  2
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  5
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  8
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  5
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  3
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  8
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  13
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  1     An obviously late bird but
seen well and photographed (Mark Rodenstein photo on e-bird)
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  15
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)  1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  4     With one bird still in striped
juvenile plumage
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  15
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  4
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  6
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis)  11
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  3
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  6
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  6
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20374541

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Vesper Sparrow Wayland
From: <gsdysart AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:53:54 +0000
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)along with a Fox Sparrow in with the 
regulars. 


 Community Gardens, Wayland MA October 29, 2014 





http://dysart.zenfolio.com/birds_ma/e11ca9a44




Greg Dysart

http://dysart.zenfolio.com/

Natick MA
Subject: Nahant Beach - Snow Buntings
From: Linda P <lpivacek AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:04:14 +0000 (UTC)
flock of 14 Snow Buntings. 
quite close - beautiful. 

Cheers, Linda 
Linda Pivacek, Nahant 
lpivacek AT comcast.net 
Subject: Painted Bunting
From: "J. Ryan Doherty" <ryan AT epicsea.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:42:55 -0400
For those still out looking for the Painted Bunting, a good nearby place to 
check is the small community gardens in the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. These 
gardens are located along Chestnut Hill Driveway, adjacent to the cemetery. 
There used to be a least one feeder set up there (I’m not sure if it still is) 
... but certainly worth checking. 


Ryan Doherty
Brighton MA
ryan AT epicsea.com
Subject: Pine Siskins in Merrimac Wed afternoon
From: Bob & Bonnie Buxton <bbxt AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:12:11 -0400
We have had about a dozen Pine Siskins bathing in our little stream this 
afternoon!  We don't think they've found the nyger seed feeders yet though!
Such a beautiful warm day with no wind!!

Bonnie & Bob Buxton
Merrimac, MA
bbxt(AT)comcast.net
Subject: UPDATE Painted Bunting NO 10/29
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:54:15 -0400
As of 255pm the bird has still not been seen here.

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, David  wrote:

> Many people, including me, showed up at the cemetery around 10am. The
> painted bunting was seen approximately 5 minutes prior to my arrival.
> However, it was NOT seen again for at least the next 1.5 hours. (And as of
> 12:26 I believe it has still not been seen).
>
> There were many excellent birders there, and despite all our eyes and
> effort, we were unable to get on the bird. I do suspect it is still in the
> area, but is possibly just taking a siesta.
>
> Other good birds seen were:
> Fox Sparrow
> Orange-crowned Warbler
> Nashville Warbler
> Black-throated Green Warbler
> Pine Siskin
> Peregrine falcon
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet
>
> Good luck if you try for it, and please post if you do relocate it.
>
> Best,
>
> David Bernstein
> West Rox
> Davidbbernstein at gmail
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Oct 29, 2014, at 9:21 AM, Oliver Burton  > wrote:
>
> The female Painted Bunting that Peter DeGennaro found and photographed
> yesterday is still present in the same location. It is associating with a
> handful of Indigo Buntings behind the dumpster in the dumping ground at the
> back of the Evergreen Cemetery in Brighton (adjacent to Chestnut Hill
> Reservoir). Peter was there this morning and helped a couple of us relocate
> the bird. It can be surprisingly difficult to find and stay on it since it
> blends in with the foliage and stays hidden most of the time. It did come
> out for some photos, and I managed a few shots that show the entire bird.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/87572483 AT N04/
>
> Please let me know if there are any issue with the link.
>
> There are quite a few birds in the area feeding on the seed crop, and
> although the only other semi-unusual things I had were fly-over Pine
> Siskins, I wouldn't be surprised if other things turn up here.
>
> Good Birding,
> Oliver Burton
> Cambridge
> olivertburton at gmail.com
>
>

-- 
Justin Lawson
Millbury Ma
My 7yr old's blog
greatgreyowen.blogspot.com

Sent from my iPhone 6
Subject: Fresh Pond Cambridge - 2 Canvasbacks
From: Jeffrey Boone Miller <jboonemiller AT icloud.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:08:30 -0400
Fresh Pond, Cambridge MA
Oct 29, 2014 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
70 degrees, cloudy, windless

The first two Canvasbacks have arrived at Fresh Pond.

Canada Goose  10
Mallard  1
Canvasback  2 (1M, 1F)
Ring-necked Duck  185     
Hooded Merganser  12 (all on Black's Nook)
Ruddy Duck  75
Pied-billed Grebe  6
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  7
Ring-billed Gull  60
Herring Gull  15
Mourning Dove  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  15
Northern Mockingbird  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  5
White-throated Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  12
Northern Cardinal  2
American Goldfinch  20

J. Boone Miller
Belmont MA
jboonemiller AT icloud.com
Subject: HSR: Blueberry Hill (28 Oct 2014) 23 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 29 Oct 2014 12:10:26 -0400
Blueberry Hill
Granville, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               1            117            117
Osprey                       1              8             49
Bald Eagle                   0              3             30
Northern Harrier             3             18             44
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7            129            359
Cooper's Hawk                2             40             72
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6              6
Broad-winged Hawk            0              2           4658
Red-tailed Hawk              8             89             99
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0             43            128
Peregrine Falcon             1              2              5
Merlin                       0              6              9
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              7
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4             20

Total:                      23            475           5609
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        John Weeks

Observers:        Dick Haas

Weather:
Cloud-cover increased from 40% to 90% during the watch.  Wind light,
S-SW-SE.  Temperature mid-50s to mid-60s F.

Raptor Observations:
One Cooper's Hawk took a run at our owl decoy, Harriet (who gives a
hoot-out to her counterpart Ozzy down at Quaker Ridge).  October 28th is a
late date for a Peregrine at this site.  Not migrating:  adult
Red-shouldered Hawk, 3 Red-tails.

Non-raptor Observations:
BIRD OF THE DAY: A Snow Bunting that landed on the picnic table while Dick
was sitting at it!  Others:  Canada Geese (11), Eastern Phoebe, American
Crows (63), American Robins (101), Pine Siskins (24).  Woolly Bear
caterpillars (8).
========================================================================
Report submitted by John Weeks (aerie.john AT cox.net)

Subject: HSR: Blueberry Hill (28 Oct 2014) 23 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 29 Oct 2014 12:10:26 -0400
Blueberry Hill
Granville, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               1            117            117
Osprey                       1              8             49
Bald Eagle                   0              3             30
Northern Harrier             3             18             44
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7            129            359
Cooper's Hawk                2             40             72
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6              6
Broad-winged Hawk            0              2           4658
Red-tailed Hawk              8             89             99
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0             43            128
Peregrine Falcon             1              2              5
Merlin                       0              6              9
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              7
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4             20

Total:                      23            475           5609
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        John Weeks

Observers:        Dick Haas

Weather:
Cloud-cover increased from 40% to 90% during the watch.  Wind light,
S-SW-SE.  Temperature mid-50s to mid-60s F.

Raptor Observations:
One Cooper's Hawk took a run at our owl decoy, Harriet (who gives a
hoot-out to her counterpart Ozzy down at Quaker Ridge).  October 28th is a
late date for a Peregrine at this site.  Not migrating:  adult
Red-shouldered Hawk, 3 Red-tails.

Non-raptor Observations:
BIRD OF THE DAY: A Snow Bunting that landed on the picnic table while Dick
was sitting at it!  Others:  Canada Geese (11), Eastern Phoebe, American
Crows (63), American Robins (101), Pine Siskins (24).  Woolly Bear
caterpillars (8).
========================================================================
Report submitted by John Weeks (aerie.john AT cox.net)

Subject: Wachusett Reservoir 10/29
From: "Mark Lynch" <moa.lynch AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:00:56 -0400
We spent this morning (10/29) hiking and birding around Wachusett Reservoir.
Highlights included:
Common Loon (19)
Horned Grebe (4)
Red-necked Grebe (5)
Double-crested Cormorant (19)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Canada Goose (13)
Mute Swan (2ad+2imm)
Mallard (8)
Greater Scaup (23)
Black Scoter (12)
Bald Eagle (1ad:see below)
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
Wild Turkey (4)
AMERICAN COOT (dense flock of 45 south of Gate 8. We watched the eagle make
several serious attempts to catch one by diving at the flock, and this
momentarily scattered a number of them, but they quickly re-coalesced. KEVIN
BOURINOT, who also saw the flock, photo’d several coot “resting” in the
forest nearby!)
Passerines were typical but did include Eastern Phoebe (1: getting late
here); Winter Wren (1); E Bluebird (5)
Hermit Thrush (3); Gray Catbird (1); Yellow-rumped Warbler (11). We only had
(1) Purple Finch and no siskins.
Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll
Moa.lynch AT verizon.net


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Subject: Boston Painted Bunting
From: Peter DeGennaro <peterjdegennaro AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:53:26 -0400
10/29 - The Painted Bunting was feeding on foxtail giving decent looks
until around I 10 AM as David mentioned. My guess is that the bird will
come back to feed sometime in the afternoon. Other good birds from the
early morning included a Red-breasted calling as well as a White-crowned
Sparrow someone saw before I arrived.

A couple photos of the bunting:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/connecticutpete/15039175124/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/connecticutpete/15473957397/

And one of the Orange-crowned Warbler:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/connecticutpete/15660767222/

Peter DeGennaro
Chestnut Hill
Subject: UPDATE Re: Boston Painted Bunting YES 7:30 AM 10/29
From: David <davidbbernstein AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:27:47 -0400
Many people, including me, showed up at the cemetery around 10am. The painted 
bunting was seen approximately 5 minutes prior to my arrival. However, it was 
NOT seen again for at least the next 1.5 hours. (And as of 12:26 I believe it 
has still not been seen). 


There were many excellent birders there, and despite all our eyes and effort, 
we were unable to get on the bird. I do suspect it is still in the area, but is 
possibly just taking a siesta. 


Other good birds seen were:
Fox Sparrow
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Pine Siskin
Peregrine falcon
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Good luck if you try for it, and please post if you do relocate it. 

Best,

David Bernstein
West Rox
Davidbbernstein at gmail

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 29, 2014, at 9:21 AM, Oliver Burton  wrote:
> 
> The female Painted Bunting that Peter DeGennaro found and photographed 
yesterday is still present in the same location. It is associating with a 
handful of Indigo Buntings behind the dumpster in the dumping ground at the 
back of the Evergreen Cemetery in Brighton (adjacent to Chestnut Hill 
Reservoir). Peter was there this morning and helped a couple of us relocate the 
bird. It can be surprisingly difficult to find and stay on it since it blends 
in with the foliage and stays hidden most of the time. It did come out for some 
photos, and I managed a few shots that show the entire bird. 

> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/87572483 AT N04/
> 
> Please let me know if there are any issue with the link.
> 
> There are quite a few birds in the area feeding on the seed crop, and 
although the only other semi-unusual things I had were fly-over Pine Siskins, I 
wouldn't be surprised if other things turn up here. 

> 
> Good Birding,
> Oliver Burton
> Cambridge
> olivertburton at gmail.com
Subject: Looking for the Barred Owl
From: "Earl Parker" <efparker AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:21:50 -0400
I am thinking about trying to get out to PRNWR this noon time.

 

If anyone sees the owl today - would you mind posting?

 

Thanks,

 

Earl Parker

Ipswich

 

 
Subject: Boston Painted Bunting YES 7:30 AM 10/29
From: Oliver Burton <olivertburton AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:21:14 -0400
The female Painted Bunting that Peter DeGennaro found and photographed
yesterday is still present in the same location. It is associating with a
handful of Indigo Buntings behind the dumpster in the dumping ground at the
back of the Evergreen Cemetery in Brighton (adjacent to Chestnut Hill
Reservoir). Peter was there this morning and helped a couple of us relocate
the bird. It can be surprisingly difficult to find and stay on it since it
blends in with the foliage and stays hidden most of the time. It did come
out for some photos, and I managed a few shots that show the entire bird.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/87572483 AT N04/

Please let me know if there are any issue with the link.

There are quite a few birds in the area feeding on the seed crop, and
although the only other semi-unusual things I had were fly-over Pine
Siskins, I wouldn't be surprised if other things turn up here.

Good Birding,
Oliver Burton
Cambridge
olivertburton at gmail.com
Subject: Re: Boston Painted Bunting
From: Jim Guion <jim_guion AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:15:32 -0400
Bird continues this morning. Thanks to Pete for putting me on the bird. Ma yr 
bird 288! 


Jim Guion
Arlington

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 28, 2014, at 7:28 PM, "Peter DeGennaro"  
wrote: 

> 
> 10/28 - Brighton section of Boston - I was surprised to come across what I 
believe to be a female Painted Bunting today at Evergreen Cemetery in fading 
light this afternoon. The bird was feeding on foxtail grass seeds and was 
associating with an Indigo Bunting whenever I saw it. Overall very green with 
some yellowish tinges. It had a clear but not bold white eye ring. I managed 
one photo in bad lighting conditions that shows the bill, but the head is 
blocked: https://www.flickr.com/photos/connecticutpete/15467618889/ 

> 
> Any ideas on what else it could be? I'll be back there tomorrow morning for 
better shots. It was seen in the far back end of the cemetery (the dump area). 
Access is Commonwealth Ave. 

> 
> Also, it was very birdy in general with 1-2 White-crowned Sparrows being the 
other highlights. 

> 
> Peter DeGennaro
> Chestnut Hill
Subject: Le conte no
From: Alice Morgan <morgan.alice AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:13:21 -0400
As of 9 this morning. 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Le Conte's Sparrow, Updates?
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:53:31 -0400
Anyone been out there this morning? Was it refound?

Thanks

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Jim Guion  wrote:

> Still being seen at 5:15
>
> Jim guion
> Arlington
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Oct 28, 2014, at 3:35 PM, "Bob Stymeist"  > wrote:
>
> Still being seen 3pm
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Oct 28, 2014, at 9:28 AM, Devin Hefferon  > wrote:
>
> Tim's Le Conte's Sparrow was in the same location at 9:05 this morning.
> Here are the coordinates for those who are Google Maps inclined:
>  42.390045, -71.135275
>
> Thanks to Karsten for putting me on this bird.
>
> Devin Hefferon
> Watertown, MA
> dhefferon AT gmail.com 
> http://theramblingbrambling.blogspot.com/
>
> On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 8:58 AM, Tim Spahr  > wrote:
>
>> Hi birders,
>>
>> Very briefly (I am late for a meeting!), there was a stunning Le Conte's
>> Sparrow at Danehy Park this AM.  The bird was in the cattail marsh, NORTH
>> of the standard sparrow hill, and WEST of the little clump of trees in the
>> edge of the marsh near the walking path.  The bird was EAST of the shotput
>> circle area.  It was seen in the extreme edge of the marsh, in the tallest
>> grasses there, and perched on a cattail head for 20 seconds.  I got
>> extremely lucky--I had heard a funny long high-pitched call and only saw
>> the bird when a train went by and flushed all the sparrows.
>>
>> More details, and many photos, to be posted later.
>>
>> good luck should anyone else go looking!
>>
>> good birding
>>
>> Tim Spahr
>> Marlborough
>> tspahr44 AT gmail.com 
>>
>
>
>
> --
> Devin Hefferon
>
>

-- 
Justin Lawson
Millbury Ma
My 7yr old's blog
greatgreyowen.blogspot.com

Sent from my iPhone 6
Subject: Northern Shrike -- Plum Island
From: Don Heitzmann <dheitzmann AT dovetl.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:13:05 -0400
Birding today with Steve Reinert and Dave Gumbley, at around 3 p.m. Dave found 
a Northern Shrike in the trees looking towards the ocean from the top of the 
Hellcat Dunes Loop trail. 


- Don Heitzmann
Rehoboth, MA


Subject: First ever Nahant Hairy Woodpecker
From: "Barbara Volkle" <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:09:32 -0400
Thanks to Don Wilkinson fro the following post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
Barb620 AT theworld.com

* * *

From: Donald Wilkinson 
Date: October 28, 2014 at 10:02:16 AM EDT
Subject: First ever Nahant Hairy Woodpecker

I've lived in Nahant for 13 years.
Today, while standing on my property (yes that counts as a yard bird!) I
heard and saw a Hairy Woodpecker. Must be uncommon here.

My birding tours website should be updated soon with the 2015 trips.

Happy birding,
Don Wilkinson, Nahant
Singingbirder AT yahoo.com
www.donwilkinsonbirdingtours.com (7 openings for S. Fl in April)

Subject: CT Report 10/28/2014 Painted Bunting
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:51:30 -0400
NOTE: Due to the widespread reports of Purple Finch, I am generally
not going to include them in the daily report for the time being.
Those who are interested in following this unusual event can do so by
reading CTBirds.


Note: I don't usually include anything older than a day or two, but a
report from last week that I had to wait on a bit more detail and
reasearch (thanks, Nick) is unusual enough for special mention.

 From Kat Conte:
10/23-24/14 - Hebron, yard -- male COMMON REDPOLL was at both of my
feeders for two days then left.  The red cap was very distinct and he
looked just like the picture #5 in the link you sent on ID (Cornell
site). He was into my thistle mostly.


 From Tina Green with Patrick Dugan and Stefan Martin:
10/28/14 - Stamford, Cove Island Park -- male Painted Bunting seen at
the north side of the tennis courts.  The bird was seen originally at
7:05 for 5 minutes then dove into the brush.It reappeared at 8:27
briefly and then moved back along the edge of the north side of the
tennis courts and went back into the brush.

 From Stefan Martin:
10/28/14 - Stamford, Cove Island Park -- Gotta give credit where
credits due. Vanessa David was originally the first person who got a
picture of the Painted Bunting at cove yesterday.

 From John Oshlick:
10/28/14 - New Haven, East Shore Park -- 1 Orange-crowned Warbler seen
near exercise trail heading toward magic hedge. Great looks.

 From Keith Mueller:
10/28/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- Wilson's Snipe in the
nature center parking lot (chased off by a Sharp-shinned Hawk).

 From Judy Moore:
10/28/14 - Woodbridge, Woodbridge Community Gardens -- Fox Sparrow.

 From Gary Valade:
10/28/14 - Pomfret, Pomfret Center, Bafflin Sanctuary, hedgerows and
fields on the  north side of Bosworth Rd -- a single Fox Sparrow and 3
White-crowned Sparrow.  Also 13 Rusty Blackbirds along the western
edge of the field.  A single Eastern Meadowlark flew up from the
grassy area mid field and 1 or 2 others could be heard.

 From Jack Swatt:
10/28/14 - Simsbury, Talcott Mt -- Had 4 PINE SISKINS while hiking the
mountain Tuesday.

 From Dana Campbell:
10/28/14 - New Haven, Lighthouse Point Park Hawkwatch -- 1 EASTERN
MEADOWLARK, 1 AMERICAN PIPIT.  (Also a late Eastern Kingbird that
stared quite a discussion on CTBirds).

 From Robert Dixon:
10/28/14 - Sterling yard -- We have been averaging around six PURPLE
FINCHES a day at the feeders along with a few flyovers.  That changed
today. While I was at work Linda had (20) PURPLE FINCHES at the
feeders including five adult males.

 From Ralph Amodei:
10/28/14 - East Haven, yard -- one immature White-crowned Sparrow.

 From Gary Hamilton:
10/27/14 - Glastonbury -- On my way to work Monday morning I saw a
dead Snowy Owl on the left edge of the pavement on route 2 west just
before exit 8.  Looks like it dove into the pavement rather than
having been hit by a car.

 From Keith Mueller:
10/27/14 - Durham, Greenbachers Pond -- Cackling Goose (in with 650
Canada).
Wallingford, Mackenzie Reservoir -- Greater White-fronted Goose, 2
Cackling Geese, and an additional small dark goose with a stubby bill.

 From John Oshlick:
10/27/14 - Milford, Silver Sands State Park -- 1 Orange-crowned
Warbler seen near where the gated dirt rd reaches the beach. 3 Vesper
Sparrows, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow.

 From Bill Banks with many:
10/27/14 - New Haven, Lighthouse Point Park, Hawk Watch -- Northern
Goshawk.

 From Chuck Imbergamo:
10/27/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- a group of four immature
Little Blue Herons in the marsh at the extreme southwest edge of the
park.  Also many Pine Siskins, 5 White-crowned Sparrows.

 From Ryan MacLean:
10/27/14 - Greenwich, Quaker Ridge -- Golden Eagle #4 for the season
at 1:10. Nice looks directly overhead heading west.

 From Tina Green:
10/27/14 - Guilford, Sachem's Head -- 16 Royal Terns, 2 Forster's
Terns seen with Ann Peterson(private property).
Shell Beach -- Long-billed Dowitcher.

 From Annie Perko:
10/27/14 - Colchester, Bruce Circle, yard -- 2 Rusty blackbirds 1 male
and 1 female in dogwood.

 From Carolyn Cimino:
10/27/14 - Waterford, Harkness SP -- mid afternoon; 10 White-crowned
Sparrows, all juvenile.

 From Frank Mantlik:
10/27/14 - Bridgeport, Seaside Park - No sign of the previously
reported Western Kingbird Monday morning.  I drove the park roads to
the extreme east end, seeing 2 COMMON RAVENS, 3 BONAPARTE'S GULLS.
Stratford, Long Beach Blvd, McKinney NWR -- 1 YELLOW-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERON, 1 LINCOLN'S SPARROW.

 From Ralph Amodei:
10/27/14 - East Haven, yard -- 5:35 PM; 1 Vesper Sparrow (may have
been two).

 From Dave Rosgen via John Marshall:
10/27/14 - arkhamsted, Saville Dam -- RED-NECKED GREBE.

 From Sol Satin via Sara Zagorski:
10/26/14 - Guilford, Sachem's Head -- 18 Royal Terns and 20+ Forster's
terns on the rocks.  These birds have been hanging out there for the
past 2 weeks.

 From Aidan Kiley:
10/26/14 - Fairfield, yard -- 1 Brown Creeper, 1 Black Vulture flying
very close.

Subject: Chatham Pelagic - Friday (10/31)
From: Blair Nikula <odenews AT odenews.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:32:19 -0400
It's been a tough fall for Chatham pelagics - we've been able to run 
only one since August.  But at this point the marine forecast for this 
Friday (10/31) looks good, so we're planning to go.  As usual, we'll be 
leaving the Chatham Fish Pier at 7:00 am, returning about 11:00, with a 
cost of $95/person.

Last year's trip at the end of October was one of the best we've ever 
had, highlighted by a young Sabine's Gull that hung around the boat for 
some time.  The past few days there has been a lot of whale and bird 
activity off Chatham Light, so we're eager to get back out.

Let me know a.s.a.p. if you'd like to join us.

Blair Nikula

-- 
2 Gilbert Lane
Harwich Port, MA  02646
http://www.odenews.org/
http://www.capecodbirds.org/

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus - Mark 
Twain 

Subject: Boston Painted Bunting
From: Peter DeGennaro <peterjdegennaro AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:15:13 -0400
10/28 - Brighton section of Boston - I was surprised to come across what I
believe to be a female Painted Bunting today at Evergreen Cemetery in
fading light this afternoon. The bird was feeding on foxtail grass seeds
and was associating with an Indigo Bunting whenever I saw it. Overall very
green with some yellowish tinges. It had a clear but not bold white eye
ring. I managed one photo in bad lighting conditions that shows the bill,
but the head is blocked:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/connecticutpete/15467618889/

Any ideas on what else it could be? I'll be back there tomorrow morning for
better shots. It was seen in the far back end of the cemetery (the dump
area). Access is Commonwealth Ave.

Also, it was very birdy in general with 1-2 White-crowned Sparrows being
the other highlights.

Peter DeGennaro
Chestnut Hill
Subject: Barred Owl - Plum Island
From: Andy Todzia <atodzia AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:15:23 -0400
A Barred Owl was viewed by many today at the S-curves, Parker River
National Wildlife Refuge. This was my first viewing of a Barred Owl in
the wild !

Following is a link to a few pics. I took of the owl today.
http://bit.ly/1oXjQMl

Andy Todzia
Haverhill
atodzia at comcast.net

http://www.AndyTodzia.com
Subject: Saw-whet Owl banding
From: Strickland Wheelock <skwheelock AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:49:08 -0700
The 2014 fall Saw-whet banding has been an interesting one - between our 2 
banding sites in Lincoln and Uxbridge MA., the number of captures at this point 
are down from traditional numbers of past years excluding last year. The mild 
weather for such a long period created by the persistent southerly winds, 
recent rain storms have held the owls in place up north - no incentive for the 
owls to start their migration southward until just recently. 

Finally in the past several days, we have had a few mild cold fronts push down 
with winds shifting to the NW to W creating an incentive for the owls to start 
flying - in the past few days, we have banded or captured around 100+ owls 
including a few foreign owl captures dating back 2 to 4 yrs old birds. 

One site last night in Western MA. had their best night ever with 34 owls - so 
they are on the move right now - finally !!!!! 


So far the Uxbridge site has 67% hatching year birds which is a decent ratio to 
adults but only 2 second year birds and the rest all older birds. This is 
actually not a surprise because last year's poor migration had very few young 
birds unlike this season, so seeing only a few 2nd year birds is an accurate 
reflection of that poor breeding success. 

Despite the delayed migration earlier that is happening now, the breeding 
success bodes well for many more owls to still migrate through NE as weather 
conditions shift to colder temperatures. 

What has been interesting is that the 1st net check around 8 pm has normally 0 
owls to 1 bird, then each succeeding check the numbers increase to the point 
you could get 3 to 4 owls every 45 minutes probably early into the morning on 
the correct winds. My feeling is that the owls are feeding in the early 
evening, then taking off as the evening progresses which results in our 
increased captures. 

So far this season we have only captured 1 male in Uxbridge, only a few unknown 
sex but the balance females - mostly all large and very healthy birds. Since we 
play the male Saw-whet call to attract the owls, probably not any surprise the 
females are more likely to track down the potential male Saw-whet. 


Strickland Wheelock
Uxbridge  MA
Subject: Winter Wren - Stone Arch Bridge/Russell Bird Sanctuary, Westford
From: "Jonathan Center" <jbcenter AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:19:36 -0400
I have seen a few reports of Winter Wren from yesterday so I'll add another 
one. Yesterday (Monday, Oct. 27) I was walking the Stone Arch Bridge and 
Russell Bird Sanctuary located off Cold Spring Road in Westford. This 
property is part of the Westford Conservation Trust.

The Winter Wren was in the bird sanctuary part. It was seen just off the 
trail in a small patch of fallen logs, stumps, and tangles of vines. It was 
very obliging offering very close views. In addition there was 6 American 
Robins, 2 Hermit Thrushes, 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 4 Yellow-rumped 
Warblers, and 1 "eastern" Palm Warbler.

The path that leads to the actual Stone Arch is a raised,  abandoned 
railroad line known as the "Red Line" that once traveled from Acton to 
Nashua. It leads past a capped landfill that is covered in grass and weeds. 
Eastern Bluebirds nest here in boxes attached to ventilators pipes. The 
stone arch itself is a impressive piece of engineering built in 1872 out of 
huge granite blocks with out the use of mortar. It spans Stony Brook. (Too 
bad about the 21st century graffiti on the old structure.)

The trail for Russell Bird Sanctuary is accessed off the main path and loops 
around. It over looks a large cat-tail marsh that looks it might have 
Virginia Rail or Sora in breeding season. Wood Ducks and Belted Kingfishers 
are also suppose to breed here. It is a spot worth exploring.

Jonathan Center
Chelmsford
jbcenter AT verizon.net
Subject: Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Danehy Park, Cambridge
From: Jim Guion <jim_guion AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:18:01 -0400
Still being seen at 5:15

Jim guion
Arlington

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 28, 2014, at 3:35 PM, "Bob Stymeist"  wrote:
> 
> Still being seen 3pm
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Oct 28, 2014, at 9:28 AM, Devin Hefferon  wrote:
>> 
>> Tim's Le Conte's Sparrow was in the same location at 9:05 this morning. Here 
are the coordinates for those who are Google Maps inclined: 42.390045, 
-71.135275 

>>  
>> Thanks to Karsten for putting me on this bird.
>> 
>> Devin Hefferon
>> Watertown, MA
>> dhefferon AT gmail.com
>> http://theramblingbrambling.blogspot.com/ 
>> 
>>> On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 8:58 AM, Tim Spahr  wrote:
>>> Hi birders,
>>> 
>>> Very briefly (I am late for a meeting!), there was a stunning Le Conte's 
Sparrow at Danehy Park this AM. The bird was in the cattail marsh, NORTH of the 
standard sparrow hill, and WEST of the little clump of trees in the edge of the 
marsh near the walking path. The bird was EAST of the shotput circle area. It 
was seen in the extreme edge of the marsh, in the tallest grasses there, and 
perched on a cattail head for 20 seconds. I got extremely lucky--I had heard a 
funny long high-pitched call and only saw the bird when a train went by and 
flushed all the sparrows. 

>>> 
>>> More details, and many photos, to be posted later.
>>> 
>>> good luck should anyone else go looking!
>>> 
>>> good birding
>>> 
>>> Tim Spahr
>>> Marlborough
>>> tspahr44 AT gmail.com
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> -- 
>> Devin Hefferon
Subject: Saw-whet Owl banding
From: "Strickland Wheelock skwheelock AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:49:08 -0700
The 2014 fall Saw-whet banding has been an interesting one - between our 2 
banding sites in Lincoln and Uxbridge MA., the number of captures at this point 
are down from traditional numbers of past years excluding last year. The mild 
weather for such a long period created by the persistent southerly winds, 
recent rain storms have held the owls in place up north - no incentive for the 
owls to start their migration southward until just recently. 

Finally in the past several days, we have had a few mild cold fronts push down 
with winds shifting to the NW to W creating an incentive for the owls to start 
flying - in the past few days, we have banded or captured around 100+ owls 
including a few foreign owl captures dating back 2 to 4 yrs old birds. 

One site last night in Western MA. had their best night ever with 34 owls - so 
they are on the move right now - finally !!!!! 


So far the Uxbridge site has 67% hatching year birds which is a decent ratio to 
adults but only 2 second year birds and the rest all older birds. This is 
actually not a surprise because last year's poor migration had very few young 
birds unlike this season, so seeing only a few 2nd year birds is an accurate 
reflection of that poor breeding success. 

Despite the delayed migration earlier that is happening now, the breeding 
success bodes well for many more owls to still migrate through NE as weather 
conditions shift to colder temperatures. 

What has been interesting is that the 1st net check around 8 pm has normally 0 
owls to 1 bird, then each succeeding check the numbers increase to the point 
you could get 3 to 4 owls every 45 minutes probably early into the morning on 
the correct winds. My feeling is that the owls are feeding in the early 
evening, then taking off as the evening progresses which results in our 
increased captures. 

So far this season we have only captured 1 male in Uxbridge, only a few unknown 
sex but the balance females - mostly all large and very healthy birds. Since we 
play the male Saw-whet call to attract the owls, probably not any surprise the 
females are more likely to track down the potential male Saw-whet. 


Strickland Wheelock
Uxbridge  MA
Subject: Fw: 10/28 Fenway Orange-crowned Warbler, Purple Finch, etc.
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:25:48 +0000 (UTC)


On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 1:25 PM, Paul Peterson  
wrote: 

I covered just about all of the Fenway today from 8:30-12:20. These are the 
highlights: 

Cooper's Hawk 1           terrorist!
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Hermit Thrush 19          I covered most of the Fenway (incl. six in gardens)
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER 1 ROW D in small tree (without berries) before the White 
Pine (if entering row from Boylston St. end) 

Common Yellowthroat 1 in plot with the bird feeder near one of the compost 
piles 

Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Field Sparrow 1           Row X
White-throated Sparrow 50
Swamp Sparrow 3           in garden plots
Chipping Sparrow 1
spizella sp. 1            plots near Boylston St. bridge (quick look)
PURPLE FINCH 1 fem. in tall crabapple with very small fruit near Boylston St. 
bridge; on opp. side of asphalt path from the three much shorter crabapples 
that are in a straight row; with two House Finches 

Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston
Subject: Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Danehy Park, Cambridge
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:23:08 -0400
Still being seen 3pm

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 28, 2014, at 9:28 AM, Devin Hefferon  wrote:
> 
> Tim's Le Conte's Sparrow was in the same location at 9:05 this morning. Here 
are the coordinates for those who are Google Maps inclined: 42.390045, 
-71.135275 

>  
> Thanks to Karsten for putting me on this bird.
> 
> Devin Hefferon
> Watertown, MA
> dhefferon AT gmail.com
> http://theramblingbrambling.blogspot.com/
> 
>> On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 8:58 AM, Tim Spahr  wrote:
>> Hi birders,
>> 
>> Very briefly (I am late for a meeting!), there was a stunning Le Conte's 
Sparrow at Danehy Park this AM. The bird was in the cattail marsh, NORTH of the 
standard sparrow hill, and WEST of the little clump of trees in the edge of the 
marsh near the walking path. The bird was EAST of the shotput circle area. It 
was seen in the extreme edge of the marsh, in the tallest grasses there, and 
perched on a cattail head for 20 seconds. I got extremely lucky--I had heard a 
funny long high-pitched call and only saw the bird when a train went by and 
flushed all the sparrows. 

>> 
>> More details, and many photos, to be posted later.
>> 
>> good luck should anyone else go looking!
>> 
>> good birding
>> 
>> Tim Spahr
>> Marlborough
>> tspahr44 AT gmail.com
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Devin Hefferon
Subject: Leucistic Purple Finch
From: "Alvin T. Laasanen" <laasanen AT purdue.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:17:03 -0400
This afternoon a very striking leucistic Purple Finch showed up at my 
feeders in Sterling. It had considerable purple on the head and throat 
but the underparts were pure white. The back was white with a very pale 
purple tint. The wings and tail were dark brown with some white. It 
suggested a bird with the head of a Purple Finch and the body of a Snow 
Bunting.  I've had normal Purple Finches around since last Spring but 
this is the first leucistic one that I've encountered.

Alvin Laasanen
Sterling Mass
laasanen AT purdue.edu
Subject: Eastern Point, Gloucester highlights
From: John Nelson <jnelson AT northshore.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:04:07 -0400
A nice mix of birds from 10:00 to 1:00 in the Eastern Point area of
Gloucester. Highlights:

2 American Wigeon
4 Wild Turkey
1 Cooper's Hawk
3 American Coot
1 Greater Yellowlegs
2 Iceland Gull
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Hairy Woodpecker
5 Carolina Wren
6 GC Kinglet
3 RC Kinglet
1 Hermit Thrush
1 Nashville Warbler
1 Palm Warbler
2 American Tree Sparrow
1 Baltimore Oriole
5 Pine Siskin

John Nelson
Gloucester
Subject: Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Danehy Park, Cambridge
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:30:26 -0400
The Le Conte's Sparrow found by Tim Spahr was seen through at least 1:30pm
by several birders. Tim's directions are spot on - the bird is favoring the
dry grass and the edge of the cat-tails. Very, very approachable and
confiding, and behaving like a mouse walking through the grass and
occasionally perching in the open.

Some photos of the bird are here - https://flic.kr/s/aHsk2cg7nU

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 9:28 AM, Devin Hefferon  wrote:

> Tim's Le Conte's Sparrow was in the same location at 9:05 this morning.
> Here are the coordinates for those who are Google Maps inclined:
>  42.390045, -71.135275
>
> Thanks to Karsten for putting me on this bird.
>
> Devin Hefferon
> Watertown, MA
> dhefferon AT gmail.com
> http://theramblingbrambling.blogspot.com/
>
> On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 8:58 AM, Tim Spahr  wrote:
>
>> Hi birders,
>>
>> Very briefly (I am late for a meeting!), there was a stunning Le Conte's
>> Sparrow at Danehy Park this AM.  The bird was in the cattail marsh, NORTH
>> of the standard sparrow hill, and WEST of the little clump of trees in the
>> edge of the marsh near the walking path.  The bird was EAST of the shotput
>> circle area.  It was seen in the extreme edge of the marsh, in the tallest
>> grasses there, and perched on a cattail head for 20 seconds.  I got
>> extremely lucky--I had heard a funny long high-pitched call and only saw
>> the bird when a train went by and flushed all the sparrows.
>>
>> More details, and many photos, to be posted later.
>>
>> good luck should anyone else go looking!
>>
>> good birding
>>
>> Tim Spahr
>> Marlborough
>> tspahr44 AT gmail.com
>>
>
>
>
> --
> Devin Hefferon
>



-- 
Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA
Subject: Today at Drumlin Farm
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:31:58 +0000
Beautiful morning. Thanks to Andrew for birding with me today. Highlights were 
a white-crowned sparrow, golden-crowned kinglets, 14 bluebirds, pipits, 
continuing yellow-rumped and palm warblers. 33 species. 


Pam Sowizral
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Lincoln

Canada Goose  73
Cooper's Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  5
Downy Woodpecker  9
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  25
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  5
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  14
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  13
European Starling  50
American Pipit  6
Cedar Waxwing  23
Palm Warbler  7
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Chipping Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  22
Swamp Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  35
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  44
Northern Cardinal  11
Common Grackle  11
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  6

Subject: Reading Town Forest - Fox sparrow, Winter wren, Kinglets glore.
From: dave.williams6 AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:29:29 -0400
Reading Town Forest, Middlesex, US-MA
Oct 28, 2014 8:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.25 mile(s)
Comments:     Beautiful morning, 41 degrees to start, 56 to finish.
30 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  1
Mallard  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  13
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  9
American Crow  7
Black-capped Chickadee  21
Tufted Titmouse  7
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  10
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  8
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Fox Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  6
Swamp Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  9
Dark-eyed Junco  21
sparrow sp.  2
Northern Cardinal  3
American Goldfinch  10

Dave Williams
Reading, MA

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20361343 


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

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Danehy Park, Cambridge
From: Devin Hefferon <dhefferon AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:28:33 -0400
Tim's Le Conte's Sparrow was in the same location at 9:05 this morning.
Here are the coordinates for those who are Google Maps inclined:
 42.390045, -71.135275

Thanks to Karsten for putting me on this bird.

Devin Hefferon
Watertown, MA
dhefferon AT gmail.com
http://theramblingbrambling.blogspot.com/

On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 8:58 AM, Tim Spahr  wrote:

> Hi birders,
>
> Very briefly (I am late for a meeting!), there was a stunning Le Conte's
> Sparrow at Danehy Park this AM.  The bird was in the cattail marsh, NORTH
> of the standard sparrow hill, and WEST of the little clump of trees in the
> edge of the marsh near the walking path.  The bird was EAST of the shotput
> circle area.  It was seen in the extreme edge of the marsh, in the tallest
> grasses there, and perched on a cattail head for 20 seconds.  I got
> extremely lucky--I had heard a funny long high-pitched call and only saw
> the bird when a train went by and flushed all the sparrows.
>
> More details, and many photos, to be posted later.
>
> good luck should anyone else go looking!
>
> good birding
>
> Tim Spahr
> Marlborough
> tspahr44 AT gmail.com
>



-- 
Devin Hefferon
Subject: Le Conte's Sparrow, Danehy Park, Cambridge
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:58:46 -0400
Hi birders,

Very briefly (I am late for a meeting!), there was a stunning Le Conte's
Sparrow at Danehy Park this AM.  The bird was in the cattail marsh, NORTH
of the standard sparrow hill, and WEST of the little clump of trees in the
edge of the marsh near the walking path.  The bird was EAST of the shotput
circle area.  It was seen in the extreme edge of the marsh, in the tallest
grasses there, and perched on a cattail head for 20 seconds.  I got
extremely lucky--I had heard a funny long high-pitched call and only saw
the bird when a train went by and flushed all the sparrows.

More details, and many photos, to be posted later.

good luck should anyone else go looking!

good birding

Tim Spahr
Marlborough
tspahr44 AT gmail.com
Subject: HSR: Blueberry Hill (27 Oct 2014) 61 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Oct 2014 18:10:05 -0400
Blueberry Hill
Granville, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               5            116            116
Osprey                       0              7             48
Bald Eagle                   1              3             30
Northern Harrier             0             15             41
Sharp-shinned Hawk           8            122            352
Cooper's Hawk                4             38             70
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          5              6              6
Broad-winged Hawk            0              2           4658
Red-tailed Hawk             34             81             91
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              2              2
American Kestrel             0             43            128
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              4
Merlin                       0              6              9
Unknown Accipiter            1              2              7
Unknown Buteo                1              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              4             20

Total:                      61            452           5586
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:15:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        John Weeks

Observers:        Byard Miller, Howard Weldon, John Weeks, Scott Fowler

Weather:
Cloud-cover diminished from 50% to 5%, then increased again to 15%, with
low cumulus giving way to gauzy cirrus.  Blustery wind WNW~NW (W late),
9-13 mph.  Temperature 48-56 F.

Raptor Observations:
Our second Golden Eagle of the season, a sub-adult with minimal white in
the tail, blurry white hints lining the underwing coverts and just a tiny
dot of white on the dorsal side of each wing (at 2:34 EDT, in view for 15
minutes).

Non-raptor Observations:
Canada Geese (56), American Crows (110), Common Ravens (2), Eastern
Bluebirds (2), American Pipit, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pine Siskin.
========================================================================
Report submitted by John Weeks (aerie.john AT cox.net)

Subject: HSR: Blueberry Hill (27 Oct 2014) 61 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Oct 2014 18:10:05 -0400
Blueberry Hill
Granville, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               5            116            116
Osprey                       0              7             48
Bald Eagle                   1              3             30
Northern Harrier             0             15             41
Sharp-shinned Hawk           8            122            352
Cooper's Hawk                4             38             70
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          5              6              6
Broad-winged Hawk            0              2           4658
Red-tailed Hawk             34             81             91
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              2              2
American Kestrel             0             43            128
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              4
Merlin                       0              6              9
Unknown Accipiter            1              2              7
Unknown Buteo                1              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              4             20

Total:                      61            452           5586
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:15:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        John Weeks

Observers:        Byard Miller, Howard Weldon, John Weeks, Scott Fowler

Weather:
Cloud-cover diminished from 50% to 5%, then increased again to 15%, with
low cumulus giving way to gauzy cirrus.  Blustery wind WNW~NW (W late),
9-13 mph.  Temperature 48-56 F.

Raptor Observations:
Our second Golden Eagle of the season, a sub-adult with minimal white in
the tail, blurry white hints lining the underwing coverts and just a tiny
dot of white on the dorsal side of each wing (at 2:34 EDT, in view for 15
minutes).

Non-raptor Observations:
Canada Geese (56), American Crows (110), Common Ravens (2), Eastern
Bluebirds (2), American Pipit, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pine Siskin.
========================================================================
Report submitted by John Weeks (aerie.john AT cox.net)

Subject: HSR: Wachusett Mountain (27 Oct 2014) 6 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Oct 2014 19:10:13 -0400
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              1              5
Turkey Vulture               0            106            133
Osprey                       0             14            238
Bald Eagle                   0             39            187
Northern Harrier             0              7             27
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            115            568
Cooper's Hawk                0             35            112
Northern Goshawk             0              1              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6             10
Broad-winged Hawk            0             17          16747
Red-tailed Hawk              4             18             23
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              3
American Kestrel             0             31            155
Merlin                       0              8             34
Peregrine Falcon             0              9             39
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             21
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              1              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             29             84

Total:                       6            447          18401
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter:        Steve Olson

Observers:        Bill Rasku

Weather:
Temp: 48 degrees in AM, 55 degrees in PM.
Wind: WNW at 15-20 mph in AM. 5-15 mph in PM.
Cloudless sky except for  clouds north and west in AM. Mostly sunny in PM
with scattered clouds.

Raptor Observations:
Not much activity for raptors. Local Red-Taileds still hanging around, and
7 Turkey Vultures

Non-raptor Observations:
7 Ravens

Predictions:
Warmer - high 60's, Chance of cirrus clouds in AM. Less windy. Sunny and
nice. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by  ()
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw

Subject: Fw: 10/27 Fenway Highlights
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:37:13 +0000 (UTC)


On Monday, October 27, 2014 8:34 PM, Paul Peterson  
wrote: 

I birded for a few hours this late afternoon/evening, with the following 
highlights: 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Hermit Thrush 16         incl. eight gardens
White-crowned Sparrow 3  incl. two gardens (ad. and imm.)
White-throated Sparrow 70  everywhere
Song Sparrow 50          everywhere
Dark-eyed Junco 30
Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston  
Subject: Nahant - Winter Wren, Baltimore Oriole, Orange-crowned Warbler, White-crowned Sparrows and more.
From: Linda P <lpivacek AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:18:38 +0000 (UTC)
our property is on south-east shore, so calm winds today. most land birds near 
or in our garden pool and on the shore. 

E. Phoebes flycatching along shore until almost dark at 5:55pm ! 
many Yellow-rumped Warblers, Orange-crowned Warbler, 2 Brn Creepers, 
Wht-crowned Sparrows, Baltimore Oriole and first Winter Wren of season here, 
yes! 

lots of bait fish, gulls, cormorants. many sea ducks: White-winged, Surf, Black 
scoters, C. Eider, Buffleheads, Greater Scaup, R-B Mergansers. 


Life is good, 
Linda 

Linda Pivacek, Nahant 
lpivacek AT comcast.net 
Subject: Welcome visitor
From: Deborah Radovsky <dp32 AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:08:19 -0400
White-throated Sparrow singing in my yard for the past few days. 
Deb Radovsky
Sharon
Subject: HSR: Pinnacle Rock (26 Oct 2014) 43 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Oct 2014 17:10:51 -0400
Pinnacle Rock
Malden, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              5              6
Osprey                       1              7              9
Bald Eagle                   1              3              4
Northern Harrier             0              4              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk          29            140            144
Cooper's Hawk                8             26             27
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              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             2              7              8
Merlin                       0              3              4
Peregrine Falcon             1              4              4
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              6
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              7             10

Total:                      43            214            232
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter:        Craig Jackson

Observers:        Jack Miano

Weather:
Strong (3-4) W-WNW-NW winds during watch: Temperature -- 15-18°C; Cloud
cover -- 15-100-70%; 

Raptor Observations:
Moderate movement of raptors (mostly accipiters - 37/43)
Non-migrants -- at least 5 Redtails, 1 TV

Non-raptor Observations:
55 Canada Geese
========================================================================
Report submitted by Craig Jackson (crleja AT yahoo.com)
Subject: HSR: Wachusett Mountain (26 Oct 2014) 6 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Oct 2014 14:10:30 -0400
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              1              5
Turkey Vulture               0            106            133
Osprey                       1             14            238
Bald Eagle                   0             39            187
Northern Harrier             0              7             27
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            113            566
Cooper's Hawk                0             35            112
Northern Goshawk             0              1              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6             10
Broad-winged Hawk            0             17          16747
Red-tailed Hawk              0             14             19
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              3
American Kestrel             1             31            155
Merlin                       0              8             34
Peregrine Falcon             0              9             39
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             21
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              1              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             29             84

Total:                       6            441          18395
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:15:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Rod Chase

Observers:        Dave Brown, David Goodine, Ted Mara, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Ted Mara, Ursula & Dave Goodine, Dave Brown, & Sally Erickson.
NOTE: Thanks to all who helped today and all season - not only in finding
and/or identifying the raptors, but also keeping even the slow days fun
with the stories, discussions and limitless humor. Be well and may we meet
again soon! Rod Chase and Steve Olson


Weather:
95% low cloud cover with dark clouds.
Temp: 45 to 51 degrees.
Wind: WNW started with 5-15 mph wind and strengthened by mid-PM to 10-20
mph with gusts close to 30mph.This forced most birds to evade our
site/sight again.
Visibility - 35 miles N & W, 60 miles E&S

Raptor Observations:
Slow day to see any birds. Wind forcing them down below the summit.

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Road to summit is officially closed until Memorial Day Weekend in 2015 to
all auto traffic. Hiking to the summit can still be done until the snow
flies. Ski area is preparing for the upcoming season. Weather will remain
warm until cold front comes in on Wednesday. Then it will get really cold
with flurries predicted by Nov 1. The hawk migration season is over at
Wachusett for this year.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  ()
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw

Subject: Pine Siskin & Red Breasted Nuthatch 10th Street PI
From: sean riley <newburyowls AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:27:15 -0400
I had some great birds on Plum today and the surrounding area.

Pine Siskin - 8x 10th street ( seen by Geoff Woods)
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1x 10th street
Coopers Hawk - 2x 10th street

PRNWR

Pie-billed Grebe
Merlin
Scarlet Tanager (male bird on the road by Hellcat)
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker - 3x various
American Pipit - 20x fly by lot 1

Barred Owl - 1x West Newbury

Sean Riley
Plum Island
Newburyowls AT gmail.com

-- 
10thstreetbirding.blogspot.com
Subject: HSR: Pinnacle Rock (25 Oct 2014) 29 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Oct 2014 16:10:58 -0400
Pinnacle Rock
Malden, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              5              6
Osprey                       0              6              8
Bald Eagle                   1              2              3
Northern Harrier             2              4              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk          17            111            115
Cooper's Hawk                6             18             19
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              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             0              5              6
Merlin                       0              3              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              6
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               3              6              9

Total:                      29            171            189
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Craig Jackson

Observers:        

Weather:
Moderate (2-3) WSW winds throughout day;  temperature -- 18-22-19°C; 
Cloud cover -- changing constantly -- low of 10% to high of 65%

Raptor Observations:
Moderate movement - almost all accipiters (26/29 raptors); some, if not
most, of identifiable accipiters seemed to be adults
Non-migrating -- at least 5 Redtails and 1 TV

Non-raptor Observations:
87 Canada geese, about 30 Cedar Waxwing
========================================================================
Report submitted by Craig Jackson (crleja AT yahoo.com)
Subject: Snowy owl
From: caroline <carolinawrencarolinawren AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:24:30 -0400
Looks as though it might be another good year- I am looking at a snowy on the 
beach at Brace Cove right now! gloucester. 

Caroline Haines
Songbirder AT hotmail.com

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Essex Dickcissel - Seabrook Yellow-headed Blackbirds - 10-27-14
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:23:12 -0400
At the feeders through the day today here in Essex:

1 - Dickcissel

and seen just off of Rte 1A in Seabrook, NH, Suncook & Portsmouth Ave., 
foraging with a large flock of Brown-headed Cowbirds

2 - Yellow-headed Blackbirds - males

Images of both can be seen at:

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

-- 
Enjoy,
Phil Brown
Essex, MA 01929
nebirdsplus AT comcast.net
www.nebirdsplus.com
http://birdsofessex.blogspot.com/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nebirdsplus/

"In order to see birds, it is necessary to become part of the silence.", Robert 
Lynd 

Subject: Yellow Headed Blackbird
From: Andy Todzia <atodzia AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:57:30 -0400
The Yellow Headed Blackbird was seen again today in a flock of
Cowbirds and Starlings off of Route 1A in Seabrook, N.H.

Following is a link to three photos taken today.
http://bit.ly/1oRHABo

Andy Todzia
Haverhill
atodzia at comcast.net
http://www.AndyTodzia.com
Subject: Bear Creek highlight October 26: Ruff
From: "Soheil Zendeh" <sohzendeh AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:42:19 -0400
Folks,

We've scheduled the next Bear Creek, Saugus, walk for next Sunday, November 2 
at 9 am. 


The highlight on our October 26 walk was a small gaggle of shorebirds including 
an adult Ruff in basic plumage (in other words, no ruff) in the newly flooded 
pond at the southwest corner of the property. Other shorebirds in the pond 
included Pectoral Sandpipers and both species of yellowlegs. The Ruff was 
observed by Pat Randall and the rest of the party (but not me -- I had to leave 
early!) and well photographed by Alan Trautman. Complete ebird list for the day 
is below. 


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 – 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. 
Let me know if you’re coming so I’ll have a head count. My cell no. is 
below. Call me if you’re running late. I’ll wait for you. 


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 1½ 
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’ve gone too far—turn 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 26, 2014 9:20 AM - 12:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
41 species (+1 other taxa)

Brant  2
Canada Goose  151
American Black Duck  32
Mallard  16
Green-winged Teal  8
Double-crested Cormorant  48
Great Blue Heron  7
Northern Harrier  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  3
Accipiter sp.  2
Red-tailed Hawk  4
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Ruff  1     Photos obtained by Alan Trautman
Pectoral Sandpiper  3
Herring Gull  80
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  20
Mourning Dove  9
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
American Kestrel  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  5
Common Raven  1
Horned Lark  6
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Carolina Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  250
American Pipit  50
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Savannah Sparrow  12
Song Sparrow  11
White-throated Sparrow  4
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1
House Finch  2



Soheil Zendeh
42 Baker Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421

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

sohzendeh AT gmail.com

TASL website: http://032acf2.netsolhost.com/tasl.htm



Subject: White-throated sparrows, Juncos and Grackles
From: Stephen Maguire <maguirepresentations AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:24:17 -0400
We had flocks of hundreds of Grackles and Red-winged blackbirds yesterday at 
our feeders. Cleaned them out! Also, 19 Juncos and 13 White-throated 
sparrowsâ~ AT ¦ The â~ AT ~Xtransitionâ~ AT ~Y to winter has begun! 


Steve Maguire
Scituate, MA
Subject: Junco
From: Deborah Radovsky <dp32 AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:09:39 -0400
Saw my first Junco of the season at Moose Hill MAS yesterday. 
Deb Radovsky
Sharon
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dunback Meadows, Oct 26, 2014
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:33:02 -0400
Sorry for the late post.  This is from Sunday morning at Waltham Street
Fields and Dunback Meadow in Lexington.


Dunback Meadows, Middlesex, US-MA
Oct 26, 2014 9:15 AM - 12:47 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Includes Waltham Fields.  Sightings included a potential
Cackling Goose. 
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 43 species (+1 other taxa) Cackling Goose 1 Bird seen Saturday by Jason Forbes and designated a "Cacklingish" Goose. Points in favor of Cackling - small stubby beak, head shape with steep forehead leading directly into the bill, white stippling at base of neck suggested elements of a white band, a slimmer neck and somewhat smaller size that more of associated flock of 200 Canada Geese. Points not in favor of Cackling - small but not that small, mantle color and chest color same as associated Canadas. Taverneri might be the best match for Cackling subspecies. Also intriguing were two very dark Canadas associating with the the part of the flock including the Cacklingish Goose. These birds were so dark that I found it difficult to separate cleanly the breast and and the neck - perhaps the Dusky subspecies of Canada? Canada Goose 350 All at Waltham Fields. Wood Duck 2 Mallard 7 Turkey Vulture 4 Northern Harrier 1 At Dunback. Glided over field then crossed over pine forest. Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 Three seen at once. A fourth was noticeably larger than the others and the fifth was seen much later in a different area. Cooper's Hawk 2 Might have been one or two more. Numerous sightings in all directions. Bald Eagle 1 Red-tailed Hawk 5 May have been at least two more. gull sp. 2 Probably herring Gull but too far to ID. Mourning Dove 22 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Downy Woodpecker 4 Northern Flicker 1 Eastern Phoebe 1 Blue-headed Vireo 1 At Waltham St Fields. Clear view of gray head, spectacles, greenish back, yellowish wash underneath. Blue Jay 12 American Crow 43 Including flock of 35. Black-capped Chickadee 10 Tufted Titmouse 2 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Brown Creeper 1 Carolina Wren 3 Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3 Eastern Bluebird 1 At least one calling at Waltham Fields Hermit Thrush 2 American Robin 250 Probably an underestimate. Could have been a couple hundred more. European Starling 25 Orange-crowned Warbler 1 Consensus ID. Yellow-rumped Warbler 16 Savannah Sparrow 50 40 at Waltham Fields and 10 more along playing field at Middle School. Song Sparrow 10 Swamp Sparrow 2 White-throated Sparrow 16 Dark-eyed Junco 2 Northern Cardinal 6 Red-winged Blackbird 30 Common Grackle 81 House Finch 3 Purple Finch 21 Could have been many more. There were numerous small birds flying around, many of which might have been Purple Finch. Concentration along path following edge of main field at Dunback and at 4 way intersection. American Goldfinch 2 House Sparrow 5 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20341868 Cliff Cook Watertown
Subject: Gloucester Harbor
From: caroline <carolinawrencarolinawren AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:10:17 -0400
Hi Mass Birders,
Gloucester Harbor is just hopping with migrating seabirds! Flocks of dc 
cormorants were stalking the bait fish, slipping through the water like 
gazelles, while gulls dropped in and out of their cliques at will. Today about 
twenty Bonaparte's gulls joined the fray. The season's first common merganser ( 
a female) swam beside a ww scoter, while a red throated loon dove repeatedly, 
close enough to the sea wall to identify without bins. Several common loons 
floated further out, still wearing their summer plumage, and a pair of red 
necked grebes worked the waters close to Ten Pound island. The ever present 
eiders preened on the rocks, and swam in and out of the canal in large groups. 
A peregrine crossed the river, heading out over West Gloucester. Not to be left 
out, a harbor seal joined the buffet. 

Caroline Haines
Gloucester
Songbirder AT hotmail.com

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: CT Report 10/26/2014 Western Kingbird
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:39:33 -0400
Note: Sara Zagorski provided this guidance based on observing the
Western Kingbird on Saturday: "Tina and I were at Seaside Park
yesterday from 12 noon on, and the bird appeared at 3:45 pm. Scope
from the park about 3 or 4 benches from the white abchor. The bird
first appeared way to the right, so you need a wide view to pick it
up."


 From Joe Bear:
10/26/14 - Wilton, Allen's Meadows -- 5 Vesper Sparrows (east side of
community garden on short grass), 4 Eastern Meadowlarks, American
Pipits.

 From Jim Carr:
10/26/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- 2 Lapland Longspurs in
field between west beach parking lot & parking lot across from swan
pond. Closer to puddles on east side of field.

 From Mark Danforth with John Marshall and Chris Loscalzo:
10/26/14 - Bridgeport, Seaside Park, Soundview Ave -- 8:30 AM; Western
Kingbird continues, looking east toward large tanks, on top of wire
fence.

 From Chris Loscalzo:
10/26/14 - Bridgeport -- the Western Kingbird continues at the same
location, and a Vesper Sparrow was feeding along the edge of the rocks
and weeds between the road and the kingbird's location.

 From Ryan MacLean:
10/26/14 - Greenwich, Audubon Greenwich, Quaker Ridge -- Mike Warner,
Ken Mirman, Frank Guida and Ted Gilman had a fantastic look at a Juv
Golden Eagle at 10:38 AM.

 From Danny Williams:
10/26/14 - Bridgeport -- Western Kingbird seen roughly around 4 PM in
the same place as otherwise reported, viewed from the usual area.

 From Cynthia Ehlinger with Maryann O'Leary:
10/26/14 - Westport, Sherwood Island State Park -- 2 VESPER SPARROWS,
2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, 1 BROWN CREEPER.

 From Paul Desjardins:
10/26/14 - Suffield, Suffield Wildlife Management Area -- American
Woodcock.

 From Russ Smiley:
10/26/14 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- 5:00 PM: CATTLE
EGRET with 4 juvenile Little Blue Herons in western marsh (campground
side of park).

 From Bob Bitondi:
10/26/14 - Pomfret Center, yard -- White-crowned Sparrow, 8+ Purple
Finches, a few Pine Siskins.

 From Steve Mayo:
10/26/14 - New Haven, Lighthouse Point Park, hawk watch -- 1500+ Pine
Siskin, 1630 Purple Finch, 30 American Pipit.

 From Bill Kobak:
10/26/14 - North Guilford yard -- BROWN CREEPER climbed side of house
and DR window late this morning.

 From Ralph Amodei:
10/26/14 - East Haven, yard, feeders -- 8:20 AM; 2 female Purple
Finches.

Subject: Breeds Pond, Lynn, MA; Sunday, 26 Oct. 2014.
From: Richard Heil <rsheil AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:21:57 -0400
SUNDAY, 26 OCTOBER 2014:
BREEDS POND, LYNN, MA (1045-1200 hrs.)
Weather: Cloudy, WNW winds 10-20 mph, 52 F.
Richard S. Heil

Low water levels continue to attract waterbirds: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/15451616550/

Canada Goose (17)
Mute Swan (2)
American Black Duck (8)
Mallard (60)
Northern Pintail (2)
American Green-winged Teal (75)
Ruddy Duck (1m)
Great Blue Heron (2)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 ad.)
Cooper's Hawk (2 ads.)
Semipalmated Plover (2)
Killdeer (16)
Greater Yellowlegs (44)
STILT SANDPIPER (1 juv.) : late; continuing from 10/18.
White-rumped Sandpiper (4) : 1 ad., 3 juvs. : 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/15450538089/
Pectoral Sandpiper (3 juvs.)
Ring-billed Gull (1)
Am. Herring Gull (6)
Belted Kingfisher (1)
'Yellow-shafted' Flicker (2)
Peregrine Falcon (1) : Very pale gray adult male tundrius, banded! 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/15017046613/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/15451637120/in/photostream/ , 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/15451230407/in/photostream/ , 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/15450571579/in/photostream/
Blue Jay (3)
Am. Crow (5)
Horned Lark (3)
Brown Creeper (1)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (3)
'Myrtle' Warbler (2)
Dark-eyed Junco (6)
Purple Finch (2)

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

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

Subject: Re: N. Goshawk/Ruffed Grouse
From: "Glenn d'Entremont" <gdentremont1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 23:29:17 +0000 (UTC)
Ruffed Grouse is a favorite food of Goshawk.

Glenn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kirk S Elwell" 
To: "MASSBIRD, massbird" 
Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2014 12:42:23 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] N. Goshawk/Ruffed Grouse

While walking at Martin Burns WMA in Newbury this morning we flushed a 
beautiful, young Goshawk out of a shrub alongside the railroad bed a ways 
southwest of Highfield's Rd.  The very interesting part was the remains of a 
Ruffed Grouse left behind.  First in many moons for me.  But not far from 
Pikes Bridge Rd in W. Newbury and other recent sightings also in W. Newbury.  
Hadn't heard of any MassWildlife releases of RUGRs?? 

The NOGOs started nesting near here about 2, maybe 3, years ago.  The nest 
site is incredibly well hidden and will remain so. 

Kirk.

Kirk S Elwell
Amesbury,MA
gentilisfinder AT gmail.com

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