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Red-throated Loon,©David Sibley

22 Aug CT Report 08/22/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
22 Aug Radar tonight [Paul Champlin ]
22 Aug Fwd: BirdLog Trip Summary -- Today [Cliff Cook ]
22 Aug Birds and Birding books for sale only 1 week! in W. Roxbury near Weld/W Rox Pkway [Kristine Hansen ]
22 Aug Hummingbird Nest [George W Gove ]
22 Aug Black Tern - Wachusett Reservoir [Kevin Bourinot ]
21 Aug CT Report 08/21/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
21 Aug Passenger Pigeon Film & Food Event, September 5 [Rob Kluin ]
21 Aug Marbled Godwit, Plymouth Beach 8/21 [Evan Lipton ]
21 Aug Fwd:Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Aug 20, 2014 ["Alan & Ruth Bragg" ]
21 Aug Re: Curlew Sandpiper, DCR Reservation (Causeway Beach), Nahant PARKING []
21 Aug BBC field trip Plum I. [William Drummond ]
21 Aug Curlew Sandpiper, DCR Reservation (Causeway Beach), Nahant []
20 Aug CT Report 08/20/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
20 Aug HSR: Wachusett Mountain (20 Aug 2014) 12 Raptors []
20 Aug Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary [Bob Stymeist ]
20 Aug Interesting Solitary Sandpiper Observations Lately On the Muddy River [Paul Peterson ]
20 Aug Shearwaters off P-town [Paul Champlin ]
20 Aug Peterson Message [Plimpton-Magee ]
20 Aug Plum Island -- Parker River NWR: 08-20-14 ["David K. Weaver" ]
20 Aug Anyone Missing a Cockatiel in Millbury? [Justin Lawson ]
20 Aug Rob Bierregaard's Osprey Website [Leslie Kramer ]
19 Aug CT Report 08/19/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
19 Aug HSR: Wachusett Mountain (19 Aug 2014) 9 Raptors []
19 Aug Vinalhaven Puffin/Tropicbird Trip [Sam Heinrich ]
19 Aug Vinalhaven Puffin/Tropicbird Trip [Sam Heinrich ]
19 Aug Birds on the move, plus two new yard birds Rehoboth 8/18 [Kathleen ]
19 Aug Provincetown shearwaters [Blair Nikula ]
19 Aug eBird-ISS reports for Revere and Winthrop, Aug 19, 2014 Baird's Sandpiper at Lewsi Lake ["Soheil Zendeh" ]
19 Aug DWWS - Little Blue Heron as reported [alice morgan ]
19 Aug Race Point shearwater flights []
19 Aug Potential Golden Eagle, South Deerfield MA [Jonathan Giacomini ]
19 Aug Broad-wings in Boxford by Bicycle [John Nelson ]
18 Aug Pectoral Sandpiper Squantum 8/16 [Paul Peterson ]
18 Aug Of Interest to All Birders ["Walt Webb" ]
18 Aug 8/18 BBC Plum Island and Joppa Flats Trip [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
18 Aug FW: eBird-ISS reports for Revere and Winthrop, Aug 17, 2014 ["Soheil Zendeh" ]
18 Aug spam/phishing - moderator message [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
18 Aug Crane Beach, Aug 18, 2014 [Miles Brengle ]
18 Aug Ware River Watershed IBA 8/17 ["Mark Lynch" ]
17 Aug CT Report 08/17/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
17 Aug Fwd: BirdLog Trip Summary -- Today [Cliff Cook ]
17 Aug Hudsonian Godwit - NBPT Harbor - 8/17 [Sue McGrath ]
17 Aug Drumlin Farm today [Pamela Sowizral ]
17 Aug American bittern, Carlisle ["Tom Brownrigg" ]
17 Aug FYI article on Edward Howe Forbush & E. B. White [John Nelson ]
17 Aug Photos from Egret Roost, Sandy Point, and IRWS Saturday Aug. 16 ["Lesley Mattuchio" ]
17 Aug 10,000 shearwaters in one scan! [Paul Champlin ]
16 Aug CT Report 08/16/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
16 Aug Nitehawks ["jamoos AT earthlink.net" ]
16 Aug Seabirds passing Missionbell, Provincetown [Paul Champlin ]
16 Aug Jenney Pond - Plymouth - Numerous Black-crowned Night-Herons ["Hank.Levesque" ]
16 Aug Marblehead Neck... No Yellow-throated or Cerulean [Karsten Hartel ]
15 Aug Gull-billed Terns, Chatham, MA [Ben Lagasse ]
16 Aug Sandy Point ["Bates, David Westfall,M.D." ]
16 Aug wing tags, leg bands on Herring Gull [Lynette Leka ]
15 Aug CT Report 08/15/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
15 Aug Re: UK birder in Boston next week [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
15 Aug Re: Nighthawks at Fenway Park 8/14 [Paul Peterson ]
15 Aug UK birder in Boston next week [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
15 Aug Sandy Point Plum Island - 8/14 [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
15 Aug Re: Squantum 8/14 [Paul Peterson ]
15 Aug Re: Manx Shearwater at Point of Pines Revere 8/8 [Jim Hully ]
15 Aug Western Sandpipers [Steven Whitebread ]
14 Aug PRNWR Swallows 8/14 The Show continues! [Dan Prima ]
14 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Aug 14, 2014 ["Alan & Ruth Bragg" ]
8 Aug Upland Sandpiper pics Plum Island [Suzanne Sullivan ]
14 Aug Sandy Point Plum Island [Karsten Hartel ]
15 Aug Nighthawks at Fenway Park 8/14 [Tim Factor ]
15 Aug Adult Common Loon Long Sought For Pond Westford 9:40 am [Paul Guidetti ]
15 Aug Tickets still available for fall Seabird & Whale Tales Excursion - 9/7/14 [Carol Carson ]
14 Aug Backyard Blue-winged Warbler, 8/13 ["Barbara Volkle" ]
14 Aug CT Report 08/14/2014 AM Golden Plover [Roy Harvey ]
15 Aug Night-herons in Fairhaven [Carolyn Longworth ]
14 Aug Stilt Sandpipers - Squantum - 8/14 [james sweeney ]
14 Aug Yellow-throated and Cerulean warblers-Marblehead 8/14 [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]

Subject: CT Report 08/22/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:57:01 -0400
 From Sol Satin via Tina Green:
08/22/14 - Guilford, Shell Beach, seen from Rte 146 -- 9 AM; juvenile
Wilson's Phalarope.

 From Patrick Comins:
08/22/14 - Guilford, Shell Beach -- 10:25; Wilson's Phalarope still
there.

 From Dan Rottino and family:
08/22/14 - Guilford Shell Beach -- 10:35 to 11:30 AM; 1 WILSON'S
PHALAROPE viewed from rte 146, and 1 BAIRD'S SANDPIPER viewed from
Shell Beach Rd.  Both juvies.

 From Frank Mantlik:
08/22/14 - Guilford Shell Beach -- Both the Wilson's Phalarope and the
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER were still present in same locations about 1:00 PM,
plus I found a juvenile Western Sandpiper along Rt 146.

 From Mark Danforth & Brenda Anderson:
08/22/14 - Guilford,  Leete's marsh from 146 -- 6:45 to 7:30 PM;
Wilson's Phalarope continued.

 From Timothy L Thompson:
08/22/14 - Guilford, Leete's Marsh -- 5:50 to 7:45 PM; Wilson's
Phalarope present until 7:25pm, then flew east back over Rte 146 and
railroad tracks with Yellowlegs ensemble. Relocated Baird's Sandpiper
approx. 75 yds in front of 35 mph sign (facing south) by the White
House on Rte 146. Baird's feeding back from the pack along edges of
marsh. Still there when vicious onslaught of skeeters ended my happy
hour.

 From Paul Desjardins:
08/22/14 - Windsor, Farmington River Town Park -- an immature
Peregrine Falcon perched that appeared to have a blue band on it's
left leg although the light was poor and it was fluffed up.

 From Maria Stockmal:
08/22/14 - Milford, Milford Point -- Forster's Tern, Yellow-crowned
Night-Herons.

Subject: Radar tonight
From: Paul Champlin <skua99 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:50:24 -0400
There's a nice, dense launch of migrants from Maine out over the water and 
headed our way tonight. If the winds remain more northerly, eastern MA may have 
a nice delivery for dawn, tomorrow. If they are more northeasterly, central MA 
to coastal CT may receive the birds that are just departing from the north. 
Whatever, someone's going to get a pretty dense packet of migrants. 


Best
Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Fwd: BirdLog Trip Summary -- Today
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:22:12 -0400
I set out for Winthrop/Revere/Lynn/Nahant today in search of the Curlew
Sandpiper reported yesterday by Linda Pivacek.  No luck with the Curlew Sp.
When I got to the Lynn/Nahant beach later in the morning, Soheil Zendah,
who was already there, had not seen the bird, nor had Bob Stymiest who
checked the area out earlier in the morning. While numbers were down from
yesterday, there were still a lot of shorebirds on the beach, many allowing
a close approach and a good chance to study all the various shades of
Semipalmated Sandpiper plumage. On my way home I also noted about 100 Tree
swallows around Belle Isle Marsh. I have to thank Soheil for finding many
of the birds at Winthrop Beach and Lynn/Nahant Beach.

Overall a very nice day of birding.

Number of Checklists: 6
Number of Species: 39

Checklists included in this summary:
(1): Lewis Lake Park, Winthrop
Date: Aug 22, 2014, 8:57 AM
(2): Winthrop--Sisters
Date: Aug 22, 2014, 9:31 AM
(3): Revere Beach--pink apartments - birds were mostly down by the water in
the wrackline
Date: Aug 22, 2014, 10:05 AM
(4): US-MA-Revere-682-700 Revere Beach Blvd - this is traffic circle at the
far end of Revere Beach.  I parked here and walked up the beach a bit. Bob
Stymeist reported a Western Sandpiper from here but I was unable to locate
the bird.
Date: Aug 22, 2014, 10:45 AM
(5): Lynn Beach/Nahant Beach - at high tide birds were concentrated at the
north end of the beach, near a DCR building, as the tide went out they
spread both further north and south from there.
Date: Aug 22, 2014, 11:26 AM
(6): Lewis Lake Park, Winthrop
Date: Aug 22, 2014, 3:07 PM

(I had hoped to make it to Short Beach in Nahant but was scared off by the
no parking signs everywhere.)

115 Canada Goose -- (6)
3 Mute Swan -- (1)
2 American Black Duck -- (1)
30 Mallard -- (1)
3 Common Eider -- (2),(3)
163 Double-crested Cormorant -- (2),(5)
1 Great Egret -- (6)
1 Snowy Egret -- (1)
2 Black-crowned Night-Heron -- (6) - south portion of Lewis Lake, hidden in
the reeds
4 American Oystercatcher -- (2) - Winthop Beach southmost of the 5 sisters
breakwaters
1 Black-bellied Plover -- (5)
365 Semipalmated Plover -- (2),(3),(4),(5) - 150 near Revere Beach traffic
cirlce and around 100 at Lynn/Nahant Beach
1 Spotted Sandpiper -- (2) - Winthop Beach southmost of the 5 sisters
breakwaters
32 Greater Yellowlegs -- (6) - Lewis Lake, mostly high tide
4 Lesser Yellowlegs -- (1) - Lewis Lake high tide
1 Red Knot -- (5) - Lynn/Nahant beach, incredibly confiding bird, it came
within 10 feet of myself and Soheil
80 Sanderling -- (3),(4),(5) - mostly at Lynn/Nahant Beach
6 Least Sandpiper -- (1),(2),(3),(4)
3 White-rumped Sandpiper -- (2),(3),(5)
2575 Semipalmated Sandpiper -- (2),(3),(4),(5) - 1000 at the Oink
apartments and at least 1200 at Lynn/Nahant Beach
1 Western Sandpiper -- (5) - Lynn/Nahant Beach, another very confiding bird
making a close approach
9 Short-billed Dowitcher -- (1) - Lewis Lake high tide
322 Bonaparte's Gull -- (2),(3),(5) - 300 at Lynn/Nahant Beach, we studied
them for sometime but could not turn any into a Little Gull
6 Laughing Gull -- (2),(5)
X Ring-billed Gull -- (1),(2),(4),(5)
X Herring Gull -- (2),(3),(4),(5)
X Great Black-backed Gull -- (2),(3),(4),(5)
17 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) -- (3),(4),(5)
1 Mourning Dove -- (5)
1 American Crow -- (5)
3 American Robin -- (1),(3)
1 Gray Catbird -- (1)
2 Northern Mockingbird -- (1)
95 European Starling -- (1),(5)
1 Song Sparrow -- (1)
1 Red-winged Blackbird -- (1)
6 Common Grackle -- (1)
3 House Finch -- (1)
20 House Sparrow -- (1),(5)

This trip summary was created using the BirdLog app for iPhone and iPad.
See BirdLog

 

for more information.

Cliff Cook
Watertown
Subject: Birds and Birding books for sale only 1 week! in W. Roxbury near Weld/W Rox Pkway
From: Kristine Hansen <krishansen4tango AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:55:35 -0400
SELLING PART OF HOME BIRDING LIBRARY - please email re coming by to
rummage, low prices, reasonable offers seriously considered,

***must come by (West Roxbury) BEFORE Thursday, 8/28 -

evenings OK before 8pm by appointment      krishansen4tango AT gmail.com


Someone PLEASE let me know if formatting/read-ability not OK !


SEABIRDS/PELAGICS/ Water birds


Audubon WATER BIRD GUIDE, Richard Pough  1951  hardcover field guide


OCEAN BIRDS by Lars Lofgren    1984


SEABIRDS of the Worlds - Photographs by Eric Hosking, text Ronald Lockley
1983


WADERS  by Eric Hosking   1983   photographic hardcover



GENERAL - BIRDS


A North American Birder’s Year - “THE FEATHER QUEST” by Pete Dunne,
foreword by RT Peterson   1992


The LIFE OF BIRDS, Welty   1975


SMITHSONIAL BOOK OF BIRDS - Lords of the Air, by Page and Morton  BEAUTIFUL
photographic book   1989


INTRODUCED BIRDS of the World - worldwide history, distribution and
influence of birds introduced..., by John L. Long   1981


LIFE ON EARTH - A Natural History , David Attenborough   1979  (general,
birds - 1 chapter “Lords of the Air”)


The MAKING OF THE LIVING PLANET (with David Attenborough, Foreward by him)
by Andrew Langley   1985


The LIVING WORLD OF AUDUBON, Roland Clement - soft cover, lovely full-pg
plages

                   (version of 1974 hardcover)


WOOD WARBLERS’ WORLD, Hal Harrison - life histories 53 species   1984



BIRDS, BIRDING FOREIGN COUNTRIES


by Alexander Skutch, publ by Cooper Ornithological Society - Vol I-III
1954-1969

   LIFE HISTORIES OF CENTRAL AMERICAN BIRDS

 (covering MANY families of birds) - Vol I w/ beautiful full-pg color plate
of 5 tanager species - B&W photos, illustrations by Don R. Eckelberry
(color plate by same)

Vol II - illustrated by Eckelberry       Vol III  illustrated by Skutch,
Eckelberry


Alexander  Skutch:  PARENT BIRDS AND THEIR YOUNG  - large format  1976
(nesting,
rearing)


Field Guide BIRDS OF THE WEST INDIES, James Bond   1947  COLOR PLATE Cuban
Tody +  b&w illustrations


Field Guide BIRDS OF HAWAII AND TROPICAL PACIFIC, Pratt, Bruner, Berrett,

 illustr Pratt   1987


BIRDS OF HONG KONG by Viney and Phillipps - lovely field guide   1988


Field guide BIRDS OF TAIWAN, Severinghaus & Blackshaw  1976


Field Guide to the BIRDS OF JAPAN, Wild Bird Society of Japan, illustr
Takano  1982


A BIRDER’S GUIDE TO JAPAN , Jane  Robinson  Where/how to go all over  1987


Field Guide BIRDS OF SOUTH-EAST ASIA -King, Woodcock, Dickinson 869 sp.
1975


KINGFISHERS, BEE-EATERS & ROLLERS  by Fry, Fry, and Alan Harris   1992



PHOTOGRAPHY


Bird Magic, by Blake Johnson  1985  photographer, author


Nature Photograpy - Its art and techniques, by Heather Angel, revised1979
PREDIGITAL


HOW TO SHOOT AN AMATEUR NATURALIST, Gerald Durrell   1984
Subject: Hummingbird Nest
From: George W Gove <gwgove AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:51:50 -0400
My son limbed up some trees in his yard three days ago. When one of the 
larger limbs fell to the ground, he noticed a bird nest on the limb and 
thought, "Oh my god, I hope I didn't hurt any birds, my Dad will kill me!"

Well it turned out that it was a Hummingbird nest and there were two 
young birds in the nest. The limb fell from 12 or 15 feet from the tree 
to the ground.

We were at his home today and his wife showed us the nest and said she 
had been monitoring it. I took this photo of the nest, and the two 
birds, who looked happy enough, were patiently waiting to be fed and 
looked as if they were healthy.

http://www.pbase.com/gwgove/image/157089709

The construction of this nest is amazing considering that it crashed to 
the ground with a large limb and survived as did the two young 
Hummingbirds.

George Gove & Judy Gordon
Marlborough MA


Subject: Black Tern - Wachusett Reservoir
From: Kevin Bourinot <kevin.bourinot AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:58:00 -0400
Hoping for something that stopped over after last night's rain I had a Black 
tern at Wachusett reservoir gate 40. Non-breeding plumage. Does not look like 
it's sticking around though. Eventually saw it fly high over the tree line. 
I'll be checking South Bay next. 


Kevin Bourinot
Kevin.bourinot AT gmail.com
Sterling, MA

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: CT Report 08/21/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:17:29 -0400
 From Tina Green:
08/21/14 - Westport, Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve (from the bridge) --
7 Little Blue Heron (5 adult), 3 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.

 From Greg Hanisek:
08/21/14 - Watertown, Sand Bank Road -- MOURNING WARBLER, adult
female, very bright bird with full hood, paler in front, and thin but
obvious broken eyering; drew attention with loud, persistent chip
notes; showed self well (briefly) in response to pishing; I think
every other one I've see in fall was an immature; this is the
beginning of the expected migratory window

 From Don Morgan:
08/21/14 - Eagleville (Mansfield) -- where yesterday I saw many
hundreds of Common Nighthawks, tonight I saw 39. Most of  them came
late, when it was almost too dark to see, and flew  in 1's, 2's  and
3's, plus one group of 5.

Subject: Passenger Pigeon Film & Food Event, September 5
From: Rob Kluin <rkluin AT plimoth.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:10:52 -0400
Submitted by Rob Kluin
Director of Marketing & Communications
Plimoth Plantation



*Plimoth Plantation to Host *

*Passenger Pigeon Film Event*

*Friday, September 5*

On Friday, September 5 at 6 p.m., Plimoth Plantation will host a *Night of
Food & Film* to mark this centenary year of the passenger pigeon’s
extinction with the screening of the film *From Billions to None: The
Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction*. Explore this iconic bird’s
presence in 17th-century Plymouth, its current relevance to habitat and
species conservation successes, and sustainable use of natural resources.
Stay for a post-film discussion with the film’s co-writer and co-producer
Joel Greenberg, Wayne Petersen, Mass Audubon's Director of the
Massachusetts Important Bird Areas Program, and a panel of bird
conservation leaders and historians. Before the film, enjoy a reception of
seasonal artisan culinary delights inspired by the Passenger Pigeon,
locally sourced beer and wines, and a special signature drink. Copies of Joel
Greenberg’s book, *A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's
Flight to Extinction,* will be available for purchase and signing. Tickets
are $30 per person or $50 per couple and can be purchased in advance by
calling (508) 746-1622, ext. 8346 or online at www.plimoth.org/cinema.



Rob Kluin
Director | Marketing & Communications
(508) 746-1622 x8210

*PLIMOTH PLANTATION*
P.O. Box 1620 | Plymouth, MA 02362
www.plimoth.org
Subject: Marbled Godwit, Plymouth Beach 8/21
From: Evan Lipton <the.eastern.towhee AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:07:20 -0400
While kayaking today and photographing shorebirds I observed a Marbled Godwit 
alight briefly on the offshore sandbar at Plymouth Beach two hours before low 
tide. Some photos were obtained. 

Many Red Knots, many White-rumped Sandpipers, a Pectoral Sandpiper, and a Black 
Skimmer were some more great birds on a beautiful morning. These were among the 
usual shorebirds which numbered in the thousands. 


Evan Lipton
Milton, MA
the.eastern.towhee AT gmail.com
Subject: Fwd:Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Aug 20, 2014
From: "Alan & Ruth Bragg" <alan.ruth.bragg AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:16:11 -0400
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, US-MA
Aug 20, 2014 6:02 AM - 10:27 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.3 mile(s)
Comments:     Weekly Survey by NWR Volunteers Cole Winstanley, Will
Martens, Maryellen Stone, Janet Kovner, Soheil Zendeh, Andy Scholten and
Alan Bragg
61 species (+4 other taxa)

Canada Goose  31
Wood Duck  32
Mallard  54
American Black Duck/Mallard  1     Observed in flight
Green-winged Teal  8
Great Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  2
Cooper's Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Virginia Rail  1
Killdeer  2
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Least Sandpiper  8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  23
Common Nighthawk  1     Migrating
Chimney Swift  18
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  5
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  4
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  4
Willow Flycatcher  1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  2
Empidonax sp.  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Warbling Vireo  3
Blue Jay  9
American Crow  4
Tree Swallow  56
Bank Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  157     In flight early Am
Black-capped Chickadee  23
Tufted Titmouse  8
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Marsh Wren  15     Careful count
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Eastern Bluebird  5
American Robin  15
Gray Catbird  12
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  2
Cedar Waxwing  4
Common Yellowthroat  8
Yellow Warbler  4
warbler sp.  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  11
Swamp Sparrow  4
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Bobolink  6
Red-winged Blackbird  200
Common Grackle  2
Baltimore Oriole  2
American Goldfinch  11


​Alan Bragg
Bedford MA​
Subject: Re: Curlew Sandpiper, DCR Reservation (Causeway Beach), Nahant PARKING
From: lpivacek AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:59:14 +0000 (UTC)
Parking info: 

the "new" DCR Reservation charges $5 per day. the entrance is on the south end 
of the beach by Little Nahant. note: its free after 5pm. 


for free parking anytime try to get a spot in the lot next to Ward Bathhouse at 
the Lynn/Nahant rotary, north end of beach. if none available, you could park 
along Lynn Shore Drive, north of the rotary, with a longer walk south on beach. 


Linda 

----- Original Message -----

> 8/21
> in large flock of peep, Sanderling and Semipalmated Plovers.
> I was doing ISS count and concentrating on numbers. The subject bird stood
> out from the rest of the flock as taller, with long black legs, and long
> down-curved bill. I assumed at first it was a Dunlin and then noticed the
> white rump while it preened. although it was about the same body size as
> Dunlin, it was taller. All of the birds were quite actively bathing and
> feeding in rockweed wrack on the beach. I did not see any obvious breeding
> plumage, but would have liked a better look however, a group of kids ran
> through. I later relocated the bird in the flock but the birds were soon
> spooked again, then I had to leave.

> this bird was with about 2000 shorebirds a short distance south of the rotary
> then flew further south and joined another larger flock. this bird along
> with most of the shorebirds were in the wrack, not in the red algae.

> Cheers!
> Linda

> Linda Pivacek, Nahant,
> lpivacek AT comcast.net
Subject: BBC field trip Plum I.
From: William Drummond <wcdrummond AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:53:24 -0400
Hello Massbirders

My BBC trip was scheduled for Thursday beginning at 8:00 A.M. at parking lot 1. 
We met Tim Robinson, visiting UK birder from Spain, and we were lucky to show 
him Yellow Warbler, Yellowthroat, Brown Thrasher, and a host of shorebirds. 
After we left the island, we went to Oak Hill Cemetery in Newburyport, where 
Tim got this life Tufted Titmouse and life Indigo Bunting. The weather was 
pleasant and we had an enjoyable morning. 


I'd like to remind birders that i will be leading a comprehensive Alaska tour 
next June. The itinerary includes Nome, Barrow, St. Paul (the Pribiloffs), 
Kenai Fjords, and Denali. I have a few spaces available. If you or anyone you 
know is interested, please contact me by email and I will send an itinerary. 
Please note that I no longer have a website. 


Good birding,

Bill Drummond
159 Appleton St.
North Andover, MA  01845
wcdrummond AT verizon.net
Subject: Curlew Sandpiper, DCR Reservation (Causeway Beach), Nahant
From: lpivacek AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:24:50 +0000 (UTC)
8/21 
in large flock of peep, Sanderling and Semipalmated Plovers. 
I was doing ISS count and concentrating on numbers. The subject bird stood out 
from the rest of the flock as taller, with long black legs, and long 
down-curved bill. I assumed at first it was a Dunlin and then noticed the white 
rump while it preened. although it was about the same body size as Dunlin, it 
was taller. All of the birds were quite actively bathing and feeding in 
rockweed wrack on the beach. I did not see any obvious breeding plumage, but 
would have liked a better look however, a group of kids ran through. I later 
relocated the bird in the flock but the birds were soon spooked again, then I 
had to leave. 


this bird was with about 2000 shorebirds a short distance south of the rotary 
then flew further south and joined another larger flock. this bird along with 
most of the shorebirds were in the wrack, not in the red algae. 


Cheers! 
Linda 

Linda Pivacek, Nahant, 
lpivacek AT comcast.net 
Subject: CT Report 08/20/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:11:57 -0400
 From Don Morgan:
08/20/14 - Mansfield -- There was a tremendous flight of Common
Nighthawks this evening  over the Willimantic River, just north of the
Eagleville Lake dam. The birds  stayed farther north than usual, so
most of my sightings were bins and scope  only, but I counted one
flock of 390 (very low, I'm sure). I saw flocks of birds at least 10
times or so, but I have no way of knowing if they were the same birds
or different flocks moving through. I counted well over 300 twice
more,  but also had many smaller groups, from about 170 down to as few
as 8. If they  were all different birds (unlikely) there would have
been well over 1000. I saw the first birds at 6:45 (but I had just
gotten there) and  the last ones at 7:45 (I left then - almost dark).
Normally the birds follow the river down to and past Eagleville, but
tonight only a few ever made it that far south. Must have been a good
hatch up north. In previous years I have seen as  many as 250 in a
single flock there. 

 From Sean Grace:
08/20/14 - Eagleville (Mansfield) -- When we arrived at 7:00 at the
Housatonic Valley Regional High School there was a flock of over 300
Common NightHawks passing over head down the  Housatonic River.  Then
another 200, then another 100 then 75.  It was epic and Zach Adams our
educator and I both counted similar conservative numbers.  675 total.

 From Tina Green:
08/20/14 - Westport, Sherwood Island SP -- Stilt Sandpiper (with 150
Semipalmated Sandpipers) in the Mill Pond before the entrance.
CT Audubon Tree Farm -- flyover Dickcissel.

 From Bev Propen:
08/20/14 - Milford, Milford Point, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center
-- 10 to 1 PM; 4 JUVENILE YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS flying around,
landing, eating and then flying around some more.  When one flew off,
the others followed.

 From Alex Burdo:
08/19/14 - Fairfield, Hoydens Hill Open Space -- 1 YELLOW-BELLIED
FLYCATCHER, 1 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, 20 BOBOLINK.
Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- 1 LITTLE BLUE HERON, 1
LITTLE BLUE HERON X TRICOLORED HERON.

Subject: HSR: Wachusett Mountain (20 Aug 2014) 12 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 20 Aug 2014 19:08:49 -0400
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total:                      12             21             21
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Steve Olson

Observers:        Rod Chase, Steve Olson

Weather:
Temp-60 degrees.
Light winds-3 mph, Hazy to west, south, less to east. Overhead Blue Skies.
Clouds & clearer to North.

Raptor Observations:
In AM, some migrant movement. Still mostly local birds in the area - merlin
and juvenile red-tailed hawks.

Non-raptor Observations:
Swallows, chimney swifts, & cedar waxwings - all feeding on berries, Junco

Predictions:
Another nice day predicted - light winds and cool morning temps but warming
quickly.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  ()
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw

Subject: Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:00:41 -0400
Highlights from a late morning visit to Daniel Webster Sanctuary in
Marshfield was the continuing immature Little Blue Heron, 3 Glossy Ibis and
2 Green Herons- all of which were quite cooperative from the blinds. Also
seen from the blinds a Cooper's hawk who came in for a confrontation with a
Green Heron-who flared out and hissed, stood his ground and the Coop
retreated:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rstymeist/14984781312/in/photostream/

Photos of the Little Blue:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rstymeist/14983720505/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rstymeist/14797121708/in/photostream/

Photos of Green Heron: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rstymeist
/14797043419/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rstymeist/14797054610/in/photostream/

Photos of Glossy Ibis: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rstymeist
/14797122768/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rstymeist/14797043709/in/photostream/

Photo of Cooper's Hawk:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rstymeist/14797045109/in/photostream/

Bob Stymeist
Arlington
Subject: Interesting Solitary Sandpiper Observations Lately On the Muddy River
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:03:52 -0700
Hi,
I have been,for the past two-and-one-half weeks or so, beenperiodically 
checking out spots along the Muddy River in Boston and Brookline for Solitary 
Sandpipers. Twolocales have always had a Solitary Sandpiper at them, one on 
allthree occasions that I went there, the other on allfour occasions that I 
went to that one. My assumption is that each spot has had the exact same bird 
for all twenty days. The first locale is near the intersection of Brookline 
Ave. and the Riverway, along the muddy shore going east a bit from the 
intersection, but before the stone footbridge. The other spot is near Longwood 
Station on the D line, just a bit east of the station on the exposed, small 
mudflat. Of course, herons can be found here as well, and today there were a 
couple of Great Blue Herons and a Green Heron. Sometimes a Spotted Sandpiper 
hangs out with the Solitaries, (which no longer makes them Solitary?) 

Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston
Subject: Shearwaters off P-town
From: Paul Champlin <skua99 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:19:46 -0400
Hi all,

I uploaded a few rather poor shearwater videos taken through my scope on the 
16th from the front porch of Missiobell (1.5 miles east of Race Point Public 
Beach in Provincetown). The dark backs of shearwaters against the dark water, 
as well as the more distant shearwaters passing go undetected by the camera. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-61L_doBOk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT86ktkDWNo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y64KIRThnN8

I'll upload another one or two (little bit better quality) from the morning of 
the 17th, when the birds were in roosting mats at dawn. 


The southwest winds (non-intuitive direction for a seabird movement) has really 
paid off this summer, with counts into the tens of thousands during days of 
southwesterlies. This jibes with Blair's observations of large numbers of birds 
to the northeast of P-town. If the birds are coursing into the wind, they'll 
bump right into the back side of the cape. 


Also, I had all three Jaegers while watching on the 16th to the 18th, including 
3 different Long-tailed. During 8-18 (the best Jaeger day) many dozens passed, 
but in the relatively short time I observed (on and off through the day) I 
counted into the high 20's. 


Best
Paul Champlin
Westport, MA
 		 	   		  
Subject: Peterson Message
From: Plimpton-Magee <plimag AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:36:06 -0400
Naturalists: Paul called me today to ask me to pass along information that 
interesting On Point report on Monarchs will be broadcast tonight at 8 p.m. on 
NPR (2nd hour which would be 9 p.m.). Genetically modified crops may mess up 
the birds and the butterflies. No Monarchs in our yard for past two summers / 
falls. Great spangled Fritellary and various Swallowtails (Tiger, Spicebush) 
we've seen. Resident female Hummingbird regularly checks out our Butterfly 
Bush, Bee Balms, Salvias (Pat Magee is the gardener). We've had both Flicker 
and Red-bellied Woodpecker families around, Downies peck at the house across 
the street, resident Catbird entertains us. Just now, a Hummingbird Moth 
injesting Butterfly Bush blossom nectar! 


												To birds and butterflies and moths!  Oakes P.
Subject: Plum Island -- Parker River NWR: 08-20-14
From: "David K. Weaver" <cygnus-dkw AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:03:25 -0400
Bill Gette and I led today’s edition of Wednesday Morning Birding from Joppa 
Flats onto Plum Island and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Oh, what 
a beautiful morning . . . . the skies were partly cloudy, temps ranged from 
upper 60s to low 70s by morning’s end, and winds were light and variable. 
Even at just past full tide, there were not a lot of shorebirds to be had in 
the refuge wetlands – but, there were representatives of most species for 
good looks. 


Here’s our list:
Canada Goose (0) – we could not remember seeing a single goose!
Mute Swan (1) – Stage Island Pool.
American Black Duck (6) – North Pool Overlook.
Mallard – common.
Wild Turkey (5) – Bill Forward Pool.
Double-crested Cormorant – common.
Great Blue Heron (5)
Great Egret – common.
Snowy Egret – common.
Osprey (5)
Northern Harrier (1) – BFP.
Cooper’s Hawk (1) – NPO.
Red-tailed Hawk (1) – new blind.
Black-bellied Plover (~30) – mostly BFP.
Semipalmated Plover – common.
Killdeer (1)
Greater Yellowlegs (~ 12)
Lesser Yellowlegs (~ 20)
Semipalmated Sandpiper – common.
Least Sandpiper (~ 12)
Short-billed Dowitcher (5)
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull (1)
Mourning Dove (~ 12)
Eastern Kingbird – common.
Blue Jay (2)
American Crow (5)
Tree Swallow – common.
Barn Swallow (4)
Gray Catbird (5)
European Starling – common.
Cedar Waxwing (2)
Saltmarsh Sparrow (3)
Song Sparrow (1)
Northern Cardinal (1)
Red-winged Blackbird ( 6)
American Goldfinch (5)
House Sparrow

This evening and next Wednesday evening, Bill Gette, Linda Hunnewell, and David 
Davis will be leading Wednesday Evening Shorebirding from 5:30 until 7:30. I 
hope that you will join them to enjoy the shorebirds as well as the staging 
Tree Swallows and the gathering of egrets. 


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: Anyone Missing a Cockatiel in Millbury?
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:55:27 -0400
My mother's work in Millbury found it today on the property. Just wanted to
get the word out if anyone hears anything.

Justin Lawson
Millbury, Ma
My Wildlife Photos/Videos
www.flickr.com/photos/justinlawson
My 7yr old's "Lil" Big Year 2014 Blog
www.greatgrayowen.blogspot.com
justindlawson AT gmail.com
Subject: Rob Bierregaard's Osprey Website
From: Leslie Kramer <lfkramer AT massed.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:51:18 -0400
Here is the link to Rob Bierregard's Osprey Website:

http://www.ospreytrax.com/

The website also provides information on Barred Owls and Ornithology in 
general. 

To access, click on "ospreys" from the main page.

Good birding,
Leslie Kramer


Subject: CT Report 08/19/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:39:33 -0400
 From Phil Rusch:
08/19/14 - North Windham, Windham Airport -- evening; 200 or so Common
Nighthawks feeding on an insect hatch at the west end of the runway.
When I left around 7 PM, the flock had shifted over the nearby strip
malls and Walmart. (Joining in were several hundred swallows and 4
Ring-billed Gulls.)

 From Frank Mantlik:
08/19/14 - Milford, Milford Point -- 9:40 to 11:00 AM; WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER, 9 species shorebirds including 1 RED KNOT.

 From Maria Stockmal:
08/19/14 - Branford, Branford Supply Ponds -- Orange-crowned Warbler,
Winter Wrens.

 From Russ Smiley:
08/19/14 - Guilford, Long Cove by Sachem's Head Rd -- 5:20 PM;
Tricolored Heron hunting again in the shallow waters at the top of the
cove.

 From Ricki Soucy:
08/19/14 - Meriden yard -- While planting late perennials in a front
bed this afternoon, 200 to 300 chimney swifts and 1 Common Nighthawk
in their midst passed over my house.  Most swifts I've ever seen.  I
don't often see Mighthawks either.

 From Paul Cianfaglione:
08/18/14 - Hartford, Riverside Park Pond - 1 imm. LITTLE BLUE HERON,
11 GREAT EGRET.

 From Mike Warner:
08/18/14 - Wilton, Horseshoe Road (off Wolfpit Road), Horseshoe Pond
-- 9:30 AM; 3 Little Blue Herons, one adult and two white juveniles.
South Wilton, Chipmunk Lane (off Kent Road) -- 10:00 AM; Adult male
Hooded Warbler feeding in the dense undergrowth where a house once
stood.

 From Maria Stockmal:
08/18/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- Alder Flycatcher,
Tricolor/Little Blue Heron hybrid.

 From Charlie Barnard Jr:
08/18/14 - Fairfield, Hoyden's Hill Open Space -- A Philadelphia Vireo
was hanging upside down, feeding upon something under a leaf,  about
8' in front of me and only 9' above ground this morning. It was the
best look which I have ever had at one and my camera was hanging
around my neck, but I forgot I had it with me. 

 From Greg Hanisek:
08/18/14 - New Haven, Lighthouse Point hawk watch -- 7 AM to noon; 55
Bobolinks, 1 Cliff Swallow.  (And lots and lots of other stuff, of
course.)

 From Bev Propen and Judy Moore:
08/18/14 - Orange/WEstHaven, Maltby Lakes off Route 34 -- 8:15 to
10:15 AM; RED BREASTED NUTHATCH, 2 COMMON RAVEN.

 From Sean Murtha:
08/18/14 - Norwalk, yard -- evening; ten or so Common Nighthawks came
streaming over the house, from the east.

 From Bill Banks:
08/18/14 - Seymour -- one Common Nighthawk seen cruising down the
Naugatuck River Valley about 7:48 PM.

 From Paul Desjardins:
08/18/14 - Windsor Locks, yard -- 7:14 PM; had my first Common
Nighthawk of the season.

 From Paul Carrier:
08/18/14 - Harwinton yard -- 6 Common Nighthawk going due south.

 From Sarah Faulkner:
08/18/14 - Farmington -- Around 8 PM Monday there were close to two
dozen Common Nighthawks over the Farmington River/Rt 4 crossing in
Farmington, and another 6 in Collinsville over the river by the
Collins Company in Collinsville.  Lots of food up there, apparently!

 From lex Burdo:
08/18/14 - Fairfield, Pine Creek Area -- 3 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON,
1 MARSH WREN, 10 BOBOLINK.
Fairfield, Hoydens Hill Open Space -- 1 PHILADELPHIA VIREO, foraging
in the tall trees on the east side of the orchard (thanks, Charlie!),
1 male HOODED WARBLER (Orchard), 5 COMMON NIGHTHAWK.

 From Angela Dimmitt:
08/18/14 - Madison, Hammonassett State Park -- 2 Stilt Sandpipers in
pool along Morain Trail with other shorebirds.

 From Lynn Jones:
08/18/14 - Stratford, Boothe Memorial Park -- While playing volleyball
Monday night I had  loose group of 7 Common Nighthawks fly over. Yes,
it made me miss a ball.

 From  Cindi Kobak:
08/17/14 - North Guilford yard -- 2 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS.

Subject: HSR: Wachusett Mountain (19 Aug 2014) 9 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Aug 2014 22:08:24 -0400
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total:                       9              9              9
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 3.5 hours

Official Counter:        Rod Chase

Observers:        

Weather:
Temp - 64 degrees. NW winds - 5 to 8 mph. Visibility 75% Blue Skies and
rest low cumulus  clouds. 

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagle - 1 mature

Non-raptor Observations:
Raven - 1
Chimney Swifts - 8
Tree & Bank Swallows - 12 (Swallow migration beginning)

Predictions:
Sunny, Cooler than normal, NE  to NW Winds. Some clouds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  ()
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw

Subject: Vinalhaven Puffin/Tropicbird Trip
From: Sam Heinrich <sheinrich601613 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:26:50 -0400
Hello Massbirders,


I'm taking a trip with John Drury out of Vinalhaven or Rockport, ME this
Friday, and am looking for someone who would like to come with us and help
spot alcids, terns, and tropicbirds, enjoy the ride, and split the cost. We
have two spots available, so if you're interested send me an email off-list
at sheinrich601613 AT gmail.com


Thanks!

Sam Heinrich
Subject: Vinalhaven Puffin/Tropicbird Trip
From: Sam Heinrich <sheinrich601613 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:26:50 -0400
Hello Massbirders,


I'm taking a trip with John Drury out of Vinalhaven or Rockport, ME this
Friday, and am looking for someone who would like to come with us and help
spot alcids, terns, and tropicbirds, enjoy the ride, and split the cost. We
have two spots available, so if you're interested send me an email off-list
at sheinrich601613 AT gmail.com


Thanks!

Sam Heinrich
Subject: Birds on the move, plus two new yard birds Rehoboth 8/18
From: Kathleen <kab2769 AT ymail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:17:11 -0700
Two new life birds and yard birds today in my yard in Rehoboth- 
Yellow-throated Vireo and Chestnut-sided Warbler. I'm about 95% sure about the 
warbler. Bright yellow/olive cap and back, gray face, no streaking, complete 
white eye ring, prominent wing bar. It looked like the Sibley illustration for 
first fall immature, except for the lack of yellow on the undertail. 


Other modest migrants seen this past week included Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 
Baltimore Oriole, Black and White Warbler, yellow Warbler, Eastern Wood Peewee, 
and several warblers that looked really interesting but didn't stay long enough 
for an ID. 


Finally, heard an Eastern Screech Owl whinnying last night - also a first! 
Maybe it will stay and roost in my vacant-since-day-one screech owl box. 


Kathleen B.
Rehoboth, MA
kab27692 at ymail dot com
Subject: Provincetown shearwaters
From: Blair Nikula <odenews AT odenews.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:46:20 -0400
This is a belated report of a couple of great shearwater shows in 
Provincetown over the past week (not to rub it in, Brian!).

On Sunday (8/17), Peter Flood and I were at Race Point Beach early in 
the morning and witnessed an amazing concentration of shearwaters which 
we estimated at 15,000 birds, the vast majority of which were Cory's.  
Although there was a lot of feeding activity, there were surprisingly 
few other seabirds, just a modest number of gannets, terns, and Laughing 
Gulls (and only one jaeger).  Complete checklist at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19495993

We then boarded the 9:00 whale watch aboard the Dolphin VIII.  The 
ephemeral nature of this summer's shearwater extravaganza was very 
evident as there was hardly a tubenose to be seen as we passed Race 
Point - an area where they were wall-to-wall a couple hours earlier.  
Not until we got a few miles NE of Race Point Beach did we get into 
them.  We figured about 4,000 shearwaters in this area, close to the SE 
corner of Stellwagen, but we traveled through the concentration so 
quickly (desperately searching for Humpbacks!) that we didn't have much 
opportunity to get a handle on what was there. In sharp contrast to 
earlier in the morning, there were roughly equal numbers of Cory's and 
Greats (and very few Sooty or Manx). Checklist at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19498799

We had been surprised to see 2-3 Cory's cruising around the outer harbor 
upon our departure, but were stunned upon our return to the dock to see 
a raft of about 50 Cory's on the water about halfway between Long Point 
and the breakwater!  They're everywhere this summer.

Last week, on the day after the SE storm (8/14) I witnessed another 
great shearwater show, as over 5,000 birds streamed eastward past Race 
Point Beach in a little over an hour.  Once again, the vast majority of 
birds were Cory's.  Checklist at: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19464903

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: eBird-ISS reports for Revere and Winthrop, Aug 19, 2014 Baird's Sandpiper at Lewsi Lake
From: "Soheil Zendeh" <sohzendeh AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:30:05 -0400
Folks, 

This time I dragged Alan Bragg and Tim Robinson (a visiting Brit) on my 
shorebird census run. The Revere polygon census was rather more complete this 
time as we had more time with high tide. (Polygons have been recently defined 
by the International Shorebird Survey coordinators. I am assigned to survey the 
Revere polygon at least 3 times between August 15 and October 15. The survey 
occurs between 2 hours before to 2 hours after high tide and includes all 
shorebirds present in a plot that, in my case, includes all of Revere Beach, 
starting at Point of Pines and ending at the breakwater at the southern end of 
the beach -- what I call Simpson's Boatyard breakwater.) There seemed to be 
more small sandpipers present than on Sunday -- or maybe the extra eyes helped. 
And we actually found A SANDERLING! IMagine! The middle of August and there is 
ONE Sanderling at Revere Beach. 


At the southern end of the polygon, we surveyed the Simpson's breakwater from a 
high overlook on Endicott Ave, Beachmont. The birds were discernible by 'scope 
only so we could only be sure of the Black-bellied Plovers and American 
Oystercatchers we saw. There were smaller birds present as well, though not 
many and quite impossible to resolve at that distance. 

 
Revere Beach ISS polygon, Suffolk, US-MA Aug 19, 2014 6:45 AM - 8:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     High tide at 7:10 am
19 species

American Black Duck  4
Common Eider  40
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  45
Osprey  1
American Oystercatcher  6
Black-bellied Plover  98
Semipalmated Plover  193
Sanderling  1
Least Sandpiper  9
Semipalmated Sandpiper  533
Bonaparte's Gull  50
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  25
Chimney Swift  20
European Starling  30
House Sparrow  50



The highlight of the day was a Baird's Sandpiper that flew in from the deep 
pool of Lewis Lake (Winthrop) over our heads as we were standing on the little 
bridge between the two ponds. It landed on the mudflat edge of the shallow pond 
on the golf course side. The pond level has been gradually rising over the past 
few weeks and there is far less mudflat available for shorebird roosting than 
before. The yellowlegs and dowitchers were on the far side of the shallow pool 
this time. The Baird's landed fairly close to us and we managed to study it and 
confirm its identity but it soon walked away and disappeared behind Phragmites 
to the right. If the pond continues to have some muddy edges available for 
foraging the bird could conceivably stay a while. 


Lewis Lake Park, Winthrop, Suffolk, US-MA Aug 19, 2014 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Protocol: Stationary
11 species

Canada Goose  74
American Black Duck  X
Mallard  X
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Greater Yellowlegs  48
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Baird's Sandpiper 1 Short-necked long bodied with wings projecting beyond tail; 
legs black; buffy scalloped pattern on mantle and wings, buffy streaks on neck 
and upper breast ending gradually, not abruptly as in Pectoral; long straight 
thin bill. There were no small peep nearby for direct comparison, but this 
looked distinctly larger than, say, Semipalmated Sandpiper. 

Least Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  6
Short-billed Dowitcher  6


Our next stop, Winthrop Beach, was relatively unnoteworthy. The tide was far 
out and there were just a few Semip Plover and Semip Sandpipers left on the 
beach. Two Piping Plovers are still around. Least Terns seem to be all gone. 
Roughly 15 Laughing Gulls were loafing with the other gulls on the beach. 



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: DWWS - Little Blue Heron as reported
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:30:35 -0400
Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, Plymouth, US-MA
Aug 19, 2014 1:35 PM - 2:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
Comments:     Brief visit focusing on Webster Pond
11 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)  1     continuing bird. Seen from
viewing platform. white overall, grey lores, green/gray legs and feet.
Swordlike bill gray-green with a dark tip.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  6
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  15
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  8
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  8

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19517105

-- 
Alice & Dane Morgan
Brookline & S. Dartmouth, MA
Subject: Race Point shearwater flights
From: brianrfg AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:53:45 -0400 (EDT)
Hi everyone,
 As luck would have it, I was on the beach yesterday afternoon from 1:00-4:00 
right at the Race Point parking lot beach. The weather was wonderful and the 
whale show alone was worth the parking fee. But I guess the shearwaters adhere 
to a tight schedule for their flights for in those three hours not one 
shearwater was seen. There were several hundred terns (almost all Common 
Terns), one Parasitic Jaeger, about 40 Laughing Gulls, two Northern Gannets, 
and a Common Loon. All the terns and gulls flew right to left (east to west). 
The whales were not close to shore but easily identifiable with binoculars. 

   Brian Cassie, far from pelagics in Foxboro
Subject: Potential Golden Eagle, South Deerfield MA
From: Jonathan Giacomini <rg9403 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:58:56 -0400
Hi All,

Sighted a potential immature Golden Eagle in South Deerfield along the CT 
river. 


-Jonathan Giacomini 
Pelham, MA
Subject: Broad-wings in Boxford by Bicycle
From: John Nelson <jnelson AT northshore.edu>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:32:59 -0400
On various occasions I've come across Broad-winged Hawks while cycling
around Essex County in summer, and yesterday I heard, and then saw, two,
one on Herrick St. and one on Bare Hill Road, both in Boxford.

John Nelson
Gloucester
Subject: Pectoral Sandpiper Squantum 8/16
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:58:30 -0700
Sorry for the late report. Among the usual suspects at the salt pan on East 
Squantum St. that is next to the Kennedy Center and near the Dunkin Donuts was 
a Pectoral Sandpiper with killer views being had. This is perhaps the same bird 
that Tim O'Neil had fairly recently in the same spot. The bird was feeding at 
the edge of the pan, always near the tall grass. It would often "disappear" in 
the grass, only to reveal itself again. They certainly call this species of 
sandpiper a "grasspiper" for good reason! I did not, however, see any other 
"grasspiper" species on Saturday, i.e. Upland, Baird's, Whimbrel, or 
Buff-breasted Sandpipers. 

Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston
Subject: Of Interest to All Birders
From: "Walt Webb" <wwebb24 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:38:49 -0400
Another technological hazard for birds is reported at 

www.foxnews.com/science/2014/08/18/california-weighing-bird-deaths-from-concentrated-solar-plants-as-it-considers/ 


Walt Webb
Westwood, MA
wwebb23 AT verizon.net 
Subject: 8/18 BBC Plum Island and Joppa Flats Trip
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:38:30 -0400
Thanks to Don Wilkinson for the following report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com

* * *

Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:22:27 -0700
From: Donald Wilkinson 

I was joined by 7 enthusiastic birders, including a brand new birder, 
Mellisa and the visiting birder from England, Tim. It was one of the 
nicest trips I have lead for the BBC. 7:30-12  It was wonderful to 
share reports with Oaks Spaulding and Herman D'Entremont, Peter and 
Fay Vale, Thomas Wetmore and greet them in the field!

Highlights:

BLACK TERN (2 juveniles at Stage Island, well seen)
Least Tern (10+)
Bald Eagle (1 adult)
Northern Harriers (5+)
Peregrine Falcon (2)
Osprey (several)
Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow (1)
Red-eyed Vireo (1 singing with great looks at Hellcat)
Common Yellow-throat (1 female, the only warbler of the day - NO 
Yellow Warblers!!!! ?)
Pectoral Sandpiper (Thanks Peter and Fay!)
Wild Turkey 10
AMERICAN MINK (a life Mammal for Don!)
Most of the common shorebirds for this time of year

56 species total

Happy Birding,
Donald Wilkinson
singingbirder AT yahoo.com
Nahant, MA
Subject: FW: eBird-ISS reports for Revere and Winthrop, Aug 17, 2014
From: "Soheil Zendeh" <sohzendeh AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:44:42 -0400
Folks,

On Sunday, Aug 17, I covered four areas in Revere and Winthrop for migrating 
shorebirds. 


The only significant concentrations of shorebirds continues to be at Revere 
Beach. By the time I got there it was mid-tide. The area of the beach right in 
front of Kelly's Roast Beef (half-way between the pink apartments and Point of 
Pines) was covered with a deliciously stinky pile of seaweed -- maybe swept 
onto to the beach by the storm a couple of days before? In any case, it looked 
like birds galore there, but an actual count showed there were only about 500 
birds, mostly Semip Sandpipers and Semip Plovers. There were a few Blackbellies 
as well, and photos I took showed me that there was at least one Western 
Sandpiper there -- I was not aware of that when I took the photo. Nearly all 
the birds were adults. 


At Lewis Lake in Winthrop I ran into Whit Manter who has been checking out and 
reporting from that spot more regularly recently. We noted that the water level 
in the pond on the golf course side of the bridge over Lewis Lake has been 
raised and therefore the shorebird roost area there is quite reduced. The 
yellowlegs and dowitchers we saw were all roosting on rocks at the southern end 
of Lewis lake. Again, remember that this was mid-tide or later. No telling what 
might appear on either side of the bridge at higher tides. 


By the time I got to Winthrop Beach it was approaching low tide and the beach 
was quite devoid of shorebirds. 



Rumney Marsh--South, Suffolk, US-MA
Aug 17, 2014 6:45 AM - 7:45 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     High tide at 5:07 am
13 species

American Black Duck  4
Mallard  3
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  2
Osprey  1
Semipalmated Plover  12
Killdeer  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  8
Least Sandpiper  18
Semipalmated Sandpiper  5


Revere Beach ISS polygon, Suffolk, US-MA Aug 17, 2014 8:15 AM - 9:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: This census was at mid-tide and therefore not useful for the new ISS 
census scheme 

9 species

Canada Goose  22
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Black-bellied Plover  14
Semipalmated Plover  108
Least Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  351
Western Sandpiper  1
Bonaparte's Gull  110
Laughing Gull  1


Lewis Lake Park, Winthrop, Suffolk, US-MA Aug 17, 2014 9:50 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Water level on golf course side has risen. Birds were roosting on 
rocks at south end of Lewis Lake. 

5 species

Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  30
Lesser Yellowlegs  5
Semipalmated Sandpiper  30
Short-billed Dowitcher  4


Soheil Zendeh
42 Baker Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421

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

sohzendeh AT gmail.com

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Subject: spam/phishing - moderator message
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Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:33:48 -0400
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Subject: Crane Beach, Aug 18, 2014
From: Miles Brengle <mbrengle154 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:25:23 -0400
Photos from today at: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk1qGBPn
*****
Crane Beach, Essex, US-MA
Aug 18, 2014 5:45 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     I birded Crane Beach early this morning to once again look
for Forster's Terns and Black Terns.  I found the latter but not the
former.  I went to the southern tip of the beach and then walked the Black
Trail and Yellow Trail.
37 species

Northern Gannet  2
Double-crested Cormorant  240
Osprey  1
Black-bellied Plover  7
Semipalmated Plover  800
Piping Plover  9
Willet (Eastern)  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Ruddy Turnstone  1     immature
Sanderling  400
Least Sandpiper  4
White-rumped Sandpiper  2
Semipalmated Sandpiper  600
Bonaparte's Gull  5
Laughing Gull  2     immatures
Ring-billed Gull  170
Herring Gull (American)  31
Great Black-backed Gull  11
Least Tern  30
Black Tern  1
Common Tern (Common)  25
Mourning Dove  1
Eastern Kingbird  5
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  4
Tree Swallow  6000
Bank Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  8
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  5
Common Yellowthroat  1
Eastern Towhee  5
Song Sparrow  4
Baltimore Oriole  4
House Finch  17
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19504953

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

-- 
Miles Brengle
Ipswich, Mass.
mbrengle154 AT gmail.com
Subject: Ware River Watershed IBA 8/17
From: "Mark Lynch" <moa.lynch AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 04:23:16 -0400
Sunday morning 8/17 we birded a few of the dirt roads of the WARE RIVER
WATERSHED IBA (Barre-Rutland MA). Passerines were in widely separated mixed
species flocks in the company of chickadee groups. This meant there were
long stretches of forest with few birds and then suddenly you would stumble
across a flock of birds moving across or along the road: classic fall
migration forest birding in the interior of the state. The strategy was to
listen for chickadee calls, and then spish and screech owl as there were
often warblers moving with the chickadee flocks. Because of the tall trees
and dense foliage, it was impossible to ID all the birds in any one flock.
Here is a short list of what was seen:
Great Blue Heron (4)
Turkey Vulture (9: at a putrid dead porcupine in the woods)
Barred Owl (1)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (5)
Belted Kingfisher (2)
E Wood Pewee (3)
E Phoebe (31: small groups along roads and around small marshes)
E Kingbird (12: 1 loose group moving along a Ware River marsh)
Blue-headed Vireo (5)
Red-eyed Vireo (32)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (12)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1)
Hermit Thrush (11)
WARBLERS:
Chestnut-sided (3)
Black-throated Blue (2f)
Yellow-rumped (14)
Black-throated Green (17)
Blackburnian (2)
Pine (33)
BLACKPOLL (1): I actually groaned when we saw this, just because it meant
summer is really over and fall is here. I love fall as much as any New
Englander, but it's what comes AFTER fall that I don't really appreciate)
Black and White (13)
A Redstart (2)
Ovenbird (8)
C Yellowthroat (19)
Canada (1)
Scarlet Tanager (1)
C Grackle (280: single flock feeding while moving through the middle of the
forest counted as they crossed a trail)
Baltimore Oriole (1)
A Goldfinch (7)
Butterflies included Red-spotted Purple and White Admirals; Appalachian
Brown and Red Admiral. Dragonflies included several species of darner and
mammals included a Short-tailed Shrew. Pickerel Frogs were all around every
scrubby open area.
Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll
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Subject: CT Report 08/17/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:24:35 -0400
 From Fran Zygmont:
08/17/14 - Barkhamsted yard -- Caught the tail-end of a Common
Nighthawk flock circling high and heading south. Counted 26 but likely
more blocked by the trees.

 From Timothy L Thompson:
08/17/14 - Scotland, Waldo Tract (Waldo Road off Rte 97) -- 100 plus
Common Nighthawks. Adults out numbered by what I perceive to be nest
year birds based on size and plumage. Spectacular sight as you could
observe them hawking insects as far as the eye (with help from my
bins) could see east and west along the Shetucket River and over the
corn fields between railroad tracks and river proper. Interspersed
we're about 900 plus tree swallows.

 From Timothy L Thompson
08/17/14 - Wethersfield, Rocky Hill Meadows, Elm Street entrance by
the brook -- male first year Blue Grosbeak.  Crossing back and forth
between Willow trees and cattails.

 From Chuck Imbergamo:
08/17/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- Got brief but good looks
at a Black Tern from the tip of the moraine trail Sunday morning
around 9 AM.

 From Mike Warner:
08/17/14 - South Wilton, Chipmunk Lane -- Philadelphia Vireo.

 From Greg Hanisek:
08/17/14 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- 1 BLACK TERN (end
of moraine trail).
Guilford, Shell Beach -- 1 WHITE-RUMPED SANDIPER (w/ c 350 Semipamated
Sandpiper). Closest viewing was from Rt 146 pull off.

 From Tom Murray:
08/17/14 - Milford, Milford Point -- 3:45 PM; one Red Knot (in with
about sixty Black bellied Plovers. 11 Ruddy Turnstones and peeps).

 From Maria Stockmal:
08/17/14 - West Haven, Sandy Point -- 2 flyover Forster's Terns
(heading south).
Milford, Milford Point -- 3 Red Knots, 3 Western Willets (non
breeding).

 From Steve & Charla Spector with Tom Murray and other birders:
08/17/14 - Milford, Milford Point -- around 5:00 PM; 3 Red Knots, two
White-winged Scoters.  (Other birders saw White-rumped Sandpiper.)

 From Robert Dixon:
08/17/14 - Sterling yard -- 43 species, including BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO,
COMMON NIGHTHAWK (first of season).

Subject: Fwd: BirdLog Trip Summary -- Today
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 21:22:44 -0400
I spent the day birding around Concord and vicinity, primarily around the
Great Meadows area. A few comments on locations.

The water levels at Hobbs Brook are still quite high, with little in the
way of mud flats for shorebirds.

At Great Meadows I walked all the dike trails, continuing south to Borden's
Pond and at the upper end of the lower pool I took the Timber Trail.  For
those not familiar with the lingo, the upper pool is the one on the left as
you walk out the main dike, so called because this is where water enters
the marshes.

The Water Treatment Plant includes the adjacent agricultural field.  The
field held a large swirling mixed flock of swallows and at times Swifts.  I
suspect that this is where the swallows seen early in the AM at Great
Meadows spend at least part of their day.  The Water Treatment Plant itself
was pretty dull except for a Prairie Warbler.  However, this place should
be great come Sparrow season.

The observations from Sleepy Hollow Cemetery are mainly from the back of
the large beaver pond/heron rookery.

For the final location - Knox Trail, which is the name of a street in Acton
- I have to thank Jason Forbes.  This is a road which runs off Rt 62 not
far from West Concord.  A short way up the road on the left is a drained
pond, which has some of the best habitat for shorebirds I've seen in the
area this year.  There is also an Osprey nest on a nearby cell tower.

Number of Checklists: 5
Number of Species: 67

Checklists included in this summary:
(1): Hobbs Brook (Cambridge) Reservoir
Date: Aug 17, 2014, 7:50 AM
(2): Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit
Date: Aug 17, 2014, 8:30 AM
(3): Concord Water Treatment Plant
Date: Aug 17, 2014, 2:09 PM
(4): Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Date: Aug 17, 2014, 3:30 PM
(5): Knox Trail Acton
Date: Aug 17, 2014, 4:59 PM

57 Canada Goose -- (1),(2)
42 Wood Duck -- (2),(4) - primarily at Sleepy Hollow
67 Mallard -- (1),(4)
2 Double-crested Cormorant -- (1),(2)
8 Great Blue Heron -- (1),(2),(4)
1 Great Egret -- (1) - seen from road adjacent to Hobbs Brook
2 Osprey -- (5) - fledglings getting ready to fly
1 Cooper's Hawk -- (2) - at Great Meadows at end of main dike
1 Bald Eagle -- (2) - at Great Meadows seen at far end of upper pool,
immature bird but too far to age
1 Broad-winged Hawk -- (2) - over pine forest to east of lower pool at
Great Meadows
6 Red-tailed Hawk -- (1),(2),(3),(4)
1 Virginia Rail -- (2) - at far end of upper pool beyond refuge boundary,
immature bird, a second might have been lurking nearby
25 Killdeer -- (1),(2),(5)
4 Spotted Sandpiper -- (1),(2) - 3 at Hobbs Brook and one at far end of
lower pool at Great Meadows
4 Solitary Sandpiper -- (1),(2) - 2 flying away at Hobbs Brook, one flyover
from main dike at Great Meadows and one at far end of lower pool taking a
bath
3 Greater Yellowlegs -- (2) - flyovers from main dike at Great Meadows
9 Least Sandpiper -- (2),(5) - 4 at Knox Trail, might have been more at
Great Meadows
1 Semipalmated Sandpiper -- (5) - at Knox Trail drained pond
1 Ring-billed Gull -- (1)
1 Herring Gull -- (2)
25 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) -- (3)
81 Mourning Dove -- (1),(2),(3),(4)
38 Chimney Swift -- (1),(2),(3) - probably some duplication between Great
Meadows and Water Treatment Plant
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird -- (4)
3 Belted Kingfisher -- (1)
6 Red-bellied Woodpecker -- (2),(3),(4)
16 Downy Woodpecker -- (1),(2),(4),(5)
1 Hairy Woodpecker -- (4)
3 Northern Flicker -- (2),(4)
13 Eastern Wood-Pewee -- (2),(3),(4)
1 Eastern Phoebe -- (5)
3 Eastern Kingbird -- (1),(2)
1 Warbling Vireo -- (2)
1 Red-eyed Vireo -- (3)
18 Blue Jay -- (1),(2),(3)
11 American Crow -- (2),(3)
6 Tree Swallow -- (2),(3)
1 Bank Swallow -- (3) - in flock of Swallows over field at Water Treatment
Plant
88 Barn Swallow -- (1),(2),(3) - mostly over field near Water Treatment
Plant
30 Black-capped Chickadee -- (1),(2),(3),(4),(5)
9 Tufted Titmouse -- (2),(3),(4)
14 White-breasted Nuthatch -- (2),(3),(4)
1 House Wren -- (2)
8 Marsh Wren -- (2) - low count, probably many more
5 Carolina Wren -- (1),(2),(4),(5)
4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher -- (2),(4)
49 American Robin -- (1),(2),(3),(4)
19 Gray Catbird -- (1),(2),(3),(4)
2 Cedar Waxwing -- (2)
1 Ovenbird -- (2)
1 Black-and-white Warbler -- (2) - Timber Trail
4 Common Yellowthroat -- (2)
1 Yellow Warbler -- (2) - Great Meadows main dike observation platform
6 Pine Warbler -- (2)
1 Prairie Warbler -- (3) - Water Treatment Plant
1 Canada Warbler -- (2) - at far end of upper pool beyond refuge boundary
between trail and river
41 Chipping Sparrow -- (3) - mostly 2 flocks near Water Treatment Plant
12 Song Sparrow -- (1),(2),(4)
2 Swamp Sparrow -- (2)
2 Scarlet Tanager -- (2) - Timber Trail
3 Northern Cardinal -- (2),(4)
2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak -- (4)
70 Red-winged Blackbird -- (2)
26 Common Grackle -- (2),(3),(4)
1 Brown-headed Cowbird -- (3) - following around a Chipping Sparrow half
its size
4 House Finch -- (2)
31 American Goldfinch -- (1),(2),(3),(4),(5) - conservative count, calling
everywhere, could have been twice as many

Other observations included Blandings, Snapping and Painted Turtles,
Northern Water Snake, Red and Grey Squirrels, Chipmunk, and probably one
deer.

Cliff Cook
Watertown
Subject: Hudsonian Godwit - NBPT Harbor - 8/17
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:02:27 -0400
Birders,

Our group saw a Hudsonian Godwit this morning on an outgoing tide. The 
bird was near
the out pipe near the American Yacht Club.  We observed the bird from 
the section of Hale
Park with the grass area with the white benches [east of "The Seawall"].

Good birding,
Sue

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

     


     


     


Subject: Drumlin Farm today
From: Pamela Sowizral <psowizral AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:52:32 +0000
Pleasant morning at Drumlin Farm with 30 species. I haven't birded here in a 
few weeks and can notice a change in the composition of species with fewer 
catbirds and red-wings and some birds now in flocks. Of note was 159 mourning 
doves in Boyce Field and adjacent cattle field. 




Pam Sowizral

Mass Audubon
Drumlin Farm, Lincoln



Canada Goose  24

Wild Turkey  4

Red-tailed Hawk  2

Killdeer  19

Mourning Dove  159

Chimney Swift  13

Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1

Downy Woodpecker  2

Northern Flicker  4

Eastern Phoebe  1

Blue Jay  7

American Crow  2

Barn Swallow  9

Black-capped Chickadee  7

Tufted Titmouse  1

White-breasted Nuthatch  2

Eastern Bluebird  10

American Robin  12

Gray Catbird  5

Northern Mockingbird  4

European Starling  83

Cedar Waxwing  2

Chipping Sparrow  6

Savannah Sparrow  1

Song Sparrow  15

Red-winged Blackbird  1

Common Grackle  1

House Finch  12

American Goldfinch  10

House Sparrow  29
Subject: American bittern, Carlisle
From: "Tom Brownrigg" <brownriggs AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:32:20 -0400
We saw an American bittern at Meadow Pond at Great Brook Farm S.P. this
morning.  It was on the west side of the pond, about half way down, near a
small cluster of cattails.  We got good looks through our scope and saw it
catch a frog.  We first saw it at 9 am and it was still there at 10:30 am.
There is a parking lot off North Rd. just east of Meadow Pond; a scope would
be good if you have one.

 

We also had a Canada warbler in our garden this morning.

 

Tom & D'Ann Brownrigg

Carlisle, MA

Subject: FYI article on Edward Howe Forbush & E. B. White
From: John Nelson <jnelson AT northshore.edu>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:39:34 -0400
My essay "Mr. Forbush and Mr. White" appears in the current issue (Vol. 35,
No. 2) of the *New England Review*. I discuss famed essayist E. B. White's
admiration for the prose style and bird descriptions of New England
ornithologist Edward Howe Forbush, with a fanciful comparison of some weird
bird reports found in Forbush to the "novels in three lines" by French
modernist writer Felix Feneon.

To read the essay, you can go to the review's website at www.nereview.com,
click on "Current Issue" to get to the table of contents, then click on the
title *Mr. Forbush and Mr. White* in bold.

John Nelson
Gloucester
Subject: Photos from Egret Roost, Sandy Point, and IRWS Saturday Aug. 16
From: "Lesley Mattuchio" <leslm AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 08:43:06 -0400
I started my Saturday at an Egret roost in West Newbury just before the sun 
came over the horizon. What a fabulous site it was to see the 100s of Egrets 
roosting in pre dawn light then fly out in groups after the sun rose. 


Then it was on to Sandy Point and even before 6:45 am we were lucky to get a 
parking spot. Tree Swallows were massing in two huge groups, one in the fields 
next to North Overlook Pool and the other next to the observation tower next to 
Sandy Point. The Black Bellied Plovers did not disappoint on the beach with two 
of them putting on quite a territorial show over some sandy real estate. I saw 
no Common terns, where as a week and a half earlier they were quite prevalent . 
Numbers of Least Terns are definitely down from a couple of weeks ago. Osprey, 
5 seen at once , were fishing for flounder. Loads of peeps and Sanderlings and 
a few Black Backed Gulls. One had bands on both legs, I did not know they 
banded them. Fortunately I did not have to witness one killing a Ring Billed 
Gull for no reason like I did my last trip up there. 


On the way out of the refuge we came across a young Red Tail Hawk who gave us 
great looks on editorial signage . 


Our last stop was IRWS and as always were delighted with the butterflies, 
Hummingbird and Snowberry moths, Goldfinches, and Hummingbirds. 


My photo journal of the day- 
http://lesleymattuchiophotography.zenfolio.com/p459839 


Hope you enjoy it half as much as I enjoyed my day.

Lesley Mattuchio
Photography By Lesley
lesleymattuchiophotography.zenfolio.com
leslm AT verizon.net
Melrose, MA
Subject: 10,000 shearwaters in one scan!
From: Paul Champlin <skua99 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:36:38 -0400
Scanning from west to east, mats of shearwaters with a constant stream passing 
west toward Race Point. Counting by 10s as they pass out of scope view. 


BTW, my estimate for yesterday (3pm to 7pm is 73,000 shearwaters.

Watching morning flight go by just now, with several gnatcatchers, Blu-winged 
Warbler, Prairie Warbler, and just now, dickcissel (as I write)! 


Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

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Subject: CT Report 08/16/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:38:11 -0400
 From Tina Green:
08/16/14 - Old Lyme, Smith Neck Boat ramp -- 2 Forster's Terns and 1
Black Tern.

 From Robert Dixon:
08/16/14 - Sterling yard -- calling BARRED OWL (2) and EASTERN
WHIP-POOR-WILL.

 From Sue Joffray via Hank Golet:
08/16/14 - Old Lyme, Otter Rock Rd --  that WHITE IBIS (along with 9
Glossy) in the marsh in front of her house (Last house on  Otter Rock
Rd road) at 12:38 PM Saturday.

 From Dan Rottino:
08/16/14 - Groton, Uconn Avery Pt campus -- 2:00 PM; from the
observation platform I watched a ROYAL TERN come in and take a tour of
the harbor, and then passing adjacent to the platform directly in
front of me before heading back out.

 From Mark Danforth:
08/16/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- 3:00 PM; (3) Black Terns
feeding in river at end of moraine trail.

 From Hank Golet:
08/16/14 - Old Lyme, Home bird bath/water garden -- Female
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER.

 From Chris Loscalzo with the NHBC field trip group:
08/16/14 - Westbrook, LI Sound, off West beach (near the mouth of the
Menunketsuck River) -- two BLACK TERNS.  Also, one Western Willet.

 From Dan Cimbaro:
08/16/14 - Clinton -- Observing from the end of Pratt Road at 8:30 AM,
Marbled Godwit briefly seen in marsh and then taking flight
headingnorth along the Hammonasset River. This area is just across
the river from Hammonasset Beach State Park.

 From Dana Campbell:
08/16/14 - ????? -- 2 BLACK VULTURES soaring over I-91 at Exit 20.

 From Steve Mayo:
08/16/14 - Bethany,  intersection of Routes 42 and 63 -- Black Vulture
in a tree.

 From Paul Desjardins:
08/16/14 - Milford,  Milford Point -- drake White-winged Scoter.

 From  Dan and Emily Rottino:
08/16/14 - Waterford, Harness Memorial State Park -- 4:30 PM; 3 Black
Terns.

Subject: Nitehawks
From: "jamoos AT earthlink.net" <jamoos@earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:05:36 -0400
Observation at Depot Road, Still River

Nitehawks - 22 from 5:50 to 7:40.  Only one close over-head.
Merlin -  one right over-head.
MDs
RedBellied WP - h
N. Flicker - h
E. Kingbird
Barn Swallow
Gray Catbird - h
E. Bluebird - sm. flock
A. Robin - C
Cedar Waxwing
No Bobolinks!


jamoos AT earthlink.net
Jane Moosbruker, Ph.D.
Bolton MA 01740



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Subject: Seabirds passing Missionbell, Provincetown
From: Paul Champlin <skua99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:09:22 -0400
One-minute counts of shearwaters passing west to east along the back shore of 
Provincetown averaged out at 175 (max: 232 min: 131). All 4 common species are 
represented, with about 40% each of Greats and Cory's, 15 Sooty, 5% Manx. 
Thousands have passed just while I'm writing this. 


Other seabirds like terns (incl. Black), gulls, and Gannets are moving by in 
good numbers. Also, for the third time this summer, Hudsonian Godwits passed 
from northwest to southeast over the dunes. The two flocks that passed this 
afternoon were 6 and 14 birds each. 


Best
Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

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Subject: Jenney Pond - Plymouth - Numerous Black-crowned Night-Herons
From: "Hank.Levesque" <hlevesque AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:50:09 -0400
This morning my wife Jill and I observed 15 Black-crowned Night-Heron at
Jenney Pond in Plymouth, MA.  The link below contains photos depicting up to
10 in one photo.  The juveniles significantly outnumbered the adults.  On
several occasions, a Red-shouldered Hawk swooped in and caused a stir,
landing on an adjacent branch, but never made any attempt to attack the
herons.  They remained at the pond from 6:45 am thru the time we left at
8:30 am.

 

https://plus.google.com/photos/106113399267269046319/albums/6048201021235948
737

 

Hank Levesque

Middleboro, MA
Subject: Marblehead Neck... No Yellow-throated or Cerulean
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:55:47 -0400
Oaks S. and I birded for about 2 hours ... not many birds and neither the
reported Yellow-throated or Cerulean Warbler

Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Essex, US-MA
Aug 16, 2014 7:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
22 species

Karsten Hartel, Arlington

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  10
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  6
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  8
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  9
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  6
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  13
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  4
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  2

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Subject: Gull-billed Terns, Chatham, MA
From: Ben Lagasse <benlag1126 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:20:28 -0400
Hi All,

Sorry for the delayed post but just wanted to let you all know there have
been a couple Gull-billed Terns out on the barrier beaches this past week.
With two individuals seen on South Beach (August 12) and one reoccurring
bird on north beach island.

Checklists with photos and comments can be found here;

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19481130

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19481180

Best of luck,

Ben Lagasse
Orleans, MA
Subject: Sandy Point
From: "Bates, David Westfall,M.D." <DBATES AT partners.org>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:01:39 +0000
This a.m. early (about 7) there were 9 Red Knots, two banded and a juvenile 
Forster's Tern. Parking a problem though--both lots full. 


Also one White-rumped at Bill Forward.

David Bates
Watertown, MA

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Subject: wing tags, leg bands on Herring Gull
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 04:11:22 -0700
I no longer have the information for reporting these to the gull project - 
could someone kindly forward it to me? 


many thanks - LL



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Subject: CT Report 08/15/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:04:03 -0400
 From Paul Desjardins:
08/15/14 - Windsor, Northwest Park -- Blackburnian Warbler, and a
Tennessee Warbler lacking a tail.

 From  Frank Mantlik:
08/15/14 - West Haven, Sandy Point -- 10:45 to 12-15; (WESTERN)
WILLET, ROSEATE TERN.
Milford, Milford Point -- 1:00 to 2:00; male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 3
RED KNOTS, Peregrine Falcon. I did not see the Am. Golden Plover of
yesterday.

 From Paul and Maureen Wolter:
08/15/14 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- 6 PM; From the
Moraine Trail, 1 Marbled Godwit in the marsh and 3 Black Terns feeding
in the river.

 From Dan Rottino and Jim Carr:
08/15/14 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach SP -- 7:30 PM; 1 MARBLED GODWIT
in the marsh off pebble beach and the morraine trail.  We had good
views for awhile, then we lost it when we moved down the trail.  3
BLACK TERNS seen by Dan in the river and also off the beach.

Subject: Re: UK birder in Boston next week
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:31:54 -0400
Don Wilkinson reports he is picking up Tim at 6:20 at Wonderland T 
for his Brookline Bird Club Plum Island Trip on Monday AM.

Here's the description of the trip:

Monday, August 18
Newburyport and vicinity. Morning.
Meeting place: Parking lot #1, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. 
Be prepared to walk on sand. 7:30 a.m.
Don Wilkinson, Nahant (617) 201-5308

All are welcome!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com
Subject: Re: Nighthawks at Fenway Park 8/14
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:51:50 -0700
Hi,
I was in Brookline Village at 9:00 p.m. on 8/13 when I heard repeatedly the 
distinctive, buzz not of a single Common Nighthawk overhead. This place is 
close to Fenway Park (about three-quarters of a mile distant). This is the 
first Common Nighthawk that I have heard in a good while. Perhaps Tim Factor is 
correct in stating that the resident nesting Fenway neighborhood nighthawks 
have flown the coop, so to speak. However, the Allston/Brookline border, with 
all its flat roofs, may still have nesters around. I've seen them at Ringer 
Park at dusk in the spring when I went to see the Monk Parakeets. 

Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston
Subject: UK birder in Boston next week
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:03:33 -0400
Thanks to Bill and Barbara Drummond for the following information.

If you are interested in helping Tim, please 
contact him directly.  Consider suggesting spots you might go!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com

* * *


From: Tim Robinson 
Date: August 14, 2014 7:06:24 AM EDT
Subject: UK birder in Boston next week

Hi
My names Tim Robinson. Im English but live in 
Spain and will be in Boston (staying in the 
Revere area) from 17 to 25 th August. Never been 
before, my hobby is birds but Im no
expert. It would be great to be able to get out 
with birders who know the area so Ive been on 
the Brookline bird club site and it looks 
interesting. However, Ive got NO IDEA about
transport. Any idea if there will be birders from 
Boston who might be able to pick me up (Ill of course pay petrol)?

Thanks very much
Tim Robinson


Subject: Sandy Point Plum Island - 8/14
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:55:49 -0400
Thanks to Karsten Hartel for the following post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com

* * *


From: Karsten Hartel 
Date: Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM
Subject: Sandy Point Plum Island


Lucky to get a parking spot.

Karsten Hartel Arlington

Sandy Point State Reservation, Essex, US-MA
Aug 14, 2014 11:20 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
Comments:   Most land bird observed from platform at top of Bar Head 
Hill.
As I left area most shorebirds moved to temporary pool on tern/plover 
nesting area created by yesterday's storm. Counts of abundant 
shorebirds probably low.
28 species

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  10
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)  25
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)  275
Sanderling (Calidris alba)  8
White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis)  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)  250
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)  10
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  15
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  X
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  X
Least Tern (Sternula antillarum)  30     still feeding (flying) young
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)  5
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  5
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  10
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  50
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera)  1
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  2
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2

View this checklist online at 
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Subject: Re: Squantum 8/14
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:41:59 -0700
Hi,
I birded Squantum too, but from 4:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. It was nice to bird for a 
while with Donna Sullivan and Paula Chasan, whom I was fortunate enough to find 
at the same pan where Jim Sweeney had seen the three Stilt Sandpipers several 
hours earlier. 

Highlights follow:
Black-crowned Night-Heron 6 feeding at Squantum Pt. Park at dusk low tide, 
mouth of Neponset River 

Great Blue Heron 3
Snowy Egret 15
Great Egret 15
Osprey 3
Red-tailed Hawk 2                incl. a juvenile begging with wings outspread
Black-bellied Plover x
Semipalmated Plover x
Least Sandpiper x
Semipalmated Sandpiper 500
American Oystercatcher 3  on the spit and mudflats (E. Squantum St.)
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 8
Laughing Gull 5                 on the spit
Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston 
    
Subject: Re: Manx Shearwater at Point of Pines Revere 8/8
From: Jim Hully <xenospiza AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:02:26 -0500
Hi TIim,

I only just looked at these photos but they are amazing.  Is there anywhere
in the world that you can get these kind of views of flying shearwaters
aside from a boat? Would love to know where they breed.

Cheers,

Jim Hully
Mundelein, IL


On Sat, Aug 9, 2014 at 6:50 AM, Tim Factor  wrote:

> Some pictures of a Manx Shearwater on the flats at Point of Pines in
> Revere at low tide:
> https://timfactor.trovebox.com/p/41/token-82f5b2bbdc
> https://timfactor.trovebox.com/p/42/token-ef981e0124
> https://timfactor.trovebox.com/p/43/token-8500ccdd47
> https://timfactor.trovebox.com/p/44/token-45844dda37
>
> It would fly in off the water and buzz me at ankle height as I stood on
> the mud, usually passing closer than the minimum focus distance of my lens,
> occasionally dragging a wing. It seemed to come off the water specifically
> to investigate me.
>
> This was only my second August Manx sighting at Revere Beach and the
> latest by a couple of days since I was made aware of them in 2008.
>
> Shorebirds there were underwhelming: Sanderling, Semi Sand, and Semi
> Plover in low numbers.
>
> Tim Factor
> Boston
>
Subject: Western Sandpipers
From: Steven Whitebread <steven1591 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:47:57 -0400
Tim O'Neill just called to report a Western Sandpiper at the Kennedy 
Center (East Squantum Street, Quincy).
I drove over there quickly and got a reasonable look at the bird too. 
There might even be 2 WESA there, unfortunately a Red-tailed Hawk 
scarred all the "gazillion" shorebirds just as I was looking at the 
second presumed Western Sandpiper....
You'll need a lot of patience to sort through them all, but we've had 
White-rumped and Pectoral Sandpipers at this location this week.

Christine Whitebread
Subject: PRNWR Swallows 8/14 The Show continues!
From: Dan Prima <raptormafia AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:38:31 -0700
Hi Massbirders! 

Was at the refuge this morning....fairly quiet with a smattering of shorebirds 
at Sandy Point and Stage Island.  I've seen postings recently about the 
"Greatest Show On Earth" in reference to the massing Tree Swallows on the 
island...and while I've seen them to a degree, today's experience at the Pines 
was downright mindblowing!   


As I was coming down the road near the Pines entrance, I saw a large flock of 
swallows in the road and large numbers of birds in the air and in the bushes 
roadside.  I pulled into the parking lot and walked down the entrance road to 
watch the show. Over the next 20 minutes (8:40-9:00 AM) I watched the number 
of birds build to incredible proportions....there must have been several 
thousand birds in the air, in the trees, bushes,and on the ground....and the 
flocks of birds moved towards me! (5K could be a low estimate!)  I found 
myself standing in the middle of this migrant wave and all I could hear was the 
chorus of swallow song and the sound of thousands of pairs of wings fluttering 
in the cool morning air.  I was totally surrounded by birds and completely 
mesmerized by this show that Mother Nature so graciously gave me a front row 
seat for!   


I then remembered I had my camera and decided I better try to get a few shots 
off. The pictures don't do what I saw justice by any stretch of the 
imagination...those of you who have seen the swallow migration in its full 
glory certainly understand.   



And as suddenly as they descended on me, they moved on, leaving me with a 
feeling of wonder and appreciation for the beauty of the spectacle I had just 
witnessed. I most definitely have to say this was one of the most incredible 
moments I've ever experienced in the field.  


Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/111992153 AT N02/

Good birding!

Dan Prima
Tewksbury MA
raptormafia AT yahoo.com
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Aug 14, 2014
From: "Alan & Ruth Bragg" <alan.ruth.bragg AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:23:35 -0400
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, US-MA
Aug 14, 2014 6:01 AM - 12:01 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.1 mile(s)
Comments:     Weekly Survey by NWR Volunteers Kathy Dia, Will Martens,
Larry Warfield, Janet Kovner, Cole Winstanley, Andy Scholten, David Swain
and Alan Bragg
70 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  60
Wood Duck  44
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  82
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  11
Great Egret  3
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  1
Cooper's Hawk  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  4
Semipalmated Plover  1
Killdeer  3
Spotted Sandpiper  1     D Swain
Solitary Sandpiper  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Least Sandpiper  16
Pectoral Sandpiper  1
Short-billed Dowitcher  1
shorebird sp.  13     Small
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  23
Mourning Dove  22
Chimney Swift  57
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  15     Multiple birds in multiple sites. Plenty
of cardinal flowers along River.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1     Timber Trail
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Eastern Kingbird  10
Warbling Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  4
Common Raven  3
Tree Swallow  2
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  85
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Brown Creeper  2     Timber Trail
Marsh Wren  15
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  14
Gray Catbird  10
Northern Mockingbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  13
Ovenbird  1     Timber Trail
Common Yellowthroat  8
Yellow Warbler  6
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1     First bench on cross-dike trail
Canada Warbler  1     Heard twice by Cole, Andy & Janet
Timber Trail
Chipping Sparrow  3
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  27
Swamp Sparrow  7
Northern Cardinal  7
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1     J near Kiosk
Bobolink  16
Red-winged Blackbird  170
Common Grackle  3
Baltimore Oriole  3
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  24

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19466963

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
​Alan Bragg
Bedford MA​
Subject: Upland Sandpiper pics Plum Island
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 22:25:50 -0400
Hello Massbirders,

Well it was a beautiful day today on the Island. Pretty typical  and
what one would expect from Plum Island in August. I just love this
time of year.  The swallows were thick in spots, a nice breeze keeping
the no-see-ums down, green heads virtually gone, and shorebirds in the
thousands. I never stopped at Bill Forward, and a quick look at Stage,
but otherwise went straight to Sandy Point for a few hours before
work. Things were slow at first so I did a little sun bathing and a
quick nap while I waited for the tide to recede. This was my first
real "session" this year with the sandpipers and plovers at sandy
Point unfortunately.   I totally enjoyed myself picking through the
Semi - Sandpipers and Plovers. I had my first of the year Juv's for
Least (one of my favorite plumages), and both Semipalmated sandpipers
and Plovers. Also my first of the year Juv's for Great Black-backed
Gull and Herring. Not a lot of diversity, tern numbers low, not one
White-rump. But the topper of such a picture perfect day  was the
appearance of a juvenile ( I believe) Upland Sandpiper!!! I watched it
for a good half hour and digiscoped some pics before beach wakers
scared it off. Photos are here if interested
http://www.pbase.com/suzsull/image/156909324 Just hit next in right hand 
corner. 

Cheers!
 -
Suzanne M. Sullivan
Wilmington, MA
swampy435 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Sandy Point Plum Island
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:46:46 -0400
Lucky to get a parking spot.

Karsten Hartel Arlington

Sandy Point State Reservation, Essex, US-MA
Aug 14, 2014 11:20 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
Comments:     Most land bird observed from platform at top of Bar Head
Hill.  As I left area most shorebirds moved to temporary pool on
tern/plover nesting area created by yesterday's storm.. Counts of abundant
shorebirds probably low.
28 species

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  10
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)  25
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)  275
Sanderling (Calidris alba)  8
White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis)  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)  250
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)  10
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  15
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  X
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  X
Least Tern (Sternula antillarum)  30     still feeding  (flying) young
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)  5
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  5
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  10
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  50
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera)  1
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  2
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2

View this checklist online at
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Subject: Nighthawks at Fenway Park 8/14
From: Tim Factor <tef617 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:10:34 -0400
High count of seven Nighthawks was in the lights at Fenway Park last night.
These August birds are likely migrants. Unfortunately the local population
that nested on roofs in the Fenway neighborhood seems to have been
extirpated; in previous years one would typically see a few at the ballpark
in June and July but that dwindled to a high count of two last year and I
saw none during two visits in breeding season this year.

Tim Factor
Boston
Subject: Adult Common Loon Long Sought For Pond Westford 9:40 am
From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:43:34 -0400
In addition to many other species heard and seen while fishing this morning
I was thoroughly surprised to turn around from a "rest" along the shore to
find an adult common loon on the pond about 50 yards away. I did not see
this bird between 6:00 am and now (9:40) so it is likely that the bird flew
in from parts unknown between those times.

Enjoy!

Paul Guidetti
guidettipaulATgmailDOTcom
Subject: Tickets still available for fall Seabird & Whale Tales Excursion - 9/7/14
From: Carol Carson <krillcarson AT mac.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:29:21 -0400
Seabird & Whale Tales Excursion  Fall Trip - Tickets still available!

Sailing Date: Sunday, September 7, 2014
Time: 8 am to 4 pm
Location: Boat leaves from Plymouth Harbor for the waters off Cape Cod

Join us for an all day, marine wildlife cruise to support marine education and 
wildlife conservation. This excursion is a fundraising event for the New 
England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) a local nonprofit environmental 
organization. 


Enjoy commentary from wildlife experts David Clapp (Natural History Services), 
Wayne Petersen (MA Audubon Society), and Krill Carson (NECWA). Travel aboard 
the Tails of the Sea, a 110 luxury commercial whale watching vessel owned 
and operated by Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours. View seabirds, 
seals, whales, dolphins, basking sharks, ocean sunfish and more. 


Leave from the Plymouth Town Pier at 8 am and return by 4 pm. Trip activities 
include a plankton tow and demonstration, chumming for seabirds and a free 
onboard nature-themed raffle. 


Tickets: Pre-Sale $90 and then $100 after August 31, 2014. To learn more about 
this trip or to register via our Constant Contact Events website, go to 
www.necwa.org/trips.html. 


For more information, call Krill Carson at 508-566-0009. Space is limited so 
register early. Group rates also available. All proceeds support the many 
projects and activities conducted by NECWA, a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit 
organization. 


Thank you, Carol Krill Carson
President and Marine Biologist, NECWA
www.necwa.org
Subject: Backyard Blue-winged Warbler, 8/13
From: "Barbara Volkle" <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:00:11 -0400
Thanks to Andrew Scholten for the following post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
Barb620 AT theworld.com
* * *

From: "Scholten, Andrew L" 
Subject: Backyard Blue-winged Warbler, 8/13
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:56:34 +0000

Hello, MA Birders,

I had an unexpected visitor to my backyard feeder in yesterday's rainstorm:=
a male Blue-winged Warbler. He was feeding with the normal titmice and chi=
ckadees and seemed to tolerate them, but was determined to see off the loca=
l male cardinal. Interesting.


Good birding,

Andy Scholten, Sudbury

Subject: CT Report 08/14/2014 AM Golden Plover
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:57:43 -0400
 From Frank Mantlik:
08/14/14 - Stratford, Short Beach (Dorne Dr) -- 9:15 AM; AMERICAN
GOLDEN PLOVER, adult in breeding plumage, on tidal sand flats (dead
low tide). Note: entrance fee charged for non-residents.
12:10; Charlie Barnard and I last saw the Am Golden Plover across the
river (Milford side) on the southern most sandbar, as the tide was
quickly rising.

 From Frank Mantlik and small crowd:
08/14/14 - Milford, Milford Point -- an adult AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
is roosting at high tide on the tern nesting bar with lots of BBPL and
other shorebirds. At least till 3:00. It's on the bar viewable west
down the beach from near the wooden bench.

 From Nick Bonomo:
08/14/14 - Milford, Milford Point -- In addition to the continuing
adult AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER this afternoon, we had a juv "WESTERN"
WILLET, 3 adult RED KNOTS, and an immature LITTLE BLUE HERON among the
regulars.

 From Nick Bonomo with Greg Hanisek and Bill Banks:
08/14/14 - West Haven, Sandy Point -- single ROSEATE and FORSTER'S
TERNS (in the Common Tern flock).

 From John Oshlick:
08/14/14 - West Haven, Sandy Point -- Caspian Tern.

 From James Purcell:
08/14/14 - Fairfield, Penfield Reef -- 7 PM; west-bound fly-by Caspian
Tern.

 From Frank Mantlik:
08/13/14 - Milford, Milford Point -- A brief scan from beach platform
4:30 netted 2 RED KNOTS.

Subject: Night-herons in Fairhaven
From: Carolyn Longworth <bvm1290 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 01:30:34 +0000 (UTC)
At Egypt Lane this morning, Dan Logan and I spotted an immature Yellow-crowned 
Night-heron in the restored marsh among the Black-crowned. 


http://clongworth.smugmug.com/Birds/August-2014/August-14-2014/43636952_769mrm#!i=3459157220&k=SttgbcH 


We went back in the evening and the night-herons all looked like they were in 
exactly the same place and posture as at noon. They perked up after a while and 
the young ones flew around. A Great Egret stirred things up by landing near and 
flushing them. The Yellow-crowned seemed to enjoy landing on or near startled 
Mallards. 


Henry Zimberlin photographed a Clapper Rail on August 5 on the other side of 
the hurricane barrier but we haven't seen it since then. 



Carolyn Longworth 
Acushnet, MA 
bvm1290atcomcast.net 
Bird Pages at: 
http://home.comcast.net/~birdpage/birdblog.htm 
http://www.librarything.com/catalog/bvm1290&tag=Birds 

Subject: Stilt Sandpipers - Squantum - 8/14
From: james sweeney <assawompsett AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:18:48 -0700
Massbirders,

 This morning, around 11:45, I observed three Stilt Sandpipers in the panne 
near the Kennedy Center on East Squantum St. in the Squantum section of Quincy. 
Other shorebirds present today included: 


5           Semipalmated Plover
1           Greater Yellowlegs
12         Lesser Yellowlegs
30         Semipalmated Sandpiper
2           Least Sandpiper
1           Short-billed Dowitcher

Jim Sweeney
Providence, RI
Subject: Yellow-throated and Cerulean warblers-Marblehead 8/14
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:53:48 +0000 (UTC)
Davis Noble called the store at 12:30 to report that Jan Smith and others have 
been seeing a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at the Marblehead Neck WS. The bird is 
being seen along the main trail, on the right just before the Main Pond. 
Apparently Jan originally saw the bird a couple of days ago. 

There is also a female CERULEAN WARBLER along the Main Trail just before where 
the middle trail splits off, just beyond the leaning tree. 


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