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19 Dec new email address [Paula Chasan ]
19 Dec CT Report 12/19/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
19 Dec Am. White Pelican, Swansea []
19 Dec Snowy Owl Prowl, Jan. 1, Plymouth [Dorie Stolley ]
20 Dec Northfield - drake Barrow's again ["James P. Smith" ]
19 Dec Extralimital: ID Help - Northeast(?) migrant in Florida [Steven van der Veen ]
19 Dec 12/19 Jamaica Pond Gadwall, Etc. [Paul Peterson ]
19 Dec 12/19 Jamaica Pond Gadwall, Etc. [Paul Peterson ]
19 Dec Plum Island Raptors 12.19.14 [Paul Roberts ]
19 Dec Audubon's Warbler continues, Stodder's Neck, 12/19 [Sean Williams ]
19 Dec Snow Goose still at Newburyport [Warren Tatro ]
19 Dec Any sightings of Tundra Swan Thurs or Fri? [Jim Guion ]
19 Dec Ipswich River WS [Scott Santino ]
19 Dec Re: Snowy Owl [Marie Corcoran ]
19 Dec Snow Geese, Middleboro [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
19 Dec Townsend's Warbler, Marblehead - 12/19 [Nick Simone ]
19 Dec interesting article [Barbara Drummond ]
18 Dec CT Report 12/18/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
18 Dec Black-headed Gull still in Hadley! Plus at least one other CT River Barrow's [Joshua Rose ]
19 Dec Groton CBC results [Tom Murray ]
18 Dec Northfield - drake Barrow's Goldeneye ["James P. Smith" ]
18 Dec Snow Goose Newburyport Harbor [Dan Prima ]
18 Dec Fwd: eBird Report - Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Dec 18, 2014 ["Alan & Ruth Bragg" ]
18 Dec Re: Sturbridge CBC 12/16 ["Jim Berry" ]
18 Dec Alaska photos, lots of Bald Eagles and Gulls [Henry D Mauer ]
18 Dec Sturbridge CBC 12/16 ["Mark Lynch" ]
18 Dec Cape Ann CBC results, sunday dec. 14, 2014 ["Jim Berry" ]
17 Dec CT Report 12/17/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
17 Dec Cape Cod CBC - 12/14/14 [Blair Nikula ]
18 Dec Pioneer Valley notables ["James P. Smith" ]
18 Dec Stellwagen Bank CBC - 12/16/2014 - Photos [Peter Flood ]
17 Dec Re: Any Tufted Duck Sightings Today? [alice morgan ]
17 Dec Any Tufted Duck Sightings Today? [Devin Hefferon ]
17 Dec Snow Geese, Kestrel- Middleboro/Halifax 12/17 [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
17 Dec Tundra Swan, Yes, Rehoboth [Sam Miller ]
17 Dec Plum Island - 12-17-14 ["Dave Weaver" ]
17 Dec Great avian research ["Peter Trull" ]
17 Dec Townsend's Warbler Marblehead Neck Sanctuary [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
17 Dec Re: Globe cartoon [Stephen Baker ]
17 Dec Globe cartoon [bank1941 ]
17 Dec RE: MASSBIRD Tundra swan [Marjorie Bradley ]
17 Dec Thayer's/Iceland Gull [Mary Keleher ]
17 Dec Potential Snowy Owl, Pepperell [Tom Murray ]
16 Dec Northern Shrike, Snow Geese, American Kestrel - Halifax - 12/16 [james sweeney ]
16 Dec Townsend's Warbler- plumage [Davis Noble ]
16 Dec Snowy Owl, Hudson [Tim Spahr ]
16 Dec Tundra Swan? [Jonathan Eckerson ]
15 Dec Le Conte's Sparrow Images [james sweeney ]
16 Dec 12/16 Belle Isle and Oasis Highlights [Paul Peterson ]
16 Dec Le Conte's Sparrow photos ["Peter R. Bono" ]
16 Dec PRNWR, Newburyport, 12/14 []
16 Dec Crane Beach, Ipswich, Dec 16, 2014 ["Jim Berry" ]
16 Dec Re: Snowy Owl in Hudson []
16 Dec Snowy Owl in Hudson []
16 Dec Barrow's Goldeneye continues in Turners Falls [Joshua Rose ]
16 Dec Re: Townsend's Warbler Yes [Matthew Clark ]
16 Dec Townsend's Warbler Yes ["Lapite, Constance" ]
15 Dec RE: Visiting birder [Mark Tower ]
15 Dec Le Conte's Sparrow Images [james sweeney ]
15 Dec CT Report 12/15/2014 N Shrike: [Roy Harvey ]
15 Dec Plum Island Raptors 12.15.14 [Paul Roberts ]
16 Dec Newport-Westport CBC highlights [Robert Emerson ]
15 Dec Newbury-Newburyport, MA; 15 Dec. 2015. [Richard Heil ]
15 Dec Gyrfalcon in NH [Nancy Landry ]
15 Dec Sad sight [caroline ]
15 Dec Fw: [BostonBirds] Fw: 12/12 HOUSE WREN at Franklin Park, Pine Warbler at Roxbury Crossing. [Paul Peterson ]
15 Dec Now showing ["Young, John (DPU)" ]
15 Dec Fwd: eBird Report - Boston, Suffolk County, MA, US, Dec 14, 2014 [Bob Stymeist ]
15 Dec Plum Island & Parker River, Newbury- 12/15/14 [Sue McGrath ]
15 Dec Townsend's Warbler continues 12/15 [Claire McCall ]
15 Dec LeConte's Sparrow - Eastham - Yes [Mary Keleher ]
15 Dec Andover CBC - Reading/North Reading/Wilmington sector results [David Williams ]
15 Dec Townsend's Solitaire ["Bates, David Westfall,M.D." ]
14 Dec Le Conte's Sparrow - Eastham - 12/14 [james sweeney ]
15 Dec Swansea 12/14 ["Mark Lynch" ]
14 Dec Re: POSSIBLE Black-headed Gull, Amherst [Joshua Rose ]

Subject: new email address
From: Paula Chasan <paula.cello AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:15:43 -0500
Please note that my email address is now:  paulachasan AT gmail.com.
Pleas update so I can keep getting mass bird-digest at my new address.

thank you.

Paula Chasan
Subject: CT Report 12/19/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:04:35 -0500
 From Bill Batsford:
12/19/14 - ?????, Goodwin Park -- Greater White-fronted Goose and
Cackling Goose continue at golf course.

 From Keith Mueller:
12/19/14 - Middlefield, Lyman's pond -- 4 Snow Geese in corn field
close to road (2 adults 2 juv).

 From Brian O'Toole:
12/19/14 - Trumbull, private residence -- Rufous Hummingbird still
coming daily to feeder.

 From Frank Mantlik:
12/19/14 - Stratford, Motil Place Pond -- an apparent female EURASIAN
WIGEON continues.
Stratford, Boothe Memorial Park -- adult Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
Milford, Lawman Rd., Jonathon Law HS Pond - male EURASIAN WIGEON
continues (with 70 Am Wigeon).

Subject: Am. White Pelican, Swansea
From: <pollypie AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:46:30 -0500
Late this afternoon, I received notice of an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN in 
Merriman's Pond in Swansea. It was seen by a birder in a boat  in the Palmer 
River.  There is clear access by boat, but there may be a way to see the 
pond by land.  However, the land is owned by Swansea Country Club and I am 
unsure of public access.  It's a Pay-for-Play course in season and when I 
called this afternoon, I got a recorded message to look at their web-site. 
Someone needs to find out if the Country Club will allow birders to walk on 
their land.

Rachel Farrell
Rumford, RI 
Subject: Snowy Owl Prowl, Jan. 1, Plymouth
From: Dorie Stolley <dss AT goldenrod.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:06:58 -0500
Start the New Year with an auspicious sighting of a Snowy Owl! 

That is what we will strive to do on Plymouth Long Beach on Jan. 1 from 10 a.m. 
to 2:30 p.m. 

We will also look for Snow Buntings, Horned Larks, scoters, loons, Long-tailed 
Ducks, Northern Harriers, eiders and more. 

Trip includes a stop at the Goldenrod field station, hot drinks, and great 
camaraderie. $10 fee. 


More information and registration here: 
http://www.goldenrod.org/blog/events/new-years-day-long-beach-snowy-owl-prowl 


Dorie

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

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Subject: Northfield - drake Barrow's again
From: "James P. Smith" <keenbirder AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:07:50 +0000 (UTC)
Greetings birders,
The handsome male Barrow's Goldeneye was again present on the Connecticut River 
at Bennet Meadow WMA, Northfield this morning, along with about 130 Common 
Goldeneye. The birds were ranging up and down the river, sometimes quite close 
to the parking area and Rt 10 bridge. A few more images, including a couple of 
distant flight shots can be seen 
here;http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2014/12/ma-drake-barrows-again.html 



Good birding,

James

 James P. Smith
Gill, MA
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/
Subject: Extralimital: ID Help - Northeast(?) migrant in Florida
From: Steven van der Veen <srvacons AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:16:51 -0500
Dianne and I had a weekend in FL while I was there on business, and I had
one skulker in the grassy mangroves at the Blackpoint Wildlife Drive
(Merritt Island NWR.) I'm not sure about the ID, 'cause I think it has too
much white above and below the eye to be a Yellow-throat. ID opinions and
insights would be welcomed. Photo link is below.


https://picasaweb.google.com/109629503806706425576/FloridaTrip2014Dec#6093628024413911970 


Thanks,
Steve van der Veen

PS I'd go to the Blackpoint Drive again and commit a lot more time, with
better lighting...we were there with dusk approaching. Great spot, great
diversity.
-- 
The Pinehills, Plymouth
781-934-9700
srvacons AT gmail.com
Subject: 12/19 Jamaica Pond Gadwall, Etc.
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:44:18 +0000 (UTC)
Hi,
There are three male Gadwall at Jamaica Pond this evening. I knew these birds 
would eventually end up here. Their cohort the male American Wigeon is not with 
them, however. The three Pied-billed Grebe are still here, as are the dozens of 
American Coot. At nearby Leverett Pond, there are six Ring-necked Ducks. 

Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston
Subject: 12/19 Jamaica Pond Gadwall, Etc.
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:44:18 +0000 (UTC)
Hi,
There are three male Gadwall at Jamaica Pond this evening. I knew these birds 
would eventually end up here. Their cohort the male American Wigeon is not with 
them, however. The three Pied-billed Grebe are still here, as are the dozens of 
American Coot. At nearby Leverett Pond, there are six Ring-necked Ducks. 

Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston
Subject: Plum Island Raptors 12.19.14
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:30:14 -0500
It was a nice day on Plum, with temps in the high 30s and just breaking 40,
with a light northwesterly wind. High tide was about 8:30 a.m.  Julie and I
had a good day birding with Glen Campbell. Birded from 7:45 a.m. To 3:15
p.m. 

Bald Eagle  1 ad Town Marker Field/ north dike
Northern Harrier  8 min ( 1 ad male, 7+ immatures) Ten total would be a
reasonable estimate
Cooperąs Hawk   1 imm
Red-tailed Hawk  1-2
Rough-legged Hawk 4 ( 2 light morph, 2 dark morph). One lt morph had a very
extensive belly band, deep onto the lower belly, and had a heavily streaked
head with the base color of Devonshire Cream or French Vanilla ice cream. We
also saw a second lt morph bird, which was not the individual with the
extremely white head and neck seen Monday. Thus 3 different lt morph birds
have been seen this week. Significant size difference between the two dark
morph roughlegs, one of which was an adult male and the other an immature
female. Both seen very well.
Peregrine Falcon  2 ( 1 imm female, 1 ad)

NOTE: Was watching a light morph roughleg on a staddle south of Old Pines
when Julie shouted out łlarge dark falcon flying low towards staddle.˛ It
was indeed a very large, very dark falcon hunting only a foot or two off the
ground and hovering over Black Ducks who were going crazy, but staying in
the water. I immediately began thinking of the largest, darkest falcon we
can see. Seen through my 60x scope, one view showed a heavy torso that made
the bird look like a pinhead as it turned, emphasizing the burly chest and
shoulders of the raptor.  Uniformly patterned  underwings and then a clear
view of the cheek and malar bar resolved any heart palpitations. It then
took off, supplanted by a smallish adult Peregrine that landed on the
staddle. For 30 seconds the adrenal glands got a real workout. The łMadbury
falcon˛ might well be in coastal New Hampshire or Massachusetts these days,
or well south of us.... This immature female looks much like the huge imm
Peregrine we saw on the island in November.

Snowy Owl   2 ; one between Lot # 1 & 2 and one between Lot # 2 & 3, both on
top of dunes
Barred Owl 1 northern half of S curves, in excellent light.

Heard  one  Snowy Owl was being seen in  Salisbury.

NOTE: Had well over 100 Black Scoter at Emerson Rocks, with only a few
White-winged and Surf Scoter thrown in. Am usually seeing unusually large
numbers of Black Scoters there this fall. What will the Christmas Count show
for historical perspective?

Best,

Paul


Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA
phawk254 AT comcast.net
Subject: Audubon's Warbler continues, Stodder's Neck, 12/19
From: Sean Williams <seanbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:00:22 -0500
Almost a month later (since Nov 21), the Audubon's Warbler is still
actively foraging with the chickadees and calling consistently. An easy to
find, obliging bird. Lark Sparrow also there.

Photos and vocal recordings here-
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20956129

Good birding,
Sean

-- 
Sean M. Williams
PhD Candidate
Dept. of Zoology
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
seanbirder AT gmail.com
www.msu.edu/~will2424
Subject: Snow Goose still at Newburyport
From: Warren Tatro <wtatro AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:09:15 -0500
Hello Massbirders,

The single Snow Goose was still along the Merrimack River in Newburyport today 
around 10:30AM. It was opposite where Rolph's Lane meets Water St., mixed in 
with hundreds of Canada Geese. 



Warren Tatro
Peabody, MA
wtatro AT verizon.net
Subject: Any sightings of Tundra Swan Thurs or Fri?
From: Jim Guion <jim_guion AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:28:46 -0500
 		 	   		  
Subject: Ipswich River WS
From: Scott Santino <ssantino AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:23:34 +0000
I took a walk this morning and had a nice variety for a late December day. Most 
of the wetland trails that were previously underwater due to all the rain are 
now soggy but passable. 


Here are the highlights:
Cooper's Hawk  1 (young bird in first basic plumage behind Nature Center) 

Red-tailed Hawk  1 

Barred Owl  1 

Northern Flicker  3 

Brown Creeper  1 

Marsh Wren  3 (Innermost Trail boardwalk) 

Eastern Bluebird  2 

Swamp Sparrow  1 (Innermost Trail boardwalk) 

Scott Santino
Naturalist & Camp Director
Mass Audubon
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
87 Perkins Row
Topsfield, MA 01983
(978) 887-9264 Ext. 7709
www.massaudubon.org
Subject: Re: Snowy Owl
From: Marie Corcoran <Marie_Corcoran AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:57:35 -0500
Is the Snowy Owl still being seen in Hudson on the Intel Building? If anyone 
knows, please send info. Thanks. Marie Corcoran in Newton corks AT comcast.net 

Subject: Snow Geese, Middleboro
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:00:22 +0000 (UTC)
Bob Lessard called the store at 9:50 to report that the 3 Snow geese are still 
being seen in the big field on Fuller Street in Middleboro. They were spotted 
among hundreds of Canada geese. Also spotted in the potholes in the field were 
several Pintails, Green winged teals, loads of Mallards and some Black ducks. 


Barret Bacall

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

Subject: Townsend's Warbler, Marblehead - 12/19
From: Nick Simone <nsimone AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:32:04 -0500
The Townsend's Warbler was seen this morning at the Marblehead Neck
Sanctuary just before 8 am at the south entrance past the main pond.
It sounds like it stops by that area every few hours for a couple of
minutes before moving on.

Here are a couple of photos:
https://www.flickr.com/x/t/0097009/photos/127456482 AT N04/sets/72157647509585193/

Happy Birding,

Nicholas Simone
Salem, MA
n.simone AT gmail.com
Subject: interesting article
From: Barbara Drummond <bdraraavis AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:25:35 -0500
Massbirders

This came through on Carolinabirds, and although it's not directly related to 
our state, the content will interest all of us who love Golden-winged Warblers. 


Barbara Drummond
North Andover, MA
bdraraavis AT verizon.net


This article contains an interesting account of Golden-winged Warblers leaving 
their nesting grounds 2 days in advance of a devastating series of tornadoes, 
flying a long way, and then returning after the storms had passed. 

Worth reading.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30531060

Paul Serridge
Greenville, SC
Subject: CT Report 12/18/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:35:09 -0500
 From Paul Cianfaglione:
12/18/14 - Hartford/Wethersfield, Goodwin Park, Golf Course -- 1
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, 1 CACKLING GOOSE.

 From Michaelene Komara:
12/18/14 - ?????, Goodwin park, golf course -- Greater White-fronted
Goose and Cackling Goose continue.

 From Patrick Comins:
12/18/14 - Middlefield, Lyman Orchards -- Two adult and two juvenile
Snow Geese in the field at the orchards this evening.  They flew up
and landed on the pond near the Apple Barrel store.

 From Frank Mantlik:
12/18/14 - Stratford, private residence - RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continues
coming to feeder.
Bridgeport, Johnson Creek (right off northbound exit 30 of I-95) --
male EURASIAN WIGEON.

Subject: Black-headed Gull still in Hadley! Plus at least one other CT River Barrow's
From: Joshua Rose <opihi AT mindspring.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:47:47 -0500
Hi MassBirders,

At about 2:10 PM today I was driving through Hadley to the hardware store, and 
took a slight detour down Mill Valley Road, mostly because it would allow me to 
make a right turn into the store instead of a left turn across Route 9 traffic. 
But any time I drive down Mill Valley, I keep an eye out for birds (there are 
often kestrels and harriers and such along there), so I noticed a gull. All by 
itself. Alone. Having heard that the Black-headed Gull on last Sunday’s 
Northampton CBC was not with any other gulls, my mental alarm bells went off, 
so I stopped for a better look. The bird lifted off, and sure enough, it had a 
Bonaparte’s-like wing pattern. It repeatedly took off and landed, took off 
and landed, over and over. I immediately snapped several photos (one of which 
ultimately turned out to be decent), then pulled out my phone, but the bird 
left the area before I could finish the first call, to Harvey Allen (he had the 
alphabetical advantage). 


Harvey said he was coming over anyway, even though the bird had left, so I 
stayed put until he arrived, filled him in on the details. He started driving 
away… just as the %& AT $! gull appeared flying up from the south, and passed 
right over my head! I jumped into the street and waved like a crazy person, but 
by the time Harvey turned around and came back, it had soared far enough away 
that it was just barely recognizeable as a gull, much less any particular 
species. 


At least the bird is still around! Albeit still uncooperative. But if Hampshire 
County birders watch those cornfields and cattle pastures, and keep their 
optics and cameras handy, hopefully the critter will keep making appearances. 


Looking at eBird, this appears to be roughly the 12th record for the western 
part of the state, 7th for Hampshire County. Unless there are some that 
haven’t been eBirded yet. 


Also, from Western Mass Birders: Lois Richardson found a drake Barrow’s 
Goldeneye on the CT River… in Agawam! Clearly not the same bird as James 
Smith was watching this morning in Northfield. Knowing that there are at least 
two drake Barrow’s on the same river makes it easier to believe that the 
Northfield bird might be a separate individual from the bird that’s been 
hanging around Turners Falls, which would then make three…. 


Good birding!

Josh


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



Subject: Groton CBC results
From: Tom Murray <tmurray74 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:38:37 +0000 (UTC)
Results for the 2014 Groton/Oxbow CBC held Sunday the 
14th. Temps in high 30s-low 40s and sunny ALL day. We had 65 species + one 
count week bird with 8 high counts and one new species. 


Canada Goose 403Mute Swan 31Wood Duck 2Gadwall 2 (3rd count record)American 
Black Duck 12Mallard 168Northern Pintail 16 (HC, previous high count was 
2)Common Goldeneye 2Hooded Merganser 10Ring-necked Pheasant 1 (female)Wild 
Turkey 172 (missed high count of 175)Great Blue Heron 3Osprey 2 HCSharp-shinned 
Hawk 5Coopers Hawk 5 (tied HC)Northern Goshawk CWRed-shouldered Hawk 
1Red-tailed Hawk 56American Kestrel 1 (3rd count record)Merlin 1Ring-billed 
Gull 81Herring Gull 47Great Black-backed Gull 15Rock Pigeon 497Mourning Dove 
445Snowy Owl 1 first count record (awaiting observer review)Great Horned Owl 
2Belted Kingfisher 4Red-bellied Woodpecker 51Downy Woodpecker 129Hairy 
Woodpecker 57Northern Flicker 10Pileated Woodpecker 9Northern Shrike 1Blue Jay 
664American Crow 355Common Raven 18 (HC, previous high count of 14)Black-capped 
Chickadee 751Tufted Titmouse 365Red-breasted Nuthatch 6 (low)White-breasted 
Nuthatch 246Brown Creeper 11Carolina Wren 52 (HC, more than doubles previous 
record of 23)Winter Wren 6Golden-crowned Kinglet 13Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
2Eastern Bluebird 284 (HC, previous high count of 216)Hermit Thrush 1American 
Robin 772Gray Catbird 2 (tied HC)Northern Mockingbird 36European Starling 
469Cedar Waxwing 18 (low count)American Tree Sparrow 149Field Sparrow 1Song 
Sparrow 155White-throated Sparrow 92Dark-eyed Junco 861Northern Cardinal 247 
(HC, previous high count of 231)Red-winged Blackbird 85 (HC, previous high 
count of 81) 

Brown-headed Cowbird 5Purple Finch 4House Finch 307 (HC, previous high count of 
218) 

American Goldfinch 539House Sparrow 409

Julie LiskCompilerjulielisk AT gmail.com
















Subject: Northfield - drake Barrow's Goldeneye
From: "James P. Smith" <keenbirder AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:50:28 +0000 (UTC)
 Greetings birders,
This morning there was a super male Barrow's Goldeneye with about 105 Common 
Goldeneye at Bennet Meadow, Northfield. The birds were on the CT River about 
1/4 downstream from the Rt 10 bridge. This Barrow's seemed to have several 
plumage differences compared to the recent male at Turner's Falls power canal 
and Montague City, though I'm also open to the possibility that it might just 
be the same bird. The site is roughly 9-10 miles up river from the Turner's 
Falls power canal. I was able to get a few 
images;http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2014/12/ma-another-drake-barrows.html 

  Also this afternoon, 2 first-cycle Kumlien's Iceland Gulls and an adult 
Lesser Black-backed Gull at Barton Cove, Gill. 


Good birding,

James

James P. Smith
Gill, MA
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/
Subject: Snow Goose Newburyport Harbor
From: Dan Prima <raptormafia AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:51:07 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Massbirders!
Was on my way home from the refuge this morning and stopped to scan the geese 
in the harbor area.   Ended up finding one Snow Goose with the Canadas at the 
clamshack around 11:30 AM.   

Photos:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/111992153 AT N02/
On the refuge, I had the Barred Owl at the beginning of the S curves, deep in 
the thickets, a Peregrine Falcon on the Osprey pole at the Pines, numerous 
Harriers, and a Snow Owl far out in the marsh from the Lot 3 parking lot.   

Good birding!
Dan PrimaTewksbury MAraptormafia AT yahoo.com 
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Dec 18, 2014
From: "Alan & Ruth Bragg" <alan.ruth.bragg AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:56:14 -0500
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, US-MA
Dec 18, 2014 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.1 mile(s)
Comments:     Weekly survey by NWR volunteers David Swain, Will Martens,
Kathy Dia, Maryellen Stone, Larry Warfield, Soheil Zendeh, Dick Golembeski
and Alan Bragg
28 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  509
Mute Swan  2
Wood Duck  2     Yes
American Black Duck  3
Mallard  3
Bufflehead  8
duck sp.  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
American Coot  22     Continuing
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  12
Mourning Dove  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  7
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  8
Black-capped Chickadee  26
Tufted Titmouse  7
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
Brown Creeper  4
Marsh Wren  2     Continuing
American Robin  7
American Tree Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  18
blackbird sp.  6
American Goldfinch  23


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
​Alan Bragg
Bedford MA​
Subject: Re: Sturbridge CBC 12/16
From: "Jim Berry" <jim.berry3 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:41:45 -0500
Interesting indeed, Mark.  Both your red-belly number and your carolina wren 
number dwarfed the Cape Ann numbers (though we set a CAWR record last year 
with 123).  But keep in mind that the Cape Ann count circle is almost half 
ocean!  Nevertheless, your numbers dwarf even the Newburyport CBC numbers 
(count highs are 68 red-bellies and 71 car. wrens; let's see if we can beat 
those numbers this Sunday).  At any rate, your numbers demonstrate how 
thoroughly these two species have saturated central Mass. and not just the 
coastal counties.  These christmas counts are endlessly fascinating.    jim

Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
jim.berry3 AT verizon.net


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Lynch" 
To: 
Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:10 AM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Sturbridge CBC 12/16


> On TUESDAY DECEMBER 16 we held the 19th STURBRIDGE CBC. Towns included at
> least partially in the circle include the "Brookfields"; Warren; Spencer;
> Sturbridge; Southbridge; Brimfield; Wales; Holland; Charlton. The weather
> was overcast, chilly and damp. 35 birders recorded 74 species that day. No
> new species were added to the count, but species that have rarely been
> recorded in the circle before that were found Tuesday included 
> Rough-legged
> Hawk (cw); Eastern Phoebe (1); Gray Catbird (2); Yellow-rumped Warbler 
> (cw);
> Palm Warbler (1); Eastern Towhee (cw); Chipping Sparrow (2); White-crowned
> Sparrow (1).
> What was very interesting about this years count was the number of "count
> highs" recorded for a number of species. This is especially interesting
> because we actually were short a few people in the field, so these highs
> were not a result of having more eyes in the field:
> Red-tailed Hawk (53: former count high was 42. In my sector in West
> Brookfield, I often have a hard time finding a single Red-tailed, but 
> pairs
> were all over. Most sitting still, not flying)
> Woodpeckers were through the roof and we recorded Count Highs for 5 
> species:
> Red-bellied (117: former count high was 87)
> Downy (373: former count high 292)
> Hairy (94: former count high was 73)
> N Flicker (33: former count high was 11)
> Pileated (18: former count high was 11. In my section, I sometimes miss 
> this
> bird, but Tuesday I had three all in locations where I had never had them
> before)
> Birders at the comp were amazed, but had noticed from early in the day 
> that
> it was going to be a "good day for woodpeckers".
> I noticed from Jim Berry's post that several count highs were had for
> woodpecker species on the Cape Ann CBC. It will be interesting to see if
> other circles also record good numbers of woodpeckers.
>
> Other species with count highs included:
> Carolina Wren (116: former count high was 80)
> Winter Wren (14: former count high was 10)
> E Bluebird ( 182: former count high was 142)
> A really interesting count.

> Mark Lynch
> Moa.lynch AT verizon.net
Subject: Alaska photos, lots of Bald Eagles and Gulls
From: Henry D Mauer <henryd.mauer AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:22:11 -0500
Deb and I were in Alaska the last week of October.  We started in Juneau,
took the ferry to Haines to see Eagles feeding on salmon along the rivers
for a few days, and then returned to Juneau.  Lots of Bald Eagles pics,
lots of gull pics, and one rarity, a Rustic Bunting in Juneau.

Pictures at my usual link:

http://henrymauer.phanfare.com

Click on the album cover, click on "Start Slideshow" and then click on
"Full Screen".

Henry Mauer
Salisbury, MA
henryd.mauer AT gmail.com
Subject: Sturbridge CBC 12/16
From: "Mark Lynch" <moa.lynch AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:10:13 -0500
On TUESDAY DECEMBER 16 we held the 19th STURBRIDGE CBC. Towns included at
least partially in the circle include the “Brookfields”; Warren; Spencer;
Sturbridge; Southbridge; Brimfield; Wales; Holland; Charlton. The weather
was overcast, chilly and damp. 35 birders recorded 74 species that day. No
new species were added to the count, but species that have rarely been
recorded in the circle before that were found Tuesday included Rough-legged
Hawk (cw); Eastern Phoebe (1); Gray Catbird (2); Yellow-rumped Warbler (cw);
Palm Warbler (1); Eastern Towhee (cw); Chipping Sparrow (2); White-crowned
Sparrow (1).
What was very interesting about this years count was the number of “count
highs” recorded for a number of species. This is especially interesting
because we actually were short a few people in the field, so these highs
were not a result of having more eyes in the field:
Red-tailed Hawk (53: former count high was 42. In my sector in West
Brookfield, I often have a hard time finding a single Red-tailed, but pairs
were all over. Most sitting still, not flying)
Woodpeckers were through the roof and we recorded Count Highs for 5 species:
Red-bellied (117: former count high was 87)
Downy (373: former count high 292)
Hairy (94: former count high was 73)
N Flicker (33: former count high was 11)
Pileated (18: former count high was 11. In my section, I sometimes miss this
bird, but Tuesday I had three all in locations where I had never had them
before)
Birders at the comp were amazed, but had noticed from early in the day that
it was going to be a “good day for woodpeckers”.
I noticed from Jim Berry’s post that several count highs were had for
woodpecker species on the Cape Ann CBC. It will be interesting to see if
other circles also record good numbers of woodpeckers.

Other species with count highs included:
Carolina Wren (116: former count high was 80)
Winter Wren (14: former count high was 10)
E Bluebird ( 182: former count high was 142)
A really interesting count.
Mark Lynch
Moa.lynch AT verizon.net


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Subject: Cape Ann CBC results, sunday dec. 14, 2014
From: "Jim Berry" <jim.berry3 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:28:19 -0500
Here are the unofficial totals for the 2014 Cape Ann CBC held Sunday the 
14th.  Weather was in high 30s-low 40s with gentle NW breeze; cloudy a.m., 
sunny p.m., no precipitation.

1        snow goose
1216  canada geese
5        mute swans    (low)
1        wood duck
17      gadwalls        (low)
1        american wigeon
732    black ducks
764    mallards
9        ring-necked ducks
105    greater scaup        (high for 2nd consecutive year)
5        lesser scaup
5        scaup (sp)
1968  common eiders
171    harlequin ducks    (8th consecutive year over 100)
200    surf scoters
665    white-w. scoters
729    black scoters        (2nd highest count total; 980 in 2008)
24      scoter (sp)
101    long-tailed ducks
680    buffleheads            (2nd highest count total; 689 in 2006)
119    common goldeneyes
31      hooded mergansers
5        common mergansers
351    red-breasted mergansers
7        ruddy ducks
54      wild turkeys
9        red-throated loons
163    common loons
1        pied-billed grebe
97      horned grebes
45      red-necked grebes        (2nd highest count total; 56 in 1995)
8        northern gannets            (low)
4        double-crested cormorants
105    great cormorants
1        cormorant (sp)
9        great blue herons
1        GREAT EGRET    (first count record)
2        turkey vultures
3        northern harriers
2        sharp-shinned hawks
11      cooper's hawks
2        red-shouldered hawks     (first ones since 1997)
34      red-tailed hawks
5        sanderlings
70      purple sandpipers
35      dunlins
1        AMER. WOODCOCK    (6th count record)
17      razorbills
22      black guillemots
2        black-legged kittiwakes    (low)
13      bonaparte's gulls               (low)
255    ring-billed gulls
3093  herring gulls
2        kumlien's iceland gulls
691    great black-backed gulls     (lowest since 1972)
1        gull (sp.)  (suspected "nelson's gull"--awaiting observer review)

627    rock pigeons
326    mourning doves
17      eastern screech owls
10      great horned owls
3        snowy owls  (all at Crane Beach)  (vs. a record 17 last year)
1        barred owl
5        belted kingfishers
66      red-bellied woodpeckers        (new count high; 53 in 2008)
2        yellow-bellied sapsuckers
178    downy woodpeckers       (2nd highest count total; 214 last year)
20      hairy woodpeckers
26      n. flickers
9        pileated woodpeckers     (tied for 2nd highest; 16 last year)
2        merlins
3        peregrines
536    blue jays
769    amer. crows
74      horned larks
724    black-capped chickadees
387    tufted titmice             (new count high; 366 in 2008)
12      red-breasted nuthatches
241    white-breasted nuthatches     (new count high; 208 in 2012)
6        brown creepers
3        winter wrens
75      carolina wrens            (high)
8        golden-crowned kinglets     (low)
1        ruby-crowned kinglet
35      eastern bluebirds
4        hermit thrushes
1925  amer. robins            (high)
7        gray catbirds            (2nd highest count total; 16 in 2005)
2        brown thrashers
58      n. mockingbirds
2193  euro. starlings
2        BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS  (Andrews Pt.)  (6th count record)
171    cedar waxwings
2        lapland longspurs
81      snow buntings
1        orange-crowned warbler
1        (western) palm warbler
21      yellow-rumped (myrtle) warblers
154    amer. tree sparrows
1        field sparrow
2        savannah sparrows
2        (ipswich) savannah sparrows
2        fox sparrows        (1st since 2003)
159    song sparrows      (2nd highest count total; 177 in 2008)
3        swamp sparrows
218    white-throated sparrows
402    dark-eyed (slate-colored) juncos
231    n. cardinals
39      red-winged blackbirds     (new count high; 21 in 1972)
1        common grackle
152    house finches
11      purple finches
3        pine siskins
341    amer. goldfinches
2415  house sparrows      (2nd highest count total; 3000 in 1960)

109 species (about average for this count)

Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
jim.berry3 AT verizon.net
Subject: CT Report 12/17/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:39:18 -0500
 From Paul Desjardins:
12/17/14 - East Granby, East Granby Farms -- morning; Pine Siskin.
Broad Brook, Mill Pond -- afternoon; 24 Northern Pintails.

 From Annie and Mike Perko:
12/17/14 - Norwich, Monhegan Park Pond -- Between 11:30 AM and 12:30
PM; one immature Snow Goose (mixed in about 200 Canada Geese).  At the
same time about 3 dozen Fish crows flew over calling as we were
watching the goose.

 From Aidan Kiley:
12/17/14 - Fairfield, yard -- 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker near feeders.

 From Diana Atwood Johnson:
12/16/14 - Old Lyme, DEEP -- 3 PM; Yellow-breasted Chat behind main
building facing its yellow belly into the sun.

 From Tom Murray:
12/16/14 - Madison, Hammonasset State Park -- Juvenile Little Blue
Heron seen at Swan Pond 12:55.

 From Michaelene Komara:
12/16/14 - Meriden, Research Parkway, Bishops Pond -- One Snow Goose
feeding on the ground (with 200+ Canada Geese).

 From Mike DiGiorgio:
12/16/14 - Durham, Durham Fairground -- Saw 6 Snow Geese (4 adults, 2
juveniles) feeding in a field at the fairground at about 10:00 AM.

 From Hank Golet:
12/16/14 - Westbrook, Menunketesuck mud flats -- 4 PURPLE SANDPIPPER, 

 From Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe with Quinnipiac Valley CBC:
12/16/14 - Wallingford, Whirlwind Hill -- Greater White-fronted Goose.
Meriden, Research Parkway -- Northern Shoveler.
Hanover Pond -- Two Redheads.

Subject: Cape Cod CBC - 12/14/14
From: Blair Nikula <odenews AT odenews.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:56:18 -0500
The 83rd Cape Cod Christmas Bird Count was held this past Sunday 
(12/14).  We had great coverage and decent weather, and recorded an 
above average 132 species.  Highlights:

1 Wood Duck
1 Eurasian Wigeon (female at Arey's Pond in Orleans)
1 Northern Shoveler (male at Boland's Pond in Orleans)
20 N. Pintail (highest since 1980)
22,000+ Common Eider (most in N. Chatham)
4 Harlequin Ducks
4 Barrow's Goldeneyes
20 Double-crested Cormorants (ties for 2nd highest)
3 (only) Great Cormorants
6 Great Egrets (doubles the previous high)
2 Sora (ties record high)
9 Greater Yellowlegs
2 Snowy Owls
1 Barred Owl
3 Saw-whet Owls
57 Red-bellied Woodpeckers (2nd highest)
21 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (more than triples the previous high of 6!)
1 Am. Kestrel
8 Peregrine Falcons (record high)
1 RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD (Brewster; 4th count record, all in the last 8 years)
16 Brown Creepers (2nd highest)
13 Marsh Wrens (record high)
89 Eastern Bluebirds (highest since 1955!)
8659 Am. Robins (more than double the previous high!)
11 Am. Pipits (more than double the previous high of 5)
1 Orange-crowned Warbler (they're all in Boston apparently)
1 YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (Town Cove, Orleans; 3rd record)
3 Yellow-breasted Chats (low)
7 Chipping Sparrows
1 GRASSHOPPER SPARROW (Ft. Hill, Eastham; 4th count record)
1 LECONTE'S SPARROW (Eastham; 2nd count record)
2 White-crowned Sparrows (1st since 2002 - a tough bird on this count)
7 Common Redpolls
4 Pine Siskins

Blair Nikula

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Harwich Port, MA  02646
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You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus - Mark 
Twain 

Subject: Pioneer Valley notables
From: "James P. Smith" <keenbirder AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:44:13 +0000 (UTC)
Greetings birders,
Here's a few observations from the last few days from parts of Franklin and 
Hampshire Counties. Apologies if some of these overlap with other observer 
reports; 

12/13 - Northern Shrike continuing on Boyle Road, Gill. 
12/14 - Northampton CBC highlights from Hadley, together with Scott Surber and 
Brian Kane: 1 Long-eared Owl found at a roost (though not present when checked 
on 12/17), 1 Hermit Thrush, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and 24 Northern Pintail. 
Pics including the LEOwl 
at; http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/2014/12/ma-northampton-cbc-1214.html 

12/15 - Common Loon on the CT River at Turner's Falls Rod and Gun club. 1 adult 
Lesser Black-backed Gull at Untiy Park, Turner's Falls. Also, 1 Merlin over 
Turner's Falls town. 

12/16 - Two Kumlien's Iceland Gulls including an adult at Unity Park, Turner's 
Falls plus the continuing Lesser Black-backed Gull. 1 drake Canvasback on 
Barton Cove and 1 continuing drake Barrow's Goldeneye on the Turner's Falls 
power canal at dusk, along with 2 Buffleheads.Pioneer Birding: MA - more 
Kumlien's Gulls and a few lingering diving ducks 

12/17 - Northern Harrier (hatch-year) at Hadley Honey Pot. 1 Yellow-bellied 
Sapsucker in the yard SW of the intersection of Meadow Street and Russelville 
Road, Hadley.  

Good birding,

James
 James P. Smith
Gill, MA
http://pioneerbirding.blogspot.com/
Subject: Stellwagen Bank CBC - 12/16/2014 - Photos
From: Peter Flood <pomarine AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:50:31 +0000 (UTC)
I have uploaded several photos from the Stellwagen Bank CBC conducted yesterday 
12/16. An incredible day! 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/9191812 AT N02/sets/72157647479793364/

Ebird checklist compiled by Simon Perkins: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20940011

Enjoy!

Peter

Peter Flood
5 Hokum Rock Road
Dennis, MA
pomarine AT comcast.net
Subject: Re: Any Tufted Duck Sightings Today?
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:37:36 -0500
I was one of a few people trying for the Tufted Duck unsuccessfully from
about 12 to after 2 today.

On Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM, Devin Hefferon  wrote:
>
> Wondering if anyone had sightings of the Falmouth Tufted Duck today.
>
> Thanks in advance!
> Devin Hefferon
> Watertown, MA
> http://theramblingbrambling.blogspot.com/
>


-- 
Alice & Dane Morgan
Brookline & S. Dartmouth, MA
Subject: Any Tufted Duck Sightings Today?
From: Devin Hefferon <dhefferon AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:00:56 -0500
Wondering if anyone had sightings of the Falmouth Tufted Duck today.

Thanks in advance!
Devin Hefferon
Watertown, MA
http://theramblingbrambling.blogspot.com/
Subject: Snow Geese, Kestrel- Middleboro/Halifax 12/17
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:33:32 +0000 (UTC)
Bob Lesssard reported that "the snow geese (one adult/ two juveniles), 
originally found by Jim Sweeney yesterday, moved from the Walnut Street field 
in Halifax to the fields on Fuller Street in Middleboro near the Halifax town 
line. Lots of mallards and hundreds of Canada geese. They may fly back to 
Walnut Street after dusk. Did not see the Northern Shrike...but there was a 
kestrel on the wires on Wood Street, Halifax....just where the road to out back 
is located by the plowed field...." 


Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
Birdwsg AT comcast.net
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
978-462-0775
Subject: Tundra Swan, Yes, Rehoboth
From: Sam Miller <zamziller AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:21:01 -0500
I saw the previously reported Tundra Swan today around noon in a field on Mason 
Street in Rehoboth, with a small flock of Canada Geese. The field was bordered 
by Route 6 and Mason St., south of 195. 

There was also a flock of at least 40 American Pipits flying and running around 
the field. The Pipits eventually flew off eastward. 

Sam Miller
Acton, MA
Subject: Plum Island - 12-17-14
From: "Dave Weaver" <cygnus-dkw AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:25:05 -0500
I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of Joppa Flats Education 
Center onto Plum Island and Parker River NWR.  After a bit, the misty 
conditions abated, the fog let up, and it turned out to be a pretty decent 
morning weatherwise -- temps in lower 40s, light winds NE, shifting to 
NW/5-10 mph.  Highlights of the morning were our first Snowy Owls and 
Rough-legged Hawks of the season.

Our list:
Canada Goose - common.
Mute Swan (2) - Stage Island Pool.
Gadwall (~ 150)
American Wigeon (4) - Pines Trail observation platform.
American Black Duck - common.
Mallard (~ 20)
Northern Shoveler (10) - pannes; 2 drakes, 8 hens.
Northern Pintail (~ 40)
Green-winged Teal (~ 20) - 1, pannes; balance, SIP.
Common Eider (6) - Emerson Rocks.
Surf Scoter (1) - ER.
White-winged Scoter (1) - Bar Head.
Black Scoter (~ 200) - ER & BH.
Long-tailed Duck (5) - ER.
Bufflehead (13) - 1, pannes; 12, ER.
Common Goldeneye (2) - ER.
Hooded Merganser (12) - 3, PT observation platform; 9, Bill Forward Pool.
Common Loon (2) - ER.
Great Blue Heron (3) - 1, Joppa; 2, PI.
Northern Harrier (6)
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
Rough-legged Hawk (2) - light morphs; vicinity of North (Marker) Field.
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon (2)
Snowy Owl (3) - 1, marsh w. small pannes; 1, North Pool dike; 1; dune 
immediately s. parking lot #1.
Peregrine Falcon (1) - ad. atop Pines Trail nesting platform.
Blue Jay (5)
American Crow (3)
Black-capped Chickadee (1)
American Robin (~ 15)
Northern Mockingbird (2)
American Tree Sparrow (6)
Northern Cardinal (3)

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 comcast.net
Subject: Great avian research
From: "Peter Trull" <petrull AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:34:18 -0500
Massbirders,
This may be of interest to some readers.

http://research.duke.edu/stories/bird-package-wrapper

Peter Trull
Petrull AT comcast.net
Brewster, MA
Subject: Townsend's Warbler Marblehead Neck Sanctuary
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:36:03 +0000 (UTC)
Jeff Kirk called the store to say he and Mary Margaret found the Townsend's 
Warbler at around 10:20 on the hill behind the pond. They were not able to 
relocated it by 11 when they called the sighting in. 


Deb La Roy for 

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

Subject: Re: Globe cartoon
From: Stephen Baker <stephenpbaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:12:31 -0500
or here:
http://www.arcamax.com/thefunnies/bizarro/

On Wednesday, December 17, 2014, bank1941  wrote:

> Mbers, for all you Boston Globe readers, check out the Bizarro cartoon on
> page G30. Funny birdy humor.
>
> Joe Paluzzi
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
>
Subject: Globe cartoon
From: bank1941 <bank1941 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:47:21 -0500
Mbers, for all you Boston Globe readers, check out the Bizarro cartoon on page 
G30. Funny birdy humor. 


Joe Paluzzi


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: RE: MASSBIRD Tundra swan
From: Marjorie Bradley <iammrsbradley AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:14:02 -0500
Monday the tundra swan was in the original spot at County Street at the 
Seekonk/Rehoboth line and Tuesday at Almeida's farm in the large puddle between 
the barn and 195 on Barney Ave in Rehoboth. 


Marge Bradley
Seekomk, MA

> Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:42:03 -0500
> From: massbird-digest-approval AT theworld.com
> To: massbird-digest AT theworld.com
> Subject: massbird-digest V14 #384
> 
> 
> massbird-digest      Wednesday, December 17 2014      Volume 14 : Number 384
> 
> 
> 
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:33:05 -0800
> From: james sweeney 
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Le Conte's Sparrow Images
> 
> Massbirders,
> 
> A couple of images of the Le Conte's Sparrow, observed on the outer Cape Cod 
CBC yesterday afternoon, can be viewed here: 

> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavagai7nevalis/sets/72157649787994605/ 

> 
> 
>     Jim Sweeney
>     Providence, RI
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:59:54 -0500
> From: Mark Tower 
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] RE: Visiting birder
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> Massachusetts birders!
> What an enormously successful birding day I had in MA today! Before the day=
>  was complete I would see the King Eider in Weymouth=2C the Lark Sparrow in=
>  Hingham=2C Harlequin Ducks off Halibut Point=2C and Snowy Owls and Rough-l=
> egged Hawks on Plum Island/Parker River NWR. Thanks for everyone's help.
> Mark TowerWindsor=2C CT/Lexington=2C KY
> From: markdt7 AT hotmail.com
> To: massbird AT theworld.com
> Subject: Visiting birder
> Date: Wed=2C 10 Dec 2014 17:46:13 -0500
> 
> =0A=
> =0A=
> =0A=
> Hi everyone=2C
> I'm visiting family in CT from KY. I've been watching the Massbird listserv=
>  with anticipation over the last couple weeks. Does anyone more local know =
> if the King Eider and/or Lark Sparrow remain at Web Memorial State Park?
> Mark TowerWindsor=2C CT(via Lexington=2C KY) 		 	   		   		 	   		  =
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Massachusetts birders!

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What an enormously successful birding day I had in MA today! Befo= > re the day was complete I would see the King Eider in Weymouth=2C the Lark = > Sparrow in Hingham=2C Harlequin Ducks off Halibut Point=2C and Snowy Owls a= > nd Rough-legged Hawks on Plum Island/Parker River NWR. Thanks for everyone'= > s help.

Mark Tower
Windsor=2C CT/Lexingt= > on=2C KY


From: markdt7 AT hotmail.c= > om
To: massbird AT theworld.com
Subject: Visiting birder
Date: Wed=2C= > 10 Dec 2014 17:46:13 -0500

=0A= > =0A= > =0A= >
Hi everyone=2C

I'm visiting family in C= > T from KY. I've been watching the Massbird listserv with anticipation over = > the last couple weeks. Does anyone more local know if the King Eider and/or= > Lark Sparrow remain at Web Memorial State Park?

M= > ark Tower
Windsor=2C CT
(via Lexington=2C KY)
= >
> = > > - --_9b6960f9-c00f-4052-bb2f-9769c0fa048e_-- > > ------------------------------ > > Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:45:35 +0000 > From: "Lapite, Constance" > Subject: [MASSBIRD] Townsend's Warbler Yes > > Seen approx. 8:30 am feeding in yews along the trail up the hill from the south entrance. Flew off toward the fence line. > > Regards, > Constance Lapite > Beverly, MA > > Sent from my mobile > > ------------------------------ > > Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:49:13 -0500 > From: Matthew Clark > Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Townsend's Warbler Yes > > - --001a113379dc9abbe3050a567707 > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 > > Photos from today's sighting: > > http://mjcfromct.smugmug.com/WildlifeFolder/20141616MarbleheadNeck/i-dwGLmBF > > Regards, > Matthew Clark > Salem MA > > On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:45 AM, Lapite, Constance < > Constance.Lapite AT aecom.com> wrote: > > > > Seen approx. 8:30 am feeding in yews along the trail up the hill from the > > south entrance. Flew off toward the fence line. > > > > Regards, > > Constance Lapite > > Beverly, MA > > > > Sent from my mobile > > > > - --001a113379dc9abbe3050a567707 > Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 > Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable > >
Photos from today's sighting:


Regards,
Matthew Clark iv>
Salem MA

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le=3D"margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left-width:1px;border-left-color:rgb(= > 204,204,204);border-left-style:solid;padding-left:1ex">Seen approx. 8:30 am= > feeding in yews along the trail up the hill from the south entrance. Flew = > off toward the fence line.
>
> Regards,
> Constance Lapite
> Beverly, MA
>
> Sent from my mobile
>
> > - --001a113379dc9abbe3050a567707-- > > ------------------------------ > > Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:29:48 -0500 > From: Joshua Rose > Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barrow's Goldeneye continues in Turners Falls > > Hi MassBirders, > > In line with James Smith’s suggestion that the local Bald Eagles have a taste for Canvasback, I could only find one of the original five at Barton Cove this morning…. > > After that, and a brief visit to the power canal, I went to the Canalside Rail Trail bridge. As usual, a group of Common Goldeneye - about 18 - were feeding downstream. Not so usual, a drake Barrow’s was with them! Presumably the same one previously discovered by James at the overnight roost on the power canal, less than a mile away. It was a fair distance away, scope definitely required. Then an adult Bald Eagle flew upriver and scattered the ducks out of sight. > > Also heard a Belted Kingfisher in the area, and saw a quintet of American Black Ducks on the river (before the eagle fly-by). And, curiously, two woodpeckers - a female Hairy and a male Downy - were foraging together on the metal framework of the bridge. Totalled 22 species in about half an hour up there. > > Has anyone tried birding the Bitzer Trout Hatchery in Montague? I drove by and saw that it was open, so did a quick drive-through. No birds of note, but looked intriguing, between the abundant running water (and fish) and the extensive acreage of mature evergreens (mostly pine, but many hemlock and I think a few spruce). > > Good birding! > > JSR > > > Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D. > Amherst, MA > http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399 > http://www.facebook.com/opihi > > ------------------------------ > > Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:01:46 -0500 > From: redpoll AT comcast.net > Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl in Hudson > > On the roof of the Intel building, in back. Third hand report. Right now. > > David Larson > Newburyport > Sent from my iPhone > > ------------------------------ > > Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:53:42 -0500 > From: tspahr44 AT gmail.com > Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl in Hudson > > Yes! Snowy owl is indeed here at Intel in Hudson. Details to follow. > > Sent from the field... > > Tim > > > On Dec 16, 2014, at 2:01 PM, redpoll AT comcast.net wrote: > > > > On the roof of the Intel building, in back. Third hand report. Right now. > > > > David Larson > > Newburyport > > Sent from my iPhone > > ------------------------------ > > Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:01:24 -0500 > From: "Jim Berry" > Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Dec 16, 2014 > > During Sunday's Cape Ann CBC, for which I shall post the results when I get > a few more details squared away, Nancy Smith photographed a GREAT EGRET in > the salt marsh outside the gate to Crane Beach, which our party somehow > missed. Thanks to Nancy's photo I went down today and saw the bird in the > same place. That is the first count record for Cape Ann, and the only > species we added this year. (It was a count-week species in 2006. A report > of two house wrens, which would have been another first, was made in error.) > > Anyway, I spent an hour at the ocean counting waterfowl on the flat calm > sea, though I didn't have time to get close to the large eider/scoter flock > to the left up the beach and had to make some crude estimates. We'll count > that flock in better detail next Sunday on the Npbt. count, as they are > beyond the Cape Ann circle. > > > Crane Beach, Ipswich > > Dec 16, 2014 11:40 AM - 1:00 PM > > Protocol: Traveling > > 0.5 mile(s) > > 11 species (+2 other taxa) > > > > Common Eider 220 plus -- I had to stop counting at that point because the > > remaining birds were too far away from me and mixed with scoters > > Surf Scoter 8 one small group away from the flock (and close to me) > > White-winged Scoter 150 estimate > > Black Scoter 50 estimate > > scoter sp. 100 estimate; most of the eiders and scoters were in one > > large flock up near the mouth of the Ipswich at the NW end of the beach, > > and I did not have time to walk that far. > > Long-tailed Duck 3 > > Common Loon 41 probably undercounted; they were bobbing up everywhere > > Horned Grebe 24 > > Great Blue Heron 1 > > Great Egret 1 Large white heron with yellow bill, seen at point-blank > > range in salt marsh just outside the gate; photographed two days ago by > > Nancy Smith on the Cape Ann CBC and seen yesterday as well. First count > > record for Cape Ann. > > shorebird sp. 6 prob. dunlins, flying by well offshore > > Blue Jay 1 > > Snow Bunting 27 flock that took off from parking lot > > > > View this checklist online at > > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20927795 > > Jim Berry > Ipswich, Mass. > jim.berry3 AT verizon.net > > ------------------------------ > > Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:05:17 -0500 > From: dp32 AT aol.com > Subject: [MASSBIRD] PRNWR, Newburyport, 12/14 > > Hi, > At PRNWR on Sunday, took a brief walk right before sunset. > Saw many ducks, Canada Geese, a couple of Robins. A Rough-legged Hawk was hovering over the marsh at the North Pool Overlook. Heard of Snowy Owl sightings in dunes off of boardwalk leading from Parking Lot 3 and down the beach quite a way heading to the right from the boardwalk. > No luck for us finding a Snowy, but enjoyed the walk very much! > Afterwards, we went to see "Pelican Dreams" at the Screening Room in Newburyport (showing through 12/18). Would highly recommend! > Deb Radovsky and Sky Crawford > Sharon > > ------------------------------ > > Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:06:18 -0500 > From: "Peter R. Bono" > Subject: [MASSBIRD] Le Conte's Sparrow photos > > Charlie Martin and I were successful in finding the Le Conte's Sparrow in Eastham at about > 1100 on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. > > Two of the best photos are contained within the eBird Checklist at > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20921109 > > You can see all the photos I took at > https://picasaweb.google.com/111276179615765869873/LeConteSSparrow# > > This is the individual that was first found on Sunday, Dec. 14, on the Cape Cod Xmas > Count. > > Peter R. Bono > Yarmouthport, MA 02675 > http://www.prba.com/prbpers.htm > > > ------------------------------ > > Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:50:36 +0000 (UTC) > From: Paul Peterson > Subject: [MASSBIRD] 12/16 Belle Isle and Oasis Highlights > > Hi, > Highlights: > Great Blue Heron 3 > American Wigeon 6 Belle Isle (later found at Oasis too, I had flushed them) > Northern Shoveler 5 Oasis (down from eleven on the C.B.C.) > Red-tailed Hawk 2 Belle Isle (ad. and imm.) > falcon sp. 1 Belle Isle, perched in distance > Swamp Sparrow 2 Belle Isle > American Tree Sparrow 5 > American Goldfinch 20 birch trees near parking lot > Paul Peterson > petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com > Boston > > ------------------------------ > > Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:51:12 -0500 > From: Jonathan Eckerson > Subject: [MASSBIRD] Tundra Swan? > > - --047d7b5d61eee56cad050a55a694 > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 > > Does anyone know if the Tundra Swan is still around in Rehoboth? > > Thanks, > Jonathan Eckerson > Dighton, Massachusetts > > - --047d7b5d61eee56cad050a55a694 > Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 > Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable > >
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Dighton, Massachusetts
> > - --047d7b5d61eee56cad050a55a694-- > > ------------------------------ > > Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:33:05 -0800 > From: james sweeney > Subject: [MASSBIRD] Le Conte's Sparrow Images > > Massbirders, > > A couple of images of the Le Conte's Sparrow, observed on the outer Cape Cod CBC yesterday afternoon, can be viewed here: > > https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavagai7nevalis/sets/72157649787994605/ > > > Jim Sweeney > Providence, RI > > ------------------------------ > > Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:10:43 -0500 > From: Tim Spahr > Subject: [MASSBIRD] Snowy Owl, Hudson > > - --001a11364926ec5630050a5d77da > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 > > Hi birders, thanks so much to David Larson for passing along that 3rd hand > report, and really big thanks to the original discoverer for getting the > word out on the Snowy Owl in Hudson. > > I really did not know what to expect when I pulled into the Intel parking > lot and started looking around. Wondered sorta if I might find a > Red-tailed Hawk or a Glaucous Gull. But on the highest, thinnest tower on > the building was a beautiful Snowy Owl. > > This checklist below has the exact location where I stopped the car and > took the photos. > > ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20928535 > > Given the rain coming overnight, I guess there's a reasonable chance the > bird will stay put. There's reliable food in the form of ducks and gulls > around a mile away at Fort Meadow Reservoir, so perhaps if the bird isn't > on the building it will be there. > > While Snowy Owls are regular and reliable along the coast most years, a > Snowy Owl in Hudson is a pretty serious rarity. > > good birding > > Tim Spahr > Marlborough > tspahr44 AT gmail.com > > - --001a11364926ec5630050a5d77da > Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 > Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable > >
Hi birders, thanks so much to David Larson for passing alo= > ng that 3rd hand report, and really big thanks to the original discoverer f= > or getting the word out on the Snowy Owl in Hudson. =C2=A0

iv>I really did not know what to expect when I pulled into the Intel parkin= > g lot and started looking around.=C2=A0 Wondered sorta if I might find a Re= > d-tailed Hawk or a Glaucous Gull.=C2=A0 But on the highest, thinnest tower = > on the building was a beautiful Snowy Owl. =C2=A0=C2=A0

>
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Given the rain co= > ming overnight, I guess there's a reasonable chance the bird will stay = > put.=C2=A0 There's reliable food in the form of ducks and gulls around = > a mile away at Fort Meadow Reservoir, so perhaps if the bird isn't on t= > he building it will be there.

While Snowy Owls are= > regular and reliable along the coast most years, a Snowy Owl in Hudson is = > a pretty serious rarity.

good birding
r>
Tim Spahr
Marlborough
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> > - --001a11364926ec5630050a5d77da-- > > ------------------------------ > > Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:51:56 -0800 > From: james sweeney > Subject: [MASSBIRD] Northern Shrike, Snow Geese, American Kestrel - Halifax - 12/16 > > Massbirders, > > I birded the Cumberland Farms fields in Halifax/Middleboro this morning and observed an adult Northern Shrike perched on one of the isolated trees on the northeastern side of the fields (viewed from Wood St. in Halifax). I also observed an American Kestrel in the northwestern corner of the fields (viewed from Thompson St.). > > Subsequently, I made a brief stop at the large field at the junction of Thompson St. (Rt. 105) and Walnut St. in Halifax and observed three Snow Geese (an adult and two immatures) with 394 Canada Geese. > > Jim Sweeney > Providence, RI > > ------------------------------ > > Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:53:28 -0500 > From: Davis Noble > Subject: [MASSBIRD] Townsend's Warbler- plumage > > Massbird, > > I got a pretty good photo of the bird yesterday. Based on that and a > consult with several more experienced locals who have seen the bird > and/or the photo, we agree that it is a first fall male. Opposing views > welcome. > It has been a life bird for at least 3 friends in the local patch which > is like getting a new one yourself. > Nice job again to Andy. > > Davis Noble > Marblehead > adn315 AT aol.com > > ------------------------------ > > Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:53:07 +0000 (UTC) > From: Tom Murray > Subject: [MASSBIRD] Potential Snowy Owl, Pepperell > > - ------=_Part_125686_1883460467.1418777587699 > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 > Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable > > The Groton/Oxbow CBC was held on December 14. We had a report of a snowy ow= > l, and we have not been able to relocate it, or take photographs. I am aski= > ng for people to please report any snowy owl they see in this area to help = > support the observation.=C2=A0 As you all know, it would be most unusual fo= > r them to occur in our area and we are lacking hard evidence.=20 > > Thank you, > Julie LiskCompiler Groton/Oxbow N.W.R.julielisk AT gmail.com > > - ------=_Part_125686_1883460467.1418777587699 > Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 > Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable > >
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The= > Groton/Oxbow CBC was held on December 14. We had a report of a snowy owl, = > and we have not been able to relocate it, or take photographs. I am asking = > for people to please report any snowy owl they see in this area to help sup= > port the observation.  As you all know, it would be most unusual for t= > hem to occur in our area and we are lacking hard evidence.
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> - ------=_Part_125686_1883460467.1418777587699-- > > ------------------------------ > > Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:38:36 +0000 (UTC) > From: Mary Keleher > Subject: [MASSBIRD] Thayer's/Iceland Gull > > - ------=_Part_102489_1536153271.1418816316583 > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 > Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable > > I saw an interesting gull at Race Point last Friday. I've had mixed respons= > es from people as to the identification of the gull. Some have said it fall= > s smack in the middle of Iceland and Thayer's. Others have said if they saw= > this gull in the western US they would call it a Thayer's. Not sure if I'l= > l ever know for sure what it really is but thought others would be interest= > ed in seeing the gull.=20 > > Here is a link to some photos. https://www.flickr.com/photos/26056276 AT N07/s= > ets/72157649794414961/ > Mary Keleher,Mashpee, MA > =C2=A0 > - ------=_Part_102489_1536153271.1418816316583 > Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 > Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable > >
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Subject: Thayer's/Iceland Gull
From: Mary Keleher <maryeak AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:38:36 +0000 (UTC)
I saw an interesting gull at Race Point last Friday. I've had mixed responses 
from people as to the identification of the gull. Some have said it falls smack 
in the middle of Iceland and Thayer's. Others have said if they saw this gull 
in the western US they would call it a Thayer's. Not sure if I'll ever know for 
sure what it really is but thought others would be interested in seeing the 
gull. 


Here is a link to some photos. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/26056276 AT N07/sets/72157649794414961/ 

Mary Keleher,Mashpee, MA
 
Subject: Potential Snowy Owl, Pepperell
From: Tom Murray <tmurray74 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:53:07 +0000 (UTC)
The Groton/Oxbow CBC was held on December 14. We had a report of a snowy owl, 
and we have not been able to relocate it, or take photographs. I am asking for 
people to please report any snowy owl they see in this area to help support the 
observation.  As you all know, it would be most unusual for them to occur in 
our area and we are lacking hard evidence. 


Thank you,
Julie LiskCompiler Groton/Oxbow N.W.R.julielisk AT gmail.com
Subject: Northern Shrike, Snow Geese, American Kestrel - Halifax - 12/16
From: james sweeney <assawompsett AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:51:56 -0800
Massbirders,

 I birded the Cumberland Farms fields in Halifax/Middleboro this morning and 
observed an adult Northern Shrike perched on one of the isolated trees on the 
northeastern side of the fields (viewed from Wood St. in Halifax). I also 
observed an American Kestrel in the northwestern corner of the fields (viewed 
from Thompson St.). 


 Subsequently, I made a brief stop at the large field at the junction of 
Thompson St. (Rt. 105) and Walnut St. in Halifax and observed three Snow Geese 
(an adult and two immatures) with 394 Canada Geese. 


    Jim Sweeney
    Providence, RI
Subject: Townsend's Warbler- plumage
From: Davis Noble <adn315 AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:53:28 -0500
Massbird,

I got a pretty good photo of the bird yesterday. Based on that and a 
consult with several more experienced locals who have seen the bird
and/or the photo, we agree that it is a first fall male. Opposing views 
welcome.
It has been a life bird for at least 3 friends in the local patch which 
is like getting a new one yourself.
Nice job again to Andy.

Davis Noble
Marblehead
adn315 AT aol.com
Subject: Snowy Owl, Hudson
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:10:43 -0500
Hi birders, thanks so much to David Larson for passing along that 3rd hand
report, and really big thanks to the original discoverer for getting the
word out on the Snowy Owl in Hudson.

I really did not know what to expect when I pulled into the Intel parking
lot and started looking around.  Wondered sorta if I might find a
Red-tailed Hawk or a Glaucous Gull.  But on the highest, thinnest tower on
the building was a beautiful Snowy Owl.

This checklist below has the exact location where I stopped the car and
took the photos.

ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20928535

Given the rain coming overnight, I guess there's a reasonable chance the
bird will stay put.  There's reliable food in the form of ducks and gulls
around a mile away at Fort Meadow Reservoir, so perhaps if the bird isn't
on the building it will be there.

While Snowy Owls are regular and reliable along the coast most years, a
Snowy Owl in Hudson is a pretty serious rarity.

good birding

Tim Spahr
Marlborough
tspahr44 AT gmail.com
Subject: Tundra Swan?
From: Jonathan Eckerson <jpeckerson AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:51:12 -0500
Does anyone know if the Tundra Swan is still around in Rehoboth?

Thanks,
Jonathan Eckerson
Dighton, Massachusetts
Subject: Le Conte's Sparrow Images
From: james sweeney <assawompsett AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:33:05 -0800
Massbirders,

    A couple of images of the Le Conte's Sparrow, observed on the outer Cape 
Cod CBC yesterday afternoon, can be viewed here: 


 https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavagai7nevalis/sets/72157649787994605/ 



    Jim Sweeney
    Providence, RI
Subject: 12/16 Belle Isle and Oasis Highlights
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:50:36 +0000 (UTC)
Hi,
Highlights:
Great Blue Heron 3
American Wigeon 6 Belle Isle (later found at Oasis too, I had flushed them) 

Northern Shoveler 5       Oasis (down from eleven on the C.B.C.)
Red-tailed Hawk 2         Belle Isle (ad. and imm.)
falcon sp. 1              Belle Isle, perched in distance
Swamp Sparrow 2           Belle Isle
American Tree Sparrow 5
American Goldfinch 20     birch trees near parking lot
Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston             
Subject: Le Conte's Sparrow photos
From: "Peter R. Bono" <pbono AT prba.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:06:18 -0500
Charlie Martin and I were successful in finding the Le Conte's Sparrow in 
Eastham at about 

1100 on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.

Two of the best photos are contained within the eBird Checklist at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20921109

You can see all the photos I took at
https://picasaweb.google.com/111276179615765869873/LeConteSSparrow#

This is the individual that was first found on Sunday, Dec. 14, on the Cape Cod 
Xmas 

Count.

Peter R. Bono
Yarmouthport, MA 02675
http://www.prba.com/prbpers.htm
  
Subject: PRNWR, Newburyport, 12/14
From: dp32 AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:05:17 -0500
Hi, 
At PRNWR on Sunday, took a brief walk right before sunset. 
Saw many ducks, Canada Geese, a couple of Robins. A Rough-legged Hawk was 
hovering over the marsh at the North Pool Overlook. Heard of Snowy Owl 
sightings in dunes off of boardwalk leading from Parking Lot 3 and down the 
beach quite a way heading to the right from the boardwalk. 

No luck for us finding a Snowy, but enjoyed the walk very much!
Afterwards, we went to see "Pelican Dreams" at the Screening Room in 
Newburyport (showing through 12/18). Would highly recommend! 

Deb Radovsky and Sky Crawford
Sharon
Subject: Crane Beach, Ipswich, Dec 16, 2014
From: "Jim Berry" <jim.berry3 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:01:24 -0500
During Sunday's Cape Ann CBC, for which I shall post the results when I get 
a few more details squared away, Nancy Smith photographed a GREAT EGRET in 
the salt marsh outside the gate to Crane Beach, which our party somehow 
missed.  Thanks to Nancy's photo I went down today and saw the bird in the 
same place.  That is the first count record for Cape Ann, and the only 
species we added this year.  (It was a count-week species in 2006.  A report 
of two house wrens, which would have been another first, was made in error.)

Anyway, I spent an hour at the ocean counting waterfowl on the flat calm 
sea, though I didn't have time to get close to the large eider/scoter flock 
to the left up the beach and had to make some crude estimates.  We'll count 
that flock in better detail next Sunday on the Npbt. count, as they are 
beyond the Cape Ann circle.

> Crane Beach, Ipswich
> Dec 16, 2014 11:40 AM - 1:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> 11 species (+2 other taxa)
>
> Common Eider  220 plus -- I had to stop counting at that point because the 
> remaining birds were too far away from me and mixed with scoters
> Surf Scoter  8     one small group away from the flock (and close to me)
> White-winged Scoter  150     estimate
> Black Scoter  50     estimate
> scoter sp.  100     estimate; most of the eiders and scoters were in one 
> large flock up near the mouth of the Ipswich at the NW end of the beach, 
> and I did not have time to walk that far.
> Long-tailed Duck  3
> Common Loon  41     probably undercounted; they were bobbing up everywhere
> Horned Grebe  24
> Great Blue Heron  1
> Great Egret  1     Large white heron with yellow bill, seen at point-blank 
> range in salt marsh just outside the gate; photographed two days ago by 
> Nancy Smith on the Cape Ann CBC and seen yesterday as well.  First count 
> record for Cape Ann.
> shorebird sp.  6     prob. dunlins, flying by well offshore
> Blue Jay  1
> Snow Bunting  27     flock that took off from parking lot
>
> View this checklist online at 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20927795

Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
jim.berry3 AT verizon.net
Subject: Re: Snowy Owl in Hudson
From: tspahr44 AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:53:42 -0500
Yes!   Snowy owl is indeed here at Intel in Hudson.  Details to follow.

Sent from the field...

Tim

> On Dec 16, 2014, at 2:01 PM, redpoll AT comcast.net wrote:
> 
> On the roof of the Intel building, in back. Third hand report. Right now.
> 
> David Larson
> Newburyport
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Snowy Owl in Hudson
From: redpoll AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:01:46 -0500
On the roof of the Intel building, in back. Third hand report. Right now.

David Larson
Newburyport
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye continues in Turners Falls
From: Joshua Rose <opihi AT mindspring.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:29:48 -0500
Hi MassBirders,

In line with James Smith’s suggestion that the local Bald Eagles have a taste 
for Canvasback, I could only find one of the original five at Barton Cove this 
morning…. 


After that, and a brief visit to the power canal, I went to the Canalside Rail 
Trail bridge. As usual, a group of Common Goldeneye - about 18 - were feeding 
downstream. Not so usual, a drake Barrow’s was with them! Presumably the same 
one previously discovered by James at the overnight roost on the power canal, 
less than a mile away. It was a fair distance away, scope definitely required. 
Then an adult Bald Eagle flew upriver and scattered the ducks out of sight. 


Also heard a Belted Kingfisher in the area, and saw a quintet of American Black 
Ducks on the river (before the eagle fly-by). And, curiously, two woodpeckers - 
a female Hairy and a male Downy - were foraging together on the metal framework 
of the bridge. Totalled 22 species in about half an hour up there. 


Has anyone tried birding the Bitzer Trout Hatchery in Montague? I drove by and 
saw that it was open, so did a quick drive-through. No birds of note, but 
looked intriguing, between the abundant running water (and fish) and the 
extensive acreage of mature evergreens (mostly pine, but many hemlock and I 
think a few spruce). 


Good birding!

JSR


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



Subject: Re: Townsend's Warbler Yes
From: Matthew Clark <mjcfromct AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:49:13 -0500
Photos from today's sighting:

http://mjcfromct.smugmug.com/WildlifeFolder/20141616MarbleheadNeck/i-dwGLmBF

Regards,
Matthew Clark
Salem MA

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:45 AM, Lapite, Constance <
Constance.Lapite AT aecom.com> wrote:
>
> Seen approx. 8:30 am feeding in yews along the trail up the hill from the
> south entrance. Flew off toward the fence line.
>
> Regards,
> Constance Lapite
> Beverly, MA
>
> Sent from my mobile
>
Subject: Townsend's Warbler Yes
From: "Lapite, Constance" <Constance.Lapite AT aecom.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:45:35 +0000
Seen approx. 8:30 am feeding in yews along the trail up the hill from the south 
entrance. Flew off toward the fence line. 


Regards, 
Constance Lapite
Beverly, MA

Sent from my mobile
Subject: RE: Visiting birder
From: Mark Tower <markdt7 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:59:54 -0500
Massachusetts birders!
What an enormously successful birding day I had in MA today! Before the day was 
complete I would see the King Eider in Weymouth, the Lark Sparrow in Hingham, 
Harlequin Ducks off Halibut Point, and Snowy Owls and Rough-legged Hawks on 
Plum Island/Parker River NWR. Thanks for everyone's help. 

Mark TowerWindsor, CT/Lexington, KY
From: markdt7 AT hotmail.com
To: massbird AT theworld.com
Subject: Visiting birder
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:46:13 -0500




Hi everyone,
I'm visiting family in CT from KY. I've been watching the Massbird listserv 
with anticipation over the last couple weeks. Does anyone more local know if 
the King Eider and/or Lark Sparrow remain at Web Memorial State Park? 

Mark TowerWindsor, CT(via Lexington, KY) 		 	   		   		 	   		  
Subject: Le Conte's Sparrow Images
From: james sweeney <assawompsett AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:33:05 -0800
Massbirders,

    A couple of images of the Le Conte's Sparrow, observed on the outer Cape 
Cod CBC yesterday afternoon, can be viewed here: 


 https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavagai7nevalis/sets/72157649787994605/ 



    Jim Sweeney
    Providence, RI
Subject: CT Report 12/15/2014 N Shrike:
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:18:49 -0500
 From Paul Cianfaglione:
12/15/14 - Hartford, Riverside Park Boat Launch -- 1 drake
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER.

 From Russ Smiley:
12/15/14 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- 8:10 AM; American
bittern in Boulder pond.

 From Meredith Sampson w/ Brian O'Toole, Penny Solum, Jalna Jaeger,&
visitor from Bethel:
12/14/14 - Old Greenwich, Greenwich Point Park -- SHORT-EARED OWL
strafed through holly grove affording only a 2-3 second look, leaving
us drop-jawed in its wake!

 From Carolyn Cimino with Linda Vegliante and Denise Jernigan:
12/15/14 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows SP -- Northern Shrike continues in
same location.  Also, Rusty Blackbirds.

 From Bill Batsford:
12/15/14 - Meriden, Hanover Pond -- 2 Redhead continue at northeast
area of the pond.

 From Daisy Echevarria:
12/15/14 - Essex, across from the CT River Museum -- Greater
White-fronted Goose.  (But Andy Griswold warns of a domestic Greylag
Goose in the area.)

 From Patrick and Maxson Comins:
12/14/14 - Wallingford -- Greater White-fronted Goose across the
street (roughly) from the vineyard on Whirlwind Hill Road.
Meriden, Research Parkway, Bishop's Pond -- Northern Shoveler.
Meriden, Hannover Pond -- 2 Redhead.

 From Matt Hoyt:
12/14/14 - Milford, Jonathan Law High School -- Male Eurasian Widgeon
at far side of pond at 11:30.

 From Maria Stockmal:
12/14/14 - Derby, Osbornedale State Park -- 3 Winter Wrens, 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, 7 Black Vultures.

 From Don Morgan:
12/14/14 - Haddam, Haddam Meadows -- The Northern Shrike was there
when I arrived around 10:30, and thanks in part to another birder I
was on him within 5 minutes. What we learned very quickly is, the bird
doesn't stay in one spot for too long.  Even without being "pushed,"
every five minutes or so it would fly, sometimes just a short
distance, sometimes out of sight. But every time, it eventually
appeared again, to be found by someone, and it was still there in the
park around 1:15.

 From Carol & Gary Lemmon:
12/14/14 - Branford, yard -- For the last six weeks we have had 11
Purple Finches at our 9 feeders daily.

 From Dana Campbell:
12/14/14 - Middletown, Pine Grove Cemetery -- Brown Creeper.

 From Tom and Ingrid Schaefer:
12/14/14 - Salisbury, Lakeville, Lake Wononscopomuc -- one male and
three female Redhead in large flock of Ruddy Ducks.  Also, pair of
male Northern Pintail swimming near center of Lake.

 From Paul Cianfaglione:
12/14/14 - West Hartford, Reservoir # 6 (Hartford CBC) -- 1 PINE
SISKIN.

 From Alan Scuterud via Meredith Sampson:
12/14/14 - Old Greenwich, Havemeyer section -- 2 COMMON RAVEN.

 From Bill Asteriades:
12/14/14 - Glastonbury, Keeney Cove -- 14 NORTHERN PINTAIL (7 drake).

Subject: Plum Island Raptors 12.15.14
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:00:25 -0500
It was a gorgeous sunny day on Plum, with temps in the high 30s and just
breaking 40, with a light northerly wind turning into a sea breeze about
midday. High tide was about 5:30 a.m.   Sulmaan Khan of Cambridge, Mark
Resendes of Revere and I had a great day for raptors.

Bald Eagle  1 ad Town Marker Field
Northern Harrier  6-8 min ( 1 ad male, 1 ad female, 4+ immatures) Ten total
would be a reasonable estimate
Sharp-shinned Hawk  (1 likely, seen poorly)
Cooperąs Hawk   1 imm
Red-tailed Hawk  2-3
Rough-legged Hawk 4 ( 2 light morph, seen simultaneously. One had a very
extensive belly band, deep onto the lower belly, and had a heavily streaked
head with the base color of Devonshire Cream or French Vanilla ice cream.
Later we saw a second lt morph bird, with an extremely bright white head and
neck, looking almost like a miniature Bald Eagle, perched north of the
Wardenąs. Then had 2 dark morph birds simultaneously; one hovering high over
the town marker field and a second, much larger bird, perched and flying
near the northern Hellcat dike.
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon    1

Greater Yellowlegs 1
Sanderlings 10  (off Lot 5)
Dunlin c. 140 (off Lot 5)

Snowy Owl   5-6 min  Had four owls simultaneously in the marsh west of Lots
2 & 3. Had 2 owls on eastern edge of dunes from Lot 5. All birds were
moderately to heavily barred when examined in excellent light without much
heat shimmer. At least four owls were seen flying significant distances
during the morning;  we know there were at least 4 and quite possibly 6
Snowies then. Late in the afternoon we had a huge, almost all-white bird fly
over us in the Wardenąs, coming from the beach.  It landed in the sound and
then flew north, and we believe is the large, almost pure white bird that
perched in a pine tree next to the road just north of Lot 2. Thus a firm
minimum of 5 birds, and likely 7 individuals. The all-white bird was east of
the road in spectacular setting sunlight.

Barred Owl 1 northern half of S curves, in excellent light. Actively hunting
at 3 p.m.

Northern Shrike 2 (1 ad, 1 undetermined age) 1 flying down the beach side
and crossing over north of Cross Farm Hill, teeing up briefly. Second bird
seen north of S curves on beach side.

Lots of white-footed mouse tracks off every boardwalk on dune side of
island. Meadows voles/ mice heard in town marker field alongside road.
Coyote scat on road and tracks on dunes. ( I may have just missed them
earlier, but I have seen very few coyote scats on the island for some time.)
Unusually high number of rodents tracks everywhere we went.

A spectacular day for raptors. Heard at least one more Snowy was being seen
in  Salisbury.

Best,

Paul


Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA
phawk254 AT comcast.net
 



Subject: Newport-Westport CBC highlights
From: Robert Emerson <remerson AT duffysweeney.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:07:29 +0000
Highlights among the 131 species recorded on the Newport (RI) - Westport (MA) 
CBC on Sunday 12/14 included the following: Cackling Goose (4-Sachuest), Wood 
Duck (4), Northern Shoveler (17), Redhead (4-Sakonnet)), Great Egret (3), Black 
Vulture (21-Westport), Osprey (1-photo, Middletown), Eastern Screech-Owl (61), 
Great Horned Owl (33), Snowy Owl (1), Long-eared Owl (1 - Sachuest), Northern 
Saw-whet Owl (3), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (11), Tree Swallow (1-Sachuest), 
Red-breasted Nuthatch (20), House Wren (4), American Pipit (82), Orange-crowned 
Warbler (1-Fogland), Yellow-breasted Chat (2), Clay-colored Sparrow (1 - 
Tiverton), and Vesper Sparrow (2). On the other side of the ledger, but not 
surprisingly, Eastern Meadowlark was missed for the first time in 66 years. 


Bob Emerson, compiler
Hopkinton Ma/Providence RI
remerson AT duffysweeney.com


Subject: Newbury-Newburyport, MA; 15 Dec. 2015.
From: Richard Heil <rsheil AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:49:38 -0500
MONDAY, 15 DECEMBER 2014:
NEWBURY - NEWBURYPORT, MA (0195-1540 hrs.): Area east of Rt.1A and 
along the edge of the 'Great Marsh' from The Parker River to and 
including Newburyport Harbor.
Weather: Clear, N winds 5 mph, 32-40 F.; marshes all unfrozen, no snow cover.
Richard S. Heil

Canada Goose (820) - harbor count
American Black Duck (205)
Mallard (310)
White-winged Scoter (3)
Oldsquaw (340) - good count here for date for recent years
Bufflehead (115) - harbor count
Common Goldeneye (26)
Red-breasted Merganser (7)
Ring-necked Pheasant (1) - Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury
Great Blue Heron (1) - harbor
Northern Harrier (8+) : 1 ad.male, 1 ad. female, 6 imm. females
Bald Eagle (1 imm.)
Red-tailed Hawk (4)
Rough-legged Hawk (1 ) - dark adult male - Plumbush
Bonaparte's Gull (1)
BLACK-HEADED GULL (1 ad.) - Newburyport Harbor; photo: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/16031477365/in/photostream/
Ring-billed Gull (40)
Am. Herring Gull (120)
Great Black-backed Gull (15)
Rock Pigeon (20+)
Mourning Dove (11)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (3)
Downy Woodpecker (7)
Hairy Woodpecker (2)
'Yellow-shafted' Flicker (2)
Merlin (1)
Peregrine Falcon (1) - Pine Island Rd.
Blue Jay (11)
American Crow (18)
Horned Lark (30)
Black-capped Chickadee (20)
Tufted Titmouse (12)
White-breasted Nuthatch (8)
Marsh Wren (6) : 3 - Pine I. Rd., 3 - harbor edge
Carolina Wren (4)
Eastern Bluebird (8)
American Robin (7)
GRAY CATBIRD (1) - Cottage Rd., Newbury
Northern Mockingbird (2)
Eur. Starling (8)
Cedar Waxwing (8)
'YELLOW' PALM WARBLER (1) - - Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury
American Tree Sparrow (31)
CHIPPING SPARROW (1 ad.) - - Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury; 
have poor photos
Field Sparrow (1) - Cottage Rd., Newbury
SEASIDE SPARROW (4) : 1 - Parker River at Cottage Rd., 3 - harbor 
edge Phrags: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/15844203870/in/photostream/
Song Sparrow (36)
Swamp Sparrow (18)
White-throated Sparrow (12)
'Slate-colored' Junco (67)
Northern Cardinal (12)
House Finch (14)
Purple Finch (1)
American Goldfinch (13)
House Sparrow (18)

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

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



















Subject: Gyrfalcon in NH
From: Nancy Landry <njlandry AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:43:06 -0500
Birders,

Just wanted to let you know that there was a Gyrfalcon (dark) in Madbury NH on 
Sunday. A photo of the bird was taken by my cousins landlord. 


Let's hope it makes it's way down to Mass. 

Nancy Landry
Haverhill MA
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Sad sight
From: caroline <carolinawrencarolinawren AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:51:22 -0500
Today near Gloucester high school I saw what I thought were a very different 
sparrow mixed in with the usual flock of house sparrows near the tennis courts. 
I looked closer to the blue tinged feathers on their breast and bellies, and 
then noticed that the odd sparrows were shaking desperately, and trying to 
clean their feathers. They were covered in an oily looking substance. There 
were at least 10 contaminated birds. No matter your personal feelings about 
English sparrows, it was a very sad sight. 


On a happier note, a lone Snow Goose continues to associate with the flock of 
Canada geese that are wintering along Blynman canal. 

Caroline Haines
Songbirder AT hotmail.com
Gloucester

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Subject: Fw: [BostonBirds] Fw: 12/12 HOUSE WREN at Franklin Park, Pine Warbler at Roxbury Crossing.
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:34:46 -0800

--- On Fri, 12/12/14, 'Paul Peterson' via Boston Birds 
 wrote: 


> From: 'Paul Peterson' via Boston Birds 
> Subject: [BostonBirds] Fw: 12/12 HOUSE WREN at Franklin Park, Pine Warbler at 
Roxbury Crossing. 

> To: "BostonBirds AT googlegroups.com" 
> Date: Friday, December 12, 2014, 4:41 PM
> 
> 
> 
> On Friday, December 12, 2014 4:41 PM, Paul
> Peterson 
> wrote:
> Hi,
> I found a House
> Wren near and at the edge of the fence that has all the
> vines and tangles on and next to it at the edge of White
> Stadium this afternoon. This fence faces the large
> ballfield. This is by far the latest that I've had this
> species. Seen very well. It is with two Carolina Wrens.
> Also, a Savannah Sparrow is at this spot.
> HOUSE WREN 1         SEE ABOVE
> Pine Warbler 1       male in pine
> tree next to Roxbury Crossing Station!
> Savannah Sparrow 2   Franklin Park
> in area of White Stadium
> Fox Sparrow 1   
>     Roxbury Fort Hill (Cedar St. opp. Cedar Pk.)
> Paul Peterson
> petersonpaul63 AT #yahoo.com
> Boston
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Subject: Now showing
From: "Young, John (DPU)" <john.young AT state.ma.us>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:02:16 -0500
Massbirders,
Now showing at the Wellfleet Cinema: (1) Birdman; (2) Mockingjay; (3) Penguins 
of Madagascar; and (4) something else. What's the chance? Okay, okay, common 
murre well off Race Point Beach yesterday and black guillemot mid-harbor from 
Macmillan Wharf, both in Provincetown. And a white red fox back in Truro. Have 
a great holiday and good luck on your Christmas counts. 

John Young
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Boston, Suffolk County, MA, US, Dec 14, 2014
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:55:46 -0500
Birders:
The 42nd Greater Boston Christmas Bird Count (CBC) (actually the 114th-
Belmont, Jamaica Plain and Winchester have been covered since the very
first CBC in 1900!)  was held yesterday  with very nice weather conditions.
We recorded 120 species and so far there were an additional NINE species
that were seen within count period.  We added ONE new species to the
overall list- a Semipalmated Plover that was found and photographed on
Thompson Island, this brings the total number of species seen on the Boston
CBC to 229!
We had all time high counts for: Cackling Goose-2, Northern Shoveler-11
Ruddy Duck-310, Wild Turkey-125, Common Loon-107, Peregrine Falcon-11,
Great Horned Owl-18, Downy Woodpecker-382, Northern Flicker-46,
White-breasted Nuthatch-358, Carolina Wren-115, House Wren-3 (pending),
Winter Wren 11, and Orange-crowned Warbler-8

There were many highlights and as always the case a few birds that were
surprisingly missed: Cackling Goose 2 at Clay Pit Pond, Belmont, Harlequin
Duck in Winthrop, the Barrow's Goldeneye from Deer Island, Rough-legged
Hawk 2 from Saugus, the Semipalmated Plover on Thompson Island, 14 Snowy
Owls (13 at Logan, 1 in Saugus), House Wrens in three areas, and an Indigo
Bunting in Newton. Big misses were; Lesser Scaup, Sanderling,
and Bonaparte's Gull.

Thanks to the over 115 birders who canvassed the area to make the count
successful, and a special thanks to the folks at Mass Audubon's Habitat
Sanctuary for use of the facility and the many folks who brought all the
goodies to the compilation. it was a lot of FUN!!!

 Bob Stymeist, compiler
Greater Boston Christmas Bird Count

Boston, Suffolk County, MA, US, Suffolk, US-MA
Dec 14, 2014 2:30 AM - 3:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Greater Boston Christmas Bird Count
120 species plus nine additional birds seen during count week but not on
count day

Brant  61
Cackling Goose  2     Continuing birds- Belmont Clay Pit Pond
Canada Goose  5417
Mute Swan  68
Wood Duck  4
Gadwall  8
American Wigeon  4
American Black Duck  561
Mallard  2041
Northern Shoveler  17
Northern Pintail  1
Green-winged Teal  11
Canvasback  1
Ring-necked Duck  190
Greater Scaup  315
Lesser Scaup  CW
Common Eider  1487
Harlequin Duck  1     Winthrop- Sisters drake
Surf Scoter  548
White-winged Scoter  534
Black Scoter  82
Long-tailed Duck  42
Bufflehead  629
Common Goldeneye  157
Barrow's Goldeneye  1     Deer Island
Hooded Merganser  372
Common Merganser  323
Red-breasted Merganser  282
Ruddy Duck  310
Ring-necked Pheasant  CW  Watertown
Wild Turkey  125
Red-throated Loon  62
Common Loon  107
Pied-billed Grebe  8
Horned Grebe  121
Red-necked Grebe  7
Northern Gannet  3
Double-crested Cormorant  46
Great Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  38
Black-crowned Night-Heron  CW Mt Auburn Cemetery
Northern Harrier  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  5
Cooper's Hawk  21
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  107
Rough-legged Hawk 2
American Coot  176
Semipalmated Plover  1     Thompson Island- photos
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Ruddy Turnstone  2
Dunlin  54
Purple Sandpiper  5
Wilson's Snipe  1
Black Guillemot  2
Ring-billed Gull  1512
Herring Gull  2845
Iceland Gull  CW
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1 Boston Long Wharf
Great Black-backed Gull  270
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1710
Mourning Dove  704
Eastern Screech-Owl  23
Great Horned Owl  18
Snowy Owl  14- 13 at Logan, 1 in Saugus
Barred Owl  2    Watertown and Waltham
Belted Kingfisher  9
Red-bellied Woodpecker  51
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  382
Hairy Woodpecker  34
Northern Flicker  46
American Kestrel  4
Merlin  4
Peregrine Falcon  11
Monk Parakeet  CW
Blue Jay  617
American Crow  385
Fish Crow  36
Common Raven 1
Horned Lark  59
Black-capped Chickadee  1044
Tufted Titmouse  327
Red-breasted Nuthatch  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  358
Brown Creeper  21
House Wren  3     Continuing bird Franklin Park
Winter Wren  11
Marsh Wren  1     Neponset
Carolina Wren  176
Golden-crowned Kinglet  18
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  3
Hermit Thrush  18
American Robin  3388
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  118
European Starling  5850
American Pipit  CW
Cedar Waxwing  24
Lapland Longspur  1
Snow Bunting  67
Ovenbird  1
Orange-crowned Warbler  8
Palm Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  15
Eastern Towhee 3
American Tree Sparrow  205
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  CW
Savannah Sparrow  11
Fox Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  440
Swamp Sparrow  23
White-throated Sparrow  563
Dark-eyed Junco  1178
Northern Cardinal  400
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  37
Common Grackle  4
Baltimore Oriole  CW
House Finch  279
Purple Finch  1
Common Redpoll  19
Pine Siskin  13
American Goldfinch  472
House Sparrow  4244
-- 
Bob Stymeist
bobstymeist AT gmail.com
Subject: Plum Island & Parker River, Newbury- 12/15/14
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:57:34 -0500
Birders,

I made an early morning visit to PRNWR and saw a Northern Harrier on 
prey and a Rough-legged Hawk
hovering in the North Pool [marker] field.

On the Parker River in Newbury [Route 1A], the Common Goldeneye and 
Bufflehead numbers are building. A
Cooper's Hawk is going under the bridge for the prized pigeons, and a 
Belted Kingfisher was on a boat at Riverfront
Marina.

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: Townsend's Warbler continues 12/15
From: Claire McCall <torchwood4 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:54:50 -0600 (CST)
Hi,

As may have been posted already, the Townsend's Warbler continues at Marblehead 
Neck in the area of the south entrance over to the pond. The bird broke with 
recent history and had not appeared by 7:30 AM. It was sighted around 8 AM near 
the pond and a little later re-located in a scraggly conifer upslope and to the 
right if you stand facing the feeders. The warbler was associating with a mixed 
flock of chickadees and titmice. 




Good birding,


Claire McCall
Bedford, MA
torchwood4 AT verizon.net
Subject: LeConte's Sparrow - Eastham - Yes
From: Mary Keleher <maryeak AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:41:42 -0800
The LeCount's Sparrow found during yesterday's CBC was relocated this 
morning at the same location, old abandoned driving range on route 6 next to 
Willys Gym. 


Mary Keleher,
Mashpee, MA
Subject: Andover CBC - Reading/North Reading/Wilmington sector results
From: David Williams <dave.williams6 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:21:57 -0500
With a beautiful day to bird, the Reading/North Reading/Wilmington sector
of the Andover count, tied our third highest count total with 47 species.
New species seen included Yellow-rumped warbler, Barred owl, and
Red-breasted merganser.  Red-breasted nuthatch was our only noticeable miss.
We had sector count highs for Downy woodpecker (99), Black-capped chickadee
(281), White-breasted nuthatch (89), Carolina wren (32), Eastern bluebird
(21), Hermit thrush (tied 2), and White-throated sparrow (45)
The full list is below.
Dave Williams
Reading, MA

1.  Canada goose - 159
2.  Mute swan - 2
3.  Mallard - 30
4.  Hooded merganser - 3
5.  Red-breasted merganser - 2
6.  Wild turkey - 10
7.  Great blue heron - 3
8.  Cooper's hawk - 3
     Accipter species - 2
9.  Red-tailed hawk - 12
10.  Ring-billed gull - 88
11.  Herring gull - 205
12.  Great black-backed gull - 4
       gull species - 167
13.  Pigeon - 89
14.  Mourning dove - 44
15.  Great horned owl - 2
16.  Barred owl - 1
17.  Belted kingfisher - 3
18.  Red-bellied woodpecker - 10
19.  Downy woodpecker - 99
20.  Hairy woodpecker - 6
21.  Northern flicker - 5
22.  Blue jay - 96
23.  Am. crow - 55
24.  Black-capped chickadee - 281
25.  Tufted titmouse - 88
26.  White-breasted nuthatch - 89
27.  Brown creeper - 4
28.  Carolina wren - 32
29.  Winter wren - 1
30.  Ruby-crowned kinglet - 2
31.  Eastern bluebird - 21
32.  Hermit thrush - 2
33.  Am.  robin - 168
34.  Mockingbird - 11
35.  Starling - 206
36.  Yellow-rumped warbler - 2
37.  Am. tree sparrow - 28
38.  Field sparrow - 2
39.  Song sparrow - 36
40.  White-throated sparrow - 45
41.  Junco - 220
42.  Cardinal - 38
43.  Red-winged blackbird - 1
44.  Brown-headed cowbird - 1
45.  House finch - 17
46.  Am. gold finch - 98
47.  House sparrow - 182
Subject: Townsend's Solitaire
From: "Bates, David Westfall,M.D." <DBATES AT partners.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:10:38 +0000
Sorry for the late post but Deb Kovacs and I went to Marion on Saturday pm on 
the way down to the Cape Cod count and located the bird in Marion at the 
cemetery near the white tower about 3:20 pm. Took a number of photos. 


I tried for the Lark Sparrow at Stodder's Neck in Hingham earlier on Saturday 
without success. 


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Subject: Le Conte's Sparrow - Eastham - 12/14
From: james sweeney <assawompsett AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:08:03 -0800
Massbirders,

 Vin Zollo, Nick Block, and I observed a Le Conte's Sparrow this afternoon 
(12/14) in Eastham while participating in the outer Cape Cod CBC. The bird was 
observed at the site of the former Eastham Golf Driving Range at 4790 State 
Road (Rt. 6) in Eastham. We flushed the bird as we were walking through the 
grassy field. Subsequently, the bird was observed as it perched in small cedars 
and nearby low growing deciduous trees near the fence on the north side of the 
field. The bird was observed near the fence separating the field from the Saint 
Aubin Garden Center and about half way across the field from Rt. 6. 


 We also observed a Grasshopper Sparrow at the edge of the upper parking lot at 
Fort Hill and a female Barrow's Goldeneye (spotted by Nick) with Common 
Goldeneyes (we were looking south from the upper lot). 


    Jim Sweeney
    Providence, RI
Subject: Swansea 12/14
From: "Mark Lynch" <moa.lynch AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 03:32:05 -0500
Sunday 12/14 we birded and counted waterfowl in the LEE AND COLES RIVERS IBA
in Swansea and Somerset. This is a great place for numbers of certain
species of waterfowl but extremely tough to cover as many of the locations
where you can overview the rivers are in highly residential locations. In
years past, small number sof Canvasbacks were regular, but for the last
several years they have been absent.
Horned Grebe (67)
Great Cormorant (1)
Great Blue Heron (3)
Canada Goose (5573)
Brant (962)
Mute Swan (77)
Gadwall (93)
Eurasian Wigeon (1m)
American Wigeon (277)
A Black Duck (84)
Mallard (227)
Greater Scaup (798)
Bufflehead (446)
C Goldeneye (43)
Hooded Merganser (232)
Red-breasted Merganser (21)
On the way home, we birded several spots in nearby REHOBOTH and had the
TUNDRA SWAN on Barney Avenue. Through out Rehoboth at locations like Shad
Factory Pond : Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (876); N Pintail (2f);
Peregrine Falcon (1imm) and (c.80+) Horned Larks in 2 flocks.
Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll
Moa.lynch AT verizon.net


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Subject: Re: POSSIBLE Black-headed Gull, Amherst
From: Joshua Rose <opihi AT mindspring.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:42:52 -0500
Hi MassBirders,

Many thanks to Barrett for helping me get the word out in a timely manner. The 
Black-headed Gull was photographed, not dazzlingly well (Chris had only his 
iPhone and binoculars), but well enough to confirm the identification. I think 
it was far and away the most unexpected bird of today’s Northampton CBC. 


Unfortunately, the gull (and the crow flock with which it was mystifyingly 
keeping company, no other gulls anywhere nearby) flushed and flew off out of 
sight about five minutes after Chris found and photographed it. My desperate 
last-minute attempt to relocate it before dark failed. We’re all curious 
whether it flew off to the crows’ roost, or if it found somewhere more 
suitable for a gull to spend the night. 


I imagine that a few Hampshire County birders will be cruising some likely 
hangouts tomorrow hoping that the critter reappears…. 


Chris and I and our third teammate Joel Ralston (who saw the gull with Chris, 
while I was off birding a different section of our area) saw a few other fun 
birds in Hadley (NoHo CBC Area 09) during the day, including a Merlin and 
Peregrine Falcon, both along South Maple Street early in the AM; two 
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers near the CT River; two Winter Wrens and a Hermit 
Thrush at the Fort River Division of the Silvio O. Conte NWR; and 
Golden-crowned Kinglets and Brown Creepers in a couple of locations. 


Several other fun birds were seen during today’s CBC, but I’m not 
completely clear on the locations, observers, or other details, so will let 
other people who know the facts relate them. 


Good birding!

Josh


Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
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