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Red-bearded Bee-eater,©Barry Kent Mackay

16 Sep CT Report 09/16/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
16 Sep Upcoming RI Pelagic 9/28 [Dan Berard ]
16 Sep Dark-eyed Junco [Jonathan Eckerson ]
16 Sep Yellow-crowned Night Heron in marsh! [alice morgan ]
16 Sep Dark-eyed Junco [Jonathan Eckerson ]
16 Sep Re: this fall's migration [Joshua Rose ]
16 Sep Blynman canal/Gloucester Harbor [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
16 Sep HSR: Wachusett Mountain (15 Sep 2014) 1981 Raptors []
16 Sep Brookline Dickcissel and this fall's migration []
16 Sep Surprises on Cape Ann [Bob Stymeist ]
16 Sep CT Report 09/15/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
15 Sep 9/15 American Kestrtel Encounters With Dinner [Paul Peterson ]
15 Sep Westport/Dartmouth - 9/15 [Sue McGrath ]
15 Sep Re: Gooseberry this morning 14 warbler sp; Clay-color Sparrow [Paul Champlin ]
15 Sep Nashville at Fresh Pond [SHERRY LEFFERT ]
15 Sep HSR: Blueberry Hill (15 Sep 2014) 35 Raptors []
15 Sep Connecticut Warbler - Bound Brook, Dennis [Ed Banks ]
15 Sep Birds of the World, new exhibition at Harvard, 9/18 talk on Bird Extinctions in the Hawaiian Islands [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
15 Sep Gooseberry this morning 14 warbler sp; Clay-color Sparrow [Paul Champlin ]
15 Sep Raven, Townsend, 9-14 []
15 Sep 2 Yellow-br Chats, Plum Is 9/15 [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
15 Sep Re: [NHBirds] NH Audubon Pelagic Trip - 9/8/14 [James Besada ]
15 Sep Re: NH Audubon Pelagic Trip - 9/8/14 ["'James Besada' via NHBirds" ]
15 Sep Fwd: eBird Report - Wellfleet, Barnstable County, MA, US, Sep 13, 2014 [Bob Stymeist ]
14 Sep HSR: Wachusett Mountain (14 Sep 2014) 7759 Raptors []
15 Sep Wachusett Hawk Flight Sunday Sept. 14 [Paul Roberts ]
14 Sep HSR: Pinnacle Rock (14 Sep 2014) 4 Raptors []
14 Sep HSR: Mount Watatic (14 Sep 2014) 1546 Raptors []
14 Sep Seabirds this morning and radar right now [Paul Champlin ]
15 Sep Tennessee Warbler []
14 Sep Re: HSR: Blueberry Hill (14 Sep 2014) 1180 Raptors [Matthew Galman ]
14 Sep HSR: Blueberry Hill (14 Sep 2014) 1180 Raptors []
14 Sep Clark Pond, Ipswich, Sep 14, 2014: Eurasian wigeon ["Jim Berry" ]
14 Sep Next Bear Creek, Saugus, walk Sunday, September 21 at 9 am ["Soheil Zendeh" ]
14 Sep Seabirds and Whales tomorrow [David Larson ]
14 Sep Hawkwatch from yard in Groton [Tom Murray ]
14 Sep Middlesex Fells Highlights 9/13 [Paul Peterson ]
14 Sep Whiskered Tern [bank1941 ]
14 Sep Ambiguous Vireo - Boston Public Garden [Gian Fabbri ]
14 Sep Olive-side Flycatcher/PI [Kirk S Elwell ]
14 Sep Birding featured on Chronicle, Channel 5 [John Kricher ]
14 Sep Good day to watch hawks? [Joshua Rose ]
14 Sep Sandhills [lucy wightman ]
14 Sep Monarchs' Decline [Sue McGrath ]
14 Sep Re: Whiskered Tern [David ]
13 Sep HSR: Wachusett Mountain (13 Sep 2014) 439 Raptors []
13 Sep HSR: Mount Watatic (13 Sep 2014) 1898 Raptors []
13 Sep Re: Whiskered Tern ["Jonathan Center" ]
13 Sep PI highlights - Olive-sided flycatcher, Caspian terns, Sora, LB Dowitcher, Red knots []
13 Sep Crane Beach, 9/13 [Miles Brengle ]
13 Sep Sandhill Cranes ["Patty O'Neill" ]
13 Sep Sandhill Cranes ["Patty O'Neill" ]
13 Sep Northborough - 9/12 [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
13 Sep HSR: Blueberry Hill (13 Sep 2014) 1379 Raptors []
13 Sep Help With ID ["Lesley Mattuchio" ]
13 Sep 9/13 Sandhill Cranes in E. Bridgewater - YES [Nancy Maciolek ]
13 Sep Whiskered Tern [George W Gove ]
13 Sep Clay-Colored Sparrow @ Belmont Rock Meadow [Frank Lehman ]
13 Sep BBC Plum Island Saturday September 13 [William Drummond ]
13 Sep FW: your assistance re: bird trip [Peter Van Demark ]
13 Sep Olive-sided Flycatcher, Plum Island ["elabato" ]
13 Sep Re: Purple Martin totals 2014 Town of Rehoboth Crestwood Country Club and Clark Family. [James Clark ]
13 Sep Essex County Ornithological Club September 26, 2014 Meeting Reminder - David Sibley on The Art of Identification [ECOC Mail ]
13 Sep HSR: Pinnacle Rock (12 Sep 2014) 1 Raptors [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
12 Sep CT Report 09/12/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
12 Sep HSR: Pinnacle Rock (08 Sep 2014) Raptors []
12 Sep HSR: Wachusett Mountain (12 Sep 2014) 2112 Raptors []
12 Sep HSR: Blueberry Hill (12 Sep 2014) 121 Raptors []
12 Sep Purple Martin totals 2014 Town of Rehoboth Crestwood Country Club and Clark Family. [Raymond Marr Jr ]
12 Sep Glossy Ibis Sighting on So. Shore [sharla Fenwick ]
12 Sep Re: Whiskered Tern 1993 (correction) [Daan Sandee ]
12 Sep Whiskered Tern 1998 [Daan Sandee ]
12 Sep Whiskered tern [bank1941 ]
12 Sep 9/12 Sandhill Cranes in East Bridgewater [Eddie ]
12 Sep Black Skimmer - Chatham [Mary Keleher ]
12 Sep EXTRALIMITAL: [JERSEYBI] Whiskered Tern, Cape May County [Steve Arena ]

Subject: CT Report 09/16/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:21:47 -0400
 From Tina Green:
09/16/14 - Fairfield, Southport Beach -- 9 Blue-winged Teal.
Westport, Sherwood Island SP -- 2 Soras on the west side in one of the
small ponds out I the open feeding.

 From Bill Banks:
09/16/14 - New Haven, Lighthouse Point Park -- 51 Bobolink.

 From Greg Hanisek:
09/16/14 - Litchfield, Cemetery Pond -- PECTORAL SANDPIPER with a
single Semipalmated Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper. Also 3 Blue-winged
Teal.
Litchfield, Chestnut Hill hawk watch -- one flyby Common Nighthawk
while I was there from 1-2 PM.

 From Paul Carrier:
09/16/14 - Litchfield, East Cemetary -- one Ruffed Grouse.

 From Doug Beach:
09/16/14 - Simsbury, Great Pond -- One Pectoral Sandpiper continued
from Monday.

 From Eileen Becker-Dunn:
09/16/14 - Branford -- COMMON NIGHTHAWKS still passing over the Farm
River here in Short Beach.

 From Daisy Echevarria:
09/15/14 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- about 10 Common
Nighthawk.

 From Cynthia Ehlinger:
09/15/14 - Wilton, Allen's Meadow -- 1 BOBOLINK

Subject: Upcoming RI Pelagic 9/28
From: Dan Berard <djberard84 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:49:44 -0400
Hello,

The Ocean State Bird Club (RI's only, newly formed bird club) is sponsoring
a full day pelagic on September 28.

This is the first of hopefully many pelagic trips so we hope you'll join us
in making the first one a success!

Full details are below as well as on our club website at
www.oceanstatebirdclub.org

Be sure to check the site again soon as our full list of October public
programs (including a Big Sit, Block Island trip, and launch party) will be
online within the next few days.

See you in the field!

- Dan Berard
  OSBC Vice President and Event Coordinator
  Glocester, RI

The Ocean State Bird Club is excited to offer its very first club sponsored
pelagic.  With the help from Carlos Pedro, an experienced birder and leader
of pelagic trips, along with OSBC's very own vice president and trip
leader, Dan Berard, the pelagic is a great opportunity to view birds rarely
seen from shore.  Seabirds are among some of the most sought after birds in
the world, due to most species spending a majority of their life at sea. In
this trip, we will board a Frances Fleet boat out of Galilee and head out
in search of these fascinating birds. This is a great opportunity to
observe and learn to ID shearwaters, storm-petrels, jaegers, and many other
pelagics. There is also a very good chance of observing a variety of
whales, fish and other marine life not seen on other whale watches. *The
trip is restricted to the first 38 people who register with the Ocean State
Bird Club and submit payment either by credit card or check.*  *As of
9/14/14, 26 spots remain.*

Register early to reserve your spot.  If you are not a member, why not sign
up  with us.  Its
easy and only costs $15/year per household.  To help offset the cost of the
trip, pay the $15 to become a member of the club and pay discounted prices
on this and future events.
*When:*

*Time:*



*Cost:*

*Payment Options*

*Cancellation *
Sunday September 28, 2014

The boat leaves at 7 AM sharp and will return at or near 3 PM.  *Because of
the nature of the trip and the strict schedule of Francis Fleet, the boat
can not wait for late arrivals.  Therefore, plan to arrive at least 30
minutes early. *

$95/OSBC household member or $110 for non-members

You may pay by check or by credit card using the PayPal option at the end
of the form.

If by chance the trip is cancelled due to weather, the contact person from
the registration form submitted online will be contacted and you will be
given the full refund of the amount you paid
Subject: Dark-eyed Junco
From: Jonathan Eckerson <jpeckerson AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:36:17 -0400
Hi all,
I was very surprised to see this early bird at my feeders. Here is a link
to the checklist:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19850661

Best,
Jonathan Eckerson

Dighton
jpeckerson AT gmail.com
Subject: Yellow-crowned Night Heron in marsh!
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:14:59 -0400
So nice to see this adult bird! took some pix but they are pretty bad...

-- 
Alice & Dane Morgan
Brookline & S. Dartmouth, MA
Subject: Dark-eyed Junco
From: Jonathan Eckerson <jpeckerson AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:36:17 -0400
Hi all,
I was very surprised to see this early bird at my feeders. Here is a link
to the checklist:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19850661

Best,
Jonathan Eckerson

Dighton
jpeckerson AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: this fall's migration
From: Joshua Rose <opihi AT mindspring.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:48:21 -0400
Dont fret Brian, there are still a few migrants out there! With a light rain 
falling this morning I decided to play hooky a bit and visit the Turners Falls 
Power Canal. The trees north of the canal harbored roving bands of chickadees 
with other species mixed in. I managed to pick out Northern Parula and 
Tennessee, BTGreen, and Yellow-rumped Warblers and a few RE Vireos. I also ran 
into a Great Egret and an adult Coopers Hawk. 


Ive also had a scattering of migrants at home (east Amherst, near Pelham), 
mostly seen through the window from my desk as I work on the familys bills, 
taxes, and such. Within the past week Ive had two Swainsons Thrushes, one 
Hermit Thrush, a pair of Scarlet Tanagers, another Tennesse Warbler, an 
American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, and an Ovenbird. Some of these may have 
bred locally but I know the Swainsons and Tennessee didnt, so Im guessing 
that the other neotrops were probably migrants too. The Tennessee was a first 
for my yard list, species #124 


So, maybe your migrants are taking more of an inland route this year?

Good birding,

Josh


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



Subject: Blynman canal/Gloucester Harbor
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:05:41 -0400
Thanks to Carolyn Haines for this post.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com

* * *

From: caroline 
Date: September 16, 2014, 10:44:14 AM EDT
To: massbird AT theworld.com
Subject: Blynman canal/Gloucester Harbor

It was a spectacular morning on the Blynman canal and Stacey 
Boulevard. The helicopter filming Wicked Tuna startled the herons and 
egrets into taking flight, among them a little blue, in immature blue 
and white plumage. A female Kingfisher chased away a male, both of 
them dipping under the drawbridge and clattering loudly, while the 
eiders swam and dove for shellfish along the canal walls. In the 
harbor a feeding frenzy took place under delicately colored partial 
cloud cover. Laughing gulls, black backs, herring and ring billed 
gulls, in a variety of plumages squawked and cried as they fought 
over the fish they plucked from the shallow water. DC cormorants 
slipped under the water in search of same. Among the gulls there 
appeared to be a Franklin's gull, although I am not positive, and I 
don't have a photo.


Subject: HSR: Wachusett Mountain (15 Sep 2014) 1981 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Sep 2014 12:09:44 -0400
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              3              3
Osprey                       2             73             76
Bald Eagle                   3             82             86
Northern Harrier             3             12             12
Sharp-shinned Hawk          15            149            180
Cooper's Hawk                0             43             45
Northern Goshawk             1              3              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              2
Broad-winged Hawk         1941          12193          12253
Red-tailed Hawk              0              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8             57             62
Merlin                       1             12             12
Peregrine Falcon             2             11             12
Unknown Accipiter            2              9              9
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               3             26             26

Total:                    1981          12675          12782
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Rod Chase

Observers:        Paul Roberts, Steve Olson, Ted Mara, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Sam Miller, Bill Lafleche, Kevin Ryan, David Goodine, Maryellen Stone, Jack
Miano, Judy Gordon, Ann & David Lynch, Susan Williamson, Paul Sullivan,
Judd Nathan, Marianna & Bob Richardson with daughter Aspen, Cathy Center, &
John Center.


Weather:
Temp: 49 degrees (AM), 59 degrees (PM). Feel fine except much cooler as the
thicker clouds rolled in and out. Winds mostly light 0-5 mph, starting from
the N but drifting to NE then back to NW thru the day. Visibility 20+ at
start, 60 by midday. 80% low cloud coverage at start, slowly thinned and
the AM warmup allowed for a steadily increasing # of raptors to pass. There
were some good kettles & peels until the thicker cloud cover dropped
thermals and temps by 12:00 PM. Migration was shut down for a few hours
with only occasional trickles and small bursts. Late PM warm-up did some
bursts but they soon turned out to be teasers as the sun's heat faded for
the day.

Raptor Observations:
1 BW was a dark morph.
2 local adult Bald Eagles "battling" over Boston for 5 minutes.
Redtails & TV's for the slow hours.
Bald Eagles (2 mature & 1 immature.

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens - 9
Juncos - 6

Predictions:
Cloudy in AM with scatter showers predicted. Suppose to clear out by early
PM. Temps in high 50'5 in AM and , if sun breaks in PM up to 7o's. Wind
from the W. Original forecast had wind from SW.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  ()
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw

Subject: Brookline Dickcissel and this fall's migration
From: brianrfg AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:40:57 -0400
Hi,
 Yesterday, at approximately 11:15, a Dickcissel flew into the third story 
window of a science classroom at Park School and expired. I have the specimen. 
First Dickcissel I have ever noted around here. It was an interesting time of 
day to be flying around this school. 

 So, nice to know Dickcissels are around, most hopefully avoiding buildings, 
but where o where are the other migrant songbirds? Three trips to the Buzzard's 
Bay coast, stops at Millennium Park and Hale Reservation and Rocky Woods, etc. 
and besides a few Bobolinks, I have come up empty. Not a single migrant 
warbler, flycatcher, or vireo. This is the worst fall migration, for birds, 
butterflies, and dragonflies, I have ever seen in Massachusetts. Maybe I just 
have a little black cloud following me around and you are seeing lots. I hope 
so...for the birds' and birders' sakes. 

   Brian Cassie, hanging in there in Foxboro
Subject: Surprises on Cape Ann
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:59:38 -0400
While taking a sightseeing tour of Cape Ann from Beverly to Rockport with
visiting friends from Germany and France had some nice unexpected birds

At White's Beach in Manchester and the marshes behind  we had eight Little
Blue Herons together, 2 adults, I Pied and five juveniles, there were also
four Snowy Egrets and a few Laughing Gulls. There were over 50 Laughing
Gulls, mostly young birds along the shore in Magnolia.  At lunch on
Bearskin Neck in Rockport there was a single Brant. Perhaps it's been there
all summer?

-- 
Bob Stymeist
Arlington
bobstymeist AT gmail.com
Subject: CT Report 09/15/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:40:43 -0400
Note 1: Apologies to the many Hawk Watch sites which have been quite
busy counting many hawks for the last couple of days.  You can read
about some of them on CTBirds.

Note 2: Sorry about the delayed report.  Life is like that sometimes.


 From Patrick Comins Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe, Stewart Hudson, Katie
O'Brien, Carole Clarkson and Sandy Nissley:
09/15/14 - Guilford, Leetes island/ Shell Beach -- A juvenile Baird's
Sandpiper close to Rt 146 and a flock of 9 Blue-winged Teal!

 From Paul Cianfaglione:
09/15/14 - Hartford, Riverside Park Pond -- 1 SNOWY EGRET.

 From Greg Hanisek:
09/15/14 - New Haven, Lighthouse Point hawk watch -- 1 Common
Nighthawk, 200 Bobolinks and 2 Purple Finches. These diurnal migrants
are seen mostly in the first 2 hours of the hawk watch 7-9 a.m. These
are birds visibly migrating over the point; on many days there are
also varying numbers nocturnal migrants (warblers etc.) in the park
that can be found by walking the trails.

 From Jim Moore, Paul Carrier:
09/15/14 - Colebrook, Colebrook Reservoir -- Solitary Sandpiper.

 From John Ogren:
09/15/14 - Old Saybrook, Plum Bank Marsh -- 6 PM; 10 adult LITTLE BLUE
HERON, 12 immature LITTLE BLUE HERON, 4 SEASIDE SPARROWS, no salt
marsh sparrows.

 From Nick Bonomo:
09/15/14 - West Haven, Sandy Point -- An hour just after high tide
this evening had a juv WESTERN SANDPIPER and an adult WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPER. Terns were feeding in the harbor, including 4 FORSTER'S
TERNS.

 From Larry Bausher:
09/15/14 - Stratford, Great Meadows Marsh -- 4:30; 7 female/ immature
BOAT-TAILED GRACKLES, first seen in marsh behind first Long  
Beach parking lot, then followed to top of house at end of Oak Bluff  
Ave, and then on beach; 3 Whimbrel continue, seen from Oak Bluff  
Ave.; 8 immature Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.

 From Mike Widmer:
09/15/14 - Fairfield, yard -- 3 Common Nighthawks flying low over my
backyard/pasture/woods near Samp Mortar Lake at dusk tonight; first
time I have seen them in several years.

 From Barbara Pokorny:
09/14/14 - Niantic, Rocky Neck State Park -- From the marsh platform,
a Marbled Godwit.  First seen  10:45 AM. Flew to west and out of site
for 10 minutes. Then returned to view east of platform for 1-2 minutes
then flew north to far end of marsh and not relocated.

 From Gina Nichol:
09/14/14 - Branford, Branford Supply Ponds -- 1 Hooded Warbler.

 From Chris Loscalzo:
09/14/14 - Orange, Maltby Lakes RWA property (permit required) -- at
least 12 Red-breasted Nuthatches.  I found a pair here in June on the
summer bird count, but the widespread abundance of this species here
today suggests that these birds are early arriving migrants.  The
early arrival of RB Nuthatches usually portends a good winter finch
irruption year.

 From Tom Murray:
09/14/14 - Stratford -- 3 Whimbrel again today feeding on mudflat just
before entrance to Long Beach.  Seen at 7 PM.

 From Steve Mayo:
09/14/14 - New Haven, Lighthouse Point Park -- 2 Common Nighthawks.

 From Eileen Becker-Dunn:
09/14/14 - East Haven & Short Beach/ Branford, Farm River border
between them -- Common 12 Nighthawks quite low over the river heading
SW.

 From Shaun Martin:
09/13/14 - Stratford -- 1:20 PM; two Whimbrel on the exposed mud flat
just before the entrance of Long Beach.

 From Roy Zartarian:
09/13/14 - Newington -- one adult PEREGRINE FALCON perched on the
Cedarcrest antenna tower and 2 immature PEREGRINES at the top of a
dead tree as the southwest corner of Cedar Hill Cemetery.

 From Frank Mantlik:
09/13/14 - Stratford, Access Rd Pool -- 1 PECTORAL SANDPIPER.
Stratford, Oak Bluff Ave, Great Meadows marsh just before beach
entrance -- at least 3 WHIMBREL.

 From Kevin Finnan:
09/13/14 - Litchfield, Cemetery Pond -- Blue-winged Teal, Solitary
Sandpipers.

 From Paul Carrier & Hartford Audubon club trip:
09/13/14 - West Hartland, Booth Hill -- 1 immature Northern Goshawk, 2
Common Raven, 2 Bobolink.

Subject: 9/15 American Kestrtel Encounters With Dinner
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:39:41 -0700
Hi,
I birded in the Middlesex Fells again today. I covered a portion of Spot Pond, 
the Virginia Woods, the Middlesex Fells Reservoir with its two basins and its 
covered reservoir, the Rock Circuit Connector, Melrose Rock (a spectacular view 
is had from here!, where I could see four Red-tailed Hawks), Glen Rock, East 
Path, and White Rock Path. Among the highlights was a female American Kestrel 
perched atop a White Pine at the edge of the covered reservoir dropping on 
dragonflies a few different times. She would then fly over to the metal tower 
next to the gatehouse to consume her prize. While I was watching her eating her 
meal, a migrating Osprey flew over. 

Highlights:
American Kestrel 1        presumably had been migrating
Osprey 2                      one migrating (other at Spot Pond)
accipiter sp. 1
Red-tailed Hawk 4         all seen from fab Melrose Rock
Chimney Swift 1             migrating
Belted Kingfisher 1        Spot Pond
Pine Warbler 4
American Redstart 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3  luxuriant weed growth
MAMMALIA:
Red Squirrel 1              Virginia Wood (lovely place)
Gray Squirrel                many
Eastern Chipmunk        many
Eastern Cottontail 1
Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston  
Subject: Westport/Dartmouth - 9/15
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:51:42 -0400
Birders,

Afternoon sightings from the Westport/Dartmouth area:

Double-crested Cormorant
Merlin
Falcon sp, seen with prey while driving on the highway
Whimbrel 3
Black-bellied Plover
Laughing Gull
Baltimore Oriole  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1, female
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 5
Northern Parula 1
Palm Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 2
American Redstart 2
Yellow Warbler
Magnolia Warbler 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Ovenbird 1
Common Yellowthroat
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cedar Waxwing  several flocks

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: Re: Gooseberry this morning 14 warbler sp; Clay-color Sparrow
From: Paul Champlin <skua99 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:39:54 -0400
Jumped the gun on the Louisiana Waterthrush. The photo just isn't good enough 
to tell, so default to Norhern. 


I also neglected to mention the 12+ Baltimore Orioles, including a flock of 6. 
While hold up in the bushes, one took several chunks out of a Rosa rugosa rose 
hip... First I'd seen of that. 


Best
Paul Champlin
Westport, MA

Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 15, 2014, at 12:55 PM, "Paul Champlin"  wrote:
> 
> Hi All,
> 
> Once again, the morning was interesting and the diversity was high, though 
the numbers were not what I had hoped for. I actually expected fewer birds due 
to the radar returns dieing around 2AM, but I was pleasantly surprised that it 
was more of a typical fall morning flight. Lacking were bobolinks, flycatchers, 
and terns, but the diversity of warblers (at least 14 species) made up for 
blanking on those other groups, and stellar looks at a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was 
icing. 

> 
> Here's the list of migrants:
> 
> Double-crested Cormorant (moving by in small handfuls)
> Merlin 3
> BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (flyover, calling)
> Whimbrel 2
> Black-bellied Plover 2
> Laughing Gulls (still a good flow of them moving by)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (only 1 or 2)
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 1
> Barn Swallow (several groups of three)
> Tree Swallow (several thousand moving around the beach-island system)
> Blackbirds (over the last month, only small handfuls of Red-wings and 
Grackles have been using Gooseberry) 

> Cedar Waxwing (only 7! I expected more)
> 
> Northern Parula 2
> Nashville Warbler3
> Yellow Warbler 8
> Magnolia Warbler 9
> Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
> Black-throated Green Warbler 3 (probably more)
> Prairie Warbler 2
> Palm Warbler 1 (first of the season; Western)
> Pine Warbler 2 (male and female)
> American Redstart 8
> Ovenbird 1
> Northern Waterthrush 5
> Louisiana Waterthrush 1
> Common Yellowthroat (not seen migrating)
> 
> Clay-colored Sparrow 1 (great looks and photos... I think this is probably 
the best site in the state for this species) 

> 
> Best
> Paul Champlin
> Westport, MA
>                         
Subject: Nashville at Fresh Pond
From: SHERRY LEFFERT <sleffert AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:46:57 -0400
Now that Bob Stymeist confirmed my finding, I saw a Nashville Warbler at Fresh 
Pond this morning at Lusitania Field. 


Here is the link to the picture:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sleffert/sets/72157647227297589/

Sherry Leffert 
Cambridge
Subject: HSR: Blueberry Hill (15 Sep 2014) 35 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 15 Sep 2014 16:09:58 -0400
Blueberry Hill
Granville, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              8             11
Bald Eagle                   2             18             20
Northern Harrier             1             13             13
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2             65             66
Cooper's Hawk                1             12             12
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           26           2604           2604
Red-tailed Hawk              0              5              5
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3             27             27
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              3
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              2

Total:                      35           2757           2763
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 13:30:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        John Weeks

Observers:        Byard Miller, Elethea Goodkin, John Weeks

Visitors:
Justine Johnson, Cathy Saltzgiver, Sharon and Don Turcotte.


Weather:
Mostly sunny (cloud-cover diminished steadily from 40% to 5%).  Wind light
N/NW, becoming variable.  Temperature 55-61 F.

Raptor Observations:
Just one small Broad-wing kettle (9 birds).  Our fingers are crossed that
this is just the lull between two waves.

Non-raptor Observations:
Northern Flicker, Common Raven (harassed persistently by a visibly smaller,
immature Red-tailed Hawk), Cedar Waxwings (7), Common Yellowthroat (f),
American Redstarts (m + f), Magnolia Warbler, Eastern Towhee.  Monarchs: 3.
========================================================================
Report submitted by John Weeks (aerie.john AT cox.net)

Subject: Connecticut Warbler - Bound Brook, Dennis
From: Ed Banks <edbanks AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:57:37 -0400
This morning I had a Connecticut Warbler at Bound Brook Conservation Area, on 
Airline Rd just off Rte 6A in Dennis. 

An interesting side note:
Many years ago I was birding Bolton Flats with Eric Salmela and we passed an 
area with jewell weed and he told me that where you find this plant in the fall 
is a good spot to look for Connecticut Warbler. He said mid-September is the 
best time for this bird. 

A few days later I birded an area with the plant and got my first one, which 
also happened to be my 300th Mass Lifer! 

Park in the lot and go right after the stone steps. On the left just beyond the 
small brook you will see quite a large area with jewell weed. 

Play the screech owl tape and hope for the best. You must be patient as the 
bird is a skulker and usually comes out only after you attract several other 
birds, especially noisy chickadees. 

Good Luck.


Ed Banks
Harwich, MA
edbanks AT verizon.net



Subject: Birds of the World, new exhibition at Harvard, 9/18 talk on Bird Extinctions in the Hawaiian Islands
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT theworld.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:56:02 -0400
Thanks to Blue Magruder for this update on upcoming programs and 
exhibits....

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com

* * *


From: "Magruder, Blue" 
Subject: Birds of the World, new exhibition at Harvard, 9/18 talk on 
Bird
  Extinctions in the Hawaiian Islands
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:07:11 +0000


...The small exhibition on the Passenger Pigeon, Final Flight, is 
continuing on display until February.



Birds of the World Gallery Reopens September 20 at Harvard Museum of 
Natural History

A new permanent exhibition, Birds of the World features hundreds of 
specimens representing over two hundred bird families. Painstakingly 
restored and refurbished, these specimens display the incredible 
diversity of birds, their striking beauty as well as recent 
scientific advances in ornithology.
www.hmnh.harvard.edu - 617-495-3045 - Harvard Museum of Natural 
History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA  -  p;Red Line T to Harvard 
Square

Full release pasted below and 

linked 

here

Birds of the World Gallery Reopens September 20 at Harvard Museum of 
Natural History

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, 
Birds of the 
Worldwill reopen at the Harvard Museum of 
Natural History after
a major renovation. Located around the high balcony encircling the 
Great Mammal Hall, the new gallery captures
the stunning diversity of birds, with hundreds of bird specimens on 
display representing over 200 different bird
families from around the world. New displays reveal the very latest 
in surprising scientific discoveries about the
evolution of birds, which scientists now know to be modern dinosaur 
descendants.
This exhibition is the culmination of months of cleaning and 
refurbishing mounted bird specimens from the
Ornithology collections of the Museum of 
Comparative Zoology, completely renovating antique cases, and
redesigning the exhibit displays.

Boasting over 10,000 species, birds are the most diverse land 
vertebrates on the planet, surpassing the biological
diversity of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Thriving in every 
corner of the globe, from tropical forests to polar
ice caps, birds vary tremendously in habit and size from diminutive 
bee hummingbirds to towering 10-foot-high
elephant birds, flightless giants that roamed the African island 
country of Madagascar until the 17th century.

In conjunction with the opening, the museum will offer a 
free 
public lecture with 

Helen 

James, Curator-in-Charge,
Division of Birds, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, on 
September 24 at 6:00 pm. The lecture is
entitled, Bird Extinctions in the Hawaiian Islands. James will 
discuss bird extinction in the Hawaiian Islands since
human colonization eight hundred years ago. Once the site of 
remarkable population diversity, Hawaii has lost
many of its species to extinction. James will talk about the history 
of these extinctions and what lessons can be
learned from them. Subsequent lectures this fall will commemorate 
extinct birds and explore the potential of
genetic editing to possibly help species recover their genetic 
diversity.

The Birds of the World exhibit is made possible by a generous gift in 
memory of Melvin R. Seiden, Harvard AB '52,
LLB '55.

About the Harvard Museum of Natural History

One of the Harvard Museums of Science & 
Culture, the Harvard Museum of Natural 
History is located at 26 Oxford
Street, Cambridge, on the Harvard campus, a 7-minute walk from the 
Harvard Square Red Line MBTA station. The
museum is wheelchair accessible. The museum is open 9:00 am to 5:00 
pm, 361 days/year. Admission: adults $12;
seniors and students, $10; youth ages 3 18, $8; free to Harvard ID 
holders and one guest. For directions, exhibitions, lectures, and
information on parking, see the 
website 
or call 617.495.3045.


Mary Blue Magruder
Director of Public Affairs & Marketing
Harvard Museum of Natural History/
HMSC Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA  02138
617-496-0049
bluemagruder AT hmsc.harvard.edu

Birds of the World 
opens September 20

http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu
Subject: Gooseberry this morning 14 warbler sp; Clay-color Sparrow
From: Paul Champlin <skua99 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:20:41 -0400
Hi All,

Once again, the morning was interesting and the diversity was high, though the 
numbers were not what I had hoped for. I actually expected fewer birds due to 
the radar returns dieing around 2AM, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was 
more of a typical fall morning flight. Lacking were bobolinks, flycatchers, and 
terns, but the diversity of warblers (at least 14 species) made up for blanking 
on those other groups, and stellar looks at a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was icing. 


Here's the list of migrants:

Double-crested Cormorant (moving by in small handfuls)
Merlin 3
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (flyover, calling)
Whimbrel 2
Black-bellied Plover 2
Laughing Gulls (still a good flow of them moving by)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (only 1 or 2)
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Barn Swallow (several groups of three)
Tree Swallow (several thousand moving around the beach-island system)
Blackbirds (over the last month, only small handfuls of Red-wings and Grackles 
have been using Gooseberry) 

Cedar Waxwing (only 7! I expected more)

Northern Parula 2
Nashville Warbler3
Yellow Warbler 8
Magnolia Warbler 9
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 3 (probably more)
Prairie Warbler 2
Palm Warbler 1 (first of the season; Western)
Pine Warbler 2 (male and female)
American Redstart 8
Ovenbird 1
Northern Waterthrush 5
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat (not seen migrating)

Clay-colored Sparrow 1 (great looks and photos... I think this is probably the 
best site in the state for this species) 


Best
Paul Champlin
Westport, MA
 		 	   		  
Subject: Raven, Townsend, 9-14
From: Goshawk3 AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:03:54 -0400
Serendipitously, after I made a wrong turn on Rte 13 in Townsend yesterday, 
 I was rewarded with a Raven flying across the road in front of me after I 
turned  around.
 
Good birding,
 
Denise Cabral
_goshawk3AT aol_ (mailto:goshawk3 AT aol) .com
Walnut St., West Bridgewater
Subject: 2 Yellow-br Chats, Plum Is 9/15
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:25:55 +0000 (UTC)
Fay Vale called at 10:15 am to report that the MAS banding station on Plum 
Island banded TWO YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS this morning. Though the banding area 
is closed to the public, Fay thought birders might want the heads up and they 
could look for chats along the road near the S Curves or in the vicinity of the 
Warden's. 


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

Subject: Re: [NHBirds] NH Audubon Pelagic Trip - 9/8/14
From: James Besada <james.besada AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:18:46 -0700
Birders,
 
I've posted my photos from last week's pelagic. They can be found following the 
link below. Thanks to Jon, Steve, Captain Pete, and everyone else who made the 
trip a success. 

 
Regards,
Jim Besada
Nashua, NH
 
 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jbesada/sets/72157647483176736/

 
  
 
 
 
 
   
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 From: Steve Mirick 
To: Massbird ; NH Birds ; 
maine-birds AT googlegroups.com 

Sent: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 12:31 PM
Subject: [NHBirds] NH Audubon Pelagic Trip - 9/8/14
  

NH Audubon sponsored an all day pelagic bird trip yesterday aboard the 
"Granite State" out of Rye Harbor, NH.   We traveled east to the Isles 
of Shoals where we wandered around the lee side of the islands waiting 
for the northerly winds to dissipate.  We then traveled east toward 
Jeffrey's Ledge before turning south toward a trawler.  We then wandered 
around offshore along the inner edge of Jeffrey's Ledge chasing whales 
and gill netters.  According to fishing reports and whale watch reports, 
this area has been the most productive area for marine life for much of 
the summer and fall.  Essentially all of the trip was in NH waters 
except for a brief forays into ME waters.

Despite a few bumps and bruises in choppy waters it was a great day on 
the water!  Not a lot of birds out there, but a couple of nice surprises 
and some nicely behaving Humpback Whales to round out the trip.  Thanks 
to Jon Woolf for organizing this trip and to Captain Pete Reynolds and 
crew for skillfully working the birds and whales we encountered.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA


Birds seen from "Granite State" boat out of Rye harbor on all day 
pelagic bird trip organized by NH Audubon. Approximately 46 
participants. Most of the day spent on inner areas of Jeffrey's Ledge 
ranging south to Scantum area near Massachusetts border. Sunny skies, 
moderate sea chop, but seas 1 to 3 feet. Moderate northerly wind 
shifting to east.

Marine mammals included six individually identified Humpback Whales. 
Identified were "Six", "Jabiru", "Valley", "Raccoon", "Chablis", and 29 
year old "Owl" with a scar on her back. "Valley" gave a very dramatic 
performance with a complete BREACH close to the boat and seen by most 
(but not all) on board. Also seen were a few Minke Whales, Harbor Seals 
and an Ocean Sunfish.

List below includes birds encountered at the Isles of Shoals and beyond 
only, and does not count birds from "inshore" waters.

Canada Goose    11  Migratory flock well offshore.
Common Eider    X  Isles of Shoals
White-winged Scoter    2  Migrating together offshore
Common Loon    3  Offshore
CORY'S SHEARWATER    14  Some individuals just outside of Isles of Shoals.
Great Shearwater    6
Wilson's Storm-Petrel    270  Relatively high count of storm-petrels in 
a summer/fall with relatively few seen. Largest concentration was about 
100 birds, but otherwise widely scattered in small numbers.
Northern Gannet    20
Double-crested Cormorant    71  Migrating flocks well offshore. 
Estimated sizes of 20,50, and 1.  More non-migratory birds around islands.
Great Cormorant    6  Isles of Shoals.  Most on Square Rock
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER    1  Standing in rocks on north side of Lunging 
Island at the Isles of Shoals in New Hampshire. Well seen by all and 
photographed.  This is likely the rarest bird sighting of the day as 
this species is still rather rare in NH despite the fact that it has 
regularly nested in small numbers in Maine for several years now.  
Perhaps somewhat surprising is that this may only be the 2nd ever FALL 
record of Oystercatcher for the State of NH.  All other sightings are 
spring and summer records except for one (that I could find) from the 
Isles of Shoals last year in September!
Killdeer    1  Isles of Shoals
Spotted Sandpiper    2  Isles of Shoals
Greater Yellowlegs    2  Isles of Shoals
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE    16  In very small groups of between 1 and 4 
individuals.
phalarope sp.    3
PARASITIC JAEGER    2  Adult or near adult in scantum area near gill 
netter.  Seen in pursuit of small land bird in dramatic aerial chase 
which lasted several minutes. Small bird ultimately eaten by Great 
Black-backed Gull!  Also a Juvenile between Star Island and White Island 
lighthouse while coming back from ledge. Flew toward Cedar Island and 
into Maine waters before we lost it.
Black Guillemot    2  Isles of Shoals
Herring Gull    25  Only birds offshore are included in this count.
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL    1  Juvenile bird in mixed flock behind 
trawler. Surprisingly the only LBBG of the day.
Great Black-backed Gull    290  Large number near trawler and gill 
netters. Large proportion of them were juveniles.  More around Isles of 
shoals not included in total.
gull sp.    200
Common Tern    8  Offshore.  None at Isles of Shoals, and none inshore 
of islands.
Eastern Kingbird    1  Isles of Shoals
Carolina Wren    1  Isles of Shoals
European Starling    2  Isles of Shoals
Yellow Warbler    1  Isles of Shoals
Savannah Sparrow    1  Isles of Shoals
passerine sp.    1  One unfortunate song bird which was chased 
mercilessly by Parasitic Jaeger, but was ultimately eaten by a Great 
Black-backed Gull.

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Subject: Re: NH Audubon Pelagic Trip - 9/8/14
From: "'James Besada' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:18:46 -0700
Birders,
 
I've posted my photos from last week's pelagic. They can be found following the 
link below. Thanks to Jon, Steve, Captain Pete, and everyone else who made the 
trip a success. 

 
Regards,
Jim Besada
Nashua, NH
 
 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jbesada/sets/72157647483176736/

 
  
 
 
 
 
   
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 From: Steve Mirick 
To: Massbird ; NH Birds ; 
maine-birds AT googlegroups.com 

Sent: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 12:31 PM
Subject: [NHBirds] NH Audubon Pelagic Trip - 9/8/14
  

NH Audubon sponsored an all day pelagic bird trip yesterday aboard the 
"Granite State" out of Rye Harbor, NH.   We traveled east to the Isles 
of Shoals where we wandered around the lee side of the islands waiting 
for the northerly winds to dissipate.  We then traveled east toward 
Jeffrey's Ledge before turning south toward a trawler.  We then wandered 
around offshore along the inner edge of Jeffrey's Ledge chasing whales 
and gill netters.  According to fishing reports and whale watch reports, 
this area has been the most productive area for marine life for much of 
the summer and fall.  Essentially all of the trip was in NH waters 
except for a brief forays into ME waters.

Despite a few bumps and bruises in choppy waters it was a great day on 
the water!  Not a lot of birds out there, but a couple of nice surprises 
and some nicely behaving Humpback Whales to round out the trip.  Thanks 
to Jon Woolf for organizing this trip and to Captain Pete Reynolds and 
crew for skillfully working the birds and whales we encountered.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA


Birds seen from "Granite State" boat out of Rye harbor on all day 
pelagic bird trip organized by NH Audubon. Approximately 46 
participants. Most of the day spent on inner areas of Jeffrey's Ledge 
ranging south to Scantum area near Massachusetts border. Sunny skies, 
moderate sea chop, but seas 1 to 3 feet. Moderate northerly wind 
shifting to east.

Marine mammals included six individually identified Humpback Whales. 
Identified were "Six", "Jabiru", "Valley", "Raccoon", "Chablis", and 29 
year old "Owl" with a scar on her back. "Valley" gave a very dramatic 
performance with a complete BREACH close to the boat and seen by most 
(but not all) on board. Also seen were a few Minke Whales, Harbor Seals 
and an Ocean Sunfish.

List below includes birds encountered at the Isles of Shoals and beyond 
only, and does not count birds from "inshore" waters.

Canada Goose    11  Migratory flock well offshore.
Common Eider    X  Isles of Shoals
White-winged Scoter    2  Migrating together offshore
Common Loon    3  Offshore
CORY'S SHEARWATER    14  Some individuals just outside of Isles of Shoals.
Great Shearwater    6
Wilson's Storm-Petrel    270  Relatively high count of storm-petrels in 
a summer/fall with relatively few seen. Largest concentration was about 
100 birds, but otherwise widely scattered in small numbers.
Northern Gannet    20
Double-crested Cormorant    71  Migrating flocks well offshore. 
Estimated sizes of 20,50, and 1.  More non-migratory birds around islands.
Great Cormorant    6  Isles of Shoals.  Most on Square Rock
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER    1  Standing in rocks on north side of Lunging 
Island at the Isles of Shoals in New Hampshire. Well seen by all and 
photographed.  This is likely the rarest bird sighting of the day as 
this species is still rather rare in NH despite the fact that it has 
regularly nested in small numbers in Maine for several years now.  
Perhaps somewhat surprising is that this may only be the 2nd ever FALL 
record of Oystercatcher for the State of NH.  All other sightings are 
spring and summer records except for one (that I could find) from the 
Isles of Shoals last year in September!
Killdeer    1  Isles of Shoals
Spotted Sandpiper    2  Isles of Shoals
Greater Yellowlegs    2  Isles of Shoals
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE    16  In very small groups of between 1 and 4 
individuals.
phalarope sp.    3
PARASITIC JAEGER    2  Adult or near adult in scantum area near gill 
netter.  Seen in pursuit of small land bird in dramatic aerial chase 
which lasted several minutes. Small bird ultimately eaten by Great 
Black-backed Gull!  Also a Juvenile between Star Island and White Island 
lighthouse while coming back from ledge. Flew toward Cedar Island and 
into Maine waters before we lost it.
Black Guillemot    2  Isles of Shoals
Herring Gull    25  Only birds offshore are included in this count.
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL    1  Juvenile bird in mixed flock behind 
trawler. Surprisingly the only LBBG of the day.
Great Black-backed Gull    290  Large number near trawler and gill 
netters. Large proportion of them were juveniles.  More around Isles of 
shoals not included in total.
gull sp.    200
Common Tern    8  Offshore.  None at Isles of Shoals, and none inshore 
of islands.
Eastern Kingbird    1  Isles of Shoals
Carolina Wren    1  Isles of Shoals
European Starling    2  Isles of Shoals
Yellow Warbler    1  Isles of Shoals
Savannah Sparrow    1  Isles of Shoals
passerine sp.    1  One unfortunate song bird which was chased 
mercilessly by Parasitic Jaeger, but was ultimately eaten by a Great 
Black-backed Gull.

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Wellfleet, Barnstable County, MA, US, Sep 13, 2014
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:03:48 -0400
Massbirders

I led a great group of BBC members over the weekend, on Saturday we
travelled all around Wellfleet for 12 hours recording 89 species, there was
no indication of any passerine migration, though we managed to find 10
species of warblers, among them two Cape Mays. At Duck Harbor we found four
Philadelphia Vireos on Saturday and two more in Truro on Sunday. Other
passerine highlights was a very cooperative Yellow-bellied Flycatcher at
Duck Harbor. There were Chipping Sparrows everywhere in good numbers.

The seabird show was fantastic- "thousands 'of seabirds (shearwaters,
gannets, gulls and terns) passing by  Marconi  in Wellfleet, Race Point and
Hatch's Harbor in Provincetown and Head of the Meadow in Truro. The total
list for the two days was 103


Wellfleet, Provincetown and Truro
Barnstable County, MA, US, Barnstable, US-MA
Sep 13-14, 2014 7:15 AM - 7:15 PM

103 species

Canada Goose  9
Mute Swan  1
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  6
Common Eider  60
White-winged Scoter  22
Black Scoter  4
Wild Turkey  6
Common Loon  5
Cory's Shearwater  X--
Great Shearwater  X
Sooty Shearwater  X
Manx Shearwater  6-8
Northern Gannet  X
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Great Cormorant  2  Mac Millian Pier
Great Blue Heron  X
Snowy Egret  11  WBWS
Green Heron  2  WBWS and Pamet Harbor
Turkey Vulture  4
Northern Harrier  2
Cooper's Hawk  3
Red-tailed Hawk  3
American Oystercatcher  1  Lt. Island
Black-bellied Plover  X
Semipalmated Plover  X
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  X
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Whimbrel  3  1 at Lt. Is., 2 fly by at Hatch's H.
Ruddy Turnstone  15
Sanderling  X
Dunlin  1
Least Sandpiper  X
White-rumped Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  X
Parasitic Jaeger  15
Bonaparte's Gull  1
Laughing Gull  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Black Tern  1  Race Point
Roseate Tern  6 Race Point and Pamet Harbor
Common Tern  X
Forster's Tern  22 14 Pamet Harbor
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Belted Kingfisher  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  X
Hairy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  6
American Kestrel  1  WBWS
Merlin  3
Peregrine Falcon  2  WBWS
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  1  Duck Creek
Least Flycatcher  1  Old County Road
Eastern Phoebe  X
Philadelphia Vireo  6  4 in Wellfleet, 2 in Truro
Red-eyed Vireo  X
Blue Jay  X
American Crow  X
Fish Crow  8  Wellfleet
Tree Swallow  500  Race Point for most
Barn Swallow  1  Truro
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
Red-breasted Nuthatch  X
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Brown Creeper  2
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  4
Eastern Bluebird  3
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  35
Gray Catbird  X
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  X
Ovenbird  1  Bound Brook
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  X
American Redstart  X
Cape May Warbler  2  both in Truro
Magnolia Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Prairie Warbler  3
Pine Warbler  45-  very evident at all locations
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  X
Chipping Sparrow  X  large flocks everywhere
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  14
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  24
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Finch 10
American Goldfinch  X
House Sparrow  X

-- 
Bob Stymeist
Arlington
bobstymeist AT gmail.com
Subject: HSR: Wachusett Mountain (14 Sep 2014) 7759 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 14 Sep 2014 22:09:33 -0400
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              3              3
Osprey                      13             71             74
Bald Eagle                  39             79             83
Northern Harrier             4              9              9
Sharp-shinned Hawk          24            134            165
Cooper's Hawk               10             43             45
Northern Goshawk             1              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              2
Broad-winged Hawk         7649          10252          10312
Red-tailed Hawk              0              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            13             49             54
Merlin                       2             11             11
Peregrine Falcon             2              9             10
Unknown Accipiter            0              7              7
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2             23             23

Total:                    7759          10694          10801
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Steve Olson

Observers:        Paul Roberts, Rod Chase, Ted Mara, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Eric Smith, David Goodine, David Brown, Susan Williamson, Shawn Carey,
David & Ann Lynch, Chuck Johnson, Eliot Roberts, Marcus Rhodes, Polly
Baylis, Jack Miano, Mark & Emily M. and many others.


Weather:
Wind: NNE sifting to E throughout the day, 8 mph.
Temp: 46 degrees in AM, 58 degrees in PM.
Blue Sky with 45% cumulus & wispy clouds.

Raptor Observations:
Record number of Bald Eagles - 30 mature, 9 immature.
Local Red-Tailed Hawks playing all day.
Local Goshawk made 3 appearances during the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
3 Hummingbirds.1 or 2 Towhees made their presence known.

Predictions:
Similar to today. NE to E Winds, Sunny, Cooler _Blue Skies with cumulus
clouds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  ()
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw

Subject: Wachusett Hawk Flight Sunday Sept. 14
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:35:34 -0400
For reasons YTBD, Steve Olsons post on the Wachusett hawk count yesterday
did not make its way to/through MassBird. We will try to correct that. We
will try to determine why and correct that.

In the nonce, Sunday the weather was ideal for hawk migration, with moderate
NW winds. Wachusett had 7759 raptors, including its season high 7649
Broadwings, and a literally mind-numbing 39 Bald Eagles! Today was the fifth
best eagle year weve had in 38 years. Bald Eagles are making a big
comeback. The flight was pretty continuous throughout most of the day, with
a noticeable push after 4 p.m., when roughly 1500+ Broadwings were seen in a
series of small rivers and tall, diffuse kettles, often flying or streaming
well below the horizon. An incredible day. Barre Falls had 2348, and Clarry
Hill in Maine, which is a good indicator for us, had 1501 hawks.

Perhaps most surprising is that Sundays Wachusett count is the second
highest reported in the U.S. and Canada so far this year to my knowledge,
exceeded only by Detroit River Hawk Watch Sunday. Normally Hawk Ridge in
Duluth MN and Detroit River MI or Holiday Beach in Ontario have the biggest
fall Broadwing flights in the north and their counts have been relatively
low so far this year. (13,662 Sunday at Detroit is  a good flight. They
average 56,000+ Broadwings a year, with a record one-day count of 190,000
Broadwings!) All this suggests that the bulk of Broadwing movement is yet to
come. There should be a lot of Broadwings still north of us hopefully
heading our way.

For a complete report on Wachusetts flight, or on those over the weekend at
Barre Falls, Mt. Watatic, and other sites, visit hawkcount.org

Best,

Paul


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


Subject: HSR: Pinnacle Rock (14 Sep 2014) 4 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 14 Sep 2014 21:09:42 -0400
Pinnacle Rock
Malden, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total:                       4             10             10
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 09:30:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Craig Jackson

Observers:        Lorene Melvin

Weather:
Strong NW winds (16-30 mph); temperature 12°C; humidity - 74%; cloud cover
10%, mostly on southern horizon

Raptor Observations:
Observations not made by official counter
Small migratory movement (flying low up to 200 feet)
Non-migrating 3-4 Redtails

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Craig Jackson (crleja AT yahoo.com)
Subject: HSR: Mount Watatic (14 Sep 2014) 1546 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 14 Sep 2014 19:09:27 -0400
Mount Watatic
Ashburnham, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       3              6              6
Bald Eagle                   4              9              9
Northern Harrier             0              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk          16             29             29
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk         1522           3388           3388
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              9              9
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1

Total:                    1546           3444           3444
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Tom Pirro

Observers:        Christian Gras, Tom Gotshang, Tom Pirro

Visitors:
Christian Gras and Tom Gotshang Mike and Paul from south Worcester COunty,
many many dayhikers. 


Weather:
Wind NW 8-12MPH with a few gusts to 15
Temps 8 to 12
Good cloud cover to start but dwindled mid day on

Raptor Observations:
Nice morning flight but slowed after 10AM ST

Non-raptor Observations:
5 Ruby-throated Humming birds past, 5 Monarch butterflies.

Predictions:
.work
========================================================================
Report submitted by Tom Pirro (tpirro2010 AT gmail.com)
Mount Watatic information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/

Subject: Seabirds this morning and radar right now
From: Paul Champlin <skua99 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:38:47 -0400
Hi all,

There was a modest seabird movement this morning that diminished quickly after 
dawn as birds reoriented themselves after the winds kicked up from the 
northwest well before dawn. For about an hour the shearwaters (primarily Greats 
but three species seen... no Manx) passed at about 20/minute from west to east, 
and Northern Gannets passed in a procession of singles with some flocks of up 
to 40. Terns were on the move too, peppered with a few Jaegers (Pom and 
Long-tailed identified... never had so many Long-taileds as I have this 
summer). A dozen B-l Kittiwakes were also present in the procession of terns. 


Currently, a nice movement of birds is steaming down the Maine coast, headed in 
this direction (as indicated by radar). Could be that tomorrow morning will be 
pretty decent at Gooseberry and other coastal funnel spots. A little stronger 
wind would be helpful for that, but not necessarily good for the birds. 
Gooseberry has been interesting this year, with decent diversity but paltry 
numbers (mostly). Perhaps tonight will turn the tide. 


Best
Paul Champlin
Westport, MA
 		 	   		  
Subject: Tennessee Warbler
From: <gsdysart AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:24:16 +0000
Community Gardens Wayland MA September 14, 2014



Jason Forbes told me he had seen a Tennessee Warbler in the gardens earlier 
this morning, and while I was on a walk with the MA Butterfly Club, the bird 
was still there. Here’s a blown up photo of the bird in the shadows. 




http://dysart.zenfolio.com/birds_ma/e2bb7bda3 



Greg Dysart

http://dysart.zenfolio.com/
Subject: Re: HSR: Blueberry Hill (14 Sep 2014) 1180 Raptors
From: Matthew Galman <matthew.galman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:49:53 -0400
unsubscribe

Matthew Galman
Shutesbury, MA
(413) 253-0462

On Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 6:09 PM,  wrote:

>
> Blueberry Hill
> Granville, Massachusetts, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture                0              0              0
> Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
> Osprey                       3              8             11
> Bald Eagle                   5             16             18
> Northern Harrier             4             12             12
> Sharp-shinned Hawk          20             63             64
> Cooper's Hawk                1             11             11
> Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
> Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
> Broad-winged Hawk         1141           2578           2578
> Red-tailed Hawk              0              5              5
> Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
> Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
> American Kestrel             4             24             24
> Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
> Merlin                       0              0              0
> Unknown Accipiter            1              3              3
> Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
> Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
> Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
> Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
> Unknown Raptor               1              2              2
>
> Total:                    1180           2722           2728
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Observation start time: 07:00:00
> Observation end   time: 15:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
>
> Official Counter:        John Weeks
>
> Observers:        Allen Bird Club, John Weeks
>
> Visitors:
> Observers included: Byard Miller, Myles and Kathy Conway, Scott Fowler,
> Elethea Goodkin, Seth Kellogg, Janice and Tony Zepko, Lois and Al
> Richardson, Nora Hanke and Chris Chinni.  My apologies to those whose names
> I didn't get.
>
>
> Weather:
> Light NW wind all day.  Cloud-cover 5% increasing to 20% cirrus.
> Temperature 46-63 F.  Visibility 20 miles.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> Our share, presumably, of the nearly 2,000 Broad-wings seen at Mt Watatic
> yesterday.  Most of the action occurred before noon; only about 200 more
> Broad-wings passed through during the afternoon.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Great Blue Heron, Eastern Phoebe, Gray Catbird, Common Yellowthroat (f),
> Nashville Warbler.  Monarchs: 2.  One hummingbird moth.
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by John Weeks (aerie.john AT cox.net)
>
>
Subject: HSR: Blueberry Hill (14 Sep 2014) 1180 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 14 Sep 2014 18:09:33 -0400
Blueberry Hill
Granville, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       3              8             11
Bald Eagle                   5             16             18
Northern Harrier             4             12             12
Sharp-shinned Hawk          20             63             64
Cooper's Hawk                1             11             11
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk         1141           2578           2578
Red-tailed Hawk              0              5              5
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4             24             24
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            1              3              3
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              2              2

Total:                    1180           2722           2728
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        John Weeks

Observers:        Allen Bird Club, John Weeks

Visitors:
Observers included: Byard Miller, Myles and Kathy Conway, Scott Fowler,
Elethea Goodkin, Seth Kellogg, Janice and Tony Zepko, Lois and Al
Richardson, Nora Hanke and Chris Chinni.  My apologies to those whose names
I didn't get.


Weather:
Light NW wind all day.  Cloud-cover 5% increasing to 20% cirrus. 
Temperature 46-63 F.  Visibility 20 miles.

Raptor Observations:
Our share, presumably, of the nearly 2,000 Broad-wings seen at Mt Watatic
yesterday.  Most of the action occurred before noon; only about 200 more
Broad-wings passed through during the afternoon.

Non-raptor Observations:
Great Blue Heron, Eastern Phoebe, Gray Catbird, Common Yellowthroat (f),
Nashville Warbler.  Monarchs: 2.  One hummingbird moth.
========================================================================
Report submitted by John Weeks (aerie.john AT cox.net)

Subject: Clark Pond, Ipswich, Sep 14, 2014: Eurasian wigeon
From: "Jim Berry" <jim.berry3 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:24:27 -0400
> Clark Pond, Ipswich, Essex, US-MA
> Sep 14, 2014 12:10 PM - 12:35 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments:     I checked the pond from the observation platform and studied
> an early Eur. wigeon before a bald eagle came along and scared all the
> ducks from the pond (though the yellowlegs stayed put).  There was little
> variety: no herons, gulls, terns, or swallows.
> 14 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  2     adults--no young on this traditional
> nesting spot
> Gadwall (Anas strepera)  4
> EURASIAN WIGEON (Anas penelope)  1     immature male or adult male in
> non-breeding plumage, with rufous-red head AND sides as in Sibley's (2014)
> illustration of adult male non-breeding
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  10
> Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)  1     much larger bill than the GWTE
> Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  1
> Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1
> Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)  1
> Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  4
> Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca/flavipes)  1
> Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
> Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  2
> Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  1
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19832533

Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
jim.berry3 AT verizon.net
Subject: Next Bear Creek, Saugus, walk Sunday, September 21 at 9 am
From: "Soheil Zendeh" <sohzendeh AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:16:30 -0400
Folks, 

We've scheduled the next Bear Creek, Saugus, walk for next Sunday, September 21 
at 9 am. 


Though migratory movement of birds did not seem to be in high gear, 
nevertheless on our September 14 walk we enjoyed seeing a couple of kestrels 
hunting and a number of herons and egrets in the surrounding marsh, including a 
long line-up of Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Great Blue Herons. Clearly these 
birds are staging here for a southbound push a little later in the fall. Join 
us next week. 


Bear Creek is an upland sanctuary built on the old RESCO landfill at the 
northern end of Rumney Marsh in Saugus and Revere. Access information is below. 
Wear good walking shoes and be prepared to hike 3 – 4 miles. The property is 
mostly very open, so be prepared for sun and wind. The company has graciously 
stocked up on some extra pairs of binoculars, so if you or someone you know 
wants to learn about birds and birding, come on down. 


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


Bear Creek sanctuary access is via the RESCO plant, 100 Salem Turnpike (Rte 
107), Saugus. The rotary at the intersection of Rtes 60 and 107 is about 1½ 
miles southwest of the plant and about 1 mile east of Rte 1 exit on Rte 60. 
When traveling northeast on 107, if you go over the Ballard Street bridge (just 
after a set of lights) you’ve gone too far—turn back. Here is a link to 
google maps: http://tinyurl.com/326v87d 

When you arrive, drive through the plant gates, park in the parking lot 
immediately and wait for the group. Please do not drive farther into the 
property without an escort. 




Bear Creek Sanctuary, Saugus, Essex, US-MA Sep 14, 2014 9:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     NW breeze 5 - 15, clear skies.
27 species

Canada Goose  5
American Black Duck  13
Mallard  14
Ring-necked Pheasant  1
Double-crested Cormorant  36
Great Blue Heron  16
Great Egret  12
Snowy Egret  14
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Semipalmated Plover  1
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Mourning Dove  5
Northern Flicker  2
American Kestrel  2
American Crow  2
Barn Swallow  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  300
Savannah Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  8
House Finch  7
American Goldfinch  23
House Sparrow  1



Soheil Zendeh
42 Baker Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421

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

sohzendeh AT gmail.com

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


Subject: Seabirds and Whales tomorrow
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:54:29 +0000
We will be running the last Seabirds and Whales program of the season aboard 
the Captains Lady III on Monday, September 14 at 10 a.m. Join us as we search 
for shearwaters, jaegers, phalaropes, and other pelagic birds as well as marine 
mammals. To reserve a spot, call Newburyport Whale Watch at  (978) 
499-0832​​. 


I hope to see you aboard. Sounds like nice weather.

Cheers.
Dave  
 
 
 David M. Larson. PhD
 Education and Science Coordinator
 Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center
 Newburyport, MA 01950
 978-462-9998
      
Subject: Hawkwatch from yard in Groton
From: Tom Murray <tmurray74 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:34:09 -0700
Today I watched for hawk migration from 11:00am to 12:30pm and again for 15 
minutes around 4:00pm from my front yard. Through the small patch of sky I 
could see there was a decent number of birds today. I bet the reports tonight 
from the hawk watches on the mountains will be impressive. 

Here's what I saw from the yard today:

Turkey Vulture 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Coopers Hawk 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 (resident)
Broad-winged Hawk 162
Red-tailed Hawk 4 (2 resident birds)
Bald Eagle 1 immature

Tom Murray
Groton, Ma. 
Subject: Middlesex Fells Highlights 9/13
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:59:34 -0700
I spent six-and-one-half hours birding a good portion of the section of the 
fells that is south of Ravine Rd. in Stoneham. I was surprised to see so many 
Black and White Warblers. Several plants had berries/drupes on them, including 
the Maple-leafed Viburnum with its beautiful clusters of purplish-black drupes. 
Also, the Jack-in-the-Pulpits had their crazily intense red colored fruit on 
display. 

Belted Kingfisher 1                Quarter Mile Pond
Hairy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 9
Blue-headed Vireo 3
Red-headed Vireo 2
COMMON RAVEN 1              Spot Pond
Black-capped Chickadee 40
Tufted Titmouse 28
White-breasted Nuthatch 12
BROWN CREEPER 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1        such a lovely species!
WARBLERS:
Black and White 8
Black-throated Green 2 
Blackburnian 1                      beautiful ad. fem.
Pine 2                                  one singing off Ravine Rd.
Magnolia 1
Eastern Towhee 4
Scarlet Tanager 1
P.S. This place worth visiting. It was made for you and me!
Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston 
    
Subject: Whiskered Tern
From: bank1941 <bank1941 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:57:15 -0400
Mbers, A contingent of four Ma.birders had the subject bird at noontime today 
at Cape May NJ 


Joe Paluzzi

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: Ambiguous Vireo - Boston Public Garden
From: Gian Fabbri <gian_fabbri AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:17:00 -0400
Migrants are slowly increasing in numbers at the Boston Public Garden. 

Dexter Hunneman and I observed a possible Philadelphia Vireo in the crabapples 
adjacent to the BPG footbridge this morning. 


Other migrants included Yellow Warbler and B&W Warbler, and Cape May was 
reported earlier in the week. 


Cedar Waxwings also put on quite a fly-catching show for us -- I never realized 
they did that! 


Gian Fabbri
Boston MA

Gian_Fabbri AT yahoo.com
Subject: Olive-side Flycatcher/PI
From: Kirk S Elwell <gentilisfinder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:38:27 -0400
This AM at about 920hrs the Olive-sided Flycatcher was still in the S Curves.  
Just north of the Tick Farm gate. 

Also had 2 Philadelphia Vireos at the first(easterly) Sandy Point lot area and 
an adult Bald Eagle on it's favorite perch, the Rowley/Newbury town marker on 
the dike. 

Kirk.

Kirk S Elwell
Amesbury,MA
gentilisfinder AT gmail.com

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
Subject: Birding featured on Chronicle, Channel 5
From: John Kricher <jkricher59 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:34:14 -0400
With the permission of the moderator I am letting members know that I will
be featured on Chronicle (Channel 5 Boston) on Tuesday of this week
(September 16).  The show airs at 7:30 PM.  The theme of the show is to
profile four people, me among them, each of whom is passionate about
nature.  I am, of course, talking about the fun of birding and the
importance of birds in nature and the need for conservation.  My part of
the show was filmed on Cape Cod. Be interesting, at least for me, to see
what ends up in the final cut.

John Kricher
Pocasset
Subject: Good day to watch hawks?
From: Joshua Rose <opihi AT mindspring.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:00:59 -0400
Hi MassBirders,

Im going to be tied up with the family most of today, but anyone whos free to 
visit a hawk-watch site - or just lie in a hammock in their yard, I might 
manage that for a few minutes - may want to make a point of doing that today. 
Larry Therrien posted about 45 minutes ago to the Western Mass Birders group on 
FaceBook that hed already seen nearly 200 Broad-winged Hawks this morning 
forming several small kettles. Combine that with the 1000+ hawk days at 
Blueberry Hill and Mount Watatic yesterday, and it smells like today could be a 
really good flight 


Have fun,

Josh


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



Subject: Sandhills
From: lucy wightman <lucywightman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:41:54 -0400
I was very happy yesterday morning, to arrive at Cumberland Farms in East
Bridgewater, at the intersection of Washington and Central streets, and saw
the three magnificent cranes still in the marsh at 8:05. I was able to
watch them through my camera lens and get images of to cranes taking
flight, and some way that they must be communicating by touching one
another's beaks.

This morning, I arrived at Cumberland Farms at 7 AM and stayed until 8:30
AM and there were no signs of the cranes. I observed three Redtailed Hawks
in different positions forming a triangle around the huge field. I'm not
sure if that would be a deterrent to the cranes or not. The wind was very
strong even before the sun came up, and blowing north west. Perhaps this is
their day to spend in Easton?

I spent some time talking with the people that live across the street. They
did say that they observe the cranes flying in from the east, and make
their way west in the first part of the day. And generally, they come back
later in the day arriving from the west around 5 PM.

I noticed another burger, had arrived, and was standing on the edge of
Central Street looking out over the fields. Perhaps he'll have more to
report later.

Lucy W


-- 




Lucy W
781-264-8987
Subject: Monarchs' Decline
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:26:19 -0400
Birders,

There are many components to the Monarchs' decline:


http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/monarch/conservation_overview.html



Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport




	

	

	

	






	

	

	

	






Subject: Re: Whiskered Tern
From: David <davidbbernstein AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:19:04 -0400
Yes. From what I've read. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 13, 2014, at 8:43 PM, "Jonathan Center"  wrote:
> 
> I keep hearing that the two North American records of Whiskered Terns were 
both seen at Cape May, NJ. I recall there was one that hung around for a while 
along the Delaware shore in 1993. I tried for that one, but was too late by 
about two days. Was the Delaware bird considered to be the same one from Cape 
May? Just wondering. 

> 
> Jonathan Center
> jbcenter AT verizon.net
> Chelmsford 
Subject: HSR: Wachusett Mountain (13 Sep 2014) 439 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 13 Sep 2014 19:09:37 -0400
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              3              3
Osprey                       5             58             61
Bald Eagle                   6             40             44
Northern Harrier             0              5              5
Sharp-shinned Hawk          10            110            141
Cooper's Hawk                2             33             35
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              2
Broad-winged Hawk          407           2603           2663
Red-tailed Hawk              0              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4             36             41
Merlin                       0              9              9
Peregrine Falcon             0              7              8
Unknown Accipiter            0              7              7
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               5             21             21

Total:                     439           2935           3042
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Steve Olson

Observers:        Rod Chase, Steve Anderson

Visitors:
Colleen Tank, Glenn Davis, Rick Mokell, Molly Scheffe, Fred Daum, Mike
Timleo, Bill Headley, Evelyn Retette, Adrienne Koss, Donald cooper, Beth
Fried, Tom Lipsky, Susan Williamson, Ann Lynch, David Lynch, Polly Baylies


Weather:
Wind: NE to ENE- 8 mph.
100% Overcast by mid-AM, some blue earlier. By PM - total overcast with
rain at 3:00 PM. Lighter to the East.
15 mile view with clouds covering most peaks 30 miles or more away.
Temp: 58 degrees in AM & same in PM.

Raptor Observations:
Turkey Vultures (non-migrating)- at least 27 or more.
6 Bald Eagles - 3 mature birds & 3 immature birds.
Surprised at the number of Broad-Winged Hawks getting lift and moving,
given the weather conditions.

Non-raptor Observations:
Flicker -1
Tree Swallows - 3
Pileated Woodpecker (Adult Male)

Predictions:
Rain ending by midnight. Clearing. Cold front arrives in early AM. Sunny,
Blue Skies with cumulus slowly developing. Wind NE, NNE - light. Supposed
to be a very good day and might be good for Birds to fly. Who knows?
========================================================================
Report submitted by  ()
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw

Subject: HSR: Mount Watatic (13 Sep 2014) 1898 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 13 Sep 2014 18:09:20 -0400
Mount Watatic
Ashburnham, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       3              3              3
Bald Eagle                   5              5              5
Northern Harrier             2              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk          13             13             13
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk         1866           1866           1866
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8              8              8
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              1              1

Total:                    1898           1898           1898
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Tom Pirro

Observers:        Tom Pirro

Visitors:
Fred and Karin
Field trip group from Mass Audubon's Stony Brook and Drumlin Farm
sanctuaries.
Brett and his dog Tyson
Many dayhikers.


Weather:
Times EST
tmep from 8-11 C
Cloud Cover 99.9%
Wind NE 3-8MPH
Viz ~50K diminishing during the PM as the precip arrived

Raptor Observations:
Lift was tough for the today's flight, however the NE wind direction was
optimal for this flight. The lift did improve as the morning progressed and
many hawks soared into the low cloud deck. Most activity was to the east
shifting to the west later on.

RT 2 non migrants
TV 20+ "         "

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Loon 1,Canada Goose 12.Northern Raven 25+ (roving about in all
directions, Swallow Sp. 2.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Tom Pirro (tpirro2010 AT gmail.com)
Mount Watatic information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/

Subject: Re: Whiskered Tern
From: "Jonathan Center" <jbcenter AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:43:01 -0400
I keep hearing that the two North American records of Whiskered Terns were 
both seen at Cape May, NJ. I recall there was one that hung around for a 
while along the Delaware shore in 1993. I tried for that one, but was too 
late by about two days. Was the Delaware bird considered to be the same one 
from Cape May? Just wondering.

Jonathan Center
jbcenter AT verizon.net
Chelmsford 
Subject: PI highlights - Olive-sided flycatcher, Caspian terns, Sora, LB Dowitcher, Red knots
From: dave.williams6 AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:06:33 -0400
Had two visits to PI today, one in the morning and again after lunch. Thanks to 
Fay Vale I got our group wonderful looks at the Olive-sided flycatcher. 

In the PM at North Pool there was a quick appearance by a Sora and good looks 
at a Long-billed Dowitcher. A Merlin was perched in the trees near where the OS 
flycatcher was seen. Gannets were seen from the platform at parking lot #7. 
Sandy Point at high tide had BB plovers, 45 Red knots! (my highest PI total), 2 
Caspian terns flew in to check out a feeding frenzy and then flew off. A 
Peregrin kept the birds on their toes. 

A Stilt sandpiper was at SIP and a few Dunlin at BFP.
A very nice day!
Dave Williams
Reading, MA

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Crane Beach, 9/13
From: Miles Brengle <mbrengle154 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:55:59 -0400
Massbird,
                I birded Crane Beach and the nearby Crane Estate this
afternoon, starting around 2:00 and finishing around 6:00.  I started my
outing along the trails at the Crane Estate where songbird activity wasn't
all too exciting.  I then walked to the beach to look for shorebirds, but I
was eventually rushed off of the beach by an oncoming rain storm.  But not
before finding some good birds!

Highlights:
975 Double-crested Cormorants
1 Hudsonian Godwit
1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper
2 Eastern Screech-Owls
1 Philadelphia Vireo
1 American Pipit

Attention "Tricky Bird ID Junkies":  I had a weird looking peep at the
beach today that I think may have been a Western Sandpiper.  A full
checklist, along with pictures of the possible Western Sandpiper, can be
found at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19822178


-- 
Miles Brengle
Ipswich, Mass.
mbrengle154 AT gmail.com
Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: "Patty O'Neill" <pattyoneill AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:28:27 -0500 (CDT)
Hi


I forgot to switch to plain text before sending so am resending. Sorry

Three Sandhill Cranes were seen in the mown field opposite the Cumberland Farms 
at the intersections of Central and Washington Streets, East Bridgewater, at 
approximately 1;15 p.m. today, 9/13/14, by Patty O'Neill, Kathy Rawdon and Pat 
Donahue. We had time to get good looks at the cranes in the scope before they 
were put up by two photographers, approaching from two different directions. 
They appeared to be residents of the area, and not serious photographers or 
birders. So it is good that they are enjoying their visitors, but too bad they 
approached so close. The woman just stepped into the corner of the field from 
the woods, so perhaps she was in her own backyard. 



The Cranes flew west beyond the fields and then circled back and headed east 
passing behind the fields before disappearing. We drove down Washington Street 
but were unable to relocate the birds. Perhaps they will return. 



Patty O'Neill
Milton
pattoneillatverizon.net
Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: "Patty O'Neill" <pattyoneill AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:26:52 -0500 (CDT)




Subject: Northborough - 9/12
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:17:48 -0400
About 5 p.m. yesterday, we happened to catch some birds migrating 
over our house:

Osprey -1
Bald Eagle - 1
Broad-wing Hawk - 3

Not bad for the yard!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com
Subject: HSR: Blueberry Hill (13 Sep 2014) 1379 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 13 Sep 2014 17:09:28 -0400
Blueberry Hill
Granville, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       4              5              8
Bald Eagle                   3             11             13
Northern Harrier             5              8              8
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             43             44
Cooper's Hawk                1             10             10
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk         1364           1437           1437
Red-tailed Hawk              0              5              5
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2             20             20
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1

Total:                    1379           1542           1548
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        John Weeks

Observers:        Janice Zepko, John Weeks, Scott Fowler, Seth Kellogg

Visitors:
Fifth observer:  Byard Miller.


Weather:
Cloud-cover 98% to start, becoming thick overcast; low ceiling.  Wind NE
shifting to E, less than 5 mph and dropping to nothing by 1 PM EDT. 
Temperature mid-50s F.  Steady rain arrived at 2:20 EDT, ending the watch.

Raptor Observations:
Nothing was moving until a little after 11 AM EDT, then an almost
continuous stream of Broad-wings passed through, mostly to the east of the
site.  Six kettles of 100 or more (up to 325) birds each were seen, along
with numerous smaller groups.  The official tally is undoubtedly an
undercount, as many of the hawks moved at the limit of observation towards
the east.  The flight ceased as abruptly as it began around 1 PM, when the
wind died away.  To our collective astonishment, not a single Sharp-shinned
Hawk was flying.

Non-raptor Observations:
Canada Geese (18), Great Blue Heron, Ruffed Grouse (4 or 5), PHILADELPHIA
VIREOS (2), Red-eyed Vireo, Tree Swallows (100+).  Warblers: 
Black-and-white (m + f), American Redstart, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue
(3), Yellow-rumped, Prairie.  One lone Monarch.
========================================================================
Report submitted by John Weeks (aerie.john AT cox.net)

Subject: Help With ID
From: "Lesley Mattuchio" <leslm AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:35:10 -0400
I would love it if someone could give me a positive id on this bird. My best 
guess is it is an Indigo Bunting either female or juvenile? 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/125349441 AT N03/15041798578/


Thanks in advance.

Lesley Mattuchio
Photography By Lesley
lesleymattuchiophotography.zenfolio.com
leslm AT verizon.net
Melrose, MA

Subject: 9/13 Sandhill Cranes in E. Bridgewater - YES
From: Nancy Maciolek <njmaciolek AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:33:47 -0400
Massbirders,

I visited the Central and Washington Streets intersection in E. Bridgewater
at 11:30 this Sat. morning, and saw three cranes in the field. After about
20 minutes, they moved a few feet closer to the road, then went left and
disappeared behind a small hummock.

One of the neighbors came over to tell me that he has seen up to 5 cranes
at this location and that they fly in to the corner area nearest the street
at around 9 AM every morning that he has watched. He says they are like
clockwork.  Similarly, they tend not to be there in the afternoon (and I
did not see them at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, although there was a Massbird
report that they had been seen about half an hour before I got there).

I put six of my pictures in Flickr (taken with a Nikon P600 -  if not for
the zoom on that camera, I would have had pictures of 3 sticks at a
distance in the field).
https://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727 AT N00/sets/72157647572010475/

Lovely birds!

best regards,
Nancy

Nancy Blake
Duxbury, MA
njmaciolek AT gmail.com
Subject: Whiskered Tern
From: George W Gove <gwgove AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:36:43 -0400
For a description and photos of the Whiskered Tern, see 
http://cmboviewfromthecape.blogspot.com/

gwgove
Subject: Clay-Colored Sparrow @ Belmont Rock Meadow
From: Frank Lehman <frank.lehman AT tufts.edu>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:26:59 -0400
Hi list,

The sparrow show is not bad at all at Belmont's Rock Meadow Conservation
Area. I saw an eBird report of a Clay-Colored Sparrow the previous day, and
headed over at dusk yesterday to try my luck at this lifer. I had no
trouble finding the CCSP, which was associating with a large number of Song
Sparrows around the garden plots right at the entrance. Pics here
:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/67934167 AT N04/

Also had very nice views of a Lincoln's Sparrow, and a few still very
active hummingbirds. Didn't stay long enough to do a really exhaustive
assessment (found no warblers, for example). eBird report:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19811875

Frank


-- 
Frank Lehman,
Ph.D., Harvard University
Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Theory, Tufts
University
Secretary, New England Conference of Music Theorists
frank.lehman AT tufts.edu
Subject: BBC Plum Island Saturday September 13
From: William Drummond <wcdrummond AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:04:05 -0400
Dear Friends,

It was a slow day for migrants with the exception of a very cooperative 
Olive-sided Flycatcher along the road south of the pannes. Thanks to Eric 
Labato, who found the bird, and to Fay and Peter Vale who were holding onto it. 
We also had splendid looks at an American Bittern from the dike at Hellcat. It 
vocalized, displayed in the classic bittern position, and then flew over the 
dike. Alas, we did not hear or see one warbler or vireo. We had a great group, 
though, and we enjoyed being outside on this cool day. 


I still have some openings on my Alaska trip for next June. Please email me if 
you are interested, and I will send an itinerary. 


Good birding,

Bill Drummond
wcdrummond AT verizon.net
Subject: FW: your assistance re: bird trip
From: Peter Van Demark <peter AT caliper.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:19:49 -0400
Massbird Listers: anyone available to go? - Peter
 
From: Lauren Mayhew [mailto:laurenbm AT msn.com] 
Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2014 3:14 PM
To: peter AT caliper.com
Subject: your assistance re: bird trip
 
Hi Peter,

My husband and I met you a few weeks ago on the Halibut Point birding trip. We 
are signed up for the a birding trip to Monhegan Island next weekend - 9/19, 
and our cat has fallen ill so we won't be able to attend. We can only get a 
refund from the Ipswich Audubon Sanctuary if they fill our spots. They've 
filled one already, but they have one more to fill. I thought I'd reach out to 
you to see if you might know of a fellow bird watcher who would be interested 
in going. 


Thanks for any help you can offer!

Lauren Mayhew
Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Plum Island
From: "elabato" <elabato AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 12:04:30 +0000 (GMT)




Subject: Re: Purple Martin totals 2014  Town of Rehoboth  Crestwood Country
 Club and Clark Family.  
From: James Clark <jclark AT jlsms.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:20:59 +0000
Thank you a Ray for all the great work you do.  Looking forward to next season.

Jim

On Sep 12, 2014, at 10:07 PM, "Raymond Marr Jr" 
> wrote: 


 The 2014 season was by far one of the best seasons for the Purple Martins in 
the northeast. 

 Just the right temps and just enough rain. 58 pairs of Purple Martins nested 
and produced 269 chicks for the community. 

Crestwood Country Club:  produced  36 pairs  174 chicks   44 units total
The Clark Family: produced 22 pairs 95 chicks 36 units total 

 The Clarks will be adding another 18 gourds to there farm which will bring to 
the total number of 

 cavity's for the spring of 2015 98 and i sure most if not all will be taken 
since we had such a great season. 

 Another three pairs failed to fledge there young and thats about normal for a 
super colony failures happen and thats 

nature. Many northern landlords reported missing adults And I did see that in 
Barrington but not in Rehoboth the flock being 

a little younger and there migration a little later they seemed to have been 
able to dodge a weather issue in early spring if that 

was even it? They will continue to spread and repopulate many towns where they 
been absent for years. The new Troyer gourds 

help produce numerous sets of 7 eggs. And probably why the population is 
growing so rapidly. 

  Many thanks to the Crestwood Country Club and the Clark family

Raymond Marr
Barrington RI
rmarr2 AT cox.net
Subject: Essex County Ornithological Club September 26, 2014 Meeting Reminder - David Sibley on The Art of Identification
From: ECOC Mail <ecocmail AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:29:50 -0400
Please join us in welcoming David Sibley on The Art of Identification at 
our first meeting of the 2014 / 2015 Essex County Ornithological Club 
schedule.

Friday, Sept. 26, 7:45 pm
David Sibley on The Art of Identification
ECOC meeting 7:307:45 pm

It takes a special talent to create great field guide art, with key 
visual content packed into minimal space. Tracing his own artistic 
development through sketches and paintings, renowned naturalist and 
bestselling author David Sibley explores the unique requirements and 
challenges of illustrating for field guides. A book signing of the 
second edition of Sibley Guide to Birds (2014) and Sibleys Guide to 
Trees (2009) follows the lecture. Co-sponsored by PEM.

Morse Auditorium, Peabody Essex Museum. Free and open to the public.

For directions please see:

http://massbird.org/ecoc/

-- 
Phil Brown
Essex, MA 01929
ecocmail AT comcast.net
Webmaster for
The Essex County
Ornithological Club
Subject: HSR: Pinnacle Rock (12 Sep 2014) 1 Raptors
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 06:49:30 -0400
Thanks to Craig Jackson for the following.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com

* * *

From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 12 Sep 2014 22:09:01 -0400
Subject: HSR: Pinnacle Rock (12 Sep 2014) 1 Raptors



Pinnacle Rock
Malden, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total:                       1              6              6
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:00:00
Observation end   time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Craig Jackson

Observers:        Lorene Melvin

Weather:
Light NW winds turned NNE and then E, temperature 
22-23-22°C; Cloud cover
15-20%;

Raptor Observations:
Only last hour of observations made by official 
counter, who was not on
site until then.
Migrating Kestrel harassed non-migrant Redtail

Non-raptor Observations:
Migrants - 2 Chimney Swifts
Non-migrant- Great Blue Heron
========================================================================
Report submitted by Craig Jackson (crleja AT yahoo.com)

Subject: CT Report 09/12/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:58:33 -0400
EXTRALIMITAL NOTE: A Whiskered Tern was being seen in Cape May NJ
regularly on Friday.  This is only the third record for this species
in North America.  (Both prior records were also at Cape May.)


 From Hank Golet:
09/12/14 - Old Lyme, Great Island -- AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, PEREGRINE
FALCON.

 From Mike Resch:
09/12/14 - Pomfret, CT Audubon facility -- in the hedgerows, 2
Lincoln's Sparrows and a somewhat late Bobolink.

 From Preston Lust:
09/12/14 - Westport --  two migratory BLACK VULTURES.

 From Eileen Becker-Dunn:
09/12/14 - Branford -- 7:45 PM; 125 NIGHTHAWKS streaming over the Farm
River around 7:45 PM in the area of the town line of Branford & East
Haven Route 142 (Shore Drive).

 From Dana Campbell and friends:
09/12/14 - New Haven, Lighthouse Point Park, Hawk watch -- 3 PEREGRINE
FALCONS, 1 Common Nighthawk, 25 Bobolink.

 From Angela Dimmitt:
09/11/14 - Litchfield, Cemetery Pond -- 2 solitary sandpipers;
Blue-winged Teal.

 From Doug Beach:
09/11/14 - Simsbury -- A concentrated flock of 26 (twenty-six) Common
Ravens, first spotted by Sam Fried at 6:45 PM, soaring over Talcott
Mountain; approximately one-quarter mile north of Wintonbury Road. The
birds circled in the same location for at least 15 minutes before
settling into the trees just after 7:00 PM.

Subject: HSR: Pinnacle Rock (08 Sep 2014) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 12 Sep 2014 22:09:44 -0400
Pinnacle Rock
Malden, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 08, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total:                       0              5              5
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:45:00 
Observation end   time: 12:15:00 
Total observation time: 1.5 hours

Official Counter:        Craig Jackson

Observers:        Lorene Melvin

Weather:
Winds SSE 10-20 mph, sunny with some cloud cover

Raptor Observations:
Observations not made by recorder who was not on site
1 non-migrant RT

Non-raptor Observations:
Migrants - 2 Chimney Swifts
========================================================================
Report submitted by Craig Jackson (crleja AT yahoo.com)

Subject: HSR: Wachusett Mountain (12 Sep 2014) 2112 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 12 Sep 2014 20:09:00 -0400
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              3              3
Osprey                      28             53             56
Bald Eagle                  17             34             38
Northern Harrier             3              5              5
Sharp-shinned Hawk          34            100            131
Cooper's Hawk               11             31             33
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              2
Broad-winged Hawk         1996           2196           2256
Red-tailed Hawk              0              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            15             32             37
Merlin                       0              9              9
Peregrine Falcon             1              7              8
Unknown Accipiter            1              7              7
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               6             16             16

Total:                    2112           2496           2603
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Steve Olson

Observers:        Paul Roberts, Rod Chase, Ted Mara, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Bill Lafleche, Bill Rasku, Colleen Tank (eyes), Brian Rusnica, Boot
Boutwell, Wayne Klockner, Greg Stone, David  Goodine, Marcus Rhodes, Judy
Davis, Mike Flaherty,
Jack Milano, Peter & Faye Vale, Dave Brown, Rod Stock,
Paul Sullivan, Alan Bragg, Sam Miller


Weather:
Temp: 59 degrees in AM, 65 degrees in PM.
Wind: West to NE and East and back to NE. Speed to 6 mph in AM. Gradually
reduced by early PM. Thermals began to form in many directions around
Mountain and created a good amount of lift all PM.
Sunny with Blue Sky and thin white clouds

Raptor Observations:
Turkey Vultures (23 +)- non-migrating.
Bald Eagles (17 total), 4 Immature & 13 Mature
Red-Tailed Hawks - playing around the Mountain all day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens - 7.
Hummingbird - 1.
Towhees in the shrubs.


Predictions:
AM- Sunny, clouds increasing in PM. Chance of showers in the evening.

========================================================================
Report submitted by  ()
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw

Subject: HSR: Blueberry Hill (12 Sep 2014) 121 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 12 Sep 2014 20:09:47 -0400
Blueberry Hill
Granville, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1              1              4
Bald Eagle                   6              8             10
Northern Harrier             2              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk          28             43             44
Cooper's Hawk                4              9              9
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           67             73             73
Red-tailed Hawk              0              5              5
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            10             18             18
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            2              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Vulture              0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              1              1

Total:                     121            163            169
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Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        John Weeks

Observers:        Byard Miller, Doug James, John Weeks, Scott Fowler

Visitors:
Amy Donovan, Tom O'Toole and their amiable golden retriever, Riley, from
Washington, D.C.


Weather:
Sunny and hazy, with a few fleeting clouds.  Wind NW (varying mid-day to
NE, then back) 5-6 mph.  Temperature 53-65 F.

Raptor Observations:
Our first Broad-wing kettles of the season (19, 10 and 13 birds), and a
nice turn-out of migrating adult "southern" Bald Eagles (6) and Kestrels
(10).  Today's highlight: an adult female Harrier that sailed in and
quartered the hilltop just as Scott and I were packing up to leave. 
Non-migrants: BLACK VULTURE, Red-shouldered Hawk, 2-3 Red-tails.

Non-raptor Observations:
Ruffed Grouse (2), Hummingbirds (3), Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe,
Red-eyed Vireo, Gray Catbird.  Warblers: Common Yellowthroat (f), Northern
Parula (m), Black-throated Blue, Palm and Black-throated Green.
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Report submitted by John Weeks (aerie.john AT cox.net)

Subject: Purple Martin totals 2014 Town of Rehoboth Crestwood Country Club and Clark Family.
From: Raymond Marr Jr <rmarr2 AT Cox.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:05:52 -0400
 The 2014 season was by far one of the best seasons for the Purple Martins in 
the northeast. 

 Just the right temps and just enough rain. 58 pairs of Purple Martins nested 
and produced 269 chicks for the community. 

Crestwood Country Club:  produced  36 pairs  174 chicks   44 units total
The Clark Family: produced 22 pairs 95 chicks 36 units total 

 The Clarks will be adding another 18 gourds to there farm which will bring to 
the total number of 

 cavity's for the spring of 2015 98 and i sure most if not all will be taken 
since we had such a great season. 

 Another three pairs failed to fledge there young and thats about normal for a 
super colony failures happen and thats 

nature. Many northern landlords reported missing adults And I did see that in 
Barrington but not in Rehoboth the flock being 

a little younger and there migration a little later they seemed to have been 
able to dodge a weather issue in early spring if that 

was even it? They will continue to spread and repopulate many towns where they 
been absent for years. The new Troyer gourds 

help produce numerous sets of 7 eggs. And probably why the population is 
growing so rapidly. 

  Many thanks to the Crestwood Country Club and the Clark family 

Raymond Marr
Barrington RI
rmarr2 AT cox.net
Subject: Glossy Ibis Sighting on So. Shore
From: sharla Fenwick <pooka1228 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:12:55 -0700
9/12/14 - On a short visit to Daniel Webster Audubon Sanctuary in Marshfield 
this eve. I observed 1 Glossy Ibis in marshy pond visible from bird blind # 1. 
It was feeding along muddy edge of pond close to bird blind. Several Cedar 
Waxwings in area also. A hummingbird nearly flew into my face as I sat in front 
of open window blind. It's beating wings made a loud buzz that was rather 
frightening until I realized what it was. Hummer paused and stared directly at 
me momentarily. Owls heard as I left sanctuary. Mass of swallows swirled over 
larger pond feeding on insects. 

     Sharla F.
     Plymouth, Ma
     Pooka1228 AT yahoo.com 
Subject: Re: Whiskered Tern 1993 (correction)
From: Daan Sandee <sandee AT shell.TheWorld.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:09:18 -0400 (EDT)
Correction: It was 1993.  I was at the spot on July 21, but the bird was not.

Daan Sandee
Gloucester, MA                                        sandee AT theworld.com

Subject: Whiskered Tern 1998
From: Daan Sandee <sandee AT shell.TheWorld.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:05:42 -0400 (EDT)
Quote:

Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/13/1998
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending August 13 include reports of WHISKERED TERN, MARBLED GODWIT, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

A WHISKERED TERN was found at Bunker Pond in the Cape May Point State Park on August 8. The bird was seen again on the 9th, did not reappear on the 10th or 11th, but showed up again on Wednesday the 12th. As of this tape on the 13th, it had not been seen. Observers on the 12th located the bird in the flocks of terns and gulls feeding offshore at Cape May Point, and eventually it came to roost on Bunker Pond. It most often roosts at the back end of the pond when viewed from the hawk watch platform. It has generally been seen in the middle part of the day, staying no later than about 4:15. 
(end quote)

I can't remember it.  I chased the one in NJ in 1994 without success.

Daan Sandee
Gloucester, MA                                        sandee AT theworld.com

Subject: Whiskered tern
From: bank1941 <bank1941 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:09:09 -0400
Mbers, I remember the report in 1993 about subject when the W.TERN stuck around 
a few days, but never anything about the one in 98. Does anyone recall how long 
that one stayed? . 



Joe Paluzzi


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Subject: 9/12 Sandhill Cranes in East Bridgewater
From: Eddie <emgiles62 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:11:36 -0400
     My wife just got home from work and told me the (3) Cranes were in 
the field off of Central Stree at 6:20 this morning on her way to work.  
She did not see them when she drove by at 2:00PM.

Eddie

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Eddie Giles
East Bridgewater, MA
emgiles62 AT comcast.net
Subject: Black Skimmer - Chatham
From: Mary Keleher <maryeak AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:04:36 -0700
For those interested there was a Black Skimmer roosting with gulls at low tide 
this morning directly across from the Chatham fish pier. It even skimmed a few 
times. 


Mary Keleher
Mashpee, MA
Subject: EXTRALIMITAL: [JERSEYBI] Whiskered Tern, Cape May County
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151 AT aim.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:52:01 -0400
This from New Jersey.

If you didn't see the one in the mid 1990s, now is your chance.

Steve


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Westborough, MA   
PokeDaddy151 AT aol.com
 

Photos:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/ 


-----Original Message-----
From: Sam Galick 
To: JERSEYBI 
Sent: Fri, Sep 12, 2014 9:43 am
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Whiskered Tern, Cape May County


KEEKEEKERR - LZemaitis:
Whiskered Tern flying with Black Tern at Bunker Pond. Just flew towards 
Coral
Ave

More info will be posted when available.

Good birding!!

Sam


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Cape May, NJ
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