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18 Sep Monday pelagic bird trip cancelled [David Larson ]
7 Sep Seabird cruise on Sept. 19 [David Larson ]
12 Aug Optics Fair Tomorrow [Bird Watcher's Supply ]
2 Aug Optics Fair [Bird Watcher's Supply ]
29 Jul New England Osprey Symposium [Bird Watcher's Supply ]
17 Jul Web site for eBird Rarities - NH, MA, ME - FOR CELL PHONES [Steve Mirick ]
17 Jul Web site for eBird Rarities - NH, MA, ME - FOR CELL PHONES [Steve Mirick ]
1 Jun Fwd: Hands-On Bird Photography Series at Joppa Flats with Eduardo del Solar in June [David Larson ]
25 May Great Egret catching fish, pictures [Henry D Mauer ]
23 May Ruff, photos from Weskeag Marsh, Thomaston, Maine, Friday [Henry D Mauer ]
1 Apr Swarovski Digiscoping Weekend Event [Bird Watcher's Supply ]
29 Jan Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII tomorrow [David Larson ]
29 Jan Superbowl of Birding XIII tomorrow [David Larson ]
25 Jan Superbowl of Birding XIII [David Larson ]
21 Dec Superbowl of Birding XIII [David Larson ]
11 Nov New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts rarities [Steve Mirick ]
11 Nov New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts rarities [Steve Mirick ]
1 Nov Western Kingbirds, Daniel Webster [Bird Watcher's Supply ]
12 Oct NH Audubon Pelagic Trip - 10/11/15 [Steve Mirick ]
12 Oct NH Audubon Pelagic Trip - 10/11/15 [Steve Mirick ]
14 Aug Optics Fair Tomorrow [Bird Watcher's Supply ]
14 Jul Hands-On Bird Photography Series at Joppa Flats with Eduardo del Solar in August [David Larson ]
13 Jul Seabird Trip out of Newburyport today [David Larson ]
9 Jul Newburyport Pelagic Trip - Monday 7/13 [David Larson ]
9 Jul Newburyport Pelagic Trip - Monday 7/13 [David Larson ]
19 Jun Summer Seabird Cruises out of Newburyport, Mass [David Larson ]
9 Jun Blake-Nuttall Grant call for proposals [David Larson ]
07 Mar CT Report 03/07/2015 Tufted Duck, Barrow's [Roy Harvey ]
7 Mar Heron predation [Jeremy Coleman ]
07 Mar New bird relationships on display at Harvard MCZ [John Sharp ]
7 Mar Mew Gull- Kings Beach, Swampscott/Lynn- 3/7/15 [Nathan Dubrow ]
7 Mar Gloucester Harbor [caroline ]
7 Mar Turkey Vulture/Amesbury [Kirk Elwell ]
7 Mar Waltham Bohemian Waxwing.....yes! [Dan Prima ]
23 Apr Mt Auburn Cemetery BBC Walk - 4.23.14 [Neil Hayward ]
7 Mar Ravens in Groton [Tom Murray ]
7 Mar Mew Gull at kings beach YES [Jim Guion ]
07 Mar Bohemian Waxwing in Waltham ["Ann Gurka" ]
7 Mar 3/7. BOhemian waxwing []
6 Mar Bohemian Waxwings- Waltham [Bob Stymeist ]
6 Mar Birders meeting carpool?; Hadley lark-longspur-buntings; WMB updates [Joshua Rose ]
06 Mar yellow- headed blackbird relocated/rough legged hawks at Cumberland Farms in Halifax [Kathleen Rawdon ]
6 Mar 3 Bohemians continue in Waltham []
5 Mar Salisbury Beach State Reservation, plowing status, photos [Henry D Mauer ]
6 Mar 3/4 Grackle in Squantum; Cedar Waxwings Yes, Bohemians NO [Paul Peterson ]
5 Mar Re: [MASSBIRD] TIRED OF THE SNOW? For a helpful solution attend Mass Audubons Birders Meeting! [Joshua Rose ]
5 Mar Waxwings and restaurant in Waltham [alice morgan ]
5 Mar TIRED OF THE SNOW? For a helpful solution attend Mass Audubons Birders Meeting! [Wayne Petersen ]
5 Mar Waxwings in waltham [Alice Morgan ]
05 Mar addendum: gray seals in Gloucester harbor ["Jim Berry" ]
5 Mar Slim Pickens at S Boston Bay [Greg Dysart ]
05 Mar FW: 2015-03-04 - John Hoye - Picasa Web Albums ["John Hoye" ]
04 Mar Gloucester Harbor, Mar 4, 2015 ["Jim Berry" ]
4 Mar Acoaxet Redhead and Am. Coot [Paul Champlin ]
4 Mar SPRING TRAINING: Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Mar 4, 2015 [Fred Bouchard ]
4 Mar Kendall Square Falcons Mating [Jim Guion ]
04 Mar Good Blog Post on Gyrfalcon "Invasion" [Paul Roberts ]
04 Mar Dark Morph Gyrfalcon Sighted in Salisbury MA 3.4.15 [Paul Roberts ]
4 Mar Bohemian Waxwings -- Waltham [Don Heitzmann ]
04 Mar Pileated Woodpecker in Merrimac Wed [Bob & Bonnie Buxton ]
04 Mar Mew Gull [John Hoye ]
4 Mar Photos of the Mew Gull from yesterday, 3/3 [Ryan Merrill ]
4 Mar Out of area: About the woodpecker/weasel pix []
04 Mar Crane Beach, Ipswich, Mar 3, 2015 ["Jim Berry" ]
4 Mar Red-necked Grebe, Gadwall, etc. in North End Boston [Paul Peterson ]
3 Mar Mew Gull pix from King's Beach (late post) ["Soheil Zendeh" ]
3 Mar No Mew Gull, 2-3:30, 3/3 []
3 Mar Lone robin, Longwood Medical Area, Boston [Mary Small ]
03 Mar 3/4 - BBC Cape Ann trip cancelled [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
3 Mar letter coded email never gets opened [Reli Abilities ]
3 Mar Newbury & surrounding areas [sean riley ]
03 Mar 3/14 - Cape Cod Natural History Conference [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
3 Mar 2 Bos in Waltham []
03 Mar Tough winter for birds and wildlife [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
03 Mar Big Surprise []
3 Mar Bohemian waxwing in Waltham [Jeannea Paine ]

Subject: Monday pelagic bird trip cancelled
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:41:47 +0000
Sorry to say that the Seabirds trip scheduled by Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats 
Education Center and Newburyport Whalewatch has been cancelled due to weather. 
This trip cannot be rescheduled before the end of the season. 

Better luck next year!
Dave

David Larson
Mass Audubon
Joppa Flats Education Center
Newburyport, MA
978-462-9998
Dlarson AT massaudubon.org

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Subject: Seabird cruise on Sept. 19
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2016 15:15:59 +0000
Our next Seabird Cruise out of Newburyport Harbor is on Monday, September 19, 
from 9am to 3pm. I will be aboard the Captain's Lady II to spot and narrate 
birds. This is a prime time for seabird diversity and we hope for a stunning 
trip! 

Please register for this cruise through Newburyport Whale Watch at 800-848-1111 
or online at newburyportwhalewatch.com. 

Dave 

David Larson
Joppa Flats Education Center
Newburyport, MA

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Subject: Optics Fair Tomorrow
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 18:22:44 +0000 (UTC)
Just a reminder of our FREE Optics Fair that is happening tomorrow, Saturday 
August 13, 2015 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift on the 
Route 1 Traffic Circle in Newburyport. Representatives from the major optics 
and tripod companies will feature their latest products and answer your 
questions. Once again, there are incredible savings of up to to 20%, instant 
and mail-in rebates, lots of give-aways, and even free binoculars! Also, you 
can trade in your old tripod (in any condition)and receive an instant rebate of 
up to $100 on a brand new Manfrotto aluminum or carbon fiber tripod! Many of 
the specials are listed on our website: www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com and 
extend throughout the weekend. 


You will save even more on this Optics Fair weekend as WE have decided to go 
ahead with our own TAX FREE WEEKEND here at Bird Watcher’s Supply & Gift by 
giving our customers an additional 6.25% DISCOUNT on EVERY TAXABLE ITEM they 
purchase on August 13 & 14! In that way, WE pay the tax, not you! 


Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift is is a proud, long-time supporter of Mass 
Audubon, the Brookline Bird Club, Essex County Greenbelt, the Cape Ann Birding 
Festival, and the Cape Cod Birding Festival, to name a few. 


Tomorrow's Optics Fair is FREE, NO pre-registration, just come and enjoy! We 
hope that you can stop by! 


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





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Subject: Optics Fair
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2016 16:14:31 +0000 (UTC)
We would like to invite everyone to our FREE Optics Fair on Saturday, August 
13, 2015 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift on the Route 
1 Traffic Circle in Newburyport. Representatives from Swarovski, Zeiss, 
Ricoh/Pentax, Opticron, Nikon, and Manfrotto (tripods) will feature their 
latest products and answer all of your questions. At our Optics Fair, everyone 
will receive exceptional discounts on binoculars, scopes and tripods in all 
price ranges. Once again, there are incredible savings of up to to 20% from 
Swarovski, rebates and free binoculars from Zeiss, and instant rebates and /or 
free product from Opticron, Pentax and Nikon will be available! Also you can 
trade in your old clunker tripod (in any condition)and receive an instant 
rebate of up to $100 on a brand new Manfrotto aluminum or carbon fiber tripod! 
Many of these savings are going on right now! Details can be found on our 
website: www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com 


You will save even more on this Optics Fair weekend as WE have decided to go 
ahead with our own TAX FREE WEEKEND here at Bird Watcher’s Supply & Gift by 
giving our customers an additional 6.25% DISCOUNT on EVERY TAXABLE ITEM they 
purchase on August 13 & 14! In that way, WE pay the tax, not you! We will, of 
course, accept optics orders anytime before then and apply any applicable 
discount to offset the tax. 


We will also be happy to accept donations of used optics in good working order 
for the Birders' Exchange, a program of the American Birding Association. More 
information is available on their website: www.americanbirding.org/bex 


Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift is celebrating 21 years of serving the birding 
community. We are a proud, long-time supporter of Mass Audubon, including 
Bird-a-thon, The Superbowl of Birding, and the MAS Ipswich River WS Annual 
Audubon Nature Festival. We also support the Brookline Bird Club, Essex County 
Greenbelt, the Cape Ann Birding Festival, and the Cape Cod Birding Festival. We 
pass along sightings in support of the Massbird, NHBirds, PlumIslandBirds, and 
CapeCodBirds communities as well. 


Again, the Optics Fair is FREE, NO pre-registration, just come and enjoy! 
We hope to see you at our Optics Fair on Saturday, August 13th!

Steve, Barrett, Deb, Patte, Nick and Will.

Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift 
194 Route 1 
Route 1 Traffic Circle 
Newburyport, MA 01950 
Birdwsg AT comcast.net 
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Subject: New England Osprey Symposium
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:19:35 +0000 (UTC)
Dave Rimmer, Director of Land Stewarship at Essex County Greenbelt, asked me to 
pass along information on this interesting (and free) upcoming event: 


Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust is pleased to host this inaugural event:
New England Osprey 
Symposium 

Thursday September 22, 2016 

A FORUM TO DISCUSS The Conservation Biology, Management and Population Status 
of Osprey in New England 


VENUE:
Essex County Greenbelt Headquarters
Cox Reservation
82 Eastern Avenue Essex, MA 01929
www.ecga.org

Join conservation biologists, citizen scientists and other interested 
individuals from all six New England states for a day-long symposium focused on 
sharing information about Osprey in this region. 


AGENDA and REGISTRATION:
Pre-register by Sept 8th to guarantee lunch and a t-shirt. 
ecga.org/ospreysymposium 


FOR MORE INFORMATION: 
http://www.ecga.org/what_we_do/view_event/236-2016_new_england_osprey_symposium 

Contact: Dave Rimmer, Director of Land Stewardship 978-768-7241 x14 or email: 
dwr AT ecga.org 




Steve Grinley 
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194 Route 1 
Route 1 Traffic Circle 
Newburyport, MA 01950 
Birdwsg AT comcast.net 
978-462-0775 
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com 


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Subject: Web site for eBird Rarities - NH, MA, ME - FOR CELL PHONES
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 19:19:55 -0400
A while back, I adjusted my web page to show all of the eBird rarities 
(sorted by date).  I published this on a "Start.me" page:

https://start.me/p/3LQXGM/ebird-rarities

This is fine, but unfortunately, this web page doesn't render very well 
on a cell phone.

So, I've gone to another web resource (Weebly) to create a few more web 
pages, that you can access, and hopefully, will be able to read better 
on your cell phone.  it looks OK, on mine, but it may look different on 
different phones.  Again, I know nothing about programming, but have 
relied on the great work that BirdTrax has provided.

And thanks to Tim Walker for bugging me to do this!

Below are the links:

Massachusetts only
---------------------------
http://rarebirdsma.weebly.com/

Maine only
--------------
http://rarebirdsme.weebly.com/

New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine
----------------------------------------------------------
http://rarebirds-nh.weebly.com/


Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Web site for eBird Rarities - NH, MA, ME - FOR CELL PHONES
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 19:19:55 -0400
A while back, I adjusted my web page to show all of the eBird rarities 
(sorted by date).  I published this on a "Start.me" page:

https://start.me/p/3LQXGM/ebird-rarities

This is fine, but unfortunately, this web page doesn't render very well 
on a cell phone.

So, I've gone to another web resource (Weebly) to create a few more web 
pages, that you can access, and hopefully, will be able to read better 
on your cell phone.  it looks OK, on mine, but it may look different on 
different phones.  Again, I know nothing about programming, but have 
relied on the great work that BirdTrax has provided.

And thanks to Tim Walker for bugging me to do this!

Below are the links:

Massachusetts only
---------------------------
http://rarebirdsma.weebly.com/

Maine only
--------------
http://rarebirdsme.weebly.com/

New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine
----------------------------------------------------------
http://rarebirds-nh.weebly.com/


Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Fwd: Hands-On Bird Photography Series at Joppa Flats with Eduardo del Solar in June
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2016 16:46:16 +0000
> We ran this program last year and it received rave reviews. Eduardo does a 
great job! 

> 
> Join avian photographer Eduardo del Solar in this hands-on photography 
workshop series designed to improve your technical and artistic bird 
photography skills. The workshop will have the following components each week: 

> 
> 1. Two-and-a-half-hour classroom session focusing on the skills required for 
photographing birds in several modes (flight, portrait, environmental, and 
artistic). 

> 
> 2. Two-and-a-half-hour shoot, with the instructor selecting the site and type 
of images we will shoot. 

> 
> 3. Homework assignments. Each participant will provide the instructor with 
their best images for the week. 

> 
> 4. Critique of student's three best images, with a focus on improving each 
participant's skill set. 

> 
> No specific camera equipment is required--we will work with what you have. 
All levels of skill are accepted. Eduardo will individualize instruction based 
on the skill set of each participant. 

> 
> Class dates are June 4, 11, 18, and 25 (7 am to noon)
> 
> To register, call Joppa Flats Education Center at 978-462-9998 or go to 
http://bit.ly/20qEXE4 to register online. 

> 
> You are going to be a better bird photographer for it.
> 
> Dave
> 
> 
> David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator     
> Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 
01950 

> Telephone:  (978) 462-9998      E-mail:  dlarson AT massaudubon.org
> 

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Subject: Great Egret catching fish, pictures
From: Henry D Mauer <henryd.mauer AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 22:08:07 -0400
Earlier this month while driving through Newburyport, MA Deb noticed a
Great Egret in the marsh looking for dinner.  The Egret put on a good show
and the lighting was perfect.  Also some other birds from Plum Island.

Pictures at my usual link, click on the Great Egret thumbnail.

http://henrymauer.phanfare.com

Henry Mauer
Harpswell, ME
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Subject: Ruff, photos from Weskeag Marsh, Thomaston, Maine, Friday
From: Henry D Mauer <henryd.mauer AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 22:10:10 -0400
Last Friday Deb and I saw the Ruff at Weskeag Marsh in Thomaston, ME.
Photos of the Ruff at my usual link, below.  Click on the thumbnail with
the Ruff, then click on "Slideshow", then click on "Full Screen".

http://henrymauer.phanfare.com

Henry Mauer
Harpswell, ME
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Subject: Swarovski Digiscoping Weekend Event
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2016 19:54:42 +0000 (UTC)
There are still spaces available for our FREE Swarovski Digiscoping Weekend 
Event (described below) which begins tomorrow. We will continue to accept 
reservations for Saturday Afternoon's Presentation and/or Sunday's Field Trip 
and Photo Review Session until 11am tomorrow, as long as space remains 
available. 


Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift and Swarovski Optik invite you to join us for a 
FREE Swarovski Digiscoping Weekend with digiscoping expert Clay Taylor. The 
event will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3 at the Mass Audubon Joppa 
Flats Education Center. The schedule is as follows: 


Saturday Afternoon 1 - 4pm - Classroom presentation: Digiscoping with DSLR, 
point and shoot cameras, and SmartPhones. Attendees should bring their 
equipment to discuss. 


Sunday - 8am to Noon - Field Trip: Digiscoping with DSLR/Point & 
Shoot/Smartphones in the Field 

 Noon to 3pm - Classroom review of images taken on the field trip. Lunch 
(pizza/drinks) will be supplied. 


The Saturday Classroom Presentation and Sunday Field trip/Classroom are FREE 
but pre-registration is required and can be done by calling Bird Watcher's 
Supply & Gift at 978-462-0775 or via Email: BirdWSG AT comcast.net. There is 
limited capacity, so please register early. 


**For those not attending the Workshop, Tom Baney of Swarovski Optik will be at 
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift 11am-3pm both Saturday and Sunday with in-store 
demonstrations of birding optics. Special prices on Swarovski binoculars, 
spotting scopes, and digiscoping accessories will be available all weekend. 


Steve Grinley 
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift 
194 Route 1 
Route 1 Traffic Circle 
Newburyport, MA 01950 
Birdwsg AT comcast.net 
978-462-0775 
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com 
Swarovski Digiscoping Weekend Apr 2-3, Up to 20% Off Optics! 



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Subject: Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XIII tomorrow
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 20:52:35 +0000

From: David Larson >
Date: January 29, 2016 at 2:44:33 PM EST
To: "'massbird AT theworld.com'" 
>, "'New Hampshire Birds 
(nhbirds AT googlegroups.com)'" 
> 

Subject: Superbowl of Birding XIII tomorrow

The Superbowl of Birding XIII will take place tomorrow (January 30, 2016) from 
5 am to 5 pm. So, if you see a group of maniacs out searching through thickets 
and scoping the sea, it could be one of the teams. Or it could be ordinary 
maniacs. 


This competition has 23 teams with over 100 participants in the field of play 
(Essex County, MA, and Rockingham County, NH). Please note that teams are not 
allowed to receive outside information during the contest from any source 
except judges at Joppa Flats, massbird, or nhbirds. So please don't act as 
illicit scouts for the teams. The checklist rates birds for their difficulty at 
this time of year, with the most difficult at 5 points and the least at 1 
point. The first team to report a 5-point species receives 3 bonus points. All 
5-point birds must be called in to Joppa Flats to count. During the course of 
the day I will be posting updates on these relatively rare birds as they are 
reported. So tune in tomorrow if you are interested. 


We gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate sponsor 
for this event. Without their support, the Superbowl of Birding would not be 
possible. 


Dave

David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 
01950 

Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: 
dlarson AT massaudubon.org 


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Subject: Superbowl of Birding XIII tomorrow
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 19:44:33 +0000
The Superbowl of Birding XIII will take place tomorrow (January 30, 2016) from 
5 am to 5 pm. So, if you see a group of maniacs out searching through thickets 
and scoping the sea, it could be one of the teams. Or it could be ordinary 
maniacs. 


This competition has 23 teams with over 100 participants in the field of play 
(Essex County, MA, and Rockingham County, NH). Please note that teams are not 
allowed to receive outside information during the contest from any source 
except judges at Joppa Flats, massbird, or nhbirds. So please don't act as 
illicit scouts for the teams. The checklist rates birds for their difficulty at 
this time of year, with the most difficult at 5 points and the least at 1 
point. The first team to report a 5-point species receives 3 bonus points. All 
5-point birds must be called in to Joppa Flats to count. During the course of 
the day I will be posting updates on these relatively rare birds as they are 
reported. So tune in tomorrow if you are interested. 


We gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate sponsor 
for this event. Without their support, the Superbowl of Birding would not be 
possible. 


Dave

David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator     
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 
01950 

Telephone:  (978) 462-9998      E-mail:  dlarson AT massaudubon.org

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Subject: Superbowl of Birding XIII
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:54:54 +0000
> Folks,
> You might not care about the upcoming Super Bowl 50 anymore, but the more 
important contest, the Superbowl of Birding XIII, is this Saturday, January 
30th. There is still time to form a team, register, and win (or, at least, have 
fun.) 

> For details, see massaudubon.org/superbowl and you can register by calling 
978-462-9998. 

>   Cheers.
> Dave
> 
> David Larson
Joppa Flats Education Center
Mass Audubon
Newburyport, MA
> Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Superbowl of Birding XIII
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2015 17:19:09 +0000
> Folks,
> As you are engaged in Christmas Bird Counts this year, give a thought to the 
upcoming Superbowl. Not the one with the gigantic rich guys running into each 
other, but the one that anyone can play--the Superbowl of Birding. We are in 
year XIII of this Winter classic, and no one has torn an ACL, or suffered 
long-term brain injuries. 

> This winter, the Superbowl of Birding will be held on January 30, 2016. 
Details are available on the Mass Audubon website at 

> http://www.massaudubon.org/superbowl. Get your team together and compete for 
prizes and glory in ten categories! 

> 
> 
> David Larson
> Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon

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Subject: New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts rarities
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:45:58 -0500
I'm not sure if anyone had used my old Comcast web page for following 
the ME/NH/MA eBird rarities, but Comcast, in its infinite wisdom, 
decided to cancel its web page hosting services and DELETED all of my 
files/web pages in the last couple of weeks!!   With only one email 
warning me back in July!  A phone call yesterday was useless and all my 
files are now gone!

Anyhow, thanks to Sean Williams' post to Massbird for jogging my 
memory.....I have rewritten the web page and put it into Google Sites.  
It's free for anyone to bookmark and use as they wish.  It seems to 
render pretty well on an IPad.  I chose NH, MA, and ME because those are 
the only 3 states I usually visit and like to follow, and I have the 
lists sorted by the most recent sightings first.....for instance I see 
that Blair had the Brown Booby again this morning down on Corporation 
Beach in Dennis!

It is thanks to the wonderful folks that developed BirdTrax.  Just Click 
the "+" symbol on the far right for more details on that sighting....and 
then the box at the far right to see the entire eBird submission.

https://sites.google.com/site/ebirdrarities/

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts rarities
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:45:58 -0500
I'm not sure if anyone had used my old Comcast web page for following 
the ME/NH/MA eBird rarities, but Comcast, in its infinite wisdom, 
decided to cancel its web page hosting services and DELETED all of my 
files/web pages in the last couple of weeks!!   With only one email 
warning me back in July!  A phone call yesterday was useless and all my 
files are now gone!

Anyhow, thanks to Sean Williams' post to Massbird for jogging my 
memory.....I have rewritten the web page and put it into Google Sites.  
It's free for anyone to bookmark and use as they wish.  It seems to 
render pretty well on an IPad.  I chose NH, MA, and ME because those are 
the only 3 states I usually visit and like to follow, and I have the 
lists sorted by the most recent sightings first.....for instance I see 
that Blair had the Brown Booby again this morning down on Corporation 
Beach in Dennis!

It is thanks to the wonderful folks that developed BirdTrax.  Just Click 
the "+" symbol on the far right for more details on that sighting....and 
then the box at the far right to see the entire eBird submission.

https://sites.google.com/site/ebirdrarities/

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Western Kingbirds, Daniel Webster
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 1 Nov 2015 15:25:38 +0000 (UTC)
Bob Lessard called the store At 9:45 this morning to report that the 2 Western 
kingbirds reported by Jim McCoy the other day are still being seen by the 
Daniel Webster walkway. The birds were seen between the two entrances to the 
riverwalk and were observed picking bugs off the wires. 


Barrett Bacall

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Subject: NH Audubon Pelagic Trip - 10/11/15
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:13:53 -0400
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 hoping 
for some easement from the strong southwest winds.  The winds stayed 
strong making it nearly impossible to get further east toward Jeffrey's 
Ledge, so we made a big, wet, bumpy push directly into the winds to get 
some protection from Cape Ann where there were some reported birds and 
dolphins.  Once there, we turned back to ride the wind for most of the 
afternoon, which was very pleasant.

Despite the fact that we couldn't get far offshore, there were plenty of 
birds to see as well as whales and dolphins!  Most of the time was spent 
in "New Hampshire waters", but some time was spent further south off 
Plum Island in Massachusetts waters and some time was spent around Maine 
islands at the Isles of Shoals.  The biggest area of activity was over a 
pod of Atlantic White-sided Dolphins which were working an area just 
south and east of the Isles of Shoals and inside of Old Scantum, near a 
"flotilla" of Tuna fishing boats.  The dolphins attracted a great 
concentration of shearwaters and gannets.

Thanks to Jon Woolf for organizing this trip and to Captain Pete 
Reynolds who nearly gave up on this trip, but planned an excellent 
strategy to work the wind and waves.  And thanks to Becky Suomala who 
tallied species totals for the afternoon.  I am using mostly her numbers 
for the list below and for eBird checklists to be submitted.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

Canada Goose  11 - Migrating flock
Common Eider  162 - Most near Isles of Shoals.
Surf Scoter  10
Black Scoter  1 - Migrating south.
White-winged Scoter  41 - Several small groups migrating
scoter sp.  7
Long-tailed Duck  1 - Migrating south.  First of fall.
Common Loon  7 - A few individuals migrating.
NORTHERN FULMAR  11 - Mostly light morph birds.  At least one dark morph.
CORY'S SHEARWATER  91 - Most in large feeding flock with dolphins just 
south and east of the Isles of Shoals.
GREAT SHEARWATER  317 - Most in large feeding flock with dolphins just 
south and east of the Isles of Shoals.  There was some discussion and 
disagreement about the ratio of Great to Cory's Shearwaters.
shearwater sp.  32
Northern Gannet  224 - The majority were adults or near adults.
Double-crested Cormorant  70
Great Cormorant  6 - Sitting on rocks out on Isles of Shoals.
Great Blue Heron  2 - One out on Smuttynose Island.
Black-bellied Plover  5 - Offshore.
Greater Yellowlegs  1
shorebird sp.  1
POMARINE JAEGER  1 - Dark individual.  Not too cooperative.  Unsure on 
age.  Bold double wing flash below.  Bulky size.  Chased Northern Gannet 
briefly.  Some photos.
Black-legged Kittiwake  1
Bonaparte's Gull  1
Herring Gull  96
Great Black-backed Gull  94
Merlin  1     Chasing the Peregrine Falcon on Appledore Island.
Peregrine Falcon  1     On Appledore Island, chasing Merlin.
Red-eyed Vireo  1     On rocks at Little Seavey Island.
Yellow-rumped Warbler  20     On Appledore Island.
passerine sp.  2

For Marine Mammals
-----------------------------
Humpback Whale - 6 including 3 identified as "Chromosome", "Cornucopia", 
and "Clamp".
Atlantic White-sided Dolphin - 50 to 75 in one nice pod.  A 2nd group 
off Cape Ann was just too far for us to get to.

A few photo pages:
-------------------------
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kylewilmarth/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lmedlock
https://www.flickr.com/photos/amandaaltena
https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottheron


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Subject: NH Audubon Pelagic Trip - 10/11/15
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:13:53 -0400
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 hoping 
for some easement from the strong southwest winds.  The winds stayed 
strong making it nearly impossible to get further east toward Jeffrey's 
Ledge, so we made a big, wet, bumpy push directly into the winds to get 
some protection from Cape Ann where there were some reported birds and 
dolphins.  Once there, we turned back to ride the wind for most of the 
afternoon, which was very pleasant.

Despite the fact that we couldn't get far offshore, there were plenty of 
birds to see as well as whales and dolphins!  Most of the time was spent 
in "New Hampshire waters", but some time was spent further south off 
Plum Island in Massachusetts waters and some time was spent around Maine 
islands at the Isles of Shoals.  The biggest area of activity was over a 
pod of Atlantic White-sided Dolphins which were working an area just 
south and east of the Isles of Shoals and inside of Old Scantum, near a 
"flotilla" of Tuna fishing boats.  The dolphins attracted a great 
concentration of shearwaters and gannets.

Thanks to Jon Woolf for organizing this trip and to Captain Pete 
Reynolds who nearly gave up on this trip, but planned an excellent 
strategy to work the wind and waves.  And thanks to Becky Suomala who 
tallied species totals for the afternoon.  I am using mostly her numbers 
for the list below and for eBird checklists to be submitted.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

Canada Goose  11 - Migrating flock
Common Eider  162 - Most near Isles of Shoals.
Surf Scoter  10
Black Scoter  1 - Migrating south.
White-winged Scoter  41 - Several small groups migrating
scoter sp.  7
Long-tailed Duck  1 - Migrating south.  First of fall.
Common Loon  7 - A few individuals migrating.
NORTHERN FULMAR  11 - Mostly light morph birds.  At least one dark morph.
CORY'S SHEARWATER  91 - Most in large feeding flock with dolphins just 
south and east of the Isles of Shoals.
GREAT SHEARWATER  317 - Most in large feeding flock with dolphins just 
south and east of the Isles of Shoals.  There was some discussion and 
disagreement about the ratio of Great to Cory's Shearwaters.
shearwater sp.  32
Northern Gannet  224 - The majority were adults or near adults.
Double-crested Cormorant  70
Great Cormorant  6 - Sitting on rocks out on Isles of Shoals.
Great Blue Heron  2 - One out on Smuttynose Island.
Black-bellied Plover  5 - Offshore.
Greater Yellowlegs  1
shorebird sp.  1
POMARINE JAEGER  1 - Dark individual.  Not too cooperative.  Unsure on 
age.  Bold double wing flash below.  Bulky size.  Chased Northern Gannet 
briefly.  Some photos.
Black-legged Kittiwake  1
Bonaparte's Gull  1
Herring Gull  96
Great Black-backed Gull  94
Merlin  1     Chasing the Peregrine Falcon on Appledore Island.
Peregrine Falcon  1     On Appledore Island, chasing Merlin.
Red-eyed Vireo  1     On rocks at Little Seavey Island.
Yellow-rumped Warbler  20     On Appledore Island.
passerine sp.  2

For Marine Mammals
-----------------------------
Humpback Whale - 6 including 3 identified as "Chromosome", "Cornucopia", 
and "Clamp".
Atlantic White-sided Dolphin - 50 to 75 in one nice pod.  A 2nd group 
off Cape Ann was just too far for us to get to.

A few photo pages:
-------------------------
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kylewilmarth/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lmedlock
https://www.flickr.com/photos/amandaaltena
https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottheron


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Subject: Optics Fair Tomorrow
From: Bird Watcher's Supply <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:04:56 +0000 (UTC)
Just a reminder that our FREE Optics Fair is tomorrow, August 15, from 10:00 am 
to 3:00 pm at Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift at the Route 1 Traffic Circle in 
Newburyport. Representatives from Swarovski, Zeiss, Ricoh/Pentax, Opticron, 
Nikon, and Manfrotto will feature their latest products and answer all of your 
questions. At our Optics Fair, everyone will receive exceptional discounts and 
rebates on binoculars, scopes and tripods in all price ranges. You will save 
even more this weekend as August 15 & 16, is the 2015 Tax Free Holiday Weekend 
in Massachusetts! It is a great opportunity to compare, and to enjoy 
substantial savings! 


For those of you who may be unable to attend tomorrow, many of these savings 
will continue on Sunday and beyond. 


We will also be happy to accept donations of used optics in good working order 
for the Birders' Exchange, a program of the American Birding Association which 
provides new and used optics for educators and naturalists in Central and South 
America. More information is available on their website: 
www.americanbirding.org/bex 


Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift is celebrating 20 years of serving the birding 
community. We are a proud, long-time supporter of Mass Audubon, including 
Bird-a-thon, The Superbowl of Birding, and the MAS Ipswich River WS Annual 
Audubon Nature Festival. We also support the Brookline Bird Club, Essex County 
Greenbelt, the Cape Ann Birding Festival, and the Cape Cod Birding Festival. We 
pass along sightings in support of the Massbird, NHBirds, PlumIslandBirds, and 
CapeCodBirds communities as well. 


There is great shorebirding in Newburyport Harbor and Plum Island now, 
including reports this week of more than a dozen stilt sandpipers and a ruff at 
Stage Island Pool on the Parker River NWR. Low tide is around 7:30 am tomorrow 
with an early afternoon high tide. If you are in the area, do stop by the store 
for our Optics Fair! 


Again, the Optics Fair is FREE with NO pre-registration, just come and enjoy! 
We hope to see you tomorrow!

Steve Grinley 
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift 
Route 1 Traffic Circle 
Newburyport, MA 01950 
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Subject: Hands-On Bird Photography Series at Joppa Flats with Eduardo del Solar in August
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:52:44 +0000
We ran this program last year and it received rave reviews. Eduardo does a 
great job! 


Join avian photographer Eduardo del Solar in this hands-on photography workshop 
series designed to improve your technical and artistic bird photography skills. 
The workshop will have the following components each week: 


1. Two-and-a-half-hour classroom session focusing on the skills required for 
photographing birds in several modes (flight, portrait, environmental, and 
artistic). 


2. Two-and-a-half-hour shoot, with the instructor selecting the site and type 
of images we will shoot. 


3. Homework assignments. Each participant will provide the instructor with 
their best images for the week. 


4. Critique of student's three best images, with a focus on improving each 
participant's skill set. 


No specific camera equipment is required--we will work with what you have.  
All levels of skill are accepted. Eduardo will individualize instruction based 
on the skill set of each participant. 


Class dates are 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, and 8/30/2015 (7 am to noon)

To register, call Joppa Flats Education Center at 978-462-9998 or go to 
http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=7:program_code=40377. 


You are going to be a better bird photographer for it.

Dave


David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator     
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 
01950 

Telephone:  (978) 462-9998      E-mail:  dlarson AT massaudubon.org

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Subject: Seabird Trip out of Newburyport today
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 20:13:42 +0000
Our Seabird trip with Newburyport Whale Watch was fairly productive today. We 
departed at 9am and returned just after 3 pm. Under very calm seas and hazy 
overcast conditions, we motored out over Old Scantum to The Fingers on Jeffreys 
Ledge, then south along the edge of the Ledge, and finally over New Scantum, 
the Cove, and back into Newburyport. 


Species recorded beyond the mouth of the Merrimack included:

4   Northern Gannets
10 Cory's Shearwaters
2  Sooty Shearwaters
4 Great Shearwaters
72 Wilson's Storm-Petrels
2 Leach's Storm-Petrels
5 Roseate Terns
64 Common Terns
xx Great Black-backed and Herring gulls

and, surprisingly since this was a bird trip and we only stopped for one whale 
(to avoid hitting it): 


7 Minke Whales
3 Finback Whales
1 Humpback Whale
Also
1 shark sp.

We will be running two more Seabird trips out of Newburyport this summer, on 
August 10 and September 14. I hope you can join us. 


Dave

David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 
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Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: 
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Subject: Newburyport Pelagic Trip - Monday 7/13
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2015 14:52:07 +0000
Okay you pelagic birders, now's the time to get out on the briny deep. Joppa 
Flats Education Center and Newburyport Whale Watch are sponsoring three pelagic 
BIRDING trips this summer and the first one is on Monday the 13th, from 9 am to 
3 pm. This is not a whale-watching trip with the odd bird thrown in. This is a 
birding trip. All registrations are handled by Newburyport Whale Watch at 
1-800-848-1111. Sign up today - you'll be glad you did. I'll be happy to see 
you on Monday. 

Dave

David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 
01950 

Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: 
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Subject: Newburyport Pelagic Trip - Monday 7/13
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2015 14:52:07 +0000
Okay you pelagic birders, now's the time to get out on the briny deep. Joppa 
Flats Education Center and Newburyport Whale Watch are sponsoring three pelagic 
BIRDING trips this summer and the first one is on Monday the 13th, from 9 am to 
3 pm. This is not a whale-watching trip with the odd bird thrown in. This is a 
birding trip. All registrations are handled by Newburyport Whale Watch at 
1-800-848-1111. Sign up today - you'll be glad you did. I'll be happy to see 
you on Monday. 

Dave

David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 
01950 

Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: 
dlarson AT massaudubon.org 


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Subject: Summer Seabird Cruises out of Newburyport, Mass
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 13:29:11 +0000
Joppa Flats Education Center and Newburyport Whale Watch are pleased to 
announce that this summer we will be sponsoring a series of three Seabird 
Cruises out of Newburyport. These are not whale watches but dedicated seabird 
trips. 


Details:
July 13
August 10
September 14

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Prices per trip: Adult $65.00, Child $30.00
Seniors receive a $7 discount. Children ages 4 to 12 are eligible for the 
children's rate. 


This program focuses on seabirds, including storm-petrels, shearwaters, 
gannets, jaegers, terns, gulls, and phalaropes. Onboard the Captain's Lady 
III, we will visit Jeffreys Ledge or Stellwagen Bank to find the best seabirds 
around. Dave Larson of Joppa Flats will spot and narrate bird sightings. 


To register for these marine birding trips, please call the Newburyport Whale 
Watch at 1-800-848-1111. 


Instructions and Directions:
Meet on the boardwalk off Merrimack Street in downtown Newburyport. Wear 
rubber-soled shoes, a hat, and sunglasses. Bring warm clothing, binoculars, 
sunscreen, and your camera. The Captain's Lady III has toilets and a 
well-stocked galley. No alcohol may be brought onboard. 


Please join us this summer as we search out the best birds at sea.
Dave

David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator     
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 
01950 

Telephone:  (978) 462-9998      E-mail:  dlarson AT massaudubon.org

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Subject: Blake-Nuttall Grant call for proposals
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2015 20:10:56 +0000
The Nuttall Ornithological Club is pleased to announce the call for proposals 
for Blake-Nuttall Fund grants. Please see the Nuttall website at 
http://nuttallclub.org/BlakeFund.htm for details on the grants and note the new 
application protocols and requirements. 


Cheers,
Dave

David M. Larson, PhD
Vice President
Nuttall Ornithological Club
Cambridge, MA
redpoll AT comcast.net, dlarson AT massaudubon.org
781-964-7765
978-462-9998

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Subject: CT Report 03/07/2015 Tufted Duck, Barrow's
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 21:26:53 -0500
 From Stephanie Stewart:
03/07/15 - Bridgeport, Captain's cove -- 1:30 PM; Tufted Duck. Yes!!!!

 From Rick Gedney:
03/07/15 - Bridgeport, Captain's cove -- 4:00 PM; Tufted Duck in close
near inner  ice edge.  Nice afternoon light.

 From Jack Swatt:
03/07/15 - Bridgeport, Captain's cove -- When there earlier today the
area in front of the pavillion was mostly iced over with broken ice
and a large mixed flock congregated further south west past the docks.
The Tufted duck was seen from the public peir near the shops.  Also 15
Canvasback, 5 Redheads, 2 female Ring-necked Duck and 6 Horned Grebe.
Bridgeport, St Mary's by the Sea -- male Barrow's Goldeneye.

 From Frank & Linda Mantlik:
03/07/15 - Bridgeport, Captain's Cove (1 Bostwick) -- with Mike &
Wanda Moccio; it took 2 visits to locate the female TUFTED DUCK among
a large flock of Greater & Lesser Scaup. Also seen here were 9
REDHEADS (6 males), 1 CANVASBACK (sparse this icy winter), pair of
NORTHERN SHOVELERS (which flew away).
Bridgeport, St Mary's by the Sea -- w/ the Moccios; large flock of
500+-feeding Greater & Lesser Scaup contained 1 male REDHEAD, 1 male
CANVASBACK.

 From Russ Smiley:
03/07/15 - Madison, Middle Beach -- 8:40 AM; adult male Barrow's
Goldeneye (seen with 20 COGOs) at east rocks off shore (binocular
distance). Walk from small parking area to east end of sidewalk for
best viewing.
Madison, Hammonasset Beach SP -- 10:00; one Bonaparte's gull to east
of Meigs Point jetty.

 From Annie and Mike Perko:
03/07/15 - Colchester, yard -- Rusty Blackbirds continue under
backyard feeders for the 60th day from 3 to 8 of them. This morning 5
at 7:30 AM.

 From Ted Gilman:
03/07/15 - Greenwich, Audubon Center -- 10:15 AM; I first heard and
then saw, at close range, approximately 75 SNOW GEESE (including one
'blue phase') flying NW over Audubon Greenwich at treetop level.

 From Aidan Kiley:
03/07/15 - Fairfield, Larsen Sanctuary -- 3 Pine Siskins at the
large feeder by parking lot as you pull in.

Subject: Heron predation
From: Jeremy Coleman <jcolemanarch AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 22:23:49 -0500
I recently saw some behavior by an extremely opportunistic Great Blue Heron
on the banks of Deer Isle in the Merrimack River that was entirely new to
me. The heron flew out into the river and attacked a Common Merganser which
had just captured a chunky catfish, maybe close to a pound or so in size.
The heron forced the merg to drop its prey and seized the fish, landing in
deep water in the middle of the river. It then gave a giant surge with its
wings to get out of the water, looking to all the world like some weird
Leviathan, and flew back to shore, where it swallowed its ill-gotten goods.
You can see 3 photos of this thievery here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/113074700 AT N03/sets/72157650815764520/

If anyone can shed any light on how common this behavior is I'd appreciate
it.

Thanks!

Jeremy Coleman, Greenfield
jcolemanarch AT gmail.com
Subject: New bird relationships on display at Harvard MCZ
From: John Sharp <john.d.sharp AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 19:55:20 -0600 (CST)




Subject: Mew Gull- Kings Beach, Swampscott/Lynn- 3/7/15
From: Nathan Dubrow <nathan.dubrow AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:18:28 -0500
Hello Massbirders,

The Mew Gull at Kings Beach was present from at least 2:20 PM TO 4:00 PM
today. The gull was seen by Jim Guion, myself, and several other birders
for quite a while. He first showed up in the small stream, then flew off as
a dog passed by, but stayed in the area for my whole visit. It appeared
that he is roosting with the RBGU's as it was still with them as I left at
4:00. The first link below is to my checklist and the second link is to my
Flickr page with other photos.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22217044

https://www.flickr.com/photos/117813653 AT N05/

Sincerely,


Nathan Dubrow
nathandubrow AT gmail.com
Ipswich, Ma
Subject: Gloucester Harbor
From: caroline <carolinawrencarolinawren AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 17:14:35 -0500
Lots of seabirds today: 
Thick-billed murre
Glaucous gull
Iceland gulls in various plumages
WW scoter
Scaup
Eider
RBMerganser
Buffleheads
Multiple common loons
Harbor seal
Sadly, a co worker reported a dead immature eagle in the marsh off Thurston 
Point this past Friday. It's been a hard winter. 

Caroline Haines
Gloucester
Songbirder AT hotmail.com

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Subject: Turkey Vulture/Amesbury
From: Kirk Elwell <gentilisfinder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:30:54 -0500
A single Turkey Vulture in Amesbury this afternoon riding the feeble
thermals.
Kirk.

-- 
Kirk S Elwell
Amesbury, MA.
Subject: Waltham Bohemian Waxwing.....yes!
From: Dan Prima <raptormafia AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 17:23:14 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Massbirders!
Figured my odds were good, so I headed down to Waltham this morning and enjoyed 
an hour with my lifer Bohemian Waxwing from 8-9 AM.   Fantastic looks!   
 Bird was foraging with a large group of about 40 Cedars.   It was a short 
distance down the Greenway trail behind the Biagio's restaurant parking lot on 
Moody St.   

There is metered parking across the street, so that made things easy.  Meters 
only take quarters, though!   

Photos:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/111992153 AT N02/
Good birding!
Dan PrimaTewksbury MAraptormafia AT yahoo.com 
Subject: Mt Auburn Cemetery BBC Walk - 4.23.14
From: Neil Hayward <neil.hayward AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:10:17 -0400
Dear Massbirders,

They're coming! Three species of warbler this morning - Pine, Palm and
Yellow-rumped. Highlights though were probably non-warblers: courting Wood
Ducks in the trees to the west of the dell, and a perched Sharp-shinned
Hawk in the dell.

Full list below.

- Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

+ + +

Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Middlesex, US-MA
Apr 23, 2014 6:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     BBC Trip
28 species

Canada Goose  4
Wood Duck  2     Pair in trees west of the dell - around Mound Ave.
Mallard  3
Double-crested Cormorant  1     Flyover
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1     Spotted by Brooke Stevens in the dell. Seen to
fly out. Small, squarish tail, angled leading edge to wings.
Mourning Dove  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  6
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
Eastern Phoebe  2     At the bridge, and another west of dell.
Blue Jay  10
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  25
European Starling  2
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  1
Pine Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  3
Eastern Towhee  1     Near entrance
Chipping Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  12
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  12
Brown-headed Cowbird  8

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18040263

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Ravens in Groton
From: Tom Murray <tmurray74 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:38:48 +0000 (UTC)
Lately most of my birding has been around the house because of all the snow. 
Today I was out by the wetland behind the house viewing the open sky where I 
had a group of 6 ravens flying high overhead headed east with one crow 
bothering them. As soon as they were out of sight, another 2 ravens followed 
headed east. I was watching a Red-shouldered Hawk circling above the trees at 
the far end of the wetland when a Red-tailed flew in and flushed up a Coopers 
Hawk, giving me a view of all 3 raptors flying at the same time. A first of 
the year chipmunk made an appearance on the snow by my deck. I bet he was 
surprised by all the snow. 

For a complete list and a few photos, here's the ebird report. 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22216798 


Tom MurrayGroton, Ma.
Subject: Mew Gull at kings beach YES
From: Jim Guion <jim_guion AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:38:07 -0500
Currently in stream. Being seen by several birders.

Jim Guion
Arlington

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Subject: Bohemian Waxwing in Waltham
From: "Ann Gurka" <snowyegret7 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 11:06:40 -0500
There was a single Bohemian Waxwing still present with the flock of Cedars
feeding in the fruiting trees next to Biagio's Restaurant on Moody Street
from 9:30 to 10:45 this morning.  It took a little patience waiting for the
bird to arrive, but we got great looks at it once it was there.


Ann Gurka
Watertown, MA 

May the beauty of what you love be what you do,
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the earth.
 
Rumi


Subject: 3/7. BOhemian waxwing
From: lfkramer AT massed.net
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 07:02:08 -0500 (EST)
One seen with 30+ Cedar Waxwings in fruit trees behind Biagio's Restaurant, 
Moody Strret, Waltham. 6:30 AM. 


Leslie Kramer
Barry Burden
Subject: Bohemian Waxwings- Waltham
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 19:56:56 -0500
Massbirders
 As previously reported, the three Bohemian Waxwings continue along the
Riverwalk Path off Moody Street in Waltham. I spent over two hours, most of
the time the Cedars and the Bohemians were rather sedentary and hiding
among the branches not allowing good photo ops. After awhile they went in
search for water at the building right on the corner of Moody Street and
the start of the walkway. The Cedars were hovering under the dripping
icicles and a nearby railing, here are some photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rstymeist/sets/72157650799190198/

-- 
Bob Stymeist
Arlington
bobstymeist AT gmail.com
Subject: Birders meeting carpool?; Hadley lark-longspur-buntings; WMB updates
From: Joshua Rose <opihi AT mindspring.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 17:47:58 -0500
Hi MassBirders,

Is anyone heading to the MAS Birders’ Meeting tomorrow from west of the 
Quabbin, and interested in carpooling? If so, please send me an off-list 
e-mail… 


Just after noon yesterday, I came across a farmer spreading manure on a field. 
This was in Hadley, just southeast of the Hampshire Mall, and just southwest of 
the USF&WS HQ. The manure had attracted just about the biggest Horned Lark 
flock I’ve seen all winter. My most precise tally was 290 birds, but I’m 
sure I missed a few. I set up my spotting scope in the corner of the mall 
parking lot and managed to spot at least two Lapland Longspurs and one Snow 
Bunting in the flock. When the farmer returned with a fresh load and his 
tractor flushed the birds, I heard a Killdeer calling, and spotted it flying 
around. eBird says that this is the first Killdeer anyone’s reported in 
Hampshire County this year, so I guess qualifies as the first actual migrant 
I’ve seen this year! 


I also observed a second large flock of Horned Larks yesterday at a farm on 
Comins Road in far north Amherst/Hadley. This one numbered around 150; I’ve 
been seeing this flock in the same location for about two weeks now. When I 
first found it back on February 24, it had two Snow Buntings and a Lapland 
Longspur mixed in, but I’ve been unable to find any non-lark birds in the 
flock in my couple of visits since. (I saw a third flock of larks too, on Aqua 
Vitae Road in Hadley, but much smaller, only 8). 


A few sightings by other people, gleaned from the Western Mass Birders group of 
FaceBook, for anyone who hasn’t heard these through one avenue or another: 

The Clay-colored Sparrow that has been visiting the Griffiths' feeder in 
Belchertown since December is still showing up, now accompanied by a Fox 
Sparrow. 


A flock of birds irregularly roosting near the Coolidge Bridge, over the CT 
River between Hadley and Northampton, has at times included an Iceland Gull 
(first spotted by Jacob Drucker) and up to 7 Northern Pintail. 


Frank Bowrys reported a Black Vulture and a female Barrow’s Goldeneye from 
the CT River in Agawam yesterday, and a Long-tailed Duck downstream in 
Springfield. Lois and Al Richardson found a Red-necked Grebe in the same 
vicinity. 


The Bohemian Waxwing flock at the Notchview Reservation in Windsor is still 
being seen, off and on. The flock reached 95 for Gael Hurley, and has come 
within view of the parking lot at times. The reservation apparently has skis 
and snowshoes for rent, in case any birders feel that adventurous. (I’ve been 
keeping tabs on the Cedar Waxwing party in Turners Falls, now over 100 birds, 
but no Bohemians there yet, though I did see a couple of the orange-tipped 
honeysuckle-eating waxwings there yesterday). 


Good birding!

Josh


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



Subject: yellow- headed blackbird relocated/rough legged hawks at Cumberland Farms in Halifax
From: Kathleen Rawdon <rawdonk AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:29:36 -0500
Ma. Audubon Friday morning birding group out of North River in 
Marshfield relocated the yellow-headed blackbird with 2000+ red winged 
b.b. at the River St. entrance to Cumberland Farms in Halifax at approx 
10 a.m.  The flock was heard before being seen. Once we got the sun 
behind us, he was easily found in the group.  ? same group seen later 
from Wood Rd. swirling around. We have packed down the snow anyone 
heading there since we walked to fork where road splits to head to 
manure pit.
  3 rough-legged hawks, light morph seen too.
Kathy

Subject: 3 Bohemians continue in Waltham
From: maurice.gilmore AT comcast.net
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 19:49:42 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Folks,

  Still there, 9:30 Friday 3/6.

  With about 40 Cedar Waxwings, on the Greenway walk, 

  30 yards upriver from Moody Street, North side of the river.


   Pete Gilmore
Newton, MA
maurice.gilmore AT comcast.net
Subject: Salisbury Beach State Reservation, plowing status, photos
From: Henry D Mauer <henryd.mauer AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:04:20 -0500
Deb and I stopped by Salisbury Beach State Reservation this afternoon.
There was a front end loader hard at work on the roads.  The road all
around the campground is now wide enough for two cars to pass each other,
and it goes all around the campground.  The short stretch of road from the
campground out to the boat ramp is still only wide enough for one car.
Some streets in the campground are "somewhat" plowed.  We did not check out
the parking lots today.

At the boat ramp there were some White-winged Scoters not too far out so I
set up the camera and took some shots.  When I took a break from the
viewfinder there were two gulls at point blank range, so I took head shots
of them.

Pictures at my usual link:  http://henrymauer.phanfare.com

click on "Start Slideshow" and then click on "Full Screen".

Henry Mauer
Salisbury, MA
henryd.mauer AT gmail.com
Subject: 3/4 Grackle in Squantum; Cedar Waxwings Yes, Bohemians NO
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 00:26:03 +0000 (UTC)
Hi,
Squantum is dead right now, as is every other place. For one thing, all of 
Marina Bay is iced over, making it mandatory to have a spotting scope to view 
waterfowl from Squantum Point Park. (provided one can even figure out how to 
access the park). HOWEVER, I saw my first Common Grackle of the year at Victory 
Rd. and Commander Shea Blvd. Also, There were lots of Cedar Waxwings in the 
crabapples of Victory Rd. on both sides of the rotary. 

Cooper's Hawk 1            imm. perched in tree on Marina Dr.
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 visiting bell suet at Tilden Commons Dr. and Victory 
Rd. 

Cedar Waxwing 30 flying between crabapples on both sides of the rotary 

Common Grackle 1
Bohemian Waxwing 0 I searched and searched to no avail (what else was I to do 
in such a dead place?) 

Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston    
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] TIRED OF THE SNOW? For a helpful solution attend Mass Audubons Birders Meeting!
From: Joshua Rose <opihi AT mindspring.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:28:55 -0500
We should have a post-meeting expedition to see if the Bohemian Waxwing 
recently reported in Waltham is still around! 


;-)

JSR



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


Subject: Waxwings and restaurant in Waltham
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:12:40 -0500
Several people have asked about this. The Greenway, where the birds are
located, is extremely icy. I was not going to walk it (not sure I could
even get down to the walking level -- I am extremely careful now that I am
aging). I decided I should skip the whole thing. But Dane pulled the car
into the parking lot for Biagio's, on the NW corner of Moody St., just
opposite the Enterprise Car Rental. The trees are right there along the
river -- after lunch (which was very good) we saw about 40 Cedars, but I
failed to find the Bohemian I had seen earlier. (We didn't stay long.) Just
FYI, the restaurant has a bar with several screens, some of which are
watching the parking lot. So don't be surprised if they notice you. No one
said anything to us, however, and we were there for at least 10 minutes
before deciding to eat.

-- 
Alice & Dane Morgan
Brookline & S. Dartmouth, MA
Subject: TIRED OF THE SNOW? For a helpful solution attend Mass Audubons Birders Meeting!
From: Wayne Petersen <wpetersen AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:04:40 +0000
If the snow has gotten you down and you have not registered for the Birders 
Meeting, here is an opportunity not to be missed. Saturday~Rs Birders Meeting 
promises to be an informative and entertaining way to escape spending another 
snowbound weekend without getting your birding fix! The meeting will take place 
March 7 at Bentley University in Waltham, and there~Rs still time to register. 


The agenda, Managing for Birds: Balancing the needs of wildlife and people, 
will be relevant to birders and conservationists of all levels. The program 
will highlight the stewardship needs of habitats and species that have been 
identified in Mass Audubon~Rs State of the Birds 2013 report as requiring 
specific management to effectively sustain them in Massachusetts. Management 
topics will range from entire ecosystems, to habitats as small as suburban 
backyards. Author and artist Julie Zickefoose will keynote the meeting, and 
will be joined by a talented lineup of other habitat management specialists. In 
addition a rich assembly of vendors, raffles, and silent auction items will be 
available. For complete program details and to register for the meeting visit: 
http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/birds-birding/birders-meeting Walk-in 
registration is also welcome. 


Wayne R. Petersen
Director of Massachusetts Important Bird Area (IBA) Program
Mass Audubon
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
wpetersen AT massaudubon.org
(781) 259-2178
Subject: Waxwings in waltham
From: Alice Morgan <morgan.alice AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:17:17 -0500
1 bohemian and 28 cedars. Seen well from the parking lot of the restaurant on 
the corner. No ice there! 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: addendum: gray seals in Gloucester harbor
From: "Jim Berry" <jim.berry3 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:20:27 -0500
I forgot to mention that I saw 2, possibly 3, GRAY SEALS in the inner harbor 
yesterday, right alongside the moored fishing vessels.  I wonder what they 
were waiting for. . . .

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

Subject: Slim Pickens at S Boston Bay
From: Greg Dysart <gsdysart AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:22:32 +0000
9 Greater Scaup and a Merlin were seen Wednesday March 4, 2015 Wm. Day Blvd, S. 
Boston MA March 4, 2015 


http://dysart.zenfolio.com/birds_ma/e26f8d83






Greg Dysart
Natick, MA
Subject: FW: 2015-03-04 - John Hoye - Picasa Web Albums
From: "John Hoye" <Lt.Jaeger AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:50:35 -0500
Hi All
  Some pictures of the Mew Gull at Kings beach Lynn taken yesterday at 2
P.M. March 4th.     The bird suddenly appeared in front of us in the small
outflow "stream" close to the road  where it bathed and drank for at least
10 minutes before flying to the flat to the north altho still close where it
did more grooming  and was still there when we left 2:20 p.m.   The darkness
of the mantle was to me not as impressive as prior pictured 
 perhaps due to the overcast conditions   The unmarked yellow bill the
brownish eye the broad White tertial crescents and scapular crescents and
yellow legs all seen well. 
   John Hoye Wayland

-----Original Message-----
From: John Hoye [mailto:Lt.Jaeger AT verizon.net] 
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2015 7:10 AM
To: Lt.Jaeger AT verizon.net
Subject: 2015-03-04 - John Hoye - Picasa Web Albums

https://picasaweb.google.com/101375529793030642051/20150304#
   some pictures of the Mew Gull taken 1400 on March 4th at Kings Beach Lynn
     Enjoy
      John Hoye Wayland Ma
      Lt.Jaeger AT verizon.net
Subject: Gloucester Harbor, Mar 4, 2015
From: "Jim Berry" <jim.berry3 AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:59:52 -0500
> Gloucester Harbor
> Mar 4, 2015 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments:     I had a few minutes to scan the inner harbor from the fish 
> pier this morning following an appt. in Gloucester.  I found a (the) 
> thick-billed murre being attacked by a GBBG, but after several escape 
> dives by the murre the gull gave up, after which the murre stayed on the 
> surface and swam closer, giving me good looks.  I saw dozens of Iceland 
> gulls but no glaucous.  I forgot to look at the city hall tower for the 
> peregrine(s).  Because time was short, I only estimated the flocks of 
> ducks and Iceland gulls.
> 17 species
>
> Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)  X     There were about 40 scaup, but I 
> never had a look at any wings.  Both species were present, but most 
> appeared to be greaters.
> Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  X
> Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  150     Again, all the big numbers 
> are estimates.
> Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  40
> White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca)  10
> Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  2
> Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  10
> Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  1     drake
> Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  50
> Common Loon (Gavia immer)  8
> Thick-billed Murre (Uria lomvia)  1     Continuing bird in the inner 
> harbor.  Seen being attacked by GBBG (see notes above).
> Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  2
> Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  X
> Iceland Gull (Kumlien's) (Larus glaucoides kumlieni)  40   Most were 1W 
> birds, but I did not have time to count them by age.
> Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  X
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  50
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
>
> View this checklist online at 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22173265


Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
jim.berry3 AT verizon.net
Subject: Acoaxet Redhead and Am. Coot
From: Paul Champlin <skua99 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 18:47:29 -0500
Heavy concentration of waterfowl where Cockeast Pond empties into the Westport 
River, including those listed in the subject line, many Black Duck, Mallard, 
Am. Wigeon, Pintail, Scaup, Canada Geese, Mute Swans. They are all quite close 
to the road (River Road). 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: SPRING TRAINING: Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Mar 4, 2015
From: Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 18:11:02 -0500
Date: Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 5:57 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Mar 4, 2015

Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Middlesex, US-MA
Mar 4, 2015 12:05 PM - 12:55 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
Comments: Spring training: exhibition match. Roads poorly plowed.
12 species

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)  4     eddy monument
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2     one quietly sitting in snow
patch at foot of Auburn Lake, not on prey apparently
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  5
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  4
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22174946

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

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Subject: Kendall Square Falcons Mating
From: Jim Guion <jim_guion AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:28:53 -0500
On my way to work in Kendall Square this morning, I was walking to the Dunkin 
Donuts on Broadway going west a couple of blocks past Portland Street. As I 
approached Portland Street, I looked up at the US Trust building, I saw that 
the 2 local Peregrine Falcons were perched not far apart and looking East. I 
have seen them flying in the area recently and have seen 1 on this building at 
a time before. As I watched, 1 took off and flew Northeast and out of sight. 


After getting my coffee, I headed back in the same direction and still saw just 
the 1 bird on the building. A couple of blocks later at 1 Kendall Square, I 
glanced back one more time and saw the other bird, the male, fly in from the 
Northeast, land directly atop the female and perform some light wing flapping 
to balance in place for the few seconds needed to copulate before hopping down 
beside her. My first time to witness this in a raptor, though I have seen 
Belted Kingfishers and American Oystercatchers mating. 


Pretty cool and a sign of Spring coming!

A few years ago, a pair of Peregrines nested on the MiT building next to where 
I worked and I was able to see into their scrape from our offices. After they 
fledged, I would frequently be distracted during meetings as the whole family 
would fly down Broadway together. Since then, a new building was constructed 
next door and I do not believe they have nested there since. If anyone knows 
for sure where they nest and if this is the same pair or not, please let me 
know. I would like to be able to find some location to monitor them, from a 
distance of course. 


Jim Guion
Arlington, MA
 		 	   		  
Subject: Good Blog Post on Gyrfalcon "Invasion"
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:10:05 -0500
Alex Lamoreaux has a very interesting and informative blog post on the
Gyrfalcon Invasion 2015 at
http://www.nemesisbird.com/birding/rarities/gyrfalcon-invasion-2015 with
great photos of the Wallkill gyr.

Best,

Paul


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

Subject: Dark Morph Gyrfalcon Sighted in Salisbury MA 3.4.15
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:55:42 -0500
Tom Graham of Seabrook, NH just called to inform me that he had just seen a
dark morph Gyrfalcon at Salisbury State Reservation at about 2:15. The bird
was flying north up the main road in the reservation, as though heading for
Hampton, NH. He had good, close looks at the flying bird and thinks it is
almost certainly the bird he photographed in Seabrook, NH on January 26. He
could not refind the bird.

That bird clearly had a preference for eating gulls, so Salisbury can offer
her some tasty treats, although I am not sure where the gulls now roost with
all the snow.

If you've looked at the photos of the dark morph Gyrfalcon seen
intermittently in upstate New York (Mark Miller's photos at
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=881929055198897&set=gm.7206738146967
69&type=1&theater), at Tom's incredible Jan 26th photos of the Gyr in
Seabrook, and at Luke Seitz's incredible photos from Wells
(https://mebirdingfieldnotes.wordpress.com), with the Gyr challenging a
Redtail, you can see the impressive range in sizes of Red-tailed Hawk and
Gyrfalcon. 
 
Best,

Paul


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


Subject: Bohemian Waxwings -- Waltham
From: Don Heitzmann <dheitzmann AT dovetl.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:34:59 -0500
The two subject birds continue in Waltham, about 50 yds upstream from Moody St. 
on the Charles River path. They were with a flock of 30 Cedar Waxwings. As 
noted by others, walking on that path is difficult, but the section from Moody 
St to where the birds were is fairly packed down. The birds weren't around from 
about 11 a.m. to 12:30, but when I went back after lunch they were there -- at 
about 2 p.m. And they were still there at 2:30 when I left. 


-Don Heitzmann
Rehoboth
Dheitzmann AT dovetl.com
Subject: Pileated Woodpecker in Merrimac Wed
From: Bob & Bonnie Buxton <bbxt AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:22:08 -0500
We were thrilled to see a Pileated Woodpecker in our yard today!  We 
were hoping it would find one of our suet feeders but it was visiting 
several trees along the periphery of the yard only.  We did move a 
feeder closer to that area, so hoping it will return and find the suet.
We have seen a Pileated from time to time just landing way out back 
briefly before passing through, but this one stayed for a few minutes 
which was every exciting!

Good birding to all,
Bonnie & Bob Buxton
Merrimac MA
bbxt(AT)comcast.net
Subject: Mew Gull
From: John Hoye <lt.jaeger AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:12:27 -0500
Subject seen Kings beach 145 PM in the stream close bathed drank water the 
moved short distance right to roost on flats and still there 215 md seen well 
by all present 

     John and Audrey
     John Hoye Wayland
     Lt Jaeger AT verizon.net

I've wandered the earth in search of life: bird by bird I've come to know the 
earth. Pablo Neruda 

  
   John Hoye Wayland Ma
Subject: Photos of the Mew Gull from yesterday, 3/3
From: Ryan Merrill <rjm284 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:00:30 -0500
Yesterday the Mew Gull at Kings Beach in Swampscott/Lynn provided
great views throughout it's relatively brief mid-day stay.  Tom
Johnson spotted it as it flew in at 12:04.  It spent most of the
following hour preening before flying off to the west at 12:59.

It seems to match the "Kamchatka" subspecies of Mew Gull really well.
I was impressed at how much larger and darker the gull was than the
"American" Mew Gulls that I'm used to seeing in the Pacific Northwest.
This bird is larger than nearly all if not all of the Ring-billed
Gulls that were present.  It was also much darker-mantled, so much so
that it was easy to spot from the sidewalk without even needing
binoculars while it was out on the beach among the flock.

The best of my pictures of it are posted here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rjm284/sets/72157651099365806/

Good luck with it and good birding,
Ryan Merrill
Newton
Subject: Out of area: About the woodpecker/weasel pix
From: redpoll AT comcast.net
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:22:25 -0500
Comments from the photographer and explanation at www.bbc.com/news/uk-31711446. 
This story has lit up the web with speculation. 


David Larson
Bradford, MA
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Crane Beach, Ipswich, Mar 3, 2015
From: "Jim Berry" <jim.berry3 AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:41:33 -0500
> Crane Beach, Ipswich
> Mar 3, 2015 10:35 AM - 12:20 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments:     My nephew and I walked NW along the beach to view the large 
> flock of seaducks present there (and to get some much-needed exercise). 
> We did not find the drake king eider seen there Monday by Jim MacDougall. 
> And not a single songbird--not even a crow.
> 13 species
>
> American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  5
> Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)  6
> Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)  20
> Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  1
> White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca)  50     estimate of birds mixed in 
> with black scoters

> Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  350     Estimate of large, tightly 
> packed flock of birds of both sexes in roughly equal numbers.  Unlike such 
> tightly packed flocks in migration, these birds frequently dove for food. 
> But otherwise the social aspects of this mysterious tight flocking 
> appeared similar, as they swam around thrashing the water with their 
> wings.  We heard occasional whistling ("singing") by the male birds, like 
> I heard in Nahant last fall with Linda Pivacek.

> Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata)  1
> Common Loon (Gavia immer)  12
> Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2     both along Argilla Rd. and not 
> at the beach proper
> Sanderling (Calidris alba)  13     running back and forth along the 
> beach -- and between the blocks of ice!
> Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  30
> Iceland Gull (Kumlien's) (Larus glaucoides kumlieni)  1     first-winter 
> bird, present at least a week per Nancy Smith, who walks here daily
> Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  12
>
> View this checklist online at 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22164258

Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
jim.berry3 AT verizon.net
Subject: Red-necked Grebe, Gadwall, etc. in North End Boston
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 01:40:56 +0000 (UTC)
Hi,
While scanning from Commercial Wharf just north of Long Wharf, I was surprised 
to see at least one Red-necked Grebe close up. I say at least one because that 
bird flew off, and fifteen minutes later the same one or a different one swan 
in to the same area. It then disappeared behind the dock. The Gadwall continue 
in the area. Two males flew by me as I was standing behind the ice rink in the 
North End off Commercial St. They then flew up and over the Charlestown Bridge 
to presumably land at Nashua St. Park, a locale where I had seen a male and 
female about ten days ago. The south end of Revere beach, off Pier View Ave. 
had two Iceland Gills at low tide. Do not go to Belle Isle Marsh, for it is 
dead, with the exception off about twenty-five American Tree Sparrows that were 
pished up. 

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Loon 7         Charlestown Bridge area
Red-throated Loon 3   Commercial Wharf (wharf just north of Long Wharf)
RED-NECKED GREBE 1+ A surprise at Commercial Wharf (part of Boston Harborwalk) 

Gadwall 2             Near skating rink in North End (Commercial St.)
Peregrine Falcon nesting site Marriott Customs House (seen from Commercial 
Wharf) 

Iceland Gull 2        Pier View Ave. south end of Revere Beach
American Tree Sparrow 25    Belle Isle Marsh
Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston
Subject: Mew Gull pix from King's Beach (late post)
From: "Soheil Zendeh" <sohzendeh AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 20:35:46 -0500
I got to King's Beach, Lynn, yesterday afternoon around 4. As Suzanne
Sullian said in her Sunday post, the Mew Gull was easy to pick out because
of its very dark mantle, as you can see in the comparison with the adjacent
Ring-billed. 

 

At first I saw it at a good distance through the scope standing in front of
a flock of well over 100 Ringers. BY the time I got closer to the flock, it
had totally disappeared. By scanning back and forth I realized that it had
retreated to a place among a whole bunch of other gulls and was sitting
down, behind several others, with its head buried in its scaps.
Nevertheless, once I focused on the mantle color it was easy to pick out. 

 

After waiting a long time and occasionally getting a glimpse of its mostly
unmarked bill when it momentarily moved or preened, it suddenly got up and
left! I got ONE SHOT of the clear head and bill -- and that's all she wrote.

 

At a distance it seemed as large or larger than the Ringers. Up close it
seemed chunkier, with the head much more heavily flecked than most. Aside
from the darker mantle and unmarked bill (if you can see it), the other
characteristic Mewish thing about it is the wide white tertial crescent (and
noticeable scapular crescent) compared to the Ringers:

https://picasaweb.google.com/102611087159208870022/WinthropRevereEastBostonL
ynnNahant?authuser=0
 &feat=directlink (first 2 photos)

 

Thanks to Suzanne for turning it up. Sorry about this late post.

 

Soheil Zendeh

42 Baker Ave

Lexington, MA 02421

 

mobile: 617-763-5637

 
Subject: No Mew Gull, 2-3:30, 3/3
From: mresch8702 AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 21:21:00 -0500
I was with several other birders searching for the Mew Gull this afternoon from 
2 to 3:30 with no luck. Had about 150 gulls present, including 85 Ring-bills. A 
very cooperative 2nd year Iceland Gull was nice. And a flyby Peregrine got the 
birds' interest at one point. When I left there were still some gulls flying 
into the beach so maybe the target bird arrived later. 


Two Ring-bills were banded - does anyone know who do you report the bands to?

The birds had orange bands on the left leg - one with "A08" and one with "A10", 
and metal bands on the right leg. 


For those who may need a GPS location for this spot - it is at the southern end 
of Eastern Ave. (Route 129A) at Lynn Shore Drive right on the Lynn/Swampscott 
line. And there is quite a bit of parking along Lynn Shore Drive right at the 
location where this bird had been frequenting. 



Mike Resch
www.statebirding.blogspot.com
Pepperell, MA
Subject: Lone robin, Longwood Medical Area, Boston
From: Mary Small <mary.halm.small AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:58:48 -0500
Saw one lone robin on the frozen lawn outside my building on Blackfan
Street. It must be slim pickings for the early birds!

Mary Small
Concord, Mass.
Subject: 3/4 - BBC Cape Ann trip cancelled
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:09:44 -0500
I'm cancelling the Wednesday 3/4 Brookline Bird Club trip to Cape Ann 
for tomorrow.

The forecast for tomorrow sounds marginal at best, featuring an 
additional 3 inches of snow with rainy conditions and slippery local 
roads.

I'll try to schedule an impromptu trip when the weather looks good.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com
Subject: letter coded email never gets opened
From: Reli Abilities <reli.abilities AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 20:01:41 +0000 (UTC)
what is a Bos? Letter coded email gets deleted before opening 
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Subject: Newbury & surrounding areas
From: sean riley <newburyowls AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 12:36:21 -0500
I must say it has been rather slow out here on Plum Island, so I took some
time today to hit the surrounding areas including; Newburyport, West
Newbury and Rowley.

Bald Eagle - 6x various locations

Cedar Waxwing - 30+ ( 2 separate flocks in West Newbury)

American Kestrel - 1x,  Newburyport industrial area

Eastern Screech Owl - 3x,  various locations

Great Horned Owl, 2x, Newburyport

Pileated Woodpecker - 1x  , Stackyard Rd.

Common Raven - 2x ,  Scotland Rd.

Red-tailed Hawk, 7x,  Various locations

Horned Grebe, 3x Newbury

Red-throated Loon, 2x,  Newbury

Common Loon, 4x, Newbury

Razorbill, 8x, Newbury

Bufflehead, 15x, Newburyport

Common Merganser, 5x, Newburyport

-Sean Riley
Plum Island
Newburyowls AT gmail.com
10thstreetbirding.blogspot.com
Subject: 3/14 - Cape Cod Natural History Conference
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:19:29 -0500
Thanks to Jenette Kerr  for passing along this 
announcement of the upcoming Cape Cod Natural History Conference at 
the 4-Cs on Saturday, March 14.  Jenette notes that Blair Nikula will 
be one of the presenters on his winter waterfowl surveys and Kathy 
Parsons of Mass Audubon's Coastal Waterbird Program will be 
discussing the possible impacts of climate change on nesting plovers, 
terns and other shorebirds. Peter Trull is also on the schedule. The 
full announcement is below.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com

* * *


20th Annual  Cape Cod Natural History Conference

Saturday, March 14, 2015

  Held at the Cape Cod Community College
Organized by Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary


Register now for the Cape Cod Natural History Conference! This annual 
event is celebrating its 20th year and there is a great line-up of 
presentations.


http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/wellfleet-bay/news-events/20th-annual-cape-cod-natural-history-conference 


Among the many topics covered this year are: a review of the 30 year 
history of marine animal disentanglement, the return of the Cape's 
gray seal population, how citizen scientists are playing an important 
role in understanding bird populations, a changing climate and the 
distribution of species, and new technology giving scientists more 
insight into coastal erosion.

The conference will also feature presenters who took part in the 
inaugural event, including ecologist John Portnoy who will review 
salt marsh restoration efforts over the past 30 years, and naturalist 
Blair Nikula, who will discuss a long-running project that surveys 
the winter waterfowl on Cape Cod's ponds. Educator and naturalist 
Peter Trull, a presenter in 1996, is also on this year's schedule and 
will focus on engaging young people in natural history study.

The registration fee for the conference is $20 on or before March 7 
and $25 thereafter. The fee for registered students and Mass Audubon 
staff is $15.

Register online at 

http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/wellfleet-bay/news-events/20th-annual-cape-cod-natural-history-conference 


or by calling 508-349-2615.






Subject: 2 Bos in Waltham
From: maurice.gilmore AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:21:10 +0000 (UTC)
Thanks to Jason and Jeannea,


  This AM at 9:30-10:15, plenty of Cedar Waxwings along the

  greenway river path just upriver from Moody Street.

  Two Bohemian Waxwings in the mix, at one point sitting side by side.

  Plenty of open parking spaces along Moody Street, just south of the river.

Pete Gilmore
Newton, MA
maurice.gilmore AT comcast.net
Subject: Tough winter for birds and wildlife
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:41:25 -0500
Here's an article from Tufts Veterinary School about how tough the 
winter has been on wildlife.

"Veterinarians at Cummings School say it's the worst winter they've 
ever seen in terms of the number of starving patients arriving at the 
Tufts Wildlife Clinic in Grafton, Massachusetts"

http://now.tufts.edu/articles/caring-wildlife-when-nature-turns-nasty

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com
Subject: Big Surprise
From: kr1946 AT verizon.net
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:32:28 -0600 (CST)
Hi
When coming out of my driveway this morning I was very surprised to see a 
Hermit Thrush. Most ground covered with 3 feet of snow and fruit sources must 
be getting thin because the Bluebirds are coming to my grated suet. I would 
think even hardy Hermit Thrushes would abandon this snow. 

Kevin Ryan
Easton
Subject: Bohemian waxwing in Waltham
From: Jeannea Paine <jeannea.paine AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 06:18:30 -0500
Monday around 1:00pm I found the Bohemian waxwing in a flock of at least 50 
cedar waxwings in fruit trees on the path from Moody St to Prospect St as 
described by Jason Forbes. This flock was near the Moody St end. Another 
smaller flock of cedars was found farther along the path. Lots of fruit left on 
the trees along this path. The path through the deep snow is narrow, slick and 
tricky. 


Jeannea Paine
Boston MA