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Harriss Hawk,©Tony Disley

17 Apr Arlington Res Caspian Tern, 6:00 PM []
16 Apr 4/15 Ipswich Highlights [Paul Peterson ]
16 Apr Caspian Tern, Arlington res. YES 5:25pm 4/16 [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
16 Apr Plum Island - 04-16-14 ["David K. Weaver" ]
16 Apr Glossy Ibis, Tauton 4/16 [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
16 Apr Arlington Res. Caspian tern []
16 Apr Worm-eating Warbler in Chatham [Ryan Merrill ]
16 Apr Condor Watch - New Citizen Science Project [Gian Fabbri ]
16 Apr probable 1st year Yellow-legged Gull 4-8-2014 [Suzanne Sullivan ]
16 Apr couple of corrections re Yellow-legged Gull features [Suzanne Sullivan ]
16 Apr Caspian Tern Arl Red [Bob Stymeist ]
16 Apr Belated report-swallow-tailed kite [Peter Crosson ]
15 Apr CT Report 04/15/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
15 Apr Snow Goose - Scotland Road, Newbury [Sue ]
15 Apr New Doug Chickering Book ["David Davis" ]
15 Apr Tom Roberts - gathering/memorial/reception [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
15 Apr another Swallow-tailed Kite [Mark Faherty ]
15 Apr Arlington Res Glaucous Gull [Jason Forbes ]
15 Apr Glossy Ibis, Newbury 4/15 [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
15 Apr Blue-headed Vireo at Lowell Cemetery 4/15/14 [Mike ]
15 Apr Reading Town Forest - BG gnatcatcher, RC kinglets, Chipping & Swamp sparrows. []
15 Apr Chipping Sparrow ["jamoos AT earthlink.net" ]
15 Apr Monday Morning dips, however... []
15 Apr Fwd: Cattle egret, Essex 4/15 [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
15 Apr F.O.Y. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Chestnut Hill Res, Monday []
15 Apr Migrants arriving in Amherst [Joshua Rose ]
14 Apr HSR: Plum Island MA (14 Apr 2014) 70 Raptors []
14 Apr Spring wave in Concord [Cherrie Corey ]
14 Apr Purple Martin Decoys at Parker River NWR Lot #1 [Sue McGrath ]
14 Apr Scaup Cambridge Reservoir [Sabrina Hepburn ]
14 Apr Call for your Concord lists! [David Swain ]
14 Apr Oxbow NWR Rusty Blackbirds [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
14 Apr 4/13 Outer Cape Highlights [liam waters ]
14 Apr Quabog IBA 4/14 ["Mark Lynch" ]
14 Apr Cattle Egret - Essex - John Wise Ave - 04-14-14 [Phil Brown ]
14 Apr Wilson's Snipe on Mission Hill (Parker Hill) [Paul Peterson ]
14 Apr Southerly flow pushing birds... [Paul Champlin ]
14 Apr New GB Heron Nesting and Mating Pics [Andy Todzia ]
14 Apr Willowdale S. F. (east), Ipswich, Apr 14, 2014 ["Jim Berry" ]
14 Apr Scotland Rd Glossy Ibis [Maryellen Stone ]
14 Apr Wolf Trap Marsh Manchester BTS ["Lapite, Constance" ]
14 Apr Scotland Rd. Glossy ibis []
14 Apr Birder needed for breeding bird survey in Concord, MA [Steve Faccio ]
14 Apr White Ibis, Concord, MA heading NE [Kat Birder ]
14 Apr first chipping sparrows in Milton [Robert Mussey ]
14 Apr PRNWR, April 13 (Tricolored Heron photos, Winter Wren, Gnatcatchers) [Kyle Wilmarth ]
14 Apr Osprey in distress, same with Redtail, 4-12, 4-13 []
14 Apr Migrants Natick - Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Eastern Towhee []
14 Apr Crane Beach eastern end Apr 13, snowy owl but no plovers []
13 Apr CT Report 04/13/2014 [Roy Harvey ]
13 Apr Devens, Sunday Afternoon []
13 Apr Phoebes, Palm Warblers, Herons at Millis Ponds, 4/12 ["Walt Webb" ]
13 Apr Great Swamp, Nine Acre Corner [Strickland Wheelock ]
14 Apr Wompatuck State Park, et al. 4/13/14 ["Glenn d'Entremont" ]
13 Apr Wet Meadows - Newbury, Newburyport & W. Newbury 4/13/14 Morning [Sue McGrath ]
13 Apr Fwd: eBird Report - High Ridge Wildlife Management Area, Apr 13, 2014 [Bob Stymeist ]
13 Apr Bear Creek Sanctuary, Saugus, Apr 13, 2014; next Bear Creek walk Sunday April 27 ["Soheil Zendeh" ]
13 Apr Salisbury Egret Roost - 4/13/14 [Sue McGrath ]
13 Apr Great Swamp, Nine Acre Corner [Strickland Wheelock ]
13 Apr Salisbury Sunday Morning 2 Gray Ghosts ["Lesley Mattuchio" ]
13 Apr Cape Ann Birds 4/13 [Susan Hedman ]
13 Apr King's Beach Swampscott Bonapart's Gulls [Karsten Hartel ]
13 Apr Fw: eBird Report - Nantucket - West End, Apr 13, 2014 - No Ruff, Yes Stilt Sandpiper ["Ken - Birding" ]
13 Apr Radar links and nest cams ["Marj. Rines" ]
13 Apr winter wren - Boxford []
13 Apr HSR: Plum Island MA (12 Apr 2014) 204 Raptors [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
13 Apr Parker River NWR, Apr 13, 2014 [Miles Brengle ]
13 Apr Swallow-tailed Kite/Tricolored Herons [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
13 Apr 2 Little Blue Herons, Manchester BTS Wolf Trap Marsh ["Lapite, Constance" ]
13 Apr Sudbury [Glenn Long ]
13 Apr Hamlin Reservation, Ipswich, Apr 13, 2014 ["Jim Berry" ]
13 Apr Cattle Egret - Ipswich Rt 133 [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
13 Apr Snow Goose - Scotland Rd Newbury [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
13 Apr Finally spring in West Concord! [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
13 Apr Tricolored Heron Chatham, Swallow-tailed Kite Orlean [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
13 Apr Horned Grebes [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]

Subject: Arlington Res Caspian Tern, 6:00 PM
From: stevensimpson AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:47:08 +0000 (UTC)
I managed to get over to see Bob's Caspian Tern, and it was still on the 
sandbar. I thought I was getting a lifer, but upon examining my notes back home 
I see that I'd had one in Florida a few years back. Oh, well. 


Ran into Chris Floyd and we watched the bird spread its wings several times, 
looking like it was going to take off, but it just hopped around. 


I'm wondering if anyone has actually seen the bird fly. Hope so.

Steven A. Simpson
stevensimpson(at)comcast.net
(Arlington)
Subject: 4/15 Ipswich Highlights
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:02:43 -0700 (PDT)
Hi,
I had a blast birding in the rain yesterday at Maplecroft Farm and the New 
England Biolabs. The birds were very active, and the warblers dripping off the 
trees at the biolabs property. 

Highlights:
Great Egret 1
Wood Duck 6
Green-winged Teal 4
Bald Eagle-ad. flyover in center of town
Cooper's Hawk
American Kestrel-ad. male
Turkey Vulture 2
Wilson's Snipe 2
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5    biolabs
Hermit Thrush 2
Palm Warbler 40           biolabs
Yellow-rumped Warbler 20  biolabs
Pine Warbler 3            biolabs
Swamp Sparrow 9           biolabs
Savannah Sparrow 70       Maplecroft Farm
American Tree Sparrow 1   biolabs (edge of soccer fields)
P.S. I have fallen in love with this town
Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston
Subject: Caspian Tern, Arlington res. YES 5:25pm 4/16
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:32:31 +0000 (UTC)
Chuck Johnson called at 5:25pm to report that he is looking at the previously 
reported CASPIAN TERN at the Arlington Reservoir. 


Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
Birdwsg AT comcast.net
978-462-0775
Subject: Plum Island - 04-16-14
From: "David K. Weaver" <cygnus-dkw AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:32:31 -0400
On this very windy and cold April morning, Bill Gette and I led Joppa Flats' 
Wednesday Morning Birding program onto Plum Island and Parker River National 
Wildlife Refuge.  Despite the weather, a surprising number of people turned 
out.  Temps ranged from 29 to 39 F., skies were clear, and winds were 
NW/15-35 mph.  Yes, there was a windchill!

Our list for the morning:
Canada Goose
American Wigeon (2) - pr., main panne.
American Black Duck (~ 24)
Mallard - a few.
Northern Shoveler (4) - 2 drakes, pannes; pr. s. end Bill Forward Pool.
Northern Pintail (2) - pr., main panne.
Green-winged Teal (3) - drake, main panne; pr., The Wardens.
Wild Turkey (1) - The Wardens.
Double-crested Cormorant (3)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Great Egret (3)
Northern Harrier (1)
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
Greater Yellowlegs (3) - main panne.
American Woodcock (1) - refuge road, n. of Goodno Woods crossing.
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove (3)
Snowy Owl (3) - 1, marsh n. PI tpk., w. of bridge; 1, marsh n. PI tpk., e. 
of bridge; 1 on staddle in marsh w. of n. end of S-curves.
Northern Flicker (1)
American Crow (3)
Black-capped Chickadee (4) - Hellcat.
Brown Creeper (1) - w. side refuge road in sassafras grove in S-curves.
Golden-crowned Kinglet (2) - Hellcat.
Hermit Thrush (5) - roadside, S-curves.
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird (1)
Eastern Towhee (2) - S-curves.
Song Sparrow (2)
Northern Cardinal (5)
Purple Finch (2) - 1, just s. lot #1; 1, roadside, Hellcat.

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats Education Center at 0930
for Wednesday Morning Birding. For more information about Joppa Flats
programs, call Bill Gette or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

Dave Weaver
Manchester, MA 01944
cygnus-dkw AT verizon.net

Subject: Glossy Ibis, Tauton 4/16
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:23:41 +0000 (UTC)
Bob Lessard called at 2:15pm to report that Marcus Rhodes found 13 GLOSSY IBIS 
on a ballfield on First Street in the Weirs Section of Taunton. 


Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
Birdwsg AT comcast.net
978-462-0775
Subject: Arlington Res. Caspian tern
From: dave.williams6 AT gmail.com
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:45:41 -0400
Arlington Reservoir, Middlesex, US-MA
Apr 16, 2014 9:55 AM - 10:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.4 mile(s)
Comments: Thanks to Bob Stymeist's report of the Caspian tern at Arlington 
Res., I got some wonderful looks at this really neat bird around 10:00 this 
morning! At least 7 Rough-winged swallows and 2 Barn swallows in the swallow 
mix. Caspian tern photos at:http://tinyurl.com/kyvfeqh 

12 species

Mute Swan  7
Mallard  2
Ring-necked Duck  6
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  7
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Caspian Tern  1     Photos at:  http://tinyurl.com/kyvfeqh
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  7     FOY.  Conservative count.
Tree Swallow  25     Conservative count.
Barn Swallow  2     FOY.  Probably more in the group.
Black-capped Chickadee  1

Dave Williams
Reading, MA


View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17918859 


Sent from my iPad
Subject: Worm-eating Warbler in Chatham
From: Ryan Merrill <rjm284 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:04:57 -0400
Knut Hansen and I just found a Worm-eating Warbler on Morris Island, right
at the base of the driveway into the Monomoy NWR headquarters.

Ryan Merrill
Newton
Subject: Condor Watch - New Citizen Science Project
From: Gian Fabbri <gian_fabbri AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:19:18 -0700 (PDT)
(Posted with permission of moderator)

Condor Watch is a new citizen science project that, while extralimital, may be 
of interest to Massbirders. 


I am in no way affiliated with the project -- only a participant -- but the 
organizers say: 


"Today we're launching a new, and hugely important Zooniverse project: Condor 
Watch. The are only around 200 California Condors living in the wild and they 

are in serious danger from lead poisoning, which they get by eating 
carcasses shot with lead bullets. Getting a better idea of how they 
interact and socialise is crucial to ongoing conservation efforts.

Using camera traps, ecologists in the US have been observing them in the 
wild. However the sheer volume of images is now overwhelming. Starting 
today we need your help to look through the first set of data: 264,000 
images of condors eating, socialising, and nesting. Ecologists need 
everyone's help to identify the individual birds from their numbered 
tags. Your efforts on this project will help preserve an endangered 
species - and we think that's really special.

Get involved right now at www.condorwatch.org"

I spent about half an hour on the site and really enjoyed this "virtual 
birding" in the name of science.  Participants view images on their computer 
and identify the various birds, primarily California Condors, Common Ravens, 
and Golden Eagles snacking at the carcasses (not for the squeamish) laid out by 
the researchers.  When individual tagged condors are identified, the site 
provides a nice biographical summary, including its lineage, where it was born, 
its current health status, and how frequently the individual has been treated 
for lead poisoning. 


Given the dire state of the condor population and the slow, but hopefully 
successful efforts to re-establish them in the wild, it feels really good to 
contribute in some way to the conservation of this critically endangered 
species.  


Best,

Gian Fabbri
Boston, MA
gian_fabbri at yahoo.com
Subject: probable 1st year Yellow-legged Gull 4-8-2014
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:46:58 -0400
Good Morning Massbirders,

For anyone interested, back on April 8th I photographed a 1st year
gull I believe is an awesome candidate for a first year Yellow-legged
Gull (YLGU). I just happened to stop by the UMass Boat ramp in Lowell
for a quick look. There wasn't a whole lot there but this guy was sure
worth the stop.

If submitted and this is approved by MARC, and that is obviously no
guarantee, these are tricky id's, it would be the first confirmed
sighting of a 1st year YLGU in Massachusetts, or possible New England,
maybe even the continent? Not sure have not looked into it all that
much.

Other scenarios/possible id's need to be ruled out like a large
strange Lesser Black-backed Gull(LBBG), or a hybrid..... remember the
Kalmus candidate? That was not confirmed.

I put this bird for comment on the BIRDWG01 list serve and have
received 2 positives, no negatives. But would like more comments, even
if they are  negative that's ok, input is a good thing, I just want to
get it right, make sure I am right.  So  I have sent off to another ID
blog, hopefully I will hear from them. But in the mean time I thought
there might be some folks out there interested.By the way this bird
never showed again even though I went back several times. It was very
foggy that day and it might have just stopped by while migrating.

Reason's a possible YLGU and not LBBG - Tail - quite extraordinary -
tail band more white than most LBBG, spotted with a "wavy" pattern and
some what "wedge shaped" or giving the appearance of such. A typical
YLGU tail, not a typical LBBG tail
ttp://www.pbase.com/suzsull/image/155221022

 Bill- the bill is curved at the end of the upper mandible and hooked,
classic YLGU, no so classic LBBG. Both would have all bald bills at
this stage. Seen well here
http://www.pbase.com/suzsull/image/155221011

Size - Herring Gull size, would be a large LBBG, but size not so much
a factor just a supporting feature.
Coverts - A LBBG typically, almost always shows some barring on the
upper inner coverts. This bird shows no at all, another supporting
feature for YLGU.  http://www.pbase.com/suzsull/image/155221020

Undertal Coverts - shows  random V pattern or otherwise called
chevrons not barring, another supporting feature for YLGU, not so much
LBBG.

Underwing - This bird shows a lighter underwing than I think, not
sure, I LBBG would show, So darker patterned underwing coverts, but
flight feathers lighter. Not sure if this would fit LBBG or not. It
does fit YLGU depending on sub-species, I think.
http://www.pbase.com/suzsull/image/155221053

What sub-species is another issue entirely, and I lean towards
atlantis but I am no expert. Hopefully someone will weigh on on this
if indeed it can be determined this is a YLGU.

Full set of photos here http://www.pbase.com/suzsull/possible_1st_yr_ylgu

Suzanne Sullivan
Wilmington MA
swampy435 AT gmail.com
Subject: couple of corrections re Yellow-legged Gull features
From: Suzanne Sullivan <swampy435 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:57:59 -0400
Folks,
Made a couple of small errors on my previous post of the above subject matter.

The bills are all Black not bald at this age!
And the barring would be on the medium coverts not the upper.

Sorry about that, good to reread a few times before sending huh?
Cheers,
Suzanne Sullivan
Wilmington, MA
swampy435 AT gmail.com
Subject: Caspian Tern Arl Red
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:59:11 -0400
Caspian tern at Arlington reservoir rright now

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Belated report-swallow-tailed kite
From: Peter Crosson <pcrosson AT emeraldphysicians.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:42:16 -0400
Hi all, sorry for the delay on this report, I was having issues with this 
e-mail account. Thanks to Mark Faherty for getting the word out for me. 


After hitting the West Harwich conservation area, where the flats were alive 
with birds (including two pectoral sandpipers and three Wilson's snipe), I 
headed out to Chatham, where I dipped on the tri-colored heron. On the way 
back, I had just passed exit 8 on Route 6 when I spotted a swallow-tailed kite 
soaring high over the highway. It was among a group of gulls, and was 
immediately obvious by its deeply forked tail, long pointed wings, large size, 
and white on black plumage. Unfortunately there was nowhere for me to safely 
pull over, so I was unable to obtain photos. 


Seems interesting that the mid-Cape, from Yarmouth to Orleans, has been a 
hotbed of sighting these particular kites over the last few years. Hopefully 
someone else in the area can track it down and grab some pictures! 


Good birding,
Peter Crosson
Osterville, Mass.
Subject: CT Report 04/15/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:25:54 -0400
 From Patrick Dugan via Virginia Winston:
04/15/14 - Stamford, Holly Pond -- 8:12 AM; Little Gull.  8:30 AM;
Little Gull flew off.

 From Lynn Jones:
04/15/14 - Stratford/Milford, I-95 -- While driving across the
Housatonic river Tuesday morning, I saw a Northern Gannet close to
road level on the Moses Wheeler Bridge.  I tried to convince myself it
was a strange gull/ cormorant hybrid but it didn't work.  ;-)  Maybe
this rain is doing some funky things along the coast.

 From Tina Green:
04/15/14 - Westport, Sherwood Island State Park -- 11:25 PM; Little
Gull on runway of the model airplane field (with many Bonaparte's
Gulls), but they all flew off toward the beach.  12:30; adult
non-breeding Little Gull (with 400 Bonaparte's Gulls), Iceland Gull,
on the East Beach.  Joined by a Glaucous Gull minutes later.

 From Frank Mantlik:
04/15/14 - Bridgeport, Seaside Park -- 2 PM, rain and wind storm (from
SSW at 25+ mph, big surf); 1 Northern Gannet, 1 Iceland Gull
(1st-cycle), 1100 Brant and hundreds of usual gulls on ballfields.
Zero Bonaparte's Gulls; zero shorebirds.
Stratford, Long Beach -- 1 Iceland Gull (1st-cycle).
Stratford, Birdseye Boatramp -- pair Blue-winged Teal.

 From Hank Golet:
04/14/14 - Lyme -- WHIP-POOR-WILL.

 From Micky Komara:
04/14/14 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- A pair of gorgeous
Brown Thrashers were actively working the parking circle at Middle
Beach for at least two hours, from mid to late afternoon.

 From Dan Rottino with Jack Faller: 
04/14/14 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- A Snowy Owl at the
west end by the first pavilion on the left across from the Swan Pond. 

 From Gina Nichol:
04/14/14 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- Monday's Snowy Owl
put on an amazing show flying and landing on various perches around
the East Beach parking lot.  Also Little Blue Heron.

 From The Raffords:
04/14/14 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park -- Snowy Owl on
pavilion roof across the street from the Swan pond.  8:00 AM.

 From Chuck Imbergamo:
04/14/14 - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Willard Island
parking lot -- Pair of Boat-tailed Grackles, seen with Dan Rottino.

 From Renee Baade:
04/14/14 - Stratford, pond across from the 600 warehouse on Lordship
Blvd -- Eurasian Wigeon and Northern Shoveler.

 From Frank Mantlik:
04/14/14 - Milford, Milford Point -- 5 Northern Shovelers, 2
Blue-winged Teal,  4 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, 1 Black Vulture, 2
Common Ravens.

 From Paul Cianfaglione:
04/14/14 - West Hartford, Reservoir #6 -- 1 LONG-TAILED DUCK.

 From John Marshall:
04/14/14 - Litchfield, White Memorial's Little Pond -- AMERICAN
BITTERN, Northeast side of the pond.

 From Tina Green:
04/14/14 - Westport, Cockenoe Island -- with AJ Hand; 4 Blue-winged
Teal, 2+ Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.
Sherwood Island State Park -- Northern Gannet, 2 Wilson's Snipe in
ditch next to model airplane field.
Norwalk, Canfield Creek Marsh -- with AJ Hand; 2 Little Blue Heron, 2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Wilson's Snipe.

 From Paul Desjardins:
04/14/14 - New Haven, New Haven harbor -- Northern Gannet diving as
seen from the boat ramp in West Haven.

 From Robert Braunfield:
04/14/14 - Fairfield -- 2 Northern Gannets off Fairfield Beach Monday,
late afternoon, not too far out. First time I've seen them there.

 From Art Gingert:
04/13/14 - North Goshen, Goshen Wildlife Management Area -- Ruffed
Grouse.

 From SH Johnston:
04/13/14 - Hartford, downtown -- around 5:30 PM; 1 COMMON RAVEN
alighting on Lincoln Financial building.
New Britian, corner of Main and Chestnut Streets -- by the curb, head
of an AMERICAN WOODCOCK.  Photos and commentary here:
http://quodlibet-sarah.blogspot.com/2014/04/whats-that-bird-bat.html.

Subject: Snow Goose - Scotland Road, Newbury
From: Sue <newburyportbirders AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:40:29 -0400
Subject bird in field now 5:40pm with clamshell road  
Sue McGrath 
NBPT 
Subject: New Doug Chickering Book
From: "David Davis" <ddavis AT vgoassociates.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:10:22 -0400
Doug Chickering has rewritten his best essays from Massbird and other
publications and collected them into a book, “Reflections On A Golden-Winged
Warbler”.  The launch party for the book will begin at 2pm on Sunday, April
27 at the Joppa Flats Mass Audubon Center.    Doug will read some essays
from the book, there will be light refreshments, and Doug will be available
until 4pm to sign copies.
 
Many Massbirders have suggested over the years that Doug put together a book
of his wonderful essays on the joys and aesthetics of birding.  Come and
celebrate the reality! 
 
For more information on the book, go to  
http://bardbrookpress.com/reflections-on-a-golden-winged-warbler.html 
 
David Davis
Newbury, MA
ddavis AT vgoassociates.com


Subject: Tom Roberts - gathering/memorial/reception
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:50:10 -0400
Many of you might remember Tom Roberts, an avid birder often found 
out and about with his wife Claire McCall, has passed away.  Tom 
worked at Hanscom for  many years.

*

 From Claire:
Tom was a committed birder who convinced me to take an interest in 
birding when we lived in San Antonio, TX.  He joined the BBC after 
moving to the Boston area, but before too much longer his early-onset 
dementia undercut his interests and his abilities.  Until late last 
year he recognized and would mimic the calls of chickadees.  He was 
55 years old when he died.

Following the burial, there will be a gathering/memorial/reception at 
Bigelow Chapel at Mount Auburn Cemetery for a couple hours beginning 
at 11:00 on Saturday, April 19.  Though weather does not look 
promising, it would be very "right" if people visited the cemetery's 
grounds for some nature study or birding either before or after the 
gathering.  Mount Auburn Cemetery is at 580 Mount Auburn Street in 
Cambridge.

*

Thanks to Claire for this update.  His spirit and energy will be 
missed.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com
Subject: another Swallow-tailed Kite
From: Mark Faherty <msfaherty AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:39:44 -0700 (PDT)
Peter Crosson called in from the road after seeing a Swallow-tailed Kite near 
Exit 8 in Yarmouth this morning. His post to Cape Cod Birds is below: 


Hi all, at about 11:30 this morning I had a swallow-tailed kite fly 
right over me on route six near exit 8 in Yarmouth. It was soaring 
fairly high with a group of gulls.

Peter Crosson
Osterville, MA

Sent from my iPhone


Mark Faherty
Mass Audubon/Wellfleet Bay
Subject: Arlington Res Glaucous Gull
From: Jason Forbes <jason AT brewsterslinnet.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:16:01 -0400
I had a young Glaucous Gull just before noon today at the Arlington Res. It was 
sitting with a few Herring Gulls out on the little point on the west side when 
I pulled in. I circled around quickly and got to the other side just in time to 
watch it get up, loop around a couple times, and then apparently drift off to 
the west (following the stream next to Cataldo path?). A few photos start here: 
https://flic.kr/p/n9ibkJ 


Otherwise, there wasn't too much around (the wind being strong enough that I 
could barely stand in places didn't help). A few Yellow-rumps and one Palm were 
in the woods by Busa Farm and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet was singing behind the 
farm. Two Green-winged Teal and 7 Ring-necked Ducks were about it on the water. 
I was surprised to only see about 5 Tree Swallows. 


I also checked the Cambridge Res on the way home. Two scaup were near the bend 
on Winter St and a Common Loon was in quite close further down. 


Jason
--
Jason Forbes
Waltham, MA
jason AT brewsterslinnet.com
www.brewsterslinnet.com



Subject: Glossy Ibis, Newbury 4/15
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:28:52 +0000 (UTC)
Dave Adien just sent the following report to me:

Single Glossy Ibis continues on Scotland Rd.  Not with the geese
Well to the west of the observation platform


Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
Birdwsg AT comcast.net
978-462-0775
Subject: Blue-headed Vireo at Lowell Cemetery 4/15/14
From: Mike <metalmike667 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:23:51 -0400
Not much in the way of early migrants at Lowell Cemetery this morning with the 
exception of a very cooperative Blue-headed Vireo working the buds on a 
Japanese Maple. 


Good birding,
Mike Baird
Lowell, MA
Rkramden 1994 (at) gmail dot com
Subject: Reading Town Forest - BG gnatcatcher, RC kinglets, Chipping & Swamp sparrows.
From: dave.williams6 AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:52:40 -0400
Reading Town Forest, Middlesex, US-MA
Apr 15, 2014 9:00 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.25 mile(s)
Comments: Overcast, off and on mist to start, gusty winds, 60 degrees. Stayed 
closed to the Ipswich River and adjacent wetlands today. Blue-gray gnatcatcher, 
Ruby-crowned kinglet, Chipping sparrow, Swamp, sparrow, and Palm warbler were 
Town Forest FOY for me. Rusty blackbird is always nice. Still no Yellow-rumps. 

34 species

Canada Goose  4
Mute Swan  2
Wood Duck  2
Mallard  5
Green-winged Teal  13
Ring-necked Duck  7
Great Blue Heron  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Herring Gull  7     Fly overs in gusty wind.
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher 1 Possibly two. They breed, or attempt to breed, every year 
in the huge dirt/sand/gravel hills created by the Town workers behind the 
compost pile. 

Downy Woodpecker  6
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  4
Blue Jay  4
Tree Swallow  36
Black-capped Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
Brown Creeper  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
American Robin  28
Palm Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  4
Chipping Sparrow 6 Five were feeding on grass seeds in the big field where the 
water treatment plant was. 

Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  65     Very conservative.  Probably many more.
Rusty Blackbird 1 Well seen working slowly along a wetland edge. Yellow eye, a 
little glossy blue, smallish bill. Called several times. 

Common Grackle  38     Another very conservative count.
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
American Goldfinch  6

Dave Williams
Reading, MA

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17905207 


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Subject: Chipping Sparrow
From: "jamoos AT earthlink.net" <jamoos@earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:47:14 -0400
FOY  Chipping Sparrow at my feeders in Bolton yesterday afternoon.

AND there were Juncos hee in the morning but have seen none since the first
Chipping Sp.
arrived.   This seems to happen every year - the arriveal of the Chipping
Sparrows seems
to be a signal to the Juncos to leave.

jamoos AT earthlink.net
Jane Moosbruker, Ph.D.
Bolton, M


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Subject: Monday Morning dips, however...
From: chuckjohnson10 AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:32:25 -0400 (EDT)
Early yesterday, before work, I tried for the Snow Goose on Scotland Rd. A lot 
of geese there, but no white ones. Next, I made a quick foray to the main 
Pannes at PI for the reported Tricolored Heron. No. Back to Scotland Rd. where 
there were more geese. Not the Snow Goose. On to Ipswich for the Cattle Egret. 
No. However, at the Cattle Egret farm, there was an early Solitary Sandpiper 
poking around the pond. 

Chuck Johnson, Devens
chuckjohnson10 AT aol.com  
Subject: Fwd: Cattle egret, Essex 4/15
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:33:24 +0000 (UTC)
I received the following message from MaryMargaret Halsey at 8:40am this 
morning: 


"Now across from Cape Ann Golf Course on Rt 133 - if you think anyone 
interested." 


Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
Birdwsg AT comcast.net
978-462-0775
Subject: F.O.Y. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Chestnut Hill Res, Monday
From: stevensimpson AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:26:42 +0000 (UTC)
Forgot to post yesterday. I went out at noon to get my FOY Palm Warbler at 
Chestnut Hill Reservoir and didn't see one. As you know, the wind was crazy 
strong and made things difficult. I did find a nice little group of migrants on 
the leeward side of the hill near Cleveland Circle. 


Everybody was down low hiding from the wind. The Gnat-catcher was at eye level 
in some leaf-less scrub — nice! Got killer looks at a pair of Pine Warblers 
feeding nearly on the ground and thirty feet away — very pretty. There was a 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet in with them, too. 


Steven A. Simpson
(Arlington/Chestnut Hill)

stevensimpson AT comcast.net
www.gallerysimpson.com
Subject: Migrants arriving in Amherst
From: Joshua Rose <opihi AT mindspring.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:37:57 -0400
Hi MassBirders,

This morning in Amherst, FOY Gray Catbird appeared on my fruit feeder. Moments 
ago FOY Eastern Towhee was calling from the brush pile. Wish I had time to bird 
today, looks like migrants are falling out in the rain…. 


Yesterday a Northern Shoveler was in Turners Falls, first spotted in the 
morning by Chris Hyttinen. I caught up with it around 5:15 PM, when it was 
loitering in a raft of 40+ Ring-necked Ducks near the Barton Cove Campground in 
Gill. A female Common Goldeneye was also in the raft, three Bald Eagles in the 
sky above, and a Pileated Woodpecker chiseling on a big pine in the woods 
nearby. Several Buffleheads and another Goldeneye at the Rod & Gun Club. 
Thought I heard a Prairie Warbler singing near there, but could not confirm, 
kinda early for that one to be back, especially as I haven’t seen a Yellow-rump 
or Palm yet! 


Good birding,

Josh



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



Subject: HSR: Plum Island MA (14 Apr 2014) 70 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 14 Apr 2014 22:04:26 -0400
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               2             25             25
Osprey                       2              7              8
Bald Eagle                   0              2              2
Northern Harrier             6             77             86
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5             14             14
Cooper's Hawk                0              3              3
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            50            367            367
Merlin                       3             17             18
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Snowy Owl                    0              0              1

Total:                      70            516            528
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Ted Mara

Observers:        Bob Secatore, Maryellen Stone, Paul Roberts, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Our visitors were invaluable in helping spot and count birds, which were
all over the sky and usually moving near the speed of light. Thank you to
David Goodine, Judd Nathan, John Hazel, Tom Graham, Sam MIller, Isabele
Mendez, Joan Motowylak, Sharon and Scott Harvell, and Ralph and Judy Kee.


Weather:
Winds 5-32 mph SW, 20-27 degrees, 75 % light thin cloud cover. At 8:00 am,
we started with a sea breeze briefly before the SW winds started revving up

Raptor Observations:
A rare adult Red-shouldered Hawk seen well. 2 adult male Northern Harriers.
Everyone was thinking, hoping for a big day.  As Bradbury Mtn showed today,
birds were moving in huge numbers, but not along our part of the coast.
Winds were more southerly than westerly. The tail winds pushed most birds
through incredibly quickly, so glimpses were brief. One Merlin going high
above the marsh was probably doing 70-80+ mph, the fastest bird I can ever
recall seeing migrating.  

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Tomorrow's forecast is not favorable, but Wednesday's forecast looks
excellent. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Paul Roberts (phawk254 AT comcast.net)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/


Site Description:
The Plum Island Hawk Watch is located in parking lot #1 of the Parker River
Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, Newburyport, MA, approximately 32 miles
northeast of Boston. It is a volunteer-run spring watchsite with coverage
between mid March to mid May. 



Directions to site:
>From Interstate 95 take exit 57 for Route 113, (Newburyport). Travel east
on Rte 113 (which becomes Route 1A in Newbury) for a distance of 3.5 miles
to the intersection with Rolfe~Rs Lane (there is a traffic light at this
intersection). Take a left onto Rolfe~Rs Lane and follow to the end of the
road which terminates at a stop sign. Take a right at the stop sign. This
is the Plum Island Turnpike/Water Street, the only access to Plum Island. 
Follow the Plum Island Turnpike until you go over the Sgt. Donald Wilkerson
Bridge. After you have crossed the Bridge, take your first right. This road
will lead you directly to the entrance to Parker River National Wildlife
Refuge. The hawkwatch site is Parking Lot #1 of the Parker River National
Wildlifee Refuge on Plum Island, Newburyport, MA. 




Subject: Spring wave in Concord
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:54:51 -0400
A few highlights from these past four days.  What appeared to be two 
Wilson's snipes flushed near the footbrige on the Great Meadows 
central dike trail on Friday evening as I was wading out through the 
remaining 5" of water across the trail.  On Saturday morning, the 
first two chipping sparrows that I've heard in the neighborhood began 
singing continuously near the intersection of Virginia Rd. and Old 
Bedford Rd., drowned out only briefly by the Meriam Corner pageantry 
in the early afternoon.

Today during a frightfully windy walk through the Hutchin's Pond, Saw 
Mill Brook, Mink Pond areas of Estabrook Woods, my sister and I heard 
3 winter wrens singing in different locations and a pine warbler, in 
the large pines, between the pond and the adjacent beaverworks.  We 
also heard 2 brown creepers and a flicker...along with the usual year 
round residents.

On our return toward Monument St., the wind took out the crown of a 
very tall dead red maple in the beaver swamp above the old pencil 
factory mill race.  Quite a spectacle, which made us all the more 
vigilant as we walked.

Spring cheer,

Cherrie Corey




-- 
Cherrie A. Corey
Naturalist, educator, and photographer
Concord, MA  
978.760.1933 mobile
http://sense-of-place-concord.blogspot.com/
Subject: Purple Martin Decoys at Parker River NWR Lot #1
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:47:26 -0400
Birders,

I've had reports of martins at Lot #1 in the past few days.  There
are 3 martin decoys at the Lot #1 gourd rack which Lynette & I
placed on Friday morning [4/11].  The martins have not returned
to the Plum Island colony as yet...

Best,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport, MA
Website:www.newburyportbirders.com
Blog: http://nbptbirders.blogspot.com/
Twitter:  AT  nbpt_birders

     


     


     


Subject: Scaup Cambridge Reservoir
From: Sabrina Hepburn <s.k.hepburn AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:12:23 -0400
Waltham area birders may be interested that there was a group including both 
lesser and greater scaup on the Cambridge Res off the Winter St side today. 
Unfortunately did not get a count as I could only stop quickly on my way home 
from work, but several greater and at least one clear lesser. 


Sabrina Hepburn
Waltham, MA

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Subject: Call for your Concord lists!
From: David Swain <davidswain79 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:08:17 -0400
A reminder to all Concord birders to share your sightings with our intrepid
compiler for Concord Birds 2014, Ludlow G.  We are interested in any and
all sightings, eBird or not, in all Concord locations or immediately
adjacent areas. With this strong SW push interesting birds have been
appearing at Great Meadows, Nine Acre Corner, and the Hanscom area. Use
Ludlow's username Ludlow G. to share your sightings.

As of today, Ludlow is at 112 birds for the year and running nearly ten
behind 2013.

Go Ludlow!

David Swain
Concord
Birdingwithludlow.blogspot.com
Subject: Oxbow NWR Rusty Blackbirds
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:51:28 -0400
This afternoon we walked in the Oxbow NWR in Harvard from 1pm to 
3:45pm.

Along the Turnpike Trail we ran into a flock of Blackbirds that 
included about 25 Rusty Blackbirds and a few Red-winged Blackbirds 
and Common Grackles.

We also saw a single Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on the Riverside Trail and 
many Palm & Pine Warblers with a few Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Steve Moore & Barbara Volkle
Northborough, Ma
barb620 AT theworld.com
Subject: 4/13 Outer Cape Highlights
From: liam waters <youngeaglewaters AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:33:29 -0400
Full list and photos at link.

Race Point at dawn:
3000 Red-breasted Mergansers
500 Northern Gannets
5 Razorbills
20 Laughing Gulls
14 Iceland Gulls
1 Glaucous Gull
1 Peregrine Falcon eating breakfast
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17878274

Herring Cove:
2 Great Cormorants
1 Black Guillemot
10 Laughing Gulls
4 Iceland gulls
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17878272

Beech Forest:
1 Ring-necked Duck
5 Barn Swallows
8 Pine Warblers
3 Yellow-rumped Warblers
2 Rusty Blackbirds
(we ran into Peter Flood who had a Eastern Kingbird, but we couldn't find
it)
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17878308

MacMillan Wharf:
1 KING EIDER (cont. imm)
1 pale Common Eider that looks like but isn't(?) a Borealis
8 Long-tailed Ducks
1 BLACK VULTURE
2 Ruddy Turnstones
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17878440

High Head
3 Coopers Hawks
11 Greater Yellowlegs
3 Iceland Gulls
2 Fish Crows
3 Field Sparrows
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17878438

Head of the Meadow Beach
55 Black Scoters
560(!!!) Red-throated Loons (one in full alternate plumage)
5 Horned Grebes (alternate plumage)
4 Red-necked Grebes (alternate plumage)
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17878505

Wellfleet Bay WS
2 Red-breasted Nuthatches
5 Field Sparrows
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17878531

Lieutenant Island
70 Brant
5 Black-bellied Plovers
200 Dunlin
7 Laughing Gulls
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17878555

Eastham Stump-dump
2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
1 Hermit Thrush
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17878590

Happy Birding,
Liam Waters
Sharon
Subject: Quabog IBA 4/14
From: "Mark Lynch" <moa.lynch AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:31:49 -0400
We spent Monday (4/14) birding various stops in the Quabog IBA in the
Brookfields with a few side stops in the adjacent town of Warren. Waterfowl
are starting to move on, and numbers were lower than just a few days ago.
But there was a nice sprinkling of passerine migrants. Partial list:
Great Blue Heron (10 occupied nests plus 6 singles seen at different
locations)
Great Egret (2)
Turkey Vulture (25)
Canada Goose (34)
Wood Duck (8: low)
American Wigeon (2m)
Mallard (28)
Ring-necked Duck (3)
Common Goldeneye (4f)
Hooded Merganser (pair)
Common merganser (6f)
Osprey (2. We also checked one of the nests in Sturbridge that is located in
a microwave relay tower, and the pair was there)
Bald Eagle (1imm that landed on a mud bar at the north end of Wickabog and
then went into the water and fetched out a large stick that was sort of fish
shaped. It toyed with this for a bit and then picked up a mass of what
looked like leaves and muck and ate something it found in there. I have to
admit, I worry about that bird.)
Cooper’s Hawk (1)
Red-shouldered Hawk (1)
Red-tailed Hawk (3)
Belted Kingfisher (5)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1)
N Flicker (8)
E Phoebe (20)
Blue-headed Vireo (1)
Tree Swallow (64)
N Rough-winged Swallow (2)
Carolina Wren (11)
Winter Wren (1 singing)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (7)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (3)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (6)
Pine Warbler (38)
Palm Warbler (11)
Louisiana Waterthrush (2 singing)
E Towhee (1)
Chipping Sparrow (51: a few days back there were NONE, now: all over)
Field Sparrow (6)
Swamp Sparrow (28)
Purple Finch (1m)
PLUS: 5 Spotted Turtles; Banded Water Snake; Ribbon Snake; and (7) Mourning
Cloaks and (1) THE INFANT moth. Or as Popeye would say: “infink”
Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll
Moa.lynch AT verizon.net
Subject: Cattle Egret - Essex - John Wise Ave - 04-14-14
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:18:41 -0400
A Cattle Egret was feeding in the wet area at 35 John Wise Ave - Cedar 
Brook Farm - this afternoon at 4:45pm

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

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

Subject: Wilson's Snipe on Mission Hill (Parker Hill)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:55:01 -0700 (PDT)
Hi,
Imagine my surprise yesterday morning ehrn i flushed a Wilson's snipe from the 
middle of a concrete path in my neighborhood. if anyone is familiar with the 
area, then you know there are no low-lying areas or wetlands whatsoever in the 
area. i later refound it in the nearby Little League ballfield. 

p.S. A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was indeed a nice surprise in Franklin Park 
yesterday as well. That is in Jamaica Plain/Dorchester. Never have I had one so 
early. 

Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston
Subject: Southerly flow pushing birds...
From: Paul Champlin <skua99 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:32:48 -0400
...into New York, where Brewer's Blackbird, Swallow-tailed Kite, Summer 
Tanager, and Yellow-throated Warbler (among other, more typical migrants) have 
shown up today. 


Eyes peeled!

Best
Paul Champlin
Westport, MA
 		 	   		  
Subject: New GB Heron Nesting and Mating Pics
From: Andy Todzia <atodzia AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:03:41 -0400
The Great Blue Heron Rookeries are very active now. Here is a link to
the first of 14 new pics taken this weekend at a Rookery in North
Andover. Just click on the pic and then next to see all the pics.

http://bit.ly/1t1nN0Q

Andy Todzia
Haverhill
atodzia at comcast.net
http://www.AndyTodzia.com
Subject: Willowdale S. F. (east), Ipswich, Apr 14, 2014
From: "Jim Berry" <jim.berry3 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:21:01 -0400
> Willowdale S. F. (east), Ipswich
> Apr 14, 2014 10:20 AM - 12:40 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.5 mile(s)
> Comments:     A surprising shortage of species today, though I finally 
> heard some ruby-crowns and a winter wren, as well as a broadwing.  But 
> once again, zero myrtle or palm warblers.  They must all be migrating 
> along the coast so far,  and it is getting very late for them to be first 
> appearing inland.  (Both species usually appear behind our house the first 
> week of April, but not this year.)
> 24 species
>
> Wood Duck  1
> Mallard  3
> Broad-winged Hawk  1     heard overhead giving its high-pitched whistle
> Herring Gull  4
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
> Eastern Phoebe  4     2 pairs nesting under different cement culverts, 
> where they have been nesting since the beginning of time (or at least 
> since the culverts were built)
> Tree Swallow  2
> Black-capped Chickadee  26
> Tufted Titmouse  7
> White-breasted Nuthatch  4
> Brown Creeper  2     singing males
> Winter Wren  1     singing male
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4     singing males
> Eastern Bluebird  2
> Hermit Thrush  2
> American Robin  1
> Pine Warbler  16     singing males--good count for the distance covered
> Chipping Sparrow  2
> Song Sparrow  2
> Swamp Sparrow  1
> Northern Cardinal  2
> Red-winged Blackbird  5
> Common Grackle  3
> American Goldfinch  6
>
> View this checklist online at 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17890575


Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
jim.berry3 AT verizon.net
Subject: Scotland Rd Glossy Ibis
From: Maryellen Stone <mstone816 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:50:47 -0400
One Glossy Ibis being seen in clamshell field with Canada Geese. 

Maryellen Stone
North Reading, MA

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Subject: Wolf Trap Marsh Manchester BTS
From: "Lapite, Constance" <Constance.Lapite AT aecom.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:35:59 +0000
If anyone is wondering where is Wolf Trap marsh, it is the marsh between Ocean 
Street and Route 127 in Manchester- adjacent to Black Beach and White Beach. 


Regards,
Constance Lapite
Beverly, MA
Subject: Scotland Rd. Glossy ibis
From: dave.williams6 AT gmail.com
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:33:05 -0400
At 11:50, there were 3 Glossy ibis mixed in with the 140 or so Canada geese in 
clamshell road farm field on Scotland Rd. 

Dave Williams
Reading, MA


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Subject: Birder needed for breeding bird survey in Concord, MA
From: Steve Faccio <sfaccio AT vtecostudies.org>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:31:45 -0400
Hello Birders,
As part of a regional bird monitoring program, the Vermont Center for 
Ecostudies (VCE), in collaboration with the National Park Service~Rs 
Inventory and Monitoring Program, is seeking one volunteer to help 
conduct point counts at *_Minute Man National Historical Park, in 
Concord, MA_*.

Currently at Minute Man NHP , there 
is a single forested survey route in need of a volunteer observer 
beginning in 2014.

*_Skills Required_:* Volunteer observers must possess excellent bird 
identification skills (both visual and aural), and be capable of 
identifying the majority of songbird species that breed in the park.  
They must also be capable of hiking on variable terrain, occasionally 
without trails, and navigating with GPS and/or map and compass.

*_Time Commitment_:*  The survey will take between 2 and 4 hours 
(depending on the number of points surveyed) during a single morning in 
June.  This does not include travel time to and from the park.  Surveys 
are to be conducted during the early morning hours (e.g. arrive at the 
first point at approximately 5:30 AM).  Although only one survey per 
year is required, we encourage observers to conduct an optional, 
follow-up survey 10-14 days after their first visit.  In addition, 
another 1-1.5 hours of time is required to transfer data from field 
forms onto data sheets, and to enter data into an online, web-based data 
entry system before August 1st.  Because this is a long-term monitoring 
program, we are most interested in participants who can make a 
multi-year commitment to the project.

For more information about the project, visit the NPS Northeast 
Temperate Network 

 

website, where you can download project protocols, annual reports and more.

For questions or to participate, contact sfaccio AT vtecostudies.org 
(please do not send inquires to this listserv).

Steve Faccio
Conservation Biologist
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
20 Palmer CT
White River Junction, VT 05001
/_Mailing address:
_/P.O. Box 420
Norwich, VT 05055
802-649-1431 xt.3
sfaccio AT vtecostudies.org 
www.vtecostudies.org
Subject: White Ibis, Concord, MA heading NE
From: Kat Birder <katbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:25:04 -0400
Monday April 14, 2014

This morning at 10 am while birding Pine Hill, Concord, MA, with Joan Stoner 
and Alan Bragg an adult White Ibis flew in below the horizon and headed NE. It 
did not stop and we did not get a photo, so I am very much hoping someone will 
see it as it continues toward the coast. 


Joan spotted the white bird flying in and said skeptically Is that a gull? As 
the bird approached I could see it was large and quite white with broad black 
wingtips. At first I thought it was a snow goose, then as it drew alongside us 
we could all see the long neck and large downward curved bill. Joan and I got 
great looks while Alan struggled to focus his camera. As it flew off over the 
NE horizon a crow or raven harassed it. 


Kathy Stark Dia
Concord, Ma

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Subject: first chipping sparrows in Milton
From: Robert Mussey <mussey.robert AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:27:33 -0400
I was happy to hear the first trill this morning of our local resident
chipping sparrows.

Around here, they usually make their shallow little cup nests 100% from
horsehair. We have 2 horse stables which board multiple horses in the
neighborhood.The nests are usually placed way out on overhanging branches
of our Eastern white pines or hemlocks, and storms and wildly waving
branches frequently often bring them down prematurely.

Also, I've put my hummingbird feeders and anxiously await them. I saw the
first report on the "hummingbird migration progress" map yesterday in
northern coastal Mass.

Robert Mussey
Hillside Street, Blue Hills, Milton
Subject: PRNWR, April 13 (Tricolored Heron photos, Winter Wren, Gnatcatchers)
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:14:04 -0400
Spent a couple of hours on the refuge yesterday, and luckily I was just in
time to get the Tricolored Heron before it took off...Other highlights
included a Winter Wren and 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in the Hellcat trails.

Complete checklist with a couple shots of the Tricolored Heron:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17873892


Kyle Wilmarth
Salem, NH
Subject: Osprey in distress, same with Redtail, 4-12, 4-13
From: Goshawk3 AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:20:05 -0400 (EDT)
Two weird bird events. 
On Saturday 4-12, while going down Rte 495 to set up a display at the  
Beantown Pet Expo in Plymouth, I saw a large bird flying low next to the 
highway 

 with something hanging from its feet. When I got close enough, I could see 
it  was an osprey, laboriously dragging about a four foot long piece of 
cloth or  something. I pulled over to watch, in case it was entangled and came 
to earth.  One piece of cloth fell away, and the bird was more easily able 
to fly after  that. It may have been carrying the cloth back to a nest for 
nesting material,  who know, but in spite of its difficulty flying, it 
wouldn't let go, and it flew  off east out of sight.
 
On Sunday, heading north on Rte 93 to another event, I saw what appeared to 
 be a Redtail Hawk hanging upside-down from the I-beam support of a 
billboard. This sighting was not in an area where I could safely pull off the 
road 

for a  better look, so the last I saw of this bird, it was hanging from the 
billboard  with its wings open. Hopefully, it was just goofing around, and 
it wasn't caught  by a leg on a piece of twine or something.
 
On a happier note, I saw a Kingfisher go by our property Saturday  morning. 
Also, the Towhee continues.
 
Denise Cabral
goshawk3 AT aol.com
Walnut St., West Bridgewater
Subject: Migrants Natick - Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Eastern Towhee
From: ploranger AT comcast.net
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:02:25 +0000 (UTC)
Hello- 


Migrant activity is definitely picking up in my back yard in Natick. Yesterday, 
I saw my first Ruby Crowned Kinglet and then this morning I was very pleased to 
have a male Eastern Towhee hopping around my feeders. 



Thanks, Pat Loranger 
Natick, MA 
ploranger AT comcast.net 
Subject: Crane Beach eastern end Apr 13, snowy owl but no plovers
From: <dbjones1899 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:57:17 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
I visited Crane Beach yesterday afternoon looking for snowy owls and piping 
plovers - I found a snowy owl, but no plovers. The owl was paler than any of 
the others I've seen at that end of Crane's this winter (photos here: 
http://www.pbase.com/clamflats/image/155220704). I mostly birded the dunes, 
then walked along the eastern end of the beach on the Atlantic side, where 
there were lots of gulls, brant, red-breasted mergansers, long-tailed ducks, 
and a tidy flock of dunlins - but no plovers. I did see plover tracks at the 
edge of the dunes in several spots, so they are there somewhere. 



Cranes Beach--Area B, Essex, US-MA
Apr 13, 2014 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: walking Black Trail and part of Yellow Trail in the Crane Beach 
dunes. Did not scan the beach or water for birds. 

13 species

Red-breasted Merganser  4
Northern Harrier 1 flew up out of the cranberry bog along the Yellow Trail and 
disappeared westward. 

Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Snowy Owl 1 very pale individual, not one I've seen at Crane Beach before. 
[photos here: http://www.pbase.com/clamflats/image/155220704] 

Short-eared Owl 1 flushed from the dunes beside the Black Trail at the bay end 

Northern Flicker  2
American Kestrel 2 male was hovering over dunes, hunting. female flew past. 

American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
Savannah Sparrow  1     heard, not seen
Song Sparrow  2     heard, not seen
American Goldfinch  2
Subject: CT Report 04/13/2014
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:21:21 -0400
NOTE: Nick Bonomo posted this on CTBirds:
"Weather conditions from last night into Tuesday are prime for
carrying early spring overshoots to New England. We are in the midst
of a pretty strong southerly flow ahead of a strong cold front. Keep
an eye out for southern neotropical migrants (or early returns of
common species), a Swallow-tailed Kite, or something even rarer like
the Neotropic Cormorant that New Jersey has been enjoying."



 From Gina Nichol:
04/13/14 - Southport, Southport Beach -- Little Gull at 10:45.

 From Mardi & Townsend Dickinson:
04/13/14 - Southport, Southport Beach -- 1 LITTLE GULL second year.
Seen at 12:52 briefly, and again 1:06 to 1:30 PM.

 From John Marshall:
04/13/14 - Litchfield in the cemetery by White Memorial's Cemetery
Pond -- Brown Thrasher.
Naugatuck, Naugatuck State Forest, end of Hunter Mountain Road --
Brown Thrasher.

 From Sophie Zyla:
04/13/14 - Naugatuck, Naugatuck State Forest, end of Hunter Mountain
Road -- The brown thrasher just flew by us at the field at the end of
Hunters Mtn as we were putting up the predator guards on the
bluebird/tree swallow houses.

 From John Marshall:
04/13/14 - Milford, Milford Point -- in the marsh, TRICOLORED HERON,
seen with the Spectors.  Snowy Owl sitting on the roof of a tall gray
house toward the end of the point.

 From Tina Green:
04/13/14 - Milford, Milford Point, Court Street, Charles Wheeler WMA
-- relocated the a Tricolor Heron around noon.  Then gone at 12:23.
Then back again around 12:45.
Stratford, Shore Road -- 9 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons; 1 first year
bird, 8 adults.

 From Steve & Charla Spector:
04/13/14 - Milford, Milford Point -- 9:00 to 11:30 AM; in addition to
already reported Snowy Owl (on rooftop on Smith's Pt Rd), Tricolored
Heron, 2 Pectoral Sandpiper, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.

 From Larry Nichols:
04/13/14 - Portland(?), Portland Reservoir Trai -- Eastern Meadowlark
in weedy edge near water tanks.

 From Jo Fasciolo:
04/13/14 - Milford -- Snowy Owl.
Stratford, Long Beach -- Snowy Owl.

 From Mona Cavallero:
04/13/14 - West Hartford, backyard -- 5 PM; a beautiful adult
White-crowned Sparrow feeding underneath my feeders.

 From Julian Hough with Frank Gallo:
04/13/14 - Milford, Milford Point -- 6 PM; 2 Snowy Owls out in the
marsh; one a small, pale male-like bird and the other a larger, darker
bird.

 From Frank Gallo with Julian Hough:
04/13/14 - Milford, Milford Point, Wheeler Marsh behind the Coastal
Center -- Two Snowy Owls.

 From Cynthia Ehlinger:
04/13/14 - Stamford, Kosciusko Park -- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.

 From Paul Carrier:
04/13/14 - Harwinton, yard -- 1 Winter Wren, 2 Purple Finch.

 From Charles Makarewich:
04/13/14 - Kent, Kent Hollow -- Among the regulars at our Feeders, one
Purple Finch.

 From Lauren DeGennaro:
04/12/14 - Naugatuck, yard -- A Fox Sparrow was in my yard Saturday
morning, eating from one of our holly bushes.

Subject: Devens, Sunday Afternoon
From: chuckjohnson10 AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:37:47 -0400 (EDT)
I spent the cool, rainy part of the day doing my taxes then went walking when 
the sun came out. Glad I did. 


Highlights of 50 species seen in Devens:

Turkey Vulture - 5
Chipping Sparrow - 1
Pine Warbler - 9
Palm Warbler - 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 3
Common Raven - 1
Fish Crow - 2
American Kestrel - 5, migrating
Red-tailed Hawk - 5
Northern Harrier - 1 male, migrating
Osprey - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1 adult, migrating
Broad-winged Hawk - 2 adults
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Northern Flicker - 11
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Eastern Towhee - 1 male, teed up, singing 15 feet from me
Field Sparrow - 1
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Wild Turkey - 2
Eastern Phoebe - 6
Killdeer - 1

The Broadwings, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Chipping Sparrow and Towhee were all 
firsts of the year for me. 

Best of all - these birds were all After Taxes!

Chuck Johnson, Devens
chuckjohnson10 AT aol.com 
Subject: Phoebes, Palm Warblers, Herons at Millis Ponds, 4/12
From: "Walt Webb" <wwebb24 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:39:02 -0400
On Apr. 12 we visited for the first time South End Pond & Richardson Pond in 
nearby Millis. Highlights included a total of 4 Eastern Phoebes, 2 at each 
pond.  A pair at South End Pond flew & perched in the vicinity of a mossy 
nest on a pumping station wall. Two Great Blue Herons were also seen in the 
marsh next to South End Pond. At Richardson Pond we noted 2 Palm Warblers in 
the marsh next to that pond.

Walt Webb
Westwood, MA
wwebb24 AT verizon.net 
Subject: Great Swamp, Nine Acre Corner
From: Strickland Wheelock <skwheelock AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:24:25 -0700 (PDT)
Our field trip from Drumlin Farm to the Great Swamp in RI was actually started 
at Nine Acre Corners in Concord MA with many Wilson Snipes, 3 Lesser Yellowlegs 
[ in the evening], kingfisher, many Ring-necked & Wood Ducks & Green-winged 
Teal, Killdeer, kingfishers, Tree Swallows- as we drove back on Rt 117, a pair 
of Pileated Woodpeckers pounded on a tree only yards from the car & didn't seem 
bother in the slightest by our presences. 

 
Great Swamp Management Area had its fair share of Pine Warblers, Tree Swallows, 
Wood Ducks, Ring-necked Ducks and Osprey but initially quiet on other migrants. 
Finally as we rounded the southern end of the wetlands we had great looks at a 
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher and a large flock of Yellow-rumps and Palm Warblers [30+ 
birds]. 

As we departed, a few Swamp Sparrows called & 1 Am. Kestrel teed up near the 
power lines. 

 
Beavertail and Jamestown Marsh concluded our trip - Beavertail was awesome for 
birds with super looks at many Harlequin Ducks, Black & Surf Scoters, 3 Purple 
Sandpipers, Common & Red-thr. Loons, breeding plumage Red-necked Grebe, pair of 
Gannets- at Jamestown Marsh, a Glossy Ibis in great light plus Gadwalls, Great 
Egrets and a Sharp-shinned Hawk ended a beautiful day of birding. 

 
Strickland Wheelock
Uxbridge, MA
Subject: Wompatuck State Park, et al. 4/13/14
From: "Glenn d'Entremont" <gdentremont1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:10:52 +0000 (UTC)
Started from the back door at Wompatuck. Not much migration, but some of the 
usual suspects are in. True, some may be migrants even though the species is 
available during breeding season. I did hear my three favorite woodland 
species. 


W-World's End, N-North Scituate, F-Ferry Hill Thicket, D-Daniel Webster 
Wildlife Sanctuary, remainder at Wompatuck unless noted. 


Canada Goose 92 (82-D, 2-W)
Brant 41-N
Mute Swan 1-N
Wood Duck 4-D
Gadwall 32-D
Black Duck 32 (28-N, 4-W)
Mallard 6 (3-N, 3-W)
Green-winged Teal 10 (8-N, 2-D)
Common Eider 40-N
HARLEQUIN DUCK 25-N This might be the highest number I have ever had at this 
location. Migrants? 

Surf Scoter 260-N
White-winged Scoter 225-N
scoter, sp 750 Lots of heat shimmer and these were better than a mile out-N
Bufflehead 59 (28-W, 31-N)
Common Goldeneye 1 f-N
Red-breasted Merganser 71 (1-W, 70-N)
Red-throated Loon 1-N
Common Loon 4-N
PIED-BILLED GREBE 1-D Pan
Horned Grebe 12-N most in breeding plumage
Red-necked Grebe 13-N several in breeding plumage
Northern Gannet 1 ad-N in the shimmer
Double-crested Cormorant 29 (25-W, 4-N)
Great Cormorant 27-N
Great Blue Heron 1-W
Great Egret 18 (17-W, 1-N)
Snowy Egret 3-N
Black-crowned Night-Heron 4-N
Osprey 2-D
Red-tailed Hawk 1-F
Killdeer 1 (flyover)
Greater Yellowlegs 7-N
Purple Sandpiper 10-N
Laughing Gull 25-Plymouth Harbor
Ring-billed Gull ***-Plymouth Harbor
Herring Gull ***-Plymouth Harbor
Great Black-backed Gull ***-Plymouth Harbor
Rock Pigeon ***
Mourning Dove 8 (1-D, 1-W, 3-F)
Belted Kingfisher 1-D
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 (2-D, 2-W, 1-F)
Downy Woodpecker 17 (1-D, 2-W, 1-F)
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 11 (6-D, 1-W, 1-F)
PILEATED WOODPECKER 2 at least, probably 3
American Kestrel 4-D
Eastern Phoebe 9 (3-W, 1-F)
Blue Jay 11 (1-D, 7-W, 1-F)
American Crow 12 (8-D, 1-W,3-F) 
Fish Crow 3 (2-W, 1-D)
Tree Swallow 32 (7-W, 25-D)
Black-capped Chickadee 21 (1-D, 1-W, 1-F)
Tufted Titmouse 20 (5-D, 1-W, 2-F)
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 11 (2-D, 2-W, 1-F)
Brown Creeper 3
Carolina Wren 6 (2-D, 1-W, 3-F)
WINTER WREN 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1-F
Eastern Bluebird 3 (1-W, 2-D)
Hermit Thrush 5
American Robin 17 (6-N, 2-D, 4-W)
Northern Mockingbird 1-D
Starling ***-W
Pine Warbler 16
Chipping Sparrow 2
Savannah Sparrow 2-D
Song Sparrow 16 (2-N, 6-D, 3-W, 3-F)
White-throated Sparrow 24 (1-D, 1-W, 20-F)
Dark-eyed Junco 3-W
Northern Cardinal 20 (2-N, 4-D, 2-W, 4-F)
Red-winged Blackbird 37 (1-N, 25-D, 4-W)
Common Grackle 19 (9-N, 7-D)
Brown-headed Cowbird 15 (3-D, 3-W, 4-F)
House Finch 2-F
American Goldfinch 9 (3-D, 2-F)
House Sparrow ***

76 species

Glenn

Glenn d'Entremont:  gdentremont1 AT comcast.net  Stoughton, MA
Subject: Wet Meadows - Newbury, Newburyport & W. Newbury 4/13/14 Morning
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:05:03 -0400
Birders,

This morning Paula McFarland and I led a delightful group. Here are our 
highlights: 



Glossy Ibis 2 in field with Snow Goose - flushed by a hawk but resettled
Great Egret Nbpt Industrial Park & Rogers St, Scotland Rd. & W. Newbury
Mute Swan 2 nesting pair Artichoke Res. Plummer Spring area
Wilson's Snipe 60 on Scotland Rd. counted while in flight - likely others in 
field 

Great Blue Heron 1
Osprey 2
Red-tailed Hawk Nbpt Industrial Park & Scotland Rd.
Northern Harrier 1, female Scotland Rd.
Killdeer 2, Nbpt Industrial Park
Yellow-shafted Flicker
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Phoebe
Black-capped Chickadee pair excavating a cavity near observation platform
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Turkey Vulture 2, roosting on Scotland Rd.
Snow Goose 1 in field with Canada Geese - clamshell field
Downy Woodpecker 1, Hale St.
Canada Goose
Mallard
American Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck 6, beaver pond on Scotland Rd.
Ring-billed Gull
Belted Kingfisher 1, beaver swamp on Scotland Rd.
Tree Swallow beaver swamp on Scotland Rd.
Barn Swallow beaver swamp on Scotland Rd.
American Robin
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird

With best wishes,
Sue

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


     
     


     


     

Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - High Ridge Wildlife Management Area, Apr 13, 2014
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:43:29 -0400
Made a visit to the High Ridge WMA in Westminster and Gardner, my first
visit in a few years- walked over four miles in intermittent rain showers-
see a full Where to Go on this area in Bird Observer Vol 29 #6, Tom Pirro
has done an excellent description on how to bird this area. Today was the
day for woodpeckers missing only a Hairy-we had incredible looks at three
Pileated including one female working on a nest hole completely oblivious
to us just 12 feet away (no camera)


High Ridge Wildlife Management Area, Worcester, US-MA
Apr 13, 2014 8:30 AM - 11:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.4 mile(s)
Comments:     44-48F, intermittent rain showers, some heavy with MJS
44 species

Canada Goose  8
Wood Duck  2
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  12
Green-winged Teal  4
Ring-necked Duck  2
Hooded Merganser  4
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  7
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2     both bright plumaged birds at opposite ends
of mgt area
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  8
Pileated Woodpecker  4     saw three at the same time- possibly males
chasing each other- a female was perhaps working on a nesting hole as we
watched as close as 10 feet away- first time I ever walked away from a
close sitting PIWO- that totally ignored us, the fourth bird was in a
completely different area of High Ridge
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  4
Blue Jay  11
American Crow  4
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  15
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1n
Carolina Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  4
American Robin  44
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  17
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Savannah Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  12
Swamp Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  26
Common Grackle  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  7
House Finch  4
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17880874

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



-- 
Bob Stymeist
bobstymeist AT gmail.com
Subject: Bear Creek Sanctuary, Saugus, Apr 13, 2014; next Bear Creek walk Sunday April 27
From: "Soheil Zendeh" <sohzendeh AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:36:30 -0400
Folks,

The next Bear Creek, Saugus, walk is on Sunday, April 27 at 9 am. Details at
the end of this email.

The walk today was conducted mostly in rainy, windy conditions but with
breaks in the bad weather. Eventually the rain stopped and we had a brief
spell of pleasant weather.

Wilson's Snipes seem to be moving through at a good pace. For the first hour
or two while we walked we saw an occasional snipe fly off in the usual
straight-as-an-arrow flight. We saw more and more as we walked, and soon
there were groups of them, feeding in the trickles of water at the bottoms
of the swales or flying back and forth. Eventually we managed to get a few
in clear scope views -- except that, as is usual with snipe, we still
couldn't see them, even when looking at them point-blank in the center of
the scope!


Bear Creek Sanctuary, Saugus, Essex, US-MA Apr 13, 2014 8:40 AM - 1:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling 4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     high tide; sporadic rain at first, cloudy throughout, cool

42 bird species

Brant  25
Canada Goose  40
American Black Duck  47
Mallard  6
Green-winged Teal (American)  4     vertical white flank stripe on both
males
Bufflehead  25
Red-breasted Merganser  12
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  6
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  5
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Killdeer  20
Wilson's Snipe  30
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  6
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  6
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker  4
American Kestrel  2
American Crow  4
Tree Swallow  5
American Robin  42
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  30
Savannah Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  12
White-throated Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  5
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  100
Eastern Meadowlark  2
Common Grackle  20
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  15


Here is how to join the next Bear Creek walk on Sunday April 27 at 9 am.

Bear Creek is an upland sanctuary built on the old RESCO landfill (now
called Wheelabrator) 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 on dirt paths. The property is mostly very open, so be
prepared for cold and wind.  Wheelabrator 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.

Note that Pat Randall, brusher AT comcast.net, is the leader for this walk.
Drop her an email if you're coming so she'll have a head-count. If you're
running late on Sunday morning, call her cell 617-256-8451. She'll wait for
you.

Bear Creek sanctuary access is via the Wheelabrator plant, 100 Salem
Turnpike (Rte 107), Saugus. The  rotary at the intersection  of Rtes 60 and
107 is about 1 1/2 miles southwest of the Wheelabrator 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.


Soheil Zendeh
42 Baker Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421

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

Subject: Salisbury Egret Roost - 4/13/14
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:39:14 -0400
Birders,

This evening under a near full moon, I tallied the egrets roosting along 
Route 1 just south of Salisbury village.

Great Egret - 71
Great Blue Heron - 2
Osprey - 1 flew in with prey
Mallard - 6
Swamp Sparrow - 3
Canada Geese - 4

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: Great Swamp, Nine Acre Corner
From: Strickland Wheelock <skwheelock AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:24:25 -0700 (PDT)
Our field trip from Drumlin Farm to the Great Swamp in RI was actually started 
at Nine Acre Corners in Concord MA with many Wilson Snipes, 3 Lesser Yellowlegs 
[ in the evening], kingfisher, many Ring-necked & Wood Ducks & Green-winged 
Teal, Killdeer, kingfishers, Tree Swallows- as we drove back on Rt 117, a pair 
of Pileated Woodpeckers pounded on a tree only yards from the car & didn't seem 
bother in the slightest by our presences. 

 
Great Swamp Management Area had its fair share of Pine Warblers, Tree Swallows, 
Wood Ducks, Ring-necked Ducks and Osprey but initially quiet on other migrants. 
Finally as we rounded the southern end of the wetlands we had great looks at a 
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher and a large flock of Yellow-rumps and Palm Warblers [30+ 
birds]. 

As we departed, a few Swamp Sparrows called & 1 Am. Kestrel teed up near the 
power lines. 

 
Beavertail and Jamestown Marsh concluded our trip - Beavertail was awesome for 
birds with super looks at many Harlequin Ducks, Black & Surf Scoters, 3 Purple 
Sandpipers, Common & Red-thr. Loons, breeding plumage Red-necked Grebe, pair of 
Gannets- at Jamestown Marsh, a Glossy Ibis in great light plus Gadwalls, Great 
Egrets and a Sharp-shinned Hawk ended a beautiful day of birding. 

 
Strickland Wheelock
Uxbridge, MA
Subject: Salisbury Sunday Morning 2 Gray Ghosts
From: "Lesley Mattuchio" <leslm AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:13:12 -0400
It was raw and dark and then rainy at Salisbury Beach Reservation this morning. 
There are still 2 Snowy Owls there and I did get to see, at a distance, 2 male 
Harriers, Gray Ghosts, having a bit of a battle on the edge of the marsh in the 
area near the dumping station in the campground . Very cool! 


Lesley Mattuchio
Photography By Lesley
lesleymattuchiophotography.zenfolio.com
leslm AT verizon.net
Melrose, MA
Subject: Cape Ann Birds 4/13
From: Susan Hedman <winterwren2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:13:33 +0000 (UTC)
John Nelson and I enjoyed a fruitful birding morning on Cape Ann. It turned out 
colder and wetter than expected. We did not look at the ocean, but focused on 
early spring passerine migrants. 

Cape Ann-Gloucester & Rockport, Essex, US-MA Apr 13, 2014 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Protocol: Traveling 3.0 mile(s) 

Comments: visited Young's Farm Greenbelt property in Lanesville, Halibut Point 
State Park, Andrews Hollow Rd, Farm Lane behind Rockport Schools, Waring Field, 
Good Harbor Beach and home in West Gloucester 

40 species

Canada Goose  X
Mallard  X
Wild Turkey  1
Great Egret  3     seen in west gloucester saltmarshes
Snowy Egret  3
Killdeer  2     at Good Harbor Beach parking lot
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker 30 we had 20+ at Halibut Point, many on the ground feeding in 
the fields, continued to find more 

American Kestrel  2     dirt road behind Rockport Schools
Eastern Phoebe  1     Halibut Point
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  8
Tree Swallow  2     Halibut Point
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
Brown Creeper  1     Back forty loop at Halibut Pt
House Wren  1     heard singing near parking lot at Halibut Point
Winter Wren 1 surprised to find one singing and seen along main trail into 
Halibut Point 

Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2     a pair at Andrew Hollow
Golden-crowned Kinglet  6     Halibut Point and Waring Field
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 dirt road behind Rockport Schools and one along road 
next to Waring Field 

Hermit Thrush  7     4 at Halibut
American Robin  50
Gray Catbird 2    Young's Farm plus one in my yard that showed up yesterday
Northern Mockingbird  1     halibut
Eastern Towhee 3 one at Young's Farm and one at Andrews Hollow and one at home 
in my yard 

Song Sparrow  30
Swamp Sparrow  5     Youngs Farm and Andrews Hollow
White-throated Sparrow  30
Dark-eyed Junco  10
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  X
House Finch  X
American Goldfinch  X
House Sparrow  X

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17877754 


Susan Hedman, Gloucester
"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature."  Frank Lloyd Wright
Subject: King's Beach Swampscott Bonapart's Gulls
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:06:19 -0400
Birders,

Stopped at Kings Beach this afternoon and found a small flock of Bonapart's
Gull in various plumages.   Two Bonaparte's also at the end of Lynn beach
near the rotary.
List below.

Karsten Hartel, Arlington

King's Beach, Lynn/Swampscott, Essex, US-MA
Apr 13, 2014 1:40 PM - 1:50 PM
Protocol: Stationary
7 species

Brant (Branta bernicla)  36
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  40
Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)  38
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  27
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  17
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type))  17

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Nantucket - West End, Apr 13, 2014 - No Ruff, Yes Stilt Sandpiper
From: "Ken - Birding" <curlewbird AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:47:54 -0400
Enjoy - Ken Blackshaw, Nantucket Island - 30 miles at Sea!

Nantucket - West End, Nantucket, US-MA
Apr 13, 2014 8:00 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     Nantucket Sunday morning birders - 15 birders in six cars. 
Sunny, light winds, very pleasant to be out. First to 1st Bridge on Madaket 
Road, looking unsuccessfully for yesterday's Ruff. Then 2nd Bridge, 
Massasoit Bridge, Steve's Woods, and Bob's Woods - then back to 1st Bridge 
again.
45 species

Canada Goose  25
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  6
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  8
Green-winged Teal  6
Ring-necked Duck  8
Greater Scaup  25
Common Eider  4
Bufflehead  2
Ruddy Duck  1
Double-crested Cormorant  65
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  7
Northern Harrier  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
Stilt Sandpiper  1     Only seen by three of the group, at 1st Bridge on the 
way back. Same as yesterday's bird.
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  25
Belted Kingfisher  1     Heard bird - by the lucky ones - Massasoit Bridge
Downy Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  15
Tree Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  10
Carolina Wren  4
American Robin  35
European Starling  10
Pine Warbler  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Savannah Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  15
Dark-eyed Junco  2     Singing
Northern Cardinal  10
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Common Grackle  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
House Finch  15
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  4     School parking lot

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17875445

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Radar links and nest cams
From: "Marj. Rines" <marj AT mrines.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:40:19 -0400
Hi all, I've updated the Massbird.Org web site to include some new nest 
cams plus a section on radar for forecasting birds. Listed under 
"Miscellaneous"

http://massbird.org/webmaster/miscellaneous.htm

-- 
Marj. Rines
Arlington, MA
marjmrines.com
Subject: winter wren - Boxford
From: mexczech AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:39:21 -0400 (EDT)
Hello Mass Birders,

Heard a winter wren behind our home yesterday. There is typically one back 
there each year. 


- Tim Zajic
Boxford, Essex Cty., MA
Subject: HSR: Plum Island MA (12 Apr 2014) 204 Raptors
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:38:54 -0400
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 12 Apr 2014 21:04:38 -0400
Subject: HSR: Plum Island MA (12 Apr 2014) 204 Raptors


Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             23             23
Osprey                       1              5              6
Bald Eagle                   0              2              2
Northern Harrier            19             71             80
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5              9              9
Cooper's Hawk                0              3              3
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           173            317            317
Merlin                       6             14             15
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Snowy Owl                    0              0              1

Total:                     204            446            458
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end   time: 17:30:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Ted Mara

Observers:        Bob Secatore, Kathryn Chihowski, Paul Roberts,
                   Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Paul Sullivan, Herrick Wales, Harry Wales, Julie Roberts, Al Bostick, 
Sam
MIller, Julia Yoshida and Claudio , John Hazel


Weather:
Winds started NW 5-10 mph, died and shifted to E at 5 mph until 12 
noon,
when they shifted to W/NW at 10-25 mph. 14-22 C, 0-20% OC

Raptor Observations:
10 of the 19 harriers were adult males (Gray Ghosts)
   1 Resident Bald Eagle (ad)
4 Nesting Ospreys
  2 Snowy Owls remain in vicinity

The wind shift from weak E to strong and gusty NW at 12 noon 
precipitated
flight of roughly 190 birds over the next 5.5 hours. The strong shift 
in
winds was not forecast and counters were preparing to shut down 
around noon
when wind shifted and hawks started to pour through


Non-raptor Observations:
NOTE; The April 12th count was originally submitted as April 11th 
data. The
April 11 th report has been withdrawn. There was no coverage that 
day.
Clerical error.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Paul Roberts (phawk254 AT comcast.net)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/


Site Description:
The Plum Island Hawk Watch is located in parking lot #1 of the Parker 
River
Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, Newburyport, MA, approximately 32 
miles
northeast of Boston. It is a volunteer-run spring watchsite with 
coverage
between mid March to mid May.



Directions to site:
 >From Interstate 95 take exit 57 for Route 113, (Newburyport). 
Travel east
on Rte 113 (which becomes Route 1A in Newbury) for a distance of 3.5 
miles
to the intersection with Rolfe's Lane (there is a traffic light at 
this
intersection). Take a left onto Rolfe's Lane and follow to the end of 
the
road which terminates at a stop sign. Take a right at the stop sign. 
This
is the Plum Island Turnpike/Water Street, the only access to Plum 
Island.
Follow the Plum Island Turnpike until you go over the Sgt. Donald 
Wilkerson
Bridge. After you have crossed the Bridge, take your first right. 
This road
will lead you directly to the entrance to Parker River National 
Wildlife
Refuge. The hawkwatch site is Parking Lot #1 of the Parker River 
National
Wildlifee Refuge on Plum Island, Newburyport, MA.
Subject: Parker River NWR, Apr 13, 2014
From: Miles Brengle <mbrengle154 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:35:30 -0400
Photos at: birdingmassachusettsandbeyond.blogspot.com
*******************************************************************

Parker River NWR, Essex, US-MA
Apr 13, 2014 8:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Nathan Dubrow and I birded P.I. today to look for any birds
we could find.  We birded down to Hellcat, making stops at the Wardens, the
main pan, and the S-curves.
46 species

Canada Goose  8
Mute Swan  5
Gadwall  120     exact count
American Wigeon  10
American Black Duck  36
Mallard  4
Northern Shoveler  4     one pair in the main pan and another pair in the
Wardens pond
Northern Pintail  1
Green-winged Teal (American)  3
Greater Scaup  2     pair in the main pan
Lesser Scaup  2     pair in the Wardens pond
Red-breasted Merganser  4
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  1
*Tricolored Heron*  1     Initially seen along the far edge of the main
pan, then eventually flying north out of sight.  This bird was in breeding
plumage with two prominent white plumes on its head and a blue v-shape on
its chest that cut off to a white belly.  It was about the size of a nearby
Snowy Egret.
Osprey  4     all at the Wardens; one caught a fish and another group of
three flew by together, seemingly migrating north
Northern Harrier  4     including one adult male at the S-curves
Bald Eagle  1     adult by the North Pool Overlook
Killdeer  2
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Wilson's Snipe  2
American Woodcock  1     foraging around the Hellcat bathrooms
Herring Gull (American)  10
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  23     including one flock of 18 in the
North Field
American Kestrel  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  4
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  12
Northern Mockingbird  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  8
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  3
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Eastern Meadowlark  1     singing male in the North Field
Common Grackle  12
Purple Finch  2     singing males
American Goldfinch  4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17870020

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
********************
Afterwards, we saw a Snowy Owl just before Bob Lobster as you are
approaching Plum Island.  The bird was on the left side of the road.

-- 
Miles Brengle
Ipswich, Mass.
mbrengle154 AT gmail.com
Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite/Tricolored Herons
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:34:31 -0400
Thanks to Brian Parker for the following report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com

* * *

Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite/Tricolored Herons
From: Bapckp 
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:48:06 -0400 (EDT)


Thanks to Barbara and Deb for getting the word out for me. Just to 
follow up on these sightings.

In a case of being in the right place at the exact right time, I was 
extremely lucky to see a Swallow-tailed Kite late this morning (4/13) 
in Orleans Ma as it floated over The Cove Motel on Rt 28 near the 
intersection of RT28 and Rt 6A. It was just above treetop level and 
easily identified even with out binoculars (unmistakable). The bird 
was heading south. Presumably this
is the same bird that has been sporadically reported in the area 
recently?

After leaving the Orleans area, we headed to Chatham for lunch and at 
a quick birding stop on the Morris Island Causeway, luck was with us 
again as we spotted two Tricolored Herons feeding with four Snowy 
Egrets on the right side as you head toward the Monomoy headquarters 
building.

Not a bad morning considering we were not really on a birding 
outing!!

Brian Parker
West Yarmouth

Subject: 2 Little Blue Herons, Manchester BTS Wolf Trap Marsh
From: "Lapite, Constance" <Constance.Lapite AT aecom.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:42:58 +0000
There were not many waders in the marsh this morning (tide didn't help), one 
Snowy, one Great, one far-away, dark bird with a dark red head and neck that 
had me scrambling for guide book and guidance. Better looks later showed blue 
bill fading to black and straight-forward hunting style. Little Blues, said 
newly-awakened Dave Brewster. Thanks, Dave! 


Regards,
Constance Lapite
Beverly, MA

Subject: Sudbury
From: Glenn Long <hdtwblg AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:23:33 -0400
    Birds seen in Sudbury (Wolbach Farm,Water Row and Pantry Brook) 
on Sunday 13/April/2014 between 9:00  and 10:45 A.M.:

Canada Goose 6
Mute Swan 2
Wood Duck 5
American Black Duck 3
Mallard 4
Green-winged Teal 4
Ring-necked Duck 13
Bufflehead 7
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 4
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay 3
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 12
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper (singing)
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 5
Pine Warbler 3
American Tree sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 3
Northern Cardinal 3
Common Grackle 35
Red-winged Blackbird 30
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch 4
                 Glenn Long 
                      Natick

 		 	   		  
Subject: Hamlin Reservation, Ipswich, Apr 13, 2014
From: "Jim Berry" <jim.berry3 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:55:44 -0400
> Hamlin Reservation, Ipswich (misnamed "Hamlin Reserve" in the ebird 
> hotspot)
> Apr 13, 2014 10:10 AM - 11:25 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> 25 species; highlights:
>
> Wild Turkey  1
> Snowy Egret  12     I looked hard for ibis but saw none, either here or on 
> the farm fields nearby.
> Greater Yellowlegs  3     I finally caught up with 3 silent birds in the 
> salt marsh--the only shorebirds I saw
> Belted Kingfisher  1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> Hairy Woodpecker  1
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  8
> Northern Mockingbird  1     male with a good repertoire (including the 
> usual car alarm)
> Red-winged Blackbird  30
> Brown-headed Cowbird  1
> Purple Finch  1
>
> View this checklist online at 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17871712

I also checked Shea's and the farm fields of eastern Ipswich for ibis and 
shorebirds but found none at either place.  Ibis must be around the 
Ipswich-Essex area somewhere.

AT HOME, a rare towhee at our feeders this morning, and at 0450 we heard a 
barred owl calling.  Then it began monkey-calling, but stopped after the 
first monkey call!  I had never heard fewer than two owls give monkey calls, 
and certainly never heard one stop after a single call.  I felt cheated.

Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
jim.berry3 AT verizon.net
Subject: Cattle Egret - Ipswich Rt 133
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:45:20 -0400
Thanks to Ida Giriunas, Molly Taylor and Deb La Roy at Bird Watcher's 
Supply & Gift for the following report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com

* * *

Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:21:26 +0000 (UTC)
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift 
Subject: Cattle Egret -  Ipswich Rt 133


Molly Taylor and Ida Giriunas report a Cattle Egret in Ipswich on 
Route 133 on the farm with the cows. Usual spot, could not remember 
the name of the farm.


Deb La Roy for
Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
Birdwsg AT comcast.net
978-462-0775
Subject: Snow Goose - Scotland Rd Newbury
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:44:24 -0400
Thanks to Nancy Smith and Deb La Roy at Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift 
for the following report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com

* * *

Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:16:52 +0000 (UTC)
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift 
Subject: Snow Goose - Scotland Rd Newbury


Nancy Smith stopped in the store to report a Snow Goose mixed in with 
all the Canada Geese on Scotland Rd near the Colby Farm.

Deb La Roy for
Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
Birdwsg AT comcast.net
978-462-0775
Subject: Finally spring in West Concord!
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:41:06 -0400
Thanks to Mary Small for the following report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com

* * *

Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:38:12 -0400
Subject: Finally spring in West Concord!
From: Mary Small 


On a jaunt around West Concord this evening, heard an abbreviated
white-throated sparrow song and an Eastern phoebe (near Assabet River
and Pine St. bridge).

Spring peepers nr. Warner's Pond dam and Nashoba brook.

Also heard first pine warbler earlier today.

Enjoy!

Mary Small
Concord, MA
mary.halm.smallATgmail.com
Subject: Tricolored Heron Chatham, Swallow-tailed Kite Orlean
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:45:55 -0400
Thanks to Brian Parker and Deb La Roy at Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift 
for the following report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com

* * *

Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:15:32 +0000 (UTC)
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift 
Subject: Tricolored Heron Chatham, Swallow-tailed Kite Orleans


Brian Parker called the store around 12:15 to report 2 Tricolored 
Herons on the Morris Island
Causeway mixed in with 4 Snowy Egrets.

He also had a sighting of a Swallow-tailed Kite flying over the Cove 
Motel heading south.


Deb La Roy for
Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
Birdwsg AT comcast.net
978-462-0775
Subject: Horned Grebes
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:39:28 -0400
Thanks to Carolyn Haines for the following report.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com

* * *

From: Caroline Haines 
Subject: Horned grebes
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:36:21 +0000


This morning there were 15 horned grebes, some in full breeding 
plumage, resting, feeding, and doing a little mating displaying off 
Niles Beach in Gloucester-pretty cool!
Caroline haines
Gloucester
Songbirder AT hotmail.com

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