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Fiery Aracari,©Jan Wilczur

26 Feb RE: Cooper's Predation Starling ["Charlie Patterson" ]
27 Feb 2/25 Revere Glaucous Gulls, Bald Eagle, etc. [Paul Peterson ]
26 Feb Cooper's Predation Starling [John Hoye ]
26 Feb Leverett Pond, Boston []
26 Feb Nesting birds in February??? [Paul Guidetti ]
26 Feb Newburyport Harbor & n.end of Plum I.; Wed., 25 Feb. 2015. [Richard Heil ]
26 Feb FINAL REMINDER! Birders Meeting Early Bird Registration Ends 5 p.m. February 28 [Wayne Petersen ]
26 Feb Lawrence Peregrines - update! [Craig Gibson ]
25 Feb American Conservation Film Festival – NORTH @ Parker River NWR [Sue McGrath ]
25 Feb TV - Manchester MA [Kate Young ]
25 Feb Lunch in middleton [Earl Parker ]
25 Feb RE: RFI - Camping info for Lower Rio Grande Valley [Jim Guion ]
25 Feb Leverett Pond and beyond [alice morgan ]
25 Feb Leverett Pond is in Boston/Brookline [alice morgan ]
25 Feb RFI - Camping info for Lower Rio Grande Valley [Jim Guion ]
24 Feb 2/24/2015 Brighton, MA Cardinal singing this morning! ["Matt S. " ]
24 Feb Ruby-Crowned Kinglet - Scituate, MA [Stephen Maguire ]
24 Feb Re: Waswings - Marina Bay Quincy [Linda Ferraresso ]
24 Feb Waswings - Marina Bay Quincy ["Phil Edmundson" ]
24 Feb Bohemian Waxwings-Windsor []
24 Feb Cooper's hawk attack [DANIEL NEIMAN ]
24 Feb CAPE ANN WINTER BIRDING WEEKEND [Chris Leahy ]
24 Feb Re: [Maine-birds] Scaup Identification [Steve Arena ]
24 Feb 45 American Tree Sparrows, Sudbury ["bruce" ]
24 Feb CT Report 02/23/1015 Tufted Duck [Roy Harvey ]
23 Feb Video Bohemian & Cedar Waxwing, Quincy [Migration Productions ]
23 Feb 2/27 - Brookline Bird Club Winter Meeting - reminder [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
23 Feb Plum Island - Monday, 2/23/15 [Sue McGrath ]
23 Feb 2/22 Squantum Highlights [Paul Peterson ]
23 Feb Bohemian Waxwing, Dorchester (Fields Corner) [Ryan Schain ]
23 Feb Re: Rare waif - Red-necked grebe at GMNWR (Concord) [Linda P ]
23 Feb Re: Rare waif - Red-necked grebe at GMNWR (Concord) [Richard Heil ]
23 Feb Fw: 2/20 Revere Beach Highlights [Paul Peterson ]
23 Feb Re: Rare waif - Red-necked grebe at GMNWR (Concord) [Cherrie Corey ]
23 Feb Re: Rare waif - Red-necked grebe at GMNWR (Concord) ["Jonathan Center" ]
23 Feb Bohemian waxwing Quincy - NO [David ]
23 Feb Re: Westport River (East Branch) 6 gull sp. and waterfowl [Louise Barteau ]
23 Feb Re: Westport River (East Branch) 6 gull sp. and waterfowl [Louise Barteau ]
23 Feb RE: PRNWR status ["Lapite, Constance" ]
23 Feb PRNWR status [Lynette Leka ]
23 Feb Sunday, Salisbury SP- Bohemian Waxwing, Redpolls ["Lapite, Constance" ]
22 Feb CT Report 02/22/1015 Tufted Duck [Roy Harvey ]
22 Feb Rare waif - Red-necked grebe at GMNWR (Concord) [Cherrie Corey ]
22 Feb 2/22/15 - Western Mass Sightings [Steve Arena ]
22 Feb Re: Flicker at the feeder! [Nancy Maciolek ]
22 Feb Bald eagles over Worcester [Dan Mushrush ]
22 Feb Re: Bohemian waxwings quincy YES [Steven Whitebread ]
22 Feb Flicker at the feeder! [vietdave ]
22 Feb Re: Re: PRNWR [Richard Heil ]
22 Feb Bohemian Waxwing Yes [John Hoye ]
22 Feb Bohemian waxwings quincy YES [Jim Guion ]
22 Feb Re: PRNWR ["Lapite, Constance" ]
22 Feb PRNWR ["Lapite, Constance" ]
21 Feb Longspur, horned larks PI PL1 ["David Davis" ]
21 Feb 2/21 Muddy River-Spring Must Be Near! (Mustn't it?) [Paul Peterson ]
21 Feb 5 Bald Eagles and 5 Lapland Longspurs [Steve Muise ]
21 Feb Westport River (East Branch) 6 gull sp. and waterfowl [Paul Champlin ]
21 Feb Gardner Bohemians-YES [Robert Gervais ]
21 Feb Quincy Bohemians, YES. two at 2pm ["Ida Giriunas" ]
21 Feb Rusty Blackbird continues in Bradford [David Larson ]
21 Feb recent sightings & owl program [Phil Brown ]
21 Feb Bald Eagle -Salem []
21 Feb Bohemian Waxwings Quincy MA 1/20 [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
21 Feb Gardner (Bohemian Waxwings) 2/21 [Thomas Pirro ]
21 Feb Re: FW: Gray Jay -- [eBird Alert] Massachusetts Rare Bird Alert < [Oliver Burton ]
21 Feb FW: Gray Jay -- [eBird Alert] Massachusetts Rare Bird Alert < ["Ida Giriunas" ]
20 Feb Sharpie [Plimpton-Magee ]
20 Feb BBC Cape Ann walk 2/23 cancelled [Linda Ferraresso ]
20 Feb Saturday's BBC Afternoon Trip CANCELLED. [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
20 Feb CCBC Trip Feb. 23 Cancelled [Ed Banks ]
20 Feb Not MA But There's a Gyrfalcon in Wells Harbor, ME [Sue McGrath ]
20 Feb YB sapsucker, bluebirds, tree sparrows in Rehoboth, 2/20 [Kathleen ]
19 Feb East Gloucester; Wed., 18 Feb. 2015: 137 Iceland Gulls [Richard Heil ]
19 Feb On the Wing: A Celebration of Birds (2/20, 7 p.m. - online concert!) [Dorie Stolley ]
19 Feb Great Meadows NWR- Concord Unit, Weekly Survey [Maryellen Stone ]
19 Feb Re: Redpoll Flock along Mystic River- Everett [Devin Hefferon ]

Subject: RE: Cooper's Predation Starling
From: "Charlie Patterson" <chaspatt AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:25:25 -0500
The Coopers are getting pretty bold with the weather.  Unfortunately our
local Cooper's picked off one of our downy woodpeckers today.  The bluejays
went nuts and he left with his meal, trailing feathers.  

On a brighter note:  one of our goldfinches is showing color already.  Can
spring be far behind:)

Charlie Patterson
chaspatt AT comcast.net
Norwell, Ma

-----Original Message-----
From: massbird-approval AT TheWorld.com [mailto:massbird-approval AT TheWorld.com]
On Behalf Of John Hoye
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 3:54 PM
To: Massbird
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cooper's Predation Starling

   The adult Cooper's Hawk enjoyed Starling for two hours today and stood
her ground with raised hackles and mantle when two crows approached.  They
left a short time later and Cooper's departed with the scraps left over and
a full crop
     John Hoye Wayland
     Lt.Jaeger AT verizon.net

I've wandered the earth in search of life: bird by bird I've come to know
the earth.                         Pablo Neruda 
  
   John Hoye Wayland Ma
Subject: 2/25 Revere Glaucous Gulls, Bald Eagle, etc.
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:47:34 +0000 (UTC)
Hi,
There were a lot of gulls on Revere Beach yesterday. I started a bit north of 
Wonderland and went down to beyond the tip of Point of Pines to the Gen. 
Edwards Bridge. I saw TEN DUCK SPECIES right from the tip. Amazing! All ducks 
were from Point of Pines, as were most of the Snaderlings and the three Common 
Loons. 

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Loon 3              General Edwards Bridge
American Black Duck 8
Long-tailed Duck 2         male and female together
Black Scoter 1             1st yr. male
White-winged Scoter 70
Surf Scoter 20
Common Eider 52
Common Goldeneye 12
Red-breasted Merganser 7
Bufflehead 40
Scaup sp. 1
BALD EAGLE 1             2nd yr. flying along Mills Ave. (edge of Pines River)
Sanderling 23
GLAUCOUS GULL 2 one Renzo's Pizzeria, other one-half mile north of that 

Iceland Gull 5           mid-beach
Red-winged Blackbird 18  Rumney Marsh
Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston
Subject: Cooper's Predation Starling
From: John Hoye <lt.jaeger AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:53:43 -0500
 The adult Cooper's Hawk enjoyed Starling for two hours today and stood her 
ground with raised hackles and mantle when two crows approached. They left a 
short time later and Cooper's departed with the scraps left over and a full 
crop 

     John Hoye Wayland
     Lt.Jaeger AT verizon.net

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

  
   John Hoye Wayland Ma
Subject: Leverett Pond, Boston
From: maurice.gilmore AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:53:31 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Folks,

  Alice Morgan's pair of Wood Ducks still present.

  Two male Common Mergansers

  Two American Coots

  Several Ring-necked Ducks

  Lot of mallards and Canada Geese

  Few Ring-billed Gulls

  Leverett Pond, Boston, 2/26 at 2 PM

  Wonder of wonders, light snow. Oh boy.

Pete Gilmore
Newton, MA
maurice.gilmore AT comcast.net
Subject: Nesting birds in February???
From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:37:20 -0500
Good afternoon Massbirders!

My sister in Kingston reports a nest with three eggs that has fallen
from under her deck. One egg has broken.

Any idea which species would be nesting this time of year. My best guess
would be Carolina Wren.

I have requested photos of nest and eggs.

Thanks,

Paul Guidetti
Westford, MA
guidettipaulATgmailDOTcom
Subject: Newburyport Harbor & n.end of Plum I.; Wed., 25 Feb. 2015.
From: Richard Heil <rsheil AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:21:06 -0500
WEDNESDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2015:
NEWBURYPORT HARBOR & n.end of PLUM ISLAND to REFUGE LOT ONE (1015-1345 hrs.)
Weather: Clear, W winds 10-20 mph, 25-33 F.; Merrimack River open, 
Joppa Flats and creeks ice covered; 30-40" snow cover.
Richard S. Heil

Waterbird numbers were very thin, and the only (mild) surprise was a 
flock of Dunlin toughing it out on what little available mud there was.

Canada Goose (184)
Gadwall (3) - harbor.
American Black Duck (20)
Mallard (75)
Greater Scaup (4)
Common Eider (290+)
White-winged Scoter (12)
Black Scoter (3)
Oldsquaw (25)
Bufflehead (110)
Common Goldeneye (53)
Hooded Merganser (2) - P.I. River.
Red-breasted Merganser (47)
Common Loon (12)
Horned Grebe (1)
Red-necked Grebe (5)
Great Cormorant (1 ad.)
Cooper's Hawk (1 ad.)
Bald Eagle (7) : two adults, five imms.
Red-tailed Hawk (5)
Rough-legged Hawk (1 dark morph)
Dunlin (21) - harbor.
Razorbill (20+)
large alcid sp. (40+) - distant.
Black-legged Kittiwake (5+ ads.)
Ring-billed Gull (32)
Am. Herring Gull (260)
'Kumlien's Gull' (1 ad.) - jetties.
Great Black-backed Gull (22)
Rock Pigeon (50)
Mourning Dove (3)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Blue Jay (3)
American Crow (65)
Black-capped Chickadee (6)
Tufted Titmouse (3)
White-breasted Nuthatch (2)
American Robin (10)
Northern Mockingbird (1)
Eur. Starling (145)
American Tree Sparrow (2)
Song Sparrow (1)
Swamp Sparrow (1)
White-throated Sparrow (3)
Northern Cardinal (3)
American Goldfinch (2)
House Sparrow (45)

Coyote (1) : Patrolling Salisbury side of the river: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/16469267629/

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

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






















Subject: FINAL REMINDER! Birders Meeting Early Bird Registration Ends 5 p.m. February 28
From: Wayne Petersen <wpetersen AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:22:54 +0000
The agenda for the Birders Meeting promises to be informative and entertaining, 
so take advantage of this registration offer right away. The event will take 
place Saturday, March 7 at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. 


The meeting's theme, Managing for Birds: Balancing the needs of wildlife and 
people, should prove relevant to birders and conservationists of all levels. 
The agenda will highlight the stewardship needs of habitats and species that 
were identified in Mass Audubon's State of the Birds 2013 report as requiring 
specific management to effectively sustain them in Massachusetts. Management 
issues will range from entire ecosystems, to habitats as small as suburban 
backyards. Author and artist Julie Zickefoose will keynote the meeting, and 
will be joined by a talented cadre of other habitat management specialists 
including Jon Atwood, David Barnett, David King, Tom Sayers, Tim Simmons, Joan 
Walsh, and Brad Winn. In addition a rich assortment of vendors, raffles, and 
silent auction items will be available. For complete program details and to 
register for the meeting visit: 
http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/birds-birding/birders-meeting 


Wayne R. Petersen
Director of Massachusetts Important Bird Area (IBA) Program
Mass Audubon
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
wpetersen AT massaudubon.org
(781) 259-2178

Subject: Lawrence Peregrines - update!
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:57:48 +0000 (UTC)
The clock is ticking down to the start of the peregrine breeding season. Since 
the historic Lawrence matriarch female has been retired to the Tufts Wildlife 
Clinic, the male has attracted a new female friend. They continue to spend lots 
of time together. Initially they have been seen mostly at the Verizon Cell 
Tower. Then the female started to be seen solo around the Clock Tower perch 
locations. This morning she was perched on one of the ledges above the east 
clock face while the male was above on one of the window sills just below the 
base of weather vane also on the east side of the building. Very encouraging 
signs as we may be less than 4 weeks away from first eggs being laid! 


More entries and updates on the blog: www.lawrenceperegrines.com 

Enjoy, 
Craig Gibson 
Winchester, MA 
cbgibson AT comcast.net 
Subject: American Conservation Film Festival – NORTH @ Parker River NWR
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:09:37 -0500

Birders,

This came across my desk today:



*NEW!American Conservation Film Festival – NORTH *

*/Friday, March 6^th – Sunday, March 8^th
/*
*All film festival screenings are FREE and open to the public.*

*No preregistration for this event.Auditorium seating capacity is 75 people!
Please consult the refuge homepage for a complete film schedule: 
**http://www.fws.gov/refuge/parker_river/**.*



*/^/*

The American Conservation Film Festival – NORTH is coming to Parker 
River National Wildlife Refuge.The festival will take place the weekend 
of March 6^th - 8^th at the Refuge’s Visitor Center and Headquarters 
complex in Newburyport.A diverse selection of award-winning, 
conservation-related films from across the world will be presented on 
the big screen in the Visitor Center auditorium.The festival will begin 
on Friday evening and extend through late Sunday afternoon.

Films to be screened during the festival focus on a broad range of 
local, national and international conservation topics./
Chasing Ice/ presents dramatic visual evidence of the melting of the far 
northern glaciers and compellingly focuses attention on climate change 
and sea level rise./From Billions to None/ chronicles the extinction of 
the passenger pigeon – a wild species once so abundant that it could 
almost “darken the sky” with its great numbers./
Flight of the Butterflies/, originally produced as an IMAX film, 
provides a rare window into the amazing life and transcontinental 
migration of the monarch butterfly.


A spellbinding exploration of the biodiversity of an African fig is 
artfully presented in /The Queen of Trees/.
These and many other films to be screened during the film festival 
collectively comprise a powerful cinematic journey through many of the 
important conservation issues and topics of our time.


A very special festival program will take place on Saturday evening, 
March 7, with the premiere of a new documentary about legendary 
conservationist Rachel Carson.Carson, who worked for the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service for a time, and had a fondness for Parker River NWR and 
in 1947, she authored an interpretive publication about Parker River.The 
new film – /The Power of One Voice: A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of 
Rachel Carson/ – will be introduced by Dr. Patricia DeMarco, former 
Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and a 
nationally renowned Carson scholar.


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

     


     


     



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Subject: TV - Manchester MA
From: Kate Young <twooldcrows AT ymail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:55:49 +0000 (UTC)
There was a turkey vulture on the ground across the street from my house this 
morningchowing down on something.  Manchester/Gloucester line. 

Side note, have been hearing cardinals singing for the last three mornings.  

Kate YoungManchester MAtwooldcrows at ymail com
Subject: Lunch in middleton
From: Earl Parker <efparker AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:58:57 -0500
Sitting at Theresa 's on route 114 watching an adult bald eagle soar over 
Richardson's farm about 1:30 


Earl Parker


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: RE: RFI - Camping info for Lower Rio Grande Valley
From: Jim Guion <jim_guion AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:28:35 -0500
Hi Josh,

Thanks so much for the fantastic info! I am sure it will be useful to anyone 
planning such a trip! 

Your suggested itinerary sounds like a good plan and I will be sure to contact 
John Yochum. 

The whole area is fascinating, the more I read about it, the more I can't wait, 
wish I could go 'now'. 


Jim Guion
Arlington, MA

> Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] RFI - Camping info for Lower Rio Grande Valley
> From: opihi AT mindspring.com
> Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:46:13 -0500
> To: jim_guion AT hotmail.com
> 
> Hi Jim,
> 
> I used to work at Bentsen-RGV State Park. To my knowledge, it is the only 
real tent camping in the LRGV. By real I mean out in the woods. Some of the 
local RV parks have space for tents, if you dont mind your tent being in the 
corner of an RV park with vehicles running all around. The only vehicles 
allowed inside the gates at Bentsen are the parks own. The one drawback of 
this is that you have to wait for one of the park trams to ferry your gear and 
supplies in to the campground, unless one of the park staff is available and 
offers you a ride; you cannot just pull your car up to the campsite and unload. 

> 
> Second-best to Bentsen is probably Adolph Thomae County Park. While it is one 
of those RV Parks which secondarily offers tent spaces, it is surrounded by 
Laguna Atascosa NWR, so is in a fairly wild and remote location. So I hear, 
anyway; I visited LANWR several times but never the county park or campground 
specifically. 

> 
> A bit further west, Falcon State Park has tent sites. Possibly also the 
county park adjacent to it. 

> 
> If youd enjoy being on the beach, I think Isla Blanca Park on South Padre 
Island has tent sites. Often crowded out there though, and not much shelter 
from the wind or sun. 

> 
> The ideal April trip plan might be a few days camping at Falcon SP while 
looking for the westerly specialities like Seedeater, Red-billed Pigeon, 
Muscovy Duck, Brown Jay, etc; a few days at Bentsen while visiting it and other 
star LRGV attractions like Santa Ana NWR, Estero Llano Grande SP, NABAs 
butterfly park, etc. etc. etc.; and the rest of your time at Adolph Thomae, 
hoping for a cool front to bring one of those legendary fallouts onto SPI, and 
meanwhile hitting the coastal places like Laguna Atascosa, Sabal Palm, and so 
on. 

> 
> The best source for information about the LRGV is John Yochum. Hes a 
naturalist at Estero Llano Grande. He keeps up-to-the-minute one whats going 
on down there, special events, places to eat, what birding groups or people are 
in town, and so on. Also one of the nicest people on the planet. I highly 
recommend contacting him, either during your planning, or when you arrive in 
the LRGV. 

> 
> Have fun!
> 
> Josh
> 
> 
> > On Feb 25, 2015, at 11:34 AM, Jim Guion  wrote:
> > 
> > Hi Massbirders,
> > 
> > I am planning a trip to the LRGV from roughly April 14th thru April 24th 
this year. 

> > There is a lot of great information out there on the birds and locations of 
the LRGV. 

> > However, I have not been able to find much of any good information on 
camping in the area. 

> > I enjoy tent camping and that is what I would prefer.
> > Alternatively, if there was a place that rented camper vans (not RVs, but 
more like the VW camper vans), then I would consider that, especially if my 
only camping choices end up being RV parks. 

> > 
> > So, if anyone has any experience with camping in the area, I would love it 
if you would share your info with me. 

> > Please respond off-list.
> > If anyone is interested in whatever info I get, let me know off-list and I 
will forward a compilation. 

> > 
> > And, if anyone is going to be in the area during my time there and wants to 
do some birding together, let me know. 

> > 
> > Thanks to all and Happy Birding!
> > 
> > Jim Guion
> > Arlington, MA
> 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Leverett Pond and beyond
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:08:51 -0500
It is possible to park at both the north end and south ends of the pond as
the lots have been cleared. The trails are walkable, though there is ice
with a layer of snow (but it is not slippery). The Cardinals believe spring
is coming, as do the Titmice. And indeed there are trees with buds!

Olmsted Park, Suffolk, US-MA
Feb 25, 2015 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.7 mile(s)
Comments:     Western side of ponds only; all forested areas inaccessible
20 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  55
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  1
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  70
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  2
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  2
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  10
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  4
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  7
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22066877

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
-- 
Alice & Dane Morgan
Brookline & S. Dartmouth, MA
Subject: Leverett Pond is in Boston/Brookline
From: alice morgan <morgan.alice AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:09:45 -0500
Forgot I was posting to both Massbird and BostonBirds...

-- 
Alice & Dane Morgan
Brookline & S. Dartmouth, MA
Subject: RFI - Camping info for Lower Rio Grande Valley
From: Jim Guion <jim_guion AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:34:48 -0500
Hi Massbirders,

I am planning a trip to the LRGV from roughly April 14th thru April 24th this 
year. 

There is a lot of great information out there on the birds and locations of the 
LRGV. 

However, I have not been able to find much of any good information on camping 
in the area. 

I enjoy tent camping and that is what I would prefer.
Alternatively, if there was a place that rented camper vans (not RVs, but more 
like the VW camper vans), then I would consider that, especially if my only 
camping choices end up being RV parks. 


So, if anyone has any experience with camping in the area, I would love it if 
you would share your info with me. 

Please respond off-list.
If anyone is interested in whatever info I get, let me know off-list and I will 
forward a compilation. 


And, if anyone is going to be in the area during my time there and wants to do 
some birding together, let me know. 


Thanks to all and Happy Birding!

Jim Guion
Arlington, MA
 		 	   		  
Subject: 2/24/2015 Brighton, MA Cardinal singing this morning!
From: "Matt S. " <accipiter22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:41:59 -0500
Quick note to pass along; I always listen to the bird song around my house,
and today for the first time I heard a Cardinal singing. They sound like
wind-up toys that are running out of steam at this point in the season,
lethargically spitting out a few notes here or there.


Matt Sabourin
Brighton, MA
Accipiter22 AT gmail.com
Subject: Ruby-Crowned Kinglet - Scituate, MA
From: Stephen Maguire <maguirepresentations AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:43:08 -0500
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet at a suet feeder in Scituate, MA for about a month now… 
feeding everyday at the feeder… pics at the link below… 


Steve Maguire
Scituate, MA


https://www.facebook.com/groups/304929977442/ 
 
Subject: Re: Waswings - Marina Bay Quincy
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:01:25 -0500
Having a meeting in Quincy this afternoon, I dashed out around 4 to look 
for the Bohemian as well.  Saw the same flock reported by Phil but alas, 
no sign of a Bohemian.  There is a lot of fruit so this flock is likely 
to remain for a while.

Thanks,
Linda

On 2/24/2015 8:58 PM, Phil Edmundson wrote:
>
> A flock of about 28 Cedar Waxwings continue at Victory Road, Marina 
> Bay, Quincy.  I did not find any Bohemian Waxwings.  Phil Edmundson
>
>
> -- 
> Linda Ferraresso
> Salem, MA
> tattler1(at)comcast(dot)net
>
> "Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still 
dark" - Tagore 
Subject: Waswings - Marina Bay Quincy
From: "Phil Edmundson" <pedmundson AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:58:16 -0500
A flock of about 28 Cedar Waxwings continue at Victory Road, Marina Bay,
Quincy.  I did not find any Bohemian Waxwings.  Phil Edmundson
Subject: Bohemian Waxwings-Windsor
From: Tombwhawk AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:17:54 -0500
Hi Folks:
 
     This morning at MINUS 18 degrees, Betsy Higgins of  Florence, Mass and 
myself went looking for Bohemian Waxwings.   We  started up Route 9 headed 
for Berkshire County and listed the following on the  way.
 
     Cedar Waxwings    27      Haydenville
     Pine Siskins     30+     Williamsburg
     Wild Turkey   21      Goshen
     Wild Turkey   9 & 5    Cummington
     Northern Shrike    1     Windsor
     BOHEMIAN WAXWING   3     North Street-Windsor
     Bufflehead   1  female     Cheshire Reservoir
     Common Goldeneye     1  female   Cheshire Reservoir
     Robin   21      Dalton
     Common Raven   1     carrying a stick over Route 9  Dalton   NESTING 
ALREADY   !!!!!!!
     Wild Turkey   2      Plainfield 
 
Tom Gagnon, Florence, Massachusetts   
Subject: Cooper's hawk attack
From: DANIEL NEIMAN <daniel.neiman AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:55:39 -0500
 Just watched a Cooper's Hawk plunge into the forsythia bush that the local 
birds use as a staging area for visits to the feeder. Sparrows scattered 
everywhere and the hawk slowly fought its way back out of the bush and flew 
away disappointed. 



 Is this a usual strategy for Cooper's? I'd have thought they'd go for the 
birds on the ground rather than trying to snag them off a branch. 


      
Subject: CAPE ANN WINTER BIRDING WEEKEND
From: Chris Leahy <cleahy AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:54:44 +0000
IT'S A GO. We still have a few snow piles here on Cape Ann, but the weather 
forecast for the weekend looks decent (at least by recent standards!) so we are 
planning to go ahead with the Birding Weekend. Participants should be prepared 
to do a little more walking than in milder years, because of more limited bus 
access, but there are still plenty of places to get near the water. There is 
still room on the buses and few spots left on the boat, though we expect these 
to be filled soon. There has been a big influx of Iceland Gulls during the 
recent severe weather, and who knows what other avian winter highlights have 
also come South. So don your winter birding gear and join us! 


Chris Leahy
cleahy AT massaudubon.org
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Scaup Identification
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151 AT aim.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:27:18 -0500

Massbirders,
 
I am cross posting this from Maine Birds. Louis Bevier very nicely summarizes 
the characteristics one needs to look for when separating Greater and Lesser 
Scaup. I've edited his post to contain the relevant info. 

 
Steve 
 

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

From: Louis Bevier 
To: Maine Birds List Serve 
Sent: Mon, Feb 23, 2015 4:28 pm
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] PWM - Snowy Owl and Spring Point Lesser Scaup and 
Tommy's Park - Peregrine Falcons 


For others who may be interested, this is an instructive set of photos for 
testing your scaup ID skills. The photo that Rob linked (see bottom copy from 
his message) shows 7 scaup, but one is hidden. All the identifiable birds are 
Greater in that image. The next photo, however, shows all the birds strung out 
for easy ID. To see the details in this photo one needs to look at the 
“original” linked here: 

 


http://flashart.smugmug.com/Birding/i-QJHF6BC/0/O/LesserScaup022115.jpg


Starting at the left, there’s an immature Greater, male Lesser (probably an 
adult), immature female Greater, adult female Greater, and then 3 adult male 
Greaters. 


Head color is tricky and not so reliable. Under good conditions male Greater 
shows a dark green tinge and male Lesser a purplish sheen. I don’t think that 
is helpful or definitive here. The traditional head shape difference 
highlighted in most field guides can be tricky too. That is that Lesser shows a 
notch on the occiput (top rear of head/crown) and Greater is rounded. The 
problem is that foraging scaup compress their heads and all can look round 
headed. In a relaxed pose, like that shown by Rob’s birds swimming along, the 
classic head shape usually shows. But to get around the the notch/no notch 
problem, look at the crown on the Greater Scaup and see how the high point is 
above the eye or slightly forward of it. The head then slopes to the rear and 
is rounded. Also note that there isn’t much head above the eye on the 
Greaters. Now look at the Lesser, second from left--one can see how the 
forehead seems to be the lowest point of the crown and the rear the highest. 
That’s typical of Lesser Scaup. Also note that there is more “head” above 
the eye to the top of the crown on the Lesser (the eye is more central in the 
head but still positioned about the same point behind the top rear of the 
bill). Other supportive characters shown by the Lesser Scaup are its size and 
flank color. The male Lesser appears about 10% smaller than its flock-mates and 
shows duller grayish-tinged flank than the adult male Greaters. That fits for 
Lesser. 

 
On the females, the immature shows a pale patch over the ear coverts. That is a 
good feature of Greater Scaup (esp. immature females). The adult female (bright 
gold eye) has her bill turned toward the camera, and one can see how broad her 
bill is. The wide head, wide jowls, and broad bill are really good features to 
look for on Greater Scaup. This is best determined by birds swimming toward 
you. 



Louis Bevier
Fairfield


 

-------------------------------------------------
Steve Arena
 
Westborough, MA    
PokeDaddy151 AT aol.com
 

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

Subject: 45 American Tree Sparrows, Sudbury
From: "bruce" <bruce AT wellpsych.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:48:33 -0500
45 American Tree Sparrows around our feeder this morning.  High count for
the season (though not quite as high as the 77 I had once last winter). 
"Low count" of 14 degrees below zero this morning may have helped lure
them in.  Plus 17 other species including four woodpecker species (DOWO,
HAWO, RBWO, and NOFL).

Bruce Black & Mary Brogan
Sudbury
Subject: CT Report 02/23/1015 Tufted Duck
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:04:14 -0500
Note: Charlie Barnard provided this important guidance for those
trying to see the Tufted Duck:
"Birders should be aware that Captain's Cove is private property, much
like the Stratford Marina. Therefore, please be careful about where
you park and where you venture on the property. The staff is not used
to large numbers of birders coming there, so things could end fast if
cars are parked where they should not be parked and if birders are
walking into areas where they should not be going.  Be courteous and
thoughtful please."
Tina then added:
"Just to add to Charlie's post, no one is allowed on the docks in
front of the pavilion area where the ducks were yesterday. The docks
are private property and we are not allowed there. Please respect the
signs and do not pass through the "gate" to get a closer view or
photo. Thank you."


 From Tina Green with Jory Teltser:
02/23/15 - Bridgeport, Captains Cove Seaport, 1 Bostwick Ave -- 7:38
AM; adult female Tufted Duck continues in amongst the scaup and other
waterfowl. Park at the "ICE" building end of the lot and walk to your
left and head towards the covered viewing platform.
Milford, Caswell Cove -- about 11:15 AM; Golden Eagle seen in flight
(with 2 Bald Eagles) before flying west over the tree line towards
Stratford.

 From Jack Swatt:
02/23/15 - Bridgeport, Captains Cove -- 1:25 to 1:55 PM; No sight of
Tufted Duck.  Apparently hasn't been seen since the morning.

 From Frank Gallo:
02/23/15 - Bridgeport, Captains Cove -- Around 3:15 PM; the female
Tufted Duck flew back in with nearly 300 lesser scaup and 3 Redheads
and is showing nicely.

 From Paul Carrier:
02/23/15 - Norfolk, off Newfield Rd -- 2 Common Raven harassing a
beautiful adult Northern Goshawk.

 From Chris Bosak:
02/23/15 - Norwalk, along the frozen Norwalk River near I-95 bridge --
two Peregrine Falcons chasing a Red-tailed Hawk out of the area.

 From Stefan Martin:
02/23/15 - Stamford, off Stamford Ave -- 4:25; emale Barrow's
Goldeneye.  After reviewing some pictures, I have confirmed there
being a second Female Barrow's Goldeneye in the group. Earlier in the
day I also had 1 male White-winted Scoter mixed in with the Scaup
group.

 From Alex Burdo:
02/23/15 - Norwalk, Veteran's Memorial Park -- 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULL (1st cycle).
Norwalk, Fourteen Acre Pond (from Stonybrook Road) -- 1 BLUE-WINGED
TEAL (female), 1 NORTHERN SHOVELER (male).
Westport, Sherwood Island State Park -- 1 SNOW BUNTING, 1 FOX SPARROW.
Stratford, Stratford Point -- 1 LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 15 SNOW BUNTING.

 From Richard Holloway:
02/22/15 - ?????, ferry landing opposite Gillette's Castle -- 2 PM;
saw and heard a flock (?) of 5 Common Raven flying in a southerly
direction.

Subject: Video Bohemian & Cedar Waxwing, Quincy
From: Migration Productions <semiplover AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:39:01 -0500
Just posted a short video of Cedar Waxwing and Bohemian Waxwing recorded
yesterday afternoon in Quincy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRb2iotVtFU&list=UUpvN92XqeO50Cb7NHUEyRVw

Shawn P. Carey
Migration Productions
www.MigrationProductions.com
Subject: 2/27 - Brookline Bird Club Winter Meeting - reminder
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:47:23 -0500
Join us for the BROOKLINE BIRD CLUB 2015 WINTER MEETING!


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Social Hour and Light Refreshments at 6:30 pm
John Glenn Middle School Auditorium
99 McMahon Road, Bedford, Massachusetts

Guest Speaker Mark Lynch, will present
"Through the Year with the Nature of Central Massachusetts: A 
Celebration"

Central Massachusetts is a huge area ranging from the eastern edge of 
Worcester County to the Connecticut River Valley and from the New 
Hampshire border to the Rhode Island and Connecticut borders. The 
area contains the two largest fresh water bodies in the state, and 
large tracts of forest, marsh and river habitat. Yet Central 
Massachusetts is not often visited by birders from eastern and 
western parts of the state, unless some rarity is found. This lecture 
celebrates not only the birds of this rich area, but also the 
butterflies, odonates, vertebrates and flowers to be found in the 
many outstanding natural history destinations of Central 
Massachusetts. The presentation will feature the photography of 
Sheila Carroll, with images from Central Massachusetts in each 
season.

Members and guests are cordially invited. Admission and parking are 
free.
Directions may be found on our website, www.massbird.org/bbc/

Birder's Exchange Donations: please bring your used binoculars and 
other birding equipment

This announcement will be on our website shortly - 
www.brooklinebirdclub.org .

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com
Subject: Plum Island - Monday, 2/23/15
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:32:19 -0500
Birders,

I made an afternoon visit to Parker River NWR.  The sun was warm and the 
wind was Arctic-like. I saw two quick Snowy
Owls between the gatehouse and Lot #2.  South of Lot #2 isn't accessible 
due to snow & drifts.  There is a sign at Lot #2
stating that heavy equipment is working on the road south.

On the Plum Island Turnpike, the wind was stirring up lots of snow and 
creating some drifts.

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: 2/22 Squantum Highlights
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:56:49 +0000 (UTC)
Hi,
A nice surprise to find an adult Red-shouldered Hawk in a tree near the two 
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on Victory Rd. around noon yesterday. 

HIGHLIGHTS:
Great Blue Heron 1         in Arctic tundra on East Squantum St. marsh
Hooded Merganser 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2+         adult and immature
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK 1 ad.
Peregrine Falcon 1         on ice at Wollaston Beach
Merlin 1                   seen by several at Marina Bay boardwalk
SNOWY OWL 1                Marina Bay boardwalk (seen by J. Ryan Doherty)
Northern Flicker 1
Cedar Waxwing 27 with the Bohemian Waxwings (one has orange tail band) 

BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS 2 Victory Rd., on left side, just before the huge, yellow 
condo building, but before the rotary. In crabapple trees loaded with fruit in 
median strip. This is just a bit down from East Squantum St. Enter the parking 
lot for the big, yellow condo building around the corner on Seaport Drive, and 
drive down to the outlet that is on Victory rd. next to the crabapples. 

COMMON REDPOLLS 3 in birches in back of parking lot for big, yellow condo 
building 

Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston 
Subject: Bohemian Waxwing, Dorchester (Fields Corner)
From: Ryan Schain <ryanschain AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:36:36 -0500
While working today I came across a small flock of six to nine Cedar
Waxwings and 30+ starlings feeding in a random crab apple tree in a front
yard on Park Street in Dorchester. I only had a millisecond to look at the
flock, but was surprised to find a single Bohemian Waxwing in the mix. It
seems to be the only fruit tree in the area, and was decently full of
fruit, so if they stick around they may return tomorrow. It should be noted
though, that Park Street is a busy street behind both the police and EMS
stations, with a high volume of emergency vehicle traffic and high
snowbanks on either side, making parking virtually impossible. There may be
a few parking spots along the 1500 block of Dot Ave, but as usual lately,
it's still a gamble.

Best,

Ryan Schain
Boston
ryanschain AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: Rare waif - Red-necked grebe at GMNWR (Concord)
From: Linda P <lpivacek AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:22:47 +0000 (UTC)
perhaps it could not gain altitude due to taking off from land/snow. terrible 
to think about. 

Linda, 
Linda Pivacek, Nahant, lpivacek AT comcast.net. 

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

> Jonathan,

> Your series of reactions was similar to our own watching the scene.
> Poor dear, it seemed so out of place yet quite self-contained. We
> were all amazed at how quickly its running take-off launched it into
> the air...but only to make a wide circle and return to sitting on the
> snow.

> Cherrie Corey

> --
> Cherrie A. Corey
> Naturalist, educator, and photographer
> Concord, MA
> 978.760.1933 mobile
> http://sense-of-place-concord.blogspot.com/
Subject: Re: Rare waif - Red-necked grebe at GMNWR (Concord)
From: Richard Heil <rsheil AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:22:04 -0500
It's possible this bird may have very recently originated from the 
Great Lakes, which is currently approaching record ice cover.

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

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






At 03:53 PM 2/23/2015, Jonathan Center wrote:
>Cherrie, et al,
>
>When I first read your post I thought it was curious that a grebe 
>could take off from snow given that their feet are positioned at the 
>rear of their body. Then, I looked at your photos and thought "there 
>is open water at Great Meadows in February?" I then clicked on one 
>of the photos then realized it was snow and not unfrozen water. Very 
>interesting sighting. Apparently, grebes (at least a Red-necked 
>Grebe) can take flight from snowy ground.
>
>Jonathan Center
>Chelmsford
>jbcenter AT verizon.net
Subject: Fw: 2/20 Revere Beach Highlights
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:10:38 +0000 (UTC)


On Saturday, February 21, 2015 12:28 PM, Paul Peterson 
 wrote: 

Hi,
Yesterday, I birded at Revere Beach. I started at Wonderland Station and headed 
north all the way to the tip of Point of Pines. All highlights, except for the 
Iceland Gulls, were from the one-half mile stretch of Point of Pines. I then 
crossed over Route 1A to look out from Mills Ave., which runs along the Pines 
River, toward Bear Creek Sanctuary across the river. I did see an 
expertly-hovering buteo, but the lighting was bad at 4:30 p.m., so I couldn't 
tell whether or not it was a Rough-legged Hawk. I believe it was. An adult 
Cooper's Hawk on Mills Ave. was nice as well. 

HIGHLIGHTS:
Mute Swan 2
Brant 9
Long-tailed Duck 1       at the very tip
Sanderling 11+           saw small groups along beach prior to eleven at P.O.P.
Iceland Gull 5 (1W)      three bit south of pink bldg., two north
SNOWY OWL 1 (yg. fem.)   flew up to house roof at Point of Pines
Horned Lark 4            on the beach
P.S. Boots are required to get on the beach, but walking along the beach was 
not difficult at all 

Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston  
Subject: Re: Rare waif - Red-necked grebe at GMNWR (Concord)
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:11:58 -0500
Jonathan,

Your series of reactions was similar to our own watching the scene. 
Poor dear, it seemed so out of place yet quite self-contained.  We 
were all amazed at how quickly its running take-off launched it into 
the air...but only to make a wide circle and return to sitting on the 
snow.

Cherrie Corey




-- 
Cherrie A. Corey
Naturalist, educator, and photographer
Concord, MA
978.760.1933 mobile
http://sense-of-place-concord.blogspot.com/
Subject: Re: Rare waif - Red-necked grebe at GMNWR (Concord)
From: "Jonathan Center" <jbcenter AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:53:00 -0500
Cherrie, et al,

When I first read your post I thought it was curious that a grebe could take 
off from snow given that their feet are positioned at the rear of their 
body. Then, I looked at your photos and thought "there is open water at 
Great Meadows in February?" I then clicked on one of the photos then 
realized it was snow and not unfrozen water. Very interesting sighting. 
Apparently, grebes (at least a Red-necked Grebe) can take flight from snowy 
ground.

Jonathan Center
Chelmsford
jbcenter AT verizon.net
Subject: Bohemian waxwing Quincy - NO
From: David <davidbbernstein AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:51:54 -0500
All,

I spent about an hour+ today searching for the Bohemian waxwing seen yesterday 
in Quincy. I was there from 10:15-11:30. I was not able to find it. There was 
an active and fairly cooperative flock of 20ish cedar waxwings feeding in the 
crabapple trees on Victory Rd, but no Bohemian ever joined the flock. 


I would still encourage others to try and find it as I suspect it is still 
around. And if you do find it, please post! (This is a lifer I would really 
like to get). 


There was a Merlin atop a large building around the corner from Victory Rd. 

Best,

David Bernstein
West Rox
Davidbbernstein at gmail 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Westport River (East Branch) 6 gull sp. and waterfowl
From: Louise Barteau <lbarteau AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:07:05 -0500
I work on a tugboat in New Bedford harbor. Each day there are 2-3 new corpses: 
Buffleheads, RB Mergansers mostly but also the occasional Black Duck and some 
unrecognizable corpses. 


I watched a female RB Merganser struggle to get altitude after her hole in the 
ice closed up. She fell when she hit an ice ridge and ominously was instantly 
surrounded by 5 large gulls. After a few tense moments she was able to fly away 
but it was a close call. 


The bitter cold and the ice seem to be taking their toll. Many birds seeking 
food and shelter in the harbor seem exhausted and many have trouble taking off 
in the small holes of open water. When the wind blows hard it makes it worse. 
Yesterday at West Island I watched a sea duck try to walk over the sea ice to 
open water. It finally gave up and sat down making an easy target for our 
resident snowy. 


Every day of this cold and ice is a struggle for survival in the harbor. On the 
good news front I have raised the awareness of the captain and he now routinely 
avoids any birds in our path! 


Louise Barteau
New Bedford Harbor

> On Feb 21, 2015, at 5:25 PM, Paul Champlin  wrote:
> 
> Hi All,
> Kiddo and I ventured down to our shoreline on the west side of the east 
branch of the Westport River, and the place could have passed for some Alaskan 
locale... except the swans all had orange bills. There were several thousand 
gulls, 200+ Mute Swans, high-hundreds of geese (at least one Cackling), and 
many other waterfowl (normal stuff as best I could tell). Though I wasn't 
really birding, I managed to see a few other highlights, including 

> 
> At least 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (two adults, 1 subadult and one first 
year) 

> 4 Iceland Gulls (though there were certainly more present; all first year 
birds) 

> 2 Glaucous Gulls (one adult and one first year)
> 
> Perhaps tomorrow I'll actually bring a scope.
> 
> Also, yesterday I walked the dunes and inner harbor from Cherry and Webb 
Beach parking lot to the mouth of the Westport River. I had to plow through 
waist-deep snow and slushy snow/sea matrix but managed to make the mouth of the 
river in about an hour. The surprising thing was to come across myriad of dead 
animals - mostly birds! I tallied dead Bufflehead, Thick-billed Murre, Canada 
Goose, Black Duck, Red-throated Loon, and a few others along with dead 
Killfish(!), small mammal sp., and horseshoe crab. I wonder, with all this 
carnage, what dead critters are buried under the knee-deep pack ice? 

> 
> Paul Champlin
> Westport, MA
Subject: Re: Westport River (East Branch) 6 gull sp. and waterfowl
From: Louise Barteau <lbarteau AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:07:05 -0500
I work on a tugboat in New Bedford harbor. Each day there are 2-3 new corpses: 
Buffleheads, RB Mergansers mostly but also the occasional Black Duck and some 
unrecognizable corpses. 


I watched a female RB Merganser struggle to get altitude after her hole in the 
ice closed up. She fell when she hit an ice ridge and ominously was instantly 
surrounded by 5 large gulls. After a few tense moments she was able to fly away 
but it was a close call. 


The bitter cold and the ice seem to be taking their toll. Many birds seeking 
food and shelter in the harbor seem exhausted and many have trouble taking off 
in the small holes of open water. When the wind blows hard it makes it worse. 
Yesterday at West Island I watched a sea duck try to walk over the sea ice to 
open water. It finally gave up and sat down making an easy target for our 
resident snowy. 


Every day of this cold and ice is a struggle for survival in the harbor. On the 
good news front I have raised the awareness of the captain and he now routinely 
avoids any birds in our path! 


Louise Barteau
New Bedford Harbor

> On Feb 21, 2015, at 5:25 PM, Paul Champlin  wrote:
> 
> Hi All,
> Kiddo and I ventured down to our shoreline on the west side of the east 
branch of the Westport River, and the place could have passed for some Alaskan 
locale... except the swans all had orange bills. There were several thousand 
gulls, 200+ Mute Swans, high-hundreds of geese (at least one Cackling), and 
many other waterfowl (normal stuff as best I could tell). Though I wasn't 
really birding, I managed to see a few other highlights, including 

> 
> At least 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (two adults, 1 subadult and one first 
year) 

> 4 Iceland Gulls (though there were certainly more present; all first year 
birds) 

> 2 Glaucous Gulls (one adult and one first year)
> 
> Perhaps tomorrow I'll actually bring a scope.
> 
> Also, yesterday I walked the dunes and inner harbor from Cherry and Webb 
Beach parking lot to the mouth of the Westport River. I had to plow through 
waist-deep snow and slushy snow/sea matrix but managed to make the mouth of the 
river in about an hour. The surprising thing was to come across myriad of dead 
animals - mostly birds! I tallied dead Bufflehead, Thick-billed Murre, Canada 
Goose, Black Duck, Red-throated Loon, and a few others along with dead 
Killfish(!), small mammal sp., and horseshoe crab. I wonder, with all this 
carnage, what dead critters are buried under the knee-deep pack ice? 

> 
> Paul Champlin
> Westport, MA
Subject: RE: PRNWR status
From: "Lapite, Constance" <Constance.Lapite AT aecom.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:40:42 +0000
Lynette:

I realize that conditions are putting a strain on resources and we all have to 
roll with it. I enjoyed a gorgeous day at Salisbury SP and Rough Meadows. 


I checked Face Book yesterday before heading to the Refuge and the most recent 
post was from Saturday morning. It said the Refuge was open through Lot 2. The 
FB page was not updated until 1:30 pm on Sunday - Ranger Poole saying that he 
learned at noon that the Refuge is closed. 


I had planned to snow shoe on the Refuge and had both snow shoes and skis in 
the car yesterday. However, I could not find a place to park that I was certain 
was legal. When I stopped to ask at the Refuge HQ, they did confirm that we are 
allowed to enter the Refuge on foot, but did not have any recommendations on 
parking. 


What do you recommend?

Regards,
Constance Lapite
Beverly, MA

-----Original Message-----
From: massbird-approval AT TheWorld.com [mailto:massbird-approval AT TheWorld.com] On 
Behalf Of Lynette Leka 

Sent: Monday, February 23, 2015 8:01 AM
To: Post MASSBIRD
Subject: [MASSBIRD] PRNWR status

the best way to get up-to-date information is on the Parker River National 
Wildlife Refuge Face Book page 


the recent snows have created nearly impossible plowing conditions - drifts to 
depths higher than the snow plow truck 


please have patience - the staff is doing everything possible, given the 
limited resources 


in the meantime, take your snowshoes or skis and enjoy an unusual opportunity 
for birding in a true "refuge" setting 



------------------------------------

Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951


email: lynette.leka AT yahoo.com


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Subject: PRNWR status
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:01:20 -0800
the best way to get up-to-date information is on the Parker River National 
Wildlife Refuge Face Book page 


the recent snows have created nearly impossible plowing conditions - drifts to 
depths higher than the snow plow truck 


please have patience - the staff is doing everything possible, given the 
limited resources 


in the meantime, take your snowshoes or skis and enjoy an unusual opportunity 
for birding in a true "refuge" setting 



------------------------------------

Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951


email: lynette.leka AT yahoo.com
Subject: Sunday, Salisbury SP- Bohemian Waxwing, Redpolls
From: "Lapite, Constance" <Constance.Lapite AT aecom.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:00:44 +0000
Highlights - weather and scenery; 8 Bald eagles on the ice across from the boat 
ramp; 9 Common redpolls in a birch near the turn for the boat ramp; 1 Bohemian 
waxwing (the only waxwing I found) feeding co-operatively near the road between 
the dumping station and turn for the boat ramp (across from the sign for the W 
Street Bath house); 1 Merlin jetting around the camp sites; 1 red fox, sleeping 
on top of a blind across the river. 


They have only plowed out one lane from the dumping station to the boat ramp 
and from the main road to the rest rooms in the beach parking lot. There are 
occasional spaces to pull over on the way to the boat ramp. Now that it is cold 
again, it would be even more exciting than it was yesterday. 


Constance Lapite
Beverly, MA


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Subject: CT Report 02/22/1015 Tufted Duck
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:45:54 -0500
Note: The big news was the TUFTED DUCK that Tina Green found in
Bridgeport this morning.  Tina posted a bit about the location
(Captain's Cove, end of Bostwick Ave) in a message to CTBirds.

http://lists.ctbirding.org/pipermail/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org/Week-of-Mon-20150216/054013.html 



 From Tina Green:
02/22/15 - Bridgeport, 1 Bostwick Ave, Captains Cove, east end --
adult female TUFTED DUCK, seen by many.  First reported around 10:40.
Also 3 Redheads (1 drake and 2 hens).

 From Dan Rottino & family, with MOB on pavilion:
02/22/15 - Bridgeport, Captains Cove -- Tufted Duck is still there at
1 PM.

 From Preston Lust:
02/22/15 - Bridgeport, Captains Cove -- 1:50 PM;  Tufted Duck
continues.

 From Aidan Kiley:
02/22/15 - Bridgeport, Captains Cove -- Tufted Duck continues as of
2:05 PM;

 From ardi Dickinson:
02/22/15 - Bridgeport, Captains Cove -- Tufted Duck Continues as of
3:09 PM.

 From Jory Teltser:
02/22/15 - Bridgeport, Captains Cove -- Tufted Duck continues as of
4:00 PM, quacking, preening, and feeding on the righ side of the
docks.

 From Jeremy Nance with Will Huber:
02/22/15 - Bridgeport, Captains Cove -- Tufted Duck seen at 4:15. Also
3 Redheads (one male, two female).

 From Nick Bonomo:
02/22/15 - Bridgeport, Seaside Park -- immature Iceland Gull by the
pond and a Red-necked Grebe in the harbor off the east end.

 From Ray Belding:
02/22/15 - Goshen, E. St. N. near Hageman Sheehan Rd -- 11 Common
Redpoll.

 From Russ Naylor:
02/22/15 - Woodbury, Church Street -- 1 Common Redpoll at feeder both
Saturday and Sunday.

 From Steve Spector:
02/22/15 - Milford, Mondo Ponds -- 3:30 PM; drake Redhead.

 From Steve Morytko:
02/22/15 - Ashford, yard -- 1 Rusty Blackbird for every inch of *new*
snow (5M, 1F), along with 2 Pine Siskins.

 From Nancy Solitare:
02/22/15 - North Haven -- flock of Black Vultures.

 From Steve Morytko:
02/21/15 - Ashford, yard -- It was nice to see a single Rusty
Blackbird ground feeding at our home Saturday morning accompanying the
-13F early morning temperature.

 From Aidan Kiley:
02/21/15 - Bridgeport, Captain's Cove -- 1 male EURASIAN WIGEON.

 From Dave Winston:
02/21/15 - Stamford -- Pine Siskin at the feeder.

 From Jim Hunter:
02/21/15 - Fairfield -- 4 Black Vultures sitting on the roof of Trader
Joes.  1 Common Raven sitting and calling on top of roof of Public
Storage.
Bridgeport (Blackrock) yard -- Winter Wren in bushes.

 From James Sherwonit:
02/21/15 - Old Saybrook -- 3 Pine Siskin at feeders.

 From Brendan Murtha:
02/21/15 - South Norwalk, Veterans Park -- A SNOW GOOSE was feeding
(with a small flock of Canada Geese) on the sidewalk off of Seaview
Ave, running along Veterans Park.

 From Paul Carrier:
02/21/15 - Harwinton, yard -- a flock of 30 plus PINE SISKIN with one
female COMMON REDPOLL.

 From Susanne Shrader:
02/21/15 - West Hartford, Avon Mountain, yard -- at least 6 Pine
Siskins at one time fighting for my Nyger feeder for the past month,
and several more are "waiting in the wings" for their turn so there
are probably 10 or more hanging around

 From Robert Dixon with Doug Warner:
02/21/15 - Central Village, Quinebaug Fish Hatchery -- WILSON'S SNIPE,
PEREGRINE FALCON.

 From Robert Dixon:
02/21/15 - Sterling yard -- PINE SISKIN (9), YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
(1f).

 From Arthur Shippee & Mary Porterfield:
02/21/15 - Hamden, North Lake Dr -- 1 Pine Siskin, 2 Rusty Blackbirds.

 From Frank Mantlik:
02/21/15 - Stratford, home feeders -- 8 PINE SISKINS.

 From Frank Mantlik:
02/20/15 - Stratford, yard and feeders -- 6 PINE SISKINS. Waiting for
a Redpoll.
Stratford, Raven Pond -- mid-day; a pair of Northern Pintail.

 From Ernie Harris:
02/20/15 - Colchester, Deck -- 7 to 8 AM; Pine Siskin ( finally);
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (male) every morning since 2/6/15.

 From Michaelene Komara:
02/20/15 - Clinton, Indian River at Route 1 -- Drake Northern Pintail.

 From Ian Devlin:
02/20/15 - Stratford, Raven Pond (on Brookside Drive off Route 110) --
lone drake Northern Pintail still mingling with other ducks.

 From Lisa Gagnon:
02/20/15 - Stafford Springs -- a few Pine Siskins (mixed in with
goldfinches).

 From Steve Broker:
02/20/15 - Woodbridge, West Rock Ridge State Park -- 2:00 PM to 2:30
PM -- A pair of Common Ravens flew in to the ridge from the south and
landed in their well-reconstructed nest for a brief stay.  Believed to
be the same raven pair that has nested at West Rock annually since
2002.

 From Carol and Jim Zipp:
02/20/15 - Hamden, yard -- Rusty Blackbirds have settle back to the 40
or so birds after a short rise to 85-90.

 From Ian Devlin:
02/19/15 - Norwalk, Fourteen Acre Pond -- lone drake Northern Shoveler
continues.

 From Frank Mantlik:
02/19/15 - Milford, Oronoque Rd -- huge flock of 200 PINE SISKIN, 10+
COMMON REDPOLL (and 10+ American Goldfinch) all feeding on birch cone
seeds along road north of transfer station.

 From Russ Smiley:
02/19/15 - Enfield, Barnes Boat Ramp -- 1:50 PM; first cycle Iceland
full standing on ice beside parking lot.
3:35 PM; first cycle Glaucous Gull landed on fixed ice out in river.

 From Chuck Imbergamo:
02/19/15 - Madison, yard -- One Common Redpoll visited our feeders in
the afternoon; a yard first, about 1 mile north of Long Island sound!

 From John Shepard:
02/19/15 - Portland -- Third year in a row Rough-legged Hawk in the
adjacent lot.

 From Brian O'Toole:
02/19/15 - Bridgeport, Beardsley Zoo/Park grounds -- At feeders near
zoo ticket booth: Pine Siskin, 2 Fox Sparrows.  Also 5 Black Vultures.

Subject: Rare waif - Red-necked grebe at GMNWR (Concord)
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 22:20:16 -0500
Thirteen participants on my monthly Great Meadows walk on Saturday 
(2/21) morning had the rare experience of seeing a red-necked grebe 
out of place and time.  It was spotted at a good distance by Sarah 
Annis, sitting alone on the snow in the NW quadrant of the lower 
impoundment.  We observed it for nearly 20 minutes before it stirred 
and flew a large low circle, returning to its starting point to 
resume sitting.

I've posted several photos, taken at a distance, including one clear 
take-off image by Weiya Luo showing clear markings on the wings.

https://plus.google.com/photos/105267158813597283736/albums/6118502628213601377

Happy birding,

Cherrie Corey




-- 
Cherrie A. Corey
Naturalist, educator, and photographer
Concord, MA
978.760.1933 mobile
http://sense-of-place-concord.blogspot.com/
Subject: 2/22/15 - Western Mass Sightings
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151 AT aim.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:06:00 -0500
Hi Massbirders - 

Spent the day driving around Western Mass.  Some birds: 

Longmeadow:
Bald Eagle - 2 adult
Red-winged Blackbird - 14
Brown-headed Cowbird - 1

Sandisfield:
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1 adult
Cedar Waxwing - 35

Sheffield:
Cedar Waxwing - 40
Pine Siskin - 50+ near PJs County Store

Hadley:
Bald Eagle - 2 adult
Common Grackle - 1 male

It was pretty quiet bird-wise yet stunningly beautiful. 

Thanks

------------------------------------------------- Steve Arena Westborough, MA 
PokeDaddy151 AT aol.com Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/ 
Subject: Re: Flicker at the feeder!
From: Nancy Maciolek <njmaciolek AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:34:03 -0500
I have been surprised to see a Flicker at the suet feeder here, too.  He
has shown up for the past several days. I rarely see them in my yard at
all, never mind at the feeder.

Today there was also a robin foraging in the meal worm dish.

One pine siskin showed up a few days ago, but has not been back since.

I continue to have 3-5 pine warblers every day, coming for suet and
mealworms. They, plus the cardinals, bluebirds, bluejays are about the only
bright spots of color around here.

Nancy

Nancy Maciolek Blake
Duxbury, MA

On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 12:54 PM, vietdave  wrote:

>
> There is a flicker at my feeder today. .
>
>
Subject: Bald eagles over Worcester
From: Dan Mushrush <dmushrush AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:35:15 -0500
Two adult bald eagles were soaring over the area near dodge park/Higgins
museum.  They were easily seen as they were not too high.

Dan Mushrush
Worcester ma
Subject: Re: Bohemian waxwings quincy YES
From: Steven Whitebread <steven1591 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:30:28 -0500
We had the 2 Bohemian Waxwings on Victory Road in Squantum this morning 
at 9am. We then went on to Hull to look for white-winged gulls, but 
found none. We did however have another 2 Bohemian Waxwings (there may 
have been a third) at the Hull Yacht Club. They were with Cedar Waxwings 
and robins in the low cedars and bare trees. We also had two Black 
Guillemots at the tip, in the channel towards Peddocks Island and 12 
Horned Larks on Nantasket Beach.

Photos of the Quincy Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings taken yesterday can be 
found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/60295555 AT N06/

Steven and Christine Whitebread



On 2/22/2015 10:16 AM, Jim Guion wrote:
> 2 with cedar waxwings on Victory. We saw 2 on the side by the marina and 
later on the other side. Merlin on mast in marina. 

>
> Jim Guion
> Arlington
> Jeff Thomas
> Winchester
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
Subject: Flicker at the feeder!
From: vietdave <vietdave AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:54:34 -0500
There is a flicker at my feeder today. ..can't tell you last time I saw one in 
the winter. He looks nice with the three other woodpecker species and cardinals 
in the sunshine and snow! 

David Norton
Hadley, MA
Vietdave AT yahoo.com

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-------- Original message --------
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift
Date:02/17/2015 9:26 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Massbird
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 70 Iceland Gulls, Gloucester 2/17
Derek and Jeannette Lovitch stopped by the store late this afternoon. They had come from Cape Ann where they were visiting Jeannette's parents on Eastern Point. Their photos of the the 12-15 ft drifts along the road past Niles Pond were incredible. They did see 70+ ICELAND GULLS in Gloucester Harbor, including small groups sitting on the water. They had several Iceland's pass by the parents home near the end of Eastern Point. Just 2 GLAUCOUS GullS in the harbor and no murre. Steve Grinley Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift Route 1 Traffic Circle Newburyport, MA 01950 Birdwsg AT comcast.net www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com 978-462-0775
Subject: Re: Re: PRNWR
From: Richard Heil <rsheil AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:21:02 -0500
A couple inches of snow yesterday = closed for at least a day. We can't expect 
them to plow on a Sunday! 


Richard S. Heil
S. Peabody, MA 
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On Feb 22, 2015, at 10:11 AM, "Lapite, Constance"  
wrote: 


> Stopped at the HQ and they said it is unlikely they will get the refuge open 
today. I might swing by again later. 

> 
> Regards, Constance lapite
> Beverly, MA
> 
> Sent from my mobile
> 
>> On Feb 22, 2015, at 9:54 AM, Lapite, Constance  
wrote: 

>> 
>> It is 9:50 am and the gate is closed.
>> 
>> Regards,
>> Constance Lapite
>> Beverly, MA
>> 
>> Sent from my mobile
> 
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Subject: Bohemian Waxwing Yes
From: John Hoye <lt.jaeger AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:40:13 -0500
 Two Bohemian Waxwings continue today 1030 vicinity of 83 Central St Gardener 
Ma with 40 Cedar Waxwings and a couple of Robins 

Thanks to Tom Pirro for the report
Of yesterday same location
     John and Audrey
     John Hoye Wayland
      Lt.Jaeger AT verizon.net
  




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

  
   John Hoye Wayland Ma
Subject: Bohemian waxwings quincy YES
From: Jim Guion <jim_guion AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:16:12 -0500
2 with cedar waxwings on Victory. We saw 2 on the side by the marina and later 
on the other side. Merlin on mast in marina. 


Jim Guion
Arlington
Jeff Thomas
Winchester

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Subject: Re: PRNWR
From: "Lapite, Constance" <Constance.Lapite AT aecom.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:11:21 +0000
Stopped at the HQ and they said it is unlikely they will get the refuge open 
today. I might swing by again later. 


Regards, Constance lapite
Beverly, MA

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> On Feb 22, 2015, at 9:54 AM, Lapite, Constance  
wrote: 

>
> It is 9:50 am and the gate is closed.
>
> Regards,
> Constance Lapite
> Beverly, MA
>
> Sent from my mobile


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Subject: PRNWR
From: "Lapite, Constance" <Constance.Lapite AT aecom.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:54:28 +0000
It is 9:50 am and the gate is closed.

Regards,
Constance Lapite
Beverly, MA

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Subject: Longspur, horned larks PI PL1
From: "David Davis" <ddavis AT vgoassociates.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19:01:13 -0500
There were six horned larks and one Lapland Longspur at Parking Lot 1 on
Plum Island this afternoon.  The road is open past Lot 1 and Lot 1 is
cleared for parking.

David Davis
Newbury, MA
Subject: 2/21 Muddy River-Spring Must Be Near! (Mustn't it?)
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:53:56 +0000 (UTC)
Hi,
There were six or more adult male Red-winged Blackbirds singing in the 
phragmites along the Muddy River this morning. This is across the street from 
the Landmark Center, at Park Drive. This was surprising to me, considering the 
temperature and snow everywhere. 

HIGHLIGHTS:
Great Blue Heron 3       same bat time, same bat place!
Hooded Merganser 5       three Leverett Pond, two Muddy River
Ring-necked Duck 6       two males at pond, four Muddy River
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD 6+  SINGING!
Paul Peterson
petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com
Boston
Subject: 5 Bald Eagles and 5 Lapland Longspurs
From: Steve Muise <violoneur AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:54:51 -0500
5 Bald Eagles (1 mature, 1 sub adult and 3 juveniles) were near and feeding on 
prey to the north of the boat launch at Salisbury Beach State Park around noon 
today. There was also a flock of 5 cooperative Lapland Longspurs feeding near 
the edges of the boat ramp. Usual suspects also present. The road out along the 
campgrounds is two-way, be careful and patient. 

Steve and Debby Muise, Farmington, Maine  

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Subject: Westport River (East Branch) 6 gull sp. and waterfowl
From: Paul Champlin <skua99 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:25:54 -0500
Hi All,
Kiddo and I ventured down to our shoreline on the west side of the east branch 
of the Westport River, and the place could have passed for some Alaskan 
locale... except the swans all had orange bills. There were several thousand 
gulls, 200+ Mute Swans, high-hundreds of geese (at least one Cackling), and 
many other waterfowl (normal stuff as best I could tell). Though I wasn't 
really birding, I managed to see a few other highlights, including 


At least 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (two adults, 1 subadult and one first 
year) 

4 Iceland Gulls (though there were certainly more present; all first year 
birds) 

2 Glaucous Gulls (one adult and one first year)

Perhaps tomorrow I'll actually bring a scope.

Also, yesterday I walked the dunes and inner harbor from Cherry and Webb Beach 
parking lot to the mouth of the Westport River. I had to plow through 
waist-deep snow and slushy snow/sea matrix but managed to make the mouth of the 
river in about an hour. The surprising thing was to come across myriad of dead 
animals - mostly birds! I tallied dead Bufflehead, Thick-billed Murre, Canada 
Goose, Black Duck, Red-throated Loon, and a few others along with dead 
Killfish(!), small mammal sp., and horseshoe crab. I wonder, with all this 
carnage, what dead critters are buried under the knee-deep pack ice? 


Paul Champlin
Westport, MA
 		 	   		  
Subject: Gardner Bohemians-YES
From: Robert Gervais <rgervais AT jri.org>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:54:41 +0000
I arrived at 83 Pleasant St. In Gardner at 1:40pm and immediately located the 
four Bohemian Waxwings reported earlier by Tom Pirro feeding in the crabapple 
tree in the front yard of the residence with 27 Cedar Waxwings. 


The entire flock relocated across the street after being spooked by a passerby 
on the sidewalk where they remained until I left. 


With this weather front I assume these birds will remain in the area as the 
tree was loaded with crabapples. 


Robert S. Gervais 
Townsend, MA.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 21, 2015, at 12:27 PM, "Thomas Pirro"  wrote:
> 
> This morning there were at least 4 Bohemian Waxwings along with a
> dozen Cedars feeding in a crabapple tree in front of 83 Central Street
> in Gardner. This is near the intersection of School Street, Lake View
> and Central Streets.
> 
> # 83 sits well above the public sidewalk, so observes should not be
> too intrusive for the residents, as always be respectful. Parking
> would be best on side streets. Traffic moves along quickly on Central
> (aka Rte 101), high snow banks limit visiblity for drivers ... so
> birders should be carefull and use common sense....stay on the side
> walk and off the road.
> 
> I have posted a few photos on my blog
> 
> Cheers
> 
> Tom
Subject: Quincy Bohemians, YES. two at 2pm
From: "Ida Giriunas" <ida8 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:26:48 -0500
The two Bohemian Waxwings that Dave Ranney reported this morning (See his
posting below.) were found on Victory Rd. in the Marina Bay Apartment area
along with several Cedar Waxwings.   There are several, ?DOZENS of Crab
Apple Trees loaded with fruit along Victory Road.   I would expect these
birds to be there for a few days.I wonder who else will bejoining them.  

 

Ida Giriunas

Reading, MA

 

Dave Ranney called the store this morning around 11:30 to report Bohemian
Waxwings in Quincy MA. They were hanging out in the Marina Bay Apts (7
Seaport Dr) at the T ferry stop. Look in the middle of the condo complex in
the crabapple trees he said
Subject: Rusty Blackbird continues in Bradford
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:23:18 +0000
The Rusty Blackbird that we first noticed at our feeding station on 1/30 is 
still making sporadic visits (seen today). We have also had visits from a Fox 
Sparrow during the past few days. 


David Larson
Bradford, MA
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Subject: recent sightings & owl program
From: Phil Brown <nebirdsplus AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:01:23 -0500
A few recent sightings and a Owl program on WGBH

Hines Bridge, Amesbury - 02-20-15

1 - Bald Eagle - I was a bit surprised there weren't a few more around 
with all of the ice on the river
18 - Common Merganser
24 - Great Cormorant

Coming to a friends feeders in Hamilton

1 - Hermit Thrush
2 - Carolina Wren

For all of us that are reluctant armchair birders of late WGBH has a 
really interesting program titled Owl Power which ran a few nights ago. 
Lots of interesting facts and slo-mo owl footage. A few links:

http://www.wgbh.org/programs/Nature-26/episodes/Owl-Power-59609

http://video.wgbh.org/video/2365409216/

Enjoy,
Phil Brown
nebirdsplus AT comcast.net
Essex, MA 01929
Subject: Bald Eagle -Salem
From: bank1941 AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:28:15 +0000 (UTC)
Mber's, 
  
At 1100am this morning while passing over the Beverly/Salem bridge heading 
home, I was looking up river and noticed a large object standing on the ice at 
water's edge at the confluence of the North and Danvers Rivers. At the bottom 
of the bridge I pulled over and using my bino's, I was able to discern the 
unmistakable image of an immature Bald Eagle. I took out my smartphone and got 
a distant shot of the bird from about 250 yards away. As I was looking at my 
photo, the bird elevated and flew north across the Danvers River towards 
Beverly and headed to the Bass River open water and  then  disappeared over 
the houses there. This general area is where a few days ago, I spotted what I 
thought was a Snowy Owl.   

  
Both birds were new "Salem" birds for me........birding wonders never cease..!! 

  
Joe Paluzzi 
Subject: Bohemian Waxwings Quincy MA 1/20
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:19:23 +0000 (UTC)
Dave Ranney called the store this morning around 11:30 to report Bohemian 
Waxwings in Quincy MA. They were hanging out in the Marina Bay Apts (7 Seaport 
Dr) at the T ferry stop. Look in the middle of the condo complex in the 
crabapple trees he said. 


Deb La Roy for

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

Subject: Gardner (Bohemian Waxwings) 2/21
From: Thomas Pirro <tpirro2010 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:17:25 -0500
This morning there were at least 4 Bohemian Waxwings along with a
dozen Cedars feeding in a crabapple tree in front of 83 Central Street
in Gardner. This is near the intersection of School Street, Lake View
and Central Streets.

# 83 sits well above the public sidewalk, so observes should not be
too intrusive for the residents, as always be respectful. Parking
would be best on side streets. Traffic moves along quickly on Central
(aka Rte 101), high snow banks limit visiblity for drivers ... so
birders should be carefull and use common sense....stay on the side
walk and off the road.

I have posted a few photos on my blog

Cheers

Tom
Subject: Re: FW: Gray Jay -- [eBird Alert] Massachusetts Rare Bird Alert <
From: Oliver Burton <olivertburton AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 08:04:51 -0500
Ida,

The photo in the checklist appears to show a Mockingbird.

Oliver Burton
Cambridge
olivertburton at gmail.com

On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 7:47 AM, Ida Giriunas  wrote:

> Anybody know about this bird?
>
> Ida Giriunas
> Reading, MA
>
>
> Sent: Saturday, February 21, 2015 12:49 AM
>
> Gray Jay (Northern) (2 Middlesex)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Gray Jay (Northern) (Perisoreus canadensis) (1)
> - Reported Feb 20, 2015 08:50 by Karen van Nederpelt
> - 110 Smith St Waltham MA, Middlesex, Massachusetts
> - Map:
>
> http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.4142238,-71.2539602&ll=42.4142
> 238,-71.2539602
> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21998182
> - Comments: "The gray jay was back for the suet. Is very skittish and
> doesn't stay long."
>
> Gray Jay (Northern) (Perisoreus canadensis) (1)
> - Reported Feb 18, 2015 08:45 by Karen van Nederpelt
> - 110 Smith St Waltham MA, Middlesex, Massachusetts
> - Map:
>
> http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.4142238,-71.2539602&ll=42.4142
> 238,-71.2539602
> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21998113
> - Comments: " href="
> http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0Abtm7hi2cOGzng&eid
> =118">Click here to view these pictures larger
> This jay has visited several days in a row. I thought it was a female blue
> jay not realizing that they were also blue. It has a magnificently fluffy
> breast and gorgeous white edged tail feathers. Am still trying to get a
> clearer picture."
>
> ***********
>
>
>
>
Subject: FW: Gray Jay -- [eBird Alert] Massachusetts Rare Bird Alert <
From: "Ida Giriunas" <ida8 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:47:40 -0500
Anybody know about this bird?

Ida Giriunas
Reading, MA


Sent: Saturday, February 21, 2015 12:49 AM

Gray Jay (Northern) (2 Middlesex)

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Gray Jay (Northern) (Perisoreus canadensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 20, 2015 08:50 by Karen van Nederpelt
- 110 Smith St Waltham MA, Middlesex, Massachusetts
- Map:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.4142238,-71.2539602&ll=42.4142
238,-71.2539602
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21998182
- Comments: "The gray jay was back for the suet. Is very skittish and
doesn't stay long."

Gray Jay (Northern) (Perisoreus canadensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 18, 2015 08:45 by Karen van Nederpelt
- 110 Smith St Waltham MA, Middlesex, Massachusetts
- Map:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.4142238,-71.2539602&ll=42.4142
238,-71.2539602
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21998113
- Comments: "Click here to view these pictures larger    
This jay has visited several days in a row. I thought it was a female blue
jay not realizing that they were also blue. It has a magnificently fluffy
breast and gorgeous white edged tail feathers. Am still trying to get a
clearer picture."

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Subject: Sharpie
From: Plimpton-Magee <plimag AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:18:19 -0500
Birders: A new yard bird, a Sharpie!! Sitting on a low Cedar branch in plane 
sight devouring a bird. What bird?? Large, gray feathers, one long one with 
black and white (wing feather)  a Mockingbird!! At first in fact we thought it 
was the Mockingbird (w/o binocs), a small hawk in other words. No doubt the 
very Mockingbird we'd seen partaking of our suet the day before! The S.S. Hawk 
was right out our kitchen window, 20-30 feet away, this was happening. While 
photographing it, a Red-tail flew by low, huge in comparison! 

 Or was it a male Coopers?? We looked it up. Surprisingly Sibley's doesn't give 
a clue! Tell from size and wingbeat with experience. But Peterson's spells it 
out: the Sharpie has small head, no black crown, rusty rather than brown breast 
streaks, and a square tail, not rounded like the Cooper's. Ours was as 
described. We must have watched it consume the Mockingbird for an hour! We saw 
it turn around to see clearly its square ended tail. Our Sharpie consumed all, 
every red morsel, feathers dropping, then wiped its beak on the branch! Photos: 
 


										    Blue skies.......   Oakes (Plimpton)
Subject: BBC Cape Ann walk 2/23 cancelled
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:42:50 -0500
The BBC Cape Ann walk scheduled for Sunday 2/23 is cancelled for all the 
same reasons as all the other trips for the last 2 ( or has it been more 
now??) weeks - and unless you just arrived from Honolulu, you know 
exactly what that means!

Just one more opportunity to clear those roofs, chip away at that ice, 
move some more snow and pretend your hot chocolate has no Peppermint 
Schnapps!

Cheers!
Linda

-- 
Linda Ferraresso
Salem, MA
tattler1(at)comcast(dot)net

"Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark" 
- Tagore 

Subject: Saturday's BBC Afternoon Trip CANCELLED.
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:07:53 +0000 (UTC)
I have CANCELLED tomorrow's (Sat 2/21) BBC Afternoon Walk, Birds Along the 
Merrimack River-Newburyport to Salisbury. 


I went out early this morning to check roads and possible viewing areas in and 
around Newburyport and Salisbury. The PI Causeway still has blowing snow 
covering parts of it, (a front-loader was attempting to clear edges) and there 
is no shoulder for cars to pull over. The same is true of Southern Boulevard on 
Plum Island and the snow banks on the marsh side are up to six feet high or 
more. THE PARKER RIVER NWR was CLOSED, I am sure due to continued drifting 
snow. 


Salisbury was no better. The road down the Salisbury Beach State Reservation 
has no shoulder and large dump trucks are using the first 2 lots on the left as 
a snow farm, so truck traffic is constant and I assume that might continue 
through the weekend. The road is NOT plowed to the last parking lot where we 
normally view the river and the Jetties. There is only a single lane road 
through the campground out to the boat ramp. There are a few places where a 
single oncoming car could pull over enough to allow another through, but a 
caravan of cars would never make it. There was an immature Bald Eagle on the 
opposite bank at the boat ramp. 


There is no viewing of the Merrimack River from Water Street: No where to pull 
over at the Clam Shack and only a couple of spaces at the Sea Wall where, it 
appeared, local residents have parked their cars. Cashman Park is also a snow 
farm with a 20 foot+ mountain range of snow between the parking lot and the 
river. Heavy equipment is working the whole area. 


There is limited parking on Deer Island near the chain bridge, but the river is 
mostly frozen there, more than I have ever seen it. 

There is also no practical viewing of the frozen river from Main Street in 
Amesbury as there is no where to pull over and snow banks too high to see 
anything if you could. 


So for those reasons, I chose to CANCEL tomorrow's trip. A single car might 
find its way around, but viewing opportunities are few and far between. Looks 
like another weekend of feeder watching. 


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

Subject: CCBC Trip Feb. 23 Cancelled
From: Ed Banks <edbanks AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:55:55 -0500
My bird walk scheduled for Monday, February 23 has been cancelled.
There is just too much snow everywhere.
The road at West Dennis Beach is still blocked and there is little or no 
parking at most sites. 

Enjoy your yard birds and stay warm.
Happy Birding,
Ed Banks
Harwich, MA
edbanks AT verizon.net

Subject: Not MA But There's a Gyrfalcon in Wells Harbor, ME
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:57:24 -0500
Cross posting for those in MA.

Sue




Pam Hunt just called to report that she just had a (the) dark Gyrfalcon
in and around Wells Harbor in Wells, Maine.  Not sure precise location,
but I believe off Harbor Road near the boats.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: YB sapsucker, bluebirds, tree sparrows in Rehoboth, 2/20
From: Kathleen <kab2769 AT ymail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:39:27 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,

For the first time in my backyard bird feeding history, there is a 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on the suet feeder this morning. Also two Tree 
Sparrows joined the continuing White-throated, Song, and House Sparrows (only 4 
house sparrows, so not a nuisance). Over 20 House Finches, over 20 Goldfinches, 
and 4-6 Pine Siskins. And since the first blizzard, a flock of 12-20 Eastern 
Bluebirds and 2 Am. Robins have enjoyed the creature comforts of my dried 
mealworms, craisins, and heated water dish. Including all of the other usual 
suspects and my resident pair of Red-shouldered Hawks, it's not unusual for me 
to see 100 birds at once. I may have to take out a second mortgage for all of 
the bird supplies. 


Despite my good fortune, I'm still bitter about nary a Redpoll or Fox Sparrow 
this winter, but I suppose it's still possible. 


Kathleen Bartels
Rehoboth
kab2769 AT ymail.com
Subject: East Gloucester; Wed., 18 Feb. 2015: 137 Iceland Gulls
From: Richard Heil <rsheil AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:40:23 -0500
WEDNESDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2015:
EAST GLOUCESTER, MA (1015-1430 hrs.) : Blynman Canal, 
Boulevard-Western Harbor, Inner Harbor & fish pier, Wonson Cove & Ten 
Pond Island, Southeast Harbor-Niles Beach, Eastern Point Dog Bar, 
Brace Cove, Bass Rocks, and Good Harbor Beach Creek.
Weather: Mostly cloudy to overcast, N winds 5 mph, 23-28 F.
About three feet or more of snow throughout with higher drifts; 
parking limited, and some roads not plowed: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/16581260251/
Richard S. Heil

Selective List:

Gadwall (12)
Greater Scaup (140) : Didn't see any definite LESC today.
KING EIDER (1 ad. m.) : Usual drake by Salt Island
Oldsquaw (80+)
Ruddy Duck (3) - Western Harbor.
Common Loon (36)
Horned Grebe (8)
Sanderling (10) : 9 - Brace Cove Beach, 1 - Pavilion Beach.
Razorbill (10) - Off Brace Cove.
Black Guillemot (2) - Bass Rocks.
Ring-billed Gull (15)
American Herring Gull (550)
'Kumlien's Iceland Gull (137) : Near record count; cf.: 60 - 
Gloucester - 1/1/1979 (R.Heil, M.Kasprzyk & BBC); 140+ - Gloucester 
2/22/1981 (R.Heil & B.Nikula) ; Current numbers constitute a major 
and historical incursion of these beautiful arctic gulls, probably 
related to our recent series of Nor'easters and possibly also due to 
the freezing of ocean bays and harbors to our north, limiting food resources.
Breakdown by age class: adult (26), third-winter (6), second-winter 
(9), first-winter (96).
Breakdown by location: canal-Annisquam R. (1), fish pier/Inner Harbor 
(67), Ten Pound I. (9), Niles Beach (2), Eastern Pt./dogbar (28), 
Brace Cove (23), Bass Rocks (2), Good Harbor Creek (3), Western Harbor (2).
A few photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/16549424806/
                      https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/16387975060/
                      https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/16573768471/
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/16549432316/in/photostream/ 

                      https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsheil/16387973610/
Great Black-backed Gull (180)
American Robin (50+)
Cedar Waxwing (2)

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

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


Subject: On the Wing: A Celebration of Birds (2/20, 7 p.m. - online concert!)
From: Dorie Stolley <dss AT goldenrod.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:49:40 -0500
Hi Massbirders,

Tune in Friday night at 7 p.m. on your computer to hear a beautiful and unique 
performance celebrating birds in music and spoken word. 


Music, poetry, song and science are combined for this special event, which 
includes ornithologist Wayne Petersen of MassAudubon. 


To watch on Ustream: 
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/goldenrod-foundation-making-waves-in-coastal-conservation 
You can also click the link early and get an automatic reminder by clicking on 
the button remind me." 


For more information: http://www.goldenrod.org/blog/events/on-the-wing

Dorie

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

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Subject: Great Meadows NWR- Concord Unit, Weekly Survey
From: Maryellen Stone <mstone816 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:59:55 -0500
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, US-MA
Feb 19, 2015 7:35 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Weekly species census for NWR. Day started at 17 degrees with
a fresh 3 inches of snow making everything look fresh and clean.
Observations made in parking area, dike trail to bridge, on road to railroad
bed and behind restrooms. Observations made by volunteers, Soheil Zendeh,
Richard Golembeski, Will Martens and Maryellen Stone.
15 species

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  3     Flew up from only open water at
bridge on dike.
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1     Teed up in evergreen on North
end of lower impoundment.
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1     On Monsen Road.
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  4
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  5
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  5
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  4     Very vocal, may have been more.
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  3
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  1     Possibly two.  Well seen, very
close behind restrooms.
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  4
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  1     Singing like it was
springtime first thing.
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  2     At least two birds singing.
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  6

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21979930

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


Subject: Re: Redpoll Flock along Mystic River- Everett
From: Devin Hefferon <dhefferon AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:46:01 -0500
Flock had grown in numbers and I now have one very strong Hoary candidate. Very 
"frosty" compared to the others. No camera on hand. 


Please let me know if you venture out and have a positive result. 
Thanks!
Devin Hefferon



> On Feb 19, 2015, at 9:12 AM, Devin Hefferon  wrote:
> 
> There is currently a flock of 50 Redpolls feeding in on birch catkins along 
the Mystic River in Everett(adjacent to Costco). Easily viewable from a plowed 
roadway. Thus far I have not been able to pick out any Hoary candidates. 

> Here is a link to the location: http://goo.gl/maps/YXwHd
> 
> Good luck! 
> Devin Hefferon
> Dhefferon AT gmail.com