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29 Jan CT Report 01/29/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
29 Jan Snowy Owl [John ]
30 Jan 1/29 Northern Pintail at Pope John Paul Park in Dorchester, etc. [Paul Peterson ]
29 Jan BBC Trip Cancelled - Cape Ann 1.31 [Neil Hayward ]
29 Jan Re: Maine equivalent to massbird email list? [Scott Spangenberg ]
29 Jan Maine equivalent to massbird email list? [Jim Guion ]
29 Jan Snow aversions ["Young, John (DPU)" ]
29 Jan Birding Weekend Postponement [Chris Leahy ]
29 Jan Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Weekly species census, Jan 29, 2015 [Kat Birder ]
29 Jan Ravens pick the Pats in SuperBowl (humor) [arethusa ]
29 Jan Fw: Birds, Caffeine, & Naps t-shirt ["Jim Berry" ]
29 Jan Feeder in East Arlington. [Ann Schliemann ]
28 Jan CT Report 01/28/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
28 Jan Westford feeder [Sandy Selesky ]
28 Jan Re: [Arlington Birds] Gyrfalcon Photographs by Tom Graham of Seabrook NH [Eric Smith ]
28 Jan Gyrfalcon Photographs by Tom Graham of Seabrook NH [Paul Roberts ]
28 Jan Gyrfalcon Sighted Again in Wells, Maine [Paul Roberts ]
28 Jan storm lists ["cvf AT juno.com" ]
28 Jan Fwd: Species list from the Superbowl of Birding XII, January 25, 2015 [David Larson ]
28 Jan Fwd: Species list from the Superbowl of Birding XII, January 25, 2015 [David Larson ]
28 Jan Common Redpolls [Robert Templeton ]
28 Jan Revere Gullapalooza -- again? [Soheil Zendeh ]
28 Jan Chewink ["Peter Trull" ]
28 Jan Feeder birds 1/27 [Marty Burns ]
28 Jan Life and death at the feeders []
27 Jan CT Report 01/27/2015 [Roy Harvey ]
27 Jan Northborough - feeder [Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore ]
27 Jan Gyrfalcon, Mon. []
27 Jan Feeder Birds Today, Westwood, 1/27 ["Walt Webb" ]
27 Jan Backyard Feeder [John ]
27 Jan Fwd: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Massachusetts [Opororniswarbler ]
27 Jan Storm feeder birds in Somerville: Orange-crowned warbler [Raquel Pidal ]
27 Jan Chelmsford backyard feeder watch ["Jonathan Center" ]
27 Jan Another feeder bird for the list [geohawk_1 ]
27 Jan Add Common Redpoll to the list of feeder birds for the day. [John Liller ]
27 Jan Berkshire Report-FOS ,Redpolls ["Tom Collins" ]
27 Jan Ipswich (home feeders), Jan 27, 2015 ["Jim Berry" ]
27 Jan No Mo Mr MO Do []
27 Jan Backyard Feeder [John ]
27 Jan Feeder birds- Arlington [Karsten Hartel ]
27 Jan Birds at feeders in Duxbury and Snow Goose [Nancy Maciolek ]
27 Jan Re: Storm list #1 [Bennet Porter ]
27 Jan Common Redpolls - New Salem [Bill Lafley ]
27 Jan Re: Storm list #1 [Paul Champlin ]
27 Jan Acushnet feeder birds [CAROLYN ]
27 Jan Feeder birds in Quincy today- Orange-crowned Warbler [Steven Whitebread ]
27 Jan Fwd: Pre-blizzard pix of the Gyrfalcon in Seabrook, NH [David Larson ]
27 Jan Re: Storm list #1 [Regina Harrison ]
27 Jan feeder storm ["Peter Trull" ]
27 Jan RE: Storm list #1 [Earl Parker ]
27 Jan Fwd: Pre-blizzard pix of the Gyrfalcon in Seabrook, NH [David Larson ]
27 Jan Feeder Storm Lists ["Earl Parker" ]
27 Jan Re: Storm list [Daan Sandee ]
27 Jan Re: Storm list #1 [Cherrie Corey ]
27 Jan Feeder birds []
27 Jan Update: Lawrence Peregrines! [Craig Gibson ]
27 Jan Re: Storm list #1 [Eddie ]
27 Jan Storm List from Stow ["Gary Freedman" ]
27 Jan Re: Storm list #1 [Eddie ]
27 Jan Re: Pine Siskins [Cherrie Corey ]
27 Jan Feeding birds [John Hoye ]
27 Jan Storm List [Maryellen Stone ]
27 Jan Re: Storm list #1 [Katharine Mills ]
27 Jan Storm List - Westford [Paul Guidetti ]
27 Jan Re: Storm list #1 [Nicholas Block ]
27 Jan Re: Storm list #1 [Linda P ]
27 Jan Bonus Bird []
27 Jan Storm list #1 [Bennet Porter ]
27 Jan Feeder activity [Linda Ferraresso ]
26 Jan Gyrfalcon photos, Monday Jan 26, Hampton Harbor [Henry D Mauer ]
27 Jan Cape Ann Alcids [Knut Hansen ]
27 Jan follow-up to feeder question [Lynette Leka ]
27 Jan Gyrfalcon & Weather In perspective [Paul Roberts ]
27 Jan advice about feeders today? [Lynette Leka ]
27 Jan Odd Gull [Dan Fly Or Die ]
26 Jan CT Report 01/26/2015 [Roy Harvey ]

Subject: CT Report 01/29/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:24:32 -0500
 From Tina Green:
01/29/15 - Fairfield, Sunken Island, at 2182 Fairfield Beach Rd --
adult male Harlequin Duck out with White-winged Scoters to the right
of the red bell buoy.  A scope was needed.

 From Patrick Comins:
01/29/15 - Southbury, Lake Zoar near Mitchell Farm -- Two Iceland
Gulls on the lake, first and second cycle.  Greater White-fronted
Goose there as well and several Pine Siskins flying over.
Bent of the River -- At least 4 Purple Finch.
Lake Zoar -- lunchtime, with Maggie Peretto, Jim Clifford and others;
at least four Iceland Gulls (3 first year 1 second year that pretty
much looks like a first year) on the lake.  The Greater White-fronted
Goose continues.

 From Paul Cashman:
01/29/15 - Stratford, Raven Pond -- 2 pair Northern Pintail.
Boothe Memorial Park -- 2 Black Vultures.

 From John Marshall:
01/29/15 - Milford, Milford Point -- SNOWY OWL at about the mid-point
of the breakwater as viewed from Short Beach in Stratford.

 From Chris Bosak:
01/29/15 - Darien, Weed Beach -- one Fox Sparrow (with dozens of
juncos).

 From Bill Banks, Greg Hanisek, Frank Gallo:
01/29/15 - Waterford, 14 New Shore Road -- The Dickcissel continued to
come to the front feeders today. The feeders can be easily seen from
the road.
New London, City Pier, New London Ferry Dock -- morning;Glaucous Gull.

 From Robert Dixon:
01/29/15 - Enfield, Donald W Barnes boat launch, -- 9:30 AM; BARNACLE
GOOSE (2) continued on the river until about 11:30 am when about half
of the one thousand geese flew off to feed. Presumably they went with
them.
The drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continued and was seen by many between
the boat launch and the bridge down river.

 From Dan Drega:
01/29/15 - Enfield, South River Road, boat launch -- adult Northern
Goshawk.

 From Lynnette Clemens:
01/29/15 - Greenwich, harbor, Grass Island -- male Redhead.

Subject: Snowy Owl
From: John <john.mcelligott3 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:59:44 -0500
Had a Snowy Owl in a tree next to the DCR Garage at the Nahant Rotary from 
3:45pm to 5:15pm today. 


Ted McElligott
Lynn
john.mcelligott3 AT verizon.net 
Subject: 1/29 Northern Pintail at Pope John Paul Park in Dorchester, etc.
From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:21:40 +0000 (UTC)
Hi,
Amazingly, the entire river is now frozen, with the exception of a bit of water 
under the Neponset Bridge at Neponset Circle, and the Granite Avenue drawbridge 
in Cedar Grove. Also, the creek that separates Pope John Paul Park into two 
halves is partially open. At the culvert here is where I observed the 
absolutely beautiful NORTHERN PINTAIL at close range. He is hanging out with a 
couple dozen of American Black Ducks and a few Mallards. 

HIGHLIGHTS:
Northern Pintail 1 SEE ABOVE (perhaps the Leverett Pond bird from a few weeks 
ago) 

Hooded Merganser 10      Granite Ave. drawbridge (Milton/Dorchester line)
BALD EAGLE 1             usual spot in trees at Milton Landing
Red-tailed Hawk 3        Milton Landing
raptor sp. 1             above and to the right of the Bald Eagle
Fish Crow 3              Milton Landing flyovers (Milton Yacht Club)
Peregrine Falcon 1       Venezia Restaurant (Port Norfolk)
Horned Lark 1            Pope John Paul Park
P.S. Dorchester had originally been part of Norfolk County prior to annexation 
to Boston, thus the section called Port Norfolk. (Roxbury had been part of 
Norfolk County as well. This is the reason why there is a street in both 
Dorchester and Roxbury with the name Norfolk, but neither has a street with the 
name Suffolk. 

Subject: BBC Trip Cancelled - Cape Ann 1.31
From: Neil Hayward <opororniswarbler AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:54:22 -0500
Dear Massbirders and BBC Members,

I'm canceling my BBC trip to Cape Ann scheduled for this Saturday morning.
This was due to coincide with the Cape Ann Winter Birding Festival the
organizers of which have just rescheduled based on the weather. There's
more snow forecast for tomorrow with high winds for Saturday.

Apologies to all those who were intending to come.

- Neil

Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

opororniswarbler AT gmail.com
neil.hayward AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: Maine equivalent to massbird email list?
From: Scott Spangenberg <sjspangenberg AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:08:07 -0500
Maine birds mailing list
maine-birds AT googlegroups.com
http://groups.google.com/group/maine-birds
https://sites.google.com/site/birding207

Scott Spangenberg
Amherst, NH

> On Jan 29, 2015, at 12:08 PM, Jim Guion  wrote:
> 
> I tried looking this up on the ABA website, but the supposed link to 
subscribe is just the ABA copy, no info at all on how to subscribe or what the 
actual email address is. 

> 
> Can anyone point me to it?
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Jim Guion
> Arlington, MA

Subject: Maine equivalent to massbird email list?
From: Jim Guion <jim_guion AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:08:45 -0500
I tried looking this up on the ABA website, but the supposed link to subscribe 
is just the ABA copy, no info at all on how to subscribe or what the actual 
email address is. 


Can anyone point me to it?

Thanks,

Jim Guion
Arlington, MA
 		 	   		  
Subject: Snow aversions
From: "Young, John (DPU)" <john.young AT state.ma.us>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:40:28 -0500
Massbirders,

Late yesterday morning, I flushed up a hermit thrush from the northbound 
passing lane of Route 6 in Eastham. Wet pavement looked better than the 
alternative! While sea-watching in the early afternoon, I also saw a swamp 
sparrow making its way up the ocean beach in North Truro. Some of our feathered 
friends are acting a bit put out, hey? A few song sparrows and robins also 
along Route 6 during the day, but since those were mostly along the edge it was 
not so startling. All 1/28, the day after the storm, with residual flakes in 
the air. 


Showing perhaps a mild aversion to relentless surf, a dovekie was hanging 
around MacMillan Wharf. I also saw many of Liam's great black-backed gulls 
arranged out on Pilgrim Lake at about 2 pm and again at about 3 pm (but there 
was no good place to stop the car). They must have continued over to MacMillan 
later. I wonder where those gulls are usually located. Did they evacuate 
Nantucket or come down from the Maritimes? 


Happy Birding
John Young
Jamaica Plain
Subject: Birding Weekend Postponement
From: Chris Leahy <cleahy AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:01:38 +0000
ALERT! Due to an unfavorable weather forecast (more snow tomorrow, severe cold 
and high winds on Saturday and more wind on Sunday) and after consulting with 
the other leaders, bus drivers, etc., we have decided to postpone the Cape Ann 
Winter Birding Weekend. Our excellent venue at the Elks at Bass Rocks in East 
Gloucester is unavailable for the next two weekends, so the new dates will be 
Friday, February 27 to Sunday, March 1 - still well within winter birding 
season. All program elements will remain the same. If you have registered for 
the event and we do not hear from you, we will assume that you are on board for 
the new dates. If you cannot make it, please contact Kerry McKenna at the Cape 
Ann Chamber of Commerce 
(kerry AT capeannchamber.com) 978-283-1601. I 
apologize for any inconvenience, but there was a strong consensus that this was 
the right decision. 


Chris Leahy
cleahy AT massaudubon.org


Subject: Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Weekly species census, Jan 29, 2015
From: Kat Birder <katbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:47:04 -0500
Crazy cold today and never got above zero. Four intrepid birders set out; I
was less intrepid and bailed out to the car half way through. Two coyotes
were seen on the Lower Pool ice at around 9am.


Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, US-MA
Jan 29, 2015 7:07 AM - 10:37 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Comments:     Weekly species census for the NWR. -11 to -7F. Thankfully
sunny with no wind. Observations along Dike Tr to river, in restroom area,
and railroad grade to main intersection . Observers: Will Martens,
Maryellen Stone, Soheil Zendeh, and Kathy Dia 
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.3 14 species Red-tailed Hawk 4 Mourning Dove 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 6 Possibly 7. Four seen along railroad grade, one near restrooms (counted as duplicate), two at boat launch. They seem to be pairing up. Downy Woodpecker 5 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 5 Black-capped Chickadee 26 Tufted Titmouse 9 White-breasted Nuthatch 7 Carolina Wren 2 American Robin 1 Song Sparrow 2 Northern Cardinal 1 American Goldfinch 6 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21588379 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Kathy I'll-Bird-from-the-Car-Thanks Dia for the Great Meadows Survey Team Concord, MA
Subject: Ravens pick the Pats in SuperBowl (humor)
From: arethusa <arethusa AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:16:14 -0500
I had gone out early this morning to fill my feeders and heard one, possibly 
two ravens noisily fly over. So I shouted out a couple of Gronks and they 
wheeled and landed in my pine grove. I sent out a couple more Gronks and added 
a Garonk for good measure. They happily answered back with some Gronks, Clicks 
and Garonks. I tried a Keey sort of like an osprey or Seahawk and got no reply. 
Gronked again and they answered back with a resounding set of Gronks. Since I 
had only thrown on a fleece and it was 7 degrees I quit the discussion and 
headed inside. 


So it's official, the Ravens are picking the Pats. I wonder should I notify the 
media, ESPN has been pretty tough on the Pats lately, so good news like this 
would make great headlines. And yes, I'm glad it's freezing out and the 
neighbors are all inside (I hope). 


Laurene Gerrior
Rochester, MA 02770
arethusa AT comcast.net


"It seems to me the earth may be borrowed but not bought. It may be used, but 
not owned. It gives itself in response to love and tending, offers its season 
flowering and fruiting. But we are tenants and not possessors, lovers and not 
masters." 


~ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings






























Subject: Fw: Birds, Caffeine, & Naps t-shirt
From: "Jim Berry" <jim.berry3 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:00:53 -0500
great t-shirt.  not-so-great price.

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

 
http://teespring.com/caffeine-birds-naps#pid=2&cid=2397&sid=front
 
Subject: Feeder in East Arlington.
From: Ann Schliemann <annschliemann AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:42:36 -0500
This was my list today:

House sparrows - numerous
Goldfinches 12
Chickadee - 2
Bluejay- 2
Song Sparrow - new visitor since storm
Juncos - 4
Cardinals- 2 male and female
Mourning Doves  - 12
Nuthatch - 2
Mockingbird  - 2
Brown Headed Cowbird - 1 first time visitor today
Subject: CT Report 01/28/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:43:28 -0500
 From Ian Devlin:
01/28/15 - Greenwich -- One Redhead drake behind the docks on the west
part of Grass Island (mixed with Gadwall, Lesser Scaup and a couple
Black Ducks).

 From Brian O'Toole:
01/28/15 - Bridgeport, Beardsley Zoo -- 2 Fox Sparrows.

 From Patrick Comins:
01/28/15 - Southbury, Mitchell Farm -- two Iceland Gulls continuing
near the farm.  The good news is that there is now ice along the
river/lake shore and the gulls are roosting close to River Road,
allowing for better observation/photographic opportunities.
Bent of the River -- At least one Pine Siskin and one Purple Finch
(both heard).

 From Frank Gallo, Bill Banks, Greg Hanisek:
01/28/15 - Enfield, Barnes boat ramp -- Barrow's Goldeneye and
Barnacle Geese continue. The geese were on the far shore near the last
bridge abutment and the Barrow's was down river near the beige but
viewable from the boat ramp. Just walk down to the left.

 From Shirley Beach via Doug Beach:
01/28/15 - West Simsbury -- 1:30; 3 Black Vultures at Tulmeadow Farm.
which then circled over the West Simsbury Post Office before flying
east. At approximately 2:15 Roger Preston spotted 3 Black Vultures in
the vicinity of the bandshell on Ironhorse Blvd.; presumably the same
birds.

 From Jason Rieger:
01/28/15 - Enfield, Barnes boat ramp -- Barrow's Goldeneye and
Barnacle Geese continue.

 From Robert Dixon, on snowshoes:
01/28/15 - Central Village, Quinebaug Fish Hatchery -- WILSON'S SNIPE
(2), COMMON RAVEN (2 vocal flyovers), YELLOW-BELLED SAPSUCKER.
Sterling yard -- continuing PINE SISKIN (22), YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
(1f).

 From Rick Gedney:
01/28/15 - Madison,  Beekman Road neighborhood -- Chukar.

 From Arthur Shippee:
01/28/15 - Hamden, North Lake -- 6 Rusty Blackbirds.

Subject: Westford feeder
From: Sandy Selesky <sandyselesky AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:37:42 -0500
I had 3 pine siskins today among the many goldfinch I get regularly.  Also
a hairy woodpecker along with 3 downies.  Also unusual was 1 song sparrow
since I never get sparrows (except chipping sparrows in the spring and
summer).  Haven't had siskins here in quite a few  years.  We used to get
redpolls many winters ago so I'm still hoping they find us!  The song
sparrow was quite aggressive a the flower box (where I also put seed down
on top of the surface) and kept pecking at any goldfinch that came towards
it.  It wanted the box it ate from all for itself while there.

Yesterday during the blizzard I had 40 goldfinches at the feeders
frantically eating "up a storm"  that I continually had to go out to
refill.  I usually get 10 - 20.  Also at least 10 mourning doves, the
downies, a few chickadees, 1 white breasted nuthatch, 1  cardinal, 2
titmice, and 1 starling (a bird I also never get) who came to my suet.

Sandy Selesky
Westford, MA
sandyselesky AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Gyrfalcon Photographs by Tom Graham of Seabrook NH
From: Eric Smith <esmithphoto AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:39:51 -0500
Paul...
I think I would have dropped my phone if that beautiful bird had landed
next to me.
WOW.

If you haven't followed that link & you're a fan of raptors... I highly
recommend it.

Eric

On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 9:05 PM, Paul Roberts phawk254 AT comcast.net
[arlingtonbirds]  wrote:

>
>
> On Monday January 26 2015 the immature dark morph Gyrfalcon that had been
> spotted from Madbury, NH to Wells, Maine over the past several weeks was
> well seen for the second consecutive day in Seabrook, NH. I called Tom
> Graham, who resides in Seabrook, when several friends contacted me real
> time to let me know the bird was being well seen. (Damn, damn, damn.) Tom
> got over there quickly. He called me to tell me when he had found the bird.
> “Great views,” he said. While he was on the phone with me, the bird flew
> towards Tom and landed near him. The last thing I heard him say before he
> dropped the call was that the bird had come so close he could almost reach
> out and touch her. Then I got the photos. He had not been exaggerating. Tom
> told me the photos have not been cropped!
>
> Tom doesn’t post his hawk and other bird photos online, but I urged him to
> post these. He gave me permission to post his Gyrfalcon photos on my Flickr
> site. All the Gyrfalcon photos on my Flickr site were taken by Tom Graham,
> and he reserves all rights to them. All the other photos on the site were
> taken by me.
>
> Thanks, Tom, for allowing me to share your photos with everyone.
>
> To see the photos, go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/30136859 AT N06
>
> Best,
>
> Paul
>
>
> Paul M. Roberts
> Medford, MA
> phawk254 AT comcast.net
>
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Subject: Gyrfalcon Photographs by Tom Graham of Seabrook NH
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:05:11 -0500
On Monday January 26 2015 the immature dark morph Gyrfalcon that had been
spotted from Madbury, NH to Wells, Maine over the past several weeks was
well seen for the second consecutive day in Seabrook, NH. I called Tom
Graham, who resides in Seabrook, when several friends contacted me real time
to let me know the bird was being well seen. (Damn, damn, damn.) Tom got
over there quickly. He called me to tell me when he had found the bird.
Great views, he said. While he was on the phone with me, the bird flew
towards Tom and landed near him. The last thing I heard him say before he
dropped the call was that the bird had come so close he could almost reach
out and touch her. Then I got the photos. He had not been exaggerating. Tom
told me the photos have not been cropped!

Tom doesnt post his hawk and other bird photos online, but I urged him to
post these. He gave me permission to post his Gyrfalcon photos on my Flickr
site. All the Gyrfalcon photos on my Flickr site were taken by Tom Graham,
and he reserves all rights to them. All the other photos on the site were
taken by me.

Thanks, Tom, for allowing me to share your photos with everyone.

To see the photos, go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/30136859 AT N06

Best,

Paul


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

Subject: Gyrfalcon Sighted Again in Wells, Maine
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:22:05 -0500
A dark morph Gyrfalcon was reported on Harbor Road in Wells, Maine, at 2:30
pm today by Donald Oakes. Several people searching Seabrook and Hampton, NH
today reported offline that they have not seen the bird in New Hampshire.

It is less than 35 miles between Seabrook and Wells as any large falcon
flies.

There might, of course, be two dark morph birds, but it is much more likely
that this peripatetic young female just doesnt like spending too much time
in any one place. (Do Maine gulls taste better than New Hampshire gulls or
vice versa?)

The search goes on.

Best,

Paul


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

  



Subject: storm lists
From: "cvf AT juno.com" <cvf@juno.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:04:08 GMT
Here on the Outer Cape (S Wellfleet) I was forced to take feeders down because 
of the high winds. Tuesday we had on suet:downy woodpeckercrows (2)chickadee 
plus one junco and one m. dove looking for the (buried) ground feeder Today 
(Wed) we woke to a carolina wren on our screened porch (got in through a 
wind-driven break in the screen). Got the feeders back out, but only had crows, 
downy WP, and one yellow rump warbler. Have had a dearth of birds lately and 
have seen a hawk (? Coopers) in the area now and then... Cynthia 
Franklincvf AT juno.comWellfleet, MA 

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Subject: Fwd: Species list from the Superbowl of Birding XII, January 25, 2015
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:57:52 +0000
From: David Larson >
Date: January 28, 2015 at 3:57:12 PM EST
To: David Larson >
Subject: Species list from the Superbowl of Birding XII, January 25, 2015

Here is the list of the 126 species recorded for the Superbowl of Birding XII, 
held on January 25, 2015, in Rockingham County, NH, and Essex County, MA. For 
each species, + or - indicates whether the species was recorded and the numeral 
is the point value of the species. Three "write-in" species are at the end of 
the list. 


+ 4 Snow Goose
+ 3 Brant
+ 1 Canada Goose
+ 1 Mute Swan
- 4 Wood Duck
+ 2 Gadwall
+ 5 Eurasian Wigeon
+ 3 American Wigeon
+ 1 American Black Duck
+ 1 Mallard
- 5 Northern Shoveler
+ 3 Northern Pintail
- 3 Green-winged Teal
- 5 Canvasback
+ 4 Ring-necked Duck
+ 2 Greater Scaup
+ 3 Lesser Scaup
+ 4 King Eider
+ 1 Common Eider
+ 2 Harlequin Duck
+ 1 Surf Scoter
+ 1 White-winged Scoter
+ 2 Black Scoter
+ 1 Long-tailed Duck
+ 1 Bufflehead
+ 1 Common Goldeneye
+ 3 Barrow's Goldeneye
+ 2 Hooded Merganser
+ 1 Common Merganser
+ 1 Red-breasted Merganser
+ 4 Ruddy Duck
- 4 Ring-necked Pheasant
- 4 Ruffed Grouse
+ 3 Wild Turkey
+ 2 Red-throated Loon
- 5 Pacific Loon
+ 1 Common Loon
+ 5 Pied-billed Grebe
+ 1 Horned Grebe
+ 2 Red-necked Grebe
- 5 Western Grebe
+ 2 Northern Gannet
+ 4 Double-crested Cormorant
+ 1 Great Cormorant
- 5 American Bittern
+ 3 Great Blue Heron
- 4 Black-crowned Night-Heron
+ 5 Turkey Vulture
+ 2 Bald Eagle
+ 1 Northern Harrier
+ 3 Sharp-shinned Hawk
+ 3 Cooper's Hawk
- 4 Northern Goshawk
+ 4 Red-shouldered Hawk
+ 1 Red-tailed Hawk
+ 3 Rough-legged Hawk
- 4 Virginia Rail
+ 4 American Coot
- 4 Black-bellied Plover
- 5 Greater Yellowlegs
- 4 Ruddy Turnstone
- 3 Sanderling
+ 2 Purple Sandpiper
+ 3 Dunlin
- 4 Wilson's Snipe
- 5 American Woodcock
- 5 Little Gull
+ 1 Ring-billed Gull
+ 1 Herring Gull
+ 2 Iceland Gull
+ 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull
+ 3 Glaucous Gull
+ 1 Great Black-backed Gull
+ 3 Black-legged Kittiwake
+ 3 Bonaparte's Gull
+ 4 Black-headed Gull
+ 5 Dovekie
- 5 Common Murre
+ 4 Thick-billed Murre
+ 3 Razorbill
+ 2 Black Guillemot
+ 1 Rock Pigeon
+ 1 Mourning Dove
+ 2 Eastern Screech-Owl
+ 3 Great Horned Owl
+ 3 Snowy Owl
+ 3 Barred Owl
- 5 Long-eared Owl
- 3 Short-eared Owl
+ 4 Northern Saw-whet Owl
+ 3 Belted Kingfisher
+ 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
+ 5 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
+ 1 Downy Woodpecker
+ 2 Hairy Woodpecker
+ 3 Northern Flicker
+ 4 Pileated Woodpecker
+ 3 American Kestrel
+ 4 Merlin
+ 3 Peregrine Falcon
- 3 Northern Shrike
+ 1 Blue Jay
+ 1 American Crow
+ 4 Fish Crow
+ 4 Common Raven
+ 2 Horned Lark
+ 1 Black-capped Chickadee
+ 1 Tufted Titmouse
+ 2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
+ 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
+ 3 Brown Creeper
+ 4 Winter Wren
- 5 Marsh Wren
+ 2 Carolina Wren
+ 2 Golden-crowned Kinglet
- 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
+ 3 Eastern Bluebird
+ 3 Hermit Thrush
+ 1 American Robin
+ 4 Gray Catbird
+ 1 Northern Mockingbird
- 5 Brown Thrasher
+ 1 European Starling
- 5 American Pipit
+ 2 Cedar Waxwing
+ 3 Lapland Longspur
+ 3 Snow Bunting
- 5 Orange-crowned Warbler
- 5 Palm Warbler
- 4 Pine Warbler
+ 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler
- 5 Yellow-breasted Chat
- 4 Eastern Towhee
+ 1 American Tree Sparrow
+ 5 Chipping Sparrow
+ 4 Field Sparrow
- 5 Vesper Sparrow
+ 3 Savannah Sparrow
- 4 Fox Sparrow
+ 1 Song Sparrow
+ 5 Lincoln's Sparrow
+ 3 Swamp Sparrow
+ 1 White-throated Sparrow
+ 4 White-crowned Sparrow
+ 1 Dark-eyed Junco
+ 1 Northern Cardinal
+ 5 Dickcissel
+ 3 Red-winged Blackbird
- 4 Eastern Meadowlark
+ 5 Rusty Blackbird
- 3 Common Grackle
+ 3 Brown-headed Cowbird
- 5 Baltimore Oriole
+ 4 Purple Finch
+ 1 House Finch
- 5 Red Crossbill
+ 4 White-winged Crossbill
+ 3 Common Redpoll
+ 3 Pine Siskin
+ 1 American Goldfinch
+ 1 House Sparrow
WRITE-INS
+ 5 REDHEAD
+ 5 COMMON YELLOWTHROAT
+ 5 GYRFALCON

Superbowl XIII will be held on January 30, 2016. It's never too early to start 
getting organized. 


Dave

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

Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: 
dlarson AT massaudubon.org 
Subject: Fwd: Species list from the Superbowl of Birding XII, January 25, 2015
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:57:52 +0000
From: David Larson >
Date: January 28, 2015 at 3:57:12 PM EST
To: David Larson >
Subject: Species list from the Superbowl of Birding XII, January 25, 2015

Here is the list of the 126 species recorded for the Superbowl of Birding XII, 
held on January 25, 2015, in Rockingham County, NH, and Essex County, MA. For 
each species, + or - indicates whether the species was recorded and the numeral 
is the point value of the species. Three "write-in" species are at the end of 
the list. 


+ 4 Snow Goose
+ 3 Brant
+ 1 Canada Goose
+ 1 Mute Swan
- 4 Wood Duck
+ 2 Gadwall
+ 5 Eurasian Wigeon
+ 3 American Wigeon
+ 1 American Black Duck
+ 1 Mallard
- 5 Northern Shoveler
+ 3 Northern Pintail
- 3 Green-winged Teal
- 5 Canvasback
+ 4 Ring-necked Duck
+ 2 Greater Scaup
+ 3 Lesser Scaup
+ 4 King Eider
+ 1 Common Eider
+ 2 Harlequin Duck
+ 1 Surf Scoter
+ 1 White-winged Scoter
+ 2 Black Scoter
+ 1 Long-tailed Duck
+ 1 Bufflehead
+ 1 Common Goldeneye
+ 3 Barrow's Goldeneye
+ 2 Hooded Merganser
+ 1 Common Merganser
+ 1 Red-breasted Merganser
+ 4 Ruddy Duck
- 4 Ring-necked Pheasant
- 4 Ruffed Grouse
+ 3 Wild Turkey
+ 2 Red-throated Loon
- 5 Pacific Loon
+ 1 Common Loon
+ 5 Pied-billed Grebe
+ 1 Horned Grebe
+ 2 Red-necked Grebe
- 5 Western Grebe
+ 2 Northern Gannet
+ 4 Double-crested Cormorant
+ 1 Great Cormorant
- 5 American Bittern
+ 3 Great Blue Heron
- 4 Black-crowned Night-Heron
+ 5 Turkey Vulture
+ 2 Bald Eagle
+ 1 Northern Harrier
+ 3 Sharp-shinned Hawk
+ 3 Cooper's Hawk
- 4 Northern Goshawk
+ 4 Red-shouldered Hawk
+ 1 Red-tailed Hawk
+ 3 Rough-legged Hawk
- 4 Virginia Rail
+ 4 American Coot
- 4 Black-bellied Plover
- 5 Greater Yellowlegs
- 4 Ruddy Turnstone
- 3 Sanderling
+ 2 Purple Sandpiper
+ 3 Dunlin
- 4 Wilson's Snipe
- 5 American Woodcock
- 5 Little Gull
+ 1 Ring-billed Gull
+ 1 Herring Gull
+ 2 Iceland Gull
+ 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull
+ 3 Glaucous Gull
+ 1 Great Black-backed Gull
+ 3 Black-legged Kittiwake
+ 3 Bonaparte's Gull
+ 4 Black-headed Gull
+ 5 Dovekie
- 5 Common Murre
+ 4 Thick-billed Murre
+ 3 Razorbill
+ 2 Black Guillemot
+ 1 Rock Pigeon
+ 1 Mourning Dove
+ 2 Eastern Screech-Owl
+ 3 Great Horned Owl
+ 3 Snowy Owl
+ 3 Barred Owl
- 5 Long-eared Owl
- 3 Short-eared Owl
+ 4 Northern Saw-whet Owl
+ 3 Belted Kingfisher
+ 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
+ 5 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
+ 1 Downy Woodpecker
+ 2 Hairy Woodpecker
+ 3 Northern Flicker
+ 4 Pileated Woodpecker
+ 3 American Kestrel
+ 4 Merlin
+ 3 Peregrine Falcon
- 3 Northern Shrike
+ 1 Blue Jay
+ 1 American Crow
+ 4 Fish Crow
+ 4 Common Raven
+ 2 Horned Lark
+ 1 Black-capped Chickadee
+ 1 Tufted Titmouse
+ 2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
+ 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
+ 3 Brown Creeper
+ 4 Winter Wren
- 5 Marsh Wren
+ 2 Carolina Wren
+ 2 Golden-crowned Kinglet
- 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
+ 3 Eastern Bluebird
+ 3 Hermit Thrush
+ 1 American Robin
+ 4 Gray Catbird
+ 1 Northern Mockingbird
- 5 Brown Thrasher
+ 1 European Starling
- 5 American Pipit
+ 2 Cedar Waxwing
+ 3 Lapland Longspur
+ 3 Snow Bunting
- 5 Orange-crowned Warbler
- 5 Palm Warbler
- 4 Pine Warbler
+ 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler
- 5 Yellow-breasted Chat
- 4 Eastern Towhee
+ 1 American Tree Sparrow
+ 5 Chipping Sparrow
+ 4 Field Sparrow
- 5 Vesper Sparrow
+ 3 Savannah Sparrow
- 4 Fox Sparrow
+ 1 Song Sparrow
+ 5 Lincoln's Sparrow
+ 3 Swamp Sparrow
+ 1 White-throated Sparrow
+ 4 White-crowned Sparrow
+ 1 Dark-eyed Junco
+ 1 Northern Cardinal
+ 5 Dickcissel
+ 3 Red-winged Blackbird
- 4 Eastern Meadowlark
+ 5 Rusty Blackbird
- 3 Common Grackle
+ 3 Brown-headed Cowbird
- 5 Baltimore Oriole
+ 4 Purple Finch
+ 1 House Finch
- 5 Red Crossbill
+ 4 White-winged Crossbill
+ 3 Common Redpoll
+ 3 Pine Siskin
+ 1 American Goldfinch
+ 1 House Sparrow
WRITE-INS
+ 5 REDHEAD
+ 5 COMMON YELLOWTHROAT
+ 5 GYRFALCON

Superbowl XIII will be held on January 30, 2016. It's never too early to start 
getting organized. 


Dave

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

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


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Subject: Common Redpolls
From: Robert Templeton <rktemp28 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:14:43 -0500
2 at my feeders in Townsend, MA this afternoon.

Rob Templeton
Rktemp28 AT comcast.net
Townsend, MA
Subject: Revere Gullapalooza -- again?
From: Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:24:37 -0500
Folks, I made a lightning stop at Revere Beach today to check out the
scene. Parking is discouraged because plows are still at work on the road.
There are indeed gulls there by the thousands. Maybe 3000? Probably more.
It was low tide and I didn't have time to check them out carefully. A visit
later this week and at higher tide might turn up a good variety. The usual
storm-tossed surf clam extravaganza will keep them at the beach for a bit.

I also did a drive-by at Rumney Marsh - Bear Creek, Saugus / Revere. 2
redtails and 2 ravens are what I have to report.

-- 





*Soheil Zendeh42 Baker AvenueLexington, MA 02421781-863-2392
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Subject: Chewink
From: "Peter Trull" <petrull AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:04:03 -0500
Massbirders,
Whew, the Towhee is still “chewinkin”g in the back yard after a tough 
couple 

of days.
Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
petull AT comcast.net 
Subject: Feeder birds 1/27
From: Marty Burns <mistermarty55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:58:41 -0500
in Florence (a village of Northampton):

-- 7 Eastern Bluebirds crowding a window feeder (the kind that's actually
inside the house with a one-way mirrored film) chowing down on mealworms;

-- half a dozen Pine Siskins;

-- Goldfinches and Juncos galore, 2 Blue Jays, 5 White Throated Sparrows, 4
Chickadees, 2 Tufted Titmice, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Song Sparrow, 1 Carolina
Wren and

-- nary a Northern Cardinal, alas.

Marty Burns
Florence
Subject: Life and death at the feeders
From: stuarttwalker AT comcast.net
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:59:48 +0000 (UTC)
"All day the hoary meteor fell; and, when the second morning shone, we looked 
upon a world unknown." 


Goldfinches, house finches, bluejays, cardinals, chickadees, titmice, REDPOLL, 
Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Juncos, White-throated Sparrow - and yes, House 
Sparrows and Starlings...and then (twice, on the second try successful) a 
Sharp-shinned Hawk. 


Stuart Walker
Jamaica Plain, MA
stuarttwalker AT comcast.net 
Subject: CT Report 01/27/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:54:50 -0500
 From Paul Carrier:
01/27/15 - Harwinton, yard -- 80+ Pine Siskins.

 From Don Morgan:
01/27/15 - Coventry, yard -- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on my suet
feeder this afternoon.  First one I've seen in my yard.

 From Frank & Linda Mantlik:
01/27/15 - Stratford, Birdseye St boatramp -- 1:30; 1 WILSON'S SNIPE.
First Ave, near Long Beach -- 2:40; adult Kumlien's ICELAND GULL.
Access Rd at Rt 113 -- 3:17; light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK flying and
hovering over Great Meadows marsh.
No alcids noted offshore.

 From Robert Dixon:
01/27/15 - Sterling yard -- About 24" of snow and a challenge to keep
the feeder area clear.  PINE SISKIN (17), YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
(1f).

 From Ralph Amodei:
01/27/15 - East Haven, feeders -- 12:00 Fox Sparrow.

Subject: Northborough - feeder
From: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore <barb620 AT TheWorld.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:54:11 -0500
Lots of birds today in our 30+ inches of drifting snow.   Despite 
lots of goldfinch, we have yet to see and siskins or redpolls.  Come 
on folks, can't you share?

We did have a surprise - a Sharp-shinned Hawk dining on a cardinal 
under the feeder.  It's been quite some time since we've seen one of 
these in the area.  While he was there, chickadees continued to come 
in to dine.

However, our Fox Sparrow was missing today and yesterday.  It's 
visited every day since mid-December until now.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
barb620 AT theworld.com
Subject: Gyrfalcon, Mon.
From: chuckjohnson10 AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:50:32 -0500
I arrived in Seabrook from my Peabody office at around 1 where I joined a small 
group of birders who were scanning the harbor and marsh. There had been a 
distant sighting of the bird 20 minutes earlier. As I only had 20 to 30 minutes 
to look for the bird, I left the group and checked out a couple of spots south 
of Hampton Harbor. At my 2nd stop, I was thrilled to observe the Falcon tearing 
low across the marsh, heading north. I jumped back in my car and sped to the 
small parking area in Seabrook Harbor. As I arrived, most of the Gulls on the 
beach went up en masse. Just as I got out of the car, the Gyrfalcon barreled 
into a Gull on the beach, knocking it onto its back. The Falcon sat on the Gull 
as I watched from 50 feet away. Initially there were no other birders at the 
scene, but shortly several arrived. Within a couple of minutes, the Gyr had 
moved off of the Gull who managed to right himself. When I left to go back to 
work, the Gyr had just flown up to the top of a pole in the parking lot. As I 
said to Paul Roberts, that was the most exciting experience I've had in 34 
years of birding! 

Chuck Johnson, Devens
chuckjohnson10 AT aol.com    
Subject: Feeder Birds Today, Westwood, 1/27
From: "Walt Webb" <wwebb24 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:38:03 -0500
I had the following feeder birds today during the blizzard:

Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
European Starling
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

Walt Webb
Westwood, MA
wwebb24 AT verizon.net
Subject: Backyard Feeder
From: John <john.mcelligott3 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:38:45 -0500
Quite an assortment at our feeders today.


2 Carolina Wrens
Pair of Cardinals
Juncos
8 Starlings
2 Nuthatch
4Goldfinch
Downey Woodpecker
Song Sparrows 
House Sparrows
2 White Throated Sparrows
Chickadees
Tufted Titmice
House/Purple Finches

Ted McElligott
Lynn
john.mcelligott3 AT verizon.net 

Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Massachusetts
From: Opororniswarbler <opororniswarbler AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:10:30 -0500
FYI - interesting gull reported at Jodrey Fish Pier on 1.25. I didn't see the 
report on Massbird as discussed below. I'm posting this in case anyone else 
missed it too. 


Neil Hayward
Cambridge, MA

neil.hayward AT gmail.com

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
> Date: January 27, 2015 at 7:43:01 PM EST
> To: opororniswarbler AT gmail.com
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Massachusetts 
> 
> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Western Gull (1 Essex)
> 
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Needs Alert for Massachusetts. The 
report below shows observations of species you have not seen in Massachusetts, 
based on your eBird observations. View this alert on the web at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN10363 

> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
> 
> Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) (1)
> - Reported Jan 25, 2015 07:24 by Dan Poalillo
> - Jodrey State Fish Pier, Essex, Massachusetts
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.61408,-70.65221&ll=42.61408,-70.65221 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21529303
> - Comments: "Originally reported as "gull sp.," this bird is being reported 
as Western Gull now in order to generate proper attention and elicit the 
opinion of experts. Slaty-backed Gull should also be considered. Post to 
MassBirds generated little response. Please comment on Flickr or to original 
MassBirds post (Jan 27, 2015) 

> 
> On the morning of January 25th this bird was observed by five birders, 
including myself. We immediately noticed that the bird had a very dark mantle 
but was far too small to be Great Black-backed and too large and dark for 
Lesser Black-backed, that the bird had very pink-red legs, and that the bird 
lacked white on the tips of the primaries (closed wing). We began to inspect 
the bird more closely and observed the following: 

> 
> - essentially all-white head, limited dusky colors around eye
> - formidable bill with yellow tip, black subterminal band, some red mixed 
with black on lower mandible 

> - dark mantle, not as black as Great Black-backed but much darker than 
Herring. Similar color to Lesser Black-backed, though perhaps a shade darker. 

> - inner tertials appear more worn, gray-brown, probably old 2nd-cycle 
feathers 

> - folded wing shows white "skirt" (with a small gap) 
> - folded wings shows no black in primaries
> - legs a bright rose-pink
> 
> The bird appeared to be late in pre-alternate 3 molt, retaining some 
second-cycle tertials on the "back" when wing closed. We quickly eliminated all 
common gulls and then considered Slaty-backed, Western, and Great Black-backed 
x Herring hybrid as follows: 

> 
> - Ring-billed easily eliminated by its smaller size, yellow legs, lighter 
mantle. 

> - Herring eliminated by its lighter mantle, duller leg color.  
> - Great Black-backed eliminated by larger size, darker mantle, presence of 
white in tips of primaries. Great Black-backed should have duller legs. 

> - Lesser Black-backed eliminated due to its slightly smaller size, slightly 
lighter mantle, and different bill pattern. By third cycle, moreover, the legs 
should be yellow (or "yellowing") and certainly not bright pink. 

> - Slaty-backed should show more mottling on the head/neck and more dark 
"mascara" around the eyes. Trailing white edge of wings does not appear wide 
enough for Slaty-backed and white tips would be expected on ends of primaries. 
Additionally, it seems the leftover second-cycle tertials would be wholly 
brown-gray on Slaty-backed, not white tipped as appears on this bird. Certainly 
Slaty-backed remains a possibility. 

> 
> Western Gull is a direct match for size, mantle color, and leg color. The 
gray-brown, white-tipped tertials are consistent with second-cycle Western and 
timing is correct for the bird to be completing its PA3 molt, leaving a few 
second-cycle feathers. The bill pattern also matches that of a Western Gull 
losing the black of the second cycle and obtaining the yellow bill with red 
gonys spot of the third-cycle. Heavy bill consistent with Western. White 
'skirt' along the trailing edge of the wing matches Western. No field marks 
observed contradict Western. 

> 
> A short video was obtained with a consumer camcorder. A screenshot appears 
here, though not all field marks observed with scope and binocs can be seen in 
the photo due to camera quality: 

> " 

> 
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> 
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Subject: Storm feeder birds in Somerville: Orange-crowned warbler
From: Raquel Pidal <rapidal AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:56:17 -0500
Watching the birds on our back porch feeders made today a little cheerier.
Here's the roundup from Porter Square.

House sparrows
House finches
American goldfinches
Juncos
Chickadee
Downy woodpecker (male)
Cardinals (male and female)
White-breasted nuthatch (female)
Mourning dove
Starlings
Orange-crowned warbler

The warbler first showed up January 6, the day after a big wind storm. He's
stuck around and has come to feed on sunflower seed and suet since then,
usually once or twice every day or two.

The winds were so fierce at one point today that I watched a poor little
junco get blown right off the edge of the porch. Glad the only place I had
to be was on the other side of the window!

Raquel Pidal
Somerville, MA
rapidal AT gmail.com
Subject: Chelmsford backyard feeder watch
From: "Jonathan Center" <jbcenter AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:41:33 -0500
Yesterday I made sure the feeders were full with the impending blizzard 
coming. It did not occur to me that any of my feeders might blow down in the 
storm. Fortunately all of them were intact this morning. Nothing unusual 
showed up except for 2 European Starlings which I do not see very often at 
my feeders.

I had the following birds at my feeders today.

Dark-eyed Junco 12
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 5
Downy Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Song Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2
American Goldfinch 2
Mourning Dove 1
Carolina Wren 1
European Starling 2

Jonathan Center
Chelmsford
jbcenter AT verizon.net


Subject: Another feeder bird for the list
From: geohawk_1 <geohawk_1 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:26:04 -0500
We had a savannah sparrow visiting the feeder today; new yard bird!

Greg Hirth 
East Falmouth 
geohawk_1 at yahoo dot com 


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: Add Common Redpoll to the list of feeder birds for the day.
From: John Liller <john.liller AT worcesteracademy.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:46:43 -0600 (CST)
John Liller 
Grafton 
Subject: Berkshire Report-FOS ,Redpolls
From: "Tom Collins" <tcbirder AT nycap.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:53:47 -0500
Hi All:
Usual feeder birds during our mild snowstorm of eight plus inches today here in 
the west. And the big treat of first of the season two common redpoll feeding 
with about thirty pine siskin on black oil and hulled oil seed. The snow has 
now stopped and as I type this a lone Cooper's hawk just made a pass through my 
backyard looking for dinner. The Coop missed out and the yard is devoid of any 
activity at this time as dusk is approaching. To our friends in the east have 
fun digging out from your snowfall. 

Good birding,
Tom Collins
Pittsfield, Ma.
tcbirder AT nycap.rr.com
Subject: Ipswich (home feeders), Jan 27, 2015
From: "Jim Berry" <jim.berry3 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:27:51 -0500
> Ipswich (home feeders)
> Jan 27, 2015 7:30 AM - 4 PM  (intermittent)
> Comments:     My wife and I did a lot of feeder-watching today in the 
> blizzard.  Luckily for the birds, we never saw a raptor.  And I'm not 
> aware of any pine siskins in the Ipswich area, despite numerous reports 
> this season in the interior and in NH.  They don't seem to like the coast 
> except for places like Plum Island, because this pattern seems repeated 
> year after year.  At least that is my impression.
> 19 species
>
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  12
> Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1     male, here all winter
> Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  5     3 males and 2 females at 
> minimum
> Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  2     presumed pair that has been 
> here all winter
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus)  1 
> male, occasional visitor this winter
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
> Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  4
> Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  4
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2
> Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1     never more than one seen 
> at a time
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1     heard; it never came to 
> feeders, apparently preferring the many berries around our yard
> European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  4
> American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)  4
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
> White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  14     highest of many 
> attempts to count them
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis)  19     highest of many 
> attempts to count them
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  10     4 females, 6 males, each 
> sex all seen at same time; I think this ties our highest feeder count for 
> the species.
> House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  3
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  8
>
> View this checklist online at 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21569999

Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
jim.berry3 AT verizon.net
Subject: No Mo Mr MO Do
From: kr1946 AT verizon.net
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:16:26 -0600 (CST)
Hello all 
Starting to feel like a Funeral Home for Birds. Was looking out window just as 
a Mo Do landed and he no sooner got his feet on the ground and he was in the 
talons of a Coopers Hawk. Not sure it was the same one that got the Titmouse 
this morning but the Coops did okey today, they always seem to do better at 
kills in bad weather. Ended up with the following species for the day. 

Blue Jay  3
Cardinal 5-6
Carolina wren  2
Northern Flicker 1-2
Hairy Woodpecker  2 
Downy  6-8
Titmouse  6, no, make that 5!!
Goldfinch  20, have had 30+ all week?
Junco 50+  More than I have ever had.
Fox Sparrow 1 
Song sparrow 8
White Throat  12
Chickadee  x
WB Nut  2-3

Kevin Ryan
North Easton
 P.S. Coopers Hawk  1-2 At least one of which was an adult.
Subject: Backyard Feeder
From: John <john.mcelligott3 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:38:45 -0500
Quite an assortment at our feeders today.


2 Carolina Wrens
Pair of Cardinals
Juncos
8 Starlings
2 Nuthatch
4Goldfinch
Downey Woodpecker
Song Sparrows 
House Sparrows
2 White Throated Sparrows
Chickadees
Tufted Titmice
House/Purple Finches

Ted McElligott
Lynn
john.mcelligott3 AT verizon.net 

Subject: Feeder birds- Arlington
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:34:17 -0500
Nothing special except the Flicker which is a continuing bird.

Hartel Yard, Arlington, Middlesex, US-MA
Jan 27, 2015 13 species

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  2
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  4
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  7
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  6
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  40

Karsten Hartel, Arlington


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Subject: Birds at feeders in Duxbury and Snow Goose
From: Nancy Maciolek <njmaciolek AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:31:17 -0500
I have had 14 species at the feeders all day, with some battling for spots
at times.  Most interesting to me are the Pine Warblers, which have been
here daily since last December.

American Goldfinch - ~6
Blue Jay - 2
California Wren - 2
Chickadee - 1 (usually there are 2-3)
Dark-eyed Junco - maybe 12
Downy Woodpecker  - 2
Eastern Bluebird - 3
House Finch - 3 males, 1 female
Mourning Dove - 1
Northern cardinal- 2 males, 1 female
Pine Warbler - 4 (several with bright yellow breasts)
Song Sparrow - 1
Tufted Titmouse - 2
White-throated Sparrow - 1

Also, yesterday morning I again checked out the Bluefish River where Rick
Bowes had spotted the Snow Goose. Third time checking was the charm, the
flock of Canada Geese were there along with the single Snow Goose  I
watched for about half an hour, then the Snow Goose flew off by itself. It
circled over the river marsh, calling, then flew inland (west). Lovely!
Two photos on Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727 AT N00/sets/72157650097700039

Nancy

Nancy Blake
Duxbury, MA
njmaciolek AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: Storm list #1
From: Bennet Porter <bennet.porter AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:21:21 -0500
After some non-birder cabin fever reducing outside (my kids, hopefully
pre-birders and not non-birders), including hearing an American Crow, which
I've somehow snuck in, the list as of now follows. Please note, I did my
best to make sure that all birds were captured and that they are attributed
to the correct people. I used the timestamp in gmail from an email opened
in its own window, for some reason it is different (and usually earlier)
than the timestamp in my inbox. 41 species by my count! Any kinglets out
there? Redpolls?

Wild Turkey            (Earl Parker)
Sharp-shinned Hawk    (Cherrie Corey)
Cooper's Hawk        (Linda Ferraresso)
Rock Pigeon            (Carolyn Longworth)
Mourning Dove        (Nicholas Block)
Red-bellied Woodpecker    (Nicholas Block)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker    (Daan Sandee)
Downy Woodpecker    (Doug Meyer)
Hairy Woodpecker        (Paul Guidetti)
Northern Flicker        (Nicholas Block)
Blue Jay            (Paul Guidetti)
American Crow        (Bennet Porter)
Black-capped Chickadee    (Nicholas Block)
Tufted Titmouse        (Bennet Porter)
Red-breasted Nuthatch    (Peter Trull)
White-breasted Nuthatch    (Nicholas Block)
Brown Creeper        (Paul Champlin)
Carolina Wren        (Linda Pivacek)
Eastern Bluebird        (Nicholas Block)
Hermit Thrush        (Linda Pivacek)
American Robin        (Peter Trull)
European Starling        (Nicholas Block)
Orange-crowned Warbler    (Steven & Christine Whitebread)
Pine Warbler            (Eddie Giles)
Yellow-rumped Warbler    (Peter Trull)
Eastern Towhee        (Peter Trull)
American Tree Sparrow    (Nicholas Block)
Field Sparrow        (Peter Trull)
Fox Sparrow            (Kevin Ryan)
Song Sparrow        (Doug Meyer)
Lincoln's Sparrow         (Gary Freedman)
White-throated Sparrow    (Nicholas Block)
Dark-eyed Junco        (Kevin Ryan)
Northern Cardinal        (Doug Meyer)
Red-winged Blackbird    (Carolyn Longworth)
Rusty Blackbird        (John & Audrey Hoye)
Brown-headed Cowbird    (Carolyn Longworth)
House Finch            (Nicholas Block)
Pine Siskin            (Nicholas Block)
American Goldfinch        (Bennet Porter)
House Sparrow        (Paul Guidetti)

Bennet Porter
East Falmouth
bennet.porter AT gmail.com

On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 3:56 PM, Paul Champlin  wrote:

> Approx. 60 birds at once including
> 5 Cowbirds (which seem to be having trouble keeping the ice from building
> up on their heads)
> Brown Creeper
> 8 Northern Cardinals (4 males perched together in the snow is always adds
> a nice dash of color)
> 6 Blue Jays
> 2 Red-bellieds
> Hairy
> 2 Downies
> 2 W-b Nuthatches
> Carolina Wren
> A few doves
> A few Goldfinch
> A few Song Sparrows
> A dozen juncos
> And the rest taken up by White-throated Sparrows
>
> A surprising turnout since I only started feeding birds again last week.
>
> Paul Champlin
> Westport, MA
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jan 27, 2015, at 12:12 PM, "Bennet Porter" 
> wrote:
>
> I seem to recall in past blizzards that Massbirders posted their window
> sightings for a little cabin fever reducing competition. I'll start, since
> I'm unlikely to see/hear more birds any time soon. Remember, kudos to the
> people who report a bird first! Let's see what we can come up with.
>
> Tufted Titmouse
> American Goldfinch
>
> And of course Linda Ferraresso already posted a Cooper's Hawk.
>
> Happy to compile as long as I have power here in Falmouth.
>
> Bennet Porter
> East Falmouth
> bennet.porter AT gmail.com
>
>
Subject: Common Redpolls - New Salem
From: Bill Lafley <blafley AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:04:54 -0500
Hello,

2 Common Redpolls made a brief appearance at the feeder this afternoon.
About 10-12 PIne Siskins here every day.

Bill Lafley
New Salem
blafley AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: Storm list #1
From: Paul Champlin <skua99 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:56:01 -0500
Approx. 60 birds at once including 
5 Cowbirds (which seem to be having trouble keeping the ice from building up on 
their heads) 

Brown Creeper
8 Northern Cardinals (4 males perched together in the snow is always adds a 
nice dash of color) 

6 Blue Jays
2 Red-bellieds
Hairy
2 Downies
2 W-b Nuthatches
Carolina Wren
A few doves
A few Goldfinch
A few Song Sparrows
A dozen juncos
And the rest taken up by White-throated Sparrows

A surprising turnout since I only started feeding birds again last week.

Paul Champlin
Westport, MA


Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 27, 2015, at 12:12 PM, "Bennet Porter"  
wrote: 

> 
> I seem to recall in past blizzards that Massbirders posted their window 
sightings for a little cabin fever reducing competition. I'll start, since I'm 
unlikely to see/hear more birds any time soon. Remember, kudos to the people 
who report a bird first! Let's see what we can come up with. 

> 
> Tufted Titmouse
> American Goldfinch
> 
> And of course Linda Ferraresso already posted a Cooper's Hawk.
> 
> Happy to compile as long as I have power here in Falmouth.
> 
> Bennet Porter
> East Falmouth
> bennet.porter AT gmail.com
Subject: Acushnet feeder birds
From: CAROLYN <bvm1290 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:03:04 +0000 (UTC)




Subject: Feeder birds in Quincy today- Orange-crowned Warbler
From: Steven Whitebread <steven1591 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:50:58 -0500
The regular Orange-crowned Warbler that we first saw on 17th December at 
our feeders, but not for the last couple of weeks, was forced back to 
our suet by the winter storm.

Otherwise a one American Tree Sparrow, one White-throated Sparrow, one 
Song Sparrow and the usual selection of House Sparrows, Starlings, 
Goldfinches, Juncos, a Downy Woodpecker and White-breasted Nuthatch.

Photo at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/60295555 AT N06/

Steven & Christine Whitebread, Quincy, MA
Subject: Fwd: Pre-blizzard pix of the Gyrfalcon in Seabrook, NH
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:38:40 +0000
From: David Larson >
Date: January 27, 2015 at 2:31:16 PM EST
To: David Larson >
Subject: Pre-blizzard pix of the Gyrfalcon in Seabrook, NH


Barely pre-blizzard pix of the Gyrfalcon at Hampton Harbor, Seabrook, on 
1/26/2015 at . I ripped off a lot of 
shots before I realized that I should have been wearing gloves. What a 
beautiful bird! 


?

Dave


David M. Larson. PhD

Education and Science Coordinator

Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center

Newburyport, MA 01950

978-462-9998
Subject: Re: Storm list #1
From: Regina Harrison <badriyadances AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:38:53 -0500
I've had steady visits since sunrise by:

Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
English Sparrow
White-breasted Nuthatch
Black-capped Chickadee
Mourning Dove
Tufted Titmouse
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Cardinal

And the following first-timers at my feeder:
Tree Sparrow
Pine Siskin
Hairy Woodpecker

Regina Harrison
Woburn, MA (north of 128)
Subject: feeder storm
From: "Peter Trull" <petrull AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:08:21 -0500
massbirders,
just now discovered 3 pine siskins on the thistle feeder, first we’ve seen 
this winter. Towhee has been in with the gang of Song sparrows, juncos 
white-throats and a single field sparrow.  Here’s my contribution for a 15 
minute window.
Peter Trull
Brewster, MA
petrull AT comcast.net

18 Elbow Pond Dr., Barnstable, US-MA
Jan 27, 2015 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     first siskins of the winter
18 species

Mourning Dove  4
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  16
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  5
White-throated Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  5
Pine Siskin  3
American Goldfinch  11

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21567553

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Subject: RE: Storm list #1
From: Earl Parker <efparker AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:01:47 -0500

-------- Original message --------
From: Earl Parker
Date:01/27/2015 12:24 PM (GMT-05:00) 
To: massbird AT TheWorld.com
Subject: RE: [MASSBIRD] Storm list #1

My feeder have been crowded all morning. 

Juncos
American Goldfinch
White throated Sparrow
European Starlings
Northern Cardinal
Blue Jays
Wild Turkey
Tufted Titmouse
Black Capped Chickadee
Tree Sparrow



Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: Fwd: Pre-blizzard pix of the Gyrfalcon in Seabrook, NH
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:38:40 +0000
From: David Larson >
Date: January 27, 2015 at 2:31:16 PM EST
To: David Larson >
Subject: Pre-blizzard pix of the Gyrfalcon in Seabrook, NH


Barely pre-blizzard pix of the Gyrfalcon at Hampton Harbor, Seabrook, on 
1/26/2015 at . I ripped off a lot of 
shots before I realized that I should have been wearing gloves. What a 
beautiful bird! 


?

Dave


David M. Larson. PhD

Education and Science Coordinator

Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center

Newburyport, MA 01950

978-462-9998

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Subject: Feeder Storm Lists
From: "Earl Parker" <efparker AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:55:10 -0500
Add to my list for the day

 

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Red Bellied Woodpecker

WB Nuthatch

 

Earl Parker

Ipswich, MA

 

 
Subject: Re: Storm list
From: Daan Sandee <sandee AT shell.TheWorld.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:04:44 -0500 (EST)
Our Sapsucker, which had been absent for some days, returned today.
Otherwise, all the usual suspects, all of them previously reported.
Lots of birds.
Our suet feeder blew off during the night and is now buried under a
foot of snow, so we may not see it again until March.  We have a
secondary suet feeder to keep the birds happy.

Daan Sandee
Gloucester, MA                                   sandee AT theworld.com

Subject: Re: Storm list #1
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:35:20 -0500
All morning in Concord, MA - a feeding frenzy and unprecedented 
turnout at our second story hanging feeders, just 18" from our 
kitchen windows:

Downy woodpeckers (pair)
Nuthatches
Chickadees
Goldfinches
Dark-eyed juncos
Titmice
Cardinals (male and female)
Blue jays
Mourning doves
Carolina wren
Tree sparrows
White-throated sparrows
Song sparrow
House sparrow
House finch
Starling
A sharp-shinned hawk fly-by earlier this morning.

One audacious leaping squirrel

All are welcome on a stormy day!

Cherrie Corey

Naturalist, educator, and photographer
Concord, MA  
http://sense-of-place-concord.blogspot.com/



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Subject: Feeder birds
From: dp32 AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:24:03 -0500
LOTS of Tufted Titmice, Chickadees, Goldfinches, House Sparrows, some Juncos, 
and a Cardinal competing for perches at the hanging feeders outside the windows 
today. 

Had to clear off little walls of snow from the outside window sills in order to 
refill the feeders (trying not to let them get too low). 

Deb Radovsky
Sharon
Subject: Update: Lawrence Peregrines!
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:18:33 +0000 (UTC)
For those with an interest, a fascinating update on the pair of peregrine 
falcons in Lawrence, MA: 




Jan. 11, 2015: From an article in the Eagle Tribune by Jill Harmacinski 




LAWRENCE — An injured Peregrine falcon was set free this week after being 
taken care of by Lawrence police. On Tuesday, a Coolidge Street woman called 
police saying she’d found a falcon that appeared to be hurt. Animal Control 
Officer Ellen Bistany Mastorakis tapped Det. David Augusta, a licensed 
falconer, for his help. The falcon appeared to have a scrape on one of its 
digits, so Mastorakis and Augusta together stretched a nylon over the bird. The 
nylon created a straight-jacket of sorts on the falcon, so Augusta could get a 
good a good look at her talons. ”Which are like knives. So is the beak,” 
Mastorakis said. 





The two took the falcon back to the pound. They found a band on one of it’s 
legs with a number. A call to the state revealed this falcon was banded while 
nesting in the city’s Ayer Mill Clock Tower in 2003. ”They figured she was 
two years old at the time. So that makes her 14,” Mastorakis said. The 
falcon’s wings were fine. So Wednesday afternoon, Augusta expertly set the 
falcon free again. Based on her history, however, it doesn’t sound like 
she’ll go far. 





Jan. 13, 2015: From Tom French at MassWildlife 




Over the past week the adult female in Lawrence (V/5) has been on the ground 
twice. On Monday, January 5 th she was found in a residential backyard about ¾ 
mile west of the clock tower. A toe on her left foot was scrapped and broken. 
She was picked up late in the day by the ACO and transferred to an experienced 
local falconer to hold. The next day when I spoke with the falconer, It sounded 
like she had probably struck something but had shaken it off. She was strong, 
alert, feisty, and in good weight with no evidence of any wing injuries. She 
eagerly ate a homing pigeon. However, a winter storm had begun, so I had her 
held over a second night and released the next morning. She flew from the 
ground right back up to the clock tower. It seemed like a good release, but 
yesterday I learned that she had been found on the ground again, so she was 
taken to the Tufts Wildlife Clinic. The cause of her problems is still not 
clear. 






This female was caught by hand at her nest on June 4, 2003. So, she was banded 
as a two year old adult, so we do not know where she was born. She is coming up 
on 14 years old in May. Since 2003, she has raised at least 31 chicks (17 males 
& 14 females) to fledging. Since her nest site in 2005 was not located, she 
probably raised a few more. In the 11 years where her nest site was known, she 
has never failed to fledge at least one chick. 






All of these years, her mate has been 2206-59866, 6*/4* black/green banded on 
the NH Tower Bldg., Manchester, NH 06-07-01. Manchester is 25 miles N. of 
Lawrence. 





Jan. 16, 2015: from Jess Zorge at Tufts Wildlife Clinic 




It appears as though she may have a fracture in her shoulder, this will take 
time to heal. She has pain medication on board and has a great appetite. 





Jan. 26, 2015: from Tom French at MassWildlife 






The historic Lawrence matriarch, V/5, is still at Tufts and not able to fly 
well at all. There are no clear injuries, but one of her shoulders may have 
something wrong with it. Mostly, I think she is just old, and I don’t think 
she is likely to recover enough to be released. I expected that it would only 
be a matter of days, to a week or so, before a new female showed up. So, you 
are seeing a new female, and V/5’s potential replacement. Originally, V/5 was 
not banded, but I was able to catch her by hand when we banded her first 
chicks. This is all part of the normal process. At our longest running nesting 
territory at the Custom House in Boston, we are now on our 5 th female and 3 rd 
male. There are fewer males than females because the second male lived to be 
19. The all time lifespan record for a wild Peregrine Falcon is 19 ½. 





Full update on the blog with photos: www.lawrenceperegrines.com 






Enjoy, 

Craig Gibson 

Winchester, MA 

cbgibson AT comcast.net 














Subject: Re: Storm list #1
From: Eddie <emgiles62 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:04:42 -0500
Forgot to sign.  Sorry.

Eddie

**************************************
Eddie Giles
East Bridgewater, MA
emgiles62 AT comcast.net


On 1/27/2015 12:33 PM, Eddie wrote:
>
>     Pine Warbler
>     Carolina Wren
>     WB Nuthatch
>     Hairy Woodpecker
>     Downy Woodpecker
>     Red-bellied Woodpecker
>     BC Chickadee
>     Song Sparrow
>     DE Junco
>
>
> On 1/27/2015 11:37 AM, Bennet Porter wrote:
>> I seem to recall in past blizzards that Massbirders posted their 
>> window sightings for a little cabin fever reducing competition. I'll 
>> start, since I'm unlikely to see/hear more birds any time soon. 
>> Remember, kudos to the people who report a bird first! Let's see what 
>> we can come up with.
>>
>> Tufted Titmouse
>> American Goldfinch
>>
>> And of course Linda Ferraresso already posted a Cooper's Hawk.
>>
>> Happy to compile as long as I have power here in Falmouth.
>>
>> Bennet Porter
>> East Falmouth
>> bennet.porter AT gmail.com  
Subject: Storm List from Stow
From: "Gary Freedman" <gmf7162 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:42:40 -0500

1 lonely Pine Siskin

 

1 lonely Carolina Wren

 

Male & Female Northern Cards

 

1 Lonely Lincoln Sparrow (life yard bird)

 

Myriad of Juncos

 

Lots of White-breasted Nuthatches

 

Lots of Tufted Titmouse

 

1 Downy

 

1 Hairy

 

Suet still around but feeder got emptied fast this AM.  Lack of seed &
increasing wind speed is hampering bird visits now.

 

Hope this list isn't too mundane!  

 

Gary Freedman

Stow, MA

 



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Subject: Re: Storm list #1
From: Eddie <emgiles62 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:33:37 -0500
     Pine Warbler
     Carolina Wren
     WB Nuthatch
     Hairy Woodpecker
     Downy Woodpecker
     Red-bellied Woodpecker
     BC Chickadee
     Song Sparrow
     DE Junco


On 1/27/2015 11:37 AM, Bennet Porter wrote:
> I seem to recall in past blizzards that Massbirders posted their 
> window sightings for a little cabin fever reducing competition. I'll 
> start, since I'm unlikely to see/hear more birds any time soon. 
> Remember, kudos to the people who report a bird first! Let's see what 
> we can come up with.
>
> Tufted Titmouse
> American Goldfinch
>
> And of course Linda Ferraresso already posted a Cooper's Hawk.
>
> Happy to compile as long as I have power here in Falmouth.
>
> Bennet Porter
> East Falmouth
> bennet.porter AT gmail.com 


-- 
Eddie

**************************************
Eddie Giles
East Bridgewater, MA
emgiles62 AT comcast.net
Subject: Re: Pine Siskins
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:33:45 -0500
That's great.  And where are you located, Jane?

Cherrie Corey
Concord, MA



At 4:06 PM -0500 1/26/15, Jane Moosbruker wrote:
>My flock of Pine Siskins is now up to32.
>
>They are very aggressive.   No Redpolls yet.
>
>Jane Moosbruker
>Jamoos AT earthlink.net
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Feeding birds
From: John Hoye <lt.jaeger AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:32:23 -0500
 Best birds Rusty blackbird 2 bluebirds 2 pine Siskin 2 flicker Hairy 
Woodpecker and Carolina Wren 

Got to shovel again
   John And Audrey
   Wayland Ma
    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: Storm List
From: Maryellen Stone <mstone816 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:27:10 -0500
Hello All! 

Today happens to be a Project Feeder Watch day for me so I've been keeping 
track of my birds since this morning. 


New birds not on already posted lists:

Blue Jay
Northern Cardinal
White Throated Sparrow, 
Downy Woodpecker
Black-capped Chickadee

Still hoping to see my neighborhood Cooper's Hawk, but haven't seen him so far!
Maryellen Stone
North Reading, MA
maryellen AT naturesimages.com


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Subject: Re: Storm list #1
From: Katharine Mills <gkmills AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:23:36 -0500
Pine siskin
Goldfinch
house finch
mourning dove
black capped chickadee
northern cardinal
Holden MA
Subject: Storm List - Westford
From: Paul Guidetti <guidettipaul AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:15:31 -0500
Hairy woodpecker (female)
Red bellied woodpecker (male and female)
Blue jay
Northern cardinal (2 males, 4 females)

Darkeyed Junco
American Goldfinch
Tufted titmouse
Black capped chickadee
House sparrow

Paul Guidetti
Westford MA
Subject: Re: Storm list #1
From: Nicholas Block <nlb.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:12:55 -0500
Hi MassBird,

Reducing cabin fever sounds good! My blizzard list for the day is up to 17:

Mourning Dove - 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Northern Flicker - 1
Black-capped Chickadee - 4
Tufted Titmouse - 1
White-breasted Nuthatch - 3
Carolina Wren - 1
Eastern Bluebird - 3 (first time at the feeders)
European Starling - 2
American Tree Sparrow - 4
Song Sparrow - 1
White-throated Sparrow - 1
Dark-eyed Junco - ~40 (including our first "Cassiar" Junco)
House Finch - 7
Pine Siskin - 1
American Goldfinch - ~30 (double the usual number present)

Regards,
Nick Block
North Easton, MA
nlb.birder AT gmail.com

On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:37 AM, Bennet Porter 
wrote:

> I seem to recall in past blizzards that Massbirders posted their window
> sightings for a little cabin fever reducing competition. I'll start, since
> I'm unlikely to see/hear more birds any time soon. Remember, kudos to the
> people who report a bird first! Let's see what we can come up with.
>
> Tufted Titmouse
> American Goldfinch
>
> And of course Linda Ferraresso already posted a Cooper's Hawk.
>
> Happy to compile as long as I have power here in Falmouth.
>
> Bennet Porter
> East Falmouth
> bennet.porter AT gmail.com
>
Subject: Re: Storm list #1
From: Linda P <lpivacek AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:04:16 +0000 (UTC)
Hermit Thrush at the heated bird bath. been hanging around for about 3 weeks. 
Carolina Wren at the suet feeder. 

Cheers! Linda 

Linda Pivacek, Nahant, lpivacek AT  comcast.net 

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

> I seem to recall in past blizzards that Massbirders posted their window
> sightings for a little cabin fever reducing competition. I'll start, since
> I'm unlikely to see/hear more birds any time soon. Remember, kudos to the
> people who report a bird first! Let's see what we can come up with.

> Tufted Titmouse
> American Goldfinch

> And of course Linda Ferraresso already posted a Cooper's Hawk.

> Happy to compile as long as I have power here in Falmouth.

> Bennet Porter
> East Falmouth
> bennet.porter AT gmail.com
Subject: Bonus Bird
From: kr1946 AT verizon.net
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:43:08 -0600 (CST)
Hello All
So far the best bird at my feeders has been a nice looking Fox Sparrow, not 
sure I"ve ever had one in February before. At least 40-50 Junco"s, by far the 
most numerous bird of the day. For my shoveling efforts many birds ate life 
supporting food but one Tufted Titmouse had to give up its life so an adult 
Cooper"s Hawk could have a full crop. Looked out at the feeders at 30 -40 birds 
and looked 5 minutes later to see the Coop make its sortie through the yard 
leaving only feathers. 

Kevin Ryan
Easton
Subject: Storm list #1
From: Bennet Porter <bennet.porter AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:37:09 -0500
I seem to recall in past blizzards that Massbirders posted their window
sightings for a little cabin fever reducing competition. I'll start, since
I'm unlikely to see/hear more birds any time soon. Remember, kudos to the
people who report a bird first! Let's see what we can come up with.

Tufted Titmouse
American Goldfinch

And of course Linda Ferraresso already posted a Cooper's Hawk.

Happy to compile as long as I have power here in Falmouth.

Bennet Porter
East Falmouth
bennet.porter AT gmail.com
Subject: Feeder activity
From: Linda Ferraresso <tattler1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:48:01 -0500
An adult Cooper's Hawk has just positioned itself near my feeders. I 
can't watch for a while - though I know they all have to eat. :-(

Will certainly be an interesting day all around!

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: Gyrfalcon photos, Monday Jan 26, Hampton Harbor
From: Henry D Mauer <henryd.mauer AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:50:15 -0500
On Monday morning Deb and I decided to try once again to see the
Gyrfalcon.  We went to where it had been seen on Sunday, at about the same
time.  Third or fourth time was definitely the charm.

The Gyr was sitting on the sand bars in Hampton Harbor and flying around
"lazily" scaring the Herring Gulls.  We were there roughly from 8:15 am to
9:30 am.  Roughly, because we didn't note the time while we were there, but
I do have time stamps on my pics.  The bird was in view about 90% of the
time we were there.  Mostly sitting close by, sometimes flying around and
sometimes sitting further away.

We observed from the Fisherman's cooperative.  We were on the bay side of
Route 1A in Seabrook, NH, just before the bridge to Hampton Beach, NH.
Right next to the Fisherman's Cooperative there is also a small town of
Seabrook access point.  The entire area is where the Glaucous Gull hangs
out each winter.

Pics, from a distance, at my usual link:

http://henrymauer.phanfare.com/

Choose an album, click on "Start Slideshow" and then click on "Full Screen".

Henry Mauer
Salisbury, MA
henryd.mauer AT gmail.com
Subject: Cape Ann Alcids
From: Knut Hansen <a320rainman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:17:06 -0500
Spent a few hours Monday morning birding Cape Ann with Ryan Merrill in search 
of Alcids. We did pretty good. Gloucester Harbor: 1 Dovekie and 2 Thick-billed 
Murres. Eastern Point: 1 Black Guillemot. At Andrew’s Point: 1 Common Murre 
and 5 Razorbills. 


On the way home to Lexington, we stopped by Arlington Great Meadow to see if we 
could find some of the Redpolls reported at nearby Dunback Meadows. We found a 
flock of 70 Birds nervously flying in and out of the birches. 


Happy storm watching!


Knut Hansen
Lexington
a320rainman  AT  gmail.com
Subject: follow-up to feeder question
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:57:50 -0800
thanks everyone for the very sage advise - about half an hour ago I saw all the 
poor little things out there trying to find their regular seed resources; my 
feeders are all back out now, and I've broadcast seed everywhere the drifting 
didn't seem so bad 




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Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951


email: lynette.leka AT yahoo.com
Subject: Gyrfalcon & Weather In perspective
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:28:25 -0500
When looking unsuccessfully for the immature dark morph Gyrfalcon from NH/ME
I explained the situation to friends thusly. You are looking for one
individual bird the size of a large chicken in an area of roughly 100-200
square miles (considering where it had been seen previously). That bird can
spend a lot of time sitting down out of sight from cars, or it can be flying
distances of 50 or many more miles a day linearly without giving it a second
thought. What are the odds of seeing a chicken in such circumstances?
Expectations have to be realistic, although people going to Seabrook/Hampton
the past two days have had incredible success in seeing the bird well.

What will the Blizzard of 2015 do to the bird? There is no way of knowing
for sure. Dark morph Gyrs are essentially limited to northern eastern
Canada. Seminal research by Kurt Burnham and Ian Newton published in 2011
described tagging Greenland Gyrs with satellite transmitters around 2004.
They collected data on 48 Gyrs from three different parts of Greenland. Gyr
populations in the Low Arctic and sub-Arctic are known to be non-migratory
or only partial migrants. For example, Gyrs breeding in Denali National Park
in Alaska essentially remain in the park all winter long. They just shift
their winter ranges a bit, generally reducing them in size. High Arctic
populations can migrate long distances. Perhaps the most interesting
discovery in their research was that a number of High Arctic Gyrs can
migrate up to 2000 miles or more to hunt and winter on sea ice. Winter home
ranges can be up to 25,000 sq miles! (Find a chicken in that!) Some Gyrs had
no winter home ranges, one traveling over 2800 miles continuously over 200
days. Burnham and Newton documented what are believed to be some of the
largest winter ranges ever recorded for any raptor.

Gyrs are tough. Incredibly tough. And they can move in truly Arctic
conditions. This is part of what makes them so impressive and so difficult
to find and see.   
And so worth seeing.

I want to thank my friends who called or emailed me real time when they
discovered the bird the past two days, when I was tied up in meetings I
could not miss. (Gyrs seem to sense these things and exploit them!) Their
reports were incredible, and I am very grateful for them. One friend called
to tell me he was seeing the bird. He dropped the call quickly after telling
me the bird had just flown in to him close enough to touch. His mind
boggling photos show he was not exaggerating.

We know this bird can tough out wimpy weather like the Blizzard of 2015.
What we dont know is will it continue its pattern of moving perhaps several
dozen miles every 4-5 days, or is there enough good habitat and prey in
Hampton/Seabrook to keep it there for several weeks? We know it has a taste
for gulls, taking gulls again Sunday and Monday. I can only hope, and try
again when the roads are cleared. Opportunities like this are rare indeed.

Best,

Paul


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



Subject: advice about feeders today?
From: Lynette Leka <lynetteleka AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:39:54 -0800
I took all my feeders in last night, to protect them from the blizzard - now I 
don't know if I should try to hang them back this morning? or any time before 
tomorrow morning? 


thanks - LL

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

Lynette Leka
Newbury, MA 01951


email: lynette.leka AT yahoo.com
Subject: Odd Gull
From: Dan Fly Or Die <clipboard_dan AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:49:41 +0000 (UTC)
Hello MassBirders,

This past weekend my team and I from NJ competed in the Super Bowl of Birding. 
Early Sunday morning we observed a dark-mantled gull at the Jodrey Fishing Pier 
in Gloucester that we could not identify. The bird looked in many ways like 
Great Black-backed, but was similar in size to a small Herring Gull, lacked any 
white spots on the primaries (when wings closed), and had strongly pink legs. 
Hopefully I am not the boy who cried wolf, but three of us who were present 
thought it might be something out of the ordinary-- perhaps Western Gull. I 
fully understand the gravity of making that suggestion. We considered Great 
Black-backed or Herring x Great Black-backed as well, but the small size made 
those options seem very unlikely. 


We obtained a short video. The quality is, unfortunately, much worse than what 
we were able to see with our scopes and binocs, but it still gives a good sense 
of the major field marks. I have posted a still from the video here: 
https://flic.kr/p/qEhXLX Maybe a gull guru out there can make some sense of the 
bird-- vagrant, hybrid, or aberrant individual. 


At any rate, I would appreciate comments from anyone else: I am having a hard 
time generating discussion with NJ birders because it isn't a Jersey bird. 
Moreover, if the bird is worth looking into I would want local birders to be 
alerted to look for it (after the blizzard of course). Thanks for entertaining 
the folly of a visiting birder! 


Dan Poalillo
(Team) Avian Avarice
Passaic, NJ

PS, sorry if this appears as a duplicate post--I subscribed tonight just for 
this post and had some problems with the process 

Subject: CT Report 01/26/2015
From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey AT snet.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:49:06 -0500
 From Bill Batsford:
01/26/15 - New Haven, Beaver Pond south -- male Northern Shoveler.

 From Pat Tamborra:
01/26/15 - Salem -- one immature Yellow-headed Blackbird seen in yard
at 17 Harris Road (in with a large flock of cowbirds and red-winged
blackbirds).  First sighted on Saturday but not sure of ID until
photographed; yellow on throat only.

 From Janis LaPointe:
01/26/15 - Enfield, Barnes Boat Ramp -- Two Barnacle Geese seen Monday
morning off the boat ramp.  The Barnacles were with a hoard of
Canadas, and almost all the geese were tucked in resting on the far
side of the river.  The Barnacles were together, heads tucked back.

 From Kat Kuckens:
01/26/15 - West Hartford, Pfaus hardware store -- Common Raven.

 From Paul Carrier:
01/26/15 - Harwinton, yard -- 1 male Common Redpoll with many (40?)
Pine Siskins.

 From Larry Flynn:
01/26/15 - Norwalk -- had a very large falcon fly over our Norwalk
house, it was escorted by a Red-Tailed Hawk, this falcon was at least
the same size as the RTHA, and gray in color. No way was this a
Peregrine. Besides it's size, it's wing beats were much slower then a
Peregrine. It perched for a moment and flew east.  I'm don't believe
this was a Harrier either. Possible Gyrfalcon? I don't know.

 From Frank Mantlik:
01/26/15 - Branford, Branford Supply Ponds -- during snowstorm; 1 PINE
SISKIN at feeders by cedar tree along road.
Stratford, foot of First Ave (near Long Beach, with Tom Murray) --
adult ICELAND GULL is back for about 6th? 7th? Winter.

 From Keith Mueller:
01/26/15 - Guilford, East River Marsh -- 2 Rough-legged Hawks giving
great shows. 1 near houses And 1 near trees west of boat ramp.
?????, Circle Beach -- 2nd cycle Iceland Gull.

 From Patrick Comins:
01/26/15 - Southbury -- two first-cycle Iceland Gulls on Lake Zoar
near Mitchell Farm in Southbury around noon.
Meriden, yard -- One Pine Siskin.

 From Robert Dixon:
01/26/15 - Sterling, yard -- PINE SISKIN (21).

 From Ted Gilman:
01/26/15 - Greenwich, Audubon Center -- BROWN CREEPER in woodlands
north of apple orchard.

 From SH Johnston:
01/25/15 -  New Britain -- 2 PERGRINE FALCONS (adult male and female)
continue downtown. Spotted several times in the past week; male often
perched on the satellite dishes or antenna on top of the new police
station at Chestnut & Main. Today I saw them hunting in the Stanly
Street/Chestnut Street area, a few blocks east of downtown. Also 1
BLACK VULTURE soaring overhead.