Recent bird sightings reported to the Mass Audubon:
Even though it’s mid-winter, there’s still a surprising number of species found throughout the state, such as great egrets, woodcocks, willets, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, eastern phoebes, house wrens, gray catbirds, American pipits, palm warblers, Wilson’s warblers, yellow-breasted Chat, Lincoln’s Sparrow and a large number of American Robins in some places. Unfortunately, some of these birds could be hit during this weekend’s storm.
Berkshire County: The region enjoyed a visit from a snowy owl in Pittsfield and a scatter of yellow-bellied sapsuckers in Great Barrington, Lee and Williamstown.
County Bristol: the Luminaries included snowy owls at Gooseberry Neck in Westport, Sconticut Neck in Fairhaven and New Bedford, a Eurasian widgeon and a gold-eye from Barrow at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven, a greater bald goose at Broad Cove in Somerset and a yellow-breasted chatterer at Egypt Lane Ponds in Fairhaven.
Cape Cod: Last week’s highlights included a tufted duck at Long Pond in Harwich and another at Mashpee Pond in Mashpee, a western tanager that feeds continuously on feed at Yarmouth Port, a pacific loon at Race Point in Provincetown, a clapper Rail at Bells Neck in Harwich, a permanent willet at West Dennis Beach, a north strangler at Plashes Pond in Yarmouth, and a yellow-breasted chat at the old fish hatchery in East Sandwich.
County of Essex: The area has been highlighted by the continued presence of a golden eagle in the Amesbury area, a lingering eared grebe at Little Private Beach in Marblehead, an orangehead warbler and three black pipits at Niles Pond in East Gloucester and thick-billed guillemots at Jodrey Fish Pier in Gloucester and at Eastern Point in East Gloucester.
Franklin County: The region also housed a Summer Tanager at a feeding ground at 73 Hadley Road in Sunderland, two Black Vultures at Greenfield, two Icelandic Gulls at Turners Falls and a Merlin at Orange.
County Hampden: The area hosted a Barrow’s Goldeye on the Connecticut River in Chicopee, dwells included a gray catbird at Laughing Brook Sanctuary and a yellow-bellied sapsucker in Springfield.
County of Hampshire: Observers spotted a Gadwall at Ware, five Green-winged Teal at Hatfield and a Goldeye from Barrow on the south side of Holyoke Dam.
Martha’s Vineyard: There was a western tanager at Edgartown, three woodcocks at Gay Head, and a Lincoln’s sparrow visiting a feeding station at Chilmark.
County of Middlesex: The luminaries were led by a pintail, a lesser black-backed gull and two fox sparrows at Horn Pond in Woburn, five other fox sparrows at Lincoln, four Virginia rails at the Great Meadows Refuge in Concord, and a lesser black-backed gull at Fresh Pond in Cambridge, a snowy owl at Somerville, a persistent goldfinch at Lexington Community Farm and 20 rusty blackbirds at Wayland.
Nantucket: A trumpeter swan was also observed at Sesachacha Pond, as were two great egrets at Madaket, a dickcissel at a feeding station on Madaket Road and 17 shovelers at Miacomet Pond.
Norfolk County: Sightings included an Icelandic gull at Dedham, two black vultures at Millis, a yellow-breasted chatterer at Squantum Point Park in Squantum and two rusty blackbirds at Needham.
Plymouth County: Reports included snow geese at Scituate, Rochester and Bridgewater, a brief appearance of a barnacle goose at the Rockland Golf Course, a Eurasian widgeon at Forge Pond in Plymouth, a rough-legged buzzard and three eastern meadowlarks in the fields of Cumberland Farm in Middleboro, and a Baltimore Oriole in Marion.
County of Suffolk: Sightings included a snow goose in Franklin Park, two shovelers and a gadwall in the Boston Riverway, two northern gulls and five lesser black-backed gulls at Revere Beach, two yellow-breasted sapsuckers at the Arnold Arboretum, a persistent Wilson’s warbler at McLaughlin’s Woods, and a yellow-breasted chat and four white-crowned sparrows in Millennium Park in West Roxbury.
Worcester County: The county had three sandhill cranes on Center Bridge Road in Lancaster, a red-throated loon, a long-tailed duck, a Icelandic gull and a snowy owl near Gate 40 at Wachusett Reservoir in Clinton, and a rough-legged buzzard in the Craville Basin area.
For more information about birding or to report birding, call Mass Audubon at 781-259-8805 or go to www.massaudubon.org.