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Bird sightings from Mass Audubon

Bristol County: A whimbrel, 122 short-billed dowitchers, 32 lesser yellowlegs, 48 ​​glossy ibises, a grasshopper sparrow, 12 seaside sparrows, and 26 saltmarsh sparrows at Allen’s Pond Sanctuary in South Dartmouth

Cape Cod: Shearwaters were concentrated off Race Point in Provincetown that included 1500 Cory’s shearwaters, 800 great shearwaters, 120 sooty shearwaters, and 8 Manx shearwaters, a Caspian tern and a little gull, a Pacific loon on Pilgrim Lake off High Head in Truro, four yellow-crowned night-herons at the end of Hemingway Road in Eastham, and singles at Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, Hallet’s Mill Pond in Yarmouth and Pagorlec Sanctuary in Barnstable, a black skimmer at Jeremy Point in Wellfleet, a clay-colored sparrow and a blue grosbeak at the Crane Wildlife Area in Falmouth, and a Nelson’s sparrow at Sandy Neck in Barnstable.

Essex County: Highlights at Plum Island included a continuing tricolored heron, four yellow-crowned herons, an early baird’s sandpiper, and an American avocet.

Franklin County: Two sandhill cranes in Ashfield, a Bonaparte’s gull at gate 25 at Quabbin Reservoir in New Salem, and three red crossbills in Montague.

Hampden County: A least bittern at the Stebbins Refuge in Longmeadow.

Hampshire County: A least bittern at Great Pond in Hatfield, four sandhill cranes in Worthington, and a nesting family of 3 blue grosbeaks at the Honey Pot in Hadley.

Martha’s Vineyard’s: Two merlins at Katama.

Middlesex County: A merlin in Melrose and four grasshopper sparrows in Shirley.

Nantucket: Two yellow-crowned night-herons at Eel Point, 22 gadwalls and 11 Northern pintails at Great Point, and a summer tanager at the Linda Loring Foundation.

Norfolk County: A little blue heron at Squantum, a Caspian tern at Squantum Point Park, black vultures in Wrentham and Medway, and a family of recently fledged sharp-shinned hawks at Moose Hill Sanctuary in Sharon.

Plymouth County: An American bittern in Plympton and two sandhill cranes at Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area in Hanson.

Suffolk County: A yellow-crowned night-heron and a purple martin at Lewis Lake in Winthrop, and a merlin and an Acadian flycatcher at Millennium Park in West Roxbury.

Worcester County: Four continuing sandhill cranes in Hardwick, six solitary sandpipers at High Ridge WMA in Westminster, and five eastern meadowlarks at gate 36 at the Wachusett Reservoir in Lancaster.

For more information about bird sightings or to report bird sightings, call Mass Audubon at 781-259-8805 or go to

Grace Gilson can be reached at [email protected]

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