of the hottest birds:
Goose: On March
23 Larry Therrien discovered a Pink-footed Goose
at the old Pilgrim Airport in the Hatfield and
managed some confirmation photos.
Larry got more
photos on March 26 at Lake Warner in
Hadley on March 26. Scott
Surner posted photos on his Facebook page
on March 25 on Roosevelt Road in Hadley, and Ben
Lagasse on March 25 on Lake Warner in
Hadley. Some folks comparing these photos
speculate there are two birds!
Goose: On March
3 Cheri Ezell called Mass Audubon with a report
of a Barnacle
Goose at Maple Farm Sanctuary in Mendon.
Lawson photographed it on March 8.
Mew Gull: On
December 30, Patrick Dugan and Frank Gallo
discovered a Mew Gull at Codfish Park on
Nantucket. Vern Laux reports that it is likely
to be the NE Russia race that some consider a
separate species, the "Kamchatka" Gull. On New
Years' Day Vern Laux relocated this gull between
Codfish Park and Low Beach and photographed it.
In addition to the Mew Gull photos, Vern
included photos of a Little Gull, a Black-headed
Gull, and a Red Phalarope at Low Beach.
December 29, Mark Faherty discovered a
MacGillivray's Warbler in Lakeville on the
Taunton-Middleboro Christmas Bird Count. Les the
compiler disbelieve him, he took photos!
Christmas Day Phil
Brown celebrated by discovering a Ross's
Goose in Ipswich. John
Hoye photographed it on December 27.
Schain, Matt Garvey, Naeem Yuseff, and Tim
Factor were pleased to observe a White-winged
Dove on the Boston Christmas Bird Count on
December 21, hanging out in front of the JFK
got photos. Jeff
Offermann was nearby and also photographed
November 15 Steve Spang saw a Bullock's Oriole
coming to his feeder in Carlisle. It only spent
a couple of hours, but two days later it showed
up at the feeder of nearby Philip
Gladstone, who took some definitive
photos. It disappeared in early December, but
reappeared a mile away in Chelmsford, where is
was seen by many, including Ryan
Hoye, and Tom
Perkins and Erik Nielsen were checking out a
thicket in Rockport on November 16 when Simon
called "Get your camera, Western Tanager" - Erik
obliged with these great photos. It was
enjoyed for the next couple of days by several:
The second weekend after Columbus Day marks the
Nantucket Birding Festival, and once again it
marks the discovery of a spectacular bird. This
Calliope Hummingbird was discovered on October
19 at the Hummock Pond Road Community Gardens by
Simon Perkins, Richard Prum and Vern Laux. Check
photos here. Eric
Savetsky also got photos.
On October 14 Brian
Harris, Nick Ernst and Vern Laux
discovered this handsome warbler on Nantucket.
October 12 Blair Nikula was seawatching at Race
Point, Provincetown, when he observed (and
photographed) a Brown
Booby flying by with the Northern Gannets.
What is it with Ian Davies and Lazuli Buntings!
Up until this fall there were only three records
of this species in the state, but on September
15 Ian, Ben Lagasse, and Keenan Yakola
spotted an apparent Lazuli Bunting on Cuttyhunk,
and on November
2 the same threesome discovered another at
the Honey Pot in Hadley.
Sandwich Terns on Cape Cod! Blair
Nikula discovered a on South Beach in
Chatham on July 31. On August 3 Ben
Lagasse found a different one (by
plumage) on Coast Guard Beach and then on
August 15 he photographed another
in Nauset Inlet. On August 18 Keenan
Yokola photographed two at Nauset Inlet.
Keleher photographed one on August 26,
but check out the plumage on two photographed
Orcott the same day - clearly
three different birds! Note that one of these
birds is banded, and it turns out it was
banded in England. Intriguing.
On July 21
a group of birders exploring Plymouth Beach
discovered this handsome bird. Photos from Marshall Iliff,
Davies, and Jeremiah
Brown Booby: From
the July 7 New
England Aquarium sightings page: "We had
an unexpected passenger join us on board while
out on the bank—a brown booby! It landed up on
the third deck near the catwalk and stayed on
the third deck for the remainder of our trip
back to Boston."
Red-necked Stint: On June 27
Sullivan noticed an interesting
shorebird. She initially thought it might be a
Sanderling but noticed it had a rear toe.
Other photos from Steve
Brengle, and Henry
White Pelican: Valerie
White told Christine Turnbull about the
pelican she discovered on May 29 on Lake
Massapoag in Sharon, and Christine got out the
word. Photo from Justin
On May 29
Justin Lawson and Jessica Johnson were at
Bolton Flats and noticed a large, black-headed
gull (note lower case!). After studying it
they realized they were looking at a
Franklin's Gull, a first for Worcester County.
On May 27
some backyard birdwatchers noticed a new
woodpecker in their yard. After they consulted
resources they concluded it was a Lewis's
Woodpecker and snapped some photos.
Sadly the bird did not return.
Swallow has become almost expected along the
coast in the fall, but there are only a couple
of spring records, also from the coast. It was
therefore astonishing when Cole
and Jalen Winstanley spotted on at Great
Meadows in Concord on May 27 for a second
Middlesex County record - the first was only
last fall, also at Great Meadows.
Mississippi Kite: On May 27
two Mississippi Kites were sighting flying
over the Pilgrim Heights Hawkwatch. Blair
Nikula scouted the area and relocated
one over Provincetown .
Common Ringed Plover:
On May 20
Suzanne Sullivan was scanning the Semipalmated
Plovers at Sandy Point on Plum Island when she
spotted a bird that was slightly different.
and studying it she realized it was a
Common Ringed Plover, only a third state
record. The first was on September 5, 1990 on
Plum Island and the second on September 10,
2010 on South Beach in Chatham, so this is
also a first spring record for this species.
On May 21 many others saw and photographed
this bird, including Jason
Brown, and David
Bluebird: Gael Hurley
was on a Hoffman Bird Club trip to
Williamstown on April 28 when she
spotted this gorgeous western vagrant. Many
folks got to see it, including Justin
Lawson and Ian
the Lapwings last winter? And the three
(three!) that lingered into spring on
Nantucket? We figured we'd seen the last of
these in Massachusetts for a long, long time.
So imagine their surprise when Steve Arena and
Amy O'Neill spotted one flying over Bolton
Flats on April 27. Steve
got photos, and subsequent visitors did
also, including Justin
Lawson and Jess
were birding in 1986 you haven't seen this
bird in the state! Alan Ankers discovered this
bird in Carlisle on St. Patrick's day, and it
was seen and enjoyed by many and photographed
Mirick, and Jason
species is annual in the state, but rarely do
conditions allow recognizable photographs.
Check these out from a pond in Provincetown on
March 3 by Jeff
Offerman, and on the same day at Race
Point from Erik
Nielson. Normally this species is only
seen offshore, so when Phil
Brown discovered on just off Jodrey Pier
in Gloucester on March 10 it afforded great
views to many, including Bob
Forbes, and Christopher
LeConte's Sparrow: Think
horses, not zebras. That's what Pete Gilmore
was thinking on February 12 when he identified
the Ammodramus sparrow as a
Grasshopper Sparrow on Shadyside Avenue in
Concord. It wasn't long before he realized he
was looking at the much rarer LeConte's
Sparrow! Many got to see this bird, so check
out photos from Chris
deGraaf, and Justin
Lawson. Also check out videos from David
deGraaf, and Justin
Gray Warbler: A
non-birding homeowner was able to identify the
new bird at his feeder on January 2: a
Black-throated Gray Warbler. He notified Mass
Audubon. The homeowner permitted groups of
birders to visit every day, and photos can be
seen here: 1/11 Jeremiah
Trimble, 1/17 Garry
Kessler, 1/19 Tom
Murray, 1/22 Bruce
deGraaf., 1/23 Bo
3 Linda Pivacek discovered a Mew Gull at
Nahant, and it continued to be seen from
Nahant through Lynn to Swampscott. Photos from
Sullivan and Bob
on January 5, and Tom
Murray on January 10.