Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:
►Shorebird and breeding bird reports are rolling in. Baltimore and orchard orioles are fledging young right now and are particularly well-reported.
►Plum Island: three blue-winged teal; 88 gadwall; 19 American black ducks; 25 green-winged teal; one hybrid green-winged/Eurasian teal; one red-throated and four common loons; 28 Wilson’s storm-petrels; 23 great egrets; 54 snowy egrets (including juveniles); eight glossy ibis (including juveniles); 20 osprey; 31 black-bellied, one semipalmated, and nine piping plovers; five spotted sandpipers; a Dunlin; 32 short-billed dowitchers; 235 Bonaparte’s gulls; one little gull; six laughing gulls; 490 ring-billed gulls; and 90 least, six roseate, and 520 common terns.
►Winthrop: two black-crowned night-herons, seven American oystercatchers, eight willets, and a yellow-rumped warbler.
►East Boston: one least bittern, one king rail, three Virginia rails, and two greater yellowlegs.
►Bedford: four eastern meadowlarks, 15 bobolinks, two American kestrels, and three Savannah sparrows.
►Miscellaneous reports: four American woodcocks in Ipswich; one clay-colored sparrow and one bald eagle in Provincetown; and 10 greater yellowlegs in North Falmouth.
►There is still time to look for interesting breeding birds in your favorite birding localities. If you care to volunteer to do some breeding-bird atlas work, even if it is only for a few hours, e-mail Joan Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org. Help is needed to complete atlas coverage this year, especially in Bristol County.
For more information or to report sightings, call the Massachusetts Audubon Society at 781-259-8805 or go to www.massaudbon.org