Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:
Birders looking for storm-blown birds in the wake of last weekend’s Tropical Storm Irene were not disappointed. A number of southern seabirds were carried northward, both along the coast and inland as well. Most of these birds were observed during the storm on Sunday, but others were found in its aftermath earlier this week.
A sampling of some of the more unusual species recorded on inland bodies of water in Eastern Massachusetts were three red-necked phalaropes, two laughing gulls, one sooty tern, four black terns, and one common tern on Lake Massapoag in Sharon; three whimbrels, five laughing gulls, 120 common terns, two Forster’s terns, 20 black terns, and one parasitic jaeger on Great Quittacus Pond in Middleborough; and five common terns, nine Forster’s terns, and five black terns on Great Sandy Bottom Pond in Pembroke.
►Martha’s Vineyard: interesting storm sightings featured bridled, royal, and Sandwich terns.
►Nantucket: highlights included Leach’s and band-rumped storm-petrels, four American golden-plovers, one Hudsonian godwit, two Baird’s sandpipers, one buff-breasted sandpiper, several sooty terns, hundreds of black terns, one sandwich tern, and one long-tailed jaeger.
►Westport: one Leach’s storm-petrel, three band-rumped storm-petrels, six sooty terns, and two bridled terns.
►Plum Island: one Baird’s sandpiper, one buff-breasted sandpiper, eight Forster’s terns, one Caspian tern, five black skimmers, one little gull, both black-billed and yellow-billed cuckoos, one northern waterthrush, and one blackpoll warbler.
►Concord: nine blue-winged teal, three least bitterns, two great egrets, three Virginia rails, two soras, one pileated woodpecker, 13 warbling vireos, 23 marsh wrens, two blue-gray gnatcatchers, and 76 bobolinks.
►Winthrop: one blue-winged teal, one northern pintail, 13 American oystercatchers, two black skimmers, and one pied-billed grebe.
►Provincetown: 30 Cory’s shearwaters, one harlequin duck, two Hudsonian godwits, two Baird’s sandpipers, one black-legged kittiwake, two Sabine’s gulls, two lesser black-backed gulls, 60 black terns, one black skimmer, and 10 parasitic jaegers.
►Miscellaneous reports: Seven common moorhens in a marsh on J.B. Little Road in Groveland; one black-necked stilt at Nauset Marsh in Eastham; one red phalarope and a Caspian tern at Third Cliff in Scituate; one bridled tern off Mass. Maritime Academy in Bourne; one bridled tern and a gull-billed tern at Nauset Light Beach in Eastham; one royal tern at Manomet; one sandwich tern at North Beach in Chatham; three pomarine jaegers at South Cape Beach in Mashpee; two black skimmers at Point of Pines in Revere, two in Essex, and seven at Duxbury Beach; and 244 migrating common nighthawks at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.
For more information about bird sightings or to report bird sightings, call Mass. Audubon at 781-259-8805 or go to www.mass audubon.org.