of the hottest birds:
Hawk: On July 8
Marcus Rhodes forwarded some photos to a friend -
at Cumberland Farms fields in Halifax.
Astonishing! on April 25 a Zone-tail was seen off
Chappaquiddick Island, and on June 1 there was one
reported from Nova Scotia. Given the rarity of
this species east of the Mississippi we have to
wonder: same bird? Or is there something else
Tern: On July
14 a Gull-billed Tern joined the tern show at
Plum Island John
Hoye and Suzanne
Sullivan (who spotted TWO Gull-billed
Terns) got photos.
Dove: On July
Waters spotted a White-winged Dove in
Newbury, and got managed a record photo.
Tern: On July
10 Rick Heil spotted a Sandwich
Tern on Plum Island. Photos also
Sullivan Earlier in the month another
Sandwich Tern, this one banded, was sighted at
Nauset Marsh and Mary
Keleher got photos (are there one or two
birds - Mary compares her photos here?).
June 1, Jay Frontierro of the Seven Seas Whale
Watch reported a Yellow-nosed
Gull: On June
10 Christian Gras reported a Franklin's
Gull on Plymouth Beach.
Plovers: On May
14 Keenan Yakola was surveying shorebirds on
South Beach in Chatham with Matt Malin when he
heard an unfamiliar call note. He turned around
and was surprised to see a Wilson's
Plover. The same day in Westport Paul
Champlin photographed another! On May 22,
Amanda Spears discovered another Wilson's
Plover at Sandy Beach Reservation on Plum
13 was rocking with migrants, but nothing
compared to the Fork-tailed Flycatcher that was
discovered by Alan
Troutman at Mount Auburn Cemetery in
Cambridge. More photos from Mark Rosenstein,
Offerman, and Jeremiah
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.