Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society: Among the reports from Parker River Refuge on Plum Island this week was the remarkable banding of a yellow-green vireo at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats bird-banding station. A close relative of the familiar red-eyed vireo, the yellow-green vireo is native to Mexico and Central America. It was the first-ever record of this species north of Florida on the Atlantic Coast of North America. Birders are reminded that general access to the banding station on Plum Island is off-limits to the public so that birders hoping to glimpse this rarity should confine their search to the main refuge road in the vicinity of the banding station.
►Plum Island: 12 American wigeon, 19 blue-winged teal, 40 green-winged teal, one greater scaup, 75 great egrets, two soras, 130 lesser yellowlegs, one whimbrel, three Hudsonian godwits, 34 red knots, 3,000 semiplmated sandpipers, eight western sandpipers, 175 white-rumped sandpipers, one Baird’s sandpiper, 19 stilt sandpipers, four buff-breasted sandpipers, five Forster’s tern, one parasitic jaeger, one long-tailed jaeger at Stage Island Pool, three least flycatchers, one yellow-throated vireo, one warbling vireo, 21 marsh wrens, three northern waterthrushes, two northern parulas, four blackpoll warblers, and one Wilson’s warbler.
►Salisbury: an American avocet first found over Labor Day weekend was still present Thursday afternoon.
►Ipswich: four American golden-plovers, 655 killdeer, 130 lesser yellowlegs, 13 white-rumped sandpipers, 18 pectoral sandpipers, four stilt sandpipers, three buff-breasted sandpipers, and two dickcissels.
►Burlington: migrant warblers including northern parula, yellow, magnolia, black-throated green, prairie, blackpoll, American redstart, northern waterthrush, and common yellowthroat.
►Cuttyhunk Island: one brown pelican.
►Dennis: one brown pelican.
►Chatham: one brown pelican.
►Provincetown: one juvenile brown booby, and many jaegers, including 20 parasitic jaegers.
►Miscellaneous reports: two least bitterns at Great Meadows Refuge in Concord; two yellow-crowned night-herons at Hemenway Landing in Eastham; two solitary sandpipers and nine white-rumped sandpipers in Middleboro; one lesser black-backed gull at Horseneck Beach in Westport; two black skimmers at Plymouth Beach; 480 chimney swifts entering a roost in Taunton; three yellow-breasted chats in the Wayland Community Garden; one dickcissel in Essex; and one lark sparrow at Deer Island in Boston.
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.