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April 2016

Vol. 44, No. 2

Bird Sightings: November/December 2015

Seth Kellogg, Marjorie W. Rines, and Robert H. Stymeist

November and December were much warmer than normal with little precipitation. The high for Boston in November was 76˚ on November 5, and the low was 34˚. Rainfall for the month measured 2.07 inches, nearly two inches below average. December 1 marks the start of meteorological winter, which was hard to believe this year. The high for Boston was a balmy 69˚ degrees on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day was sunny and 62˚. The average temperature for December was 45˚, ten degrees above normal. There was no killing frost in Boston until December 28. Rainfall totaled 4.28 inches, just a half-inch above normal; the most came with the storm on December 23–24, which also brought the record warmth.

R. Stymeist


Golden Eagle, photographed by Craig Jackson on November 14, 2015 while he was hawk watching from Pinnacle Rock in Malden, MA.


Waterfowl through Alcids


Doves through Finches


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