August 2018

Vol. 46, No. 4

Bygone Birds: Historical Highlights for March-April

Neil Hayward

5 YEARS AGO

March–April 2013

The last of the Nantucket Northern Lapwings held on until April 1, although a bird was later spotted from a canoe at Bolton Flats on April 27. Williamstown, in the far northwest corner of the state, hosted a male Mountain Bluebird, April 27–May 2.

Best sighting: Fieldfare, Carlisle, March 17–23. This was the second record for Massachusetts, the first being at Nine Acre Corner in April 1986.

10 YEARS AGO

March–April 2008

Flocks of Tundra Swans were observed in Longmeadow and Sheffield. Manx Shearwaters were copulating on the water at Revere Beach! A Swallow-tailed Kite seen on Martha's Vineyard on March 10 was found dead four days later at Chappaquiddick. A Townsend's Solitaire at Rockport successfully survived the winter. A feeder in Brewster attracted two Western Tanagers. Massive numbers of Bohemian Waxwings invaded the state, with a high count of 300 in Northfield.

Best sighting: adult male Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Chandler Pond, Brighton, April 12–15.

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