Bird Observer - The New England Birding Journal

Bird Observer

The Birding Journal for New England

December 2018

Vol. 46, No. 6

Bygone Birds: Historical Highlights for July-August

Neil Hayward

5 YEARS AGO

July–August 2013

A Curlew Sandpiper was at Plum Island on August 11. A Brown Booby was spotted on Stellwagen Bank on July 7. It then hitched a ride to Boston Harbor, where it spent the night. A rare August Swallow-tailed Kite was photographed at Chappaquiddick on August 21. It was a good summer for Sabine's Gulls with one at Eastham on August 14 and three at Stellwagen Bank on August 26. At Chatham a banded Sandwich Tern was photographed on July 31. Passerine highlights included: a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Edgartown on July 8; a Sedge Wren singing through most of August in Hardwick; and a Yellow-headed Blackbird in Sandwich on July 28.

Best sighting: a Pacific Golden Plover photographed at Plymouth Beach on July 20 was the third record for the state.

10 YEARS AGO

July–August 2008

The Brookline Bird Club pelagic in July attracted a very confiding Bridled Tern. Two Ruffs were at Plum Island in July. On August 22, South Beach, Chatham scored a very rare Greenland Dunlin, Calidris alpina arctica, which normally winters in the Old World, as well as a White-rumped Sandpiper x Dunlin hybrid. August 29 brought separate Sabine's Gulls to Plum Island and Provincetown. A Calliope Hummingbird–the fourth record for the state–was at a feeder in Deerfield at the start of August. Windsor hosted a Sedge Wren and a Lincoln's Sparrow on July 4.

Best sighting: an adult male Broad-billed Hummingbird was at a feeder in Dennis on August 23. It disappeared for a few days after being banded but returned and stayed until almost the end of the year (December 13).

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