February 2018

Vol. 46, No. 1

Bygone Birds: Historical Highlights for September–October

Neil Hayward


September–October 2012

A Black-bellied Whistling-Duck continued from July into September at Great Meadows; two records of Northern Lapwings heralded the start of a winter "invasion" year; a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Little Stint were present in Chatham in September; and the state's fifth record of Allen's Hummingbird was found in Great Barrington. Passerine rarities included a Loggerhead Shrike in Chatham on September 6 and a Bell's Vireo on Martha's Vineyard on October 23.

Best sighting: Gray-tailed Tattler, Nantucket, October 18–20. This was the first record for Massachusetts and the first for the East Coast.


September–October 2007

A juvenile dark morph Swainson's Hawk was seen by many at Cumberland Farms, September 26–October 15. October heated up with "The" Eared Grebe back for its 12th year at Gloucester, a Black-chinned Hummingbird (third for the state) on Martha's Vineyard, three Boreal Chickadees and a Gray Jay on Mount Watatic, and a Henslow's Sparrow in Tyringham.

Best sighting: Black-tailed Gull, Nahant, October 18. This was the second record for Massachusetts. There has been only one record since (2008).

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