April 2020

Vol. 48, No. 2

Bird Sightings: November-December 2019

Neil Hayward and Robert H. Stymeist

Editor's Note: For three decades, Fay Vale was the Regional Compiler for Eastern Massachusetts and was a major contributor to the records of bird sightings in Bird Observer. Her work for and dedication to Bird Observer and the rest of the Massachusetts birding community—along with her passion for birds and birding—will be greatly missed. These Bird Sightings reports would not be possible without contributions from local birders and regional compilers. This period we welcome three new regional compilers: Joseph Bourget for Worcester County, Sebastian Jones for Suffolk County, and Lisa Schibley for Plymouth County. They join Joshua Rose (Western Massachusetts) and Mark Faherty (Cape Cod and the Islands). Other regular contributors include Blair Nikula, Bob Stymeist, Glenn d'Entremont, Jason Forbes, Jim Berry, Marj Rines, Mark Lynch, and Trevor Lloyd-Evans (Manomet banding). We thank all these birders for their regular reports. If you are interested in contributing to this column, either through your own sightings or helping to compile the sightings of others, please get in touch with me at

November's high temperature of 72 degrees was recorded on the first day of the month. Thereafter, temperatures went downhill, dropping 19 degrees to a high of 51 on November 2. The only other day of the month that exceeded 60 degrees was November 26 with a high of 63 degrees. The low temperature in Boston was 33 degrees on November 13, a new record low temperature surpassing the previous low of 36 degrees set in 1874. The month in Boston averaged 47 degrees, two degrees above normal. Precipitation in Boston during the month was 3.37 inches, a little over a half-inch less than normal for November. Areas in the Berkshires and the Worcester hills received 1–2 inches of snow during a winter storm on November 13.


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