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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Super Rare Birds! There's A Gray Kingbird in MA and More!
Rare birds are appearing in New England! In MA there's a super rare Gray Kingbird in Hyannis, and possibly 2 Rufous Hummingbirds, one in Andover and one in Westborough. Theres a Western Kingbird on the coast of NH. Birds where they should not be. For the Gray Kingbird there are maybe 3-4 previous records, one from Lynn, Oct. 23, 1869, one from West Newbury, Nov. 22, 1931, one from Martha's Vineyard, Sept. 9, 1988 and possibly one from Concord 1992. (Photos from elsewhere). Gray Kingbirds breed in Florida and may wander in migration along the southeast and Gulf coasts. Western Kingbirds breed mainly in the western part of the country but may wander in migration. Rufous Hummingbirds breed in the Northwest but are showing up with more regularity in fall in the East.