It's late June and that means one thing here at the #ABArare offices: It's Stint Season!
The first of this year's season is a Red-necked Stint (Code 3) in Massachusetts. It was found at Sandy Point State Reservation on June 27 by Suzanne Sullivan. Sandy Point State Reservation is on Plum Island, at the extreme southern end of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).
You may recall that Sullivan found a Common Ringed Plover at the same location just last month. My understanding is that, on June 27, the stint was at the southernmost tip of land, essentially exactly where the Plover had been. However, on June 28, it was found slightly to the north. On the ABA Rare Bird Alert group on Facebook, Danny Akers wrote that it was near the first parking lot as you enter Sandy Point State Reservation. From that lot, walk east to the beach, turn north, and go to the "No Entry" signs. The bird was foraging to the north. (I created a map that I believe shows the location. Feel free to correct me in the comments if I'm wrong.)
The bird will probably move around the area a bit if it sticks around, so the best strategy for finding it may be looking for a large group of birders (see below). Quite a few birders were out on the 28th, and there will probably be numbers looking throughout the weekend. The best place for updates is the MassBird listserv (viewable through the ABA's Birding News here).
Sandy Point State Reservation and Parker River NWR are located to the southeast of Newburyport and northeast of Boston.