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Recent Bird Sightings from Plum Island


Here’s a list of recent bird sightings from Plum Island, located in Newburyport, Newbury, Rowley, and Ipswich, Massachusetts. Most sightings are from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, which makes up the southern two thirds of the island. This information is only as complete as the reports received. To contribute your sightings please send them to Tom Wetmore. Reports to the MassBird mailing list are integrated into this page.

See the legend after the list for an explanation of terms. You can find most of the locations on the Parker River NWR map.

There are 57 species currently on the list. The list covers the last 10 days.



Recent Bird Sightings from Plum Island — updated March 25, 2015

  • Brant, Branta bernicla
    • 16 Mar, 3 pale-bellied n end is, r heil
    • 16 Mar, 3 flyby n one ocean, t wetmore
  • Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
    • 25 Mar, ~15 var, t wetmore
    • 24 Mar, 4 marsh s five, s harvell
    • 22 Mar, 10 north marsh, 4 pi sound, t wetmore
    • 21 Mar, 4, n landry
    • 20 Mar, 5 pi sound, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, 4 pi rv, t wetmore
  • Gadwall, Anas strepera
    • 16 Mar, 7 n end is, r heil
  • American Black Duck, Anas rubripes
    • 25 Mar, 70+ pi sound, fw others, t wetmore
    • 24 Mar, 4 marsh s five, s harvell
    • 23 Mar, 3 pi rv, t wetmore
    • 22 Mar, 1 pi rv, t wetmore
    • 21 Mar, 6, n landry
    • 20 Mar, 4 pi rv, 80 pi sound, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, 4 pi rv f/one, t wetmore
    • 18 Mar, ~6, d weaver-joppa
    • 16 Mar, 1 flyby pi rv, t wetmore
  • Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
    • 16 Mar, 1 m dead on beach, b cassie
  • Greater Scaup, Aythya marila
    • 25 Mar, 1 m pi rv, t wetmore
    • 23 Mar, pr pi rv, t wetmore
    • 22 Mar, 1 m pi rv, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, 2 m 1 f merr rv, t wetmore
  • Lesser Scaup, Aythya affinis
    • 25 Mar, 2 m 1 f pi rv, t wetmore
  • Common Eider, Somateria mollissima
    • 25 Mar, ~40 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 50+ n end island, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, fw merr rv, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, 35 one ocean, t wetmore
  • Surf Scoter, Melanitta perspicillata
    • 20 Mar, 1 m one ocean, t wetmore
  • White-winged Scoter, Melanitta fusca
    • 25 Mar, ~40 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 40+ n end island, fw one ocean, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, ~10 one ocean, t wetmore
  • Black Scoter, Melanitta americana
    • 25 Mar, 10 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 4+ one ocean, t wetmore
  • Long-tailed Duck, Clangula hyemalis
    • 25 Mar, ~15 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 10 n end island, 6 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, 4-5 merr rv, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, 20 one ocean, t wetmore
  • Bufflehead, Bucephala albeola
    • 25 Mar, 20+ pi sound, t wetmore
    • 24 Mar, 4 m 5 f stage ck, s harvell
    • 16 Mar, sev pi sound, t wetmore
  • Common Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula
    • 25 Mar, 8-10 most pi sound, t wetmore
    • 22 Mar, 2 f pi rv, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 15 n end island, 2 pi rv, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, fw merr rv, 8 pi rv, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, 2 pi rv, sev pi sound, t wetmore
  • Hooded Merganser, Lophodytes cucullatus
    • 19 Mar, 1 m pi rv, t wetmore
  • Red-breasted Merganser, Mergus serrator
    • 25 Mar, 4+ one ocean, 2+ pi sound, t wetmore
    • 24 Mar, 1 m stage ck, s harvell
    • 20 Mar, 8 n end island, fw others, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, fw merr rv, 3-4 pi rv, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, 1 pi rv, sev pi sound, t wetmore
  • Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo
    • 25 Mar, 1 one dunes, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 1 m rd n hellcat, t wetmore
  • Red-throated Loon, Gavia stellata
    • 20 Mar, 2 n end island, t wetmore
  • Common Loon, Gavia immer
    • 25 Mar, 16 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 8 n end island, 4 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, 2+ n end island, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, 8 one ocean, t wetmore
  • Horned Grebe, Podiceps auritus
    • 25 Mar, 4+ one ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 4 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, 5 dead on beach, b cassie
  • Red-necked Grebe, Podiceps grisegena
    • 25 Mar, 8-10 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 2 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, 1 dead on beach, b cassie
  • Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo
    • 25 Mar, 3 jetty f/one, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 1 jetty f/one, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, 5 jetty f/one, t wetmore
  • Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus
    • 16 Mar, 1 ad n end is, r heil
  • Northern Harrier, Circus cyaneus
    • 24 Mar, 1 m wardens, s harvell
    • 20 Mar, 1 m wardens field, t wetmore
  • Cooper's Hawk, Accipiter cooperii
    • 16 Mar, 1 ad m n end island, r heil
  • Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis
    • 16 Mar, 1 pi b, t wetmore
  • Rough-legged Hawk, Buteo lagopus
    • 24 Mar, 1 pines, 1 cross, s harvell
    • 20 Mar, 1 mainland f/one, 1 mainland f/wardens, t wetmore
  • Sanderling, Calidris alba
    • 16 Mar, 14 one beach, r heil
  • Thick-billed Murre, Uria lomvia
    • 16 Mar, 10 dead on beach, b cassie
  • Razorbill, Alca torda
    • 16 Mar, 1, r heil
  • Ring-billed Gull, Larus delawarensis
    • 20 Mar, sev n end island, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, fw n end island, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, 1 im dead on beach, b cassie
    • 16 Mar, 1 one lot, t wetmore
  • Herring Gull, Larus argentatus
    • 25 Mar, sev, t wetmore
    • 24 Mar, yes, s harvell
    • 23 Mar, fw var, t wetmore
    • 22 Mar, sev var, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, mn var, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, sev var, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, sev var, t wetmore
  • Iceland Gull, Larus glaucoides
    • 16 Mar, 2 kumlien's n end island, r heil
  • Great Black-backed Gull, Larus marinus
    • 25 Mar, 1-2 north marsh, t wetmore
    • 23 Mar, 1 n marsh, t wetmore
    • 22 Mar, 2 one, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, fw n end island, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, 1+ n end island, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, 1 jetty f/one, t wetmore
  • Rock Pigeon, Columba livia
    • 25 Mar, 1 n refuge, t wetmore
    • 23 Mar, 2 n refuge, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, sev n refuge, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, fw n refuge, t wetmore
  • Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
    • 25 Mar, 2 scurves, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 8+ n refuge, 2 goodno, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, 1 n refuge, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, 1 n refuge, t wetmore
  • Snowy Owl, Bubo scandiaca
    • 21 Mar, 2, n landry
    • 20 Mar, 1 marsh w/one, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, 2, r heil
    • 16 Mar, 1 marsh w/north field, t wetmore
  • Barred Owl, Strix varia
    • 20 Mar, 1 goodno, m halsey
  • Hairy Woodpecker, Picoides villosus
    • 25 Mar, 1 drumming goodno, t wetmore
    • 24 Mar, 1 pines, s harvell
    • 20 Mar, 1 f hellcat, t wetmore
  • Merlin, Falco columbarius
    • 25 Mar, 1 flyby three marsh, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 1 one middens, t wetmore
  • Blue Jay, Cyanocitta cristata
    • 25 Mar, 1 n refuge, t wetmore
    • 21 Mar, 1, n landry
    • 20 Mar, 2-3 var, t wetmore
  • American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos
    • 25 Mar, 3-4 var, t wetmore
    • 24 Mar, 3 cross, s harvell
    • 23 Mar, 6+ var, t wetmore
    • 22 Mar, 2-3, t wetmore
    • 21 Mar, 2, n landry
    • 20 Mar, 8 var, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, 5-6 var, t wetmore
    • 18 Mar, 5, d weaver-joppa
    • 16 Mar, fw f/one, t wetmore
  • Horned Lark, Eremophila alpestris
    • 25 Mar, h flyby one dunes, t wetmore
    • 21 Mar, 8, n landry
  • Black-capped Chickadee, Poecile atricapillus
    • 25 Mar, 12+ var locns, t wetmore
    • 24 Mar, fw pines, fw six, s harvell
    • 23 Mar, h goodno, 3+ hellcat, t wetmore
    • 22 Mar, sev var locns, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 12+ var, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, h hellcat, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, h singing scurves, 3+ goodno, 3+ hellcat, t wetmore
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta canadensis
    • 25 Mar, 1 goodno, t wetmore
    • 24 Mar, 1 five pines, s harvell
    • 22 Mar, 2+ hellcat, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 1-2 hellcat, t wetmore
  • White-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis
    • 25 Mar, 1 goodno, t wetmore
  • American Robin, Turdus migratorius
    • 25 Mar, 2 scurves, t wetmore
    • 24 Mar, 1 six, s harvell
    • 20 Mar, 1 s three, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, 1, r heil
    • 16 Mar, 1 s three, t wetmore
  • European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
    • 25 Mar, 1 pi bridge, t wetmore
    • 22 Mar, 1 n refuge, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, sev n refuge, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, sm fk n refuge, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, h n refuge, t wetmore
  • Snow Bunting, Plectrophenax nivalis
    • 19 Mar, 8 lot one, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, 29 north pool olook, r heil
    • 16 Mar, 10 north pool olook, r wonson
    • 16 Mar, 10 wardens, t wetmore
  • American Tree Sparrow, Spizella arborea
    • 24 Mar, 2 rdside five, s harvell
    • 16 Mar, fk 30 s one, r heil
  • Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia
    • 25 Mar, 2-3 singing n refuge, t wetmore
    • 24 Mar, 2 wardens 1 six bwalk, s harvell
    • 20 Mar, fw singing n refuge, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, fw singing n refuge, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, 2, r heil
    • 16 Mar, h singing n refuge, t wetmore
  • Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis
    • 25 Mar, n refuge, 1 scurves, t wetmore
    • 23 Mar, h n refuge, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 1 n refuge, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, h singing n refuge, t wetmore
  • Red-winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus
    • 25 Mar, sev thruout, t wetmore
    • 22 Mar, 1 n refuge, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 3+ pi turnpike, fw n refuge, 18+ refuge, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, 7, r heil
    • 16 Mar, 1+ h n refuge f/one, t wetmore
  • Common Grackle, Quiscalus quiscula
    • 25 Mar, fw n refuge, t wetmore
    • 22 Mar, 4 n refuge, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, fw n refuge, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, h n refuge, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, 6, r heil
    • 16 Mar, 1+ v/h n refuge f/one, t wetmore
  • House Finch, Haemorhous mexicanus
    • 25 Mar, 2 one, t wetmore
    • 23 Mar, h one, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, fw singing n refuge, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, h n refuge, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, 5, r heil
    • 16 Mar, h f/one, t wetmore
  • Common Redpoll, Acanthis flammea
    • 21 Mar, fk ~50 n hellcat, t carpender
  • House Sparrow, Passer domesticus
    • 25 Mar, fw n refuge, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, sev n refuge, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, sev n refuge, t wetmore
    • 16 Mar, n refuge, t wetmore

Legend
  • m - male
  • f - female
  • pr - pair
  • fk - flock
  • ad - adult
  • im - immature
  • jv - juvenal
  • sm - small
  • lg - large
  • lt - light morph
  • dk - dark morph
  • n - north
  • s - south
  • e - east
  • w - west
  • inc - including
  • migr - migrating

  • forward - Bill Forward Pool
  • one - Lot one area
  • three - Lot three area
  • seven - Lot seven area
  • emerson - Emerson Rocks
  • cross - Cross Farm Hill area
  • pans - North pans to lot three
  • north field - North boundary field
  • south field - South boundary field
  • north marsh - salt marsh from gate to wardens
  • south marsh - salt marsh from pines to cross
  • stage - Stage Island Pool area
  • pines - Pines Trail area
  • gate - Gate house area
  • blind - Blind on Bill Forward Pool
  • wardens - Sub-headquarters area
  • sound - Plum Island Sound


March 25, 2015, Tom Wetmore