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Tom’s 2017 Massachusetts and Plum Island Bird Lists


Here’s the list of bird species seen by Tom in Massachusetts and on Plum Island in 2017. All birds on the list were seen in Massachusetts. Birds in boldface were also seen on Plum Island. Birds in yellow are Massachusetts life birds. Birds in purple are Plum Island life birds. There are 248 species on the list, with 236 on Plum Island, and 2 state life birds.


Greater White-fronted GooseSemipalmated SandpiperBelted KingfisherSnow Bunting
Snow GooseShort-billed DowitcherRed-bellied WoodpeckerOvenbird
BrantLong-billed DowitcherYellow-bellied SapsuckerNorthern Waterthrush
Canada GooseWilson's SnipeDowny WoodpeckerBlue-winged Warbler
Mute SwanAmerican WoodcockHairy WoodpeckerBlack-and-white Warbler
Wood DuckSpotted SandpiperNorthern FlickerTennessee Warbler
GadwallSolitary SandpiperPileated WoodpeckerNashville Warbler
American WigeonGreater YellowlegsAmerican KestrelMourning Warbler
American Black DuckWilletMerlinCommon Yellowthroat
MallardLesser YellowlegsPeregrine FalconAmerican Redstart
Blue-winged TealWilson's PhalaropeEastern Wood-PeweeCape May Warbler
Northern ShovelerDovekieYellow-bellied FlycatcherNorthern Parula
Northern PintailCommon MurreAlder FlycatcherMagnolia Warbler
Green-winged TealThick-billed MurreWillow FlycatcherBay-breasted Warbler
Ring-necked DuckRazorbillLeast FlycatcherBlackburnian Warbler
Greater ScaupBlack GuillemotEastern PhoebeYellow Warbler
Lesser ScaupBlack-legged KittiwakeGreat Crested FlycatcherChestnut-sided Warbler
Common EiderBonaparte's GullEastern KingbirdBlackpoll Warbler
Harlequin DuckLaughing GullNorthern ShrikeBlack-throated Blue Warbler
Surf ScoterRing-billed GullWhite-eyed VireoPalm Warbler
White-winged ScoterHerring GullBlue-headed VireoPine Warbler
Black ScoterIceland GullPhiladelphia VireoYellow-rumped Warbler
Long-tailed DuckLesser Black-backed GullWarbling VireoPrairie Warbler
BuffleheadGlaucous GullRed-eyed VireoBlack-throated Green Warbler
Common GoldeneyeGreat Black-backed GullBlue JayCanada Warbler
Barrow's GoldeneyeLeast TernAmerican CrowWilson's Warbler
Hooded MerganserBlack TernFish CrowEastern Towhee
Common MerganserRoseate TernCommon RavenAmerican Tree Sparrow
Red-breasted MerganserCommon TernHorned LarkChipping Sparrow
Ring-necked PheasantArctic TernPurple MartinClay-colored Sparrow
Wild TurkeyRed-throated LoonTree SwallowField Sparrow
Pied-billed GrebePacific LoonNorthern Rough-winged SwallowSavannah Sparrow
Horned GrebeCommon LoonBank SwallowNelson's Sparrow
Red-necked GrebeCory's ShearwaterCliff SwallowSaltmarsh Sparrow
Rock PigeonManx ShearwaterBarn SwallowSeaside Sparrow
Mourning DoveWilson's Storm-PetrelBlack-capped ChickadeeSong Sparrow
Yellow-billed CuckooNorthern GannetTufted TitmouseLincoln's Sparrow
Black-billed CuckooDouble-crested CormorantRed-breasted NuthatchSwamp Sparrow
Common NighthawkGreat CormorantWhite-breasted NuthatchWhite-throated Sparrow
Eastern Whip-poor-willBrown PelicanBrown CreeperWhite-crowned Sparrow
Chimney SwiftLeast BitternHouse WrenDark-eyed Junco
Ruby-throated HummingbirdGreat Blue HeronMarsh WrenScarlet Tanager
Virginia RailGreat EgretCarolina WrenNorthern Cardinal
SoraSnowy EgretBlue-gray GnatcatcherRose-breasted Grosbeak
Common GallinuleTricolored HeronGolden-crowned KingletIndigo Bunting
American AvocetGreen HeronRuby-crowned KingletDickcissel
Black-bellied PloverBlack-crowned Night-HeronEastern BluebirdBobolink
Semipalmated PloverYellow-crowned Night-HeronVeeryRed-winged Blackbird
Piping PloverGlossy IbisSwainson's ThrushEastern Meadowlark
KilldeerWhite-faced IbisHermit ThrushCommon Grackle
Upland SandpiperTurkey VultureWood ThrushBrown-headed Cowbird
WhimbrelOspreyAmerican RobinOrchard Oriole
Hudsonian GodwitBald EagleGray CatbirdBaltimore Oriole
Marbled GodwitNorthern HarrierBrown Thrasher
Ruddy TurnstoneSharp-shinned HawkNorthern Mockingbird
Red KnotCooper's HawkEuropean Starling
Stilt SandpiperRed-tailed HawkCedar Waxwing
SanderlingRough-legged HawkHouse Sparrow
DunlinEastern Screech-OwlAmerican Pipit
Purple SandpiperGreat Horned OwlHouse Finch
Baird's SandpiperSnowy OwlPurple Finch
Least SandpiperBarred OwlRed Crossbill
White-rumped SandpiperLong-eared OwlCommon Redpoll
Buff-breasted SandpiperShort-eared OwlAmerican Goldfinch
Pectoral SandpiperNorthern Saw-whet OwlLapland Longspur

August 22, 2017, Tom Wetmore