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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 229 species on the list, with 216 on Plum Island, and 2 state life birds.


Greater White-fronted GooseSpotted SandpiperPileated WoodpeckerNorthern Waterthrush
Snow GooseSolitary SandpiperAmerican KestrelBlue-winged Warbler
BrantGreater YellowlegsMerlinBlack-and-white Warbler
Canada GooseWilletPeregrine FalconTennessee Warbler
Mute SwanLesser YellowlegsEastern Wood-PeweeNashville Warbler
Wood DuckDovekieYellow-bellied FlycatcherMourning Warbler
GadwallCommon MurreAlder FlycatcherCommon Yellowthroat
American WigeonThick-billed MurreWillow FlycatcherAmerican Redstart
American Black DuckRazorbillLeast FlycatcherCape May Warbler
MallardBlack GuillemotEastern PhoebeNorthern Parula
Blue-winged TealBlack-legged KittiwakeGreat Crested FlycatcherMagnolia Warbler
Northern ShovelerBonaparte's GullEastern KingbirdBay-breasted Warbler
Northern PintailLaughing GullNorthern ShrikeBlackburnian Warbler
Green-winged TealRing-billed GullWhite-eyed VireoYellow Warbler
Ring-necked DuckHerring GullBlue-headed VireoChestnut-sided Warbler
Greater ScaupIceland GullWarbling VireoBlackpoll Warbler
Lesser ScaupLesser Black-backed GullRed-eyed VireoBlack-throated Blue Warbler
Common EiderGlaucous GullBlue JayPalm Warbler
Harlequin DuckGreat Black-backed GullAmerican CrowPine Warbler
Surf ScoterLeast TernFish CrowYellow-rumped Warbler
White-winged ScoterRoseate TernCommon RavenPrairie Warbler
Black ScoterCommon TernHorned LarkBlack-throated Green Warbler
Long-tailed DuckArctic TernPurple MartinCanada Warbler
BuffleheadRed-throated LoonTree SwallowWilson's Warbler
Common GoldeneyePacific LoonNorthern Rough-winged SwallowEastern Towhee
Barrow's GoldeneyeCommon LoonBank SwallowAmerican Tree Sparrow
Hooded MerganserNorthern GannetCliff SwallowChipping Sparrow
Common MerganserDouble-crested CormorantBarn SwallowClay-colored Sparrow
Red-breasted MerganserGreat CormorantBlack-capped ChickadeeField Sparrow
Ring-necked PheasantBrown PelicanTufted TitmouseSavannah Sparrow
Wild TurkeyLeast BitternRed-breasted NuthatchSaltmarsh Sparrow
Horned GrebeGreat Blue HeronWhite-breasted NuthatchSeaside Sparrow
Red-necked GrebeGreat EgretBrown CreeperSong Sparrow
Rock PigeonSnowy EgretHouse WrenLincoln's Sparrow
Mourning DoveTricolored HeronMarsh WrenSwamp Sparrow
Yellow-billed CuckooGreen HeronCarolina WrenWhite-throated Sparrow
Black-billed CuckooBlack-crowned Night-HeronBlue-gray GnatcatcherWhite-crowned Sparrow
Common NighthawkYellow-crowned Night-HeronGolden-crowned KingletDark-eyed Junco
Eastern Whip-poor-willGlossy IbisRuby-crowned KingletScarlet Tanager
Chimney SwiftTurkey VultureEastern BluebirdNorthern Cardinal
Ruby-throated HummingbirdOspreyVeeryRose-breasted Grosbeak
Virginia RailBald EagleSwainson's ThrushIndigo Bunting
Common GallinuleNorthern HarrierHermit ThrushBobolink
Black-bellied PloverSharp-shinned HawkWood ThrushRed-winged Blackbird
Semipalmated PloverCooper's HawkAmerican RobinEastern Meadowlark
Piping PloverRed-tailed HawkGray CatbirdCommon Grackle
KilldeerRough-legged HawkBrown ThrasherBrown-headed Cowbird
Upland SandpiperEastern Screech-OwlNorthern MockingbirdOrchard Oriole
Ruddy TurnstoneGreat Horned OwlEuropean StarlingBaltimore Oriole
Stilt SandpiperSnowy OwlCedar Waxwing
SanderlingBarred OwlHouse Sparrow
DunlinLong-eared OwlAmerican Pipit
Purple SandpiperShort-eared OwlHouse Finch
Least SandpiperNorthern Saw-whet OwlPurple Finch
White-rumped SandpiperBelted KingfisherRed Crossbill
Pectoral SandpiperRed-bellied WoodpeckerCommon Redpoll
Semipalmated SandpiperYellow-bellied SapsuckerAmerican Goldfinch
Short-billed DowitcherDowny WoodpeckerLapland Longspur
Wilson's SnipeHairy WoodpeckerSnow Bunting
American WoodcockNorthern FlickerOvenbird

June 24, 2017, Tom Wetmore