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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 261 species on the list, with 248 on Plum Island, and 2 state life birds.


Greater White-fronted GooseLong-billed DowitcherRed-bellied WoodpeckerTennessee Warbler
Snow GooseWilson's SnipeYellow-bellied SapsuckerOrange-crowned Warbler
BrantAmerican WoodcockDowny WoodpeckerNashville Warbler
Canada GooseSpotted SandpiperHairy WoodpeckerMourning Warbler
Mute SwanSolitary SandpiperNorthern FlickerCommon Yellowthroat
Wood DuckGreater YellowlegsPileated WoodpeckerAmerican Redstart
GadwallWilletAmerican KestrelCape May Warbler
Eurasian WigeonLesser YellowlegsMerlinNorthern Parula
American WigeonWilson's PhalaropePeregrine FalconMagnolia Warbler
American Black DuckParasitic JaegerEastern Wood-PeweeBay-breasted Warbler
MallardDovekieYellow-bellied FlycatcherBlackburnian Warbler
Blue-winged TealCommon MurreAlder FlycatcherYellow Warbler
Northern ShovelerThick-billed MurreWillow FlycatcherChestnut-sided Warbler
Northern PintailRazorbillLeast FlycatcherBlackpoll Warbler
Green-winged TealBlack GuillemotEastern PhoebeBlack-throated Blue Warbler
Ring-necked DuckBlack-legged KittiwakeGreat Crested FlycatcherPalm Warbler
Greater ScaupBonaparte's GullEastern KingbirdPine Warbler
Lesser ScaupLaughing GullNorthern ShrikeYellow-rumped Warbler
Common EiderRing-billed GullWhite-eyed VireoPrairie Warbler
Harlequin DuckHerring GullBlue-headed VireoBlack-throated Green Warbler
Surf ScoterIceland GullPhiladelphia VireoCanada Warbler
White-winged ScoterLesser Black-backed GullWarbling VireoWilson's Warbler
Black ScoterGlaucous GullRed-eyed VireoEastern Towhee
Long-tailed DuckGreat Black-backed GullBlue JayAmerican Tree Sparrow
BuffleheadLeast TernAmerican CrowChipping Sparrow
Common GoldeneyeBlack TernFish CrowClay-colored Sparrow
Barrow's GoldeneyeRoseate TernCommon RavenField Sparrow
Hooded MerganserCommon TernHorned LarkLark Sparrow
Common MerganserArctic TernPurple MartinSavannah Sparrow
Red-breasted MerganserForster's TernTree SwallowNelson's Sparrow
Ring-necked PheasantRed-throated LoonNorthern Rough-winged SwallowSaltmarsh Sparrow
Wild TurkeyPacific LoonBank SwallowSeaside Sparrow
Pied-billed GrebeCommon LoonCliff SwallowSong Sparrow
Horned GrebeCory's ShearwaterBarn SwallowLincoln's Sparrow
Red-necked GrebeGreat ShearwaterBlack-capped ChickadeeSwamp Sparrow
Rock PigeonManx ShearwaterTufted TitmouseWhite-throated Sparrow
Mourning DoveWilson's Storm-PetrelRed-breasted NuthatchWhite-crowned Sparrow
Yellow-billed CuckooNorthern GannetWhite-breasted NuthatchDark-eyed Junco
Black-billed CuckooDouble-crested CormorantBrown CreeperScarlet Tanager
Common NighthawkGreat CormorantHouse WrenNorthern Cardinal
Eastern Whip-poor-willBrown PelicanMarsh WrenRose-breasted Grosbeak
Chimney SwiftAmerican BitternCarolina WrenIndigo Bunting
Ruby-throated HummingbirdLeast BitternBlue-gray GnatcatcherDickcissel
Virginia RailGreat Blue HeronGolden-crowned KingletBobolink
SoraGreat EgretRuby-crowned KingletRed-winged Blackbird
Common GallinuleSnowy EgretEastern BluebirdEastern Meadowlark
American AvocetLittle Blue HeronVeeryRusty Blackbird
Black-bellied PloverTricolored HeronGray-cheeked ThrushCommon Grackle
American Golden-PloverGreen HeronSwainson's ThrushBrown-headed Cowbird
Semipalmated PloverBlack-crowned Night-HeronHermit ThrushOrchard Oriole
Piping PloverYellow-crowned Night-HeronWood ThrushBaltimore Oriole
KilldeerGlossy IbisAmerican Robin
Upland SandpiperWhite-faced IbisGray Catbird
WhimbrelTurkey VultureBrown Thrasher
Hudsonian GodwitOspreyNorthern Mockingbird
Marbled GodwitBald EagleEuropean Starling
Ruddy TurnstoneNorthern HarrierCedar Waxwing
Red KnotSharp-shinned HawkHouse Sparrow
Stilt SandpiperCooper's HawkAmerican Pipit
SanderlingRed-shouldered HawkHouse Finch
DunlinRed-tailed HawkPurple Finch
Purple SandpiperRough-legged HawkRed Crossbill
Baird's SandpiperEastern Screech-OwlCommon Redpoll
Least SandpiperGreat Horned OwlAmerican Goldfinch
White-rumped SandpiperSnowy OwlLapland Longspur
Buff-breasted SandpiperBarred OwlSnow Bunting
Pectoral SandpiperLong-eared OwlOvenbird
Semipalmated SandpiperShort-eared OwlNorthern Waterthrush
Western SandpiperNorthern Saw-whet OwlBlue-winged Warbler
Short-billed DowitcherBelted KingfisherBlack-and-white Warbler

October 18, 2017, Tom Wetmore