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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 65 species currently on the list. The list covers the last 10 days.



Recent Bird Sightings from Plum Island — updated January 30, 2015

  • Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
    • 29 Jan, sev pi rv, t wetmore
    • 26 Jan, mn pi rv, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, sev pi rv, t wetmore
    • 24 Jan, h, n landry
    • 23 Jan, 170, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 50 pi rv, fw others, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 150 var, d chickering, l cooper
    • 22 Jan, mn var, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 100, w tatro
    • 20 Jan, 200+ var, t wetmore
  • Gadwall, Anas strepera
    • 25 Jan, 16+ merr rv seal rks, t wetmore
  • American Black Duck, Anas rubripes
    • 29 Jan, sev pi rv, t wetmore
    • 26 Jan, mn pi rv, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, sev pi rv, t wetmore
    • 24 Jan, 21 pi rv s one, n landry
    • 23 Jan, 46, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 40 pine ck, fw others, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 25 var, d chickering, l cooper
    • 22 Jan, mn var, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 50, w tatro
    • 21 Jan, 2, t spahr
    • 20 Jan, 200+ var, t wetmore
  • Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
    • 25 Jan, 2 pi rv, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 3-4 stage ck, t wetmore
    • 20 Jan, 8+ var, t wetmore
  • Northern Pintail, Anas acuta
    • 20 Jan, 14 south marsh, 1 pan s cross, t wetmore
  • Green-winged Teal, Anas crecca
    • 20 Jan, 3 stage ck, j smith
  • Lesser Scaup, Aythya affinis
    • 20 Jan, 1 m pi bridge, t wetmore
  • Common Eider, Somateria mollissima
    • 29 Jan, 1 m one ocean, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, 100+ merr rv, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, 9 seven ocean, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 8+ seven ocean, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 10 seven ocean, d chickering, l cooper
    • 22 Jan, fw ocean, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 1 flyby one, w tatro
    • 20 Jan, fw one ocean, 40 pi sound, 20 seven ocean, t wetmore
  • White-winged Scoter, Melanitta fusca
    • 29 Jan, 12 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, 1 merr rv, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, 5 five & seven ocean, d williams
    • 23 Jan, fw ocean, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, fw ocean, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 1 one ocean, w tatro
    • 20 Jan, 15 one ocean, 5 seven ocean, t wetmore
  • Black Scoter, Melanitta americana
    • 29 Jan, 6 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, 22 seven ocean, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 2+ one ocean, 15+ seven ocean, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 30 seven ocean, d chickering, l cooper
    • 22 Jan, 6+ seven ocean, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 2 one ocean, w tatro
    • 20 Jan, 8 seven ocean, t wetmore
  • Long-tailed Duck, Clangula hyemalis
    • 29 Jan, 1 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, 3 merr rv, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, 5 seven ocean, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 2 seven ocean, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 2 seven ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Jan, 6 pi sound, 3 ocean, t wetmore
  • Bufflehead, Bucephala albeola
    • 29 Jan, 2+ pi sound, t wetmore
    • 26 Jan, 10 pi sound, t wetmore
    • 24 Jan, 1 pi rv s one, n landry
    • 23 Jan, 16 pi sound f/wardens, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 16 seven ocean, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 14 pine ck & seven ocean, d chickering, l cooper
    • 22 Jan, fw stage ck, 10 seven ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Jan, 1 pi rv, 40+ cks, 20 seven ocean, t wetmore
  • Common Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula
    • 29 Jan, 2+ pi rv, 3+ pi sound, t wetmore
    • 26 Jan, sev inc 3 pi bridge, 8 pi rv, 6 pi sound, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, 2-3 merr rv, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, 1 pi sound f/wardens, d williams
    • 22 Jan, 3 pi bridge, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 12 pi ri opp two, w tatro
    • 20 Jan, 10 ramp, 6 stage ck, t wetmore
  • Hooded Merganser, Lophodytes cucullatus
    • 29 Jan, 2 pi bridge, t wetmore
    • 24 Jan, 1 pi rv s one, n landry
    • 22 Jan, 1 f pi rv, t wetmore
  • Red-breasted Merganser, Mergus serrator
    • 29 Jan, 4 pi bridge, t wetmore
    • 26 Jan, 2 pi rv, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, 6 merr rv, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, 2 pi sound f/wardens, d williams
    • 22 Jan, 1 seven ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Jan, 5 one ocean, 2 seven ocean, t wetmore
  • Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo
    • 23 Jan, 7 inc 5 m 2 f, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 7 scurves, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 7 marsh n refuge, t wetmore
  • Red-throated Loon, Gavia stellata
    • 23 Jan, 1 one ocean, d williams
    • 20 Jan, 3-4 one ocean, t wetmore
  • Common Loon, Gavia immer
    • 29 Jan, 4 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, 3+ merr rv, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, 4, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 1 seven ocean, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 2-3 ocean, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 2 one ocean, w tatro
    • 20 Jan, 4 one ocean, 2 seven ocean, t wetmore
  • Horned Grebe, Podiceps auritus
    • 29 Jan, 10 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, 4+ merr rv, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, 18 one, five & seven ocean, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 2 one ocean, 8 seven ocean, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 8 seven ocean, d chickering, l cooper
    • 22 Jan, 1+ one ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Jan, 5 one ocean, 5 seven ocean, t wetmore
  • Red-necked Grebe, Podiceps grisegena
    • 29 Jan, 12 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, 1 one ocean, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 8 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 1+ one ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Jan, 8-10 one ocean, t wetmore
  • Northern Gannet, Morus bassanus
    • 22 Jan, 1 one ocean, t wetmore
  • Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo
    • 29 Jan, 1 jetty f/one, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, 1 jetty f/n end island, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 2+ jetty f/one, t wetmore
    • 20 Jan, 1 flyby n seven ocean, t wetmore
  • American Bittern, Botaurus lentiginosus
    • 22 Jan, 1 rdside south marsh, g dysart
  • Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus
    • 29 Jan, 1 im flyby north marsh, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, 1 ad 8 im together merr rv, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, 2, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 3 inc 2 ad 1 im, p roberts
    • 23 Jan, 1 ad x/pi sound f/south marsh, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 2 north pool dike & pines platform, d chickering, l cooper
    • 22 Jan, 1, g dysart
    • 22 Jan, 1 ad pines platform, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 1 im flyby ove pans, w tatro
    • 20 Jan, 5 inc 3 im 2 ad var, t wetmore
  • Northern Harrier, Circus cyaneus
    • 29 Jan, 1 two, 1 other, t wetmore
    • 24 Jan, 1 north pool olook, n landry
    • 23 Jan, 2, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 2 inc 1 ad m 1 im, p roberts
    • 23 Jan, 1 m north field, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 2 two & north field, d chickering, l cooper
    • 22 Jan, 3, g dysart
    • 22 Jan, 1 marsh n refuge, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 1, w tatro
    • 20 Jan, 1 hellcat, 1 other, t wetmore
  • Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis
    • 29 Jan, 1 n refuge, 1 one, 1 scurves, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, 1, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 2 ad, p roberts
    • 23 Jan, 1 south marsh, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 1 two, d chickering, l cooper
    • 22 Jan, 2, g dysart
    • 22 Jan, 1 n refuge, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 2, w tatro
    • 21 Jan, 2, p roberts
    • 20 Jan, 1 north field, t wetmore
  • Rough-legged Hawk, Buteo lagopus
    • 29 Jan, 1 north marsh, 1 north pool olook, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 3 var, d chickering, l cooper
    • 22 Jan, 1, g dysart
    • 22 Jan, 1 lt north field, 2 lt stage & cross, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 3 lt, var along refuge rd, w tatro
    • 21 Jan, 2 lt, p roberts
    • 20 Jan, 1 lt north field, t wetmore
  • Sanderling, Calidris alba
    • 23 Jan, 62 five beach, d williams
    • 22 Jan, fk 30-35 flyby s one, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 30 flyby one ocean, w tatro
  • Dunlin, Calidris alpina
    • 23 Jan, 27 five beach, d williams
  • Thick-billed Murre, Uria lomvia
    • 23 Jan, 1 flyby six ocean photo, j smith
  • Razorbill, Alca torda
    • 22 Jan, 50+ one ocean, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 4 one ocean, w tatro
    • 20 Jan, 25 one ocean, 6 seven ocean, t wetmore
  • Black-legged Kittiwake, Rissa tridactyla
    • 25 Jan, 6+ ocean f/n end island, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, 2+ one horizon, t wetmore
    • 20 Jan, 1+ one horizon, t wetmore
  • Ring-billed Gull, Larus delawarensis
    • 22 Jan, 5, w tatro
  • Herring Gull, Larus argentatus
    • 29 Jan, sev var, t wetmore
    • 26 Jan, var, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, mn var, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, 27, d williams
    • 23 Jan, sev var, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 25+ var, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 5, w tatro
    • 21 Jan, 1, t spahr
    • 20 Jan, 45+ var, t wetmore
  • Great Black-backed Gull, Larus marinus
    • 29 Jan, 1-2, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, sev merr rv, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, 3, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 3-4 var, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 3+ var, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 2, w tatro
    • 21 Jan, 1, t spahr
    • 20 Jan, 4-5 var, t wetmore
  • Rock Pigeon, Columba livia
    • 29 Jan, 12 n refuge, t wetmore
    • 26 Jan, sev n refuge, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, fw n refuge, t wetmore
    • 24 Jan, 13 n refuge, n landry
    • 23 Jan, 7 n refuge, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 6 n refuge, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, fw n refuge, t wetmore
    • 20 Jan, ~10 n refuge, t wetmore
  • Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
    • 25 Jan, 12+ n refuge, t wetmore
    • 24 Jan, 11 n refuge, n landry
    • 21 Jan, 2, t spahr
    • 20 Jan, 3 n refuge, t wetmore
  • Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus
    • 21 Jan, 2 duetting pines opp north field, m halsey
  • Snowy Owl, Bubo scandiaca
    • 29 Jan, 1 pines platform, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, 1 marsh w/pans, t wetmore
    • 24 Jan, 1 hellcat dike, n landry
    • 23 Jan, 4, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 5 marshes, p roberts
    • 23 Jan, 1 w/three, 1 south marsh, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 3 inc 1 marsh w/one, 1 f/north pool olook, 1 n five dunes, g dysart
    • 22 Jan, 1, w tatro
    • 22 Jan, 1 marsh w scurves, 1 north pool dk, t wetmore
    • 21 Jan, 1 north pool dike, m halsey
    • 21 Jan, 2, p roberts
    • 21 Jan, 1 hellcat dike, t spahr
    • 20 Jan, 4 inc 1 two marsh, 2 flyby pans & scurves, 1 nelson is, t wetmore
  • Barred Owl, Strix varia
    • 24 Jan, 1 scurves, n landry
    • 21 Jan, 1 scurves, m halsey
  • Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens
    • 29 Jan, 1 hellcat, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, 1, d williams
    • 22 Jan, 1, g dysart
    • 22 Jan, 1 opp north field, t wetmore
    • 21 Jan, 2, t spahr
  • Hairy Woodpecker, Picoides villosus
    • 29 Jan, 1 scurves, t wetmore
    • 26 Jan, 1 scurves, t wetmore
  • Merlin, Falco columbarius
    • 20 Jan, 1 flyby north pool olook, t wetmore
  • Blue Jay, Cyanocitta cristata
    • 29 Jan, 5-6 var, t wetmore
    • 26 Jan, h north pool olook, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, h hellcat, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, 3, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 1 north field, 1 goodno, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 2 one & scurves, d chickering, l cooper
    • 22 Jan, 3, g dysart
    • 22 Jan, 2 two, 2 hellcat, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 2, w tatro
    • 21 Jan, 2, t spahr
    • 20 Jan, 2-4 var inc goodno & hellcat, t wetmore
  • American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos
    • 29 Jan, 5-6 var, t wetmore
    • 26 Jan, 2 n refuge, 2 north pool olook, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, fw var, t wetmore
    • 24 Jan, 1 wardens, n landry
    • 23 Jan, 4, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 6+ var, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 6 var, d chickering, l cooper
    • 22 Jan, 2, g dysart
    • 22 Jan, 3-4 var, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 3, w tatro
    • 21 Jan, 3, t spahr
    • 20 Jan, 8+ var, t wetmore
  • Horned Lark, Eremophila alpestris
    • 29 Jan, 3 flyby north pool olook, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, h n end island, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, h one dunes, t wetmore
    • 20 Jan, 6 one dunes, t wetmore
  • Black-capped Chickadee, Poecile atricapillus
    • 29 Jan, fw inc north pool olook, hellcat, t wetmore
    • 26 Jan, h goodno, h hellcat, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, h hellcat, t wetmore
    • 24 Jan, 7, n landry
    • 23 Jan, 7, d williams
    • 23 Jan, fw rdside, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 6, g dysart
    • 22 Jan, fw h rdside, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 5, w tatro
    • 21 Jan, 6, t spahr
    • 20 Jan, 12+ var, t wetmore
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta canadensis
    • 22 Jan, 3 rdside near five, w tatro
    • 20 Jan, 2+ hellcat, 3+ pines, t wetmore
  • Hermit Thrush, Catharus guttatus
    • 23 Jan, 1 marsh trail, d williams
    • 22 Jan, 1 marsh trail, w tatro
  • American Robin, Turdus migratorius
    • 29 Jan, 3-4 rdside, t wetmore
    • 24 Jan, 3, n landry
    • 23 Jan, 2, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 1 rdside, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 1, g dysart
    • 22 Jan, 10, w tatro
    • 21 Jan, 1, t spahr
    • 20 Jan, 20+ var, t wetmore
  • Gray Catbird, Dumetella carolinensis
    • 29 Jan, 1 just s goodno, t wetmore
  • Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos
    • 29 Jan, 1 one, 2 north field area, t wetmore
    • 26 Jan, 1 north field, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, 2-3, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, 2, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 1 one, 3 north field, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 2, g dysart
    • 22 Jan, 1 north field, t wetmore
    • 21 Jan, 1, t spahr
    • 20 Jan, 1 one, 1 wardens, 2 north field, t wetmore
  • European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
    • 25 Jan, n refuge, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, fw n refuge, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 43 var, d chickering, l cooper
    • 22 Jan, 5+ pi bridge, t wetmore
    • 20 Jan, 15 pi bridge, t wetmore
  • Snow Bunting, Plectrophenax nivalis
    • 21 Jan, 1 one dunes, m halsey
    • 20 Jan, 6 one dunes, t wetmore
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler, Setophaga coronata
    • 20 Jan, 1 six, j smith
  • American Tree Sparrow, Spizella arborea
    • 29 Jan, fw inc one, t wetmore
    • 26 Jan, fw var, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, fw rdside, t wetmore
    • 24 Jan, 6, n landry
    • 23 Jan, fw rdside, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 1 hellcat, d chickering, l cooper
    • 22 Jan, 6, g dysart
    • 22 Jan, fw h rdside, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 5, w tatro
    • 21 Jan, 5, t spahr
    • 20 Jan, fw rdside var, t wetmore
  • Fox Sparrow, Passerella iliaca
    • 20 Jan, 1 five pines, j smith
  • Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia
    • 22 Jan, 2 hellcat & cross, d chickering, l cooper
    • 21 Jan, 4, t spahr
  • White-throated Sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis
    • 29 Jan, 3 scurves, t wetmore
    • 26 Jan, 3 scurves, 1 north field, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, 1, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 1 north field tree island, t wetmore
  • Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis
    • 29 Jan, h n refuge, t wetmore
    • 26 Jan, scurves & goodno, t wetmore
    • 24 Jan, 2, n landry
    • 23 Jan, 2, d williams
    • 23 Jan, 1-2 h, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, 1 hellcat, d chickering, l cooper
    • 22 Jan, h r refuge, 1 refuge rd, t wetmore
    • 21 Jan, 3, t spahr
    • 20 Jan, 1 scurves, t wetmore
  • House Finch, Haemorhous mexicanus
    • 23 Jan, h n refuge, t wetmore
    • 21 Jan, 2, t spahr
    • 20 Jan, flyby one, t wetmore
  • Common Redpoll, Acanthis flammea
    • 22 Jan, 20 hellcat bwalk, g dysart
    • 21 Jan, 80+ hellcat, m halsey
    • 21 Jan, 60-80, p roberts
    • 21 Jan, 150+ marsh trail, t spahr
    • 20 Jan, 200+ hellcat, s riley
    • 20 Jan, 1+ n hellcat, 1+ hellcat, t wetmore
  • Hoary Redpoll, Acanthis hornemanni
    • 21 Jan, 2+ marsh trail, t spahr
  • American Goldfinch, Tristis tristis
    • 22 Jan, h opp north field, t wetmore
    • 21 Jan, 1, t spahr
  • House Sparrow, Passer domesticus
    • 29 Jan, n refuge, t wetmore
    • 25 Jan, h n refuge, t wetmore
    • 23 Jan, n refuge, t wetmore
    • 22 Jan, h n refuge, t wetmore
    • 20 Jan, 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


January 30, 2015, Tom Wetmore