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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 29, 2015

  • Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
    • 28 Mar, yes, n landry
    • 28 Mar, 30+ var, t wetmore
    • 27 Mar, 16, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, sev north marsh, t wetmore
    • 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
  • Gadwall, Anas strepera
    • 26 Mar, 6, r heil
  • American Black Duck, Anas rubripes
    • 28 Mar, yes, n landry
    • 28 Mar, 40+ var, t wetmore
    • 27 Mar, 8, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, sev var, t wetmore
    • 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
  • Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
    • 28 Mar, 2 pi bridge, t wetmore
    • 27 Mar, 4, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, 1 pi rv, t wetmore
  • Green-winged Teal, Anas crecca
    • 28 Mar, 6 pi bridge, t wetmore
    • 26 Mar, pr pi rv w two area, d adrien
    • 26 Mar, 8, r heil
    • 26 Mar, fk ~10 flyby one, t wetmore
  • 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
    • 27 Mar, 21, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, 8 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 25 Mar, ~40 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 50+ n end island, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, fw merr rv, t wetmore
  • Surf Scoter, Melanitta perspicillata
    • 27 Mar, 1, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, 1 m one ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 1 m one ocean, t wetmore
  • White-winged Scoter, Melanitta fusca
    • 27 Mar, 8, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, 25 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 25 Mar, ~40 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 40+ n end island, fw one ocean, t wetmore
  • Black Scoter, Melanitta americana
    • 27 Mar, 13, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, 10 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 25 Mar, 10 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 4+ one ocean, t wetmore
  • Long-tailed Duck, Clangula hyemalis
    • 27 Mar, 9, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, 10 one ocean, h pi sound f/hellcat, t wetmore
    • 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
  • Bufflehead, Bucephala albeola
    • 27 Mar, 3, s sullivan
    • 25 Mar, 20+ pi sound, t wetmore
    • 24 Mar, 4 m 5 f stage ck, s harvell
  • Common Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula
    • 28 Mar, 8 pi bridge, 4+ pi sound, t wetmore
    • 27 Mar, 2, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, fw pi rv & pi sound, t wetmore
    • 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
  • Hooded Merganser, Lophodytes cucullatus
    • 28 Mar, 2, n landry
    • 28 Mar, 8 inc 3 pi bridge, 5 pi rv, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, 1 m pi rv, t wetmore
  • Red-breasted Merganser, Mergus serrator
    • 28 Mar, 8+ pi rv inc fk 6 flyby, t wetmore
    • 27 Mar, 6, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, fw one ocean & pi sound, t wetmore
    • 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
  • Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo
    • 28 Mar, 3 scurves, t wetmore
    • 27 Mar, 4, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, 2 rdside, t wetmore
    • 25 Mar, 1 one dunes, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 1 m rd n hellcat, t wetmore
  • Red-throated Loon, Gavia stellata
    • 28 Mar, 3, n landry
    • 27 Mar, 9, s sullivan
    • 20 Mar, 2 n end island, t wetmore
  • Common Loon, Gavia immer
    • 27 Mar, 8, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, 8 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 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
  • Horned Grebe, Podiceps auritus
    • 27 Mar, 3, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, 1 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 25 Mar, 4+ one ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 4 one ocean, t wetmore
  • Red-necked Grebe, Podiceps grisegena
    • 27 Mar, 7, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, 3 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 25 Mar, 8-10 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 2 one ocean, t wetmore
  • Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo
    • 27 Mar, 4, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, 2 jetty f/one, t wetmore
    • 25 Mar, 3 jetty f/one, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 1 jetty f/one, t wetmore
  • Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
    • 26 Mar, 6, r heil
  • Northern Harrier, Circus cyaneus
    • 27 Mar, 1, s sullivan
    • 24 Mar, 1 m wardens, s harvell
    • 20 Mar, 1 m wardens field, 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
  • Killdeer, Charadrius vociferus
    • 26 Mar, 4, r heil
  • Razorbill, Alca torda
    • 27 Mar, 6, s sullivan
  • Ring-billed Gull, Larus delawarensis
    • 20 Mar, sev n end island, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, fw n end island, t wetmore
  • Herring Gull, Larus argentatus
    • 28 Mar, sev north marsh & pi sound, t wetmore
    • 27 Mar, 40 & mn pi sound, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, sev, t wetmore
    • 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
  • Great Black-backed Gull, Larus marinus
    • 28 Mar, 2-3 north marsh, t wetmore
    • 27 Mar, 7, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, 2-3, t wetmore
    • 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
  • Rock Pigeon, Columba livia
    • 28 Mar, 2 n refuge, t wetmore
    • 27 Mar, 4, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, n refuge, t wetmore
    • 25 Mar, 1 n refuge, t wetmore
    • 23 Mar, 2 n refuge, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, sev n refuge, t wetmore
  • Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
    • 28 Mar, ~12 n refuge, t wetmore
    • 27 Mar, 5, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, 2 scurves, t wetmore
    • 25 Mar, 2 scurves, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 8+ n refuge, 2 goodno, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, 1 n refuge, t wetmore
  • Snowy Owl, Bubo scandiaca
    • 26 Mar, 1, r heil
    • 26 Mar, 1 one marsh, t wetmore
    • 21 Mar, 2, n landry
    • 20 Mar, 1 marsh w/one, t wetmore
  • Barred Owl, Strix varia
    • 20 Mar, 1 goodno, m halsey
  • Hairy Woodpecker, Picoides villosus
    • 26 Mar, 1 h scurves, t wetmore
    • 25 Mar, 1 drumming goodno, t wetmore
    • 24 Mar, 1 pines, s harvell
    • 20 Mar, 1 f hellcat, t wetmore
  • Merlin, Falco columbarius
    • 26 Mar, 1 flyby scurves, 1 flyby n hellcat, t wetmore
    • 25 Mar, 1 flyby three marsh, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 1 one middens, t wetmore
  • Eastern Phoebe, Sayornis phoebe
    • 26 Mar, 1 rdside two, r heil
  • Blue Jay, Cyanocitta cristata
    • 26 Mar, 1 scurves, 2-3 goodno, t wetmore
    • 25 Mar, 1 n refuge, t wetmore
    • 21 Mar, 1, n landry
    • 20 Mar, 2-3 var, t wetmore
  • American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos
    • 28 Mar, 3, n landry
    • 28 Mar, 5-6 var, t wetmore
    • 27 Mar, 2, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, 4-5 var, t wetmore
    • 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
  • Horned Lark, Eremophila alpestris
    • 25 Mar, h flyby one dunes, t wetmore
    • 21 Mar, 8, n landry
  • Black-capped Chickadee, Poecile atricapillus
    • 28 Mar, 3 hellcat, t wetmore
    • 27 Mar, 1 h, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, sev var, t wetmore
    • 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
  • Tufted Titmouse, Baeolophus bicolor
    • 28 Mar, 1 singing gate, t wetmore
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta canadensis
    • 26 Mar, h n hellcat, t wetmore
    • 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
    • 27 Mar, 1, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, 2-3, t wetmore
    • 25 Mar, 2 scurves, t wetmore
    • 24 Mar, 1 six, s harvell
    • 20 Mar, 1 s three, t wetmore
  • European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
    • 26 Mar, h refuge, t wetmore
    • 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
  • Snow Bunting, Plectrophenax nivalis
    • 19 Mar, 8 lot one, t wetmore
  • American Tree Sparrow, Spizella arborea
    • 28 Mar, 1, n landry
    • 27 Mar, 3, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, 1 singing n refuge, t wetmore
    • 24 Mar, 2 rdside five, s harvell
  • Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia
    • 28 Mar, 4, n landry
    • 28 Mar, 2-3 singing n refuge, t wetmore
    • 27 Mar, 1, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, 3-4 singing n refuge, 1 scurves, t wetmore
    • 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
  • Dark-eyed Junco, Junco hyemalis
    • 28 Mar, 4, n landry
    • 27 Mar, 1, s sullivan
  • Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis
    • 28 Mar, h n refuge, t wetmore
    • 26 Mar, 1 scurves, t wetmore
    • 25 Mar, n refuge, 1 scurves, t wetmore
    • 23 Mar, h n refuge, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 1 n refuge, t wetmore
  • Red-winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus
    • 28 Mar, fw var, t wetmore
    • 27 Mar, 4, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, 100+ incl mn migr, t wetmore
    • 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
  • Common Grackle, Quiscalus quiscula
    • 28 Mar, fw var, t wetmore
    • 27 Mar, 12, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, 100+ incl mn migr, t wetmore
    • 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
  • Brown-headed Cowbird, Molothrus ater
    • 26 Mar, fw in flyby blackbird fks, t wetmore
  • House Finch, Haemorhous mexicanus
    • 28 Mar, fw n refuge, t wetmore
    • 26 Mar, h n refuge, h one, t wetmore
    • 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
  • Common Redpoll, Acanthis flammea
    • 26 Mar, 40, r heil
    • 26 Mar, fk ~50 opp north field & n hellcat, t wetmore
    • 21 Mar, fk ~50 n hellcat, t carpender
  • House Sparrow, Passer domesticus
    • 28 Mar, n refuge, t wetmore
    • 27 Mar, 3, s sullivan
    • 26 Mar, n refuge, t wetmore
    • 25 Mar, fw n refuge, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, sev n refuge, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, sev 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 29, 2015, Tom Wetmore