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



Recent Bird Sightings from Plum Island — updated March 23, 2017

  • Brant, Branta bernicla
    • 21 Mar, fk 6 flyby seven ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 95 sandy pt, d adrien
    • 13 Mar, 18+ pi sound f/stage, d williams
  • Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
    • 22 Mar, mn, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, 135 most marsh tween two & pans, d prima
    • 21 Mar, mn var, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, f/pines lot, d adrien
    • 20 Mar, 200, w tatro
    • 19 Mar, mn var, t wetmore
    • 18 Mar, 139, n landry
    • 13 Mar, 450 inc 150 cross, most marsh n gate, d williams
  • Mute Swan, Cygnus olor
    • 22 Mar, 2 stage, d weaver
  • Gadwall, Anas strepera
    • 21 Mar, 5 pans n scurves, d prima
  • American Wigeon, Anas americana
    • 21 Mar, 2 m stage, t wetmore
  • American Black Duck, Anas rubripes
    • 22 Mar, mn, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, 95, d prima
    • 21 Mar, mn var, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 10, w tatro
    • 19 Mar, mn var, t wetmore
    • 18 Mar, 52, n landry
    • 13 Mar, 120, d williams
  • Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
    • 22 Mar, fw, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, 5, d prima
    • 21 Mar, 4-6 var, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, 2 north marsh, t wetmore
    • 18 Mar, 6, n landry
    • 13 Mar, 7, d williams
  • Northern Pintail, Anas acuta
    • 21 Mar, 4 inc 2 f/pines lot, 2 pans s three, d prima
    • 21 Mar, 8 inc 4 forward, 4 stage, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 6-8 f/pines lot, d adrien
    • 20 Mar, 2, w tatro
    • 18 Mar, 2, n landry
    • 13 Mar, 11 stage, d williams
  • Green-winged Teal, Anas crecca
    • 21 Mar, 2 forward, t wetmore
  • Greater Scaup, Aythya marila
    • 21 Mar, 1 f ramp, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 1 f ramp, d adrien
    • 19 Mar, 1 f ramp, t wetmore
  • Common Eider, Somateria mollissima
    • 22 Mar, ~20 seven ocean, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, 9 seven ocean, d prima
    • 21 Mar, 240+ seven ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, sev seven ocean, d adrien
    • 13 Mar, 150+ pi sound f/stage, d williams
  • Surf Scoter, Melanitta perspicillata
    • 21 Mar, 1 m seven ocean, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, 2 m one ocean, t wetmore
  • White-winged Scoter, Melanitta fusca
    • 22 Mar, 2 seven ocean, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, 20 seven ocean, d prima
    • 21 Mar, 20+ seven ocean, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, 12+ one ocean, t wetmore
    • 13 Mar, 2, d williams
  • Black Scoter, Melanitta americana
    • 22 Mar, 4 one ocean, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, 3 ramp, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 3+ ramp, d adrien
    • 20 Mar, 1, w tatro
    • 19 Mar, 7 inc 1 m ramp, 6 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 18 Mar, 9, n landry
  • Long-tailed Duck, Clangula hyemalis
    • 22 Mar, 5 inc 1 one ocean, 4 seven ocean, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, 8 seven ocean, d prima
    • 21 Mar, 8+ seven ocean, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, 2 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 13 Mar, 2, d williams
  • Bufflehead, Bucephala albeola
    • 22 Mar, ~15 seven ocean, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, 5 seven ocean, d prima
    • 21 Mar, 2 inc 1 m 1 f forward, t wetmore
    • 13 Mar, 6, d williams
  • Common Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula
    • 22 Mar, 10 seven ocean, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, 1 forward, d prima
    • 21 Mar, 6+ ramp, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, sev ramp, d adrien
    • 20 Mar, 1, w tatro
    • 19 Mar, 15 ramp, t wetmore
    • 13 Mar, 7, d williams
  • Hooded Merganser, Lophodytes cucullatus
    • 21 Mar, 1 m forward, t wetmore
  • Red-breasted Merganser, Mergus serrator
    • 22 Mar, 3 pans, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, 2 pans n scurves, d prima
    • 21 Mar, 8+ var inc pans, forward, seven, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 2, w tatro
    • 19 Mar, 3+ ramp, t wetmore
    • 13 Mar, 3, d williams
  • Horned Grebe, Podiceps auritus
    • 22 Mar, 1 seven ocean, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, 1 seven ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 1, w tatro
  • Red-necked Grebe, Podiceps grisegena
    • 13 Mar, 1, d williams
  • Rock Pigeon, Columba livia
    • 22 Mar, yes, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, 2 n refuge, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 15, w tatro
    • 19 Mar, ~8 n refuge, t wetmore
    • 18 Mar, 7, n landry
    • 13 Mar, 16 one 1, d williams
  • Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
    • 21 Mar, 6, d prima
    • 21 Mar, 8-10 refuge, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 2, w tatro
    • 19 Mar, 1 n refuge, t wetmore
  • Dunlin, Calidris alpina
    • 21 Mar, 120+ emerson, t wetmore
  • American Woodcock, Scolopax minor
    • 22 Mar, 2 rdside n goodno, d weaver
    • 20 Mar, 1 dune loop, d adrien
  • Razorbill, Alca torda
    • 21 Mar, 2 seven ocean, t wetmore
  • Ring-billed Gull, Larus delawarensis
    • 21 Mar, 2-3 inc pans & forward, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, 2+ north marsh, t wetmore
  • Herring Gull, Larus argentatus
    • 22 Mar, yes, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, 7, d prima
    • 21 Mar, sev var, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 10, w tatro
    • 19 Mar, sev var, t wetmore
    • 18 Mar, 9, n landry
    • 13 Mar, 7, d williams
  • Great Black-backed Gull, Larus marinus
    • 21 Mar, 5, d prima
    • 21 Mar, 2 seven beach, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, 8+ north marsh, t wetmore
    • 18 Mar, 1, n landry
  • Red-throated Loon, Gavia stellata
    • 21 Mar, 1 one dunes eaten by snowy owl, m halsey
  • Common Loon, Gavia immer
    • 22 Mar, 1 seven ocean, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, 1 seven ocean, d prima
    • 21 Mar, 20+ seven ocean, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 10-12 seven ocean, d adrien
    • 13 Mar, 2, d williams
  • Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus
    • 21 Mar, 2 inc 1 im marsh n refuge, 1 ad o/pi sound, t wetmore
    • 18 Mar, 1, n landry
  • Northern Harrier, Circus cyaneus
    • 22 Mar, 4, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, 3, d prima
    • 21 Mar, 3 inc 1 ad m south marsh, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 2+ inc 1 ad m north field, 1 ad f, d adrien
    • 20 Mar, 1, w tatro
    • 19 Mar, 2-3 inc 1-2 north marsh, 1 north field, t wetmore
    • 18 Mar, 2, n landry
    • 13 Mar, 2, d williams
  • Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis
    • 21 Mar, 1 north pool olook, t wetmore
    • 18 Mar, 1, n landry
  • Rough-legged Hawk, Buteo lagopus
    • 22 Mar, 1 north field, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, 1, d prima
    • 20 Mar, 2, w tatro
    • 13 Mar, 1, d williams
  • Snowy Owl, Bubo scandiaca
    • 22 Mar, 1 dunes n one, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, 1 one dunes eating red-throated loon, m halsey
    • 18 Mar, 1 one, g d'entremont
    • 18 Mar, 1 very white, n landry
  • Barred Owl, Strix varia
    • 13 Mar, 1 marsh trail, d williams
  • Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens
    • 21 Mar, 1 h goodno, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 1 goodno, d adrien
  • Merlin, Falco columbarius
    • 22 Mar, 1 flyby n wcurves, d weaver
    • 19 Mar, 1 x/north field, t wetmore
    • 18 Mar, 1, n landry
  • Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus
    • 22 Mar, 1 flyby north field, d weaver
  • Northern Shrike, Lanius excubitor
    • 21 Mar, 1 wardens, d prima
    • 13 Mar, 1 south field, d williams
  • Blue Jay, Cyanocitta cristata
    • 21 Mar, 4, d prima
    • 21 Mar, 6-8 refuge, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 2, w tatro
    • 18 Mar, 2, n landry
    • 13 Mar, 1, d williams
  • American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos
    • 22 Mar, fw, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, 6, d prima
    • 21 Mar, 10+ var, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, 3-4 north marsh, t wetmore
    • 18 Mar, 17, n landry
    • 13 Mar, 3, d williams
  • Fish Crow, Corvus ossifragus
    • 21 Mar, 1 h one, t wetmore
  • Common Raven, Corvus corax
    • 21 Mar, 1 flyby north pool olook, t wetmore
    • 13 Mar, 2 flyby hellcat, d williams
  • Horned Lark, Eremophila alpestris
    • 21 Mar, fk 12+ flyby seven beach, t wetmore
    • 13 Mar, 13 seven, d williams
  • Black-capped Chickadee, Poecile atricapillus
    • 21 Mar, 2, d prima
    • 21 Mar, 8+ rdside var, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 3, w tatro
    • 19 Mar, 8+ h var one to hellcat, t wetmore
    • 18 Mar, 3, n landry
    • 13 Mar, 2, d williams
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta canadensis
    • 20 Mar, 1, w tatro
    • 19 Mar, 1-2 h x/north field, t wetmore
  • American Robin, Turdus migratorius
    • 21 Mar, 5, d prima
    • 21 Mar, 4+ rdside var, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 2, w tatro
    • 19 Mar, 2 rdside inc 1 n refuge, 1 refuge, t wetmore
    • 18 Mar, 3, n landry
    • 13 Mar, 4, d williams
  • Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos
    • 21 Mar, 1, d prima
    • 21 Mar, 1 north field, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, 1 scurves, t wetmore
  • European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
    • 22 Mar, yes, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, fw h n refuge, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 6, w tatro
    • 19 Mar, fw n refuge, t wetmore
  • House Sparrow, Passer domesticus
    • 21 Mar, sev h n refuge, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, sev n refuge, t wetmore
  • House Finch, Haemorhous mexicanus
    • 21 Mar, h n refuge, t wetmore
  • American Goldfinch, Spinus tristis
    • 21 Mar, 2, d prima
  • American Tree Sparrow, Spizelloides arborea
    • 21 Mar, 3, d prima
    • 21 Mar, 3-4 inc singing n refuge, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 1 hellcat, d adrien
    • 13 Mar, 2, d williams
  • Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia
    • 21 Mar, 6, d prima
    • 21 Mar, 3-4 inc singing, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 3, w tatro
    • 19 Mar, 3-4 inc singing n refuge, t wetmore
    • 13 Mar, 6, d williams
  • White-throated Sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis
    • 20 Mar, 4+ goodno, d adrien
    • 13 Mar, 1, d williams
  • Dark-eyed Junco, Junco hyemalis
    • 21 Mar, h scurves, t wetmore
  • Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis
    • 21 Mar, 2 singing n refuge, t wetmore
    • 19 Mar, 2 singing n refuge, t wetmore
    • 18 Mar, 1, n landry
  • Red-winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus
    • 21 Mar, 14, d prima
    • 21 Mar, mn var, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 10, w tatro
    • 19 Mar, mn most n refuge, t wetmore
    • 18 Mar, 5, n landry
  • Common Grackle, Quiscalus quiscula
    • 22 Mar, 1 one, d weaver
    • 21 Mar, 9, d prima
    • 21 Mar, sev n refuge, t wetmore
    • 20 Mar, 5, w tatro
    • 19 Mar, mn most n refuge, t wetmore
    • 18 Mar, 9, n landry

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 23, 2017, Tom Wetmore