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



Recent Bird Sightings from Plum Island — updated February 20, 2017

  • Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
    • 19 Feb, 400+ var, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, yes, n landry
    • 18 Feb, 400+ var, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 160+ var inc 140 frozen pans, t wetmore
    • 14 Feb, 250, p brown
    • 11 Feb, 22, n landry
  • Mute Swan, Cygnus olor
    • 18 Feb, 2, n landry
  • American Black Duck, Anas rubripes
    • 19 Feb, 60+ var, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, yes, n landry
    • 18 Feb, 40, s miller
    • 18 Feb, 30+ var, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 30+ var inc 4 frozen pans, t wetmore
    • 14 Feb, 100, p brown
    • 11 Feb, 140, n landry
  • Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
    • 19 Feb, 6+ var, t wetmore
    • 11 Feb, 8, n landry
  • Northern Pintail, Anas acuta
    • 19 Feb, 22+ inc 2 flyhby north field, 20+ forward, t wetmore
  • Common Eider, Somateria mollissima
    • 19 Feb, 35+ one ocean, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 2 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 14 Feb, 20, p brown
  • Surf Scoter, Melanitta perspicillata
    • 19 Feb, 2 m one ocean, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 1 one ocen, s miller
    • 18 Feb, 1 m one ocean, t wetmore
  • White-winged Scoter, Melanitta fusca
    • 19 Feb, 35+ one ocean, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 7 one ocen, s miller
    • 18 Feb, 45+ one ocean, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 10 one ocean, t wetmore
  • Black Scoter, Melanitta americana
    • 19 Feb, 6-8 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 6 one ocen, s miller
    • 18 Feb, 8 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 6 one ocean, t wetmore
  • Long-tailed Duck, Clangula hyemalis
    • 19 Feb, 7 inc 4 one ocean, 3 pi sound, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 4 one ocean, t wetmore
  • Bufflehead, Bucephala albeola
    • 14 Feb, 8, p brown
  • Common Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula
    • 19 Feb, 8+ inc pi rv, pi sound, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 18 Boat ramp., s miller
    • 18 Feb, 4 inc pi rv & pi sound, t wetmore
  • Red-breasted Merganser, Mergus serrator
    • 19 Feb, 5 inc 4 one ocean, 1 pi sound, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 35 most one ocean, inc 2 pi rv, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 2 m pi rv n refuge, t wetmore
  • Horned Grebe, Podiceps auritus
    • 19 Feb, 1 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 3 one ocen, s miller
    • 18 Feb, 1 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 1 one ocean, t wetmore
  • Red-necked Grebe, Podiceps grisegena
    • 19 Feb, 1 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 1 one ocen, s miller
    • 18 Feb, 5 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 4 one ocean, t wetmore
  • Rock Pigeon, Columba livia
    • 19 Feb, fw n refuge, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 8, s miller
    • 18 Feb, sev n refuge, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, fw n refuge, t wetmore
  • Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
    • 19 Feb, 1 inc 1 north field, 1 h goodno, t wetmore
  • Razorbill, Alca torda
    • 19 Feb, 10-12 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 12+ one ocean inc 6 flybys, 6 on water, s miller
    • 18 Feb, 4 one ocean, t wetmore
  • Herring Gull, Larus argentatus
    • 19 Feb, sev var, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, yes, n landry
    • 18 Feb, 30, s miller
    • 18 Feb, sev var, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, fw var, t wetmore
    • 14 Feb, 10, p brown
    • 11 Feb, 6, n landry
  • Great Black-backed Gull, Larus marinus
    • 19 Feb, 1 pi bridge, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 3, n landry
    • 18 Feb, 1 pi sound, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 2 pr rv f/bridge, t wetmore
    • 14 Feb, 6, p brown
    • 11 Feb, 1, n landry
  • Red-throated Loon, Gavia stellata
    • 19 Feb, 3+ one ocean, t wetmore
  • Common Loon, Gavia immer
    • 19 Feb, 12+ inc 7 one ocean, 5 pi sound, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 4 one ocen, s miller
    • 18 Feb, 6-7 one ocean, t wetmore
  • Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo
    • 14 Feb, 2, p brown
  • Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus
    • 19 Feb, 2 inc 1 im north marsh, 1 ad north pook dike, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 1, n landry
    • 15 Feb, 1 ad marsh n refuge photo, k o'keefe
  • Northern Harrier, Circus cyaneus
    • 19 Feb, 2 inc 1 wardens field, 1 forward, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 2 inc 1 scurves, 1 hellcat, t wetmore
    • 14 Feb, 1 rdside hellcat, g mcphee
    • 14 Feb, 3, p brown
  • Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis
    • 18 Feb, 1, n landry
    • 15 Feb, 2-3 one to hellcat, t wetmore
    • 14 Feb, 2, p brown
  • Rough-legged Hawk, Buteo lagopus
    • 18 Feb, 1, n landry
    • 18 Feb, 1 north pool dike, t wetmore
  • Snowy Owl, Bubo scandiaca
    • 11 Feb, 1 forward dike, g mcphee
  • Barred Owl, Strix varia
    • 19 Feb, 1 marsh trail, s bettencourt
    • 18 Feb, 1 dunes trail, s miller
    • 14 Feb, 1 marsh trail, g mcphee
    • 14 Feb, 1 marsh trail, p brown
  • Short-eared Owl, Asio flammeus
    • 14 Feb, 1 forward dike, p brown
  • Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens
    • 18 Feb, 1, n landry
    • 15 Feb, 1 h goodno, t wetmore
  • Merlin, Falco columbarius
    • 18 Feb, 1 scurves, s miller
    • 18 Feb, 1 pi trnpk, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 1 middens, t wetmore
  • Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus
    • 19 Feb, 1 north marsh, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 1-2 inc 1 pi bridge, 1 marsh n refuge, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 1 marsh n refuge photo, k o'keefe
    • 15 Feb, 1 flyby norht marsh, t wetmore
  • Northern Shrike, Lanius excubitor
    • 15 Feb, 1 v calling scurves, t wetmore
  • Blue Jay, Cyanocitta cristata
    • 19 Feb, 1 one, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 2, n landry
    • 18 Feb, 2, s miller
    • 18 Feb, 5-6 var one to hellcat, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 2-3 h var, t wetmore
    • 11 Feb, 2, n landry
  • American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos
    • 19 Feb, 15+ var inc two, north marsh, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 16, n landry
    • 18 Feb, 30, s miller
    • 18 Feb, 8+ var most two area, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 6-8 inc 6 north marsh, t wetmore
    • 14 Feb, 3, p brown
    • 11 Feb, 2, n landry
  • Horned Lark, Eremophila alpestris
    • 19 Feb, h one platform, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, fw flyby one platform, t wetmore
    • 11 Feb, sm fk hellcat, g mcphee
  • Black-capped Chickadee, Poecile atricapillus
    • 19 Feb, 8+ rdside var, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 3, n landry
    • 18 Feb, 2, s miller
    • 18 Feb, 18+ var most scurves, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 8+ var locns two to hellcat, t wetmore
    • 11 Feb, 3, n landry
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta canadensis
    • 15 Feb, 2+ h goodno, t wetmore
  • American Robin, Turdus migratorius
    • 19 Feb, fk 45 flyby three, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 6, n landry
    • 18 Feb, 16+ var most hellcat, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 20+ var locns two to hellcat, t wetmore
    • 11 Feb, 1, n landry
  • Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos
    • 19 Feb, 1 wardens, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 2, n landry
    • 18 Feb, 1 wardens, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 1 scurves n/wardens, t wetmore
    • 11 Feb, 1, n landry
  • European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
    • 19 Feb, fw n refuge, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, fw n refuge, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, fw n refuge, t wetmore
    • 14 Feb, 5, p brown
  • Cedar Waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum
    • 14 Feb, 5, p brown
  • House Sparrow, Passer domesticus
    • 19 Feb, sev n refuge, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, fw n refuge, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, fw h n refuge, t wetmore
  • American Goldfinch, Spinus tristis
    • 18 Feb, h two, t wetmore
  • Snow Bunting, Plectrophenax nivalis
    • 19 Feb, fk 35 hellcat, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 17 inc fk 7, fk 10, n landry
    • 14 Feb, 4, p brown
  • American Tree Sparrow, Spizelloides arborea
    • 19 Feb, 10+ rdside var, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 2, n landry
    • 18 Feb, 3, s miller
    • 18 Feb, 4-5 var one to north field, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 4+ rdside var, t wetmore
    • 14 Feb, 1, p brown
    • 11 Feb, 2, n landry
  • Savannah Sparrow, Passerculus sandwichensis
    • 15 Feb, 1 one platform, t wetmore
  • Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia
    • 19 Feb, 2-3 var inc singing n refuge, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 1 scurves, t wetmore
    • 14 Feb, 2, p brown
  • White-throated Sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis
    • 16 Feb, 1 scurves photo, s babbitt
  • Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis
    • 19 Feb, 1 singing n refuge, t wetmore
    • 18 Feb, 1, n landry
    • 18 Feb, 1 singing n refuge, t wetmore
    • 15 Feb, 1 m x/north field, t wetmore
    • 14 Feb, 1, p brown
  • Red-winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus
    • 19 Feb, 1 singing 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


February 20, 2017, Tom Wetmore