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



Recent Bird Sightings from Plum Island — updated March 1, 2015

  • Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
    • 01 Mar, 1 m flyby one, t wetmore
  • Greater Scaup, Aythya marila
    • 25 Feb, 4 n end island, r heil
  • Common Eider, Somateria mollissima
    • 01 Mar, 180+ one ocean, t wetmore
    • 25 Feb, 290+ n end island, r heil
  • Surf Scoter, Melanitta perspicillata
    • 26 Feb, 2 m one ocean, t wetmore
  • White-winged Scoter, Melanitta fusca
    • 01 Mar, 40 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 28 Feb, 12+ one ocean, t wetmore
    • 27 Feb, one ocean, e labato
    • 26 Feb, 8-10 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 25 Feb, 12 n end island, r heil
  • Black Scoter, Melanitta americana
    • 01 Mar, 4 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 26 Feb, 3 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 25 Feb, 3 n end island, r heil
  • Long-tailed Duck, Clangula hyemalis
    • 01 Mar, 5 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 28 Feb, 2-3 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 27 Feb, one ocean, e labato
    • 26 Feb, 1 m one ocean, t wetmore
  • Hooded Merganser, Lophodytes cucullatus
    • 25 Feb, 2 pi rv, r heil
  • Red-throated Loon, Gavia stellata
    • 26 Feb, 1 one, d adrien
    • 26 Feb, 2 one ocean, t wetmore
  • Common Loon, Gavia immer
    • 01 Mar, 25 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 28 Feb, ~10 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 27 Feb, one ocean, e labato
    • 26 Feb, 10+ one ocean, t wetmore
    • 25 Feb, 12 n end island, r heil
  • Horned Grebe, Podiceps auritus
    • 01 Mar, 2 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 28 Feb, 2-3 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 27 Feb, one ocean, e labato
    • 25 Feb, 1 n end island, r heil
  • Red-necked Grebe, Podiceps grisegena
    • 01 Mar, 3-4 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 28 Feb, 2-3 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 25 Feb, 5 n end island, r heil
  • Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo
    • 01 Mar, 1 jetty f/one, t wetmore
    • 28 Feb, 2 jetty f/one, t wetmore
  • Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus
    • 28 Feb, 1, n landry
  • Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis
    • 28 Feb, 1, n landry
    • 25 Feb, 2 n end island, r heil
  • Razorbill, Alca torda
    • 25 Feb, 20+ n end island, r heil
  • Black-legged Kittiwake, Rissa tridactyla
    • 25 Feb, 5+ ad n end island, r heil
  • Ring-billed Gull, Larus delawarensis
    • 26 Feb, 1 one, d adrien
    • 25 Feb, n end island, r heil
  • Herring Gull, Larus argentatus
    • 01 Mar, 8+ one, t wetmore
    • 28 Feb, 4, n landry
    • 28 Feb, 30+ one ocean, t wetmore
    • 26 Feb, 1 one, d adrien
    • 26 Feb, 20+ n refuge & one, t wetmore
    • 25 Feb, n end island, r heil
  • Iceland Gull, Larus glaucoides
    • 25 Feb, 1 ad kumlien jetty, r heil
  • Great Black-backed Gull, Larus marinus
    • 28 Feb, 1-2 one ocean, t wetmore
    • 26 Feb, 1 one, d adrien
    • 26 Feb, 2-3 one, t wetmore
    • 25 Feb, n end island, r heil
  • Rock Pigeon, Columba livia
    • 01 Mar, 12 pi bridge, 8 one, t wetmore
    • 28 Feb, 9, n landry
    • 28 Feb, 6+ n refuge, t wetmore
    • 26 Feb, 12 n refuge & one, t wetmore
  • Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
    • 01 Mar, 12 one, t wetmore
    • 28 Feb, 3, n landry
    • 28 Feb, 1 n refuge, t wetmore
  • Snowy Owl, Bubo scandiaca
    • 28 Feb, 2 two dunes, i giriunas-bbc
    • 28 Feb, 2 two dunes, t wetmore
    • 27 Feb, 1 one dunes, e labato
    • 26 Feb, 1 one, 1 pans, d adrien
    • 26 Feb, 2 one dunes, t wetmore
    • 23 Feb, 2 tween gate & two, s mcgrath
    • 22 Feb, 1 two bwalk, s curtis
  • Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens
    • 27 Feb, 1 s three, e labato
  • Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus
    • 27 Feb, 1 s three, e labato
  • American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos
    • 01 Mar, h one, t wetmore
    • 28 Feb, 1, n landry
    • 28 Feb, 2-3 one, t wetmore
    • 26 Feb, 3-4 n refuge & one, t wetmore
  • Horned Lark, Eremophila alpestris
    • 21 Feb, 1 one lot, d davis
  • Black-capped Chickadee, Poecile atricapillus
    • 01 Mar, h n refuge, t wetmore
    • 28 Feb, 1, n landry
    • 28 Feb, 2-3 one, t wetmore
    • 27 Feb, 1 s three, e labato
    • 26 Feb, h n refuge, t wetmore
  • American Robin, Turdus migratorius
    • 01 Mar, 2 one, t wetmore
    • 28 Feb, 2, n landry
    • 27 Feb, 2 s three, e labato
  • Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos
    • 28 Feb, 1 one, t wetmore
  • European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
    • 28 Feb, 1 n refuge, t wetmore
  • Cedar Waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum
    • 01 Mar, fk ~15 flyby one, t wetmore
  • Lapland Longspur, Calcarius lapponicus
    • 21 Feb, 1 one lot, d davis
  • Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis
    • 01 Mar, h n refuge, t wetmore
    • 28 Feb, 2-3 one middens, t wetmore
    • 26 Feb, 1 singing one, t wetmore
  • House Sparrow, Passer domesticus
    • 01 Mar, h n refuge, t wetmore
    • 26 Feb, 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 1, 2015, Tom Wetmore