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Tom’s 2017 Massachusetts and Plum Island Bird Lists


Here’s the list of bird species seen by Tom in Massachusetts and on Plum Island in 2017. All birds on the list were seen in Massachusetts. Birds in boldface were also seen on Plum Island. Birds in yellow are Massachusetts life birds. Birds in purple are Plum Island life birds. There are 231 species on the list, with 218 on Plum Island, and 2 state life birds.


Greater White-fronted GooseSpotted SandpiperHairy WoodpeckerSnow Bunting
Snow GooseSolitary SandpiperNorthern FlickerOvenbird
BrantGreater YellowlegsPileated WoodpeckerNorthern Waterthrush
Canada GooseWilletAmerican KestrelBlue-winged Warbler
Mute SwanLesser YellowlegsMerlinBlack-and-white Warbler
Wood DuckDovekiePeregrine FalconTennessee Warbler
GadwallCommon MurreEastern Wood-PeweeNashville Warbler
American WigeonThick-billed MurreYellow-bellied FlycatcherMourning Warbler
American Black DuckRazorbillAlder FlycatcherCommon Yellowthroat
MallardBlack GuillemotWillow FlycatcherAmerican Redstart
Blue-winged TealBlack-legged KittiwakeLeast FlycatcherCape May Warbler
Northern ShovelerBonaparte's GullEastern PhoebeNorthern Parula
Northern PintailLaughing GullGreat Crested FlycatcherMagnolia Warbler
Green-winged TealRing-billed GullEastern KingbirdBay-breasted Warbler
Ring-necked DuckHerring GullNorthern ShrikeBlackburnian Warbler
Greater ScaupIceland GullWhite-eyed VireoYellow Warbler
Lesser ScaupLesser Black-backed GullBlue-headed VireoChestnut-sided Warbler
Common EiderGlaucous GullWarbling VireoBlackpoll Warbler
Harlequin DuckGreat Black-backed GullRed-eyed VireoBlack-throated Blue Warbler
Surf ScoterLeast TernBlue JayPalm Warbler
White-winged ScoterBlack TernAmerican CrowPine Warbler
Black ScoterRoseate TernFish CrowYellow-rumped Warbler
Long-tailed DuckCommon TernCommon RavenPrairie Warbler
BuffleheadArctic TernHorned LarkBlack-throated Green Warbler
Common GoldeneyeRed-throated LoonPurple MartinCanada Warbler
Barrow's GoldeneyePacific LoonTree SwallowWilson's Warbler
Hooded MerganserCommon LoonNorthern Rough-winged SwallowEastern Towhee
Common MerganserManx ShearwaterBank SwallowAmerican Tree Sparrow
Red-breasted MerganserNorthern GannetCliff SwallowChipping Sparrow
Ring-necked PheasantDouble-crested CormorantBarn SwallowClay-colored Sparrow
Wild TurkeyGreat CormorantBlack-capped ChickadeeField Sparrow
Horned GrebeBrown PelicanTufted TitmouseSavannah Sparrow
Red-necked GrebeLeast BitternRed-breasted NuthatchSaltmarsh Sparrow
Rock PigeonGreat Blue HeronWhite-breasted NuthatchSeaside Sparrow
Mourning DoveGreat EgretBrown CreeperSong Sparrow
Yellow-billed CuckooSnowy EgretHouse WrenLincoln's Sparrow
Black-billed CuckooTricolored HeronMarsh WrenSwamp Sparrow
Common NighthawkGreen HeronCarolina WrenWhite-throated Sparrow
Eastern Whip-poor-willBlack-crowned Night-HeronBlue-gray GnatcatcherWhite-crowned Sparrow
Chimney SwiftYellow-crowned Night-HeronGolden-crowned KingletDark-eyed Junco
Ruby-throated HummingbirdGlossy IbisRuby-crowned KingletScarlet Tanager
Virginia RailTurkey VultureEastern BluebirdNorthern Cardinal
Common GallinuleOspreyVeeryRose-breasted Grosbeak
Black-bellied PloverBald EagleSwainson's ThrushIndigo Bunting
Semipalmated PloverNorthern HarrierHermit ThrushBobolink
Piping PloverSharp-shinned HawkWood ThrushRed-winged Blackbird
KilldeerCooper's HawkAmerican RobinEastern Meadowlark
Upland SandpiperRed-tailed HawkGray CatbirdCommon Grackle
Ruddy TurnstoneRough-legged HawkBrown ThrasherBrown-headed Cowbird
Stilt SandpiperEastern Screech-OwlNorthern MockingbirdOrchard Oriole
SanderlingGreat Horned OwlEuropean StarlingBaltimore Oriole
DunlinSnowy OwlCedar Waxwing
Purple SandpiperBarred OwlHouse Sparrow
Least SandpiperLong-eared OwlAmerican Pipit
White-rumped SandpiperShort-eared OwlHouse Finch
Pectoral SandpiperNorthern Saw-whet OwlPurple Finch
Semipalmated SandpiperBelted KingfisherRed Crossbill
Short-billed DowitcherRed-bellied WoodpeckerCommon Redpoll
Wilson's SnipeYellow-bellied SapsuckerAmerican Goldfinch
American WoodcockDowny WoodpeckerLapland Longspur

July 19, 2017, Tom Wetmore