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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 228 species on the list, with 215 on Plum Island, and 2 state life birds.


Greater White-fronted GooseSpotted SandpiperAmerican KestrelBlue-winged Warbler
Snow GooseSolitary SandpiperMerlinBlack-and-white Warbler
BrantGreater YellowlegsPeregrine FalconTennessee Warbler
Canada GooseWilletEastern Wood-PeweeNashville Warbler
Mute SwanLesser YellowlegsYellow-bellied FlycatcherMourning Warbler
Wood DuckDovekieAlder FlycatcherCommon Yellowthroat
GadwallCommon MurreWillow FlycatcherAmerican Redstart
American WigeonThick-billed MurreLeast FlycatcherCape May Warbler
American Black DuckRazorbillEastern PhoebeNorthern Parula
MallardBlack GuillemotGreat Crested FlycatcherMagnolia Warbler
Blue-winged TealBlack-legged KittiwakeEastern KingbirdBay-breasted Warbler
Northern ShovelerBonaparte's GullNorthern ShrikeBlackburnian Warbler
Northern PintailLaughing GullWhite-eyed VireoYellow Warbler
Green-winged TealRing-billed GullBlue-headed VireoChestnut-sided Warbler
Ring-necked DuckHerring GullWarbling VireoBlackpoll Warbler
Greater ScaupIceland GullRed-eyed VireoBlack-throated Blue Warbler
Lesser ScaupGlaucous GullBlue JayPalm Warbler
Common EiderGreat Black-backed GullAmerican CrowPine Warbler
Harlequin DuckLeast TernFish CrowYellow-rumped Warbler
Surf ScoterRoseate TernCommon RavenPrairie Warbler
White-winged ScoterCommon TernHorned LarkBlack-throated Green Warbler
Black ScoterArctic TernPurple MartinCanada Warbler
Long-tailed DuckRed-throated LoonTree SwallowWilson's Warbler
BuffleheadPacific LoonNorthern Rough-winged SwallowEastern Towhee
Common GoldeneyeCommon LoonBank SwallowAmerican Tree Sparrow
Barrow's GoldeneyeNorthern GannetCliff SwallowChipping Sparrow
Hooded MerganserDouble-crested CormorantBarn SwallowClay-colored Sparrow
Common MerganserGreat CormorantBlack-capped ChickadeeField Sparrow
Red-breasted MerganserBrown PelicanTufted TitmouseSavannah Sparrow
Ring-necked PheasantLeast BitternRed-breasted NuthatchSaltmarsh Sparrow
Wild TurkeyGreat Blue HeronWhite-breasted NuthatchSeaside Sparrow
Horned GrebeGreat EgretBrown CreeperSong Sparrow
Red-necked GrebeSnowy EgretHouse WrenLincoln's Sparrow
Rock PigeonTricolored HeronMarsh WrenSwamp Sparrow
Mourning DoveGreen HeronCarolina WrenWhite-throated Sparrow
Yellow-billed CuckooBlack-crowned Night-HeronBlue-gray GnatcatcherWhite-crowned Sparrow
Black-billed CuckooYellow-crowned Night-HeronGolden-crowned KingletDark-eyed Junco
Common NighthawkGlossy IbisRuby-crowned KingletScarlet Tanager
Eastern Whip-poor-willTurkey VultureEastern BluebirdNorthern Cardinal
Chimney SwiftOspreyVeeryRose-breasted Grosbeak
Ruby-throated HummingbirdBald EagleSwainson's ThrushIndigo Bunting
Virginia RailNorthern HarrierHermit ThrushBobolink
Common GallinuleSharp-shinned HawkWood ThrushRed-winged Blackbird
Black-bellied PloverCooper's HawkAmerican RobinEastern Meadowlark
Semipalmated PloverRed-tailed HawkGray CatbirdCommon Grackle
Piping PloverRough-legged HawkBrown ThrasherBrown-headed Cowbird
KilldeerEastern Screech-OwlNorthern MockingbirdOrchard Oriole
Upland SandpiperGreat Horned OwlEuropean StarlingBaltimore Oriole
Ruddy TurnstoneSnowy OwlCedar Waxwing
Stilt SandpiperBarred OwlHouse Sparrow
SanderlingLong-eared OwlAmerican Pipit
DunlinShort-eared OwlHouse Finch
Purple SandpiperNorthern Saw-whet OwlPurple Finch
Least SandpiperBelted KingfisherRed Crossbill
White-rumped SandpiperRed-bellied WoodpeckerCommon Redpoll
Pectoral SandpiperYellow-bellied SapsuckerAmerican Goldfinch
Semipalmated SandpiperDowny WoodpeckerLapland Longspur
Short-billed DowitcherHairy WoodpeckerSnow Bunting
Wilson's SnipeNorthern FlickerOvenbird
American WoodcockPileated WoodpeckerNorthern Waterthrush

June 22, 2017, Tom Wetmore