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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. There are 143 species on the list, with 132 on Plum Island.


Greater White-fronted GooseWilson's SnipeShort-eared OwlPurple Finch
Snow GooseAmerican WoodcockNorthern Saw-whet OwlRed Crossbill
BrantSolitary SandpiperBelted KingfisherCommon Redpoll
Canada GooseGreater YellowlegsRed-bellied WoodpeckerAmerican Goldfinch
Mute SwanWilletYellow-bellied SapsuckerLapland Longspur
GadwallLesser YellowlegsDowny WoodpeckerSnow Bunting
American WigeonDovekieHairy WoodpeckerPalm Warbler
American Black DuckCommon MurreNorthern FlickerPine Warbler
MallardThick-billed MurreAmerican KestrelYellow-rumped Warbler
Blue-winged TealRazorbillMerlinEastern Towhee
Northern ShovelerBlack GuillemotPeregrine FalconAmerican Tree Sparrow
Northern PintailBlack-legged KittiwakeEastern PhoebeChipping Sparrow
Green-winged TealBonaparte's GullNorthern ShrikeField Sparrow
Ring-necked DuckRing-billed GullBlue-headed VireoSavannah Sparrow
Greater ScaupHerring GullBlue JaySong Sparrow
Lesser ScaupIceland GullAmerican CrowSwamp Sparrow
Common EiderGlaucous GullFish CrowWhite-throated Sparrow
Harlequin DuckGreat Black-backed GullCommon RavenDark-eyed Junco
Surf ScoterRed-throated LoonHorned LarkNorthern Cardinal
White-winged ScoterCommon LoonPurple MartinRed-winged Blackbird
Black ScoterNorthern GannetTree SwallowEastern Meadowlark
Long-tailed DuckDouble-crested CormorantBarn SwallowCommon Grackle
BuffleheadGreat CormorantBlack-capped ChickadeeBrown-headed Cowbird
Common GoldeneyeGreat Blue HeronTufted Titmouse
Barrow's GoldeneyeGreat EgretRed-breasted Nuthatch
Hooded MerganserSnowy EgretWhite-breasted Nuthatch
Common MerganserGlossy IbisBrown Creeper
Red-breasted MerganserTurkey VultureCarolina Wren
Wild TurkeyOspreyBlue-gray Gnatcatcher
Horned GrebeBald EagleGolden-crowned Kinglet
Red-necked GrebeNorthern HarrierRuby-crowned Kinglet
Rock PigeonSharp-shinned HawkEastern Bluebird
Mourning DoveCooper's HawkHermit Thrush
Semipalmated PloverRed-tailed HawkAmerican Robin
Piping PloverRough-legged HawkBrown Thrasher
KilldeerEastern Screech-OwlNorthern Mockingbird
SanderlingGreat Horned OwlEuropean Starling
DunlinSnowy OwlCedar Waxwing
Purple SandpiperBarred OwlHouse Sparrow
Pectoral SandpiperLong-eared OwlHouse Finch

April 25, 2017, Tom Wetmore