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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 254 species on the list, with 240 on Plum Island, and 2 state life birds.


Greater White-fronted GoosePectoral SandpiperSnowy OwlPurple Finch
Snow GooseSemipalmated SandpiperBarred OwlRed Crossbill
BrantWestern SandpiperLong-eared OwlCommon Redpoll
Canada GooseShort-billed DowitcherShort-eared OwlAmerican Goldfinch
Mute SwanLong-billed DowitcherNorthern Saw-whet OwlLapland Longspur
Wood DuckWilson's SnipeBelted KingfisherSnow Bunting
GadwallAmerican WoodcockRed-bellied WoodpeckerOvenbird
American WigeonSpotted SandpiperYellow-bellied SapsuckerNorthern Waterthrush
American Black DuckSolitary SandpiperDowny WoodpeckerBlue-winged Warbler
MallardGreater YellowlegsHairy WoodpeckerBlack-and-white Warbler
Blue-winged TealWilletNorthern FlickerTennessee Warbler
Northern ShovelerLesser YellowlegsPileated WoodpeckerNashville Warbler
Northern PintailWilson's PhalaropeAmerican KestrelMourning Warbler
Green-winged TealDovekieMerlinCommon Yellowthroat
Ring-necked DuckCommon MurrePeregrine FalconAmerican Redstart
Greater ScaupThick-billed MurreEastern Wood-PeweeCape May Warbler
Lesser ScaupRazorbillYellow-bellied FlycatcherNorthern Parula
Common EiderBlack GuillemotAlder FlycatcherMagnolia Warbler
Harlequin DuckBlack-legged KittiwakeWillow FlycatcherBay-breasted Warbler
Surf ScoterBonaparte's GullLeast FlycatcherBlackburnian Warbler
White-winged ScoterLaughing GullEastern PhoebeYellow Warbler
Black ScoterRing-billed GullGreat Crested FlycatcherChestnut-sided Warbler
Long-tailed DuckHerring GullEastern KingbirdBlackpoll Warbler
BuffleheadIceland GullNorthern ShrikeBlack-throated Blue Warbler
Common GoldeneyeLesser Black-backed GullWhite-eyed VireoPalm Warbler
Barrow's GoldeneyeGlaucous GullBlue-headed VireoPine Warbler
Hooded MerganserGreat Black-backed GullPhiladelphia VireoYellow-rumped Warbler
Common MerganserLeast TernWarbling VireoPrairie Warbler
Red-breasted MerganserBlack TernRed-eyed VireoBlack-throated Green Warbler
Ring-necked PheasantRoseate TernBlue JayCanada Warbler
Wild TurkeyCommon TernAmerican CrowWilson's Warbler
Pied-billed GrebeArctic TernFish CrowEastern Towhee
Horned GrebeForster's TernCommon RavenAmerican Tree Sparrow
Red-necked GrebeRed-throated LoonHorned LarkChipping Sparrow
Rock PigeonPacific LoonPurple MartinClay-colored Sparrow
Mourning DoveCommon LoonTree SwallowField Sparrow
Yellow-billed CuckooCory's ShearwaterNorthern Rough-winged SwallowSavannah Sparrow
Black-billed CuckooGreat ShearwaterBank SwallowNelson's Sparrow
Common NighthawkManx ShearwaterCliff SwallowSaltmarsh Sparrow
Eastern Whip-poor-willWilson's Storm-PetrelBarn SwallowSeaside Sparrow
Chimney SwiftNorthern GannetBlack-capped ChickadeeSong Sparrow
Ruby-throated HummingbirdDouble-crested CormorantTufted TitmouseLincoln's Sparrow
Virginia RailGreat CormorantRed-breasted NuthatchSwamp Sparrow
SoraBrown PelicanWhite-breasted NuthatchWhite-throated Sparrow
Common GallinuleLeast BitternBrown CreeperWhite-crowned Sparrow
American AvocetGreat Blue HeronHouse WrenDark-eyed Junco
Black-bellied PloverGreat EgretMarsh WrenScarlet Tanager
American Golden-PloverSnowy EgretCarolina WrenNorthern Cardinal
Semipalmated PloverTricolored HeronBlue-gray GnatcatcherRose-breasted Grosbeak
Piping PloverGreen HeronGolden-crowned KingletIndigo Bunting
KilldeerBlack-crowned Night-HeronRuby-crowned KingletDickcissel
Upland SandpiperYellow-crowned Night-HeronEastern BluebirdBobolink
WhimbrelGlossy IbisVeeryRed-winged Blackbird
Hudsonian GodwitWhite-faced IbisSwainson's ThrushEastern Meadowlark
Marbled GodwitTurkey VultureHermit ThrushRusty Blackbird
Ruddy TurnstoneOspreyWood ThrushCommon Grackle
Red KnotBald EagleAmerican RobinBrown-headed Cowbird
Stilt SandpiperNorthern HarrierGray CatbirdOrchard Oriole
SanderlingSharp-shinned HawkBrown ThrasherBaltimore Oriole
DunlinCooper's HawkNorthern Mockingbird
Purple SandpiperRed-shouldered HawkEuropean Starling
Baird's SandpiperRed-tailed HawkCedar Waxwing
Least SandpiperRough-legged HawkHouse Sparrow
White-rumped SandpiperEastern Screech-OwlAmerican Pipit
Buff-breasted SandpiperGreat Horned OwlHouse Finch

September 11, 2017, Tom Wetmore