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Tom’s 2020 Massachusetts and Plum Island Bird Lists


Here’s the list of bird species seen by Tom in Massachusetts and on Plum Island in 2020. All birds on the list were seen in Massachusetts. Birds in boldface were also seen on Plum Island. Birds in pink are life birds. There are 234 species on the list, with 229 on Plum Island, and 1 life bird.


Snow GoosePectoral SandpiperSnowy OwlWhite-winged Crossbill
Greater White-fronted GooseSemipalmated SandpiperShort-eared OwlPine Siskin
BrantWestern SandpiperNorthern Saw-whet OwlAmerican Goldfinch
Canada GooseShort-billed DowitcherBelted KingfisherLapland Longspur
Mute SwanLong-billed DowitcherYellow-bellied SapsuckerSnow Bunting
Wood DuckAmerican WoodcockDowny WoodpeckerLark Sparrow
Blue-winged TealWilson's SnipeHairy WoodpeckerChipping Sparrow
Northern ShovelerSpotted SandpiperNorthern FlickerClay-colored Sparrow
GadwallSolitary SandpiperCrested CaracaraField Sparrow
American WigeonLesser YellowlegsAmerican KestrelFox Sparrow
MallardWilletMerlinAmerican Tree Sparrow
American Black DuckGreater YellowlegsPeregrine FalconDark-eyed Junco
Northern PintailWilson's PhalaropeGreat Crested FlycatcherWhite-crowned Sparrow
Green-winged TealParasitic JaegerEastern KingbirdWhite-throated Sparrow
Ring-necked DuckDovekieYellow-bellied FlycatcherSeaside Sparrow
Greater ScaupThick-billed MurreAlder FlycatcherNelson's Sparrow
Lesser ScaupRazorbillWillow FlycatcherSaltmarsh Sparrow
King EiderBlack GuillemotLeast FlycatcherSavannah Sparrow
Common EiderBonaparte's GullEastern PhoebeSong Sparrow
Surf ScoterBlack-headed GullNorthern ShrikeLincoln's Sparrow
White-winged ScoterLaughing GullBlue-headed VireoSwamp Sparrow
Black ScoterRing-billed GullPhiladelphia VireoEastern Towhee
Long-tailed DuckHerring GullRed-eyed VireoBobolink
BuffleheadLesser Black-backed GullBlue JayOrchard Oriole
Common GoldeneyeGreat Black-backed GullAmerican CrowBaltimore Oriole
Barrow's GoldeneyeLeast TernCommon RavenRed-winged Blackbird
Hooded MerganserCaspian TernHorned LarkBrown-headed Cowbird
Common MerganserBlack TernBank SwallowCommon Grackle
Red-breasted MerganserRoseate TernTree SwallowOvenbird
Wild TurkeyCommon TernPurple MartinNorthern Waterthrush
Pied-billed GrebeForster's TernBarn SwallowBlack-and-white Warbler
Horned GrebeBlack SkimmerBlack-capped ChickadeeTennessee Warbler
Red-necked GrebeRed-throated LoonTufted TitmouseOrange-crowned Warbler
Rock PigeonCommon LoonRed-breasted NuthatchNashville Warbler
Mourning DoveCory's ShearwaterWhite-breasted NuthatchCommon Yellowthroat
Yellow-billed CuckooGreat ShearwaterBrown CreeperAmerican Redstart
Common NighthawkNorthern GannetHouse WrenCape May Warbler
Eastern Whip-poor-willGreat CormorantMarsh WrenNorthern Parula
Clapper RailDouble-crested CormorantCarolina WrenMagnolia Warbler
Virginia RailAmerican BitternBlue-gray GnatcatcherBay-breasted Warbler
SoraLeast BitternGolden-crowned KingletBlackburnian Warbler
American CootGreat Blue HeronRuby-crowned KingletYellow Warbler
American AvocetGreat EgretNorthern WheatearBlackpoll Warbler
Black-bellied PloverSnowy EgretVeeryBlack-throated Blue Warbler
American Golden-PloverLittle Blue HeronGray-cheeked ThrushPalm Warbler
KilldeerTricolored HeronSwainson's ThrushPine Warbler
Semipalmated PloverGreen HeronHermit ThrushYellow-rumped Warbler
Piping PloverBlack-crowned Night-HeronAmerican RobinBlack-throated Green Warbler
WhimbrelYellow-crowned Night-HeronGray CatbirdWilson's Warbler
Hudsonian GodwitGlossy IbisBrown ThrasherScarlet Tanager
Ruddy TurnstoneTurkey VultureNorthern MockingbirdNorthern Cardinal
Red KnotOspreyEuropean StarlingRose-breasted Grosbeak
Stilt SandpiperNorthern HarrierCedar WaxwingIndigo Bunting
SanderlingSharp-shinned HawkHouse SparrowDickcissel
DunlinCooper's HawkAmerican Pipit
Purple SandpiperBald EagleEvening Grosbeak
Baird's SandpiperRed-tailed HawkHouse Finch
Least SandpiperRough-legged HawkPurple Finch
White-rumped SandpiperEastern Screech-OwlCommon Redpoll
Buff-breasted SandpiperGreat Horned OwlRed Crossbill

November 16, 2020, Tom Wetmore