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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 205 species on the list, with 200 on Plum Island, and 1 life bird.


Greater White-fronted GooseBuff-breasted SandpiperSnowy OwlField Sparrow
BrantPectoral SandpiperShort-eared OwlFox Sparrow
Canada GooseSemipalmated SandpiperBelted KingfisherAmerican Tree Sparrow
Mute SwanWestern SandpiperYellow-bellied SapsuckerDark-eyed Junco
Wood DuckShort-billed DowitcherDowny WoodpeckerWhite-throated Sparrow
Blue-winged TealLong-billed DowitcherNorthern FlickerSeaside Sparrow
Northern ShovelerAmerican WoodcockCrested CaracaraSaltmarsh Sparrow
GadwallSpotted SandpiperAmerican KestrelSavannah Sparrow
American WigeonSolitary SandpiperMerlinSong Sparrow
MallardLesser YellowlegsPeregrine FalconSwamp Sparrow
American Black DuckWilletGreat Crested FlycatcherEastern Towhee
Northern PintailGreater YellowlegsEastern KingbirdBobolink
Green-winged TealWilson's PhalaropeYellow-bellied FlycatcherOrchard Oriole
Ring-necked DuckDovekieAlder FlycatcherBaltimore Oriole
Greater ScaupThick-billed MurreWillow FlycatcherRed-winged Blackbird
Lesser ScaupRazorbillLeast FlycatcherBrown-headed Cowbird
Common EiderBonaparte's GullEastern PhoebeCommon Grackle
Surf ScoterLaughing GullNorthern ShrikeOvenbird
White-winged ScoterRing-billed GullBlue-headed VireoNorthern Waterthrush
Black ScoterHerring GullPhiladelphia VireoBlack-and-white Warbler
Long-tailed DuckLesser Black-backed GullRed-eyed VireoTennessee Warbler
BuffleheadGreat Black-backed GullBlue JayNashville Warbler
Common GoldeneyeLeast TernAmerican CrowCommon Yellowthroat
Barrow's GoldeneyeCaspian TernCommon RavenAmerican Redstart
Hooded MerganserBlack TernHorned LarkCape May Warbler
Common MerganserRoseate TernBank SwallowNorthern Parula
Red-breasted MerganserCommon TernTree SwallowMagnolia Warbler
Wild TurkeyForster's TernPurple MartinBay-breasted Warbler
Pied-billed GrebeBlack SkimmerBarn SwallowBlackburnian Warbler
Horned GrebeRed-throated LoonBlack-capped ChickadeeYellow Warbler
Red-necked GrebeCommon LoonRed-breasted NuthatchBlackpoll Warbler
Rock PigeonNorthern GannetWhite-breasted NuthatchBlack-throated Blue Warbler
Mourning DoveDouble-crested CormorantBrown CreeperPine Warbler
Common NighthawkGreat CormorantHouse WrenYellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Whip-poor-willAmerican BitternMarsh WrenBlack-throated Green Warbler
Clapper RailLeast BitternCarolina WrenWilson's Warbler
Virginia RailGreat Blue HeronGolden-crowned KingletNorthern Cardinal
SoraGreat EgretRuby-crowned KingletRose-breasted Grosbeak
American AvocetSnowy EgretNorthern WheatearIndigo Bunting
Black-bellied PloverLittle Blue HeronVeeryDickcissel
American Golden-PloverTricolored HeronSwainson's Thrush
KilldeerGreen HeronHermit Thrush
Semipalmated PloverBlack-crowned Night-HeronAmerican Robin
Piping PloverYellow-crowned Night-HeronGray Catbird
WhimbrelGlossy IbisBrown Thrasher
Hudsonian GodwitTurkey VultureNorthern Mockingbird
Ruddy TurnstoneOspreyEuropean Starling
Red KnotNorthern HarrierCedar Waxwing
Stilt SandpiperSharp-shinned HawkHouse Sparrow
SanderlingCooper's HawkHouse Finch
DunlinBald EaglePurple Finch
Purple SandpiperRed-tailed HawkAmerican Goldfinch
Baird's SandpiperRough-legged HawkSnow Bunting
Least SandpiperEastern Screech-OwlLark Sparrow
White-rumped SandpiperGreat Horned OwlChipping Sparrow

September 21, 2020, Tom Wetmore