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Common Grackle

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Common Grackle
Ipswich River WS, Topsfield, MA

Lawrence's Warbler

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Lawrence's Warbler
Ordway Reservation, West Newbury, MA

Blackburnian Warbler

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Blackburnian Warbler
Crane Hill, Ipswich, MA

Bufflehead

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Bufflehead
Ipswich River WS, Topsfield, MA

Snowy Owl

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Snowy Owl
Crane Beach, Ipswich, MA

Canada Warbler

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Canada Warbler
Langford Pond, Rockport, MA

Egrets

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Egrets
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Green Heron

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Green Heron
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Lapland Longspur

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Lapland Longspur
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Northern Wheatear

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Northern Wheatear
Wachusett Reservoir, Sterling, MA

Ovenbird

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Ovenbird
Cedar Pond WS, Hamilton, MA

Piping Plover

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Piping Plover
Crane Beach, Ipswich, MA

Purple Sandpiper

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Purple Sandpiper
Halibut Point Reservation, Rockport, MA

Red-eyed Vireo

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Red-eyed Vireo
Atherton Connector, West Newbury, MA

White-faced Storm-Petrel

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White-faced Storm-Petrel
Georges Bank

Brown Thrasher

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Brown Thrasher
Halibut Point State Park, Rockport, MA

Ruddy Turnstone

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Ruddy Turnstone
Sandy Point State Reservation, Plum Island, MA

Yellow-rumped Warbler

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Yellow-rumped Warbler
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Ring-necked Pheasant

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Ring-necked Pheasant
Pikes Bridge, West Newbury, MA

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

American Golden Plover

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American Golden Plover
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Black Tern

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Black Tern
Sengekontacket Pond, Martha's Vineyard, MA

Brown Creeper

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Brown Creeper
Umbagog NWR, Errol, NH

Cedar Waxwing

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Cedar Waxwing
Washburn Family Forest, Clarksville, NH

Common Loon

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Common Loon
Grafton Pond, Grafton, NH

Least Tern

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Least Tern
Sandy Point State Reservation, Plum Island, MA

MacGillivray's Warbler

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MacGillivray's Warbler
Lexington Community Farm, Lexington, MA

Red Knot

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Red Knot
Sandy Point State Reservation, Plum Island, MA

Whimbrel

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Whimbrel
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Sharp-shinned Hawk

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Sharp-shinned Hawk
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

White-throated Sparrow

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White-throated Sparrow
Smith Pond, Enfield, NH

Harlequin Duck

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Harlequin Duck
Halibut Point Reservation, Rockport, MA

Northern Waterthrush

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Northern Waterthrush
Gull Pond, Wenham, MA

Common Merganser

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Common Merganser
Deer Island, Newburyport, MA

Veery

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Veery
Oxbow NWR, Harvard, MA

Wilson's Snipe

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Wilson's Snipe
Indian Stream Road, Pittsburg, NH

American Bittern

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American Bittern
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Golden-crowned Kinglet

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Golden-crowned Kinglet
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Pine Warbler

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Pine Warbler
Hamlin Reservation, Ipswich, MA

Black-throated Blue Warbler

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Black-throated Blue Warbler
Chubb Creek, Beverly Farms, MA

Brown Creeper

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Brown Creeper
Grafton Pond, Grafton, NH

Marbled Godwit

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Marbled Godwit
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Virginia Rail

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Virginia Rail
Ipswich River WS, Topsfield, MA

Wilson's Storm-Petrel

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Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Georges Bank

American Pipit

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American Pipit
Wachusett Reservoir, Sterling, MA

Savannah Sparrow

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Savannah Sparrow
Crane Beach, Ipswich, MA

Baltimore Oriole

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Baltimore Oriole
Coy Pond, Wenham, MA

Osprey

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Osprey
Sandy Point State Reservation, Plum Island, MA

Barred Owl

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Barred Owl
Great Bay NWR, Portsmouth, NH

Bay-breasted Warbler

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Bay-breasted Warbler
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Long-billed Dowitcher

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Long-billed Dowitcher
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Ruffed Grouse

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Ruffed Grouse
Nulhegan Basin, Silvio O. Conte NWR, Bloomfield, VT

Lark Sparrow

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Lark Sparrow
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Black-throated Green Warbler

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Black-throated Green Warbler
Homestead Trail 45, Essex, MA

Blue-winged Warbler

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Blue-winged Warbler
Martin H. Burnes WMA, Newbury, MA

Brant

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Brant
West Beach, Beverly Farms, MA

American Avocet

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American Avocet
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Bonaparte's Gull

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Bonaparte's Gull
Sandy Point State Reservation, Plum Island, MA

Wilson's Warbler

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Wilson's Warbler
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Great Crested Flycatcher

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Great Crested Flycatcher
Delmater Sanctuary, Rockport, MA

Hermit Thrush

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Hermit Thrush
Halibut Point State Park, Rockport, MA

Horned Lark

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Horned Lark
Sandy Point State Reservation, Plum Island, MA

Eurasian Wigeon

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Eurasian Wigeon
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Grasshopper Sparrow

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Grasshopper Sparrow
Pease Grasslands, Portsmouth, NH

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Saltmarsh Sparrow

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Saltmarsh Sparrow
Nelson's Island, Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ipswich River WS, Topsfield, MA

Chestnut-sided Warbler

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Chestnut-sided Warbler
Halibut Point State Park, Rockport, MA

Eastern Phoebe

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Eastern Phoebe
Ipswich River WS, Topsfield, MA

Indigo Bunting

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Indigo Bunting
Martin H. Burnes WMA, Newbury, MA

Red-breasted Merganser

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Red-breasted Merganser
Deer Island, Newburyport, MA

Marsh Wren

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Marsh Wren
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Nashville Warbler

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Nashville Warbler
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Wood Thrush

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Wood Thrush
Ipswich River WS, Topsfield, MA

Peregrine Falcon

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Peregrine Falcon
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Palm Warbler

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Palm Warbler
Ipswich River WS, Topsfield, MA

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Bird Observer prints monthly reports of birds seen in Massachusetts to provide a snapshot of birdlife during the reporting period. Our compilers analyze these data for you in a written report highlighting rarities, trends, and seasonal abnormalities. Submissions must be sent by the 15th of the following month.

 

  • Please use Bird Observer's format and abbreviations for location and description. Submissions are also accepted direct via email (same guidelines apply).

  • Filename
    Status
    Size

     

    Taxonomic order:
    The database will sort taxonomically, so sightings may be in any order.

    Entry fields:
    Fields are a database term that simply refer to the different pieces of information. All fields should be in the following order, separated by tabs. Please observe Bird Observer protocol, especially in regard to abbreviations and spacing. Fields are: 

    Species     Date     Location     Quantity     Observer     Notes

    Species: Enter entire species name (e.g. Black-throated Blue Warbler and not Black-throated Blue). You may also use a banding code.
     
    Date: One date per line, unless it is a period of time (e.g. 8/3-24).
     
    Location: Only one location per line. List town only unless there is an approved abbreviation. You may enter a specific location in the notes field.
     
    Quantity: See list of abbreviations for the convention regarding abbreviations and spacing. Please remember to put a space between a number and any description (imm, ad, m, etc.)
     
    Observer: List primary observer only, with # afterwards if there were other observers (other observers may be included in notes if you wish). On a rarity, two observers may be included. If you were not the original person to discover a rarity, please make a note of this in the notes column, and specify the person who found the bird if you have this information.
     
    Notes: Optional. Useful information includes a specific location not covered in abbreviations (e.g. State Park), interesting behavior, a description of unusual bird or plumage, or notation if you are not the original observer of an unusual bird.

    Example: Yellow Rail     12/28/2015     Nantucket CBC     1     T. Johansson#

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    Location Use
    A.A. Arnold Arboretum Boston (A.A.)
    ABC Allen Bird Club
    A.P. Andrews Point, Rockport Rockport (H.P.)
    A.Pd Allens Pond, S. Dartmouth S. Dart. (A.Pd)
    B. Beach
    Barre F.D. Barre Falls Dam, Barre, Rutland
    B.I. Belle Isle, E. Boston E. Boston (B.I.)
    B.R. Bass Rocks, Gloucester Gloucester (B.R.)
    BBC Brookline Bird Club BBC (trip leader)
    BMB Broad Meadow Brook, Worcester Worc. (BMB)
    C.B. Crane Beach, Ipswich Ipswich (C.B.)
    C.P. Crooked Pond, Boxford Boxford (C.P.)
    Cambr. Cambridge Cambr. (F.P.)
    CCBC Cape Cod Bird Club CCBC (trip leader)
    CGB Coast Guard Beach, Eastham Eastham (CGB)
    Corp. B. Corporation Beach, Dennis Dennis (Corp. B.)
    Cumb. Farms Cumberland Farms, Middleboro
    DFWS Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
    DWMA Delaney WMA, Stow, Bolton, Harvard
    DWWS Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary
    E.P. Eastern Point, Gloucester Gloucester (E.P.)
    EMHW Eastern Massachusetts Hawk Watch
    F.E. First Encounter Beach, Eastham Eastham (F.E.)
    F.H. Fort Hill, Eastham Eastham (F.H.)
    F.M. Fowl Meadow Milton (F.M.)
    F.P. Fresh Pond, Cambridge Camb. (F.P.)
    F.Pk Franklin Park, Boston Boston (F.Pk)
    G40 Gate 40, Quabbin Quabbin (G40)
    GMNWR Great Meadows NWR
    H. Harbor
    H.P. Halibut Point, Rockport Rockport (H.P.)
    HRWMA High Ridge WMA, Gardner
    I. Island Boston (Georges I.)
    IRWS Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
    L. Ledge
    M.V. Martha's Vineyard
    MARC Mass. Avian Records Committee
    MBO Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
    MAS Massachusetts Audubon Society
    MBWMA Martin Burns WMA, Newbury
    MNWS Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
    MSSF Myles Standish State Forest, Plymouth
    Mt.A. Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge/Watertown
    NAC Nine Acre Corner, Concord Concord (NAC)
    Nant. Nantucket
    NEHW New England Hawk Watch
    Newbypt Newburyport
    ONWR Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge
    P.I. Plum Island
    Pd Pond
    P'town Provincetown
    Pont. Pontoosuc Lake, Lanesboro Lanesboro (Pont.)
    R.P. Race Point, Provincetown P’town (R.P.)
    Res. Reservoir
    S. Dart. South Dartmouth
    S.B. South Beach, Chatham Chatham (S.B.)
    S.N. Sandy Neck, Barnstable Barnstable (S.N.)
    SRV Sudbury River Valley
    SSBC South Shore Bird Club SSBC (trip leader)
    TASL Take A Second Look Harbor Census TASL (M. Hall)
    USFWS US Fish and Wildlife Service
    WBWS Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
    WMWS Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary
    Wompatuck Wompatuck State Park, Hingham, Cohassett, Norwell
    Worc. Worcester Worc. (BMB)

     



    Example
    ad adult 4 ad
    alt alternate 1 alt pl
    b banded 3 b
    br breeding 6 br pl
    dk dark (morph) 1 dk
    f female 8 f
    fl fledgling 1 ad + 3 fl
    imm immature 6 imm
    juv juvenile 3 juv
    lt light (morph) 4 lt
    m male 1 m
    max maximum 14 max 6/17
    migr migrating 820 migr
    n nesting pr n
    ph photographed 1 ph
    pl plumage 1 br pl
    pr pair 4 pr
    S summer (1S = 1st summer) 1 1S
    v.o. various observers (at various times) M. Rines + v..o.
    W winter (2W = second winter) 6 2W
    yg young pr + 16 yg
    # additional observers (at the same time) M. Rines#