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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

Massachusetts Places to Visit

Error or omission? Please let us know. Thanks to Marj Rines for the basis of this valuable resource.

Statewide

USFWS Wildlife Refuges Twelve USFWS refuges are located in Massachusetts.
National Parks Sixteen national parks are located in Massachusetts.
Coast Guide The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) started the Coast Guide project to help the public get to and enjoy the 25 percent of the state’s coastline that is open to the public.
Mass Audubon Society Sanctuaries Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries across the state offer people of all ages and abilities opportunities to get outdoors and connect with nature. Take to our trails on your own, or join a regularly scheduled program that explains the wonders of our natural world. There are over 50 Mass Audubon sanctuaries to visit in Massachusetts.
The Trustees of Reservations

The Trustees of Reservations preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts. There are more than 100 TOR places to visit in Massachusetts.

MassWildlife Lands Wildlife Lands are public lands for people to enjoy. The MassWildlife Lands Viewer will help prepare you to explore these properties with your rod and reel, bow, gun, knapsack, canoe, camera, or binoculars! (here's the nifty map viewer)
MassParks

Visit Massachusetts State Parks - beaches, wooded parks, parkways, and reservoirs. You can find a place to go in all regions of the Commonwealth from Pittsfield to Boston and Gloucester to Provincetown.

MassPark Trail Maps Trail maps listed alphabetically by park name; maps downloadable in pdf format.
Metacomet Land Trust Since 1988 Metacomet has worked with landowners, towns and state agencies to permanently protect land. MLT owns more than 350 acres across our member communities, protects another 162 acres through Conservation Restrictions, and has assisted in the conservation of another 900 acres---land that is now town open space, state parks and forests, and state wildlife management areas.

Berkshire County

Berkshire Natural Resources Council Berkshire Natural Resources Council is a non-profit land conservation organization working throughout the Berkshires in Massachusetts to preserve threatened lands. The Council places special emphasis on protecting Berkshire's farms, forests, streams, and ridgelines – the great landscape features that give us clean water, fresh air, local produce, healthy wildlife, and outstanding recreational opportunities. Many maps.

Berkshire Taconic Landscape

The Conservancy plays a critical role in protecting this mosaic of wetlands and woodlands. These globally rare wetlands support the greatest concentration of rare species in southern New England.

Connecticut River Valley

Holyoke Birding Google Map showing the 90 best places in the Amherst - Hadley - Holyoke - Springfield corridor.
Kestrel Land Trust KLT serves a 19-town region surrounding Northampton and Amherst. Map showing conservation lands, most with public access.
Silvio O. Conte NWR There are many units and divisions located in Massachusetts including Third Island, Honey Pot, Wissatinnewag, Mt. Tom, Mt. Toby, Hatfield, Fort River, Mill River, Westfield River and Dead Branch.
Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary The Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary (located mid-state in Wales, MA) comprises approximately 8,000 acres of wooded hills, lakes and streams. It is maintained by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation, Inc. whose purpose is the conservation of wildlife and the active practice of conservation for the benefit of the public.

Worcester County

Places to Bird in Central Massachusetts Birders' reccomendations
East Quabbin Land Trust The East Quabbin Land Trust owns over 925 acres in the East Quabbin Region of Massachusetts, permanently protecting such diverse natural environments as wetlands, forests, and fields.
Wachusett Greenways 19 miles of trail along the old Mass Central Railroad line which ran from Boston to Northampton from 1886 to 1938 in the towns of Sterling, West Boylston, Holden, Oakham, Rutland and Barre. 
Birding Worcester County Provided by Paul Meleski.

Essex County

Essex National Heritage Area Ten areas with an emphasis on wildlife viewing.
Essex County Greenbelt Association 5400 acres of conserved landscapes across Essex County. All properties owned by Greenbelt are open to the public free of charge.
Essex County Trail Association The Essex County Trail Association exists to protect access to the trails and open lands throughout Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Topsfield, Essex and West Newbury. ( see trail mashup at Google Maps )

Boston and Suburbs

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy Includes Back Bay Fens, Arnold Arboretum, The Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, and Franklin Park.
Boston Harbor Islands The largest recreational open space in Eastern Massachusetts, the Boston Harbor Islands are one of the northeast's great destinations. Comprised of 34 islands and mainland parks, the park attracts over 1/2 million visitors annually and is an important ecological habitat for wildlife.
Marj's Favorite Places Marj Rines' recommendations. Marj knows birds.
Western Greenway Located in Lexington / Belmont / Waltham.
Boxborough Birders

Local Birding Spots for Boxborough, Acton, Stow, Littleton and Harvard.

Mount Auburn Cemetary Ludlow Griscom, known as the “patron saint of modern American Birdwatching,” described Mount Auburn Cemetery as one of the most advantageous stations for the migration of land birds in eastern Massachusetts. From the birds’ point of view, the Cemetery is primarily a piece of woodland, providing a haven of food, water and shelter. Migrating birds swarm to the Cemetery.
Sudbury Valley Trustees SVT is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works in a 36-community region between Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts.
Southwest Metro Birding Locales Reccomendations from Paul Kinnaly.

South Shore

The Lloyd Center for the Environment The Lloyd Center in Daretmouth, MA sits on 82 acres of oak-hickory forest, freshwater wetlands, salt marsh, and estuary. Our five walking trails offer scenic views of Buzzards Bay, Demarest-Lloyd State Park, Mishaum Point, and the islands. Kettle holes, moraine, and a native American midden site, are several features their trails can offer.

Cape and Islands

Cape Cod Birds Here you will find information on avian research and surveys that have been conducted in the area (e.g., Christmas Bird Counts and Breeding Bird Surveys); photos and details on local vagrants, hybrids, and other oddballs; information on birding on Cape Cod; a bibliography of Cape Cod ornithology; photo galleries of Cape Cod birds; and links to other sites of interest to local birders. Provided by Blair Nakula.
Cape Cod National Seashore The great Outer Beach described by Thoreau in the 1800s is protected within the national seashore. Forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and uplands support diverse species. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod's past and continuing ways of life.
Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1944 to provide habitat for migratory birds. Sand stretches for eight miles off the elbow of Cape Cod, forming the barrier islands of North and South Monomoy. In addition to the two islands, a 40-acre unit on Morris Island is also part of the refuge. This is where the headquarters and visitor center are located. The total size of the refuge is 7,604 acres with varied habitats of oceans, salt and freshwater marshes, dunes, and freshwater ponds of which 3,244 acres are designated Wilderness.
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Wellfleet Bay provides peace and unmatched beauty on the hillsides and shoreline overlooking Wellfleet Harbor. Extensive trails bring you to a panoramic salt marsh, sandy barrier beach, and pine woodlands, each attracting a wide array of wildlife. The sanctuary features a universally accessible trail and an award-winning “green” nature center with numerous exhibits and aquariums.
Nantucket Conservation Foundation The Foundation currently owns and maintains 9,006 acres which is nearly 1/3 of Nantucket. That acreage is divided up among 214 properties with the largest being approximately 3,200 acres (Middle Moors) and the smallest being less than 1/10 of an acre (Larsen Park).
Birding Nantucket Island Provided by the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce.
Martha's Vineyard Land Bank Commission Land bank properties are, except during the hunting season, open daily to the general public from sunrise to sundown. Trails are marked throughout and boundary markers indicate where public land ends and private land begins.
Vineyard Birds Martha's Vineyard birding resources thanks to Susan Whiting.

Offshore

New England Seabirds A guide to watching seabirds, whales, dolphins and other sea life from the coast of New England. How to visit seabird colonies in New England and Maritime Canada.  For wandering birders links to pelagic trips in the U.S. and other countries.  Trip reports written by birders who have traveled widely with binoculars.
Brookline Bird Club The BBC offers plenty of land-based birding excursions but they were one of the first to offer Pelagic trips off the coast. Ask for Ida.
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And finally, Bragg's List.

This reference was created from a set of waypoints compiled by Allan Bragg. He indicates his sources as: A Birder's Guide to Eastern Massachusetts, Bird Finding Guide to Western Massachusetts, Places to bird in and around Arlington, MA, and the Essex County Birding Trail.