Bird Observer - The New England Birding Journal
Common Grackle

Common Grackle
Ipswich River WS, Topsfield, MA

Lawrence's Warbler

Lawrence's Warbler
Ordway Reservation, West Newbury, MA

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler
Crane Hill, Ipswich, MA

Bufflehead

Bufflehead
Ipswich River WS, Topsfield, MA

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl
Crane Beach, Ipswich, MA

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler
Langford Pond, Rockport, MA

Egrets

Egrets
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear
Wachusett Reservoir, Sterling, MA

Ovenbird

Ovenbird
Cedar Pond WS, Hamilton, MA

Piping Plover

Piping Plover
Crane Beach, Ipswich, MA

Purple Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper
Halibut Point Reservation, Rockport, MA

Red-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo
Atherton Connector, West Newbury, MA

White-faced Storm-Petrel

White-faced Storm-Petrel
Georges Bank

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher
Halibut Point State Park, Rockport, MA

Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone
Sandy Point State Reservation, Plum Island, MA

Yellow-rumped Warbler

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

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

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

American Golden Plover

American Golden Plover
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Black Tern

Black Tern
Sengekontacket Pond, Martha's Vineyard, MA

Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper
Umbagog NWR, Errol, NH

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing
Washburn Family Forest, Clarksville, NH

Common Loon

Common Loon
Grafton Pond, Grafton, NH

Least Tern

Least Tern
Sandy Point State Reservation, Plum Island, MA

MacGillivray's Warbler

MacGillivray's Warbler
Lexington Community Farm, Lexington, MA

Red Knot

Red Knot
Sandy Point State Reservation, Plum Island, MA

Whimbrel

Whimbrel
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Sharp-shinned Hawk

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

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow
Smith Pond, Enfield, NH

Northern Waterthrush

Northern Waterthrush
Gull Pond, Wenham, MA

Common Merganser

Common Merganser
Deer Island, Newburyport, MA

Veery

Veery
Oxbow NWR, Harvard, MA

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson's Snipe
Indian Stream Road, Pittsburg, NH

American Bittern

American Bittern
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Golden-crowned Kinglet

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

Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler
Hamlin Reservation, Ipswich, MA

Black-throated Blue Warbler

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

Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper
Grafton Pond, Grafton, NH

Marbled Godwit

Marbled Godwit
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail
Ipswich River WS, Topsfield, MA

American Pipit

American Pipit
Wachusett Reservoir, Sterling, MA

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole
Coy Pond, Wenham, MA

Osprey

Osprey
Sandy Point State Reservation, Plum Island, MA

Barred Owl

Barred Owl
Great Bay NWR, Portsmouth, NH

Long-billed Dowitcher

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

Ruffed Grouse

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

Lark Sparrow

Lark Sparrow
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Black-throated Green Warbler

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

Blue-winged Warbler

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

Brant

Brant
West Beach, Beverly Farms, MA

American Avocet

American Avocet
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Bonaparte's Gull

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

Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher
Delmater Sanctuary, Rockport, MA

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush
Halibut Point State Park, Rockport, MA

Horned Lark

Horned Lark
Sandy Point State Reservation, Plum Island, MA

Eurasian Wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow
Pease Grasslands, Portsmouth, NH

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

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

Saltmarsh Sparrow

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

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ipswich River WS, Topsfield, MA

Chestnut-sided Warbler

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

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe
Ipswich River WS, Topsfield, MA

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting
Martin H. Burnes WMA, Newbury, MA

Red-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser
Deer Island, Newburyport, MA

Red Crossbill

Red Crossbill
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager
Willowdale State Forest, Ipswich, MA

Green Heron

Green Heron
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Wood Thrush

Wood Thrush
Ipswich River WS, Topsfield, MA

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow
Crane Beach, Ipswich, MA

Lapland Longspur

Lapland Longspur
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler
Ipswich River WS, Topsfield, MA

Barred Owl

Barred Owl
Julia Bird Reservation, Ipswich, MA

Black-and-white Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler
Jordan Ridge, Acadia NP, Mt Desert Island, ME

Bay-breasted Warbler

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

Marsh Wren

Marsh Wren
Parker River NWR, Plum Island, MA

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee
Old Town Hill, Newbury, MA

Evening Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak
Appleton Farms, Ipswich, MA

Northern Waterthrush

Northern Waterthrush
Coy Pond, Wenham, MA

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked Pheasant
Pikes Bridge, West Newbury, MA

House Finch

House Finch
Sandy Point State Reservation, Plum Island, MA

Wilson's Storm-Petrel

Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Georges Bank

Harlequin Duck

Harlequin Duck
Halibut Point Reservation, Rockport, MA

Wilson's Warbler

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

Solitary Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper
Little River, Newbury, MA

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow
Round Pond, Hamilton, MA

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin
Chubb Creek, Beverly Farms, 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.

 

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    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#