Bird Observer: The Birding Journal for New England

Bird Observer

The Birding Journal for New England

June 2017

Vol. 45, No. 3

Bird Sightings: January-February 2017

Seth Kelllogg, Marjorie W. Rines, and Robert H. Stymeist


King Eider by Sandy Selesky

Both January and February were warmer than usual with near normal rainfall and normal snow amounts. A warm front arrived in New England on January 11, setting record-high temperatures across the state. Temperatures in Boston reached 61°, tying previous records set in 1913 and 1975, and Worcester’s high of 57° surpassed 55° in 1980. In Boston the temperature averaged 35° for January, 6.6° above normal. Rainfall totaled 3.9 inches in Boston during January, and snowfall totaled 8.9 inches. Most of the snow came on a nor’easter January 6–7. It dumped seven inches in Boston, but hit the south shore hard with 14–19 inches and 9–11 inches on Cape Ann, where gusts were reported at 65 mph in Rockport.

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