A flock of 17 Greater White-fronted Geese at the Bear Creek Sanctuary in Saugus in March beat the previous state high count of six. An American White Pelican was seen in Westport on April 15. An early Black-necked Stilt was at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on April 25. Nantucket hosted a Black-backed Woodpecker at the end of April. Passerine highlights included: a Townsend's Warbler at Chestnut Hill Reservoir in Brighton from April 14–19, a Golden-crowned Sparrow in South Natick on April 18–19, a Painted Bunting at a feeder in Whately on the last day of April, and a Varied Thrush in Palmer.
Best sighting: an "invasion" of Ross's Geese. Prior to 2009 there had only been three records, all single birds. This year there were seven birds in Ipswich on March 15, eight birds in Easthampton the next day, two in Haverhill on March 19, and a single bird on Plum Island on March 22.