June 2023

Vol. 51, No. 3

Bird Sightings: January-February 2023

Neil Hayward and Robert H. Stymeist


The exceptionally mild weather that began in November 2022 continued into January 2023. New Year’s Day was a balmy 54 degrees and January 2023 was the fifth warmest January on record for Boston. Remarkably, there was no single day during the month when temperatures stayed below freezing for the day. The high temperature for the month in Boston was 59 degrees on January 13. The month was also the cloudiest January on record for Boston. There were 24 days with precipitation totaling 5.23 inches, nearly two inches above average. Snowfall in Boston was just 6.9 inches, well below normal snowfall totals for the month of 12.9 inches.

This Gray Kingbird fed on kelp flies during its stay in Biddeford, Maine, December 3-15, 2021. Photograph by Loren Merrill.

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