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

Miscellaneous Links & Resources

A curated list of some of Marj Rines' favorites.

Species

All About Birds The Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University presents an online guide to birds and birdwatching.
WhatBird Identify birds of North America with a few clicks.
Animal Diversity Web Animal Diversity Web (ADW) is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan.

Patuxent Bird Identification Info Center

Photographs, songs, videos, identification tips, maps, and life history information for North American birds provided by the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.
BirdZilla Wild about wild birds!
Discover Life Online field guide.
eNature.com Online field guide.

Song

Macaulay Library The world's largest archive of wildlife sounds and videos by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
xeno-canto Dedicated to sharing bird sounds from all over the world.
Bird Calls and Songs Recordings and sonagrams of the bird sounds of eastern North America and beyond.
The Fledgling Guide Project Web-based guide to fledglings of New England birds.
Mangoverde World Bird Guide An all volunteer project to create a freely accessible multimedia field guide to all of the world's bird species.
Bird-Sounds.net The songs and calls of 602 species of North American birds.
Nature Songs North American bird sounds - not just bird calls or bird songs, but all the sounds birds make, such as wing sounds and bill rattles.
Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics Find the sound of your favorite bird, mammal, amphibian or insect in the BLB, one of the largest animal sound archives in the world.
Bird Songs Songs and calls of some New York State birds.
Wisconsin BBA Includes many Mass. species.
Minnesota Birding Trail Includes many Mass. species.

General Info

Sibley updates and corrections Updates and corrections for any of their books or guides.
AOU publications Includes AOU Checklist of North and Middle American Birds (7th Edition and Supplements).
ABA Checklist PDF / XLS printable checklists.
The Great Backyard Bird Count Bird watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology  A world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds.
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center The Center develops and manages national inventory and monitoring programs and is responsible for the North American Bird Banding Program.
American Bird Conservancy (ABC) ABC is the Western Hemisphere's bird conservation specialist — the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.
BLM Strategic Plan for Migratory Bird Conservation Direct link to pdf, published 4/16/2013 by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.

Databases

eBird eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.
Results by Count
Results by Species
Audubon Christmas Bird Count results. Also of interest: Dec. 2015 116th CBC Circles.
Avian Knowledge Network (AKN) AKN partners act to improve awareness, purpose, access to, and use of data and tools at scales ranging from individual locations to administrative regions (e.g., management areas, states, countries) and species ranges.
North American Breeding Bird Survey Estimates of trend (interval-specific estimates of population change), annual indices of abundance, and maps of abundance and population change for the more than 400 species of North American birds.
HawkCount Count data and site profiles for over 275 North American Hawkwatch sites.

Literature Search

SORA The Searchable Ornithological Research Archive is the world's first and largest open access ornithological publications archive.
OWL The Ornithological Worldwide Literature (OWL) is a compilation of citations and abstracts from the worldwide scientific literature that pertain to the science of ornithology.
BirdNet An online repository of information about the science of ornithology, and about issues of interest to ornithologists.
Index of articles on species identification Direct link to PDF by the MD/DC Records Committee of the Maryland Ornithological Society.
Google Scholar From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Migration

Radar Technology - A Tool for Understanding Migratory “Aerofauna” USGS, Fort Collins Science Center
BirdCast Bird Migration Forecasts in real time.
Tom Auer's Blog Thoughts on the Migration, Distribution, and Phenology of North American Birds.
Badbirdz Reloaded From March to May and from August to October you will find daily posts regarding bird migration over Florida.

Nest Cams

Du Bois Library Falcons UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA
New Balance Falcon Cam New Balance, Lawrence, MA
Meet the River Hawks UMass Lowell, Lowell, MA
Felix Neck Owl Cam Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard.
Woods Hole Osprey Cam Quissett Campus of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
OspreyCam Allyn Cox Reservation in Essex, MA.
Ravens at Wellesley Wellesley’s Science Center, Wellesley, MA.

A Random Collection

Banding Codes "Real birders use four-letter words."
Gull Banding Key
Gull Banding Institutions
From Bird Observer Vol. 44, No. 5
Bird Dictionary Dictionary of birdwatching terminology.
IOC World Bird List An up-to-date classification of world birds and set of recommended English names.
The History of North American Bird Names In the  American Ornithologists' Union Checklists 1886 - 2000.
The Feather Atlas Promotes feather identificaton, research, and appreciation by providing high-resolution scans of the flight feathers of North American birds.
The Rule of Twelfths The tide cycle, simplified.

General Nature

Google Scholar From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center The nation’s first laboratory dedicated to wildlife research.
eNature.com The site's core content of wildlife information about almost 6,000 individual species is the same data set used to create the printed Audubon Field Guides. 
Discover Life On-line tools to identify species, teach and study nature's wonders, report findings, build maps, process images, and contribute to and learn from a growing, interactive encyclopedia of life with 1,000,000+ species pages.
BiologyBrowser Produced by Thomson Reuters, BiologyBrowser offers access to evaluated and curated digital resources of interest to the scientific researcher.
NatureServe Explorer An authoritative source for information on more than 70,000 plants, animals, and ecosystems of the United States and Canada.
Animal Diversity Web (ADW) An online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan.
USFWS U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
USGS Ecosystems U.S. Geological Survey

Mammals

eNature.com Field guide to mammals.
Mammals of New England Photos and information.
Smithsonian Institution North American mammals.
MassWildlife Direct link to Pocket Guide to MA Animal Tracks (pdf)
Mammals in Massachusetts The present list recognizes 104 species.

Fish

Museum of Comparative Zoology Ichthyology Department at Harvard Univeristy.

Amphibians & Reptiles

New England Herpetological Society A group of reptile and amphibian enthusiasts.
Mass. Dept. of Fish & Game State Reptiles & Amphibians List.
AmphibiaWeb Provides information on amphibian declines, natural history, conservation, and taxonomy.
Animal Diversity Web (ADW) Frog calls.
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center North American Amphibian Monitoring Program.
The Vernal Pool Association An independent group of individuals attempting to educate others about vernal pool ecology, the local environment, bio-diversity, and the protection of our resources.
UMass Amherst Snakes of Massachusetts

Moths & Butterflies

Massachusetts Butterfly Club Sponsors state-wide butterfly activities to promote education, conservation, and interpretation.
Butterflies Ed Lam's web site.
Butterflies of Massachusetts List of species accounts.
Massachusetts Butterfly Atlas Mass Audubon.
Top butterfly nectar flowers For Eastern Massachusetts.
New England Caterpillars By Sam Jaffe.

Damselflies & Dragonflies

Dragonflies & Damselflies of southern New England Ode News (Blair Nikula).
Damselflies and Dragonflies Ed Lam's web site.
A Selection of Massachusetts Dragonflies and Damselflies Photography by Glenn Corbiere.
Odonata Fauna of Connecticut Scans of the 148 species of odonates and information on identification, distribution, flight activity, habitats, behavior, and conservation status of this fauna. 

Other Insects

BugGuide.net Identification, images, & information for insects, spiders & their kin for the United States & Canada.
Singing Insects of North America (SINA) To help users identify all species of crickets and katydids from America north of Mexico and the common species of Florida cicadas.
InsectIdentification.org Guide to identification.

Plants

GoBotany Discover thousands of New England plants.
New England Wildlflower Society The nation’s oldest plant conservation organization and a recognized leader in native plant conservation, horticulture, and education.
Discover Life keys to identifying wildflowers.
MyWildflowers.com Wildflowers from the trails of western Pennsylvania and beyond.
Wildflowers of the Westborough Reservoir Includes a calendar of blooming time.
Connecticut Botanical Society A group of amateur and professional botanists who share an interest in the plants and habitats of Connecticut and the surrounding region.
What Tree is That? The Arbor Day Foundation.

Massachusetts Nature

MA Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) Providing environmental education and training for more than 2,000 conservation commissioners throughout Massachusetts.
Animal Tracks Den Information on animals and their tracks.
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