Massachusetts Birding Resources

The Nifty Fifty

The Nifty Fifty is a mini-guide to the birds of Massachusetts. It includes descriptions, images, video and songs of 50 of the most often observed birds of Massachusetts. View the guide by clicking here or on the Nifty Fifty link on the left.

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Some birds prefer to stay near the ground, while others are almost always seen high in a tree. Look for the following notations in the species descriptions to determine where the species is most likely to be seen. If a note is not present, the bird does not have a strong affinity for a particular region.

  • Look high.
  • Look mid-story.
  • Look low.

State Information

Massachusetts Avian Record Committee

Massachusetts State Checklist


Recent Bird Sightings

(781) 259-8805 Statewide



Birding Locations

Essex County Birding Trail

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge


Black-capped Chickadee

Massachusetts State Bird - Black-capped Chickadee


Massachusetts Birding Events

Birds and Bards Festival

Usually in May
Boston, Massachusetts
Phone: 617-566-1689 x216
Spend the weekend exploring birds, poetry, and nature in over 1,000 acres of green space at the end of Boston's Emerald Necklace. The festival includes activities for children and adults, most of which are free. We hope you can join us!
Sponsored by Arnold Arboretum, Forest Hills Educational Trust, Franklin Park Coalition, Franklin Park Zoo, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, and Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center. Held during the peak spring songbird migration, these walks should provide opportunities to view warblers and other species.

Plover Festival

Third weekend in May
Newburyport, Massachusetts
Phone: 978-465-5753
All programs are FREE! Events include kayak tour, bird show, bird walks, botany walk, nature walk, tidepooling, aquatic touch tank for kids, demonstrations. Witness the spectacular spring migration and learn how to identify woodland birds. Explore the unique plant life of the maritime forest and dunes. Discover the variety of waterfowl and shorebirds visiting the Refuge.


Other resources and locations

If you have suggestions for additional birding resources in Massachusetts, from web sites to your favorite birding location, submit your information using the following form. You can cut and paste large amounts if text into the information field. Birding locations are the most desired, but any good resource on Massachusetts birds is welcomed.

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