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Hotline to Massachusetts Coast

Plum Island
Salisbury Beach State Reservation

February 24, 2024

Janice Zepko

This hotline trip headed to Plum Island and Salisbury Beach State Reservation, with eleven members braving the weather to enjoy some coastal birding. The weather forecast was for sunny skies, high temps in the upper 30s and NW winds blowing all day.  What we encountered was just some sun and brisk NW winds, which grew stronger by the end of the day.  We were able to identify around 50 species with some excellent views of a few target birds as our reward!


Lot 1 - 4 Harriers, a Northern Gannet and a dozen Long-tailed Ducks  

Salt Pannes - 80+ Pintail Ducks, 4 Green-winged Teal and 2 Bald Eagles

Warden’s - a flock of over 30 Snow Buntings and 4 Tree Sparrows

Hellcat Dike - an American Bittern giving great views, a Northern Shoveler and a Peregrine Falcon

Pines – 5 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2 Ravens, 15 Green-winged Teal, a Hooded Merg and Hermit Thrush

Salisbury – a Long-eared Owl and 2 Harriers

See complete list below.