Report a Bird Sighting

Barred owl © Marcia Melone
Barred owl © Marcia Melone

Citizen reports from backyards, feeders, highways, and conservation areas across the state are important to Mass Audubon's efforts to learn more about the populations, distributions, and breeding activities of the birds of Massachusetts. We are currently seeking sightings for:

Chimney Swifts

Throughout most of their range chimney swifts are declining. This chatty, enigmatic summer breeder needs our help, and for this species we are in a unique position.

American Kestrels

The American kestrel, our country’s smallest bird of prey, was once a common sight over Massachusetts fields. But kestrel numbers have plummeted in the past 30 years. In response, Mass Audubon launched the American Kestrel Project with the goal of learning more about where American Kestrels are nesting, and what habitats they prefer to use for nesting.


There are eight common owls you may see—or hear—in Massachusetts, though they often go unnoticed because they are active at night. By reporting your owl sightings, you will provide valuable information about the owl population in the state. 


Ruby-throated hummingbirds are tiny and fast and can be difficult to find, but fortunately, they just love to visit gardens and hummingbird feeders. If you’ve gotten a visit from a hummingbird recently, we want to know about it. Mass Audubon can use these data to better understand trends in hummingbird population and distribution.

Cliff Swallows

Cliff swallows, a once-common species in New England, have been undergoing a long, slow decline in Massachusetts. We are conducting a state-wide survey to determine where cliff swallows are breeding in the state, and you can help! 


Mass Audubon has partnered with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to promote eBird, an online checklist that lets birders record and share their observations, while gathering vital data for our bird conservation programs. Learn more