Common Bird Species in Massachusetts

Pileated woodpecker feeding chicks © Linda Cullivan
© Linda Cullivan

Find information about birds and bird behavior commonly encountered in Massachusetts. Learn about all the birds of Massachusetts in the Breeding Bird Atlas 2 and find out how they are doing in State of the Birds.

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Hawkwatching & Recent Sightings - Fall

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Hawk Watching

Did you know that tens of thousands of hawks move through Massachusetts in huge concentrations on their way south every fall? September is usually the best month to witness the spectacle. 

Check out our hawk watching tips and tricks that will help you make the most of fall migration in Massachusetts.  

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Recent Sightings

Have there been any unusual or rare sightings in your area? Find out what birds are being seen where in Massachusetts with our regularly updated reports.

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