Spring & Summer Birds

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Spring and summer are great seasons to go birding! Our migrant species have returned from their wintering grounds attired in their breeding finery, and many species are singing and displaying in fine fashion across the Commonwealth.

While this is list is by no means exhaustive, the birds featured here are some of the most commonly seen species throughout spring and summer all across Massachusetts.

→ Looking for a more comprehensive list? Check out Mass Audubon's Breeding Bird Atlas 2.

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You don't have to go far to see birds. Many of the species listed here will readily come to feeders, water sources, and other features in your yard or neighborhood!

Not sure where to start? Read our suggestions for feeding birds. You can also find out how to choose the right birdhouse and learn all about landscaping for birds


Common Spring & Summer Birds in Massachusetts


American Goldfinch male breeding plumage © James Jewett
American Goldfinch male © James Jewett

American Goldfinches

  

Robin © Richard Alvarnaz
Robin © Richard Alvarnaz

American Robins

Baltimore Oriole male on ground © Kimberly King
Baltimore Oriole male © Kimberly King

Baltimore Orioles

 
black-capped chickadee © Jake LeSuer
black-capped chickadee © Jake LeSuer

Black-capped Chickadees

Blue Jay at North River (photo: Scott Santino)

Blue Jays

 
Brown-headed cowbird © Alan D. Wilson
© Alan D. Wilson

Brown-headed Cowbirds

Carolina wren © Ken Thomas
Carolina wren © Ken Thomas

Carolina Wrens

 
cedar waxwing © Joseph Cavanaugh
cedar waxwing © Joseph Cavanaugh

Cedar Waxwings

chipping sparrow © Dave Menke, USFWS
© Dave Menke, USFWS

Chipping Sparrows

 
common grackle © Dr. Thomas G. Barnes, USFWS
© Dr. Thomas G. Barnes, USFWS

Common Grackles

Downy Woodpecker © US Fish and Wildlife
Downy Woodpecker © US Fish and Wildlife

Downy Woodpeckers

 
eastern bluebird © Dorrie Holmes
eastern bluebird © Dorrie Holmes

Eastern Bluebirds

eastern pheobe © Ashley Keleher
eastern pheobe © Ashley Keleher

Eastern Phoebes

 
European starling © USFWS
European starling © USFWS

European Starlings

Heron © John Elliott
© John Elliott

Great Blue Herons

 
northern cardinal © Johanna Wray
northern cardinal © Johanna Wray

Northern Cardinals

northern mockingbird © Ken Thomas
northern mockingbird © Ken Thomas

Northern Mockingbirds

 
mourning dove © Al Caldarelli
mourning dove © Al Caldarelli

Mourning Doves

male red-winged blackbird © Andrew Liu
male red-winged blackbird © Andrew Liu

Red-winged Blackbirds

 
white-breasted nuthatch © USFWS
white-breasted nuthatch © USFWS

White-breasted Nuthatches