Birding Massachusetts

One of the original thirteen colonies and home to the city of Boston, Massachusetts is a state with a rich history. Cape Cod, a popular spot for birds and bird-watching, juts into the Atlantic Ocean from the southeastern corner of the state. Because it is along the Atlantic Flyway, the state checklist boasts 498 species of birds. An estimated 46 percent of the state is forested. Three ecoregions occupy Massachusetts: the Atlantic coastal pine barrens include Cape Cod and nearby islands, where coniferous forests grow in sandy soil; Northeastern coastal forests cover most of the state, encompassing the rolling hills of central Massachusetts and the eastern lowlands; and in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, more boreal New England-Acadian forests prevail, and the terrain is rocky.

  • Massachusetts Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Massachusetts Birding Hotspots

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King eider photo by Ron Knight / Wikimedia

Winter Birding on Cape Ann

Cape Ann, a peninsula roughly 30 miles north of Boston, consists of four towns: Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester-by-the-Sea. It’s a fascinating area, with a proud tradition of fishing and shipbuilding, a distinguished cultural history, and great natural beauty. It offers fine birding year-round, but it’s renowned among birders—locally, nationally, and internationally—as a premier winter destination. The main attractions are seabirds: waterfowl, alcids, and gulls.
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