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Welcome to the South Shore Bird Club of Massachusetts

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The South Shore Bird Club (SSBC) was founded in 1946 and the first members set out to explore and share the birds and birding habitats of the South Shore of Massachusetts.

We still concentrate on a variety of mainly local field trips. Many trips involve car-pooling.

In case of inclement weather please check back on this website or contact leader.

Non-members are always welcome. 

Please read and adhere to the ABA birding code of ethics

Click the button for Current Program below, or scroll down to instantly see the next few trips.

Impromptu trips for members only will be advertised on our Google Group.

Click on the View Trip Reports button to see what you've missed!

UPCOMING TRIPS

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS

Please consider helping out with these annual counts. More participants are always needed!

Quincy Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Glenn d'Entremont: 781-344-5857, gdentremont1@comcast.net

 

Marshfield Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Sue MacCallum: 781-837-9400, suemac1051@gmail.com

 

Taunton/Middleboro Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Jim Sweeney: 401-465-6668, assawompsett@yahoo.com

 

Plymouth Christmas Bird Count

Trevor Lloyd-Evans: 508-224-6521, tlloyd-evans@manomet.org; Call/email for an exact date.

Leader's Choice - South of Boston, co-sponsored with the Brookline Bird Club

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Glenn d'Entremont: 781-344-5857, gdentremont1@comcast.net

Glenn will look at recent bird sightings and choose a venue. Contact leader for time and place after November 17th.

Death March and Death Stroll

Saturday, January 8, 2022, 8:00 AM

Wayne Petersen: 781-293-5262, wpetersen@massaudubon.org and Nate Marchessault, 508-304-3346, natemarchessault@gmail.com

Meet: Commuter lot behind McDonald's at intersection of Rtes. 3 & 6, Scusset Road exit, Bourne

Mid-winter is an ideal season to see a plethora of seafowl, unusual gulls, alcids, as well as traditional visitors such as Snow Bunting and possibly even a Northern Shrike or Snowy Owl. This year we’re switching things up a bit and forming two groups. Nate’s group will walk the traditional Death March hike to the rip at Race Point Beach. For those wanting to get their seawatch fix but skip the hike, Wayne’s group will focus on seawatching and otherwise that can be done not far from the car. Both groups will meet up around lunchtime and bird down the Outer Cape on the way back in the afternoon

Plum Island & Vicinity

Saturday, January 15, 2022, 8:30AM

Mike Emmons:978-694-4080, michael.emmons@comcast.net

Meet: Lot 1 parking area, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Newburyport

Expect to find wintering ducks and raptors.

West Island and Sconticut Neck, Fairhaven

Sunday, January 16, 2022, 8:00AM, all day

Jim Sweeney: 401-465-6668, assawompsett@yahoo.com

Meet: Northwest corner of Stop and Shop parking lot at junction of Rt. 6 and Sconticut Neck Rd, Fairhaven

We will spend the day looking for waterfowl, raptors, and wintering shorebirds as well as thicket birds. The abundant thickets on Sconticut Neck and West Island typically host a number of semi-hardy lingering species at this time of year. This area has also been reliable for Snow Buntings, "Ipswich" Savannah Sparrows, and Snowy Owls (during flight years).

Interior Plymouth County

Saturday, January 22, 2022, 8:00AM

Pete Jacobson: 508-208-4702, ejake4@aol.com

Meet: Honey Dew Donuts, 1485 Pleasant St., Bridgewater (near junction of Rtes. 24 & 104 in front of Home Depot)

We will explore the area around Middleboro and Bridgewater and search for any rarities sighted during the recent Christmas Bird Count.

North Quabbin

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Ernie LeBlanc: 978-249-4064, lebroyal@aol.com

Ernie will scout and the trip will go to places in the North Quabbin area with the most potential. We’ll look for wintering birds, hopefully including winter finches. Call for meeting place and time.