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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!


Assawompsett Ponds IBA Breeding Bird Survey

Saturday, June 24, 5:00 AM

The Assawompsett Pond complex is home to two of the largest natural water bodies in Massachusetts. An area rich in evidence of glacial recession and anthropological significance, these changes made by earth and man had significant impacts to the habitats of this area, along with the breeding birds that inhabit them. All are welcome and encouraged to participate, regardless of skill level. An optional Zoom meeting will be hosted at 6:30 PM the Thursday before the survey (6/22) to discuss the survey areas and habitats at this location. Those who are less familiar with our local birds and their songs will be paired with more experienced birders. We will bird the morning and meet up around noon for a (BYO) picnic lunch at Tamarack Park.

Please register for the survey here:


Saturday, June 3, 2023, 7:00AM

Josh Bock: 773-750-9860,

Meet: McDonald's restaurant, 808 Main St., Millis

Spend the morning exploring local patches in Medfield and Millis, looking for passerines and marsh birds in a variety of habitat. Locations include Causeway Street in Millis, the Medfield State Hospital grounds and lesser-known patches. A mix of species can be expected this time of year, including Yellow-throated Vireo, along with the possibility of rails and other marsh inhabitants.

Allens Pond - South Dartmouth

Sunday, June 4, 2023, 9:30 AM (approximate start time as Breeding Bird Survey route being run prior) - 12:00 PM

Glenn d'Entremont: (781) 267-0442,

Meet: Mass Audubon Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary parking lot, Horseneck Rd.

This is probably the best place in the state to observe the marsh sparrows up close. White-eyed Vireos nest on the property. Nesting Willets will be very vocal and Willow Flycatchers are common. *This trip is co-sponsored with the Brookline Bird Club.

Myles Standish State Forest - Plymouth

Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 6:30PM evening

Glenn d'Entremont: (781)267-0442,

Meet: Parking area at the headquarters/interpretive center, intersection of Lower College Pond & Fearing Pond Roads in the Carver (southwest) part of the forest.

A serene way to end the day with Prairie Warblers and Hermit Thrushes reluctantly giving way to Whip-poorwills. Northern Saw-whet Owl is possible and probably breeds within the forest during some years. *This trip is cosponsored with the Brookline Bird Club and the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest.

Race Point - Provincetown

Sunday, June 11, 2023, 7:00AM morning

Dan Burton: (781) 492-6070, & Rachel Baum:

Meet: Race Point Beach Parking Lot, end of Race Point Rd. off of Rte. 6, Cape Cod National Seashore

Starting from parking lot, we'll walk towards Race Point and spend time at the "Cove" looking over the terns and gulls. If the birding is productive, the group may continue to Race Point. Among the Common Terns, we hope to spot more uncommon ones like Roseate, Black, and possibly Arctic Terns. Bonaparte's Gulls should be around and with luck there could be a Little Gull in the mix. Shearwaters and Wilson's Storm Petrels could just be arriving by this date too. Be prepared to walk on soft sand for up to 4 miles.

Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary - Plymouth

Monday, June 12, 2023, 7:00 AM - morning

Lisa Schibley:

Meet: Main entrance parking lot, 60 Beaver Dam Road

Explore Tidmarsh Farm Wildlife Sanctuary through the morning. Plan to walk at least 3 miles exploring part of the 479 acres of wetlands, woods and grasslands of this Mass Audubon sanctuary in Plymouth.

Mount Greylock - Lanesborough

Saturday, June 17, 2023, 6:00 AM

Glenn d'Entremont: (781) 267-0442,

Meet: Visitors parking lot off Route 7 in Lanesborough

Come see the breeding bird species that whizzed by us in the eastern portion of the state in May. Mourning Warbler sometimes nests on the mountain and there are other species with more northern tastes which hang around here. Combine this trip with tomorrow's trip to October Mountain. *This trip is co-sponsored with the Brookline Bird Club.

Housatonic WMA & October Mountain (Berkshires)

Sunday, June 18, 2023, 6:00 AM - morning (might spill over to early afternoon)

Glenn d'Entremont: (781) 267-0442,

Meet: Parking area to Housatonic WMA on New Lenox Rd., off Rte. 7, Lenox. Go east from Rte. 7, follow 1.5 miles to parking area on right; the Housatonic Bridge is just beyond.

Mourning Warblers are a specialty on this trip as well as other warblers and vireos. Olive-sided Flycatcher remains a possibility in the area. We will then go up October Mountain from the east side. *This trip is co-sponsored with the Brookline Bird Club

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