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!


Christmas Bird Counts

Please call leaders for exact dates and please consider helping out with these annual counts. More people are always needed!

Quincy Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 17, 2022; Glenn d'Entremont: 781-344-5857, gdentremont1@comcast.net


Marshfield Christmas Bird Count

Friday, December 30 2022; Sue MacCallum: 781-837-9400, suemac1051@gmail.com

Taunton/Middleboro Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, January 1, 2023; Pete Jacobson: 401-465-6668, assawompsett@yahoo.com

Plymouth Christmas Bird Count

Contact Trevor Lloyd-Evans: 508-224-6521, tlloydevans@manomet.org

West Dennis Beach, Dennis

Sunday, December 4, 2022, 8:00 AM morning

Jonathan Glover: 508-813-8668, jglover76@gmail.com

Meet: East end of the parking lot entrance, Davis Beach Rd.

West Dennis Beach offers a nice mix of salt marsh, dunes, shore and thickets. Join us for a walk along the marsh and thickets and a return walk along the beach. We'll have a chance to see some overwintering warblers, shorebirds and waterfowl. Lesser Black-backed Gull has been regular here.

Osprey Overlook Park/Great Esker Park, Weymouth

Sunday, December 11, 2022, 7:00 AM, morning

Dan O'Brien: 781-351-9444, danielkobrien107@gmail.com

Meet: Osprey Overlook Park, 87 Wharf St., Weymouth

We'll start off by scanning the flocks of Canada Geese for any rare waterfowl and check the tidal estuary for other waterfowl and lingering shorebirds. We'll walk the loop trail and into the south end of Great Esker Park, getting an expansive view of the Back River at low tide. We'll backtrack to the parking lot and drive to stop #2 at the Elva Rd. entrance of Great Esker Park. From there we'll walk along the "great esker" and then hike on some of the smaller eskers on the various meandering trails, looking for woodland birds and lingering migrants. We'll keep an eye out for Belted Kingfisher and seaducks in the Back River. This portion of the walk can be moderately difficult in places, so sturdy hiking shoes with good grip are recommended.

Plum Island & Vicinity

Saturday, January 14, 2023, 8:30 AM

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, raptors and possibly winter finches.

Interior Plymouth County

Saturday, January 21, 2023, 8:00 AM

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

Meet: Honey Dew Donuts, 1485 Pleasant St., Bridgewater (near junction of Rts. 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.