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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
R Scherer Amherst Anytime English, German, Spanish
I list Amherst as my locale as it is easier to find, but actually the areas I would show visitors are in Orange and Wendell MA, rural areas to the north and east of Amherst. There is lots of good riparian habitat, mixed deciduous/mixed age woodlands, a lot of old farm fields, and some limited areas of spruce at higher elevations for some typically more northern species.
You could link my name to the MA breeding bird atlas for Orange Blocks 5 and 8, they are my home turf.


 

J Sharp Arlington, Massachusetts I am retired and I may have most times available. English only, for fluent speech, but I can speak a bit of French and German.
I can take you to several places within a half-hour drive and during one day we can see several dozen bird species. Many ducks and cormorants on the water, wading and shorebirds at Plum Island and Concord Great Meadow. I can provide a complete list of what we saw as well as a few photos. I bird with a good scope to help you see them better. Area:
Mount Auburn Cemetery, Plum Island at Parker River NWR, Concord Great Meadow,

Area Birds:
Bald Eagle (winter), Northern Harrier, migrating warblers
Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, car, long walk, museum, restaurant, arboretum, Attend: concert, live music, Participate: running races
J Toledano Ashland Weekend English, enough Spanish
I live and work in Central Massachusetts as a geographer at a local university. Although I have good knowledge of Central Massachusetts, I am very familiar with a variety of habitats and their niche species for the entire state, from the mountainous Western regions to the coastal plains. I welcome visitors anytime of year.
K Dia Concord/Boston Anytime English
I am part of a volunteer weekly species census crew at Great Meadows NWR and am very familiar with that site. I am also familiar with many other hotspots in the Boston area and am happy to make suggestions!



M Wallitis Greenfield, Massachusetts Anytime English
I am no expert but I love photographing nature! Area:
Connecticut River/ Power Canal

Area Birds:
2 Breeding Pair of Bald Eagle
Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, photography, butterflies, fishing, skiing, swimming, beach, rainforest : stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, biking, long walk, packpack, canoe, ship, kayak, Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, ski run/trail, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation, shop, antique, fashion, Attend: concert, horse race, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, political rally, protest, competition, swapParticipate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, country, classical, wine, beer, liquor, social games, computer games, casino


D Durrant Harvard Anytime English
I am an avid bird watcher, but no means an expert. I live close to the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, Bolton Flats, and Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge.
P White Harvard, Bolton Anytime English
My home area of Harvard and Bolton in central Massachusetts includes farmland, overgrown fields, mixed deciduous forest, some mature pine forest, a number of wetlands, beaver ponds, wet woodlands, and a powerline right-of-way with low scrubby vegetation. Some local birding areas are Oxbow WMA, Bolton Flats WMA, Delaney WMA, Wachusett Reservoir IBA, and Fruitlands Museum.
I am working on the MA breeding bird atlas for Ayer Blocks 3 and 9 and Hudson Block 7 (in which I live).
P O'Neill Boston Anytime English, adequate Spanish
I have been birding for several years, including South America, Asia and Africa. I bird locally in Eastern Massachusetts and Southern Rhode Island. The area is good for land birds during fall and spring migration. There are also some shore bird hot spots.
K Dia Concord/Boston Anytime English
I am part of a volunteer weekly species census crew at Great Meadows NWR and am very familiar with that site. I am also familiar with many other hotspots in the Boston area and am happy to make suggestions!
B Sloane Boxford Weekend English, French, Spanish
Backyard birder; great migratory birds; Audubon volunteer."
J Crystal Cambridge Anytime English, some German
I've been leading local bird trips for eight years, and enjoy working with beginning birders.
A Dunn Cambridge Anytime English
Mt. Auburn Cemetary - spring songbird migration, Plum Island, Quabbin Resivior, Cape Cod (more limited).


J Kirk Dunstable, MA Weekends English
I am 73 and enjoy chasing birds and meeting new friends. Also interested in Herps. ,butterflies, Dragonflies Area:
Plum Island, Cape Ann, Cape Cod

Area Birds:
Alcids, Snowy Owls
Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, walking, hiking, train, bus, car, long walk, Visit: ski runParticipate: Dragonflies, Rocks and Minerals.

S Large Falmouth Weekend English
New to the area but I am learning.
D Durrant Harvard Anytime English
I am an avid bird watcher but no means an expert. I live close to the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, Bolton Flats, and Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge.
P Fitzgerald Hingham Anytime English, some Spanish
I am the editor of the regional birdwatching journal Bird Observer. I live on the South Shore of Greater Boston, where there is an excellent diversity of habitats.
C Darcy Lakeville Weekend English
I'm a backyard birder. I have a large backyard that boarders the woods. We have numerous flowers, feeders, bird baths, houses that attract a lot of the normal birds, i.e. Finches, Cardinals, Chickadees, Bluejays, Titmouse, Nuthatch, Woodpeckers, etc. We have also had a lot of luck with Hummingbirds who visit all day long. We have a window feeder that is up close personal. This past summer we watched a couple of Crested Flycatchers raise their young, as well as a Wild Turkey and her 8 little ones. I had one Bluebird sit on my porch roof - but haven't seen him/her since. I'm working on getting those and Baltimore Orioles to be regular visitors.
T Katarki Lowell Anytime English
E Adams Marshfield Weekend English
I'm a member of Mass Audubon and can find some hotspots. I'm an intermediate level, serious birder. I prefer finding good habitat and taking time to ID and watch behaviors - I'm not a twitcher.
C Leary Methuen Weekend English, some Spanish
Near Plum Island, willing to travel for rare sightings.
R Falconeiri Middleboro Anytime English
76 years old Male I have 4 humming bird, 4 sunflower, 1 suet Feeders and a running water bird bath.

 

  K Blackshaw Nantucket, Massachusetts and Englewood, Florida Florida: mid-Dec. until mid April, then July and August. English
  Here is my Nantucket, MA listing

Birding 60 years and author of eight books about birding on Nantucket. Available May and early June, then Sept through mid Dec. If you e-mail me I'll either help you or link you up with someone who will. Nantucket is just over 40 square miles, you are never more than a mile and a half from the beach.
This would work for Englewood, FL.

Birding 60 years and author of eight books about birding on Nantucket, plus edited to editions of A Birders Guide to Georgia. Available mid-December until mid April, then July and August. If you e-mail me I'll either help you or link you up with someone who will. SW Florida is filled with very observable birds that seem much tamer here than up north.
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T Kastner Nantucket Anytime English, French
Good variety year-round. Unique history biodiversity. It takes extra effort to get here but it's worth it.
E Anderwald Nantucket Anytime English, Spanish
Live on Nantucket most of the year.
J Regan North Andover Anytime English
Member of Brookline Bird Club
E Wong Pittsfield Anytime English
I can give referral to areas to bird and I may even go birding with you. Currently, I have weekends and a mid week day off.
J Bishop Plainfield Anytime English, bad French, worse Spanish


T Kavanaugh Plum Island, Ma Mostly Weekends English
I am an experienced group leader with knowledge of the local hotspots. I am on top of recent unique sightings and their locations.

Young or old, experienced or inexperienced, I would be happy to show you around during your visit.
Area:
Parker River NWR, Newburyport, Salisbury,and Gloucester

Area Birds:
Passerines, Birds of Prey, Ducks, Alcids
Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography.

I Giriunas Reading Anytime English
A Richards Sunderland Anytime English
Birder for 60+ years, limited walking stamina but OK in drivable areas. Connecticut River Valley with wide variety of habitats and variable seasonal species. Routinely see 150+ species in normal year.
H Mauer Salisbury Anytime English
Henry and Deborah are active birdwatchers in northeast Massachusetts and southeast New Hampshire. Henry is an active bird photographer. Our primary home hotspots are Plum Island (Parker River NWR), Salisbury Beach State Reservation and Cape Ann (Gloucester & Rockport). We lead monthly bird trips for teenage birders in conjunction with Massachusetts Audubon.
B Benner West Whately Weekend English
M Landy Weston Anytime French/English
T Sharp Worcester Weekend English


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Birding Friendly Lodging

A place near a birding hotspot, operated by Pals who cater to birders' needs.

Contact Location & Nearby Hotspot Type of lodging Languages

Plum Island, Newburyport
Parker River Nat'l Wildlife Refuge
I rent out my guest rooms, it's very reasonable. English, French, Hebrew
Plum Island

This 11 mile long island is where I live, on a tidal basin of the Merrimac River, in a sweet home with two very reasonable guest rooms.
www.airbnb.com/rooms/1992114

Plum Island is also home to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, a mile away: a premier birding locale year round.
(You are welcome to borrow our bikes to get there.)
www.fws.gov
Guest room in this house

"Sunny rooms on scenic Plum Island in Newbury

House in Newbury, United States. First floor cozy guest room and elegant bathroom, in island home bathed in natural light. Upstairs guest room (separate listing), shared bathroom. Enjoy birding, biking, and beaches of coastal New England; and Newburyport's year-round delights. ..." - airbb.com



What birds do we see here?
Over 300 species:
www.npwrc.usgs.gov

And we are just down the road from Mass. Audubon's Joppa Flats Educational Center, offering local birding excursions [Weds. & Sat], overnight and extended trips, and busy schedule of nature education programs for all ages:
www.massaudubon.org
Yael and daughter

I'm an avid birder, enjoy hosting birders, and happy to offer local tourist info to birders in the area. Look forward to meeting you!
Good Birding,
Yael

P.S. I notice that the current listings for bird-friendly lodgings in MA are all more costly, traditional B&B/inns. As a birder & teacher, who looks for economical, budget-friendly accommodations when I travel, I hope to see more listings such as mine at Birding Pal.

Local Information
Name Description
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Massachusetts
Local weather Yahoo
Massachusetts Audubon Society Club
Allen Bird Club Club
Brookline Bird Club Club
Forbush Bird Club Club
Hampshire Bird Club Club
Hoffmann Bird Club Club
South Shore Bird Club Club
Manomet Center For Conservation Sciences Sites
Eastern Massachusetts Hawk Watch Sites
Massbird.org Sites
The Cape Cod Connection NWR
Boston Harbor Islands NP
Birding Hotspots around the world Sites