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Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts


HANSCOM AFB, MASSACHUSETTS

Hanscom Air Force Base began as an Army Air Corps fighter base for the air defense of Boston during World War II. The Air Corps also coordinated pioneer work in radar and electronics at the Massachusetts institute of Technology. After the war, the Cambridge operation expanded until a need for new facilities resulted in a move to Hanscom Field. Electronic Systems Center (ESC), the base's host unit, was formed in 1961 as the Air Force center of excellence for command, control, communication, and intelligence electronics development. Since then ESC has managed hundreds of successful programs, including the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), the E-4 airborne command post, the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System, Over-the Horizon Backscatter (OTH-B) radar and the Ground Wave Emergency Network communication system. Today, ESC managed programs are valued at about five billion dollars; ESC is the third largest economic entity in Massachusetts.

The base lies 20 miles North of Boston in the towns of Bedford, Concord, Lexington, and Lincoln, Massachusetts. With its unusual mission and suburban location, Hanscom is not a typical Air Force Base; there are no military aircraft on the small, (846 acres) site. The airfield runways are now owned by the Massachusetts Port Authority.

The Environmental Flight continually partners with surrounding communities and organizations to ensure we protect our natural resources well into the 21st century. Please contact the CEV Office: 718-377-2904 for further information.


SPECIES OCCURRENCE LEGEND
Species

CORMORANTS                         |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|

Double-crested Cormorant           |---|---|---|333|333|333|333|333|333|---|---|---|

HERONS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Great Blue Heron |---|---|-33|332|222|222|222|222|222|222|233|333| Green Heron |---|---|---|---|333|333|333|333|33-|---|---|---|
AMERICAN VULTURES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Turkey Vulture |---|---|333|333|333|555|555|555|333|333|55-|---
GEESE AND DUCKS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Canada Goose |111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111| Wood Duck |---|---|-33|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|---|---| American Black Duck |222|222|222|222|333|333|333|333|222|222|222|222| Mallard |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Osprey |---|---|---|333|---|---|---|---|333|---|---|---| Northern Harrier |555|555|555|333|355|555|555|555|333|333|355|555|
HAWKS AND ALLIES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Sharp-shinned Hawk |222|222|223|333|333|---|---|---|333|333|222|222| Cooper's Hawk |555|555|555|333|555|555|555|555|333|333|555|555| Red-shouldered Hawk |---|---|-55|55-|---|---|---|---|-55|555|5--|---| Broad-winged Hawk |---|---|---|---|555|555|555|555|---|---|---|---| Red-tailed Hawk |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Rough-legged Hawk |555|555|555|---|---|---|---|---|---|-55|555|555|
FALCONS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| American Kestrel |333|333|333|222|555|555|555|222|222|222|233|333| Merlin |---|---|---|555|5--|---|---|--2|333|555|555|555| Peregrine Falcon |---|---|---|555|555|---|---|---|555|555|---|---|
PHEASANTS, GROUSE, AND TURKEYS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Ring-necked Pheasant |555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555| Ruffed-Grouse |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| Wild Turkey |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|
PLOVERS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Black-bellied Plover |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|333|333|---|---| Semipalmated Plover |---|---|---|---|-55|5--|-55|222|333|555|---|---| Killdeer |---|---|-32|222|222|222|222|222|222|233|---|---|
SANDPIPERS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Solitary Sandpiper |---|---|---|-55|5--|---|-55|555|555|---|---|---| Spotted Sandpiper |---|---|---|--5|55-|---|-55|555|55-|---|---|---| Upland Sandpiper |---|---|---|--3|333|333|333|333|3--|---|---|---| Semipalmated Sandpiper |---|---|---|---|-55|5--|555|555|555|555|---|---| Least Sandpiper |---|---|---|--5|555|5--|533|333|555|5--|---|---| Common Snipe |---|---|---|333|---|---|---|---|333|333|---|---| American Woodcock |---|---|555|333|333|555|555|555|555|555|---|---|
GULLS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Ring-billed Gull |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Herring Gull |111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111| Great Black-backed Gull |111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|
DOVES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Rock Dove |111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111| Mourning Dove |111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|
CUCKOO |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Black-billed Cuckoo |---|---|---|---|555|555|555|555|555|5--|---|---| Yellow-billed Cuckoo |---|---|---|---|-55|555|555|555|555|5--|---|---|
OWLS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Eastern Screech-Owl |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| Great Horned Owl |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| Snowy Owl |555|555|555|5--|---|---|---|---|---|---|-55|555| Barred Owl |555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555| Short-eared Owl |555|555|555|5--|---|---|---|---|---|--5|---|---| Common Nighthawk |---|---|---|---|335|555|555|533|55-|---|---|---|
SWIFTS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Chimney Swift |---|---|---|---|--5|332|222|222|223|3--|---|---|
HUMMINGBIRDS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Ruby-throated Hummingbird |---|---|---|---|---|333|555|555|333|35-|---|---|
WOODPECKERS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Downy Woodpecker |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Hairy Woodpecker |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| Northern Flicker |555|555|333|222|222|222|222|222|222|225|555|555|
FLYCATCHERS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Eastern Wood-Pewee |---|---|---|---|-33|355|555|553|335|---|---|---| Alder Flycatcher |---|---|---|---|-33|355|555|555|55-|---|---|---| Willow Flycatcher |---|---|---|---|--3|333|333|555|5--|---|---|---| Least Flycatcher |---|---|---|---|333|335|555|555|5--|---|---|---| Eastern Phoebe |---|---|-55|222|233|333|333|333|222|333|---|---| Great Crested Flycatcher |---|---|---|---|333|333|333|333|33-|---|---|---| Eastern Kingbird |---|---|---|--5|222|222|222|222|25-|---|---|---|
SHRIKES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Northern Shrike |444|444|44-|---|---|---|---|---|---|-44|444|444|
VIREOS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Blue-headed Vireo |---|---|---|-53|335|---|---|---|533|35-|---|---| Warbling Vireo |---|---|---|--5|333|333|333|333|33-|---|---|---| Red-eyed Vireo |---|---|---|--5|222|222|233|332|223|55-|---|---|
JAYS AND CROWS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Blue Jay |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| American Crow |111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111| Fish Crow |555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|
LARKS AND SWALLOWS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Horned Lark |333|333|333|355|555|555|555|555|333|333|333|333| Tree Swallow |---|---|--5|222|222|222|222|222|555|555|---|---| No. Rough-winged Swallow |---|---|---|--5|555|555|555|5--|---|---|---|---| Bank Swallow |---|---|---|--5|555|555|533|335|55-|---|---|---| Cliff Swallow |---|---|---|-55|555|555|555|555|55-|---|---|---| Barn Swallow |---|---|---|-55|222|222|222|222|333|5--|---|---|
TITMICE |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Black-capped Chickadee |111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111| Tufted Titmouse |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|
NUTHATCHES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Red-breasted Nuthatch |222|222|233|333|333|555|555|333|222|222|222|222| White-breasted Nuthatch |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|
CREEPERS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Brown Creeper |333|333|333|333|335|555|555|555|333|333|333|333|
WRENS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| House Wren |---|---|---|--5|222|222|333|322|225|555|---|---|
KINGLETS, GNATCATCHERS, AND THRUSHES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Golden-crowned Kinglet |333|333|333|333|33-|---|---|---|--3|333|333|333| Ruby-crowned Kinglet |---|---|---|-33|333|---|---|---|-33|223|---|---| Blue-gray Gnatcatcher |---|---|---|--3|333|355|555|553|355|55-|---|---| Eastern Bluebird |---|---|--3|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|3--|---| Veery |---|---|---|--5|222|223|333|322|55-|---|---|---| Swainson's Thrush |---|---|---|---|533|5--|---|--5|333|---|---|---| Hermit Thrush |---|---|---|533|355|555|555|555|533|333|3--|---| Wood Thrush |---|---|---|--5|333|333|333|333|333|5--|---|---| American Robin |555|555|522|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|555|
THRASHERS AND ALLIES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Gray Catbird |---|---|---|---|222|222|222|222|222|2--|---|---| Northern Mockingbird |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Brown Thrasher |---|---|---|-53|333|333|333|335|555|335|5--|---| European Starling |111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|
PIPITS AND WAXWINGS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| American Pipit |---|---|--5|555|55-|---|---|---|--5|555|55-|---| Cedar Waxwing |555|555|555|555|333|333|333|333|333|355|555|555|
WOOD-WARBLERS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Blue-winged Warbler |---|---|---|---|533|333|555|555|55-|---|---|---| Tennessee Warbler |---|---|---|---|555|5--|---|--5|555|5--|---|---| Nashville Warbler |---|---|---|---|555|---|---|--5|555|5--|---|---| Northern Parula |---|---|---|---|535|---|---|---|335|---|---|---| Yellow Warbler |---|---|---|-55|522|222|222|222|335|---|---|---| Chestnut-sided Warbler |---|---|---|---|333|333|335|553|333|5--|---|---| Magnolia Warbler |---|---|---|---|333|---|---|--5|333|---|---|---| Yellow-rumped Warbler |555|555|555|533|35-|---|---|---|--3|223|555|555| Black-throated Green Warbler |---|---|---|--5|335|---|---|--5|222|3--|---|---| Pine Warbler |---|---|---|-33|333|333|333|333|333|333|---|---| Prairie Warbler |---|---|---|--5|333|333|333|553|355|---|---|---| Palm Warbler |---|---|---|333|35-|---|---|---|553|333|55-|---| Blackpoll Warbler |---|---|---|---|333|5--|---|-55|322|235|---|---| Black-and-White Warbler |---|---|---|---|532|333|355|533|335|---|---|---| American Redstart |---|---|---|-55|333|555|555|555|333|555|---|---| Ovenbird |---|---|---|--5|222|225|555|533|335|---|---|---| Common Yellowthroat |---|---|---|---|-52|222|222|222|222|225|---|---| Wilson's Warbler |---|---|---|---|555|---|---|-55|555|---|---|---|
TANAGERS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Scarlet Tanager |---|---|--5|333|333|333|333|333|5--|---|---|---|
NEW WORLD SPARROWS AND ALLIES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Eastern Towhee |---|---|---|--2|222|222|222|222|222|2--|---|---| American Tree Sparrow |333|333|333|---|---|---|---|---|---|-33|333|333| Chipping Sparrow |---|---|---|522|222|222|222|222|225|---|---|---| Field Sparrow |---|---|---|522|222|222|222|222|222|223|335|55-| Vesper Sparrow |---|---|---|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|5--|---| Savannah Sparrow |---|---|---|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|---|---| Grasshopper Sparrow |---|---|---|---|--5|333|333|333|333|3--|---|---| Fox Sparrow |---|---|533|33-|---|---|---|---|---|555|333|555| Song Sparrow |111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111| Swamp Sparrow |---|---|--5|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|555|5--| White-throated Sparrow |333|333|333|222|3--|---|---|---|-33|222|333|333| White-crowned Sparrow |---|---|---|---|55-|---|---|--5|555|555|5--|---| Dark-eyed Junco |222|222|222|222|---|---|---|---|-22|222|222|222| Lapland Longspur |555|555|55-|---|---|---|---|---|---|555|555|555| Snow Bunting |555|555|55-|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|--5|555|
CARDINALS, GROSBEAKS AND ALLIES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Northern Cardinal |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Rose-breasted Grosbeak |---|---|---|--5|332|223|333|333|222|555|---|---| Indigo Bunting |---|---|---|---|533|333|333|333|333|5--|---|---|
BLACKBIRDS AND ORIOLES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Bobolink |---|---|---|---|322|222|222|222|333|5--|---|---| Red-winged Blackbird |555|555|552|222|111|111|111|111|222|333|555|555| Eastern Meadowlark |555|555|555|333|332|222|222|222|222|333|555|555| Rusty Blackbird |---|---|533|333|34-|---|---|---|-53|333|---|---| Common Grackle |555|555|333|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|255|555| Brown-headed Cowbird |555|555|553|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|255|555| Baltimore Oriole |---|---|--5|222|222|333|222|555|55-|---|---|---|
FINCHES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Purple Finch |555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555| House Finch |111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111| Common Redpoll |444|444|444|44-|---|---|---|---|---|---|-44|444| Pine Siskin |444|444|444|444|---|---|---|---|--4|444|444|444| American Goldfinch |222|222|222|222|111|111|111|111|111|112|222|222| Evening Grosbeak |444|444|444|44-|---|---|---|---|---|-44|444|444|
OLD WORLD SPARROWS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| House Sparrow |111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|111|

AIR FORCE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

The United State Air Force has the responsibility of managing more than nine million acres of valuable public lands. To ensure success, the Air Force has developed a network of dedicated professionals who work in coordination with local, regional and national authorities. Their challenge is to find a balance in requirements for military mission, security and environmental habitat protection. This effort requires the cooperation and support of the Air Force and its neighbors. The primary goal is to guarantee the quality of public lands under Air Force stewardship.

Conservation programs on Air Force bases include fish and wildlife conservation, forestry, agricultural land lease, habitat management and outdoor recreation. Air Force Resource Managers and nearby communities, working together, have made great strides in fostering environmental awareness through education and cooperation.

The Air Force supports partnerships with many resource groups; Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation, Ducks Unlimited, North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Wetlands Protection and Enhancement and the National Watchable Wildlife program. You are invited to visit Air Force lands. Come see how we are doing with our part of America.


The U.S. Air Force and Partners in Flight are cooperating on an international program to promote conservation of Neotropical migratory birds. For information, visit http://www.dodpif.org, or call Department of Defense Partners in Flight at 540-253-5675.

This resource is based on the following source:

Department of Defense and Massachusetts Audubon Society. No date. Checklist of 
     Birds, Hanscom Air Force Base. Department of Defense Partners in Flight. 
     Unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as:
Department of Defense and Massachusetts Audubon Society. No date. Checklist of 
     Birds, Hanscom Air Force Base. Department of Defense Partners in Flight. 
     Unpaginated.  Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.  
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.govhanscom.htm 
     (Version 18JUL00)

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