Bird Island (Massachusetts)

Bird Island (Massachusetts)

Bird Island is a tiny island in Buzzards Bay at the mouth of Sippican Harbor, less than a mile off the mainland coast of the town of Marion, Massachusetts (USA).

Landmarks

The only landmarks on Bird Island are a flagpole and an historic convert|36|ft|m|sing=on-high lighthouse. Bird Island Light was formerly manned but now runs automatically.The hurricane of September 21, 1938, caused widespread destruction all along the south coast of New England. High tide in the evening of the hurricane was convert|14|ft|m above normal. The great storm swept away every building on Bird Island except the lighthouse tower.

Flora and Fauna

Bird Island is notable as a sanctuary and major breeding ground of the Roseate Tern, a bird from which the island gained its name.

ee also

*Islands of Massachusetts

ources

*The Standard Times newspaper of New Bedford Massachusetts.
*"Rhode Island, Massachusetts & New Hampshire" Maptech Embassy Guide, ISBN 0-7436-0617-5

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