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Bird Island Light

Location: outer Sippican Harbor near Marion, MA
Body of Water: Buzzards Bay

Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons

About Bird Island Light

The location of the light is outer Sippican Harbor. The nearest city is Marion, MA. The station was first established in 1819. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1819.

The lighthouse is a white tower.

The tower has a flashing white light at a focal plane height of 37 ft above mean high water. The tower height is 31 ft. The light has a period of 6 seconds.

Open to the Public?: Grounds Only    Active?: Yes

Identification number: 1-17105 (U.S.)

The island is open to visitors except during the May through August nesting season of the endangered Roseate Tern.

The Bird Island Preservation Society was formed in 1994 and on July 4, 1997, the light was relit as a Private Aid to Navigation.

The island was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Bird Island Light on September 28, 1987, ref. number 87002030

NOAA Nautical Chart 13230

A 'flashing' light is a light in which the total duration of light in a period is shorter than the total duration of darkness and the appearances of light (flashes) are usually of equal duration. So in the 6 second period, the light is on for less than 3 then off for more than 3.

Today's Conditions on Site

Astronomical Info.

Astronomical Dawn: 5:28 am
Sunrise: 7:05 am
Sunset: 4:44 pm
Astronomical Dusk: 6:21 pm

Local Marine Forecast.

Gale Warning is in effect until January 23 at 8:00PM EST by NWS
...GALE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM EST THIS EVENING... * WINDS AND SEAS...South winds 15 to 25 kt with gusts up to 45 kt. Seas 7 to 10 feet.

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