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This a large area, but it does not have many trees or birds. A Downy Woodpecker would be considered rare.
South Boston is a large neighborhood separated from downtown Boston by the Fort Point Channel. It is surrounded by Boston Harbor except on the west, where it is separated from the South End by a highway and railyard. Its northern shore is all docks (except the new courthouse at Fan Pier), but its southern shore is all beach. At the eastern end is a park: Castle Island (which is no longer an island). In the middle is a hilly residential neighborhood, densely packed with three-story buildings of brick and wood. There are trees on most sidewalks and in small, hidden back yards, but there is little open space aside from a few playgrounds and parks.
Seabirds and shorebirds of many sorts can be seen on and offshore from its piers and beaches. Those that tolerate human proximity are most likely: gulls and cormorants for example. At quiet times you may see eider in the distance and sandpipers on the beach.
There are numerous species however, such as: Black-capped Chickadee, Pigeon, House Sparrow, Mourning Dove, about two Baltimore Oriole (maybe), American Goldfinch, White-throated Sparrow, Downy Woodpecker, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Merlin, Red-tailed Hawk just to name a few. You'd be surprised what you could find in such an urban neighborhood!
The real sanctuary in South Boston is the cemetery (above). There are about 20 trees all in an area of about half of an acre. While there have never actually been many birds in there, I'm sure what birds that are in Southie spend a lot of time there. Note: Northern Flicker are being spotted in the cemetery.
Birds you can see here include:
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