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Field List of the Birds of Essex County, MA
Seventh Edition, 2002


Member's Night

Poems by

Dawn Paul

 Member's Night 2012

Poems by

Dawn Paul
Jay Moore
Claire Keyes

Essex County Sightings

A recent list of birds seen in Essex County

Courtesy of Sue McGrath

Newburyport Birders
Birding On The Net
MassBird On Google
Plum Island Birds
Newburyport Birders

Jim Berry's
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ECOC American Kestrel

Nest Box Program

Essex County Ornithological Club Calendar
Winter / Spring 2015

Friday, April 10, 7:45 pm
Dawn Chorus: Birdsong
before Sunrise

Plus ECOC meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm

“One of the greatest shows on earth” can be heard at dawn, according to award-winning author and birdsong expert Donald Kroodsma. A professor emeritus at UMass and author of The Singing Life of Birds, Kroodsma shares and interprets his amazing recordings made pre-sunrise, the time when bird performances are especially energized and males are telling all the songs they know in the shortest amount of time.

For some species, special songs are also invoked at dawn. Join Kroodsma on this special acoustical tour of some of the finest and most intriguing dawn performers among North American passerines.

Co-sponsored by PEM, this program is made possible by a generous gift from Tim and Joanie Ingram in memory of Dorothy Addams Brown, beloved honorary PEM trustee and devoted ECOC member. Free and open to the public.

Morse Auditorium, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem.


ECOC Members Outings


Thursday, March 19, 6:30-8 pm (weather dependent)*

ECOC Clubhouse Event: Brown Bag supper and Woodcock Walk
Location: Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary (IRWS), Topsfield, MA
6:30-7:30 pm – dinner | 7:20ish-7:50 pm – woodcock walk with sanctuary director Carol Decker

Gather with fellow ECOC members at this special Clubhouse event and experience one of nature’s remarkable spectacles! After a brown bag dinner and socializing inside, we’ll join Carol Decker outside in the nearby fields to witness male woodcocks “peenting” and performing their amazing aerial displays at dusk (sunset is at 6:55 pm).

* RSVP to Jim McCoy (see contact info. below), in case the event needs to be canceled/rescheduled.

Jim McCoy:  978-578-7076 |

Saturday, May 9, start time TBD
Ipswich River Canoe Trip and Bird Survey
Event Coordinator: Robert Buchsbaum
or 978-927-1122

Participate in the 109th ECOC birding trip down the Ipswich River! Arguably the oldest uninterrupted bird-count in the world, this event is timed to get the best views of birds before full leaf-out, but late enough in the season to get better weather for paddling. Contact Robert for trip start time and other details.

Directions to the Peabody Essex Museum

The Morse Auditorium and the Art & Nature Center are in PEM’s main museum building (at the corner of Essex St. and Liberty St., in Salem, Mass.). Note: if severe weather is forecast, please call 978-745-1876 to confirm that the program is still on.

Map of the area with "To & From" directions provided by Google

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Please be advised:  ECOC calendars are only sent via email, unless a member requests otherwise.  The calendar can always be viewed on-line at  Hard copies will also be available at programs. 


* Please help support ECOC programs!  Membership/renewal form available online at 
* ECOC president is Jim McCoy:  978-578-7076 |
* ECOC vice president/programs coordinator is Janey Winchell:  978-542-1627 |
* ECOC treasurer is Mary Donovan:

The “Field List of Birds of Essex County” is available by clicking here.

1st Successful ECOC American Kestrel Nest Box

After 7 seasons of evicting Starlings and hoping for Kestrels we had our 1st successful nest in one of the boxes placed in Ipswich.

The rest of the story....