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


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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
Book of the Month

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Essex County Bird Walks

ECOC Member Outings, Newburyport Birders &
Brookline Bird Club
Sponsored Bird Walks

Trip Reports & Photos

Club decal featuring
Frank Benson's art work.
Avail. for $1.00 ea.

ECOC American Kestrel

Nest Box Program

Essex County Ornithological Club Calendar
Fall 2015

Friday, Sept. 11, 7:45 pm
Birding in the Land of Midnight Sun

ECOC meeting 7:30–7:45 pm

Iceland abounds in natural splendor: Waterfalls and glaciers, panoramic views and otherworldly landscapes.

Atlantic Puffin

During the summer months, Iceland’s round-the-clock sunlight draws in a panoply of birds: puffins, razorbills, guillemots, phalaropes, godwits, plovers and terns—all in a nesting frenzy.  Join wildlife photographer and Mass Audubon instructor Shawn Carey as he shares images and stories from his recent journey to Iceland, and discover why it’s a place no birder should miss. Co-sponsored by PEM.

Morse Auditorium, Peabody Essex Museum. Free and open to the public.

Friday, Nov. 13, 7:45 p.m.
The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey

ECOC meeting 7:30–7:45 pm

Join author Deborah Cramer as she retraces her journey tracking tiny sandpipers, red knots, on their annual migration from the tip of South America to the Canadian arctic. Cramer follows the birds on their odyssey and creates a compelling portrait of the knots and other life along the sea edge in her evocative firsthand account, accompanied by images. A book-signing of Cramer’s The Narrow Edge (April, 2015), follows. Co-sponsored by PEM. 

Bartlett Gallery, Peabody Essex Museum. Free and open to the public.

Friday, Dec. 4, 7:45 pm
Water Babies: The Hidden Lives of Baby Wetland Birds

ECOC meeting 7:30–7:45 pm

For seven years, renowned nature photographer and author William Burt prowled wetlands from the Arctic Circle to the Gulf of Mexico in search of the downy young of wetland birds, many of which

Atlantic Puffin

have never been captured on film before, for his new book Water Babies (Oct., 2015). Burt speaks about his experience documenting the secretive young of ducks, grebes, gallinules, shorebirds and other wetland birds plus juxtaposes portraits of the downy babies with the adults they will become. A book-signing follows.

Co-sponsored by PEM. The program is made possible by a generous gift from Tim and Joanie Ingraham in memory of Dorothy Addams Brown, beloved honorary PEM trustee and devoted ECOC member.

Morse Auditorium, Peabody Essex Museum. Free and open to the public.

ECOC Members Outings

Members’ Clubhouse Event at
Ravenswood Park (directions below)
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 5:00–7:30 pm
5–5:45pm – bird walk with Jim McCoy
6–7:30pm – potluck dinner at the park’s Discovery Center (small kitchen available for warming/prep). Ramona Latham, program manager, will give a talk about Ravenswood and The Trustees of Reservations

Gather with fellow ECOC members at a fun and relaxing clubhouse event in a beautiful location! Come early to join the bird walk or to explore the 10 miles of trails and carriage roads on this 600 acre property on your own.

Address and Directions to Ravenswood Park

(481 Western Ave. [Rte. 127], Gloucester, MA)

From Rt. 128 take exit 14. Follow Rt. 133 East toward Gloucester for 3 mi. until it ends at Rt. 127. Turn right and follow for 2 mi. to park entrance on your right. Note: if the parking lot is full, you can park on the street. Phone no. (978) 281-8400


Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
ECOC turns 100!!!

Plus Annual Meeting and ECOC Book Sale

Location and event details to follow.

Trip Report for the 109th ECOC Ipswich River bird Survey

Saturday, May 9, 2014, 7:00 am
Ipswich River Canoe Trip and Bird Survey
Event Coordinator: Robert Buchsbaum

Directions to the Peabody Essex Museum

 The Morse Auditorium and the Bartlett Gallery 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 support ECOC programs by renewing your membership today!  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....