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


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

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

ECOC American Kestrel

Nest Box Program

Essex County Ornithological Club Calendar
Spring 2014

Friday, April 25, 7:45 pm

From Snowy Owls to
Saw-whet Owls

Plus ECOC meeting,
7:30-7:45 pm
Norman Smith with a Snowy Owl

Norman Smith, director of Mass. Audubon’s Trailside Museum, has spent countless days and nights, in every kind of weather, observing, banding and color-marking these owls at Logan International Airport. Hear the latest on what’s known about their roosting, hunting and behavior while wintering here. Most recently Smith’s been attaching satellite transmitters to snowy owls to learn more about their movements. Find out what has been discovered to date, what questions remain and how this project developed to include Saw-whet Owls. Co-sponsored by PEM. Free and open to the public.

Create Space, Art & Nature Center, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem.


Spring Members Outings

Saturday, May 10, start time TBD
Ipswich River Canoe Trip and Bird Survey
Event Coordinator: Robert Buchsbaum or 978-927-1122

Participate in the 108th 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. More information to come!
Monday, May 19, 6:00 pm
(Please note the change in date and venue!)

Annual Birding and Supper Event in memory of Dotty Brown, hosted by Noel Mann

Join us for a long-standing annual tradition — started over 20 years ago by Sarah Robbins and continued by Dotty Brown until last year — birding Cape Ann during spring migration. Even if the weather is uncooperative for birding, you will enjoy the company and birding access from Noel’s home, near Langsford Pond. Come early for birding with your families and/or guests, BYO sandwiches (or sushi). Noel will provide beverages and the traditional bird-inspired cakes. Don’t miss this delightful, informal gathering of ECOC members — new and old!

Directions: Noel lives at 12 Dorset Drive, Gloucester (978-283-4778). Take Rte. 128 North to Gloucester and cross the Annisquam River to the first rotary (Grant Circle). Three-quarters of the way around the rotary, take the Washington St./127 exit. Stay on Washington Street for just over 3 miles, and look for Dorset Drive on your right. (If you see the white Annisquam Village Church on your left, you've gone too far.) Parking at Noel and Daan’s house and along Dorset Dr. is limited, so please carpool if possible.

Directions to the Peabody Essex Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum is located at the corner of Essex St. and Liberty St., in downtown Salem, MA.  Both Morse Auditorium and the Art & Nature Center are in the main museum building.  Note: if severe weather is forecast, please call 978-745-1876 to confirm that the ECOC event 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:
* ECOC info. and updates available online at

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....