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Essex County Ornithological Club
101st Ipswich River Bird Survey
May 12, 2007

A spectacular day with temps in the high 50'- low 60's found 17 Club members paddling down the Ipswich River from the Rte 97 bridge to the Ipswich - Topsfield town line on Ipswich Road. A huge thank you goes out to Jim & Stina MacDougall for treating the attending Club members to
brunch and Bluebirds with a smattering of Hummingbirds at their lovely home.
Scroll down the page for a few photos from the day and the list of birds seen.

The days participants included:

Jim Berry, stenographer Carol Johnson John Parkhurst
Phil Brown Randy Johnson Dawn Paul
Tim Brown Jim MacDougall Bill Pivacek
Gabriel Buchsbaum Noel Mann Linda Pivacek
Robert Buchsbaum Marilyn McCrory Daan Sandee
Emily Handler Sue McGrath Janey Winchell

"Click" on any image for a larger photo...

Robert & Gabriel Buchsbaum
sampling the water

A side trip up the canal

Janey Winchell, Jim Berry & Jim
MacDougall in the foreground

1 Common Loon 2 Broad-winged Hawk
2 Double-crested Cormorant 2 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Great Blue Heron 1 Greater Yellowlegs
8 Great Egret 21 Solitary Sandpiper (everywhere!)
50 Glossy Ibis
(no doubt a record for the canoe trip)
6 Spotted Sandpiper
3 Turkey Vulture (2 on riverbank
that allowed very close approach)
7 Peep sp. (prob. least)
X Canada Goose (observed, not counted) 7 Mourning Dove
8 Wood Duck (4 pr.) 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo (heard
near IRWS canoe landing)
X Mallard 12+ Chimney Swift
1 Blue-winged Teal 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
(MacDougall's feeder)
1 Cooper's Hawk    

Black&white Warbler IRWS

Robert Buchsbaum &
Jim Berry

Noel Maan (purple life vest)
Linda & Bill Pivacek
(center & right)

1 Belted Kingfisher 23 Warbling Vireo
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Red-eyed Vireo
4 Downy Woodpecker X Blue Jay
2 Northern Flicker X American Crow
1 Pileated Woodpecker X Tree Swallow
1 Least Flycatcher X Barn Swallow
1 Eastern Phoebe X Black-capped Chickadee
12 Great-crested Flycatcher X Tufted Titmouse
12 Eastern Kingbird 10 White-breasted Nuthatch - (nest found)
6 Yellow-throated Vireo 2 House Wren

Putting in at the IRWS canoe landing

Taking a break before birding the IRWS

Listening for the Yellow-billed Cuckoo

18 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - (nest found) 5 Northern Parula
2 Eastern Bluebird
(nesting in box at MacDougall's)
23 Yellow Warbler
1 Veery 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
8 Hermit Thrush 1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Wood Thrush 3 Black-throated Blue Warbler
X American Robin 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler
X Gray Catbird 2 Black-throated Green Warbler
2 Northern Mockingbird 1 Pine Warbler
X European Starling 1 Prairie Warbler
1 Blue-winged Warbler - (at takeout) 1 Blackpoll Warbler
2 Nashville Warbler 5 Black-and-white Warbler

Canada Goose, gosling IRWS

Linda & Bill Pivacek

Brunch at the MacDougall's

2 American Redstart 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Ovenbird 1 Indigo Bunting - (at takeout)
2 Northern Waterthrush X Red-winged Blackbird - (est. 200+)
10 Common Yellowthroat
(very low--due to early date?)
X Common Grackle - (est. 100+)
1 Scarlet Tanager 7 Brown-headed Cowbird
1 Eastern Towhee 1 Orchard Oriole - (immature male)
2 Chipping Sparrow 39 Baltimore Oriole
7 Song Sparrow 2 House Finch
2 White-throated Sparrow X American Goldfinch
9 Northern Cardinal X House Sparrow

From Jim MacDougall: Best bird: 2 Turkey Vultures feeding at the water's edge
on something very dead.

Or maybe the 20 Solitary Sandpipers, or maybe the
50+ Glossy Ibis, or maybe the 6 Yellow-throated Vireos, or maybe...

Janey Winchell, Jim Berry, Jim MacDougall,
Noel Maan, Emily Handler, Tim Brown (left to right)