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102nd Ipswich River Bird Survey
May 24, 2008

A spectacular day with temps in the mid 60's found 12 Club members paddling down the
Ipswich River from the Rte 97 bridge to the Ipswich - Topsfield town line on Ipswich Road.
The bird of the day was a spectacular male Prothonotary Warbler calling frequently and
going in and out of a nest cavity in a dead snag over the river! Scroll down the page
for a few photos from the day and the list of birds seen.

The days participants included:

Phil Brown Janine Graves Jim MacDougall
Tim Brown John Fiske Sue McGrath
Robert Buchsbaum Diana Fruguglietti Janey Winchell - trip scribe
Bill Graves Paul Ippolito

Tyler Winchell

Making our way back to the river from the canal.
Combined totals from May 15 & 24, 2008
X Canada Goose 1 Killdeer
10 Wood Duck 7 Spotted Sandpiper
2 Mallard 32 Solitary Sandpiper
3 Blue-winged Teal 1 Least Sandpiper
2 Double-crested Cormorant 1 Herring Gull
9 Great Blue Heron 1 Virginia Rail
8 Great Egret 1 Sora
1 Snowy Egret 1 Rock Pigeon
2 Glossy Ibis 9 Mourning Dove
2 Broad-winged Hawk 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
3 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Black-billed Cuckoo

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


Off we go...

Yellow-throated Vireo on nest

One of several beaver dams

1 Great Horned Owl 3 Eastern Wood-Pewee
2 Barred Owl 2 Willow Flycatcher
1 Common Nighthawk 9 Eastern Phoebe
12 Chimney Swift 34 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird X Eastern Kingbird
1 Belted Kingfisher 8 Yellow-throated Vireo
8 Red-bellied Woodpecker X Warbling Vireo
2 Downy Woodpecker 4 Red-eyed Vireo
12 Hairy Woodpecker 19 Blue Jay
3 Northern Flicker 18 American Crow

Prothonotary Warbler

Tyler & Janey with Jim MacDougall & Tim Brown

Eastern Kingbird

X Tree Swallow 13 Wood Thrush
19 Barn Swallow X American Robin
16 Black-capped Chickadee X Gray Catbird
36 Tufted Titmouse 10 Cedar Waxwing
8 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Blue-winged Warbler
1 House Wren 2 Northern Parula
5 Marsh Wren X Yellow Warbler
X Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
3 Eastern Bluebird 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
4 Veery 1 Black-throated Green Warbler
1 Hermit Thrush 1 Blackburnian Warbler

A break in the action.

Diana, Paul & Sue on the home stretch.

John Fiske.. back to the car..

3 Pine Warbler 1 Swamp Sparrow
1 Blackpoll Warbler 17  Northern Cardinal
2 Black-and-white Warbler 22 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
2 American Redstart 1 Indigo Bunting
1 Prothonotary Warbler X Red-winged Blackbird
5 Ovenbird X Common Grackle
3 Northern Waterthrush 6 Brown-headed Cowbird
1 Mourning Warbler 1 Orchard Oriole
X Common Yellowthroat X  Baltimore Oriole
15 Scarlet Tanager X House Finch
2 Chipping Sparrow X American Goldfinch
X Song Sparrow X House Sparrow

7 additional species (included in the list above) were seen during a scouting trip, performed on a different portion of the river, May 15, 2008 by Jim Berry, Jim MacDougall & Randy Johnson.

1 Least Sandpiper 1  Chestnut-sided Warbler
1 Rock Pigeon 1  Yellow-rumped Warbler (myrtle)
1 Belted Kingfisher  1 Mourning Warbler
6 Wood Thrush    

Jim Berry between birds...

Blackburnian Warbler

Sue McGrath putting in.