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103rd Ipswich River Bird Survey
May 23, 2009

The Essex County Ornithological Club's 103rd Annual Ipswich River Canoe Trip took place on Saturday, May 23. It's a longstanding event since it was conducted first in May of 1907.

This year's trip group put in at the launch on Route 97 in Topsfield and took out east of Asbury Street in Topsfield. The flotilla paddled the entire riverine length of Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. This was a 7 mile adventure.

"Click" on any image for a larger photo... The 8 images below Laura de la Flor - Thank you Laura!


Bill - Mark - Jim

Phil - Tim

The Gang

Yellow Iris

Participants included complier, Jim Berry; trip coordinator, Phil Brown; Tim Brown, Robert
Buchsbaum, Mark Burns, Laura de la Flor, Diana Fruguglietti, Paul Ippolito and Jim
MacDougall. A huge thanks goes to Phil Brown for organizing the event again!


Tim Brown

Diana - Mark - Robert

Diana - Mark

Jim Berry

The biggest surprise this year was the record number of Warbling Vireos, a huge count reflecting the prevalence of this species along watercourses. There were plenty of Baltimore Orioles
and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in this habitat as well.

Number of species: 80

"Click" on any image for a larger photo... Photos below Phil Brown


Canal View

Beaver lodge

Canal - Group

Diana - Robert

In addition to the birds listed below, ECOC President Sue McGrath and Susan Sellers, who were unable to participate on the water, concurrently birded several other places along or near the Ipswich River and reported the following species:

Little Neck, Ipswich:
Dunlin, Osprey, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover, Brant, Least Sandpiper, Piping Plover, House Finch, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Common Tern, Willet, Least Tern, House Sparrow, Tree Swallow

Ipswich River Watershed Association property in Ipswich:
Cooper's Hawk, Pileated Woodpecker, Wild Turkey, Brown Creeper,
White-breasted Nuthatch

Ipswich River at Choate Bridge Area, Ipswich:
Chimney Swift, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Great Blue Heron

Great Neck, Ipswich:
House Wren, Black-capped Chickadee, Mute Swan, Killdeer,
Immature Black-Crowned Night-Heron, American Goldfinch

Miles River Sand & Gravel Company, Ipswich:
Turkey Vultures, two burrows in sand pile at pond ~ possible Belted Kingfisher nesting burrows, Killdeer, Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Phoebe, Willet, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Gray Catbird, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Orchard Oriole, House Wren, American Robin, Common Yellowthroat, Mockingbird, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Ovenbird, Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Phoebe, Common Grackle, Least Flycatcher, American Crow, Blackburnian Warbler


75 Canada Goose 3 Glossy Ibis
7 Wood Duck 1 Turkey Vulture
X Mallard 5 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Blue-winged Teal 2 Killdeer
2 Green-winged Teal 3 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Wild Turkey 2 Solitary Sandpiper
5 Double-crested Cormorant X Mourning Dove
11 Great Blue Heron 1 Eastern Screech-Owl
4 Great Egret 9 Chimney Swift
1 Black-crowned Night Heron 3 Ruby-throated Hummingbird


Eastern Bluebird

Jim - Robert

E. Kingbird nest

Jim - Tim

9 Red-bellied Woodpecker 10 Blue Jay
9 Downy Woodpecker X American Crow
5 Hairy Woodpecker X Tree Swallow
1 Northern Flicker X Northern Rough-winged Swallow
3 Pileated Woodpecker X Barn Swallow
6 Eastern Wood-Pewee X Black-capped Chickadee
4 Eastern Phoebe X Tufted Titmouse
15 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
30 Eastern Kingbird 8 White-breasted Nuthatch
4 Yellow-throated Vireo 2 House Wren
47 Warbling Vireo 5 Marsh Wren
4 Red-eyed Vireo 40 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

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


Robert - Jim

Jim MacDougall

E. Kingbird nest

Laura de la Flor

7 Eastern Bluebird 5 Magnolia Warbler
3 Veery 3 Black-throated Green Warbler
1 Swainson's Thrush 2 Pine Warbler
1 Wood Thrush 1 Bay-breasted Warbler
X American Robin 2 Blackpoll Warbler
X Gray Catbird 3 American Redstart
X European Starling 1 Prothonotary Warbler
88 Cedar Waxwing 1 Ovenbird
1 Blue-winged Warbler 3 Northern Waterthrush
4 Northern Parula 40 Common Yellowthroat
28 Yellow Warbler 2 Scarlet Tanager
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler 2 Eastern Towhee


Listening for Prothonotary

Mark - Tim

Tree Swallow

Paul & Yummy Cookies!

1 Chipping Sparrow X Red-winged Blackbird
10 Song Sparrow X Common Grackle
2 Swamp Sparrow 1 Orchard Oriole
8 Northern Cardinal 81 Baltimore Oriole
17 Rose-breasted Grosbeak X American Goldfinch
2 Bobolink 2 House Sparrow

See you on the River in 2010!