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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


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Plum Island Birds
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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
Winter / Spring 2015


Friday, Jan. 9, 7:45 pm
Members’ Night
Plus ECOC book sale, 7:00-7:30 pm
Annual Meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm

Refreshments served

Join fellow members at this annual “show and tell” night. Presentations include great bird images, readings or original poetry, local highlights and more. Contact Janey Winchell (see contact info. below) if you want to present something at this lively, variety style event.

Please help support ECOC and clear out your extra bird books by participating in the 10th annual book sale. All books sell for $1, unless otherwise stated. Proceeds to benefit the Club. Co-sponsored by PEM. Free and open to the public.

Bartlett Gallery, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem.


Friday, Feb. 13, 7:45 pm
Raising Bald Eagles: A Wildlife Memoir

Plus ECOC meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm

Naturalist and veterinary technician Dianne Benson Davis spent the summer of 1985 alone in the wilderness at Quabbin Reservoir raising eight baby eagles as part of the project that helped restore bald eagles to the state. See images and hear Dianne’s personal accounts from that remarkable summer spent caring for her eaglet charges plus other reflections on a life devoted to wildlife rehabilitation, care and conservation education.

A book signing of Eagle One: Raising Bald Eagles ~ A Wildlife Memoir follows the program. Co-sponsored by PEM. Free and open to the public.


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


Friday, March 6, 7:45 pm

Magyar Madarok (Hungarian Birds): Birding Hungary without a Car, Kowa, or Clue
Plus ECOC meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm

Avid birder Kurk Dorsey, an environmental historian and Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, recounts his entertaining adventures birding in Budapest, Hungary while living there for four months in the fall of 2011. With no car or scope and only limited ability to communicate, he still managed to see some of the great birds of Central Europe (and not get lost or cause an international incident!). Co-sponsored by PEM. Free and open to the public.

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

Friday, April 10, 7:45 pm
Dawn Chorus: Birdsong
before Sunrise

Plus ECOC meeting, 7:30-7:45 pm

“One of the greatest shows on earth” can be heard at dawn, according to award-winning author and birdsong expert Donald Kroodsma. A professor emeritus at UMass and author of The Singing Life of Birds, Kroodsma shares and interprets his amazing recordings made pre-sunrise, the time when bird performances are especially energized and males are telling all the songs they know in the shortest amount of time.

For some species, special songs are also invoked at dawn. Join Kroodsma on this special acoustical tour of some of the finest and most intriguing dawn performers among North American passerines.

Co-sponsored by PEM, this program is made possible by a generous gift from Tim and Joanie Ingram in memory of Dorothy Addams Brown, beloved honorary PEM trustee and devoted ECOC member. Free and open to the public.

Morse Auditorium, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem.

 

ECOC Members Outings

Monday, February 16 (Presidents’ Day), 8:00 am
Winter Birding Walk in Ipswich (and vicinity)
Walk leader: Jim Berry (978-356-5505 | jim.berry3@verizon.net)

Target birds are waterfowl, raptors and wintering boreal songbirds. Very limited walking. Carpooling is necessary from the meeting place. Co-sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club. Meeting Place: Former Town Hall parking lot, next to the war memorial in downtown Ipswich on Rts. 1A/133, 100 yards south of Choate Bridge.


Thursday, March 19, 6:30-8 pm (weather dependent)*
ECOC Clubhouse Event: Brown Bag supper and Woodcock Walk
Location: Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary (IRWS), Topsfield, MA
6:30-7:30 pm – dinner | 7:20ish-7:50 pm – woodcock walk with sanctuary director Carol Decker

Gather with fellow ECOC members at this special Clubhouse event and experience one of nature’s remarkable spectacles! After a brown bag dinner and socializing inside, we’ll join Carol Decker outside in the nearby fields to witness male woodcocks “peenting” and performing their amazing aerial displays at dusk (sunset is at 6:55 pm).

* RSVP to Jim McCoy (see contact info. below), in case the event needs to be canceled/rescheduled.

Jim McCoy:  978-578-7076 | jfmccoy@hotmail.com


Saturday, May 9, start time TBD
Ipswich River Canoe Trip and Bird Survey
Event Coordinator: Robert Buchsbaum
rbuchsbaum@massaudubon.org
or 978-927-1122

Participate in the 109th 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. Contact Robert for trip start time and other details.

Directions to the Peabody Essex Museum

The Morse Auditorium and the Art & Nature Center 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 www.massbird.org/ecoc.  Hard copies will also be available at programs. 


Notes:

* Please help support ECOC programs!  Membership/renewal form available online at www.massbird.org/ecoc/join.htm 
* ECOC president is Jim McCoy:  978-578-7076 | jfmccoy@hotmail.com
* ECOC vice president/programs coordinator is Janey Winchell:  978-542-1627 | jane_winchell@pem.org
* ECOC treasurer is Mary Donovan: wife@johnlejeune.com

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....