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


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Dawn Paul

 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

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ECOC American Kestrel

Nest Box Program

Essex County Ornithological Club Calendar
Spring 2015

ECOC Members Outings

Saturday, May 9, 7:00 am

Ipswich River Canoe Trip and Bird Survey

Event Coordinator: Robert Buchsbaum or 978-473-2389.

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.

The annual ECOC Canoe trip for 2015 is on May 9th starting at 7AM.  The put in point is the state canoe landing on Rte 97 at the Ipswich River in Topsfield (Rte 97 & Juniper Lane - see map at: (click on map for Google Maps)

The take out point is the landing on Topsfield Rd about 1 mile north of Asbury Street at Bradley Palmer State Park. I will need a few drivers to show up at 6:30AM to help spot cars at the take out point.

We typically finish around 12. Bring a brown bag lunch and join us for some post trip camaraderie and to go through the bird list afterward. Place TBD.

Please let me know if you plan to attend.  or 978-473-2389

If you don't have a canoe or kayak, let me know. We will try to hook up people with canoes with those who do not have one. As an alternative, Mass Audubon members can rent canoes at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. If you chose that option, you would start there and join us in route. You would need to canoe back to the landing at some point.

All participants MUST wear a PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE or will not be able to participate.

Let’s hope for great weather and lots of birds this year.

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  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:

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....