Essex County Ornithological Club Calendar

Spring 2022

Speaker Series/Club Events

116th Ipswich River Canoe Trip and Bird Survey
May 21, 2022
Event Coordinator: Dave Brewster – 
Participate in the 116th 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 Dave for the exact start time and other details.

Saturday, May 21 | 6:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Eastern Point, Gloucester
Walk leader: John Nelson (978) 283-6128 | 

Meeting location: Mass Audubon parking lot by the lighthouse at the end of Eastern Point Blvd., Gloucester, MA. 

Note: Don’t be deterred by the “Residents Only” sign; the parking lot is open to the public and free until Memorial Day.)

Co-sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club

We will walk for 3 or 4 hours in the Eastern Point area of Gloucester, mostly on pavement but partly on woodland paths and a field that may be wet. 

Note: Registration not required, but feel free to contact John Nelson for event details.

Sunday May 22, 6:30am
ECOC Outing: Dogtown bird hike
Meeting point: Parking lot for Gloucester’s Reservoir, Gee Avenue, Gloucester
Event Coordinator: Jared Keyes, cell: 978-505-0586
Join Jared Keyes on an early morning bird hike through Dogtown. Target species will include warblers, cuckoos, and other Neotropical migrants. Our goal will be to cover multiple habitats and micro hotspots over nearly 4 miles – an area that yielded great finds and satisfying eBird lists in 2021. We’ll work our way into the heart of fabled Dogtown over some very challenging, rocky and occasionally steep terrain. 
Note: Registration not required, but feel free to contact Jared for event details.
Wednesday, May 25 | 4:30 – 7 PM
ECOC Bird walk at Bradley Palmer
Walk leader: Dave Brewster (
Meeting point: main parking lot for Bradley Palmer State Park, 40 Asbury Road, Topsfield (note: parking fee is $5, or annual pass)
Evening birdsong after work can be a relaxing way to enjoy spring migration in Essex County. For the past few years, Dave has enjoyed hearing thrushes, tanagers, grosbeaks and so much more at Bradley Palmer State Park at this time of day. Come share an evening walk with Dave (and Jeanne). You’ll likely be surprised at what you hear AND see! Plan for a random walk in the woods in search of birdsong. Distance could be up to 3 miles, generally flat but not necessarily on the road.
Note: Registration not required, but feel free to contact Dave for event details.

Wednesday, June 1 | 6:15 PM – 9:00 PM
Crane Beach, Ipswich

Walk leaders: John Nelson (978) 283-6128 | with Jim Berry (978)-356-5505 | 

Meeting location: Outside the gate to the Crane Beach parking lot at the end of Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA.

Co-sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club

This two-mile walk in the sand is aimed at nesting Piping Plovers, Least Terns, and Bank Swallows as well as evening singers such as Whip-poor-wills. Be prepared for mosquitoes at sunset!   

Note: Registration not required, but feel free to contact John Nelson for event details.

Directions to the Peabody Essex Museum

PEM Connect Building is at 135 Essex Street, next door to PEM’s main entrance (at the corner of Essex and Liberty St. in Salem, MA). Morse Auditorium is in PEM’s main building. Note: if severe weather is forecast, call 978-745-1876 to confirm event.

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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 here on our web site. Hard copies will also be available at programs.

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