Essex County Ornithological Club Calendar

Summer 2024

Speaker Series/Club Events

Sunday, August 25, 5pm-8pm
ECOC Outing: Migrating Shorebirds and Tree Swallow Spectacle*
Meeting point: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Parking lot 1
What to bring: optics, picnic supper, a camp chair, and plenty of protection from biting insects – both clothing and especially your preferred repellent.
Rain date: Mon., Aug. 26

Walk Leader: ECOC member David Moon ( | 603-381-7460)

Late August is the peak time for numbers of migrating shorebirds and tree swallows, which roost in the tens of thousands on barrier islands. David Moon will lead this special outing to see migrating shorebirds and tree swallows on Plum Island and to picnic with roosting wading birds in Newburyport. Our outing will end with the dramatic final roosting behavior of the swallows, as night herons emerge to forage and as whippoorwills begin singing!

This outing takes place at a handful of sites separated by short drives (see details below). Please come willing (if you are able) to participate in carpooling to minimize the size of our caravan. To save on the $5 refuge entrance fee, carpool with friends from refuge headquarters (6 Plum Island Turnpike) or Joppa Flats Education Center (1 Plum Island turnpike) or better yet – purchase a “Duck Stamp,” available at refuge HQ, for free admission to National Wildlife refuges and to directly support purchases of more habiatat!

Outing details (times approximate):
5:00pm Meet at PRNWR parking lot 1 for 1+ hour of shorebirds, mostly at Hellcat, but Stage Island pool too if there is action/avocet. Main Panne will be flooded due to spring tide?
6:15pm Pop over to Perkins Park to enjoy a picnic with egrets arriving at the roost. (15-20 min. drive time)
7:00pm back to hellcat for Swallow show
8:00ishpm Head home on Whippoorwill song.

* Contact David with questions and to SIGN UP (he will alert registrants by email if this event has moved to the rain date).

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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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