100th Ipswich River Bird Survey

May 20, 2006

The 100th Bird Survey festivities were fabulous and will remain as a pleasant memory. The feedback from members has been outstanding! The birding at the sanctuary was excellent with Common Nighthawk, Black-billed Cuckoo, American Woodcock, Bobolink, Pileated Woodpecker and Barred Owl.

We relished those “local donuts” with our coffee and tea in the morning, then savored the beans, the grill items and a delicious cake at our luncheon!

Special thanks to Jim and Stina for their energy, experience and knowledge of the Ipswich River Valley! My personal thanks to Mark, Laura, Jay, Joe, Linda, Dawn, Marilyn, Robert, Phil, and Janey; all of your contributions and planning made for a very pleasant day. I’m grateful to so many members who donated their time, their skills and their funds! Carol Decker and her Staff at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary were outstanding in allowing us to use “The Barn” for our celebration.

Please remember the following businesses; they contributed to our event with generous “out” door prizes

Bird Watcher’s Supply and Gift of Newburyport
Blue Seal Feeds of Bow, NH
Courtyard of  Newburyport
Essex County Cooperative of Topsfield
Fernald’s of Newbury

Leo’s Pizza of Newburyport
Montana Coffee Traders of Whitefish, Montana
New England Small Craft of Rowley
Plum Island Kayak of Newburyport
Wild Birds Unlimited of Danvers
Newburyport Birders of Newburyport

Bird Survey Tally:

Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Glossy Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Cooper’s Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper
American Woodcock
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Tern
Mourning Dove
Black-billed Cuckoo
Barred Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-winged Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Scarlet Tanager
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

We are seeking a team of volunteers to plan and facilitate next year’s event. Please contact Sue if you would like to be part of that team.

Good birding,
Sue McGrath, President
Essex County Ornithological Club
Salem, Ma