103rd Ipswich River Bird Survey

May 23, 2009

The Essex County Ornithological Club’s 103rd Annual Ipswich River Canoe Trip took place on Saturday, May 23. It’s a longstanding event since it was conducted first in May of 1907.

This year’s trip group put in at the launch on Route 97 in Topsfield and took out east of Asbury Street in Topsfield. The flotilla paddled the entire riverine length of Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. This was a 7 mile adventure.

Participants included complier, Jim Berry; trip coordinator, Phil Brown; Tim Brown, Robert Buchsbaum, Mark Burns, Laura de la Flor, Diana Fruguglietti, Paul Ippolito and Jim MacDougall. A huge thanks goes to Phil Brown for organizing the event again!

The biggest surprise this year was the record number of Warbling Vireos, a huge count reflecting the prevalence of this species along watercourses. There were plenty of Baltimore Orioles and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in this habitat as well.

Number of species: 80

In addition to the birds listed below, ECOC President Sue McGrath and Susan Sellers, who were unable to participate on the water, concurrently birded several other places along or near the Ipswich River and reported the following species:

Little Neck, Ipswich:
Dunlin, Osprey, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover, Brant, Least Sandpiper, Piping Plover, House Finch, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Common Tern, Willet, Least Tern, House Sparrow, Tree Swallow

Ipswich River Watershed Association property in Ipswich:
Cooper’s Hawk, Pileated Woodpecker, Wild Turkey, Brown Creeper,
White-breasted Nuthatch

Ipswich River at Choate Bridge Area, Ipswich:
Chimney Swift, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Great Blue Heron

Great Neck, Ipswich:
House Wren, Black-capped Chickadee, Mute Swan, Killdeer,
Immature Black-Crowned Night-Heron, American Goldfinch

Miles River Sand & Gravel Company, Ipswich:
Turkey Vultures, two burrows in sand pile at pond ~ possible Belted Kingfisher nesting burrows, Killdeer, Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Phoebe, Willet, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Gray Catbird, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Orchard Oriole, House Wren, American Robin, Common Yellowthroat, Mockingbird, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Ovenbird, Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Phoebe, Common Grackle, Least Flycatcher, American Crow, Blackburnian Warbler

75Canada Goose3Glossy Ibis
7Wood Duck1Turkey Vulture
XMallard5Red-tailed Hawk
1Blue-winged Teal2Killdeer
2Green-winged Teal3Spotted Sandpiper
1Wild Turkey2Solitary Sandpiper
5Double-crested CormorantXMourning Dove
11Great Blue Heron1Eastern Screech-Owl
4Great Egret9Chimney Swift
1Black-crowned Night Heron3Ruby-throated Hummingbird
9Red-bellied Woodpecker10Blue Jay
9Downy WoodpeckerXAmerican Crow
5Hairy WoodpeckerXTree Swallow
1Northern FlickerXNorthern Rough-winged Swallow
3Pileated WoodpeckerXBarn Swallow
6Eastern Wood-PeweeXBlack-capped Chickadee
4Eastern PhoebeXTufted Titmouse
15Great Crested Flycatcher1Red-breasted Nuthatch
30Eastern Kingbird8White-breasted Nuthatch
4Yellow-throated Vireo2House Wren
47Warbling Vireo5Marsh Wren
4Red-eyed Vireo40Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7Eastern Bluebird5Magnolia Warbler
3Veery3Black-throated Green Warbler
1Swainson’s Thrush2Pine Warbler
1Wood Thrush1Bay-breasted Warbler
XAmerican Robin2Blackpoll Warbler
XGray Catbird3American Redstart
XEuropean Starling1Prothonotary Warbler
88Cedar Waxwing1Ovenbird
1Blue-winged Warbler3Northern Waterthrush
4Northern Parula40Common Yellowthroat
28Yellow Warbler2Scarlet Tanager
1Chestnut-sided Warbler2Eastern Towhee
1Chipping SparrowXRed-winged Blackbird
10Song SparrowXCommon Grackle
2Swamp Sparrow1Orchard Oriole
8Northern Cardinal81Baltimore Oriole
17Rose-breasted GrosbeakXAmerican Goldfinch
2Bobolink2House Sparrow

See you on the river in 2010!