115th Ipswich River Bird Survey​

May 22, 2021

Saturday, May 22, 2021 morning (start time around 7am) – Note: Advance registration is required
Ipswich River Canoe Trip and Bird Survey

Event Coordinator: Dave Brewster

Participate in the 115th Annual 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.

Update: Unfortunately, because of the ongoing pandemic, we are not able to provide boats and equipment for the trip this year. We are also not able to place you in other people’s boats. Each participant will be responsible for providing their own water craft and necessary equipment (including PFDs).

Thanks again for all who participated.

A little below Average species number at 73 was still consistent with past trips.  Number of individual birds was definitely lower at 336.  Some years we have had more than 1000.  Something to ponder until next time.

See you down the trail!
Dave Brewster

Google Photos Link to
ECOC Ipswich River Canoe Trip 05-22-2021


Since there were no further contributions, the Final list is here and saved to ebird

Tim and Kathi’s sightings from Topsfield and Averill’s Island are included.

For the Club records, I added Tim and Kathi’s 100+ Common Eiders at Little Neck Ipswich, MA; the mouth of the mighty Ipswich River,
thank you!

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary (Mass Audubon), Essex, Massachusetts, US
May 22, 2021 7:16 AM – 12:12 PM
Protocol: Traveling
7.6 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:    Annual ECOC Canoe trip and bird census along a section of the Ipswich River.
73 species (+1 other taxa)
Canada Goose  31
Mute Swan  16
Wood Duck  7
Mallard  7
Mourning Dove  7
Chimney Swift  6
Virginia Rail  1
Killdeer  5
Least Sandpiper  3
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Solitary Sandpiper  4
shorebird sp.  4
Herring Gull  1
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  3
Green Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  31
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Barred Owl  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  5
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Willow Flycatcher  4
Eastern Phoebe  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  14    Along the 7 mile trip this count was careful and corroborated by several participants
Eastern Kingbird  7
Yellow-throated Vireo  2
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Warbling Vireo  29    Along the 7 mile trip this count was careful and corroborated by several participants
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  9
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  9
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Tree Swallow  42
Barn Swallow  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Brown Creeper  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
House Wren  1
Marsh Wren  17
Carolina Wren  1
Gray Catbird  5
Eastern Bluebird  12
American Robin  2
Cedar Waxwing  11
House Sparrow  5
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  7
Chipping Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  15
Swamp Sparrow  12
Baltimore Oriole  18
Red-winged Blackbird  48
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Common Grackle  37
Ovenbird  8
Northern Waterthrush  2
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  25
American Redstart  6
Northern Parula  1
Yellow Warbler  21
Blackpoll Warbler  5
Pine Warbler  1
Scarlet Tanager  4
Northern Cardinal  7
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  10
Indigo Bunting  1