Newburyport Birders

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Red Tail Hawk. Photo courtesy of John Gavin.


Upcoming Field Trips, Meetings, Programs, and Other Events

Most programs require advance registration. Contact Sue at newburyportbirders@comcast.net or 978-462-4785 or by via the Newburyport Birders' webpage www.newburyportbirders.com.

On the Wing

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm to dusk
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot #1

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during this interpretative program. The focus will be on field marks and where these migrants are headed. We'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination. Dress in layers.

Morning Birding at Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm in Newbury

Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: The end of Little's Lane in Newbury - look for the Newburyport Birders' sign

We'll walk the agricultural fields in search of American Pipits, Horned Larks, sparrows and hawks.

Directions: In Newbury Center, head south on Route 1A and continue through the only set of lights. Then take your first left onto Little's Lane.

Wings Over Water

Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm to dusk
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot #1

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during this interpretative program. The focus will be on field marks and where these migrants are headed. We'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination. Dress in layers.

Thanksgiving Morning Walk at Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm in Newbury

Date: Thursday, November 27, 2014
Time: 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Fee: 2 for $20
Meeting Location: At the end of Little's Lane in Newbury - look for the Newburyport Birders' A-Frame sign

We'll walk the agricultural fields in search of American Pipits, sparrows, hawks, Snow Buntings and Horned Larks.

Directions: In Newbury Center, head south on Route 1A and continue through the only set of lights. Then take your first left onto Little's Lane.

Look at Every Bird at Cherry Hill [Indian Hill] Reservoir

Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: First parking area you encounter on Moulton Street in West Newbury - look for the Newburyport Birders' A-Frame sign

The Cherry Hill [Indian Hill] Reservoir is a perfect setting for waterfowl viewing. This public water source hosts Ruddy Duck & Ring-necked Duck, and both spend the fall here in the hundreds. Other species that can be seen here are Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Scaup, Bufflehead, the occasional Canvasback, Redhead and merganser.

Complimentary Bird Walk and Book Reading with Doug Chickering

Doug's Book

Date: Sunday, November 30, 2014
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Meeting Location: Meet at the last, large parking lot on the left near the pavilion at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Doug Chickering will be leading a bird walk at Salisbury Beach State Reservation and reading from his book Reflections On A Golden-Winged Warbler. Doug will sign copies of his books. Chickering’s essays bring to life our memories of our best moments in the field, by describing his favorite moments in his characteristic, magical prose. This book will make a wonderful gift for a birder this holiday season.

Doug Chickering has for nearly three decades been a frequent and passionate birder and chronicler of Essex County, one of the most famous and historic birding locations in the world. His essays in the Newburyport Birders' newsletter were extremely popular. He has published his essays on birding in Winging It, Bird Observer and The Quail. Doug is frequently invited to read his works on Ray Brown’s radio program Talkin’ Birds.

Doug Chickering
Doug Chickering

Here's what readers are saying about Doug's book:

“Birding is all about sharing the adventure, and in this collection of entertaining essays, Douglas Chickering has shown how varied the world of birding can be. A wonderful read for any birder.” —Don and Lillian Stokes, authors of The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America

“It was the magic of Doug Chickering’s prose, observed on the Massbird Listserv, that led ­me to begin reading them on my radio show and to inviting Doug to read some himself. How wonderful that many of his beautiful and thoughtful pieces have been assembled in this ­delightful book. I recommend Reflections on a Golden-Winged Warbler heartily to all who love birds and to all who enjoy wise and insightful observations expressed with beauty, ­eloquence, and a clearly-expressed love for our natural world.” —Ray Brown, host of the Talkin’ Birds weekly radio show

“The short birding stories of Douglas Chickering are truly inspirational. He demonstrates the pure joy and exhilaration of coming face to face with a plethora of birds on his beloved Plum Island and surrounding countryside. I have had the privilege of birding Plum Island often with Doug, and even 20 years on, I still have wonderful memories of those halcyon days. If ever a man has demonstrated the delights of ‘Patch Birding’ it has to be Doug. This book is a must have for anyone wanting to share those emotions.” —Derek Moore, British ornithologist and nature conservationist


Past Field Trips, Meetings, Programs, and Other Events


Monday Morning Birding

Date: Monday, October 13, 2014
Time: 9:30 am to noon
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot #1

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during this interpretative program. The focus will be on field marks and where these migrants are headed. We'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination. Dress in layers.

Sunset Birding at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Dates: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm to dark
Fee: $15 each
Meeting Location: At the boat ramp parking lot at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Wintering waterfowl are abundant at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Common Eiders and all three scoter species are often in large flocks. Loons and grebes are easily observed, and easterly winds bring in razorbills, gannets and sometimes kittiwakes. Purple Sandpipers gather on the jetties at high tide; Iceland and Glaucous Gulls can be seen in the cooler months.The campground area is a prime area for Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings. The pines along the marsh edge often harbor owls and hawks. On Badger's Rocks at low tide, we usually see Harbor Seals hauled out.

Sunset Birding at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Dates: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm to dark
Fee: $20 each
Meeting Location: At the boat ramp parking lot at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Waterfowl are abundant at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Common Eiders and all three scoter species are often in large flocks. Loons and grebes are easily observed, and easterly winds bring in razorbills, gannets and sometimes kittiwakes. Purple Sandpipers gather on the jetties at high tide; Iceland and Glaucous Gulls can be seen in the cooler months. The campground area is a prime area for Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings. The pines along the marsh edge often harbor owls and hawks. On Badger's Rocks at low tide, we usually see Harbor Seals hauled out.

Birding on the Town Pier

Dates: Sunday, September 28
Time: 5:00 pm - dusk
Meet at: Salisbury's Ring's Island Town Pier
Fee:$15

We'll be looking for migrating birds! During our program, we'll focus on the many aids to field identification.

Feathers, Wings & Flight

Date: Saturday, September 27
Time: 9:00 am to noon
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot# 1

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during this interpretative program. The focus will be on field marks and where these migrants are headed. We'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination. A long-sleeved shirt and long pants are suggested.

Birding on the Town Pier

Dates: Sunday, September 21
Time: 5:00 pm - dusk
Meet at: Salisbury's Ring's Island Town Pier
Fee:$15

We'll be looking for migrating birds! During our program, we'll focus on the many aids to field identification.

Feathers, Wings & Flight

Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 9:00 am to noon
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot# 1

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during this interpretative program. The focus will be on field marks and where these migrants are headed. We'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination. A long-sleeved shirt and long pants are suggested.

Date: Sunday, September 14th
Time: 4:00 pm to dusk
Fee: $15.
Meeting Location: Parking Lot #1 on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island from where we'll carpool to Sandy Point

Join us as we bird Sandy Point. Please wear sturdy, walking shoes.

Birding in the Settlers' Footsteps

Date: Saturday, September 13
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Meeting Location: Newbury's Lower Green
Fee: $15

We'll explore the town landing, the Lower Green area, the Parker River, the base of the 168-foot "Great Hill" and the diverse habitat along Newman Road. During this ramble, we'll search for birds. Please wear sturdy, walking shoes and bring a beverage and snack.

Shorebirds on The Flats

Date: Monday, September 1st
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Meet at: Newburyport's "Seawall" on Water Street. The "Seawall" is located between Neptune and Madison Streets.
Fee:$15

We'll be watching for migrating shorebirds! Expect to see Black-bellied & Semipalmated Plovers, Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated & Least Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Willets & more. We'll teach you aids to field identification, including physical characteristics, habitat preference & feeding techniques.

An Early Morning With Shorebirds

Date: Sunday, August 31st
Time: 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Meet at: Newburyport's "Seawall" on Water Street. The "Seawall" is located between Neptune & Madison Streets.
Fee:$15

We'll be looking for migrating shorebirds! During our program, we'll focus on the many aids to field identification, including physical characteristics, habitat preference & feeding techniques.

From The Overlook...

Date: Wednesday, August 27th
Time: 6:30 pm to dusk
Location: North Pool Overlook at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Fee: $15

Join us for an evening watch at the North Pool on Plum Island.

Watching Bird Migration

Date: Wednesday, August 20th
Time: 6:00 pm - dusk
Meeting Location: Parking Lot #1
Fee: $15

Join Sue for a birding program focused on the importance of the Refuge during bird migration. Plum Island is one of the finest places for viewing birds during fall migration. Many bird species are moving south along the coast. The extensive mudflats on Plum Island, the salt marshes, the salt pannes & the pools are excellent feeding areas & roosting sites for these migrants.

North Pool Overlook Birding

Date: Wednesday, August 13th
Time: 6:00 pm to dusk
Location: North Pool Overlook at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Fee: $15

Join us for an evening of birding at the North Pool Overlook at Parker River NWR on Plum Island.

Sunday Shorebirds Along the Seawall

Date: Sunday, August 17th
Time: 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Meeting Location: Newburyport's "Seawall" on Water Street. The "Seawall" is located between Neptune and Madison Streets.

Join Sue to look at migrating shorebirds! Expect to see migrating shorebirds and more. During our program, we will focus on the many aids to field identification, including physical characteristics, habitat preference & feeding techniques.

EARLY BIRDS AT ASH STREET SWAMP

Date: Sundays, July 13 & 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 am - 8:30 am
Fee: $20 each

Pre-registration is required ~ please contact Sue at newburyportbirders@comcast.net

Meeting Location: Park & Ride Ticket Office at Exit 57 off Route 95 [Route 113/Newburyport]

The early morning is the best time to bird at West Newbury's Ash Street Swamp. Participants should be able to walk on unpaved terrain. Waterproof shoes or boots are suggested. Participants should be prepared with a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sunscreen.

EVENING BIRDING AT CHERRY HILL RESERVOIR

Date: Wednesdays, July 9 & 23, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm to dusk
Fee: $20 each

Pre-registration is required ~ please contact Sue at newburyportbirders@comcast.net

Meeting Location: Meet at the Moulton Street end of the Cherry Hill [Indian Hill] Reservoir in West Newbury in the pull off on the Reservoir side.

Join us as we search for birds at the Reservoir. Participants should be able to walk on unpaved surfaces. The pace will be slow.

PURPLE MARTINS OF PLUM ISLAND

Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm to dusk
Suggested Donation: $25

Pre-registration is required ~ please contact Sue at newburyportbirders@comcast.net

Location: North End of Plum Island by the Plum Island Lighthouse

Join Sue for a round of nest checks. Your donation will help provide housing for this human-dependent songbird. Wear long pants & a long-sleeved shirt & bring a lawn chair. Light refreshment will be provided.

FUNdamentals of Grassland Birding

Date: Wednesday Evenings - June 4, 11 & 18, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm to dusk
Fee: $20 each

Meeting Location: Woodsom Farm in Amesbury - meet at the parking lot on Lions Mouth Road in Amesbury

Take a walk, have fun, learn where to look for birds and how to identify them in their habitat. This slow-paced walk will introduce you to grassland birding. We'll discuss the natural history of the birds we encounter. Please wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and footwear appropriate for walking on unpaved surfaces.

Wings, Feathers & Flights

Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm to sunset
Fee: $20

Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot #1

Let's explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge with a focus on wings, feathers & flights. We'll discuss field marks, and we'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination. Long-sleeved shirt and long pants are suggested. Light refreshments will be provided.

Sunday Morning Birding At Woodsom Farm

Date: Sunday, June 29, 2014
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 am
Fee: $20

Meeting Location: Woodsom Farm in Amesbury - meet at the parking lot on Lions Mouth Road in Amesbury Take a walk, have fun, learn where to look for birds and how to identify them in their habitat. This slow-paced walk will introduce you to grassland birding. We'll discuss the natural history of the birds we encounter. Please wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and footwear appropriate for walking on unpaved surfaces.

All Wings Considered

Dates: Sundays, May 4 & 18, 2014
Time: 8:30 to 11:30 am

Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport at the observation deck next to the Visitor's Information Center at Parking Lot #1.
Fee: $20 each

Join us on either or both dates as we explore the various habitats at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during these longer, interpretative programs. We'll focus on field marks, where these birds have been, to where they are migrating and their behavior at this premier, birding destination. Long-sleeved shirt and long pants are suggested.

Tuesday Morning Walks At Hellcat

Date: Tuesday, May 6 & 13
Time: 6:30 am - 9:00 am

Fee: $15 each
Meeting Location: Meet Sue at the Hellcat Parking on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

We won't ever be far afield, and there will be lots of birds for us to see! These easy-paced walks are great for new birders or for anyone who wants to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds on the Refuge. Loaner binoculars are available.

Mother's Day Morning Walk

Date: Sunday, May 11
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 am

Meeting Location: The corner of Route 1A and Stackyard Road in Rowley - parking is available on the right side of Stackyard Road.

Fee: $20/2 people - so bring your mother or a friend along and share the joys of birding

Stackyard Road offers a mix of woodlands, wetlands, edge habitat and salt meadows, making it one of the best birding spots in Rowley for songbirds. We'll likely find brightly colored songbirds, shorebirds and orioles. Bring binoculars if you have them. Beginners as well as seasoned birders are welcome.

Wild West Newbury on Wednesday Evenings

Dates: Wednesdays, May 14 & 28
Time: 6:30 pm to dusk

Fee: $15 each
Meeting Location: Pike's Bridge Road parking area on Turkey Hill Road, West Newbury

We'll be exploring Pike's Bridge Road and other highly productive, birding locations in West Newbury during these evening programs. Some carpooling is involved. No facilities are available during this program.

Directions: From the Scotland Road exit off I-95, take Scotland Road heading west; then take an immediate right onto Turkey Hill Road. Drive north on Turkey Hill Road about half a mile to a large, dirt pull off on the left [this is where the road curves right]. Pike's Bridge Road is a dirt road with a metal gate across it which allows no vehicles to enter.

Birding Byfield's Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area

Date: Sunday, May 25
Time: 7:30 am to 10:30 am

Meeting Location: First parking area by the buildings
Fee: $20

This 1500+ acre property consists of hardwood forest with understory. Rocky hills dot the property as well as small, fire ponds. Parts of this property are poorly drained and seasonally wet. The headwaters of Cart Creek and the Little River are within the property. This property offers a wide range of nesting birds in old pasture and wooded tracts. We will walk least 2.5 miles on fairly level, gravel roads, searching for breeding birds. Wear sturdy shoes; bring a hat, insect repellent and a beverage.

Directions: Take Route 95 to the Central St/Byfield Exit. Follow Central Street east to Orchard Street (3/4 mile). Turn left onto Orchard Street and drive approx. 1 mile to the parking area on the left.

Birding West Newbury's Ash Street Swamp

Date: Monday, May 26
Time: 6:30 am - 8:30 am

Meeting Location: At the corner of Main & Maple Streets in West Newbury Center, Maple Street is opposite the West Newbury Post Office.
Fee: $15

Join us as we search for migrants at West Newbury's Ash Street Swamp. We'll listen to birdsong as well as use our trained eyes. Participants should have good hearing ability and be able to walk on unpaved terrain. The pace will be slow. Waterproof shoes are suggested. Participants should be prepared with a beverage, a long sleeved shirt, long pants, sunscreen and bug repellent.

Sunday Morning at the Common Pastures

Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Time: 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $20

Meeting Location: Platform at the Wet Meadows on Scotland Road in Newbury about 1/2 mile east of the Route 95/Scotland Road intersection opposite 102 Scotland Road. Please park off the road near the platform.

Bird from a viewing platform overlooking the Common Pasture Wet Meadow. This program is ideal for all levels of birders. We'll bird this lovely, wet meadow, a long cherished, birding location.

Sights & Sounds of Spring

Dates: Saturdays, April 19 & 26
Time: 8:30 to 11:30 am
Location: Meet at the Park & Ride in Newburyport
Fee: $20

Join us on either or both dates as we explore birdy areas in West Newbury. We'll search for late winter & early spring birds.

Sunday Morning Newburyport Industrial Park

Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Time: 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: Junction of Hale Street & Malcolm Hoyt Drive

Birding this old pasture & wet meadow can be very productive. This program is ideal for new-to-birding participants. We'll bird this long cherished, birding location.

LEARN TO LOVE BALD EAGLES

Date: Friday, February 14, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm - dusk
Fee: $25.

Meeting Location: Newburyport's Cashman Park Boat Launch at the end of Sally Snyder Way which is off Merrimac Street

Join us as we search for Bald Eagles, our national symbol. Each winter, Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect, winter habitat for these majestic birds. We'll discuss the field marks, bill size and shape, cere and talons, eyes and their hunting style, flight speed and altitude, their plumage and more. We'll be along the Merrimack River's edge, and we'll be walking on snow and unimproved surfaces. Dress in layers for outdoor weather, including waterproof boots, wool socks, hat and gloves. If you have binoculars, please bring them; if not, we have loaners. Bring along friends and introduce them to the joys of birding. We will carpool to a few sites if needed.

AFTERNOONS WITH BALD EAGLES

Dates: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 and Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
Times: 3:00 pm - dusk
Fee: $25.

Meeting Location: Newburyport's Cashman Park Boat Launch at the end of Sally Snyder Way which is off Merrimac Street

Join us as we search for Bald Eagles, our national symbol. Each winter, Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect, winter habitat for these majestic birds. We'll be along the Merrimack River's edge, and we'll be walking on snow and unimproved trails. Dress in layers for outdoor weather, including waterproof boots, wool socks, hat and gloves. If you have binoculars, please bring them; if not, we have loaners. Some carpooling may be required.

PRESIDENT'S DAY WITH BALD EAGLES

Date: Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
Time: NOON - 3:00 pm
Fee: $25.

Meeting Location: Newburyport's Cashman Park Boat Launch at the end of Sally Snyder Way which is off Merrimac Street

The Merrimack River provides perfect, winter habitat for these majestic birds. We'll be along the river's edge at high tide, and we'll be walking on snow and unimproved trails. Dress in layers for outdoor weather, including waterproof boots, wool socks, hat and gloves. If you have binoculars, please bring them; if not, we'll loan you a pair. We'll likely carpool to a couple of viewing locations.

Bald Eagles and the Lower Merrimack River

Date; Saturday, February 8, 2014
Time; 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Instructor: Sue McGrath

For more information and to register, please contact North Shore Community College at 978-236-1200.
The Bald Eagle is one of our national symbols. Each winter, Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect, winter habitat for these majestic birds. These spectacular birds soar high over the water and then stoop to secure prey with their sharp talons.

We'll visit Bald Eagle habitat along the lower Merrimack River. Dress in layers for outdoor weather, including waterproof boots, wool socks, hat and gloves. This program will be conducted outside along the river's edge.

The Merrimack River and Bald Eagles

Date: Sunday, February 9, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Sue McGrath

For more information and to register contact Northern Essex Community College at 978- 659-1237

The Bald Eagle is one of our national symbols. Each winter Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect winter habitat for these majestic birds. In this outdoor class you will learn about field marks, bill size & shape, cere & talons, eyes and their hunting style, flight speed and altitude, and their plumage and more.

Class will take place along the Merrimack River's edge and we will be walking on snow and unimproved trails. Dress in layers for outdoor weather including waterproof boots, wool socks, hat & gloves. If you have binoculars, bring them.

5th Annual Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend

Date: January 31 - February 2, 2014

The Harlequin Ducks have returned to Halibut Point and are awaiting the arrival of our hearty participants. This year's program includes bus tours of Cape Ann's birding hot spots led by some of the state's best birders - Ipswich's Jim Berry and I will be guiding one of those tours!

There are lots of activities: an entertaining slide show on Winter Birds of Cape Ann by Jim Berry; Eyes on Owls - an opportunity to get up close and personal with these spectacular, fascinating creatures with Mark and Marcia Wilson; and a Sunday morning boat trip on the Seven Seas Whalewatch boat Privateer IV which will be skippered by Jay Frontierro.

As in past years, the venue is the Elks Club at Bass Rocks in Gloucester where you can bird in comfort from the picture windows, enjoy a variety of exhibits, try out the best birding optics on the planet, or just step outside and scan the Atlantic ocean with expert birders. For a detailed schedule, information and registration, go to: www.capeannchamber.com - click on EVENTS and SIGNATURE EVENTS, then on the Harlequin Duck icon. Register on-line now because space is limited.

Snowy Owl Conservation - Presentation by Norman Smith

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2014
Time:1:30 pm
Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge's Visitor Center Auditorium at Headquarters

As birders and nature photographers already know, this is turning out to be a banner year for Snowy Owls on the Refuge. These magnificent birds come here in winter. Why is their seasonal occurrence so variable from year to year? These compelling questions and many more will be addressed by Massachusetts' Snowy Owl expert Norman Smith as he presents a narrated slide presentation. He'll share what he has learned during the decades of working with Snowy Owls.
Arrive early as Norm always draws a crowd...

Winter Raptors With Paul Roberts

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2014
Time: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Meeting Location: Provided upon registration
Fee: $40.

ADVANCED registration & prepayment is required. It'll be a small group; so please register now by contacting Newburyport Birders by email at newburyportbirders@comcast.net or by phone at 978-204-2976.
Winter is an excellent time for learning about and viewing raptors. Join Paul Roberts, a gifted teacher and highly skilled trip leader. Paul has been studying raptors and teaching courses on them for 40 years. This mini-class will concentrate on identification, migration and winter counts. Paul will cover physical and behavioral traits you can use to confidently identify hawks and owls with a focus on those species present in the winter. During this field trip, we will explore the Merrimack River, Plum Island and Salisbury Beach State Reservation, looking for eagles, hawks and owls. It's an exciting time to be in the field with the opportunity to search for species such as Snowy and Short-eared Owls, Rough-legged Hawks and Bald Eagles which move to the coast as inland waters freeze. We'll take time to closely observe these raptor species and discuss the adaptations that allow them to survive our harsh winters. We'll also check out any other winter specialties we encounter and hope for a Northern Shrike.

Birding On Cape Ann

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2013
Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Fee: $30
Meeting Location: We'll meet promptly at Friendly's just off the Route 128 traffic circle across the Annisquam River bridge in Gloucester.

Take some quiet time before the holiday frenzy begins and join Sue for a birding program on Cape Ann. Cape Ann is one of the finest birding destinations in winter. We'll look for sea ducks, wintering loons and grebes and gulls.

CANCELLED - WINGS ALONG THE MERRIMACK - CANCELLED

Date: Sunday, December 15, 2013
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Meeting Location: Park & Ride Ticket Office at Exit 57 off Route 95 [Route 113/Newburyport]
Fee: $20.

We'll search for birds along the Merrimack River from Newburyport Harbor to the Rocks Village Bridge in Haverhill. The lower Merrimack is swift moving and provides open water for many species of birds. We'll make stops along the river at various locations and discuss the physical adaptations and field marks of the birds we encounter.
ADVANCED registration is required. It'll be a small group; so please register now by contacting Newburyport Birders by email at newburyportbirders@comcast.net or by phone at 978-204-2976.

New Year's Day Birding on Great Neck

Date: Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm to dusk
Meeting Location: Pavilion Beach in Ipswich
Fee: $20 .

Join Newburyport Birders for an afternoon of birding on the first day of the New Year. Great Neck in Ipswich is a wonderful, winter birding site. Please dress warmly in layers; wear warm, and waterproof footwear.

On the Wing

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Time: 2:30 pm to dusk
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot #1

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during this interpretative program. The focus will be on field marks and where these migrants are headed. We'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination. Dress in layers.

Morning Birding at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury

Date: Sunday, November 17, 2013
Time: 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: The end of Little's Lane in Newbury - look for the Newburyport Birders' sign

We'll walk the agricultural fields in search of American Pipits, Horned Larks, sparrows and hawks.

Directions: In Newbury Center, head south on Route 1A and continue through the only set of lights. Then take your first left onto Little's Lane.

Thanksgiving Morning Walk at Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm in Newbury

Date: Thursday, November 28, 2013
Time: 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Fee: $20 [Please bring a friend or a family member along at no additional cost.]
Meeting Location: At the end of Little's Lane - look for the Newburyport Birders' A-Frame sign

We'll walk the agricultural fields in search of American Pipits, sparrows, hawks, Snow Buntings and Horned Larks.

Directions: In Newbury Center, head south on Route 1A and continue through the only set of lights. Then take your first left onto Little's Lane.

Birding Ramble at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Date: Friday, November 29, 2013
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Fee: $20 each
Meeting Location: At the boat ramp parking lot at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Waterfowl are abundant at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Common Eiders and all three scoter species are often in large flocks. Loons and grebes are easily observed, and easterly winds bring in razorbills, gannets and sometimes kittiwakes. Purple Sandpipers gather on the jetties at high tide. We'll search for Short-eared and Snowy Owls along with Rough-legged Hawks.

Look at Every Bird at Cherry Hill [Indian Hill] Reservoir

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2013
Time: 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: First parking area you encounter on Moulton Street in West Newbury - look for the Newburyport Birders' A-Frame sign

The Cherry Hill [Indian Hill] Reservoir is a perfect setting for waterfowl viewing. This public water source hosts Ruddy Duck & Ring-necked Duck, and both spend the fall here in the hundreds. Other species that can be seen here are Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Scaup, Bufflehead, the occasional Canvasback, Redhead and merganser.

Sunset at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Dates: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Time: 2:30 pm to dark
Fee: $20 each
Meeting Location: At the boat ramp parking lot at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Wintering waterfowl are abundant at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Common Eiders and all three scoter species are often in large flocks. Loons and grebes are easily observed, and easterly winds bring in razorbills, gannets and sometimes kittiwakes. Purple Sandpipers gather on the jetties at high tide; Iceland and Glaucous Gulls can be seen in the colder months. In winter, Short-eared and Snowy Owls can be seen along with Rough-legged Hawks. The campground area is a prime area for Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings. The pines along the marsh edge are a great, migrant trap for harboring wintering Saw-whet or Long-eared Owls. On Badger's Rocks at low tide, we usually see Harbor Seals hauled out.

Sunset at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Dates: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Time: 2:30 pm to dark
Fee: $20 each
Meeting Location: At the boat ramp parking lot at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Wintering waterfowl are abundant at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Common Eiders and all three scoter species are often in large flocks. Loons and grebes are easily observed, and easterly winds bring in razorbills, gannets and sometimes kittiwakes. Purple Sandpipers gather on the jetties at high tide; Iceland and Glaucous Gulls can be seen in the colder months. In winter, Short-eared and Snowy Owls can be seen along with Rough-legged Hawks. The campground area is a prime area for Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings. The pines along the marsh edge are a great, migrant trap for harboring wintering Saw-whet or Long-eared Owls. On Badger's Rocks at low tide, we usually see Harbor Seals hauled out.

Morning Looks at Cherry Hill [Indian Hill] Reservoir

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Time: 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: First parking area you encounter on Moulton Street in West Newbury - look for the Newburyport Birders' sign.

The Cherry Hill [Indian Hill] Reservoir is a perfect setting for fall waterfowl. This public water source hosts an assortment of waterfowl for our viewing pleasure.

Sunday Morning at Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm in Newbury

Dates: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Time: 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: The end of Little's Lane in Newbury near the farm animals - Look for the Newburyport Birders' sign.

We'll walk the agricultural fields in search of American Pipits, Snow Buntings, Horned Larks, sparrows and hawks.

Directions:In Newbury Center, head south on Route 1A and continue through the only set of lights. Then take your first left onto Little's Lane.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE BIRDING CLASSES

North Shore Community College - Birds of Plum Island

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Meet Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge's Parking Lot #1 on Plum Island in Newburyport
Instructor: Sue McGrath, Past President of the Essex County Ornithological Club; founder & program designer at Newburyport Birders

Bird watching at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island is exciting because it's a world famous, productive site. Learn to appreciate the world of birds! During this three-hour class, students will learn about birds in an "outdoor classroom". This class will provide new birders with the aids needed to begin bird identification ~ special characteristics, bird behavior and habitat preferences. We will focus on bird identification techniques. We'll be walking over gentle terrain at a slow pace. Sturdy footwear is necessary along with a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, hat, insect repellent and sunscreen. Dress in layers as the island is always cooler than the mainland. Bring a snack and a beverage. Class fee includes interpretive materials.

To learn more and to register, call North Shore Community College at 978-762-4000.

Wings Along The Merrimack River

Sunday, October 13, 2013
Times: 3:00 pm to dusk
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: End of Coffin Street in West Newbury - Look for the Newburyport Birders' sign.

We'll search for birds along the Merrimack River in West Newbury. The lower Merrimack is swift moving and provides habitat for many species of birds. We'll discuss the physical adaptations and field marks of the birds we encounter. Wear boots as this area can be wet.

Merrimack River Ramble

Date: Monday, October 14, 2013
Time: 3:00 pm to dusk
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: End of Coffin Street in West Newbury - Look for the Newburyport Birders' sign.

We'll search for birds along the Merrimack River in West Newbury. The lower Merrimack is swift moving and provides habitat for many species of birds. We'll discuss the physical adaptations and field marks of the birds we encounter. Wear boots as this area can be wet.

Morning Birding at Cherry Hill [Indian Hill] Reservoir

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Time: 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: First parking area you encounter on Moulton Street in West Newbury - look for the Newburyport Birders' sign.

The Cherry Hill [Indian Hill] Reservoir is a perfect setting for fall waterfowl. This public water source hosts an assortment of waterfowl for our viewing pleasure.

Northern Essex Community College - Autumn Birds of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island

Date: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Time 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge's Parking Lot #1 on Plum Island in Newburyport
Instructor: Sue McGrath, Past President of the Essex County Ornithological Club; founder & program designer at Newburyport Birders

Bird watching at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island is exciting because it's a world famous, productive site. During this three-hour class, students will learn about birds in an "outdoor classroom". Students will develop an appreciation for the world of birds. You'll learn the basics of bird identification, special characteristics, bird behavior and habitat preferences. We'll be walking over gentle terrain at a slow pace. Sturdy footwear is necessary along with a snack and beverage. Dress in layers as the island is always cooler than the mainland. Class fee includes interpretive materials.

To register or to learn more, please contact Northern Essex Community College at 978-556-3000.

On the Wing

Dates: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time: 3:00 pm to dusk
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot #1

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during this interpretative program. The focus will be on field marks and where these migrants are headed. We'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination. Dress in layers.

Morning Birding at Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm in Newbury

Dates: Sunday, October 27, 2013
Time: 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: The end of Little's Lane in Newbury near the farm animals - Look for the Newburyport Birders' sign.

We'll walk the agricultural fields in search of American Pipits, Snow Buntings, Horned Larks, sparrows and hawks.

Directions:In Newbury Center, head south on Route 1A and continue through the only set of lights. Then take your first left onto Little's Lane.

From The Overlook...

Date: Wednesdays, September 4, 18, & 25
Time: 5:30 pm to dusk
Location: North Pool Overlook at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Fee: $20

Join us for an evening watch at the North Pool on Plum Island.

Birding in the Settlers' Footsteps

Date: Saturday, September 7th
Time: 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Meeting Location: Newbury's Lower Green
Fee: $20

We'll explore the town landing, the Lower Green area, the Parker River, the base of the 168-foot "Great Hill" and the diverse habitat along Newman Road. During this ramble, we'll search for birds. Please wear sturdy, walking shoes and bring a beverage and snack.

Newburyport Harbor Watches

Date: Sunday, September 8, 15, 22, & 29
Time: 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Meet at Newburyport's "Seawall" on Water Street. The "Seawall" is located between Neptune & Madison Streets.
Fee:$20

We'll be looking for migrating birds! During our program, we'll focus on the many aids to field identification, including physical characteristics, habitat preference & feeding techniques.

Birding at Plum Island Point

Date: Saturday, September 14th
Time: 4:30 pm to dusk
Location: The Lighthouse at the North End of Plum Island
Fee: $20

Join us as we bird the flats and shoreline. Please wear sturdy, walking shoes.

Feathers, Wings & Flight

Date: Saturday, September 21st
Time: 4:30 pm to dusk
Meet Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot# 1
Fee:$20

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during this interpretative program. The focus will be on field marks and where these migrants are headed. We'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination. Long-sleeved shirt and long pants are suggested.

North Pool Overlook Birding

Date: Wednesday, August 14th
Time: 6:00 pm to dusk
Location: North Pool Overlook at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Fee: $20

Join us for an evening of birding at the North Pool Overlook at Parker River NWR on Plum Island.

Bird Migration at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Date: Saturday, August 24th
Time: 6:00 pm - dusk
Meeting Location: Parking Lot #1
Fee: $20

Join Sue for a birding program focused on the importance of the Refuge during bird migration. Plum Island is one of the finest places for viewing birds during fall migration. Many bird species are moving south along the coast. The extensive mudflats on Plum Island, the salt marshes, the salt pannes & the pools are excellent feeding areas & roosting sites for these migrants.

Sunday Shorebirds at Plum Island

Date: Sunday, August 25th
Time: 7:30 am - 10:30 am
Meet at the Hellcat Parking Lot on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Fee:$20

Join Sue to look at migrating shorebirds! Expect to see migrating shorebirds and more. During our program, we will focus on the many aids to field identification, including physical characteristics, habitat preference & feeding techniques.

From The Overlook...

Date: Wednesday, August 28th
Time: 6:30 pm to dusk
Location: North Pool Overlook at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Fee: $20

Join us for an evening watch at the North Pool on Plum Island.

An Early Morning With Shorebirds

Date: Sunday, September 1st
Time: 6:00 am - 8:00 am
Meet at: Newburyport's "Seawall" on Water Street. The "Seawall" is located between Neptune & Madison Streets.
Fee:$20

We'll be looking for migrating shorebirds! During our program, we'll focus on the many aids to field identification, including physical characteristics, habitat preference & feeding techniques.

Shorebirds on The Flats

Date: Monday, September 2nd
Time: 6:30 am - 8:30 am
Meet at: Newburyport's "Seawall" on Water Street. The "Seawall" is located between Neptune and Madison Streets.
Fee:$20

We'll be watching for migrating shorebirds! Expect to see Black-bellied & Semipalmated Plovers, Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated & Least Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Willets & more. We'll teach you aids to field identification, including physical characteristics, habitat preference & feeding techniques.

For additional program information see our website: www.newburyportbirders.com

EVENING BIRDING AT CHERRY HILL RESERVOIR

Date: Wednesdays, July 17, 24 & 31, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm to dusk
Fee: $20

Meeting Location: Meet at the Moulton Street end of the Cherry Hill [Indian Hill] Reservoir in West Newbury in the pull off on the Reservoir side.

Join us as we search for birds at the Reservoir. Participants should be able to walk on unpaved surfaces. The pace will be slow.

EARLY BIRDS AT ASH STREET SWAMP

Date: Sundays, July 21 & 28, 2013
Time: 6:30 am - 8:30 am
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: Park & Ride Ticket Office at Exit 57 off Route 95 [Route 113/Newburyport]

The early morning is the best time to bird at West Newbury's Ash Street Swamp. Participants should be able to walk on unpaved terrain. Waterproof shoes or boots are suggested. Participants should be prepared with a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sunscreen.

BIRDING THE MILL RIVER IN ROWLEY

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Time: 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Fee: $30

Pre-registration is required - contact Sue at: newburyportbirders@comcast.net

Meeting Location: Mill River Winery at 498 Newburyport Turnpike - Route 1, Rowley, MA 01969

We'll ramble along the Mill River and then tour the Mill River Winery and its unique space to relax, sip, snack and shop. We'll sample a "flight of wines" which will give you the opportunity to learn about each wine. Participants will walk on paved terrain and need to be prepared with a long sleeved shirt, long pants, and sunscreen.

PURPLE MARTINS OF PLUM ISLAND

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm to dusk
Suggested Donation: $25

Pre-registration is required ~ please contact Sue

Location: North End of Plum Island by the Plum Island Lighthouse

Join Sue for a round of nest checks. Your donation will help provide housing for this human-dependent songbird. Wear long pants & a long sleeved shirt & bring a lawn chair. Light refreshment will be provided.

FUNdamentals of Grassland Birding

Date: Wednesday Evenings - June 5, 12, 19, & 26, 2013
Time: 6:30 to dusk
Fee: $20

Meeting Location: Woodsom Farm in Amesbury - meet at the parking lot on Lions Mouth Road

Take a walk, have fun, learn where to look for birds and how to identify them in their habitat. This slow-paced walk will introduce you to birding. We'll discuss the natural history of the birds we encounter. Please wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and footwear appropriate for walking.

Wings, Feathers & Flights

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Time: 7:00 am to noon
Fee: $25.

Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot #1

You've asked for longer programs; so let's explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge with a focus on wings, feathers & flights.
We'll discuss field marks, and we'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination.
Long-sleeved shirt and long pants are suggested. Light refreshments will be provided.

Woodsom Farm Birding

Date: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Time: 7:30 to 9:30am
Fee: $20

Meeting Location: Woodsom Farm in Amesbury - meet at the parking lot on Lions Mouth Road

Take a walk, have fun, learn where to look for birds and how to identify them in their habitat. This slow-paced walk will introduce you to birding.
We'll discuss the natural history of the birds we encounter.
Please wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and footwear appropriate for walking.

On The Wing

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Time: 8:00 am to 11:00am
Fee: $20.

Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot #1

Let's explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, a premier, birding destination.
Long-sleeved shirt and long pants are suggested.

Evening Birding in West Newbury

Date: Sunday, June 23, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm to dark
Fee: $20

Meeting Location: Park & Ride Ticket Office at Exit 57 off Route 95 [Route 113/Newburyport]
Join Newburyport Birders to explore a highly productive, birding area in West Newbury.
All levels of birders are welcome.

Birding Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area in Byfield

Date: Sunday, June 2, 2013
Time: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Fee: $20

This 1500+ acre property consists of hardwood forest with understory. Rocky hills dot the property as well as small, fire ponds. Parts of this property are poorly drained and seasonally wet. The headwaters of Cart Creek and the Little River are within the property. This property offers a wide range of nesting birds in old pastures and wooded tracts. We will walk least 2.5 miles on fairly level, gravel roads. Wear sturdy shoes; bring a hat, insect repellent and a beverage.

Directions: Take Route 95 to the Central St/Byfield Exit. Follow Central Street east to Orchard Street (3/4 mile). Turn left onto Orchard Street and drive approx. 1 mile to the parking area on the left.

Wednesday Evenings in Wild West Newbury

Dates: Wednesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29
Time: 6:30 pm to dusk
Fee: $20

Meeting Location: Pike's Bridge Road parking area on Turkey Hill Road in West Newbury

We'll be exploring the Pike's Bridge Road area and other highly productive, birding locations in West Newbury during these evening programs. Some carpooling is involved. No facilities are available during this program.

Directions: From the Scotland Road exit off I-95, take Scotland Road heading west; then take an immediate right onto Turkey Hill Road. Drive north on Turkey Hill Road about half a mile to a large, dirt pull off on the left [this is where the road curves right]. Pike's Bridge Road is a dirt road with a metal gate across it which allows no vehicles to enter.

Newbury's Ould Towne Ramble

Date: Sunday, May 5
Time: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Fee: $20

Meeting Location: We'll gather at the Lower Green in Newbury at the junction of High Road [Route 1A] & Newman Road.

Join Sue for a morning bird walk in Newbury's Ould Towne. We'll explore the Lower Green area and Newman Road's diverse habitat. We'll search for grassland birds, shorebirds and woodland birds. Wear sturdy shoes; bring a hat, insect repellent and a beverage.

Explore The Little River Trail

Date: Sunday, May 12
Time: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Fee: $20

Meeting Location: Hale Street in Newburyport at the small pull-off [after both Cabot Stain entrances] on the right just 1.1 miles from the Low & Hale Street junction in Newburyport.

Yes, this is one of Newburyport's best kept secret, birding locations. Seldom do you hear of groups birding the Little River Trail; during this program, we'll show you this under-explored, birding hot-spot. We look forward to introducing you to new vistas and interesting observations at this gem of a property. Wear sturdy shoes; bring a hat, insect repellent and a beverage.

Woodcock Watching With A Friend

Date: Friday, March 22 - 6:00 pm to dusk
Fee: 2 participants for $30

Meeting Location: Hellcat Parking Lot at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Limited enrollment ~ please register early by contacting Sue

The American Woodcock engages in one of the most demonstrative and unusual courtships. Males of this cryptic, secretive shorebird species perform an impressive, aerial display flight at dusk. First, we'll learn about the natural history of these birds, and then we'll walk to nearby fields to watch and listen to this remarkable display. We will also search for early spring migrants. Bring your sense of wonder and binoculars; be prepared to walk on unpaved, possibly wet and uneven terrain. Dress in layers as Plum Island is cooler than the mainland.

Evening Birding Ramble

Date: Sunday, March 17 - 3:30 pm to dusk
Fee: $20

Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge - North Pool Lot

Celebrate the longer days with the birds! Join Sue and search for birds on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. If you have binoculars and a field guide, please bring them along. Please dress for the weather [in layers, wear warm socks & sturdy shoes]; please remember that the Refuge is always cooler than the mainland.

Sunday Afternoon With Bald Eagles on 2/24/13 RESCHEDULED - NEW DATE: Sun., 3/3/13

Date: Sunday, March, 3, 2013 - 3:30 pm - dusk
Fee: $25.

Meeting Location: Newburyport's Cashman Park Boat Launch at the end of Sally Snyder Way which is off Merrimac Street

Join us as we search for Bald Eagles, our national symbol. Each winter, Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect, winter habitat for these majestic birds.

We'll discuss the field marks, bill size and shape, cere and talons, eyes and their hunting style, flight speed and altitude, their plumage and more. We'll be along the Merrimack River's edge, and we'll be walking on snow and unimproved trails.

Dress in layers for outdoor weather including waterproof boots, wool socks, hat and gloves. If you have binoculars, please bring them. Bring along friends and introduce them to the joys of birding. Some carpooling may be required.

Breakfast & Bald Eagles

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Time: 8:00 am - noon
Fee: $35
Meeting Location: Riverside Cafe in the Towle Building at 260 Merrimack St., Newburyport

Registration is required: Please contact Sue at newburyportbirders@comcast.net

Each winter, Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect, winter habitat for these majestic birds. These spectacular birds soar high over the water and then stoop to secure prey with their sharp talons.

Join Newburyport Birders for a classic breakfast while we discuss the Merrimack River, the protected island and the field marks of the Bald Eagle. Then we'll begin our search along the swiftly moving Merrimack River for our national symbol. We'll carpool to several sites along the river. These programs have proven to be popular; so don't delay; reserve your place today by contacting Sue promptly.

Dress in layers and wear warm, waterproof boots.

Sunday Afternoon With Bald Eagles

Date: Sunday, February, 10, 2013 - 3:30 pm - dusk
Fee: $25.
Meeting Location: Newburyport's Cashman Park Boat Launch at the end of Sally Snyder Way which is off Merrimac Street

Join us as we search for Bald Eagles, our national symbol. Each winter, Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect, winter habitat for these majestic birds. We'll discuss the field marks, bill size and shape, cere and talons, eyes and their hunting style, flight speed and altitude, their plumage and more.

We'll be along the Merrimack River's edge, and we'll be walking on snow and unimproved trails.

Dress in layers for outdoor weather including waterproof boots, wool socks, hat and gloves. If you have binoculars, please bring them. Bring along friends and introduce them to the joys of birding. Some carpooling may be required.

Bald Eagle Adventures Along the Merrimack River

Dates: Tuesday, February 12 Time: 9:00 - 11:30 am
and Thursday, February 14 Time: 3:30 - dusk
Fee: $25.
Meeting Location: Cashman Park Boat Ramp at the end of Sally Snyder Way off Merrimac Street in Newburyport

This year by popular demand, Newburyport Birders has increased its offerings of Bald Eagle programs so you can arrange a small, private tour with your family and friends! These are limited enrollment programs. Please don't delay; reserve yours today by contacting Sue.

In winter, Bald Eagles move south to the swift-moving Merrimack River which provides ideal, winter habitat for these majestic birds. We'll search along the river's edge and protected islands for our national symbol. Some carpooling may be required.

North Shore Community College Bald Eagles & The Lower Merrimack River

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Time: 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
For more information and to register, please contact North Shore Community College at 978-236-1200.

The Bald Eagle is one of our national symbols. Each winter, Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect, winter habitat for these majestic birds. These spectacular birds soar high over the water and then stoop to secure prey with their sharp talons. We'll visit Bald Eagle habitat along the lower Merrimack River.

Dress in layers for outdoor weather, including waterproof boots, wool socks, hat and gloves.

This program will be conducted outside along the river's edge.

Northern Essex Community College The Merrimack River and Bald Eagles

Date: Sunday, February 3, 2013
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00 pm

For more information and to register, please contact Northern Essex Community College at 978-556-3000.

The Bald Eagle is one of our national symbols. Each winter Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect winter habitat for these majestic birds. In this outdoor class you will learn about field marks, bill size & shape, cere & talons, eyes and their hunting style, flight speed and altitude, and their plumage and more.

Class will take place along the Merrimack River's edge and we will be walking on snow and unimproved trails.

Dress in layers for outdoor weather including waterproof boots, wool socks, hat & gloves. If you have binoculars, bring them.

Winter Raptors With Paul Roberts (FULLY SUBSCRIBED)

Date: January 12, 2013
Time: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Fee: $35 - Pre-registration required
Meeting Location: Provided upon registration

Join Paul Roberts, a gifted teacher and highly skilled, trip leader. Paul has been studying raptors and teaching courses on them for 40 years. This mini-class will concentrate on identification, migration and winter counts.

Winter is an excellent time for learning about and viewing raptors. Paul will cover physical and behavioral traits you can use to confidently identify hawks and owls with a focus on those species present in the winter.

During this field trip, we will explore the Merrimack River, Plum Island and Salisbury State Park looking for eagles, hawks and owls.

It's an exciting time to be in the field with the opportunity to search for species such as Snowy and Short-eared Owls, Rough-legged Hawks and Bald Eagles which move to the coast as inland waters freeze. We'll take time to closely observe these raptor species and discuss the adaptations that allow them to survive our harsh winters. We'll also check out any other winter specialties we encounter and hope for a Northern Shrike.

New Year's Day Birding at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Date: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Time: 2:30 to 6:00 pm
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: Salisbury Beach State Reservation's Boat Ramp Parking Lot.

Join Newburyport Birders for an afternoon of birding on the first day of the New Year. Salisbury Beach State Reservation is a wonderful, winter birding site. At sunset, we'll have some refreshments, do our summary and appreciate the evening sky.

Please dress warmly in layers; wear warm, waterproof footwear and bring along a flashlight.

Winter Bird Walk at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Meeting Location: Hellcat Parking Lot on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Take some quiet time before that holiday frenzy begins and join Sue for a birding program focused on the importance of the Refuge during winter. Plum Island is one of the finest birding destinations in winter. We'll walk from Hellcat south on the unpaved section of the road. We'll look for winter finches, sea ducks, wintering loons and grebes, and with some luck, we'll see a Barred Owl.

Sunset at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Dates: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Time: 2:30 pm to dark
Fee: $20 each

Meeting Location: At the boat ramp parking lot at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Wintering waterfowl are abundant at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Common Eiders and all three scoter species are often in large flocks. Loons and grebes are easily observed, and easterly winds bring in razorbills, gannets and sometimes kittiwakes. Purple Sandpipers gather on the jetties at high tide; Iceland and Glaucous Gulls can be seen in the colder months. In winter, Short-eared and Snowy Owls can be seen along with Rough-legged Hawks. The campground area is a prime area for Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings. This year is a flight year, so the pitch pines lure in wintering crossbills. The pines along the marsh edge are a great, migrant trap for harboring wintering Saw-whet or Long-eared Owls. On Badger's Rocks at low tide, we usually see Harbor Seals hauled out.

Thanksgiving Morning Walk at Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm in Newbury

Date: Thursday, November 22, 2012
Time: 8:30am - 10:30am
Fee: $20 [Please bring a friend or a family member along at no additional cost.]

Meeting Location: At the end of Little's Lane near the farm animals - Look for the Newburyport Birders' A-Frame sign.

We'll walk the agricultural fields in search of American Pipits, sparrows, hawks, Snow Buntings and Horned Larks.

Directions: In Newbury Center, head south on Route 1A and continue through the only set of lights. Then take your first left onto Little's Lane.

Walk It Off at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Date: Friday, November 23, 2012
Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fee: $20 each

Meeting Location: At the boat ramp parking lot at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Waterfowl are abundant at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Common Eiders and all three scoter species are often in large flocks. Loons and grebes are easily observed, and easterly winds bring in razorbills, gannets and sometimes kittiwakes. Purple Sandpipers gather on the jetties at high tide. We'll search for Short-eared and Snowy Owls along with Rough-legged Hawks. This year is a flight year; so, those pitch pines lure the wintering crossbills.

Look at Every Bird at Cherry Hill [Indian Hill] Reservoir

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2012
Time: 8:30am - 11:00 am
Fee: $20

Meeting Location: First parking area you encounter on Moulton Street in West Newbury - look for the Newburyport Birders' A-Frame sign.

The Cherry Hill [Indian Hill] Reservoir is a perfect setting for waterfowl viewing. This public water source hosts Ruddy Duck & Ring-necked Duck, and both spend the fall here in the hundreds. Other species that can be seen here are Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Scaup, Bufflehead, the occasional Canvasback, Redhead and mergansers.

Salisbury Beach State Reservation Sunset Birding

Date: Sunday, November 25, 2012
Time: 2:30 pm to dark
Fee: $20 each

Meeting Location: At the boat ramp parking lot at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Wintering waterfowl are abundant at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Common Eiders and all three scoter species are often in large flocks. Loons and grebes are easily observed, and easterly winds bring in razorbills, gannets and sometimes kittiwakes. Purple Sandpipers gather on the jetties at high tide. Short-eared and Snowy Owls can be seen along with Rough-legged Hawks. The campground area is a prime area for Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings. The pitch pines in the campground attract crossbills. On Badger's Rocks at low tide, we usually see Harbor Seals hauled out.

FLIGHT, FEATHERS & WINGS

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: 3:00 pm to dusk
Fee: $20

Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot #1

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during this interpretative program. The focus will be on field marks and where these migrants are headed. We'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination. Dress in layers.

WINGS ALONG THE MERRIMACK

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Time: 10:30am to 1:30pm
Fee: $20

Meeting Location: End of Coffin Street in West Newbury

We'll search for birds along the Merrimack River in West Newbury. The lower Merrimack is swift moving and provides habitat for many species of birds. We'll discuss the physical adaptations and field marks of the birds we encounter.

SUNDAY MORNING AT CHERRY HILL RESERVOIR

Date: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Fee: $20

Meeting Location: Meet at the Moulton Street end of the West Newbury reservoir in the pull off on the reservoir side

Join us as we search for birds at the reservoir. Participants should be able to walk on unpaved surfaces. The pace will be slow.
Waterproof shoes or boots are suggested.

North Shore Community College Class - Birds of Plum Island

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Parking Lot #1 on Plum Island in Newburyport
Instructor: Sue McGrath, Past President of the Essex County Ornithological Club & owner of Newburyport Birders

Bird watching at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island is exciting because it's a world famous, productive site. Learn to appreciate the world of birds! During this three-hour class, students will learn about birds in an "outdoor classroom". This class will provide new birders with the aids needed to begin bird identification ~ special characteristics, bird behavior and habitat preferences. We will focus on bird identification techniques. We'll be walking over gentle terrain at a slow pace. Sturdy footwear is necessary along with a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, hat, insect repellent and sunscreen. Bring a snack and a beverage. Class fee includes interpretive materials.

To learn more and/or register, please call North Shore Community College at 978-762-4000.

SUNSET BIRDING ON THE ISLAND

Date: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Time: 3:00pm - dusk
Fee: $20

Meeting Location: North End of Plum Island near the lighthouse

Please join Sue for this evening walk at the northern end of Plum Island. Please dress in layers.

Wings in West Newbury

Date: Sunday, September 23rd
Time: 4:00pm to dusk
Fee: $20

Meet at the Park & Ride [Exit 57 off Route 95] on Storey Ave./Route 113 in Newburyport. We'll gather at the ticket building [restrooms are inside the building].

Early spring migrants are arriving! We'll head to inland bodies of water to observe waterfowl and songbirds in the wooded wetlands.

Please wear waterproof shoes as some areas may be wet.

Feathers, Wings & Flight

Date: Saturday, September 29th
Time: 4:00 pm to sunset
Fee: $20

Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot #1

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during this interpretative program. The focus will be on field marks and where these migrants are headed. We'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination.

A long-sleeved shirt and long pants are suggested.

Northern Essex Community College Class -
Autumn Birds of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island

Date: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Time 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge's Parking Lot #1 on Plum Island in Newburyport
Instructor: Sue McGrath, Past President of the Essex County Ornithological Club & owner of Newburyport Birders

Bird watching at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island is exciting because it's a world famous, productive site. During this three-hour class, students will learn about birds in an "outdoor classroom". Students will develop an appreciation for the world of birds. You'll learn the basics of bird identification, special characteristics, bird behavior and habitat preferences. We'll be walking over gentle terrain at a slow pace. Sturdy footwear is necessary along with a snack and beverage. Dress in layers as the island is always cooler than the mainland. Class fee includes interpretive materials.

To register and/or to learn more, please contact Northern Essex Community College at 978-556-3000.

Migrants on The Wing

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2012
Time: 8:00 am to 11:00am
Fee: $20.

Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot# 1

Let's explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge with a focus on migrants at this premier, birding destination. Long-sleeved shirt and long pants are suggested.

Twilight with Tree Swallows

Date: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Time: 6:00pm to dark
Fee: $20

Meeting Location: North Pool Overlook on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island

Join us for an evening with Tree Swallows staging on Plum Island. Witnessing their migration is spectacular!!

FUNdamentals of Birdwatching

Date: Friday Evening, August 3, 2012
Time: 6:30 to dusk
Fee: $15

Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot# 1

Take a walk, have fun, learn where to look for birds and how to identify them. This slow-paced walk will introduce you to birding, and we'll discuss the natural history of the birds we encounter. Please wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and footwear appropriate for walking.

Wings, Feathers & Flights

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2012
Time: 7:00 am to noon
Fee: $25.

Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot# 1

You've asked for longer programs; so let's explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge with a focus on wings, feathers & flights. We'll discuss field marks, and we'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination. Long-sleeved shirt and long pants are suggested. Light refreshments will be provided.

Evening Birding in West Newbury

Date: Sunday, August 5, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm to dark
Fee: $20

Meeting Location: Park & Ride at Exit 57 off Route 95 [Route 113/Newburyport]

Join Newburyport Birders to explore several, highly productive, birding areas in West Newbury. All levels of birders are welcome.

Evening Birding Sandy Point

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm to dusk
Fee: $15

Meeting Location: First parking area you encounter at Sandy Point - Sandy Point State Reservation is located at the end of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. The parking area is approximately 6 miles from the Refuge's Gatehouse.

Sandy Point is the southern-most tip of Plum Island, a classic Atlantic Ocean barrier island. This 77-acre park is among the state's most beautiful and popular, coastal beaches. It's an important area for the Piping Plover & the Least Tern.

Morning Birding The Great Marsh

Date: Sunday, June 24, 2012
Time: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Fee: $15

Meeting Location: From Rowley Center at the traffic light on Route 1A, continue north on 1A about 2 miles to a dirt road on the right marked "Stackyard Road". Take this road and park on the right just prior to the left fork for Patmos Road.

We'll walk Patmos Road where the habitat is salt marsh & primarily oak forest. During our walk, we'll enjoy the the Great Marsh of which we'll get stunning views from several places. Please wear sturdy walking shoes, a long sleeved shirt and long pants. Bring a beverage and suncreen and insect repellent. There are no facilities available.

CANCELLED: Due to death in the family.

Wings, Feathers & Flights

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Time: 7:00 am to noon
Fee: $25.

Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot# 1

You've asked for longer programs; so let's explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge with a focus on wings, feathers & flights. We'll discuss field marks, and we'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination. Long-sleeved shirt and long pants are suggested. Light refreshments will be provided.

Easy Birding at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Dates: Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
Time: 7:30am - 10:30am
Fee: $15 - No Registration Required
Meeting Location: Meet Sue at the observation deck by the Purple Martin houses at Parking Lot #1.

We start at a civilized hour; we'll walk to the Salt Pannes Wildlife Observation Area & back; we won't ever be far afield, and there will be lots of birds for us to see! These easy-paced walks are great for new birders or for anyone who wants to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds on the Refuge. Loaner binoculars are available.

Wild West Newbury on Wednesday Evenings

Dates: Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
Time: 6:30 pm to dusk
Fee: $15 - No Registration Required
Meeting Location: Pike's Bridge Road parking area on Turkey Hill Road, West Newbury

We'll be exploring Pike's Bridge Road and other highly productive, birding locations in West Newbury during these evening programs. Some carpooling is involved. No facilities are available during this program.

Directions: From the Scotland Road exit off I-95, take Scotland Road heading west; then take an immediate right onto Turkey Hill Road. Drive north on Turkey Hill Road about half a mile to a large, dirt pull off on the left [this is where the road curves right]. Pikes Bridge Road is a dirt road with a metal gate across it which allows no vehicles to enter.

Bird Walks At Hellcat

Dates: Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
Time: 7:00 am - 10:00 am
Fee: $15 - No Registration Required

Meeting Location: Meet Sue at the Hellcat Parking Lot on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

Visiting Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island and not walking the Hellcat trails in May is like going to Colorado and not visiting Pike's Peak. Whether you're a seasoned birder or never considered watching birds before, a walk at Hellcat is always enjoyable! We have loaner binoculars, and you'll be shown how to use them if need be.

Birding Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area in Byfield

Date: Sunday, May 27
Time: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Fee: $20 - Registration Required

This 1500+ acre property consists of hardwood forest with understory. Rocky hills dot the property as well as small, fire ponds. Parts of this property are poorly drained and seasonally wet. The headwaters of Cart Creek and the Little River are within the property. This property offers a wide range of nesting birds in old pasture and wooded tracts. We will walk least 2.5 miles on fairly level, gravel roads, searching for breeding birds. Wear sturdy shoes; bring a hat, insect repellent and a beverage.

Directions: Take Route 95 to the Central St/Byfield Exit. Follow Central Street east to Orchard Street (3/4 mile). Turn left onto Orchard Street and drive approx. 1 mile to the parking area on the left.

Newbury's Ould Towne Ramble

Date: Sunday, May 6
Time: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Fee: $20 - Registration Required

Meeting Location: We'll gather at the Lower Green in Newbury at the junction of High Road [Route 1A] & Newman Road.

Join Sue for a morning bird walk in Newbury's Ould Towne. We'll explore the Lower Green area and Newman Road's diverse habitat. We'll search for grassland birds, shorebirds and woodland birds. Wear sturdy shoes; bring a hat, insect repellent and a beverage.

Explore The Little River Trail

Date: Sunday, May 20
Time: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Fee: $20 - Registration Required

Meeting Location: Hale Street in Newburyport at the small pull-off [after both Cabot Stain entrances] on the right just 1.1 miles from the Low & Hale Street junction

Yes, this is one of Newburyport's best kept secret, birding locations. Seldom do you hear of groups birding the Little River Trail; during this program, we'll show you this under-explored, birding hot-spot. We look forward to introducing you to new vistas and interesting observations at this gem of a property. Wear sturdy shoes; bring a hat, insect repellent and a beverage.

Fridays, April 13 & April 20, 2012 - 6:30 pm to dusk


Meeting Location: Hellcat Parking Lot at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Fee: 2 participants for $25

These are our most popular programs each spring! Join us as we witness the American Woodcock engage in one of the most demonstrative and unusual courtships. Males of this cryptic, secretive shorebird species perform an impressive, aerial display flight at dusk. First we'll learn about the natural history of these birds, and then we'll walk to nearby fields to watch and listen to this remarkable display. Bring your sense of wonder and binoculars; be prepared to walk on unpaved, possibly wet and uneven terrain. Dress in multiple layers as Plum Island is always cooler than the mainland.

Sunday Morning At Newbury's Wet Meadow's Platform

Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Meeting Location: Platform at the Wet Meadows on Scotland Road in Newbury about 1/2 mile east of the Route 95/Scotland Road intersection opposite #102 Scotland Road in Newbury. Please park off the road opposite the platform.
Fee: $20

Bird from a viewing platform overlooking the Common Pasture Wet Meadow. This program is ideal for all levels of birders. We'll bird this lovely, wet meadow, a long cherished birding location.

Signs of Spring at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, March 24 & Sunday March 25,2012 - 3:00 pm to dusk
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge's Parking Lot #1's observation deck
Fee: $25

Early spring is an exciting time for birding in the Newburyport area. Many of the winter specialties are still present and the early spring migrants are moving back into the area. During this afternoon/early evening outing, we'll bird the salt marshes and maritime forests on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

Sunday Bald Eagle Adventure

Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Meeting Location: Just prior to the Chain Bridge at the junction of Spofford and Merrimac Streets in Newburyport.
Fee: $25.

Join us as we search for Bald Eagles, our national symbol. Each winter Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect winter habitat for these majestic birds. We'll discuss the field marks, bill size and shape, cere and talons, eyes and their hunting style, flight speed and altitude, and their plumage and more. We'll be along the Merrimack River's edge and we will be walking on snow and unimproved trails. Dress in layers for outdoor weather including waterproof boots, wool socks, hat and gloves. If you have binoculars, please bring them. Bring along friends& introduce them to the joys of birding.


20th Annual Birders Meeting

Birds, Baleen, and 20 Years of Marine Conservation
Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts
March 3, 2012

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Mass Audubon's Annual Birders Meeting, an anniversary we plan to share with the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The event will take place on 3 March at Bentley University in Waltham. The program, BIRDS, BALEEN, AND 20 YEARS OF MARINE CONSERVATION, will highlight different aspects of marine bird, shorebird, and marine mammal conservation and research. Lunch will be included along with a variety of vendors, raffles, and silent auction items to appeal to everyone's interests.

To see complete information on programs, speakers, and registration, visit: http://www.massaudubon.org/birdersmeeting


The Merrimack River & Bald Eagles

Northern Essex Community College
Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 1:30 pm - 4:00pm
For more information and to register, please contact Northern Essex Community College at 978-556-3837.

The Bald Eagle is one of our national symbols. Each winter Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect winter habitat for these majestic birds. In this outdoor class you will learn about field marks, bill size & shape, cere & talons, eyes and their hunting style, flight speed and altitude, and their plumage and more. Class will take place along the Merrimac River's edge and we will be walking on snow and unimproved trails. Dress in layers for outdoor weather including waterproof boots, wool socks, hat & gloves. If you have binoculars, bring them.


Sunday Bald Eagle Adventures

Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Meeting Location: Just prior to the Chain Bridge at the junction of Spofford and Merrimac Streets in Newburyport.
Fee: $25.

Join us as we search for Bald Eagles, our national symbol. Each winter Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect winter habitat for these majestic birds. We'll discuss the field marks, bill size and shape, cere and talons, eyes and their hunting style, flight speed and altitude, and their plumage and more. We'll be along the Merrimack River's edge and we will be walking on snow and unimproved trails. Dress in layers for outdoor weather including waterproof boots, wool socks, hat and gloves. If you have binoculars, please bring them. Bring along friends& introduce them to the joys of birding.


Bald Eagles & The Lower Merrimack River

North Shore Community College
Saturday, February 18, 2012 – 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
For more information and to register, please contact North Shore Community College at 978-236-1200.

The Bald Eagle is one of our national symbols. Each winter, Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect, winter habitat for these majestic birds. These spectacular birds soar high over the water and then stoop to secure prey with their sharp talons. We'll visit Bald Eagle habitat along the lower Merrimack River.Dress in layers for outdoor weather, including waterproof boots, wool socks, hat and gloves. This program will be conducted outside along the river's edge.


Afternoon Searches for Bald Eagles

Saturday, January 28, 2012 – 3:30 pm to dusk
Sunday, January 29, 2012 – 3:30 pm to dusk
Meeting Location: Just prior to the Chain Bridge at the junction of Spofford & Merrimac Streets in Newburyport
Fee: $20.

Join us as we search for Bald Eagles, our national symbol. Each winter Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect winter habitat for these majestic birds. We'll discuss the field marks, bill size & shape, cere & talons, eyes and their hunting style, flight speed and altitude, and their plumage and more. We'll be along the Merrimack River's edge and we will be walking on snow and unimproved trails. Dress in layers for outdoor weather including waterproof boots, wool socks, hat & gloves. If you have binoculars, please bring them. Bring along a friend to introduce to the joys of birding.

Snowy Owl at Plum Island

Saturday, January 21, 2012 – 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Meeting Location: Parking Lot #1 on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Fee: $20.

We'll search the Refuge for this winter visitor. Please dress warmly in layers. Bring along a friend to introduce to the joys of birding.

New Year's Day Birding at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Sunday, January 1, 2012 – 2:00 to 6:00 pm
Fee: $25
Meeting Location: Salisbury Beach State Reservation's Boat Ramp Parking Lot

Join Newburyport Birders for an afternoon of birding on the first day of the New Year. Salisbury Beach State Reservation is a wonderful, winter birding site. At sunset, we'll have light refreshments, do our summary and appreciate the night sky. Please bring a folding chair, dress warmly in layers and wear warm footwear.

Salisbury Beach State Reservation on Sunday Afternoons

Sundays, December 11th & 18th – 2:30 pm to dark
Fee: $25 each program
Meeting Location: At the boat ramp parking lot at Salisbury Beach State Reservation.
Preregistration Required.

Wintering waterfowl are abundant at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Common Eiders and all three scoter species are often in large flocks. Loons and grebes are easily observed, and easterly winds bring in razorbills, gannets and sometimes kittiwakes. Purple Sandpipers gather on the jetties at high tide; Iceland and Glaucous Gulls can be seen in the colder months. In winter, Short-eared and Snowy Owls can be seen along with Rough-legged Hawks. The campground area is a prime area for Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings. In flight years, the pitch pines lure wintering crossbills in flight years. The pines along the marsh edge are a great, migrant trap for harboring, wintering Saw-whet or Long-eared Owls. On Badger's Rocks at low tide, it's not unusual to see Harbor Seals hauled out.

Birding Cherry Hill Reservoir

Saturday, November 26th – 9:00 to 11:00 am
Fee: $25 [Please bring a friend or a family member along at no cost; Newburyport Birders is grateful this Thanksgiving for your continued support.]
Meeting Location: First parking area you encounter on Moulton Street in West Newbury - look for the Newburyport Birders' A-Frame sign.
Preregistration Required.

The Cherry Hill Reservoir is a perfect setting for waterfowl viewing. This public water source hosts Ruddy Duck & Ring-necked Duck, and both spend the fall here in the hundreds. Other species that can be seen here are Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Scaup, Bufflehead, the occasional Canvasback, Redhead, Common Merganser and Canada Goose. We'll search through the geese for a Cackling or Greater White-fronted Goose.

Birding Sandy Point

Saturday, November 5, 2011 – 3:00 pm to dusk
Fee: $25
Meeting Location: First parking area you encounter at Sandy Point - Sandy Point State Reservation is located at the end of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. The park area is approximately 6 miles from the Refuge's Gatehouse.

Sandy Point is the southern-most tip of Plum Island, a classic Atlantic Ocean barrier island. This 77-acre park is among the state's most beautiful and popular, coastal beaches. It is an important area for the Piping Plover & the Least Tern during the nesting season. We'll loop around the point, searching the beach for birds.

North Shore Community College Class – Birds of Plum Island

Saturday, October 15, 2011 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Parking Lot #1 on Plum Island in Newburyport
Instructor: Sue McGrath, Past President of the Essex County Ornithological Club & Founder of Newburyport Birders

Bird watching at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island is exciting because it’s a world famous, productive site. Learn to appreciate the world of birds! During this three-hour class, students will learn about birds in an “outdoor classroom”. This class will provide new birders with the aids needed to begin bird identification ~ special characteristics, bird behavior and habitat preferences. We will focus on bird identification techniques. We’ll be walking over gentle terrain at a slow pace. Sturdy footwear is necessary along with a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, hat, insect repellent and sunscreen. Bring a snack and a beverage. Class fee includes interpretive materials.

To learn more and register, call North Shore Community College at 978-762-4000.

Birding The Rowley Marshes

Sunday, October 9th – 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $25
Meeting Location: From Rowley Center at the traffic light on Route 1A, continue north on 1A about 2 miles to a dirt road on the right marked "Stackyard Road". Take this road, and park on the right just prior to the left fork for Patmos Road.

We'll walk Patmos Road where the habitat is salt marsh & primarily oak forest. During our walk, we'll enjoy the the Great Marsh of which we'll get stunning views from several places. Please wear sturdy walking shoes, a long sleeved shirt and long pants. There are no facilities.

Birding at Groveland's Veasey Park

Saturday, October 8, 2011 – 3:00 pm to dusk
Fee: $25
Meeting Location: From Route 95, take Exit 53 onto Route 133. Follow through downtown Georgetown, take a left onto Salem Street at the Tea Garden & Groveland Gas. Take a left onto Washington Street. After a large hill on the right, take the right up the driveway to Veasey Park. We'll gather in the first lot on the right.

Veasey Park includes an assortment of habitats in which to bird! The major habitats of field, woodland, varied edges, pond and wetlands make the opportunities for birding quite good. We'll explore the adjacent marshes at nearby Meadow Pond Conservation Area too as it increases the diversity of birds. Please wear a long sleeved shirt and long pants as well as sturdy walking shoes.

Northern Essex Community College Class – Autumn Birds of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island

Sunday, October, 2, 2011 – 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Parking Lot #1 on Plum Island in Newburyport.
Instructor: Sue McGrath, Past President of the Essex County Ornithological Club & Founder of Newburyport Birders.

Bird watching at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island is exciting because it’s a world famous, productive site. During this three-hour class, students will learn about birds in an “outdoor classroom”. Students will develop an appreciation for the world of birds. You’ll learn the basics of bird identification, special characteristics, bird behavior and habitat preferences. We’ll be walking over gentle terrain at a slow pace. Sturdy footwear is necessary along with a snack and beverage. Dress in layers as the island is always cooler than the mainland. Class fee includes interpretive materials.

To register or to learn more, please contact Northern Essex Community College at 978-556-3000.

Feathers, Wings & Flight

Saturday, September 24, 2011 – 5:30 pm to sunset
Fee: $20.
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot# 1

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during this interpretative program. The focus will be on field marks and where these migrants are headed. We'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination. Long-sleeved shirt and long pants are suggested.

Birding at The Point

Friday, September 9, 2011 – 5:30 pm to dusk
Fee: $20.
Meeting Location: The Lighthouse at the North End of Plum Island

Join us as we bird the flats and mussel beds in the Merrimack River. Please wear sturdy, walking shoes.

Birding at Arrowhead Farm

Monday, September 5, 2011 – 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Fee: $20.
Meeting Location: Meet at the first pull off on the right on Spring Lane in Newburyport [Spring Lane is off Ferry Road.].

Join us as we explore the various habitats at the 30 acre, Arrowhead Farm [established in 1683] along the Merrimack River in Newburyport.

Thousands of Swallows Migrating

Wednesdays, August 17 & 24, 2011 – 6:30 pm to sunset
Location: North Pool Overlook at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Fee: $20

Join us for an evening with Tree Swallows on Plum Island. Their migration is a spectacular event to witness.

Saturday Shorebirds at Plum Island

Saturdays, August 13 & 20, 2011 – 7:30 am to 10:00 am
Meet at the Hellcat Parking Lot on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Fee: $20

We'll be looking for fascinating shorebirds! Expect to see Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plovers, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Willets and more. During our program, we will focus on the many aids to field identification, including physical characteristics, habitat preference and feeding techniques.

Bird Migration at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Sunday, August 14, 2011 – 7:00 am to 10:00 am
Meeting Location: Parking Lot #1. This limited participation program requires registration; please call the Refuge Headquarters at 978-465-5753. Please call early & don't miss out!

Join Refuge volunteer Sue McGrath for a birding program focused on the importance of the Refuge during bird migration. Plum Island is one of the finest places for viewing birds during fall migration. Many bird species are moving south along the coast. The extensive mudflats on Plum Island, the salt marshes, the salt pannes & the pools are excellent feeding areas & roosting sites for these migrants.

Purple Martins of Plum Island

Sunday, July 17, 2011 – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Suggested Donation: $20.
Registration is required ~ please contact Sue.
Location: North End of Plum Island by the Plum Island Lighthouse.

Join Sue for a round of nest checks. Your donation will help provide housing for this human-dependent songbird. Wear long pants & a long sleeved shirt & bring a lawn chair. Light refreshment will be provided.

Little River Ramble

Sunday, July 3, 2011 – 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: Hale Street in Newburyport at the small pull-off [after both Cabot Stain entrances] on the right just 1.1 miles from the Low & Hale Street junction.

Please register for this program; contact Sue at: newburyportbirders@comcast.net.

Yes, this is one of Newburyport’s best kept secret, birding locations. Seldom do you hear of groups birding the Little River Trail; during this program, we’ll show you this under-explored, birding hot-spot. We look forward to introducing you to new vistas and interesting observations at this gem of a property.

Birding Martin Burns WMA in Byfield

Sunday, June 26 – 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Fee: $20
Directions: I-95 to Central St/Byfield Exit. Follow Central Street east to Orchard Street (3/4 mile). Turn left onto Orchard St and drive approx. 1 mile to the parking area on the left.

This 1555 acre property consists of hardwood forest with understory. Rocky hills dot the property as well as small, fire ponds. Parts of this property are poorly drained and seasonally wet. The headwaters of Cart Creek and Little River are within the property. This property offers a wide range of nesting birds in old pasture and wooded tracts.

We will walk on fairly level, gravel roads for at least 2.5 miles, searching for breeding birds. Wear sturdy shoes; bring a hat, insect repellent and a beverage.

Birding Newbury's Ould Towne

Saturday, June 11 & Sunday, June 12, 2011 – 9:00 am to 10:30 am

Donations accepted for "Save the Lower Green."

Join Sue for a morning bird walk in Newbury's Ould Towne. We'll explore the Lower Green area at the base of the 168-foot “Great Hill” [Old Town Hill] and Newman Road's diverse habitat. We'll ramble in search of grassland birds, shorebirds and nesting birds. Please wear sturdy walking shoes.

To learn more: http://hoofwoofnfloof.webs.com/ouldtowneheritagefair.htm

Early Morning Bird Walk

Sunday, May 22, 2011 – 6:00 am to 8:30 am
Meet at the North Pool Overlook on Parker River NWR on Plum Island

Join Sue for an early morning bird walk at this highly productive birding area.

The Great Marsh Birding

Sunday, May 8, 2011 – 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $25

Meeting Location: Stackyard Road, Rowley; park at the junction of Stackyard and Patmos Roads

You'll learn birding skills and feel the thrill of finding and identifying birds as we search for early spring migrants on our walk out to Nelson Island, a portion of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. We'll walk 3+ miles on unpaved and often wet roads and trails. Wear sturdy footwear. There are no facilities available at this site.

Wings in West Newbury

Sunday, May 1, 2011 – 7:30am to 10:30am
Fee:$25

Meet at the Park& Ride [Exit 57 off Route 95] on Storey Ave./Route 113 in Newburyport. We'll gather at the ticket building [restrooms are inside the building].

Early spring migrants are arriving! We'll head to inland bodies of water to observe waterfowl and songbirds in the wooded wetlands. Please wear waterproof shoes as some areas may be wet.

Earth Day Weekend Walk

Saturday, April 23, 2011 – 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Fee: $20

Join Sue and learn about birds, their behavior and aids for identification. Please meet promptly at the Riverside Cafe at 260 Merrimack Street in Newburyport. We'll walk along the rail trail and waterfront. All levels of birding enthusiasts are welcome. Dress in layers for the weather!

Sunday Morning Swamp

Sunday, April 10, 2011 – 7:30 am to 10:00 am
Fee: $20

Meet at the Park& Ride [Exit 57 off Route 95] on Storey Ave./Route 113 in Newburyport. We'll gather at the ticket building [restrooms are inside the building].

We'll spend a quiet Sunday morning at Ash Street Swamp in West Newbury. The diversity of migrant and breeding birdlife is excellent at this wetland.

Parker River NWR: Comprehensive Conservation Planning Meeting

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Crane Estate, Ipswich
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Newbury Fire Station on Morgan Avenue, Newbury

I encourage birders and birding club members to attend one of these meetings. Birders utilize this Refuge more than many, other, special interest groups. These meetings are our opportunity to express our concerns about issues that affect birds, their habitat and birders.

Let's make an attempt to influence the future management of habitats, including the North Pool which remains a serious concern.

For more information, the link is: www.fws.gov/northeast/planning/ParkerRiver/ccphome.html

Signs of Spring in Newbury & West Newbury

Sunday, March 27, 2011 – 4:00 pm to dusk
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: Park & Ride [Exit 57 off Route 95] on Storey Ave./Route 113 in Newburyport

Early spring migrants are arriving! During this field program, we'll bird from the observation platform on Scotland Road searching for Killdeer, dabbling ducks and snipe. Then, we will head to inland bodies of waters to observe ducks: Wood, Ring-necked, Hooded and Ruddy. We'll be looking for passerines in the woodland areas.

SPRING...
“The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.” Henry Van Dyke [1852-1933]

Signs of Spring at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, March 26, 2011 – 4:00 pm to dusk
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge's Parking Lot #1's observation deck

Spring is an exciting time for birding in the Greater Newburyport area. Many of the winter specialties (grebes & waterfowl) are still present while early spring migrants are arriving. During this field program, we will bird the salt marshes and maritime forests on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. As we exit the Refuge, we'll listen for American Woodcock.

19th Annual Mass Audubon Birders Meeting

Saturday, March 5, 2011
The LaCava Center
Bentley University
Waltham, MA

Download the registration form.

If you enjoy birds and birding, The Birders Meeting is an event not to be missed!

Birds are the Word offers something for everyone:

Schedule
Presentation abstracts and speaker bios

Breakfast & Bald Eagles Along The Merrimack River

Sunday, March 6, 2011 – 8:00 am to noon
Fee: $30 – FULLY SUBSCRIBED
Meeting Location: Riverside Cafe in the Towle Building, 260 Merrimack Street, Newburyport

Join Newburyport Birders for a classic breakfast while we discuss the Merrimack River, the protected island and the field marks of the Bald Eagle. Then we'll begin our search along the swiftly moving Merrimack River for our national symbol.

Each winter Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect, winter habitat for these majestic birds. These spectacular birds soar high over the water and then stoop to secure prey with their sharp talons.

These programs have proven to be popular; so don’t delay; reserve your place today by contacting Sue promptly. We will carpool to several sites along the river. Appropriate dress and footwear are required.

The Merrimack River & Bald Eagles

Northern Essex Community College
Sunday, February 13, 2011 – 1:30 pm - 4:00pm
For more information and to register, please contact Northern Essex Community College at 978-556-3837.

The Bald Eagle is one of our national symbols. Each winter Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect winter habitat for these majestic birds. In this outdoor class you will learn about field marks, bill size & shape, cere & talons, eyes and their hunting style, flight speed and altitude, and their plumage and more. Class will take place along the Merrimac River's edge and we will be walking on snow and unimproved trails. Dress in layers for outdoor weather including waterproof boots, wool socks, hat & gloves. If you have binoculars, bring them.

Bald Eagles & The Lower Merrimack River

North Shore Community College
Saturday, February 12, 2011 – 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
For more information and to register, please contact North Shore Community College at 978-236-1200.

The Bald Eagle is one of our national symbols. Each winter, Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect, winter habitat for these majestic birds. These spectacular birds soar high over the water and then stoop to secure prey with their sharp talons. We'll visit Bald Eagle habitat along the lower Merrimack River.Dress in layers for outdoor weather, including waterproof boots, wool socks, hat and gloves. This program will be conducted outside along the river's edge.

Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend

Friday to Sunday, February 4, 5 & 6, 2011

Cape Ann is known to birdwatchers worldwide for its exciting concentrations of winter seabirds. Loons, grebes, Northern Gannets, sea ducks, alcids, and gulls gather in impressive concentrations and variety, and a careful exploration of the area's gorgeous coastal geography is quite likely to turn up such winter bird specialties as our logo bird, the Harlequin Duck. This is the 3rd annual Winter Birding Weekend, filled with opportunity for bird lovers of all skill levels. We invite you to join expert guides on a tour of Cape Ann's birding hot spots, including a boat trip on the 7 Seas Whale Watch boat the Privateer IV. To learn more please visit: www.capeannchamber.com/birdingweekend.

New Year's Day Birds at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Saturday, January 1, 2011 – 2:00 to 6:00 pm
Fee: $25
Meeting Location: Salisbury Beach State Reservation Boat Ramp parking lot

Join Newburyport Birders for an afternoon of birding on the first day of the New Year. Salisbury Beach State Reservation is a wonderful, winter birding site. At sunset, we'll have light refreshments, do our summary and appreciate the night sky. Please bring a folding chair, dress warmly in layers and wear warm footwear.

Fundamentals of Birdwatching

Sunday, December 5, 2010 – 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: Spring Lane, Newburyport at the first pull off area on the right. Directions: Spring Lane is a right off Ferry Road in Newburyport.

Take a walk with a naturalist guide, have fun, learn where to look for birds and how to identify them. This slow-paced walk will introduce you to this birding area, and we'll discuss the natural history of the birds encountered. Please wear warm clothing in layers and footwear appropriate for walking on unimproved surfaces.

Seeking Ansers along the Merrimack River

Saturday, November 27, 2010 – 9:00 am to Noon
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: Riverside Cafe, 260 Merrimack Street [Towle Building], Newburyport

No, this isn't a typo... Anseriformes is the order of birds that include waterfowl. November is an ideal time to see migrant waterfowl along the river. Please wear warm clothing in layers and footwear appropriate for walking on unimproved surfaces.

Birds Along The Old Eastern Marsh Trail

Saturday, November 13, 2010 – 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: parking area on the right before the granite bridge on Friedenfels Road just off Route 1 in Salisbury.

We'll search for birds on the 1.5 mile rail trail that is centered on Town Creek and observe, appreciate and identify birds as we pass woods and salt marsh. We'll focus on the aids to field identification including habitat preference, feeding techniques and physical characteristics.

Thousand Duck Fly In

Sunday, October 24, 2010 – 4:30 pm to dark
Fee: $15 – PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED – CONTACT SUE
Meeting Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Parking Lot in Topsfield

Experience a thousand ducks during the evening fly in at Bunker Meadows, a 60+ acre swamp. We'll gather on the observation tower for this exciting program. As the ducks fly in, we'll listen to their calls and identify them. Ava Steenstrup will be our hostess. She is a volunteer on this ongoing, waterfowl monitoring activity that has the highest concentration of ducks arriving at this marsh in October. Bring binoculars, a jacket, a flashlight and insect repellent.

Autumn Birds of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island

Sunday, October, 17, 2010 – 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Parking Lot #1 on Plum Island in Newburyport.
Instructor: Sue McGrath, President of the Essex County Ornithological Club & owner of Newburyport Birders.

Bird watching at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island is exciting because it’s a world famous, productive site. During this three-hour class, students will learn about birds in an “outdoor classroom”. Students will develop an appreciation for the world of birds. You’ll learn the basics of bird identification, special characteristics, bird behavior and habitat preferences. We’ll be walking over gentle terrain at a slow pace. Sturdy footwear is necessary along with a snack and beverage. Dress in layers as the island is always cooler than the mainland. Class fee includes interpretive materials. To register or to learn more, please contact Northern Essex Community College at 978-556-3000.

Birds of Newburyport Harbor

Saturday, October 16, 2010 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Fee: $15 ~ No registration needed
Meeting Location: The Seawall on Water Street in Newburyport [additional parking on Neptune and Madison Streets]

We'll search for birds along the Merrimack River. We will spend our time at viewing sites along Water Street, observing, appreciating, identifying and focusing on the aids to bird identification, including habitat preference, feeding techniques and physical characteristics.

Haverhill's Creek Brook Wetland Evening Ramble

Thursday, September 16, 2010 – 5:30 pm to dusk
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: Creek Brook Wetland on Computer Drive in Haverhill

Join Sue at this Essex County, productive wetland. A portion of the program fees will be donated to conservation efforts in Essex County. Please wear long-sleeved shirts, sturdy walking shoes and long pants. There are no facilities at this location.

Directions: Take Rte 495 south to exit #50 [Rte 97/Broadway]; proceed toward Salem, NH for just a 1/4 mile; take a right onto Computer Drive. We'll meet where Computer Drive dead ends.

North Shore Community College Class – Birds of Plum Island

Sunday, September 12, 2010 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Parking Lot #1 on Plum Island in Newburyport
Instructor: Sue McGrath, President of the Essex County Ornithological Club

Bird watching at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island is exciting because it’s a world famous, productive site. Learn to appreciate the world of birds! During this three-hour class, students will learn about birds in an “outdoor classroom”. This class will provide new birders with the aids needed to begin bird identification ~ special characteristics, bird behavior and habitat preferences. We will focus on bird identification techniques. We’ll be walking over gentle terrain at a slow pace. Sturdy footwear is necessary along with a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, hat, insect repellent and sunscreen. Bring a snack and a beverage. Class fee includes interpretive materials.

To learn more and register, call North Shore Community College at 978-762-4000.

Birding West Newbury

Saturday, September 11, 2010 – 7:30 am to 10:30 am
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: Park & Ride, Exit 57 off Route 95 [Route 113/Newburyport]

Join Newburyport Birders for an exploration of several, highly productive, birding areas in West Newbury. All levels of birders are welcome.

Introduction to Bird Biology – Ornithology – Steve Haydock

COURSE CANCELLED
Course: Introduction to Bird Biology, Bio-150
Semester: Fall, 2010 ~ September 8 - December 18
Credits: 3 semester ~ Course may be audited for no credit
Campus: Danvers ~ 1 Ferncroft Road, located off Route 1 South
Times: Lectures: Wednesdays, 6:30pm - 8:15pm
Labs/Field Trips: Saturdays, 8:00am - 10:00am
Registration: Proof of communications proficiency is required. Visit or call the Enrollment Office (Danvers) at 978-762-4000 ext 4336, 4315, or 4458. Early registration is strongly recommended.

Steve Haydock of West Newbury is offering a Bird Biology Course. Steve is a retired, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist who has been studying birds and other wildlife for more than 35 years and has been a North Shore Community College adjunct faculty member since 2002.

This fall, North Shore Community College in Danvers, MA will be offering an introductory course in ornithology. The course is designed to provide the student with a foundation of knowledge in avian biology, enhance students’ ornithological field skills and increase students’ appreciation of birds. The laboratories/field trips emphasize bird identification and field techniques while the lectures will cover taxonomy, evolution, anatomy and physiology, feathers and flight, migration, behavior, vocalizations, distribution, reproduction and development and populations and conservation. For additional information, please contact Instructor Steve Haydock at 978-363-5457 or SHAYDOCK01@northshore.edu or North Shore Community College: www.northshore.edu.

Labor Day Birding

Monday, September 6, 2010 – 7:30 am to 9:30 am
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: The Seawall on Water Street in Newburyport [additional parking on Madison & Neptune Streets]

We will spend our time at viewing sites on Water Street observing, appreciating and identifying residents and migrant birds. We'll focus on the aids to field identification including habitat preference, feeding techniques and physical characteristics.

There are no facilities at this location.

Birding the Flats

Sunday, August 29 – 6:00 pm to dusk
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: The Seawall on Water Street in Newburyport

We will spend our time at viewing sites on Water Street observing, appreciating and identifying residents and migrant birds. We'll focus on the aids to field identification including habitat preference, feeding techniques and physical characteristics.

Birds of Newburyport Harbor

Sunday, August 29 &ndash 7:30 am to 9:30 am
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: The Seawall on Water Street in Newburyport

We'll search for birds on the extensive mudflats of the Merrimack River. We will spend our time at viewing sites along Water Street observing, appreciating and identifying resident birds and long-distance migrants. We'll focus on the aids to field identification including habitat preference, feeding techniques and physical characteristics.

Feathers, Wings & Flight

Sunday, August 22 – 6:00 pm to sunset
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot# 1
CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during this longer, interpretative program. The focus will be on field marks, where these birds have been, where they are migrating and behavior at this premier, birding destination. Long-sleeved shirt and long pants are suggested.

Thousands of Swallows

Thursday, August 19 or Saturday, August 21 – 6:00 pm to sunset
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: North Pool Overlook on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Tree Swallows aggregate in large, pre-migratory, communal roosts prior to migrating to their wintering grounds. They are extremely graceful in flight, making abrupt changes in speed and direction as they feed on the wing, catching insects in their wide mouths. In the fall, their diets change, and the bayberries of Plum Island are a vital food source. To learn more about the swallows of Plum Island, please join Sue. You’ll be thrilled with the sounds and sights of Tree Swallows. Bring your lawn chair with you, and we’ll provide some light refreshments.

Shorebirds of Newburyport Harbor

Sunday, August 1, 2010 – 6:00 am to 10:00 am
Meeting Location: The Seawall on Water Street in Newburyport

A search for shorebirds along the extensive mudflats of the Merrimack River which provide excellent feeding grounds for these migrants. We will spend our time at viewing sites along Water Street observing, appreciating and identifying these long range migrants. We'll focus on the aids to field identification including habitat preference, feeding techniques and physical characteristics. Bring beverage and a snack and your sense of wonder!

Purple Martins of Plum Island

Sunday, June 27, 2010 – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Meeting Location: North end of Plum Island at the Old Headquarters’ site

Met at the north end of Plum Island at the Old Headquarters’ site [by the lighthouse] for an evening, educational program on the Purple Martins of Plum Island. We’ll watch the graceful flight and the social antics of the largest of our North American swallows. We’ll listen to their gurgles and learn about their breeding cycle and migration. Dress in long pants and long sleeved shirt. Please bring your sense of wonder!

Birding on Summer Solstice

Monday, June 21 – 6:30 pm to dusk
Fee: $10
Location: Salisbury’s Town Pier on Ring’s Island

“Sol” is the Latin for sun, and “stice” means to stand still. This major, celestial event celebrates the longest day and the shortest night of the year. Join us at Salisbury’s Rings Island for an evening bird walk and spectacular sunset. Dress in long pants and a long sleeved shirt. Please bring a picnic supper to enjoy on the pier. Dessert and lemonade will be provided.

June Sunday Mornings Birding for the Cure

Sundays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 – 7:00 to 10:00 am
No registration needed.

Locations:
June 6 ~ Meet at Woodsom Farm on Lion’s Mouth Road in Amesbury
June 13 ~ Meet at the end of Coffin Street off Route 113 in West Newbury
June 20 ~ Meet at Woodsom Farm on Lion’s Mouth Road in Amesbury
June 27 ~ Meet at the end of Way to The River off Route 113 in West Newbury

During this series of morning, fund raising walks, we’ll search for breeding birds and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring. All donations go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Sue will be partaking in a 3-Day Walk to Cure Breast Cancer in Boston with her nieces Jane and Courtney on July 23 - 25. We’re excited about this event, and yes, Sue will be birding the route too... Sue’s sister Nancy, Jane’s mother and Courtney’s aunt, passed away from breast cancer at age 40. Today, the chances of survival are much greater, and it is research and improved treatments that make this possible.

If you can’t join me on one of these Sunday mornings, please support our fund raising effort by mailing your donation made out to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to Sue McGrath, 44 Moulton Street, Newburyport, MA 01950. Thank you so much!

North Shore Community College Class – Birds of Plum Island

Saturday, June 5, 2010 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Parking Lot #1 on Plum Island in Newburyport
Instructor: Sue McGrath, President of the Essex County Ornithological Club

Birdwatching can be an eye-opening experience! June is an excellent time to begin to appreciate the world of birds! During this four-hour class, students will learn about birds and their habitats in an “outdoor classroom”. This class will provide new birders with the aids needed to begin bird identification ~ special characteristics, bird behavior, habitat preference and bird vocalization. We’ll observe the birds at a world famous, productive bird watching site. We will focus on observing bird behavior and on bird identification techniques. We’ll be walking over gentle terrain at a slow pace. Sturdy shoes are necessary along with a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, hat, insect repellent and sunscreen. Bring a snack and a beverage. Class fee includes interpretive materials. To learn more and register, call North Shore Community College at 978-762-4000.

Birding for the Cure &ndash Tuesday & Thursday Evenings in May

Tuesdays 4, 11, 18 & 25, Thursdays 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2010 &ndash 6:30 pm to dusk
Meeting Location: Hellcat Parking Lot [Lot #4] on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island.
Donations can be made out to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. No registration needed!

During this series of fund raising walks we’ll search for spring migrants and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring evenings on the Refuge.

Sue will be partaking in a 3-Day [60 mile] Walk to Cure Breast Cancer with her nieces Jane and Courtney on July 23 - 25 in Boston. We’re excited about this event, and yes, Sue will be birding the route too... Sue’s sister Nancy [Jane’s mother and Courtney’s aunt] passed away from breast cancer at age 40. Today, the chances of survival are much greater, and it is research and improved treatments that make this possible.

If you can’t join us on these evening programs, please support our fund raising effort by mailing your donation made out to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to Sue McGrath, 44 Moulton Street, Newburyport, MA 01950. Thank you!

Little River Trail Ramble

Date: Sunday, May 16 &ndash 7:00 am to 10:00 am
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: Hale Street in Newburyport at the small pull-off [after both Cabot Stain entrances] on the right just 1.1 miles from the Low & Hale Street junction.
To register for this limited enrollment program, please contact Sue at: newburyportbirders@comcast.net

Yes, this is one of Newburyport’s best kept secret, birding locations. Seldom do you hear of groups birding the Little River Trail; during this program, we’ll show you this under- explored, birding hot-spot. We look forward to introducing you to new vistas and interesting observations at this gem of a property.

Mother's Day Eastern Marsh Rail Trail Bird Walk

Sunday, May 9, 2010 &ndash 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Fee: $10
Meeting Location: Parking lot on Friedenfels St. in Salisbury [on the right just prior to the granite bridge]
To register for this limited enrollment program, please contact Sue at: newburyportbirders@comcast.net

This Mother's Day, take mom on a two hour bird walk along the Salisbury segment of the Rail Trail. We'll enjoy the sights and sounds of a spring morning on this newly completed, 1.4 mile trail. No facilities are available.

Birding West Newbury

Sunday, April 25, 2010 – 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: Park & Ride at Exit 57 off Route 95 [Route 113/Newburyport]

Join Newburyport Birders to explore of several, highly productive, birding areas in West Newbury. This is a limited-participation program; so register early. All levels of birders are welcome.

Woodcock Watching With A Friend

Friday, April 9, Sunday, April 11, Thursday, April 15, 2010 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Fee: 2 participants for $20
Meeting Location: Hellcat Parking Lot at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Limited enrollment ~ please register early by contacting Sue

The American Woodcock engages in one of the most demonstrative and unusual courtships. Males of this cryptic, secretive shorebird species perform an impressive, aerial display flight at dusk. First we’ll learn about the natural history of these birds, and then we’ll walk to nearby fields to watch and listen to this remarkable display. We will also search for early spring migrants. Bring your sense of wonder and binoculars; be prepared to walk on unpaved, possibly wet and uneven terrain. Dress in layers as Plum Island is cooler than the mainland.

Birding for the Cure

Tuesdays, April 6, April 13, April 20, & April 27, 2010 – 6:30 pm to dusk
Meeting Location: Hellcat Parking Lot [Lot #4] on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island
Donation can be made out to: Susan G. Komen Foundation

Sue will be partaking in a 3-Day [60 mile] Walk to Cure Breast Cancer with her nieces Jane and Courtney on July 23 - 25 in Boston. We're excited about this event, and yes, Sue will be birding the route too... Sue's sister Nancy [Jane's mother and Courtney's aunt] passed away from breast cancer at age 40 many years ago. Today, the chances of survival are much greater, and it is research and improved treatments that make this possible.

This series of fundraising walks will be held on the Refuge on Tuesday evenings. We'll search for spring migrants and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring evenings. If you can't join us on these Tuesday evening programs, please support our fund raising effort by mailing your donation made out to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to Sue McGrath, 44 Moulton Street, Newburyport, MA 01950. Thank you!

Spring on the Ipswich Necks

Saturday, March 27, 2010 – 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Fee: $15
Meeting location: Pavilion Beach Between Great and Little Necks
Limited enrollment ~ please contact Sue to register

Join Sue on an exploration of scenic Great and Little Necks in Ipswich. You’ll learn to identify birds, and we'll discuss the birds we encounter. We’ll scan Clark Pond, Eagle Hill River and the Plum Island Sound. Dress in layers for the weather. There are no facilities available.

Celebrate the Longer Days With the Birds!

Sunday, March 14, 2010 – 3:30 pm to dusk
Meet Location: Parker River NWR Parking Lot 1

Celebrate the longer days with the birds! Join Essex County Ornithological Club President, Sue McGrath, to search for birds on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. If you have binoculars and a field guide, please bring them along to this free program. Please dress for the weather [in layers, wear warm socks & sturdy shoes]; the Refuge is always cooler than the mainland.

The State of the Birds: Facing Our Future Together

Saturday, March 6, 2010
Theme: The State of the Birds: Facing Our Future Together
Location: Bentley University in Waltham

In 2009, the Department of Interior produced The State of the Birds, a comprehensive synthesis describing the conservation status, threats, and recovery objectives for every major North American bird group. Since birds have long been litmus for environmental change, what's happening to birds could portend what the future holds for mankind. This is a not-to-be-missed event; two, leading, environmental organizations examine how science, technology and birds could offer the key to some of the greatest challenges facing our planet in the future.

Kenn Kaufman, noted author, naturalist, and conservationist, was quoted as saying: “The Annual Massachusetts Birders Meeting is an outstanding event, stimulating and informative and enjoyable all at once. People with a shared excitement about birds get to learn from top-notch experts in birding, ornithology, and conservation. I'm particularly excited about this year's theme. It's great to see that Mass Audubon and Manomet-renowned leaders in bird conservation-are working together to host a dynamic event that will be fun and full of new discovery about a vital topic.”

To register please visit: www.massaudubon.org.

Bald Eagle Adventures Along the Lower Merrimack River

February 14 to 28, 2010
Morning & afternoon outings available – arrange yours today by contacting Sue
Fee: $20 per person
Meeting Location: Riverside Cafe in the Towle Building at 260 Merrimack Street, Newburyport

This year by popular demand, Newburyport Birders has increased its offerings of Bald Eagle programs so you can arrange a small, private tour with your family and friends! These are limited enrollment programs. Please don’t delay; reserve yours today by contacting Sue.

Bald Eagles move south to the swift-moving Merrimack River which provides ideal, winter habitat for these majestic birds. We’ll search along the river’s edge and protected islands for our national symbol.

The Merrimack River and Bald Eagles

Northern Essex Community College
Sunday, February 21, 2010 – 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Each winter, Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect, winter habitat for these majestic birds. These spectacular birds soar high over the water and then stoop to secure prey with their sharp talons. We’ll visit Bald Eagle habitat along the lower Merrimack River.

Dress in layers for outdoor weather, including waterproof boots, wool socks, hat and gloves. This program will be conducted outside along the river's edge. We'll be walking on snow and unimproved trails.

To register or to learn more, please contact Northern Essex Community College at 978-556-3000.

Bald Eagles & The Lower Merrimack River

North Shore Community College
Saturday, February 13, 2010 – 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

The Bald Eagle is one of our national symbols. Each winter, Bald Eagles from northern New England move south to the lower Merrimack River which provides perfect, winter habitat for these majestic birds. These spectacular birds soar high over the water and then stoop to secure prey with their sharp talons. We'll visit Bald Eagle habitat along the lower Merrimack River.

Dress in layers for outdoor weather, including waterproof boots, wool socks, hat and gloves. This program will be conducted outside along the river’s edge. For more information and to register, please contact North Shore Community College at 978-236-1200.

Ospreys in Focus

Friday, February 5, 2010 – 7:30 pm
Location: Bartlett Gallery Auditorium, located in the main museum building of the Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem

Photographer and multimedia producer David Griffin has been photographing Osprey for the past 7 years at a nest located at the headwaters of the Assabet River. Hear about his observations and see his dramatic photos of these unique raptors. Jim Berry, former ECOC president and regional breeding-bird-atlas fieldwork coordinator, shares data on Osprey nesting activity in Essex County and introduces an online GPS tracking site that shows the pathways of these transcontinental migrants. Co-sponsored by the Peabody Essex Museum. Free and open to the public.

Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend

Friday to Sunday, February 5-7, 2010

Cape Ann is known to birdwatchers worldwide for its exciting concentrations of winter seabirds. Loons, grebes, Northern Gannets, sea ducks, alcids, and gulls gather in impressive concentrations and variety, and a careful exploration of the area's gorgeous coastal geography is quite likely to turn up such winter bird specialties as our logo bird, the Harlequin Duck.

This is the second annual Winter Birding Weekend, filled with opportunity for bird lovers of all skill levels. We invite you to join expert guides on a tour of Cape Ann's birding hot spots, including a boat trip on the 7 Seas Whale Watch boat the Privateer IV.

To learn more please visit: www.capeannchamber.com/birdingweekend.

Birds, Sunset & Hot Chocolate — Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Saturday, January 23, 2010 — 3:00 pm to dusk
Meeting location: Salisbury Beach State Reservation Boat Ramp Parking Lot
No registration required – Fee: $10

Enjoy Salisbury Beach State Reservation’s birds, the sunset & hot chocolate. We’ll discuss the natural history of the birds encountered. Please bring your favorite mug, and we’ll provide the hot chocolate. Dress in layers and wear warm footwear.

Birds, Sunset & Hot Chocolate — Plum Island

Saturday, January 16, 2010 — 3:00 pm to dusk
Meeting location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Parking Lot #1
No registration required – Fee: $10

Join us for a birds, sunset & hot chocolate at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. We’ll discuss the natural history of the birds encountered. Please bring your favorite mug, and we’ll provide the hot chocolate. Dress in layers and wear warm footwear.

Birds of Nelson Island

Sunday, November 29, 2009 – 2:30 pm to dusk
Fee: 2 participants for $20 ~ Share The Great Marsh with a friend!
Please register early!
Meeting Location: Stackyard Road, Rowley ~ park at the junction of Stackyard & Patmos Roads

You’ll learn birding skills and feel the thrill of finding and identifying birds as we search for birds on our walk to Nelson Island, a portion of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Join Sue and discover your love of learning and the thrill of birding. Dress in layer for the weather and be prepared with sturdy, waterproof, walking shoes for walking on unpaved and often wet, unimproved trails. There are no facilities at this site. Bring binoculars or borrow ours.

Wings of Autumn on Plum Island

Saturday, November 28, 2009 – 2:30 pm to dusk
Fee: 2 participants for $20 ~ Bring a friend birding!
Please register early!
Meeting location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge’s Parking Lot #1.

Discover the wings of autumn at this slow-paced program. It will include tips on bird identification and the natural history of species on the Refuge, one of the premiere birding sites in the country. Dress in layers for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.

Jim Fenton’s Wildlife & Wild Lands – A Photo Journey

Thursday, October 15, 2009 – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Free and no registration needed!
Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters’ Auditorium at 6 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport

Join award winning, Essex County photographer, Jim Fenton, for a free presentation of his wildlife and landscape photographers. You’ll see the Refuge’s elusive wildlife, seals, plover and more! Jim will share his up-close and personal images during this presentation. Bird-friendly coffee will be available, and proceeds will benefit the non-profit group, Friends of Parker River. See you there!

Visit a Bird Research Station

Saturday, October 10 – 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Fee: $10 – Please register early by contacting Essex County Ornithological Club’s President at 978-462-4785 or by email at newburyportbirders@comcast.net
Meeting Location: Parking Lot # 1 at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island promptly at 8:30am.

Essex County Ornithological Club will be visiting a bird research station at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island. Mass Audubon trained volunteers manage this station during spring and fall migration to obtain data on birds, including size, age, sex, breeding characteristics and weight. Program participants will assist in identification, learn the external anatomy of birds, observe the scientific methods utilized for gathering data, and participate in data collection and recording. This is a rare opportunity to observe the physical adaptations of birds up close and learn about the mechanisms, strategies, and geography of migration from people working in the field. Proceeds will be donated to support the bird banding station’s efforts.

Haverhill’s Creek Brook Wetland Evening Ramble

Friday, October 9, 2009 – 4:00 pm ’til dusk
Fee: 2 participants for $25 ~ introduce a friend to birding!
Please register early by calling 978-462-4785 or by email at newburyportbirders@comcast.net
Meeting Location: Creek Brook Wetland on Computer Drive in Haverhill.

Join us at this Essex County, productive wetland. A portion of the program fees will be donated to conservation efforts in Essex County. Please wear long-sleeved shirts, sturdy walking shoes and long pants. There are no facilities at this location.

Directions: Take Rte 495 south to exit #50 [Rte 97/Broadway]; proceed toward Salem, NH for just a 1/4 mile; take a right onto Computer Drive. We’ll meet where Computer Drive dead ends.

North Shore Community College
Birds of Plum Island

Sunday, October 4, 2009 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Parking Lot #1 on Plum Island in Newburyport
Instructor: Sue McGrath, President of the Essex County Ornithological Club and owner of Newburyport Birders

Birdwatching can be an eye-opening experience, and October is an excellent time to begin to appreciate the world of birds! During this four-hour class, students will learn about birds and their habitats in an “outdoor classroom”. This class will provide new birders with the aids needed to begin bird identification ~ special characteristics, bird behavior, habitat preference and bird vocalization. We’ll observe the birds at a world famous, productive birdwatching site. We will focus on observing bird behavior and on bird identification techniques. We’ll be walking over gentle terrain at a slow pace. Sturdy shoes are necessary along with a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and hat. Bring a snack and a beverage. Class fee includes interpretive materials. To learn more and register, call North Shore Community College at 978-762-4000.

Northern Essex Community College
Introduction to Birdwatching

Saturday, October 3, 2009 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Veasey Park, Groveland
Instructor: Sue McGrath, President of the Essex County Ornithological Club and owner of Newburyport Birders

Northern Essex Community College is offering this class at Veasey Park in Groveland. The property is largely a glacial drumlin and has a variety of wildlife habitat – meadow, marsh, forest and upland. Johnson’s Pond, a public water reserve, borders the park and offers a nice spot for waterfowl observation. Sue will help you learn how to watch birds. Birdwatching can be an eye-opening experience! This program consists of a four hour “outdoor classroom” at Veasey Park. The program will provide new birders with the aids needed to begin bird identification: special characteristics, bird behavior, habitat preference and bird vocalization. We’ll observe the birds at this productive birdwatching site, focusing on observation and bird identification techniques. This class will require walking over gentle terrain at a slow pace; sturdy shoes are required. Dress for the weather; long-sleeved shirts, long pants, hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are suggested. Please bring a snack and a beverage. To learn more and register, call Mary Shattuck at Northern Essex Community College at 978-556-3807.

Introduction to Bird Biology

September 9 — December 19, 2009
Course: Introduction to Bird Biology, Bio-150
Semester: Fall, 2009. September 9 — December 19
Credits: 3 semester. Course may be audited for no credit/grade.
Campus: Danvers. 1 Ferncroft Road, located off Route 1 South
Lectures: Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:15pm
Labs/Field Trips: Saturdays, 8am – 10am
Registration: Proof of communications proficiency is required. Visit or call the Enrollment Office(Danvers) at 978-762-4000 ext 4336, 4315, or 4458. Early registration is strongly recommended.
Additional Information: North Shore Community College: www.northshore.edu or Steve Haydock, 978-363-5457 SHAYDOCK01@northshore.edu

This fall North Shore Community College(NSCC) in Danvers, Massachusetts will be offering an introductory course in ornithology. The course is designed to provide the student with a foundation of knowledge in avian biology, enhance student ornithological field skills and increase student appreciation of birds. The laboratories/field trips emphasize bird identification and field techniques while the lectures will cover taxonomy, evolution, anatomy and physiology, feathers and flight, migration, behavior, vocalizations, distribution, reproduction and development, and populations and conservation. The course instructor is retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Steve Haydock who has been studying birds and other wildlife for more than 35 years. He has been teaching this course at NSCC since 2002.

Sunday Morning River Walk

Sunday, September 6, 2009 – 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: Carriagetown Plaza on Route 110 in Amesbury. The trailhead is behind Acapulco’s.

We'll walk along the Powow River in Amesbury. The river's tidal nature makes it good habitat birds. The lower portion of the Powow is a tidal, freshwater estuary and exhibits more freshwater than saltwater characteristics, and in the summer months, the area is brackish. This is a small group educational program; so register early. All levels of birders are welcome.

Birding West Newbury

Saturday, August 8, 2009 – 7:00 am to 11:00 am
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: Park & Ride, Exit 57 off Route 95 [Route 113/Newburyport]

Join Newburyport Birders for an exploration of several, highly productive, birding areas in West Newbury. This is a limited-participation program; so register early. All levels of birders are welcome.

Plum Island, The Way it Was

Thursday, July 23, 2009 – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters' Visitor Center Auditorium, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport
No Registration Needed
FREE

Join local historian, Nancy Weare, the author of the book “Plum Island, The Way it Was,” for a look at the history of Plum Island as a resource for farming and grazing, a life saving station and a tourist destination prior to it becoming Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in 1942. Learn about some of the people who were part of the original fabric of the island, including Nancy herself, in this informative and entertaining program.

Bird-friendly coffee and pastries will be available for sale with proceeds benefiting the Friends of Parker River, a non-profit organization that supports the refuge.

Purple Martins of Plum Island

Sunday, July 5, 2009 – 7:00 pm to sunset
Suggested Donation: $15

Join a Purple Martin Landlord, Sue McGrath, at the north end of Plum Island at the Old Headquarters’ site for an evening, educational program on the Purple Martins of Plum Island. We’ll watch the graceful flight and the social antics of the largest of our North American swallows. We’ll listen to their gurgles and learn about their breeding cycle and migration. Dress in long pants and long sleeved shirt. Please bring your sense of wonder! All donations will be used for human-supplied housing for these dependent songbirds.

Birding Great Neck in Ipswich

Saturday, June 13, 2009 – 7:00 am to 10:00 am
Fee: $15.
Meeting location: Pavilion Beach parking area.
No registration needed – please just join us!

Join Sue on a walking tour of scenic Great Neck in Ipswich. You’ll learn to identify birds, and we’ll discuss the birds we encounter. We’ll visit Clark Pond and scan the marshes of the Ipswich River and Plum Island Sound. Dress in layers for the weather. All levels of bird enthusiasts are welcome. There are no facilities at this meeting location or during the program.

North Shore Community College Class – Birds of Plum Island

Sunday, June 7, 2009 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Parking Lot #1 on Plum Island in Newburyport
Instructor: Sue McGrath, President of the Essex County Ornithological Club and owner of Newburyport Birders

Birdwatching can be an eye-opening experience, and June is an excellent time to begin to appreciate the world of birds! During this four-hour class, students will learn about birds and their habitats in an “outdoor classroom”. This class will provide new birders with the aids needed to begin bird identification ~ special characteristics, bird behavior, habitat preference and bird vocalization. We’ll observe the birds at a world famous, productive bird watching site. We will focus on observing bird behavior and on bird identification techniques. We’ll be walking over gentle terrain at a slow pace. Sturdy shoes are necessary along with a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, hat, insect repellent and sunscreen. Bring a snack and a beverage. Class fee includes interpretive materials.

To learn more and register call North Shore Community College at 978-762-4000.

Northern Essex Community College – Introduction to Birdwatching

Saturday, June 6, 2009 &ndash 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Veasey Park, Groveland
Instructor: Sue McGrath, President of the Essex County Ornithological Club and owner of Newburyport Birders

Northern Essex Community College is offering this class at Veasey Park in Groveland. The property is largely a glacial drumlin and has a variety of wildlife habitat – meadow, marsh, forest and upland. Johnson’s Pond, a public water reserve, borders the park and offers a nice spot for waterfowl observation.

Sue will help you learn how to watch birds. Birdwatching can be an eye-opening experience! This program consists of a four hour “outdoor classroom” at Veasey Park. The program will provide new birders with the aids needed to begin bird identification: special characteristics, bird behavior, habitat preference and bird vocalization. We’ll observe the birds at this productive birdwatching site, focusing on observation and bird identification techniques.

This program will require walking over gentle terrain at a slow pace; sturdy shoes are required. Dress for the weather; long-sleeved shirts, long pants, hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are suggested. Please bring a snack and a beverage.

To learn more and register, call Mary Shattuck at Northern Essex Community College at 978-556-3807.

May Pelagic Trip

Monday, May 25, 2009 &ndash 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

New Hampshire Audubon has arranged with Granite State Whale Watch to run a spring edition of our Tri-State Pelagic Trip! The plan is basically the same as last fall’s trip: depart from Rye Harbor about 8:00AM aboard the MV Granite State and spend the day at sea, returning to port between 5:00 and 5:30PM. Master birder Steve Mirick will lead in searching the waters along Jeffreys Ledge for seabirds and other interesting findings. You’ll like the date: May 25th, Memorial Day.

What can we expect to see? Gannets, terns, Wilson’s Storm-petrels and several species of shearwaters all seem like good possibilities. We may also see breeding-plumage phalaropes on their northward migration.

MV Granite State is a day-excursion boat owned by Granite State Whale Watch and is based in Rye Harbor, NH. She’s 65 feet long with an onboard snack bar, enclosed main cabin, two passenger decks and a full set of navigation and safety equipment. Twin diesel engines give her a cruising speed of 12-13 knots. Captain Pete Reynolds and his crew have decades of experience at finding birds and whales in the Gulf of Maine.

What to Bring: Binoculars and bird guide ~ Bring a lunch if you like ~ A digital camera if you have one. On our trip last fall, we got spectacular photo opportunities for birds and dolphins. Weather on the open water is unpredictable: sometimes hot, sometimes rather chilly. Prepare for both. Certainly bring sunscreen and sunglasses. Bring motion-sickness pills if you’re vulnerable to seasickness. Granite State’s seating is mostly wooden benches; so a seat cushion will make the bench seating more comfortable.

A minimum of 30 people is needed, and the maximum will be 50 so the boat won’t be too crowded. Cost: $65 for NH Audubon members; $85 for non-members. Contact Massabesic Audubon Center by phone at: 603-668-2045, or by email at: mac@nhaudubon.org to register.

Friday Evenings at Plum Island

Fridays, May 1, 8, 22 & 29, 2009 – 6:00 pm to Dusk
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge’s Hellcat parking lot
Fee: $15.
Limited enrollment – register early – please contact Sue.

We’ll enjoy of the sights and sounds of Plum Island during these May evenings. What a wonderful end to your work day! We’ll enjoy the variety of resident and migrant birds during the peaceful evening hours in the shrubby, low vegetation that offers protection and ideal foraging habitat for birds. May is one of the “birdiest” months on this refuge.

Morning Ramble Along The Little River Trail

Sunday, May 17, 2009 – 7:00 am to 10:00 am
Fee: $15.
Limited Enrollment – register early – call or email to register – please contact Sue
Meeting Location: Hale Street in Newburyport at the small pull-off (after both Cabot Stain entrances) on the right just 1.1 miles from the Low & Hale Street junction.

Yes, this is one of Newburyport's best kept, birding spots. Seldom do you hear of groups birding the Little River Trail; during this program, we'll show you this lesser explored, birding hot-spot. We look forward to introducing you to new vistas and interesting observations at this "secret" gem of a location. No facilities are available at the meeting location or birding site.

Woodcock Watching With A Friend

Friday, April 3, 2009 and Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 6:30 pm to 8:00pm
(April 5th is also the rain date for the 3rd)
Fee: 2 participants for $20
Meeting Location: Provided upon registration
Limited enrollment, register early ~ call or email to register.

The American Woodcock's "PEENT" is one of the most magical, evening sounds of spring, and American Woodcocks engage in one of the most demonstrative and unusual courtships. Males of this cryptic, secretive shorebird species perform an impressive, aerial display flight at dusk. First we’ll learn about the natural history of these birds, and then we’ll walk to nearby fields to watch and listen to this remarkable display. We will also search for early spring migrants. Bring your sense of wonder and binoculars; be prepared to walk on unpaved, possibly wet and uneven terrain.

Sunday Morning at Wet Meadows' Platform

Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Fee: $12
Meeting Location: Platform at the Wet Meadows on Scotland Road in Newbury about 1/2 mile east of the Route 95/Scotland Road intersection opposite #102 Scotland Road in Newbury.

Join Newburyport Birders at this new, viewing platform at the Common Pasture Wet Meadow. This platform was installed by the Essex County Greenbelt Association and dedicated in memory of the Honorable H. Lawrence Jodrey and Gerald Soucy in the fall of ’08. Both Larry and Jerry were life-long conservationists and renowned Essex County birders.

Novice birders are welcome to join us on this Sunday morning program We'll assemble on the new platform overlooking the lovely wet meadow, a cherished birding location which has been preserved by the cooperative efforts of Essex County Greenbelt Association, Parker River Clean Water Association, The Trust for Public Land, Town of Newbury, City of Newburyport, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Brookline Bird Club, Essex County Ornithological Club and so many, individual donors.


October 22, 2014 Newburyport Birders