An attempt to see or hear 100 or more species in a day.
This trip dates back to at least 1967, when Warren Harrington began leading this trip.
Twenty years later, I started to attend this trip, a year after getting bitten by the birding bug.
It was my favorite trip, then and still is today!
A small band of birders would meet in Marshfield, climb into Warren's van and head north.
It was a day of many stories, traditions, great laughs and good birding.
Starting in 2005, I began leading the trip. I have continued the follow the same route with a couple extras stops along the way.
As one might suspect, the timing of this trip is not prime time May. However, it can deliver an interesting assortment of winter hold overs and early spring migrants, along with a mix of weather from cold to heat.
Other times, you are kind of stuck in the middle. As was the case this year. A lot of the wintering ducks and other typical winter species had moved out, and the spring migrants had yet to show up in force.
As such, and despite best efforts, we only manged 94 species for the trip. Looking back at old records, this happens every 12 -15 years or so.
Although the band of birders have gone their separate ways, I hope those who attend this trip still find it enjoyable and challenging.
|Early morning Crooked Pond|
Below is a list of the species seen or heard for this year.
|American Robin||Crooked Pond|
|Tree Swallow||Crooked Pond|
|Song Sparrow||Crooked Pond|
|Swamp Sparrow||Crooked Pond|
|Northern Cardinal||Crooked Pond|
|Pine Warbler||Crooked Pond|
|Wood Thrush||Crooked Pond|
|Canada Goose||Crooked Pond|
|Black-capped Chickadee||Crooked Pond|
|Winter Wren||Crooked Pond|
|Chipping Sparrow||Crooked Pond|
|Mourning Dove||Crooked Pond|
|Downy Woodpecker||Crooked Pond|
|Tufted Titmouse||Crooked Pond|
|Brown-headed Cowbird||Crooked Pond|
|Double-crested Cormorant||Crooked Pond|
|American Goldfinch||Crooked Pond|
|Red-winged Blackbird||Crooked Pond|
|White-breasted Nuthatch||Crooked Pond|
|Brown Creeper||Crooked Pond|
|Great Blue Heron||Crooked Pond|
|Northern Flicker||Crooked Pond|
|Pileated Woodpecker||Crooked Pond|
|Red-bellied Woodpecker||Crooked Pond|
|Hooded Merganser||Crooked Pond|
|Wood Duck||Crooked Pond|
|Common Grackle||Crooked Pond|
|Broad-winged Hawk||Crooked Pond|
|Eastern Phoebe||Crooked Pond|
|Eastern Bluebird||Crooked Pond|
|American Crow||Crooked Pond|
|Black-throated Green Warbler||Crooked Pond|
|Ruby-crowned Kinglet||Crooked Pond|
|Blue-headed Vireo||Crooked Pond|
|Blue Jay||Lynnfield Marsh|
|Mute Swan||Lynnfield Marsh|
|Herring Gull||Lynnfield Marsh|
|Laughing Gull||Lynnfield Marsh|
|Northern Rough-winged Swallow||Lynnfield Marsh|
|Barn Swallow||Lynnfield Marsh|
|House Sparrow||Lynnfield Marsh|
|Yellow Warbler||Lynnfield Marsh|
|Warbling Vireo||Lynnfield Marsh|
|Sharp-shinned Hawk||Lynnfield Marsh|
|Virginia Rail||Lynnfield Marsh|
|European Starling||Lynnfield Marsh|
|Carolina Wren||Lynnfield Marsh|
|Rock Pigeon||Route 95 South|
|American Black Duck||Peabody|
|Great Black-backed Gull||Lynn|
|Turkey Vulture||Route 95 North|
|Great Egret||Plum Island|
|Green-winged Teal||Plum Island|
|Snowy Egret||Plum Island|
|Marsh Wren||Plum Island|
|Purple Finch||Plum Island|
|Red-necked Grebe||Plum Island|
|Long-tailed Duck||Plum Island|
|Red-throated Loon||Plum Island|
|Northern Gannet||Plum Island|
|Ruddy Duck||Plum Island|