It was run by H. Warren Harrington from 1967-2004, after which he handed over the reigns of the trip to me.
The trip starts off in Boxford at Crooked Pond at 4:30 am and follows a traditional route through Lynnfield,
Peabody,Lynn, Nahant then up north to West Newbury, Newburyport and Plum Island.
As you can imagine, over the years, things have changed.
Some good birding areas are now house lots or industrial complexes.
So we drive past saying this is where we used to get so and so.
As for this year's trip, the weather lowered the number of migrants and participants.
However, we persevered and ended the day with 112 species.
The best bird of the day was a Red-headed Woodpecker in Ipswich. This was a first for this trip.
Below is the list of birds seen in order and with noted times of the sighting.
Crooked Pond Great Blue Heron 04:30 AM Crooked Pond Swamp Sparrow 05:00 Crooked Pond Black-throated Green Warbler ----- Crooked Pond American Robin 05:10 Crooked Pond Barred Owl ----- Crooked Pond Song Sparrow 05:15 Crooked Pond Red-winged Blackbird 05:18 Crooked Pond Black-capped Chickadee 05:20 Crooked Pond Brown-headed Cowbird 05:20 Crooked Pond Northern Cardinal 05:25 Crooked Pond Tufted Titmouse 05:27 Crooked Pond Wood Duck 05:27 Crooked Pond Winter Wren ----- Crooked Pond Brown Creeper ----- Crooked Pond Ovenbird 05:30 Crooked Pond Mourning Dove 05:31 Crooked Pond Pine Warbler 05:31 Crooked Pond Hermit Thrush 05:37 Crooked Pond American Goldfinch 05:38 Crooked Pond Common Grackle 05:40 Crooked Pond Blue-gray Gnatcatcher ----- Crooked Pond Tree Swallow ----- Crooked Pond Palm Warbler 05:58 Crooked Pond White-breasted Nuthatch 06:00 Crooked Pond Yellow-rumped Warbler 06:00 Crooked Pond Pileated Woodpecker ----- Crooked Pond Chipping Sparrow 06:15 Crooked Pond Blue Jay 06:20 Crooked Pond American Crow 06:30 Route 95/128 Red-tailed Hawk 06:38 Route 95/128 European Starling 06:39 Route 95/128 Rock Pigeon 06:41 Lynnfield Canada Goose 06:49 Lynnfield Mute Swan 06:49 Lynnfield Mallard 06:50 Lynnfield House Finch 06:54 Lynnfield Northern Flicker 06:59 Lynnfield House Sparrow 07:00 Lynnfield Downy Woodpecker 07:06 Lynnfield Double-crested Cormorant 07:06 Lynnfield Herring Gull 07:13 Lynnfield Warbling Vireo 07:21 Lynnfield Yellow Warbler 07:22 Lynnfield Barn Swallow 07:25 Lynnfield Savannah Sparrow 07:29 Lynnfield Spotted Sandpiper 07:30 Lynnfield Killdeer 07:31 Lynnfield Ring-necked Duck 07:38 Lynnfield Northern Waterthrush 08:04 Lynnfield Hairy Woodpecker 08:09 Lynnfield Northern Rough-winged Swallow 08:25 Lynnfield Eastern Phoebe 08:41 Lynnfield Carolina Wren 08:41 Peabody Bald Eagle 09:00 Peabody Red-bellied Woodpecker 09:04 Peabody Northern Parula 09:05 Peabody Black-and-white Warbler 09:07 Peabody Ruby-crowned Kinglet 09:10 Peabody Baltimore Oriole 09:11 Peabody Blue-headed Vireo 09:14 Peabody Bufflehead 09:21 Peabody Nashville Warbler 09:25 Peabody Chimney Swift 09:40 Peabody Ring-billed Gull 09:42 Peabody Great Black-backed Gull 09:50 Lynn White-winged Scoter 10:00 Lynn Common Eider 10:00 Lynn Surf Scoter 10:00 Lynn Common Loon 10:05 Lynn Red-necked Grebe 10:14 Lynn Purple Sandpiper 10:19 Lynn Sanderling 10:19 Lynn Brant 10:22 Lynn Osprey 10:32 Lynn Green-winged Teal 10:35 Lynn Red-breasted Merganser 10:35 Nahant White-throated Sparrow 10:50 Nahant Gray Catbird 11:00 Nahant Great Egret 11:20 Nahant Lesser Yellowlegs 11:20 Nahant House Wren 11:47 Nahant Cooper's Hawk 11:50 Nahant Eastern Towhee 11:58 Nahant Great Cormorant 12:06 PM Nahant Cedar Waxwing 12:06 Nahant American Black Duck 12:10 Nahant Red-throated Loon 12:15 Nahant Piping Plover 12:20 Nahant Semipalmated Sandpiper 12:21 Lynn Northern Mockingbird 12:33 Ipswich Red-headed Woodpecker 13:20 Rowley Glossy Ibis 13:44 Rowley Willet 13:46 Rowley Snowy Egret 13:50 Rowley Greater Yellowlegs 13:54 Rowley Turkey Vulture 13:59 Newburyport Short-billed Dowitcher 14:05 Newburyport Eastern Meadowlark 14:05 Plum Island Purple Martin 14:07 Plum Island Wild Turkey 14:23 Plum Island Gadwall 14:28 Plum Island Northern Harrier 14:34 Plum Island Black Scoter 15:00 Plum Island Long-tailed Duck 15:06 Plum Island Purple Finch 15:40 Plum Island Marsh Wren 15:50 Plum Island Sora 15:59 Plum Island Virginia Rail 16:00 Plum Island Least Sandpiper 16:28 Plum Island Common Tern 16:48 West Newbury Rose-breasted Grosbeak 17:25 West Newbury Eastern Kingbird 17:30