Superbowl of Birding

Superbowl XVII—January 25, 2020

Winter birding at Plum Island with Joppa Flats Education Center

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Winter is a wonderful time to bird in northeastern Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire. In celebration of this season, the Joppa Flats hosts the Superbowl of Birding event every January.

This is a unique competition to find the greatest number of species and to earn the greatest number of points based on the rarity of the birds recorded. The Zeiss Joppa Cup is awarded to the team that collects the most points by the end of the specified 12-hour birding day. Strategy and planning are essential in order to win this competition.

The event consists of activities targeted for all levels of birders. Expert birders can compete for a number of awards, including the Zeiss Joppa Cup, Essex County Award, or Rockingham County Award. Teams with young birders 16 years old or younger can vie for the Newbies Award. The Fledgling Award encourages young families to participate.

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Prize Categories

  • The Zeiss Joppa Cup: Grand prize for the team with the greatest number of points
  • Director's Award: Greatest number of species
  • Essex County Award: Most points in Essex County
  • Rockingham County Award: Most points in Rockingham County
  • Parker River NWR Award: Most points on the refuge
  • Townie Award: Award for the greatest number of species tallied from a single municipality
  • Seekers Award: Award for the first team to complete the special Seekers checklist
  • Fledgling Award: Award for the first team to complete the special Fledgling checklist
  • Newbies Award: Award for the greatest number of points tallied by any team with 2 or more members 16 years of age or younger
  • Lifer Award: Participant who sees the most new life birds during the competition

2020 Zeiss Joppa Cup winners "The Thrashers" © Susan Carlson
2020 winners "The Thrashers" © Susan Carlson

Results for Superbowl of Birding XVII (2020)

Joppa Flats is pleased to report another outstanding Superbowl of Birding. This year's event was held on January 25, with 17 teams and over 80 participants competing.

For the second year in a row, The Thrashers, captained by Davey Walters, won the Zeiss Joppa Cup with a remarkable total of 215 points! All of the team names, point, and species totals are listed below.

The total number of species recorded by all teams this year was a very respectable 129. That number includes 6 write-in species—Semipalmated Plover, Bullock's Oriole, Greater White-fronted Goose, House Wren, Eastern Phoebe, and Red-headed Woodpecker.

Full Species List

Team Results (alphabetical)




Team Name

Zeiss Joppa Cup 215 83 The Thrashers
Director's Cup 193 84 4th and Longspurs
Essex Co. Excels Award 104 58 First Eider Downies
Rockingham Co. Rocks Award 152 71 Incomplete Passerines
Parker River NWR Award 85 51 Saw What?
Townie Award 119 66 Twitchers Out of the Rye
Seekers Award 115 65 Fly-by-Nights
NewBies Award 68 46 The Bird Call Crew
Lifer Award 99 46 Gordon College Kingpishers
Amelia Wood (48) & Jennifer Noonan (48)
Fledgling Award  96 58 Indigo Puntings
completed at 1:14 pm

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