Superbowl of Birding

February 5, 2022*

Woman w binoculars birding in winter © Nick DeCondio
© Nick DeCondio

Semi-Superbowl of Birding II

Saturday, February 5, 2022*
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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 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! However, the event consists of activities appropriate for all levels of birders.

Dedicated birders compete for all awards, especially the Joppa Cup and Dave Larson Award, while anyone can compete for the Townie Award or the Sitting Duck Award. Teams with young birders age 16 or younger can vie for the Newbies Award. The Fledgling Award encourages young families to participate.

2022 Contest Details

Contest Rules 85.19 kB

*Please note that this event has been postponed to February 5 due to the extreme winter storm predicted for January 29.

Prize Categories

  • Joppa Cup: Greatest number of points
  • Dave Larson Award: Greatest number of species
  • Essex County Award: Most points in Essex County
  • Rockingham County Award: Most points in Rockingham County
  • 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
  • Parker River NWR Award: Most points on the refuge
  • Townie Award: Greatest number of species tallied from a single municipality
  • Newbies Award: Award for the greatest number of points tallied by any team with 2 or more members 16 years of age or younger
  • Sitting Duck Award: Most points compiled by a team birding within a 25-ft diameter circle
  • Lifer Award: Participant who sees the most new life birds during the competition

Results for 2021 Semi-Superbowl of Birding

Two birders spread out from each other on a beach

Although it wasn't the same annual event we're used to hosting, Joppa Flats is very pleased to report that the first-ever Semi-Superbowl of Birding was a great success!

The 21 teams that participated this year still had to race against the clock to find the greatest number of species and earn the greatest number of points during the 12-hour contest period. 

For the third year in a row, The Thrashers (captained by Davey Walters) won the Joppa Cup with a team record-setting total of 222 points! In addition, a record 10 of this year's 21 teams tried for the Townie Award, dedicated to birding local patches.

The total recorded across all teams was 129 species—impressive considering the cold and windy conditions we had this year. That total includes the 6 write-in species recorded: Eared Grebe, Atlantic Puffin, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, and Semipalmated Plover.

All of the team names, point totals, and species totals are listed below.

Full Species List

Team Results (alphabetical)




Team Name

Joppa Cup 222 95 The Thrashers
Director's Cup 185 84 Return of the Great Auks
Essex County Award 122 57 Mission Possible
Rockingham County Award 121 63 Birding With Impunity
Parker River NWR Award 103 55 Pine Pigskins
Townie Award 118 64 Townie Solitaire
Sitting Duck Award  41 29 Unnecessary Ruffed Grouse

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