Superbowl of Birding

Superbowl XVI—January 25, 2020

Winter birding at Plum Island with Joppa Flats Education Center

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Superbowl of Birding 2020

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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.

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

Results for Superbowl of Birding XVI (2019)

2019 Zeiss Joppa Cup winners "The Thrashers" © Susan Carlson
2019 winners "The Thrashers" © Susan Carlson

Joppa Flats is pleased to report another outstanding Superbowl of Birding. This year's event was held on January 19, with 21 teams and over 100 participants competing.

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 126, including 6 write-in species—Evening Grosbeak, Tufted Duck, Eastern Phoebe, Common Yellowthroat, Black Vulture, and Redhead.

Full Species List

Team Results (alphabetical)

2019 Winners Slideshow >




Team Name

Zeiss Joppa Cup 215 90 The Thrashers
Director's Cup 178 82 Team Tanager
Essex Co. Excels Award 163 43 Blue-gray Passcatchers
Rockingham Co. Rocks Award 161 74 Zone-tailed Blitzers
Parker River NWR Award 72   Buffalo Razorbills
Townie Award 118 63 Twitchers Out of the Rye
Seekers Award 89 55 Drumlin Farm Peregrine Birders
NewBies Award 129 69 Frequent Dippers
Lifer Award (Bekah Runey with 41)     Gordon College Kingpishers
Fledgling Award (completed at 11:49 am) 49 39 Wapiti Watchers