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21 Dec Eagle on Pleasant Lake ["J. Esten" ]
21 Dec Coastal CBC tally--preliminary results [Len Medlock ]
20 Dec Hermit Thrush, Lee [Catherine Fisher ]
20 Dec Pine Grosbeaks on Base Station Road near Bretton Woods [David Govatski ]
19 Dec Sapsucker [paul dionne ]
19 Dec Kestrel @ Manchester airport. [jksmith69 ]
19 Dec Smith's Longspur in North Sandwich ["Robert Ridgely" ]
19 Dec Pine siskens [sundancejdetzel via NHBirds ]
18 Dec Searching for the Dark Morph Gyrfalcon??? [Paul Roberts ]
18 Dec persistent snowy owl at Manchester airport [Jeanne-Marie ]
18 Dec Keene CBC Results ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
18 Dec Lyme Snow Geese Tuesday A.M. ["'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" ]
18 Dec Cooper, B.E. and Waxwings [keith chamberlin ]
17 Dec New Hampshire Bird Records issue featuring Snowy Owls [birdrecords ]
17 Dec Snowy at Manchester Airport now ["'Joann O'Shaughnessy' via NHBirds" ]
16 Dec Gyr - NO for me also [Steve Mirick ]
16 Dec Gyrfalcon NO ["'Aerart' via NHBirds" ]
16 Dec Snowy Owls at Manchester Airport [birdrecords ]
16 Dec Rockingham Bald Eagles - edit [Scott Heron ]
16 Dec Rockingham Bald Eagles [Scott Heron ]
16 Dec outstanding Concord Christmas Count [raqbirds via NHBirds ]
15 Dec Re: Lyme Bald Eagle Withdrawn ["'David Forsyth' via NHBirds" ]
16 Dec Lyme Bald Eagle Withdrawn ["'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" ]
15 Dec Gyrfalcon photos - Madbury, NH [Steve Mirick ]
15 Dec Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, December 15, 2014 ["Mark Suomala" ]
15 Dec Gyrfalcon photos - Madbury, NH [Steve Mirick ]
15 Dec GYRFALCON in Madbury [Steve Mirick ]
14 Dec Lyme Cedar Waxwings on Sunday ["'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" ]
14 Dec Lyme Snow Buntings Sunday ["'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" ]
14 Dec Pacific Loon - NO, but Barrow's Goldeneye in Hampton [Steve Mirick ]
13 Dec NH Coast (PACIFIC LOON, DC Cormorants, Glaucous Gull) [Steve Mirick ]
13 Dec Rusty Blackbirds []
13 Dec Brentwood Oriole continues, among other things ["Pam Hunt" ]
13 Dec Loon on Waukewan and Otter Feasting ["'Stephen Whitney' via NHBirds" ]
13 Dec Common Yellowthroat at Urban Forestry Center [Scott Heron ]
13 Dec Common Yellowthroat at Urban Forestry Center [Scott Heron ]
12 Dec Great Bay highlights (Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Redhead, Barrow's Goldeneye) [Steve Mirick ]
12 Dec Eagles on Winni [Jane Rice ]
12 Dec Adult Bald Eagle in Lyme ["'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" ]
12 Dec Brentwood Oriole ["Aaronian, Richard S." ]
11 Dec REMINDER: Concord Area CBC - 12/14 [Stephanie Parkinson ]
10 Dec Iceland Gulls, Salem [Kyle Wilmarth ]
10 Dec Snow Goose Continues [Joan McKIbben ]
10 Dec REMINDER***NH Audubon Seacoast Chapter Wednesday December 10, 2014 Program - Injured Seal on a New Hampshire Beach? Who You Gonna Call?*** [bikenbird via NHBirds ]
9 Dec Sandwich redpoll ["Tony Vazzano" ]
9 Dec Tree Sparrow Richmond [Joshua Jarvis ]
8 Dec Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, December 8, 2014 ["Mark Suomala" ]
8 Dec tree sparrow ashland [k chamberlin ]
8 Dec Purchase your the Birds of New Hampshire Today ["Dana Fox" ]
8 Dec North Conway Shrike [Mik Oyler ]
8 Dec Large white bird over Keene [Joshua Jarvis ]
07 Dec Mt Tom birds [Steve Mirick ]
7 Dec carolina wren ["Lauren" ]
7 Dec Northern Pintails at Philbrick Marsh, Canobie Lake highlights [Scott Heron ]
07 Dec Orange-crowned Warbler in New Castle [Steve Mirick ]
7 Dec FOY Bluebird [Joel Huntress ]
6 Dec Hollis, Pintails and Horned Larks [Christopher McPherson ]
6 Dec snow goose, turkeys, and traffic [Joan McKIbben ]
6 Dec long-tailed ducks, etc Hampton [DAGForsyth via NHBirds ]
6 Dec Great Boars Head (south side) hampton ["'Joann O'Shaughnessy' via NHBirds" ]
5 Dec Sorry! [deanneart via NHBirds ]
5 Dec Please Respect the Birds [deanneart via NHBirds ]
5 Dec Unidentified raptor, Concord ["'Cindy Reid' via NHBirds" ]
5 Dec Snow Goose, Litchfield [Leo McKillop ]
5 Dec Seacoast Chapter trip cancelation [Ann Ablowich ]
4 Dec ***NH Audubon Seacoast Chapter Wednesday December 10, 2014 Program - Injured Seal on a New Hampshire Beach? Who You Gonna Call?*** [bikenbird via NHBirds ]
4 Dec Re: Another two-snowy-owl day on the coast [Cliff Otto ]
4 Dec Another two-snowy-owl day on the coast [Amy Kane ]
4 Dec The Connecticut River Thursday ["'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" ]
4 Dec Baby's first bird ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
4 Dec Snowy at Hampton SP now [Phyllis Yaffie ]
4 Dec Bald eagle in Manchester [Anne Hadshi ]
4 Dec 19 hawks perched together? ["'Duane Cross' via NHBirds" ]
3 Dec another cold and snowy day on the coast [Jeanne-Marie ]
3 Dec Snowy owl(s) at Rye Harbor and Hampton Beach today [Amy Kane ]
3 Dec Bird Books for Sale at NH Audubon [birdrecords ]

Subject: Eagle on Pleasant Lake
From: "J. Esten" <jennifere1234 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 03:11:21 +0000 (UTC)
Three of us birded Pleasant Lake in New London this morning for the Sunapee 
CBC. We were fascinated by an immature Bald Eagle flying tight circles over a 
small patch of open water in the lake. Several times we saw a Loon break the 
surface and disappear. Eventually the Eagle gave up and settled on a nearby 
tree. 

The loon only had a short swim under ice to reach a large area of open water, 
where there were two other loons, a dozen Hoodies and a Common Merganser. It's 
time to head for the coast! 


Jen Esten 
New London 

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Subject: Coastal CBC tally--preliminary results
From: Len Medlock <lenmedlock AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 01:52:05 +0000 (UTC)
Preliminary results of the coastal CBC are below (results from two sectors and 
feeder-watchers will be forthcoming). 


# of birds: 35,342
# of species: 115
 	 
Canada Goose	4564
Mute Swan	3
American Wigeon	58
American Black Duck	2045
Mallard	952
Greater Scaup	1381
Lesser Scaup	8
Common Eider	286
Surf Scoter	178
White-winged Scoter	185
Black Scoter	158
Long-tailed Duck	76
Bufflehead	101
Common Goldeneye	352
Barrow' s Goldeneye	1
Red-breasted Merganser	220
Ruffed Grouse	2
Wild Turkey	154
Red-throated Loon	11
Common Loon	96
Horned Grebe	63
Red-necked Grebe	33
Northern Gannet	4
D-c Cormorant	18
Great Cormorant	18
Great Blue Heron	20
Bald Eagle	5
Northern Harrier	3
Sharp-shinned Hawk	5
Cooper's Hawk	14
Red-tailed Hawk	78
Merlin	2
Peregrine Falcon	3
Purple Sandpiper	18
Dunlin	12
Bonaparte's Gull	53
Ring-billed Gull	227
Herring Gull	1730
Glaucous Gull	1
Great Black-backed Gull	232
Razorbill	15
Black Guillemot	3
Rock Pigeon	843
Mourning Dove	349
Eastern Screech-Owl	8
Great Horned Owl	4
Saw-whet Owl	6
Belted Kingfisher	6
Red-bellied Woodpecker	69
Y-b Sapsucker	2
Downy Woodpecker	205
Hairy Woodpecker	52
Northern Flicker	20
Pileated Woodpecker	8
Blue Jay	605
American Crow	1153
Common Raven	5
Horned Lark	99
Black-capped Chickadee	1300
Tufted Titmouse	387
Red-breasted Nuthatch	19
White-breasted Nuthatch	289
Brown Creeper	11
Carolina Wren	29
Winter Wren	8
Golden-crowned Kinglet	13
Eastern Bluebird	238
Hermit Thrush	12
American Robin	1951
Northern Mockingbird	45
European Starling	9627
Cedar Waxwing	35
Yellow-rumped Warbler	3
American Tree Sparrow	358
Savannah Sparrow	3
Song Sparrow	146
Lincoln's Sparrow	1
Swamp Sparrow	7
White-crowned Sparrow	4
White-throated Sparrow	215
Dark-eyed Junco	752
Snow Bunting	140
Northern Cardinal	330
Red-winged Blackbird	29
House Finch	343
American Goldfinch	968
House Sparrow	1166

Of special note
---------------
Pine Warbler	1
Hooded Merganser	21
American Coot	1
Lesser Black-backed Gull	3
Lapland Longspur	1
Green-winged Teal	2
Purple Finch	7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet	1
Rough-legged Hawk	2
Gray Catbird	3
Palm Warbler	1
Eurasian Wigeon	2
Pine Siskin	10
Northern Pintail	9
Common Redpoll	3
Iceland Gull	3
Clay-colored Sparrow	1
Eastern Towhee	1
American Pipit	1
Gadwall	6
Common Yellowthroat	1
Black-headed Gull	1
King Eider	1
Ruddy Duck	1
Snowy Owl	4
Brown-headed Cowbird	1
Pine Grosbeak	2
Marsh Wren	1

Count week birds
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Harlequin Duck-1	 
Turkey Vulture-1
Red-shouldered Hawk-1	 

Many thanks to all who participated. Look for additional posts from sector 
leaders. 


Good birding (and a cool yule).
Len Medlock
Coastal CBC compiler

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Subject: Hermit Thrush, Lee
From: Catherine Fisher <catherineckx AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:48:51 -0500
Hermit thrush feeding among juncos this morning on Allen's Ave. in Lee.

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Subject: Pine Grosbeaks on Base Station Road near Bretton Woods
From: David Govatski <david.govatski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:59:24 -0500
There were 6 Pine Grosbeaks on the Base Station Road on Saturday morning. This 
is the road that runs from Route 302 in Bretton Woods (Carroll, NH) to the Cog 
Railway Base Station. The grosbeaks were feeding on grit on the side of the 
road about 2 miles in or just past the sign saying you are entering Crawfords 
Purchase Unincorporated Township. We also noted 12 Pine Siskins along the road 
while working on the Crawford Notch CBC. The trees were plastered with snow so 
the birding was slow in the woods but was good at local feeders. A more 
complete count will be available once we get all the reports. 


At our home in Jefferson we noted 22 redpolls, 18 American goldfinches and 9 
pine siskins on Friday. We have about a foot of snow on the ground. 


David Govatski
Jefferson, NH


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Subject: Sapsucker
From: paul dionne <gratefulpaul AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:11:34 -0500
We had a Yellow/Bellied eating Winterberry this morning at our home in Derry.
Paul Dionne,
Derry

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Subject: Kestrel @ Manchester airport.
From: jksmith69 <jksmith69 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:04:56 -0500
Stopped by the south side of the airport for the second time today looking for 
the snowy with no luck both time. But as I was giving up I noticed and snapped 
a few blurry shots of an American Kestrel on the fence on the south side of the 
runway. 


Jonathan Smith
Litchfield NH

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Subject: Smith's Longspur in North Sandwich
From: "Robert Ridgely" <Bob AT RainforestTrust.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:57:56 -0500
Yesterday morning I discovered a Smith's Longspur on a farm here in North
Sandwich.  It was with a small group of Snow Buntings (between 3 and 5), and
was seen first at around 8:45 in the morning before the group flew off.  I
thought that was it.  The bird was tame and could be observed at distances
down to about thirty feet.  Then in the afternoon, at around 3:15, I decided
to check again, and to my astonishment, it was back, at precisely the same
spot, again with a few Snow Buntings.  This time I had my cell phone, and
was able to call Tony Vazzano, who managed to get over while the bird was
still present, again very close.  I then raced back to the house to get my
camera, but by the time I could return, they had again flown.

As best I can tell it was an adult male in winter (non-breeding) plumage.

This morning a couple of us tried to relocate the bird, but so far (12:45),
no luck, only the Snow Buntings.

I was able to speak with the owners of the farm, and they would be pleased
to welcome anyone who wants to search for it.  The owner is a delightful
woman named Janet Bickford, now somewhat house-bound.  The farm is on the
east side of Bearcamp Pond Road, perhaps 300 yards south of the intersection
with NH 113.  Drive in the second driveway and park on the right; the birds
has been in the open (plowed) area on the left, but check all the bare areas
and snowbanks.  Happily it was very tame both time I saw it, regularly
crouching low the way longspurs do.

I well recognize that the bird may never be seen again, but Steve, Tony, and
I thought it would be best to post it so people can, should they wish, try
to find it.

Good luck.  Unfortunately I must now head off to New York for some early
Christmas celebrating.

 

 

Dr. Robert S. Ridgely

President

Rainforest Trust

PO Box 58

200 Beede Flats Rd, North Sandwich, NH 03259

Tel: +1.603.284.7439

Skype: robert.ridgely

  www.RainforestTrust.org 

 

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Subject: Pine siskens
From: sundancejdetzel via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:09:55 +0000
I had a flock of 40-50 pine siskens and one common redpoll at the feeders this 
morning. 


Judy detzel   Ellsworth






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Subject: Searching for the Dark Morph Gyrfalcon???
From: Paul Roberts <pmroberts254 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:13:36 -0500
Has anyone been searching for the Gyrfalcon first seen in Madbury? There
have been no reports of unsuccessful searches since Tuesday, and the bird
apparently was last seen on Sunday at the latest (possibly Friday).
Negative reports are very helpful for those interested in finding this
bird.

Best,

Paul

Paul M. Roberts
phawk254 AT comcast.net

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Subject: persistent snowy owl at Manchester airport
From: Jeanne-Marie <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:18:22 -0500
Dropped by the south end of the airport today, and was able to find at least 
one snowy owl on the field and flying toward the fence and back. (hopefully 
they'll get that for the CBC this weekend). Got a few very distant photos . 

After that checked Massabesic, (hooded Merg, bufflehead, mallard), Fisher Cat 
stadium area in Manchester but no "clear" Barrow's goldeneye, had one female 
(maybe- but couldn't make the call) and 13 or more common goldeneyes, a single 
common merganser on the Nashua RIver, No Iceland Gull in Salem/Lake Canopie, 
etc, 

The most numerous birds for the day were red tailed hawks. I lost count, and 
finished with two over my driveway as I came home. 


Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua NH

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Subject: Keene CBC Results
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:50:01 +0000 (UTC)
Thirty-two participants tallied a record-tying 61 species of 7,800 individuals 
on this year's Keene CBC, which has been run continuously for over 30 years 
(and which has the distinction of being NH's first-conducted Christmas Bird 
Count, one of the handful of original counts conducted in1900). 

High counts were tallied for a remarkable 17 species with 5 other species 
setting record-tying marks! Notable among the record high counts was the 
continued expansion of typically 'southern' species such as red-bellied 
woodpecker (38 compared to a previous high of 12 last year!), Carolina wren 
(20), Eastern bluebird (65), Northern cardinal (152), and tufted titmouse 
(188). Much like the Concord CBC, other typical 'backyard' birds also trended 
upward. Records were set for black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, 
blue jay, and downy and hairy woodpeckers, as well as for American robins with 
576, although most of these were feeding in grassy pastures and 
winterberry-dominated wetlands. Raptors were plentiful with record highs for 
red-tailed hawk (23 compared to a previous high of 9), Cooper's hawk (5), and 
bald eagle (6) found. Seven barred owls tied a record-high. 

Notable species included gray catbird in Swanzey (2nd count record), merlin and 
red-breasted merganser at Spofford Lake (both 3rd count records), 2 red 
crossbills (3rd count record), 2 hermit thrushes and 2 winter wrens (both 5th 
count records), red-shouldered hawk in Surry (6th count record), 2 northern 
flickers, 6 red-winged blackbirds, 2 common redpolls, 4 great black-backed 
gulls, 20 evening grosbeaks, and 38 pine siskins. 

The high number of species and individuals could be attributed to favorable 
conditions (both weather and habitat availability like open water, etc) on the 
day of and leading up to the count, an abundance of wild food, and an increased 
amount of party hours and miles on foot. 

Phil BrownHancock, NHCompiler, Keene CBC

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Subject: Lyme Snow Geese Tuesday A.M.
From: "'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:48:36 +0000 (UTC)
A pair was observed about 10:30 flying up the Connecticut River just north of 
E. Thetford Rd., all white with clearly visible black wing-tips. Blake Allison 

Lyme, NH 03768-3322

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Subject: Cooper, B.E. and Waxwings
From: keith chamberlin <henryrocks2010 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:19:10 -0500
Yesterday (17th) we had a coopers hawk take a pigeon from under our feeder, fly 
over the river and then consume it on the opposite side of the river 
(Ashland)https://www.flickr.com/photos/97678234 AT N07/sets/72157649410311170/Waxwings 
were getting their fill of viburnum and pin cherry at the Bristol Rite-Aid 
(17th) we figure over 100, no Bohemians that we saw.About 50 Waxwings were up 
by the elementary school in Ashland as school was getting out.(17th)Walking up 
to the school this morning a Bald Eagle did quite a few circles around Main St. 
2 Ravens passed over town today, one did a complete roll.Happy Holiday 
BirdingKeith and Kris 



 		 	   		  

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Subject: New Hampshire Bird Records issue featuring Snowy Owls
From: birdrecords <birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:09:03 +0000
New Hampshire Bird Records Winter 2013-14 is out at last!

Do you remember all the Snowy Owl sightings last winter? It was a historic 
irruption and one of the largest ever in the Northeast, according to Pam Hunt, 
the Winter Editor for New Hampshire Bird Records. She's written about the 
invasion in the Winter 2013-14 issue and there are photo highlights from this 
Snowy Owl "Extravaganza" as well as an article on what the owls were eating. 


You can also read about a winter boat trip to Jeffrey's Ledge with Dovekies and 
other alcids in a free article on the web: 

 
http://nhbirdrecords.org/our-journal-new-hampshire-bird-records/current-issue-of-nh-bird-records/ 


Also in the Winter 2013-14 issue: bird highlights from the season including 
Spotted Towhee and Townsend's Warbler, the Christmas Bird Count Summary and its 
history, where to bird in Nashua, NH in the winter, Field Notes including the 
rescue of a downed grebe, Adventures with the Twitchers in the Rye, and the 
regular Photo Quiz. 


New Hampshire Audubon was delighted to sponsor this issue in memory of Art 
Mudge. 


For subscription information go to:

http://nhbirdrecords.org/subscribe-and-support-nh-bird-records/subscribe-and-support-nh-bird-records/ 

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Subject: Snowy at Manchester Airport now
From: "'Joann O'Shaughnessy' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:07:40 -0500
Just received a call from Joan and Glenn McKibben. They are watching a snowy 
owl at the south end of the airport from Planesview Rd.. 

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Subject: Gyr - NO for me also
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:53:11 -0500
I searched from about 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  No luck.  I checked:

Madbury Reservoir (nothing at all)
Madbury Gravel Pit (lots of gulls, one Iceland)
Fields off Route 9 near Industrial Park (Red-tailed Hawk)
Rochester Landfill (a few more Red-tails, hardly any gulls)
Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plan (hardly anything there)
Trails at Pickering Ponds (a few gulls, one Iceland)
Fields near the Strafford County complex (not much)

This will likely be a difficult bird to relocate.  The best area is 
probably around the landfill, but this area is off-limits.

Maybe Wavell Fogleman will find it in Hampton on Saturday on the Coastal 
CBC!  :-)  (Wavell found the last one in NH on the CBC almost one year ago)

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Gyrfalcon NO
From: "'Aerart' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:44:21 -0500
We searched all the areas recommended by Steve, but had no luck this morning 
between 9 am and 2 pm on our hunt for the dark Gyrfalcon that had been 
photographed in Madbury recently. 


We covered the Madbury Sand pit on Old Stage Rd south of Rt 9 in Madbury (which 
had 600-800 gulls plus a Red-tailed Hawk on our first visit and looked like a 
great source of Gyr food, but no gulls when we stopped back later -- probably 
because of the adult Bald Eagle there instead.) George saw a second year 
Iceland Gull leaving as we first arrived. That is definitely a good place to 
keep an eye on because digging equipment is helping to keep the large pond in 
the pit from freezing over providing open water that is attracting a large 
number of gulls. 


We also searched the fields east on 9 by the Dover industrial park and the park 
itself; the Strafford County Farm complex, the Rochester Wastewater Treatment 
plant (which had only a few Mallards and Canada Geese); the Bellamy Reservoir 
(which was frozen and had one gull on it); and other local roads south of Rt. 9 
including another large gravel pit on Mast Rd. 


We saw at least 9 Red-tailed Hawks sitting around here and there, looking dark 
and tempting in the distance, but sadly none of them turned out to be a big 
falcon. 


Andrea and George Robbins
Pittsfield, NH


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Subject: Snowy Owls at Manchester Airport
From: birdrecords <birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:54:34 +0000
There were two Snowy Owls at Manchester Airport yesterday, Dec. 15. They were 
on the south edge of the airport. The best place to look for them is the 
parking area of the Aviation Museum on the east side of the airport on 
Navigator Rd., or the circle off Delta Drive near Harvey Rd. If you park on the 
perimeter road on the edge of the airport the security will ask you to leave. 


Reported by Jane Kolias

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Subject: Rockingham Bald Eagles - edit
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:59:35 -0500
Edit to my last post: Kyle last saw the bird over Canobie on 10/31, not
9/31.

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Subject: Rockingham Bald Eagles
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:01:35 -0500
I thought it might be interesting to share a handful of recent Bald Eagle
observations from Salem and Kingston. Between Steve Liffmann, Kyle
Wilmarth, Kevin Talbot, and I, we've managed to photograph what we believe
to be the same adult individual on isolated occasions. The bird appears to
be missing a couple of outer secondaries on the left wing potentially due
to an injury giving it a very distinct wing pattern. Chris Martin was kind
enough to weigh in and agreed that the photos suggest that they could be of
the same individual.

The bird was first noted by Kyle Wilmarth on Canobie Lake in Salem on 9/14.
He last spotted it on Canobie on 9/31.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kylewilmarth/15199083497

I had first noticed it over Powwow Pond in Kingston on 11/23 along with
another adult snacking on an American Coot.

Kevin Talbot managed to photograph the individual on Powwow Pond on 11/25
as it snatched up an American Coot. He posted the series on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.798014693573872.1073741905.108958195812862&type=1 


Steve Liffmann had photographed the bird over Arlington Pond in Salem on
12/13.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/104877589 AT N08/15410691553

Finally, I had seen it again back on Powwow Pond on 12/14 with 2 other
adults.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottheron/16019021682

It would be interesting to keep an eye out for this individual as this is
perhaps a rare opportunity to ID and keep tabs on a specific eagle purely
by the shape of its wings.

Scott Heron
Kingston

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Subject: outstanding Concord Christmas Count
From: raqbirds via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:53:42 -0500
Our energetic and hard working group did it again with a record breaking 
Concord CBC. 



The species total of 66 (plus at least two "count week" species) is the second 
highest total on record trailing only the remarkable 68 species in 2012. But 
the real news is the FOUR new species on count day plus one more brand new 
species as a count week bird. 



And we had no less than 17 new record high totals for individual species! It is 
amazing what a great group of observers can do on a nice day for a count that 
has been run for over 50 years. 



New species: Bufflehead, Red-shouldered Hawk, Screech Owl, and Yellow-bellied 
Sapsucker. Count week new species- Gadwall. 



Other highlights: Wood Duck, Northern Pintail (3), Peregrine Falcon (2), Horned 
Lark, Hermit Thrush (3), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Chipping Sparrow, Swamp, 
Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow (count week) and Snow Bunting, 



Record high tallies- the new species plus Pintail, Common Merganser, Red-tailed 
Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Peregrine, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, 
Northern Flicker (7), Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren (12), 
Bluebird (72), and Cardinal. And many of these numbers obliterated the old high 
counts. 



Remarkable numbers and our cumulative total for the 52 year history of the 
count is now 117 species plus three count week species never seen on count day. 
Not bad for an inland site in December! 



Happy Holidays everyone and good luck on other CBCs.


Bob Quinn
Webster, NH 

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Subject: Re: Lyme Bald Eagle Withdrawn
From: "'David Forsyth' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:50:13 -0800
Yes, good thing it wasn't a rarity, you would have had everyone "flocking" to 
see it... 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 15, 2014, at 7:12 PM, "'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" 
 wrote: 

> 
> Mea culpa. I committed the cardinal sin, what other kind of sin could a 
birder commit(?), and last Friday did an ID at a distance without binoculars 
(second cardinal birding sin) of what I thought was bald eagle.. When is a bald 
eagle not a bald eagle?, when it is cleverly disguised as an oddly placed 
squirrel's nest. Back today on River Rd., I "amazingly" saw the bald eagle in 
exactly the same place where I saw it Friday. Reasonably suspicious, I got out 
my binoculars, along on this trip, and "lo and Behold," it was made of leaves, 
not feathers. Thank goodness I did not misreport a rarity, 

> 
> Blake Allison
> Lyme, NH 03768-3322
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Subject: Lyme Bald Eagle Withdrawn
From: "'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 03:12:12 +0000 (UTC)
Mea culpa. I committed the cardinal sin, what other kind of sin could a birder 
commit(?), and last Friday did an ID at a distance without binoculars (second 
cardinal birding sin) of what I thought was bald eagle.. When is a bald eagle 
not a bald eagle?, when it is cleverly disguised as an oddly placed squirrel's 
nest. Back today on River Rd., I "amazingly" saw the bald eagle in exactly the 
same place where I saw it Friday. Reasonably suspicious, I got out my 
binoculars, along on this trip, and "lo and Behold," it was made of leaves, not 
feathers. Thank goodness I did not misreport a rarity,  

Blake Allison
Lyme, NH 03768-3322

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Subject: Gyrfalcon photos - Madbury, NH
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:16:54 -0500
Thanks to Nancy Landry for getting the word out.  Now, the problem is 
relocating it!

And thanks to Rosemary Raynes for these nice photos and allowing me to 
post them:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/16031635442/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/15846274849/in/photostream/

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA
Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, December 15, 2014
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:38:21 -0500
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 15th, 
2014.



A PACIFIC LOON was seen from Fort Stark in New Castle on December 14th.



A GYRFALCON was seen in Madbury during the past week.



A pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS was seen in Concord on December 14th, and a pair 
was seen in Nashua on the 15th.



A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at the Little River Salt Marsh in North Hampton 
on December 13th.



A SNOWY OWL was seen along River Road in Manchester on December 11th.



An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was seen in Pembroke on December 14th.



An adult GLAUCOUS GULL was seen on the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor on 
December 13th.



2 ICELAND GULLS were seen at Hedgehog Pond in Salem on December 10th, 1 was 
seen at Canobie Lake in Salem on the 13th, and 1 was seen in Rochester on 
the 11th.



4 EURASIAN WIGEONS were seen along with 143 AMERICAN WIGEONS at Great Bay in 
Greenland on December 12th.



A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, a REDHEAD and 8 GADWALL were seen at Great Bay in 
Greenland on December 12th.



A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen in Hampton on December 14th.



A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen on the Connecticut River near Charlestown on 
December 14th.



A GADWALL was seen in Pembroke on December 14th, and 1 was seen in Hollis on 
the 12th. A NORTHERN SHOVELER was reported from Hollis on the 8th.



2 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen in Hampton, and 3 were seen in Concord, all on 
December 14th.



5 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at Country Pond in Kingston on December 12th.



A SNOW GOOSE was seen with a flock of CANADA GEESE in fields along Route 1A 
in Litchfield on December 5th, 6th, and 10th.



A BLACK GUILLEMOT and 3 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were reported from the coast on 
December 13th.



An AMERICAN COOT was seen at Eel Pond in Rye on December 13th.



21 SNOW BUNTINGS were reported from Berlin on December 15th, and a flock of 
20 was seen in Lyme on the 14th.



A flock of 65 COMMON REDPOLLS was seen at Sunapee State Beach in Newbury on 
December 14th, a flock of 24 was reported from Twin Mountain on December 
15th, and 1 was reported from Sandwich on the 9th.



5 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Twin Mountain on December 14th.



2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen visiting a birdfeeder in Barrington on 
consecutive days during the past week.



A FOX SPARROW was seen in Loudon on December 14th.



A late-migrating BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen visiting a birdfeeder in 
Brentwood on December 12th and 13th.



A late-migrating COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen at the Urban Forestry Center 
in Portsmouth on December 13th.



6 late-migrating DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were seen along the coast on 
December 13th.



Join the 100-Year-Old Tradition and Have Fun at NH Audubon’s Christmas Bird 
Count.

Counts are scheduled for December 13, 2014 through January 1, 2015. Those 
interested in participating in this fun winter activity will find the 
schedule and coordinator contact info available online at nhbirdrecords.org. 
A map of all New Hampshire count circles is also available online.



This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and 
press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any 
interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the 
recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail at: 
birdsetc AT nhaudubon.org. Please put either "bird sighting" or "Rare Bird 
Alert" in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and 
phone number. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon 
web site, www.nhaudubon.org


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Subject: Gyrfalcon photos - Madbury, NH
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:16:54 -0500
Thanks to Nancy Landry for getting the word out.  Now, the problem is 
relocating it!

And thanks to Rosemary Raynes for these nice photos and allowing me to 
post them:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/16031635442/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/15846274849/in/photostream/

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: GYRFALCON in Madbury
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:34:11 -0500
Nancy Landry sent me some excellent photos of an immature dark morph 
GYRFALCON taken in Madbury by her cousin's landlady.  The photos clearly 
show that this is a Gyrfalcon and it appears to be feeding on a young 
Herring Gull.  When I get permission, I will post the photos.

The photos were reportedly taken yesterday; however, the time stamp on 
the photos suggests they were taken last Friday, so I'm not 100% sure on 
when they were taken.

The best information that I have for now is that they were taken "just 
south of route 9 near the Madbury sand pits".  That being the case, then 
the bird could be anywhere in the area, but the best spots to check 
might be the vicinity of Bellamy Reservoir, or the fields to the east 
toward the Dover Industrial Park along Route 9, perhaps the County Farm 
complex in Dover or even the Turnkey Landfill in Rochester or the 
Rochester Wastewater Treatment plant.

Gyrfalcons are always tough to track down, but it would be fun to get 
this one for the Lee-Durham CBC which is coming up on Sunday!

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Lyme Cedar Waxwings on Sunday
From: "'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:32:20 +0000 (UTC)
Nine paid a short visit to the home property about 3:00 this afternoon.
Blake Allison
Lyme, NH 03768-3322

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Subject: Lyme Snow Buntings Sunday
From: "'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:37:24 +0000 (UTC)
A flock of 20+/- individuals was observed foraging along the shoulder of N. 
Thetford Rd. at about 1:00 p.m. 

Blake Allison
Lyme, NH 03768-3322

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Subject: Pacific Loon - NO, but Barrow's Goldeneye in Hampton
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:11:31 -0500
We spent some time at Fort Stark today trying to relocate the Pacific 
Loon, but no luck.  The visibility was great, and we had 18+ Common 
Loons, but no Pacific (or even Red-throated) Loons.  And again, no signs 
of the Orange-crowned Warbler.....or any other land birds!

Meadow Pond was free of ice in Hampton where we had some nice ducks 
including 2 Pintail, 5+ Green-winged Teal, and one immature (by eye 
color) female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE.  She swam down the creek where I was 
able to find her in between some houses and got a nice shot:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/15995666136/

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: NH Coast (PACIFIC LOON, DC Cormorants, Glaucous Gull)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:37:48 -0500
Highlights of a short day of birding on the NH coast today....where it 
snowed steadily all day long!

Double-crested Cormorant - 6 (!) lingering inside Hampton harbor. All 
from the Hampton side.  Four from the north end.  Two more from the 
inlet near the bridge.  A high count for the date.  My previous high 
count for December is 2!  They seem to like to haul out on the sand bars 
at low tide.

Glaucous Gull - 1 adult.  THE ADULT returns to the bath house at Hampton 
harbor in Seabrook.  My data suggests that this bird has been returning 
to this exact same spot each winter since November 2008, when I aged it 
as a 2nd or 3rd winter bird.  So that would make it about 7 or 8 years old!

American Coot - 1 lingering on Eel Pond.  Also a COMMON LOON.  A rare 
bird for the pond.

PACIFIC LOON - 1 adult from Fort Stark in New Castle.  This bird was 
found and identified by Jane.  We must be getting good at these birds 
now since this is our 3rd sighting of the year!  This bird may be the 
same bird we saw on October 26; however, that bird was not seen by 
anyone after that date.  So, who knows?  At any rate, the bird was seen 
from the parking area looking north over the entrance to Portsmouth 
harbor and wandered toward Great Island Common a bit. Unfortunately, the 
heavy snow ruined any good photo opportunities. But I tried!  We could 
not find the Orange-crowned Warbler.  Let's hope it went south to warmer 
climates!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/15826555540/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/15827791209/

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds
From: nhexactly AT metrocast.net
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:24:10 -0500
 

	Two rusty blackbirds continue to visit our feeding stations daily -
10 days now!

	Ralph and Deb Sanders, Barrington
 

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Subject: Brentwood Oriole continues, among other things
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:59:45 -0500
Greetings all, 

 

I did a swing through western Rockingham County this afternoon (when I
should have been scouting for the Concord CBC tomorrow - so be it). I
actually started in Litchfield (Hillsborough Co.) in an unsuccessful attempt
to find the local snow goose, and then worked my way over to Salem, where an
adult Iceland Gull was visible from the parking area at the north end of
Canobie Lake (but the traffic near the mall was horrendous).

 

After a break at the "Border Brewery" in Salem (good stuff!) I continued to
Brentwood, where the young Baltimore Oriole made an appearance a little
after 3 p.m. After that there was almost nothing at the Exeter WTP.

 

Tomorrow I don't leave Concord.

Pam Hunt

Penacook, NH

 

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the world."

      - Alexander von Humboldt

 

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Subject: Loon on Waukewan and Otter Feasting
From: "'Stephen Whitney' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:49:45 -0800
>> 12/12/2014 Friday
Waukewan Inlet Bridge-- 11:30 AM
I get a brief glimpse of a loon before he dives, do not see him again. 
My attention diverted by an otter just South of the bridge approaching me, 
hunting with quickly repeated short dives. He comes so close I hear the water 
splash as he catches a fish and hauls himself onto an ice ledge to leisurely 
have lunch. My 10X42 Vortex Viper gives a super close view of the methodical 
mastication. 


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Subject: Common Yellowthroat at Urban Forestry Center
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:57:06 -0500
At 9:00 this morning, I was surprised to find a female/immature
Yellowthroat at the edge of the marsh by the pumphouse.

Scott Heron
Kingston

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Subject: Common Yellowthroat at Urban Forestry Center
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:55:03 -0500
At 9:00 this morning, I was surprised to find a female/immature
Yellowthroat at the edge of the marsh by the pumphouse.

Scott Heron
Kingston

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Subject: Great Bay highlights (Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Redhead, Barrow's Goldeneye)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:54:48 -0500
I hit Great Bay this afternoon from a couple of spots.  Lots of 
birds...mostly Canada Geese.  No hunters today helped to keep the birds 
a bit closer than usual.  Highlights:

American Wigeon - 143 from Sunset Farm.  A couple of more from Great Bay 
Discovery Center.  High count for date.
EURASIAN WIGEON - 4 with one adult and three immature males.  I couldn't 
positively report the female seen by Jason Lambert a few days ago.  High 
count for date.
GADWALL - 8 from Sunset Farm.
Greater Scaup - 1,632 from Great Bay Discovery Center.  Rare to have 
them all from this end of the bay.  Many relatively close.  More scaup 
seen about an hour later off Sunset Farm may have been additional 
birds.  The number of scaup seem to be higher in recent years as 
compared to about 20 years ago.
REDHEAD - 1 male from Great Bay Discovery Center
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE - 1 male from Great Bay Discovery Center.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Eagles on Winni
From: Jane Rice <moultnews AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:51:35 -0500
Sorry to be late posting this, but last Sunday, 12/7, late afternoon, I was 
looking out from Belknap Point in Gilford and could see two large birds over 
Round Island. It was a distant view, but pretty sure it was a pair of bald 
eagles, maybe some early nesting behavior as they were flying quite close 
together and circling the island for at least several minutes. I then proceeded 
to Weirs Beach and had a good view of an adult bald eagle flying along the 
shoreline, heading toward Meredith. 

Jane Rice 		 	   		  

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Subject: Adult Bald Eagle in Lyme
From: "'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:33:45 +0000 (UTC)
Seen mid-day Friday perched in a tree in the narrow, wooded Connecticut River 
riparian buffer about a quarter mile across from the Moses Kent Farm on 
northern River Road. Blake Allison 

Lyme, NH 03768-3322

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Subject: Brentwood Oriole
From: "Aaronian, Richard S." <raaronian AT exeter.edu>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:38:37 +0000
Received a call from a friend that a Baltimore Oriole (appears to be a juvenile 
male) was coming to their feeders at 133 Middle Rd (Rt. 111A) in Brentwood. 
Went out this morning and saw it at 815. They are keeping it happy with 
mealworms, homemade suet and a heated bird bath. They are fine with visitors 
but have a dog in the house who may bark. If you want to try for the bird, I 
think it's best to park on 111A and walk down driveway and go around back to 
the left of the house to see feeders. Hoping it stays around until the 20th. 


Also had a Carolina Wren, E. Bluebird (2) and Tree Sparrows.

Rich Aaronian

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Subject: REMINDER: Concord Area CBC - 12/14
From: Stephanie Parkinson <sparkinson AT sulloway.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:52:43 -0500
Field Trip: Christmas Bird Count
Date: Sunday, December 14
Join Bob Quinn and many other birding enthusiasts as we count birds around the 
Concord area in the annual Christmas Bird Count. To sign up or for more 
information, Contact Bob at [preferred] or at 746-2535. 


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Subject: Iceland Gulls, Salem
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:51:05 -0500
I've been starting to notice a higher number of gulls gathering at the
winter roost around Hedgehog Pond (and adjacent landfill) and Rockingham
Park lately.  This afternoon I noticed a sizable group on the ice/water
line of Hedgehog Pond so I figured I'd give a closer look...

Iceland Gull - 2, including continuing adult, and a 2nd-cycle bird that was
mostly all white with the exception of some gray starting to come in on the
scapulars, and a dark-tipped pale bill.
Great Black-backed Gull - 19
Herring Gull - 67
Ring-billed Gull - 4, plus a couple dozen or more at RP.


No Glaucous.....yet!


Kyle Wilmarth
Salem, NH

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Subject: Snow Goose Continues
From: Joan McKIbben <joanmckibben725 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:11:23 -0500
The Snow Goose and large flock of Canada Geese was on the east side  corn
field at 315 Rte 3A, Litchfield this morning at 10:15.
Joan McKibben
Litchfield

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Subject: REMINDER***NH Audubon Seacoast Chapter Wednesday December 10, 2014 Program - Injured Seal on a New Hampshire Beach? Who You Gonna Call?***
From: bikenbird via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:59:27 -0500


New Hampshire Audubon Seacoast Chapter        
                          
Wednesday December 10, 2014 Program - 7:30 pm - Injured Seal on a New Hampshire 
Beach? Who You Gonna Call? 

 
       

 As of January, 2014, for the first time, you will call a NH rescue team from 
the Seacoast Science Center (SSC). For 47 years, the New England Aquarium led 
the rescue response and for the past seven years, members of the SSC's crew 
contributed as volunteer responders. Today, the Center is responsible for 238 
miles of NH shoreline from Great Bay and Hampton Harbor to the Isles of Shoals. 
The program starts with an evocative thought experiment about the evolution of 
Americans' relationship to marine mammals. You'll learn how the Center's Team 
is protecting animals from people and people from animals through response, 
rescue, and education. You will also find out which species of seals visit our 
shores, from the ice seals of winter to the most commonly seen year-round 
seals. Speakers are Ashley Stokes, Rescue Coordinator, and SSC President, Wendy 
Lull. 






     



 All are welcome to attend our Wednesday December 10, 2014 program which is 
free of charge at the Seacoast Science Center (wheelchair accessible), Odiorne 
Point State Park, 570 Ocean Boulevard, Rye NH (click here for Google maps: 
http://goo.gl/maps/mfnQT ). Refreshments are at 7:00 PM. Meetings begin at 7:30 
PM. For more information see our web site at 
http://www.seacoastchapter.org/programs. Cancellations will be announced on 
http://www.seacoastchapter.org/programs and this Google group. 


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The book, "The Birds of New Hampshire" by Robert P. Fox 
and Allan R. Keith will be on sale at this program for the price of $55. This 
books contains: 

                    -First state-wide coverage of all species in 110 years
 -Status and distribution for all 427 species, seasons of occurrence and 
abundance 

                    -History of New Hampshire Christmas Counts
                    -Summary of New Hampshire Hawk-watching data
 -Location and identity of over 4,800 museum specimens collected in the state 

 -Summary of over 17,500 bird band returns for New Hampshire 

                    -Breeding Bird Survey results since 1966
 -Bibliography of over 1,200 titles covering the last 200 years 

 
 So buy your copy at this program!!!






Al Stewart, Jr


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Subject: Sandwich redpoll
From: "Tony Vazzano" <tvazzano AT ncia.net>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 16:50:42 -0500
My first Common Redpoll of the season showed up in the snow at the feeders this 
afternoon with about 30 goldfinches. 


Tony Vazzano
Sandwich

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Subject: Tree Sparrow Richmond
From: Joshua Jarvis <menasor77 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 04:23:43 -0500
I saw my first Tree Sparrow of the year at my feeders today in Richmond.

Unrelated, but what happened to the Red Breasted Nuthatches. I had them
year round since I started feeding birds, but they vanished this summer and
never returned.

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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, December 8, 2014
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 21:38:22 -0500
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 8th, 
2014.



A SNOWY OWL was seen atop a light pole near Exit 9 on Route 93 in Hooksett 
on December 2nd.



A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on December 1st through 
4th, and a SNOWY OWL was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on December 3rd and 
4th.



A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen perched on the osprey platform located along the 
banks of the Connecticut River at New Hampshire Fish & Game’s Fort Hill 
Wildlife Management Area in Stratford on December 3rd.



A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen just south of Great Boar’s Head in Hampton 
on December 6th.



An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Fort Stark in New Castle on December 
7th.



A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near Pudding Pond off of North South Road in 
North Conway on December 8th.



A SNOW GOOSE was seen with a flock of CANADA GEESE in fields along Route 1A 
in Litchfield on December 5th and 6th.



An ICELAND GULL was seen at Canobie Lake in Salem, and one was seen along 
the Merrimack River in Manchester, both on December 7th.



A BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen off of Great Boar’s Head in Hampton on 
December 3rd.



A pair of NORTHERN PINTAILS was seen along the coast in North Hampton on 
December 7th, and a pair was seen along Black Oak Drive in Hollis on 
December 6th.



5 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen on the Connecticut River below Ledyard Bridge 
in Hanover on December 3rd.



A pair of courting PEREGRINE FALCONS was reported from Nashua on December 
2nd.



20 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were reported from coastal Rye on December 7th.



A BLACK GUILLEMOT was reported from New Castle on December 7th.



An AMERICAN COOT was reported from the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on 
December 6th.



4 BOREAL CHICKADEES and 2 GRAY JAYS were reported from Mount Tom in Crawford 
Notch in the White Mountains on December 7th.



A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen in Barrington, and one was seen in Kingston, both 
on December 2nd.



A flock of 7 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Surry on December 7th.



45 COMMON REDPOLLS were reported from scattered locations around Lake 
Sunapee on December 7th.



A flock of 35 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on December 
6th.



125 HORNED LARKS were seen in fields near the corner of Parker Lane and 
Route 130 in Hollis on December 6th.



A FOX SPARROW was seen in Pittsfield on December 3rd.



A late-migrating CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Peterborough on December 4th.



This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and 
press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any 
interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the 
recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail at: 
birdsetc AT nhaudubon.org. Please put either "bird sighting" or "Rare Bird 
Alert" in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and 
phone number. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon 
web site, www.nhaudubon.org


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Subject: tree sparrow ashland
From: k chamberlin <kchamberlin07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 09:05:37 -0500
Our first tree sparrow of the winter season was just at our feeder, only
four days earlier than recorded last year. In 2012 it was recorded on Dec.
9th.
At the feeder:
1  house finch
6 goldfinch
3 nuthatch
6 chickadee
5 T.Titmouse
6 jays
3 juncos
1 song sparrow
1 tree sparrow
2 downy
2 hairy
6+ crow
Happy birding
Keith and Kris
Ashland NH

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Subject: Purchase your the Birds of New Hampshire Today
From: "Dana Fox" <danafox AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 07:00:39 -0500
Did you ever wonder about whether a bird you have just seen was rare or
what's its history in New Hampshire was?  Well, read on.  

 

With the holidays coming, for a wonderful present,- purchase a copy the
Birds of New Hampshire by Keith and Fox from the Audubon Society of New
Hampshire.  You will get a 463 pages book documenting all of the birds seen
in New Hampshire since the 1600's with great detail about all regularly
occurring birds.  It is a fascinating read (See highlights of two species
below summarized by Bob Fox in a talk given at our local Tuftonboro, NH
library).

 

The book contains

.       First state-wide coverage of all species in 110 years 

.       Status and distribution for all 427 species, seasons of occurrence
and abundance 

.       History of New Hampshire Christmas Counts 

.       Summary of New Hampshire Hawk-watching data 

.       Location and identity of over 4,800 museum specimens collected in
the state 

.       Summary of over 17,500 bird band returns for New Hampshire 

.       Breeding Bird Survey results since 1966 

.       Bibliography of over 1,200 titles covering the last 200 years 

.       Copies of the book may be ordered through the Audubon Society of New
Hampshire - 

 

Excerpts from the book on two species

 

Tufted Titmouse
Invaded state from south since 1950

.          Pre- 1950 a few wandering birds in New England

.          1957 fall northern expansion in Connecticut Valley and Coast

.          1973 breed in Merrimac, NH & along coast

.          1961 1st winter birds in Hanover & coast

.          CBC 760 in 1959,1875 in 2004 

 

Bald Eagle
A primary forest bird; A victim of DDT Threatened species in NH until
recently

.          1756  - seen in hawk flight

.          1700-1850 - declining but generally seen in summer, more in
winter along rivers

.          Before 1900 common nester along Winnipesaukee

.          1948-1989 - wiped out along Atlantic Coast

.          1989 first nested again in same tree as 40 years ago

.          1990-2010 slow increase as nesting species; common in winter 

 

The book costs $55 plus shipping and handling and all profits go to NH
Audubon through a special arrangement with the publisher, the Nuttall
Ornithological Club. 

 

Pick one up  or order one today.

 

 

How to order a copy

.       Contact Headquarters:
N.H. Audubon
84 Silk Farm Road
Concord, NH 03301
603-224-9909 
fax 603-226-0902
nha AT nhaudubon.org  or www.nhaudubon.org 

 

You'll be so pleased with your book,

Dana

 

44 Old Village Lane

North Andover, MA 01845

978-682-9553 (H)

danafox AT comcast.net

 

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Subject: North Conway Shrike
From: Mik Oyler <oylermik AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:24:11 -0500
This afternoon  I watched a Northern Shrike chase a Black-capped Chickadee
from a perch overlooking Pudding Pond off North South Road in North Conway.

Mik Oyler
North Conway, NH

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Subject: Large white bird over Keene
From: Joshua Jarvis <menasor77 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:12:43 -0500
Not much bird wise happening in general except the red bellied woodpecker
at my feeder, but I saw a bird I couldn't get a good enough look at to ID
in Keene. I was stuck waiting for an opening the traffic circle on my way
into work (mandatory weekend overtime, sadly) and over Key road I saw a
large white bird with hawklike wings soaring over the parking lot, as it
tilted I saw a brief glimpse of the upper side of its wings which look
tannish. It looked about the size of a red tailed hawk. Sadly I did not get
a close look at the bird and the distance and briefness of the sighting
could lead to the typical visual and mental perception errors such
scenarios bring. But from where I was the wings looked hawklike not gull
like and the underside of the wings. body, and tail looked pure white,

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Subject: Mt Tom birds
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 07 Dec 2014 20:52:11 -0500
Posting this for Sharon Harvel....

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA


We hiked Mt. Tom, 4,000 footer, Crawford Notch, Bethlehem, NH today (Sun 
Dec 7) and a few birds of note.

.5 miles from summit Hairy Woodpecker

.4 miles from summit four BOREAL CHICKADEES (they were too quick darting 
about the hemlocks bedecked in snow to snap a cell phone photo but saw 
and heard well enough for ID!)

.1 mile from summit two GRAY JAYS - bringing peanuts meant lingering 
looks and a few photos (attached).

Plenty of cold and snow at 4,000 feet!

Sharon



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Subject: carolina wren
From: "Lauren" <laurenflo AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 20:47:01 -0500
I had a Carolina wren at my suet yesterday. It's the 1st one I've seen here. 
Lauren Jacoby Dover 


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Subject: Northern Pintails at Philbrick Marsh, Canobie Lake highlights
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 20:24:48 -0500
Among the Mallards and Black Ducks was a pair of Northern Pintails in
Philbrick Marsh in North Hampton at around 12:30 this afternoon.

A stop at Canobie Lake yesterday produced 3 Common Goldeneye drakes, a
Cooper's Hawk, and Salem's resident Iceland Gull.

I also had a single Common Goldeneye drake on Great Pond in Kingston Friday
morning.

Scott Heron
Kingston

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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler in New Castle
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 07 Dec 2014 19:10:54 -0500
One of the Orange-crowned Warblers seen at Fort Stark in New Castle last 
weekend continues today.  It was by itself foraging low at the edge of 
vegetation at the point of the park near the brick building.  It was 
VERY active and hard to get a decent photo. Hopefully it was getting 
food on this frigid day!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/15348911514/

Otherwise on the coast today.  Most of the usual suspects.  NONE OF THE 
LINGERING WARBLERS at North Side Park in Hampton.  Also:

Canada Goose - 98 total birds MIGRATING south in 7 flocks.

Double-crested Cormorant - 4 continue in Hampton harbor.  But no sign of 
the female Harlequin Duck or us today.

Bald Eagle - 2 with one adult in Hampton and an immature in Rye.

Northern Harrier - 2 (one migrating?) in Hampton salt marsh.

Merlin - 1 strafing a huge flock of about 100 American Goldfinches 
foraging in the goldenrod/beech grass seeds at Hampton Beach SP.  No 
siskins or redpolls mixed in.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: FOY Bluebird
From: Joel Huntress <joelhuntress AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 15:48:30 -0500
at my feeder this afternoon.

Joel Huntress
Newmarket, NH on the Lamprey River.

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Subject: Hollis, Pintails and Horned Larks
From: Christopher McPherson <cmcpherson687 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 21:54:36 -0500
Two Northern Pintails (1 male and at least 1 female) in the wetlands at the
end of Black Oak Drive, Hollis

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127251358 AT N05/15961597721/

125 Horned Larks in the field at the corner of Parker Ln and RT 130

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Subject: snow goose, turkeys, and traffic
From: Joan McKIbben <joanmckibben725 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 16:36:38 -0500
On the way to see the snow goose on land recently purchased by the
Conservation Commission in Litchfield (yes that was advertisement)  Two
turkeys were beak to beak on the side of the traffic lane, fortunately
people stopped for them until they strutted off into the brush male with
fan displayed.
The snow goose is still present near 294 Rte 3A with 125 Canada Geese.
Joan McKibben
Litchfield

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Subject: long-tailed ducks, etc Hampton
From: DAGForsyth via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 15:26:03 -0500
Early afternoon yesterday at Hampton Beach SP: three long-tailed ducks  
(pair and transitioning juvenile; photos below), 4 common eiders, 7-8 horned  
larks, about 30 snow buntings, white-winged scoter, 4 horned grebe, 3 common  
loons, and black-backed, herring and ring-billed gulls. No snowy owl.
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/113232207 AT N06/15774051700/
 
David Forsyth

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Subject: Great Boars Head (south side) hampton
From: "'Joann O'Shaughnessy' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 11:28:52 -0500
A female harlequin showed up in front of the house this morning. A new yard 
bird! The same bird that was in the harbor? 

JoAnn O'Shaughnessy
Great Boars Head
Hampton Beach

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Subject: Sorry!
From: deanneart via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 23:16:15 -0500
So sorry I just realized that I attached the image of the person way to close 
to the Rye Snowy Owl instead of making it a link. Please accept my apologies 

Deanne Fortnam
Nashua

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Subject: Please Respect the Birds
From: deanneart via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 22:56:39 -0500
To all my fellow birders and bird photographers out there. I was at Rye today 
to see the Snowy who's appeared at Ragged Neck this past week and I want to 
tell you that the person in this attached image is WAY TOO CLOSE TO THE BIRD. 
Please respect the space the bird needs to be comfortable in its environment. 
This kind of behavior from photographers is what stresses the birds and is what 
gives everyone with a camera a bad name. Please share. 


Deanne Fortnam
Nashua

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Subject: Unidentified raptor, Concord
From: "'Cindy Reid' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 18:31:06 -0800
Has anyone else seen a large, clear white-breasted bird in the vicinity of 
393?  Spotted at 10:30 today (5th) just North of the bypass in the marshy 
section.  At 3:30 I spotted what appeared to be the same bird lumbering up 
from beside Route 4 at the Trading Post, to land in a nearby tree.  This is a 
BIG bird, and it appears grayish to me.  I am awful at moving IDs at best, and 
I'm hoping someone else has seen this bird (I want it to be something novel, 
like a Goshawk).  Thanks. 


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Subject: Snow Goose, Litchfield
From: Leo McKillop <weomck AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 16:49:31 -0500
Just after the sun went down I saw a snow goose in with a flock of canadian
geese
here are the pics: snow goose pics 
The goose was located in corn fields just south of McQuesten Farms on west
side of 3A,
Litchfield, NH
-Leo

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Subject: Seacoast Chapter trip cancelation
From: Ann Ablowich <napap AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 12:59:59 -0500
The Seacoast Chapter trip for tomorrow to the coast of Maine is cancelled. The 
weather report for tonight and tomorrow morning is for a wintry mix and then 
rain so Linda and I have decided not to try to do the trip. 


Ann

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Subject: ***NH Audubon Seacoast Chapter Wednesday December 10, 2014 Program - Injured Seal on a New Hampshire Beach? Who You Gonna Call?***
From: bikenbird via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 22:53:39 -0500

New Hampshire Audubon Seacoast Chapter        
                          
Wednesday December 10, 2014 Program - 7:30 pm - Injured Seal on a New Hampshire 
Beach? Who You Gonna Call? 

 
       

 As of January, 2014, for the first time, you will call a NH rescue team from 
the Seacoast Science Center (SSC). For 47 years, the New England Aquarium led 
the rescue response and for the past seven years, members of the SSC's crew 
contributed as volunteer responders. Today, the Center is responsible for 238 
miles of NH shoreline from Great Bay and Hampton Harbor to the Isles of Shoals. 
The program starts with an evocative thought experiment about the evolution of 
Americans' relationship to marine mammals. You'll learn how the Center's Team 
is protecting animals from people and people from animals through response, 
rescue, and education. You will also find out which species of seals visit our 
shores, from the ice seals of winter to the most commonly seen year-round 
seals. Speakers are Ashley Stokes, Rescue Coordinator, and SSC President, Wendy 
Lull. 






     



 All are welcome to attend our Wednesday December 10, 2014 program which is 
free of charge at the Seacoast Science Center (wheelchair accessible), Odiorne 
Point State Park, 570 Ocean Boulevard, Rye NH (click here for Google maps: 
http://goo.gl/maps/mfnQT ). Refreshments are at 7:00 PM. Meetings begin at 7:30 
PM. For more information see our web site at 
http://www.seacoastchapter.org/programs. Cancellations will be announced on 
http://www.seacoastchapter.org/programs and this Google group. 


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The book, "The Birds of New Hampshire" by Robert P. Fox 
and Allan R. Keith will be on sale at this program for the price of $55. This 
books contains: 

                    -First state-wide coverage of all species in 110 years
 -Status and distribution for all 427 species, seasons of occurrence and 
abundance 

                    -History of New Hampshire Christmas Counts
                    -Summary of New Hampshire Hawk-watching data
 -Location and identity of over 4,800 museum specimens collected in the state 

 -Summary of over 17,500 bird band returns for New Hampshire 

                    -Breeding Bird Survey results since 1966
 -Bibliography of over 1,200 titles covering the last 200 years 

 
 So buy your copy at this program!!!






Al Stewart, Jr


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Subject: Re: Another two-snowy-owl day on the coast
From: Cliff Otto <bye.bye.nh.birdy AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 18:49:00 -0500
Amy reported seeing a Snowy Owl today at Rye Harbor SP and one about a half
hour later at Hampton Beach SP. The one she saw at Rye Harbor was
definitely not the one I saw Thursday at Hampton Beach SP and I don't
believe that the one she saw there was the same one I saw.

Cliff Otto
Manchester

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Subject: Another two-snowy-owl day on the coast
From: Amy Kane <amykane AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 22:51:24 +0000 (UTC)
One on the rocks at Rye Harbor State Park at 10:30 a.m. and one on a fence post 
at Hampton Beach State Park at 11 a.m. (surrounded by owl watchers). 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/amykane/sets/72157647277000694/ 

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Subject: The Connecticut River Thursday
From: "'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:26:31 +0000 (UTC)
A pair of bald eagles, one adult and one immature, were seen at 10:45 a.m. on a 
partially iced over impoundment opposite the entrance to "Pompy Farms" on US 
Rt. 5 in Norwich. 

A half hour later, a quartet of common goldeneye, two females and two males, 
were observed on the river a few yards north of the Parsons Farm on Lyme's 
River Rd. 

Blake Allison
Lyme, NH 03768-3322

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Subject: Baby's first bird
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 12:31:52 -0500
Our 2 year old, Laurel, spotted a late chipping sparrow feeding with juncos 
outside our hospital window in Peterborough today. (We're here welcoming our 
new baby, Alden, into the world...he arrived early yesterday morning and we are 
all doing great!) 

With any luck, Alden will see this chipping sparrow for his first life bird.

Phil & Julie Brown
Hancock NH

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Subject: Snowy at Hampton SP now
From: Phyllis Yaffie <pyaffie AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 12:26:48 -0500
12:25 sitting on rail south end of parking lot. 

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Bald eagle in Manchester
From: Anne Hadshi <annehadshi AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 08:05:02 -0500
My husband saw an adult bald eagle diving into the Merrimack this morning,
at exit 5 on 293 S in Manchester.
Anne Hadshi
Concord

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Subject: 19 hawks perched together?
From: "'Duane Cross' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 03:00:27 +0000 (UTC)
 When I showed up at work today (UPS Laconia) my boss called me into his 
office. Instead of the expected reprimand for some previous day screw up he 
instead showed me a cell phone photo of what he described as 19 hawks perched 
together on some wires that he had seen on RTE 104 in New Hampton yesterday 
morning next to the Post Office. I looked at the pic and they did appear to be 
some small species of hawk not much larger than a pigeon. No they were not 
pigeons. Another driver who delivers that area also backed him up and said he 
had seen them also and believed them to be hawks too. I don't do the Flicker 
thing so if anyone wants to see the pic I will forward it to them from his 
email to me. Just give it a bit to open as it takes about 30 seconds to appear. 
If anyone can identify the hawk or birds and has any input on why they were all 
clustered together I would be interested in your 
opinion.                                                               
Duane Cross 


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Subject: another cold and snowy day on the coast
From: Jeanne-Marie <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 17:43:35 -0500
With predications of 50+ degrees I bundled up and headed via Massabesic and 
Exeter to the coast. A persistent male wood duck at Massabesic was nice to see 
(though tough in the fog), Exeter had a lone coot, along with the usual gulls. 
The coast was windy, foggy and rainy but persistence prevailed and though I 
still haven't seen the harlequin in Hampton did meet up with a gorgeous new 
snowy who was sitting on the park bench in Rye SP looking out at the Isles of 
Shoals. Additionally there were lots of hooded mergansers and a more than dozen 
ring neck ducks on Eel pond. 



Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua NH

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Subject: Snowy owl(s) at Rye Harbor and Hampton Beach today
From: Amy Kane <amykane AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 22:19:20 +0000 (UTC)
Two snowy owls on the Seacoast today - at least I'm pretty sure they are two 
different owls! One on the roof of the bathhouse at Rye Harbor State Park 
(Ragged Neck) at 11:25 a.m. The other on top of a dune at Hampton Beach State 
Park at 11:55 a.m. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/amykane/sets/72157649526989776/ 

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Subject: Bird Books for Sale at NH Audubon
From: birdrecords <birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 21:11:11 +0000
Calling all birders! Don't miss the opportunity to get some amazing deals on a 
wide variety of bird books, including local and international field guides, 
where to bird guides, and reference books on species groups such as auks, 
shorebirds, and waterfowl. Visit the Nature Store Open House and Audubon Attic 
- Saturday, December 6, 10-am - 4 pm at NH Audubon's McLane Center, 84 Silk 
Farm Road in Concord, where you will find hundreds of gently used books, 
including some rare volumes. This collection is available at great prices (and 
all proceeds will benefit the work of NH Audubon.) There will be other 
"pre-loved" collectibles for sale, as well, and holiday refreshments will be 
served. See you there! 


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