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Great Grey Owl,©BirdQuest

8 Mar ct river birds [eric masterson ]
7 Mar Cedar Waxwings and Red-headed Woodpecker ["Terri Fratus" ]
7 Mar Eagles - Manchester [Joan McKIbben ]
7 Mar Red breasted nuthatch this morning in Henniker [Donna Ellis ]
7 Mar Eagles & no Barrow's [Dorothy Currier ]
8 Mar Turkey Vultures Amherst, RT 101A ["'Wendy Ward' via NHBirds" ]
7 Mar Signs of Spring [Dylan Jackson ]
7 Mar Walpole Lapland Longspurs - yes [Rebecca ]
07 Mar Pine Siskins singing today at MAC [Jon Woolf ]
7 Mar Lyme Common Bohemians on Saturday, the 7th ["'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" ]
7 Mar Red-tailed Hawk question ["Jane Hills" ]
6 Mar Manchester - Long-tailed Duck [Susan Wrisley ]
6 Mar Re: Bohemian waxwings, Hollis NH [Christopher McPherson ]
6 Mar Peregrine Falcons in Concord this evening [Donna Ellis ]
06 Mar Manchester Barrow's Locations [Steve Mirick ]
6 Mar Bohemian waxwings, Hollis NH [Christopher McPherson ]
6 Mar Manchester Barrow's? [Dylan Jackson ]
6 Mar RE: Winter has ended - please submit sightings! ["Pam Hunt" ]
6 Mar Winter has ended - please submit sightings! ["Pam Hunt" ]
6 Mar woops [Jeanne-Marie ]
6 Mar RE: Bald Eagles, East Kingston [Christian Martin ]
6 Mar Bald Eagles, East Kingston [DENNIS ]
6 Mar Horned Larks and Scaup -- Exeter WTP ["'Aerart' via NHBirds" ]
6 Mar Saw-whet Owl in Merrimack [Tom Young ]
5 Mar Re. RFID- Bohemian Waxwings [eric masterson ]
5 Mar cedar waxwings at Clocktower [Jeanne-Marie ]
5 Mar cedar waxwings Nashua [nanseagold via NHBirds ]
5 Mar RFI- Bohemian Waxwings [Chad Witko ]
5 Mar mute swan on the Merrimack River, Nashua [nanseagold via NHBirds ]
5 Mar Bohemian Waxwings -- Northwood ["'Aerart' via NHBirds" ]
05 Mar Barrington - Rusty Blackbird []
5 Mar BC Chickadee with 2 dark patches on breast [Jane Williamson ]
5 Mar red-wings here []
4 Mar 40 degree day [Jeanne-Marie ]
4 Mar Raptors and Waxwings/Nashua [Christine Sheridan ]
4 Mar Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Dark Morph Gyrfalcon Sighted in Salisbury MA 3.4.15 [Christine Sheridan ]
4 Mar Blue Jays vs paint ["'Cindy Reid' via NHBirds" ]
04 Mar TV in Windham [Steve Mirick ]
4 Mar TV in Hampstead [Scott Heron ]
4 Mar Peregrine, Redpolls - Salem [Kyle Wilmarth ]
4 Mar Re: foy tv ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
4 Mar foy tv []
4 Mar New London Bohemians [Dylan Jackson ]
4 Mar Jefferson Redpolls and Ravens on Tuesday morning [David Govatski ]
4 Mar Loons a'plenty [Cheryl ]
3 Mar photos of New London bohemians [DAGForsyth via NHBirds ]
3 Mar Another Barred Owl [Iain Macleod ]
3 Mar walpole/longspurs [Jeanne-Marie ]
3 Mar Today's highlights: Bohemians and Longspurs [Dylan Jackson ]
03 Mar Manchester ducks (5 Barrow's Goldeneyes!) [Steve Mirick ]
03 Mar Strange Blue Jay behavior... ["Linda M. Charron" ]
03 Mar Bohemian waxwings [dagforsyth via NHBirds ]
3 Mar Newport Bohemians [Dylan Jackson ]
3 Mar Alstead Snowy Owl? [Dylan Jackson ]
3 Mar OT: Impossible photo--Weasel & Woodpecker, England [Cliff Otto ]
2 Mar Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, March 2, 2015 ["Mark Suomala" ]
2 Mar Unity Grosbeaks and Walpole Longspurs [Jack Swatt ]
2 Mar Bohemian Waxwings in Hanover [Adam Burnett ]
02 Mar Exeter Reservoir location [Steve Mirick ]
2 Mar Re: Wentworth Douglas Hospital Birds ["'Jess Home' via NHBirds" ]
2 Mar Wentworth Douglas Hospital Birds [David Blezard ]
2 Mar Video of Red Tailed Hawk feeding on Gray Squirrel [Joel Huntress ]
2 Mar More on Exeter ducks [Scott Heron ]
2 Mar Red Tailed Hawk feeding on Squirrel [Joel Huntress ]
2 Mar Barred Owl, Sunapee [Dylan Jackson ]
02 Mar Exeter Reservoir (Mallards, Green-winged Teal, Pintails, Lesser Scaup) [Steve Mirick ]
2 Mar 2/28 Ducks, loons, and more [Cheryl ]
2 Mar Barred owl in Walpole [Pam Blair ]
2 Mar GREAT HORNED OWL, Orford [Jeff MacQueen ]
1 Mar Bohemian waxwings, Portsmouth [Katie Towler ]
2 Mar no nesting Great Horned Owls, yet [Len Medlock ]
1 Mar Re: Scaup on the Merrimack river in Manchester [Christopher McPherson ]
01 Mar Coastbirding 3/1 [Jon Woolf ]
1 Mar Scaup on the Merrimack river in Manchester [Christopher McPherson ]
1 Mar Bohemians, Cowbird/Nashua [Christine Sheridan ]
1 Mar Re: New London Bohemians [Scott Spangenberg ]

Subject: ct river birds
From: eric masterson <erictheirish AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2015 00:05:18 -0500
Walpole Agway - at least 5 longspurs with the larks

Hinsdale - 2 drake barrows goldeneye, 1 northern shrike, 8 bald eagles

The decommissioning of VT Yankee nuclear plant has dramatically changed the
landscape for waterfowl. The entire river above the dam is now frozen (no
warm water outflow), with consequent dramatic reduction in number and
diversity of waterfowl, at least until river opens up.

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Subject: Cedar Waxwings and Red-headed Woodpecker
From: "Terri Fratus" <mizpah3149 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 23:20:40 -0500
Thanks to David Blezard for the tip on the Cedar Waxwings at WD Hospital. My 
friends and I photographed a flock of about 40 in the fruit trees near the road 
by the south entrance. No Bohemians...yet. We also saw the juvenile Red-headed 
Woodpecker at Jackson’s Lab – Adam’s Point. He came in quite close so it 
was an excellent sighting. One Bald Eagle flying overhead. It was good to Jason 
Lambert there as well. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/111138445 AT N07/16748026002/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/111138445 AT N07/16561712870/

Terri Fratus

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Subject: Eagles - Manchester
From: Joan McKIbben <joanmckibben725 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:28:21 -0500
Today around noon we saw an adult bald eagle and 2 immatures from Intervale
Country Club.
One immature was soaring with a red tail, nice to see the size comparison.
Joan McKibben &
Rita Tulloh and Ann Claus

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Subject: Red breasted nuthatch this morning in Henniker
From: Donna Ellis <donnaellis1014 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 20:39:37 -0500
In addition to the usual backyard birds we had a FOY red breasted nuthatch
visiting this am.  I too enjoyed the singing of the chickadees, cardinals,
pine siskins and juncos. Spring can't be to far off.

Donna Ellis
Henniker

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Subject: Eagles & no Barrow's
From: Dorothy Currier <dorocurr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 19:49:06 -0500
I saw up to 10 bald eagles at once at the meat pile this morning about 9:30
AM along with about 6 photographers.  Good study in differentiating 1st
year from 2nd.  I missed the eating part.  I guess they were just digesting
as they hung out in the pine trees.  The many crows kept a respectful
distance but I saw a brazen one make one eagle pull back as the crow grazed
his breast on a fly by.  Also two immatures were flying together seeming to
coordinate their moves.  I wondered if it was practice for displaying in
the future.  I commented that I'd seen (on TV) a pair of some kind of eagle
doing a display of locking talons and tumbling through the sky.  One guy
said, "that sounds like my relatives."

I looked at the Merrimack in Manchester with scope from PSNH parking lot to
behind the mill buildings along Commercial St.  Saw lots of common
goldeneyes but no Barrows.  Also few pairs of common mergansers and 3 pair
buffleheads.  Very little happening down at Stark's Landing.

Exeter WTP fairly quiet but saw 4 (Lesser?) Scaup, 2 males, 2 females.

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Subject: Turkey Vultures Amherst, RT 101A
From: "'Wendy Ward' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2015 00:45:30 +0000 (UTC)
Driving home from Nashua I spotted 2 Turkey Vultures soaring south of RT 101A 
in Amherst about 5 pm today. FOY for me. 

 
 

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Subject: Signs of Spring
From: Dylan Jackson <jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:52:19 -0500
First of all, I want to thank everyone for the info on the Manchester Barrow's. 
I didn't get a chance to go today but I'm hoping to get down there tomorrow. 


As for my post, though I don't really want to report about my findings today in 
Windsor, VT (obviously because it's not in NH), but I had a few observations 
worth telling about. Today at this spot I had the following species singing: 
American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, 

Pine Siskin and American Goldfinch. It was great to hear the load sound of 
birds singing again. It may not look it but spring is coming! 

I also came across a Belted Kingfisher. I don't know if it's a returning early 
migrant but still a welcoming sight. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Walpole Lapland Longspurs - yes
From: Rebecca <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 23:03:05 +0000 (UTC)
At the Agway in Walpole there were 4 Lapland Longspurs and 100 Horned Larks 
this morning. 


We checked for the Redheads that had been seen last weekend on the Connecticut 
River below the dam in Hinsdale (from the Vermont side) but had no luck. There 
was some open water with Hooded Merganser and Common Goldeneye, but most of the 
river was still frozen. Lots of snow on fields and no sign of early spring 
migrants. 


Becky Suomala, Chichester
Zeke Cornell, Bow

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Subject: Pine Siskins singing today at MAC
From: Jon Woolf <jsw AT jwoolfden.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 16:59:54 -0500
At Massabesic Audubon Center today, there were at least 3 Pine 
Siskins in the trees right around the Center building.  At least two 
of them were singing.  In the last week I've also seen or heard 
Cardinals and Chickadees singing.

-- Jon Woolf
Manchester, NH


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Subject: Lyme Common Bohemians on Saturday, the 7th
From: "'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:44:54 +0000 (UTC)
A flock of 40+/- was observed at 3:00 p.m. foraging in a crab apple tree in a 
yard next to Stella's Restaurant. 

Blake Allison
Lyme, NH 03768-3322

"Hope is the thing with feathers."
Emily Dickinson

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Subject: Red-tailed Hawk question
From: "Jane Hills" <jhbird AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 07:13:54 -0500
Can anyone tell me when Red-tailed Hawks begin nesting in southern NH?  I
may have accidently come across a nest in my neighborhood, but it seems a
bit early.  I saw a large bird with pale underwings land high in a pine tree
that appears to have a thick area where the bird landed.  I'll check the
location out with scope/binos later.  Thanks!

 

Jane

 

Jane Hills

Manchester, NH

jhbird(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

 

"We are all environmentalists now, but we are not all planetists.  An
environmentalist realizes that nature has its pleasures and deserves
respect.  A planetist puts the earth ahead of the earthlings."  --William
Safire

 

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Subject: Manchester - Long-tailed Duck
From: Susan Wrisley <swrisley13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:52:22 -0500
Long-tailed Duck seen at the Amoskeag Fishways in Manchester at the top of
the dam.  It was by itself, but staying relatively near some mergansers.



https://www.flickr.com/photos/127183139 AT N08/16550874080/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127183139 AT N08/16712388846/in/photostream/





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Subject: Re: Bohemian waxwings, Hollis NH
From: Christopher McPherson <cmcpherson687 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:38:21 -0500
Clarification, when going past Brookdale fruit farm,  bear right on Ash St.
then turn left into the parking lot?  Broad Street continues off to the
left.

Regards
Chris McPherson
Brookline NH

On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 6:22 PM, Christopher McPherson <
cmcpherson687 AT gmail.com> wrote:

> On my way home from work today I came across 39 Bohemian waxwings and at
> least 2 Cedar Waxwings at the corner of Broad and Ash streets just past
> Brookdale Orchard heading towards monument square.  Look for the 3 healthy
> ornamental fruit trees on the right after the intersection.  I recommend
> not viewing the birds from Ash St but rather follow Broad St and take first
> left after the intersection into the parking lot.  Thanks to help from Jane
> & Jim Wing and Chris Sheridan we were able to nail down the count!
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/127251358 AT N05/16529906127/
>
> Just down the road from the Bohemian Waxwings the Hollis Screech Owl
> continues!
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/127251358 AT N05/16711276106/
>
> Chris McPherson
> Brookline NH
>
>

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Subject: Peregrine Falcons in Concord this evening
From: Donna Ellis <donnaellis1014 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:38:34 -0500
On my way home from work I saw them perched on the the railroad bridge near
exit 16 on Rt 93.  I swung over to Brochu's to see if I could get a closer
look and grab a couple of pictures. I thought I'd seen them a couple other
times but it was gray out and hard to tell for sure when you are driving 60
miles an hour.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/83206725 AT N08/16550594850/in/photostream/

Donna Ellis
Henniker

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Subject: Manchester Barrow's Locations
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 19:10:01 -0500
For those looking for the Barrow's Goldeneyes, I've had the best luck 
just north of the Granite Street Bridge in downtown Manchester along the 
Merrimack River.  In fact, this last week, I've had them very close to 
the bridge.  Unfortunately, this area is difficult scan since it is 
behind the Texas Instruments building and the areas along the bridge are 
in deep snow.  The best way is to poke around in the parking lots behind 
the converted office buildings in the Waumbec Mills along Commercial 
Street.  Another spot is Stark Landing, which is located off of the 
parking lot for the baseball stadium.  It is hard to find, but is a 
great, convenient location for scanning a large area south of the 
Granite Street Bridge. Scanning north with a spotting scope toward the 
bridge might get the Barrows.

Shown on this map are a few spots I've scanned from.  The area of river 
shaded in yellow is the best area for finding the Barrow's Goldeneyes 
from my experience; however, I'm sure they wander up and down the river.

http://home.comcast.net/~smirick//Barrow%27s%20Goldeneye%20Map.jpg

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Bohemian waxwings, Hollis NH
From: Christopher McPherson <cmcpherson687 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 18:22:08 -0500
On my way home from work today I came across 39 Bohemian waxwings and at
least 2 Cedar Waxwings at the corner of Broad and Ash streets just past
Brookdale Orchard heading towards monument square.  Look for the 3 healthy
ornamental fruit trees on the right after the intersection.  I recommend
not viewing the birds from Ash St but rather follow Broad St and take first
left after the intersection into the parking lot.  Thanks to help from Jane
& Jim Wing and Chris Sheridan we were able to nail down the count!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127251358 AT N05/16529906127/

Just down the road from the Bohemian Waxwings the Hollis Screech Owl
continues!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127251358 AT N05/16711276106/

Chris McPherson
Brookline NH

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Subject: Manchester Barrow's?
From: Dylan Jackson <jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 18:17:25 -0500
In the last two years, I've been trying desperately to find my first Barrow's 
Goldeneye. I've missed out on the coast and more recently at Adam's Point. 
Tomorrow I wanted to make the trip to Manchester to locate the ones frequenting 
the area. Does anyone have any information to help steer me in the right 
direction? Any info would be immensely appreciated. 

-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: RE: Winter has ended - please submit sightings!
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 17:33:03 -0500
Me again,

 

A friend politely corrected me in that the “winter” period for my “please 
enter data” request is DECEMBER THROUGH FEBRUARY. Clearly my brain is 
somewhat frozen to have mis-typed “Dec-Jan” TWICE. 


 

Pam Hunt

Concord, NH

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Subject: Winter has ended - please submit sightings!
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 17:25:37 -0500
Greetings NH Birders (and a few across the Big Muddy)!

 

I'd like to send out an end-of-season reminder to submit sightings to eBird
for the period Dec-Jan if you use eBird and haven't kept up with data entry
over the bleak winter we're finally getting out of. As the winter editor for
two publications, "NH Bird Records" and "North American Birds," I use eBird
data almost exclusively to characterize the season, and hate to see
potentially interesting records get excluded. eBird generally prepares data
for export every three months, and for the season just ended this will
likely happen by MARCH 10. So if you have data from Dec-Jan, PLEASE spend a
little time this weekend entering it into eBird!

 

Thanks,

Pam Hunt

Penacoojk, NH

 

 

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Subject: woops
From: Jeanne-Marie <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:29:29 -0500
In my enthusiasm I incorrectly identified a goldeneye (rear end) for that of a 
lesser scaup, seen in Manchester. Thanks to Steve Mirick for the help. Great to 
get feedback to improve my ID skills. 


Mea culpa.

Jeanne-Marie Maher
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Subject: RE: Bald Eagles, East Kingston
From: Christian Martin <cmartin AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 16:16:52 +0000
Hi Dennis -

Those burnt orange color bands are being used by the State of MA. Most eagles 
wearing color bands had them attached when they were nestlings. Alphanumeric 
characters on these bands are relatively large, and designed to be far more 
legible than the tiny stamped numbers on the silver federal band on the 
opposite leg. Characters are repeated multiple times around the circumference 
of the band. Still, being certain of the code on a band is not easy. Don't 
guess when reporting band codes, as that will lead to misidentification. 


Observers/photographers should note whether the characters are oriented 
vertically or tipped horizontally on their sides, and whether there is a white 
horizontal line separating upper from lower character. In my role at NH 
Audubon, I would be happy to assist anyone with band IDs and with the federal 
Bird Banding Lab reporting process, as would other experts listed in the link 
below. 


More info about color bands on bald eagles in the eastern US can be found at 
the following link: 



http://www.ccbbirds.org/what-we-do/research/species-of-concern/virginia-eagles/eagle-band/ 


- Chris


Chris Martin
Senior Biologist, NH Audubon
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603/224-9909, ext. 317 (office)
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New Hampshire Audubon - Protecting New Hampshire's natural environment for 
wildlife and for people. 


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Sent: Friday, March 6, 2015 10:44 AM
To: NH. Birds
Subject: [NHBirds] Bald Eagles, East Kingston

At the "meat pile" this morning with 7 Bald Eagles, 2 other photographers and 1 
Davis Finch present. Davis said he has seen as many as 18 eagles at the same 
time! I was able to photograph and read the band on one eagle (an orange/brown 
band on the left leg - a 9 over an E - visible in the first photo), and there 
was a silver band on the bird's right leg, but I could not make out any letters 
or numbers. Does anyone have info on this eagle? Davis also said that several 
of the gulls (all Herring and Great Black-backed from what I could see) had 
bands, but I did not photograph any (the eagles were too distracting). Very icy 
and very little space to park. 


A couple photos start at: http://www.pbase.com/dennissk/image/159357618

Dennis Skillman
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Subject: Bald Eagles, East Kingston
From: DENNIS <d.skillman AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 15:44:11 +0000 (UTC)
At the "meat pile" this morning with 7 Bald Eagles, 2 other photographers and 1 
Davis Finch present. Davis said he has seen as many as 18 eagles at the same 
time! I was able to photograph and read the band on one eagle (an orange/brown 
band on the left leg - a 9 over an E - visible in the first photo), and there 
was a silver band on the bird's right leg, but I could not make out any letters 
or numbers. Does anyone have info on this eagle? Davis also said that several 
of the gulls (all Herring and Great Black-backed from what I could see) had 
bands, but I did not photograph any (the eagles were too distracting). Very icy 
and very little space to park. 


A couple photos start at: http://www.pbase.com/dennissk/image/159357618 

Dennis Skillman 
http://www.pbase.com/dennissk 
http://www.liteworksphoto.com 

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Subject: Horned Larks and Scaup -- Exeter WTP
From: "'Aerart' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 09:17:07 -0500
 forgot to send this yesterday..


at the Exeter WTP on March 5, 2015

We had a flock of 50 Horned Larks


also, among the 206 Mallards and 28 American Black Ducks

Were 
3 female Greater Scaup ( IDd by head shape, bill size, size comparison with 
Blacks, and whiter wing stripe) 

And 2 drake Lesser Scaup

George and Andrea Robbins
Pittsfield, NH


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Subject: Saw-whet Owl in Merrimack
From: Tom Young <tomyoungnh AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 04:39:05 -0500
I pulled in to the parking lot at Reed's Ferry Market this morning at 4:15
and was VERY pleasantly surprised to suddenly spot a Saw-whet Owl sitting
on the roof! I attempted a cell phone picture, but with unsatisfactory
results.
   You might say this made my day...

Tom Young
Merrimack,  NH
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Subject: Re. RFID- Bohemian Waxwings
From: eric masterson <erictheirish AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:46:51 -0500
120 in downtown Dublin today

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Subject: cedar waxwings at Clocktower
From: Jeanne-Marie <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:15:40 -0500
mid day today over 250 cedars, with no bohemian in sight. But sitting on the 
edge of gutters, in bushes and trees they were quiet a decorative sight on a 
bleak day. 



Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua, NH

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Subject: cedar waxwings Nashua
From: nanseagold via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:57:02 -0500
I just had a flock of 20 Cedar Waxwings sitting at the top of a tree in my 
backyard. I remember that last year there was a flock that visited occasionally 
and sat in the same tree. 



Nancy Murphy
Nashua, NH


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Subject: RFI- Bohemian Waxwings
From: Chad Witko <chadjwitko AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:40:33 -0500
Greetings,

This weekend I'm hoping to spend some time in New Hampshire centered in
Hillsborough County. I come to the area every several weeks from Upstate
New York, but this will be the first time that I'll (likely) be getting out
to track down some Bohemian Waxwings, which would be a life bird for me.

I'm still getting the lay of the land, and I see all the reports coming and
going, let alone on eBird...but does anyone know of a particular area
within 1.5 hrs of Milford, Wilton, etc. that has some reliable flocks? With
their nomadic nature I'd like to up my odds. Also, a place that has any
other interesting sightings to boot would be a nice bonus.

Cheers,
Chad Witko

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Subject: mute swan on the Merrimack River, Nashua
From: nanseagold via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:12:11 -0500
A single mute swam was swimming against the current, heading north, around 3:30 
today on the Merrimack River in Nashua. 



A pair of common mergansers were on the Nashua River off of Bridge Street late 
today also. 




Yesterday I saw two turkey vultures heading west around their usual location 
around Exit 5 in Nashua. 



Nancy Murphy
Nashua, NH



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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings -- Northwood
From: "'Aerart' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:18:11 -0500
Today there is a flock of 80 Bohemian Waxwings in the trees by Coe Brown 
Academy on Rt. 4 in Northwood. 


George and Andrea Robbins
Pittsfield, NH

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Subject: Barrington - Rusty Blackbird
From: nhexactly AT metrocast.net
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:41:07 -0500
Just an update that one rusty blackbird has been feeding in our yard 
daily since our Christmas Bird Count back in December. A very hearty 
soul, indeed!

Ralph and Deb Sanders

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Subject: BC Chickadee with 2 dark patches on breast
From: Jane Williamson <jmwlmsn AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:28:03 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/130891601 AT N03/

S/he's been at my feeders for the last couple of weeks. Any info
appreciated as to what causes, how common, etc. Dark patches are
symmetrical.

Thanks,
Jane Williamson
North Sutton, NH

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Subject: red-wings here
From: s42yth AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:25:18 +0000 (UTC)
foy for me red-winged blackbirds are in my yard chowing down on cracked corn 
...    Sylvia hartmann   Manchester nh 


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Subject: 40 degree day
From: Jeanne-Marie <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 22:13:17 -0500
Despite the overnight snow, spring was in the air today. I tried desperately to 
find the redpolls that have eluded me all season, but despite Amanda/Kyle's 
post (following Becky and Zeke) I was unsuccessful in locating them, but 
managed to find 10 fish crow perched across from the 99 on Grand China, 
interestingly when a red tail came by only the larger American Crows bothered 
to mob it while the fish crow sat on the roof and shared their thoughts ("uh, 
uh") 

Further travels to Exeter Reservoir (a new site for me): hundreds ( I lost 
count after 400 due to milling around) of mallard, blacks (and a few in 
between) ducks as well as a pair of pintail, green wing teal, and scaup( 
lesser) 6 common mergansers and a very pale red tail 


Hayes Mobile Home Park: a white throated sparrow greeted me, then everything 
took cover as another RT hawk soared around the area. As I got in my car, I was 
adopted by two eastern bluebirds (the male on the passengers mirror, and female 
on the roof tapping away) -wish I could've gotten a shot of that. 

Exeter WWTP: more scaup (these I believe are greater), droves of mallards, and 
black duck, a juvenile bald eagle, RT hawk, the usual gulls (no iceland today) 


Back to Manchester: found the Barrow's stash! at least 4 Barrows 20+ commons, a 
very photogenic Great Cormorant, an adult Bald Eagle, -and one lone lesser 
scaup, along with 8 bufflehead (down by stadium) 


en route home passed another flock of cedar waxwings (next to another 99 
restaurant) -no bohemians 


More "weather to come" - enjoy while it lasts.

Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua NH

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Subject: Raptors and Waxwings/Nashua
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 19:03:53 -0500
A little late afternoon birding in Nashua:

Merlin (any day featuring a Merlin is a Good Day)--Lock St. powerline

https://www.flickr.com/photos/42971731 AT N03/16717608961/

Bald Eagle (an immature with definite "presence.")   Merrimack River

https://www.flickr.com/photos/42971731 AT N03/sets/72157650763144388/

Three, possibly four, Turkey Vultures (Millyard Technology Park)

Two good-sized flocks of Cedar Waxwings, 43 at Spring St. courthouse,
around 40 at Clocktower Apartments, not a Bohemian among them, but there
are still some  laden fruit trees around.

Not a single duck in the areas I checked....

Chris Sheridan
Nashua

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Subject: Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Dark Morph Gyrfalcon Sighted in Salisbury MA 3.4.15
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 18:33:27 -0500
Hope no one minds if I forward this Massbird post--Gyr seen headed for
Hampton!

Chris Sheridan
Nashua
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From: Paul Roberts 
Date: Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 2:55 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dark Morph Gyrfalcon Sighted in Salisbury MA 3.4.15
To: MassBird 


Tom Graham of Seabrook, NH just called to inform me that he had just seen a
dark morph Gyrfalcon at Salisbury State Reservation at about 2:15. The bird
was flying north up the main road in the reservation, as though heading for
Hampton, NH. He had good, close looks at the flying bird and thinks it is
almost certainly the bird he photographed in Seabrook, NH on January 26. He
could not refind the bird.

That bird clearly had a preference for eating gulls, so Salisbury can offer
her some tasty treats, although I am not sure where the gulls now roost with
all the snow.

If you've looked at the photos of the dark morph Gyrfalcon seen
intermittently in upstate New York (Mark Miller's photos at
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=881929055198897&set=gm.7206738146967
69&type=1&theater), at Tom's incredible Jan 26th photos of the Gyr in
Seabrook, and at Luke Seitz's incredible photos from Wells
(https://mebirdingfieldnotes.wordpress.com), with the Gyr challenging a
Redtail, you can see the impressive range in sizes of Red-tailed Hawk and
Gyrfalcon.

Best,

Paul


Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA
phawk254 AT comcast.net

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Subject: Blue Jays vs paint
From: "'Cindy Reid' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 12:35:15 -0800
In response to Linda Charron's post on March 3 - a few weeks ago I heard a 
knocking at the front door, and found a Blue Jay digging around a rotting spot 
on the door casing, well painted with several coats.  I thought perhaps he was 
looking for insects, but this behavior obviously fits with the paint ingestion 
theory from the Cornell study.  Thanks for this very odd factoid! 


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Subject: TV in Windham
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:58:47 -0500
Alright...I'll jump in also.  I had a Turkey Vulture on Interstate 93 
this morning in Windham.  My first presumed non-wintering bird of the 
spring.

Also......4 Barrow's Goldeneyes in Manchester this afternoon.  Two 
males, only one female and the immature male.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: TV in Hampstead
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:43:57 -0500
I had a Turkey Vulture soaring over Rt. 111 near Hog Hill Pond in Hampstead
around 11:30 today. I had another about a 1/2 hour later down in MA on Rt.
2.

Scott Heron
Kingston

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Subject: Peregrine, Redpolls - Salem
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:48:07 -0500
The last few days have been a bit more 'birdy' around these parts.
Highlights include:

Peregrine Falcon - Hawkin's Farm on heron rookery tree - went looking for
Great Horned Owl but came back with a Peregrine, I'll take it.

Common Redpolls - 40~ on morning of 3/3 in birches in front of Toys R Us.
More than likely part of the group Becky and Zeke had this past weekend. I
have not seen them since unfortunately, but haven't really been able to
look very hard.

Fish Crows - on my way in from lunch today, there was about 10+ of them
squawking in the trees in from of Kohl's on Rt.28

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1 adult staking out the feeders in the backyard
White-throated Sparrows - 4+ at a feeder set up off of Northwestern Dr.
Song Sparrow - bird that's been in the yard all winter has been singing for
the last week or so.
Great Horned Owls - calling around the neighborhood

I haven't seen the Iceland Gull lately, but most of the gulls seem to have
been hanging out near the Icenter off of Rt.38



Kyle Wilmarth & Amanda Altena
Salem, NH

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Subject: Re: foy tv
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:45:52 -0500
A turkey vulture was also over rt 202/9 in Henniker yesterday afternoon.

Red crossbills have been in my neighborhood of late, too. I heard some over my 
yard today for the third time in two weeks. 


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Hancock NH

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On Mar 4, 2015, at 12:29 PM, s42yth AT comcast.net wrote:

> a turkey vulture just cruised over my yard here in east Manchester. Sylvia 
hartmann 

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Subject: foy tv
From: s42yth AT comcast.net
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:29:43 +0000 (UTC)
a turkey vulture just cruised over my yard here in east Manchester.     
Sylvia hartmann 


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Subject: New London Bohemians
From: Dylan Jackson <jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 10:14:18 -0500
The large flock (estimated around 200) of Bohemian Waxwings persists in the 
Newport Rd area in New London. Today seen feeding in fruit trees near the 
Lamplighter Inn. 


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Subject: Jefferson Redpolls and Ravens on Tuesday morning
From: David Govatski <david.govatski AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:18:34 -0500
While clearing our deck of fresh snow I was able to get a good count on 110 
Redpolls and 9 Evening Grosbeaks sitting patiently in trees. This number is 
down from a high of 170 redpolls and 12 evening grosbeaks a few weeks ago. 
Other observations include 2 Ravens that have been coming each morning. One 
Raven was feeding on staghorn sumac fruit while over watching another cleaning 
up seed under a tray feeder. A snowshoe hare is also feeding on seed under the 
feeders at night along with evidence of northern flying squirrels on the tray 
feeder. A Ruffed Grouse continues to be seen at dawn and dusk feeding on seed. 
Woodpeckers are drumming now and establishing their breeding territories. 


David Govatski
Jefferson, NH

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Subject: Loons a'plenty
From: Cheryl <cduford33 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 06:01:15 -0500
All the commoners are still hanging out along the coast--mergansers, loons,
and eiders.

For anyone who cares, it's obviously the end times too.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/decksidethoughts/

Here's to an uneventful melting season!

Cheryl Duford
Portsmouth, NH

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Subject: photos of New London bohemians
From: DAGForsyth via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:11:37 -0500
Today I got some decent photos of bohemian waxwings along the road just  
east of the traffic circle in New London, and a lot of bad ones of birds  
silhouetted against the white sky. I've deleted the bad ones and offer a few of 

the better ones:
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/113232207 AT N06/
 
David Forsyth

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Subject: Another Barred Owl
From: Iain Macleod <pandiain.im AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:05:42 -0500
A Barred Owl spent the morning perched next to my bird feeders....sitting
in the sun and waiting for breakfast. The shoveled, seed-covered area
underneath the feeders was obviously welcomed.
It was very photogenic and quite unafraid.
https://flic.kr/p/rb4xtU

Yesterday while checking eagle nests in the Lakes Region this adult made a
fly-over.

https://flic.kr/p/qvRzL6

Iain MacLeod
Ashland

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Subject: walpole/longspurs
From: Jeanne-Marie <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:35:33 -0500
Though we didn't run into other birders, it appears the Agway in Walpole was 
populated by many of the same today. 

Jane Wing and I made a quick trip this morning and were delighted to find 5 
lapland longspurs, over 200 horned larks (Dylan was right these are very 
conservative estimates there were horned larks everywhere), and 8 snow 
buntings. 

one song sparrow, one tree sparrow, one red tail hawk

surprisingly quiet elsewhere along the connecticut and back towards the eastern 
part of the state except for a few cedar waxwings (Keene), lots of robins, and 
woodpeckers (downy and hairy pairs) at many stops in Keene and Marlborough. 



Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua NH

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Subject: Today's highlights: Bohemians and Longspurs
From: Dylan Jackson <jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 18:58:32 -0500
Today I had to make a trip to the DMV in Claremont so I decided to make a trip 
to Walpole. Jut after leaving I came across the Bohemians I previously reported 
in Newport: 

http://flic.kr/p/raVQaA
http://flic.kr/p/raWHEG

After leaving the DMV, I checked Great Meadow for recently seen Horned Larks 
and Bluebirds, but couldn't turn up much except a Downy Woodpecker and some 
Pigeons. 


The Great Meadow Horned Larks must have heard about the Walpole Agway because I 
was taken back by the amount of Horned Larks present. I estimated the group at 
120, although I'm sure that's a low number. Not many Snow Buntings but the two 
Lapland Longspurs were present in the group: 

http://flic.kr/p/qvwpjd
http://flic.kr/p/rsqvPN
Two Red-tailed Hawks could be seen flying about the area and other notables 
included a single Song Sparrow and a Northern Mockingbird. 


I checked the spot in Langdon where I heard of a recent Snowy Owl sighting. 
There was NO Snowy present when I was there. 


In an unrelated note: my previous post of the Bohemians in New London said I 
estimated the group at 209. This was a typo and I meant to say 200. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Manchester ducks (5 Barrow's Goldeneyes!)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:52:46 -0500
Worked in Manchester today and checked out the river a few times. After 
the first check in the morning, I thought I had 4 Barrow's Goldeneyes, 
so I carefully checked at noon, and clearly found 5 Barrow's 
Goldeneyes!  This is the first time I've ever had more than 3 in a 
single area in the state.  Otherwise, no scaup and fewer Buffleheads and 
Great Cormorants than what Chris McPherson had a couple of days ago.  
Funny how ducks come and go.  There's a lot of open water along the 
river now.

Mallard  6
Bufflehead  6     Only one or two late in day.
Common Goldeneye  53     High count during afternoon check.  Birds 
generally spread out.  Would be nice to find an evening roost site.
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE  5     Unequivocally 5 separate individuals. Female 
and immature male together behind (and slightly to the north of) Texas 
Instruments building.  TWO adult males and second female diving together 
in small group under the Granite Street bridge and visible with scope 
from Stark Landing behind stadium.
Common Merganser  6
GREAT CORMORANT  3     Two adults and 1 immature.  Significantly lower 
than higher counts previously reported.  Adults looking nice! Where are 
they roosting?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/16520716498/in/photostream/lightbox/

Bald Eagle  1     Adult.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Strange Blue Jay behavior...
From: "Linda M. Charron" <clinda912 AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:50:15 -0500
Gerry & I noted some Blue Jays eating paint off our shed! We both felt this was 
unusual behavior for the birds so I googled it. I found that Cornel University 
has done a study of the birds doing this. It's their attempt to get calcium 
into their diet before the breeding season! There is calcium in the paint and 
the birds know it. Has anyone else ever witnessed this Blue Jay paint Buffet? 
(Cornell recommends offering them egg shells to deter taking paint off the 
building) LOL 

Linda Charron
New Boston, NH

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Subject: Bohemian waxwings
From: dagforsyth via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:18:35 -0500




Subject: Newport Bohemians
From: Dylan Jackson <jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 13:47:40 -0500
There is a flock of about 20 Bohemian Waxwings feeding on ornamental fruit tree 
berries between Eichenaur Incorporated and Lake Sunapee bank along Route 11 in 
Newport. Stopped and took some photos. Every time the BOWAs landed in the tree 
a female Robin would do whatever she could to drive them away. Her tree 
apparently. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Alstead Snowy Owl?
From: Dylan Jackson <jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:56:27 -0500
A friend of mine notified me last night that he had seen a Snowy Owl that day 
(3/2) near the covered bridge just north of Route 123A on Crane Brook Rd (in 
what I guess is Langdon, not Alstead). I will be taking a ride down today to 
see if there is one there. I wanted to post this so anyone in the area could 
also take a look if they have the time. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: OT: Impossible photo--Weasel & Woodpecker, England
From: Cliff Otto <bye.bye.nh.birdy AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 07:59:56 -0500
This is an incredible photograph and story.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/tasneemnashrulla/the-tale-of-the-weasel-and-woodpecker?bffb&utm_term=4ldqpgp#.ci4REgpwG 


Cliff Otto
Manchester, Not England

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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, March 2, 2015
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:46:14 -0500
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 2nd, 2015.



A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered near the public boat launch 
at Adams Point in Durham on November 10th. It has been seen numerous times 
since then, and was last reported on March 1st.



A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at the Hampton Wastewater Treatment Plant on 
February 27th.



A GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen in Hampton Harbor on February 
28th. An ICELAND GULL was seen at Adam’s Point in Durham on February 28th, 
and 2 were seen on the Merrimack River in Manchester on March 1st.



A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen near Rye Harbor on February 27th



A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Pillsbury State Park in Sunapee on February 
26th, and 1 was seen along Route 10 in Piermont on February 27th.



A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on Great Bay from Adam’s Point in Durham 

on February 25th.



A female HARLEQUIN DUCK continues to be seen along the coast in Rye near 
Concord Point and was last reported on February 26th.



A THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen off of Concord Point in Rye on February 28th, 
and 2 RAZORBILLS were seen from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on March 
1st.



4 LESSER SCAUP and 10 GREAT CORMORANTS were reported from the Merrimack 
River in Manchester on March 1st.



A pair of NORTHERN PINTAILS, a male GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and a female LESSER 
SCAUP were seen at the Exeter Reservoir on March 2nd.



4 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, 4 SNOW BUNTINGS, and 75 HORNED LARKS were reported from 
the Agway parking lot in Walpole on March 2nd, and 7 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, 25 
SNOW BUNTINGS, and 200 HORNED LARKS were reported from the same location on 
February 25th.



A flock of 6 COMMON REDPOLLS was reported from Chatham on March 2nd.



4 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Unity on March 2nd.



BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: a flock of 75 near 
the library in Strafford on February 25th and again on March 1st, a flock of 
over 80 behind Stan’s Auto Service Center in Conway on the 26th, a flock of 
12 in Hart’s Location on the 27th, a flock of over 150 near the traffic 
circle in New London on the 27th and a flock of 209 in the same area on 
March 1st, a flock of 40 along Route 106 near Sam’s Club in Concord on 
February 28th, a flock of 50 along Winona Road in New Hampton on March 1st, 
and a flock of 45 in Hanover on March 2nd. These flocks were seen mainly 
foraging on ornamental fruit tress, or resting nearby.



A flock of 8 FISH CROWS was seen in Salem on February 26th.



A GRAY JAY and a BOREAL CHICKADEE were seen in Crawford Notch in the White 
Mountains in February 28th.



A GREAT HORNED OWL was heard hooting in Orford on March 2nd.



A BARRED OWL was seen in Walpole on March 2nd, 1 was seen in Sunapee on 
March 2nd, and 1 was seen in Hanover on February 26th.



An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was seen in Rye on March 1st.



A TURKEY VULTURE was seen in Dover on March 2nd and 3 were reported from the 
Manchester area on February 28th.



An EASTERN TOWHEE was reported from Rye on February 26th.



A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Nashua on February 25th.



A BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD was seen in Nashua on March 1st.



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


Thanks very much and good birding.

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Subject: Unity Grosbeaks and Walpole Longspurs
From: Jack Swatt <jswattbirds AT snet.net>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 18:18:38 -0800
I was up in Lempster for the weekend and was able to get out and do some 
birding. On Sunday 3/1 I made it up to New London to see the Bohemian Waxwings 
(life list bird for me), then tried looking for the Sunapee shrike with Dylan 
Jackson, but no luck there. 


Today I went back to Connecticut by going along the Connecticut. On the way I 
found a small flock of 4 EVENING GROSBEAKS on 2nd NH Turnpike in Unity, about a 
quarter mile east of the firehouse. While snowshoeing along the river near the 
Charlestown WWTP there was a flock of 18 HORNED LARK. At Walpole Agway there 
were at least 75 HORNED LARK (probably an underestimate), 4 SNOW BUNTING and 4 
LAPLAND LONGSPUR. In Hinsdale along the rail trail, there was an adult BALD 
EAGLE. Lots of common stuff in between. 


Pictures of the Snow Buntings and some of the Longspurs amongst the larks

https://www.flickr.com/photos/94547998 AT N08/sets/72157650676928037/    

Jack Swatt
Wolcott, CT
Lempster, NH

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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings in Hanover
From: Adam Burnett <adamburnett33 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 21:08:28 -0500
This morning I saw a flock of about 45 Bohemian Waxwings on the Dartmouth 
College campus in Hanover. As I was headed to class I spotted them perched in 
the top of an oak next to Wilder Hall. Thankfully I had a few extra minutes, so 
I got a little closer and stopped to watch the birds. As I approached, the 
flock began to drop down into a fruiting tree that was even closer to me and 
right at eye level, so it looked as if I was in for some great views. At that 
moment, though, an immature Cooper’s Hawk came bombing in and chased the 
whole flock away. When the flock was in flight, I could see that there were no 
Cedar Waxwings mixed in. The flock made one big circle overhead, briefly landed 
back in the oak, then took off again and headed off to the east and out of 
sight, still pursued by the hawk. This afternoon I walked all around campus in 
search of the flock, but I could not find them again. I will definitely be 
keeping my eyes open! 


Adam Burnett
Dartmouth College

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Subject: Exeter Reservoir location
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:54:05 -0500
For those interested, I forgot to mention in my last post...

The Exeter reservoir (also known as the water works pond) is located on 
the east side of Route 108 approximately .5 miles south of Route 101 in 
Exeter, NH.  Look for a small access road on the left which leads to the 
dam and the open water with the ducks on the right. This is roughly 
opposite Steve's Diner and Kerner's Quick Lube.  The road is plowed, but 
there is only one lane.  You can view the birds fairly easy with 
binoculars, but a scope is helpful.  It is best to go in the morning 
when the lighting is better.  In late afternoon, you will be staring 
into the sun to see the birds.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Re: Wentworth Douglas Hospital Birds
From: "'Jess Home' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 14:48:54 -0500
We too saw the waxwings at our 9am arrival. At that time closer to 50 birds. 
Quick scan didn't produce bohemians but the trees were still laden with fruit. 


A birder friend who works at hospital says they have come through those trees 
in previous years. 


Jess and Lisa 
Eliot

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> On Mar 2, 2015, at 2:09 PM, David Blezard  wrote:
> 
> I was leave Wentworth Douglas Hospital in Dover mid-day today and saw two 
interesting things: 

> 
> 1) There are fruit trees by the south entrance that were full of fruit and 
somewhat full of Cedar Waxwings. There were approximately 20 birds. 
Unfortunately, I didn’t see any Bohemians, but it would be a good place to 
monitor if they keep moving south. 

> 
> 2) A Turkey Vulture cruised by over the hospital.
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Subject: Wentworth Douglas Hospital Birds
From: David Blezard <dblezard AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 14:09:12 -0500
I was leave Wentworth Douglas Hospital in Dover mid-day today and saw two 
interesting things: 


1) There are fruit trees by the south entrance that were full of fruit and 
somewhat full of Cedar Waxwings. There were approximately 20 birds. 
Unfortunately, I didn’t see any Bohemians, but it would be a good place to 
monitor if they keep moving south. 


2) A Turkey Vulture cruised by over the hospital.


-David J. Blezard
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Subject: Video of Red Tailed Hawk feeding on Gray Squirrel
From: Joel Huntress <joelhuntress AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:07:15 -0500
http://youtu.be/Y0FJIbSDK-4

Sorry for the shakiness. This was shot hand-held and I was freezing by this
point.

Joel Huntress
Newmarket, NH

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Subject: More on Exeter ducks
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:35:19 -0500
In addition to the reservoir and WTP, there was also a comparatively
small Mallard flock (about 50-60) below the Great Dam just behind the
library. I didn't pick out anything else among them, but it's yet another
hangout spot in town for some of these ducks while the rivers remain
primarily frozen.

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Kingston

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Subject: Red Tailed Hawk feeding on Squirrel
From: Joel Huntress <joelhuntress AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:05:23 -0500
This morning around 11:30 I witnessed what I believe to be (correct me if
I'm wrong) an Immature Red Tail take a Gray Squirrel down. The photos are
fairly non-graphic. I took a two minute long video which I'll post a link
to later.

This was along the Lamprey River close to the Piscassic Street boat ramp in
Newmarket, NH

https://flic.kr/p/r9M7AW
https://flic.kr/p/rrmuZZ
https://flic.kr/p/rrmuX4
https://flic.kr/p/r9M7oS

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Subject: Barred Owl, Sunapee
From: Dylan Jackson <jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:03:27 -0500
As I was making my way down Burkehaven Hill Rd towards Sunapee Harbor just 
before 11:30 today, I somehow noticed a Barred Owl on the branch of a Beech 
Tree in one of our customers driveway. It was clearly there to roost, siting 
there with it's eyes closed. I've never seen a Barred roosting out in the wide 
open like that before. Some Blue Jays around were clearly irritated by the owls 
presence but never came too close to it. I took some scoped phone photos and 
moved on. A Snowy yesterday, a Barred today. I'll be hoping for another one 
tomorrow! 


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Subject: Exeter Reservoir (Mallards, Green-winged Teal, Pintails, Lesser Scaup)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:18:12 -0500
I stopped by the Exeter Reservoir this morning.  Thanks to a tip by 
Dylan Jackson, this water opened up and is now the congregating spot for 
the enormous Mallard flock in the area.  In past years, counts have been 
as high as 1,600 or more.  They wander between here and the Exeter 
wastewater treatment plant and also to a "Mallard Feeder" on Wheelright 
Creek.  This guy has been feeding Mallards in his back yard for years.  
Amazing to think about how much he must spend on cracked corn each 
winter!  The feeder appears to be frozen over right now, but here is a 
photo of the feeder from last winter:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/11918059004/lightbox/

My totals from the reservoir this morning:

American Black Duck  52
Mallard  750+     Quick count.  Possibly 1,000.  Likely not all that are 
in the area.
NORTHERN PINTAIL  2     Overwintering.  Male and female.
GREEN-WINGED TEAL 1     Overwintering.  Male.
LESSER SCAUP  1     Overwintering? Female.  Pretty sure on ID.
Common Merganser  3
Ring-billed Gull  11
Herring Gull  4

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA


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Subject: 2/28 Ducks, loons, and more
From: Cheryl <cduford33 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:56:02 -0500
Finally got down to the Rye coast on Saturday and managed to ONLY fall
twice and get stuck in one snowbank.

Saw a few Buffleheads, 1 male Hooded Merganser, a couple pair of Common
Goldeneye, about 10 Common Loons in a couple of different locations, 5
Great Cormorants and way too many Mallards, Herring Gulls, and Canada Geese
for the small inlet next to Petey's to handle.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/decksidethoughts/

Almost froze to death but it was well worth the trip.

Cheer!
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Subject: Barred owl in Walpole
From: Pam Blair <pamelynblair AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:02:04 -0500
Barred owl on the deck this morning in Walpole. 

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Subject: GREAT HORNED OWL, Orford
From: Jeff MacQueen <jmacqueen AT sau88.net>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 03:00:31 -0500
Well, it's 2:15 a.m. and I just got back from a little walk to confirm a
Great Horned Owl here below Mt. Cube in Orford. The caps emphasis is for
the fact I haven't heard or seen one here in Orford since 1997 when I lived
along the river on Rt. 10. I also don't remember a Great Horned Owl post
since I've joined the UV listserv. Please forgive the double-post and the
length of the post, but I'm wide awake and psyched.
    My dog has the annoying habit of begging to go out in the middle of the
night. The upside is I get to listen for owls. I haven't had a Barred Owl
yet this year, which is surprising, so lately I've been lingering a bit,
even on the recent cold nights. I've had Saw-whet Owls here a few times
over the years and of course I'm always listening for them. As soon as I
stepped outside, I thought I heard a distant GHOW. I stopped and sure
enough, I heard the cadence of a GHOW. I thought it might be a dream
induced by Len Medlock's post I read on the NH listserv before bed! But I
got out of my bathrobe, got dressed and started walking toward the owl. It
turned out to be about a half-mile from my house, calling from the other
side of a hayfield at the Baker Farm or Schoolhouse Gardens on Baker Road.
I heard it clearly and many times as I stayed and as I walked to and from
the spot. I also made a recording to document it, which I'm not sure I know
how to share on the listserves, but if you e-mail me directly, I can try to
send it to you. I'm also going up there in the morning to see if I can find
it roosting. Now to see if I can get back to sleep!


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Subject: Bohemian waxwings, Portsmouth
From: Katie Towler <katie AT katherinetowler.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:09:40 -0500
We found a flock of 58 cedar waxwings and 2 Bohemian waxwings this afternoon on 
Griffin Road In Portsmouth. 


Katie Towler
Jim Sparrell
Portsmouth

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Subject: no nesting Great Horned Owls, yet
From: Len Medlock <lenmedlock AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 01:58:45 +0000 (UTC)
Lisa and I checked heron rookeries at Burrows Brookside Wildlife Sanctuary in 
South Hampton and Deer Hill Wildlife Management Area on Pine Road in Brentwood, 
where we broke trail, but failed to locate any nesting Great Horned Owls in 
either vicinity. Hopefully a rookery in your area is hosting a pair. 


Len Medlock
Exeter, NH
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Subject: Re: Scaup on the Merrimack river in Manchester
From: Christopher McPherson <cmcpherson687 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:48:36 -0500
Correction, someone was nice enough to point out how rare Red-breasted
Merganser would be for the Merrimack River, especially this time of year
causing me to go back and review my pictures, the bird I photographed was a
Common Merganser.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127251358 AT N05/16501668208/

On Sun, Mar 1, 2015 at 4:07 PM, Christopher McPherson <
cmcpherson687 AT gmail.com> wrote:

> I spent a few hours birding the Merrimack river in Manchester today and
> came across what I believe to be four Lesser Scaup!
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/127251358 AT N05/16686676775/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/127251358 AT N05/16500537039/
>
> They were behind Delta Dental Stadium off of the boat launch.
>
> Other notables:
>
> Iceland Gull (2)
> Bald Eagle (2 mature 2 sub-adult)
> Common Goldeneye (~65)
> Bufflehead (~20)
> Common & Red-breasted Merganser
> Great Cormorant (10+)
> Sharpe-shined Hawk
> Cooper's Hawk
>
> I could not locate any of the previously reported Barrow's Goldeneye, the
> Eagles kept the ducks and gulls on the move!
>
> Chris McPherson
> Brookline, NH
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Subject: Coastbirding 3/1
From: Jon Woolf <jsw AT jwoolfden.com>
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 20:44:48 -0500
I spent some time out birding today, enjoying a last day of freedom 
before starting a new job, and looking to see if there was anything 
stirring as the weather begins to creep toward something that might 
charitably be called 'springlike.'  Got a few good sightings, including:

At Exeter WWTP, there was a Red-tailed Hawk, hundreds or thousands of 
Mallards, and a few gulls including one that I eventually ID'ed as 
the winter adult Iceland Gull that's been reported there.  At first I 
thought it might be a Glaucous Gull because it looked larger than the 
Herring Gulls around it, but the colors didn't match Glaucous and did 
match Iceland.  The size difference must have been an illusion.

At Hampton Beach State Park I found THE Glaucous Gull, along with 
litters of loons and several Red-breasted Mergansers and at least one 
female Bufflehead.

There was a raft of sea-ducks, probably scoters, far out from Centennial Park.

Rye Harbor produced a startling number of Buffleheads - at least a 
dozen of both sexes.  There were also several more loons, the same 
female or young male Common Goldeneye that I saw there last week, and 
at least one adult male Common Goldeneye.  Most notable, though, was 
a grebe swimming around, which I'm pretty sure was a Red-necked Grebe.

Meanwhile, Massabesic Center's feeders today featured a small army of 
Goldfinches, some Juncos and Bluejays, BC Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, 
and at least one Pine Siskin.

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Manchester, NH

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Subject: Scaup on the Merrimack river in Manchester
From: Christopher McPherson <cmcpherson687 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:07:07 -0500
I spent a few hours birding the Merrimack river in Manchester today and
came across what I believe to be four Lesser Scaup!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127251358 AT N05/16686676775/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/127251358 AT N05/16500537039/

They were behind Delta Dental Stadium off of the boat launch.

Other notables:

Iceland Gull (2)
Bald Eagle (2 mature 2 sub-adult)
Common Goldeneye (~65)
Bufflehead (~20)
Common & Red-breasted Merganser
Great Cormorant (10+)
Sharpe-shined Hawk
Cooper's Hawk

I could not locate any of the previously reported Barrow's Goldeneye, the
Eagles kept the ducks and gulls on the move!

Chris McPherson
Brookline, NH

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Subject: Bohemians, Cowbird/Nashua
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:00:23 -0500
I was headed towards Exit 5 to go over for my fourth attempt to catch up
with the Bohemian recently seen hanging out with a flock of Cedar Waxwing
on Broad St. in Hollis.  when I got a quick look at two Bohemian Waxwings
on the crabapple just next to the on-ramp, behind the ambulance
headquarters.   (There may have been other birds but I just glimpsed these
two.)  There was no chance of stopping as I was already on the overpass.

With lights, one-way streets, stop signs etc. it took me a while
to maneuver my way back to where I could (more or less) observe the tree
(snowbanks, etc.) and the birds were gone.  I checked out all the
late-ripening fruit trees I could think of in the area and downtown,  found
some Cedar Waxwings,  but no Bohemians.

Oddly, in the past when they've come to town they seem to have been drawn
to medical locations:  around Southern NH Medical Center and what is now
the Kidney Center on East Hollis St., so these might be good spots to
check!  (I'm sure this  has more to due with the cultivars of crab apple
planted, than any medical interest on the part of the birds.)

With the Merrimack and Nashua Rivers opening up in spots, we are finally
seeing some birds on the rivers--a Common Merganser, a Red-breasted female,
a Hooded Merganser and a Great Cormorant.  Great to see them!

When stopped at a light at Exit 6 near the D.O.T entrance, I was surprised
to see a male Brown-Headed Cowbird perched on a wire.

When I finally got to the Broad St. location, a few Cedar Waxwings filtered
in along with  a Robin or two, and a Blue Jay, but I missed that Bohemian
again!

Chris Sheridan
Nashua

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Subject: Re: New London Bohemians
From: Scott Spangenberg <sjspangenberg AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:03:46 -0500
A fellow birder zipped up to New London today to watch and photograph the 
Bohemian Waxwings at the hospital but he did not have as nice an experience as 
Dylan did. 


> On Mar 1, 2015, at 1:50 PM, Dylan Jackson  wrote:
> 
> As previously reported, a large flock, estimated around 209, of Bohemian 
Waxwings is hanging around the fruit trees behind Colonial Pharmacy along 
County Rd. They are bouncing between the fruit trees and the tops of maples and 
birches between Hubert's and the New London Hospital parking lot. Amazing 
watching the whole flock take off and feed at once. The sound of their wings 
all taking off at once was almost startling. It was incredible to watch them 
all feed. Took many photos which I'll upload later. 


In fact, he found the experience quite frustrating. My friend observed people 
more or less rushing the birds and scaring them off, repeatably, and generally 
behaving like four year olds rushing at a flock of gulls. It seems like 
there’s a need to teach folks how to approach the birds for observation and 
photography without interfering with their eating enough to survive. Waxwings 
are quite a bit more tolerant of our presence than many other birds, so I guess 
a number of people are not paying attention to the consequences of their 
actions. 


If you are not blessed with a teacher’s patience, do try to be nice in your 
approach if you see someone misbehaving. It might be illuminating for some 
people to learn that the birds are in NH because there isn’t any food left 
where they were before, and that waxwings will let you get incredibly close if 
you don’t rush them. (My friend was sufficiently annoyed by the harassment of 
the birds that he decided that it would be smarter for him personally to keep 
his mouth shut than to act like a second kind of jerk, so he left.) 


Scott Spangenberg
Amherst, NH


Scott Spangenberg
Data Scientist, Ziftr.com
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