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23 Oct Black & Surf Scoters - Lake Massabesic [Steve Mirick ]
23 Oct New Hampshire Bird Records volunteers needed [birdrecords ]
23 Oct Re: Scoters on Turtle Pond ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
23 Oct Scoters on Turtle Pond [birdrecords ]
22 Oct Hinsdale blackbird roost ["hg2 AT myfairpoint.net" ]
22 Oct Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, October 22, 2014 ["Mark Suomala" ]
22 Oct American Pipits, Blackpoll experience...Salem [Kyle Wilmarth ]
22 Oct Cap. Chpt. FT - A different kind of Waterfowl Trip in the Outer Reaches of Merrimack County [Stephanie Parkinson ]
21 Oct Major Passerine Flight Tonight []
21 Oct Hanover Goldeneye, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue [Adam Burnett ]
21 Oct Major Passerine Flight Tonight [mresch8702 via NHBirds ]
21 Oct HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (21 Oct 2014) 2 Raptors []
21 Oct HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (20 Oct 2014) 101 Raptors []
21 Oct Bird Walk & Book Signing with Doug Chickering - Nov. 30th [Sue McGrath ]
21 Oct Odds & Ends (Coastal Migration, YB Cuckoo, OC Warbler, Eurasian Wigeon) [Steve Mirick ]
21 Oct sparrows in yard [Jeanne-Marie ]
21 Oct Gambel's White-crown, Clay-colored Sparrows, Hollis, 10/21 [mresch8702 via NHBirds ]
21 Oct White-eyed vireo ["hg2 AT myfairpoint.net" ]
21 Oct Rough-legged hawk in Hancock ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
21 Oct HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (20 Oct 2014) 38 Raptors []
21 Oct HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (20 Oct 2014) 38 Raptors []
21 Oct Vireo ["hg2 AT myfairpoint.net" ]
21 Oct Field Sparrow and others in Durham, 10/20 ["Dorsey, Kurk" ]
20 Oct Mt. Moosilauke, Red Crossbill and Long-tailed Duck [Dylan Pedro ]
20 Oct More on Yellow-rumped Warbler Migration yesterday [Steve Mirick ]
20 Oct Juncos, Purple Finch, Song Sparrows (Photos) - Salem NH ["Steve Liffmann" ]
19 Oct HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (19 Oct 2014) 101 Raptors []
19 Oct Coastal Migration (Huge Yellow-rump flight, WESTERN KINGBIRD!) [Steve Mirick ]
19 Oct RE: Tennessee warbler, Odiorne [Jim Sparrell ]
19 Oct HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (19 Oct 2014) 79 Raptors []
19 Oct Odiorne Point SP (8 Warblers, Indigo Bunting, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, etc) [Steve Mirick ]
19 Oct am Exeter WTP; pm Urban Forestry Center (Yellow-breasted Chat, friends) [Len Medlock ]
19 Oct 3 Scoter Species at Cherry Pond, Jefferson, Sunday Oct 19, 2014 [David Govatski ]
18 Oct HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (18 Oct 2014) 10 Raptors []
18 Oct HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (18 Oct 2014) 51 Raptors []
18 Oct HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (15 Oct 2014) 47 Raptors []
19 Oct Concord birding and Dickcissel in Portsmouth [Rebecca ]
18 Oct NH Coast (Stilt Sandpipers, Dickcissel, Indigo Bunting) [Steve Mirick ]
18 Oct Probable Cackling Goose/Nashua [Christine Sheridan ]
18 Oct RB Grosbeak, Penacook ["Pam Hunt" ]
18 Oct White-crowned Sparrow, Red-necked Grebe at Odiorne [Scott Heron ]
18 Oct Karner Blue birds ["Mark Suomala" ]
18 Oct 130 Wood Ducks Rochester; 50 species at Pickering Ponds and WTP [Dan Hubbard ]
18 Oct Horseshoe Pond ["Dave Howe" ]
18 Oct Lamprey River Preserve, Durham, 10/18 ["Dorsey, Kurk" ]
18 Oct Pine Siskins, Newton, NH [Paula McFarland ]
17 Oct HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (17 Oct 2014) 45 Raptors []
17 Oct Eastern Wood-Pewee, Least Sandpiper - Salem [Kyle Wilmarth ]
17 Oct HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (17 Oct 2014) 41 Raptors []
17 Oct Bald Eagles, Rusty Blackbirds, American Pipits, Eastern Meadowlark in Kingston [Scott Heron ]
17 Oct Important upgrades in eBird submission process [birdrecords ]
17 Oct Christmas Bird Count preview [birdrecords ]
17 Oct Christmas Bird Count Preview [birdrecords ]
16 Oct Clay-colored Sparrow - Yes ["Rebecca Suomala" ]
16 Oct Harrier and Horned Larks/Nashua and Ruddy Ducks in Greenfield [Christine Sheridan ]
15 Oct Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, October 15, 2014 ["Mark Suomala" ]
15 Oct Joann's coastal birding trip today 10/15 [Jeanne-Marie ]
15 Oct HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (15 Oct 2014) 32 Raptors []
15 Oct Gadwall at Rochester WTP [Dan Hubbard ]
15 Oct Fwd: eBird Report - Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Oct 15, 2014 [k chamberlin ]
15 Oct Fwd: eBird Report - 10-mile Dodge/Partridge/Moore survey, Oct 15, 2014 [Sandy Turner ]
15 Oct Fwd: BirdsEye-Rochester WTP-2014-10-9 [David Lipsy ]
15 Oct OPBS ["'Jerome Barry' via NHBirds" ]
14 Oct HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (14 Oct 2014) 14 Raptors []
14 Oct HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (14 Oct 2014) 62 Raptors []
14 Oct Fwd: eBird Report - Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Oct 14, 2014 [k chamberlin ]
14 Oct New Hampshire Bird Records issues and articles [birdrecords ]
13 Oct Connecticut River White-winged Scoter [Rand Burnett ]
13 Oct HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (13 Oct 2014) 19 Raptors []
13 Oct Misc Concord Birds - Oct 13 ["Pam Hunt" ]
13 Oct Northern Wheatear - NO [Steve Mirick ]
13 Oct HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (13 Oct 2014) 19 Raptors []
13 Oct Brookline Bird Club's Dedicated pelagic trip NOV 22, 2014 [Steve Mirick ]
13 Oct American Woodcock foraging [Larry Dole ]
13 Oct Re: Abridged summary of nhbirds@googlegroups.com - 14 updates in 14 topics [evelyn nathan ]
13 Oct Red Crossbills and Stilt Sandpipers [Rebecca ]

Subject: Black & Surf Scoters - Lake Massabesic
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:54:46 -0400
A beautiful tight flock of downed "sea" ducks on Lake Massabesic in 
Auburn.  They were at the extreme south end of the Lake in Auburn and I 
almost missed them.

They were very "restless" and there was a lot of activity from the 
birds, as they appeared to want to leave badly.  They flew about 4 or 5 
times in the period I was there, but settled back down to the lake each 
time.  Perhaps testing the storm to see if it had passed? When they 
landed, they were spread out, but within seconds, they "closed ranks" to 
form a tight raft.

I counted/estimated 80 Back Scoters in the field; however, I counted at 
least 100 from photos!  So my totals are:

Black Scoter - 100 (90% adult males)
Surf Scoter - 5 adult males
Greater Scaup - 1 female.  Definitely part of the group.  She flew and 
landed with the scoters.

A couple of photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/15425244788/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/15612201462/in/photostream/

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: New Hampshire Bird Records volunteers needed
From: birdrecords <birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:39:43 +0000
Hi Folks,
There are a number of open volunteer positions with New Hampshire Bird Records 
and they are listed below. There are more details on each of them at: 

http://www.nhbirdrecords.org/volunteer/index.htm

New Hampshire Bird Records has a great team of volunteers and we hope you'll 
consider joining us. If you are interested in any one of them, please contact 
me. 


Thanks,
Becky Suomala
New Hampshire Bird Records Managing Editor
NH Audubon
603-224-9909 x309
rsuomala AT nhaudubon.org

Summer Season Editor
Review the eBird reports, write the summaries of the highlights and determine 
the reports to be published. 


eBird Data QC Assistant
Assist with error checking and updating the NH database of bird sightings in 
eBird. 


Bird Data Special Project
Preparing historic bird sighting data for upload into eBird - review and 
standardize location names, research vague locations, and map locations in 
eBird. 


Where to Bird Feature Coordinator
Create a lineup of topics, contact authors and provide guidance and editing.

eBird Hot Spot Manager
Review suggestions for eBird Hot Spots in New Hampshire, name and place hot 
spots. 


Database Programmer
Create a new program for NH Christmas Bird Count data analysis to replace an 
old existing one. 


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Subject: Re: Scoters on Turtle Pond
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:25:25 -0700
I can also add more scoters from Nubanusit Lake in Hancock this morning (30 
black and 1 white-winged), as well as one black from Chesham Pond in 
Harrisville. Other highlights locally were a red-necked grebe on Silver Lake in 
Nelson, a bufflehead on Harrisville Pond, and 26 ring-necked ducks on Tolman 
Pond in Nelson. 


Late report from 10/21 was of an early American tree sparrow with numerous 
chipping sparrows and juncos at the Hillsborough Wastewater Treatment Plant. 



Phil Brown
Hancock, NH



On Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:15 PM, birdrecords  
wrote: 

 


 
Bob Quinn just called to report there are 3 Surf Scoters and 4 Bufflehead on 
Turtle Pond in Concord right now (Thursday, 10/23/13, 2:00pm). 


Becky Suomala
NH Audubon

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Subject: Scoters on Turtle Pond
From: birdrecords <birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:03:55 +0000
Bob Quinn just called to report there are 3 Surf Scoters and 4 Bufflehead on 
Turtle Pond in Concord right now (Thursday, 10/23/13, 2:00pm). 


Becky Suomala
NH Audubon

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Subject: Hinsdale blackbird roost
From: "hg2 AT myfairpoint.net" <hg2@myfairpoint.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:13:46 -0400
I counted the blackbirds coming out of the Hinsdale reed bed roost at dawn 
today. A total of close to 5,000 came out. Mainly red-wings but with a few 
grackles, starlings. This count is lower than the 10,000 to 12,000 that Eric 
Masterson and I had a few years back, but this may be due to the fact that this 
year's count was later by about 3 weeks. 


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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, October 22, 2014
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:13:15 -0400
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, October 22nd, 
2014.



A WESTERN KINGBIRD was reported from coastal Hampton on October 19th.



A WHITE-EYED VIREO was seen at the northernmost parking lot at the Hinsdale 
setbacks on the Connecticut River on October 21st.



A BLUE GROSBEAK was seen on October 17th, a DICKCISSEL was seen on the 18th, 
and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen on the 19th, all at the Urban Forestry 
Center in Portsmouth.



A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen was discovered at the Concord Community 
Gardens on Birch Street, off of Clinton Street, on October 5th. It has been 
seen repeatedly since then and was last reported on the 16th.



A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen in pumpkin fields in Hollis on October 21st.



3 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, an AMERICAN RESTART, a 
NORTHERN PARULA, a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, a TENNESSEE WARBLER, a 
YELLOW WARBLER, 3 NELSON'S SPARROWS (including 1 of the interior race), and 
7 BRANT were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 19th. A 
MAGNOLIA WARBLER, and a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER were both reported from 
Hanover on October 21st. Several BLACKPOLL WARBLERS were reported from 
scattered locations during the past week.



An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were seen at Odiorne 
Point State Park in Rye on October 21st.



An adult male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen with over 100 AMERICAN WIGEONS on 
Great Bay on October 21st.



73 SNOW GEESE and 2 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen from the hawk-watching platform 
atop Carter Hill in Concord on October 19th.



5 SNOW GEESE and 45 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen from the hawk-watching 
station atop Pack Monadnock on October 19th.



41 BRANT were reported from coastal Hampton on October 19th.



A possible CACKLING GOOSE was reported from Nashua on October 17th.



A RAZORBILL was seen in coastal Hampton on October 21st.



A light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen in fields along Middle Road in 
Hancock on October 21st.



3 STILT SANDPIPERS were seen in Hampton Marsh behind Little Jack's 
restaurant along Route 1A on October 13th, 15th, and 18th.



7 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, a LEAST SANDPIPER, and 2 SORAS were reported from 
World End Pond in Salem on October 17th.



8 RUDDY DUCKS, a GADWALL, a NORTHERN PINTAIL, 4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and 29 
AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on 
October 17th. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are 
7:30-3:00 on weekdays. If you visit, please check in at the office and be 
out of the plant by 2:45 so that plant personnel do not have to ask birders 
to leave. Do not drive on the dikes and do not block the road. The Trails at 
Pickering Ponds, located east of the plant, are not gated, and are always 
open during daylight hours.



2 RUDDY DUCKS, 2 AMERICAN COOTS, a PIED-BILLED GREBE, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 
and 3 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on 
October 19th.



12 RUDDY DUCKS were counted on Otter Lake in Greenfield on October 16th.



62 BLACK SCOTERS, 8 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 2 SURF SCOTERS, 5 BUFFLEHEADS, 3 
PIED-BILLED GREBES, a SOLITARY SANDPIPER, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 2 SNOW 
BUNTINGS, and a FOX SPARROW were all seen at Cherry Pond in NH Audubon's 
Pondicherry Wildlife Sanctuary in Jefferson on October 19th.



10 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen at Post Pond in Lyme on October 17th.



5 BLACK SCOTERS and a LONG-TAILED DUCK were seen on the Connecticut River 
near Hanover on October 22nd.



5 AMERICAN COOTS were seen in Eel Pond in Rye on October 18th.



A RED CROSSBILL and a LONG-TAILED DUCK were reported from Mount Moosilauke 
in the White Mountains on October 19th.



A late-migrating female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen in Penacook on 
October 18th.



18 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, and 86 GREAT EGRETS were seen in Hampton 
Harbor on October 18th.



Over 75 HORNED LARKS were seen from the Midfield Café at the Nashua Airport 
on October 16th.



Several PIED-BILLED GREBES, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and AMERICAN PIPITS were 
reported during the past week from scattered locations.



Fall season RAPTOR migration continues with migrating raptors being counted 
daily at hawk-watching sites. To date, the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration 
Observatory in Peterborough has counted over 12,900 raptors, the Carter Hill 
Observatory in Concord has counted over 6,400 raptors, and hawk-watchers on 
Little Round Top in Bristol have seen over 2,700 raptors. Of particular note 
was a GOLDEN EAGLE seen from Pack Monadnock on October 17th. Be sure to 
visit these viewing sites this fall season to help out with the counts! Pack 
Monadnock and Carter Hill will be staffed by NH Audubon through the end of 
October. Although peak flights of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have mainly passed, 
there are still many more raptors to be counted.



Nearly 2,000 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were tallied migrating south in Hampton 
on October 19th.



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: American Pipits, Blackpoll experience...Salem
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:45:03 -0400
A couple of interesting sightings from the last few days around town...

American Pipits - 4 - I was extremely surprised to find 4 pipits feeding on
the emergent flats about 50ft out from the boat launch this afternoon at
World End Pond.  A first for me in Salem and the last place I'd expect to
see them in town.


On Sunday morning (10/19), Amanda, Scott Heron and I took a paddle on World
End Pond.  It was cold and windy, but still managed to put together a nice
list.  One sighting in particular was most memorable...

Blackpoll Warbler - 1 - initially saw small yellow passerine fighting
against the wind flying right towards us as we were paddling in the middle
of the pond. We saw it briefly try to land on a lily pad about 10 feet from
us but decided not to, and then approached us and came within inches of
landing on Scott's kayak! It decided not to land and headed toward the pond
edge. Reminded me of a warbler taking to a boat in the middle of the ocean.
It was pretty awesome...and happened to be my first Blackpoll for the year
in town!


Kyle Wilmarth & Amanda Altena
Salem, NH

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Subject: Cap. Chpt. FT - A different kind of Waterfowl Trip in the Outer Reaches of Merrimack County
From: Stephanie Parkinson <sparkinson AT sulloway.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:08:42 -0400
Field Trip: A different kind of Waterfowl Trip in the Outer Reaches of 
Merrimack County. 

Date: Saturday, October 25, 8 am until early afternoon.
Join Bob Quinn on this autumnal take on the traditional spring waterfowl tour. 
Our focus will be on the ponds and lakes of northern Merrimack County and sites 
will include Webster Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Sunapee Lake. Hoped for sightings 
include typical ducks plus maybe some scoters and other sea ducks. This is an 
excellent time of the year for grebes and loons too. Meet at the Webster Lake 
boat launch on Route 11 in West Franklin. 

NOTE: The trip will go rain or shine because bad weather can be good for duck 
watching! So be prepared for the weather and pack a lunch. Contact Bob Quinn at 
746-2535 or RAQbirds AT aol.com. 



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Subject: Major Passerine Flight Tonight
From: mresch8702 AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:49:48 -0400
Many passerine chip notes overheadjust now. In 10 minutes I counted 43 chip 
notes - average of 1 every 14 seconds. Almost all sounded like sparrow chips. 
And the nexrad site is active too. 



Mike Resch
www.statebirding.blogspot.com
Pepperell, MA
Subject: Hanover Goldeneye, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue
From: Adam Burnett <adamburnett33 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:24:14 -0400
I haven't posted since August, and since then I have moved a ways upriver to 
attend Dartmouth College! Although this has spelled the end of regular coverage 
of my beloved Westmoreland walk route, it also has given me a chance to test 
out some new birding spots around Hanover. I have had a nice fall migration 
here, with today's sightings bringing me to a total of 87 species here since 
September 9. The trails along Mink Brook have been especially good for birding, 
and I have made an effort to cover them regularly. 


Despite the rain today, I walked the trails, and I came up with several nice 
sightings. One was of a late Magnolia Warbler, an apparent adult male, in the 
company of Yellow-rumped Warblers and chickadees. This is the second late 
warbler I have had here recently, as I also found an adult male Black-throated 
Blue Warbler here back on October 17. On today's walk I also ran into a big 
flock of juncos, at least 90 by my estimate, perhaps twice that many. With them 
were 50+ White-throated Sparrows, and handfuls of Song and Chipping Sparrows, 
but nothing rarer. A flock of sixteen Pine Siskins and an 'Eastern' Palm 
Warbler were two other highlights here. 


In hopes of finding waterbirds, I also have been routinely checking the 
Connecticut River from Ledyard Bridge. Today was my best showing here yet. 
After seeing them earlier from farther downriver, I was able to get good views 
of three drake Common Goldeneye in the river below the bridge. As I arrived at 
the bridge, a flock of eleven Ring-billed Gulls also arrived and touched down 
in the river. Just below the bridge there is a large setback (labeled by Google 
Maps as "Bloody Brook") on the west side of the river, and this often hosts 
some waterfowl, too. Along with mallards and Common and Hooded Mergansers, 
today there was a Red-breasted Merganser in there too, keeping loose company 
with the Commons. Alas, not visible from the New Hampshire side, but a nice 
surprise bird nonetheless. 



Adam Burnett
Dartmouth College

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Subject: Major Passerine Flight Tonight
From: mresch8702 via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:49:48 -0400
Many passerine chip notes overheadjust now. In 10 minutes I counted 43 chip 
notes - average of 1 every 14 seconds. Almost all sounded like sparrow chips. 
And the nexrad site is active too. 



Mike Resch
www.statebirding.blogspot.com
Pepperell, MA

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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (21 Oct 2014) 2 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Oct 2014 20:10:21 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             69             76
Osprey                       0             41            213
Bald Eagle                   0             16             89
Northern Harrier             0             22             67
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            333            993
Cooper's Hawk                0             52            107
Northern Goshawk             0              7             13
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             19             36
Broad-winged Hawk            0             12          11043
Red-tailed Hawk              0             38             46
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0             41            107
Merlin                       0             35             76
Peregrine Falcon             0             16             37
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              2              6
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             11             30

Total:                       2            721          12948
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:45:00 
Total observation time: 2.75 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        

Visitors:
Derek and Jeannette Lovitch came up to the hawkwatch just in time to watch
the fog begin to enshroud the nearby spruces. Better luck next year! The
hawkwatch had 3 visitors in total.


Weather:
Except for a brief window at the start of the count, today was an exercise
in futility. The ravenous fog swallowed first Crotched, then the silvery
form of Powder Mill Pond before chewing up North Pack and wrapping its jaws
tightly over the hawkwatch. There was a brief instant in the afternoon when
the sun worked to break through, showing cracks of blue and releasing the
mountain for an instant before it was once again consumed by the clouds. 

Raptor Observations:
Two Sharp-shinned Hawks slipped through the haze early on. The male cut as
close to the summit as he could on his way over, ducking into the spruces a
few inches above ground level. The female lingered to launch an attack on
Gina, then perched on a birch stump to size up the owl with eyes a truer
crimson than the mountain ash, a color earned by the skill and luck that
had carried her into adulthood.

Non-raptor Observations:
Birds:
Blue Jay- 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler-
Palm Warbler- 1
Dark-eyed Junco- 3
White-throated Sparrow- 1
SONG SPARROW- 1

Mammals:
Northern Short-tailed Shrew- 1
Eastern Chipmunk- 2
Red Squirrel- 2
Australian Cattle Dog- 1
Homo sapiens- 4



Predictions:
It looks like hawks and counters alike will get some time off with rain the
next two days. Hopefully this nor'easter will clear out in time for the
count Friday.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (trina16 AT comcast.net))
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (20 Oct 2014) 101 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Oct 2014 20:10:54 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               4            117            143
Osprey                       4             44            201
Bald Eagle                   0             20             65
Northern Harrier             5             24             72
Sharp-shinned Hawk          67            414            978
Cooper's Hawk                4             59            109
Northern Goshawk             1              6              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             17           4237
Red-tailed Hawk              8             33             46
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4             80            239
Merlin                       2             24             56
Peregrine Falcon             0             15             36
Unknown Accipiter            0             25             46
Unknown Buteo                0              4             13
Unknown Falcon               1             10             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             53            129

Total:                     101            950           6402
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Crawford Lyons, Derek  Lovitch, Jeannette Lovitch,
                  Jess Cosentino, Kathleen Brockett, Pam Hunt, Phil Brown,
                  Robert Vallieres

Visitors:
The hawkwatch had 28 visitors today. 


Weather:
A classically beautiful Autumn day in New England. Temperatures rose
through the 40s and 50s. The sun played hide-and-seek behind an
ever-changing array of clouds. The wind was blowing softly out of the NW to
start the day, falling around to come out of the SW by the afternoon. The
nearer mountains were bedecked in shades of rust and gold, while distant
peaks showed the pearly dusting of Winter's first white.

Raptor Observations:
Migrant numbers swelled to the middle of the day, then the wind shift
slowly worked to quiet the flow of birds. Sharp-shinned Hawks sailed by in
twos and threes, while most of the other raptor travelers kept to
themselves. The local Red-tailed Hawks kept a sharp lookout for
unsuspecting prey from the orchard edges, and an immature Bald Eagle was
unceremoniously escorted NE by a couple of Common Ravens.

Non-raptor Observations:
One RUSTY BLACKBIRD came over the orchard this morning on its way south.
The mash and brush piles were rather quiet this morning, a lingering Indigo
Bunting was the only bird of note. 

Non-raptor Migrants:
Canada Goose- 279
Double-crested Cormorant- 42
Herring Gull- 15
American Robin- 9
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 54
RUSTY BLACKBIRD- 1
Pine Siskin- 4
American Goldfinch- 16
Purple Finch- 57
finch sp.- 13
passerine sp.- 8


========================================================================
Report submitted by Jess Cosentino (rcavall AT comcast.net)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Bird Walk & Book Signing with Doug Chickering - Nov. 30th
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:24:56 -0400
New Hampshire Birders,

Doug Chickering will be leading a bird walk at Salisbury Beach State 
Reservation [just over the border] and read from
his book _Reflections On A Golden-Winged Warbler_. Doug will sign copies 
of his book. Doug's essays bring to life our
memories of our best moments in the field, by describing his favorite 
moments in his characteristic, magical prose.

Date: Sunday, November 30, 2014
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Meeting Location: Meet at the last, large parking lot on the left near 
the pavilion at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Additional details at:

http://nbptbirders.blogspot.com/


Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport Birders
Observe ~ Appreciate ~ Identify
Newburyport, MA
Website:www.newburyportbirders.com
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Subject: Odds & Ends (Coastal Migration, YB Cuckoo, OC Warbler, Eurasian Wigeon)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:47:10 -0400
Nice migration this morning along the coast with overcast skies and 
light NE winds.

BIRDS COUNTED MIGRATING SOUTH
-------------------------------------------------
Canada Goose  5
American Black Duck  26
Common Eider  3
Surf Scoter  14
White-winged Scoter  57
Black Scoter  5
scoter sp.  16
Long-tailed Duck  14
Bufflehead  1
Red-breasted Merganser  9
Red-throated Loon  5
Common Loon  61
Red-necked Grebe  1
Northern Gannet  45     Estimate of birds migrating.  Many more seen 
offshore.
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT  7,915     Great migration of cormorants. 
Steady small flocks of about 100 each early.  Increasing as morning went 
on with largest flocks of 800 and two of 600.  1675 migrating from 7:30 
to 9:30.  6,240 migrating between 9:45 and 12:15.  Here is a flock of 
about 440 in this image:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/14973807304/
Great Blue Heron  14     Largest group of 8 birds.
Osprey  2
RAZORBILL  1     Good views of bird young bird moving south past Great 
Boar's Head.

A 2+ hour walk around Odiorne yielded far fewer birds than were present 
two days ago, but a couple of rarities linger including:

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER - 1 photographed at north bunker.  Perhaps the 
one that Dylan Jackson had on Sunday.
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO - 1 at bunker by center.  Watched it catch and eat 
a caterpillar.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/15408428227/in/photostream/

At Great Bay from Sunset Farm.  Among the usual birds:

Red-throated Loon - 1
Black Scoter - 2
White-winged Scoter - 1
American Wigeon - 109
EURASIAN WIGEON - 1 (adult male)

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: sparrows in yard
From: Jeanne-Marie <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:40:17 -0400
Got back to the house mid-day after the rain subsided to note there are over 
65+ white throated sparrows in my yard, one immature white crowned sparrow, 5 
chipping sparrows and 3 dark eyed juncos. ( It looks like the ground is moving 
much like watching shorebirds feeding on the shoreline.) 


Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua NH

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Subject: Gambel's White-crown, Clay-colored Sparrows, Hollis, 10/21
From: mresch8702 via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:35:16 -0400
Although my best Hollis pumpkin fields have been recently plowed, still found 
good numbers of sparrows around the field edges including 2 nice birds - 


Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow - immature. It had what was basically a 
horizontal white supercilium ending in a white lore. Really stood out as 
different from our regular leucophyrys subspecies. Although I've seen adult 
Gambel's in the east a couple times, I think this is my first immature. 


Clay-colored Sparrow - auricular patch edged in darker lines, with white and 
dark moustache stripes, pale buffy supercilium, buffy chest. Brown crown with 
hint of white central stripe. Only my second in the Hollis sparrow fields. 


Sparrow totals from 3 sites -
White-throated - 93
Song - 50
Junco - 25
Savannah - 22
Chipping - 18
Swamp -14
Lincoln's - 3
White-crowned - 3
Clay-colored - 1

And other species of note -
Yellow-rumped Warblers - 23
Palm (Yellow) Warbler - 2
Pine Siskin - 28
Purple Finch - 10

And a thought on counting the migrating Siskins - Several times I heard and 
then spotted a lone Siskin overhead. And several times I heard what I thought 
was a lone Siskin, though never saw it, so just assumed 1 bird. But at one spot 
I heard what I thought was going to be a single bird flying overhead, and 
looked up to see a flock of 20 Siskins. So I wonder how many birds I actually 
had this morning. 



Mike Resch
www.statebirding.blogspot.com
Pepperell, MA

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Subject: White-eyed vireo
From: "hg2 AT myfairpoint.net" <hg2@myfairpoint.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:53:04 -0400
Sorry about my hurried and cryptic message earlier. But, this morning there was 
a white-eyed vireo at Hinsdale (at the northernmost of the two parking areas). 


Hector Galbraith, PhD
National Wildlife Federation
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802 222 1916 (cell)

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Subject: Rough-legged hawk in Hancock
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:58:42 -0400
Light morph seen flying and perched at the buffalo farm along middle road in 
Hancock about 45 minutes ago, with Derek and Jeanette Lovitch. We watched it 
being harassed by ravens and crows until it was chased off, and it appeared to 
leave the immediate vicinity. 


Phil Brown
Hancock

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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (20 Oct 2014) 38 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Oct 2014 09:10:11 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               5             69             76
Osprey                       2             41            213
Bald Eagle                   0             16             89
Northern Harrier             2             22             67
Sharp-shinned Hawk          19            331            991
Cooper's Hawk                1             52            107
Northern Goshawk             1              7             13
Red-shouldered Hawk          4             19             36
Broad-winged Hawk            0             12          11043
Red-tailed Hawk              4             38             46
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0             41            107
Merlin                       0             35             76
Peregrine Falcon             0             16             37
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              2              6
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             11             30

Total:                      38            719          12946
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter:        Iain MacLeod

Observers:        Al Grimstad, Betsy Smith

Visitors:
Quiet -- maybe 30


Weather:
Cool, but bright skies and good clouds. Wind light (but cold) from W,
shifting to SW.

Raptor Observations:
A day that promised more than it delivered. VERY slow in the morning, but
picked up a bit in mid afternoon.

Non-raptor Observations:
Several skeins of geese. (153 in total)

Predictions:
Lots of rain on the way this week
========================================================================
Report submitted by Iain MacLeod (pandiain.im AT gmail.com)
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (20 Oct 2014) 38 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Oct 2014 09:10:41 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               5             69             76
Osprey                       2             41            213
Bald Eagle                   0             16             89
Northern Harrier             2             22             67
Sharp-shinned Hawk          19            331            991
Cooper's Hawk                1             52            107
Northern Goshawk             1              7             13
Red-shouldered Hawk          4             19             36
Broad-winged Hawk            0             12          11043
Red-tailed Hawk              4             38             46
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0             41            107
Merlin                       0             35             76
Peregrine Falcon             0             16             37
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              2              6
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             11             30

Total:                      38            719          12946
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter:        Iain MacLeod

Observers:        Al Grimstad, Betsy Smith

Visitors:
Quiet -- maybe 30


Weather:
Cool, but bright skies and good clouds. Wind light (but cold) from W,
shifting to SW.

Raptor Observations:
A day that promised more than it delivered. VERY slow in the morning, but
picked up a bit in mid afternoon.

Non-raptor Observations:
Several skeins of geese. (153 in total)

Predictions:
Lots of rain on the way this week
========================================================================
Report submitted by Iain MacLeod (pandiain.im AT gmail.com)
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Vireo
From: "hg2 AT myfairpoint.net" <hg2@myfairpoint.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:09:17 -0400
White eyed vireo at hinsdale
Hector Galbraith

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Subject: Field Sparrow and others in Durham, 10/20
From: "Dorsey, Kurk" <Kurk.Dorsey AT unh.edu>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:38:25 +0000
Birders,
A dog walk on the Woodridge loop turned up 25 species this afternoon. The 
highlight was a Field Sparrow, which I have not had in the neighborhood 
recently, if ever. Fall migrants were abundant, with at least 3 Hermit 
Thrushes, dozens of White-throats, several Purple Finches (at least 3 males and 
3 females in my yard alone), and 1,950 fewer Yellow-rumps than Jane and Steve 
had yesterday. 


Kurk Dorsey
Durham

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Subject: Mt. Moosilauke, Red Crossbill and Long-tailed Duck
From: Dylan Pedro <pedro8410 AT my.uri.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:33:26 -0400
Did some birding on a trip to Mt. Moosilauke on 10/19
The trip started off ominously with poor visibility and frost covered trees
visible as you looked up at the mountain from the parking lot. A lot of
sparrows in the lot (the omnipresent Juncos, White-throated Sparrows,
Chipping, etc.) with a flyby flock of Pine Siskins. It was quiet besides
the usual Golden-crowned Kinglets and some Yellow-rumpeds on the ascent,
until a Ruffed Grouse was flushed by us as we hiked through.
At the summit, there was 20-25 MPH winds and about 100 yards of visibility,
so we quickly had a snack and returned below the treeline to more tolerable
conditions.
As we stopped at a camping hut on the descent for lunch, a Red Crossbill
gave an appearance right in front of us. I watched as it foraged for a
short while before continuing the descent. At the bottom, I decided to
check out the small Beaver Pond there, which had a winter-plumaged
Long-tailed Duck swimming around on it.
Here's the eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20280970

Good Birding,
Dylan Pedro, Burrillville RI

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Subject: More on Yellow-rumped Warbler Migration yesterday
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:39:12 -0400
Thanks to Paul Lacourse for pointing me toward the Cape May Morning 
Flight Count at Higbee Beach where they counted 15,782 Yellow-rumped 
Warblers yesterday morning!  A good day for sure, but they have had much 
higher counts in this amazing location.  The high count from eBird is 
63,640 from Higbee Beach on 10/29/10!

http://cmboviewfromthefield.blogspot.com/

Closer to home, I contacted Paul Champlin who monitors dawn flights of 
land birds on the south coast of MA at Gooseberry Neck.  He estimated 
about 1,500 Yellow-rumped Warblers there for his highest count ever for 
this site.  Curiously Derek Lovitch only counted a meager 122 
Yellow-rumped Warblers moving at his dawn flight location at Cousin's 
Island in Maine.  Apparently the mechanics of the migration are 
different there and the thick cloud cover impacted the movement.  He had 
a more respectable 461 Yellow-rumped Warblers this morning.

The 1,964 we recorded yesterday, 10/19/14, bests our total of 706 
migrating within one hour of dawn in a similar fashion on 10/21/12 along 
Route 1A in Seabrook.  Yellow-rumped Warblers thrive in the winter on 
areas of coastal bayberry in the southeastern US north to Cape Cod.  
Unlike most other species of birds, they can break down the waxy 
covering of the bayberry in order to digest the fruit. This allows them 
to survive the cold winters further north than any other species of warbler.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Juncos, Purple Finch, Song Sparrows (Photos) - Salem NH
From: "Steve Liffmann" <sliffmann AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:45:18 -0400
Backyard birds are very active.

The Darked-eyed Juncos have returned from their summer vacation.

Pair of Purple finch are now frequently at the feeders.

Song and Chipping sparrows are around as well the usual.. Blue Jays, House
Finch, Bluebirds, House Sparrows, Cardinals, Titmouse, Black Capped
Chickadee and White Breasted Nuthatch.

 

I was in Boston this past Saturday for the Regatta.  Found a mixed flock of
Canadian and Snow geese living under the BU bridge on the Memorial Drive
side of the river.

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/104877589 AT N08/15583474835/in/set-7215764417675
6167

 

Steve Liffmann

Salem NH

sliffmann AT comcast.net

 

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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (19 Oct 2014) 101 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Oct 2014 22:10:58 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               5             64             71
Osprey                       6             39            211
Bald Eagle                   2             16             89
Northern Harrier             4             20             65
Sharp-shinned Hawk          51            312            972
Cooper's Hawk                8             51            106
Northern Goshawk             1              6             12
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             15             32
Broad-winged Hawk            0             12          11043
Red-tailed Hawk             10             34             42
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             1             41            107
Merlin                       5             35             76
Peregrine Falcon             2             16             37
Unknown Accipiter            1              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               1              2              6
Unknown Eagle                1              1              1
Unknown Raptor               1             11             30

Total:                     101            681          12908
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Alan Bostick, Alan Chretien, Betsy Smith, Cynthia Nichols,
                  David Fenton, Don Stokes, Glen Chretien, Henry Walters,
                  Iain MacLeod, Julie Brown, Lillian Stokes, Mark Timmerman,
                  Mike Gebo, Phil Brown, Sandy Fenton, Scott Harvell,
                  Sharon Harvell, Tom Warren, Wendy Ward

Visitors:
Pack's famous Soup-Off once again attracted a wide array of contestants and
willing taste-testers. Entries ranged from squash and apple soup to turkey
(or TV) cacciatori to wild rice and mushroom soup. Ke-ke-kerrat Gyrnger
soup and Vegetarian Turkey Vulture Stew were among the creative
nomenclatures for the culinary offerings, and competition was fierce (and
as always, not without controversy). The votes were tallied and Sharpie's
Savory Sweet Potato Chili was declared the favorite, leaving the official
counter to claim her own hand-knit Red-tailed Hawk hat.


Weather:
The first snow of the season danced by in bantam flurries that formed
frosty haze in front of the mountains, flirted with sunbeams, and sometimes
blew across the summit to softly peck the faces of hawk watchers. Winter
coats and wooled layers were called into active duty after a season of
leisure to stand guard against the brisk WNW wind, which showed no signs of
tiring until late in the day.

Raptor Observations:
Stoic Sharp-shinned Hawks concentrated on heading south, fighting the wind
instead of fighting each other or anything else with wings for a change.
Merlins were non-plussed, activating the Dark-eyed Junco Danger Alert
System as they passed low over the trees on their way to dive at the owl.

Non-raptor Observations:
Good waterbird diversity today, at least by Pack standards! Two flocks of
White-winged Scoters formed their own dark-clouded snow flurries as they
made their way eastward. Common Loons, Herring Gulls, and Double-crested
Cormorants were also making their way towards the coast, while Canada Geese
(and even a mixed Canada/ Snow Goose skein) worked towards the southwest. 

Non-raptor Migrants:
Canada Goose- 366       SNOW GOOSE- 5     WHITE-WINGED SCOTER- 45
Common Loon- 2    Double-crested Cormorant- 10     Herring Gull- 13
Purple Finch- 4    passerine sp.- 21


Predictions:
A little less wind and a little more sun tomorrow. Temperatures may even
make a run into the upper half of the 50s. The wind will begin out of the
West, shifting to come out of the SW sometime in the afternoon. The day
looks like it should be a pleasant one for migrants, and hopefully birds
will be taking advantage of this small window of dry weather ahead of the
next storm.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (trina16 AT comcast.net))
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Coastal Migration (Huge Yellow-rump flight, WESTERN KINGBIRD!)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:42:07 -0400
Coastal Migration highlighted by a huge flight of Yellow-rumps at dawn.  
Watched from north end of Meadow Pond by pump house for dawn hours.  
Then random spots along coast for hawks.  Almost all small birds noted 
by 9:00 AM. Hawks picked up a bit after that. More migrating birds noted 
in report from Odiorne Point State Park.

MIGRATING BIRDS ONLY
----------------------------------
Brant  41     3 migrating flocks.
Canada Goose  195     Numerous small flocks migrating.
scoter sp.  16     High flying flock coming in FROM WEST OVER LAND.
Red-throated Loon  1
Common Loon  8
Double-crested Cormorant  484
Great Blue Heron  23  Nice migration.  Largest flocks (2) of 7.
Great Egret  1     High flying MIGRATING bird.  Flying with a Great Blue 
Heron.  Rarely seen as an obvious migrant.
Northern Harrier  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  25
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  16
Merlin  5
WESTERN KINGBIRD  1     Remarkable bird that flew over during the huge 
mass of Yellow-rumps.  Seen by both of us for several seconds as it flew 
over.  Distinct flycatcher flight (similar to a robin). Larger size as 
compared to warblers, and clearly bright yellow on breast.  White outer 
tail feathers not seen.  Details of face, head, and bill not seen. Could 
not eliminate the rarer kingbirds such as Tropical or Couch's.  A bit of 
a "stretch", but really the only real candidate for the ID of this bird.
swallow sp.  1     Consistent with, but not conclusively, Tree Swallow.
American Pipit  18     Several very small flocks.  Likely undercounted.
Cedar Waxwing  32
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER  1,964     Huge dawn flight of Yellow-rumped 
Warblers.  Almost all birds counted from off Route 27 near north end of 
Meadow Pond in Hampton.  809 counted in 30 minutes between 7:30 and 8:00 
AM.  982 counted in 30 minutes between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM!  A constant 
stream of birds.  Most coming in from the northeast as if just making 
landfall.  It should be noted that there is a margin of error for the ID 
of these birds as many were high and it is almost certain that a small 
number of these were misidentified (ie.  Palm Warblers or other late 
warblers), but many were calling as they flew over and were 
Yellow-rumps.  Also, finches were at times difficult to ID and separate 
as sometimes they flew together.
blackbird sp.  3
Purple Finch  10
finch sp.  329     Small finches migrating.  Either Siskins or Goldfinches.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: RE: Tennessee warbler, Odiorne
From: Jim Sparrell <jimsparrell AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:18:41 -0400
Here is a link to (very poor quality) photos of the Tennessee warbler that
Paul Miliotis found and got us on at Odiorne: https://flic.kr/p/pJByFh

Jim Sparrell
Katie Towler
Portsmouth, NH

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Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (19 Oct 2014) 79 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Oct 2014 20:10:24 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0            113            139
Osprey                       5             40            197
Bald Eagle                   0             20             65
Northern Harrier             1             19             67
Sharp-shinned Hawk          33            347            911
Cooper's Hawk                3             55            105
Northern Goshawk             0              5              6
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              5              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             17           4237
Red-tailed Hawk             12             25             38
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            10             76            235
Merlin                       3             22             54
Peregrine Falcon             2             15             36
Unknown Accipiter            0             25             46
Unknown Buteo                1              4             13
Unknown Falcon               1              9             17
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               7             52            128

Total:                      79            849           6301
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jess Cosentino

Observers:        Becky Suomala, Crawford Lyons, Kathleen Brockett,
                  Maureen Joyce, Pam Hunt, Robert Vallieres, Tom Brewton,
                  Zeke Cornell

Visitors:
********The 2nd Annual Carter Hill "Core Wars" Cook-off Event was a success
once again. Several culinary entries were meticulously prepared for the
contest, from decadent deserts to savory soups. The afternoon tasting of
each dish was a welcomed respite by all of the wind beaten, runny nosed,
watery eyed hawk watchers to enjoy some warmth and good food. The votes
were cast and runner-up for this year was a delicious apple cobbler
prepared by Crawford Lyons while the winning dish was a mulligatawny soup
by Jess Cosentino**********

Around 120 visitors braved the bitter winds to come up to the observatory,
albeit rarely staying for more than a handful of pictures and glances off
into the foliage-washed distance before descending to the warmer comforts
of cars or heated building structures. Visitors from all over, ranging from
Memphis to Wilmington, North Carolina to New York City, found their way up
for a few minutes of entertainment with a group of "hawk watchers" dressed
more like they were going to go skiing for the day than looking for birds. 



Weather:
Just as predicted, after yesterday's cold front pushed through the region
by late afternoon into the evening, temperatures plummeted dramatically and
a blustery, rugged NW wind came thundering down on the hawk watch.
Temperatures barely broke into the low 50's by afternoon while the northern
winds only made it feel even colder than it was, everyone remained shrouded
in winter coats, wool hats, and fleece gloved hands clinched binoculars
while eyes watered to spot the next bird. 

Raptor Observations:
Despite their strength, the shift to NW winds coupled with a crisp decline
in temperature resulted in a robust flight of several species throughout
the day. A total of 9 raptor species counted. Sharp-shinned Hawks dominated
the skies, defying opposing, gusty currents and struggling to make headway
with each and every flap of their wings. One of the better Kestrel flights
in recent days, especially in the final hour, one by one, they seemed to
flutter by. Both Osprey and Northern Harrier continue to trickle through as
did several other falcon species throughout the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
A few flocks of Pine Siskin (110) managed to fly against the turbulent wind
earlier in the day, Snow Bunting (3), Several skeins of Canada Geese (355)
were moving across the sky throughout the entire day while two separate
groups of Snow Geese (73) were seen in distant northern flights. The larger
of the groups advanced slowly against a charcoal backdrop of clouds in the
distance while golden sunshine cascaded through on the opposite side,
illuminating the birds with a vibrant contrast as the formation moved
onward. 

Predictions:
Tomorrow is shaping up to look like a day of intervals of clouds and
sunshine. Temperatures will rise a bit compared to today, with a high of 57
F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jess Cosentino (rcavall AT comcast.net)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Odiorne Point SP (8 Warblers, Indigo Bunting, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, etc)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:51:31 -0400
Amazing day on the coast today!  The strong cold front last night 
brought strong westerly winds and a HUGE migration last night.  Land 
birds were everywhere with Yellow-rumps dominating the scene.  Jane and 
I had huge numbers migrating and making landfall at dawn near 
Bicentennial Park.  More in a separate email.

I'll get out the Odiorne Point State Park report out first. Highlight 
being 8 species of warblers.  And we MISSED a YELLOW WARBLER  found by 
Kyle and Amanda, and a TENNESSEE WARBLER photographed by Jim Sparrell!  
That would make 10 species of warblers!  And Len's Chat would have been 11!

Comments:     Complete coverage of south end of park.  Never got all the 
way to the north parking lot.  Big movement the night before with 
building NW winds after passage of cold front.
53 species (+2 other taxa)

Brant  7 migrating.
Canada Goose  70     Two migrating flocks.
Common Eider  X
Red-throated Loon  1
Common Loon  5
Red-necked Grebe  4
Double-crested Cormorant  297     Migrating in 3 flocks.
Great Blue Heron  2
Northern Harrier  1 migrating.
Sharp-shinned Hawk  5
Red-tailed Hawk  4
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO  1 late bird at bunker near Science Center. Same 
bird as last weekend?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/15391925248/in/photostream/
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Merlin  3 migrating
Eastern Phoebe  6
Blue-headed Vireo  1
VIREO SP - 1 possible Warbling Vireo.
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  7
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  14
Eastern Bluebird  2
HERMIT THRUSH  18     5 seen in view at one time on "Boyscout Trail".  3 
seen at one time near central road.  3 at one time on bunker near center.
Brown Thrasher  1     Jane only.
American Pipit  1
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER  2     Seen feeding together, low in goldenrod in 
back of bathhouses.  Perhaps same birds as last weekend?  We missed a 
3rd Orange-crowned Warbler photographed by Dylan Jackson!!
Common Yellowthroat  2     One adult male and one imm. male.
AMERICAN REDSTART  1     Excellent views of late bird found by Jane.  
Female type low near north bunker.
NORTHERN PARULA  1     Excellent views of late bird.  eye arcs, bright 
yellow breast with orange band.  Photographs available.
Blackpoll Warbler  2
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER  1    Late.  Male.  Seen by Jane only. Seen 
well.
Palm Warbler  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler  100+
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  2
Nelson's Sparrow  1     Could not get clear views of this bird.  In same 
area as other Nelson's Sparrows.
NELSON'S SPARROW (INTERIOR)  1     One interior form photogtaphed. In 
small spartina marsh on ocean side near freshwater marsh.
Nelson's Sparrow (Atlantic Coast)  1     Clear views of one 
subvirgatus.  In small spartina marsh on ocean side near freshwater marsh.
Song Sparrow  34
Swamp Sparrow  11
White-throated Sparrow  23
White-crowned Sparrow  3
Dark-eyed Junco  38
Northern Cardinal  3
INDIGO BUNTING  1     Late bird.  Near science center. Photographed.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/14957890933/

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA


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Subject: am Exeter WTP; pm Urban Forestry Center (Yellow-breasted Chat, friends)
From: Len Medlock <lenmedlock AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:15:08 +0000 (UTC)
Lisa and I hit a few spots and bumped into a few friends doing the same thing. 
Windy, but a good day to be out. 


Exeter WTP
------------
Wood Duck  1     drake
Mallard  X
Green-winged Teal  1     hen
Ruddy Duck  2
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Turkey Vulture  3
American Coot  2
Killdeer  7
Pectoral Sandpiper  1
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  2
American Pipit  3
Common Yellowthroat  1     young male
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  X
Savannah Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  X

Urban Forestry Center
---------------------
We failed to find Jim Sparrell's BLUE GROSBEAK and Steve's DICKCISSEL, but we 
found a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT! 

And sparrows were everywhere--pretty cool. 

Osprey  1     migrating
Eastern Phoebe  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3 seen
Hermit Thrush 2 (but more heard) 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lmedlock/15575211571/ 

American Robin  5
Northern Mockingbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  2     near pump house
Palm Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  X

YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT-1, enjoying the chokecherry shrubs; 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lmedlock/15554175226/sizes/o/ 

Savannah Sparrow  X (Paul Miliotis may have had an Ipswich)
Song Sparrow  X
Swamp Sparrow  X
White-throated Sparrow  X
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Northern Cardinal  X
Blue Grosbeak  0
Dickcissel  0
House Finch  X

Len and Lisa Medlock
Exeter, NH

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Subject: 3 Scoter Species at Cherry Pond, Jefferson, Sunday Oct 19, 2014
From: David Govatski <david.govatski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:41:59 -0400
We saw 42 species in a few hours at Cherry Pond in the Pondicherry National 
Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on Sunday morning 19 October 2014. We watched a 
mixed flock of 72 black, surf and white-winged scoters as a third year Bald 
Eagle flew over causing the scoters to fly up and around the pond for a few 
laps. The “sleigh bell” sound from the wind through their tail feathers was 
very distinct as they flew over. 


Last Sunday we tallied 38 species in 12 hours when we had southwest winds 
versus today when we had favorable for migration northwest winds and had 32 
species in the first hour. We also saw our first snow buntings of the year. At 
nearby Airport Marsh and not shown on this list we saw 5 Horned Larks. 


We also saw a white-tailed deer swim all the way across the chilly Cherry Pond, 
a distance of more than a half mile. Not sure what was causing her to seek 
safety in the water. There was a porcupine feeding on the inner bark of some 
larch by the pond. Beavers have caused some flooding on the trail in from 
Cherry Pond and the use of rubber bottomed shoes or boots is advisable. One 
couple bravely took off their shoes and waded the cold water. 


David Govatski
Jefferson, NH

 
> 
> Cherry Pond, Jefferson, Coos, US-NH
> Oct 19, 2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.0 mile(s)
> Comments: 35 degrees, NW winds 5 mph, after passage of cold front. Snow above 
2700 feet. 
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 > 42 species > > Canada Goose 2 > American Black Duck 3 > Ring-necked Duck 26 > Surf Scoter 2 > White-winged Scoter 8 > Black Scoter 62 Includes 20 female scoters. > Bufflehead 5 1 female and 4 males. > Common Merganser 2 females > Ruffed Grouse 2 > Pied-billed Grebe 3 > Double-crested Cormorant 1 > Turkey Vulture 4 > Northern Harrier 1 > Bald Eagle 1 Third year bird. > Solitary Sandpiper 1 > Greater Yellowlegs 3 > Hairy Woodpecker 1 > Pileated Woodpecker 2 > Blue Jay 2 > American Crow 1 > Common Raven 1 > Black-capped Chickadee 24 > Red-breasted Nuthatch 2 > Winter Wren 1 > Golden-crowned Kinglet 22 > Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3 > Hermit Thrush 3 > American Robin 60 > Snow Bunting 2 First of season flying over edge of pond. > Common Yellowthroat 2 Seen and heard well in alders by Cherry Pond. > Palm Warbler 1 > Yellow-rumped Warbler 4 > Fox Sparrow 1 > Song Sparrow 16 > Lincoln's Sparrow 1 > Swamp Sparrow 5 > White-throated Sparrow 32 > White-crowned Sparrow 18 > Dark-eyed Junco 70 > Purple Finch 1 > Pine Siskin 3 > American Goldfinch 1 > > View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20275189 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) -- To Change your e-mail delivery settings (digest, daily, no mail) visit: https://groups.google.com/group/nhbirds/subscribe?hl=en --- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "NHBirds" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to nhbirds+unsubscribe AT googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to nhbirds AT googlegroups.com. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/nhbirds. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.
Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (18 Oct 2014) 10 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 18 Oct 2014 22:10:37 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               1             59             66
Osprey                       0             33            205
Bald Eagle                   0             14             87
Northern Harrier             1             16             61
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6            261            921
Cooper's Hawk                0             43             98
Northern Goshawk             0              5             11
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             13             30
Broad-winged Hawk            0             12          11043
Red-tailed Hawk              0             24             32
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             2             40            106
Merlin                       0             30             71
Peregrine Falcon             0             14             35
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              4
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              1              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             10             29

Total:                      10            580          12807
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Henry Walters, Nancy Moreau, Tom Warren, Wendy Ward

Visitors:
41. Tom Warren's Golden Eagle Questers bravely stuck out the fog and were
rewarded with the "other" large, dark bird with a dihedral, a Turkey
Vulture moving out before the rain.


Weather:
Like the hulls of great ships on stormy seas, the forms of North Pack and
the other mountains gradually grew distinct from a shroud of grey.
Scattered showers and sunbeams played across the landscape, interspersing
the dim-hued day with glimpses of rainbows and lighted patches of foliage.
The wind launched its assault out of the south, becoming westerly after the
passage of the cold front. 

Raptor Observations:
Birds came on either side of the cold front, with nothing in the air as
long as rain was falling nearby. Sharp-shinned Hawks and American Kestrels
found themselves tossed about by the gusts, while larger birds were
scarcely to be seen.

Non-raptor Observations:
Non-raptor Migrants:
Blue Jay- 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 4
Palm Warbler- 1
Pine Siskin- 1
Purple Finch- 19

Predictions:
The 5th annual Pack Soup-off is tomorrow! Bring a bowl, spoon, and/or entry
and come on up! Be sure to wear plenty of layers as temperatures will be in
the 30s, not to mention the 15-25mph NW wind. Maybe this cold front will
motivate some late-season migrants to head out.
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Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (trina16 AT comcast.net))
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
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Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (18 Oct 2014) 51 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 18 Oct 2014 21:10:53 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              16            113            139
Osprey                       0             35            192
Bald Eagle                   0             20             65
Northern Harrier             0             18             66
Sharp-shinned Hawk          22            314            878
Cooper's Hawk                6             52            102
Northern Goshawk             0              5              6
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              6
Broad-winged Hawk            0             17           4237
Red-tailed Hawk              0             13             26
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3             66            225
Merlin                       2             19             51
Peregrine Falcon             1             13             34
Unknown Accipiter            0             25             46
Unknown Buteo                0              3             12
Unknown Falcon               1              8             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             45            121

Total:                      51            770           6222
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jess Cosentino

Observers:        Aiden Moser, Becky Suomala, Crawford Lyons, Dave Howe,
                  Mark Timmerman, Pam Hunt, Zeke Cornell

Visitors:
149 visitors today.


Weather:
A pleasantly warm start to the day which shifted quickly as a cold front
pushed through the region, bringing a quick wave of light afternoon showers
followed by a dramatic drop in temperature by late afternoon as the winds
shifted from a S to more W direction. Temperatures hung in the mid 60's
while the shifting array of cumulus lumbered across the sky.

Raptor Observations:
Sharp-shinned Hawks and Cooper's Hawks continued an active flight from
mid-morning throughout the final hours of the day's count. All three
species of falcon were present and accounted for, including one Peregrine
that attempted to make a powerful straight shot down the Contoocook River
corridor. Unfortunately, it was met with ,not just one but two, irritable
Sharpies which both decided to make aggressive dive-bomb attempts on the
notably, larger bird during its flight south. The Peregrine seemed to
disregard the antagonistic accipiter antics and continued onward with
deliberate intent, powerful wing beats pushing it just out of sight behind
the treeline.

Non-raptor Observations:
Large flocks of both Pine Siskin (~210) and Purple Finch (~105) were busy
fluttering across the overcast skies, their soft call notes breezing by
just as ephemerally as their shadowed silhouettes

Predictions:
Today's cold front has pushed through the area and tomorrow's weather seems
to be turning around. Intervals of clouds and sunshine with highs near 50
F. The temperatures will cool down dramatically over night and into the day
tomorrow. NW wind at 10-20 mph (with gusts 25+) anticipated. This could be
just the weather needed to get some of the Buteos moving again along with
the remaining migrants looking to push south with favorable wind
conditions. ***A final reminder: Tomorrow is the 2nd Annual Carter Hill
Observatory "Core Wars" Apple Cook-off Event. As mentioned before, this
will be the second year at hosting this competitive cooking event at Carter
Hill. The rules of the contest are simple: Everybody is invited to
participate and submit entries. All of the entries must both be edible and
contain apples to some extent. All entries that are submitted will be
sampled by all of those in attendance who wish to cast their votes for
"Best Dish". The dish with the most votes will be crowned the 2014 Core
Wars Champion with an entire calendar year of bragging rights bestowed upon
him/her. For all of those who are unable to submit a dish, feel free to
come join us and participate as an honorary judge. Sample all of the
pomaceous cuisine and cast your vote. This is a great opportunity to gather
at the hawk watch and enjoy great food while many species are still
actively on the move. We hope that you'll be able to join us tomorrow as we
anticipate to begin just after the noon hour. The Patriots aren't playing
and the weather will be A+ for raptor migration in addition to free
delicious food. It's a perfect combination.***  
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jess Cosentino (rcavall AT comcast.net)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (15 Oct 2014) 47 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 18 Oct 2014 20:10:44 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              18             94            120
Osprey                       1             33            190
Bald Eagle                   1             18             63
Northern Harrier             0             18             66
Sharp-shinned Hawk          21            267            831
Cooper's Hawk                3             46             96
Northern Goshawk             0              5              6
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              5
Broad-winged Hawk            0             17           4237
Red-tailed Hawk              0             11             24
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2             57            216
Merlin                       0             15             47
Peregrine Falcon             0             11             32
Unknown Accipiter            0             25             46
Unknown Buteo                0              3             12
Unknown Falcon               0              7             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             44            120

Total:                      47            674           6126
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jess Cosentino

Observers:        Cliff Otto, Maureen Joyce, Phil Brown, Robert Vallieres

Visitors:
Around 50 visitors throughout the day


Weather:
A mostly cloudy, warm one with steady SE winds throughout the day and
temperatures climbing up into the high 70's by afternoon. Light,
intermittent showers early on in the day but cleared up by early
morning/afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
Accipiters dominated the flight with several Kestrels and Turkey Vultures
moving along throughout the day as well.

Non-raptor Observations:
Yellow-rumped Warblers and a few Palm Warblers remained active throughout
the orchard, feasting on airborne invertebrates,Dark-eyed Junco (1),
Several flocks of Pine Siskin (~30) were moving across the sky. 6 species
of sparrow were busy alongside the orchard edge: Lincoln's, Chipping, Song,
White-crowned, White-throated (~100), Eastern Towhee (1)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jess Cosentino (rcavall AT comcast.net)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Concord birding and Dickcissel in Portsmouth
From: Rebecca <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:22:43 +0000 (UTC)
We checked several places in Concord this morning and had lots of sparrow 
activity but no rarities. There was a scattering of Ruby-crowned Kinglest and 
the only warblers were Yellow-rumped. 


Loudon Road fields behind post office - the corn has not yet been cut, but you 
can walk along the edge of the northwest corner 

American Pipit - 2 flyovers 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 1 
Pine Siskin - 1 flyover 
Lincoln's Sparrow - 1 
LOTS of Savannah Sparrows. 

Carter Hill Orchard 
Hermit Thrush - 1 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1 
Indigo Bunting - 1 
Eastern Bluebird - 5 migrating over 
Lincoln's Sparrow - 1 
LOADS of White-throated Sparrows (and a few White-crowned) at the apple mash 
and a Sharp-shinned Hawk hunting them. 

Purple Finch flying over quite regularly. 
(See the Carter Hill hawkwatch report for the raptors.) 

Abbott Road stump dump (poaching on Pam's territory :-) was pretty quiet. 

Riverlands Conservation Area in Canterbury was active but with the expected 
species. 

Purple Finch - 9 
Eastern Phoebe - 1 
Hermit Thrush - 1 

Thanks to Steve and Jane, we abandoned Concord and found the Dickcissel at the 
Urban Forestry Centery around 2:30. Lots of nice bird activity in the area 
with: 

Greater Yellowlegs - 7 
Hermit Thrush - 1 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 2 
Gray Catbird - 2 (couldn't find one in Concord this morning) 
Palm Warbler - 2 
Common Yellowthroat - 2 


Becky Suomala, Chichester 
Zeke Cornell, Bow 

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Subject: NH Coast (Stilt Sandpipers, Dickcissel, Indigo Bunting)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:19:52 -0400
Not quite as many land birds along the coast as I hoped for today, but 
still a few nice birds.  Partly sunny skies turned to off and on 
showers/rain in the afternoon.  Mild with moderately strong South 
winds.temperature in the 60's.  Big storm swells offshore from hurricane.

American Black Duck  5     Appeared to be MIGRATING.
Common Loon  12     MIGRATING into strong southerly wind.
Pied-billed Grebe  1     In salt pools behind Little Jacks.  Now there 
for at least a week!?
Double-crested Cormorant  44     MIGRATING into strong southerly winds. 
2 flocks.
Great Cormorant  1     MIGRATING with DCCO.
Great Blue Heron  13
GREAT EGRET  86     81 Counted from single spot in Hampton!! Most in 
salt marshes in back of Hampton harbor.  MY 2nd HIGHEST COUNT EVER in 
NH!  (121 on 8/31/08)  Remarkable, especially for date.
Black-crowned Night-Heron  18     In one group at north end of Hampton 
harbor.  High count for date and ties for my 4th highest count ever in 
NH. (22 on 8/3108)
American Coot  5     On Eel Pond.
Black-bellied Plover  45
Semipalmated Plover  79     Fifty on Hampton Beach toward Great Boar's Head.
Killdeer  4
Greater Yellowlegs  54     Most in Meadow Pond.
Lesser Yellowlegs  1     Lingering bird.  Well seen in Hampton salt marsh.
STILT SANDPIPER  3     Lingering birds continue in Hampton salt marsh.  
Now there for at least a week!?
Sanderling  207     175+ on Seabrook beach.
Dunlin  157
Semipalmated Sandpiper  14
Common Yellowthroat  1
Blackpoll Warbler  1     South end of Odiorne.
Yellow-rumped Warbler  27
Pine Siskin  2

and at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth we searched in vain for 
the BLUE GROSBEAK seen yesterday by Jim Sparrell.  We settled for:

Indigo Bunting - Late bird
DICKCISSEL - near pump house.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/15567593845/

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Probable Cackling Goose/Nashua
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:49:19 -0400
Yesterday I pulled over at Lovewell Pond and found a small flock of Geese
at the far side of the pond.

There was a noticeably small bird sleeping with its head in its wing--so I
waited for quite a while till it woke up.  I tried to get photos of the
bird with its neck stretched out.

Photos are poor quality (I think I'm in the market for one of those
super-zooms), but do show the birds size, neck length and bill fairly
well.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/42971731 AT N03/14946763854/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/42971731 AT N03/15380881059/in/photostream/


Apologies for the late post, I'd hoped to be able to get better photos and
was waffling about the id.
The birds were not at Lovewell in early afternoon today, but there are
several flocks in the area that may fly in and out.

If interested, Lovewell Pond is located off Route 111A (Main Dunstable
Road)  in Nashua, just before Gregg Road on the left and the entrance to
Yudicky Farm/Southwest Park on the right.  Look for pulloff on the left
with Jersey barriers.
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Subject: RB Grosbeak, Penacook
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:44:20 -0400
Greetings all,

 

I tallied 46 species on the Penacook Survey this morning, with the highlight
being a late female Rose-breasted Grosbeak near the former Merrimack County
SPCA building. Warblers continue to dwindle, with only Yellow-rumps (down to
14) and Palms (4), and sparrows were also a little less common than last
week (they're all at the Carter Hill mash pile!). Three Eastern Phoebes is a
little high for the date.

 

Enjoy,

Pam Hunt

Penacook, NH

 

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the world."

      - Alexander von Humboldt

 

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Subject: White-crowned Sparrow, Red-necked Grebe at Odiorne
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:37:42 -0400
I spent a couple hours poking around Odiorne this morning. Present a couple
hundred yards off shore was a Red-necked Grebe with its rusty neck
well-faded. Also present on the point was an immature White-crowned Sparrow
pecking on the paved path:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottheron/15380520317/

Some highlights included:

15 Great Blue Heron (in the marsh across the street)
3 Common Loon
5 Surf Scoter (all males)
1 Red-necked Grebe
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
30+ Yellow-rumped Warblers
1 Swamp Sparrow
1 White-throated Sparrow (there had to more)
1 White-crowned Sparrow
3 Carolina Wren
4 Eastern Bluebird
15 House Finch

A quick stop at Awcomin revealed 3 Palm Warblers, 1 Blackpoll Warbler and
even more Yellow-rumps.

Scott Heron
Kingston

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Subject: Karner Blue birds
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:30:08 -0400
Took an early afternoon walk at the Karner Blue easement on Chenell Drive in 
Concord.

Highlights:

Hermit Thrush 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Pine Warbler 1
Field Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow many
Chipping Sparrow many
Song Sparrow several
Dark-eyed Junco many

Mark Suomala

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Subject: 130 Wood Ducks Rochester; 50 species at Pickering Ponds and WTP
From: Dan Hubbard <danielhubbard AT peoplepc.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:34:28 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
I spent dusk last evening at a small pond on private property in Rochester. 
Between 6:10 and 6:25, at least 130 Wood Ducks (and a half dozen Mallards) 
descended on the pond. If blackbirds have roosts, what are gatherings of ducks 
on ponds in the fall called? A Winter Wren and Hermit Thrush were a bonus while 
waiting. 

Yesterday at Pickering Ponds and the Rochester Wastewater Treatment plant, 50 
species were tallied. Notable at Pickering were a Baltimore Oriole, Red-eyed 
Vireo, Red-shouldered Hawk, 4 Common Ravens in a flock of American Crows (I 
don't remember ever seeing them flying together unless they're harassing each 
other), and a flock of several hundred blackbirds (mostly Common Grackles). At 
the WTP, the pipits (29), Ruddy Ducks, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, and Pectoral 
Sandpipers (4) continue. 

Dan Hubbard, Rochester

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Subject: Horseshoe Pond
From: "Dave Howe" <dmahowe AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:17:08 -0400
I birded Horseshoe Pond in Concord this morning.  The only remarkable bird
was a Black and White Warbler.  Lots of White-Throated Sparrows.

 

Dave Howe

Concord 

 

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Subject: Lamprey River Preserve, Durham, 10/18
From: "Dorsey, Kurk" <Kurk.Dorsey AT unh.edu>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:36:27 +0000
Birders,
An hour at TNC land on Packers Falls Road turned up a nice collection of 25 
species. Highlights included 

--a young Sharp-shinned hawk playing tag with a Flicker and a bunch of Blue 
Jays (not sure who won) 

--15 plus Swamp Sparrows
--3 Lincoln's Sparrows, plus a handful of White-throats, Songs and Juncos
--2 Palms, 12+ Yellowrumps, a lone Yellowthroat
--lingering Phoebe, RC Kinglet, and House Wren
--A+ foliage, and I never give As, as my students can attest

at home, a Blue-headed Vireo has been singing too.

Kurk Dorsey
Durham

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Subject: Pine Siskins, Newton, NH
From: Paula McFarland <4birding AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:49:06 -0400
Pine Siskins moved in overnight.  I have approx 50 in my yard this morning
(first of season).

Paula McFarland
Newton, NH

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Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (17 Oct 2014) 45 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Oct 2014 22:10:09 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               3             79            105
Osprey                       2             34            191
Bald Eagle                   2             19             64
Northern Harrier             0             18             66
Sharp-shinned Hawk          25            271            835
Cooper's Hawk                0             43             93
Northern Goshawk             0              5              6
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              4              6
Broad-winged Hawk            0             17           4237
Red-tailed Hawk              2             13             26
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             6             61            220
Merlin                       2             17             49
Peregrine Falcon             1             12             33
Unknown Accipiter            0             25             46
Unknown Buteo                0              3             12
Unknown Falcon               0              7             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             44            120

Total:                      45            672           6124
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Phil Brown

Observers:        Crawford Lyons, Ken Bednars, Maureen Joyce, Pam Hunt,
                  Robert Vallieres, Zeke Cornell

Visitors:
86 today, a good weekday count for the date with apples and raptors still
going strong, plus great weather and foliage. Many tongues from places as
far flung as Virginia and Melbourne, Australia made their way up to the
platform today from down under. Another visitor told stories of the
Brazilian urubu (black vulture). Thanks to all for the good conversation
today.


Weather:
Unseasonably warm with winds shifting more west than south early in the
day. Considerable cloud cover all day and a moderate, steady wind kept
raptors low and in view for many visitors and observers.

Raptor Observations:
Sharpies were decidedly the raptor of the day, appearing in small numbers
each hour in all parts of the sky. Decent diversity, otherwise, with nine
species of migratory raptor tallied.

Non-raptor Observations:
50 species of birds at the Orchard today, 46 of them from the platform.
Finch numbers strong during the first couple of hours and continuing in
trickles throughout the day. Purple finches lead the way (207) with pine
siskins (143) not far behind. Single flocks of Canada geese (40) and
double-crested cormorants (37) - the latter viewed at length and highly
entertaining with their in-flight antics! Sparrows and their allies
continued strong in the shrubs and apple mash nearby the platform. 2
Monarch butterflies.

Predictions:
Expect similar conditions tomorrow morning until showers begin to usher in
westerly winds and much colder temps starting on Sunday. That should get
the buteos and eagles moving again. Either way, drop by the Orchard
tomorrow from 10-2 for a live raptor show presented by NH Audubon staff - a
great chance for families and kids to see these amazing birds of prey up
close.
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Report submitted by Phil Brown (pbrown AT nhaudubon.org)
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Subject: Eastern Wood-Pewee, Least Sandpiper - Salem
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:26:20 -0400
A few notable sightings around town the last few days include:

Eastern Wood-Pewee - on 10/16 heard in the woods in the backyard, then
called him in with tape just to be sure.

1 Least Sandpiper with group of 7 Pectoral Sandpipers at World End Pond.

2 Sora at World End Pond

2 Buffleheads at Canobie Lake

1st year Bald Eagle near the Spicket River on 10/16


Kyle Wilmarth
Salem, NH

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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (17 Oct 2014) 41 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Oct 2014 21:10:17 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               8             58             65
Osprey                       4             33            205
Bald Eagle                   0             14             87
Northern Harrier             0             15             60
Sharp-shinned Hawk          14            255            915
Cooper's Hawk                3             43             98
Northern Goshawk             0              5             11
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             13             30
Broad-winged Hawk            0             12          11043
Red-tailed Hawk              3             24             32
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              2              2
American Kestrel             2             38            104
Merlin                       5             30             71
Peregrine Falcon             0             14             35
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              4
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              1              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             10             29

Total:                      41            570          12797
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Al Grimstad, Andre Moraes, Betsy Smith, Sharon Harvell

Visitors:
44. Great crew at the hawkwatch, today!


Weather:
Once again the first hour of the count was lost to fog. The second hour,
visibility wavered on the verge of being attainable, and finally became so.
Clouds came and went, always covering at least half of the sky as they were
blown about. The wind came out of the WSW at 10-15mph, gusting higher
through the first part of the day. 

Raptor Observations:
Turkey Vultures have decided its time to leave town along with the rest of
the crowd, though Red-tailed Hawks aren't so sure. Ask a Sharp-shinned Hawk
and they'll tell you your all set to go as long as you've pestered everyone
within flapping distance, ravens and plastic owls included. A juvenile
Golden Eagle states it with nonchalance; if you have to travel, take it all
in a long, steady glide, and don't bother looking back.

Non-raptor Observations:
A deluge of Pine Siskins flowed over the hawkwatch this morning in a flock
350 birds strong. Many smaller groups of siskins swirled through the
spruces and bubbled south in bouncing swarms. Ruby-crowned Kinglets (8),
Golden-crowned Kinglets (3) and Dark-eyed Juncos (at least 30) had the run
of the underbrush.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 6
Palm Warbler- 2
Pine Siskin~ 545
Purple Finch- 2
finch sp.- 8

Predictions:
We may be in store for another foggy morning, but once it burns off,
temperatures should warm to the low 60s and a few breaks of sun should
develop. There's a chance of a fast-moving shower or two towards the middle
of the day associated with a strong cold front, but most of the day should
be pleasant. The wind will be out of the SW at around 10mph, shifting to
come out of the W behind the front. It should be another decent day for
migrants, especially if the wind stays light and we avoid the rain.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (trina16 AT comcast.net))
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Bald Eagles, Rusty Blackbirds, American Pipits, Eastern Meadowlark in Kingston
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:44:51 -0400
A beautiful morning kayak paddle on my usual haunt (Great Pond) and a
lunchtime stroll down Farm Road revealed a few nice sights.

Great Pond:
2 Bald Eagle (adult and imm)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottheron/15553867611/
2 Cooper's Hawk (perched about 50 yards from the eagles. only the blue jays
complained)
3 Rusty Blackbird
https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottheron/15532825026/
1 Marsh Wren
1 Carolina Wren
2 Purple Finch
4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
4 Eastern Bluebird
6 Swamp Sparrow
8 White-throated Sparrow

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20255798

Farm Road:
2 Northern Harrier
2 Red-tailed Hawk
15 American Pipit
1 Eastern Meadowlark (associating with the pipits)
3 White-throated Sparrow
20 Mourning Dove (possibly more)

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20258092

Scott Heron
Kingston

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Subject: Important upgrades in eBird submission process
From: birdrecords <birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:00:33 +0000
New Hampshire eBirders will want to be aware of this.
Thanks to Kent McFarland for sharing.

Forwarded post to Upper Valley Birders by Kent McFarland
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 10:28 AM
To: UV-BIRDERS AT LISTSERV.DARTMOUTH.EDU

Hi Birders,

We wanted to alert all of you to some changes that have been made on eBird in 
the data submission process. You might have noticed recently three changes in 
the eBird submission process. 


(a) There is now a "historical" category added to the list of types of 
observations. It is for observations for which effort measures are not 
available. This is for use by birders putting into eBird their records from 
years before there was eBird, and often those effort measures (number of 
observers, duration, distance, and/or area) were not documented in those days. 
Providing the "historical" category simplifies eBird data for its major 
analytical purposes. 


(b) When you select "incidental" as your type of observation, eBird 
automatically selects "No" for the question about "complete checklists". Thus 
you no longer can have a checklist that is both "incidental" and "complete". 
This resolves a common misunderstanding about what an "incidental" checklist 
is. 


(c) And, if you submit a checklist with only one species and select "Yes" for 
the question"Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able 
to identify?" a big red box appears and asks you if it really is a complete 
checklist. 


The big red box question states:

"You have reported fewer than five taxa on a complete checklist of birds. 
Answering 'yes' to 'Are you reporting all species?' implies that an effort was 
made to record all species present, not just highlight species. Please confirm 
that you understand this question or change it to 'no' if it was not an effort 
to record all species present." 


{The reference to five taxa is a typo and will soon be changed to say "one 
species"} 


The "complete checklist" question is very important in the application of eBird 
records in many analyses and applications of the data. For example, any 
questions about which birds are common and which rare requires that there is an 
effort to record all species detectable. It extends to all checklists, not just 
those with a single species. 


The lists of species are based on the observer putting in some effort to record 
all species that they were able to identify by sight and/or sound. "Identify" 
means to name the species, or use a category such as Lesser/Greater Scaup, 
Larus sp., dabbling duck, etc. as provided by eBird. 


However, eBird has discovered that the Yes/No question was widely misunderstood 
and incorrectly answered. For example, they discovered that tens of thousands 
of checklists recorded as "complete" for a Snowy Owl, or other charismatic 
uncommon species, contained only that one species and none of the other 
surrounding birds ... even if other species were in photographs submitted. This 
really made a mess of the data and rendered them generally unusable for the 
basic eBird analyses. 


Thus, to answer "Yes, this is a complete checklist" you should have "made an 
effort to record all species present." In practice this means to record all the 
birds you were able to detect by the common methods used by the birding 
community, and to identify them to species or group as noted above. 


Also, thankfully, it does not mean that specialized methods such as mist 
netting, baiting, calling, stationary cameras, radar, etc. are necessary. It 
also does not mean that you must spend any certain amount of time, cover any 
specific acreage, travel a standard distance or increase the number of 
observers .... since the effort measures capture all the variety of everyday 
birding outings, and make the eBird data we all collect useful for countless 
analyses locally and worldwide. 


Thanks for your contributions to eBird.

Kent McFarland and the county coordinators at Vermont eBird

Special thanks to county coordinator Ian Worley for getting this information 
together. 

____________________________

Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x2

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Subject: Christmas Bird Count preview
From: birdrecords <birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:00:14 +0000
I know it's a little early to be thinking about the Christmas Bird Count, but 
dates are set for most counts and the NH preview is up on the web. You can see 
the schedule and who to contact if you're interested in helping at: 

http://www.nhbirdrecords.org/birding/CBC.htm

Becky Suomala
New Hampshire Bird Records
NH Audubon

CBC Compilers - if any of the information posted is incorrect or needs to be 
updated, please send the changes to me directly at: rsuomala AT nhaudubon.org. 
Thanks. 


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Subject: Christmas Bird Count Preview
From: birdrecords <birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:55:41 +0000
I know it's a little early to be thinking about the Christmas Bird Counts, but 
dates are set for most counts and the preview is up. You can see the schedule 
and who to contact if you're interested in helping out with a count at: 

http://www.nhbirdrecords.org/birding/CBC.htm

Becky Suomala
New Hampshire Bird Records
NH Audubon

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Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow - Yes
From: "Rebecca Suomala" <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:56:46 -0400
The Clay-colored Sparrow was still present at the Birch Street Community
Gardens in Concord this morning.

 

Becky Suomala, Chichester

Zeke Cornell, Bow

 

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Subject: Harrier and Horned Larks/Nashua and Ruddy Ducks in Greenfield
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:51:53 -0400
Deanne Fortnam and I took an impromptu "breakfast and fall foliage" tour
yesterday.  Bird highlights:

Just heading out for the  airport:  Northern Harrier female, flyover, Main
Dunstable Road;

Breakfast at the Midfield Café in Nashua:  a good sized flock of Horned
Larks (75-100), feeding out on the grassy strips between taxiways, only
visible when planes spooked them in flying up;

A brief stop at the Pack Monadnock observatory where the raptors were
fighting the winds;

Greenfield State Park (Otter Lake) 12 Ruddy Ducks (counted from poor
photos, eBird thought it was a lot).

Chris Sheridan
Nashua, NH


*Chris Sheridancmsbirds AT gmail comNashua NH*

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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, October 15, 2014
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:59:17 -0400
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, October 15th, 
2014.



A NORTHERN WHEATEAR was seen and photographed in Warner on October 12th, and 
another was seen and photographed in Nashua on October 10th. Neither bird 
has been relocated.



A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen was seen at the Concord Community Gardens on 
Birch Street, off of Clinton Street, on October 5th, 6th, 9th, 11th, and 
13th.



A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were both reported from 
Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 12th.



An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the old Kingston Fairgrounds on Green 
Road on October 13th, one was seen near the Strafford County Complex in 
Dover on the 11th, one was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 
11th, and 2 were seen at Odiorne Point State Park on the 12th.



10 RED CROSSBILLS were seen from the bridge on Chocorua Lake Road at the 
south end of Lake Chocorua in Tamworth, and 2 were reported from the south 
end of Bear Notch Road in the White Mountains, all on October 13th.



A probable GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye 
on October 12th, and a probable DICKCISSEL was reported from fields along 
North Pepperell Road in Hollis on October 10th.



3 STILT SANDPIPERS were seen in Hampton Marsh behind Little Jack's 
restaurant along Route 1A on October 13th and 15th, and a WHIMBREL was seen 
in Seabrook on October 8th.



6 RUDDY DUCKS, 37 TURKEY VULTURES, an AMERICAN COOT, 5    PECTORAL 
SANDPIPERS, and 34 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater 
Treatment Plant on October 9th, and 8 RUDDY DUCKS, a GADWALL, 3 SEMIPALMATED 
SANDPIPERS, and a LEAST SANDPIPER were seen here on the 15th. The treatment 
plant is gated and the hours of operation are 7:30-3:00 on weekdays. If you 
visit, please check in at the office and be out of the plant by 2:45 so that 
plant personnel do not have to ask birders to leave. Do not drive on the 
dikes and do not block the road. The Trails at Pickering Ponds, located east 
of the plant, are not gated, and are always open during daylight hours.



5 RUDDY DUCKS, 2 AMERICAN COOTS, and 2 DUNLIN were seen at the Exeter 
Wastewater Treatment Plant on October 11th.



A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in Rumney on October 9th.



16 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, and 11 GREAT EGRETS were seen in Hampton 
Harbor on October 12th.



A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen in the Connecticut River in Westmoreland on 
October 13th.



5 AMERICAN PIPITS and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD were seen at the Pondicherry Audubon 
Sanctuary in Jefferson on October 12th.



A flock of over 100 AMERICAN PIPITS was reported from the Tomapo Farm fields 
on Storrs Hill in Lebanon on October 8th.



An unidentified "white-colored" HUMMINGBIRD was reported from Rye on October 
7th.



Several PIED-BILLED GREBES and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were reported during the 
past week from scattered locations.



There were several reports of AMERICAN WOODCOCK sightings during the past 
week, including some vocalizing.



130 PINE SISKINS were tallied atop Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on October 
14th, and 80 were counted at Cherry Pond in Jefferson on October 12th. 
Smaller flocks were reported from numerous locations during the past week.



An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was heard in Manchester on October 10th.



2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen in Hampton on October 11th.



15 TURKEY VULTURES were seen roosting in trees along Salmon Street in 
Newmarket on October 12th.



Fall season RAPTOR migration continues with migrating raptors being counted 
daily at hawk-watching sites. To date, the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration 
Observatory in Peterborough has counted over 12,750 raptors, the Carter Hill 
Observatory in Concord has counted over 6,000 raptors, and hawk-watchers on 
Little Round Top in Bristol have seen over 2,700 raptors. Of particular note 
was a GOLDEN EAGLE seen from Pack Monadnock on October 8th. Be sure to visit 
these viewing sites this fall season to help out with the counts! Pack 
Monadnock and Carter Hill will be staffed by NH Audubon through the end of 
October. Although peak flights of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have mainly passed, 
there are still many more raptors to be counted.



This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909. 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: Joann's coastal birding trip today 10/15
From: Jeanne-Marie <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:42:25 -0400
What a day to spend in great company, birding the coast.

Gorgeous blue skies, calm and nearly cloudless until late afternoon

We were able to find 51 species : late shorebirds, including the 3 Stilt 
Sandpipers still "behind" little Jacks (to the left marsh), semi sandpipers, 
and plovers, dunlin, pipets, northern harriers, all three species of scoters, 
red throated loon, american coots (eel pond with a pied bill grebe), and black 
crown night herons 

Finished the perfect day at the beach plum for icecream. Hard to believe it is 
October. 


Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua NH 

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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (15 Oct 2014) 32 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 15 Oct 2014 20:10:10 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               2             50             57
Osprey                       7             29            201
Bald Eagle                   0             14             87
Northern Harrier             2             15             60
Sharp-shinned Hawk           8            241            901
Cooper's Hawk                1             40             95
Northern Goshawk             0              5             11
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             13             30
Broad-winged Hawk            0             12          11043
Red-tailed Hawk              2             21             29
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             1             36            102
Merlin                       3             25             66
Peregrine Falcon             3             14             35
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              4
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              1              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              9             28

Total:                      32            529          12756
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Al Grimstad, Janelle Ostrosti, Jon Woolf,
                  Julie & Laurel Brown, Nancy Moreau

Visitors:
28.


Weather:
The summit was again swathed in low clouds this morning, delaying the count
by an hour and tangling in the towers for the first part of the day. A
misty band of precipitation blocked the view towards Monadnock in the early
afternoon before rolling over Pack on its way upstate, bringing out the
rain gear and banishing non-weatherproof items to dryer quarters. Between
the heat (it was in the low-70s for most of the day) and humidity, today
felt more like the first muggy day of June than the halfway mark of
October. The wind kept up steadily out of the south, decreasing slightly
though the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
Birds were determined to move regardless of the wind and damp weather. Two
adult Red-shouldered Hawks came through early, boldly patterned with the
hues of autumn. The North Pack ravens acted as tour guides, meeting a
stately procession of Ospreys over the cliffs and escorting them southward.

Non-raptor Observations:
The morning air filled with the songs of Purple Finches and cries of Hermit
Thrushes and American Robins feasting on the mountain ash. Juncos squabbled
in the blueberry bush, and a Blue-headed Vireo whistled a few phrases of
his summer song from the mountainside.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Blue Jay- 10
Hermit Thrush- 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 5
Palm Warbler- 1
Pine Siskin~ 120
Purple Finch- 2

Predictions:
Tomorrow's count has been called on account of rain. It'll be a good day
for thumbing though recipe's for annual Soup-Off this Sunday at 12:00p.m.
Mark your calendars!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (trina16 AT comcast.net))
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Gadwall at Rochester WTP
From: Dan Hubbard <danielhubbard AT peoplepc.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:07:07 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
There was one Gadwall at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant today. There 
also were 4 American Pipits, 8 Ruddy Ducks and 8 Green-winged Teal. The 
shorebirds have dwindled to 4 Pectoral, 3 Semipalmated, and 1 Least Sandpiper. 

Dan Hubbard, Rochester

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Oct 15, 2014
From: k chamberlin <kchamberlin07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:03:25 -0400
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From: 
Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 1:59 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Oct 15, 2014
To: kchamberlin07 AT gmail.com


Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Grafton, US-NH
Oct 15, 2014 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
37 species

Great Blue Heron  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  4
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue-headed Vireo  4
Red-eyed Vireo  1     Very green vireo with heavy eye line feeding with
Blue headed vireos, juncos, and kinglets
Blue Jay  20
American Crow  8
Black-capped Chickadee  32
Tufted Titmouse  15
Red-breasted Nuthatch  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
Brown Creeper  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  X     many, singing
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  20     many, singing
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  20
European Starling  50
Cedar Waxwing  5
Black-and-white Warbler  1     same place as yesterday
Common Yellowthroat  1     Common Yellowthroat
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  21
Chipping Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow  X
White-throated Sparrow  X     singing
White-crowned Sparrow (Eastern)  2     White Crowned Baby
Dark-eyed Junco  35
Northern Cardinal  4
House Finch  6
Purple Finch  4
Pine Siskin  X     heard
American Goldfinch  X     heard
House Sparrow  X

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - 10-mile Dodge/Partridge/Moore survey, Oct 15, 2014
From: Sandy Turner <tmsprgrn AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:42:53 -0400
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Subject: eBird Report - 10-mile Dodge/Partridge/Moore survey, Oct 15, 2014
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10-mile Dodge/Partridge/Moore survey, Grafton, US-NH
Oct 15, 2014 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
10.5 mile(s)
25 species

Canada Goose  28
Mallard  3
Hooded Merganser  4
Osprey  1
Northern Goshawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Ring-billed Gull  11
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  1
Blue Jay  16
American Crow  51
Common Raven  2
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  4
White-throated Sparrow  4
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Purple Finch  2

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Subject: Fwd: BirdsEye-Rochester WTP-2014-10-9
From: David Lipsy <dlipsy AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:31:04 -0400
Sorry for the late report... just getting back into the swing of things with 
eBird 

David 

Begin forwarded message:

> From: David Lipsy 
> Subject: BirdsEye-Rochester WTP-2014-10-9
> Date: October 15, 2014 at 8:12:29 AM EDT
> To: David Lipsy 
> 
> Observer: David Lipsy
> 2014-10-09 14:30
> Rochester WTP & Pickering Ponds
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2 Miles
> 240 Minutes
> Observers: 3
> All birds reported? Yes
>     X    Canada Goose       
>     4    American Black Duck       
>     23    Mallard       
>     6    RUDDY DUCK       
>     1    Double-crested Cormorant       
>     2    Great Blue Heron       
>     37    Turkey Vulture       
>     1    Sharp-shinned Hawk       
>     1    Red-tailed Hawk       
>     1    AMERICAN COOT       
>     2    Killdeer       
>     5    PECTORAL SANDPIPER      
> X gull sp. there were many Gulls at the landfill, some over flying us... did 
not study them. 

>     9    Mourning Dove       
>     1    Eastern Phoebe       
>     3    Blue Jay       
>     14    American Crow       
>     1    Black-capped Chickadee       
>     1    Hermit Thrush       
>     3    American Robin       
>     25    European Starling       
>     34    AMERICAN PIPIT       
>     50+    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)    They were everywhere!!!!   
>     3    Savannah Sparrow       
>     2    Song Sparrow       
>     15    Red-winged Blackbird       
> 
> 
> This report was created and sent using BirdsEye BirdLog 
(http://birdseyebirding.com/) 

> 
> David Lipsy
> Eagle Eye Photography
> 
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

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Subject: OPBS
From: "'Jerome Barry' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:43:41 -0700
We had a successful three day weekend at OPBS. We ended up banding 65 birds of 
24 species. Highlights included: 


ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER - Undoubtedly one of the two found by Jane, Steve, Zeke, 
Becky and Kyle. Only the 8th ever banded in the state of NH. 


Yellow-breasted Chat
Northern Parula
Golden-crowned Kinglet

Thanks to our volunteers who help make the program possible.

Jay Barry
Lauren Kras
Ben Griffith
Odiorne Point Banding Station

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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (14 Oct 2014) 14 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 14 Oct 2014 21:10:28 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             48             55
Osprey                       2             22            194
Bald Eagle                   0             14             87
Northern Harrier             0             13             58
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7            233            893
Cooper's Hawk                1             39             94
Northern Goshawk             0              5             11
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             11             28
Broad-winged Hawk            0             12          11043
Red-tailed Hawk              1             19             27
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             2             35            101
Merlin                       1             22             63
Peregrine Falcon             0             11             32
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              4
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              1              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8             27

Total:                      14            497          12724
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 3.75 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Betsy Smith

Visitors:
28.


Weather:
Today was a debate on what was needed more, a glacier to carve down the
mountain a hundred feet or so, or a massive fan to blow the low-lying cloud
deck to above the level of the summit. Eventually, they lifted on their
own, showing sunbeams dancing over a landscape bestrewn with the leftover
hues of a cataclysmic pumpkin fight. The south wind, discontented with its
10-15mph allotment, blew fitful gusts and lapses to calm. Temperatures
reached the upper half of the 60s.

Raptor Observations:
The count was delayed until early afternoon by the complete lack of
visibility. Once conditions improved, a few birds were flung into view by
the updrafts, or succumbed to the temptation to dive on the ever-present
ravens. Most migrants stayed low to avoid the wind, but the second Osprey
rose nearly to the hight of the clouds before cutting its way to the south.

Non-raptor Observations:
Yellow-rumped Warblers crowded the spruces while Pine Siskins swarmed
overhead for the first hour of the count. The Black-capped Chickadee flock
acted as an early warning system, preparing the summit denizens of an
approaching Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 26
Palm Warbler- 1
Pine Siskin~ 130


Predictions:
Another warm one with temperatures making a run at 70F or above if sunny
breaks develop. The sky will be overcast to mostly cloudy, and the south
wind will continue at 5-10mph. Hopefully the cloud ceiling will be above
Pack for the entire count, and with lighter wind, migrants wanting to beat
out Thursday's rain will have an easier time than today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (trina16 AT comcast.net))
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (14 Oct 2014) 62 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 14 Oct 2014 20:10:29 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              23             76            102
Osprey                       4             32            189
Bald Eagle                   0             17             62
Northern Harrier             2             18             66
Sharp-shinned Hawk          16            246            810
Cooper's Hawk                5             43             93
Northern Goshawk             1              5              6
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              5
Broad-winged Hawk            2             17           4237
Red-tailed Hawk              0             11             24
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8             55            214
Merlin                       0             15             47
Peregrine Falcon             1             11             32
Unknown Accipiter            0             25             46
Unknown Buteo                0              3             12
Unknown Falcon               0              7             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             43            119

Total:                      62            627           6079
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jess Cosentino

Observers:        

Visitors:
Around 55 visitors to the deck today including a large group of 20+
students from Second Start in Concord, NH. While listening to some quick
facts about migrating raptors, they had some very great questions and
seemed interested in finding out exactly where these birds were going and
surprised to hear that some of them actually DO return in the spring as
well.


Weather:
An unusually warm mid-October day of weather with temperatures reaching the
mid 70's by afternoon. The clouds moved in by noon and kept enough cover to
prevent sunlight from breaking through, aside from a ray here and there.
Winds were blowing in from SSE for most of the day, picking up in strength
at times then mellowing out a bit by the day's end.

Raptor Observations:
Birds were getting on the move throughout the morning and into the
afternoon. Early day vultures were pushing across the horizon in groups
while the "afternoon shift" stuck around, resuming their slow aerial dances
back and forth along the distant valleys. Accipiters seemed to be busy
moving early in the day while Kestrels were trickling by from morning
through the afternoon. A few more Osprey showed up after being absent for a
short stretch of days and resumed the exact same flight path that has
seemed to be a species favorite this fall, as the lofty white and black
silhouettes meandered south along the Contoocook River corridor. The early
afternoon was met with 2 somewhat unexpected migrants, as a pair of
Broad-winged Hawks rose slowly over the NE hillside and continued almost
directly overhead before drifting south. Hopefully despite this unpunctual
flight schedule, the duo will manage to catch up to their cohorts, that
seem to have already reached the southern limits of the US by now.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Yellow-rumped Warblers continue to feast among the local invertebrate fare,
along with an Eastern Bluebird and a few Savannah Sparrows. Medium-sized
flocks of Pine Siskins, Cedar Waxwings, and Robins fluttered across
periodically throughout the afternoon.

Predictions:
Tomorrow's weather is looking similar to today's. Mostly cloudy skies
throughout the day. Another warmer autumn day with a high near 75F. Winds S
at 5 to 10 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jess Cosentino (rcavall AT comcast.net)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Oct 14, 2014
From: k chamberlin <kchamberlin07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:24:45 -0400
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Subject: eBird Report - Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Oct 14, 2014
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Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Grafton, US-NH
Oct 14, 2014 9:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Lots of small flocks today, temperature in the 60's. Hundreds
of birds all through town this morning an increase in starlings and
finches. More diversity in sparrows there are many we can not ID.
38 species
Here are some sparrow pics we were not sure of:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/97678234 AT N07/sets/72157648767094215/

Wood Duck  3     fly over
Common Merganser  4     fly over
Ruffed Grouse  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  10
Hairy Woodpecker  9
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  6
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  10
Black-capped Chickadee  22
Tufted Titmouse  15
Red-breasted Nuthatch  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  22
Hermit Thrush  5
https://www.flickr.com/photos/97678234 AT N07/15537753922/
American Robin  50     many more throughout town
Brown Thrasher  1
https://www.flickr.com/photos/97678234 AT N07/15350336729/
European Starling  50
Cedar Waxwing  5
Black-and-white Warbler  1     Seen by both and photographed, it almost
landed on me.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/97678234 AT N07/15351251570/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/97678234 AT N07/15536896045/
Palm Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  30
Chipping Sparrow  20
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  X     heard many
Dark-eyed Junco  33
Northern Cardinal  1
House Finch  6
Purple Finch  10
Pine Siskin  25
https://www.flickr.com/photos/97678234 AT N07/15350695938/
American Goldfinch  X
House Sparrow  X


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Subject: New Hampshire Bird Records issues and articles
From: birdrecords <birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:25:09 +0000
Two issues of New Hampshire Bird Records have come out that we've been remiss 
about posting. As usual, there are free article in each of them for 
non-subscribers to read on the web at 

http://www.nhbirdrecords.org/journal/contents.htm (and we hope you'll become a 
subscriber). 


The Summer 2013 issue featured an article by Mark Suomala on birding in the 
White Mountains. The issue also features an excerpt from The Birds of New 
Hampshire by Allan Keith and Robert Fox - an important new resource on the 
status and distribution of bird species in the state. Their Sandhill Crane 
account provides an example of the sighting records that they have compiled 
from as far back as is known. You can also read this excerpt for free at the 
above link! The book is available for purchase in the NH Audubon Nature Store 
in Concord or on-line at 
http://www.nhaudubon.org/products/bird-and-nature-books/the-birds-of-new-hampshire 
. 


In the Summer 2013 issue you'll also find the highlights and summaries from the 
summer season, the regular Field Notes and Photo Quiz and Photo Gallery, and 
these articles: 


*       2013 Goodhue-Elkins Award Recipient - Susan Fogleman

*       Black-backed Woodpecker Nest in Bethlehem

* Forty Years of New Hampshire Birds at an Elevated Locale by Robert I. Rotberg 


*       BirdLog by Ben Griffith

*       The Next New Hampshire Breeders by Pam Hunt

In the Fall 2013 issue you can read about the results of years of Common 
Nighthawk migration monitoring in Concord, NH, by Rob Woodward and Zeke 
Cornell. This will help put the record 2014 season in perspective. The fall 
issue is full of migration highlights, from the Raptor Migration Report to the 
highlights of the Fall 2013 bird reports - remember the first arrival of Snowy 
Owls even before winter officially started? The issue also features an article 
on birding World End Pond and other Salem Hotspots by Kyle Wilmarth, a 
Spotlight on White-eyed Vireo by Steve Mirick, the results from the Concord 
November Challenges (which set a new record) by Pam Hunt, observations of 
insect-eating birds switching to berries, and the regular Field Notes, Photo 
Quiz, and Photo Gallery. 


We're working it get caught up on publication and we appreciate your patience.

For subscription information go to: 
http://www.nhbirdrecords.org/journal/Subscribe_Donate.htm or subscribe on-line 
at: http://www.nhaudubon.org/nature-store/nh-bird-records 


Becky Suomala
Managing Editor, New Hampshire Bird Records
NH Audubon

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Subject: Connecticut River White-winged Scoter
From: Rand Burnett <randburnett33 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:07:36 -0400
Today at 5:15 p.m. I saw a White-winged Scoter on the Connecticut River about 
100 yards north of the Adams Farm boat launch in Westmoreland, NH. I got 
excellent views of it through the scope, so that I could clearly see the white 
"comma" by its eye and the white wing patch. He was all alone. However, much 
farther north on the river there were 7 waterfowl which were too far away for 
me to identify--my guess is Common Mergansers. I also got good views of an 
osprey perching on a tall tree on the opposite shore. After about 5 minutes he 
took off, hovering briefly over the river before heading south over the river 
at about tree top level. 


Rand Burnett

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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (13 Oct 2014) 19 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 13 Oct 2014 21:10:14 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               2             48             55
Osprey                       7             20            192
Bald Eagle                   1             14             87
Northern Harrier             2             13             58
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            226            886
Cooper's Hawk                0             38             93
Northern Goshawk             0              5             11
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             11             28
Broad-winged Hawk            0             12          11043
Red-tailed Hawk              0             18             26
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             0             33             99
Merlin                       2             21             62
Peregrine Falcon             2             11             32
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              4
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              1              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8             27

Total:                      19            483          12710
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Iain MacLeod

Observers:        Betsy Smith

Visitors:
250 plus. Waves of visitors enjoying the holiday (and believing the lies of
the weather forecasters).


Weather:
Cool. The weather people got it wrong (surprise). Clouds rolled in by 11 am
(not 3pm). Blustery SW wind.

Raptor Observations:
Ospreys pushed south surfing the wind. One Bald Eagle was escorted all the
way through by a Raven. They took turns leading the way south.

Non-raptor Observations:
Very quite. One group of 25 Canada Geese. Usual Myrtle Warblers and juncos
========================================================================
Report submitted by Iain MacLeod (pandiain.im AT gmail.com)
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Misc Concord Birds - Oct 13
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:39:27 -0400
Greetings all,

 

Back from a marathon trip down to Virginia and back over the last week, and
nice to hang locally today. A few finds:

 

Penacook Survey yielded a mid-October typical total of 44 species. RB
Nuthatches continue above average but lower that September, and Pine Siskins
are starting to show up. Warblers are mostly gone, with only Pine (1), Palm
(7), and Yellow-rumped (22), while sparrows ramping up (e.g., 96
white-throats). Also of note were two Rusty Blackbirds 

 

35 species at Morrill's Farm around noon included a late Nashville Warbler,
first Horned Lark of the fall, and a Vesper Sparrow. Pipits have grown to
~30, and there are still 20 Killdeer in the now-harvested corn. A Solitary
Sandpiper was in the manure pond.

 

Clay-colored Sparrow was still at the Community Gardens around 2:30.

 

Pine Siskins were common in the Carter Hill area, with a flock of 30 along
Lakeview Road and 20 or so at the hawk watch.

 

Pam Hunt

Penacook, NH

 

"The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed
the world."

      - Alexander von Humboldt

 

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Subject: Northern Wheatear - NO
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:23:13 -0400
Denny Abbott and I searched for the Wheatear today, but came up empty.  
We ran into Joy Bockius, Sharon Harvell, and Chris McPherson, but no 
luck.  I find it hard to believe this bird is still hanging around in 
this area.  The habitat is just not favorable.  I hope I'm wrong, however!

Consolation was a Carolina Wren and Red-bellied Woodpecker.  Both a bit 
uncommon up in this area according to Joy.  And a beautiful migrating 
Northern Harrier, heading south!

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (13 Oct 2014) 19 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 13 Oct 2014 19:10:10 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             53             79
Osprey                       0             28            185
Bald Eagle                   0             17             62
Northern Harrier             0             16             64
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12            230            794
Cooper's Hawk                1             38             88
Northern Goshawk             0              4              5
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              5
Broad-winged Hawk            0             15           4235
Red-tailed Hawk              0             11             24
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3             47            206
Merlin                       1             15             47
Peregrine Falcon             1             10             31
Unknown Accipiter            0             25             46
Unknown Buteo                0              3             12
Unknown Falcon               1              7             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             43            119

Total:                      19            565           6017
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jess Cosentino

Observers:        Crawford Lyons, Pam Hunt, Robert Vallieres, Tom Brewton

Visitors:
Around 166 visitors to the observatory today, including one gentleman who
was up visiting New Hampshire and was a counter at the Scott's Mountain
Hawk Watch in New Jersey. He shared some stories about their recent
Broad-winged Hawk flight.


Weather:
Another cool morning to start off with that gradually warmed up by
afternoon. SW wind for most of the day, calm for most of it. Clouds rolling
in by afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
The skies seemed a bit more quiet than the last few days that we've had.
Accipiters and falcons made up the bulk of migrants that decided to push
through. A cooperative afternoon Kestrel decided to perch momentarily on a
nearby white pine, allowing for some good looks before it chose to continue
flying on.

Non-raptor Observations:
A gang of Yellow-rumped Warblers and a lone Eastern Phoebe decided to spend
the better part of the morning perched atop the nearby rooftop and
telephone wires while feasting on a buffet of hymenoptera. A few more
flocks of Pine Siskin kept active in the nearby trees of the orchard while
ducks (Mallard and American Black Duck) made quick flights overhead as
well.

Predictions:
Tomorrow looks a bit similar to today's weather however appearing to be
much warmer by afternoon. Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy
later in the day. High around 75F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jess Cosentino (rcavall AT comcast.net)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Brookline Bird Club's Dedicated pelagic trip NOV 22, 2014
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:16:13 -0400
The final fall pelagic for the Brookline Bird Club is coming up in 
November!  Here is a message from Ida.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

“Space is available on the Brookline Bird Club’s Dedicated pelagic trip  
NOV 22,  2014 from 7AM t0 3PM: to the Nantucket Shoals Area for 
thousands of Sea ducks, Loons, Shearwaters, Fulmar, Alcids, Phalaropes, 
Jaegers, Gulls,  possible Skua and passerine hitchhikers. Also a good 
variety of critters seen on these trips such as Whales, Dolphins, 
sharks, Sea turtles, etc…We have Master birders Jeremiah Trimble, Nick 
Bonomo and  others leading the trip. Our boat, the Helen H, is a very 
comfortable, fast, 100 foot fishing boat with a knowledgeable and 
enthusiastic Captain and crew. We use gallons of chum to attract the 
birds..  . There is a full galley with excellent food at reasonable 
prices. Parking is free. Cost: $95  BBC members,  110  Non-members

To reserve a space, send a check for the full amount made out to the 
'BROOKLINE BIRD CLUB AGENT' along with a signed waiver to: Ida Giriunas, 
83 Summer Ave., Reading, MA, 01867 and include either your email or your 
postal address for confirmation, boarding instructions and further 
information.

For the information, a Waiver Form and to register, contact:

Ida Giriunas 781-929-8772, 



Subject: American Woodcock foraging
From: Larry Dole <larrydole AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:24:31 -0400
Had a new Yard Bird today, a very nice look at a American Woodcock! I took a 
video of it foraging for food...got a nice shot of the bird eating a worm. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ2Ojkjp0_M 
Also had:
White throated sparrow 20
Song sparrow 2
Palm warbler 5
Yellow rump 3
Northern flicker 1
Chickadee 5
Tufted titmouse 3
Ruby crown kinglet 2
Blue jay 4
Junko 5
Hairy 4
Downy 3 
Gold finch 10
Purple finch 2
American Woodcock 1
Morning dove 6

Larry Dole
566 Alton Mountain Rd
Alton Bay NH 03810
908-672-9804

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Subject: Re: Abridged summary of nhbirds@googlegroups.com - 14 updates in 14 topics
From: evelyn nathan <evynathan AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:12:57 -0400
Ah! Some one must have just gotten it!
Thanks.

On Oct 13, 2014, at 10/13/144:53 PM, nhbirds AT googlegroups.com wrote:

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Pondicherry Big Sit Results from Sunday 12 October 2014 - 1 Update
Night Flyers Presentation at the Rocks Estate in Bethlehem on Wednesday 15 
October at 7 PM - 1 Update 

Orange-crowned Warbler - Green Road in Kingston - 1 Update
Book report: The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar - 1 Update
northern wheatear - 1 Update
HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (12 Oct 2014) 65 Raptors - 1 
Update 

Kingston warblers - 1 Update
Coastal highlights (O-C Warblers, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Gray-cheeked Thrush, 
Stilt Sandpipers) - 1 Update 

HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (12 Oct 2014) 54 Raptors - 1 Update
Northern Wheatear -10/13 reports please - 1 Update
NH coast highlights - 1 Update
Wheatear - YES - 1 Update
Harrier in Dublin; Juncos in Jaffrey - 1 Update
15 TV's - 1 Update
Pondicherry Big Sit Results from Sunday 12 October 2014           
David Govatski : Oct 13 02:36PM -0400 

The 8th Annual Pondicherry Big Sit was on Sunday 12 October and was held at the 
Tudor Richards Viewing Platform on the edge of Cherry Pond in Jefferson. We saw 
38 species of birds which is 2 above ...more 

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Night Flyers Presentation at the Rocks Estate in Bethlehem on Wednesday 15 
October at 7 PM 

David Govatski : Oct 13 01:48PM -0400 

The Ammonoosuc Chapter of NH Audubon will be hosting a presentation entitled, 
"Night Flyers" at 7 PM, Wednesday 15 October at the Rocks Estate on Christmas 
Tree Lane in Bethlehem, NH. ...more 

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Orange-crowned Warbler - Green Road in Kingston           
Scott Heron : Oct 13 10:01AM -0400 

As Evy noted, I found a crownless Orange-crowned Warbler on the old
Kingston Fairgrounds. Thanks to Kyle Wilmarth for help on the ID.
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottheron/15525842782/
...more 
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Book report: The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar           
Cliff Otto : Oct 13 09:39AM -0400 

Having just finished this book that I received as a gift, I thought perhaps
some of the subscribers to NHBL might appreciate a short view of it.
 
The author, an Englishman and military historian ...more 
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northern wheatear           
Joy Bockius : Oct 13 07:50AM -0400 

I put on my winter coat and tried for the wheatear with no sucess this
morning. I walked around the PO and the church. I'll try again a little
later.
 
Joy Bockius
Warner, NH
...more 
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HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (12 Oct 2014) 65 Raptors 

reports AT hawkcount.org: Oct 13 06:10AM -0400 

Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 12, 2014
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...more 
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Kingston warblers           
evelyn nathan : Oct 13 05:48AM -0400 

Scott and I went out together and individually yesterday, together we saw a 
beautiful juvenile red-wing being harassed by a sharpie, we think it was a 
sharpie. Separately, Scott saw an ORANGE-CROWNED ...more 

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Coastal highlights (O-C Warblers, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Gray-cheeked Thrush, 
Stilt Sandpipers) 

Steve Mirick : Oct 12 09:03PM -0400 

Highlights only of a long day on the coast....and offshore!
 
Photos:
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/
 
In chronological order:
------------------------------
 
ORANGE-CROWNED ...more 
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HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (12 Oct 2014) 54 Raptors           
reports AT hawkcount.org: Oct 12 08:10PM -0400 

Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 12, 2014
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Species Day's Count Month ...more 
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Northern Wheatear -10/13 reports please           
Justin Lawson : Oct 12 08:40PM -0400 

if anyone heads out in the morning could you please give a negative or
positive report on the bird? going to head up with my 6 year old for his
little big year and would like to save a two hour ...more 
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NH coast highlights           
Rebecca : Oct 12 11:43PM 

We birded the coast before going on the last Granite State Whalewatch of the 
season at 11:00. 

 
The most exciting highlights were from Odiorne Point but since Steve and Jane 
Mirick found those, I'll ...more 

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Wheatear - YES           
Rebecca : Oct 12 11:27PM 

The Northern Wheater was still present in Warner ar 6:00pm this evening. 
The bird was feeding in the yard across the street from the post office, on the 
left (west) side of the church. ...more 

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Harrier in Dublin; Juncos in Jaffrey           
Bruce Boyer : Oct 12 06:27PM -0400 

This morning I saw a N. Harrier flapping slowly, low over the marshes around 
Mud Pond. Probably taking a break from migrating to do some hunting. 

 
This afternoon, a small flock of Juncos was ...more 
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15 TV's           
Joel Huntress : Oct 12 05:53PM -0400 

15 Turkey Vulture's roosting along Salmon St in Newmarket at dusk tonight.
 
http://flic.kr/p/pDqJiD
 
Joel Huntress
Newmarket
...more 
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Subject: Red Crossbills and Stilt Sandpipers
From: Rebecca <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:11:30 +0000 (UTC)
We had a nice flock of 10 Red Crossbills this morning in Tamworth. We saw them 
from the bridge on Chocorua Lake Road at the south end of Lake Chocorua. They 
were in the white pine trees with cones and very mobile, flying to different 
trees both to the south of the bridge and then to the northeast. A scope was 
handy to have to view them in the tree tops in the distance. 


We also had 2 Red Crossbill flyovers on Bear Notch Road where it crosses the 
Swift River. 


The 3 Stilt Sandpipers that Steve and Jane Mirick found yesterday were still in 
Hampton Marsh this afternoon. They were in the pool behind Little Jack's that's 
to the left and farther out in the marsh - the same pool with yesterday's 
Pied-billed Grebee that was also still present today. 

A few other shorebirds were there: 
Dunlin - 1 
Lesser Yellowlegs - 3 
Greater Yellowlegs - 2 
Semipalmated Sandiper - 3 
Killdeer - 1 


And my apologies to Stijn for totally mis-spelling his name in my wheatear post 
yesterday! 


Becky Suomala, Chichester 
Zeke Cornell, Bow 

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