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25 Jul White Ibis ["off.birding" ]
24 Jul Late Post - Juvenile White Ibis Photos 07-17-14 [David Lipsy ]
25 Jul Northwood Lake Loon Family []
24 Jul Green herons [fiddlinbill via NHBirds ]
24 Jul Fledgling photo... [Christine Sheridan ]
24 Jul Nashua Peregrines have fledglings! [Christine Sheridan ]
24 Jul No sandhills, no black back woodpeckers [Jeanne-Marie ]
24 Jul Re: Tamworth non Yellow-billed Cuckoo [AERART via NHBirds ]
24 Jul Tamworth non Yellow-billed Cuckoo [Steve Mesick ]
23 Jul SACR [Sandy Turner ]
23 Jul Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron in Awcomin Marsh [Scott Heron ]
23 Jul Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Herons [Steve Mirick ]
23 Jul Moderator's Message to List [Steve Mirick ]
22 Jul Juvenile BC Night Heron ["Jen Esten" ]
22 Jul Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, July 22, 2014 ["Mark Suomala" ]
22 Jul po ["chris gagnon" ]
22 Jul RE: Black-billed Cuckoo in Litchfield hurt. - bird rescue organization in Henniker [Jonathan Smith ]
22 Jul Re: Phoebe Forensics [Catherine Fisher ]
22 Jul Yellow-billed cuckoo []
22 Jul Phoebe Forensics [Bruce Boyer ]
22 Jul Black-billed Cuckoo in Litchfield hurt. [jksmith69 ]
22 Jul Juvenile White Ibis continues [Cheryl ]
21 Jul Evening Grosbeaks in Tamworth [Steve Mesick ]
21 Jul Re: Leasts at Ponemah Bog/Grasshopper Sparrows [Christine Sheridan ]
21 Jul White Mountains sightings ["Mark Suomala" ]
21 Jul **WARNING** to visitors to the Chapman's Landing Observation Deck [Joel Huntress ]
21 Jul Leasts at Ponemah Bog/Grasshopper Sparrows [Christine Sheridan ]
21 Jul Re: Offshore pelagic highlights ["Karen Bachelder" ]
21 Jul Massabesic Loon chick ["Jane Hills" ]
21 Jul Offshore pelagic highlights [Rebecca ]
21 Jul Addedum to Fox Run Mall ["'greenleaf360' via NHBirds" ]
20 Jul Late report-Indigo bunting, Peterborough [Cheryl Champy ]
20 Jul NH Coast (White Ibis, hybrid heron, FIN WHALE) [Steve Mirick ]
20 Jul Recent sightings at Fox Run Mall ["'Chris Yaun' via NHBirds" ]
19 Jul Have you bought your copy of The Birds of New Hampshire yet? ["Dana Fox" ]
19 Jul White Ibis ["Dana Fox" ]
19 Jul Female Rose Breasted Grosbeak photo [Joel Huntress ]
19 Jul NH Coast (Yellow-crowned Night-heron, HYBRID EGRET, Glossy Ibis, Whimbrel) [Steve Mirick ]
19 Jul Ashland 5 Kingfishers on a tree [keith chamberlin ]
19 Jul NH Audubon Fall Pelagic Birding Trip [Jon Woolf ]
19 Jul NH Audubon Fall Pelagic Birding Trip [Jon Woolf ]
18 Jul Ibis- yes ["Aaronian, Richard S." ]
18 Jul White Ibis Continues [Scott Spangenberg ]
17 Jul White Ibis - Finally! ["Terri Fratus" ]
17 Jul Rose Breasted Grosbeak [Joel Huntress ]
17 Jul White Ibis continues in Rye [Jeff MacQueen ]
17 Jul Cap. Chpt. FT - Paddle-Canoeing/birding on the Merrimack [Stephanie Parkinson ]
17 Jul White Ibis continues [Charlie Nims ]
16 Jul Monroe Sandhill Cranes [Charlie Nims ]
16 Jul being seen at marsh on Route 1a and Harbor Rd just south of Rye Harbor at 1130. [Justin Lawson ]
15 Jul Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, July 15, 2014 ["Mark Suomala" ]
15 Jul White Ibis in Rye - different location [Colleen ]
15 Jul White Ibis - Yes, plus Parasitic Jaegers, etc [Steve Mirick ]
15 Jul thanks for the correction on Caspian tern sighting [Jeanne-Marie ]
15 Jul Re: Grasshopper Sparrow Fledglings, Arboretum Drive. [Christine Sheridan ]
15 Jul Grasshopper Sparrow Fledglings, Arboretum Drive. [Christine Sheridan ]
14 Jul Glossy Ibis - Salem / recent Canada trip [Kyle Wilmarth ]
14 Jul updates from Caps ridge (pluses and minuses) to NH shoreline [Jeanne-Marie ]
14 Jul White-winged Crossbill -- Eaton [AERART via NHBirds ]
14 Jul House Sparrows ["Jane Hills" ]
14 Jul White Ibis details [Jon Woolf ]
14 Jul White ibis YES [Jon Woolf ]
13 Jul Barred Owls in Lee, Barn Swallows in Rye [Colleen ]
13 Jul Article on Mississippi Kites in Foster's Daily Democrat [Steve Mirick ]
13 Jul Great Penacook Walkabout ["Pam Hunt" ]
13 Jul Pacific loon yes [David Deifik ]
13 Jul Ibis yes [David Deifik ]
13 Jul White Ibis - yes [Steve Mirick ]
12 Jul NH Coast (White Ibis, Pacific Loon, a few photos) ["Pam Hunt" ]
12 Jul Spruce Grouse on Mt Liberty [Donna Ellis ]
12 Jul BIcknell's Thrush (2) Mt. Hale [Charlie Nims ]
12 Jul NH Coast (White Ibis, Pacific Loon, a few photos) [Steve Mirick ]
12 Jul Canterbury [Carolyn Payzant ]
12 Jul Re: need help idientifiying these birds [Steve Mirick ]
12 Jul Another Fox Sparrow [Benjamin Griffith ]
12 Jul need help idientifiying these birds  ["'Kevin Hussey' via NHBirds" ]

Subject: White Ibis
From: "off.birding" <off.birding AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:12:39 -0400
Has the birding been seen since Monday?  We are planning a trip to the coast 
Friday.  


Thanks
Cyndi


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Subject: Late Post - Juvenile White Ibis Photos 07-17-14
From: David Lipsy <dlipsy AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:21:05 -0400
Hello All,

I don't think this email went out. Found it in my bottom tray. If it is a 
duplicate, I apologize. 


I hit the coast with a friend of mine on the 17th. Our stated goal was to find 
and photograph the White Ibis. We were successful in our quest finding it 
around 3:00 and hung with it till around 4:15. Shooting in the direction of the 
sun the entire time made it difficult to get any great shots... however I 
managed a few that are not too bad from the hundreds I took. 


A beautiful bird, it liked the company of Snowy Egrets and many times flew off 
to join them as they moved around. The Egrets would take off, then a short 
while after the Ibis would fly over to where they were. 




I also did a set on Lightning, and while I will not be putting a link here, if 
interested, you can find that in my sets on Flickr. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/65293799 AT N04/sets/72157645764363264/

David 

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Subject: Northwood Lake Loon Family
From: dlv AT comcast.net
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:49:58 +0000 (UTC)
I was visiting friends who live on Northwood Lake. We were treated to the 
western lake pair and their chick. They came right off sure and were yodeling 
away. Beautiful. The lighting wasn't the best - but I managed some halfway 
decent shots. There was talk of the eastern lake pair having twin chicks but 
they have not been lately. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/34155736 AT N07/sets/72157645495462678/ 

Debbie/Boscawen 

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Subject: Green herons
From: fiddlinbill via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:34:26 -0400 (EDT)
At the swampy area across from Salem, NH High School there were three juvenile 
Green Herons 

sitting on a branch at dusk tonight.
They finally took off.
There were the other typical Robins, chimney Swifts, Red wing Blackbirds, 
Swallows Barn/Tree?. 

also Mourning Doves, (love their little heads) an unidentified Sparrow because 
the lighting was bad at dusk. 

Nice place for birding.
Bill Perry from Hampstead, NH

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Subject: Fledgling photo...
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:53:59 -0400
https://www.flickr.com/photos/42971731 AT N03/14551138458/

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Subject: Nashua Peregrines have fledglings!
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:52:18 -0400
To make a very, very, very long story short, yesterday I had the
mind-boggling experience of proceeding down Temple Street, doing a
double-take as I passed the former St. Casimir's Church, turning around,
getting out the binoculars and confirming my sighting of a robust Peregrine
Falcon fledgling  on one of the eaves of the steeple.

I could hear another Peregrine making a loud "begging" type call and
eventually located a second bird, barely visible  due to the brilliant sun
behind and right above the steeple.  From the call, it was probably another
fledgling.  Due to nooks and crannies on the church, tree branches and
blinding sun, I couldn't get a good look at it.

I attempted to take photos with my cell phone, all I had available, with
dismal results.

Dashed home to get camera, shot off an email to Chris Martin (I couldn't
bring myself to believe these guys had been born here--it's a long, long
story)...Chris called back with a few questions and answers, and I set off
to try to get pics.

By late afternoon, I finally caught up to Mom and Dad and one fledgling on
the Coptic Church on Chandler St., and got some id shots.

Deanne Fortnam and I went out this morning, hoping to get photos and I
continued  to look till about 8pm this evening--and never caught up with
the fledglings.

There are a lot of questions outstanding--we had seen VERY little Peregrine
activity this season (until very recently)  and after last years
disappointing season (we actually witnessed the birds copulating, but
apparently there was a nest failure) we had pretty much given up hope.

They fooled us.

It would be fantastic to get any info anyone might have about the actual
nest location, and where any fledglings may be hanging out.

Pics would be great.  NH is getting close to a record number of Peregrine
young produced in one season, Chris Martin tells me; it would be awesome if
Nashua could put us over the top!

Not so short, after all.

Chris Sheridan





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Subject: No sandhills, no black back woodpeckers
From: Jeanne-Marie <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:16:15 -0400
Had to go to Dartmouth today so "while I was there" drove north to see if I 
could get a peek at the Sandhill cranes. No such luck. the VT side I could 
barely see the corn field despite great directions and the NH side had no 
success either... 

so on the way home stopped at Trudeau rode to check in case the black back 
wanted to return .... 


So it wasn't my best day "target birding" but had some great views of an 
immature bald eagle over the Connecticut River, and lovely views of Indigo 
buntings. 

good birding just the same.

Jeanne-Marie

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Subject: Re: Tamworth non Yellow-billed Cuckoo
From: AERART via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:10:07 -0400 (EDT)
In response to Steve's post about Yellow-billed vs Black-billed Cuckoo  
calls: 
 
 
Black-billed Cuckoo typical songs are groups of two to five coos. 
 
Black-billed also does a call "series," which could be described as an 
alternate song. 
 
It is a series of coos that starts fast and then gets slower in speed. 
 
You can hear an example on this page: 
http://birds.audubon.org/birds/black-billed-cuckoo
 
 
 
 
 
Yellow-billed does a series that starts fast and then gets slower in 
speed.  However, the Yellow-billed series has a clacking quality. 
 
Yellow-billed also does a long coo series that tapers off  but does not 
start faster.  

http://birds.audubon.org/birds/yellow-billed-cuckoo
 
 
 
Anyway! 
That is my take on how to tell them apart. 
 
If anyone has some other tricks, I would love to hear about them!
 
Andrea Robbins
Pittsfield, NH
 
 
 
 
 
>Our  Yellow-billed Cuckoo has morphed into a Black-billed Cuckoo - still 
pretty  unusual for our house but not that unusual for this area. It was 
giving a sound  much more consistent with the long drawn out song of the 
Yellow-billed until today when I am hearing the much more classic Black-billed 

cu-cu-cu song.  Doubting that I had both in the same grove I poked around for 
other songs and  found that the Black-billed has a longer drawn out song 
similar to the  Yellow-billed but the latter does not do a cu-cu-cu song like 
the BBCU. The tone  of the song is still more similar to the Yellow-billed but 
I suspect I just have  the Black-billed. Unfortunately I cannot get in 
there to look for it because it is a neighbor's property. Any thoughts on this 

from anyone let me know. Did get  another round of the Evening Grosbeaks 
yesterday and those are a definite! 

Steve  Mesick, Tamworth 

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Subject: Tamworth non Yellow-billed Cuckoo
From: Steve Mesick <stvmesick AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:02:36 -0400
Our Yellow-billed Cuckoo has morphed into a Black-billed Cuckoo - still pretty 
unusual for our house but not that unusual for this area. It was giving a sound 
much more consistent with the long drawn out song of the Yellow-billed until 
today when I am hearing the much more classic Black-billed cu-cu-cu song. 
Doubting that I had both in the same grove I poked around for other songs and 
found that the Black-billed has a longer drawn out song similar to the 
Yellow-billed but the latter does not do a cu-cu-cu song like the BBCU. The 
tone of the song is still more similar to the Yellow-billed but I suspect I 
just have the Black-billed. Unfortunately I cannot get in there to look for it 
because it is a neighbor's property. Any thoughts on this from anyone let me 
know. Did get another round of the Evening Grosbeaks yesterday and those are a 
definite! 


Steve Mesick, Tamworth 

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Subject: SACR
From: Sandy Turner <tmsprgrn AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:27:29 -0400
The Sandhill Crane young was seen last week flying with 2 adults for about
100 yards.
                       Sandy Turner

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Subject: Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron in Awcomin Marsh
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:11:22 -0400
I figure I'd send along my report given the number of recent sightings.
Before seeing the White Ibis in Rye on Saturday (7/19), I came across this
young'n while poking around Awcomin Marsh. It was perched on a limb about 7
feet off the trail.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottheron/14713461153/

And I came across this post last week about BCNHs on Massbird which was
pretty interesting:


https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/massbird/bcnh/massbird/uc8mkkJv5Aw/bf9Xg6GAGCkJ 


Scott Heron
Kingston

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Subject: Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Herons
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:50:20 -0400
As we near the end of July, the numbers of juvenile birds is growing 
exponentially.  This includes herons and ibises and other large birds.

So far, I have seen juvenile White Ibis, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, 
Black-crowned Night-Heron and Snowy Egret.  And NONE OF THESE nest in 
New Hampshire!  Herons disperse northward in the late summer, so we tend 
to find wandering birds further north and away from the coast.  Great 
Egrets are one of the most commonly seen birds that wander inland.  And 
they don't nest in NH.

Black-crowned Night-Herons could nest in NH.  I suspect they may nest 
very close to NH, and I believe they have nested nearby along the Salmon 
Falls River in Maine and they used to nest on Appledore Island (in 
Maine) offshore until racoons were introduced onto the island.

In the New Hampshire Breeding Bird Atlas (1981 - 1986), there were ZERO 
breeding pairs of Black-crowned Night-Herons uncovered in the State.  
And as far as I can tell, there is no "concrete" (nest with eggs or 
young) evidence that they have nested in the State in over 50 years.  
There may well be a nest site somewhere out there in NH, but the 
sighting of a juvenile at this time of year most likely represents a 
late summer dispersal.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Moderator's Message to List
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:31:47 -0400
Welcome to Chris Gagnon and other new members to the group!  We now have 
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Subject: Juvenile BC Night Heron
From: "Jen Esten" <jennifere1234 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:50:27 -0400
Great views of a juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron on Pleasant Lake, New
London tonight. I've only seen Night Herons here a few times during
migration.  Considering it's age, can I assume they are nesting on the lake
or nearby? 

Also in my yard two rather rambunctious juvenile Coopers Hawks calling
frequently for attention.

 

A link to a hawk image:

http://jenniferesten.zenfolio.com/p916644648/e2f5617f7

 

Jen Esten

New London

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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, July 22, 2014
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:15:42 -0400
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, July 22nd, 
2014.



An immature WHITE IBIS was discovered at Awcomin Marsh in Rye on July 11th, 
and was most recently reported on July 22nd. It has also been reported from 
marshes along Route 1A just south of Rye Harbor. .



A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 2 GLOSSY IBIS, 
and 3 WHIMBRELS were seen in Hampton, all on July 19th.



A possible hybrid between a SNOWY EGRET and a TRICOLORED HERON was seen in 
Hampton on July 19th and 20th.



A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and 5 GREEN HERONS were reported from near the 
Fox Run Mall in Newington on July 20th.



At least 2 MISSISSIPPI KITES are being seen regularly in Newmarket, where 
they have nested during the past several years.



2 SANDHILL CRANES have returned to their summering grounds in Monroe and are 
raising a young SANDHILL CRANE. They can sometimes be seen in fields along 
the Connecticut River nearly as far as 1-mile north of the town center and 
also in fields along Plains Road. If you look for these birds, please do not 
venture onto the farm fields, which are privately owned.



A LEAST TERN was seen in Hampton on July 20th.



6 LAUGHING GULLS were seen along the coast on July 19th.



At least 2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were seen at the Cemetery Fields on 
Merrimack Road in Amherst on July 21st.



2 BICKNELL'S THRUSHES were reported from near the summit of Cannon Mountain 
in Franconia Notch in the White Mountains on July 20th.



4 GRAY JAYS were seen near the start of the Caps Ridge Trail on Jefferson 
Notch Road in the White Mountains on July 20th.



3 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Tamworth on July 20th.



A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was reported from Tamworth on July 20th, and 1 was 
seen near Squam Lake on July 22nd.



This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and 
press 2 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any 
interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the 
recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail at: 
birdsetc AT nhaudubon.org. Please put either "bird sighting" or "Rare Bird 
Alert" in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and 
phone number. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon 
web site, www.nhaudubon.org



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Subject: RE: Black-billed Cuckoo in Litchfield hurt. - bird rescue organization in Henniker
From: Jonathan Smith <jksmith69 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:55:28 -0400
After a couple responses, I went out to look for the cuckoo again and he's 
nowhere to be found. Hopefully that's a good sign. 


Sent from my Galaxy S®III

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From: Karen Bachelder
Date:07/22/2014 15:31 (GMT-05:00)
To: jksmith69 AT hotmail.com
Subject: Re: [NHBirds] Black-billed Cuckoo in Litchfield hurt. - bird rescue organization in Henniker
Hi Jonathan - There is a bird rescue / rehabilitation organization in Henniker - Wings of the Dawn. They might be able to help. http://www.wingswildlife.org/ Check out their web site. If the Cuckoo isn't able to fly and you and catch / enclose him in a box, crate, etc., and keep him covered and calm, and get him to the Wings of the Dawn lady, she might be able to take him in. (I tried to get a similarly injured Chickadee to her this spring, but he didn't make it. But I figured I could at least refer you.) Best of luck! :) Karen Karen Bachelder P. O. Box 246 Concord, NH 03302 kbache7674 AT myfairpoint.net On Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:15:02 -0400, jksmith69 wrote: A BB Cuckoo just flew into our window pretty hard and fell to the ground. Before I got outside he flew to a close tree, but you can tell he's not right. He won't fly more than a couple feet and he is staying in that tree. Should I just ignore him or what? Jonathan Smith Litchfield NH Sent from my Galaxy S®III -- 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. -- 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: Re: Phoebe Forensics
From: Catherine Fisher <catherineckx AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:24:50 -0400
Hi Bruce,

The first culprit I'd suspect would be a house wren.  We have had phoebe
nests destroyed by wrens on several occasions (house wrens are notoriously
aggressive when it comes to others small nests within their territoy; last
year we found one tearing apart a chickadee nest in one of our bird boxes).
 About seven years ago, we had a pair of phoebes whose nest was destroyed
by another phoebe (in that instance, we'd noticed that "our" male phoebe
had been strangely quiet throughout nest-building, egg-laying and feeding;
we wondered later if he was perhaps squatting on someone's territory - that
was a year when there were three different phoebes singing on our very
short street, and our quiet guy made the 4th male we knew of).

Often times phoebes nest where there is no room for a crow or jay to perch;
if there's room for one of these big nest predators, they could certainly
be the culprits, but wrens would definitely be first on my list of suspects.





On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 4:39 PM, Bruce Boyer  wrote:

> A couple of years ago, Phoebes raised 2 broods in a nest located above a
> cornice by my front door. Last year, I was disappointed that they did not
> return last year, so this year, I was delighted when they built a nest
> there, although only in time for the 2nd brood. The young were just at the
> stage when they sometimes stuck their heads up and peeped, demanding food.
> Then suddenly, the birds were gone, and a large piece of nest material was
> on the steps below. What kind of predator could have reached the nest? My
> dog chased off a cat recently, and I spied a fox today, but either would
> have to make a spectacular leap to reach the nest. Maybe a Blue Jay or Crow
> was responsible.
>
> I would like to provide the Phoebes a safe nest site next year, and would
> appreciate hearing from anyone with advice.
>
> Bruce Boyer
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Subject: Yellow-billed cuckoo
From: <ddep AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:31:50 +0000 (UTC)
This is my first posting but I could not resist letting you all know that I 
identified a yellow-billed cuckoo just a few minutes ago in the woodsy growth 
along a swampy area along Moultonborough Bay on Squam Lake. I wish I had heard 
it sing but did not. 

I have never seen this bird before but it was unmistakable! Yellow-orange 
slightly curved bill, bright white chest, long tail, a glimmer of reddish in 
its brown wings when flying. Very pretty! I understand these a fairly common? 
But not for me! 


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Subject: Phoebe Forensics
From: Bruce Boyer <brumyster AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:39:45 -0400
A couple of years ago, Phoebes raised 2 broods in a nest located above a 
cornice by my front door. Last year, I was disappointed that they did not 
return last year, so this year, I was delighted when they built a nest there, 
although only in time for the 2nd brood. The young were just at the stage when 
they sometimes stuck their heads up and peeped, demanding food. Then suddenly, 
the birds were gone, and a large piece of nest material was on the steps below. 
What kind of predator could have reached the nest? My dog chased off a cat 
recently, and I spied a fox today, but either would have to make a spectacular 
leap to reach the nest. Maybe a Blue Jay or Crow was responsible. 


I would like to provide the Phoebes a safe nest site next year, and would 
appreciate hearing from anyone with advice. 


Bruce Boyer

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Subject: Black-billed Cuckoo in Litchfield hurt.
From: jksmith69 <jksmith69 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:15:02 -0400
A BB Cuckoo just flew into our window pretty hard and fell to the ground. 
Before I got outside he flew to a close tree, but you can tell he's not right. 
He won't fly more than a couple feet and he is staying in that tree. Should I 
just ignore him or what? 


Jonathan Smith
Litchfield NH

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Subject: Juvenile White Ibis continues
From: Cheryl <cduford33 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:02:02 -0400
I was able to see this little superstar at evening high tide on 7/20 and
morning high tide on 7/21 from Harbor Road in Rye Harbor. I'd walked out
into the marsh about 100+ feet to get a closer look at the Sanderlings,
Lesser Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitchers, and smaller Sandpipers. GBHs
and Snowy Egrets continue to feed in the small body of water in Awcomin
Marsh as well. The White Ibis didn't fly in on 7/21 until after the GBH was
gone.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/decksidethoughts/14529831198/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/decksidethoughts/14529827188/

Great little hot spot for all your shorebird kicks!

Happy birding!
Cheryl

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Subject: Evening Grosbeaks in Tamworth
From: Steve Mesick <stvmesick AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:35:53 -0400
We have had a nice couple days in Tamworth, and having not come in the spring 
this year it was nice to have a couple of unusual sighting, including three 
Evening Grosbeaks yesterday, (first time in about five years here), a calling 
first ever Yellow-billed Cuckoo across the field every day so far for three 
days (and nights), three Broad-winged Hawks and a Red-shouldered and regulars 
Barred Owl, Black-throated Blue and Blackburnian among others. Also, in the 
Tamworth area, 3 Common Mergs on Swift River in Tamworth just south of the 
bridge, and a juvenile Pied-billed Grebe on Duck Pond. 


Steve Mesick, 
Fowler's Mill Road
Tamworth, NH

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Subject: Re: Leasts at Ponemah Bog/Grasshopper Sparrows
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:34:59 -0400
I forgot to add that the Grasshopper Sparrows were at Cemetery Fields, not
the Bog!



On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 5:09 PM, Christine Sheridan 
wrote:

> The peeps have begun their migratory stop-over at the bog in Amherst, with
> three Least Sandpipers out on the lily pads this morning.
>
> I located two Grasshopper Sparrows (maybe four, I couldn't be sure the
> ones that flushed when I parked near the loam pile weren't the same I saw
> later nearby.)
>
> Again they were in the shorter "weeds" among the tall grass, southeast  of
> the loam pile.  One bird took off in a low flight and landed in the grass
> further out, but the second (female?) appeared to perform a distraction
> display, fluttering out, then running through the grass, taking to the air
> again, and making a big circle around to land back where she started from.
> She kept making their insect-like two note call, but I couldn't see her
> again, nor any nest or fledglings and after a short search I left, not
> wanting to stress her more.
>
> There were only a few Savannah Sparrows out.  Midday isn't the greatest
> time to find the field birds--but that's when I got there.
>
> Chris
> --
>
>
> *Chris Sheridancmsbirds AT gmail comNashua NH*
>



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Subject: White Mountains sightings
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:09:28 -0400
A few highlights from the White Mountains on Sunday:

Cannon Mountain
Bicknell's Thrush 2 with one seen well

Trudeau Road
Alder Flycatcher 1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1

Caps Ridge Trail, Jefferson Notch
Gray Jay 4 a family group
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 2

Mark Suomala
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Subject: **WARNING** to visitors to the Chapman's Landing Observation Deck
From: Joel Huntress <joelhuntress AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:02:21 -0400
There is a ground hornets nest right below the deck next to the spotting
scope. A swarm came up between the deck boards as I kneeled down to look
through the scope. They got me and my dog good.

On a positive note the Osprey chicks seem to be doing well. I also followed
a Red Tailed Hawk down the path leading to the observation deck.

Joel Huntress
Newmarket, NH

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Subject: Leasts at Ponemah Bog/Grasshopper Sparrows
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:09:41 -0400
The peeps have begun their migratory stop-over at the bog in Amherst, with
three Least Sandpipers out on the lily pads this morning.

I located two Grasshopper Sparrows (maybe four, I couldn't be sure the ones
that flushed when I parked near the loam pile weren't the same I saw later
nearby.)

Again they were in the shorter "weeds" among the tall grass, southeast  of
the loam pile.  One bird took off in a low flight and landed in the grass
further out, but the second (female?) appeared to perform a distraction
display, fluttering out, then running through the grass, taking to the air
again, and making a big circle around to land back where she started from.
She kept making their insect-like two note call, but I couldn't see her
again, nor any nest or fledglings and after a short search I left, not
wanting to stress her more.

There were only a few Savannah Sparrows out.  Midday isn't the greatest
time to find the field birds--but that's when I got there.

Chris
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Subject: Re: Offshore pelagic highlights
From: "Karen Bachelder" <kbache7674 AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:42:48 -0400
Thanks so much Becky! 

:)  

Karen Bachelder
P. O. Box 246
Concord, NH 03302

kbache7674 AT myfairpoint.net

On Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:13:24 +0000 (UTC), Rebecca  wrote:

       I know it's Massachusetts waters, but we thought NH birders 
might be interested in the highlights from the Brookline Bird Club 
pelagic trip to Hydrographers Canyon on Saturday, July 19 (90 to 100 
miles offshore).A group of us car-pooled down and the highlights below 
are our totals, not the group totals. 
The weather was great, seas very reasonable, and lots of good bird activity. 

Highlights were:
1 White-faced Storm-Petrel
5 Band-rumped Storm-Petrels
13 Audubon's Shearwaters
All of these were in the warmer waters at the edge of the Gulf Stream. 

There were good numbers of Leach's Storm-Petrels and the 4 expected 
shearwaters (Manx, Cory's, Great, and Sooty) with great looks at all of 
them,  as well as Wilson's Storm-Petrels. 
One of the Cory's was identified as the "Scopoli's" sub-species from 
the Mediterranean (full species in Europe). 

The Nantucket Shoals was very active and provided some great looks at 
alll of the more common species. 

Becky Suomala
Zeke Cornell
Pam Hunt
Chris Borg
Karen Batchelder

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Subject: Massabesic Loon chick
From: "Jane Hills" <jhbird AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:34:33 -0400
This morning I observed an adult Common Loon feeding a single, medium-sized
chick on Lake Massabesic in Auburn.  There were four other birds on the
other side of the pond that also appeared to be adult Loons, but the
distance and sun angle makes me a bit less than 100% certain they were not
cormorants.

 

Jane Hills

Manchester, NH

jhbird(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

 

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environmentalist realizes that nature has its pleasures and deserves
respect.  A planetist puts the earth ahead of the earthlings."  --William
Safire

 

 

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Subject: Offshore pelagic highlights
From: Rebecca <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:13:24 +0000 (UTC)
I know it's Massachusetts waters, but we thought NH birders might be interested 
in the highlights from the Brookline Bird Club pelagic trip to Hydrographers 
Canyon on Saturday, July 19 (90 to 100 miles offshore). 

A group of us car-pooled down and the highlights below are our totals, not the 
group totals. 


The weather was great, seas very reasonable, and lots of good bird activity. 


Highlights were: 
1 White-faced Storm-Petrel 
5 Band-rumped Storm-Petrels 
13 Audubon's Shearwaters 
All of these were in the warmer waters at the edge of the Gulf Stream. 


There were good numbers of Leach's Storm-Petrels and the 4 expected shearwaters 
(Manx, Cory's, Great, and Sooty) with great looks at all of them, as well as 
Wilson's Storm-Petrels. 

One of the Cory's was identified as the "Scopoli's" sub-species from the 
Mediterranean (full species in Europe). 



The Nantucket Shoals was very active and provided some great looks at alll of 
the more common species. 



Becky Suomala 
Zeke Cornell 
Pam Hunt 
Chris Borg 
Karen Batchelder 

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Subject: Addedum to Fox Run Mall
From: "'greenleaf360' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:23:11 -0400
Heather and I had a long discussion about whether we were seeing a Green Heron 
or Least Bittern. They look so much alike to the eye of a novice. 


Then i remembered. When I first visited the settling basin in late spring that 
I saw both the Green Heron and a least Bittern. I remember thinking that one 
bird was half the size of the other. 


There are several Cattail wetlands near Foxrun. The least Bittern will be in 
one of them. Finding the Bittern and getting a photo will be a challenge. 



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Subject: Late report-Indigo bunting, Peterborough
From: Cheryl Champy <woodstars AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:22:10 -0400 (GMT-04:00)




Subject: NH Coast (White Ibis, hybrid heron, FIN WHALE)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:21:00 -0400
Jane and I covered the coast again this morning before the afternoon 
swarms of people.  A few things of interest:

Black Scoter - 41 including the continuing mass of 31 off Foss Beach in 
Rye.  Large number continue to over-summer this year.  NO OTHER species 
of scoters noted, however.

Common Loon - 21 including a few in breeding plumage.  NO SIGN OF 
PACIFIC LOON.  What happened to it, or the Red-necked Grebe? Excellent 
conditions for scanning offshore today.

Wilson's Storm-Petrel - 12.  Mostly in the vicinity of Lobster boats.

WHITE IBIS - 1 continues.  Found today by Jeff Offerman in salt marshes 
on west side of Rt. 1A, and nicely visible from the side of Rt. 1A, near 
Harbor Road in Rye.  It flew with a Snowy high and north toward Awcomin 
marsh.

HYBRID SNOWY EGRET x TRICOLORED HERON - 1 continues in Meadow Pond in 
Hampton.  Miserable views to say the least, but at least it is still in 
the area.  We couldn't find ANY night-herons today.

Least Tern - 1 on Meadow Pond with 5 Common Terns.  Otherwise, 
disappointing numbers of Common Terns in general along coast continue.  
Less than 100.  The first JUVENILE Common Terns are being seen now, 
however, with about 4 in Hampton harbor.  Other JUVENILES include our 
first Ring-billed Gull and Snowy Egret juveniles of the fall this weekend.

Tree Swallow - 500+ gathering along coastline.  Mostly toward the 
Seabrook/Hampton area.  A few barns and at least one or two Banks mixed in.

MIGRATING BIRDS INCLUDED:
---------------------------------------
Short-billed Dowitcher - 83 migrating south offshore or overhead. Flocks 
of 15,15,18,17,4,14
Peeps - 69 migrating south offshore or overhead.  Flocks of 15,6,12,6,15,15
Laughing Gull - 2 adults

And with excellent visibility offshore, we spent some time at Little 
Boar's Head where we had:

FIN WHALE - 1.  The first land based sighting I can recall from the NH 
coast.  Extremely well seen for over 10 minutes as it worked back and 
forth well offshore.

Harbor Porpoise - 10 +/- in small groups from Little Boar's Head.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA





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Subject: Recent sightings at Fox Run Mall
From: "'Chris Yaun' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:29:45 -0700
https://www.flickr.com/photos/22036515 AT N04/sets/72157645385563397/



Earlier this year I found a pair of nesting Green Herons in one of the runoff 
basins at Fox Run Mall. Spring exploded and the foliage around the pond was so 
dense that little could be seen. The pond is fenced and much of the fence was 
covered in poison ivy. Recently I noticed that the Mall was clearing the brush 
that had grownup on the edges of the settling ponds and a view portal through 
the dense growth had been opened. 


As soon as I looked over the edge there were two green herons standing on a 
branch. And two more and then another for a total of five. All juvies, I think? 


I returned later that day with spotting scope andGalaxy Smart Phone (camera 
mated to spotting scope).I could not find theherons but found the Black 
Crowned Night Heron (see photos)on the same branch that I had earlier seen the 
first pair of green herons.The following evening the five herons were back in 
the same general area and I took dozens of photos. The Kingfisher was busy 
fishing and posed long enough for me to get a few photos. 


I returned this morning to find that the clearing is complete. The contractor 
cut almost every stick. And there in the same spot were 5 green herons and six 
duck, Mallards I think. I think there may have been more than the five heron 
but could never count more than five at a time. I am amazed that they survived 
the carnage. 


There are many settling ponds and a few natural wet places near the Fox Run 
Mall. I suspect all of them may harbor beautiful birds. This basin is located 
between Macy's and Texas Road House. Be careful for the poison ivy. It was 
everywhere before the clearing began and nothing is safe to touch. 


 
  
 
 
 
 
   
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101 Mill Pond Way
Portsmouth, NH 03801
phone 603.988.6729

"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty 
of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise." 

A. Leopold

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Subject: Have you bought your copy of The Birds of New Hampshire yet?
From: "Dana Fox" <danafox AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:36:33 -0400
Have you bought your copy of The Birds of New Hampshire by Keith and Fox
yet?  With it, you can quickly find out all the details about previous
sightings in the State of any of the 400 birds previously seen in NH at its
printing. 

 

Both Eric Masterson and Steve Mirick has praised the book in this list
serve.  Also, Steve frequently quotes the history of previous sightings from
the book when a rare bird is discovered. 

 

The publisher, The Nuttall Ornithological Club, has only allowed the Audubon
Society of New Hampshire it sell it in New England and to benefit from the
sale.  

 

Here's what the book contains:

 

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

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

.         History of New Hampshire Christmas Counts

.         Summary of New Hampshire Hawk-watching data

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

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

.         Breeding Bird Survey results since 1966

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

 

Get yours while they last - 463 fact filled pages (8" x 11") at $55 (plus
shipping and handling if you have it sent). 

 

.      Copies of the book may be picked up at or ordered through the Audubon
Society of New Hampshire - 

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

 

Let me know if you need further information.

 

Dana Duxbury-Fox

 

 

 

 

 

44 Old Village Lane

North Andover, MA 01845

978-682-9553 (H)

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Subject: White Ibis
From: "Dana Fox" <danafox AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:08:38 -0400
Bob and I saw the White Ibis just south of Harbor Rd. from I-A in the
northern most middle "pool".  At first it was feeding along the further edge
and then came to the nearer edge and sat right out preening.  Our second try
was successful!!!

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Subject: Female Rose Breasted Grosbeak photo
From: Joel Huntress <joelhuntress AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:36:34 -0400
The female returned to the feeder this evening.

https://flic.kr/p/oouYGt

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Newmarket, NH

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Subject: NH Coast (Yellow-crowned Night-heron, HYBRID EGRET, Glossy Ibis, Whimbrel)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:35:28 -0400
Jane and I hit the coast this morning.  We searched in vain for the 
White Ibis; however, a birder reported it this morning in the same marsh 
that it has been in.  Just south of Rye Harbor.  We also searched for 
the Pacific Loon and came up empty, but did have about 5 Common Loons in 
this area.

We had some nice birds, however, including:

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON - 1 fresh juvenile sitting on branch with 
juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron at north end of Meadow Pond where 
brook feeds the pond.  Unfortunately they flushed, along with a 2nd 
Black-crowned and disappeared to the south.  Might be worth keeping an 
eye out in the harbor early in the morning when the tide is right, or 
check the typical roosting spots.

HYBRID SNOWY EGRET X TRICOLORED HERON - One adult perched on snag from 
north end of Meadow Pond.  One parent is definitely Snowy Egret, and I'm 
leaning toward Tricolored Heron for the other parent due to the 
relatively long thin bill and white area down the front of the neck.  
Pretty cool looking bird:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/14507702408/

Glossy Ibis - 2 flying south over Hampton salt marsh

Whimbrel - 1 sitting in pannes in back of Little Jack's restaurant. Two 
more in Hampton harbor at low tide.

Laughing Gull - 6 adults migrating south.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Ashland 5 Kingfishers on a tree
From: keith chamberlin <henryrocks2010 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:49:09 -0400
We took a walk along the Squam river on Mill Pond Ln. and happened upon a group 
of 5 or more Kingfishers. We believe the Male had just brought food due to the 
youngsters chatter from their perches. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/97678234 AT N07/14507395760/
RedstartsC.Yellow throatsMyrtleYellow WarbWarbling Vireo OriolesBrown 
thrashersRobinsChimney SwiftsCardinals with youngRWBBsM.DovesKing Birds with 
youngGreat Blue HeronCat BirdsChipping and song sparrowsGoldfinchMany Waxwings 
(many berries)Northern Harrier (marsh Hawk)ChickadeesTitmiceBlue Jays2 TV 

A wood duck with 10 chicks persists on the river up by the Main St. spillway.
A family of Wood Chuck in close Proximity to two Mink below the Winter St. 
Dam.and lots of goldenrodHappy Summer! 

 		 	   		  

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Subject: NH Audubon Fall Pelagic Birding Trip
From: Jon Woolf <jsw AT jwoolfden.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:47:05 -0400




Subject: NH Audubon Fall Pelagic Birding Trip
From: Jon Woolf <jsw AT jwoolfden.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:47:05 -0400




Subject: Ibis- yes
From: "Aaronian, Richard S." <raaronian AT exeter.edu>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:11:12 +0000
In marsh to the SE of Harbor Rd. with Snowy Egrets

Rich Aaronian

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Subject: White Ibis Continues
From: Scott Spangenberg <sjspangenberg AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:54:11 -0400
Rich Frechette reports that the immature White Ibis was seen again this morning 
at about 9:50AM. The bird was again in the marsh on the SE corner of 1A and 
Harbor Road in Rye. It was not visible until it walked out into the pans with 
some Snowy Egrets, and it disappeared as soon as it walked into the marsh 
grass. As a result, significant patience may be required. 


For myself, I will have to be patient until at least Sunday.

Scott Spangenberg
Amherst, NH

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Subject: White Ibis - Finally!
From: "Terri Fratus" <mizpah3149 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:32:43 -0400
After three tries I finally saw the White Ibis in the marsh south of Harbor 
Road and east of 1A at 6:10 PM. Yay! 


I didn’t get any good photos but he / she was easy to spot with binoculars. I 
got a great look with my scope. 



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Subject: Rose Breasted Grosbeak
From: Joel Huntress <joelhuntress AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:31:32 -0400
I had not seen the RBG in over a week but tonight he returned with a
female. I was unable to get a photo.

Joel Huntress
Newmarket, NH

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Subject: White Ibis continues in Rye
From: Jeff MacQueen <jmacqueen AT sau88.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:23:00 -0400
Just southeast of the intersection of Harbor Road and Rt. 1a as of 1:00

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Subject: Cap. Chpt. FT - Paddle-Canoeing/birding on the Merrimack
From: Stephanie Parkinson <sparkinson AT sulloway.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:50:50 -0400
Field Trip: Traditional Mid-Summer Paddle-Canoeing/birding on the Merrimack
Saturday, July 26, 1:30 pm - Ends at Dusk.
Bring your canoe or kayak and join us for an afternoon of drifting down the 
Merrimack River from Boscawen to Penacook as we look for birds along the way. 
We'll stop for a picnic lunch so bring snacks or a light meal. Pre-registration 
is required for this trip (but no cost). Meet at the Hannah Dustin Park 'N Ride 
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Subject: White Ibis continues
From: Charlie Nims <charlie.nims AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:50:24 -0400
The recently found White Ibis is now feeding in the marshy area to the east of 
Rte 1A and Harbor Rd. 


Charlie Nims
Bartlett, NH

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Subject: Monroe Sandhill Cranes
From: Charlie Nims <charlie.nims AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:06:40 -0400
This afternoon, ~4:30 pm, on my way back from Montreal to Bartlett, I had 
success in finding the previously reported 3 Sandhill Cranes (SACR). It took 
some time, as I started at the NH Rte 135 area previously reported by the 
cornfields. I had no luck there so left after ~15 minutes of scanning. 
Recently, I had seen a post by a birder who had viewed the birds from the VT 
side so I decided to give that a try. When I was on the NH side, I could see a 
large red barn with the name Gilmour's Farm in large letters on the side so 
skipped looking behind the Post Office in Barnet (which I later did, 
unsuccessfully) and continued up Rte. 5 until I came to the barn but there was 
no view to the opposite side. But, 0.3 miles north on the road, just before a 
metal highway guard where a brook crosses under the road, there was room for 
pull off parking with some views to the fields on the NH side. 


As I scanned, I saw two SACR's through my binocs. Instead of getting out my 
scope, I got my camera as the birds were moving across the opening and most 
likely I would have missed them given the time to get the scope set up. I took 
several distant photos (Canon 400mm prime lens) and then the birds were gone 
out of sight. When I got home and checked my pics, voil, there were three 
cranes were in several of the pics vs. the two I had seen using my binocs. 
Lousy quality but good enough to see the three birds! Getting the camera before 
the scope turned out to be a very serendipitous choice. 


Charlie Nims
Bartlett, NH

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Subject: being seen at marsh on Route 1a and Harbor Rd just south of Rye Harbor at 1130.
From: Justin Lawson <justindlawson AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:31:33 -0400
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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, July 15, 2014
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:46:16 -0400
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, July 15th, 
2014.



An immature PACIFIC LOON was seen at Seal Rocks along the coast in Rye on 
July 12th and 13th. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen here on the 12th.



An immature WHITE IBIS was discovered at Awcomin Marsh in Rye on July 11th, 
and has been seen every day since then. It was most recently reported from 
marshes along Route 1A just south of Rye Harbor on July 15th.



An AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was seen along the coast at Odiorne Point State 
Park in Rye on July 12th.



2 PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen along the coast on July 15th.



Birders on the Granite State whalewatch out of Rye Harbor reported an 
unidentified JAEGER, 41 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 107 GREAT SHEARWATERS, 47 SOOTY 
SHEARWATERS, 130 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, 2 NORTHERN GANNETS, a LAUGHING 
GULL, and 2 GREAT CORMORANTS on July 12th.



A ROYAL TERN was seen along the coast in Rye on July 14th.



A CASPIAN TERN was seen on Lake Massabesic in Auburn on July 8th.



A FORSTER'S TERN was seen at Hampton Harbor on July 11th.



2 LEAST TERNS, 5 ROSEATE TERNS, and 17 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen 
in Hampton Marsh on July 12th.



At least 2 MISSISSIPPI KITES are being seen regularly in Newmarket, where 
they have nested during the past several years.



2 SANDHILL CRANES have returned to their summering grounds in Monroe and can 
sometimes be seen in fields along the Connecticut River as far as 9-miles 
north of the town center and also in fields along Plains Road. If you look 
for these birds, please do not venture onto the farm fields, which are 
privately owned.



A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues to sing from a perch near the intersection 
of Short Street and Aboretum Drive in Newington on July 10th, and a family 
of 4 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS was seen there on the 15th.



A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was reported from Eaton on July 13th, and a RED 
CROSSBILL was reported from Pinkham Notch in Gorham on the 10th.



A female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was reported from Trudeau Road in Bethlehem 
on July 10th.



A FOX SPARROW, 7 BOREAL CHICKADEES, and 10 BICKNELL'S THRUSHES were seen by 
hikers on Mount Hancock in the White Mountains on July 12th.



2 BICKNELL'S THRUSHES were reported from Mount Hale on July 12th, and 2 were 
reported from the Caps Ridge Trail in Jefferson on the 14th, all in the 
White Mountains.



A SPRUCE GROUSE was seen on Mount Liberty in the White Mountains on July 
12th.



2 GRAY JAYS and a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER were reported from Stewartstown on 
July 10th.



3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were reported from Loverens Mill Cedar Swamp in Antrim on 
July 8th.



3 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen over Fall Mountain in North Walpole on July 
10th.



5 PURPLE MARTINS were reported from Weir's Beach on July 10th.



A BRANT was seen in Hampton Marsh on July 12th.



A GLOSSY IBIS was seen at World End Pond in Salem on July 10th.



Several NELSON'S SPARROWS and SALTMARSH SPARROWS were reported from the 
coast during the past week.



This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and 
press 2 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any 
interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the 
recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail at: 
birdsetc AT nhaudubon.org. Please put either "bird sighting" or "Rare Bird 
Alert" in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and 
phone number. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon 
web site, www.nhaudubon.org



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Subject: White Ibis in Rye - different location
From: Colleen <3potatoes AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:06:18 -0400
We were out at the shore today and had totally forgotten about the juvenile 
White Ibis - but the bird reminded us, as s/he was completely out in the clear, 
fishing amongst a group of Snowy Egrets, in the marsh that's on the opposite 
side of the road from where the bird has been reported already (assuming it's 
the same bird, not a second one). 


Location was just south of Rye Harbor, in one of the road-side marsh pools 
that's closer to the (brown?) newish condos than the harbor (in the area south 
of Harbor Rd, before the condos - if there's a name for that marsh I don't know 
it :-)). 


While Barn Swallows swooped around hunting, and Egrets stood around watching, 
the Ibis was fishing and pulled up crabs, and what appeared to be a frog, while 
we watched from the car. After a little while, the bird moved back slightly 
nearer to the wooden posts that are in the marsh there. 


Photos were difficult due to haze, but here's one with the bird and an Egret 
:-) 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/trespotatoes/14476795310/

Colleen
Nottingham, NH 

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Subject: White Ibis - Yes, plus Parasitic Jaegers, etc
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:27:51 -0400
The White Ibis was present again this afternoon; however, today I saw it 
in the salt marshes south of Rye Harbor.  It was distant, but was 
hanging out with about 12-14 Snowy Egrets and easy to see with them.  It 
was visible from Harbor Road near the intersection of Route 1A.

No signs of large terns, unfortunately, but I did have a Least Tern in 
the Hampton salt marshes, along with a nice gathering of shorebirds (all 
adults) roosting at high tide:

Semipalmated Plover  16
Killdeer  14
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  7
Least Sandpiper  17
Semipalmated Sandpiper  133
Short-billed Dowitcher  54     At least one appeared to be hendersoni.
Least Tern  1     Possibly a juvenile.  Not a full adult.

Of these shorebirds, I think one was the "Prairie" Short-billed 
Dowitcher.  I photographed two of these (I think!) on Sunday:

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

Most surprising was the sighting of two adult/subadult PARASITIC 
JAEGERS.  First seen flying south past Rye Ledge in Rye, I drove south 
and caught up with them once at Little Boar's Head and then again at 
Great Boar's Head, where I got pretty good views of them.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, A

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Subject: thanks for the correction on Caspian tern sighting
From: Jeanne-Marie <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:48:12 -0400
Dear NH birders

I appreciate the thoughtful responses to my flyover "caspian" yesterday. (I 
think I reverted to my Seattle birding instincts where they are quite common, 
combined with the knowledge that one had been seen at Massabesic last week). 
Yes the distinctly orange bill makes the Royal tern likely the bird I saw, 
especially combined with a sighting minutes later at Wallis beach by Steve 
Bennett (and in the direction the bird was flying) 


best,

Jeanne-Marie

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Subject: Re: Grasshopper Sparrow Fledglings, Arboretum Drive.
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:39:34 -0400
Walked EAST....

long day...

Chris


On Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 12:33 AM, Christine Sheridan 
wrote:

> Ok, that Clay-colored Sparrow has defeated me. (For now.)
>
>  After four trips, (2 today, with clarified directions, thanks
> Jeanne-Marie and Davis Finch), I did not hear him sing, I did not see him,
> I broiled, sweated, pished, got  dehydrated, and even played a tape.  I did
> not see that bird.  I did not hear that bird.
>
> But, this morning I noticed a rather agitated Grasshopper Sparrow,
> presumably male, chipping, buzzing, calling,  whatever (not singing) on the
> wire fence east of Short Street, then flitting over and defiantly calling
> from the top of a rock bordering the nice field across the street.
>
> I figured he had something to hide and investigated.  He, and
> another adult GRSP  flew off, one to the north, one to the northwest, so of
> course, I walked west along the edge of the field.
>
> Aha!  Two fledglings flew up.  I got photos of one:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/42971731 AT N03/14471421930/
>
> White Ibis (nope) though  I heard he was last seen around 1:00, and flew
> north (still within the marsh) ;
> Pacific Loon (negative);
> Red-necked Grebe (uh-uh).
>
> When I returned around 6:30 pm, I also saw a family of Bobolinks in the
> area off the road opposite the airfield (adult female, adult male, three
> young ones.)
> --
>
>
> *Chris Sheridancmsbirds AT gmail comNashua NH*
>



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Subject: Grasshopper Sparrow Fledglings, Arboretum Drive.
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:33:43 -0400
Ok, that Clay-colored Sparrow has defeated me. (For now.)

 After four trips, (2 today, with clarified directions, thanks Jeanne-Marie
and Davis Finch), I did not hear him sing, I did not see him, I broiled,
sweated, pished, got  dehydrated, and even played a tape.  I did not see
that bird.  I did not hear that bird.

But, this morning I noticed a rather agitated Grasshopper Sparrow,
presumably male, chipping, buzzing, calling,  whatever (not singing) on the
wire fence east of Short Street, then flitting over and defiantly calling
from the top of a rock bordering the nice field across the street.

I figured he had something to hide and investigated.  He, and another adult
GRSP  flew off, one to the north, one to the northwest, so of course, I
walked west along the edge of the field.

Aha!  Two fledglings flew up.  I got photos of one:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/42971731 AT N03/14471421930/

White Ibis (nope) though  I heard he was last seen around 1:00, and flew
north (still within the marsh) ;
Pacific Loon (negative);
Red-necked Grebe (uh-uh).

When I returned around 6:30 pm, I also saw a family of Bobolinks in the
area off the road opposite the airfield (adult female, adult male, three
young ones.)
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Subject: Glossy Ibis - Salem / recent Canada trip
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:47:27 -0400
On Thursday night (7/10) Amanda and I had a Glossy Ibis fly in to World End
Pond at dusk.  It was quite a surprise and a first for us in town.  Young
bird? http://bit.ly/1zD0Ggo

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Also for those interested, we just returned from a long weekend trip up to
the Bay of Fundy and squeezed in some birding while we were there.  We were
able to do some kayaking and also took a boat trip around Deer Island, NB
and Eastport, ME and visited White Horse Island, which is a breeding
location for Black-legged Kittiwakes. We saw all sorts of nice birds thanks
to our captain Chris Bartlett including 4 alcid sp. and breeding gulls.

Photos from our trip can be found here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/amandaaltena/sets/72157645691940465/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kylewilmarth/sets/72157645684850872/


Kyle Wilmarth & Amanda Altena
Salem, NH

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Subject: updates from Caps ridge (pluses and minuses) to NH shoreline
From: Jeanne-Marie <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:38:38 -0400
Over the weekend my husband and I hit the caps ridge trail (UGH- especially 
after the rib fractures and weeks of reconditioning). However we were 
successful in finding several Bicknell's thrushes, NO boreal chickadees were to 
be had. Trudeau Road also NO black backed woodpeckers despite tantalizing 
drumming in the early morning hours, we never were able to locate the bird(s) 


Back on the coast today, I thought I'd try for the Pacific Loon, red neck grebe 
-but were again rebuffed by the breezes , heat and bugs. The Ibis was also gone 
when I got to the marsh this afternoon. 


However on the way back from Odionne, I had a fly over of a very Large Tern. 
Orange bill, black cap, the rest was white- right over my little car, pulled 
over to get another look, but it was flying southward (around 4 pm) at a quick 
clip. Close encounters of the Caspian tern kind? Perhaps the bird that was at 
Massabesic? 


Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua NH

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Subject: White-winged Crossbill -- Eaton
From: AERART via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:53:48 -0400 (EDT)
We had a White-winged Crossbill fly-over on Brownfield Rd. in Eaton 
yesterday, Sunday July 13, 2014. 
 
George and Andrea Robbins
Pittsfield, NH

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Subject: House Sparrows
From: "Jane Hills" <jhbird AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:30:32 -0400
Has anyone else noticed the plethora of House Sparrows over the past month?
I usually have two or three at my feeders, and during the past month at
least half of all the birds have been House Sparrows.  I credited this,
regrettably, to urban creep, but today I spoke with a friend who lives in
the rural area of Chester, and she too has seen an over-abundance of this
species this summer.  I wonder what others have experienced, and whether
there is an explanation (weather, food supply, etc.) for the obviously
productive breeding season this year.

 

Jane Hills

Manchester, NH

jhbird(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

 

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environmentalist realizes that nature has its pleasures and deserves
respect.  A planetist puts the earth ahead of the earthlings."  --William
Safire

 

 

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Subject: White Ibis details
From: Jon Woolf <jsw AT jwoolfden.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:10:09 -0400
To add a bit to my previous post: I found the White Ibis about 9:35am, exactly 
where others described it as being. Go to Rye Harbor and look for the Awcomin 
Marsh trail on the inland side of Rte 1A. The trails are short and lead to 2 
observation platforms, 1 at each end. I found the ibis when it flew in from 
somewhere and landed in a dead pine tree which is only visible from the right 
platform. It was unmistakable, just like its picture in the Big Sibley guide. 
It perched for about 10 minutes, then dropped into the marsh and I lost sight 
of it. 


-- Jon Woolf
Manchester, NH

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Subject: White ibis YES
From: Jon Woolf <jsw AT jwoolfden.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:37:55 -0400
Just flew in. Currently perched in large dead pine tree, visible from RIGHT 
observation platform. 


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Manchester NH

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Subject: Barred Owls in Lee, Barn Swallows in Rye
From: Colleen <3potatoes AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:46:06 -0400
Sorry for the late post, but just getting to Flickr this evening :-)

Last weekend, we had a lot of fun watching and photographing the Barn Swallows 
that were swirling and swooping and occasionally perching (and sharing the 
prizes from their hunts) right near Rye Harbor - 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/trespotatoes/sets/72157645716378063/

And then on Sunday evening, we had even more fun watching a pair of Barred Owl 
fledglings who appeared at the edge of the road in Lee as we were driving 
through town on the way home, calling very loudly for their parent who was 
across the road with dinner. Crisp photos weren't possible as it was pretty 
dark and the birds were shadowed further by tree branches - but here's a couple 
I was able to lighten and sharpen at least somewhat :-) 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/trespotatoes/14461289790/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/trespotatoes/14625014246/

Happy birding!
Colleen 
Nottingham, NH 

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Subject: Article on Mississippi Kites in Foster's Daily Democrat
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:00:26 -0400
I'm surprised no one else posted this, but thanks to Terri Fratus for 
tipping me off.

Here's a nice article from a couple of weeks ago on Newmarket's 
Mississippi Kites with commentary from Ben Griffith and Pam Hunt!!

http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140627/GJNEWS_01/140629449

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Great Penacook Walkabout
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:36:40 -0400
Greetings all,

 

13.5 miles in 6.5 hours this morning yielded a July record of 82 species for
the Great Penacook Walkabout. Many species are definitely quieting down,
while numbers of others are being bolstered by recently fledged young. A few
highlights:

 

First migrant shorebirds of the season at Morrill's Farm: 3 Least and 1
Solitary Sandpiper.

Still singing (and FOY human-powered) Willow Flycatcher, also at Morrill's

Presumed migrant female/immature Bobolink at Morrill's (they don't breed
there)

Family of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers along Abbott Road

Field Sparrow (sang once!) and Black-billed Cuckoo (visual) in powerlines
near Abbott Road.

Tie counts (7 each) for American Crow and Common Raven. The latter is a
record for the Penacook Survey Route (where they all were), and I have no
clue where the crows were hiding.

6 Carolina Wrens is also a new record for the Penacook Survey Route (and
eBird doesn't like it when I see THREE!)

70 Barn Swallows and 55 Mourning Doves (many young)

Surprise Wood Thrush along River Road (rare on the survey route)

Lousiana Waterthrush on The Island

 

Let there be migration,

Pam Hunt

Penacook

 

 

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the world."

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Subject: Pacific loon yes
From: David Deifik <david.deifik AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:25:49 -0400
Sean at seal rocks. Spent most time underwater. Just flew off to the east.

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Subject: Ibis yes
From: David Deifik <david.deifik AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:25:16 -0400
Just seen close to the left platform. Flew out to dead trees

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Subject: White Ibis - yes
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:53:25 -0400
But just barely. Feeding in distant channel and seen from right platform toward 
prominent rock in salt marsh. Barely sticking his head up from time to time. 
Tide still low. 


Steve Mirick

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Subject: NH Coast (White Ibis, Pacific Loon, a few photos)
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:35:04 -0400
Whoops - this went only to Steve the first time around!
Pam


Hi all,

Add to the list an American Oystercatcher flying south offshore south of
Odiorne ~8 pm while I was eating my post-ibis shrimp plate from Ray's.

A note on the Pacific Loon: Mark, Dotty, and I had it fairly close to shore
(visible to naked eye but not identifiable that way) with two common Loons
between 5:30 and 6, as per Mark's email. During this time it NEVER dove, and
gave good comparisons to the immature Common. What might very well be
Steve's Red-necked Grebe was also at Seal Rocks, and the group of 28 Black
Scoters was near the Angel pull-off. (was everything except the loon moving
north?!)

As for the White Ibis, it went undetected from 4-5 (when we don't THINK we
missed it in the tree) but was quite visible at 6-6:30 when we found it
foraging in the marsh in front of the island with the dead pine. It appeared
to be catching lots of crabs. Just as we left it flew up to a fairly obvious
perch in the pine.

Tomorrow, I walk...
Pam Hunt
Penacook

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Subject: [NHBirds] NH Coast (White Ibis, Pacific Loon, a few photos)

Jane and I got out this morning before the hoards of people invaded the
coast, and it is clear that things are starting to heat up with respect to
the weather and the birds!  The White Ibis is the star; however, now a
Pacific Loon has showed up!  And shorebird migration is picking up and
swallows are along the coast.  Just lots to look at!  And then later we went
out on the afternoon whale watch out of Rye where we had a fantastic whale
show, and similar birds to what Becky Suomala reported.

Here are some photos and a list from the coast:

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

BRANT  1     Close views of bird in Hampton marshes.
American Black Duck  10
White-winged Scoter  14     Includes ten off Rye ledge,
Black Scoter  31     Includes an impressive flock of 28 off Foss Beach.
Common Loon  9  Including one in breeding plumage.  The rest immatures.
PACIFIC LOON  1 immature bird off Seal Rocks.  Very rare SUMMER record for
this species; however, it is interesting to note that three of my six
records from New Hampshire are summer records!
RED-NECKED GREBE  1     Breeding plumage off Wallis Sands Beach. Where 
did this guy come from!?
Great Blue Heron  15
Great Egret  11
Snowy Egret  20
Green Heron  4
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2     One JUVENILE.  And one one year old.  
Together in Hampton salt marsh.
WHITE IBIS - 1 JUVENILE continues by itself in Awcomin marsh in Rye.
Osprey  8     This is total from two nest sites with two adults each and 
two large nestlings.
Semipalmated Plover  3
Killdeer  19
Spotted Sandpiper  4
Greater Yellowlegs  12
Willet  52  Nice build up of birds in Hampton harbor!
Lesser Yellowlegs  13     Includes 8 migrating.
Least Sandpiper  30
Semipalmated Sandpiper  3
peep sp.  39     Migrating.
Short-billed Dowitcher  39     Includes 27 migrating in 4 flocks.
Bonaparte's Gull  42
Laughing Gull  18     Curious movement of LAGU moving south.  All 
adults.  Flock of seven and flock of five, but the rest singles.
Least Tern  3     All in Meadow Pond.
Roseate Tern  4
Common Tern  25     Count of birds in Hampton harbor only.  Low.
Bank Swallow  1
Savannah Sparrow  1     Singing in dunes south of Hampton bridge.
Nelson's Sparrow  1     Singing boldly from thirty feet away in phragmites.
Saltmarsh Sparrow  4
Nelson's/Saltmarsh Sparrow (Sharp-tailed Sparrow)  3     At Philbrick 
marsh.  No sign of previously reported Seaside.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Spruce Grouse on Mt Liberty
From: Donna Ellis <donnaellis1014 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:32:37 -0400
We hiked the Flume Liberty Loop today.  We saw a female Spruce grouse
nesting near the top of Liberty Mt this afternoon.  Also saw a pair of
Yellow-rumped warblers.  I wish I knew all my thrush sounds because we
heard lots of them and many other birds singing in the forest.  The only
one I can be sure of is the beautiful sound of the hermit thrush.

Here is a pic of the grouse:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/83206725 AT N08/14453101789/.

Donna Ellis
Henniker NH

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Subject: BIcknell's Thrush (2) Mt. Hale
From: Charlie Nims <charlie.nims AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:22:53 -0400
This morning, I hiked to the summit of Mt. Hale via the Hale Brook Trail (off 
Zealand Rd.). The highlight was having 2 Bicknell's Thrush. On the way up, I 
had them ~10 mins from the top, on the way down, just below the summit. Both 
times both birds were calling; I am assuming, that I had 2 vs. 4 birds as they 
were not that far apart. On the down trip, I had killer views, perhaps the best 
I have ever had . . . of course, my camera was not with me. There were 6 
warbler species, surprisingly to me, no Am. Redstarts. One Blackpoll was 
carrying food while I had a Yellow-rumped carrying nesting material--getting 
late for a final brood? I also had a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. 


Full eBird report submitted.

Charlie Nims
Bartlett, NH

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Subject: NH Coast (White Ibis, Pacific Loon, a few photos)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:10:44 -0400
Jane and I got out this morning before the hoards of people invaded the 
coast, and it is clear that things are starting to heat up with respect 
to the weather and the birds!  The White Ibis is the star; however, now 
a Pacific Loon has showed up!  And shorebird migration is picking up and 
swallows are along the coast.  Just lots to look at!  And then later we 
went out on the afternoon whale watch out of Rye where we had a 
fantastic whale show, and similar birds to what Becky Suomala reported.

Here are some photos and a list from the coast:

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

BRANT  1     Close views of bird in Hampton marshes.
American Black Duck  10
White-winged Scoter  14     Includes ten off Rye ledge,
Black Scoter  31     Includes an impressive flock of 28 off Foss Beach.
Common Loon  9  Including one in breeding plumage.  The rest immatures.
PACIFIC LOON  1 immature bird off Seal Rocks.  Very rare SUMMER record 
for this species; however, it is interesting to note that three of my 
six records from New Hampshire are summer records!
RED-NECKED GREBE  1     Breeding plumage off Wallis Sands Beach. Where 
did this guy come from!?
Great Blue Heron  15
Great Egret  11
Snowy Egret  20
Green Heron  4
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2     One JUVENILE.  And one one year old.  
Together in Hampton salt marsh.
WHITE IBIS - 1 JUVENILE continues by itself in Awcomin marsh in Rye.
Osprey  8     This is total from two nest sites with two adults each and 
two large nestlings.
Semipalmated Plover  3
Killdeer  19
Spotted Sandpiper  4
Greater Yellowlegs  12
Willet  52  Nice build up of birds in Hampton harbor!
Lesser Yellowlegs  13     Includes 8 migrating.
Least Sandpiper  30
Semipalmated Sandpiper  3
peep sp.  39     Migrating.
Short-billed Dowitcher  39     Includes 27 migrating in 4 flocks.
Bonaparte's Gull  42
Laughing Gull  18     Curious movement of LAGU moving south.  All 
adults.  Flock of seven and flock of five, but the rest singles.
Least Tern  3     All in Meadow Pond.
Roseate Tern  4
Common Tern  25     Count of birds in Hampton harbor only.  Low.
Bank Swallow  1
Savannah Sparrow  1     Singing in dunes south of Hampton bridge.
Nelson's Sparrow  1     Singing boldly from thirty feet away in phragmites.
Saltmarsh Sparrow  4
Nelson's/Saltmarsh Sparrow (Sharp-tailed Sparrow)  3     At Philbrick 
marsh.  No sign of previously reported Seaside.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Canterbury
From: Carolyn Payzant <carolynpayzant AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:05:57 -0400
We were in Canterbury this morning and could hear but not see 2 Hermit
Thrushes.  I do believe they have the prettiest sounds in our forests.

Carolyn Payzant
Bedford

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Subject: Re: need help idientifiying these birds
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:00:53 -0400
Hi Keven.  Nice photos of a Green Heron.  But PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH 
PHOTOS to list!

Thanks

Steve Mirick
NH Birds List Moderator
Bradford, MA

On 7/12/2014 6:55 PM, 'Kevin Hussey' via NHBirds wrote:
>    Hi
>     I was out stomping threw the marsh and saw this bird I am at a 
> loss to Id it I was wondering if you could help me
>   I am including two pictures of it I think its yellow crowned night 
> heron. It made a very loud call . I can also make the pictures bigger 
> if that helps. I appreciate any help you can give me. Sorry if I sent 
> this more then once I didn't know if you also got the pictures.
>  Thank you so much
>  Kevin M Hussey

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Subject: Another Fox Sparrow
From: Benjamin Griffith <bgriffith AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:36:59 -0400
This is getting ridiculous.   Lauren and I hiked Mt Hancock today, which is
neither exceptionally high (it is the 21st highest peak), nor particularly
far north.  Singing from near the summit of the North Peak was a single Fox
Sparrow.  Among the other neat birds we had were 10 Bicknell's Thrushes
(including at least one family group) and 7 Boreal Chickadees (also
including one family group).  I attempted to get a recording of the Fox
Sparrow, but as soon as I took out the camera it moved uphill, and I doubt
it came out.

Ben Griffith
Merrimack, NH

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Subject: need help idientifiying these birds 
From: "'Kevin Hussey' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:55:45 -0700
   Hi 
    I was out stomping threw the marsh and saw this bird I am at a loss to 
Id it I was wondering if you could help me 

  I am including two pictures of it I think its yellow crowned night heron. It 
made a very loud call . I can also make the pictures bigger if that 
helps. I appreciate any help you can give me. Sorry if I sent this more then 
once I didn't know if you also got the pictures. 

 Thank you so much
 Kevin M Hussey
  brown Ave. 
 Seabrook NH 03874
 (603) 380-3269
 kmh26102000 AT yahoo.com
 K.M.Hussey   

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