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31 Oct HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (31 Oct 2014) 32 Raptors []
31 Oct HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (30 Oct 2014) 21 Raptors []
31 Oct Evening GrosbeakS [Jen Esten ]
31 Oct Cattle Egrets in Candia [birdrecords ]
31 Oct Yellow-headed Blackbird (male) Seabrook, NH [Kevin ]
31 Oct Concord Community Gardens ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
31 Oct 10 Pipits, Tennessee Warbler, Pied-billed Grebe and more, Powder Mill Pond ["'Donald Stokes' via NHBirds" ]
31 Oct Evening Grosbeak [Jen Esten ]
31 Oct Fox Sparrow []
30 Oct Re: Possible Bicknell's Thrush at SSC [Jon Woolf ]
30 Oct HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (30 Oct 2014) 20 Raptors []
30 Oct HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (29 Oct 2014) 1 Raptors []
30 Oct HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (29 Oct 2014) 5 Raptors []
30 Oct NH Coast (Y-headed Blackbird, O-C Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler - NO) [Steve Mirick ]
30 Oct Long Tailed Duck [David Haas ]
30 Oct Snow Buntings NOW - Hampton [David Lipsy ]
30 Oct American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Duck, Winter Wren, Yellow-rump - Turtle Pond, Concord ["'Aerart' via NHBirds" ]
30 Oct Possible Bicknell's Thrush at SSC [Jon Woolf ]
30 Oct First of fall American Tree Sparrow in Kingston [Scott Heron ]
30 Oct South End Marsh - Concord [Pamela Hunt ]
29 Oct Worm-eating Warbler @ Urban Forest [Jerry Kelly ]
29 Oct yellow headed bb/ Durham [Daniel Keefe ]
29 Oct HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (28 Oct 2014) 19 Raptors []
29 Oct RE: N Saw-Whet in Penacook ["Dorsey, Kurk" ]
28 Oct more on red crossbills and other recent sightings ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
28 Oct Rochester WTP American Coot, Ring-necked Duck [Dan Hubbard ]
28 Oct N Saw-Whet in Penacook ["Pam Hunt" ]
28 Oct HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (28 Oct 2014) 25 Raptors []
28 Oct Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, October 28, 2014 ["Mark Suomala" ]
28 Oct NH Coast today [Carol McCluskey ]
28 Oct Red crossbills ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
28 Oct Cap. Chpt. FT - November Challenge [Stephanie Parkinson ]
28 Oct Snow Buntings, Bufflehead, Red-necked Grebe on Great Pond, Kingston [Scott Heron ]
28 Oct Purple Finches in Jaffrey [Bruce Boyer ]
28 Oct HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (27 Oct 2014) 38 Raptors []
28 Oct Peregrines (yes - plural) Horseshoe Pond in Concord this morning []
28 Oct Oiled Wildlife Response Training [Steve Mirick ]
28 Oct Re: Vermivora species in Nashua [Christopher McPherson ]
27 Oct HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (26 Oct 2014) 27 Raptors []
27 Oct Re: not rare, but a change... [Clifford Seifer ]
27 Oct FOY Dark Eyed Juncos [Joel Huntress ]
27 Oct HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (26 Oct 2014) 88 Raptors []
26 Oct Odiorne Cape May and Clay-colored ["Rebecca Suomala" ]
26 Oct Yellow-headed Blackbirds Seabrook Oct 26 [Marjorie ]
26 Oct Vermivora species in Nashua [Christopher McPherson ]
26 Oct NH Coast (Pacific Loon, Black-billed Cuckoo, 3 Yellow-headed Blackbirds) [Steve Mirick ]
26 Oct wood ducks [Sylvia Miskoe ]
26 Oct Penacook Birds: OC and Wilson's Warbler, siskin influx, etc. ["Pam Hunt" ]
26 Oct Plainfield - Red-bellied Woodpecker [Susan Hardy ]
26 Oct Pondicherry NWR--grebes, etc. [Charlie Nims ]
26 Oct Purple Finches galore [Carol McCluskey ]
26 Oct HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (25 Oct 2014) 71 Raptors []
26 Oct not rare, but a change... [evelyn nathan ]
26 Oct Odiorne black-billed cuckoo, Sat. Oct. 25 []
25 Oct HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (25 Oct 2014) 101 Raptors []
25 Oct Fish Crow and Virginia rail, Great Meadow, Hollis NH [Christopher McPherson ]
25 Oct HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (24 Oct 2014) 16 Raptors []
25 Oct RE: NH Coast Odds & Ends ["Pam Hunt" ]
25 Oct NH Coast Odds & Ends [Steve Mirick ]
25 Oct 3 yellow-headed blackbird [Richard Frechette ]
24 Oct Re: Black-billed Cuckoo, Odiorne ["Katie Towler" ]
24 Oct HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (24 Oct 2014) 9 Raptors []
24 Oct Buffleheads in Henniker [Donna Ellis ]
24 Oct American Coot @ Quincy Bog Rumney ["'Al Ports' via NHBirds" ]
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 []

Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (31 Oct 2014) 32 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 31 Oct 2014 21:10:59 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 31, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               4            143            169
Osprey                       0             45            202
Bald Eagle                   6             30             75
Northern Harrier             1             29             77
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12            555           1119
Cooper's Hawk                0             70            120
Northern Goshawk             1             11             12
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             14             16
Broad-winged Hawk            0             17           4237
Red-tailed Hawk              5             93            106
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             84            243
Merlin                       0             31             63
Peregrine Falcon             0             15             36
Unknown Accipiter            0             27             48
Unknown Buteo                0              5             14
Unknown Falcon               0             12             20
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             58            134

Total:                      32           1239           6691
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jess Cosentino

Observers:        Crawford Lyons

Visitors:
6 visitors to the observatory on this Halloween Friday.


Weather:
A chilly Halloween day with temperatures climbing into the high 40's. Not
so much of a windy day, with variable/light wind out of S. 

Raptor Observations:
The skies were somewhat busy for the last day of October, with 7 different
raptor species still migrating across the sky. A few more Turkey Vultures
and Northern Harriers passed overhead, while a handful of Bald Eagles did
the same. Sharp-shinned Hawks were the dominant accipiter of the day while
a single Northern Goshawk, aptly nicknamed the "grey ghost" on this
auspicious holiday, crossed the morning sky on a solitary flight.

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Cloudy early with showers for the afternoon hours. High around 45F. Winds
NNE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
========================================================================
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 (30 Oct 2014) 21 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 31 Oct 2014 19:10:36 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 30, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0            139            165
Osprey                       0             45            202
Bald Eagle                   1             24             69
Northern Harrier             0             28             76
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6            543           1107
Cooper's Hawk                1             70            120
Northern Goshawk             0             10             11
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             13             15
Broad-winged Hawk            0             17           4237
Red-tailed Hawk              4             88            101
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             83            242
Merlin                       2             31             63
Peregrine Falcon             0             15             36
Unknown Accipiter            2             27             48
Unknown Buteo                1              5             14
Unknown Falcon               2             12             20
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2             57            133

Total:                      21           1207           6659
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Crawford Lyons

Observers:        

Weather:
Temperatures in the mid-50's by afternoon. Light to moderate winds out of
WNW for most of the day.

Raptor Observations:
Accipiters continuing to move along with a few more Red-tailed Hawks and
falcons following. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Several Yellow-rumped Warblers still active around the orchard
("Butterbutts everywhere" - Crawford Lyons)
========================================================================
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: Evening GrosbeakS
From: Jen Esten <jennifere1234 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:13:23 -0400
Two!  Male and female. 
Stunning

Jen Esten
New London
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Subject: Cattle Egrets in Candia
From: birdrecords <birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:38:07 +0000
Hi All,
We just received a report of a flock of 11 Cattle Egrets on South Road in 
Candia on Wednesday the 29th. Unfortunately they were gone the next day and 
haven't been seen since, but birders should be on the lookout. 

Becky Suomala
NH Audubon

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Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird (male) Seabrook, NH
From: Kevin <ffo4kooch AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:19:36 -0400
I located a male Yellow-headed Blackbird on Hooksett St. in Seabrook, NH today 
around noon. The bird was with a large mixed flock of Starlings and 
Brown-headed Cowbirds. Photos can be seen at 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevin_couture/ 
 



Kevin Couture
South Berwick, ME

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Subject: Concord Community Gardens
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:50:53 -0700
A quick 'scouting report' for tomorrow's Concord November Challenge from this 
afternoon at the Gardens off Birch St: 


Yellow-bellied sapsucker - 1 juv in treeline closest to Clinton St.
Rusty blackbird - 1 with red-wingeds and grackles in the same area
Lincoln's sparrow - 1 in the small tree near the house sparrow flock

Palm warbler - 1 at the far end
Impressive numbers of goldfinches, juncos, house finches, and good numbers for 
the date of swamp, tree, and savannah sparrows. 


Phil Brown
Hancock, NH

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Subject: 10 Pipits, Tennessee Warbler, Pied-billed Grebe and more, Powder Mill Pond
From: "'Donald Stokes' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:04:49 -0400
We have had quite a nice variety lately. Among the more noteworthy yesterday 
and today: 


10 American Pipits
8 Eastern Bluebirds
Tree Sparrow
2 Fox Sparrrows
Yellowrumps
Tennessee Warbler
40 Pine Siskins
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
12 Ravens
Merlin
Cooper's Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pleated Woodpecker
Carolina Wren

Don and Lillian Stokes
Bobolink Farm
Hancock, NH

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Subject: Evening Grosbeak
From: Jen Esten <jennifere1234 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:59:58 -0400
Female, at my feeder

Jen Esten
New London


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Subject: Fox Sparrow
From: nhexactly AT metrocast.net
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:12:33 -0400
 

	Had our first fox sparrow of this fall season feeding with the white
throats at our feeding station this AM. .

	Deb Sanders, Barrington
 

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Subject: Re: Possible Bicknell's Thrush at SSC
From: Jon Woolf <jsw AT jwoolfden.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:03:04 -0400
A couple of people have opined that this bird was much more likely to 
be a Hermit Thrush.  I have no decent pictures of it and, after 
looking at several different field guides, no good reason to 
disagree.  For now, I'm going to call it a Hermit Thrush.

Other sightings from the Odiorne Point area this morning include a 
young Sharp-shinned Hawk, two Red-tailed Hawks, several Greater 
Yellowlegs (heard only), a flurry of Pine Siskens, many Goldfinches, 
many Robins, and a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers.

-- Jon Woolf
Manchester, NH

At 10:51 AM 10/30/2014, I wrote:
>I'm looking at a possible Bicknell's Thrush at the south end of 
>Odiorne Pt Park, around the playground. Definitely a thrush, with a 
>distinctly gray-brown back and reddish tail. Spotting only on the 
>upper chest, fading to solid white belly. 2 distinct clear ovals in 
>among the spots, side by side just below the throat. Bicknell's is 
>the nearest match in my Sibley e-guide.
>
>- Jon Woolf
>Manchester, NH
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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (30 Oct 2014) 20 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 30 Oct 2014 22:10:11 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 30, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             76             83
Osprey                       0             41            213
Bald Eagle                   0             33            106
Northern Harrier             0             30             75
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6            398           1058
Cooper's Hawk                2             63            118
Northern Goshawk             0             10             16
Red-shouldered Hawk          4             35             52
Broad-winged Hawk            0             12          11043
Red-tailed Hawk              7            150            158
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              5              5
American Kestrel             0             43            109
Merlin                       0             37             78
Peregrine Falcon             0             17             38
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              2              6
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             14             33

Total:                      20            971          13198
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Al Grimstad, Andre Moraes, Betsy Smith, Glen Chretien,
                  Henry Walters

Visitors:
16 of today's 37 visitors were from Mountain Shadows School, braving the
late October cold to come help look for migrants, record data, sketch a
hawk's-eye view of the landscape, and write haiku. A couple of distant
birds came and went, then the Golden Eagle swept into view, gliding through
the valley for all to enjoy.


Weather:
The sky was a play of light and dark; stratocumulus building and growing,
shot through with bands of blue and ribbons of virga which at times caught
the light like diurnal auroras. With the flair of a magician, haze pulled
away from the horizon to reveal the mountains one by one, though Washington
remained obscured. Temperatures were stuck at 43F for most of the day.

Raptor Observations:
No fog this morning, but the sky was still empty of birds until shortly
before noon. Red-tailed Hawks paused to kite and a Cooper's Hawk tangled
with the ravens on its way through. A mini buteo kettle bubbled up in front
of Crochet, 3 red-taileds and 1 Red-shouldered Hawk strong. A Bald Eagle
and a Turkey Vulture agreed to put off migrating for another day.

Non-raptor Observations:

A Monarch was able to escape frost and other perils of the weather, but not
the clutches of an inquisitive Common Raven that snatched it from the sky
and let it drop only to grab it again when it tried to flutter away.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Canada Goose- 28  Ring-billed Gull- 9
American Robin- 2   Yellow-rumped Warbler- 1
American Goldfinch- 1   Pine Siskin~ 70
Purple Finch- 3   passerine sp.- 5

Monarch Butterfly- nearly 1

Predictions:
The final day of October is upon us, and we're 29 migrants shy of 1,000
birds for the month. The wind will be all but non-existant, blowing out of
the North before shifting to come out of the NE. Clouds will be on the
increase ahead of Saturday's coastal storm. Come for the chance of seeing
the next Golden Eagle rise like the Great Pumpkin over North Pack! Costumes
are encouraged, but not required.
========================================================================
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 (29 Oct 2014) 1 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 30 Oct 2014 20:10:46 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0            139            165
Osprey                       0             45            202
Bald Eagle                   0             23             68
Northern Harrier             0             28             76
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            537           1101
Cooper's Hawk                0             69            119
Northern Goshawk             0             10             11
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             13             15
Broad-winged Hawk            0             17           4237
Red-tailed Hawk              0             84             97
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             83            242
Merlin                       0             29             61
Peregrine Falcon             0             15             36
Unknown Accipiter            0             25             46
Unknown Buteo                0              4             13
Unknown Falcon               0             10             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             55            131

Total:                       1           1186           6638
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jess Cosentino

Observers:        Crawford Lyons

Visitors:
9 visitors to the observatory today.


Weather:
The morning began with all directions shrouded in a thick blanket of dense
fog, reducing visibility to less than a few 100 feet early and gradually
lifting off by afternoon. The winds were light and variable for most of the
day but seemed to come from the W for the most part while temperatures rose
into the low 50's. 

Raptor Observations:
The early morning fog essentially made the first half of the day impossible
to spot anything farther than a few hundred feet from the observation deck.
As the skies cleared by 1 PM or so, activity never seemed to pick up. One
of the local Red-tailed Hawks was spotted in a nearby pine but even the
local birds did not seem to be in the sky. A single Sharp-shinned Hawk
struggled against the wind in the final hour of the day, as a rain shower
began to push into the area, and was the only migrating raptor spotted for
the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Around 400 Common Grackles popped up over the hillside, swarming nearby one
of the local Red-tailed Hawks, before settling down in a stand of pines
adjacent to the orchard. The dissonant racket from the group lasted a few
minutes before they collectively decided to fly off.
========================================================================
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: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (29 Oct 2014) 5 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 30 Oct 2014 20:10:58 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 29, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             76             83
Osprey                       0             41            213
Bald Eagle                   1             33            106
Northern Harrier             0             30             75
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            392           1052
Cooper's Hawk                0             61            116
Northern Goshawk             0             10             16
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             31             48
Broad-winged Hawk            0             12          11043
Red-tailed Hawk              2            143            151
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              4              4
American Kestrel             0             43            109
Merlin                       0             37             78
Peregrine Falcon             0             17             38
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              2              6
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             14             33

Total:                       5            951          13178
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:15:00 
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Andre Moraes, Betsy Smith, Janelle Ostrosti, Mark Timmerman,
                  Phil Brown

Visitors:
People were nearly as scarce as the birds. There were 10 visitors to the
hawkwatch.


Weather:
Visibility was a scarce commodity today, with valley fog in the morning
that lifted to smother the hawkwatch for all but the last two hours of the
count. Brief glimpses of North Pack and pieces of Monadnock gave hope that
a migrant might float through a gap in the gray soup, and patches of
sunshine played across bits of the landscape when they came into view.
Increasing wind out of the SW slowly shifted around to come out of the W by
the afternoon, and temperatures rose through the 50s.

Raptor Observations:
You could count today's migrants on one hand, if you could see your fingers
in the fog. Not a bird was to be seen until the afternoon, and steady
drizzle closed the count down early. About the only excitement was watching
a sub-adult Bald Eagle work its way through the North Pack raven flock only
to run into another raven flock at the side of Pack. The eagle turned
around and headed back towards the north, then turned and made a wide loop
around to the west before continuing south.

Non-raptor Observations:
10 non-raptor species were observed, and of them the only migrants were an
American Goldfinch and 4 Purple Finches.
========================================================================
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: NH Coast (Y-headed Blackbird, O-C Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler - NO)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:14:48 -0400
A few hours along the coast this afternoon produced a few birds 
including a general arrival of Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, and lots of 
Juncos.  I had 75 Juncos at Odiorne and 70 more at the Urban Forestry 
Center.  Otherwise:

Yellow-headed Blackbird - 1 female (at least) continues in vicinity of 
Portsmouth Ave. in Seabrook with cowbirds
Orange-crowned Warbler - 1 near south end of Odiorne.

Also, I searched, as did several others, for the Worm-eating Warbler 
that Jerry Kelly had yesterday at the Urban Forestry Center....no luck.

A stop along Route 33 in Greenland produced:

Common Grackle - 50,000 (wild guess/estimate) in about 15 minutes of 
watching the river/stream of blackbirds heading into the Great Bog roost 
site.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Long Tailed Duck
From: David Haas <n1pt AT ne.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:25:22 -0400
There has been a female Long Tailed Duck on Martin Meadow Pond in Lancaster for 
at least a week now 


Dave Haas
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Subject: Snow Buntings NOW - Hampton
From: David Lipsy <dlipsy AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:52:19 -0400
There are two flocks of Snow Buntings flying around the area of Hampton Beach 
State Park. 

First flock was right around 100 birds. After a while the flew across the 
channel to Seabrook. 

Then a smaller flock of around 20 came in from a different direction.

The flock of 100 came back and flew over into the dunes.
The flock of 20 is currently in the parking lot.

David Lipsy
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Subject: American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Duck, Winter Wren, Yellow-rump - Turtle Pond, Concord
From: "'Aerart' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:16:02 -0400
I did a little bit of scouting this morning for the Concord November Challenge 
that will take place this weekend. 


At Turtle Pond in Concord I had the following:


> Turtle Pond
> Oct 30, 2014 7:45 AM - 8:55 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 33 species
> 
> Wood Duck  3
> Bufflehead  4     (2 pair)
> Pied-billed Grebe  1
> Great Blue Heron  1
> American Coot  1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> Hairy Woodpecker  1
> Blue Jay  7
> American Crow  2
> Common Raven  1
> Black-capped Chickadee  3
> Tufted Titmouse  1
> White-breasted Nuthatch  2
> Brown Creeper  2
> Winter Wren  1
> Carolina Wren  1
> Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
> Eastern Bluebird  3
> American Robin  7
> European Starling  3
> American Pipit  1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
> Song Sparrow  1
> Swamp Sparrow  1
> White-throated Sparrow  1
> Dark-eyed Junco  2
> Northern Cardinal  1
> Red-winged Blackbird  9
> Common Grackle  1
> Pine Siskin  5
> American Goldfinch  6
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20379049 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


The Coot and Pied-bill were just past the vegetation to the right of the 
parking lot. 





And I had a Palm Warbler at the Community Gardens near NHTI.  


Andrea Robbins
Pittsfield, NH

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Subject: Possible Bicknell's Thrush at SSC
From: Jon Woolf <jsw AT jwoolfden.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:51:40 -0400
I'm looking at a possible Bicknell's Thrush at the south end of Odiorne Pt 
Park, around the playground. Definitely a thrush, with a distinctly gray-brown 
back and reddish tail. Spotting only on the upper chest, fading to solid white 
belly. 2 distinct clear ovals in among the spots, side by side just below the 
throat. Bicknell's is the nearest match in my Sibley e-guide. 


- Jon Woolf
Manchester, NH

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Subject: First of fall American Tree Sparrow in Kingston
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:42:26 -0400
Mingling with Juncos, White-throated and Song Sparrows was my first Tree
Sparrow of the fall over at the old Kingston Fairgrounds. Also present in
the area were 7 Bluebirds and a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottheron/15046229853/

Scott Heron
Kingston

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Subject: South End Marsh - Concord
From: Pamela Hunt <phunt AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:25:31 +0000
I was joined by four other folks for a pre-work trip to Concord's South End 
Marsh this morning, where the highlight was an estimated 2400 Red-winged 
Blackbirds exiting their roost between 7:15 and 7:45. There were at least four 
grackles in the mix as well. Also of note were 2 each of female Bufflehead and 
Pied-billed Grebe, a Hermit Thrush, and 2 American Pipits. Despite some nice 
weedy areas on the east side, sparrows were relatively sparse. 



Enjoy,
Pamela D. Hunt, Ph.D.
Avian Conservation Biologist
New Hampshire Audubon
84 Silk Farm Road
Concord, NH 03301

(603) 224-9909 x328
phunt AT nhaudubon.org

Help us celebrate NH Audubon's Centennial! - 
http://www.nhaudubon.org/about/centennial 


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more we get, the more we desire." 

   - Maria Mitchell, 19th Century American Astronomer


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Subject: Worm-eating Warbler @ Urban Forest
From: Jerry Kelly <jerrykelly20 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:02:46 -0400
There was a Worm-eating Warbler W of the pump house at Portsmouth's Urban
Forestry Center at dusk this evening. The bird which was warbler shape and
size and had a uniform tan color (cafe au lait) with distinctive black head
stripes and a short tail. It was mostly probing leaf litter and
occasionally perching on lower shrubs. I followed it moving to the W
(toward Rt 1) about 100 ft from the pump house when it scurried into the
briar patch at the edge of the marsh and did not reappear. Late and out of
range! - could it be a throw-back here by way of last week's nor'easter?
Jerry Kelly
Portsmouth

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Subject: yellow headed bb/ Durham
From: Daniel Keefe <daniel.keefe AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:51:21 -0400
Just had a yellow headed blackbird Adult male) in our yard in a mixed flock of 
about 70. First I have ever seen. Neat bird! 


Dan

Durham, NH




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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (28 Oct 2014) 19 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 29 Oct 2014 00:10:37 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               1             76             83
Osprey                       0             41            213
Bald Eagle                   1             32            105
Northern Harrier             0             30             75
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4            390           1050
Cooper's Hawk                1             61            116
Northern Goshawk             0             10             16
Red-shouldered Hawk          4             31             48
Broad-winged Hawk            0             12          11043
Red-tailed Hawk              8            141            149
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              4              4
American Kestrel             0             43            109
Merlin                       0             37             78
Peregrine Falcon             0             17             38
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              2              6
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             14             33

Total:                      19            946          13173
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:15:00 
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Al Grimstad, Betsy Smith, Cynthia Nichols

Visitors:
About 20, including a cute black and white "LA Terrier" named Mooey and 4
fancy hikers who had clinked whiskey shots to toast the peak and regaled
each other with tales of daring-do – including a drive up Mount
Washington in a Porsche – I'll let the reader guess if that car sports
the famous bumper sticker.




Weather:
Hazy with some sun and variable light winds

Raptor Observations:
Slow but interesting birds gave us a good chance to analyze behavior and
learn identification clues. A large lanky accipiter turned out to be a
Northern Goshawk - albeit going the wrong way to be counted. Later a Blue
Jay squawk alerted us to a Cooper's hawk that chased him through the
spruce. The Blue Jay made it; the Coop perched momentarily cursing his
miss.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Snow Buntings scampered across the rocks as if ahead of waves along a
winter shoreline. Although late to rise and early to bed, groups of ravens
gamboled and kettled all day – 5 here, 18 there - one squadron totaled
28. Katrina's keen ear found a lone Hermit Thrush, 4 Yellow Rumped
warblers, a Red Breasted nuthatch, a Purple finch, and about 3 Pine Siskins
whose "voices sound so cheerful! – but I guess you have to when you have
that much yellow". A Tufted Titmouse was lonely high up on the mountain; 2
late afternoon American robins were followed by a group of 16 migrants plus
1. Kinglets greeted the morning sun and heralded sunset – secretive in
the morning but flashing golden crowns in the late afternoon fall shadows.


It was a spiderpalooza! Two kinds of tiny spiders were everywhere vying 
for scope eyepiece space - especially Al's. Western conifer pine-seed bugs
decorated our scopes and jackets with their geometric native markings.

Nancy Moreau saw one Monarch at the base today braving the late fall - we
wish him luck!



Predictions:
From Weather.gov:
"Scattered showers, mainly after 9am. Patchy fog between 7am and 11am.
Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 50%." 

Coming Soon! French Birding Day – in honor of our Golden Eagle friends
from Quebec - all birds will be declared comme ca: "Voila! Une Aigle
Royal".   
French translations will be provided. 
Date(s) to be announced

========================================================================
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: RE: N Saw-Whet in Penacook
From: "Dorsey, Kurk" <Kurk.Dorsey AT unh.edu>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:29:25 +0000
Birders,
I had a small owl fly in front of my car about 5 AM on Packers Falls Road near 
the Durham/Lee town line. No way for me to ID it based on my view, but Pam's 
report makes me think it might be more likely to to be Saw-Whet than Screech 
this time of year. 


Kurk Dorsey
Durham

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Subject: more on red crossbills and other recent sightings
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:51:04 -0700
I watched the previously reported flock of about 8 red crossbills for over half 
an hour this afternoon between 230 and 3 pm at 'Inspiration Point' of Little 
Round Top in Bristol. First I heard them, but they were then almost silent for 
the remainder of my visit, so watch and listen closely if you go looking for 
them. The white pines below the summit to the SE from the lookout are laden 
with cones that the crossbills were actively feeding on for the entire time I 
watched them, so maybe they will stick around. While I was distracted with them 
for most of my short visit, I did manage to count 2 sharp-shinned hawks, 1 bald 
eagle, and 6 red-tailed hawks, though I didn't follow each red-tail to 
determine if they were all migrants. And with the warm weather today, a ruffed 
grouse drummed once around 3 pm. 


Earlier in the day, Hebron Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary on Newfound Lake hosted a 
single greater scaup, diving very actively, among the other usual suspects. The 
south end of the lake yielded 2 red-necked grebes together in a cove, and 
otherwise just loons. 


A late report from 10/25 includes 46 ring-necked ducks on Gile Pond in Sutton, 
3 buffleheads on Russell Pond in Sutton, and a calling evening grosbeak from 
Kezar Lake. 


Phil Brown
Hancock, NH

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Subject: Rochester WTP American Coot, Ring-necked Duck
From: Dan Hubbard <danielhubbard AT peoplepc.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:41:22 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
This afternoon an American Coot and a female Ring-necked Duck were new to the 
Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant this fall. There were also 21 Ruddy Ducks 
and a Northern Pintail (a male in non-breeding plumage), 3 Greater Yellowlegs, 
10 American Pipits, 10 Green-winged Teal, one Killdeer, and other usuals. 

Dan Hubbard, Rochester

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Subject: N Saw-Whet in Penacook
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:22:35 -0400
Good evening (and it indeed it was!).

 

I decided it was a perfect night to do some owl scouting for the upcoming
Concord November Challenge, and thus wandered over to Bog Road in Penacook.
Here, after about 15-20 minutes of walking and tooting in a  nice hemlock
stand, I attracted the attention of a Northern Saw-whet Owl. It initially
responded with a handful of screech calls, then moved closer with a couple
more screeches, and after maybe 5 minutes was fairly close by and tooting
its brains out. Very cool indeed. I decided at that point to leave the
little guy (or gal) alone to defend its turf against this giant intruder -
and since said giant stopped calling, presumably the owl was quite pleased
with its territorial prowess.

 

So now's the time to look for migrant saw-whets! Find some dense conifers
and try a few toots in the evenings.

 

Pam Hunt

Penacook, NH

 

 

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Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (28 Oct 2014) 25 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 28 Oct 2014 19:10:13 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               6            139            165
Osprey                       0             45            202
Bald Eagle                   0             23             68
Northern Harrier             0             28             76
Sharp-shinned Hawk           8            536           1100
Cooper's Hawk                2             69            119
Northern Goshawk             1             10             11
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             13             15
Broad-winged Hawk            0             17           4237
Red-tailed Hawk              6             84             97
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             83            242
Merlin                       1             29             61
Peregrine Falcon             0             15             36
Unknown Accipiter            0             25             46
Unknown Buteo                0              4             13
Unknown Falcon               0             10             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             55            131

Total:                      25           1185           6637
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jess Cosentino

Observers:        Ken Bednars

Visitors:
16 visitors to the observatory today.


Weather:
A chilly start to the day that warmed up to the low 60's by early
afternoon. Gentle S wind for most of the morning, picking up in strength by
late afternoon. A dense fog rested in the nearby valleys for most of the
morning, shifting to more overcast grey skies with a hazy backdrop for the
remainder of the day.

Raptor Observations:
The morning began rather slow, as one Sharp-shinned Hawk trickled by after
the next, and this set the pace for the remainder of the day. A solitary
Merlin was the only falcon seen throughout the day, taking a very familiar
route seemingly favored by them and Kestrels alike, across the southern end
of the orchard before disappearing behind the distant hillside. A lone
Northern Goshawk circled slowly overhead for a few minutes, curiously
browsing the valley floor below, before deciding to push southward down the
Contoocook River.

Non-raptor Observations:
Red-winged Blackbird (29), Canada Goose (106), Dark-eyed Junco (2), Eastern
Bluebird (3), American Black Duck (6)

Predictions:
Showers in the morning, then cloudy in the afternoon. High 67F. Winds WSW
at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
========================================================================
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: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, October 28, 2014
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:22:17 -0400
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, October 28th, 
2014.



A PACIFIC LOON was seen from Fort Stark in New Castle on October 26th.



A COMMON MURRE was seen from Hampton Beach State Park on October 25th.



3-4 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS have been seen with flocks of EUROPEAN 
STARLINGS and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS in coastal Seabrook on October 25th, 
26th, and 28th.



A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on 
October 26th.



An adult male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen with over 50 AMERICAN WIGEONS on 
Great Bay on October 25th.



An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the Goss Farm Conservation Area in Rye 
on October 25th, one was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 
26th, and one was seen along Bog Road in Penacook on the 26th.



A CAPE MAY WARBLER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 
26th, and a MAGNOLIA WARBLER and a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER were seen 
here on the 25th. Other late migrating warblers seen during the past week 
included a WILSON’S WARBLER in Penacook on October 26th, and a TENNESSEE 
WARBLER seen in Nashua on the 26th.



A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 
24th, 25th, and 26th.



A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen from the hawk-watching site atop Pack Monadnock 
in Peterborough on October 25th.



Over 10 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen at Ragged Neck in Rye on October 28th.



14 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Jenness Beach in Rye on October 28th.



3 SNOW BUNTINGS, 4 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, 4 BUFFLEHEADS, and 3 PIED-BILLED GREBES 
were tallied at Great Pond in Kingston on October 28th, and a RED-NECKED 
GREBE was seen here on the 27th.



A SNOW BUNTING, a RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and 4 PALM WARBLERS were seen in Penacook 
on October 26th.



A flock of RED CROSSBILLS was reported from atop Little Round Top mountain 
in Bristol on October 28th.



A NELSON’S SPARROW was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 
26th.



An AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was seen in Hillsborough on October 21st.



A FISH CROW and a VIRGINIA RAIL were reported from Great Meadows in Hollis 
on October 25th.



An AMERICAN COOT and 2 BUFFLEHEADS were seen at Quincy Bog in Rumney, and 3 
BUFFLEHEADS were seen at Old Mill Pond in Henniker, all on the 24th.



A RED-NECKED GREBE, 4 HORNED GREBES, a PIED-BILLED GREBE, a BLACK SCOTER, 
and 2 FOX SPARROWS were seen at NH Audubon’s Pondicherry Wildlife Sanctuary 
in Jefferson on October 26th.



A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on Silver Lake in Nelson on October 23rd.



3 SURF SCOTERS and 4 BUFFLEHEADS were seen on Turtle Pond in Concord on 
October 23rd.



30 BLACK SCOTERS and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were seen on Nubanusit Lake in 
Hancock on October 23rd.



100 BLACK SCOTERS, 5 SURF SCOTERS and a GREATER SCAUP were seen on Lake 
Massabesic in Auburn on October 23rd.



2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on October 28th.



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 13,000 raptors, the Carter Hill 
Observatory in Concord has counted over 6,500 raptors, and hawk-watchers on 
Little Round Top in Bristol have seen over 2,700 raptors. Of particular note 
was a GOLDEN EAGLE seen on October 25th, a GOLDEN EAGLE seen on the 27th, 
and 12 BALD EAGLES seen on October 26th, all from Pack Monadnock. 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 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: NH Coast today
From: Carol McCluskey <saltbird AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:09:26 -0400
A very pleasant casual birding ride along NH coast produced some previously 
reported birds. 

 A few highlights:

2 Red-Necked Grebes
4+Horned Grebes
4+Bonaparte's Gulls
Surf Scoters
White-winged Scoters
Many Common Loons at Odiorne. These were not checked carefully for a possible 
Pacific; didn't take scope out. 


1 Horned Lark
10-12 Lapland Longspurs  Rye Harbor State Park

14 Snow Buntings - Jenssen State Beach

1 Yellow-headed Blackbird in a flock of cowbirds & starlings in the vicinity of 
Manchester Rd, 

Seabrook

1 different Yellow-headedBlackbird (much brighter) in a different flock of 
cowbirds & starlings 

in a front yard along 1A in Salisbury, MA

Carol McCluskey
Gilmanton NH
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Subject: Red crossbills
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:40:30 -0400
Currently watching a good sized flock of red crossbills, both sexes, from the 
lookout of little round top mountain in Bristol. Requires some patience and 
scoping the heavy pine cone crop below the summit to the northeast. 


Phil Brown
Hancock

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Subject: Cap. Chpt. FT - November Challenge
From: Stephanie Parkinson <sparkinson AT sulloway.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:01:46 -0400
Just a reminder - as you've probably all seen Pam's e-mails in preparation for 
this weekend! 


Concord November Challenge
Date:  Saturday-Sunday, November 1-2
For the last six years, Concord area birders and folks from farther afield have 
gathered on the first weekend of November to see how many species we can find 
within the city limits. Over the years we've found 119 species, with the record 
of 93 set just last year. Can we top it in 2014?! Birders of all skill levels 
are welcome to participate, and we'll make every effort to pair new folks up 
with hardened veterans of the CNC. Traditionally, we bird hard Saturday morning 
and then meet for a group lunch to see what we've found. Afternoon and Sunday 
birding are a little more low key and generally involve visiting areas no one 
got to or seeking out species we missed. If interested, contact Pam Hunt 
753-9137 (evenings) or biodiva AT myfairpoint.net. 
Please try to "sign up" several days in advance, since last minute planning can 
be tricky. 



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Subject: Snow Buntings, Bufflehead, Red-necked Grebe on Great Pond, Kingston
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:47:24 -0400
Kayaking the pond this chilly morning, I'm quickly learning that my gloves
do nearly nothing to keep out the cold. Time to upgrade. A few species of
note on the pond and down the marshy Powwow channel:

3 Pied-billed Grebe
4 Bufflehead (1 male)
3 Red-winged Blackbird
4 Rusty Blackbird
3 Snow Bunting (possibly more)
2 Pine Siskin (possibly more)
2 Carolina Wren
8 Cedar Waxwing (mostly juveniles)

Also noted:
1 Beaver patrolling the dam
2 River Otter playing

Yesterday morning, I'd observed a Red-necked Grebe in the distance on the
pond while scanning from the shore.

Scott Heron
Kingston

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Subject: Purple Finches in Jaffrey
From: Bruce Boyer <brumyster AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:38:34 -0400
P. Finches have been at my feeder earlier, but this AM they were really 
swarming it; at least 8 at a time. Meanwhile, the goldenrods were shaking as 
Juncos and White-throated Sparrows fed on the seeds. 


Bruce Boyer

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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (27 Oct 2014) 38 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 28 Oct 2014 10:10:00 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               3             75             82
Osprey                       0             41            213
Bald Eagle                   1             31            104
Northern Harrier             0             30             75
Sharp-shinned Hawk          15            386           1046
Cooper's Hawk                2             60            115
Northern Goshawk             1             10             16
Red-shouldered Hawk          5             27             44
Broad-winged Hawk            0             12          11043
Red-tailed Hawk             10            133            141
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              4              4
American Kestrel             0             43            109
Merlin                       0             37             78
Peregrine Falcon             0             17             38
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              2              6
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             14             33

Total:                      38            927          13154
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Iain MacLeod

Observers:        Betsy Smith, Joan McKibben, Nancy Moreau, Tom Delaney

Visitors:
20-30. Fairly quiet. Best comment of the day: a gentleman looked at the
season species 
tally board for a long time and then said "You don't get all these species
up here do you?" I paused and asked him to repeat hoping he would rephrase,
but he asked the same question again. I couldn't help myself and replied,
"No, we just made the list up."


Weather:
Brisk. Steady blustery NW to W wind throughout the day. Partly cloudy with
more sun than cloud. 9-12 degrees C.

Raptor Observations:
Quieter than expected (based on forecast and previous day). Highlight was a
spectacular imm. Golden Eagle which came closer to me than any other raptor
(right overhead) allowing great photo ops. All raptors (including the
eagle) were escorted across the sky by one or more of the many ravens which
spent the whole day "playing" in the wind. Red-tails spent a lot of time
kiting and hanging with the ravens.

Non-raptor Observations:
A couple of Purple Finches and Myrtle Warber, one DC Cormorant.

Predictions:
Cool damp and brisk.
========================================================================
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: Peregrines (yes - plural) Horseshoe Pond in Concord this morning
From: dlv AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:43:09 +0000 (UTC)
Greetings, 

I hadn't seen a peregrine around the pond all summer - but today on my way to 
work - I noticed one eating breakfast in a tree along Horseshoe Pond. I pulled 
into a parking lot and grabbed my camera and snapped away. It was dark and 
gloomy so not the best shots. My battery died - so I went back to my car to get 
another and noticed the second peregrine in a tree not too far from the first 
peregrine! I really had to crank the ISO on the camera = so grainy shots. It is 
my first time seeing two peregrines pretty much in the same place :) 


Peregrine #1: 
https://flic.kr/p/pR3p2w 

https://flic.kr/p/pyw8rq 

https://flic.kr/p/oUaHjF 

Peregrine #2: 
https://flic.kr/p/pR3p2w 

I don't know my peregrine falcons enough to know which sex they are or age. If 
I were to guess - I would say peregrine #2 was an adult female and #1 an adult 
male - but just a guess :) 


Also - not a bird - but I saw the albino squirrel this weekend in Penacook. I 
have been seeing him everyone once in a while over the past few years. I got a 
couple decent shots too. 


https://flic.kr/p/pxdGuU 

https://flic.kr/p/pMe6N9 


Happy Birding, 
Debbie /Boscawen 

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Subject: Oiled Wildlife Response Training
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:00:10 -0400
Posting this message for Carol Foss and Carroll Brown.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA


OILED WILDLIFE RESPONSE TRAINING
FOR VOLUNTEERS
15 November 2014
SATURDAY 8:30 am-4:00pm (8:00am check-in & registration)

Sponsored by: NH Department of Environmental Services
and  NH Department of Fish & Game

Hosted by: Coastal Response Research Center at University of New Hampshire
Presented by: Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc.

Should you attend?  Are you interested in helping oiled wildlife? Then YES!
This  training  will  prepare  individuals  who  want  to volunteer  
during  an  oiled
wildlife response in New Hampshire. No prior wildlife experience is 
necessary!

Oiled wildlife response is difficult and intense, as well as extremely 
rewarding and
volunteers play an integral role in caring for oiled wildlife.

This training will introduce all aspects of oiled wildlife response 
including safety,
medical protocols and cleaning techniques as well as care of animals 
both before
and after cleaning.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Attendance is limited, so we ask that
only those with a sincere interest and willingness to make a commitment 
register.
There is no cost for this workshop.

For registration and information please contact Samantha Christie at
schristie AT tristatebird.org
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Subject: Re: Vermivora species in Nashua
From: Christopher McPherson <cmcpherson687 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:10:50 -0400
The consensus is Tennessee Warbler

One small correction, Genus *Oreothlypis *previously
* Vermivora*
On Sun, Oct 26, 2014 at 7:38 PM, Christopher McPherson <
cmcpherson687 AT gmail.com> wrote:

>  I found a warbler behind the DOT off Broad street (exit-6) in Nashua
> that I was convinced was a Tennessee Warbler but there are a few things I
> keep coming back too like the split eye ring that has me wondering…oh but
> the short tail pulls me back to TW, so I’m calling on all of the
> *Vermivora* experience birders have earned this year for confirmation!
>
>
> The bird had uniform olive-green upperparts, yellowish throat fading in
> the breast to a grayish belly, I didn’t see any streaking or the under-tail
> patterns, the bird had me running around to try and get pictures.
>
> Here is the link to the pictures
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/127251358 AT N05/15451285030/in/photostream/
>
> Please respond offline, thank you and I look forward to your feedback
>

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Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (26 Oct 2014) 27 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Oct 2014 20:10:54 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               2            132            158
Osprey                       1             45            202
Bald Eagle                   1             22             67
Northern Harrier             3             27             75
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12            500           1064
Cooper's Hawk                1             66            116
Northern Goshawk             0              7              8
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              8             10
Broad-winged Hawk            0             17           4237
Red-tailed Hawk              7             54             67
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             83            242
Merlin                       0             25             57
Peregrine Falcon             0             15             36
Unknown Accipiter            0             25             46
Unknown Buteo                0              4             13
Unknown Falcon               0             10             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             54            130

Total:                      27           1094           6546
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jess Cosentino

Observers:        Crawford Lyons, Mark Suomala, Mark Timmerman, Pam Hunt,
                  Steve Manifold

Weather:
The day's weather alternated between short periods of intermittent light
showers and cloudy skies. Another colder day with temperatures barely
breaking into the 50's while strong WNW winds blew in for most of the day.

Raptor Observations:
Sharp-shinned Hawks seemed to push through in between the periods of rain
that made their way through the area. A few more Red-tailed Hawks and
Northern Harriers followed as well.

Non-raptor Observations:
Yellow-rumped Warbler (3), Eastern Bluebird (2), Canada Goose (14), Pine
Siskin (12)
========================================================================
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: Re: not rare, but a change...
From: Clifford Seifer <clifdisc AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:56:46 -0400
Oddly enough, I had three female Purple Finches at my feeder in Keene all
weekend but no males.

-- Cliff Seifer
Keene NH

On Sun, Oct 26, 2014 at 5:32 AM, evelyn nathan 
wrote:

> I haven't gotten out to seriously bird this rainy week, but my feeders and
> the woods-borders in the neighborhood are teeming with mixed flocks of
> white-throated sparrows and purple finches, more so than I've ever seen
> around here before. Yesterday I noticed a large group of both having a
> feeding frenzy on some sumac berries.
>
> Evy Nathan
> Kingston
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Subject: FOY Dark Eyed Juncos
From: Joel Huntress <joelhuntress AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:40:35 -0400
7 appeared at my deck this AM.

Joel Huntress
Newmarket, NH

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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (26 Oct 2014) 88 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Oct 2014 07:10:24 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               2             72             79
Osprey                       0             41            213
Bald Eagle                  12             30            103
Northern Harrier             3             30             75
Sharp-shinned Hawk          18            371           1031
Cooper's Hawk                3             58            113
Northern Goshawk             2              9             15
Red-shouldered Hawk          3             22             39
Broad-winged Hawk            0             12          11043
Red-tailed Hawk             42            123            131
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              3              3
American Kestrel             1             43            109
Merlin                       1             37             78
Peregrine Falcon             1             17             38
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              2              6
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             14             33

Total:                      88            889          13116
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Alan Bostick, Andre Moraes, Janelle Ostrosti, Mike Gebo,
                  Sharon Harvell, Tom Delaney

Weather:
The wind kept up steadily of the the west with bouts of hat-snatching
gusting.  Temperatures barely wavered from the upper 40s to a couple of
degrees over 50F. Clouds thickened through the morning, than a few breaks
of blue allowed the sun to caress the landscape one hill at a time. Patches
of frozen or liquid precipitation kept the more distant mountains from
sight for most of the day.

Raptor Observations:
You've seen one eagle, you've seen..... a dozen of them? Today's flight of
Bald Eagles was unprecedented for October, tying the 3rd highest single day
total for the site overall and placing us within two eagles of the season
record. Only one of the birds was a full adult, and every age was accounted
for, from swarthy juveniles to snow-dusted three-year-olds beginning to
lighten their heads and tails.

Non-raptor Observations:
It was a bit too windy today for most waterfowl and songbirds, though
somehow a determined (and lucky, though maybe a little frostbitten) Monarch
Butterfly managed to make some headway.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Canada Goose- 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 10
American Goldfinch- 1
Pine Siskin- 3
Purple Finch- 8
passerine sp.- 7

Monarch Butterfly- 1

Predictions:
Similar temperatures are forecasted, through with clear to mostly sunny
skies, there should be more of the impression of warmth. The wind will be
out of the NW at 10-15mph, decreasing through the afternoon. It should be
another solid day of raptor migration!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (trina16 AT comcast.net))
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
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Subject: Odiorne Cape May and Clay-colored
From: "Rebecca Suomala" <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:49:42 -0400
Checked the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth (no chat) and Odiorne Point
State Park in Rye this morning.

Good activity at both places.

The two highlight birds were both at Odiorne:

Cape May Warbler in the pines near the bathrooms - a very dull bird

Clay-colored Sparrow - with a mixed flock of juncos and sparrows by Edalhab
(next to the center)

 

Lots of kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers at Odiorne. Also 2 Great
Cormorants.

 

An Eastern Towhee was a nice treat at the Urban Forestry Center.

 

Becky Suomala, Chichester

Mark Suomala, Concord

 

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Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbirds Seabrook Oct 26
From: Marjorie <marjwtsn AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:28:03 -0400
After the Brookline Bird Club walk at Parker River Nat'l Wildlife Refuge this 
morning, Jane Hills, Sylvia and I went to look for the reported Yellow-headed 
Blackbirds in Seabrook. We found the mixed flock of Cowbirds, Starlings and 
Yellow-headed Blackbirds on Woodstock Street off Portsmouth Ave Seabrook. After 
the birds were spooked by cars, Jane & Sylvia left, but I stayed to try to 
re-find the flock. I drove around the neighborhood for a short while and 
re-found the flock on Eisenhower St. near the corner of Campton St. This was a 
dead end and much less traffic, so I was able to watch the flock for some time. 
There may be 4 birds - I saw 2 bright yellow headed males, 1 brownish female 
and what appears to possibly be another male with more rusty yellow head. It 
was interesting to see the yellow vent area when they were feeding in the 
weeds, helping to keep track of the Yellow-headed Blackbirds. 

See my ebird list for photos.
 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20345990


Marjorie Watson
Georgetown MA
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Subject: Vermivora species in Nashua
From: Christopher McPherson <cmcpherson687 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:38:13 -0400
I found a warbler behind the DOT off Broad street (exit-6) in Nashua that I
was convinced was a Tennessee Warbler but there are a few things I keep
coming back too like the split eye ring that has me wondering…oh but the
short tail pulls me back to TW, so I’m calling on all of the *Vermivora*
experience birders have earned this year for confirmation!


The bird had uniform olive-green upperparts, yellowish throat fading in the
breast to a grayish belly, I didn’t see any streaking or the under-tail
patterns, the bird had me running around to try and get pictures.

Here is the link to the pictures

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127251358 AT N05/15451285030/in/photostream/

Please respond offline, thank you and I look forward to your feedback

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Subject: NH Coast (Pacific Loon, Black-billed Cuckoo, 3 Yellow-headed Blackbirds)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:09:44 -0400
Pretty amazing combination of birds on the coast today.  Highlights:

PACIFIC LOON - 1 adult photographed at Fort Stark in New Castle. 
Interestingly, it was almost exactly 1 year ago when we found a juvenile 
Pacific Loon nearby at Odiorne on 10/27/13!  While feeding, this bird, 
like others I have seen, seemed to stay under for long periods and only 
surface for short periods of time.  Tough to follow and photograph!  
Eventually seemed to work its way south toward Frost Point at Odiorne.

BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO - Incredibly late Juvenile continues at Odiorne.  
This is a record late date for NH, and my latest record by far.  I have 
only one September record of a bird on 9/15/90 in Durham and zero 
October records.  Amazing as no one could find it early, but we chanced 
upon it after lunch as it flew over and landed in sumac near center.  It 
then FLEW UP AND HEADED HIGH AND FLEW FAR OFFSHORE TO THE NORTH TOWARD 
MAINE!  We thought it had left for good, but Jane kept on the bird far 
out over the ocean.  It then curved around as the wind took it, and it 
ended up landing back at Odiorne!  There it remained for some nicer photos.

Magnolia Warbler - One photographed at Little Boar's Head.  Late. My 2nd 
latest fall date for NH.

Nelson's Warbler - One interior form found by Lauren Kras at Odiorne.  
Photographed.

YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD - At least 3 continue in neighborhoods of 
Seabrook.  Two males and one female.  Amazing as they swarm with the 
huge flock of Brown-headed Cowbirds.  Today in a similar location as 
yesterday along Portsmouth Ave.  See if you can find all 3 birds in my 
photo on my web page!

Some of the photos from today:

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

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: wood ducks
From: Sylvia Miskoe <sylviasmiskoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 18:51:35 -0400
Yesterday morning and again this morning I watched a pair of wood ducks
feeding in my small back pond.  Gorgeous colorings.  When they were in the
reedy edges they were almost impossible to see.

Sylvia Miskoe, Concord, NH

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Subject: Penacook Birds: OC and Wilson's Warbler, siskin influx, etc.
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 17:46:28 -0400
Greetings all,

 

I did my usual 10 km Penacook Survey this morning, which turned out to be a
great day with the winds less than expected. As a result I netted a
higher-than-average 41 species, including a few goodies:

 

1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in the wet brushy edge behind the "Vineyards"
development on Bog Road

4 Palm Warblers

A high-for-the-date (and highest this season) 31 Yellow-rumped Warblers

Flyover Snow Bunting (only my 4th for this route)

Latish Lincoln's Sparrow

Single Rusty Blackbird

New record high of SIX Red-bellied Woodpeckers (including two in non-typical
areas - dispersal is on!)

Red-breasted Nuthatch numbers are back up after dropping for a couple of
weeks - there were 20 this morning

87 Pine Siskins, including flocks of 20, 25, and 25

And a near record 21 Purple Finches

 

After a windy stint at Carter Hill, I spent 1.5 hours this afternoon at
Morrill's Farm. Highlight here was a female WILSON'S WARBLER at the "Bunting
Factory" (which appears to have stopped producing buntings for the season).
The pipit flock has grown to ~80, and Song and Savannah dominate the sparrow
flocks (with White-crowned - missed this morning - a distant third).

 

Pam Hunt

Penacook, NH

 

P.S. The 7th Annual "Concord November Challenge" is less than a week away!!
Anyone interested in helping us find as many species as possible within the
Concord city limits next weekend (Nov 1-2) is welcome, and should contact
me! Will the later warblers still be around?!!?!  :)

 

 

 

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

      - Alexander von Humboldt

 

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Subject: Plainfield - Red-bellied Woodpecker
From: Susan Hardy <mhardy6647 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:53:04 -0400
A female Red-bellied Woodpecker visited our feeders this afternoon
(Sunday).

Still have 8 Purple Finch, several White-crowned Sparrows as well as
White-throated Sparrows and two Red-winged Blackbirds hanging around the
feeders along with too many juncos to count.

The large flock of robins seems to have moved on.

Susan Hardy
Plainfield

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Subject: Pondicherry NWR--grebes, etc.
From: Charlie Nims <charlie.nims AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 15:43:26 -0400
This morning, I birded Pondicherry NWR with my highlight being 3 grebe species: 
Red-necke, Horned (4) and Pied-billed. I also had seven duck species including 
a Black Scoter. Also of interest were 2 Ruffed Grouse together and 2 Fox 
Sparrows—one of four sparrow species. 


Full report submitted to eBird.

Charlie Nims
Bartlett, NH

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Subject: Purple Finches galore
From: Carol McCluskey <saltbird AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:35:29 -0400
Not a rarity here either, but as an earlier poster noted, we have had an 
abundance of Purple Finches here this week also, chowing down at the feeders. 
Does this mean a good finch winter? 


 I also found a Junco on my front doorstep yesterday, seemingly taking a nap on 
the fuzzy gray doormat that provided good camouflage. He woke and flew as I 
approached! 


Sent from my iPad
Carol McCluskey
Gilmanton

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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (25 Oct 2014) 71 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 26 Oct 2014 08:10:43 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               1             70             77
Osprey                       0             41            213
Bald Eagle                   2             18             91
Northern Harrier             4             27             72
Sharp-shinned Hawk          20            353           1013
Cooper's Hawk                3             55            110
Northern Goshawk             0              7             13
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             19             36
Broad-winged Hawk            0             12          11043
Red-tailed Hawk             36             81             89
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              3              3
American Kestrel             1             42            108
Merlin                       1             36             77
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               2             14             33

Total:                      71            801          13028
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Al Grimstad, Betsy Smith, Cliff Otto, Glen Chretien,
                  Mark Timmerman, Tom Baillio, Tom Delaney

Visitors:
56. 


Weather:
The wildfires of autumn reds, yellows, and oranges have burned down to
patches of cooled charcoal and the glowing embers of oak.  The sun drifted
through a sky strewn with cirrus smoke and billows of cumulus. Temperatures
rose to a balmy 60F, and with the light westerly wind, the luxury of a warm
day in late October was enjoyed by all. 

Raptor Observations:
The first few Red-tailed Hawks of the day flew through with crops full of
breakfast, showing how they spent the first part of the morning. Migrant
numbers picked up around noon, and sometime in that hour the long-awaited
1,000th Sharp-shinned Hawk of the season was counted. Another milestone was
still to be reached, and it came just before 3:00pm with the sparring
southward dance of 2 red-taileds which pushed the count over 13,000
migrants for the fall. All eyes were on a Northern Harrier in the final
hour of the count, which led to two more red-taileds, which led to an
immature Golden Eagle. The eagle rose on sculpted walnut wings, inlayed
with ivory on wings and tail with burnished bronze at the nape, aglow in
the late-day sun as it spent 15 minutes crossing the visible sky.

Non-raptor Observations:
Black-capped Chickadees sounded the alarm with not a raptor to be seen. The
agitation continued, and an innocent-looking songbird skirted over the
spruces, drably colored save for a mask and snowy wing-patches, the emblems
of a Northern Shrike.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Canada Goose- 3
NORTHERN SHRIKE- 1
American Robin- 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 4
Pine Siskin- 1
Purple Finch- 16


Predictions:
A cold front crossing the region will lead to an increase in clouds and
wind along with a slight chance of a passing shower in the afternoon. The
wind is expected to blow briskly out of the W at 10-20mph, with gusts to
35mph not out of the question. Temperatures should rise to around 50, but
with the windchill and limited sunshine, it will feel much more chilly.
This is the kind of weather that motivates late-season migrants to head
out. Dress warmly, batten down the optics, and come on up to the hawkwatch!
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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: not rare, but a change...
From: evelyn nathan <evynathan AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 05:32:16 -0400
I haven't gotten out to seriously bird this rainy week, but my feeders and the 
woods-borders in the neighborhood are teeming with mixed flocks of 
white-throated sparrows and purple finches, more so than I've ever seen around 
here before. Yesterday I noticed a large group of both having a feeding frenzy 
on some sumac berries. 


Evy Nathan
Kingston

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Subject: Odiorne black-billed cuckoo, Sat. Oct. 25
From: smbasile AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 08:50:17 +0000 (UTC)
I went to Odiorne State Park on Saturday to see the black-billed cuckoo. The 
bird was perched among the sumac trees near the EDALHAB system between the 
bunker and the Science Center building and was eating lots of caterpillars. The 
cuckoo was very cooperative and fairly relaxed. So much so, that I was able to 
digiscope a nice shot of it. 

  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/corvid01/15444458320/ 
  
Siobhan Basile 
Epping 
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Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (25 Oct 2014) 101 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 25 Oct 2014 21:10:07 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              13            130            156
Osprey                       0             44            201
Bald Eagle                   0             21             66
Northern Harrier             0             24             72
Sharp-shinned Hawk          65            488           1052
Cooper's Hawk                5             65            115
Northern Goshawk             1              7              8
Red-shouldered Hawk          3              8             10
Broad-winged Hawk            0             17           4237
Red-tailed Hawk             12             47             60
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             83            242
Merlin                       0             25             57
Peregrine Falcon             0             15             36
Unknown Accipiter            0             25             46
Unknown Buteo                0              4             13
Unknown Falcon               0             10             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             54            130

Total:                     101           1067           6519
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jess Cosentino

Observers:        Robert Vallieres, Tom Brewton

Visitors:
215 visitors to the observatory today.


Weather:
The morning began a bit chilly while temperatures climbed into the mid-60's
by early afternoon. A gentle WNW wind blew in for most of the day while
skies were moderately cloudy off and on. 

Raptor Observations:
After the consecutive days of rain pushed through the region earlier in the
week, it seemed as if any migrants that had been grounded decided to wait a
brief 24 hour period before making a notable southerly push. The morning
migration activity began rather slow however a robust Sharp-shinned Hawk
flight began shortly after and continued into the early afternoon, as they
seemed to take low flights in pairs or groups of 3 and 4 directly over the
orchard and SW down the Contoocook River corridor. A Northern Goshawk made
a similar low, close flight just across the southern end of the orchard. A
sturdy pulse of Buteos made their way across the sky as well as a few more
lingering Turkey Vultures heading out of the area.

Non-raptor Observations:
Eastern Bluebird (7), Yellow-rumped Warbler (3), Pine Siskin (42), Canada
Goose (152), Mallard (20)

Predictions:
Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will become overcast in the
afternoon. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 53F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20
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: Fish Crow and Virginia rail, Great Meadow, Hollis NH
From: Christopher McPherson <cmcpherson687 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:21:22 -0400
   Christine Sheridan and I stopped off at Great Meadows in Hollis today
for a quick look around and ended up with a Fish Crow (calling) being
mobbed by a small group of American Crows.  We also ran across an immature
Virginia rail which offered us plenty of obstructed opportunities for
pictures.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127251358 AT N05/15006464704/

The sighting was very coincidental as we had just finished discussing how
perfect the habitat would be for rails!

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Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (24 Oct 2014) 16 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 25 Oct 2014 20:10:56 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0            117            143
Osprey                       0             44            201
Bald Eagle                   1             21             66
Northern Harrier             0             24             72
Sharp-shinned Hawk           9            423            987
Cooper's Hawk                1             60            110
Northern Goshawk             0              6              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             17           4237
Red-tailed Hawk              2             35             48
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2             82            241
Merlin                       1             25             57
Peregrine Falcon             0             15             36
Unknown Accipiter            0             25             46
Unknown Buteo                0              4             13
Unknown Falcon               0             10             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             53            129

Total:                      16            966           6418
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jess Cosentino

Observers:        Crawford Lyons, Phil Brown, Robert Vallieres

Visitors:
Only a small number of visitors made the trek up to the observatory on a
cold, wet day. One of the visitors included New Hampshire Senator, Kelly
Ayotte, who spent the morning getting a tour of the observatory from Robert
Vallieres. While the rain was falling and the skies were quiet for the most
part, we were able to spot one of the local Red-tailed Hawks perched in a
nearby white pine.


Weather:
After two straight days of heavy rain, the skies let up for the most part
however temperatures remained frigid for most of the day. A brisk NW wind
blew in, bringing with it whatever rain was still left during some AM
showers. Once the morning rain let up, the remainder of the day was
overcast with NW wind blowing in steady. 

Raptor Observations:
After two days of heavy rain pushing through the region, there were
expectations that migrants would be itching to get on the move today.
Unfortunately, the Accipiter flight was a bit lackluster while only a few
falcons fluttered by in the late PM hours. 

Non-raptor Observations:
 A large number of sporadic  American Robin flocks (649) continued to fly
despite the rainy conditions and seemed to fill the dull, slate grey sky
with a non-stop, frantic stream of black silhouettes, Canada Goose (97),
Common Grackle (300+), Wood Duck (3), Mallard (5), American Black Duck (1),
Eastern Phoebe (1), Pine Siskin (65), Dark-eyed Junco (1), Great Blue Heron
(2), Common Loon (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: RE: NH Coast Odds & Ends
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:12:51 -0400
I'll add a little to Steve's post.

I only saw three of the Yellow-headed Blackbirds, but one of the males was 
SINGING and acting quite aggressively toward other YHBL and the cowbirds when 
it wanted to. My thanks also to Rich and Scott for getting the word out. 


Nice flock of mixed scoters in the far breaking waves off Hampton Beach State 
Park. Ran into Erik Nielsen there, and learned that he'd just had a COMMON 
MURRE fly by relatively close to shore and perhaps land in the rip off the 
mouth of the river. While I was looking elsewhere, he also had a Black 
Guillemot flying the other direction. 


Looked for Steve and Jane's Orange-crown at Goss Farm ~430, with no success

Checked out the waterfowl from Sunset Landing in Greenland ~520, and found the 
male Eurasian Wigeon in with 52 Americans. Otherwise mostly geese, Mallards, 
Blacks, and very poor viewing farther out. 


Tomorrow, we see what Concord can deliver....

Pam Hunt
Penacook, NH

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Subject: NH Coast Odds & Ends
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:00:19 -0400
Jane and I hit the coast again today.  And hooked up with Pam Hunt for 
most of it.  Unfortunately, we didn't make it down to Seabrook until 
later in the day and dipped on the Yellow-headed Blackbirds. But Pam 
went down and got them, and Mark Hatfield and Dottie reported 4 down 
there!  Apparently lots of birders rushed down and got the,  Thanks to 
Rich and Scott for getting the word out!

Nice number of birds on the coast with a good migration last night. Lots 
of kinglets today.  A few birds migrating including 23 Common Loons in 
the morning, as well as a 400 cormorants early.  Later hawks picked up 
with a couple of Northern Harriers and decent numbers of Sharp-shinned 
Hawks and Red-tailed Hawks.

Other Highlights
----------------------
Black-throated Green Warbler - 1 (or maybe 2) in pine and cedars at 
north end of Bicentennial Park.  Getting late.

Lesser Yellowlegs - 4 lingering birds in Hampton salt marsh.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER - 1 at Goss Farm Conservation area.  This is at 
least 6 I've had this fall!   Perhaps my best total in any fall for NH.

Magnolia Warbler - Ok, maybe this is cheating since Jay Barry had just 
pulled it out of the mist net at Odiorne.  Still a late bird.

BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO - Brief views of bird that we believe is the same 
bird that Katy Towler saw and photographed yesterday.  Today near the 
beginning of the Boy Scout trail at the south end of the parking lot.  
First spotted by Dan Hubbard, but disappeared and could not be relocated.

"Ipswich" Savannah Sparrow - 1 at Ragged Neck in Rye.  First of fall.

Lapland Longspur - 5 at Ragged Neck in Rye.

Pine Siskin - One flock of 35 at Odiorne, and random birds from here and 
there.

Also a couple of bugs
----------------------------
COMMON BUCKEYE - 1 photographed at Great Boar's Head.  Not only a very 
late date, but also our first of the year as they were scarce this year 
along the NH Coast.
Monarch - 3+
Red Admiral - 2+
Lance-tipped Darner - 1 female at Odiorne

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA


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Subject: 3 yellow-headed blackbird
From: Richard Frechette <frechette7 AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:02:07 -0400
Now in Seabrook on Pembrook Rd with 200Cowbirds and Starlings.
Rich Frechette
Scott Spangenberg 

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Subject: Re: Black-billed Cuckoo, Odiorne
From: "Katie Towler" <katie AT katherinetowler.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:40:07 -0400
At 4 pm this afternoon, I found a black-billed cuckoo on the north side of the 
bunker by the main parking lot by the Science Center. The bird flew across the 
road to the brush on the right side of the trail going out to the monument. I 
was looking for Jane Mirick's yellow-billed cuckoo, seen in the same area 
earlier this week. Happy to settle for a black-billed! 


Photos:
https://flic.kr/p/pvMtmz

Katie Towler
Portsmouth

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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (24 Oct 2014) 9 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 24 Oct 2014 19:10:51 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 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             1             23             68
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            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              7             45             53
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               1             12             31

Total:                       9            730          12957
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 13:45:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 2.25 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        

Visitors:
Not a single visitor to the hawkwatch during the count. Al G. hiked up for
lunch, and Cynthia N. helped to right the chalkboard which had been bowled
over by the storm, but at that point, it was still far to foggy to look for
migrants.


Weather:
Fog as far as the eye could see, which wasn't far at all until the clouds
began to lift late in the afternoon. Dangling tendrils of cloud continued
to catch on the mountaintops as they were pushed along by the NW wind,
absorbing raptors and ravens as indiscriminately as the landscape.
Temperatures were stuck in the upper 40s.

Raptor Observations:
Once the  clouds moved high enough, a conveyer belt of Red-tailed Hawks was
revealed riding down the ridge line of the Wapak. One by one they came, and
each bird relished in the chance to kite on Pack's updrafts before picking
up a raven escort and continuing on.

Non-raptor Observations:
A flock of around 30 Pine Siskins bounced dizzily out of the fog over the
hawkwatch. A single Yellow-rumped Warbler was the only other songbird
observed actively migrating, though there was quite a bit of activity in
the more wind-proof patches of spruce.

Predictions:
Tomorrow should be gorgeous! They're forecasting partly cloudy skies,
temperatures approaching 60F, and a light westerly wind. If we haven't
missed all the raptors trapped behind the storm, there is the potential for
a good flight. Come on up and help find some birds!
========================================================================
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: Buffleheads in Henniker
From: Donna Ellis <donnaellis1014 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:07:33 -0400
Not sure if this noteworthy or not but I just saw 3 male Buffleheads on my
way home at Old Mill Pond in Henniker.


Donna Ellis
Henniker

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Subject: American Coot @ Quincy Bog Rumney
From: "'Al Ports' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:40:40 +0000 (UTC)
There is an American coot at Quincy Bog in Rumney. It is the first I've seen at 
Quincy Bog in almost 40 years of observing there.  Also a pair of buffleheads 
and the white hybrid "something or other" that's been around for a couple of 
weeks. 

Al PortsRumney NY

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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 Caf 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.



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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
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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.
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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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