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24 Jan Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, January 23, 2017 Uupdated ["Mark Suomala" ]
24 Jan Salem Starlings ["Elliot Mednick" ]
24 Jan Re: Dovekie [Christine Sheridan ]
24 Jan Dovekie []
24 Jan 6 Ruffed Grouse at Feeders in Jefferson on Tuesday [David Govatski ]
23 Jan Varied Thrush Swanzey, NH Still Here [Db White ]
23 Jan Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, January 23, 2017 ["Mark Suomala" ]
23 Jan One time access for Superbowl Teams - Meloon Road in Greenland [Steve Mirick ]
23 Jan Lakes Region Odds and Ends [Iain Macleod ]
23 Jan Re: Rye scouting [Toni Taylor ]
23 Jan Durham birds 1/23 ["Dorsey, Kurk" ]
23 Jan Piscataqua River Razorbill [Patience Chamberlin ]
23 Jan Robin in Hooksett around 10:30am...... [ROBERT SWEET ]
23 Jan bluebirds in Newmarket [Andra Crawford ]
23 Jan scattered raptors along the highway ["'Molly Jacobson' via NHBirds" ]
23 Jan Beans n Greens, Gilford [Jane Rice ]
22 Jan Conn. Lakes area [Charlie Nims ]
22 Jan Rye scouting ["Rebecca Suomala" ]
22 Jan Boreal Chickadee in Littleton ["Rebecca Suomala" ]
22 Jan Odds & Ends in southeastern NH (Winter Wren, American Kestrel, etc.) [Steve Mirick ]
22 Jan Barrow's Goldeneye ["Cook Anderson" ]
22 Jan Snowy rye harbor now [Leo McKillop ]
22 Jan Derry, not a bird, but ["Al Howard" ]
21 Jan Immature Bald Eagle - Evans Mountain, Strafford [Daniel Kern ]
21 Jan Sandwich - N. Shrike [Ken Klapper ]
21 Jan Bohemian Waxings [Charlie Nims ]
21 Jan A Dozen Monarch Butterflies and the First Migrant Black Kite [Alfred Maley ]
21 Jan Odds & Ends (Gadwall, Pintail, Red-shouldered Hawk, Catbird, Chipping Sparrows) [Steve Mirick ]
21 Jan adult bald eagle [Dorothy Currier ]
21 Jan bohemian waxwings 130+ [JM Maher ]
21 Jan Eagle Pair [Debbie ]
22 Jan TVs in Durham ["Dorsey, Kurk" ]
20 Jan Moultonborough yesterday afternoon ["Dana Duxbury-Fox" ]
19 Jan American Pipits Rye Harbor SP [Leo McKillop ]
19 Jan More Sandwich Bohemians [Ken Klapper ]
18 Jan Barred owl, Chipping Sparrow, Carolina Wren -Pittsfield ["'Aerart' via NHBirds" ]
17 Jan Northern Shrike- Swanzey (Keene Airport) [Chad Witko ]
17 Jan Nashua Pintail-yes ["molly.j711 via NHBirds" ]
17 Jan Lyme Barred Owl Tuesday A.M. ["'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" ]
17 Jan Evening Grosbeak - Lempster []
17 Jan Barrows, etc. at Hinsdale Bluffs [Hector Galbraith ]
17 Jan bluebirds, robins, bohemians in Moultonborough [Jane Rice ]
17 Jan Shrike Rochester [Charlee Breen ]
16 Jan Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, January 16, 2017 ["mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com" ]
16 Jan 10+ Eagles in Gilford [Iain Macleod ]
16 Jan CT River Valley Notes 1/15 []
16 Jan Peregrine Falcon in Walpole [Christian Martin ]
15 Jan Red-shouldered Hawk - Chichester ["'Aerart' via NHBirds" ]
15 Jan More interesting birds (Rusty Blackbirds, Pine Warbler, YB Sasucker, Barred Owl, etc.) [Steve Mirick ]
15 Jan Goshawk, Newmarket ["Dorsey, Kurk" ]
15 Jan Kestrel - Goshawk interactions. Savannah Sparrows continue [Christopher McPherson ]
15 Jan Hermit Thrush in Penacook ["Pam Hunt" ]
15 Jan Bald Eagle in Claremont ["Brent H. Baker" ]
15 Jan Sharpie in Moultonborough [Jane Rice ]
15 Jan Norhtern Pintail in Nashua [Ray ]
15 Jan Snowy Owl [David Larson ]
15 Jan Fwd: How can I post to the NHBirds google group? [Ray ]
15 Jan odd common goldeneye at Hinsdale Bluffs [Hector Galbraith ]
15 Jan No Snowy owl in Rye [Debra Powers ]
14 Jan Odds & Ends (Eurasian Wigeon, Ruby-cr. Kinglet, Fox Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT) [Steve Mirick ]
14 Jan Shrike, Flicker, Kestrel, Hollis, NH 14Jan17 [Christopher McPherson ]
14 Jan Pintail in Nashua- no ["molly.j711 via NHBirds" ]
14 Jan Northern Flicker Derry ["Al Howard" ]
14 Jan B. Waxwings [Charlie Nims ]
13 Jan Pine gros [Jane Rice ]
12 Jan Red-throated Loon (12/20/16) - Lake Sunapee []
12 Jan a few goodies ["'Aerart' via NHBirds" ]
12 Jan Peregrine at Canobie Lake [Kyle Wilmarth ]
12 Jan Winter Wren in Merrimack ["molly.j711 via NHBirds" ]
12 Jan Superbowl of Birding and the Twitchers [birdrecords ]
12 Jan Shrike and white-winged gulls at Rochester WTP [Ken Klapper ]
12 Jan Pine grosbeaks sticking around [Jane Rice ]
11 Jan American Kestrel & Field Sparrow Continuing - Woodmont, Hollis [Susan Wrisley ]
11 Jan Northern Pintail continues in Nashua [Christine Sheridan ]
11 Jan Wood Duck continues in Merrimack, Creeper & RB Nuthatches in Hollis ["'Molly Jacobson' via NHBirds" ]
11 Jan Winter Wren / Belted Kingfisher at Pickering [Charlee Breen ]

Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, January 23, 2017 Uupdated
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:52:39 -0500
This is New Hampshire Audubon's UPDATED Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 
23rd, 2017.



A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been 
seen many times since then. It was last reported on January 23rd. The bird 
has been seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport 
Village Road and has been visible from the road. The house is very close to 
the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option 
may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and 
Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders. Be 
sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any 
driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors. The bird has usually been 
seen in the mid-morning and early afternoon, and has also been seen across 
the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.



A SNOWY OWL was seen just north of Rye Harbor State Park on January 22nd. 
For more information about owl viewing, open the link:

http://www.nhaudubon.org/snowy-owl-viewing-observe-without-disturbing/



A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on January 17th, 
1 was seen along Airport Road at the Keene Airport in Swanzey on the 17th, 1 
was seen at a private residence in Sandwich on the 21st, and 1 was seen 
along Route 10 in Croydon on the 22nd.



A flock of 130 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen behind the L.L. Bean store in 
North Conway on January 21st, a flock of 60 was seen on Main Street in 
Center Sandwich on the 19th, 7 were seen in the Shaw’s parking lot in 
Gilford on the 23rd, and 6 were seen on Ossipee Mountain Road in 
Moultonborough on the 17th.



A RAZORBILL was seen on the Piscataqua River near New Castle on January 
23rd.



2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack 
River in Manchester on January 19th, 2 were seen on the Connecticut River in 
Hinsdale on the 17th, 1 was seen on Silver Lake in Belmont on the 22nd, and 
up to 4 were seen on Great Bay on the 22nd.



A pair of GADWALL was seen at the town landing on the Oyster River in Durham 
on January 23rd, and 1 was seen on Great Bay on the 22nd.



A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen at wetlands near Daniel Webster College in 
Nashua on January 17th, 1 was seen in Wheelwright Creek in Exeter on the 
21st, and 1 was seen in Meadow Pond in Hampton on the 22nd.



A WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on January 19th.



A CAROLINA WREN was reported from Pittsfield on January 18th, and 1 was 
reported from Candia on the 22nd.



A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Seabrook on January 17th



6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen in Kensington on January 21st.



A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Hampton on January 22nd.



3 FISH CROWS were reported from Salem on January 22nd.



An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was reported from Gilford on January 22nd.



An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen on Exeter on January 22nd, and 1 was seen in 
Hollis on the 23rd. A MERLIN was seen in Hollis on January 17th. A PEREGRINE 
FALCON was seen in Rye, and 1 was seen in Lyme, both on January 22nd.



A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Exeter, and 1 was seen in Stratham, both 
on January 17th.



8 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Durham on January 21st, and 4 were seen in 
Kensington on the 22nd.



A flock of 10 AMERICAN PIPITS was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on January 
19th.



A flock of 92 HORNED LARKS was seen along River Road in Stratham on January 
21st.



Sparrows reported during the past week included several FIELD, CHIPPING, 
SONG, and SAVANNAH from scattered locations.



An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in Lempster on January 17th.



4 GRAY JAYS and a BOREAL CHICKADEE were seen at Deer Mountain State Park in 
Pittsburg, and a BOREAL CHICKADEE was seen visiting a birdfeeder at a 
private residence in Littleton, all on January 22nd.



The Annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey takes place during the second weekend 
in February and is coordinated by NH Audubon. Participants report any bird 
species visiting their yard and/or feeders in New Hampshire. The survey 
gathers information on the distribution and abundance of many winter species 
in New Hampshire. To learn more about the Survey, how to participate, past 
results, and other information, navigate to: 
http://nhbirdrecords.org/bird-conservation/bwbs/backyard-winter-bird-survey/



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: Salem Starlings
From: "Elliot Mednick" <elliot AT mednick.name>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:35:36 -0500
First time I've ever seen them at my feeders in my 20 years here, off Zion
Hill Rd. Mingling with cardinals, mourning doves, and juncos.

 

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Subject: Re: Dovekie
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:39:01 -0500
Just to our south, there have been numerous reports on the Massachusetts
birding list of  many alcids, including dead, dying or stranded birds in
the past few days.  Effects of the Northeaster?   Seems like an unusual
number even for a winter storm.


Chris Sheridan
Nashua

On Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 10:24 AM,  wrote:

> While birding Seabrook Beach on 1-21-2017 I found a dead Dovekie on the
> sand near the jetties. Not sure what may have caused this as it did not
> appear to be badly injured
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Subject: Dovekie
From: hotto2010 AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:24:20 -0800 (PST)
While birding Seabrook Beach on 1-21-2017 I found a dead Dovekie on the 
sand near the jetties. Not sure what may have caused this as it did not 
appear to be badly injured

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Subject: 6 Ruffed Grouse at Feeders in Jefferson on Tuesday
From: David Govatski <david.govatski AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:51:45 -0500
A wild and crazy weather morning in Jefferson with strong winds and mixed icy 
precipitation. We have three inches of fresh granular snow and more falling as 
of 0730. We have a record 6 Ruffed Grouse at one time under the conifers 
digging for cracked corn and other bird seed. There are at least 24 tree 
sparrows close to the ruffed grouse taking advantage of the dug up seed. I also 
see several evening grosbeaks trying to find seed. The grouse are very 
resourceful and know how to dig. I will let them feed for ten more minutes and 
then go out and clear under the conifers and add more food. 


David Govatski
Jefferson, NH

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Subject: Varied Thrush Swanzey, NH Still Here
From: Db White <dbwhite1997 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:40:50 -0500
The Varied Thrush is still in Westport Village, Swanzey, NH. I posted some
photos taken by Francis (Butch) Thompson with his permission:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskT4WSS7

Dave H.

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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, January 23, 2017
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:19:40 -0500
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 23rd, 
2017.



A SNOWY OWL was seen just north of Rye Harbor State Park on January 22nd. 
For more information about owl viewing, open the link:

http://www.nhaudubon.org/snowy-owl-viewing-observe-without-disturbing/



A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on January 17th, 
1 was seen along Airport Road at the Keene Airport in Swanzey on the 17th, 1 
was seen at a private residence in Sandwich on the 21st, and 1 was seen 
along Route 10 in Croydon on the 22nd.



A flock of 130 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen behind the L.L. Bean store in 
North Conway on January 21st, a flock of 60 was seen on Main Street in 
Center Sandwich on the 19th, 7 were seen in the Shaw’s parking lot in 
Gilford on the 23rd, and 6 were seen on Ossipee Mountain Road in 
Moultonborough on the 17th.



A RAZORBILL was seen on the Piscataqua River near New Castle on January 
23rd.



2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack 
River in Manchester on January 19th, 2 were seen on the Connecticut River in 
Hinsdale on the 17th, 1 was seen on Silver Lake in Belmont on the 22nd, and 
up to 4 were seen on Great Bay on the 22nd.



A pair of GADWALL was seen at the town landing on the Oyster River in Durham 
on January 23rd, and 1 was seen on Great Bay on the 22nd.



A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen at wetlands near Daniel Webster College in 
Nashua on January 17th, 1 was seen in Wheelwright Creek in Exeter on the 
21st, and 1 was seen in Meadow Pond in Hampton on the 22nd.



A WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on January 19th.



A CAROLINA WREN was reported from Pittsfield on January 18th, and 1 was 
reported from Candia on the 22nd.



A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Seabrook on January 17th



6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen in Kensington on January 21st.



A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Hampton on January 22nd.



3 FISH CROWS were reported from Salem on January 22nd.



An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was reported from Gilford on January 22nd.



An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen on Exeter on January 22nd, and 1 was seen in 
Hollis on the 23rd. A MERLIN was seen in Hollis on January 17th. A PEREGRINE 
FALCON was seen in Rye, and 1 was seen in Lyme, both on January 22nd.



A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Exeter, and 1 was seen in Stratham, both 
on January 17th.



8 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Durham on January 21st, and 4 were seen in 
Kensington on the 22nd.



A flock of 10 AMERICAN PIPITS was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on January 
19th.



A flock of 92 HORNED LARKS was seen along River Road in Stratham on January 
21st.



Sparrows reported during the past week included several FIELD, CHIPPING, 
SONG, and SAVANNAH from scattered locations.



An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in Lempster on January 17th.



4 GRAY JAYS and a BOREAL CHICKADEE were seen at Deer Mountain State Park in 
Pittsburg, and a BOREAL CHICKADEE was seen visiting a birdfeeder at a 
private residence in Littleton, all on January 22nd.



The Annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey takes place during the second weekend 
in February and is coordinated by NH Audubon. Participants report any bird 
species visiting their yard and/or feeders in New Hampshire. The survey 
gathers information on the distribution and abundance of many winter species 
in New Hampshire. To learn more about the Survey, how to participate, past 
results, and other information, navigate to: 
http://nhbirdrecords.org/bird-conservation/bwbs/backyard-winter-bird-survey/



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


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Subject: One time access for Superbowl Teams - Meloon Road in Greenland
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:31:58 -0500
I have asked Alice Passer of Meloon Road in Greenland if it would be OK 
for Superbowl Teams to scan Great Bay from her property on the day of 
the Superbowl this Saturday, and she has agreed.

This location is the last house at the end of the cul-de-sac known as 
Meloon Road in Greenland.  It backs up to the south shoreline of Great Bay.

The ducks on the bay are rarely where you hope/predict them to be; 
however, this spot has historically been a great location to see the 
flock of Greater Scaup and is a good spot to scope for the possibility 
of Redhead and/or Eurasian Wigeon, both of which are "5-point birds" and 
have been reported in recent weeks from the bay.  A spotting scope is 
essential.

This is a one time access only!  This is private property!  If you 
visit, feel free to stop by any time during the daylight hours on 
Saturday ONLY.  Park on the street at the end of the cul-de-sac and walk 
to the back yard to scan the bay.  Do not go onto the deck.  Do not 
block the driveway.  Respect the property and owners!

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Lakes Region Odds and Ends
From: Iain Macleod <pandiain.im AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:54:02 -0500
January 23

Beans and Greens fields, Gilford
Mallard -- 260
Black Duck -- 2
Mockingbird -- 1

Checked on several Eagle nest areas. At least 8 eagles seen including new
pair in Gilford seen in courtship flight over nesting island. One adult
perched in nest at another sight -- spring is coming.

Shaw's parking lot in Gilford
Cedar Waxwing -- 160
Bohemian Waxwing -- 7

Common Merganser., Hooded Merganser, and Goldeneye wherever there was open
water.

Big flock of Robins flying over Laconia.

Iain MacLeod
Ashland

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Subject: Re: Rye scouting
From: Toni Taylor <ttaylornh AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:25:04 -0800 (PST)
where exactly is eel pond? thank you

On Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 6:16:26 PM UTC-5, Rebecca Suomala wrote:
>
> Andrea Robbins and I did some scouting for the Twitchers in the Rye 
> Superbowl team today. We compete only in the town of Rye so that’s where we 

> were birding. We were checking areas we don’t usually visit to see if they 
> were worth going to on the day of the competition. The wind and waves were 
> not conducive to ocean birding so we didn’t focus on that.
>
>  
>
> We determined that Odiorne Point would not be worth walking around unless 
> we needed White-throated Sparrow! We did locate a couple of good new feeder 
> locations thanks to Andrea.
>
> No sign of the pipits or the Snowy Owl for us. The best bird was a 
> Peregrine Falcon that flew over an ice-free Eel Pond that had one lone 
> Bufflehead on it.
>
>  
>
> The day might have been called something of an exercise in gathering 
> negative data (as Zeke Cornell would say), but we figured it just means 
> that all the birds will show up for us on Saturday! J
>
>  
>
> The Twitchers raise money for New Hampshire Bird Records and NHeBird – if 
> you’d like to pledge, just e-mail me, or go to: 
> 
http://nhbirdrecords.org/subscribe-and-support-nh-bird-records/twitchers-in-the-rye/ 

>
> The team has pledges that include a bonus for a Rusty Blackbird (extra if 
> it’s banded), a Brown Creeper, alcid, warbler, a new species for the 
> Twitchers, and 5-point birds, so let us know if you see any of those in Rye 
> this week. We’ve also got a bonus lasagna if we get over 120 points 
> (unlikely, but fun to contemplate)!
>
>  
>
> Becky Suomala
>
> Chichester, NH
>

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Subject: Durham birds 1/23
From: "Dorsey, Kurk" <Kurk.Dorsey AT unh.edu>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:54:50 +0000
Birders

A flock of 75+ Cedar Waxwings was chowing down in front of James Hall about 
1:15 today. At the town landing, a pair of Gadwall was flying about, and a 
Common Loon was just downstream in among the ubiquitous goldeneyes and 
buffleheads. 6 Mute Swans were also present. 



Kurk Dorsey

Durham

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Subject: Piscataqua River Razorbill
From: Patience Chamberlin <patiencechamberlin AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:45:14 -0500
There is one razorbill fishing in the river this morning. Again, opposite the 
old naval prison, about 1 1/2 miles from the mouth of the river. My husband saw 
one last week also. 


Since this is our first winter here on the river, I’ll have to wait until 
next winter to see if this is a normal occurrence . 


Patience Chamberlin
New Castle

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Subject: Robin in Hooksett around 10:30am......
From: ROBERT SWEET <rgsweet AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:34:49 -0500
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Subject: bluebirds in Newmarket
From: Andra Crawford <andra.j.crawford AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:03:24 -0500
We just had a couple of bluebirds on our deck, checking out the suet. There 
were a total of 6 (!) in a nearby tree, accompanied by a red-bellied 
woodpecker. A neighbor down the street has cultivated the bluebirds for years, 
but they haven't come to our house before. 


All best,
 Andra

Andra Crawford and Dave Arnold
Cushing Rd.
Newmarket

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Subject: scattered raptors along the highway
From: "'Molly Jacobson' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:47:41 +0000 (UTC)
With the spring semester at UNH ready to begin, I packed my things and embarked 
on the trip back to Durham. Yesterday I had a Cooper's hawk sitting atop my 
neighbor's roof, there for some time until I had to go inside, not sure how 
long it stayed. On the highway, red-tailed hawks as usual, with what I believe 
were three ravens overhead at one point (judged by tail wedge shape). I was 
not, alas, keeping track of our location as I saw various birds. Once again, my 
mom managed to spot what she's absolutely sure was an owl swooping through a 
stand of conifers along the side of the road, while she was driving! She tried 
to point it out but it had descended into the woods already. Described as huge 
and brown, thick body and large wide wings, round face, "definitely not a hawk, 
Molly!". By size alone I'd say GHO? Amazing how I've managed to miss both owls 
in my immediate vicinity. Oh, when will an owl let me see it? (I've searched 
Beaver Brook several times this winter for the resident Barred owl I've seen 
hanging around Cow Lane, again no luck). Anyway, thought that was a worthy 
tidbit as I'm not sure how much birding time I'll have in the coming months! 

-Molly JacobsonMerrimack

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Subject: Beans n Greens, Gilford
From: Jane Rice <moultnews AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 01:42:05 +0000

Didn't stop to count but there was a big flock of tree sparrows and another of 
mallards in the cornfield, must have been at least a hindred of each. 


Jane Rice
Moultonborough

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Subject: Conn. Lakes area
From: Charlie Nims <charlie.nims AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:19:44 -0500
Today, Sheila McCarthy and I spent several hours in the Connecticut Lakes area 
from Pittsburg to the QC border. The birds were very scarce, not a single 
winter finch. Other than a few Black-capped Chickadees, a Boreal Chickadee and 
a couple Am. Crows in the Pittsburg area, we only had birds at the Deer 
Mountain SP. We had 6 species there including 4+ Gray Jays and 1-2 Boreal 
Chickadees. Even the few feeders we came across were basically birdless 
including the normally reliable ones in “downtown” Pittsburg. 


On the way back to Bartlett, we decided to swing by the Whitefield Airport 
hoping for a shrike but no luck. But once we hit Rte. 116, about a mile west of 
Hazen Rd., we came across a Barred Owl on the telephone line adjacent to the 
road! We were able to turn around and get a few so-so pics (it was late 
afternoon) which are in our eBird post. 


Charlie Nims
Bartlett, NH

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Subject: Rye scouting
From: "Rebecca Suomala" <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:16:23 -0500
Andrea Robbins and I did some scouting for the Twitchers in the Rye
Superbowl team today. We compete only in the town of Rye so that's where we
were birding. We were checking areas we don't usually visit to see if they
were worth going to on the day of the competition. The wind and waves were
not conducive to ocean birding so we didn't focus on that.

 

We determined that Odiorne Point would not be worth walking around unless we
needed White-throated Sparrow! We did locate a couple of good new feeder
locations thanks to Andrea.

No sign of the pipits or the Snowy Owl for us. The best bird was a Peregrine
Falcon that flew over an ice-free Eel Pond that had one lone Bufflehead on
it.

 

The day might have been called something of an exercise in gathering
negative data (as Zeke Cornell would say), but we figured it just means that
all the birds will show up for us on Saturday! J

 

The Twitchers raise money for New Hampshire Bird Records and NHeBird - if
you'd like to pledge, just e-mail me, or go to:
http://nhbirdrecords.org/subscribe-and-support-nh-bird-records/twitchers-in-
the-rye/ 

The team has pledges that include a bonus for a Rusty Blackbird (extra if
it's banded), a Brown Creeper, alcid, warbler, a new species for the
Twitchers, and 5-point birds, so let us know if you see any of those in Rye
this week. We've also got a bonus lasagna if we get over 120 points
(unlikely, but fun to contemplate)!

 

Becky Suomala

Chichester, NH

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Subject: Boreal Chickadee in Littleton
From: "Rebecca Suomala" <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:05:56 -0500
On Friday (1/20) I saw the Boreal Chickadee that has been coming to a feeder
in Littleton since at least the Christmas Bird Count.

The house is on the corner of Kilburn Street and Owen Drive, but the feeder
I saw it coming to was best seen from the Owen Drive side. It is easy to see
from the road.

I was watching a flock of about a dozen Pine Siskins at the feeder when the
Boreal showed up.

Two flocks of waxwings flew over but I couldn't get a good enough view for a
species id and I couldn't find them again.

 

Becky Suomala

Chichester, NH

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Subject: Odds & Ends in southeastern NH (Winter Wren, American Kestrel, etc.)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:38:18 -0500
Another day of poking around.  Not as much to report today.  And no luck 
on the coast with the Snowy Owl or American Pipits seen recently.  But a 
few birds of interest:

COMMON GOLDENEYE - 224 counted from Great Bay Discovery Center in 
Greenland.  Not much else here except geese and black ducks.  But Ben 
and Lauren had a BARROW'S Goldeneye here earlier and a total of 3 or 4 
Barrow's on the bay.  Also 4 Common Mergansers from here.  No other 
birds of note.  Scaup flock was distant in middle of bay.

GREEN-WINGED TEAL - 1 male on Meadow Pond in Hampton.

NORTHERN PINTAIL - 1 female on Meadow Pond in Hampton.  Meadow Pond is 
WIDE open.  The water level is ideal right now for dabbling ducks and 
the pond is loaded with Mallards.

GREAT BLUE HERON - 1 at Albacore Park in Portsmouth on flats.

TURKEY VULTURE - 4 off Kimball Road in Kensington.

BELTED KINGFISHER - 1 off Drakeside Road in Hampton.  Sitting on power 
lines over salt marsh creek.

AMERICAN KESTREL - 1 adult male continues at Conner Farm Wildlife 
Management Area in Exeter.  Seen perched on pole in field from parking lot.

WINTER WREN - 1 at end of Blake's Lane in Hampton Falls.  A location 
made famous by Phil Brown several years ago. Winter Wrens have been more 
or less regular at this spot in recent winters.

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD - 30 at feeder on Kimball Road in Kensington. We 
missed the RUSTY BLACKBIRDS today, but I see they have been reported 
there this weekend.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye
From: "Cook Anderson" <hca314 AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:30:58 -0500
I observed a male Barrow's Goldeneye today at the lower end of Silver Lake,
Belmont.  It was observed from Gardners Grove.  It was associating with a
small flock of Common Goldeneyes, 15+/-.   A word of caution should you
attempt to see this bird, the lower end of Gardners Grove Road is dirt and
can be dicey to travel in the winter.  

 

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Subject: Snowy rye harbor now
From: Leo McKillop <weomck AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:11:21 -0500
Watching it now, just flew from one roof to porch. Currently at 2nd house
north of rye harbor state park.

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Subject: Derry, not a bird, but
From: "Al Howard" <alanlhoward AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:19:37 -0500
Early this AM, we saw a rabbit in our yard. Had one little one this spring,
but haven't seen it for a few monrhs.

Al

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Subject: Immature Bald Eagle - Evans Mountain, Strafford
From: Daniel Kern <dan AT bear-paw.org>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:45:38 +0000
We woke up this morning to an immature Bald Eagle resting in a dead snag in
the "yard." We think/hope it was this year's fledgling from Bennett Island
on Bow Lake.


 AT bearpawregionalgreenways is still working to protect Bennett Island
Forever for Eagles and Loons. If you want to help out, go to the Bear-Paw
website www.bear-paw.org or contact the office!


https://www.facebook.com/BearPawRegionalGreenways/posts/10154894221215409:0


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Strafford, NH

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Subject: Sandwich - N. Shrike
From: Ken Klapper <kklapper AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:07:03 -0500
A first for my yard - immature Northern Shrike on the tallest snag in my
backyard this morning.  Light mask, light brown in throat, and otherwise
"soft" features compared with an adult.  Anyway, it's a great way to start
the day and weekend :^)

Ken Klapper
Sandwich, NH

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Subject: Bohemian Waxings
From: Charlie Nims <charlie.nims AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:01:45 -0500
~80 have been hanging in trees behind LL Bean at edge of Dahl WS since noon.  

Charlie Nims
Bartlett, NH

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Subject: A Dozen Monarch Butterflies and the First Migrant Black Kite
From: Alfred Maley <alfredmaley AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:54:58 +0100
OK, it’s not NH and this is not a butterfly list, but this may yet be of
interest. Here on the Strait of Gibraltar there are monarch butterflies,
ship-assisted waifs that surprisingly are thriving. Actually they are now
widespread along the southwest coast of Spain. They would long ago have
perished since there is no native milkweed plant here, but there is an
invasive exotic milkweed species that apparently tastes just as good. It
has numerous globular pods as opposed to the ones we are familiar with.
Today I noticed a dozen monarch butterflies nectaring on another exotic -
lantana.

This is really evolution in action. Since monarchs normally migrate south
or southwest to Mexico, that trait would be catastrophic here since only
deserts and ocean await. So all those that have migrated are now dead; only
the stay-at-homes have survived. The winter here is as benign as a day in
October, in NH so they do fine.

This afternoon I looked skyward at a pair of calling common buzzards and
saw a third bird in the “kettle” - a black kite. The kite peeled off and
headed north - an early migrant. By late February they will be coming over
by the thousands, but the first one is always special.

Al Maley
Los Barrios, Spain

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Subject: Odds & Ends (Gadwall, Pintail, Red-shouldered Hawk, Catbird, Chipping Sparrows)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:14:29 -0500
Another fun day of birding in southeastern NH.  Highlights:

GADWALL  1.  Adult male from Sunset Farm.  Great Bay is now COMPLETELY 
OPEN.  Rare for the end of January.  Also present here were a lot of 
American Black Ducks and Canada Geese.  But surprisingly few wigeon.  
Only 3 American.  The scaup flock appeared to be very distant.

NORTHERN PINTAIL    1.  Female in Wheelwright Creek in Exeter.

TURKEY VULTURE    1.  Flying over Epping Road in Exeter.

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK    1.  Adult on Union Street in Stratham.  Near the 
intersection with Bunker Hill Road.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/31636209773/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/ 


HORNED LARK    92.  Big flock in field off River Road in Stratham. 
Nothing different mixed in.

GRAY CATBIRD    1.  Continuing bird in thickets near parking lot at 
Beckman's Island in Seabrook.

CHIPPING SPARROW    2.  Two birds together along the west edge of 
Scamman's Conservation farm field off River Road in Stratham.  Came in 
with some feeder birds to juniper tree.  Sadly, the nice weedy thickets 
near the intersection with Route 108 (former spot for Dickcissels, Blue 
Grosbeak, Clay-colored Sparrows, etc.) is now being developed with a 
parking lot for the car dealership.  :-( Fortunately, there is still 
some good habitat along River Road.

SAVANNAH SPARROW    1.  One bird in weedy grasses along the west side of 
Scamman's field off River Road in Stratham.  At least one bird.  With 
huge group of Song Sparrows.

SONG SPARROW    34.  Huge flock for late January.  Carefully counted as 
they flew out of the trees into the weedy grass area in fields off River 
Road in Stratham.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: adult bald eagle
From: Dorothy Currier <dorocurr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:56:33 -0500
passed over the state house as Maggie Hassan spoke to 5,000 people at the
Women's Rally.

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Subject: bohemian waxwings 130+
From: JM Maher <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:46:09 -0500
Many thanks to Charlie Nims for alerting me to 80+ Bohemian Waxwings near Dahl 
Sanctuary in North Conway. T(hough I have checked many times I always seem to 
miss them (at least “this year”))- but today as promised there were well 
over 130 when I got there filling several trees, and sweeping into the Fruit 
Trees to feed by LL Bean, 


Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua/Jackson

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Subject: Eagle Pair
From: Debbie <dlv AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:25:53 -0500
Today- around 1:15, I turned down the road to the Penacook Waste Water 
Treatment plant and notice an eagle pair sitting nice and cozy. They were most 
likely the local pair who have a nest about a mile away. Unfortunately- I had 
to shoot through branches. 


https://flic.kr/p/RftCM8

I would have liked to have seen them last Saturday when I was there for the 
Mid-winter eagle count! 


Debbie/Boscawen

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Subject: TVs in Durham
From: "Dorsey, Kurk" <Kurk.Dorsey AT unh.edu>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 02:21:22 +0000
Birders

About 1:30 today I had at least 8 Turkey Vultures pass overhead along Packers 
Falls Road in Durham, not far from the old roost site in Newmarket. 



Kurk Dorsey

Durham

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Subject: Moultonborough yesterday afternoon
From: "Dana Duxbury-Fox" <danafox AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:59:47 -0500
Having checked out Ossipee Mountain Rd. per Jane Rice's instructions and
finding only a few robins along the road near the red farm house, we headed
east on on Rt. 109 to Rt. 171.  At 2 PM and just beyond the big working
vegetable farm and just before the unusual white barn with the three
unusually shaped cupola, we discovered a large flock of Robins (50) and
Cedar Waxwings (25) , Bob picked up 3 Bohemians  on his side of the car.
They were lustily feeding on red berries along the north side of the road.
Cars spooked them and they went to the far side of the south side of the
road sitting up in a big tree on the far side just in the field.  Three
Bluebirds came in the nearer large maple tree and then frolicked along the
edge of the road. Alas, when the flock eventually moved, they moved into the
woods further east and out of sight.  Alas, the BOHO's still have eluded me.

Dana

 

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Subject: American Pipits Rye Harbor SP
From: Leo McKillop <weomck AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:05:33 -0500
A flock of 10 or so pipits flew in this morning around 830 AM. They were on
the north side on the washed up seaweed raft.
pic: Pipit picture 

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Subject: More Sandwich Bohemians
From: Ken Klapper <kklapper AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:47:37 -0500
On January 14, a flock of 42 Bohemian Waxwings perched in the trees in my
backyard for a few minutes.

Yesterday (1/18) there was a group of ~60 BOWAs who were joined by ~20
starlings near the fire station on Main Street in Center Sandwich.  It was
even more fun that I was birding by XC ski!

Ken Klapper
Sandwich, NH

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Subject: Barred owl, Chipping Sparrow, Carolina Wren -Pittsfield
From: "'Aerart' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:38:19 -0500
I got up a bit earlier this morning, which paid off!


Several Jays were scolding scolding scolding something amid the snow-covered
branches in our backyard. 
Then it flew!    Buteo-size, with huge rounded head, broad rounded wings, 
brownish color overall with a wide, dark collar area! a Barred Owl ! What fun! 


The little, short-tailed, mousey critter that often darts out to collect seeds, 
better 

watch out!

Then the Carolina Wren came around and discovered the grease cake feeder. 

And finally, our wintering Chipping Sparrow visited his favorite mixed seed 
feeder. 



Andrea Robbins
Pittsfield, NH

PS George slept through the excitement.


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Subject: Northern Shrike- Swanzey (Keene Airport)
From: Chad Witko <chadjwitko AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:44:57 -0500
Greetings,

Today I was informed from a friend that there was an adult NORTHERN SHRIKE
along Airport Road at the Keene Airport in Swanzey. I arrived on site at
3:30pm this afternoon where I immediately found the bird where it was
reported: atop some saplings in the first major opening past the airport on
the long road out to the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The bird was well observed for 15 minutes where it remained perched high
atop a sapling on the west side of the road. I've included my eBird
checklist to show where the bird was observed via the map function.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33756277

Good Birding,
Chad Witko
Walpole, NH

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Subject: Nashua Pintail-yes
From: "molly.j711 via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:10:07 -0500




Subject: Lyme Barred Owl Tuesday A.M.
From: "'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:38:36 +0000 (UTC)
Seen about 10:45 perched in a tree overlooking a field abutting E. Thetford 
Road. Likely the same bird reported last Friday by Tig Tillinghast. 

Blake AllisonLyme, NH 03768-3322



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Subject: Evening Grosbeak - Lempster
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:54:48 -0500
My father just texted me (12:50pm) that he has a single female EVENING GROSBEAK 
visiting his feeders at his home off Olds Road in Lempster. It's his second 
EVGR this winter. Still no signs of any in the Sunapee area this year and still 
no photographable sighting of this species anywhere for me in around 15 years. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Barrows, etc. at Hinsdale Bluffs
From: Hector Galbraith <hg2 AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:24:44 -0500
This morning on the CT River at the Bluffs were: 140 Mallard, about 40 black 
ducks, 80 common goldeneye, 2 male barrows goldeneyes, about 10 hooded and 8 
common mergs. 


Hector Galbraith, PhD
EcoSolutions
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Subject: bluebirds, robins, bohemians in Moultonborough
From: Jane Rice <moultnews AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:21:46 +0000
My morning walk today on Ossipee Mt. Rd. included a flock of 40 or more robins, 
and tagging along were three bluebirds, seen briefly before they took off for 
the other side of the large field, plus a small flock of 6 Bohemian waxwings 
and 3 cedars, mixed together and all feeding on apples fallen from a small, 
scrubby tree along the stone wall. Robins were also interested in the apples, 
but also spreading over the adjacent hayfield/cow pasture with quite a bit of 
bare ground. Also chickadees, titmice, blue jays and downy and hairy 
woodpeckers as usual. 



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Moultonborough

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Subject: Shrike Rochester
From: Charlee Breen <bufflehead444 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:58:45 -0500
10. Min ago at Pickering.

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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, January 16, 2017
From: "mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com" <mrsuomala@marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:12:17 -0500
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 16th,
2017. 

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been
seen many times since then. It was last reported on January 16th. The bird
has been seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport
Village Road and has been visible from the road. The house is very close to
the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option
may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and
Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders. Be
sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any
driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors. The bird has usually been
seen in the mid-morning and early afternoon, and has also been seen across
the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.

A SNOWY OWL was seen in Hampton Marsh behind Little Jack's Restaurant on
Route 1A in Hampton on January 15th. For more information about owl
viewing, open the link:
http://www.nhaudubon.org/snowy-owl-viewing-observe-without-disturbing/

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in coastal Rye on January 10th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL and 2 ICELAND GULLS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater
Treatment Plant on January 12th. 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.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Swazey Parkway in Exeter on January 12th.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in
Greenland on January 10th, and 14th.

2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack
River in Manchester on January 10th.

2 REDHEADS were seen on Great Bay on January 14th.

A WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on January 16th.

A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen at wetlands near Daniel Webster College in
Nashua, and 1 was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, both on
January 15th.  

9 RAZORBILLS were seen from Great Island Common in New Castle on January
15th.

21 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen in coastal Rye on January 14th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Beaver Brook Great Meadow in Hollis on
January 14th.

A flock of 7 PINE GROSBEAKS was seen along Ossipee Mountain Road in
Moultonborough on January 11th.

A flock of 56 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in North Conway on January 14th.

4 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in Jackson on January 10th.

A flock of over 150 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen in Durham on January 10th.

A flock of 25 HORNED LARKS was seen in Durham on January 10th, and a flock
of 150 was seen in Newfields on the 14th.

16 EVENING GROSBEAKS and 24 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen at a private
residence in Jefferson on January 9th.

A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen in North Hampton on January 14th, and a PINE
WARBLER was seen in Newmarket on the 15th..

A WINTER WREN was seen in Rochester on January 11th, and Merrimack on the
12th.

A CAROLINA WREN was seen in Pittsfield on January 12th.

A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in Rye on January 8th and 10th,1 was seen
in Greenland on the 14th, and 1 was seen in Hinsdale on the 16th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Penacook on January 15th, and 1 was seen in Rye
on the 14th. 

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Pittsfield on January 6th and 10th, a FIELD
SPARROW was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on January 11th, and a FOX
SPARROW was seen in Greenland on the 14th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported from Exeter and 1 was seen in
Nashua, both on January 15th.

6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen in East Kingston on January 15th.
 
A TURKEY VULTURE was seen in Kensington on January 10th,1 was seen in
Epping on the 12th, and 8 were seen in Exeter on the 15th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Rochester on January 11th, and 1 was seen
in Exeter on the 12th.

Raptor sightings reported during the past week included: 10 BALD EAGLES in
Gilford on January 16th, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK in Newmarket, 1 in Etna, and 1
in Hollis, all on the 15th, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK in Chichester on the
15th, an AMERICAN KESTREL in Hollis and 1 in Exeter both on the 15th, a
PEREGRINE FALCON in Walpole on the 14th,1 was seen in Salem on the 12th,
and 1 was seen in Hampton on the 10th,  a MERLIN in Nashua on the 16th and
1 in Greenland on the 12th, a NORTHERN HARRIER in Stratham on the 14th, and
a few COOPER'S HAWKS and SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS from scattered locations.

The Annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey takes place during the second
weekend in February and is coordinated by NH Audubon. Participants report
any bird species visiting their yard and/or feeders in New Hampshire. The
survey gathers information on the distribution and abundance of many winter
species in New Hampshire. To learn more about the Survey, how to
participate, past results, and other information, navigate to:
http://nhbirdrecords.org/bird-conservation/bwbs/backyard-winter-bird-survey/

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

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Subject: 10+ Eagles in Gilford
From: Iain Macleod <pandiain.im AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:45:43 -0500
Nice gathering of Bald Eagles visible from Lincoln Park in Gilford today.
An adult had caught a waterfowl (I assume a Common Merganser) and everyone
lined up for a share. 3 adult, 1 sub-adult and at least 6 brown juveniles
squabbled over the carcass or sat nearby. I suspect that there may have
actually been at least 8 juvs, but only six visible at once.

An Otter running on the ice just below the park was a nice bonus.

Iain MacLeod
Ashland

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Subject: CT River Valley Notes 1/15
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:33:40 -0500
Yesterday (1/15) I did some birding in the Connecticut River Valley starting in 
Windsor, VT and ending in the Charlestown/Claremont area. I had a nice turnout 
of birds in Windsor and one of the highlights was an adult PEREGRINE FALCON 
perched at the top of a power line tower alongside the CT River on the south 
side of Bridge Street. While the bird was perched out-of-state, it was still in 
clear view from across the river in Cornish, NH. 

https://flic.kr/p/Rcyovq

After leaving Vermont, I made my way to the Charlestown WTP. While walking 
through the cornfields south of the plant I flushed a male RING-NECKED PHEASANT 
from the thick brush at the edge of a small pond. A first for me in Sullivan 
County. While always a nice sight, it's almost undoubtedly a stocked bird. 


The only other highlight of the day was a good turnout of Raptors. Besides the 
Peregrine, I also saw four Bald Eagles (one in VT, three in NH), four 
Red-tailed Hawks (one in VT, three in NH) and one Cooper's Hawk in Charlestown 
that gave me quite the photo opportunity. 

https://flic.kr/p/Rcyoud
All the Eagles I saw in NH were immature birds. Two were seen together soaring 
in a thermal with some Ravens along Claremont Road in Charlestown. Another was 
seen flying north over the WTP in Charlestown. 

https://flic.kr/p/Q2myv4

In a final note, there have been Eagles seen feeding on a deer carcass on 
Pleasant Lake in New London. The carcass is located 150-200 yards off shore 
from the Elkins boat launch/dam area along Elkins Road near the intersection of 
Wilmot Center Road. I saw two immature birds at the carcass on Thursday (1/12) 
and a friend of mine saw one bird there yesterday (1/15). 


-Dylan Jackson 
Sunapee


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Subject: Peregrine Falcon in Walpole
From: Christian Martin <cmartin AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:34:12 +0000
During midwinter eagle survey on Sat 1/14, Sheridan and Debbie Brown and I 
found 1 adult peregrine falcon perched near Fall Mtn nest site high above 
Walpole/Bellows Falls. 


- Chris

Chris Martin
Senior Biologist, NH Audubon
cmartin AT nhaudubon.org

84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH 03301
603/224-9909, ext. 317 (office)
603/226-0902 (fax)

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Subject: Red-shouldered Hawk - Chichester
From: "'Aerart' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:38:23 -0500
We had an adult Red-shoulder in a tree along 
Route 28 in Chichester
earlier today. 

George and Andrea Robbins
Pittsfield, NH

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Subject: More interesting birds (Rusty Blackbirds, Pine Warbler, YB Sasucker, Barred Owl, etc.)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:10:56 -0500
Another fun day of scouting in the East 
Kingston-Kensington-Exeter-Newmarket area.

Photos:

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

Highlights:

Hooded Merganser    3 in creek south of Odiorne by pannes.
Turkey Vulture    2 in Exeter.  In area of Winter Street in Exeter
Northern Harrier    1 adult male again inland (!).  Over Exeter WTP.  
Same bird as seen yesterday!?
Bald Eagle   3 total for day.
Razorbill    9 from Great Island Common in New Castle.
BARRED OWL    1 perched in mid-morning sun off Cummings Street toward 
Moody Point in Newmarket.
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER    1 adult female at end of road in Hayes 
Mobile Home Park in area where they have been seen in recent years. It 
was DRILLING SAP holes in tree in front yard (despite suet at feeder) 
and drinking sap.  More interesting was a male and female Eastern 
Bluebird taking turns DRINKING SAP that was running down the tree.  
Despite temperature of 28F and overnight temperature in teens.
Peregrine Falcon    2  One unusual inland report off Squamscott Road in 
Stratham.  Another perched on Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth.
Red-breasted Nuthatch    3 in Newmarket area.
Eastern Bluebird    Bluebirds everywhere again today.  Seems like 2 or 3 
or more present at most active feeders in area.
Cedar Waxwing    80 in single flock off Bay Road in Newmarket. Scarce 
for us this winter.
PINE WARBLER    1 adult male at feeder of Hank Chary at 200 Bay Road in 
Newmarket.  We talked to Hank and he said it has been visiting since 
November.
SAVANNAH SPARROW    5 together in one group in conservation land farm 
field off Squamscott Road in Stratham.  Where we had 6 on Christmas 
Count a month ago.  This is the only location where we've had Savannah 
Sparrows so far this winter.
Swamp Sparrow    1 in Portsmouth Hospital marshes. With 3 Song Sparrows.
Red-winged Blackbird    34 in big blackbird flock at feeders off Kimball 
Road in East Kingston.
RUSTY BLACKBIRD    6 with Red-wings at feeder off Kimball Road in East 
Kingston.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA



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Subject: Goshawk, Newmarket
From: "Dorsey, Kurk" <Kurk.Dorsey AT unh.edu>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:33:41 +0000
Birders,

Like Pam, I've been noting a dearth of birds inland, here in Durham and 
Newmarket. But like Chris I had the pleasure of seeing a Goshawk today. After a 
fruitless walk on the trail portion of Neal Mill Road, I stopped at the town 
landing in Newmarket to see just two Hooded Mergs and a bunch of Ring-billed 
Gulls As I was fiddling with my tripod the gulls burst off the ice in about 15 
different directions. Sure enough, a female Goshawk came blitzing up the river 
and then into the evergreens. 



Kurk Dorsey

Durham

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Subject: Kestrel - Goshawk interactions. Savannah Sparrows continue
From: Christopher McPherson <cmcpherson687 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:52:06 -0500
A rather intimidating female Northern Goshawk spent time in the east
orchard at Woodmont this morning, the over- wintering female American
Kestrel took exception to her presence and made several very close
dive-bombs, Madame Goshawk was not impressed! Thankfully they parted ways
without further confrontation!

There is still a good number of Savannah Sparrows working what remains of
the oats, I had seven today.

Regards
Chris McPherson
Brookline, NH

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Subject: Hermit Thrush in Penacook
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:21:36 -0500
This winter has been pretty darn quiet in Penacook, with my usual walking
routes consistently finding few species than the 10-year average. It's
actually made me grumpy more than a few times, so it was particularly
enjoyable this morning to hear the distinctive "chuck" of a Hermit Thrush
coming from a sunny bank across the Contoocook River from my route. 

 

Otherwise there were the expected species, albeit in lower numbers than
usual (another theme for the winter thus far)

 

Pam Hunt

Penacook, NH

 

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Subject: Bald Eagle in Claremont
From: "Brent H. Baker" <kyoshi AT risingsundojo.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:27:22 -0500
I was out doing some grocery shopping, stopped at the light by Wal-Mart,
and was pleasantly surprised to see an adult Bald Eagle circling no too far
above the river.  I pulled into the Wal-Mart Parking lot to watch for a
bit, and it stayed in the area for several minutes, casually circling.

It wasn't on my grocery list, but a welcome surprise nonetheless!

Brent Baker
Newport

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Subject: Sharpie in Moultonborough
From: Jane Rice <moultnews AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:32:05 +0000
Viewing a flock of robins on Ossipee Mt Rd almost up to the Sandwich line when 
a sharp shinned hawk zoomed in from across the road scattering the robins as it 
perched on a toy truck left on the stone wall before following the departing 
robins further away from the road. 


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Subject: Norhtern Pintail in Nashua
From: Ray <houdinijr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:16:39 -0500
The Northern Pintail was still (again) in the marsh by the Nashua 
Airport on Friday
He was in the company of a male and female mallard


     Ray Wallace

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Subject: Snowy Owl
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:08:36 +0000
In salt marsh behind Little Jack's seafood restaurant in Hampton.

David Larson
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Subject: Fwd: How can I post to the NHBirds google group?
From: Ray <houdinijr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:05:45 -0500
I just went to write a post in the NHBirds Google Group for the first 
time today. I found that there is no "New Topic" button (see screen shot 
below).

What is the process for posting to this group?

I have tried both Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers with the same 
result.

The group has been helpful and I'd like to contribute if I can.

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Subject: odd common goldeneye at Hinsdale Bluffs
From: Hector Galbraith <hg2 AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:46:05 -0500
This morning at HB there was a flock of about 40 common goldeneye. Among them 
was a female with an entirely yellow bill. All other characteristics matched 
COGO (forehead shape and head color), rather than BAGO. Apparently, bill color 
alone is not sufficient to ID female BAGO. 



Hector Galbraith, PhD
EcoSolutions
hg2 AT myfairpoint.net 
802 258 4836
802 222 1916 (c)






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Subject: No Snowy owl in Rye
From: Debra Powers <dmp2ec AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:50:52 -0500
The snowy owl continues to not be seen at Rye Harbor State Park this morning
Deb

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Subject: Odds & Ends (Eurasian Wigeon, Ruby-cr. Kinglet, Fox Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:21:01 -0500
A few odds and ends while out birding today.  Scouting for the Superbowl 
of Birding in two weeks!

Photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/

EURASIAN WIGEON    1 adult male on Great Bay with mixed flock of scaup 
and wigeon.  Seen with scope from side of road off Bayridge Road in 
Greenland.
American Wigeon    20 on Great Bay.
Greater Scaup -  A few hundred on Great Bay, but no luck with Redhead(s).
Hooded Merganser    1 female on Great Bay.
Northern Gannet    1 adult from Great Boar's Head.
Northern Harrier    2  One immature on Seabrook Beach and one adult male 
from Chapman's Landing in Stratham.  Rare at this location and date.
Bald Eagle    3 in Great Bay vicinity
Purple Sandpiper    21 at Rye Ledge.
Razorbill    1 off Seabrook Beach.
Red-bellied Woodpecker    6 total for day.
Northern Flicker    1 in Greenland.
Pileated Woodpecker    1 off Huckleberry Road in Hampton.
Horned Lark    150 estimate of huge flock flushed off fields at Stuart 
Farm in Newfields.  Nothing else of interest here.  And nothing of 
interest at Great Bay Farm in Greenland.  No Savannah Sparrows from 
either location.
Brown Creeper    2 together off Garland Road in Rye.
Carolina Wren    4 total for the day.
Golden-crowned Kinglet    1 off Munsey Road in Hampton.
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET   1  NOT FROM RYE!  Found this bird off Dearborn 
Road in Greenland along Brackett Brook and near the intersection with 
Bayridge Road.  Came in with 3 chickadees.  Must be visiting a feeder 
nearby.
Eastern Bluebird    Several from several locations
HERMIT THRUSH    1 in thickets at Rye Airfield in back of parking lot 
near outside abandoned race track.
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT    1 immature male off Woodland Road near 
intersection with Rt. 111 in North Hampton.  In marshes of Little River.
FOX SPARROW    1 in thickets near ball field off Caswell Drive in Greenland.
Red-winged Blackbird    1 male at feeder with House Sparrows at 
intersection of Wallis Road and Park Ridge Ave. in Rye.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Shrike, Flicker, Kestrel, Hollis, NH 14Jan17
From: Christopher McPherson <cmcpherson687 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:22:58 -0500
Northern Shrike seen  at  Beaver Brook Great Meadow chasing Blue Jays
around the "island"

Northern Flicker near the football field at Hollis Brookline HS (HBHS)

American Kestrel (F) continuing at Woodmont orchard

Bare ground appears to have caused a large uptick in Robin and Blue bird
numbers in the area today!

Regards

Chris McPherson
Brookline, NH

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Subject: Pintail in Nashua- no
From: "molly.j711 via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:45:28 -0500




Subject: Northern Flicker Derry
From: "Al Howard" <alanlhoward AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:50:06 -0500
Just at our suet feeder.

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Subject: B. Waxwings
From: Charlie Nims <charlie.nims AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:59:27 -0500
56 now in N. Conway right behind LL Bean in Dahl Sanctuary 

Charlie Nims
Bartlett, NH

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Subject: Pine gros
From: Jane Rice <moultnews AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:49:22 +0000

Pine grosbeaks at least 3 seen this a.m. near corner Ossipee Mt Rd / Bodge Hill 
Rd., also a dozen robins and 8 cedars. 


Jane Rice
Moultonborough

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Subject: Red-throated Loon (12/20/16) - Lake Sunapee
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:02:09 -0500
The other day I noticed the headline of a local paper concerning the rescue of 
Loons on Lake Sunapee. Just today I got around to buying the paper and reading 
the article. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a link to an online version of the 
piece, but It said that three Loons were found trapped in only a small opening 
in left in the middle of the freezing lake last month on the 20th. On the 21st 
the Loon Preservation Committee staged a rescue attempt which was not 
successful as ice conditions were unsafe and the opening was too large to 
corral the birds. Thankfully, the birds ended up departing on their own by the 
26th. 


Now, to the whole reason I relayed the content of this article; as I read I was 
surprised to find out that one of the three Loons was a RED-THROATED LOON. This 
would be the third sighting that I know of in recent years on the lake. As far 
as eBird reports go, the only other reports of this species were in November in 
2012 and in May of 2014. 


I just found it to be an interesting piece that may deserve a little more 
publicity than just in a small town, local paper. Hopefully I was able to relay 
the right details of the article as I didn't have it in front of me as I wrote 
this. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee


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Subject: a few goodies
From: "'Aerart' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:19:38 -0500
We ventured out today, between the rain events. 

It was the first test drive of Andrea's new Manfroto carbon fiber tripod
and Gitzo tripod head (designed for birders!)

Both were wonderful!  The tripod is lighter weight than our Manfroto aluminum
tripod, and does a fantastic job of dampening vibration. 

The Gitzo head made panning and following birds super smooth.
What an improvement over jerky scope motion. 

We found some birds of interest:

Carolina Wren
Chipping Sparrow
Red-breasted Nuthatch - Pittsfield, at our house

Turkey Vulture - Epping, Rt. 125 near Walmart

Belted Kingfisher
Northern Pintail - drake, Exeter WTP

Iceland Gull -.Exeter, Swazey Parkway, on the frozen Squamscott River

Green- winged Teal - hen, Exeter, Downing Ct

Merlin - Greenland, Portsmouth Ave

Brown Creeper
Cedar Waxwings
American Wigeon
Hooded Mergansers 
800+ Scaup - Greenland, Bayridge Rd.



We had just under 50 species without going to the coast. 

George and Andrea Robbins
Pittsfield, NH


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Subject: Peregrine at Canobie Lake
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:18:37 -0500
This afternoon I drove by Canobie Lake and noticed a decent gathering of
gulls in the very middle of the lake, but failed to find a good place to
get a scope on them.

Instead I happened upon a nice adult Peregrine Falcon sitting on 'the big
rock' on the northeastern side of the lake.  This is only my 2nd Peregrine
sighting since the beginning of 2016 in Salem — quite the contrast to 2015
where we had 10+...

Photo: https://flic.kr/p/PTfdQJ

Also of interest,  I got a cool recording from the local crow flock earlier
in the week that has both Fish and American crows vocalizing side by side,
and simultaneously.  Here is a link to the checklist with the recording:
http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist/S33579496



Kyle Wilmarth
Plaistow, NH

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Subject: Winter Wren in Merrimack
From: "molly.j711 via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:15:37 -0500




Subject: Superbowl of Birding and the Twitchers
From: birdrecords <birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:04:00 +0000
The "Twitchers in the Rye" will be in the Superbowl of Birding again this year 
and are accepting pledges to support NH eBird and New Hampshire Bird Records 
(both programs of NH Audubon's Conservation Department). 


For those who don't know, the Superbowl involves looking for as many species as 
possible in 12 hours and is run by Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center. 
Teams compete in Essex County, MA and/or Rockingham County, NH on the last 
Saturday in January (the 28th). The "Twitchers" decided to restrict our search 
area to just one town (hence the name!), even though there's no category for 
that in the competition. 


Help spur us on by pledging an amount per species or per point (different 
species get different numbers of points) or a flat amount - and support the 
collection of bird data for conservation at the same time. We're still trying 
to beat our first year highs of 63 species and 112 points! This year, we are 
welcoming new team member, Jeanne-Marie Maher. 


If you'd like to pledge, please contact me at rsuomala AT nhaudubon.org, 
603-224-9909 x309, or pledge on-line at: 


http://nhbirdrecords.org/subscribe-and-support-nh-bird-records/twitchers-in-the-rye-pledge/ 


If you'd prefer to donate via First Giving (flat dollar amounts only), go to 
our team page: 

https://www.firstgiving.com/39292/twitchers-in-the-rye-birding-team-2017

If you'd like to read any of the summaries from past years, they're on the web 
at: 


http://nhbirdrecords.org/subscribe-and-support-nh-bird-records/twitchers-in-the-rye-2/ 


If you find any interesting birds in Rye between now and the 28th, please post 
them to NHBirds - it will help us and the other NH Superbowl teams. 


Thanks and good luck to ALL the Superbowl teams!
Becky Suomala for Twitchers in the Rye team mates, Pam Hunt, Andrea Robbins, 
and Jeanne-Marie Maher 

rsuomala AT nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Shrike and white-winged gulls at Rochester WTP
From: Ken Klapper <kklapper AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:51:11 -0500
An afternoon walk with Katrina Fenton around the treatment ponds proved
productive, with an adult Northern Shrike frequenting the barbed wire fence
between the levee and the adjacent field.  Among the hundreds of gulls in
the ponds themselves were a young (2nd cycle) Glaucous, an adult Iceland
(Kumlien's) and a first cycle Iceland (probably a Kumlien's as well).  It
was also a pleasure to meet Patricia Farr and Alan Murrary, who were
walking the Pickering trails on the other side of the fence, and who also
got looks at the shrike.  According to eBIrd data, an adult shrike was also
seen Jan 4th (by Alan) so I would think it's the same bird and it's at
least semi-reliable.

Good Birding,
Ken Klapper
Sandwich, NH

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Subject: Pine grosbeaks sticking around
From: Jane Rice <moultnews AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 04:25:59 +0000

Continuing on Ossipee Mt Rd in Moultonborough, saw 5 this morning right by 
where the 7 were on Saturday. Looked like they were eating red maple buds 
today. 


Jane Rice
Moultonborough

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Subject: American Kestrel & Field Sparrow Continuing - Woodmont, Hollis
From: Susan Wrisley <swrisley13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:44:07 -0500
I got to Woodmont Dr. just in time to see the Kestrel drop down from an
apple tree and come up with a mouse or some other small rodent.  I got a
few shots while it circled around with its catch.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127183139 AT N08/32219355676/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/127183139 AT N08/32219355596/in/dateposted-public/

I also saw the Field Sparrow the day before and got an ID shot.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/127183139 AT N08/32258142295/in/dateposted-public/

Susan Wrisley,
Hollis NH

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Subject: Northern Pintail continues in Nashua
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:52:48 -0500
In the marsh between Daniel Webster College and the Nashua Airport, the
January thaw brought the ducks out into the channel, including the handsome
Pintail

https://www.flickr.com/photos/42971731 AT N03/32108271292/in/dateposted-public/

Chris Sheridan
Nashua NH

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Subject: Wood Duck continues in Merrimack, Creeper & RB Nuthatches in Hollis
From: "'Molly Jacobson' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:47:15 +0000 (UTC)
With the warm day Horseshoe Pond has thawed in areas and the female wood duck 
has been poking around in the marshy area. There were two tree sparrows there 
as well. Around 3 I went to Beaver Brook, the bird blind at the Brown Lane 
Barn. A lot of activity there; three hairy woodpeckers (on the same tree!), two 
red-breasted nuthatches- attempting to visit the feeder but being harassed by 
titmice, a brown creeper, and even two bluebirds checking out a bat box.  

-Molly JacobsonMerrimack

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Subject: Winter Wren / Belted Kingfisher at Pickering
From: Charlee Breen <bufflehead444 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:11:47 -0500
Got to see a winter wren in the exact same spot as last years.  Was sitting
observing when a Kingfisher rattled.  The wren hopped up onto a high brush
branch and began alarming (see clip).  After a few minutes, resumed
foraging.  10 mins or so after it began foraging, the Kingfisher went off
again causing the wren to take it's post and begin alarming again.  I had
no clue one species would react to another like this...but after a third
time...I was pretty sure it was responding to the Kingfisher.  lol

Here's a clip I took and posted to youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnVlMcHNsLk&feature=youtu.be

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