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29 Apr RE: Derry Transfer Station ["Al Howard" ]
29 Apr 5 Warbler Species & More, Lake Sunapee Area []
29 Apr Thrasher and House Wren in Hollis and BW Hawk in Wilton [Gail Coffey ]
29 Apr Derry Transfer Station ["Al Howard" ]
29 Apr Penacook arrivals: 6 warblers, thrasher, kingbird, towhee, swift, etc. ["Pam Hunt" ]
29 Apr recent arrivals in Moultonborough [Jane Rice ]
29 Apr Glossy Ibis, World End Pond [Kyle Wilmarth ]
29 Apr Hinsdale Setbacks ["'suki russo' via NHBirds" ]
29 Apr Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Rumney. 4/29 [Jody Williams ]
29 Apr Virginia rail and others, Hancock [Henry Walters ]
29 Apr foy baltimore oriole []
29 Apr Moderator Message - Please Read! [Steve Mirick ]
29 Apr Mallard chicks in Kingston [Scott Heron ]
28 Apr Re: Sapsucker percussion [Catherine Fisher ]
28 Apr Re: Help with Bird ID [Christine Sheridan ]
28 Apr Re: Help with Bird ID [Catherine Fisher ]
29 Apr 30 Years on, Two New Yard Birds in 10 Minutes [Alfred Maley ]
28 Apr FOY rose breasted grosbeak [Evelyn Nathan ]
28 Apr Common Mergansers on the Nashua River ["'Nancy' via NHBirds" ]
28 Apr Help with Bird ID [Jen beaudry ]
28 Apr Sapsucker percussion [Jane Rice ]
28 Apr Cattle Egret, Stratham ["Aaronian, Richard S." ]
28 Apr Red-bellied woodpecker ["Costello, Chris -FS" ]
28 Apr Barred Owl at Nest Hole and other PHOTOS ["Jim Block" ]
28 Apr Chesterfield Gorge [Jack Swatt ]
28 Apr B Oriole in Derry [Barbara Horton ]
27 Apr FOY's & Other notables, Lake Sunapee Region []
28 Apr Buffleheads Ashland [keith chamberlin ]
27 Apr Yellow-rumped Warbler ["'Nancy' via NHBirds" ]
27 Apr Towhee in New London [Fred Sladen ]
27 Apr Ospreys, Peterborough [Bruce Boyer ]
27 Apr Ospreys, Peterborough [Bruce Boyer ]
27 Apr Fish Crows, Durham ["Dorsey, Kurk" ]
27 Apr Re: Horseshoe Pond arrivals ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
27 Apr Black-throated Green Warbler, Green Heron, Salem [Kyle Wilmarth ]
27 Apr Horseshoe Pond arrivals ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
27 Apr W. T. Sparrow/Towhee Fallout Lee [Catherine Fisher ]
27 Apr Walpole: Eastern Towhee, Hermit Thrush, Brown Thrasher [Lisa Stolper ]
27 Apr Graycat Bird [susan hunter ]
26 Apr RE: Exeter Towhees [Pam Kasnet ]
26 Apr Wilton Towhees [Chad Witko ]
26 Apr BTGW and others on the move [Christopher McPherson ]
26 Apr black-throated green warbler in Hancock ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
26 Apr Eastern Towhee in Newport ["Brent H. Baker" ]
26 Apr Is this a Song Sparrow? [Edward Larrabee ]
26 Apr Photograps: Piping Plover Mating - Hampton, NH 04-25-16 [David Lipsy ]
26 Apr cedar waxwing invasion [Jeanne-Marie Maher ]
26 Apr tree swallows along the Nashua River ["'Nancy' via NHBirds" ]
26 Apr Merlin in New London, NH [Christian Martin ]
25 Apr Re: Sandhill, Conway, NH [Rick Steber ]
25 Apr Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, April 25, 2016 ["Mark Suomala" ]
25 Apr Sandhill, Conway, NH [Bob Crowley ]
25 Apr tree swallows Nashua ["'Nancy' via NHBirds" ]
25 Apr day on the coast [Jeanne-Marie Maher ]
25 Apr White-Throated [fiddlinbill via NHBirds ]
25 Apr mrytle warblers ["'Silver Judith' via NHBirds" ]
25 Apr Buffleheads on Newfound Lake [raqbirds via NHBirds ]
25 Apr Keene Warblers and Bohemians [Joshua Jarvis ]
25 Apr Eastern Towhee [Heidi Rogers ]
25 Apr Exeter and coast highlights [Rebecca ]
24 Apr A Seacoast (7) Owl Day [Steve Bennett ]
24 Apr Lakes Region Osprey ["'Stephen Whitney' via NHBirds" ]
24 Apr Head's Pond Trail in Hooksett on Sunday ["Jane Hills" ]
24 Apr Pair of fish crows, Lee [Catherine Fisher ]
24 Apr Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Concord [raqbirds via NHBirds ]
24 Apr Julie Zickefoose lecture in Concord [Steve Mirick ]
23 Apr Barred Owl Bellamy River with photos [Joel Huntress ]
23 Apr 4/23- Spring Arrvivals (3 Warblers, etc.) at Woodlawn Cemetery (Keene) [Chad Witko ]
23 Apr Great Egrets & other FOY's, Sullivan County []
23 Apr American Wigeon [Dave ]
23 Apr Seacoast Chapter Owl Prowl - 5 Barred Owls! [Steve Mirick ]
23 Apr Julie Zickefoose in Concord [Steve Mirick ]
23 Apr FOY Blue-headed Vireos, Peterborough [Bruce Boyer ]
23 Apr Tufted Duck, YES as of 3PM [Kyle Wilmarth ]
23 Apr barn swallows [Sylvia Miskoe ]
23 Apr Meadow Pond, Marsh Wren, 4/23 [mresch8702 via NHBirds ]

Subject: RE: Derry Transfer Station
From: "Al Howard" <alanlhoward AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:31:06 -0400
Oops, Canadian Geese

 

From: Ann Ablowich [mailto:napap AT comcast.net] 
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 7:23 PM
To: alanlhoward AT comcast.net
Subject: Re: [NHBirds] Derry Transfer Station

 

What bird?

Ann


On Apr 29, 2016, at 5:16 PM, Al Howard  > wrote: 


This afternoon, a proud papa and mama watching their brood of five, in front of 
the drive up area. Looked like two had gotten on the other side of the fence. 


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Subject: 5 Warbler Species & More, Lake Sunapee Area
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:43:44 -0400
Today I worked at several locations throughout New London. Most locations had 
the now normal showings of birds like Hermit Thrush, Blue-headed Vireos and 
Pine and Yellow-rumped Warblers, but a few locations turned up some species of 
particular notes. 


Goose Pond, New London: Here had the most impressive showing of warblers in 
particular. Though Pine and Yellow-rumped Warblers are prevalent all over, this 
location turned up four species of warbler: 


Black-and-White Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 2
Pine Warbler 2 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 7: Including the first female I've seen this spring.

Also of note here was my FOY BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER. This bird was seen and 
heard well as it flittered about the trees on the shore of the pond, calling 
along the way. 


Sunset Shore Road, New London:
While working here I heard my FOY BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER singing in the 
tree tops along the shore of Lake Sunapee. This marked my fifth warbler species 
of the day. 


Other notes of the day include:

One Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that perched on the wooded sideboards of my work 
truck to drum up in Sunapee Heights. 


One AMERICAN BITTERN flushed from the tall roadside grass on Trask Brook Road 
in Sunapee. 



-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee


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Subject: Thrasher and House Wren in Hollis and BW Hawk in Wilton
From: Gail Coffey <gcoffeywriter AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:16:35 -0400
A beautiful Brown Thrasher posing on a branch and a House Wren at Beaver
Brook in Hollis.

On the way home, saw a Broad-winged Hawk emerge from the woods on Mason
Road in Wilton.

I was at High Island, Texas this week and there were not many warblers
coming through but quite a few Baltimore and Orchard Orioles and
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks along with Swainson's Thrushes and Hawks. Saw many
shorebirds including lots of Whimbrels, Willets, Black-necked Stilts, and
American Avocets and got great looks at a few Clapper Rails - one with
three young black chicks-so adorable!

Happy Birding !

Gail Coffey
Wilton, NH

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Subject: Derry Transfer Station
From: "Al Howard" <alanlhoward AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:16:32 -0400
This afternoon, a proud papa and mama watching their brood of five, in front
of the drive up area. Looked like two had gotten on the other side of the
fence.

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Subject: Penacook arrivals: 6 warblers, thrasher, kingbird, towhee, swift, etc.
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:07:05 -0400
Greetings all,

 

This morning's Penacook survey started on the gloomy and quiet side, but
when I got home 10 miles later I'd tallied 55 species - a new record for
April!

 

Highlights, as per the subject line, included:

 

Six species of warblers: the expected Pines and Yellow-rumps, but also FOY
Black-throated Green, Black-and-white, and both waterthrushes (Louisiana was
actually FOY yesterday on my island walk)

Brown Thrasher

Eastern Kingbird

103 White-throated Sparrows - a major influx since yesterday

3 Blue-headed Vireos

5 Hermit Thrushes (although I've yet to hear one SING this spring - very
odd)

16 Ruby-crowned Kinglets

Etc.

 

Out on my deck over the last couple of hours I added Eastern Towhee, Chimney
Swift, and Sharp-shinned Hawk to the day list (FOY swifts were yesterday
when I got home from work).

The towhee was actually a new yard bird: #127 and the first new one since
October 2014!

 

So spring may finally be catching up with itself! Hooray!

 

Pam Hunt

Penacook, NH

 

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Subject: recent arrivals in Moultonborough
From: Jane Rice <moultnews AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:43:05 -0400
This morning in Moultonborough:
one kingfisher, one ruby-crowned kinglet, one or two red-breasted nuthatches, 
several blue-headed vireos, and a large influx of white-throated sparrows-must 
have been at least a hundred in about half a mile along Ossipee Mountain Road. 

Jane Rice 		 	   		  

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Subject: Glossy Ibis, World End Pond
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:29:41 -0400
I stopped at World End Pond in Salem during lunch today and although it was
pretty quiet overall, I was glad to see a GLOSSY IBIS in the same spot
Richard Frechette found one last weekend - to the right of the blind amidst
tall emergent vegetation.  I assume it's the same bird, and it appears that
Al had a different bird over in Hampstead after all!


Kyle Wilmarth
Plaistow, NH

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Subject: Hinsdale Setbacks
From: "'suki russo' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:32:44 +0000 (UTC)
Lots of warbler activity this morning in Hinsdale. FOY yellow warbler, lots of 
myrtles, yellow palms, 4 B&W along with 2 northern waterthrush (1 singing) and 
a Virginia Rail calling from the marshes. Marsh wrens, warbling vireo, 2 common 
loons, chimney swifts and gnatcatchers too. 

 JoAnne Russo
Saxtons River, VT

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Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Rumney. 4/29
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:26:09 -0400
Mid-day in the yard a Rose-breasted Grosbeak arrived and began singing… 
lovely to hear. 

Yesterday along the meadow edge there was a single male Black and White 
Warbler. 

There are numbers of White-throated Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows and Song 
Sparrows, American Robins well over a dozen, at least 4 Hermit Thrushes, 
several Ruby-crowned Kinglets singing. 

A Broad-winged Hawk appears to be territorial. 
Watched two male Downy Woodpeckers displaying for a female, all within three 
feet of each other. They got very aggressive before one gave up. Flickers and 
sapsuckers are active. 

Pine Siskins, Purple Finches and American Goldfinches are populating the 
feeders. 


Time for more raking.

John R Williams
Rumney

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Subject: Virginia rail and others, Hancock
From: Henry Walters <walters.henry AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:01:21 -0400
A virginia rail winding up his chortling chuckle in broad daylight north of
Hancock, at the corner of Longview Rd. and Rte. 137 where Moose Brook flows
through. A chimney swift patrolling above, and a yellow warbler singing
among swamp sparrows below--the marsh coming to life a little bit!

Henry Walters
Dublin, NH

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Subject: foy baltimore oriole
From: s42yth AT comcast.net
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:09:47 +0000 (UTC)
male, just landed on porch railing looking for jelly/oranges. sylvia hartmann 
manchester nh 


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Subject: Moderator Message - Please Read!
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:18:41 -0400
The list has now grown to 853 members!!  Fantastic.  It's great to have 
a birding community that can share in their knowledge and experiences! 
As we get into spring and the number of posts increases, I just want to 
remind list subscribers of a few posting guidelines:

1) Please remember to sign your posts with your name and town of 
residence.  This helps us to learn more about birders in our 
community.....even if we don't know what we look like!

2) Don't attach photographs to emails.  For those who have limited data 
plans, this can create problems.  Instead, learn how to use any of a 
number of free photograph posting web sites and just include a link. 
Flickr is a popular one with many birders:

https://www.flickr.com/

3) Try to be informative in the subject line.  Include species name(s) 
and/or location if it makes sense, especially if there is a rarity. 
Don't leave the subject line blank. Remember that many people don't have 
that much time to read all the e-mails, so having an informative subject 
line is important.

4) As the traffic gets heavy this spring, try to refrain from multiple 
posts per day.  I'm pretty lenient, but remember......there are 
approximately 853 subscribers to NH.Birds so try to make each e-mail 
meaningful.  With respect to understanding when birds typically arrive, 
an article by Pam Hunt several years ago in New Hampshire Bird Records 
is starting to get out of date (can we twist her arm to update it?), but 
it is FREE and is AN EXCELLENT RESOURCE for understanding the timing of 
spring migration:

http://nhbirdrecords.org/all-articles/V26_No1.pdf

5) Try to help people by including general directions to birding sites 
where appropriate and refrain from using abbreviations.  If the location 
is on private property, please indicate this in the post.  Please 
include specific locations for unusual bird sightings if possible. 
ALSO, NOTE THAT THE OLD NEW HAMPSHIRE WIKISPACE HAS A NEW WEB ADDRESS:

http://ebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/NH-Birding+in+New+Hampshire

6) Keep the posts to birds and events that are of interest to NH 
birders.  There are separate e-mail lists for Massachusetts, Maine and 
Vermont so post to them if it seems more appropriate.  Of course, if it 
is a rare bird for the region, we certainly want to hear about it in NH 
also!

As always, feel free to contact me personally with any questions you 
might have!

Enjoy the spring, and find some great birds!

Steve Mirick
NH.Birds List Moderator
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Mallard chicks in Kingston
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:16:20 -0400
On my way out the door this morning, I noticed a Mallard hen waddling
across the yard. Behind her was a trail of 14 fresh ducklings. Aside from
owls, these were the first chicks I've seen of the 2016 crop.

Scott Heron
Kingston, NH

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Subject: Re: Sapsucker percussion
From: Catherine Fisher <catherineckx AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:28:03 -0400
Jane,
Love your posting.
When it comes to love songs, the ability to "crank it" seems to be a male
specialty that transcends class, order, family genus and species.  Think of
hump-backed whales, elephants, lions, wolves, howler monkeys, various bat
species, elk, crocodiles, spring peepers, katydids, cicadas, crickets,,
etc. all with an innate ability to project their love songs over large
distances.  Then too, consider our own species: a great many of us have
experienced male *homo sapiens *blasting their enticing music in an effort
to attract a mate.
Avians own the pinnacle when it comes to enticing, beautiful, love songs,
and occasionally individuals discover ways of boosting the effect of their
aural enticements.  In Newmarket my aunt had a pileated woodpecker who, for
several years, drummed, with great effect, on a utility pole transformer.
Also in Newmarket, my brother had a mockingbird who amplified his
considerable repertoire deep in the well of a sizable chimney.  Very happy
to add your dump truck hood-drumming sapsucker to the archives.
Catherine

On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 1:21 PM, Jane Rice  wrote:

> Several male sapsuckers drumming on dead trees or telephone poles along
> Ossipee Mountain Rd. but the one rapping on the hood of the old dump truck
> at the log landing totally blew away the competition.
>
> Jane Rice
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Subject: Re: Help with Bird ID
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:24:24 -0400
My thought is Slate-colored Junco.  It looks a bit smaller than the Song
Sparrow in the foreground, has a fairly small bill, and the only
non-leucistic area looks slate gray.  A few are still coming through the
area.  Along with Goldfinch, House Finch, and American Robin, Juncos seem
to be affected with leucism more often than our other local birds.

Chris Sheridan
Nashua

On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 1:35 PM, Jen beaudry 
wrote:

> This little guy has been hanging around my feeders in Nashua by Salmon
> Brook.
>
> ID help please :).  Leucistic something?
>
> Thanks!  Link below.
>
> -Jen
>
> http://youtu.be/BH933HbUwp0
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Subject: Re: Help with Bird ID
From: Catherine Fisher <catherineckx AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:52:06 -0400
Hi Jenny

This look like a leucistic Eastern towhee to me.  The black on the nape
looks like the only part of the black towhee hood that didn't go albino in
this individual.  The bill fits also.  This guess is partly informed by the
fact that the fallout in the wake of this mini snow/sleet storm on Tuesday
seems to have been made up of largely towhees and white-throated sparrows.

Catherine

On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 1:35 PM, Jen beaudry 
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> This little guy has been hanging around my feeders in Nashua by Salmon
> Brook.
>
> ID help please :).  Leucistic something?
>
> Thanks!  Link below.
>
> -Jen
>
> http://youtu.be/BH933HbUwp0
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Subject: 30 Years on, Two New Yard Birds in 10 Minutes
From: Alfred Maley <alfredmaley AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:41:28 +0200
While scanning the skies at lunchtime today, an ibis soared overhead. Its
decurved bill and trailing legs clinched the genus, and the latter excluded
Bald Ibis (which we’d been watching a week or so ago in Spain - their legs
don’t protrude beyond the tail.) Perhaps this was Kyle’s World End Pond
bird, heading for the coast to find its friends. Most likely a Glossy Ibis.

Ten minutes later a sparrow appeared on the small lawn around the bird
feeder - a Savannah Sparrow. Though not unusual in NH, it is here - we’re
in the forest, where yard birds like Northern Goshawk, Pileated Woodpecker
et al. are the normal excitement.

The Barred Owls have returned to nest in the yard, and have several robust
young as revealed by the ceiling mirror in the nest box. The female knows
us and is comfortable with our presence. Perhaps the odd chipmunk on the
ratla influences her behavior.

On the duck front, we currently have five nests in progress in the yard -
three Wood Duck, two Hooded Merganser. Interestingly, the female Hooded
Merganser finds it easiest to leave the nest box for her thrice daily visit
to the Sawmill Swamp by dropping out of the box and flying 2-3 feet off the
lawn around the house to gain the speed required to climb up and over the
canopy on her way to the swamp.

Al Maley
Hampstead, NH

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Subject: FOY rose breasted grosbeak
From: Evelyn Nathan <evynathan AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:53:27 -0400
I haven’t had a rose-breasted grosbeak at my feeders for about 2 years, so I 
was thrilled to see one today! 

Evy Nathan
Kingston

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Subject: Common Mergansers on the Nashua River
From: "'Nancy' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:16:08 -0400
There were at least 8 female Common Mergansers on the Nashua River behind 
Bridge Street at 6 this morning. 


Also at 6 a.m. a female tree swallow was poking her head out of my bluebird 
house, while the male sat on a tree branch 

nearby.

Nancy Murphy
Nashua, NH

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Subject: Help with Bird ID
From: Jen beaudry <jennyboconnor AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:35:18 -0400
This little guy has been hanging around my feeders in Nashua by Salmon Brook.

ID help please :).  Leucistic something?

Thanks!  Link below.

-Jen 

http://youtu.be/BH933HbUwp0


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Subject: Sapsucker percussion
From: Jane Rice <moultnews AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:21:36 -0400
Several male sapsuckers drumming on dead trees or telephone poles along Ossipee 
Mountain Rd. but the one rapping on the hood of the old dump truck at the log 
landing totally blew away the competition. 

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Subject: Cattle Egret, Stratham
From: "Aaronian, Richard S." <raaronian AT exeter.edu>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:17:18 +0000
Cattle Egret (1), Stuart Farm, Stratham

Just found out today that Judy had a Cattle Egret following the tractor on 
Monday. Appeared right after I left with my Ornithology class!?! Has not been 
seen since. 


Rich Aaronian

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Subject: Red-bellied woodpecker
From: "Costello, Chris -FS" <ccostello AT fs.fed.us>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:33:49 +0000
Seen and heard calling vigorously this morning in the Bartlett Town Hall 
parking area . . . . not a common sighting up here in the White Mountains, so 
pretty neat to see. 

Four broad-winged hawks also observed fairly high in the sky . . . moving 
north. 



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Subject: Barred Owl at Nest Hole and other PHOTOS
From: "Jim Block" <jab AT valley.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:59:07 -0400
I recently spent most of a day with a friend photographing several visits a
barred owl made to its nest hole.  If you wish, you can see some of the
photos I took here:

http://www.jimblockphoto.com/2016/04/barred-owl/

 

You might also be interested in two previous blogs even though the photos
are from our neighbor to the west.

Great Horned Owls:   http://www.jimblockphoto.com/2016/04/great-horned-owl/


Hard to Spot Birds at Zebedee:
http://www.jimblockphoto.com/2016/04/zebedee/ 

 

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Etna, NH 

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Subject: Chesterfield Gorge
From: Jack Swatt <jswattbirds AT snet.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:32:32 -0400
I stopped at Chesterfield Gorge State Wayside on my way up to Lempster this AM. 
Had my FOY Blue-headed Vireo and BT Green Warbler as well as my FONH Louisiana 
Waterthrush. I've driven by this place hundreds of times on my way between 
Wolcott and Lempster but today was my first stop here. Beautiful deep Hemlock 
Gorge with many small waterfalls and slides right on Rt. 9. I highly recommend 
it as a rest stop if you're driving through. 


Jack Swatt
Wolcott, CT
Lempster, NH  

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Subject: B Oriole in Derry
From: Barbara Horton <byrder101 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:32:36 -0400
Hi

Surprised to see a female baltimore oriole on my nut feeder this morning.
Usually see the males  first. Time to get out the oranges and jelly!!

Barb Horton

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Subject: FOY's & Other notables, Lake Sunapee Region
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:44:42 -0400
I managed to drag myself out of bed earlier than usual this morning so I 
decided to do some scouting around before work. I took a drive into Newport and 
went to River View Road. I was pleasantly surprised to find some good birds 
including three FOY species. The following are the notes from my short trip 
there: 


BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER 1: FOY. Heard this bird singing a short distance in the 
woods from my car. I also heard another one later in the day near Goose Pond in 
New London. 


FIELD SPARROW 1 (2): FOY. I first discovered these birds in this exact spot in 
July of 2014. They seem to continue to breed here. It's a peculiar spot in that 
it's just a morsel of appropriate habitat. In the morning I heard one singing 
here, but a return trip revealed two birds and provided a great photo 
opportunity. 

https://flic.kr/p/GycAxV
https://flic.kr/p/GeTrxy

EASTERN TOWHEE 1: FOY. First reported yesterday. Male bird singing on the side 
of the road in a birch tree. I did not relocate this bird on my return trip. 


BROWN THRASHER 1: Not an FOY, but an uncommon (and welcome) sight in the 
county. Found in the morning singing in the top of an oak tree, but was also 
not relocated on my return trip. 



Later, I started my work day at a residence on Kearsarge Mountain Road in 
Wilmot. Here I was able to scrounge up one more FOY and some other notables: 


WINTER WREN 1: FOY. Singing in the forest around the property.

EASTERN BLUEBIRD 2

PINE SISKIN 14: One group spread throughout the area, but occasionally 
congregating around a nearby feeder. 



At the end of my work day, I found myself at a residence at the end of Little 
Sunapee Road in New London where it meets with Newport Road. Here I had a 
MERLIN flyover. Unfortunately, because of the way the sun hung in the sky I 
couldn't determine the sex with any certainty. 


Despite yesterday's snow and freezing temperatures, it would appear that 
migration hasn't skipped a beat. There were lots of Warblers around. The two 
Black-and-White's were accompanied by many Pine Warblers and abundant 
Yellow-rumped Warblers all over. Tree Swallows were found at several locations 
and a few Blue-headed Vireos made appearances at a few spots. Also, 
White-throated Sparrows, which were all but absent in the area all winter, have 
returned in droves. Here's to wishing everyone good birding as May quickly 
approaches. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Buffleheads Ashland
From: keith chamberlin <henryrocks2010 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:35:01 +0000
Hello Birders,

While on a walk through town today we saw a few notable migrants.

2 Buffleheads (on lower Mill Pond since Sunday)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/97678234 AT N07/26617698591/in/dateposted-public/


2 Hooded Merganseers

2 Yellow Rumped Warblers

1 Ruby Crowned Kinglet

2 White Throated Sparrows

3 RW swallows

4 House finch

1 Great Blue Heron

Along with Goldfinch, Song and Chipping Sparrows, RWBB, (FOY) FemaleRWBB, and a 
few phoebes and Morning Doves. 


Nice Walk.

Keith, Kris, and Viola

Ashland,NH


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Subject: Yellow-rumped Warbler
From: "'Nancy' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:51:02 -0400
A single Yellow-rumped Warbler was flying around the Nashua River a few minutes 
ago. 


Nancy Murphy
Nashua, NH

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Subject: Towhee in New London
From: Fred Sladen <fwsladen AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:43:43 -0400
One Eastern Towhee at feeders on Barrett Road in New London.  This is FOY.

Fred Sladen

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Subject: Ospreys, Peterborough
From: Bruce Boyer <brumyster AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:29:13 -0400
I went to the boat launch at the N end of McDowell Lake, and some non-birders 
asked me about some large birds they had just seen. I suspected they had seen 
Ospreys, and waited a few minutes. Soon an Osprey appeared gliding overhead. 
Later I saw another perched in a tree along the shore. I think it’s likely 
these are the same bird(s) I saw a couple of days ago about a mile N at 
Dinsmore Pond. 


Bruce Boyer

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Subject: Ospreys, Peterborough
From: Bruce Boyer <brumyster AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:27:31 -0400
I went to the boat launch at the N end of McDowell Lake, and some non-birders 
asked me about some large birds they had just seen. I suspected they had seen 
Ospreys, and waited a few minutes. Soon an Osprey appeared gliding overhead. 
Later I saw another perched in a tree along the shore. I think it’s likely 
these are the same bird(s) I saw a couple of days ago about a mile N at 
Dinsmore Pond. 


Bruce Boyer

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Subject: Fish Crows, Durham
From: "Dorsey, Kurk" <Kurk.Dorsey AT unh.edu>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:06:53 +0000
Birders,

I just had 5 Fish Crows cavorting in the pine outside my office in Horton Hall.


Twice this morning I was sure that I heard a Rose-breasted Grosbeak in our 
Durham neighborhood, but I never saw it. Perhaps I am guilty of spring wishful 
thinking, but the House Wren and Blue-headed Vireo give me some reason for 
hope. 



Kurk Dorsey

Durham

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Subject: Re: Horseshoe Pond arrivals
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:04:36 +0000 (UTC)
I should also mention that an active killdeer 'nest' is located ON the railroad 
tracks where the second oxbow pond comes in on the left. Four eggs are located 
within a cracked railroad tie and blend in beautifully. If approaching this 
area, you should be on guard for the adult killdeer's 'broken wing act' and 
begin looking down to avoid making scrambled eggs out of it as I nearly did. 

Phil 

 On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 1:57 PM, 'Phil Brown' via NHBirds 
 wrote: 

 

 A brief, late morning walk at Horseshoe Pond in Concord today turned up a few 
arrivals: 

Spotted sandpiper - 1 at first pond on left
Chimney swift - 1 feeding with swallowsSwallows - mainly trees, but barn, N. 
rough-winged, and bank mixed inDouble-crested cormorant - 1 

Yellow-rumped warblers - present in good numbers, mainly males feeding over the 
railroad tracks, very little singingSavannah sparrows - about a dozen 

Phil BrownHancock, NH
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Subject: Black-throated Green Warbler, Green Heron, Salem
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:01:37 -0400
This morning on a brief stop at World End Pond I had a singing
Black-throated Green Warbler, and a nice looking Green Heron fly in to the
boat launch area before getting escorted away by blackbirds.

Chimney Swifts and Barn Swallows outnumbered Tree Swallows for a change,
and only 3 Ring-necked Ducks around.

Looks like that Tufted Duck has moved on.  If it was the same bird from
Captain's Pond, where the heck was it for nearly 2 months?  Who knows,
maybe its still poking around out there somewhere....


Kyle Wilmarth
Plaistow, NH

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Subject: Horseshoe Pond arrivals
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:57:00 +0000 (UTC)
A brief, late morning walk at Horseshoe Pond in Concord today turned up a few 
arrivals: 

Spotted sandpiper - 1 at first pond on left
Chimney swift - 1 feeding with swallowsSwallows - mainly trees, but barn, N. 
rough-winged, and bank mixed inDouble-crested cormorant - 1 

Yellow-rumped warblers - present in good numbers, mainly males feeding over the 
railroad tracks, very little singingSavannah sparrows - about a dozen 

Phil BrownHancock, NH

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Subject: W. T. Sparrow/Towhee Fallout Lee
From: Catherine Fisher <catherineckx AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:09:46 -0400
Yesterday's storm brought in a great mass of white-throated sparrows and
towhees are presently abundant as well - sightings on Allen's Ave., Garitty
Rd., and Packers Falls.

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Subject: Walpole: Eastern Towhee, Hermit Thrush, Brown Thrasher
From: Lisa Stolper <lkstolper AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:58:47 -0400
Yesterday, I too had an Eastern Towhee under my feeder, mixed in with the
unusually abundant White-throated Sparrows that have been here for the past
week or so.

This foggy morning, I was greeted by the song of a Hermit Thrush and a
Brown Thrasher.

Lisa Stolper
Walpole, NH

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Subject: Graycat Bird
From: susan hunter <slhunter AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:26:52 -0400
FOY Gray Catbird chowing down on the suet early this morning. The Pine Warbler 
waiting his turn in a nearby bush. Large numbers of White Throated Sparrows 
continue to gobble up the crumbs. 

Susan Hunter, Bedford

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Subject: RE: Exeter Towhees
From: Pam Kasnet <pamkas AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 21:19:37 -0400
    
I also had two Eastern Towhees here in Exeter today.
Pam KasnetExeter


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Subject: [NHBirds] Wilton Towhees 

Greetings,

This morning there were 2 EASTERN TOWHEES calling outside the house. Also of 
note was a rather large flock of White-throated Sparrows that persisted 
throughout the day singing partial songs on occasion. 

Good birding,Chad WitkoWilton, NH

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Subject: Wilton Towhees
From: Chad Witko <chadjwitko AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:17:11 -0400
Greetings,

This morning there were 2 EASTERN TOWHEES calling outside the house. Also
of note was a rather large flock of White-throated Sparrows that persisted
throughout the day singing partial songs on occasion.

Good birding,
Chad Witko
Wilton, NH

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Subject: BTGW and others on the move
From: Christopher McPherson <cmcpherson687 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 19:28:19 -0400
While out in the yard this evening I had several birds on the move
including Black-throated Green Warblers (at least 4), Yellow-rumped
Warblers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, unfortunately many of these birds were
headed south!!!  I can only hope the birds were heading for the Hemlocks to
take cover!


Chris McPherson
Brookline

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Subject: black-throated green warbler in Hancock
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 23:14:35 +0000 (UTC)
I was a bit surprised to hear the distinctive song of a BTGW this afternoon 
during a sleet storm in Hancock. Despite the weather today, it seemed to be 
right around the usual arrival date for our area.Also notable today around the 
house was a sizeable flock of white-throated sparrows, which were not here 
previously...showers overnight probably brought down a few landbird migrants. 


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Subject: Eastern Towhee in Newport
From: "Brent H. Baker" <kyoshi AT risingsundojo.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:50:47 -0400
Had our first Eastern Towhee of the season under the bird feeder in our
backyard today.  A male; hoping to see the female soon.

A large group of white-throated sparrows (11) working the area around him,
but he was definitely the dominant one in that crowd!

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Subject: Is this a Song Sparrow?
From: Edward Larrabee <Edward_Larrabee AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:53:00 -0400
His colors and patterns don't quite match the Sibley description.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/89728593 AT N00/albums/72157667632830635


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Subject: Photograps: Piping Plover Mating - Hampton, NH 04-25-16
From: David Lipsy <dlipsy AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:36:20 -0400
Yesterday, Saturday 04-25-16 I photographed the mating of one of the Hampton 
Beach State Park Piping Plover pairs. It was a long affair, with some 
interesting behavior between the two before and after. The male stood on the 
female for a long time before actually mating… he seemed to not know what he 
was doing… but the female took it in stride. 


Here are some select images, with a couple of the female down by the water 
prior to the mating. 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/65293799 AT N04/albums/72157665302123203

Good birding everyone,
David


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Concord, NH
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Subject: cedar waxwing invasion
From: Jeanne-Marie Maher <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:02:23 -0400
Came home this afternoon to find 75 cedar waxwings in the trees on the border 
of our property. There are at least another 25 between several other trees and 
the ground. I keep looking to see if there is a bohemian in the bunch…. not 
so far! 


Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua NH

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Subject: tree swallows along the Nashua River
From: "'Nancy' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:00:36 -0400
A flying flock of about 25 tree swallows has been zipping all over the Nashua 
River behind Bridge Street this afternoon. 

It is difficult to get an exact count.

Nancy Murphy
Nashua, NH

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Subject: Merlin in New London, NH
From: Christian Martin <cmartin AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:40:22 +0000
Female merlin vocalizing vigorously from dead pines between post office and 
Hannafords at 4:30pm today. 


- Chris

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Subject: Re: Sandhill, Conway, NH
From: Rick Steber <rcsteber50 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:15:19 -0400
Bob 
Really nice to see and your diligence with eBird is remarkable!! I need to do 
better!! 

R

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> On Apr 25, 2016, at 9:03 PM, Bob Crowley  wrote:
> 
> I had one Sandhill Crane feeding in corn stubble at Sherman's Farm today. It 
flew down the Saco into Maine where they are common a mile away in migration, 
spring and fall. Since 2011 I have had 63 sightings, with numbers as high as 12 
in the Fryeburg Harbor, Maine area. I have been waiting for this sighting in NH 
for a long time and almost passed it off for a Great Blue Heron hunting mice in 
the distant field. Second look paid off. Is it not wonderful how you can pull 
up all these past records and share them with others 

> 
> Bob Crowley
> Chatham, NH
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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, April 25, 2016
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:10:37 -0400
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 25th, 
2016.



A male TUFTED DUCK was seen on World End Pond from the end of Theresa Lane 
in Salem on April 22nd and 23rd. Also present were approximately 20 
RING-NECKED DUCKS. 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen here on the 19th.



An adult male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in 
Greenland on April 22nd.



A WESTERN GREBE was discovered foraging in the ocean just south of Great 
Boar’s Head in Hampton on April 14th, and has been seen regularly since 
then. It was last reported on April 22nd, along with 20 RED-NECKED GREBES.



A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen in the Rye Harbor State Park area and was 
last reported on April 23rd. When viewing a Snowy Owl please do not disturb 
the bird by approaching too closely, and please respect private property. 
For more: 
http://www.nhaudubon.org/snowy-owl-viewing-observe-without-disturbing/



2 BLACK VULTURES were seen flying overhead in Walpole on April 22nd.



A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and was last reported on 
April 23rd. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. 
If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the 
fields.



2 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Sunapee on April 23rd, 1 was seen in Keene 
on the 24th, and a few were seen in Concord on the 21st.



A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in Hampton on April 23rd.



An ICELAND GULL was seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on April 20th, and 1 
was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on the 24th.



A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on the Androscoggin River in Errol on 
April 20th.



A HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen at Seal Rocks in coastal Rye on April 22nd, and 
another was reported here on the 25th.



6 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and an AMERICAN COOT were seen at 
the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on April 21st.



A female LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on 
April 20th.



8 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on the Connecticut River near Lebanon, and a 
GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen in Orford, all on April 23rd.



14 BUFFLEHEADS were seen on Newfound Lake on April 24th, and a male AMERICAN 
WIGEON was seen in Lancaster on April 23rd.



5 RAZORBILLS were seen along the coast on April 23rd.



An UPLAND SANDPIPER was found at Trask Brook Road in Sunapee on April 20th. 
It was seen again on the 21st and 22nd, but has not been reported since 
then. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen at Moore Fields on Route 155A in Durham, 
and 2 were seen at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, all on 
April 23rd.



5 PIPING PLOVERS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 23rd.



217 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were tallied along the coast on April 23rd,



15 GLOSSY IBIS’ were seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on April 21st, 
and 62 were seen in coastal Rye on the 22nd. 6 were seen in Greenland on the 
24th.



2 GREAT EGRETS were seen at Great Meadow in Charlestown on April 23rd.



A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was heard in Pittsfield on April 23rd, and a 
GREEN HERON was seen in Nashua on the 18th.



A pair of PURPLE MARTINS was seen along Long Hill Road in Hollis on April 
21st, and 2 males were seen in Seabrook on the 22nd.



A MARSH WREN was reported from Hampton on April 23rd.



2 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS were reported from Merrimack on April 23rd, and 
an OVENBIRD was reported from Milford on the 18th.



80 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 40 PALM WARBLERS, and 12 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS 
were seen near the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on April 21st.



5 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Gorham on April 19th, and 4 were seen in 
Ashland on the 24th.



A few CHIMNEY SWIFTS, a CLIFF SWALLOW, a few BANK SWALLOWS, several BARN 
SWALLOWS, and several NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were reported from 
scattered locations during the past week.



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: Sandhill, Conway, NH
From: Bob Crowley <crbob AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:03:35 -0400
I had one Sandhill Crane feeding in corn stubble at Sherman's Farm 
today.  It flew down the Saco into Maine where they are common a mile 
away in migration, spring and fall. Since 2011  I have had 63 sightings, 
with numbers as high as 12 in the Fryeburg Harbor, Maine area. I have 
been waiting for this sighting in NH for a long time and almost passed 
it off for a Great Blue Heron hunting mice in the distant field. Second 
look paid off. Is it not wonderful how you can pull up all these past 
records and share them with others

Bob Crowley
Chatham, NH

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Subject: tree swallows Nashua
From: "'Nancy' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:33:19 -0400
A pair of tree swallows has been hanging around my bluebird house. Last year a 
pair of tree swallows had 3 eggs that never hatched in that bluebird house. 


I have not yet seen the usual swarm of tree swallows that fly around the Nashua 
River though. 

 
At 6 this morning, a male bluebird was attempting to keep the male swallow away 
from the house. 



Nancy Murphy
Nashua, NH

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Subject: day on the coast
From: Jeanne-Marie Maher <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:47:04 -0400
Started early in Nashua and finally had a blue gray gnatcatcher at Fields Grove 
Nashua, was surprise how otherwise quiet it was there. 

Onto the coast for the day,
Highlights
2 wild turkeys at Seabrook WWTP, Male being very showy, 
https://flic.kr/p/GuJPDX  

  and a few lovely Great Egrets with nuptial plumes   https://flic.kr/p/GuJP2z
2 purple martin on gords (right after Dennis got done adjusting/opening more). 
One more closer to Hampton beach https://flic.kr/p/GuJNQx 

2 piping plover on Hampton beach (despite many folks walking dogs and many off 
leash !) 

1 Harlequin Duck flew in from North of Seal Rocks, very windy, appears to be 
female/younger bird, unable to photograph due to wind/waves 


Started out sunny and warm but the winds were blowing fiercely by mid-day.
Stay warm, tomorrow is due to be cooler.

Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua NH


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Subject: White-Throated
From: fiddlinbill via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:22:20 -0400
 

 There is a Chilling Sparrow and a White-Throated Sparrow under my feeder now 
along with many Goldfinches and the local squirrel population.

The White Throated is larger and shoo's away the chipper.
I saw what I think was a Grasshopper Sparrow yesterday in Danville, NH
I am getting better with the ID of Sparrows.

Bill Perry from Hampstead, NH

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Subject: mrytle warblers
From: "'Silver Judith' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:31:54 +0000 (UTC)
Spring has arrived!
Starting about noon I watched 4 mrytle warbles ricocheting around the backyard 
from the crabapple to the basalm fir and various shrubs in between. I left them 
about 12:30, and there were still very busy catching bugs. 

Judith SilverPortsmouth,NH

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Subject: Buffleheads on Newfound Lake
From: raqbirds via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:09:22 -0400
A scattered flock of 14 Buffleheads were at the south end of Newfound Lake late 
on Sunday. The north wind had the main part of the lake whipped up in a frenzy 
so not much to see there but at Hebron Marsh we saw an adult Bald Eagle, three 
Wood Ducks, and six Ring-billed Gulls. 



Migration has been much slower a bit farther north. Earlier in the day we were 
in Warren and on Hildreth Pond there were a pair of loons and the only swallows 
(Tree) of the day. Two Cooper's Hawks, several Pheobes, a dozen Song Sparrows, 
and one Yellow-rumped Warbler were the sparse land bird migrants noted in 
Warren. 



Bob Quinn
Webster


Jane Kolias
Concord


Robert A. Quinn
Merlin Wildlife Tours 
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Subject: Keene Warblers and Bohemians
From: Joshua Jarvis <menasor77 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:01:42 -0400
By Brickyard Pond at Keene State College on Sunday I saw Yellow Rumped
Warblers, Palm Warblers, and one Bohemian Waxwing.

(I forgot to mention this last week when it was relevant, but I saw
Kestrels twice last week, once at the Keene airport on sunday, another
early in that week, forgot what day, at the hay fields off 32 in Swanzey
just before the Richmond border)

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Subject: Eastern Towhee
From: Heidi Rogers <hrogers.gm AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:43:35 -0400
A female Eastern Towhee was under my feeders this morning along with two male 
and one female White Throated Sparrows. 

H Rogers
Alton

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Subject: Exeter and coast highlights
From: Rebecca <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 01:37:54 +0000 (UTC)
We birded a variety of spots today with these highlights.

Powder House Pond, Exeter
Barn Swallow 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
Chimney Swift 1

Exeter WTP
Barn Swallow 5
Chimney Swift 1
Iceland Gull 1
Lesser Scaup 10
Ring-necked Duck 6
Bufflehead 2

Pease Intl. Tradeport, Short St. end
Upland Sandpiper 4
American Kestrel 8

Borthwick Ave., Portsmouth
Virginia Rail 5

Lovering Rd. marsh, North Hampton
Virginia Rail 1
Barn Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 35

No luck with the Harlequin Duck and the cold wind at Cross Beach Rd. had driven 
the swallows and martins elsewhere to feed. 


Becky Suomala, Chichester
Zeke Cornell, Bow 

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Subject: A Seacoast (7) Owl Day
From: Steve Bennett <sbennett999 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 11:22:28 -0400
*Saturday morning Steve & Jane Mirick held their annual 4AM Owl Prowl field
trip on behalf of the Seacoast Chapter of NH Audubon. As with just about
anytime you get to go birding with Steve & Jane, a good time was had by
all.*

*The Owl Prowl yielded us at least (5) Barred Owls, including some that
came in very close, close enough to see them in the trees around us and
silhouetted by the night sky. We probably had as many as (7) Barred Owls
over the 3-mile walk but due to possible territory overlap they are
conservatively putting the number at (5).*

*Owl #6 came on the coast after the Owl Prowl when I saw the male Snowy Owl
banded at Logan Airport still hanging around in Rye. For the past few days
h**e has moved up the coast to the Pulpit Rock area, just south of Odiorne.*

*Owl #7 appeared on the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge when I spotted a
Barred Owl starring down at me from a branch that was over hanging the
access road. *

*He was very docile and I was able to get some nice photos, posted here ...*

*https://www.flickr.com/photos/58119406 AT N07/albums
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*A 1-owl day is a good day, a 7-owl day is a great day !*

*Steve Bennett*

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Subject: Lakes Region Osprey
From: "'Stephen Whitney' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 15:11:36 +0000 (UTC)

>> 4/24/2016 
nhbirds AT googlegroups.com
"Stephen Whitney" 
Subject: Lakes Region Osprey

Waukewan Bridge-- 
43.6640532,-71.5463161
4/23/2015 7:30 PM Saturday
In the last of good light I just pick up with binoculars a white/dark head high 
up in a large pine tree on the opposite shore of the wetlands. Confirm osprey 
with scope. In the time it takes me to switch between scope and binoculars 
(trade offs of seeing closer but darker image with a 50 mm scope), the osprey 
has plunged to catch a fish. I see the osprey mid-sky flying towards me as he 
mounts skyward with a fish (trout?) big and wriggling enough to require a 
firmer two talon grip. He slowly flies off to the South West. I do not see him 
shake off water, so he he may have done a surface snatch. 


Sunday morning I visit the Meredith North View Drive Cell Tower at 7:20 AM  
and see an Osprey sitting in full view near top, SW side. 


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Subject: Head's Pond Trail in Hooksett on Sunday
From: "Jane Hills" <jhbird AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 10:15:03 -0400
In addition to the expected year-round residents, I saw/heard the following
species this morning:

 

Canada Goose sitting on nest on island in old quarry pond

Common Merganser (pair)

Osprey

Turkey Vulture

Fish Crow

NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW (s)

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

Hermit Thrush

Blue-Headed Vireo(s)

Black-and-White Warbler

Eastern Towhee

White-throated Sparrow(s)

Chipping Sparrow(s)

Swamp Sparrow

 

Jane Hills

Manchester, NH

jhbird(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

 

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

 

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Subject: Pair of fish crows, Lee
From: Catherine Fisher <catherineckx AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:30:33 -0400
Allen's Ave.  This pair has been around for several weeks now and could
have a nest in the vicinity.

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Subject: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Concord
From: raqbirds via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:18:53 -0400
While leading a field ornithology group on Saturday behind the Audubon McLane 
Ctr in Concord the group found a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher plus we also saw FOY 
Barn Swallows over Turkey Pond. 



Additional birds or behaviors of note included: 


"Five Frequent-Flyer Flickers over the Fields"
Several Common Ravens 
A pair of Eastern Bluebirds successfully fending off a dozen Tree Swallows from 
the favored nesting box 

An elusive Brown Creeper which led us on a merry chase 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher- FOY and found by the group. A bit early though not 
surprising this spring. 

Pine Warbler- A female seen gathering nesting material from the ground, with 
several males singing nearby. This is two days earlier than the earliest nest 
building record in the NH Breeding Bird Atlas, data gathered over a six year 
period 1981-1986. 



Bob Q
Webster


Robert A. Quinn
Merlin Wildlife Tours 
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Subject: Julie Zickefoose lecture in Concord
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 06:22:51 -0400
The lecture on Monday will start at 5:30 pm.

Steve Mirick
Bradford MA


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Subject: Barred Owl Bellamy River with photos
From: Joel Huntress <joelhuntress AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 21:54:46 -0400
Today while hiking the Bellamy River Reserve in Dover I came across a
beautiful Barred Owl. Other highlights were Bluebirds, Red Winged
Blackbirds, 4 American Kestrel hovering over the fields. A lowlight was the
carcass of a whitetail.

photos of the owl https://flic.kr/s/aHskyEcDoh

photo of one of the bluebirds https://flic.kr/p/FBGt6z

Joel Huntress
Newmarket, NH

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Subject: 4/23- Spring Arrvivals (3 Warblers, etc.) at Woodlawn Cemetery (Keene)
From: Chad Witko <chadjwitko AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 21:33:13 -0400
Greetings,

This morning Kevin Vande Vusse and I co-led two bird walks for the Antioch
Bird Club as part of the Monadnock Region Earth Festival in Keene.
Partnered with the Monadnock Co-Op we had a total of 8 participants
(excluding us) over the course of two walks (8 a.m. and 10 a.m.). The walks
were held along the main access road throughout Woodlawn Cemetery adjacent
to the centralized scrub-shrub swamp.

Highlights over the two walks included the following:

Wood Duck- 2 (male and female)
Sharp-shinned Hawk- 1 (flyover with prey item)
Cooper's Hawk- 1
Eastern Phoebe- 2
Blue-headed Vireo- 1
Carolina Wren- 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet- 2
Palm Warbler- 2
Pine Warbler- 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 12
Chipping Sparrow- 6
White-throated Sparrow- 1 (singing)
Swamp Sparrow- 4


All in all it was a highly successful day and the participants all had a
wonderful time in spite of the windy conditions today that brought the
temperature down.

Good Birding,
Chad Witko
Wilton, NH

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Subject: Great Egrets & other FOY's, Sullivan County
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 21:05:04 -0400
Today I worked half the day and then fit in some birding with the rest of it. 
Throughout the day I managed to scrounge up some FOY's both expected and not 
expected. The following are the highlights: 


Gardner Bay, Lake Sunapee:
BLUE-HEADED VIREO 2: there were two birds seen around the property and at least 
one of them was singing. 


Trask Brook Road, Sunapee:
BARN SWALLOW 4: these birds showed up on my second visit of the day. They were 
seen flying over the marshy "island" south of the road. 

UPLAND SANDPIPER 0: despite three visits here today, I was unable to relocate 
this bird. 

I don't believe it's been seen since Jeanne-Marie Maher and and Christine 
Sheridan found it yesterday afternoon (4/22). Though it's a large area and it's 
possible it managed to stay hidden, I believe this bird is likely gone. 


Great Meadow, Charlestown:
GREAT EGRET 2: when I found one of these birds earlier I immediately posted to 
get the word out. Soon after I noticed a second bird nearby partially obscured 
in some tall grass. Both birds hung around for 15 minutes or so before taking 
off and moving south. I thought they had only moved a short distance away and 
it appears I was correct as they were relocated by someone else a short time 
later just south of where I found them. This is my first spring sighting of 
this species in the county. 

https://flic.kr/p/G7GJoG
https://flic.kr/p/G7GQsq
https://flic.kr/p/GwR4Jk

BROWN THRASHER 1: I found this bird as I made my way back to my car parked at 
the boat launch. It was perched in a tree and singing. Oddly, it's almost the 
exact location where I found my FOY Thrasher last year. 

https://flic.kr/p/Gr3jA4

In another note, later in the day while sitting in my living room, I noticed a 
small flock of birds land in a tree outside my window. I got up to investigate 
and found about a dozen Cedar Waxwings with two BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in the group. 
It appears they continue to linger. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee


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Subject: American Wigeon
From: Dave <n1pt AT ne.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 20:30:06 -0400
Seen this afternoon at Lancaster Water Treatment Lagoons, 1 male seen 
with some mallards and ring necked ducks
Dave Haas


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Subject: Seacoast Chapter Owl Prowl - 5 Barred Owls!
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 19:58:15 -0400
Jane and I led the annual "Owl Prowl" field trip today for the Seacoast 
Chapter of NH Audubon.  We starting bright and (very) early, meeting at 
4:00 AM!  Great weather today....calm and mild with overcast skies.  
Best part is that the rain held off until the trip ended!   About 20 
birders including a mix of UNH students and Seacoast chapter birders.  
Great, as always, walk around the beautiful Longmarsh Road / Colby marsh 
area.  I've visited these forests  and the Colby marsh since MAY 1981!!!!!

https://www.ci.durham.nh.us/boc_conservation/longmarsh-preserve

Total list:
------------
Canada Goose  6
Wood Duck  4
Ring-necked Duck  4
Hooded Merganser  5
Wild Turkey  2     Separate birds gobbling.
Osprey  2     Pair working on a nest.
Virginia Rail  0     No luck.
Mourning Dove  1
Barred Owl  5     Estimate of at least 5 birds from 3 separate 
territories.  Very vocal, but only brief views.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2 (First of year)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Pine Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Chipping Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  2
American Goldfinch  4

Sadly, no luck with Virginia Rails.

Mammals
-------------
Beaver - 2
White-tailed Deer - 1

Herps
---------
Peepers - Wonderful!
American Toads
Pickerel Frogs - A few nice "snoring" individuals.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Julie Zickefoose in Concord
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 19:13:35 -0400
Posting this for Cindy House.  Sounds like a very interesting book from 
a well known artist.

Steve Mirick

I've been given permission to post by the moderator about an upcoming 
talk on Monday, April 25, 2016 by noted author, naturalist, and artist, 
Julie Zickefoose.  She will give a presentation on her newest book, 
"Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest" at Gibson's Bookstore, 45 
So. Main St., Concord, NH 03301; (603) 224-0562,. A book signing follows 
the presentation. This book is a groundbreaking work, depicting nestling 
development day by day, from hatch to fledging and beyond, in more than 
500 life-sized watercolor studies.  Her other books include "Letters 
from Eden" and "The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds With Common Birds".  
She is a contributing editor to Bird Watcher's Digest magazine, leader 
of bird/natural history tours around the world, book reviewer for the 
Wall Street Journal and former NPR commentator.  It will be a 
fascinating and informative evening!  Parking is limited in Concord at 
present due to construction so Gibson's suggests you use the parking garage.

Cindy House
145 Birch Hill Rd.
Warner, NH 03278

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Subject: FOY Blue-headed Vireos, Peterborough
From: Bruce Boyer <brumyster AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:47:48 -0400
This afternoon, BH Vireos were to be heard along the Dinsmore Trail at 
Sargent’s Center, whereas only 2 days ago there were none.It really gave me 
the feeling of being in the midst of a wave of migrants. I suspect the calm 
conditions following the passage of yesterday’s storm front allowed birds to 
flood into the area. 


Bruce Boyer

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Subject: Tufted Duck, YES as of 3PM
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 16:27:19 -0400
The TUFTED DUCK at World End Pond in Salem was present this afternoon with
the flock of 20 or so Ring-necked Ducks. The bird was on the far south east
end of the pond, a scope would be necessary from the boat launch. The
morning rain may have had them hunkered down in a corner of the pond
because the group was not visible in the AM.

Other highlights from World End Pond today have been:

Glossy Ibis - 1 this morning, not seen in afternoon
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 2
Virginia Rail - 7
Rusty Blackbirds - a few

Amanda Altena & Kyle Wilmarth
Plaistow, NH

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Subject: barn swallows
From: Sylvia Miskoe <sylviasmiskoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 15:49:52 -0400
Last night after I realized it was about time to see the barn swallows, I
opened the back barn door entrance.  This morning the swallows were busy
checking checking the premises.
Sylvia Miskoe, Concord

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Subject: Meadow Pond, Marsh Wren, 4/23
From: mresch8702 via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 15:40:25 -0400
Made a quick stop at Meadow Pond around Noon - couldn't find the Whooper Swan 
Steve had there yesterday, and found only 7 pairs of Green-winged Teal (all 
males had vertical white stripes). But did have a singing Marsh Wren there 
(first one in NH this year per eBird), plus a Barn Swallow flying with the 
small flock of Tree Swallows. 



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

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