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Swallow-wing,©Dan Lane

24 Sep Clay-colored Sparrow - Newbury & More []
25 Sep Several warblers in Meredith [Jane Rice ]
24 Sep Odiorne Point State Park - Bioblitz [Steve Mirick ]
24 Sep Concord community gardens [Rebecca ]
24 Sep Carter Hill Observatory (24 Sep 2016) 365 Raptors []
24 Sep pileated in manchester ["'linda kornfeld' via NHBirds" ]
24 Sep Bobcat - Concord []
24 Sep EWTP ["Aaronian, Richard S." ]
24 Sep Odiorne Bioblitz- Chat, Horned Lark, Bay-breasted warbler ["'Molly Jacobson' via NHBirds" ]
24 Sep 366 Broad-wing Hawks - Pittsfield [AERART via NHBirds ]
24 Sep Charlestown WWTP [Jack Swatt ]
24 Sep Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Rumney 9/24 [Jody Williams ]
24 Sep Raptor releases this weekend ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
24 Sep Whipple Hill Wild Turkeys Friday ["'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" ]
23 Sep Carter Hill Observatory (23 Sep 2016) 149 Raptors []
23 Sep Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (23 Sep 2016) 655 Raptors []
23 Sep Sandhill Crane Hopkinton [Donna Ellis ]
23 Sep shorebirds on 11/22, and a thank you for Audubon presentation in Nashua [Jeanne-Marie Maher ]
23 Sep Rumney Morning after the rain. 9/23 [Jody Williams ]
23 Sep Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (22 Sep 2016) 2812 Raptors []
22 Sep Carter Hill Observatory (21 Sep 2016) 148 Raptors []
22 Sep Carter Hill Observatory (22 Sep 2016) 111 Raptors []
22 Sep Bald Eagle, Epping [Tom McShane ]
22 Sep Winter Finch Forecast 2016-2017 [David Govatski Gmail ]
22 Sep Fwd: pickering pond rochester today []
22 Sep Raptors flying at pack now! ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
22 Sep pickering pond rochester today []
22 Sep Birch St Gardens 8:30 AM [Dorothy Currier ]
21 Sep Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (21 Sep 2016) 1805 Raptors []
21 Sep Carter Hill Observatory (20 Sep 2016) 505 Raptors []
21 Sep Warblers [Jen Esten ]
21 Sep Seabrook Yellow-crowned Night-Herons ["Tony Vazzano" ]
21 Sep Bald Eagle Nashua River ["'Nancy' via NHBirds" ]
21 Sep 2 warblers []
21 Sep Fork-tailed Flycatcher-still no sighting [birdrecords ]
21 Sep Hawks Moving now [Iain MacLeod ]
21 Sep Lebanon Landfill - NO PUBLIC ACCESS!!! [Steve Mirick ]
21 Sep Fork-tailed Flycatcher....not yet ["'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" ]
20 Sep Common Loons on Massabesic [Phyllis ]
21 Sep Lyme Lately ["'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" ]
20 Sep Pickering Ponds 9/20 50 species Philadelphia Vireo, Swainson's Thrush [Dan Hubbard ]
20 Sep Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (20 Sep 2016) 423 Raptors []
20 Sep Peregrine Falcon Manchester [Tom McShane ]
20 Sep Fork-tailed Flycatcher still present ["'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" ]
20 Sep Fwd: Black Vultures Nashua [Christine Sheridan ]
20 Sep Fork-tailed Flycatcher,YES ["'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" ]
20 Sep Re: FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER in Lebanon ["'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" ]
20 Sep Re: Yellow-breasted Chat, Portsmouth [Katie Towler ]
20 Sep Eel pond the [Debra Powers ]
20 Sep Good raptor flight underway ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
20 Sep Black Vultures Nashua [Christine Sheridan ]
20 Sep FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER in Lebanon [Steve Mirick ]
19 Sep Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, September 19, 2016 ["Mark Suomala" ]
18 Sep Concord odds & ends 9/17 ["Mark Suomala" ]
19 Sep Carter Hill Observatory (19 Sep 2016) Raptors []
20 Sep Hazel Bazemore State Park, Corpus Christi Tx ["'Chris Yaun' via NHBirds" ]
19 Sep NH Audubon Fall Pelagic Trip [Jon Woolf ]
19 Sep Sandhill Crane etc. at Elm Brook [raqbirds via NHBirds ]
19 Sep Rumney Migrants 9/19 [Jody Williams ]
19 Sep A few Sandwich birds... [Ken Klapper ]
19 Sep Canobie Lake shorebirds [Kyle Wilmarth ]
19 Sep Olive-sided Fly- a belated post from Hopkinton [raqbirds via NHBirds ]
19 Sep Heaven? No, just Texas. ["'Chris Yaun' via NHBirds" ]
19 Sep Capital Chapter canoe trip highlights [raqbirds via NHBirds ]
19 Sep Carter Hill Observatory (18 Sep 2016) Raptors []
19 Sep Saturday Blue Job ["Hale, Stephen" ]
19 Sep Strafford County Farm bird walk, 9/18, 32 species [Dan Hubbard ]
19 Sep Clarification: Film - The Messenger [Stephanie Parkinson ]
18 Sep Red-headed woodpecker in Contoocook [Sue Burns ]
18 Sep Sandhill Crane Hopkinton [Donna Ellis ]
18 Sep Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (18 Sep 2016) 1 Raptors []
19 Sep Bald eagles [Jane Rice ]
18 Sep NH Coast (YC Night-Heron, Caspian Tern, Western Sandpiper, etc.) [Steve Mirick ]
18 Sep manchester? []
18 Sep Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (17 Sep 2016) 98 Raptors []
17 Sep Carter Hill Observatory (17 Sep 2016) 256 Raptors []

Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow - Newbury & More
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:41:17 -0400
This morning I went to Concord to do some birding, checking out some of the 
migrant hot spots in town. My first stop was at Birch Street community gardens 
where I ran into Zeke Cornell, Becky Soumala, and Chris Borg. Becky posted our 
findings so I won't repeat them. 

Afterwards, I stopped by Carter Hill Orchard. I first walked around the orchard 
then stopped by the platform to get in on a little of the Hawkwatch action. 
Pretty typical birds around the orchard, though there was an obvious influx of 
White-throated Sparrows since my last visit. The most notable find at the 
orchard for me was a SWAINSON'S THRUSH found with a group of Robins around the 
pond there. 

https://flic.kr/p/LBh8Rv

Later, I returned home and casually birded some locations in the Sunapee area. 
I stopped by Trask Brook Road in Sunapee with little expectations, but came 
away with some notables. An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen hunting from the power 
lines over the fields. Soon after a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen diving at a Crow 
over the fields. This is my second Peregrine here, my first was also seen here 
in the fall. An AMERICAN PIPIT was heard calling in flight overhead and my 
second RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET of the fall made an appearance near the bridge 
along the road. 


I then moved on to the Lake Sunapee State Beach in Newbury. While perusing the 
shrubs along the edge of the parking lot a particular bird immediately caught 
my eye. After further inspection, I realized it was a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW. 
This would be my first for the Lake Sunapee area. This bird was seen along the 
northern edge of the parking lot along a small row of shrubbery between the 
parking lot and the adjacent brook. The bird didn't move when I viewed it and 
was in a bad position for photos, but I still managed some: 

https://flic.kr/p/MvwQGw
https://flic.kr/p/MvwQHd
https://flic.kr/p/MvwQGS
https://flic.kr/p/MvwQHy

-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee


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Subject: Several warblers in Meredith
From: Jane Rice <moultnews AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:00:44 +0000
A nice little group of warblers today, including a
Parula, several BT Greens, a couple of Palms, and a really well-seen and vivid 
Nashville, in lovely bright plumage and down low for a good view. Also one or 
two RC Kinglets and one or two blue headed vireos. At my camp on Meredith Neck. 


Jane Rice


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Subject: Odiorne Point State Park - Bioblitz
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:03:26 -0400
Nice long day at Odiorne Point State Park.  Lots of migration today with 
a great variety of hawks including an impressive 44 Ospreys! Even 
managed a couple of small kettles of Broad-winged Hawks! Warbler numbers 
were low, but a nice variety including a late Blue-winged Warbler.

Odiorne Point State Park, Rye, Rockingham, New Hampshire, US
Sep 24, 2016 6:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Comments:     All day effort for Bioblitz.  List is from J. & S. Mirick 
only.  Birds reported by others include Yellow-breasted Chat, 
Bay-breasted Warbler, Horned Lark, Lesser Black-backed Gull and a few 
others.

79 species (+2 other taxa)
-----------------------------------
Canada Goose  66     Migrating.
Wood Duck  9     Migrating.
American Black Duck  11     Migrating.
Mallard
Northern Pintail  2     Migrating.
Green-winged Teal  3     Migrating.
Common Eider
Surf Scoter  8     Migrating.
White-winged Scoter  1     Migrating.
COMMON LOON  52     Migrating. Mostly in early morning.
Northern Gannet  - Only a 3 or so.
Great Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant  694     Migrating.
Great Blue Heron  7     Migrating.
Turkey Vulture
OSPREY  44     Migrating. Mostly in morning and evening.
Northern Harrier  5     Migrating.
Sharp-shinned Hawk  4     Migrating.
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK  1     Rare for park.  Picked out by J. Lambert.  
Immature?  Translucent wing crescents well seen and studied.
Broad-winged Hawk  33     Migrating.
Red-tailed Hawk  2     Locals.
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Bonaparte's Gull
Laughing Gull  6     Migrating.
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Sterna sp.  1     Common / Forsters silhouette fly by in AM.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Eastern Screech-Owl  1     Calling from north end of park near Frost Point.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel  2     Migrating.
Merlin  6     Migrating.
Peregrine Falcon  3     Migrating.
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren     At least 3.
Marsh Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet     3 or 4.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     2 or 3.
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Cedar Waxwing
BLUE-WINGED WARBLER  1     Late.  Well seen.  Very bright male.
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  1
Yellow Warbler  1     Jane only.  Apparently very well seen.  Jane was 
certain of ID.  Low in sumacs near party tent.
Blackpoll Warbler  3
Pine Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Wilson's Warbler  1
Nelson's/Saltmarsh Sparrow (Sharp-tailed Sparrow)  1
Chipping Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
American Goldfinch

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Subject: Concord community gardens
From: Rebecca <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:42:56 +0000 (UTC)
This morning Zeke Cornell, Chris Borg, Dylan Jackson and I birded the Birch 
Street Community Gardens in Concord. There were no rarities but lots of 
activity including 7 species of warbler which is more than we've had there so 
far this fall. There were good numbers of Chipping and Savannah Sparrows and 
the usual cloud of goldfinch despite the Cooper's and Sharp-shinned that were 
around. 


Here are the highlights.
Northern Harrier 1
American Pipit 2
Hermit Thrush 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Cape May Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Magnolia Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 4
Yellow Warbler 2
Palm Warbler 8
Common Yellowthroat 8
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 3
Indigo Bunting 3
Purple Finch 12

Becky Suomala, Chichester

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Subject: Carter Hill Observatory (24 Sep 2016) 365 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:00:05 -0800
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             41             41
Osprey                       6             69             69
Bald Eagle                   4             50             50
Northern Harrier             0             23             23
Sharp-shinned Hawk          15            144            144
Cooper's Hawk                8             36             36
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              9              9
Broad-winged Hawk          311           4893           4893
Red-tailed Hawk              2             32             32
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel            12             80             80
Merlin                       1             22             22
Peregrine Falcon             2              7              7
Unknown Accipiter            1              7              7
Unknown Buteo                0              8              8
Unknown Falcon               0              4              4
Unknown Eagle                0              2              2
Unknown Raptor               3             39             39

Total:                     365           5467           5467
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Isabel Gottlieb

Observers:        Crawford Lyons, Dylan Jackson, Geoffrey Niswander,
                  Mark Timmerman, Mike Bourgault, Paul Bourgault,
                  Robert Vallieres, Sarah Cairn , Steve Manifold,
                  Tom Brewton

Visitors:
Today the rare and elusive Crawford, of Crawford's Corner made his first
appearance of the season at the platform. Cue tears of joy from Robert
Vallieres, Tom Brewton, Mark Timmerman, and Steve Manifold. 


Weather:
Two days in a row I've been on the platform in multiple layers and today I
even caved and wore socks and real shoes. Fall is here! Today's weather was
perfect for hawkwatching - brisk, great visibility, partial cloud cover,
winds from the North.  

Raptor Observations:
Kettles were rising first thing in the morning, and we had over 100 raptors
in the first hour of the day. Broad-wingeds were primarily moving in the
first couple of hours and then trickled through the rest of the day. We saw
a Broad-winged hawk soaring solo over the platform with a broken wing. Poor
guy. See Mark Timmerman for photos. A smattering of other raptors
throughout the day brought us to over 350 birds for the day. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Geese are moving, we had a few groups of 30+ geese and other distant
waterfowl move throughout the day. We also had a Raven Couple's Battle Day,
with a spectacle off to the north around 11:00 in a 2 vs 2 Raven aerial
acrobatics dance-off. 

Predictions:
Tomorrow should be cool, clear, more wind from the North. Bring me more
birds! Regardless of the birds, the orchard will be bustling with apple
goers and our friends who come out to see our hawk release, tomorrow at 4.
Fun stuff going on, come out and help me tame the crowds and find the
birds!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Isabel Gottlieb (igwgottlieb AT gmail.com)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org



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Subject: pileated in manchester
From: "'linda kornfeld' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:47:37 +0000 (UTC)
I live in north Manchester and regularly have downy, hairy, and red-bellied, 
but yesterday i heard rather insistent drumming on my house (feh) and went out 
to try to encourage it to eat the suet rather than my house frame...  when a 
pileated flew away!  I've never seen one in our yard before.  


Mixed emotions given that I suspect they can do more damage than my usual 
visitors, but still very cool. 

:)LindaManchester, NH

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Subject: Bobcat - Concord
From: rwoodward30 AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:11:51 +0000 (UTC)
This morning I first visited the post office fields off Loudon Road. The 
highlight was the first Junco of the season. There were at least 3 and maybe 4 
Field Sparrows on the edge of the field. Sparrows are coming! 


At White Farm I saw the Bobcat. It was along the fence that encloses the 
vehicles coming up for auction. I was at the other end within 30 - 50 yards. We 
both saw each other at the same time and stared at each other for a full 
minute. The aforementioned feline was standing on mowed grass so it was 
perfectly visible. Then it took one step back, spun around, and disappeared. 
This is only the 3rd Bobcat sighting for me in Concord and about the 5th 
statewide. 



Rob Woodward 
Concord, NH 

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Subject: EWTP
From: "Aaronian, Richard S." <raaronian AT exeter.edu>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:30:54 +0000
Chris Matlack and I walked around the ponds in Exeter for an hour this morning 
and besides the usual suspects of Mallard, Black Duck, Ring-billed Gull etc, we 
had: 


Wood Duck 11-12
Green-winged Teal 8-9
N. Flicker 1
E. Phoebe 1
Osprey 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Yellow Warbler 1
Palm W. 2

Rich Aaronian


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Subject: Odiorne Bioblitz- Chat, Horned Lark, Bay-breasted warbler
From: "'Molly Jacobson' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:22:33 +0000 (UTC)
Met up with some fellow birders at 6am for the Odiorne Bioblitz. We were 
spotting birds from before sunrise all the way through lunchtime, at which 
point I had to leave but I'm sure they're still going. Highlights for the 
morning included five red-breasted nuthatches all in the same tree, two 
merlins, a blackpoll, four ospreys together in the sky, a horned lark foraging 
in the wrack, a bay-breasted warbler (I didn't see this one myself but Lauren 
Kras did) and the yellow-breasted chat in the brush by the beach, which took 
quite a while to spot. Lauren was playing calls and pishing for a long time and 
eventually we split into a few groups. My friend and I went around the way of 
the path and saw it in a shrub from behind the dense brush thicket. I heard 
that others saw it afterwards as well. A fun day of birding, two lifers, and 
the chance to see some NH birders at work! Thanks to Jeanne-Marie, Lauren, 
Scott Heron, Steve Mirick, and everyone else I saw there that day for helping 
out with Bioblitz, and hope to see you around soon!-Molly 


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Subject: 366 Broad-wing Hawks - Pittsfield
From: AERART via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:31:50 -0400
Had a nice hawk flight this morning (from 9-12).  Primarily  Broad-winged 
Hawks. 
 
Broad-wings were going by, in long rivers, which made them easier to  count
(rather than when they are swirling in kettles)! 
 
They follow the Suncook River SW. 
 
 
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6
Cooper's Hawk 3
Osprey 4
Broad-winged Hawk 366
Red-shouldered Hawk  (well, I cheated since he is a resident)
Turkey Vulture 2
 
Andrea Robbins
Pittsfield, NH

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Subject: Charlestown WWTP
From: Jack Swatt <jswattbirds AT snet.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:28:41 -0400
 I went for a hike along the Connecticut river from the boat launch south. Not 
much for migrants but I did find a flock of 12 American Pipits along the dike 
between the two lagoons at the wastewater treatment plant. 


Jack Swatt

Wolcott, CT
Lempster, NH


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Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Rumney 9/24
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:19:16 -0400
Since 6:50 this morning, a hummingbird has been feeding from the feeder; I left 
it up for a week past the last visitor. 

What to do now? I guess I’ll make some more sugar water and leave it another 
week, even though this ties my latest date for a visit. 

39 degrees at 7AM; possible frost tonight may spur this one on.

Yesterday PM there were a dozen Northern Flickers in the yard probing the 
ground. 

Also hit a high count of 17 Purple Finches at once. 
American Robins found a Fox Grape bounty in the gully. 

John R Williams
Rumney 

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Subject: Raptor releases this weekend
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:39:31 -0400
Hawks are already on the move this morning at both raptor observatories.

Hawk releases are planned for pack monadnock today at 1 pm (arrive early, and 
shuttle up the mountain available between 11-2), and tomorrow at carter hill at 
4 pm. 


Phil Brown

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Subject: Whipple Hill Wild Turkeys Friday
From: "'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 04:06:43 +0000 (UTC)
A flock of fifteen was unexpectedly seen around 2:00 p.m. near the house. They, 
sensing my presence, gradually retreated into the woods. 

There appeared, due to size, to be a few "this year's" birds, but the majority 
were adults. Blake Allison 

Lyme, NH 03768-3322



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Subject: Carter Hill Observatory (23 Sep 2016) 149 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:13:36 -0800
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               4             41             41
Osprey                       6             63             63
Bald Eagle                   1             46             46
Northern Harrier             0             23             23
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4            129            129
Cooper's Hawk                1             28             28
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              9              9
Broad-winged Hawk          116           4582           4582
Red-tailed Hawk              3             30             30
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             4             68             68
Merlin                       3             21             21
Peregrine Falcon             0              5              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              6              6
Unknown Buteo                0              8              8
Unknown Falcon               1              4              4
Unknown Eagle                0              2              2
Unknown Raptor               4             36             36

Total:                     149           5102           5102
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Isabel Gottlieb

Observers:        Geoffrey Niswander, Michael Amaral, Paul Bourgault,
                  Robert Woodward

Visitors:
Crummy AM weather led to a slow day at the orchard visitor wise. We did
receive a visit from the Esteemed Mike Bartlett, former Audubon President,
As well as Michael Amaral, current Audubon board member. Also, Geoff
Niswander cut a new piece of plexiglass to go over the front of the
donation box, as the old one was cracked and about to explode into about 3
pieces. 


Weather:
The morning brought an unexpected, discouraging steady rain that according
to my science-phone was going to last all morning, which put a damper (GET
IT?!) on the morning hawk watch. Luckily, it quit raining around 10:30 and
soon after the birds started flying. It stayed relatively cool and overcast
all day, tried spitting rain a couple more times but stayed mostly dry. A
gentle northwest breeze got some thermals going, and particularly in the
late afternoon the sky was amazing for describing where birds were with
layers of different sorts of gray, and with tints of green and orange in
parts of the sky. It stayed sort of damp-ish and humid, it felt like a
soggy fall day (as opposed to a crisp one, which is in my opinion superior)
and I layered up for the entire day. First day of fall was one day late! 

Raptor Observations:
Soon after the rain stopped, we had our first few migrants of the day
(Osprey x 2, Merlin) and before long, the thermals picked up and kettles of
Broad-wingeds got going, and between noon and 3PM we had about 120 of them
in small to medium sized kettles. It was the first day this season where we
had significant kettles with good cloud cover and it was amazing. Go
clouds. A couple of Red-shouldered hawks came through today, and we expect
their numbers to start picking up this weekend! 

Non-raptor Observations:
We had two Ravens and a Monarch pass the orchard today, but beyond our
normal little orchard menagerie it was a pretty quiet day for migrants. A
few days ago I reconstructed a history of my Apple Cider Donut consumption
and added a season total count to the hawk count white board. Wondering
whether I can hit 100 by the end of the season. Today was a 3-donut day. 

Predictions:
High hopes for tomorrow! Partly cloudy, winds from the North, high of 68.
Bring on fall, and get those migrants out of here! Come hang out. Also a
reminder, that our hawk release is on Sunday afternoon, so if you want to
attend or avoid that event (by coming on Saturday instead?!), plan
accordingly! 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Isabel Gottlieb (igwgottlieb AT gmail.com)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org



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Subject: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (23 Sep 2016) 655 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:32:35 -0800
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             22             22
Osprey                      36            156            156
Bald Eagle                   5             53             53
Northern Harrier             3             33             33
Sharp-shinned Hawk          28            559            559
Cooper's Hawk                5             55             55
Northern Goshawk             0              3              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          3             14             14
Broad-winged Hawk          552           9935           9935
Red-tailed Hawk              0              6              6
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            14             73             73
Merlin                       1             45             45
Peregrine Falcon             3             27             27
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               1              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               4             22             22

Total:                     655          11006          11006
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Julie, Laurel, & Alden Brown, Mike Gebo, Nancy Moreau,
                  Phil Brown, Tom Delaney

Visitors:
A field trip from Robin's Nest Nature Preschool was witness to the closest
birds of the day- almost 50 Broad-winged Hawks zipping just over the
spruces in a search for enough lift to send them a few more miles. There
were 41 visitors in total today.


Weather:
There were a couple of bands of drizzle to contend with this morning, but
the clouds remained high over the summit and Crotched and Monadnock stayed
in view all day. Shortly before 2pm EDT, the wind shifted from the WSW to
the WNW and the clouds broke apart enough for the sun to begin to generate
thermals. Temperatures made it to the low 70s.

Raptor Observations:
Eager searching for the first migrant of the day turned into a waiting game
as minutes turned an hour, than two hours, then half the day was gone
without a single hawk. At long last, a Cooper's Hawk broke the drought and
accipiters and small falcons began to trickle through. Kettles came with
the wind shift, Broad-wingeds joined by a seemingly endless supply of
Ospreys. At one point, 8 Ospreys were visible at the same time, swirling by
twos up a thermal with 36 broad-wingeds. The buteo flight drew to a close
by 4pm EDT, but falcons, accipiters, and Ospreys were loath to call it a
day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Non- raptor Migrants:
Canada Goose- 52
Double-crested Cormorant- 14
swalllow sp.- 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet- 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 4
Northern Parula- 2
Blackpoll Warbler-6
Pine Siskin- 1
American Goldfinch- 1

Monarch Butterfly- 4


Predictions:
Rain associated with the passage of this cold front will end overnight,
giving way to sunshine and increasing wind out of the NW at 5-15mph. There
will hopefully be a few cumulus to work with in otherwise clear skies. If
ideal conditions for migration aren't enough of an incentive, our annual
RAPTOR RELEASE will be occurring at 1:00pm EDT, complete with a visit from
some of NH Audubon's resident raptors, and of course, the stars of the day:
a couple of birds that are ready to be returned to the wild! A shuttle will
be provided from 11:00 am - 2 pm. Come join us!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (trina16 AT comcast.net))
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Subject: Sandhill Crane Hopkinton
From: Donna Ellis <donnaellis1014 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:19:54 -0400
It was at Elmbrook at 4:30 this afternoon in the marshy area that can be
seen from the obwervation deck along with 3GBH's.

Donna
Henniker

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Subject: shorebirds on 11/22, and a thank you for Audubon presentation in Nashua
From: Jeanne-Marie Maher <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:41:04 -0400
Had a nice (but hot for first full day of fall) day on the coast yesterday. 
Seemed like a lot more shorebirds than I have seen in past few weeks. 

along the coast:

Highlights 7 BCNH , 1 YCNH over 100 Black bellied plovers , semipalmated 
sandpipers (mostly on north end of hampton beach in rack), and 75 semi 
sandpipers 

lots of yellowlegs (greater and lesser) a few short billed dowitchers, one 
lesser black back gull sitting on lamp going over bridge in hampton harbor and 
a nice smattering of songbirds . no knots or westerns (that I found). Eel pond 
now has a pied bill grebe (who seems to have taken up residence) and quite a 
few green wing teal (near 20). 




I would also like to say a big thank you to Steve Bennett and Zeke Cornell for 
a fabulous Alaska birding presentation on Wednesday evening for the Nashaway 
Audubon . 

If anyone else gets the chance to hear them you should!

Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua NH

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Subject: Rumney Morning after the rain. 9/23
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:41:12 -0400
Last evening a late Wood Thrush was repeatedly calling its 
“Tut-tut-tut-tut” by the yard. E-bird flagged it as “Rare for the date 
and location”. 

The yard got quite active after the rain stopped at about 9am. First of the 
fall were the Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Two of the vireos and three of the 
Black-throated Green Warblers were “Naked eye” from the sun porch. 

Leaves still obscure many birds but these I am sure of:

2425 Buffalo Rd, West Rumney, Grafton, New Hampshire, US
Sep 22, 2016 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     After the morning rain stopped. Cleared and warmed by the sun.
20 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  12     flock heading southwesterly.
Mourning Dove  8
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue-headed Vireo 4 all singing at the same time from four directions. Eyes on 
two of them. 

Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  5
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2     first of the fall
American Robin  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler 1 very short tail projection beyond the under-tail coverts, 
faint streaks on the flanks, all yellow breast and belly. 

Black-throated Green Warbler  5     four males, one unknown
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.)  3
Scarlet Tanager  1     greenish yellow body and back, dark black wings
Northern Cardinal  2
Purple Finch  8
American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31717412

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Subject: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (22 Sep 2016) 2812 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:24:46 -0800
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              10             22             22
Osprey                      12            120            120
Bald Eagle                   3             48             48
Northern Harrier             4             30             30
Sharp-shinned Hawk          57            531            531
Cooper's Hawk                6             50             50
Northern Goshawk             0              3              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             11             11
Broad-winged Hawk         2706           9383           9383
Red-tailed Hawk              0              6              6
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             6             59             59
Merlin                       3             44             44
Peregrine Falcon             2             24             24
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               3             18             18

Total:                    2812          10351          10351
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:45:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Brian Rohde, Cynthia Nichols, Frank Gorga, Mike Gebo,
                  Nancy Moreau

Visitors:
Students from Souhegan High School, Conant High School, and Wilkinson
School were among the 122 visitors today. Cynthia Nichols jumped right in
and gave a hawk talk to the kids and teachers. 


Weather:
The first day of autumn felt more like a continuation of August.
Temperatures began in the mid-60s and climbed to the low 80s by the
afternoon. There was a light breeze out of the NW to start, which died down
and shifted to come out of the west as the day progressed. The sky was
mostly devoid of clouds, though there was a thick pooling of milky haze
ringing the horizon and a few thin traces of cirrus streaked overhead as
though someone dipped their finger in a glass of cream and smeared it
through the blue.

Raptor Observations:
Today felt like more of a day for lounging at the beach sipping a tall,
cool class of icy lemonade than being slowly broiled at a hawk watch. The
morning seemed to go along with this idea, with hardly a hawk to be seen
before 10:30EDT, but broad-wingeds will not be denied this late in the
season, especially if given light wind a good thermals to work with. By
noon, we'd had a few small thermals come rising overhead, but still no
indication of anything spectacular. Then the kettles began to grow. 20
birds. 50 birds. 100 birds. 200 birds.... Kettle followed kettle,
broad-wingeds flying wing to wing with Ospreys and Bald Eagles. Birds rose
from the Uncanoonucs, boiled from the Little Notch, and mushroomed up in
distant swarms over the wind farm. Over 2500 raptors were counted between
noon and 3pm EDT, then the flight shut of as suddenly as a switch being
flipped. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Non-raptor Migrants:
Canada Goose- 22
Cliff Swallow- 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 10
Blackpoll Warbler- 4
Pine Warbler- 1
Purple Finch- 6

Monarch Butterfly- 8

Black Saddlebags- 1

Predictions:
Cold front moving through, which will bring thickening clouds and a chance
of rain. The wind will be out of the west to start, shifting to come out of
the NW by mid-afternoon. Temperatures will range from the upper 60s to the
low 70s. There were thousands of Broad-winged Hawks counted to our north at
Clarry Hill and Greenlaw Mountain today. They're coming!
========================================================================
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Subject: Carter Hill Observatory (21 Sep 2016) 148 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:11:38 -0800
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               1             37             37
Osprey                       4             53             53
Bald Eagle                   4             44             44
Northern Harrier             3             23             23
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12            118            118
Cooper's Hawk                3             25             25
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              7              7
Broad-winged Hawk          102           4385           4385
Red-tailed Hawk              5             23             23
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              1              1
American Kestrel             5             59             59
Merlin                       0             16             16
Peregrine Falcon             0              4              4
Unknown Accipiter            2              6              6
Unknown Buteo                0              7              7
Unknown Falcon               1              3              3
Unknown Eagle                1              2              2
Unknown Raptor               4             29             29

Total:                     148           4842           4842
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Isabel Gottlieb, Robert Vallieres

Observers:        Andre Moraes, Ann Hadshi, Cliff Otto, Geoffrey Niswander,
                  Jason Lambert, Ken Bednars, Paul Bourgault,
                  Robert Vallieres, Tom McShane, with many more....

Visitors:
We were graced with the presence of 70 4th graders from the Little Harbor
School in Portsmouth. I was surprised by how well they were behaved, stayed
mostly on task, and helped us spot birds. Luckily the Turkey Vultures were
being particularly visible, which helped to keep their attention. 


Weather:
Happy Belated Wednesday! I had to leave early and so I handed off the data
collection, so apologies for the delay on Wednesday's data!

It was clear, high visibility, low but existent cloud cover. Warm, breeze
from the North, everything a hawkwatcher could ask for except maybe a few
more clouds, or even a fleet of airplanes to subdivide the entire sky into
manageable chunks with their contrails. 

Raptor Observations:
The morning started off quiet, with the resident turkey vultures finally
starting to kettle around 9:30. It was no Friday the 16th, but there was a
constant supply of raptors from morning to evening. We had a Golden Eagle
float through in the morning which was super, duper, duper exciting.  To
add further excitement, there was an Unidentified Eagle, suspected to be a
Golden later in the afternoon. The world will never know. 

Non-raptor Observations:
There's been a serious population of flying ant creatures (bug people -
feel free to correct me) flying around the platform and orchard, and today
was the day that they decided to swarm the platform while I was eating
breakfast and decided to decorate my yogurt with their entire bodies. We
had two Monarchs visit us as well.

Predictions:
For some strange reason I'm uncomfortable making predictions about today's
weather after the fact. Today was warm, relatively still, some breeze from
the South. Brought us some birds, though I would have appreciated some
lower flights. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Isabel Gottlieb (igwgottlieb AT gmail.com)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
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Subject: Carter Hill Observatory (22 Sep 2016) 111 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:10:21 -0800
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             36             36
Osprey                       4             53             53
Bald Eagle                   1             41             41
Northern Harrier             0             20             20
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7            113            113
Cooper's Hawk                2             24             24
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              7              7
Broad-winged Hawk           81           4364           4364
Red-tailed Hawk              4             22             22
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5             59             59
Merlin                       2             18             18
Peregrine Falcon             1              5              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              4              4
Unknown Buteo                1              8              8
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               3             28             28

Total:                     111           4805           4805
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Isabel Gottlieb

Observers:        Dan Beaudet, Geoffrey Niswander, Mike Bourgault, Pam Hunt,
                  Paul Bourgault, Phil Brown, Robert Vallieres,
                  Steven Whitney

Visitors:
We had two school groups visit today with dozens of elementary aged
children, from the YMCA and from the Montessori school in Bow. They were
very excited about how big their apples were. We had about 55 visitors to
the platform today. 


Weather:
Suns out guns out! Between the all-day heat and almost complete lack of
clouds, today was an accidentally burn your shoulders despite multiple
sunscreen applications kind of a day. The morning was warm and still, and
the breeze picked up in the afternoon, although from the south. 

Raptor Observations:
The day started out slow, and mostly remained slow, picking up a little bit
in the afternoon. We had a Peregrine Falcon do the butterfly across the
south side of the platform, and a mature Bald Eagle trying to fit in with a
kettle of Broad-winged Hawks. Given Pack Monadnock's high turnout rate of
Broad-wingeds today, my suspicion is that there were an awful lot of birds
flying too high and too in-the-blue to be detected by even the sharpest of
eyeballs on the platform today. Most of the kettles of Broad-wingeds that
we did see were the speckiest of specks in the binoculars or the scope. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Aside from our normal gaggle of woodpeckers and other orchard friends, we
had a group of about 30 Canada Geese migrate through today, and a group of
what we suspect were about 50-60 Scoters, but  they were so far away it's
almost not fair to even speculate. 

Predictions:
Tomorrow should bring us some cloud relief and favorable winds, so fingers
crossed for some numbers of Broad-wingeds! We should start to see some
Red-shouldered Hawks soon, we've had a few come by already.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Isabel Gottlieb (igwgottlieb AT gmail.com)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
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Subject: Bald Eagle, Epping
From: Tom McShane <tetamcfam AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:18:33 -0400
At 12:15 today while having lunch at the Epping Crossing Plaza I observed
an adult Bald Eagle soaring north of my location, possibly in the area of
the Lamprey river.

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Subject: Winter Finch Forecast 2016-2017
From: David Govatski Gmail <david.govatski AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:22:23 -0400
The 2016-2017 Winter Finch Forecast can be found at this link: 
http://www.jeaniron.ca/2016/finchforecast16.htm

The cone crop in eastern Canada and the Northeastern US is poor compared to 
western Canada and Alaska and many of the irruptive species are predicted to 
head west this winter. Natural food will be scarce and home feeders will likely 
be busy. 


David Govatski  
Jefferson, NH


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Subject: Fwd: pickering pond rochester today
From: dmp2ec AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:40:04 +0000 (UTC)
Thank you Mr. Fecteau, I was told this is an immature cooper's hawk, sorry 
Deb 


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Subject: pickering pond rochester today 

short walk this am, one solitary sandpiper continues to be around the entrance 
way in the first pond, also saw four Sharp-Shinned Hawks. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/143862779 AT N08/29230415693/in/dateposted-public/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/143862779 AT N08/29774017731/in/dateposted-public/ 

Deb 

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Subject: Raptors flying at pack now!
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:38:13 -0400
Any birders who can lend some eyes to scanning and counting kettles at pack are 
needed now. 


And birds are being requested at carter hill.

Phil Brown

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Subject: pickering pond rochester today
From: dmp2ec AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:24:34 +0000 (UTC)
short walk this am, one solitary sandpiper continues to be around the entrance 
way in the first pond, also saw four Sharp-Shinned Hawks. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/143862779 AT N08/29230415693/in/dateposted-public/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/143862779 AT N08/29774017731/in/dateposted-public/ 

Deb 

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Subject: Birch St Gardens 8:30 AM
From: Dorothy Currier <dorocurr AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:38:08 -0400
nashville warbler-tiny, gray head, complete eye ring,yellow chest and
undertail, white belly
Lincoln's sparrow?-buffy sides but grayish chest, wide gray eyebrow, rusty
on wings
cedar waxwings
catbirds
song sparrows
goldfinches-lots
house sparrows-lots
savannah sparrow
hairy woodpecker
pileated woodpecker
coopers hawk

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Subject: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (21 Sep 2016) 1805 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:13:07 -0800
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               2             12             12
Osprey                       8            108            108
Bald Eagle                   8             45             45
Northern Harrier             1             26             26
Sharp-shinned Hawk          86            474            474
Cooper's Hawk                6             44             44
Northern Goshawk             1              3              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          4             11             11
Broad-winged Hawk         1667           6677           6677
Red-tailed Hawk              0              6              6
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             7             53             53
Merlin                       7             41             41
Peregrine Falcon             5             22             22
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               3             15             15

Total:                    1805           7539           7539
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 05:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Al Grimstad, Alan Bostick, David Fenton, Dawn Odams,
                  Dot Currier, Francie Von Mertens, Glen and Alan Chretien,
                  Henry Walters, Jami Bascom, Jeanne Nevard,
                  Jeanne-Marie Maher, Joanne Stevens, Judd Nathan,
                  Mark Timmerman, Meade Cadot, Mike Gebo, Nancy Moreau,
                  Pat Moynahan, Phil Brown, Preetinder Virk, Sandy Fenton,
                  Tom Baillio, with many more...

Visitors:
Kids from Wilkinson School in the morning and Mountain Shadows School in
the afternoon were among the hawk watch's 88 visitors. Everyone got
fantastic views of kettles and close birds!


Weather:
A 5-10mph NW wind was just what we needed for another 4-digit day. The sky
was beautiful for it, an expanse of cirrus laced with a network of
contrails that were replenished by Southwest, Fed-Ex, a B-2 Spirit stealth
bomber, and everything in between. Temperatures rose from the upper 50s to
the mid-70s.

Raptor Observations:
Four minutes after the sunrise, the first Sharp-shinned Hawk of the day was
up threatening Gina and making the juncos nervous. An hour later, a male
American Kestrel grabbed an updraft off the ridge and rose to the south.
After another two hours of silent skies (save for songbirds), Broad-winged
Hawks began to rise. After that, it was a rapid-fire day of close birds and
distant specks, a pair of juvenile Red-shouldered Hawks taking on the raven
swarm, a Peregrine Falcon catching dragonflies on the wing, two young Bald
Eagles meeting each other in front of the mountain and traveling together
out of sight. After 3pm EDT, thermals seemed to break apart and birds
struggled to find lift. The last bird of the day, a  peregrine, decided it
would be more worthwhile to stay at north pack and chase ravens than
continue south.

Non-raptor Observations:
Not a bad day for diversity on the mountain with 43 species observed. They
ranged from elusive species for the summit such as White-breasted Nuthatch,
Eastern Phoebe, and Eastern Bluebird, to northerners like American Pipit
and Pine Siskin.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Canada Goose- 1
Double-crested Cormorant- 18
Ruby-throated Hummingbird- 1
American Pipit- 1
Tennessee Warbler- 1
Pine Warbler- 2
Palm Warbler- 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 54
Blackpoll Warbler- 9
warbler sp.- 8
Pine Siskin- 1

Monarch Butterfly- 7

Predictions:
Broad-winged Hawk migration is not over yet! We've had days of 1,000+
migrants as late as September 27th, and last season, over 4,000 birds were
counted between now and the end of the month. We're back to south winds
tomorrow, but they'll be <5mph and there'll be plenty of sunshine for
thermals so birds shouldn't be held up. Temperatures should again reach
80F. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (trina16 AT comcast.net))
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org



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Subject: Carter Hill Observatory (20 Sep 2016) 505 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:10:59 -0800
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 20, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             36             36
Osprey                       5             49             49
Bald Eagle                   0             40             40
Northern Harrier             0             20             20
Sharp-shinned Hawk          33            106            106
Cooper's Hawk                4             22             22
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              7              7
Broad-winged Hawk          442           4283           4283
Red-tailed Hawk              0             18             18
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            13             54             54
Merlin                       2             16             16
Peregrine Falcon             2              4              4
Unknown Accipiter            1              4              4
Unknown Buteo                0              7              7
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               1             25             25

Total:                     505           4694           4694
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 9.25 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Ann Hadshi, Judd Nathan, Kathleen Brockett, Mike Bourgault,
                  Pam Hunt, Paul Bourgault, Robert Vallieres

Visitors:
The Concord Bird and Wildflower Club came back for another chance at seeing
some migrant raptors. The orchard songbirds turned out to be more
cooperative, though a couple hawks streamed through while they were here.
There were 59 visitors in total.


Weather:
The day started with temperatures already pushing 70F. The thermometer rose
as quickly as the columns of flying ants ringing the orchard, hitting the
mid-80s by early afternoon. Morning fog over the river rose and melted into
the already sticky atmosphere, and a high wash of cirrus did nothing to
limit the strength of the late summer sun. There was hardly any wind,
though the occasional puff of air from the southwest was enough to cause
the flying ant kettles to drift back and forth over the platform.

Raptor Observations:
Raptors waited for the fog to lift before migrating through. Broad-winged
kettles began to rise and stream overhead or far to the south of the
orchard, the occasional Osprey or Sharp-shinned Hawk tagging along.
Kathleen dusted off her binoculars just in time to catch a late-day kettle
of 68 Broad-winged Hawks lifting behind the trees. They re-kettled three
times as they crossed the orchard, nursing every ounce of lift they could
out of the stagnant afternoon air.

Non-raptor Observations:
There were 51 species of birds and 4 species of dragonflies observed at the
orchard today. Highlights included 6 Lincoln's Sparrows near the apple mash
pile, 2 Scarlet Tanagers in the tree tops, an early Red Crossbill flyover,
and an Indigo Bunting mixed in with some American Goldfinches. There were
at least 120 Cedar Waxwings feasting on the ants.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Great Blue Heron- 1
Herring Gull- 2
Ring-billed Gull- 3
gull sp.- 17
Ruby-thoated Hummingbird- 1
Tree Swallow- 2
Red Crossbill- 1

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



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Subject: Warblers
From: Jen Esten <jennifere1234 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:20:20 -0400
After striking out on the Fork-tailed Flycatcher, I arrived home to find a 
Nashville, a Magnolia and a Northern Parula in my yard, (joining the dozens of 
goldfinches). 


Jen Esten
New London

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Subject: Seabrook Yellow-crowned Night-Herons
From: "Tony Vazzano" <tvazzano AT ncia.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:46:44 -0400
While birding on the coast this morning, Bob Ridgely and I saw a couple of
juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Herons roosting in Seabrook with a few
Black-crowned also visible. They were across the street from a church, just
south of Cross Beach Rd.

Tony Vazzano
Sandwich 


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Subject: Bald Eagle Nashua River
From: "'Nancy' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:46:28 -0400
Around 5 o’clock tonight an eagle (with some white on the head) was sitting 
in the large tree overlooking the Nashua River behind Bridge Street. By the 
time I got my camera it had taken off and was calling. 

I do not know if it was banded.

This is my first sighting here since last winter.

Nancy Murphy
Nashua, NH

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Subject: 2 warblers
From: s42yth AT comcast.net
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:41:17 +0000 (UTC)
a black-and-white and a pine warbler along the rail trail by massabesic lake in 
auburn. sylvia hartmann manchester nh 


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Subject: Fork-tailed Flycatcher-still no sighting
From: birdrecords <birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:33:21 +0000
Zeke Cornell reports that as of 11:30 AM the Fork-tailed Flycatcher has not 
been seen. 


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Subject: Hawks Moving now
From: Iain MacLeod <iain.macleod AT nhnature.org>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:32:33 +0000
Look Up!!

Lots of Broad-wings streaming over Holderness now!

Get to Pack Monadnock or Carter Hill if you can and enjoy the spectacle

Iain MacLeod
Executive Director
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
23 Science Center Road,
PO Box 173, Holderness, NH 03245
Phone: 603-968-7194 x23
www.nhnature.org

[Association of Nature Center Administrators]

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Subject: Lebanon Landfill - NO PUBLIC ACCESS!!!
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:10:12 -0400
I just got word through Mike Medeiros and the Superintendent of the 
Lebanon Landfill that there were birders inside the landfill area after 
hours yesterday and before hours today!!

Please be advised:

THERE IS NO PUBLIC ACCESS INTO LANDFILL due to safety reason!

This is very unfortunate, and Mike could get in trouble for this. Use 
your heads birders, or information will no longer be shared! When in 
doubt, stay out!

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA


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Subject: Fork-tailed Flycatcher....not yet
From: "'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:08:52 -0400
As of 8:00, the flycatcher had not been seen. It was last seen at dusk
yesterday in the driving range at Fore-U golf in West Lebanon. Take I89 to
exit 20, travel about half a mile south on Rt. 12a, drive in to the Home
Depot plaza and go to the back of the parking area. Fore-U golf is located
here. The manager seemed fine with birders as long as we stay away from the
back of the driving range (seems smart anyway). Good Luck!    Jeff
MacQueen, Orford

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Subject: Common Loons on Massabesic
From: Phyllis <pyaffie AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:57:27 -0400
Three Common Loons this afternoon on the section of Lake Massabesic near the 
traffic circle. 


Phyllis Yaffie
Deerfield 

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Subject: Lyme Lately
From: "'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:28:13 +0000 (UTC)
Early Monday morning, a flock of seven wild turkeys was seen foraging in a hay 
field along Whipple Hill Road. Around 10:30 a.m. an osprey was sighted as it 
circled over Post Pond. Also observed at the pond was a pair of common loons. 


Late Tuesday morning I returned to Post Pond and the adjacent Chaffee Wildlife 
Sanctuary. 


Two loons were fishing near the boat launch. Farther out was a solitary Canada 
goose. Over at Little Post Pond, from the vantage point of the new wildlife 
observation blind there, a pair of wood ducks was seen out among the lily pads 


Land birds recorded on this outing included seven northern flickers, a half 
dozen cedar waxwings and three song sparrows. 


At the home property, a corvidae trifecta was recorded that included three blue 
jays, two American crows and a very vocal common raven. 

Blake Allison
Lyme, NH 03768-3322



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Subject: Pickering Ponds 9/20 50 species Philadelphia Vireo, Swainson's Thrush
From: Dan Hubbard <danielhubbard AT peoplepc.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:20:36 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
This am at Pickering Ponds trails migration made a bit of a recovery. A 
Philadelphia Vireo, a Swainson's Thrush, three Scarlet Tanagers, an Eastern 
Towhee and 9 species of warbler including Wilson's, Prairie, Pine, Palm (5 
western), Yellow, and Black-and-white Warblers, Northern Parula, American 
Redstart, and Common Yellowthroat were seen. 

Dan Hubbard, Rochester

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Subject: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (20 Sep 2016) 423 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:47:33 -0800
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 20, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               1             10             10
Osprey                       9            100            100
Bald Eagle                   2             37             37
Northern Harrier             1             25             25
Sharp-shinned Hawk          34            388            388
Cooper's Hawk                3             38             38
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          4              7              7
Broad-winged Hawk          361           5010           5010
Red-tailed Hawk              1              6              6
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3             46             46
Merlin                       2             34             34
Peregrine Falcon             2             17             17
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             12             12

Total:                     423           5734           5734
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Henry Walters

Observers:        Al Grimstad, Anne Clauss, Betsy Smith, Bob & Janet Unger,
                  Don Stokes, Gail Coffey, Iain MacLeod, Jerry Coffey, Julie,
                  Laurel, & Alden Brown, Kristen & Sam Cole, Lillian Stokes,
                  Mike Gebo, Miki Foley, Nancy Moreau, Richard Brewer,
                  Tom Delaney, with many more...

Visitors:
25 fourth-graders from Amherst stopped by after their hike up Pack, just in
time to see three species of raptors barrel through. Yet again, however,
velociraptors were eagerly requested and failed to show. Thanks to the many
great eyes up at the hawkwatch once more, helping to cover a big sky. 80
visitors all told.


Weather:
Warm, calm, and soupy. Even after the thick chowder of fog cleared out at
9:45, a cream-of-mushroom was stuck on the horizon much of the day. The
heavy air limited visibility and seemed to deny the hawks the lift we
thought they'd find. Southwest breeze didn't help any.

Raptor Observations:
Expectations were high after a couple days of rain, but the hoped-for
hordes failed to materialize. No party loyalty among today's birds, no
spirited collective action. Hawks in twos or threes or fives, even some
grumpy libertarians going it alone. A kettle of 55 was the highlight,
broad-wing-wise. 

Plenty of action to keep the binoculars focused, though. Red-shouldered and
Cooper's Hawks dallied in front of us for long intervals, and all three
models of falcon put in multiple appearances. Incoming sharpies kept the
juncos on high alert, but they and the gormandizing hawkwatch chipmunk
(slowly fattening up to the size of a red squirrel) survive to see another
day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Under morning fog, like late-risers pulling the sheets over their head, a
couple flocks of migrant songbirds were slow to leave the peak. A Lincoln's
Sparrow skulked in a stunted red oak; a Northern Parula foraged with
Ruby-crowned Kinglets low in the birches; a female Eastern Towhee chewinked
at us all day; and an Eastern Phoebe was chased off its sprucetop perch by
local juncos, who seemed to dislike flatlanders putting on such lofty airs.


Other noteworthy sightings included Solitary Sandpiper, Double-crested
Cormorant (2), Pileated Woodpecker, Hermit Thrush, Black-throated Green
Warbler, Purple Finch (2), and a half-a-dozen monarch butterflies.

Predictions:
Weather continues very mild, but with the wind turning around out of the
north and the humidity lessening, conditions should be better than today.
Most importantly, the broad-wing window is closing, with a big push of
birds (we hope) still to come. Wednesday ought to be worth our while!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Henry Walters (walters.henry AT gmail.com)
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org



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Subject: Peregrine Falcon Manchester
From: Tom McShane <tetamcfam AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:01:03 -0400
Observed a Peregrine Falcon  AT  5:10pm today behind Green Acres School in the
south end today. It was seen east of the school over the wooded area near
I93. I had previously seen one in the rear school yard on 7/22 chasing a
flock of Starlings.

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Subject: Fork-tailed Flycatcher still present
From: "'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:15:33 -0400
Fly catching around the Fore-u mini golf course in the Home Depot plaza on 12a 
in West Lenanon 


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Subject: Fwd: Black Vultures Nashua
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:46:07 -0400
Photos added to checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31678901

Chris Sheridan
Nashua

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Date: Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 11:33 AM
Subject: Black Vultures Nashua
To: NHbirds 


Just had two Black Vultures circling high over Buckmeadow and drifting
northwest. Towards the landfill?

Chris Sheridan

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Subject: Fork-tailed Flycatcher,YES
From: "'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:37:31 -0400
At the miniature golf course between Home Depot and the dump in West Lebanon

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Subject: Re: FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER in Lebanon
From: "'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:02:52 -0400
I QUICKLY checked a couple of spots at lunch without luck. I will go back
after work to try these areas again, if others are looking I would check ;
Lebanon Airport, driving range by Home Depot, wetland area behind
Pricechopper. Good luck and please keep updates forthcoming.   Jeff
MacQueen, Lebanon

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, Steve Mirick  wrote:

> Mike Medeiros emailed me to report a FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER at the
> landfill in Lebanon which he photographed.  He is working inside the
> landfill, and found it while working.  It "disappeared" with possibly a 2nd
> flycatcher of undetermined species.  He circled the landfill but could
> either of the birds again.
>
> I don't know the area well, so I can't say where to best search for this
> bird. Hopefully it can be relocated!
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/29701377222/in/dat
> eposted-public/
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> Steve Mirick
> Bradford, MA
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Subject: Re: Yellow-breasted Chat, Portsmouth
From: Katie Towler <katie AT katherinetowler.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:59:45 -0400
A yellow-breasted chat showed up in our back yard on South Mill Pond yesterday 
and is still present. It is viewable from inside the house. If anyone would 
like to come and see this bird, email us off list for directions. We put out 
some dried meal worms, and the bird has been feeding on those occasionally. It 
is also feeding on an inkberry bush close to the house. Link to photos, 
including one of the bird with meal worm in mouth: https://flic.kr/p/MhkYNr 


This is the fourth sighting we have had of this species in our back yard. The 
first was in 2007, when a chat stayed in our yard for approximately three 
weeks, from the end of November to mid-December. This chat was one of the 
“gateway” birds that led to our becoming addicted to birding. The second 
sighting was in 2012, when a chat visited our yard from October 26-November 13. 
This one was made famous by Don and Lillian Stokes, who came to photograph it 
and featured it on their blog. The third sighting was on October 14, 2014, when 
a chat appeared for only an hour and then moved on. The present visitor seems 
to be settling in, and as you can see from previous records, is a bit early. 


Katie Towler
Jim Sparrell
Portsmouth    



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Subject: Eel pond the
From: Debra Powers <dmp2ec AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:02:32 -0400
Lots of seagulls, some unusual looking ones I am to amateur to identify LOL
Deb

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Subject: Good raptor flight underway
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:59:08 -0400
Reported from both carter hill and pack. Eyes especially needed at carter hill!

Phil Brown

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Subject: Black Vultures Nashua
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:33:41 -0400
Just had two Black Vultures circling high over Buckmeadow and drifting
northwest. Towards the landfill?

Chris Sheridan

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Subject: FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER in Lebanon
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:29:27 -0400
Mike Medeiros emailed me to report a FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER at the 
landfill in Lebanon which he photographed.  He is working inside the 
landfill, and found it while working.  It "disappeared" with possibly a 
2nd flycatcher of undetermined species.  He circled the landfill but 
could either of the birds again.

I don't know the area well, so I can't say where to best search for this 
bird. Hopefully it can be relocated!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/29701377222/in/dateposted-public/

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, September 19, 2016
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:42:21 -0400
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, September 19th, 
2016.



A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from Contoocook on September 18th.



2 BLACK VULTURES were seen in Westmoreland on September 17th.



A SANDHILL CRANE has been seen somewhat regularly in a hayfield along Route 
127 in West Hopkinton and irregularly in nearby Elm Brook Park since July 
19th. It was last reported on September 18th. 7 SANDHILL CRANES were seen 
near the New Hampshire state line in Fryeburg, Maine on September 17th.



A CASPIAN TERN was seen along the coast on September 18th.



A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in coastal Seabrook on September 17th, 
and 1 was seen in Durham on the 15th. A GREAT EGRET was seen in the Concord 
area on September 18th.



A WESTERN SANDPIPER was seen along the coast in Rye on September 18th.



An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen at the Sherman Farm fields in Conway on 
September 17th, and 1 was seen in Hampton Marsh on September 14th.



2 WHIMBRELS were seen in Hampton Harbor on September 16th.



A SANDERLING, a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS were seen at 
Canobie Lake in Salem on September 18th and 19th.



A CONNECTICUT WARBLER and a DICKCISSEL were seen at Moore Fields located 
along Route 155A in Durham on September 17th.



A DICKCISSEL was seen at Goss Farm in Rye on September 15th and 17th.



A DICKCISSEL was seen in the Concord Community Gardens on Birch Street in 
Concord on September 14th.



A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on 
September 17th.



An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and 2 CAPE MAY WARBLERS were reported from Carter 
Hill Orchard in Concord on September 13th.



A CAPE MAY WARBLER was seen on Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on September 
13th, 14th and 15th, and 1 was seen in Orford on the 17th.



A MOURNING WARBLER was seen in North Conway on September 15th.



An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen in Hopkinton on September 16th.



An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were seen in Sandwich on 
September 17th. and a CAPE MAY WARBLER and a TENNESSEE WARBLER were seen in 
Sandwich on the 19th.



There were several LINCOLN’S SPARROWS reported from scattered locations 
during the past week.



RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at 
the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, including 
nearly 4,500 raptors tallied since September 1st (with 3,352 counted just on 
September 15th!) and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord, including 
nearly 4,000 raptors counted since September 1st (with 3,095 counted just on 
September 16th!) Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed 
observatories this fall season to help out with the counts!



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: Concord odds & ends 9/17
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:37:44 -0400
Checked a few sites in Concord in mid-to-late morning yesterday.
Highlights:

1 Carolina Wren singing in urban Concord
4 Ruffed Grouse foraging on ground on Lock Road
1 Common Yellowthroat on Lock Road
1 Black-throated Green Warbler on Lock Road
2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers 1 on Lock Road and 1 at Merrill Park
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Merrill Park
10 Gray Catbirds at various locations - some very young
4 White-throated Sparrows at various locations

Note: no water visible in Lock Road wetlands; corn not yet harvested from 
P.O. fields off of Loudon Road

Mark Suomala 

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Subject: Carter Hill Observatory (19 Sep 2016) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:25:06 -0800
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 19, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             36             36
Osprey                       0             44             44
Bald Eagle                   0             40             40
Northern Harrier             0             20             20
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             73             73
Cooper's Hawk                0             18             18
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              5
Broad-winged Hawk            0           3841           3841
Red-tailed Hawk              0             18             18
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             41             41
Merlin                       0             14             14
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              3
Unknown Buteo                0              7              7
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             24             24

Total:                       0           4189           4189
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Isabel Gottlieb

Observers:        

Visitors:
16.


Weather:
An overcast day with lots of cloud cover and some rain; humid, and light
south winds. Not quite enough rain to deter the counter today, who was Tom
McShane.

Raptor Observations:
Only a local Cooper's hawk made an appearance today.

Non-raptor Observations:
Great blue heron, pileated woodpecker, northern flicker, and the other
usual suspects.

Predictions:
Tomorrow absolute PROMISES to be more productive than today! It could be
quite good with a second push of broad-winged hawks likely to begin
following the clearing.
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Report submitted by Phil Brown (pbrown AT nhaudubon.org)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
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Subject: Hazel Bazemore State Park, Corpus Christi Tx
From: "'Chris Yaun' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 01:00:41 +0000 (UTC)
New birds on my list:
Inca doveWhite winged doveBuff bellied hummingbirdScissor-tailed fly 
catcherWhite-winged pelicansOlive-breasted FlycatcherGreen JayWhite-tailed 
Hawck 

While on a short walk i counted 90 White-winged Pelicans soaring, circling in 
tight formation 2-3000 feet over my position. Heather and the folks on the 
viewing stand counted a group of almost 700 at the same time i was counting 90. 

We saw thousands of birds in 4 hours. One kettle had more than a thousand. 
Everyone, even the old hands, was awestruck.Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android 


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Subject: NH Audubon Fall Pelagic Trip
From: Jon Woolf <jsw AT jwoolfden.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:45:20 -0400




Subject: Sandhill Crane etc. at Elm Brook
From: raqbirds via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:13:46 -0400
A short evening visit at Elm Brook Park in W. Hopkinton yield these highlights:


Pied-billed Grebe- one.
Bald Eagle- one adult which caused the...
Sandhill Crane- to vocalize for the first time that I have heard it, as the 
eagle flew by. 



No sign of the crane in the fields at 5 PM nor at 6 pm but shortly thereafter I 
found it in the marshes off the beach at Elm Brook. 



Bob Quinn
Webster, NH 


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Subject: Rumney Migrants 9/19
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:34:29 -0400
Poor lighting slowed down the birding ID’s with first fall warblers, but I 
was still able to get points on two Blackpoll Warblers, up 35 feet in the 
canopy, and a Black and White Warbler. There were six or seven that I just 
could not get in the gray back-light. 

Flickers are staging with 5-6 regularly in the yard or the meadow.
A Spotted Sandpiper lingers at the river. 
Never got eyes on the vireos. Sounded like Blue-headed, but I’ve been fooled 
enough to not jump to conclusions. 


John R Williams
Rumney

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Subject: A few Sandwich birds...
From: Ken Klapper <kklapper AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:36:11 -0400
Bob's post reminded me... in my yard on Saturday morning there was an
Olive-sided Flycatcher, a Philadelphia Vireo, and a relatively modest flock
of six warbler species (highlighted by multiple feisty Parulas, much like
John William's flock).  Later that morning a Bald Eagle (probably a
two-year old) was gliding effortlessly over a mile away, to the north.  A
good scope is a valuable tool for distant raptors :)

Today at the Sandwich Town Beach, just after noon, a mixed flock of
warblers and chickadees worked the tall trees on the shoreline in the mist
and drizzle.  I saw a very gray (immature female) Cape May Warbler, a
Tennessee, Chestnut-sided, Black-and-white, Pines, and a Magnolia... In
Sandwich Bay (of Squam Lake) two adult loons were just starting to molt
into their winter plumage.

Ken Klapper
Sandwich, NH

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Subject: Canobie Lake shorebirds
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:55:17 -0400
Like most of the water bodies throughout the state this fall Canobie Lake
is extremely low. Over the last few days I've been looking for any signs of
shorebirds, and though only few present in prior days, it seems the
overnight rain dropped down some birds. Looking from the Windham boat
launch, highlights included:

Sanderling - 1 my first inland record and my first for the local patch!
peep sp. - 1 possible Baird's, but a Cooper's strafed the flats soon after
I spotted it and moved the birds to the far edge away from the launch.
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 2 at least
Solitary Sandpiper - 2
Lesser Yellowlegs - 2
Greater Yellowlegs - 1
Least Sandpiper - 10
Spotted Sandpiper - 4
Killdeer - 7
Semipalmated Plover - 1 (yesterday 9/18)



Also a nice adult Bald Eagle in the snag above the water station and an
Osprey fishing in the middle of the lake.


Kyle Wilmarth
Salem, NH

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Subject: Olive-sided Fly- a belated post from Hopkinton
From: raqbirds via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:43:37 -0400
Late on Friday, Sept 16 at the Bohanan Farm (Burrage Road fields) there were 
several birds of note: 



Merlin
Olive-sided Flycatcher
American Redstart- five female-type birds 
Lincoln Sparrow- one or two. 


Bob Quinn
Webster, NH 





"Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth." Chief 
Seattle 


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Subject: Heaven? No, just Texas.
From: "'Chris Yaun' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:03:07 +0000 (UTC)
Heather and i just arrived at the Hazel Bazemor Park viewing stand in Corpus 
Christi, Texas. I can hear dozens of avian voices. The viewing pavilion has a 
roof for shade. Many dozens of humingbirds are feeding all around us at dozens 
of feeders and in the Locust trees. I can see two great Egrets in the water far 
below and several other species that I will name ASAP.This location recorder 
close to 7000 Broad-winged each of the past few days. 

All that and a cell phone signal.

Sent from Yah on Android

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Subject: Capital Chapter canoe trip highlights
From: raqbirds via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:45:17 -0400
Sunday's weather gave us a decent window for a flotilla of four boats to paddle 
(very little current due to low water) down the Merrimack River from Boscawen 
to Penacook. Besides the beauty and quiet of this remarkably wild river we saw 
some fun birds. No other boats on the water. 



Highlights: 


Canada Goose- only one but it was being pursued by a sub-adult Bald Eagle! 
Wood Duck- only one. A brightly plumaged male. 
Black Duck- one. All the other ducks were somewhere else apparently. 
Wild Turkey- the impressive sight of eight Turkeys flying across the river was 
my personal highlight. Though this year they might have been able to walk 
across it. 

Great Blue Heron- at least seven, probably more. 
GREAT EGRET- one elusive individual. 
Northern Harrier- it somehow missed seeing the nearby shorebirds. 
Bald Eagle- an adult near the Canterbury nest site and the aforementioned 
youngster chasing the goose. 

Osprey- one with a big fish. 
several unidentified hawks and falcons but no serious migration. 


SHOREBIRDS- low numbers considering the amazing amount of habitat due to the 
low water. 

Killdeer- eight (seems low) 
Least Sandpiper- at least 20. All near the Jamie Welch boat ramp in Boscawen 
and could be viewed from shore with a scope. 

Spotted Sandpiper- one. 
Common Nighthawk- one. 


Land birds- a few of the expected species such as Phoebes, Waxwings, and a 
couple of warblers. One Sapsucker was unusual for this paddle trip.One Kingbird 
was on the late side. 



WATER NOTES: I have been paddling this stretch of the Merrimack regularly for 
the last 15 years and sporadically for the last 45 years. I have NEVER seen the 
water anywhere near as low as it is right now. Besides the obvious sand bars 
and mud flats several cultural features (old rock piers and wall-like 
structures) and boulders that are normally underwater were well above the water 
level. 




Bob Quinn
Merlin Wildlife Tours 

Webster, NH 


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Seattle 


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Subject: Carter Hill Observatory (18 Sep 2016) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:26:14 -0800
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             36             36
Osprey                       0             44             44
Bald Eagle                   0             40             40
Northern Harrier             0             20             20
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             73             73
Cooper's Hawk                0             18             18
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              5
Broad-winged Hawk            0           3841           3841
Red-tailed Hawk              0             18             18
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             41             41
Merlin                       0             14             14
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              3
Unknown Buteo                0              7              7
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             24             24

Total:                       0           4189           4189
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Isabel Gottlieb

Observers:        Andre Moraes, Mark Timmerman

Visitors:
It was a slow Sunday at the orchard, with about 34 visitors to the
platform. 


Weather:
It rained for much of the day, and did not collect data from 11-1 due to
continuous rain. It quit raining for the afternoon for the most part, but
attempted to spit a couple of times. The air was pretty still with
occasional light breeze from the south. 

Raptor Observations:
We did not observe a single migrating raptor from the platform! During the
11-1 rain break, I drove into concord and saw one very soggy and
disgruntled looking Red-tail on a lamp post. In the afternoon, Andre and
Mike saw an American Kestrel while they were on a walk on the southern end
of the orchard. 

Non-raptor Observations:
We did get to see a few critters, including two Monarch Butterflies and
four ravens. 

Predictions:
Forecast warns of rain and thunder for much of the day! There may or may
not be much opportunity for hawk watching. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Isabel Gottlieb (igwgottlieb AT gmail.com)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org



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Subject: Saturday Blue Job
From: "Hale, Stephen" <Steve.Hale AT unh.edu>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:54:42 +0000
A few birders spent a brief 1.5 hours on Mt. Blue Job in Farmington, NH on 
Saturday to try to catch the tail end of the peak Broad-winged Hawk migration. 
Wednesday on Pack Monadnock (Peterborough) and Thursday on Carter Hill 
(Concord) there were over 3,000 BWHAs tallied at each site. Despite the 
favorable fair skies, my reduced window of time and a pretty steady wind out of 
the south yielded only two distant and unidentified buteos. I was fortunate to 
get great side on views of close passing male American Kestrel, and 
straight-up/overhead views of an Osprey. No Turkey Vultures. Other birds noted 
on the mountain were Northern Flicker, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler, 
Blue Jay, and American Robin. There were several other unidentified warblers 
passing against the stiff wind. 


Steve Hale
http://openworldexplorers.com

Dr. Stephen R. Hale
Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH
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Subject: Strafford County Farm bird walk, 9/18, 32 species
From: Dan Hubbard <danielhubbard AT peoplepc.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:42:34 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Thirteen birders joined me for a wettish walk at Strafford County Farm 
yesterday. It wasn't as exciting as last Sunday's monsoon, but that is probably 
a good thing. Migration continues to be slow, but we did tally 6 species of 
sparrows, including Field, White-throated and Lincoln's Sparrows. Mostly, we 
stuck to the Don Black trail and around the parking lot; the fields were a bit 
too wet. We actually would have tallied the same number of species at the 
parking lot only. Perhaps, if I scheduled more walks, the drought would cease. 
The list of species follows. Thanks to Alan Murray for recording numbers. Dan 
Hubbard, Rochester 


Killdeer-1
Herring Gull-7
Rock Pigeon-30
Mourning Dove-3
Red-bellied Woodpecker-1
Downy Woodpecker-1
Hairy Woodpecker-2
Northern Flicker-1
Merlin-1
Eastern Phoebe-5
Blue Jay-3
American Crow-3
Black-capped Chickadee-2
House Wren-2
Eastern Bluebird-1
American Robin-5
Gray Catbird-6
European Starling-20
Cedar Waxwing-35
Common Yellowthroat-1
Chipping Sparrow-3
Field Sparrow-1
White-throated Sparrow-1
Savannah Sparrow-2
Song Sparrow-4
Lincoln's Sparrow-1
Scarlet Tanager-1
Northern Cardinal-2
Indigo Bunting-2
House Finch-3
American Goldfinch-4
House Sparrow-2 

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Subject: Clarification: Film - The Messenger
From: Stephanie Parkinson <sparkinson AT sulloway.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:38:28 -0400
This is being shown at the Red River Theatres in Concord (11 S. Main Street).
(There are 2 main theatres at Red River - "Lincoln Financial" & "Stonyfield" - 
It's being shown in the Stonyfield theatre). 



THE NATURE CONSERVANCY PRESENTS -
THE FUTURE OF NATURE FILM SERIES:
THE MESSENGER
One Night Only! - Wednesday, September 28th
6:30 PM
Su Rynard's wide-ranging and contemplative documentary THE MESSENGER explores 
our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of 
songbirds might mirror our own. Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal 
Forest to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey to the streets of New York, THE 
MESSENGER brings us face-to-face with a remarkable variety of human-made perils 
that have devastated thrushes, warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks and many 
other airborne music-makers. We'll follow the film with a talk with local 
experts about how the themes in THE MESSENGER touch down in the Granite State. 


6:30pm = film begins in the Stonyfield Culture Center at Red River Theatres (90 
minutes) 


8:00pm = panel discussion (30-45 minutes)

Each ticket in the Future of Nature series is $5 and are available at the door 
or online. Purchase tickets online or at the door. 




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Subject: Red-headed woodpecker in Contoocook
From: Sue Burns <dewittsker AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:40:45 -0400
Friday morning a red-headed woodpecker flew a short distance down the river. I 
lost sight of it when it entered the trees. Clear view of its red head and 
white back with black wings in flight in the bright sun 


Sue Burns
Contoocook

Sent from my iPad

> On Sep 18, 2016, at 10:14 PM, Donna Ellis  wrote:
> 
> I was driving to Gould Hill Orchard passing along 127 and the Sandhill Crane 
was in the usual field on the east side of the buses at 3 pm. I drive this way 
home from work and didn't see it all week in the fields. I thought it had left 
for warmer climates. 

> 
> Donna
> Henniker
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Subject: Sandhill Crane Hopkinton
From: Donna Ellis <donnaellis1014 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:14:18 -0400
I was driving to Gould Hill Orchard passing along 127 and the Sandhill
Crane was in the usual field on the east side of the buses at 3 pm.  I
drive this way home from work and didn't see it all week in the fields.  I
thought it had left for warmer climates.

Donna
Henniker

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Subject: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (18 Sep 2016) 1 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:08:39 -0800
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              9              9
Osprey                       0             91             91
Bald Eagle                   1             35             35
Northern Harrier             0             24             24
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            354            354
Cooper's Hawk                0             35             35
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0           4649           4649
Red-tailed Hawk              0              5              5
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             43             43
Merlin                       0             32             32
Peregrine Falcon             0             15             15
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             12             12

Total:                       1           5311           5311
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 3.5 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Francie Von Mertens

Visitors:
Two white-haired gentleman, one from the north country of Vermont and the
other from the area came by the hawk watch this afternoon. We talked of
birds, and trout, and other things including the Vermonter's collection of
antique binoculars "passed to me by my ancestors." Francie handed him her
new pair to try, and when he put them to his eyes, all he could say was
"Wow...... Wow!" He spent the next several minutes lost in the grandeur of
a new world magnified times 8 through a looking glass.
There were 40 visitors to the count site this afternoon.



Weather:
Fog, rain, and drizzle in the morning, rendering the mountain invisible to
the watcher below and everything else invisible to Mike and Andre who tried
from the mountain. Clouds seemed to be starting to lift and there were a
few breaks of sun in the valley by early afternoon, and sure enough, the
mountain cleared not long after, though it remained in deep enough haze to
limit visibility to just beyond Crotched. The wind was again out of the
south, and temperatures stayed stuck in the 60s.


Raptor Observations:
Not long after the clouds lifted, an adult Bald Eagle rose in front of the
cliffs of North Pack and streamed south, the first and only raptor to be
seen and/or counted.


Non-raptor Observations:

Non-raptor Migrants:
Northern Parula- 1
Blackpoll Warbler- 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 2
warbler sp.- 1

Predictions:
Rain. Tuesday and Wednesday look promising!!!!!!!
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Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (trina16 AT comcast.net))
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
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Subject: Bald eagles
From: Jane Rice <moultnews AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:39:50 +0000
I saw an adult bald eagle swoop down and grab a small fish Saturday when I was 
swimming around Loon Island on the east side of Meredith Neck, maybe 150 feet 
away from me, and another adult at Elm Brook while I was searching for the 
crane (no luck). Also a raven in the field where the crane should have been. 


Jane Rice


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Subject: NH Coast (YC Night-Heron, Caspian Tern, Western Sandpiper, etc.)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:57:16 -0400
The immediate coast continues to be sparse for birds.  We walked around 
a bit at the Urban Forestry Center and a bit at Odiorne.  The only 
warbler we had for the day was a Blackpoll at Odiorne and maybe a Pine 
at the Forestry Center.  Shorebirds are also in short supply, 
particularly from Rye.  Largest concentrations are now in the Hampton 
harbor area.  A decent number of shorebirds were roosting on Seabrook 
Beach, but were bothered by a Peregrine Falcon and people. Marsh Road 
pond in Rye is just a small pool right now, and almost zero shorebirds 
there all weekend.  Finally a decent flock of Bonaparte's Gulls with 
about 150 at Odiorne.  Sadly, nothing rare mixed in.

A Yellow-crowned Night-Heron continues in the roost in Seabrook, and we 
had another Caspian Tern migrating today, but not much moving with the 
humid, warm weather and southwest winds.  We also found a juvenile 
Western Sandpiper today in Seabrook, only my 2nd of the fall.  My eBird 
list with a few photos below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist/S31644304

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: manchester?
From: dmp2ec AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:32:10 +0000 (UTC)
I have to take my daughter to an event this afternoon in manchester, if it 
stops raining, is there any good walking trails (that are safe..lol) to see 
birds? 

Thanks 
Deb 

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Subject: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (17 Sep 2016) 98 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 04:38:24 -0800
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              9              9
Osprey                      19             91             91
Bald Eagle                   2             34             34
Northern Harrier             2             24             24
Sharp-shinned Hawk          13            354            354
Cooper's Hawk                4             35             35
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              3
Broad-winged Hawk           49           4649           4649
Red-tailed Hawk              0              5              5
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5             43             43
Merlin                       0             32             32
Peregrine Falcon             1             15             15
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               1              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2             12             12

Total:                      98           5310           5310
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Alan Bostick, Andre Moraes, Cliff Seifer, David Fenton,
                  Glen, Lori, and Alan Chretien, Jeanne Nevard, Jon Woolf,
                  Judd Nathan, Ken Nevard, Mark Timmerman, Meade Cadot,
                  Mike Gebo, Sandy Fenton, Tom Delaney, Tom Warren,
                  with many more...

Visitors:
Another busy weekend for the mountain with a wedding and a church service
at the summit, tons of hikers, and a big turn-out for the hawk watch. There
were at least 102 visitors throughout the day, including two separate
groups from Mass. Audubon.


Weather:
A perfect sky for hawk watching today with spider-webs of cirrus and
con-trails punctuated here and there with fluffy cumulus. A layer of haze
rendered the White Mountains all but invisible and provided a nice contrast
for low-flying birds. Temperatures started around 60 and rose to the
mid-70s. It would have been a perfect day, save for the wind, which blew
steadily out of the SW for the duration of the count.

Raptor Observations:
Ospreys were the dominant raptor species for the first half of the count,
outnumbering Broad-winged Hawks 12 to 6. A few small peals of broad-wingeds
later in the afternoon pushed them ahead, but we'll have to wait until
after the rain the next couple of days for another significant push of
migrants.

Non-raptor Observations:
Wild Turkeys made their first appearance of the season in the field far
below the mountain this morning. Invertebrates repeatedly stole the show
from the hawks, from the mosaic darners landing on visitors, to a couple
beautifully patterned and impressively large spiders, to a Katydid posing
on Mike's finger.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Chimney Swift- 1
Northern Parula- 1
Pine Warbler- 1
Blackpoll Warbler- 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 4
warbler sp.- 2

Predictions:
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are forecasted. If it dries up enough
between patches of rain and there's visibility at the summit, the count
will go on. Most raptors will wait out the wet weather and south wind, but
an Osprey or two or maybe a sharpie or harrier may decide to put in a few
miles. Bring an umbrella and a good book or some knitting if you decide to
come up.
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Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (trina16 AT comcast.net))
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org



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Subject: Carter Hill Observatory (17 Sep 2016) 256 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:08:37 -0800
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             36             36
Osprey                       7             44             44
Bald Eagle                   8             40             40
Northern Harrier             3             20             20
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12             73             73
Cooper's Hawk                2             18             18
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              5
Broad-winged Hawk          209           3841           3841
Red-tailed Hawk              1             18             18
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             6             41             41
Merlin                       2             14             14
Peregrine Falcon             1              2              2
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              3
Unknown Buteo                0              7              7
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               5             24             24

Total:                     256           4189           4189
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Isabel Gottlieb

Observers:        Jason Lambert, Kathleen Brockett, Kevin and Nan O\'Neil,
                  Maureen Joyce, Mike and Linda Cassier, Paul Bourgault,
                  Robert Woodward, Sarah Cairn , Tom Brewton

Visitors:
It was a very busy day at the platform! We had at least 120 visitors to the
platform, but probably more because it was hard to keep track! Again, many
volunteers helped out today and I was having trouble keeping up with all of
you so I apologize if I leave you off the list today! 

Volunteers today included: Tom Brewton, Sara Cairnes, Kevin and Nan O'Neil,
Mike and Linda Cassier, Kathleen Brocket, Shelby, Rob Woodward, Maureen
Joyce, Jason, Craig, Betsy, and Paul Bourgoult. 


Weather:
Today was sunny with breeze from the south and light wispy cloud cover. 

Raptor Observations:
Today we had over 200 birds, which were mostly Broad-winged Hawks. We
started off the day with a Northern Harrier that came in low over the
orchard and soared around for all to see. We had a big handful of Bald
Eagles, including several close passes by our resident adult. We also had
our second Peregrine Falcon of the season! 

Non-raptor Observations:
Today was a Monarch Butterfly day! 10 of these little buddies were spotted
on their way to Mexico. We also had at least three Ravens, and a
Ruby-throated Hummingbird. 

Predictions:
Tomorrow's forecast calls for rain (with thunderstorms) more or less all
day, so my expectations for big numbers tomorrow are not high! Fingers
crossed that we don't get completely rained out. 
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Report submitted by Isabel Gottlieb (igwgottlieb AT gmail.com)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org



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