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5 Mar Re. RFID- Bohemian Waxwings [eric masterson ]
5 Mar cedar waxwings at Clocktower [Jeanne-Marie ]
5 Mar cedar waxwings Nashua [nanseagold via NHBirds ]
5 Mar RFI- Bohemian Waxwings [Chad Witko ]
5 Mar mute swan on the Merrimack River, Nashua [nanseagold via NHBirds ]
5 Mar Bohemian Waxwings -- Northwood ["'Aerart' via NHBirds" ]
05 Mar Barrington - Rusty Blackbird []
5 Mar BC Chickadee with 2 dark patches on breast [Jane Williamson ]
5 Mar red-wings here []
4 Mar 40 degree day [Jeanne-Marie ]
4 Mar Raptors and Waxwings/Nashua [Christine Sheridan ]
4 Mar Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Dark Morph Gyrfalcon Sighted in Salisbury MA 3.4.15 [Christine Sheridan ]
4 Mar Blue Jays vs paint ["'Cindy Reid' via NHBirds" ]
04 Mar TV in Windham [Steve Mirick ]
4 Mar TV in Hampstead [Scott Heron ]
4 Mar Peregrine, Redpolls - Salem [Kyle Wilmarth ]
4 Mar Re: foy tv ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
4 Mar foy tv []
4 Mar New London Bohemians [Dylan Jackson ]
4 Mar Jefferson Redpolls and Ravens on Tuesday morning [David Govatski ]
4 Mar Loons a'plenty [Cheryl ]
3 Mar photos of New London bohemians [DAGForsyth via NHBirds ]
3 Mar Another Barred Owl [Iain Macleod ]
3 Mar walpole/longspurs [Jeanne-Marie ]
3 Mar Today's highlights: Bohemians and Longspurs [Dylan Jackson ]
03 Mar Manchester ducks (5 Barrow's Goldeneyes!) [Steve Mirick ]
03 Mar Strange Blue Jay behavior... ["Linda M. Charron" ]
03 Mar Bohemian waxwings [dagforsyth via NHBirds ]
3 Mar Newport Bohemians [Dylan Jackson ]
3 Mar Alstead Snowy Owl? [Dylan Jackson ]
3 Mar OT: Impossible photo--Weasel & Woodpecker, England [Cliff Otto ]
2 Mar Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, March 2, 2015 ["Mark Suomala" ]
2 Mar Unity Grosbeaks and Walpole Longspurs [Jack Swatt ]
2 Mar Bohemian Waxwings in Hanover [Adam Burnett ]
02 Mar Exeter Reservoir location [Steve Mirick ]
2 Mar Re: Wentworth Douglas Hospital Birds ["'Jess Home' via NHBirds" ]
2 Mar Wentworth Douglas Hospital Birds [David Blezard ]
2 Mar Video of Red Tailed Hawk feeding on Gray Squirrel [Joel Huntress ]
2 Mar More on Exeter ducks [Scott Heron ]
2 Mar Red Tailed Hawk feeding on Squirrel [Joel Huntress ]
2 Mar Barred Owl, Sunapee [Dylan Jackson ]
02 Mar Exeter Reservoir (Mallards, Green-winged Teal, Pintails, Lesser Scaup) [Steve Mirick ]
2 Mar 2/28 Ducks, loons, and more [Cheryl ]
2 Mar Barred owl in Walpole [Pam Blair ]
2 Mar GREAT HORNED OWL, Orford [Jeff MacQueen ]
1 Mar Bohemian waxwings, Portsmouth [Katie Towler ]
2 Mar no nesting Great Horned Owls, yet [Len Medlock ]
1 Mar Re: Scaup on the Merrimack river in Manchester [Christopher McPherson ]
01 Mar Coastbirding 3/1 [Jon Woolf ]
1 Mar Scaup on the Merrimack river in Manchester [Christopher McPherson ]
1 Mar Bohemians, Cowbird/Nashua [Christine Sheridan ]
1 Mar Re: New London Bohemians [Scott Spangenberg ]
1 Mar New London Bohemians [Dylan Jackson ]
1 Mar Bohemian Waxwings Strafford Library [Marjorie ]
1 Mar Where in Hampton wwtp? ["'Jess Home' via NHBirds" ]
1 Mar Busy morning at the feeders [Joel Huntress ]
1 Mar Coastal Highlights/Concord BOWA's [Dylan Jackson ]
1 Mar Carolina wren..oops [evelyn nathan ]
1 Mar Carolina wren in squirrel nest [evelyn nathan ]
28 Feb Odds & Ends (Bald Eagles, Red-headed Woodpecker) [Steve Mirick ]
28 Feb Concord Bohemians [Dylan Jackson ]
28 Feb crows [evelyn nathan ]
27 Feb Seacoast birds, rough-legged hawk [Katie Towler ]
27 Feb Bohemian Waxwings [Christopher McPherson ]
27 Feb Bohemian waxwings @harts location [Lisa Couture ]
27 Feb Woodpecker Bonanza [deanneart via NHBirds ]
27 Feb siskins and BB's [evelyn nathan ]
26 Feb Re: exeter and beyond ["Linda M. Charron" ]
26 Feb 8 Fish Crows in Salem [Kyle Wilmarth ]
26 Feb exeter and beyond [Jeanne-Marie ]
26 Feb First time ever [Carolyn Payzant ]
25 Feb Adam's Point - Bald Eagle, Barrow's Goldeneye - No Woodpecker :-( [Ashley P ]
25 Feb dover bald eagle [duane dotton ]
25 Feb Walpole lark, bunting, lapspur flock ["hg2 AT myfairpoint.net" ]
25 Feb Bohemian Waxwings Conway ["Marnich, Debra - NRCS, Conway, NH" ]
25 Feb 75 Bohemian waxwings in Strafford [Steve Mirick ]

Subject: Re. RFID- Bohemian Waxwings
From: eric masterson <erictheirish AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:46:51 -0500
120 in downtown Dublin today

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Subject: cedar waxwings at Clocktower
From: Jeanne-Marie <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:15:40 -0500
mid day today over 250 cedars, with no bohemian in sight. But sitting on the 
edge of gutters, in bushes and trees they were quiet a decorative sight on a 
bleak day. 



Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua, NH

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Subject: cedar waxwings Nashua
From: nanseagold via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:57:02 -0500
I just had a flock of 20 Cedar Waxwings sitting at the top of a tree in my 
backyard. I remember that last year there was a flock that visited occasionally 
and sat in the same tree. 



Nancy Murphy
Nashua, NH


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Subject: RFI- Bohemian Waxwings
From: Chad Witko <chadjwitko AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:40:33 -0500
Greetings,

This weekend I'm hoping to spend some time in New Hampshire centered in
Hillsborough County. I come to the area every several weeks from Upstate
New York, but this will be the first time that I'll (likely) be getting out
to track down some Bohemian Waxwings, which would be a life bird for me.

I'm still getting the lay of the land, and I see all the reports coming and
going, let alone on eBird...but does anyone know of a particular area
within 1.5 hrs of Milford, Wilton, etc. that has some reliable flocks? With
their nomadic nature I'd like to up my odds. Also, a place that has any
other interesting sightings to boot would be a nice bonus.

Cheers,
Chad Witko

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Subject: mute swan on the Merrimack River, Nashua
From: nanseagold via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:12:11 -0500
A single mute swam was swimming against the current, heading north, around 3:30 
today on the Merrimack River in Nashua. 



A pair of common mergansers were on the Nashua River off of Bridge Street late 
today also. 




Yesterday I saw two turkey vultures heading west around their usual location 
around Exit 5 in Nashua. 



Nancy Murphy
Nashua, NH



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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings -- Northwood
From: "'Aerart' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:18:11 -0500
Today there is a flock of 80 Bohemian Waxwings in the trees by Coe Brown 
Academy on Rt. 4 in Northwood. 


George and Andrea Robbins
Pittsfield, NH

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Subject: Barrington - Rusty Blackbird
From: nhexactly AT metrocast.net
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:41:07 -0500
Just an update that one rusty blackbird has been feeding in our yard 
daily since our Christmas Bird Count back in December. A very hearty 
soul, indeed!

Ralph and Deb Sanders

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Subject: BC Chickadee with 2 dark patches on breast
From: Jane Williamson <jmwlmsn AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:28:03 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/130891601 AT N03/

S/he's been at my feeders for the last couple of weeks. Any info
appreciated as to what causes, how common, etc. Dark patches are
symmetrical.

Thanks,
Jane Williamson
North Sutton, NH

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Subject: red-wings here
From: s42yth AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:25:18 +0000 (UTC)
foy for me red-winged blackbirds are in my yard chowing down on cracked corn 
...    Sylvia hartmann   Manchester nh 


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Subject: 40 degree day
From: Jeanne-Marie <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 22:13:17 -0500
Despite the overnight snow, spring was in the air today. I tried desperately to 
find the redpolls that have eluded me all season, but despite Amanda/Kyle's 
post (following Becky and Zeke) I was unsuccessful in locating them, but 
managed to find 10 fish crow perched across from the 99 on Grand China, 
interestingly when a red tail came by only the larger American Crows bothered 
to mob it while the fish crow sat on the roof and shared their thoughts ("uh, 
uh") 

Further travels to Exeter Reservoir (a new site for me): hundreds ( I lost 
count after 400 due to milling around) of mallard, blacks (and a few in 
between) ducks as well as a pair of pintail, green wing teal, and scaup( 
lesser) 6 common mergansers and a very pale red tail 


Hayes Mobile Home Park: a white throated sparrow greeted me, then everything 
took cover as another RT hawk soared around the area. As I got in my car, I was 
adopted by two eastern bluebirds (the male on the passengers mirror, and female 
on the roof tapping away) -wish I could've gotten a shot of that. 

Exeter WWTP: more scaup (these I believe are greater), droves of mallards, and 
black duck, a juvenile bald eagle, RT hawk, the usual gulls (no iceland today) 


Back to Manchester: found the Barrow's stash! at least 4 Barrows 20+ commons, a 
very photogenic Great Cormorant, an adult Bald Eagle, -and one lone lesser 
scaup, along with 8 bufflehead (down by stadium) 


en route home passed another flock of cedar waxwings (next to another 99 
restaurant) -no bohemians 


More "weather to come" - enjoy while it lasts.

Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua NH

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Subject: Raptors and Waxwings/Nashua
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 19:03:53 -0500
A little late afternoon birding in Nashua:

Merlin (any day featuring a Merlin is a Good Day)--Lock St. powerline

https://www.flickr.com/photos/42971731 AT N03/16717608961/

Bald Eagle (an immature with definite "presence.")   Merrimack River

https://www.flickr.com/photos/42971731 AT N03/sets/72157650763144388/

Three, possibly four, Turkey Vultures (Millyard Technology Park)

Two good-sized flocks of Cedar Waxwings, 43 at Spring St. courthouse,
around 40 at Clocktower Apartments, not a Bohemian among them, but there
are still some  laden fruit trees around.

Not a single duck in the areas I checked....

Chris Sheridan
Nashua

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Subject: Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Dark Morph Gyrfalcon Sighted in Salisbury MA 3.4.15
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 18:33:27 -0500
Hope no one minds if I forward this Massbird post--Gyr seen headed for
Hampton!

Chris Sheridan
Nashua
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From: Paul Roberts 
Date: Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 2:55 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dark Morph Gyrfalcon Sighted in Salisbury MA 3.4.15
To: MassBird 


Tom Graham of Seabrook, NH just called to inform me that he had just seen a
dark morph Gyrfalcon at Salisbury State Reservation at about 2:15. The bird
was flying north up the main road in the reservation, as though heading for
Hampton, NH. He had good, close looks at the flying bird and thinks it is
almost certainly the bird he photographed in Seabrook, NH on January 26. He
could not refind the bird.

That bird clearly had a preference for eating gulls, so Salisbury can offer
her some tasty treats, although I am not sure where the gulls now roost with
all the snow.

If you've looked at the photos of the dark morph Gyrfalcon seen
intermittently in upstate New York (Mark Miller's photos at
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=881929055198897&set=gm.7206738146967
69&type=1&theater), at Tom's incredible Jan 26th photos of the Gyr in
Seabrook, and at Luke Seitz's incredible photos from Wells
(https://mebirdingfieldnotes.wordpress.com), with the Gyr challenging a
Redtail, you can see the impressive range in sizes of Red-tailed Hawk and
Gyrfalcon.

Best,

Paul


Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA
phawk254 AT comcast.net

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Subject: Blue Jays vs paint
From: "'Cindy Reid' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 12:35:15 -0800
In response to Linda Charron's post on March 3 - a few weeks ago I heard a 
knocking at the front door, and found a Blue Jay digging around a rotting spot 
on the door casing, well painted with several coats.  I thought perhaps he was 
looking for insects, but this behavior obviously fits with the paint ingestion 
theory from the Cornell study.  Thanks for this very odd factoid! 


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Subject: TV in Windham
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:58:47 -0500
Alright...I'll jump in also.  I had a Turkey Vulture on Interstate 93 
this morning in Windham.  My first presumed non-wintering bird of the 
spring.

Also......4 Barrow's Goldeneyes in Manchester this afternoon.  Two 
males, only one female and the immature male.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: TV in Hampstead
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:43:57 -0500
I had a Turkey Vulture soaring over Rt. 111 near Hog Hill Pond in Hampstead
around 11:30 today. I had another about a 1/2 hour later down in MA on Rt.
2.

Scott Heron
Kingston

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Subject: Peregrine, Redpolls - Salem
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:48:07 -0500
The last few days have been a bit more 'birdy' around these parts.
Highlights include:

Peregrine Falcon - Hawkin's Farm on heron rookery tree - went looking for
Great Horned Owl but came back with a Peregrine, I'll take it.

Common Redpolls - 40~ on morning of 3/3 in birches in front of Toys R Us.
More than likely part of the group Becky and Zeke had this past weekend. I
have not seen them since unfortunately, but haven't really been able to
look very hard.

Fish Crows - on my way in from lunch today, there was about 10+ of them
squawking in the trees in from of Kohl's on Rt.28

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1 adult staking out the feeders in the backyard
White-throated Sparrows - 4+ at a feeder set up off of Northwestern Dr.
Song Sparrow - bird that's been in the yard all winter has been singing for
the last week or so.
Great Horned Owls - calling around the neighborhood

I haven't seen the Iceland Gull lately, but most of the gulls seem to have
been hanging out near the Icenter off of Rt.38



Kyle Wilmarth & Amanda Altena
Salem, NH

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Subject: Re: foy tv
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:45:52 -0500
A turkey vulture was also over rt 202/9 in Henniker yesterday afternoon.

Red crossbills have been in my neighborhood of late, too. I heard some over my 
yard today for the third time in two weeks. 


Phil Brown
Hancock NH

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On Mar 4, 2015, at 12:29 PM, s42yth AT comcast.net wrote:

> a turkey vulture just cruised over my yard here in east Manchester. Sylvia 
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Subject: foy tv
From: s42yth AT comcast.net
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:29:43 +0000 (UTC)
a turkey vulture just cruised over my yard here in east Manchester.     
Sylvia hartmann 


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Subject: New London Bohemians
From: Dylan Jackson <jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 10:14:18 -0500
The large flock (estimated around 200) of Bohemian Waxwings persists in the 
Newport Rd area in New London. Today seen feeding in fruit trees near the 
Lamplighter Inn. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Jefferson Redpolls and Ravens on Tuesday morning
From: David Govatski <david.govatski AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:18:34 -0500
While clearing our deck of fresh snow I was able to get a good count on 110 
Redpolls and 9 Evening Grosbeaks sitting patiently in trees. This number is 
down from a high of 170 redpolls and 12 evening grosbeaks a few weeks ago. 
Other observations include 2 Ravens that have been coming each morning. One 
Raven was feeding on staghorn sumac fruit while over watching another cleaning 
up seed under a tray feeder. A snowshoe hare is also feeding on seed under the 
feeders at night along with evidence of northern flying squirrels on the tray 
feeder. A Ruffed Grouse continues to be seen at dawn and dusk feeding on seed. 
Woodpeckers are drumming now and establishing their breeding territories. 


David Govatski
Jefferson, NH

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Subject: Loons a'plenty
From: Cheryl <cduford33 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 06:01:15 -0500
All the commoners are still hanging out along the coast--mergansers, loons,
and eiders.

For anyone who cares, it's obviously the end times too.

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

Here's to an uneventful melting season!

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Portsmouth, NH

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Subject: photos of New London bohemians
From: DAGForsyth via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:11:37 -0500
Today I got some decent photos of bohemian waxwings along the road just  
east of the traffic circle in New London, and a lot of bad ones of birds  
silhouetted against the white sky. I've deleted the bad ones and offer a few of 

the better ones:
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/113232207 AT N06/
 
David Forsyth

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Subject: Another Barred Owl
From: Iain Macleod <pandiain.im AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:05:42 -0500
A Barred Owl spent the morning perched next to my bird feeders....sitting
in the sun and waiting for breakfast. The shoveled, seed-covered area
underneath the feeders was obviously welcomed.
It was very photogenic and quite unafraid.
https://flic.kr/p/rb4xtU

Yesterday while checking eagle nests in the Lakes Region this adult made a
fly-over.

https://flic.kr/p/qvRzL6

Iain MacLeod
Ashland

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Subject: walpole/longspurs
From: Jeanne-Marie <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:35:33 -0500
Though we didn't run into other birders, it appears the Agway in Walpole was 
populated by many of the same today. 

Jane Wing and I made a quick trip this morning and were delighted to find 5 
lapland longspurs, over 200 horned larks (Dylan was right these are very 
conservative estimates there were horned larks everywhere), and 8 snow 
buntings. 

one song sparrow, one tree sparrow, one red tail hawk

surprisingly quiet elsewhere along the connecticut and back towards the eastern 
part of the state except for a few cedar waxwings (Keene), lots of robins, and 
woodpeckers (downy and hairy pairs) at many stops in Keene and Marlborough. 



Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua NH

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Subject: Today's highlights: Bohemians and Longspurs
From: Dylan Jackson <jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 18:58:32 -0500
Today I had to make a trip to the DMV in Claremont so I decided to make a trip 
to Walpole. Jut after leaving I came across the Bohemians I previously reported 
in Newport: 

http://flic.kr/p/raVQaA
http://flic.kr/p/raWHEG

After leaving the DMV, I checked Great Meadow for recently seen Horned Larks 
and Bluebirds, but couldn't turn up much except a Downy Woodpecker and some 
Pigeons. 


The Great Meadow Horned Larks must have heard about the Walpole Agway because I 
was taken back by the amount of Horned Larks present. I estimated the group at 
120, although I'm sure that's a low number. Not many Snow Buntings but the two 
Lapland Longspurs were present in the group: 

http://flic.kr/p/qvwpjd
http://flic.kr/p/rsqvPN
Two Red-tailed Hawks could be seen flying about the area and other notables 
included a single Song Sparrow and a Northern Mockingbird. 


I checked the spot in Langdon where I heard of a recent Snowy Owl sighting. 
There was NO Snowy present when I was there. 


In an unrelated note: my previous post of the Bohemians in New London said I 
estimated the group at 209. This was a typo and I meant to say 200. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Manchester ducks (5 Barrow's Goldeneyes!)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:52:46 -0500
Worked in Manchester today and checked out the river a few times. After 
the first check in the morning, I thought I had 4 Barrow's Goldeneyes, 
so I carefully checked at noon, and clearly found 5 Barrow's 
Goldeneyes!  This is the first time I've ever had more than 3 in a 
single area in the state.  Otherwise, no scaup and fewer Buffleheads and 
Great Cormorants than what Chris McPherson had a couple of days ago.  
Funny how ducks come and go.  There's a lot of open water along the 
river now.

Mallard  6
Bufflehead  6     Only one or two late in day.
Common Goldeneye  53     High count during afternoon check.  Birds 
generally spread out.  Would be nice to find an evening roost site.
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE  5     Unequivocally 5 separate individuals. Female 
and immature male together behind (and slightly to the north of) Texas 
Instruments building.  TWO adult males and second female diving together 
in small group under the Granite Street bridge and visible with scope 
from Stark Landing behind stadium.
Common Merganser  6
GREAT CORMORANT  3     Two adults and 1 immature.  Significantly lower 
than higher counts previously reported.  Adults looking nice! Where are 
they roosting?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/16520716498/in/photostream/lightbox/

Bald Eagle  1     Adult.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Strange Blue Jay behavior...
From: "Linda M. Charron" <clinda912 AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:50:15 -0500
Gerry & I noted some Blue Jays eating paint off our shed! We both felt this was 
unusual behavior for the birds so I googled it. I found that Cornel University 
has done a study of the birds doing this. It's their attempt to get calcium 
into their diet before the breeding season! There is calcium in the paint and 
the birds know it. Has anyone else ever witnessed this Blue Jay paint Buffet? 
(Cornell recommends offering them egg shells to deter taking paint off the 
building) LOL 

Linda Charron
New Boston, NH

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Subject: Bohemian waxwings
From: dagforsyth via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:18:35 -0500




Subject: Newport Bohemians
From: Dylan Jackson <jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 13:47:40 -0500
There is a flock of about 20 Bohemian Waxwings feeding on ornamental fruit tree 
berries between Eichenaur Incorporated and Lake Sunapee bank along Route 11 in 
Newport. Stopped and took some photos. Every time the BOWAs landed in the tree 
a female Robin would do whatever she could to drive them away. Her tree 
apparently. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Alstead Snowy Owl?
From: Dylan Jackson <jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:56:27 -0500
A friend of mine notified me last night that he had seen a Snowy Owl that day 
(3/2) near the covered bridge just north of Route 123A on Crane Brook Rd (in 
what I guess is Langdon, not Alstead). I will be taking a ride down today to 
see if there is one there. I wanted to post this so anyone in the area could 
also take a look if they have the time. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: OT: Impossible photo--Weasel & Woodpecker, England
From: Cliff Otto <bye.bye.nh.birdy AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 07:59:56 -0500
This is an incredible photograph and story.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/tasneemnashrulla/the-tale-of-the-weasel-and-woodpecker?bffb&utm_term=4ldqpgp#.ci4REgpwG 


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Manchester, Not England

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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, March 2, 2015
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:46:14 -0500
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 2nd, 2015.



A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered near the public boat launch 
at Adams Point in Durham on November 10th. It has been seen numerous times 
since then, and was last reported on March 1st.



A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at the Hampton Wastewater Treatment Plant on 
February 27th.



A GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen in Hampton Harbor on February 
28th. An ICELAND GULL was seen at Adam’s Point in Durham on February 28th, 
and 2 were seen on the Merrimack River in Manchester on March 1st.



A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen near Rye Harbor on February 27th



A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Pillsbury State Park in Sunapee on February 
26th, and 1 was seen along Route 10 in Piermont on February 27th.



A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on Great Bay from Adam’s Point in Durham 

on February 25th.



A female HARLEQUIN DUCK continues to be seen along the coast in Rye near 
Concord Point and was last reported on February 26th.



A THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen off of Concord Point in Rye on February 28th, 
and 2 RAZORBILLS were seen from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on March 
1st.



4 LESSER SCAUP and 10 GREAT CORMORANTS were reported from the Merrimack 
River in Manchester on March 1st.



A pair of NORTHERN PINTAILS, a male GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and a female LESSER 
SCAUP were seen at the Exeter Reservoir on March 2nd.



4 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, 4 SNOW BUNTINGS, and 75 HORNED LARKS were reported from 
the Agway parking lot in Walpole on March 2nd, and 7 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, 25 
SNOW BUNTINGS, and 200 HORNED LARKS were reported from the same location on 
February 25th.



A flock of 6 COMMON REDPOLLS was reported from Chatham on March 2nd.



4 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Unity on March 2nd.



BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: a flock of 75 near 
the library in Strafford on February 25th and again on March 1st, a flock of 
over 80 behind Stan’s Auto Service Center in Conway on the 26th, a flock of 
12 in Hart’s Location on the 27th, a flock of over 150 near the traffic 
circle in New London on the 27th and a flock of 209 in the same area on 
March 1st, a flock of 40 along Route 106 near Sam’s Club in Concord on 
February 28th, a flock of 50 along Winona Road in New Hampton on March 1st, 
and a flock of 45 in Hanover on March 2nd. These flocks were seen mainly 
foraging on ornamental fruit tress, or resting nearby.



A flock of 8 FISH CROWS was seen in Salem on February 26th.



A GRAY JAY and a BOREAL CHICKADEE were seen in Crawford Notch in the White 
Mountains in February 28th.



A GREAT HORNED OWL was heard hooting in Orford on March 2nd.



A BARRED OWL was seen in Walpole on March 2nd, 1 was seen in Sunapee on 
March 2nd, and 1 was seen in Hanover on February 26th.



An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was seen in Rye on March 1st.



A TURKEY VULTURE was seen in Dover on March 2nd and 3 were reported from the 
Manchester area on February 28th.



An EASTERN TOWHEE was reported from Rye on February 26th.



A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Nashua on February 25th.



A BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD was seen in Nashua on March 1st.



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: Unity Grosbeaks and Walpole Longspurs
From: Jack Swatt <jswattbirds AT snet.net>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 18:18:38 -0800
I was up in Lempster for the weekend and was able to get out and do some 
birding. On Sunday 3/1 I made it up to New London to see the Bohemian Waxwings 
(life list bird for me), then tried looking for the Sunapee shrike with Dylan 
Jackson, but no luck there. 


Today I went back to Connecticut by going along the Connecticut. On the way I 
found a small flock of 4 EVENING GROSBEAKS on 2nd NH Turnpike in Unity, about a 
quarter mile east of the firehouse. While snowshoeing along the river near the 
Charlestown WWTP there was a flock of 18 HORNED LARK. At Walpole Agway there 
were at least 75 HORNED LARK (probably an underestimate), 4 SNOW BUNTING and 4 
LAPLAND LONGSPUR. In Hinsdale along the rail trail, there was an adult BALD 
EAGLE. Lots of common stuff in between. 


Pictures of the Snow Buntings and some of the Longspurs amongst the larks

https://www.flickr.com/photos/94547998 AT N08/sets/72157650676928037/    

Jack Swatt
Wolcott, CT
Lempster, NH

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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings in Hanover
From: Adam Burnett <adamburnett33 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 21:08:28 -0500
This morning I saw a flock of about 45 Bohemian Waxwings on the Dartmouth 
College campus in Hanover. As I was headed to class I spotted them perched in 
the top of an oak next to Wilder Hall. Thankfully I had a few extra minutes, so 
I got a little closer and stopped to watch the birds. As I approached, the 
flock began to drop down into a fruiting tree that was even closer to me and 
right at eye level, so it looked as if I was in for some great views. At that 
moment, though, an immature Cooper’s Hawk came bombing in and chased the 
whole flock away. When the flock was in flight, I could see that there were no 
Cedar Waxwings mixed in. The flock made one big circle overhead, briefly landed 
back in the oak, then took off again and headed off to the east and out of 
sight, still pursued by the hawk. This afternoon I walked all around campus in 
search of the flock, but I could not find them again. I will definitely be 
keeping my eyes open! 


Adam Burnett
Dartmouth College

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Subject: Exeter Reservoir location
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:54:05 -0500
For those interested, I forgot to mention in my last post...

The Exeter reservoir (also known as the water works pond) is located on 
the east side of Route 108 approximately .5 miles south of Route 101 in 
Exeter, NH.  Look for a small access road on the left which leads to the 
dam and the open water with the ducks on the right. This is roughly 
opposite Steve's Diner and Kerner's Quick Lube.  The road is plowed, but 
there is only one lane.  You can view the birds fairly easy with 
binoculars, but a scope is helpful.  It is best to go in the morning 
when the lighting is better.  In late afternoon, you will be staring 
into the sun to see the birds.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Re: Wentworth Douglas Hospital Birds
From: "'Jess Home' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 14:48:54 -0500
We too saw the waxwings at our 9am arrival. At that time closer to 50 birds. 
Quick scan didn't produce bohemians but the trees were still laden with fruit. 


A birder friend who works at hospital says they have come through those trees 
in previous years. 


Jess and Lisa 
Eliot

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> On Mar 2, 2015, at 2:09 PM, David Blezard  wrote:
> 
> I was leave Wentworth Douglas Hospital in Dover mid-day today and saw two 
interesting things: 

> 
> 1) There are fruit trees by the south entrance that were full of fruit and 
somewhat full of Cedar Waxwings. There were approximately 20 birds. 
Unfortunately, I didn’t see any Bohemians, but it would be a good place to 
monitor if they keep moving south. 

> 
> 2) A Turkey Vulture cruised by over the hospital.
> 
> 
> -David J. Blezard
>  dblezard AT mac.com
> 
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Subject: Wentworth Douglas Hospital Birds
From: David Blezard <dblezard AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 14:09:12 -0500
I was leave Wentworth Douglas Hospital in Dover mid-day today and saw two 
interesting things: 


1) There are fruit trees by the south entrance that were full of fruit and 
somewhat full of Cedar Waxwings. There were approximately 20 birds. 
Unfortunately, I didn’t see any Bohemians, but it would be a good place to 
monitor if they keep moving south. 


2) A Turkey Vulture cruised by over the hospital.


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Subject: Video of Red Tailed Hawk feeding on Gray Squirrel
From: Joel Huntress <joelhuntress AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:07:15 -0500
http://youtu.be/Y0FJIbSDK-4

Sorry for the shakiness. This was shot hand-held and I was freezing by this
point.

Joel Huntress
Newmarket, NH

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Subject: More on Exeter ducks
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:35:19 -0500
In addition to the reservoir and WTP, there was also a comparatively
small Mallard flock (about 50-60) below the Great Dam just behind the
library. I didn't pick out anything else among them, but it's yet another
hangout spot in town for some of these ducks while the rivers remain
primarily frozen.

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Kingston

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Subject: Red Tailed Hawk feeding on Squirrel
From: Joel Huntress <joelhuntress AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:05:23 -0500
This morning around 11:30 I witnessed what I believe to be (correct me if
I'm wrong) an Immature Red Tail take a Gray Squirrel down. The photos are
fairly non-graphic. I took a two minute long video which I'll post a link
to later.

This was along the Lamprey River close to the Piscassic Street boat ramp in
Newmarket, NH

https://flic.kr/p/r9M7AW
https://flic.kr/p/rrmuZZ
https://flic.kr/p/rrmuX4
https://flic.kr/p/r9M7oS

Joel Huntress
Newmarket, NH

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Subject: Barred Owl, Sunapee
From: Dylan Jackson <jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:03:27 -0500
As I was making my way down Burkehaven Hill Rd towards Sunapee Harbor just 
before 11:30 today, I somehow noticed a Barred Owl on the branch of a Beech 
Tree in one of our customers driveway. It was clearly there to roost, siting 
there with it's eyes closed. I've never seen a Barred roosting out in the wide 
open like that before. Some Blue Jays around were clearly irritated by the owls 
presence but never came too close to it. I took some scoped phone photos and 
moved on. A Snowy yesterday, a Barred today. I'll be hoping for another one 
tomorrow! 


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Subject: Exeter Reservoir (Mallards, Green-winged Teal, Pintails, Lesser Scaup)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:18:12 -0500
I stopped by the Exeter Reservoir this morning.  Thanks to a tip by 
Dylan Jackson, this water opened up and is now the congregating spot for 
the enormous Mallard flock in the area.  In past years, counts have been 
as high as 1,600 or more.  They wander between here and the Exeter 
wastewater treatment plant and also to a "Mallard Feeder" on Wheelright 
Creek.  This guy has been feeding Mallards in his back yard for years.  
Amazing to think about how much he must spend on cracked corn each 
winter!  The feeder appears to be frozen over right now, but here is a 
photo of the feeder from last winter:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/11918059004/lightbox/

My totals from the reservoir this morning:

American Black Duck  52
Mallard  750+     Quick count.  Possibly 1,000.  Likely not all that are 
in the area.
NORTHERN PINTAIL  2     Overwintering.  Male and female.
GREEN-WINGED TEAL 1     Overwintering.  Male.
LESSER SCAUP  1     Overwintering? Female.  Pretty sure on ID.
Common Merganser  3
Ring-billed Gull  11
Herring Gull  4

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA


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Subject: 2/28 Ducks, loons, and more
From: Cheryl <cduford33 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:56:02 -0500
Finally got down to the Rye coast on Saturday and managed to ONLY fall
twice and get stuck in one snowbank.

Saw a few Buffleheads, 1 male Hooded Merganser, a couple pair of Common
Goldeneye, about 10 Common Loons in a couple of different locations, 5
Great Cormorants and way too many Mallards, Herring Gulls, and Canada Geese
for the small inlet next to Petey's to handle.

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

Almost froze to death but it was well worth the trip.

Cheer!
Cheryl Duford

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Subject: Barred owl in Walpole
From: Pam Blair <pamelynblair AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:02:04 -0500
Barred owl on the deck this morning in Walpole. 

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Subject: GREAT HORNED OWL, Orford
From: Jeff MacQueen <jmacqueen AT sau88.net>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 03:00:31 -0500
Well, it's 2:15 a.m. and I just got back from a little walk to confirm a
Great Horned Owl here below Mt. Cube in Orford. The caps emphasis is for
the fact I haven't heard or seen one here in Orford since 1997 when I lived
along the river on Rt. 10. I also don't remember a Great Horned Owl post
since I've joined the UV listserv. Please forgive the double-post and the
length of the post, but I'm wide awake and psyched.
    My dog has the annoying habit of begging to go out in the middle of the
night. The upside is I get to listen for owls. I haven't had a Barred Owl
yet this year, which is surprising, so lately I've been lingering a bit,
even on the recent cold nights. I've had Saw-whet Owls here a few times
over the years and of course I'm always listening for them. As soon as I
stepped outside, I thought I heard a distant GHOW. I stopped and sure
enough, I heard the cadence of a GHOW. I thought it might be a dream
induced by Len Medlock's post I read on the NH listserv before bed! But I
got out of my bathrobe, got dressed and started walking toward the owl. It
turned out to be about a half-mile from my house, calling from the other
side of a hayfield at the Baker Farm or Schoolhouse Gardens on Baker Road.
I heard it clearly and many times as I stayed and as I walked to and from
the spot. I also made a recording to document it, which I'm not sure I know
how to share on the listserves, but if you e-mail me directly, I can try to
send it to you. I'm also going up there in the morning to see if I can find
it roosting. Now to see if I can get back to sleep!


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Subject: Bohemian waxwings, Portsmouth
From: Katie Towler <katie AT katherinetowler.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:09:40 -0500
We found a flock of 58 cedar waxwings and 2 Bohemian waxwings this afternoon on 
Griffin Road In Portsmouth. 


Katie Towler
Jim Sparrell
Portsmouth

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Subject: no nesting Great Horned Owls, yet
From: Len Medlock <lenmedlock AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 01:58:45 +0000 (UTC)
Lisa and I checked heron rookeries at Burrows Brookside Wildlife Sanctuary in 
South Hampton and Deer Hill Wildlife Management Area on Pine Road in Brentwood, 
where we broke trail, but failed to locate any nesting Great Horned Owls in 
either vicinity. Hopefully a rookery in your area is hosting a pair. 


Len Medlock
Exeter, NH
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Subject: Re: Scaup on the Merrimack river in Manchester
From: Christopher McPherson <cmcpherson687 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:48:36 -0500
Correction, someone was nice enough to point out how rare Red-breasted
Merganser would be for the Merrimack River, especially this time of year
causing me to go back and review my pictures, the bird I photographed was a
Common Merganser.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127251358 AT N05/16501668208/

On Sun, Mar 1, 2015 at 4:07 PM, Christopher McPherson <
cmcpherson687 AT gmail.com> wrote:

> I spent a few hours birding the Merrimack river in Manchester today and
> came across what I believe to be four Lesser Scaup!
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/127251358 AT N05/16686676775/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/127251358 AT N05/16500537039/
>
> They were behind Delta Dental Stadium off of the boat launch.
>
> Other notables:
>
> Iceland Gull (2)
> Bald Eagle (2 mature 2 sub-adult)
> Common Goldeneye (~65)
> Bufflehead (~20)
> Common & Red-breasted Merganser
> Great Cormorant (10+)
> Sharpe-shined Hawk
> Cooper's Hawk
>
> I could not locate any of the previously reported Barrow's Goldeneye, the
> Eagles kept the ducks and gulls on the move!
>
> Chris McPherson
> Brookline, NH
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Subject: Coastbirding 3/1
From: Jon Woolf <jsw AT jwoolfden.com>
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 20:44:48 -0500
I spent some time out birding today, enjoying a last day of freedom 
before starting a new job, and looking to see if there was anything 
stirring as the weather begins to creep toward something that might 
charitably be called 'springlike.'  Got a few good sightings, including:

At Exeter WWTP, there was a Red-tailed Hawk, hundreds or thousands of 
Mallards, and a few gulls including one that I eventually ID'ed as 
the winter adult Iceland Gull that's been reported there.  At first I 
thought it might be a Glaucous Gull because it looked larger than the 
Herring Gulls around it, but the colors didn't match Glaucous and did 
match Iceland.  The size difference must have been an illusion.

At Hampton Beach State Park I found THE Glaucous Gull, along with 
litters of loons and several Red-breasted Mergansers and at least one 
female Bufflehead.

There was a raft of sea-ducks, probably scoters, far out from Centennial Park.

Rye Harbor produced a startling number of Buffleheads - at least a 
dozen of both sexes.  There were also several more loons, the same 
female or young male Common Goldeneye that I saw there last week, and 
at least one adult male Common Goldeneye.  Most notable, though, was 
a grebe swimming around, which I'm pretty sure was a Red-necked Grebe.

Meanwhile, Massabesic Center's feeders today featured a small army of 
Goldfinches, some Juncos and Bluejays, BC Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, 
and at least one Pine Siskin.

-- Jon Woolf
Manchester, NH

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Subject: Scaup on the Merrimack river in Manchester
From: Christopher McPherson <cmcpherson687 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:07:07 -0500
I spent a few hours birding the Merrimack river in Manchester today and
came across what I believe to be four Lesser Scaup!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127251358 AT N05/16686676775/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/127251358 AT N05/16500537039/

They were behind Delta Dental Stadium off of the boat launch.

Other notables:

Iceland Gull (2)
Bald Eagle (2 mature 2 sub-adult)
Common Goldeneye (~65)
Bufflehead (~20)
Common & Red-breasted Merganser
Great Cormorant (10+)
Sharpe-shined Hawk
Cooper's Hawk

I could not locate any of the previously reported Barrow's Goldeneye, the
Eagles kept the ducks and gulls on the move!

Chris McPherson
Brookline, NH

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Subject: Bohemians, Cowbird/Nashua
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:00:23 -0500
I was headed towards Exit 5 to go over for my fourth attempt to catch up
with the Bohemian recently seen hanging out with a flock of Cedar Waxwing
on Broad St. in Hollis.  when I got a quick look at two Bohemian Waxwings
on the crabapple just next to the on-ramp, behind the ambulance
headquarters.   (There may have been other birds but I just glimpsed these
two.)  There was no chance of stopping as I was already on the overpass.

With lights, one-way streets, stop signs etc. it took me a while
to maneuver my way back to where I could (more or less) observe the tree
(snowbanks, etc.) and the birds were gone.  I checked out all the
late-ripening fruit trees I could think of in the area and downtown,  found
some Cedar Waxwings,  but no Bohemians.

Oddly, in the past when they've come to town they seem to have been drawn
to medical locations:  around Southern NH Medical Center and what is now
the Kidney Center on East Hollis St., so these might be good spots to
check!  (I'm sure this  has more to due with the cultivars of crab apple
planted, than any medical interest on the part of the birds.)

With the Merrimack and Nashua Rivers opening up in spots, we are finally
seeing some birds on the rivers--a Common Merganser, a Red-breasted female,
a Hooded Merganser and a Great Cormorant.  Great to see them!

When stopped at a light at Exit 6 near the D.O.T entrance, I was surprised
to see a male Brown-Headed Cowbird perched on a wire.

When I finally got to the Broad St. location, a few Cedar Waxwings filtered
in along with  a Robin or two, and a Blue Jay, but I missed that Bohemian
again!

Chris Sheridan
Nashua

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Subject: Re: New London Bohemians
From: Scott Spangenberg <sjspangenberg AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:03:46 -0500
A fellow birder zipped up to New London today to watch and photograph the 
Bohemian Waxwings at the hospital but he did not have as nice an experience as 
Dylan did. 


> On Mar 1, 2015, at 1:50 PM, Dylan Jackson  wrote:
> 
> As previously reported, a large flock, estimated around 209, of Bohemian 
Waxwings is hanging around the fruit trees behind Colonial Pharmacy along 
County Rd. They are bouncing between the fruit trees and the tops of maples and 
birches between Hubert's and the New London Hospital parking lot. Amazing 
watching the whole flock take off and feed at once. The sound of their wings 
all taking off at once was almost startling. It was incredible to watch them 
all feed. Took many photos which I'll upload later. 


In fact, he found the experience quite frustrating. My friend observed people 
more or less rushing the birds and scaring them off, repeatably, and generally 
behaving like four year olds rushing at a flock of gulls. It seems like 
there’s a need to teach folks how to approach the birds for observation and 
photography without interfering with their eating enough to survive. Waxwings 
are quite a bit more tolerant of our presence than many other birds, so I guess 
a number of people are not paying attention to the consequences of their 
actions. 


If you are not blessed with a teacher’s patience, do try to be nice in your 
approach if you see someone misbehaving. It might be illuminating for some 
people to learn that the birds are in NH because there isn’t any food left 
where they were before, and that waxwings will let you get incredibly close if 
you don’t rush them. (My friend was sufficiently annoyed by the harassment of 
the birds that he decided that it would be smarter for him personally to keep 
his mouth shut than to act like a second kind of jerk, so he left.) 


Scott Spangenberg
Amherst, NH


Scott Spangenberg
Data Scientist, Ziftr.com
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Subject: New London Bohemians
From: Dylan Jackson <jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:50:23 -0500
As previously reported, a large flock, estimated around 209, of Bohemian 
Waxwings is hanging around the fruit trees behind Colonial Pharmacy along 
County Rd. They are bouncing between the fruit trees and the tops of maples and 
birches between Hubert's and the New London Hospital parking lot. Amazing 
watching the whole flock take off and feed at once. The sound of their wings 
all taking off at once was almost startling. It was incredible to watch them 
all feed. Took many photos which I'll upload later. 


On another note, though not in New Hampshire, I traveled to Weathersfield, VT 
this morning, about 15 minutes over the Connecticut River from Claremont, to 
find the Snowy Owl frequenting Wellwood Orchard. The Owl persists. It's my 
first non-coastal sighting. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings Strafford Library
From: Marjorie <marjwtsn AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:23:26 -0500
My sister Annie and I headed to Strafford to look for the reported Bohemian 
Waxwings. We first stopped at the school on Roller Coaster Rd at 8:15 AM and 
immediately found a small flock of 16 in a tall tree. They took off, but 
shortly after we found a larger flock at the nearby Hill Library where the 
Townsends Solitaire was a few years ago. This was a flock of about 50 Bohemians 
feeding on the Crabapple. 

 
Then we headed to Adams Point WMA in Durham. We immediately found the Red 
Headed Woodpecker at 9:15 AM on the boat ramp kiosk but we did not find any 
Barrows Goldeneyes. 


Marjorie Watson
Georgetown MA
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Subject: Where in Hampton wwtp?
From: "'Jess Home' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:38:03 -0500
Just got kicked out of hampton wwtp. Guess we were in wrong spot. Where should 
we be looking over there? 


Jess and Lisa. 
Eliot, ME

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Subject: Busy morning at the feeders
From: Joel Huntress <joelhuntress AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:58:13 -0500
1 male Cardinal
1 female Cardinal
1 female Downy WP
1 male Downy WP
14 American Goldfinch
6 Pine Siskin
4 American Tree Sparrow
3 male House Finch
2 female House Finch
7 Dark Eyed Junco
4 Blue Jay
2 Tufted Titmice
2 Chickadee
1 Carolina Wren
1 American Crow landed on the deck railing which was a first.
1 Gray Squirrel
4 Herring Gull, flyby

Joel Huntress
Newmarket, NH

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Subject: Coastal Highlights/Concord BOWA's
From: Dylan Jackson <jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:16:39 -0500
Yesterday was the first day since February 1st that I've had the chance to 
travel anywhere to go birding. The constant pounding of snow this month has 
kept me extremely busy. With a break in the weather, I took the opportunity to 
find some birds that have been reported in various locations in the past month. 

First, I tried the Exeter WWTP (my first trip there) for the Iceland Gull 
that's been seen there and any ducks. While there was a plethora of Mallards 
and Black Ducks, two female Greater Scaup (my FOY) really made up the only 
diversity. An even more surprising note was that I didn't see a single gull 
while I was there. 

Fortunately, I was given a helpful hint that the birds at the WWTP might be 
moving from the plant to the Exeter Reservoir, so I decided to check there. 
Jackpot. This spot yielded three more FOY birds for me; Northern Pintail, 
Lesser Scaup and one drake Green-winged Teal (http://flic.kr/p/r6tpJX). 

Next I made my way to Hampton. Stopped at the WWTP there and did not find the 
Black-headed Gull (but it was located around there later). Next I tried the 
Hampton harbor for THE Glaucous Gull. Also came up empty handed there. A quick 
stop at Concord Point didn't yield the Harlequin (which I believe might be the 
same female I found just south of Odiorne on Jan 1st) or the Murre. Without a 
good place to stop and look I didn't stay too long. Finally, I ended up at 
Adam's Point. I spent over two hours there looking for the Barrow's Goldeneye 
and Red-headed Woodpecker. Though the Barrows never turned up, after three 
walks between the boat launch and the lab the Red-headed finally turned up by 
the boat launch. While I was there I met a gentleman by the name of Erik 
Nielsen. While talking to him I brought up how I had missed the Iceland Gull in 
Exeter then he told me that there was one right down the bay! He got it on his 
scope so I still got to have my Iceland sighting. 

I would like to take this time to send a thank you to everyone I've met and who 
have helped me since my emergence into birding. NH and MA has a great group of 
birders who are also some of the kindest and most helpful people around so 
thank you all! 


Also, because my girlfriends birthday is this week, I had I stop in concord to 
do some shopping on my way back to Sunapee. As I passed Sam's Club along route 
106. I noticed a flock of larger grayish birds in a Oak tree next to the Sam's 
Club gas station so I turned around to see if they were Bohemians. They were! I 
estimated around 40 but it was probably closer to 50 after looking at the 
photo. The flock was moving back and forth from the Oak Tree and an ornamental 
fruit tree near by. Luckily they hung around for some pictures in nice waning 
light: 


http://flic.kr/p/r6v1tV
http://flic.kr/p/rpGeb2

A great ending to a decent day on the coast! 

-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Carolina wren..oops
From: evelyn nathan <evynathan AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 05:46:57 -0500
Forgot to sign last post,
Evy Nathan
Kingston

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Subject: Carolina wren in squirrel nest
From: evelyn nathan <evynathan AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 05:45:00 -0500
I've noticed that our resident Carolina wren has staked out an opening in an 
eave in a potting shed here where squirrels usually nest. I wonder if he/she 
will be able to keep the squirrels out. 


https://plus.google.com/photos/103885434211892041723/albums/6121214583086671729?banner=pwa 


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Subject: Odds & Ends (Bald Eagles, Red-headed Woodpecker)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:08:58 -0500
Denny Abbott and I went birding today (Jane is at a software conference 
this weekend).  Beautiful day with sunny skies and calm winds.  
Temperatures were a balmy 29F for a high.  Felt warmer with the higher 
sun.  We missed a few of the lingering birds such as the rare sparrows 
and ducks in Exeter and the Black-headed Gull, but had a fun afternoon.

Highlights:

Iceland Gull - 1 adult at Hampton wastewater treatment plant and 1 
immature at Adam's Point in Durham.
Glaucous Gull - THE adult bird in Seabrook.  Perched (as usual) on the 
top of the bath house.
Black-headed Gull - 0.  We missed the gull, but Ben and others had it at 
or near the Hampton WWTP.
Bald Eagle - 4 for the day.  One immature at Adam's Point and 3 or so in 
Hampton salt marshes.  I've often complained that I haven't gotten any 
nice photos of a Bald Eagle; however, I can't say that anymore!  Thanks 
to a call from Ben Griffith, I got these nice shots of an adult perched 
and vocalizing from a telephone pole in Hampton!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/16053470824/in/photostream/lightbox/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/16468508797/in/photostream/lightbox/

Red-headed Woodpecker - 1 continues at Adam's Point in Durham at Boat 
launch.  Took a while, but he/she finally showed up for nice views.  We 
didn't have any luck with the Barrow's Goldeneyes, but we didn't travel 
down to the end of the point to scan.  The ice on Great Bay is opening 
up on the bay, and ducks are wandering out of the narrows and into the 
distant glare on the bay.  There were still 300 or so Greater Scaup and 
lots of goldeneyes and buffleheads from the boat launch.


Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Concord Bohemians
From: Dylan Jackson <jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:57:41 -0500
To all in the Concord area. There's a flock of about 40 Bohemian Waxwings 
feeding in an ornamental fruit tree beside the SAMs Club gas station right now 
(3:57pm). Photos taken and forthcoming. 


-Dylan Jackson

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Subject: crows
From: evelyn nathan <evynathan AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:40:20 -0500
an absolutely wonderful, amazing and endearing news story about crows:
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31604026

Evy Nathan

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Subject: Seacoast birds, rough-legged hawk
From: Katie Towler <katie AT katherinetowler.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:20:46 -0500
We birded the coast today and did not find the thick-billed murre or harlequin. 
But we did have a rough-legged hawk at Rye Harbor, and the black-headed gull at 
the Hampton Wastewater Treatment Plant. Over the flats at the Yankee 
Fisherman’s Coop in Seabrook we saw an immature and adult bald eagle soaring 
together. A few minutes later, we found two adult bald eagles perched side by 
side on a utility pole on Rte 101 along Hampton marsh. When we returned home, 
there was an immature bald eagle flying over South Mill Pond. A five eagle day! 


Katie Towler
Jim Sparrell
Portsmouth   

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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings
From: Christopher McPherson <cmcpherson687 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:05:43 -0500
I had a large group of at least 150 Bohemian Waxwings on county road just
south of the traffic circle in New London, there was also 25 Cedar Waxwings
near by, plenty of loaded fruit bearing trees in the area to hold them over
for awhile!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127251358 AT N05/16480513849/

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Brookline, NH

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Subject: Bohemian waxwings @harts location
From: Lisa Couture <coocha8 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:09:37 -0500
About a dozen bohemians made a quick stop in a birch at The Notchland Inn this 
morning. Very exciting! 

Lisa Couture & Jess Mason
Eliot, ME

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Subject: Woodpecker Bonanza
From: deanneart via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:41:42 -0500
Recently I've been getting three Northern Flickers in the suet feeders at the 
same time almost every day at some point. One female and two males. Lots of 
chasing around the trees in the back yard. Also four different Downy 
Woodpeckers, two Hairy Woodpeckers and a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers. 


Also, of interest, I have a Brown Creeper that is feeding from the suet blocks. 
The Creepers usually feed at the base of the tree and walk up gleaning the 
crumbs that had fallen from the suet blocks but this bird flies in to about a 
foot or two from the suet then creeps up to it and feeds directly from it. It 
will break off feeding, fly a couple feet down the tree, then creep back up to 
the suet block and feed directly from the block. It will do this several times 
while it's feeding. I guess it's instinctive feeding behavior is too strong to 
just stay in one place and feed. 


All the normal feeder birds as well with a lot of Chickadees this year. I also 
have a pair of Cooper's that put in a regular appearance. 


Notably absent are the numbers of White-throated sparrows I usually see. I have 
lots of Juncos but only a few WTSs. 


Deanne Fortnam
Nashua

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Subject: siskins and BB's
From: evelyn nathan <evynathan AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:32:28 -0500
Just a note to mention that the flock of 25-40 siskins continue daily in my 
backyard, mixing with 20 or so yellowing goldfinches. 14 bluebirds also arrive 
every morning when the sun hits the branches of the apple tree, (and even when 
there's no sun) and wait there until I crunch out on the deck in my fuzzy robe 
and snow boots to dole out their daily ration of tasty mealworms. 

Evy Nathan
Kingston

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Subject: Re: exeter and beyond
From: "Linda M. Charron" <clinda912 AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:00:02 -0500
We turn the clocks ahead 1 hour on March 8th! Wooo Hoooo!

On Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:33:37 -0500, Jeanne-Marie  wrote:

        
Spent a mostly sunny day poking around  for birds (though laced with 
occasional gusts of wind and blowing snow). 

Highlights

Exeter: greater and lesser scaup, iceland gulls, snow bunting and horned lark

Coastal highlights:  Massive walls of snow everywhere persist (and 
indeed seem steeper than last week!)

Fort Stark: no luck with Gadwalls (how on earth did anyone get over 
those snow banks to see them?) :>)

The rest of the coast was filled with the usual (wintering) birds: 
 Lots of scoters, long tails, all our usual gulls
Rye Harbor/marsh had both a red breasted merganser as well as a hoodie 
in one of the troughs. 
 
Concord Point: after an hour of searching finally found the harlequin 
duck in amongst scoters and long tails on the south side of the point 
(also a difficult place to view from when you are up to you hips in 
snow).  Repeated efforts to get a photo were essentially defeated by 
persistent blowing snow  and waves.  Yet when I crossed over to the 
car over near Petey's (more sheltered from the winds by the banks of 
snow behind me) ,  I heard the distinctive song of spring  "drink 
your tea", of the eastern Towhee. (Tried to locate it unsuccessfully). 
 Finally we hit over 32 degrees. 
 
As a lark (not a bird this time) I plugged in a CD a friend had cut for 
me,  to listen to the renditions of the old Beatles song (this time 
RIchie Havens' version) :
 
"Here Comes The Sun"
"Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right
 
Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
 
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right
 
Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here 
 
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right
 
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
 
Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear
 
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
It's all right, it's all right  "
 
 
 
Spring is on the way. 
 
Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua NH

 
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Subject: 8 Fish Crows in Salem
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:58:37 -0500
There was a group of 8 Fish Crows around the 99 Restaurant's dumpsters this
morning. They haven't been seen every day, but close to it.

Also added a new bird to the "Chillin' at Rockingham Park parking lot" list
- an American Tree Sparrow just sitting on the pavement taking in some
warmth.  This lot gets sun all day long and is literally a 'hotspot' for
these birds. A very random spot to look for birds, but I'm interested to
see what else we can stumble upon here.

Kyle Wilmarth
Salem, NH

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Subject: exeter and beyond
From: Jeanne-Marie <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:33:37 -0500
Spent a mostly sunny day poking around for birds (though laced with occasional 
gusts of wind and blowing snow). 


Highlights

Exeter: greater and lesser scaup, iceland gulls, snow bunting and horned lark

Coastal highlights: Massive walls of snow everywhere persist (and indeed seem 
steeper than last week!) 


Fort Stark: no luck with Gadwalls (how on earth did anyone get over those snow 
banks to see them?) :>) 


The rest of the coast was filled with the usual (wintering) birds: Lots of 
scoters, long tails, all our usual gulls 

Rye Harbor/marsh had both a red breasted merganser as well as a hoodie in one 
of the troughs. 


Concord Point: after an hour of searching finally found the harlequin duck in 
amongst scoters and long tails on the south side of the point (also a difficult 
place to view from when you are up to you hips in snow). Repeated efforts to 
get a photo were essentially defeated by persistent blowing snow and waves. Yet 
when I crossed over to the car over near Petey's (more sheltered from the winds 
by the banks of snow behind me) , I heard the distinctive song of spring "drink 
your tea", of the eastern Towhee. (Tried to locate it unsuccessfully). Finally 
we hit over 32 degrees. 


As a lark (not a bird this time) I plugged in a CD a friend had cut for me, to 
listen to the renditions of the old Beatles song (this time RIchie Havens' 
version) : 


"Here Comes The Sun"
"Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here 

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
It's all right, it's all right  "



Spring is on the way.

Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua NH

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Subject: First time ever
From: Carolyn Payzant <carolynpayzant AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:02:56 -0800
Yesterday we had 4 different woodpeckers in the yard at the same time

Downey
Hairy
Red Bellied
Pileated

Carolyn Payzant
Powder Hill area
Bedford

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Subject: Adam's Point - Bald Eagle, Barrow's Goldeneye - No Woodpecker :-(
From: Ashley P <ashleydehls AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:33:40 -0500
Visited Adam's Point today around 4:30pm - probably not the best time to
look for the Red-Headed Woodpecker, and we did not end up seeing it
unfortunately, maybe another, warmer day and not so late in the day next
time.

We did, however see:

**Barrow's Goldeneye - unmistakable curved marking and spotted wings - male
*Immature Bald Eagle - flew overhead just as we were leaving, the sun on
its feathers was breathtaking.
Red-Breasted Mergansers (6 or more male)
Common Goldeneye (15 or so, male and female)
Greater Scaup (could've been lesser, but they were female and did not take
flight so it was very difficult to tell - 4+)
American Black Duck (3 female, 1 male)
Canada Geese (about 30 or so)
Ring-Billed Gull (2) taking a ride on the ice flows

It was VERY windy and most of the birds had their heads tucked away.

Ashley Polson
Hampstead, NH

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Subject: dover bald eagle
From: duane dotton <ddotton AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:14:15 -0500
i saw a bald eagle in dover - it was sitting in the trees near the skate
park near the cochecho.

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Subject: Walpole lark, bunting, lapspur flock
From: "hg2 AT myfairpoint.net" <hg2@myfairpoint.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:23:18 -0500
David Johnston and I spent about an hour or so counting the impressive mixed 
flock at Walpole Agway today. After about a dozen complete counts of the 
lapspurs we had a total of 7 individuals. Also in the flock were 25 snow 
buntings and about 200 horned larks. 


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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings Conway
From: "Marnich, Debra - NRCS, Conway, NH" <debra.marnich AT nh.usda.gov>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:54:47 +0000
Just a moment ago a flock of 80+ Bohemian waxwings were perched high in a red 
maple behind Stan's Auto Service Center. I photographed the flock and went 
through to check for Cedars, but not a one. A solid flock of Bohemians. 


Debra (Eddison) Marnich
Soil Conservationist
Natural Resources Conservation Service
73 Main Street, P.O. Box 533
Conway, NH 03818
PH (603)-447-2771 X101

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Subject: 75 Bohemian waxwings in Strafford
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:12:09 -0500
Jason Lambert just texted to report these from the area of the library in 
Steafford. Near where the Townsends Solitaire a few years ago. 


They're moving south!

Steve Mirick
Bradford ma

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