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26 Feb Owl harassment article and suggestions [birdrecords ]
26 Feb FOY Redwing blackbird flock Franconia [Ginny Jeffryes ]
25 Feb New Yard Bird [Bob Crowley ]
25 Feb More very early spring arrivals in seacoast area (ducks, killdeers, blackbirds) [Steve Mirick ]
25 Feb Lakes Region - more early arrivals [Ken Klapper ]
25 Feb Winter Finch Trip ["Kathy Dube" ]
25 Feb Windham Mergansers [Dan Fallon ]
25 Feb Woodcock Derry [Paul Dionne ]
25 Feb Red-winged Blackbirds - minor correction [Steve Mirick ]
25 Feb House Finch FOY Exeter [Samuel Lewis ]
25 Feb Catbird, Killdeer, blackbirds, and ducks - CT River ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
25 Feb New Yard Bird [Bob Crowley ]
25 Feb Coast highlights [Rebecca Suomala ]
25 Feb This AM FOY TVs PENACOOK [Debbie ]
25 Feb TVs in Durham ["Dorsey, Kurk" ]
25 Feb woodcock in Newton [Evelyn Nathan ]
25 Feb Re: Winter Finch Trip [Jon Woolf ]
25 Feb First of the year that I have observed ["Cook Anderson" ]
25 Feb FOY TUVU - Concord. [David Lipsy ]
25 Feb pileated wp ["Kathy Dube" ]
25 Feb Black-backed Woodpeckers at Mud Pond in Jefferson [David Govatski ]
25 Feb Bowing a in New London [Fred Sladen ]
25 Feb Dealing With the Faulty ABA Software - Put URLs on a Separate Line With NO Punctuation [Alfred Maley ]
24 Feb Spring! [Steve Mirick ]
24 Feb Red-winged Blackbirds Elmbrook [Donna Ellis ]
24 Feb Sunapee Spring Arrivals []
24 Feb Red-winged Blackbirds, Sandwich [Ken Klapper ]
24 Feb Seacoast Chapter Winter Finch Trip - Tomorrow [Benjamin Griffith ]
24 Feb Black-backed Woodpeckers in Jefferson [David Govatski Gmail ]
24 Feb Gray Jays ["John & Cheryl Keator" ]
24 Feb Kendall Station Red-winged Blackbirds Friday Morning ["'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" ]
24 Feb killdeer rye nh [DEBRA M POWERS ]
24 Feb Re: Rye Harbor NH ID Please ( sorry very poor quality very foggy this am) [Christine Sheridan ]
24 Feb Hooksett--5 TV's in kettle @ noon [ROBERT SWEET ]
24 Feb Rye Harbor NH ID Please ( sorry very poor quality very foggy this am) [DEBRA M POWERS ]
24 Feb Townsend's Solitaire -- more PHOTOS ["Jim Block" ]
24 Feb Fish Crows and Ring-necked Duck in Kingston [Scott Heron ]
24 Feb Ashland Early Migrants [k chamberlin ]
24 Feb Townsend's Solitaire NO ["'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" ]
23 Feb FOY grackles Bradford [Fred Sladen ]
23 Feb Solitaire and a few more birds [Ken Klapper ]
23 Feb Re: Townsend's Solitaire cooperative [Bob Crowley ]
23 Feb Townsend's Solitaire - Orford []
23 Feb Townsend's Solitaire in Orford -- one PHOTO ["Jim Block" ]
23 Feb Re: FOY Fish Crow - Durham/UNH ["'Molly Jacobson' via NHBirds" ]
23 Feb Townsend's Solitaire cooperative ["'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" ]
23 Feb Townsend's Solitaire still present in Orford ["'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" ]
23 Feb FOY Fish Crow - Durham/UNH [David Blezard ]
23 Feb Townsend's Solitaire still present at 9:45. ["'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" ]
23 Feb Re: Townsend's Solitaire, Orford ["'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" ]
23 Feb bobcat [Sylvia Miskoe ]
23 Feb Re: Townsend's Solitaire, Orford ["'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" ]
23 Feb Townsend's Solitaire, Orford ["'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" ]
23 Feb Swanzey Woodcock? ["'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" ]
23 Feb Swanzey Woodcock? [Joshua Jarvis ]
22 Feb Re-headed Woodpecker ["'Joann O'Shaughness' via NHBirds" ]
22 Feb Re: Great Gray Owl irruption [Sophia Wong ]
22 Feb Re: Great Gray Owl irruption [Sophia Wong ]
22 Feb Fw: Acadia Birding Festival (June 1-4) - REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 1 ["'paul miliotis' via NHBirds" ]
22 Feb Mascoma Chapter News ["'MascomaBirds' via NHBirds" ]
22 Feb correction [Evelyn Nathan ]
22 Feb Re: Grackles, RWB, BHC in Salem [Steven Liffmann ]
22 Feb hoodies and ring necks [Evelyn Nathan ]
22 Feb Grackles, RWB, BHC in Salem [Steven Liffmann ]
22 Feb Re: Northern Saw-whet Owl in Merrimack, 2/21/17 [Chris Gagnon ]
22 Feb Northern Flicker, Swanzey [Phillip Kirkhart ]
22 Feb Turkey Vultures [deanneart via NHBirds ]
22 Feb 2nd Northern Harrier, Swanzey [Phillip Kirkhart ]
22 Feb FOY Red-winged Blackbirds []
22 Feb FOY(Yard) Juvie Red-winged Blackbirds - Concord [David Lipsy ]
22 Feb Northern Saw-whet Owl in Merrimack, 2/21/17 [Tom Young ]
21 Feb Great Gray Owl irruption ["Rebecca Suomala" ]
22 Feb Merlin in Allenstown [Christian Martin ]
21 Feb Northern Harrier, Swanzey [Phillip Kirkhart ]
21 Feb Seacoast sightings ["Daniel M. Keefe" ]
21 Feb Bohemian Waxwings - Sunapee []

Subject: Owl harassment article and suggestions
From: birdrecords <birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:10:30 +0000
Everyone loves to see an owl but how do we do so responsibly? Reports of owl 
harassment last winter prompted New Hampshire Bird Records to address that 
question. We collected examples of owl harassment and discuss safe owl-viewing 
in an article in the Winter 2015-16 issue of New Hampshire Bird Records now 
available on the web at: 


http://nhbirdrecords.org/our-journal-new-hampshire-bird-records/current-issue-of-nh-bird-records/ 

Send the link to others who might want to know!

The Winter 2015-16 issue is a tribute to retiring Winter Season Editor, Pam 
Hunt. Subscribers can read her last season summary with all the highlights from 
last winter. You can also read about how much fun participants had in the 2016 
Superbowl of Birding, as well as a summary of the Christmas Bird Survey by 
David Deifik. Learn something new about trail cameras and birds in an article 
by Eric Aldrich. Have you wondered why you aren't seeing as many Evening 
Grosbeaks these days? Find out what we know about their decline. Local expert 
Chris McPherson (discoverer of the Redwing) describes where to bird in Hollis. 
Does the term "foot quivering" make you curious? See what Brenda Sens was able 
to find out about this odd behavior. And don't forget other enjoyable features 
such as the Photo Quiz, Field Notes, Photo Gallery, and an update by the NH 
Rare Birds Committee. 


For information on how to subscribe and read these articles:

http://nhbirdrecords.org/subscribe-and-support-nh-bird-records/subscribe-and-support-nh-bird-records/ 

or go directly to the on-line subscription page:

http://nh-audubon-nature-store.myshopify.com/collections/nh-bird-records-subscription/products/new-hampshire-bird-records-subscription 


Becky Suomala
New Hampshire Bird Records Editor
NH Audubon

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Subject: FOY Redwing blackbird flock Franconia
From: Ginny Jeffryes <drginnyjeff AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:48:19 +0000
Flock of 16 in my yard in Franconia this morning.

Earliest ever for me, in the 10 yrs I've tracked it. Last year was March 3, 
which had been my earliest. Previous years were between March 12 and March 29 
here. 




Ginny Jeffryes

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Subject: New Yard Bird
From: Bob Crowley <crbob AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:42:39 -0500
A new yard bird today. The hundred and one species observed in 32 years 
at this location. It was on the suet. Are you ready for this? It was an 
European Starling. Numbers are everything to listers, even immigrants.

Bob Crowley

Chatham, NH



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Subject: More very early spring arrivals in seacoast area (ducks, killdeers, blackbirds)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:21:38 -0500
The remarkable weather has brought an onslaught of very early migrants.  
Some of the highest totals that I can ever remember for February.  
Widespread arrivals in southeastern NH of Killdeer, dabbling ducks and 
blackbirds.  A few select totals:

Rt. 108, Plaistow
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Killdeer - 1
Red-winged Blackbird - 20
Common Grackle - 10
Brown-headed Cowbird - 5

Powwow Pond area in Kingston (with Scott Heron and Betsy Green)
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Lesser Scaup - 2 (male and female)
Ring-necked Duck - 30
Hooded Merganser - 4

Bodwell Farm fields in East Kingston
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Canada Goose - 159
Mallard - 50
American Black Duck - 9
Green-winged Teal - 14
Wood Duck - 4
Killdeer - 9
Eastern Bluebird - 5 (singing males heard at least 3 different locations 
today)
Red-winged Blackbird - 1,000+.  Incredible flock for February. Ballpark 
estimate of large mass of birds carpeting the wet grasses near the 
stream.  Difficult to estimate due to shifting movements and mix of 
Starlings.  Likely some cowbirds mixed in with this flock.
European Starling - 100+
Common Grackle - 50

Moore Fields in Durham
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Canada Goose - 320
Killdeer - 1
Red-winged Blackbird - 100
Common Grackle - 6
Brown-headed Cowbird - 3

Oyster River area (Durham and Jackson Landings)
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Ring-necked Duck - 1
Hooded Merganser - 31
Common Merganser - 2
Red-breasted Merganser - 2

Chapman's Landing and Squamscott Road in Stratham
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Canada Goose - 885
Hooded Merganser - 19
Common Merganser - 14
Killdeer - 2
BALD EAGLE - 2 SITTING ON OSPREY NEST.  Male and female (by size). Both 
sub-adults.  They sat side by side on the nest for nearly 1.5 hours (we 
left and came back).  No significant behavior.  Perhaps they are just 
looking around, but it would be interesting to see if they attempt to 
take over the Osprey nest!

Depot Road in Stratham
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Red-winged Blackbird - 60
Common Grackle - 60
Brown-headed Cowbird - 20
European Startling - 20

Philbrick Marsh in North Hampton
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Northern Pintail - 6 (4 females and 2 males)
Green-winged Teal - 10 (including pair seen COPULATING!)

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Lakes Region - more early arrivals
From: Ken Klapper <kklapper AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:53:10 -0500
There were a few more arrivals today - not nearly as many birds as Steve
found at the seacoast, but then again, Spring (usually) arrives later up
here.

Canada Goose - 2 on the Squam River in Ashland
Wood Duck - 2 pairs at the flowage going into Squam Lake at Millbridge Rd
in Sandwich.
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1 female at the Squam Lakes Association HQ in
Holderness
Brown-headed Cowbird - 5 males behind Heath's Supermarket in Center Harbor
Red-winged Blackbird - at least 22 around the NH Audubon Thompson Sanctuary
in North Sandwich, and 20 behind Heath's

And at home in Sandwich - a FOY Eastern Chipmunk

Ken Klapper
Sandwich, NH

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Subject: Winter Finch Trip
From: "Kathy Dube" <kdube AT ncia.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:47:41 -0500
here are the results of the Winter Finch Trip sponsored by the Seacoast Chapter 
of NH 

12 participants
record high temperatures for our annual WFT
began in Gorham, ended in Wentworths Location

Ducks
common merganser
hooded merganser
common goldeneye

Grosbeaks
pine-just 3
evening 30, mostly males

Bohemian waxwings 100, up close and for 15 minutes, some landing on clean snow

Mourning doves

Black capped chickadees

goldfinch

Canada geese

Nuthatches
white breasted
red breasted

Bald eagle, about as close as one can get to an eagle, sat in a tree above us 
on E. Milan road, many photos taken 


house sparrows

crows

ravens

blue jays

downing wp

starlings


white winged crossbill, unfortunately not seen by all, 1 male in the middle of 
the road north of Errol 


Kathy Dube

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Subject: Windham Mergansers
From: Dan Fallon <fallon.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:46:24 -0500
There were five male Hooded Mergansers in the flooded area of Golden Brook
next to the intersection of Lowell Road and Golden Brook Drive at 4PM today.

Dan Fallon
Pelham, NH

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Subject: Woodcock Derry
From: Paul Dionne <gratefulpaul AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:07:28 -0500
Woodcock doing his courtship sky dance over our small meadow now!
Paul Dionne,
Derry 

Sent from my iPhone

"Let there be songs to fill the air."

Hunter/Garcia

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Subject: Red-winged Blackbirds - minor correction
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:33:41 -0500
I mistakenly forgot that on this same date in 2012, Jane and I and Jason 
had a huge flock of blackbirds in Greenland which included an estimated 
1,500 Red-winged Blackbirds, 500 Common Grackles, 100 Brown-headed 
Cowbirds, and A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD found by Jason.   So....these 
weren't my biggest flocks of blackbirds for February, but still pretty 
impressive.

Also, congratulations to Evy for getting a woodcock.  Get out to your 
fields and listen tonight for displaying birds.  I wouldn't be surprised 
if a few more are found in southern NH.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: House Finch FOY Exeter
From: Samuel Lewis <samlewis100 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:53:41 -0500
Hi All,

Just saw my first house finch of the year. He was perched on a power line
on Charter Street singing quite leisurely. Hard to miss that little head
which looks like it has been dipped in Kool-Aid.

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Subject: Catbird, Killdeer, blackbirds, and ducks - CT River
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:16:03 +0000 (UTC)
I birded the CT River valley in Westmoreland and Walpole this morning, stopping 
at Chickering Farm, Sawyer Farm, Boggy Meadow Farm, Malnati's Farm, and the CT 
River below Fall Mountain. 40 species in the valley in just three hours; 
generally many birds seem 2-3 weeks ahead of the usual spring migration 
schedule here. Wild Turkeys displaying today seem to be an indication of the 
current conditions. Dabbling ducks besides geese were few, though. 


Highlights included:
Gray Catbird - a surprise bird along River Road near the Sawyer Farm (at the 
Townsend's Warbler spot); certainly not a spring migrant, but rather a likely 
overwintering bird (and not very happy about it, from what I could tell) 

Killdeer - 1 flew in and landed at Chickering Farm, where there were lots of 
areas of bare ground, making finding the horned lark flock challenging 


Northern Harrier - 2 flew low over the Chickering Farm together, flushing 40 
horned lark 

Ring-necked Duck - a flock of 6 was flying South over the CT River from the 
Malnati Farm 

Red-winged Blackbird - all over; 150 with starlings at Malnati's and 40 at 
Boggy Meadow 

Brown-headed Cowbird - about 100 mixed in with an astounding number (maybe 
1,500) starlings and other blackbirds at Boggy Meadow - this would be a great 
place to find a yellow-headed blackbird in the next few weeks! 

Canada Geese - several hundred feeding in corn fields, and about 150 or so in 
small flocks flying over (both north and south) along the river 

Peregrine Falcon - pair copulating on powerlines on Fall Mountain
Other spring migrants included Belted Kingfisher, Song Sparrow, Hooded 
Merganser, and Turkey Vulture. 


Phil BrownHancock, NH

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Subject: New Yard Bird
From: Bob Crowley <crbob AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:42:39 -0500
A new yard bird today. The hundred and one species observed in 32 years 
at this location. It was on the suet. Are you ready for this? It was an 
European Starling. Numbers are everything to listers, even immigrants.

Bob Crowley

Chatham, NH



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Subject: Coast highlights
From: Rebecca Suomala <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:28:52 -0800 (PST)




Subject: This AM FOY TVs PENACOOK
From: Debbie <dlv AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:11:32 -0500
I just saw my first turkey vultures of the year. There were 4 of them around 
the cell tower near 30 Pines in PENACOOK. I also saw a crow carrying nesting 
material in Penacook. Spring is in the air. It is already 61! 


Debbie/Boscawen 

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Subject: TVs in Durham
From: "Dorsey, Kurk" <Kurk.Dorsey AT unh.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:42:51 +0000
Birders,

10 Turkey Vultures were circling near the UNH fieldhouse late this morning, no 
doubt getting ready to feast on the home-court playoff hopes of the UMBC men's 
hoops team. 



In the neighborhood today, the most interesting bird was a lone Red-breasted 
Nuthatch, only my 2d of the year. 



And finally it has been odd how often I have seen the local turkeys in the 
middle of Mill Road recently. I'm guessing that they're finding food on the 
exposed edges, but maybe they're feeling Roadrunner envy? Not very wily. 



Kurk Dorsey

Durham

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Subject: woodcock in Newton
From: Evelyn Nathan <evynathan AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:39:05 -0500
I just nearly stepped on a woodcock in a nearby conservation area (no hunting 
allowed there, BTW) He flew just a few feet in front of me from some pine cover 
across a small pond to more cover. How exciting! FOY! 

Evy Nathan
Kingston

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Subject: Re: Winter Finch Trip
From: Jon Woolf <jsw AT jwoolfden.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:23:52 -0500




Subject: First of the year that I have observed
From: "Cook Anderson" <hca314 AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:04:12 -0500
A single Turkey Vulture flew over my home here in Laconia at 3:00 pm, first
of the season for me.

 

Cranky Yankee



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Subject: FOY TUVU - Concord.
From: David Lipsy <dlipsy AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:39:29 -0500
Observed a pair of Turkey Vultures over Exit 16 (RT 93) just after 1:00.
This is the first of what may be our regular compliment of 6.

Earlier today in Henniker on the road across 114 from the Pats Peak access 
road, among a few new arrivals, I happened upon a female Ring-necked 
Pheasant.  I took some manual focused shots thru the brush... if they come out 
I will post later. 


Good Birds and Blue Skies

David Lipsy
Concord, NH


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Subject: pileated wp
From: "Kathy Dube" <kdube AT ncia.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:50:13 -0500
forgot when compiling list of today’s trip, I did hear a pileated wp, at 
Umbagog Wildlife refuge headquarters. 

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Subject: Black-backed Woodpeckers at Mud Pond in Jefferson
From: David Govatski <david.govatski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:21:57 -0500
I watched a pair of Black-backed Woodpeckers from the Boardwalk along the Mud 
Pond Trail in Jefferson on Saturday morning. This is well over a mile from 
where I saw three on Friday near Little Cherry Pond. It appears they were 
looking for good food sources based on their territorial behavior. The trail is 
icy in a few spots so micro spikes are recommended. The trailhead for the Mud 
Pond and Mooseway Trails is off Route 116 in Jefferson. The trailhead is plowed 
for winter foot and ski access to the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge. 


David Govatski
Jefferson, NH

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Subject: Bowing a in New London
From: Fred Sladen <fwsladen AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:11:43 -0500
22 Bohemian waxwings by Colonial Pharmacy. Also my FOY red-winged blackbirds 
(13) at my feeders in Bradford. 

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Subject: Dealing With the Faulty ABA Software - Put URLs on a Separate Line With NO Punctuation
From: Alfred Maley <alfredmaley AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 05:41:36 +0100
The American Birding Association (ABA) provides a useful service to birders
by compiling bird reports from across the US and Canada in one place, where
one can, for example, look at what is being reported in all five New
England states. It avoids having to join many different birdlists and being
bombarded by crank emails, such as this one.

However, while the idea is admirable, the implementation has been faulty.
The ABA software has a problem with line spacing, so that the weekly RBA
summary on the NH list has an extra blank line for every line in the email.
Emails from smart phones seem to get smashed into one long sentence. But
the worst problem has to do with Uniform Resource Locators or URLs.

www.aba.org is an example of a URL, as is www.flickr.com. But some URLs can
be very long; some sites (not all) have followed the lead of www.tinyurl.com
by converting a long URL into one that is, well, tiny. Flickr is one
example. The URL they give us for sharing converts to a longer one on route
to the photo in question.

The ABA software has tried to do something like this, discovering the URL
inside the email and converting it to an abbreviation and ellipsis, as in
www.flickr.com/… The problem is that it is an ambiguous situation and they
often get it wrong, making the reference unreachable.

Most birdlist contributors would be surprised to know that many common
punctuation characters can be a legal part of a URL. Specifically the
characters inside the carets <> are valid within a URL:
<-._~:/?#[] AT !$&'()*+,;=%>. None less that Tim Berners-Lee noted in 1994
that this made URLs in a text document ambiguous, and recommended that they
be enclosed in a special syntax, as in:

URL:

But nobody does that. It would have been helpful if they had prohibited the
comma, the right parenthesis and the period from being the LAST character
in a URL.

So the faulty ABA software will convert “marginal photo (URL1) before it
flew away and better ones when the bird returned URL2, URL3 and URL4.” to
references to “URL1)”, “URL2,”, “URL3” and “URL4.”. Only URL3 
will be 

reachable on the ABA summary.

A Solution - Put the URLs on separate lines

The ABA software CAN handle URLs that are isolated from text and
punctuation, so if you want your photos to reach a wider audience, put each
URL in a separate line, as in:

My fine photos are at

URL1
URL2

and

URL3

Al Maley
Los Barrios, Spain/Hampstead NH

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Subject: Spring!
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:54:37 -0500
Remarkable weather with today setting a new high record for the month of 
February in Boston at 72F.  Tomorrow expected to continue warm.  Feels 
good, but it just isn't right for February 24th.

The birds are definitely on the move!

Canada Goose - 126 MIGRATING NORTH in about 7 flocks.  Clearly a big 
movement today.

Lesser Scaup - 23 at Exeter wastewater treatment plant.  I'm guessing 
that most of these are spring migrants, but there have been some 
overwintering birds, so unclear.

Ring-necked Duck - 40 on Great Bay.  5 more at Exeter WTP. Extremely 
high count for February.  My first presumed arrival dates are 2 on Great 
Bay 2/23/00 and 4 on Powwow Pond on 2/24/12.  Another bird from Exeter 
on 2/10/12 may be an early migrant or possibly an overwintering bird.  
The Birds of New Hampshire (Fox & Keith) mistakenly state the earliest 
spring arrival as 2/28/07 in Hinsdale.

American Wigeon - 47 on Great Bay.  My highest February count for Great 
Bay and presumably includes some spring migrants.  No Eurasians, however.

Killdeer -  A huge arrival today in New Hampshire with birds in a few 
locations by others.  I had 10 or 12 in the Great Bay Farm/Sunset Farm 
area of Greenland.  By far my highest count for February.  And 
personally, my 3 earliest record. (3 in Durham on 2/22/97 and 4 in East 
Kingston on 2/23/12).

Red-winged Blackbird - A few in a few locations until I got to Rye, 
where I had a big flock of 200+ at Goss Farm!  My highest count for 
February.

Common Grackle - 9 mixed in with blackbird flock in Rye.

Brown-headed Cowbird - 5 mixed in with blackbird flock in Rye.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Red-winged Blackbirds Elmbrook
From: Donna Ellis <donnaellis1014 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:50:07 -0500
Went for a walk after work at Elmbrook.  There were at least 9 Red-winged
Blackbirds singing in the trees.  Sounded like spring.  And the pussy
willows were blooming.  Also saw an otter.


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Henniker

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Subject: Sunapee Spring Arrivals
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:25:14 -0500
Whether we want to believe it or not, spring may have sprung. The last two days 
has brought some new arrivals for me in the town of Sunapee. Yesterday 
afternoon I saw nine Canada Geese swimming in the open water in Wendell Marsh 
along Route 11. This may be my personal earliest date for Geese in Sunapee as 
they don't overwinter here. 


Today I found a Song Sparrow along River Road near Sunapee Harbor. This is 
another species which is usually very difficult to impossible to find in town 
in the winter. I'm curious if this a new arrival or an overwintering bird as 
I've had one overwinter in this location for the last two years, but I never 
saw it here this winter. 


Finally, my first Red-winged Blackbirds of the year were right where I expected 
them to be on the eastern end of Wendell Marsh around the end of West Court 
Road (viewed from Lower Main Street). This is typically where I see my first 
birds of the year, but this is likely my earliest date. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Red-winged Blackbirds, Sandwich
From: Ken Klapper <kklapper AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:22:58 -0500
Three males perched on a tree with several starlings, enjoying the sunset.
This is a little far north for this time of year, maybe an early record for
Sandwich, perhaps Carroll County as well.

Warm Birding,
Ken Klapper
Sandwich, NH

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Subject: Seacoast Chapter Winter Finch Trip - Tomorrow
From: Benjamin Griffith <bgriffith AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:52:06 -0500
The Seacoast Chapter's annual winter finch trip will be tomorrow, February
25. Join leader Kathy Dube to look for winter finches. Meet at the
McDonald's in Gorham, 214 Main Street, at 8:00 am. Contact: Kathy Dube
(603-915-6294 <(603)%20915-6294>, kdube AT ncia.net)

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Subject: Black-backed Woodpeckers in Jefferson
From: David Govatski Gmail <david.govatski AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:38:25 -0500
I snowshoed to Little Cherry Pond in the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge 
in Jefferson on Friday morning. I only saw 6 total birds but 3 of them were 
Black-backed Woodpeckers so the quality was good. The other birds were two 
ravens and a red-breasted nuthatch. Could have been more but the snowshoeing 
was noisy. 


A pair of Black-backed Woodpeckers were along the Little Cherry Pond Trail near 
Little Cherry Pond. A third Black-backed Woodpecker was doing some territorial 
drumming a hundred yards off the trail and the female of the first pair let out 
a snarly rattle call. This was probably a territorial boundary issue. I watched 
all three for about twenty minutes. 


We have a foot of snow on the ground and snowshoes are recommended unless you 
like post holing. It was 66 in Jefferson yesterday and 55 today. 


David Govatski  
Jefferson, NH


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Subject: Gray Jays
From: "John & Cheryl Keator" <jckeator AT ptd.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:00:29 -0500
Observed two Gray Jays at the summit of Wildcat today at 8:45.

John Keator
Glen, NH 03838

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Subject: Kendall Station Red-winged Blackbirds Friday Morning
From: "'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:33:44 +0000 (UTC)
At about 11:15, three individuals were observed in a tree adjacent to the inlet 
wetland that lies just east of US Rt. 5's junction with VT Rt. 132 in Norwich. 
Their trilling provided a salutary lift to the spirit on a gloomy, damp, late 
February morning. 

Other highlights included sixteen cedar waxwings perched on the exposed, upper 
branches of a maple and a whistling northern cardinal. Blake Allison 

Lyme, NH 03768-3322

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Subject: killdeer rye nh
From: DEBRA M POWERS <dmp2ec AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:41:32 -0500 (EST)
Thank you everyone for the ID. Killdeer Rye Harbor NH.

Deb Powers

South Berwick Maine


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Subject: Re: Rye Harbor NH ID Please ( sorry very poor quality very foggy this am)
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:40:04 -0500
Looks like the Killdeer, our "land plover,  are back!  Deb, note the double
bands around the neck and upper breast, they're a sure field mark, as is
their loud call.  Another sign of spring!

Chris Sheridan
Nashua

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> This bird was very high and into a milky white sky so might not be able to
> ID.  But it caught my attention because of it's sound, like a shore bird?
> Rapped wing flight as well. Any ideas?
>
> Thanks so much
>
> Deb Powers
>
> South Berwick Maine
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/143862779 AT N08/32936263642/in/
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Subject: Hooksett--5 TV's in kettle @ noon
From: ROBERT SWEET <rgsweet AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:35:52 -0500
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Subject: Rye Harbor NH ID Please ( sorry very poor quality very foggy this am)
From: DEBRA M POWERS <dmp2ec AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:31:51 -0500 (EST)
This bird was very high and into a milky white sky so might not be able to ID. 
But it caught my attention because of it's sound, like a shore bird? Rapped 
wing flight as well. Any ideas? 


Thanks so much

Deb Powers

South Berwick Maine


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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire -- more PHOTOS
From: "Jim Block" <jab AT VALLEY.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:41:02 -0500
I put quite a few photos of the Townsend's Solitaire that was in Jeff
MacQueen's Orford yard yesterday here:

http://www.jimblockphoto.com/2017/02/townsends-solitaire-in-orford/

 

Thanks again, Jeff, for sharing this rare and beautiful bird.

 

Jim Block

Etan, NH

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Subject: Fish Crows and Ring-necked Duck in Kingston
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:59:09 -0500
This morning, three Fish Crows were calling and flying over my yard along
Great Pond. This is the earliest date I've had them in the neighborhood.
Last year, I first noticed them on 2/28/16.

Yesterday on the Powwow River by the New Boston Road boat launch, I spotted
a single Ring-necked Duck male which was also present this morning.

Other species in the Powwow area included:

2/23
1 Ring-necked Duck (male)
11 Hooded Merganser
1 Common Merganser (female)

2/24
2 Mute Swan
1 Green-winged Teal (female)
1 Ring-necked Duck (male)
2 Hooded Merganser
3 Common Merganser (males)
1 Bald Eagle (immature)
1 Great Black-backed Gull (adult)

A Northern Pintail male had been in the river for much of the winter. I
last saw it on 2/20. Two separate Great Blue Herons stuck it out through
much of the winter as well, but I hadn't seen either since late January.

Scott Heron
Kingston, NH

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Subject: Ashland Early Migrants
From: k chamberlin <kchamberlin07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:31:43 -0500
We had two Red Winged Blackbirds this morning at our feeders...Hooray for
Spring...(We  hope)
Keith and Kris
Ashland

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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire NO
From: "'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:58:12 -0500
As of 8:00 no sign of the bird. I will post immediately if we see it.
Jeff MacQueen, Orford

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Subject: FOY grackles Bradford
From: Fred Sladen <fwsladen AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:38:48 -0500
Two common grackles appeared at my feeders today in Bradford. I also see 
10 American tree sparrows every day here. And there were two male 
red-winged blackbirds, also in Bradford, on Center Road near the 
Battle's farm.

Fred Sladen

Bradford

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Subject: Solitaire and a few more birds
From: Ken Klapper <kklapper AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:02:46 -0500
I too was lucky enough to be able to visit Jeff MacQueen's house and see
the Townsend's Solitaire today (and meet Dylan and Richard).  Many thanks
to Jeff and his family for their hospitality, and congratulations on a
fantastic yard bird!  A few more photos for the record here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist/S34740594

On the way home I made a few stops - waxwings of both species were still
present at Fieldhouse Rd, Plymouth State University.  It was difficult to
estimate the feeding/moving/hiding flock, but probably around 100 cedar and
20 bohemian.

Squam River from Holderness to Ashland was flowing along the main channel -
there were 9 Hooded Merganser, 4 Common Merganser, 20 Mallards, and an
apparent 3-year-old Bald Eagle (whitish head, darker osprey-like eyestripe)
between the covered bridge in Holderness and the mill dam in Ashland.

Ken Klapper
Sandwich, NH

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Subject: Re: Townsend's Solitaire cooperative
From: Bob Crowley <crbob AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:57:19 -0500
I spent an enjoyable hour with Jeff and his young son sitting on my 
tailgate watching the Townsend  Solitaire flit from the Red Maples to a 
Crab Apple 75 feet away. a great way to spend the day. Thanks for your 
hospitality, Jeff.

Bob Crowley

Chatham, NH


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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire - Orford
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:45:55 -0500
After reading Jeff MacQueen's post about the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE visiting his 
home I made the drive up to Orford to see it. The bird was very cooperative, 
remaining perched in a fruit tree in Jeff's lawn for the majority of the hour I 
spent there. We got exceptionally close views of the bird on the edge of the 
woods on the property. A huge thank you to Jeff for getting the word out and so 
readily welcoming the birding community to his home. An incredible yard bird 
indeed. The following are some photos I took: 

https://flickr.com/photos/103784740 AT N03/sets/72157677213583423

Also of note were two TURKEY VULTURES seen soaring over Interstate 89 just 
south of exit 19 in Lebanon. These are my first of the year in the state and 
may be the earliest I've ever seen them that far north. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee


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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire in Orford -- one PHOTO
From: "Jim Block" <jab AT VALLEY.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:19:17 -0500
Thanks to Jeff MacQueen for finding this bird and opening his yard to
viewers.  I was alone with the Townsend's Solitaire and Jeff for 13 minutes.
We were treated to some nice views. For a small gray bird it sure is pretty.

 

I have posted one photo here:
http://www.jimblockphoto.com/2017/02/townsends-solitaire-first-look/  

 

I'll certainly post more later today or tomorrow, but as Will Lange says,
"I've got to get back to work."

 

Jim Block

Etna, NH

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Subject: Re: FOY Fish Crow - Durham/UNH
From: "'Molly Jacobson' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:11:51 +0000 (UTC)
I saw three last week, around Horton! I've missed them around campus :)-Molly 

 On Thursday, February 23, 2017 9:50 AM, David Blezard  
wrote: 

 

 Yesterday (Feb 22), I found my first two Fish Crows of the year while walking 
across the main part of the UNH Durham campus near College Brook.  1 was seen 
and heard while the second was heard only. 


Earliest I can recall.  Usually I think of them coming back around Spring 
Break (March 15). 


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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire cooperative
From: "'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:49:07 -0500
Bob Crowley and I are watching it here at my house at 1800 Rt. 25a in
Orford.

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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire still present in Orford
From: "'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:15:24 -0500
At 11:15. Being seen by several birders. 1800 Route 25a in Orford.

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Subject: FOY Fish Crow - Durham/UNH
From: David Blezard <dblezard AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:50:03 -0500
Yesterday (Feb 22), I found my first two Fish Crows of the year while walking 
across the main part of the UNH Durham campus near College Brook. 1 was seen 
and heard while the second was heard only. 


Earliest I can recall. Usually I think of them coming back around Spring Break 
(March 15). 


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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire still present at 9:45.
From: "'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:46:59 -0500
Feeding on my crabapple trees and compost at 9:45.

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Subject: Re: Townsend's Solitaire, Orford
From: "'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:38:56 -0500
My original post should have read 8.4 miles WEST of Wentworth and 6 miles
EAST of downtown Orford on 25a .Too excited.

On Thursday, February 23, 2017, Jeff MacQueen  wrote:

> Back in our crabapple tree at 8:30.
>
> On Thursday, February 23, 2017, Jeff MacQueen  > wrote:
>
>> This Townsend's Solitaire showed up on my property this morning! Birders
>> are welcome to try for it. I just hope it sticks around! It was with a
>> robin in our crabapple trees, then it flew to the edge of the yard. We live
>> 8.4 miles east of Wentworth on 25a or about 6 miles west of route 10 from
>> Downtown Orford. 1800 is on our mailbox, we live in a log home. I will
>> repost if I continue to see it.
>> Jeff MacQueen, Orford
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>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/mt_cube/32913727722/in/dateposted/
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Subject: bobcat
From: Sylvia Miskoe <sylviasmiskoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:35:25 -0500
This morning about 8:30 a big, healthy appearing bobcat trotted across my
back field just above the horse pasture.  Obviously on a mission.

I know this is not bird related but it is an unusual sighting.

Sylvia Miskoe, Concord

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Subject: Re: Townsend's Solitaire, Orford
From: "'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:33:44 -0500
Back in our crabapple tree at 8:30.

On Thursday, February 23, 2017, Jeff MacQueen  wrote:

> This Townsend's Solitaire showed up on my property this morning! Birders
> are welcome to try for it. I just hope it sticks around! It was with a
> robin in our crabapple trees, then it flew to the edge of the yard. We live
> 8.4 miles east of Wentworth on 25a or about 6 miles west of route 10 from
> Downtown Orford. 1800 is on our mailbox, we live in a log home. I will
> repost if I continue to see it.
> Jeff MacQueen, Orford
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/mt_cube/32913727722/in/dateposted/
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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire, Orford
From: "'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:12:35 -0500
This Townsend's Solitaire showed up on my property this morning! Birders
are welcome to try for it. I just hope it sticks around! It was with a
robin in our crabapple trees, then it flew to the edge of the yard. We live
8.4 miles east of Wentworth on 25a or about 6 miles west of route 10 from
Downtown Orford. 1800 is on our mailbox, we live in a log home. I will
repost if I continue to see it.
Jeff MacQueen, Orford

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mt_cube/32913727722/in/dateposted/

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Subject: Swanzey Woodcock?
From: "'Jeff MacQueen' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:13:55 -0500
Hi Josh,
   Woodcock breed on my property up here in Orford, so I have been watching
their arrivals and departures for years. My earliest date here is March
9th, but based on the warm weather lately, I'm not surprised you heard one
down state. All they need is to find some soft mud exposed somewhere to
probe for worms. The males want to get here as soon as they can to start
their displays.  I have seen them in very early spring walking along the
open areas of our brook, probing for invertebrates, hopping over ice. I
have seen males peenting on the snow. There were two reliable reports of
American Woodcock last year in Durham and Nashua on February 27. A great
resource is eBird. Go click on "explore data" and then "arrivals and
departures" and you can learn a lot about when birds usually come back in
spring. I'm jealous, starting to listen for "peents" here!      Jeff

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Joshua Jarvis > wrote:

> I went to the airport in Swanzey seeking the Shrike like I do every week
> or two. Like the other times I did not see it. I did see quite a few common
> birds though. Lots of Mourning Doves, a couple Robins, a couple Chickadees,
> a Tree Sparrow, and a Downy Woodpecker. A couple unidentified ducks flew
> over but by then it was too dark to ID them.
> My big surprise was when I was almost back to the parking lot. By then it
> was dark. In the area by the tree cutting I heard a familiar Peenting. By
> the time I reached the parking lot I heard the twittering flight. I don't
> like sound only ID's (fooled too much in the past by mockingbirds and
> starlings) but it definitely sounded like a woodcock.
> Isn't it a bit early for them?
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Subject: Swanzey Woodcock?
From: Joshua Jarvis <menasor77 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:42:31 +0000
I went to the airport in Swanzey seeking the Shrike like I do every week or
two. Like the other times I did not see it. I did see quite a few common
birds though. Lots of Mourning Doves, a couple Robins, a couple Chickadees,
a Tree Sparrow, and a Downy Woodpecker. A couple unidentified ducks flew
over but by then it was too dark to ID them.
My big surprise was when I was almost back to the parking lot. By then it
was dark. In the area by the tree cutting I heard a familiar Peenting. By
the time I reached the parking lot I heard the twittering flight. I don't
like sound only ID's (fooled too much in the past by mockingbirds and
starlings) but it definitely sounded like a woodcock.
Isn't it a bit early for them?

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Subject: Re-headed Woodpecker
From: "'Joann O'Shaughness' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:47:36 -0500
Finally got to see the bird today. It never came to the feeder during the hour 
and a half I spent but I was able to watch it in a tree nearby. Picture below. 

Heard and saw 2 red-winged black birds today from Landing Rd. and Goss Farm. 
Both adult males singing their hearts out. 


https://flic.kr/p/R8khnF
Best,
JoAnn O'Shaughnessy
Hampton

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Subject: Re: Great Gray Owl irruption
From: Sophia Wong <skpwong6 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:08:37 -0800 (PST)
Thanks to Charlie Nim, I went to see the great gray owls at the Marguerite 
D'Youville Refuge.  
As a follow up to Becky's note about the owl perched on a tripod, I was 
lucky enough to be there at the time it happened and snapped a photo.  See 
photo in this link 
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/39689360 AT N02/32213998714/in/dateposted-public/ 
 
It was incredible!  Sorry I missed you Becky!

Sophia Wong
Hudson


On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 9:03:45 PM UTC-5, Rebecca Suomala wrote:
>
> Birder Alert!
>
> There is an amazing irruption of Great Gray Owls going on in Quebec and 
> Ontario provinces in Canada extending to northern New York. We heard that 
> more than 30 Great Grays have been reported in the Montreal area and Zeke 
> Cornell and I headed north last weekend to look for some. We saw five 
> different Great Grays: two in the Montreal area, one in Ottawa, and two 
> more in New York.
>
>  
>
> Birders should be on the lookout, especially in northern New Hampshire. 
> There has got to be one around somewhere! The owls are not that far away, 
> and there are a few reliable spots to see them.
>
>  
>
> Three Great Grays had been seen at the Refuge faunique 
> Marguerite-D'Youville in Chateauguay just south of Montreal and we saw two 
> of them. This seems to be one of the most reliable places to see these 
> owls, and there was even a photo of one perching on a photographer’s tripod 

> the day before we were there (and we didn’t hear any reports of owl 
> baiting)! 
>
>  
>
> The one Great Gray we had in Ottawa was also at a place where two had been 
> seen the day before. You begin to get the idea – not just a single Great 
> Gray, but multiples. As an added bonus, Ottawa has a good place for Gray 
> Partridge right now.
>
>  
>
> We also visited Robert Moses State Park in Massena, NY across the river 
> from Cornwall, Canada where we saw two of the three Great Grays present 
> there. We even watched one cough up a pellet (which I collected, being the 
> biologist that I am…:-). 
>
>  
>
> It was just great viewing of these rare, northern owls and well worth the 
> trip. This kind of irruption doesn’t happen very often. As an added bonus, 
> while looking for Great Grays, we saw Snowy Owls and Rough-legged Hawks 
> also.
>
>  
>
> Don’t forget you need a passport to go to Canada (actually more important 
> for returning to the US).
>
>  
>
> Becky Suomala, Chichester.
>

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Subject: Re: Great Gray Owl irruption
From: Sophia Wong <skpwong6 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:08:37 -0800 (PST)
Thanks to Charlie Nim, I went to see the great gray owls at the Marguerite 
D'Youville Refuge.  
As a follow up to Becky's note about the owl perched on a tripod, I was 
lucky enough to be there at the time it happened and snapped a photo.  See 
photo in this link 
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/39689360 AT N02/32213998714/in/dateposted-public/ 
 
It was incredible!  Sorry I missed you Becky!

Sophia Wong
Hudson


On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 9:03:45 PM UTC-5, Rebecca Suomala wrote:
>
> Birder Alert!
>
> There is an amazing irruption of Great Gray Owls going on in Quebec and 
> Ontario provinces in Canada extending to northern New York. We heard that 
> more than 30 Great Grays have been reported in the Montreal area and Zeke 
> Cornell and I headed north last weekend to look for some. We saw five 
> different Great Grays: two in the Montreal area, one in Ottawa, and two 
> more in New York.
>
>  
>
> Birders should be on the lookout, especially in northern New Hampshire. 
> There has got to be one around somewhere! The owls are not that far away, 
> and there are a few reliable spots to see them.
>
>  
>
> Three Great Grays had been seen at the Refuge faunique 
> Marguerite-D'Youville in Chateauguay just south of Montreal and we saw two 
> of them. This seems to be one of the most reliable places to see these 
> owls, and there was even a photo of one perching on a photographer’s tripod 

> the day before we were there (and we didn’t hear any reports of owl 
> baiting)! 
>
>  
>
> The one Great Gray we had in Ottawa was also at a place where two had been 
> seen the day before. You begin to get the idea – not just a single Great 
> Gray, but multiples. As an added bonus, Ottawa has a good place for Gray 
> Partridge right now.
>
>  
>
> We also visited Robert Moses State Park in Massena, NY across the river 
> from Cornwall, Canada where we saw two of the three Great Grays present 
> there. We even watched one cough up a pellet (which I collected, being the 
> biologist that I am…:-). 
>
>  
>
> It was just great viewing of these rare, northern owls and well worth the 
> trip. This kind of irruption doesn’t happen very often. As an added bonus, 
> while looking for Great Grays, we saw Snowy Owls and Rough-legged Hawks 
> also.
>
>  
>
> Don’t forget you need a passport to go to Canada (actually more important 
> for returning to the US).
>
>  
>
> Becky Suomala, Chichester.
>

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Subject: Fw: Acadia Birding Festival (June 1-4) - REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 1
From: "'paul miliotis' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:24:05 +0000 (UTC)
NHbirders,
Attached find announcement of Opening Registration
and web information on Acadia Festival Registration and 
activities.
Good birding
Paul M.


Join the BIRDING fun!  
June 1-4 (Thursday to Sunday)
Mount Desert Island, Acadia Nat’l Park
•	50+ Field Trips  - with 40+ bird guides
•	Boating Adventures  - including a Pelagic trip
•	Keynote Presentations  - Pete Dunne, Nancy McAllister, Luke Seitz
•	Birding Workshops
•	Socials
Online Registration opens MARCH 1 at 10:00am.  
To learn more about the festival, click here to watch our latest video: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxNl4QFvrlM&feature=youtu.be
Come for a partial day or all four days. Click here to view our schedule of 
events: 

http://acadiabirdingfestival.com/schedule.php
The Acadia Birding Festival is a non-profit organization designed to provide 
birding activities for everyone. Proceeds are gifted to local conservation and 
educational organizations, especially those that help protect and teach about 
our birds and their habitats. 

Hope you can join us!
Questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact me or visit our website 
http://acadiabirdingfestival.com 

Happy Birding,
Becky
Becky Marvil, Executive Director
Acadia Birding Festival (June 1 - 4, 2017)
Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor, ME
207-233-3694 (festival)
beckym AT acadiabirdingfestival.com
http://acadiabirdingfestival.com

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wrote: 


> From: Becky Marvil - ABF 
> Subject: Acadia Birding Festival (June 1-4) - REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 1
> To: "Paul Miliotis" 
> Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 4:43 PM
> Paul,  Would you be able to post
> this on the NH listserv?  Thanks,Becky    Join the BIRDING
> fun!  June 1-4 (Thursday to
> Sunday)
> Mount Desert Island, Acadia Nat’l Park  50+
> Field Trips  - with 40+ bird guidesBoating Adventures  -
> including a Pelagic tripKeynote Presentations  -
> Pete Dunne, Nancy McAllister, Luke SeitzBirding WorkshopsSocials  Online 
Registration opens 

> MARCH 1 at 10:00am.    To learn more about the
> festival, click here to watch our latest video: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxNl4QFvrlM&feature=youtu.be  Come for a 
partial day or all 

> four days.  Click here to view our schedule of events:
> http://acadiabirdingfestival.com/schedule.php  The Acadia Birding Festival
> is a non-profit organization designed to provide birding
> activities for everyone.  Proceeds are gifted to local
> conservation and educational organizations, especially those
> that help protect and teach about our birds and their
> habitats.  Hope you can join us!  Questions?  Please
> don’t hesitate to contact me or visit our website 
http://acadiabirdingfestival.com  Happy Birding,Becky    Becky 

> Marvil, Executive
> DirectorAcadia Birding
> Festival (June 1 - 4, 2017)
> Mount Desert Island,
> Bar Harbor, ME207-233-3694
> (festival)beckym AT acadiabirdingfestival.comhttp://acadiabirdingfestival.com  
>  

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Subject: Mascoma Chapter News
From: "'MascomaBirds' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:33:01 +0000 (UTC)
Good afternoon. Following are some calendar updates that may be of interest.
2016 - 2017 Nature Series Talks Calendar -- Two talks remain in this season's 
series.  

On Monday, March 13 Connecticut River Birding Trail Project Coordinator Bill 
Shepard presents a program that will discuss "Tools and Tricks" of the Birding 
Trade." Bill tells us the talk will be "devoted to giving the audience some 
juicy tips on how to make birding more fun and productive."  Bill will focus 
on Upper Valley birding hot spots, recommended birding gear, making bird 
identification and "perhaps even some bird technology." Come and learn what one 
avid birder has to share, and add your favorite tips. 

Monday, April 10 -- VT Center for Ecostudies Conservation Biologist Steve 
Saccio will pose the question, "Vernal Pools: Wicked Big Puddles or Critical 
Wildlife Habitat?" Steve's presentation will focus on the ecology of vernal 
pools with an emphasis on the amphibians that depend upon them for breeding. 

Spring Birdwatching Calendar -- Come out and follow the spring migration from 
the first song bird and waterfowl arrivals in March into nesting season as 
summer solstice approaches. The list again includes our very popular May series 
walks "Warbler Wednesdays" and "Feathered Fridays." New this year will be a 
June bird walk along Lebanon's section of the Northern Rail Trail. 

Details on these events can be found at our website: Mascoma Chapter of NH 
Audubon - Home 

  
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Subject: correction
From: Evelyn Nathan <evynathan AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:21:16 -0500
Sorry! On closer inspection of telephoto shots, the ring-necks were not 
ring-necks after all. Hoodies… yes. Ring necks may be there, as there was a 
mixed flock way out. I’ll investigate further tomorrow. 

Evy Nathan
Kingston

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Subject: Re: Grackles, RWB, BHC in Salem
From: Steven Liffmann <liffmanns AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:13:16 -0800 (PST)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sliffmann/32930207141/in/datetaken/


On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 1:19:01 PM UTC-5, Steven Liffmann wrote:
>
> Flock of approximately 50 grackles along with a few Red wing blackbirds 
> and Brown Headed cowbirds in Salem NH today. 
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: hoodies and ring necks
From: Evelyn Nathan <evynathan AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:57:25 -0500
Just spotted some hoodies and 2, at least, ring necks on the Powwow. I plan to 
look further tomorrow! 

Spring has sprung! Hooray!

Evy Nathan
Kingston

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Subject: Grackles, RWB, BHC in Salem
From: Steven Liffmann <liffmanns AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:18:58 -0500
Flock of approximately 50 grackles along with a few Red wing blackbirds and 
Brown Headed cowbirds in Salem NH today. 


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Subject: Re: Northern Saw-whet Owl in Merrimack, 2/21/17
From: Chris Gagnon <cgagnon AT sau53.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:50:59 -0800 (PST)
That is awesome.

-chris gagnon
Hooksett, NH




On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 8:29:47 AM UTC-5, Tom Young wrote:
>
>    Last night I had a thrilling encounter with a saw-whet owl. Returning 
> home from basketball practice with my daughter at about 8:30, immediately 
> upon getting out of the car we heard the repetitive call of a saw-whet 
> coming from the woods at the edge of the swamp behind our house. By 
> imitating the call, I was able to summon the owl close enough to get a few 
> photos before letting it get back to hunting. See the link below. I 
> honestly still can hardly believe my good fortune!
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/tomyoungnh/32206607974/
>
> Tom Young
> Merrimack, NH
>

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Subject: Northern Flicker, Swanzey
From: Phillip Kirkhart <phillip.kirkhart AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:30:24 -0800 (PST)
I forgot to mention that there was also a Northern Flicker at the airport 
this morning.

-Phillip Kirkhart
Swanzey, NH

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Subject: Turkey Vultures
From: deanneart via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:22:19 -0500
We had nine Turkey Vultures roosting in the dead tree behind our property this 
morning. 


Deanne Fortnam
Nashua

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Subject: 2nd Northern Harrier, Swanzey
From: Phillip Kirkhart <phillip.kirkhart AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:58:33 -0800 (PST)
There was an adult male Northern Harrier at the Keene airport in Swanzey this 
morning. 


The Northern Shrike was there as well, no Rough-legged Hawk though.

-Phillip Kirkhart
Swanzey, NH

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Subject: FOY Red-winged Blackbirds
From: nhexactly AT metrocast.net
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:16:11 -0500
Currently seeing a flock of red-winged blackbirds under the feeders in 
my yard in Barrington. Is Spring really here?

Deb Sanders
Barrington NH

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Subject: FOY(Yard) Juvie Red-winged Blackbirds - Concord
From: David Lipsy <dlipsy AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:02:08 -0500
This morning under the feeder tree were 4 juvenile Red-winged Blackbirds.
They were rubbing wing bars with A few Euro Starlings and a couple of Mourning 
Doves. 


In the tree and on the feeders were the usual suspects:
Am. Goldfinch
Am. Tree Sparrow
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Tufted Titmouse
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jay
And a special guest appearance of a Brown Creeper, who I see on occasion 
working the trunk and main stems of the feeder tree. 


Not many photos as I was in the truck down the driveway watching thru my 
bins.  Caught a TUTI that put down in a tree next to me. 


Blue Skies and Great Birds to all!
David Lipsy
Concord, NH

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Subject: Northern Saw-whet Owl in Merrimack, 2/21/17
From: Tom Young <tomyoungnh AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:29:44 -0500
   Last night I had a thrilling encounter with a saw-whet owl. Returning
home from basketball practice with my daughter at about 8:30, immediately
upon getting out of the car we heard the repetitive call of a saw-whet
coming from the woods at the edge of the swamp behind our house. By
imitating the call, I was able to summon the owl close enough to get a few
photos before letting it get back to hunting. See the link below. I
honestly still can hardly believe my good fortune!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tomyoungnh/32206607974/

Tom Young
Merrimack, NH

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Subject: Great Gray Owl irruption
From: "Rebecca Suomala" <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:03:34 -0500
Birder Alert!

There is an amazing irruption of Great Gray Owls going on in Quebec and
Ontario provinces in Canada extending to northern New York. We heard that
more than 30 Great Grays have been reported in the Montreal area and Zeke
Cornell and I headed north last weekend to look for some. We saw five
different Great Grays: two in the Montreal area, one in Ottawa, and two more
in New York.

 

Birders should be on the lookout, especially in northern New Hampshire.
There has got to be one around somewhere! The owls are not that far away,
and there are a few reliable spots to see them.

 

Three Great Grays had been seen at the Refuge faunique Marguerite-D'Youville
in Chateauguay just south of Montreal and we saw two of them. This seems to
be one of the most reliable places to see these owls, and there was even a
photo of one perching on a photographer's tripod the day before we were
there (and we didn't hear any reports of owl baiting)! 

 

The one Great Gray we had in Ottawa was also at a place where two had been
seen the day before. You begin to get the idea - not just a single Great
Gray, but multiples. As an added bonus, Ottawa has a good place for Gray
Partridge right now.

 

We also visited Robert Moses State Park in Massena, NY across the river from
Cornwall, Canada where we saw two of the three Great Grays present there. We
even watched one cough up a pellet (which I collected, being the biologist
that I am.:-). 

 

It was just great viewing of these rare, northern owls and well worth the
trip. This kind of irruption doesn't happen very often. As an added bonus,
while looking for Great Grays, we saw Snowy Owls and Rough-legged Hawks
also.

 

Don't forget you need a passport to go to Canada (actually more important
for returning to the US).

 

Becky Suomala, Chichester.

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Subject: Merlin in Allenstown
From: Christian Martin <cmartin AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:31:35 +0000
Robert Vallieres and I were surprised to find a very dark-plumaged merlin 
perched at the tippy top of the steeple of the St. John the Baptist Catholic 
Church at the corner of Main and School Street in Allentown, NH at 3:30pm this 
afternoon. 


- Chris

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

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

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New Hampshire Audubon - Protecting New Hampshire's natural environment for 
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Subject: Northern Harrier, Swanzey
From: Phillip Kirkhart <phillip.kirkhart AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:32:24 -0800 (PST)
Earlier this afternoon I was checking the Airport in Swanzey for the 
Rough-Legged Hawk. I didn't find it, but I did find an immature/female 
Northern Harrier, Northern Shrike and a Barred owl!

-Phillip Kirkhart
Swanzey, NH 

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Subject: Seacoast sightings
From: "Daniel M. Keefe" <daniel.keefe AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:21:53 +0000
Had a Peregrine at the General Sullivan bridge this afternoon 2:10.
Needless to say the resident pigeon population was a bit skittish.

Returning to our driveway around 3:30 was greeted by 6 snow buntings. Have
had similar numbers over the years, usually for only one day, so suspect we
are just a rest stop on a long journey.

Dan

Durham, NH

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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings - Sunapee
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:29:47 -0500
A late afternoon sweep of Main Street New London for the BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS 
recently reported by Fred Sladen came up empty handed, but earlier this 
afternoon I had a flock of about 60-70 birds pass overhead at my work's 
headquarters. Our headquarters is a commercial lot along Route 11 in Sunapee 
between Granliden and Browns Hill Roads. I initially discovered the flock by 
hearing their distinct calls and watched them as they worked their way west. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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