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19 Sep HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (19 Sep 2014) 474 Raptors []
19 Sep HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (18 Sep 2014) 272 Raptors []
19 Sep Re: Abridged summary of nhbirds@googlegroups.com - 6 updates in 6 topics [evelyn nathan ]
19 Sep Birds flying at pack; not yet at carter hill ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
19 Sep Groton Sparrows, Hebron Marsh [Jody Williams ]
19 Sep NH Wildlife Journal features Osprey story [Christian Martin ]
19 Sep HSR: Little Round Top Migration Observatory (18 Sep 2014) 56 Raptors []
18 Sep HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (18 Sep 2014) 1252 Raptors []
18 Sep Sandwich - Red Crossbills [Ken Klapper ]
18 Sep Brown Thrasher - Pittsfield [AERART via NHBirds ]
18 Sep Fwd: eBird Report - Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Sep 18, 2014 [k chamberlin ]
18 Sep eagle []
18 Sep 9-18 / Concord / Birch St. Community Gardens / 10 Warbler Sp. / 7 Sparrow Sp. [CK Borg ]
18 Sep broad-wingeds moving now ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
18 Sep HSR: Little Round Top Migration Observatory (17 Sep 2014) 183 Raptors []
17 Sep HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (17 Sep 2014) 521 Raptors []
17 Sep HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (17 Sep 2014) 1291 Raptors []
17 Sep Nighthawk [Daniel Keefe ]
17 Sep Mast Yard WPW continue ["Pam Hunt" ]
16 Sep Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, September 16, 2014 ["Mark Suomala" ]
16 Sep HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (16 Sep 2014) 152 Raptors []
16 Sep Hummer still here, meadow flock, Rumney [Jody Williams ]
16 Sep HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (16 Sep 2014) 48 Raptors []
16 Sep non NH question [Jeanne-Marie ]
16 Sep Osprey - Salem ["Steve Liffmann" ]
16 Sep Pileated Woodpecker [keith chamberlin ]
16 Sep HSR: Little Round Top Migration Observatory (16 Sep 2014) No count today... possibility for action over the skies of Bristol tomorrow. []
16 Sep HSR: Little Round Top Migration Observatory (15 Sep 2014) 60 Raptors []
16 Sep three thrush species in one bush [raqbirds via NHBirds ]
16 Sep Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (15 Sep 2014) 4159 Raptors [Iain MacLeod ]
16 Sep FW: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (15 Sep 2014) 4159 Raptors [Iain MacLeod ]
15 Sep HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (15 Sep 2014) 4159 Raptors []
16 Sep The Birds of Iceland [David Govatski ]
16 Sep HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (15 Sep 2014) 548 Raptors []
15 Sep Ashland Birding [keith chamberlin ]
15 Sep Lincoln's Sparrow - Kingston [Scott Heron ]
15 Sep NH Coast ("Western" Willets, Caspian Terns, "Woody" the Lesser Black-backed Gull) [Steve Mirick ]
15 Sep heron meal [Sylvia Miskoe ]
15 Sep turtles are too hard [Sylvia Miskoe ]
15 Sep Strafford County Farm field trip 9/14-34 species [Dan Hubbard ]
15 Sep Hawks on the move [Jon Woolf ]
15 Sep OPBS ["'Jerome Barry' via NHBirds" ]
15 Sep HSR: Little Round Top Migration Observatory (14 Sep 2014) 46 Raptors []
15 Sep HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (14 Sep 2014) 876 Raptors []
15 Sep Eastern Whip-poor-wills Mast Yard Forest [V Segarich ]
14 Sep HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (14 Sep 2014) 380 Raptors []
14 Sep RE: 24 Common Nighthawks in Newington [Jim Sparrell ]
14 Sep Carter Hill Raptor Release photos 09/14/2014 [Joel Huntress ]
13 Sep HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (13 Sep 2014) 296 Raptors []
13 Sep Major thrush flight right now ["Pam Hunt" ]
13 Sep Photos from the raptor release at Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory today [Joel Huntress ]
13 Sep Locke Road/Carter Hill field trip []
13 Sep HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (13 Sep 2014) 1116 Raptors []
13 Sep Basic Shorebirding field trip [Jon Woolf ]
13 Sep HSR: Little Round Top Migration Observatory (13 Sep 2014) 362 Raptors []
13 Sep Penacook Survey ["Pam Hunt" ]
13 Sep Rumney Cape May [Jody Williams ]
13 Sep Sora, Pectoral Sandpiper - Salem [Kyle Wilmarth ]
13 Sep Warblers and Other Migrants, Sutton ["Cindy House" ]
13 Sep Buff Breasted Sandpiper [Cocav Rauwerdink ]
13 Sep Western Kingbird, Concord [Rebecca ]
12 Sep HSR: Little Round Top Migration Observatory (12 Sep 2014) 154 Raptors []
12 Sep HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (12 Sep 2014) 271 Raptors []
12 Sep HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (11 Sep 2014) 1 Raptors []
12 Sep HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (12 Sep 2014) 694 Raptors []
12 Sep Nashua list addition? [Jeanne-Marie ]
12 Sep 9-12 / Pease Airport / Buff-breasted Sandpipers... YES [CK Borg ]
12 Sep hummer rescue []
11 Sep Whip-poor-wills continue ["Pam Hunt" ]
11 Sep HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (10 Sep 2014) 14 Raptors []
11 Sep FW: eBird Report - Pickering Ponds, Rochester, Sep 10, 2014 [Dan Hubbard ]
11 Sep HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (11 Sep 2014) Raptors []
11 Sep Odds & Ends (Buff-breasted Sandpipers & Caspian Terns) [Steve Mirick ]
11 Sep Juvenile Golden Eagle Spotted at LRTMO 09-10-14 [David Lipsy ]
11 Sep HSR:296 Raptors - Little Round Top Migration Observatory (10 Sep 2014) []
11 Sep Lark Sparrow, Horseshoe Pond, Concord ["Zeke Cornell" ]

Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (19 Sep 2014) 474 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Sep 2014 21:09:56 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              3              3
Osprey                      10             52             52
Bald Eagle                   4             28             28
Northern Harrier             3              9              9
Sharp-shinned Hawk          31            220            220
Cooper's Hawk                4             22             22
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          409           3445           3445
Red-tailed Hawk              1              9              9
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4             46             46
Merlin                       0             15             15
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Unknown Accipiter            2             13             13
Unknown Buteo                1              9              9
Unknown Falcon               0              4              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               5             50             50

Total:                     474           3928           3928
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jess Cosentino, Phil Brown

Observers:        Bob Quinn, Cal Peterka, Crawford Lyons, Dick DeSeve,
                  Mark Timmerman, Phil Brown, Tom Brewton

Visitors:
66 Visitors made it up to the observatory to kick off the final weekend of
summer. These included both a group of 15 students from Saint Bani School
(Sanbornton, NH) and the most recent graduates of New Hampshire Audubon's
Raptor ID Workshop. We would like to extend a very big thank you to all of
those individuals who help support the Carter Hill Observatory through the
purchase of t-shirts, raptor silhouette guides, donations, etc. as these
all contribute to sustaining the project each and every year. 


Weather:
The winds remained incredibly variable throughout the majority of the day
with shifts from the NNW early on in the morning to ESE by day's end. Cool
temperatures lingered, reminding everyone that the first days of autumn are
less than a week away. It seemed that clouds had decided to take the day
off, leaving behind a pale blue backdrop which made those distant birds
exponentially more challenging.

Raptor Observations:
The skies were not incredibly cooperative throughout the day as they made
all of those below with binoculars truly work for each and every bird.
Eyeballs strained to catch a glimpse of countless ephemeral flakes of
black, grey, and brown just before they would become swallowed up into the
infinite ocean of hazy, pale blue.

Broad-winged Hawks continued a steady push, notably into the afternoon
hours, as just over 100 BWHAs were seen catching late day thermals despite
dwindling sunlight. It was one of our better Osprey days to date for the
season so far. The day began with a great look at a Northern Harrier
passing across the morning sky and came to a close with another pair making
their way across the orchard en route down the Contoocook River corridor,
exhibiting elegant flight displays while gently passing by on low flights.

Non-raptor Observations:
Northern Flicker (17), Canada Goose (13)

Predictions:
Partly cloudy with high of 71 F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jess Cosentino (rcavall AT comcast.net)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (18 Sep 2014) 272 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Sep 2014 19:09:05 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               2              3              3
Osprey                       5             42             42
Bald Eagle                   0             24             24
Northern Harrier             0              6              6
Sharp-shinned Hawk          25            189            189
Cooper's Hawk                2             18             18
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          212           3036           3036
Red-tailed Hawk              3              8              8
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8             42             42
Merlin                       3             15             15
Peregrine Falcon             1              2              2
Unknown Accipiter            3             11             11
Unknown Buteo                2              8              8
Unknown Falcon               1              4              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               5             45             45

Total:                     272           3454           3454
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Crawford Lyons

Observers:        Aiden Moser, Bob Quinn, Dave Howe, Mark Suomala, Phil Brown,
                  Steve Manifold, Steven Whitney, Tom Brewton

Weather:
Temperatures climbed into the high 60's with steady NNW winds at 10 mph
throughout the afternoon and partially cloudy skies.

Raptor Observations:
A steady trickle of Broad-winged Hawks throughout the morning into the
early afternoon. Sharpies continued to flutter by over head in good numbers
in addition to getting a look at 3 different species of falcon throughout
the day as a late afternoon Peregrine buzzed by while the sun slowly set.

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Nighthawk (1), Monarch Butterfly (21)

Predictions:
Highs in the upper 50's with light, variable winds from E
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jess Cosentino (rcavall AT comcast.net)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Re: Abridged summary of nhbirds@googlegroups.com - 6 updates in 6 topics
From: evelyn nathan <evynathan AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:56:34 -0400
Need help or referral # regarding avian rescue for an abandoned juvenile or 
possibly ill bluejay. I have him in a birdcage. 

Evy Nathan
Kingston
On Sep 19, 2014, at 9/19/144:58 PM, nhbirds AT googlegroups.com wrote:

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Birds flying at pack; not yet at carter hill - 1 Update
Groton Sparrows, Hebron Marsh - 1 Update
NH Wildlife Journal features Osprey story - 1 Update
HSR: Little Round Top Migration Observatory (18 Sep 2014) 56 Raptors - 1 Update
HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (18 Sep 2014) 1252 Raptors - 1 
Update 

Sandwich - Red Crossbills - 1 Update
Birds flying at pack; not yet at carter hill           
Phil Brown : Sep 19 01:21PM -0400 

Almost 2000 broad wingeds reported today at pack!
 
Sent from my iPhone
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Groton Sparrows, Hebron Marsh           
Jody Williams : Sep 19 12:01PM -0400 

This morning at Hebron Marsh: 110 Canada Geese, 45 Mallards, 4 Wood Ducks, 2 
Belted Kingfishers, 1 Great Blue Heron and one Cooper's Hawk which was chased 
by one of the kingfishers. 

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NH Wildlife Journal features Osprey story           
Christian Martin : Sep 19 03:28PM 

The current issue of NH Fish & Game's Wildlife Journal magazine includes an 
extended article about capturing and fitting a satellite transmitter on an 
osprey in the Hampton/Seabrook saltmarsh in ...more 

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HSR: Little Round Top Migration Observatory (18 Sep 2014) 56 Raptors           
reports AT hawkcount.org: Sep 19 07:09AM -0400 

Little Round Top Migration Observatory
Bristol, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2014
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Species Day's ...more 
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HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (18 Sep 2014) 1252 Raptors 

reports AT hawkcount.org: Sep 18 10:09PM -0400 

Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2014
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Sandwich - Red Crossbills           
Ken Klapper : Sep 18 07:06PM -0400 

Checking out the yard after work today I was very pleased to find two Red
Crossbills calling. Unfortunately they flew off a minute after I spotted
them. One was a male, mostly reddish, the other ...more 
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Subject: Birds flying at pack; not yet at carter hill
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:21:17 -0400
Almost 2000 broad wingeds reported today at pack!

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Groton Sparrows, Hebron Marsh
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:01:59 -0400
This morning at Hebron Marsh: 110 Canada Geese, 45 Mallards, 4 Wood Ducks, 2 
Belted Kingfishers, 1 Great Blue Heron and one Cooper's Hawk which was chased 
by one of the kingfishers. 


A harbinger of fall: First Frost!!! 27 degrees on the back thermometer.
At the power line crossing on River Road in North Groton: Native dogwoods, 
alders and a couple wild apple trees. 

2 Song Sparrows
1 Chipping Sparrow
2 White-throated Sparrows
1 Swamp Sparrow
1 White-Crowned Sparrow (Immature plumage)
1 Lincoln's Sparrow

Each of these birds took a turn in the same sun lit alder as I pished for 
several minutes. Eight birds of six species in the same shrub... that was a 
first. And unlike many "Little Brown Jobs", each sat in the open sunlight for 
field guide quality viewing... just doesn't happen very often. 


1 Common Yellowthroat and 2 American Robins.

Yesterday at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, in Cambridge MA, 
Jody (Radcliffe '56) and I attended a preview of the new Birds of the World 
exhibit (Public opening tomorrow, 9/20 ) that has all the latest science of 
family connections (Falcons very near passerines rather than other raptors. 
Hoatzin still fitting in nowhere. Name changes... yes more changes) 

I would hazard a guess that only the Smithsonian has a better collection. I had 
a very nice conversation with Jeremiah Trimble, one of the curators of the 
exhibit. 


The whole museum is looking rather fabulous... it is well worth the time and 
effort to visit. 


John R Williams
Rumney NH

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Subject: NH Wildlife Journal features Osprey story
From: Christian Martin <cmartin AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:28:37 +0000
The current issue of NH Fish & Game's Wildlife Journal magazine includes an 
extended article about capturing and fitting a satellite transmitter on an 
osprey in the Hampton/Seabrook saltmarsh in Summer 2013 as part of Squam Lakes 
Natural Science Center's Project OspreyTrack, and about the biologists and 
other folks involved in this endeavor. The article is enhanced tremendously by 
Scott and Sharon Harvell's wonderful photo-documentation. You can 'join us' in 
the saltmarsh thru the following link to the article: 



http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Wildlife_Journal/WJ_sample_stories/WJ_e14_Ospreys.pdf 


- Chris

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

84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH  03301
603/224-9909, x317 (office)
603/226-0902 (fax)

www.nhaudubon.org

New Hampshire Audubon - Protecting New Hampshire's natural environment for 
wildlife and for people. 


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Subject: HSR: Little Round Top Migration Observatory (18 Sep 2014) 56 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Sep 2014 07:09:51 -0400
Little Round Top Migration Observatory
Bristol, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             52             52
Osprey                       1             30             30
Bald Eagle                   2             51             51
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk          10             91             91
Cooper's Hawk                4             31             31
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           38           1640           1640
Red-tailed Hawk              0              7              7
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             1             18             18
Merlin                       0              3              3
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9              9

Total:                      56           1944           1944
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:45:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter:        David Lipsy

Observers:        Dennis McAuliffe, Evelyn McAuliffe

Visitors:
9 Visitors today

Boyce (last name not written down), head of the NLRA, a Newfound Lake area
non-profit for the environment came up to say hello and  take a look
around.

Another notable visitor, Jane Hochsprunz, who works at COPA in Concord. 
Jane has wrapped me up in fiberglass casts a few times over the past few
years :)
Thanks Jane :)

Mrs. Conglin (sorry, guessing the spelling here), the owner of the farm
across the valley to the east with the Highland Cattle came up to say
hello... since the birds were nowhere to be seen, I let her survey her
mountain side with my scope as she gave me a short history of the farm and
the hundreds of acres of forest the the homes of her sons, one of  which is
that beautiful circular house with all the glass, and as surmised in an
earlier discussion with another, the top section is indeed an observation
area, able to be closed off by baffles in the wintertime.


Weather:
Started the day with clear skies that quickly clouded up... heavy dark
clouds moved in as the winds picked up, then late in the day cleared to
nice cloud formations on the horizon.
Winds were pretty much averaging from the NW :( , taking most of our birds
away once again.  Winds were variable ranging from W to N, with  an
occasional gust from the NE.  The strongest gusts were westerly.  winds
were fairly steady and gusty, with the highest recorded gust of the day in
the 4:00 hour at 19.3 MPH.
Temperatures started in the 50's, topping out at 73F at noon, dropping back
to the lower 60's to mid 50's by 5:00 PM

Raptor Observations:
As I arrived at the site, I was greeted by a pair of Sharpies sitting in a
tree.  I grabbed my camera but did not have the right lens set up on and
they were long gone by the time I made a lens change.  

Birds were shut down by the weather by mid afternoon, with a Bald Eagle
trying to sneak by the site and a few sharpies in the 3:00 hour.

An Osprey was seen to the north coming in over Peaked Hill, and made record
time ripping thru the valley to our east flying with the strong winds.

Today even Chocolate could not bring out the Raptors... but it did produce
a non-migrating TV, so it still showed its power, even in the face of the
adverse weather conditions.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Monarch Butterflies were seen blowing in the winds high up, making good
time in their trek southward

Predictions:
Highs for Friday are only expected to reach the 50's with sunny skies, but
winds are forecasted to be calm, thus if any Broadies are still heading
south, Friday could be a good day to have some come our way.
========================================================================
Report submitted by David B. Lipsy (dlipsy AT comcast.net)
Little Round Top Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=317

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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (18 Sep 2014) 1252 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 18 Sep 2014 22:09:02 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              1              1
Osprey                      12             94             94
Bald Eagle                   3             45             45
Northern Harrier             2             15             15
Sharp-shinned Hawk          54            339            339
Cooper's Hawk                7             30             30
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk         1171           8425           8426
Red-tailed Hawk              0              2              2
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2             29             29
Merlin                       1             23             23
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9              9

Total:                    1252           9020           9021
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Cynthia Nichols, Don Stokes, Eric Masterson, Glen Chretien,
                  Jane Fiske, Jeanne-Marie Maher, Lillian Stokes,
                  Meade Cadot, Mike Gebo, Nancy Moreau, Sharon Harvell,
                  Tom Delaney, Tom Warren, with many more...

Visitors:
46 visitors. Broad-winged Week never ceases to fill the platform with
talented spotters and unbeatable camaraderie. Thank you, everyone who was a
part of today's count!


Weather:
Another day of watching the clouds grow out of blue nothingness, this time
squashing the sun until only a few rays could squeeze through late in the
day. The mountains wallowed in haze so thick that both the Whites and the
Greens were lost from view. The count began with temperatures already above
50F, leading into a balmy day of low-60's, though we lost a few degrees
whenever a cloud crossed the sun. The wind mostly stayed between 5-10mph,
increasing slightly and shifting from W to NW with the mid-day cold front.

Raptor Observations:
10AM hit with kettles rising out of the North and East as hundreds of
Broad-winged Hawks piled into thermals and headed south. For two hours,
there was hardly a break between "I've got another kettle!" "There are more
birds coming." "They're streaming right overhead!" "Anyone else on these
birds here?" "One, two...." "Count to yourself please!" Count and enjoy,
there were plenty of birds for everyone, with the occasional Bald Eagle,
Osprey, or Northern Harrier mixed in for variety. The flight diminished
when clouds began to dominate the sky midway through the afternoon, though
Ospreys and Sharp-shinned Hawks continued to push through for much of the
remainder of the count.

Non-raptor Observations:
Over 30 Common Ravens mixed in with a broad-winged kettle before forming a
"kettle" of their own over the left side of North Pack. Monarchs were on
the move, racing against time and the approaching frost.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Double-crested Cormorant- 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird- 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 7
Blackpoll Warbler- 1
warbler sp.- 2

Monarch Butterfly- 20

Predictions:
Another cold front is on its way through tonight, sending temperatures down
 close to the freezing mark. Despite mostly clear skies, the sun will have
a difficult time warming temperatures out of the low to mid 50's. The wind
will be out of the NE at 5-10mph, shifting to come out of the E. Bundle up
and head to the hawkwatch- any Broad-winged Hawk that doesn't want to stick
around for "frogcicles" will be streaming through. 

On a side note, the new limited edition Pack Monadnock 10th Anniversary
T-shirts are here, just in time if you need an extra layer...  

========================================================================
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (trina16 AT comcast.net))
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Sandwich - Red Crossbills
From: Ken Klapper <kklapper AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:06:13 -0400
Checking out the yard after work today I was very pleased to find two Red
Crossbills calling.  Unfortunately they flew off a minute after I spotted
them.  One was a male, mostly reddish, the other too backlit to see color
on.

Also, there was a continuing (or new?) Olive-sided Flycatcher frequenting
the tall snags.  My yard has had an incredible run of this species over the
last month.

Ken Klapper
Sandwich, NH

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Subject: Brown Thrasher - Pittsfield
From: AERART via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:48:34 -0400
I had a Brown Thrasher in our garden bush this morning in Pittsfield. 
 
Andrea Robbins
Pittsfield, NH 

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Sep 18, 2014
From: k chamberlin <kchamberlin07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:55:14 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 3:53 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Sep 18, 2014
To: kchamberlin07 AT gmail.com


Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Grafton, US-NH
Sep 18, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     The sharpie was hunting either the cardinals or catbirds. It
did not seem to mind me underneath him. As we left an osprey being mobbed
by crows was trying desperatley to perch..it even disrupted a lazy great
blue heron.
27 species

Great Blue Heron  1     Osprey, Crow, and suprised Heron.
Osprey  1     Osprey
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1     Sharp Shinned Hawk
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  10
Eastern Phoebe  10
Blue-headed Vireo  1     100_2268
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  6
Red-breasted Nuthatch  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  12
Brown Thrasher  1
Cedar Waxwing  6
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  2
Northern Parula  2     100_2281
Magnolia Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  20
Wilson's Warbler  2
Field Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  6
Northern Cardinal  8

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19868221

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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Subject: eagle
From: s42yth AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:34:38 +0000 (UTC)
half an hour ago a mature bald eagle was circling very low over the pines at 
intersection of candia rd and lake shore dr in east Manchester. perhaps it 
wants to try its luck fishing in the section of lake massabesic that is close 
by.  

Sylvia hartmann         Manchester nh 

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Subject: 9-18 / Concord / Birch St. Community Gardens / 10 Warbler Sp. / 7 Sparrow Sp.
From: CK Borg <borealbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:28:27 -0400
...a good two hours of birding was had a the Birch St. Gardens in Concord
this morning (8-10am)
...the best birding was found towards the middle to southern end of the
Gardens
...from ~ the hippie garden with the Tibetan prayer flags southward (wonder
who's garden that is :)

Highlights:

Coopers Hawk (x1)
Blue-headed Vireo (x3)
Black-and-White Warbler (x2)
Nashville Warbler (x1)
Common Yellowthroat (xx)
American Redstart (x1)
Northern Parula (x1)
Blackpoll Warbler (x1)
Palm Warbler (Western x2)
Pine Warbler (x1)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (x1)
Black-throated Green Warbler (x4)
Vesper Sparrow (x1)
Chipping Sparrow (x8)
Field Sparrow (x1)
Savannah Sparrow (x12)
Song Sparrow (xx)
Lincoln's Sparrow (x3)
Swamp Sparrow (xx)

Good Migrations,
CKB

Concord, NH

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Subject: broad-wingeds moving now
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:33:10 -0700
Looks like another big day in the making at Pack Monadnock. Don and Lillian 
Stokes report 500 birds in the last half hour with a 100-bird kettle. Find some 
time to catch this spectacle at Pack, Carter Hill, or Little Round Top today! 


Phil Brown

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Subject: HSR: Little Round Top Migration Observatory (17 Sep 2014) 183 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 18 Sep 2014 08:09:39 -0400
Little Round Top Migration Observatory
Bristol, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               4             52             52
Osprey                       3             29             29
Bald Eagle                   5             49             49
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11             81             81
Cooper's Hawk                5             27             27
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          152           1602           1602
Red-tailed Hawk              0              7              7
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             1             17             17
Merlin                       1              3              3
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              9              9

Total:                     183           1888           1888
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00 
Observation end   time: 19:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        David Lipsy

Observers:        Mark Timmerman, Stephen Whitney, Susan Wrisley

Visitors:
Had 5 visitors came up today, all at the end of the day, hoping to capture
some sights of the sunset that was a disappointment to all.


Weather:
The morning started off with calm winds... Unfortunately I was not there
till a little before 11:00 due to a doctors appt.

Light winds started us off from the SE!!  but did not bring any great
counts with it.  Then around 2:00PM the winds shifted, as forecasted to the
dreaded NW.  Then around 5:00 PM winds shifted again to blow from the SW. 
That brought some interesting numbers, explained below.  They were however
light and I don't think the winds would have made much difference,.

Temperatures started out in the low 50's, climbed into the mid 70's then
fell by evening back into the 50's.,

Humidity started around 50%, dropped into the 40's and then rose back into
the 50's in the evening hours.

Cloud cover was negligible in the morning, rising to around 60 percent,
then dropping off to under 15%, which was unfortunate as I stayed to shoot
the sunset, but there were not many clouds around to the east for any
fantastic photographs.

Raptor Observations:
One interesting note came in the 2:00 hour.  Earlier this month I have had
two large groups of TV's rise up, kettle high into the sky up to the clouds
as they drifted to the SW.  The rest of the day we did not see more than
the normal 3-4 regulars cruising the ridges and valley, thus those groups
headed south, and as far as this site is concerned, migrated past us.
Today we had 1 Broad-winged and one TV kettle together in a thermal and
went so high as to become specks in our bins, then together zoomed off to
the SW.  The first single TV I have counted as migratory.  Later in the
3:00 hour, we had a group of three TV's come in from the north, kettle
together in a thermal and also zoom off to the SW.  We never saw them
again... and had eyes on our "regulars:, thus felt comfortable scoring
these are migratory birds as well.

We had a possible sighting of another juvenile Golden Eagle, but this one
was closer in and I was able to get some very poor but useful shots of it. 
The tail just did not have the same feel as the first sighting we had, and
my photos confirmed the tail as all white as opposed to the large interior
patch one would expect, and that was seen on our first bird.  (Sorry
Mark).

Had some typical Sharpie attacks on a Coop... but one I have never before
seen was one of our Local Red-taileds make a diving attack on a Sharpie!
That was interesting.

The end of the day in the 4-5:00 hour brought a nice (for our numbers of
late) fallout of Broad-winged appearing from the stratosphere along with a
couple of Osprey.  They were so very high overhead and difficult to spot in
the blue, but we found them... just wonder how many more were to our north
and south that were out of range.

Once again Chocolate proved its worth... 4 minutes after performing my
ritualistic offering to the birds, a nice female Kestrel came bouncing just
off the western edge of the site on its way south.

Non-raptor Observations:
We had 15 Monarchs come thru, with around 10 also "falling out" in the
4-5:00 hour.  They were nicely lit buy the low sun angle, and I was able to
manage a few nice photos of them.

Predictions:
Unfortunately, the 18th is predicting the hated NW winds around 5-10 MPH...
with sunny skies... but will be heading up to see what I can see.

Hope you can join me.
========================================================================
Report submitted by David B. Lipsy (dlipsy AT comcast.net)
Little Round Top Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=317

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Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (17 Sep 2014) 521 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Sep 2014 22:09:16 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              1              1
Osprey                       4             37             37
Bald Eagle                   2             24             24
Northern Harrier             2              6              6
Sharp-shinned Hawk          34            164            164
Cooper's Hawk                1             16             16
Northern Goshawk             1              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          466           2824           2824
Red-tailed Hawk              1              5              5
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5             34             34
Merlin                       1             12             12
Peregrine Falcon             1              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            1              8              8
Unknown Buteo                0              6              6
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2             40             40

Total:                     521           3182           3182
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jess Cosentino

Observers:        Cal Peterka, Crawford Lyons, Dave Howe, Geoffrey Niswander,
                  Kathleen Brockett, Mark Timmerman, Pam Hunt, Sarah Kebler,
                  Tom Brewton

Visitors:
Visitors - 57


Weather:
Clouds hung low and heavy for a few hours early in the morning but moved
on. Temperatures in the high 60's by the afternoon with light, variable
winds out of WNW throughout the day.

Raptor Observations:
Another push of Broad-winged Hawks along with 10 additional raptor species
passing overhead throughout the day. BWHAs seemed to be using every inch of
sunlight available in the day as small kettles continued to pass overhead
as the sun slowly set.

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Similar weather as today, with highs in the high 60's with stronger winds
out of the NW at 10-15 mph
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jess Cosentino (rcavall AT comcast.net)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (17 Sep 2014) 1291 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Sep 2014 21:09:47 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              1              1
Osprey                      13             82             82
Bald Eagle                   4             42             42
Northern Harrier             2             13             13
Sharp-shinned Hawk          67            285            285
Cooper's Hawk                5             23             23
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk         1193           7254           7255
Red-tailed Hawk              2              2              2
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3             27             27
Merlin                       0             22             22
Peregrine Falcon             1              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              9              9

Total:                    1291           7768           7769
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:15:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 10.75 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Al Grimstad, Andre Moraes, Cynthia Nichols, David Deifik,
                  Don Stokes, Eric Masterson, Ginny & Jerry Gonville,
                  Henry Walters, Iain MacLeod, Jane Fiske, Janet Delaney,
                  Julie & Laurel Brown, Lillian Stokes, Meade Cadot,
                  Mike Gebo, Nancy Moreau, Phil Brown, Sharon Harvell,
                  Tom Delaney, Wendy Ward, with many more...

Visitors:
63 and 9 adults from the Temple School (in connection with the Harris
Center) and Peterborough Elementary came up the mountain to learn about and
spot migrating raptors. Their infectious enthusiasm made for the most
exciting flock of ravens and Sharp-shinned Hawk of the season. The
hawkwatch had an additional 59 visitors over the course of the day.


Weather:
Every body of water across the landscape was bundled under its own
comforter of fog this morning, which was slowly discarded as the sun warmed
the night-cooled air. Blank blue skies stared down early on, then slowly
filled with billowing cumulus. The light breath of the West Wind posed more
of an invitation to broad-wingeds than ravens, even when it turned to blow
out of the SW.

Raptor Observations:
Nary a bird to be seen in the wee hours of the count, then distant kettles
of Broad-winged Hawks began to rise in the east. The first adult
Sharp-shinned Hawk of the season took a pass at Gina, while most of the
rest of the day's many sharpies payed her no mind as they circled with
broad-wingeds and zoomed off to the south. Afternoon brought kettles
bubbling out of the North to stream overhead, bringing exclamations of
admiration and applause from those gathered below.

Non-raptor Observations:
The spruces were active with warblers, Purple Finches, and the ever-present
Black-capped Chickadees. An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER  passed overhead calling
first thing in the morning, and two American Pipits circled the watch later
in the day.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Common Loon- 1        Double-crested Cormorant- 1 
Great Blue Herron- 1                gull sp.- 4  
American Golden Plover- 1                   swallow sp.- 1   
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 14     Blackpoll Warbler- 16
warbler sp.- 7             American Pipit- 1
Purple Finch- 3

Monarch Butterfly- 3


Predictions:
A weak cold front will cross the area tomorrow, which should do little more
than cause the wind to increase out of the NW. Cumulus should again build
in to provide a perfect backdrop for spotting migrants, and temperatures
could rise to the mid-60s. Conditions look good for another push of
birds....
========================================================================
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (trina16 AT comcast.net))
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Nighthawk
From: Daniel Keefe <daniel.keefe AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:25:52 -0400
just had a nighthawk pass through our yard - headed west towards Durham.




Sent from a small clump of peat

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Subject: Mast Yard WPW continue
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:46:25 -0400
I did a dawn run to Mast Yard this morning, and despite the chill and fog,
still had three whip-poor-wills calling a few times between 0555 and 0605. A
few migrants as the sun started to appear, plus of course the ubiquitous
Red-breasted Nuthatches.

 

How long will the WPWs stay?! I'll be checking every couple of days until
I'm out of state starting the 23rd.

 

Pam Hunt

Penacook, NH

 

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the world."

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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, September 16, 2014
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:21:35 -0400
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, September 16th, 
2014.



A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen at the Concord Community Gardens on September 
13th, but has not been relocated.



A LARK SPARROW was seen along the railroad tracks at Horseshoe Pond in 
Concord on September 11th.



5 CASPIAN TERNS were seen from Pulpit Rocks in Rye on September 11th, and 2 
were seen in Hampton Harbor on the 15th.



A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Little Round Top in Bristol on September 10th.



2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were found at the Pease International Tradeport 
in Portsmouth on September 8th, and have been seen several times since then. 
They were last reported on the 13th.



A STILT SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton Marsh on September 13th.



2 "WESTERN" WILLETS were seen in Hampton Marsh on September 15th.



A PECTORAL SANDPIPER, a SORA, and a GREAT EGRET were reported from World End 
Pond in Salem on September 13th.



An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in 
Rye on September 15th.



A GREAT CORMORANT was reported from coastal Hampton on September 13th.



A CAPE MAY WARBLER was seen in Rumney on September 13th.



A CAPE MAY WARBLER, 2 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, and a TENNESSEE were seen in 
Sutton during the past week.



A female MOURNING WARBLER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, and a 
TENNESSEE WARBLER was seen in Ashland, both on September 15th.



A FISH CROW was reported from Rochester on September 10th.



Several migrating LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were reported from a few locations 
during the past week.



3 EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard at the Mast Yard State Forest in 
Penacook on September 15th, and 5 were heard here on the 11th.



24 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were reported from Newington on September 14th.



RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at 
the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, including 
over 4,100 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS seen on September 15th, and at the Carter Hill 
Observatory in Concord, with over 1,000 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS counted on 
September 13th! Be sure to visit these staffed observatories this fall 
season to help out with the count!



642 raptors, including 16 BALD EAGLES and 582 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were 
tallied at Little Round Top in Bristol on September 9th.



This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909. 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: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (16 Sep 2014) 152 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Sep 2014 20:09:16 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              1              1
Osprey                       4             33             33
Bald Eagle                   0             22             22
Northern Harrier             0              4              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5            130            130
Cooper's Hawk                0             15             15
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          143           2358           2358
Red-tailed Hawk              0              4              4
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             29             29
Merlin                       0             11             11
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              7              7
Unknown Buteo                0              6              6
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             38             38

Total:                     152           2661           2661
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jess Cosentino

Observers:        Bob Quinn

Visitors:
Very little traffic moving through the observation deck on a rainy weekday
which included Bob Quinn's birding class making a late afternoon visit.
While the skies had quieted down by the time they arrived, they were able
to enjoy a sustained view of a Broad-winged Hawk that decided to remain
perched in a nearby pine tree for just over an hour as the sun was setting.


Visitors -24


Weather:
The morning skies were quiet as a blanket of nimbus enveloped every nook
and cranny as far as the eye could see until the afternoon hours. A light
rain fell off and on for several hours until the sun finally broke through
and temperatures gradually rose into the low 60's which served for a
pleasant afternoon. Cloud cover dominated for the remainder of the day as
they and the sun painted the horizon an ever-changing array of purples and
burnt oranges. 

Raptor Observations:
While the rain halted the morning activity to a stand still, almost as if
they had been waiting for it to stop, a short burst of Broad-winged Hawks
followed right behind the final drop to fall from the sky shortly after
noon. While the pulse was relatively small and short-lived, it could
provide a glimpse of optimism that birds are anxious to get on the move. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (3), American Redstart (1), White-throated
Sparrow (1), Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker (1)

Monarch Butterfly (2)

Predictions:
High of 69 and abundant sunshine throughout the day. 0% of precipitation
and W winds at 5 mph. Coming off of a day of rain and small cold fronts
pushing through the area, this weather combination could be advantageous
for another robust pulse of birds heading south.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jess Cosentino (rcavall AT comcast.net)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Hummer still here, meadow flock, Rumney
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:46:21 -0400
This afternoon in the meadow a flock of fifteen or so birds was shredding 
through the trees. Fast movement, poor light and a slight drizzle kept many as 
mysteries, but one gave the chatter of a Solitary Vireo, a male Blackburnian 
Warbler was bright enough to show through the gloom, and at least three Scarlet 
Tanagers, possibly five, were observed clearly. At least 3 Northern Flickers 
were about and I heard a possible Red-bellied Woodpecker call. (Would be a 
second record here if I can find it.) A Pileated added its call to the chorus. 

Two Eastern Phoebes were seen.

At 5:30, one Ruby-throated Hummingbird sat on the feeder for several minutes... 
tanking up for a flight??? Will see tomorrow. 

This morning and this evening a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak continued at 
the feeders. 

First Dark-eyed Junco appeared.
Several Purple Finches and at least a dozen American Goldfinches are chowing 
daily. 


Yesterday I traveled to the Pease Tradeport but all I could find were five 
Killdeer. (Sigh) 



John R Williams
Rumney
 

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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (16 Sep 2014) 48 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Sep 2014 18:09:59 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              1              1
Osprey                       5             69             69
Bald Eagle                   0             38             38
Northern Harrier             0             11             11
Sharp-shinned Hawk           8            218            218
Cooper's Hawk                0             18             18
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk           35           6061           6062
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             24             24
Merlin                       0             22             22
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8              8

Total:                      48           6477           6478
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter:        Henry Walters

Observers:        Al Grimstad, Julie & Laurel Brown, Katrina Fenton,
                  Mike Gebo, Phil Brown, Sandy Fenton, Tom Delaney

Visitors:
Interlopers from West Virginia ("So where are all these birds I've been
promised?") and West Texas ("C'mon, let's get out of here before the snow
comes...") dropped in and dropped out again quickly. But the local
hawkwatch crew was out in force, even on a slow day. Large-bore armaments
(or was it an enthusiastic nail-gunner?) signaled to us at our posts all
afternoon.


Weather:
Morning rain was done before noon, but the peak was stuck in clouds till
1:30. Then a brief window of sun, followed by a heavy kettle-lid of
overcast that kept the pot from boiling. 

Raptor Observations:
After a day of a few thousand broad-wings dripping across the eyeballs,
this one seemed a little dry. A couple of short-lived kettles gave us hope
in the early afternoon, but cold, damp, crawl-space weather closed in
quickly. Five Ospreys in the three o'clock hour, including one calling near
the peak, gave temporary relief. A sharp-shin close enough to touch with a
broomstick swept in to kick us off the mountain at day's end.

Non-raptor Observations:
Few other migrants of note: Am. Robin (2); Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Blackpoll
(2), Black-throated Green, & Yellow-rumped (8) Warblers; Purple Finch (8);
Am. Goldfinch (6). One monarch butterfly.

Predictions:
Sunny skies, pleasant temperatures, light winds, and the perfect time of
year: all should make for a big broad-wing day. Come one, come all.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Henry Walters (walters.henry AT gmail.com)
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: non NH question
From: Jeanne-Marie <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:21:47 -0400
Heading out on Safari in South Africa next month (and Botswana). Can anyone 
recommend an up to date field guide that they've used and find light enough/and 
detailed? Please reply to me directly. 

thanks so much

Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua NH


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Subject: Osprey - Salem
From: "Steve Liffmann" <sliffmann AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:05:04 -0400
Osprey was hanging around the other day posing for me.

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/104877589 AT N08/15066052489/in/set-7215764417675
6167

 

Steve Liffmann

Salem NH

sliffmann AT comcast.net

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Subject: Pileated Woodpecker
From: keith chamberlin <henryrocks2010 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:43:15 -0400
1 Pileated Woodpecker
https://www.flickr.com/photos/97678234 AT N07/15260426302/
We did not get too close as there were hawks near by.
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/97678234 AT N07/15074051939/
1 Scarlet Tanager
https://www.flickr.com/photos/97678234 AT N07/15257714261/
4 Black Throated Green 4 Myrtle magnolia2 Common Yellowthroat
https://www.flickr.com/photos/97678234 AT N07/15260435092/
Warblers were high in the trees and visibility was poor.
Many Catbirds still
https://www.flickr.com/photos/97678234 AT N07/15074115450/
a large group of cardinals 8? mostly Imm.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/97678234 AT N07/15074261018/
Song and Chipping sparrows2 Phoebe ...1 Empidonax6 Flickers1 Downeyonly 20 or 
30 Waxwings1 GBHRobinsMany Blue Jays watching for Hawks 

Happy Birding..Keith and KristineAshland,NH 		 	   		  

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Subject: HSR: Little Round Top Migration Observatory (16 Sep 2014) No count today... possibility for action over the skies of Bristol tomorrow.
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Sep 2014 15:09:27 -0400
Little Round Top Migration Observatory
Bristol, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             48             48
Osprey                       0             26             26
Bald Eagle                   0             44             44
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             70             70
Cooper's Hawk                0             22             22
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0           1450           1450
Red-tailed Hawk              0              7              7
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             0             16             16
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8              8

Total:                       0           1705           1705
----------------------------------------------------------------------

(No count conducted today)



Weather:
Rain thru mid afternoon.

Hoping birds are too wet and decide to wait till tomorrow to fly.



Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
With calm winds predicted until the afternoon on Wednesday, sunny skies and
the front that moved thru today, we have a shot for some action tomorrow
(09-17).
Winds are forecast to become westerly in the afternoon, which could shut
down our flow, but only to around 5 MPH, thus any movement our way should
not be affected much.

And hopefully by then thousands of birds will have flown by LRTMO!!
========================================================================
Report submitted by David B. Lipsy (dlipsy AT comcast.net)
Little Round Top Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=317

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Subject: HSR: Little Round Top Migration Observatory (15 Sep 2014) 60 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Sep 2014 13:09:20 -0400
Little Round Top Migration Observatory
Bristol, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             48             48
Osprey                       5             26             26
Bald Eagle                   7             44             44
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7             70             70
Cooper's Hawk                2             22             22
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           34           1450           1450
Red-tailed Hawk              0              7              7
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             0             16             16
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             1              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                2              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              8              8

Total:                      60           1705           1705
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        David Lipsy, Harry Moulton

Observers:        Harry Moulton

Visitors:
Today we had 5 visitors, plus two groups from The New Hampton School.
Each class had about a dozen students.  The first group was treated to some
nice looks thru their bins of a few Bald Eagles migrating thru, and the
second was treated to a small kettle of 5 Broadies directly overhead, that
streamed in, kettled right above us, then streamed off... wish they had got
to see 100, but still it was a thrill for them.




Weather:
NW Winds... the bane of my existence!!!  It takes the Broadies away... Pack
had a fantastic day for Broadies... they say second best ever!!!  Awesome! 
However we did not get to enjoy many.  Its because of the winds.  They were
light, highest gust recorded all day was only 9.9 MPH!  But it was enough
to send them "Pack"ing.
Temperatures were in the mid 60's to low 70's (F) thru the day.  Humidity
ranged from 57% in the morning to a low at one point of 41%.
Barometer slowly fell from 30.29 to a low of 30.22 in a steady decline.
skies above us were mostly clear of clouds, making sighting the overflying
Broad-winged's harder, but not impossible as they light up from the sun...
truly a beautiful sight to behold.  There were usually clouds on the
horizon all around, but visibility stayed pretty much unlimited.

Raptor Observations:
As mentioned above, Broadies were a scarce commodity, however Bald Eagles
and Osprey saved the day.
Had our second 3-bird Bald Eagle kettle go overhead.  All three were 1st
year birds in that group... perhaps all from the same nest?  Also by were 3
Adults and 1 4th year sub-adult Bald Eagle.
The morning started off with excitement as a Peregrine Falcon flew lazily
around to the east gaining altitude, then exploded southward like its
afterburners were lit...  Sure wish it had gone west of the sun... oh
well... there will be more to photograph.

None of todays Osprey had a fish with them.  I would not say they were
foraging... they were up high and on the move.

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch Butterflies 1

4 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds came down the Southbound lane of the "Hummer
Highway".  One of which was low, and once again almost slammed into Harry,
standing in his favorite spot at the south end of the bench.  The hummer
made a quick course correction a few feet from disaster.

Predictions:
Rain is predicted for the 16th, so I do not believe I will be heading up. 
It may clear, and if so, I may possibly head up for the late afternoon,
though most likely will return to "The Rock" Wednesday Morning.

I left at 3:00 today.  My son had a XC track meet then soccer practice.

**Please note**  Should you wish to come up, and see no vehicles in the
parking lot, I drive up to the site thus may be up there.  Feel free to
contact me via voice or text at (603) 724-3099.
Hope to see you there soon.
David
========================================================================
Report submitted by David B. Lipsy (dlipsy AT comcast.net)
Little Round Top Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=317

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Subject: three thrush species in one bush
From: raqbirds via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:01:34 -0400
Limited time to watch things in the yard today but warblers are moving. 


The highlight though was Wood Thrush, Swainson's Thrush, and Hermit Thrush, all 
eating berries from one bush. Not pollitically correct (because it is not 
native) but a very productive bush- Autumn Olive. 



Bob Quinn
Webster, NH

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Subject: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (15 Sep 2014) 4159 Raptors
From: Iain MacLeod <iain.macleod AT nhnature.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:01:13 +0000
Two attempts to post this to the listserv have apparently failed!! This did not 
get posted from HawkCount last night and forwarding it this morning did not 
work either! Not sure why 


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

From: reports AT hawkcount.org [mailto:reports AT hawkcount.org]
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2014 8:10 PM
To: Iain MacLeod
Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (15 Sep 2014) 4159 
Raptors 


Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2014

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

0

0

0

Turkey Vulture

1

1

1

Osprey

17

64

64

Bald Eagle

8

38

38

Northern Harrier

0

11

11

Sharp-shinned Hawk

29

210

210

Cooper's Hawk

0

18

18

Northern Goshawk

0

1

1

Red-shouldered Hawk

1

1

1

Broad-winged Hawk

4101

6026

6027

Red-tailed Hawk

0

0

0

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

1

24

24

Merlin

0

22

22

Peregrine Falcon

1

2

2

Unknown Accipiter

0

1

1

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

2

2

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

8

8

Total:

4159

6429

6430


Observation start time:

08:00:00

Observation end time:

17:00:00

Total observation time:

9 hours

Official Counter

Iain MacLeod

Observers:

Al Grimstad, Andre Moraes, Don Stokes, Henry Walters, Janet Delaney, Jon Woolf, 
Lillian Stokes, Meade Cadot, Mike Gebo, Tom Delaney 





Visitors:
50-60

Weather:
Cool, with light winds from the w.

Raptor Observations:
Excellent day. 2nd best count ever at Pack with steady streams of Broad-wings 
from 9am to 5pm EST 


Non-raptor Observations:
Cliff Swallow - 1, Greater Yellowlegs - 3 (flybys), Magnolia Warbler - 1, 
Purple Finch - 10, Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1, Yellow-rumps, Sapsucker. 


Predictions:
Rain around, but still could be some push in the afternoon
________________________________
Report submitted by Iain MacLeod 
(pandiain.im AT gmail.com) 

Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: 
www.nhaudubon.org 



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Subject: FW: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (15 Sep 2014) 4159 Raptors
From: Iain MacLeod <iain.macleod AT nhnature.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:19:13 +0000
For some reason this apparently did not post to NHbirds from HawkCount last 
night. A great day at Pack Monadnock!! 


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

From: reports AT hawkcount.org [mailto:reports AT hawkcount.org]
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2014 8:10 PM
To: Iain MacLeod
Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (15 Sep 2014) 4159 
Raptors 


Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2014

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

0

0

0

Turkey Vulture

1

1

1

Osprey

17

64

64

Bald Eagle

8

38

38

Northern Harrier

0

11

11

Sharp-shinned Hawk

29

210

210

Cooper's Hawk

0

18

18

Northern Goshawk

0

1

1

Red-shouldered Hawk

1

1

1

Broad-winged Hawk

4101

6026

6027

Red-tailed Hawk

0

0

0

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

1

24

24

Merlin

0

22

22

Peregrine Falcon

1

2

2

Unknown Accipiter

0

1

1

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

2

2

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

8

8

Total:

4159

6429

6430


Observation start time:

08:00:00

Observation end time:

17:00:00

Total observation time:

9 hours

Official Counter

Iain MacLeod

Observers:

Al Grimstad, Andre Moraes, Don Stokes, Henry Walters, Janet Delaney, Jon Woolf, 
Lillian Stokes, Meade Cadot, Mike Gebo, Tom Delaney 





Visitors:
50-60

Weather:
Cool, with light winds from the w.

Raptor Observations:
Excellent day. 2nd best count ever at Pack with steady streams of Broad-wings 
from 9am to 5pm EST 


Non-raptor Observations:
Cliff Swallow - 1, Greater Yellowlegs - 3 (flybys), Magnolia Warbler - 1, 
Purple Finch - 10, Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1, Yellow-rumps, Sapsucker. 


Predictions:
Rain around, but still could be some push in the afternoon
________________________________
Report submitted by Iain MacLeod 
(pandiain.im AT gmail.com) 

Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: 
www.nhaudubon.org 



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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (15 Sep 2014) 4159 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 15 Sep 2014 20:09:48 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               1              1              1
Osprey                      17             64             64
Bald Eagle                   8             38             38
Northern Harrier             0             11             11
Sharp-shinned Hawk          29            210            210
Cooper's Hawk                0             18             18
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk         4101           6026           6027
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             24             24
Merlin                       0             22             22
Peregrine Falcon             1              2              2
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8              8

Total:                    4159           6429           6430
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Iain MacLeod

Observers:        Al Grimstad, Andre Moraes, Don Stokes, Henry Walters,
                  Janet Delaney, Jon Woolf, Lillian Stokes, Meade Cadot,
                  Mike Gebo, Tom Delaney

Visitors:
50-60


Weather:
Cool, with light winds from the w. 

Raptor Observations:
Excellent day. 2nd best count ever at Pack with steady streams of
Broad-wings from 9am to 5pm EST

Non-raptor Observations:
Cliff Swallow - 1, Greater Yellowlegs - 3 (flybys), Magnolia Warbler - 1,
Purple Finch - 10, Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1, Yellow-rumps, Sapsucker.

Predictions:
Rain around, but still could be some push in the afternoon
========================================================================
Report submitted by Iain MacLeod (pandiain.im AT gmail.com)
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: The Birds of Iceland
From: David Govatski <david.govatski AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:46:48 -0400
The Ammonoosuc Chapter of NH Audubon is sponsoring a free program on the Birds 
of Iceland. The program will be held Wednesday 17 September at 7 PM at the 
Rocks Estate on Christmas Tree Lane in Bethlehem. The speaker is David Govatski 
who served as a Naturalist on the French expedition ship L'Austral in July 
2014. The program will also cover the flora, fauna, geology and cultural 
history of this fascinating and beautiful island nation. Iceland is home to 10 
million Atlantic puffins and millions of other seabirds. It is considered the 
"Duck Factory" of Europe because of the huge numbers of ducks and geese that 
breed on the islands many lakes. David will be available to answer questions 
about visiting Iceland for birding or other recreation. 


David Govatski
Jefferson, NH


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Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (15 Sep 2014) 548 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Sep 2014 09:09:50 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              1              1
Osprey                       8             29             29
Bald Eagle                   5             22             22
Northern Harrier             0              4              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk          27            125            125
Cooper's Hawk                0             15             15
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          503           2215           2215
Red-tailed Hawk              0              4              4
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2             29             29
Merlin                       1             11             11
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              7              7
Unknown Buteo                0              6              6
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2             38             38

Total:                     548           2509           2509
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton, Steve Manifold

Observers:        Cal Peterka, Crawford Lyons, Dick DeSeve,
                  Geoffrey Niswander, Jess Cosentino, Kathleen Brockett,
                  Maria Harris, Phil Brown, Steve Manifold

Visitors:
The hawkwatch had 32 visitors. Many thanks to everyone who came out to scan
the skies, keep looking up!


Weather:
The sky today was a canvas of cerulean with sponge-painted cirrus and dabs
of cumulus ranging in hue from dusty rose to dove grey to ecru. The barest
hint of a breeze stirred over the orchard from the west, and temperatures
were quick to rise from the 40s to the mid-60s.

Raptor Observations:
With a perfect sky for spotting migrants against and a platform full of
good eyes, anticipation was running high for whatever the day would bring.
Small kettles and streams of Broad-winged Hawks grew through mid-morning,
then all but dried up for one hour, then two, then three. It seemed the
wave of migrants counted to the south by the thousands might miss Carter
Hill altogether, especially when an adult Broad-winged Hawk came gliding
down to settle in a pine around 3:30p.m. Not long after, a thin stream of
birds began to kettle up and move over the orchard. They were followed by a
kettle of 20 birds, then a kettle of 67, then a kettle of 84 as a ragged
stream of Broad-winged  Hawks eddied and trickled from horizon to horizon.
Nearly 400 birds moved through in the span of 2 hours. The last bird of the
day was an Osprey caught in the glow of the falling sun as it powered high
over the orchard, eyes fixed on the south.

Non-raptor Observations:
53 species were recorded at the orchard today. Highlights included
Lincoln's Sparrow (3), Philadelphia Vireo (1), and  American Pipit (1).

Non-raptor Migrants:
Canada Goose- 3   American Black Duck- 3
Double-crested Cormorant- 14   Ruby-throated Hummingbird- 2
Barn Swallow- 4   Tree Swallow- 3   swallow sp.- 1
Blackpoll Warbler- 21  Northern Parula- 1  warbler sp.- 34
Red-winged Blackbird- 2     passerine sp.- 11


Predictions:
There will be a round of showers in the morning, but the weather should
improve for the afternoon. A 5-10mph WNW wind is forecasted, and
temperatures should again rise to the 60s. There will be plenty of migrants
ready to move behind the rain, and it could be a good afternoon if the
weather clears quickly enough.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jess Cosentino (rcavall AT comcast.net)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Ashland Birding
From: keith chamberlin <henryrocks2010 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:26:13 -0400
Hello Birders,First I'll start with our feeder birds.There has been a lot of 
increased activity in our yard, but not so much on the river behind our yard. 
On the river...1 Spotted Sandpiper (almost every morning along the Squam R. 
Spillway)1 BeltedKingfisher1 GBH (less frequent this year)1 Wood Duck (F)Many 
cedar waxwings all around town in small groups. 

In the yard...2 Hairy2 Downy2 Tufted Titmice3 Chicadees3 Blue Jays2 Phoebes6 
House Finch8 Goldfinch2 Song Sparrows2 Morning Doves2 House Sparrowx Rock 
doves3 Northern Ravens (Circling over Near Winona Rd.) 

Mill Pond Rd. Trail...2 Broadwing Hawks (flew over at the start of the walk 
rather high up)10 Blue Jays6 Crows2 TV10 Tit Mice10 Chicadees6 WB Nuthatch6 RB 
Nuthatch (we have rarely seen them here)6 Cardinals (4 Imm.)5 Scarlet Tanager 
(possibly more)20 Black Th. Green10 Magnolia15 Myrtle (Y.R.)2 Wilson1 yellow2 B 
& W2 Black Th. Blue2 Common Yellow Throat2 Red Starts2 Palm1 Tennessee20 Red 
eyed Vireos (Adults still feeding young) 1 Solitary, Blue Headed Vireo2 Alder 
Flycatcher10 Phoebe30 or more Cedar Waxwing4 Flickers1 Ruby Throated Hummer10 
Cat Birds20 Canada Geese flew overMany more warblers among the trees, too 
little time before school gets out.Happy Birding! 

Keith and KrisAshland, NH

 		 	   		  

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Subject: Lincoln's Sparrow - Kingston
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:06:34 -0400
In checking out the woods and old fairgrounds on Green Road in Kingston
this evening, I found a Lincoln's Sparrow hopping around some sumac.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottheron/15252200002

Nothing else terribly interesting. I did see a huge flock of Grackles,
roughly about 200, flying southward.

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Subject: NH Coast ("Western" Willets, Caspian Terns, "Woody" the Lesser Black-backed Gull)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:52:49 -0400
I hit the coast late this afternoon.  Shorebird numbers seem to have 
dropped significantly over the last week and the tides have shifted 
around the  Asian Red Algae (Heterosiphonia japonica).  This recent 
invasive algae (first seen in Rhode Island in 2009) has clogged the 
beaches of New England in recent years, and was locally pretty nasty on 
the NH shoreline this fall.  Not sure how it is impacting the shorebirds 
and other native intertidal species.

Highlights:
---------------

"Western" Willets - 2 in marshes at north end of Hampton harbor. 
Although fairly regular in Maine, this subspecies of Willet is very 
rarely reported in NH.  This is only my 3rd for NH.  Hopefully this 
subspecies will eventually be split as it differs significantly from the 
local breeding Willets.

Caspian Tern - 2 flying overhead migrating south at Hampton harbor. An 
adult followed by a begging youngster.

Mourning Warbler - 1 young female at Odiorne near banding station. I 
didn't see a leg band, but I might have missed it!

"Woody" the Lesser Black-backed Gull - Returning adult seen near the 
"wooden" bridge at Odiorne.  Perched on a staddle at high tide as 
usual.  This bird has returned since at least the fall of 2007 when it 
was an adult or near adult.  Early to mid-September is the typical 
return date.

A few photos of the Willets:

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

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: heron meal
From: Sylvia Miskoe <sylviasmiskoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:49:08 -0400
At supper time I walked to the edge of the pond and looked for the little
snapper.  No sign of him.  He had 2 punctures in his lower back halfway
between his spine and the edge of the shell.  I expect they are fatal.
Sylvia Miskoe, Concord

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Subject: turtles are too hard
From: Sylvia Miskoe <sylviasmiskoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:33:29 -0400
Today I watched the G Blue Heron fishing in the back yard pond.  He grabbed
something on the edge and waded onto the shore.  It looked like a mouthful
of mud and grass.  He shook his head and got rid of the grass.  Then he
dropped it, looked at it, stabbed it twice with his beak.  Then he walked
back to the edge and resumed fishing.  After a while I walked out, curious
as to what he had caught.  It was a young snapping turtle about 2" wide,
still alive.
I left it where it had been dropped.  I wonder if the shell was too hard
and the turtle too wide for the heron to gulp it.  Any ideas?
Sylvia Miskoe, Concord

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Subject: Strafford County Farm field trip 9/14-34 species
From: Dan Hubbard <danielhubbard AT peoplepc.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:28:41 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Five birders joined me for a leisurely walk around the Strafford County Farm 
yesterday. A bit brisk at the start, but a beautiful day eventually. Bird 
activity was not overwhelming, but a good variety was found. Most interesting 
was a half dozen Pine Warblers singing and flitting about in a red pine grove. 
Thanks to Joe Scott and Steve Bennett for keeping a tally of species as 
follows: 

Great Blue Heron
Mallard
Hooded Merganser
Turkey Vulture
Greater Yellowlegs
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Prairie Warbler
Pine Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
American Goldfinch

Dan Hubbard, Rochester

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Subject: Hawks on the move
From: Jon Woolf <jsw AT jwoolfden.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:49:30 -0400
Hawks on the move in huge numbers over Pack Monadnock. Over 1000 already, in 
giant streams. 


- Jon Woolf
Manchester, NH

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: OPBS
From: "'Jerome Barry' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:42:04 -0700
The Odiorne Point Banding Station in Rye, NH officially opened this weekend. It 
was a very slow day on Saturday with ENE winds, but things picked up a little 
on Sunday. The highlight for the weekend was the HY-F Mourning Warbler banded 
Sunday morning. Totals for the first weekend of banding were: 


Downy Woodpecker - 1
Eastern Phoebe - 2
Traill's Flycatcher - 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 1
Northern Waterthrush - 1
Mourning Warbler - 1
American Redstart - 1
Gray Catbird - 8
Carolina Wren - 1
House Wren - 1

Total net hours - 48

Many thanks to all the assistants that helped us this weekend.

Jay Barry
Lauren Kras
Ben Griffith
Odiorne Point Banding Station

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Subject: HSR: Little Round Top Migration Observatory (14 Sep 2014) 46 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 15 Sep 2014 07:09:51 -0400
Little Round Top Migration Observatory
Bristol, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             48             48
Osprey                       2             21             21
Bald Eagle                   0             37             37
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6             63             63
Cooper's Hawk                1             20             20
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           35           1416           1416
Red-tailed Hawk              1              7              7
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             0             16             16
Merlin                       1              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6              6

Total:                      46           1645           1645
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        David Lipsy

Observers:        

Visitors:
36 total visitors, including a great group from the Squam Lake Science
Center as part of their Raptor Weekend.

I wish they were able to see a kettle of Broad-wingeds but it was not meant
to be.  A kettle of 2 was seen by the group... but thats nothing.

I introduced them all to the magic of Dark Chocolate... it did not let me
down.  Minutes after performing my admittedly unusual ritual, 2 Broadies
magically appeared.


Weather:
Brisk winds, UNFORTUNATELY out of the NW, with occasional gusts from the
north, made the days birds flow out towards the coast circumventing LRTMO
:(
Temperatures were in the 40's & 50's thru the day.
Skies in the morning had nice cloud cover but soon became clear with clouds
in the distance on the horizons.

Raptor Observations:
Had a few nice overflights of a Sharpie and a single Broad-winged.
2nd day in a row with not a single Eagle in the air.
Thought I may have seen one out in the distance, but it never turned and
was heading away... to the north... so the shut out continues :(

Non-raptor Observations:
7 Monarchs were seen.

Had a flock of Cormorants, flying in a V formation heading north... assumed
to be Double-crested.  My photographs do not show bill in enough detail as
they were backlit by the sun.

Predictions:
Monday promises not much in the way birds... expected winds from the ( :( )
NW are expected.
There must be birds out to the NW that should come my our one would
think... however this has yet to be born out.

========================================================================
Report submitted by David B. Lipsy (dlipsy AT comcast.net)
Little Round Top Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=317

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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (14 Sep 2014) 876 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 15 Sep 2014 07:09:48 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       4             47             47
Bald Eagle                  12             30             30
Northern Harrier             2             11             11
Sharp-shinned Hawk          23            181            181
Cooper's Hawk                2             18             18
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          826           1925           1926
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5             23             23
Merlin                       0             22             22
Peregrine Falcon             1              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               1              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8              8

Total:                     876           2270           2271
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:15:00 
Observation end   time: 18:00:00 
Total observation time: 11.75 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Al Grimstad, Alan Bostick, Cynthia Nichols, Don Stokes,
                  Eric Masterson, Glen, Lori, and Alan Chretien,
                  Henry Walters, Jane Fiske, Jo-Ann Matthews, Lillian Stokes,
                  Mike Gebo, Nancy Moreau, Scott Harvell, Sharon Harvell,
                  Tom Baillio, Tom Warren, Wendy Ward, with many more...

Visitors:
The sky was busy with hawks and the mountain with people. The hawkwatch had
153 visitors over the course of the day, and a great turn-out of Pack
Faithful ensuring that no quadrant of the sky went unscanned.


Weather:
Low, wispy clouds were hurdles overhead like so much sea foam in the wind
this morning, which came gusting out of the NW at 20+mph. Gradually the 
the wind backed down and a few cirrus were allowed to break up the sky,
though it was late in the day before the sky was an equal blend of clear
blue and white. Visibility was nearly as sharp as in November, the towers
on Washington could be made out in the wind-chilled air that crept from a
starting temperature of the upper 30s to the low 50s. Late in the day, a
high, streaming group of broad-wings alerted us to a sky-show of a
different sort. The clouds around the sun held brilliant sun dogs and the
smiling, upside-down rainbow of a circumzenithal arc.

Raptor Observations:
A few falcons blew by the observatory before 9:00a.m., including the
season's first Peregrine Falcon cutting through like a practiced surfer.
Broad-winged Hawks started filling the air in the next hour, and kettles
blossomed over the Camel Humps and to the east numbering 6-60 birds. Bald
Eagles paraded past, present in nearly every hour of the count, three found
at once soaring over Powdermill Pond. The local Red-tailed Hawks were in
their element, harassing Common Ravens and even kiting a few feet directly
over Gina's head. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Warblers kept up a steady movement to the east over most of the day in twos
and threes, mostly yellow-rumps and blackpolls. Two Cape May Warblers were
spotted patrolling the spruces in the afternoon.

Additional Migrants:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird- 2

Monarch Butterfly- 9

Predictions:
Warmer temperatures and a lighter westerly wind for tomorrow, which should
make hats and gloves optional by afternoon. We're entering the 5 day window
which has historically yielded the highest numbers of broad-wings for Pack,
and conditions are looking good. Grab some hot apple cider and come on up!
========================================================================
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Subject: Eastern Whip-poor-wills Mast Yard Forest
From: V Segarich <vsegarich AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:26:47 -0400
We heard 3 Eastern Whip-Poor-Wills calling near the power lines on Broad
Cove Road between 7:45 and 7:55 pm. A brief period on a
beautiful chilly Sunday evening.

Vic Segarich and Laura Pagano

Nashua NH

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Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (14 Sep 2014) 380 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 14 Sep 2014 20:09:00 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              1              1
Osprey                       6             21             21
Bald Eagle                   7             17             17
Northern Harrier             1              4              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk          15             98             98
Cooper's Hawk                1             15             15
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          329           1712           1712
Red-tailed Hawk              3              4              4
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3             27             27
Merlin                       0             10             10
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            5              7              7
Unknown Buteo                0              6              6
Unknown Falcon               1              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               9             36             36

Total:                     380           1961           1961
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Jess Cosentino, Steve Manifold

Observers:        Aiden Moser, Crawford Lyons, Geoffrey Niswander, Phil Brown,
                  Robert Vallieres, Robert Woodward, Sarah Kebler,
                  Steve Manifold, Tom Brewton, with many more....

Visitors:
An estimated 700+ visitors passed through the observatory over the course
of the morning and afternoon with well over 175 of them sticking around for
our raptor release in the late afternoon. The sea of eager onlookers below
were able to see not one but two beautiful birds take flight from the
observation deck. Both an American Kestrel and Red-tailed Hawk shot from
the deck, catching the NW winds and heading south. While the RTHA was more
diligent in its travel, the Kestrel was kind enough to give two or three
circles overhead upon release (seemingly relishing in the flash of cameras
and cheers of people below) before deciding that it was time to head out.


Weather:
The weather was as beautiful as it could have been for the day and the
timing could not have been better as hundreds of people flocked to the
observatory and orchard to join us for both another strong Broad-winged
Hawk migration day in addition to our annual raptor release later in the
afternoon. Temperatures slowly climbed from the mid 50's up into the 60's
as a steady NNW wind blew in for most of the day. White clouds covered just
the right amount of the cerulean painted sky, serving as an optimal
backdrop while picking out the assortment of migrating raptors that were
busy passing overhead from morning throughout the late afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
Another resilient southerly-push of Broad-winged Hawks passed by the deck
throughout the majority of the day, with robust numbers beginning in the
early morning hours while a steady trickle continued into double digits
each hour throughout the afternoon. A solitary Northern Harrier gave
onlookers a sustained look, to all those standing below, as it leisurely
took its time to travel a low but deliberate path across the south end of
the orchard not before passing just in front of the observation deck. 

Both Osprey and Sharpies kept the skies busy while a late afternoon push of
Bald Eagles gave the audience of 175+ people below, in attendance for the
raptor release, a reason to tilt their heads to the sky.

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch Butterfly (1) 

Predictions:
Temperatures rising into the higher 60's range while light, variable WNW
winds continue with 0% chance of precipitation
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jess Cosentino (rcavall AT comcast.net)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: RE: 24 Common Nighthawks in Newington
From: Jim Sparrell <jimsparrell AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:17:17 -0400
As I was closing out the birding day at Great Bay NWR, watching a Cooper's
hawk scare up some of the killdeer by the former weapons storage area, two
common nighthawks came lilting overhead on a fairly direct southern route.
About a half hour later, as I was chatting with a gentleman photographing
birds and watching the spectacular sunset silhouetted in barbed wire and
chain link fence, another group of 18 birds appeared directly overhead
moving more slowly and appearing to feed as they went along. Then on the
way out of Pease, by Short Street there were four more nighthawks very low,
swooping and diving over the field at eye level.

While these numbers are very low by the Concord/Woodwardian standards :-)
it was a lovely sight.

Jim Sparrell
Portsmouth, NH

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Subject: Carter Hill Raptor Release photos 09/14/2014
From: Joel Huntress <joelhuntress AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:59:57 -0400
Two more raptors released to join in the migration today. First was an
American Kestrel and then a Red Tailed Hawk. The release technique was
different from yesterdays release at Pack so I was not able to get close
ups.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/joelhuntress/sets/72157647194047107/

Joel Huntress
Newmarket, NH

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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (13 Sep 2014) 296 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 13 Sep 2014 23:09:44 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2             43             43
Bald Eagle                   1             18             18
Northern Harrier             4              9              9
Sharp-shinned Hawk           9            158            158
Cooper's Hawk                0             16             16
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          278           1099           1100
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             18             18
Merlin                       0             22             22
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              8              8

Total:                     296           1394           1395
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Andre Moraes, David Fenton, Francie Von Mertens,
                  Julie & Laurel Brown, Mike Gebo, Phil Brown, Sandy Fenton,
                  Sharon Harvell, Tom Delaney, Tom Warren, with many more...

Visitors:
Around 125 visitors braved the threat of rain today, 100 of them were
present for the release.


Weather:
A few sunbeams brightened the valley before Powdermill Pond, and at one
point, a brief window showed a world of blue sky and cirrus high above, but
Pack was allowed no more than squint through mantling clouds. The day grew
gradually more comfortable, as the morning's mid-40's warmed through the
50s, unaffected by the light east wind that began to wander later in the
day. The rain held off until 2:00p.m., when it closed down the count about
half-an-hour after North Pack disappeared for good.

Raptor Observations:
The mountain may have been stuck in the clouds today, but the birds
certainly were not. Raptors rose to vanish before your eyes in a matter of
seconds or streaked far below the hawkwatch in search of lift while putting
in the miles. For a brief window, Broad-winged Hawks emerged out of the
east in a broken stream and kettles climbed insistently towards the
invisible sun. Almost 200 Broad-winged Hawks were counted in that
half-hour, the small taste of what was happening on a grand scale around us
unobserved.

Today's Raptor Release was a double-header. Two immature Broad-winged Hawks
were ready to be given a second bid at a life in free skies. Both birds had
similar life histories of early fledging and abandonment that brought them
to the capable hands of rehabilitator Maria Colby of Wings of Dawn. The
first bird left to race towards the owl, then circle in front of the
spell-struck crowd before perching within scope range to take in his
surroundings. The second bee-lined to the line of spruces to the east,
perched for a while, then dropped out of view.

Non-raptor Observations:
A trio of Purple Finches paused at the summit before continuing on their
way. Songbirds were fairly scarce, though a Yellow Warbler dared to flaunt
summer in the branches of the tired birches. A snowshoe hair still decked
in brown seemed an unlikely sort to frequent the area near the hawkwatch on
such a busy day, but was observed none the less. 

Monarch Butterfly- 3

Predictions:
High pressure is moving in behind the front bringing clearing skies and NW
wind. It may be a little gusty in the morning, but then the wind should
taper off through the afternoon. Temperatures should rise to the mid-60s.
There are 1000's of Broad-winged Hawks to come through this week, and the
weather is looking fantastic for the next couple of days. Come on up and
see some birds!
========================================================================
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Subject: Major thrush flight right now
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:34:36 -0400
Just got in from sitting outside my front door for 15 minutes - and hearing
182 thrush call notes overhead. Most were Hermit and Swainson's, but there
were a few Veeries and a couple of Bicknell's types in the mix. Only a few
warbler calls.

 

So if you have access to an open area with little background noise - get out
there and listen! Even if you can't tell the birds apart, it's amazing and
somewhat humbling to hear a sampling of the hundreds of birds flying over in
the night. I suspect the low ceiling is making them a lot easy to detect.

 

Pam Hunt

Penacook, NH

 

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Subject: Photos from the raptor release at Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory today
From: Joel Huntress <joelhuntress AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:45:25 -0400
Enjoy!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/joelhuntress/sets/72157647577604925/

Joel Huntress
Newmarket, NH

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Subject: Locke Road/Carter Hill field trip
From: rwoodward30 AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:41:09 +0000 (UTC)
Almost 20 of us took a walk down Locke Road, free of the smell of any processed 
chicken plant that may be coming to this area, enjoy it while you can! The 
day's highlight was easily the many hundreds of Broad-winged Hawks at Carter 
Hill. (See Jess's report) Kettle after kettle came by, some nearly overhead, 
100 strong, eliciting "oh wows" from many an apple picker. The smell of fresh 
sizzling cider donuts was overpowering and will brake your will. 


Highlights at Locke Road: 

Merlin - about 2, 1 in low 
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 2 including 1 trying to sing 
Warblers - only a few, no big movements 
Red-bellied Woodpecker - calling from across the river 
Cedar Waxwing - several flocks of 20+ 
Indigo Bunting - a few but I saw more here last week 
Swamp Sparrow - several in the wetland, some possible migrants 

Reptiles: 
Snapping Turtle - newly hatched, easily fit in the palm of my hand 

Rob Woodward 
Concord, NH 

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Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (13 Sep 2014) 1116 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 13 Sep 2014 19:09:49 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              1              1
Osprey                       1             15             15
Bald Eagle                   3             10             10
Northern Harrier             1              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk          15             83             83
Cooper's Hawk                2             14             14
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk         1085           1383           1383
Red-tailed Hawk              0              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             24             24
Merlin                       1             10             10
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            1              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              6              6
Unknown Falcon               1              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               5             27             27

Total:                    1116           1581           1581
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jess Cosentino

Observers:        Geoffrey Niswander, Kathleen Brockett, Pam Hunt,
                  Robert Woodward, Sarah Kebler, Steve Manifold, Tom Brewton,
                  with many more....

Visitors:
A very busy day at the orchard with visitors passing through the
observatory all morning long until the rain began to fall (Visitors ~ 70)


Weather:
An overcast sky of muted gray served as the backdrop for most of the day,
as hints of sun peeked out in the distance towards the east but never made
it our way. Temperatures barely broke into the 60 F range while cooler
winds steadily blew in from SSE. By the early afternoon, the showers began
and steadily fell for the remainder of the day.

Raptor Observations:
Today was another robust push of Broad-winged Hawks of the season at Carter
Hill as the numbers just barely exceeded the "1000" count. Despite an
absence of sunshine and favorable winds, BWHAs were getting up into the air
in large numbers right around 10 AM and a steadily flow of kettles passed
by for the next 2-3 hours. Several Accipiters were on the move in addition
to a lone Northern Harrier who made a quick pass across the northwestern
edge of the orchard before continuing down the Contoocook River corridor. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Loon (1), Canada Goose (8)

Predictions:
With the showers moving through for the remainder of the evening, the
weather is shaping up to be quite nice for tomorrow. Temperatures will
climb in the mid-60's with winds from NW at 11 mph and 0% of precipitation.
This could be a favorable combination for another robust push of migrants.

Also, just as a reminder, tomorrow 9/14 is our annual raptor release at
Carter Hill. Please join us up on the observation deck to help spot
migrants and watch the release of a rehabilitated raptor from the deck at 4
PM.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jess Cosentino (rcavall AT comcast.net)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Basic Shorebirding field trip
From: Jon Woolf <jsw AT jwoolfden.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:07:42 -0400
3 brave souls defied the unexpectedly raw weather and joined me for 
the field-trip part of my shorebirding workshop this morning.  The 
birds apparently had a bit more sense than we did, because there were 
relatively few of them around.  The tide was another hindrance, as it 
was rising through the morning (I prefer a falling tide for 
shorebirding).  However, the quality of the sightings helped 
compensate for the low quantity.

A stop at Jenness Beach yielded little, because the heaps of 
tidewrack were gone and there were a number of people (and dogs) 
there instead.  We had a few distant Semipalmated Plovers, some 
peeps, and a few Sanderlings.  North Hampton Beach was little better, 
except for a migrating Merlin that went after some kind of small 
songbird.  It was life or death for them, but entertaining and 
fascinating for us, as predator chased and prey evaded.  After half a 
dozen unsuccessful passes, the Merlin gave up and headed on south.

Henry's Pool yielded a number of birds, including the first really 
high-quality sighting: four WHIMBRELS.  Also present were 3 
dowitchers, a number of both Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, and a few 
Semipalmated Sandpipers.  After ten minutes or so the shorebirds 
scattered to evade a hungry Cooper's Hawk.

The next high-quality sighting was in the marshes behind Little 
Jack's.  Two sandpipers feeding in almost identical fashion, one 
noticeably larger than the other, gave us all several minutes of 
puzzling.  We finally figured them out, though.  The smaller was a 
Dunlin; the larger was a juvenile STILT SANDPIPER.  Also present were 
5 or 6 Killdeer and at least five Semipalmated Plovers.

Hampton Harbor produced some nice looks at Black-bellied Plovers in 
all stages of plumage: faded breeding, winter, and juvenile.  A visit 
to the end of Island Path Road found no shorebirds, but many egrets 
in the marsh.  Both Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets were 
present.  While driving through Hampton town we got another Merlin 
and the resident Peregrine Falcon atop the water tower.

After that we headed back north to Plaice Cove.  There wasn't much 
tidewrack there either, and correspondingly few shorebirds.  We saw a 
couple of small flocks of peeps fly past, but the falcon (identified 
as a second Peregrine) roosting on the rocks probably made them think 
they'd be better off elsewhere.   However, Plaice Cove did yield our 
third good sighting of the day: an immature Great Cormorant sitting 
in the middle of a flock of Double-cresteds.  It was facing us, so 
all could see the dark neck and pale belly, as well as the generally 
larger, heavier build that distinguishes Great from 
Double-crested.  We also had two White-winged scoters fly past.

All told, we logged 10 species of shorebirds:
	Semipalmated Plover
	Killdeer
	Black-bellied Plover
	Lesser Yellowlegs
	Greater Yellowlegs
	Whimbrel
	Stilt Sandpiper
	Dunlin
	Sanderling
	Semipalmated Sandpiper

plus 4 raptors:
	Merlin
	Peregrine Falcon
	Cooper's Hawk
	Red-tailed Hawk

plus a scattering of other species:
	Great Cormorant
	Double-crested Cormorant
	Herring Gull
	Great Black-backed Gull
	Ring-billed Gull
	Common Eider
	White-winged Scoter
	American Crow
	House Sparrow
	Great Egret
	Snowy Egret
	Great Blue Heron

Total: 36 species.  Not a great day, but not a terrible one either.

-- Jon Woolf
Manchester, NH

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Subject: HSR: Little Round Top Migration Observatory (13 Sep 2014) 362 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 13 Sep 2014 16:09:46 -0400
Little Round Top Migration Observatory
Bristol, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             48             48
Osprey                       3             19             19
Bald Eagle                   0             37             37
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           9             57             57
Cooper's Hawk                1             19             19
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          348           1381           1381
Red-tailed Hawk              1              6              6
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             0             16             16
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6              6

Total:                     362           1599           1599
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 5.25 hours

Official Counter:        David Lipsy

Observers:        Chris McPherson

Visitors:
9 Visitors to the site.


Weather:
Temps started at 44 degrees F (6.7 C) and climbed to 55.4 Degrees F (13
C).
Winds started the day out of the NE, then became easterly in the 9:00 AM
hour.  
Skies were overcast with a couple quick glances of blue sky at the extreme
horizon on occasion.
Radar showed the front moving in... barometer did not fall, but the birds
knew it was upon us as the faucet from the stream of birds was turned off
and welded shut for the day in the 1:00 Hour.

The cloud deck came down around noon to obscure the higher peaks in view,
but the visibility was very good underneath.

Raptor Observations:
Broad-wingeds were just about a constant presence in the air.  Kettles from
43 down to 3 were all around.

This is the very first day we were shut out for Eagles, either locals or
migrants.

Non-raptor Observations:
15 Monarchs seen.
3 Hummingbirds came down the Hummer Highway.
6 Canada Geese.  (I neglected to say on yesterdays report that we had our
first skein with approximately 30 birds in it.

Predictions:
Tomorrows weather is forecast to be sunny with hits in the mid 60's.  NW
winds 5-15 MPH hopefully will not be strong enough to push the raptors out
to the coast.

A group from The Squam Lake Science Center is coming up to the site in the
morning.  I hope the birds decide to give them a show to be remembered...
========================================================================
Report submitted by David B. Lipsy (dlipsy AT comcast.net)
Little Round Top Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=317

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Subject: Penacook Survey
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:56:57 -0400
It was a lot quiet this weekend compared to last, and while the species
total of 59 isn't all that different from last Sunday's 64, numbers of many
species were noticeably lower. I did manage to find 13 species of warbler,
including a late Northern Waterthrush and yet another Prairie (it's been a
good fall for them here - seen each week since August 16). Also my first
Lincoln's Sparrows (2) for the fall and a near-late Least Flycatcher. Other
highlights included a flock of over 200 grackles, distant kestrel, and
Eastern Towhee.  22 Red-breasted Nuthatches this time - second highest on
record.

 

Pam Hunt

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Subject: Rumney Cape May
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:13:38 -0400
Mid day I took the dogs to the meadow for a run.
Hadn't seen a warbler in 4 days, when I came across a small flock. 
Best of the bunch was a male Cape May Warbler which pished in close. There was 
also a Common Yellowthroat and an American Redstart, Red-eyed and Solitary 
Vireos and a Red-breasted Nuthatch along with 5 chickadees. 

Later I came across a Black-throated Blue male.
Still have one hummer.

Two days ago I saw a Wood Duck down at the river.

John R Williams
Rumney  

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Subject: Sora, Pectoral Sandpiper - Salem
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 12:28:58 -0400
Had a few nice birds this morning at World End Pond.  Highlights included:

Sora - 1 - https://flic.kr/p/pcchfp
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1 flyover, calling and landed at far edge of pond.
Otherwise quiet for shorebirds.
Great Egret - 1
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1 harassing the Cooper's Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk - 1
Turkey Vulture - 2 cruising south

Yesterday we also had 5 Eastern Kingbirds at Hawkin's Farm, assumed to be a
family group, feeding on pokeberry.

Amanda Altena & Kyle Wilmarth
Salem, NH

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Subject: Warblers and Other Migrants, Sutton
From: "Cindy House" <cjhouse AT tds.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:02:49 -0400
In the last three days at or near our water feature we've sighted:

Tennessee Warbler (1) 
Bay-breasted Warbler (2)
Blackpoll Warbler (2)
Cape May Warbler (1)
Nashville Warbler (1)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (1)
Northern Parula (2)
Black and White Warbler (2)
American Redstart (2)
Black-throated Green Warbler (several)
Common Yellowthroat (several)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (2)

Blue-headed Vireo (1)
Red-eyed Vireo (1)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1) 
Scarlet Tanager (1)
Swamp Sparrow (several)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2) - getting late for us

Eric Derleth & Cindy House
Sutton, NH

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Subject: Buff Breasted Sandpiper
From: Cocav Rauwerdink <cocav.rauwerdink AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:20:35 -0400
Two Buff-Breasted Sandpipers are here at Pease at 10:15 am. They are on the 
grass on the near side of the flightline on Grafton Road with a few Killdeer. 
Nice start to a chilly day! 


Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Western Kingbird, Concord
From: Rebecca <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:11:19 +0000 (UTC)
A morning visit to the community gardens on Birch Street in Concord turned up a 
Western Kingbird. 

Unfortunately it was a flyby and we could not relocate it. 

Other highlights were: 
Merlin - 1 
Lincoln's Sparrow - 2 
Bobolink - 7 

We had 36 species, including 6 species of warblers but nothing unusual. 

Becky Suomala, Chichester 
Zeke Cornell, Bow 

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Subject: HSR: Little Round Top Migration Observatory (12 Sep 2014) 154 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 12 Sep 2014 23:09:23 -0400
Little Round Top Migration Observatory
Bristol, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             48             48
Osprey                       1             16             16
Bald Eagle                   5             37             37
Northern Harrier             1              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11             48             48
Cooper's Hawk                0             18             18
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          128           1033           1033
Red-tailed Hawk              0              5              5
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             3             16             16
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               5              6              6

Total:                     154           1237           1237
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 17:30:00 
Total observation time: 9.25 hours

Official Counter:        David Lipsy

Observers:        Harry Moulton

Visitors:
6 visitors to the site, including a 9-month old little boy... so sweet, he
was crawling all around enjoying the weather with his family.


Weather:
Temperatures started out in the High 40's, climbed to a high of 65 around
noon, then started dropping off into the 50's.
Winds were brisk all day staying pretty much out of the NW.  Top gust came
in at 22.1 MPH in the 2-3:00 hour, but top winds each hour ranged from 22
to 17 MPH.
We started the day with a nice 50% cloud cover, but quickly wend down below
15% making it very difficult to find any high flying Raptors.

Raptor Observations:
For the very first time since I started watching hawk migrations, I am able
to record that I saw an Osprey migrating with its lunch.... and fairly
large fish hung from one talon!!



Non-raptor Observations:
The trees behind the site were filled with Warblers and Vireos, as well as
the resident Olive-sided Flycatcher.  I did take a quick run in with a
camera to see what I could find... but I'm there to find Raptors.

Predictions:
Tomorrow we should have some clouds to accompany the expected NE winds, so
the birds should be overhead, and we should be able to see them.

40% chance of rain, but that simply means a 60% probability of staying dry.
 Should be a good day to watch for Raptors!
========================================================================
Report submitted by David B. Lipsy (dlipsy AT comcast.net)
Little Round Top Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=317

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Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (12 Sep 2014) 271 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 12 Sep 2014 22:09:54 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               1              1              1
Osprey                       1             14             14
Bald Eagle                   1              7              7
Northern Harrier             2              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk          19             68             68
Cooper's Hawk                5             12             12
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          211            298            298
Red-tailed Hawk              1              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5             23             23
Merlin                       2              9              9
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                6              6              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor              17             22             22

Total:                     271            465            465
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter:        Crawford Lyons, Phil Brown

Observers:        Cal Peterka, Crawford Lyons, Geoffrey Niswander,
                  Kathleen Brockett, Pam Hunt, Robert Vallieres, Tom Brewton

Visitors:
Impressive numbers of folks for a Friday - long weekend for many? 85
visitors in all. The weekend raptor release promises to bring many more.


Weather:
Perfectly clear day with almost unlimited visibility. Exception was cloud
cover over the distant Whites. Skies very blue in the afternoon, hiding
raptors well.

Raptor Observations:
Our biggest day of the season thus far with a few respectable broad-winged
hawk kettles forming. A close early Northern harrier put on a show for
observers and delighted photographers. One later in the day couldn't have
been more the opposite - a distant scope speck.

Non-raptor Observations:
A late common nighthawk passing by in the early afternoon picked out by
Robert was a treat. A single hummingbird zipping by is sign of September
wearing on. 2 small groups of cormorants (16 in all), 5 Canada geese, and 8
Monarch butterflies. Lots of warblers shuffling around overhead all day
long..

Predictions:
Broad-wingeds should continue through the early afternoon when the chance
of light rain increases. Expect a much better day for ospreys.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Phil Brown (pbrown AT nhaudubon.org)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: HSR: Carter Hill Observatory (11 Sep 2014) 1 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 12 Sep 2014 21:09:48 -0400
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 11, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             13             13
Bald Eagle                   0              6              6
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             49             49
Cooper's Hawk                0              7              7
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0             87             87
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             18             18
Merlin                       1              7              7
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5              5

Total:                       1            194            194
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Crawford Lyons

Observers:        

Weather:
Light rain off and on throughout the day.

Raptor Observations:
A merlin.

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Phil Brown (pbrown AT nhaudubon.org)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (12 Sep 2014) 694 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 12 Sep 2014 21:09:25 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       6             41             41
Bald Eagle                   6             17             17
Northern Harrier             0              5              5
Sharp-shinned Hawk          59            149            149
Cooper's Hawk                5             16             16
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          614            821            822
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             18             18
Merlin                       1             22             22
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              6              6

Total:                     694           1098           1099
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:15:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 10.75 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Al Grimstad, Andre Moraes, Cynthia Nichols, Don Stokes,
                  Henry Walters, Janet Delaney, Jerry Gonville, Jon Woolf,
                  Lillian Stokes, Nancy Moreau, Sharon Harvell, Tom Baillio,
                  Tom Delaney, Tom Warren, with many more...

Visitors:
Pack was "packed" with onlookers ready to steal a look at a migrant (or
hundreds of them). Besides the "regulars", 64 visitors were tallied, though
the counter admits to counting birds more closely than counting people.
Anticipation was running higher and higher with each kettle, and the 800+
pictures on Andre's camera attest to how many great looks at close migrants
were enjoyed.


Weather:
The wind carried notes of  autumn down from Canada, making the maple swamp
blush and bringing out an assortment of gloves and wool hats at the
hawkwatch. Morning clouds scattered to the distance, leaving the sun to
roam unhindered through a cornflower sky save for cobwebby cirrus strewn
about later in the day. 

Raptor Observations:
Promptly at 7:15a.m., a Sharp-shinned Hawk took it upon itself to rid the
summit of its owl.  Gina, of course, stood her ground and the sharpie left
to find more interactive raptors further south. The first of the
Broad-winged Hawks soared past before 9:00a.m., and hour by hour the count
grew as kettles of 5-10 turned to kettles of 20-30. The local Northern
Goshawk briefly challenged an Osprey, and Bald Eagles came close enough for
everyone to enjoy, whether they had binoculars or not.

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Ravens relished the stiff morning wind, billowing off of North Pack
to chase and barrel-roll in front of the hawkwatch. The local
Red-shouldered Hawk  wove through them, a shadow in negative to one raven
after another.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Double-crested Cormorant- 25
Herring Gull- 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird- 4
swallow sp.- 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 15
Blackpoll Warbler- 5
warbler sp.- 3
American Goldfinch- 2

Monarch Butterfly- 9

Predictions:
Don't forget, the RAPTOR RELEASE is TOMORROW at 1:00p.m.

Light wind out of the east tomorrow, not ideal, but with so many birds
moving late in the day today, there should still be plenty to count.
There's a chance of scattered showers in the afternoon, especially after
2:00p.m., but they aren't forecasting a significant amount of rain. The
temperature will rise from the 40s to the low-60's, and layers are
recommended. 


========================================================================
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (trina16 AT comcast.net))
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Nashua list addition?
From: Jeanne-Marie <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:13:49 -0400
In a renewed attempt to add birds to the Nashua list I took to picking through 
the holding ponds leading over route 3 to Hudson from DW highway. Was rewarded 
with 2 greater yellowlegs, a few American black ducks, a mallard and a yellow 
warbler.. Unfortunately we already had the greater yellowlegs. But they sure 
were pretty! 


Jeanne-Marie

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Subject: 9-12 / Pease Airport / Buff-breasted Sandpipers... YES
From: CK Borg <borealbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:08:11 -0400
Folks,

As of noon today the buffies were still present and seen at close range
from the previously reported located along Grafton Rd.

When I got on the seen I spotted a couple older folks struggling with a
large US flag... I walked over and made an assist in attaching it to the
perimeter fence... the buffies didn't seem to care.

A little later about 30 patriotic people had amassed all holding smaller
versions of the flag... it appears they were the send off committee for
some of our military being deployed...

Turns out that some were equally interested in what I was up to... so I
obliged in showing them the buffies... which they appreciated... I mean how
can you not, they're totally kuhl!

Well, the submariners deployed on a 747 all the while soluted by the flag
waving crowd... the buffies didn't seem to care...

The upshot of all this was that I was made an honorary member of the Pease
Greeters Fence Force... and now have a pretty sweet pin to add to the
collection.

Until Next Time,
CK Borg

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Subject: hummer rescue
From: s42yth AT comcast.net
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:15:54 +0000 (UTC)
this morning at the Hooksett market basket store a hummingbird flew into the 
store and was flying around near the front of the store till a male worker 
caught it in his hat. the bird lay in his hand, so he gave it a few drops of 
water, took it outside and off it flew. people in the store clapped and 
cheered. 

Sylvia hartmann       Manchester nh 

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Subject: Whip-poor-wills continue
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:08:57 -0400
Just now at Mast Yard State Forest in Concord/Hopkinton I had FIVE calling
Eastern Whip-poor-wills and a fly-over American Woodcock.

 

Weather permitting I'm visiting this site every two days to see when the
WPWs stop calling for the season. Anyone interested in hearing one need only
park at the power line crossing on Broad Cove Road in Hopkinton between 7:30
and 7:45, and if they're there they'll likely make themselves known.

 

Pam Hunt

Penacook, NH

 

P.S. Woodcock is species #103 for me for Concord just in September. I've got
11 more days in the month (before I'm out of state) to see how high I can
get.

 

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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (10 Sep 2014) 14 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 11 Sep 2014 18:09:07 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 10, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1             35             35
Bald Eagle                   0             11             11
Northern Harrier             0              5              5
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7             90             90
Cooper's Hawk                1             11             11
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            5            207            208
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             17             17
Merlin                       0             21             21
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                      14            404            405
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        Al Grimstad, Cynthia Nichols, Jon Woolf, Nancy Moreau,
                  Phil Brown

Visitors:
A group of Road Scholars 16 strong came up to the hawkwatch to experience
raptor migration first hand. After gamely helping to collect "negative
data" for a couple of hours, they were rewarded with a variety of migrant
and non-migrant raptors gracing the skies. There were 8 additional visitors
to the hawkwatch over the course of the day, and Gaige the German Shepherd
helped to keep up moral from the sidelines. 


Weather:
Pack lost its way in the clouds this morning as fog rolled thickly in from
the east. Gina and the nearby spruces seemed at times hardly more than
shadows until the sky at last began to brighten. By noon, Crotched and
North Pack were mostly visible, though Monadnock's summit did not come into
view for another couple of hours. Late afternoon brought a few breaks of
sun, too late to tempt many migrants in our direction. The air stirred
lethargically out of the ENE, becoming SE late in the day.


Raptor Observations:
Just when you feel like giving up, here comes an Osprey and your back in
business. A little spurt of migrants followed, though birds seemed to be
having trouble finding lift in the stagnant air. An immature Red-shouldered
Hawk joined the red-taileds in chasing the Turkey Vultures over North Pack
for part of the afternoon. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Blackpoll Warblers (8), Northern Parulas (2) and Yellow-rumped Warblers (4)
kept on the move through the fog this morning.  Other migrants included
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (2), a warbler of undetermined species, Chimney
Swifts (2), and a solitary Herring Gull glinting white over Crotched Mt.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (trina16 AT comcast.net))
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Pickering Ponds, Rochester, Sep 10, 2014
From: Dan Hubbard <danielhubbard AT peoplepc.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:45:55 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Eleven birders joined me for another productive morning of birding at the 
Pickering Ponds trails and Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant. Following is 
the list generated by Super Scribe Zeke Cornell. 

Dan Hubbard, Rochester



>Pickering Ponds, Rochester, Strafford, US-NH Sep 10, 2014 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
>Protocol: Traveling 2.5 mile(s)
>Comments: NH Audubon Seacoast Chapter outing led by Dan Hubbard. The last 45 
minutes was at the Rochester WTP, rather than just peeking through the fence. 

>
>12 Participants
>
>65 species
>
>Canada Goose  23
>Wood Duck  6
>Mallard  85
>Blue-winged Teal  2
>Green-winged Teal  14
>Pied-billed Grebe  1
>Double-crested Cormorant  5
>Great Blue Heron  2
>Green Heron  2
>Turkey Vulture  32
>Cooper's Hawk  1
>Red-shouldered Hawk  1     Used photos from Charlie Nims to ID bird...
>Virginia Rail  2
>Killdeer  17     Cooper's Hawk flushed the birds for an easier count...
>Spotted Sandpiper  6
>Solitary Sandpiper  9
>Lesser Yellowlegs  4
>Least Sandpiper  14
>Semipalmated Sandpiper  11
>Ring-billed Gull  4
>Herring Gull  1
>Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7
>Mourning Dove  7
>Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4
>Belted Kingfisher  1
>Downy Woodpecker  7
>Hairy Woodpecker  2
>American Kestrel  1
>Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
>Eastern Phoebe  6
>Warbling Vireo  1
>Red-eyed Vireo  6
>Blue Jay  12
>American Crow  19
>Fish Crow  1
>Tree Swallow  2
>Barn Swallow  6
>Black-capped Chickadee  22
>Tufted Titmouse  4
>Red-breasted Nuthatch  5
>White-breasted Nuthatch  2
>Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
>Eastern Bluebird  4
>American Robin  3
>Gray Catbird  21
>European Starling  2
>Cedar Waxwing  31
>Common Yellowthroat  3
>American Redstart  1
>Northern Parula  1
>Magnolia Warbler  1
>Yellow Warbler  2
>Blackpoll Warbler  1
>Pine Warbler  3
>Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
>Prairie Warbler  1
>Black-throated Green Warbler  1
>Savannah Sparrow  2
>Song Sparrow  3
>Swamp Sparrow  2
>Scarlet Tanager  1
>Northern Cardinal  2
>Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
>Red-winged Blackbird  6
>American Goldfinch  18
>
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Subject: HSR: Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (11 Sep 2014) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 11 Sep 2014 17:09:25 -0400
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 11, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             34             34
Bald Eagle                   0             11             11
Northern Harrier             0              5              5
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             83             83
Cooper's Hawk                0             10             10
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0            202            203
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             17             17
Merlin                       0             21             21
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                       0            390            391
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:30:00 
Total observation time: 1.5 hours

Official Counter:        Katrina Fenton

Observers:        

Visitors:
People were nearly as scarce as birds. A family of three arrived just in
time to see North Pack disappear for good. Two hikers picnicked at the
hawkwatch as the mist turned to light rain. 


Weather:
There was a brisk SSW wind and no visibility at the hawkwatch for most of
the day. Around noon, the clouds lifted somewhat, bringing North Pack and
Crotche into view while the silvery Powdermill Pond glistened below.
Choking fog and light rain returned to shut down the count again an hour
and a half later. Sure enough, the sun broke through just as 5:00p.m.
rolled around, too late to make a difference in today's count.


Raptor Observations:
A flash of wings pursuing a songbird through the spruces this morning was
the only sign of a raptor all day, though both the chickadees and the
counter kept close watch.


Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens ghosted through the clouds, all but vanishing before barrel-rolling
back into view. The summit was quiet, with only a couple of Yellow-rumped
Warblers, a Northern Flicker, and a few of the local juncos and chickadees
noted.


Predictions:
The weather is lining up for what should be an incredible weekend. A cold
front is moving through this evening, sending temperatures free-falling
into the 40s overnight. Tomorrow, a 5-10mph NNW wind will be blowing,
Weather Underground is calling for a few "decorative" cumulus, and temps
will rise to the upper 60s. You could hardly ask for a better forecast for
raptor migration! 

Pack's annual Raptor Release is happening this Saturday  at 1:00p.m. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (trina16 AT comcast.net))
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Odds & Ends (Buff-breasted Sandpipers & Caspian Terns)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:45:09 -0400
I poked around a bit today.  I started at the Pease Tradeport and 
quickly found the BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS just inside of the chain-link 
fence.  Off Grafton Road near the sound barrier. Incredibly active, I 
was lucky to get a photo:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/15023858839/

At the Rochester WTP, I dipped on the Baird's Sandpiper reported by Tony 
Vazzano a few days ago.  No Pectoral Sandpipers either; however, there 
were about 10 each of Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers.

Along the coast, the strong southerly winds and high tide were stirring 
up the shoreline with lots of gulls working the coves. Nothing terribly 
rare, but lots of Ring-billed Gulls and a few Laughing Gulls.  At Pulpit 
Rocks in Rye, 5 CASPIAN TERNS flew over in a single group migrating 
southward.  I tried to overtake them in my car to get a photo, but was 
stymied by roadwork along Route 1A.

A Merlin in Hampton sat on the wires directly above me as it pondered 
which shorebird to chase in the marshes:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/15023962900/in/photostream/

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Juvenile Golden Eagle Spotted at LRTMO 09-10-14
From: David Lipsy <dlipsy AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:26:12 -0400
Yesterday, I spotted and watched a juvenile Golden Eagle in the 2-3:00 hour at 
the Little Round Top Migration Observatory (LRTMO) in Bristol, NH. 

For a complete description of my sighting, please see the report for 09-10-14 
that just came out on this list. 


Unfortunately it was too far away and too high to get a photo of. 

David Lipsy
LRTMO Site Coordinator 
HMANA - Hawk Migration Association of North America


David Lipsy
Eagle Eye Photography
Concord, NH
Email: dlipsy AT comcast.net
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Subject: HSR:296 Raptors - Little Round Top Migration Observatory (10 Sep 2014)
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 11 Sep 2014 16:09:35 -0400
Little Round Top Migration Observatory
Bristol, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 10, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              31             48             48
Osprey                       1             15             15
Bald Eagle                   6             32             32
Northern Harrier             0              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3             37             37
Cooper's Hawk                8             18             18
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          242            905            905
Red-tailed Hawk              0              5              5
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              1              1
American Kestrel             3             13             13
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               1              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1

Total:                     296           1083           1083
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 18:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        David Lipsy

Observers:        Harry Moulton, Susan Wrisley

Visitors:
A total of 10 visitors.

Toward the end of the day, an 8 year old boy named Peter was asking us
about what were were doing... we told him looking for birds, but they were
quite high... he looks up and says "like that"?  Looked up and sure enough
a tiny black shape, a Broad-winged Hawk in a glide, flight of 2, came over
us VERY high.
I have seen Falcons at a watch site look up when birds go over... seems a
child does just as good :)    -   Young eyes...


Weather:
Day started out with low heavy clouds however we could see a clearing to
the NW, which made it to us by sometime in the 11:00 hour.
Temps were in the low 70's with low humidity.


Raptor Observations:
- We had a kettle of 31 Turkey Vultures rise up in the 10:00 hour... they
circled around higher and higher, drifting SW, disappearing up into the
cloud deck.  Later in the day a few came in from the north.

- Saw my first ever kettle of migrating Bald Eagles.  3, high up in the sky
in a tight ball that stayed together as they rose ever higher until finally
going into the clouds. 

- Had a Juvenile Golden Eagle.  I had it in my scope from far out...
presented at first very buteo-like, then in a glide along the western ridge
it presented Ospreyish, but it was dark all over (from a distance).  Never
saw the wings until it got closer... finally open wings, huge... obvious
Eagle... it took a few turns but something was wrong... then it came out of
the turns by turning on its side, and thats when I saw the large solid
white patch on the tail... I did not see much white on the wings, however
checking my reference books it does say that a juvenile Golden does not
always present with white marks on the wing.  Also clearly saw that the
head was not nearly as large as I would expect with an Eagle.
My only uncertainty is that in the species checklist for NH, GE's are not
expected until mid September.  
I figure this bird did not get the message, and its close enough.

Confidence is High on this sighting.  

Non-raptor Observations:
An Olive-sided Flycatcher was at the top of the dead tree to the west...
after looking at photos, I believe it is a juvenile.

Hummers - 2 came thru the site.

Saw 18 Monarch Butterflies

Predictions:
Rain expected... probably take the day off.

The front is expected to clear Thursday night.
Friday & possibly Saturday should be our next great day for Broad-winged
Hawks.
========================================================================
Report submitted by David B. Lipsy (dlipsy AT comcast.net)
Little Round Top Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=317

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Subject: Lark Sparrow, Horseshoe Pond, Concord
From: "Zeke Cornell" <zekecornell AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:00:50 -0400
While looking for migrants this morning at Horseshoe Pond, we had a Lark
Sparrow in the earliest section of the railroad tracks. Eventually the bird
flew to the west in some nearby trees. This was a little after 7 AM.

Pam Hunt
Becky Suomala
Jane Hills
Stefan Mattlage
and
Zeke Cornell
Bow, NH

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