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29 Aug Weekend highlights - World End Pond and Pease [Rebecca ]
28 Aug Sunapee Nighthawks [Shoals Terns ]
29 Aug 114 Nighthawks - Concord []
28 Aug NH Coast (8 Caspian Terns, 2 Stilt Sandpipers, 4 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, 249 GREAT EGRETS!) [Steve Mirick ]
28 Aug New yard birds--Peeps! [Christine Sheridan ]
28 Aug Nighthawks in Newport Yesterday ["Brent H. Baker" ]
28 Aug Re: Hancock nighthawks, etc. and Newfound Lake birding boat tour [Steven Smith ]
28 Aug mississippi kites newmarket nh feeds []
28 Aug Albino Pigeon Hollis, NH [Bruce O ]
28 Aug Mississippi kite [Debra Powers ]
27 Aug Re: Not so "negative" numbers of nighthawks in Nashua [Christine Sheridan ]
28 Aug 2,344 Nighthawks - Concord []
28 Aug Hancock nighthawks, etc. and Newfound Lake birding boat tour ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
27 Aug Not so "negative" numbers of nighthawks in Nashua [Jeanne-Marie Maher ]
27 Aug 268 Nighthawks tonight [Brian Reilly ]
27 Aug Wood Ducks [Phyllis ]
27 Aug NH Coast (Red-breasted Nuthatches, Red Knot, no Baird's, no Terns etc.) [Steve Mirick ]
27 Aug Newmarket Kites [Ed Norton ]
27 Aug red breasted nuthatch [susan hunter ]
27 Aug Cape May Warbler -- Pittsfield ["'Aerart' via NHBirds" ]
27 Aug World End Pond highlights, 8/26 [Kyle Wilmarth ]
26 Aug Misc. NH birds today [Charlie Nims ]
26 Aug Nighthawks over whitefield airport marsh [dagforsyth via NHBirds ]
26 Aug Nighthawks over Great Boars Head Hampton ["'Joann O'Shaughness' via NHBirds" ]
26 Aug Nashua numbers, low for nighthawks [Jeanne-Marie Maher ]
27 Aug 2,014 Nighthawks - Concord []
26 Aug Flying ants just south of the border [christine sheridan ]
26 Aug Nighthawks in Merrimack ["molly.j711 via NHBirds" ]
26 Aug nighthawks - west Concord [Anne Hadshi ]
26 Aug mississippi kites []
26 Aug Hopkinton Eagle, Crane, GBH, etc PHOTOS ["Jim Block" ]
26 Aug Cap. Chpt. FT: Labor Day Fall Warblers of Concord [Stephanie Parkinson ]
26 Aug Olive-sided flycatchers ["'David Forsyth' via NHBirds" ]
26 Aug Misty morning birds, Red-shouldered yesterday, Rumney [Jody Williams ]
26 Aug Baird's Sandpiper continues [Charlie Nims ]
26 Aug 30 Nighthawks - Bedford ["Corinne Null" ]
26 Aug adult bald eagle in Kingston [Evelyn Nathan ]
25 Aug Nashua to Manchester Nighthawks [Jeanne-Marie Maher ]
25 Aug Concord Nighthawk migration--229 birds ["Zeke Cornell" ]
25 Aug Re: Stilt Sandpiper - Rochester WTP 8/22 [Bob Crowley ]
26 Aug Concord Nighthawk Migration Study []
25 Aug red-breasted nuthatch [Anne Hadshi ]
25 Aug Nighthawks Plymouth ["'Judy Detzel' via NHBirds" ]
25 Aug Re: 485 Nighthawks - Concord ["'Linda Kornfeld' via NHBirds" ]
25 Aug Re: Hummingbird feeding ["Linda M. Charron" ]
25 Aug Stilt Sandpiper - Rochester WTP 8/22 [Susan Wrisley ]
25 Aug Baird's Sandpiper in Rye [Steve Mirick ]
25 Aug scarlet tanager - Concord [Anne Hadshi ]
25 Aug Hummingbird feeding [Jane Rice ]
25 Aug Re: RT Hummingbirds in Litchfield ["Linda M. Charron" ]
25 Aug RT Hummingbirds in Litchfield [Jonathan Smith ]
25 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Exeter WTP [Scott Heron ]
24 Aug Nighthawk Invasion - Newport/Sunapee []
25 Aug 485 Nighthawks - Concord []
24 Aug Not so many nighthawks in Nashua [Jeanne-Marie Maher ]
24 Aug Night Hawks Ashland [k chamberlin ]
24 Aug Wednesday a.m. whale watch (Granite State)--peep migration [Cliff Otto ]
24 Aug Baird's Sandpiper [Charlie Nims ]
24 Aug probable Redhead, World End Pond [Kyle Wilmarth ]
24 Aug 278 Nighthawks - Concord []
23 Aug Cape May, Wilson's Warblers & Other Migrants - Lake Sunapee []
23 Aug Lake Massabesic this morning ["'Jenna Pettipas' via NHBirds" ]
23 Aug Peregrine []
23 Aug Large Seacoast Egret Roost [Steve Bennett ]
23 Aug Lots of birds but IDing is an issue lately [Joshua Jarvis ]
22 Aug Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, August 22, 2016 ["Mark Suomala" ]
23 Aug Lyme Double-creasted Cormorant ["'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" ]
22 Aug Raptor Rescue - Broad-winged Hawk, Rt 101 Hampton [Susan Wrisley ]
22 Aug Presentation on Snowy Owls [Bruce Boyer ]
22 Aug Laid-back Loons on Bow lake [Marie Harris ]
22 Aug Re: Digest for nhbirds@googlegroups.com - 10 updates in 10 topics [Marie Harris ]
22 Aug Rumney Olive-sided Flycatchers [Jody Williams ]
22 Aug World End Pond this weekend [Kyle Wilmarth ]
22 Aug Re: RB Nuthatches ["Rotberg, Robert" ]
22 Aug Rochester - Lark Sparrow, Stilt Sandpiper [Rebecca ]
21 Aug Nighthawks [Brian Reilly ]

Subject: Weekend highlights - World End Pond and Pease
From: Rebecca <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:28:31 +0000 (UTC)
This morning Scott Heron, Zeke Cornell and I did a dawn kayak on World End Pond 
in Salem. We were greeted by a Great Horned Owl youngster begging for food 
pre-dawn as we unloaded the kayaks. There was lots of bird activity on the pond 
(52 species) and a good variety of shorebirds (8 species), but the highlight of 
the morning was the fraternizing of a Sora and Virginia Rail which gave us 
great views along the muddy edge of the cattails. Other highlights below. 


On Saturday we checked Exeter WTP but no sign of the Buff-breasted. Then we 
went to Pease Intl. Tradeport which also sometimes has Buffies in the fall. No 
luck but we did have a good number of Killdeer (43), 5 American Kestrels, and 5 
Eastern Meadowlarks from the Short St. end. A quick check of the coast turned 
up the usual suspects already well covered by Steve's posts. 


Highlights from World End Pond
Sora 1
Virginia Rail 2
Great Horned Owl 1
Marsh Wren 3
Pectoral Sandpiper at least 1
Wilson's Snipe 2
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Semipalmated Plover 1
Green Heron 4
Bobolink 22, appeared to be roosting in the marsh
Chimney Swifts 40, swooping low over the water at dawn

Becky Suomala, Chichester
Zeke Cornell, Bow 

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Subject: Sunapee Nighthawks
From: Shoals Terns <shoals.terns AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 21:07:53 -0400
We had 67 Common Nighthawks pass to the south near Perkins Pond.

Dan and Melissa Hayward

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Subject: 114 Nighthawks - Concord
From: rwoodward30 AT comcast.net
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:31:29 +0000 (UTC)
The b ubble burst, as we knew it would, we just never know when. Another large 
crowd turned out. Zeke says it's like the stock market - everyone is buying 
when it's up. We always consider any triple digit count a big one, but you 
would never know it with all the long faces up there. I have to admit, even I 
said to Zeke, "This is the dullest triple digit night I've ever seen." After 
back-to-back 2000+ counts, it would be. 


One highlight is our "7 o'clock Egret", he comes by regularly, flying south 
over the river. Here is his schedule: 


8/24 - 7:17 
8/26 - 7:07 
8/27 - 7:07 
8/28 - 7:02 

He is bound to show up earlier each day, on average, as the sun sets earlier. 

But if THAT'S all there is to talk about.... 

Many thanks to all who did show up, it's gratifying to see so many interested 
in what I find endlessly fascinating. There are many more birds to come, but 
the days of thousands are now behind us. 



Rob Woodward 
Concord, NH 

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Subject: NH Coast (8 Caspian Terns, 2 Stilt Sandpipers, 4 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, 249 GREAT EGRETS!)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:10:25 -0400
Today was a much better day than yesterday.  Still no land birds of 
note, but some spectacular heron/egret counts and a nice coastal 
migration despite the continuing summer-like warmth and non-ending sunny 
skies.

A couple of photos from today:

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

SPECTACULAR DAWN FLIGHT OF EGRETS (6:00 AM - 6:15 AM.  Sunrise was about 
6:02)

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

There has historically been a great roost site of egrets near Route 1 in 
Salisbury; however, it has been in Massachusetts, so it hasn't been 
recorded for NH.  Jane and I (finally) got out just before sunrise, and 
the first place we stopped at was Worthely Avenue in Seabrook.  This 
pond has been catching the morning flight as the birds leave the roost 
and head east toward the marshes of Seabrook and Hampton Falls.  IN 15 
MINUTES we counted the following:

GREAT EGRET - 249.  As near as I can figure, this shatters the previous 
state high count of about 140.  This is a careful count by Jane as she 
counted the Great Egrets and I counted the Snowy Egrets.
Snowy Egret - 78.  This is actually a much higher count of Snowys than I 
thought as most of the high counts recently for Snowys have been from 
the north part of the coastline, and I assumed they had come from a 
different roost site.  Possibly Leach's Island as Steve Bennett noted.
Great Blue Heron - 2 leaving the roost site with Great Egrets.
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON - 3 juveniles continue in pond.  Not part of 
this dawn flight.  In addition, we had a 4th juvenile along Route 1A in 
Seabrook in roost trees.

If anyone has the energy to get up and over to this spot by sunrise in 
the next few days, they should give it a shot and see if they can break 
this count!  A spectacular show!

And MIGRATING SOUTH ALONG SHORELINE
Of and on from about 6:30 AM until 12:30 PM
----------------------------------------------------------
American Black Duck  2
Green-winged Teal  2
Northern Gannet  6     Birds moving south and presumed migrating.
GREAT CORMORANT  1     Nice views of bird close with small group of 
Double-crested Cormorants.
Double-crested Cormorant  892     Migrating south in about 30 flocks.  
Largest flocks of about 70 birds.  This is OUR HIGHEST TOTAL for 
migrating Double-crested Cormorants for August.  Previous highs are 391 
on 8/30/14, 369 on 8/30/09, and 359 on 8/22/15.
Great Blue Heron  5     All flying offshore heading south.  Some quite 
high and distant!
Whimbrel  1
Ruddy Turnstone  3
Sanderling  8
peep sp.  54
Short-billed Dowitcher  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  5
Laughing Gull  1
Herring Gull  X     Steady flight of small numbers of Herring Gulls.  
Mostly in ones and twos.
CASPIAN TERN  8     Migrating south in 4 small groups.  2,3,1,2. 
Relatively high numbers of Caspian Terns moving south so far for August.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1     Offshore and mixed in with flock of 
"peep" briefly!

Other birds of interest along the coast
---------------------------------------------------
STILT SANDPIPER - 2 juvenile birds have joined the peeps at Marsh Road 
Pond in Rye, but still no signs of Baird's today.
Red Knot - 2 continue in Hampton harbor.
Willet (Eastern) - 1 lingering bird in Little River Saltmarsh.
Common Tern - 2 lonely birds along the coast today.  Off Seabrook 
Beach.  And that's all!
Common Eider - 377.  Count of birds from Seabrook north to Pulpit 
Rocks.  Does not include any birds further north in Portsmouth harbor area.
Black-crowned Night-Heron - 25.  Easily counted along northern shoreline 
at Hampton harbor.  Staging before going to roost site along Island Path.
Semipalmated Sandpiper - WHITE FLAGGED JUVENILE continues at Marsh Road 
Pond in Rye.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: New yard birds--Peeps!
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:27:24 -0400
Or "perps" as autocorrect would have it.

A first for the yard: a little flock of Least and a couple Semipalmated
Sandpipers flew over calling as I unloaded groceries from the car!
Possibly from Salmon Brook/Fields Grove, where a few have been hanging out.

Chris Sheridan
Nashua

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Subject: Nighthawks in Newport Yesterday
From: "Brent H. Baker" <kyoshi AT risingsundojo.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:19:15 -0400
Yesterday evening, my kids and I counted 138 common nighthawks flying over
Newport, NH.  It seems like we only see them pass over one day per year, so
I'm glad we didn't miss them!

Brent Baker
Newport

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Subject: Re: Hancock nighthawks, etc. and Newfound Lake birding boat tour
From: Steven Smith <kwedun AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:51:03 -0400
 I stopped at Powder Mill Pond yesterday evening where it is next to route 202 
in Bennington and got a rough count of 350 Night Hawks - most of them were high 
up and not feeding but going South following the Contoocook river South - even 
though I had to use binoculars to see the Night Hawks it was still a 
spectacular view with pink clouds and a beautiful evening. I suspect a lot more 
went thru before I got there. 


Steve
> On Aug 27, 2016, at 8:23 PM, 'Phil Brown' via NHBirds 
 wrote: 

> 
> I finally had a chance to look for nighthawks tonight (instead of just seeing 
them in passing or over my yard, which is marginal for watching migration). 
Alerted by a few pre-evening birds in the sky over my house in Hancock this 
evening, and then a flock of nearly 30 birds at 7 pm, I decided to watch from 
Powder Mill Pond, a known location from where Don and Lillian Stokes have 
historically documented some of the state's biggest nighthawk flights. The 
Stokes' current absence has meant that regular coverage has been lacking, and I 
was able to spend 20 minutes counting birds - tallying 174 between 7:17-7:37 
pm. Given the lateness of my observations of several large groups of 40-60 
birds (all heading south) and having some familiarity with the history of 
flights here, I suspect there were hundreds of more birds before I had 
arrived...but who will ever know? 

> 
> Yard birding has ticked up of late with a new yard bird added yesterday 
morning at 6 am as I read to my son on the couch, glancing up at what I had 
hoped would be a nighthawk. It turned out to be a great egret in very early 
morning light, heading due east from a roost site. A merlin hunted dragonflies 
this evening before the nighthawks arrived, and one was present at Pack 
Monadnock today (along with a few broad-winged hawks and turkey vultures) on a 
hike up the mountain with my family. 

> 
> Also yesterday, I guided a birding boat tour on Newfound Lake out of the Gray 
Rocks Marina (in partnership with the Newfound Lake Regional Association) for 
NH Audubon Birdathon donors. As the rain cleared and the boat motored out, I 
had hopes for a black tern or another grounded waterbird - but no luck with any 
rarities. We did have a productive birding tour, however, with several 
highlights and nice looks including 4 bald eagles (2 adults and 2 juveniles), 1 
green heron, 1 solitary sandpiper, 1 merlin, 15+ ring-billed gulls, and several 
species of waterfowl including a possible hybrid Scaup sp. X ring-necked duck! 
Still analyzing photos and will post again with anything conclusive. 

> 
> Phil Brown
> Hancock, NH
> 
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Subject: mississippi kites newmarket nh feeds
From: dmp2ec AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:11:27 +0000 (UTC)
I am humbled by what I witness today, out in the open I watched the baby being 
feed six times. Thank you to Mr. Norton for giving me such a detailed diagram 
to find them! 

Deb 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/143862779 AT N08/28674803713/in/dateposted-public/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/143862779 AT N08/28672983924/in/dateposted-public/ 

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Subject: Albino Pigeon Hollis, NH
From: Bruce O <naturehiker2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:41:58 -0400
While hiking today in Hollis, NH I saw an albino pigeon.  When the flock
was on the ground through my binoculars its eyes were reddish tint. I got
too close to take a picture and they took off.  Its in lower left corner of
photo.

[image: Inline image 1]

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Subject: Mississippi kite
From: Debra Powers <dmp2ec AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:56:28 -0400
Beautiful morning in Newmarket watch the Mississippi kite feed it's baby 5 to 6 
times. 

Deb

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Subject: Re: Not so "negative" numbers of nighthawks in Nashua
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:05:07 -0400
Congratulations to the intrepid Nashua crew of two!

Buoyed by last nights ant-flight after dark in Dunstable ,"most ancient
towne" and a flurry of bull-bats in the morning, I repaired to Great Meadow
this evening with high hopes, having seen a flight of hundreds there last
year at this time.

There were only 5 sky-divers, a few fireworks down the road, and 0 Common
Nighthawks...should have stayed in Nashua.

I do agree that being able to watch a good site consistently is
important.    I have not been able to get out every day, and last year I
had around 25 birds a night leading up to an evening with  conservative
count of 426, then dropping off to 19 the next night.  You never know if
the night you miss might be a "big night!"

Chris Sheridan
Nashua



On Sat, Aug 27, 2016 at 8:11 PM, Jeanne-Marie Maher <
jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com> wrote:

> Finally a decent, no fabulous evening of nighthawk watching, alongside my
> intrepid non-birding husband (aka "chuck" of chuck will's widow).
> But prior to the official start of the watch we stopped for an ice cream
> at King Kone, which just happens to be across from (the town of
> Merrimack's) Horseshoe Pond where Molly had birds last night.  In 12 short
> minutes we garnered a quick 61 nighthawks picking up from what seemed like
> the treetops and disappearing eastward toward the Merrimack River.
> So we immediately headed down to the High Street Garage.  Finally, the
> night tally (for the garage alone included :
> 556 (yes indeed folks from Nashua) Common nighthawks! (Not counting
> Horseshoe pond)
>         Though most were not close, they appeared to be over Greeley Park,
> Mine Falls Park but the preponderance seemed to be "running" the Merrimack
> River. (Perhaps a better spot would be along the Merrimack and maybe the
> confluence with the Nashua.)
> Additional sightings included 354 chimney swifts, 2 adult bald eagles, 1
> Cooper's hawk 2 red tail Hawks, 1 Peregrine (coming in to apparently roost
> at dusk on the Coptic Church), a Great blue Heron  a kettle of  32 Turkey
> Vultures and various finches, geese, gulls, pigeons, crows,  and waxwings
>
> The mood was so celebratory that someone sent up cluster of 4 large
> balloons and 20 sky divers dropped from the skies to watch the spectacle.
>
> Jeanne-Marie Maher
> Nashua , New Hampshire
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Subject: 2,344 Nighthawks - Concord
From: rwoodward30 AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:41:00 +0000 (UTC)

Flying ants! Tonight was the first night we had ants on our cars at the parking 
garage. The presence of flying ants always bodes well for counting nighthawks, 
and tonight lived up to that pattern. This was an even harder total to tally 
since there were no streaming birds, instead they were in swirling feeding 
flocks, fattening up on the ants. Some left, some joined, which are which? 
Again, the rate of error could be 10% or even 20%, but the count is on the low 
end of the scale. "I really could not guess at a total that would be meaningful 
in any way." Today's posting from Brian Reilly of Keene. How many times do we 
see these kinds of comments from nighthawk observers. Sir, welcome to the club! 


Tonight's count is our second highest at this site and as far as I can tell, 
the 3rd highest is state history. We have never had back to back nights of 
quadruple digits. How many more birds could there be!? 




Rob Woodward 
Concord, NH 

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Subject: Hancock nighthawks, etc. and Newfound Lake birding boat tour
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:23:31 +0000 (UTC)
I finally had a chance to look for nighthawks tonight (instead of just seeing 
them in passing or over my yard, which is marginal for watching migration). 
Alerted by a few pre-evening birds in the sky over my house in Hancock this 
evening, and then a flock of nearly 30 birds at 7 pm, I decided to watch from 
Powder Mill Pond, a known location from where Don and Lillian Stokes have 
historically documented some of the state's biggest nighthawk flights. The 
Stokes' current absence has meant that regular coverage has been lacking, and I 
was able to spend 20 minutes counting birds - tallying 174 between 7:17-7:37 
pm. Given the lateness of my observations of several large groups of 40-60 
birds (all heading south) and having some familiarity with the history of 
flights here, I suspect there were hundreds of more birds before I had 
arrived...but who will ever know? 

Yard birding has ticked up of late with a new yard bird added yesterday morning 
at 6 am as I read to my son on the couch, glancing up at what I had hoped would 
be a nighthawk. It turned out to be a great egret in very early morning light, 
heading due east from a roost site. A merlin hunted dragonflies this evening 
before the nighthawks arrived, and one was present at Pack Monadnock today 
(along with a few broad-winged hawks and turkey vultures) on a hike up the 
mountain with my family. 

Also yesterday, I guided a birding boat tour on Newfound Lake out of the Gray 
Rocks Marina (in partnership with the Newfound Lake Regional Association) for 
NH Audubon Birdathon donors. As the rain cleared and the boat motored out, I 
had hopes for a black tern or another grounded waterbird - but no luck with any 
rarities. We did have a productive birding tour, however, with several 
highlights and nice looks including 4 bald eagles (2 adults and 2 juveniles), 1 
green heron, 1 solitary sandpiper, 1 merlin, 15+ ring-billed gulls, and several 
species of waterfowl including a possible hybrid Scaup sp. X ring-necked duck! 
Still analyzing photos and will post again with anything conclusive. 


Phil BrownHancock, NH

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Subject: Not so "negative" numbers of nighthawks in Nashua
From: Jeanne-Marie Maher <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:11:44 -0400
Finally a decent, no fabulous evening of nighthawk watching, alongside my 
intrepid non-birding husband (aka "chuck" of chuck will's widow). 

But prior to the official start of the watch we stopped for an ice cream at 
King Kone, which just happens to be across from (the town of Merrimack's) 
Horseshoe Pond where Molly had birds last night. In 12 short minutes we 
garnered a quick 61 nighthawks picking up from what seemed like the treetops 
and disappearing eastward toward the Merrimack River. 

So we immediately headed down to the High Street Garage. Finally, the night 
tally (for the garage alone included : 

556 (yes indeed folks from Nashua) Common nighthawks! (Not counting Horseshoe 
pond) 

 Though most were not close, they appeared to be over Greeley Park, Mine Falls 
Park but the preponderance seemed to be "running" the Merrimack River. (Perhaps 
a better spot would be along the Merrimack and maybe the confluence with the 
Nashua.) 

Additional sightings included 354 chimney swifts, 2 adult bald eagles, 1 
Cooper's hawk 2 red tail Hawks, 1 Peregrine (coming in to apparently roost at 
dusk on the Coptic Church), a Great blue Heron a kettle of 32 Turkey Vultures 
and various finches, geese, gulls, pigeons, crows, and waxwings 


The mood was so celebratory that someone sent up cluster of 4 large balloons 
and 20 sky divers dropped from the skies to watch the spectacle. 


Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua , New Hampshire

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Subject: 268 Nighthawks tonight
From: Brian Reilly <reillybj AT ne.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:09:43 -0400
Again, I live in Keene along the Ashuelot River just south of Bretwood Golf 
Course. Between 6:45 and 7:15 tonight I counted 268 Nighthawks all moving from 
north to south. I’m sure I missed birds as I was distracted intermittently by 
chores I was doing in the backyard. 

Last evening (Friday) I saw large groupings of Nighthawks, up to approximately 
75 in a group, flying over the house but not consistently coming over from the 
north. Many seemed to arrive from the east or west and occasionally birds 
seemed to be flying north. Because of the many directions of flight I really 
could not guess at a total that would be meaningful in any way. 


Brian Reilly
Keene

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Subject: Wood Ducks
From: Phyllis <pyaffie AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:07:30 -0400
Three female Wood Ducks in the pond tonight behind the house. First we have 
seen in several weeks. 


Phyllis Yaffie
Deerfield

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Subject: NH Coast (Red-breasted Nuthatches, Red Knot, no Baird's, no Terns etc.)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:02:26 -0400
Kind of a disappointing day along the coast this morning.  We got out 
and walked Odiorne Point State Park in Rye early hoping for some land 
birds.  Very slow EXCEPT for two RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES.  We also had 
two last weekend.  For what its worth, our last record for Odiorne Point 
State Park for this species was 1 bird on October 25, 2014.

On Marsh Road Pond in Rye, there were about 400 small shorebirds. Mostly 
Semipalmated Sandpipers and Least Sandpipers.  But NO BAIRD'S 
SANDPIPER.  A MERLIN kept buzzing the flock.  Interestingly, there was a 
COLOR-FLAG BANDED Semipalmated Sandpiper.  A juvenile bird with a white 
flag band and black lettering.  Ben Griffith submitted the number, but 
it was not yet in the data base.  The fact that it was a juvenile would 
indicate it was recently banded.  Perhaps at one of the banding 
operations in the Bay of Fundy.

As the tide went out in Hampton Harbor, we found a single juvenile RED 
KNOT along with 6 adult WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS along with the the 
normal birds.  No large shorebirds.  It used to be relatively common to 
get Whimbrels and Hudsonian Godwits in the mussel beds sometimes in 
numbers.  These areas have shrunk considerably and is likely partly the 
reason why we don't get them as often.  Consider:

Hudsonian Godwit - 7 in Hampton Harbor on 8/23/92
Hudsonian Godwit - 7 in Hampton Harbor on 8/14/93
Whimbrel - 11 in Hampton Harbor on 7/19/92
Whimbrel - 11 in Hampton Harbor on 8/5/95
Whimbrel - 11 in Hampton Harbor on 8/6/03
Whimbrel - 11 in Hampton Harbor on 8/28/11
Whimbrel - 9 in Hampton Harbor on 8/7/98
Whimbrel - 9 in Hampton Harbor on 8/2/06

Otherwise, not much to report.  Not much migrating offshore, but we 
didn't scan a lot due to the sun.  We heard that Scott Surner from 
Massachusetts had a juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON off Worthely 
Road in Seabrook, but we didn't check.

Of interest is the COMPLETE LACK OF ANY TERNS along the shoreline. 
Zero.  Kind of too bad.  Consider these counts of mine from past years:

509 - August 9, 2009
700 - August 31, 2005
700 - August 28, 2011
400 - August 28, 1999
450 - September 3, 2000
500 - September 14, 2001

Hopefully we get some bait fish along the shoreline to increase some 
interest for terns, etc.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Newmarket Kites
From: Ed Norton <etnorton AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:19:45 -0400
All three still present at Huckins Drive.  Parents taking turns feeding
juvenile.

Ed
Newmarket

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Subject: red breasted nuthatch
From: susan hunter <slhunter AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:14:30 -0400
Had a Red Breasted Nuthatch at the bird bath yesterday. The first one I have 
seen in 18 months! Not interested in the suet or the sunflower feeders, only 
the bath. 

Numerous Ruby Throated Hummers buzzing around, squabbling over the feeder and 
the flowers! On the question of how late to keep your Humming Bird feeder 
up….I have had Hummers coming through well into October. 

Susan Hunter, Bedford

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Subject: Cape May Warbler -- Pittsfield
From: "'Aerart' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:08:21 -0400

Yep,  nice adult, spring plumage Cape May Warbler in our yard this morning.

Up in their favorite tree in our yard, a spruce tree transplanted from Northern 
Maine. 


This tree always yield early spring and fall migrant Cape Mays that stop by to 
feed! 


Andrea Robbins
Pittsfield, NH


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Subject: World End Pond highlights, 8/26
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:59:57 -0400
Spent a few hours on World End Pond last night, highlights included:

Sora - 1, https://flic.kr/p/KCfpZ8 - first one of the year at the pond,
migrant?

Great Horned Owl - 2, https://flic.kr/p/KC4ER5 - I've been hearing these
birds (begging screeches) the last couple of weeks but I was finally able
to spot one at the south edge of the pond. The GHO sightings here seem to
coincide with the building numbers of Wood Ducks, and wonder if they are
the birds from the Methuen, MA rookery nearby?

Pectoral Sandpiper - 3, in flight after a Cooper's Hawk strafed the west
edge flats
Common Nighthawk - 2, only
Marsh Wren - 3
Blue-winged Teal - 1
Green-winged Teal - 2
Virginia Rail - 2
Great Egret - 2, https://flic.kr/p/KCfzwe
Bobolink - 6, group flyover
Double-crested Cormorant - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Green Heron - 1


Kyle Wilmarth
Plaistow, NH

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Subject: Misc. NH birds today
From: Charlie Nims <charlie.nims AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:11:36 -0400
This morning, Joe Scott and I birded several areas in southern NH with 
highlights being the previously reported Baird’s Sandpiper at Marsh Pond and 
3 Red Knots at Fishermen’s Co-op. We missed on the roosting Yellow-crowned 
Night-Herons at Worthley Pond where I had seen a couple on Weds. At the Exeter 
WTP, we had both Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal among other duck species. 


On my way back north, the Stilt Sandpiper was still at the Rochester WTP along 
with 15+ Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpipers and Killdeer along with a 
flyover Peregrine Falcon. 


Heading to Quebec this evening, there were ~6 Common Nighthawks (CONI) at the 
NH\VT border where I-93 crosses the Connecticut River; extralimitally, there 
were 30-40 CONI over I-93 at Exit 1 near St. Johnsbury, VT. 


Charlie Nims
Bartlett, NH

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Subject: Nighthawks over whitefield airport marsh
From: dagforsyth via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:05:00 -0400




Subject: Nighthawks over Great Boars  Head Hampton
From: "'Joann O'Shaughness' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:59:31 -0400
Though not numbers to brag about I had two nighthawks over the deck tonite as I 
enjoyed a glass of Cabernet and a rack of lamb. What could be better.......... 

Life is good.
JoAnn O'Shaughnessy
Hampton

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> On Aug 26, 2016, at 9:51 PM, Jeanne-Marie Maher  
wrote: 

> 
> Couldn't make it out until 6:40 tonight but we had a few stragglers for 
nighthawks, a mere 16. However the chimney swifts were well over 325 my 
conservative count, along with some ducks, geese , one great egret heading 
south, a retail, and far too many house finches and sparrows. Not even a 
Peregrine for company. To that add Molly's 9 and we have a nice round 25. (Last 
night was easier and more numerous just watching the highway!) 

> Congrats to Concord on the huge numbers.
> 
> Jeanne-Marie Maher
> Nashua NH
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Subject: Nashua numbers, low for nighthawks
From: Jeanne-Marie Maher <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:51:14 -0400
Couldn't make it out until 6:40 tonight but we had a few stragglers for 
nighthawks, a mere 16. However the chimney swifts were well over 325 my 
conservative count, along with some ducks, geese , one great egret heading 
south, a retail, and far too many house finches and sparrows. Not even a 
Peregrine for company. To that add Molly's 9 and we have a nice round 25. (Last 
night was easier and more numerous just watching the highway!) 

Congrats to Concord on the huge numbers.

Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua NH

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Subject: 2,014 Nighthawks - Concord
From: rwoodward30 AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:47:24 +0000 (UTC)
Tonight my crew asked me how I could have missed Hawaiian Night last night, the 
most hallowed date on the nighthawk watcher's calendar. I explained that I was 
attending a World Nighthawk Symposium featuring the greatest nighthawk 
researchers in the world, that I was the keynote speaker, and that I missed 
last night's count because the applause at the end of my speech lasted longer 
than I expected. 


They didn't buy a word of it. 

And these are my friends! 

Tonight was truly indescribable. Nighthawks filled the sky, from one end to the 
other. Swirling and swarming in all directions. Zeke declared it a full-blown 
"Spectacle", and so it was, as witnessed by about 18 of us. If you have seen 
pictures of hawk watching at Veraruz, Mexico, for example, you have an idea of 
what it looked like. A flock exceeding 1,000 birds lingered, feeding, for an 
hour. If you are wondering how we get these numbers, at one point I scanned the 
sky and said to Becky Suomala, "there must be 1000 out there count again." She 
carefully recounted, by tens, and came up with 1060, so there is some 
reliability. We counted until it was too dark to count anymore. But we agree 
that our total is conservative, and if we are off by 10%, add another 200 
birds, easily. 


The bird feeders sold out, thank you Diane, our newest nighthawk fanatic. 

Tomorrow will be another good day, not thousands, but hundreds is still worth 
witnessing. 



Rob Woodward 
Concord, NH 

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Subject: Flying ants just south of the border
From: christine sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:46:43 -0400
I'm in Dunstable just a couple of miles south of Nashua and there is an 
enormous flight of flying ants tonight. 


Harbinger of Nighthawks to come? 

Chris Sheridan
Dunstable MA

Nashua NH

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Subject: Nighthawks in Merrimack
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Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:41:04 -0400




Subject: nighthawks - west Concord
From: Anne Hadshi <annehadshi AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:18:15 -0400
A flight of about 40 nighthawks flying north over Little Pond at 5 pm today.

Anne H.
Concord

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Subject: mississippi kites
From: dmp2ec AT comcast.net
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:37:26 +0000 (UTC)
Took a trip to huckins drive in newmarket for the first time searching for the 
kites, I am not sure but think I found the nest but no beautiful birds. 

Deb 

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Subject: Hopkinton Eagle, Crane, GBH, etc PHOTOS
From: "Jim Block" <jab AT valley.net>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:05:28 -0400
I put some photos from a trip to Hopkinton Lake Wednesday at:
http://www.jimblockphoto.com/2016/08/hopkinton-lake/

Saw an eagle from far away grab a fish and lots of GBHs up close. Got a
photo of the Sandhill Crane in the early morning shade.

 

Jim Block

Etna, NH 

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Subject: Cap. Chpt. FT: Labor Day Fall Warblers of Concord
From: Stephanie Parkinson <sparkinson AT sulloway.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:41:55 -0400
Field Trip: Continuing a new tradition- Labor Day Fall Warblers of Concord
Date: Monday, September 5. 8:00 - noon.
Fall warbler migration is in full swing in early September and we will spend 
the morning in a variety of habitats that should result in at least a dozen 
species of warblers and other migrants. We will walk several miles on roads and 
easy trails. Meet at the NH Audubon McLane Center in Concord at 8:00 AM. 
Contact Bob Quinn at raqbirds AT aol.com. 


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Subject: Olive-sided flycatchers
From: "'David Forsyth' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:36:36 -0400
Two migrating OSFL were seen today along the Presidential Rail Trail in 
Randolph NH. Also spotted were two solitary sandpipers, which have been present 
for weeks. 

David Forsyth

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Subject: Misty morning birds, Red-shouldered yesterday, Rumney
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:35:43 -0400
As the rain let up there was a brief eruption of bird activity in the yard. 
Spotted a fall plumage or female Scarlet Tanager, Red-breasted Nuthatch, 
Black-throated Green Warbler, Common Yellowthroat and heard a Black-and White 
Warbler singing. 


Yesterday around 1PM three soaring hawks went by with one calling KEY-yer 
repeatedly. Got out the scope in time and confirmed a Red-shouldered Hawk. The 
other two were a Red-tailed Hawk and an unknown Accipiter. 


Late report for Tuesday: 45 minutes at the Exeter WWP did not find the Lark 
Sparrow. Two Bald Eagles, an adult and a third year plumage bird, kept the 
gulls on their toes. Picked up four swallow species, and a Blue-gray 
Gnatcatcher in the Sumacs near 101. 


John R Williams
Rumney

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Subject: Baird's Sandpiper continues
From: Charlie Nims <charlie.nims AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:21:54 -0400
Joe Scott and I are on the Baird's at Marsh Pond in Rye near Wallis Sands 
Beach. It is in the ~northwest corner. 


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Subject: 30 Nighthawks - Bedford
From: "Corinne Null" <c.null AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:09:39 -0400
Wednesday the 24th we were at Benedictine Park between  7:15 - 7:30 pm  and
counted 30 nighthawks flying west to east.  We presume they are headed to
the Merrimack River where they will follow the river south?  

 

Corinne and Bill

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Subject: adult bald eagle in Kingston
From: Evelyn Nathan <evynathan AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:08:48 -0400
I was just sent a photo of an adult bald eadle on Country Pond in Kingston. 
Haven’t seen one here all summer - until now! 

Evy Nathan
Kingston

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Subject: Nashua to Manchester Nighthawks
From: Jeanne-Marie Maher <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:49:57 -0400
About the time the weather was changing and the clouds were rolling in, (almost 
6 pm) the nighthawks started to appear. 6 in over my yard as we had to leave 
for Manchester. 

The drive up netted another 6 within the Nashua border, 43 en route to but not 
including Manchester, and another 44 in Manchester along the route 3 corridor. 
All traveling in different directions but most were heading easterly. 


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Nashua NH

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Subject: Concord Nighthawk migration--229 birds
From: "Zeke Cornell" <zekecornell AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:26:15 -0400
The annual Hawaiian Nighthawk evening was a complete success in spite of the
incessant showers. Fourteen folks were spotting birds in all directions,
while attired in Aloha shirts and skirts. When we didn't see Rob, we
wondered if he thought Hawaii sounded so good that he might have been
inspired for an impulsive vacation to a more exotic locale. Alas, nothing
quite so glamorous...Besides the 229 nighthawks spread through-out the
evening, we had well over 200 Chimney Swifts, some being pestered by one of
the local Peregrines, and a flyby of a Great Egret, which we have seen each
evening. It has been spending its days at Horseshoe Pond and then flying
down the river to an undetermined roost.

 

We are in the sweet spot of the migration and anticipate another significant
night of two, before the majority of the birds have left the northeast for
this season. Light showers will not dissuade us...

 

Zeke Cornell

Bow, NH

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Subject: Re: Stilt Sandpiper - Rochester WTP 8/22
From: Bob Crowley <crbob AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:28:22 -0400
On my way to see my grandson, Brock's new puppy at Plaice Cove, I made a 
few stops.

The Stilt Sandpiper was still there on the rocks nearest the road in the 
first pond along the road as you drive into the buildings. It was with 
the Yellowlegs Rochester WWTP

The Baird's Sandpiper was within 30 feet of the road in the pool on the 
right on Marsh road, Rye as you come in from 1A, and the ocean, to  
Brackett road.

Bob Crowley

Chatham, NH


On 8/25/2016 2:46 PM, Susan Wrisley wrote:
> While reviewing my photos from the Rochester WTP from 8/22, I realized 
> I had gotten some photos of the juvenile Stilt Sandpiper that Jason 
> found.  It was hunkered down by a rock, probably due to the high winds 
> that day.  I had a feeling it might be easy to miss among all the 
> yellowlegs, so I took photos of as many birds as I could.  I just got 
> around to reviewing the photos today, and it turns out my strategy was 
> a success!!!
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/127183139 AT N08/28938232890/in/dateposted-public/
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/127183139 AT N08/29118020452/in/dateposted-public/
>
> Susan Wrisley, Hollis, NH
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Subject: Concord Nighthawk Migration Study
From: rwoodward30 AT comcast.net
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:22:31 +0000 (UTC)
An afternoon appointment ran later than expected and then it started raining. I 
didn't make it to the garage and I haven't heard from Zeke to see if he did. 


We will be back tomorrow for certain. 

One more time: We are on the top deck of the Capital Commons Parking Garage, 
downtown Concord, 6- 7:30 pm. Access is on Storrs Street, 1 block east of Main 
Street near Pleasant Street. We face the plaza with Market Basket. Drive to the 
top - no fees, no gates, no fuss. 


News flash - I just heard from Zeke and he will be reporting a good count for 
today. 


We will be back for more tomorrow. 

Rob Woodward 
Concord, NH 

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Subject: red-breasted nuthatch
From: Anne Hadshi <annehadshi AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:33:10 -0400
This is the first time in 5 years that I see a red-breasted nuthatch on my
suet. A welcome addition to the birds in my yard.

Anne H.
Concord

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Subject: Nighthawks Plymouth
From: "'Judy Detzel' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:47:05 -0400
Nice flock 50-75 over the athletic fields at Plymouth state right now.
Judy Detzel

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Subject: Re: 485 Nighthawks - Concord
From: "'Linda Kornfeld' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:38:58 -0400
Quick question: does the concord nighthawk watch occur evenif it is raining?

Incidentally, I have also seen much more hummingbird activity recently.  

Thanks,
Linda 
Manchester 

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> On Aug 24, 2016, at 8:26 PM, rwoodward30 AT comcast.net wrote:
> 
> 
> This date is statistically the peak day for nighthawks here. But this total 
seems low for the peak so I believe it will be tomorrow. Today winds were out 
of the west, southwest and almost all birds were flying north. Why north on a 
southbound migration? How does the snowplow driver get to work in the morning? 
Some questions will never be answered. If we could attach satellite 
transmitters to these birds we could begin to answer these questions. 

> 
> Free bird feeders! I cleaned out my basement a few months ago and turned up 3 
tube feeders, perfectly good. Free to the first claimant. Take one - take them 
all. 

> 
> Tomorrow night is Hawaiian Night. This is the annual festival where Zeke and 
I wear our finest Hawaiian shirt. Lady visitors are encouraged to don grass 
hula skirts. I think asking you to wear bikini tops made of coconut shells is 
going a little too far. 

> 
> The forecast is for nighthawks to exceed 500 tomorrow.  Aloha.
> 
> 
> Rob Woodward
> Concord, NH
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Subject: Re: Hummingbird feeding
From: "Linda M. Charron" <clinda912 AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:15:51 -0400
I usually leave mine out until the last possible moment. We'll notice 
when the visits get fewer and fewer. If no birds come for a day, I will 
take it down. 

Linda Charron
New Boston, NH
Cell: (603) 470-7037

On Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:40:49 +0000, Jane Rice  wrote:

        
 
Question asked by my neighbor, who is leaving for the season 9/7. Leave 
hummingbird feeders out till the last possible moment, or bring in 
prior so the birds will have time to adjust? I thought most residents 
and migrants would be gone by then anyway, but would like to hear some 
input from the group. 
 
Jane Rice
 
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Subject: Stilt Sandpiper - Rochester WTP 8/22
From: Susan Wrisley <swrisley13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:46:01 -0400
While reviewing my photos from the Rochester WTP from 8/22, I realized I
had gotten some photos of the juvenile Stilt Sandpiper that Jason found.
It was hunkered down by a rock, probably due to the high winds that day.  I
had a feeling it might be easy to miss among all the yellowlegs, so I took
photos of as many birds as I could.  I just got around to reviewing the
photos today, and it turns out my strategy was a success!!!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127183139 AT N08/28938232890/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127183139 AT N08/29118020452/in/dateposted-public/

Susan Wrisley, Hollis, NH

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Subject: Baird's Sandpiper in Rye
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:11:45 -0400
Bob Crowley just texted me to report that the Baird's Sandpiper 
continues in the pond located off Marsh Road in Rye.  Close to the road.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: scarlet tanager - Concord
From: Anne Hadshi <annehadshi AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:23:19 -0400
There is a scarlet tanager hanging out in my neck of the woods. Today, he
looked in full changing mode: the black on the wings is normal, but his
body is red with green splotches...He still looks bright enough to be
recognized in flight though!

Anne H.
Concord

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Subject: Hummingbird feeding
From: Jane Rice <moultnews AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:40:49 +0000

Question asked by my neighbor, who is leaving for the season 9/7. Leave 
hummingbird feeders out till the last possible moment, or bring in prior so the 
birds will have time to adjust? I thought most residents and migrants would be 
gone by then anyway, but would like to hear some input from the group. 


Jane Rice

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Subject: Re: RT Hummingbirds in Litchfield
From: "Linda M. Charron" <clinda912 AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:34:18 -0400
I too have had increased action at the HB feeder. I have had 2 coming 
all summer but in the last 2 weeks or so I have 4 or 5 sometimes 
zooming all around the yard even see them perching in my plum tree. 
Love them!

Linda Charron
New Boston, NH

On Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:54:41 +0000, Jonathan Smith  wrote:

       Hello all, I have a question/observation I find unusual but not 
sure if it really is. I have had my hummingbird feeders up all year 
with almost no sight of them except for the first couple days of having 
them out. In the last week or so with no changing of habits on my end, 
there is a near constant flow of at least 3 or 4 at all times of the 
day. Could it be the heat is killing sources of food? Maybe someone 
nearby stopped feeding them? I'm glad to see them constantly but kinda 
confused as to why all of the sudden this late in the year. Thanks, 
Jonathan
 
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Subject: RT Hummingbirds in Litchfield
From: Jonathan Smith <jksmith69 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:54:41 +0000
Hello all, I have a question/observation I find unusual but not sure if it 
really is. I have had my hummingbird feeders up all year with almost no sight 
of them except for the first couple days of having them out. In the last week 
or so with no changing of habits on my end, there is a near constant flow of at 
least 3 or 4 at all times of the day. Could it be the heat is killing sources 
of food? Maybe someone nearby stopped feeding them? I'm glad to see them 
constantly but kinda confused as to why all of the sudden this late in the 
year. Thanks, Jonathan 


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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Exeter WTP
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:57:06 -0400
Yesterday at around 5:50pm, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper dropped down onto one
of the dikes at the Exeter WTP. It stayed for less than a minute, just long
enough for a couple ID shots before flying off to the south and out of
sight.

http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist/S31236566

I'm wondering what the Exeter River above the dam looks like as of late.
With the dam in the process of being removed, last I saw, the river bed was
almost totally exposed. As the Squamscot River below the dam tends to
attract shorebirds on the exposed banks, it could be that the drawn-down
Exeter River appears just as attractive. Gilman Park and the confluence of
the Little and Exeter Rivers may be a place to look.

Scott Heron
Kingston, NH

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Subject: Nighthawk Invasion - Newport/Sunapee
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:51:23 -0400
The Nighthawks have certainly arrived in my neck of the woods. After a brief 
and disappointing warbler walk after work, I began making my way home from 
Webb's Forest in Sunapee when I spotted a Nighthawk over the fields at Trask 
Brook Road. There were a total of six flying over the brook south of the bridge 
along the road. 


Afterwards, I had to run an errand in Newport. On my way home I spotted an 
enormous flock of birds in the air off of Sunapee Street north of the Richard's 
School. I was able to get right underneath this cloud of Nighthawks at the 
intersections of Beech and Winter Street. I estimated the entire group at 
around 400 birds, but this is far from an accurate estimate. It seemed like 
more birds moved in from the east as others seemed to move from the group and 
move southwest so it was really hard to tell exactly how many birds there were. 
It's likely much more than 400. Either way it was by far the biggest and most 
impressive showing of Nighthawks I've ever seen. 

My father, as well as other long time locals, tell me that Nighthawks were 
abundant over Main Street Newport throughout the summer and nested on the 
rooftops around town. Unfortunately, those days are gone, but it's nice to see 
some kind of glimpse of the past. 

Photos of the flock:
https://flic.kr/p/LkNdDw
https://flic.kr/p/LkNdDG

When I finally got back home I noticed even more Nighthawks to the north of my 
apartment. I estimated the group to be around a dozen birds, but it was hard to 
count them as they were partially obscured by the trees between us. These birds 
looked to be feeding above the marshy section of the Sugar River east of 
Sleeper Road along Route 11 in Sunapee. 


It's amazing to see what a difference a night makes. Last night I saw only one 
bird flying over Route 11 in east Newport. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: 485 Nighthawks - Concord
From: rwoodward30 AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:26:42 +0000 (UTC)
This date is statistically the peak day for nighthawks here. But this total 
seems low for the peak so I believe it will be tomorrow. Today winds were out 
of the west, southwest and almost all birds were flying north. Why north on a 
southbound migration? How does the snowplow driver get to work in the morning? 
Some questions will never be answered. If we could attach satellite 
transmitters to these birds we could begin to answer these questions. 


Free bird feeders! I cleaned out my basement a few months ago and turned up 3 
tube feeders, perfectly good. Free to the first claimant. Take one - take them 
all. 


Tomorrow night is Hawaiian Night. This is the annual festival where Zeke and I 
wear our finest Hawaiian shirt. Lady visitors are encouraged to don grass hula 
skirts. I think asking you to wear bikini tops made of coconut shells is going 
a little too far. 


The forecast is for nighthawks to exceed 500 tomorrow. Aloha. 


Rob Woodward 
Concord, NH 

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Subject: Not so many nighthawks in Nashua
From: Jeanne-Marie Maher <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:48:23 -0400
Though only my second evening at this (this year) I have only been able to find 
Nighthawks in the single digits to date. 

Last week had 4 fly over the high street parking garage. Tonight a whopping 7 
(plus one at home just up the road going north to south) but they came at 
various hours and went west- east, south - north, east - west , never saw more 
than 2 at a time. Hopefully more will arrive soon . Anyone want to help out? 


Jeanne-Marie

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Subject: Night Hawks Ashland
From: k chamberlin <kchamberlin07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:28:57 -0400
Just got home from up north. 7:00PM. There are presently in Ashland
hundreds of Night Hawks flying all around town!!
Keith and Kris
Ashland

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Subject: Wednesday a.m. whale watch (Granite State)--peep migration
From: Cliff Otto <bye.bye.nh.birdy AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:19:43 -0400
Went on the Granite State for their morning whale watch today--5 Humpbacks
(including one active calf) and three Minkes but a complete absence of
shearwaters and storm-petrels and not many gulls. We started out north of
the Isles of Shoals, then headed south.

On the way back, 50 minutes from the time when speed was cut back to enter
ye Harbor, I saw about a half dozen peeps fly very low past the bow of the
boat heading towards, They had a light gray back and I saw some white, so
my thought was Sanderlings. When I told the naturalist, Melanie, about the
sighting, you said she saw it also and her thought was Sanderlings. That is
the first time I have seen migrating shorebirds that far out.

Cliff Otto
Manchester

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Subject: Baird's Sandpiper
From: Charlie Nims <charlie.nims AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:53:24 -0400
Yesterday, I went down to the NH coast from the (not so far) North Country to 
look for some of the neat birds being reported in Rockingham County. I 
initially stopped at the Rochester WTP, looking for the reported Stilt 
Sandpiper but had no luck although Alan Murray had it earlier in the a.m. There 
were, however, seven shorebird species which was good. The second stop was for 
the Lark Bunting at the Exeter WTP but once again, dipped. My highlights there 
were a Ruddy Duck as well as a mangled Mink (saw 2 at same time) devouring a 
dead gull. 


Once I hit the coastal area, I was able to get on a couple of the 
Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Worthley Pond thanks to the property owner, 
Bill, who invited me on to his property and pointed out where they normally 
hang out. I quickly found two roosting birds. 


Unfortunately, between the 2 hour drive down along with the WTP stops, I got to 
the coast at a bad time as it was high tide so missed out on any chance at the 
Red Knots reported at Hampton Harbor. Along the way up the coast, I was able to 
get a reasonable number of shorebird species but nothing out of the ordinary. 


A bit after 5 p.m., my final planned stop was at Concord Point to look for the 
reported Baird’s Sandpiper. After ~30 minutes of searching with no luck, I 
called it a day and started heading to Bartlett using Marsh Rd. As I came by 
Marsh Pond, I saw a lot of shorebirds so could not resist stopping. It was 
worth it! Right near the road, there was a mixed flock of peeps (primarily 
Semi-palmated Sandpipers) but while I had proximity in my favor, the area was 
covered in shadows. Regardless, I was able to find a good candidate for 
Baird’s Sandpiper which had all the appropriate field marks. I took a bunch 
of pictures which were not great but good enough for ID. Just to double check, 
I ran them by Steve M. who corroborated my ID. Pictures are posted to eBird. 


After that fortuitous stop the two hour drive home was easy ;>)

Charlie Nims
Bartlett, NH

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Subject: probable Redhead, World End Pond
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:03:46 -0400
Last night Amanda and I were sitting on World End Pond and as the sun
dipped below the treeline we had lots of birds in the air.  Wood Ducks
zipping through the swifts on their typical northeast route, shorebirds
taking off and heading south (including 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Pectoral,
20ish Least and scattered Killdeer), and one oddball duck flying directly
south...

I noted an aythya sp. flying by in less than ideal lighting but was able to
get Amanda on it. Amanda and I both individually ID'd it as a possible
Redhead and I tried to take a few photos. After careful scrutiny and
looking at the photos, all things seem to point to a non-breeding plumage
male Redhead.

Additional details and some crappy photos on this checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist/S31218428

I am not sure whether or not the bird lifted off from the pond or not, but
if you're over there be on the lookout!


Amanda Altena & Kyle Wilmarth
Plaistow, NH

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Subject: 278 Nighthawks - Concord
From: rwoodward30 AT comcast.net
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 01:17:50 +0000 (UTC)
Back into triple digits after a few low counts, including none yesterday, 
thanks to strong NW winds. Did I mention that the best weather for fall 
nighthawk migration is with SOUTHWEST winds (like I do every year)? I'll get to 
that. Tonight we had a couple who needed nighthawk for their life list. Zeke 
and I looked at each other and mouthed the words "How easy can it get?" We 
promised we would try our best (how do you spell "sure thing"?) Within minutes 
the check mark was in the box. For good measure birds flew directly overhead, 
with pink blush from the setting sun. 


Then "Roxy" pulled up in a hot red convertible sports car. (Not her real name.) 
But I mean smoking red hot. (People - I mean her car!) She was there to take 
pictures. (No, not of Zeke and me.) She offered to light our cigars but we 
don't smoke! "Lady, we're bird watchers!" In a cloud of burning rubber she was 
gone. 


We are expecting increasing numbers of nighthawks as the week goes on. Why? 
SOUTHWEST winds. Nighthawk flights are best on nights with SOUTHWEST winds. If 
you remember just one thing I tell you every year it is that nighthawks like 
SOUTHWEST winds. Why? The same reason Hawaii has interstate highways - who 
knows why. Speculate. I do every year. We just count them - by the hundreds. 
The peak is coming. 



Rob Woodward 
Concord, NH 

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Subject: Cape May, Wilson's Warblers & Other Migrants - Lake Sunapee
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:47:56 -0400
I spent the majority of my work day doing quick jobs at several lakeside 
residences on Lake Sunapee. I began my day in Sunapee and worked my way south 
into Newbury. Throughout the day I was able to find an array of birds including 
some notable migrants. The following are the highlights: 


Common Merganser 6: The first adults I've seen on the lake since the spring. 
These birds were resting on a dock not far from shore off a private residence 
on Woodland Road in Sunapee. 


LEAST FLYCATCHER 2: Both seen at the same Woodland Road residence. Both birds 
were seen foraging throughout the treetops over the property's tennis courts. 
This is the first time I've seen this species on the lake. 


Baltimore Oriole 1: An unexpected but welcome find in the forest along Bowles 
Road in Newbury. 


CAPE MAY WARBLER 1: Female. This bird appeared in the canopy right over my head 
at the same location on Bowles Road. Provided excellent views and I was able to 
manage one poor documentation shot. This is my first female Cape May and my 
second of this species this fall. 

https://flic.kr/p/KwqLSr

After work, I took a stroll around the area outside Webb's Forest in Sunapee. 
Things were fairly quiet but a few notable birds still made an appearance: 


Eastern Wood-Pewee 1: This bird was seen catching insects from a perch on some 
electric fence around the pasture at Harding Hill Farm. A peculiar spot indeed 
for this species. 


WILSON'S WARBLER 1: The day's second notable migrant species also came in the 
form of a female specimen. This bird was found foraging through dense low Alder 
thickets alongside two male Black-throated Blue Warblers. 


A lot of juvenile birds were found throughout the day as well including Robins, 
Catbirds, Hermit Thrush, Bluebirds, Phoebes, YB Sapsuckers, and Wild Turkey. 


It would appear as summer is behind us and migration is fully underway.

-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Lake Massabesic this morning
From: "'Jenna Pettipas' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:20:14 +0000 (UTC)
I took a walk on the waterworks trails in auburn (specifically fire road 41 and 
the Darcy Hart memorial bike trail). Most of the activity was on the bike trail 
- the swamp is so low you can walk across the lake.  Below is a list of the 
birds. 

1 Bald Eagleheard 2 loons calling2 Red-Shouldered Hawks (both seen and heard 
calling to each other)         video of 
calling https://flic.kr/p/L2x7fA1 Green Heron2 Kingfishers4 Pileated 
Woodpeckersthe usual chickadees, White-breasted nuthatches, tufted titmice, 
phoebe, common yellowthroat, bluejays...1 partially luecistic Catbird1 
flycatcher - not sure which it never vocalizeda warbling vireo - singinga 
red-eyed vireo - singinga couple of Spotted Sandpipers 

 Photo album from the walk.. https://flic.kr/s/aHskFeU8Tf

Jenna PettipasAuburn, NH

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Subject: Peregrine
From: dlv AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:11:24 +0000 (UTC)
Greetings, 
I was heading into work this morning and spotted a peregrine in the tree across 
from the hotel by Horseshoe Pond/Concord. I luckily was early and had my camera 
with me. I am guessing all the photos are of the same falcon. I took some shots 
across from the hotel parking lot. I looked down at my camera and then it was 
gone and I was getting ready to leave and spotted a falcon in a tree across 
from the medical building near the pond. 


https://www.flickr.com/gp/34155736 AT N07/vo02zD 

Debbie/Boscawen 

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Subject: Large Seacoast Egret Roost
From: Steve Bennett <sbennett999 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:40:50 -0400
If you have been reading the posts on this site recently you probably are
aware of the large numbers of Great Egrets & Snowy Egrets that have been
hanging out in the marshes around the seacoast. For the past 2 evenings
(Sunday & Monday) I think I have found where they all spend the night ...

on Leach's Island in New Castle, along the back-channel of Sagamore Creek.

Sunday evening at about 7PM I was scanning Sagamore Creek from the kayak
launch on Goat Island (Rte-1B) when I discovered the trees along the back
side of the island were dripping with white dots that turned out to
be dozens upon dozens of Egrets.

I went back Monday night, although not until 8PM, and even in the low light
I could see a significant number of Egrets in the trees.

Steve Bennett, Portsmouth, NH

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Subject: Lots of birds but IDing is an issue lately
From: Joshua Jarvis <menasor77 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 03:28:52 -0400
I have seen alot of birds the last two weeks in Richmond. The wild cherries
are ripe and the birds are swarming them. It's tough to pick the less
common birds out of the flocks of waxwings and robins. But the bir problem
I have is so many have atypical plumage I am having trouble IDing them with
confidence.

The saturday before last their was a female rose breasted grosbeak and a
female scarlet tanager among the flocks of waxwings and robins.

Two days ago on Saturday their was what looked like a female scarlet
tanager only neon yellow.


https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/s240x240/14095735_1178050652266288_1732846736544506617_n.jpg?oh=7d3ccba91a10048c0cf0120aeb36c3d4&oe=5810CCDA 


Some twitchy little flycatcher with yellow on its wings

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14064254_1178048972266456_4099749649939011146_n.jpg?oh=60a414bf42288f2c6193d5cfcf9ef0a3&oe=585AAE0F 



A Yellow Shafted Flicker
blue jays,
And f course the waxwings and robins.

I also seen a Merlin in Keene.

Yesterday (Sunday) I seen a whole bunch of oddballs I have trouble IDing
among the waxwings.

A finch or sparrow I cannot quite identify, Strange slightly yellowish
case, slight eyebrows, and dark collar.


https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14100367_1178054522265901_7784852464504438848_n.jpg?oh=e7987e3f3c22d93c38d99239c82a9632&oe=584191B4 



The fact this is a belly shot is throwing off my ID skills

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14045751_1178055768932443_8439097699121274849_n.jpg?oh=06322a9f7f4087adc20a15ca82d478c4&oe=583CD8B6 


A warbling vireo maybe? Very nondescript coloration


https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14045586_1178056078932412_7157057316300375384_n.jpg?oh=7bb8a3337a01f18e73a19d90398dfdb7&oe=58468772 


I am tempted to say Black Throated Green Warbler but the plumage does not
match well.

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14064177_1178056865599000_4922877109935732832_n.jpg?oh=e22f5aa926efe02580072237aae4f482&oe=585DA9BF 


Another one messing me up with a belly shot. A ficnh or grossbeak, The
belly stripes and wing spots make me think female Rose Breasted Grisbeak. I
wish I got a good look at this one when taking his picture so I could judge
the size. (just saw the bird, zoomed in and took a shot, then it was gone
before I can get a good look at it)

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14079862_1178059925598694_4089017378562159571_n.jpg?oh=2b7e2d3f9305b05dcf91157e461c9763&oe=585EB079 


The poor lighting and belly shot keeps me from IDing this warbler

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14068210_1178060552265298_2168584479137817534_n.jpg?oh=086136dd509e07cbeaa80b98d6617a2f&oe=585AA514 



I assume this is a baltimore oriole but the plumage doesn't quite match the
coloration for male, female, or juvenile in my field guide,


https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14054035_1178061585598528_1545124321749293446_n.jpg?oh=84f8c9094b6726a8b399b00f8325e482&oe=58428E90 


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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, August 22, 2016
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 22:51:01 -0400
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 22nd, 
2016.



A LARK SPARROW was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 
20th    and 21st, and 1 was seen at the Trails at Pickering Ponds in 
Rochester on August 21st.



7 CASPIAN TERNS were seen along the coast on August 20th.



A FORSTER’S TERN and a WHIMBREL were seen in Hampton Harbor on August 15th, 
and 4 RED KNOTS were seen here on the 20th.



2 STILT SANDPIPERS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on 
August 19th. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are 
7:30-3:00 on weekdays. If you visit, please check in at the office and be 
out of the plant by 2:45 so that plant personnel do not have to ask birders 
to leave. Do not drive on the dikes and do not block the road. The Trails at 
Pickering Ponds, located east of the plant, are not gated, and are always 
open during daylight hours.



A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at Concord Point in Rye on August 17th, 20th, 
and 21st.



A WESTERN SANDPIPER and 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen in Hampton Marsh 
on August 17th.



4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 7 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 6 VIRGINIA RAILS, and a 
BLUE-WINGED TEAL were reported from World End Pond in Salem on August 22nd.



5 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were seen in Orford on August 16th.



3 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen in Newmarket on August 20th and 21st.



A SANDHILL CRANE has been seen somewhat regularly in a hayfield along Route 
127 in West Hopkinton since July 19th and was last reported on August 20th. 
2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen here on the 11th and 15th, and a SANDHILL CRANE, 
presumably the same as one of the aforementioned birds, has also been seen 
several times at the nearby Elm Brook Park.



A birder on a whale watch cruise out of Rye Harbor reported a MANX 
SHEARWATER, a GREAT SHEARWATER, and 6 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS, on August 
21st.



A BLACK GUILLEMOT was seen off the coast of Rye on August 20th.



An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen south of Odiorne Point State Park in 
Rye in the marsh located on the west side of Route 1A, on August 7th, 8th, 
12th, and 17th.



6 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen along the coast, and 1 was seen at 
the Durham Town Landing, all on August 20th.



10 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen along the coast on August 21st.



3 GLOSSY IBIS were seen flying over coastal Seabrook on August 21st.



A GREAT EGRET has been seen several times in Concord during the past week, 
and 115 GREAT EGRETS were seen in Hampton Harbor on August 21st.



3 LAUGHING GULLS were seen in coastal Rye on August 17th.



A female CANVASBACK was reported from the Wilder Dam area on the Connecticut 
River on August 16th.



A RUDDY DUCK was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 
10th, has been seen several times since then, and was last reported on the 
21st.



2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen in Concord during the past week, and 1 was 
seen in Rochester on August 21st.



An adult male NORTHERN HARRIER was seen at Storrs Hill in Lebanon on August 
21st.



2 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were seen in Rumney on August 22nd.



An ORCHARD ORIOLE and a possible female SUMMER TANAGER were seen at the 
Trails at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on August 21st.



21 FISH CROWS were seen near the McDonalds restaurant in West Ossipee on 
August 21st.



COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen migrating during the past week. High counts were 
seen in Concord with 173 seen on August 18th, and 134 on the 20th.



There was an unconfirmed sighting of a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT in Rye on August 
21st.



This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and 
press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any 
interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the 
recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail at: 
birdsetc AT nhaudubon.org. Please put either "bird sighting" or "Rare Bird 
Alert" in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and 
phone number. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon 
web site, www.nhaudubon.org


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Subject: Lyme Double-creasted Cormorant
From: "'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 02:41:16 +0000 (UTC)
Seen this afternoon at Post Pond about 2:30. It was standing on the stern of a 
moored sailboat. This species at Post Pond is a first for me. 

Blake Allison
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Subject: Raptor Rescue - Broad-winged Hawk, Rt 101 Hampton
From: Susan Wrisley <swrisley13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 22:24:37 -0400
While on the way to Seabrook to meet Steve Bennett and search for elusive
Red Knots (3rd try), Jenna Pettipas and I came upon a hawk in distress in
the eastbound travel lane of 101, just past Landing Road.  It was on its
back and flapping one wing, unable to get up.  We suspect a car strike.  A
large truck was heading its way, so I pulled over and Jenna ran to the
hawk.  She put her hat over it's talons (good thinking!) and wrapped it in
her thin jacket until I could get over to them with a more substantial
beach towel.  We wrapped the hawk in the towel and got back in my car.  I
called Steve to let him know what happened (no Red Knot today) and ask for
advice on where to take the hawk.  Steve called Chris Martin, who hooked us
up with raptor rebabber Jane Kelly at On the Wing in Epping.  We delivered
the hawk to her, however, just as we reached her front door, it became
alert and hopped out of the towel!  Jane, quickly caught the hawk, which
turned out to be a juvenile Broad-winged hawk.  We were in such a hurry to
wrap it up (for it's safety and ours) that we never had time to look at it
and determine what it was.  The hawk is in good hands now, and if it is
uninjured it will be released on Saturday (8/27) at a fund raising event at
the Smuttynose Brewing Company in Hampton, along with other rescued
Broad-winged Hawks and Barred Owls.  The hawks will be released at 3:30 and
the owls at 4:30.  The event is open to the public and is a fund raiser for
the On the Wing.  There is more information on Smuttynose's website if you
would like to attend.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127183139 AT N08/28881540930/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127183139 AT N08/29135531326/in/dateposted-public/

Good birding to all!

Susan Wrisley, Hollis NH
Jenna Pettipas, Auburn NH

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Subject: Presentation on Snowy Owls
From: Bruce Boyer <brumyster AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:13:23 -0400
The Monadnock Camera Club will host a presentation called "On Silent Wings: 
Magic of the Snowy Owl" by professional nature photographer Peter Christoph at 
the Jaffrey Civic Center on Sept. 15 at 7 PM. 



Bruce Boyer

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Subject: Laid-back Loons on Bow lake
From: Marie Harris <marie AT marieharris.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:00:24 -0400
Sunday evening. 8 loons paddling/fishing very close to shore. I couldn't 
tell which were adults and which teenagers, but I was surprised by the 
number all in one place. (P.S. When I post something, do I initiate a 
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Subject: Re: Digest for nhbirds@googlegroups.com - 10 updates in 10 topics
From: Marie Harris <marie AT marieharris.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:57:35 -0400
Laid-back Loons in Bow Lake

Last evening 8 loons paddled very close to shore. Couldn't tell which 
were adult and which teenagers, but they gave us great, leisurely views.


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>   * Rumney Olive-sided Flycatchers <#group_thread_0> - 1 Update
>   * World End Pond this weekend <#group_thread_1> - 1 Update
>   * RB Nuthatches <#group_thread_2> - 1 Update
>   * Rochester - Lark Sparrow, Stilt Sandpiper <#group_thread_3> - 1
>     Update
>   * Nighthawks <#group_thread_4> - 1 Update
>   * Our first bat in years! <#group_thread_5> - 1 Update
>   * Whale-and-bird watching, 8/21 <#group_thread_6> - 1 Update
>   * Mississippi Kites in Newmarket - Baby fledges! <#group_thread_7> -
>     1 Update
>   * NH Coast today <#group_thread_8> - 1 Update
>   * Immature Bald Eagle - Goffstown <#group_thread_9> - 1 Update
>
> Rumney Olive-sided Flycatchers 
> 
 

>
> Jody Williams : Aug 22 02:55PM -0400
>
> Just watched two Olive-sided Flycatchers hawking from the tree tops by 
> the meadow. Two Eastern Phoebes gave a good reference comparison.
>
> An inch of rain fell overnight… nice.
>
> Have had a sudden number of Pearl Crescent sightings, and last week 
> there was a very fresh Monarch feeding on Joe-pye Weed. There have 
> been a good number of Atlantis Fritillaries, an Orange Sulphur and an 
> Eastern Tailed Blue.
>
> John R Williams
> Rumney
>
> Back to top <#digest_top>
> World End Pond this weekend 
> 
 

>
> Kyle Wilmarth : Aug 22 09:57AM -0400
>
> Spent some time on World End Pond this weekend - a couple of hours on
> Friday night and a few Saturday morning mainly looking for shorebirds. The
> water level is very low and while it is looking good for shorebirds, it is
> making it harder to get to those spots along the edges. Highlights 
> included:
>
>
> Blue-winged Teal - 1
> Bobolink - 3 at least but perhaps several more, my 2nd sighting for pond
> and still the ONLY place in Salem that I've had them......
> Pectoral Sandpiper - 4, far south west edge
> Lesser Yellowlegs - 7, my highest count for the pond, including one with a
> backwards knee joint - https://flic.kr/p/KqbnMo
> Greater Yellowlegs - 1
> Wilson's Snipe - 1
> Semipalmated Sandpiper - 1
> Solitary Sandpiper - 2, https://flic.kr/p/LfiTPT
> Least Sandpiper - 20
> Spotted Sandpiper - 4, https://flic.kr/p/Ln8kA6
> Killdeer - 18
> Virginia Rail - 6, https://flic.kr/p/KqbnHf
> Great Egret - 1
> Green Heron - 1
> Marsh Wren - 3
> Fish Crow - 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
>
>
> Kyle Wilmarth
> Plaistow, NH
>
> Back to top <#digest_top>
> RB Nuthatches 
> 
 

>
> "Rotberg, Robert" : Aug 22 03:59AM
>
> Not unusual, but lots of red breasted nuthatches and rose breasted 
> grosbeaks at a high elevation in Madison, near Albany, plus many 
> goldfinch, chickadees, juncos, turkey vultures, ravens, a red tailed 
> hawk, hairy woodpeckers, a pileated woodpecker, and many ruby throated 
> hummingbirds, competing. But no warblers. At a nearby lake, a spotted 
> sandpiper, patrolling.
>
> Robert Rotberg
> Madison
>
> Back to top <#digest_top>
> Rochester - Lark Sparrow, Stilt Sandpiper 
> 
 

>
> Rebecca : Aug 22 01:29AM
>
> We birded Pickering Ponds in Rochester this morning and had lots of 
> activity. There were good numbers of shorebirds at both Pickering and 
> the adjacent waste water treatment plant and numbers below are a total 
> from both locations. We also walked the Pickering Ponds trail along 
> the river which had several very birdy spots. Overall a nice 
> assortment of birds with 61 species.
>
> Highlights
> LARK SPARROW - a remarkable surprise on the Pickering Ponds trail 
> along the river, an unusual habitat for this species
> STILT SANDPIPER - at the treatment plant, probably one of the two 
> birds found by Jason Lambert
> Orchard Oriole 1 along the trail by the river
> Solitary Sandpiper 4
> Lesser Yellowlegs 11
> Greater Yellowlegs 5
> Spotted Sandpiper 19
> Semipalmated Sandpiper 4
> Least Sandpiper 100
> Killdeer 11
> Peregrine Falcon 1
>
> Possible Summer Tanager female. I heard at pit-tucky like call and saw 
> a female tanager but did not pay close enough attention to the bill at 
> fist look and couldn't relocate it.
>
> Becky Suomala, Chichester
> Zeke Cornell, Bow
>
> Back to top <#digest_top>
> Nighthawks 
> 
 

>
> Brian Reilly : Aug 21 08:19PM -0400
>
> 54 Nighthawks flying south this evening over my backyard (parallel 
> with the Ashuelot River). Unfortunately my observation time was only 5 
> minutes. I’ll try to do a better job tomorrow evening.
>
> Back to top <#digest_top>
> Our first bat in years! 
> 
 

>
> dagforsyth AT aol.com: Aug 21 07:58PM -0400
>
> It's not a bird but it is our first bat in years. They used to be so 
> numerous.
>
> Last week palm warblers at Whitefield Airport.
>
> Anne and David Forsyth
>
> Randolph, NH
>
> Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE 
> network.
>
> Back to top <#digest_top>
> Whale-and-bird watching, 8/21 
> 
 

>
> Jon Woolf : Aug 21 07:19PM -0400
>
> I went out with Granite State Whale Watch's morning run today, in
> search of... well, just a day of fun before I start my new job tomorrow.
>
> There were plenty of whales, and very close in: we never got out of
> sight of the Isles of Shoals. The stars of the show were 'Pinball'
> and her current calf, who swam all around the boat, sometimes within
> yards, and gave lots of great photo-ops. There were also a couple of
> other Humpbacks in the distance, and a pair of Fin Whales who
> surfaced almost alongside, showing their enormous size and odd
> coloring. Also Minke whales here and there, and a couple of pods of
> Harbor Porpoise.
>
> Birds, unfortunately, were rather scarce. Before we left, the
> harbor mudflats were populated by 20-30 Semipalmated Plovers and an
> equal number of peeps, plus a couple of Killdeer and the usual
> Double-crested Cormorants and Common Eiders. There was also a
> single rather worn-looking immature Common Loon in the harbor. There
> was a single Manx Shearwater early in the trip, somewhere near the
> Isles of Shoals; a single Great Shearwater while we were watching
> Pinball and calf, and a couple of immature Bonaparte's Gulls while we
> were headed back in, again near the Isles of Shoals. Half a dozen or
> so Wilson's Storm-petrels were scattered throughout the trip, mostly
> near the whales. I noticed a couple of migrating flocks of
> Double-crested Cormorants, including one well out at sea. I also
> noticed the absence of terns referred to by Steve Mirick, although
> Pete Reynolds said that he was still seeing terns out around the Isles.
>
> -- Jon Woolf
> Manchester, NH
>
> Back to top <#digest_top>
> Mississippi Kites in Newmarket - Baby fledges! 
> 
 

>
> Steve Mirick : Aug 21 07:02PM -0400
>
> Success again this year with the Mississippi Kites in Newmarket. The
> single chick in the nest on Huckin's Drive in Newmarket is now walking
> around outside of its nest on nearby branches and is likely big enough
> to fly. The "Birds of North America" states "Young move from nest to
> nearby limbs and back when about 25–30 d old; fly at 30–35 d". We first
> found the nest with a baby 29 days ago and at that time, I think the
> baby was recently hatched. So this baby is at least 29 days old, and
> perhaps a day or two or three older than that. It will likely disappear
> any day now along with it's parents.
>
> The baby was being fed at least one cicada today. And was a bit more
> cooperative for photos. Mid-afternoon lighting was miserable, but still
> some nice photos considering!
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/
>
> Steve & Jane Mirick
> Bradford, MA
>
> Back to top <#digest_top>
> NH Coast today 
> 
 

>
> Steve Mirick : Aug 21 06:50PM -0400
>
> A few highlights from today along the coast.
>
> Northern Gannet 4 Essentially one group of 4 off Little Boar's Head
> late in day. Mix of ages including apparent juvenile.
> Double-crested Cormorant 365 MIGRATING SOUTH in about 19 flocks.
> Mostly small groups. Largest of 51.
> Great Egret 115 SINGLE POINT COUNT from Yankee Fisherman's Coop of
> birds on flats and birds in salt marsh.
> Black-crowned Night-Heron 10 Scattered. About 1/2 of them juveniles.
> Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 3 Two on Worthely pond. One in Seabrook
> Route 1A roost.
> Glossy Ibis 3 Flying overhead at Worthely Road.
> Killdeer 5 Flock of 5 possibly migrating.
> Red Knot 3 At least 3 juveniles continue in Hampton harbor.
> Baird's Sandpiper 1 Juvenile continues south of Concord Point.
> Least Sandpiper 235 Careful count of birds (mostly juveniles) in
> Marsh Road Pond in Rye as the pond slowly dries up. With about 20
> Semipalmated Sandpipers.
> Lesser Yellowlegs 9 Single flock migrating.
> Bonaparte's Gull 99 Mostly in Hampton harbor and along shoreline at
> Seal Rocks. A few juveniles. Nothing unusual mixed in.
> Laughing Gull 1 Juvenile in Hampton harbor.
> Common Tern 10 Only 10 seen in Hampton harbor. NO OTHER TERNS SEEN
> ANYWHERE ALONG COAST despite several searches. Common and Roseate Terns
> appear to have cleared out of New Hampshire!
>
> Steve & Jane Mirick
> Bradford, MA
>
> Back to top <#digest_top>
> Immature Bald Eagle - Goffstown 
> 
 

>
> "George Fullerton" : Aug 21 05:12PM -0400
>
> Seen feeding on dead skunk on High Street approximately 1/4 mile from 
> Goffstown center. Flew up from skunk to a nearby tree as I approached 
> in my car.
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Subject: Rumney Olive-sided Flycatchers
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:55:28 -0400
Just watched two Olive-sided Flycatchers hawking from the tree tops by the 
meadow. Two Eastern Phoebes gave a good reference comparison. 


An inch of rain fell overnight… nice.

Have had a sudden number of Pearl Crescent sightings, and last week there was a 
very fresh Monarch feeding on Joe-pye Weed. There have been a good number of 
Atlantis Fritillaries, an Orange Sulphur and an Eastern Tailed Blue. 


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Subject: World End Pond this weekend
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:57:19 -0400
Spent some time on World End Pond this weekend - a couple of hours on
Friday night and a few Saturday morning mainly looking for shorebirds. The
water level is very low and while it is looking good for shorebirds, it is
making it harder to get to those spots along the edges. Highlights included:


Blue-winged Teal - 1
Bobolink - 3 at least but perhaps several more, my 2nd sighting for pond
and still the ONLY place in Salem that I've had them......
Pectoral Sandpiper - 4, far south west edge
Lesser Yellowlegs - 7, my highest count for the pond, including one with a
backwards knee joint - https://flic.kr/p/KqbnMo
Greater Yellowlegs - 1
Wilson's Snipe - 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 1
Solitary Sandpiper - 2, https://flic.kr/p/LfiTPT
Least Sandpiper - 20
Spotted Sandpiper - 4, https://flic.kr/p/Ln8kA6
Killdeer - 18
Virginia Rail - 6, https://flic.kr/p/KqbnHf
Great Egret - 1
Green Heron - 1
Marsh Wren - 3
Fish Crow - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1


Kyle Wilmarth
Plaistow, NH

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Subject: Re: RB Nuthatches
From: "Rotberg, Robert" <Robert_Rotberg AT hks.harvard.edu>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:59:17 +0000
Not unusual, but lots of red breasted nuthatches and rose breasted grosbeaks at 
a high elevation in Madison, near Albany, plus many goldfinch, chickadees, 
juncos, turkey vultures, ravens, a red tailed hawk, hairy woodpeckers, a 
pileated woodpecker, and many ruby throated hummingbirds, competing. But no 
warblers. At a nearby lake, a spotted sandpiper, patrolling. 


Robert Rotberg
Madison
> On Aug 21, 2016, at 11:12 AM, Tony Vazzano  wrote:
> 
> While on the way to the Freedom Town Forest and airstrip this morning to look 
for warblers (there were none), Bob Ridgely and I stopped at MacDonalds in West 
Ossipee to count Fish Crows. There were 21, by far the most either of us has 
ever seen here. 

> 
> One of them dropped something in a nearby parking lot from up high in the 
same manner that gulls drop mussel shells on rocks to break them open. It took 
a taste and then flew off as I walked over to investigate. It was a small, 
clear plastic container of ketchup that was undoubtedly sealed when the bird 
found it but was now broken open. 

> 
> Tony Vazzano
> Sandwich 
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Subject: Rochester - Lark Sparrow, Stilt Sandpiper
From: Rebecca <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 01:29:37 +0000 (UTC)
We birded Pickering Ponds in Rochester this morning and had lots of activity. 
There were good numbers of shorebirds at both Pickering and the adjacent waste 
water treatment plant and numbers below are a total from both locations. We 
also walked the Pickering Ponds trail along the river which had several very 
birdy spots. Overall a nice assortment of birds with 61 species. 


Highlights
LARK SPARROW - a remarkable surprise on the Pickering Ponds trail along the 
river, an unusual habitat for this species 

STILT SANDPIPER - at the treatment plant, probably one of the two birds found 
by Jason Lambert 

Orchard Oriole 1 along the trail by the river
Solitary Sandpiper 4
Lesser Yellowlegs 11
Greater Yellowlegs 5
Spotted Sandpiper 19
Semipalmated Sandpiper 4
Least Sandpiper 100
Killdeer 11
Peregrine Falcon 1

Possible Summer Tanager female. I heard at pit-tucky like call and saw a female 
tanager but did not pay close enough attention to the bill at fist look and 
couldn't relocate it. 


Becky Suomala, Chichester
Zeke Cornell, Bow 

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Subject: Nighthawks
From: Brian Reilly <reillybj AT ne.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:19:02 -0400
54 Nighthawks flying south this evening over my backyard (parallel with the 
Ashuelot River). Unfortunately my observation time was only 5 minutes. I’ll 
try to do a better job tomorrow evening. 


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