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Hoary Redpoll,©Tony Disley

29 Jan More Trask Brook Predatory Birds [Dylan Jackson ]
29 Jan Shrike continues [Dylan Jackson ]
29 Jan Gyrfalcon yesterday in Wells, ME [DENNIS ]
29 Jan Peregrine in Dover [Bill Kramer ]
29 Jan Siskins in Sunapee [Dylan Jackson ]
29 Jan January Highlights, Ashland [keith chamberlin ]
29 Jan Red tail v turkey ["Daniel M. Keefe" ]
28 Jan Superbowl of Birding - Veery Hawkward results - 67 species / 124 points [Kyle Wilmarth ]
28 Jan Cap. Chpt. FT - Winter North of the Notches [Stephanie Parkinson ]
28 Jan Robins ["'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" ]
28 Jan Blue Jay Way ["'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" ]
27 Jan Jan. 27 blizzard birds at the feeders, Epping []
27 Jan Blizzard Juno in Barrington []
27 Jan Danville Siskins [Chris Schott ]
27 Jan some pictures from the feeder today [Lisa Stolper ]
27 Jan epping coopers hawk, funny chickadee [Greg Tillman ]
27 Jan Northern Flicker and Pine Siskins still in Bedford [Carolyn Borkowski ]
27 Jan Exeter siskins ["Aaronian, Richard S." ]
27 Jan Walpole storm redpolls [Lisa Stolper ]
27 Jan Superbowl of Birding: Twitchers in the Rye ["Pam Hunt" ]
27 Jan Superbowl Results - The Grouse Whisperers [Ken Klapper ]
27 Jan Redpolls in Wolfeboro [wendy chatel ]
27 Jan Re: Epping fox sparrow at feeder [Susan Burns ]
27 Jan Juncos adaptation [Joel Huntress ]
27 Jan Gyrfalcon & Weather In perspective [Steve Mirick ]
27 Jan Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, January 26, 2015 ["Mark Suomala" ]
27 Jan Epping fox sparrow at feeder []
26 Jan Superbowl of Birding - Northern Flea Flickers - 86 species, 205 points [Lauren Kras ]
26 Jan RE: Shrike Continuing? ["Pam Hunt" ]
26 Jan Another Gyr photo [Iain Macleod ]
26 Jan Northern Pintail and pre-storm Bristol Birding ["'Stephen Whitney' via NHBirds" ]
26 Jan Black headed gull from south side of Great Boars Head, Hampton ["'Joann O'Shaughnessy' via NHBirds" ]
26 Jan Gyrfalcon photos [Iain MacLeod ]
26 Jan Redpolls [Carol McCluskey ]
26 Jan Gyr, yes Seabrook 1/26 [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
26 Jan Gyr, yes Seabrook 1/26 [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
26 Jan Gyr now [Iain Macleod ]
26 Jan Gyr [Iain Macleod ]
26 Jan Wilder Dam Bald Eagle Monday Morning ["'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" ]
26 Jan Gyr, Yes. Hampton 1/26 [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
26 Jan Gyr, Yes. Hampton 1/26 [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
26 Jan Gyrfalcon NOW [Iain Macleod ]
26 Jan Shrike Continuing? [Dylan Jackson ]
25 Jan More Bohemian Waxwings [Charlie Nims ]
26 Jan Gyrfalcon photos [Len Medlock ]
25 Jan Hampton Big Day - 54 Species (GYRFALCON, Black-headed Gull, Snowy Owl, etc) [Steve Mirick ]
25 Jan Flicker and Peregrine ["Dorsey, Kurk" ]
25 Jan Lyme Bald Eagle ["'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" ]
25 Jan Newfields bald eagle chase [Darin Franceschini ]
25 Jan Parker River NWR closed! [kyle ]
25 Jan today's Bald Eagle trip []
25 Jan Black-headed Gull update [Steve Mirick ]
25 Jan Black-headed Gull in Hampton [Steve Mirick ]
25 Jan 8 Evening Grosbeaks Franconia [Ginny Jeffryes ]
25 Jan Gyrfalcon in Hampton harbor [Steve Mirick ]
25 Jan Gyrfalcon in Hampton harbor [Steve Mirick ]
25 Jan Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XII - update 3 [David Larson ]
25 Jan Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XII - update 2 [David Larson ]
25 Jan Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XII - update 1 [David Larson ]
25 Jan Bluebirds in Derry [Fran Keenan ]
24 Jan Robins and Cedar Waxwings in Wolfeboro too. [wendy chatel ]
24 Jan Gray Jays and Redpolls in Jefferson [David Govatski ]
24 Jan Robins and Cedar Waxwings in Plymouth [David Govatski ]
24 Jan Winter Finches-Raymond []
24 Jan Bohemian Waxwings [Charlie Nims ]
24 Jan Chipping sparrow continues in Lee [Catherine Fisher ]
24 Jan Hermit Thrush and Common Redpoll in Penacook ["Pam Hunt" ]
24 Jan More on Gyrfalcon in Hampton [Steve Mirick ]
23 Jan Odds & Ends (Chipping Sparrows, Catbird, Turkey Vulture, etc.) [Steve Mirick ]
23 Jan Bohemian Waxwings - Waterville Valley [Steve Mirick ]
23 Jan Unidentified raptor DW Hghy near Rte 101 [Cliff Otto ]
23 Jan Purple Finch in New Durham [Dan and Dianne Monahan ]
23 Jan 1/23/14 Gyrfalcon Hampton Beach [Bird Watchers Supply & Gift ]
23 Jan Pied-billed grebe in Portsmouth ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
23 Jan Northern Flicker (photos) and Pine Siskins in Bedford [Carolyn Borkowski ]
22 Jan Concord Pine Siskins & Common Redpoll [Chris Johnson ]

Subject: More Trask Brook Predatory Birds
From: Dylan Jackson <jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:27:47 -0500
Tonight at around 7:45pm I saw I had a Facebook message from one of the 
property owners of the land around Trask Brook Rd in Sunapee. They said they 
had seen a Barred Owl along Route 103 on the electrical wires near the maple 
sugar shack by the veterinary clinic. I didn't read the message until an hour 
after he sent it, but it was the first intermission of the Bruins game so I 
thought "why not?" I drove up the road to the vet clinic and out and didn't see 
anything so I figured id drive up and down Trask Brook Rd for the heck of it. 
As I turned onto the road I saw the silhouette of a large bird fly up from the 
ground and land on the wires at the entrance of the road. I'm my headlights I 
could see it was definitely a Barred Owl and it sat there the entire time I was 
there (2-3 minutes) and remained there after I left. It didn't look like it had 
a catch so maybe a missed attempt? Between the Northern Shrike, Red-tailed 
Hawk, Barred Owl and even the Coyote I've seen here recently, I can say this 
isn't good real-estate for a small rodent. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee 

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Subject: Shrike continues
From: Dylan Jackson <jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:01:05 -0500
I saw the Northern Shrike shortly ago (4:25ish) that's been residing in the 
Wendell Flat/Trask Brook Rd area in Sunapee. It was perched in a tree near 
Route 103 outside the bowl area between Route 103 and the snowmobile trail. I 
saw it as I passed by in my work truck. Because I was still on the clock, I 
didn't get the chance to stop and get pictures. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Gyrfalcon yesterday in Wells, ME
From: DENNIS <d.skillman AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:44:39 +0000 (UTC)
Two posts from Maine regarding an immature Gyrfalcon. Summary: seen yesterday 
but not today. Maybe he will head back to NH soon. 





Subject: Gyrfalcon re-sighted in Wells 
Date: 28 Jan 
From: grabin AT roadrunner.com 
Donald Oakes has reported to York County Audubon's Facebook page that he 
"saw an Immature Gyrfalcon on the Wells Harbor Road at 2:30 pm today - 
we were right underneath it- what an amazing Raptor!" 

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Subject: Snowy Owl Wells Gyr NO 
Date: 29 Jan 
From: ravenwatcher AT gmail.com 
Snowy owl Mile Road at Billy's chowder looking south . No sign or word of 
Gyrfalcon 
Dan Nickerson 


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Subject: Peregrine in Dover
From: Bill Kramer <bill AT williamkramer.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:13:49 -0500
I saw a peregrine in Dover on the smokestack today, first time in a months.
I will try to snap a shot of it I had some great views today but no camera

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Subject: Siskins in Sunapee
From: Dylan Jackson <jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:48:18 -0500
Just found two Pine Siskin mixed with a flock of Chickadees and Titmice(?) on 
Garnet Hill Rd in Sunapee. They were at a property just near the Lake Sunapee 
Yacht Club. I saw them while I was working. Still digging out of this blizzard 
up here. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: January Highlights, Ashland
From: keith chamberlin <henryrocks2010 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:47:50 -0500
Greetings from the spillway on the Squam river in Ashland, near where we hang 
our feeders. First off we have had over a dozen Juncos (brown and grey) around 
our feeders. An increase from the usual 2 or 3 we have had the last 6 years. 
There are two resident song sparrows which have been joined by 2 or 3 White 
Throated Sparrows.https://www.flickr.com/photos/97678234 AT N07/16387065901/These 
WTSparrows have been showing up now for the last week (one is outside 
presently). Three cardinals have been quite regular as of late. Only one male 
scolding both females as they try to feed.We have had 3 Downy and 3 Hairy only 
1 male of each. 6 Tufted Titmice, 8 Chickadees, 3 WB Nuthatch and 6 Jays.One 
Brown creeper evades us with quick glimpses near the telephone poll.On Sunday 
the 25th a group of Pine Siskins showed up for a few minutes or so.On Monday 
the 26th a group of Common Redpolls came in with one Hoary for an hour and left 
when the "Zero Waste" food was gone.During the snowstorm on the 27th we had at 
least 30 Goldfinch with 10 House Finch. (Our usual count is 6 and 4). The storm 
gave us a spike in all species that day.Three Ravens were seen yesterday 
overhead. 3 crows come in the yard for bread. Several other crows from near by 
fly in to chase out any predators. 2 different Cooper Hawks were present most 
of the end of Dec. up until the last week. A Red tailed hawk was chased by a 
mob of crows overhead last week. And Today!A Hermit Thrush came into the yard 
for a few minutes and left with the general 
visitors.https://www.flickr.com/photos/97678234 AT N07/16208022340/Happy 
Birding!!!Keith and KrisAshland, NH 



 		 	   		  

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Subject: Red tail v turkey
From: "Daniel M. Keefe" <daniel.keefe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:24:32 -0500
Just watched a red tailed hawk try and take out one of our wild turkeys.
Must have been a miss, or a glancing blow as the turkey quickly exited for
the treeline as 30 or so of his relatives also scattered, calling quite
loudly. Took the hawk a few seconds to dig himself out of the snow before
heading off down the river. This heavy snowpack must make hunting a real
challenge. Amazing sight.

Dan

Durham, NH

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Subject: Superbowl of Birding - Veery Hawkward results - 67 species / 124 points
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:21:49 -0500
Our team, “Veery Hawkward” which consisted of Jeanne-Marie Maher, Amanda
Altena, Christopher McPherson, Scott Heron and myself had an awesome and
memorable day for our first go at the Superbowl of Birding. It was our
first time all birding as a unit and with our powers combined we tallied 67
species and 124 points.

We had a loose agenda for the day and focused our efforts to mainly NH
locations. As usual in events like this, pre-scouted birds were missed as
were several common birds, but reports from others in the field helped make
up for those with some awesome birds (GYRFALCON!, Black-headed Gull). It
was great seeing the NH birding community out in full force and a
congratulations to the Northern Flea Flickers who just absolutely killed it!

A nice photo by Scott at the end of the day just looking for one more
bird... https://flic.kr/p/pZDana

And of course, a big “Thank You!” to all the folks who contributed to NH
Audubon and Bird Records on our behalf of our team!


Full List
- - - - - - -
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Common Eider
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Wild Turkey
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Great Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Purple Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Black-headed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Snowy Owl
Downy Woodpecker
Peregrine Falcon
GYRFALCON
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Snow Bunting
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

on behalf of Veery Hawkward,

Kyle Wilmarth
Salem, NH

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Subject: Cap. Chpt. FT - Winter North of the Notches
From: Stephanie Parkinson <sparkinson AT sulloway.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:40:36 -0500
Saturday, February 7, 7:00 am (Snow Date Feb 8)
The winter of 2014-15 should be a good one for some of the irruptive winter 
finches, and even though they may wander downstate, a trip north also has the 
potential for boreal species such as Gray Jay, black-backed Woodpecker, and 
even Spruce Grouse. This trip will cover a sampling of good northern winter 
birding locales, possibly including Pondicherry and parts of Vermont's 
Northeast Kingdom. Dress warm and meet at the McLane Center at 7:00 a.m. We 
will stop for lunch somewhere up there and expect to be back in the late 
afternoon/early evening. For more information contact Pam Hunt at 753-9137 or 
biodiva AT myfairpoint.net. 




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Subject: Robins
From: "'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:08:11 +0000 (UTC)
Yesterday, at Tuck School of Business were 30+/- robins feeding on crab apples. 
Today, only 12 were on site. Blake Allison 

Lyme, NH 03768-3322

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Subject: Blue Jay Way
From: "'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:03:48 +0000 (UTC)
Today's snow event may have not been "historic" in its scope in the Upper 
Valley, but it was the catalyst for an historic blue jay event on Whipple Hill. 
At 11:00 this morning, 65 jays were tallied at the feeders! It has been a 
season of high blue jay counts. Records in the 30s are not unusual, and there 
have been counts in the 40s and 50s. Indeed, today's number may have been an 
under-count, blue jays being famously flighty. 

Blake AllisonLyme, NH 03768-3322

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Subject: Jan. 27 blizzard birds at the feeders, Epping
From: smbasile AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:26:46 +0000 (UTC)
A busy day at the feeders today. I  held off posting until dark when the last 
of the cardinals left the yard. 16 species of birds in no particular order: 

  
1 - fox sparrow 
2 - house sparrows; two females, (I remember having house sparrows only one 
other time) 

2 - pine siskins; my first time seeing these birds this season 
8 - American goldfinches 
6 - northern cardinals 
9 - blue jays 
4 - black-capped chickadees 
4 - tufted titmice 
11 - dark-eyed juncos 
2 - house finches; one female, one male 
3 - downy woodpeckers; two males, one female 
2 - hairy woodpeckers; one female, one male 
2 - white-breasted nuthatches 
1 - American crow 
1 - Carolina wren 
1 - American tree sparrow 
  
Happy birding! 
  
Siobhan Basile 
Epping 
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Subject: Blizzard Juno in Barrington
From: nhexactly AT metrocast.net
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:36:15 -0500
We haven't seen the Rusty Blackbirds for about month. But look who 
showed up in Blizzard Juno today!

Ralph and Deb Sanders, Barrington

https://flic.kr/p/q1Tgye

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Subject: Danville Siskins
From: Chris Schott <chris.j.schott AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:32:58 -0500
I continue to have very large flocks of Pine Siskins(20-30).  It has been
about 3 weeks.

Chris Schott

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Subject: some pictures from the feeder today
From: Lisa Stolper <lkstolper AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:29:06 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/131014695 AT N08/

Here are some pics  from Walpole!

Lisa Stolper

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Subject: epping coopers hawk, funny chickadee
From: Greg Tillman <gregtillman395 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:48:21 -0500
Lots and lots of traffic at the feeders today, high numbers most things,
and a purple finch back for the first time in a while.  no siskins, though,
and few goldfinches.

an adult coopers hawk came thru around 11am and riled everybody up.

and a cute chickadee with a partially white cap just stopped in.  haven't
seen it before.  Some bad pictures linked below.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/76637675 AT N05/16356332756/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/76637675 AT N05/16382309645/

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Subject: Northern Flicker and Pine Siskins still in Bedford
From: Carolyn Borkowski <cidermill AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:44:26 -0500
The male flicker has been visiting daily this past week, and again during the 
blizzard today. https://flic.kr/p/q1Dk2L  


The pine siskins have been back in force the past two days with in excess of 50 
birds at the nyjer and mixed seed feeders. 


I’m not sure how much of interest/value it is to the group to get frequent 
updates on both the flicker and the siskins, so will only update periodically 
on these two types of birds and their visits here. 


Carolyn Borkowski
Bedford, NH

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Subject: Exeter siskins
From: "Aaronian, Richard S." <raaronian AT exeter.edu>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:46:10 +0000
Pine Siskin (2) finally showed up at the feeders in the snow this morning. Have 
been looking for them amid a large (15-20) group of American Goldfinch for the 
past week. 



Rich Aaronian

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Subject: Walpole storm redpolls
From: Lisa Stolper <lkstolper AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:40:08 -0500
Delightful feeder watching this morning, with the usuals and not so usuals.

First time for common redpolls (4)!

Continuing pine siskins (6), mixed with usual goldfinches and
2 american tree sparrows.

Also:
Yellow bellied sapsucker
juncos
downy, hairy and red bellied woodpeckers
nuthatches (white and red breasted)
chickadees and titmice
bluejays

All doing there best to survive the storm!

Lisa Stolper
Walpole, NH

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Subject: Superbowl of Birding: Twitchers in the Rye
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:19:01 -0500
Time for another team report from Sunday's "Superbowl of Birding!"

 

The "Twitchers in the Rye," include Becky Suomala, Pat Myers, Andrea
Robbins, and myself, and in a significant departure from the other teams
operating in NH, we restrict ourselves entirely to the town of Rye. This can
be good and bad: god because we spend a LOT less time driving from one end
of rockingham County to the other, and bad because we obviously don't get as
many species and points as the teams that do. But we have fun, raise money
for "NH Bird Records," and have and awesome team name. We usually come in
last among NH teams, this year netting 59 species and 100 points -both
essentially at the mean for our seven attempts.

 

Our highlights this year were a Gray Catbird (as Lauren noted - on the
street where she and Ben live! :)), Red-shouldered Hawk (Central Cemetery -
where we've also had YB Sapsucker and Pine Warbler in the past - so always
worth a look), and Winter Wren (all three are 4 point birds). It was also
nice to find the continuing female Harlequin Duck at Concord Point (although
it took us two tries). Like the Northern Flea Flickers, a couple of us found
Red-throated Loons but couldn't get a third team member on them. We also had
a similar experience to the Flickers at Rye Harbor State Park, where I'm
sure a group of four people with scopes IGNORING the Snowy Owl on the
restroom room was perplexing to the Owl Paparazzi. 

 

We DID deviate from our usual Rye restriction when word got out about the
Gyrfalcon feeding on a Herring Gull in Seabrook - but we were only out of
Rye for 35-40 minutes and DIDN'T count it for our totals (we need to stick
to principles after all). 

 

Good birding to all,

Pam Hunt and the Twitchers

 

"The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed
the world."

      - Alexander von Humboldt

 

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Subject: Superbowl Results - The Grouse Whisperers
From: Ken Klapper <kklapper AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:41:38 -0500
The Grouse Whisperers (Katrina Fenton, Phil Brown, Cliff Seifer, and
myself) competed once again in the Superbowl of Birding on Jan 25, staying
within Rockingham County, NH.  Though nominally I was Captain, there really
was shared leadership with Katrina (four days of scouting, route planning,
and endless research) and Phil (a solid day of scouting, research,
route/road knowledge, and lots of experience via his captain-emeritus
status).  Cliff tied the team together with optimism, chocolatey snacks,
and some clutch birds we would have otherwise missed.

Our day was ultimately very good, coming up with 74 species worth a total
of 157 points - enough to obtain the Rockingham County Award at the end of
the day.  Many thanks to the Flea Flickers for doing so well that they
couldn't also win the county award :^) Five five-point species helped us
greatly (up from ZERO last year!), including bonus point birds Lincoln's
Sparrow at Great Bay Farm (we were the first team to call it in) and
Chipping Sparrow at Hayes Park in Exeter (where we converged with the
Monadnock Merlins and Northern Flea Flickers).

Notable sightings from the day:
Eurasian Wigeon - one of the Great Bay drakes found by the Flea Flickers,
very nice to see one for the year!
Hooded Merganser - clutch find by Cliff - a female on Great Bay, our only
one for the day - not sure where the others were
Pied-billed Grebe - a bird Phil found scouting the day before at the Marcy
St pumphouse area in Portsmouth
Turkey Vulture - 6 seen from the Winter Street roost in Exeter - later a
few misc birds soared around the Exeter area, I assume from the same group
Sharp-shinned Hawk - one flying over Rt 33 near the Greenland/Stratham
border
Cooper's Hawk - an immature bird, likely male based on size, raising heck
at the Hayes Park community in Exeter
Bald Eagle - at least 5 for the day (2 adults at Davis's meat pile, and at
least 2 adults and an immature around Hampton marshes)
Purple Sandpiper - one clutch bird tucked into the rocks at Concord Point
in Rye
Iceland Gull - sub-adult at the meat pile
Glaucous Gull - the usual adult, flying over the bath house, Hampton Harbor
Eastern Screech Owl - very nice whinneying bird at Great Bay Discovery
Center
Great Horned Owl - three hooting (territorial) birds: Lubberland Creek
Preserve area (actually calling from across the marsh); Great Bay Discovery
Center; Newington Rd, Newington
Snowy Owl - 'ole dependable at Ragged Neck
Belted Kingfisher - a near miss, but I managed to pick up one flying away
from us at Rye Harbor
Northern Flicker - another clutch find, this time by Katrina, Giles Rd,
Exeter
Horned Lark - a group of about 6 flying around Landing Rd Marsh, Hampton
Gray Catbird - another bird scouted by Phil - just off Route 1A in
Portsmouth
Snow Bunting - another group of about 6 flying over Hampton Marsh just
north of Rt 286 - settling into the little channels
Chipping Sparrow - one of the continuing bird at Hayes Park, Exeter -
enjoyed with the Merlins and Flickers (teams, not birds)
Lincoln's Sparrow - continuing bird at Great Bay Farm in Greenland
White-crowned Sparrow - 2 continuing birds at Great Bay Farm in Greenland.
Light was a bit too dim to make out subspecies
Swamp Sparrow - continuing (?) bird at Great Bay Farm in Greenland
Red-winged Blackbird - several coming to a feeder at Landing Rd, Hampton

Tough to Excruciating Misses:
Great Cormorant - easy to find on Wednesday, pretty tough on Sunday!
Northern Pintail - another scouted bird that didn't cooperate for us on
game day
Harlequin Duck - ditto
Great Blue Heron - ditto, despite several scouted locations
Alcids - none - seabirds were kind of sparse in the afternoon, and we had
limited ocean-watching time left because of.....
Gyrfalcon - nada.  A real kick in the pants this was.  Unfortunately we
heard about this when we were in Kingston, and held off just a little too
long.  I'd say a day late and a dollar short, but really more like 10
minutes late and a penny short :(  Unfortunately our prolonged searching
for her also sank our chances for getting the Black-headed Gull at the end
of the day.  For that matter - we had no falcons of any sort - they just
avoided our team the whole day.
Red-shouldered Hawk: The time we sunk into our search for the Gyr (1.5 hrs)
ate into other birding, causing a severe time crunch in the afternoon - we
didn't have time to search for the previously scouted/seen birds in
Rye/other locations
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 0 for 2 reported locations
Hermit Thrush - Ditto, even though we had at least three birds scouted
Cedar Waxwing - where were they today?
Common Yellowthroat - didn't see any indication of this bird scouting the
Forestry center Weds and returning after it was reported on game day
Purple Finch - despite a few enticing call notes - no solid ID on this
species, which is not around in big numbers this year (at the sea coast,
anyway)
Common Redpoll - no luck on this species despite the recent movement/wave
this week

Anyway, congratulations to the Northern Flea Flickers for their stupendous
day, and way to go raising conservation dollary Twitchers and Veery
Hawkwards!  Thanks also to the organizers/staff of MassAudubon/Joppa Flats,
the Parker River NWR HQ staff for hosting the awards dinner, Steve
Grinley/Birdwatcher's Supply and Gift, Zeiss, and all the other sponsors
and supporters of this wonderful event!

See you next year!

-Ken Klapper for the Grouse Whisperers
Sandwich, NH (and Nashua, Hancock, and Keene)

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Subject: Redpolls in Wolfeboro
From: wendy chatel <wendychatel AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:41:08 -0500
We have a large mixed flock of intrepid Goldfinches and Common Redpolls
battling the wind to empty the feeders.  Makes you wonder if the net result
is worth the energy.


Wendy Chatel
Wolfeboro

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Subject: Re: Epping fox sparrow at feeder
From: Susan Burns <dewittsker AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:16:17 -0500
7 bluebirds in my back yard

Sue Burns
Contoocook

> On Jan 26, 2015, at 11:10 PM, smbasile AT comcast.net wrote:
> 
> 
> I've had a fox sparrow showing up at the feeders almost every day, along with 
anywhere from 6 to 25 dark-eyed juncos and 8 cardinals. I first noticed the 
sparrow on January 14, but only recently was able to digiscope a pic out the 
back door. 

>  
> fox sparrow
>  
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/corvid01/16367956842/
>  
> northern cardinal
>  
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/corvid01/16182537409/
>  
>  
> Siobhan Basile
> Epping
> smbasile AT comcast.net
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Subject: Juncos adaptation
From: Joel Huntress <joelhuntress AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:33:04 -0500
juncos are taking seed from my tube feeders then to the snow covered deck
to eat the seed. First time I've witnessed this type of activity.

Siskins
Goldfinches
Chickadees
Tufted titmice
Juncos

Joel Huntress
Raymond, NH (formerly Newmarket)

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Subject: Gyrfalcon & Weather In perspective
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:25:17 -0500
A fascinating discussion of Gyrfalcons by Paul Roberts. Cross posted from 
Massbird. 


Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

Subject: Gyrfalcon & Weather In perspective
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 6:52 am
From: phawk254 AT comcast.net 
When looking unsuccessfully for the immature dark morph Gyrfalcon from NH/ME
I explained the situation to friends thusly. You are looking for one
individual bird the size of a large chicken in an area of roughly 100-200
square miles (considering where it had been seen previously). That bird can
spend a lot of time sitting down out of sight from cars, or it can be flying
distances of 50 or many more miles a day linearly without giving it a second
thought. What are the odds of seeing a ³chicken² in such circumstances?
Expectations have to be realistic, although people going to Seabrook/Hampton
the past two days have had incredible success in seeing the bird well.

What will the Blizzard of 2015 do to the bird? There is no way of knowing
for sure. Dark morph Gyrs are essentially limited to northern eastern
Canada. Seminal research by Kurt Burnham and Ian Newton published in 2011
described tagging Greenland Gyrs with satellite transmitters around 2004.
They collected data on 48 Gyrs from three different parts of Greenland. Gyr
populations in the Low Arctic and sub-Arctic are known to be non-migratory
or only partial migrants. For example, Gyrs breeding in Denali National Park
in Alaska essentially remain in the park all winter long. They just shift
their winter ranges a bit, generally reducing them in size. High Arctic
populations can migrate long distances. Perhaps the most interesting
discovery in their research was that a number of High Arctic Gyrs can
migrate up to 2000 miles or more to hunt and winter on sea ice. Winter home
ranges can be up to 25,000 sq miles! (Find a chicken in that!) Some Gyrs had
no winter home ranges, one traveling over 2800 miles continuously over 200
days. Burnham and Newton documented what are believed to be some of the
largest winter ranges ever recorded for any raptor.

Gyrs are tough. Incredibly tough. And they can move in truly Arctic
conditions. This is part of what makes them so impressive and so difficult
to find and see.
And so worth seeing.

I want to thank my friends who called or emailed me real time when they
discovered the bird the past two days, when I was tied up in meetings I
could not miss. (Gyrs seem to sense these things and exploit them!) Their
reports were incredible, and I am very grateful for them. One friend called
to tell me he was seeing the bird. He dropped the call quickly after telling
me the bird had just flown in to him close enough to touch. His mind
boggling photos show he was not exaggerating.

We know this bird can tough out wimpy weather like the Blizzard of 2015.
What we don¹t know is will it continue its pattern of moving perhaps several
dozen miles every 4-5 days, or is there enough good habitat and prey in
Hampton/Seabrook to keep it there for several weeks? We know it has a taste
for gulls, taking gulls again Sunday and Monday. I can only hope, and try
again when the roads are cleared. Opportunities like this are rare indeed.

Best,

Paul


Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA


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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, January 26, 2015
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:02:33 -0500
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 26th, 
2015.



A dark morph GYRFALCON was spotted in coastal Hampton on January 20th, and 
it was seen hunting and feeding in Hampton Harbor on the 25th and 26th.



A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Ragged Neck in Rye, and was last 
reported on January 26th.



A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Hampton Beach State Park or in coastal 
Seabrook and was last reported on January 25th.



A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered near the public boat launch 
at Adams Point in Durham on November 10th. It has been seen several times 
since then, and was last reported on January 21st.



A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Cottonstone Farm in Orford on January 
23rd.



A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on multiple days frequenting the Wendell Flat and 
Trask Brook Road area in Sunapee. It has been seen between the snowmobile 
trail and Route 103, close to the intersection of Depot Road. It was last 
reported on January 26th.



2 EURASIAN WIGEON and a REDHEAD were seen on Great Bay on January 25th.



A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen along the coast in Rye near Concord Point 
on January 25th.



A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen in Opehee Bay in Laconia on January 22nd.



A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, a GLAUCOUS GULL, an ICELAND GULL, and a GREAT 
CORMORANT were all seen on the Merrimack River in Manchester on January 
25th.



A pair of GADWALL was seen at Great Island Common in New Castle on January 
20th, and several NORTHERN PINTAILS were reported during the past week.



A RAZORBILL, a BLACK GUILLEMOT, and several PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen 
along the coast on January 25th.



A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen in Hampton Marsh near Tide Mill Road on January 
25th, and was relocated south of Great Boar’s Head in Hampton on the 26th.



A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in New Castle, and 2 were seen in 
Hampton Harbor, all on January 25th.



A GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen from the Seabrook side of 
Hampton Harbor, and an ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater 
Treatment Plant, all on January 25th.



A BLACK-LEGGED KITIWAKE was reported from Rye Harbor on January 19th.



2 PINE GROSBEAKS were seen on Chickwolnepy Road in Milan on January 21st.



A flock of 8 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Franconia on January 24th, and 
flock of 12 EVENING GROSBEAKS has been seen irregularly at a birdfeeder in 
Jefferson.



A flock of 89 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in Berlin in January 25th, a flock 
of 28 was seen in trees near the Snowflake Inn in Jackson on January 25th, 
and a mixed flock of at least 13 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and at least 12 CEDAR 
WAXWINGS was seen near the Black Bear Inn in Waterville Valley on the 23rd.



A flock of as many as 90 COMMON REDPOLLS has been seen regularly at a 
birdfeeder in Jefferson, and a flock of 20 has been seen regularly at a 
birdfeeder in Wolfboro, all during the past week. A flock of 50 was seen in 
Gilmanton on the 26th, a flock of 15 was seen in Franconia on the 24th, and 
a flock of 10 was seen in Hampton on the 25th.



A PEREGRINE FALCON and a MERLIN were seen in Hampton, a PEREGRINE FALCON was 
seen in Manchester, and another was seen in Stratham, all on the 25th.



A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Franconia, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in 
Salem, and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen in Sunapee, all on January 21st. A 
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Hampton on the 25th.



A flock of 6 TURKEY VULTURES was seen in Exeter on January 25th.



2 GRAY JAYS were seen along the Mooseway Trail at the Pondicherry National 
Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on January 24th.



5 BOREAL CHICKADEES were reported from Pinkham Notch in the White Mountains 
on January 20th.



A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and a LINCOLN’S SPARROW were seen in Greenland on 
January 25th, and several CHIPPING SPARROWS were seen in Exeter and Lee 
during the past week. A FOX SPARROW was seen in Epping on the 26th.



A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and a PIED-BILLED GREBE were seen in Portsmouth on 
January 25th.



A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Stratham, and a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen 
in Exeter, both on January 25th.



Several NORTHERN FLICKERS and HERMIT THRUSHES were reported during the past 
week



There have been more PINE SISKIN sightings during the past week with small 
flocks reported from many locations, and including one flock of over 120.



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


Thanks very much and good birding.

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Subject: Epping fox sparrow at feeder
From: smbasile AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:10:47 +0000 (UTC)
I've had a fox sparrow showing up at the feeders almost every day, along with 
anywhere from 6 to 25 dark-eyed juncos and 8 cardinals. I first noticed the 
sparrow on January 14, but only recently was able to digiscope a pic out the 
back door. 

  
fox sparrow 
  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/corvid01/16367956842/ 
  
northern cardinal 
  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/corvid01/16182537409/ 
  
  
Siobhan Basile 
Epping 
smbasile AT comcast.net 

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Subject: Superbowl of Birding - Northern Flea Flickers - 86 species, 205 points
From: Lauren Kras <lauren.kras AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:54:54 -0500
The 12th Superbowl of Birding was held yesterday on Sunday January 25, 2015
(which you probably picked up on given the helpful updates from Joppa
Flats!). I haven't personally been involved with this event since 2010 when
I joined Ben Griffith, Jason Lambert, and Jessie Knapp as the Granite State
Birdwatchers (we totaled 83 species and 164 points). This year I decided to
rejoin this fun event but decided we needed a new name that was football
related. After much discussion and brainstorming of team names, the
Northern Flea Flickers were formed. (For those of you who don't know, a
flea flicker is a football play when the quarterback gives the football to
a running back who then fakes a run before tossing the football back to the
quarterback who tries to pass the ball down the field.)

This team featured star master scouter Jason Lambert (who scouted over 100
species and some 230+ points worth of birds), the ever sharp Aiden Moser
who ran faster than a cheetah after birds and spotted more hawks from the
car than I knew existed in Rockingham County, the truly dedicated Ben
Griffith (scouting early mornings and late evenings) who had to help
navigate while I drove (no small task!), and myself (I drove the car and
baked some cookies).

For those of you not familiar with the Superbowl of Birding, it differs
from most birding competitions in that birds are assigned a point value
from 1-5 based on their rarity (Chickadee is 1, Gyrfalcon is 5, the first
team that reports a 5 point bird gets a bonus 3 points). The team with the
most points wins but there are also awards for the most points in each
county in the competition area (Essex, MA and Rockingham, NH), an award for
number of species seen, and a few other awards.

After 12 hours (5am to 5pm), lots of running around (frequently we were
quite literally running), and zig-zagging north and south as rarities were
reported (at one point we went from greenland to exeter (chipping and field
sparrows) to great bay farm in greenland to seabrook all in a period of 100
minutes or so!), we added up our totals and found we had recorded 205
points in the form of 86 species! The 205 points is a record for Rockingham
County (I believe!). We were lucky to be awarded the Zeiss Joppa Cup (first
place) this year! (You can see David Larson's post with results for all the
teams.)

The highlight for all team members was the Gyrfalcon in Seabrook chowing
down on a Herring Gull. When asked what the next best moment was, the
resounding answer was the Gyrfalcon, followed by the Gyrfalcon, followed by
the Herring Gull (but only because it was being eaten by the Gyrfalcon).
Thanks to the Gordon college kingpishers,the hampton lame ducks, the beast
of birdin' and all others who worked hard for getting the word out on this
and working so hard to find it!!!  Coming in 15th for favorite memory
behind all the Gyrfalcon answers was our team coordinated run out to the
tip of Ragged Neck to spot Purple Sandpipers (2 points) and the surprise
Snow Buntings (3 points). Fifteen or more onlookers were very confused why
we ran past a Snowy Owl (3 points) to celebrate such seemingly unexciting
birds.

Here is a complete list of species seen during the day with the point
values in parentheses preceding. I've tried to include locations for
notable birds but am happy to provide any others you're interested in (just
send me an email off the list). I'll be eBirding all the locations too over
the next few days.

Great to share the day with so many birders! Hope go hear more about all of
the teams results.

Points 205, Species 86 shared, 88 during the day:

(1) Canada Goose
(1) Mute Swan
(5) EURASIAN WIGEON  2+ birds on the bay - likely continuing from CBC and
prior uncooperative when we were there but glad other groups got to see
them too!
(3) American Wigeon
(1) American Black Duck
(1) Mallard
(3) Northern Pintail  South Mill Pond bird continues... had others around
the week prior but didn't try for them, also some were on the bay
(5) REDHEAD 1    Male, reasonable looks for Great Bay but in one of the
most distant groups of Scaup. Continuing from this fall?
(2) Greater Scaup
(3) LESSER SCAUP  !!! We did not expect to see these but we had about a
dozen or so at least on the Bay when the Scaup were in close!
(1) Common Eider
(2) HARLEQUIN DUCK     Concord Point - continuing - only a 2 point bird but
hard to come by normally in NH!
(1) Surf Scoter
(1) White-winged Scoter
(2) Black Scoter
(1) Long-tailed Duck
(1) Bufflehead
(1) Common Goldeneye
(2) Hooded Merganser  LOTS on the bay
(1) Common Merganser
(1) Red-breasted Merganser
(3) Wild Turkey  random bird at a feeder on Bayside Rd.
(0) Red-throated Loon  would be 2 points but a distant bird not seen by
enough team members
(1) Common Loon
(1) Horned Grebe
(2) Red-necked Grebe
(2) Northern Gannet  very distant and tough to come by
(1) Great Cormorant  single bird at Concord Point in the morning
(3) Great Blue Heron  3 individuals today including one flying around Rye
Harbor and one at junction of 101 and 95
(5) TURKEY VULTURE  6+ continuing birds in Exeter
(3) Sharp-shinned Hawk
(0) Cooper's Hawk  would be 3 points but a single bird seen (and
photographed out of the car!) only by 2 people (not enough to count!)
(2) Bald Eagle
(4) RED-SHOULDERED HAWK  1    immature off of 111.
(1) Red-tailed Hawk
(2) Purple Sandpiper
(3) Razorbill  2 uncooperative birds off of Seabrook Beach
(4) BLACK-HEADED GULL  1 individual seen in hampton marshes, found by S.
Mirick - fortunately he posted it so we could chase it down! Remarkably not
a 5 point bird!!!
(1) Ring-billed Gull
(1) Herring Gull
(2) Iceland Gull  1 bird at exeter wwtp at ~3pm
(4) LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL  3 birds throughout the day, 1 first cycle
type bird on Seabrook Flats while the Gyrfalcon was around, 1 first cycle
on Newcastle, 1 second cycle bird north of the marina in Hampton
(3) Glaucous Gull  1 off cross beach road. Tried twice at bath house
without luck then found it off Cross Beach Rd roosting in the marsh!
(1) Great Black-backed Gull
(1) Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
(1) Mourning Dove
(3) Snowy Owl  2 one at Ragged Neck (surprise suprise!) and one at Hampton
Beach SP
(4) Northern Saw-whet Owl  Rye Recreation Area (unfortunately the 3 barred
owls I had there on Thursday did not call!)
(3) Belted Kingfisher
(3) Red-bellied Woodpecker
(1) Downy Woodpecker
(2) Hairy Woodpecker
(3) Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  had a few - yesterday we were
worried that we'd miss our namesake!
(5) GYRFALCON  1    Great bird on Seabrook flats!
(1) Blue Jay
(3) American Crow
(4) Common Raven  2 one at Urban Forestry Center, one in Greenland
(1) Black-capped Chickadee
(1) Tufted Titmouse
(2) Red-breasted Nuthatch  many around this year
(1) White-breasted Nuthatch
(4) Winter Wren  1 continuing from CBC
(2) Carolina Wren  probably had 5+ during the day and dozens scouting!
(2) Golden-crowned Kinglet  Very tough to come by this year - this bird was
in Newcastle!
(3) Eastern Bluebird
(3) Hermit Thrush  2 of our scouted birds did not show! We didn't make it
to the 3rd but picked up another one pishing around in thickets in
Portsmouth!
(1) American Robin
(1) Northern Mockingbird
(1) European Starling
(2) Cedar Waxwing
(3) Snow Bunting
(5) COMMON YELLOWTHROAT  1 Continuing bird at Urban Forestry Center - went
to visit this little lady nice and early in the day before the wind picked
up! The team got a good jog from where we had to park in to the pump house
- got our blood pumping!
(1) American Tree Sparrow
(5) CHIPPING SPARROW  2 Shared bird with other teams in Exeter.
(4) FIELD SPARROW  1    Exeter - same general area as Chipping Sparrow
scouted a few days prior by J. Lambert
(3) Savannah Sparrow  1
(1) Song Sparrow
(5) LINCOLN'S SPARROW  1     Great Bay farm - continuing bird
(3) Swamp Sparrow
(1) White-throated Sparrow
(4) WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW (GAMBEL'S)  1    continuing bird at Great Bay
Farm. Photographed by Aiden.
(1) Dark-eyed Junco
(1) Northern Cardinal
(3) Brown-headed Cowbird  Lots at the meat pile in Kingston - thanks Davis!

(1) House Finch
(3) Pine Siskin
(1) American Goldfinch
(1) House Sparrow

Most notable misses:
PALM WARBLER (a would be 5 point plus likely 3 bonus point bird) seen on
THURSDAY 1/22 at Fort Stark. Found by Jason Lambert. Not there when we
checked on Sunday.
PINE WARBLER - continuing bird from CBCs in Rye - we located it on Thursday
1/22 and did not re-find it on Sunday.
Gray Catbird - knew where 2 were located - one was uncooperative, didn't
try for the other due to time issues, apparently one was also on the street
I live on in Rye!
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - we had one staked out and didn't have time to
try for it on Sunday
Horned Lark - had a few locations, checked some with no luck and ran out of
time to go to Stuart Farm!
Barred and Screech Owl - despite knowing where multiple individuals of
these were (and having daytime cooperative birds a few days prior) we did
not have luck on the day of the competition.
Red-winged Blackbirds - tried a bunch in areas they've been around but our
timing didn't align

Lauren Kras
Rye, NH

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Subject: RE: Shrike Continuing?
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:42:14 -0500
Dylan will be happy to hear that the bird in question was present at 9:45 this 
morning - right in the grove of trees along the south side of Trask Brook Road. 
I took a little detour on my way from Concord to meetings in the Upper Valley! 


Enjoy the birds at your feeders tomorrow!
Pam Hunt
Penacook, NH

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Subject: [NHBirds] Shrike Continuing?

Although I havnt had as much time to seek out the Northern Shrike that had been 
continuing in the Wendell Flat/Trask Brook Rd area in Sunapee, I've made a few 
attempts in the last few days with no success. Previously I had no trouble 
relocating this bird, even seeing it multiple times a day, but now I havnt been 
able to relocate it and it may have moved on. The area is pretty vast however 
and it could just be finding a way to stay out of sight. I'll be sure to post 
if it manages to turn up. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Another Gyr photo
From: Iain Macleod <pandiain.im AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:01:55 -0500
I cleaned up the dark image of the Gyr in the snow flakes.

https://flic.kr/p/qEzPm7

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Subject: Northern Pintail and pre-storm Bristol Birding
From: "'Stephen Whitney' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:42:14 -0800
>> 1/26/2015  Monday


Late Monday morning anticipating a major snow storm tomorrow I go to Bristol 
for some last minute birding. A party just East of town was going at the 
Bristol Settling Pond (same road going to Island Dam off Rte 104 but turn 
right) with at least two dozen Mallards and one Northern Pintail Duck, a male. 


The Mallards cavort and do bottoms up in the brown churning muck ignoring a 
septic tank truck discharging a fresh load. The Pintail stands apart on a 
center island and upon my arrival stretches his long neck showing a white 
finger marking extending up the side of the neck and up to the rear of his 
head. His stretching shows his greyhound sleek body (compared to the mallards). 
But he seems about as big as the Mallards when he lies down. 


When this duck rests, I see black (terminal) tail feathers in a small tight 
central cluster. They are not as long as I expected, and I do not see the 
feathers fork. His sides and back have a patterned brown similar to a female 
Pintail in my field guide (Sibley). Maybe a male in partial eclipse plumage? 
This is the first Pintail I have seen, so I am not confident with my ID. 


In downtown Bristol, the birds are active (more heard than seen). I see one 
cardinal, several jays, juncos, active on Merrimack and Spring Street. Perhaps 
they are doing some last minute stocking up, many feeders are empty. 


"Stephen Whitney" 

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Subject: Black headed gull from south side of Great Boars Head, Hampton
From: "'Joann O'Shaughnessy' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:31:13 -0500
My newest yard bird. Seen (scoped from the window) on the beach yesterday and 
late this afternoon it was roosting out front with a couple hundred herring 
gulls and two greater black-backed. 

Now I'm waiting for the GYR to show up. Greedy, greedy, greedy!
Best,
JoAnn

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Subject: Gyrfalcon photos
From: Iain MacLeod <iain.macleod AT nhnature.org>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:06:22 +0000
A couple photos of the amazing Gyrfalcon show at Hampton-Seabrook today

https://flic.kr/p/q15CNd

https://flic.kr/p/qX5Mb6


Iain MacLeod
Executive Director
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
23 Science Center Road,
PO Box 173, Holderness, NH 03245
Phone: 603-968-7194 x23
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Subject: Redpolls
From: Carol McCluskey <saltbird AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:20:21 -0500
Late this afternoon a group of nearly 50 Common Redpolls, along with a few Pine 
Siskins, dropped in to feed heavily at our feeders. They ate quickly and 
voraciously, and sped off again as a group. 


Carol McCluskey
Gilmanton 


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Subject: Gyr, yes Seabrook 1/26
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:02:25 +0000 (UTC)
Chuck Johnson called at 1:30 to report the GYRFALCON present in Seabrook near 
the Castaways Grill. 


Steve Grinley
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Subject: Gyr, yes Seabrook 1/26
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:02:25 +0000 (UTC)
Chuck Johnson called at 1:30 to report the GYRFALCON present in Seabrook near 
the Castaways Grill. 


Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
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Subject: Gyr now
From: Iain Macleod <pandiain.im AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:24:33 -0500
At Yankee Fishermen's Coop

iain macLeod
Ashland, NH

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Subject: Gyr
From: Iain Macleod <pandiain.im AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:11:34 -0500
The Gyrfalcon put on a fabulous show this morning. It was in sight
continuously for nearly 2 hours. It made many (unsuccessful) hunts for
Herring Gulls and rested on the mudflats. We had several very close flybys.

Snowy 1  AT  Rye Harbor SP
Glaucous Gull 1
Bald Eagle at least 2 adults around Hampton Seabrook Salt marshes.
Snow Bunting 1

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Subject: Wilder Dam Bald Eagle Monday Morning
From: "'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:22:44 +0000 (UTC)
Adult seen perched in a pine on the right hand shore about 150 yards downstream 
from the dam. 


Six common mergansers also present.
Blake Allison
Lyme, NH 03768-3322

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Subject: Gyr, Yes. Hampton 1/26
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:23:33 +0000 (UTC)
Henry Maurer called at 8:40 to report that the GYRFALCON was being seen in 
Hampton Harbor and viewed from the Yankee Coop. Henry was going to the other 
side of the bridge to try to get a better angle. 


Steve Grinley
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Newburyport, MA 01950
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Subject: Gyr, Yes. Hampton 1/26
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:23:33 +0000 (UTC)
Henry Maurer called at 8:40 to report that the GYRFALCON was being seen in 
Hampton Harbor and viewed from the Yankee Coop. Henry was going to the other 
side of the bridge to try to get a better angle. 


Steve Grinley
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Newburyport, MA 01950
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Subject: Gyrfalcon NOW
From: Iain Macleod <pandiain.im AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:07:27 -0500
Hunting in Seabrook harbor

iain macLeod
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Subject: Shrike Continuing?
From: Dylan Jackson <jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:55:37 -0500
Although I havnt had as much time to seek out the Northern Shrike that had been 
continuing in the Wendell Flat/Trask Brook Rd area in Sunapee, I've made a few 
attempts in the last few days with no success. Previously I had no trouble 
relocating this bird, even seeing it multiple times a day, but now I havnt been 
able to relocate it and it may have moved on. The area is pretty vast however 
and it could just be finding a way to stay out of sight. I'll be sure to post 
if it manages to turn up. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: More Bohemian Waxwings
From: Charlie Nims <charlie.nims AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:01:47 -0500
While doing a north country bird outing with Sheila McCarthy, Joe Scott and 
Steven Whitebread, a birder from Mass., we came across a flock of 89 Bohemian 
Waxwings in the center of Berlin. We watched and photographed them, at close 
range, for over 30 minutes. The birds were around what appears to be a senior 
housing area just to the west of the Dunkin' Donuts in the center of town. 


There continue to be lots of Common Redpolls in the area. We had only two 
Evening Grosbeaks but just missed larger groups at two locations. One "missing" 
species seems to be Purple Finch as we have not had one on either of our two 
northern swings this week. Last year, they were regular on a similar route. Of 
course, this is anecdotal. 


Reports for each location we birded have been submitted to eBird.

Charlie Nims
Bartlett, NH

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Subject: Gyrfalcon photos
From: Len Medlock <lenmedlock AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:05:30 +0000 (UTC)
I, too, did not compete in the Superbowl. My "team" of one, called "Beast of 
Birdin'", took in the coastal environs of Hampton/Seabrook, and the falcon: 


Gyrfalcon pouncing on Herring Gull:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lmedlock/16181512389/sizes/h/

The gull attempts to rise, but the falcon will have none of it:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lmedlock/16367720005/sizes/h/

Feathers in the wind:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lmedlock/16341757386/sizes/h/

Done.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lmedlock/16181511919/sizes/h/

Flight shots--a brutal walk carrying that lens on an icy marsh, but luck 
prevailed: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/lmedlock/16181845657/sizes/k/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lmedlock/16180338900/sizes/k/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lmedlock/15745283794/sizes/k/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lmedlock/16181845397/sizes/o/

And here's our beloved Steve and Jane scopes a-ready, undaunted by frigid gusts 
and rolling seas: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lmedlock/16366456831/

Good birds but a greater time running into so many friends.

Len Medlock
Exeter, NH

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Subject: Hampton Big Day - 54 Species (GYRFALCON, Black-headed Gull, Snowy Owl, etc)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:51:27 -0500
Jane and I didn't compete in the Superbowl today, but hopefully we 
contributed to the success of a few teams.  We decided to do a "mini" 
Big Day and restricted our searching to the town of Hampton. We jokingly 
called ourselves the "Hampton Lame Ducks".  A reference to my latest 
injury where I broke my elbow.  I could only hold my binoculars in one 
hand and relied a lot on my wife, Jane "the Sherpa", to manage my 
spotting scope.

We missed lots of birds, but had a fun day, with the Gyrfalcon giving a 
spectacular performance.  Stay tuned for some great photos of the 
Gyrfalcon by Len Medlock, but a couple of my shots are here:

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

Total species list - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
----------------------------------------------------
Mute Swan
American Black Duck
Mallard
Common Eider
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter - Big flock of Hampton harbor inlet.  Perhaps 100+
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead - 1 female in Hampton harbor.
Common Goldeneye
COMMON MERGANSER - Uncommon for area.  Two birds in Meadow Pond.
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Bald Eagle - 2 adults
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk - Several for the day including two immatures attacking 
songbirds at bird feeders!
MERLIN - 1 bullet cruising over the Hampton salt marsh.
GYRFALCON - 1 immature dark morph in Hampton harbor and watched from 
Seabrook fish area (Yankee Coop) and also from the Hampton side of the 
bridge.  By far, the most excitement for the day, and only my 2nd ever 
in 33 years of birding in NH.  Many thanks to GREG KELLER of Gordon 
College for first spotting this bird, and then to CHRIS CICCONE and LEN 
MEDLOCK for getting us on the bird.  It was a spectacular show as this 
bird flew from spot to spot on the mudflats until it isolated an adult 
Herring Gull, and pounced on it as it attempted to fly off.  Although 
the Herring Gull was the larger bird, the two squared off and the 
Gyrfalcon "dispatched" it in short order as it maintained a deadly 
clutch on the Herring Gull.  It then proceeded to pluck and eat the 
Herring Gull, much to the delight of the scores of birders that drove up 
to see it.  An amazing show!
PEREGRINE FALCON - Adult perched on tower near Water tower.  3 species 
of falcons for the day!
BLACK-HEADED GULL - Adult at Hampton wastewater treatment plant, and 
then in salt marsh.  And again late in day along Hampton beach.  Not 
nearly as rare as the Gyfralcon, but a big surprise for us, and the 
first one that we've seen since January 1, 2013!  They've been scare the 
last couple of years.
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
SNOWY OWL - 1 perched in dunes nicely at Hampton Beach SP.
Red-bellied Woodpecker - Two or three.
Downy Woodpecker - No Hair Woodpeckers today!
NORTHERN FLICKER - 1 flyby along Route 1A.
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 3 total
White-breasted Nuthatch
BROWN CREEPER - One off Huckleberry Lane.
Carolina Wren - A few including one singing away.
Eastern Bluebird - Only two for the day.
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
SWAMP SPARROW - Two together in marsh along Nilus Brook.  First we've 
seen this year despite a lot of searching.
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
COMMON REDPOLL - Flock of 10+ that landed in trees off Huckleberry 
Lane.  Although others have seen them around, we've not seen any all 
winter!  These were my first since March 3, 2013!  The birds landed for 
a while and then flew off.  No luck with siskins.
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Flicker and Peregrine
From: "Dorsey, Kurk" <Kurk.Dorsey AT unh.edu>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:32:33 +0000
Birders,
As I left the house here in Durham to see the Gyrfalcon (thanks Chris Ciccone 
and Steve Mirick for the lifer!), I had a Flicker, not of the Flea version, 
calling in the yard. 


After the Gyr, I ran across an adult Peregrine on the lee side of the Hampton 
water tower. 


Now for the Tuesday onslaught of Snow Buntings, Snow Geese, Snowy Owls, and 
Snowy Egrets. 


Kurk Dorsey
Hunkering down for the apocalypse, Durham

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Subject: Lyme Bald Eagle
From: "'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:00:10 +0000 (UTC)
Juvenile seen flying near Post Pond about 4:30 on Sunday afternoon. White 
patches under wings but breast dark, no mottling. 


Blake Allison
Lyme, NH 03768-3322

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Subject: Newfields bald eagle chase
From: Darin Franceschini <dmfran AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:55:04 -0500
As I was driving over the Squamscott River bridge on 108 in Newfields this
afternoon, I saw some motion over the water.  I glanced over quickly and
caught a bald eagle in aerial pursuit of a duck (probably a mallard) a
couple dozen yards from the bridge.  It was really fantastic to see a duck
perform some pretty aggressive evasive maneuvers, a mere 2-3 feet from the
eagle's talons.  I didn't catch much of the action since I was driving, but
it looked like the eagle ended up empty handed.  Lucky duck.

Darin Franceschini
Newmarket, NH

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Subject: Parker River NWR closed!
From: kyle <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:20:56 -0500
Just a heads up to any Superbowl teams, PRNWR gates are closed as of 4:15pm.

Kyle Wilmarth
Salem,NH

'Veery Hawkward'

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Subject: today's Bald Eagle trip
From: rwoodward30 AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:47:16 +0000 (UTC)
Today's annual NH Audubon Capital Chapter Bald Eagle trip hit all our target 
species plus a few other bonuses: 


Eastern Bluebird - 3 feeding on berries at the Hooksett District Court during 
the height of the snow squall that hit. A welcome color contrast to the 
white-out. 


Bald Eagle - 1 soaring very high at the Bow boat ramp below the power plant and 
another flew right by us as we started to leave. 


Great Cormorant - 1 flying upstream at the Bow boat ramp, first one I've seen 
on this trip in a long time. 


Peregrine Falcon - 1 bird perched on the leeward side of the 1000 Elm Street 
building. 


Glaucous Gull - 1 bird mixed in a flying flock of Herring Gulls. As we searched 
for the Barrow's Goldeneye from the parking lot just upstream from Milly's 
Tavern this bird caught my eye as it was flying away from us. Then the flock 
turned and at one point bird in question soared directly overhead. 


Iceland Gull - I saw a bird that I am 90% sure was a white-winged gull, and if 
it was it was this species as it flew close to the Glaucous and was noticeably 
smaller. 


Barrow's Goldeneye - now searched for annually on this trip but not always 
found; 1 male seen well on the river just upstream from Milly's Tavern mixed in 
with about a dozen Common Goldeneyes. 



Rob Woodward 
Concord, NH 


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Subject: Black-headed Gull update
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:42:49 -0500
Now roosting in salt marsh with other gulls, visible on Tidemill Road and 
likely from Rt 101 causeway. 


Steve


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Subject: Black-headed Gull in Hampton
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:15:51 -0500
Adult currently being seen with Ring-billed Gulls at Hampton wastewater 
treatment plant. 


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Subject: 8 Evening Grosbeaks Franconia
From: Ginny Jeffryes <drginnyjeff AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:26:54 -0500
 8 evening grosbeaks in Franconia yesterday, plus 1 pine siskin among 15 common 
redpolls. 

My garden variety daily birds included a pair of cardinals, 2 titmice, 5 
American tree sparrows, 20 mourning doves, 8 blue jays, 1 RB nuthatch, 2 WB 
nuthatches, 1 downy wp, 1 hairy wp, 5 chickadees (not many this year), 12 
goldfinches, 2 pigeons, 2 crows. 

 		 	   		  

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Subject: Gyrfalcon in Hampton harbor
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:05:45 -0500
Visible now from Yankee coop. Just KILLED an adult Herring Gull. Should stay 
here for a while. 


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Subject: Gyrfalcon in Hampton harbor
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:05:45 -0500
Visible now from Yankee coop. Just KILLED an adult Herring Gull. Should stay 
here for a while. 


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Subject: Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XII - update 3
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:05:27 +0000

David Larson
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From: David Larson >
Date: January 25, 2015 at 8:03:12 AM EST
To: "'massbird AT theworld.com'" 
>, "'New Hampshire Birds 
(nhbirds AT googlegroups.com)'" 
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Subject: Superbowl of Birding XII - update 3

Ah, the hits keep on rollin....

Redhead reported by the Northern Flea Flickers on Great Bay at Bay Ridge Road, 
Greenland, NH, at 7:41 am 

Eurasian Wigeon reported at the same location by the same team at 7:50 am (the 
Flea Flickers are going to be tough to beat!) 

Lincoln's Sparrow seen by Veery Hawkward at Great Bay Farm in Newington, NH, at 
7:54 am 


We gratefully acknowledge the help of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge 
staff. Not only have they pledged to have the Plum Island part of the refuge 
plowed and open by 10 am, but they have also allowed us to use the refuge 
headquarters for our tally/pizza party this evening (our regular location is 
not available on Sunday). 


Finally, we gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate 
sponsor for this event. Without their support, the Superbowl of Birding would 
not be possible. 


Dave

David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 
01950 

Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: 
dlarson AT massaudubon.org 


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Subject: Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XII - update 2
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:04:55 +0000

David Larson
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Date: January 25, 2015 at 7:09:57 AM EST
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Subject: Superbowl of Birding XII - update 2

More reports coming in from the snowy world of northeast Massachusetts and 
southeast New Hampshire now that team can see: 


Pied-billed Grebe, Spring Pond, Lynn, reported by Saw Whaat? at 6:44 am
 and by the Return of the Great Auks at 6:53 am

Lincoln's Sparrow, Great Bay Farm in Newington, NH, reported by the Grouse 
Whisperers at 6:58 am 


Common Yellowthroat, Urban Forestry Center at the pump station, Portsmouth, NH, 
reported by the Northern Flea Flickers at 7:03 am 



We gratefully acknowledge the help of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge 
staff. Not only have they pledged to have the Plum Island part of the refuge 
plowed and open by 10 am, but they have also allowed us to use the refuge 
headquarters for our tally/pizza party this evening (our regular location is 
not available on Sunday). 


Finally, we gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate 
sponsor for this event. Without their support, the Superbowl of Birding would 
not be possible. 


Dave

David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 
01950 

Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: 
dlarson AT massaudubon.org 


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Subject: Fwd: Superbowl of Birding XII - update 1
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:04:29 +0000

David Larson
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Date: January 25, 2015 at 5:43:36 AM EST
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Subject: Superbowl of Birding XII - update 1

After a day of snow/sleet/rain caused a delay in the world-famous Superbowl of 
Birding, the game is on! 


This competition has 21 teams with over 100 participants in the field of play 
(Essex County, MA, and Rockingham County, NH). So, if you see a group of 4-7 
people with binoculars rolling around in the snow between 5 am and 5 pm today, 
give them a wide berth! They are on a mission. Please note that teams are not 
allowed to receive outside information during the contest from any source 
except judges at Joppa Flats, massbird, or nhbirds. The checklist rates birds 
for their difficulty at this time of year, with the most difficult at 5 points 
and the least at 1 point. The first team to report a 5-point species receives 3 
bonus points. All 5-point birds must be called in to Joppa Flats to count. 
During the course of the day I will be posting updates on these relatively rare 
birds as they are reported. So stay tuned if you are interested. 


The first call-in came at 5:00 am from the Northern Flea Flickers reporting 
Turkey Vultures at Winter Street in Exeter, NH. 


We gratefully acknowledge the help of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge 
staff. Not only have they pledged to have the Plum Island part of the refuge 
plowed and open by 10 am, but they have also allowed us to use the refuge 
headquarters for our tally/pizza party this evening (our regular location is 
not available on Sunday). 


Finally, we gratefully acknowledge the support of Zeiss as our lead corporate 
sponsor for this event. Without their support, the Superbowl of Birding would 
not be possible. 


Dave

David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, P.O. Box 1558, Newburyport, Ma 
01950 

Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: 
dlarson AT massaudubon.org 


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Subject: Bluebirds in Derry
From: Fran Keenan <fhkeenan AT mac.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:58:58 -0500
Had a flock in our crabapple tree this am.Only got a cellphone snapshot. 
https://flic.kr/s/aHsk7y3Qsx 


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Subject: Robins and Cedar Waxwings in Wolfeboro too.
From: wendy chatel <wendychatel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:07:28 -0500
While walking the dogs yesterday on the Brewster Academy campus, there were
many Robins and at least 14 Cedar Waxwings moving among the trees and
bushes near the library.

At home, a good sized flock (20 or so) of Common Redpolls continues - along
with a couple of Pine Siskins.

Wendy Chatel
Wolfeboro

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Subject: Gray Jays and Redpolls in Jefferson
From: David Govatski <david.govatski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:54:00 -0500
I was snowshoeing on the Mooseway Trail at the Pondicherry National Wildlife 
Refuge on Saturday and saw 2 Gray Jays. They were about a half mile in from the 
Mud Pond Trailhead off of Route 116 in Jefferson in a stand of black spruce. 


The number of Redpolls at our feeders in Jefferson has increased from 3 in 
early January to 90 now. I have read some reports that the redpolls are not 
eating Nyjer thistle seed. Our redpolls seem to have no problem going through 
two pounds of thistle a day along with sunflower hearts. I think it is an 
acquired taste to eat Nyjer thistle seeing redpolls are not native to Ethiopia 
and India where much of the Nyjer comes from. 


We also have up to a dozen evening grosbeaks at the feeders but only on an 
irregular basis. We have a record number of tree sparrows this winter with 24 
being seen at one time. Low numbers of nuthatches and even blue jays are less 
abundant this winter here. 


David Govatski
Jefferson, NH


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Subject: Robins and Cedar Waxwings in Plymouth
From: David Govatski <david.govatski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:38:59 -0500
I was at a meeting late Friday afternoon at the Plymouth State University 
Savage Hockey Arena and saw hundreds of American robins and a dozen Cedar 
Waxwings flying around. They were feeding on crab apple trees. If anyone is 
around the PSU campus in Plymouth this weekend it would be worth checking the 
crab apple trees for Bohemians. Gas was only $1.93 too! 


David Govatski
Jefferson, NH


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Subject: Winter Finches-Raymond
From: sesantino AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:07:30 +0000 (UTC)
Keeping an eye on my feeders paid off today. In addition to the usual suspects, 
we just had a large group of Pine Siskin and one Common Redpoll. 

  
Scott Santino   
Raymond, NH 
  
  

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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings
From: Charlie Nims <charlie.nims AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:35:58 -0500
Yesterday, Joe Scott called me to say that he had seen 8-10 Bohemian Waxwings 
(BOWA) near the Jackson Ski Foundation building in Jackson. As Sheila McCarthy 
and I were XC skiing in the area at that time, we looked for them, 
unsuccessfully, after skiing. Today, we had better luck. After skiing, we drove 
around the center of Jackson searching for the BOWA’s and found a flock of 28 
within 10 minutes. They were located behind the Snowflake Inn which is right on 
the main road; it is a large, newer, yellow building. We drove in to the 
parking lot, saw them in the leafless trees and then Sheila found them bathing 
in a small creek adjacent to the parking lot—neat experience! 


Charlie Nims
Bartlett, NH

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Subject: Chipping sparrow continues in Lee
From: Catherine Fisher <catherineckx AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:02:09 -0500
The chipping sparrow that has been hanging with a flock of juncos continues
to make daily appearances at Allen's Ave. in Lee.

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Subject: Hermit Thrush and Common Redpoll in Penacook
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:33:18 -0500
Greetings all,

 

Started my 6.5 mile walk this morning but aborted it to complete only the
2.5 mile circuit around The Island instead (was hoping to maybe beat most of
the snow, to no avail). It was a productive walk nonetheless, netting a
January record of 28 species. Highlights were:

 

A flock of 120 Pine Siskins (40 of which have subsequently spent the rest of
the morning at my feeders)

1 Common Redpoll with the feeder siskins

Hermit Thrush continues to eat bittersweet in my yard (first found Dec 14)

39 American Robins

2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers

3 Carolina Wrens

 

And so forth.

 

Enjoy the snow,

Pam Hunt

Penacook, NH

 

"The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed
the world."

      - Alexander von Humboldt

 

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Subject: More on Gyrfalcon in Hampton
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:20:12 -0500
Cross posted from Massbird from the venerable Paul Roberts.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA


This afternoon at about 12:40 p.m. Mark Resendes and I saw the dark morph
Gyrfalcon along Route 1A in downtown Hampton Beach, NH, over the beach just
east of the Casino and the McDonalds.

About 15-20 minutes earlier we had spotted an immature Red-tailed Hawk
soaring over the ocean. We had been excited by the sight of a large hawk
soaring over the water, not far from the beach, but were surprised to see
the Redtail-sized raptor was indeed a Redtail, soaring out over water. We
kept looping around Hampton Beach, Route 101, and various side streets into
the marsh. About 12:40 we were driving south down 1A just north of the
McDonalds when Mark spotted something soaring high over the water. We had
had lots of gulls, but this was clearly a hawk. Mark, who was driving, at
first thought it was the Redtail again. He said this high bird was drifting
towards a contrail in front of us. I got on the bird and yelled ³Falcon.² We
both jumped out of the car and set up our scopes. The bird was soaring
lazily and high, almost overhead, but to our south, so we were looking into
the sun. Nonetheless, good views. Red-tailed sized. Heavy torso. Long,
thick, ³rounded² tip falcon wings. Fairly long, thick tail. Uniformly dark.
Brownish hue when it was at certain angles to the sun. Two-toned underwings.
BINGO. Very different views from what I had seen in Wells, Maine, where the
bird had been at eye level and perched. BINGO, BINGO, BINGO. The bird was
soaring leisurely and then began to drop down to the west, disappearing
behind a 5-6 story building. We had maybe 15 seconds in bino views and 15
seconds in excellent scope view. Not close enough, but still definitive
views. After the fact we met an acquaintance from NH who had been looking
for the Gyr. She had been driving north up 1A and said she had seen
everything ­ all the gulls and pigeons ­ explode into the air. Then she saw
us folding up our scopes and climbing back into the car. Recognizing me, she
thought, ³Oh no! Did I just miss the bird?² I had to tell her yes.

We drove loops around Hampton Beach and 101 for the next two hours, hoping
to find the bird sitting down. We checked all the spots where I knew the
2013 white morph Gyr had been seen. We looked for all the gull roosts on a
very high tide. Checked every utility pole. Surprisingly, we had many more
raptors than we had had in Hampton in the morning prior to the pelagic
Redtail.

Bald Eagle 1 imm
Northern Harrier 1 imm
Cooper¹s Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 3 ( 2 ad, 1 imm)
Peregrine Falcon
GYRFALCON 1 dark morph

1 Belted Kingfisher

Our last raptor of the trip was a Peregrine Falcon, well seen rowing east,
allowing Mark to compare the Peregrine with the significantly larger Gyr
seen two hours earlier. There were good numbers of gulls about but again I
was struck by the paucity of Black Ducks. We saw more Red-breasted
Mergansers in the marsh than Black Ducks on another 10+ ft tide.

Earlier in the day we had birded Plum Island shortly after sunrise to about
10:30. Again, only a handful of Black Ducks visible in the marsh or sound.

Bald Eagles 3 ( 2 ad, 1 imm with prey)
Northern Harrier 2 (1 ad m, 1 imm)
Red-tailed Hawk 2 ad
Snowy Owls 5 (all well seen in marsh)
No Redpolls

We received second-hand reports that another Snowy had been seen in
Salisbury, along with the very white immature Bald Eagle with the ³strapless
bra.² Regrettably, no photos.

Mark, who had spotted the Gyr, his first, now knows the joy of seeing one of
these incredibly wild and impressive birds, and the agony of seeing it so
briefly.

The Madbury/Rochester/Kennebunk/Ogunquit/Wells/Hampton Beach itinerant
juvenile dark morph Gyrfalcon has an MO of staying in an area for up to four
days (and apparently no more). This is not atypical behavior. Since the bird
was first seen in Hampton Beach on Tuesday afternoon, it might not stay
until the rescheduled SuperBowl of Birding Sunday, so people might want to
focus on Chipping Sparrows as a better bet for 5 points. The Hampton habitat
is perhaps the best (or at least largest good habitat) the Gyr has seen in
the past five weeks, so perhaps it will continue there a while longer, or it
might move a few miles south so I have a shot at both Prairie Falcon and
Gyrfalcon in Massachusetts in one month. I can only hope. And try, try, and
try again. Whatever, this week in Wells and Hampton Beach I have had the
best views of Gyrfalcon since observing a nesting pair of gray morph birds
in Alaska in 2007. It could be better, but it ain¹t half bad. Good luck to
all who hunger to see a bird like this.

Best,

Paul


Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA

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Subject: Odds & Ends (Chipping Sparrows, Catbird, Turkey Vulture, etc.)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:21:59 -0500
I got out for a few hours with Paul Lacourse this morning in an attempt 
to scout a bit for the Superbowl.  Unfortunately, our team won't be able 
to compete with the date change.  Maybe next year! Highlights:

Turkey Vulture - 1 over Paul's house on Alder Street in Exeter.  We 
didn't have ANY on the houses along Winter Street or in that area. Rumor 
has it the vultures have been seen feeding in the dumpster (!!) near the 
Bowling Alley along Columbus Ave.

Gray Catbird - 1 continues off Willowbrook Ave., in thicket area on east 
side of road just south of Aberdeen Drive in Stratham.  Been a good 
winter for catbirds!

Peregrine Falcon - 1 immature at Stuart Farm in Stratham.  Possibly the 
same bird seen on the Christmas Bird Count?  Rare location. 
Unfortunately no odd sparrows seen.

Chipping Sparrow - 3 (!!)  Remarkable winter "flock" in Hayes Park 
mobile home park in Exeter.  The birds are in the northwest part of the 
park, adjacent to the fields along the east side of the Squamscott 
River.  They were in a couple of forsythia bushes on the west side of 
the road.  Be aware that there also appears to be (yet another) 
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in this same vicinity.  We didn't see it, but 
we talked to a local who has one coming to his feeder and we saw very 
fresh sapsucker holes in a Norway Maple!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/16162755610/

Also, from Davis Finch's famous meatpile, a quick stop in mid-afternoon 
produced some of the usuals including a Bald Eagle, a Common Raven, 
Brown-headed Cowbirds, and 2 Pine Siskins.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings - Waterville Valley
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:47:11 -0500
Sharon Harvell emailed me nice photos of at least 13 Bohemian Waxwings 
mixed in with Cedar Waxwings at Waterville Valley.  She said they were 
in the berry tree at the Black Bear Lodge.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Unidentified raptor DW Hghy near Rte 101
From: Cliff Otto <bye.bye.nh.birdy AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:29:23 -0500
Wednesday afternoon while I was on Daniel Webster Highway not far from Rte
101 I had a very large raptor, greyish, fly directly over my car, heading
north up the road. My thought was Gyrfalcon but it is rather difficult to
bird on a busy turnpike. I didn't see any banding on the tail or coloration.

Cliff Otto
Manchester

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Subject: Purple Finch in New Durham
From: Dan and Dianne Monahan <2dghm AT metrocast.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:50:16 -0500
There have not been many purple finch sightings reported lately, so it seemed 
worthy to note that two female purple finch showed up at our feeders this 
morning. They were likely attracted by the usual flock of goldfinches that have 
been hanging around our feeding stations much of the winter. Hopefully, they 
will hang around and attract some other purple finches. It is nice to have our 
State Bird finally pay us a visit this winter. 


Dan Monahan
15 Ten Rod Road
New Durham, NH


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Subject: 1/23/14 Gyrfalcon Hampton Beach
From: Bird Watchers Supply & Gift <birdwsg AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:34:32 +0000 (UTC)
Paul Roberts called the store to report he and Mark Resendes saw the dark morph 
Gyrfalcon. This bird was seen along Rt 1A in Hampton Beach, just south of Rt 
101. Bird was seen in both Binos and scope views. It was soaring and moving to 
the west around 12:30 pm. 


Deb La Roy for

Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 01950
Birdwsg AT comcast.net
www.birdwatcherssupplyandgift.com
978-462-0775


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Subject: Pied-billed grebe in Portsmouth
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:44:58 -0500
Currently along rt. 1B by the Marcy st waster water pump station.

Phil Brown
Hancock nh

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Subject: Northern Flicker (photos) and Pine Siskins in Bedford
From: Carolyn Borkowski <cidermill AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:39:22 -0500
We had a male flicker on the suet feeder again today. https://flic.kr/p/qSpgsS 
 A female red-bellied joined him a few minutes later. 
https://flic.kr/p/qC7Nzm  


We continue to have a pretty steady dozen+ pine siskins on the nyjer and mixed 
seed feeders, that occasionally grows to They are mixed in with the goldfinches 
and house finches, in addition to the regular other feeder birds. 


31˚ with an 8mph WSW wind and sunny

Carolyn Borkowski
Bedford, NH

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Subject: Concord Pine Siskins & Common Redpoll
From: Chris Johnson <birdnerd2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:35:04 -0500
The feeders at work have been attracting the usual suspects: downy & hairy
woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice (or mouses), blue jays, juncos,
goldfinches, up to 40 mourning doves, a pair of cardinals, plus the
occasional tree sparrow. This week the siskins showed up and a redpoll made
an appearance today.

Chris Johnson
Penacook, NH

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