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Eastern Kingbird,©Julie Zickefoose

30 Aug NH Audubon Basic Shorebirding workshop [Jon Woolf ]
30 Aug NH Audubon Basic Shorebirding workshop [Jon Woolf ]
31 Aug 143 Nighthawks - Concord []
30 Aug NH Coast (Baird's & Western Sandpiper (photos), Monarchs) [Steve Mirick ]
30 Aug Bairds Sandpiper - YES [Rebecca ]
30 Aug Penacook update ["Pam Hunt" ]
30 Aug Red Crossbills in Holderness [Iain MacLeod ]
30 Aug vultures [Sylvia Miskoe ]
30 Aug Nighthawk migration - Concord []
29 Aug Woke Last Night to the Sound of Thunder; Fisher in the Duck Boxes [Alfred Maley ]
28 Aug rose breasted grosbeaks ["Rotberg, Robert" ]
27 Aug 252 Nighthawks, Powdermill Pond, Hancock ["'Dlstokes' via NHBirds" ]
27 Aug Eagles- the whole dam family at Moore Dam this am ["'Duane Cross' via NHBirds" ]
28 Aug 229 Nighthawks - Concord []
27 Aug 'North of the Notches' NH Audubon tour highlights ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
27 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Aug 27, 2014 [k chamberlin ]
27 Aug The life (and death) of a Roseate Tern [Steve Mirick ]
27 Aug Eels and Eagles ["'Joann O'Shaughnessy' via NHBirds" ]
26 Aug Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, August 26, 2014 ["Mark Suomala" ]
26 Aug nighthawks in Henniker [Donna Ellis ]
26 Aug Focus on Kestrels Friday Sept 5th, 7 p.m. at Eastern Mass Hawk Watch Annual Meeting [Steve Mirick ]
26 Aug Re: River Monster [Christine Sheridan ]
27 Aug 362 Nighthawks - Concord []
26 Aug RE: Eagle captures River Monster in Nashua ["Pam Hunt" ]
26 Aug Eagle captures River Monster in Nashua [Christine Sheridan ]
26 Aug Common Nighthawks in Hollis [Gail Coffey ]
26 Aug One more EXTREME boat trip from Hyannis, MA on September 27-28 [Steve Mirick ]
26 Aug 08-25-14 Another Nighthawk Shoot [David Lipsy ]
26 Aug 604 Nighthawks - Concord []
25 Aug Spruce Grouse on Mount Osceola [Steve Mirick ]
25 Aug nighthawks in Amherst [Dorothy Currier ]
25 Aug 1,234 nighthawks Powdermill Pond Hancock ["'Dlstokes' via NHBirds" ]
25 Aug Nashua Nighthawks [Christine Sheridan ]
25 Aug Lead Mine Road in Freedom [Steve Mirick ]
25 Aug Capital Chpt. FT - Surf & Turf [Stephanie Parkinson ]
25 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Aug 25, 2014 [k chamberlin ]
25 Aug Belted Kingfisher - Salem ["Steve Liffmann" ]
25 Aug Nighthawks over Keene [RG Conroy ]
25 Aug Scarlet Tanager with white patches - leucistic? [Colleen ]
25 Aug More Rumney warblers [Jody Williams ]
25 Aug Meadow Pond (Little Blue, hybrid heron, Stilt SP) [Kyle Wilmarth ]
25 Aug August 2014 Hummingbird Photographs [David Lipsy ]
25 Aug 08-24-14 Nighthawks over NHTI [David Lipsy ]
25 Aug Re: Penacook nighthawks []
24 Aug Warner Nighthawks [Jay Gamble ]
24 Aug 221 Nighthawks in Merrimack [Tom Young ]
25 Aug 2,811 Nighthawks - Concord []
24 Aug 35-40 Nighthawks in Walpole [Pam Blair ]
24 Aug Penacook nighthawks ["Pam Hunt" ]
24 Aug NH Coast (LIttle Blue Heron, Forster's Tern, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Northern Harrier) [Steve Mirick ]
24 Aug Nighthawks in Henniker [Donna Ellis ]
24 Aug Re: Sandwich migrants [wendy chatel ]
24 Aug Nighthawks [Debbie ]
24 Aug Nighthawks NHTI Now. [David Lipsy ]
24 Aug Nighthawks... [David Lipsy ]
24 Aug Una mas... YBCU [Ken Klapper ]
24 Aug Sandwich migrants [Ken Klapper ]
24 Aug Hollis Nighthawks [Dan Fallon ]
24 Aug NH coast this morning [Rebecca ]
24 Aug New trails at Bedell Bridge State Park in Haverhill, NH [Jeff MacQueen ]
24 Aug 690 Nighthawks! - Concord []
23 Aug Olive-sided reprise, Black-throated Blue [Jody Williams ]
22 Aug Olive-sided Flycatcher, three different redstarts [Jody Williams ]
22 Aug South Africa question ["Dorsey, Kurk" ]
22 Aug Western Sandpiper in Rye [Steve Mirick ]
22 Aug 32 Nighthawks Bow Lake Strafford [Samuel Lewis ]
21 Aug Falcons and flycatchers ["'David Forsyth' via NHBirds" ]
21 Aug nighthawks ["Kathy Dube" ]
21 Aug Rumney Bobolinks [Jody Williams ]
21 Aug Sandwich Olive-sided [Ken Klapper ]
21 Aug Tanager, Warblers, Nuthatches, Rumney [Jody Williams ]
20 Aug Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, August 20, 2014 ["Mark Suomala" ]
20 Aug Sandwich migrants, including Mourning Warbler [Ken Klapper ]
21 Aug 94 Nighthawks - Concord []
20 Aug Nighthawks [Jen Esten ]
20 Aug MARBLED GODWIT - Seabrook ["Pam Hunt" ]

Subject: NH Audubon Basic Shorebirding workshop
From: Jon Woolf <jsw AT jwoolfden.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:46:26 -0400
Listfolk,

We're well into shorebirding season, and shorebirds can be puzzlers 
for someone who isn't familiar with them.  As I've done the last 
couple of years, I'm running a Basic Shorebirding workshop for NH 
Audubon this fall.  It's aimed at people who know something about 
birding but are new to shorebirds.  The workshop consists of two 
sessions: a classroom session and a field trip.  The classroom 
session will be held Friday evening September 12th, 7:00-8:30PM at 
Massabesic Audubon Center.  It will cover the most common shorebirds, 
where to find them and how to identify them, using some features that 
are in field guides and a few that aren't.  Then on Saturday morning 
(September 13th) we'll take a field trip to look for shorebirds on 
the coast.  We'll meet at the Hampton Park & Ride at 8:30am and then 
head to the coast, visiting several known shorebird hot spots to see 
what we can find.

Pre-registration is required; please call or email Massabesic 
(mac AT nhaudubon.org, 603-668-2045) to sign up.  Cost for the classroom 
session alone is $5; cost for both sessions is $10 for NHA members or 
$15 for non-members.

-- Jon Woolf
Manchester, NH
Volunteer, Massabesic Audubon Center

Subject: NH Audubon Basic Shorebirding workshop
From: Jon Woolf <jsw AT jwoolfden.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:46:26 -0400
Listfolk,

We're well into shorebirding season, and shorebirds can be puzzlers 
for someone who isn't familiar with them.  As I've done the last 
couple of years, I'm running a Basic Shorebirding workshop for NH 
Audubon this fall.  It's aimed at people who know something about 
birding but are new to shorebirds.  The workshop consists of two 
sessions: a classroom session and a field trip.  The classroom 
session will be held Friday evening September 12th, 7:00-8:30PM at 
Massabesic Audubon Center.  It will cover the most common shorebirds, 
where to find them and how to identify them, using some features that 
are in field guides and a few that aren't.  Then on Saturday morning 
(September 13th) we'll take a field trip to look for shorebirds on 
the coast.  We'll meet at the Hampton Park & Ride at 8:30am and then 
head to the coast, visiting several known shorebird hot spots to see 
what we can find.

Pre-registration is required; please call or email Massabesic 
(mac AT nhaudubon.org, 603-668-2045) to sign up.  Cost for the classroom 
session alone is $5; cost for both sessions is $10 for NHA members or 
$15 for non-members.

-- Jon Woolf
Manchester, NH
Volunteer, Massabesic Audubon Center


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Subject: 143 Nighthawks - Concord
From: rwoodward30 AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:24:10 +0000 (UTC)
We just pulled out of the trough and we are back on track. Birds were moving 
north and south so I had to be careful to avoid "the Doops" (that's nighthawk 
talk for duplicates). Flock sizes were small, mostly under 20. 


Tomorrow we will see the second peak. The weather forecast is right. To 
celebrate, ice cream and cookies will be served (if anyone brings some cookies) 
and it will also be Hawaiian night - wear your Hawaiian shirt, but don't get 
carried away with hoola hoops or anything like that, it will only draw the CPD. 


Rob Woodward 
Concord, NH 

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Subject: NH Coast (Baird's & Western Sandpiper (photos), Monarchs)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:43:41 -0400
Not much to add to Becky's report from the coast today.  A few notes:

* Hampton harbor was "dead" at low tide.  Not many shorebirds, ZERO 
terns and ZERO Bonaparte's Gulls.   Disappointing fall so far in Hampton 
harbor.

* Common Terns absent elsewhere along the coast; however, there were a 
few in the Portsmouth harbor area.  Only a single Bonaparte's Gull noted 
all day!

* Migrating Double-crested Cormorants are picking up with 391 counted 
migrating in 7 flocks.

* First juvenile shorebirds of the season for Greater Yellowlegs, 
Sanderling (3) and Ruddy Turnstones (10).

* It has been VERY SLOW for Monarchs as their population has plummeted 
in recent years.  So it was nice to finally see a few along the NH 
coast.  We ended up with a total of 7 total Monarchs today.

* The Baird's Sandpiper was nicely picked out and ID'd by Jane at the 
north end of Jenness Beach off Old Beach Road in Rye.  Sadly it flew as 
Katy and Jim were getting on it.  It was very active, feeding with 
assorted shorebirds, and being chased by Semipalmated Sandpipers.  I 
took a bunch of photos, but didn't get much.  Best was this:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/14898896600/in/photostream/lightbox/

* While watching the Baird's, a Western Sandpiper flew in and tucked his 
head and took a nap.  Again, picked out and ID'd by Jane.  This bird was 
a lot more cooperative as it posed and preened with a Semipalmated 
Sandpiper to give a nice comparison.  Decent fall for Westerns so far, 
and I've gotten my best photos yet for this species I think:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/15082527061/in/photostream/lightbox/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/15082527331/in/photostream/lightbox/

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Bairds Sandpiper - YES
From: Rebecca <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:53:25 +0000 (UTC)
Thanks to Steve Mirick, we saw the BAIRD'S SANDPIPER he and Jane found at the 
north end of Jenness Beach this morning. 

Unfortunately we watched it get flushed and fly off out of sight heading north 
around 11:00. 

A Western Sandpiper remained with good numbers of Semipalmated and Least 
Sandpiper and Semipalmated Plovers, and several Sanderlings. 

There were also good numbers of shorebirds at the north end of Foss Beach 
including 5 Ruddy Turnstones. 


At Odiorne Point State Park in Rye we had hundreds of swallows roosting on 
bushes and the beach near the marsh. 

A few warblers were around (Pine, Yellow, American Redstart) but no sign of 
major migrant groups. 

A Whimbrel flew over and there were small numbers of shorebirds in the wrack in 
the cove. 


We checked Pease for shorebirds but only had Killdeer (28). 

Becky Suomala (Chichester) 
Zeke Cornell (Bow) 


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Subject: Penacook update
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:51:03 -0400
Greetings all,

 

Migration in Penacook has been mixed these last two weeks. Overall diversity
has been down compared to the first half of August (59 and 58 species -
still above average), and the number of warblers in particular is low (only
5 species this morning). Today even the building numbers of Chipping and
Song Sparrows must have been elsewhere. On the plus side, the Red-breasted
Nuthatches finally managed to beat their previous record, After hovering at
12 (record in 13) for three weeks in a row they were out in force today, and
I ended with a whopping *25* of the little guys (5 in one flock!).
Chickadees continue high with 49, so I'm also wondering if we'll have
something of an irruption of them as well. And to add a third piece of
evidence to my theory that northern short-distance migrants are up to
something, I had a Golden-crowned Kinglet this morning - my earliest ever by
over a week. It was also a good morning for thrushes, with two Veeries and a
Wood in addition to the expected Hermits - my second latest date for both.

 

Early kinglet, late thrushes, nuthatch invasion and lack of warblers - fall
never ceases to amaze!

 

Pam Hunt

Penacook, NH

 

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the world."

      - Alexander von Humboldt

 

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Subject: Red Crossbills in Holderness
From: Iain MacLeod <iain.macleod AT nhnature.org>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:15:34 +0000
I heard Red Crossbills calling as they flew over the Squam Lakes Natural 
Science Center in Holderness today. This is the second record here this summer. 


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

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Subject: vultures
From: Sylvia Miskoe <sylviasmiskoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:03:08 -0400
Today I watched 4 TV's in the newly mown back field. Sitting about,
pestering a juvenile (no red head), soaring here and there.  The juvenile
was glossy black but when it flew I could not see any white patches under
the wings.
Sylvia Miskoe, Concord

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Subject: Nighthawk migration - Concord
From: rwoodward30 AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:25:05 +0000 (UTC)
Tuesday I predicted that Thursday and Friday would not be so great. This turned 
out to be true but I didn't predict zero for both days. Yesterday moderate 
northwest winds blew, and today southeast winds. Nighthawks like neither. 
Tomorrow winds will be from the south and Sunday from the southwest, so I 
predict 2 good days, and I think the second peak day of the season will be 
Sunday. The season total stands at 5,137. 


Rob Woodward 
Concord, NH 

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Subject: Woke Last Night to the Sound of Thunder; Fisher in the Duck Boxes
From: Alfred Maley <alfredmaley AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:38:28 -0400
...well thunder no, but the loud scraping of claws on the rough bark of a
white pine outside the bedroom window. Armed with a 500-lumen Defender
flashlight I located the source - a fisher high up in the tree. Blinded by
the light, reved up like a deuce another runner in the night! It came down
the tree to the wood duck box, scampered over the raccoon-proof flashing
and down to the ground and away, leaving a distinct mustelid smell in the
air.

There had been an increase in chickadee/titmouse chatter this past week,
dismissed as a neighborhood cat living dangerously. (Our yard is a black
hole for cats -they come in but they don't come out.) We see fishers here
every couple of years, but mostly in the winter at the frozen turkey ratla.

Cooper's no longer here to put the Fear of Dog into the fishers, so it may
be an interested duck nesting season next year. A fisher one year predated
two nests. All part of the scheme of things.

Al Maley
Hampstead, NH

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Subject: rose breasted grosbeaks
From: "Rotberg, Robert" <Robert_Rotberg AT hks.harvard.edu>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:54:58 +0000
They have finally arrived in Madison, at feeders

Robert I. Rotberg

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Subject: 252 Nighthawks, Powdermill Pond, Hancock
From: "'Dlstokes' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:12:38 -0400
Tonight we had 252 nighthawks, viewed from our deck. Julie, Phil and Laurel 
Brown joined us for the count. 

Last night we counted 213 nighthawks and we were joined by Meade Cadot and 
Sandy Taylor. 


Lillian and Don Stokes
Hancock

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Subject: Eagles- the whole dam family at Moore Dam this am
From: "'Duane Cross' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:04:22 -0700
On my way to work this morning I pulled over and glassed the top of Moore Dam 
and it's many security cameras and posts. I found 2 mature and 2 immature bald 
eagles perched all within a 200 yard area. I assume them to be the 2 parents 
and their young that were hatched this summer in the nest at Moore Dam. The 
family that hunts together stay together. 

For some reason I didn't notice any of the gulls that frequent that area when 
resting hanging around there this morning. 


Duane 
Cross 


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Subject: 229 Nighthawks - Concord
From: rwoodward30 AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:28:43 +0000 (UTC)
Now that we are between the 2 peaks for the week the numbers are lower. Today 
mostly small numbers in single digits, but over time they add up. And another 
spectacular sky at the end. 


Yesterday all birds were moving northeast on a southwest wind, not feeding. I 
looked in Birds of Massachusetts to see if they had anything on this. "Reverse 
migration is a common occurrence with nighthawks, and occasionally large 
numbers have been counted flying north in fall. As with passerines, this may 
well reflect the tendency of migrants to fly downwind." Seems inefficient. And 
it should mean an equal number of birds fly south on a north winds but our 
numbers don't bear that out. The next 2 days call for NW winds, so let's see 
what happens. 


Rob Woodward 
Concord, NH 

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Subject: 'North of the Notches' NH Audubon tour highlights
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:01:59 -0700
Four Bonaparte's Gulls and a few water birds highlighted a three-day
NH Audubon tour of Pondicherry, Colebrook, Pittsburg, and Lake Umbagog led by 
myself and Bob Quinn, with help from Dave Govatski (Pondicherry) and from Flip 

Nevers on Lake Umbagog, Aug 23-25. The tour focused on special natural areas in 
which NH Audubon has had a role in protecting or monitoring, and we birded a 
few wetlands extensively. 



Bird Highlights:

Ring-necked Duck- several families of this species that is
restricted to the North Country in the breeding season.
Common Goldeneye- several individuals on Umbagog. Also a North Country
breeder.
Osprey- several.
Bald Eagle- at least four and one nest on Umbagog including great looks.
Common Loon- a dozen or more though only one chick was
noted on Umbagog.
Pied-billed Grebe- one on Cherry Pond; seen flying a short distance, and on 
water. 

Northern Harrier- several in the spectacular grasslands of East 
Colebrook/Stewartstown. 

American Kestrel- ten or so between East Colebrook and Lake
Umabgog. 
Merlin- one or two with a prolonged view of what looked like a
juvenile in Stewartstown.
Sharp-shinned, Broad-winged, and Red-tailed Hawks- several each,
perhaps with a few migrant Broad-wings. 
Semipalmated Plover- one at Sweat Meadow near Errol.
Greater Yellowlegs- three over Lake Umbagog.
Least Sandpiper- seven between Sweat and Harper's Meadows near
Errol.
warblers- 15 species highlighted by two male Cape Mays and one
Bay-breasted.

Boreal species including finches- quiet with only a few Boreal
Chickadees and virtually no finches. However, we did not work hard for these
species either.

Phil Brown for the group
NH Audubon
pbrown AT nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Aug 27, 2014
From: k chamberlin <kchamberlin07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:52:57 -0400
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From: 
Date: Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 12:49 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Aug 27, 2014
To: kchamberlin07 AT gmail.com


Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Grafton, US-NH
Aug 27, 2014 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
33 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1     Hangs out on spillway behind
main st
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  1
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  2
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  10     
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  10
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  3
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  20
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  20
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  8
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  12
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  2
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  1
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  1
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  20
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  12
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  3
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  20

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19587846

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

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Subject: The life (and death) of a Roseate Tern
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:16:02 -0400
I've received more details regarding the Roseate Tern that died as a 
result of being snagged on a fishing lure in Hampton harbor on August 3, 
2014.  Surprisingly NOT one of the terns from White & Seavey Island.  It 
was a 17+ year old male bird that was from the Cape Cod area of 
Massachusetts.

 From Ian Nisbet one of the world authorities on Roseate Tern:

> This bird was banded by me as a breeding adult (trapped on a nest) at 
> Bird Island in Buzzards Bay, MA, on 23 June 2002.  The field-readable 
> metal band 63C6 was applied at that time and it was sexed as a male by 
> head length.  It was seen again at Bird Island (but not at a nest) on 
> 24 June 2003.  It was trapped again by Jeff Spendelow at Bird Island 
> in June 2009 and the color bands were added then.  It has a history of 
> sightings on the staging areas around Cape Cod since 2009: I will ask 
> Jeff and Kathy Parsons for this history and will send it to you all later.
>
> This bird nested early in the 2002 season and was then probably at 
> least 5 years old, so it was probably at least 17 in 2014. Because it 
> was found breeding at least twice at Bird Island, it probably bred 
> there or at one of the other Buzzards Bay colonies throughout its 
> breeding lifetime.  The Buzzards Bay terns move east or NE after 
> breeding to stage around Cape Cod in July and August, and quite a few 
> of them move farther NE into the southern Gulf of Maine during that 
> period.
>
> I have just finished revising the Roseate Tern account for the Birds 
> of North America, and the revised version should be issued online in 
> September.
>
> Ian Nisbet. 

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Eels and Eagles
From: "'Joann O'Shaughnessy' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:31:06 -0400
Thought you might enjoy this pic and the story behind it.
A few winters ago I was in Newburyport. Saw an eagle perched in a tree hanging 
over the road. I stopped, opened my sunroof and started taking pictures. I 
didn't spot the eel right away but only when it started to slip out of the 
birds clutch. That's when I when I quickly closed the roof and drove away. I 
didn't need a passenger! 



http://www.pbase.com/forbirdz/image/74578518

Best,
JoAnn  O'Shaughnessy
Sent from my iPad

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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, August 26, 2014
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:13:02 -0400
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, August 26th, 
2014.



A FORSTER'S TERN and a WHIMBREL were seen in Hampton Harbor on August 24th.



2 immature LITTLE BLUE HERONS were seen in Philbrick Marsh from Route 1A 
near the boundary between North Hampton and Rye on August 24th.



An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON, a STILT SANDPIPER, a VIRGINIA RAIL, and 8 
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were reported from Meadow Pond in Hampton on 
August 24th. A SNOWY EGRET x TRICOLORED HERON hybrid was also seen.



A WESTERN SANDPIPER was seen along with some more common shorebirds at the 
north end of Jenness Beach in Rye on August 22nd, and 1 was seen in Hampton 
Marsh on the 24th.



7 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen in Hampton Harbor on August 24th.



A male SPRUCE GROUSE was seen and photographed on Mount Osceola in the White 
Mountains on August 25th.



A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Ashland on August 25th, 1 was seen at Long 
Pond in Benton on the 25th, and 2 were seen in Hampton Harbor on the 24th.



A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in Sandwich on August 23rd, and a TENNESSEE 
WARBLER and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were seen in Sandwich on the 24th.



A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and a LAUGHING GULL were seen at Odiorne Point 
State Park in Rye on August 24th.



11 PURPLE MARTINS were seen from Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on August 
24th.



6 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were reported from Randolph on August 21st, 1 was 
seen in Rumney on the 22nd, 1 was seen in Sandwich on the 21st, and 2 were 
seen in Sandwich on the 23rd.



Migrating COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were reported from numerous locations throughout 
the state during the past week. Peak numbers were reported from Concord, 
with 690 reported on August 23rd, 2,811 tallied on the 24th, and another 604 
reported on the 25th. Also of note were 1,234 seen at Powder Mill Pond in 
Hancock on August 25th.



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

Thanks very much and good birding.

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Subject: nighthawks in Henniker
From: Donna Ellis <donnaellis1014 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:23:38 -0400
I counted 200 nighthawks this evening from 5:45 to 6:45 that flew over my
house and my neighbors.  I would have counted longer but my family was
clamoring for dinner.  My neighbor and I were amazed how many we saw.  Very
cool!


Donna Ellis
Henniker

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Subject: Focus on Kestrels Friday Sept 5th, 7 p.m. at Eastern Mass Hawk Watch Annual Meeting
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:47:00 -0400
Posting this for Paul Roberts.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA


This year the Eastern Mass Hawk Watch annual meeting, on Friday September 5th, 
focuses on one of our smallest and most beautiful raptors. Tom Sayers, who has 
developed a sophisticated kestrel nesting box program in northeast Connecticut, 
will talk about “Rebuilding Local Populations of the American Kestrel.” 
Drew Vitz, the Mass State Ornithologist will follow with a short program on 
“The Status and Conservation of the American Kestrel in Massachusetts.” 
They have some incredible photography and insights into what is happening with 
what was once our most commonly seen falcon. 

 
The evening includes a popular raffle on a number of great birding items, such 
as photographs, birding wear, books and more. 


The EMHW annual meeting is free and open to the public. The meeting will be 
held at a new location,” the air-conditioned Woburn Elks Lodge, 295 
Washington Street, Woburn, MA. A social hour with beverages and snacks starts 
at 6 pm, followed at 7 pm by a brief business meeting and the Sayers and Vitz 
presentations. For complete information, including driving directions to the 
new location in Woburn (plenty of free parking), visit the Eastern Mass Hawk 
Watch web site at massbird.org/EMHW 

 
The new Woburn location is easy to reach, just blocks from Rte. 128 and a short 
distance off Rte 93. 

 
Best,
 
Paul
 

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

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Subject: Re: River Monster
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:57:00 -0400
The consensus is the critter is a big fat Sea Lamprey--I read that they
return to the rivers to spawn, then die.

Amazing animals, if not very popular.

By the way, I believe the Eagle is our local breeding female--I got a
glimpse of her red band in some of the pics I didn't post.  She has been
around for years, and covers a lot of territory.

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Subject: 362 Nighthawks - Concord
From: rwoodward30 AT comcast.net
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:19:28 +0000 (UTC)
A warm southwest breeze kept a steady flow of birds, all moving north, in small 
numbers, with maximum counts of 30 to 40. This is the peak week and the weather 
looks good for tomorrow, then after the front passes not so great Thurs and 
Friday. 


I was looking at nighthawk reports on listserves from neighboring states and 
found this quote that very honestly and accurately describes the trials and 
tribulations of counting migrating nighthawks: "I wasn't sure if I was seeing 
new birds or if some I counted circled back." Welcome to the club! 


Rob Woodward 
Concord, NH 

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Subject: RE: Eagle captures River Monster in Nashua
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:04:58 -0400
I think it’s a lamprey. Cool pix Chris!

 

Pam Hunt

Penacook, NH

 

From: nhbirds AT googlegroups.com [mailto:nhbirds AT googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Christine Sheridan 

Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 6:49 PM
To: NHbirds
Subject: [NHBirds] Eagle captures River Monster in Nashua

 

I was parked under a tree near the Nashua River just checking my phone and 
listening for odd noises in the trees, when an Eagle suddenly flew out in front 
of me--just had time to grab camera on the seat next to me and snap off a few 
shots....luckily the settings weren't too far off... 


 

The Eagle was carrying what I first thought was a snake, then maybe an eel, 
then I thought of dear old Necturus maculosus, the Mudpuppy, from Vertebrate 
Zoology--I've posted two photos of the Eagle carrying its victim home, and one 
over-enlarged of the prey. 


 

Any thoughts on this beastie?

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/42971731 AT N03/14860871309/

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/42971731 AT N03/15047592695/in/photostream/

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/42971731 AT N03/15047652945/in/photostream/



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Subject: Eagle captures River Monster in Nashua
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:49:23 -0400
I was parked under a tree near the Nashua River just checking my phone and
listening for odd noises in the trees, when an Eagle suddenly flew out in
front of me--just had time to grab camera on the seat next to me and snap
off a few shots....luckily the settings weren't too far off...

The Eagle was carrying what I first thought was a snake, then maybe an eel,
then I thought of dear old Necturus maculosus, the Mudpuppy, from
Vertebrate Zoology--I've posted two photos of the Eagle carrying its victim
home, and one over-enlarged of the prey.

Any thoughts on this beastie?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/42971731 AT N03/14860871309/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/42971731 AT N03/15047592695/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/42971731 AT N03/15047652945/in/photostream/


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Subject: Common Nighthawks in Hollis
From: Gail Coffey <gcoffeywriter AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:30:52 -0400
Watched for nighthawks at our annual spot on Wildlife Pond -Beaver Brook
Association land in Hollis.

Counted 165 nighthawks with 135 passing from 7-7:30 pm.

This is a very rough estimate as many were in the distant haze at the north
end of the pond and low on the horizon so the trees blocked views as they
migrated southwest and southeast.

Beautiful summer evening for watching the migration.

Gail Coffey
Hollis, NH

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Subject: One more EXTREME boat trip from Hyannis, MA on September 27-28
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:41:53 -0400
The Brookline Bird Club just got back from running an extremely 
successful bird trip out to the edge of the continental shelf where they
got lots of great birds and sea critters.  Ida Girunas is setting up a 
last minute trip in September to try to duplicate these results and 
maybe find
some other rare birds like BAROLO'S SHEARWATER or GREAT SKUA.

It is a long and expensive boat trip, but it is an incredible adventure, 
unlike any other boat trip in New England!  And I will be coming out of 
retirement to be the "Man on the Microphone"!

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA


> Greetings:
>
>
>   We have an opportunity to rerun the recent very successful Extreme August
>
> Pelagic trip at  the end of September.   The birds seen in August were the
> White-faced Storm-petrel,  Black-capped Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird,
> dozens of Audubon's shearwaters, a few Band-rumped storm-petrels, a few
> Leach's Storm-petrels and a SOUTH POLAR SKUA as well as our common
> shearwaters, jaegers and phalaropes.  Also seen was a WHALE SHARK and a
> TIGER SHARK..  We have Master birders such as Jeremiah Trimble, Marshall
> Iliff, Nicholas Bonomo, Mark Faherty, Luke Seitz,  etc. leading our trips.
>
> Our boat, the HELEN H, is a very comfortable, fast, 100 foot fishing boat
>
> with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic Captain and crew. We use gallons of
> chum to attract the birds.. There are 38 bunks aboard which will be available 
to the first 38 who 

> sign up. There is a full galley with excellent food at reasonable prices.
> Parking is free.
>
> Please let us know if you would be interested.  We need enough people
> registered by 9/6 to plan to do so.  So, if you want to join us,  contact
> Ida Giriunas at    ida8 AT verizon.net
> (781-929-8772) for  further information and waiver forms.
>
>   September 27,28, 2014 Hyannis to Hydrographer, Veaches, Atlantis Canyon
> area:
>
>
>                             5:30 AM Saturday - 6PM Sunday
>
> for WHITE-FACED STORM PETREL, Band-Rumped and, Leach's Storm-Petrel,5 
Shearwater species (including possible BAROLO),3 Jaeger species, terns, 

> gulls and sea ducks, possible Tropicbird, bridled tern, other rarities.

> Cost: $295 BBC Members,  $310  non-members.
>
>
>
> Ida Giriunas
> For the Brookline Bird Club.

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Subject: 08-25-14 Another Nighthawk Shoot
From: David Lipsy <dlipsy AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:41:33 -0400
Hello Fellow Birders!

I spent another night with the Nighthawks. This evening I played "Dad" and 
brought my son to his first soccer practice of the season. A new field for us, 
and I have to say I am pleased at the new location as it is right across the 
street from a large bend in the Merrimack River. 


Amoskeg Distributors Soccer Field - Hall Street on the Concord-Bow line -

As I suspected I would, I had a flow of Nighthawks come right over me and feed 
on the bugs the kids were kicking up from the grass. In a period from 5:20 PM 
to 6:40 PM, I counted 181 Nighthawks. Smallest grouping was a few loners, to 
the largest grouping of 35. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/65293799 AT N04/sets/72157646816454126/

These photos provide some different looks from Sunday evenings shoot.
I hope you enjoy them.

Good birding,
David

David Lipsy
Eagle Eye Photography
Concord, NH
Email: dlipsy AT comcast.net
Website: http://davidlipsy.zenfolio.com/
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/65293799 AT N04/sets/
Redbubble: http://www.redbubble.com/people/eagleeyephoto/portfolio













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Subject: 604 Nighthawks - Concord
From: rwoodward30 AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:39:08 +0000 (UTC)
Well, as Jack Bogle would say, "Don't do something! Just stand there!" And so 
we stood there, and we counted, and in the end we became (en)RICH(ed). It was a 
good night for the more than dozen visitors but a headache for the compiler. 
The action was sloppy, with lots of north then south then north movements, and 
it lacked the drama of the swarming masses of hundreds of birds. I'm not 
complaining - 600 is a huge payout - just describing it. 


Yesterday I meant to mention the flying ants. They were everywhere. They 
covered our cars, they were all over us. Now I am starting to buy into the 
thinking of those who link flying ants with nighthawk migration. Tonight the 
weather was similar but but ants were few. Yesterday was the peak that on 
average happens on the 25th. When will the second peak hit? Either way, this 
season's total of 4,546 is way ahead of last season's record total with still 
almost 2 weeks left so I would say you could visit any day this week and see 
your fill of nighthawks. 


We will be there tomorrow 6-7:30 - bring a scope. 

Rob Woodward 
Concord, NH 

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Subject: Spruce Grouse on Mount Osceola
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:01:52 -0400
Thanks to Sharon Harvell for this rare report of a Spruce Grouse.  I 
have posted her photo (not mine unfortunately!) here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/14850731228/

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA


> Hiking Mt. Osceola this a.m. incredibly, very near the summit, I 
> encountered a Spruce Grouse!
>
> I have hiked NH trails for decades, done all the 4,000 footers and 
> NEVER seen a Spruce Grouse on the trails.
>
> Needless to say I was totally unprepared, no camera (only food & water!).
>
> Fortunately, the unwary nature of the Spruce Grouse gave me an 
> opportunity to unpack my cell phone and attempt a documentation photo 
> which I have attached.
>
> Initially he zig-zagged slowly in front of me up the trail without 
> concern. Then flew to a branch looking me right in the eye! Then flew 
> down and slowly made his way away from the trail deeper into the dense 
> forest.
>
> Location: Mt. Osceola, Livermore, NH, I hiked up via the Mount Osceola 
> Trail that departs from the highest point of Tripoli Road. I was first 
> car in the lot (6:30 a.m.) so first hiker on the trail.
>
> This Spruce Grouse's elevation really surprised me--literally minutes 
> from summit. Mt. Osceola does have dense tree coverage with mossy 
> grounds up to the summit, just before the trail opens up to a 
> fantastic view point.
>
> Forests getting quiet this time of year, but did also encounter 
> Golden-crowned Kinglets,  a handful of Boreal Chickadees, Nuthatches, 
> Black-capped Chickadees, Winter Wren (1 seen, 2 heard - short singing 
> stints!) Juncos, a couple Black-throated Green.  Did not see or hear 
> Gray Jays or White-throated Sparrows (often seen/heard on other 4,000 
> footers). Thrushes have gone silent.
>
> Sharon
>

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Subject: nighthawks in Amherst
From: Dorothy Currier <dorocurr AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:59:43 -0400
Drove in to find about 100 nighthawks,coming from the east flying/feeding
over the fairways at 6:50 PM.  All disappeared in about 20 minutes.

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Subject: 1,234 nighthawks Powdermill Pond Hancock
From: "'Dlstokes' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:57:29 -0400
Just got finished counting nighthawks from our deck. We had 1,234 sightings, 
most of them headed north. 


Lillian and Don Stokes
Hancock

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Subject: Nashua Nighthawks
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:53:02 -0400
Driving home about 7:15, I saw a group of 20-25 Common Nighthawks swirling
around as if feeding, near Exit 5E in Nashua.

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Subject: Lead Mine Road in Freedom
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:21:50 -0400
Forwarding this for Dana Duxbury-Fox.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

Observers David Deifik, Susan Lee, Fay Melendy, Bob Fox, Dana 
Duxbury-Fox, and two new birders Randy and Michelle Brungot.
2014-08-25 08:28
Freedom, Lead Mine Road
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 Miles
210 Minutes
Observers: 7
     3    Mourning Dove
     1    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
     1    Downy Woodpecker
     1    Hairy Woodpecker
     1    Least Flycatcher
     5    Eastern Phoebe
     2    Great Crested Flycatcher
     4    Blue-headed Vireo
     3    Red-eyed Vireo
     2    Blue Jay
     1    American Crow
     8    Barn Swallow
     20    Black-capped Chickadee
     15    Red-breasted Nuthatch
     2    White-breasted Nuthatch
     1    Hermit Thrush
     2    Wood Thrush
     3    Black-and-white Warbler
     4    American Redstart
     1    Blackburnian Warbler
     10    Pine Warbler
     8    Prairie Warbler
     3    Eastern Towhee
     3    Chipping Sparrow
     1    Purple Finch    one female seen by others

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Subject: Capital Chpt. FT - Surf & Turf
From: Stephanie Parkinson <sparkinson AT sulloway.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:28:33 -0400
Field Trip: Surf and Turf: Whale Watch and Fall Shorebirds
Date: Saturday, September 6, 7 am to 6 pm
It's been a while since the Capital Chapter went to the coast for fall 
migration, so now's your chance. The trip will start with a whale watch on the 
Granite State out of Rye Harbor (8:30 departure) and then spend the afternoon 
looking for shorebirds in Hampton/Seabrook Harbor (low tide at 3:30). 

NOTE:  WHALE WATCH is FREE to NH AUDUBON MEMBERS!
Participants are welcome to join for one or the other as well in coordination 
with the trip leader. Expect to bring lunch or buy something on the boat and 
stop at a local seafood shack for dinner before returning to Concord. 
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: contact Pam Hunt at 
biodiva AT myfairpoint.com or 753-9137. More 
information on the whale watch is available at 
http://www.granitestatewhalewatch.com/ 




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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Aug 25, 2014
From: k chamberlin <kchamberlin07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:02:59 -0400
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Date: Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 1:59 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Aug 25, 2014
To: kchamberlin07 AT gmail.com


Mill Pond Ln. Ashland, Grafton, US-NH
Aug 25, 2014 9:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Started on main st. Ashland and followed river down mill pond
lane. Then across the RR tracks to the cell tower and WWTP.
51 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  10
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  3
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  10
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  5
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus)  1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  1     
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  20
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1     
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  2
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  6
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  20
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  12
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  6
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  20
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  10
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  6     
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  12
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  6
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  5
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)  1
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  12
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  4
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  1
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  2
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  4
Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea)  3
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  30
 
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  2
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  12
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  50
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)  6
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  50     There have been many song sparrows
all along the Squam river all summer.

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  6
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  20
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X     only around Main St.

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19570007

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

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Subject: Belted Kingfisher - Salem
From: "Steve Liffmann" <sliffmann AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:11:59 -0400
I've been waiting all summer for the kingfisher to return to Arlington Pond.
I had a brief sighting in the spring, and then nothing until today.

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/104877589 AT N08/sets/72157644176756167/

 

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Subject: Nighthawks over Keene
From: RG Conroy <studiobuteo AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:46:12 -0400
Last night (August 24) we were driving from Brattleboro to Keene and 
encountered about 3 dozen nighhawks flying over the highest point on Route 9 (I 
think that's Westmoreland?) As we continued along heading east, we saw several 
more dozen flying over the shipping complex off West Ave. 


Still later on our trip home, at dusk on Route 77 in Weare, we saw several more 
nighthawks flying over the cow pastures near Sugar Hill Road intermixed with 
many bats! That was a welcome sight! 


Rosemary Conroy
Weare

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Subject: Scarlet Tanager with white patches - leucistic?
From: Colleen <3potatoes AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:46:10 -0400
Looked out the window this morning and saw a Scarlet Tanager flying across the 
yard - 


He landed up high in the trees, but I was able to take a few photos before he 
disappeared into the leaves. When I uploaded the photos, I realized he has 
large white patches on his sides. Not sure if he's just molting or if he is 
partially leucistic. Would appreciate thoughts on that :-) 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/trespotatoes/sets/72157646852909165/ 

Thank you - 
Happy birding!
Colleen 
Nottingham, NH 


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Subject: More Rumney warblers
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:00:53 -0400
Yesterday afternoon there was a brief flurry of activity in our Amur Maple and 
flowering Crab Apple. 

at 15 feet I was able to naked eye four of seven warblers, and glass the rest 
for about 5 minutes. 

Blackburnian: fall adult male
Black-throated Green; Immature male and immature female
Chestnut-sided; Immature female
Magnolia; Immature- broad white base to the tail.
Nashville: Yellow undertail coverts, gray undertail
And nearby:
Northern Parula: adult male with white belly, and orange-brown banded yellow 
patch on the upper breast 

Common Yellowthroat.

This morning and yesterday afternoon, a Scarlet Tanager calling "pit-chung". 
All yellow with black wings. 


Still one adult male Ruby-throated Hummingbird guarding the feeder. 

John R Williams
Rumney

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Subject: Meadow Pond (Little Blue, hybrid heron, Stilt SP)
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:06:35 -0400
Last night Amanda and I "kayaked" Meadow Pond in Hampton from around 5:30pm
until sun down and had some nice birds.  It was our first time attempting
to get out there...we dredged through the muck with the yaks more often
than not, but I'd say it was still worth it.

Little Blue Heron - immature bird seen with mixed group of egrets including
the hybrid heron, only seen briefly before flushing south out of sight on
its own.  Maybe one of the same individuals others got earlier in the day?

Snowy x Tricolored Heron hybrid - sweet looking bird, unfortunately it
wasn't easy to get to for photos
Black-crowned Night Heron - 8 - https://flic.kr/p/oBmqc9
Snowy Egret - 20+
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 lone bird at a distance
Black-bellied Plover - 1 flyover
both Yellowlegs and Semipalms
Virginia Rail - heard from marsh on east side of pond
Marsh Wren - 2
Merlin
Northern Harrier
mixed flock of Swallows including Tree, Barn, Bank, and I thought I heard a
Cliff but never saw it.


Amanda Altena & Kyle Wilmarth
Salem, NH

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Subject: August 2014 Hummingbird Photographs
From: David Lipsy <dlipsy AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:32:44 -0400
Hello fellow birders,

I have been off shooting various things this summer. One of my subjects has 
been Hummingbirds at Concord Gardens. A wonderful woman by the name of Deborah 
has grown a beautiful plot filled with flowers that attract Hummingbirds and 
Butterflies, and has graciously given me free run of her plot. The Hummers have 
been very cooperative! 


Here are two shoots that I did in the month of August.

If you like Hummingbirds and flowers, you will love these photographs.

08-15-14
https://www.flickr.com/photos/65293799 AT N04/sets/72157646423930910/

08-20-14
https://www.flickr.com/photos/65293799 AT N04/sets/72157646838932245/

Thank you for viewing my work,
and good birding to all!
David

David Lipsy
Eagle Eye Photography
Concord, NH
Email: dlipsy AT comcast.net
Website: http://davidlipsy.zenfolio.com/
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/65293799 AT N04/sets/
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Subject: 08-24-14 Nighthawks over NHTI
From: David Lipsy <dlipsy AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:53:20 -0400
Hello fellow birders,

Tonight as I was heading home from a late afternoon shoot, I spotted a swarm of 
birds over towards the NHTI boat ramp on the Merrimack River, so I jumped off 
the highway and went to investigate. As I drove up I saw that it was a mass of 
Nighthawks swirling around like a kettle of Broad-winged Hawks. 

I estimated the swarm to be anywhere from 150-200 birds swirling around.

They were mostly over the boat ramp parking lot and the baseball fields. 
Occasionally the entire group would drift over the soccer fields and large 
parking lots, but they always came back. 

I was there from 5:45 - 6:15 PM

Here is a selection of photographs of both male & female Nighthawks.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/65293799 AT N04/sets/72157646823079242/

Good birding,
David

David Lipsy
Eagle Eye Photography
Concord, NH
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Subject: Re: Penacook nighthawks
From: dlv AT comcast.net
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:54:21 +0000 (UTC)
I guesstimated a couple hundred as they filled the sky over my parents' house - 
but I am terrible at counting huge masses of birds - so I bow to Pam's 
expertise and will say 120 when I log them into ebirds (the did indeed seem to 
be coming from The Island/Washington Street Area). There were more than I have 
ever seen. On my way to Concord, I saw them head over the "Manor" in Penacook 
toward the Merrimack River. When I was in Concord - I noticed a small flock 
downtown over the S. State Street area - but since I was driving couldn't count 
them :) My passengers weren't interested in counting nighthawks (My mom and 
sister). I did manage to take some nighthawk shots as they swarmed over my 
folks' house (I would have taken more but my mom was anxious for us to leave 
and didn't see the thrill - as I kept taking photos...when she called me DEBRA 
- I knew it was time for me to stop :) LOL A few of my shots are on my Flickr 
Photostream at the link below. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/34155736 AT N07/ 

It was fun checking out the swifts - I was hoping for a roost sighting but no 
such luck. 


Happy Birding All! 
Debbie/Boscawen 

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To: "Group, NHBirds"  
Sent: Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:18:15 PM 
Subject: [NHBirds] Penacook nighthawks 



At ~6:10 I estimated 120 nighthawks over The Island and Washington Street in 
Penacook – almost certainly the same group Debbie reported from her 
parents’ place in an earlier post. 


I then wandered east into downtown Penacook, where I had another 15 or so 
around 6:30, 5 at 6:50, and at least 85 at 7:10 or so. 




Carol Foss reported another 50 sometime before 6 pm from down near Morrill’s. 




It’ll be interesting to see what the Watchers on the Roof end up with tonight 
– looks like it could be another good flight. 




Also in the air over Penacook were a max of 12 Chimney Swifts. Debbie joined me 
for a little towards dark and we wandered up and down along Main Street seeing 
if we could find a roost. But alas, the flock gradually thinned and the last 
three birds disappeared somewhere to the east (where the most recent roosts 
have been, but I figured I’d check different territory…). 




Enjoy, 

Pam Hunt 

Penacook 



“The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed 
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Subject: Warner Nighthawks
From: Jay Gamble <jpgamble1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:42:18 -0400
Did a Nighthawk watch from the Park & Ride in Warner from 6:30pm - 7:45pm.
This location has been good over the years.

12  AT  6:55pm
27  AT  7:05pm
65  AT  7:30pm
  5  AT   7:35pm
  4  AT   7:40pm

113 total.  All were high and on cruise control headed WSW.

Jay Gamble
Sunapee, NH

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Subject: 221 Nighthawks in Merrimack
From: Tom Young <tomyoungnh AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:39:59 -0400
This evening while driving east on Route 101A through Merrimack in the
vicinity of Pennichuck Square, I noticed a large number of Common
Nighthawks also heading roughly eastward. I pulled into the nearest parking
lot and counted them to the best of my ability and came up with a total of
221, although I suspect that there were many more that I missed while I was
still driving.


Tom Young
Merrimack, NH
tomyoungnh AT gmail.com

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Subject: 2,811 Nighthawks - Concord
From: rwoodward30 AT comcast.net
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:30:16 +0000 (UTC)
A count for the record books! This is by far the highest count we have ever had 
and exceeds the annual totals for all years except last year. Huge flocks 
followed one after another including one of 792. 


I get emails saying "I would have been there if only I had known!" This is 
somewhat similar behavior to investors who try to time the stock market. Don't 
even try - you can't! Instead, try the "dollar cost averaging" approach - put 
in a little periodically over time. Visit the site daily for an hour all this 
week. You will earn handsome returns on your investment. 


If your time is really limited, play the averages. I drew a graph a few years 
ago using statewide data from NH Bird Records from 1992 to 2007. The peak dates 
are on August 25 and August 30. The data from the parking garage, a different 
set of data, shows the same two peaks! Therefore, I would show up the 25th 
(tomorrow) and or the 30th. Remember, these are averages. And like the stock 
market, past performance is no guarantee of future results. 


The Capital Commons Parking Garage is on Storrs Street, near the intersection 
of Pleasant Street, one block east of Main Street. If you can't picture it, go 
to Mapquest, enter "Capital Common Parking Garage, Concord, NH" and it will 
give you a clear map. 


Tomorrow's forecast calls for clouds of nighthawks, intervals of sun, and 
seasonable temperatures. We are there from 6:00 pm to 7:30. 


Rob Woodward 
Concord, NH 

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Subject: 35-40 Nighthawks in Walpole
From: Pam Blair <pamelynblair AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:31:27 -0400
Saw 35-40 common nighthawks tonight briefly flying around the Malnati Farm area 
in Walpole at 7:00. 


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Subject: Penacook nighthawks
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:18:15 -0400
At ~6:10 I estimated 120 nighthawks over The Island and Washington Street in
Penacook - almost certainly the same group Debbie reported from her parents'
place in an earlier post.

I then wandered east into downtown Penacook, where I had another 15 or so
around 6:30, 5 at 6:50, and at least 85 at 7:10 or so.

 

Carol Foss reported another 50 sometime before 6 pm from down near
Morrill's.

 

It'll be interesting to see what the Watchers on the Roof end up with
tonight - looks like it could be another good flight.

 

Also in the air over Penacook were a max of 12 Chimney Swifts. Debbie joined
me for a little towards dark and we wandered up and down along Main Street
seeing if we could find a roost. But alas, the flock gradually thinned and
the last three birds disappeared somewhere to the east (where the most
recent roosts have been, but I figured I'd check different territory.).

 

Enjoy,

Pam Hunt

Penacook

 

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the world."

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Subject: NH Coast (LIttle Blue Heron, Forster's Tern, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Northern Harrier)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:06:46 -0400
All day birding on the coast interrupted by nice brunch at the Golden 
Egg.  Busy summer beach day.  Shorebirds scattered along coast, fighting 
for every inch of space they can find between beach blankets.  IMHO, the 
best shorebird viewing spot that is shaping up might be the north end of 
Foss Beach in Rye where there was a nice variety and some nice washed up 
vegetation keeping the beach goers down and providing some temporary 
habitat for the shorebirds.

Nothing terribly rare or different today but the Forster's Tern was 
nice.  No luck with the White Ibis or hybrid egret.  Are they gone?

A few more photographs including one of the Little Blue Heron and a 
juvenile Western Sandpiper from yesterday.  Different from the one I 
photographed on Friday.

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

Highlights
--------------
BLACK SCOTER  9     Over-summering group off Foss Beach now down to 9 birds.
Common Loon  6
Double-crested Cormorant  230     MIGRATING flocks. 60,20,17,57,8,6,11,45,6
Great Blue Heron  11
Great Egret  44
Snowy Egret  50
LITTLE BLUE HERON  1     Juvenile in Philbrick marsh.  Photographed.
Green Heron  1   Juvenile at Odiorne.
Black-crowned Night-Heron  3     Seabrook roost.
Osprey  5
NORTHERN HARRIER  1   Juvenile over Hampton salt marsh.  First of fall.
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1  soaring over Little River salt marsh (no Coopers, 
however).  First of fall.
Red-tailed Hawk   1
Black-bellied Plover  73 in Hampton harbor
Semipalmated Plover  429     Total from along coast.  Highest count in 
Hampton salt marsh (200) and Foss Beach (95).
Killdeer  5
Spotted Sandpiper  19   Spread out along coast.  Five at Odiorne. Six 
off Little Boar's Head.
Greater Yellowlegs  49
Willet (Eastern)  2     Lingering birds.  At least one a juvenile.
Lesser Yellowlegs  12
WHIMBREL  1  Fly over at Hampton harbor picked out by Jane.
Ruddy Turnstone  4 adults with 3 off Foss Beach in Rye.
Sanderling  17 adults from a couple of locations.
Least Sandpiper  172     Scattered flocks along coast from many 
locations.  Almost all juveniles. Relatively high count for NH coast in 
fall.
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER  9 adults.  7 in Hampton harbor, 1 from Little 
Boar's Head.  1 at Odiorne.
Semipalmated Sandpiper  434  From scattered locations.  Mix of adults 
and juveniles.
Western Sandpiper  0     None for us today despite having 3 yesterday 
and spending a lot more time with shorebirds today.
Short-billed Dowitcher  5
Bonaparte's Gull  45 (no Little Gulls around)
Laughing Gull  1  Nice looking juvenile at Odiorne.
Common Tern  80     Only 25 In Hampton harbor.  55 in Little Harbor from 
Odiorne.  No Roseates.
FORSTER'S TERN  1     Juvenile/Adult winter.  Nice views with Common 
Terns in Hampton harbor.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2     Including one bird flying south 
MIGRATING well offshore from Little Boar's Head.
PILEATED WOODPECKER  1  At Odiorne.  Rare along coast.
Peregrine Falcon  2     Juveniles together in Hampton harbor.
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER  1  Migrant at Odiorne.
PURPLE MARTIN  11     Adults and young from nest sites off Cross Beach 
Road in Seabrook.
Tree Swallow  200     LOW.  Small swarm in the Seabrook area.  Very few 
further north on coast.
Bank Swallow  2   At least a couple at Odiorne.
Barn Swallow   6   Odiorne.
Carolina Wren  2
Wilson's Warbler  1  Migrant at Odiorne.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Nighthawks in Henniker
From: Donna Ellis <donnaellis1014 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:42:59 -0400
We were just driving though downtown and saw about 15 circling near the
Contookcook River at 6:15 pm.  Stopped to watch for about 10 minutes.

Donna Ellis
Henniker

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Subject: Re: Sandwich migrants
From: wendy chatel <wendychatel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:42:50 -0400
I also have had MANY Pine Warblers, Bluebirds, Phoebes (including lots of
juveniles), and Chipping Sparrows.

Wendy Chatel
Wolfeboro

Wendy



On Sun, Aug 24, 2014 at 5:18 PM, Ken Klapper  wrote:

> Birds are moving - over the weekend, from my yard in Sandwich I've seen:
>
> Common Nighthawk - 2 flying east yesterday afternoon (~4:30), these are a
> lot harder to get in Sandwich than in Concord or Keene
> Olive-sided Flycatcher - 2 (Saturday - simultaneously on same snag), 1
> continuing today
> Philadelphia Vireo (Sat) - 1
> Tennessee Warbler - 1 imm (Sunday)
> Wilson's Warbler - 1 male (Sat)
> Nashville Warbler - 1 (Sun)
> Pine Warbler - at least 15 (!) on the lawn, roof, and flying around
> everywhere Sat morning.  Maybe up to 20.  A great study in various plumages
> from brown to yellow.  There was some association with a smaller flock of
> Bluebirds.
> DE Junco - 1 fairly brownish bird - they breed not far from here, but my
> first in several months
>
> Plus lots of other "regular" warblers (at least 13 spp total),
> flycatchers, "year-round" songbirds and even a raptor or two....
>
> Ken Klapper
> Sandwich, NH
>
>
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Subject: Nighthawks
From: Debbie <dlv AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:17:04 -0400
Hundreds of nighthawks flying over my parents' house right now!  Penacook 

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Subject: Nighthawks NHTI Now.
From: David Lipsy <dlipsy AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:07:13 -0400
Approx 150 Nighthawks above the boat ramp parking area and ballfields... Photos 
to follow. 


David

David Lipsy
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Subject: Nighthawks...
From: David Lipsy <dlipsy AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:05:31 -0400

David Lipsy
Eagle Eye Photography 

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Subject: Una mas... YBCU
From: Ken Klapper <kklapper AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:58:07 -0400
I'm loving this late afternoon birding at my place.  Just had awesome looks
at an adult Yellow-billed Cuckoo in the trees right off my porch - a new
yard bird!

Ken Klapper
Sandwich, NH

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Subject: Sandwich migrants
From: Ken Klapper <kklapper AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:18:26 -0400
Birds are moving - over the weekend, from my yard in Sandwich I've seen:

Common Nighthawk - 2 flying east yesterday afternoon (~4:30), these are a
lot harder to get in Sandwich than in Concord or Keene
Olive-sided Flycatcher - 2 (Saturday - simultaneously on same snag), 1
continuing today
Philadelphia Vireo (Sat) - 1
Tennessee Warbler - 1 imm (Sunday)
Wilson's Warbler - 1 male (Sat)
Nashville Warbler - 1 (Sun)
Pine Warbler - at least 15 (!) on the lawn, roof, and flying around
everywhere Sat morning.  Maybe up to 20.  A great study in various plumages
from brown to yellow.  There was some association with a smaller flock of
Bluebirds.
DE Junco - 1 fairly brownish bird - they breed not far from here, but my
first in several months

Plus lots of other "regular" warblers (at least 13 spp total), flycatchers,
"year-round" songbirds and even a raptor or two....

Ken Klapper
Sandwich, NH

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Subject: Hollis Nighthawks
From: Dan Fallon <fallon.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:47:36 -0400
There were approximately 10 Nighthawks feeding at tree level above Route
111 in Hollis near the entrance for Overlook Golf Course at 9:15 this
morning.

Dan Fallon
Pelham, NH

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Subject: NH coast this morning
From: Rebecca <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:44:02 +0000 (UTC)
A few highlights from an early trip to the coast this morning. 

Little Blue Heron - 2 immatures at Philbrick Marsh (Rt. 1A at N. Hampton /Rye 
border) 

White-rumped Sandpiper - 1 at North Hampton State Beach - the wrack line here 
is particularly good with lots of peeps 

Western Sandpiper - 1 at Hampton saltmarsh behind Little Jack's 
Short-billed Dowitcher - 12 at Henry's Pool (Rt. 101E, Hampton) 
Forster's Tern (thanks to Steve and Jane Mirick) - 1 at Hampton Harbor from the 
marina at the north end 

Purple Martin - 10 at Cross Beach Rd. 

Primary shorebirds were Black-bellied Plovers, Semipalmated Plovers, 
Semipalmated Sandpipers and Least Sandpipers. 


Becky Suomala, Chichester 
Zeke Cornell, Bow 

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Subject: New trails at Bedell Bridge State Park in Haverhill, NH
From: Jeff MacQueen <jmacqueen AT sau88.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:37:13 -0400
I birded this spot for the first time since last spring and although it was
pretty slow, I wanted to pass along info about some new trails. Folks who
have birded here know that it is a pretty cool spot. There are good
breeding birds and it has also been good during migration over the years.
Now it is even better with the addition of some new trails that were put in
this summer. There is now a trail that cuts into the floodplain forest
perpendicular to the long straight access road. There is also now a trail
that goes along the south of this forest from the parking area to a
platform that looks into the wooded swamp. I think birders will be excited
as I was to try out these new trails, I know I am looking forward to going
back this fall and next spring.       Jeff MacQueen

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Subject: 690 Nighthawks! - Concord
From: rwoodward30 AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:35:26 +0000 (UTC)
Wow! Tonight was the night we dream about every time we count nighthawks. Zeke 
already had some birds lined up when I arrived a little after 6. A flock over 
Oak Hill grew from 37 to 47 to 58 to 66 to 83. The next flock over the heights 
started at 14 and grew to 207. While counting these a sneak flock came in 
behind us to the west, partly obscured by buildings. A huge swirling swarming 
mass of nighthawks like I've never seen before, moving north, impossible to 
accurately count, so I am going with Becky's estimate of 400. During the next 
hour. with the sky lit by the sunset and pink clouds, we were surrounded by 
birds moving in all directions but impossible to say they were new to the 
count. The air must have been filled with flying ants as even starlings were 
acting like nighthawks hawking bugs. Swift numbers were high too. 


I will have information tomorrow about my forecast for next week, the peak of 
nighthawk migration. At the moment it looks like the planets and stars are 
aligning favorably. 


Rob Woodward 
Concord, NH 

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Subject: Olive-sided reprise, Black-throated Blue
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:19:54 -0400
This morning I noted a first fall plumage female Black-throated Blue Warbler, 
observed at 5 feet... nice naked eye bird. 

A Red-eyed Vireo joined it and at least 6 Black-capped Chickadees

This afternoon in the meadow, an Olive-sided Flycatcher (yesterday's?) was 
hawking from a dead stub. 

A Winter Wren was chattering from a brush pile, and the Song Sparrows continue 
in numbers. 


A flying ant emergence gave me hope that the Common Nighthawks might show up 
here, but no luck this time. Years ago we had an ant emergence in our yard and 
a flock of about 35 Common Nighthawks were feeding on them. They flew by as 
close as three feet. It was one of those moments that I wish I had videoed... 
but I just stood there and enjoyed about 10-15 minutes of the most stunning 
aerial display. Simply breathtaking!!! Jody and I fondly recall the event. 


John R Williams
Rumney  

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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher, three different redstarts
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:50:53 -0400
This morning an Olive-sided Flycatcher flew tree-top to tree-top across the 
back yard, stopping in the open long enough to eliminate the Great-crested that 
had been around. 


Also saw a full adult male American Redstart, a sub adult male molted black but 
still yellow rather than orange patches, and one with just the yellow tail 
lights and a touch of yellow on the flanks. 

One immature male Chestnut-sided was the only other Warbler this morning. 

John R Williams
Rumney

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Subject: South Africa question
From: "Dorsey, Kurk" <Kurk.Dorsey AT unh.edu>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:20:14 +0000
Birders,
With the moderator's permission, I'm writing to see if anyone has a CD of South 
African bird calls available for borrowing or buying. Please contact me off 
list at kd AT unh.edu if so. 


Thank you!

Kurk Dorsey
Durham

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Subject: Western Sandpiper in Rye
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:45:40 -0400
There was a juvenile Western Sandpiper this afternoon at the north end 
of Jenness Beach off Old Beach Road.  It was with assorted Semipalmated 
Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers and Semipalmated Plovers. The rufous 
scapulars were not striking, but the long bill was evident.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40298884 AT N06/15002073702/

Later in the afternoon, I scanned Hampton harbor at low tide, but no 
luck with the Marbled Godwit.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: 32 Nighthawks Bow Lake Strafford
From: Samuel Lewis <samlewis100 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:12:40 -0400
While camping with family and friends V & I saw 32 night hawks fly right
over us. FOY for us.

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Subject: Falcons and flycatchers
From: "'David Forsyth' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:41:41 -0400
Today in Randolph we counted 11 American kestrels perched on wires in one 
telephoto field of view, with 3 more visible flying nearby. Also saw at least 6 
olive-sided flycatchers, as well as several phoebes and willow/alder 
flycatchers, and one yellow-bellied flycatcher. Yesterday (20th) there was a 
Merlin in the same vicinity as today's kestrels, and we spotted a least 
flycatcher on the 19th. 


David and Anne Forsyth

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Subject: nighthawks
From: "Kathy Dube" <kdube AT ncia.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:54:01 -0400
14 nighthawks flew over us at 6pm at the Industrial Park in Berlin. Industrial 
park abuts Androscoggin river on east side of river. 


Kathy Dube, Berlin

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Subject: Rumney Bobolinks
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:35:12 -0400
An early afternoon dog walk led to finding 20 Bobolinks in our meadow. At least 
some were bright buff yellow immatures. 


Always a pleasure to find and hear their chortle song. 

John R Williams
Rumney 

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Subject: Sandwich Olive-sided
From: Ken Klapper <kklapper AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:10:14 -0400
And in the yard today - an Olive-sided Flycatcher looking smart in vest and
short tail.  I first noticed it at 11:30 on the same snag in the front
woods where I observed one during Spring migration.  Then it moved to a
nearly equally prominent snag in the backyard.

-Ken Klapper
Sandwich, NH

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Subject: Tanager, Warblers, Nuthatches, Rumney
From: Jody Williams <fisherwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:13:30 -0400
The Scarlet Tanager was stunningly bright, with the mix of molting red over the 
incoming yellow producing the glow effect of orange. 


Aug 21, 2014 8:50 AM - 9:10 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Around the yard, flat gray light
15 species

Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  2
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Red-breasted Nuthatch  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  1
Blackburnian Warbler 1 immature male plumage, orange-yellow throat, black eye 
line and pale cheek patch, wing bars 

Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Scarlet Tanager 1 molting male presenting "glo-orange" patches on throat, by 
the black wings, irregular streaks on flank. 

Indigo Bunting  1     all brown, unstreaked

John R Williams
Rumney

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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, August 20, 2014
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:20:33 -0400
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, August 20th, 
2014.



An immature-plumaged BLUE GROSBEAK was seen among a flock of over 50 INDIGO 
BUNTINGS at Morrill's Farm in Penacook on August 17th. If you bird Morrill's 
Farm, please respect private property and stay on the railroad tracks or 
farm roads. The best place to park is north of the wastewater treatment 
plant (then walk the tracks south), but note that this area is currently a 
staging ground for the major construction in downtown Penacook - so be sure 
to stay out of their way.



A possible immature-plumaged SUMMER TANAGER was reported from Chichester on 
August 17th.



A MARBLED GODWIT was seen in Hampton Harbor on August 20th.



A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen and photographed on Lake Coniston in Croyden 
on August 16th.



An immature WHITE IBIS was discovered at Awcomin Marsh in Rye on July 11th, 
and was last reported on August 15th. It has most recently reported from the 
Little River Saltmarsh in North Hampton, where a SNOWY EGRET x TRICOLORED 
HERON hybrid was also seen.



An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON and a GLOSSY IBIS were reported from coastal 
Rye on August 16th and 17th, and a FISH CROW and a GLOSSY IBIS were seen in 
Hampton Harbor on August 16th.



A LEAST TERN was seen in Hampton on August 17th, and a ROSEATE TERN was seen 
in coastal Rye on August 15th.



At least 2 MISSISSIPPI KITES have been seen regularly during the summer in 
Newmarket, where they have nested during the past several years. They 
successfully hatched and are currently raising a young MISSISSIPPI KITE!

2 SANDHILL CRANES have returned to their summering grounds in Monroe and are 
raising a young SANDHILL CRANE. They can sometimes be seen in fields along 
the Connecticut River nearly as far as 1-mile north of the town center and 
also in fields along Plains Road. If you look for these birds, please do not 
venture onto the farm fields, which are privately owned.



6 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at the southern end of Chocorua Lake in Tamworth 
on August 18th.



A BICKNELL'S THRUSH was seen on Mount Washington on August 16th.



A BAY-BREASTED WARBLER was reported from Rumney on August 14th, and a CAPE 
MAY WARBLER was reported from Tamworth on August 16th.



2 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were seen near the Mount Washington Regional 
Airport in Whitefield on August 16th.



4 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were reported from a private residence in West Rumney 
on August 20th.



2 PURPLE MARTINS were seen from Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on August 14th.



A SORA was reported from McDaniel's Marsh in Grafton on August 16th.



A BOREAL CHICKADEE was seen at Black Mountain in Jackson on August 14th.



A MERLIN was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on August 15th and 18th.



Over 270 migrating COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen in Concord and over 100 were 
seen in Hancock, all on August 19th.



A birder on a Granite State Whale Watch out of Rye Harbor reported seeing: 8 
CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 14 GREAT SHEARWATERS, a MANX SHEARWATER, 5 WILSON'S 
STORM-PETRELS, 2 GREAT CORMORANTS, and a BLACK GUILLEMOT on August 16th.


This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and 
press 2 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: Sandwich migrants, including Mourning Warbler
From: Ken Klapper <kklapper AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:43:21 -0400
Coming home from work this afternoon I was greeted by a flurry of bird
activity.  Many birds were hawking insects and otherwise feeding in the
warm, still afternoon sun.  Too much to list here but clear migrants (or at
least wide dispersers) included Wilson's Warbler (adult), Canada Warbler
(f/imm type), and a fairly cooperative (for the species) Mourning Warbler
(imm).  Oddly enough, Baltimore Oriole was a first for the yard, one of
several common birds that I missed in the spring but have turned up in the
last week or so.  Others in this category include RB Nuthatch, House Wren,
and Gray Catbirds.

-Ken Klapper
Sandwich, NH

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Subject: 94 Nighthawks - Concord
From: rwoodward30 AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:51:02 +0000 (UTC)
The dozen or so gulls appeared as usual between 6 and 6:30 but they did not 
stop to feed but kept going straight downstream. All the nighthawks did 
likewise, suggesting that there was nothing to eat, so they booked straight 
down the pike. This makes for easy counting compared to the swirling swarms of 
feeding nighthawks. Jackson Browne did not get the rave reviews I expected from 
Zeke, something about a solo concert turning into another guitarist on stage. 
And there are interesting developments from Market Basket across the street 
that we'll get to next time. 


Rob Woodward 
Concord, NH 


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Subject: Nighthawks
From: Jen Esten <jennifere1234 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:49:00 -0400
4 nighthawks passed over Pleasant Lake on their way to Concord to see Rob and 
friends 


Jen Esten
New London 
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Subject: MARBLED GODWIT - Seabrook
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:07:49 -0400
Greetings all,

 

Took a day off (use it or lose it) to hit the coast this morning, where the
undoubted highlight was a MARBLED GODWIT at the far side of the harbor from
the Yankee Fisherman's Co-op (Harborside park next door is currently
closed). The bird was a little hard to see in the heat haze, but was
initially detected near the mouth of Brown's River/Hunt's Creek (north of
the rocks on the far side). It was actively working its way south along the
shoreline with the falling tide just before noon. After briefly taking my
eyes off it, it apparently kept going and was lost from view, and checks
from various roads that head down to the marsh from Route 1A did not turn it
up. I was also unable to find it when I stopped by the Co-op again about an
hour later at a lower tide.

 

But it certainly could be out there somewhere. And apologies for the latish
notice - I (not surprisingly) forgot my phone.

 

Not much else of interest, although other shorebirds at the harbor included
60 Black-bellied Plovers, ~150 Semi Plovers, 30+ Semi Sandpipers, 30
Sanderlings, and a few Leasts. Another cluster, including 95 Semi Plovers
and a mix of yellowlegs, was at Henry's pool.

 

No sign of the White Ibis or hybrid egret among the 66 Snowy and 16 Great
Egrets I encountered at Philbrick Marsh.

 

Hundreds, perhaps a thousand, Tree Swallows along Cross Beach Road. Plus two
martins hanging around the gourds.

 

Still 7 Black Scoters off the Angel Pull-out on 1A in Rye.

 

And Odiorne this morning (8-10ish) was pretty dull. Highlights were a
gnatcatcher and a couple of Savannah Sparrows (seems early for these to be
at the coast).

 

Enjoy,

Pam Hunt

Penacook, NH

 

 

 

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the world."

      - Alexander von Humboldt

 

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