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30 Jul Red Knot, Hampton Harbor [Katie Towler ]
30 Jul Used book sale at Joppa Flats today [David Larson ]
29 Jul Sandhill Crane moves to Elm Brook [raqbirds via NHBirds ]
29 Jul Hampton/Seabrook this morning ["'Joann O'Shaughness' via NHBirds" ]
29 Jul Caspian tern spofford lake 6pm [eric masterson ]
29 Jul Sandhill Crane - NO []
29 Jul Red knot ["'Joseagle AT aol.com' via NHBirds" ]
29 Jul sandhill []
29 Jul Re: Carolina Wren sang What? ["Jim Berry" ]
29 Jul Carolina Wren sang What? ["'Aerart' via NHBirds" ]
28 Jul Re: Sandhill Crane today? ["'Joseagle AT aol.com' via NHBirds" ]
28 Jul pipits on Franconia Ridge [Hector Galbraith ]
28 Jul pipits singing on Franconia Ridge [Hector Galbraith ]
28 Jul Re: Sandhill Crane today? ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
28 Jul Sandhill Crane today? [Christine Sheridan ]
28 Jul Barred Owl Drinks From the Birdbath [Alfred Maley ]
28 Jul Fish Crow sing-along, Durham ["Dorsey, Kurk" ]
27 Jul Birds of the White Mountains presentation ["Hale, Stephen" ]
27 Jul Birding article in this week's Hippo [Scott Heron ]
27 Jul Talk on Aerial Insectivores Thursday evening [Pamela Hunt ]
27 Jul Sandhill Crane there at 11:00 [Cliff Otto ]
26 Jul Sandhill Crane and two Great Egrets [raqbirds via NHBirds ]
26 Jul Cockatiel - Goshen []
26 Jul Sandhill Crane Continues [Aiden Moser ]
26 Jul Sandhill Crane now Rte 127 [Jen Esten ]
26 Jul Hopkinton Sandhill Crane [birdrecords ]
26 Jul Sandhill just left [Dorothy Currier ]
26 Jul Sandhill crane now [Dorothy Currier ]
25 Jul Nashua Peregrines this evening. [Christine Sheridan ]
25 Jul Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, July 25, 2016 ["Mark Suomala" ]
25 Jul Talk on Aerial Insectivores Tuesday evening [Pamela Hunt ]
24 Jul Not so peaceable kingdom [Sylvia Miskoe ]
24 Jul Sandhill Crane a no-show in W. Hopkinton [Christine Sheridan ]
24 Jul Martin's have fledged at Cross Beach Road, Seabrook [DENNIS ]
24 Jul Sandhill Crane continues on Sunday ["Mark Suomala" ]
24 Jul Sandhill Crane- Yes on Saturday [raqbirds via NHBirds ]
23 Jul NH Coast & Newmarket (7 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons & KITE NEST with baby!) [Steve Mirick ]
23 Jul 7 Yellow - crowned Night-Herons on Coast [Steve Mirick ]
22 Jul Red-shouldered Hawks - New London []
22 Jul Dead Cedar Waxwings in Derry ["Al Howard" ]
23 Jul Female Loon eating a huge sunfish video []
22 Jul Yellow-crowned Night Heron - yes [Kyle Wilmarth ]
22 Jul Re: sandhill crane No [Cliff Otto ]
22 Jul sandhill crane No [Dorothy Currier ]
22 Jul Seabird trip on Monday from Newburyport [David Larson ]
22 Jul Glossy Ibises in Kingston [Scott Heron ]
21 Jul Contoocook location of sandhill [Dorothy Currier ]
21 Jul Sandhill Crane and Great Egret [Donna Ellis ]
22 Jul Granite State Whale Watch trip report, 7/20 ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
21 Jul 2 Yellow Crown Night Herons: " a hot time on the old coast today" plus Mendum's Pond [Jeanne-Marie Maher ]
21 Jul Sandhill Crane - Contoocook []
21 Jul Crows harass a juvenile bald eagle in Sunapee PHOTOS ["Jim Block" ]
21 Jul inland shorebird opportunity [eric masterson ]
21 Jul 6 Glossy Ibis over Ports. traffic circle yesterday [Jerry Kelly ]
21 Jul American Kestrel, Salem Transfer Station [Kyle Wilmarth ]
21 Jul Sandhill Crane continues in Hopkinton ... [Christian Martin ]
21 Jul Bakd Eagle in Manchester [Jonathan Smith ]
20 Jul mallards-Exeter WWTP [Dorothy Currier ]
20 Jul Sandhill Crane, Contoocook [birdrecords ]
20 Jul Sandhill Crane Photo [Aiden Moser ]
20 Jul Sandhill Crane - Yes ["Rebecca Suomala" ]
19 Jul Nashua July birds [Jeanne-Marie Maher ]
19 Jul Sandhill Crane Contoocook this morning [birdrecords ]
19 Jul Loon, Jaffrey [Bruce Boyer ]
18 Jul Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, July 18, 2016 ["Mark Suomala" ]
18 Jul Penacook Birds - a Change of Seasons ["Pam Hunt" ]
18 Jul Great egret Exeter [Greg Tillman ]
18 Jul Seacoast Purple Martin update [DENNIS ]
17 Jul NH Coast & Exeter [Steve Mirick ]
17 Jul World End Pond - Least Bittern [Rebecca ]
16 Jul Re: Whale-and-bird watching, 7/15 [Jon Woolf ]
16 Jul Kite and Durham birds 6/16 ["Dorsey, Kurk" ]
16 Jul NH Coast - 36 Ibises....none white! [Steve Mirick ]
16 Jul Caps Ridge Trail - Black-backed Woodpecker [Jess Cosentino ]
16 Jul nests available for viewing []
16 Jul Whale-and-bird watching, 7/15 [Jon Woolf ]

Subject: Red Knot, Hampton Harbor
From: Katie Towler <katie AT katherinetowler.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:03:49 -0400
We had distant views of the red knot yesterday afternoon and beautiful views of 
it in plumage on the flats by Eastman's at noon today. When we left at 12:45 it 
had flown to the far flats south of the power plant. Many thanks to JoAnn for 
finding and posting this bird! Happy migration to all. 


Katie Towler
Jim Sparrell 
Portsmouth 

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Subject: Used book sale at Joppa Flats today
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:33:16 +0000
In case you are in the Newburyport/Plum Island area today between 8:30 am and 4 
pm, stop by at Joppa and see if the book of your dreams is on sale for a buck. 
Maybe you will find 100 books of your dreams. There are some huge bargains in 
the mix! 


First come, first served. Sales tax applies. All proceeds benefit operations at 
Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center. 


David Larson
Newburyport, MA
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Subject: Sandhill Crane moves to Elm Brook
From: raqbirds via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:41:00 -0400
No sign of the Sandhill Crane along Rte 127 in West Hopkinton this evening 
between 5:20-5:35 pm but when I walked into Elm Brook 20 minutes later it was 
in the marsh visible from the observation deck. It was still there at 7:30 pm 
when I left. This time it was feeding with its head way down at water level and 
much of the time was completely out of sight. 



A Pied-billed Grebe was also of note since they are not known to breed at Elm 
Brook. The water is low enough now to expose some shorebird habitat but no 
sandpipers or even Killdeer yet. 




Bob Quinn
Webster, NH 





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Seattle 


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Subject: Hampton/Seabrook this morning
From: "'Joann O'Shaughness' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:00:05 -0400
Spent a little time checking out spots in Hampton/Seabrook today. Migration 
looks to be in full swing with shorebirds in abundance. The usual with least, 
semi pal pipers and plovers in good numbers. As well my first black-belled of 
the "fall" , short-billed dowitchers, yellow legs (greater and lesser) and 
willets. 

The treat was an adult red knot in breeding plumage. Handsome!
Terns seen in the marshes included young and adult:
Common
Least 
Roseate
1 Bonaparte gull
70ish great blues
50'ish great egrets
20ish snowy egrets
1 immature yellow-crowned night heron  from Island Path
1 immature yellow-crowned night heron on Wotherly Rd sitting on the same branch 
as an adult bald eagle. 😳(Banded (the eagle) with orange on left and silver 
on the right(probably from nearby Mass). Too far to read. 

17 ! osprey over the marsh soaring with another 4 visible  in nests.
How mdrends and hundreds of tree swallow over the water and marsh as well as on 
power lines everywhere. 

At least 55 Purple Martins on Cross Beach Rd. . Talk about a success story!
2 adults Purple Martins on Island Path Rd.. No fledglings this morning. Any 
time now! 

4 immature black-crowned night herons on the flats.
While scanning the marsh I sitter what looked like a raptor hanging from a 
telephone line near Beckman's island. I took a ride and indeed there was a dead 
carcass of a raptor hanging by the foot where it had gotten caught. Pretty 
gruesome. 

Peregrine falcon back at the water tower the past few weeks.
Well the games have begun!
Good birding to everyone,
JoAnn O'Shaughnessy
Hampton


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Subject: Caspian tern spofford lake 6pm
From: eric masterson <erictheirish AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:02:06 -0400

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Subject: Sandhill Crane - NO
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:32:37 -0400
As of now, 4:30pm, the Sandhill Crane is NOT in the fields along Route 127 in 
W. Hopkinton (near the school bus parking). 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Red knot
From: "'Joseagle AT aol.com' via NHBirds" <nhbirds@googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:58:49 -0400
There is a beautiful Redknot in breeding plumage in Hampton Harbor near 
Eastmans. The coast is alive with migration! More later. JoAnn 


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Subject: sandhill
From: s42yth AT comcast.net
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:03:43 +0000 (UTC)
crane was in the usual field, in the back left as you face that field, today at 
8:30, still there at 9:00, but not there at 10:00. 


sylvia hartmann manchester nh 

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Subject: Re: Carolina Wren sang What?
From: "Jim Berry" <jim.berry3 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:13:29 -0400
Andrea, that is apparently a more widely practiced art by carolina wrens 
than we might suspect.  One winter here in Ipswich I heard a perfect house 
wren song, sung many times over several days.  I knew it couldn't be a house 
wren in february, so i kept watching and finally saw a CAWR singing the 
song.  It was the only time I have heard one do that, and I'm glad someone 
else has had the same experience.      Jim

Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
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Sent: Friday, July 29, 2016 6:38 AM
Subject: [NHBirds] Carolina Wren sang What?


>
> Yesterday we had a wandering Carolina Wren by our house in Pittsfield.
>
> It was calling and it was singing.
>
> It did a wonderful medley that started with 3-4 typical Carolina Wren song 
> versions,
> but then it ended with a perfect House Wren song!
>
> George actually watched it singing or we would not have believed it!
>
> Needless to say, House Wren had to be crossed off the day's list after 
> that!
>
> Andrea and George Robbins
> Pittsfield, NH

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Subject: Carolina Wren sang What?
From: "'Aerart' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 06:38:30 -0400
Yesterday we had a wandering Carolina Wren by our house in Pittsfield.

It was calling and it was singing.

It did a wonderful medley that started with 3-4 typical Carolina Wren song 
versions, 

but then it ended with a perfect House Wren song!

George actually watched it singing or we would not have believed it!

Needless to say, House Wren had to be crossed off the day's list after that!


Andrea and George Robbins
Pittsfield, NH

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Subject: Re: Sandhill Crane today?
From: "'Joseagle AT aol.com' via NHBirds" <nhbirds@googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:15:26 -0400
Spent about an hour and a half from 12:30 to 2 pm looking in the fields around 
the bus lot and Kast Hill Rd. with no luck. 

Best, 
JoAnn O'Shaughnessy 
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> On Jul 28, 2016, at 1:24 PM, 'Phil Brown' via NHBirds 
 wrote: 

> 
> I looked at 830-845 without any luck in the field next to the school buses.
> 
> Phil Brown
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> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Jul 28, 2016, at 1:19 PM, Christine Sheridan  wrote:
>> 
>> Anyone see the Crane in W. Hopkinton today?  Thinking of trying again.
>> 
>> Thanks!
>> 
>> Chris Sheridan
>> Nashua, NH
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Subject: pipits on Franconia Ridge
From: Hector Galbraith <hg2 AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:20:46 -0400
Sorry, I meant the west side of the ridge. Also, I checked with Pam Hunt on the 
status of Am. pipit as a breeding bird in NH. Seems like they have been limited 
thus far to the alpine meadows high on Mt. Washington. This might be an 
extension of their range or it could simply be that other areas have not been 
checked thoroughly. 


Hector Galbraith, PhD
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Subject: pipits singing on Franconia Ridge
From: Hector Galbraith <hg2 AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:56:19 -0400
Walked the Franconia Ridge south to north yesterday and heard and saw two male 
American Pipits singing a hundred feet for so below the ridge on the eastern 
side. 



Hector Galbraith, PhD
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Subject: Re: Sandhill Crane today?
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:24:54 -0400
I looked at 830-845 without any luck in the field next to the school buses.

Phil Brown

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> On Jul 28, 2016, at 1:19 PM, Christine Sheridan  wrote:
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> Anyone see the Crane in W. Hopkinton today?  Thinking of trying again.
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> Chris Sheridan
> Nashua, NH
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Subject: Sandhill Crane today?
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:19:43 -0400
Anyone see the Crane in W. Hopkinton today?  Thinking of trying again.

Thanks!

Chris Sheridan
Nashua, NH

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Subject: Barred Owl Drinks From the Birdbath
From: Alfred Maley <alfredmaley AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:31:32 -0400
I’d long suspected that the local Barred Owls took advantage of the
handcrafted birdbaths in the yard (because they are so lovely) but could
never prove it. Sure the water levels dropped overnight, but it could be
the deer. But this morning just after 7 A.M. the youngest of the four
fledged owlets was hunting in the yard and suddenly flew across the yard
and landed on a branch above the “modern art” birdbath. After studying it
for about five minutes, the owl dropped down and landed in the birdbath
whereupon it proceeded to slowly and calmly take 6-7 gulps of water,
lifting its head each time to swallow. It did not bathe, however, before
resuming its hunt. Perhaps you only want wet feathers when you are well fed
and headed for a nap.

The Gang of Four owlets are wandering the neighborhood, singly and at times
together, being teenagers. There were three of them in the trees on the
deck one morning, peering in the windows and generally being cute.

Al Maley, Hampstead

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Subject: Fish Crow sing-along, Durham
From: "Dorsey, Kurk" <Kurk.Dorsey AT unh.edu>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 02:21:31 +0000
Birders,

At least a dozen Fish Crows were in attendance at Bill Staines' concert at the 
Durham Public Library this evening. When asked if they liked "All God's 
Critters Got a Place in the Choir," they said "naw, naw." 



A visit to Old Mill Road in Lee yesterday turned up a nice collection of field 
and swamp birds, despite the lack of actual water in said swamp--Swamp Sparrow, 
Field Sparrow, Willow FC, thrasher, towhee, many swallows. Later I found a 
Kestrel at Moore Fields in Durham. 



Kurk Dorsey

Durham (or Little America, Wyoming)

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Subject: Birds of the White Mountains presentation
From: "Hale, Stephen" <Steve.Hale AT unh.edu>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:31:38 +0000
Fun and free slideshow presentation at the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton, NH 
on Wednesday August 3rd from 6:30pm-7:30pm. 


Presentation designed as a virtual tour on a regular hiking trail in the White 
Mountains of New Hampshire. The virtual tour documents both common and uncommon 
birds beginning in the low lying valleys with intermittent streams, ponds, and 
wetlands within a setting of northern hardwoods forest. The tour progresses 
through mixed forest with increasing fir and spruce community birds until 
reaching the uppermost boreal forest zone, which hosts a distinctive assemblage 
of birds reserved for the most hearty hikers. This presentation is also set up 
as a bird quiz to allow you to test your bird ID skills, with pointers readily 
available for assistance. 

Steve Hale
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Subject: Birding article in this week's Hippo
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:29:07 -0400
I just came across this in the most recent issue of The Hippo:

https://issuu.com/hippopress/docs/hip_160721_000book_with_hyperlinks/15

The article features insight from a few familiar names including a certain
moderator. Also featured are some of our notable birds including
Mississippi Kites, Sandhill Cranes, Black-backed Woodpeckers, and the famed
Redwing.

It looks like today is the last day this issue will be out in stands for
those who want a hard copy.

Scott Heron
Kingston, NH

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Subject: Talk on Aerial Insectivores Thursday evening
From: Pamela Hunt <phunt AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:30:41 +0000
Greetings all,



As I noted in my email on Monday, there is a second chance to see my 
ever-so-exciting talk on the declines of aerial insectivore. This time it's at 
the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany (just outside of Conway). 
Address is 1245 Bald Hill Road. Phone is 603-447-6991. 




Date = Thursday, July 28, Time = 7 p.m. The cost of the program is $5 for 
families, $3 per person and free for members (of Tin Mnt.). 




Again, the talk is about population declines in aerial insectivores: birds that 
feed primarily on insects captured in flight. This group include nightjars, 
swifts, flycatchers, and swallows, many species of which - particularly 
swallows and the Chimney Swift - are experiencing significant population 
declines. Learn some basic biology about these birds, as well as an overview of 
population trends and what conservation issue related to the declines. 




Enjoy,

Pam


Pamela D. Hunt, Ph.D.
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New Hampshire Audubon
84 Silk Farm Road
Concord, NH 03301

(603) 224-9909 x328
phunt AT nhaudubon.org

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Subject: Sandhill Crane there at 11:00
From: Cliff Otto <bye.bye.nh.birdy AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:41:00 -0400
field along Rte 127, but far back

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Subject: Sandhill Crane and two Great Egrets
From: raqbirds via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:06:35 -0400
I also watched the Crane this evening about 6:45 pm. It was clearly gleaning 
something (presumably insects) from the tops of the vegetation. In the 15 
minutes I observed it all of its foraging motions were at the top level of the 
clovers etc., never down at the ground. 



Then I went to Elm Brook Park where the highlights were two Great Egrets and 
two Brown Thrashers. At 7:45 the egrets flew up, circled to gain elevation, and 
flew away to the SE. 



A nice bonus was a total of nine bats on the ten mile drive to home. 


Bob Quinn
Webster, NH 




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Subject: Cockatiel - Goshen
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:42:13 -0400
Obviously not a wild bird by any means, but an acquaintance of a friend of mine 
reported having a Cockatiel visiting their feeders in Goshen a few days ago. 
Anyone in the area keep an eye out for an exotic surprise! 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Sandhill Crane Continues
From: Aiden Moser <aidenmoser10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:19:23 -0400
Hi All,

My mother just called to report that the Sandhill Crane is currently at the 
same location (off Rt 127) in Hopkinton. 


Aiden Moser
Henniker, NH

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Subject: Sandhill Crane now Rte 127
From: Jen Esten <jennifere1234 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:45:35 -0400
Here now, 5:30 pm, in field next to bus parking lot, Rte 127, Hopkinton. A 
local woman asked me what it is and said she has been seeing it here for two to 
three weeks. 


Jen Esten
New London

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Subject: Hopkinton Sandhill Crane
From: birdrecords <birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:11:09 +0000
We just learned that a Sandhill Crane was also seen near the road in the fields 
on Kast Hill Rd. in Hopkinton on Sunday, 7/24/16. This is presumably the same 
bird that has been present on Rt. 127 near the school bus parking since Kast 
Hill Road is nearby just to the west - on the other side of the dam crossed by 
Rt. 127. BUT - you never know.... 


Becky Suomala
New Hampshire Bird Records
New Hampshire Audubon

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Subject: Sandhill just left
From: Dorothy Currier <dorocurr AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:14:27 -0400
I went up the road and turned around so don't know if it flew off or just not 
visible. 


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Subject: Sandhill crane now
From: Dorothy Currier <dorocurr AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:05:05 -0400
At 10 am. In front of trees toward west side. Photographers, please don't walk 
towards it and scare it away. Good scope views. 


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Subject: Nashua Peregrines this evening.
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:24:26 -0400
As some familiar with the history of our Peregrine Falcon pair, "Rusty" and
"Monster" are aware, each year they repair to a so-far-mysterious nesting
site, only to reappear during the last week of July with fledglings in
tow....

Based on this history we've been stepping up our Peregrine prowls.

This evening I found Rusty, Monster, and two young Peregrines, an apparent
male and female (judging by size)--as well as an "extra" adult male on the
steeples, ledges, weathervanes and turrets of Nashua. (A total of 5 falcons
in all.)

BUT!

Do the chicks belong to Rusty and Monster?  Certainly their history would
indicate so.

However, recently a hatch-year male Peregrine banded at a Lawrence, Ma.
nest found himself in a bit of trouble in Nashua and was taken to Wings of
Dawn for rest and rehab.

Determining whether these youngsters are banded or not will help to narrow
down the possibilities; if banded they did not originate here!

The birds were very active tonight between around 7 and 8:30.  Worth
checking out...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/42971731 AT N03/28552586175/in/dateposted-public/

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Nashua, NH

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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, July 25, 2016
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:52:01 -0400
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 25th, 2016.



A MISSISSIPPI KITE nest was found with 1 chick, and at least 3 adults were 
seen in the same area, in Newmarket on July 23rd.



A SANDHILL CRANE has been seen somewhat regularly in a partially mowed 
hayfield along Route 127 in West Hopkinton since July 19th and was last 
reported on the 25th.



A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and they were most recently 
reported on July 22nd. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along 
Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not 
enter the fields.



7 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in Seabrook on several days during 
the past week, of which 6 were seen in a marsh on Worthley Avenue.



A LEAST BITTERN was reported from World End Pond in Salem on July 24th.



14 GLOSSY IBIS were seen in Kingston on July 22nd, and 6 were seen in 
Portsmouth on the 21st.



3 GREAT EGRETS were seen in Plainfield on July 20th. A GREAT EGRET was seen 
in Elmbrook Park in West Hopkinton on July 21st.



2 LEAST TERNS were seen in Hampton on July 23rd.



Birders on a whale watch cruise out of Rye Harbor reported a CORY’S 
SHEARWATER, a LAUGHING GULL, and 20 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS on July 20th.



A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton Marsh on July 24th.



A RUDDY DUCK and an AMERICAN WIGEON were seen at the Exeter Wastewater 
Treatment Plant on July 23rd.



25 PURPLE MARTINS were seen along the coast at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook 
on July 23rd.



A RED CROSSBILL and 2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from Pittsfield 
on July 19th.



A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Lebanon on July 21st.



At least 75 TURKEY VULTURES were seen soaring over West Lebanon on July 
21st.



An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Ponemah Bog Sanctuary in Amherst on July 24th.



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: Talk on Aerial Insectivores Tuesday evening
From: Pamela Hunt <phunt AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:14:56 +0000
Greetings all,



People may be interested in a talk I'm giving in Hebron tomorrow night 
(Tuesday, July 26) as part of the "Red Barn Lecture Series" associated with NH 
Audubon's Paradise Point Nature Center. 




The talk is about population declines in aerial insectivores: birds that feed 
primarily on insects captured in flight. This group include nightjars, swifts, 
flycatchers, and swallows, many species of which - particularly swallows and 
the Chimney Swift - are experiencing significant population declines. Learn 
some basic biology about these birds, as well as an overview of population 
trends and what conservation issue related to the declines. 




The talk is held at the Red Barn near the village of Hebron, and goes from 7:30 
to 8:45. There is a suggested donation of $8/$10 (member/non-member for 
individuals and $16/$20 for a family. 




More information, including directions, is available at:


http://www.nhaudubon.org/calendar/red-barn-lecture-series-the-decline-of-aerial-insectivores/ 



(And if you REALLY want to see this talk but can't make it on Tuesday, I'll be 
giving it AGAIN on Thursday in Conway. I'll send out a reminder for that one on 
Wednesday. 


Enjoy,
Pam

Pamela D. Hunt, Ph.D.
Avian Conservation Biologist
New Hampshire Audubon
84 Silk Farm Road
Concord, NH 03301

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Subject: Not so peaceable kingdom
From: Sylvia Miskoe <sylviasmiskoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 19:02:56 -0400
While this is not very bird related it is important enough to report.  This
afternoon a coyote sunned itself in the lower half of my back field and
less than a week ago one of my son's cats disappeared in the night after
some banging, growling and cat cries.

Sylvia Miskoe, Concord

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Subject: Sandhill Crane a no-show in W. Hopkinton
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 18:51:58 -0400
Between 2:30 and 3:45 this afternoon.

  I checked around neighboring fields and went over to Elm Brook Park for a
look, then returned to the field near the bus lot.

There was a Great Egret at Elm Brook along with the usual characters.  The
park was open, and free today, as they had no water or electricity, and the
beach was closed due to cyanobacteria!

Chris Sheridan
Nashua, NH

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Subject: Martin's have fledged at Cross Beach Road, Seabrook
From: DENNIS <d.skillman AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 19:33:04 +0000 (UTC)
The gourds and birds survived last night's storm. This morning there was a ton 
of feeding and chattering at the gourds, and newly fledged birds on the wires. 
It looks like there may be an active martin nest further down the road on the 
south side in an old (duplex) swallow box. Photos at: 
http://www.pbase.com/dennissk/image/163738420 then click on next for more. 


Dennis Skillman 
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Subject: Sandhill Crane continues on Sunday
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:33:02 -0400
The Sandhill Crane was seen in the same spot along Rte 127 in West Hopkinton 
at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Mark Suomala
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Subject: Sandhill Crane- Yes on Saturday
From: raqbirds via NHBirds <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:55:53 -0400
The Sandhill Crane was seen in the same spot along Rte 127 in West Hopkinton 
(the proper name for the location) at noon on Saturday. 



Bob Quinn
Tom McShane


Robert A. Quinn
Merlin Wildlife Tours 
603-746-2535 office 
603-568-8582 cell 




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Subject: NH Coast & Newmarket (7 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons & KITE NEST with baby!)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:21:17 -0400
Another hot summer day on the coast.  We started early at sunrise. By 
8:00 AM it was very busy in Hampton and along Route 1A.  Some photos:

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

Highlights:
-------------
Black Scoter  5     Continuing birds off North Hampton State Beach.
RED-NECKED GREBE  1     Distant bird, but well seen with small flock of 
Black Scoters off North Hampton State Beach.
Great Blue Heron  25
Great Egret  79     Combination of count and estimate from total egrets 
present.  From single spot at Yankee Fisherman's Coop and scanning over 
the Seabrook and Hampton Falls marshes.
Snowy Egret  41     Combination of count and estimate from total egrets 
present.  From single spot at Yankee Fisherman's Coop and scanning over 
the Seabrook and Hampton Falls marshes.
Green Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  3     1 off Wortley.  2 in roost trees. 
Surprisingly all adults.
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON  7     Remarkable count for coast and appears 
to be a new record high for the State.  6 together in beaver pond roost 
off Worthley Ave. in Seabrook.  One in roost trees on Route 1A in 
Seabrook.  All juveniles. Dispersed birds from breeding areas south of us.
Glossy Ibis  4     Flying with egrets.
Semipalmated Plover  74
Killdeer  7
Spotted Sandpiper  1     About 14 more counted at Odiorne and included 
in separate checklist.
Greater Yellowlegs  21
Willet  8
Lesser Yellowlegs  11
Least Sandpiper  17
Semipalmated Sandpiper  266     Almost all in Hampton harbor.  There 
were likely a few Leasts mixed in with distant flocks.
peep sp.  16     Migrating.
Short-billed Dowitcher  6
Least Tern  2     Adult in Hampton harbor and another bird in Meadow 
Pond which might have been a juvenile.
Roseate Tern  X
Common Tern  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1     JUVENILE.  Off Worthley Ave. in Seabrook.
Marsh Wren  1     Meadow Pond.
Saltmarsh Sparrow  4     Behind Little Jack's.  Includes a BANDED BIRD 
which looks very drab and possibly could be a hybrid?

And in Newmarket.....

MISSISSIPPI KITE - 4 including two adults bringing food in to a nest 
with at least one small nestling (and another adult flying overhead).  
We were VERY HAPPY to find an active nest again this year!!!  This nest 
is very difficult to see and even harder to see the baby.  Impossible 
without a scope.  Again....it is in someone's front yard.  This year, it 
is high up in a big White Oak.  NOT A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY.  If anyone 
wants specifics on the nest location, let me know.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: 7 Yellow - crowned Night-Herons on Coast
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 06:25:33 -0400
6 off Worthely Ave and one off Rt 1A in Seabrook.   All juveniles.

Steve Mirick


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Subject: Red-shouldered Hawks - New London
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:51:28 -0400
I spent my morning working at a residence on Pleasant Lake in New London and 
when I first arrived I was greeted by the calls of a Red-shouldered Hawk. As I 
looked on towards where the calls were coming from I watched the bird fly from 
its perch and pass overhead. I could see this bird was a juvenile from its pale 
breast with dark vertical streaking. It moved on to the east where it continued 
calling. Shortly after I could hear another Red-shouldered calling from deeper 
in the woods to the east. 


This species has always been a tough find for me in NH and I usually only come 
across them during migration. Its an even more seldom sight for me in my 
stomping grounds. I assume this is an active breeding area making this find all 
the more exciting. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Dead Cedar Waxwings in Derry
From: "Al Howard" <alanlhoward AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:28:54 -0400
Wife was out, walking the dog , at Beaver Lake, and spotted two dead Cedar
Waxwings about 50 feet apart on the "off lake" side on North Shore Road,
near Orchard Drive. No idea how it happened.

Al

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Subject: Female Loon eating a huge sunfish video
From: loonphotog AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:10:39 +0000 (UTC)
Female Loon had just finished feeding the twins. Now she is trying to eat a 
large Sunfish. I thought I was going to have to perform the heimlich maneuver. 
Shot handheld from my kayak on a windy day. 

Sorry for the music, it was either that or listen to a jet ski, the wind noise 
and an airplane going by...... In NH. 

https://youtu.be/nPv4Domt34I
 
  John Rockwood

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Subject: Yellow-crowned Night Heron - yes
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:01:26 -0400
Amanda and I took a quick stop at Worthley Ave. in Seabrook around 6PM
tonight, and at least one of the two Yellow-crowned Night Herons found by
JM continues. It was on a distant snag in the wetland on the west side of
the road.

Amanda Altena & Kyle Wilmarth
Plaistow, NH

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Subject: Re: sandhill crane No
From: Cliff Otto <bye.bye.nh.birdy AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:23:38 -0400
I visited the area around 11-11:30 but didn't see the crane, either. A car
with Florida plates stopped and asked if I was looking for the bird ("What
was it? An Ostrich? It has been seen for eight straight days but yesterday
it was scared off by a couple of coyote.")

Cliff Otto
Manchester

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Subject: sandhill crane No
From: Dorothy Currier <dorocurr AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:35:51 -0400
I went to the field on 127 from 7:15-8 AM this morning.  Saw barn
swallows, a healthy looking doe with two spotted youngsters and a green
heron in the marshy area.  Didn't see it from the Elm Brook Park embankment
area either.

Dot Currier

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Subject: Seabird trip on Monday from Newburyport
From: David Larson <dlarson AT massaudubon.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:17:06 +0000
Seabirders,
 Yes indeed folks, we start our summer seabird trips out of Newburyport, MA, on 
Monday. I will narrate bird sightings. This is a seabird trip, not a 
whale-watch (well, we will stop for whales if there are birds with them.) 

 Trips run from 9 am to 3 pm (6 hours) aboard a boat from the Captain's Lady 
fleet (number of signups determines which boat). We will head out to Jeffreys 
Ledge or Stellwagen Bank or wherever the best birds are to be found. We will 
look for storm-petrels, shearwaters, jaegers, terns, gulls, gannets, and who 
knows what else! 

 Trip dates are July 25, August 15, and September 19. All registrations are 
through Newburyport Whale Watch at 800-848-1111. Don't dally, sign up right now 
before you forget and I'll see you on the water.... 

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: Glossy Ibises in Kingston
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:26:42 -0400
While checking on the loon pair on Great Pond, I saw a flock of 14 Glossy
Ibises flying north over the pond. They never touched down and eventually
flew out of sight. This is my first glimpse of Glossy Ibis in Kingston.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottheron/28437304636/

A note on the loon pair: I thought for sure we'd have a chick this year,
but no such luck. At least two adults have been present and very vocal
since April. Evy Nathan and I received a report of an adult with one chick
spotted near Camp Lincoln early this week. When I followed up, I only found
the pair sans offspring.

Scott Heron
Kingston, NH

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Subject: Contoocook location of sandhill
From: Dorothy Currier <dorocurr AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:16:35 -0400
Google maps says Contoocook ends at the east side of I-89 so it's actually
in greater Hopkinton on the west side of  I-89 about 2 miles.  If you look
on satellite view it actually shows buses parked next to the field-where
the river comes right next to the road.

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Subject: Sandhill Crane and Great Egret
From: Donna Ellis <donnaellis1014 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:03:11 -0400
This morning on my way to Concord I did see the Sandhill Crane in the
middle of the field on Rt 127.  It was still there at the back end when I
came back through at 5:30.  This evening we went for for a walk in Elmbrook
Park and I could see a Great Egret on the opposite side from the beach.  It
was starting to get dark so my picture was not clear.  There was also an
Eastern Meadowlark in the fields where they fly model planes.

I was at Pondicherry midday and took the trail to Little Cherry Pond and
was dive bombed by a Cooper's Hawk on the .6 mile trail near the junction
that was closest to the pond.  I lost my sunglasses ducking from the
attacks.  I'm thinking it may have a nest so if anyone is out there be
careful!

Donna Ellis
Henniker

https://flic.kr/p/KncqS8

https://flic.kr/p/KncAmP

https://flic.kr/p/JWbiy7

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Subject: Granite State Whale Watch trip report, 7/20
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 02:53:16 +0000 (UTC)
I spent yesterday afternoon with my 4-yr old daughter on the coast, where we 
took the 2 pm whale watch and had some excellent looks at whales. 5 fins, 5 
minkes, and a very cooperative cow ("Pinball") and her calf to end the trip. A 
beautiful day on the water, and a great experience for my daughter.Seabirds 
were rather limited, though, especially the lack of shearwaters (both the staff 
and I only noticed a single Cory's - staff had noted their decline in the past 
week since Jon Woolf's post on 7/16). We did see about 20 Wilson's 
storm-petrels, including a group of ten, as well as three Northern gannets, one 
laughing gull, and the usual assortment of terns and gulls. Two groups of 
shorebirds were distant, but one group of 10 or so appeared to be dowitchers, 
and the other flock peeps. Rye Harbor had an American kestrel, red-tailed hawk, 
great blue heron, and two snowy egrets before the boat launched. 


Back on the mainland, we enjoyed a picnic dinner and ice cream from the Beach 
Plum across the street on the ocean, where I observed 3 Bonaparte's gulls 
heading north, 4 glossy ibis heading south, and other usual species including a 
juvenile common tern begging for food on the beach. 

Phil BrownHancock, NH

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Subject: 2 Yellow Crown Night Herons: " a hot time on the old coast today" plus Mendum's Pond
From: Jeanne-Marie Maher <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 21:33:37 -0400
Decided to make a day of it today, Started early on the coast before 7 am ,to 
avoid the crowds (which did appear). 

It was gorgeous and even required a bit of fleece in the early hours but of 
course that didn’t last long as temps careened from low 60’s to mid 90’s. 


Birds were very active but quiet. Impressive numbers of Tree Swallows, Barn 
Swallows, (and a single Bank Swallow) throughout the coast. Martins at Island 
Path, Cross beach (including the 4 end of the road on the cut), but no Cliff 
Swallows at Ft Constitution. Did they even nest there this year? 


Nice collection of Herons: Great Egrets, Great Blues, Snowys (mostly at 
Odiornne), Green Heron and two odd looking Night Herons, which I thought were 
Yellow Crown (and have since confirmed with S. Mirick) Off Worthley Ave in 
Seabrook in small Marsh. (I have photos but haven’t downloaded to Flick’r 
yet) 


2 lone Semipalmated Plovers, lots of Semipalmated Sandpipers, Yellowlegs 
(both), Willets, a smattering of Least Sandpipers, Short Bill Dowitchers 
(Seabrook and Henry’s Pool), not a single Piping Plover even early in AM, one 
lone Sanderling 

Terns: Roseate, Least, and many Commons

Finally gave a shot at the site Eric Masterson recommended: Mendum’s Pond on 
the way home.: Hard to access but when I did was mostly rocky/grassy with 4 
killdeer only in the lowered water from Dam work. (It was however still in the 
90’s and late in the day). Perhaps someone else may have better luck. 



Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua NH




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Subject: Sandhill Crane - Contoocook
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:40:07 -0400
The SANDHILL CRANE continues in the fields along Route 127 in Contoocook 
(Hopkinton) as of 6:40pm this evening. I arrived to the location at around 
6:00pm and found the bird happily foraging away. As mentioned before, the bird 
is in a field west of the Elm Brook Park entrance and east of the school bus 
lot on the south side of 127. 


I was able to watch the bird slowly make its way to the south east corner of 
the field before I left. While I was there I was happy to help a couple locals 
find out exactly what it was. They had no idea. One guess was an odd Turkey and 
the other was an Emu! 


Here are a few photos from today:
https://flic.kr/p/JW1sB7
https://flic.kr/p/KcM3GL
https://flic.kr/p/Jqvm1N

-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Crows harass a juvenile bald eagle in Sunapee PHOTOS
From: "Jim Block" <jab AT valley.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:31:55 -0400
For photos of crows and a juvenile bald eagle from yesterday morning see:  

http://www.jimblockphoto.com/2016/07/juvenile-bald-eagle/ 

 

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Etna, NH

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Subject: inland shorebird opportunity
From: eric masterson <erictheirish AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:21:44 -0400
I dont know if anybody is checking Mendum's Pond in Nottingham. I certainly
would be if I lived closer. See link.

http://www.fosters.com/news/20160717/mendums-pond-lacks-water-due-to-dam-repair

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Subject: 6 Glossy Ibis over Ports. traffic circle yesterday
From: Jerry Kelly <jerrykelly20 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:59:19 -0400
On Wed PM around 5:30, I watched 6 glossy ibises in a descending flight
pattern go over the circle in a SW direction, generally in the direction of
the Borthwick marsh and/or the Great Bog beyond. The profiles (bodies and
curved bills) were distinctive and there were some mahogany highlights in
the late afternoon sun.

Jerry Kelly
Portsmouth

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Subject: American Kestrel, Salem Transfer Station
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:34:55 -0400
Often times during my men's softball games I catch myself birding in the
outfield.  I've chalked up some good birds at the Salem Transfer Station
field...Green Heron, Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, Kingfisher to name a few — so
it wasn't a huge surprise when I spotted an American Kestrel hunting from
the fence along the roadside last night.

I don't see Kestrels in town very often so it is always a welcome sight.


Kyle Wilmarth
Plaistow, NH

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Subject: Sandhill Crane continues in Hopkinton ...
From: Christian Martin <cmartin AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:21:49 +0000
... as of 9am this morning in field off Rte 127 just west of Elm Brook Park 
entrance and just east of school bus parking area. 


- Chris

Chris Martin
Senior Biologist, NH Audubon
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84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH  03301
603/224-9909, x317 (office)
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Subject: Bakd Eagle in Manchester
From: Jonathan Smith <jksmith69 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:25:11 +0000
I thought it rare to see an adult bald eagle this time of year flying from the 
river near 101/293 over towards second street and Bedford. 



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Subject: mallards-Exeter WWTP
From: Dorothy Currier <dorocurr AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:52:46 -0400
about 500 mallards looking like mostly juveniles.  No green/purple heads to
be found.
plus 1 male wooduck.

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Subject: Sandhill Crane, Contoocook
From: birdrecords <birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:27:21 +0000
Hi All,
The Sandhill Crane in Contoocook (Hopkinton) was still present at 10:00 am.

That location is now a hot spot in eBird, but it's not a stakeout, just a 
regular hot spot since a number of good sightings have occurred here. It may 
take 24 hours before the hot spot appears on the map. 


Becky Suomala
New Hampshire Bird Records
All about birds and birding in New Hampshire
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Subject: Sandhill Crane Photo
From: Aiden Moser <aidenmoser10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:24:14 -0400
Hello Everyone,

As previously reported the Sandhill Crane was present this morning off
Route 127 in Hopkinton. I stopped by at 10:05 and stayed until 11:00 when
it was flushed by a farmer mowing the field. I could not relocate the bird
after it flew north over my head.

Below is the photo I got after it was flushed.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nhphotoman/27817000674/in/dateposted-public/

Aiden Moser
Henniker, NH

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Subject: Sandhill Crane - Yes
From: "Rebecca Suomala" <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:06:53 -0400
Zeke Cornell just called to report that the Sandhill Crane is present right
now in Contoocook on Rt. 127. It was still in the field just east of the
school bus parking. It had moved to the shade in the southwest corner.

Becky Suomala

Chichester, NH

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Subject: Nashua July birds
From: Jeanne-Marie Maher <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 21:33:28 -0400
On July 1st I found a Common Nighthawk flying north over Fields grove ( at 
about 0930 am). since then have been looking for a possible roost/nesting site. 
Have checked the Hunt and tonight Bishop Guertin with no sightings at all 
noted. 

However in my searches around town have had some other interesting findings.
Yesterday, again at Fields Grove had Semipalmated Sandpipers, a Least Sandpiper 
as well as 3 Solitary Sandpipers. (Tonight they appear to be gone) 


Despite my lack of luck finding the Common Nighthawks this evening, I managed 
to find two Black Crowned Night Herons , once again along the banks of the 
Nashua River , near the library. Have yet to review my distant photos to look 
at age. One appeared to have crisper/fresher feathers. 


Jeanne-Marie
Nashua NH

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Subject: Sandhill Crane Contoocook this morning
From: birdrecords <birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:23:20 +0000
NH Audubon received a phone report of a Sandhill Crane in Contoocook at 9:00 am 
this morning (Tuesday, July 19). It was on Route 127 along the river in a large 
field east of the school bus parking (this is past Elmbrook Park if you are 
coming from Rt. 89). 


The observer is known and familiar with Sandhills.

Becky Suomala
New Hampshire Bird Records
www.nhbirdrecords.org

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Subject: Loon, Jaffrey
From: Bruce Boyer <brumyster AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:56:27 -0400
I was paddling on Thorndike Pond and was surprised to see a loon. I’ve never 
seen one there before. Unfortunately, there were a couple of motorboats zooming 
around. I would hope they would avoid a loon, but what if the loon was 
submerged and near the surface? I’ve seen snapping turtles killed by boat 
propellors. 


Bruce Boyer

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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, July 18, 2016
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 22:20:24 -0400
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 18th, 2016.



A WHITE IBIS was seen flying over Seabrook near the Massachusetts border on 
July 15th.



36 GLOSSY IBIS, 10 GREAT BLUE HERONS, 16 GREAT EGRETS, 44 SNOWY EGRETS, and 
2 GREEN HERONS were tallied along the coast on July 16th. A BLACK-CROWNED 
NIGHT-HERON was seen in Seabrook on the 17th.



2 LEAST BITTERNS were reported from World End Pond in Salem on July 16th. 
Also present were 4 VIRGINIA RAILS.



30 ROSEATE TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor on July 12th.



Birders on a whale watch cruise out of Rye Harbor reported seeing several 
CORY’S SHEARWATERS, SOOTY SHEARWATERS, and GREAT SHEARWATERS on July 13th.



A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen soaring over downtown Newmarket on July 16th.



2 BLACK VULTURES were seen soaring over Westmoreland on July 17th.



A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and they were most recently 
reported on June 26th. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along 
Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not 
enter the fields.



8 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on July 13th.



16 PURPLE MARTINS were seen along the coast on July 17th.



A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was heard in Durham on July 16th.



2 NELSON’S SPARROWS were seen at the end of Pollock Drive in Rye on July 
17th.



A female RUDDY DUCK was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on 
July 17th.



A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen from the Caps Ridge Trail off of the 
Jefferson Notch Road in the White Mountains on July 15th.



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: Penacook Birds - a Change of Seasons
From: "Pam Hunt" <biodiva AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:35:15 -0400
Rain forced me to postpone my Penacook survey yesterday, so I decided to
squeeze it in before work today.

 

The highlight by far was the reappearance of the starling/blackbird roost at
the retention pond near Thirty Pines. Birds had already started leaving when
I got there at 0615, but I estimated 800 total, comprised of 450 starlings,
200 redwings, and 150 grackles. I'll try to get back there some evening to
count more accurately as birds come in for the evening. This is a couple of
weeks earlier than last year, which makes me wonder about timing of this
breeding season between the odd spring and droughty summer. The local
Mallard flock at the same site when from zero two weeks ago to 34 today.

 

Breeding songbirds are getting very quiet. I found only seven species of
warblers, including a presumed migrant Yellow in an area where they don't
breed. There were only 4 Ovenbirds, down from 7 two weeks ago and over a
dozen in early June. One of those four sang once, one sang 3 times, and the
other two didn't sing at all. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have fallen silent,
Tree Swallows left, and Chipping Sparrows building into small loose flocks.

 

As Steve noted from the coast this weekend, these are all signs that fall is
in the air - and Winter is Coming.

 

Pam Hunt

Winterfell

 

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the world."

      - Alexander von Humboldt

 

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Subject: Great egret Exeter
From: Greg Tillman <gregtillman395 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:08:47 -0400
Great egret on dock downtown Exeter. Looks headless (but wasn't). Photo op!

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Seacoast Purple Martin update
From: DENNIS <d.skillman AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:34:41 +0000 (UTC)
All 12 gourds at Cross Beach Road had Martins nesting, and at the last nest 
check, 11 nests held 55 young, and the remaining nest had 5 eggs. There should 
be Martins fledging from gourds 1,3 and 9 around Wednesday, when they will be 
28 days old. There are 15 birds in those 3 gourds! The rest of the birds should 
be fledged by the end of July (assuming the remaining eggs are not viable). We 
have stopped doing nest checks there to avoid forcing early fledging. There is 
also a healthy Tree Swallow population, with many working on second broods. I 
am pleased to report that the new swallow boxes (50) that we built and 
installed last year seems to have ended the problem of Martin predation of the 
Swallows. 


Our new site off Island Path Road in Hampton has 1 Martin nest and 1 Tree 
Swallow nest. This installation is on town land and like the Seabrook site is 
supported by Pam Hunt's Aerial Insectivore program at NH Audubon (and several 
volunteers and one of the neighbors at Seabrook). Debby and I did the nest 
check at the Hampton gourds on Saturday. There are 3 large and healthy martins 
in gourd 5. I aged them at 19 days on 7/16. They should fledge around the 25th. 
The swallows have fledged from gourd 2 leaving behind a beautiful nest lined 
with feathers. Photos from my iPhone at 
http://www.pbase.com/dennissk/image/163696042 , then click on "next". 


Further up the coast there is a gourd tower on Awcomin Marsh, on private land 
put up by the land owner. He reports 1 nest with 4 young. 


Hard to believe the season will soon be over... 

Dennis 

Dennis Skillman 
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http://www.liteworksphoto.com 

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Subject: NH Coast & Exeter
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 18:11:48 -0400
Jane and I got out to the coast early this morning and got to Hampton 
harbor at low tide and before the beach-goers arrived.  Nice to be out 
at dawn, but not a lot of action in the harbor and again, no signs of 
the White Ibis seen by Len on Friday.  Still we managed to see some more 
shorebird migrants today.  And the first noticeable influx of juveniles 
(terns, gulls, herons).  The first juvenile shorebirds are a couple of 
weeks away.

Recent photos:

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

Highlights
--------------
Black Scoter  5     Continuing birds off North Hampton State Beach.
merganser sp.  5     Flying south.  Poorly seen.  Probably Red-breasted, 
bur couldn't rule out  Common.
Common Loon  9
Cory's Shearwater  0     In contrast to last weekend, under somewhat 
similar conditions.
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  0     Couldn't find any behind lobster boats today.
Great Blue Heron  19     Many (most) JUVENILES.
Great Egret  18
Snowy Egret  20     Maybe one juvenile.
Black-crowned Night-Heron  3 in roost off Route 1A in Seabrook.   1 
JUVENILE.
GLOSSY IBIS  7     2 JUVENILES on Meadow Pond.  5 more flying north over 
marshes in Rye.
BALD EAGLE  1     Immature in Seabrook near wastewater treatment plant.
Semipalmated Plover  12
Killdeer  5     2 young fledglings in Hampton salt marsh..
Spotted Sandpiper  7
Greater Yellowlegs  8
Willet (Eastern)  28     Most in Hampton Harbor.
Lesser Yellowlegs  38     14 in Henry's Pool.  16 in Little River salt 
marsh.
Least Sandpiper  32
Semipalmated Sandpiper  64
peep sp.  13     Single flock migrating south.
Short-billed Dowitcher  19
Bonaparte's Gull  1     Adult.  Only one.
Laughing Gull  1     One year old.
Ring-billed Gull  2     2 JUVENILES.
Least Tern  3     2 on Meadow Pond. 1 in Seabrook marshes.  Didn't visit 
Hampton Beach.
Roseate Tern  30     1 JUVENILE.
Common Tern  115     2 JUVENILES.  Count from Hampton/Seabrook area only.
MERLIN  1     Carrying food and being chased by tern in Hampton Harbor.
Fish Crow  2
PURPLE MARTIN  16     14 off Cross Beach Road. At least one pair 
interested in westernmost boxes along road toward river channel.  2 in 
Awcomin marsh gourds.
Tree Swallow  300     200 along Cross Beach Road.
Bank Swallow  1     At least one juvenile in road with tree swallows on 
Cross Beach Road.
Barn Swallow  30
NELSON'S SPARROW  2     At least 2 at end of Pollock Drive in Rye.
Saltmarsh Sparrow  5     Count from marshes behind Little Jack's 
Restaurant in Hampton only.
Baltimore Oriole  2     Strange sighting of two juveniles together on 
power lines along Cross Beech Road.  Migrants?

And at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant
-------------------------------------------------------------
Mallard - 425
Wood Duck - 18
RUDDY DUCK - 1.  Very pale, worn looking female.  Only my 2nd July 
record.  I've seen this species every month of the year EXCEPT August in NH.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: World End Pond - Least Bittern
From: Rebecca <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 04:34:29 +0000 (UTC)
Saturday (7/16), Scott Heron, Steve and Jane Mirick, Zeke Cornell and I 
gathered at 5:00 am for an early morning paddle on World End Pond in Salem. The 
top highlight was Least Bittern, with two birds - an adult and female or young. 
We had almost 50 species with other highlights below. 


Highlights
Solitary Sandpiper 2, great views 
Least Sandpiper 2
Virginia Rail 4
Chimney Swift 25, flying low over the water near our boats in a nice show with 
swallows 

Marsh Wren 5
Green Heron 2, one landed in a tree
Willow Flycatcher 3

We had 3 raptors, 2 Red-taileds and a Cooper's Hawk with prey, all being 
harried by kingbirds and blackbirds. There were quite a few species walking 
around on the lily pads, particularly Red-winged Blackbirds and Swamp Sparrows 
and shorebirds. 


Special thanks to our expedition outfitter, Scott, who made this outing 
possible for nearly all of us. He arrived with two kayaks amazingly stuffed in 
his trusty Subaru Forester and a canoe on top with life jackets and paddles. 
Not only that, he remained undeterred by the thickets of lily pads and numerous 
cattail hideouts and found the Least Bitterns! 


Becky Suomala,
Chichester, NH

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Subject: Re: Whale-and-bird watching, 7/15
From: Jon Woolf <jsw AT jwoolfden.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 22:39:11 -0400
Oops, I forgot two additional sightings:

1) On the way out, maybe a mile outside Rye Harbor, a small flock of 
shorebirds passed in front of the boat, maybe 100 feet away.  All I 
could be sure of was "small shorebirds" and probably peeps.

2) several miles further out, a flock of 8 or 9 birds passed almost 
overhead, southbound.  I was looking almost straight up at them, so 
couldn't see many details.  Just the general size and shape, and the 
flight style.  They looked vaguely like immature gulls, fairly large 
(but not, I think, as large as an ibis), gray and brown with no 
obvious color pattern.  But they didn't fly like gulls; they seemed 
to be flying more like shorebirds, with fast wingbeats.  And they 
were in an organized flock, also unlike gulls' typical flight 
pattern.  (OTOH, later in the afternoon I did see gulls flying in an 
organized line, so who knows?)  I couldn't make out any details, but 
my impression was "large shorebirds" -- not willets, but possibly 
whimbrels or godwits?

-- Jon Woolf
Manchester, NH


At 09:07 AM 7/16/2016, you wrote:
>Yesterday I took the day off from work, and went on the afternoon 
>whale watch with Granite State Whale Watch out of Rye Harbor.  The 
>weather was better than expected, cooler than on land with a light 
>chop on top of long, gentle swells.  We headed southeast and spent 
>most of the trip in Massachusetts waters.  For whales we got two 
>Humpbacks, 'Hornbill' and '#0050', at least one Minke whale, and one 
>distant Fin whale.  Not the equal of the last time I went out with 
>them, when we had more than a dozen Humpbacks including one 
>extravagant breacher, but still pretty good.
>
>Bird life was sparse, but interesting in at least one way.  There 
>were a scattering of Wilson's Storm-petrels, probably 20-25 or 
>so.   A lot of terns -- not surprising, really, since we never got 
>out of sight of land.  No gannets that I noticed.  About thirty or 
>so shearwaters, many single birds plus at least one raft of a 
>dozen.  Here's the interesting part: I was able to confidently 
>identify... oh, about half of those shearwaters.  One was a 
>Sooty.  Three were Greats.  The other dozen were all Cory's.  This 
>represents a near-complete reversal from the first couple of years I 
>was in New Hampshire (I moved here in 2004) when Greats were the 
>standard shearwater in the central Gulf of Maine, and Cory's were rare.
>
>Very interesting.
>
>-- JSW
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Subject: Kite and Durham birds 6/16
From: "Dorsey, Kurk" <Kurk.Dorsey AT unh.edu>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 21:44:41 +0000
Birders

A nice day away from the coastal hordes today, starting at 6:30 in Oyster River 
Forest in Durham. I picked up 35 species, with my highlights being dueting 
Hermit Thrushes as I got out of the car, followed quickly by dueting Scarlet 
tanagers. In the field, at least 15 Bobolinks were a nice surprise (never had 
any in the field itself, always calling from the direction of Moore Fields, 
which I'm guessing is no longer Bobolink habitat), and a calling YB Cuckoo 
topped it off. 



A quick stop at the Surrey Lane Marsh yielded a lone Pied-billed Grebe in a 
swarm of ducklings. 



Then I took a wrong turn in Newmarket (really!) and saw a kite circling over 
the intersection of Elm Street and Beech Street, probably getting a doughnut 
from L&M convenience store, which is what I should have been doing instead of 
going to the hardware store. 



Kurk Dorsey

Durham

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Subject: NH Coast - 36 Ibises....none white!
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 17:03:26 -0400
Jane and I got to the coast late this morning......bad timing as hoards 
were SWARMING to the beach.  Incredibly, however, we arrived at Route 
286 in Seabrook just as a huge flock of 33 Glossy Ibises flew overhead, 
heading north toward the marshes by the Seabrook nuke plant.  Sadly, 
none were white.  We then searched here and there avoiding the crowds.  
No luck.  Our heron and Ibis count for the coast is below:

Great Blue Heron  10
Great Egret  16
Snowy Egret  44
Green Heron  2
Glossy Ibis  36     Includes single flock of 33 soaring north over Route 
286 in Seabrook at about 9:30 AM.  Also a single bird in Hampton salt 
marsh, Meadow Pond, and Little River salt marsh.
Greater Yellowlegs  13
Willet (Eastern)  2     At least one juvenile with adult continues in 
pools south of Odiorne.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Caps Ridge Trail - Black-backed Woodpecker
From: Jess Cosentino <jmcosentino2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 16:06:40 -0400
Yesterday we had great looks at a Black-backed for about 2-3 minutes.
Approximately 340 meters up trail from the link sign, on the left side of
the trail in some blow down. There is an overlook on the right side of the
trail about 10 meters up trail from the spot we were watching.

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Subject: nests available for viewing
From: rwoodward30 AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 16:19:20 +0000 (UTC)
Recently I mentioned I found 2 hard-to-find nests at Turkey Pond. Both were 
firsts for me for these species. Now that the nests are empty and the coast is 
clear, I can show you where they are. 


Black-and-white Warbler - on the edge of the parking lot of the NH Audubon 
McLane Center is a map of the trails of Turkey Pond. Take Great Turkey Pond 
Trail to the edge of the pond where it meets West End Farm Trail. Turn right. 


Go 100 yards to Old Orchard Trail and turn right. 20 feet up the trail on the 
left is a tall thin tree with black electrical tape. Look at the base of the 
tree. There's the nest built into the ground. Notice the large green leaf 
inches above it. That's the roof! This is no coincidence - this special site 
was specifically chosen for these characteristics. Take a picture - this is 
likely to be your first and last nest of this species! (And send me a copy!) 


Veery - continue up the Old Orchard Trail another 20 yards. On the right is 
black tape on a tree trunk. Nearby is another tree with tape. From there head 
into that thicket and find the next tape hanging down. Keep going to the next 
piece of tape hanging from a horizontal branch. Look down in the barberry bush 
- there is the nest, a foot off the ground. Notice how hidden it is! 


Ready for another one? Continue up the Old Orchard Trail. It will turn steeper 
and become jungle covered. On the left look for black tape on a tree. Look into 
the orchard at a lone cherry tree. Look for the lowest branch that has leaves, 
the one that grows out towards you. Near the top of it is the nest of Baltimore 
Oriole - it's hard to see!. 


To finish it off, go back down to West End Farm Trail, turn right, go 100 yards 
and take the first left onto the earthen dike. In the White Birch on the left 
is a Robin's nest. Enjoy the few blueberries I left and take in all the white 
lilies covering Turkey Pond. 


This morning, in just a few hours time, I confirmed breeding in this area for 
these additional species: 


Tufted Titmouse - a noisy family group, the chicks call loudest just as they 
get fed. 


Common Yellowthroat - a juvenile popped up out of the dense undergrowth. 

Gray Catbird - twin siblings perched on a branch, with pale black caps, pale 
rusty undertail coverts, a light-colored bill, and faintly streaked breast. 


American Redstart - the noisy begging juvenile looked like an adult female but 
it begged loudest when it was close to the adult male. 


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - last month I reported this species on the Turkey Pond 
Survey at this site and I suspected nesting. I first saw a pair in here on May 
10. Today there were at least 4 birds in one tree, one was a stub-tailed 
fledgling food begging from an adult. This is my 3rd breeding record for 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Turkey Pond. 



Rob Woodward 
Concord, NH 


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Subject: Whale-and-bird watching, 7/15
From: Jon Woolf <jsw AT jwoolfden.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 09:07:13 -0400
Yesterday I took the day off from work, and went on the afternoon 
whale watch with Granite State Whale Watch out of Rye Harbor.  The 
weather was better than expected, cooler than on land with a light 
chop on top of long, gentle swells.  We headed southeast and spent 
most of the trip in Massachusetts waters.  For whales we got two 
Humpbacks, 'Hornbill' and '#0050', at least one Minke whale, and one 
distant Fin whale.  Not the equal of the last time I went out with 
them, when we had more than a dozen Humpbacks including one 
extravagant breacher, but still pretty good.

Bird life was sparse, but interesting in at least one way.  There 
were a scattering of Wilson's Storm-petrels, probably 20-25 or 
so.   A lot of terns -- not surprising, really, since we never got 
out of sight of land.  No gannets that I noticed.  About thirty or so 
shearwaters, many single birds plus at least one raft of a 
dozen.  Here's the interesting part: I was able to confidently 
identify... oh, about half of those shearwaters.  One was a 
Sooty.  Three were Greats.  The other dozen were all Cory's.  This 
represents a near-complete reversal from the first couple of years I 
was in New Hampshire (I moved here in 2004) when Greats were the 
standard shearwater in the central Gulf of Maine, and Cory's were rare.

Very interesting.

-- JSW

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