Date: 2/25/17 1:21 pm
From: Steve Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [NHBirds] More very early spring arrivals in seacoast area (ducks, killdeers, blackbirds)
The remarkable weather has brought an onslaught of very early migrants.
Some of the highest totals that I can ever remember for February.
Widespread arrivals in southeastern NH of Killdeer, dabbling ducks and
blackbirds. A few select totals:

Rt. 108, Plaistow
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Killdeer - 1
Red-winged Blackbird - 20
Common Grackle - 10
Brown-headed Cowbird - 5

Powwow Pond area in Kingston (with Scott Heron and Betsy Green)
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Lesser Scaup - 2 (male and female)
Ring-necked Duck - 30
Hooded Merganser - 4

Bodwell Farm fields in East Kingston
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Canada Goose - 159
Mallard - 50
American Black Duck - 9
Green-winged Teal - 14
Wood Duck - 4
Killdeer - 9
Eastern Bluebird - 5 (singing males heard at least 3 different locations
today)
Red-winged Blackbird - 1,000+. Incredible flock for February. Ballpark
estimate of large mass of birds carpeting the wet grasses near the
stream. Difficult to estimate due to shifting movements and mix of
Starlings. Likely some cowbirds mixed in with this flock.
European Starling - 100+
Common Grackle - 50

Moore Fields in Durham
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Canada Goose - 320
Killdeer - 1
Red-winged Blackbird - 100
Common Grackle - 6
Brown-headed Cowbird - 3

Oyster River area (Durham and Jackson Landings)
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Ring-necked Duck - 1
Hooded Merganser - 31
Common Merganser - 2
Red-breasted Merganser - 2

Chapman's Landing and Squamscott Road in Stratham
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Canada Goose - 885
Hooded Merganser - 19
Common Merganser - 14
Killdeer - 2
BALD EAGLE - 2 SITTING ON OSPREY NEST. Male and female (by size). Both
sub-adults. They sat side by side on the nest for nearly 1.5 hours (we
left and came back). No significant behavior. Perhaps they are just
looking around, but it would be interesting to see if they attempt to
take over the Osprey nest!

Depot Road in Stratham
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Red-winged Blackbird - 60
Common Grackle - 60
Brown-headed Cowbird - 20
European Startling - 20

Philbrick Marsh in North Hampton
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Northern Pintail - 6 (4 females and 2 males)
Green-winged Teal - 10 (including pair seen COPULATING!)

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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