Date: 2/27/17 6:11 am From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth...> Subject: [NHBirds] Salem highlights / local hawks return to Plaistow
Back on the old stomping grounds for the week dog-sitting, Amanda and I poked around Salem a bit this weekend and enjoyed time birding in the old backyard! With other stops at World End Pond and Hawkin's Farm among other random spots, highlights included:
Wood Duck - 13, WEP Ring-necked Duck - 29, WEP Hooded Merganser - 5, WEP and Spicket River near Hawkins Eastern Screech-owl - 1, backyard calling Killdeer - 5 at Hawkin's Farm on Friday / 2 at fields along World End Brook, behind Bullmoose. Carolina Wren - 3 Fish Crows - 50+
Also of note, the pair of Red-shouldered Hawks next to our condo in Plaistow have returned. On Thursday morning one of the birds was calling incessantly at 6:30am and later when we stopped by briefly on both Saturday and Sunday there were 2 RSHA circling the adjacent wetlands together.
They are most often seen perched on a tall dead snag in some wetlands right along Rt.108, just south of the plaza with the Dunkin' Donuts. A photo from last year of the pair on 'their' snag: https://flic.kr/p/MC7zsP
And I know the Red-headed Woodpecker in Epping may be old-hat by now but Sunday AM at 8:20ish I was able to hear it several times and saw it briefly in flight in the very back yard to a neighboring yard. Despite waiting for another 30 minutes it did not make an appearance.