Date: 3/2/17 6:05 am From: Ken Klapper <kklapper...> Subject: [NHBirds] (Great Grey) Shrike - Thompson Sanctuary, N. Sandwich
Well, overseas they call it that, but here it's just a "Northern". I guess this sighting will be overshadowed by the larger, rarer Great Gray bird being seen in the western part of the state. Figured I'd mention it anyway - it appears to be an adult and is really quite beautiful. There was also a singing Brown Creeper, and a Common Grackle has joined the blackbird flock (yesterday there were two - the first I've seen in the Lakes Region this year).
Yesterday afternoon, at the Whiteface-Intervale fields in North Sandwich, there were 14 Canada Geese in one of the open grassy patches. A mere few compared to the hordes being reported in the Connecticut Valley, but this is the first true flock I've seen in the Lakes Region this year. I didn't see any Bohemian Waxwings (but didn't really look along the roadside trees, plus it was really foggy), but did enjoy a nice snowshoe hare in full white pelage along the snowmobile/sled-dog trail.