Date: 3/19/17 8:06 am From: Pam Hunt <biodiva...> Subject: [NHBirds] Penacook on the eve of spring
Despite the foot of snow, and the Contoocook River thawing and refreezing TWICE in the last three weeks, things are finally looking a little springlike up here in Penacook. Yesterday's walk around The Island netted 26 species and today's longer walk had 34, both a little above the 12-year average for mid-March. This is especially welcome after a winter with consistently BELOW average species richness. Highlights from yesterday included five species of waterfowl: Canada Goose, Mallard, Common Goldeneye (I only have SIX records for both surveys combined), and both Hooded and Common Mergansers. Three Song Sparrows were in full song, as was a single White-throat (the latter likely being one of the handful of wintering birds).
Today had two highlights. First was two American Kestrels flying high overhead - apparently migrating - just after I started at 0730. And hour and a half later, a flock of 6 Bohemian Waxwings flew over as I walked along Bog Road.
No GGOW or Black Vultures here!
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