Date: 4/20/17 3:53 am From: 'MascomaBirds' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> Subject: [NHBirds] Resending Saturday's Spring Migrant Birding Along the Connecticut River
The original posting did not recognize the contribution of our co-sponsors, The Hanover Conservancy and Upper ValleyLand Trust, for which we are duly grateful. This version does. None of the eBird counts have changed.
On Saturday, April 15, under clear, crisply chilly conditions, 18 birders undertook an early morning excursion along River Road from Hanover to Lyme. The group was seeking out migrating waterfowl and early arriving songbirds. Six stops were made beginning at Hanover's Wilson's Landing and concluding in Lyme at Grant Brook's outflow into the Connecticut.
The thermometer read just 28 degrees when the group set out at 6:30 a.m. and only had reached 36 when the outing concluded around 9:30. That may explain why songbird activity did not really get going until the last hour or so.
Fortunately, the cold temperature did not suppress the waterfowl. Seven species were registered. The highlights included a pair of green-winged teal seen at Wilson's Landing and two dozen black ducks observed at Grant Brook.
Notable non-songbird sightings included at Wilson's Landing an adult bald eagle seen traveling north over the river, a kettle of fifteen turkey vultures observed circling over a hill opposite Grant Brook and at Wilder WMA, a flock of ten wild turkeys that included two displaying males. Also at Grant Brook was an osprey eating a fish while perched in a tree on the river's VT side. At the Wilder WMA, a killdeer was seen.
The most notable songbird record was a pair eastern towhees, one heard and one seen, at Grant Brook. The towhee that was viewed, obligingly perched fully exposed in a roadside lilac for several moments just twenty feet from the walk's participants. There's a photo embedded in the Grant Brook eBird checklist courtesy of outing co-leader Gail McPeek.
Other songbird records included at a Grant Brook a pine warbler, a palm warbler, two northern rough-winged swallows and a pair of belted kingfishers. Just down the road at the Wilder WMA, a swamp sparrow was heard singing off in the wetland. Four tree swallows were recorded at Wilson's Landing as was a ruby-crowned kinglet.
Checklists for all six stops can be found by clicking on the links below.
The trip was co-sponsored by the Mascoma Chapter not NH Audubon, The Hanover Conservancy and Upper Valley Land Trust.
Thanks to George Clark, Gail McPeek (Hanover Conservancy), Alison Marchione (UVLT), Jeff McQueen and Blake Allison for being "co-leaders," and thanks to Blake for producing the count lists.
Wilson's Landing: http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist/S36001784Hidden Valley: http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist/S36020949Wilmot Farm Fields: http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist/S36020933Hewed BrookCar Top Boat Launch: http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist/S36020920Wilder WMA: http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist/S36020908Grant Brook Outflow: eBird Checklist – Grant Brook, Lyme, New Hampshire – Sat Apr 15, 2017 – 22 species
Mascoma Chapter of New Hampshire Audubon