Date: 8/22/17 7:14 am From: Mascoma Chapter NH Audubon <mascomabirds...> Subject: [NHBirds] Mascoma Chapter's Ledyard Bri8dge to Campbell Flats Results
At seven o'clock on Saturday morning, August 19th, 23 birders gathered on the Norwich, Vermont side of the Ledyard Bridge to commence a birding expedition in search of early arriving, fall migrants. Weather conditions were favorable with partly cloudy skies and the temperature ranging from 64 degrees at the outset to the low the low 70s when the outing concluded around 10:00 a.m.
A total of 40 species was recorded over the time afield. Highlights included a male bufflehead in transitional plumage seen in the waters below the Ledyard bridge. At Campbell Flats, the participants enjoyed fine views of the continuing little blue heron as it obligingly remained perched for almost 45 minutres in a dead tree adjacent to the beaver dam. Also at Campbell Flats was a pair of solitary sandpipers foraging in the flooded meadow.
Warbler sightings were scant. Just four species were recorded during the party's four stops, including one yellow warbler, a common yellowthroat, two black and whites and four American redstarts.
Among other songbirds, the group was treated to the engaging sight of two adult rose-breasted grosbeaks feeding their two, newly fledged youngsters. A total of eight Baltimore orioles were seen over the course of the morning. Also seen was a flock of 35+/- flying mourning doves at Ompompanoosuc Flats.
Waterfowl diversity was slight. Mallards were numerous with 75+/- seen during the trip. A few wood ducks were recorded. At Campbell Flats four Canada geese were seen, the only ones observed on the day.
A tip of the hat to Jenn Megyesi whose evocative photos add a striking visual component to the the eBird lists. Thanks to trip co-leaders George Clark, Ed Hack and Blake Allison and thanks to Blake for serving as recorder.
Complete lists of the day's observations can be viewed on eBird by clicking on the links below.