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|Date: 8/23/17 5:39 am
From: raqbirds via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] crossbills and warblers in Errol
The sublime experience of watching the eclipse while paddling in Harper's Meadow with a family of Ring-necked Ducks dims the bird highlights of a recent trip to Errol and Lake Umbagog.
Highlights (including the paddling ducks, lol)
Ring-necked Duck- a female with eight tiny ducklings plus another four full-sized female-type birds.
Wild Turkey- a flock of 20 included many not full-sized young. The strafing flight of a Cooper;s Hawk did not faze them at all.
Bald Eagle- three, all immature birds and in three different spots- Harper's Meadow, the Androscoggin R.near Mollidgewock State Park, and Magill Bay (near the nest).
Sharp-shinned Hawk- carrying prey as if to a nest.
Cooper's Hawk- after buzzing the blase Turkeys it landed in a field at the border between short grass and tall grass and started foraging on foot!
COMMON NIGHTHAWK- five migrants over downtown Errol were somewhat unusual for the site.
Olive-sided Flycatcher- one.
Gray Jay- four at the end of Mollidgewock Brook Road.
Red-breasted Nuthatch- DOZENS. Its shaping up to be a big fall for this species and time will tell if they stay up north for the winter. See cone comment under crossbill.
Cedar Waxwing- dozens if not hundreds. Everywhere, and most were flycatching.
WARBLERS- 14 species and several decent flocks but none of the spruce budworm specialists. Highlights:
Black-throated Blue- only four.
Black-throated Green- 13
Palm Warbler- seven. This species continues to increase and the wet summer has probably helped it spread.
Other species in modest numbers- Northern Parula, Black-and-white, Common Yellowthroat, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Yelllwo-rumps, Redstart, Ovenbird, and Canada.
RED CROSSBILL- a pair perched low to the ground and maybe gleaning minerals from deer bones!
CONES- there is a bumper crop of Balsam Fir cones in the Umbagog area and more cone-loving birds should arrive as they mature.
On the drive up I stopped in Franconia Notch State Park and saw a Common Loon on Echo Lake which seems like a strange place for one, especially in August.
"Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth." Chief Seattle
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