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:

Nashville- 12
Magnolia- 13
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.

Bob Quinn
Webster, NH

"Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth." Chief Seattle

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