Date: 8/26/17 1:08 pm
From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Exeter WTP - Note visitation rules
Jane and I visited the Exeter WTP this afternoon.  I talked to someone
in Jennifer Perry's office who said that it would be OK if birders visit
differently, let me or the list know!  But I will assume that it is now
safe to visit on weekends or holidays.  Ponds #4 and #5 will never be
the same again and the "center island" of forest is no longer.  BUT, the
birds still come to visit, and most noteworthy, Pond #3 is drawn down
and had a lot of shorebirds. Highlighted by a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER.

Comments:     First visit in a long time.  MASSIVE renovations going
on.  Pond #4 and #5 being totally renovated with heavy equipment. Plant
has been closed to birders since spring, but permission just received to
visit on weekends only when no construction is going on.  Pond #3 is
drawn down and was full of shorebirds.  About 250 total peeps.

Canada Goose  9
Wood Duck  1
Blue-winged Teal  8
Mallard  1,000     Huge mass of Mallards in Pond 2.  Started to count,
but gave up!  Conservative estimate.
American Black Duck  5
Green-winged Teal  8
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Semipalmated Plover  4
Killdeer  6
Least Sandpiper  30
Pectoral Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  200     Estimate.  250 total peeps counted. Vast
majority were SESA.
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Ring-billed Gull  70
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  25
American Crow  3
Barn Swallow  1
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  1
Indigo Bunting  1

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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