Date: 9/2/17 1:15 pm From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...> Subject: [NHBirds] Odds & Ends (2 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, 3 Buff-breasted Sandpipers and a Sandhill Crane!)
Jane and I covered the coast this morning. At high tide. Not a huge
number of shorebirds, but a few to look at. ZERO Westerns, Baird's or
White-rumps. Terns and small gulls continue to be scarce. And I seem
to miss all the Wilson's Phalaropes! But we did relocate a
Buff-breasted Sandpiper that Kyle Wilmarth found yesterday. Photos &
Green-winged Teal 4
Northern Gannet 135 50+ in tight distant flock off Hampton.
Double-crested Cormorant 35 Migrating.
Great Blue Heron 7 Didn't count birds in Seabrook/Hampton marshes.
Great Egret 13 Didn't count birds in Seabrook/Hampton marshes.
Snowy Egret 34
Green Heron 2 Both on Marsh Road Pond.
Black-crowned Night-Heron 16 Careful count of roosting birds in
Seabrook dunes. Mix of adults and juveniles.
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON 2 Clearly two different juveniles
roosting in Seabrook dunes. Sitting not far from each other. Each with
all black stout bill and long legs as compare to juvenile BCNH.
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Black-bellied Plover 43 All adults.
Semipalmated Plover 305 About 250 roosting at high tide roost at
Ruddy Turnstone 2
Least Sandpiper 8
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER 1 On North Hampton State Beach. Found
previous day by K. Wilmarth.
Semipalmated Sandpiper 331 Mostly juveniles.
Short-billed Dowitcher 11 10 in Hampton harbor.
Spotted Sandpiper 4
Greater Yellowlegs 78 All in Meadow Pond.
Lesser Yellowlegs 8
Bonaparte's Gull 1 Only 1.
Laughing Gull 1 Only 1.
Belted Kingfisher 1
Peregrine Falcon 1 Juvenile in Hampton.
At the Exeter WTP, we caught up with TWO BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS in the
drained pond #3 that others had reported to us.
And finally, SUCCESS WITH THE SANDHILL CRANE in Rollinsford! Julie
Anderson called me to say that it had left her parents farm, but she had
relocated it further down the street by the overpass. We had it today,
KNOCKING ON THE FRONT DOOR (almost!) at 407 Main Street/Robert's Road.
Remarkable bird. Not sure why it is acting like this, but it seems to
prefer front stoops and driveways to the expansive open fields in this
area! Check out this photo!