Date: 9/10/17 1:58 pm From: Pam Hunt <biodiva...> Subject: [NHBirds] North of the Notches, Sept 9
Five people joined me for a "leader's choice" expedition to the north yesterday offered through the Capital Chapter of NH Audubon.
As we gathered at 0600 at the Hannah Dustin park-n-ride, a singing Wood Thrush was viewed as something of a good omen
From 7:30 to 10:30 we explored the woods and wetlands along Trudeau Road in Bethlehem, where we tallied 41 species. A highlight was a cooperative Olive-sided Flycatcher, while 13 species of warblers was a nice showing indeed. Among them were excellent looks at Tennessees, reasonable looks at Cape Mays, and a brief look at a Bay-breast. It's indeed been a good fall for those three species, suggesting that the spruce budworm outbreak in Quebec is providing plenty of food for busworm specialists! Both species of crossbills were about, but the light wasn't good when a couple of Reds perched briefly, and White-wingeds were even less cooperative. This segment ended with a flyover Merlin.
Next we went to Jefferson Notch and hiked up to the pothole rocks in the hope of finding a Gray Jay. It was foggy and quiet, and we had our granola bars all to ourselves.
Later stops at Mud Pond (Pondicherry) and Airport Marsh (Whitefield) failed to turn up anything else of note.
In all we found about 50 species - and a good time was had by all (especially the three of us who lingered to try the local breweries: Rek-lis in Bethlehem and Schilling in Littleton!).
"The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world."