Date: 9/10/17 1:58 pm
From: Pam Hunt <biodiva...>
Subject: [NHBirds] North of the Notches, Sept 9
Greetings all,

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!).

Pam Hunt


"The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed
the world."

- Alexander von Humboldt

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