This morning's Penacook Survey took four hours and netted a new September record of 66 species.
Warblers stole the show with 19 species - it was good to finally encounter several mixed flocks of migrants! Totals were:
Common Yellowthroat 12
American Redstart 3
Northern Parula 9
Cape May 1
Black-throated Green 13
Other migrants of note included a Philadelphia Vireo, Lincoln's Sparrow, early Golden-crowned Kinglet, and American Pipit. A flock of ~150 Common Grackles graced a lawn near the start of the route, while a mini-kettle containing one each of Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, and Broad-winged Hawk punctuated the end.
But the highlight on the species front was undoubtedly the GREAT EGRET in the Contoocook River. This was a new species - #176 - for the survey, and a fine consolation prize for missing the Canada Geese that are usually in the same spot!
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