Jane and I joined forces today for the annual BIOBLITZ at Odiorne Point
State Park. This annual event is organized by the Seacoast Science
Center where the plan is to get a bunch of experts to join forces in
trying to identify as many species of living organisms within the park
in one day. Jane and I focused on the things we know.......birds and
butterflies and dragonflies. Other awesome birders and buggers
working the park included Ben Griffith, Lauren Kras, Jason Lambert, Art
Borror, David Blezard, Kyle Wilmarth, Len Medlock, Robbie Prieto, and
Several days of continuous NE winds and some rain have not been terribly
conducive to many species and migration, but fortunately the sun came
out today to help with some insects and the NE winds died down a bit to
give a mild afternoon.
The total list of all that I saw or heard about seen by others is shown
Birds - 79 Species
Canada Goose - 2
American Black Duck - 1
Mallard - 1
Surf Scoter - A handful flying offshore
White-winged Scoter - A handful flying offshore
Black Scoter - A couple of small flocks migrating offshore
Common Loon - 8 migrating in AM. A few on water.
NORTHERN FULMAR - 2 pale morph. Extremely rare sighting and last birds
of the day! Definitely the avian rarity of the day. We typically spend
the last hour or two scanning offshore, hoping to get some birds flying
by. We weren't getting much this evening except for a few scoters and
distant gannets. Everyone had left except for Jane and I and Jason
Lambert. We were just about to give up when we saw a single Northern
Fulmar and watched in for a full minute or more as it flew continuously
south and passed by Appledore Island. Then, remarkably, a SECOND bird
flew past following the same track. These are the FIRST BIOBLITZ
RECORDS and my first EVER for Odiorne! Not at all, a typical bird to
see from shore at Odiorne.
Northern Gannet - A few dozen, but most far offshore.
Great Cormorant - 1 adult sitting on rocks off Fort Foster.
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret - Just 1
Osprey - Just 1
Red-tailed Hawk - Very tame adult along trails.
Merlin - 2
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Bonaparte's Gull - A few distant flocks in morning and evening.
Laughing Gull - Just 1 for day
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL - 2 including "Woody" the adult on flats by
wooden bridge with excellent scope views of a JUVENILE BIRD. Relatively
Great Black-backed Gull
CASPIAN TERN - Group of 4 seen by Len and Lisa Medlock in AM.
COMMON RAVEN - 1 (still an uncommon bird for Odiorne)
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Nelson's Sparrow - Jason Lambert had nice views of both Nelson's and
Saltmarsh Sparrows side by side in salt marsh opposite first pull-off
south of Odiorne.
Odonates (dragonflies & damselflies) - 9 species
Spotted Spreadwing - The only common odonate for the day
CITRINE FORKTAIL - 1 found by Jason at freshwater marsh. FIRST RECORD
FOR BIOBLITZ! Smallest New England damselfly and very local in NH.
Common Green Darner - Very few
Aeshna sp. - 1
Wandering Glider - 1
Ruby Meadowhawk (or is it Cherry-faced?) - A few. No Autumns noted.
Black Saddlebags - 1
Other species of dragonflies were identified by nymph stage in pond.
Butterflies - 11 species
Monarch - Nice to see several around this fall.
Common Buckeye - 2
Painted Lady - A good year for Painted Ladies.
WHITE FURCULA MOTH CATERPILLAR - Cool looking bug!