Date: 10/7/17 3:43 pm
From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [NHBirds] NH Coast Field Trip (Caspian Terns, Dickcissels, O-C Warblers, Red Knot, Shearwater, Fulmars. Brant)
Jane and I led our annual "Migration Watch" field trip for the Seacoast
Chapter of NH Audubon:

It was a great day and full of surprises as well as some continuing
birds.  42 birders showed up this morning at Odiorne at 8 AM and 13
hardy souls finished the day at 5 PM!  A complete list as follows:

NH coast, Rockingham, New Hampshire, US
Oct 7, 2017 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Comments:     All day "Migration Watch" field trip for Seacoast Chapter
of NH Audubon.  Covering coast including long walk around Odiorne Point
State Park, Ragged Neck in Rye, Goss Farm in Rye, Eel Pond in Rye,
Little Jack's and Great Boar's Head in Hampton, Seabrook Beach, and
Hampton Harbor from Seabrook boat launch. Weather partly sunny and
relatively calm early, turning foggy in mid-afternoon, but clearing
later with increasing SE winds.  Huge group of 42 people to start the
day.  11 people stuck it out until the very end.  Interesting migration
day.  Not a lot of loons or cormorants migrating and almost ZERO
migrating hawks.  But a few flocks of Brant and Caspian Terns moving.

86 species (+1 other taxa)

BRANT  47     A few small groups of migrating birds.  5,30,7,5.
Canada Goose
Mute Swan  3     Family group on Eel Pond.
Wood Duck  2     Eel Pond.
Common Eider
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser  6
RED-THROATED LOON  2     One juvenile on water at Odiorne.  One
migrating past Great Boar's Head.
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe  1     One on Eel Pond.
Red-necked Grebe  1     North side of Great Boar's Head.
NORTHERN FULMAR  3     Three of four birds flying south past north side
of Great Boar's Head in fog.  Rare shore-based sighting.
GREAT SHEARWATER  1     One bird flying south past north side of Great
Boar's Head in fog with Fulmars.  Rare shore-based sighting.
Northern Gannet     Nice show of Gannets.  Not as many as yesterday, but
birds moving south all day long.
Great Cormorant     Perhaps 3 or 4 migrating birds.
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
SNOWY EGRET  1     Latish bird at Odiorne.  Good looks in flight to
eliminate Little Blue Heron.
Turkey Vulture  3
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
RED KNOT  1     Continuing bird in Hampton harbor.  Well seen by all.
LEAST SANDPIPER  1     Lingering juvenile at Ragged Neck.
White-rumped Sandpiper  1     One juvenile roosting with assorted
shorebirds at northern edge of Hampton Harbor.
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher  2
Wilson's Snipe  1     Not seen by me, but seen by others in group.
Flying in from shoreline.
Spotted Sandpiper  1     Lingering at Odiorne.
Greater Yellowlegs  1
BLACK GUILLEMOT  1     Continuing juvenile in Rye Harbor.
Laughing Gull  7     Includes on group of 5 juveniles flying south past
Ragged Neck in Rye.  Not nearly as many as yesterday.
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1     "Woody" continues from fence posts in
salt marsh at Odiorne.
CASPIAN TERN  6     Nice Caspian Tern day.  2 flying by at Ragged Neck
seen by many, but not all participants.  Later in day, great view of 3
birds picked out by Jane flying south along Seabrook Beach.  Then a
single bird picked out by Holly Bauer on Hampton Harbor flats.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3     All at Odiorne.
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Merlin  1     Seen by Jane and I.  Not sure if others saw it.
Peregrine Falcon  0     Disappointed not to see any Peregrine's today. 
J. Lambert had one at Odiorne.
Eastern Phoebe     At least 6 for the day.
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren  1 at Goss Farm
Carolina Wren  1 at Goss Farm
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER  1     Continuing bird at Odiorne.  Well seen by all.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
LAPLAND LONGSPUR  3     Surprising birds that flew in and briefly landed
near roosting shorebirds in Hampton.  Then they all took off and
continued south.
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER  3     All at Odiorne in Rye.  Two together off
Boy Scout Trail.  One north of "Cape May cove".
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart  3     All at Odiorne.
Blackpoll Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wilson's Warbler  1     Lingering male bird at Odiorne.
NELSON'S SPARROW     At least one clear view of subvirgatus subspecies
behind Little Jack's in Hampton.  One very bright bird was almost
certainly an interior form.
Saltmarsh Sparrow     At least one or two birds behind Little Jack's in
Nelson's/Saltmarsh Sparrow (Sharp-tailed Sparrow)     Large number of
unidentified sparrows behind Little Jack's.
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting  1 at Goss Farm
DICKCISSEL 2     Distinctly two birds at Goss Farm Conservation area. 
Both rather bright birds with a lot of yellow on breasts.
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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