Date: 10/9/17 7:44 am From: Mascoma Chapter NH Audubon <mascomabirds...> Subject: [NHBirds] Bedell Bridge Birding with NH Audubon's Mascoma Chapter
The Mascoma Chapter's fall outing to Haverhill's Bedell Bridge State Historic Site has become a member's favorite attracting birders from as far away as Strafford, VT and Lincoln, NH.
This year, twenty-four birders gathered around 7:00 a.m., on Saturday, the 7th, with an early morning, river valley mist blanketing the landscape. The attendees split into two groups at the outset, because some people paused at newly cut cornfields to scan for American pipits while others continued down to the parking area to survey adjacent wetlands.
After nearly 90 minutes, the pipit seekers rejoined the wetlands watchers. Despite the time spent apart, the two groups ultimately produced very similar lists with only a couple of species that did not overlap. However, numbers of a particular taxon often varied between lists.
Thirty plus species, including a not well seen blackbird and an unidentified acipiter, were recorded during the nearly three hours spent afield. Yellow-rumped warblers, cedar waxwings and American robins were the most numerous species. All six likely to be seen locally members of the woodpecker family were seen/heard. Northern flickers topped that group with seven individuals recorded.
Waterfowl presence was scant. Canada geese (12) and wood ducks (3) were the only members of that group recorded. Aside from the high number of yellow-rumped warblers, the only other warblers recorded were a solitary common yellowthroat and one black-throated green.
Complete eBird counts for both lists recorded can be found using the following links: