Date: 10/9/17 11:11 am
From: raqbirds via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Errol sightings

A few days with a group upnorth last week, mostly in Errol/Lake Umbagog, had some enjoyable birds framed byspectacular fall foliage and remarkably warm weather (only one morning wasfrosty). There were few boreal residents and zero finches.

Waterfowl: The niceweather apparently has slowed their migration.
Ring-necked Duck- one late family group of “teenagers”plus about a dozen others.
White-winged Scoter- an early adult male on Lake Umbagog.
Ruffed Grouse- fourroadside birds including two “facing-off” in a driveway!
Common Loon- a dozen orso including a couple of youngish looking birds (for the date).
Pied-billed Grebe- two atthe Thompson Sanctuary in North Sandwich and one at Mile Long Pond in Errol.
Double-crested Cormorant-several. Latish.
Bald Eagle- about sixdifferent birds including one recent fledgling hanging around a nest on PinePoint.
American Kestrel- severalin the marshes (Thompson and Umbagog)
Peregrine in Errol.
Red-eyed Vireo in Errol. Late.
Gray Jay- only one.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet- dozens,with at least eight above 4000 feet on Mount Washington!
Cedar Waxwing- a flock of65+ in Errol were one-day wanderers. (there is a huge crop of Mountain Ash forfrugivores at all elevations).
Warblers: Several dozenYellow-rumps, at least five Palms and one Black-throated Warbler (latish).
Sparrows: sparse withChipping Sparrows still the most numerous, not many White-throateds, and only afew White-crowneds. Only two (!) Juncos- only two and one was at 4000 feet on MountWashington.
Blackbirds and finches-ZERO!

Moose- an adult cow witha yearling showed up within one minute of reaching the chosen “moose spot”.

Butterflies- dozens if not 100+. Monarchs and Painted Ladies conspicuous.

Bob Quinn
Webster, NH

"Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth." Chief Seattle

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