Date: 12/4/17 6:47 pm From: Charlie Nims <charlie.nims...> Subject: [NHBirds] Venturing to the coast today
This morning after having been away from NH for over a week, I headed down to the coast, meeting up with Joe Scott. We started at Odiorne SP where along with Rick, a birder from Maine, saw the Yellow-breasted Chat which in drenching sun put on a great show eating winterberry for almost 15 minutes mostly in full view. We also had 5 gull species in the cove including an Iceland Gull and Bonaparte Gulls very close to the shore. Further out, we had a couple Red-necked Grebes and a Black Guillemot. Also, we had a late Greater Yellowlegs in the marsh opposite the first pullout.
We finished the morning at Sunset Farm where we had 9 species of duck including the previously reported Redhead as well as a Eurasian Wigeon. At one point, we had the two in the same scope view. We heard that earlier there had been almost 2000 scaup of which a few remained when we arrived. At one point all the birds were spooked but we could not find a raptor; some of the birds returned.
Finally, later in the afternoon, I had a Snowy Owl along with a couple Horned Larks at Hampton SP.
The weather was ideal, not too cold, lots of sun and no wind. Full reports and some pictures posted to eBird.