Date: 4/28/18 1:27 pm
From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [NHBirds] NH Coast & Great Bay (HYBRID EGRET, CASPIAN TERN, and a few spring arrivals)
Jane and I covered the coast today.  Fog early, lifting for a nice day
with light winds and seasonable temperatures.  Not much for passerines
along the coast, but a few nice birds here and there. The ocean had some
big waves and it was tough to count birds offshore, but I counted a
couple of species.  Had all the usual winter birds, plus:

Blue-winged Teal  1     Male with GWTE in Hampton salt marsh.
Green-winged Teal  7     In Hampton salt marsh.
Lesser Scaup  2     Male and female in Eel Pond.
Black Scoter  125     100 in single flock off North Beach in Hampton.
Long-tailed Duck  213     Nice build-up of Long-tailed Ducks.  Most in
Hampton and Seabrook area.
Bufflehead  4
Hooded Merganser  1     Female in salt pool behind Little Jack's.
Wild Turkey  1     At Fort Stark!  Rare location.
Red-throated Loon  11
Common Loon  5     Migrating.
Horned Grebe  26
Red-necked Grebe  8
Northern Gannet  2
Double-crested Cormorant  74     Migrating.  Largest flock of about 32.
Great Blue Heron  3 migrating.
Great Egret  15     Careful count.
SNOWY EGRET X TRICOLORED HERON (hybrid)  1     By itself in Little River
saltmarsh.  Looks a lot like the one we had 3 years ago.  Not a great
photo, but digiscope:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/41045807034/in/photostream/lightbox/
Glossy Ibis  1     In Hampton salt marsh.
Osprey  1     Migrating.
Sharp-shinned Hawk  4     At least 2 migrating.
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  4     2 adults and 2 immatures.  One very pale immature
photographed in Portsmouth.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/41045807724/in/photostream/lightbox/
Sanderling  34 on Seabrook Beach.
Dunlin  100 on Hampton Harbor inlet rocks and Seabrook Beach.
Purple Sandpiper  127     100 on Hampton Harbor inlet rocks. 27 at Rye
Harbor.
LEAST SANDPIPER  3 (FOY)     Hampton salt marsh. Watched for nearly a
minute as they circled over the salt marsh and then finally landed. 
Small peeps with very short bill.  Zig Zag flight.
Greater Yellowlegs  34     Careful count.
WILLET  5 (FOY)     Scattered. 1 heard only in Seabrook.  2 off
Huckleberry Lane in Hampton.  One on Meadow Pond, and one off Pollock
Drive in Rye.
Belted Kingfisher  1
AMERICAN KESTREL 1     Remarkable male that was sitting at the side of
Harbor Road in Rye.  Flew off with HUGE rodent (rat? help with ID?),
barely able to get off the ground, it flew over Rt. 1A and was nearly
hit by a car.  Landed on wires for nice photo.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/41045807434/in/photostream/lightbox/
Merlin  1
Peregrine Falcon  1 migrating.
Fish Crow  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Purple Martin  1     Male off Cross Beach Road.
Tree Swallow  3     Migrating.
Barn Swallow  23     Migrating.
Pine Warbler  1
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  3
Savannah Sparrow  2

And from Sunset Farm on Great Bay:
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American Black Duck  20
Greater Scaup  40
Common Goldeneye  5     Female/immature male birds in single group.
Red-breasted Merganser  6
CASPIAN TERN  1     Sitting on distant rocks with Ring-billed Gulls. 
Large, gull sized tern with bright red bill.  Could not manage a photo. 
MY FIRST (but overdue) RECORD FOR GREAT BAY.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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