Date: 4/29/18 2:08 pm
From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Southeastern NH (SLOW for landbirds)
Jane and I worked the landbirds a bit harder today.  Hoping to find a
"gold nugget", but we came up empty.  Glad to see that there was a
fallout inland, because the coastal corridor was dead.  We walked around
Odiorne early and it was VERY dead for land birds with the highlight
being 3 Palm Warblers and a latish Winter Wren.  Couldn't even find a
single kinglet or Gnatcatcher and the only other warbler in the park
were a few Pines.  24 Green-winged Teal, however, was unusual and my
highest total for the park ever.  Then we worked inland when the rain
started and searched for early luck anywhere.  We barely
managed a few year birds including:

Louisiana Waterthush - 1 (FOY) singing away at Oyster River Park (not
Oyster River Forest) in traditional spot.
House Wren - 3 (FOY) total from Newmarket and Durham area
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 1 (FOY) from Bartlett Road Swam in Kensington. 
None at a couple of other traditional spots.

Also a Northern Waterthrush (my 2nd for the year) in East Kingston, but
none in Kensington at breeding spot.

I often use the end of May as a benchmark for how the spring is
progressing.  My total of 5 species of Warblers so far (Yellow-rump,
Pine, Palm, and 2 waterthrushes) this year is definitely below average
as we approach May 1st.  My best April was the famous spring of 2009
when I had 21 Species (!) of warblers by the end of April!

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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