Date: 5/2/18 3:15 pm
From: 'MascomaBirds' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] First "Warbler Wednesdays" Results
The Mascoma Chapter of NH Audubon's first of the season "Warbler Wednesdays" birding event took place under mostly sunny skies with temperatures that ranged from 41 degrees at the outset to 61 at the walk's conclusion around 9:30 a.m. Breezes that initially were gentle became stronger as the morning progressed.
The walk attracted 25 birders, many of whom are long time "Warbler Wednesdays" participants. Mascoma Chapter Steering Committee members George Clark and Blake Allison were the event's co-leaders, and Blake kept the eBird list.
A total of 38 species were recorded over the course of the walk.That number falls in the middle of count totals for first outing totals from earlier years with 45 species in 2017, 33 species in 2016 and 40 in 2015. 
Several waterfowl species were seen on the impounded water behind Wilder Dam including an American wigeon, a ring-necked duck and four bufflehead. Warblers were few in number with a black-throated green, a splendidly attired, blackburnian warbler, four pine warblers and four yellow-rumped warblers recorded. A Louisiana waterthrush was heard singing near the lake's spillway but was not located.
In what may well have been a "Warbler Wednesdays" first, a savannah sparrow was recorded. It was well-seen by the entire group as it picked at a tuft of grass next to the lake's footbridge.
Few raptors were observed. An osprey lazily looped around the lake, and a broad-winged hawk swiftly passed overhead flying north.
A complete eBird list of the day's sightings can be found using the following link: https://ebird.org/nh/view/checklist/S45188571
The next "Warbler Wednesdays" walk at Boston Lot Lake is scheduled for May 9th at 7:00 a.m. 
Mascoma Chapter of New Hampshire Audubon

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