I spent my birthday today birding all day on the NH Coast. With Jane
for the morning hours until she had to go to work. I nice number of
birds, but nothing rare. Pockets of migrants here and there with the
best flock of warbers and migrants in the dunes of Seabrook. I was
hoping to make it to 100 species, but came up short.
NH coast, Rockingham, New Hampshire, US
May 3, 2018 6:49 AM - 3:49 PM
Comments: All day birding from 6:45 AM to 4:45 PM with an hour for
brunch. With Jane during morning hours. Complete coverage of coast
north to Odiorne including walk around north end of park. Did not cover
New Castle. Crazy weather. Nice early with calm, cloudy, and mild
weather. Then clearing and fierce humid, hot, SW winds. Then
intermittent heavy rain for an hour, then clearing somewhat and cooler
with light N winds. Visibility offshore was fair to good, but poor in
Brant 2 Hampton Harbor inlet.
Canada Goose 20
Mute Swan 1 Eel Pond.
American Black Duck 5
Green-winged Teal 3 Two south of Odiorne.
Common Eider 223
Surf Scoter 44
White-winged Scoter 11
Black Scoter 176 Conservative count. Likely more. Most off Little
Boar's Head and Bicentennial Park.
Long-tailed Duck 167 Conservative count. Likely more. Most off
Great Boar's Head and Bicentennial Park.
Bufflehead 2 Male and female in Little Harbor.
Common Merganser 2 Migrating north.
Red-breasted Merganser 70
Wild Turkey 2
Red-throated Loon 21 Includes raft of 12 off Seabrook Beach.
Common Loon 18
Horned Grebe 7
Red-necked Grebe 26 Nice raft of 25 off Seal Rocks in Rye. Heard
Northern Gannet 2 Off Seabrook Beach.
Great Cormorant 1 Immature on rocks south of Odiorne.
Double-crested Cormorant 163 Migrating. More scattered on coast.
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 5
Snowy Egret 28 Careful count. Most birds in marshes opposite Wallis
Green Heron 1 Flew over at Rye harbor. FOY.
Northern Harrier 1 Migrant female.
Cooper's Hawk 2
Semipalmated Plover 1 Flew overhead calling. FOY.
Piping Plover 2 Seabrook Beach.
Purple Sandpiper 111
Least Sandpiper 12
Spotted Sandpiper 2 Rye ledge. FOY.
Greater Yellowlegs 9
Willet 19 Big arrival over the last few days.
Lesser Yellowlegs 8
Ring-billed Gull 83 Some migrating.
Herring Gull 168
Great Black-backed Gull 21
Common Tern 25 Single flock off Seabrook Beach. FOY.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 15
Mourning Dove 21
Snowy Owl 1 On rocks south of Odiorne. My 4th May record. Latest
(for me) is 5/17/12.
Chimney Swift 1 Single bird over Seabrook dunes. FOY.
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 5
American Kestrel 3 Migrating.
Peregrine Falcon 1 Adult on water tower.
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue-headed Vireo 5 FOY.
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 4
Fish Crow 1 At Odiorne.
Purple Martin 11 10 off Cross Beach Road at gourds.
Tree Swallow 80
Barn Swallow 30
Black-capped Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 10
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 5
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 12
Gray Catbird 10 FOY.
Northern Mockingbird 6
European Starling 75
Ovenbird 1 FOY.
Northern Waterthrush 1
Black-and-white Warbler 12
Common Yellowthroat 6 FOY.
Northern Parula 10 FOY.
Magnolia Warbler 1 FOY.
Yellow Warbler 1 FOY.
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2 FOY.
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 6
Pine Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 33
Prairie Warbler 1 FOY.
Chipping Sparrow 9
White-throated Sparrow 5
Savannah Sparrow 7
Song Sparrow 25
Swamp Sparrow 9
Eastern Towhee 6
Northern Cardinal 13
Baltimore Oriole 2 FOY.
Red-winged Blackbird 60
Brown-headed Cowbird 16
Common Grackle 110
House Finch 11
American Goldfinch 15
House Sparrow 23