Date: 5/9/18 8:42 am From: Mascoma Chapter NH Audubon <mascomabirds...> Subject: [NHBirds] First "Feathered Fridays" Round Up
Cloudy conditions and the threat of rain did not deter a dozen birders from setting out early Friday morning along the Mink Brook Nature Preserve's River Trail "in search of early arriving spring migrants.
This was the first time in recent memory that the Mascoma Chapter has hosted a walk at Mink Brook. Historically, "Feathered Friday's" have been held at Union Village Dam Park in Thetford, but a venue change was necessitated by last July 1st's major rain event that did significant damage to Buzzell Bridge Road blocking off our access to the park's "Mystery Trail" section.
Waterfowl sightings included Canada goose (10), wood duck (4), mallard (7) and common merganser (9). A pleasant surprise was the presence of three shorebird species including solitary sandpiper (2), greater yellowlegs (3) and lesser yellowlegs (3).
The sighting of five warbler species offered a tantalizing taste of things to come. They included ovenbird (3), black and white (3), common yellowthroat (1), yellow-rumped warbler (14) and black-throated-green (1). An additional two species, palm warbler (1) and black-throated-blue (1), were seen by members of the party who stayed out after the event's official conclusion.