Date: 5/9/18 9:27 am From: Mascoma Chapter NH Audubon <mascomabirds...> Subject: [NHBirds] Boston Lot Lake Today, May 9
It's hard to imagine that this morning's weather could have been any better than what greeted 23 birders as they set off uphill to Lebanon's secluded jewel; Boston Lot Lake. The sky was a flawless, cloudless deep blue, there was a light breeze, and a temperature that started at a brisk 45 warmed to almost 60 degrees by the time the trip concluded.
The over the weekend arrival of an abundant number of songbird species was very much in evidence with wood warblers, Baltimore orioles and rose-breasted grosbeaks filling the air with their cheerful and much-missed songs.
The morning's observations got off to an exciting start when a bald eagle flew over at tree top level just after the party started up the trail to the lake. Once at the lake, a common loon and a spotted sandpiper were among the highlights.
Wood warbler species seen totaled eleven with fine views of a blackburnian warbler, a chestnut-sided warbler and a northern parula particularly satisfying. A late bonus was the sighting of an eastern towhee as attendees neared the parking lot at the trip's end.
Thanks to Blake Allison for leading and recording. The chapter's next outing is to take place this coming, Friday, the 11th at Hanover's Mink Brook Nature Preserve. Details are available on the chapter's web site: www.mascomabirds.org