Date: 5/15/18 10:05 am From: Steve Bennett <sbennett999...> Subject: [NHBirds] Upland Sandpipers, Grasshopper Sparrow, Meadowlarks at Pease today
This morning (Tues May 15th) I met Susan Wrisley at the Pease Airport and we successfully located (3) Upland Sandpipers (including a pair of dueling males), a Grasshopper Sparrow, a lot of Meadowlarks & a Kestrel.
She had scoped the golf course end of the runway before I arrived and had no Uppies but atleast (5) Eastern Meadowlarks.
The Uppies were viewed with scopes from the elevated burms at the Short Street end of the runway. The birds were walking & flying around in the infield near the large #9 runway markers, and one teed-up on the orange wind-sock for several minutes.
Additional Meadowlarks and the Kestrel were also viewed fom this location. We drove around to Gate-7 off of McIntyre Road and walked East (to the right) along the chain-link fence towards the large white conical radar unit inside the fence. As we approached the 1-story wooden shed a cooperative Grasshopper Sparrow was teed-up on a log and constantly singing. He even flew to the fence and gave us a prolonged and detailed view.
Steve Bennett, Portsmouth NH Susan Wrisley, Hollis NH