Date: 6/23/18 2:17 pm From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...> Subject: [NHBirds] NH Coast (816 Common Eiders, scoters, FIN WHALE, etc.)
Jane and I hit the coast this morning. A good day for scanning
offshore. Cool, cloudy, easterly winds and flat seas. AND VERY FEW
PEOPLE!!! But sadly, not a whole lot of birds....except Common Eiders!
Everywhere with little fluff balls. In addition to the birds, we also
a FIN WHALE cruising south past Great Boar's Head. Also a Harbor
Porpoise off Little Boar's Head, a few Harbor Seals and about 16 Gray
Seals off Hampton Harbor inlet. They seem to gather at this spot where
I've had large groups before.
Jun 23, 2018 7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Canada Goose 24 3 family groups with young from marsh south of Rye
Common Eider 816 Total count of adults and young. Complete scan of
coast from Seabrook Beach north to Fort Stark in New Castle. At least
1/2 of these were chicks.
Surf Scoter 4 All males. One appeared to be an adult off
Bicentennial Park in Hampton.
White-winged Scoter 7
Common Loon 20 Scattered, but with 9 off Little Boar's Head (6+ in
Red-necked Grebe 1 Flyby at close range from Seal Rocks in Rye.
Great Egret 5
Snowy Egret 11
Green Heron 1
Piping Plover 4 All adults on Seabrook Beach. One appeared to be
on a nest. No chicks.
Black Guillemot 2 One adult bird off Concord Point. Another adult
(or 1st summer?) off Hampton Beach.
Bonaparte's Gull 19 All 1st cycle birds.
Least Tern 6 Four on Seabrook Beach with one apparently on a nest.
Roseate Tern 2
Common Tern 100
Purple Martin 8 Low count on cool gray day. All gourds have nests
Nelson's Sparrow 1 At end of Pollack Road.
Saltmarsh Sparrow 4 Only 2 birds in back of Little Jack's.