Date: 6/30/18 2:58 pm From: Jack Swatt <jswattbirds...> Subject: [NHBirds] Lempster Town Forest and Ashuelot Headwaters Field Trip
The heat and humidity did not deter 16 participants from venturing into the Lempster Mountain forests on the joint NH Audubon Capital Chapter and Forest Society field trip. Dylan Jackson and I led the walk through some of the Lempster Town Forest and Ashuelot Headwaters Forest trails. Highlight of the trip should have been the SWAINSON'S THRUSH that has set up a territory in the Lempster Town Forest for the third year in a row. It was singing yesterday, and this morning before the walk, but we could not coax it to sing or make an appearance for the crowd. Surprisingly, the photogenic bird of the day was a singing WINTER WREN perched up on a short snag for all to see. Warblers were singing but were hard to coax into view but most participants were able to get views of CANADA WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER. When we reached the twin bridges over the Ashuelot River the finale was a COOPER'S HAWK circling overhead with a mouse in it's talons.