Date: 7/4/18 12:55 pm From: Rebecca Suomala <rsuomala2...> Subject: [NHBirds] Weeks State Park and Mt. Washington
Zeke Cornell and I joined Ann Griffin at 5:00 am this morning for a "beat the heat" (sort of) walk up Weeks State Park in Lancaster, NH. The road up the park opens at the too-late hour of 10:00 so we planned to walk the 1.4 miles up. The early morning bird song was fabulous with lots of species overlapping song when we first arrived, including 3 Purple Finch loudly burbling away. We had a total of 42 species.
Ann, the "Philadelphia Vireo whisperer" brought me to the spot where she had one last weekend and there it was, singing away as if on cue, giving us a nice view. We also had a second one about halfway up the road.
A couple of other highlights included:
Mourning Warbler 2, both relatively closed to the parking area
Veery, Hermit, and Wood Thrush all singing
After this, Zeke and I went up the Mt. Washington Auto Road, starting at 8:30 (road opens at 8:00). Again the bird song was better than expected this "late" in the morning on a warm day in July. It was 69 F at the summit at 11:10! Remarkable for Mt. Washington and close to a record I think.
American Pipit 3 - all near the summit
Boreal Chickadee 3 - my first on the Auto Road
Bicknell's Thrush 5 - none seen, just heard doing the "veer" call above 4,000 ft.
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1
Blackpoll Warbler 9
Pine Siskin 3
Swainson's Thrush 10
Purple Fimch male fluttering at his reflection in the rear view mirror of a road grader at mile 5.5
Surprisingly only 1 Magnolia Warbler.
A couple of possible Philadelphia Vireos were at a section of the road where we could not pull off and I'm extremely hesitant to id this species by call alone, they're too similar to the variable Red-eyed for my ear.