Date: 7/8/18 5:46 am From: Rebecca Suomala <rsuomala2...> Subject: [NHBirds] Cannon Mt. field trip
A big thank you to Amanda Kallenbach for organizing a Capital Chapter field trip up Cannon Mt. and making arrangements for our group to take a special early tram at 7:30 am. We had the mountain top to ourselves until the tram officially opened at 9:00. Zeke Cornell and I led the group of 30 with thanks to other experienced birders on the trip who helped spot things on the narrow trails.
It was a spectacular day with fantastic views. We listened for birds as we stopped at the various towers for the crew to do their daily inspection. This gave a chance for a few folks to see a bear on one of the ski trails.
We heard Bicknell's Thrush and some in the group were lucky to have a sighting. Blackpoll Warblers were singing and visible at times. An adult and two juvenile White-winged Crossbills feeding near the summit building were a highlight. Most of our birds were heard, but not easily coaxed into view. We suspected birds were being particularly secretive because they were feeding young. Notable by their absence or scarcity were Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Magnolia Warbler, and Swainson's Thrush. White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos were most numerous and singing constantly.