Date: 12/24/18 12:14 pm From: mresch8702 via NHBirds <nhbirds...> Subject: [NHBirds] Swamp Sparrow and Winter Wren in Hollis (too), 12/24
Like Pam Hunt, I too found a Swamp Sparrow and a Winter Wren (though just 1) today. Mine were in Hollis while scouting my territory for Saturday's Nashua/Hollis CBC. In my 17 years birding this territory I've only had 1 Swamp Sparrow and never had a Winter Wren. Otherwise there were very few birds around. As I always say - it's quality not quantity.
Saturday while scouting the small slice of my territory in MA I found a Sapsucker, Grackle and Great Blue Heron. Those are 5 pretty good mid-winter species for this inland location. Now if only all those birds stick around for Saturday...
Merry Christmas to all!
Mike Reschwww.statebirding.blogspot.comPepperell, MA
From: Pam Hunt <biodiva...>
To: nhbirds <nhbirds...>
Sent: Mon, Dec 24, 2018 12:34 pm
Subject: [NHBirds] Winter Wrens, Merlin in East Concord
I opted to spend a little time this Christmas Eve morning doing a little birding away from my usual haunts. I first spent 1.5 hours at West Locke Road, where the highlight was FOUR Winter Wrens and a Swamp Sparrow!! Three of the wrens were along the Canal Trail, and there might have been a fourth at the very end, which is where the Swamp Sparrow was. The definite fourth wren was south of the main road a little farther west, where there was a steady flow of water through a culvert.
I then went to West Portsmouth Street where the highlight was a Merlin perched in a tree along the RR tracks. Three redpolls also flew over.