Date: 1/1/19 3:15 pm From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...> Subject: [NHBirds] NH Coast (Chipping Sparrows, Snow Goose, NO PELICAN)
Jane and I got a late New Year's start, but birded the coast today from
about 10 AM until dusk A tough day. A relatively calm start, but
increasing winds that exploded with peak gusts of 52 knots at the Isles
of Shoals. And while chasing a Harlequin Duck seen by Jim Sparrell and
Katie Wheeler, a gust blew over my scope. Result was a broken tripod
and a broken Leica Spotting Scope. :-(
Birds were OK. A decent start to the new year, but we missed a few
goodies seen by others. Included in the misses was a female Harlequin
Duck at Bicentennial Park in Hampton, THE Yellow-breasted Chat at
Odiorne, and sadly, the American White Pelican which has suddenly
disappeared after being seen yesterday. Not seen by any other birders
either as far as I can tell. We thought we had it along Jones Avenue in
Portsmouth, but when we got closer we realized we were mistaken:
Full List - 47 Species
SNOW GOOSE 1 Continuing adult with Goose flock at old Philbrick's
Hotel yard in Rye.
Canada Goose 13 Flock MIGRATING. Plus additional birds.
American Black Duck
Common Merganser 1 Female in Eel Pond.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Razorbill Still several in Piscataqua River including a couple from
Portsmouth Fish Pier.
Bonaparte's Gull 1 Adult in Portsmouth Harbor.
Glaucous Gull 1 Continuing adult in Seabrook on bath house.
Great Black-backed Gull
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT 2 Two flushed from marsh near Rye harbor.
We followed them south when they landed on Eel pond.
Great Blue Heron 1 Sad looking bird in New Castle.
Northern Harrier 1 One off Rt. 1A in Seabrook.
Belted Kingfisher 1 Rye harbor.
Carolina Wren 2
CHIPPING SPARROW 2 At feeder along Parkersville Lane in Seabrook.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/45837970154/in/photostream/ Dark-eyed Junco