Date: 5/24/19 7:38 am
From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [NHBirds] NH Big Day (155 Species, 24 species of warblers!)
Yesterday, Jane and I challenged ourselves with a "Big Day" effort to
try to see as many species of birds that we can in a single day. I've
done these just about every year for over 30 years!  Lots of fun. This
year, we did pretty well with the expected species (but with some
glaring misses!) and ended up with 155 species.  My highest counts for
the State are 170 on 5/28/97 (with Pam Hunt and Dan and Al Strong), 164
on 5/23/09, 163 on 5/24/96.

Our itinerary was very similar to a new route we pioneered last year. 
We started in Salem at about 2:30 AM where we quickly got Virginia Rail
and Sora before driving up to Concord where we easily got a nice chorus
of Whip-poor-wills and a couple of Woodcock.  From there, we drove
northward to Hazen/Airport Road in Whitefield where we birded at dawn
along the road and the Airport Marsh area.  We picked up lots of birds
in this area before heading back south to Trudeau Road where the key
finds were Dark-eyed Junco and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.  From there we
drove back south directly to the Concord Airport and got lots of new
birds.  At this point we made a detour from last year's route and headed
to Abe Emerson Marsh where we FAILED TO FIND the Trumpeter Swan despite
a lot of time walking around the edge of the marsh.  Consolation was a
few good woodland species and lots of warblers.  Because we were behind
schedule, we skipped Pawtuckaway SP completely.  One again, we headed to
Newmarket where we dipped on the Kites and wasted some more time!  Argh!
  Then we headed directly to the coast (and skipped Exeter area).  We
worked the coast from south to north and finished at Pease Tradeport and
Surrey Lane Marsh in Durham.

We ended up with 155 species which is slightly above average.  We did
well with warblers and ended with 24 species, which is up there with my
highest daily count ever, and included LOTS OF "SPRUCE BUDWORM"
WARBLERS.  At least 5 Cape May Warblers around Pondicherry, and
scattered, but numerous Bay-breasted Warblers....and it seemed Jane was
constantly yelling at me "ANOTHER TENNESSEE SINGING" as we drove some
back roads around Concord and Londonderry.  But we had nothing terribly
rare for the day.  Weather was nice in the morning with calm winds cool
temperatures, but by the time we got to the coast it was more difficult
with a haze and strong south winds offshore.  This improved a bit with
some cloud cover and a shifting wind.  We managed most of the lingering
sea ducks and a Guillemot, Gannet, and lingering Red-necked Grebe.

Total List - 155 Species
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Common Eider
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter - LOTS still along coast.
Long-tailed Duck
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser - Several at Airport Marsh.
Wild Turkey
RED-NECKED GREBE - 1 lingering at Little Boar's Head.
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO - 1 at Tuttle Swamp in Newmarket.
COMMON NIGHT-HAWK - 3 in Durham including 2 at dusk over Surrey Lane Marsh.
Eastern Whip-poor-will - Morning chorus at Karner Blue easement in Concord.
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Virginia Rail - 3 at Geremonty Road marsh in Salem
Sora - 3 at Geremonty Road marsh in Salem.  Fantastic response at 2:30 AM!
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Upland Sandpiper - One heard and seen at Pease Tradeport.
Purple Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
American Woodcock - Concord area.
Wilson's Snipe - One at Airport Marsh.
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper - 10 (!!) for the day.  3 in marsh in Whitefield.  7
at Great Bay Farm!
Greater Yellowlegs
BLACK GUILLEMOT - 1 breeding plumage off Little Boar's Head.
Laughing Gull - 2 flybys at Concord Point.
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Least Tern - A few including two on Meadow Pond.
ROSEATE TERN - 3 flying together off Hampton Harbor inlet.
Common Tern
Common Loon
NORTHERN GANNET - Adult or near adult off Seabrook Beach picked out by Jane.
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron - 1st summer bird on Meadow Pond.
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle - A couple for the day including one adult over Concord Airport.
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Large Owl sp. - I flushed a large owl (almost certainly a Great Horned)
at Ame Emerson Marsh in Candia.
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel - 1 at Concord Airport, but no other falcons.
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 1 singing at Trudeau Road.
Alder Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Common Raven
Purple Martin - MISSED the martins at Cross Beach, but got two at the
gourds at Awcomin Marsh!
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglet - Trudeau Road.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - One at Pondicherry trailhead.
Eastern Bluebird
Swainson's Thrush - Jane only.  She heard one as we pulled over to the
side of I93 to scope Black Bear on slopes of Canon.  Because of my ears,
I couldn't hear it.  :-(
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
House Sparrow
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
VESPER SPARROW - 1 on fence at Concord Airport.   Not singing.
Savannah Sparrow
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW - 1 singing at Concord Airport.  None at Pease.
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW - 1 (dark lored) adult at Great Bay Farm.
Dark-eyed Junco - Trudeau Road.
Eastern Meadowlark - 1 at Pease.
Baltimore Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
Louisiana Waterthrush - Oyster River in Durham only.
Northern Waterthrush - Trudeau Road only.
Blue-winged Warbler - Tuttle Swamp only.
Black-and-white Warbler - Only a couple!
Nashville Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
CAPE MAY WARBLER - 5 or so in Pondicherry area.
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
BAY-BREASTED WARBLER - LOTS.  Perhaps 8 total from several locations.
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler - LOTS
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler - Just one at Trudea Road.
Wilson's Warbler - Just one at marsh in Whitefield.
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting

Birds missed
Trumpeter Swan - Someone had it yesterday, but we searched everywhere
with no luck.
Mississippi Kite - Had my first in Newarket the day before, but none today.
Orchard Oriole
Carolina Wren
Brown Creeper
Green Heron
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Quiet for this species up north!
Willow Flycatcher
Red-breasted Merganser - Had some yesterday.  None today.
Brant - Pam had some yesterday, and Jane and I had more the day before!

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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