Date: 5/26/19 3:42 pm
From: Mascoma Chapter NH Audubon <mascomabirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] "Feathered Friday" at Mink Brook 2019-05-24
It was "deja vu all over again" for the 15 birders who gathered at
Hanover's Mink Brook for the Mascoma Chapter's fourth of the season
"Feathered Friday's" outing. It seemed like the meteorological needle had
not moved at all since the May 10th event. Never mind that the 17th session
was cancelled due to inclement weather.

At today's session, cloudy, damp, breezy conditions prevailed with the
temperature resting in the low 50s. On the 10th, it was somewhat cooler,
and there was a slight rain, but otherwise the circumstances for both were
depressingly familiar.

Upper Valley birders will recognize this weather pattern as all too
recognizable for May 2019. The upside, however, is that it has disrupted
migration activity resulting in one of the best warbler seasons in recent
years. That proved to be this morning's bright spot as the group recorded
twelve warbler species including Tennessee (six), magnolia (five), a Cape
May and a Canada among others.

The brook's low water level reduced the number of waterfowl seen, although
twenty wood ducks were tallied, but the exposed mud flats did result in
some good shorebird activity with three solitary and three spotted
sandpipers counted.

A complete eBird checklist of the morning's sightings can be found by
clicking on the following link:
https://ebird.org/nh/view/checklist/S56694408

Thanks to Mascoma Chapter Steering Committee members George Clark, Jeff
MacQueen and Blake Allison for being co-leaders; with a tip of the hat to
Gail McPeek and Peg Ackerson for their capable assistance. Blake kept the
eBird count.

The last of this year's "Feathered Friday's" outings is to take place
Friday, May 31st beginning 7:00 a.m. at Mink Brook.

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Mascoma Chapter of NH Audubon

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