Thanks to Strickland Wheelock for the following report.
Barbara Volkle Northborough, MA <barb620...>
Sunday 10/20/19 I headed north to bird the NH coastline and came across several unusual species in my scouting for a much later trip to the same area on 12/14.
Started at the Great Bay Discovery Center [many Bluebirds, a Swamp Sparrow, etc], then headed to Odiorne Point SP around 9 am where we encountered a nice variety of passerine species like Palm Warblers, Towhee, Yellow-rumps, etc along the coastal trail north of the Seacoast Science Center - then in the thickets, we heard the scolding call of a Chat but never could call out the bird. Here is the shocker - while trying to call in the Chat, I heard the clear call "No Hope" twice, shortly later it called again "No Hope" - the call of the Inca Dove - a very distinctive call from the SouthWest states.. We searched for this bird with no luck - hope someone can locate this rarity.
While scanning the ocean for sea ducks - mostly eiders, scoters, 1 Bufflehead - had a male King Eider swimming relatively close to shore with a group of W-W Scoters - great looks at all it's features Then off at a distance an alcid flew south low over the water [possible Puffin from profile?] Other species seen were Gannets, a Bald Eagle, Red-b & Common Loons, all 3 scoter species, etc
At Eel Pond, another highlight was an adult Lesser Blk-backed Gull mixed in with the other gulls - great comparisons in back color, size as it sat between Gt Blk-backed & Herring Gulls. Also in the pond were 2 Hooded Mergansers and 6 Ringed-necked Ducks
So very frustrating not seeing the Inca Dove or Chat but had several other nice species on this lovely weather day - guessing the 12/14th weather might be a little more challenging but looking forward to the winter mix of ducks, alcids, raptors & passerines that are found along the NH Coastline..........