Not nearly as many species as last year and generally rather slow for birding, but we still managed to get some nice birds, and had a great trip today along the NH coast.Â Light to moderate westerly winds and lots of sun with seasonable temperatures.Â A nice fall day!Â Still no major frost yet on the coast and still lots of flowers and a lot of insect activity.Â Â LOTS of butterflies and a few dragonflies noted.
Birds - 53 Species ------------------------ Brant - 2 migrating birds offshore. Canada Goose Green-winged Teal - Flock of 7 over the ocean (landing briefly with White-winged Scoters!) off Ragged Neck. Common Eider Surf Scoter White-winged Scoter Black Scoter Long-tailed Duck Bufflehead Red-breasted Merganser Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove Black-bellied Plover Semipalmated Plover Greater Yellowlegs Ring-billed Gull Herring Gull Great Black-backed Gull Red-throated Loon Common Loon Northern Gannet Double-crested Cormorant Great Cormorant Great Blue Heron GREAT EGRET - 2 lingering birds at Philbrick Marsh. Northern Harrier - One at Hampton Beach SP. Sharp-shinned Hawk Cooper's Hawk Red-tailed Hawk - Lots along the coast. Downy Woodpecker Merlin - 1 at Eel Pond. Blue Jay American Crow Horned Lark - Small flock at Hampton Beach SP. Black-capped Chickadee White-breasted Nuthatch Carolina Wren Eastern Bluebird European Starling House Sparrow House Finch American Goldfinch LAPLAND LONGSPUR - 1 seen well by all at Hampton Beach State Park with flock of Horned Larks. Chipping Sparrow - 1 at Goss Farm in Rye. Savannah Sparrow - Including 2 "Ipswich Sparrows" at Hampton Beach SP and one at Ragged Neck. Song Sparrow Swamp Sparrow White-throated Sparrow Red-winged Blackbird - Odd female in American Beach Grass at Hampton Beach SP. PALM WARLBER - 1 "western" type Palm in the short grasses at Ragged Neck in Rye. PINE WARBLER - 1 relatively bright male in gardens at Goss Farm. Yellow-rumped Warbler Northern Cardinal
Butterflies (6+ species) -------------- Cabbage White - 1 at Ragged Neck Clouded/Orange Sulphur - 1 at Goss Farm and 1 at Odiorne. Monarch - 10 (!!) estimated for the day with some migrating along the shoreline. Question MarkÂ - 2+ plus another anglewing sp. possibly an Eastern Comma. Red Admiral - 1 in apples at Goss Farm. American Lady - At least 2 clearly Americans.Â A 3rd possible Painted Lady.
Dragonflies (2+ species) -------------------------------- Common Green Darner - 1 at Goss Farm Possibly Mosaic Darner - 1 at Goss Farm Autumn Meadowhawk - Several including pairs in tandem.