Date: 1/21/20 7:33 am
From: John Ranta <john.f.ranta...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Weekend observations
Over the weekend I visited the MacDowell reservoir in Peterborough, and a
couple of spots along the Contoocook River in Peterborough and Hancock.
Nothing exotic.

It was quiet at MacDowell, not much activity at all. As I was walking back
to my truck I came across a mixed flock of chickadees, nuthatches (WB),
juncoes, titmice, a downy woodpecker and a pair of golden-crowned kinglets.
They were active and noisy, working a mixed stand of oak and hemlock. All
of a sudden a sharp shinned hawk zoomed in from behind me, and went after
one of the kinglets in a hemlock. The chase was fast, and very acrobatic.
The hawk missed, and landed in a tree about 20 feet away, sitting for a
minute before flying off. The flock was absolutely still for several
minutes - no movement, no vocals. Then the chickadees (the bravest,
apparently) began to move and make a little noise.

The Peterborough dump was busy yesterday (they maintain a set of feeders).
Cardinals, chickadees, juncoes, nuthatches (WB & RB), starlings, bluejays,
ravens, crows, robins, titmice, a hairy woodpecker and a lone song sparrow.
And as I was driving up 202, I spotted an adult bald eagle circling over
Cavender road.

There's a lot less winterberry than there was a month ago, getting eaten
I'm guessing. I did see a few cedar waxwings and bluebirds on crab apple
trees in Peterborough, and a couple of different red-tailed hawks in
Peterborough and Hancock. The snow storm brought the goldfinches back to my
feeders (they're foul weather opportunists) to join the juncoes,
chickadees, titmice, downy woodpeckers and bluejays.


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