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.