Date: 5/22/20 5:47 pm From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...> Subject: [NHBirds] Rockingham County Big Day - 144 species
Jane took today off for her birthday and we headed out to do a "Big Day"
to try to see or hear as many species as we can in one day. I have done
this essentially every May for the last 35 years and Jane and I have
done it every year since 2002. We kept our travel to eastern portions
of Rockingham County only, starting at 3:10 AM and ending at 6:40 PM. A
very hot day, by far the hottest of the year, my car topped out at 91F
late in the day. And by the end of the day, the seacoast was very
crowded. Not on the beaches or parking areas, but everywhere else.
Long lines at Browns and Markey's and other restaurants. I didn't see
many masks either. :-(
Birds were good, but nothing terribly rare. We did pretty well;
however, getting the expected breeding birds and ended with 144
species. A very respectable total considering the conditions and the
lack of access to almost the entire coastline. Fortunately, we were
able to park (with permission) on Great Boar's Head and picked up most
of the winter sea ducks rather quickly.
A few land bird migrants were noted along the immediate shoreline
including some Common Yellowthroats seemingly coming in from offshore,
but otherwise not a whole lot of migrants. A large high level low off
the mid-atlantic coast has been blocking migration for the last week or
so. Expect a lot more to come in the next week.
We started in Salem, but worked our way quickly to Pease Tradeport,
Hampton area, Deer Hill WMA, Pawtuckaway SP, Newmarket, Greenland, and
back down the coast to finish.
Total List - 144 species
American Black Duck -1 in Meadow Pond.
Green-winged Teal - 1 male continues on Meadow Pond.
Hooded Merganser - Deer Hill WMA
Red-breasted Merganser - Hampton Harbor
Red-throated Loon - 1 at Great Boar's Head.
Common Loon - Remarkably only one bird at Great Boar's Head.
Pied-billed Grebe - Deer Hill WMA
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron - Deer Hill WMA.
Bald Eagle - Adult in Hampton salt marsh.
Broad-winged Hawk - Just one for the day.
American Kestrel - Nice male at Deer Hill WMA.
Virginia Rail - Geremonty Road marsh in Salem.
Sora - Geremonty Road marsh in Salem.
Piping Plover - One seen along Hampton Beach from Great Boar's Head.
Solitary Sandpiper - Great Bay Farm only.
Upland Sandpiper - About 3 or so from Short Street at Pease Tradeport.
Ruddy Turnstone - One in Hampton harbor.
Least Sandpiper - Huge flock of a few hundred in Meadow Pond.
Dunlin - One in Hampton harbor.
Bonaparte's Gull - 5 or so in New Castle. All 1st year birds.
Great Black-backed Gull
Least Tern - In the harbor and Hampton salt marsh.
Great Horned Owl - Pair dueting off Small Pox Road in Kingston.
Barred Owl - One off Cheney Road in Danville.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Only one and seen by Jane only. MIGRATING
NORTH over Hampton harbor bridge. Jane looked out the passenger window
and there it was flying along and keeping up with my car!
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Pawtuckaway SP.
Eastern Wood-Pewee - ONLY ONE at Pawtuckaway in mid-afternoon. Still not
here yet in numbers?
Great Crested Flycatcher - Including one at Pawtuckaway SP picking at
road kill garter snake! Looking for snake skin for nest???
Yellow-throated Vireo - A few at Pawtuckaway SP.
Blue-headed Vireo - A few at Pawtuckaway PS.
Common Raven - One at Pease and another on nest tower in Stratham.
Horned Lark - Nice views of one at Pease Tradeport.
Purple Martin - 17 (!) off Cross Beach Road in Seabrook.
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch - One female at Pawtuckaway SP.
Brown Creeper - 2 different birds singing in mid-afternoon (!!) at
Winter Wren - 1 in Hemlock Grove at Pawtuckaway SP.
Marsh Wren - Only one. Singing at Great Meadows in Kensington...not a
typical spot for us.
American Pipit - Flyover at Pease Tradport calling. One of the rarest
bird of the day.
Bay-breasted Warbler - Two for the day. Male and female.
Blackpoll Warbler - Two for the day.
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Wilson's Warbler - Two or three for the day.
Grasshopper Sparrow - At least one off McIntyre Road in Newington at
Saltmarsh Sparrow - One at Little Jack's restaurant in Hampton.
Lincoln's Sparrow - Steve only along edge of Meadow Pond.
Eastern Meadowlark - Pease Tradeport only.
Orchard Oriole - Pair at Powderhouse Pond in Exeter.
Purple Finch - One singing in Deerfield.
Mute Swan - Difficult species to find now in NH. Thankfully.
Eastern Screech Owl - Can't seem to find any in Salem. May need to try
elsewhere in the future.
Mississippi Kite - We drove all around Newmarket, but no luck.
Purple Sandpiper - No doubt there were some on the coast, but who would
know when you can't see the ocean!
White-rumped Sandpiper - Not a common spring bird, but apparently some
have been in Meadow Pond. We couldn't see any.
MARBLED GODWIT - Very rare bird seen by Holly Bauer today at Meadow
Pond. We couldn't relocate it.
Roseate Tern - Perhaps 40 Common Terns in Hampton harbor, but no Roseates.
Common Nighthawk - Should have gone to Len Medlock's house!
Alder & Willow Flycatcher - Not many back yet.
Fish Crow - Crows can be sadly silent at this time of year.
Cape May Warbler
White-throated Sparrow - They seem to have left the area.