Date: 7/27/20 2:22 pm From: Jill Thompson <jilllvscts53...> Subject: [NHBirds] Re: Lake Umbagog Birds & Bugs (Canada Jays, Goldeneye, young Palm Warblers, AMERICAN SNOUT, etc.)
Fantastic array of bird/insect pictures!!
On Monday, July 27, 2020 at 12:31:46 PM UTC-4, Steve Mirick wrote: > > Jane and I traveled north to Lake Umbagog for the weekend. The 2nd time > we've visited this area this month. We were hoping for some insects, > and were a bit surprised at what we found. > > For birds, we spent the first day kayaking out to Sweat Meadow in hopes > of finding the nesting family of Sandhill Cranes. Alas, no luck for the > 2nd time. They appear to keep well hidden in this expansive marsh. As > expected, bird song had greatly diminished so we didn't find as much. Of > some interest was the sighting of around 300 Tree Swallows in the foggy > early morning. Presumably roosting the previous night in the marsh. As > the fog broke, the flock dispersed. Also of interest were juvenile Palm > Warblers, a young (but full grown) Common Goldeneye, and two very young > (but unaccompanied?) Ring-necked Ducks. > > The following day, we spent two hours birding the Mollidgewock Road area > of Errol. The complete list as follows. Of interest, we had zero > crossbills in the two days we visited. Red Crossbills seem to be rather > widespread in many areas of the State right now. > > > Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 > Downy Woodpecker 1 > Hairy Woodpecker 1 > Pileated Woodpecker 1 > Northern Flicker 7 > Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 2 > Blue-headed Vireo 2 > Red-eyed Vireo 7 > CANADA JAY 4 2 adults and fledged juvenile. 3rd adult by itself. > Blue Jay 37 > Black-capped Chickadee 28 > Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 > Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 > Red-breasted Nuthatch 8 > Winter Wren 3 > Veery 1 > Swainson's Thrush 3 > Hermit Thrush 8 > American Robin 4 > Cedar Waxwing 3 > Chipping Sparrow 2 > White-throated Sparrow 7 > Swamp Sparrow 1 > Black-and-white Warbler 2 > Nashville Warbler 2 > Common Yellowthroat 8 > American Redstart 2 > Northern Parula 6 > Magnolia Warbler 5 > Blackburnian Warbler 2 > Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 > Black-throated Blue Warbler 3 > Palm Warbler (Yellow) 4 2 juveniles. > Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 > Black-throated Green Warbler 3 > Canada Warbler 2 > Indigo Bunting 1 > > INSECTS > ------- > > It was also a fun weekend for butterflies and dragonflies. While we > didn't see a terribly large number of either, I still managed to find 2 > "life" butterflies and roughly 5 "life" dragonflies. By far, the most > interesting insect was an AMERICAN SNOUT butterfly seen along Dead > Diamond Road in Wentworths Location. Snouts are a strange migratory > butterfly which can be common to sometimes abundant in Texas and Mexico. > Occasionally, they wander north and reach southern New England. They > are considered "extremely rare" in Massachusetts according to the > Massachusetts Butterfly Club web site. I believe there are historic > records for New Hampshire, but not sure how many or from where. To see > my first ever of this southern species from NORTH of the White Mountains > was a shock. > > In any event, the Snout was quite cooperative for photos. Even with my > old Point-And-Shoot. Not particularly colorful, but unique with the > long mouth parts (snout) that allows them to camouflage as a dead leaf > stem: > > https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/50153262907/ > > https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/50153026436/in/photostream/ > > https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/50153263207/in/photostream/ > > Steve & Jane Mirick > Bradford, MA >