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
>

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