Unity and I were up in Laconia/Tilton yesterday and had a Killdeer, phoebe, and a dozen WW Crossbills at the old Laconia State School campus adjacent to Ahern State Park. The latter were being quite accommodating feeding on fallen white pine cones. Before that we had an adult goshawk fly over us while in the woods at Ahern State Park.
Waterfowl were still fairly sparse except for the expected wintering species. There was a flock of 120 or so ducks at the edge of the ice on Lake Winnisquam as viewed from Rt. 3, but just as we pulled over to scope it a young eagle appeared and flushed everything. Everything except one Common Merganser which for whatever reason didn't fly, and we watched the eagle make repeated aerial attempts at the duck -which dove repeatedly. When the eagle was perched on the ice the duck didn't care at all, and eventually the eagle wandered off.
Silver Lake in Tilton/Belmont had 42 Common Mergs, 25 RN Ducks, and presumably the female Lesser Scaup that overwintered in Laconia.
Pam Hunt and Unity Dienes
From: <nhbirds...> [mailto:<nhbirds...>] On Behalf Of Iain MacLeod
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 3:59 PM
Subject: RE: [NHBirds] Bohemian Waxwings, Sandwich
I'll follow up with a few more Lakes Region sightings over the weekend.
In addition to the Killdeer at Moultonborough Airport, there were two on the sports field next to Beans and Greens in Gilford.
At Moulton Farm in Meredith, the Canada Goose and duck numbers are beginning to grow -- there were 40 Canadas and 16 Mallards in the fields and a nice flock of 14 Brown-headed Cowbirds (1 female and 13 males . . . so there was lots of tail tipping and strutting).
Song Sparrows were singing in Gilford (on Sunday) and in Holderness today.
A displaying Red-shouldered Hawk was very vocal over Center Harbor Neck Road on Sunday and yesterday.
Wood Duck pairs were present in a couple of spots and Red-wing Blackbirds and Grackles were everywhere.
The fields at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center were crawling with "real migrant" Robins this morning.
On Monday, I confirmed incubation at two more Bald Eagle nests.
Spring has sprung!
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
PO Box 173, 23 Science Center Road
Holderness, NH 03245
Phone: 603-968-7194 x123
From: <nhbirds...> <nhbirds...> On Behalf Of Ken Klapper
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 2:58 PM
Subject: [NHBirds] Bohemian Waxwings, Sandwich
Sorry for the late post, but yesterday there was a flock of ~25 Bohemians along with 3 Cedars feeding on multiflora rose along Great Rock Road. I was actually on the way to look for a flock of 25 Bohemians that Iain MacLeod had reported a few hours earlier in Moultonborough a few miles away – hmmm, could these be the same birds?
Other interesting and seasonal area birds include a Carolina Wren in Sandwich and an immature goshawk seen from my home on Sunday; a Killdeer at Moultonborough airport (also found by Iain) and FOY phoebe at home on Monday; and an adult Red-shouldered Hawk flying over Diamond Ledge Road today. The Common Redpoll flock in Center Sandwich is at about 40 birds.