A group of us birded from Tilton to Gilford yesterday with these highlights:
Ring-necked Duck- about 60 on Lily Pond in Gilford.
Greater Scaup- one male and two females seen with the Ring-necks on Lily Pond which allowed a great size and head-shape comparison. Furthermore, the two female scaup exhibited the rarely seen pale crescent on their cheeks, which is a breeding season characteristic.
Bufflehead- at least seven lingering birds.
Common Goldeneye- small numbers but the courtship antics of one male was highly entertaining.
[Common Loon- Zero! Not many have arrived yet.]
Osprey- a male moving sticks around in the nest at Opechee Park in Laconia.
Bald Eagle- two or three each at Silver Lake and Bartlett Beach (Winnisquam Lake, Laconia).
Cooper's Hawk- an adult male carrying a small prey item (unidentified) which put on a sky-dancing flight right over our heads.
"Eastern Bluebird" by a Northern Mockingbird- it had all of us fooled! :)
crossbill species- heard by Anne and Miki at Opechee Park.
Bob with lots of help from Tom, Anne, Trudy, Miki, Jack, and Dot.
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