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1/23/18 8:58 am Iain Macleod <pandiain.im...> [NHBirds] Breeding plumage Goldfinch photo
1/23/18 3:54 am Jim Block <jab...> [NHBirds] Yard birds in flight -- PHOTOS
1/22/18 7:07 pm Alfred Maley <alfredmaley...> [NHBirds] Birding Notes From Old Iberia - Stork Migration Under Way
1/22/18 5:32 pm Chad Witko <chadjwitko...> [NHBirds] Re: Belated Coastal Highlights (Saturday)- NOSH, HETH, RECR
1/22/18 5:29 pm Chad Witko <chadjwitko...> [NHBirds] Belated Coastal Highlights (Saturday)- NOSH, HETH, RECR
1/22/18 5:20 pm Mark Suomala <mrsuomala...> [NHBirds] Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, January 22, 2018
1/22/18 12:36 pm Sam Stoddard <sstoddard3...> [NHBirds] Sandhill Crane - Yes
1/22/18 11:04 am Steven Liffmann <liffmanns...> [NHBirds] Cedar Waxwing - Salem
1/22/18 9:03 am Joshua Jarvis <menasor77...> [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock
1/22/18 7:58 am Ken Klapper <kklapper...> [NHBirds] Kensington Rough-legged Hawk and RC Kinglet
1/21/18 5:13 pm Rebecca Suomala <rsuomala2...> [NHBirds] A few Rye birds
1/21/18 3:55 pm Stephen Mirick <smirick...> [NHBirds] Odds & Ends (CC Sparrow, Pintails, RC Kinglet, Merlin, etc.)
1/21/18 3:54 pm Cook Anderson <hca314...> [NHBirds] American Crow
1/21/18 12:27 pm Greg Seymour <gps848895...> [NHBirds] Great Cormorant Partridge Brook Westmoreland
1/21/18 9:47 am Charlie Oscar <bye.bye.nh.birdy...> [NHBirds] Forgot to report large flights of ducks seen on Friday afternoon in Bedford
1/20/18 7:37 pm Donna Ellis <donnaellis1014...> [NHBirds] Crossbills at Kinsman Pond Shelter
1/20/18 6:08 pm Mark Suomala <mrsuomala...> [NHBirds] Purple Sandpipers
1/20/18 4:56 pm Rebecca Suomala <rsuomala2...> [NHBirds] Iceland Gulls to Razorbills
1/20/18 3:57 pm Bill Duffy <turnbill...> [NHBirds] Re: Snow buntings
1/20/18 3:55 pm Bill Duffy <turnbill...> [NHBirds] Re: Snow buntings
1/20/18 1:01 pm Martha Wilson <quilter.martha...> Re: [NHBirds] Sandhill Crane - Rollinsford NO
1/20/18 12:57 pm JM Maher <jeannemariemaher...> Re: [NHBirds] Sandhill Crane - Rollinsford NO
1/20/18 12:35 pm 'Molly Jacobson' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> Re: [NHBirds] Sandhill Crane - Rollinsford NO
1/20/18 12:27 pm DEBRA M POWERS <dmp2ec...> Re: [NHBirds] Sandhill Crane - Rollinsford NO
1/20/18 11:29 am <jacksonwrxt89...> [NHBirds] Sandhill Crane - Rollinsford NO
1/20/18 9:31 am Aaronian, Richard S. <raaronian...> [NHBirds] Exeter sapsucker and TV
1/20/18 8:47 am Paul Dionne <gratefulpaul...> [NHBirds] Snow buntings
1/19/18 1:06 pm Anne Ryc <annehadshi...> [NHBirds] Concord peregrine
1/18/18 4:38 pm 'Molly Jacobson' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> [NHBirds] 100 Snow Buntings at Woodmont
1/18/18 12:27 pm eric masterson <erictheirish...> [NHBirds] Keene Snowy Owl
1/18/18 12:12 pm Sylvia Miskoe <sylviasmiskoe...> [NHBirds] spotting scope
1/18/18 9:52 am Jane Wing <janewing29...> Re: [NHBirds] Newfie Gull, Salem
1/18/18 9:34 am Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth...> [NHBirds] Newfie Gull, Salem
1/17/18 1:08 pm Anne Ryc <annehadshi...> [NHBirds] red-winged blackbird in Concord
1/17/18 9:42 am Jim <jimkegley...> [NHBirds] Program tonight cancelled
1/16/18 7:56 pm eric masterson <erictheirish...> [NHBirds] re. Saw the Keene owl a week ago but still no crossbills
1/16/18 2:24 pm 'Scottydog' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> [NHBirds] keene snowy
1/15/18 11:56 pm Joshua Jarvis <menasor77...> [NHBirds] Saw the Keene owl a week ago but still no crossbills
1/15/18 6:49 pm Mark Suomala <mrsuomala...> [NHBirds] Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, January 15, 2018
1/15/18 5:40 pm Jim <jimkegley...> [NHBirds] Nashaway Audubon Wed night program
1/15/18 12:53 pm 'Phil Brown' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> [NHBirds] Merlin in Lebanon
1/15/18 12:13 pm Jane Hills <jhbird...> [NHBirds] Y-B Sapsucker in Manchester
1/15/18 9:45 am 'Scottydog' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> [NHBirds] Snowy in Keene
1/15/18 6:19 am Evelyn Nathan <evynathan...> [NHBirds] Yellow-bellied sapsucker on suet, Kingston
1/14/18 6:29 pm Iain Macleod <pandiain.im...> [NHBirds] Saw-whet Owl
1/14/18 5:54 pm Stephen Mirick <smirick...> [NHBirds] More birds (Chipping Sparrow, R-legged Hawk, Fish Crow, Eurasian Wigeon)
1/14/18 3:01 pm 'Scottydog' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> [NHBirds] Keene Snowy
1/14/18 12:28 pm Brian Reilly <reillybj...> [NHBirds] Snow Buntings
1/14/18 10:05 am Steven Liffmann <liffmanns...> [NHBirds] Bohemian waxwings N Conway
1/14/18 4:29 am 'Heather' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> Re: [NHBirds] Keene Snowy
1/13/18 7:19 pm 'Dan Hubbard' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> [NHBirds] Rough-legged Hawk at Waste Management Rochester
1/13/18 2:02 pm 'Scottydog' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> [NHBirds] Keene Snowy
1/13/18 1:56 pm Stephen Mirick <smirick...> [NHBirds] Odds & Ends (Peregrine, Bonaparte's Gulls, Sanderling, RW Blackbirds, Hermit Thrush)
1/13/18 9:27 am David Larson <dlarson...> [NHBirds] Superbowl addendum
1/13/18 2:26 am Amanda Kallenbach <amanda.kallenbach...> [NHBirds] The Delicate Politics of Chasing Owls
1/12/18 2:42 pm 'Scottydog' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> [NHBirds] Keene Snowy
1/12/18 9:19 am David Larson <dlarson...> [NHBirds] Superbowl of Birding XV is on 27 January 2018
1/12/18 9:16 am birdrecords <birdrecords...> [NHBirds] The Twitchers in the Superbowl
1/12/18 8:35 am mikesgroove39 <mikesgroove43...> [NHBirds] Keene Snowy
1/12/18 7:16 am 'Stephen Whitney' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> [NHBirds] Lakes Region Bald Eagles and Silver Lake Waterbirds
1/11/18 6:57 pm David S <dsmart70...> [NHBirds] Keene snowy
1/11/18 3:26 pm 'Scottydog' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> [NHBirds] Snowy in Keene
1/11/18 12:25 pm Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth...> [NHBirds] Re: Red-shouldered Hawks and Sapsuckers
1/11/18 11:54 am Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth...> [NHBirds] Red-shouldered Hawks and Sapsuckers
1/11/18 11:39 am Scott Heron <smheron...> [NHBirds] Fish Crows in Exeter
1/10/18 2:21 pm 'Joann O'Shaughnessy' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> [NHBirds] Red-shouldered Hawk
1/10/18 1:51 pm Tim Spahr <tspahr44...> [NHBirds] Red and White-winged Crossbills update /
1/10/18 1:27 pm 'Blake Allison' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> [NHBirds] Norwich Wild Turkeys
1/10/18 10:12 am Mik Oyler <oylermik...> [NHBirds] North Conway - Pine Siskin & YB Sapsucker
1/10/18 7:31 am eric masterson <erictheirish...> [NHBirds] bird observer magazines looking for a home
1/9/18 4:54 pm DEBRA LAVALLEY <dlv...> [NHBirds] Eagle Mania
1/9/18 1:55 pm Logan Young <ltt6young...> [NHBirds] Manchester Eagle and Falcon
1/8/18 6:28 pm Mark Suomala <mrsuomala...> [NHBirds] Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, January 8, 2018
1/8/18 2:57 pm 'Dan Hubbard' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> [NHBirds] Wood Duck, Bald Eagles at Rochester WTP
1/8/18 1:06 pm Sylvia Hartmann <s42yth...> [NHBirds] Bald eagle/s
1/7/18 5:50 pm Rebecca Suomala <rsuomala2...> [NHBirds] Scattered highlights
1/6/18 7:18 pm Rand Burnett <randburnett33...> [NHBirds] Keene Snowy Owl correction
1/6/18 7:16 pm Rand Burnett <randburnett33...> [NHBirds] Re: Keene Snowy Owl
1/6/18 7:15 pm Rand Burnett <randburnett33...> [NHBirds] Keene Snowy Owl
1/6/18 2:08 pm Aaronian, Richard S. <raaronian...> [NHBirds] Sandhill Crane
1/6/18 1:23 pm DEBRA LAVALLEY <dlv...> [NHBirds] Eagle Sighting - Penacook
1/6/18 1:07 pm Stephen Mirick <smirick...> [NHBirds] NH Coast
1/6/18 9:59 am Iain Macleod <pandiain.im...> [NHBirds] Crossbills and Fox Sparrow in Holderness
1/6/18 9:54 am Donna Ellis <donnaellis1014...> [NHBirds] Eastern phoebe downtown Henniker
1/6/18 5:42 am Evelyn Nathan <evynathan...> [NHBirds] eastern towhee at feeder in Kingston!
1/5/18 6:13 pm <heatherrutledge...> Re: [NHBirds] Re: Sandhill crane rollinsford
1/5/18 6:09 pm bikenbird via NHBirds <nhbirds...> [NHBirds] ***(VENUE CHANGE) NH Audubon Seacoast Chapter Wednesday January 10, 2018 Program - Club Sandwiches, not Seals: Saving the Northern Fur Seal in the early 20th Century***
1/5/18 5:53 pm Deb <dmp2ec...> Re: [NHBirds] Re: Sandhill crane rollinsford
1/5/18 5:50 pm <heatherrutledge...> [NHBirds] Re: Sandhill crane rollinsford
1/5/18 12:53 pm Bruce Boyer <brumyster...> [NHBirds] Cooper's Hawk in Jaffrey
1/5/18 9:00 am David Larson <dlarson...> [NHBirds] FYI - Joppa Flats is closed
1/4/18 4:59 am David S <dsmart70...> [NHBirds] Snowy Owl - Keene
1/3/18 4:32 pm DEBRA M POWERS <dmp2ec...> [NHBirds] Sandhill crane rollinsford
1/3/18 2:03 pm Stephen Mirick <smirick...> [NHBirds] Odds & Ends (Snowy Owl, Sandhill Crane, etc.)
1/2/18 1:29 pm <jacksonwrxt89...> [NHBirds] Sunapee Red Crossbills
1/2/18 1:08 pm Pam Blair <pamelynblair...> [NHBirds] Snowy Owl in Keene
1/2/18 12:53 pm David Larson <dlarson...> [NHBirds] Superbowl of Birding is coming soon! - Amended
1/2/18 9:57 am Marnich, Debra - NRCS, Conway, NH <debra.marnich...> [NHBirds] Cedar Waxwings, North Conway
1/2/18 9:36 am David Larson <dlarson...> [NHBirds] Superbowl of Birding is coming soon!
1/2/18 9:31 am silvia rano <silvia.ranos...> [NHBirds] Fwd: Us congress hearing of maan alsaan Money laundry قضية الكونغجرس لغسيل الأموال للمليادير معن الصانع
1/2/18 9:27 am 'Geoff N.' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> [NHBirds] FOY Common Redpoll
1/1/18 6:08 pm Mark Suomala <mrsuomala...> [NHBirds] Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, January 1, 2018
1/1/18 5:10 pm <jacksonwrxt89...> [NHBirds] Possible LBBG - Manchester
1/1/18 4:52 pm Rebecca Suomala <rsuomala2...> [NHBirds] New Year's highlights from the coast
1/1/18 4:16 pm Donna Ellis <donnaellis1014...> [NHBirds] Merlin and Immature Eagle at Hooksett boat ramp
1/1/18 1:35 pm Alfred Maley <alfredmaley...> [NHBirds] Bald Eagle Terrorizes Hampstead Ratla, Well Sort of.
1/1/18 12:29 pm dlipsy <dlipsy...> [NHBirds] Green-winged Teal, Concord
1/1/18 11:36 am Pam Hunt <biodiva...> [NHBirds] Laconia CBC results
1/1/18 8:09 am 'Nancy' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> [NHBirds] Nashua Bluebirds, Bald Eagle and Cooper's Hawk
12/31/17 5:49 pm david.deifik <david.deifik...> [NHBirds] Oregon Junco
12/31/17 2:52 pm Tony Vazzano <tvazzano...> [NHBirds] Sandwich CBC
12/31/17 2:26 pm <jacksonwrxt89...> [NHBirds] Lake Sunapee CBC Results
12/31/17 10:05 am Mark Suomala <mrsuomala...> [NHBirds] YBSA x2 and WIWR x2
12/31/17 6:52 am David Govatski <david.govatski...> [NHBirds] 7 Ruffed Grouse at feeders in Jefferson
12/31/17 4:58 am mresch8702 via NHBirds <nhbirds...> [NHBirds] "Oregon" Junco and other Hollis Highlights, Nashua/Hollis CBC, 12/30
12/30/17 8:16 pm Iain Macleod <pandiain.im...> [NHBirds] Sapsucker, Crossbills, Peregrine in Lakes Region
12/30/17 6:23 pm 'Nola' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> [NHBirds] ruby-crowned kinglet?
12/30/17 5:24 pm eric masterson <erictheirish...> [NHBirds] Mount Monadnock xbill survey
12/30/17 3:09 pm Chad Witko <chadjwitko...> Re: [NHBirds] Fox sparrow in Hancock
12/30/17 2:38 pm 'Phil Brown' via NHBirds <nhbirds...> [NHBirds] Fox sparrow in Hancock
12/30/17 12:47 pm <nhexactly...> [NHBirds] Chipping and song sparrows
12/30/17 6:35 am Susan <slhunter...> [NHBirds] Veery !
12/29/17 6:00 pm Sam Stoddard <sstoddard3...> [NHBirds] Re: Isles CBC Cancelled
12/29/17 5:39 pm Stephen Mirick <smirick...> [NHBirds] Possible Black-backed Woodpecker in Strafford
12/29/17 4:11 pm Benjamin Griffith <bgriffith...> [NHBirds] Isles CBC Cancelled
12/29/17 3:43 pm Adam Burnett <adamburnett33...> [NHBirds] Shrike in Walpole
12/29/17 7:30 am Amanda Kallenbach <amanda.kallenbach...> [NHBirds] 2018 NatGeo...Why Birds Matter
12/29/17 7:09 am Paul Dionne <gratefulpaul...> [NHBirds] Carolina wren
12/29/17 4:36 am Jim <jimkegley...> [NHBirds] Manchester Robin flock
12/28/17 3:00 pm Stephen Mirick <smirick...> [NHBirds] Yellow and Cape May Warblers - NO, Gnatcatcher - NO
12/28/17 1:43 pm Terri Fratus <mizpah3149...> [NHBirds] Screech owl question
12/28/17 12:05 pm Ron Cooper <ron...> [NHBirds] Late turkey vulture?
12/28/17 4:13 am Paul Dionne <gratefulpaul...> [NHBirds] Screech owl question
12/27/17 6:56 pm eric masterson <erictheirish...> [NHBirds] re. Keene Longspur
12/27/17 5:03 pm Jean <jmullen43...> [NHBirds] Carolina Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird -Portsmouth
12/27/17 2:43 pm DEBRA M POWERS <dmp2ec...> [NHBirds] cape may warbler-Bicentennial Park
12/27/17 8:13 am Terri Fratus <mizpah3149...> [NHBirds] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Dover
12/27/17 6:38 am <jmwlmsn...> [NHBirds] Red-bellied, white-throated sparrow
12/26/17 9:55 pm Joshua Jarvis <menasor77...> [NHBirds] Keene Longspur
12/26/17 12:24 pm hector galbraith <hg2...> [NHBirds] travel spotting scope
12/26/17 11:28 am Martha Wilson <quilter.martha...> [NHBirds] Snowy owl
12/26/17 6:58 am Hank Chary <hankchary...> [NHBirds] Cowbird
12/26/17 1:10 am hector galbraith <hg2...> [NHBirds] For sale: Swarovski Swarovision binoculars
12/25/17 8:57 pm Mik Oyler <oylermik...> [NHBirds] North Conway Sapsucker
12/25/17 8:22 pm Mark Suomala <mrsuomala...> [NHBirds] Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, December 25, 2017
12/25/17 1:30 pm Stephen Mirick <smirick...> [NHBirds] Christmas Ornaments on the coast (Cape May and Yellow Warblers & Gnatcatcher)
12/24/17 2:25 pm Stephen Mirick <smirick...> [NHBirds] Continuing vigil (Cape May, Yellow, Orange-crowned Warblers and BG Gnatcatcher)
12/24/17 1:23 pm Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...> [NHBirds] Plum Island - Parker River NWR - GATES REMAIN CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS
12/24/17 10:54 am Jon Woolf <jsw...> [NHBirds] Snowy Owl in Rye
 
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Date: 1/23/18 8:58 am
From: Iain Macleod <pandiain.im...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Breeding plumage Goldfinch photo
The breeding plumage Goldfinch was back at the feeders today in the foul
weather. He certainly stands out amongst the 50+ "normal" finches.

https://flic.kr/p/22DomoG

Iain MacLeod
Ashland

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Date: 1/23/18 3:54 am
From: Jim Block <jab...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Yard birds in flight -- PHOTOS
I spent some time this past month trying to photograph tiny yard birds in
flight. You can see some of the photos I took here:

https://www.jimblockphoto.com/2018/01/yard-birds-in-motion/



Jim Block

Etna, NH

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Date: 1/22/18 7:07 pm
From: Alfred Maley <alfredmaley...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Birding Notes From Old Iberia - Stork Migration Under Way
On Sunday, while Linda was photographing Monarch butterfly caterpillars,
she heard the call of a Common Buzzard high in the sky over the farm. This
is the time of the year when buzzards pairs become very vocal and indulge
in aerial acrobatics prior to the egg laying in late February. She looked
for the calling bird and noticed, up high, a group of 35 White Storks
silently gliding north. These would be adults that migrate to Africa from
colder and snowier parts of Europe. It’s likely that these first arrivals
are headed for central and northern Spain, eager to reclaim their nesting
sites, often in short supply.

The local (resident) storks on the farm are paired up and boisterously
getting ready to make baby storks. Egg laying occurs around the first week
of February. Migrating storks will continue to pass over well into March,
when they can look down and see already hatched young storks.

The commonest small bird around the farm is the Chiff-chaff - there are
literally thousands of these drab-but-energetic creatures searching every
bush, shrub and tree for insects. Sometime in late March or April we will
wake up and they will suddenly be gone, back to the forests of Scandinavia
and Russia.

Inspection of the Little Owl nest boxes revealed one indignant Little Owl
and evidence that both boxes had been used in 2017.

On Monday we drove over to La Janda to see the wintering Common Cranes and
found nearly 500 of them, along with a splendid pair of Imperial Eagles, a
Great Spotted Cuckoo and a very obliging Peregrine that was sitting by the
roadside on a power pole. Spanish Peregrines are noticeably smaller than
“our” peregrines, but still always fun to see.

Al Maley
Hampstead NH/Los Barrios Spain
www.montedelatorre.com

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Date: 1/22/18 5:32 pm
From: Chad Witko <chadjwitko...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Re: Belated Coastal Highlights (Saturday)- NOSH, HETH, RECR
Hi,

My apologies on the mistake in the subject line with the 4-letter codes. I
was on autopilot. NOSH should read NSHR.

Cheers,
Chad

On Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 8:29 PM, Chad Witko <chadjwitko...> wrote:

> Greetings,
>
> On Saturday, I was joined by Phil Brown in scouting for the upcoming
> Superbowl of Birding. Representing half of the ‘Antioch Bird Club Walloping
> Woodcocks’, we spent a leisurely day around Rockingham County and found the
> following highlights (below signature), several of which have already been
> reported by others in one fashion or another. All in all, it was a
> fantastic day to get out to test the waters before Saturday. Between the
> warmer weather and the fun company, it was a day long-needed.
>
>
> Good birding,
> Chad Witko (and Phil Brown)
>
>
> Brant - 2 flying into and over the harbor from the ocean before making
> their way back out.
>
>
> Wild Turkey - 30+ individuals around several locations adjacent to Great
> Bay.
>
>
> Turkey Vulture - ~10. Six of these were atop the Lincoln Street School in
> Exeter and another atop another chimney elsewhere in town. The others were
> flyovers in the area/Pease.
>
>
> Razorbill -1 was observed from Great Island Common in New Castle.
>
>
> Snowy Owl - 1 was found in the dark atop a telephone pole along 286 just
> up the road (west) from Brown’s Lobster Pound. Likely the same individual
> as reported by Steve Mirick?
>
>
> Northern Flicker - 2 within the power line cut on Route 150 in Kensington
>
>
> Pileated Woodpecker - 1 was heard calling in the distance off Kimball Road
> in Kensington.
>
>
> Peregrine Falcon- 1 viewed atop Whaleback Lighthouse in Maine across from
> Great Island Common in New Castle. With any luck, a hop, skip, and a plunge
> dive to NH.
>
>
> Northern Shrike – 1 in a multiflora rose bush at Raynes Farm in Exeter.
> The bird was viewed for a solid 30 seconds before flying off not to be
> relocated.
>
>
> Hermit Thrush- 1 which vocalized deep within the hedgerow off River Road
> in Stratham (near Chipping Sparrow spot from last year). Briefly viewed.
>
>
> White-crowned Sparrow – 1 of the few at Great Bay Farm which have been
> reported by several others already.
>
>
> Red Crossbill – 2 flyovers birds detected by call on Kimball Road in
> Kensington represented the best birds on the day for us.
>
> --
> Chad Witko
> www.chat-happens.com
>
> "I came to believe birds are the most vivid expression of life. It made
> me aware of the world in which we live."
> Roger Tory Peterson
>



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aware of the world in which we live."
Roger Tory Peterson

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Date: 1/22/18 5:29 pm
From: Chad Witko <chadjwitko...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Belated Coastal Highlights (Saturday)- NOSH, HETH, RECR
Greetings,

On Saturday, I was joined by Phil Brown in scouting for the upcoming
Superbowl of Birding. Representing half of the ‘Antioch Bird Club Walloping
Woodcocks’, we spent a leisurely day around Rockingham County and found the
following highlights (below signature), several of which have already been
reported by others in one fashion or another. All in all, it was a
fantastic day to get out to test the waters before Saturday. Between the
warmer weather and the fun company, it was a day long-needed.


Good birding,
Chad Witko (and Phil Brown)


Brant - 2 flying into and over the harbor from the ocean before making
their way back out.


Wild Turkey - 30+ individuals around several locations adjacent to Great
Bay.


Turkey Vulture - ~10. Six of these were atop the Lincoln Street School in
Exeter and another atop another chimney elsewhere in town. The others were
flyovers in the area/Pease.


Razorbill -1 was observed from Great Island Common in New Castle.


Snowy Owl - 1 was found in the dark atop a telephone pole along 286 just up
the road (west) from Brown’s Lobster Pound. Likely the same individual as
reported by Steve Mirick?


Northern Flicker - 2 within the power line cut on Route 150 in Kensington


Pileated Woodpecker - 1 was heard calling in the distance off Kimball Road
in Kensington.


Peregrine Falcon- 1 viewed atop Whaleback Lighthouse in Maine across from
Great Island Common in New Castle. With any luck, a hop, skip, and a plunge
dive to NH.


Northern Shrike – 1 in a multiflora rose bush at Raynes Farm in Exeter. The
bird was viewed for a solid 30 seconds before flying off not to be
relocated.


Hermit Thrush- 1 which vocalized deep within the hedgerow off River Road in
Stratham (near Chipping Sparrow spot from last year). Briefly viewed.


White-crowned Sparrow – 1 of the few at Great Bay Farm which have been
reported by several others already.


Red Crossbill – 2 flyovers birds detected by call on Kimball Road in
Kensington represented the best birds on the day for us.

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Date: 1/22/18 5:20 pm
From: Mark Suomala <mrsuomala...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, January 22, 2018
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 22nd,
2018.



19 NORTHERN FULMARS, 105 DOVEKIES, 11 COMMON MURRES, and 2 ATLANTIC PUFFINS
were all tallied at Jeffrey’s Ledge in New Hampshire offshore waters on
January 19th.



20 RAZORBILLS, and 2 BLACK GUILLEMOTS were seen at the coast on January
21st.



A SANDHILL CRANE continues to be seen in Rollinsford, and was last reported
from near Main Street on January 22nd.



A SNOWY OWL was found in Keene on January 2nd and continues to be reported.
It has been seen near Ash Brook Road, Production Avenue, and in the general
area (including Hyundai, Subaru, and Days Inn) and was last reported on
January 20th.



A SNOWY OWL was seen from Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on January 21st.



A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen soaring near Sawyer Park in Kensington on
January 22nd.



A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE continues to be seen at Stark Landing on the
Merrimack River in Manchester, and was last reported on January 20th.



A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE continues to be seen on the Cocheco River in
Dover, and was last reported on January 18th.



A WOOD DUCK was seen in Nashua on January 22nd, a NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen
in Cornish on January 19th, and 2 RED-THROATED LOONS were seen at Adams
Point in Durham on January 16th.



A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen in Exeter, and 2 more were seen on the
coast in Rye, all on January 21st.



A GREAT CORMORANT was seen at Partridge Brook in Westmoreland on January
21st.



Over 60 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were reported from the coast on January 20th.



3 ICELAND GULLS were seen in Rochester on January 20th.



An estimated 100 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on
January 18th, and a flock of a dozen was seen in Derry on the 20th.



3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen at the Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Swanzey on
January 20th.



A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen in Exeter on January 21st.



2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen at Great Bay Farm in Greenland on January
21st.



A FOX SPARROW was seen in Rochester, and 1 was seen in Deerfield, both on
January 19th.



A FIELD SPARROW was seen in Rye on January 21st.



A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Salem on January 18th, one was seen in
Nottingham on the 18th, and one was seen in Rochester the 19th.



An EASTERN TOWHEE continues to be seen at a private residence in Wilton and
was last reported on January 19th.



A PINE WARBLER was seen in Rye on January 21st.



A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER were seen off of Dearborn
Road in Greenland on January 20th. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in
Kensington on the 22nd.



A WINTER WREN was seen in Portsmouth on January 21st, and a HERMIT THRUSH
was seen in Dover on January 22nd.



3 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at Kinsman Pond Shelter in the White
Mountains on January 20th.



More than 15 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from towns in the southwest during
the past week. These birds are nomadic and follow food sources(evergreen
cone seeds).



YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were seen in Exeter, and Strafford, and there were
a few NORTHERN FLICKERS and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS, all reported during the
past week.



A RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD was seen in Concord on January 17th.



A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Concord on January 19th, and 1 was seen in
Hampton on the 21st.



A MERLIN was seen in Lebanon on January 19th, 1 was seen in Greenland on the
21st, and 1 was seen in Nashua on the 21st.



Single RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS were seen in Exeter, Salem, Dover, and Wakefield
during the past week.



A TURKEY VULTURE was seen in Exeter on January 21st.



A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen at a birdfeeder in Berlin on January 18th.



3 FISH CROWS were seen in Salem on January 18th.



An estimated 1,500 AMERICAN CROWS have been seen roosting in the evenings in
the Laconia area during the past week.



Each January the “Twitchers in the Rye” take part in an annual competition
called the Superbowl of Birding to raise money for two NH Audubon programs –
New Hampshire Bird Records and NH eBird. Click here for more information and
to pledge today!

http://nhbirdrecords.org/twitchers-in-the-rye-superbowl-of-birding-january-28-2017/



This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and
press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any
interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the
recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail at:
<birdsetc...> Please put either "bird sighting" or "Rare Bird
Alert" in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and
phone number. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon
web site, www.nhaudubon.org


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Date: 1/22/18 12:36 pm
From: Sam Stoddard <sstoddard3...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Sandhill Crane - Yes
The sandhill crane was observed today at about 12:30 standing next to the
boat trailer near the feeding station at corner of Main and Beccaris
Streets, Rollinsford. Best viewing is from your vehicle parked on the side
of Beccaris Street next to the line of spruce trees. Short clear views
from there to the feeding station and the crane's favorite resting spot
next to the boat trailer. Probably best to observe this tame bird after
about 8:45 AM to sometime in the afternoon. It probably roosts somewhere
else at night, so might be gone by late afternoon.

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Date: 1/22/18 11:04 am
From: Steven Liffmann <liffmanns...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Cedar Waxwing - Salem
40+ Cedar Waxwing - Arlington Pond - Mostly high up in the tree behind my
house..

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Date: 1/22/18 9:03 am
From: Joshua Jarvis <menasor77...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock
I joined the Harris Center for the Pack Monadnock hike in hopes to see
crossbills. On the way up I saw plenty of brown creepers and chickadees.
After the group left I scouted the hawkwatch area then made my way down on
my own. On the way down I noticed a large bird in the distance (not sure
what it was) stop and hang motionless in the air like a kite.

Tragedy struck on the way down. I slipped on the snow twice. The second
time I put my arm back to catch myself, forcing my body weight onto my arm.
It hurt so I went to see a doctor. I have a hairline fracture.

Their are birds you find, birds you do not find, but what do you call a
bird that brings tragedy when you seek it? A few years ago (the only time I
saw crossbills, white wings, before I had a good camera) I tried to slow
down and get a picture. Camera battery was out of charge and police told me
I caused an accident behind me. The first informed search this winter got
me stuck in the snow. Now I have a broken bone.

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Date: 1/22/18 7:58 am
From: Ken Klapper <kklapper...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Kensington Rough-legged Hawk and RC Kinglet
Yesterday I had a light-morph Rough-legged Hawk flying high over Sawyer
Park in Kensington. There was also a Ruby-crowned Kinglet down the road
(Trundlebed Ln).

Ken Klapper
Sandwich, NH

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Date: 1/21/18 5:13 pm
From: Rebecca Suomala <rsuomala2...>
Subject: [NHBirds] A few Rye birds
Kathryn and Roger Friedan and I scouted in Rye this morning in
preparation for the Twitchers in the Rye's Superbowl next weekend. We
were primarily checking inland locations. We found a few nice birds
not yet reported by others.


Pine Warbler and Purple Finch coming to a feeder at #261 Sagamore Rd.
For the old timers, this is the same house where there was a chat
quite a few years ago. Traffic is tough here so it's best to find a
place to park and walk to the feeder.


Field Sparrow at the old airfield at the end of Airport Rd.


We also had Purple Sandpipers and a Red-throated Loon off Rye Harbor
and I saw the Red-shouldered on Rt. 101 that Steve Mirick mentioned.


Good luck to all the Superbowl teams!

Becky Suomala, Concord




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Date: 1/21/18 3:55 pm
From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Odds & Ends (CC Sparrow, Pintails, RC Kinglet, Merlin, etc.)
A few random sightings from this weekend.....

CLAY-COLORED SPARROW - I finally relocated Len's Clay-colored Sparrow
today in Exeter.  It wasn't at a feeder, so not sure if it will stay
there.  But today it was off Jady Hill Road opposite the Golf Course
with House Sparrows.  This is my first January record for a Clay-colored
Sparrow in NH.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/39115058024/in/dateposted/

Northern Pintail - 3 males today.  One in Wheelright Creek in Exeter and
two together with a Green-winged Teal in ocean just south of Pulpit
Rocks in Rye.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/39115059564/in/photostream/

Green-winged Teal - 1 male with Pintails in ocean south of Pulpit Rocks
in Rye.  NOT at Petey's.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1 yesterday off Dearborn Road, just south of
Bayside Road in Greenland.  In thickets along Brackett Brook with
Yellow-rumped Warbler and other birds.

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1 yesterday with Ruby-crowned Kinglet in Greenland.

Merlin - 1 today off Great Bay Road in Greenland near RR Tracks.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/28046113559/in/dateposted/

Red-shouldered Hawk - 1 adult on the side of Rt. 101 (WB) in Exeter,
east of Rt. 108 exit.  Apparently seen by Leo Mckillop today as well! 
Perhaps the same bird seen by K. Wilmarth on 1/7.

Winter Wren - 1 off Sagamore Road in Portsmouth in cattail marsh behind
Sagamore Court apartments.

Razorbill - 20 along coast this evening.  PERFECT conditions in late
afternoon.

Black Guillemot - 2 along coast this evening (Pulpit Rocks & Little
Boar's Head).  Rather scarce recently.

Purple Sandpipers - Small flock at Seal Rocks today.  Larger flock of
40+ at Rye Ledge yesterday.

Snowy Owl - 1 at dusk off Cross Beach Road in Seabrook.

Peregrine Falcon - 1 perched on Hampton harbor bridge at dusk.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Date: 1/21/18 3:54 pm
From: Cook Anderson <hca314...>
Subject: [NHBirds] American Crow
This area of Laconia, Lakeport, has been experiencing large evening flights
of Crows. The birds concentrate at dusk before swirling off to what must be
a night roost, the location of which is still unknown. They often fly over
my home and concentrate in the trees around the other homes in the immediate
area. Last night's flight was estimated at 1,500 birds. Tonight I was able
to make a better count and came up with 1,310. Groups of 20 to 40 birds
arrive all at once, making an accurate count difficult. I will attempt to
get off my SOA and find the final evening resting place for these Crows.



Cranky Yankee





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Date: 1/21/18 12:27 pm
From: Greg Seymour <gps848895...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Great Cormorant Partridge Brook Westmoreland
First noticed Great Cormorant in Partridge Brook under Hatt Rd Bridge
1/20/18
Today it is one the snow in nearby field looking lost and lethargic.
Wonder if it got iced in on Spofford Lake rapid freeze up during cold wave
and is now wandering downstream with no areas large enough to take off from.

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Date: 1/21/18 9:47 am
From: Charlie Oscar <bye.bye.nh.birdy...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Forgot to report large flights of ducks seen on Friday afternoon in Bedford
Was headed north on Rte 3 in Bedford, just past where I-293 crosses, when I
saw five flights of ducks at fairly low altitude cross Rte 3 on about a WSW
heading. The flocks ranged from about 15 to 50 birds, fast wing beats but
because I was in traffic I could not ID them.

There is, of course, the Merrimack nearby but also Nutt Pond a bit farther
to the east and then Lake Massabesic on their flight course. This was
around 1:30.

Cliff Otto
Manchester

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Date: 1/20/18 7:37 pm
From: Donna Ellis <donnaellis1014...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Crossbills at Kinsman Pond Shelter
We were hiking the Kinsmans today and saw 3 White-winged Crossbills at the
Kinsman pond shelter. They appeared to be eating something off a rock.
Heard some on our way up too but not sure if it was the same ones. There
was also a flock of 6 robins near the summit and at least 2 Boreal
Chickadees between N and S Kinsman. On the way down after watching a
sunset on Bald Peak we think we heard a Saw-whet owl. I took a video for
sound and it compares to what we heard pm allaboutbirds.com It was almost
dark.

Donna Ellis
Henniker

White-winged Crossbill <https://flic.kr/p/JGMMFT>

White-winged Crossbill male <https://flic.kr/p/JGMMge>

? Saw-whet owl hooting at dusk <https://photos.app.goo.gl/HI5D6qIhPUvpKEPr1>

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Date: 1/20/18 6:08 pm
From: Mark Suomala <mrsuomala...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Purple Sandpipers
Saw a flock of about 30 Purple Sandpipers actively feeding at Ragged Neck in
Rye today.

Mark Suomala
Concord

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Date: 1/20/18 4:56 pm
From: Rebecca Suomala <rsuomala2...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Iceland Gulls to Razorbills
Zeke Cornell and I wandered to a number of locations looking for new
year birds. Nice to have above freezing weather! A few highlights
below.


Iceland Gull - 3 seen from outside the fence at the Rochester
wastewater treatment plant when something put up all the gulls.


Mute Swan - 2 on Great Bay from Bay Rd. in tough viewing conditions
because of the extensive ice.


Bald Eagles - at least 5 at various points on Great Bay


White-crowned Sparrow - 2 for sure and possibly a third at Great Bay
Farm


Razorbill - 2 from Pulpit Rocks in the fading light at the end of the
day.


Thanks to Steve Mirick for helping us find several other year birds.

We also tried unsuccessfully for the Sandhill Crane in Rollinsford and
a Rough-legged at Pease.


I'll be scouting in Rye tomorrow for the Twitchers in the Rye's
Superbowl of Birding next weekend. Rye sightings welcome. And the
team is still accepting pledges to support New Hampshire Bird Records
and NH eBird:

http://nhbirdrecords.org/twitchers-in-the-rye-superbowl-of-birding-january-28-2017/


Becky Suomala

Concord, NH

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Date: 1/20/18 3:57 pm
From: Bill Duffy <turnbill...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Re: Snow buntings
I've been seeing dozens of Juncos on the sides of the road everywhere I go
lately. So, when I drove up to the house I'm building in Bradford earlier
this week and saw a small bird fly up from a patch of gravel near the front
door I assumed it was another Junco - though it was a bit "funny-looking".
This morning, I drove in a bit more slowly and saw that the "Junco" was
actually a Snow Bunting hopping around in the gravel and weeds that the
snowplow had exposed earlier this week. It flew onto a couple of bales of
hay I had behind the house, but eventually returned to the sunny front yard
and spent an hour or so picking though the gravel for seeds.

On Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11:47:20 AM UTC-5, <gratef......> wrote:
>
> Working in my second floor office, a flock of about a dozen Snow buntings
> just flew by the window, stopped in some large White pines for a second and
> flew off. Have seen them many times in a farm field next door over the
> years.
> This is a new yard bird to add to our list. After 37 years, yard “lifers”
> are a nice treat!
> Paul Dionne,
> Derry
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 1/20/18 3:55 pm
From: Bill Duffy <turnbill...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Re: Snow buntings
I've been seeing dozens of Juncos on the sides of the road everywhere I go
lately. So, when I drove up to the house I'm building in Bradford earlier
this week and say a small bird fly up from a patch of gravel near the front
door I assumed it was another Junco - though it was a bit "funny-looking".
This morning, I drove in a bit more slowly and saw that the "Junco" was
actually a Snow Bunting hopping around in the gravel and weeds that the
snowplow had exposed earlier this week. It flew onto a couple of bales of
hay I had behind the house, but eventually returned to the sunny front yard
and spent an hour or so picking though the gravel for seeds.

On Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11:47:20 AM UTC-5, <gratef......> wrote:
>
> Working in my second floor office, a flock of about a dozen Snow buntings
> just flew by the window, stopped in some large White pines for a second and
> flew off. Have seen them many times in a farm field next door over the
> years.
> This is a new yard bird to add to our list. After 37 years, yard “lifers”
> are a nice treat!
> Paul Dionne,
> Derry
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 1/20/18 1:01 pm
From: Martha Wilson <quilter.martha...>
Subject: Re: [NHBirds] Sandhill Crane - Rollinsford NO
We found it last Saturday the 13th, eating from a dog dish in the yard at
the corner.

On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 3:57 PM JM Maher <jeannemariemaher...> wrote:

> we saw it last friday the 12th, in the same general area everyone else had
> been seeing it. FYI
>
> Jeanne-Marie
> > On Jan 20, 2018, at 3:27 PM, DEBRA M POWERS <dmp2ec...> wrote:
> >
> > I have not seen it in a week as well, I often go through that area.
> > Deb Powers
> > South Berwick Maine
> >> On January 20, 2018 at 2:29 PM <jacksonwrxt89...> wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >> Despite hanging around for several weeks, the SANDHILL CRANE in
> Rollinsford appears to have finally left the area. An exhaustive search by
> myself and Jack Swatt came up empty handed. Im still trying to figure out
> how it knew we were coming as I’m certain that’s why it left. Anyways, just
> getting the word out so no one else deals with the same frustration as me.
> >>
> >> -Dylan Jackson
> >> Sunapee
> >>
> >> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 1/20/18 12:57 pm
From: JM Maher <jeannemariemaher...>
Subject: Re: [NHBirds] Sandhill Crane - Rollinsford NO
we saw it last friday the 12th, in the same general area everyone else had been seeing it. FYI

Jeanne-Marie
> On Jan 20, 2018, at 3:27 PM, DEBRA M POWERS <dmp2ec...> wrote:
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> I have not seen it in a week as well, I often go through that area.
> Deb Powers
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>> On January 20, 2018 at 2:29 PM <jacksonwrxt89...> wrote:
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>>
>> Despite hanging around for several weeks, the SANDHILL CRANE in Rollinsford appears to have finally left the area. An exhaustive search by myself and Jack Swatt came up empty handed. Im still trying to figure out how it knew we were coming as I’m certain that’s why it left. Anyways, just getting the word out so no one else deals with the same frustration as me.
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>> -Dylan Jackson
>> Sunapee
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Date: 1/20/18 12:35 pm
From: 'Molly Jacobson' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: Re: [NHBirds] Sandhill Crane - Rollinsford NO
That's a shame, I was planning to finally go see it tomorrow.

On Jan 20, 2018 2:29 PM, <jacksonwrxt89...> wrote:

Despite hanging around for several weeks, the SANDHILL CRANE in
Rollinsford appears to have finally left the area. An exhaustive
search by myself and Jack Swatt came up empty handed. Im still
trying to figure out how it knew we were coming as I’m certain
that’s why it left. Anyways, just getting the word out so no one
else deals with the same frustration as me.

-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Date: 1/20/18 12:27 pm
From: DEBRA M POWERS <dmp2ec...>
Subject: Re: [NHBirds] Sandhill Crane - Rollinsford NO
I have not seen it in a week as well, I often go through that area.
Deb Powers
South Berwick Maine
> On January 20, 2018 at 2:29 PM <jacksonwrxt89...> wrote:
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> Despite hanging around for several weeks, the SANDHILL CRANE in Rollinsford appears to have finally left the area. An exhaustive search by myself and Jack Swatt came up empty handed. Im still trying to figure out how it knew we were coming as I’m certain that’s why it left. Anyways, just getting the word out so no one else deals with the same frustration as me.
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> -Dylan Jackson
> Sunapee
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Date: 1/20/18 11:29 am
From: <jacksonwrxt89...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Sandhill Crane - Rollinsford NO
Despite hanging around for several weeks, the SANDHILL CRANE in Rollinsford appears to have finally left the area. An exhaustive search by myself and Jack Swatt came up empty handed. Im still trying to figure out how it knew we were coming as I’m certain that’s why it left. Anyways, just getting the word out so no one else deals with the same frustration as me.

-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Date: 1/20/18 9:31 am
From: Aaronian, Richard S. <raaronian...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Exeter sapsucker and TV
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on Washington St., Exeter. Heard and seen while on a walk. Walking daily around the neighborhood is my only form of exercise right now as I recover from shoulder surgery - seeing a bird like this was nice since it was unexpected.

Also noticing 2-3 Turkey Vulture spending the past few nights in white pines in the back yard. Great yard bird.

Rich Aaronian

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Date: 1/20/18 8:47 am
From: Paul Dionne <gratefulpaul...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Snow buntings
Working in my second floor office, a flock of about a dozen Snow buntings just flew by the window, stopped in some large White pines for a second and flew off. Have seen them many times in a farm field next door over the years.
This is a new yard bird to add to our list. After 37 years, yard “lifers” are a nice treat!
Paul Dionne,
Derry

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Date: 1/19/18 1:06 pm
From: Anne Ryc <annehadshi...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Concord peregrine
For two days in a row perched on his favorite light off exit 1 of I293. The
pigeons of Market Basket nearby are hiding!

Anne H.
Concord

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Date: 1/18/18 4:38 pm
From: 'Molly Jacobson' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] 100 Snow Buntings at Woodmont
I hiked out at Woodmont for the first time this afternoon, right before sunset, and stumbled upon a large flock (after reviewing footage I got, I estimated about a hundred birds) of snow buntings. They were up past the apple trees in the weedy areas near the top of the hill. They weren't too wary of me and I was able to watch them for a long time before it was so cold I had to head back. I haven't seen any snow buntings in two years, so this was really a thrill. Here's the video I got of them:https://www.flickr.com/photos/129209282@N08/25897346388/in/album-72157648956576153/


Also about a dozen tree sparrows along the main path too, congregating in the apple trees and on the ground near the farm equipment.
-Molly JacobsonMerrimack

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Date: 1/18/18 12:27 pm
From: eric masterson <erictheirish...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Keene Snowy Owl
I will be taking some folks from the Harris Center to see the owl tomorrow
at 2pm. If anyone has it before that, please drop an email to the listserv
with location. Thanks

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Date: 1/18/18 12:12 pm
From: Sylvia Miskoe <sylviasmiskoe...>
Subject: [NHBirds] spotting scope
I have permission to post this.

Vortex 20-60 x 80ED spotting scope with angled eyepiece and tripod. Seldom
used. Just too awkward and heavy for me. Asking $900.00.
Sylvia Miskoe, Concord NH

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Date: 1/18/18 9:52 am
From: Jane Wing <janewing29...>
Subject: Re: [NHBirds] Newfie Gull, Salem
Hi Kyle -

Pretty cool indeed - I had this gull last year on January 2 at the Pheasant
Lane Mall!!

Jane Wing
Hollis/Gilsum


On Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 12:34 PM, Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth...>
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> Over the last several weeks I've been noticing an orange-banded Herring
> Gull hanging out at Rockingham Park (Sears parking lot), and I was finally
> able to get some legible photos of the bands.
>
> It turns out that this Herring Gull — orange banded with RT — was banded
> in St. John's Newfoundland on March 21, 2010 and was estimated to have
> hatched in 2007 or earlier.
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> Some photos can be found here: https://ebird.org/ebird/nh/
> view/checklist/S41967174
>
> Pretty cool if you're into gulls and stuff....and another interesting bird
> for this mini-hotspot for gulls.
>
> Kyle Wilmarth
> Plaistow, NH
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Date: 1/18/18 9:34 am
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Newfie Gull, Salem
Over the last several weeks I've been noticing an orange-banded Herring
Gull hanging out at Rockingham Park (Sears parking lot), and I was finally
able to get some legible photos of the bands.

It turns out that this Herring Gull — orange banded with RT — was banded
in St. John's Newfoundland on March 21, 2010 and was estimated to have
hatched in 2007 or earlier.

Some photos can be found here:
https://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist/S41967174

Pretty cool if you're into gulls and stuff....and another interesting bird
for this mini-hotspot for gulls.

Kyle Wilmarth
Plaistow, NH

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Date: 1/17/18 1:08 pm
From: Anne Ryc <annehadshi...>
Subject: [NHBirds] red-winged blackbird in Concord
on my feeder this afternoon

Anne H.
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Date: 1/17/18 9:42 am
From: Jim <jimkegley...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Program tonight cancelled
Our program tonight has been cancelled due to weather. It is being tentatively rescheduled for March.

January 17, 2018 Our Monthly Program: A birder's trip to Trinidad and Tobago

Join us at our regular meeting, as NH Audubon Senior biologist Becky Suomala and Bob Quinn (Merlin Enterprises owner and long time NH Audubon member) team up to highlight Becky's trip this year and Bob's several trips to the Asa Wright Nature Center http://caligo.com/trinidad-tobago on the tropical Island of Trinidad and nearby Island of Tobago. Come learn about the Scarlet Ibis, Oilbirds, Tanagers, Hummingbirds, Motmots, and Honeycreepers. They also will present photographs of butterflies and plants.

Also of Interest: January 22, 2018, 1pm Program by Nashaway chapter member Krishna Mangipudi

Krishna will be sharing his birding adventures in India. He grew up in India in an area that has a famous bird sanctuary and a zoo that boasts of a huge aviary. Over the past few years he has renewed his interest in birding locally and also has used every opportunity during his visits back to India to include some birding.

The talk will be at the GoodLife Center, 254 North State Street, Suite L, Concord, NH 03301
Beaver Brook Events: Members and friends of New Hampshire Audubon may also be interested in participating in events at the local Beaver Brook Association in Hollis, NH. See their event listing at Beaver Brook Calendar

Jim Kegley
Hudson

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Date: 1/16/18 7:56 pm
From: eric masterson <erictheirish...>
Subject: [NHBirds] re. Saw the Keene owl a week ago but still no crossbills
Sorry to hear that Joshua. Glad you got sorted, and keep trying. If
anything, their numbers have increased in the area. I have them literally
every day that I spend time outside. I hiked the Antrim Highlands for a few
hours this morning and had them in four separate places. However all were
by call only, as they are mobile and tend to be a bit flighty (unless on
the road eating grit).

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Date: 1/16/18 2:24 pm
From: 'Scottydog' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] keene snowy
On light post at Hyundai dealership around 4pm then across the street on
post in front of Days Inn

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Date: 1/15/18 11:56 pm
From: Joshua Jarvis <menasor77...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Saw the Keene owl a week ago but still no crossbills
Except for the weekend before last when I sought and found the snowy owl in
Keene Birding has not been going well for me.

Between mandatory overtime and a second shift schedule only giving me a
couple hours of light to search I have not seen much.

Four weeks ago after getting crossbill tips for Lempster and Dublin I
considered 101 but decided to try my GPS instead as I had never been their,
big mistake. After getting sent on a circular route through Swanzey, Troy,
Jaffery, and finally Dublin I was on the right road but it was unplowed. I
got stuck in the snow. A SUV arrived and tried to free me and got stuck as
well. Finally a third car freed us both. By then it was getting dark.

The next week I decided to go from the plowed 101 side of Old Troy road and
walk a ways up it. I walked to the house being repaired before turning
around. I saw chickadees, blue jays, crows, a hairy woodpecker but no
crossbills.

Two weeks ago I looked for the Keene snowy owl. I parked near the Hyundai
dealership and within a couple minutes saw him across the road at Days Inn
and got some pictures.

This weekend I took a quick drive on Old Troy Rd. I just saw chickadees so
I decided to find that wapack trail off mountain road in Peterborough. My
GPS took me across the Peterborough town border to Sharon to a fenced off
road where a dog barked at me. Apparently this was Mountain Rd. I walked to
the tree farm sign before turning back as it was getting late. I saw
chickadees and juncos and that was it.

Hopefully I will see some crossbills at Pack Monadnock this weekend. Other
than the Keene Snowy the only bong highlight I had was after a few months
absence goldfinches returned to my feeders in Richmond.

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Date: 1/15/18 6:49 pm
From: Mark Suomala <mrsuomala...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, January 15, 2018
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 15th,
2018.



A SANDHILL CRANE continues to be seen in Rollinsford, and was last reported
from near Main Street and in fields along Roberts Road, on January 15th.



A SNOWY OWL was found in Keene on January 2nd and continues to be reported.
It has been seen near Ash Brook Road, Production Avenue, and in the general
area (including Hyundai, Subaru, and Days Inn) and was last reported on
January 15th.



A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported from Rochester on January 13th, and one was
seen in Fremont on the 14th.



A male EURASIAN WIGEON and a male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE were seen in Great Bay
on January 14th.



A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE continues to be seen at Stark Landing on the
Merrimack River in Manchester, and was last reported on January 9th. Another
male was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on the 10th.



A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on the Cocheco River in Dover on
January 1st, 4th, and 11th.



A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was reported from the coast in North Hampton on
January 15th.



A female BUFFLEHEAD was seen at Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in
Manchester on January 10th, a WOOD DUCK was seen in Nashua on January 12th,
a NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen in Cornish on January 12th, and a RED-THROATED
LOON was seen at Dover Point in Dover on January 13th.



2 SANDERLINGS were seen along the coast in Rye on January 13th.



A BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen in Rye Harbor on January 13th.



An estimated 30 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were reported from Settlers Green near the
Timberland store in North Conway on January 14th.



A flock of more than 25 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen in Keene on January 14th.



A male EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in Canaan on January 13th.



A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen in Exeter on January 9th.



3 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen at Great Bay Farm in Greenland on January
11th.



A FOX SPARROW was seen in Penacook on January 11th, and 2 were seen in
Rochester on the 10th.



A SAVANNAH SPARROW was reported from Hampton Beach on January 9th.



A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Salem, and one was seen in Atkinson, both on
January 14th.



An EASTERN TOWHEE continues to be seen at a private residence in Wilton and
was last reported on January 15th.



A PINE WARBLER was seen in Rochester on January 13th.



A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in East Kingston on January 13th.



10 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and 4 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Wapack
National Wildlife Refuge in Peterborough in January 10th. 4 RED CROSSBILLS
were seen in New London on January 11th, 4 were seen in Hancock on the 13th,
and 2 were seen in Center Harbor on the 11th.



YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were seen in Manchester, Kingston, Salem, and
North Conway, and there were a few NORTHERN FLICKERS and RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKERS, all reported during the past week.



A flock of 30 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS was seen in Hampton on January 13th.



A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Manchester on January 9th, and 1 was seen in
Hampton on the 13th. A MERLIN was seen in Lebanon on January 14th.



Single RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS were seen in Atkinson, Brentwood, Salem, and
North Hampton during the past week.



6 TURKEY VULTURES were seen on a chimney at the Lincoln Street School in
Exeter on January 14th.



Single FISH CROWS were seen in Salem and Hampton, and 2 were seen in Exeter,
all during the past week.



A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was seen in Ashland on January 14th.



Each January the “Twitchers in the Rye” take part in an annual competition
called the Superbowl of Birding to raise money for two NH Audubon programs –
New Hampshire Bird Records and NH eBird. Click here for more information and
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Date: 1/15/18 5:40 pm
From: Jim <jimkegley...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Nashaway Audubon Wed night program
January 17, 2018 Our Monthly Program: A birder's trip to Trinidad and Tobago

Join us at our regular meeting, as NH Audubon Senior biologist Becky Suomala and Bob Quinn (Merlin Enterprises owner and long time NH Audubon member) team up to highlight Becky's trip this year and Bob's several trips to the Asa Wright Nature Center http://caligo.com/trinidad-tobago on the tropical Island of Trinidad and nearby Island of Tobago. Come learn about the Scarlet Ibis, Oilbirds, Tanagers, Hummingbirds, Motmots, and Honeycreepers. They also will present photographs of butterflies and plants.

Also of Interest: January 22, 2018, 1pm Program by Nashaway chapter member Krishna Mangipudi

Krishna will be sharing his birding adventures in India. He grew up in India in an area that has a famous bird sanctuary and a zoo that boasts of a huge aviary. Over the past few years he has renewed his interest in birding locally and also has used every opportunity during his visits back to India to include some birding.

The talk will be at the GoodLife Center, 254 North State Street, Suite L, Concord, NH 03301
Beaver Brook Events: Members and friends of New Hampshire Audubon may also be interested in participating in events at the local Beaver Brook Association in Hollis, NH. See their event listing at Beaver Brook Calendar

Jim Kegley
Hudson

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Date: 1/15/18 12:53 pm
From: 'Phil Brown' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Merlin in Lebanon
I watched a Merlin perched near the edge of Colburn Park in Lebanon last evening around sunset as I was parking for dinner nearby.

Phil Brown
Hancock NH

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Date: 1/15/18 12:13 pm
From: Jane Hills <jhbird...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Y-B Sapsucker in Manchester
There is a young male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on my peanut feeder right
now. There seem to be more than the usual winter sightings of these
beautiful birds this year! He is "frozen" by a Cooper's Hawk perched
nearby; interesting that the smaller birds are feeding as usual, and a
Tufted Titmouse even went and perched near the hawk!



Jane Hills

Manchester, NH

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environmentalist realizes that nature has its pleasures and deserves
respect. A planetist puts the earth ahead of the earthlings." --William
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Date: 1/15/18 9:45 am
From: 'Scottydog' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Snowy in Keene
Spotted at the end of Production Ave. in Keene

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Date: 1/15/18 6:19 am
From: Evelyn Nathan <evynathan...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Yellow-bellied sapsucker on suet, Kingston
It may not be a rare bird, but it’s a first for me in NH! Yellow bellied sapsucker on my suet feeder this morning! I’ve seen one in Honduras, two in Southern, Calif., but never in NH. I’m jazzed! MLK day gift for me. (just re-loaded the suet feeder.)
Let me know if this url doesn’t work.

Evy Nathan
Kingston

https://photos.google.com/search/_tra_/photo/AF1QipNisNdle0_FAIP33Mxig50JiuOEUu-tVW1FHZnk

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Date: 1/14/18 6:29 pm
From: Iain Macleod <pandiain.im...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Saw-whet Owl
As we were close to reaching our driveway on Sanborn Road in Ashland this
evening, a lump on the road caught my eye.....a piece of ice?.....no.....a
rock?..... no......a beer can ?......no......a Saw-whet Owl?.....yes! I
swerved around it and then backed up to make sure it was okay. It was gone.
I assume it had nabbed some dinner on the road and then flew off.

Iain MacLeod
Ashland

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Date: 1/14/18 5:54 pm
From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [NHBirds] More birds (Chipping Sparrow, R-legged Hawk, Fish Crow, Eurasian Wigeon)
A few random highlights from scouting today:

CHIPPING SPARROW - 1 (previously reported in eBird) continues in Salem. 
We didn't have a specific location for this bird, so we were extremely
happy to find it by wandering around in this tightly packed residential
neighborhood of Salem.  It was near the intersection of Seed Street and
Ann Ave. with a bunch of other birds.  We talked to the owner of the
house at this spot and he wasn't feeding so I'm not sure exactly where
this bird is feeding.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/27914436549/in/dateposted/

FISH CROW - One calling in this same neighborhood of Salem with Chipping
Sparrow.  There were also a bunch of crows off Rt. 28 in Salem up near
the Target Store and Kohls.  At least one or two American Crows were
present, but I suspect that at least some (if not most) were Fish Crows.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK - Surprising find off Martin Road in Fremont. Flew
directly west over our head over the open fields.  Never stopped or
circled.  Just kept going!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/25820748678/in/photostream/

EURASIAN WIGEON - One adult male on Great Bay from Bayview Drive in
Newmarket.  Most of the bay is frozen except for distant portions toward
the center of the bay.  Views from this spot are difficult and distant,
but we were able to scope out a few American and a Eurasian...as well as
lots of Greater Scaup, etc.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Date: 1/14/18 3:01 pm
From: 'Scottydog' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Keene Snowy


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I was out all morning and looking but no sightings since yesterday morn.
Pics I got yesterday on Base Hill Road in Swanzey.

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Date: 1/14/18 12:28 pm
From: Brian Reilly <reillybj...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Snow Buntings
Saw a small flock of 25 - 30 Snow Buntings in my back yard here in Keene late this AM. They landed briefly but then flew off. I’ve been watching for their return all day but nothing so far.

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Date: 1/14/18 10:05 am
From: Steven Liffmann <liffmanns...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Bohemian waxwings N Conway
Settlers Green near Timberland. 1:00 PM Sunday. Approximately 30

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Date: 1/14/18 4:29 am
From: 'Heather' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: Re: [NHBirds] Keene Snowy
Anyone seeing the snowy owl today in Keene ?

Heather

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 12, 2018, at 11:35 AM, mikesgroove39 <mikesgroove43...> wrote:
>
> Sitting on light pole at Hyundia garage at 9:50 am.
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Date: 1/13/18 7:19 pm
From: 'Dan Hubbard' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Rough-legged Hawk at Waste Management Rochester
While doing the eagle count this am, Scott Young and I watched a female Rough-legged Hawk kiting over Mt. Trashmore. It appeared to successfully pick off a tasty mammal morsel. Dan Hubbard, Rochester

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Date: 1/13/18 2:02 pm
From: 'Scottydog' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Keene Snowy
Spotted on Base Hill Road in Swanzey around 1030 this am

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Date: 1/13/18 1:56 pm
From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Odds & Ends (Peregrine, Bonaparte's Gulls, Sanderling, RW Blackbirds, Hermit Thrush)
Jane and I got out to do some more scouting for the Superbowl today.  A
bizarre weather day.  Started out at about 61F (!!!!). Amazing for
mid-January.  Then a strong cold front came through at about 10 AM and
the temperature plummeted.  We finished the day at 31F.  A drop of 30
degrees!  Most in about 1/2 hour!

Not much to report from our scouting.  I suspect it may be a bit more
difficult this year due to the cold snap earlier this month. Great Bay
has opened up some, but the open water is a long distance for trying to
spot waterfowl.  The Squamscott River in Exeter is still frozen as
well.  Almost all landbird activity is around feeders.

Recent photos and a few birds of interest:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/

PEREGRINE FALCON - 1 adult.  FOR THE THIRD DAY IN A ROW OBSERVED BATHING
at Hampton Beach SP!!  And vocalizing each day!!!  Seen by me a couple
of days ago.  Then Leo Mckillop got some video of it yesterday.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/28422494@N02/24786780557/
Jane and I got there this morning and there it was again!!  Bathing and
vocalizing.....kind of like singing in the shower!?? :-)

Bald Eagle - 1 adult sitting on staddles out in the Hampton Saltmarsh.

Sanderling - 2 on beach at intersection of Central Road and Rt. 1A in Rye.

Bonaparte's Gull - 1 adult in Rye harbor and 1 adult in cove near angel
pull-off in Rye.  ZERO Kittiwakes today in contrast to last weekend.

Red-winged Blackbird - 30 (!!) off North Shore Road in Hampton at stream
crossing.  5 or 6 more off Kimball Road in Kensington.

Turkey Vulture - 1 sitting on chimney at Lincoln Street School in Exeter.

Hermit Thrush - 1 near active feeder on Autumn Lane in East Kingston. 
Not sure if has been coming in to the feeder or not.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Date: 1/13/18 9:27 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Superbowl addendum
We have started to get some queries from individuals looking for openings in teams. If you have any openings, or are interested in starting a pickup team, let us know and we will try to help.
Dave

David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950
Telephone: (978) 462-9998 E-mail: <dlarson...><mailto:<dlarson...>
Upcoming international tours:
Costa Rica<https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:program_code=54176> Birding Hotspots February 8 -18, 2018;
Mongolia<http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:program_code=54715> Natural History May 24 - June 7, 2018;
Eastern Australia<http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:program_code=55235> Birding October 10 - 25, 2018.

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Date: 1/13/18 2:26 am
From: Amanda Kallenbach <amanda.kallenbach...>
Subject: [NHBirds] The Delicate Politics of Chasing Owls
Passing along this opinion piece (Noah Comet) from* The* *New York Times*.

Amanda Kallenbach

Bow

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/opinion/sunday/owl-watching.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=Moth-Visible&moduleDetail=inside-nyt-region-1&module=inside-nyt-region&region=inside-nyt-region&WT.nav=inside-nyt-region

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Date: 1/12/18 2:42 pm
From: 'Scottydog' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Keene Snowy
450pm sitting on light post at Subaru and moved to post in front of Days
Inn! Flew off around 515pm

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Date: 1/12/18 9:19 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Superbowl of Birding XV is on 27 January 2018
Birders near and far,
A reminder that time is rushing toward the 27th, that monumental day, the pinnacle of winter birding, aka The Superbowl of Birding XV--More important than that contest a week later where hypertrophic men pummel each other into submission, this is a contest of skill, strategy, lightning reflexes, and as little contact as possible. Time to flex your birding muscles, polish up your optics, and test your mettle against birders in northeast Mass and southeast New Hampshire. Will a New Hampshire team again scoop up the coveted Zeiss Joppa Cup, or will a Massachusetts team regain glory for the Bay State? Will last year's winning team captain score with her NH team, or will she assemble another team now that she has moved to Mass?
What hotshot youth teams will be in the field this year? Note the changes to the rules for the Fledgling and NewBies Awards!
Finally, after years of no entries in the Sitting Duck Award category, it has gone off to pasture. This year the new Townie Award will recognize the team recording the greatest number of species within one municipality (town or city).
But whether you are on a youth team, diehard twitchers, or just out for fun, you are going to have a great time. For details, see www.massaudubon.org/superbowl/. You can register using the form on the website or by calling Joppa Flats at 978-462-9998.


David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator    
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950
Telephone:  (978) 462-9998      E-mail:  <dlarson...>

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Date: 1/12/18 9:16 am
From: birdrecords <birdrecords...>
Subject: [NHBirds] The Twitchers in the Superbowl
The "Twitchers in the Rye" will be in the Superbowl of Birding again this year and are accepting pledges to support NH eBird and New Hampshire Bird Records (both programs of NH Audubon's Conservation Department).

For those who don't know, the Superbowl involves looking for as many species as possible in 12 hours and is run by Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center. Teams compete in Essex County, MA and/or Rockingham County, NH on the last Saturday in January (the 27th). This is the Twitchers tenth year and we'll continue our tradition of birding in the town of Rye only. We're very excited that this year there is actually a TOWN category in the competition so we have a realistic chance of winning something! Team members Pam Hunt (former team captain), Pat Myers, and Jeanne-Marie Maher have retired and Andrea Robbins is away. I'm taking over as Team Captain and will be joined by Kathryn Frieden, Susan Wrisley, and Jenna Pettipas.

Help spur us on by pledging an amount per species or per point (different species get different numbers of points) or a flat amount - and support the collection of bird data for conservation at the same time.

If you'd like to pledge, please contact me at <rsuomala...>, 603-224-9909 x309, or pledge on-line at:
http://nhbirdrecords.org/twitchers-in-the-rye-pledge-2018/

If you'd prefer to donate via First Giving (flat dollar amounts only), go to our team page:
https://www.firstgiving.com/39292/twitchers-in-the-rye-2018

Past results are below and you can or read any of the past summaries on the web at:
http://nhbirdrecords.org/twitchers-in-the-rye-superbowl-of-birding-january-28-2017/

If you find any interesting birds in Rye between now and the 27th, please post them to NHBirds - it will help us and the other NH Superbowl teams.

Thanks and good luck to ALL the Superbowl teams!

Becky Suomala for Twitchers in the Rye -
Kathryn Frieden, Susan Wrisley, and Jenna Pettipas
<rsuomala...><mailto:<rsuomala...>

Past results:
2009 - 63 species, 112 points
2010 - 53 species, 78 points
2011 - 57 species, 94 points
2012 - 58 species, 95 points
2013 - 62 species, 106 points
2014 - 58 species, 104 points
2015 - 59 species, 100 points
2016 - 59 species, 95 points
2017 - 59 species, 93 points

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Date: 1/12/18 8:35 am
From: mikesgroove39 <mikesgroove43...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Keene Snowy
Sitting on light pole at Hyundia garage at 9:50 am.

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Date: 1/12/18 7:16 am
From: 'Stephen Whitney' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Lakes Region Bald Eagles and Silver Lake Waterbirds
<nhbirds...>
"Stephen Whitney" <swhit_41...>
>> 1/11/2018
Subject: Lakes Region Bald Eagles and Silver Lake Waterbirds

Birding solo for the first time. Woody died just after Laconia CBC.
Belknap Point, Gilford, NH AKA Lincoln Park-- 11:20 AM
Bald Eagles, two adults perched high up in a tall tree to the north across the inlet. Within ID binocular range but much better seen with a scope.

Silver Lake, Belmont, Lochmere Dam, and River Road-- 12:20
Canada goose swims in lake in a patch of open water near the dam. Four bluejays in nearby tree check me out.
Mallards, 17 seen in several groups above dam, off of River Road.

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Date: 1/11/18 6:57 pm
From: David S <dsmart70...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Keene snowy
Saw the snowy in Keene tonight 4:45 on the pole in front of the hotel. We sat in the car and watched her for awhile then went to finish our errands. When we came back through 6ish the post was empty

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Date: 1/11/18 3:26 pm
From: 'Scottydog' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Snowy in Keene
I've been looking for the Snowy Owl in Keene off rte.9 at Subaru and Home
Depot. I haven't seen anything. Must have had a short stay and moved on. I
have seen a Red Tail Hawk and Sharp Shin there!

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Date: 1/11/18 12:25 pm
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Re: Red-shouldered Hawks and Sapsuckers
Well, it looks like I screwed up the links....if you use the first link in
the message you will see additional links to the 2014 sighting in the
description...

Kyle



On Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 2:54:18 PM UTC-5, Kyle Wilmarth wrote:
>
> This morning on my way into work I believe I ran into an old friend....an
> adult Red-shouldered Hawk at Geremonty Drive marsh. The bird was in the
> exact same spot, on the same snag, where nearly 4 years ago I had a RSHA on
> my way into work.
>
> Here are some photos from today's sighting, followed by photos from the
> January 2014 sighting. Same bird? You be the judge:
> Jan 11, 2018 - https://flic.kr/p/23o6ye8 | https://flic.kr/p/k3HHHr
> Feb 13, 2014 - https://flic.kr/p/karfyP | https://flic.kr/p/22ivnGu
>
> This was my 4th RSHA sighting since the new year, and all in different
> towns!
> 1/5 - Haverhill MA, 495 SB
> 1/7 - Exeter on 101 EB near 108
> 1/8 - Plaistow, Forrest St near Unitil station
> 1/11 - Salem, Geremonty Dr. marsh
>
> Also of note, there have been 2 separate Sapsuckers in Salem — one at
> North Salem Cemetery on 1/3 and the other today at Pine Grove Cemetery.
>
> Kyle Wilmarth
> Plaistow, NH
>

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Date: 1/11/18 11:54 am
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Red-shouldered Hawks and Sapsuckers
This morning on my way into work I believe I ran into an old friend....an
adult Red-shouldered Hawk at Geremonty Drive marsh. The bird was in the
exact same spot, on the same snag, where nearly 4 years ago I had a RSHA on
my way into work.

Here are some photos from today's sighting, followed by photos from the
January 2014 sighting. Same bird? You be the judge:
Jan 11, 2018 - https://flic.kr/p/23o6ye8 | https://flic.kr/p/k3HHHr
Feb 13, 2014 - https://flic.kr/p/karfyP | https://flic.kr/p/22ivnGu

This was my 4th RSHA sighting since the new year, and all in different
towns!
1/5 - Haverhill MA, 495 SB
1/7 - Exeter on 101 EB near 108
1/8 - Plaistow, Forrest St near Unitil station
1/11 - Salem, Geremonty Dr. marsh

Also of note, there have been 2 separate Sapsuckers in Salem — one at
North Salem Cemetery on 1/3 and the other today at Pine Grove Cemetery.

Kyle Wilmarth
Plaistow, NH

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Date: 1/11/18 11:39 am
From: Scott Heron <smheron...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Fish Crows in Exeter
This morning, I had two Fish Crows in the town parking lot behind
Stillwell's Ice Cream. It'd be a nice 4 point bird for those competing in
this year's Super Bowl of Birding.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottheron/25764790578/in/photolist-FfKhBd-rdtfos-pbLa4m-omWYeN-kZKknc

Scott Heron
Kingston, NH

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Date: 1/10/18 2:21 pm
From: 'Joann O'Shaughnessy' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Red-shouldered Hawk
Today a BIG beautiful Red-shouldered Hawk seen at the intersection of Atlantic Ave (Rt. 111) and Woodland Ave in N. Hampton.
Best,
JoAnn O'Shaughnessy
Hampton

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Date: 1/10/18 1:51 pm
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Red and White-winged Crossbills update /
Hi New Hampshire and Massachusetts Birders:

Red and White-winged Crossbills are currently making a pretty good showing
in appropriate habitat throughout New Hampshire and also in the northern
and western reaches of Massachusetts. What appears to be the right habitat
is red spruces and hemlocks, and to a lesser extent white pines. (nb,
please look in any conifers with cones at this point--further north the
birds are using white pines more frequently and white spruces as well, and
a bit west they are using Norway Spruces).

Today I visited Wapack NWR, entering from the north side parking area off
Mountain Road. I guess this turned out to be a good move, as I had a flock
of Type 10 Red Crossbills as soon as I got out of the car. Further up the
trail I had Type 3 and 10 Reds, and a wonderful collection of White-winged
Crossbills and Pine Siskins mixed in. The checklist below has some
recordings of both crossbill species:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41795895

The largest collection of crossbills was about 2/3 of the way to the summit
on an open area that faced north/northeast. Also the summit had a pair of
White-winged Crossbills singing far to the west.

Hopefully this event continues through the winter!

Good Birding

Tim Spahr
Marlborough
<tspahr44...>

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Date: 1/10/18 1:27 pm
From: 'Blake Allison' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Norwich Wild Turkeys
A flock of eight individuals was seen Tuesday about 1 pm, and again Wednesday about 11:30 am, foraging in the snow-covered, harvested corn field that is bounded by Farrell Farms Road and US Route 5. They are the first turkeys I have seen anywhere since early December.

Blake Allison
Lyme, NH 03768-3400

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Date: 1/10/18 10:12 am
From: Mik Oyler <oylermik...>
Subject: [NHBirds] North Conway - Pine Siskin & YB Sapsucker
The YB Sapsucker was present yesterday.

2 Pine Siskins arrived this morning.

Mik Oyler
North Conway

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Date: 1/10/18 7:31 am
From: eric masterson <erictheirish...>
Subject: [NHBirds] bird observer magazines looking for a home
I have a large stack of Bird Observer magazines looking for a home. Bird
Observer is the birders journal of record for Massachusetts. They are a
continuous set that run through the 90s and 2000s. Free of charge. Contact
me offline. Thanks.

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Date: 1/9/18 4:54 pm
From: DEBRA LAVALLEY <dlv...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Eagle Mania
I love this time of year! I seem to see more eagles - the lack of foliage helps :). I had some nice sightings this weekend in Penacook (Commercial Street) and today - I went home for lunch and did my "eagle" loop and sure enough - I saw one in a favorite spot on Commercial St (not far from Hannah Dustin). The sky was bright blue behind him/her - so the shots came out fairly nice. If you are interested in seeing some of the better shots from today and this weekend - below is the link to my Flickr photostream. (I am hoping that I am as lucky this Saturday on the official Audubon Winter Eagle Count.)


https://www.flickr.com/gp/34155736@N07/95svz2


Debbie/Boscawen

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Date: 1/9/18 1:55 pm
From: Logan Young <ltt6young...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Manchester Eagle and Falcon
Mature bald eagle seen circling down to the Amoskeag Falls in Manchester around 3:00pm this afternoon. Immediately after, a peregrine falcon flew over the river and landed on the transmission line towers across the street from the Brady Sullivan building.

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Date: 1/8/18 6:28 pm
From: Mark Suomala <mrsuomala...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, January 8, 2018
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 8th,
2018.



A SANDHILL CRANE continues to be seen near 419 Main Street in Rollinsford,
and was last reported on January 7th.



A SNOWY OWL was found in Keene on January 2nd. It was last reported at 3 Ash
Brook Road atop a power-line pole on January 7th.



A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen along Route 1A in Rye, and 1 was seen on
Four Tree Island in Portsmouth, both on January 6th.



A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen on the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor
and was last reported on January 6th.



3 ICELAND GULLS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on
January 8th. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are
7:30-3:00 on weekdays. If you visit, please check in at the office and be
out of the plant by 2:45 so that plant personnel do not have to ask birders
to leave. Do not drive on the dikes and do not block the road. The Trails at
Pickering Ponds, located east of the plant, are not gated, and are always
open during daylight hours.



14 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES were seen off of Seabrook Beach on January 7th.



A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE continues to be seen at Stark Landing on the
Merrimack River in Manchester, and was last reported on January 8th.



A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on the Cocheco River in Dover on
January 1st and 4th.



A PIED-BILLED GREBE and a female BUFFLEHEAD were seen at Stark Landing on
the Merrimack River in Manchester on January 3rd.



3 WOOD DUCKS were seen Rochester on January 8th, 1 was seen in Milford on
the 7th, and 1 was seen in Nashua on the 7th.



A NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen in Milford on January 7th, and a GREEN-WINGED
TEAL was seen in Rye on the 6th.



8 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, 2 DUNLIN, and 3 SANDERLINGS were seen along the coast
during the past week.



A SNOW BUNTING was seen at Seabrook Beach on January 7th.



2 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in East Washington on January 2nd.



7 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Sunapee on January 2nd.



An EASTERN PHOEBE was photographed in Henniker on January 6th.



A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in Newmarket on January 7th.



2 WINTER WRENS and a BELTED KINGFISHER were seen at the Milford Fish
Hatchery on January 7th.



A GRAY CATBIRD was seen at the Ash Brook wetland in Keene on January 3rd.



3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen at a birdfeeder in Lyme on January 8th.



An EASTERN TOWHEE continues to be seen at a private residence in Wilton and
was last reported on January 5th, and 1 was seen in Kingston on the 6th.



An “OREGON” DARK-EYED JUNCO was seen in Errol on January 3rd.



Single FOX SPARROWS were reported from Newport, Brookline, Keene, Exeter,
Penacook, Westmoreland, Lyme, and Dover during the past week.



A CHIPPING SPARROW, a SWAMP SPARROW, and 2 SAVANNAH SPARROWS were reported
from scattered locations during the past week.



YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were seen in Merrimack, Holderness, Hampton, and
Nottingham during the past week.



There were a few NORTHERN FLICKERS and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS reported
during the past week.



4 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were seen at a feeder in Etna on January 5th, and 1
was seen in Hampton on the 6th.



A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Seabrook on January 6th, and 1 was seen in
Hanover on the 2nd. A MERLIN was seen in Nashua on the 8th.



A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Rye and 1 was seen in Nottingham, both on
January 3rd.



7 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Exeter on January 8th.



Each January the “Twitchers in the Rye” take part in an annual competition
called the Superbowl of Birding to raise money for two NH Audubon programs –
New Hampshire Bird Records and NH eBird. Click here for more information and
to pledge today!

http://nhbirdrecords.org/twitchers-in-the-rye-superbowl-of-birding-january-28-2017/



This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and
press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any
interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the
recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail at:
<birdsetc...> Please put either "bird sighting" or "Rare Bird
Alert" in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and
phone number. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon
web site, www.nhaudubon.org


Thanks very much and good birding.

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Date: 1/8/18 2:57 pm
From: 'Dan Hubbard' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Wood Duck, Bald Eagles at Rochester WTP
There was a female Wood Duck with the couple of hundred Mallards and Black Ducks at the Rochester WTP this am. Also, there were 2 immature and 1 adult Iceland Gulls.
Ironically, as I was exiting the office after inquiring about access for the eagle count on Sat., there were 6 Bald Eagles flying over the area, 2 adults and 4 immatures. Dan Hubbard, Rochester

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Date: 1/8/18 1:06 pm
From: Sylvia Hartmann <s42yth...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Bald eagle/s
About 10:30 this morning a mature eagle flew low over Mill west, across from cmc, heading southeast toward the river. An hour later my son saw one, same one?, heading south downriver near Manchester airport.
Sylvia hartmann. Manchester nh

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Date: 1/7/18 5:50 pm
From: Rebecca Suomala <rsuomala2...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Scattered highlights
Zeke Cornell and I birded in a lot of different locations today,
looking for new birds for the year. Our low for the day was -10 and
our high was 12 degrees. We did a lot of car birding! Here are the
highlights.


Manchester, Merrimack River off Commercial St.

Barrow's Goldeneye, 1 male with about 95 Commons behind #540

Hooded Merganser 2 males


Wood Duck 1 male at the Nashua Airport, first found by Chris McPherson
on the CBC


Milford Fish Hatchery

Belted Kingfisher 1

Winter Wren 2 - 1 was around the small pools with the domes

Wood Duck 1 male

Northern Pintail 1 male


Turkey Vulture 7 at Lincoln St. School, Exeter


Seabrook Beach

Black-legged Kittiwake, at least 14 flying around offshore

Sanderling 3

Dunlin 2

Ipswich (Savannah) Sparrow 1 (not banded)

Snow Bunting 1


Becky Suomala, Concord NH


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Date: 1/6/18 7:18 pm
From: Rand Burnett <randburnett33...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Keene Snowy Owl correction
Er . . . make that the light POST not "lightest".

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Date: 1/6/18 7:16 pm
From: Rand Burnett <randburnett33...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Re: Keene Snowy Owl
Er . . . make that the light post . . .

On Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:15:22 PM UTC-5, Rand Burnett wrote:
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> The Snowy Owl was back on the lightest at the Hyundai dealership off Route
> 9 in Keene this afternoon at 1:45.
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Date: 1/6/18 7:15 pm
From: Rand Burnett <randburnett33...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Keene Snowy Owl
The Snowy Owl was back on the lightest at the Hyundai dealership off Route
9 in Keene this afternoon at 1:45.

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Date: 1/6/18 2:08 pm
From: Aaronian, Richard S. <raaronian...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Sandhill Crane
The crane was present this afternoon at 3PM with head tucked into body. Can’t understand why (it was only about 6 degrees and windy).

Rich Aaronian

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Date: 1/6/18 1:23 pm
From: DEBRA LAVALLEY <dlv...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Eagle Sighting - Penacook
I had my first eagle sighting in Penacook for 2018. It was a banded (orange) adult in a tree frequented by the local mated pair. I couldn't get a good enough band shot to see which one - but I would say it was one of them (Orange C/K or Orange A/4). I got a few decent (not great) shots - from out my rolled down window. It is TOO COLD out there!


https://www.flickr.com/gp/34155736@N07/S5ig66


Debbie/Boscawen

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Date: 1/6/18 1:07 pm
From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [NHBirds] NH Coast
Jane and I braved the bitter cold and winds today.....barely getting out
of the car!!  Our first day of scouting for the Superbowl of Birding.

Not much to report, but a couple of birds of interest:

Highlights
--------------
Canada Goose - 49 MIGRATING SOUTH in 6 groups.  Forced south by the cold
snap.  Some off over the ocean.  6,26,5,4,5,3.
Green-winged Teal - 1 male continues with Mallards behind Petey's
Restaurant in Rye.
Peregrine Falcon - 1 adult off Rt. 1A in Seabrook
Bald Eagle - 2 immatures together over the Hampton salt marsh
Glaucous Gull - 1 adult continues in Hampton harbor
Snowy Owl - 2.  Both resting peacefully without photographers!  One
tucked in behind a rock along Rt. 1A in Rye.  Another on Four Tree
Island in Portsmouth.
Sanderling - 3.  Scattered.
Red-winged Blackbird - 1 female off Tide Mill Road in Hampton.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Date: 1/6/18 9:59 am
From: Iain Macleod <pandiain.im...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Crossbills and Fox Sparrow in Holderness
I heard at least one Red Crossbills in the White pines behind the Science
Center in Holderness today.

During our bird banding program today, senior naturalist Dave Erler caught
and banded a Fox Sparrow.

Iain MacLeod
Ashland

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Date: 1/6/18 9:54 am
From: Donna Ellis <donnaellis1014...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Eastern phoebe downtown Henniker
I was out doing errands and spotted some Cedar waxwings in the trees in
front of the NEC building. I also noticed a bird on the porch then it flew
to a bush and it looked like an Eastern Phoebe. Not sure if it was eating
the same fruit as the waxwings. It flew across the street.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41676393

Donna Ellis
Henniker

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Date: 1/6/18 5:42 am
From: Evelyn Nathan <evynathan...>
Subject: [NHBirds] eastern towhee at feeder in Kingston!
A birder friend posted this on Facebook. They’ve been frequented by this brave little towhee, and finally got a picture of it feeding on their porch after the nor’easter.
https://tinyurl.com/y9yxrvx3
Evy Nathan
Kingston

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Date: 1/5/18 6:13 pm
From: <heatherrutledge...>
Subject: Re: [NHBirds] Re: Sandhill crane rollinsford
Wow, I cannot believe it! So happy to hear this.

On Friday, January 5, 2018 at 8:53:48 PM UTC-5, deb powers wrote:
>
> Yes saw it today, still looking fine, eating under the bird feeder where
> pots of something are put out, as it usually does.
> Deb Powers
> South Berwick Maine
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On Jan 5, 2018, at 8:50 PM, <heather......> <javascript:> wrote:
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> Have there been any sightings of the Crane after the storm last night?
> On Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 7:32:38 PM UTC-5, deb powers wrote:
>>
>> Observed the crane today in the same place as usual, Rollinsford. I
>> honestly thought it would not make it through this cold weather...I am
>> extremely happy to be wrong!
>>
>> Deb Powers
>>
>> South Berwick Maine
>>
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>>
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>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/143862779@N08/38774537764/in/dateposted-public/
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Date: 1/5/18 6:09 pm
From: bikenbird via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] ***(VENUE CHANGE) NH Audubon Seacoast Chapter Wednesday January 10, 2018 Program - Club Sandwiches, not Seals: Saving the Northern Fur Seal in the early 20th Century***

New Hampshire Audubon Seacoast Chapter


Wednesday January 10, 2018, 7:30 pm Program - Club Sandwiches, notSeals: Saving the Northern Fur Seal in the early 20th Century

Note: The original scheduled program, Lake Baikal;Beautiful Birds, Bad Beer, and Buddhist Babushkas is now the February 14program.


Birders know thePribilof Islands of Alaska for the chance to see Asian rarities, but there aremore than birds on these remote islands. In the 19th century, millions of NorthPacific Fur Seals drew hunters who wanted to sell their rich fur coats. In thisillustrated talk, Kurk Dorsey of the UNH History Department will explain howthe United States led a four-nation movement to save the fur seals fromextinction. With colorful characters and deep splits about how to manage theseals, this is one of the most interesting success stories of internationalconservation.



All are welcometo attend our Wednesday January 10, 2018 program which is free of charge. NOTE: Due to our regular program venue unavailability theNH Audubon Seacoast Chapter has a new venue for only this date. The new venue is the Corpus Christi Parish Center (formerly SaintCatherine church) , 845 Woodbury Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801 (clickhere for Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/tQBCxZS8LQx ) . Refreshments are at 7:00 PM.Meetings begin at 7:30 PM. Entrance doors will be locked at 7:45 PM. For more information see our web site athttp://www.seacoastchapter.org/programs . Cancellations will be announcedon http://www.seacoastchapter.org/programs and this Google group.

Make any donationto the Seacoast Chapter in the tin on the food table and pick up a NH AudubonSeacoast Chapter sticker as a thank you!

Al Stewart, Jr.

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Date: 1/5/18 5:53 pm
From: Deb <dmp2ec...>
Subject: Re: [NHBirds] Re: Sandhill crane rollinsford
Yes saw it today, still looking fine, eating under the bird feeder where pots of something are put out, as it usually does.
Deb Powers
South Berwick Maine

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 5, 2018, at 8:50 PM, <heatherrutledge...> wrote:
>
> Have there been any sightings of the Crane after the storm last night?
>> On Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 7:32:38 PM UTC-5, deb powers wrote:
>> Observed the crane today in the same place as usual, Rollinsford. I honestly thought it would not make it through this cold weather...I am extremely happy to be wrong!
>>
>> Deb Powers
>>
>> South Berwick Maine
>>
>>
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>>
>>
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/143862779@N08/38774537764/in/dateposted-public/
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Date: 1/5/18 5:50 pm
From: <heatherrutledge...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Re: Sandhill crane rollinsford
Have there been any sightings of the Crane after the storm last night?
On Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 7:32:38 PM UTC-5, deb powers wrote:
>
> Observed the crane today in the same place as usual, Rollinsford. I
> honestly thought it would not make it through this cold weather...I am
> extremely happy to be wrong!
>
> Deb Powers
>
> South Berwick Maine
>
>
>
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/143862779@N08/38774537764/in/dateposted-public/
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Date: 1/5/18 12:53 pm
From: Bruce Boyer <brumyster...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Cooper's Hawk in Jaffrey
I glanced out the window and noticed a complete lack of birds near the feeder. Then I saw the reason. On the ground near the feeder, an immature Cooper’s Hawk was tearing apart a Blue Jay. I think it was a Cooper’s rather than a Sharp-shinned because of the size relative to its prey, the hood-like plumage on the head, lack of a superciliary line, and conspicuous light mottling on the back. It continue to eat until there was nothing left that I could see.

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Date: 1/5/18 9:00 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [NHBirds] FYI - Joppa Flats is closed
If you are out and about this weekend looking for birds or ice or snow or whatever, be aware that Joppa Flats Education Center is closed until further notice due to a frozen sewer line. So, if you need a bathroom stop, please stop in and see our friends across the street at the Parker River NWR headquarters building. They have great facilities, and this is one of the best-kept secrets, a 24x7 accessible, heated restroom, just to the left of the main door. Actually, they have great exhibits too!

All of our programs have been cancelled through the weekend. We will see what Monday brings.
Cheers.
Dave

David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science and Education Coordinator    
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950
Telephone:  (978) 462-9998      E-mail:  <dlarson...>

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Date: 1/4/18 4:59 am
From: David S <dsmart70...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Snowy Owl - Keene
Saw a snowy owl just before 8 this am. spotted on rt 9 at the hotel in
front of mondadnock marketplace, on a light post

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Date: 1/3/18 4:32 pm
From: DEBRA M POWERS <dmp2ec...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Sandhill crane rollinsford
Observed the crane today in the same place as usual, Rollinsford. I honestly thought it would not make it through this cold weather...I am extremely happy to be wrong!

Deb Powers

South Berwick Maine



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Date: 1/3/18 2:03 pm
From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Odds & Ends (Snowy Owl, Sandhill Crane, etc.)
Denny Abbott and I got out to do some New Year's birding this
afternoon.  My first in NH this year.  For the first time in a couple of
weeks, the temperature approached the upper 20's.  And not much wind! 
But we spent most of the time in the car......and still got some cool
birds!!  We covered a little bit of Exeter, then drove up the coast, had
brunch, and then finished with the Sandhill Crane in Rollinsford.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/

Total List - 43 Species
------------------------------
Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Mallard
Common Eider
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Great Cormorant
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
SANDHILL CRANE - CONTINUES off Main Street in Rollinsford. Remarkable
bird and first January record for NH.  As tame as ever.
Purple Sandpiper - Group of 8 off Little Boar's Head.
Dunlin - Group of about 6 birds roosting on super high tide way up in
Hampton salt marsh.
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous Gull - "Glockenspiel" at his usual spot.
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
SNOWY OWL - 1 at Rye Ledge pull-off.  Photographed from car window!
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark - 4 off Cross Beach Road in Seabrook
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Date: 1/2/18 1:29 pm
From: <jacksonwrxt89...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Sunapee Red Crossbills
I took a short ride after work today with the intention of finding my first RED CROSSBILLS of 2018. I figured I would check where I last saw them on Jobs Creek Road in Sunapee, but I didn’t have any luck there. I then decided to check out a spot where I saw them this summer outside Webb’s Forest in Sunapee along Stagecoach Road. When I crested the hill along the road between Hell’s Corner Road and Route 103, I found two birds feeding on grit in the road. A car drove by and flushed the birds into some nearby pines. I flew home to grab my camera and came right back in hopes they would still be around. Thankfully they were still there and brought five more of with them. They were all either female or immature males and allowed amazingly close views as they foraged through the pealing bark on a dead apple tree along the road.
Note: The first two birds were seen foraging through both Pine and Spruce trees after being flushed from the road.

The following album has all my photos and a few videos I took of them while they graciously let me watch at a close distance.
https://flickr.com/photos/103784740@N03/sets/72157662225238997

-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee


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Date: 1/2/18 1:08 pm
From: Pam Blair <pamelynblair...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Snowy Owl in Keene
Looking right now at a Snowy Owl in Keene on rte 9 perched on a street light on the left just before the turn to Home Depot as you are headed west.

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Date: 1/2/18 12:53 pm
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Superbowl of Birding is coming soon! - Amended
Don't worry, it's still coming. But there have been a few changes to the rules regarding some of the prizes, including age changes for the Fledgling and NewBies awards and the moribund Sitting Duck Award has been replaced by the Townie Award (see below).

SUPERBOWL OF BIRDING XV

Winter is a wonderful time to bird in northeastern Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire. In celebration of this season, Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center is hosting the Superbowl of Birding XV on January 27, 2018 from 5 am to 5 pm (Snow date: Sunday, January 28).

Superbowls I-XIV were great successes with teams of all abilities participating. The challenge is renewed this year, with prizes awarded in ten categories!

This is a unique competition to find the greatest number of species and to earn the greatest number of points based on the rarity of the birds recorded. The Zeiss Joppa Cup is awarded to the team that collects the most points by the end of the specified 12-hour birding day. Strategy and planning are essential in order to win this competition.

The event consists of activities targeted for all levels of birders. Expert birders can compete for a number of awards, including the Zeiss Joppa Cup, Essex County Award, or Rockingham County Award. Teams with young birders 16 years old or younger can vie for the NewBies Award. The Fledgling Award encourages young families to participate.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories
- The Zeiss Joppa Cup: Grand prize for the team with the greatest number of points
- Director's Award: Greatest number of species
- Essex County Award: Most points in Essex County
- Rockingham County Award: Most points in Rockingham County
- Parker River NWR Award: Most points on the refuge
- Townie Award: Award for the greatest number of species tallied from a single municipality
- Seekers Award: Award for the first team to complete the special Seekers checklist
- Fledgling Award: Award for the first team to complete the special Fledgling checklist
- Newbies Award: Award for the greatest number of points tallied by any team with 2 or more members 16 years of age or younger
- Lifer Award: Participant who sees the most new life birds during the competition

Further information is available online at http://www.massaudubon.org/superbowl.

David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science andEducation Coordinator
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950
Telephone: (978) 462-9998
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Date: 1/2/18 9:57 am
From: Marnich, Debra - NRCS, Conway, NH <debra.marnich...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Cedar Waxwings, North Conway
There were 6 Cedar Waxwings in a crabapple tree outside of "Four your Paws only" in North Conway this afternoon.

Debra Marnich
Soil Conservationist
USDA, NRCS
73 Main Street, PO Box 533
Conway , NH 03818
603-901-3004





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Date: 1/2/18 9:36 am
From: David Larson <dlarson...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Superbowl of Birding is coming soon!
SUPERBOWL OF BIRDING XV

Winter is a wonderful time to bird in northeastern Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire. In celebration of this season, Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center is hosting the Superbowl of Birding XV on January 27, 2018 from 5 am to 5 pm (Snow date: Sunday, January 28).

Superbowls I-XIV were great successes with teams of all abilities participating. The challenge is renewed this year, with prizes awarded in ten categories!

This is a unique competition to find the greatest number of species and to earn the greatest number of points based on the rarity of the birds recorded. The Zeiss Joppa Cup is awarded to the team that collects the most points by the end of the specified 12-hour birding day. Strategy and planning are essential in order to win this competition.

The event consists of activities targeted for all levels of birders. Expert birders can compete for a number of awards, including the Zeiss Joppa Cup, Essex County Award, or Rockingham County Award. Teams with young birders 18 years old or younger can vie for the Seekers Award. The Fledgling Award encourages young families to participate.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories
- The Zeiss Joppa Cup: Grand prize for the team with the greatest number of points
- Director's Award: Greatest number of species
- Essex County Award: Most points in Essex County
- Rockingham County Award: Most points in Rockingham County
- Parker River NWR Award: Most points on the refuge
- Sitting Duck Award: Award for the greatest number of species tallied from a fixed point
- Seekers Award: Award for the first team to complete the special Seekers checklist
- Fledgling Award: Award for the first team to complete the special Fledgling checklist
- Newbies Award: Award for the greatest number of points tallied by any team with 2 or more members 18 years of age or younger
- Lifer Award: Participant who sees the most new life birds during the competition

Further information is available online at http://www.massaudubon.org/superbowl.

David M. Larson, Ph.D., Science andEducation Coordinator
Joppa Flats Education Center, Mass Audubon, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950
Telephone: (978) 462-9998
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Date: 1/2/18 9:31 am
From: silvia rano <silvia.ranos...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Fwd: Us congress hearing of maan alsaan Money laundry قضية الكونغجرس لغسيل الأموال للمليادير معن الصانع
YouTube videos of



U.S. Congress money laundering hearing


of

Saudi Billionaire " Maan Al sanea"

with *bank of America*


and The owner of Saad Hospital and Schools

in the Eastern Province in *Saudi Arabia*



and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Awal Bank in *Bahrain*


With Arabic Subtitles





*موقع اليوتيوب الذي عرض جلسة استماع الكونجرس الأمريكي *

* لمتابعة نشاطات غسل الأموال ونشاطات*



*السعودي معن عبدالواحد الصانع*



*مالك مستشفى وشركة سعد ومدارس سعد بالمنطقة الشرقية بالسعودية ورئيس مجلس
ادارة بنك اوال البحريني*



*مترجم باللغة العربية*



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIBNnQvhU8s

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Date: 1/2/18 9:27 am
From: 'Geoff N.' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] FOY Common Redpoll
As I sit and type, I am watching 2 Common Redpolls at my tube feeder, a mile from East Washington village.
-Geoff N.

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Date: 1/1/18 6:08 pm
From: Mark Suomala <mrsuomala...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, January 1, 2018
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 1st,
2018.



A SANDHILL CRANE was seen near 419 Main Street in Rollinsford on January
1st.



A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Rye Harbor State Park and was last
reported on January 1st.



An ICELAND GULL was seen in Laconia on December 31st.



A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen on the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor
and was last reported on January 1st.



There was an unconfirmed report of a PACIFIC LOON seen in Rye on December
30th.



A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along River Road just north of the Boggy Meadow
Farm in Walpole on December 29th.



A COMMON REDPOLL was seen in Lyme on December 31st.



A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen along Krif Road in Keene on December 28th, and 1
was seen in Seabrook on January 1st.



A CAPE MAY WARBLER and a YELLOW WARBLER were discovered at Bicentennial Park
in Hampton on December 1st, and were last reported on the 27th.



A PINE WARBLER was seen in Brentwood on December 26th.



A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER continues to be seen outside the Errol Library, and
was last reported on December 31st.



A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was discovered in pines at the intersection of
Central Road and Route 1A in Rye on November 26th, and was last reported on
December 27th.



A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was reported from Hampton on December 30th.



An AMERICAN PIPIT was seen in Hampton on December 26th and 27th.



An EASTERN TOWHEE continues to be seen at a private residence in Wilton and
was last reported on December 30th. Another EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in
Warner on the 29th.



An “OREGON” DARK-EYED JUNCO was seen in Hollis on December 30th.



A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen in Laconia on December 31st.



Several FOX SPARROWS, 2 CHIPPING SPARROWS, a SWAMP SPARROW, and many
WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were seen on Christmas Bird Counts during the past
week.



24 RED CROSSBILLS and 1 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL were reported from the
Sandwich Christmas Bird Count on December 30th. 2 RED CROSSBILLS were
reported from Meredith on December 31st, and single RED CROSSBILLS were
reported from Cornish, Charlestown, and Hancock during the past week.



A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Exeter on January 1st, 1 was seen in Sanbornton
on December 31st, and 1 was seen in Hollis on the 30th



A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Hampton on December 27th, 30th, and 31st.



YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were seen in Gilford, Milford, Merrimack,
Holderness, Sutton, Antrim, Hampton, Henniker, Dover, Sunapee, Sandwich,
North Conway, and Nottingham during the past week.



There were a few NORTHERN FLICKERS and numerous RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS
reported during the past week.



A BELTED KINGFISHER and 2 WINTER WRENS were reported from the Milford Fish
Hatchery on December 30th.



A few CAROLINA WRENS were reported from scattered locations during the past
week.



A BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD was seen in Newmarket, and several RED-WINGED
BLACKBIRDS were seen at scattered locations during the past week.



8 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast on January 1st.



A WILSON’S SNIPE was seen in Moultonborough on December 30th.



A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen in Nashua on December 30th.



2 male GREEN-WINGED TEAL were seen on the Merrimack River in Concord on
January 1st.



A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Holderness on December 31st, and a MERLIN was
seen in Hooksett on January 1st.



A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Hampstead, and a TURKEY VULTURE was seen
in Exeter, both on January 1st.



This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and
press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any
interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the
recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail at:
<birdsetc...> Please put either "bird sighting" or "Rare Bird
Alert" in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and
phone number. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon
web site, www.nhaudubon.org


Thanks very much and good birding.

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Date: 1/1/18 5:10 pm
From: <jacksonwrxt89...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Possible LBBG - Manchester
Calling all Gull experts:

I stopped in Manchester on my way home from the coast today in hopes of seeing the Barrow’s Goldeneye off of Commercial Street but alas I left empty handed in that regard. However, while searching I noticed some Black-backed Gulls sitting on the old bridge supports along the river. One caught my eye right away as it appeared noticeably smaller than the others. The head and bill seem proportionally smaller in comparison to the other Gulls. This was obvious enough for me to suspect Lesser Black-backed Gull and take a photo. Unfortunately, the bird never stood up to reveal the color of its legs, which would’ve helped a lot with confirming its ID.
Anyways, the following link is to the photo I took. I’m wondering if anyone who has a better knowledge of Gulls could help me out with this one. I feel like a LBBG in Manchester would be noteworthy.
https://flic.kr/p/EXjXJd

-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Date: 1/1/18 4:52 pm
From: Rebecca Suomala <rsuomala2...>
Subject: [NHBirds] New Year's highlights from the coast
Zeke Cornell, David Donsker, and I started off the New Year on the
right foot with a birding trip along the NH coast to begin our year
list. The below zero wind chill made for lots of car birding and
outside adventures were short. There was sea smoke on the ocean in the
morning when it was below zero and calm. It dissipated as the wind
picked up and ocean viewing was better later in the afternoon.


Zeke started out the morning with some pre-dawn owling in -8 temps but
was rewarded by both Eastern Screech and saw-whet owls. David and I
joined him a little later. We had all of the expected winter coast
waterbirds except Horned Grebe and Rrd-throated Loon, although overall
numbers were low. Our species total was 51 with highlights below.


Green-winged Teal 1 male at Petey's on Rt. 1A with the Mallards

Greater Scaup 1 off the south jetty at the mouth of the Hampton River

Bald Eagle 3

Purple Sandpiper, 2 on the rocks off the Hampton Harbor south jetty, 6
at Seal Rocks

Glaucous Gull, the usual adult in Seabrook

Snowy Owl at Rye Harbor State Park

Horned Lark 1 on the north side of Rt. 286 in Seabrook just east of
the waste treatment plant entrance WITH...

LAPLAND LONGSPUR 1 with the Horned Lark

Carolina Wren in Woodland Rd. in N. Hampton

Hermit Thrush 1 on Spruce Meadow Rd. in N. Hampton


Our feeder bird misses were Hairy Woodpecker and Red-bellied
Woodpecker.

We checked for the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Rye and the warblers at
Bicentennial Park without success - not surprising given the cold,
cold wind, and the prolonged deep freee.


Becky Suomala

now from Concord, NH!

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Date: 1/1/18 4:16 pm
From: Donna Ellis <donnaellis1014...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Merlin and Immature Eagle at Hooksett boat ramp
Stopped along the Merrimack River this afternoon and saw an Immature eagle
perching over the river. A Merlin was flying around it and landed on a
pole not far from me in the parking lot.

Immature Bald Eagle <https://flic.kr/p/233qcXE>

Merlin <https://flic.kr/p/J9qDcT>

Happy New Year!

Donna Ellis
Henniker

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Date: 1/1/18 1:35 pm
From: Alfred Maley <alfredmaley...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Bald Eagle Terrorizes Hampstead Ratla, Well Sort of.
I put a thawed turkey out on the ratla at noon today and by 12:30 the
immature Red-shouldered Hawk was on it, trying to get a full crop before it
froze into a Popsicle. Meanwhile, an immature Bald Eagle was cruising
nearby in the neighborhood, hoping for a friendly ice fisherman or a
roadkill, but he didn’t see the activity at the ratla. Good thing because
turkeys are now expensive. What appeared to be an immature Sharp-shinned
Hawk stopped by later and the Blue Jays screamed at it, something they
might not do with the omnipresent Cooper’s Hawks. Get a turkey, make a
ratla. Non-stop fun.

Al Maley
Hampstead, NH

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Date: 1/1/18 12:29 pm
From: dlipsy <dlipsy...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Green-winged Teal, Concord
There are two GWTE swiming in the outflow structure of the Concord Waste Water Treatment Plant.Scope views only..  seen from the old Hess Ghering parking lot on hall street... Concord Bow line.
David LipsyConcord NH


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Date: 1/1/18 11:36 am
From: Pam Hunt <biodiva...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Laconia CBC results




Greetings all,

Twenty brave souls braved temperatures from -3 to 6 degrees, plus 10-15 mph winds, to conduct the 67th Laconia-New Hampton CBC yesterday. Despite the arctic conditions we did remarkably well, tallying 54 species - only a couple below the recent average. This was despite a VERY poor showing of waterbirds. Almost all the lakes are frozen, with the only water along the Winnipesaukee River corridor&nbsp; in downtown Laconia and Silver Lake, plus a few spots along Lake Winnipesuakee. The only waterfowl were the expected five species of ducks (black, Mallard, Common Goldeneye, and Common and Hooded Mergansers), with the formerly reliable Canada Goose being missed for the second year in a row. Common Loon was missed for the first time since 2002. Gulls were scarce, although an immature Iceland Gull was a surprise bonus on the Winnipesaukee River above Route 140.

The real stars of the show were the juncos. Our preliminary total of 2624 is more than double the previous count high of 1291. White-throated Sparrows (75) and Northern Cardinals (167) also set new records. Red-bellied Woodpecker made its second-highest showing with 18, while 11 Song Sparrows tied the previous second-highest total. As others have noted, chickadees were relatively scarce, even away from feeders, which suggests to me that either fewer migrated south from Canada this fall or more left NH. It'll be interesting to see what happens with chickadee numbers as the winter progresses.

Among the more unusual finds were, in order of rarity on the count, the following:

White-crowned Sparrow in Laconia (2nd record ever)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Gilford (4th, all since 2005)
THREE Fox Sparrows (5th)
Two Red Crossbills in Meredith (8th)
Hermit Thrush in Sanbornton (8th)
Four Red-winged Blackbirds in Laconia (10th)
The aforementioned Iceland Gull was also the tenth record for the count.

So thanks again to all who helped with this or other CBCs (Hanover is still in progress as I write this!), and may you have good birding in 2018.

Pam Hunt (compiler)
Concord


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Date: 1/1/18 8:09 am
From: 'Nancy' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Nashua Bluebirds, Bald Eagle and Cooper's Hawk
This morning, six beautiful bluebirds descending upon my feeders. It is the first time I have seen them since the fall.

Yesterday, a Cooper’s Hawk flew in and was sitting atop my feeder looking around for a few minutes.

Yesterday, around 4:15 an adult bald eagle was flying rather low over Walden Pond Drive coming from behind Lock Street heading towards the Merrimack River.

I still have a Northern Flicker visiting my window feeder regularly; he care barely fit. He seems to prefer the seed over the suet.

Nancy Murphy
Nashua, NH

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Date: 12/31/17 5:49 pm
From: david.deifik <david.deifik...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Oregon Junco

Mike Resch made quite a find with his Oregon Junco. It is only the third ever Christmas Count Record and a first for Nashua. The other two records were on the Coastal NH CBC in 2009 and 2012.David <DeifikDavid.deifik...>

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Date: 12/31/17 2:52 pm
From: Tony Vazzano <tvazzano...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Sandwich CBC
The 23rd Sandwich Christmas Bird Count was held yesterday, Dec. 30. While it
started out double digits below zero in the lowlands, by noon it was double
digits above zero with almost no wind. The mountain team (Ben G, Jason L,
et.al.) said that a half mile from the summit of Sandwich Dome the
temperature was also above zero with hardly any wind. Still waiting for one
feeder counter report but the final numbers probably won't change much. The
species total of 45 was typical for our count while the 3612 individual
birds counted was our 3rd highest total thanks to the junco invasion.

New for the count were Wilson's Snipe (!), Peregrine Falcon and Chipping
Sparrow. The snipe was in a roadside ditch on Route 171 in Moultonborough
near the southern edge of the count circle. New count highs were Red-bellied
Woodpecker - 10, Dark-eyed Junco - 1510, Red Crossbills - 24, (several
reports of small numbers) and the 25 Brown Creepers tied the record. To put
the junco numbers in perspective, our mean is about 95 and last year we had
40. This year junco numbers were more than half of what we typically count
for total individual birds of all species.

Other highlights were 4 Bald Eagles, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (4th count
record), a Northern Flicker, 5 Boreal Chickadees on the mountain, a Hermit
Thrush (3rd count record), 31 White-throated Sparrows (2nd highest), and
both crossbills (several reports of small numbers of Red while the only
White-winged were on the mountain trail.

Needless to say, there wasn't any open waters and therefore no waterfowl and
also no gulls. For the third consecutive year we failed to find a shrike. At
least we had a shorebird!

Even though it has been widely reported that "there are no birds around and
none at the feeders", the only species whose number was down significantly
is Black-capped Chickadee. The 415 was about half our 22 year mean; only one
previous count had fewer and that was due to an all day downpour 17 years
ago.

Happy New Year!

Tony Vazzano
Sandwich



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Date: 12/31/17 2:26 pm
From: <jacksonwrxt89...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Lake Sunapee CBC Results
On December 16th, thirteen intrepid birders set out to conduct the Lake Sunapee Christmas Bird Count. While this count never usually produces the exciting finds as some of the state’s other counts, there are at least a few finds worth noting. This year we produced 46 species with some nice late birds and several new high counts. There were also some nice finds in species that are inexplicably uncommon in the Lake Sunapee area.
A big thank you to Gary Stansfield, the Lake Sunapee CBC compiler, for his continued work with the count and hosting the post-count tally.

Canada Goose 51
Wood Duck 1 (Late)
American Black Duck 9
Mallard 770 (high count)
Common Goldeneye 14
Hooded Merganser 4
Common Merganser 7
NORTHERN BOBWHITE 1 (Almost certainly and escaped captive, but an interesting addition)
Wild Turkey 65
Cooper’s Hawk 4 (High Count)
Bald Eagle 3 (High Count)
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon 160
Mourning Dove 127
Barred Owl 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 (High Count, not a common species in the Lake Sunapee area)
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER 1 (Late)
Downy Woodpecker 31
Hairy Woodpecker 26
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 309
American Crow 340 (High Count)
Common Raven 15 (High Count)
Black-capped Chickadee 234
Tufted Titmouse 52
Red-breasted Nuthatch 11
White-breasted Nuthatch 39
Brown Creeper 4
CAROLINA WREN 3 (High Count, another uncommon species for the Lake Sunapee area)
Golden-crowned Kinglet 15
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 81
European Starling 74
American Tree Sparrow 25
Dark-eyed Junco 991 (High Count, big winter so far for Junco’s across the state)
White-throated Sparrow 44
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 45
House Finch 9
Purple Finch 4
RED CROSSBILL 7 (High Count)
Pine Siskin 23
American Goldfinch 243
House Sparrow 122

Count Week Birds:
RED-NECKED GREBE: Seen on Lake Sunapee two days after the count.
Cedar Waxwing
Red-winged Blackbird

-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Date: 12/31/17 10:05 am
From: Mark Suomala <mrsuomala...>
Subject: [NHBirds] YBSA x2 and WIWR x2
During the Nashua/Hollis CBC our team saw:

2 Winter Wrens at the water outflow stream at the Milford Fish Hatchery

2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (juvenile plumage) foraging on the same
crab-apple tree located on the east side of the road to the Milford Drive-in
movie theater. The sapsuckers were vocalising - making a squeeky noise at
each other - perhaps a winter food territorial sound? saying "go away, this
is MY food"

Mark Suomala
Concord

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Date: 12/31/17 6:52 am
From: David Govatski <david.govatski...>
Subject: [NHBirds] 7 Ruffed Grouse at feeders in Jefferson
Our feeders in Jefferson at the edge of the Pondicherry NWR have been busy during this stretch of cold weather. We had a record 7 ruffed grouse at one time under the balsam fir trees where we toss cracked corn and millet on the hard packed snow. One male was in full display but that did not impress any of the females who continued to feed like chickens in the minus 6 temperatures. We usually have four or five grouse at one time that show up each day for an hour or so and then march off to feed on natural food but seven is a new record for us.

Dec 31, 2017 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
13 species

Ruffed Grouse 7 Seven at one time feeding on cracked corn with one male in full display at -6.
Mourning Dove 9
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 17
Black-capped Chickadee 14
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 1
American Tree Sparrow 8
Dark-eyed Junco 21
Purple Finch 6
American Goldfinch 7

I was splitting firewood yesterday for next winter (I think) and I heard and then saw an American robin. It was attracted to the meal worms in two of the feeders. There are a lot of juncos this year and they outnumber the chickadees. We only have 8 tree sparrows so far this winter while last winter we topped out with 21. We have about 16 inches of snow on the ground and this has been a life saver for many creatures who depend on it's insulating quality including ruffed grouse who burrow in the snow. Birds in the woods at the Pondicherry Refuge include purple finches, white-winged crossbills, chickadees and golden-crowned kinglets but none are in any abundance yet. There continues to be an abundance of natural food available. If you get a chance check out the Alaska weather for places like Anchorage, Barrow or Nome. It is a lot warmer there.

David Govatski
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Date: 12/31/17 4:58 am
From: mresch8702 via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] "Oregon" Junco and other Hollis Highlights, Nashua/Hollis CBC, 12/30

Had a good day on 12/30 in my Hollis East territory as part of the Nashua/Hollis CBC. Given the cold early morning temps I changed my strategy to start the day watching feeders rather than taking early morning walks. I had scouted the feeders earlier in the week and got permission to watch from the homeowners' driveways from the warmth of my car. This strategy really paid off as virtually all of the ground feeding birds were at the feeders, or at spots along road shoulders where snow plows had exposed dirt/grass. I also put out seed at strategic locations earlier in the week that attracted many sparrows. Highlights are below with comparisons to my 15-year history covering this territory.

"Feeder" Highlights -

1 "Oregon" Junco - at a private feeder. I first spotted it on 12/29, and was able to get a couple passable photos on 12/30 from a distance (see my eBird checklist - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41455123 ) Interesting that this bird preferred to skulk low under bushes (except for the 1 time I got these photos) while it's "Slate-Colored" cousins were mostly out in the open.

1 Savannah Sparrow - feeding on road shoulder (photos in eBird) - only my 3rd

185 Juncos - more than twice my 15-yr average

21 White-throated Sparrows - 12 of these were at one spot where I spread seed on the ground. My average is 5

91 Mourning Doves - my average is 19. I actually had over 150 at feeders the day before

Woodland Highlights -

1 Hermit Thrush - only my 2nd

1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (just across the border in MA at the southern edge of the circle) - my first for the territory

1 Barred Owl - calling at 3 PM - my first for the territory

18 Turkeys - my first - I almost ran them over. Part of the flock was 6 ft off the ground in shrubs eating berries


And for Negative Highlights -

Frugivores were way down. I have lots of apples, crabapples, and sumacs in my territory which typically attract good numbers of Robins, Waxwings, and Starlings. But my combined tally was only 134 which is about a third of my long-term average of 364.

Chickadees were also low - less than half my average. That even includes few coming into feeders.


Mike Resch
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Pepperell, MA

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Date: 12/30/17 8:16 pm
From: Iain Macleod <pandiain.im...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Sapsucker, Crossbills, Peregrine in Lakes Region
The highlights in my section of the Sandwich Christmas bird count today
included:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker -- 1 at Burleigh Farm in Holderness....feeding on
frozen apples in a single apple tree.

Peregrine -- 1 adult flying over True Farm in Holderness carrying breakfast.

Robins -- flock of at least 50.

Red Crossbills -- are least 5 at four different locations in Holderness and
Sandwich.

Red-bellied Woodpecker -- 1 on Bennett Cove Road in Holderness.

Bald Eagle -- adult pair perched near their nest on Long Island on Squam
Lake.

Juncos -- at least 150 (part of a record number for the count).

Iain MacLeod
Ashland

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Date: 12/30/17 6:23 pm
From: 'Nola' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] ruby-crowned kinglet?
Am thinking I had a ruby-crowned kinglet at my feeder today (Bradford). Is
that possible? Only got a quick glimpse but saw a long stripe of red on
back of the head.

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Date: 12/30/17 5:24 pm
From: eric masterson <erictheirish...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Mount Monadnock xbill survey
I hiked the Dublin Trail up Mt. Monadnock today with a friend, partly to
see if there was any crossbill action in the widespread spruce belt that
rings the mountain to just below the summit. We had a male eating grit as
we drove down Old Troy Road to the trailhead, but that was it. There are
plenty of birds in the area, but I think most are now to be found at lower
elevations, and where the birds last fall seemed to favor spruce, I am now
finding them mostly in white pines.

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Date: 12/30/17 3:09 pm
From: Chad Witko <chadjwitko...>
Subject: Re: [NHBirds] Fox sparrow in Hancock
While I’ve not seen any myself as of late, several Fox Sparroes have been
reported to me along with photos over the last few days in and around Keene.

On Sat, Dec 30, 2017 at 5:38 PM 'Phil Brown' via NHBirds <
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Date: 12/30/17 2:38 pm
From: 'Phil Brown' via NHBirds <nhbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Fox sparrow in Hancock
A fox sparrow was feeding in the road along Antrim road in Hancock near my house today. There seem to be several lingerers of this species in the southwest part of the state this winter - the third I've seen personally in the last two weeks.

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Hancock

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Date: 12/30/17 12:47 pm
From: <nhexactly...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Chipping and song sparrows
One lonely chipping sparrow and one lonely song sparrow both continue at
the feeders during this arctic blast.

Ralph and Deb Sanders
Barrington, NH

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Date: 12/30/17 6:35 am
From: Susan <slhunter...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Veery !
One very cold looking Veery perched on the edge of the heated bird bath this morning.
Susan hunter, Bedford

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Date: 12/29/17 6:00 pm
From: Sam Stoddard <sstoddard3...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Re: Isles CBC Cancelled
Thanks for your note. Maybe another time. Good seeing you at dinner
recently.

Sam

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Date: 12/29/17 5:39 pm
From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Possible Black-backed Woodpecker in Strafford
I got a report of a possible Black-backed Woodpecker off Tom Berry Road
in Strafford.  Approximately .3 miles north of the intersection with New
Road or New Rochester Road.

Not a definite, but worth a check if you're in the area.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Date: 12/29/17 4:11 pm
From: Benjamin Griffith <bgriffith...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Isles CBC Cancelled
After speaking with Bryan Soares this afternoon, he feels that the extreme
cold, combined with freezing mist and high winds will create unsafe
conditions on Monday, and has asked me to cancel the trip.

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Plymouth, MA

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Date: 12/29/17 3:43 pm
From: Adam Burnett <adamburnett33...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Shrike in Walpole
My mom and I saw a Northern Shrike this afternoon on River Road in Walpole, just north of the Boggy Meadow Farm.

Adam Burnett
Westmoreland

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Date: 12/29/17 7:30 am
From: Amanda Kallenbach <amanda.kallenbach...>
Subject: [NHBirds] 2018 NatGeo...Why Birds Matter
Many thanks to Craig Gibson for passing this along. January's inaugural
piece is beautifully written by Jonathan Franzen, and Joel Sartore's photos
rock!

All best wishes for birds and birders in 2018.

Amanda Kallenbach
Bow

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Date: Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 9:58 AM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 2018 NatGeo WHY BIRDS MATTER!
To: Massbirders <Massbird...>

Greetings all,

For those with an interest.....

In 2018, National Geographic is launching the *Year of the Bird*, a 12
month multi-platform exploration, with partners from National
Audubon, BirdLife International, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology - to
examine how the changing environment is leading to dramatic losses among
bird species around the globe…and what can be done about it!

This coverage coincides with the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty
Act, which protects more than 1,025 bird species. It launches a year of
storytelling about the planet's health from a bird's-eye view, continues
their long standing coverage of birds, and helps readers better understand
Why Birds Matter!

For a sneak peek at the Jan 2018 issue:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/01/why-birds-matter/

In the year ahead, NatGeo will cover the following bird topics:

Feb: Bird Brains
March: Bird Migrations
May: Bird Origins
July: Seabird Crisis
August: Helmeted Hornbills
October: Sage-Grouse
November: Antarctica
December: Falcons

Enjoy,

Craig Gibson

Winchester, MA

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Date: 12/29/17 7:09 am
From: Paul Dionne <gratefulpaul...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Carolina wren
At our feeders in Derry.
Paul Dionne,
Derry

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Date: 12/29/17 4:36 am
From: Jim <jimkegley...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Manchester Robin flock
Driving up 93N, just passed a large swirling Robin flock on order of thousand over Wellington Rd and Bridge St. Has anyone noticed a roost in vicinity?
Jim Kegley
Hudson

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Date: 12/28/17 3:00 pm
From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Yellow and Cape May Warblers - NO, Gnatcatcher - NO
Winter's are difficult for birds.  Especially young birds or "misplaced"
birds like our little "gems" on the seacoast.  Many don't make it.

The weather over the last month has been especially difficult, but the
last 24 hours, with near record cold, has pushed the limits of some
birds' survivability.  Officially, the weather in Portsmouth got down to
-1F
this morning with winds gusting to 35 mph.  Combine that with the
shortest day length and longest nights and you have a tough situation
for these poor little winged dinosaurs.  They need to feed
all day to put on enough fat just to survive the night.  Some birds
(most?) "turn down" their metabolism just to get through the night.

I stopped by late this afternoon at Bicentennial Park (the temperature
had risen to 9F) and checked for the Yellow and Cape May, but failed to
find either bird.  The wind was so strong, however, I almost got knocked
down
and after a while, I think I was starting to get frostbite on my exposed
neck.  The windswept snow covered the landscape and hardly any birds
were visible except for a Song Sparrow huddled in a protected spot in
the rocks.  The continuing American Pipit (with NO TAIL) flew in out of
nowhere, but I don't think it's doing too well either.  I then drove up
to Rye and didn't see the Gnatcatcher either, but I didn't even get out
of the car at that spot.

I can't say that the warblers and gnatcatcher have passed on, but I
didn't see them this afternoon.  Perhaps they found protection somewhere
and will be found tomorrow.  But even if they did, their days are
numbered.....the forecast for tonight is -6F in Portsmouth.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Date: 12/28/17 1:43 pm
From: Terri Fratus <mizpah3149...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Screech owl question
I found this on Cornell Lab’s website:
Birds use roost boxes to keep warm on cold, windy, winter nights. In fact, it's not unusual for a group of birds to crowd into one when unfriendly weather hits.

I’ve seen pictures of holes with a red one day and a gray the next (first come, first serve?). I’ve also seen pictures of a red and a gray sharing a hole (most likely mates).

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Date: 12/28/17 12:05 pm
From: Ron Cooper <ron...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Late turkey vulture?
Heading to Haverhill, MA today on route 97....got a good look at a
Turkey Vulture.
Isn't it a little late for them?


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Date: 12/28/17 4:13 am
From: Paul Dionne <gratefulpaul...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Screech owl question
Greetings and Happy New Year to all.
Since the CBC on 12/16/2017 we have had a gray morph Screech owl in our duck box. This morning, my wife Susan saw a RED morph Screech owl in the box hole. Could it be that they are sharing the box, or has one displaced the other?
Thanks,
Paul Dionne,
Derry

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Date: 12/27/17 6:56 pm
From: eric masterson <erictheirish...>
Subject: [NHBirds] re. Keene Longspur
Joshua - they are a daily occurrence in my neck of the woods. By far the
best year for the species in the 20 years I have lived in the area. Learn
the call, as that is the best way to pick them up. Try Troy Road in Dublin
running south from the golf course.

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Date: 12/27/17 5:03 pm
From: Jean <jmullen43...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Carolina Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird -Portsmouth
Season’s greetings! Over the last week have had subject birds in yard as well as 6Wild Turkeys and expected feeder birds. My neighbor took a great picture of Barred Owl sitting on snow covered branch as well.

Happy birding to all in 2018!

Jean Mullen
Portsmouth
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Date: 12/27/17 2:43 pm
From: DEBRA M POWERS <dmp2ec...>
Subject: [NHBirds] cape may warbler-Bicentennial Park
Observed as already reported, Bicentennial Park Hampton NH. Stunning against the white snow.

Deb Powers

South Berwick, Maine


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Date: 12/27/17 8:13 am
From: Terri Fratus <mizpah3149...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Dover
A juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker showed up on 12/23 and 12/24 but I wasn't able to get a picture until 12/25. A life bird for us! Here's the link to my Flickr album:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/111138445@N07/albums/72157662007477527


I was shooting through a window and a screen so the images aren't as sharp as I'd like but they're great for reference. I haven't seen it since but we have feeders on the back and the side of the house so I'm hoping it shows up again.


Terri Fratus

Dover, NH


Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalm 62:8

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Date: 12/27/17 6:38 am
From: <jmwlmsn...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Red-bellied, white-throated sparrow



12/25 & 12/26 Red bellied woodpecker on suet feeder
12/27 white throated sparrow hunched up in 2-degree cold on deck

also had a song sparrow 12/21

Jane Williamson
North Sutton

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Date: 12/26/17 9:55 pm
From: Joshua Jarvis <menasor77...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Keene Longspur
On Krif Rd. in Keene I saw a Lapland Longspur, also lots of juncos, a
couple tree sparrows, and a song sparrow. I also seen a large bird of prey
(maybe a coopers hawk, I did not get a good look as I was driving) fly over
Target in Keene,

A couple unrelated thoughts.

My goal for the winter is Crossbills, I check every cone laden spruce in my
area that I pass with no luck. How do I find them?

Also where did the Red Breasted Nuthatches go? They vanished when fall
began.

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Date: 12/26/17 12:24 pm
From: hector galbraith <hg2...>
Subject: [NHBirds] travel spotting scope
Forgot to mention in my previous posting that I also have a terrific little Opticron 50 ED spotting scope for sale with the 12-36x SDLv2 lens. Terrific condition. Hardly takes up any space in your carry-on. $500. Contact me at <hg2...> <mailto:<hg2...>

Hector Galbraith, PhD
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Date: 12/26/17 11:28 am
From: Martha Wilson <quilter.martha...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Snowy owl
There is a Snowy Owl currently at Rye Harbor SP. it’s on the point on the
rocks (its low tide).

Martha Wilson
Dover

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Date: 12/26/17 6:58 am
From: Hank Chary <hankchary...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Cowbird
Male Brown-headed Cowbird on the feeder this morning.


Hank Chary

Newmarket

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Date: 12/26/17 1:10 am
From: hector galbraith <hg2...>
Subject: [NHBirds] For sale: Swarovski Swarovision binoculars
I am posting this with permission of the Moderator Steve Mirick: for sale, a pair of Swarovski Swarovision 10x32 binoculars (the sand-colored version). These are in mint condition and not used much. Optically, they are a match, I believe, for the much heavier and larger 10x42 swaros. Price new would be about $2,400. I will part with them for $1,600. The package includes the case, rain guard, and neckstrap. If interested, contact me at <hg2...> <mailto:<hg2...>

Hector Galbraith, PhD
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Date: 12/25/17 8:57 pm
From: Mik Oyler <oylermik...>
Subject: [NHBirds] North Conway Sapsucker
Yesterday afternoon, we had a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in our backyard in
North Conway. It did not return today.

Mik Oyler

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Date: 12/25/17 8:22 pm
From: Mark Suomala <mrsuomala...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, December 25, 2017
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 25th,
2017. \\



A WESTERN TANAGER continues to be seen at a private residence in Dover, and
was last reported on December 24th. There is no public access.



A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE continues to be seen near Stark Landing on the
Merrimack River in Manchester and was last reported on December 20th.



2 RAZORBILLS were seen on the Piscataqua River in New Castle on December
20th.



A SNOWY OWL was seen in Keene near the back of Kohl’s on December 19th, but
has not been reported since then. A SNOWY OWL was discovered at the Lebanon
Airport on December 18th, and was last reported on December 24th. 2 or 3
SNOWY OWLS were reported from the coast in Rye and North Hampton during the
past week.



A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen just north of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on
December 24th.



A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was discovered at the Seabrook Wastewater
Treatment Plant on December 2nd and was last reported there on the 19th.



An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was discovered earlier this month in pine trees at
the Beach Plum restaurant located opposite North Hampton State Beach, and
was last reported on December 24th.



A CAPE MAY WARBLER was discovered in a pine tree at Bicentennial Park in
Hampton on December 1st, and was last reported on the 25th.



A YELLOW WARBLER was discovered in cedar trees north of Bicentennial Park in
Hampton on December 1st, and was last reported on the 25th.



A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER continues to be seen outside the Errol Library, and
was last reported on December 24th. Another YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was
reported from the hydroelectric station in Gorham on the 24th.



A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was discovered in pines at the intersection of
Central Road and Route 1A in Rye on November 26th, and was last reported on
December 25th. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET also continues to be seen here and was
last reported on the 21st.



Up to 4 AMERICAN PIPITS were reported from the coast during the past week.



An EASTERN TOWHEE continues to be seen at a private residence in Wilton and
was last reported on December 24th.



A FOX SPARROW was seen in Concord on December 21st.



Single YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were seen in Sutton, Antrim, Hancock,
Northwood, and Nottingham during the past week.



22 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in fields on Barnett Hill in Walpole on December
20th, and 30 HORNED LARKS were seen at Pinnacleview Equipment in Walpole on
the 21st.



A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Hampton on December 24th, and 1 was seen in
Nashua on the 18th.



A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Etna on December 22nd, and a RED-SHOULDERED
HAWK was seen in Durham on the 21st.



A male WOOD DUCK was seen on the ice below the Lakeport Dam in Laconia on
December 19th.



A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen on the Powwow River in Kingston on December
20th.



The Christmas Bird Count takes place every year in designated areas called
“count circles”. These circles are 15 miles in diameter and stay the same
from year to year. International in scope, the Christmas Bird Count is
organized and compiled by the National Audubon Society, who coordinates all
count circles so they don’t overlap.



There are 21 counts in New Hampshire, and participation is open to all
interested birders, from beginners to experts. Many count circles are
coordinated by NH Audubon Chapters. Each count circle is surveyed on its own
particular day, between December 14 and January 5. Teams go outside and
survey sections of the count circle, but there are also feeder watchers
within the circle who tally the birds in their backyards.



A list of the state’s Christmas Bird Counts and who to contact if you are
interested in participating can be found at this link:
http://nhbirdrecords.org/new-hampshire-birding-resources/new-hampshire-christmas-bird-count/



This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and
press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any
interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the
recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail at:
<birdsetc...> Please put either "bird sighting" or "Rare Bird
Alert" in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and
phone number. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon
web site, www.nhaudubon.org


Thanks very much and good birding.

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Date: 12/25/17 1:30 pm
From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Christmas Ornaments on the coast (Cape May and Yellow Warblers & Gnatcatcher)
Jane and I got out after the Christmas snow storm (about 4" to 6" on the
coast) and got the above birds again.  The Cape May was "glued" to the
bottom of the pine tree, foraging around in the snow and in the bark
near the base of the tree.  It appeared to be getting some bugs from the
bark.  The Yellow Warbler was a bit more active, but was still mostly
working around the base of the junipers, but was also seen near the
rocks along the shoreline.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevemirick/

We PUT UP SUET at Bicentennial Park.   We smeared suet into the bark
near the base of the pine and put up a suet basket on a low branch in
the pine.  And we put up another suet basket in the junipers.  It may
not work, but hopefully they go for it.  It will be difficult for them
over the next few weeks with long cold nights and short days to find food.

The Gnatcatcher continues at the "Spotted Towhee" spot.  Took a bit more
to find it for us, but it seems to be loosely hanging out with some
chickadees and a lingering Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  WE PUT UP A FEEDER
here.  No suet, but some a medley of hulled seeds and peanuts.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Merry Christmas
Bradford, MA

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Date: 12/24/17 2:25 pm
From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Continuing vigil (Cape May, Yellow, Orange-crowned Warblers and BG Gnatcatcher)
The wayward warblers and gnatcatcher CONTINUE on the coast (not at
feeders!) despite the snow and ice storm of the last couple of days. 
More snow tomorrow followed by a week or two of BITTER COLD could be the
end for these poor little creatures.  But we can hope that they make it
through!!

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER - Continues in pine at corner of Central Road and
Rt. 1A in Rye.

CAPE MAY WARBLER - Continues in pine tree at Bicentennial Park in
Hampton.  Actually in cedars when we first saw it, but it flew to pine.

YELLOW WARBLER - Continues in cedar trees at Bicentennial Park in Hampton.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER - We've missed this recently, but it reappeared
this afternoon.  Bright individual, possibly of western subspecies. 
High in pines at Beach Plum opposite North Hampton State Beach.

YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER - 0.  We could NOT FIND it late this afternoon
at the Seabrook WTP.  Despite over a half hour of searching.  Could
still be around, but couldn't find it today.

Also, of more mundane nature:

Snowy Owl - 2 or 3.  Two together out on Rye Ledge.  Away from
photographers.

American Pipit - 1 at Bicentennial Park.

Peregrine Falcon - 1 perched on Hampton harbor bridge.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Date: 12/24/17 1:23 pm
From: Sue McGrath <newburyportbirders...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Plum Island - Parker River NWR - GATES REMAIN CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS








Holiday Greetings Birders,

Below is a message from the Parker River NWR Staff regarding access on
Christmas Day.

Good birding,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport

Due to road conditions and the upcoming storm the Refuge will remain
CLOSED on Christmas Day.
It will remain closed until sometime on Tues. when the roads can be cleared.

Jean Adams
Parker River NWR
6 Plum Island Tpk
Newburyport , MA 01950

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Date: 12/24/17 10:54 am
From: Jon Woolf <jsw...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Snowy Owl in Rye
There's a Snowy Owl perched atop one of the warning sirens on Rte 1A just south of Odiorne Point.

Other sightings of interest: Horned Larks, various sea ducks, and 7 Canada Geese resting on the ocean, in the first cove south of Odiorne Point.

-- Jon Woolf
Manchester, NH

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