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29 Mar Re: Re: GGOW Viewing Behavior [Samantha Bettencourt ]
29 Mar Re: Re: GGOW Viewing Behavior [T McIntire ]
28 Mar Siskins and Snow Geese [Joshua Jarvis ]
28 Mar Re: GGOW Viewing Behavior [Miranda Hunt ]
28 Mar Bluebirds, Hooded Mergs, Common Mergs, Newport [Fred Sladen ]
28 Mar Keene Snow Geese ["'W' via NHBirds" ]
28 Mar Drake & Hen Northern Pintail - South Marsh, Concord: NOW. [David Lipsy ]
28 Mar 4 pair wood ducks New Boston [gerry coffey ]
28 Mar Bird viewing behavior [Cliff Otto ]
28 Mar Pair of Bluebirds, Chichester ["'Cindy Reid' via NHBirds" ]
28 Mar NHBIRDS Horseshoe Pond Merrimack [Donna Carkin ]
28 Mar Re: Re: GGOW Viewing Behavior [David Lipsy ]
28 Mar Exeter area birds ["Aaronian, Richard S." ]
28 Mar RE: Chapman's Landing 3/28 [Christian Martin ]
28 Mar RE: Re: GGOW Viewing Behavior [srstandley ]
28 Mar Hinsdale Hirundine [Hector Galbraith ]
28 Mar Re: GGOW Viewing Behavior [Marcella Seiler ]
28 Mar Lake Massabesic ["chris gagnon" ]
28 Mar Goldfinch in nuptials, Lee [Catherine Fisher ]
28 Mar Northern mockingbirds Derry [Fran Keenan ]
28 Mar GGOW Viewing Behavior [T McIntire ]
28 Mar Chapman's Landing 3/28 [Jon Woolf ]
28 Mar Red winged blackbirds, New Hampton [Christine Perron ]
27 Mar North Conway Bohemian Waxwings [Mik Oyler ]
27 Mar Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, March 27, 2017 ["Mark Suomala" ]
27 Mar GGOW - YES []
27 Mar Seacoast Salamander Brigade Seeks Site [Catherine Fisher ]
27 Mar Lyme Wild Turkeys Monday Morning ["'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" ]
27 Mar Birds of New Hampshire discount [birdrecords ]
27 Mar Bald eagles [Toni Taylor ]
25 Mar Nashua/Hollis birds [JM Maher ]
19 Mar Pine Warbler [srstandley ]
18 Mar GGOW - No (so far) []
27 Feb Salem highlights / local hawks return to Plaistow [Kyle Wilmarth ]
26 Feb Hairy wp ["Kathy Dube" ]
26 Feb Shrike, TV in Plymouth [Iain Macleod ]
26 Feb Re: Canada geese returning - Durham ["'Molly Jacobson' via NHBirds" ]
26 Feb Canada geese returning - Durham ["'Molly Jacobson' via NHBirds" ]
26 Feb Evening Grosbeaks - Cornish []
26 Feb Owl harassment article and suggestions [birdrecords ]
26 Feb FOY Redwing blackbird flock Franconia [Ginny Jeffryes ]
25 Feb New Yard Bird [Bob Crowley ]
25 Feb More very early spring arrivals in seacoast area (ducks, killdeers, blackbirds) [Steve Mirick ]
25 Feb Lakes Region - more early arrivals [Ken Klapper ]
25 Feb Winter Finch Trip ["Kathy Dube" ]
25 Feb Windham Mergansers [Dan Fallon ]
25 Feb Woodcock Derry [Paul Dionne ]
25 Feb Red-winged Blackbirds - minor correction [Steve Mirick ]
25 Feb House Finch FOY Exeter [Samuel Lewis ]
25 Feb Catbird, Killdeer, blackbirds, and ducks - CT River ["'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" ]
25 Feb New Yard Bird [Bob Crowley ]
25 Feb Coast highlights [Rebecca Suomala ]
25 Feb This AM FOY TVs PENACOOK [Debbie ]
25 Feb TVs in Durham ["Dorsey, Kurk" ]
25 Feb woodcock in Newton [Evelyn Nathan ]
25 Feb Re: Winter Finch Trip [Jon Woolf ]
25 Feb First of the year that I have observed ["Cook Anderson" ]
25 Feb FOY TUVU - Concord. [David Lipsy ]
25 Feb pileated wp ["Kathy Dube" ]
25 Feb Black-backed Woodpeckers at Mud Pond in Jefferson [David Govatski ]
25 Feb Bowing a in New London [Fred Sladen ]
25 Feb Dealing With the Faulty ABA Software - Put URLs on a Separate Line With NO Punctuation [Alfred Maley ]
24 Feb Spring! [Steve Mirick ]
24 Feb Red-winged Blackbirds Elmbrook [Donna Ellis ]
24 Feb Sunapee Spring Arrivals []
24 Feb Red-winged Blackbirds, Sandwich [Ken Klapper ]
24 Feb Seacoast Chapter Winter Finch Trip - Tomorrow [Benjamin Griffith ]
24 Feb Black-backed Woodpeckers in Jefferson [David Govatski Gmail ]
24 Feb Gray Jays ["John & Cheryl Keator" ]
24 Feb Kendall Station Red-winged Blackbirds Friday Morning ["'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" ]
24 Feb killdeer rye nh [DEBRA M POWERS ]
24 Feb Re: Rye Harbor NH ID Please ( sorry very poor quality very foggy this am) [Christine Sheridan ]
24 Feb Hooksett--5 TV's in kettle @ noon [ROBERT SWEET ]
24 Feb Rye Harbor NH ID Please ( sorry very poor quality very foggy this am) [DEBRA M POWERS ]
24 Feb Townsend's Solitaire -- more PHOTOS ["Jim Block" ]
24 Feb Fish Crows and Ring-necked Duck in Kingston [Scott Heron ]

Subject: Re: Re: GGOW Viewing Behavior
From: Samantha Bettencourt <sebettencourt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:48:17 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks for posting this - powerful and sad article and has a lot of truth 
for those of us who try to be respectful and stay a safe distance but ask 
"what if"

On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 6:11:02 AM UTC-4, T McIntire wrote:
>
> Excellent article on my fears for this owl and all wildlife. We make too 
> many assumptions that we are not affecting them.
>
>
> 
http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/tips-techniques/wildlife-techniques/search-great-gray-owl/#.WNnYwQJOCi4.mailto 

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Subject: Re: Re: GGOW Viewing Behavior
From: T McIntire <mcintire.t AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 03:11:02 -0700 (PDT)
Excellent article on my fears for this owl and all wildlife. We make too many 
assumptions that we are not affecting them. 



http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/tips-techniques/wildlife-techniques/search-great-gray-owl/#.WNnYwQJOCi4.mailto 


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Subject: Siskins and Snow Geese
From: Joshua Jarvis <menasor77 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:02:08 -0400
Today I saw two pine siskins at my feeders in Richmond.

In Swanzey by the Richmond border their was a Red Tailed Hawk on the wires.

At Krif road on Keene their were 30 snow geese, a couple pairs of mallards,
and plenty of Killdeer (first of year).

On Sunday I went to Hinsdale and saw my first Gadwall (two pairs), as well
as plenty of merganser (both hooded and common), Ring necked ducks, Canada
Geese, and a couple common goldeneye.

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Subject: Re: GGOW Viewing Behavior
From: Miranda Hunt <miranda AT buffalomountaincoop.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:05:39 -0700 (PDT)
I have yet to see the owl, but it seems like crowds of 100 birders(which I 
have heard are real) at a time alone would overwhelm the owl. Please keep 
proper distance, if it flies towards you maybe it is telling you to move 
away!

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 8:54:38 AM UTC-4, T McIntire wrote:
>
> I have been absolutely horrified and saddened by the behavior occurring 
> around this special owl.  I have been witness (driving by) large groups of 
> people nearly encircling the owl and FAR too close (on route 10).  People 
> are clearly NOT practicing the ethics set forth by the ABA.    Though the 
> Audubon Snowy Owl guidelines suggest a minimum 100 foot distance, this does 
> not take into account more than ONE person or a group or people that 
> stretch in all directions.  How are we to know we are not interfering with 
> the owls hunting behavior?  How are we to know we are not stressing the 
> owl?   My family told me they saw people nearly standing next to the owl 
> when it landed on a road marker next to route 10.  Not only is that far too 
> close, it is putting the owl in danger by adding to the chances of flushing 
> the owl into a very busy road.  Unacceptable.  
> I personally viewed the owl on Friday morning and set up my scope on Camel 
> Hump road so I could safely view the owl (on the south side of route 10) 
> from a distance without risk of disturbance OR drawing attention on such a 
> dangerous road.
>
> I hope that people will give that poor owl a break.  I hope it leaves soon 
> and returns to the boreal forests of Canada.  In the mean time educate 
> others and if it does persist, I hope people and especially photographers 
> obsessed with getting the 'money' shot, will restrain themselves.  This is 
> why we are equipped with an arsenal of camera lenses, scopes and 
> binoculars....to enjoy nature from a distance.  
>

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Subject: Bluebirds, Hooded Mergs, Common Mergs, Newport
From: Fred Sladen <fwsladen AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:39:26 -0400
Today, around 1pm, 4 bluebirds along Rte 10 north of the Newport 
airport. Also, two male and one female hooded mergansers, and two male 
common mergansers in the Sugar River just west of LaValley Building 
Supply on Rte 11/103.

Since Feb 24th, there have been up to 24 American tree sparrows at my 
feeders in Bradford, 18 today.

Fred Sladen

Bradford

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Subject: Keene Snow Geese
From: "'W' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:18:46 -0400
    
There are 33 snow geese in the cornfields at Krif Road right now.


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Subject: Drake & Hen Northern Pintail - South Marsh, Concord: NOW.
From: David Lipsy <dlipsy AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:59:36 -0400
Currently at Overwatch behind Gary's service. 

If you come, please be very careful of all vehicles.   Birders do have 
permission to be here.  


Also present:

2 Mallard
4 Hoodie
2 Great Blue Heron
And usual  changing compliment of RWBL's & COGR's

David Lipsy
Concord, NH


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Subject: 4 pair wood ducks New Boston
From: gerry coffey <gerrycoffey123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:25:11 -0400
​There were 4 pair of Wood Duck in the wetland along rte 13 in New Boston.
The wetland was 80% ice. I watched the ducks walk along selections of ice
to get the next opening... ​

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Subject: Bird viewing behavior
From: Cliff Otto <bye.bye.nh.birdy AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:01:12 -0400
As one who was seen thousands of birds banded after they have been
entrapped in mist nets, I have a much different outlook on bird/human
interaction.

Birds can get so entangled that the bander must cut the net away to get the
bird free. Once they have been freed they are put into cotton bags until
they can be taken to the work area where their species, sex, and age are
determined, along with breeding condition, body fat, feather condition and
molt. The identification of some species (esp. flycatchers) involves
measurement and comparison of various feather lengths to one another. Sex,
breeding condition, and body fat is usually determined by visual inspection
by blowing on the belly feathers to spread them apart. The birds will be
weighed, usually after putting them in a container such as a film canister
(sometimes head down). A metal band will be attached to the bird's leg.
I've seen birds have ticks removed; one that had a wooden splint applied to
its leg.

How do the birds behave during all this? Some with complete complacency
(this could be attributable to tiredness from its migration but I've seen
birds get caught in the mist net three times in the same day). Some are
rather feisty: Cardinals love to bite. Some fly to the nearest branch and
just sit, perhaps to preen its maladjusted feathers; others might just lie
on their back in the bander's hand until they are tossed in the air.

But in the several years that spent photographing passerine banding and
helping out when it was very busy, I saw only one bird die at the banding
table.

People have a tendency to anthropomorphize: poor little bird, terrible
great big human. What is more dangerous to birds are cats roaming the
countryside, motor vehicles, people with guns.

There is no need to deliberately try to antagonize a bird. If you get too
close to a small one, it will fly away; if you get too close to something
like a Great Gray Owl, it will probably assume an aggressive posture and if
that doesn't work it will probably fly away. I can tell you this, though,
I'd rather the owl flew away than attack me.

Clifford Otto
Manchester

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Subject: Pair of Bluebirds, Chichester
From: "'Cindy Reid' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:54:11 +0000 (UTC)
Very excited to see this pair on a suet feeder around 4. I know they have 
showed up many places, but these are the first I have EVER seen in my yard!  


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Subject: NHBIRDS Horseshoe Pond Merrimack
From: Donna Carkin <dcarkin1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:33:02 -0400
Finally made it to Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack (boat ramp) today at 12:15p.

Mute Swan (1)
Great Blue Heron (1 flying over)
Norther Shoveler male (2)
Ringed-Neck flock counted 27 males.

When I first arrived (from a distance) I thought the flock might be
Hooded Mergansers or Lesser Scaup but then I saw the white ring around
the bill.

Happy Birding,
    Donna

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Subject: Re: Re: GGOW Viewing Behavior
From: David Lipsy <dlipsy AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:13:30 -0400
I’d like to throw in my observations on human interaction with this GGOW.

I agree that we should keep our distance… use our long lenses and allow the 
Owl to hunt. 


I want to mention that while viewing this amazing creature, standing a good 
distance away, the Owl on many occasions flew to within 20 feet or even closer 
to the wide arc of viewers; birders, birder/photogs and photogs. The Owl did 
it’s wild face first plunge into the grass and snow, and came up with a Vole. 
There were numerous instances of this during my 4 days with this bird. It is a 
very successful hunter as many have documented. Not every plunge was 
successful, but I have to assume that is normal. My observations give it 
approximately a 75% success rate. 

The Owl, unquestionably could have cared less about the herd of ‘animals’ 
it was sharing the field with. On a couple of occasions, sitting right there in 
front of the group, it tossed the vole upwards and swallowed it. Other times it 
came up with it’s prey looked around and flew up to it’s next hunting spot, 
swallowing it’s treat once settled. 


I also believe this bird to be curious. The fact that on many occasions it came 
over and landed on lenses and tripods as well as peoples heads, leads me to 
believe it is wondering what we are and why we are there. 


My point is, quite often, the GGOW is responsible for these close encounters… 
not the viewer. Yes, there were times that some ignored the ABA code… though 
I suspect most of these people are not on this list, nor even know what the ABA 
is. 


As a birder/photog… (please note that ‘birder' is listed first), I want to 
make sure to mention that not all photographers are willing to encroach on 
their subject just to get that ‘money shot’… but when it fly’s right at 
you… we of course take the shot. Please don’t assume that an image showing 
a face full of GGOW was due to that photog walking up to within 20 feet of the 
perched Owl. 


Thank you,
David

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> On Mar 28, 2017, at 11:28 AM, srstandley  wrote:
> 
> I am more concerned with the general public's reaction to the birders.
> Trespassing, creating traffic issues, littering, noise, etc. can certainly be 
avoided. 

> The bird will let you know if you're too close, or pressuring it. It will 
simply fly away!!! 

> Try walking up to a wild duck...
> 
> 
> 
> Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 6.
> 
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Marcella Seiler 
> Date: 3/28/17 11:05 AM (GMT-05:00)
> To: NHBirds 
> Subject: [NHBirds] Re: GGOW Viewing Behavior
> 
> I agree with what you are saying But I was there one Sunday and you can be a 
good distance away from it and it can Fly close to you and you have no control 
over that. So yes those people might have been right next to it, without Trying 
to be. On that Sunday ALL backed up quickly.. I also believe that most people 
are very respectful of the owl. 

> 
> On Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 8:54:38 AM UTC-4, T McIntire wrote:
> I have been absolutely horrified and saddened by the behavior occurring 
around this special owl. I have been witness (driving by) large groups of 
people nearly encircling the owl and FAR too close (on route 10). People are 
clearly NOT practicing the ethics set forth by the ABA. Though the Audubon 
Snowy Owl guidelines suggest a minimum 100 foot distance, this does not take 
into account more than ONE person or a group or people that stretch in all 
directions. How are we to know we are not interfering with the owls hunting 
behavior? How are we to know we are not stressing the owl? My family told me 
they saw people nearly standing next to the owl when it landed on a road marker 
next to route 10. Not only is that far too close, it is putting the owl in 
danger by adding to the chances of flushing the owl into a very busy road. 
Unacceptable. 

> I personally viewed the owl on Friday morning and set up my scope on Camel 
Hump road so I could safely view the owl (on the south side of route 10) from a 
distance without risk of disturbance OR drawing attention on such a dangerous 
road. 

> I hope that people will give that poor owl a break. I hope it leaves soon and 
returns to the boreal forests of Canada. In the mean time educate others and if 
it does persist, I hope people and especially photographers obsessed with 
getting the 'money' shot, will restrain themselves. This is why we are equipped 
with an arsenal of camera lenses, scopes and binoculars....to enjoy nature from 
a distance. 

> 
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Subject: Exeter area birds
From: "Aaronian, Richard S." <raaronian AT exeter.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:53:57 +0000
Some notables seen on my Ornithology class field trip this morning in Exeter:

Bald Eagle, juv (2nd yr?) flew across Squamscott River and perched in a 
hardwood 


C. Merganser - still present in river

Fox Sparrow - perched on top of a tree on Kimball Rd (FOY) - perhaps there bc 
of a cat roaming area under feeders 


Rich Aaronian
Chris Matlack

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Subject: RE: Chapman's Landing 3/28
From: Christian Martin <cmartin AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:46:20 +0000
The Chapman's Landing (aka Squamscott River) Osprey nest site has a nearly 
quarter-century history, extending back to 1993 when the 2nd confirmed Osprey 
pair on the NH Seacoast built a nest on the cross-arms of a utility pole there. 
Shortly thereafter, NHA biologist Diane DeLuca and volunteer Dick Hughes worked 
with Dick Dumore and others at PSNH to install a second lower set of cross-arms 
to increase the clearance between nest and the energized lines to minimize the 
electrocution risk. In January 2009, PSNH (now Eversource) replaced the aging 
poles as part of a transmission line upgrade, and I worked with Jim Mayo and 
others to install one extra-tall pole to support a new nesting platform. Since 
1993, this nest site has fledged at least 40 young and succeeded in 21 of 24 
nesting seasons. Based on NH Audubon's records, this is the first NH instance 
of Bald Eagles actually incubating eggs in a former Osprey nest. I suspect it 
will not be the last instance. 


- Chris Martin, NH Audubon

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Subject: [NHBirds] Chapman's Landing 3/28

I guess we have to start calling it "the eagle nest at Chapman's Landing," 
because there's an eagle up there this morning too. Looks like they're here to 
stay. 


Other sightings include a number of Mallards and Black Ducks in the marshes, 
and at least 2 male Green-winged Teal with them. 


-- Jon Woolf
Manchester NH

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Subject: RE: Re: GGOW Viewing Behavior
From: srstandley <srstandley AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:28:56 -0400
I am more concerned with the general public's reaction to the 
birders.Trespassing, creating traffic issues, littering, noise, etc. can 
certainly be avoided.The bird will let you know if you're too close, or 
pressuring it. It will simply fly away!!!Try walking up to a wild duck... 



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 Date: 3/28/17 11:05 AM (GMT-05:00) To: NHBirds 
 Subject: [NHBirds] Re: GGOW Viewing Behavior 

I agree with what you are saying But I was there one Sunday and you can be a 
good distance away from it and it can Fly close to you and you have no control 
over that.  So yes those people might have been right next to it, without 
Trying to be.  On that Sunday ALL backed up quickly..  I also believe that 
most people are very respectful of the owl.  


On Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 8:54:38 AM UTC-4, T McIntire wrote:I have been 
absolutely horrified and saddened by the behavior occurring around this special 
owl.  I have been witness (driving by) large groups of people nearly 
encircling the owl and FAR too close (on route 10).  People are clearly NOT 
practicing the ethics set forth by the ABA.    Though the Audubon Snowy Owl 
guidelines suggest a minimum 100 foot distance, this does not take into account 
more than ONE person or a group or people that stretch in all directions.  How 
are we to know we are not interfering with the owls hunting behavior?  How are 
we to know we are not stressing the owl?   My family told me they saw people 
nearly standing next to the owl when it landed on a road marker next to route 
10.  Not only is that far too close, it is putting the owl in danger by adding 
to the chances of flushing the owl into a very busy road.  Unacceptable.   

I personally viewed the owl on Friday morning and set up my scope on Camel Hump 
road so I could safely view the owl (on the south side of route 10) from a 
distance without risk of disturbance OR drawing attention on such a dangerous 
road.I hope that people will give that poor owl a break.  I hope it leaves 
soon and returns to the boreal forests of Canada.  In the mean time educate 
others and if it does persist, I hope people and especially photographers 
obsessed with getting the 'money' shot, will restrain themselves.  This is why 
we are equipped with an arsenal of camera lenses, scopes and binoculars....to 
enjoy nature from a distance.   





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Subject: Hinsdale Hirundine
From: Hector Galbraith <hg2 AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:18:15 -0400
This morning at Hinsdale Setbacks there was a tree swallow skimming over the 
water surface - the first of the hirundines! 


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Subject: Re: GGOW Viewing Behavior
From: Marcella Seiler <marcella.j.seiler AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:05:24 -0700 (PDT)
I agree with what you are saying But I was there one Sunday and you can be 
a good distance away from it and it can Fly close to you and you have no 
control over that.  So yes those people might have been right next to it, 
without Trying to be.  On that Sunday ALL backed up quickly..  I also 
believe that most people are very respectful of the owl.  

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 8:54:38 AM UTC-4, T McIntire wrote:
>
> I have been absolutely horrified and saddened by the behavior occurring 
> around this special owl.  I have been witness (driving by) large groups of 
> people nearly encircling the owl and FAR too close (on route 10).  People 
> are clearly NOT practicing the ethics set forth by the ABA.    Though the 
> Audubon Snowy Owl guidelines suggest a minimum 100 foot distance, this does 
> not take into account more than ONE person or a group or people that 
> stretch in all directions.  How are we to know we are not interfering with 
> the owls hunting behavior?  How are we to know we are not stressing the 
> owl?   My family told me they saw people nearly standing next to the owl 
> when it landed on a road marker next to route 10.  Not only is that far too 
> close, it is putting the owl in danger by adding to the chances of flushing 
> the owl into a very busy road.  Unacceptable.  
> I personally viewed the owl on Friday morning and set up my scope on Camel 
> Hump road so I could safely view the owl (on the south side of route 10) 
> from a distance without risk of disturbance OR drawing attention on such a 
> dangerous road.
>
> I hope that people will give that poor owl a break.  I hope it leaves soon 
> and returns to the boreal forests of Canada.  In the mean time educate 
> others and if it does persist, I hope people and especially photographers 
> obsessed with getting the 'money' shot, will restrain themselves.  This is 
> why we are equipped with an arsenal of camera lenses, scopes and 
> binoculars....to enjoy nature from a distance.  
>

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Subject: Lake Massabesic
From: "chris gagnon" <cgagnon AT sau53.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:54:14 -0400
About 3 weeks ago I went to Lake Massabesic in Auburn and about 70% of the lake 
was open water. This weekend I found the lake is nearly 100% iced over. I was 
able to find some open water in Auburn near the Auburn Village School where an 
inlet flows into the lake. There I found 3 pairs of wood ducks, mallards and a 
couple hooded mergansers. 

 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/138601499 AT N02/33668239045/in/dateposted-public/
 
-chris gagnon
Hooksett, NH

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Subject: Goldfinch in nuptials, Lee
From: Catherine Fisher <catherineckx AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:32:48 -0400
Save for a few, thin olive streaks on his back, we had a goldfinch in full
breeding plumage here yesterday.

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Subject: Northern mockingbirds Derry
From: Fran Keenan <fhkeenan AT mac.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:07:55 -0400
    
FOY mockingbirds at our feeder in Derry this morning. Yesterday afternoon, my 
husband saw a FOY great blue heron and killdeer at Hoodcroft Country Club (golf 
course). 

Fran Keenan


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        Blake Allison : Mar 27 07:30PM
      
      


 Looked out my kitchen window around 10:30 and discovered 16 wild turkeys 
foraging in the snow beneath our feeders. Blake Allison 


Lyme, NH 03768-3322


      
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      The Birds of New Hampshire now available at a discounted price!

The publisher has reduced the price of this valuable resource to just $5.00. 
The Birds of New Hampshire by Allan Keith and Robert Fox 

      
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 Two bald eagles are inhabiting the osprey nest seen from chapman's landing, 


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 On Saturday, I checked the Fort Eddy boat launch in Concord, by the NH Tech. 


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      A late posting:

 

On Friday, 3/24, Phil Brown spotted a flock of about 70 Bohemian Waxwings at

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      Today at 4:12 pm, an adult bald eagle was seen on the ground in a field 

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      About 35 Bohemian Waxwings along Krif Rd, Keene on Sunday AM, March 26.

 

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      Just had a GBH investigate what little open water there is between the RR

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Subject: GGOW Viewing Behavior
From: T McIntire <mcintire.t AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:54:38 -0700 (PDT)
I have been absolutely horrified and saddened by the behavior occurring around 
this special owl. I have been witness (driving by) large groups of people 
nearly encircling the owl and FAR too close (on route 10). People are clearly 
NOT practicing the ethics set forth by the ABA. Though the Audubon Snowy Owl 
guidelines suggest a minimum 100 foot distance, this does not take into account 
more than ONE person or a group or people that stretch in all directions. How 
are we to know we are not interfering with the owls hunting behavior? How are 
we to know we are not stressing the owl? My family told me they saw people 
nearly standing next to the owl when it landed on a road marker next to route 
10. Not only is that far too close, it is putting the owl in danger by adding 
to the chances of flushing the owl into a very busy road. Unacceptable. 

I personally viewed the owl on Friday morning and set up my scope on Camel Hump 
road so I could safely view the owl (on the south side of route 10) from a 
distance without risk of disturbance OR drawing attention on such a dangerous 
road. 


I hope that people will give that poor owl a break. I hope it leaves soon and 
returns to the boreal forests of Canada. In the mean time educate others and if 
it does persist, I hope people and especially photographers obsessed with 
getting the 'money' shot, will restrain themselves. This is why we are equipped 
with an arsenal of camera lenses, scopes and binoculars....to enjoy nature from 
a distance. 


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Subject: Chapman's Landing 3/28
From: Jon Woolf <jsw AT jwoolfden.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:11:25 -0400
I guess we have to start calling it "the eagle nest at Chapman's Landing," 
because there's an eagle up there this morning too. Looks like they're here to 
stay. 


Other sightings include a number of Mallards and Black Ducks in the marshes, 
and at least 2 male Green-winged Teal with them. 


-- Jon Woolf
Manchester NH

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Subject: Red winged blackbirds, New Hampton
From: Christine Perron <christineperron AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:52:27 -0700 (PDT)
A flock of over 100 birds was spotted in pine trees off Drake Road at 6pm last 
night. I watched for about 20 minutes, without binoculars. Appeared to be 
primarily RWBBs with an occasional robin. 


Christine Perron
New Hampton

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Subject: North Conway Bohemian Waxwings
From: Mik Oyler <oylermik AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:28:30 -0400
This evening there were 60+ Bohemian Waxwings along Kearsarge Rd. in North
Conway.

Mik Oyler
North Conway

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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, March 27, 2017
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:46:27 -0400
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 27th, 
2017.



A GREAT GRAY OWL was discovered in Newport on February 25th, was relocated 
on March 1st, and has been seen on almost every day since then. It was last 
reported on March 27th. To look for the bird, take Corbin Road off of Route 
10 to Haserlet Park near the Newport Airport, or look in fields along the 
west side of Route 10 between Corbin Road and Croydon Brook Road. The most 
reliable viewing time is late afternoon. When you park, be sure not to block 
driveways, park away from buildings, and respect privacy. Do not trespass on 
private land. Stay off the airport runway. Please do not approach the owl 
too closely, do not play recordings, and do not disturb it. For more about 
owl viewing etiquette, open this link (originally written to apply for Snowy 
Owls, but also applicable to Great Gray Owls):

http://www.nhaudubon.org/snowy-owl-viewing-observe-without-disturbing/



2 SNOWY OWLS were seen in Hampton Marsh on March 25th.



An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from a birdfeeder located 
behind a house in Epping on February 12th, and it has been seen nearly every 
day since then. It was last reported on March 21st.



2 BLACK VULTURES were seen in Westmoreland on March 21st.



A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen in Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on March 25th, 
and 1 was seen at Pitcher Mountain in Stoddard on the 26th.



A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Laconia on March 21st, 1 was seen in Hampton 
on the 25th, and 1 was seen in Dover on the 25th.



A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near Ash Brook Road in Keene on March 24th, and 1 
was seen along Route 10 in Newport on the 26th.



A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Hampton Harbor, and an ICELAND GULL was seen at 
the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, both on March 25th.



A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen at Sewalls Falls on the Merrimack River 
in Concord on March 23rd, and a female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen off of 
Great Boar’s Head in Hampton on March 25th.



A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, 2 SNOW GEESE, a CACKLING GOOSE, over 4,000 
CANADA GEESE, 10 GADWALL, 4 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and 7 
LESSER SCAUP were seen in the Connecticut River valley between Hinsdale and 
Charlestown on March 26th.



A flock of 35 SNOW GEESE was seen in a field in Hollis on March 25th.



3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and an AMERICAN WIGEON were seen at Horseshoe Pond in 
Merrimack on March 23rd, and 5 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen at Field’s Grove 
in Nashua on the 25th.



5 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen migrating along the coast, and 2 were seen on 
the Merrimack River in Boscawen, all on March 25th.



A NORTHERN PINTAIL and 20 LESSER SCAUP were seen at the Exeter Wastewater 
Treatment Plant on March 18th.



A “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen in coastal Hampton on March 25th.



BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: 20 in Sunapee on 
March 24th, 70 in Concord on the 24th, 75 in Laconia on the 25th, 30 in 
Center Sandwich on the 25th, 40 in Meredith on the 25th, and 35 on Krif Road 
in Keene on March 26th.



2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from Stoddard on March 26th.



A flock of 34 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen in Meredith on March 21st, and a flock 
of 18 was seen in Hampton on the 25th.



A flock of 26 HORNED LARKS was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on March 
24th, and a flock of 30 was seen in Durham on the 26th.



Several FISH CROWS were reported from Plaistow on March 22nd.



4 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast in Rye on March 24th.



A GREAT EGRET was seen along the coast on March 25th.



2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen in Dover on March 21st.



A FOX SPARROW was seen in Concord on March 21st, and a CHIPPING SPARROW was 
seen in Greenland on March 26th.



A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Swanzey on March 21st.



3 different YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were reported from 3 different 
counties during the past week.



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Subject: GGOW - YES
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:35:06 -0400
Sorry for not posting earlier, but the GREAT GRAY OWL is continuing in Newport 
today. My friend and I found it near where it's been seen along Route 10, but 
it was on private property and in an area that wouldn't allow mass viewing. I 
didn't post about this because of this situation. The surrounding residents who 
came out to join us in watching the bird were thankful for us not bringing a 
crowd to their homes. However, the owl should return to a public viewing area 
along Route 10 between Corbin and Croydon Brook Road soon enough. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Seacoast Salamander Brigade Seeks Site
From: Catherine Fisher <catherineckx AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:08:05 -0400
With permission from the moderator.

A group who has trained for assisting salamanders in crossing busy roadways
during big nights is looking for a site where their services would be a
help.  If anyone knows of a roadway where these herps are won't to traverse
during wet March/April nights, please contact me.  The vernal pools I
monitor are deep woods pools, so I wasn't able to help beyond offering to
pitch in. The group is looking for a location in the Seacoast area -
preferably Durham, Lee, or Madbury.


Catherine

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Subject: Lyme Wild Turkeys Monday Morning
From: "'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:30:01 +0000 (UTC)
Looked out my kitchen window around 10:30 and discovered 16 wild turkeys 
foraging in the snow beneath our feeders. Blake Allison 

Lyme, NH 03768-3322

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Subject: Birds of New Hampshire discount
From: birdrecords <birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:05:28 +0000
The Birds of New Hampshire now available at a discounted price!
The publisher has reduced the price of this valuable resource to just $5.00. 
The Birds of New Hampshire by Allan Keith and Robert Fox is a compilation of 
records of bird sightings within New Hampshire that provides information on the 
historic and dynamic world of bird distribution and abundance in the State. If 
you want to know when and where a bird species has been recorded in New 
Hampshire throughout history, this is the resource to have! It also provides 
details on the seasonality and peak numbers of each species. The authors would 
like to get this resource into the hands of birders everywhere. It is available 
for sale in the NH Audubon Nature Store in Concord (603-224-9909 x318) and on 
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Subject: Bald eagles
From: Toni Taylor <ttaylornh AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:43:38 -0700 (PDT)
Two bald eagles are inhabiting the osprey nest seen from chapman's landing, 
rte 108 in Newfields.  

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Subject: Nashua/Hollis birds
From: JM Maher <jeannemariemaher AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:13:54 -0400
Started out early with the cacophony of bird song, couldn’t stay home, lots 
of birds about, 

Highlights:
30 species in AM at Spine Road of Mine falls, nice variety with lots of 
wonderful song everywhere 


Field’s Grove: started with a great show of 12 Wild turkeys, : doesn’t seem 
the ol boy is impressing the ladies here.(see below) 

then 5 northern Shovelers!! (plus there are 3 more in Merrimack at Horseshoe 
Pond). this is very unusual for us. Anyone else seeing lots of shovelers? 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35430979 
, also have video of shovelers 
but not sure how to attach from Apple computer. 


then I headed home to clean the house, and later checked email.

??? Snow geese in Hollis next to Nashua? I headed out (but forgot my memory 
card), met up with Chris McPherson who found them, and got good looks only to 
return when the snow came in with the card in question… 


Here’s the reason they call them “snow geese”

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35431182 
 


So I was out and kept poking around, stopped the the DMV creek to check for 
ducks (it is all flooded and empty) But did see this Redtail imitating a 
Cormorant 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35422040 
 



Finally got home just about 5 pm, when I saw posting from Jenna Pettipas and 
Susan Wrisley…. Rough Legged Hawk, just up the street from the snow geese. 
Yup off again…. 


Got there in time to see the bird on perch then fly off, but despite a wait, 
did not come to an area that we could see it hunt again. No photos. (though I 
suspect Chris Sheridan and Chris McPherson did). remarkable for the frosting on 
the wingtips at it flew away.) 


This is what spring should be like! (and my husband thinks I stayed home from 
Jackson this week to get some work done) 



Jeanne-Marie Maher
Nashua NH


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Subject: Pine Warbler
From: srstandley <srstandley AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:18:54 -0400
Have had a Pine Warbler at my feeder since Friday, in Madbury.Scott Standley

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Subject: GGOW - No (so far)
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:11:08 -0400
I just scanned the field where Susan Wrisley and David Lipsy found the owl late 
last evening. Unfortunately there is no sign of it there or anywhere around 
there that's visible from Route 10. Good luck to anyone on the search. 


-Dylan Jackson 
Sunapee

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Subject: Salem highlights / local hawks return to Plaistow
From: Kyle Wilmarth <kyle.wilmarth AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:11:07 -0500
Back on the old stomping grounds for the week dog-sitting, Amanda and I
poked around Salem a bit this weekend and enjoyed time birding in the old
backyard!  With other stops at World End Pond and Hawkin's Farm among other
random spots, highlights included:

Wood Duck - 13, WEP
Ring-necked Duck - 29, WEP
Hooded Merganser - 5, WEP and Spicket River near Hawkins
Eastern Screech-owl - 1, backyard calling
Killdeer - 5 at Hawkin's Farm on Friday / 2 at fields along World End
Brook, behind Bullmoose.
Carolina Wren - 3
Fish Crows - 50+


Also of note, the pair of Red-shouldered Hawks next to our condo in
Plaistow have returned.  On Thursday morning one of the birds was calling
incessantly at 6:30am and later when we stopped by briefly on both Saturday
and Sunday there were 2 RSHA circling the adjacent wetlands together.

They are most often seen perched on a tall dead snag in some wetlands right
along Rt.108, just south of the plaza with the Dunkin' Donuts.  A photo
from last year of the pair on 'their' snag: https://flic.kr/p/MC7zsP


And I know the Red-headed Woodpecker in Epping may be old-hat by now but
Sunday AM at 8:20ish I was able to hear it several times and saw it briefly
in flight in the very back yard to a neighboring yard. Despite waiting for
another 30 minutes it did not make an appearance.


Amanda Altena & Kyle Wilmarth
Plaistow, NH

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Subject: Hairy wp
From: "Kathy Dube" <kdube AT ncia.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:39:14 -0500
add Hairy wp to Winter Finch trip list. Kathy

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Subject: Shrike, TV in Plymouth
From: Iain Macleod <pandiain.im AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:15:51 -0500
Today:
Northern Shrike -- 1 hunting along road next to Plymouth Family Practice
office.

Turkey Vulture -- 1 along Tenney Mountain Highway.

Peregrine Falcon -- Pair at their nesting cliff in Rumney.

Iain MacLeod
Ashland

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Subject: Re: Canada geese returning - Durham
From: "'Molly Jacobson' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:53:17 +0000 (UTC)
*worth NOTING ! Sorry for that typo. 

 On Sunday, February 26, 2017 3:26 PM, 'Molly Jacobson' via NHBirds 
 wrote: 

 

 Not a super exciting find but worth nothing I thought! I've been seeing Canada 
geese flying over the UNH campus in the hundreds the past couple weeks. Usually 
between 3-7pm and almost always headed northwest.  

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Subject: Canada geese returning - Durham
From: "'Molly Jacobson' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:13:52 +0000 (UTC)
Not a super exciting find but worth nothing I thought! I've been seeing Canada 
geese flying over the UNH campus in the hundreds the past couple weeks. Usually 
between 3-7pm and almost always headed northwest.  

-Molly JacobsonMerrimack

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Subject: Evening Grosbeaks - Cornish
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:02:36 -0500
This morning I finally ended my 15+ year streak of going without a 
photographable view of an EVENING GROSBEAK. An extremely welcoming couple 
allowed me to visit their home in Cornish to view this flock of up to around 50 
birds visiting their feeders that have been there for about a week now. A truly 
amazing sight to behold at incredible range. The following is a gallery of my 
best photos I took today: 

https://flickr.com/photos/103784740 AT N03/sets/72157678925205981
While the couple said they could be open to arranged visits from other birders, 
they asked me not to divulge the exact location publicly. 


Also visiting the feeders there were a handful of Red-winged Blackbirds and my 
FOY Brown-headed Cowbirds in the form of two males. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Owl harassment article and suggestions
From: birdrecords <birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:10:30 +0000
Everyone loves to see an owl but how do we do so responsibly? Reports of owl 
harassment last winter prompted New Hampshire Bird Records to address that 
question. We collected examples of owl harassment and discuss safe owl-viewing 
in an article in the Winter 2015-16 issue of New Hampshire Bird Records now 
available on the web at: 


http://nhbirdrecords.org/our-journal-new-hampshire-bird-records/current-issue-of-nh-bird-records/ 

Send the link to others who might want to know!

The Winter 2015-16 issue is a tribute to retiring Winter Season Editor, Pam 
Hunt. Subscribers can read her last season summary with all the highlights from 
last winter. You can also read about how much fun participants had in the 2016 
Superbowl of Birding, as well as a summary of the Christmas Bird Survey by 
David Deifik. Learn something new about trail cameras and birds in an article 
by Eric Aldrich. Have you wondered why you aren't seeing as many Evening 
Grosbeaks these days? Find out what we know about their decline. Local expert 
Chris McPherson (discoverer of the Redwing) describes where to bird in Hollis. 
Does the term "foot quivering" make you curious? See what Brenda Sens was able 
to find out about this odd behavior. And don't forget other enjoyable features 
such as the Photo Quiz, Field Notes, Photo Gallery, and an update by the NH 
Rare Birds Committee. 


For information on how to subscribe and read these articles:

http://nhbirdrecords.org/subscribe-and-support-nh-bird-records/subscribe-and-support-nh-bird-records/ 

or go directly to the on-line subscription page:

http://nh-audubon-nature-store.myshopify.com/collections/nh-bird-records-subscription/products/new-hampshire-bird-records-subscription 


Becky Suomala
New Hampshire Bird Records Editor
NH Audubon

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Subject: FOY Redwing blackbird flock Franconia
From: Ginny Jeffryes <drginnyjeff AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:48:19 +0000
Flock of 16 in my yard in Franconia this morning.

Earliest ever for me, in the 10 yrs I've tracked it. Last year was March 3, 
which had been my earliest. Previous years were between March 12 and March 29 
here. 




Ginny Jeffryes

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Subject: New Yard Bird
From: Bob Crowley <crbob AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:42:39 -0500
A new yard bird today. The hundred and one species observed in 32 years 
at this location. It was on the suet. Are you ready for this? It was an 
European Starling. Numbers are everything to listers, even immigrants.

Bob Crowley

Chatham, NH



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Subject: More very early spring arrivals in seacoast area (ducks, killdeers, blackbirds)
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:21:38 -0500
The remarkable weather has brought an onslaught of very early migrants.  
Some of the highest totals that I can ever remember for February.  
Widespread arrivals in southeastern NH of Killdeer, dabbling ducks and 
blackbirds.  A few select totals:

Rt. 108, Plaistow
----------------------
Killdeer - 1
Red-winged Blackbird - 20
Common Grackle - 10
Brown-headed Cowbird - 5

Powwow Pond area in Kingston (with Scott Heron and Betsy Green)
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Lesser Scaup - 2 (male and female)
Ring-necked Duck - 30
Hooded Merganser - 4

Bodwell Farm fields in East Kingston
-------------------------------------------------
Canada Goose - 159
Mallard - 50
American Black Duck - 9
Green-winged Teal - 14
Wood Duck - 4
Killdeer - 9
Eastern Bluebird - 5 (singing males heard at least 3 different locations 
today)
Red-winged Blackbird - 1,000+.  Incredible flock for February. Ballpark 
estimate of large mass of birds carpeting the wet grasses near the 
stream.  Difficult to estimate due to shifting movements and mix of 
Starlings.  Likely some cowbirds mixed in with this flock.
European Starling - 100+
Common Grackle - 50

Moore Fields in Durham
----------------------------------
Canada Goose - 320
Killdeer - 1
Red-winged Blackbird - 100
Common Grackle - 6
Brown-headed Cowbird - 3

Oyster River area (Durham and Jackson Landings)
------------------------------------------------------------------
Ring-necked Duck - 1
Hooded Merganser - 31
Common Merganser - 2
Red-breasted Merganser - 2

Chapman's Landing and Squamscott Road in Stratham
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Canada Goose - 885
Hooded Merganser - 19
Common Merganser - 14
Killdeer - 2
BALD EAGLE - 2 SITTING ON OSPREY NEST.  Male and female (by size). Both 
sub-adults.  They sat side by side on the nest for nearly 1.5 hours (we 
left and came back).  No significant behavior.  Perhaps they are just 
looking around, but it would be interesting to see if they attempt to 
take over the Osprey nest!

Depot Road in Stratham
-------------------------------
Red-winged Blackbird - 60
Common Grackle - 60
Brown-headed Cowbird - 20
European Startling - 20

Philbrick Marsh in North Hampton
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Northern Pintail - 6 (4 females and 2 males)
Green-winged Teal - 10 (including pair seen COPULATING!)

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Lakes Region - more early arrivals
From: Ken Klapper <kklapper AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:53:10 -0500
There were a few more arrivals today - not nearly as many birds as Steve
found at the seacoast, but then again, Spring (usually) arrives later up
here.

Canada Goose - 2 on the Squam River in Ashland
Wood Duck - 2 pairs at the flowage going into Squam Lake at Millbridge Rd
in Sandwich.
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1 female at the Squam Lakes Association HQ in
Holderness
Brown-headed Cowbird - 5 males behind Heath's Supermarket in Center Harbor
Red-winged Blackbird - at least 22 around the NH Audubon Thompson Sanctuary
in North Sandwich, and 20 behind Heath's

And at home in Sandwich - a FOY Eastern Chipmunk

Ken Klapper
Sandwich, NH

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Subject: Winter Finch Trip
From: "Kathy Dube" <kdube AT ncia.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:47:41 -0500
here are the results of the Winter Finch Trip sponsored by the Seacoast Chapter 
of NH 

12 participants
record high temperatures for our annual WFT
began in Gorham, ended in Wentworths Location

Ducks
common merganser
hooded merganser
common goldeneye

Grosbeaks
pine-just 3
evening 30, mostly males

Bohemian waxwings 100, up close and for 15 minutes, some landing on clean snow

Mourning doves

Black capped chickadees

goldfinch

Canada geese

Nuthatches
white breasted
red breasted

Bald eagle, about as close as one can get to an eagle, sat in a tree above us 
on E. Milan road, many photos taken 


house sparrows

crows

ravens

blue jays

downing wp

starlings


white winged crossbill, unfortunately not seen by all, 1 male in the middle of 
the road north of Errol 


Kathy Dube

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Subject: Windham Mergansers
From: Dan Fallon <fallon.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:46:24 -0500
There were five male Hooded Mergansers in the flooded area of Golden Brook
next to the intersection of Lowell Road and Golden Brook Drive at 4PM today.

Dan Fallon
Pelham, NH

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Subject: Woodcock Derry
From: Paul Dionne <gratefulpaul AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:07:28 -0500
Woodcock doing his courtship sky dance over our small meadow now!
Paul Dionne,
Derry 

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Subject: Red-winged Blackbirds - minor correction
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:33:41 -0500
I mistakenly forgot that on this same date in 2012, Jane and I and Jason 
had a huge flock of blackbirds in Greenland which included an estimated 
1,500 Red-winged Blackbirds, 500 Common Grackles, 100 Brown-headed 
Cowbirds, and A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD found by Jason.   So....these 
weren't my biggest flocks of blackbirds for February, but still pretty 
impressive.

Also, congratulations to Evy for getting a woodcock.  Get out to your 
fields and listen tonight for displaying birds.  I wouldn't be surprised 
if a few more are found in southern NH.

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Bradford, MA

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Subject: House Finch FOY Exeter
From: Samuel Lewis <samlewis100 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:53:41 -0500
Hi All,

Just saw my first house finch of the year. He was perched on a power line
on Charter Street singing quite leisurely. Hard to miss that little head
which looks like it has been dipped in Kool-Aid.

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Subject: Catbird, Killdeer, blackbirds, and ducks - CT River
From: "'Phil Brown' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:16:03 +0000 (UTC)
I birded the CT River valley in Westmoreland and Walpole this morning, stopping 
at Chickering Farm, Sawyer Farm, Boggy Meadow Farm, Malnati's Farm, and the CT 
River below Fall Mountain. 40 species in the valley in just three hours; 
generally many birds seem 2-3 weeks ahead of the usual spring migration 
schedule here. Wild Turkeys displaying today seem to be an indication of the 
current conditions. Dabbling ducks besides geese were few, though. 


Highlights included:
Gray Catbird - a surprise bird along River Road near the Sawyer Farm (at the 
Townsend's Warbler spot); certainly not a spring migrant, but rather a likely 
overwintering bird (and not very happy about it, from what I could tell) 

Killdeer - 1 flew in and landed at Chickering Farm, where there were lots of 
areas of bare ground, making finding the horned lark flock challenging 


Northern Harrier - 2 flew low over the Chickering Farm together, flushing 40 
horned lark 

Ring-necked Duck - a flock of 6 was flying South over the CT River from the 
Malnati Farm 

Red-winged Blackbird - all over; 150 with starlings at Malnati's and 40 at 
Boggy Meadow 

Brown-headed Cowbird - about 100 mixed in with an astounding number (maybe 
1,500) starlings and other blackbirds at Boggy Meadow - this would be a great 
place to find a yellow-headed blackbird in the next few weeks! 

Canada Geese - several hundred feeding in corn fields, and about 150 or so in 
small flocks flying over (both north and south) along the river 

Peregrine Falcon - pair copulating on powerlines on Fall Mountain
Other spring migrants included Belted Kingfisher, Song Sparrow, Hooded 
Merganser, and Turkey Vulture. 


Phil BrownHancock, NH

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Subject: New Yard Bird
From: Bob Crowley <crbob AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:42:39 -0500
A new yard bird today. The hundred and one species observed in 32 years 
at this location. It was on the suet. Are you ready for this? It was an 
European Starling. Numbers are everything to listers, even immigrants.

Bob Crowley

Chatham, NH



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Subject: Coast highlights
From: Rebecca Suomala <rsuomala2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:28:52 -0800 (PST)




Subject: This AM FOY TVs PENACOOK
From: Debbie <dlv AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:11:32 -0500
I just saw my first turkey vultures of the year. There were 4 of them around 
the cell tower near 30 Pines in PENACOOK. I also saw a crow carrying nesting 
material in Penacook. Spring is in the air. It is already 61! 


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Subject: TVs in Durham
From: "Dorsey, Kurk" <Kurk.Dorsey AT unh.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:42:51 +0000
Birders,

10 Turkey Vultures were circling near the UNH fieldhouse late this morning, no 
doubt getting ready to feast on the home-court playoff hopes of the UMBC men's 
hoops team. 



In the neighborhood today, the most interesting bird was a lone Red-breasted 
Nuthatch, only my 2d of the year. 



And finally it has been odd how often I have seen the local turkeys in the 
middle of Mill Road recently. I'm guessing that they're finding food on the 
exposed edges, but maybe they're feeling Roadrunner envy? Not very wily. 



Kurk Dorsey

Durham

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Subject: woodcock in Newton
From: Evelyn Nathan <evynathan AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:39:05 -0500
I just nearly stepped on a woodcock in a nearby conservation area (no hunting 
allowed there, BTW) He flew just a few feet in front of me from some pine cover 
across a small pond to more cover. How exciting! FOY! 

Evy Nathan
Kingston

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Subject: Re: Winter Finch Trip
From: Jon Woolf <jsw AT jwoolfden.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:23:52 -0500




Subject: First of the year that I have observed
From: "Cook Anderson" <hca314 AT myfairpoint.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:04:12 -0500
A single Turkey Vulture flew over my home here in Laconia at 3:00 pm, first
of the season for me.

 

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Subject: FOY TUVU - Concord.
From: David Lipsy <dlipsy AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:39:29 -0500
Observed a pair of Turkey Vultures over Exit 16 (RT 93) just after 1:00.
This is the first of what may be our regular compliment of 6.

Earlier today in Henniker on the road across 114 from the Pats Peak access 
road, among a few new arrivals, I happened upon a female Ring-necked 
Pheasant.  I took some manual focused shots thru the brush... if they come out 
I will post later. 


Good Birds and Blue Skies

David Lipsy
Concord, NH


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Subject: pileated wp
From: "Kathy Dube" <kdube AT ncia.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:50:13 -0500
forgot when compiling list of today’s trip, I did hear a pileated wp, at 
Umbagog Wildlife refuge headquarters. 

Kathy Dube

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Subject: Black-backed Woodpeckers at Mud Pond in Jefferson
From: David Govatski <david.govatski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:21:57 -0500
I watched a pair of Black-backed Woodpeckers from the Boardwalk along the Mud 
Pond Trail in Jefferson on Saturday morning. This is well over a mile from 
where I saw three on Friday near Little Cherry Pond. It appears they were 
looking for good food sources based on their territorial behavior. The trail is 
icy in a few spots so micro spikes are recommended. The trailhead for the Mud 
Pond and Mooseway Trails is off Route 116 in Jefferson. The trailhead is plowed 
for winter foot and ski access to the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge. 


David Govatski
Jefferson, NH

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Subject: Bowing a in New London
From: Fred Sladen <fwsladen AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:11:43 -0500
22 Bohemian waxwings by Colonial Pharmacy. Also my FOY red-winged blackbirds 
(13) at my feeders in Bradford. 

Fred Sladen

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Subject: Dealing With the Faulty ABA Software - Put URLs on a Separate Line With NO Punctuation
From: Alfred Maley <alfredmaley AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 05:41:36 +0100
The American Birding Association (ABA) provides a useful service to birders
by compiling bird reports from across the US and Canada in one place, where
one can, for example, look at what is being reported in all five New
England states. It avoids having to join many different birdlists and being
bombarded by crank emails, such as this one.

However, while the idea is admirable, the implementation has been faulty.
The ABA software has a problem with line spacing, so that the weekly RBA
summary on the NH list has an extra blank line for every line in the email.
Emails from smart phones seem to get smashed into one long sentence. But
the worst problem has to do with Uniform Resource Locators or URLs.

www.aba.org is an example of a URL, as is www.flickr.com. But some URLs can
be very long; some sites (not all) have followed the lead of www.tinyurl.com
by converting a long URL into one that is, well, tiny. Flickr is one
example. The URL they give us for sharing converts to a longer one on route
to the photo in question.

The ABA software has tried to do something like this, discovering the URL
inside the email and converting it to an abbreviation and ellipsis, as in
www.flickr.com/… The problem is that it is an ambiguous situation and they
often get it wrong, making the reference unreachable.

Most birdlist contributors would be surprised to know that many common
punctuation characters can be a legal part of a URL. Specifically the
characters inside the carets <> are valid within a URL:
<-._~:/?#[] AT !$&'()*+,;=%>. None less that Tim Berners-Lee noted in 1994
that this made URLs in a text document ambiguous, and recommended that they
be enclosed in a special syntax, as in:

URL:

But nobody does that. It would have been helpful if they had prohibited the
comma, the right parenthesis and the period from being the LAST character
in a URL.

So the faulty ABA software will convert “marginal photo (URL1) before it
flew away and better ones when the bird returned URL2, URL3 and URL4.” to
references to “URL1)”, “URL2,”, “URL3” and “URL4.”. Only URL3 
will be 

reachable on the ABA summary.

A Solution - Put the URLs on separate lines

The ABA software CAN handle URLs that are isolated from text and
punctuation, so if you want your photos to reach a wider audience, put each
URL in a separate line, as in:

My fine photos are at

URL1
URL2

and

URL3

Al Maley
Los Barrios, Spain/Hampstead NH

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Subject: Spring!
From: Steve Mirick <smirick AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:54:37 -0500
Remarkable weather with today setting a new high record for the month of 
February in Boston at 72F.  Tomorrow expected to continue warm.  Feels 
good, but it just isn't right for February 24th.

The birds are definitely on the move!

Canada Goose - 126 MIGRATING NORTH in about 7 flocks.  Clearly a big 
movement today.

Lesser Scaup - 23 at Exeter wastewater treatment plant.  I'm guessing 
that most of these are spring migrants, but there have been some 
overwintering birds, so unclear.

Ring-necked Duck - 40 on Great Bay.  5 more at Exeter WTP. Extremely 
high count for February.  My first presumed arrival dates are 2 on Great 
Bay 2/23/00 and 4 on Powwow Pond on 2/24/12.  Another bird from Exeter 
on 2/10/12 may be an early migrant or possibly an overwintering bird.  
The Birds of New Hampshire (Fox & Keith) mistakenly state the earliest 
spring arrival as 2/28/07 in Hinsdale.

American Wigeon - 47 on Great Bay.  My highest February count for Great 
Bay and presumably includes some spring migrants.  No Eurasians, however.

Killdeer -  A huge arrival today in New Hampshire with birds in a few 
locations by others.  I had 10 or 12 in the Great Bay Farm/Sunset Farm 
area of Greenland.  By far my highest count for February.  And 
personally, my 3 earliest record. (3 in Durham on 2/22/97 and 4 in East 
Kingston on 2/23/12).

Red-winged Blackbird - A few in a few locations until I got to Rye, 
where I had a big flock of 200+ at Goss Farm!  My highest count for 
February.

Common Grackle - 9 mixed in with blackbird flock in Rye.

Brown-headed Cowbird - 5 mixed in with blackbird flock in Rye.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Red-winged Blackbirds Elmbrook
From: Donna Ellis <donnaellis1014 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:50:07 -0500
Went for a walk after work at Elmbrook.  There were at least 9 Red-winged
Blackbirds singing in the trees.  Sounded like spring.  And the pussy
willows were blooming.  Also saw an otter.


Donna Ellis
Henniker

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Subject: Sunapee Spring Arrivals
From: jacksonwrxt89 AT gmail.com
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:25:14 -0500
Whether we want to believe it or not, spring may have sprung. The last two days 
has brought some new arrivals for me in the town of Sunapee. Yesterday 
afternoon I saw nine Canada Geese swimming in the open water in Wendell Marsh 
along Route 11. This may be my personal earliest date for Geese in Sunapee as 
they don't overwinter here. 


Today I found a Song Sparrow along River Road near Sunapee Harbor. This is 
another species which is usually very difficult to impossible to find in town 
in the winter. I'm curious if this a new arrival or an overwintering bird as 
I've had one overwinter in this location for the last two years, but I never 
saw it here this winter. 


Finally, my first Red-winged Blackbirds of the year were right where I expected 
them to be on the eastern end of Wendell Marsh around the end of West Court 
Road (viewed from Lower Main Street). This is typically where I see my first 
birds of the year, but this is likely my earliest date. 


-Dylan Jackson
Sunapee

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Subject: Red-winged Blackbirds, Sandwich
From: Ken Klapper <kklapper AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:22:58 -0500
Three males perched on a tree with several starlings, enjoying the sunset.
This is a little far north for this time of year, maybe an early record for
Sandwich, perhaps Carroll County as well.

Warm Birding,
Ken Klapper
Sandwich, NH

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Subject: Seacoast Chapter Winter Finch Trip - Tomorrow
From: Benjamin Griffith <bgriffith AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:52:06 -0500
The Seacoast Chapter's annual winter finch trip will be tomorrow, February
25. Join leader Kathy Dube to look for winter finches. Meet at the
McDonald's in Gorham, 214 Main Street, at 8:00 am. Contact: Kathy Dube
(603-915-6294 <(603)%20915-6294>, kdube AT ncia.net)

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Subject: Black-backed Woodpeckers in Jefferson
From: David Govatski Gmail <david.govatski AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:38:25 -0500
I snowshoed to Little Cherry Pond in the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge 
in Jefferson on Friday morning. I only saw 6 total birds but 3 of them were 
Black-backed Woodpeckers so the quality was good. The other birds were two 
ravens and a red-breasted nuthatch. Could have been more but the snowshoeing 
was noisy. 


A pair of Black-backed Woodpeckers were along the Little Cherry Pond Trail near 
Little Cherry Pond. A third Black-backed Woodpecker was doing some territorial 
drumming a hundred yards off the trail and the female of the first pair let out 
a snarly rattle call. This was probably a territorial boundary issue. I watched 
all three for about twenty minutes. 


We have a foot of snow on the ground and snowshoes are recommended unless you 
like post holing. It was 66 in Jefferson yesterday and 55 today. 


David Govatski  
Jefferson, NH


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Subject: Gray Jays
From: "John & Cheryl Keator" <jckeator AT ptd.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:00:29 -0500
Observed two Gray Jays at the summit of Wildcat today at 8:45.

John Keator
Glen, NH 03838

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Subject: Kendall Station Red-winged Blackbirds Friday Morning
From: "'Blake Allison' via NHBirds" <nhbirds AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:33:44 +0000 (UTC)
At about 11:15, three individuals were observed in a tree adjacent to the inlet 
wetland that lies just east of US Rt. 5's junction with VT Rt. 132 in Norwich. 
Their trilling provided a salutary lift to the spirit on a gloomy, damp, late 
February morning. 

Other highlights included sixteen cedar waxwings perched on the exposed, upper 
branches of a maple and a whistling northern cardinal. Blake Allison 

Lyme, NH 03768-3322

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Subject: killdeer rye nh
From: DEBRA M POWERS <dmp2ec AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:41:32 -0500 (EST)
Thank you everyone for the ID. Killdeer Rye Harbor NH.

Deb Powers

South Berwick Maine


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Subject: Re: Rye Harbor NH ID Please ( sorry very poor quality very foggy this am)
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:40:04 -0500
Looks like the Killdeer, our "land plover,  are back!  Deb, note the double
bands around the neck and upper breast, they're a sure field mark, as is
their loud call.  Another sign of spring!

Chris Sheridan
Nashua

On Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 12:31 PM, DEBRA M POWERS  wrote:

> This bird was very high and into a milky white sky so might not be able to
> ID.  But it caught my attention because of it's sound, like a shore bird?
> Rapped wing flight as well. Any ideas?
>
> Thanks so much
>
> Deb Powers
>
> South Berwick Maine
>
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/143862779 AT N08/32936263642/in/
> dateposted-public/
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/143862779 AT N08/33092241155/in/
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Subject: Hooksett--5 TV's in kettle @ noon
From: ROBERT SWEET <rgsweet AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:35:52 -0500
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Subject: Rye Harbor NH ID Please ( sorry very poor quality very foggy this am)
From: DEBRA M POWERS <dmp2ec AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:31:51 -0500 (EST)
This bird was very high and into a milky white sky so might not be able to ID. 
But it caught my attention because of it's sound, like a shore bird? Rapped 
wing flight as well. Any ideas? 


Thanks so much

Deb Powers

South Berwick Maine


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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire -- more PHOTOS
From: "Jim Block" <jab AT VALLEY.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:41:02 -0500
I put quite a few photos of the Townsend's Solitaire that was in Jeff
MacQueen's Orford yard yesterday here:

http://www.jimblockphoto.com/2017/02/townsends-solitaire-in-orford/

 

Thanks again, Jeff, for sharing this rare and beautiful bird.

 

Jim Block

Etan, NH

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Subject: Fish Crows and Ring-necked Duck in Kingston
From: Scott Heron <smheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:59:09 -0500
This morning, three Fish Crows were calling and flying over my yard along
Great Pond. This is the earliest date I've had them in the neighborhood.
Last year, I first noticed them on 2/28/16.

Yesterday on the Powwow River by the New Boston Road boat launch, I spotted
a single Ring-necked Duck male which was also present this morning.

Other species in the Powwow area included:

2/23
1 Ring-necked Duck (male)
11 Hooded Merganser
1 Common Merganser (female)

2/24
2 Mute Swan
1 Green-winged Teal (female)
1 Ring-necked Duck (male)
2 Hooded Merganser
3 Common Merganser (males)
1 Bald Eagle (immature)
1 Great Black-backed Gull (adult)

A Northern Pintail male had been in the river for much of the winter. I
last saw it on 2/20. Two separate Great Blue Herons stuck it out through
much of the winter as well, but I hadn't seen either since late January.

Scott Heron
Kingston, NH

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