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NH.Birds for Monday, January 12, 2009

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 Subject From Time 
 LBBG in Newmarket  Kurk Dorsey   10:09am 
 HAWK OWL in Center Harbor  Tony Vazzano  10:28am 
 Cedar Waxwings etc  Melissa Miller   12:05pm 
 Bald Eagle, Keene  Kenneth Klapper  12:22pm 
 PSU Bohemian Waxwings Back  John Williams   12:58pm 
 Re: HAWK OWL in Center Harbor  Jon Woolf   1:59pm 
 RE: HAWK OWL in Center Harbor  Kevin Klasman  2:11pm 
 Re: HAWK OWL in Center Harbor  Tony Vazzano  2:14pm 
 Bald Eagle -- Lyme  Blake Allison   2:50pm 
 Glaucous-winged Gull - No, Hawk Owl - Yes in NH  Steve Mirick   3:47pm 
 hawk owl  Carol Foss  5:24pm 
 Northern Hawk Owl/Center Harbor  sayoung  5:24pm 
 Hawk Owl and Spruce Grouse in NEK of VT  David Govatski  5:59pm 
 Hawk Owl note  Len Medlock  6:35pm 
 Rochester WWTP (no Glaucous-winged, but THAYER'S) + Ctr Harbor Hawk Owl  Benjamin Griffith  7:16pm 
 Epping Carolina wrens  smbasile(AT)comcast.net  11:57pm 
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[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: LBBG in Newmarket From: Kurk Dorsey <kd(AT)cisunix.unh.edu> Date: 12 Jan 2009 10:09am Birders Joyce, the Lesser Black-backed Gull, was at the town landing this morning at 9AM. Unfortunately, Joyce's, the restaurant is no longer open so it won't be eating anymore blueberry muffins, or whatever it thrived on at that spot. A check of likely waxwing spots in town yielded nothing. Kurk Dorsey Durham
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: HAWK OWL in Center Harbor From: "Tony Vazzano" <tvazzano(AT)ncia.net> Date: 12 Jan 2009 10:28am John Merrill found a Northern Hawk Owl near his house in Center Harbor this morning. The address is 181 Coe Hill Rd. On Main St. in Center Harbor, find the post office. Coe Hill Rd starts in less than 100 yards to the west. Go 0.9 miles. John's house is on the left. The owl was in a couple of diferent trees just past the house including a limb that hung directly over the road. This location is on a hill and a curve on a snow covered road so parking will be an issue. John has a small driveway but birders are welcome to park there. If there is no room in the driveway, then you need to use both common sense and courtesy in parking.
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: Cedar Waxwings etc From: Melissa Miller <melmilart(AT)yahoo.com> Date: 12 Jan 2009 12:05pm I've been waiting for the Cedar Waxwings to show up at my crab apple tree. They usually show up in large numbers. But at the moment I only see four in the midst of a very large flock of starlings, as well as 40+ Robins.
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: Bald Eagle, Keene From: "Kenneth Klapper" <kklapper(AT)antioch.edu> Date: 12 Jan 2009 12:22pm There was a Bald Eagle about 10:40 this morning flying south over the Wal Mart shopping plaza in Keene. It appeared to be a 4th year bird - there were some lighter colored feathers on its underwing. Otherwise the bird looked like an adult. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Kenneth Klapper MS Candidate in Conservation Biology Antioch University New England Keene, NH
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: PSU Bohemian Waxwings Back From: John Williams <john(AT)2young.us> Date: 12 Jan 2009 12:58pm This morning I located a flock of Bohemian Waxwings as they were feeding on a crab apple in front of the Lamson Library on Highland Street, Plymouth. My first glance estimate was about 50 birds. Cruising around a bit for a parking spot, I got a good look and count of 128 birds, when another 60-80 flew in. Recounting, I had gotten to 110 when the whole mass took off. Looking about for a raptor, I instead watched a Rock Pigeon fly in. I'm guessing that the pigeon looked enough like a predator to alarm them. A quick look around led me to a new roost tree right over my car...(Nice moon roof moment), so I did another estimate, guessing 80-100. Under again as I hit 140... then two more flocks flew in for a final count of 210. I say this as I routinely try to estimate then corroborate flock numbers. I almost never overestimate, often running as much as 50% low. As the season goes on I find I get more and more accurate. Practice. Practice. Practice. Sorry Kurk John R Williams Rumney
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: Re: HAWK OWL in Center Harbor From: Jon Woolf <jsw(AT)jwoolfden.com> Date: 12 Jan 2009 1:59pm At 10:25 AM 1/12/2009, Tony Vazzano wrote: >John Merrill found a Northern Hawk Owl near his house in Center >Harbor this morning. The address is 181 Coe Hill Rd. On Main St. >in Center Harbor, find the post office. Coe Hill Rd starts in less >than 100 yards to the west. Go 0.9 miles. John's house is on the >left. The owl was in a couple of diferent trees just past the house >including a limb that hung directly over the road. This location is >on a hill and a curve on a snow covered road so parking will be an >issue. John has a small driveway but birders are welcome to park >there. If there is no room in the driveway, then you need to use >both common sense and courtesy in parking. I can't find either "Coe Hill Rd" or "Center Harbor" on MS Streets & Trips. Not in Maine, not in NH. Can you be more specific -- nearest town, rough directions, something like that? -- Jon Woolf Manchester, NH
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: RE: HAWK OWL in Center Harbor From: "Kevin Klasman" <kevinklasman(AT)hotmail.com> Date: 12 Jan 2009 2:11pm For what its worth, google maps has it. Here's a link from Nashua, NH. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=nashua,+NH+&daddr=181+Coe+H ill+Rd,+Center+Harbor,+nh&hl=en&geocode=&mra=ls&sll=43.701761,-71.460571&ssp n=0.031708,0.076904&ie=UTF8&ll=43.510713,-71.38092&spn=1.017867,2.460938&z=9 -----Original Message----- From: owner-NH.Birds(AT)lists.unh.edu [mailto:owner-NH.Birds(AT)lists.unh.edu] On Behalf Of Jon Woolf Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 1:59 PM To: New Hampshire Birds Subject: Re: HAWK OWL in Center Harbor At 10:25 AM 1/12/2009, Tony Vazzano wrote: >John Merrill found a Northern Hawk Owl near his house in Center >Harbor this morning. The address is 181 Coe Hill Rd. On Main St. >in Center Harbor, find the post office. Coe Hill Rd starts in less >than 100 yards to the west. Go 0.9 miles. John's house is on the >left. The owl was in a couple of diferent trees just past the house >including a limb that hung directly over the road. This location is >on a hill and a curve on a snow covered road so parking will be an >issue. John has a small driveway but birders are welcome to park >there. If there is no room in the driveway, then you need to use >both common sense and courtesy in parking. I can't find either "Coe Hill Rd" or "Center Harbor" on MS Streets & Trips. Not in Maine, not in NH. Can you be more specific -- nearest town, rough directions, something like that? -- Jon Woolf Manchester, NH
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: Re: HAWK OWL in Center Harbor From: "Tony Vazzano" <tvazzano(AT)ncia.net> Date: 12 Jan 2009 2:14pm Jon, Center Harbor is at the northern tip of Lake Winnipesaukee. Any good road map should show it. Heck, When I went to Belknap College there in the early 70's, we naturally considered it to be the Hub of the Universe. It is a real NH town. At the lights in Meredith go east on Route 25. The next town is Center Harbor. As you approach take a left just past Canoe Restaurant (on the right). Then immediately go left onto Coe Hill Rd. Good luck, Tony Vazzano Sandwich
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: Bald Eagle -- Lyme From: Blake Allison <blake_allison(AT)yahoo.com> Date: 12 Jan 2009 2:50pm In Lyme, an adult bald eagle was observed at 11:15 this morning, flying in a northerly direction near the junction of NH State Route 10 and Whipple Hill Rd. Blake Allison Lyme, NH 03768-3322
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: Glaucous-winged Gull - No, Hawk Owl - Yes in NH From: Steve Mirick <smirick(AT)comcast.net> Date: 12 Jan 2009 3:47pm No luck with the Glaucous-winged Gull this morning at the Rochester WWTP in Gonic, NH. Relatively few gulls, and a nuisance eagle ruined everything by perching in a pine tree. Birders covered from about 8 AM to 11:30 AM. We (Jason, Scott, Ben, and I) abandoned the site when the eagle flew over and we heard about the Hawk Owl in Center Harbor, NH! Despite the relatively few gulls, there were some nice ones. Ben Griffith had 7 species. I'll let him post his summary later. One nice bird in the area was a single Bohemian Waxwing off Pickering Road not far from the parking access to the Trails at Pickering Ponds. So.....1 hour drive to Center Harbor where we readily got the Northern Hawk Owl found by John Merrill this morning in his "yard"!!!! Bird perched alongside the road near John's house. Surprisingly low to the ground. It was very active, looking around constantly, but was oblivious to us on the road and never flew in the brief (1/2 hour) that I was there. Flyover Bohemian Waxwing(s) and a flyover WW Crossbill as well. Here's my photo.....more by others later! http://home.comcast.net/~smirick//photos/northernhawkowl1.jpg Also.....parking is difficult as stated below. Be VERY CAREFUL about where you park. Don't park on the corner. Park where cars can see from both directions and don't go too far off the side of the road. The shoulder is deceptively steep and one (4-wheel drive) got stuck today! Steve Mirick Bradford, MA > The address is 181 Coe Hill Rd. On Main St. in Center Harbor, NH. > Find the post office. Coe Hill Rd starts in less than 100 yards to > the west. Go 0.9 miles. John's house is on the left. The owl was in > a couple of diferent trees just past the house including a limb that > hung directly over the road. This location is on a hill and a curve > on a snow covered road so parking will be an issue. John has a small > driveway but birders are welcome to park there. If there is no room > in the driveway, then you need to use both common sense and courtesy > in parking.
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: hawk owl From: "Carol Foss" <CFoss(AT)NHAudubon.org> Date: 12 Jan 2009 5:24pm To everyone who goes to see the hawk owl - Pay close attention to where this bird is looking! Some years ago I went to see one in a large park in Portland, Me. After observing it persistently peering up into the sky, we looked up and discovered a Snowy Owl flying south, so high overhead that we could barely see it with the naked eye, and needed binoculars to determine its identity. Shortly thereafter, it made several forays at a nearby spruce - and lo, out flew a Long-eared Owl! So there is no telling what discoveries this bird may provide! Happy owling! Carol Carol R. Foss, Ph.D. Director of Conservation New Hampshire Audubon 3 Silk Farm Road Concord, NH 03301 603-224-9909 X331
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: Northern Hawk Owl/Center Harbor From: "sayoung" <sayoung(AT)metrocast.net> Date: 12 Jan 2009 5:24pm Great bird doing next to nothing for long periods near the road! A light Rough-legged Hawk flew over to add to the show. MY TURN: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sa_young/sets/72157600170423458/ Scott Young
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: Hawk Owl and Spruce Grouse in NEK of VT From: "David Govatski" <pondicherry(AT)wildblue.net> Date: 12 Jan 2009 5:59pm This is a combination NEK-VT and North Country-NH post. Three of us went to Eden, VT to see the Northern Hawk Owl on Monday morning. A pair of New Haven, CT birders were conveniently watching the owl perched on a balsam fir tree along Route 118 in Eden, VT. We had excellent looks and also met Charlotte Bill who originally found it several days ago. Always a treat to see one of these owls and the finder. The location is 1.1 miles west of the junction of Route 100 and 118. >From Eden we drove to Ferdinand, VT also in the North East Kingdom and went snowshoeing in the Wenlock Wildlife Management Area. This is a great area for a variety of boreal species. We snowshoed over to Moose Bog and were successful in spotting a male Spruce Grouse about 30 feet off the trail and about 15 feet up in a black spruce tree. One of the highlights was when it pooped its sawdust like scat in front of us but fortunately not on us. We also saw 3 Boreal Chickadees, several White-winged Crossbills and heard a Black-backed Woodpecker. In Stratford, NH we had great views of a Northern Goshawk. In North Umberland we saw a raptor fly across Route 3 in front of us carrying a pigeon. I believe it was a red-tailed hawk. At our feeders in Jefferson, NH we continue to have about 40 Evening Grosbeaks, 1 Pine Grosbeak, 30 Pine Siskins, 2 Common Redpolls, and 18-20 Tree Sparrows. We are now having probably daily appearances of a Northern Shrike and occasional forays by a Sharp-shinned hawk. I had a call from Len Medlock while looking at the Eden Hawk Owl informing me that a Northern Hawk Owl had been found near Center Harbor, NH. We now have at least one hawk owl in the northern tier of states. I have a feeling more may be out there. David Govatski Jefferson, NH
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: Hawk Owl note From: "Len Medlock" <lmedlock(AT)verizon.net> Date: 12 Jan 2009 6:35pm Just a note that when I left it was feeding on a chipmunk that it apparently caught (before I arrived) and just before folks left, it flew over out back. So if you go, mind the parking that Steve Mirick posted and check the back of the fields, especially along the trees near the apple tree. Len Medlock Exeter, NH
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: Rochester WWTP (no Glaucous-winged, but THAYER'S) + Ctr Harbor Hawk Owl From: "Benjamin Griffith" <bgriffith(AT)gmail.com> Date: 12 Jan 2009 7:16pm I headed out to the Rochester WWTP this morning in hopes of seeing the Glaucous-winged Gull. No luck there, but Jason Lambert and I had nice looks at an adult Thayer's Gull. On top of that, there were incredible concentrations of white-winged gulls, especially considering there were not very many gulls present for most of the morning. At one point I had 5 Iceland and 5 Glaucous in the same scope view! Went up for the Hawk Owl with everyone else. I've posted a photo of the Thayer's and a few obligatory Hawk-Owl shots here: http://picasaweb.google.com/BenGriffithBirds/ThayerSAndHawkOwl# Highlights from the treatment plant: Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 Glaucous Gull - 10+ all 1st/2nd winter including 8 in view at one time Iceland Gull - 12+, all 1st winter, except for one adult THAYER'S GULL - 1 adult first seen at a distance, then relocated at relatively close range (but generally mostly concealed by other gulls). Folded primaries were seen briefly, but well, showing a very HERG-like pattern and tone from above, but only dark subterminal bar on an otherwise white P10 below. The head of this bird was round and the eye was a medium brown. It was seen side by side with several Iceland Gulls, which it matched in size and head shape, although the bill was slightly thicker (but still looked small-billed compared to nearby HERGs) Highlights from the Hawk-Owl spot: Rough-legged Hawk - 1 adult female first discovered by the Hawk-Owl NORTHERN HAWK-OWL - 1 Bohemian Waxwing - 1 flying over Song Sparrow - 1 chased by Hawk-Owl Pine Siskin - several flyovers White-winged Crossbill - several flyovers Ben Griffith Merrimack, NH
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: Epping Carolina wrens From: smbasile(AT)comcast.net Date: 12 Jan 2009 11:57pm A pair of Carolina wrens have been visiting my feeders. I had a pair of them all last winter and through summer. By the end of summer I stopped seeing them. I'm not sure if this is the same couple or not. Also last winter I had a pair of red-breasted nuthatches but I have not seen them yet this winter. A female red-bellied woodpecker came to the feeder. Siobhan Basile Epping

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