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NH.Birds for Monday, December 14, 2009

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 Subject From Time 
 Black Vulture n East Kingston returns  Steve Mirick   8:58am 
 Feeder bird numbers  Deanneart(AT)  9:10am 
 Fox Sparrow, Bobcat, Powdermill Pond  Don and Lillian Stok  11:13am 
 Littleton Evening Grosbeaks  David Govatski  2:36pm 
 coast birding, Broadwinged hawk (heard)  lee hansche   2:36pm 
 Black Vulture photos.....and Barrow's Goldeneye returns  Steve Mirick   3:23pm 
 Black Vulture, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Bohemian Waxwing  Lauren Kras   5:56pm 
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[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: Black Vulture n East Kingston returns From: Steve Mirick <smirick(AT)> Date: 14 Dec 2009 8:58am Davis Finch just called at 8:48 AM to report that the Black Vulture has returned to his yard off South Road in East Kingston, NH. The bird has not descended to Davis's "meat pile" (a pile of dear carcasses), but flew over the field where the meat pile is. Yesterday if fed for an extended period at the pile. The field is located on the west side of 91 South Road in East Kingston, approximately 1 mile south of the intersection with Route 107. Steve Mirick Bradford, MA
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: Feeder bird numbers From: Deanneart(AT) Date: 14 Dec 2009 9:10am The numbers of feeder birds here have finally increased since the recent snowfall and colder temps. Yesterday I had 20 species of birds here either feeding from the feeders, foraging for white pine seeds or seeds from the gardens on the ground or berries in the Mountain Ash tree or Hollies. We've finally gotten larger numbers of Juncos but still only have four or five Goldfinches and only three House Finches showing up instead of the multitudes of Finches and Siskins we had last winter. So far no Siskins or Redpolls have shown up. 1. Junco - 10 2. White-throated Sparrow - 4 3. American Tree Sparrow - 3 4. Song Sparrow - 2 5. House Sparrow b large flock of at least 15 birds 6. House Finch b 3 b two males one female 7. American Goldfinch only 4 birds 8. White-breasted Nuthatch b 2 (1 male, 1 female) 9. Tufted Titmouse - 3 10. Black-capped Chickadee - 2 11. Northern Mockingbird - 1 12. American Robin - 1 13. Northern Cardinal b 5 (3 males one female) 14. Blue Jay - 8 15. Mourning Dove - 10 16. Carolina Wren -2 17. Northern Flicker -2 (males) 18. Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 (1 male, 1 female) 19. Hairy Woodpecker 2 (1 male, 1 female) 20. Downy Woodpecker 2 (1 male, 1 female) Deanne Fortnam Nashua, NH
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: Fox Sparrow, Bobcat, Powdermill Pond From: Don and Lillian Stokes <stokesbirds(AT)> Date: 14 Dec 2009 11:13am Yesterday a beautiful, big Bobcat walked across the ice on the pond in front of our house. We have had a Fox Sparrow at the feeders since the snowstorm on Dec. 9th. photos, Lillian and Don Stokes Powdermill Pond Hancock
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: Littleton Evening Grosbeaks From: "David Govatski" <pondicherry(AT)> Date: 14 Dec 2009 2:36pm Mary and Dick Boulanger of Littleton report having 6-10 Evening Grosbeaks for the past three days. They reported 6 on Monday morning. They also have a male Red-winged Blackbird at their feeders along with a few dozen American Goldfinches and a handful of Purple Finches and up to 40 Mourning Doves. They also have a Tufted Titmouse and 2 pairs of Cardinals. At our home in Jefferson we have 20-24 American Goldfinches, 9 Purple Finches, 12 Tree Sparrows, 1 American Robin and numerous Black-capped Chickadees and Blue Jays. We have a small flock of Evening Grosbeaks that appear on a very irregular basis. I suspect there is still a lot of natural food for many of the birds. The Pittsburg CBC is on Tuesday followed by the Errol - Lake Umbagog CBC on Wednesday and we look forward to seeing what birds are around in the northern forests this winter. David Govatski Jefferson, NH
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: coast birding, Broadwinged hawk (heard) From: lee hansche <xxleeweexx(AT)> Date: 14 Dec 2009 2:36pm Mike thompson and i had a great morning of birding on the coast... The biggest surprise was hearing a BROAD-WINGED HAWK near the intersection of route 1 and 111... we would love to have someone confirm this visually as we are told it would be the only December record for called a few times with in about 30 seconds before falling silent ... i am very confident in the verbal ID as we have nesting Broadwings near our property every year and ive spent lots of time observing them... other highlights: Probable lesser black backed gull across from eel pond (3rd winter plumage) 17 lesser scaup (exeter WWTP) 25 horned larks (hampton beach SP) 7 red necked grebe (at seacoast science center) horned grebe (a few along the coast and at ordiorn sp) red throated loon (many) 2 mute swan (in the ocean near eel pond, which has frozen) 2 boneparts gull (from little boars head 20 purple sandpipers (from great boars head) 20 sanderlings (mixed with the purple sandpipers) 10 eastern bluebirds (seacoast science center) 17 common merganser (one flock, also a few others seen throughout the morning) black scoter surf scoter white winged scoter 1 bald eagle (immature bird, merrimack river in manchester) the weather was as good as ive had for winter birding, warm, calm and clear... a great day to be out... Lee Hansche goffstown NH
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: Black Vulture photos.....and Barrow's Goldeneye returns From: Steve Mirick <smirick(AT)> Date: 14 Dec 2009 3:23pm I guess my Black Vulture karma has changed as I finally got one! After 0 for 8 in Newmarket and 0 for 1 in East Kingston, I finally got Davis's bird. And great views. Too bad I had some problems with focus or I would have nailed it! Also, a quick check of the southern NH coast produced a (the) drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE off the north side of Great Boar's Head with 2 male Common Goldeneyes. Presumably the same bird that has wintered in this area for the last two or three years. Steve Mirick Bradford, MA
[ << | >> | ^^ ] Subject: Black Vulture, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Bohemian Waxwing From: Lauren Kras <lauren.kras(AT)> Date: 14 Dec 2009 5:56pm Today Ben and I headed down to see the BLACK VULTURE in East Kingston before heading up to Colebrook with Jason Lambert for the Pittsburg and Errol CBC's. Here are a few sightings from our drive: Bohemian Waxwing - 1 mixed in with about 20 Cedar Waxwings in North Conway at the Outlets/Behind the Rite-aid. Red-winged Blackbirds - 2 in Gorham, NH at the intersection of US rt. 2 west and NH 16. Also 1 at Davis's house in East Kingston. Black Vulture - 1 in East Kingston, thanks to Davis Finch for finding the bird and Steve for the call this AM! Photo: Lauren Kras and Ben Griffith Dover, NH

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