NH.Birds for Tuesday, December 22, 2009
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Subject: Bald Eagle North Conway- Brown Creeper Silver Lake/Madison
Date: 22 Dec 2009 11:11am
Ed just called to say he had a Bald Eagle fly over Route 16 near Shaw's.
Meanwhile I am feeder watching while doing holiday baking. There was a Brown
Creeper in the yard (it made an appearance last week as well). Black-capped
Chickadees (3), White-breasted Nuthatch (1), and a male Downy Woodpecker have
been active. Ed saw Dark-eyed Juncos while out with the dog.B Feeder action
is much slower than in Burlington, MA.B We had 13 different species in a
single day there.
Happy Holidays to all- and good birding in 2010.
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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, December 22, 2009
From: "Mark Suomala" <mrsuomala(AT)marksbirdtours.com>
Date: 22 Dec 2009 9:03pm
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, December 22nd,
A trio of possible TUNDRA SWANS was seen over the Piscataqua River in
Newington on December 17th.
A very late-season OSPREY was reported from Exeter on December 19th.
A FOX SPARROW was reported from Durham on December 17th.
An estimated 500 AMERICAN CROWS was seen in Lebanon on December 19th.
The annual Christmas Bird Count period has started. The count period
continues until January 3rd. Check the NH Audubon website for additional
count dates, and to find out how to participate - the count is open to all.
Highlights from three counts that have already taken place are listed below.
Coastal Christmas Bird Count, December 19, 2009. Highlights included:
2 SNOW GEESE, 9 LESSER SCAUP, 2 BARROW'S GOLDENEYES, 13 BALD EAGLES, 2
MERLINS, a PEREGRINE FALCON, 2 KILLDEER, a GLACUOUS GULL, a BLACK-LEGGED
KITIWAKE, a DOVEKIE, a RAZORBILL, 11 EASTERN SCREECH-OWLS, a SAW-WHET OWL,
31 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 14 CAROLINA WRENS, 4
WINTER WRENS, a
FIELD SPARROW, an "IPSWICH" SAVANNA SPARROW, a LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and an
"OREGON" DARK-EYED JUNCO.
Errol-Umbagog Christmas Bird Count, December 16, 2009. Highlights included:
a GOLDEN EAGLE, 3 BALD EAGLES, a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, 4 GRAY JAYS, 8
BOREAL CHICKADEES, 6 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, 67 EVENING GROSBEAKS, a SNOW
BUNTING, 143 PURPLE FINCHES, 2 PINE SISKINS, 64 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 35
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, a HOODED MERGANSER, 14 COMMON MERGANSERS, and a
Pittsburg Christmas Bird Count, December 15, 2009. Highlights included: a
BALD EAGLE, a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, 22 GRAY JAYS, 23 BOREAL CHICKADEES, 2
LAPLAND LONGSPURS, 3 SNOW BUNTINGS, 4 RED CROSSBILLS, 16 WHITE-WINGED
CROSSBILLS, 87 EVENING GROSBEAKS, 697 PURPLE FINCHES, 301 RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCHES, a TUFTED TITMOUSE, 64 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, 3 AMERICAN TREE
SPARROWS, 11 WILD TURKEYS, a COMMON LOON, a GREAT BLUE HERON, a RING-BILLED
GULL, and 2 HERRING GULLS.
This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and
press 2 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any
interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the
recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail at:
birdsetc(AT)nhaudubon.org. Please put either "bird sighting" or "Rare Bird
Alert" in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and
phone number. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon
web site, www.nhaudubon.org
Thanks very much and good birding.