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22 Feb: @ 14:02:46 
TuVu Jefferson [Kathy Dube]
21 Feb: @ 12:17:43 
Barrow's Goldeneye in Concord [birdrecords]
20 Feb: @ 20:47:46 
Re: Foy rwblackbirds [Jon Woolf]
20 Feb: @ 15:45:49 
Foy rwblackbirds [Sylvia Hartmann]
20 Feb: @ 13:52:17 
Fwd: Re: bird app for Ecuador [Stephen Mirick]
20 Feb: @ 13:36:11 
RWBL's visited today - Concord, NH [dlipsy]
20 Feb: @ 09:49:59 
bird app for Ecuador [Nola Jordan]
19 Feb: @ 16:58:56 
ACCESS TO STRATHAM BULLOCK'S ORIOLE ENDS March 1st [Stephen Mirick]
18 Feb: @ 19:18:06 
Antarctica program [Jim Kegley]
18 Feb: @ 14:25:55 
Exeter Red Winged Blackbirds [PAMELA KASNET]
18 Feb: @ 12:48:55 
Red-Bellied WP in Hancock [John Ranta]
18 Feb: @ 08:55:05 
Dickcissel continues in Manchester [Jane Hills]
18 Feb: @ 08:25:34 
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker continues in Ashland [k chamberlin]
17 Feb: @ 19:24:42 
Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, February 17, 2020 [Mark Suomala]
17 Feb: @ 18:48:02 
Jim Block's Howe Library Presentation Postponed [Mascoma Chapter NH Audubon]
17 Feb: @ 17:22:40 
Exeter Vultures [Len Medlock]
17 Feb: @ 17:07:33 
Coastal highlights - Presidents' Day version [Pam Hunt]
17 Feb: @ 14:17:30 
Lyme Northern Shrike Monday Afternoon ['Blake Allison' via NHBirds]
16 Feb: @ 17:16:41 
Re: Red Breasted woodpecker [[email protected]]
16 Feb: @ 16:12:03 
bobcat [Sylvia Miskoe]
16 Feb: @ 14:35:05 
Painted Bunting Yes [Scott Spangenberg]
15 Feb: @ 21:32:06 
Re: Odds & Ends (Baltimore Oriole, Semi-Plover, RC Kinglet, 5 Ch. Sparrows) ['Phil Brown' via NHBirds]
15 Feb: @ 19:48:37 
Re: Red Breasted woodpecker [[email protected]]
15 Feb: @ 18:50:56 
Results of Saturday's Bald Eagle Watch at Wilder Dam [Mascoma Chapter NH Audubon]
15 Feb: @ 18:11:51 
Odds & Ends (Baltimore Oriole, Semi-Plover, RC Kinglet, 5 Ch. Sparrows) [Stephen Mirick]
15 Feb: @ 13:27:11 
Bald eagle - Exeter [S. Lewis]
15 Feb: @ 13:10:50 
Historic records of Painted Buntings in NH [D D]
15 Feb: @ 13:02:12 
Eastern Towhee [Russ Chretien]
15 Feb: @ 09:40:59 
Painted Bunting [Martha Wilson]
15 Feb: @ 08:52:44 
Red Breasted woodpecker [Heidi Rogers]
14 Feb: @ 20:55:39 
Remember -- Bald Eagle Watch at Wilder Dam Saturday Morning [Mascoma Chapter NH Audubon]
14 Feb: @ 18:43:12 
Historic records of Painted Buntings in NH [Stephen Mirick]
14 Feb: @ 14:50:11 
Painted Bunting YES [D D]
14 Feb: @ 10:56:44 
Red-headed woodpecker in Epping [Toni Taylor]
14 Feb: @ 10:53:52 
Re: Ross’s Goose in Rye [Toni Taylor]
14 Feb: @ 10:17:17 
Red-Winged Blackbird in Gilmanton [birdrecords]
14 Feb: @ 07:38:52 
Bald eagle in Concord [Anne Ryc]
14 Feb: @ 07:02:55 
redwings in Derry [Barbara Horton]
14 Feb: @ 00:54:47 
Notes From Old Iberia - Campfire Wildlife [Alfred Maley]
13 Feb: @ 21:06:55 
Painted Bunting YES [Iain Macleod]
13 Feb: @ 18:08:46 
Cedar Waxwings and an American Robin in Lyme Thursday Morning ['Blake Allison' via NHBirds]
13 Feb: @ 14:37:40 
Re: Insect Decline [Chris Heys]
13 Feb: @ 14:34:54 
Re: Insect Decline [John Ranta]
13 Feb: @ 14:33:27 
Re: Insect Decline [Chris Heys]
13 Feb: @ 14:20:10 
Re: Insect Decline [John Ranta]
13 Feb: @ 14:00:16 
Insect Decline [Bruce Boyer]
13 Feb: @ 12:07:49 
Re: Insect decline [John Ranta]
13 Feb: @ 12:04:51 
Insect decline [Chris Heys]
13 Feb: @ 10:59:04 
Dickcissel in Manchester [Jane Hills]
12 Feb: @ 17:03:19 
Painted Bunting - Yes [Paul Kursewicz]





Subject: TuVu Jefferson
Date: Sat Feb 22 2020 14:02 pm
From: kiedube AT outlook.com
 
Going south on 115 in Jefferson today saw a TuVu cruising over highway
1 Horned Lark, Plains road in Monroe.

Kathy Dube, Berlin

Sent from
Mail for Windows 10



Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye in Concord
Date: Fri Feb 21 2020 12:17 pm
From: birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org
 
NH Audubon has received a report of 2 Barrow™s Goldeneye (one male, one female) on the Merrimack River heading toward Concord from Blue Seal with a cohort of Common Goldeneyes. They were last seen on 2/19 in the afternoon.


Unity Dienes

NH Bird Records Volunteer

www.nhbirdrecords.org



Subject: Foy rwblackbirds
Date: Thu Feb 20 2020 20:47 pm
From: jsw AT jwoolfden.com
 
I hear that a couple of RWBB's showed up at Massabesic
Audubon Center on the 18th - two days ago. If I recall right,
mid-February is a fairly typical first date for them there.



-- Jon W.





At 04:45 PM 2/20/2020, Sylvia Hartmann wrote:
Just now in my yard, finally...
a flock of about 15. Sylvia Hartmann. Manchester
nh


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Subject: Foy rwblackbirds
Date: Thu Feb 20 2020 15:45 pm
From: s42yth AT comcast.net
 
Just now in my yard, finally... a flock of about 15.   Sylvia Hartmann.  Manchester nh

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Subject: bird app for Ecuador
Date: Thu Feb 20 2020 13:52 pm
From: smirick AT comcast.net
 
Meant to send this out to the whole list!


Steve Mirick

Bradford, MA



-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject:

Re: [NHBirds] bird app for Ecuador
Date:
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:16:14 -0500
From:
Stephen Mirick <[email protected]>
To:
[email protected]



Nola and others.


Coincidentally, Jane and I leave very early TOMORROW for 2 weeks
in Ecuador! Covering the high Andes down the east slope into the
Amazon! Hopefully nobody finds anything TOO rare in NH while we
are gone! :-)


With respect to Ecuador, the best bird app has to be "The Birds of
Ecuador Field Guide". This app has placed Bob Ridgely's
monumental book into an app which is available on Apple or Android
phones. It is nice because it has all the bird songs and can
filter out birds for the region you visit in Ecuador. It costs a
little bit, but is more than worth it and is much more handy than
carrying around his two volume field guide!


Another INCREDIBLE app is the Merlin bird App by Cornell
University. AND IT IS FREE! The app has complete downloands for
all species from many areas of the world including the United
States. It also interacts with your eBird life lists and data
entry in eBird. It is a must have for people on their phones.
The areas of the world are downloaded via"Bird Packs". You can
download all of the United States or just the Northeastern United
States.


It includes many countries; however, for Ecuador, it only includes
birds of the far north. For my upcoming visit, it covers most of
the species I will be seeing.


I don't believe there are any others for Ecuador.


Steve Mirick

Bradford, MA


On 2/20/2020 10:49 AM, Nola Jordan
wrote:


Does anyone have experience with a bird app
(Android) for Ecuador or that region of S. America? Any
recommendations . . . or caveats? Thanks.

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Subject: RWBL's visited today - Concord, NH
Date: Thu Feb 20 2020 13:36 pm
From: dlipsy AT comcast.net
 
Currently there are two young male Red-winged Blackbirds at 'The Feeder Tree Cafe' (my yard).First of year, mixed in with the usual suspects.
David LipsyConcord, NH




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Subject: bird app for Ecuador
Date: Thu Feb 20 2020 9:49 am
From: nola.jordan.50 AT gmail.com
 
Does anyone have experience with a bird app (Android) for Ecuador or that
region of S. America? Any recommendations . . . or caveats? Thanks.

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Subject: ACCESS TO STRATHAM BULLOCK'S ORIOLE ENDS March 1st
Date: Wed Feb 19 2020 16:58 pm
From: smirick AT comcast.net
 
Mary Weismann wanted me to get the word out that they would like to 
restrict access to the private ROW that overlooks their yard on
Butterfield Lane in Stratham.

The ROW is owned by the Homeowner's Association and they want to
restrict the amount of mud/footprint damage going in to the summer.

EFFECTIVE MARCH 1st, THERE IS NO LONGER ACCESS to the Stratham Bullock's
Oriole. If you have a special request, than email Mary after that date.

Please respect the desires of Mary and be thankful for the incredible
generosity that she has shared in allowing visitors to see
this beautiful visitor.

Steve Mirick
Bradford, MA

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Subject: Antarctica program
Date: Tue Feb 18 2020 19:18 pm
From: jimkegley AT comcast.net
 
Nashaway Chapter of NH Audubon is hosting the following free programThursday February 20, 7pmAntarctica,the White Continentheld in the auditorium downstairs attheNashua Public LibraryPhotographerKen Harveyshares his trip to Antarctica, with its stark beauty and extraordinary wildlife. White and blue icebergs glisten in the sunlight; seals, penguins, whales, and dolphins feed and play in frigid water; the albatross soars on a wingspan of 10 feet. In the Antarctic summer, the sun shines 24 hours a day. There is no other place quite like it. (This program is co-sponsored withthe Nashua Public Library)Jim KegleyNashaway Publicity



Subject: Exeter Red Winged Blackbirds
Date: Tue Feb 18 2020 14:25 pm
From: pamkas AT comcast.net
 
I had two male red winged blackbirds checking out my feeders today in Exeter.





Pam Kasnet



Subject: Red-Bellied WP in Hancock
Date: Tue Feb 18 2020 12:48 pm
From: john.f.ranta AT gmail.com
 
At our feeders today. First one we've seen this winter. JR




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Subject: Dickcissel continues in Manchester
Date: Tue Feb 18 2020 8:55 am
From: jhbird AT myfairpoint.net
 
The previously-reported Dickcissel made a lengthy appearance this morning while I was observing for the Cornell Project Feeder Watch. A beautiful bird! It was even vocalizing!
Jane

Jane Hills
Manchester, NH
jhbird(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

"We are all environmentalists now, but we are not all planetists. An environmentalist realizes that nature has its pleasures and deserves respect. A planetist puts the earth ahead of the earthlings." --William Safire



Subject: Yellow Bellied Sapsucker continues in Ashland
Date: Tue Feb 18 2020 8:25 am
From: kchamberlin07 AT gmail.com
 
https://photos.app.goo.gl/6zaW...
This is now the second week we have had visits from this female Sapsucker. She came in just after we put food out this morning before the snow. We have also seen her making holes in our Maple Tree for sap. The other birds and Squirrels make use of the sap as well.Keith and KrisAshland, NH





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Subject: Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, February 17, 2020
Date: Mon Feb 17 2020 19:24 pm
From: mrsuomala AT marksbirdtours.com
 
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 17th, 
2020.



A PAINTED BUNTING (either a young male, or a female, by plumage) was
discovered visiting a birdfeeder at the Tin Mountain Conservation Center on
Bald Hill Road in Albany on February 6th. It has been seen every day since
then and was last reported on the 16th.



A male BULLOCK™S ORIOLE has been seen visiting a birdfeeder at a private
residence in Stratham, and was last reported on February 15th. A BALTIMORE
ORIOLE was again seen at a birdfeeder at a private residence in Hampton on
February 17th.



An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered along North River Road near
Burley Farm in Epping on October 5th, and was last reported on February
15th. To look for the bird, locate the SELT trailhead located north of
Burley Farm on North River Road and walk the trail east to a mixed-age
forest overlooking a large wetland. Listen for a dry-rattle. Another
immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen along Wednesday Hill
Road in Durham and was last reported on February 16th.



A VARIED THRUSH was seen with a flock of AMERICAN ROBINS in Newmarket on
February 11th.



A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at a private residence in Tilton on February
12th, and 1 was seen at a private residence in Lyme on the 17th.



2 BLACK VULTURES and 53 TURKEY VULTURES were seen roosting together in
Exeter on February 17th.



2 BARROW™S GOLDENEYES were seen in the Merrimack River north of Stark
Landing, in Manchester, on February 15th.



A REDHEAD was seen in Great Bay in Greenland on February 15th.



2 GADWALLS were seen at Jackson™s Landing on the Oyster River in Durham on
February 11th.



A SNOW GOOSE was seen at Parson™s Creek salt marsh west of Route 1A and
Wallis Sands beach in Rye on February 11th.



An ICELAND GULL and a GLAUCOUS GULL were seen along the coast in Hampton on
February 15th.



A SEMIPALMATED PLOVER continues to be seen sporadically at Ragged Neck in
Rye, and was last reported on February 17th.



A few ATLANTIC PUFFINS, THICK-BILLED MURRES, COMMON MURRES, DOVEKIES,
RAZORBILLS, and BLACK GUILLEMOTS continued to be seen between the shore and
the Isles of Shoals during the past week.



A DICKCISSEL was seen in Manchester on February 13th.



Small numbers of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and RED CROSSBILLS were reported
from northern counties during the past week.



6 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen at 14 Pinnacle View Lane in Walpole on
February 15th, and a flock of 54 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen at Hampton Beach
State Park on the 17th.



2 FISH CROWS were reported from near Hampton Marsh on February 12th.



A flock of 20 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS was seen in Derry on February 14th.



Lingering migrant species of note that were reported during the past week
included: AMERICAN KESTREL, MERLIN, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, NORTHERN HARRIER,
TURKEY VULTURE, BELTED KINGFISHER, HERMIT THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, WINTER WREN,
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, EASTERN TOWHEE, SONG SPARROW,
CHIPPING SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, FIELD SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, SAVANNAH
SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and NORTHERN
FLICKER.



This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and
press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any
interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the
recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail at:
[email protected] 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.



Subscribe to New Hampshire Bird Records “ learn more about birds and birding
in New Hampshire: www.nhbirdrecords.org (read a free article in each
issue). This quarterly publication is produced by NH Audubon thanks to the
work of many volunteers.



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Subject: Jim Block's Howe Library Presentation Postponed
Date: Mon Feb 17 2020 18:48 pm
From: mascomabirds AT gmail.com
 
In view of potentially hazardous travel conditions tomorrow evening
(Tuesday, February 18), the Mascoma Chapter's program featuring celebrated photographer Jim Block's account of his birding on five of Maine's coastal islands has been postponed. Please look for a subsequent announcement of
the new date for his program.

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Mascoma Chapter of NH Audubon





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Subject: Exeter Vultures
Date: Mon Feb 17 2020 17:22 pm
From: lenmedlock AT comcast.net
 
Exeter's vulture roost yielded both species.

Turkey Vulture-53, exact count as they remained stationary waiting for thermals to kick in
Black Vulture-2, witnessed them allopreening and a possible copulation--photo is after the "incident".

Children are out after school this time of year so be extremely cautious and carpool. A few kids have setup a street hockey net, too. I remember playing goalie and not being that good--but enjoyed it. Only sport I ever played.

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

Len Medlock
Exeter, NH
https://ebird.org/nh/checklist...

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Subject: Coastal highlights - Presidents' Day version
Date: Mon Feb 17 2020 17:07 pm
From: biodiva AT myfairpoint.net
 
We didn't see any Presidents, but Unity Dienes and I poked around the coast a little today in search of some of the winter rarities and a few species not so rare that we hadn't seen yet this year.


The first bird of note was a (the?) Red-shouldered Hawk along Route 101 just west of I-93, although Unity was busy driving and unfortunately didn't see it. And there was no way to turn around. Her luck changed along Landing Road in Hampton, when she found the Baltimore Oriole that's been there at least since January. Unfortunately it didn't stick around too long, so we continued east...


...to Hampton Beach State Park, where the highlights were 54 Snow Buntings in the parking lot and about 60 seals hauled out on the rocks. Up the coast at Bicentennial Park there was a nice mix of sea ducks, including a raft of 29 Red-necked Grebes. On our way to Smuttynose for lunch we stopped at Bacheleder Park off Route 27 in Hampton, where we had a most enjoyable walk through the woods. Nothing super unusual, but a couple of Pileateds and a singing creeper were fun, and it's a nice little park with diverse habitat well worth checking again.


After lunch we hit a couple of places in Rye in the short time we had before needing to return to Concord. We eventually found the four Yellow-rumped Warblers in the bayberry at the north end of Eel Pond, and had nice looks at a couple of Red-throated Loons off Jenness Beach. We ended the day with a brief look at the Semipalmated Sandpiper in Rye Harbor, and then headed home.


We were hoping to find a couple of early red-wings or grackles as others have in recent days, but no such luck.


Pam Hunt and Unity Dienes

Concord



Subject: Lyme Northern Shrike Monday Afternoon
Date: Mon Feb 17 2020 14:17 pm
From: nhbirds AT googlegroups.com
 
Seen on the home property at about two o'clock . Its vocalization was heard first, varied to the point where it brought to mind a member of the mimid family. I located the bird as it perched atop an old apple tree. Well seen at close range (15 yards?), its black mask clearly visible in today's crisp, bright sunlight.

In retrospect, this likely was a second northern shrike encounter here. A coupe of weeks back, I heard a similar song that caused me to wonder what a mockingbird might be doing here in January. I never located that individual but subsequently learned from the Sibley guide that northern shrike vocalizations can be thrasher-like in quality.

Blake Allison
Lyme, NH 03768-3400



Subject: Re: Red Breasted woodpecker
Date: Sun Feb 16 2020 17:16 pm
From: fernw AT comcast.net
 
Correction:  It is a Red Bellied Woodpecker coming to our feeders (not Red
Breasted!) Sorry for the error and Thanks to those who emailed me. I going
to be watching closely to see if it a male or female . . . or maybe even a
pair.

Fern Woodruff
Londonderry, NH


On Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8:48:34 PM UTC-5, [email protected] wrote:
>
> We have had a Red Breasted Woodpecker coming to our feeders all winter.
> Have never seen this bird at our feeders before this past spring. It has
> been a regular visitor since last spring. We have also had Bluebirds all
> winter - at least 4.
>
> Fern Woodruff
> Londonderry, NH
>
> On Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 9:52:44 AM UTC-5, Heidi wrote:
>>
>> Feeding on sunflower seeds under my feeders this morning. First one in
>> seven years. Hope he stays. I have two suet feeders out for him to enjoy
>> too.
>>
>> Heidi Rogers
>> Alton NH
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>
>

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Subject: bobcat
Date: Sun Feb 16 2020 16:12 pm
From: sylviasmiskoe AT gmail.com
 
About 4:30 PM the bobcat we have seen on occasion emerged from the SE side of the back field, almost next to the southerly fence. It made its way westerly, across the small pond behind the house. It is big and has a splendid coat with many polka dots. It moved into the brush and my daughter went onto the back porch and shouted at it, The cat stopped, looked over its shoulder and continued on at the same pace.Sylvia Miskoe, Concord




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Subject: Painted Bunting Yes
Date: Sun Feb 16 2020 14:35 pm
From: sjspangenberg AT gmail.com
 
The Painted Bunting continues to visit the feeders at Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany, NH despite a frostbitten for.

Scott Spangenberg
Amherst, NH

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Subject: Odds & Ends (Baltimore Oriole, Semi-Plover, RC Kinglet, 5 Ch. Sparrows)
Date: Sat Feb 15 2020 21:32 pm
From: nhbirds AT googlegroups.com
 
Several friends and I ventured to Rockingham County today to make up for our missing the Superbowl of Birding a few weeks ago. Despite the chilly temps, birding conditions were pretty decent today, with sun and lack of wind, and a light chop on the ocean. We focused on a few of the inland rarities in the am, which none of us had seen yet this winter, and then the coast in the afternoon, where we dipped on any alcids, unfortunately.

Select highlights:
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER - continuing at the Burley Farm in EppingBULLOCK'S ORIOLE - Stratham bird seen briefly, twice, in over 45 minutes of lookingREDHEAD - male on Great Bay from Brackett's Point (Osprey Cove Trail) in with over 2,000 scaupSEMIPALMATED PLOVER - thanks to Steve for sharing that this bird was still presentMute Swan - 2 flying north over at Bicentennial ParkSanderling - 70 along beach and breakwater at Hampton Harbor SP + another small flock further north along 1A
Purple Sandpiper - 26 nice and close in late afternoon light at Ragged Neck
Iceland Gull - 1 at Bicentennial ParkGlaucous Gull - 1 at Hampton Harbor bathhouseTurkey Vulture - 2 in StrathamNorthern Harrier - 1 really close bird hunting over Little River Saltmarsh near 1APeregrine Falcon - 1 Rye Harbor flyoverPileated Woodpecker - 1 at Burley FarmSnow Bunting - 36 at Hampton Harbor SPRed-winged Blackbird - 2 flying south in evening along Rt. 1A by Seal RocksCommon Grackle - 1 over Rt 33 in Stratham
And back home, in Hancock, Julie reported a surprise Hermit Thrush in our yard, our first February record!
Phil Brown (with Chad Witko, Ken Klapper, Katrina Fenton and Levi Burford)
Hancock, NH







On Saturday, February 15, 2020, 7:11:51 p.m. EST, Stephen Mirick <[email protected]> wrote:





Some odds and ends from the coast and Newmarket today:

SEMIPALMATED PLOVER 1 Continuing mega-rare overwintering bird in Rye
harbor. Prior to this year, my latest record ever for NH was December
9th! Photo from a couple of days ago:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET 1 off Chapel Drive in North Hampton. Only my
second February record for NH. This winter has been a big winter for
them and this is my 7th different bird since January 1st!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Hermit Thrush 1 off Willow Avenue in North Hampton.

CHIPPING SPARROW 5. Three continue off Maple Road in Newmarket
(where only 2 were previously reported) and two others continue off
Packer's Falls Road in Newmarket where Emily Patterson has recently had
3 birds on eBird. Again....an incredible winter for Chipping Sparrows.
Normally a single bird would be a very rare sighting, but they seem to
be in several locations this winter. The most remarkable (mind-blowing)
report this winter is a flock of up to 33 (!!!) Chipping Sparrows at a
feeder in Eliot, Maine.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Swamp Sparrow 1 off Willow Avenue in North Hampton.

BALTIMORE ORIOLE 1. Bright female continues off Landing Road in
Hampton. Across the street from "Defiant Lobster". We tried (but
failed) to get the Bullock's Oriole in New Castle and didn't try for
Mary's bird in Stratham.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Yellow-rumped Warbler 6 with two off Willow Avenue in North Hampton
and 4+ in bayberry patch near Eel Pond in Rye. A decent winter for them
on the coast.

LEUCISTIC BIRDS - 2. Leucism is the abnormal loss of pigmentation in
feathers often imparting white blotches or even totally white birds.
Albinism is actually quite rare. Most white birds are actually
leucistic birds. We had two today. One was a continuing leucistic
House Sparrow with the Chipping Sparrows off Maple Street in Newmarket.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Another spectacular looking bird was a robin with a nice orange breast.
But all of the dark back feathers were a pale to white color. Sadly, it
would not pose for a photo!

VARIED THRUSH - 0. A Varied Thrush was recently reported to NH Birds
Facebook with a photo. Reportedly, it was with a flock of robins in
Newmarket. We wandered around the town searching for flocks of Robins.
Only had a single group of about 20, and no Varied Thrush.

WESTERN TANAGER - 0. We tried (yet again) for the Western Tanager from
late December and early January in North Hampton......but no luck. Again.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA


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Subject: Re: Red Breasted woodpecker
Date: Sat Feb 15 2020 19:48 pm
From: fernw AT comcast.net
 
We have had a Red Breasted Woodpecker coming to our feeders all winter.
Have never seen this bird at our feeders before this past spring. It has
been a regular visitor since last spring. We have also had Bluebirds all
winter - at least 4.

Fern Woodruff
Londonderry, NH

On Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 9:52:44 AM UTC-5, Heidi wrote:
>
> Feeding on sunflower seeds under my feeders this morning. First one in
> seven years. Hope he stays. I have two suet feeders out for him to enjoy
> too.
>
> Heidi Rogers
> Alton NH
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Results of Saturday's Bald Eagle Watch at Wilder Dam
Date: Sat Feb 15 2020 18:50 pm
From: mascomabirds AT gmail.com
 
Under a brilliantly, blue sky, and the coldest conditions ever (two-below-zero at the start) to afflict one of our birding events, the 2020 Mascoma Chapter birding season commenced.
Ten hearty souls, and one obliging, adult bald eagle, were on hand when the outing commenced at 10:00 a.m. Over the ensuing two hours, a total of ten species were observed from the overlook at the Wilder Dam's lower parking area. This included five common mergansers fishing downstream, a pair of circling common ravens and a house finch couple getting an early start on setting up a nest.
Thanks to George Clark and Blake Allison for being co-leaders, and thanks to Blake for keeping the eBird count.
A complete list of the day's results can be found on eBird using the following link:Vermont eBird Checklist - 15 Feb 2020 - Wilder Dam--outflow overlook - 10 species
The next Mascoma Chapter birding event is to take place Saturday, March 21. It will be a trip up the Connecticut River's Vermont side in search of early arriving spring migrants. Visit www.mascomabirds.org for details.
--
Mascoma Chapter of NH Audubon





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Subject: Odds & Ends (Baltimore Oriole, Semi-Plover, RC Kinglet, 5 Ch. Sparrows)
Date: Sat Feb 15 2020 18:11 pm
From: smirick AT comcast.net
 
Some odds and ends from the coast and Newmarket today:

SEMIPALMATED PLOVER 1 Continuing mega-rare overwintering bird in Rye
harbor. Prior to this year, my latest record ever for NH was December
9th! Photo from a couple of days ago:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET 1 off Chapel Drive in North Hampton. Only my
second February record for NH. This winter has been a big winter for
them and this is my 7th different bird since January 1st!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Hermit Thrush 1 off Willow Avenue in North Hampton.

CHIPPING SPARROW 5. Three continue off Maple Road in Newmarket
(where only 2 were previously reported) and two others continue off
Packer's Falls Road in Newmarket where Emily Patterson has recently had
3 birds on eBird. Again....an incredible winter for Chipping Sparrows.
Normally a single bird would be a very rare sighting, but they seem to
be in several locations this winter. The most remarkable (mind-blowing)
report this winter is a flock of up to 33 (!!!) Chipping Sparrows at a
feeder in Eliot, Maine.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Swamp Sparrow 1 off Willow Avenue in North Hampton.

BALTIMORE ORIOLE 1. Bright female continues off Landing Road in
Hampton. Across the street from "Defiant Lobster". We tried (but
failed) to get the Bullock's Oriole in New Castle and didn't try for
Mary's bird in Stratham.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Yellow-rumped Warbler 6 with two off Willow Avenue in North Hampton
and 4+ in bayberry patch near Eel Pond in Rye. A decent winter for them
on the coast.

LEUCISTIC BIRDS - 2. Leucism is the abnormal loss of pigmentation in
feathers often imparting white blotches or even totally white birds.
Albinism is actually quite rare. Most white birds are actually
leucistic birds. We had two today. One was a continuing leucistic
House Sparrow with the Chipping Sparrows off Maple Street in Newmarket.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Another spectacular looking bird was a robin with a nice orange breast.
But all of the dark back feathers were a pale to white color. Sadly, it
would not pose for a photo!

VARIED THRUSH - 0. A Varied Thrush was recently reported to NH Birds
Facebook with a photo. Reportedly, it was with a flock of robins in
Newmarket. We wandered around the town searching for flocks of Robins.
Only had a single group of about 20, and no Varied Thrush.

WESTERN TANAGER - 0. We tried (yet again) for the Western Tanager from
late December and early January in North Hampton......but no luck. Again.

Steve & Jane Mirick
Bradford, MA


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Subject: Bald eagle - Exeter
Date: Sat Feb 15 2020 13:27 pm
From: samlewis100 AT gmail.com
 
Currently circling over the area of Jady Hill near Powderhouse Pond. Adult with white head and tail. There are also 2 Turkey Vultures circling nearby for reference.

--
Samuel Lewis
Exeter, NH




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Subject: Historic records of Painted Buntings in NH
Date: Sat Feb 15 2020 13:10 pm
From: deedemail AT gmail.com
 
Thank you so much for sharing the information about the Painted Bunting and also the link. Great price on the book! Looking forward to receiving my copy in the mail soon.

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Subject: Eastern Towhee
Date: Sat Feb 15 2020 13:02 pm
From: russc376 AT gmail.com
 
I stopped by the McLane Center this morning and was treated to the sight of the continuing Eastern Towhee. It was hanging around the feeders with the goldfinches, chickadees, titmice, white throated sparrows, and cardinals.
Regards,
Russ ChretienKeene





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Subject: Painted Bunting
Date: Sat Feb 15 2020 9:40 am
From: quilter.martha AT gmail.com
 
The Painted Bunting is active at the bird feeders at Tim Mountain Conservation Center. We were able to watch it from the car, parked at the electric vehicle parking spot.
Martha WilsonDover




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Subject: Red Breasted woodpecker
Date: Sat Feb 15 2020 8:52 am
From: hrogers.gm AT gmail.com
 
Feeding on sunflower seeds under my feeders this morning. First one in seven years. Hope he stays. I have two suet feeders out for him to enjoy too.

Heidi Rogers
Alton NH

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Subject: Remember -- Bald Eagle Watch at Wilder Dam Saturday Morning
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 20:55 pm
From: mascomabirds AT gmail.com
 
The forecast is for temperature readings just above 20 which remains "bundle up" weather, but the sky should be clear. We are going ahead as scheduled beginning 10:00 a.m.

Again, parking will be available in the big lot at the top of the dam's access road. Normally it is off limits, but Great River Hydro has generously agreed to accommodate our event. There will be placards to place on your dashboard that identify you as an event participant.
Best wishes,
Blake Allison, Steering Committee Chair

--
Mascoma Chapter of NH Audubon





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Subject: Historic records of Painted Buntings in NH
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 18:43 pm
From: smirick AT comcast.net
 
Painted Buntings have been very rare in NH. 


If you don't have a copy of The Birds of New Hampshire by Allan
Keith and Robert Fox, then you should try to get one. They are very
inexpensive and contain a wealth of information.

They were available through NH Audubon for a measly $5!! Not sure
if they are still available. Otherwise you can get one for $5 at
Buteo Books (plus postage).

https://www.buteobooks.com/mm5...


According to Keith & Fox:


Painted Bunting Passerina ciris

Status. Very rare
visitor from the
south; 11 records, all of
males, the first in 1960. Two accepted records for VT (C.C.
Rimmer pers.
comm.), over 50 records for MA (Veit and Petersen 1993, BO
database 2010), and
over 25 records for ME (ME-BRC website, P.D. Vickery pers.
comm.).

Spring.
Single birds at Contoocook 8 May 1973 (C.B. Wallace et al.), Bow 6 Mar 2008 (E. Robinson), Jefferson
30 May 2008 (J.
and T. Kennison), New Castle 13 Jun 2001 (S.R. Mirick, D.J.
Abbott et al.),
Portsmouth 2 Jun 2009 (D.
Mooney), and by far the earliest 11 Mar 2011 at Deering (P.
Sunderland).

Summer.
There was 1 about 6“7 Aug 1976 at Tilton (F. Nadd fide V.H. Hebert) and 1 at New Hampton 21 Aug
1960 (R.W. Smart).

Fall. One was at Hopkinton
25 Sep 2005 (C. Denton, D. Bonner II) and 1 at Concord 1 Oct
2007 (R.A.
Woodward).

Winter.
One was at Newmarket 22 Jan 2006 (S.R. and J. Mirick, D.B.
Donsker).




What has made this bird even more difficult to see in NH has been
the fact that most birds have not stuck around to be seen by many
birders. This current bird has now been seen by more people than
any other in the State!!



Steve Mirick

Bradford, MA



On 2/14/2020 3:50 PM, D D wrote:


I'm interested in learning how rare this occurrence is, historically.



Subject: Painted Bunting YES
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 14:50 pm
From: deedemail AT gmail.com
 
I'm interested in learning how rare this occurrence is, historically.

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Subject: Red-headed woodpecker in Epping
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 10:56 am
From: ttaylornh AT gmail.com
 
The bird continues at Burley Farm in Epping as of Feb. 13.

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Subject: Re: Ross’s Goose in Rye
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 10:53 am
From: ttaylornh AT gmail.com
 
Hi Jon - I saw the same goose in the same spot and thought Ross but I was 
told it was a snow goose.

On Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 12:22:48 PM UTC-5, Jon Woolf wrote:
>
> On second look with my scope, it may be a juvenile Snow Goose, not a Ross.
> But certainly one or the other.
>
> ” Jon Woolf
> Manchester NH
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Feb 11, 2020, at 12:17 PM, Jon Woolf > wrote:
> >
> > There is a juvenile Ross™s Goose with a flock of Canada Geese in the
> salt marsh inland from Wallis Sands Beach right now.
> >
> > ” Jon Woolf
> > Manchester NH
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
>
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Subject: Red-Winged Blackbird in Gilmanton
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 10:17 am
From: birdrecords AT nhaudubon.org
 
NH Audubon has received a report of a Red-winged Blackbird showing up at 309 Sawtooth Rd in Gilmanton. The bird arrived on February 9th and is still around as of today.


Unity Dienes for New Hampshire Bird Records



Subject: Bald eagle in Concord
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 7:38 am
From: annehadshi AT gmail.com
 
Flying low in circles over Rte 202 between Concord hospital and St Paul's schoolAnne H.




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Subject: redwings in Derry
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 7:02 am
From: byrder101 AT gmail.com
 
Hi all
Just had my first group of male redwings show up - counted 20 as they dropped down out of my crab apple tree like leaves in the fall! Not sure yet of they are making a pit stop or returning to the neighborhood.
Barb Horton Derry




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Subject: Notes From Old Iberia - Campfire Wildlife
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 0:54 am
From: alfredmaley AT gmail.com
 
Last evening the cowman started a fire to burn some brush and tree trunks near our residence and as it was a warm evening I decided to sit by the campfire and listen for night sounds. As soon as the twilight waned the Tawny Owls began to call. They™d been quiet recently and I thought the seca that™s killing the cork oak trees had reduced their numbers, but there were several taking advantage of the calm night to broadcast their presence.

About an hour later two Eagle Owls began a short conversation, lasting only about five minutes. It came from a direction where they had nested about a decade ago, so in mid-March we™ll make an attempt to locate the nest, once the eggs are sure to have hatched.

Finally, as I sat on a log by the fire I was startled by a noise right next to me, something apparently moving away from the heat of the fire. The flashlight revealed the Giant Toad, Bufo sp?, staring back at me with obvious indignation, secure in his belief that his poison glands would protect him. Many pets have learned the hard way not to bother them.

Al Maley
Hampstead, NH/Los Barrios, CA Spain




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Subject: Painted Bunting YES
Date: Thu Feb 13 2020 21:06 pm
From: pandiain.im AT gmail.com
 
I was speaking at Tin Mountain this evening so Rick Van de Poll and I carpooled up early enough to check the feeders for the bunting before it got dark. It obliged and was present from 3:45 to 4:15.

Iain MacLeod
Ashland




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Subject: Cedar Waxwings and an American Robin in Lyme Thursday Morning
Date: Thu Feb 13 2020 18:08 pm
From: nhbirds AT googlegroups.com
 
Fourteen cedar waxwings and a solitary robin showed up in the yard around 7:30. The waxwing visit was brief (five minutes). The robin stayed for a while longer calling from one of the apple trees.

Blake Allison
Lyme, NH 03768-3400



Subject: Insect Decline
Date: Thu Feb 13 2020 14:37 pm
From: chris.p.heys AT gmail.com
 
You were not misunderstood, John. My exclamation was one of surprise that politics were extracted from my article submission and, well...concern....
Chris

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On Feb 13, 2020, at 3:34 PM, John Ranta <[email protected]> wrote:






I was referring to the diatribe on immigration. The decline in insect populations is real, and worthy of attention.





JR



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Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2020 3:33 PM
To: [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]
Subject: Re: [NHBirds] Insect Decline


I did not intend to start a political conversation here. This is a global problem, not a political problem.



What the heck?


Chris


Sent from my iPhone


> On Feb 13, 2020, at 3:00 PM, Bruce Boyer <[email protected]> wrote:

>

> A list of articles on collapse of insect and other land invertebrate populations are listed at the end of this article:


>

> https://www.cicadamania.com/ci...

>

>

> I suggest drastically reducing the size of one™s lawn, which is of minimal ecological value, and replacing it with a wildflower meadow; planting flowering trees and shrubs in the yard,;growing one™s own veggies or buying them from local farmers (esp. organic
ones); and opposing politicians who advocate immigration, which is the chief cause of the population explosion in the U.S. and other Western countries. The U.S. population has increased by about 200 million just in my lifetime. No one should pretend to be
concerned about the environment if he advocates the kind of enormous immigration seen in recent years.


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Subject: Insect Decline
Date: Thu Feb 13 2020 14:34 pm
From: john.f.ranta AT gmail.com
 
I was referring to the diatribe on immigration. The decline in insect populations is real, and worthy of attention.





JR



From: [email protected] on behalf of Chris Heys <[email protected]>
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2020 3:33 PM
To: [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]
Subject: Re: [NHBirds] Insect Decline


I did not intend to start a political conversation here. This is a global problem, not a political problem.



What the heck?


Chris


Sent from my iPhone


> On Feb 13, 2020, at 3:00 PM, Bruce Boyer <[email protected]> wrote:

>

> A list of articles on collapse of insect and other land invertebrate populations are listed at the end of this article:


>

> https://www.cicadamania.com/ci...

>

>

> I suggest drastically reducing the size of one™s lawn, which is of minimal ecological value, and replacing it with a wildflower meadow; planting flowering trees and shrubs in the yard,;growing one™s own veggies or buying them from local farmers (esp. organic
ones); and opposing politicians who advocate immigration, which is the chief cause of the population explosion in the U.S. and other Western countries. The U.S. population has increased by about 200 million just in my lifetime. No one should pretend to be
concerned about the environment if he advocates the kind of enormous immigration seen in recent years.


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Subject: Insect Decline
Date: Thu Feb 13 2020 14:33 pm
From: chris.p.heys AT gmail.com
 
I did not intend to start a political conversation here. This is a global problem, not a political problem.  

What the heck?

Chris

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 13, 2020, at 3:00 PM, Bruce Boyer wrote:
>
> A list of articles on collapse of insect and other land invertebrate populations are listed at the end of this article:
>
> https://www.cicadamania.com/ci...
>
>
> I suggest drastically reducing the size of one™s lawn, which is of minimal ecological value, and replacing it with a wildflower meadow; planting flowering trees and shrubs in the yard,;growing one™s own veggies or buying them from local farmers (esp. organic ones); and opposing politicians who advocate immigration, which is the chief cause of the population explosion in the U.S. and other Western countries. The U.S. population has increased by about 200 million just in my lifetime. No one should pretend to be concerned about the environment if he advocates the kind of enormous immigration seen in recent years.
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Subject: Insect Decline
Date: Thu Feb 13 2020 14:20 pm
From: john.f.ranta AT gmail.com
 
Please remove this post. Such political positions do not belong here (nor is it accurate).





JR



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Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2020 3:00 PM
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Subject: [NHBirds] Insect Decline


A list of articles on collapse of insect and other land invertebrate populations are listed at the end of this article:



https://www.cicadamania.com/ci...



I suggest drastically reducing the size of one™s lawn, which is of minimal ecological value, and replacing it with a wildflower meadow; planting flowering trees and shrubs in the yard,;growing one™s own veggies or buying them from local farmers (esp. organic
ones); and opposing politicians who advocate immigration, which is the chief cause of the population explosion in the U.S. and other Western countries. The U.S. population has increased by about 200 million just in my lifetime. No one should pretend to be
concerned about the environment if he advocates the kind of enormous immigration seen in recent years.



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Subject: Insect Decline
Date: Thu Feb 13 2020 14:00 pm
From: brumyster AT comcast.net
 
A list of articles on collapse of insect and other land invertebrate populations are listed at the end of this article:

https://www.cicadamania.com/ci...


I suggest drastically reducing the size of one™s lawn, which is of minimal ecological value, and replacing it with a wildflower meadow; planting flowering trees and shrubs in the yard,;growing one™s own veggies or buying them from local farmers (esp. organic ones); and opposing politicians who advocate immigration, which is the chief cause of the population explosion in the U.S. and other Western countries. The U.S. population has increased by about 200 million just in my lifetime. No one should pretend to be concerned about the environment if he advocates the kind of enormous immigration seen in recent years.

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Subject: Insect decline
Date: Thu Feb 13 2020 12:07 pm
From: john.f.ranta AT gmail.com
 
A similar study came out in Germany last fall - https://www.dw.com/en/munich-s...




JR



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Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2020 1:04 PM
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Subject: [NHBirds] Insect decline


I came across an article today which cites two interesting studies. The result have horrible implications and likely plays into the avian apocalypse we are witnessing.


https://www.theguardian.com/en...


Chris Heys
Jaffrey NH

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Subject: Insect decline
Date: Thu Feb 13 2020 12:04 pm
From: chris.p.heys AT gmail.com
 
I came across an article today which cites two interesting studies. The result have horrible implications and likely plays into the avian apocalypse we are witnessing.
https://www.theguardian.com/en...
Chris HeysJaffrey NH
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Subject: Dickcissel in Manchester
Date: Thu Feb 13 2020 10:59 am
From: jhbird AT myfairpoint.net
 
While absently looking at the Juncos feeding on the ground in my backyard this morning, I took a closer look at a bird that seemed unusual. It was a Dickcissel, probably a young male. There was definitely yellow in the expected places and a small black patch at the throat.
Jane

Jane Hills
Manchester, NH
jhbird(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

"We are all environmentalists now, but we are not all planetists. An environmentalist realizes that nature has its pleasures and deserves respect. A planetist puts the earth ahead of the earthlings." --William Safire



Subject: Painted Bunting - Yes
Date: Wed Feb 12 2020 17:03 pm
From: pkursewicz AT myfairpoint.net
 
We arrived at Tin Mountain Conservation Center at 10:00 am. Around 10:10 am
we located the bird on the feeder next to the barn. It then flew into the tree
that was supporting the feeder. It hung around for about 10 to
15minutes.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

Paul & Lynn
Epping



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