A quick trip to NH over Labor Day 2009

NH 09/04/2009-09/08/2009 with Sam
Stayed at camp: Wildgoose Lake (off Merrill Rd; north of Northwood)

Species List (total 70):

Canada Goose
Wood Duck (Wildgoose Lake near Beaver Dam)
Common Eider (Plaice Cove)
Common Loon (Wildgoose Lake; in breeding plumage)
Horned Grebe (Plaice Cove)
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Mississippi Kite (1 ad at the end of Gonet Dr north of Newmarket, fleeting glimpse only)
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
Merlin (1 at Moore Field)
Black-bellied Plover
Semi-palmated Plover
Marbled Godwit (1 at Hampton Harbor off River St)
Ruddy Turnstone
Semipalmated Sandpiper (many at Plaice Cove at high tide and Hampton Harbor)
White-rumped Sandpiper (2 at Hampton Harbor off River St)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (1-2 at Moore Fields just east of UNH campus)
Short-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Tern (many in Hampton harbor)
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Belted Kingfisher (Wildgoose Lake)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (1 calling near Mississippi Kite spot)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 juv at clearcut behind camp)
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo (1 at The Island in Penacook, 1 at clearcut behind camp, 1 at Northwood Meadows SP)
Red-eyed Vireo (4 at at clearcut behind camp, 1 at The Island in Penacook, 1 at Northwood Meadows SP)
Blue Jay
American Crow
Barn Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Hermit Thrush (2 at clearcut behind camp; looked like those were migrants)
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Parula (1 at Northwood Meadows SP)
Magnolia Warbler (1 at clearcut behind camp, 1 at The Island in Penacook)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (1 adult male off camp road)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler (3 at clearcut behind camp; a few at Northwood Meadows SP)
Pine Warbler (1 singer in Penacook)
Black-and-white Warbler (1 immature at clearcut behind camp)
Common Yellowthroat (Wildgoose Lake among others)
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
unid’ed Saltmarsh/Nelson’s Sparrow (1 at Chapman’s Landing south of Newmarket)
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow (1 at West Foss Farm)
Bobolink (several basic plumage birds at Moore Fields)
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole (2 bright males at Mississippi Kite spot)
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow


-We were signed up to do a whale watch with Granite State out of Rye Harbor, but it got canceled due to waves
-Marbled Godwit is a rarity in NH, so is the breeding Mississippi Kite
-Finding migrant flocks was difficult and took a lot of calling/pishing
-Highlights: BT Blue, Buffy, White-rumped SP
-Jon joined us for a trip to the coast on 09/06
-Overall not a real birding trip, but I got some birding every day. Unfortunately I had to deal with my bad eyesight as I had wear my shot glasses due to an eye ulcer


Lots of Common Terns were in Hampton Harbor.


Black-throated Green Warblers were still relatively common in the right habitat.


This puppy Black-and-White Warbler came super close. Sharpening was not necessary for this one …


My only Northern Parula of the trip.


Red-eyed Vireos were still very common. There even was a cluster of 4 of them near camp.



  1. Holy cow, these images are far more impressive on screen than they were on the back of the camera!

    Also I saw our acquaintance Ben Griffith in class the following Tuesday and he said that as soon as we left the harbor a roseate tern landed on a boat not far from their scope point. so there are still a few around… He also pointed out the relative rarity of an adult buff-breasted sandpiper in NH, but I had not even noticed it was an adult.

    All in all a good list, thanks for hosting me for the day on Sunday!



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