NH over Labor Day 2015

This year’s Labor Day trip was NH and a little bit of MA (Plum Island aka Parker River NWR). Birding was on the slow side, nevertheless enjoyable. The best day was Saturday when NH Coast wizards Steve and Jane Mirick gave me the grand tour of their local patch. Highlights included Great Cormorant, Black Guillemot, Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Upland Sandpiper, Western and White-rumped Sandpiper.

The following are pictures from a morning at Mt. Kearsarge northwest of Concord (1-4). Bird 5 came from the coast. Can you id them?

Bird 1


Bird 2:

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Bird 3


Bird 4


Bird 5: Odiorne Point SP. Are they really all the same species?


This Common Eider is of course easy to id …


The posture of this Red-breasted Nuthatch is so classic that I couldn’t resist uploading this picture. Too bad that he was in the shade.



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  1. Bird 1: Black-and-white Warbler
    Bird 2: Female Black-throated Blue Warbler
    Bird 3: The shadows make it hard to see, but this is an immature Black-throated Green Warbler
    Bird 4: Blackburnian Warbler
    Bird 5: Yes, they are all Semipalmated Sandpipers. Note how the bills of these east coast birds seem more tapered and longer than what we typically see here on the west coast.


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