2014 was a good spring for goose diversity in the Connecticut River Valley. The following gallery includes shots of all five species seen to date (all through an iPhone/telescope combination). In addition, I found two more neck-banded Canada Geese. I sent the band numbers away to reportband.gov and got a response within two weeks. Both birds (seen in Charlestown NH and Putney VT) were banded in Montreal, much closer to home than the bird I found in March 2011 and 2013 that was banded in Greenland. They add to the overall diversity of the region’s waterfowl if you consider diversity... Continue Reading →
Star Island overnights
May 16-18 & September 19-21, 2014
Fewer than 30 species of birds breed on Star Island, but almost 250 species have been recorded. Most are migrants that use the island as a staging post each spring and fall. Two weekend conferences will focus on the identification and natural history of the many species that we encounter.
Each conference costs $300pp, which is inclusive of meals, lodging, and boat transportation. The last conference was a sell-out, so contact me asap if you want to sign up for either.Read Post
Media Buzz on Birdwatching in New HampshireMasterson has created an excellent set of tools that, if used as he intended, I am sure, would have helped me build up my “life list” of bird sightings, to a greater length.” Stacey Cole, New Hampshire Union Leader, April 12, 2013Read Post
Eleven birders visited Jeffreys Ledge yesterday with Eastmans of Hampton Harbor. We are incredibly lucky to have this facility in New Hampshire, because the nearest alternative option to go offshore in winter is out of Montauk, Rhode Island. This year is the first in a long time that Eastmans has pushed past mid-December, which is when they usually quit (mid-Dec. still makes them the latest operators in NH by several months). My gut tells me they wont try to... Continue Reading →
I visited Jeffreys Ledge today with Eastmans and was pleasantly surprised by the action. Normally mid-July to mid-September is peak on the ledge, but this summer the birds didn’t materialize, perhaps related to food distribution in the Gulf of Maine (itself related to ocean warming?). The numbers today were actually quite impressive given the time of year, in contrast to earlier in the season. Alcids were absent (razorbills excepted), but a good show of Great Shearwater, Northern Fulmar , and Pomarine Jaeger, and one apiece of Iceland and Glaucous. Contrast this with my high count of Great Shearwater from this... Continue Reading →
May 16-18 (full) September 19-21 (space available)
Reserve your place at:
May – https://starisland.thankyou4caring.org/pages/birding-weekend-i
Sept – https://starisland.thankyou4caring.org/pages/birding-weekend-ii
Cost of $300pp, fully refundable with cancellation notice of at least 4 weeks.
- All Meals for the duration of the trip – Breakfast served at 8:30, lunch at 12:30, and dinner at 6:30. If you have special dietary requirements, these can be addressed. Contact me for information.
- Transport to and from the island (either via the Thomas Laighton from Portsmouth or the Uncle Oscar from Rye Harbor).
- Accommodation from Friday through Sunday- guests will be staying in either the hotel or... Continue Reading →
This week’s shopper article references the following audio file. It was recorded from 10-11pm on September 15th from my back yard, in Hancock New Hampshire. I edited it to remove the dead space, leaving a clip about 90 seconds long that features almost 200 bird call notes, each one representing a different bird headed south over my house.
The file consists of Swainson’s Thrush, Veery, American Redstart, Blackpoll Warbler, and a few more. Later this week, I will be uploading some key spectrograms from the file and I will also annotate it so... Continue Reading →