• Star Island overnights

    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.

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  • Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagements

    I will be appearing across the state in the next few months, signing books and talking about the finer points of finding birds in New Hampshire.

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  • Media Buzz on Birdwatching in New Hampshire

    Media Buzz on Birdwatching in New Hampshire

    Masterson 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, 2013
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Terrific Year for Alcids on Jeffreys Ledge

Dovekies, Jeffreys Ledge

Dovekies, Jeffreys Ledge

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 →

Jeffreys Ledge Pomarine Jaegers

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 →

Star Island Birding Weekends 2014

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.

Registration includes:

  • 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 →

Nocturnal Migration in Hancock

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 →

Fippennies Ledge

The following story, from a recent trip to Fippennies Ledge, reminded me about a sighting of Hudsonian Godwits that I recounted on page 5 of Birdwatching in New Hampshire.

Fippennies Ledge Track, August 27 2013

Fippennies Ledge Track, August 27 2013

About Fippennies Ledge

During a trip with Eastman’s on August 27th 2013 I had the opportunity to witness a flock of American Golden-Plovers, one of the world’s great long distance migrants. Fippennies is an underwater shoal located deep in the Gulf of Maine. The... Continue Reading →