Star Island – news and next trip Monday May 27th

There is only one spot left on the last Star Island trip of the spring, this coming Monday May 27th. Be warned though – New Hampshire Chronicle will be joining us to film a segment on Birdwatching in New Hampshire! Let me know asap if you are interested by e-mailing me at eric.masterson AT myfairpoint.net

I have included a few photos below from a couple of recent trips to the island. As has been widely reported across New England, this has been a slow spring. However Star Island in May (and fall) is always worthwhile, and it did not disappoint. There were no rarities (though it does not fit the standard definition of a rarity, an American Crow was a first for the island for me during our recent birdathon on Saturday May 18th), but we had a few decent sightings, including a couple of Purple Martins on May 12 (with Greg Tillman and Chris Borg), and as always, the birds provided breathtaking views.

Birdathon Species List, Star Island May 18 2013

  1. Brant (26)
  2. Mallard
  3. Common Eider (two with broods)
  4. White-winged Scoter (50 migrating)
  5. Red-breasted Merganser
  6. Common Loon
  7. Northern Gannet
  8. Double-crested Cormorant
  9. Merlin
  10. Black-bellied Plover
  11. Semipalmated Plover
  12. Spotted Sandpiper
  13. Willet (uncommon migrant on Star)
  14. Purple Sandpiper (8)
  15. Laughing Gull (1)
  16. Herring Gull
  17. Great Black-backed Gull
  18. Common Tern
  19. Black Guillemot
  20. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  21. Eastern Kingbird
  22. Blue-headed Vireo
  23. American Crow (rare – first record for Star on one of my trips)
  24. Tree Swallow
  25. Barn Swallow
  26. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  27. Carolina Wren (including recent fledglings from a nest)
  28. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  29. American Robin
  30. Gray Catbird
  31. European Starling
  32. Northern Parula
  33. Yellow Warbler
  34. Chestnut-sided Warbler
  35. Magnolia Warbler
  36. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  37. Black-throated Green Warbler
  38. Blackpoll Warbler
  39. Black-and-white Warbler
  40. American Redstart
  41. Northern Waterthrush
  42. Common Yellowthroat
  43. Wilson’s Warbler
  44. Canada Warbler (1)
  45. Scarlet Tanager
  46. Chipping Sparrow
  47. Song Sparrow
  48. Swamp Sparrow
  49. White-throated Sparrow
  50. White-crowned Sparrow
  51. Bobolink
  52. Red-winged Blackbird
  53. Common Grackle
  54. Baltimore Oriole
  55. Pine Siskin
  56. American Goldfinch

    Blackburnian Warbler, Star Island May 2013

    Blackburnian Warbler, Star Island May 2013

Bobolink, Star Island May 2013

Bobolink, Star Island May 2013

Northern Parula, Star Island, May 2013

Northern Parula, Star Island, May 2013

Purple Martin, Star Island May 2013

Purple Martin, Star Island May 2013

Purple Sandpiper, Star Island, May 2013

Purple Sandpiper, Star Island, May 2013

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2 Responses to “Star Island – news and next trip Monday May 27th”

  1. Jane LaPointe May 28, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Eric — I just read your report on NH Birds. Wow. Glad the 27th was such a great day for everyone. And, let me remember to never miss a chance to go to Star Island with you! The trip on the 18th was also a wonderful one.

  2. Tracy May 30, 2013 at 2:46 am #

    Eric, the photo of the Blackburnian warbler is GORGEOUS! The whole new EricMasterson.com site is really great aesthetically. So happy for you that it has turned out so well.

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