Monday, November 3, 2008

Birding the coast of New Hampshire in November pt 1 of 3

Blue sky, Sunshine and strong winds coming out of the northeast. The temps in the low to mid forties and the boy's and I headed out at 3;oc in the morning to go birding on the coast of New Hampshire with Steve and Jane Mirick. They were leading the Brookline Birding Club and anyone else that wanted to on a birding tour of the NH seacoast. We started out in Seabrook and worked our way north, the group had great looks at many bird thanks to effort of everyone. We got things rolling with a Fox Sparrow and then a White-crowned Sparrow. Moving up the road to Seabrook state park/beach (i don't know which) there was a large flock of Snow Buntings feeding in the park, probably 300 plus . Horned larks flew past, there was Red-throated Loons preening in the harbor channel and I already had three new life birds. And it was only 10 o'clock, It was going to be a great day, little did I know just how good it was going to be. Steve found a Lapland Longspur which was quite difficult to relocate as the flock of Snow Buntings keep spooking. We were looking in the sand dunes for a Ipswich/Savannah type
sparrow, looking around I found a Lapland Longspur feeding in the tall grass on the sand dunes.

We moved on to a place called Bicentennial park in Hampton, here we found some Yellow-rump, Nashville and Black Poll Warblers. And just beyond the park is where the Dickcessel was found by David Johnston of Bratteleboro Vermont. Here is a link to Len Medlock's beautiful image of it :

This last image is for Art Morris , a soft Blurr of a Ipswick/Savannah sparrow taking flight in the dunes. When it calm down around here I'm going to post a report about my weekend How-To Seminar in Portland, Maine: “The Art of Nature Photography; It Ain’t Just Birds” Weekend with great Arthur Morris, which was just amazing!
Till then make sure to VOTE and I'll start working on part 2 for next post.

Thanks for checking in to BFO's
Peter Manship

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