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Friday, January 20, 2012

{BIRD NOTES} January 20, 2012

Bald Eagle © Noreen Downs


Bird Notes





Excerpts from the New Hampshire Audubon Bald Eagle Survey

This was the 32nd consecutive year that New Hampshire Audubon has coordinated New Hampshire's part of the National Mid-winter Bald Eagle Survey (beginning with the Winter of 1980-81).  This year the survey took place on Saturday, January 7th, except in the Lakes Region where we held it on Thursday, January 5th.  Volunteer turn-out this year included a total of 85 people.  Saturday's weather was amazing, with very mild temperatures and only light breezes, and without much snow cover across the entire state.  Thursday's count in the Lakes Region took place in seasonal overcast conditions with precipitation mostly holding off until the end of the day. (See attachment for photo)


Survey Day statewide results:  This year we located a total of 56 bald eagles (42 adults, 14 immatures*) and 1 golden eagle in New Hampshire on survey day, down slightly from the 61 eagles seen in our 2009 and 2010 counts, and nearly the same as the 54 eagles we saw last year.  For a long-term sense of the trend, 11 years ago in 2001 we counted a total of 42 eagles, in 1991 we counted 19, in 1981 we counted only 8.


Connecticut River** - Total of 15 bald eagles seen, including 14 individuals (12 adults, 2 immatures) seen on Survey Day (11 observers), plus 1 additional eagle (1 immature) confirmed during the two-week count period.

---Chris Martin, Senior Biologist

Conservation Department, New Hampshire Audubon



Bald Eagle Over I-91

Vivian and I had a good 10 seconds view of an adult Bald Eagle last Friday.  We were on I-91 heading into the Holyoke Range from the north and the eagle was headed upstream.  We managed to stay on the road without a third hand on the wheel.  

---Tom Prunier



Hildene Bird Walks

Attached are the dates for the monthly bird walks held at Hildene in Manchester, Vermont. We meet at the visitors’ center. All are welcome. Hope to see you there.

2012 Hildene Bird Walk Dates:
1/14/12 begins at 8 a.m.
4/28/12 - begins at 7a.m. until October
10/13/12 - begins at 8 a.m.

---Barbara Powers, Manchester Center, VT





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 Al Merritt

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