Birders Find 40 Bird Species in 3 Hours at the Powder Major's Farm and Forest

Martha Twombly | June 6, 2016

Birders test their ID skills at the Powder Major's Farm and Forest recently. Photo by Martha Twombly.

On May 28 Lauren Kras, president of the NH Seacoast Audubon and Forest Society easement steward, led a group of about 40 birders on a walk through the Powder Major’s Farm and Forest land to identify and learn about migrating birds that are arriving in the Northeast at this time of year. Several diverse habitats on this land – riparian buffers along the Oyster River, beaver impounded wetland, deciduous and hemlock forest, and open fields - provide habitat for a wide range of birds. The group identified more than 40 species, including those listed below, and was treated with a clear view of Black-throated Green Warblers, and both male and female Baltimore orioles. As it was difficult spotting the birds in the high canopy of leafed-out trees (everyone experienced extensive “warbler neck”) the group focused on identifying birds by song.

2 Turkey Vulture
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
1 Black-billed Cuckoo
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
4 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Willow Flycatcher
2 Eastern Phoebe
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Eastern Kingbird
3 Yellow-throated Vireo
10 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
1 Common Raven
4 Tree Swallow
4 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
1 Brown Creeper
2 House Wren
X Eastern Bluebird
5 Veery
X American Robin
X Gray Catbird
8 Cedar Waxwing
10 Ovenbird
1 Louisiana Waterthrush
2 Black-and-white Warbler
4 Common Yellowthroat
6 Blackburnian Warbler
4 Pine Warbler
7 Black-throated Green Warbler
5 Chipping Sparrow
X Song Sparrow
X Swamp Sparrow
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
X Red-winged Blackbird
X Common Grackle
X Brown-headed Cowbird
2 Baltimore Oriole
X American Goldfinch