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New England, USA

Just back from a sixteen night stay in New England. As usual, a non birding holiday but managed three mornings birding plus what I saw on a variety of walks. We started off in Boston, then on to Kennebunkport in Maine, Holderness in New Hampshire, North Conway NH, Stowe in Vermont, Manchester VT, Mystic in Connecticut and finally four nights at Chatham on Cape Cod. I had wanted to do a pelagic from Cape Cod but, for the first time in years, there had been no interest in September although some had gone out in earlier months. The weather throughout was very good. We had rain on part of two days, otherwise sunny and warm. Cool, first thing in the mornings in the mountains and on Cape Cod it was very warm to hot.

Areas birded :-

Boston Common and Boston Public Garden.
Plum Island.
Kennebunkport harbour areas.
Laudholm Farm and Laudholm Beach near Kennebunkport.
Lake Squam and Holderness Hotel gardens.
Squam Lakes Natural Science Centre.
Trapp Family Lodge woodland, Stowe.
Equinox Pond and woodland trails, Manchester.
Forest Beach and Conservation Lands, Chatham, Cape Cod.
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Cape Cod.
Race Point Beach, Cape Cod.

BBC's Autumn Watch with Chris Packham etc came from Holderness last October. Race Point Beach is at the northern tip of the Cape. There are large warning signs advising Great White Sharks hunt seals in the shallow waters off the beach. I did a three hour sea watch there and on three occasions, I saw a fin slicing through the water. Needless to say, there was no one in the water swimming!

Trip List :-

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
White-winged Scoter
Wild Turkey
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
American Avocet
American Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Marbled Godwit
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Parasitic Jaeger
Bonaparte's Gull
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Common Loon
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Turkey Vulture
Cooper's Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
House Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Orchard Oriole
Common Grackle
Black-and-white Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

I didn't take many photographs but a few are attached of Ring-billed Gull, Laughing Gull, Willet, Least Sandpiper and American Avocet, the latter being a rarity in north east US.

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