Thanks to all who have posted sightings in and around Moose Bog. Your posts
motivated me to finally do a ‘up north winter bird trip’. And I enjoyed it
immensely with two beautiful lifers.
Spent the night at Coos hotel in Lancaster (NH) and got to Moose Bog (first
time) at 6:45. Parked on South America Pond Rd. at the parking space not far
from the highway. Upon exiting the car hear and saw white-winged crossbills
singing on evergreen-tree tops and while eyeing them three grey jays came to
inspect me. Walked down to where, on the left hand side, there is an area full
of dead trees, and heard a woodpecker. Soon it flew to another tree for
wonderful views: a female black-backed pecker (lifer for me) and the male
was a few trees over!
Took about an 80 minute walk along South America Pond Rd. where I saw
some nice birds. The peckers were still around when I walked by again. I got
within about seven feet of the female. I pished some finches who were flying
over and the two settled down on top of an evergreen and there were red
crossbills! Another lifer. And wonderful looks.
Walked a little on the highway and here saw the boreal chickadees and some
more white-winged crossbills conspicuously eating from cones.
Birds seen in the 2 ¼ hours:
b-c chickadees (lots)
white-winged crossbills (quite a few and singing a lot)
red crossbills (one pair)
black-backed woodpecker (pair, present for over an hour)
Heading south I did the ‘Guildhall-Granby-Victory-Lancaster (NH)’ loop, a good
deal of which is dirt roads and which I drove in Feb. of 2005 at which time I
had seen pine grosbeaks. This time I saw:
blue jays (a couple dozen)
tree sparrows (by feeders)
juncos (by feeders)
goldfinches (dozens and dozens)
white-winged crossbills (three times two or more were eating on the road and
one time about five males were in a tree)
siskins (eating in the road)
In Lancaster (NH) saw no birds at the feeders.