I was on the summit of Mount Moosilauke Saturday afternoon in trying
conditions - rain, wind, in the clouds - typical alpine weather! There were
a few juncos bouncing around here and there, but what surprised me were
shorebirds. Yeah, shorebirds. At first a heard a faint call of a peep and I
thought I was hearing things. Then another a few moments later. Then one
flew right past my head calling and I thought it might have been a Least
Sandpiper by the call. I heard about 8 of them flying low over the summit
with the north wind. They never appeared to land but seemed to be in the act
of migration and perhaps were just skimming the summit as they flew along.
It was certainly a neat thing to witness.
Other birds noted in the subalpine forest:
Cedar Waxwing - feeding on the large crop of Mountain Ash
Thrush species - one seen but not enough for species.
White-winged Crossbill - small flock flyover
Golden-crowned Kinglet - most plentiful bird species seen
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