I first want to say what a great report this is.
Secondly, I also want to add that there have been several Boreal Chickadees
found within the Monadnock Region of NH this fall. This includes two that
were Initially reported from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory at
Miller State Park in Peterborough several weeks ago. At least one bird
persisted at the site until even just recently, affording looks to many
visitors, including myself. Interestingly enough, this is where I also had
a BOCH two years ago when I was serving as the official counter for the
It’s turning out to be an interesting fall.
On Sun, Nov 1, 2020 at 6:30 PM Chris Rimmer <[log in to unmask]>
> Late yesterday afternoon during a hike up the north slope of Hunger Mt.
> with Paul Wieczoreck and 3 friends, we had 3 avian surprises in the space
> of less than 5 minutes as we stood on a lookout with a spectacular distant
> view of the snow-clad Presidentials. First, an immature Northern Harrier
> sailed by at eye level. This was immediately followed by a flock of 8+
> White-winged Crossbills, several of which afforded close looks as they
> foraged in the cone-laden red spruces. Moments later, Paul said "I think I
> heard a Boreal Chickadee", which none of us took too seriously, especially
> since a Red-breasted Nuthatch had just been 'yanking' close by. Paul heard
> it again (his ears are far superior to mine...), and suddenly the bird was
> foraging on the red spruce tops at close range. We had amazing views over
> the next 3 minutes or so, all shaking our heads at the unlikelihood of
> finding this species so far away from its year-round haunts in the Nulhegan
> Boreal Chickadees are known to undergo periodic southward irruptions of
> their breeding range, and perhaps this individual is a harbinger of such a
> flight. These irruptions are thought to relate to food shortages in boreal
> forests and can apparently coincide with those of seed-eating finches. If
> numbers of siskis and just-arriving redpolls are any indication, this could
> be a strong finch flight year, and it will be interesting to see whether
> other Boreal Chickadees appear in VT outside the Northeast Kingdom, and
> elsewhere in New England.
> Chris Rimmer
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
> 802.649.1431 x202
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