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Purple martins and tree swallows nesting

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Tree swallow at home.

Nest box off Cross Beach Road, Seabrook Beach, Hampton-Seabrook Estuary. Took a ride out there on Sunday morning.

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On the north side of the road out into the marsh, colorful nest boxes and mostly tree swallows.

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On the south side of the road, more nest boxes and a purple martin gourd rack.

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Volunteers affiliated with New Hampshire Audubon put up the rack last year, after they noticed some martin pairs nesting in nearby boxes.

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Looks like the purple martins are happy with their new digs.

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Some pairs still prefer their old seaside summer cottages.

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I admire the creativity of the nest box builder(s)!

Great resource for learning about and tracking purple martins: PMCA

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Tree swallow pair.

Avian bug control specialists, they are nice to have around if you live next to a marsh.

More photos on Flickr: Purple martins and tree swallows nesting

Mockingbird and marsh

Northern Mockingbird Depot Road

A study in grays and browns. Northern Mockingbird at marsh edge, off Depot Road in Hampton Falls.

Mimus polyglottos 

These slender-bodied gray birds apparently pour all their color into their personalities. They sing almost endlessly, even sometimes at night, and they flagrantly harass birds that intrude on their territories, flying slowly around them or prancing toward them, legs extended, flaunting their bright white wing patches.

The snow is melted off the old railroad bed that runs through the Hampton Marsh, a favorite spot of mine for walking and bird watching in spring and late fall. A bit thick with poison ivy in summer.

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Depot Road is one way to access the Hampton-Seabrook Estuary, which has been named an Important Bird Area.

NH Audubon: About New Hampshire’s Important Bird Area Program

It was windy yesterday and I will return soon on a balmier day. There were 50 or so crows messing around in the marsh, several small shorebirds that may have been greater or lesser yellowlegs, and one stately great egret in breeding plumage – pure white with neon green around its eyes.