The ibis good life

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Morning walk yesterday and some White Ibis were still roosting from the night before. Lazy late risers!

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White Ibis is reading the Sunday paper and sipping coffee in bed.

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Moon and bird.

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As I type this on Monday morning, we are an hour and a half past the Spring Equinox so it’s officially SPRING.

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Across the street, more roosting ibises.

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A few blocks away, White ibises were coming down from their roosts and hitting the lawns. Lots of them.

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Breakfast time.

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Northern Mockingbird in a sunny spot.

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I met a boy walking a big Great Dane. He said, “There are a lot of birds around. I can hear more birds this morning than usual.”

“It’s spring!” I said.

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Another block or two and another flock of White Ibis having breakfast. Wish I had counted my grand total of Sunday morning Sewall’s Point White Ibis.

Mockingbird in bittersweet

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Northern Mockingbird in bittersweet.

I saw this bird near the intersection of Willow Ave and Ocean Blvd in the Little Boars Head area of North Hampton. I walked there yesterday afternoon after searching for the Prothonotary Warbler again, with no luck.

Here’s a photo from near the end of the walk, as I returned along Ocean Blvd.

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Yes, it appears to be getting dark at 3:24 p.m.

Just down around the bend in the road was where I saw the rare warbler. I can’t imagine why it would hang around, but I will probably go look for it again today.

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.