A Day on the Water

YBC Officer Madison Christgau oars her canoe out toward the loons of Newfound Lake.

By Alan Chretien, Young Birders Club Secretary General

On May 31, I went on the annual canoe/kayak trip at Newfound Lake in Grafton County, New Hampshire. It was a fun day full of birding, boating, and enjoying the company of my fellow Harriers. Over the course of the day, we saw 26 different species of birds. Notable mentions were an Alder Flycatcher, an American Robin carrying its "modular nest" to its tree, and a Canada Goose hidden away in a bush on the water's edgesitting on her nest. Also deserving of mention were a Wilson’s Warbler (migrant), a Blackburnian Warbler, Black-billed Cuckoo, and the distant sounds of gray tree frogs. I definitely enjoyed the day and loved paddling one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever been on. Of course being with friends made even better. 

Species List
•Tree Swallow
•Red-wing Blackbird
•Alder Flycatcher
•Chimney Swift
•Yellow Warbler
•Canada Goose
• American Robin
• Blue Jay
• Common Grackle
• Warbling Vireo
• Swamp Sparrow
• Veery
• Gray Catbird
• Cedar Waxwing
• Red-eyed Vireo
• Black-capped Chickadee 
• Wilson's Warbler
• Black-billed Cuckoo
• Chestnut-sided Warbler
• Tufted Titmouse
• Blackburnian Warbler
• Common loon
• Eastern Kingbird
• Common Yellowthroat
• Hairy Woodpecker

Many thanks to New Hampshire Audubon's Emily Johnson, Director of the Newfound Center, for volunteering to lead us on this great trip!