Harriers Pick Up Prize at 2014 Birdathon

The 2014 Birdathon competition, sponsored by New Hampshire Audubon, brought together a Harriers team eager to defend its statewide victory in 2013. Team captain Aiden Moser, 13, was joined by Paul Bourgault, Henry Walters, and Cynthia Nichols. Starting at 4:45 a.m., the team carried out a thorough survey of the southern Connecticut River valley, not stopping till dusk. Though falling short of the overall title this year, they found 107 species of birds (including the male American Redstart pictured above) and won an award for the greatest number of species of "conservation concern." (Another Harriers member, Adam Burnett, along with YBC Coordinator Phil Brown, captained another team who came in first overall.) The team raised over $360 in donations to benefit NH Audubon's Raptor Observatories and the Young Birders Club itself. 
Photographs by Cynthia Nichols

The team checks out a Solitary Sandpiper foraging in the wet fields near Krif Road in Keene.

A male American Redstart posed handsomely for us along the rail trail in Hinsdale, overlooking the Connecticut River.