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Birdwatching in New Hampshire, available in stores now.

Birdwatching in New Hampshire, available in stores now.

I will be appearing at the following venues, talking (with slides, sounds, and more) aboutĀ  Birdwatching in NH and signing books:

Harris Center – Sunday April 14, 2-4pm

KeeneĀ  Toadstool Bookstore – Sunday April 21, 2pm

Peterborough Toadstool Bookstore – Saturday April 27, 11am

Hancock Public Library – Thursday May 2, 7-9pm

Milford Toadstool Bookstore – Saturday May 4, 2pm

Lyme Public Library – Tuesday June 4, 7-9pm

Fitzwilliam Conservation Commission – Wednesday June 5, 7pm

Pelham Public Library – Thursday June 6, 6-8pm

Bedford Public Library – Monday June 10, 7-9pm

Madison Public Library – Thursday June 13, 7-9pm

Nashua Book Cellar – Saturday June 15, 2pm

Gibson’s Book Store Concord – Thursday July 18, 7pm

Amherst Public Library – Wednesday July 24, 7-9pm

New Hampshire Audubon, Concord – Friday September 20, 7-9pm

RiverRun Bookstore, Portsmouth – Thursday October 10, 7pm

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This is one.

I devoted a page of Birdwatching in New Hampshire to GJN, a Canada Goose that was banded in Issungua, Western Greenland, in July 2008. GJN is the field-readable code on a large yellow band that is affixed around the birds neck. It was an easy choice to include this story in the book. I had resighted this goose in Walpole in March 2011 while it was en route back to Greenland for its third nesting season, a 3,500 mile trip one-way. This is why I watch birds – not because they are pretty, though that helps, but because they are fascinating. Each one has a story to tell, if you can just figure out how to unravel it.

Issungua. Photo by Greenland White-fronted Goose Study

Issungua. Photo by Greenland White-fronted Goose Study

A group of British ornithologists has been banding Canada Geese in Western Greenland with field-readable neck collars since 2008, and I have been diligently searching for them every fall, winter, and especially spring, when they can theoretically be seen in New Hampshire. I have only been successful once, on March 22, 2011, when I spotted GJN in a field off River Road in Walpole – that is until last Sunday, when we (Len Medlock and I) happened upon a flock of 1,500 Canada Geese in Westmoreland, 3 miles from the aforementioned Walpole field.

GJN with Canada Geese and a few Greenland Greater White-fronted Geese, Isunngua, Greenland, July 22 2008

GJN with Canada Geese and a few Greenland Greater White-fronted Geese, Isunngua, Greenland, July 22 2008

Len announced that he had a bird with a collar inscribed with the letters GJN, but as I had just given him a copy of the book to thank him for the use of some of his stunning photographs, I assumed he was having a laugh at my expense. I was wrong. I relayed the news to David Stroud, the lead ornithologist of the project, who was thrilled. This was the first sighting of the goose since 2011, and it offers some insight into the migratory habits of geese and their propensity to remain faithful to particular rest stops.

It was a good day.

GJN, Westmoreland NH, March 24, 2013

GJN, Westmoreland NH, March 24, 2013

Birdwatching in New Hampshire, available in stores now.

Birdwatching in New Hampshire, available in stores now.

Sound of Spring

The link below is to a recording of a Great Horned Owl that I made from my front porch a couple of weeks ago. Sorry about the link – I cant upload soundfiles to this particular blog – yet!

http://soundcloud.com/eric-masterson/great-horned-owl