Loggerhead Shrike sightings in NH

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Iain MacLeod

Apr 16, 2024, 11:00:27 AMApr 16
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I'm glad lots of people got to see the shrike in Laconia yesterday. And, hopefully more will see it today. I did a little digging in ebird on previous sightings in the state, and in the breeding bird atlas for some additional records that haven't made it to ebird. Most of the modern-day records have been one-day (or actually one-minute) wonders and  single observer records. Apparently only one has been photographed in the state prior to yesterday. Thousands of photographs were taken of the bird yesterday.

Loggerheads used to breed in the state until about 1910. After that it became a rare vagrant.

The following records are in ebird:
One is East Conway in 1951
Two records from Dublin – in 1957, 1970.
Monroe ("nesting pair"!) in 1961
Strafford County (seen by George Robbins only) in 1974
Newington (seen by Steve Mirick only) in 1997
Hillsborough (photographed by Robin Feustel only) 2020

The Atlas of Breeding Birds in NH lists the following records that are not in ebird:
Lancaster 1963
Shelbourne 1971
Canterbury 1974
Hebron 1980
Sunapee 1982
Bridgewater 1983
Carroll 1986

So, enjoy this very cooperative bird now. It may be a while before we see one again in NH.

Iain MacLeod
Executive Director
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
PO Box 173, 23 Science Center Road,
Holderness, NH 03245

A. Robbins

Apr 16, 2024, 2:27:48 PMApr 16
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Thanks for the great find, Ian. 
We were able to see the Loggerhead Shrike today. 

A little history of George Robbins' Loggerhead Shrike....

He was a college student at UNH when he found it in Durham in 1974. 

He was all excited to see a shrike in NH, since he was hoping it was a Northern Shrike, 
which would have been a life bird for him.....

But, he was actually a bit disappointed !!! 
to discover that, instead, it was JUST a Loggerhead, since he had seen plenty of them 
while growing up in Maryland. 

George had no clue how rare a Loggerhead Shrike was in NH until 
he got back to Ornithology class and his professor, Art Borror, told him 
how amazing the record was. 

So, this is his second Loggerhead Shrike for the state, with his first only 50 years ago....

Andrea and George Robbins
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