As Open-up (the period of time when a small but growing group of Pelicans get the Island ready for the summer) draws to a close today with the arrival of the Young Adults Conference (YAC), we have a rare treat for you!
Accomplished bird photographer Eric Masterson has lent us a few photos of this May’s feathered Star Island visitors. He has been bringing groups of avid birders out to the Island throughout the month to capture the many types of birds that migrate through the area in the spring.
Eric reports on his site (ericmasterson.com) about the “dearth of spring migrants” in early May due to a stationary weather system that dominated the area. In his blog, he notes:
It blocked birds’ northward progress out of the Gulf States until the system dissipated on May 9th, and immediately thereafter a wave of new arrivals appeared. I led several trips to Star Island off the coast of New Hampshire through this period, during which I witnessed the effects of changing weather on bird movement. From slow beginnings, the conditions toward the end of the month turned favorable and resulted in a classic fallout of migrants along the coast of New England for several days beginning May 21st.
Those of you who follow New Hampshire birding know that Eric also has a new book out as of about two months ago, Birdwatching in New Hampshire, which it’s hard to find as it keeps selling out. The critics have loved it. As Stacey Cole of the New Hampshire Union Leader wrote on April 12:
“Masterson’s book is not just another “bird guide.” After reading through the book itself, I wished it could have been available during the years that I was able to travel throughout our beloved New Hampshire. Masterson has created an excellent set of tools that, if used as he intended, I am sure, would have helped me build up my “life list” of bird sightings, to a greater length.”
Masterson, Eric A. Birdwatching in New Hampshire. University Press of New England. April 13, 2013.