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The Dangers of Discarded Fishing Tackle – One Loon’s Story

Discarded fishing line and lures can be fatal for waterbirds. The story of “Old Man Knowles,” the male loon on Knowles Pond in Northfield, and his youngster shows what can happen. You can read about it in Jan Landry’s article in the Winter 2020-21 issue of New Hampshire Bird Records, now on the website. Birders can also read about the changes at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant and important information for birding there.

In addition to the bird highlights from the Winter 2020-21 season and the Christmas Bird Count summary, the issue features lots of great articles:

  • The Winter Irruption of 2020-21 by Pam Hunt

  • Mid-winter Bald Eagle Survey Discontinued by Chris Martin

  • Finding New Hampshire’s First Ever Sage Thrasher by Cory Ross

  • Inland Pacific Loon at Leavitt Park Beach, Meredith by Iain MacLeod

  • Winter 2020-21 Field Notes, Diana Stephens, Editor

  • Barred Owl Visits a Backyard Feeder by Nancy Allenby

  • Wreath of Robins by Michelle Roberge

  • Why Blue Jays Eat Paint by Diana Stephens

  • A Different Kind of Blue Jay, photos by Ben Haubrich

  • Xanthochromic and Leucistic Coloring in Evening Grosbeaks

  • A Wilson’s Snipe Spends the Winter by Stuart Varney

  • Three Glaucous Gulls (in Three Different Plumages) by Robert A. Quinn

  • Wintering Ovenbird, Portsmouth, NH by Lynn and Robin Schweikart

  • A Canada Jay in Sandwich, NH by Robert Ridgely

  • The Semi-Superbowl of Birding 2021

  • Birding New Castle, NH by Patience Chamberlin

  • Crow Chronicles by Dana Fox

  • Winter Warbler Research: Community Science Opportunity by Chad Witko

  • How Birding Saved Me During the 2020 Pandemic by Diana Stephens

  • Photo Gallery – Warblers of Winter 2020-21

For information on how to subscribe, visit the New Hampshire Bird Records website.

Photo: Loon chick with a fishing lure stuck in its bill (Jan Landry).