Spring 2015

"Hold on to your hats!"

“Hold on to your hats!”

Hello Sports Fans!

That’s right. After being in the doldrums (think 2014 Red Sox) the Merlin Wildlife Tours website has awakened and is raring to go…and I hope you are too!

Please browse through the (still being renovated) site for the latest in where to go and what to see.  May our paths cross soon!.

Bob

Pine Grosbeaks

Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeaks nest to the north of New Hampshire and only visit us during the winter. But they do not show up every winter. This winter is a great season for them and they are being seen frequently in crab apple trees in towns and cities. Here is a photo of one near the Concord, NH Post Office.

Louisiana tour 2012

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The cypress swamps of southern Louisiana harbor amazing wildlife in a striking setting of Spanish Moss festooned trees. Case in point this adult Bald Eagle and the dramatic sunset on our recent tour.

Trivia: Spanish Moss is actually not a moss and is related to the Pineapple!

 

Mar 27

Spring 2015

"Hold on to your hats!"

“Hold on to your hats!”

Hello Sports Fans!

That’s right. After being in the doldrums (think 2014 Red Sox) the Merlin Wildlife Tours website has awakened and is raring to go…and I hope you are too!

Please browse through the (still being renovated) site for the latest in where to go and what to see.  May our paths cross soon!.

Bob

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Jan 14

Pine Grosbeaks

Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeaks nest to the north of New Hampshire and only visit us during the winter. But they do not show up every winter. This winter is a great season for them and they are being seen frequently in crab apple trees in towns and cities. Here is a photo of one near the Concord, NH Post Office.

Permanent link to this article: http://merlinwildlifetours.com/2013/01/pine-grosbeaks/

Jan 06

Louisiana tour 2012

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The cypress swamps of southern Louisiana harbor amazing wildlife in a striking setting of Spanish Moss festooned trees. Case in point this adult Bald Eagle and the dramatic sunset on our recent tour.

Trivia: Spanish Moss is actually not a moss and is related to the Pineapple!

 

Permanent link to this article: http://merlinwildlifetours.com/2013/01/louisiana-tour-2012/

May 26

King Eider Highlights Star Island Trip

This stunning drake King Eider, first spotted a week ago and re-found on our trip by Chris Borg, was the highlight of a recent day trip to Star Island at the Isles of Shoals. The spring migration is slowing down yet we had a wonderfully pleasant day on the island with a great group of people and a modest number of late migrating birds. Many thanks to Phil Brown who organized this trip and allowed some Merlin Wildlife Tours participants to join his Harris Center group. Phil and I will be co-leading a trip in September to another idyllic island, Monhegan, off the coast of Maine. Check out the tour schedule for more details.

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Mar 11

Tuesday Program- Lake Umbagog in the wilds of northern NH

White-winged Crossbills

A (BOAT) TRIP THROUGH TIME WITH THE BIRDS OF LAKE UMBAGOG

Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 pm in Hillsborough at Fox State Forest. In far northeastern NH lies one of the wildest, most bird-filled areas in northern New England, Lake Umbagog. Its bird life has been studied for over 150 years and the fascinating changes will be the focus of this program. Punctuated throughout the show will be updates on the National Wildlife Refuge and it’s efforts to protect this dazzling northern lake. This program is perfect for the wildlife enthusiast as well as those wanting to explore a beautiful and little known corner of New Hampshire. Seats fill early.

 This is part of the Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series and for more details and directions go to: http://www.forestsociety.org/thingstodo/#CBELS

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Feb 27

Highlights of Belize Tour February 2012

Ornate Hawk-Eagle

 SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS AS LISTED BY THE GROUP: the entire La Milpa experience especially the wonderful rain forest setting, the wildlife, the facilities, and the people; the marvelous night excursions from the boat trip to the animals to the night sky; the Mayan ruins including the difference between the excavated and unexcavated sites; “my room with a view” with deer and Ocellated Turkeys right outside the window; the almost simultaneous sightings of the perched King Vulture and Ornate Hawk-Eagle; the truly amazing story, highways, and enormous colonies of the industrious Leaf Cutter ants; and coming full circle- the friendly and dedicated people of the Programme for Belize. What a country!

 

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Feb 02

RED FOXES ARE CREATURES OF HABIT

Every night a Red Fox walks down my driveway while making his rounds. And it is always in the same direction. How do I know? Because he leaves his tracks in the snow and frequently leaves an actual calling card (droppings). Fox tracks are distinctive and when the animal is moving slowly but steadily they leave a straight line of dainty tracks, similar to house cat tracks but noticeably larger. On occasion they will diverge briefly from the straight and narrow to check out a squirrel or rabbit track, which of course is the reason for the foxes wanderings. But mostly when passing through my yard the animal just keeps on going. Some day when I have time I will follow those intriguing tracks and see where the critter comes from and where it ends up. And then I might understand why my canine visitor is so consistent.

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Dec 27

A TRIP THROUGH TIME AT LAKE UMBAGOG

In far northeastern NH lies the richest wildlife area in the Granite State- Lake Umbagog. Over 100 years ago William Brewster gave it this almost poetic description “…like many a precious stone, has beauty and charm due to the effectiveness of  its perfect setting amid the majestic mountains and virgin forests that surround it closely on every hand.”

While there is little old growth forest remaining at Umbagog it is still one of the wildest and most wildlife-rich areas in northern New England. A boat trip down the meandering and picturesque Magalloway River leads you into the fabulous marshes where Bald Eagles and Ospreys nest. The stillness of the quiet is frequently broken by the eerie wailing of Common Loons. Moose can appear anywhere and the marshes are full of secretive critters that emit strange and haunting sounds.

At certain seasons the wetlands are dotted with colorful orchids and native Rhododendrons and, naturally, the blazing fall foliage along the undeveloped shoreline and nearby hills is truly spectacular.

After decades of traveling beyond New Hampshire Lake Umbagog remains my favorite place to drink the crisp northern air, eavesdrop on the calls of wild creatures, and witness the setting of the sun and the rising of the moon over a pristine northern lake.

Bob Quinn – Award Winning Naturalist

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