Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 20th, 2015

Posted on April 21, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 20th, 2015.

A LE CONTE’S SPARROW was seen and photographed at Quincy Bog in Rumney on April 14th and 15th but has not been seen since then.

A SUMMER TANAGER was seen and photographed in Rye on April 15th and 16th.

The SANDHILL CRANE family of 3 has returned to Monroe, and has been seen foraging in fields located on both sides of the Connecticut River.

Remarkably, single CASPIAN TERNS were seen at 4 different inland locations on April 18th. Locations where the birds were seen included Horseshoe Pond in Concord, Lake Massabesic in Auburn, Spofford Lake in Chesterfield, and the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility. None has been relocated since the 18th.

A WHOOPER SWAN was reported from the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on April 18th, but it is unknown if it is of wild or domestic origin. It has not been relocated.

2 SNOW GEESE were reported from Quincy Bog in Rumney on April 18th, and 2 BRANT were seen in Hampton Harbor on April 17th.

A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on the Androscoggin River in Errol on April 13th. It was in the company of several COMMON GOLDENEYES.

A REDHEAD was discovered at World End Pond in Salem on April 8th, and has been reported several times since then. It was last reported on the 15th.

A REDHEAD was seen on the Greenland side of Great Bay on April 14th, and 5 GADWALL were seen here on the 19th.

A female CANVASBACK continues to be seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility and was last reported on April 15th.

2 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on April 17th.

A pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and a pair of AMERICAN WIGEON were seen on the Connecticut River in Hanover on April 17th.

A pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord, and a pair was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility, all on April 20th.

A pair of AMERICAN WIGEON was seen at Airport Marsh in Whitefield, and a pair was seen on the Connecticut River in Hanover, all on the 16th.

2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 5 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, a GREATER SCAUP, 13 LESSER SCAUP, 2 COMMON LOONS, 5 BONAPARTES GULLS, and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on April 14th.

A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was seen on Turkey Pond in Concord on April 14th.

A HORNED GREBE was seen at Lake Massabesic in Auburn on April 19th, and 1 was seen on Turtle Pond in Concord on the 14th.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Turtle Pond in Concord on April 14th, 1 was seen at Lake Sunapee on the 14th, 1 was seen on the Androscoggin River in Errol on the 14th, and 1 was seen in Dummer on the 14th.

2 BONAPARTE’S GULLS were seen on the Merrimack River in Nashua on April 17th, and 1 was seen on the Connecticut River near the Wilder Dam on the 14th.

3 PIPING PLOVERS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 17th.

4 GLOSSY IBIS were seen in coastal North Hampton on April 17th.

A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on April 19th, and 1 was seen in coastal Seabrook on the 17th.

A probable YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was reported from Nashua on April 17th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from Quincy Bog in Rumney on April 19th. This bird was identified by its distinctive call.

 

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included 26 in Lyman on April 14th, 25 in Nashua on the 15th, 40 in Concord on the 16th, 30 in Concord on the 18th, and 30 in Concord on the 19th.

40 COMMON REPOLLS and 10 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen visiting a birdfeeder in Jefferson during the past week.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Durham on April 18th.

23 TURKEY VULTURES were seen circling overhead in Laconia on April 19th.

A WOOD THRUSH was reported from Amherst on April 18th.

A CHIMNEY SWIFT was reported from Kingston on April 18th.

There were scattered reports of small numbers of early returning migrants during the past week, including: BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, FIELD SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, VIRGINIA RAIL, AMERICAN BITTERN, BROWN THRASHER, EASTERN TOWHEE, AMERICAN PIPIT, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, BARN SWALLOW, and NORTHERN FLICKER.

This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail at: birdsetc@nhaudubon.org. Please put either “bird sighting” or “Rare Bird Alert” in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and phone number. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org.
Thanks very much and good birding.