This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, April 4th, 2012.
A SANDHILL CRANE was seen flying in Newmarket on March 31st, but has not been relocated.
A DICKCISSEL was seen at a birdfeeder along Wallis Road in Rye on March 31st, and one was seen at a birdfeeder in Westmoreland on April 3rd.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near Hatch Plaza in Plymouth on March 28th.
A COMMON REDPOLL was reported from Ragged Neck in Rye on April 3rd.
12 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen along Route 10 in Lyme on March 28th.
A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in Hampton Harbor on March 31st.
9 SNOW GEESE were seen in Elm Brook Park in Hopkinton on March 31st, and 1 was seen in Plymouth on March 28th.
A pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, and a pair was reported from southwestern New Hampshire, all on April 1st.
An AMERICAN COOT, and 6 BUFFLEHEADS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on March 30th, and a pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and 20 LESSER SCAUP was seen here on March 31st.
3 RED-NECKED GREBES and 4 HORNED GREBES were seen in Spofford Lake in Chesterfield on April 1st, and 8 SCAUP and 18 BUFFLEHEAD were reported from here on March 31st.
6 PIED-BILLED GREBES, 55 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 19 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and 125 TREE SWALLOWS were tallied at World End Pond in Salem on March 31st.
A PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen at Great Bay National Wildlife in Newington on April 2nd, and one was seen in Brentwood on April 4th.
40 HOODED MERGANSERS were seen at Turtle Pond in Concord on March 28th.
A BLACK GUILLEMOT was seen along the coast on March 31st.
A DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT and 130 TREE SWALLOWS were reported from Hinsdale on March 29th.
A SNOWY EGRET was seen in Rye, and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen in East Kingston, both on March 31st. A GREAT EGRET was seen in Seabrook on April 1st.
A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in Seabrook on April 1st.
VIRGINIA RAILS were reported from Durham, Portsmouth and Bow during the past week.
3 PIPING PLOVERS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 1st.
10 FISH CROWS were reported from Tilton on March 28th, 3 were reported from Penacook on March 31st, 2 from Derry on March 29th, and 1 from Hampton on April 1st.
3 AMERICAN PIPITS, 3 WILSON’S SNIPE, and 24 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at Morrill’s Farm in Penacook on March 31st.
An OVENBIRD that was discovered in the yard of a private residence in Derry on December 31st, continues to be seen and was last reported on April 1st.
A PALM WARBLER was seen in Brentwood on April 4th
A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and 5 SWAMP SPARROWS were reported from Portsmouth on March 31st.
A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was reported from Rumney on April 3rd.
A MARSH WREN, and a FIELD SPARROW were reported from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on March 31st.
A FIELD SPARROW was seen in Penacook on April 1st.
A pair of RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS was seen in Chatham on March 30th.
3 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were reported from Newington on March 31st, and 1 was reported from Wilton on April 1st.
There were over 15 AMERICAN KESTRELS reported from appropriate habitat in various locations, and a few sightings of OSPREY and NORTHERN HARRIER, all during the past week,
A pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS is nesting in Manchester and has already begun laying eggs. Check this link for a webcam view! http://www.spectraaccess.com/falcon2/
There were a few reports of BALD EAGLE, KILLDEER, GREAT BLUE HERON, BELTED KINGFISHER, NORTHERN FLICKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, CAROLINA WREN, WINTER WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, EASTERN PHOEBE, PINE WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, and many sightings of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and COMMON GRACKLES, all during the past week.
This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and press 2 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: firstname.lastname@example.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.