This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, May 7th, 2013.
An adult MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen flying overhead in the vicinity of the traffic circle on Route 33 in Stratham on May 3rd.
4 SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying overhead in North Sandwich on May 7th.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER has been coming to a birdfeeder on Grafton Road in Alexandria since December 13th, and was last reported on May 6th.
A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on May 1st, and a SORA was reported from here on the 4th.
A COMMON GALLINULE was seen at Turtle Pond in Concord on May 2nd.
A lingering COMMON REDPOLL was reported from Mont Vernon on May 1st, and 1 was reported from Sandwich on May 3rd.
An EVENING GROSBEAK was reported from Pittsfield on May 2nd.
4 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen from Short Road in Newington at the Pease International Tradeport on May 5th.
A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was reported from Pittsfield on May 6th.
A GLOSSY IBIS was seen in Hampton on May 7th.
An AMERICAN BITTERN was reported from Hanover, and 1 was reported from Bethlehem, both during the past week.
A pair of BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS was seen along the forest road at the Trudeau Road wetlands in Bethlehem on May 4th and 5th.
MERLIN pairs have been reported from Ashland, Newfound Lake, and Hanover, and a PEREGRINE FALCON was reported from Hinsdale, all during the past week.
New reports of returning migrant songbirds reported during the past week included: BOBOLINK, LEAST FLYCATCHER, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, SCARLET TANAGER, VEERY, AMERICAN REDSTART, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, CHIMNEY SWIFT, and MARSH WREN.
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.
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