This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014.
A WESTERN KINGBIRD was reported from coastal Hampton on October 19th.
A WHITE-EYED VIREO was seen at the northernmost parking lot at the Hinsdale setbacks on the Connecticut River on October 21st.
A BLUE GROSBEAK was seen on October 17th, a DICKCISSEL was seen on the 18th, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen on the 19th, all at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen was discovered at the Concord Community Gardens on Birch Street, off of Clinton Street, on October 5th. It has been seen repeatedly since then and was last reported on the 16th.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen in pumpkin fields in Hollis on October 21st.
3 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, an AMERICAN RESTART, a NORTHERN PARULA, a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, a TENNESSEE WARBLER, a YELLOW WARBLER, 3 NELSON’S SPARROWS (including 1 of the interior race), and 7 BRANT were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 19th. A MAGNOLIA WARBLER, and a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER were both reported from Hanover on October 21st. Several BLACKPOLL WARBLERS were reported from scattered locations during the past week.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 21st.
An adult male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen with over 100 AMERICAN WIGEONS on Great Bay on October 21st.
73 SNOW GEESE and 2 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen from the hawk-watching platform atop Carter Hill in Concord on October 19th.
5 SNOW GEESE and 45 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen from the hawk-watching station atop Pack Monadnock on October 19th.
41 BRANT were reported from coastal Hampton on October 19th.
A possible CACKLING GOOSE was reported from Nashua on October 17th.
A RAZORBILL was seen in coastal Hampton on October 21st.
A light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen in fields along Middle Road in Hancock on October 21st.
3 STILT SANDPIPERS were seen in Hampton Marsh behind Little Jack’s restaurant along Route 1A on October 13th, 15th, and 18th.
7 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, a LEAST SANDPIPER, and 2 SORAS were reported from World End Pond in Salem on October 17th.
8 RUDDY DUCKS, a GADWALL, a NORTHERN PINTAIL, 4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and 29 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on October 17th. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are 7:30-3:00 on weekdays. If you visit, please check in at the office and be out of the plant by 2:45 so that plant personnel do not have to ask birders to leave. Do not drive on the dikes and do not block the road. The Trails at Pickering Ponds, located east of the plant, are not gated, and are always open during daylight hours.
2 RUDDY DUCKS, 2 AMERICAN COOTS, a PIED-BILLED GREBE, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER, and 3 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on October 19th.
12 RUDDY DUCKS were counted on Otter Lake in Greenfield on October 16th.
62 BLACK SCOTERS, 8 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 2 SURF SCOTERS, 5 BUFFLEHEADS, 3 PIED-BILLED GREBES, a SOLITARY SANDPIPER, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 2 SNOW BUNTINGS, and a FOX SPARROW were all seen at Cherry Pond in NH Audubon’s Pondicherry Wildlife Sanctuary in Jefferson on October 19th.
10 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen at Post Pond in Lyme on October 17th.
5 BLACK SCOTERS and a LONG-TAILED DUCK were seen on the Connecticut River near Hanover on October 22nd.
5 AMERICAN COOTS were seen in Eel Pond in Rye on October 18th.
A RED CROSSBILL and a LONG-TAILED DUCK were reported from Mount Moosilauke in the White Mountains on October 19th.
A late-migrating female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen in Penacook on October 18th.
18 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, and 86 GREAT EGRETS were seen in Hampton Harbor on October 18th.
Over 75 HORNED LARKS were seen from the Midfield Café at the Nashua Airport on October 16th.
Several PIED-BILLED GREBES, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and AMERICAN PIPITS were reported during the past week from scattered locations.
Fall season RAPTOR migration continues with migrating raptors being counted daily at hawk-watching sites. To date, the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough has counted over 12,900 raptors, the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord has counted over 6,400 raptors, and hawk-watchers on Little Round Top in Bristol have seen over 2,700 raptors. Of particular note was a GOLDEN EAGLE seen from Pack Monadnock on October 17th. Be sure to visit these viewing sites this fall season to help out with the counts! Pack Monadnock and Carter Hill will be staffed by NH Audubon through the end of October. Although peak flights of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have mainly passed, there are still many more raptors to be counted.
Nearly 2,000 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were tallied migrating south in Hampton on October 19th.
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: email@example.com. 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
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