May 30, 2014

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen soaring above downtown Newmarket on May 26th.


2 SANDHILL CRANES have returned to their summering grounds in Monroe and can sometimes be seen in fields along the Connecticut River north of town and also in fields along Plains Road.


An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was discovered off of Bennett Road in Durham on May 24th, and was seen again on the 25th, 26th and 27th. It was singing less than 1-mile from Route 108 on the north side of the road, among scattered alders in a field.


A SUMMER TANAGER was reported from Star Island on May 18th.


2 BLACK VULTURES were seen soaring with 7 TURKEY VULTURES in Westmoreland on May 25th.


A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were both seen in Newington on May 24th.


A sub-adult male KING EIDER was seen near Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on May 23rd.


A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen in Seabrook Marsh from Route 286 on May 27th, and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton Marsh, also on the 27th.


4 CASPIAN TERNS and an AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER were seen in coastal Rye, and a LITTLE GULL was seen in coastal Hampton, all during the past week.


Birders on a boat cruise out to Jeffrey’s Ledge reported a NORTHERN FULMAR, a SOOTY SHEARWATER, and a LEAST TERN in New Hampshire waters on May 26th.


At least 15 ROSEATE TERNS were reported from the coast during the past week from Hampton and Rye, and 2 COMMON TERNS were seen at the town landing on the Oyster River in Durham on May 22nd.


A LEAST BITTERN was calling from the marsh located near Surrey Lane in Durham on May 20th, and again on the 23rd, and 26th.


2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Eel Pond in Rye on May 27th.


A BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen on the Connecticut River near Hanover on May 24th.


21 BRANT were seen on Great Bay, and 54 were tallied on the coast, all on May 24th.


2 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS were reported from Rochester on May 25th.


Several BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were reported during the past week including 1 in Pittsfield on May 20th, 1 in East Kingston on the 20th, 1 in Westmoreland on the 24th, and 1 in Rumney on the 25th.


An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from Hancock on May 20th, 1 was reported from Rochester on the 25th, and 3 were reported from Lyman during the past week. There were several reports of YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS during the past week.


A MOURNING WARBLER and a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on May 22nd, and 2 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS were seen in Hampton on the 25th.


A BAY-BREASTED WARBLER and a TENNESSEE WARBLER were reported from Concord on May 26th.


A TENNESSEE WARBLER was reported from Concord on May 20th, 1 was seen in Durham on the 22nd, 1 was seen in Durham on the 24th, and 1 was seen in Nottingham on the 24th.


A YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was reported from Pittsfield on May 23rd.


2 NELSON’S SPARROWS were seen in North Hampton on May 24th.


A SALTMARSH SPARROW was seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham, and 2 were seen in Hampton Marsh, all on May 24th.


A pair of EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen at a birdfeeder in Concord on May 22nd.


A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was reported from Star Island on May 23rd.


Hikers to Mount Eisenhower in Crawford Notch reported 8 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES and up to 5 FOX SPARROWS on May 24th.


4 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS, 6 GRAY JAYS, and 5 BOREAL CHICKADEES were seen in Pittsburg on May 26th.


2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at Elbow Pond in Woodstock on May 26th.


There were several reports of migrating COMMON NIGHTHAWKS during the past week.


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