This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 10th, 2014.
A SPOTTED TOWHEE was spotted in Rye on January 25th, and has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on February 9th. It has been seen foraging on the ground in the scrub on the corner nearest the traffic island at the intersection of Central Road and Route 1A. An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in North Hampton on the 1st.
At least 4 SNOWY OWLS continued to be reported in New Hampshire during the past week including 1 along the coast in Rye, 2 in the Hampton and Seabrook marsh areas, and unconfirmed sightings in Bow and Lancaster.
10 RAZORBILLS and 2 BLACK GUILLEMOTS were seen along the coast on February 9th.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Airport Road in Laconia, and 1 was seen in Ashland, both on February 9th.
A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Hampton Harbor, from the Seabrook side, and 1 with different plumage was seen at Hampton Beach State Park, both on February 10th.
An ICELAND GULL was seen in Hampton Harbor on February 10th.
A flock of 150 SNOW BUNTINGS was reported from Lyme on February 6th, a flock of 75 was seen in Piermont on the 8th, and several were reported from Milan on the 8th.
A GRAY JAY was seen in Errol on February 8th.
3 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Exeter on February 8th.
A MERLIN and a GREAT HORNED OWL were seen in Nashua on February 6th, and a MERLIN was seen in Ashland on the 9th.
A COOPER’S HAWK was seen on North Road near Forbes Farm in Lancaster on February 8th.
An over-wintering BROWN THRASHER was seen visiting a birdfeeder at a private residence in Rye on February 10th.
A flock of over 100 CEDAR WAXWINGS was seen in Hanover on February 6th.
A female NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen in Lakeport in Laconia on February 9th.
A female KING EIDER was seen from Ocean Avenue in New Castle several times in late January but has not been reported since February 1st.
A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE has been reported intermittently at Great Boar’s Head in Hampton.
12 GREAT CORMORANTS were seen along the Merrimack River in Manchester on February 10th.
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