This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, February 15th, 2012.
Up to 3 SNOWY OWLS are being seen along the coast in Hampton, Seabrook, and Rye. They have been seen in Hampton Beach State Park, Great Boar’s Head, Hampton Marsh, Seabrook Beach, Seabrook Marsh, and Ragged Neck. They are most often seen perched on buildings or on the ground.
A DICKCISSEL was continues to be seen with a flock of HOUSE SPARROWS at the intersection of Wallis Road and Park Ridge Road in Rye and was last reported on February 11th. Another DICKCISSEL was reported from a feeder on Green Street in Exeter on the 9th.
A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen from Great Boar’e Head in Hampton on February 15th, and another one was seen on the Merrimack River near 250 Commercial Street in Manchester on February 8th.
There was an unconfirmed report of a WESTERN GREBE seen from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on February 8th.
A GLAUCOUS GULL has been seen irregularly in the Hampton Harbor area, mainly on the Seabrook side, and was last reported on February 11th. 2 ICELAND GULLS were also reported from Seabrook on the 11th.
A GLAUCOUS GULL and 3 ICELAND GULLS were reported from Farmington on February 12th.
2 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES were seen from Seabrook Beach on February 11th.
98 RAZORBILLS and 11 BLACK GUILLEMOTS were reported from the coast on February 15th.
20 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen off of Thompson Road in North Conway on February 15th, and 120 were seen near the Post Office and Maia Papaya Coffee Shop in Bethlehem on the 11th.
10 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from Wentworth’s Location , and 6 were reported from Trudeau Road in Bethlehem, all on February 11th.
15 EVENING GROSBEAKS and 4 PURPLE FINCHES were seen on Chickwolnepy Road in Milan on February 13th, and 5 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a birdfeeder in Jefferson on the 12th.
A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen near Greenough Pond Road, and a GRAY JAY was seen along Route 16 near the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, both in Errol on February 11th.
A GRAY JAY was seen at a birdfeeder in Milan on February 11th.
48 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at the Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Swanzey on February 10th.
A CAPE MAY WARBLER that was found at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on January 14th, has been continuously seen since then, and was last reported on February 12th. It is usually seen near the shore path that goes north from the Seacoast Science Center, beyond the Settler’s Monument and towards the beach, and is often seen feeding on brine flies in the wrack. AYELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was present nearby on the 9th.
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 February 11th.
A NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen at Field’s Grove Park in Nashua on February 12th.
A NORTHERN PINTAIL, a RING-NECKED DUCK, and 6 HOODED MERGANSERS were reported from the Squam River in Ashland on February 13th.
12 LESSER SCAUP were reported from the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on February 13th.
4 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast in Hampton on February 11th.
A MERLIN was seen in Hampton Beach State Park on February 9th, and a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Manchester on February 8th.
6 BALD EAGLES were seen on the Connecticut River near Wilder on February 12th.
A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was reported from Seabrook on February 9th.
A PINE WARBLER was seen at a birdfeeder in Litchfield on February 8th.
Numerous TURKEY VULTURES were reported during the past week.
There were a few reports of RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, CAROLINA WREN, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, COMMON GRACKLE, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW 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: 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
Thanks very much and good birding.