Rare Bird Alert

November 28, 2016

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A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland on November 26th.

A light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen in Nashua on November 24th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Russell Abbott State Forest in Mason on November 24th, 1 was seen in Jefferson on the 24th. and 1 was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on the 23rd.

A DICKCISSEL was seen at Arboretum Drive in Newington on November 21st and 22nd.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was reported from a road on the east side of the Edward MacDowell Lake in Peterborough on November 27th, and 1 was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on the 24th.

A flock of 8 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen at Storrs Hill in Lebanon on November 26th.

3 AMERICAN PIPITS were reported from the coast on November 25th.

A flock of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS was reported from near Willard Pond in Antrim on November 26th.

A flock of 12 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Jefferson on November 25th.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland on November 26th.

An AMERICAN COOT was seen on the 25th, and a BLACK SCOTER and a LONG-TAILED DUCK were seen on the 24th, all on Cherry Pond in Jefferson. A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen on the Androscoggin River in Errol on November 24th. A BLACK SCOTER was seen on Pudding Pond in North Conway on November 23rd. 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen on Back Lake in Pittsburg on November 24th. 3 BLACK SCOTERS and a LONG-TAILED DUCK were seen at the Balsams in Dixville Notch on November 23rd.

A flock of 38 COMMON EIDER was seen flying over Hollis on November 23rd, and 4 were seen on Squam Lake on the 24th.

3 LESSER SCAUP were seen on Eel Pond in Rye on November 24th.

A BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen at Wilson Pond in Swanzey on November 25th.

A PURPLE SANDPIPER was reported from the coast on November 23rd.

A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen in Warren on November 26th.

A WILSON’S WARBLER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 27th.

A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was reported from the Colebrook Wastewater Treatment Plant on November 26th, and 1 was reported from the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on the 21st.

A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen at the Horse Hill Nature Preserve in Merrimack on November 27th.

3 GRAY CATBIRDS and a BROWN THRASHER were reported from the coast during the past week.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Colebrook on November 26th, and 1 was seen in Rochester on the 23rd.

A flock of nearly 70 WILD TURKEYS was seen in Lyme on November 23rd.

4 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Lee on November 22nd.

A MERLIN was seen in coastal Seabrook on November 23rd, a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in coastal Hampton on the 24th, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in North Hampton on the 22nd, and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in South Sutton on the 27th.

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. Please put either “bird sighting” or “Rare Bird Alert” in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and phone number.

Thanks very much and good birding.

November 22, 2016

A SNOWY OWL was seen in Stratham on November 18th and 19th.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland on November 19th.

3 HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen at Seal Rocks in Rye on November 19th.

A RUDDY DUCK was seen on Eel Pond in Rye on November 16th.

A DICKCISSEL was seen at Arboretum Drive in Newington on November 19th.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on November 19th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen foraging at a location accessed from the trails that start at the Park & Ride located off of Route 33 in Portsmouth on November 20th. Also present were a PINE WARBLER, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and a GRAY CATBIRD.

A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen in Penacook on November 19th, and 1 was reported from Bedford on the 15th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE continues to be seen at the Community Gardens on Birch Street in Concord and was last reported on November 19th. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis, and 1 was seen at Airport Marsh in Whitefield, both on November 19th.

5 PINE GROSBEAKS and 16 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Milan on November 15th, and a PINE GROSBEAK was seen near the summit of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on the 19th.

3 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen near the summit of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on November 19th, and 2 were reported from Carter Hill in Concord on November 15th.

4 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from Pittsfield on November 17th.

4 GRAY JAYS were seen along Greenough Road in Errol on November 15th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen on the trail to Little Cherry Pond in Jefferson on November 19th.

RAPTOR migration is dwindling and the official staffed observation has come to a close. Over 13,465 migrating raptors were counted at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, including 5 GOLDEN EAGLES, and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, since September 1st, and over 6,760 migrating raptors were counted at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord, including a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and 3 GOLDEN EAGLES, since September 1st.

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. Please put either “bird sighting” or “Rare Bird Alert” in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and phone number.

Thanks very much and good birding.

November 15, 2016

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Over 375 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on November 13th, and there were sightings of up to 14 birds from other locations during the past week.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, November 14th, 2016.

At least 1 CAVE SWALLOW was seen in coastal Rye on November 12th.

6 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from Carter Hill in Concord migrating south on November 8th.

A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was found at the north end of North Hampton State Beach on November 8th, has been seen several times since then, and was last reported on the 12th. 2 PINE WARBLERS were seen near the Beach Plum restaurant located opposite North Hampton State Beach, and a BLACKPOLL WARBLER was seen at Eel Pond in Rye, all on November 13th.

4 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, an AMERICAN REDSTART, and a PALM WARBLER were seen foraging at a location accessed from the trails that start at the Park & Ride located off of Route 33 in Portsmouth on November 12th. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Goss Farm in Rye on November 9th.

A DICKCISSEL was reported from Moore Fields off of Route 155A in Durham on November 12th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Community Gardens on Birch Street in Concord on November 10th, 1 was seen in a cow pasture along Burpee Hill Road in New London on the 10th, and 1 was seen in Pittsfield on the 9th.

A PINE GROSBEAK was seen near the summit of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on November 9th, and another was reported on the 12th. 11 PINE GROSBEAKS were reported from scattered locations in Coos County on November 12th.

A small flock of COMMON REDPOLLS was reported from Franklin Falls Dam on November 8th.

A flock of 10 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen at the edge of Cherry Pond in Jefferson on November 7th, a flock of 4 was seen in Sandwich on the 8th, and a flock of 4 was seen in Colebrook on the 13th.

3 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen near the summit of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on November 10th, and 1 was reported from Pittsfield on the 12th.

2 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Ashland on November 13th.

A few EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported during the past week.

Over 375 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on November 13th, and there were sightings of up to 14 birds from other locations during the past week.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, an ICELAND GULL, and a NORTHERN PINTAIL were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on November 7th. 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.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at Hedgehog Pond in Salem on November 14th.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was seen with a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER at Ragged Neck in Rye on November 12th and 13th. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER continues to be seen at Rye Harbor State Park and was last reported on November 10th.

2 EURASIAN WIGEONS were seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland on November 9th.

A HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen off of the north end of Wallis Sands beach in Rye on November 11th and 12th, and a RAZORBILL was seen off of Great Boars Head in Hampton on the 11th.

A NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen in Atkinson on November 11th, and 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen on Lake Massabesic in Manchester on the 10th.

A LONG-TAILED DUCK and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were seen on Dudley Pond in Deering on November 10th, and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was seen at Childs Bog in Harrisville on November 12th.

2 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS and 2 GRAY JAYS were seen by a hiker on the Crawford Path in the White Mountains on November 10th, and 2 GRAY JAYS and 2 BOREAL CHICKADEES were seen in Pittsburg on November 12th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Concord on November 8th.

RAPTOR migration is dwindling and the official staffed observation is coming to a close. Over 13,430 migrating raptors were counted at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, including 5 GOLDEN EAGLES, and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, since September 1st, and over 6,760 migrating raptors
were counted at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord, including a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and 3 GOLDEN EAGLES, since September 1st.

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. Please put either “bird sighting” or “Rare Bird Alert” in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and phone number.

Thanks very much and good birding.

November 2, 2016

A flock of 14 SANDHILL CRANES was seen in fields along West Fryeburg Road in Maine near the New Hampshire border on October 30th

A flock of 14 SANDHILL CRANES was seen in fields along West Fryeburg Road in Maine near the New Hampshire border on October 30th

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 31st, 2016.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen near the north end of Wallis Sands in Rye on October 22nd, has been seen regularly since then, and was last reported on the 31st.

A SNOWY OWL was reported from the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth on October 29th.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen in Orford on October 24th.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at Odiorne Point State Park on October 30th.

2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS continue to be seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye and were last reported on October 30th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Goss Farm in Rye on October 26th.

A DICKCISSEL was seen at Locke Lake in Barnstead on October 27th and 28th.

3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen at Rye Harbor State Park on October 30th.

A PINE GROSBEAK was seen in Shelburne on October 26th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in coastal Rye on October 30th.

3 ICELAND GULLS and a LAUGHING GULL were seen on the coast on October 29th.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON continues to be seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland, and was last reported on October 30th.

2 HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen along the coast in Hampton on October 29th.

A SNOW GOOSE was seen in Penacook on October 27th.

2 BRANT were seen in Swanzey and 2 were seen in Rye, all on October 30th.

4 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen on Lake Massabesic in Manchester on October 26th, and a male GADWALL was seen at the Suncook River Reservoir on the 27th.

A NORTHERN SHOVELER and 11 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment plant on October 30th.

A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen on Whittemore Lake in Bennington, and 1 was seen on Turtle Pond in Concord, both on October 30th.

10 SURF SCOTERS were seen on Turkey Pond in Concord on October 27th, and 19 were seen on Post Pond in Lyme on the 28th.

A HORNED GREBE, 3 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, and a mixed flock of at least 65 SCOTERS were reported from Lake Sunapee during the past week.

A mixed flock of over 60 SCOTERS was reported from Potanipo Lake in Brookline during the past week.

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on October 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th, and 2 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen in Seabrook on October 29th.

A GREAT EGRET was seen along the coast on October 30th.

12 EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from Keene on October 31st, and 1 was seen in New Durham on the 27th.

Sightings of SNOW BUNTINGS during the past week included 39 in Rye on October 27th, 31 in Hampton on the 27th, and 5 in Thornton on the 30th.

5 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen in Henniker, and 1 was seen at Moore Fields off of Route 155A in Durham, all on October 30th.

A BOBOLINK was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on October 30th.

A flock of 56 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was seen in Henniker on October 30th.

Late-migrating WOOD WARBLERS reported during the past week, included: NORTHERN PARULA, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, and BLACKPOLL WARBLER.

2 FOX SPARROWS were seen in Concord on October 30th, and 1 was seen in Keene on the 31st.

There were reports of LINCOLN’S SPARROW, FIELD SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, and “IPSWICH” SAVANNAH SPARROW during the past week.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Concord on October 31st.

RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, with over 13,000 raptors tallied (including 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK) since September 1st, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord, with over 6,600 raptors counted (including a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and 2 GOLDEN EAGLES) since September 1st. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts!

There was an unconfirmed report of 2 IVORY GULLS, a POMARINE JAEGER, and a PARASITIC JAEGER from the coast on October 24th, and birders should be on the lookout for these. Please send any photos to New Hampshire Audubon.

There was an unconfirmed report of a BEWICK’S WREN in Salisbury on October 29th.

A flock of 14 SANDHILL CRANES was seen in fields along West Fryeburg Road in Maine near the New Hampshire border on October 30th.

Over 100,000 BLACKBIRDS were seen going to roost at Great Bog in Portsmouth on the evening of October 29th.

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. Please put either “bird sighting” or “Rare Bird Alert” in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and phone number.

Thanks very much and good birding.

October 19, 2016

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An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen in Stratham on October 14th, and 1 was seen in North Hampton on the 15th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 17th, 2016.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen near the community gardens on Birch Street in Concord, and 1 was seen at Greeley Park in Nashua, both on October 17th.

A DICKCISSEL was seen at the community gardens on Birch Street in Concord on October 12th, and 1 was reported from Great Bay Farm in Greenland on the 15th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen in Stratham on October 14th, and 1 was seen in North Hampton on the 15th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Walpole on October 12th.

A LITTLE GULL was seen in Hampton Harbor on October 16th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in coastal Rye on October 15th.

A FORSTER’S TERN was seen off of Hampton North Beach on October 16th.

2 CORY’S SHEARWATERS and 25 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen off of Great Boar’s Head in Hampton on October 16th.

2 male EURASIAN WIGEONS were seen with 81 AMERICAN WIGEONS in the southeast part of Great Bay, in Greenland on October 17th.

A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Webster Lake in Franklin on October 15th and 16th, and 8 RUDDY DUCKS and a RED-NECKED GREBE were seen here on the 17th.

A male REDHEAD was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on October 17th, and 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 6 RUDDY DUCKS, and a BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen here on the 15th.

A BLACK GUILLEMOT was seen in Rye Harbor on October 15th and 17th.

9 BLACK SCOTERS and 4 SURF SCOTERS were seen on Lake Gloriette in Dixville, 27 BLACK SCOTERS were seen on Akers Pond in Errol, and 20 probable BLACK SCOTERS were seen on Lake Umbagog in Errol, all on October 9th and 10th.

28 BLACK SCOTERS were seen on Grafton Pond on October 10th.

A RED-NECKED GREBE and 2 BONAPARTE’S GULLS were seen on Lake Sunapee on October 12th.

A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in Hampton on October 14th.

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton Marsh on October 17th, 5 were seen on Great Bay on the 15th, and 4 were reported from Eel Pond in Rye on the 14th.

3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen at Marsh Road Pond, and 1 was seen at Eel Pond, all in Rye on October 15th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 17th.

Over 150 HORNED LARKS, 3 AMERICAN PIPITS, and 3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at Moore Fields on Route 155A in Durham on October 15th.

18 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and over 200 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen at Woodmont Orchards in Hollis on October 14th.

There was a report of a late-migrating RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD in Sunapee on October 16th.

Late-migrating WOOD WARBLERS reported during the past week, included BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARLER, WILSON’S WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, and BLACKPOLL WARBLER.

There were several reports of FOX SPARROW, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, NELSON’S SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, and “IPSWICH” SAVANNAH SPARROW during the past week.

A pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS was seen along the Merrimack River in Bow on October 13th, and 1 was seen in Orford on the 15th.

RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, with 12,837 raptors tallied (including over 100 BALD EAGLES) since September 1st, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord, with 6,461 raptors counted (including over 80 BALD EAGLES, and 2 GOLDEN EAGLES) since September 1st. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts!

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. Please put either “bird sighting” or “Rare Bird Alert” in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and phone number.

Thanks very much and good birding.

October 11, 2016

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in New London on October 4th.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in New London on October 4th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 10th, 2016.

A WHITE-EYED VIREO was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 8th.

2 DICKCISSELS were reported from Greeley Park in Nashua on October 6th.

A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen from Rye Harbor State Park on October 9th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a LAUGHING GULL were both seen in coastal Rye on October 8th.

A birder aboard the Granite State Whale Watch cruise out of Rye Harbor reported a NORTHERN FULMAR, a CORY’S SHEARWATER, and numerous GREAT SHEARWATERS and NORTHERN GANNETS on October 8th.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the southeast part of Great Bay on September 23rd and 28th, and again on October 7th.

A NORTHERN SHOVELER and a RUDDY DUCK were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on October 8th.

6 AMERICAN WIGEONS, a NORTHERN PINTAIL, a BLUE-WINGED TEAL, a SORA, 2 MARSH WRENS, and over 70 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were reported from World End Pond in Salem on October 5th.

2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 3 SURF SCOTERS, 4 BLACK SCOTERS, 5 PIED-BILLED GREBES, 2 HORNED GREBES, 2 RED-NECKED GREBES, a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 8 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, and 12 PALM WARBLERS were seen at Cherry Pond in the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on October 9th.

2 SURF SCOTERS, and 6 BLACK SCOTERS were seen on Lake Potanipo in Brookline, and a flock of BLACK SCOTERS was seen on May Pond in Pillsbury State Park, all on October 10th.

A flock of 22 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS was seen from Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on October 3rd, and 2 possible SURF SCOTERS were seen at Boston Lot Lake in Lebanon on October 9th.

There was an unconfirmed sighting of 2 SANDHILL CRANES from Franconia during the past week.

A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in Hampton Marsh on October 3rd, and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was reported from North Hampton on the 10th.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at Mill Pond in Durham on October 8th.

51 GREAT EGRETS were counted in Hampton Harbor on October 10th, and a SNOWY EGRET was seen at Meadow Pond in Hampton on the 7th.

A STILT SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton Marsh on October 8th.

2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were reported from Eel Pond in Rye on October 10th.

A WHIMBREL was seen along the coast on October 4th.

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and 2 LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on October 7th. 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.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in New London on October 4th.

9 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and 40 AMERICAN PIPITS were reported from Sherman Farms in East Conway on October 6th.

A HORNED LARK was seen near the summit of Mount Lafayette in the White Mountains on October 8th.

There were several reports of late-migrating RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS during the past week, with the latest on October 7th.

A small number of WOOD WARBLERS were reported during the past week, including PRAIRIE WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, and BLACKPOLL WARBLER.

RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, including 12,523 raptors tallied since September 1st, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord, including 6,213 raptors counted (2 of which were GOLDEN EAGLES) since September 1st. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts!

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. Please put either “bird sighting” or “Rare Bird Alert” in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and phone number.

Thanks very much and good birding.

September 29, 2016

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A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 24th, and 1 was seen in Portsmouth on the 20th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, September 26th, 2016.

A FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen by multiple observers in Lebanon on September 20th, but has not been relocated.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the southeast part of Great Bay on September 23rd.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Hampton Harbor on September 22nd.

3 BLACK VULTURES were seen in Westmoreland, and 2 were seen in Nashua, all on September 20th.

A SANDHILL CRANE has been seen somewhat regularly in a hayfield along Route 127 in West Hopkinton and irregularly in nearby Elm Brook Park since July 19th. It was last reported on September 25th.

2 SANDHILL CRANES, a DICKCISSEL and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR were seen at Sherman Farm in East Conway on September 26th.

A DICKCISSEL was reported from River Road in Stratham on September 22nd.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Lake Sunapee State Beach on September 24th.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen in Canterbury on September 25th.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 24th, and 1 was seen in Portsmouth on the 20th.

2 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in coastal Seabrook on September 21st.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was reported from coastal Rye on September 25th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen near Little Cherry Pond on September 26th, and a GREAT CORMORANT was seen at Cherry Pond on the 25th, both at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson.

2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on September 24th, and a RED CROSSBILL was reported from Carter Hill in Concord on September 20th.

A BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 24th.

Several PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, CAPE MAY WARBLERS, TENNESSEE WARBLERS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, BLACKPOLL WARBLERS, and WILSON’S WARBLERS were seen migrating during the past week.

There were several WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, LINCOLN’S SPARROWS, and VESPER SPARROWS reported from scattered locations during the past week.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Manchester on September 20th.

RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, including 11,494 raptors tallied since September 1st (with 2,812 counted just on September 22nd!) and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord, including 5,536 raptors counted since September 1st. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts!

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. Please put either “bird sighting” or “Rare Bird Alert” in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and phone number.

Thanks very much and good birding.

September 14, 2016

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A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on September 6th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, September 12th, 2016.

2 adult MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen several times during the past week feeding a chick in Newmarket.

2 BLACK VULTURES were seen in Westmoreland on September 12th, and a flock of 55 TURKEY VULTURES was seen soaring over Keene on September 5th.

A SANDHILL CRANE has been seen somewhat regularly in a hayfield along Route 127 in West Hopkinton and irregularly in nearby Elm Brook Park since July 19th. It was last reported on September 12th. Another SANDHILL CRANE was seen briefly near Main Street in Rochester on September 7th.

Birders on a boat cruise out of Rye to Jeffrey’s Ledge on September 12th reported: 2 POMARINE JAEGERS, a PARASITIC JAEGER, 2 BLACK TERNS, and a RAZORBILL.

5 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen on Lunging Island, one of the Isles of Shoals located off the coast on September 12th.

3 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 7 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, and 8 LAUGHING GULLS were seen along the coast during the past week.

5 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen along the coast on September 6th.

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 6th, and a GREATER SCAUP was seen there on the 7th.

A HUDSONIAN GODWIT and 8 STILT SANDPIPERS were seen in Hampton Marsh on September 11th.

4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at Eel Pond in Rye on September 6th, and 2 of the western race of WILLET were seen in Hampton Harbor on September 7th.

3 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were seen in Springfield on September 5th, and 5 were seen in Orford on the 11th.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on September 6th.

A NORTHERN SHOVELER and 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 7th, and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen here on the 6th. 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 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Henniker on September 7th.

A BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was seen in Webster, and there were several reports of migrating CAPE MAY WARBLERS, TENNESSEE WARBLERS and WILSON’S WARBLERS from scattered locations during the past week.

The peak of COMMON NIGHTHAWK migration has passed with only small numbers being reported during the past week, except for a flock of an estimated 150 seen in Peterborough on September 8th.

RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, including 452 raptors tallied since September 1st, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord, including 246 raptors counted since September 1st. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts! Weather permitting; September 17-18 should be a good weekend to count BROAD-WINGED HAWKS.

From 10:00 A.M. to Noon on Saturday September 17, the Mascoma Chapter of New Hampshire Audubon is hosting a hawk watch at the Lebanon Airport. This event is free and open to the public. Bring binoculars and scopes if available. In case of inclement weather (such as heavy, steady, rain or persistent dense fog), the watch will be held on September 18 with the same starting and ending times. Directions: from Exit 20 off of Route I-89 in West Lebanon, turn south on Route 12A. Then take the first major left onto Airport Road and continue until reaching the airport, bear left, and pass the control tower into the parking lot beyond. For more information on Mascoma Chapter programs, please visit www.mascomabirds.org

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. Please put either “bird sighting” or “Rare Bird Alert” in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and phone number.

Thanks very much and good birding.

September 5, 2016

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, September 5th, 2016.

Mississippi Kite

2 adult MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen several times during the past week feeding a chick in Newmarket.

A SANDHILL CRANE has been seen somewhat regularly in a hayfield along Route 127 in West Hopkinton and irregularly in nearby Elm Brook Park since July 19th. It was last reported on August 29th.

A DICKCISSEL was reported from Worthley Avenue in Seabrook on September 3rd, and 1 was reported from Goss Farm in Rye on September 4th.

8 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 13 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 2 GREAT EGRETS, and 31 SNOWY EGRETS were tallied at the coast on September 4th.

2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen in Rye near Odiorne Point State Park on September 3rd, and a LAUGHING GULL was seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on September 4th.

3 CASPIAN TERNS were seen along the coast on September 3rd.

A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, a WHIMBREL, and 4 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were all seen several times during the past week at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth.

A RED KNOT was seen several times during the past week in Hampton Harbor.

A STILT SANDPIPER was seen at Marsh Pond in Rye on September 3rd.

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at the Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 5th.

4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, a BLUE-WINGED TEAL, a NORTHERN PINTAIL an AMERICAN WIGEON, and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment on September 3rd.

A NORTHERN SHOVELER and 4 BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 31st. 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.

A pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL was reported from Horseshoe Pond in Concord on September 1st.

2 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were seen along Locke Road in Concord on September 4th.

There were several reports of migrating TENNESSEE WARBLERS and WILSON’S WARBLERS seen during the past week.

There was an unconfirmed report of a CONNECTICUT WARBLER from Dover on August 31st.

COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen migrating during the past week including: 392 in Concord on August 30th, 537 in Concord on the 31st; and 536 in Meredith on the 31st.

RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, including 335 raptors tallied since September 1st, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord, including 84 raptors counted since September 1st. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts! Weather permitting, September 17-18 should be a good weekend to count BROAD-WINGED HAWKS.

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. Please put either “bird sighting” or “Rare Bird Alert” in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and phone number.

Thanks very much and good birding.

August 16, 2016

Ruddy Duck

A RUDDY DUCK was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 10th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 15th, 2016.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen in Newmarket on August 12th.

A SANDHILL CRANE has been seen somewhat regularly in a hayfield along Route 127 in West Hopkinton since July 19th and was last reported on August 14th.

2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen here on the 11th, and a SANDHILL CRANE, presumably the same as one of the aforementioned birds, has also been seen several times at the nearby Elm Brook Park.

2 FORSTER’S TERNS were seen in Meadow Pond in Hampton, and 5 ROSEATE TERNS and 120 COMMON TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor, all on August 13th.

Birders on a whale watch cruise out of Rye Harbor reported 16 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, 2 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, a GREAT SHEARWATER, 29 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS, a BLACK TERN, and 3 LAUGHING GULLS on August 14th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye in the marsh located on the west side of Route 1A, on August 7th, 8th, and 12th.

4 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in a marsh on Worthley Avenue in Seabrook on August 10th.

3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen along the coast on August 10th.

A GREAT EGRET was seen in the Exeter River in Brentwood on August 10th, and 2 were seen at Lancy Brook in Brookline on the 13th.

60 GREAT EGRETS and 84 SNOWY EGRETS were tallied along the coast on August 13th.

A RUDDY DUCK was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 10th.

An immature GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on August 13th.

2 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on August 13th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on August 13th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen Lyman on August 10th, and 1 was seen in Brookfield on the 14th.

A RED-NECKED GREBE has been seen all summer off the coast in Rye.

A WHIMBREL was seen in coastal Rye, and 4 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen in Hampton Marsh, all on August 14th.

3 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were reported from Orford on August 14th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in coastal Rye on August 14th.

Birders should be aware of a possible GOLDEN EAGLE reported from Madison on August 9th.

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. Please put either “bird sighting” or “Rare Bird Alert” in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and phone number.

Thanks very much and good birding.

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