Rare Bird Alert

February 1, 2016

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A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen near Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on January 27th, and 1 was reported from Gilford on the 30th. Photo by allaboutbirds.org.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 1st, 2016.

A WESTERN TANAGER was seen and photographed at a private residence in Hollis on January 31st. It was seen loosely associating with some AMERICAN ROBINS when it flew off.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen roosting atop the Lincoln Street School in Exeter on January 31stand February 1st. A few TURKEY VULTURES were reported from Newmarket, Exeter, and Rye during the past week.

A SNOWY OWL was seen off of Cross Beach Road in Seabrook and again at Hampton Beach State Park on January 29th. When viewing a Snowy Owl please do not disturb the bird by approaching too closely, and please respect private property.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen near Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on January 27th, and 1 was reported from Gilford on the 30th.

A DICKCISSEL was seen near Beckman’s Landing in Seabrook, and 1 was seen at the Great Bay Farm in Greenland, both on January 30th.

A BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, a REDHEAD, 4 GADWALL, 2 RUDDY DUCKS, and an ICELAND GULL were all seen on Great Bay on January 30th.

A NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen in Exeter on January 30th, and 3 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen in Laconia on January 31st.

A THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen along the coast at Ragged Neck in Rye on January 30th, and 2 were seen from Pulpit Rocks in Rye on the 31st. 6 RAZORBILLS and 5 BLACK GUILLEMOTS were seen along the coast on January 31st.

A BRANT was seen along the coast in Rye on January 31st.

A PURPLE SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton on January 30th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen in Hampton Harbor on January 30th.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at Eel Pond in Rye on January 31st, and 1 was seen in Dover on the 29th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near Route 115A in Jefferson on January 27th, 1 was seen in Colebrook on the 30th, and 1 was seen at the Strafford County Farm in Dover on February 1st.

2 PINE GROSBEAKS were reported from Gorham on January 27th, and 16 were seen in Pittsburg on the 30th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER and 8 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at the Trudeau Road trails in Bethlehem on January 26th.

4 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at Mud Pond in Jefferson on January 27th, 5 were reported from Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on the 29th, and 6 were seen in Pittsburg on the 30th.

2 RED CROSSBILLS were seen in North Chatham, and 4 were seen in Pittsburg, all on January 30th. 2 RED CROSSBILLS were seen again in North Chatham on February 1st.

10 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in Pittsburg on January 30th.

3 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Whitefield on January 27th, and a flock of at least 14 has been seen in Campton for the past few weeks.

A flock of over 200 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS with a few CEDAR WAXWINGS mixed-in was seen along South Main Street in Plymouth on January 30th.

A flock of about 50 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and 200 CEDAR WAXWINGS was seen in Orford on January 31st.

A flock of 60 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in Gorham on January 24th, and a flock of 100 was seen in Lincoln on the 30th.

2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park, and 1 was seen in Dover, all on January 29th.

5 BALD EAGLES were seen together in Monroe on January 30th.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Sutton on January 27th, and a COOPER’S HAWK was seen in North Hampton on January 29th.

A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Seabrook on January 27th and 30th, 1 was seen in Newfields on the 30th, 1 was seen in Exeter on the 30th, and 1 was seen in Kingston on the 30th.

A FISH CROW was seen in Exeter on January 31st.

A WILSON’S SNIPE and a GRAY CATBIRD were seen at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth on January 29th.

A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in Hollis on January 28th.

A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on January 29th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Nashua on January 29th.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Newmarket on January 30th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen at Lake Sunapee on January 29th.

2 GRAY JAYS and 7 BOREAL CHICKADEES were reported from Mount Jackson in Crawford Notch in the White Mountains on January 28th.

There were several reports of resident owl species during the past week including BARRED OWL, GREAT HORNED OWL, EASTERN SCREECH-OWL, and NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL.

There were several reports of CAROLINA WRENS and WINTER WRENS during the past week.

Additional lingering species that normally would have migrated south by now but were reported during the past week include: GREAT BLUE HERON, NORTHERN FLICKER, HERMIT THRUSH, SAVANNAH SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, COMMON GRACKLE, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD.

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: birdsetc@nhaudubon.org. 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.

January 25, 2016

Calidris_maritimaThis is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 25th, 2016.

A SNOWY OWL was seen in Rye on January 22nd. When viewing a Snowy Owl please do not disturb the bird by approaching too closely, and please respect private property. LEARN MORE.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE, and 2 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were reported from the Strafford County Farm on January 22nd. They were seen in fields near the Cocheco Humane Society in Dover.

4 PINE GROSBEAKS were seen in Temple on January 23rd.

4 RED CROSSBILLS were seen along Route 302 in Bethlehem near the Zealand campground, and several WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at Trudeau Road in Bethlehem, all on January 24th.

A flock of 60 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in Gorham on January 24th.

6 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Chickwolnepy Road in Milan on January 24th.

48 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on January 24th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in Hampton Harbor on January 25th.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on January 22nd and 25th.

A pair of BARROW’S GOLDENEYES was seen from behind 250 Commercial Street on the Merrimack River in Manchester on January 21st and 22nd.

A pair of GADWALL was seen at Great Island Common in New Castle on January 23rd.

A pair of NORTHERN PINTAILS, 2 LESSER SCAUP, 2 GREATER SCAUP, and a female AMERICAN WIGEON were all seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant during the past week.

A male WOOD DUCK was seen on the Nashua River in Nashua on January 23rd.

8 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen in Rye Harbor on January 25th.

A PINE WARBLER was seen in Derry on January 23rd.

A BROWN THRASHER continues to be seen near the Hollis High School and was last reported on January 24th.

A GRAY CATBIRD was seen at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth on January 23rd.

A few TURKEY VULTURES were reported from the southeast part of the state during the past week including 8 in Newmarket, and 4 in Kensington.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on January 21st.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in downtown Nashua on January 24th.

A BALD EAGLE was seen in Berlin, and a pair was seen in Orford, all on January 25th.

There were several reports of resident owl species during the past week including BARRED OWL, GREAT HORNED OWL, EASTERN SCREECH-OWL, and NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL.

Additional lingering species that normally would have migrated south by now but were reported during the past week include: DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, GREAT BLUE HERON, BELTED KINGFISHER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, NORTHERN FLICKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, CHIPPING SPARROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, COMMON GRACKLE, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD.

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: birdsetc@nhaudubon.org. 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.

January 18, 2016

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2 males and 1 female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE were seen from behind 250 Commercial Street on the Merrimack River in Manchester on January 13th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 18th, 2016.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen from International Drive at the Pease Tradeport in Newington on January 13th. A few TURKEY VULTURES were also reported from the southeast part of the state during the past week.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen near the Pease International Tradeport on January 14th.

A pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS was seen roosting near West Portsmouth Street in Concord on January 17th.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen from Hutchins Street in Berlin on January 12th and 1 was seen near Veteran’s Memorial Parkway in Salem on the 17th.

A MERLIN, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and a NORTHERN HARRIER were all seen during the past week

3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and a pair of NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant during the past week.

3 GADWALL and 2 AMERICAN WIGEON were seen on Great Bay during the past week. A WOOD DUCK was seen in Lebanon, and a GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen in Newport, both on January 14th.

An AMERICAN COOT was seen in Rye Harbor on January 15th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL, 4 ICELAND GULLS, 2 WOOD DUCKS, and a GREEN-WINGED TEAL were reported from the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant during the past week. 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 GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in Hampton Harbor on January 17th.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at Hedgehog Pond in Salem on January 12th, and 1
was seen in Rockingham Park in Salem on the 17th.

A RAZORBILL was seen in Rye Harbor, and 4 were seen off of Seabrook Beach, all on January 17th.

6 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen off the coast of Rye on January 17th.

A DICKCISSEL continues to be seen with a flock of HOUSE SPARROWS on School Street in Lakeport, and was last reported on January 12th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE, 2 SNOW BUNTINGS, and 2 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were reported from the Strafford County Farm several times during the past week. They were seen in fields near the Cocheco Humane Society in Dover.

A flock of more than 130 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was reported from Gorham on January 17th, a flock of 10 was seen in Berlin on the 12th, a flock of 16 was seen in North Conway on the 13th, and a flock of 100 was seen in Plymouth on the 12th. These flocks often contain CEDAR WAXWINGS as well and are usually seen feeding in fruit trees.

2 RED CROSSBILLS, and 27 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Chickwolnepy Road in Milan on January 17th, and 60 EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported between Gorham and Errol on the 13th.

7 RED CROSSBILLS, 5 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, and a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER were reported from Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on January 17th.

Several FISH CROWS were reported from Salem during the past week.

A female BALTIMORE ORIOLE has been seen visiting a bird feeder at a private residence in Lebanon for the past month and was last reported on January 14th.

Several FOX SPARROWS were seen during the past week.

There were several reports of resident owl species during the past week including BARRED OWL, GREAT HORNED OWL, EASTERN SCREECH-OWL, and NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL.

Additional lingering species that normally would have migrated south by now but were reported during the past week include: BELTED KINGFISHER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, NORTHERN FLICKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, CAROLINA WREN, WINTER WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, AMERICAN ROBIN, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, HERMIT THRUSH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, GRAY CATBIRD, SAVANNAH SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD.

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: birdsetc@nhaudubon.org. 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.

January 11, 2016

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 11th, 2016.

A NORTHERN FULMAR, 8 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, 2 DOVEKIES, 82 RAZORBILLS, and 23 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen off the coast of Rye on January 10th.

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34 EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported between Gorham and Errol on January 10th.

A birder on a boat cruise off of the coast saw 25 NORTHERN FULMARS, 24 RAZORBILLS, and 14 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES on January 7th.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on Great Bay from the Discovery Center in Greenland on January 9th.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was reported from the Androscoggin River in Errol, and 2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen from behind 250 Commercial Street on the Merrimack River in Manchester, all on January 9th.

3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and a pair of NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on January 9th.

84 RUDDY DUCKS were seen on Beaver Lake in Derry on January 5th, but were absent later in the week after the lake finally froze over.

430 COMMON MERGANSERS, 20 HOODED MERGANSERS, 20 COMMON GOLDENEYES, and 3 COMMON LOONS were seen on Squam Lake on January 7th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL and 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on January 9th.

An ICELAND GULL was seen in Rochester on January 4th, and 1 was seen from Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on November 9th.

A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen on Hampton Beach on January 10th.

A DICKCISSEL continues to be seen with a flock of HOUSE SPARROWS on School Street in Lakeport, and was last reported on January 9th, and a DICKCISSEL was seen with a large flock of HOUSE SPARROWS near the end of Depot Road in Seabrook near the parking lot for Beckman’s Landing on January 9th.

A flock of 120 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was reported from Gorham on January 5th.

34 EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported between Gorham and Errol on January 10th.

5 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at Odione Point State Park in Rye on January 7th.

8 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on January 5th.

2 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in Sunapee on January 8th.

2 FOX SPARROWS were reported during the past week, 1 in Nashua and 1 in Rochester.

A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen in Greenland on January 8th.

10 BALD EAGLES were reported from the Lakes Region on January 7th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Nashua on January 7th.

An AMERICAN KESTREL continues to be seen in Hollis, and was last reported on January 9th.

4 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Newmarket on January 8th.

A female BALTIMORE ORIOLE has been seen visiting a bird feeder at a private residence in Lebanon for the past 3 weeks and was last reported on January 6th.

A BROWN THRASHER continues to be seen in Hollis, and was last reported on January 10th.

Additional lingering species that normally would have migrated south by now but were reported during the past week include: NORTHERN FLICKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, WINTER WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, PINE WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, GRAY CATBIRD, SAVANNAH SPARROW, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD.

A CAROLINA WREN was seen in Sunapee on January 7th, and 1 was reported from Hanover on the 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 at: birdsetc@nhaudubon.org. 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.

January 4, 2016

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A CANVASBACK continues to be seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 4th, 2016.

4 EURASIAN WIGEONS, a REDHEAD, a CANVASBACK, and 7 GADWALL continue to be seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 5 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at Willand Pond in Dover on January 1st.

A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen from Hampton Beach on January 3rd.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen on the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor and was last reported on January 3rd.

2 ICELAND GULLS were seen along the coast in Hampton on January 1st.

An ICELAND GULL, and 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on January 3rd.

2 RAZORBILLS, a BLACK GUILLEMOT, and 3 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were reported from the coast on January 3rd.

7 RAZORBILLS were seen from Great Island Common in New Castle, and 6 were seen in coastal Hampton on January 1st.

2 BRANT were seen in Rye Harbor on December 28th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Airport Marsh in Whitefield on January 2nd, and 1 was seen along Route 93 near Cannon Mountain on December 31st.

A flock 22 RED CROSSBILLS was seen in Jackson on January 1st.

2 RED CROSSBILLS, and 8 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at the Trudeau Road wetlands in Bethlehem on January 2nd.

A hiker on Mount Chocorua in the White Mountains saw 5 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, a RED CROSSBILL, 2 BOREAL CHICKADEES, and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK on January 2nd.

4 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on January 2nd.

A GRAY JAY and 2 BOREAL CHICKADEES were reported from Mount Hancock in the White Mountains on January 2nd.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen along the trail to Little Cherry Pond at the Ponidcherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on January 1st.

4 EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from Lyme on December 31st.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen in Hollis on January 1st.

2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and a MERLIN were seen at Great Bay Farm in Greenland on January 1st.

A MERLIN, a CAROLINA WREN, and a FOX SPARROW were seen in Derry on December 31st. A FOX SPARROW was seen in Rochester on January 2nd.

A MERLIN was seen in Nashua on December 31st.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Hampton Beach on January 2nd, and 1 was seen at Dover Point on the 3rd.

A KILLDEER was seen in Westmoreland on December 28th.

A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Littleton, and 1 was seen in Portsmouth, both on January 3rd.

A BROWN THRASHER was seen in Hollis on January 2nd.

An EASTERN PHOEBE and a PINE WARBLER were seen in Seabrook on January 3rd.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Lee on December 29th.

2 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on January 2nd.

A CAROLINA WREN was seen in Sunapee on January 1st.

Several NORTHERN FLICKERS were reported during the past week.

A NORTHERN HARRIER was seen in Orford on December 30th.

A TURKEY VULTURE was seen in Newmarket on January 3rd.

Highlights from the Laconia Christmas Bird Count held on January 2nd included: 3 BARROW’S GOLDENEYES and a DICKCISSEL.

Highlights from the North Conway Christmas Bird Count held on December 30th included: a WOOD DUCK, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, a FOX SPARROW, and 4 HERMIT THRUSHES.

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: birdsetc@nhaudubon.org. 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.

December 28, 2015

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At least 2 EURASIAN WIGEONS continue to be seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland. Photo by Laurence Butler.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 28th, 2015.

At least 2 EURASIAN WIGEONS and 2 REDHEADS continue to be seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland.

8 SNOW GEESE were seen at Sherman’s Farm in Conway on December 24th, and 1 was seen in Durham on the 27th.

A pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on December 24th.

20 AMERICAN COOT, 3 NORTHERN PINTAILS, and a WOOD DUCK were seen in the Powwow Pond area in Kingston during the past week.

18 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at Beaver Lake in Derry on December 24th, and 22 RUDDY DUCKS were seen on Canobie Lake in Salem on the 28th.

2 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on Lower Kimball Pond in Chatham on December 24th, and 14 RING-NECKED DUCKS and a LESSER SCAUP were seen on World End Pond in Salem on the 28th.

5 RAZORBILLS were seen from Fort Constitution in New Castle on December 26th.

2 BLACK GUILLEMOTS and 12 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast on December 26th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 9 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at Willand Pond in Dover on December 25th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen on the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor and was last reported on December 26th.

An ICELAND GULL was reported from Salem on December 25th.

A DICKCISSEL was seen with a flock of HOUSE SPARROWS on School Street in Lakeport on December 28th.

A flock of 12 FISH CROWS was seen near Canobie Lake in Salem on December 25th.

30 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were reported from Jackson on December 24th.

2 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in Jackson on December 26th.

6 PINE GROSBEAKS, 4 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, and 2 BOREAL CHICKADEES were seen in Pittsburg on December 23rd.

A SPRUCE GROUSE, 6 RED CROSSBILLS, and 3 BOREAL CHICKADEES were seen on the Ethan Pond Trail in the White Mountains on December 24th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER and at least 20 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen along the woodland trails at Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on December 26th.

62 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Newmarket on December 24th.

A BROWN THRASHER has been seen in Barrington every day during the past week.

2 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on December 25th.

A CAROLINA WREN was seen in Hanover on December 26th.

Highlights from the Saxtons River Christmas Bird Count held (mostly in Vermont) on December 19, included: a BLACK SCOTER, a KILLDEER, a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, a SWAMP SPARROW, and a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD all in the New Hampshire portion of the count circle.

Highlights from the Peterborough-Hancock Christmas Bird Count held on December 19, included: 113 COMMON MERGANSERS, a COMMON LOON, a NORTHERN
GOSHAWK, a NORTHERN FLICKER, a HERMIT THRUSH, and 3 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS.

Highlights from the Keene Christmas Bird Count held on December 20, included: 7 BALD EAGLES, 6 COOPER’S HAWKS, 2 BUFFLEHEADS, 12 RING-NECKED
DUCKS, 1 COMMON GOLDENEYE, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, a HERMIT THRUSH, and a CHIPPING SPARROW.

Highlights from the Lee-Durham Christmas Bird Count held on December 20, included: 47 TURKEY VULTURES, 3 HERMIT THRUSHES, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 12
HOODED MERGANSERS, a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, an AMERICAN PIPIT, an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 9 RUDDY DUCKS, a GADWALL, a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, a LINCOLN’S SPARROW, a BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and a HOUSE WREN.

Highlights from the Nashua-Hollis Christmas Bird Count held on December 26, included: 2 GREAT BLUE HERONS, 2 WOOD DUCKS, 6 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 5 HOODED MERGANSERS, 3 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 6 COOPERS HAWKS, 4 BELTED KINGFISHERS, 9 NORTHERN FLICKERS, 3 HERMIT THRUSHES, a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, a FOX SPARROW, a SWAMP SPARROW, 3 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS, an EASTERN SCREECH OWL, a PINE WARBLER, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

The Christmas Bird Count takes place every year in designated areas called “count circles”. These circles are 15 miles in diameter and stay the same from year to year. International in scope, the Christmas Bird Count is organized and compiled by the National Audubon Society, who coordinates all count circles so they don’t overlap.

There are 21 counts in New Hampshire, and participation is open to all interested birders. Many count circles are coordinated by NH Audubon Chapters. Each count circle is surveyed on its own particular day, between December 14 and January 5. Teams go outside and survey sections of the count circle, but there are also feeder watchers within the circle who tally the birds in their backyards.

A list of the state’s Christmas Bird Counts and who to contact if you are interested in participating can be found HERE.

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: birdsetc@nhaudubon.org. 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.

December 21, 2015

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A BULLOCK’S ORIOLE was discovered at a private residence in Hampton at the beginning of December, and was seen fairly regularly since then. It was last seen on December 18th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 21st, 2015.

A BULLOCK’S ORIOLE was discovered at a private residence in Hampton at the beginning of December, and was seen fairly regularly since then. It was last seen on December 18th.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was reported from Dummer on December 15th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen soaring with 8 TURKEY VULTURES in Nashua on December 21st.

A SNOWY OWL has been seen regularly at the Ragged Neck part of Rye Harbor State Park during the past week and was last reported on the 20th. When viewing the Snowy Owl please do not disturb the bird by approaching too closely and please respect private property. For more information, click here…>

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen on the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor, and was last reported on December 19th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER and 2 GRAY JAYS were seen on the Little Cherry Pond trail at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on December 16th. A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen here again on the 20th.

A PALM WARBLER was seen in Derry on December 20th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was reported from Derry, and 2 were seen in Rochester, all on December 18th.

2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen in downtown Dover on December 21st.

A female GADWALL was seen in Rochester on December 18th, and 5 RING-NECKED DUCKS were reported from Kingston on December 20th.

17 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at Beaver Lake in Derry on December 18th.

22 HORNED GREBES were seen on Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough on December 21st.

Highlights from the Pittsburg Christmas Bird Count held on December 14, included: 2 COMMON LOONS, a GREAT BLUE HERON, 10 BALD EAGLES, 4 GRAY JAYS, 103 BOREAL CHICKADEES, 82 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, a SNOW BUNTING, 12 PINE GROSBEAKS, 945 PURPLE FINCHES, a RED CROSSBILL, 21 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, and 2 COMMON REDPOLLS.

Highlights from the Errol-Umbagog Christmas Bird Count held on December 15, included: 7 COMMON GOLDENEYES, a BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, 15 COMMON MERGANSERS, 42 WILD TURKEYS, 5 BALD EAGLES, 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, 2 NORTHERN SHRIKES, 9 GRAY JAYS, 15 BOREAL CHICKADEES, a SNOW BUNTING, 8 NORTHERN CARDINALS, 4 PINE GROSBEAKS, 217 PURPLE FINCHES, 22 RED CROSSBILLS, 84 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, and 917 PINE SISKINS

Highlights from the Coastal Christmas Bird Count held on December 19, included: 7

EASTERN SCREECH-OWLS, a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, a DOVEKIE, 21 RAZORBILLS, a GLAUCOUS GULL, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, a PEREGRINE FALCON, an EASTERN TOWHEE, 2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, an EASTERN PHOEBE, a PALM WARBLER, a DICKCISSEL, a NORTHERN PINTAIL, 3 WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROWS, a BALTIMORE ORIOLE, an AMERICAN PIPIT, a POMARINE JAEGER, 2 REDHEADS, an AMERICAN REDSTART, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 4 EURASIAN WIGEONS, and 5 GADWALL.

Highlights from the Manchester Christmas Bird Count held on December 19, included: 2 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 38 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 87 HOODED MERGANSERS, 12 RUDDY DUCKS, a COMMON LOON, a GREAT BLUE HERON, an AMERICAN KESTREL, a MERLIN, a NORTHERN FLICKER, 3 CAROLINA WRENS, a HERMIT THRUSH, 74 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 5 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD.

The Christmas Bird Count takes place every year in designated areas called “count circles”. These circles are 15 miles in diameter and stay the same from year to year. International in scope, the Christmas Bird Count is organized and compiled by the National Audubon Society, who coordinates all count circles so they don’t overlap.

There are 21 counts in New Hampshire, and participation is open to all interested birders. Many count circles are coordinated by NH Audubon Chapters. Each count circle is surveyed on its own particular day, between December 14 and January 5. Teams go outside and survey sections of the count circle, but there are also feeder watchers within the circle who tally the birds in their backyards.

A list of the state’s Christmas Bird Counts, and who to contact if you are interested in participating, can be found HERE.

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: birdsetc@nhaudubon.org. 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.

December 14, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 14th, 2015.

Snowy Owl by Diane McAllister/GBBC

Snowy Owl by Diane McAllister/GBBC

A SNOWY OWL has been seen regularly at Rye Harbor State Park during the past week and was last reported on the 13th.

When viewing the Snowy Owl please do not disturb the bird by approaching too closely and please respect private property. For more information, click here…>

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen on the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor, and was last reported on December 9th. An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on December 8th. and an ICELAND GULL and a FISH CROW were reported at Rockingham Park in Salem on December 13th.

5 EURASIAN WIGEONS, about 50 AMERICAN WIGEONS, and a GADWALL were seen on Great Bay during the past week

2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen near the Stark Landing boat launch on the Merrimack River in Manchester on December 13th.

A HARLEQUIN DUCK was reported from along the coast near Concord Point in Rye on December 9th.

A pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on December 12th.

A BLACK SCOTER was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on December 13th.

41 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at Beaver Lake in Derry on December 8th.

25 BUFFLEHEADS, 21 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 16 HOODED MERGANSERS, 37 COMMON MERGANSERS, and 3 RUDDY DUCKS were seen on Northwood Lake on December 12th.

An AMERICAN COOT was seen at World End Pond in Salem on December 13th.

At least 6 RAZORBILLS, and 16 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast during the past week.

25 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen at the Lancaster School on December 13th.

5 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on December 12th, and a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen here on the 14th.

3 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, and 2 BOREAL CHICKADEES were seen on the Caps Ridge Trail in Jefferson Notch on December 14th. 3 GRAY JAYS and 18 PURPLE FINCHES were seen in Pittsburg on December 13th.

A flock of 32 PURPLE FINCHES was seen at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on December 14th.

27 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Newmarket on December 8th.

A NORTHERN HARRIER was reported from Bedford on December 10th, a MERLIN was seen in Nashua ion the 10th, and a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was reported from Richmond on the 12th.

A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was seen in Penacook, and an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was seen in Salem, both on December 13th.

An AMERICAN PIPIT was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on December 13th.

Late migrants reported during the past week included a WOOD DUCK, 3 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, 2 EASTERN PHOEBES, a PINE WARBLER, several YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 2 WINTER WRENS, a WOOD THRUSH, a HERMIT THRUSH, an EASTERN TOWHEE, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, 6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD.

A WHOOPER SWAN, probably a captive-released bird, was reported several times from Eel Pond in Rye during the past week.

The Christmas Bird Count takes place every year in designated areas called “count circles”. These circles are 15 miles in diameter and stay the same from year to year. International in scope, the Christmas Bird Count is organized and compiled by the National Audubon Society, who coordinates all count circles so they don’t overlap.

There are 21 counts in New Hampshire, and participation is open to all interested birders. Many count circles are coordinated by NH Audubon Chapters. Each count circle is surveyed on its own particular day, between December 14 and January 5. Teams go outside and survey sections of the count circle, but there are also feeder watchers within the circle who tally the birds in their backyards.

A list of the state’s Christmas Bird Counts and who to contact if you are interested in participating can be found at this HERE.

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: birdsetc@nhaudubon.org. 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.

December 7, 2015

54 COMMON GOLDENEYES were seen on Lake Winnisquam in Belmont on December 1st.

54 COMMON GOLDENEYES were seen on Lake Winnisquam in Belmont on December 1st.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 7th, 2015.

A SNOWY OWL was seen flying along the coast from Hampton Beach State Park on December 1st, and 1 was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on the 6th and 7th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was reported from Airport Marsh on Hazen Road in Whitefield on December 4th

A THICK-BILLED MURRE and a BLACK GUILLEMOT were seen along the coast on December 5th, and 2 RAZORBILLS, and 10 BLACK GUILLEMOTS were seen along the coast on December 6th.

Birders on a fishing boat out of Hampton Harbor reported 6 NORTHERN FULMARS, 13 GREAT SHEARWATERS, 1 RAZORBILL, and 4 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES on December 5th.

2 male EURASIAN WIGEONS, over 230 AMERICAN WIGEONS, a GADWALL, and a NORTHERN PINTAIL were all seen on Great Bay during the past week

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on the Androscoggin River in Errol on November 22nd, 23rd, and 30th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen on the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor, and was last reported on December 5th, and an ICELAND GULL and a FISH CROW were seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on December 3rd.

2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and 12 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at Willand Pond in Somersworth on December 5th.

A GREAT WHITE HERON was reported several times from Chase Brook Pond in Litchfield during the past week, and was last reported on December 2nd. Its identity was confirmed with photographs. The GREAT WHITE HERON is considered by most authorities to be a subspecies (Ardea herodias occidentalis) rather than a color morph of the GREAT BLUE HERON. It is mainly found in southern Florida.

6 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on December 1st, and 23 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen there on the 4th. 5 BOREAL CHICKADEES were reported from Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on December 4th.

20 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on December 1st.

8 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen at the Lancaster School on December 6th.

A DICKCISSEL has been seen regularly visiting a birdfeeder at a private residence located off of South Road in East Kingston, and was last reported on December 1st.

A WHITE CROWNED SPARROW was seen in Portsmouth on December 5th, and a FOX SPARROW was seen in Hudson on the 4th.

A GRAY CATBIRD was seen at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth on December 5th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Hampton Harbor on December 5th.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Sunapee on December 6th.

A TURKEY VULTURE was seen in Exeter on December 1st.

A BLUE-HEADED VIREO was reported from Hinsdale on December 5th.

A PINE WARBLER and an EASTERN PHOEBE were seen at the Seabrook Wastewater Treatment Plant on December 6th.

An AMERICAN PIPIT and 4 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen along the coast in Rye on December 6th.

A GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen along the coast in Rye on December 6th.

A CAROLINA WREN was seen in Lyme on December 1st.

A LESSER SCAUP was seen on the Connecticut River in Lebanon on December 2nd.

13 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at Lake Massabesic in Auburn on December 2nd.

54 COMMON GOLDENEYES were seen on Lake Winnisquam in Belmont on December 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 at: birdsetc@nhaudubon.org. 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 30, 2015

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A flock of 30 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on November 22nd. Photo by Audubon.org

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, November 30th, 2015.

A flock of 23 SANDHILL CRANES was seen in Haverhill, Massachusetts, just over the state line on November 29th. Apparently there were no reports of the flock in New Hampshire, although it was reported earlier from Maine, so it likely passed over NH.

A GREAT WHITE HERON was reported several times from Chase Brook Pond in Litchfield during the past week. Its identity was confirmed with photographs. The GREAT WHITE HERON is considered by most authorities to be a subspecies (Ardea herodias occidentalis) rather than a color morph of the GREAT BLUE HERON. It is mainly found in southern Florida.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on November 20th.

A THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen along the coast from Bicentennial Park in Hampton on November 26th, and a THICK-BILLED MURRE and a BLACK GUILLEMOT were seen in Rye Harbor on the 28th. A THICK-BILLED MURRE and a RAZORBILL were seen from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 27th. A RAZORBILL was seen from Rye Harbor State Park on November 29th.

A REDHEAD, 3 male EURASIAN WIGEONS, over 100 AMERICAN WIGEONS, 4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, a GADWALL, a NORTHERN PINTAIL, and a RUDDY DUCK were all seen on Great Bay during the past week

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on the Androscoggin River in Errol on November 22nd and 23rd.

A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on November 30th.

2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on November 27th.

20 HORNED GREBES were seen near Black Cat Island on Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough on November 30th.

More than 160 RUDDY DUCKS were seen on Beaver Lake in Derry on November 24th, and by the 30th there were only 39 as they continue migrating south.

An AMERICAN COOT was seen in Eel Pond in Rye on November 27th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen on the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor, and was last reported on November 28th.

An ICELAND GULL, 4 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and over 20 BLACK SCOTERS were reported from Lake Massabesic in Auburn on November 23rd.

An ICELAND GULL was seen on Hedgehog Pond in Salem on November 30th.

A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen along the coast in Rye on November 28th.

45 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen in Rye Harbor on November 28th.

A flock of 30 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on November 22nd.

A flock of 12 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS was seen in Bethlehem on November 28th, and 3 were seen in Jefferson on the 28th.

A flock of 11 RED CROSSBILLS was reported from Orford on November 26th.

5 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Rye Harbor State Park on November 26th.

2 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were seen at Little Cherry Pond in the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on November 28th. A SPRUCE GROUSE was seen here on the 22nd.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER and a GRAY JAY were reported from Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on November 27th. A WHITE_WINGED CROSSBILL and 2 BOREAL CHICKADEES were reported from here on the 25th.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Sutton on November 25th, and 1 was seen in New London on the 26th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Dover on November 23rd.

An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was reported from Rye on November 23rd.

A BALTIMORE ORIOLE and a NORTHERN HARRIER were seen in Keene on November 28th.

A BROWN THRASHER was seen in Barrington on November 30th.

A PINE WARBLER was seen in Hollis on November 25th.

A WILSON’S WARBLER and a BLUE-HEADED VIREO were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 27th. The WILSON’S WARBLER continues and was last reported on the 29th.

A CAROLINA WREN was seen in Lyme on November 27th.

During the past week an EASTERN PHOEBE was seen in Seabrook, a GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Hampton, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in Rye, 2 WINTER WRENS were seen in Rye, several YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen in Rye, 4 FOX SPARROWS were seen in Hudson, and a TURKEY VULTURE was seen over Route 101.

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: birdsetc@nhaudubon.org. 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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