Rare Bird Alert

July 27, 2015

American Avocet

American Avocet

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 27th, 2015.

At least 1 AMERICAN AVOCET was seen in Hampton Harbor on July 25th, and there were additional sightings of possibly the same individual reported from Seabrook Marsh on the 26th, and 27th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in the salt marsh located on the west side of Route 1A and just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, on July 19th, 20th, 21st, and 23rd.

A pair of LEAST TERNS is nesting on the beach in Hampton Beach State Park, where they were seen with a chick on July 25th. 3 more LEAST TERNS were seen at Meadow Pond in Hampton, also on the 25th.

2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Jenness Beach in Rye on July 25th.

2 adult PIPING PLOVERS and 2 chicks were seen foraging on the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor on July 26th.

3 SANDHILL CRANES were seen behind the cemetery on Plains Road in Monroe on July 23rd, and 27th.

At least 2 pairs of MISSISSIPPI KITES have nested in Newmarket this year and there is currently at least 1 youngster. The KITES have been seen flying near Gonet Road in Newmarket, and 1 has been reported on multiple occasions from Piscasssic Street.

There were several sightings of PEREGRINE FALCONS, including juveniles, from Concord, Kingston, and Nashua during the past week.

7 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were seen at Cemetery Fields in Amherst on July 23rd.

FISH CROWS were reported from Durham and Nashua during the past week.

COMMON NIGHTHAWK fledglings have been reported from nest sites in Concord, Franklin, and North Conway – let’s hope they survive this vulnerable time!

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen near Little Cherry Pond at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on July 25th.

A colony of 13 pairs of PURPLE MARTINS is nesting along Cross Beach Road in Seabrook and up to 20 individuals were observed on July 25th.

An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in Lyman on July 25th.

80 CHIMNEY SWIFTS were seen entering a chimney to roost for the night in Exeter on July 26th.

A probable fall season migrant PALM WARBLER was reported from Etna on July 22nd. For some birds, the summer is over!

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.

July 20, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 20th, 2015.

2 pairs of MISSISSIPPI KITES are nesting in Newmarket and there is currently at least 1 youngster. The KITES are most often seen flying near Gonet Road in Newmarket, but and 1 was reported from Piscasssic Street on July 14th, and again on the 16th.

3 juvenile PEREGRINE FALCONS were reported from Horseshoe Pond in Concord on July 16th.

2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen behind the cemetery on Plaines Road in Monroe on July 12th, and are probably still in the area.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at Jenness Beach in Rye on July 18th.

A pair of LEAST TERNS is nesting on the beach in Hampton Beach State Park, where they were seen with a chick on July 19th.

Birders on a Granite State Whale Watch cruise out of Rye Harbor on July 19th reported seeing: 6 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, 139 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS, WHIMBREL, 4 BLACK GUILLEMOTS, and a LAUGHING GULL.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in the salt marsh located on the west side of Route 1A and just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, on July 19th and 20th.

5 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in Hampton on July 18th, and 1 was seen in New Castle on the 17th.

6 PIPING PLOVERS were reported from Hampton Beach State Park on July 18th. If you visit the beach, please keep an eye out for these small sand-colored birds.

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on July 16th. 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 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were seen at Cemetery Fields in Amherst on July 14th.

7 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from the Magalloway River Trail, part of the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge in Wentworth’s Location, on July 18th.

2 families of SPRUCE GROUSE totaling 14 birds, and 4 GRAY JAYS were seen on the Davis Path by hikers en route to Mount Isolation in the White Mountains on July 17th.

2 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were reported from Jefferson on July 16th.

21 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES and 4 BOREAL CHICKADEES were reported from the Carter-Moriah trail in the White Mountains on July 18th.

7 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES and a BOREAL CHICKADEE were reported from Cannon Mountain in the White Mountains on July 19th.

2 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen on Mount Washington (where they nest) on July 17th.

A pair of EVENING GROSBEAKS was reported from Lyman on July 13th.

A colony of 13 pairs of PURPLE MARTINS are nesting along Cross Beach Road in Seabrook and up to 40 individuals were observed on July 10th. At least 4 PURPLE MARTINS were reported from Fun Spot in Laconia on July 18th.

A flock of 6 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS was seen in Springfield on July 18th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen in Madison on July 17th.

There was an unconfirmed report of a GOLDEN EAGLE in Bartlett on July 13th.

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. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org

Thanks very much and good birding.

July 13, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 13th, 2015.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen in the salt marsh near Huckleberry Lane in Hampton on July 5th, and was reported again from coastal marshes on the 12th. 14 GLOSSY IBIS’ were seen in the Little River salt marsh on July 11th.

2 pairs of MISSISSIPPI KITES are nesting in Newmarket and currently have at least 1 chick. The KITES are most often seen flying near Gonet Road in Newmarket and 1 was reported from that area on July 12th.

2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen behind the cemetery on Plaines Road in Monroe on July 12th.

A pair of LEAST TERNS is nesting on the beach in Hampton Beach State Park, where 3 adults and a chick were seen on July 7th.

A few PIPING PLOVERS continued to be reported from Hampton Beach State Park and Seabrook Town Beach during the past week. At least 1 of the newly hatched chicks, which are the color of beach-sand, accidentally perished beneath the feet of pedestrian traffic on the beach – if you visit the beach, please keep an eye out for these small hard-to-see birds.

A colony of 13 pairs of PURPLE MARTINS are nesting along Cross Beach Road in Seabrook and 8 individuals were observed on July 6th.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was reported from the Newington side of the Pease International Tradeport on July 9th.

7 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were counted at the Cemetery Fields in Amherst on July 6th.

2 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS, 6 SPRUCE GROUSE, 6 GRAY JAYS, and 4 BOREAL CHICKADEES were reported from East Inlet Road in Pittsburg on July 11th.

2 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS, a SPRUCE GROUSE, 4 GRAY JAYS, 6 BOREAL CHICKADEES, 10 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES, and 5 FOX SPARROWS were reported from high-elevation hiking trails on the east side of Crawford Notch in the White Mountains on July 11th.

2 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were reported from the summit area of Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch on July 12th, and there were a few reports of BICKNELL’S THRUSHES from hiking trails in the White Mountains during the past week.

2 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from the Nash Stream State Forest on July 9th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from Lyman on July 13th, and 1 was reported from Chatham on the 11th.

3 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Hillsborough on July 11th.

8 FISH CROWS were tallied in coastal Hampton on July 11th.

A NELSON’S SPARROW was again reported from Philbrick Marsh along Route 1A in North Hampton during the past week.

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. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org

Thanks very much and good birding.

July 7, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 6th, 2015.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen with a flock of 7 GLOSSY IBIS in the salt marsh near Huckleberry Lane in Hampton on July 5th.

2 pairs of MISSISSIPPI KITES are nesting in Newmarket and currently have at least 1 chick. The KITES are most often seen flying near Gonet Road in Newmarket and were last reported on July 5th.

A ROYAL TERN was seen in Hampton Harbor on July 2nd, but has not been relocated.

A pair of LEAST TERNS is nesting on the beach in Hampton Beach State Park, and 2-more adults were seen flying nearby on July 5th.

A few PIPING PLOVERS continued to be reported from Hampton Beach State Park and Seabrook Town Beach during the past week

A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Concord on July 2nd.

3 SANDHILL CRANES were seen behind the cemetery on Plains Road in Monroe on June 27th, and are likely to still be in the area..

3 BRANT were seen in coastal Rye on July 3rd.

An out-of-season HORNED GREBE was seen in Hampton Marsh on July 4th.

A colony of 13 pairs of PURPLE MARTINS are nesting along Cross Beach Road in Seabrook and were last counted on July 2nd.

Single AMERICAN BITTERNS were reported from Hampton, Durham, Sunapee, and Whitefield during the past week.

3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, and 2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Pease International Tradeport on July 5th.

A female SPRUCE GROUSE with 6 chicks was seen at the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge on July 3rd, and another female with 3 chicks was seen at Dixville Peak on July 2nd.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen along Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on July 4th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, several BOREAL CHICKADEES, a GRAY JAY, and a few BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were all reported from the Caps Ridge Trail off of Jefferson Notch Road in the White Mountains on June 27th, and again on July 3rd.

5 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES, and 3 GRAY JAYS were reported from near the summit of Mount Tom in the White Mountains on July 5th.

A NELSON’S SPARROW was reported from Philbrick Marsh along Route 1A in North Hampton on July 4th.

Highlights of birds seen on a whale-watching cruise on the Granite State Whale Watch out of Rye Harbor on July 4th included: 14 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, 2 GREAT SHEARWATERS, 6 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, 120 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS, a NORTHERN GANNET, a GREAT CORMORANT, a COMMON MURRE, 2 ROSEATE TERNS, and 50 COMMON TERNS

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. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org

Thanks very much and good birding.

June 29, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, June 29th, 2015

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen flying near Gonet Road in Newmarket on June 25th.

3 SANDHILL CRANES were seen behind the cemetery on Plains Road in Monroe on June 27th.

An ARCTIC TERN, a ROSEATE TERN, 20 COMMON TERNS, 2 LAUGHING GULLS, 6 BONAPARTE’S GULLS, a PIPING PLOVER, and a PURPLE MARTIN were all seen in Hampton Harbor on June 27th.

A LEAST BITTERN was reported from World End Pond in Salem on June 24th.

2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen in Lancaster on June 19th, and 1 was seen in North Conway on the 27th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, 7 BOREAL CHICKADEES, a GRAY JAY, and 5 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were all reported from the Caps Ridge Trail off of Jefferson Notch Road in the White Mountains on June 27th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was reported from the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on June 27th.

A SPRUCE GROUSE was seen on Mount Guyot in the White Mountains on June 25th.

A birder hiking in the Franconia ridge area of Crawford Notch reported 8 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES, a PHILADELPHIA VIREO, a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and a FOX SPARROW all on June 27th.

5 FOX SPARROWS, 2 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES, several GRAY JAYS, and several BOREAL CHICKADEES were all reported from Dummer Pond Road in Dummer on June 26th.

A PALM WARBLER was reported from Crawford Notch on June 24th.

2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Cemetery Fields in Amherst on June 26th.

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were both heard vocalizing at New Hampshire Audubon’s Dahl Sanctuary in North Conway on June 27th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, and 2 CANADA WARBLERS were reported from New Hampshire Audubon’s Watts Sanctuary in Effingham on June 27th.

An estimated 40 BANK SWALLOWS and 6 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were seen foraging on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on June 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 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. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org.

Thanks very much and good birding.

June 23, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, June 22nd, 2015.

An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was heard singing along the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on June 16th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen along the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on June 17th.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen flying near Gonet Road in Newmarket on June 19th.

2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen behind the cemetery on Plains Road in Monroe on June 16th.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was reported from the Concord Airport on June 20th.

There were several reports of UPLAND SANDPIPERS during the past week at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth.

2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and 4 CANADA WARBLERS were reported from Elbow Pond in Woodstock on June 16th.

A MOURNING WARBLER was seen along Ravine Camp Road in Woodstock on June 16th, and 1 was seen along Base Station Road near Jefferson Notch Road on June 19th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was reported from Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on June 19th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, 2 BOREAL CHICKADEES, and a BICKNELL’S THRUSH were all seen on the Caps Ridge Trail off of Jefferson Notch Road in the White Mountains on June 19th.

6 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKRS, 2 SPRUCE GROUSE, 15 GRAY JAYS, 8 BOREAL CHICKADEES, 2 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES, 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, 2 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, 1 FOX SPARROW, 1 CAPE MAY WARBLER, 5 MOURNING WARBLERS, and 17 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS were reported from Pittsburg during the past week.

A female SPRUCE GROUSE with several young in tow, 4 BOREAL CHICKADEES, a RED CROSSBILL, and 2 CAPE MAY WARBLERS were all seen at the Mollidgewock Brook Road area of the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge on June 18th.

3 BICKNELL’S THRUSH, 3 GRAY JAYS, and a CAPE MAY WARBLER were reported from Sugarloaf Mountain Trail in Stark on June 20th.

2 EVENING GROSBEAKS, 2 BOREAL CHICKADEES, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD were reported from Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge on June 21st.

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. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org

Thanks very much and good birding.

 

 

May 11, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 11th, 2015.

A WHITE-EYED VIREO was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on May 10th.

A LARK SPARROW was seen in Hampton on May 8th.

A CASPIAN TERN was seen in Hampton Marsh on May 8th.

A SNOW GOOSE was seen in the fields at Morrill’s Farm in Penacook on May 5th.

7 probable RED CROSSBILLS were seen on East Weare Road in the Army Corps of Engineer lands adjacent to Clough State Park in Weare on May 9th.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at the Concord Airport on May 10th and 11th.

A BAY-BREASTED WARBLER was seen in Henniker on May 9th.

4 WILSON’S WARBLERS were seen along the railroad tracks at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on May 9th, and 1 was seen in Rochester on May 11th.

A TENNESSEE WARBLER and 2 WILSON’S WARBLERS were seen in Hinsdale on May 7.

A TENNESSEE WARBLER, a BLACKPOLL WARBLER, and 2 WILSON’S WARBLERS were reported from the Pickering Ponds in Rochester on May 8th.

A TENNESSEE WARBLER was reported from Sunapee on May 11th.

A BLACKPOLL WARBLER was seen in Weare on May 9th.

A MOURNING WARBLER and a SWAINSON’S THRUSH were reported from Hanover on May 11th.

2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in North Conway on May 7th.

An AMERICAN PIPIT was seen in Exeter on May 3rd, and 4 were seen in Rochester on May 8th.

A GLOSSY IBIS was seen in West Lebanon on May 10th, and 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at Powderhouse Pond in Exeter on May 8th.

A SORA, 2 VIRGINIA RAILS, and an AMERICAN BITTERN were all seen at the Alice Bemis Thompson Wildlife Sanctuary in North Sandwich on May 5th.

A SORA and 4 VIRGINIA RAILS were reported from Pickering Ponds in Rochester on May 11th.

2 LAUGHING GULLS and 29 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen in coastal Rye on May 10th.

3 ORCHARD ORIOLES were reported from the NH Fish & Game Bellamy River WMA in Dover on May 10th, and 1 was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on May 5th.

A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was reported from Windham on May 11th.

Up to 8 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on May 5th.

There were numerous sightings of SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, FISH CROWS, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS from scattered locations during the past week.

Highlights of a group birding trip to the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson and the adjacent Airport Marsh in Whitefield included: a NORTHERN GOSHAWK, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS, a LEAST SANDPIPER, 2 EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS, 2 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS, 3 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, a BLACKPOLL WARBLER, 4 WILSON’S WARBLERS, and 5 BOBOLINKS, all on May 10th.

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. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org

Thanks very much and good birding.

May 4, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 4th, 2015.

A female NORTHERN WHEATEAR was seen and photographed at the Lane River Bridge in South Sutton on May 3rd, but was not reported on the 4th.

A first-year male KING EIDER was seen at Great Boar’s Head in Hampton on April 27th.

A REDHEAD was seen on Great Bay from the Discovery Center on April 29th.

A HYBRID HERON that appears to be a cross between a SNOWY EGRET and a TRICOLORED HERON was seen in the Little River Salt Marsh in North Hampton on April 24th. It has continued to be reported from several coastal locations during the past week and was last reported on May 3rd.

A GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were both seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on May 1st.

A LAUGHING GULL was seen at Eel Pond and 3 were seen along the coast, in Rye, on May 3rd.

A flock of 10 BRANT was seen off shore in Rye on May 3rd.

4 RED-NECKED GREBES and a small flock of unidentified SCOTERS were seen on Lake Sunapee, and a RED-NECKED GREBE was seen flying near Squam Lake, all on May 1st.

A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen at World End Pond in Salem on May 2nd.

A male GADWALL was seen in Hampton on May 2nd.

A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was reported from Hancock on May 4th.

A LESSER YELLOWLEGS was seen in fields along North River Road in Milford on April 29th.

4 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen at the Pease International Tradeport from the Newington side on April 29th.

A PIPING PLOVER was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 29th.

At least 280 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were tallied along the coast in Rye on May 2nd.

A RED CROSSBILL was reported from Oak Hill in Hanover on May 2nd, and 1 was heard at Mink Brook Preserve in Hanover on May 3rd.

A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was reported from the setbacks along the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on May 4th, and 1 was seen in Penacook on the 3rd.

A pair of EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen at a feeder in New London on May 3rd.

A flock of 6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was seen in Goffstown on April 29th.

A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard in Concord on April 30th, and 1 was heard in West Lebanon on May 3rd.

A male ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Powderhouse Pond in Exeter on May 4th.

Up to 10 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on May 4th.

2 FISH CROWS were reported from Charlestown on May 3rd, and a few were reported from southeastern towns during the past week.

A pair of MERLINS is again nesting at the Hanover Country Club, handicap unknown.

Returning migrants reported during the past week included: RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, SCARLET TANAGER, BANK SWALLOW, CLIFF SWALLOW, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, EASTERN KINGBIRD, LEAST FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, VEERY, WOOD THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, AMERICAN REDSTART, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, OVENBIRD, NASHVILLE WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, and VESPER SPARROW.

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. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org.

Thanks very much and good birding.

April 28, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 27th, 2015.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Henniker on April 21st.

A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 23rd.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen just west of the Alice Bemis Thompson Wildlife Sanctuary on Route 113 in Sandwich on April 13th.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on April 24th.

A LAUGHING GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment facility on April 22nd, and again along Swasey Parkway in Exeter on the 23rd.

A HYBRID HERON that appears to be a cross between a SNOWY EGRET and a TRICOLORED HERON was seen in the Little River Salt Marsh in North Hampton on April 24th.

4 GLOSSY IBIS, a LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on April 23rd.

5 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in coastal Seabrook and Hampton on April 26th.

A CACKLING GOOSE was seen in Orford on April 23rd.

A REDHEAD was seen on the south end of Great Bay on April 26th.

A pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS continues to be seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord, and was last reported on April 27th, and 5 were reported from Bodwell Farm in East Kingston on April 24th. A pair was seen in Hanover on the 22nd and 23rd.

A NORTHERN PINTAIL, a GREEN HERON, and 6 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen at Great Meadows in Charlestown on April 25th.

A pair of GADWALL, and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER were seen at Mink Brook in Hanover on April 22nd.

19 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen at Pontook Reservoir in Dummer on April 23rd, and 2 were seen on the Connecticut River near Lebanon on the 24th.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Lake Sunapee on April 24th, and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS was reported from Sunapee on the 21st.

5 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen at the Pease International Tradeport from the Newington side on April 26th.

3 PIPING PLOVERS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 25th.

4 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Errol on April 26th, and 10 were seen in Concord on the 22nd.

There were a few reports of small numbers of lingering COMMON REDPOLLS during the past week.

A PURPLE MARTIN was seen at the Fun Spot in Laconia on April 21st.

A CLIFF SWALLOW, 4 BANK SWALLOWS, 2 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, 10 BARN SWALLOWS, 100 TREE SWALLOWS, and 13 CHIMNEY SWIFTS were seen at World End Pond in Salem on April 23rd.

A CHIMNEY SWIFT was reported from Concord on April 27th.

A BANK SWALLOW was seen in Concord on April 22nd, and several BANK SWALLOWS, a PIED-BILLED GREBE, and a GREEN HERON were seen in Merrimack on April 23rd.

An estimated 800 SWALLOWS consisting mainly of TREE SWALLOWS was seen at the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on April 21st.

A dozen FISH CROWS were reported from Durham on April 24th.

On April 21st and 22nd, a surge of migrating hawks was reported from several locations. BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were particularly well represented with 35 reported from Hancock in 1-hour on the 21st, and 50-60 tallied in Concord in 1-hour on the 22nd.

A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was seen at Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham on April 25th, and 1 was reported from Westmoreland on the 26th.

A MAGNOLIA WARBLER was reported from Lebanon on April 22nd.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER and a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER were reported from Sunapee on April 22nd.

2 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS were reported from Horseshoe Pond in Concord on April 26th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen along Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on April 26th.

There were scattered reports of small numbers of early returning migrants during the past week, including: LEAST SANDPIPER, WILLET, INDIGO BUNTING, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, MARSH WREN, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, SWAMP SPARROW, VIRGINIA RAIL, BROWN THRASHER, EASTERN TOWHEE, AMERICAN PIPIT, and RUSTY 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. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org.

Thanks very much and good birding.

April 21, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 20th, 2015.

A LE CONTE’S SPARROW was seen and photographed at Quincy Bog in Rumney on April 14th and 15th but has not been seen since then.

A SUMMER TANAGER was seen and photographed in Rye on April 15th and 16th.

The SANDHILL CRANE family of 3 has returned to Monroe, and has been seen foraging in fields located on both sides of the Connecticut River.

Remarkably, single CASPIAN TERNS were seen at 4 different inland locations on April 18th. Locations where the birds were seen included Horseshoe Pond in Concord, Lake Massabesic in Auburn, Spofford Lake in Chesterfield, and the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility. None has been relocated since the 18th.

A WHOOPER SWAN was reported from the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on April 18th, but it is unknown if it is of wild or domestic origin. It has not been relocated.

2 SNOW GEESE were reported from Quincy Bog in Rumney on April 18th, and 2 BRANT were seen in Hampton Harbor on April 17th.

A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on the Androscoggin River in Errol on April 13th. It was in the company of several COMMON GOLDENEYES.

A REDHEAD was discovered at World End Pond in Salem on April 8th, and has been reported several times since then. It was last reported on the 15th.

A REDHEAD was seen on the Greenland side of Great Bay on April 14th, and 5 GADWALL were seen here on the 19th.

A female CANVASBACK continues to be seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility and was last reported on April 15th.

2 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on April 17th.

A pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and a pair of AMERICAN WIGEON were seen on the Connecticut River in Hanover on April 17th.

A pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord, and a pair was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility, all on April 20th.

A pair of AMERICAN WIGEON was seen at Airport Marsh in Whitefield, and a pair was seen on the Connecticut River in Hanover, all on the 16th.

2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 5 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, a GREATER SCAUP, 13 LESSER SCAUP, 2 COMMON LOONS, 5 BONAPARTES GULLS, and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on April 14th.

A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was seen on Turkey Pond in Concord on April 14th.

A HORNED GREBE was seen at Lake Massabesic in Auburn on April 19th, and 1 was seen on Turtle Pond in Concord on the 14th.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Turtle Pond in Concord on April 14th, 1 was seen at Lake Sunapee on the 14th, 1 was seen on the Androscoggin River in Errol on the 14th, and 1 was seen in Dummer on the 14th.

2 BONAPARTE’S GULLS were seen on the Merrimack River in Nashua on April 17th, and 1 was seen on the Connecticut River near the Wilder Dam on the 14th.

3 PIPING PLOVERS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 17th.

4 GLOSSY IBIS were seen in coastal North Hampton on April 17th.

A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on April 19th, and 1 was seen in coastal Seabrook on the 17th.

A probable YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was reported from Nashua on April 17th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from Quincy Bog in Rumney on April 19th. This bird was identified by its distinctive call.

 

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included 26 in Lyman on April 14th, 25 in Nashua on the 15th, 40 in Concord on the 16th, 30 in Concord on the 18th, and 30 in Concord on the 19th.

40 COMMON REPOLLS and 10 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen visiting a birdfeeder in Jefferson during the past week.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Durham on April 18th.

23 TURKEY VULTURES were seen circling overhead in Laconia on April 19th.

A WOOD THRUSH was reported from Amherst on April 18th.

A CHIMNEY SWIFT was reported from Kingston on April 18th.

There were scattered reports of small numbers of early returning migrants during the past week, including: BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, FIELD SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, VIRGINIA RAIL, AMERICAN BITTERN, BROWN THRASHER, EASTERN TOWHEE, AMERICAN PIPIT, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, BARN SWALLOW, and NORTHERN FLICKER.

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. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org.
Thanks very much and good birding.

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