Rare Bird Alert

March 22, 2017

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A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen at Mud Pond in the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on March 14th. FWS image.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 20th, 2017.

A GREAT GRAY OWL was discovered in Newport on February 25th, was relocated on March 1st, and has been seen every day since then, but not today. To look for the bird, take Route 10 to Haserlet Park on Corbin Road, near the Newport Airport. If the bird is not present, try looking from Route 10 a short distance north of the airport where it can sometimes be seen, but do not enter the fields as these are on private property. You can also drive to Oak Street and drive about 0.3 miles to the rail trail located on the north side of Oak Street just past Kyle Drive. The bird has sometimes been seen hunting in the fields located on the east side of the rail trail about 0.1-0.2 miles north of Oak Street. The most reliable viewing time is late afternoon. When you park, be sure not to block driveways, and respect privacy. Do not trespass on private land. Stay off the airport runway,

Please do not approach the owl too closely, do not play recordings, and do not disturb it. For more about owl viewing etiquette, open this link (originally written to apply for Snowy Owls, but also applicable to Great Gray Owls):

http://www.nhaudubon.org/snowy-owl-viewing-observe-without-disturbing/

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on March 13th. The bird has been seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport Village Road and has been visible from the road. The house is very close to the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders. Be sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors. The bird has usually been seen very early in the morning. It has also been seen across the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen flying over Concord on March 15th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen near the Dunkin Donuts on Route 16/302 in North Conway on March 18th, 19th. and 20th.

A pair of BARROW’S GOLDENEYES was seen at Sewalls Falls on the Merrimack River in Concord on March 18th, and a male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on the 17th and 19th.

3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and a GREAT BLUE HERON were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on March 17th.

A NORTHERN PINTAIL and 20 LESSER SCAUP were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on March 18th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen just north of Reed’s Marsh in Orford on March 19th.

A DICKCISSEL was seen visiting a birdfeeder in Portsmouth on March 18th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: 16 in Lyme on March 14th, 160 in Meredith on the 15th, 20 in Glen on the 17th, 12 in Gilford on the 19th, 6 in Penacook on the 19th, and 100 in Holderness on the 19th.

A flock of 16 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Jefferson on March 14th.

A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen in Plainfield on March 16th.

A PINE WARBLER was seen visiting a birdfeeder in Newmarket on March 14th, and 1 was seen at a birdfeeder in Madbury on March 17th, 18th, and 19th.

A TREE SWALLOW was seen in Concord on March 20th.

2 HERMIT THRUSHES were seen in East Kingston on March 18th.

A WINTER WREN was seen in Gilsum on March 13th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Lyme on March 17th.

An overwintering EASTERN TOWHEE was reported from New Ipswich on March 14th.

An over-wintering CHIPPING SPARROW continues to be seen in Pittsfield.

A MERLIN was seen in Westmoreland on March 15th, and 1 was seen near Weirs Beach on the 20th.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen in Nashua on March 18th, and 2 were seen in Penacook on the 19th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen at Mud Pond in the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on March 14th.

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.

March 14, 2017

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An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from a birdfeeder located behind a house in Epping on February 12th, and it has been seen nearly every day since then. It was last reported on March 12th. (2017) Photo by FWS.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 13th, 2017.

A GREAT GRAY OWL was discovered in Newport on February 25th, was relocated on March 1st, and has been seen every day since then. To look for the bird, take Route 10 to Haserlet Park on Corbin Road, near the Newport Airport. If the bird is not present, drive to Oak Street and drive about 0.3 miles to the rail trail located on the north side of Oak Street just past Kyle Drive. The bird has sometimes been seen hunting in the fields located on the east side of the rail trail about 0.1-0.2 miles north of Oak Street. The most reliable viewing time is late afternoon. When you park, be sure not to block driveways and respect privacy. Stay off the airport runway, Please do not approach the owl too closely, do not play recordings, and do not disturb it.

For more about owl viewing etiquette, open this link (originally written to apply for Snowy Owls, but also applicable to Great Gray Owls):

http://www.nhaudubon.org/snowy-owl-viewing-observe-without-disturbing/

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on March 11th. The bird has been seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport Village Road and has been visible from the road. The house is very close to the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders. Be sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors. The bird has usually been seen very early in the morning. It has also been seen across the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from a birdfeeder located behind a house in Epping on February 12th, and it has been seen nearly every day since then. It was last reported on March 12th.

A EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH was photographed at a birdfeeder in Fremont on March 7th. This is most likely a released cage-bird and not of wild origin.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in fields north of Oak Street in Newport on March 7th.

2 ICELAND GULLS were seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on March 8th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: 200 in Meredith on March 13th, 150 in Moultonborough on the 13th, 50 in Wolfeboro on the 13th, 22 in Plymouth on the 10th, 200 in New London on the 10th, and 1 in Concord on the 9th.

2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 1500 CANADA GEESE, 6 GADWALL, and 4 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on March 8th, and a male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen here on the 13th.

10 WOOD DUCKS, 110 HOODED MERGANSERS, 90 COMMON MERGANSERS, 11 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 14 AMERICAN WIGEONS, 150 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 300 MALLARDS, a GADWALL, 11 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 120 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 2 GREATER SCAUP, 6 BUFFLEHEADS, and 30 COMMON GOLDENEYES were seen in the Connecticut River valley between Hinsdale and Charlestown on March 10th.

A SNOW GOOSE was seen in Charlestown in the Great Meadow area on March 8th and 12th. Also present on the 12th were an AMERICAN WIGEON, a NORTHERN PINTAIL, a GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 6 RING-NECKED DUCKS, and a BUFFLEHEAD.

3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and an AMERICAN WIGEON were seen on Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on March 8th.

2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen at Dover Point in Dover on March 13th.

A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on March 8th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Nashua on March 8th.

A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen in Pittsfield on March 9th, and 1 was seen in Salem on the 7th.

There were several FOX SPARROW sightings during the past week, and an over-wintering CHIPPING SPARROW continues to be seen in Pittsfield.

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.

March 6, 2017

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Great Gray Owl in Newport NH, photo by Jane Kolias.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 6th, 2017.

A GREAT GRAY OWL was discovered in Newport on February 25th, was relocated on March 1st, and has been seen every day since then. To look for the bird, take Route 10 to Oak Street and drive about 0.3 miles to the rail trail located on the north side of Oak Street just past Kyle Drive. The bird has been seen hunting in the fields located on the east side of the rail trail about 0.1-0.2 miles north of Oak Street, and the most reliable viewing time is late afternoon. When you park, be sure not to block driveways and respect privacy. Please do not approach the owl too closely, do not play recordings, and do not disturb it. For more about owl viewing etiquette, open this link (originally written to apply for Snowy Owls, but also applicable to Great Gray Owls):

http://www.nhaudubon.org/snowy-owl-viewing-observe-without-disturbing/

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from a birdfeeder located behind a house in Epping on February 12th, and it has been seen nearly every day since then, and was last reported on March 6th.

A MEW GULL was reported from the parking lot near the Sears store at the Mall at Rockingham Park on March 1st and 2nd.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen on the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor and was last reported on March 5th.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on March 1st, and 1 was seen flying over Great Bay in Stratham on the 5th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at NH Audubon’s Thompson Sanctuary in North Sandwich on March 2nd, 1was seen in fields north of Oak Street in Newport on the 2nd, 4th, and 6th, 1 was seen at the Keene Airport in Swanzey on the 5th, and there was an unconfirmed sighting of one in Epping on March 3rd.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on the Oyster River from Jackson Landing in Durham on March 6th.

A CACKLING GOOSE was reported from Great Meadow in Charlestown, and 3 BRANT were seen in coastal Hampton, all on February 28th.

An estimated 7,000 CANADA GEESE were tallied in the lower Connecticut River valley on March 1st. Also present was a SNOW GOOSE, and a NORTHERN PINTAIL.

A pair of AMERICAN WIGEON was seen in the upper Connecticut River valley on the 2nd.

A NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen on Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on February 28th.

9 RAZORBILLS were seen off of Seabrook Beach on March 5th.

3 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen in coastal Rye on March 5th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: 120 in Plymouth on February 28th, 14 in North Sandwich on the 28th, 60 in Hanover on the 27th, 300 in New London on March 4th, 17 in Hooksett on the 3rd, 25 in Moultonborough on March 5th, and a large flock was reported from Etna on the 4th.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Dummer on March 4th.

A pair of MERLINS was seen in Hanover on February 28th.

A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen in Durham on March 5th.

There were several FISH CROW sightings during the past week.

There were numerous FOX SPARROW sightings during the past week, and an over-wintering CHIPPING SPARROW continues to be seen in Pittsfield.

A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen in Peterborough on March 1st.

Many early-returning migrants including COMMON GRACKLES, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, BELTED KINGFISHERS, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, and KILLDEER have been reported during the past week.

Raptor activity is on the rise as many are courting and establishing territories. Species reported during the past week included: AMERICAN KESTREL, MERLIN, PEREGRINE FALCON, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, NORTHERN HARRIER, and BALD EAGLE.

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.

February 27, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 27th, 2017.

A TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was discovered in Orford on February 23rd, where it was seen and photographed by several birders. It has not been relocated.

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from a birdfeeder located behind a house in Epping on February 12th, and it has been seen every day since then. It was last reported on the 26th.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at the Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Swanzey on February 20th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Warren Street in Plymouth on February 26th.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on February 25th.

15 BRANT and 2 RAZORBILLS were seen along the coast in Rye on February 25th.

2 GADWALL were seen at Jackson’s Landing in Durham on February 22nd.

A pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS was seen on Great Bay, and 6 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen in North Hampton, all on February 25th.

24 LESSER SCAUP were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on February 25th.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at Chickering Farm in Westmoreland on February 23rd.

A flock of 6 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen in Durham on February 21st, and 3 were seen in Rye on the 25th.

3 PINE GROSBEAKS were seen in Milan on February 25th, and 2 were seen in Errol on the 27th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: 60 in Sunapee on February 21st, 20 in Plymouth on the 23rd, 60 in Hanover on the 24th, 22 in New London on the 25th, 100 in Gorham on the 25th, and 1 in Errol on the 27th.

An estimated 50 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen visiting a birdfeeder at a private residence in Cornish on February 26th, and approximately 30 were seen between Gorham and Errol on the 25th.

A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was seen in Errol on February 25th.

An AMERICAN PIPIT was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on February 23rd.

3 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were seen near Little Cherry Pond on February 24th, and 2 more were seen at Mud Pond on the 25th, all at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson.

2 GRAY JAYS were seen at the summit of Wildcat Mountain on February 24th.

TURKEY VULTURE sightings during the past week included 9 in Nashua, 10 in Durham, and 8 in Plymouth.

FISH CROW sightings during the past week included over 50 in Salem.

A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Westmoreland on February 23rd.

Many early-returning migrants including COMMON GRACKLES, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, BELTED KINGFISHERS, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, and KILLDEER have accompanied unseasonably warm weather during the past week.

Raptor activity is on the rise as many are courting and establishing territories. Species reported during the past week included: AMERICAN KESTREL, MERLIN, PEREGRINE FALCON, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, COOPER’S HAWK, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, NORTHERN HARRIER, and BALD EAGLE.

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.

February 23, 2017

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A NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on February 18th. Image source: US Fish and Wildlife Service.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 20th, 2017.

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on February 19th. The bird has been seen on the ground beneath birdfeeders on the left side of a house at 117 Westport Village Road, most often between 7:00-8:00 in the morning. The house is close to the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and Sandy Road, or in the nearby church parking lot Be sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors.

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from a birdfeeder located behind a house in Epping on February 12th, and it has been seen every day since then.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Route 12 near the Malnati Farm in Walpole on February 14th.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen with a large flock of HORNED LARKS behind the Agway store in Walpole on February 15th through 19th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was reported from Eel Pond in Rye on February 20th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in Seabrook at Hampton Harbor on February 20th.

2 ICELAND GULLS were seen near Hedgehog Pond in Salem on February 14th, and 1 was seen at the Shaw’s Plaza on Main Street in Nashua on the 20th.

A BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen from Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on February 17th.

A NORTHERN SHOVELER, a RING-NECKED DUCK, 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 2 GREEN-WINGED TEALS, a LESSER SCAUP, and 70 HORNED LARKS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on February 18th.

2 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen at Canobie Lake in Salem on February 14th.

8 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, 14 RAZORBILLS, and 2 BLACK GUILLEMOTS were seen along the coast on February 18th.

A flock of about 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in Conway on February 14th, a flock of 130 was seen in Lyme on the 16th, a flock of 60 was seen in Gorham on the 16th, a flock if 36 was seen in New London on the 20th, a flock of 30 was seen in Bartlett on the 18th, and a flock of 225 was seen in apple trees at the Wildcat Mountain trails on the 19th.

A flock of 6 PINE GROSBEAKS was seen flying in Bartlett on February 13th.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on February 19th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Hollis on February 18th.

5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at Kimball Road in Kensington on February 18th.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in New Ipswich on February 17th.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Pittsfield on February 20th.

A FIELD SPARROW was seen several times at Boire Field in Nashua during the past week.

There were several WOOD DUCKS, TURKEY VULTURES, FISH CROWS, CAROLINA WRENS, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS, NORTHERN FLICKERS, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS reported 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.

Thanks very much and good birding.

February 15, 2017

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A DOVEKIE was seen off the coast of Rye on February 12th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 13th, 2017.

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on January 31st. The bird has been seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport Village Road and has been visible from the road. The house is very close to the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders. Be sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors. The bird has usually been seen in the mid-morning and early afternoon, and has also been seen across the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from a birdfeeder in Epping on February 12th.

A SNOWY OWL was reported from along Briar Road in Bedford on February 8th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in a marshy section of the Sugar River along Route 11 between Sleeper and Treatment Plant Roads on February 13th. If you look for this bird, be extremely careful, as the speed limit here is 50-MPH. Another NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Route 10 in Orford on the 7th and 8th.

A DOVEKIE was seen off the coast of Rye, and a THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen off the coast of Hampton, both on February 12th.

An ICELAND GULL, an AMERICAN WIGEON, 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS, a GREEN-WINGED TEAL, a RING-NECKED DUCK, and 2 LESSER SCAUP were all seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on February 11th.

3 GADWALLS were seen at the Oyster River town landing in Durham on February 9th.

2 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on the Merrimack River in Concord on February 8th, and a WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on February 8th.

60 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 20 COMMON MERGANSERS, and 20 HOODED MERGANSERS were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on February 8th.

A flock of 18 PINE GROSBEAKS was seen in North Sandwich on February 13th.

A flock of 18 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Jefferson on February 11th.

A flock of about 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen behind the fire department in Conway, and a flock of 25 was seen in Plymouth, all on February 10th. Several more were seen in Hanover on the 7th.

A flock of 70 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen at River Road in Plainfield, and a flock of 60 HORNED LARKS was seen behind the Agway store in Walpole, all on February 11th.

A WINTER WREN was reported from Hollis, and a CAROLINA WREN was reported from Derry, both on February 11th.

3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at Kimball Road in Kensington on February 11th.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in New Ipswich on February 12th.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Pittsfield on February 11th, and 1 was seen in Hooksett on the 7th.

A FIELD SPARROW was seen several times at Boire Field in Nashua during the past week, and a FOX SPARROW was seen in Goffstown on February 9th.

15 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen at a bird-feeding station in Jefferson on February 11th.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on February 8th.

2 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Nashua, and single TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Exeter, Epping, Salem, and Hollis, all during the past week.

A FISH CROW was reported from Nashua on February 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.

Thanks very much and good birding.

February 8, 2017

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A WINTER WREN was seen at the Milford Fish Hatchery, and 1 was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester, both on February 4th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 6th, 2017.

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on January 31st. The bird has been seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport Village Road and has been visible from the road. The house is very close to the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders. Be sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors. The bird has usually been seen in the mid-morning and early afternoon, and has also been seen across the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at NH Audubon’s Thompson Wildlife Sanctuary in North Sandwich on February 1st, and 1 was seen in Epping on the 5th.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen in North Hampton on February 5th.

A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Exeter on February 3rd.

A MERLIN was seen in Rye on February 5th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL an ICELAND GULL, and a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE were seen in or near Hampton Harbor on February 5th.

2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on February 5th, and 2 BUFFLEHEADS have been seen in the same area. Another BUFFLEHEAD has been seen regularly on Silver Lake in Belmont.

3 GADWALLS were seen at the Oyster River town landing in Durham on February 2nd.

A WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on February 1st, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 5th.

12 RAZORBILLS were seen along the coast on February 5th.

A flock of about 200 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen near the L.L. Bean store in North Conway on February 5th, a flock of 20 was seen in Sandwich on January 30th, and a few were reported from Etna, Hanover, and Plainfield during the past week.

A WINTER WREN was seen at the Milford Fish Hatchery, and 1 was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester, both on February 4th.

5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen along Kimball Road in Kensington on February 3rd.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported from Durham on January 31st.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in New Ipswich on February 4th.

15 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen at the Bradford Village Inn on February 3rd.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Pittsfield on February 5th.

7 SAVANNAH SPARROWS were seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on February 3rd.

7 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Kensington on February 1st.

A PURPLE SANDPIPER was seen in Rye on February 5th.

The Annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey takes place during the second weekend in February and is coordinated by NH Audubon. Participants report any bird species visiting their yard and/or feeders in New Hampshire. The survey gathers information on the distribution and abundance of many winter species in New Hampshire. To learn more about the Survey, how to participate, past results, and other information, navigate to: http://nhbirdrecords.org/bird-conservation/bwbs/backyard-winter-bird-survey/

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.

February 1, 2017

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Bohemian waxwing flocks reported in multiple locations for this week’s bird alert.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 30th, 2017.


A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on January 29th. The bird has been seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport Village Road and has been visible from the road. The house is very close to the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders. Be sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors. The bird has usually been seen in the mid-morning and early afternoon, and has also been seen across the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.
A SNOWY OWL was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on January 28th. For more information about proper owl viewing etiquette, please open the link:
http://www.nhaudubon.org/snowy-owl-viewing-observe-without-disturbing/

A flock of 9 PINE GROSBEAKS was seen in downtown Center Sandwich on January 26th, and 3 were seen at Chickwolnepy Road in Milan on the 28th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Keene Airport in Swanzey on January 28th, 1 was seen in Center Harbor on the 27th, and 1 was seen off of East Milan Road in Berlin, on the 28th.

A flock of 140 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen behind the L.L. Bean store in North Conway on January 28th, a flock of 125 was seen along King Road in Etna on the 28th, a flock of 75 was seen on the Plymouth University campus on the 27th, a flock of 35 was seen along Route 302 north of Glen on the 28th, a flock of 15 was seen in Errol on the 28th, a flock of 20 was seen on Lost Nation Road in Lancaster on the 26th, and a flock of 17 was seen in Sunapee on the 26th.

A flock of 70 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Lancaster on January 28th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in Hampton Harbor on January 28th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen several times in Hampton Harbor during the past week, and an ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on January 28th.

Several RAZORBILLS were seen off of the coast of Rye on January 28th, and 6 BLACK GUILLEMOTS were seen along the coast on the 29th.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON, a BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, and a REDHEAD were seen in the southern part of Great Bay on January 28th.

2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on January 28th.

3 GADWALLS were seen at the Oyster River town landing in Durham on January 29th.

3 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen at Field’s Grove in Nashua, and 1 was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, all on January 28th.

A WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on January 25th, and 1 was seen in Wheelwright Creek in Exeter on the 28th.

A CAROLINA WREN was reported from Henniker on January 24th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 28th.

A WINTER WREN was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on January 26th.

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

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Keene on January 26th.

A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen along Woodland Road in North Hampton on January 28th.

6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen along Kimball Road in Kensington on January 29th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Hampton on January 22nd, and 1 was seen in Rye on the 28th.

4 FISH CROWS were reported from Salem on January 29th.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen along River Road in Stratham on January 29th.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in New Ipswich on January 28th.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen in Exeter and 1 was seen in Hollis, a MERLIN was seen at Hampton Beach State Park, and a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Stratham, all on January 28th.

23 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Exeter on January 28th.

A flock of 54 HORNED LARKS was seen at Bodwell Farm in East Kingston on January 29th, and 13 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Malnati Farm in Walpole on the 28th.

The Annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey takes place during the second weekend in February and is coordinated by NH Audubon. Participants report any bird species visiting their yard and/or feeders in New Hampshire. The survey gathers information on the distribution and abundance of many winter species in New Hampshire. To learn more about the Survey, how to participate, past results, and other information, navigate to: http://nhbirdrecords.org/bird-conservation/bwbs/backyard-winter-bird-survey/

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 23, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 23rd, 2017.

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on January 23rd. The bird has been seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport Village Road and has been visible from the road. The house is very close to the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders. Be sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors. The bird has usually been seen in the mid-morning and early afternoon, and has also been seen across the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.

A SNOWY OWL was seen just north of Rye Harbor State Park on January 22nd.

For more information about owl viewing, open the link:

http://www.nhaudubon.org/snowy-owl-viewing-observe-without-disturbing/

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on January 17th, 1 was seen along Airport Road at the Keene Airport in Swanzey on the 17th, 1 was seen at a private residence in Sandwich on the 21st, and 1 was seen along Route 10 in Croydon on the 22nd.

A flock of 130 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen behind the L.L. Bean store in North Conway on January 21st, a flock of 60 was seen on Main Street in Center Sandwich on the 19th, 7 were seen in the Shaw’s parking lot in Gilford on the 23rd, and 6 were seen on Ossipee Mountain Road in Moultonborough on the 17th.

A RAZORBILL was seen on the Piscataqua River near New Castle on January 23rd.

2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on January 19th, 2 were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on the 17th, 1 was seen on Silver Lake in Belmont on the 22nd, and up to 4 were seen on Great Bay on the 22nd.

A pair of GADWALL was seen at the town landing on the Oyster River in Durham on January 23rd, and 1 was seen on Great Bay on the 22nd.

A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen at wetlands near Daniel Webster College in Nashua on January 17th, 1 was seen in Wheelwright Creek in Exeter on the 21st, and 1 was seen in Meadow Pond in Hampton on the 22nd.

A WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on January 19th.

A CAROLINA WREN was reported from Pittsfield on January 18th, and 1 was reported from Candia on the 22nd.

A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Seabrook on January 17th

6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen in Kensington on January 21st.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Hampton on January 22nd.

3 FISH CROWS were reported from Salem on January 22nd.

An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was reported from Gilford on January 22nd.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen on Exeter on January 22nd, and 1 was seen in Hollis on the 23rd. A MERLIN was seen in Hollis on January 17th. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Rye, and 1 was seen in Lyme, both on January 22nd.

A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Exeter, and 1 was seen in Stratham, both on January 17th.

8 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Durham on January 21st, and 4 were seen in Kensington on the 22nd.

A flock of 10 AMERICAN PIPITS was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on January 19th.

A flock of 92 HORNED LARKS was seen along River Road in Stratham on January 21st.

Sparrows reported during the past week included several FIELD, CHIPPING, SONG, and SAVANNAH from scattered locations.

An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in Lempster on January 17th.

4 GRAY JAYS and a BOREAL CHICKADEE were seen at Deer Mountain State Park in Pittsburg, and a BOREAL CHICKADEE was seen visiting a birdfeeder at a private residence in Littleton, all on January 22nd.

The Annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey takes place during the second weekend in February and is coordinated by NH Audubon. Participants report any bird species visiting their yard and/or feeders in New Hampshire. The survey gathers information on the distribution and abundance of many winter species in New Hampshire. To learn more about the Survey, how to participate, past results, and other information, navigate to: http://nhbirdrecords.org/bird-conservation/bwbs/backyard-winter-bird-survey/

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 16, 2017

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Rochester on January 11th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 12th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Rochester on January 11th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 12th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 16th, 2017.

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on January 16th. The bird has been seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport Village Road and has been visible from the road. The house is very close to the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders. Be sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors. The bird has usually been seen in the mid-morning and early afternoon, and has also been seen across the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.

A SNOWY OWL was seen in Hampton Marsh behind Little Jack’s Restaurant on Route 1A in Hampton on January 15th. For more information about owl viewing, open the link:

http://www.nhaudubon.org/snowy-owl-viewing-observe-without-disturbing/

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in coastal Rye on January 10th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL and 2 ICELAND GULLS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on January 12th. 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 the Swazey Parkway in Exeter on January 12th.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland on January 10th, and 14th.

2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on January 10th.

2 REDHEADS were seen on Great Bay on January 14th.

A WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on January 16th.

A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen at wetlands near Daniel Webster College in Nashua, and 1 was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, both on January 15th.

9 RAZORBILLS were seen from Great Island Common in New Castle on January 15th.

21 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen in coastal Rye on January 14th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Beaver Brook Great Meadow in Hollis on January 14th.

A flock of 7 PINE GROSBEAKS was seen along Ossipee Mountain Road in Moultonborough on January 11th.

A flock of 56 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in North Conway on January 14th.

4 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in Jackson on January 10th.

A flock of over 150 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen in Durham on January 10th.

A flock of 25 HORNED LARKS was seen in Durham on January 10th, and a flock of 150 was seen in Newfields on the 14th.

16 EVENING GROSBEAKS and 24 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen at a private residence in Jefferson on January 9th.

A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen in North Hampton on January 14th, and a PINE WARBLER was seen in Newmarket on the 15th..

A WINTER WREN was seen in Rochester on January 11th, and Merrimack on the 12th.

A CAROLINA WREN was seen in Pittsfield on January 12th.

A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in Rye on January 8th and 10th,1 was seen in Greenland on the 14th, and 1 was seen in Hinsdale on the 16th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Penacook on January 15th, and 1 was seen in Rye on the 14th.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Pittsfield on January 6th and 10th, a FIELD SPARROW was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on January 11th, and a FOX SPARROW was seen in Greenland on the 14th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported from Exeter and 1 was seen in Nashua, both on January 15th.

6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen in East Kingston on January 15th.

A TURKEY VULTURE was seen in Kensington on January 10th,1 was seen in Epping on the 12th, and 8 were seen in Exeter on the 15th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Rochester on January 11th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 12th.

Raptor sightings reported during the past week included: 10 BALD EAGLES in Gilford on January 16th, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK in Newmarket, 1 in Etna, and 1 in Hollis, all on the 15th, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK in Chichester on the 15th, an AMERICAN KESTREL in Hollis and 1 in Exeter both on the 15th, a PEREGRINE FALCON in Walpole on the 14th,1 was seen in Salem on the 12th, and 1 was seen in Hampton on the 10th,  a MERLIN in Nashua on the 16th and 1 in Greenland on the 12th, a NORTHERN HARRIER in Stratham on the 14th, and a few COOPER’S HAWKS and SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS from scattered locations.

The Annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey takes place during the second weekend in February and is coordinated by NH Audubon. Participants report any bird species visiting their yard and/or feeders in New Hampshire. The survey gathers information on the distribution and abundance of many winter species in New Hampshire. To learn more about the Survey, how to participate, past results, and other information, navigate to: http://nhbirdrecords.org/bird-conservation/bwbs/backyard-winter-bird-survey/

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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