Rare Bird Alert

September 22, 2017

2 CASPIAN TERNS, an adult and a juvenile, were seen from the Swazey Parkway together on the Squamscott River in Exeter on September 17th. A single CASPIAN TERN was reported from the same area on the 18th.

An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and an apparent hybrid between a HERRING GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were both seen along the coast in Hampton on September 16th.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in fields along Rollins Road on September 13th.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 17th.

There was an unconfirmed report of a CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 18th.

2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, and 2 DICKCISSELS were reported from Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on September 17th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Hawkin’s Farm in Salem on September 15th, and 1 was seen near the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 12th.

A DICKCISSEL was reported from the Strafford County Farm Complex in Dover on September 17th, and 1 was reported from Seabrook on September 16th.

A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at the north end of Hampton Beach on September 17th, 2017. Photo by Dyanna Smith.

A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at the north end of Hampton Beach, and a WESTERN SANDPIPER was seen along the coast in Rye, both on September 17th.

A RED KNOT and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER were seen along the coast south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 15th.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, and 14 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 15th. 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 juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and 8 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in dunes along Route 1A in Seabrook on September 16th.

3 more BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen elsewhere along the coast on the 16th, and 1 was seen on the Nashua River in Nashua on the 14th.

4 GREAT EGRETS were seen on the Connecticut River in Monroe on September 16th.

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen at the Wilder Dam on the Connecticut River in Lebanon on September 12th, and 6 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were seen on the Androscoggin River in Berlin on the 14th.

There were a few reports of PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, and there were numerous reports of migrating mixed-species flocks of WARBLERS, all during the past week. Highlights included numerous CAPE MAY WARBLERS, TENNESSEE WARBLERS, and BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS reported from scattered locations.

RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Peterborough, Antrim, and North Conway, and a few WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from North Conway, all during the past week.

A flock of at least 20 FISH CROWS was reported from Manchester on September 12th.

RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord. Pack Monadnock has reported over 7,348 raptors and Carter Hill has reported over 3,758 raptors, all since September 1st. The majority of the raptors being seen at this time in the season are BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, but there are also good numbers of SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, OSPREYS, and BALD EAGLES. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts!

This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail 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.

September 12, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, September 11th, 2017.

A female MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER was discovered at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 4th, and was seen again on the 5th. It was originally seen foraging low in goldenrod along the Boy Scout Trail. It was relocated on September 10th and 11th along the bike trail just north of the fresh water pond in an area of dead sumac and goldenrod.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen near the start of the Boy Scout Trail at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 8th and 10th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen along the Boy Scout Trail at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 4th, and again on the 9th. It was relocated on the 10th and 11th near the path between the parking lot and the Seacoast Science Center.

A DICKCISSEL was reported from the Carter Hill Orchard in Concord on September 7th. Please note that the orchard is closed to the public until 9am.

2 BLACK VULTURES were seen with several TURKEY VULTURES over Mount Wantastiquet and Route 63 in Hinsdale on September 11th.

A WESTERN SANDPIPER was seen at Foss Beach in Rye on September 5th.

A SANDERLING was seen at Lake Sunapee on September 4th.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was seen at the coast on September 8th.

A BLACK TERN was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 4th, and a STILT SANDPIPER and 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen here on the 9th. The Plant is closed to birders during the week and is only open to birders on weekends if there are no workers present.

A STILT SANDPIPER, and a GLOSSY IBIS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 5th. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are 7:30am-3pm on weekdays. If you visit, please check in at the office and be out of the plant by 2:45pm 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 AMERICAN COOT was reported from Hampton on September 9th, and 1 was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on the 11th.

A GREAT EGRET was seen on the Contoocook River in Penacook on September 10th.

A SANDHILL CRANE has been seen on multiple days during the past week in fields along Rollins Road in the vicinity of the Anderson Farm in Rollinsford. It was last reported on September 6th.

A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and 13 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in the dunes along Route 1A in Seabrook on September 6th.

A LEAST BITTERN was reported from World End Pond in Salem on September 9th.

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen at the Wilder Dam on the Connecticut River in Lebanon on September 6th.

There were a few reports of PHILADELPHIA VIREOS from scattered locations during the past week.

A MOURNING WARBLER was seen in Pittsfield on September 5th, and 1 was seen in Peterborough on the 6th.

There were numerous reports of migrating mixed-species flocks of WARBLERS during the past week. Highlights included numerous CAPE MAY WARBLERS, TENNESSEE WARBLERS, and BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS reported from scattered locations.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen in Penacook and 1 was seen in Jackson, both during the past week.

A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen in Penacook on September 10th.

RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Sunapee, Bartlett, Bethlehem, and Nottingham during the past week. At least 8 RED CROSSBILLS and 8 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from the summit of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on several days during the past week.

A COMMON SHELDUCK of unknown origin was photographed in Rye on August 13th. It has been seen every day during the past week in pools located in the salt marshes on the west side of Route 1A just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, and was last reported on September 10th. Speculation is that this may be an escaped captive-raised bird. However, there is also the possibility that this is a vagrant wild bird. The duck refuses to comment so we will probably never know its true origin, but it is free for all to admire.

There was a report of 2 FISH CROWS from Key Road in Keene on September 8th.

COMMON NIGHTHAWK southbound migration continues, and there were several reports during the past week. Highlights included: 1,300 in Amherst on September 5th, and nearly 700 in Concord on the 6th.

RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord. Pack Monadnock has reported over 2,300 raptors and Carter Hill has reported over 700 raptors, all since September 1st. The majority of the raptors being seen at this time in the season are BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, but there are also good numbers of SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, OSPREYS, and BALD EAGLES. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts!

This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail 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.

September 6, 2017

A female MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 4th. It was seen foraging low in goldenrod along the Boy Scout Trail. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen in the same general area, also on the 4th.

2 DICKCISSELS were seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on September 4th.

A female MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 4th, 2017. Photo by Glenn Bartley, National Audubon website.

A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen at the Little River Salt Marsh in North Hampton on August 29th.

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen at the Lancaster Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 27th, and has continued to be seen through the past week. It was last reported on September 3rd.

2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 2nd. The Plant is closed to birders during the week and is only open to birders on weekends if there are no workers present.

A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen at North Hampton State Beach on September 2nd.

A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at Copps Pond in Tuftonboro on August 29th.

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen at the Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 30th.

A BLACK TERN was seen at the Pickering Ponds in Rochester on September 3rd and 4th.

Birders scanning the ocean from Rye Harbor State Park on September 3rd reported many migrating birds moving south. Highlights included: a NORTHERN PINTAIL, a CORY’S SHEARWATER, a GREAT SHEARWATER, 680 NORTHERN GANNETS, 12 LAUGHING GULLS, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and a FORSTER’S TERN.

A family group of 2 adult SANDHILL CRANES and a young SANDHILL CRANE were seen in fields along Plains Road in Monroe on September 4th. If you look for these birds, do not enter the fields, as they are private property.

A SANDHILL CRANE has been seen on multiple days during the past week in fields along Rollins Road in the vicinity of the Anderson Farm in Rollinsford. It was last reported on September 2nd.

2 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and 16 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in the dunes along Route 1A in Seabrook on September 2nd.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON has been present at the Pickering Ponds in Rochester during the past week, and was last reported on August 31st.

A GREAT EGRET was seen in Columbia on September 1st, and 1 was seen in Hinsdale on the 4th.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was reported from Mascoma Lake on September 2nd.

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen below the Wilder Dam on the Connecticut River on September 3rd.

A BICKNELL’S THRUSH was reported from Mount Washington on September 2nd.

2 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were reported from the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on September 2nd.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in Freedom on August 30th.

There were numerous reports of migrating mixed-species flocks of WARBLERS during the past week. Highlights included numerous CAPE MAY WARBLERS, TENNESSEE WARBLERS, and BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS reported from scattered locations.

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and/or RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Peterborough, Freedom, Effingham, Bethlehem, and Lempster during the past week.

A COMMON SHELDUCK of unknown origin was photographed in Rye on August 13th. It has been seen every day during the past week in pools located in the salt marshes on the west side of Route 1A just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, and was last reported on August 28th. Speculation is that this may be an escaped captive-raised bird. However, there is also the possibility that this is a vagrant wild bird. The duck refuses to comment so we will probably never know its true origin, but it is free for all to admire.

COMMON NIGHTHAWK southbound migration continues, and there were several reports during the past week. Highlights included: 92 in Freedom on August 29th, 300 in Westmoreland on the 30th, 1,050 in Concord on the 30th, 125 in Nashua on the 30th, 100 in Charlestown on the 30th, 1,399 in Hancock on the 30th, 75 in Bradford on September 2nd, 740 in Hancock on the 2nd, 156 in Concord on the 2nd, 207 in Amherst on the 4th, 50 in New London on the 4th, 50 in Hooksett on the 4th, 137 in Hancock on the 4th, and 477 in Concord on the 4th.

RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts!

This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail 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.

August 28, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 28th, 2017.

An adult AMERICAN AVOCET was photographed on August 23rd at the Colebrook Wastewater Treatment Plant, but has not been relocated.

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen at the Lancaster Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 27th.

A LEAST BITTERN was seen in the wetland located behind the Price Chopper store on Route 12A in West Lebanon on August 22nd, and a LEAST BITTERN was reported from World End Pond in Salem on the 24th.

A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen several times during the past week along Route 1A in Seabrook, and was last reported on August 25th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON has been present at the Pickering Ponds in Rochester during the past week, and was last reported on August 28th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at World End Pond in Salem on August 24th. A GREAT EGRET was also present.

Single GREAT EGRETS were reported from Henniker, Walpole, and Nashua during the past week, 2 juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at Mill Pond in Walpole on the 28th, and 5 GREEN HERONS were seen in West Lebanon on the 28th.

A family group of 2 adult SANDHILL CRANES and a young SANDHILL CRANE were seen in fields along Plains Road in Monroe on August 23rd. If you look for these birds, do not enter the fields, as they are private property.

A SANDHILL CRANE has been seen on multiple days during the past week in fields along Rollins Road in the vicinity of the Anderson Farm in Rollinsford. It was last reported on August 28th.

A juvenile WILSON’S PHALAROPE and a juvenile WESTERN SANDPIPER were seen in pools located on the west side of Route 1A at the south end of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on August 27th.

A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 26th, 27th, and 28th. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen here on the 28th. The Plant is closed to birders during the week and is only open to birders on weekends if there are no workers present.

A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 28th, and a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen here on the 27th. 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 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at the Pickering Ponds on August 28th.

A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER and 5 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at World End Pond in Salem on August 28th.

A juvenile BAIRD’S SANDPIPER continued to be seen at the north end of Foss Beach in Rye during the past week.

A WHIMBREL and a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen at the coast on August 26th.

2 BLACK TERNS were seen in offshore waters on August 23rd, and 4 LEAST TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor on August 26th.

A BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen at Berry Bay in Freedom on August 26th.

A HOODED WARBLER was seen in Northwood on August 23rd.

There were numerous reports of migrating mixed-species flocks of WARBLERS during the past week. Highlights included 20 species tallied in the Freedom Town Forest with 22 CAPE MAY WARBLERS and 5 TENNESSEE WARBLERS. A few BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS were reported from scattered locations.

12 PALM WARBLERS were seen at Mud Pond in Jefferson on August 27th, and 7 were seen in Errol on the 21st.

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Errol, Bethlehem, and Jefferson during the past week.

3 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were reported from Rumney on August 23rd.

COMMON NIGHTHAWK southbound migration continues, and there were several reports during the past week. Highlights included 128 in Wilton on August 21st, 432 in Concord on the 21st, 479 in Hancock on the 26th, 259 in Concord on the 26th, 815 in Hancock on the 27th, and 646 in Concord on the 27th.

A COMMON SHELDUCK of unknown origin was photographed in Rye on August 13th. It has been seen every day during the past week in pools located in the salt marshes on the west side of Route 1A just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, and was last reported on August 28th. Speculation is that this may be an escaped captive-raised bird. However, there is also the possibility that this is a vagrant wild bird. The duck refuses to comment so we will probably never know its true origin, but it is free for all to admire.

A flock of approximately 10,000 TREE SWALLOWS was seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on August 26th.

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.

August 24, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 21st, 2017.

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Charlestown on August 18th. A SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and a LESSER YELLOWLEGS were reported from here on the 19th.

A BROWN PELICAN was seen again, inside the Hampton Harbor inlet on August 15th, and near the Isles of Shoals on the 20th. This is likely the same bird that has been reported irregularly along the coast for more than a month.

3 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, 11 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS, and 6 NORTHERN GANNETS were all seen off of Seabrook Beach on August 19th.

A LEAST TERN was seen at Seabrook Beach on August 19th.

Semipalmated Plover, photo by Bob Basile.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was photographed on Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on August 20th.

2 immature DICKCISSELS were seen in wildflowers in the lower east orchard at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on August 17th.

Up to 2 LEAST BITTERNS were seen in the wetland located behind the Price Chopper store on Route 12A in West Lebanon on August 15th, 16th, 18th, and 19th. A LEAST BITTERN was reported from World End Pond in Salem on August 19th.

A juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in Exeter on August 18th.

1 or 2 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and up to 14 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen during the past week along Route 1A in Seabrook. 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen along the Nashua River in Nashua on the 19th.

A GLOSSY IBIS was seen flying over downtown Concord on August 20th, and a flock of 13 GLOSSY IBIS was seen in coastal North Hampton on August 15th.

A GREAT EGRET was seen in Walpole on August 20th.

A juvenile BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen on Foss Beach in Rye on August 19th and 20th, and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen here on the 20th.

2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen in Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on August 19th.

Coastal shorebird sightings of note during the past week included small numbers of SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, RUDDY TURNSTONES, and SANDERLINGS.

A RED CROSSBILL was reported from the White Mountains on August 16th.

An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in Spofford on August 17th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen in Pittsfield on August 21st.

A female and a male BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER were both seen at the boardwalk on the Mud Pond Trail at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on August 18th.

4 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Seabrook Beach on August 19th.

50 FISH CROWS were reported from Plaistow on August 15th.

COMMON NIGHTHAWK southbound migration has begun, and there were several reports during the past week. Highlights included 124 in Concord on August 17th, 174 in Concord on the 19th, 104 in Hooksett on the 19th, 54 in Keene on the 20th, and 48 in Concord on the 20th.

A COMMON SHELDUCK of unknown origin was photographed in Rye on August 13th. It has been seen every day during the past week in pools located in the salt marshes on the west side of Route 1A just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye. Speculation is that this may be an escaped captive-raised bird. However, there is also the possibility that this is a vagrant wild bird. The duck refuses to comment so we will probably never know its true origin, but it is free for all to admire.

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.

August 16, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 14th, 2017.

An AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was seen flying south off of Seabrook Beach on August 12th.

A BROWN PELICAN was seen off of Seabrook Beach August 8th. This is likely the same bird that has been reported irregularly for the last month.

A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 9th, 10th, and 11th. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and a LESSER SCAUP were also present. 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 RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen at the Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 13th. A SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was also present.

An AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was seen flying south off of Seabrook Beach on August 12th, 2017. Wikimedia Commons Image.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at Meadow Pond in Hampton on August 7th, and a juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in Seabrook on August 13th.

2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen along the Merrimack River in Manchester on the 11th, and 2 were seen along the Nashua River in Nashua on the 13th.

A GLOSSY IBIS was seen at the Hanover Center Reservoir in Etna for several days during the past week and was last reported on August 9th. A flock of 10 GLOSSY IBIS was seen in the Little River Salt Marsh in North Hampton on August 12th.

2 GREAT EGRETS were seen in Plainfield, one was seen in Conway, one was seen in Pinkham Notch, and one was reported from Bethlehem, all during the past week.

A WESTERN SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton Marsh on August 14th.

2 STILT SANDPIPERS were seen in the Little River Salt Marsh in North Hampton on August 12th.

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen along the coast on August 8th.

A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen at the Lancaster Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 12th.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen with some KILLDEER in the fields at Runnymede Farm off of Route 111 in North Hampton during the past week.

There were several inland sightings of LEAST SANDPIPERS and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS during the past week, and a DUNLIN was photographed in Orford on August 12th. Coastal shorebird sightings of note during the past week included small numbers of PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, RUDDY TURNSTONES, and SANDERLINGS.

10 LEAST TERNS were seen at Seabrook Beach and Hampton Harbor, all on August 5th.

A ROSEATE TERN, 3 LAUGHING GULLS, 73 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS, and 20 NORTHERN GANNETS were all seen off of the coast on August 12th.

2 BLACK GUILLEMOTS and 150 COMMON EIDER were seen at the Isles of Shoals on August 14th.

RED CROSSBILLS were reported from multiple locations during the past week including Errol, Effingham, Lempster, Washington, Bradford, and Hancock.

10 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from the Trudeau Road wetlands area in Bethlehem, and several were reported from Errol, all during the past week.

A female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen at the boardwalk on the Mud Pond Trail at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on August 8th, and 3 GRAY JAYS and several WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen here on the 13th.

A CAPE MAY WARBLER was seen in Sandwich on August 14th.

3 FISH CROWS were reported from Durham on August 13th, 3 were reported from Newmarket on the 13th, and 3 were seen in coastal Rye on the 6th.

4 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on August 9th.

29 PURPLE MARTINS were seen off of Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on August 8th, and a pair was observed migrating south in Pittsfield on the 14th.

A COMMON SHELDUCK of unknown origin was photographed in Rye on August 13th. Speculation is that this may be an escaped captive-raised bird. However, there is also the possibility that this is a vagrant wild bird. The duck refuses to comment so we will probably never know its true origin, but it is free for all to admire.

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.

August 7, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 7, 2017.

A SANDHIILL CRANE was seen in Milton on August 7th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON continues to be seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester during the past week, and was last reported on August 4th.

A GLOSSY IBIS was seen in Etna on several days during the past week and was last reported on August 7th.

A GREAT EGRET was seen in Sullivan on July 28th, 3 were seen in Charlestown on August 5th, and 1 was seen in Plainfield on the 7th.

14 LEAST TERNS were seen at Seabrook Beach and Hampton Harbor, and 2 ROSEATE TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor, all on August 5th.

3 PIPING PLOVERS were seen at Hampton Beach on August 5th.

A WESTERN SANDPIPER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on August 6th.

8 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were reported from along the coast on August 5th.

There were several inland sightings of LEAST SANDPIPERS and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS during the past week. Coastal shorebird sightings of note during the past week included small numbers of WHIMBRELS, RUDDY TURNSTONES, and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS.

19 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS and 15 NORTHERN GANNETS were seen off of Seabrook Beach on August 5th.

RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Effingham, Lempster, Hancock, Bradford, Goshen, Bartlett, Bethlehem, and Jefferson during the past week.

3 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from the Ethan Pond trail in the White Mountains on August 2nd, and several were reported from Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on the 1st.

2 FISH CROWS were reported from North Hampton on August 5th, and 3 were seen in coastal Rye on the 6th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was reported from Ashland on August 6th.

2 SPRUCE GROUSE were reported from Mount Crawford in the White Mountains on August 4th.

Migrant warblers reported away from breeding areas during the past week included BLACKPOLL WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and CANADA WARBLER.

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.

August 2, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 31st, 2017.

A BROWN PELICAN was seen in Hampton Harbor on July 29th. This is likely the same bird that was photographed at the Isles of Shoals on the 11th.

5 CORY’S SHEARWATERS were seen from Little Boar’s Head in North Hampton on July 29th.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES, an adult and a chick, continued to be seen at their nest site area in Newmarket and were reported from there on July 26th, but the chick was not present on the 27th and it seems likely that it has perished. 2 MISSISSIPPI KITES were also reported from along Depot Road in Stratham on the 26th.

A juvenile plumaged DICKCISSEL was seen in East Kingston on July 29th.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES with 2 young continues to be seen in Monroe.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in the Little River Salt Marsh in North Hampton on July 30th. It was also reported from the coast on the 29th. Another immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester several times during the past week.

2 LEAST BITTERNS were reported from World End Pond in Salem on July 29th, 2017. Image from All About Birds.com.

2 LEAST BITTERNS were reported from World End Pond in Salem on July 29th.

3 GLOSSY IBIS were seen along the coast in Rye on July 28th.

3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast on July 28th.

3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen in Hampton Harbor, and 2 were seen in Rye Harbor, all on July 30th.

2 SANDERLINGS and a LESSER SCAUP were seen at the Rochester Wastewater

Treatment Plant on July 25th. 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.

10 LEAST TERNS were seen at Seabrook Beach on July 29th. Beach-goers are encouraged to give these endangered birds room to raise their chicks.

3 ROSEATE TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor on July 29th.

12 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on July 29th, and a pair was seen feeding young at a nest site at Great East Lake in Wakefield on the 25th.

Single RED-CROSSBILLS were reported from Albany, and Hancock during the past week.

Single PEREGRINE FALCON sightings were reported from North Haverhill, Auburn, Hampton, and Nashua during the past week, and a pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS has successfully fledged 3 young in Concord.

A flock of 80 TURKEY VULTURES was seen flying over West Lebanon on July 25th.

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.

July 25, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 24th, 2017.

There was an unconfirmed report of a flock of 5 BROWN PELICANS seen flying just off of Rye Harbor on July 21st.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES, an adult and a chick, continue to be seen at their nest site area in Newmarket, and another adult was seen near Depot Road in Stratham, all on July 23rd.

2 WHIMBRELS were seen at Rye Ledge on July 22nd, 2017.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in the coastal salt marshes located on the opposite side of Route 1A from just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on July 19th, and 1 was seen at the Pickering Ponds in Rochester on July 23rd.

A flock of 11 GLOSSY IBIS was seen along the coast on July 23rd.

A STILT SANDPIPER was seen on July 20, and 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen on the 23rd, all at the Pickering Ponds in Rochester.

2 WHIMBRELS were seen at Rye Ledge on July 22nd.

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton Marsh on July 23rd.

A GREATER YELLOWLEGS was reported from Berry Bay in Freedom on July 20th.

A PIPING PLOVER and 12 LEAST TERNS were seen at Seabrook Beach on July 22nd. Beach-goers are encouraged to give these endangered birds room to raise their chicks.

4 ROSEATE TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor on July 22nd.

A BLACK GUILLEMOT was seen along the coast in Hampton on July 23rd.

3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on July 19th.

A few FOX SPARROWS were reported from the White Mountains during the past week where this species appears to be expanding its breeding range.

14 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on July 22nd.

A FISH CROW was reported from Bicentennial Park in Hampton on July 22nd.

A few RED-CROSSBILLS were reported from Sutton, Sunapee, Hancock, Randolph, and Crawford Notch during the past week, and a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was reported from Crawford Notch on July 23rd.

Birders hiking in the White Mountains during the past week reported the expected resident species such as SPRUCE GROUSE, GRAY JAY, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, and BOREAL CHICKADEE.

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.

July 19, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 17th, 2017.

A BROWN PELICAN was photographed on Seavey Island, one of the Isles of  Shoals, on July 11th.

A SANDHILL CRANE was photographed in Milton on July 12th.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES continued to be seen at their nest site area in Newmarket until one was reportedly injured in a collision with a car and taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center for treatment on July 13th. The prognosis for recovery is good.

2 immature LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and 2 immature LAUGHING GULLS were seen at Jenness Beach in Rye on July 11th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in the salt marsh located on the opposite side of Route 1A from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on July 15th.

A GLOSSY IBIS was seen along the coast in Rye on July 15, 2017. Wiki Commons photo.

A GLOSSY IBIS and a STILT SANDPIPER were also seen along the coast in Rye on the 15th.

A LEAST BITTERN was reported from World End Pond in Salem on July 15th.

There was an unconfirmed report of a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER seen near Pratt Pond in the Russell-Abbott State Forest in Wilton on July 16th.

8 PIPING PLOVERS were seen on Hampton Beach during the past week, and beach-goers are encouraged to give these small, endangered birds room to roam. The adults and chicks blend in with the beach, so please tread carefully!

LEAST TERNS continued to be seen nesting on Hampton Beach during the past week. Like the PIPING PLOVERS, these birds need space to successfully raise chicks so please be mindful when visiting the beach.

5 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on July 14th.

5 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on July 15th.

2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Richmond on July 11th.

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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