Rare Bird Alert

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.

April 13, 2015

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

A SNOWY OWL was seen in Hampton Marsh, and 1 was seen at Pease International Tradeport, both on April 10th.

A dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Newington on April 11th. A light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen along the coast in Hampton on April 11th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Pitcher Mountain in Stoddard on April 7th.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was first reported from fields along Newington Road near Great Bay Farm in Greenland on April 3rd, was still present on the 7th, and was relocated on Great Bay on the 10th.

2 CACKLING GEESE were seen in fields along River Road in Stratham on April 7th.

A CACKLING GOOSE, a SNOW GOOSE, and 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL were reported from Great Bay on April 7th.

2 SNOW GEESE were reported from Moore Fields along Route 155A in Durham on April 9th, and 1 was seen in Orford on the 13th.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON, 20 AMERICAN WIGEON, 3 GADWALL, 5 LESSER SCAUP, 3 GREATER SCAUP, 6 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 2 PIED BILLED GREBES, and 444 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on April 11th and 12th. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen on the Connecticut River in Charlestown on April 7th.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on Great Bay on April 12th.

A female CANVASBACK continues to be seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility and was last reported on April 8th.

A REDHEAD was seen at World End Pond in Salem on April 8th, 12th, and 13th.

5 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen in farm fields in East Kingston on April 7th, and 2 AMERICAN WIGEON were seen here on the 11th.

4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen in Hampton Marsh on April 12th.

2 AMERICAN WIGEON were seen in farm fields along West Portsmouth Street in Concord on April 7th.

2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on April 11th.

10 NORTHERN PINTAILS and 6 AMERICAN WIGEON were seen at Sawyer Farm in Westmoreland on April 11th.

8 NORTHERN PINTAILS and 2 AMERICAN WIGEON were seen in farm fields along River Road in Walpole and Westmoreland on April 8th.

A GADWALL, 4 NORTHERN PINTAILS, and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at Great Meadows in Charlestown on April 9th.

3 GADWALL, 12 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 2 AMERICAN WIGEON, and 280 GREEN-WINGED TEAL were seen at Great Meadows in Charlestown on April 11th.

A pair of GADWALL, and 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were reported from World End Pond in Salem on April 8th.

A pair of GADWALL was seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on April 12th.

A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was seen at World End Pond in Salem on April 9th.

A GLOSSY IBIS, a NORTHERN PINTAIL, 2 AMERICAN WIGEON, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on April 11th.

3 GLOSSY IBIS were seen flying over Exeter on April 11th.

3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, a FISH CROW, 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant and adjacent Pickering Ponds on April 8th. 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 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen along South Road in East Kingston on April 9th and 11th, and one was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on April 11th.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on April 9th.

8 GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen in Hampton on the 12th, and 1 was seen in Boscawen on the 13th.

A SPOTTED SANDPIPER was seen at the Riverlands Conservation Area in Canterbury on April 13th.

77 WILSON’S SNIPE were seen along Frying Pan Lane in Stratham on April 9th.

A flock of 14 PURPLE SANDPIPERS was seen along the coast in Hampton on April 11th.

4 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at the Mink Brook Nature Preserve in Hanover on April 9th, and 1 was seen in Hancock on the 12th.

A flock of 9 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Jefferson on April 9th, and 1 was seen in Durham on the 10th.

7 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen migrating north along the coast on April 11th.

A flock of 70 HORNED LARKS was counted at Chickering Farm in Westmoreland on April 11th.

COMMON REDPOLL sightings reported during the past week included a flock of 11 in Bartlett on April 10th, a flock of 50 in Hancock on the 9th, a flock of 50 in Jefferson on the 9th, a flock of 50 in Ellsworth on the 7th, and a flock of 80 in Ashland on the 12th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings continued during the past week and included a flock of 35 in Salem on April 10th, a flock of 48 in Grantham on the 10th, a flock of 100 in Concord on the 11th, a flock of 100 in Nashua on the 11th, a flock of 200 in Concord on the 12th, and a flock of 70 in Concord on the 13th. These flocks were seen mainly foraging on ornamental fruit tress, or resting nearby.

A PURPLE MARTIN was seen in Seabrook on April 12th.

A NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, 7 BARN SWALLOWS, and 1,000 TREE SWALLOWS were counted migrating along the coast on April 12th.

2 FISH CROWS were reported from Gilford on April 12th, and 2 were seen in Nashua on April 10th.

A PALM WARBLER was seen at Strafford County Farm in Dover on April 7th.

Small numbers of PINE WARBLERS were reported during the past week.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the Riverlands Conservation Area in Canterbury on April 12th, and 1 was seen on the Brady Sullivan Building in Manchester on the 11th.

There were several reports of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS on April 13th.

A VESPER SPARROW was seen in Salem on April 12th, and several FIELD SPARROWS were seen during the past week.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen in Hollis on April 13th, and there were several reports of SNOWY and GREAT EGRETS from the coast during the past week.

There were scattered reports of small numbers of early returning migrants during the past week, including: AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, WILSON’S SNIPE, KILLDEER, EASTERN PHOEBES, TREE SWALLOWS, FOX SPARROWS, SAVANNAH SPARROWS, HERMIT THRUSHES, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, COMMON GRACKLES, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, GREAT BLUE HERONS, TURKEY VULTURES, OSPREYS, RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, NORTHERN HARRIERS, MERLINS, RING-NECKED DUCKS, HOODED MERGANSERS, WOOD DUCKS, and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS.

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 7, 2015

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

A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered near the public boat launch at Adams Point in Durham on November 10th. It has been seen numerous times since then, and was last reported near Jackson Lab on March 31st.

A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 4th, and 1 was seen at Pease International Tradeport on the 3rd.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at Great Meadows in Charlestown on April 4th. Also present were a NORTHERN PINTAIL, and 100 GREEN-WINGED TEAL.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on the Connecticut River in Westmoreland on 5th. Also present were 5 NORTHERN PINTAILS, and 6 AMERICAN WIGEON. A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was reported here on the 4th.

5 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at Great Meadows in Charlestown on April 3rd. Also present were a GREATER SCAUP, and a LESSER SCAUP.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was first reported from fields along Newington Road near Great Bay Farm in Greenland on April 3rd, and was still present on the 6th. A light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen here on April 4th, and 13 SNOW GEESE were seen here on the 5th. Other birds of note seen here during the past week included: 27 WILSON’S SNIPE, 23 KILLDEER, 7 NORTHERN PINTAIL, a BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 2 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

A dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at Pease International Tradeport on April 5th.

2 CACKLING GEESE, 2 GADWALL, 2 NORTHERN PINTAIL, and 6 AMERICAN WIGEON were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on April 6th.

A CACKLING GOOSE, 2 SNOW GEESE, and 25 KILLDEER were reported from Moore Fields along Route 155A in Durham on April 5th.

16 SNOW GEESE were seen in farm fields in Stratham on April 1st, and 6 GLOSSY IBIS, 9 NORTHERN PINTAIL, and 9 AMERICAN WIGEON were seen in farm fields along Squamscott Road in Stratham on April 3rd.

2 SNOW GEESE and a BRANT were reported from Jenness Beach in Rye on April 3rd.

5 BARROW’S GOLDENEYES continued to be seen on the Merrimack River in Manchester during the past week and were last reported from near Stark Landing on April 1st.

A female CANVASBACK was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on April 3rd, 4th, and 5th, and 1 was seen on Great Bay on the 3rd.

6 NORTHERN PINTAIL were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord, and 1 was seen in Rochester, all on April 3rd.

A pair of GADWALL was seen on Great Bay on April 3rd.

3 GREATER SCAUP were seen on the Merrimack River in Concord on April 4th, and a LESSER SCAUP was seen on the 3rd.

112 WOOD DUCKS were seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on April 1st, and 100 were seen on the Merrimack River in Boscawen on April 2nd.

Over 80 COMMON GOLDENEYES were seen on the Merrimack River in Concord on April 2nd, and nearly 400 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen at Powwow Pond in Kingston on March 31st.

A PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen in Newmarket on April 3rd.

2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Pierce Island in Portsmouth on April 1st.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen at the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor and was last reported on April 1st.

2 ICELAND GULLS, 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and 3 AMERICAN WIGEONS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on April 4th.

2 PIPING PLOVERS, and 60 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 5th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE, and a flock of 14 FISH CROWS were seen at Strafford County Farm in Dover on April 2nd.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings continued during the past week and included a flock of 50 in Bedford on March 31st, a flock of 100 in Hollis on April 1st, a flock of 40 in Concord on April 4th, a flock of 35 in Penacook on the 4th, a flock of 71 in Penacook on the 4th, and a flock of 47 in Penacook on the 6th.These flocks were seen mainly foraging on ornamental fruit tress, or resting nearby.

2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Bow on April 5th.

A flock of 40 COMMON REDPOLLS was seen in Lancaster on April 6th. Small numbers were reported from scattered locations.

2 PALM WARBLERS were seen in Rochester on April 5th, and 1 was seen in Concord on the 6th. A PINE WARBLER was reported from Peterborough on the 4th.

2 FISH CROWS were reported from Wolfeboro on April 5th, and 7 were reported from Laconia on the 5th, 3 were reported from Hampton on the 4th, and 1 was reported from Durham on the 6th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on April 3rd, and an AMERICAN PIPIT, a RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and an EASTERN MEADOWLARK were seen here on the 5th.

2 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were seen in Penacook on April 4th.

15 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen in a field in Westmoreland on April 4th.

35 TURKEY VULTURES were seen roosting together in Nashua on April 2nd.

There were scattered reports of small numbers of early returning migrants during the past week, including: AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, WILSON’S SNIPE, KILLDEER, EASTERN PHOEBES, TREE SWALLOWS, FOX SPARROWS, SAVANNAH SPARROWS, HERMIT THRUSHES, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, COMMON GRACKLES, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, GREAT BLUE HERONS, GREAT EGRETS, TURKEY VULTURES, OSPREYS, RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, NORTHERN HARRIERS, MERLINS, RING-NECKED DUCKS, HOODED MERGANSERS, WOOD DUCKS, and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS

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

If you have seen any interesting birds recently, please leave a message after the tone with what you saw, the date and where you saw it, your name and your phone number. Please speak slowly and be sure to include the date you called.

Thanks very much and good birding.

 

March 31, 2015

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

A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered near the public boat launch at Adams Point in Durham on November 10th. It has been seen numerous times since then, and was last reported near Jackson Lab on March 29th.

A SNOWY OWL was seen on Mount Moosilauke in the White Mountains on March 25th.

An immature GOLDEN EAGLE and a pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen at Fall Mountain in Walpole on March 27th.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL continues to be seen in Hampton and was last reported on March 29th.

76 SNOW GEESE were seen in the fields at Great Bay Farm in Greenland on March 28th. A flock of 50 SNOW GEESE was seen flying in the Connecticut River valley in Charlestown on March 27th.

4 BRANT were seen along the coast in Rye on March 24th.

5 BARROW’S GOLDENEYES continued to be seen on the Merrimack River in Manchester during the past week and were last reported from behind 250 Commercial Street on March 26th. A pair of BARROW’S GOLDENEYES was seen on Great Bay from the Great Bay Discovery Center on March 29th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen at the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor and was last reported on March 28th. Also present was an ICELAND GULL.

2 ICELAND GULLS were seen on the Merrimack River in Manchester from Stark Landing on March 25th, and an ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on the 28th.

Snowflakes and BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings continued during the past week and included a flock of 500 in New London on March 28th, a flock of 75 in New Durham on the 30th, a flock of 50 in Henniker on the 27th, a flock of 35 in Hollis on the 30th, a flock of 30 in Nottingham on the 29th, and a flock of 21 in Manchester in the 29th, as well as uncounted flocks reported from Gorham, and Berlin. These flocks were seen mainly foraging on ornamental fruit tress, or resting nearby.

At least 2 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from near the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness on March 26th and 28th.

A flock consisting of an estimated 500 COMMON REDPOLLS and 500 PINE SISKINS was reported from Campton on March 28th.

A flock of 60 COMMON REDPOLLS was seen in Hancock on March 28th.

A flock of over 100 PINE SISKINS was seen visiting a birdfeeder in Bedford on March 23rd.

An AMERICAN PIPIT was seen in Kingston on March 28th.

A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was seen on Lake Winnisquam on March 30th.

10 FISH CROWS were reported from Seabrook on March 29th.

There were scattered reports of small numbers of early returning migrants during the past week, including: AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, WILSON’S SNIPE, KILLDEER, EASTERN PHOEBES, TREE SWALLOWS, FOX SPARROWS, SAVANNAH SPARROWS, HERMIT THRUSHES, a RUSTY BLACKBIRD, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, COMMON GRACKLES, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, GREAT BLUE HERONS, TURKEY VULTURES, RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, NORTHERN HARRIERS, MERLINS, RING-NECKED DUCKS, HOODED MERGANSERS, and WOOD DUCKS.

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.

March 16, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 16th, 2015.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL continues to be seen in Hampton near the wastewater treatment plant and was last reported on March 15th, and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was reported from Hilton Park in Dover on March 14th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen at the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor and was last reported on March 15th.

9 ICELAND GULLS were reported from the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on March 9th. 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 Rockingham Park in Salem on March 9th, and a different individual was seen there on the 10th. An ICELAND GULL was seen at Silver Lake in Tilton on March 11th and again on the 16th, 1 was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on the 11th, and 1 was seen on the Merrimack River near the Granite Street Bridge in Manchester on the 14th.

At least 5 BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were reported from the Merrimack River in Manchester in the vicinity of the Granite Street Bridge on March 16th.

A first-winter male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on the Squam River in Ashland on March 15th.

A LONG-TAILED DUCK was reported from the Merrimack River in Manchester from above the Amoskeag Fishways dam on March 13th and again on the 16th. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on the Connecticut River in West Lebanon on March 12th and 13th, and there were reports of a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER on Opechee Bay in Laconia on the 11th, 13th, 14th, and 16th.

3 NORTHERN PINTAILS, and a LESSER SCAUP were seen at the Exeter Reservoir on March 15th, and 68 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on the Powwow River in Kingston on the 16th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included flocks of 30 in Peterborough in the 12th, 250 in New London on the 13th, 30 in Northwood on the 13th, 100 in Canaan on the 15th, 200 in Henniker on the 15th, 500 in Somersworth on the 15th, 45 in Hollis on the 16th, and 40 in Meredith on the 16th. These flocks were seen mainly foraging on ornamental fruit tress, or resting nearby. As spring approaches, they may not be around much longer!

A HOARY REDPOLL was seen with a flock of 40 COMMON REDPOLLS on Diamond Ledge Road in Sandwich on March 14th. A flock of 18 COMMON REDPOLLS was seen in Greenland on the 15th, and 3 were seen in Portsmouth on the 14th.

A flock of 90 COMMON REDPOLLS and a flock of 11 EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from birdfeeders in Jefferson on March 16th.

A flock of 210 PINE SISKINS was counted in Exeter on March 15th.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR, and 70 HORNED LARKS were reported from the Agway parking lot in Walpole on March 13th.

3 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on March 15th.

4 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen in Greenland on March 15th.

A flock of 30 PURPLE SANDPIPERS was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on March 10th.

FISH CROW sightings during the past week included 1 in Concord on March 10th, 6 in Durham on the 13th, 1 in East Kingston on the 13th, and 1 at Silver Lake in Belmont on the 16th.

A BOREAL CHICKADEE was seen at Loon Mountain in Lincoln on March 13th.

An optimistic TREE SWALLOW was seen at Silver Lake in Belmont on March 16th.

There were scattered reports of small numbers of early returning migrants during the past week, including: RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and COMMON GRACKLES, KILLDEER, GREAT BLUE HERONS, TURKEY VULTURES, and WOOD DUCKS.

A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered near the public boat launch at Adams Point in Durham on November 10th. It has been seen numerous times since then, but has not been reported since March 8th, although it may still be present.

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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