Rare Bird Alert

March 3, 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 on March 1st.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at the Hampton Wastewater Treatment Plant on February 27th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen in Hampton Harbor on February 28th. An ICELAND GULL was seen at Adam’s Point in Durham on February 28th, and 2 were seen on the Merrimack River in Manchester on March 1st.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen near Rye Harbor on February 27th

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Pillsbury State Park in Sunapee on February 26th, and 1 was seen along Route 10 in Piermont on February 27th.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on Great Bay from Adam’s Point in Durham on February 25th.

A female HARLEQUIN DUCK continues to be seen along the coast in Rye near Concord Point and was last reported on February 26th.

A THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen off of Concord Point in Rye on February 28th, and 2 RAZORBILLS were seen from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on March 1st.

4 LESSER SCAUP and 10 GREAT CORMORANTS were reported from the Merrimack River in Manchester on March 1st.

A pair of NORTHERN PINTAILS, a male GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and a female LESSER SCAUP were seen at the Exeter Reservoir on March 2nd.

4 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, 4 SNOW BUNTINGS, and 75 HORNED LARKS were reported from the Agway parking lot in Walpole on March 2nd, and 7 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, 25

SNOW BUNTINGS, and 200 HORNED LARKS were reported from the same location on February 25th.

A flock of 6 COMMON REDPOLLS was reported from Chatham on March 2nd.

4 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Unity on March 2nd.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: a flock of 75 near the library in Strafford on February 25th and again on March 1st, a flock of over 80 behind Stan’s Auto Service Center in Conway on the 26th, a flock of 12 in Hart’s Location on the 27th, a flock of over 150 near the traffic circle in New London on the 27th and a flock of 209 in the same area on March 1st, a flock of 40 along Route 106 near Sam’s Club in Concord on February 28th, a flock of 50 along Winona Road in New Hampton on March 1st, and a flock of 45 in Hanover on March 2nd. These flocks were seen mainly foraging on ornamental fruit tress, or resting nearby.

A flock of 8 FISH CROWS was seen in Salem on February 26th.

A GRAY JAY and a BOREAL CHICKADEE were seen in Crawford Notch in the White Mountains in February 28th.

A GREAT HORNED OWL was heard hooting in Orford on March 2nd.

A BARRED OWL was seen in Walpole on March 2nd, 1 was seen in Sunapee on March 2nd, and 1 was seen in Hanover on February 26th.

An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was seen in Rye on March 1st.

A TURKEY VULTURE was seen in Dover on March 2nd and 3 were reported from the Manchester area on February 28th.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was reported from Rye on February 26th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Nashua on February 25th.

A BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD was seen in Nashua on March 1st.

This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail at: birdsetc@nhaudubon.org. Please put either “bird sighting” or “Rare Bird Alert” in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and phone number. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org.

Thanks very much and good birding.

February 23, 2015

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

A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on February 21st. The SNOWY OWL that had been seen regularly reported at Ragged Neck in Rye was last reported on February 14th.

A female HARLEQUIN DUCK continues to be seen along the coast in Rye near Concord Point and was last reported on February 21st.

A THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen off of Wallis Sands in Rye on February 18th, and 1 was seen off of Concord Point in Rye on the 21st. 2 RAZORBILLS were seen from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on February 21st.

A GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen in Hampton Harbor on February 18th. 2 ICELAND GULLS were seen at Adam’s Point in Durham on the 18th.

A flock of 44 PURPLE SANDPIPERS was seen at Rye Ledge in Rye on February 21st.

2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen on Great Bay from Adam’s Point in Durham on February 22nd.

A pair of GADWALL was seen off of Fort Stark in Rye on February 21st.

2 male NORTHERN PINTAILS, a LESSER SCAUP, and a GREATER SCAUP were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on February 22nd.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was again seen frequenting the Wendell Flat and Trask Brook Road area in Sunapee on February 17th. It has usually been seen between the snowmobile trail and Route 103, close to the intersection of Depot Road.

A HOARY REDPOLL was reported from Marlborough on February 21st.

A flock of 120 COMMON REDPOLLS was seen in Jefferson on February 17th, a flock of 80 was seen along Perimeter Road in Manchester on the 19th, a flock of 30 was reported from Ashland on the 17th, and a flock of 28 was seen in Sunapee on the 17th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: 180 along Owens Drive in Littleton on February 17th, 100 in Berlin center on the 15th, 31 in Orford on the 15th, 125 in Lyme on the 21st, 25 in Gorham on the 23rd, 15 on East Milan Road in Berlin on the 21st, 34 in Sunapee on the 22nd, 5 at Ragged Neck in Rye on the 21st, and 3 along Ocean Boulevard in Rye on the 18th. These flocks were seen mainly foraging on ornamental fruit tress, or resting nearby.

A flock of 20 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen along Chickwolnepy Road in Milan on February 15th, a flock of 23 was seen in Lyman on the 16th, a flock of 9 was seen in Jefferson the 17th, and 1 was seen at the Harris Center in Hancock on the 20th.

Several RED CROSSBILLS were seen at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness on February 17th, and at least 1 was reported from Hancock on the 19th.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 8 SNOW BUNTINGS, and 170 HORNED LARKS were reported from the Agway parking lot in Walpole on February 21st.

A flock of 30 HORNED LARKS and 2 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on February 22nd, and a flock of 29 HORNED LARKS was seen along Harbor Road in Rye on the 21st.

7 BALD EAGLES were reported from Great Bay on February 23rd.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Dover on February 17th, and 1 was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on the 22nd.

A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Derry on February 21st, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 18th.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Etna on February 20th, and 1 was seen in Manchester on the 18th.

A COOPER’S HAWK was seen in Laconia on February 17th, 1 was seen in Newmarket on the 18th, and several SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS were reported from scattered locations during the past week.

A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was seen in Berlin on February 19th, and 1 was seen in Amherst on the 20th.

An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was seen in Nashua on the 21st.

A BARRED OWL was seen in Plymouth on the 23rd, 1 was seen in Lyme on the 17th, and 1 was seen in Gilsum on the 22nd.

A pair of GREAT HORNED OWLS was heard in Hillsborough County on the 18th.

A TURKEY VULTURE was seen in Nashua on February 21st.

A FISH CROW was reported from Salem on February 18th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Nashua on February 18th.

A NORTHERN FLICKER was seen in Bedford on February 17th, and 1 was seen at Adam’s Point in Durham on the 18th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Orfordville on February 22nd.

3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen in Hancock on February 17th, 3 were seen in Litchfield on the 22nd, and 12 were reported from Laconia on the 17th.

A flock of 15 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS was seen in Jefferson on February 17th.

2 GRAY JAYS were seen at the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters in Wentworth Location on February 22nd.

2 GRAY JAYS and 2 BOREAL CHICKADEES were reported from the Second College Grant on February 22nd.

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.

February 16, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 16th, 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 on February 14th.

A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Ragged Neck in Rye, and was last reported on February 12th. A SNOWY OWL was not reported from Hampton Beach State Park or coastal Seabrook during the past week but is likely still in the area.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported from Hampton Marsh on February 14th.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at the Hampton Wastewater Treatment Plant on February 14th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in Hampton Harbor on February 11th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL, a BLACK GUILLEMOT, and 18 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen at Seal Rocks in Rye on February 14th, and a THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen here on the 10th.

2 ICELAND GULLS were reported from the Manchester mill yard on February 14th, 1 was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on the 14th, and 1 was seen along South Road in East Kingston on the 16th.

9 SNOW GEESE were reported from along the coast on February 15th.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE were seen on Great Bay from Adam’s Point on February 14th.

An AMERICAN WIGEON was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on February 14th, and a female NORTHERN PINTAIL, a LESSER SCAUP, and a GREATER SCAUP were all seen here on the 16th.

11 GREAT CORMORANTS were seen on the Merrimack River in Manchester on February 14th.

2 PINE GROSBEAKS were reported from Mont Vernon on February 15th.

A flock of 9 EVENING GROSBEAKS was reported from Jefferson on February 13th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: 75 in Conway on February 11th, 200 in Plymouth on the 10th, 30 in Gorham on the 10th, and 40 in Sunapee on the 11th. These flocks were seen mainly foraging on ornamental fruit tress, or resting nearby them.

8 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness on February 10th.

A flock of 21 COMMON REDPOLLS was seen in Nottingham on February 10th. There were a few sightings of 1-3 COMMON REDPOLLS reported from scattered locations during the past week.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 11 SNOW BUNTINGS, and 82 HORNED LARKS were reported from the Malnati Farm in Walpole on February 11th.

4 SNOW BUNTINGS were reported from Peterborough on February 15th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen flying over Market Square in Portsmouth on February 15th, and another was seen in Manchester on the 9th.

2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS were seen in Exeter, and 1 was seen in Seabrook, all on February 14th.

An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was seen in Nashua, and another was seen in Hollis, both on February 14th.

A BARRED OWL was reported from Chatham on February 16th, one was seen in Plymouth on the 14th, and one was seen in Sunapee on the 12th.

A PINE WARBLER was seen in East Kingston on February 9th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Concord on February 15th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, a FIELD SPARROW, and 2 CHIPPING SPARROWS are continuing to over-winter in Exeter and were all reported during the past week.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Nashua on February 12th.

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 vailable on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org

Thanks very much and good birding.

February 9, 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 several times since then, and was last reported on February 8th.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was reported from River Road in Westmoreland on February 4th.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported from Keene on February 8th.

A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Ragged Neck in Rye, and was last reported on February 8th.

A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Hampton Beach State Park or in coastal Seabrook and was last reported on February 1st.

A THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen on the south side of Great Boar’s Head in Hampton on February 4th, 1 was seen from Little Boar’s Head in North Hampton on the 7th, and 1 was seen off of Jenness Beach in Rye on the 8th.

2 BLACK GUILLEMOTS and 33 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen from Little Boar’s Head in North Hampton on February 7th.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at the Hampton Wastewater Treatment Plant, and a GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in Hampton Harbor, both on February 7th.

3 ICELAND GULLS and a GREAT CORMORANT were seen along the Merrimack River in Manchester on February 7th.

2 males and 1 female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE were seen in the Merrimack River near Waumbec Mills in Manchester on February 4th. 7 GREAT CORMORANTS were seen here on the 3rd.

2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen on Great Bay from Adam’s Point on February 7th.

A HOARY REDPOLL was seen with a flock of 250 COMMON REDPOLLS in Littleton on February 6th.

A HOARY REDPOLL was seen with a flock of 200 COMMON REDPOLLS in Lincoln on February 7th.

COMMON REDPOLL sightings during the past week included: 42 in Walpole on February 4th, 12 in Newport on the 7th, 160 in Jefferson on the 9th, 100 in Lincoln on the 7th, 100 in Littleton on the 7th, and 40 near the Manchester Airport on the 9th(awaiting flight clearance).

2 PINE GROSBEAKS were seen along Route 2 in Gorham on February 7th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: 43 in Lincoln on February 3rd, 26 in Littleton on the 6th, 20 in Gorham on the 6th, 14 in Milan on the 6th, 120 in Plymouth on the 7th, 30 in Orford on the 7th, 40 in Bethlehem on the 7th, 175 in Gorham on the 7th, 50 in Berlin on the 8th, and 37 in Sunapee on the 8th. These flocks were seen mainly foraging on ornamental fruit tress, or resting nearby them.

A flock of 12 EVENING GROSBEAKS was reported from Jefferson on February 9th.

4 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were reported from Walpole on February 7th.

A flock of 75 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen at Martin farm along Old Auburn Road in Derry, and a flock of 18 was seen at the Kelley Horse Farm in Milan, all on February 7th.

A flock of 50 HORNED LARKS was seen at Boggy Meadows Farm in Walpole, and a flock of 28 was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, all on February 7th, There have been continued PINE SISKIN sightings during the past week with small flocks reported from many locations, and a few flocks of 50 to 100 birds.

2 GRAY JAYS were seen on Chickwolnepy Road in Milan in February 7th, and 1 was seen near the summit of Mount Jackson in the White Mountains on the 8th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Derry on February 8th, 1 was seen in Nashua on the 9th, and 1 was seen in Manchester on the 9th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Concord on February 8th.

A WINTER WREN was reported from Hanover on February 6th.

A MERLIN was seen in North Hampton on February 8th, and a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen along the coast on the 7th.

A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was reported from North Hampton on February 8th, and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in North Hampton on February 7th.

A BARRED OWL was seen in Bow on February 8th, and 1 was seen in Sunapee on the 9th. Other OWL species reported during the past week included: NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, EASTERN SCREECH-OWL, and GREAT HORNED OWL.

3 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Exeter on February 7th.

A female NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen with a group of 125 MALLARDS and AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS in a small pond adjacent to University Drive in Nashua on February 8th, and a male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on the 7th.

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.

February 2, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 2nd, 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 several times since then, and was last reported on February 1st.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from Hinsdale along the Connecticut River across from Brattleboro on January 29th,

A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Ragged Neck in Rye, and was last reported on February 1st.

A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Hampton Beach State Park or in coastal Seabrook and was last reported on February 1st.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Cottonstone Farm in Orford on January 23rd, and again on the 31st.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on multiple days frequenting the Wendell Flat and Trask Brook Road area in Sunapee. It has been seen between the snowmobile trail and Route 103, close to the intersection of Depot Road. It was last reported on January 29th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was reported from Peterborough on February 2nd.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON and a male REDHEAD were seen on Great Bay on February 1st.

2 male and 1 female BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen in the Merrimack River near Waumbec Mills in Manchester, on January 31st.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in Hampton Harbor on February 1st.

An ICELAND GULL was seen along the Merrimack River in Manchester, and 1 was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, both on February 1st

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

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen along the Merrimack River in Manchester on February 1st.

35 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were tallied along the coast on February 1st. A flock of 30 was seen from Little Boar’s Head in North Hampton, and 23 were seen at Seal Rocks in Rye, all on January 31st.

A HOARY REDPOLL was reported in a small flock of COMMON REDPOLLS in Ashland on January 26th.

A flock of 20 COMMON REDPOLLS has been seen regularly at a birdfeeder in Wolfboro, a flock of 17 was seen in Milan on January 29th, and there were a few scattered reports of small numbers of COMMON REDPOLLS during the past week.

A flock of 38 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen with a flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS near the public library in Conway on January 31st. 22 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Gorham on February 1st, and a small mixed flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS and BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in Sunapee on the 30th.

2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and at least 50 HORNED LARKS were seen in Walpole on January 29th.

3 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on February 1st.

6 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Gilsum on January 31st.

A GRAY JAY was seen in Milan on January 29th.

A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen in Barrington on January 27th.

A LINCOLN’S SPARROW and 2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen in Greenland on February 1st.

A FOX SPARROW was seen in Epping on January 27th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Dover on January 29th, and a MERLIN was seen in Keene on January 28th.

A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was reported from Manchester on January 31st.

A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen in Concord on January 27th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Ashland on January 29th, and 1 was seen in Concord on the 27th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Walpole on January 27th and 1 was seen in Nashua on January 30th.

A NORTHERN FLICKER was reported from Bedford on February 2nd.

There have been more PINE SISKIN sightings during the past week with small flocks reported from many locations.

 

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.

January 26, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 26th, 2015.

A dark morph GYRFALCON was spotted in coastal Hampton on January 20th, and it was seen hunting and feeding in Hampton Harbor on the 25th and 26th.

A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Ragged Neck in Rye, and was last reported on January 26th.

A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Hampton Beach State Park or in coastal Seabrook and was last reported on January 25th.

A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered near the public boat launch at Adams Point in Durham on November 10th. It has been seen several times since then, and was last reported on January 21st.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Cottonstone Farm in Orford on January 23rd.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on multiple days frequenting the Wendell Flat and Trask Brook Road area in Sunapee. It has been seen between the snowmobile trail and Route 103, close to the intersection of Depot Road. It was last reported on January 26th.

2 EURASIAN WIGEON and a REDHEAD were seen on Great Bay on January 25th.

A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen along the coast in Rye near Concord Point on January 25th.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen in Opehee Bay in Laconia on January 22nd.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, a GLAUCOUS GULL, an ICELAND GULL, and a GREAT CORMORANT were all seen on the Merrimack River in Manchester on January 25th.

A pair of GADWALL was seen at Great Island Common in New Castle on January 20th, and several NORTHERN PINTAILS were reported during the past week.

A RAZORBILL, a BLACK GUILLEMOT, and several PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast on January 25th.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen in Hampton Marsh near Tide Mill Road on January 25th, and was relocated south of Great Boar’s Head in Hampton on the 26th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in New Castle, and 2 were seen in Hampton Harbor, all on January 25th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen from the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor, and an ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, all on January 25th.

A BLACK-LEGGED KITIWAKE was reported from Rye Harbor on January 19th.

2 PINE GROSBEAKS were seen on Chickwolnepy Road in Milan on January 21st.

A flock of 8 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Franconia on January 24th, and flock of 12 EVENING GROSBEAKS has been seen irregularly at a birdfeeder in Jefferson.

A flock of 89 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in Berlin in January 25th, a flock of 28 was seen in trees near the Snowflake Inn in Jackson on January 25th, and a mixed flock of at least 13 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and at least 12 CEDAR WAXWINGS was seen near the Black Bear Inn in Waterville Valley on the 23rd.

A flock of as many as 90 COMMON REDPOLLS has been seen regularly at a birdfeeder in Jefferson, and a flock of 20 has been seen regularly at a birdfeeder in Wolfboro, all during the past week. A flock of 50 was seen in Gilmanton on the 26th, a flock of 15 was seen in Franconia on the 24th, and a flock of 10 was seen in Hampton on the 25th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON and a MERLIN were seen in Hampton, a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Manchester, and another was seen in Stratham, all on the 25th.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Franconia, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Salem, and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen in Sunapee, all on January 21st. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Hampton on the 25th.

A flock of 6 TURKEY VULTURES was seen in Exeter on January 25th.

2 GRAY JAYS were seen along the Mooseway Trail at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on January 24th.

5 BOREAL CHICKADEES were reported from Pinkham Notch in the White Mountains on January 20th.

A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and a LINCOLN’S SPARROW were seen in Greenland on January 25th, and several CHIPPING SPARROWS were seen in Exeter and Lee during the past week. A FOX SPARROW was seen in Epping on the 26th.

A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and a PIED-BILLED GREBE were seen in Portsmouth on January 25th.

A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Stratham, and a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Exeter, both on January 25th.

Several NORTHERN FLICKERS and HERMIT THRUSHES were reported during the past week

There have been more PINE SISKIN sightings during the past week with small flocks reported from many locations, and including one flock of over 120.

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.

January 21, 2015

A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Ragged Neck in Rye, and was last reported on January 19th.

A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Hampton Beach State Park or in coastal Seabrook and was last reported on January 19th.

A SNOWY OWL was seen along the coast just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on January 18th.

A SNOWY OWL was seen along Drewsville Road in Alstead on January 12th.

1 or 2 female HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen along the coast in Rye during the past week.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on the Merrimack River in Manchester on January 18th.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE and an ICELAND GULL were seen on Opechee Bay in Laconia on January 19th.

A male GADWALL was seen in a coastal marsh just south of Rye Harbor, and 1 was seen on Great Bay from Adams Point in Durham, both on January 18th.

A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen on the Squam River in Ashland on January 11th.

A RAZORBILL, and a GLAUCOUS GULL were seen along the coast in Rye on January 18th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen from the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor on January 16th.

An ICELAND GULL and a HORNED LARK were seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on January 13th.

An ICELAND GULL and over 70 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS were seen in East Kingston on January 19th.

An ICELAND GULL and a male NORTHERN PINTAIL were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on January 18th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on multiple days frequenting the Wendell Flat and Trask Brook Road area in Sunapee. It has been seen between the snowmobile trail and Route 103, close to the intersection of Depot Road.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in the hedgerows between the fields behind the Cocheco Valley Humane Society at the Strafford County Farm in Dover on January 19th.

COMMON REDPOLL sightings during the past week included 12 in Newport, 8 in Wolfeboro, 1 in Brookfield, 3 in New Durham, 2 in Durham, 1 in Concord, 2 in Gilmanton, 1 in Rye, and 2 in Sunapee.

6 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen along Trask Brook Road in Sunapee on January 13th, and 1 was seen in Newbury on January 18th.

2 LAPLAND LONGSPUR, a SAVANNAH SPARROW, and 82 HORNED LARKS were seen at the Malnati Farm, and Agway in Walpole on January 14th, and 8 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen here on the 13th.

There have been more PINE SISKIN sightings during the past week with small flocks reported from many locations, and a few larger flocks including flocks of over 50 in Keene, Bedford, Hillsborough, Kingston, and Bartlett.

7 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen from Great Island Common in New Castle on January 17th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Newington on January 14th, 1 was seen in Rye on the 18th, 1 was seen in Hampton on the 19th, and a pair was seen in Concord on the 19th.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Etna on January 17th, and a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Rye on January 18th.

5 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Gilsum on January 16th.

A BOREAL CHICKADEE was seen in Passaconaway on January 17th.

A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and a LINCOLN’S SPARROW were seen in Greenland on January 17th.

A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and 2 “IPSWICH” SAVANNAH SPARROWS were reported from Rye on January 18th.

A WINTER WREN was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, and 1 was seen at the Mink Brook Nature Preserve in Hanover, both on January 18th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Hanover on January 18th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen on January 15th, and 1 was seen on the 18th, both in Nashua.

A NORTHERN FLICKER was seen in Bedford on January 16th.

A flock of 18 TURKEY VULTURES was seen in Exeter on January 19th.

A flock of 23 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS was seen at Landing Road in Hampton on January 18th.

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.

December 5, 2014

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 1st, 2014.

 

A flock of 24 SANDHILL CRANES was seen and photographed migrating south over Hampton on November 27th. The flock has been seen again in Connecticut on the 28th, and Pennsylvania on the 29th. This is a very large flock for the northeast.

 

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

 

A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on November 29th, 30th, and December 1st, and a SNOWY OWL was seen frequenting fields along East Conway Road in East Conway and Fryeburg, Maine on November 26th.

 

Both a dark-morph and a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were seen near Rye Harbor State Park and the adjacent marshes on November 28th. Both a dark-morph and a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were reported from Hampton on the 29th.

 

14 BALD EAGLES were seen along the Androscoggin River between Berlin and Errol on November 25th.

 

A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen in Hampton Harbor on November 23rd, and again on the 28th.

 

A pair of BARROW’S GOLDENEYES was seen on Great Bay from the Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland on November 29th.

 

A EURASIAN WIGEON was reported from Great Bay on November 25th.

 

A SNOW GOOSE was seen with a flock of 35 CANADA GEESE on Lake Massabesic in Manchester on December 1st.

 

A GADWALL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on November 25th.

 

5 NORTHERN PINTAILS were spotted flying overhead in Walpole on November 30th.

 

A NORTHERN PINTAIL were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on November 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.

 

A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 85 HOODED MERGANSERS, and 40 COMMON MERGANSERS were seen gathering above the Wilder dam on the Connecticut River on the evening of November 28th.

 

Late migrants seen at North Side Park in Hampton during the past week included an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, a WILSON’S WARBLER, a “WESTERN” PALM WARBLER, a “YELLOW” PALM WARBLER, and a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET.

 

An AMERICAN PIPIT and 12 SNOW BUNTINGS were reported from the coast on November 28th.

 

2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Lebanon on November 28th.

 

A late-migrating BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen in Hampton on November 28th.

 

Late-migrating birds reported from Newington during the past week included a GRAY CATBIRD, and 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS.

 

Other late-migrants included a BALTIMORE ORIOLE in Rochester on November 28th, and a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 28th.

 

Late-migrating HERMIT THRUSHES reported during the past week included 2 in Newington on the 22nd, 1 in Plainfield on the 28th, 1 in North Hampton on the 29th, 1 in Walpole on the 30th, 1 in Westmoreland on the 30th, and.1 in Weare on December 1st.

 

2 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen at the Seabrook Wastewater Treatment Plant on November 28th.

 

A pair of RUDDY DUCKS, 2 SNOW BUNTINGS, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD were seen at Great Pond in Kingston on November 28th.

 

There were several reports of FOX SPARROWS from scattered locations during the past week.

 

This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail at: birdsetc@nhaudubon.org. Please put either “bird sighting” or “Rare Bird Alert” in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and phone number. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org
Thanks very much and good birding.

December 5, 2014

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, November 24th, 2014.

 

3 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS including an adult male, a first year male and a female have been seen most regularly with a large flock of EUROPEAN STARLINGS, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS foraging in grassy and shrubby locations along Route 1A, side streets along Route 1A, and along Route 286 in Seabrook and near Hampton Beach State Park. At least 2 of the YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were seen near the Staples located on Lafayette Road in North Hampton on November 21st, and 1 was seen in Seabrook on the 23rd.

 

A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen near the public boat launch at Adams Point in Durham on November 10th and has been seen several times since then. It was last reported on the 23rd.

 

A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on November 22nd.

 

A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen in Hampton Harbor on November 23rd.

 

A CACKLING GOOSE, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and a NORTHERN PINTAIL were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on November 21st. 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 SNOW GOOSE was seen with a flock of CANADA GEESE at Eel Pond in Rye on November 24th, a SNOW GOOSE was seen with a flock of CANADA GEESE in fields at Spring Hill Farm on Bear Hill Road in Hillsborough on the 21st and 23rd, and a SNOW GOOSE was seen with a flock of CANADA GEESE at Tenny’s Farm on Route 202 in Antrim on the 21st and 22nd. Also seen at Tenny’s Farm was a flock of 120 HORNED LARKS.

 

A GADWALL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on November 22nd, and 40 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen there on the 23rd.

 

A NORTHERN SHOVELER and a NORTHERN PINTAIL were seen on the Squam River in Ashland on November 23rd.

 

A male SURF SCOTER was seen on Long Pond in Concord on November 23rd.

 

28 HORNED GREBES were seen near Blueberry Island on Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough on November 24th.

 

101 RUDDY DUCKS were tallied at Willand Pond in Dover and Somersworth on November 21st.

 

160 COMMON MERGANSERS were seen on Lake Kanasatka in Moultonborough on November 24th.

 

2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen in Hampton Harbor, and over 30 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast, all on November 23rd.

 

6 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen along Bog Road in Penacook on November 23rd.

 

A WILSON’S WARBLER, and 2 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen in Hampton on November 22nd. A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen in Pittsfield, and another was seen in Ashland, both on November 23rd.

 

2 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at Rye Harbor State Park on November 22nd.

 

At least 4 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and a RUDDY DUCK were seen at Great Pond in Kingston on November 24th

 

A flock of over 15 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS was reported from Peterborough on November 22nd.

 

2 HERMIT THRUSHES were reported from Hopkinton on November 21st.

 

A KILLDEER was seen in Hillsborough on November 21st.

 

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Hampton on November 22nd, and 24th.

 

At least 4 TURKEY VULTURES were reported from near major highways in the southeast part of the state during the past week.

 

WILD TURKEYS have requested that any postings of sightings of them be omitted from the Rare Bird Alert until after Thanksgiving.

 

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.

December 5, 2014

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, November 18th, 2014.

 

A WESTERN GREBE was discovered off of Great Boar’s Head in Hampton on November 6th, and has been seen there numerous times since then. It has been seen both on the north and south sides of Great Boar’s Head and was last reported on the 16th.

 

3 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS including an adult male, a first year male and a female have been seen regularly with a large flock of EUROPEAN STARLINGS, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS foraging in grassy and shrubby locations along Route 1A, side streets along Route 1A, and along Route 286 in Seabrook and near Hampton Beach State Park during the past week. They were most recently reported on the 16th.

 

A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen near the public boat launch at Adams Point in Durham on November 10th and has been seen several times since then. It was last reported on the 18th.

 

A SNOWY OWL was reported from near the summit of Straightback Mountain in Alton on November 15th.

 

4 EURASIAN WIGEONS, a CACKLING GOOSE, a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS, and a HORNED GREBE were reported, among many more common species of water birds, on the Greenland side of Great Bay on November 16th.

 

A DICKCISSEL was seen at the Concord Community gardens located on Birch Street in Concord on November 13th.

 

A possible SANDHILL CRANE was reportedly seen in flight over Newmarket on November 18th.

 

A possible PACIFIC LOON was reported from coastal Hampton on November 16th.

 

2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen in fields at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on November 10th. They have been seen several times since then and were last reported on November 15th.

 

A number of PURPLE SANDPIPERS were reported from the coast during the past week.

 

A GADWALL and a NORTHERN SHOVELER were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on November 16th.

 

A BLACK SCOTER was reported from Wilson Pond in Keene on November 12th.

 

A number of RUDDY DUCKS and AMERICAN COOTS were reported from scattered inland and coastal locations during the past week.

 

180 HOODED MERGANSERS and 22 BUFFLEHEADS were counted on Long Pond in Concord on November 16th.

 

A RED CROSSBILL was reported from River Road in Penacook on November 16th.

 

5 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Plainfield, and one was seen in Hollis, all on November 15th.

 

2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and 4 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen along with over 100 HORNED LARKS in the fields located behind the Post Office on Loudon Road in Concord on November 16th.

 

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR and 100 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on November 16th.

 

25 AMERICAN PIPITS and 6 SNOW BUNTINGS were reported from Moore Fields on Route 155A in Durham on November 13th.

 

4 SNOW BUNTINGS were reported from atop Pack Monadnock in Peterborough, and 8 were seen at the Sandwich Fairgrounds, all on November 13th.

 

A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen in Pittsfield on November 16th.

 

A number of FOX SPARROWS, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were reported from scattered locations during the past week.

 

A WILSON’S WARBLER was seen in Sandwich on November 13th, and a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen in Ashland on November 17th.

 

A SPRUCE GROUSE was reported from Mount Willey, and 3 BOREAL CHICKADEES were reported from Mount Field, in the White Mountains all on November 13th.

 

7 GRAY JAYS and 3 BOREAL CHICKADEES were reported from the Pemigewasset Wilderness in the White Mountains on November 11th.

 

30 TURKEY VULTURES was seen flying over Newmarket on November 16th.

 

The fall season RAPTOR migration continues but NH Audubon’s last officially staffed watches on Pack Monadnnock in Peterborough and Carter Hill in Concord were held on November 15th. Season totals included over 13,500 raptors seen from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and over 6,800 raptors seen from the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord. Season highlights included 7 GOLDEN EAGLES, 199 BALD EAGLES, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 75 PEREGRINE FALCONS, and over 15,000 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS.

 

Over 900 AMERICAN CROWS were seen flying to a roost in the Hanover area on November 13th.

 

This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail at: birdsetc@nhaudubon.org. Please put either “bird sighting” or “Rare Bird Alert” in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and phone number. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org
Thanks very much and good birding.

 

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