Rare Bird Alert

September 14, 2016

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A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on September 6th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, September 12th, 2016.

2 adult MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen several times during the past week feeding a chick in Newmarket.

2 BLACK VULTURES were seen in Westmoreland on September 12th, and a flock of 55 TURKEY VULTURES was seen soaring over Keene on September 5th.

A SANDHILL CRANE has been seen somewhat regularly in a hayfield along Route 127 in West Hopkinton and irregularly in nearby Elm Brook Park since July 19th. It was last reported on September 12th. Another SANDHILL CRANE was seen briefly near Main Street in Rochester on September 7th.

Birders on a boat cruise out of Rye to Jeffrey’s Ledge on September 12th reported: 2 POMARINE JAEGERS, a PARASITIC JAEGER, 2 BLACK TERNS, and a RAZORBILL.

5 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen on Lunging Island, one of the Isles of Shoals located off the coast on September 12th.

3 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 7 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, and 8 LAUGHING GULLS were seen along the coast during the past week.

5 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen along the coast on September 6th.

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 6th, and a GREATER SCAUP was seen there on the 7th.

A HUDSONIAN GODWIT and 8 STILT SANDPIPERS were seen in Hampton Marsh on September 11th.

4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at Eel Pond in Rye on September 6th, and 2 of the western race of WILLET were seen in Hampton Harbor on September 7th.

3 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were seen in Springfield on September 5th, and 5 were seen in Orford on the 11th.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on September 6th.

A NORTHERN SHOVELER and 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 7th, and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen here on the 6th. 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 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Henniker on September 7th.

A BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was seen in Webster, and there were several reports of migrating CAPE MAY WARBLERS, TENNESSEE WARBLERS and WILSON’S WARBLERS from scattered locations during the past week.

The peak of COMMON NIGHTHAWK migration has passed with only small numbers being reported during the past week, except for a flock of an estimated 150 seen in Peterborough on September 8th.

RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, including 452 raptors tallied since September 1st, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord, including 246 raptors counted since September 1st. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts! Weather permitting; September 17-18 should be a good weekend to count BROAD-WINGED HAWKS.

From 10:00 A.M. to Noon on Saturday September 17, the Mascoma Chapter of New Hampshire Audubon is hosting a hawk watch at the Lebanon Airport. This event is free and open to the public. Bring binoculars and scopes if available. In case of inclement weather (such as heavy, steady, rain or persistent dense fog), the watch will be held on September 18 with the same starting and ending times. Directions: from Exit 20 off of Route I-89 in West Lebanon, turn south on Route 12A. Then take the first major left onto Airport Road and continue until reaching the airport, bear left, and pass the control tower into the parking lot beyond. For more information on Mascoma Chapter programs, please visit www.mascomabirds.org

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. 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 5, 2016

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, September 5th, 2016.

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2 adult MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen several times during the past week feeding a chick in Newmarket.

A SANDHILL CRANE has been seen somewhat regularly in a hayfield along Route 127 in West Hopkinton and irregularly in nearby Elm Brook Park since July 19th. It was last reported on August 29th.

A DICKCISSEL was reported from Worthley Avenue in Seabrook on September 3rd, and 1 was reported from Goss Farm in Rye on September 4th.

8 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 13 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 2 GREAT EGRETS, and 31 SNOWY EGRETS were tallied at the coast on September 4th.

2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen in Rye near Odiorne Point State Park on September 3rd, and a LAUGHING GULL was seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on September 4th.

3 CASPIAN TERNS were seen along the coast on September 3rd.

A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, a WHIMBREL, and 4 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were all seen several times during the past week at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth.

A RED KNOT was seen several times during the past week in Hampton Harbor.

A STILT SANDPIPER was seen at Marsh Pond in Rye on September 3rd.

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at the Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 5th.

4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, a BLUE-WINGED TEAL, a NORTHERN PINTAIL an AMERICAN WIGEON, and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment on September 3rd.

A NORTHERN SHOVELER and 4 BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 31st. 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 pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL was reported from Horseshoe Pond in Concord on September 1st.

2 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were seen along Locke Road in Concord on September 4th.

There were several reports of migrating TENNESSEE WARBLERS and WILSON’S WARBLERS seen during the past week.

There was an unconfirmed report of a CONNECTICUT WARBLER from Dover on August 31st.

COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen migrating during the past week including: 392 in Concord on August 30th, 537 in Concord on the 31st; and 536 in Meredith on the 31st.

RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, including 335 raptors tallied since September 1st, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord, including 84 raptors counted since September 1st. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts! Weather permitting, September 17-18 should be a good weekend to count BROAD-WINGED HAWKS.

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. 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, 2016

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A RUDDY DUCK was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 10th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 15th, 2016.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen in Newmarket on August 12th.

A SANDHILL CRANE has been seen somewhat regularly in a hayfield along Route 127 in West Hopkinton since July 19th and was last reported on August 14th.

2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen here on the 11th, and a SANDHILL CRANE, presumably the same as one of the aforementioned birds, has also been seen several times at the nearby Elm Brook Park.

2 FORSTER’S TERNS were seen in Meadow Pond in Hampton, and 5 ROSEATE TERNS and 120 COMMON TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor, all on August 13th.

Birders on a whale watch cruise out of Rye Harbor reported 16 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, 2 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, a GREAT SHEARWATER, 29 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS, a BLACK TERN, and 3 LAUGHING GULLS on August 14th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye in the marsh located on the west side of Route 1A, on August 7th, 8th, and 12th.

4 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in a marsh on Worthley Avenue in Seabrook on August 10th.

3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen along the coast on August 10th.

A GREAT EGRET was seen in the Exeter River in Brentwood on August 10th, and 2 were seen at Lancy Brook in Brookline on the 13th.

60 GREAT EGRETS and 84 SNOWY EGRETS were tallied along the coast on August 13th.

A RUDDY DUCK was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 10th.

An immature GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on August 13th.

2 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on August 13th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on August 13th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen Lyman on August 10th, and 1 was seen in Brookfield on the 14th.

A RED-NECKED GREBE has been seen all summer off the coast in Rye.

A WHIMBREL was seen in coastal Rye, and 4 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen in Hampton Marsh, all on August 14th.

3 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were reported from Orford on August 14th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in coastal Rye on August 14th.

Birders should be aware of a possible GOLDEN EAGLE reported from Madison on August 9th.

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. 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 3, 2016

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2 EASTERN SCREECH-OWLS were heard in Portsmouth during the past week. (Photo: McLane Center’s Eastern Screech-Owl)

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 1st, 2016.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen soaring over Newmarket on July 30th.

A SANDHILL CRANE has been seen somewhat regularly in a partially mowed hayfield along Route 127 in West Hopkinton since July 19th and was last reported on August 1st. The bird has also been seen several times at the nearby Elm Brook Park.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and they were most recently reported on July 22nd. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

A CASPIAN TERN was seen on Spofford Lake in Chesterfield on July 29th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in the marsh located on the west side of Route 1A opposite Wallis Sands State Beach on July 31st.

4 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in a marsh on Worthley Avenue in Seabrook on July 25th, and 1 was seen off of Island Path in Hampton on the  31st.

2 GREAT EGRETS were seen in Elm Brook Park in West Hopkinton on July 26th, and 1 was seen at Field’s Grove in Nashua on August 1st.

A CANVASBACK was seen on the Connecticut River above the Wilder Dam on July 28th. A GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL and a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT were seen here on August 1st.

4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, a GADWALL, a RUDDY DUCK, and an AMERICAN COOT were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant during the past week.

A RED KNOT was seen in Hampton Harbor on July 29th, 30th, and 31st.

2 PIPING PLOVERS and a LEAST TERN were seen in Hampton Harbor on July 31st.

A flock of 23 LEAST SANDPIPERS was seen in Field’s Grove in Nashua on August 1st.

2 AMERICAN PIPITS were reported from above treeline on the Franconia Ridge in the White Mountains on July 27th.

2 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS and a BOREAL CHICKADEE were reported from the Caps Ridge Trail off of Jefferson Notch Road in the White Mountains on July 31st.

A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was seen at Upper Kimball Pond in Chatham on July 30th.

5 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen in Nashua on July 25th.

2 EASTERN SCREECH-OWLS were heard in Portsmouth during the past week.

At least 12 FISH CROWS were reported from Durham on July 27th.

50 PURPLE MARTINS were seen along the coast at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on July 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. 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 27, 2016

7 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in Seabrook on several days during the past week, of which 6 were seen in a marsh on Worthley Avenue.

7 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in Seabrook on several days during the past week, of which 6 were seen in a marsh on Worthley Avenue.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 25th, 2016.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE nest was found with 1 chick, and at least 3 adults were seen in the same area, in Newmarket on July 23rd.

A SANDHILL CRANE has been seen somewhat regularly in a partially mowed hayfield along Route 127 in West Hopkinton since July 19th and was last reported on the 25th.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and they were most recently reported on July 22nd. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

7 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in Seabrook on several days during the past week, of which 6 were seen in a marsh on Worthley Avenue.

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

14 GLOSSY IBIS were seen in Kingston on July 22nd, and 6 were seen in Portsmouth on the 21st.

3 GREAT EGRETS were seen in Plainfield on July 20th. A GREAT EGRET was seen in Elmbrook Park in West Hopkinton on July 21st.

2 LEAST TERNS were seen in Hampton on July 23rd.

Birders on a whale watch cruise out of Rye Harbor reported a CORY’S SHEARWATER, a LAUGHING GULL, and 20 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS on July 20th.

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton Marsh on July 24th.

A RUDDY DUCK and an AMERICAN WIGEON were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on July 23rd.

25 PURPLE MARTINS were seen along the coast at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on July 23rd.

A RED CROSSBILL and 2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from Pittsfield on July 19th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Lebanon on July 21st.

At least 75 TURKEY VULTURES were seen soaring over West Lebanon on July 21st.

An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Ponemah Bog Sanctuary in Amherst on July 24th.

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. 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 20, 2016

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was heard in Durham on July 16th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was heard in Durham on July 16th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 18th, 2016.

A WHITE IBIS was seen flying over Seabrook near the Massachusetts border on July 15th.

36 GLOSSY IBIS, 10 GREAT BLUE HERONS, 16 GREAT EGRETS, 44 SNOWY EGRETS, and 2 GREEN HERONS were tallied along the coast on July 16th. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in Seabrook on the 17th.

2 LEAST BITTERNS were reported from World End Pond in Salem on July 16th. Also present were 4 VIRGINIA RAILS.

30 ROSEATE TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor on July 12th.

Birders on a whale watch cruise out of Rye Harbor reported seeing several CORY’S SHEARWATERS, SOOTY SHEARWATERS, and GREAT SHEARWATERS on July 13th.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen soaring over downtown Newmarket on July 16th.

2 BLACK VULTURES were seen soaring over Westmoreland on July 17th.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and they were most recently reported on June 26th. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

8 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on July 13th.

16 PURPLE MARTINS were seen along the coast on July 17th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was heard in Durham on July 16th.

2 NELSON’S SPARROWS were seen at the end of Pollock Drive in Rye on July 17th.

A female RUDDY DUCK was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on July 17th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen from the Caps Ridge Trail off of the Jefferson Notch Road in the White Mountains on July 15th.

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. 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 11, 2016

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A GREAT SHEARWATER was seen along the coast of North Hampton on July 10th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 11th, 2016.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen in treetops located near the boat launch at the end of Piscassic Street in Newmarket on July 4th.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and they were most recently reported on June 26th. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

1,172 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, 206 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, 2 GREAT SHEARWATERS, and an unidentified JAEGER were tallied along the coast of North Hampton on July 10th.

10 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, 2 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, 2 MANX SHEARWATERS, and a WHIMBREL were seen along the coast on July 9th.

Birders on a whale watch cruise out of Rye Harbor reported seeing 45 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, 6 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, a MANX SHEARWATER, a GREAT SHEARWATER, and an estimated 50 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS on July 5th.

A LEACH’S STORM-PETREL was seen off shore on July 6th.

A ROYAL TERN was seen near the coast on July 9th.

2 LEAST TERNS and 2 ROSEATE TERNS were reported from Hampton on July 9th.

4 GLOSSY IBIS were reported from the coast on July 9th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 5th.

6 PURPLE MARTINS were seen along the coast on July 9th.

3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on July 7th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, a MOURNING WARBLER, a TENNESSEE WARBLER, and several BOREAL CHICKADEES and GRAY JAYS were reported from Pittsburg on July 4th.

8 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were reported from the Caps Ridge Trail located at the height of Jefferson Notch Road in the White Mountains on July 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. 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 5, 2016

2 GLOSSY IBIS were seen flying off of the coast on July 3rd.

2 GLOSSY IBIS were seen flying off of the coast on July 3rd.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 4th, 2016.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen in treetops located near the boat launch at the end of Piscassic Street in Newmarket on July 3rd.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and they were most recently reported on June 26th. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

14 CORY’S SHEARWATERS were seen at Jeffrey’s Ledge off of the coast on July 3rd. Also present were a few SOOTY SHEARWATERS and GREAT SHEARWATERS, as well as numerous WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS.

2 ARCTIC TERNS were seen from Star Island in the Isles of Shoals on June 28th.

A pair of LEAST TERNS and a pair of PIPING PLOVERS were reported from Hampton Beach on July 3rd.

3 NORTHERN GANNETS, and 2 GLOSSY IBIS were seen flying off of the coast on July 3rd.

8 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from North Pack Monadnock and 2 were reported from Mount Monadnock, all on July 2nd.

14 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on June 30th, and 8 were reported from the Cemetery Fields in Amherst on July 2nd.

PURPLE MARTIN sightings during the past week included 11 at coastal sites on July 2nd, and 8 at the FunSpot in Laconia on July 1st.

A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in Lyman on June 28th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from the Douglas Brook wetlands off of Bear Notch Road in Bartlett on July 3rd.

At least 15 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were reported from the north slopes of Mount Adams on July 2nd.

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. 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.

June 28, 2016

A FOX SPARROW was reported from Tripoli Road in Livermore on June 24th.

A FOX SPARROW was reported from Tripoli Road in Livermore on June 24th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, June 27th, 2016.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen in treetops located near the boat launch at the end of Piscassic Street in Newmarket on June 25th.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and they were most recently reported on June 26th. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was reported from Bennett Road near Route 108 in Durham on June 23rd.

A REDHEAD was discovered at the Lancaster Wastewater Treatment Plant on June 18th, and has been seen there numerous times since then. It was last reported on the 24th.

A SURF SCOTER was seen on Ossipee Lake on June 22nd.

3 CORY’S SHEARWATERS were seen at Jeffrey’s Ledge off of the coast on June 26th.

A pair of LEAST TERNS (with a chick), and a pair of PIPING PLOVERS (with at least 1 chick) were all reported from Hampton Beach on June 21st.

2 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from New Hampshire Audubon’s dePierrefeu-Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Antrim on June 25th.

A FOX SPARROW was reported from Tripoli Road in Livermore on June 24th.

5 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from Cemetery Fields in Amherst, and 5 were reported from the Manchester landfill, all on June 22nd.

A MOURNING WARBLER, a PHILADELPHIA VIREO, a WILSON’S SNIPE, a PIED-BILLED GREBE, and 5 GRAY JAYS were reported from Scott Bog Road, and 3 MOURNING WARBLERS, a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, 5 BOREAL CHICKADEES, 3 GRAY JAYS, a BLACKPOLL WARBLER, a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and 4 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were reported from East Inlet Road, all in Pittsburg on June 25th and 26th.

A female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, a GRAY JAY and 2 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were reported by a hiker on the Caps Ridge Trail in Jefferson on June 26th.

4 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were reported from Cannon Mountain on June 26th.

A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were reported from Pickering Ponds in Rochester on June 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. 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.

June 21, 2016

4 AMERICAN PIPITS, 4 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES, a FOX SPARROW, and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were all reported from the Mount Washington Auto Road on June 19th

4 AMERICAN PIPITS, 4 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES, a FOX SPARROW, and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were all reported from the Mount Washington Auto Road on June 19th

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, June 20th, 2016.

4 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen in treetops located near the boat launch at the end of Piscassic Street in Newmarket on June 18th.

A REDHEAD was seen at the Lancaster Wastewater Treatment Plant on June 18th, 19th, and 20th.

A pair of LEAST TERNS, and a pair of PIPING PLOVERS (with 3 chicks!) were all reported from Hampton Beach on June 19th.

2 LAUGHING GULLS, 2 ROSEATE TERNS, and 23 GREAT EGRETS were all seen in Hampton Harbor on June 19th.

4 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at the FunSpot in Laconia on June 17th, and 6 were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on the 20th.

A pair of EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Derry on June 18th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen on the trail to Little Cherry Pond and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen at Cherry Pond, both at New Hampshire Audubon’s Pondicherry Wildlife Sanctuary on June 18th.

A pair of BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS and 3 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from the trail between Mounts Starr King and Waumbek in Jefferson on June 18th, and a female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen by a hiker on Mount Willey in Crawford Notch on the 18th.

4 AMERICAN PIPITS, 4 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES, a FOX SPARROW, and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were all reported from the Mount Washington Auto Road on June 19th, and a FOX SPARROW was reported from Magalloway Mountain Road in Pittsburg on June 16th.

6 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were reported from Cannon Mountain on June 18th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from along Hurd Hill Road in Lyman on June 18th and 20th.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and they were most recently reported on June 12th. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

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. 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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The quickest way to alert other birders to something unusual is through the NH.Birds e-mail list where people post and receive sightings instantly. For more information on subscribing and posting, click here.

If you cannot use NH.Birds, e-mail your unusual sighting to birdsetc@nhaudubon.org and our Volunteer Naturalists will pass it along as they are able.

Your sightings are also important for bird conservation. You can contribute to the state’s knowledge of birds by entering your sightings in NH eBird. It’s easy to set up an account and then you’re ready to start. eBird is also a great way for you to keep track of your personal sightings. The data forms the basis for the New Hampshire Bird Records publication about birds and birding in New Hampshire.