Rare Bird Alert

November 8, 2017

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

10 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on the coast and a few were reported from inland locations during the past week.

10 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on the coast and a few were reported from inland locations during the past week.

A CAVE SWALLOW was seen at Bicentennial Park in Hampton on November 4th.

A WHITE-EYED VIREO and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 5th, and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen there on the 4th.

4 SANDHILL CRANES were phootgraphed flying over Epping on October 31st.

3 CATTLE EGRETS continue to be seen at Flint Farm in Milan, and were last reported on November 5th. Another CATTLE EGRET was seen foraging in cornfields at Krif Road in Keene on the 3rd.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen flying over cornfields at Krif Road in Keene on November 2nd, 1 was seen at coastal dunes in Seabrook on the 4th, and 1 was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 4th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen flying over Portsmouth on October 31st.

A juvenile COMMON GALLINULE was seen at Upper Suncook Lake in Barnstead on November 3rd.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen near the north end of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 5th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL, an ICELAND GULL, and a LAUGHING GULL were seen migrating south along the coast on November 5th. There was also a report of a GLAUCOUS GULL in Hampton Marsh on the 5th.

3 SWANS of undetermined species were seen flying south along the Contoocook River in Concord on October 31st.

A DICKCISSEL was seen with HOUSE SPARROWS near the train tracks next to Parking Lot A at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, and 1 was seen at Great Bay Farm in Greenland, both on November 3rd.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was seen at Rye Harbor on October 31st, and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen in Rochester on November 2nd.

A flock of 5 DUNLIN was seen flying near Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on November 1st.

2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at World End Pond in Salem on November 4th, 1 was seen at Turkey Pond in Concord on the 4th, 1 was seen at Upper Suncook Lake in Barnstead on the 4th, and 1 was seen in Rochester on the 3rd.

A KILLDEER was seen at White’s Farm in Concord on November 5th.

An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was seen migrating off of the coast on November 5th, 1 was seen in Concord on the 4th, and 1 was seen in Pittsfield on October 31st.

2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen in Hampton Harbor on November 4th. A LESSER YELLOWLEGS was seen in Hampton Marsh, and a SEMIPAMATED SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton Harbor, both on November 5th.

A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen on the Connecticut River in North Walpole on October 31st.

A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale, and 1 was seen on Dublin Lake, both on November 1st.

12 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen on Cherry Pond in Jefferson, 7 were seen on Spofford Lake in Chesterfield, and 6 were seen on Wilson Pond in Swanzey, all on November 2nd.

A flock of 14 BLACK SCOTERS was seen flying over Concord on November 4th.

2 RUDDY DUCKS were seen on Wilson Pond in Swanzey on November 2nd.

7 PIED-BILLED GREBES were seen on Cherry Pond in Jefferson on November 4th, and 6 were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on the 1st.

A flock of 12 BRANT was seen on October 31st, and a flock of 28 was seen on November 1st, all migrating south over Concord. A few sightings of 1-2 individuals were reported from various locations on the same dates.

A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in Seabrook on November 1st, and a GREAT EGRET was seen in Hampton on the 5th.

A flock of 6 RED CROSSBILLS was seen at Black Pond in Windsor on October 31st.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was reported from Penacook on November 5th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen at Adams Point in Durham on November 3rd, and a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was seen in Dover on November 1st.

A NASHVILLE WARBLER was seen in Concord, and a YELLOW WARBLER and a BLACKPOLL WARBLER were seen in Hampton, all on November 4th. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER and a PINE WARBLER were reported from Concord on November 5th.

2 PALM WARBLERS were seen in Concord on November 4th, and 1 was seen in Seabrook on the 3rd.

A SORA was seen in Dixville on October 27th.

A MARSH WREN was reported from Turtle Pond in Concord on November 4th.

An INDIGO BUNTING was seen in Greenland on November 3rd and 4th.

Late migrating species reported during the past week include: RED-EYED VIREO, GRAY CATBIRD, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, EASTERN PHOEBE, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, FOX SPARROW, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, and FIELD SPARROW.

A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen in Keene, and a flock of 8 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen in Sandwich, all on November 6th.

A flock of about 40 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was seen at Powwow Pond in East Kingston on November 5th. A possible PINE GROSBEAK was also reported from here on the 5th.

A flock of 28 TURKEY VULTURES was seen in Wilton on November 3rd.

RAPTOR migration monitoring will be drawing to a close in mid-November, but raptors are still being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord. Pack Monadnock has reported over 11,346 raptors and Carter Hill has reported over 6,065 raptors, all since September 1st. The majority of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have already passed by, but there are still PEREGRINE FALCONS, NORTHERN HARRIERS, SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, and BALD EAGLES being seen. The most unusual sightings so far are 3 GOLDEN EAGLES and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. Be sure to visit these New HampshireAudubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts!

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

October 30, 2017

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Carter Hill in Concord on October 24th, 2017. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

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

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Carter Hill in Concord on October 24th.

A TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was discovered and photographed on the summit of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on October 28th.

3 CATTLE EGRETS were seen at Flint Farm in Milan on October 25th, and 1 was photographed there on the 26th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on October 27th. Also present was a VESPER SPARROW, a FIELD SPARROW, a flock of 76 AMERICAN PIPITS, and a flock of 40 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, a BLACKPOLL WARBLER, a PALM WARBLER, and a RED-EYED VIREO were seen at the south end of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 29th, and a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, and a YELLOW WARBLER were seen in Hampton on the 28th.

2 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 7 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, 3 GREAT SHEARWATERS, a MANX SHEARWATER, 1,591 NORTHERN GANNETS, 4 LAUGHING GULLS, and a SNOW BUNTING were observed migrating south along the coast in Hampton on October 24th.

6 BRANT, 440 BLACK SCOTERS, 281 RED-THROATED LOONS, 7,158 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, 4 RAZORBILLS, 4 BLACK GUILLEMOTS, a LAUGHING GULL, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 3 CASPIAN TERNS, and

2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were observed migrating south along the coast in Hampton on October 29th.

2 juvenile COMMON GALLINULES, 9 AMERICAN COOT, an AMERICAN WIGEON, 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS, and 2 GREATER SCAUP were reported from Eel Pond in Rye multiple times during the past week.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, and 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS were reported from Hampton on October 28th.

A GREAT CORMORANT and a DUNLIN were seen at the Wilder Dam on the Connecticut River on October 29th, and 3 BLACK SCOTERS were seen in this area on the 27th.

An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was heard in North Hampton on October 28th.

RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord. Pack Monadnock has reported over 11,296
raptors and Carter Hill has reported over 5,862 raptors, all since September 1st. The majority of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have already passed by, but there are still good numbers of SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS,
RED-TAILED HAWKS, and BALD EAGLES to be seen. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts!

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

October 17, 2017

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

A family of SANDHILL CRANES consisting of 2 adults and 1 juvenile continues to be seen along Plains Road in Monroe and was last reported on October 14th. 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying in Grafton near the Connecticut River on October 11th, and 1 was seen near Viels Farm stand in Strafford on the 9th.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen migrating over Bethlehem on October 12th, and 1 was seen migrating south along the coast on the 16th.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen migrating over Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on October 11th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Westmoreland on October 14th, and a kettle of 27 TURKEY VULTURES was seen flying over Exeter on the 14th.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen along the Boy Scout Trail at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 12th, and 1 was seen at NH Audubon’s Dahl Sanctuary in Conway on October 13th and 14th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 15th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on October 12th, 1 was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 12th, and 1 was seen at Witch Island in Hampton on the 11th.

A NELSON’S SPARROW was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on October 15th, 1 was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on the 12th, and 20 were counted in Hampton Marsh on the 15th.

A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen at Goss Farm in Rye on October 15th.

A DICKCISSEL was seen at Goss Farm in Rye on October 12th, and 1 was seen in Ashland on the 10th.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on October 12th.

A flock of 20 RED CROSSBILLS was seen along Route 26 in Cambridge near Maine on October 10th. 28 RED CROSSBILLS and several WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on the 12th. A RED CROSSBILL was reported from the summit of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on the 11th.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen off of Little Boar’s Head in North Hampton on October 14th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen near the north end of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 14th.

A COMMON TERN was seen on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro on October 15th, and 2 were seen in Hampton Harbor on the 14th.

60 CORY’S SHEARWATERS and 7 GREAT SHEARWATERS were seen off of the coast at Hampton Beach State Park on October 14th.

Over 2,100 NORTHERN GANNETS were counted migrating south off the coast on October 15th.

An adult male EURASIAN WIGEON continues to be seen in the southeast part of Great Bay, and was last reported on October 13th.

A flock of 40 SNOW GEESE was seen migrating south over Lyme on October 16th.

Inland reports of SCOTERS during the past week included 63 BLACK SCOTERS and 6 SURF SCOTERS on Cherry Pond in Jefferson on October 12th, and 4 BLACK SCOTERS and 1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER on Squam Lake on the 12th.

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen at the Wilder Dam on the Connecticut River on October 13th, and 1 was reported from Lovell Lake in Sanbornville on the 15th.

At least 1 RAZORBILL and 2 BLACK GUILLEMOTS were seen off the coast during the past week.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was seen flying near the Concord Airport on October 10th.

Over 100 AMERICAN PIPITS were counted at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on October 12th.

A flock of 9 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was seen at Dodge Pond in Lyman on October 12th, and a few were reported from Carter Hill in Concord on the 14th.

A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was heard in Sandwich on October 12th.

RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord. Pack Monadnock has reported over 11,014 raptors and Carter Hill has reported over 5,343 raptors, all since September 1st. The majority of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have already passed by, but there are still good numbers of AMERICAN KESTRELS, SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, COOPER’S HAWKS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, OSPREYS, and BALD EAGLES to be seen. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts!

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

October 10, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 9th, 2017.

4 NORTHERN FULMARS, a GREAT SHEARWATER, 2 RED-THROATED LOONS, and 47 BRANT were seen along the coast on October 7th. Several CORY’S SHEARWATERS, GREAT SHEARWATERS, and a SOOTY SHEARWATER were seen by birders on a Granite State Whale Watch cruise on October 6th.

2 CASPIAN TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor on October 4th, and 6 were seen along the coast on October 7th.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at Hampton Harbor on October 4th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen near the north end of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 3rd.

60 LAUGHING GULLS were seen along the coast, mostly in Rye, and 250 NORTHERN GANNETS were seen along the coast in Seabrook, all on October 6th.

A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was photographed at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on October 7th, but has not been relocated.

Shorebirds of note that were seen along the coast during the past week included: a RED KNOT, a WHIMBREL, an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER.

A GLOSSY IBIS was seen in North Sandwich on October 7th, and 1 was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 6th.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen in Hampton Marsh on October 6th.

A SANDHILL CRANE was heard vocalizing in flight over Hanover Center Road in Hanover on October 8th.

On the weekend of September 30th and October 1st, a group of birders visited Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, and reported the following highlights: a WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, a LARK SPARROW, a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, a DICKCISSEL, an AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

A BLACK GUILLEMOT was seen in Rye Harbor during the past week.

A RUDDY DUCK, and several BLACK SCOTERS and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were reported from Cherry Pond in Jefferson on October 8th.

A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen on Lake Umbagog in Errol on October 7th.

A pair of FISH CROWS was reported from Durham on October 4th.

2 DICKCISSELS were seen with a flock of sparrows along the Cheshire Rail Trail behind the Kohl’s near the pedestrian bridge in Keene on October 3rd, and 1 was relocated there on the 4th. 2 DICKCISSELS were seen at Goss Farm in Rye on the 7th, 1 was seen at Great Bay Farm in Greenland on the 4th, 1 was seen at Hawkin’s Farm in Salem on the 4th, 1 was seen along River Road in Stratham on the 4th, 1 was seen at Silver Doe Lane in Merrimack on the 4th, 1 was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on the 7th, and 1 was seen in Barnstead on the 7th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen in Sandwich on October 7th, 1 was seen in Bradford on the 6th, 1 was seen in Durham on the 5th 1 was seen in Barnstead on the 5th, 2 were seen at Great Bay Farm in Greenland on the 4th, 1 was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on the 4th, and 2 were seen at Goss Farm in Rye on the 3rd.

A NELSON’S SPARROW was seen in Hampton Marsh behind Little Jack’s restaurant on Route 1A in Hampton on October 7th.

3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen at the coast in Hampton on October 7th.

3 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen several times at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye during the past week. Most sightings were from the Boy Scout Trail that starts near the south end of the parking lot and connects to the roadside bicycle path.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen along the Boy Scout Trail at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 8th. Other songbirds reported at Odiorne on October 7th and 8th included a female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, a PRAIRIE WARBLER, a WILSON’S WARBLER, a BLACKPOLL WARBLER, 3 AMERICAN REDSTARTS, and a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER.

There were only a few reports of migrating warblers during the past week. Highlights included WILSON’S WARBLERS, PALM WARBLERS, CAPE MAY WARBLERS, TENNESSEE WARBLERS, and BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS.

4 RED CROSSBILLS were seen near Black Pond in Windsor on October 5th, 2 RED CROSSBILLS were seen on Mountain Road in Lempster on the 3rd, and 2 were seen at Bradford Bog in Bradford on the 3rd.

A flock of more than 10 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on October 5th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from Conway on October 3rd.

A late-migrating CHIMNEY SWIFT was reported from Rye on October 5th.

RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord. Pack Monadnock has reported over 10,366 raptors and Carter Hill has reported over 4,877 raptors, all since September 1st. The majority of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have already passed by, but there are still good numbers of AMERICAN KESTRELS, SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, OSPREYS, and BALD EAGLES to be seen. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts!

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

October 4, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 2nd, 2017.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen with some CANADA GEESE along Hackett Hill Road in Hooksett on September 28, 2017, but has not been relocated. Public domain image.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen with some CANADA GEESE along Hackett Hill Road in Hooksett on September 28th but has not been relocated.

2 CASPIAN TERNS were seen off the coast from Rye Harbor State Park, and 5 CORY’S SHEARWATERS were seen in offshore waters, all on October 1st.

An immature male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the southeast part of Great Bay on September 22nd and again on the 27th.

A juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and 5 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in dunes along Route 1A in Seabrook on September 27th.

An AMERICAN BITTERN and a GREAT EGRET were seen at Long Pond in Henniker on September 27th.

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen at the Wilder Dam on the Connecticut River in Lebanon on October 1st.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on Canobie Lake in Salem on September 27th.

A BELL’S VIREO was seen at the Concord Community Gardens on Birch Street in Concord on October 1st and 2nd, and a DICKCISSEL was seen here on the 1st.

A DICKCISSEL was seen with a flock of sparrows along the Cheshire Rail Trail behind the Kohl’s at the eastern end of the pedestrian bridge in Keene on October 2nd.

A LARK SPARROW was seen at West Locke Road in Concord on September 25th and 26th. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen here on the 26th.

A LARK SPARROW was seen at River Road in Stratham on October 1st.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Goss Farm in Rye on October 1st.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at the coast in Rye on September 29th.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen in Hampton on September 29th.

2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on September 29th.

Reports of migrating mixed-species flocks of WARBLERS continued during the past week. Highlights included WILSON’S WARBLERS, CAPE MAY WARBLERS, TENNESSEE WARBLERS, and BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in Lyman on September 25th.

2 RED CROSSBILLS were seen along Baker Road in North Sutton on September 26th.

A female RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was seen in Henniker on October 1st.

A flock of about 36 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS was seen along the Bearcamp River Trail located at the end of Diamond Ledge Road in Sandwich on October 1st.

A flock of about 35 AMERICAN PIPITS was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis, and a flock of 10 was seen at Rye Harbor State Park, all on October 1st.

A flock of 18 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was seen at the NH Audubon Thompson Wildlife Sanctuary in Sandwich on September 30th, and a SORA was heard here on the 25th.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen by hawk watchers at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough on October 1st.

RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord. Pack Monadnock has reported over 10,244 raptors and Carter Hill has reported over 4,691 raptors, all since September 1st. The majority of the raptors being seen at this time in the season are BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, but there are also good numbers of SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, OSPREYS, and BALD EAGLES. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts!

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

September 27, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, September 25th, 2017.

Birders on a Granite State Whale Watch cruise out of Rye Harbor on September 24, 2017 reported 20 SURF SCOTERS. Photo from Wikicommons.

Birders on a Granite State Whale Watch cruise out of Rye Harbor on September 24th reported: 20 SURF SCOTERS, a COMMON LOON, 3 NORTHERN FULMARS, 3 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, a GREAT SHEARWATER, 8 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS, 40 NORTHERN GANNETS, 3 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, and 2 BONAPARTE’S GULLS.

2 NORTHERN FULMARS, and 4 CASPIAN TERNS were seen off the coast at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 23rd.

2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and 8 LAUGHING GULLS were seen at Jenness Beach in Rye on September 19th, and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the north end of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 23rd.

An immature male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the southeast part of Great Bay on September 22nd.

A BLACK SCOTER was seen at Chocorua Lake in Tamworth on September 22nd.

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, and 4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 20th. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are 7:30am-3pm on weekdays. If you visit, please check in at the office and be out of the plant by 2:45pm so that plant personnel do not have to ask birders to leave. Do not drive on the dikes and do not block the road. The Trails at Pickering Ponds, located east of the plant, are not gated, and are always open during daylight hours.

A WESTERN SANDPIPER, 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, and 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 19th.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, and 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at World End Pond in Salem on September 21st, 5 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 23rd. The plant is only open on weekends, and only when workers are not present.

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen in Rye Harbor on September 24th.

A juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and 4 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in dunes along Route 1A in Seabrook on September 24th, and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the Nashua River in Nashua on the 23rd.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen near Mines Falls Park in Nashua on September 23rd, and 2 GREAT EGRETS were seen on the Connecticut River in Monroe on the 20th.

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen at the Wilder Dam on the Connecticut River in Lebanon, and 3 were seen on the Androscoggin River in Shelburne, all on September 22nd.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in fields along Rollins Road in Rollinsford on September 20th.

A WHITE-EYED VIREO was seen along the Boy Scout Trail at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 22nd.

A DICKCISSEL, a YELLOW WARBLER, and a PRAIRIE WARBLER were reported from the Strafford County Farm Complex in Dover on September 18th.

A DICKCISSEL and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW were reported from Great Bay Farm in Greenland on September 19th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on September 21st.

A NELSON’S SPARROW and a SALTMARSH SPARROW were seen together adjacent to pools on the west side of Route 1A south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 23rd.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on September 21st.

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

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at World End Pond in Salem on September 22nd.

5 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Springfield on September 23rd, and 1 was reported from Pittsfield on the 21st.

A flock of 75 FISH CROWS was reported from Manchester on September 20th.

RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord. Pack Monadnock has reported over 9,848 raptors and Carter Hill has reported over 4,523 raptors, all since September 1st. The majority of the raptors being seen at this time in the season are BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, but there are also good numbers of SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, OSPREYS, and BALD EAGLES. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts!

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

September 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, and 14 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 15th. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are 7:30-3:00 on weekdays. If you visit, please check in at the office and be out of the plant by 2:45 so that plant personnel do not have to ask birders to leave. Do not drive on the dikes and do not block the road. The Trails at Pickering Ponds, located east of the plant, are not gated, and are always open during daylight hours.

2 juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and 8 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in dunes along Route 1A in Seabrook on September 16th.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

September 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A STILT SANDPIPER, and a GLOSSY IBIS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 5th. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are 7:30am-3pm on weekdays. If you visit, please check in at the office and be out of the plant by 2:45pm so that plant personnel do not have to ask birders to leave. Do not drive on the dikes and do not block the road. The Trails at Pickering Ponds, located east of the plant, are not gated, and are always open during daylight hours.

An AMERICAN COOT was reported from Hampton on September 9th, and 1 was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on the 11th.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

September 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

August 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 28th, and a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen here on the 27th. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are 7:30-3:00 on weekdays. If you visit, please check in at the office and be out of the plant by 2:45 so that plant personnel do not have to ask birders to leave. Do not drive on the dikes and do not block the road. The Trails at Pickering Ponds, located east of the plant, are not gated, and are always open during daylight hours. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at the Pickering Ponds on August 28th.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

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