Rare Bird Alert

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.

 

November 17, 2014

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, November 11th, 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 9th.

 

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 during the past week. They were most recently reported from near Hampton Beach State Park on November 11th.

 

A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen near the public boat launch at Adams Point in Durham on November 10th and 11th.

 

A possible WESTERN TANAGER was reported from near Memorial Hall on the Plymouth State University campus on November 5th.

 

A LARK SPARROW was seen near the Edelhab unit near the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 8th.

 

A DICKCISSEL was seen at the Fort Eddy gardens, located in the field with the large sycamore on November 8th and 9th.

 

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen with 150 AMERICAN WIGEONS, and a NORTHERN PINTAIL on the Greenland side of Great Bay on November 8th.

 

A SNOWY OWL was seen on the Seabrook side of the entrance to Hampton Harbor, and a SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Hampton Beach State Park, both on November 8th.

 

2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen in fields at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on November 10th.

 

9 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen in coastal Hampton on November 9th, and a WILSON’S SNIPE was seen in Hampton Marsh on the 9th.

 

An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 10th.

 

11 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen on the coast in Hampton on November 9th.

 

8 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen from the top of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on November 6th.

 

A flock of an estimated 450 SNOW BUNTINGS, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR, an AMERICAN PIPIT, and 2 HORNED LARKS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on November 11th.

 

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 150 HORNED LARKS, 2 KILLDEER, and a VESPER SPARROW were seen at Morrill’s Farm in Penacook on November 9th.

 

A male GADWALL, 7 AMERICAN COOTS, and 3 late-migrating TREE SWALLOWS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on November 11th. A RUDDY DUCK was seen here on the 8th.

 

5 RUDDY DUCKS, 4 HORNED GREBES, and an AMERICAN COOT were all seen on Great Bay from the Discovery Center in Greenland on November 8th.

 

2 HORNED GREBES and a PIED-BILLED GREBE were seen on Spofford Lake in Chesterfield on November 9th.

 

3 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 38 AMERICAN WIGEONS, and 237 RED-THROATED LOONS were tallied migrating south along the coast in Hampton on November 9th.

 

A pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS was reported from Concord on November 11th.

 

A PEREGRINE FALCON and a GREAT EGRET were seen in Seabrook Marsh on November 9th.

 

A BLACKPOLL WARBLER was seen in Greenland on November 8th, and a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen in Hampton on November 9th.

 

A PALM WARBLER, and a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER were seen in Penacook on November 9th.

 

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

 

Fall season RAPTOR migration continues with migrating raptors being counted daily at hawk-watching sites. To date, the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough has counted over 13,400 raptors, the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord has counted over 6,800 raptors, and hawk-watchers on Little Round Top in Bristol have seen over 2,700 raptors. Of particular note was a GOLDEN EAGLE seen on November 7th, and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK seen on November 8th, both from Pack Monadnock. Be sure to visit these viewing sites this fall season to help out with the counts! Pack Monadnock and Carter Hill will be staffed by NH Audubon through November 15th. Although flights of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have passed, there are still many more raptors to be counted.

 

An estimated 50,000 BLACKBIRDS were reported from the Great Bog in Portsmouth on November 10th.

 

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

 

Thanks very much and good birding.

 

 

November 5, 2014

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, November 4th, 2014.

 

A flock of 11 CATTLE EGRETS was reported from South Road in Candia on October 29th, but they have not been reported again.

 

A female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen from Portsmouth Avenue in Seabrook on October 30th, a male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen from Hooksett Street in Seabrook on October 31st, and a male was seen near Ocean Drive in Seabrook on November 4th. An adult male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen in Durham on October 29th, but was not seen again.

 

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen migrating south over Sandwich on November 2nd.

 

A first-winter ICELAND GULL was seen from Front Park on Lake Massabesic in Auburn on October 31st and November 2nd, and 1 was seen at Ragged Neck in Rye on November 2nd. An ICELAND GULL was also seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on November 4th.

 

A LAUGHING GULL was seen at coastal Rye on November 2nd.

 

A WORM-EATING WARBLER was reported from the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth on October 29th, but was not relocated.

 

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 30th.

 

Late-migrating WARBLERS seen during the past week included an OVENBIRD in Concord on November 2nd, a TENNESSEE WARBLER in Hancock on October 31st, a NASHVILLE WARBLER in Concord on November 4th, a PINE WARBLER in Salem on November 4th, a PALM WARBLER in Sandwich on November 2nd, and a PALM WARBLER in Concord on October 31st.

 

A flock of 8 RED CROSSBILLS was reported from atop Little Round Top mountain in Bristol on October 28th.

 

80 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on November 1st, 38 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on November 4th, 2 SNOW BUNTINGS were reported from atop Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on October 28th, and 4 were seen on Mount Cardigan in Orange on October 30th.

 

2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen at Ragged Neck in Rye on November 1st.

 

A pair of EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in New London on October 31st, a female EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in Plainfield on November 1st, and an EVENING GROSBEAK was heard flying over in Pittsfield on November 4th.

 

A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was heard in Penacook on October 28th, and again on November 1st.

 

4 LESSER YELLOWLEGS were seen at Hampton Marsh on November 1st.

 

2 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were reported from Ellsworth on November 2nd, and 1 was seen in Concord on November 1st.

 

2 RAZORBILLS and a BLACK GUILLEMOT were seen on the coast on November 1st.

 

A BRANT was seen migrating south on the coast on November 1st.

 

2 RED-NECKED GREBES and a GREATER SCAUP were reported from Newfound Lake on October 28th.

 

12 BLACK SCOTERS and a LONG-TAILED DUCK were seen at Potanipo Pond in Brookline on November 1st, and a SURF SCOTER and a LONG-TAILED DUCK were seen in Concord on November 1st. 21 BLACK SCOTERS were seen on Post Pond in Lyme on October 31st.

 

52 BUFFLEHEADS were tallied on Squam Lake on November 2nd.

 

A GREAT EGRET was seen in Rye on November 1st.

 

A PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen on Powder Mill Pond in Hancock on October 31st, and again on November 2nd.

 

An AMERICAN COOT, 21 RUDDY DUCKS, a NORTHERN PINTAIL, 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, a KILLDEER, and 10 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on October 28th. 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.

 

4 AMERICAN COOTS were reported from World End Pond in Salem on November 4th.

 

A LESSER SCAUP and 11 RUDDY DUCKS were reported from Canobie Lake in Salem on November 4th.

 

10 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen in Hancock on October 31st.

 

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

 

Fall season RAPTOR migration continues with migrating raptors being counted daily at hawk-watching sites. To date, the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough has counted over 13,300 raptors, the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord has counted over 6,700 raptors, and hawk-watchers on Little Round Top in Bristol have seen over 2,700 raptors. Of particular note was a GOLDEN EAGLE seen on October 30th, and a GOLDEN EAGLE seen on November 2nd, both from Pack Monadnock. Be sure to visit these viewing sites this fall season to help out with the counts! Pack Monadnock and Carter Hill will be staffed by NH Audubon through mid-November.. Although peak flights of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have mainly passed, there are still many more raptors to be counted.

 

An estimated 50,000 BLACKBIRDS were reported from the Great Bog in Portsmouth on October 30th.

 

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.

 

October 16, 2014

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, October 15th, 2014.

 

A NORTHERN WHEATEAR was seen and photographed in Warner on October 12th, and another was seen and photographed in Nashua on October 10th. Neither bird has been relocated.

 

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen was seen at the Concord Community Gardens on Birch Street, off of Clinton Street, on October 5th, 6th, 9th, 11th, and 13th.

 

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were both reported from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 12th.

 

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the old Kingston Fairgrounds on Green Road on October 13th, one was seen near the Strafford County Complex in Dover on the 11th, one was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 11th, and 2 were seen at Odiorne Point State Park on the 12th.

 

10 RED CROSSBILLS were seen from the bridge on Chocorua Lake Road at the south end of Lake Chocorua in Tamworth, and 2 were reported from the south end of Bear Notch Road in the White Mountains, all on October 13th.

 

A probable GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 12th, and a probable DICKCISSEL was reported from fields along North Pepperell Road in Hollis on October 10th.

 

3 STILT SANDPIPERS were seen in Hampton Marsh behind Little Jack’s restaurant along Route 1A on October 13th and 15th, and a WHIMBREL was seen in Seabrook on October 8th.

 

6 RUDDY DUCKS, 37 TURKEY VULTURES, an AMERICAN COOT, 5 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and 34 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on October 9th, and 8 RUDDY DUCKS, a GADWALL, 3 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, and a LEAST SANDPIPER were seen here on the 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.

 

5 RUDDY DUCKS, 2 AMERICAN COOTS, and 2 DUNLIN were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on October 11th.

 

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in Rumney on October 9th.

 

16 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, and 11 GREAT EGRETS were seen in Hampton Harbor on October 12th.

 

A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen in the Connecticut River in Westmoreland on October 13th.

 

5 AMERICAN PIPITS and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD were seen at the Pondicherry Audubon Sanctuary in Jefferson on October 12th.

 

A flock of over 100 AMERICAN PIPITS was reported from the Tomapo Farm fields on Storrs Hill in Lebanon on October 8th.

 

An unidentified “white-colored” HUMMINGBIRD was reported from Rye on October 7th.

 

Several PIED-BILLED GREBES and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were reported during the past week from scattered locations.

 

There were several reports of AMERICAN WOODCOCK sightings during the past week, including some vocalizing.

 

130 PINE SISKINS were tallied atop Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on October 14th, and 80 were counted at Cherry Pond in Jefferson on October 12th. Smaller flocks were reported from numerous locations during the past week.

 

An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was heard in Manchester on October 10th.

 

2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen in Hampton on October 11th.

 

15 TURKEY VULTURES were seen roosting in trees along Salmon Street in Newmarket on October 12th.

 

Fall season RAPTOR migration continues with migrating raptors being counted daily at hawk-watching sites. To date, the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough has counted over 12,750 raptors, the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord has counted over 6,000 raptors, and hawk-watchers on Little Round Top in Bristol have seen over 2,700 raptors. Of particular note was a GOLDEN EAGLE seen from Pack Monadnock on October 8th. Be sure to visit these viewing sites this fall season to help out with the counts! Pack Monadnock and Carter Hill will be staffed by NH Audubon through the end of October. Although peak flights of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have mainly passed, there are still many more raptors to be counted.

 

This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909. 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.

 

 

October 16, 2014

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, October 7th, 2014.

 

A brown-plumaged BLUE GROSBEAK was seen at the Concord Community Gardens on Birch Street, off of Clinton Street, on October 5th and 6th. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen here on October 7th.

 

A TRICOLORED HERON was seen in Bedford on October 7th, but it was not relocated.

 

A male and a female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD originally reported from Seabrook on September 29th were seen again at the coast on October 3rd.

 

A CASPIAN TERN and an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER were seen migrating along the coast on October 1st.

 

2 CASPIAN TERNS, a RAZORBILL, a WHIMBREL, 5 LAUGHING GULLS, and 141 GREAT BLUE HERONS were seen migrating along the coast on October 2nd.

 

2 PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen off of the coast in Rye on October 1st.

 

An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Eel Pond in Rye on October 4th.

 

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen and photographed at Bound Rock Park on Seabrook Beach on October 6th.

 

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in Sandwich, and a TENNESSEE WARBLER was seen in Ashland, both on October 1st.

 

There were numerous RUSTY BLACKBIRD sightings reported during the past week, including a flock of 30 seen at World End Pond in Salem, and a flock of 12 in Concord, all on October 6th.

 

18 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and 29 GREAT EGRETS were seen in Hampton Harbor on October 1st, and a GREAT EGRET was seen at World End Pond in Salem on October 6th.

 

Several PIED-BILLED GREBES were reported during the past week from scattered locations.

 

A flock of mixed SCOTER species was seen at Front Park on Lake Massabesic on October 1st. The flock size was estimated at over 150 birds and consisted of mainly BLACK SCOTERS and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, with a few SURF SCOTERS.

 

12 BLACK SCOTERS were seen on Cherry Pond in Jefferson on October 2nd. A single WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was reported from Lake Sunapee on October 5th, and a single SURF SCOTER was seen on the Connecticut River near Hanover on the 1st.

 

118 WOOD DUCKS were reported from NH Audubon’s Thompson Refuge in Sandwich on September 30th.

 

A RED-THROATED LOON was seen in Hampton Harbor on October 4th.

 

A GREAT CORMORANT was reported from the coast on October 3rd, and 100 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were seen roosting at Meredith Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee on October 3rd.

 

A few late-migrating RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS were seen visiting birdfeeders as late as October 2nd, and from as far north as Lyman.

 

A GRAY JAY and 3 BOREAL CHICKADEES were reported from the Signal Ridge trail at Mount Carrigain in the White Mountains on October 3rd. At least 1 BOREAL CHICKADEE was seen on Wildcat A from the Nineteen Mile Brook trail on October 1st.

 

5 juvenile BALD EAGLES were seen together at the Pontook Reservoir in Dummer on October 6th.

 

Fall season RAPTOR migration continues with migrating raptors being counted daily at hawk-watching sites. To date, the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough has counted over 12,500 raptors, the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord has counted over 5,700 raptors, and hawk-watchers on Little Round Top in Bristol have seen over 2,700 raptors. Of particular note was 8 PEREGRINE FALCONS seen from Carter Hill on September 29th. Be sure to visit these viewing sites this fall season to help out with the counts! Pack Monadnock and Carter Hill will be staffed by NH Audubon through the end of October. Although peak flights of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have mainly passed, there are still many more raptors to be counted.

 

This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909. 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.

 

 

October 3, 2014

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, September 30th, 2014.

 

A male and a female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD were seen with a flock of BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS near Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on September 29th.

 

6 CASPIAN TERNS, 10 LAUGHING GULLS, and 18 PEREGRINE FALCONS were tallied migrating along the coast on September 29th.

 

A MANX SHEARWATER was seen along the coast in Rye on September 29th, and an unidentified JAEGER was seen along the coast on the 30th.

 

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen near Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 25th, 1 was seen at Ragged Neck in Rye on the 29th, and 1 was seen migrating along the coast on the 29th.

 

A DICKCISSEL was seen along River Road in Stratham on September 25th.

 

A LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in Hampton Harbor on September 29th.

 

4 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in Hampton Harbor on September 29th, and an AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at Sherman Farm in Conway on the 30th.

 

A NELSON’S SPARROW was seen at Hawkin’s Farm in Salem on September 30th.

 

A SORA was seen in Concord and 1 was seen in Kingston, both on September 26th.

 

A COMMON TERN and a RUDDY DUCK were seen on Canobie Lake in Salem on September 28th.

 

3 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on Squam Lake on September 28th.

 

5 BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen on World End Pond in Salem on September 28th.

 

4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, a LESSER YELLOWLEGS, a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 2 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, a SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and 15 KILLDEER were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 30th. 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 BAY-BREASTED WARBLER was seen in Sandwich on September 26th, and a TENNESSEE WARBLER was seen in Concord on the 27th.

 

2 WILSON’S WARBLERS were seen in Ashland on September 24th, and a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was seen in Ashland on the 25th.

 

A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was seen and photographed while perched on a windowsill on the Sherman Adams building atop Mount Washington on September 28th. To see a photo, navigate to the Mount Washington Observatory page on Facebook.

 

An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was heard in Manchester on September 29th.

 

Late-migrating COMMON NIGHTHAWKS reported during the past week included 2 in Milford on September 24th, 4 in Milford on the 27th, and 2 in Lee on the 29th.

 

Over 100 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at Sherman Farms in Conway on September 30th, 20 were seen on the Franconia Ridge Trail in Franconia Notch on the 24th, 20 were seen in Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on the 25th, and a flock of 17 was seen in Rochester on the 30th.

 

There were a number of reports of PINE SISKINS during the past week, including a flock of 18 in Sandwich on September 26th, and a flock of 25 in Salem m on the 27th.

 

Fall season RAPTOR migration continues with migrating raptors being counted daily at hawk-watching sites. To date, the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough has counted over 12,200 raptors, the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord has counted over 5,400 raptors, and hawk-watchers on Little Round Top in Bristol have seen over 2,700 raptors. Be sure to visit these viewing sites this fall season to help out with the counts! Pack Monadnock and Carter Hill will be staffed by NH Audubon through the end of October. Although peak flights of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have mainly passed, there are still many more raptors to be counted.

 

A possible immature ROSS’S GOOSE was seen in Tamworth and then again in Rumney during the past week.

 

This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909. 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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