Rare Bird Alert

July 25, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 24th, 2017.

There was an unconfirmed report of a flock of 5 BROWN PELICANS seen flying just off of Rye Harbor on July 21st.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES, an adult and a chick, continue to be seen at their nest site area in Newmarket, and another adult was seen near Depot Road in Stratham, all on July 23rd.

2 WHIMBRELS were seen at Rye Ledge on July 22nd, 2017.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in the coastal salt marshes located on the opposite side of Route 1A from just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on July 19th, and 1 was seen at the Pickering Ponds in Rochester on July 23rd.

A flock of 11 GLOSSY IBIS was seen along the coast on July 23rd.

A STILT SANDPIPER was seen on July 20, and 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen on the 23rd, all at the Pickering Ponds in Rochester.

2 WHIMBRELS were seen at Rye Ledge on July 22nd.

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton Marsh on July 23rd.

A GREATER YELLOWLEGS was reported from Berry Bay in Freedom on July 20th.

A PIPING PLOVER and 12 LEAST TERNS were seen at Seabrook Beach on July 22nd. Beach-goers are encouraged to give these endangered birds room to raise their chicks.

4 ROSEATE TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor on July 22nd.

A BLACK GUILLEMOT was seen along the coast in Hampton on July 23rd.

3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on July 19th.

A few FOX SPARROWS were reported from the White Mountains during the past week where this species appears to be expanding its breeding range.

14 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on July 22nd.

A FISH CROW was reported from Bicentennial Park in Hampton on July 22nd.

A few RED-CROSSBILLS were reported from Sutton, Sunapee, Hancock, Randolph, and Crawford Notch during the past week, and a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was reported from Crawford Notch on July 23rd.

Birders hiking in the White Mountains during the past week reported the expected resident species such as SPRUCE GROUSE, GRAY JAY, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, and BOREAL CHICKADEE.

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.

July 19, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 17th, 2017.

A BROWN PELICAN was photographed on Seavey Island, one of the Isles of  Shoals, on July 11th.

A SANDHILL CRANE was photographed in Milton on July 12th.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES continued to be seen at their nest site area in Newmarket until one was reportedly injured in a collision with a car and taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center for treatment on July 13th. The prognosis for recovery is good.

2 immature LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and 2 immature LAUGHING GULLS were seen at Jenness Beach in Rye on July 11th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in the salt marsh located on the opposite side of Route 1A from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on July 15th.

A GLOSSY IBIS was seen along the coast in Rye on July 15, 2017. Wiki Commons photo.

A GLOSSY IBIS and a STILT SANDPIPER were also seen along the coast in Rye on the 15th.

A LEAST BITTERN was reported from World End Pond in Salem on July 15th.

There was an unconfirmed report of a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER seen near Pratt Pond in the Russell-Abbott State Forest in Wilton on July 16th.

8 PIPING PLOVERS were seen on Hampton Beach during the past week, and beach-goers are encouraged to give these small, endangered birds room to roam. The adults and chicks blend in with the beach, so please tread carefully!

LEAST TERNS continued to be seen nesting on Hampton Beach during the past week. Like the PIPING PLOVERS, these birds need space to successfully raise chicks so please be mindful when visiting the beach.

5 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on July 14th.

5 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on July 15th.

2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Richmond on July 11th.

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.

July 11, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 10th, 2017.

A YELLOW-NOSED ALBATROSS was photographed at the Isles of Shoals on July 3rd and 4th. It was flying near White Island, Seavey Island, and Star Island and landed several times. A BROWN PELICAN was photographed in the same area on July 5th. A BLACK TERN, 2 ARCTIC TERNS, and a GREAT CORMORANT were seen at the Isles of Shoals on July 9th.

A YELLOW-NOSED ALBATROSS was photographed at the Isles of Shoals on July 3rd and 4th. It was flying near White Island, Seavey Island, and Star Island and landed several times. (Photo from Audubon.com)

An adult SANDHILL CRANE was photographed along Route 3 in some large fields in Twin Mountain about a mile from the Carroll-Whitefield Town Line on July 4th, and 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen in a field on Deerfield Road in Nottingham on July 7th.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES continue to be seen at their nest site area in Newmarket, and were last reported on July 9th.

A possible SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was photographed in Chatham on July 8th and 9th, but has not been relocated.

A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was discovered in a small pond near the start of Sleepy Hollow Drive in Greenland on June 15th, has been seen numerous times since then, and was last reported on July 3rd. 5 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in Hampton Harbor on July 9th.

2 LEAST BITTERNS were reported from World End Pond in Salem on July 4th.

A STILT SANDPIPER was seen in the pools located west of Route 1A just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on July 9th – an early southbound migrant!

11 PIPING PLOVERS were tallied along Seabrook and Hampton Beaches on July 9th. Beach-goers are encouraged to give these small, endangered birds room to roam. The adults and chicks blend in with the beach, so please tread carefully!

4 pairs of LEAST TERNS were seen nesting on Hampton Beach on July 9th. Like the PIPING PLOVERS, these birds need space to successfully raise chicks so please be mindful when visiting the beach.

3 ROSEATE TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor on July 9th.

2 NELSON’S SPARROWS were reported from the coast on July 9th.

4 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on July 5th.

An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen in Orford on July 5th.

10 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on July 1st, and a pair was seen at Great East Lake in Wakefield on July 5th.

2 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES, 2 GRAY JAYS, and 4 BOREAL CHICKADEES were seen along the Caps Ridge Trail in Jefferson Notch on July 4th.

A RED CROSSBILL was reported from Washington on July 5th, and 2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on July 9th.

2 EVENING GROSBEAKS have been seen repeatedly in Richmond during the past week, and were last reported on July 7th. Recently, a pair was seen in Etna, and another pair was seen in Enfield.

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.

July 6, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, July 4th, 2017.

A BROWN PELICAN was discovered along the coast on June 24th, and was last reported on the 28th. It was later seen in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

15 PIPING PLOVERS were tallied along Seabrook and Hampton Beaches on July 1st. (Photo by Brian Kushner)

2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen in a field on Deerfield Road in Nottingham on June 29th, and 2 SANDHILL CRANES are reportedly raising 2 young in Monroe.

3 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen at their nest site area in Newmarket on July 3rd.

An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was reported from the Oyster River Forest in Durham on July 2nd, but has not been relocated.

An adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was discovered in a small pond near the start of Sleepy Hollow Drive in Greenland on June 15th, was last reported on the July 2nd, and may still be present. There was a report of a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON in a pond along Post Road in Greenland on July 1st, possibly the same bird.

15 PIPING PLOVERS were tallied along Seabrook and Hampton Beaches on July 1st. Beach-goers are encouraged to give these small, endangered birds room to roam. The adults and chicks blend in with the beach, so please tread carefully!

3 pairs of LEAST TERNS were seen nesting on Hampton Beach on July 1st. Like the PIPING PLOVERS, these birds need space to successfully raise chicks.

3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen at the Pease International Tradeport on July 2nd.

8 NELSON’S SPARROWS were reported from the coast on July 1st.

3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on June 29th.

A pair of FISH CROWS is nesting at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye and they were seen apparently feeding chicks on July 1st.

10 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on July 1st.

A few RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Canaan, Bradford, and Marlborough during the past week, and a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was reported from Pittsfield on July 3rd.

2 EVENING GROSBEAKS have been seen repeatedly in Richmond during the past week, and were last reported on July 2nd. Another 2 were seen in New Boston on the 25th.

The Coordinated Nighthawk Watch in the pine barrens area in Ossipee, Madison, and Tamworth counted 11 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS on July 3rd. Please contact NH Audubon if you want to help this program.

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.

June 27, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, June 26th, 2017.

A BROWN PELICAN was seen in several locations along the coast on June 24th and 25th. It was seen from Concord Point in Rye, Bicentennial Park in Hampton, and in Hampton Harbor, and could possibly still be present.

A BROWN PELICAN was seen in several locations along the coast on June 24th and 25th. It was seen from Concord Point in Rye, Bicentennial Park in Hampton, and in Hampton Harbor, and could possibly still be present. (Photo by birdsandwater.)

A BROWN BOOBY was discovered on Cobbett’s Pond in Windham on June 10th. It was last reported on the 20th and appears to have left the area.

An immature male KING EIDER was seen along the coast in the cove located at the North Hampton and Rye town line on June 24th.

3 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen near their nest in Newmarket on June 20th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Hollis on June 22nd.

An adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was discovered in a small pond near the start of Sleepy Hollow Drive in Greenland on June 15th, was last reported on the 26th, and may still be present.

A pair of PIPING PLOVERS has hatched 3 chicks and they were seen foraging on Hampton Beach on June 26th. The young birds are extremely vulnerable at this stage of their lives and beach-goers are encouraged to give these small, endangered birds room to roam. The adults and chicks blend in with the beach, so please tread carefully!

A pair of LEAST TERNS was seen nesting on Hampton Beach on June 26th. Like the PIPING PLOVERS, these birds need space to successfully raise chicks.

A COMMON TERN was seen on Squam Lake on June 22nd.

6 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on June 22nd.

20 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on June 24th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen near the Little Cherry Pond trail at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on June 22nd.

A male SPRUCE GROUSE was seen near the summit of Mount Success on June 24th.

There were several reports of RED CROSSBILLS from scattered locations during the past week.

BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were reported from Mount Washington, Dixville Peak, and Smarts Mountain (Lyme) during the past week.

A RED-THROATED LOON was reported on June 23rd, and a RED-NECKED GREBE was reported on the 24th, both from Lake Winnipesauke.

Other lingering migrants still being reported during the past week included a BUFFLEHEAD and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES on the coast, and a LESSER SCAUP in Rochester.

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.

June 21, 2017

A LAWRENCE’S WARBLER, which is a hybrid between a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER and a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, was seen in Rollinsford on June 14th, 2017. (Photo by Dominic Sherony, Creative Commons)

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, June 19th, 2017.

A BROWN BOOBY was discovered on Cobbett’s Pond in Windham on June 10th and was still present on the 19th. The bird has been seen from the town beach located at #45 Cobbett’s Pond Road. If you try to see the bird, do not park along Cobbett’s Pond Road, do not block traffic, and do not stand in the road. You may need to park on a side road and walk to the beach. Please respect both property and privacy rights.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen near their nest in Newmarket, 1 was been seen near the Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland, and 1 was seen near Stratham Hill Park, all during the past week.

2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at Odiorne Point State Park on June 17th, and 1 was seen at Lunging Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on June 12th.

A pair of LEAST TERNS is nesting on Hampton Beach.

An adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in a small pond near the start of Sleepy Hollow Drive in Greenland on June 15th and 16th, and again on the 19th.

There was an unconfirmed report of a SUMMER TANAGER from Darcie Drive in Jaffrey on June 14th.

3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on June 17th, and 2 were reported from Stearns Drive in Hinsdale on the 15th.

A LAWRENCE’S WARBLER, which is a hybrid between a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER and a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, was seen in Rollinsford on June 14th.

12 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on June 17th, and 3 were seen at Fort Constitution in New Castle on June 14th.

2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from Tilton Hill Road in Pittsfield on June 14th.

There were several reports of FOX SPARROWS from the White Mountains and Coos County during the past week.

10 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were tallied by a birder hiking the King Ravine Trail on Mount Adams in the White Mountains on June 17th.

Lingering migrants still being reported during the past week included a BUFFLEHEAD and a RED-NECKED GREBE on the coast, a RING-NECKED DUCK in Plainfield, and a LESSER SCAUP in Rochester.

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.

June 13, 2017

Brown Booby, first NH state record, seen in Windham on June 11, 2017; photo by Rebecca Suomala.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, June 12th, 2017.

A BROWN BOOBY was discovered on Cobbett’s Pond in Windham on June 10th and was still present on the 11th and 12th. The bird has been seen from the town beach.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES are nesting in Newmarket, and at least 2 have been seen near the Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland during the past week. A single MISSISSIPPI KITE was sighted in flight near the Durham Public Library on June 7th.

4 SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying over the Pickering Ponds area in Rochester on June 11th.

3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on June 10th.

2 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS were reported from Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham on June 11th.

2 FISH CROWS were seen nesting at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on June 10th, and 3 FISH CROWS were seen in downtown Durham on June 7th.

Over 20 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on June 10th.

A BICKNELL’S THRUSH and a BOREAL CHICKADEE were seen near the top of Cannon Mountain on June 12th.

A pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS that nested in North Walpole has raised 4 chicks that appeared to be ready to fledge as of June 8th. An adult PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Nashua on the 9th.

5 ROSEATE TERNS were seen foraging with 225 COMMON TERNS off of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on June 10th.

A LEAST BITTERN was reported from the Powwow River in Kingston on June 10th.

A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and 53 GREAT EGRETS were seen in Hampton Harbor on June 10th.

Lingering migrants still being reported from the coast during the past week included a BUFFLEHEAD, a RED-THROATED LOON, and a RED-NECKED GREBE.

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.

June 6, 2017

An ACADIAN FLYCATHER was reported from Hampton on June 1st. Photo by Jen Esten.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, June 5th, 2017.

There was an unconfirmed report of a female LAZULI BUNTING from Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on May 29th.

At least 2 MISSISSIPPI KITES are nesting in Newmarket and they have been seen several times during the past week.

An immature male and a female KING EIDER were seen off of Little Boar’s Head in Hampton on June 4th.

A THICK-BILLED MURRE continues to be seen in coastal Rye and was last reported from north of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on June 4th. A BLACK GUILLEMOT continues to be seen in Rye Harbor.

A LITTLE BLUE HERON with first-spring plumage was seen from Lancy Brook Road in wetlands near the Brookline Airport on June 5th.

2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen in coastal Rye on May 31st, and 5 were seen off the coast from Concord Point in Rye on June 3rd.

A CASPIAN TERN was seen off of the coast in Rye on June 4th, and a FORSTER’S TERN was reported from coastal Rye on June 1st.

A LEAST TERN was seen incubating at least 1 egg on the beach at Hampton Beach State Park on June 3rd.

An ARCTIC TERN was seen at Star Island in the Isles of Shoals on June 3rd, and there were several ROSEATE TERNS seen along the coast during the past week.

2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on June 1st, and a LESSER SCAUP was seen there on May 30th.

A NELSON’S SPARROW was heard at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on June 1st.

An ACADIAN FLYCATHER was reported from Hampton on June 1st.

A female GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, and a RED CROSSBILL were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on June 1st.

2 RED CROSSBILLS and an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER were reported from NH Audubon’s Watts Sanctuary in Effingham on June 4th.

A BAY-BREASTED WARBLER was seen at Boston Lot Lake in Lebanon on May 31st.

There were several BICKNELL’S THUSHES reported from expected sites in the White Mountains during the past week.

A female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen near Waumbek Junction at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on June 4th.

Up to 5 PURPLE MARTINS were seen in Seabrook on June 4th, and 1 was seen at Star Island in the Isles of Shoals on May 29th.

GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS continue to be reported from their usual locations.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

May 30, 2017

A MOURNING WARBLER was reported from Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on May 27th. (Mourning Warbler photo by Zeke Cornell.)

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 29th, 2017.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen near the Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland on May 28th, and at least 2 more were seen in Newmarket several times during the last week.

An immature male KING EIDER was seen off of Pulpit Rocks in Rye on May 13th. It was later seen at several nearby locations, and was last reported from Seal Rocks in Rye on the 25th.

A THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen at the entrance to Rye Harbor, and a RAZORBILL was seen off the coast of Rye, both on May 27th.

A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on May 28th, an UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen at the Pease International Tradeport on May 23rd, and 7 LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen in Orford on May 26th.

3 LEAST TERNS, 5 ROSEATE TERNS, and a PIPING PLOVER were seen at Seabrook Beach on May 28th, and 3 ROSEATE TERNS and a LAUGHING GULL were seen in New Castle on May 27th.

A BLACK GUILLEMOT and a LAUGHING GULL were seen in Rye Harbor on May 29th.

A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was reported from Dover, and 1 was seen in Hampton, both on May 27th.

3 SALTMARSH SPARROWS and 3 FISH CROWS were reported from Hampton Marsh on May 28th.

Up to 6 FISH CROWS were seen in Hinsdale during the past week.

2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from Hinsdale on May 27th, and again on the 28th, 2 were seen at the Cemetery Fields in Amherst on the 28th, and 4 were reported from the Concord Airport on the 24th.

A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was reported from Hampton on May 28th, and there were reports of BICKNELL’S THRUSHES on territory in the White Mountains during the past week.

A MOURNING WARBLER was reported from Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on May 27th.

More than 12 PURPLE MARTINS were seen in Seabrook on May 27th.

A flock of 30 migrating COMMON NIGHTHAWKS was reported from Swanzey on May 24th, and there were several sightings of 1-3 birds during the past week.

83 CHIMNEY SWIFTS were seen going to roost in a chimney in Orford on May 27th.

A pair of MERLINS was seen from Borough Road in Penacook on May 28th.

ORCHARD ORIOLES were reported from Dover, Merrimack, and Nashua, and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were reported from Dover, Rochester, and Concord, all during the past week.

A pair of BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS was seen on the Little Cherry Pond trail at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on May 24th.

This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail 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.

May 22, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 22nd, 2017.

A male PAINTED BUNTING was seen and photographed in Littleton on May 13th and 15th, but has not been reported since then.

A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was reported from Canterbury on May 16th, but has not been relocated.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen in the fields adjacent to NH Audubon’s McLane Center on Silk Farm Road in Concord on May 22nd.

A LONG-EARED OWL was heard in Coos County on May 20th.

2 BLACK VULTURES were seen at Mount Wantastiquet in Hinsdale on May 22nd.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen in Newmarket several times during the last week and were last reported on May 22nd.

An immature male KING EIDER was seen off of Pulpit Rocks in Rye on May 13th. It was later seen at several nearby locations, and was last reported on the 21st.

A few sightings of mainly single THICK-BILLED MURRES were seen off the coast of Rye and at the Isles of Shoals during the past week. The last report was on May 22nd. A RAZORBILL was seen at Pulpit Rocks in Rye, and a BLACK GUILLEMOT was seen in Rye Harbor, both on May 17th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was first seen in Errol near the Androscoggin River on May 5th, and was last reported from the same area on the 16th.

A COMMON GALLINULE was seen at the MacDowell Reservoir in Peterborough on May 17th.

2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen in Hampton Marsh on May 17th, and 2 were seen at Star Island in the Isles of Shoals on May 21st.

Birders on a boat trip to the Isles of Shoals saw 6 RED KNOTS and 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES on May 22nd.

A CASPIAN TERN was seen at the Connecticut River in Hindale, and a FORSTER’S TERN was seen along the coast, both on May 18th.

Nearly 200 BRANT were seen migrating along the coast on May 17th, and several small flocks of WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen at inland lakes during the past week.

7 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Keene Airport in Swanzey on May 18th, 7 were reported from the Cemetery Fields in Amherst on the 20th, and 4 were reported from the Concord Airport on the 18th.

A PURPLE MARTIN was seen in Merrimack on May 17th.

4 ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen at the Pickering Ponds in Rochester on May 17th.

A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was reported from Seabrook on May 19th, and a BICKNELL’S THRUSH was reported from the White Mountains on the 21st.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen on the Little Cherry Pond trail at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on May 16th.

A pair of EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Brookfield on May 19th.

A few migrating COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were reported during the past week.

5 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS were seen at Southwest Park in Nashua on May 17th.

There were several sightings of CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, and WILSON’S WARBLER during the past week.

Several PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS, and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS were seen 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.

Thanks very much and good birding.

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

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

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