Rare Bird Alert

April 21, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 20th, 2015.

A LE CONTE’S SPARROW was seen and photographed at Quincy Bog in Rumney on April 14th and 15th but has not been seen since then.

A SUMMER TANAGER was seen and photographed in Rye on April 15th and 16th.

The SANDHILL CRANE family of 3 has returned to Monroe, and has been seen foraging in fields located on both sides of the Connecticut River.

Remarkably, single CASPIAN TERNS were seen at 4 different inland locations on April 18th. Locations where the birds were seen included Horseshoe Pond in Concord, Lake Massabesic in Auburn, Spofford Lake in Chesterfield, and the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility. None has been relocated since the 18th.

A WHOOPER SWAN was reported from the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on April 18th, but it is unknown if it is of wild or domestic origin. It has not been relocated.

2 SNOW GEESE were reported from Quincy Bog in Rumney on April 18th, and 2 BRANT were seen in Hampton Harbor on April 17th.

A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on the Androscoggin River in Errol on April 13th. It was in the company of several COMMON GOLDENEYES.

A REDHEAD was discovered at World End Pond in Salem on April 8th, and has been reported several times since then. It was last reported on the 15th.

A REDHEAD was seen on the Greenland side of Great Bay on April 14th, and 5 GADWALL were seen here on the 19th.

A female CANVASBACK continues to be seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility and was last reported on April 15th.

2 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on April 17th.

A pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and a pair of AMERICAN WIGEON were seen on the Connecticut River in Hanover on April 17th.

A pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord, and a pair was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility, all on April 20th.

A pair of AMERICAN WIGEON was seen at Airport Marsh in Whitefield, and a pair was seen on the Connecticut River in Hanover, all on the 16th.

2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 5 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, a GREATER SCAUP, 13 LESSER SCAUP, 2 COMMON LOONS, 5 BONAPARTES GULLS, and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on April 14th.

A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was seen on Turkey Pond in Concord on April 14th.

A HORNED GREBE was seen at Lake Massabesic in Auburn on April 19th, and 1 was seen on Turtle Pond in Concord on the 14th.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Turtle Pond in Concord on April 14th, 1 was seen at Lake Sunapee on the 14th, 1 was seen on the Androscoggin River in Errol on the 14th, and 1 was seen in Dummer on the 14th.

2 BONAPARTE’S GULLS were seen on the Merrimack River in Nashua on April 17th, and 1 was seen on the Connecticut River near the Wilder Dam on the 14th.

3 PIPING PLOVERS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 17th.

4 GLOSSY IBIS were seen in coastal North Hampton on April 17th.

A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on April 19th, and 1 was seen in coastal Seabrook on the 17th.

A probable YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was reported from Nashua on April 17th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from Quincy Bog in Rumney on April 19th. This bird was identified by its distinctive call.

 

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included 26 in Lyman on April 14th, 25 in Nashua on the 15th, 40 in Concord on the 16th, 30 in Concord on the 18th, and 30 in Concord on the 19th.

40 COMMON REPOLLS and 10 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen visiting a birdfeeder in Jefferson during the past week.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Durham on April 18th.

23 TURKEY VULTURES were seen circling overhead in Laconia on April 19th.

A WOOD THRUSH was reported from Amherst on April 18th.

A CHIMNEY SWIFT was reported from Kingston on April 18th.

There were scattered reports of small numbers of early returning migrants during the past week, including: BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, FIELD SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, VIRGINIA RAIL, AMERICAN BITTERN, BROWN THRASHER, EASTERN TOWHEE, AMERICAN PIPIT, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, BARN SWALLOW, and NORTHERN FLICKER.

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.

April 13, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 13th, 2015.

A SNOWY OWL was seen in Hampton Marsh, and 1 was seen at Pease International Tradeport, both on April 10th.

A dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Newington on April 11th. A light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen along the coast in Hampton on April 11th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Pitcher Mountain in Stoddard on April 7th.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was first reported from fields along Newington Road near Great Bay Farm in Greenland on April 3rd, was still present on the 7th, and was relocated on Great Bay on the 10th.

2 CACKLING GEESE were seen in fields along River Road in Stratham on April 7th.

A CACKLING GOOSE, a SNOW GOOSE, and 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL were reported from Great Bay on April 7th.

2 SNOW GEESE were reported from Moore Fields along Route 155A in Durham on April 9th, and 1 was seen in Orford on the 13th.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON, 20 AMERICAN WIGEON, 3 GADWALL, 5 LESSER SCAUP, 3 GREATER SCAUP, 6 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 2 PIED BILLED GREBES, and 444 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on April 11th and 12th. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen on the Connecticut River in Charlestown on April 7th.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on Great Bay on April 12th.

A female CANVASBACK continues to be seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility and was last reported on April 8th.

A REDHEAD was seen at World End Pond in Salem on April 8th, 12th, and 13th.

5 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen in farm fields in East Kingston on April 7th, and 2 AMERICAN WIGEON were seen here on the 11th.

4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen in Hampton Marsh on April 12th.

2 AMERICAN WIGEON were seen in farm fields along West Portsmouth Street in Concord on April 7th.

2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on April 11th.

10 NORTHERN PINTAILS and 6 AMERICAN WIGEON were seen at Sawyer Farm in Westmoreland on April 11th.

8 NORTHERN PINTAILS and 2 AMERICAN WIGEON were seen in farm fields along River Road in Walpole and Westmoreland on April 8th.

A GADWALL, 4 NORTHERN PINTAILS, and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at Great Meadows in Charlestown on April 9th.

3 GADWALL, 12 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 2 AMERICAN WIGEON, and 280 GREEN-WINGED TEAL were seen at Great Meadows in Charlestown on April 11th.

A pair of GADWALL, and 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were reported from World End Pond in Salem on April 8th.

A pair of GADWALL was seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on April 12th.

A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was seen at World End Pond in Salem on April 9th.

A GLOSSY IBIS, a NORTHERN PINTAIL, 2 AMERICAN WIGEON, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on April 11th.

3 GLOSSY IBIS were seen flying over Exeter on April 11th.

3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, a FISH CROW, 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant and adjacent Pickering Ponds on April 8th. 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 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen along South Road in East Kingston on April 9th and 11th, and one was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on April 11th.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on April 9th.

8 GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen in Hampton on the 12th, and 1 was seen in Boscawen on the 13th.

A SPOTTED SANDPIPER was seen at the Riverlands Conservation Area in Canterbury on April 13th.

77 WILSON’S SNIPE were seen along Frying Pan Lane in Stratham on April 9th.

A flock of 14 PURPLE SANDPIPERS was seen along the coast in Hampton on April 11th.

4 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at the Mink Brook Nature Preserve in Hanover on April 9th, and 1 was seen in Hancock on the 12th.

A flock of 9 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Jefferson on April 9th, and 1 was seen in Durham on the 10th.

7 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen migrating north along the coast on April 11th.

A flock of 70 HORNED LARKS was counted at Chickering Farm in Westmoreland on April 11th.

COMMON REDPOLL sightings reported during the past week included a flock of 11 in Bartlett on April 10th, a flock of 50 in Hancock on the 9th, a flock of 50 in Jefferson on the 9th, a flock of 50 in Ellsworth on the 7th, and a flock of 80 in Ashland on the 12th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings continued during the past week and included a flock of 35 in Salem on April 10th, a flock of 48 in Grantham on the 10th, a flock of 100 in Concord on the 11th, a flock of 100 in Nashua on the 11th, a flock of 200 in Concord on the 12th, and a flock of 70 in Concord on the 13th. These flocks were seen mainly foraging on ornamental fruit tress, or resting nearby.

A PURPLE MARTIN was seen in Seabrook on April 12th.

A NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, 7 BARN SWALLOWS, and 1,000 TREE SWALLOWS were counted migrating along the coast on April 12th.

2 FISH CROWS were reported from Gilford on April 12th, and 2 were seen in Nashua on April 10th.

A PALM WARBLER was seen at Strafford County Farm in Dover on April 7th.

Small numbers of PINE WARBLERS were reported during the past week.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the Riverlands Conservation Area in Canterbury on April 12th, and 1 was seen on the Brady Sullivan Building in Manchester on the 11th.

There were several reports of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS on April 13th.

A VESPER SPARROW was seen in Salem on April 12th, and several FIELD SPARROWS were seen during the past week.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen in Hollis on April 13th, and there were several reports of SNOWY and GREAT EGRETS from the coast during the past week.

There were scattered reports of small numbers of early returning migrants during the past week, including: AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, WILSON’S SNIPE, KILLDEER, EASTERN PHOEBES, TREE SWALLOWS, FOX SPARROWS, SAVANNAH SPARROWS, HERMIT THRUSHES, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, COMMON GRACKLES, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, GREAT BLUE HERONS, TURKEY VULTURES, OSPREYS, RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, NORTHERN HARRIERS, MERLINS, RING-NECKED DUCKS, HOODED MERGANSERS, WOOD DUCKS, and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS.

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.

April 7, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 6th, 2015.

A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered near the public boat launch at Adams Point in Durham on November 10th. It has been seen numerous times since then, and was last reported near Jackson Lab on March 31st.

A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 4th, and 1 was seen at Pease International Tradeport on the 3rd.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at Great Meadows in Charlestown on April 4th. Also present were a NORTHERN PINTAIL, and 100 GREEN-WINGED TEAL.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on the Connecticut River in Westmoreland on 5th. Also present were 5 NORTHERN PINTAILS, and 6 AMERICAN WIGEON. A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was reported here on the 4th.

5 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at Great Meadows in Charlestown on April 3rd. Also present were a GREATER SCAUP, and a LESSER SCAUP.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was first reported from fields along Newington Road near Great Bay Farm in Greenland on April 3rd, and was still present on the 6th. A light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen here on April 4th, and 13 SNOW GEESE were seen here on the 5th. Other birds of note seen here during the past week included: 27 WILSON’S SNIPE, 23 KILLDEER, 7 NORTHERN PINTAIL, a BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 2 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

A dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at Pease International Tradeport on April 5th.

2 CACKLING GEESE, 2 GADWALL, 2 NORTHERN PINTAIL, and 6 AMERICAN WIGEON were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on April 6th.

A CACKLING GOOSE, 2 SNOW GEESE, and 25 KILLDEER were reported from Moore Fields along Route 155A in Durham on April 5th.

16 SNOW GEESE were seen in farm fields in Stratham on April 1st, and 6 GLOSSY IBIS, 9 NORTHERN PINTAIL, and 9 AMERICAN WIGEON were seen in farm fields along Squamscott Road in Stratham on April 3rd.

2 SNOW GEESE and a BRANT were reported from Jenness Beach in Rye on April 3rd.

5 BARROW’S GOLDENEYES continued to be seen on the Merrimack River in Manchester during the past week and were last reported from near Stark Landing on April 1st.

A female CANVASBACK was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on April 3rd, 4th, and 5th, and 1 was seen on Great Bay on the 3rd.

6 NORTHERN PINTAIL were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord, and 1 was seen in Rochester, all on April 3rd.

A pair of GADWALL was seen on Great Bay on April 3rd.

3 GREATER SCAUP were seen on the Merrimack River in Concord on April 4th, and a LESSER SCAUP was seen on the 3rd.

112 WOOD DUCKS were seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on April 1st, and 100 were seen on the Merrimack River in Boscawen on April 2nd.

Over 80 COMMON GOLDENEYES were seen on the Merrimack River in Concord on April 2nd, and nearly 400 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen at Powwow Pond in Kingston on March 31st.

A PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen in Newmarket on April 3rd.

2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Pierce Island in Portsmouth on April 1st.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen at the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor and was last reported on April 1st.

2 ICELAND GULLS, 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and 3 AMERICAN WIGEONS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on April 4th.

2 PIPING PLOVERS, and 60 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 5th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE, and a flock of 14 FISH CROWS were seen at Strafford County Farm in Dover on April 2nd.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings continued during the past week and included a flock of 50 in Bedford on March 31st, a flock of 100 in Hollis on April 1st, a flock of 40 in Concord on April 4th, a flock of 35 in Penacook on the 4th, a flock of 71 in Penacook on the 4th, and a flock of 47 in Penacook on the 6th.These flocks were seen mainly foraging on ornamental fruit tress, or resting nearby.

2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Bow on April 5th.

A flock of 40 COMMON REDPOLLS was seen in Lancaster on April 6th. Small numbers were reported from scattered locations.

2 PALM WARBLERS were seen in Rochester on April 5th, and 1 was seen in Concord on the 6th. A PINE WARBLER was reported from Peterborough on the 4th.

2 FISH CROWS were reported from Wolfeboro on April 5th, and 7 were reported from Laconia on the 5th, 3 were reported from Hampton on the 4th, and 1 was reported from Durham on the 6th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on April 3rd, and an AMERICAN PIPIT, a RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and an EASTERN MEADOWLARK were seen here on the 5th.

2 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were seen in Penacook on April 4th.

15 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen in a field in Westmoreland on April 4th.

35 TURKEY VULTURES were seen roosting together in Nashua on April 2nd.

There were scattered reports of small numbers of early returning migrants during the past week, including: AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, WILSON’S SNIPE, KILLDEER, EASTERN PHOEBES, TREE SWALLOWS, FOX SPARROWS, SAVANNAH SPARROWS, HERMIT THRUSHES, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, COMMON GRACKLES, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, GREAT BLUE HERONS, GREAT EGRETS, TURKEY VULTURES, OSPREYS, RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, NORTHERN HARRIERS, MERLINS, RING-NECKED DUCKS, HOODED MERGANSERS, WOOD DUCKS, and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS

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

If you have seen any interesting birds recently, please leave a message after the tone with what you saw, the date and where you saw it, your name and your phone number. Please speak slowly and be sure to include the date you called.

Thanks very much and good birding.

 

March 31, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 30th, 2015.

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

A SNOWY OWL was seen on Mount Moosilauke in the White Mountains on March 25th.

An immature GOLDEN EAGLE and a pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen at Fall Mountain in Walpole on March 27th.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL continues to be seen in Hampton and was last reported on March 29th.

76 SNOW GEESE were seen in the fields at Great Bay Farm in Greenland on March 28th. A flock of 50 SNOW GEESE was seen flying in the Connecticut River valley in Charlestown on March 27th.

4 BRANT were seen along the coast in Rye on March 24th.

5 BARROW’S GOLDENEYES continued to be seen on the Merrimack River in Manchester during the past week and were last reported from behind 250 Commercial Street on March 26th. A pair of BARROW’S GOLDENEYES was seen on Great Bay from the Great Bay Discovery Center on March 29th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen at the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor and was last reported on March 28th. Also present was an ICELAND GULL.

2 ICELAND GULLS were seen on the Merrimack River in Manchester from Stark Landing on March 25th, and an ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on the 28th.

Snowflakes and BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings continued during the past week and included a flock of 500 in New London on March 28th, a flock of 75 in New Durham on the 30th, a flock of 50 in Henniker on the 27th, a flock of 35 in Hollis on the 30th, a flock of 30 in Nottingham on the 29th, and a flock of 21 in Manchester in the 29th, as well as uncounted flocks reported from Gorham, and Berlin. These flocks were seen mainly foraging on ornamental fruit tress, or resting nearby.

At least 2 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from near the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness on March 26th and 28th.

A flock consisting of an estimated 500 COMMON REDPOLLS and 500 PINE SISKINS was reported from Campton on March 28th.

A flock of 60 COMMON REDPOLLS was seen in Hancock on March 28th.

A flock of over 100 PINE SISKINS was seen visiting a birdfeeder in Bedford on March 23rd.

An AMERICAN PIPIT was seen in Kingston on March 28th.

A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was seen on Lake Winnisquam on March 30th.

10 FISH CROWS were reported from Seabrook on March 29th.

There were scattered reports of small numbers of early returning migrants during the past week, including: AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, WILSON’S SNIPE, KILLDEER, EASTERN PHOEBES, TREE SWALLOWS, FOX SPARROWS, SAVANNAH SPARROWS, HERMIT THRUSHES, a RUSTY BLACKBIRD, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, COMMON GRACKLES, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, GREAT BLUE HERONS, TURKEY VULTURES, RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, NORTHERN HARRIERS, MERLINS, RING-NECKED DUCKS, HOODED MERGANSERS, and WOOD DUCKS.

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.

March 16, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 16th, 2015.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL continues to be seen in Hampton near the wastewater treatment plant and was last reported on March 15th, and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was reported from Hilton Park in Dover on March 14th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen at the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor and was last reported on March 15th.

9 ICELAND GULLS were reported from the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on March 9th. 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.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on March 9th, and a different individual was seen there on the 10th. An ICELAND GULL was seen at Silver Lake in Tilton on March 11th and again on the 16th, 1 was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on the 11th, and 1 was seen on the Merrimack River near the Granite Street Bridge in Manchester on the 14th.

At least 5 BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were reported from the Merrimack River in Manchester in the vicinity of the Granite Street Bridge on March 16th.

A first-winter male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on the Squam River in Ashland on March 15th.

A LONG-TAILED DUCK was reported from the Merrimack River in Manchester from above the Amoskeag Fishways dam on March 13th and again on the 16th. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on the Connecticut River in West Lebanon on March 12th and 13th, and there were reports of a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER on Opechee Bay in Laconia on the 11th, 13th, 14th, and 16th.

3 NORTHERN PINTAILS, and a LESSER SCAUP were seen at the Exeter Reservoir on March 15th, and 68 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on the Powwow River in Kingston on the 16th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included flocks of 30 in Peterborough in the 12th, 250 in New London on the 13th, 30 in Northwood on the 13th, 100 in Canaan on the 15th, 200 in Henniker on the 15th, 500 in Somersworth on the 15th, 45 in Hollis on the 16th, and 40 in Meredith on the 16th. These flocks were seen mainly foraging on ornamental fruit tress, or resting nearby. As spring approaches, they may not be around much longer!

A HOARY REDPOLL was seen with a flock of 40 COMMON REDPOLLS on Diamond Ledge Road in Sandwich on March 14th. A flock of 18 COMMON REDPOLLS was seen in Greenland on the 15th, and 3 were seen in Portsmouth on the 14th.

A flock of 90 COMMON REDPOLLS and a flock of 11 EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from birdfeeders in Jefferson on March 16th.

A flock of 210 PINE SISKINS was counted in Exeter on March 15th.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR, and 70 HORNED LARKS were reported from the Agway parking lot in Walpole on March 13th.

3 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on March 15th.

4 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen in Greenland on March 15th.

A flock of 30 PURPLE SANDPIPERS was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on March 10th.

FISH CROW sightings during the past week included 1 in Concord on March 10th, 6 in Durham on the 13th, 1 in East Kingston on the 13th, and 1 at Silver Lake in Belmont on the 16th.

A BOREAL CHICKADEE was seen at Loon Mountain in Lincoln on March 13th.

An optimistic TREE SWALLOW was seen at Silver Lake in Belmont on March 16th.

There were scattered reports of small numbers of early returning migrants during the past week, including: RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and COMMON GRACKLES, KILLDEER, GREAT BLUE HERONS, TURKEY VULTURES, and WOOD DUCKS.

A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered near the public boat launch at Adams Point in Durham on November 10th. It has been seen numerous times since then, but has not been reported since March 8th, although it may still be present.

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.

March 9, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 9th, 2015.

A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered near the public boat launch at Adams Point in Durham on November 10th. It has been seen numerous times since then, and was last reported on March 8th.

A SNOWY OWL was reported from Langdon on March 2nd, but has not been relocated.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Hinsdale on March 8th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in Hampton Harbor on March 8th.

3 ICELAND GULLS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on March 8th, and an ICELAND GULL was seen in Arms Park in Manchester on the 6th.

4 RAZORBILLS and 7 BLACK GUILLEMOTS were seen along the coast on March 8th.

65 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were tallied along the coast in Rye on March 8th.

A female HARLEQUIN DUCK continues to be seen along the coast in Rye near Concord Point and was last reported on March 8th.

5 BARROW’S GOLDENEYES and over 50 COMMON GOLDENEYES were tallied on the Merrimack River in Manchester in the vicinity of the Granite Street bridge on March 3rd and again on the 8th.

2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES and 8 BALD EAGLES were reported from the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on March 8th.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, and 5 GADWALL were reported from Rye Harbor on March 9th.

A LONG-TAILED DUCK was reported on several different days on the Merrimack River in Manchester from above the Amoskeag Fishways dam, and at least 4 GREAT COMORANTS were seen on the Merrimack River in Manchester during the past week.

Several RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Hancock on March 4th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included flocks of 20 in Newport on March 3rd, 200 in New London on the 4th, 80 in Northwood on the 5th, 120 in Dublin on the 5th, 200 in Lyme on the 5th, 39 in Hollis on the 6th, 80 in Antrim on the 9th, and flocks of 43 and 21 in Orford on the 3rd. These flocks were seen mainly foraging on ornamental fruit tress, or resting nearby.

A flock of 110 COMMON REDPOLLS and a flock of 9 EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from birdfeeders in Jefferson on March 4th.

A flock of 40 COMMON REDPOLLS was seen in Salem on March 3rd, a flock of 10 was reported from Enfield Center on the 5th, and a flock of 6 was reported from Chatham on the 9th.

A flock of 6 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Milan on March 8th.

5 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were reported from Rye Harbor State Park on March 9th.

4 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and 100 HORNED LARKS were reported from the Agway parking lot in Walpole on March 7th, and 5 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, 8 SNOW BUNTINGS, and 200 HORNED LARKS were reported from the same location on March 3rd.

A flock of 50 HORNED LARKS, 3 GREATER SCAUP, and 2 LESSER SCAUP were reported from the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on March 5th. A NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen here on the 8th.

A MERLIN was seen in Nashua on March 4th. A pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS was seen in Concord on the 6th, 1 was seen in Hampton on the 8th, and 1 was seen in Salem on the 4th.

A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen in Nashua on March 9th.

There were a number of TURKEY VULTURE sightings during the past week, mainlyseen over major highways as these scavengers searched for road-killed animals. Sightings were reported from Manchester, Nashua, Henniker, Hampstead, Windham, and Amherst.

A few early returning RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were reported from southern counties during the past week, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD was reported from Barrington on March 5th, where it has been seen visiting birdfeeders since December.

3 GRAY JAYS were seen on Mount Carrigain in the White Mountains on March 7th.

FISH CROW sightings during the past week included 2 in Manchester on March 8th, a flock of 10 in Nashua on the 4th, 5 in Kingston on the 9th, and 10 in Salem on the 4th.

Sightings from during the past week of owl species that breed in New Hampshire included: EASTERN SCREECH OWLS in Hollis, Nashua, and Rye, NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS in Merrimack and Hancock, BARRED OWLS in Ashland and Orford, and several GREAT HORNED OWLS from multiple locations. Owls are busy courting and starting to nest during this time of the year.

 

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.

March 3, 2015

A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered near the public boat launch at Adams Point in Durham on November 10th. It has been seen numerous times since then, and was last reported on March 1st.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

February 23, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 23rd, 2015.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

February 16, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 16th, 2015.

A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered near the public boat launch at Adams Point in Durham on November 10th. It has been seen numerous times since then, and was last reported on February 14th.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

February 9, 2015

A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered near the public boat launch at Adams Point in Durham on November 10th. It has been seen several times since then, and was last reported on February 8th.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

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