Rare Bird Alert

May 3, 2016

2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen in the Hampton Harbor area on May 1st.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 2nd, 2016.

A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen in the Rye Harbor State Park area and was last reported on April 27th. When viewing a Snowy Owl please do not disturb the bird by approaching too closely, and please respect private property. For more: snowy owl viewing – observe without disturbing.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and one of them was seen on April 30th. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields. A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in Conway on April 25th, but has not been reported again.

An adult male EURASIAN WIGEON and 2 AMERICAN WIGEONS were seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland on April 30th.

A CATTLE EGRET was seen in Stratham on April 25th, but has not been relocated.

A GLOSSY IBIS was seen at World End Pond in Salem on April 29th, and a flock of 11 was seen along the coast on May 1st.

2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were reported from Hancock on April 28th.

A GREEN HERON was seen in Salem on the 27th, 1 was seen in Exeter on the 30th, and 1 was seen in Hanover on May 1st.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen in Lyme, and 1 was seen in Sunapee, on April 29th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 30th.

3 CASPIAN TERNS were seen on the Connecticut River in Charlestown on May 1st.

A flock of 10 COMMON TERNS was reported from Spofford Lake in Chesterfield on May 1st, 1 was seen on the Connecticut River in Hanover on May 2nd, and 2 were seen in the Hampton Harbor area on April 30th.

2 RED-NECKED GREBES and 29 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were seen on the Connecticut River near Hanover on April 26th.

2 RED-NECKED GREBES, 16 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, a SURF SCOTER, and a flock of 30 possible BLACK SCOTERS were seen on Lake Sunapee on May 2nd.

4 PIPING PLOVERS were seen at Hampton Harbor on April 30th, and 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and 98 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen in the Hampton Harbor area on May 1st.

2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen at the Pease International Tradeport on May 1st, and 3 were seen in Stratham on April 30th.

A LESSER YELLOWLEGS was seen at Reed’s Marsh in Orford on May 2nd.

2 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Hanover on May 1st and 2nd.

3 EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard at the Mast Yard State Forest in Penacook on April 30th, 2 were heard in Gilmanton on the 29th, 2 were heard in Kingston on the 30th, and 2 were heard in Milford on the 30th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Nashua on April 30th.

A pair of EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Ellsworth on April 30th, a pair was seen in Walpole on May 1st, and a pair was seen in Hancock on the 1st.

2 PURPLE MARTINS were seen in Seabrook on May 1st.

3 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen in Greenland on May 1st, and a lingering AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was reported from Rochester on April 28th.

5 FISH CROWS were reported from Durham on April 27th.

An estimated 300 TREE SWALLOWS, 100 BARN SWALLOWS, 54 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, 1 CLIFF SWALLOW, and 200 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen foraging at the Ashland Wastewater Treatment Plant on May 2nd.

Spring arrivals reported during the past week included: SPOTTED SANDPIPER, VIRGINIA RAIL, MARSH WREN, HOUSE WREN, LEAST FLYCATCHER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, GRAY CATBIRD, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, RED-EYED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, WOOD THRUSH, VEERY, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, YELLOW WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, BROWN THRASHER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

April 26, 2016

A HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen at Seal Rocks in coastal Rye on April 22nd, and another was reported here on the 25th. Photo by WA Audubon.

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

A male TUFTED DUCK was seen on World End Pond from the end of Theresa Lane in Salem on April 22nd and 23rd. Also present were approximately 20

RING-NECKED DUCKS. 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen here on the 19th.

An adult male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland on April 22nd.

A WESTERN GREBE was discovered foraging in the ocean just south of Great Boar’s Head in Hampton on April 14th, and has been seen regularly since then. It was last reported on April 22nd, along with 20 RED-NECKED GREBES.

A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen in the Rye Harbor State Park area and was last reported on April 23rd. When viewing a Snowy Owl please do not disturb the bird by approaching too closely, and please respect private property. For more: snowy owl viewing – observe without disturbing.

2 BLACK VULTURES were seen flying overhead in Walpole on April 22nd.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and was last reported on April 23rd. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

2 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Sunapee on April 23rd, 1 was seen in Keene on the 24th, and a few were seen in Concord on the 21st.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in Hampton on April 23rd.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on April 20th, and 1 was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on the 24th.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on the Androscoggin River in Errol on April 20th.

A HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen at Seal Rocks in coastal Rye on April 22nd, and another was reported here on the 25th.

6 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and an AMERICAN COOT were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on April 21st.

A female LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on April 20th.

8 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on the Connecticut River near Lebanon, and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen in Orford, all on April 23rd.

14 BUFFLEHEADS were seen on Newfound Lake on April 24th, and a male AMERICAN WIGEON was seen in Lancaster on April 23rd.

5 RAZORBILLS were seen along the coast on April 23rd.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was found at Trask Brook Road in Sunapee on April 20th. It was seen again on the 21st and 22nd, but has not been reported since then. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen at Moore Fields on Route 155A in Durham, and 2 were seen at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, all on April 23rd.

5 PIPING PLOVERS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 23rd.

217 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were tallied along the coast on April 23rd, 15 GLOSSY IBIS’ were seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on April 21st, and 62 were seen in coastal Rye on the 22nd. 6 were seen in Greenland on the 24th.

2 GREAT EGRETS were seen at Great Meadow in Charlestown on April 23rd.

A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was heard in Pittsfield on April 23rd, and a GREEN HERON was seen in Nashua on the 18th.

A pair of PURPLE MARTINS was seen along Long Hill Road in Hollis on April 21st, and 2 males were seen in Seabrook on the 22nd.

A MARSH WREN was reported from Hampton on April 23rd.

2 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS were reported from Merrimack on April 23rd, and an OVENBIRD was reported from Milford on the 18th.

80 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 40 PALM WARBLERS, and 12 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS were seen near the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on April 21st.

5 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Gorham on April 19th, and 4 were seen in Ashland on the 24th.

A few CHIMNEY SWIFTS, a CLIFF SWALLOW, a few BANK SWALLOWS, several BARN SWALLOWS, and several NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were reported 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.

Thanks very much and good birding.

April 19, 2016

A BLUE-HEADED VIREO was seen in Hopkinton on April 17th, and 1 was reported from Hinsdale on the 18th.

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

A WESTERN GREBE was discovered foraging in the ocean just south of Great Boar’s Head in Hampton on April 14th, and has been seen regularly since then. It was last reported on April 18th. 4 RAZORBILLS were seen here on the 14th.

A female MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD was seen foraging near the entrance to the Pease Golf Course in Portsmouth on April 9th, and on several days after that, and was last reported on the 15th. It was usually seen in the company of 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, often perching on the chain link fence around the perimeter of the airport. If you look for the bird, be sure to keep clear of the fence by at least 5 feet.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at World End Pond in Salem on April 14th. A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and was last reported on March 27th. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen in Rye Harbor State Park area and was last reported on April 15th. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on the 17th. When viewing a Snowy Owl please do not disturb the bird by approaching too closely, and please respect private property. For more: snowy owl viewing – observe without disturbing

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported from Nashua on April 15th.

7 SNOW GEESE were seen in Little Cherry Pond at New Hampshire Audubon’s Pondicherry Wildlife Sanctuary in Jefferson on April 13th.

4 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen in Lower Kimball Pond in Chatham on April 18th.

2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were seen at Otter Pond in Georges Mills on April 14th, and 1 was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on the 12th.

5 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and 2 AMERICAN WIGEONS were seen at Great Meadow in Charlestown on April 17th.

A NORTHERN SHOVELER and an AMERICAN COOT were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant during the past week.

A NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen at Elmbrook Park in Hopkinton on April 16th, and a pair was seen at Reed’s Marsh in Orford on April 12th.

A pair of GADWALL was seen in East Kingston on April 16th.

A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen along with 225 GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Meadow Pond in Hampton on April 17th.

4 PIPING PLOVERS and an AMERICAN PIPIT were seen at Hampton Beach State Park, and 5 NORTHERN GANNETS, a LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 5 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 40 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, and 60 DUNLIN were seen along the coast, all on April 17th.

3 GLOSSY IBIS and a SNOWY EGRET were seen in Rye south of Odiorne Point State Park along Route 1A, and a GREEN HERON was seen in Nashua, all on April 18th.

A flock of 60 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in Northwood on April 14th, a flock of 60 was seen in Hanover on the 18th, a flock of 40 was seen in Newport on the 16th, a flock of 30 was seen in Sunapee on the 14th, a flock of 30 was seen in Gilford on the 16th, 3 were seen in Meriden on the 13th, 12 were seen in Lee on the 18th, and several were seen in Laconia during the past week.

An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in North Conway on April 18th, and 1 was seen in Lincoln on the 17th.

A SPRUCE GROUSE was reported from Dummer on April 15th.

A female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen near Little Cherry Pond at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on April 15th.

A BLUE-HEADED VIREO was seen in Hopkinton on April 17th, and 1 was reported from Hinsdale on the 18th.

2 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES were reported from Wilton on April 14th, 1 was heard at Oyster River Park in Durham on the 17th, 2 were seen at the Pickering Ponds in Rochester on the 17th, and 1 was reported from Lebanon on the 18th.

Several BARN SWALLOWS, BROWN THRASHERS, FISH CROWS, VESPER SPARROWS, WILSON’S SNIPES, and VIRGINIA RAILS were reported 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.

April 12, 2016

250 TREE SWALLOWS were seen at Spofford Lake on April 6th

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

A female MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD was seen foraging near the entrance to the Pease Golf Course in Portsmouth on April 9th, and was seen again on the 10th and 11th. It was seen in the company of 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, often perching on the chain link fence around the perimeter of the airport. If you look for the bird, be sure to keep clear of the fence by at least 5 feet. 9 BALD EAGLES were seen flying near here on April 10th.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and was last reported on March 27th. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen in Rye Harbor State Park area and was last reported on April 10th. When viewing a Snowy Owl please do not disturb the bird by approaching too closely, and please respect private property. For more: snowy owl viewing – observe without disturbing

A SNOW GOOSE was seen with 10 CANADA GEESE along North River Road in Lyme on April 8th and 9th.

An ICELAND GULL, a NORTHERN SHOVELER, and a pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on April 6th, and 5 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and 52 LESSER SCAUP were seen here on the 9th. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, an AMERICAN COOT, and a PALM WARBLER were seen here on the 11th.

Birds seen at the Connecticut River in Hinsdale during the past week included: 5 RUDDY DUCKS, 7 GREATER SCAUP, a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and 4 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS.

A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen in Philbrick Marsh in North Hampton near the Rye town line on April 9th.

A GADWALL and an AMERICAN WIGEON were seen at the Magill Bay pullout at the Pontook Reservoir in Dummer on April 9th, and 67 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on Stone Pond in Marlow on April 6th.

4 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on Lake Massabesic in Auburn, and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on Silver Lake in Harrisville, all on April 10th. A HORNED GREBE was seen on Lake Sunapee on the 9th.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen near Trask Brook Road in Sunapee, and 7 SNOWY EGRETS and 2 GREAT EGRETS were seen along the coast on April 9th.

5 PIPING PLOVERS and 20 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 9th. A DUNLIN was seen in the Connecticut River valley near Hanover on April 8th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, a RED CROSSBILL, and 2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at Mile Long Pond in Errol on April 6th.

45 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Meredith on April 10th, 40 were seen in Penacook on the 9th, 8 were reported from New London on the 8th, 15 were seen in Littleton on the 10th, and several were seen in Hanover during the past week.

4 EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from Walpole on April 3rd.

A flock of 22 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was seen in Sunapee on April 7th.

250 TREE SWALLOWS were seen at Spofford Lake on April 6th, and 4 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on the 8th.

A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen in Rye on April 9th, a PALM WARBLER was seen in Rye on the 10th, and 6 PALM WARBLERS were seen at the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge on the 10th.

A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen in Fremont on April 9th.

More than 8 FISH CROWS were reported from Laconia on April 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.

Thanks very much and good birding.

April 5, 2016

85 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on Stone Pond in Marlow, and 40 were seen on Peverly Pond in Newington, all on April 2nd.

85 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on Stone Pond in Marlow, and 40 were seen on Peverly Pond in Newington, all on April 2nd.

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

Birders on a boat cruise out of Hampton on April 2nd reported seeing the following birds in New Hampshire waters: 3 COMMON MURRES, 2 THICK-BILLED MURRES, 31 RAZORBILLS, 6 BLACK GUILLEMOTS, 3 NORTHERN FULMARS, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, an ICELAND GULL, 2 BONAPARTE’S GULLS, and 6 NORTHERN GANNETS.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and was last reported on March 27th. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Bedford on March 28th, and another was seen in North Walpole on April 2nd.

A SNOWY OWL was seen in Sandwich on March 28th, but was not reported again. When viewing a Snowy Owl please do not disturb the bird by approaching too closely, and please respect private property. For more:
snowy owl viewing – observe without disturbing

An ICELAND GULL was reported from Rockingham Park in Salem on March 29th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Dummer on April 2nd.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen along with 58 COMMON GOLDENEYES at the dam on the Androscoggin River in Errol on April 3rd.

3 BRANT were seen flying off of Seabrook Beach on April 2nd.

A male NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen in Lancaster on April 3rd, and another was seen in Meadow Pond in Hampton on April 2nd.

A female NORTHERN SHOVELER, 2 AMERICAN WIGEON, and 5 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen in the Great Meadows area in Charlestown on April 2nd.

A male AMERICAN WIGEON was seen at the Magill Bay pullout at the Pontook Reservoir in Dummer on March 31st and April 1st.

85 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on Stone Pond in Marlow, and 40 were seen on Peverly Pond in Newington, all on April 2nd.

2 GLOSSY IBIS’S were seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on March 30th and 31st, 2 were reported from Greenland on March 30th, and 1 was seen in Kingston on April 3rd.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen in Pittsfield, and a SNOWY EGRET was seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham, both on April 2nd.

A PIPING PLOVER was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on March 30th, and 2 were seen on April 3rd. 40 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 2nd. A LESSER YELLOWLEGS was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on April 4th.

7 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were reported from Rochester on April 4th, 2 were seen in Exeter on the 3rd, 1 was seen in Berlin on the 3rd, and several were seen in Hanover during the past week.

3 RED CROSSBILLS were seen in Chatham on April 3rd.

A COMMON REDPOLL was seen in Merrimack on April 3rd.

An EVENING GROSBEAK was reported from Lancaster on April 3rd.

4 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on March 30th.

4 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen in Keene on April 3rd.

A PURPLE MARTIN was reported from the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, and 3 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were seen at the Pickering Ponds in Rochester, all on April 2nd.

A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was heard in Brookline on April 2nd, and an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was seen in Hollis on April 3rd.

Returning spring migrants reported during the past week included: PINE WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, SWAMP SPARROW, FIELD SPARROW, and VESPER SPARROW.

Raptors reported during the past week included: AMERICAN KESTREL, MERLIN, PEREGRINE FALCON, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, NORTHERN HARRIER, OSPREY, and BALD EAGLE.

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.

March 29, 2016

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and was reported several times during the past week.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and was reported several times during the past week.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 28st, 2016.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and was reported several times during the past week. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered visiting a birdfeeder at a private residence in Merrimack on March 3rd, and was seen numerous times after that. It was last reported on the 23rd.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Pickering Ponds near the wastewater treatment plant in Rochester on March 24th, 25th, and 26th.

A SNOWY OWL was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on March 27th. When viewing a Snowy Owl please do not disturb the bird by approaching too closely, and please respect private property. For more:
snowy owl viewing – observe without disturbing

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Conway on March 25th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen on the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor and was last reported on March 27th.

3 RAZORBILLS were seen on the coast on March 26th.

A flock of 92 SNOW GEESE was seen migrating north in Westmoreland on March 23rd, and a flock of 44 was seen in Conway on the 25th.

A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, a GADWALL, and 4 AMERICAN WIGEON were seen on Meadow Pond in Hampton on March 26th. A pair of NORTHERN PINTAILS was seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on the 27th.

4 pairs of LONG-TAILED DUCKS and a pair of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were seen on the Connecticut River in Lebanon on March 25th. A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was seen flying over Charlestown on the 27th, and 3 BLACK SCOTERS were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on the 26th.

A GADWALL was reported from North Conway on March 25th.

An AMERICAN WIGEON was seen in Monroe on March 25th, 1 was seen in Lyme on the 23rd, and 6 were seen in Charlestown on the 24th. 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen in Charlestown on the 22nd.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: a flock of 300 in North Conway on March 25th, a flock of 80 in Sunapee on the 28th, a flock of 30 in Lyme on the 22nd, a flock of 65 in Bartlett on the 25th, a flock of 50 in Bristol on the 28th, 12 in Concord on the 24th, and several in Etna on the 25th.

5 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Gilsum on March 23rd.

15 SNOW BUNTINGS were reported from Shelburne on March 22nd.

55 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen at the mouth of Hampton Harbor on March 27th.

A GREAT EGRET was seen in Rye on March 23rd.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Merrimack on March 24th.

Returning spring migrants reported during the past week included: COMMON LOON, OSPREY, TREE SWALLOW, CHIPPING SPARROW, FISH CROW, KILLDEER, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, WILSON’S SNIPE, EASTERN PHOEBE, GREAT BLUE HERON, TURKEY VULTURE, FOX SPARROW, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, RUSTY BLACKBIRD and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. Returning raptors have included AMERICAN KESTREL, MERLIN, PEREGRINE FALCON, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and NORTHERN HARRIER.

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.

March 22, 2016

A REDWING was found foraging with AMERICAN ROBINS in Hollis on March 13th.

A REDWING was found foraging with AMERICAN ROBINS in Hollis on March 13th. Photo by Audubon.org

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 21st, 2016.

A REDWING was found foraging with AMERICAN ROBINS in Hollis on March 13th. It was seen again on the 14th, 15th, and 16th, but has not been seen since then and is presumed to have left. The REDWING was seen at the far north end of the baseball field located off of Jeff Smith Way at the Hollis Brookline High School. This is an Old World species that is a vagrant to North America, and not related to the similarly named Red-winged Blackbird.

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered visiting a birdfeeder at a private residence in Merrimack on March 3rd, and was seen numerous times after that. It was seen again on March 17th, and was last reported on the 21st.

A SNOWY OWL was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on March 19th, 1 was seen in
Hampton marsh on the 21st, and 1 was seen in coastal North Hampton on the
21st. When viewing a Snowy Owl please do not disturb the bird by approaching
too closely, and please respect private property. For more:
snowy owl viewing – observe without disturbing

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen on the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor and was last reported on March 19th.

13 SNOW GEESE were seen in Concord on March 19th.

A female NORTHERN SHOVELER, 3 AMERICAN WIGEONS, 8 NORTHERN PINTAILS, and 60 GREEN-WINGED TEAL were seen at Great Meadow in Charlestown on March 16th.

A male NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen on the Connecticut River in Hanover on March 18th, and 1 was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on the 19th.

3 pairs of GADWALLS and 8 GREATER SCAUP were seen on the Connecticut River in Lebanon on March 17th.

An AMERICAN WIGEON and a NORTHERN PINTAIL were seen in Meredith on March 16th.

3 AMERICAN WIGEONS and a NORTHERN PINTAIL were seen at Upper Suncook Lake on March 19th.

4 NORTHERN PINTAILS were reported from Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on
March 17th, and 1 was seen in New Hampton on the 20th.

84 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen at Lily Pond in Gilford on March 20th.

4 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen in Jefferson on March 19th, and 8 RED CROSSBILLS were seen in Errol on the 18th.

A flock of 70 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in North Conway, and a flock of 20 was seen in Etna, all on the 21st.

A GREAT EGRET was seen in Rye on March 21st.

A few TREE SWALLOWS were reported from scattered locations during the past week beginning on March 17th.

2 BOREAL CHICKADEES were seen on the Trudeau Road trails in Bethlehem on March 16th.

A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was heard in Lyme on March 20th, and an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was reported from Dover on the 19th.

7 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were seen at the Strafford County Complex in Dover on March 20th, and 2 were seen in Walpole on the 16th.

There has been a small surge of spring migrants reported including: KILLDEER, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, WILSON’S SNIPE, EASTERN PHOEBE, TURKEY VULTURE, FOX SPARROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. Returning raptors have included AMERICAN KESTREL, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and NORTHERN HARRIER.

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.

March 7, 2016

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2 FOX SPARROWS were reported from Chatham, and 1 each was reported from Wilton and Durham, all during the past week. Photo by audubon.org.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 7th, 2016.

A TUFTED DUCK was discovered on Captain Pond in Salem on March 3rd, and has been seen there on every day since then. This is an Old World species regular to Alaska and a vagrant to the rest of North America. RING-NECKED DUCKS are very similar in appearance and there have been up to 20 of these present at the same time. Captain Pond has no public access. The best viewing is from Hooker Farm Road. Please park on Carriage Lane, or Olde Village Road. Please be cautious of traffic, and be respectful of private property.

2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on March 5th and 6th, and 1 was seen on the Connecticut River in Charlestown on the 6th. A SNOW GOOSE was seen in Hinsdale on the 6th.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE and 4 AMERICAN WIGEONS were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on March 7th.

A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on Great Bay on March 6th, and 2 RUDDY DUCKS were seen on Great Bay on the 5th.

A pair of GADWALL was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord, and a pair of NORTHERN PINTAILS was seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham, all on March 6th.

26 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen at Rye Harbor on March 2nd.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen at the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor, and was last reported on March 6th.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on March 6th.

2 SNOWY OWLS were seen in the Rye Harbor State Park area, and 1 was seen in the Hampton Harbor area, all during the past week. When viewing a Snowy Owl please do not disturb the bird by approaching too closely, and please respect private property. For more information, click here.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Kearsarge Mountain Road in Wilmot on March 4th, and 1 was seen at Flagstone Industrial Park on Bald Mountain Road in Newport on March 6th.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen in Lee on March 2nd, and 1 was seen in Hollis on the 5th. A MERLIN was seen in Newport on the 6th, and a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Rye on the 5th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings from the past week included: 50 in Moultonborough on March 2nd, 50 in Etna on March 1st, 550 in New London on the 4th, 200 in Canaan on the 5th, and 11 in Newport on the 6th. These flocks have been seen feeding on ornamental fruit trees.

4 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen in Jackson, and 6 RED CROSSBILLS and 6 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Errol, all on March 6th. 2 RED CROSSBILLS were seen in Pittsburg on March 1st.

A COMMON REDPOLL was seen in Twin Mountain on March 5th, and a PINE GROSBEAK was seen in Clarksville on March 4th.

4 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in Charlestown on March 6th.

2 GRAY JAYS were seen in Pittsburg on March 1st.

A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen in New London on March 6th.

4 FISH CROWS were reported from Durham on March 6th.

2 FOX SPARROWS were reported from Chatham, and 1 each was reported from Wilton and Durham, all during the past week.

A WINTER WREN was reported from Mink Brook in Hanover, and 1 was reported from Pickering Ponds in Rochester, both during the past week.

A KILLDEER was seen at Northwood Lake on March 4th.

A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was reported from Bow 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.

February 29, 2016

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A SANDHILL CRANE was seen flying overhead in Rochester on February 28th. Photo by forestsociety.org.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 29th, 2016.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen flying overhead in Rochester on February 28th.

A SNOWY OWL was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on February 26th, and 1 was seen in Seabrook on the 27th. When viewing a Snowy Owl please do not disturb the bird by approaching too closely, and please respect private property. For more information, click here.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen flying over Holderness on February 23rd.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth on February 27th, and 1 was seen along Kearsarge Mountain Road in Wilmot on the 29th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen at the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor, and a GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on February 28th.

3 ICELAND GULLS were seen at Hedgehog Pond in Salem on February 23rd, and 1 was seen in Rye on the 25th.

A RAZORBILL was seen off the coast in Rye, and 9 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen in Rye Harbor, all on February 27th.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on the Androscoggin River in Errol on February 23rd, and a female was seen on Great Bay on the 27th.

A female REDHEAD was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant and a male REDHEAD was seen on Great Bay several times during the past week.

4 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on February 25th, and a pair was seen in Stratham on the 27th.

A male AMERICAN WIGEON was seen in Nashua on February 26th.

A pair of WOOD DUCKS was seen in Peterborough on February 28th, and a pair was seen in Salem on the 25th.

5 RED CROSSBILLS, 7 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, and 9 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Chickwolnepy Road in Milan on February 27th.

12 GRAY JAYS, 5 BOREAL CHICKADEES, 7 PINE GROSBEAKS, 200 PURPLE FINCHES, 12 RED CROSSBILLS, 17 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, 9 COMMON REDPOLLS, 3 EVENING GROSBEAKS, 400 PINE SISKINS, a BALD EAGLE, and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK were reported from Pittsburg during the past week.

A RED CROSSBILL pair was seen in Errol, and 2 male WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen in Shelburne, all on February 23rd.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings from the past week included: 350 in Moultonborough on February 23rd, 175 in New London on the 24th, 150 in Gorham on the 26th, 42 in Dixville on the 27th, 40 in North Conway on the 28th, 35 in Franconia on the 24th, 35 in Hanover on the 26th, 20 in Holderness on the 23rd, and 11 in Milan on the 27th.

3 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in Holderness on February 23rd.

There were scattered sightings of small numbers of TURKEY VULTURES during the past week, with a highlight being a flock of 40 in Durham on February 29th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on February 26th, and 1 was seen in Nashua on the 25th. Single RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS were reported from Dover and Webster during the past week.

2 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS were reported during the past week.

A KILLDEER was seen in Dover on February 28th, and 1 was seen in Durham on the 29th. An EASTERN PHOEBE was reported from Hollis on February 23rd, a HERMIT THRUSH was seen in North Conway on the 29th, and an EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in East Kingston on the 27th.

Several FISH CROWS, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, and COMMON GRACKLES were reported 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.

February 22, 2016

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 22nd, 2016.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Chichester on February 19th, and 1 was seen in Sunapee on the 18th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Chichester on February 19th, and 1 was seen in Sunapee on the 18th.

3 SNOWY OWLS were seen in the Hampton Harbor area during the past week and were last reported on February 20th. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on February 20th, 21st, and 22nd. When viewing a Snowy Owl please do not disturb the bird by approaching too closely, and please respect private property.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen flying over Kingston on February 21st.

A THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen in Hampton Harbor, and 1 was seen in coastal Rye, both on February 21st.

4 RAZORBILLS were seen from Seabrook Beach, and 5 were seen at the coast in Rye, all on February 21st. 7 BLACK GUILLEMOTS were seen at the coast on February 15th.

A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen off of Bicentennial Park in Hampton on February 21st.

4 GREATER SCAUP, 3 LESSER SCAUP, 3 AMERICAN WIGEON, and a female NORTHERN PINTAIL were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on February 21st, and 4 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen at the coast in Rye on the 20th.

A pair of AMERICAN WIGEON was seen on the Powwow River in Kingston, and a pair of WOOD DUCKS was seen in Rochester, all on February 21st. A GADWALL was seen in Rye on the 21st. 5 AMERICAN WIGEONS and a NORTHERN PINTAIL were seen on Great Bay on February 21st.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen at the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor, and 1 was reported on Eel Pond in Rye, both on February 20th.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at Great Island Common in New Castle on February 20th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Swasey Park in Exeter on February 20th, and a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen in Hampton Harbor on the 18th.

16 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen in Rye Harbor on February 21st.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Strafford County Complex in Dover, and 1 was seen at the Flagstone Industrial Park in Newport, both on February 21st, and 1 was seen in Stratham on the 22nd.

Over 400 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and over 100 CEDAR WAXWINGS were reported foraging in fruit trees in downtown New London during the past week.

A flock of 15 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in Lyme on February 22nd, and

4 were seen in Sunapee Harbor on the 18th.

12 PINE GROSBEAKS, a COMMON REDPOLL, 2 GRAY JAYS, 9 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, 2 RED CROSSBILLS, and numerous PURPLE FINCHES and PINE SISKINS were reported from Pittsburg during the past week..

A BOREAL CHICKADEE was reported from near the summit of Wildcat Mountain in Pinkham Notch on February 15th.

6 RED CROSSBILLS and 2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen in Chatham on February 20th, and 2 RED CROSSBILLS were seen in Second College Grant on the 21st.

9 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Milan on February 17th.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen with 28 HORNED LARKS at Landing Road in Hampton on February 15th.

A flock of 33 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen at the Parlin Airfield in Newport on February 18th, and a flock of 15 was seen at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth on the 15th.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in South Sutton on February 21st, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Silver Lake on the 15th, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Salem on the 20th, and a NORTHERN HARRIER was seen in Rye on the 20th.

2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were reported from Nashua on February 21st, and a MERLIN was reported from Hanover on the 17th.

Several BALD EAGLES were reported during the past week.

A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was heard in Lebanon, 1 was heard in Chatham, and 1 was heard in Bow, all during the past week.

An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was reported from Salem on February 17th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Plaistow on February 18th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Chichester on February 19th, and 1 was seen in Sunapee on the 18th.

2 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Hollis, and 2 were seen in Greenland, all during the past week.

A FIELD SPARROW was seen in Hollis during the past week.

An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was seen in Walpole on February 22nd.

An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was seen in Hampton on February 21st.

Several FISH CROWS, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, and COMMON GRACKLES were reported 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.

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