Rare Bird Alert

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.

May 16, 2017

Little blue heron, adult, by Walter Keane.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 15th, 2017.

An immature male KING EIDER was seen off of Pulpit Rocks in Rye on May 13th, and was relocated in the same area on the 15th.

A THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen off the coast in Rye on May 13th.

2 CATTLE EGRETS were seen at Great Bay Farm in Greenland on May 9th, and were last reported on the 13th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was first seen in Errol on May 5th, and was still present on the 10th. To look for the bird, park by the bridge over the Androscoggin River on Route 26 just east of town, and walk west on Route 26/16 back towards town and the school for viewing. Today it was behind the church across from the school (please be cautious of the school). The bird may possibly be viewed by walking the snow mobile trail that follows the river from the parking area by the river mentioned above.

An AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was seen in Little Harbor in Rye on May 13th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Hampton Beach, and an ICELAND GULL was seen at Rye Harbor, both on May 14th.

A LAUGHING GULL and a NORTHERN GANNET were seen off the coast of Rye on May 13th.

10 ARCTIC TERNS were reported from Hampton Harbor entrance on May 13th.

36 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen at Rye Ledge in Rye on May 13th, and several SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast during the past week.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in Lee in farm fields located on Route 155 at Coppal House Farm on May 2nd, and was last reported on the 14th.

A BLUE GROSBEAK was reported from Barrington on May 12th.

There was an unconfirmed report of a male RED-HEADED WOODPECKER from Rochester, and 1 from Back Mountain Road in Goffstown, both on May 10th.

A pair of BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS was seen on the Little Cherry Pond trail at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on May 13th.

2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on May 9th.

A PURPLE MARTIN was seen at the FunSpot in Weirs Beach on May 15th.

A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was reported from Round Pond at Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham on May 9th.

An AMERICAN BITTERN, an EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL, a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, a CAPE MAY WARBLER, 2 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, a BLACKPOLL WARBLER, a FOX SPARROW, a LINCOLN’S SPARROW, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD were seen at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson and the adjacent Airport Marsh in Whitefield, all on May 13th.

2 AMERICAN BITTERNS were see in Chichester on May 11th, 1 was seen in Canaan on the 13th, and 1 was seen in Sunapee on the 14th.

A GREEN HERON was seen at Bedell Bridge State Park in Haverhill on May 13th.

A male BLUE-WINGED TEAL, a SORA and an AMERICAN BITTERN were reported from the Keene Airport wetlands on May 11th, and a SORA was reported from Surrey Lane Marsh in Durham on May 12th.

A WILSON’S WARBLER was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord, and a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was seen at Boston Lot Lake in Lebanon, both on May 12th.

A WILSON’S WARBLER, a BLACKPOLL WARBLER, and an ORCHARD ORIOLE were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on May 13th. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen in Durham on May 13th.

A few FISH CROWS were reported from Durham, Hinsdale, and Rye during the past week.

8 PINE SISKINS were seen at a birdfeeder in Richmond on May 9th.

6 BRANT were seen off the coast of Rye on May 13th.

A GADWALL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on May 11th.

4 BUFFLEHEADS were seen in Lebanon on May 13th, 6 were seen in Orford on the 13th, 3 were seen in Lyman on the 11th, 1 was seen in Errol on the 11th, and there were several seen along the coast during the past week.

Up to 40 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, including a pair building a nest, were seen at Meredith Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee on May 15th.

Other spring arrivals of note during the past week included: BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, FOX SPARROW, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.

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 12, 2017

2 CASPIAN TERNS were seen flying over Eel Pond in Rye on May 6th. Caspian tern photo by Tim Lenz at All About Birds.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 8th, 2017.

A female RUFF (also known as a REEVE) was seen in Hampton Marsh behind Little Jack’s Restaurant on Route 1A in Hampton on April 30th and May 1st. It was last reported from Meadow Pond in Hampton on May 3rd.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in Lee in farm fields located on Route 155 at Coppal House Farm on May 2nd, and was last reported on the 7th.

A CATTLE EGRET was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on May 7th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was first seen in Errol on May 5th, and was still present on the 8th. To look for the bird, park by the bridge over the Androscoggin River on Route 26 just east of town, and walk west on Route 26/16 back towards town and the school for viewing. Today it was behind the church across from the school (please be cautious of the school). The bird may possibly be viewed by walking the snow mobile trail that follows the river from the parking area by the river mentioned above.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and a LAUGHING GULL were seen at Eel Pond in Rye on May 7th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor on May 6th.

2 CASPIAN TERNS were seen flying over Eel Pond in Rye on May 6th.

2 ROSEATE TERNS were seen along with about 50 COMMON TERNS near Seabrook Beach on May 6th, and a COMMON TERN was seen at the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on the 6th.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen in Hampton Marsh on May 3rd.

A RUDDY TURNSTONE, several SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, and several SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast during the past week.

6 PIPING PLOVERS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on May 5th.

19 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and 6 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS were seen at Mink Brook in Hanover on May 6th.

A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on Lake Sunapee on May 4th, and 4 BONAPARTE’S GULLS were seen here on the 2nd.

6 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 5 GREATER SCAUP, and 3 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were seen on Moore Reservoir in Littleton on May 2nd.

3 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, and 4 BUFFLEHEADS were seen at Boston Lot Lake in Lebanon on May 5th.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was seen near Hampton Marsh on May 7th.

A HOODED WARBLER was seen at Juniper Hill in Claremont on May 5th.

A CAPE MAY WARBLER was reported from Penacook on May 7th.

A BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was reported from Turre Pond in Bow on May 2nd, and 1 was reported from Old Keene Road in Walpole on the 8th.

A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was reported from Keene on May 4th, and 1 was seen in Hampton on the 7th.

A RED-EYED VIREO was reported from Milford on May 4th, 1 was seen in Nottingham on the 5th, and 1 was seen in Hampton on May 7th.

An EVENING GROSBEAK was reported from Lyman on May 2nd.

A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was reported from Hillsborough on May 1st, 1 was reported from Enfield on the 3rd, and 1 was seen in Keene on the 4th.

A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was reported from North Sandwich during the past week.

7 PURPLE MARTINS were seen in Seabrook on May 6th.

A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was reported from Keene and 1 was reported from Pittsfield, both on May 3rd.

A pair of KILLDEERS was seen with 3 chicks at Rye Harbor State Park on May 3rd.

A few BOBOLINKS and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were reported from scattered locations during the past week.

A SORA, a VIRGINIA RAIL, and an AMERICAN BITTERN were reported from NH Audubon’s Thompson Sanctuary on May 5th, and another trio of the same bird species was reported from the Keene Airport wetlands on the 6th.

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 3, 2017

A CATTLE EGRET was seen foraging at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on April 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, and was last reported on the 25th. Photo from Wiki Commons.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 1st, 2017.

A female RUFF (also known as a REEVE) was seen in Hampton Marsh behind Little Jack’s Restaurant on Route 1A in Hampton on April 30th and May 1st.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen in the same general area on April 29th and 30th, and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen here on the 29th.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at Bedell Bridge State Park in Haverhill on April 26th, 3 were seen flying over Durham on the 29th, and 1 was seen in Lee in farm fields located on Route 155 opposite Blue Bell Nursery on May 1st.

A CATTLE EGRET was seen foraging at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on April 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, and was last reported on the 25th.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was seen in the Army Corps of Engineers Hopkinton-Everett flood control property on East Weare Road in Weare on April 29th, but has not been relocated.

A HOODED WARBLER was reported from a private residence in Derry on April 30th.

A BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen above the Androscoggin River dam in Errol on April 25th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and an ICELAND GULL, were seen in coastal Rye on April 28th. A LAUGHING GULL was seen in coastal Rye on the 29th.

A BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen on Lake Sunapee, and 3 were seen on Lake Massebesic, all on April 27th.

A BRANT was seen off of Great Boar’s Head in Hampton on April 30th.

A GLOSSY IBIS was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on April 26th, and 3 were seen in Hampton Marsh on the 28th. There were several reports of BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and GREEN HERONS during the past week.

A pair of PIPING PLOVERS was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 30th.

12 LESSER YELLOWLEGS and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen at the Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plant on April 30th.

Shorebird species reported from the coast during the past week included: SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, LEAST SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, WILLET, and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER.

2 SNOW BUNTINGS were reported from the coast on May 1st.

A few EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported during the past week, from Newbury, Sunapee, Concord, Nottingham, and Lyman.

An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen in Portsmouth on April 29th, and 1 was seen in Nashua on the 30th. There were a number of BALTIMORE ORIOLE sightings reported during the past week.

A flock of 150 CHIMNEY SWIFTS was seen in Concord on April 30th.

6 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook during the past week.

An estimated 1,000 TREE SWALLOWS, and 100 BARN SWALLOWS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on April 30th.

Several RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS were seen during the past week.

At least 17 species of wood warblers that breed in the state were reported during the past week, including: BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, CHESNUT-SIDED WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, PRAIRIE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, and AMERICAN REDSTART.

Other songbirds reported during the past week included: WARBLING VIREO, SCARLET TANAGER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING, WOOD THRUSH, VEERY, EASTERN KINGBIRD, LEAST FLYCATCHER, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, GRAY CATBIRD, and BROWN THRASHER.

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 26, 2017

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A pair of MERLINS was seen several times in Orford during the past week. Photo by Andre Moraes, Rough-Legged Photography.

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

2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Sherman’s Farm fields in East Conway on April 21st, and 1 was seen in along the Barrington Trail in Strafford on the 20th.

A CATTLE EGRET was seen foraging at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on April 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.

A flock of 44 GLOSSY IBIS was seen along the coast on April 20th, and up to 4 GLOSSY IBIS were seen along Potato and Switchback Roads near Route 4 in Canaan during the past week.

3 AMERICAN BITTERNS were seen near the Keene Airport in Swanzey on April 18th, and 2 were seen at Great Meadow in Brookline on the 20th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen with a flock of TURKEY VULTURES in the Keene area on April 22nd, and 1 was reported from Derry on the 19th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Pingree Road in Merrimack on April 20th.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was seen visiting a suet feeder in Exeter on April 18th.

A pair of BARROW’S GOLDENEYES was seen above the Androscoggin River dam in Errol on April 17th, 20th, and 21st.

600 COMMON EIDERS were seen in Portsmouth Harbor on April 22nd.

4 RAZORBILLS were seen off of Little Boar’s Head in North Hampton on April 22nd.

A RED-NECKED GREBE and a HORNED GREBE were seen on Newfound Lake on April 18th.

A GADWALL was seen near the mouth of Mink Brook in Hanover on April 18th, and 3 BUFFLEHEADS were seen at Canaan Street Lake in Canaan on the 19th.

A pair of PIPING PLOVERS was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 23rd, and 92 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen on the jetty there on April 22nd.

3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth on April 22nd.

A LESSER YELLOWLEGS was seen near the Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plant on April 18th. A SPOTTED SANDPIPER was seen at World End Pond in Salem, and several WILLETS were reported from the coast, all on April 22nd.

A BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on April 20th, and 5 were seen at Dover Point in Dover on the 22nd.

There were a number of inland sightings of migrant DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS during the past week.

A RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was reported from Brookline on April 24th.

A CLIFF SWALLOW was reported during the past week.

A YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, and several BLUE-HEADED VIREOS were reported during the past week.

Warbler species reported during the past week included: BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, OVRNBIRD, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, and PALM WARBLER.

Also reported during the past week were: EASTERN KINGBIRD, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, MARSH WREN, HOUSE WREN, and EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL.

A VESPER SPARROW was seen in Pittsburg on April 17th, and 1 was reported from Orford on the 20th.

A pair of MERLINS was seen several times in Orford 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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